King’s Lynn-raised coach Danny Kerry writes name into Olympic folklore as GB’s women win hockey gold

Great Britain celebrate their history-making exploits. Picture: PA

Great Britain celebrate their history-making exploits. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

Great Britain's women are Olympic champions for the first time after Maddie Hinch and Hollie Webb's penalty shoot-out heroics ended Holland's dynasty in the Games.

Great Britain women's hockey coach Danny Kerry during the London 2012 kitting out session at Loughbo

Great Britain women's hockey coach Danny Kerry during the London 2012 kitting out session at Loughborough University, Loughborough. - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nicola White's last-quarter strike levelled the match at 3-3 and the game went to penalties.

Helen Richardson-Walsh converted a penalty flick after Georgie Twigg was fouled and Webb kept her cool to net the decisive effort after Hinch had time and again denied the Dutch.

It meant Britain – whose head coach is King's Lynn-raised Danny Kerry, a former Pelicans player – London 2012 bronze medallists, were champions as Holland's bid for a third successive Olympic gold came to an end.

Lily Owsley, Crista Cullen and White scored in normal time, when Hinch continually kept Britain in the contest, while Kitty van Male scored twice and Maartje Paumen once for world champions Holland.

Britain's task was a tough one. None of the players in the current Dutch squad had ever lost a match at the Olympics.

Holland, winners in 2008 and 2012, last lost in the 2004 final to Germany and had one defeat in 12 prior meetings with Britain at major tournaments. That was in the 1989 Champions Trophy.

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Bronze in 1992 and four years ago was the previous best performance by a British women's team, but they wanted the nation to stop talking about the men's win in 1988 in Seoul.

Owsley put GB in front. Holland took the direct route to equalise as Lidewij Welten held off Kate Richardson-Walsh and fed Van Male, whose reverse-stick strike found the net.

Cullen was sin-binned for two minutes and Hinch made a double save following a penalty corner to keep Britain level.

Paumen put the Dutch in front but Cullen made it all square as the match continued to ebb and flow.

Van Male made it 3-2. But England were 2-0 down at the end of the third quarter in the European Championship final last year against Holland and responded to draw 2-2 and win on penalty flicks. So Britain knew they were not out of it with 15 minutes remaining. They pressed forwards and White bundled in following a penalty corner to equalise.

And the destination of the gold medal was determined by a penalty shoot-out.

Helen Richardson-Walsh and Alex Danson were denied, but Hinch twice kept the Dutch at bay.

Twigg was fouled by Dutch goalkeeper Joyce Sombroek, so the penalty was upgraded to a flick and Helen Richardson-Walsh scored.

Hinch saved again, this time from Leurink, but Laura Unsworth blazed her effort over.

Margot van Geffen beat Hinch, but hit the post, meaning if Webb scored Britain would be champions. And she duly delivered

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