Olympic dream continues for Alford hockey star Glenn Kirkham

Great Britain's Glenn Kirkham during the London Prepares Series Visa International Invitational at the Riverbank Stadium, Olympic Park, East London, 3rd May 2012
Great Britain's Glenn Kirkham during the London Prepares Series Visa International Invitational at the Riverbank Stadium, Olympic Park, East London, 3rd May 2012

WHILE Louth swimmer Kate Haywood’s Olympic dream faded, that of another local star continues with Alford’s Glenn Kirkham and the Team GB men’s hockey team.

The local star insists the GB side have no one to fear after a storming comeback earned a 3-3 draw against favourites Australia on Sunday night.

Kirkham and co targeted a victory in Sunday’s game after beating Pakistan 4-1 on Friday night, but world number ones Australia raced into an early 2-0 lead, adding to that shortly after half-time.

But Great Britain gritted their teeth and produced a stunning comeback, drawing 3-3 thanks to goals from Jonty Clarke, Barry Middleton and James Tindall.

And despite admitting their performance was far from perfect, Kirkham admitted it showed just what they are made of heading into the latter stages of London 2012.

“I can’t really get my head around that game, it was amazing just exactly what happened in it,” said Kirkham.

“First of all it was the best atmosphere I have ever played in, it was unbelievable and that really did help us with the comeback.

“But most importantly we just trusted our game and came out in the second half eager to show what we could do and trusted ourselves and it paid off.

“We knew what we had to do. In the first half we weren’t giving the easy ball and we changed that and when we are on our game, like we just showed, we can beat anyone in the world.

“After that we feel like it is ours to lose now so we will go into the rest of the competition full of confidence.”

Tindall’s late equaliser meant Great Britain’s destiny will be in their own hands heading into their final group game with Spain.

Kirkham added: “All we need to do is make sure we take our second-half form right from the off and we should be fine. It will be tough but we are confident.”

Team GB play their final Pool A game against Spain on Tuesday night.

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