Day 7 Olympic Preview - Great Britain v China

Olympics 2012 Beth Storry 450

Great Britain women's penultimate pool match is against China, who are ranked 5th in the world.

Fixture: Great Britain v China
Date and time: 04/08/12 - 16.00
Location: Riverbank Arena
Watch live on BBC: Olympics 8 (red button for Sky, Virgin and Freesat)

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World Rankings
Great Britain #4
China #5

Head to Head Record
Played: 8
Won: 5
Drawn: 1
Lost: 2
Goals For: 14
Goals Against: 7

China was another opponent that GB defeated at the Olympic Test Event in May 2012. GB won 3 – 0 with Crista Cullen scoring two penalty corner strikes, either side of a goal from Susie Gilbert.  The two teams also came up against each other in the Champions Trophy in Rosario with GB winning 3 – 1. Crista Cullen again scored twice from penalty corners but this time the third goal was scored by Ashleigh Ball.

Player to watch: Great Britain

Born and brought up in Reading, GB goalkeeper Beth Storry is rated as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.  Named in the 2010 World All Stars Team, Beth played a significant role in England’s triple medal winning year of 2010, picking up bronze medals at the World Cup, Champions Trophy andOlympics 2012 Beth Storry Commonwealth Games.  She was also critical to Great Britain’s silver medal success at the 2012 Champions Trophy in Rosario. At the recent Olympic Test Event, Beth was in outstanding form and kept clean sheets in all four of GB’s matches, including both games against Argentina, who are ranked number two in the world.

Players to watch: China
We asked the GB players who they considered the players to watch are: China

Name: Song Qingling
Position: Midfield
Qingling knows exactly what to expect at an Olympic Games having been part of the Chinese team that won silver at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. She is an incredibly quick, strong and skilful player and also the playmaker for China.




Name:
Zhao Yudiao China player to watch 2
Position: Attacking midfield

As the 2011 FIH Young Player of the Year, Yudiao is an exciting talent. Her movement and pinpoint accuracy when shooting at goal means she can be incredibly dangerous when going forward.