Great Britain’s women fired an ominous warning to their Beijing rivals by humbling reigning Olympic and European champions Germany 4-1 to win the Setanta Trophy in Dublin.
Britain, whose first match at this summer’s Games will be against the same opponents, avenged a 2-1 defeat in Wednesday’s tournament opener.
Sarah Thomas and Charlotte Craddock were on target in the first half, with Crista Cullen and Rachel Walker scoring after the break.
Britain went ahead in the seventh minute after some nice trickery from Walker down the left which allowed her to pass to Thomas at the far post to slot past Yvonne Frank from close range.
A spell of dominance paid off just before half-time with Chloe Rogers squaring for 17-year-old Craddock to tap in for 2-0.
The contest was all but over in the 46th minute when Alex Danson passed for Walker to stab home.
Germany then saw a goal disallowed and Britain made matters worse by notching number four courtesy of Cullen with a straight strike from a penalty corner.
Anke Kuhn eventually netted a consolation strike for the Olympic champions with four minutes on the clock.
GB head coach Danny Kerry said: “This was a very good first half performance with some good incisive play.
“In the second half, we set out to work on a few things with the first pool game in the Olympics in mind, which upset the rhythm and Germany played well.
“We rode the storm somewhat and held on to a good winning margin.”
Britain’s men also ended their Dublin trip with a win, clinching third place with a 2-1 victory over Ireland.
It was their second success against the hosts in as many days, following Saturday’s 3-2 win.
Matt Daly and Steven Dick were Britain’s scorers following a goalless first half.
Daly profited from a deflected Simon Mantell cross to break the deadlock in the 42nd minute before an Ireland error eight minutes later gifted possession to Dick, who made no mistake from the left of the area.
Stephen Butler rounded Britain keeper Alastair McGregor to set up a tense finish but the visitors held on.
GB performance director David Faulkner said: “It’s been a great performance at the end of the tournament, especially when you consider they’re currently in a selection environment (for the Olympics), so it’s not just physically demanding but mentally too.”
Team manager Pete Nicholson added: “We’re in the middle of a three-week concentrated period of training, so the guys are pretty tired, but that’s okay because we’re not planning on peaking now, that’s for August.”