GB need to learn lessons in time for Rio - Crista

Crista Cullen.
Crista Cullen.

Crista Cullen hopes that Team GB will learn some important lessons from the World League as they prepare for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

Cullen and fellow Boston-born hockey star Hannah Macleod were both part of the Great Britain team which won bronze at London 2012.

And the duo are now hoping to go even further in Rio.

However, Cullen is adamant that there needs to be some hard work between now and August as the squad look to improve upon their seventh-place finish at the World League held last year in Rosario, Argentina.

“We must now go back and review and understand what happened,” Cullen said after the tournament.

“There was a culmination of errors as to why we didn’t get a semi-final spot.

“We need to be hard on ourselves and learn from the mistakes.

“Come Rio we must be on the right end of the scoreline.”

The World League didn’t go to plan for GB.

They began life in Pool B with a 2-1 defeat to hosts and eventual champions Argentina, before drawing 1-1 with China, who finished the tournament in fourth.

A 1-0 victory over Australia was followed by a 2-1 quarter-final defeat to New Zealand.

However, the team finished the tournament with their second success, a 5-1 thumping of South Korea in the seventh/eighth-place match, their final contest.

Cullen, a set piece specialist, is still looking to find the net more after coming out of retirement.

However, she has every confidence that the goals will soon arrive regularly.

She said: “Set pieces are something you just have to believe will come.

“I am increasingly getting myself into situations where I have the opportunity to score.

“I am not getting frustrated, I am just keeping my cool.”