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Stop Press Report From The Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia

THERE was first bad news but now good news concerning Surbiton’s Olympic hopeful James Tindall from Malaysia where he is out playing for Great Britain in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

During Sunday’s (27 May) second game, a 3-2 win over India, he turned an ankle and had to be withdrawn from the rest of the tournament, starting from Monday’s (28 May) 3-2 loss to Argentina.

But good news came yesterday (Tuesday 29 May) with a GB press announcement that “it is not anticipated that the injury will impact on Tindall’s availability for selection for the Olympic Games, which takes place in late June.”

Tindall himself remains upbeat, tweeting on Monday: “Disappointed to have injured my ankle against India. Rehab is the focus for the next few weeks. Feels much better  … thank goodness.” And then today (Wednesday): “Lost the crutches so on the right path. Just the giant boot to go soon and then in the pool for some conditioning hopefully.”

The self-confessed Peter Andre look-a-like is in Ipoh as one of the 18 out of 27 GB training-squad members, where, together with three other M1 club mates – Richard Alexander, Matt Daly and Rob Moore – he played in their seven-nation invitational tournament’s opening 3-3 draw against hosts Malaysia last Friday (25 May), with Moore scoring one of the goals. Alexander was rested for the Indian fixture; then Daly against Argentina.

Tindall’s spirits were raised when all three played in the side’s 2-1 victory over New Zealand this evening (18.05 local time, 11.05 BST!), with Daly – himself on a comeback after being out six months with injury – scoring one of the goals.

With eight minutes to go to half-time Alexander won the ball from a Kiwi attack and a flowing move from GB ended in Daly picking the ball up just outside the circle and driving past one defender before drawing the keeper and deftly pulling the ball back to slot it home into the right hand corner to make it 2-0.

“Lads were superb today! Great win but horrendous watching helplessly from the sidelines. Some great hockey was played!” he tweeted afterwards.

Head coach Jason Lee was also very happy with his team’s overall performance: “I thought Matt Daly played very well considering this is only his third game back from a long-term injury. He scored a very good individual goal and it is encouraging to see him getting into the right positions.”

That left GB with two pool fixtures remaining against Korea tomorrow (Thursday 31 May) and Pakistan on Saturday (2 June) evenings and in a good position to reach one of the medal finals this Sunday (3 June).

After this, all Surbiton’s five English internationals hoping for Olympic selection – including Ken Forbes who is not in the Ipoh squad – will be keeping their fingers crossed to be playing their next international hockey at Stratford’s Riverbank Arena from 30 July to 11 August.

The tournament can be followed in daily detail on www.greatbritainhockey.co.uk as well as the tournament website www.azlanshahcup.com via www.fih.ch

Our four players are also on twitter at:

@ratman05 (Richard Alexander);

@menshockey2012 (Matt Daly);

@rob13moore (Rob Moore); and

@jimmyt20 (James Tindall).

 

A full report on the complete tournament from a Surbiton perspective (by Colin Pike) will appear on this website next week (Monday 4 June).

 

Seán Cotter 

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