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Friday, 2 August, 2002, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK

England fired up for final

England's women believe the momentum of their shock semi-final win over Australia will carry them through to victory in the gold medal match.

England have the chance to go one better than their silver medal in Kuala Lumpur four years ago when they take on India in Saturday's final.

The two sides drew 1-1 when they met at Belle Vue in the group stage of the competition.

"We are playing good hockey at the end of a tournament and I think that augurs well for our chances"
England coach Tricia Heberle

But England go into the final as slight favourites following their impressive 2-1 semi-final victory against the world and Olympic champions.

"Our immediate thoughts were to enjoy Thursday's result because beating Australia in a major event doesn't happen that often," said coach Tricia Heberle.

"We needed time to let things sink in but we have now stepped back and we have done our homework to make sure we are very thorough about any new challenges.

"We go into the game against India knowing we have had some good wins but some tight contests at times and certainly we will not go in there with over-confidence.

"But we are playing good hockey at the end of a tournament and I think that augurs well for our chances in the gold medal match."

India suffered a 3-2 defeat against England in a warm-up event at Belle Vue in June.

But they are also in confident mood after beating second seeds New Zealand 2-1 in their semi-final.

England are definitely without midfielder Lucilla Wright, who has an infected shoulder, but Helen Richardson is expected to be fit after hip trouble.


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