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Hockey: Team GB women lose out to China

August 4, 2012

Team GB’s women’s hockey team missed the opportunity to qualify for the semi-finals as they were beaten 2-1 by China at the Riverbank Arena this afternoon.

The team only needed a point to qualify for the last four, but the defeat means they will need to beat defending Olympic champions and world number one Holland in their final pool match on Monday, to guarantee their progression.

They were boosted by the return of captain Kate Walsh, who was wearing a protective mask over her jaw which she broke in last Sunday’s match against Japan.

But not even her return could inspire her side to victory, as they slipped behind to two second-half penalty corner goals from Fu Baorong and Zhao Yudiao.

Great Britain battled hard and Crista Cullen scored a late consolation goal from a penalty corner with 80 seconds remaining, but it came too late to salvage the draw and point they desperately wanted.

“We all feel very disappointed with the result and the performance as well, we can play a lot better than that,” said Walsh.

“The ball retention was poor from us today, I think we could have knocked the ball around better and, as Danny (Kerry, coach) said, been a bit more patient.”

Speaking about her injury, Walsh said: “I knew straight away I’d broken my jaw. You know how I play, I put my head in some silly positions and sometimes you’re going to get hit.”

“The surgeon, Simon Holmes, was very positive to the point of cockiness and so I had faith in him. Once 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 his job and I’m back fighting with everybody else to get what we want out of this group and out of this tournament.”

The Women’s Sports Magazine

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