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FIH Pro League: England v Netherlands ~ Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 June

NOTE – MATCHES MOVED TO THE LEE VALLEY HOCKEY AND TENNIS CENTRE 🏑 An international hockey double-header special at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park sees England’s women and men take on the Netherlands in the FIH Pro League.

NEWSFLASH: England have completed their 2022 international fixtures in the FIH Pro League and will return to action on home soil in May 2023 (stay tuned here for fixtures as soon as announced).  Next up for England’s women is a trip to the Women’s FIH Hockey World Cup in July (hosted by Spain & Netherlands) before England’s men’s and women’s sides take part in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in August.  

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2022 MATCH PREVIEWS

England Hockey announcement 10 May regarding change of venue: England’s FIH Hockey Pro League fixtures against the Netherlands – scheduled for the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June 2022 – will now be played at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre with the same dates and times.  England Hockey have made the decision to switch venues, in agreement with Harlequins.

Ticket holders for The Stoop will automatically have their tickets transferred to the fixtures at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. All existing ticket holders are being contacted by email with details regarding their ticket transfers and details of how to request a refund if required. If you have any queries, please contact tickets@englandhockey.co.uk

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre is the place to be for international hockey and the latest FIH Pro League action as England face the Netherlands in a combined men’s and women’s double-header.  Taking place on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend expect a festival atmosphere to go with the world-class hockey.

England’s men and women are competing in their third season of the FIH Hockey Pro League (for an introduction see below) with matches taking place across four weekends in May and June, starting with the visit France and China on the weekend of 21/22 May.

Each game day will feature a double-header with two matches included in one ticket, one men’s and one women’s.  Matches take place at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, with the exception of this weekend’s games against the Netherlands at Twickenham Stoop.

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The story so far: England’s men enjoyed a successful opening weekend claiming all six points from their encounters with France.  A last-minute goal from Sam Ward in a nine-goal thriller on Saturday saw England clinch a 5-4 victory.  Goals from Nick Bandurak, David Condon and the aforementioned Ward secured an emphatic 4-1 win on Sunday.  Last weekend England’s men made it four wins on the spin with 4-2 and 3-0 victories over South Africa.  Chris Griffiths netted in both matches for England sealing the victory with the third goal in Sunday’s match.

England women narrowly missed out on opening their campaign with victory against China on the opening weekend.  A goal in the dying seconds forced the match to a shoot-out which the visitors won 4-3.  The following day Grace Balsdon’s goal in the opening quarter was cancelled out by China who ran out 3-1 winners to take all three points.  Last weekend Balsdon was again on the scoresheet for England as they registered a 3-1 victory in the first match of a double-header against Spain.  However, the Spanish bounced back the following day to win the return 2-0.

England’s women (No. 4 in the FIH Women’s world rankings) face their toughest test yet in this season’s FIH Pro League, taking on their Dutch counterparts who are the world’s No.1 side.  Likewise, England’s men (No. 7 in the FIH Men’s world rankings) have their work cut out against a Dutch side currently ranked at No.3.

England’s teams are likely to feature a number of Team GB Olympians from Tokyo including some of the women’s bronze medal-winning squad, as well as some new faces to the senior international scene.  The Netherlands women are the reigning Olympic champions and the men are the current European champions, so the level of competition and rivalry doesn’t get any higher.

As well two games each day, there’s a host of entertainment on and off the pitch making it a great day out with friends and family.

🎟️ Tickets are on general sale via the ‘Get Tickets link.  

🕑 FIH Pro League timings as follows:-

Saturday 4 June – England v Netherlands (Women & Men).  Gates open 12.30pm, first match 2pm, second match 4.30pm.

Sunday 5 June – England v Netherlands (Women & Men).  Gates open 11.30am, first match 1pm, second match 3.30pm.

🚊🚗 Travel tips: The nearest railway station to the stadium is Twickenham, a short walk away.  Regular trains run to Twickenham from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Reading, Ascot and Windsor & Eton Riverside.

🏑 About the FIH Pro League: The FIH Pro League is global hockey competition run by the international governing body of hockey that started in 2019.  Two leagues, one men’s and one women’s, each comprising some of the world’s best hockey nations, battle it out for glory.

During the 2021-2022 season matches take place round the world from October 2021 through to June 2022 featuring action-packed, international rivalries at their fiercest and hockey of the highest calibre.

The Men’s teams are:- England, Belgium, Netherlands, France, South Africa, Spain, India, Argentina and Germany.

The Women’s teams are:- England, Netherlands, Belgium, China, Spain, United States, India, Argentina and Germany

Teams earn the traditional three points for winning a match in normal time.  However, if a match is drawn at full time, each team earns one point, and there’s then a shootout with a point to the winning side.

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