GB Men Ready for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Richard Alexander and Sardar Singh in action during Great Britain's match against India

Great Britain’s men are undergoing final preparations in Ipoh for their opening match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, against the host Malaysia on Friday morning.  The tournament itself has begun today with victories for New Zealand and Pakistan.

New Zealand’s Black Sticks, who are in Pool B for the Olympic Games – the opposite pool from GB, comprehensively beat India 5-1 in the second game of the day, following Pakistan’s 4-2 win over Argentina.  Both Pakistan and Argentina are in Great Britain’s Olympic Pool this summer with GB opening their London 2012 campaign against the South Americans on Monday 30 July.

James Tindall celebrates scoring for Great Britain against Australia

Ahead of the start of the tournament, Great Britain’s Surbiton forward James Tindall has been telling The Metro about the team’s arrival in Malaysia, the presence of clubmate Matt Daly and how he managed to follow his beloved Chelsea as the team took off on Saturday evening.  

It’s been a wet couple of days for the team as they underwent final preparations with lightning storms hitting Ipoh during the team’s session on Wednesday, as can be seen by Team Manager Andy Halliday’s photo

Great Britain get their campaign up and running against Malaysia at 10:05am UK time. As ever, you’ll be able to keep up with GB’s progress by logging on to the Great Britain Hockey website international results page and following us on social media via Twitter (@GBHockey2012) and on Facebook.

** Some of the matches have been streamed online on an Indian website here.  We’re currently looking to establish whether Great Britain’s matches will also be streamed. **

Relive Richard Alexander's dance for the Sultan at the official tournament dinner of the 2011 tournament.

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