London 2012 Olympic hockey: Kate Walsh hails GB’s home support

Great Britain's Kate Walsh praises the home crowd for their support as the women's hockey team take the bronze medal

By Sportsbeat   

Kate Walsh has likened performing in front of a home crowd at London 2012 to the sensation enjoyed on stage by a rock star at Glastonbury.

The Team GB women’s captain, who helped her side win Olympic bronze on Friday, has praised the support of the British public, particularly those who packed out the Riverbank Arena.

Defeat by Argentina in the semi-final put paid to hopes of a gold medal, but Walsh helped her side regroup to ensure third place with a 3-1 victory over New Zealand in the bronze medal match.

“We had given everything for the gold medal and once that dream had gone we had to re-assess,” said 32-year-old Walsh.

“We then set the target that without doubt we would be going for that bronze with everything we had, and it’s great to have a medal around our necks.

“In that stadium it was like a cauldron of noise, it was just the most amazing atmosphere.

“I don’t know what it’s like to be a rock star, standing on the stage at Glastonbury, but I imagine it would be like that.

“It was a wall of sound that just lifted you and gave you energy, and hopefully that translated onto TV and made the hockey better.”

MORE: Have your say on Facebook

MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

The Sport Review
Jamie Redknapp: Arsenal need this many signings to improve morale
The Sport Review
20 Chelsea transfer targets Antonio Conte could sign in the summer
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool stars among 16 players out of contract in 2018
The Sport Review
Predictions: Why Man United will finish ahead of Liverpool
The Sport Review
Sol Campbell: Why this player will score in Tottenham v Arsenal
The Sport Review
Barcelona 2017: Nadal and Zeballos beat #NextGen challengers to lock horns after four years