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Olympics Hockey semi-final: How Great Britain women can beat Netherlands

Great Britain women take on Holland with both teams aiming for successive Olympic hockey finals

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Todd Williams
Todd Williams
Todd Williams is a former Australian international, the hockey professional at Magdalen College School in Oxford and was a Premier League coach for over 12 seasons with Hampstead and Westminster, Slough Ladies and Surbiton.

At the Rio 2016 Olympics, the triumvirate of Sophie Bray, Alex Danson and Lily Owsley fomed part of the drive which took Team GB towards a mesmeric women’s hockey gold.

Owsley has maintained her speed and class in the class of 2021, alongside Hannah Martin and Sarah Robertson. And this is where Team GB are getting so much drive from, coupled with Sarah Jones, the most improved player at the Tokyo Olympics.

Here, you have three hard-running, strong players posing a triple threat against the Dutch.

Before Danson had Bray and Owsley in the forward armoury for the Rio cycle, it was ‘keep her quiet, keep GB quiet.’ Australian Craig Keegan, GB’s former assistant coach, changed all that to great effect.

In Tokyo, you now have three differently styled players: Owsley as out and out ball runner, Robertson with the brute strength and Martin’s close skill.

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