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Excellent Britain's guys delivered on their guarantee to assault and entertain but spectacularly failed in their bid to reach a first Olympic ultimate since the gold medal winners of 1988 Jonathan Quick Jersey.

The scoreline hugely flattered the world variety threes as ambitions began to rain in after the break as the hosts flatly refused to give up their dream trailing 4-one at the interval.

Nevertheless, in no way ought to it reflect on GB's overall performance or endeavour as they admirably tried to match the Dutch, who are masters at taking part in an open game, in terms of attacking at each and every chance.

In aiming to copy their heroes of the 1980s they racked up their heaviest international defeat in the process - getting previously lost eight-one twice towards Pakistan (2000) and Spain (2011).

They will now encounter Australia in Saturday's bronze medal perform-off in a repeat of their pool experience, which was an equally-entertaining 3-three.

Holland meet defending champions Germany in the ultimate.


Ashley Jackson and Rob Moore scored GB's objectives, with the latter sliding in six minutes from the end to highlight the determination not to give up.

Both GB coach Jason Lee and Dutch counterpart Paul van Ass are devotees of attacking hockey but even they should have been amazed by the initial half, played a breakneck pace with barely a pause for breath.

Holland misplaced midfielder Klaas Vermeulen to a shoulder damage early on following a collision with Glenn Kirkham but that was a uncommon second of physicality as the movement of hockey quickly took above.

Considering how open the game was it was surprising the 1st three ambitions came from penalty corners.

Roderick Weusthof powered in one flick large, Ashley Jackson responded with a minimal energy of his own prior to Weusthof added his second from the breakdown at an additional set-piece.


There appeared to be no lack of confidence from the hosts, epitomised when Barry Middleton tried an outrageous deflection above goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann with his back to objective from Matt Daly's pass.

Even when a Mink van der Weerden corner crept under James Fair's correct hand there was no let up, even though the Cannock goalkeeper was forced into two great saves from Teun de Nooijer and Floris Evers.

That ambition bordered on over-self confidence and when gamers were caught upfield Holland launched a swift multi-pass counter-assault which resulted in Billy Bakker converting from close assortment

Following the break there was an early penalty corner chance for Jackson but as the residence side pushed more forward Holland just picked them off almost at will Paul Martin Jersey.

Bakker scored twice to full his hat-trick, although veteran de Noiijer, on his penultimate international visual appeal right after a 16-12 months occupation, Evers and Weusthof have been also on target.

Surbiton forward Moore slid in a late consolation to give the appreciative residence crowd some thing of their personal to cheer Brooks Orpik Jersey.

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