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Day 9 Olympic Preview...GB v Netherlands

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Great Britain’s final Pool A match is against the world’s number 1 ranked side, the Netherlands.

Fixture: Great Britain v Netherlands
Date and time: 6th August - 19.00
Location: Riverbank Arena
Watch live on the BBC: Olympics 10(red button for Sky, Virgin and Freesat)

World rankings
Great Britain #4
Netherlands #1

Head to head record
Played: 36
Won: 7
Drawn: 9
Lost: 20
Goals for: 37
Goals against: 82

GB has faced the Netherlands 36 times but has only ever won 7 of these matches. GB’s last victory against the Dutch was in 2008 where they won 3 – 2. In their latest meeting at the Champions Trophy in Rosario in January 2012, it finished 2 – 2 with Crista Cullen netting twice from penalty corners. The two teams last faced each other at an Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996, which unfortunately saw the Netherlands knock GB out on penalty flicks (4 – 3).

Key to Great Britain’s progress to the semi-final will be the inspirational presence of captain Kate Walsh, while the home side will look to the likes of Alex Danson and Helen Richardson to provide the creativity and unlock the Dutch defence. With a vociferous support behind them at the Riverbank Arena, Great Britain will be confident of securing the result they need to reach the semi-finals.

Netherlands, the current Olympic champions are still on course for defending their title having already qualified for the semi-finals. Captain Maartje Paumen, the current World Player of the Year, lifted the London Investec Cup in May and will be hopeful of adding more silverware to the trophy cabinet by taking Gold in London 2012.
 

Player to watch: Great Britain

Midfield maestro Helen Richardson is one of the most experienced members of the GB team, entering her third Olympics.  She is recognised at world level as one ofOlympics 2012 Helen Richardson the best in the business - shortlisted for the World Player of the Year Award in 2010, Helen has been named in the International Hockey Federation’s World All Stars Team three times - 2009, 2010 and 2011.  She was part of the team that won silver in the 2012 Champions Trophy, scoring twice in the tournament and she cites her greatest moment in hockey as winning bronze at the 2010 World Cup in Argentina. When she played at the 2000 Olympic Games, she was the youngest British woman to represent GB in hockey at an Olympics. 

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

Name: Maartje Paumen Netherlands Pauman
Position: Defensive midfield

Paumen’s presence and awareness on the hockey field is exceptional – she is able to distribute play effectively with stunning passes but is also capable of breaking down the attacks of the opposing team. Named as the 2011 FIH Player of the Year, she is considered one of the best penalty corner strikers in the world. 
 

Netherlands Kim Lammers
Name:
Kim Lammers
Position: Striker

Not only does Lammers movement upfront create many problems for defenders, but also her superb finishing ability. She is an experienced player who was part of the Dutch squad that became World Champions at the 2006 Hockey World Cup.  


 


Trying to work out what GB need to do tonight to reach the semi finals of the Olympic Games for the first time since Barcelona 1992? Ponder no more with our simple explanation.

POOL A

Teams in the mix for a spot in the semi finals: Netherlands (already qualified), Great Britain, China.

Fixtures: China v Japan (13:45), GB v Netherlands (19:00)

Scenarios:

GB Win – GB progress irrespective of the China v Japan result. GB would progress as Pool A winners.

GB draw – GB’s progress dependent on result of China v Japan. GB would still progress so long as China win by fewer than five goals. If GB progress in this instance it would be as Pool A runner up. If China win by five or more, they go through as runner up.

GB lose – GB progress so long as China don’t beat Japan. If GB progress it would be as Pool A runner up. If China beat Japan and GB lose, China progress as runner up.

Standings:

Pl.WDLGFGAGDPts
Netherlands4400104612
Great Britain430113589
China42116247
Korea4103612-63
Belgium402217-62
Japan401339-61

GB will know the outcome of the China v Japan match before they take to the field against the Netherlands and will know exactly what is required of them.

POOL B

Teams in the mix for a spot in the semi finals: New Zealand (already qualified), Argentina, Australia

Fixtures: New Zealand v Germany (08:30 – finished 0-0 so New Zealand qualify and Germany cannot make the semis), Argentina v Australia (21:15)

Scenarios:

Argentina win – Argentina and New Zealand progress to semi finals with Argentina topping Pool B.

Argentina & Australia draw – Argentina and New Zealand progress to semi finals with Argentina topping Pool B.

Australia win – Australia and New Zealand progress to semi finals with Australia topping Pool B.

Standings:

Pl.WDLGFGAGDPts
New Zealand531195410
Argentina430112489
Australia43015239
Germany521267-17
USA410346-23
South Africa4004214-120

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