HOCKEY: Slough pay the penalty

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Germany scooped both the European Cup-Winners' Cup competitions yesterday with Rsselsheim beating Slough in a penalty-stroke shoot-out for the women's event in the Netherlands and Harvestehuder, from Hamburg, winning the men's competition here, also after a shoot-out.

In a repeat of the European indoor final last February, Rsselsheim took the lead against Slough in the 33rd minute with Tanja Dickensheid converting a penalty corner. Slough's equaliser came nine minutes into the second half with Karen Brown, their midfield general, sending Kate White away down the right wing. From her cross Mandy Nicholls, showing great persistence, forced the ball home.

In the penalties, Slough were struggling once Sam Wright had missed their first stroke, and although Mandy Pottow and Brown scored, Sally Eyre also missed.

The men's final here, between the Germans and HDM, from the Hague, was a bruising contest which, thanks to a series of blinding saves from both goalkeepers, remained goalless. In the penalty barrage, with two Dutch players missing, Harvestehuder moved to a 4-1 win and their first European title. Teddington's hopes of a medal came to nothing when they lost 3- 2 to Polo Barcelona in the third-place play-off.

Scotland's Grange saved their best performance for their last game when they beat MZKS Poztowiec, from Poznan, 3-1, to save Scotland's place in the A Division next season.

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