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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Team GB hockey team enjoy pre-Olympic win

17th July 2012

Great Britain's men's hockey team have managed a strong win against India.

The team are taking part in a pre-Olympic warm-up in Santander, Spain and the winning of the opening match will boost their confidence.

Despite conceding an early goal to India, they came back for a 3-1 victory to progress further in the Tri Nations Championship.

Team manager Andy Halliday was pleased with the result and felt it bodes well for when the squad takes on Argentina in a fortnight at the Olympic Games.

He said: "After a stuttering start we found our rhythm and controlled the match for long periods.

"In the end we deserved our victory today."

All of the London 2012 hockey matches will be played at the Riverbank Area. The venue has two pitches and does not have the traditional playing surfaces - instead it is pink and blue. It has been designed so that the yellow ball can be spotted easily.

The arena was completed at the start of 2012 and after the Games the pitches will be relocated to the north of the Olympic Park for permanent use at the Eton Manor sports centre.

Team GB's first men's hockey match will take place on July 30th against Argentina. The squad will also face Australia, Spain, Pakistan and South Africa in the first round of the competition.

The finals for the tournament will be held on August 11th and anyone lucky enough to have ballot tickets for the hockey matches will need to book central London hotels to make the most of the Olympic action.


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