Hockey: Heberle takes heart from strong British showing

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The Independent Online

Tricia Heberle, the Great Britain coach, was satisfied with her side's performance at the Tri-Nations Tournament in Buenos Aires, despite losing the final to Argentina on Sunday.

"I am very satisfied with our overall performances at this tournament," Heberle said. "We have sent out a message. We need to qualify for the Olympics and it is good to be testing ourselves and measuring ourselves against the best."

Britain jumped to a two-goal lead in the first five minutes of the final through goals from Rhona Simpson - her fifth in three games - and Anna Bennett, but Argentina hit back with four second-half goals, including three in the final eight minutes to claim the victory.

Heberle, however, took heart from Britain's earlier victories over Argentina (4-2) and China (4-1), who finished third in the World Cup last December.

Great Britain will go into a training camp in Australia next month while England compete in the Champions Trophy.