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Beijing Olympics 2008

News from Beijing

10 August 2008

Hockey women lose out to Germany

Great Britain’s women were left to rue missed opportunities in Beijing earlier today after losing out 5-1 to reigning Olympic and European Champions Germany in their opening match of the 2008 Olympic Games.

Loughborough’s graduates were both involved with the match - midfielder Lucilla Wright staring and forward Jennie Bimson coming on in a substitution.

Germany’s Fanny Rinne and Eileen Hoffmann both netted braces with Marion Rodewald adding their fifth. Crista Cullen was the only player on target for Team GB as they now look to pick themselves up for Tuesday’s encounter against World No. 2 Argentina – who earlier today were held to a 2-2 draw with the USA, ranked 11th in the world.

As the rain poured down, it could have been the perfect start for Great Britain with Bowdon Hightown’s Jo Ellis on the end of a long ball, but her deflection went just wide of the mark. Ellis again had an opportunity in the 7th minute, but the ball seemed to stick and she couldn’t get her shot away as Kristina Reynolds in Germany’s goal cleared the danger and on the 13th minute, Helen Richardson saw her shot from the top of the circle deflected wide.

Germany opened their account on the 26th minute with Fanny Rinne netting her 89th international goal with a drag flick from a penalty corner, but three minutes later, Britain’s penalty corner specialist Crista Cullen got her side back on level terms as she made the most of the set piece which had been injected by Ipswich’s Jo Ellis.

However, a momentary lack of concentration led to Germany regaining their lead two minutes later when Eileen Hoffmann, one of two unmarked players in the circle, fired home from a quickly taken free hit from just outside the circle to make it 2-1 at the break.

On the 47th minute, Great Britain again went wide of the mark when Ellis (Bowdon Hightown) earned a free hit to the left of the circle, but the resulting shot went just past the post. At the other end, Germany quickly won another penalty corner which was duly converted by Hoffman to make it 3-1. Rinne made it 4 in the 52nd minute with an unstoppable shot and Rodewald put the final nail in the coffin with a goal on the counter-attack at the second attempt after Beth Storry had denied Germany’s first strike.

Britain couldn’t make a last-minute penalty corner count and will now be looking to make amends on Tuesday against Argentina.

Head Coach Danny Kerry, himself a Loughborough graduate, was understandably disappointed after the game

“Obviously it hurts a lot to lose by this kind of scoreline and the team is very quiet on the bus at the moment. We have to take the positives out of today’s game in the fact that we had 10 corners and six shots, but Germany scored at some good points in the game and we were left chasing the match.

“I would describe our performance today as one with patches of isolated play. The team defence worked on their own rather than in units and we need to work more on that. Some haven’t played at their best today. They know that and know they will have to do better in the next game”.

GERMANY 5 (2)
Fanny Rinne 26,52 (PC,F)
Eileen Hoffmann 31,49 (F,PC)
Marion Rodewald 60 (F)

GREAT BRITAIN 1 (1)
Crista Cullen 29 (PC)

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