London 2012: Great Britain Men’s Squad. Part 2.

The Top of the D ran through a little about the first half of the squad in part one here. Now, sit back and have read about the rest of the Great Britain squad, going for gold in London this summer:

Ian Lewers. Club: East Grinstead. Age: 28. Position: Defender/Midfield.

The 28-year-old East Grinstead star may be lacking in international tournament experience for Great Britain, having only played one EuroHockey Nations and one Champions Trophy so far, however his experience of playing in the Hoofdklasse with HGC, and the EHL with current club East Grinstead, as well as his time with the Irish side will stand him in good stead. Like Richard Smith, Lewers is seen as a ball-playing defender who has the ability to step into midfield to help launch attacks.

Iain Mackay. Club: Reading. Age: 27. Position: Midfielder.

Mackay is another of the Reading contingent with a league champion’s medal in his trophy case from this season. He was also a member of the England side, which won the Eurohockey Nations in 2009. A combative and hard-working midfielder, his link up play with his club teammates could prove to be a useful weapon. He has a fair bit of experience at this level and can chip in with the odd goal, too.

Harry Martin. Club: Old Loughtonians. Age: 19. Position: Midfield.

Martin is the youngest member of the squad and a very talented and exciting prospect. He
made his international debut aged just 17, and has played in the Champions Trophy and Commonwealth Games. Whilst there can be no doubt the Olympics is a different proposition to those, do not expect the former Ipswich schoolboy to be overawed. He showed in the test event he is not daunted by international hockey, proving the mantra, if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

Barry Middleton. Club: East Grinstead. Age: 28. Position: Midfield/Forward.

Many would point to Ashley Jackson as being central to Great Britain’s hopes. Barry Middleton is just as important. His spells abroad in Germany and Holland have undoubtedly developed the former Cannock star’s skills immeasurably. He may go about his business quietly, but is able to have an influence all over the field, keeping things ticking over and chipping in with his share of goals: 76 in 261 international appearances is not too shabby. If Middleton plays well, so will Great Britain.

Rob Moore. Club: Surbiton. Age: 31. Position: Forward.

Moore, like Matt Daly is a genuine goal threat. His spectacular reverse stick strike against India in the London Prepares Test Event was just a taster of what the Surbiton man is capable of producing. A veteran of almost 250 international appearances, spanning no less than 18 international tournaments, two of which are Olympic Games, mean that Moore has been there and done it. When the chips are down, a cool head is required; Moore is one of the men who will provide it.

Richard Smith. Club: Loughborough Students. Age: 24. Position: Defender.

Another member of the victorious 2009 EuroHockey Nations Squad, Smith is a strong defender who offers a very good option at short corners too. Despite his relatively young age, Smith has amassed over 100 international caps indoor and out. He is typical of the type of defender Jason Lee looks for, with his good ability on the ball and his distribution being key factors in his selection.

James Tindall. Club: Surbiton. Age: 29. Position: Forward.

Tindall, who is one of the top scorers amongst the current squad with 78 international goals, is something a bit different up front. His physical presence poses a different kind of challenge to defenders when compared with his teammates. Don’t be fooled, he is no bull in a china shop, as he has plenty of technical ability to back it up, but not many defenders relish a contest with the 29-year-old Surbiton striker. He is a useful option on penalty corners and hits the ball like a rocket. Goalkeepers, you have been warned.

Alistair Wilson. Club: Beeston. Age: 28. Position: Defender/Forward.

Wilson’s versatility will undoubtedly have stood him in good stead when selection was made for this competition. The Beeston star can play almost anywhere and has a wealth of international caps behind him, gaining over 150 of them and participating in no less than 12 international tournaments.

The Top of the D would like to wish each and every one of the squad the very best of luck.

About thetopofthed

Columnist for The Hockey Paper and the man behind The Top of the D. Writer, podcaster, goalkeeper and BBC Sport man. Used to work for Great Britain Hockey and have covered the sport at every major tournament.
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