Out and about with the Hockey Nation

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We've been back out with the Hockey Nation to find the best photos, tweets and opinions...

Tweets

Julia Butterworth ‏@JBs_5
“Good luck @GBHockey2012 men, hope you can match the winning ways of the ladies. #goTeamGB @TeamGB #hockeyfamily#hockeynation”

Harry Purvis ‏@Hpurvis2
“Rushing back from work to catch the hockey boys in action.#COYGB @GBHockey2012”

Chris Giles ‏@gilesyc13
“@GBHockey2012 #c'monTeamGB never have i felt anymore prouder to be British as i do right now. Its awesome. #ImLovingIt #TeamGB#hockey4life”

Francesca Halsall ‏@franhalsall
“Watching the hockey now! Boys 1-0 up can't wait to go watch them next week at the riverbank.”

Photos

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Thoughts

Chris Davies
Chris has been playing club hockey for three years and is the Mens 4th IX and Summer League Captain at Stourport Hockey Club. Here are his thoughts...

“At the end of the game, in between all of the "4-1 yeahhh go GB" tweets, there were people starting to relate to their own teams, the banter was there and people were tweeting their friends telling them to get involved and to come and play. It was really interesting to see the coverage the hockey got and shows just what a platform could be to promote the sport.”

Mel Lamb (pictured on the right with Crista Cullen)
Mel Lamb

Mel is a hockey enthusiast who plays her club hockey at Southend Hockey Club. Here is her report on the GB women's second pool match of the tournament against Korea

“Following from every GB player singing the National Anthem with passion and spirit for representing their country, the GB girls began the game against Korea with strength and pace on and off the ball. With the Twitter feeds buzzing for the girls and get well messages for Captain Kate Walsh, the game was destined to be full of hunger, spirit and true comradery for the Hockey Nation.

Nicola White opened the score line early in the game with some strong slalomed attacked into the D, to then beat the Korean goalkeeper Jan Soo-Ji. The goals continued, and by halftime the score line reaching a 2 – 1 tally for the Team GB Girls.

With just 10 minutes to go, the Koreans were applying the pressure. Rewarded for their efforts the score had reached 3 -3. Although not at the Riverside Arena to watch the game live myself, the atmosphere was reaching fever pitch with the crowds chanting along to the beat of the ball. Off the pitch, consistent well wishes were bombarding the social networking sites urging the GB Girls to finish what they had started. In true Hockey family form, the GB girls dug deep, and 2 late goals were awarded to Team GB.

Full time whistle is blown, and Team GB achieved a 5 – 3 win over Korea. Goal scorers including Alex Danson, Crista Cullen, Nicola White,  Georgie Twigg and Chloe Rogers. Achieving a catalog of varied names of the score board merely emphasizes Team GB’s flexibility and hunger to be clinical when it matters.  Long may the unbeaten record continue for London 2012. “

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