Gold Medal Match
The matchup between the Netherlands and Great Britain will be one for the ages.
Both teams have had a dominant run to the gold medal match. The Netherlands only tied once to New Zealand. Nobody else had challenged them until Germany in the semifinals, who took the team to a sudden death shootout.
The Netherlands showed they have what it takes to remain calm under immense pressure, and that was the only match thus far in the tournament that had gone to a penalty shootout. They have this experience under their belt, ready to chase a third consecutive gold medal.
Great Britain on the other hand has already been guaranteed a better finish than the London Games. They have gone through this tournament undefeated, and hope to stay on top with a gold medal to their names.
While the Netherlands entered the tournament as the favorites, and still are likely to win the gold, it is hard to deny that this Great Britain team could come in with the upset.
However, Team GB suffered a couple of injuries in its match with New Zealand. While they are an all-around solid team, having a full roster will be key going up against the defending two-time gold medalists.
Bronze Medal Match
New Zealand and Germany will face off in hopes that one of them will make it to the podium on Friday.
Germany knows what it’s like to be a medal contender, but New Zealand will be looking for its first-ever Olympic medal in women’s field hockey.
Both of these teams tied the No. 1 Netherlands 1-1 when they competed, however Germany suffered the loss thanks to the penalty shootout.
These teams are aggressive and have players who can light up on offense at any point. The key will be to get ahead in the game early.
Germany is the Olympic medal match veteran of the two, but New Zealand will be coming out hungry to get its shot at ending the Rio Olympics on the podium.