Laura Unworthy pole of her interval at Great Britain women being intelligent to defend their Olympic title next year after Mark Hager’s side closed requirement for the Tokyo Olympic Games with a self-assured 5-1 collective victory over Chile. Olympic fans from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympics Hockey fans can book Olympic Hockey Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.
Great Britain followed up their 3-0 advantage in their first leg with a 2-1 win over Las Diablos to record their first back-to-back victories since the team triumphed at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Unsworth doubled Britain’s lead inside ten minutes when she rifled a shot into the roof of the net from close range and played a pivotal role throughout to ensure she will become a three-time Olympian – and Great Britain’s most experienced player of this current crop – come July next year, fitness permitting.
“It is a relief and as Olympic champions, we can go back out there and defend our title,” said Unsworth. “The actual work twitches here and we can now talk about hitting out stamp on the tournament. It is a heaviness off our shoulders and we’ve come a long way.”
It took just four minutes for Tess Howard to bury a low reverse-stick shot in the corner to put their Olympic dream beyond doubt. Directly gathering into a group at the top of the center circle, it was clear Britain was keen to revision their lackluster narrative of late, which has included a poor presentation in this year’s Pro League and a fourth-place finish at July’s Euro Hockey Championships in Antwerp.
“We all knew we had to buckle down,” added Unsworth. “We’ve put in a lot of hard work and the few weeks we had post-Antwerp we put in a solid block of work. We have got lengthier now with Mark as he only came in in March. It’s a totally new side and we are playing a dissimilar style and we are going in the right way.”
Chile tested Britain’s mettle intermittently and Fernanda Villagran converted a penalty corner late on to the approval of Leeds City manager Marcelo Bielsa, the former head coach of the Chilean national team who was watching from the stands after being invited by Chile’s head coach, Sergio Vigil.
But Las Diablos – ranked 18th in the world – failed to trouble Maddie Hinch until the 40th minute and Hager is acutely aware his side will face more clinical opposition at Tokyo Olympic.
“Tonight we will have an insufficient beer to rejoice creation the Olympic 2020,” he said. “We previously have plans in place, now we can trigger those. For us, it’s about making sure we grow and gets even better.
At the end of the willing Hollie Pearne-Webb spoke to the group and said: ‘We have ticked one box – we’re going. But in the next eight months, we have to push each other even harder.’
“One thing is great that we are going to the Olympic 2020. You look at the percentage of people that win medals and there are not many. That has to be the following impartial we have the procedures and we recover. We cannot be how we are. We have to get an additional 10-20% improvement.”