Oh dear. England has been knocked out of another World Cup. This time it was the women’s hockey team, who gallantly made it to the quarterfinals, and then lost 2–0 to defending champions Netherlands at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London
Lidewij Welton scored the opening goal for the Dutch team in the first quarter. Then, early in the second half, Lauren Leurink put the world number one side two goals up. England defended well, and played their hearts out, but it has to be said that the Netherlands were the better team on the day, and deserved the win.
Danny Kerry, the England head coach, said he was very proud of the team who had a tough tournament for a number of reasons, including injury. One of our players played the entire tournament with a broken big toe apparently. Ouch! Now, that’s what you call commitment.
The Dutch team will now play Australia in the semi finals on Saturday 4th August, while Ireland – who shocked everyone by beating India in a penalty shootout – will come up against Spain in their battle to reach the finals. The Ireland V Spain game starts at 14:00 BST followed by the Netherlands V Australia at 16:30 BST. The final, and the bronze medal match are both happening on Sunday 5th August at the same Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
Unfortunately it’s probably a bit too late to pick up tickets for this weekend’s climax of the Hockey Women’s World Cup. (Not unless you’re willing to pay some dodgy tout well over the odds for a seat with a badly obscured view). It’s a pity really if you’re one of our hockey-loving customers because the games are all being played just a hop, puck and a jump from Attic Self Storage in Wick Lane, Bow.
Mind you, even if you can’t attend the hockey in person, it’s still worth your while coming to say hello. We’re just a short walk from the Olympic Park, where there’s plenty to keep the whole family occupied.
There are cafes, green spaces and plenty of places to kick a ball. You can go up (and slide down) the Arcelor Mittal tower, swim in the Olympic pool, run through the squirty fountains, tackle a climbing wall, visit the playground, picnic on the grass, take a boat shaped like a swan along the river Lee, or walk around the London Stadium, home of West Ham United FC.
You could even take a guided tour around Attic Self Storage, if you want to see what a state of the art storage facility looks like. It’s the ideal place to keep your sports equipment and squirrel away any silver cups you might have won.
Unfortunately the England Women’s hockey team won’t be bringing us the world cup to look after this weekend, but you’re still welcome to come and watch the final winners lift the trophy on the TV in our reception. Jolly hockey sticks!