Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 29 - 10, 2012

GBR V NED ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

GBR
1 - 2
NED

Match Review GBR - NED 1-2

Goals

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
GBR 29 5 CULLEN Crista PC 1 - 0
NED 43 18 van AS Naomi PC 1 - 1
NED 52 4 van MALE Kitty FG 1 - 2

Cards

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
NED 13 4 van MALE Kitty G
NED 59 18 van AS Naomi G

NED


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 de la FUENTE Carolina
Umpire 2 SOMA Chieko
Reserve Umpire KANG Hyun Young
Judge 1 PETITJEAN Sylvie
Judge 2 PARKS Paula
Technical Officer BROWN Sheila

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.

(Yan Huckendubler)

  • Match 29
  • Date Mon, 6 Aug 2012
  • Time 19:00
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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