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Award winners: Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup London 2018

August 5, 2018

VITALITY BEST PLAYER: Lidewij Welten – Netherlands
Netherlands women dominated the Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup London 2018 and central to their success was Lidewij Welten. Playing in her third World Cup, the 28 year-old midfield dynamo was the spearhead of Dutch attacks time and time again, scoring five goals, including the opening goal in the final. The Netherlands have played some inspiring hockey in London and Welten has been an inspiration within this title winning team.

BEST GOALKEEPER: Ayeisha McFerran – Ireland
The 22 year-old Irish goalkeeper epitomised the spirit of this famous Irish team. A leader from the back, her battling attitude provided confidence and direction which kept her team focused and motivated throughout the competition. Having lost only three goals in their run to the final, McFerran proved the hero in all of Ireland's shootout victories - against Asian champions India in the quarter-final and Spain in the semi-final. Whilst she could not stop a powerful Dutch performance in the final, McFerran has emerged from this event as one of the world's leading goalkeepers.undefined

BEST JUNIOR PLAYER: Lucina von der Heyde – Argentina
The 21 year-old Argentina hot-shot showed great potential during the Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup London 2018. A Junior World Cup winner in 2016, Lucina has been improving year on year. Despite not reaching this year's latter stages, Las Leonas have a shining star within their ranks who will no doubt lead her team to glory in the future. 

HERO TOP GOALSCORER: Kitty van Male (8 goals)
The golden girl from the golden team, Kitty was lethal throughout this event. Two goals in the opening match against Korea, one against China and four in the record breaking 12-1 win against Italy saw the Dutch top Pool A. She then grabbed the crucial third goal in the final as Netherlands went on to win a record eighth World Cup title. undefined


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