Injury scare in GB's opening win
READING and GB hockey stars Kate Walsh and Helen Richardson both suffered injuries in their side's opening 4-0 win over Japan on Sunday night.
Captain Walsh was caught directly in the face by a Japanese stick with four minutes to go. The initial signs looked ominous as she lay on the floor but she was able to walk off the pitch, albeit bleeding and with an ice pack on her left cheekbone.
Just minutes later, Richardson was also forced off as she took a direct hit in her left knee.
The physios and doctors will be working overtime to get the pair fit for their next match on Tuesday.
In the end, it was a comfortable victory for GB, who were 4-0 up at the break thanks to goals from Alex Danson (2), Sarah Thomas with the pick of the bunch being a reverse stick chip from Sally Walton.
All six Reading Hockey Club players were involved in the game, as were Slough duo Ashleigh Ball and Nicola White.
The Japanese had very little to offer all game and had their goalkeeper to thank for keeping the score down.
GB's next Pool A match is against South Korea on Tuesday (7pm).
Meanwhile the men kick off their Olympic campaign against Argentina tonight at 7pm.
This article appeared in Local Berkshire 29 Jul 12