Last four looks certain for Great Britain women

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Current World Ranking # 4 (1696 points)

Clubbed with the Netherlands, China, Korea, Japan and Belgium in Pool A at the London Games.

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Best result: Won bronze at 1992 Barcelona Games.

Last Olympics: Finished sixth.

The Great Britain hockey team only competes at the Olympics. At other world tournaments, the players sweat it out separately for England, Scotland and Wales. Here, Great Britain will primarily mean the England team. The English women finished third at the 2010 World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy while they won the silver at this year's Champions Trophy as Great Britain.

The Road to London:
Great Britain are the hosts.

Players to watch out for:
Defender and skipper Kate Walsh and midfielder Helen Richardson, both veterans of over 200 matches, are the mainstays of the team. Alex Danson and Crista Cullen are two of the most prolific scores and hunt in pair. An outstanding goalkeeper in Beth Storry, who was named the best in business at the 2010 Champions Trophy and WC, is another prized asset of the team.

1. Great work ethic and never-say-die attitude.
2. Home support.
3. Matches at home will ensure that the team will start with a fresh mind.
4. Good form.
5. High fitness level.

1. Will be under pressure in front of the home public and media.

Chances of progress at London Olympics: 8/10
Great Britain eves can expect a good finish at this year's Olympics, even if they are not favourites to win the gold. All other teams in the pool are ranked below Great Britain, except the Netherlands. However, the British women will feel relieved that the Dutch will be their final opponents in the group stage and they should earn a semi-final berth by then. Also historically, barring the 2000 Atlanta and 2004 Athens Games, the hosts have always won a medal in Olympic women's hockey. Great Britain will play their first match against Japan on Jul 29.

Kate Walsh (c), Beth Storry (gk), Ashleigh Ball, Laura Berlett, Alex Danson, Crista Cullen, Emily Maguire, Anne Panter, Hannah Macleod, Sarah Thomas, Helen Richardson, Chloe Rogers, Georgie Twigg, Laura Unsworth, Sally Walton and Nicola White. Reserves: Natalie Seymour and Abi Walker.

Danny Kerry is in charge of the women's Great Britain and England teams since 2004. Under him, the team has only bettered its performances although that gold has remained elusive for Kerry so far.

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Story first published: Thursday, July 26, 2012, 17:54 [IST]
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