18 Aug 2016

Olympics hockey: NZ lose to GB

10:02 am on 18 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics - The New Zealand women's hockey team have been beaten 3-0 by Great Britain in their semi-final.

Great Britain led the Black Sticks 1-0 after the first two quarters before scoring their final two goals in the fourth quarter.

The first quarter was end-to-end although Britain had more possession. A good chance fell to New Zealand's Liz Thompson in the 10th minute but she missed her shot from a penalty corner, then minutes later her team mate Petrea Webster lofted over with a shot from inside the circle.

At the other end, Crista Cullen's penalty corner shot was saved by New Zealand goalkeeper Kayla Whitelock.

Britain came out strong in the second quarter and took the lead when Danson picked up the rebound from Whitelock after a penalty corner and found the net in the 21st minute. They held off the New Zealanders to lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Britain's Georgie Twigg was felled by a flying ball and spent a few minutes on the ground receiving attention before being helped off the pitch. Ansley Giselle had two penalty corner shots saved as Britain pushed for a second goal.

But some good runs from the New Zealanders showed they were still in the game, with Olivia Merry missing a good chance as she picked up the ball in the circle and mis-fired.

Britain won a penalty in the last quarter after a collision and Helen Richardson-Walsh coolly fired the ball into the left of the goal to set up a final showdown with the Netherlands on Friday.

A second penalty goal by Danson put the match beyond doubt.

The Black Sticks will now play Germany for the bronze medal.


New Zealand's Black Sticks women play Great Britain in the Olympics semi-final.

New Zealand's Black Sticks women play Great Britain in the Olympics semi-final. Photo: AFP