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Ipswich: Hannah Martin kicks off Great Britain Youth Olympic bid

15:12 16 January 2013

Hannah Martin, left, started for Great Britain in their first Australian Youth Olympic festival match.

Hannah Martin, left, started for Great Britain in their first Australian Youth Olympic festival match.

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IPSWICH schoolgirl Hannah Martin featured for Great Britain’s U21 women as they begun their quest for Australian Youth Olympic Festival glory in a spirited defeat yesterday.

The 17-year-old, from Holbrook, started for Team GB as they were defeated 3-0 by their Australian counterparts on the opening day of the tournament at the Hockey Centre, Sydney Olympic Park.

Despite enjoying a positive opening spell in 30 degrees heat, GB found themselves behind to a goal from Murphy Allendorf before the Aussies doubled their lead with a penalty corner goal from Mariah Williams.

In a closely-fought second half, Great Britain worked hard to create opportunities but it was the Jillaroos who added to their lead through Madison Fitzpatrick’s penalty corner.

Great Britain Head Coach Craig Keegan said: “While we’re disappointed with the result, we are upbeat with the quality of the performance.

“We had chances to score at crucial times in the game but didn’t take them.”

However, Britain can make amends tomorrow when they take on China – who defeated USA 5-2 – in the four nation round robin.

Team GB face USA on Saturday before hopefully competing for the gold medal at finals day on Sunday.

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.

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Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy admits it has been ‘one step forwards, one step back’ for his side this season following today’s 2-0 defeat at Bristol City.

Ipswich Town lost 2-0 at Bristol City for the second season in succession courtesy of a controversial first half penalty and a second half screamer.

It was the Blue’s biggest win of the season – but after defeating QPR Mick McCarthy’s men now have to show they can start putting together back-to-back wins in order to climb up the table.

Ipswich Town head to Ashton Gate this afternoon, aiming to record back-to-back wins in the Championship for the first time this season.

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One goal either way could well prove decisive when Ipswich Town play at Ashton Gate, the home of Bristol City, tomorrow (3pm kick-off).

Mick McCarthy will stick with his winning formula at Bristol City tomorrow, even if his team selection remains unpopular amongst some supporters.

Blues midfielder Cole Skuse will celebrate with relish, should he get on the scoresheet at former club Bristol City tomorrow.

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