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Great Britain women reach final of Four Nations hockey in Argentina
Cordoba Four Nations, Cordoba, Argentina: Saturday, 21 January 2012
GREAT BRITAIN 2 (2)
Kate Walsh 11 (PC)
Alex Danson 20 (PC)
NEW ZEALAND 0 (0)
Great Britain will play the final of the Cordoba Four Nations on Sunday night after topping the tournament table with a 2-0 victory over New Zealand. The win set up a final against either Argentina or Korea at 10.30pm Sunday, UK time. First half goals from the Kate Walsh and Alex Danson were enough to seal the win and leave Great Britain with a clean sweep in the tournament so far. Beth Storry was back in goal, replacing Canterbury’s Abi Walker, whilst Storry’s Reading teammate Helen Richardson was rested with Slough’s Nicola White coming back into the team.
In energy zapping 35 degree heat Great Britain looked the better team against a struggling New Zealand side who had found themselves at the bottom of the tournament standings after their first two games.
It took Great Britain just 11 minutes to take the lead through Captain Kate Walsh who fired in her first goal of the tournament with a trademark drag flick from a penalty corner. Great Britain continued to press throughout the first half winning five penalty corners in total.
Great Britain’s second goal came from one of these penalty corners. On the 20th minute Reading’s Alex Danson scored her second goal of the tournament as she reacted first to a rebound from a drag flick by Leicester’s Crista Cullen.
As the teams came out for the second half it was clear that the heat and humidity had started to take effect on some of the players. The final score remained 2-0 as Great Britain held on to their first half advantage.
Speaking at the end of the game, Great Britain’s head coach, Danny Kerry, said “the game was played in incredible heat which I’m sure we’ll experience again in Rosario at the Champions Trophy next week. Throughout the game opportunities for both sides arose from opposition mistakes and in these conditions I think we did very well to maintain our concentration and keep a clean sheet.”
The result leaves Great Britain top of the tournament standings, finishing at least three points ahead of their closest rivals. Great Britain will face either Argentina or Korea in the final tomorrow at 22:30 UK time.
Great Britain Squad v New Zealand
(caps and goals updated on the attached)
Name (Club) Position [Home Nation]
Beth Storry (Reading) Goalkeeper [England]
Crista Cullen (Leicester) Defender [England]
Emily Maguire (Reading) Defender [Scotland]
Dilly Newton (EuroCanterbury) Defender [England]
Natalie Seymour (EuroCanterbury) Defender [England]
Kate Walsh (Reading) Defender [England]
Ashleigh Ball (Slough) Midfielder [England]
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham) Midfielder [England]
Laura Bartlett (Reading) Forward [Scotland]
Alex Danson (Reading) Forward [England]
Nicola White (Slough) Forward [England]
Anne Panter (Leicester) Defender [England]
Laura Unsworth (Loughborough Students) Defender [England]
Rebecca Herbert (Leicester) Forward [England]
Kerry Williams (Leicester) Forward [England]
Sarah Thomas (No Club) Forward [Wales]
Did Not Play
Abi Walker (EuroCanterbury) Goalkeeper [Scotland]
Helen Richardson (Reading) Midfielder [England]
Standings (full table on attached sheet)
1 Great Britain (9 pts)
2 Argentina (3 pts)
3 Korea (3 pts)
4 New Zealand (0 pts)
Sunday 22 January
20:00 UK Time - 17:30 Local Time – 3rd v New Zealand
22:30 UK Time - 19:30 Local Time – Great Britain v 2nd