Great Britain’s women were unfortunate to come away with only one point as they faced Argentina in a very entertaining game in London.
In front of a packed crowd at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Britain put in arguably their best performance of the FIH Pro League so far, and coach Mark Hager will have been happy with his side’s progression.
There was an element of fortune about Argentina’s opening goal inside the last ten minutes, but we showed great resilience to equalise just before full time through Lily Owsley. The post-match shootout was then evenly poised, the visitors coming out on top with the final effort of ten.
Regardless of the outcome, Britain’s performance was encouraging, and with a buoyant crowd behind them they played with pace, purpose and intent against a strong Argentinian side. Also noteworthy was the return of Susannah Townsend after six months out and a good debut for 18-year-old Izzy Petter.
With games now coming thick and fast in the FIH Pro League – especially on home soil – there was much to be encouraged by as Mark Hager looks to put his stamp on our style of play.
Great Britain: Heesh (GK), Unsworth, Toman, Ansley, Pearne-Webb (c), Costello, Evans, Howard, Sanders, Jones, Robertson, Petty, Owsley, Hunter, Townsend, Martin, Petter
Unused sub: Tennant
Shootout: Toman, Martin (both missed), Pearne-Webb (scored), Jones, Evans (both missed)
Courtesy of GB Hockey