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Confidence is building for Team GB hockey star Georgie Twigg

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: August 02, 2012

Goal: Georgie Twigg finds the net for Great Britain against South Korea. Picture: Ady Kerry/GB Hockey

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Hockey star Georgie Twigg praised her side's character after Great Britain dug deep to record a second successive London 2012 victory.

The 21-year-old took to the Riverbank Arena for the second time looking to build on an opening 4-0 victory over Japan 48 hours earlier.

However, this time Great Britain did so without skipper Kate Walsh, who was still in hospital after having surgery on her jaw after being hit with a hockey stick in the opening win.

And despite making hard work of it with South Korea leveling the score at 3-3 in the latter stages, Twigg helped Great Britain to victory with a late goal, the hosts eventually winning 5-3.

It might not have been as comfortable as their opener but Twigg was more than happy to be run close to the wire, with plenty of hockey still to be played in the capital.

"It was absolutely amazing out there," she said. "The crowd has been absolutely amazing in supporting us so it was just great to go out there and get them another win.

"When South Korea drew level we showed real sense and true grit and to score another two goals is absolutely fantastic and this is an exciting time for us.

"We know that every game is going to be difficult. Every side has different standards and stuff and we showed great determination to come back.

"It is never easy to do that when your opponent puts in a goal with nine minutes remaining to equalise but we showed a real sense of character and I think that says something about our team and how far we are going to go in this tournament.

"We have Belgium next on Thursday and every game is difficult but we will be confident after two wins and will be working hard to make it three."

Meanwhile, Boston's Crista Cullen was delighted with how the team got off to a flying start after routing Japan 4-0 in their London 2012 opener.

"We definitely sent the message that we are fit, athletic, quick, world class in our defence and we have got the ability to ball in the back of the net," said Cullen, who finished as Great Britain's top scorer at Beijing 2008.

"So hopefully teams will now look at us and be aware. But at the same time our job is to stick to what we are about as a team.

"It's the perfect start for us but we are trying to treat this as any other game in any other tournament, we can enjoy this in the warm-down but that's about it, then it's onto the next game.

"We have been in the centralised training programme for four years, we have trained so hard and it was a pretty emotional moment in our line-up to have finally got there.

"Four years of so much hard work has gone into this and it feels great to have started with such a good performance."

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