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London Cup was great chance for us to cement our play, says Alex

Last Updated: 11/06/12 4:14pm

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Team Sky: Alex summarises the action in the company of presenter Charlie Brougham

Team Sky: Alex summarises the action in the company of presenter Charlie Brougham

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Injured striker Alex Danson says Great Britain's women's hockey players "will run through brick walls" to try and reach the Olympic final after a disappointing Investec London Cup campaign.

"The Investec London Cup has been a fantastic opportunity for us to cement our play and get those last things tweaked before we head into the greatest show on earth in a few weeks' time."
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Danson joined Sky Sports as a studio summariser for the event in Chiswick, where Great Britain finished fifth, as she continues to recover from the shoulder injury she sustained in the London 2012 Test event last month.

The Sky Sports Living for Sportathlete mentor expects to be fully fit in time for next month's Olympics, as do captain Kate Walsh and Crista Cullen, and add to her 176 international caps.

"The injury is coming on really well," Danson told Sky Sports. "I've got probably another couple more weeks before I'll be out playing with my team-mates. I cannot wait to get out there.

"We've got an absolutely incredible physio and the support from the English Institute of Sport is second to none."

Privilege

Great Britain wrapped up their London Cup challenge on a high note by beating Ireland 3-0.

But, even allowing for the squad's injury list, GB Head Coach Danny Kerry was frustrated by the overall display from a squad which won silver at the Champions Trophy and came out on top at the London 2012 Test event.

Danson said the experience would only help the GB players re-double their efforts ahead of the Olympics.

"We've actually had a fantastic three years," she reflected. "It's the greatest privilege - we've been full-time at Bisham Abbey on a centralised programme and it has seen us win medals in major world tournaments.

"As a squad, we've said very strongly that we are going to live with this gold mentality to be the best we possibly can be. We want to show the nation that we will run through brick walls to get to that [Olympic] final. We will do everything we possibly can to be our best and we are excited.

"The Investec London Cup has been a fantastic opportunity for us to cement our play and get those last things tweaked before we head into the greatest show on earth in a few weeks' time."

Involved

Danson, 27, has largely had to put her work as a Sky Sports Living for Sport mentor on hold while she prepares for the Olympics.

But at the end of Get Involved Week on Sky Sports News, she was keen to stress that there has never been a better time to grow hockey's global profile.

"One of the greatest things about the hockey nation is that as athletes and players, we so want people to be involved in our sport," said Danson.

"For anybody who wants to get involved in our sport at the moment, you can go in at any entry level. We've got Quicksticks, we've got Rush Hockey, we've got Back to Hockey for people who perhaps haven't played for ages - so get online, have a look on www.hockeynation.info and, please, pick up that stick.

"During the week we've had some horrendous weather but there has been so much support [at Chiswick], there has been so much noise and today [Sunday] because tickets sold out so quickly we even had to bring up another stand.

"We've got all of the support; I think the extra thing we are hoping for and asking for in London is when you come and support us, put on some red.

"It doesn't have to be a GB flag - as players when we walk out and hear the support we have, if we can see that as well it's going to be the difference for us in those really important games."

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