Panter and Team GB ready for a semi-final showdown

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Wellingborough’s Anne Panter and her Great Britain hockey team-mates have qualified for their first Olympic semi-final since Atlanta in 1996.

Team GB suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands at the Riverbank Arena last night but their last-four spot had already been secured.

Second-half goals from Kitty van Male and the impressive Naomi van As gave the Dutch a fifth straight win in Pool A, but with China losing 1-0 to Japan earlier in the day, the home nation were already guaranteed a place in the semi-finals. Crista Cullen scored Great Britain’s only goal from a first half penalty corner.

Wellingborough’s Panter was again one of the used substitutes in the game.

Britain will now play Argentina in their semi-final at 8pm tomorrow night (Wednesday) and it means they are guaranteed a medal match when the competition ends on Friday.

On the game, Britain captain Kate Walsh said: ““I thought we started quite brightly.

“You know you’re not going to have a lot of the ball against the Dutch so you need to cherish it when you get it.

“As the game continued we turned over possession too easily but I think we looked reasonably strong on the whole.

“We did limit their chances. They’re the reigning Olympic champions, and they’re a good side.

“At times we’ve shown what we can do, we’ve just got to have a lot more belief in our abilities and what we can do going forward and back ourselves.”