Great Britain, featuring Harry Martin, finish sixth at FIH World League Final
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Great Britain, featuring Ipswich-born, former Ipswich School pupil, Harry Martin, were forced to settle for sixth place at the FIH World League Final after a 4-2 defeat to Argentina.
Four penalty corner goals, two apiece for Pedro Ibarra and Gonzalo Peillat were enough for Los Leones despite replies from Simon Mantell and Phil Roper.
Great Britain Head Coach, Bobby Crutchley, said: “We gave away some cheap penalty corners and didn’t defend them very well, which with the corner threats they have is always going to make life difficult. We played better in the second half but by then it was too little, too late and the damage was done.”
We started well in the tournament but the group as a whole hadn’t experienced this environment before and so they seemed to find it hard to get the consistency needed for this level. We’ve learnt a lot and have plenty to take away from the competition but on the whole it’s a frustrating end for us.”
“We made the decision to leave certain people at home, so we were missing a lot of experience, but I’m glad we did that.”