GB U23 Women lose out to the Netherlands

GB U23 Women, June 20 2016 - 450

Great Britain U23 Women 0 (0)
Netherlands U23 Women 3 (3)

Great Britain Under-23 Women turned in a strong defensive performance against the Netherlands in their final performance at the Futures 2020 Invitational Tournament at the Nottingham Hockey Centre on Thursday afternoon.

Head Coach Colin Clarke was pleased with the team’s performance which saw them hold the Dutch threat at bay from penalty corners and battle through the second period without conceding.

“Our performance was significantly better than yesterday,” said Clarke, referring to their 6-0 defeat to Australia. “The Dutch are a top team and they challenged us, but our defensive platform – especially in the second half – was excellent, and the girls were a strong cohesive unit.

“The tournament has enabled us to play against the best teams in the world and we now know the areas we need to focus on moving forward. We’ve played four games in five days which is a tough schedule, but it has given the team invaluable experience which will make them better players going forwards.”

The Netherlands took the lead after just four minutes through Yentl Leemans, and captain Marijn Veen scoring their second after 12 minutes – again from open play.

Leemans bagged her second on 31 minutes from open play, but the Dutch efforts to extend their lead were thwarted as GB’s defence got the measure of them at penalty corner routines.

Goalkeeper Nicky Cochrane made some top class saves at crucial times in the match and – as they have throughout the tournament – captain Grace Balsdon and vice-captain Emily Defroand led the team excellently.

The women’s tournament comes to an end with a match between the Netherlands and Australia on Friday morning at 10am.