Team Bath Buccs Sam Hatherley rues golden glitch
Sam Hatherley was left wondering 'what if' after seeing a hockey gold medal slip through his fingers at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
The Team Bath Buccs player, pictured, and his Great Britain men's hockey team-mates took on old foes Australia in the final at the Sydney Olympic Hockey Centre on Sunday, keen to avenge defeat by their hosts in the round-robin stage three days earlier.
And they looked on course after overturning a three-goal half-time deficit to lead 4-3, only for Australia to level with two minutes to go before stealing the win courtesy of an extra-time golden goal.
"I have mixed emotions about the silver medal," said Hatherley, 18, a first-year sports performance student at the University of Bath.
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"If someone had said 'you will win silver' before the tournament I would have been pleased but to get so close to gold is so frustrating.
"For the neutral it was probably one of the best games they will see but for us we feel like it was a missed opportunity. Silly mistakes cost us."
Also in action Down Under last week was City of Bath Rhythmic Gymnastics Club starlet Tiola Gleeson, who helped Great Britain finish fifth in the team event.
The 12-year-old from Combe Down said: "It was quite nerve-racking when I first went out there because I was competing in front of a big crowd and in the same venue as the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
"But once I relaxed I enjoyed it more. The atmosphere was amazing and, seeing all these other elite gymnasts, I learnt a lot. Hopefully this is just the start of these sorts of competitions for me."
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