Sam Quek said she was “in disbelief” as Great Britain produced a massive performance to beat New Zealand 3-0 to reach their first ever women’s Olympic hockey final.
Speaking about the performance, she said it was an emotional moment and a special occasion for her to be a part of.
“When I look up to the crowd and see my mum’s face, see my team mates faces – that is what I play for and it feels awesome.
“I am in disbelief; my tears are just there [below the surface] but they are not coming out. Unbelievable; two of the girls drawing blood but we just keep going.We are solid, we are such a tight team and we are definitely going to get that gold.”
And Quek says the side can carry the momentum into their final on Friday with the Netherlands who are, themselves, bidding to win a third successive Olympic gold medal.
“We knew the significance of this match; the character of us as a squad, the character of us as individuals whether it’s 70 minutes or one minute left, we just keep going and we will take it to the Dutch.”
“It’s like the European Cup final last year [which GB won in a shoot-out]. We know we can take Holland on and push them all the way. And if it is between heart, skill and passion – we have got it all.
“We know them inside out and have played them so many times. It’s going to be a tight game and we will stay tight as a squad and have the talent all around the pitch to do the job.”