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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Great Britain's ladies hockey team win gold

Georgie Twigg, Shona McCallin and Sam Quek

Having featured two beautiful ladies from the Dutch and British Olympic hockey teams in the last week we had to watch the final last night.  This shot of three of the British ladies, at the beginning of the game,  is our favourite still of the games.  Three superbly fit women. oozing confidence and ready to go and take on the Dutch.

 Britain had to fight back from a losing position to draw level at 3-3 and bring on a penalty shoot out.  Now, Triple P doesn't watch football but even we know that England are hopeless at penalty shootouts and invariable go out of major tournaments if it comes to one (usually to the Germans).  So a British team in a penalty shootout didn't bode well.

Hockey penalty shootouts are not just one shot at goal like in football, however, the players have eight seconds to try to get in and score.  This involves a lot more tactical decision making on the part of both penalty taker and goalie than the boot and hope for the best (at least in England's case) approach in football.

As the shootout went on it became clear that Great Britain is really good at this which means they do lots and lots of training.  England football team take note!

The Dutch ladies, who were the favourites, having won the two previous Olympic gold medals, were inconsolable afterwards while the Germans looked really happy with their bronze.  Incidentally, it was interesting to note that the Dutch ladies did not look nearly so attractive wearing black rather than their usual orange. 

Helen and Kaye Richardson-Walsh after their gold medal ceremony

Incidentally, British Captain Kate Richardson Walsh and her wife (they married in 2013) Helen, who is also in the gold medal team, became the first same sex married couple to win an Olympic gold medal.  Helen nearly had to give up hockey after a severe back injury a couple of years ago.  Top job, ladies!

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