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Leonas and Leones impress in London

By Eric Weil / For The Herald
In London, the Leonas, Argentina’s national women’s hockey team, beat England’s B team 9-0, drew 3-3 with England’s full-strength side and then beat them 5-1 in practice matches for the World League semi-finals in Johannesburg, South Africa, which takes place from July 21 to August 2.

Britain (basically England), are Olympic champions and the top-ranked team in the world, but nine of their players retired after the Games. Argentina now include many of the under-21 team of world champions, but reports said they played more intellgently — four of the goals were penalty corners — and did not look like newcomers to this level.

The men’s team, also in London preparing for the World League semifinals there from June 15-25, won 3-2 and then lost 3-2 against the Dutch national team, followed by 1-1 against England and 4-3 against India.

GEBA WOMEN REMAIN UNBEATEN

After 11 games in the Metropolitan First Division A, GEBA remain unbeaten and have increased their lead to three points over River Plate, beating Banco Provincia 4-2. River Plate were held 1-1 at home by Belgrano. GEBA had conceded no goals against for 362 minutes until two-goal scorer Ailin Martinez put Banco ahead after 12 minutes. Proficient corner scorer Silvia D’Élia, who returned this season and is also back in training with the national team, scored one for GEBA and was outstanding in defence. Carla Dupuy scored two for GEBA, one after beating four rivals. On Saturday, GEBA will host River Plate.

Other results: Hacoaj 0 St Catherine’s 4; Arquitectura 3 Santa Barbara 1; SIC 1 Banco Nación 2; Ciudad de Buenos Aires 4 Italiano 1; CASI 0 San Fernando 3; Lomas 1 Hurling 0. League table: GEBA 29, River Plate 26, Ciudad de Buenos Aires 24, Banco Nación 19, Lomas 19, Arquitectura 18, Hacoaj 16, San Fernando 15, SIC 14, Belgrano 13, Santa Barbara 12, Banco Provincia 11, Hurling 9, St Catherine’s 9, CASI 7, Italiano 2. (GEBA, River Plate, Ciudad de Buenos Aires qualified for the top 10 who play on for the title.)

GEBA MEN ALSO WIN

GEBA men, coached by Marcelo Garraffo (also in charge of the club’s women’s team), beat Quilmes A 2-0, who had the better chances. The outstanding player from the match was Olympian Juan Saladino who gave GEBA goalie Fernando Fioroni a lot to do.

Other results: Ciudad de Buenos Aires B 1 Quilmes High School 0; Bartolomé Mitre 9 San Martín 1; Banade 0 San Fernando 0; Banco Provincia 5 Lomas 3; Universitario La Plata 1 Hurling 1; Ducilo 2 Santa Barbara 1; Quilmes B 1 Ciudad de Buenos Aires A 6.

League table: Hurling 26, Ciudad de Buenos Aires A 25, Bartolomé Mitre 24, Santa Barbara 22, Banco Provincia 22, San Fernando 21, Lomas 18, Banade 17, Quilmes A 16, GEBA 16, Ducilo 15, Universitario La Plata 10, San Martín 8, Ciudad de Buenos Aires B 6, Quilmes HS 3, Quilmes B 3. (Hurling, Ciudad de Buenos Aires A qualified for top 19.)

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