Hockey: East are lifted by Green double

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JO GREEN, the Chelmsford and England striker, came on as a second-half substitute to score twice as the East beat the South 4-2 to retain their title in the All England Women's Hockey Association Under-21 Territorial Tournament at Cannock yesterday.

With at least six places vacant in the England squad for next summer's World Cup in Spain the competition throughout the three-day tournament has been fierce with some excellent goalkeeping, in particular from Sutton Coldfield's Karen Clark, in the South goal, who seems set to win her first under-21 cap and join Carolyn Reid as the squad's second goalkeeper.

The South's troubles had started when their captain, Alison Wakefield, broke her thumb when packing her car for the journey and although the Loughborough students Claire Grimes and Tracy Hooker worked hard in midfield and Lisa Copeland overlapped with purpose, they were no match for the East.

With Leisa King and Kathryn MacDonald prominent, East always looked in charge, even before the arrival of Green at half- time.

King opened the scoring in the ninth minute, Alison Berryman keeping South in contention with a well-taken goal after 18 minutes. King restored East's lead 11 minutes into the second half before Green scored her two goals. Kate Jordon scored South's second in the dying minutes.

Yesterday's opening game in icy, foggy conditions saw Midlands, who finished runners-up to East, beating South 1-0, Sarah Kent scoring the winner.

A last-minute goal from North's captain, Claire Ferguson, gave her side a 1-0 win against West to take third place.

AEWHA Under-21 Territorial Tournament (Cannock): South 0 Midlands 1; West 0 North 1; East 4 South 2. Final positions: 1 East 10pts; 2 Midlands 7; 3 North 6; 4 West 2; 5 South 2. Men's divisional tournament (Birmingham University): Under 16: Midlands 2 West 1; North- West 2 North-East 1; South-West 1 West 0; East 0 South-West 0; West 0 South-East 4; Midlands 3 North-East 0; North-West 1 East 1. Leading positions (after four games): 1 South-East 6; 2 South-West 5; 3 Midlands. Under 18: West 1 South-West 0; Midlands 1 North-East 2; East 1 North-West 0; South-East 2 West 1; Midlands 1 South-West 1; North-East 0 East 3; South-East 3 North-East 1. Leading positions (after four games): 1 South-East 8; 2 East 6; 3 West 3.