Out and about with the Hockey Nation

The best photos, tweets and thoughts from out and about with the Hockey Nation...

Photos

fans alex danson with fans

fans at riverbank arena

Tweets

@RichLawro: Good luck to the @GBHockey2012 men tonight playing v Argentina 7pm #london2012#riverbankarena

@emmamit09: Heading back to Olympic Park to cheer on Team GB's men's Hockey team in their first game against Argentina. Good luck GB!…

@simonhodgett78: Going to be in red at #riverbankarena clapping & cheering the #TeamGB victory tonight! Come on guys; we can do it!

Thoughts
We've asked fans from around the country for their views on the GB matches as they happen.Today we heard from a fan in a Hockey House and a supporter at the Riverbank Arena.

Chris Davies
@cmjdavies

"Tonight I headed into Birmingham, to The Old Contemptibles pub which is one of the designated Hockey Houses. It’s a beautiful old style pub serving a cracking selection of beers and life size cutouts of our players line the walls. There are inflatable hockey sticks behind the bar and hockey beer mats on the tables. It’s a lovely friendly environment to socialise and watch a game with friends in. My twitter feed was alive with tweets from players and non hockey players alike. Most male friends were offering cold sponges when Kate and Helen got injuries.

Hockey House

In terms of the game, I thought the ladies looked well prepared and very switched on. They played well as a team and the intense training appears to have paid off, so much of their passing seemed intuitive, evident in Danson’s second goal. As captain I always make a point of choosing a man of the match with my Stourport side so I’ll do the same on this column: Sally Walton. It’s easy to credit the goal scorers but she held things nice and steady at the back too. She celebrated in True brit style too!!"

Phil Crosby

"The downpour just ahead of the game certainly did not dampen the spirits of a large Red crowd of GB supporters who were in fine voice to cheer on the girls in their first pool game. The sun came out as the GB ladies took the field and boy what a start! After a rousing singing of the national anthems GB started brightly. Full of energy the girls took their game to the Japanese and penetrated the 25 and D on several occasions. It came as no suprise that our Golden Girl Alex Danson opened up the scoring early on with a trademark reverse stick finish. The crowd reacted perfectly and you could see how much it meant to Al to score the first goal at a home Olympics! Kate and Crista were perfectly composed at the back with Unsy and Emily feeding the outside channels well, setting up more attacks. The crowd was expectant and urged the team to score more which they duly did. Sarah Thomas clearly delighted at netting, Al getting her second but the best goal celebration came from "Long Tall Sally" Walton who mopped up from a penalty corner routine!

Kate Walsh leads out Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games

 4-0 at half time and the sun kissed crowd were in the mood for more. The crowd really got behind them with the Pukka Pie band providing the accompaniment to the lap after lap of the Riverbank Mexican Wave. Whilst the Japanese exerted more pressure in the 2nd half we contained them well and although Beth Storry was called into action a couple of times the clean sheet we had seen from the Test Event was still intact. It was horrible to see Kate clearly suffering from the whack she took to her face - we all wish her a speedy recovery and hope that she is back in action soon. Helen Richardson being carried from the field shortly afterwards was another worry but it was reassuring to see her take the field again for the lap of honor afterwards!"

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