Great Britain’s women suffered defeat away to Germany in a rain-affected match in Moenchengladbach.j
The start of the match was delayed by 45 minutes because of heavy rain, and the visitors were left to rue a below par second half performance that saw Germany take a deserved victory.
The opening two periods saw Britain holding their own, but a goal after the break put Germany on top, and Mark Hager’s side were unable to get a foothold in proceedings.
Amy Tennant was in fantastic form in the Britain goal and deserves a special mention, while defender Giselle Ansley made her 50th appearance for Great Britain.
Attention now turns to Saturday’s first home game when GB host USA in London at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. With the women’s team having won one of their six matches, they will be looking to a home crowd of more than 4,000 to make a difference on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Mark Hager’s side have ten games remaining; eight of them at home, and will now look to use home advantage to move up the table, starting this weekend.
Captain Hollie Pearne-Webb said, “We’re extremely disappointed with the result, especially the final two quarters, and there’s a lot of lessons to be learned going forward.
“We had some good scrambled defence but we weren’t good enough on the ball and that’s what cost us. That’s what we need to look at. We’re turning it over too cheaply. The good news is that they’re quick fixes but we need to learn the lessons now moving forward to our next Pro League game at home this Saturday.”
Germany 2 Hablac (38′, FG), (58′, FG)
Great Britain 0
Great Britain: Tennant (GK), Unsworth, Balsdon, Toman, Ansley, Pearne-Webb (c), Howard, Costello, Robertson, Evans, Defroand, Rayer, Petty, Jones, Owsley, Martin, Hunter
Unused sub: Heesh
Great Britain’s home games in the FIH Pro League begin on Saturday 27 April against USA at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. It’ll be a fantastic day’s hockey and also a great day out for families, club groups and supporters. Tickets start at just £5 for Under 18s and £15 for adults – supporters can click here to buy.
Courtesy of Great Britain Hockey