Saddleworth’s Nicola White helps GB into hockey quarter finals in Rio

NICOLA WHITE helped Great Britain win through to the quarter finals of the Olympic Games women’s hockey tournament with two pool games still to play.

RIO - Women's Olympic Hockey tournament 10 India - Great Britain foto: Giselle Ansley. WORLDSPORTPICS COPYRIGHT FRANK UIJLENBROEK
Nicola White in action for Great Britain against India (pic by Giselle Ansley. WORLDSPORTPICS COPYRIGHT FRANK UIJLENBROEK)

The 28-year-old former Saddleworth Hockey Club player was a key member of the team that made it three wins out of three in Rio with a 3-2 victory against Argentina.

And following earlier wins against Australia and India, Great Britain continued their perfect start to the Olympic competition.

Great Britain raced into a 3-0 lead against world number two ranked Argentina through two goals from Helen Richardson-Walsh and one from Sophie Bray.

Florencia Habif scored twice for Argentina in the space of two minutes in the third quarter to make it a nail-biting finish for Great Britain who had looked home and dry.

Great Britain had a chance to make the game safe towards the end when they were awarded a penalty after Alex Danson was fouled, but Helen Richardson-Walsh’s flick was saved as she was also denied a hat trick.

The match saw Great Britain’s Hollie Webb play her 100th international match.

Great Britain are next in action on Friday against Japan. They will be looking to win their pool to gain a favourable draw in the quarter finals.

 

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