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European silver for four Holcombe men

By Lucas Ball

England captain David Ames, Ollie Payne, Phil Roper and Nick Bandurak were involved in all of England’s matches at the EuroHockey Championship as Paul Revington’s side won a silver medal in Germany, losing 2-1 to the Netherlands in the final.

Bandurak scored twice as England began their campaign with a 5-3 defeat to Belgium, netting once more in a 3-0 win over Austria and in a crazy 4-3 victory over Spain which secured England’s spot in the semi-finals.

Revington’s side drew 0-0 against hosts Germany in the last-four before winning 5-4 in a shootout, with Ames and Roper both converting their efforts in the shootout.

England were 2-0 down in the final before a spirited late comeback saw them come close to drawing level, with former Holcombe player Sam Ward scoring before Roper controversially had a late goal disallowed.

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