Impressive Great Britain Out-Play Pakistan

Cheered on by a packed Riverbank Arena, Great Britain men were back to their best this afternoon with a dominant display against Pakistan coming out 4-1 winners.

The result leaves the home side equal on points with Australia at the top of Pool A and sets up a mouth-watering contest in two days time when the sides will face each other.

Great Britain's Ashley Jackson is the toast of the Riverbank Arena following his second penalty corner goal against Pakistan (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Great Britain’s Ashley Jackson is the toast of the Riverbank Arena following his second penalty corner goal against Pakistan (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

After drawing 2-2 with South Africa on Wednesday night, Great Britain came out with a point to prove against the world number eight side. Two goals in the first half from James Tindall and Jonty Clarke set the tone and an unstoppable Ashley Jackson added two more in the second half to make it 4-0 before Pakistan pulled one back in the final minute through their captain Sohail Abbas.

Speaking after his man of the match display, Great Britain forward Ashley Jackson said, “It was very important for us to win after a disappointing performance against South Africa, but that was a much better today and there was a lot more fight about us. We knew that if we slipped up here then it was going to be very difficult from here on in, so we were playing with a bit of fear, which always makes it a bit better.” Continue reading →

Great Britain Make it Three out of Three with 3-0 Win Against Belgium

Great Britain’s women brushed aside Belgium in their third game at the Riverbank Arena tonight. Two goals either side of half-time by Slough’s Ashleigh Ball and Reading’s Laura Bartlett and a last minute penalty corner from Leicester’s Crista Cullen gave Great Britain a comfortable 3-0 win against the side ranked sixteenth in the world.

Great Britain goal-scorer Ashleigh Ball in action against Belgium (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Great Britain goal-scorer Ashleigh Ball in action against Belgium (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

This evening’s victory means the home nation now top the Pool A standings after three wins from three matches. A win or draw for Great Britain in their next match against China on Saturday will guarantee qualification for the semi-finals and the prospect of playing a medal match. Continue reading →

Great Britain fight back against South Africa to earn draw

In Great Britain’s second game of their Olympic campaign they took on South Africa, who coming into the tournament were the lowest ranked side at twelfth.  It was a hard fought encounter, which saw both sides come out with a share of the spoils at 2-2.  The result means that Great Britain are left second in their pool to Australia who had earlier demolished Spain 5-0.

Ashley Jackson runs through South Africa defence (Photo credit: Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Ashley Jackson runs through South Africa defence (Photo credit: Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

The first half saw a solitary goal from East Grinstead’s Ashley Jackson as he fired home an unstoppable drag flick before the break. In the second half South Africa hit back twice through Austin Smith and Jonathan Robinson before a deft deflection from Jackson pulled the score line back to even at 2-2.

Today’s match marked Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton’s 100th cap for Great Britain. Middleton now overtakes 1988 gold medal winning hockey legend Sean Kerly in the list of all time GB cap winners and moves him to sixth overall. Continue reading →

Unstoppable Great Britain put five past Korea, won it 5-3

It was another scintillating evening at the Riverbank Arena as the Great Britain women continued their winning ways with a 5-3 victory over Korea to secure their place at the top of Pool A.

Great Britain's Georgie Twigg just before she scores against Korea at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Great Britain’s Georgie Twigg just before she scores against Korea at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Slough’s Nicola White marked her second Olympic appearance by opening the scoring with her first goal for Great Britain. Kim Darae pulled one back for Korea before Leicester’s Crista Cullen ensured her side went into the break 2 – 1.

The second half saw another five goals; Alex Danson, Georgie Twigg and Chloe Rogers were all on the score sheet for Great Britain while Korea’s Han and Park tried to pull their side back into it, but it was not enough. Continue reading →

Great Britain Men’s Hockey Team Defeated Argentina 4-1

A double for Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton and a goal each for Dan Fox and Richard Smith ensured that Great Britain men got their London 2012 Olympics campaign off to a great start with a 4-1 victory over Argentina at the Riverbank Arena tonight.

Great Britain v Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games - Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Speaking after the match, Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton was very grateful to have the home support. “It (the crowd) makes such a difference to us. We’re not used to this in the usual hockey we play in during the year.  To have a crowd like this making so much noise just gives everyone a lift. The hard thing at times is trying to control that energy and not get too carried away. We got a perfect balance today. We used the energy of the crowd.” He then added his views on the team performance and goal scoring, saying, “This team shares the goals around a lot. You can go to some tournaments and get on a roll and end up with five or six or not. You play the same tournament; you just miss a few chances. I think that’s what we’ve shown today. A lot of the guys have had chances and we’re a team that will share them around. Another day it’ll be someone else’s job.” Continue reading →

Great Britain Women’s Hockey Team off to Dream Start with 4-0 Win Over Japan

Great Britain stormed to a terrific 4-0 victory in their first match of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Riverbank Arena this evening. A brace from Reading’s Alex Danson, together with goals from Sarah Thomas and Bowdon Hightown’s Sally Walton in an explosive first half, ensured that the home nation delighted an excitable and vociferous home crowd on the first day of the hockey competition.

Alax Danson Celebrates after Scoring a Goal (Photo: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Alax Danson Celebrates after Scoring a Goal (Photo: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

The match was also milestone occasion for Reading defender Emily Maguire, as she capped her 100th international appearance with a resolute defensive display that restricted the Japanese attack to only three attempts on goal during the entire match.

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