Belper’s Hollie Webb helps Great Britain bounce back against Australia

HOLLIE WEBB -- starring for Great Britain's hockey team in a Test series in Australia.
HOLLIE WEBB -- starring for Great Britain's hockey team in a Test series in Australia.

The Great Britain ladies’ hockey team, which includes Belper player Hollie Webb, bounced back from defeat in their opening match to square a Test series against Australia.

In the six-match series taking place Down Under, Great Britain were beaten 4-3 in the first match, despite goals from Hannah Macleod, Ellie Watton and Sophie Bray. But they recovered to edge past the Aussies 1-0, thanks to an 18th minute strike by Susie Gilbert, in the Second Test.

The 25-year-old Webb, who now plays for high-riding, unbeaten Surrey outfit Surbiton in the Premier Division of the Investec Women’s Hockey League, was a key member of the side. But Gilbert was the heroine as she reacted quickest to the rebound from a Crista Cullen flick to slot home her 15th international goal after a penalty corner.

Despite some late pressure from the hosts, the strike was enough to give Danny Kerry’s team a precious victory ahead of the next four matches in Perth.

The opening Test had been a thriller, with Kathryn Slattery giving Australia a tenth-minute lead and scoring again ten minutes later after Macleod and Watton had put Great Britain 2-1 up. Mariah Williams gave the Aussies a 3-2 lead to cap a frantic first 23 minutes, and Ashleigh Nelson added a fourth on 39 before Bray gave Great Britain hope when cutting the deficit only a minute later.