Danson up for hockey medal challenge

10 August 2012 / 08:03

Great Britain striker Alex Danson is confident the squad can lift themselves for their bronze medal encounter against New Zealand on Friday.

Having seen their gold medal hopes ended by Argentina on Wednesday, the 27-year-old is determined not to let bronze - which would equal the women's best finish of Barcelona in 1992 - slip through their fingers.

She said: "Sport can be so cruel and it hasn't quite worked for us but I think the one special thing about this group - and the one thing you'll see - is that we've got so much fight in us. We've got so much fight. We're not going home without a medal. We'll come back out and the Kiwis won't be able to catch us."

Danson added: "That is something that we hope everybody will see and we know we'll give. We've lived to be gold for four years. It's not going to happen for us this time, but it will one day and I will be a part of this team and this programme one day when it is.

"This time, the gold for us is now bronze. That's our gold and we'll go for that. We won't leave the field until we have it."

The men also suffered semi-final devastation on Thursday night as Holland hit top form to inflict a record 9-2 defeat. GB were in the game at 2-1 thanks to Ashley Jackson's penalty corner but when the Dutch extended the score to 4-1 at half-time the hosts began to chase the game.

Holland scored four goals in eight second-half minutes with a clinical display of finishing - they had a 50% conversion rate - and scored their ninth 10 minutes before the end before Rob Moore slid in a late goal which was not even a consolation.

When asked what he would like to say at the post-match press conference captain Barry Middleton said: "Probably sorry to start with.

"Credit to the Dutch, they played a good game, they just generally passed, shot, tackled and ran better than us.

"There are not that many games when a team does every aspect better than you."