Support through Sport UK's Claire Allen covered the 2016 Hockey Champions Trophy ...
 
From 10th to 26th June, the world's best hockey players gathered at the London Olympic Park to compete for the Champions Trophy.
 
The men's competition involved Great Britain, Australia, India, Germany, Belgium and Korea, with Australia and India playing hard and strong right from the start.
 
Great Britain managed to win against Korea and secured a place in the third place match against Germany. In a fairly even battle, in which both teams fought hard, it was a goal from the German side that secured them the bronze medal.
 
The women's competition kicked off in equally fierce fashion, featuring teams from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Argentina and the USA.
 
Hopes were high for the GB team after some recent very strong performances, however this just wasn't their tournament and, on this occasion, the home nation was overshadowed by its opponents. Britain drew their first game against Argentina, 2-2, but then went on to lose the next four games.
 
On the final day of the tournament, the British women took on New Zealand in the battle for fifth place. In an exciting match, Team GB rediscovered their form and played some outstanding hockey. The ladies communicated well and battled hard, and a goal form Lily Owsley and three from Alex Danson resulted in a 4-3 win for GB and fifth place in the competition.
 
In the battle for third place, Team USA took on Australia. The teams matched each other point for point throughout the match, which resulted in a 2-2 draw and a penalty shoot out. Both goal keepers defended well in the shoot out, holding off their opponents, until a ball from the US found the back board. So third place USA.
 
The last match of the Champions Trophy was between Argentina and The Netherlands. Both teams had played consistently well throughout the whole of the tournament, each winning all but one of their games. So expectations were high for a tight and thrilling match. In the event, however, the battle turned out to be somewhat anticlimactic; both teams seeming to lack the drive and will for a win. Two goals from Argentina took them into the lead and The Netherlands were only able to claw back one of these goals, thus the 2016 Trophy winners were the Argentinean ladies.
 
Support through Sport UK now waits with eager anticipation for some more world-class hockey at the Rio Olympics. If the GB ladies can bring the same determination and spirit to Rio as they did in their match against New Zealand, then who knows what they could achieve.
 
Support through Sport UK's Claire made a video from the final day's action.