WOMEN'S WEEKLY

Posted on: Thu 02 Aug 2012

It's almost a week since that unforgettable opening ceremony of London 2012, and with the nation well and truly engulfed by Olympic fever, it's been a memorable start to the games for the Chelsea contingent involved.

Team GB cruised through to a quarter-final meeting with Canada after three straight wins saw them top Group E.

Stephanie Houghton scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win against New Zealand in their opening match, while they followed it up with a 3-0 win against Cameroon.

The biggest test came in the final group game against Brazil at Wembley, but after an early goal by Houghton, Hope Powell's side held their nerve to see the game out.

Chelsea's Claire Rafferty has so far been an unused substitute in all three games, while club teammate Dunia Susi, who was originally on the standby list, was called up prior to the game against Brazil.

However, with the need for rotation in tournament football paramount, it is hoped that both players will feature at some point as the competition progresses.

Hayley Morwood, meanwhile, has featured for New Zealand on three occasions, as the Kiwis secured a quarter-final tie against USA with a 3-1 victory against Cameroon in their final group match.