Macleod backs England for Rio qualification

Hannah Macleod gives some coaching tips to youngsters at St Albans' club day. Picture: Chris Hobson

Hannah Macleod gives some coaching tips to youngsters at St Albans' club day. Picture: Chris Hobson - Credit: Archant

‘Diligent’ Great Britain are well placed to earn qualification for Rio 2016, according to Hannah Macleod.

St Albans Hockey Club’s player-coach played a starring role for Great Britain in the World League competition in Valencia as they beat 2014 Champions Trophy winners Argentina. It was Macleod who scored the opening goal in the 2-0 victory which took Team GB to the top of Pool A.

Managed by St Albans’ goalkeeping coach John Hurst, Britain had already defeated hosts Spain and went on to beat Canada 4-2 and China 2-0 to finish top of pool A.

They face South Africa tomorrow in the quarter-fina.

“We have an smart, diligent and talented bunch of players who work hard for each other and know their roles inside out. To beat the host nation Spain, and the number three ranked team in the world, Argentina, is a true reflection of the confidence we have at the moment,” Macleod told the Herts Ad.


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“We came to Valencia under no illusions as to how important it is that we secure Olympic Qualification. Four wins from four give us a favourable cross-over and a win in the next match against South Africa will ensure we are on a flight to Rio next summer.”

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