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Chilton praises team spirit after AYOF bronze

January 24, 2013 11:26 am

Olivia Chilton insists it was testament to the spirit of Team GB’s women’s hockey players that they won bronze at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

The British team lost their opening two matches to Australia and China in Sydney meaning the best result they could achieve was a bronze medal.

They recorded their first victory in their third game, winning 5-0 this time against America, who they would go on to face for bronze in their next match.

However this time it took a Hannah Martin golden goal for Team GB to get their hands on the medal as they ran out 2-1 winners in extra-time.

And Chilton, while relieved, insisted the bronze medal was well deserved as they remained strong through thick and thin in Australia.

“Although we had our ups and downs it feels absolutely amazing to win the bronze medal,” said Chilton.

“To get that goal in extra time was such an amazing experience and when the ball finally went over the line it was a huge relief.

“After the 5-0 win against them the day before we were all a bit shocked that we found it tougher going second time around but we got through in the end and that is all that matters.

“Even though we lost our first two games and had players go down with injuries we stayed together as a team and you saw that when we all ran on the pitch to celebrate Hannah’s goal.

“As a team we had some ups and downs but we stuck at it, stayed as a team and it was a great way to finish.”

© Sportsbeat 2013