ZOE Shipperley described her Commonwealth Games debut as unreal after helping England beat Wales 2-0 in their women’s hockey opener, writes STUART WEIR.
The former St Edward’s School pupil and staff member, from Marsh Gibbon, played her part as goals from Alex Danson and Nicola White sealed victory.
Wales included ex-Oxford Hawks star and Oxfordshire junior Emma Batten earning her 63rd cap, but it was the less experienced Shipperley who came out on top.
“It was unreal” said Shipperley. “Something you can’t put it into words.
“It was an amazing experience and one I am proud to be part of.
“Just walking into the village and seeing so many sports and so many countries, is great.
“It is great to be part of Team England.”
Despite the defeat, Batten said: “I am really delighted. We played some of the best hockey in a while and defended them well.
“Ten days ago we lost 8-0 to England, so this was a great performance by our team.
“We are ranked ninth in the tournament, but if we keep on putting in performances like that, who knows what could happen.
“We need to keep building and improving.”
Meanwhile, Dan Fox, a former student of Greyfriars and Teddy Hall, was in the England men’s team which started with a 6-1 win over Trinidad and Tobago.
Fox commented: “We are a bit frustrated that we did not put a more fluid performance together.
“But to win the first game and score six is a good result.”
Latest Sport news
- VIDEO: Highlights from Oxford United's win at Carlisle United
- Michael Appleton delighted Oxford United keep hold of their promotion destiny
- Carlisle United 0, Oxford United 2 (Maguire pen 4, Sercombe 73)
- Who was Oxford United's man of the match at Carlisle?
- Updates - Carlisle United v Oxford United
- MICHAEL APPLETON COLUMN: We are determined to send Oxford United fans home happy
- Chris Maguire relishing Oxford United's big push
- John Lundstram pushing for Oxford United recall
- SQUASH: Bicester secure Oxfordshire title
- MOTORSPORT: Nathan Harrison off to flying start