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Bishop's Stortford Hockey Club players Charlie Leonard and Pippa Bull helped England Masters teams claim success at the Four Nations tournament



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Charlie Leonard and Pippa Bull helped England Masters teams claim success at the Four Nations tournament.

The Bishop's Stortford clubmates were part of the triumphant over-45s and over-60s sides respectively in Nottingham.

Leonard, who captained Stortford's first team to their historic promotion to the national league in 2021-22, picked up her first international cap in England's opening 5-0 win over Wales.

Charlie Leonard and Pippa Bull (57577112)
Charlie Leonard and Pippa Bull (57577112)

And further wins were secured over Scotland (4-2) and Ireland (4-1) as England took the title in style.

Bull, who is no stranger to the international scene having represented England age-group teams for more than a decade, played her part as the over-60s also took the spoils with a 100% record.

She was on the score sheet in the first two games as England, who did not concede a goal, beat Wales and Ireland 7-0 and 6-0 respectively before wrapping things up with a 4-0 victory over Scotland.

Stortford's Kim Durbin was also in action at the tournament representing England LX, with them and Midlands over-60s taking the place of Ireland and Wales as they were unable to field teams.

Durbin, who returned to the game in 2016 after a 13-year break and was a member of last season's title-winning Stortford Acolytes side, helped England finish third with their one point coming in a 1-1 draw with Scotland.

Leonard, Bull and Durbin are now looking forward to representing their respective England teams at the Masters World Cup in South Africa in October, with Bull's over-60s hoping to retain the title they won in 2018.

Stortford's men's section will also be represented at World Cups later this year as Craig Smith has been selected for USA over-40s and veteran goalkeeper Ronnie Stott will feature for Scotland over-65s after helping them finish as runners-up in both the Celtic Cup and Four Nations.

Stortford players have also enjoyed recent regional masters successes, with Leonard, Sally Powell and Lianne Warnell part of the title-winning East team at the over-45s tournament in Bristol while Durbin featured in the combined East and London team's over-65s win in Sheffield.

And Paula Frenzel claimed a silver medal with the East over-55s at a tournament hosted by Timperley Hockey Club and Katy Motson featured for the East over-50s as they came fifth in Nottingham.

Any adults who would like to get back into playing hockey or want to give the sport a try can attend Stortford's free Back to Hockey sessions which start at Hockerill Anglo-European College on Sunday July 10.

Visit www.stortfordhockey.co.uk to find out more.



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