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Tess Howard plays pivotal part as Great Britain earn five points in FIH Hockey Pro League in New Zealand

Great Britain hockey player Tess Howard.. (28972989)
Great Britain hockey player Tess Howard.. (28972989)

Tess Howard was in goalscoring and creative form for Great Britain as they secured their first two wins of the FIH Hockey Pro League over New Zealand at the weekend.

In the first match on Saturday, former Perse School student Howard opened the scoring in the ninth minute, getting into the perfect spot to lift Sarah Robertson’s dangerous cross over the keeper.

Charlotte Watson got the second through a penalty stroke in the 21st minute to make it 2-0.

Shona McCallin completed the 3-0 win in the 50th minute, diving to turn home Howard’s brilliant pass.

Anna Toman and Grace Balsdon were on target for GB in the second game against New Zealand, and after it finished 2-2, GB won the shootout in sudden death to take the bonus point.

Howard starred in the shootout, scoring GB’s first attempt as it reached 4-4, and then sealed the win in sudden death after keeper Sabbie Heesh had saved from Stacey Michelsen.

Toman said: “We’re happy to get those two points with the bonus in the shootout. However we are a bit disappointed to not get all three.”

The result means that GB picked up five points from a possible six in Auckland, and they are next in action
against the Netherlands on April 28 and 29.

Ex-Cambridge City HC player Howard tweeted: “Thoroughly enjoyed the battles against NZL this weekend, happy to end our Oceania trip with 5 points and strong team performances. Thank you for the support, very lucky to tour this beautiful world with hockey sticks in hand! #fortheloveofthegame #keepbelieving #hometime.”

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