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Beijing Olympics 2008

News from Beijing

16 August 2008

Second hockey win for Loughborough six

Loughborough’s super six all started in today’s hockey win over bottom-placed South Africa.

A goal in each half without reply was enough to take all three points from Britain’s third encounter in their Olympic campaign and leaves them in third place in the table on six points, winning two goals to nil.

James Tindall netted the only goal of the first half in the 20th minute when he picked up the ball and drove into the circle, finishing with aplomb by chipping the ball over the approaching keeper to put the Brits 1-0 up.

Britain escaped a South African reply in the 25th and 26th minute when first of all a dangerous ball was put across the face of goal with no-one to finish, and then Rob Moore defending well to deny Emile Smith.

Matt Daly netted the second goal with four minutes left on the clock when some brilliant work from captain Ben Hawes down the right saw him beat three players to pass across the face of goal for a waiting Daly to tap in.

Britain’s next match sees them play fifth-placed Canada who are yet to earn a point in this tournament. The match will take place on Sunday 17 August on the same day which sees a top of the table clash between Australia and the Netherlands.

Head Coach Jason Lee, a Loughborough graduate, said after the match “We are very pleased with the result but I feel it was our poorest performance so far. The team looked more tired and lethargic than in previous games but the final result is very pleasing. We did well with our corners in the first two matches, but we didn’t do so well today, and I think that reflected our nervousness in getting a good result out of the game.”

Looking ahead to the rest of the tournament, he continued “We have had a plan for the Games well in advance and that includes the Canada match. We still have an outside chance of reaching the semi-finals."

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There are 55 Loughborough athletes in action at the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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