International tournament full of twists and turns for Levitt

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Bridlington hockey player Di Levitt’s latest international call-up took her to Belfast, where she was among the goals again, although the competition ultimately ended in disappointment.

She headed to Northern Ireland to play for England Over 55s in the Open European Championships last month.

Before the start of the action, the Scottish Over 50s withdrew from the tournament, so Levitt’s first opposition was Ireland Over 45s.

That resulted in a 3-0 defeat, but England bounced back the following day and beat ireland’s Over 50s 3-1, with Levitt on the scoresheet.

They went into their match against Australia Over 50s under the impression that a draw would be enough to put them through to the final.

They managed a 1-1 result and were told they had qualified to face Australia again, but it all changed on the morning of the final.

Levitt, deputy headteacher at Martongate School in Bridlington, said: “When we were arriving, we were then told the over 45s results counted so therefore they were to play instead.

“After some very long discussions with the technical officials and managers, an agreement was made.

“We had to play the Irish over 45s in a play off. This team were all at least 10 years younger than us and we had thought they were making up the number of teams when the Scots withdrew late on.

“However, we played them and beat them 2-1.

“Unfortunately, this meant that three hours later we met a very rested Australian team who deservedly beat us.”

The week ended with a tournament dinner at the Titanic Belfast Experience.

Levitt is due to take part in a Masters showcase event in Cumbria this weekend and heads for England trials again in November.