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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 November 2006, 20:50 GMT
Double Dutch defeat for England
Hockey
England's men's and women's hockey teams both crashed to defeat against the Netherlands on Tuesday.

The men lost 3-1 in Amsterdam, with Ben Hawes scoring England's only goal from a penalty corner.

The women lost 3-0 in Rotterdam in their first game since coming seventh in the women's hockey World Cup.

England had good chances in the opening period but goals from Sophie Polkamp, Carlijn Welten and Wieke Dijkstra completed a comfortable win.

The Netherlands' women's team is currently ranked first in the world following their 3-1 victory over Australia in the final of the World Cup in October.

"We were convincingly outplayed for 70 minutes by the world champions and we were only saved from conceding more goals by some solid defending," said England head coach Danny Kerry.

"Put in context, we are playing against an international side that come together weekly and in effect, we were a scratch team."

Polkamp opened the scoring after 23 minutes, deflecting in a penalty corner at the right post.

Welten doubled the lead seven minutes later with a good strike from the top of the D which went through Becky Duggan's legs in the England goal.

England, who had Natalie Seymour and Hayley Brown winning their first senior caps, did have opportunities, the best of which fell to Alex Danson who fired over the bar when through on goal.

Dijkstra completed the scoring early in the second half after converting another penalty corner.

In the men's match, Reading's Simon Mantell could have put England ahead in the 13th minute but failed to find the back of the net from his penalty stroke.

Two minutes later Jolie, earning his first cap for Holland, put his side ahead with a straight strike from a penalty corner.

Matthijs Brouswer doubled the Netherlands lead on 26 minutes and captain Teun de Nooijer made it 3-0 in overtime in the first half, converting another penalty corner.

In an encouraging second half for England, Hawes hit back straight after the restart.

England won five penalty corners, with Holland only gaining four in the second half.


ENGLAND MEN'S SQUAD
Nick Brothers, Richard Alexander, Richard Mantell, Simon Mantell, Matt Daly, Rob Moore, Ben Hawes, Matt Taylor, Alastair Wilson, Barry Middleton, Jon Brown, Jon Bleby, Harry Jawanda, Ben Marsden, Adamson Harper, Ashley Jackson.

ENGLAND WOMEN'S SQUAD
Beth Storry (GK), Lisa Wooding, Crista Cullen, Helen Richardson, Jo Ellis, Kate Walsh, Chloe Rogers, Alex Danson, Alex Scott, Sally Walton, Hannah Macleod, Chloe Strong, Jo Ellis, Kerry Williams, Becky Duggan (GK) Anne Panter, Hayley Brown.



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