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Jan
25

Successful Trip to Cordoba, Argentina for the Four Nations

Unlike many tournaments that England and GB have been to, it was decided that we would go to a 4 nations tournament held in Cordoba, Argentina with 4 strong teams competing. This was to ensure that acclimatisation of the heat to be expected could happen as well match sharpness for the Champs Trophy, the only other world rankings event other than the Olympic games this year.

After a few days training and recovering from jet lag, the tournament got off to a start with GB playing Korea. I think Korea are one of the hardest teams to play on the circuit and therefore thought the opening match would be a tough encounter. GB played a very controlled game culminating in a very good start to the tournament with a 3-1 win.

Next game up was the Argentinians with their home crowd behind them, it’s the most electric atmosphere to play in-front of and the Argentinians are so passionate about their women’s hockey. Playing in front of these crowds has to be one of the highlights of my career, their energy and passion commitment to support their team is amazing to feel – despite it being for the opposing team, elements of its energy can be used to fuel your performance. I managed to score from a penalty corner and Kerry Williams got a very good diving deflection goal in order to beat the World #2.

Finally we met the Kiwi’s in the group stages, a very dynamic team who we have struggled to break down in the past. We continued our running streak beating them 2-0 meaning we would meet the Koreans again in our 1st final of 2012.

We managed to start on the front foot and score from a penalty corner but the Koreans counter attack style and clinical forwards took us into the half time break 2-1. The score line went further from us just after the break to 3-1 with Ashleigh Ball getting GB one back to no avail. Unfortunately our first loss of the trip but a great campaign under our belt we moved our thoughts quickly and positively onto The Champions Trophy in Rosario.

Results:

Group Stage:

Great Britain 3-1 Korea
Great Britain 2-0 Argentina
Great Britain 2-0 New Zeland

Final:

Great Britain 2-3 Korea

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