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Dutch drift despite win; HOCKEY.

GREAT BRITAIN'S women's hockey team were mightily impressive in their Group A opener, and the 3-0 win over Japan has seen them cut from 5-1 to 7-2 for the gold medal, writes Phil Agius.

Favourites Holland drifted to 13-8 despite beating Belgium 3-0, while Argentina thrashed South Africa 7-1 and are 3-1. Team GB take on South Korea at the Riverbank Arena today and are an unopposable 1-6 against a side who lost 4-0 to China in their first match.

GB are set to be without captain Kate Walsh who had surgery on a fractured jaw sustained in the first game, while midfielder Helen Richardson picked up a knee injury in the same game.

The most competitive match of the day could be Germany's Group B clash with Australia. The Germans are evens favourites after beating the USA 2-1 in their opener.

The early men's game tomorrow could be a cracker between Spain and Australia, who are ranked fifth and first in the world but no prices were available last night. Spain drew 1-1 against Pakistan in the opener, while the Aussies beat South Africa 6-0.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 31, 2012
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