Olympic24: Defeat for GB men in first Test against Argentina

Olympic24: Defeat for GB men in first Test against Argentina

20 October 2015 / 07:06

Alan Forsyth scores on his debut but it’s not enough to stop Great Britain men’s hockey team losing 3-2 to Argentina, while the RS:X World Championships get underway with Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw strong overall. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Alan Forsyth and Sam Ward score but Great Britain lose first of three Tests against Argentina
  • Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw enjoying race victories on opening day of RS:X World Championships
  • Chris and Gabby Adcock set sights on French Open success
  • Great Britain men’s fencing team 15th at San Jose fencing World Cup

Forsyth scores on debut but Great Britain lose out 

Bobby Crutchley cut a frustrated figure after watching his Great Britain men’s team slip to a 3-2 defeat to Argentina.

In the first of three Tests against Los Leones, Great Britain started strongly but it was Argentina who scored first through Matias Paredes on 24 minutes.

Debutant Alan Forsyth equalised shortly afterwards before Sam Ward made it 2-1 right before half-time.

But Argentina hit back through Gonzalo Peillat before Paredes added a second for what turned out to be the winning goal.

“It’s very frustrating because there are a lot of things we did well,” said head coach Crutchley.

“We had a lot of possession and a lot of territory but didn’t create enough.

“We fell right into their trap as we were sloppy at times in possession which allowed them to counterattack. We weren’t good enough when we needed to be.

“It’s great to see Alan Forsyth score on his debut we’re all really pleased for him.

“He’s deserved that with the work he’s done since he came into the programme. It’s lovely to see him win his first cap and pick up his first goal. That’s the highlight for us.”

Dempsey and Shaw strong on day one of World Championships


Windsurfer Nick Dempsey lies seventh overall after day one of the RS:X World Championships in Oman.

Dempsey is one of only two male windsurfers to have previously won two RS:X world titles.

And while enduring an up and down season so far, he showed promising signs on the water once again, with finishes of sixth, second and seventh in the opening races.

Women’s windsurfer Bryony Shaw also got her campaign up and running with a series of strong performances, finishing second, third and first in her opening three races.

Adcocks set for French battle 

Chris Adcock

Twelve months on from their run to the 2014 final, Chris and Gabby Adcock will aim to go one better when they take to the court for the French Open this week.

The world number six mixed doubles pairing continue their bid to build up Olympic ranking points on the latest European tour of events.

They had been due to play Jacco Arends and Seiena Piek on Tuesday but the Dutch pair have withdrawn from the first round.

England number one Rajiv Ouseph will play Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.

Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge have been handed a tough draw in the men’s doubles, with a first European duel against Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding, of Denmark, while second seeds Andrew Ellis and Peter Mills also play on Tuesday.

GB fencers 15th in San Jose 

Great Britain’s fencers were unable to repeat the silver medal-winning exploits of James Davis as they finished 15th in the men’s foil event in San Jose.

One of 17 entries to the team event, Great Britain had a bye through to the round of 16 where they lost out 45-39 to Japan.

Further defeats to Austria and Brazil followed in the placings matches before they beat Hong Kong 45-34 to finish 15th.

Germany – currently Great Britain’s main rival for Olympic qualification – finished sixth, although they still trail Great Britain by six points in the World ranking list.

Sportsbeat 2015