Saddleworth hockey ace Nicola White ready to help upset Holland in Rio 2016 final

NICOLA WHITE believes the pressure will be on world number one team Holland in Friday’s final of the Olympic Games women’s hockey tournament.

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READY FOR AN UPSET: Nicola White

But the 28-year-old former Saddleworth Hockey Club player is confident Great Britain can pull off an upset.

White, whose grandparents live in Delph, has been a key member of the team that has won all seven of its games in Rio to become the first GB women’s hockey side to reach an Olympic final.

Looking ahead, White said: “We have put the work in and are now only one game from winning the gold medal.

“It’s a dream come true to reach an Olympic final, something we have trained for and we have the experience of being in the final.

“We have nothing to lose and Holland don’t like playing us after we (England) beat them in the final of EuroHockey last year.

“We played them in Holland this year in a practice match and also won so we have a little bit of history.”

Holland, however, beat Great Britain 2-0 in June in the Champions Trophy in London.

White continued: “We respect them as they are number one in world, and number one for a reason.

“But they worry and hate playing us because they know we are gritty and feisty.”

Great Britain coach Danny Kerry said: “That makes us the most successful GB women’s team ever at an Olympics. But there’s still one more game to go and they’re going to keep their feet on the ground.

“Holland in the final. They have probably got a bit of a point to prove after the England team beat them in the Europeans.

“I think it will be a tight, cagey affair. They have some talented players and they will probably start as red-hot favourites but we like it that way.

“We lost a very tight semi-final to Argentina four years ago (at London 2012). We have adapted some of our training to replicate some of thinking needed in tight games and we have learned some lessons.”

 

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