Great Britain’s women lost 4-0 to the Netherlands in their penultimate round-robin match, leaving them with a must win match over Argentina on Saturday if they are going to have any chance of playing for the bronze medals at the Wanglibao Champions Trophy in Changzhou, China.
The Netherlands sealed their place in the final with maximum points from their first four matches and will play either Australia or China.
Great Britain dropped to fifth and only head sixth placed Japan on goals scored after the Netherlands dominated the teams’ first encounter since the 2016 Olympic Final.
For the second game running, Great Britain rotated their goalkeepers with Amy Tennant in the starting lineup when with just three minutes on the clock, Marijn Veen easily finished after the Team GB defence failed to clear the ball.
Tennant saved a shot from a sliding Margot Zuidhof in the ninth minute and guarded the goal as Maria Verschoor shot wide of the left post two minutes later.
Surbiton’s Sabbie Heesh, replacing Tennant in goal for the second and fourth quarters, conceded Team GB’s second goal when Zuidhof spun round in the circle before finding the backboard in the 17th minute.
The Netherlands struggled with their penalty corners, Caia van Maasakker forcing a save from Heesh and having a shot deflected over the crossbar. A third opportunity was denied when Team GB successfully referred a penalty corner.
There was a scare when Susannah Townsend had a ball deflect off her stick into her face, but she returned to the pitch.
Team GB fell further behind in the 36th minute, Ginella Zerbo finishing from the top of the circle to put the Netherlands even more in control. The final game within a minute of the start of the fourth quarter, Lauren Nunnink attacking down the right before crossing for Zuidhof to score her second goal of the game.
Team GB had been unable to muster a single shot in the first three quarters, but managed three shots in the fourth quarter and a penalty corner, Zuidhof blocking Giselle Ansley’s shot.
Surbiton’s Hannah Martin, Ansley and Hollie Pearne-Webb, making her 150th combined international appearance as Team GB’s captain, were all in the starting line-up with Sarah Evans and Erica Sanders both coming on as sixth minute substitutes.
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