After a week packed with fine performances on the Gold Coast, Wales’ women’s side overcame a resilient Ghana team in dramatic fashion to secure a 9th place finish.
With finishing positions at stake, Wales were keen to round off their tournament on a high after winning admiration for their style of play and memorable victory against powerhouses India, backed up by strong performances against England and Malaysia. They went into the game knowing a win would secure 9th and also knew that an improving Ghana side were looking to make history in their first ever games.
The game started at a frantic pace for Wales, who were looking to stamp their authority early and they did so by creating a number of chances, however Ghana stood firm. Going into the break at 0 – 0 Wales were in control and looking comfortable in possession and it felt a matter of time until the deadlock was broken.
The second half started in much the same vein however it was Ghana who struck first with a scrambled goal to give them the lead heading into the final quarter.
With renewed vigour Wales continued to mount pressure in the 4th quarter and the chances finally told when Tina Evans drew the game level from a penalty corner.
With the game finishing a draw the tournament saw its first shoot out to the delight of the packed Gold Coast Hockey stadium. Wales’ Sian French and Sarah Jones converted their shuttles however it was goalkeeper Rose Thomas that stood out keeping out all the Ghanaian shuttles to give Wales the win in dramatic fashion.