Thursday, June 13, 2024

Hockey Pro League: Great Britain men continue turning heads as Paris Olympics loom

London — Spare a thought for Paul Revington, who must have one of the hardest jobs in world hockey as coaches enter the final days before Olympic selection is realised.

Great Britain have used a raft of players, like most Pro League teams, while the competition for places in the Paris 16 is stronger than it perhaps ever has been. The continuing rise of the former under-21 players, the sight of Stu Rushmere carving upfield for instance, coupled with new recruits such as Gareth Furlong, as well as the consistent goalscoring of regulars like Sam Ward have contributed to a collective playing eye-catching hockey at present.

On Wednesday, Great Britain, with Nick Bandurak and Jack Waller siting out, proved a class apart against Spain; four different scorers and the game management to hold on with a lead. 

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