Tokyo Olympics: Hinch's penalty heroics sees Great Britain women advance to hockey semis

Goalkeeper Maddie Hinch was Great Britain's penalty hero once again as she kept out all four of Spain's penalties to see the reigning Olympic champions advance to the semi-finals.

Monday, 2nd August 2021, 4:35 pm

Hannah Martin and Sarah Jones found the back of the net as GB to claimed a 2-0 win in the shootout after the game finished 2-2 in normal time.

Great Britain will face the Netherlands in the final four on Wednesday (2.30 BST), in a rematch of the Rio 2016 final.

Hinch, whose family live in West Chiltington, kept out all four Dutch penalties to see GB claim gold five years ago.

The winners will play Argentina or India in the gold medal match.

Martin gave Great Britain the lead in the second quarter before Belen Iglesias Marcos levelled for Spain.

Grace Balsdon restored GB's advantage but Berta Bonastre Peremateu equalised for Spain with nine minutes of normal time remaining.

Hinch said: “As a ‘keeper I think you shouldn’t fear a penalty shootout as it’s a chance for you to do your part.

Maddie Hinch (right) was Great Britian women's hockey team's penalty shootout saviour once again. Picture by Alex Davidson/Getty Images

"I didn’t fear it today, I felt ready and that I’d done my homework. I could have let all five in or saved all five, that’s just how it goes, but it certainly helps when we’re putting them in the back of the net as well.

“I’m quietly confident in my ability to do it but it doesn’t always go like that. You’ve got to take it one shootout at a time, celebrate each save and get the hype going.

"All of that plays into the Spanish heads and I’m glad we didn’t have any more as I was getting a little tired!

“There’s a lot of homework that goes into it. I had a bit of an idea of what they might do. We actually lost to them as England in a shootout not too long ago and I knew what I did wrong there.

"It was really nice to get the win today. I’m really proud of the group.

“I’m quite relaxed going into a shootout, of course there are some nerves there, but I think they’re a good thing.

"I don’t feel like I have anything to lose, I’m not trying to prove anything, I’m just trying to do my job.

"As long as I have no regrets and I’ve given it my all and believe that I can save them all then what will be will be.

“I definitely don’t feel invincible and I’m definitely not, I just enjoy penalty shootouts. Honestly, we’ve lost a lot of them as well and I’ve just had a lot of experience in the moment. It’s just about not fearing it.

"As a goalkeeper it’s a pretty unforgiving position so you might as well enjoy these moments that you have and put it all out there and have no regrets.

“What happened five years ago just shows that anything is possible. That group was ranked sixth or seventh in the world, we hadn’t won a huge amount, and we went on to win a gold medal.

"We’ve still got people in the group who know how to do it, and it was that one game at a time mentality. So, as exciting as it is, those ones that have done it, we just need to forget it and move on to the next one.

“I think, going into the semi-finals, there’s an advantage of maybe that it’s still in the back of the minds of the Dutch. I’m sure they’ll say it isn’t but it probably still is a little bit.

"We gave them a bit of a scare in the group stages which is also really helpful, but the game is going to be tough.

"We’re going to have to look at why we didn’t get a result there, what we need to do better, because they’re going to be better having learned from that match.

"But you know what, we’re in the mix, we’ve just got to go out there and give it our all.

"I’m just so proud of what we’re delivering here and that’s the number one thing we wanted. We said we to go home delivering what we’re delivering and if that gives us a medal then great, and if not then we can still be proud of what we’ve done.

“I’m about 10kg heavier by the end of the game! Luckily it was an evening match rather than in the sun, but it is really hard work out there for us in the heat.

"I think it’s there to see that we do have a very fit side and for me, if I have to do it in the heat then I’ll do it in the heat.”