Great Britain beat India on final day to seal third

Richard Alexander and Sardar Singh in action during Great Britain's match against India
It was a repeat of Thursday night's clash between Great Britain and India in the third-fourth place play-off at the Riverbank Arena on the final day of the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament. 

The teams came out to a rapturous applause from the 10,000 strong crowd that had come to cheer on the sides and enjoy an afternoon of hockey featuring some of the best teams in the world.

In a game that saw Beeston’s Alastair Wilson make his 50th appearance in a Great Britain shirt the men in red managed to secure third place in the tournament with a 2-1 victory over India.  Both first half goals came from penalty corners; the first scored by VR Raghunath for India and the second by Surbiton’s James Tindall seconds before half time. 

The second half saw good chances for both sides but Rob Moore was the only one to capitalise, scoring his second goal of the tournament to earn GB a 2-1 victory.

Speaking after the game Great Britain Head Coach Jason Lee said, “It’s going to be an exciting place to be in the summer.  I hope the crowd keep up their support and backing for the team.  On our part I hope we can bring much more energy and excitement on the pitch than we brought today.  This has been our fourth game in five days and I think that’s why we struggled with the intensity as India did as well. At the Olympics, our fourth game will be after seven days so we’ll have had two more rest days then and I think that will make it a lot easier for us to play with a higher intensity.”

Following Great Britain's victory, Germany beat Australia 5-2 in the men's final to take the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament trophy.

Read the full match report in the International Results section.