Hockey: Vikings depart in triumph

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Vikings, the Danish national side, won the DTZ Midland's Invitation Indoor Tournament at Kidderminster yesterday when they beat Stourport, three times past winners, 3-2 in an exciting, tactical final.

Stourport showed all their vast experience of the indoor game in shutting out the high- scoring Danes in the first half. Indeed they went into the interval leading 1-0 after their captain Craig Parnham had converted a penalty stroke after his corner shothad been illegally stopped by a Danish foot on the line.

The second half was just 40 seconds old when Chris Rasmussen scored the first of his three goals for Denmark. Although Owen Jones replied within a minute for Stourport Rasmussen converted two corners - the winner coming after a sloppy clearance from Parnham, who otherwise had had an outstanding game, and was subsequently named player of the tournament.

n Nick Conway, England's captain, scored a hat-trick as his side beat Italy 3-1 in their final match of of the Under-21 Four Nations Tournament in Barcelona yesterday, to finish third behind Germany and Spain. Germany beat Spain 2-0 in their final game.

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