London 2012: Harry Martin and Team GB reach hockey semi-final

23:17 07 August 2012

Harry Martin

Harry Martin

Ady Kerry

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.”

- Lloyds TSB, proud supporter of Team GB and proud partner of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Get closer to the Games at lloydstsb.com/london2012

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