Great Britain fall to Netherlands but keep medal hopes alive

Great Britain fall to Netherlands but keep medal hopes alive

22 November 2018 / 16:42

Great Britain’s women kept hopes of a bronze medal alive despite defeat at the hands of a strong Netherlands side at the Hockey Champions Trophy in China.

The Rio gold medallists went down 4-0 to the side which lifted the Women’s Hockey World Cup in London this summer.

But a win against Argentina in their final group game of the tournament would give them a chance of reaching the bronze medal match.

On England captain Hollie Pearne-Webb’s 150th international cap it was Marijn Veen who put the Dutch ahead, before Margot Zuidhof doubled their advantage before the break.

Ginella Zerbo grabbed a third with a fine effort on the reverse from the top of the circle before Zuidhof rounded things off with her second of the match.

GB threatened throughout, in what was the first meeting between the sides since the finals in Rio, but couldn’t convert their chances with Dutch goalkeeper Josine Koning in fine form.

The result means that Great Britain are yet to win a match at what is the last edition of the Champions Trophy before the Hockey Pro League starts next year, having already drawn with Japan and China and lost to Australia.

Sportsbeat 2018