'Men's squad devastated after Rio exit'

Great Britain's men

Chief Executive of Great Britain Hockey Sally Munday admitted the men's team and staff were left devastated after exiting Rio 2016.

Great Britain drew 1-1 with Spain in their final match, but the outcome of the game was rendered irrelevant as New Zealand defeated Belgium 3-1 to progress at our expense.
 
Speaking in Rio, Sally commented, "Having been around the group since the end of the match, there is absolute devastation among both the players and management.
 
"They work so hard, I see them all the time at Bisham Abbey, how hard they work and the life choices they make to be the best they can be. This isn't down to lack of preparation or lack of effort, this is a group of committed athletes who came here wanting to fulfil their Olympic dream and get on the medal podium, but it hasn't happened for them. Sometimes it is just not meant to be.
 
"I thought the guys played well tonight, they brought their hockey to the Spanish team but they couldn't put it in the back of the net, it was as simple as that. There were plenty of chances but it didn't fall for us.
 
"Our tournament got off to a shaky start against Belgium, and in tournament hockey you need momentum. They have played some good hockey but over five games they haven't done enough to make the quarter finals and that's massively disappointing for both them and us, we share the same emotions.
 
"The preparation has been excellent, they came here in good shape and everything has been positive. We couldn't have asked for more effort, the reality is the top eight teams in the world are so close now and as we've seen in this tournament the margins are narrow. But we needed to start better, there's simply no getting away from that fact.
 
"Now everyone will want to get back home and reflect on it, the players and management need time to do that and there's absolute devastation in the dressing room. We'll return to the UK, have some quiet reflection and then we look to the next cycle."