Hannah Macleod gets 50th cap as GB beat Olympic champions

Hannah Macleod picked up her 50th cap for Great Britain in the victory over Netherlands. Picture: SI

Hannah Macleod picked up her 50th cap for Great Britain in the victory over Netherlands. Picture: SIMON PARKER - Credit: Photo: Simon Parker

St Albans Hockey Club’s Hannah Macleod reached her 50th cap for Great Britain – as World and Olympic champions the Netherlands were beaten 2-1 in Amsterdam.

Hannah Macleod won her 50th cap for Great Britain in the 2-1 win over the Netherlands. Picture: JOHN

Hannah Macleod won her 50th cap for Great Britain in the 2-1 win over the Netherlands. Picture: JOHN HURST - Credit: Archant

Macleod, who was a member of the bronze-medal winning side from London 2012, is part of a 20-strong squad, which includes Tangerine clubmate Ellie Watton, playing a two test series.

And with the Champions Trophy in London and then the Rio Olympics both looming large on the horizon, this win puts the GB women in a good position going forward.

Lily Owsley and Helen Richardson-Walsh grabbed the goals in the first half, either side of an equaliser by Kitty Van Male.

Caia van Maasakker struck the crossbar with a penalty corner but GB were able to see out the final minutes of the game inside the Dutch half.

Danny Kerry, Great Britain’s head coach, said: “It was a slightly disjointed but winning performance.

“We can be better with the ball but we were defensively solid which won us the game.

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“We’re looking forward to 48 hours time when I feel we will have made some good adjustments to our game”

The second test is tomorrow (Thursday).

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