Defiant Owsley ready to bounce back

Lily Owsley takes on the New Zealand defence. Credit Simon Parker1

Great Britain forward Lily Owsley remains defiant despite the Hockey Champions Trophy not going to plan for the host nation during their first four games.

In the wake of Great Britain’s loss to the USA on Thursday evening, Owsley was adamant that despite things not quite “clicking” there is no need to panic.

Following a good performance in their opening game – a 2-2 draw with World No2 Argentina, Danny Kerry’s side went on to slip to defeats to the Netherlands, New Zealand and USA leaving them out of contention for the gold and silver medals and needing a victory over Australia by three clear goals this coming Saturday just to make it into the bronze medal match.

“The first thing to say is we’re focusing on sticking together as a team.” Owsley told Great Britain Hockey. “We believe this has no reflection on how we will do at Rio. It’s important to keep believing and keep doing what we do and it’ll come together at the right time.”

“Everyone in the team has gone through worse and experienced tough times and we know how to deal with them and how to overcome them. We will lift each other and it’s important that we do that.” she added.

The team will need all of their resilience and character to bounce back from a campaign that so far has not met the team’s expectations. Despite this disappointment, the FIH Rising Star of the Year for 2015 insists the problems are more cosmetic and not fundamental:

“Everything’s there it’s just not quite happening. It’s not clicking. It’s not anything we need to worry about it’s just that things aren’t going our way. A few cards, shots, chances not quite falling for us but these things happen in sport. We need to put them right and step up.”

Their next test is to take on Australia on Saturday. The Hockeyroos are a team Danny Kerry’s squad know well, having taken them on in a six-test series down under earlier on this year. Australia won two of those matches, Great Britain one and there were three draws. The two sides could not be closer in their recent matches, and with both teams aiming to bounce back from losses in the last round of matches it is set up for a thriller. Owsley remains determined to turn the tide against the Australians tomorrow:

“We’ve played Australia six times already this year so we know each other well. It’ll be tactical and physical but it’ll come down to fitness and preparation and we believe we can do it. It’s tough but if we come together we can get a result.”

Can Great Britain get the result they need? With tickets sold out for the day it promises to be a spectacular atmosphere. Tickets are still available for finals day on Sunday, with three top class matches all set for action. Click here for details on how you can be there.