Great Britain Women miss out on promotion as Netherlands take gold

Great Britain Women suffered final-day heartbreak on Friday as they lost 4-0 to Netherlands to miss out on promotion at the World Championship (Division 2A) tournament in Maribor.

GB take home the silver medal after four wins in their five matches while DPR Korea, who won three of their five games, claim bronze.

Savine Wielenga, Kayleigh Hammers, Julie Zwarthoed and Bieke van Nes got the Netherlands’ goals.

Head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “We gave it our all but they were just better than us on the day. Credit to Netherlands, they played a brilliant game and we just couldn’t match them.

“But we have plenty to be proud of this week in Slovenia and the programme is certainly going in the right direction.”

Scottish-born forward Angela Taylor announced afterwards that she has played her last game for her country.

Taylor won GB’s player of the tournament in Maribor and also took home the Great Britain Supporters’ Club award for a second successive year.

She made her GB debut in 2002 and went on to win 54 caps, scoring 39 goals, contributing 31 assists for a total of 70 points.

Smith added “Angela has been a massive part of Great Britain Women for well over a decade. It was huge for us when she came back into the programme and she has been fantastic.

“Her presence on and off the ice will be missed, but I would like to congratulate Angela on an amazing career for GB.”

(Image permission: Karl Denham)