Classy Dutch Defeat Great Britain in Olympic Semi Final

A superb semi-final performance from the Netherlands denied Great Britain reaching their first Olympic final since 1988 as they defeated the home nation 9-2 at the Riverbank Arena tonight.

Great Britain's James Tindall against the Netherlands Robbert Kemperman during their semi-final at the Riverbank Arena (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Great Britain’s James Tindall against the Netherlands Robbert Kemperman during their semi-final at the Riverbank Arena (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Hat-tricks from Billy Bakker and Roderick Weusthof, plus goals from Mink van der Weedan, Tuen de Nooijer and Dutch captain Floris Evers capped a fantastic display from the world’s number three side. Ashley Jackson and Rob Moore scored Great Britain’s goals. Continue reading →

Gutsy Great Britain Lose Out to in-Form Argentina

Despite a valiant performance, Great Britain’s women agonisingly missed out on a place in the London 2012 Olympics hockey final as they went down to a 2-1 defeat against Argentina at the Riverbank Arena tonight.

First half strikes from Noel Barrioneuvo and Carla Rebecchi were enough to send the world’s number two side into the final, while Great Britain’s consolation goal came from forward Alex Danson.

Alex Danson in action for Great Britain against Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games Semi Final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Alex Danson in action for Great Britain against Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games Semi Final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Great Britain still have a chance to claim a medal when they play New Zealand in the Bronze Medal match on Friday afternoon. Argentina’s reward is a Gold Medal match-up against the Netherlands that evening. Continue reading →

Great Britain Qualify for First Olympic Semi-Final Since 1988

A 1-1 draw for Great Britain in their final Pool A match against Spain tonight was enough to secure them a place in the semi-finals of the London 2012 Olympics hockey competition.

Great Britain finished runners-up in Pool A behind world number one Australia and will now play Pool B winners the Netherlands on Thursday for a place in Saturday’s Olympic final.

Barry Middleton celebrates GB men qualifying for semi-final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Barry Middleton celebrates GB men qualifying for semi-final (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

The home nation took the lead in the 32nd minute through an Ashley Jackson penalty corner before Pua Quemada equalised for Spain in the 54th minute, also from a penalty corner.

A succession of Spanish penalty corners in the last two minutes of the match had the packed Riverbank Arena on tenterhooks but the home nation survived to claim the vital point that sees them qualify for the semi-finals for the first time since Great Britain famously won the gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. Continue reading →

Great Britain Qualify for Olympic Semi-Final Despite Dutch Defeat

Great Britain women qualified for their first Olympic semi-final since Atlanta in 1996 despite going down to a 2-1 defeat against the Netherlands at a packed Riverbank Arena this evening.

Second half goals from Kitty van Male and the impressive Naomi van As gave the Dutch a fifth straight win in Pool A, but with China losing 1-0 to Japan earlier in the day, the home nation were already guaranteed a place in the last four of the hockey competition before the game got underway. Crista Cullen scored Great Britain’s only goal from a first half penalty corner.

Great Britain's Ashleigh Ball evades the attention of Netherlands' Kitty van Male during their pool A encounter (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Great Britain’s Ashleigh Ball evades the attention of Netherlands’ Kitty van Male during their pool A encounter (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

As runners-up behind the Netherlands, Great Britain will now play the winners of Pool B, Argentina or Australia, for a place in the final. Meanwhile, the reward for the Dutch is a last four clash against New Zealand. Both semi-finals will take place on Wednesday. Continue reading →

Great Britain and Australia Share Spoils in Olympic Thriller

In what was a truly fantastic advertisement for hockey, Great Britain staged a dramatic and remarkable second half comeback to hold the world’s number one ranked side Australia to a 3-3 draw at the Riverbank Arena tonight.

Goals from Jonty Clarke, Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton and James Tindall cancelled out strikes from Russell Ford (2) and Mark Knowles to send the home support into raptures and keep Great Britain level on points with Australia at the top of Pool A.

Great Britain's James Tindall celebrating his equalising goal against Australia (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Great Britain’s James Tindall celebrating his equalising goal against Australia (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

With Great Britain subsequently securing a vital point in this evening’s match, a win for the home nation in their final Pool A match against Spain at the Riverbank Arena on Tuesday will ensure that they qualify for the semi-finals. Continue reading →

Great Britain Suffer First Defeat Against Beijing Silver Medalists China

A penalty corner strike from defender Crista Cullen wasn’t enough to prevent Great Britain slipping to a 2-1 defeat against China in this afternoon’s Pool A encounter at the Riverbank Arena.

Second half goals for Baorong Fu and China’s captain Ye Ren inflicted the home nation’s first defeat of the hockey competition on the day that inspirational Great Britain Captain Kate Walsh returned to the starting line-up only days after undergoing surgery on a fractured mandible sustained against Japan.

Sarah Thomas of Great Britain v China at Olympic Games London 2012 (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Sarah Thomas of Great Britain v China at Olympic Games London 2012 (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Speaking after the game Great Britain head coach Danny Kerry said, “China did what they needed to do. They defended exceptionally well and executed their corners well. On such things games can hinge.” Continue reading →