England have once again made the nation proud after the women’s hockey team won their first ever Commonwealth Games gold on Sunday.
They had won a medal at every single Games since field hockey was introduced in 1998, but were always snubbed of the top spot.
But after winning three silver and three bronze medals from six tournaments, England finally claimed the crown after defeating four-time champions Australia 2-1 in the 2022 final.
Holly Hunt scored a superb strike to open up the scoring, before Tess Howard doubled the lead just minutes later.
Australia were able to claim a consolation goal but with seconds left on the clock, the title was already in England’s hands.
The crowd counted down the final moments of the match before exploding into jubilation as the England team embraced and celebrated their history-making triumph.
Watch the moment England realised they had won their first ever Commonwealth gold here:
Scenes. Historic scenes. pic.twitter.com/QE1QVBi1h0— England Hockey (@EnglandHockey) August 7, 2022
“I’m a bit lost for words, it’s the first time in history we’ve ever done this,” skipper Hollie Pearne-Webb said before applauding the support from the home fans.
“The crowd’s support has been absolutely phenomenal. I just feel so lucky that’s it’s in my career that we get a home Commonwealth Games.”
Pearne-Webb then said she is excited to link up with the Welsh and Scottish players for Team GB ahead of the 2024 Olympics.
Grace Balsdon of England finished the tournament as the joint top scorer with six goals.
England bringing it home
England Hockey’s success comes just a week after the England women’s football team made history at Euro 2022.
The Lionesses brought home their first ever major tournament title after beating eight-time champions Germany in the final on July 31st.
England’s women’s teams are continuing to shatter the glass ceiling and put females in sport in the centre of the limelight.