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Ipswich: Great Britain hockey star Hannah Martin retains Youth Olympic bronze hope

PUBLISHED: 11:49 18 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:49 18 January 2013

Great Britain's Hannah Martin, 17, will be aiming for Australian Youth Olympic Festival bronze tomorrow night.

Great Britain's Hannah Martin, 17, will be aiming for Australian Youth Olympic Festival bronze tomorrow night.

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IPSWICH schoolgirl Hannah Martin will be aiming to win bronze for Great Britain’s U21 women at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival tomorrow night.

After two successive defeats to the hosts and China this week, Team GB face USA tonight (10pm kick-off) in their final four-nation group match, with third position the highest possible finish.

Following a 3-0 defeat to their Australian counterparts on the opening day of the tournament at the Hockey Centre, Sydney Olympic Park in 30 degrees heat, Britain needed a win over China yesterday to retain any gold medal ambitions.

And after the British side took the lead shortly before half time with a goal from Bristol Firebrands’ Lily Owsley, a top-two finish in the group looked possible.

However, GB were pegged back in the second half through Mengyu Wang’s penalty corner before, before Na Wang put the Chinese 2-1 up three minutes later.

GB were unable to restore parity, with Great Britain Head Coach Craig Keegan critical of their finishing.

She said: “As a team, we need to quickly learn that at this level if you don’t put away your chances when you are on top you give the opposition to get back into the match.

“In the extreme heat both teams slowed in the second half and our young British girls were unable to sustain their dominance with the heat taking its toll.

“That, and some poor decisions resulted in us conceding two unnecessary goals.”

Martin, in the final year of sixth-form at Ipswich School, is the younger sister of Ipswich Olympian, Harry, who played for GB at this summer’s Olympics.

The 17-year-old has featured in both Team GB clashes so far and will be hoping to bring home a bronze medal from Down Under tomorrow night, with the bronze medal playoff match scheduled to take place at 9pm British time.

Fans have a big role to play in the “massive” East Anglian derby this weekend – and must cheer on the Blues all the way to victory.

Punters are tipping Ipswich Town to win Sunday’s hotly-anticipated derby clash with old rivals Norwich City.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says the new-look Blues squad should fear no-one in the Championship – and that includes Norwich this Sunday.

Respected Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham insists cool heads will decide Sunday’s East Anglian Championship derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City.

The Gunn family know all about the highs and lows that the East Anglian derby can provide and Angus is relishing the chance to follow in the footsteps of his father for Norwich this Sunday.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers issued a rallying call to his team-mates ahead of Sunday’s derby clash with Norwich City telling them “now is the time to stand-up and be counted.”

Ipswich Town legend and former England captain Terry Butcher has paid tribute to his son Christopher’s “larger than life character” and described him as a “formidable and true friend” following the 35-year-old’s death.

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers has hit back at Nelson Oliveira’s claim that Norwich City are a ‘better club’ with ‘better players’ by calling the City striker ‘not very well educated’.

The fit-and-firing David McGoldrick is the Ipswich Town player that Norwich City fans would most like to have in the Canary ranks in Sunday’s East Anglian derby.

Former Ipswich Town star Marcus Stewart says players have to put themselves “in the shoes of the fans” on derby day.

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