FIH Pro League: GB 3 Germany 4
PUBLISHED: 09:51 08 June 2019 | UPDATED: 09:51 08 June 2019
Great Britain’s women lost to Germany with just 17.5 seconds left in their latest FIH Pro League match on Friday.
In a mirror of the men's team the night before, Britain were 2-0 and 3-2 up, but Germany showed great resilience to take all three points from a seven-goal thiller.
When the disappointment of defeat eventually subsides, Britain can take heart from their attacking play, with Tess Howard scoring her first two international goals and Izzy Petter also finding the net for the first time, assisted by young debutant Esme Burge.
Mark Hager's side, which included Sarah Robertson of Hampstead & Westminster, will reflect on a couple of opportunities to clear their lines that led to German goals.
And while it was fantastic entertainment for the crowd, the players of course wanted more for their efforts.
Maddie Hinch returned in goal after almost a year away from the international game and while she did of course get a great reception, she will have wanted to win in her first game back.
After all of their endeavour, it was cruel that the team did not even take a point but such is the harsh reality of the FIH Pro League, and their youngsters in particular will have learned plenty from this game.
Hager's side quickly get the chance to put things right on Sunday when they face Australia in a sold-out double header at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
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Great Britain: Hinch; Unsworth, Pearne-Webb, Costello, Toman, Balsdon, Ansley, Robertson, Petty, Hunter, Burge, Evans, Martin, Townsend, Jones, Howard, Petter
*England Hockey chief executive Sally Munday has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Previously awarded an MBE, she has now been handed the even greater honour of OBE for her services to hockey.
Munday is a hugely respected figure in British sport and takes up a new role as chief executive of UK Sport later this year.
She said: "It feels particularly poignant to receive this honour ahead of my departure from hockey in the Autumn.
"It is such a privilege to be the CEO of a sport you love, I am a grass roots hockey girl in my heart and to have had the opportunity to lead the sport through this exceptional period of growth and success has been incredibly special.
"This is actually recognition for the whole sport - all our clubs, volunteers, staff and those involved in hockey who have contributed to the sport's fantastic progress."
David Cawthorn, 80, receives a British Empire Medal for his services to hockey and said: "This award is a huge honour and I owe it to the many great people in hockey with whom I have been involved over the last 65 years.
"I want the hockey family to share this award with me because without the contacts and associations, advice and very many friends this would not have been possible."