Day 3 Olympic Preview - GB v Korea

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Korea, who are ranked 8th in the world, are GB's second opponents in the pool stages of the Olympic Games.

Fixture: Great Britain v Korea
Date and time: 31/07/2012 - 16.00
Location: Riverbank Arena
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World Rankings
Great Britain #4
Korea #8

Head to Head Record
Played: 23
Won: 9
Drawn: 3
Lost: 11
Goals For: 38
Goals Against: 49

GB recently played Korea at the Olympic Test Event in May 2012, winning 1 – 0. It was a day of celebrations all round as Alex Danson capped her milestone 50th international appearance for GB with the winning goal. In the same fixture, Kate Walsh joined an exclusive club of nine players, and impressively won her 100th cap for GB.  The last time that GB faced Korea in an Olympic Games was Sydney 2000, which saw the result end in a 2 – 2 draw.

Player to watch: Great BritainAlex Danson

London 2012 will be Alex Danson’s second Olympic Games. Alex was just 16 when she made her senior international debut in 2001, when she was also runner up in the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.  A team regular, she was named in the International Hockey Federation’s World All Stars Team 2011.  Her superb goal helped England defeat Germany to win the bronze medal at the 2010 World Cup. In May 2012, Alex suffered a scare at the Olympic Test Event when she injured her shoulder in a collision with an Argentinean opponent as GB won the competition. Fortunately, she has since recovered and her superb prowess will provide GB with a great attacking force at the Olympics. In GB's opening Olympic fixture, Danson put two past Japan and will be hoping to add to this in tonight's match against Korea.

Players to watch: Korea
We asked the GB team who they consider are the 'players to watch':

Leon See Ok Korea Park Seon Mi Korea

Name: Lee Seon Ok (pictured above left)
Position: Defender

Captaining the side, Lee Seon Ok is a defensive rock for Korea. She is very commanding and dominates the defensive line with decisive play and solid tackles.

Name:
Park Seon Mi (pictured above right)
Position: Centre forward

As a former winner of the FIH Young Player of the Year Award, Park is a talented player and great goal scorer. Her crafty play inside the circle means she is capable of winning many short corners and creating a lot goal scoring opportunities for Korea.


Following surgery on her jaw yesterday, Kate Walsh will not be featuring in this afternoon's game against Korea. We will update you when we have more news. 
 


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