Great Britain off to a winning start in Champions Trophy.

Crista Cullen 21 (PC)      
Helen Richardson 33 (F)      
Alex Danson  64 (F)

JAPAN 0 (0)

On a hot and sunny afternoon in Rosario, Great Britain women’s hockey team got their Champions Trophy campaign underway with a 3-0 victory over Japan putting them at the top of Pool A.  Earlier on in the afternoon the Netherlands won their first game against China 3-1.

Great Britain started strongly with several circle penetrations and half chances in the first ten minutes, Reading’s Alex Danson causing many of the early headaches for Japan to deal with. 

Crista Cullen - Great Britain - Champions Trophy 2012

On 21 minutes Leicester’s Crista Cullen made it 1-0 scoring her 18th goal in Great Britain colours with a powerful drag flick from the first penalty corner of the game.  Cullen narrowly missed adding her second a short time after following some great work from Danson on the edge of the circle to win Great Britain their second penalty corner.

Great Britain continued to press in the closing minutes of the first half and with just two minutes to go some great team work from Slough’s Ashleigh Ball and Cullen saw them take possession back.  Following a play of advantage from the umpire in the circle Reading’s Helen Richardson found herself with space and time to smash the ball into the back of the net past the near post to make it 2-0.

To read the full match report and find out about the other results at the 2012 Champions Trophy in Argentina click here.

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Investec sponsors English Test Cricket, the Investec Derby Festival, the England & GB Women’s Hockey team, the South African Women’s Hockey team, Tottenham Hotspur in cup competitions, the Investec Tri Nations Rugby and Investec Super Rugby in New Zealand.