Friday, March 1, 2024

Olympic hockey qualifiers: Great Britain women beat Canada in no-frills opener

Valencia — There were opening day mishaps at the Camp de hockey Beteró on Saturday morning: a pop music entree instead of Canada’s national anthem and the MC announcing ‘England’ fans to cheer on their side. Meanwhile, no great shakes from Great Britain, who slugged and puffed their way to an opening 2-0 win over Canada to kickstart their FIH Olympic qualifying path to Paris.

This wasn’t pretty or threatening from David Ralph’s side, barring their 11 penalty corners. Tess Howard got the ball rolling with a first-half penalty stroke before Anna Toman’s third quarter corner strike, her first goal since scoring for England against Canada at the 2022 Commonwealth Games and her long recovery back from injury.

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