Georgie Twigg column: We are heading in the right direction as the London 2012 Olympics draw nearer
I HAD the best week at the Olympic test event. It was so good to win the gold medal against Argentina, who we lost to in the Champions Trophy. I thought I would be nervous stepping out in front of the home crowd, but I wasn't at all.
It was so nice walking out onto the field and to have everyone cheering for you. We're used to playing in Argentina and it being the Argentinian crowd cheering for them. But this time it was for us, so the atmosphere was incredible.
Our first match wasn't the best team performance, but we managed to come away with a win. I think that the whole event was an opportunity for us to get rid of the cobwebs and just enjoy our first experience on the Olympic pitch.
I was quite happy with how I played personally. I felt confident on the pitch and was really enjoying the opportunity to play in such a remarkable venue. There were moments when things went wrong, Crista Cullen and Alex Danson were both injured in our last game. The good thing about our squad is that everyone is competing so closely for positions that people can fill in the roles of someone else really easily. Obviously, Crista and Alex are key players, and we want them back fit and healthy as soon as possible, but it is great to have so much depth in our squad that you can be confident and trust that anybody will play their role.
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This week I am at home in Doddington with my parents. We don't have to be down in Bisham, but we still have training to do in our own time, so it is nice to get back for a few days. It's actually pretty perfect because the gym is only about five minutes away from my house. I am in the middle of revising for my exams too, which is the not so fun part of being home. But it has to be done. I have two exams in June which will officially finish my law degree.
I've been so lucky to be able to keep studying while I'm playing hockey, and I think that it has worked out well for me. Had I finished my degree last year I think I would have struggled just doing hockey, so it's nice to have something to distract my thoughts in my down-time.
I treated myself to a new pair of trainers this week. I ordered them online through Asics and really liked the bright blue and pink look of them. And then suddenly it clicked that they actually match the Olympic hockey pitch (now also known as 'the smurf turf'). I didn't even realise. I wore them for the first time to the gym and did feel very conscious of their brightness, but I think they are great. We are back training on Monday again, and then the final Olympic selection will be announced next week. So it feels really daunting right now. All things going well, we will start preparing for the London Cup at the beginning of June. It will be another really exciting event and hopefully help to generate more interest and support for hockey.
It will be our last tournament before the Olympics, so it will be a great opportunity to play against some of the other teams that have qualified for the Games. There are six teams altogether, including us. The others are the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, South African, and Ireland. So it is pretty safe to say that the calibre of competition will be really high.
What is exciting now for us is that we are becoming one of the teams to beat, whereas maybe four years ago that wasn't the case. We know ourselves that we are going to give teams like Holland a good run for their money.
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