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Hockey Sunday, 28 July, 2002, 12:32 GMT 13:32 UK
England shine against Canada
England celebrate scoring their fourth goal
England were under pressure after drawing with New Zealand
England 6-1 Canada

Six second-half goals from England saw them canter to an impressive win over Canada in Pool Two of the women's hockey.

Jane Smith was the hero of the team, grabbing a hat-trick after coming on as a substitute.

But the feast of goals was not the only thing to entertain the crowd at the Belle Vue complex, after it was treated to its first streaker.

England, who are one of the favourites for the Commonwealth title, had drawn their first match against New Zealand and were under pressure to produce the goods after a goalless first half.

Whatever coach Tricia Herberle said to her troops at half-time seemed to have the desired effect.

Smith was brought into play and scored after four minutes of the restart from a penalty corner. Kate Walsh then doubled the lead six minutes later.

England were suddently rampant as Smith added her second, blasting in from another penalty corner.

The goal of the game came from the stick of Rachel Walker, who drifted through the Canadian defence to strike a sublime effort past keeper Sarah Forbes.

Soon after, the second streaker of the 2002 Games appeared with the St George flag adorned across all four cheeks.

The gentleman was escorted away by policeman, although it was all done in good humour.

After the unscheduled intervention, Canada pulled one back through Meggan Hunt, but it was too little too late.

Bennett increased the lead to 5-1 before Smith completed her hat-trick with a vicious shot.

England's final group game is against India, and a win should see them automatically qualify for the semi-final.

Afterwards, goal-hero Walker told BBC Sport Online that the half-time team talk worked wonders.

"We were told by the coach to keep our composure. We had to wear them down and also told to put pressure on their central midfield player," she said.

"In the end we broke them down and the goals just kept popping in.

"I was absolutely overjoyed with my effort. That was probably one of the best goals I've ever scored and I'm hoping to get the video clip from the BBC.

"Now we've just got 24 hours to recover until our next game against India. We can't afford to look any further then that."


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