The British women reached the final of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament for the first time in history. The Champions Trophy is an annual tournament for the top nations in the sport and is the most important event outside the Olympic and World Championships.
In the group matches Britain beat Japan and China and had an exciting match with world number one ranked Netherlands. The Dutch took a two goal lead but Britain dominated the second half and came back to draw the game despite missing two penalty strokes in the match. The Dutch topped the group on goal difference which gave Britain a quarter-final against SouthKorea which they won 4-1.
The semi-final was against Germany, ranked 3rd in the world to GB’s 4th. The game resulted in a surprisingly easy win for Britain 2-0 with the Germans never really looking like scoring against the strong British defence. In the other semi-final the top two ranked nations met with the hosts Argentina overcoming the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out.
The final was a tense affair with chances few and far between from open play. Argentina scored from a penalty corner not long before half-time, the first goal GB had conceded from a corner in the tournament. The hosts had much more of the play and Britain created very few chances. GB were unable to break down Argentina who held on for a deserved victory 1-0 to add the Champions Trophy to the world title they also won in Rosario in 2010.