Great Britain’s women qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after a professional 2-1 win over Chile in the second leg of their FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers.
Early goals from Tess Howard and Laura Unsworth made the outcome certain after Saturday’s 3-0 win in the first leg, and Mark Hager’s side put in a very secure display to earn the result they so craved.
After rebuilding under Hager, it has been a testing period for the women’s programme, but they handled the occasion with aplomb and the result was never in doubt.
Chile had put up a valiant fight. Of course, the contest was long since over and it was a job well done by Britain’s women as they celebrated a place at Tokyo next year. In a pressure situation, they handled the occasion well and were always in control over the two days.
As reigning champions, they will go to Japan with a significant challenge ahead of them, but one they will relish.
Now they will rest, recuperate and begin to look forward a hugely exciting 2020; first of all with the FIH Pro League back in London and then the huge occasion that is the Olympic games.