London 2012: Harry Martin and Team GB reach hockey semi-final
23:17 07 August 2012
Ipswich hockey ace Harry Martin tonight promised his Team GB side will roar out of the blocks against Holland on Thursday in a bid to secure an Olympic medal.
Great Britain put themselves and the Riverside Arena through hell in securing their passage to the semi-finals against Spain.
Needing just a draw to progress they were forced to face a string of hotly-contested penalty corners with the scores level at 1-1 and Spain themselves a goal away from a last-four berth.
But they hung on to get the vital result.
And Martin said: “We will be giving it everything we can to try and get a shot at the gold medal. “Playing a game like that against Spain was nervous at the time but I think it will help us against Netherlands.”
Martin and Co will need to be up for a fight in tomorrow’s last four showdown with the Dutch having won all five of their group games in the capital.
A GB victory will guarantee them at least a silver or gold medal while defeat would leave them needing to play a bronze-medal match to secure some silverware.
But a confident Martin said: “We will come out hard against the Dutch in the semi-finals and look for that win.
“Technically the Dutch are a very good side and they love running with the ball but we are not going to change too much about what we are going to do and how we play.”
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