Great Britain women’s captain Kate Richardson-Walsh believes there are plenty more good times around the corner after the squad took gold at the Hockey World League Semi Finals in Valencia.
Richardson-Walsh and her team were in dominant mood in Spain, racking up seven straight wins to take the title.
The latter of those came via a 2-0 win over China on Sunday as goals from Hollie Webb and Alex Danson capped a superb tournament for the side.
Just 24 hours after they had confirmed their place at Rio 2016 by beating Germany 1-0 in the semi-final to guarantee a top-three finish.
The team conceded just two goals all tournament and kept six clean sheets, while they scored 15 goals in seven matches.
And with the EuroHockey Championships next on the horizon in London in August, Richardson-Walsh believes the efforts of the entire squad are paying dividends.
“It was an amazing performance in this tournament. We said at the beginning that we’d take one game at a time and build momentum, and that’s what we’ve done,” said the 35-year-old, who was a part of England’s silver-medal winning team at Glasgow 2014.
“It wasn’t our most stellar performance but we dug in and took our chances when they came. I’ve played with Alex a long time and it’s really sweet to link up and see that corner come off.
“We’re here as a squad of 18 but we have a squad of 31 and we really want to build for the year ahead.
“We’ve got the Unibet EuroHockey Championships in August, it’s always nice to play as a home nation against Scotland it’s a really good rivalry and I can’t wait!”
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