Kerry’s men book Tokyo spot af­ter Forsyth claims hat-trick

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport | Hockey - By Fiona To­mas

Danny Kerry praised his side’s work ethic af­ter Great Britain men se­cured their spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with a 9-3 ag­gre­gate win over Malaysia.

Two Sam Ward goals and an Alan Forsyth hat-trick en­sured Britain booked their ticket for the Games in the sec­ond of their two Olympic qual­i­fiers at the Lee Val­ley, where they claimed 4-1 and 5-2 vic­to­ries over con­sec­u­tive days.

Kerry took charge of the men’s side in Septem­ber 2018 af­ter re­plac­ing Bobby Crutch­ley and is re­garded as the most suc­cess­ful coach in Bri­tish hockey, hav­ing guided the women’s team to their his­toric Olympic tri­umph at Rio, a Euro­pean gold and their high­est ever world rank­ing.

Britain’s men had am­bi­tions of tar­get­ing a medal at the Rio Olympics but failed to make it out of the group stages, as they se­cured just one win.

“This group had a re­ally dif­fi­cult time in Rio and they have a lot of his­tory,” said Kerry. “We’ve worked hard to bring this group back to­gether. Bobby did a re­ally great job the year af­ter Rio and we’ve worked re­ally hard to move on and build be­lief. That’s a big­ger job than you think, and I’m ex­cited for the lads. They’ve grafted for six weeks.”

Af­ter miss­ing out on a medal for the first time in 12 years at this year’s Euro­hockey Cham­pi­onships, Britain will head to Bris­bane in Jan­uary as part of the squad’s heat and hu­mid­ity train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for Tokyo.

When asked whether he had en­ter­tained thoughts about em­u­lat­ing the Olympic suc­cess he en­joyed with Great Britain’s women’s team, Kerry said: “I don’t tend to think about that – it’s just the lads and what we need to do. Hon­estly, it doesn’t cross my mind.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.