Belper’s Hollie Webb hits winner for Team GB in Olympic hockey final

INSPIRED by the Olympic Games.
INSPIRED by the Olympic Games.

Belper’s Hollie Webb hit the winning goal as Team GB beat the Netherlands in a dramatic shoot-out to claim Olympic hockey gold

Webb kept her nerve to score the team’s fifth shoot-out attempt as Team GB’s women’s hockey squad beat the defending champions to win their first ever Olympic gold medal.

Helen Richardson-Walsh also found the net in the shootout as heroic goalkeeper Maddie Hinch kept the Dutch at bay on four occasions.

Regular time finished 3-3, with Team GB fighting back from a goal down twice on the night, as Lily Owsley, Crista Cullen and Nicola White found the net to force the dramatic shootout.

The win completes a dream Olympic Games for the side, who have won each of the eight games played at Rio 2016.

Proud coach Danny Kerry said: “We know we’re good at shootouts. We have some tough competitors and probably the best goalie in the world in shootouts. As soon as it went there I knew we would win.

“We had to defend, we had to dig trenches, but we changed things in the last quarter and it paid off.

“Eight of the group are multiple Olympians and we needed that experience today.”

Maddie Hinch praised the entire team for their efforts throughout the gripping final.

“That was a huge team effort. The dutch are a fantastic side,” she said.

“We definitely back ourselves in the shootout. Goalkeeping has its highs and lows. You can be a villain, but you can also be a hero in the moment.

“It helped that the Dutch had a shootout in their semi-final, so that gave me a chance to see what they do, but I basically give myself a game plan for each player and I execute that and thankfully it worked. Thankfully the Dutch did what I thought they would do.

“3-3, what a great advert for hockey. That’s what we want to do, showcase our sport and I’m so pleased it was a good game.”

Nicola White added: “This is what we dreamed of and now we’ve got it. No-one can ever take that away from us.”

“We’ve now gone unbeaten through an Olympic tournament, which is unreal. It’s the first time we’ve been to the final, so for us we’re over the moon.

“We always knew it was going to be very close but physically we stuck to it. We really put the legwork in to try and get them on the counter and get up the pitch.”

It is the first GB hockey medal since 1988 when the men’s team won a famous gold.