Hockey delight volleyball woe

Great Britain men’s hockey team including captain Barry Middleton of Doncaster and Sheffield’s Alastair Wilson bounced back from a disappointing draw with South Africa in their last match to thrash Pakistan 4-1 at the Riverbank Arena.

Goals by James Tindall and Jonty Clarke before half time and two from the impressive Ashley Jackson after the break made Pakistan’s late strike a consolation.

However, there was disappointment for the Sheffield-based women’s volleyball team. Needing to beat Dominican Republic to qualify for the knockout stages they were outplayed and lost 3-0 (25-9 25-18 25-19).

This win means Dominican Republic leapfrog Great Britain, pushing the hosts down a place into fifth, currently outside of a quarter-final berth.

But all is not lost for Great Britain who face Japan in their final group game on Sunday, and Laybourne insists nobody is throwing in the towel any time soon.

“We are really disappointed because it was a game we were going after because if we had won it we would have gone into the quarter-finals,” said Sheffield’s Rachel Laybourne.

“So right now it is disappointing but again the Dominican Republic are an awesome team and up there with the best in the world.

In the table tennis team tournament the women lost to North Korea 3-0. Rotherham-based Joanna Parker was defeated in her match 3-1.

The men, with Rotherham’s Paul Drinkhall and Chesterfield’s Liam Pitchford, faired no better, losing against Portugal 3-0.

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