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Whiteman thrilled with group stage

Tim Whiteman
Tim Whiteman

Harleston Magpies graduate Tim Whiteman admits England’s group campaign in the FIH Hero Champions Trophy in India even surpassed their own confident expectations.

Their trio of Pool A matches in Bhunbaneswar could not have got off to a better start, after a 3-1 win over the world number one side, Australia, who have won the competition on the last five occasions.

Ahead of England’s quarter-final tie with Germany, being played as the Express went to print on Thursday lunchtime, Whiteman said: “That was an incredible result, especially as it was the first game of the tournament.

“To get off to that kind of start was perfect.

“The last time I played them was in the World Cup when we were beaten 5-0, so it was good to lay some demons to rest.”

The Beeston player, who grew up in Denton, near Harleston, where his parents still live, also played a role in Sunday’s 8-2 trouncing of Pakistan, which he felt was even more rewarding than the result over Australia.

“I feel like I’ve had a steady start, certainly not my best hockey, but hopefully I’m just getting into it,” said the half-back.

He added they could not have imagined a more impressive start, after drawing 1-1 with Belgium on Monday to top the group.

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