Boston hockey pair Crista Cullen and Hannah Macleod help Team GB to bronze at London 2012

Hannah Macleod gives chase against New Zealand. Photo: Ady Kerry.
Hannah Macleod gives chase against New Zealand. Photo: Ady Kerry.

TWO Boston hockey players helped Team GB’s women scoop bronze at the Olympics.

London 2012 finished on a high note for Crista Cullen and Hannah Macleod - following the tears and heartbreak of their semi-final defeat to Argentina.

On Friday, the pair played their parts in Great Britain’s third-placed play-off against New Zealand.

Cullen was on target with a penalty corner in the 3-1 victory - taking her tally for the Games up to five goals from seven matches.

Macleod was also in action, a used substitute in the victory, which was watched by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Great Britain head coach Danny Kerry reflected the fantastic achievement of his team.

He said: “I’m just really content, it was a lot of hard work.

“I thought the girls were incredibly thorough and professional.

“We were the deserving winners.

“We didn’t allow New Zealand to create opportunities, which they have done against every other team.

“We executed our corners, bar one.

“It’s been seven-and-a-half years of my life, and I’m just content.”

Great Britain’s women’s hopes of gold were dashed last Wednesday following their 2-1 defeat to Argentina.

A late goal from Alex Danson gave the side hope, but a fightback could not break down the defence of the Argentinainas, who went on the claim the silver medal.

They were defeated in the final by gold medallists the Netherlands.

Defender Cullen, 26, and forward Macleod, 28, were both born in the town and both play for the Leicester Club.

This was Macleod’s first Olympics, while Cullen was GB’s top scorer in Beijing.