Molly competes in Six Nations

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A battling draw with Germany and a win over Ireland were the highlights as Molly Redgrove competed for the England Under-16 hockey squad in the Six Nations in Belgium.

The Twinstead-based former Sudbury Hockey Club player started all five matches as her England side recovered from a tough start to the tournament in Antwerp, not getting their first points on the board until the fourth match, a 3-0 victory over Ireland.

Before that, they opened with a 3-2 defeat to Belgium last Sunday before losing to Spain 3-1 the following day as the side battled in the sweltering conditions.

Last Wednesday saw them lose 7-0 to an impressive Dutch side before they regained some pride with their win over Ireland on Friday ahead of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with world powerhouse Germany.

Redgrove’s father Nick, who travelled out to Belgium with his wife Cathie to watch their daughter in action, spoke of his pride at seeing her represent her country.

“It was a great experience and we were very proud,” he said.

“It was a learning curve for the team and Molly played well throughout the tournament.”

Left-back Redgrove, who now plays for national league side Harleston Magpies as well as her school, Framlingham College, earned her first England call-up back in February.

She now has three weeks off ahead of preparing for the new season with club and school.