Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 29 - 10, 2012

BEL V GBR ( Pool A ) Olympic Games London 2012

0 - 3

Match Review BEL - GBR 0-3


Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
GBR 33 22 BALL Ashleigh FG 0 - 1
GBR 40 14 BARTLETT Laura FG 0 - 2
GBR 69 5 CULLEN Crista PC 0 - 3


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 HASSICK Amy
Umpire 2 PRESENQUI Irene
Reserve Umpire de la FUENTE Carolina
Judge 1 SHIN Jung Hee
Judge 2 BUCKLEY Peri
Technical Officer RUTTEN Edna

Great Britain struggled during a period but ended with a third win despite a strong show from the Belgian team. Great Britain now join The Netherlands at the top of Pool A.

The match started in a Riverbank Arena filled to the brim and graced by the presence of Prince Edward and his wife Sophie of Wessex. Cheered enthusiastically by the home crowd, the British women immediately pushed forward but Belgium continued on the momentum of their excellent match against China and held tight, containing the British players, possibly too eager to score fast.

First real chance was for Nicola White receiving the ball alone in the circle, but she was prevented to shoot by a quick intervention of Belgian goalkeeper Aisling D'Hoogue, playing boldly on the big stage at the tender age of 17. Belgium were shaken around by Great Britain, ranked twelve spots above them in the world, but they were holding well. It is only with two minutes to go in the period that Ashleigh Ball managed to find the ball in a goalmouth scramble to open the scoring for Great Britain.

Great Britain were quick off the blocks in second period and immediately created havoc in the Belgian circle. In the 45th minute, Laura Bartlett received the ball in good position, turned quickly to eliminate three defenders and surprised the goalkeeper to score the second goal for a more comfortable British lead.

The first penalty-corner of the match only happened in the 55th minute after Alex Danson was taken down in the circle, but it was weakly executed and did not produce anything. Belgium were far from beaten though, and were close to score on a rocket from Emilie Sinia that nearly surprised Beth Storry in the British goal.

Great Britain added a last goal on penalty-corner by Crista Cullen and ended the day with a third win which put them on top of Pool A with The Netherlands.

(Yan Huckendubler)

  • Match 17
  • Date Thu, 2 Aug 2012
  • Time 19:00
  • Pool/Class Pool A
  • Venue

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