Rio 2016: Hinch in dreamland after winning hockey gold for GB


Maddie Hinch says she felt like she was "in a dream" after inspiring Great Britain to gold in the women's hockey final against the Netherlands on Friday. 

Hinch was the star of the match as she made a number of crucial saves in a game that ended 3-3 in regulation time, before Great Britain prevailed in the shoot-out. 

"It hasn't sunk in it all. It feels like we're in a dream," she said. "This whole tournament feels like we are gonna wake up tomorrow and go do our recovery and play another game of hockey.

"It does not feel real at all. What a beautiful medal. This is what dreams are made of. What more can I say?

"The team has been absolutely fantastic. We've had a great tournament and we deserve this. I'm glad it was just a great final and a good one to showcase hockey."

Hollie Webb was the eventual match-winner for Great Britain, converting their fifth penalty in the 2-0 penalty shoot-out victory as they secured their first Olympic gold in the event. 

"I don't think I can really put it into words yet. I don't really know what's happened. I'm just so proud of all the girls that played tonight," Webb said.

"I'm so proud to be British. So proud to be a part of Team GB. So proud of this right now. If that just inspired anyone to pick up a hockey stick, any age, any gender, anyone can get involved, then our job has been done.

"It's more than just this gold medal. It's about the sort of ripple and getting hockey in the public eye back home."