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Hat-trick for King of England

31 July 2002

Leisa King grabbed a hat-trick as England's women's hockey team beat Scotland 6-1 to secure a semi-final showdown with Australia .

Helen Grant

England's Helen Grant celebrates

England dominated from the start, scoring the opening goal after just 14 minutes when King lashed a short corner past Tracey Robb in the Scotland goal.

Helen Grant doubled England’s lead after 31 minutes as the hosts took a comfortable lead into the break.

England continued to play attacking hockey in the second half with goals from captain Sarah Blanks and Kate Walsh after 40 and 48 minutes respectively making it 4-0.

In the 50th minute Samantha Judge pulled one back for Scotland, surprising England keeper Carolyn Reid with a goal from open play.

King then added two more to her goal tally, set up by Anna Bennett on both occasions, to secure England’s morale-boosting 6-1 victory ahead of their demanding semi-final clash with the Commonwealth champions.

A jubilant King said: “I was very pleased but it was very much a team performance. We had a good passing game today, very different from yesterday, and the ball went in the net, which was a lot better.

“Scotland-England games are always tough and very physical right to the end and we always have a close game against them. To beat them 6-1 is just fantastic.”

Mike Gilbert Scotland’s coach commented on his team’s defeat saying: “England have been inconsistent so we went into the game full of hope. England played well today, though, and though I am disappointed, we have made some progress during the competition.”

Sarah Blanks the English captain is looking forward to meeting the Australians.

“Australia are one of the best teams in the world. We are very excited about playing them. We relish the challenge to play another game. Today was an opportunity and tomorrow is another one.”

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