Georgia returns with bronze from hockey championships

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Former Pocklington Schoolgirl, Georgia Byas, has picked up a bronze medal at the European hockey championships

The England U18 girls hockey team came third in the Eurohockey Championships which were held last month in the Netherlands.

Georgia, 17, was a member of the squad and returned home with a bronze medal.

The team defeated Ireland in the third place play-off at the Volvo Eurohockey Championships in Utrecht.

England won their match against Spain 3-1 and beat France 2-0. But they lost to Germany 4-2.

Coming second in their group meant they were drawn against Holland in the semi-finals.

They lost this match 2-0 and went through to play Ireland in the play-off for third place. They beat Ireland 4-1 and won bronze.

David Byas, director of sport at Pocklington School, said the squad played with hard work and quality throughout the competition.

He said: “The play-off against a very physical Irish team saw the girls complete their most commanding performance of the tournament.

“All the girls played with a freedom rarely seen throughout the competition, culminating in them securing the bronze medal.

“Georgia enjoyed the experience, contributing enormously throughout the competition and she received the Most Improved Player award within the England squad.

“Alongside the bronze medal, she took great satisfaction from the experience.”

l Right, Georgia proudly shows off her bronze medal.