|August 6th, 2012|
|29||Pool A||7:00pm||GBR - NED||1 - 2 (1 - 0)||Final|
After Japan's win over China earlier in the day, both teams were already qualified for the semi-finals and playing for 1st and 2nd place in Pool A.
The match started in a fiery atmosphere in a Riverbank Arena full to capacity, with the Dutch fans valiantly trying to compete with the mainly British crowd. The Netherlands had most of the early ball possession and Kim Lammers inherited a ball in the circle on a free hit quickly taken, but she was promptly overwhelmed by the defenders.
Play became more balanced and very intense, neither team holding back their punches. On a decisive play from Naomi van As entering the circle on the right, The Netherlands earned a penalty-corner but their complicated option uncharacteristically fizzled. Van As was running the show in midfield, however the British defense was holding tight, anchored by Kate Walsh, playing despite the broken jaw suffered earlier in the competition.
Great Britain progressed mainly with counter-attacks but were rarely threatening the Dutch circle. They however earned a penalty-corner on one of their rare circle incursions and Crista Cullen slammed it in goal, triggering a massive roar from the crowd. The Netherlands had a penalty-corner of their own in the next breath. They did not go for the fancy option this time, but Beth Storry in the British goal made a superb stick save on Maartje Paumen’s low flick. Great Britain had the momentum going into the break, with a tenuous, but precious one-goal lead.
The Netherlands were immediately dangerous in second period, Kitty van Male setting up Kim Lammers arriving at full speed at the top of the circle but she was covered by Beth Storry rushing very fast out of her goal. Faced with a flurry of Dutch attacks, Great Britain maintained their defensive structure but had to concede another penalty-corner in the 43rd minute. Maartje Paumen aimed for the post where Naomi van As was on hand to slam the ball in goal for the equalizer.
The Netherlands maintained their pressure and increased their lead half way through the period by Kitty van Male, deflecting in goal a superb pass from Maartje Goderie who had work hard in the circle to elude three defenders. The Dutch were back in a more familiar territory, ahead on the scoreboard and controlling play. They showed all their experience in the final ten minutes, smothering all the more and more desperate British attempts while the Dutch fans in the crowd boldly outsang their British counterparts. The Netherlands nearly scored in the final minute, on a counter-attack that started innocuously then swept the whole pitch with 6 or 7 players touching the ball.
With the win, The Netherlands finish unbeaten in five matches in Pool A, while Great Britain take second place of the group and will play the winner of Pool B in semi-final.
Crista CULLEN (GBR)
On the result: "We approached the game exactly the same way as we have in every other. The result might not be important, but we wanted to win today so we are disappointed about the result, definitely. We were happy to go in at half time 1-0 up, but in the second half we were on the back foot. We're lucky that we'd done all the hardwork of getting into the semifinals early."
On challenging for a medal: "Yeah, it's amazing. We have nothing to lose and we'll fight with every ounce we've got in us to do it. We don't care (who we face) because we know whoever it is in front of us we have to beat in order to win the gold medal."
Kate WALSH (GBR)
On the result: "We wanted to win, obviously, just a look at the the girls' faces tells you that. We were playing against the world champions so we had to get it right. But we're through, so now we wipe the slate clean and go on."
On whether they watched the Japan v China match earlier today: "No, we decided as a team that we weren't going to watch it. I needed to go to the toilet when there was about five minutes to go. As I'm sure you can imagine there was a lot of cheering when it was over."
Naomi VAN AS (NED)
On the opponents for the semifinal: "I don't care. If you want to be Olympic champion you've got to beat anyone.
"We will be getting a lot better, we are getting better in every game, in every game we have improved. We are a team where it does not matter who scores. First, I am going to have a shower, then dinner. Maybe we will watch the second half, but I have important things, to see my sister and my parents. Tthis is home from home."
Maartje PAUMEN (NED)
On the result: "Yes it was a really good result for us and a good performance. I thought we played some very good hockey tonight, and GB played a very strong first half. Overall it was a really strong game, we made every easy pass we saw and gave it 200%."
On their tournament so far: "We have played five games and got five wins so of course we're very happy. We're all really looking forward now to the semifinals and I'm very proud."
Kitty VAN MALE (NED)
On her goal, the winner, and whether it was her goal: "We had the ball in the midfield, it was a press situation. I gave the ball to Ellen (HOOG, NED) and she makes an action and she wants to hit it on goal. For some reason it gets to Kelly JONKER (NED) and she turns around and puts the ball in the goal. I didn't know if it was in the goal or outside, so I thought I'd just give the ball a hit and we will see, so it's actually a goal for Kelly JONKER, not my goal."
Olympic gold medal-winning rower Katherine GRAINGER (GBR) as she watched GBR v NED at the Riverbank Arena on Monday.
On the hockey competition: "I am absolutely delighted to get the chance to watch the hockey girls in action. We train at Bisham Abbey, where Team GB hockey trains, so I know a lot of the girls. And this is such a sensational venue. Not just the look, but the noise and the atmosphere. It is an exciting venue and people are saying it is one of the best."
On her next challenge: "Well, I saw the (hockey) team in the (Olympic) Village, and they knew by then that the pressure was off, (Japan's win over China meant Great Britain had already qualified for the semifinals before tonight's match) so I offered to play for them. The answer was a firm 'no'. Maybe I can target Rio."
|August 06th, 2012 at 12:46 pm||Final match in Pool A between Great Britain and The Netherlands just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London|
|August 06th, 2012 at 12:47 pm||Umpires for GBR vs. NED are Carolina DE LA FUENTE (ARG) and Chieko SOMA (JPN)|
|August 06th, 2012 at 12:47 pm||Great Britain have so far three wins (against Japan, Korea and Belgium) and one loss against China|
|August 06th, 2012 at 12:47 pm||The Netherlands have so far won all their four matches|
|August 06th, 2012 at 12:48 pm||After Japan's win over China earlier, both teams are already qualified for the semi-finals. They will play for 1st/2nd place|
|August 06th, 2012 at 1:03 pm||Fiery atmosphere in a Riverbank Arena full to to capacity. The Dutch fans are valiantly trying to compete with the British crowd|
|August 06th, 2012 at 1:11 pm||Balance match now, after The Netherlands dominated the early stages. GBR-NED: 0-0 after 10mn|
|August 06th, 2012 at 1:13 pm||Green card to Kitty van Male (NED) for rough play|
|August 06th, 2012 at 1:30 pm||GBR goal by Crista Cullen on penalty-corner! GBR-NED: 1-0|
|August 06th, 2012 at 1:33 pm||The Netherlands earned a penalty-corner of their own but Beth Storry make a superb stick save on Maartje Paumen’s low flick|
|August 06th, 2012 at 1:37 pm||Half-time at the Riverbank Arena. Great Britain lead 1-0 vs. The Netherlands in a very exciting match|
|August 06th, 2012 at 1:46 pm||Second half under way between Great Britain and The Netherlands. GBR lead 1-0|
|August 06th, 2012 at 1:55 pm||Naomi van As equalizes for The Netherlands on a penalty-corner option. GBR-NED: 1-1|
|August 06th, 2012 at 2:05 pm||Kitty van Male scores after a superb work from Maartje Goderie in the circle. GBR-NED: 1-2 with 16 minutes to go|
|August 06th, 2012 at 2:10 pm||Green card for Naomi van As (NED)|
|August 06th, 2012 at 2:20 pm||two minutes to go. GBR is pushing hard, with the help of the crowd, but NED still ahead 2-1|
|August 06th, 2012 at 2:24 pm||Final score: GBR-NED: 1-2|
|August 06th, 2012 at 2:25 pm||With the win, NED finish unbeaten in 5 matches in Pool A|
|August 06th, 2012 at 2:25 pm||GBR take second place of the group and will play the winner of Pool B in semi-final|