Sunday, July 25, 2021

Goalkeeper Ollie Payne marks rise with GB Hockey Olympic place

Team GB's Olympic squad selection confirmed our story on Alan Forsyth's surprise omission from the Tokyo team

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Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

Ollie Payne’s “perfect rich vein of form” was the catalyst behind his meteoric rise and inclusion in Team GB’s Olympic squad for Tokyo, according to Simon Mason, Britain’s most capped goalkeeper.

The GB men’s squad will field 12 Olympic debutants in Tokyo next month with captain Adam Dixon, David Ames, Ian Sloan and Sam Ward set for their second campaigns after competing in Rio. Thursday’s unveiling also confirmed Alan Forsyth’s surprising omission from the side, meaning that there will be no Scottish athlete on the team.

At 21, Zach Wallace is the youngest to be selected in the men’s squad, while there will be a youthful presence with a pair of 22-year-olds, Wales’ Jacob Draper and Payne.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Great to see so many debutants in the GB hockey squad however it saddens me that Alan Forsyth has been ommited…WHY?…how can Danny Kerry omit a profilic goal scorer?….over to you Danny explain your decision to leave out Alan Forsyth.
    Personal issues should NOT influence selection of players….Many of my Scottish Friends are angry and disappointed by Alan Forsyth’s omission.

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