White, whose grandparents live in Delph, has been a key member of the team that has won all seven of its games in Rio to become the first GB women's hockey side to reach an Olympic final.
"I was so confident". I honestly felt that the more the crowd booed, the more that Helen was going to score.
A commanding defensive display was central to GB's semi-final win, as centre-backs Kate Richardson-Walsh and Laura Unsworth, ably supported by full-backs Cullen and Sam Quek and substitutes Hollie Webb and Giselle Ansley, prevented New Zealand from creating many clear-cut chances.
Head of Sport at the college, Adam Beazeley said: "Everyone at Central is extremely proud that a former student has managed to win an Olympic gold or silver medal so we are all really pleased for Helen. I know how that inspires her, the passion of wanting to prove others wrong and deliver".
The Netherlands showed they have what it takes to remain calm under enormous pressure, and that was the only match thus far in the tournament that had gone to a penalty shootout.
To get one of these gold medals is special, but to share it with somebody like Kate is truly unbelievable'. "There have been many ups and downs over the 17 years".
They were two undoubted blows for Britain, but Helen Richardson-Walsh was then brought down by Kayla Whitelock and she stroked the ball home to double Britain's advantage.
"I think it gives us confidence that it's not over until it's over". Tactically, we were strong.
Following successful efforts from Germany's Janne Muller-Wieland and Willemijn Bos of the Netherlands, the match was settled when Marie Mavers was denied by Dutch shot-stopper Joyce Sombroek before Ellen Hoog scored to put the Oranje on the verge of a historic third successive Olympic gold medal.
Lily Owsley's goal following a slick move gave them the lead and although Georgina Morgan equalised with a penalty corner, Alex Danson's reversed direction into the net gave Britain the points.
She did her best but could do nothing as a fake shot from yet another penalty corner was switched to the far post where Van Male grabbed a second with the easiest of tap ins.
Netherlands was projected to be playing for a gold medal in Rio and they lived up to the hype.
In the shoot-out, both sides missed their first two attempts but Britain grabbed the lead when Bray was fouled as she took her turn.
Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh will make history tonight when they face off against the Netherlands in the field hockey finals.
"The team has been absolutely fantastic".
Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, who has been leading the side since 2003 and who with this win is bowing out of worldwide hockey, was proud of team.