Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Olympics Hockey: How Spain’s canny penalty corner routine rocked Great Britain

Was it a case of being cooped up in hotel quarantine or were the Red Sticks waiting for the knock-out stages to unleash a brilliant PCA routine which caught Great Britain women off guard in the Tokyo Olympic quarter-final?

With their only penalty corner of the game, an injection was thrust out to Maria Lopez. Only that she received the ball close to a stick’s length outside the top of the D.

Immediately space opened as the GB runners chased down the trap. Garcia’s slap found Belen Iglesias, who crouched down with her back to goal and angled wide of Maddie Hinch. It was innovative and a masterstroke from Adrian Lock and his coaching team.

“In the beginning it was a little bit difficult,” Georgina Oliva said of Lock’s village isolation. “We didn’t want to show that to the other teams.

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