Former King’s Lynn Pelican Kerry’s joy after Great Britain win Rio Olympics opener

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Former Pelicans Hockey Club player Danny Kerry is celebrating after his Great Britain women’s side shone in their opening Rio Olympics 2016 match.

Head coach Kerry watched his team beat rivals Australia 2-1 in Pool B. GB, who won bronze at London 2012, led after Lily Owsley scored in the second quarter. Georgina Morgan equalised from a penalty corner but Alex Danson grabbed the winner with a reverse-stick shot late in the third quarter. Other teams in the pool are United States, India (who GB faced last night), Japan and Argentina.

The women’s side had slipped to seventh in the world rankings after the Champions Trophy, but in Brazil they began by defeating the third-ranked Australians.

With the introduction of a quarter-final stage, GB just need to finish in the top four of their six-team groups to qualify.