Results

Olympic Games

29th July 2012

08:30 Pool B
New Zealand(1) 1 : 0 (0) Australia
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10:45 Pool A
Netherlands(1) 3 : 0 (0) Belgium
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13:45 Pool B
China(1) 4 : 0 (0) Korea
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16:00 Pool B
Argentina(5) 7 : 1 (1) South Africa
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19:00 Pool A
Great Britain(4) 4 : 0 (0) Japan
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21:15 Pool B
Germany(2) 2 : 1 (0) United States
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31st July 2012

08:30 Pool A
Netherlands(2) 3 : 2 (0) Japan
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10:45 Pool B
South Africa(3) 4 : 1 (0) New Zealand
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13:45 Pool A
Belgium(0) 0 : 0 (0) China
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16:00 Pool A
Great Britain(2) 5 : 3 (1) Korea
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19:00 Pool B
Argentina(0) 0 : 1 (1) United States
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21:15 Pool B
Germany(1) 1 : 3 (1) Australia
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2nd August 2012

08:30 Pool A
Korea(1) 0 : 0 (0) Japan
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10:45 Pool B
Australia(1) 1 : 0 (0) United States
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13:45 Pool A
China(0) 0 : 1 (1) Netherlands
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16:00 Pool B
South Africa(0) 0 : 2 (1) Germany
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19:00 Pool A
Belgium(0) 0 : 3 (1) Great Britain
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21:15 Pool B
New Zealand(0) 1 : 2 (1) Argentina
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4th August 2012

08:30 Pool B
Australia(0) 1 : 0 (0) South Africa
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10:45 Pool A
Netherlands(2) 3 : 2 (1) Korea
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13:45 Pool A
Japan(0) 1 : 1 (1) Belgium
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16:00 Pool A
China(0) 2 : 1 (0) Great Britain
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Match Report

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.
 Alex Danson vs. China

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.

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.”

“I don’t know how the Dutch will play it. I watched the footage against China and at times they were up and at times they dropped off, which is what they’ve seemingly been doing so far. Naomi van As has had one of her better tournaments and then Eva de Goede in the screen position has also been good for them.  Finally they’ve got Kim Lammers who is an exceptional goal scorer. I think they will play some hockey and they won’t want to lose to us. Even though they’ve qualified for the semi they’re a proud nation and they’re the reigning Olympic champions. However they play, you can guarantee this lot will run through brick walls to get us into the semi.”

China came into the game knowing that they needed a win to keep their hopes of progressing to the semi-finals alive and their approach to the game was clear from the outset.  Having seemed happy all week to sit back and let teams try and break their strong defence, today they came out fighting from the start, pushing forward at every opportunity.

The opening 15 minutes of the game saw few clear cut chances for either side. Leicester’s Hannah Macleod probably with the best opportunity as she pounced on a short ball from China’s defence just outside the circle. Unfortunately her touch was too heavy and goalkeeper Yimeng Zhang got out well to make a relatively easy save and clear the ball away from danger.

The chance seemed to spur Great Britain into action and there was some good link up play between the returning captain Kate Walsh and her Reading teammates Alex Danson and Helen Richardson. However the final ball into the circle always seemed to find a Chinese defenders stick first.

Both teams were working hard off the ball to close down breaks and stop the fluidity of play and China had a lot of success marking Great Britain’s forwards entirely out of the game. With the likes of Danson and Richardson seeing little of the ball Sarah Thomas looked the liveliest player on the pitch for Great Britain as she tried to lift her side. However her searing runs from midfield could not penetrate a stalwart Chinese defence as they broke all of GB’s moves down.

Great Britain continued to try and push forward though and their passion for a win in front of a packed home crowd never faltered. With six minutes to go they were rewarded with their first penalty corner of the game thanks to some skilful play from Richardson who went past three Chinese defenders before winning the corner.

The closing minutes of the first half saw four penalty corners, but unfortunately no goals to speak of.  Walsh stepped up for the first one, then Leicester’s Crista Cullen committed herself to the next three. The second corner seemed to be GB’s best chance; Cullen’s initial shot was well saved by Zhang who got up quickly to then save again from Cullen who had moved in closer to unleash another shot on goal.  The final corner broke down and Great Britain were lucky to see China’s counter attack falter and go into the break all even at 0-0.
 
Anne Panter vs. China London 2012 Olympics

The second half started in much the same way as the first, with China pushing forward and looking the more dangerous side in possession.  With six minutes gone they broke the deadlock thanks to a well worked penalty corner.  The injection came out to Baorong Fu whose shot went through a crowd of players and found its way past a diving Beth Storry to make it 1-0.

China certainly had the run of the play and just six minutes later they won another penalty corner as their attack found Cullen’s foot in the circle. With a different line-up prepared, the ball came out to Yibo Ma whose shot towards Storry was deflected into the goal by Ye Ren to extend her side’s lead.

With a two goal deficit Great Britain were left with no choice but to push forward. Thomas, was still looking the most dangerous player on the ball, but China were committed in their defence and continued to mark the forwards out of the game and frustrated Great Britain with their play. Danson seemed to have at least two players on her every time she was on the ball.

Great Britain didn’t find the same level of creative play shown by them so far this tournament, but they never gave up. Leicester’s Chloe Rogers did well to work a ball from the baseline to find Bowdon Hightown’s Sally Walton at the top of the circle, but her shot was saved by Zhang.

With just two minutes to go Great Britain finally broke through the Chinese defence thanks to some great work from Thomas who forced a fowl from Qingling Song in the circle. The first corner saw Ren break the line and China reduced by one player on the goal-line.  The ball came out to Cullen again and this time she made no mistake as she fired the ball home past Zhang to make it 2-1. There were only seconds left on the clock and Great Britain had to accept their first defeat of the tournament so far.

Following the game, Great Britain Captain Kate Walsh, added her thoughts, “We all feel very disappointed with the result and the performance as well. We can play a lot better than that. The ball retention was poor from us today and I think we could have knocked it around and been a bit more patient. We have to bring our game to the Dutch with the belief that we have and come back fighting.”

Walsh also commented on her injury, “I knew straight away [I’d broken my jaw]. You know how I play, I put my head in some silly positions. Sometimes you’re going to get hit and it’s my own fault. The surgeon, Simon Holmes, was very positive and so I had my faith in him. He said ‘well I’m going to do my job and you’ve got to get back and do yours’ and that’s what I’ve done. He did exactly what he said and now I’m back fighting with everybody else to get what we want out of this group and out of this tournament.”

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind to be honest. I was in hospital and had the operation on Monday morning and came out Wednesday and managed to do a little bit of training on Thursday and Friday to make sure I was fit for the game. The hospital (the Royal London Hospital) have been amazing and the team have been amazing just focusing on the job in hand. I was keen that I didn’t want to be a distraction at all.”

Great Britain remain second in Pool A, three points behind the Netherlands, who are their next opponents in the final match of the pool stage on Monday at 19:00. A win for China against Japan would mean Great Britain requiring a win or draw against their Dutch rivals to progress to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Great Britain’s men will continue their Olympic campaign tomorrow evening at 19:00 when they play in a top of the table contest against world number one side Australia at the Riverbank Arena.

19:00 Pool B
United States(2) 2 : 3 (2) New Zealand
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21:15 Pool B
Germany(0) 1 : 3 (2) Argentina
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6th August 2012

08:30 Pool B
New Zealand(0) 0 : 0 (0) Germany
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10:45 Pool B
United States(0) 0 : 7 (4) South Africa
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13:45 Pool A
Japan(0) 1 : 0 (0) China
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16:00 Pool A
Korea(2) 3 : 1 (0) Belgium
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19:00 Pool A
Great Britain(1) 1 : 2 (0) Netherlands
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21:15 Pool B
Argentina(0) 0 : 0 (0) Australia
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8th August 2012

08:30 9th/10th
Japan(0) 2 : 1 (1) South Africa
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11:30 7th/8th
Korea(1) 1 : 4 (2) Germany
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15:30 SF1
Netherlands(1) 2 : 2 (1) New Zealand
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20:00 SF2
Argentina(2) 2 : 1 (0) Great Britain
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10th August 2012

08:30 11th/12th
Belgium(1) 2 : 1 (1) USA
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11:30 5th/6th
China(0) 0 : 2 (0) Australia
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15:30 Bronze
New Zealand(0) 1 : 3 (0) Great Britain
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20:00 Gold
Netherlands(0) 2 : 0 (0) Argentina
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