Former King’s Lynn Pelicans player Kerry’s team reach Rio Olympics

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Former Pelicans hockey player Danny Kerry and his Great Britain women have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics in style.

GB made it seven wins from seven as they beat China 2-0 to clinch gold and win the World League Semi-final showdown in Valencia. Britain only conceded two goals in the tournament.

Having secured Olympic qualification in Saturday’s semi-final triumph over Germany, Danny Kerry’s side recorded their seventh-straight win thanks to two penalty corner goals.

In the opening quarter Sophie Bray, who finished joint top scorer in the competition with five goals, tested China goalkeeper Dongxiao Li, while Maddie Hinch held out Yang Peng’s effort at the other end.

Britain broke the deadlock with six minutes remaining in the second period after Nicola White won the first penalty corner of the match and Webb stepped up to break the deadlock with a rocket strike into the corner for her first goal of the competition.

The Brits then won another penalty corner seconds ahead of the break which Li did well to keep out as she blocked Kate Richardson-Walsh’s shot.

Five minutes after the restart, Kerry’s side doubled their score as a driving run from Danson earned another penalty corner. Webb’s initial shot was saved, but a further corner saw Danson fire home Richardson-Walsh’s pass.

Great Britain women won all seven matches for first time in a tournament.

Success over China represented their 10th consecutive win this year and they scored 15 goals in this competition.