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Commonwealth Games: Ellie Watton's diary - part four

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 30, 2014

Watton with Prince Harry

Watton with Prince Harry

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Over the course of the Commonwealth Games, former Repton School pupil Ellie Watton, who is competing for Team England at hockey, will share her experiences and thoughts on events in Glasgow.

THE past 48 hours have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. 

It started with a high, beating Malaysia 5-0 in our second group game and giving us two wins from two. 

For the team, the added bonus of getting some goals behind us was great for morale - and speaking personally, getting on the scoresheet was the icing on the cake and a good confidence boost!

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Having played well against Malaysia, everyone was feeling confident going into our third game of the tournament against world silver medalists Australia. 

We knew that it would be a tough match, as they are ranked very highly and are favourites to win the tournament. 

However, our confidence was high and we had come off the back of two good wins and were ready for the challenge. 

The game started very well for us, creating a couple of goal-scoring chances inside the first 10 minutes, but the Australian goalkeeper was in commanding form, so unfortunately, we were unable to capitalise. 

We largely succeeded in containing the opposition midfield and forward line, but with a world class "drag flicker" in their armoury, the Australians took their chances and came out with a 3-0 victory. 

The defeat was tough to take, knowing that the score-line didn't reflect the way we played and the pressure that we applied. 

But the margins of difference at this level are small and there are no prizes for effort. 

We know that we have to continue to get better and to convert more of our hard earned chances, against these better teams.

After the bitter disappointment of defeat, our spirits were soon lifted by the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. 

It was fantastic to get a glimpse of both William and Kate, but to get the opportunity to chat and shake hands with Prince Harry was a real honour.

To top it all, I even managed to take centre stage in the team photograph - with Prince Harry's arm around me!

My family have also come up to Glasgow to watch the games and so I was able to spend a little bit of time with them at the Team England hospitality venue located at the edge of the Athlete's Village. 

It was really nice to see them. I know that they are my greatest supporters and, like all the parents of the athletes here in Glasgow, experience all of the thrilling highs and desperate lows that we go through as players. 

They have sacrificed much and been through a lot in order to help to get me where I am.

It was disappointing to have played so well against the Australians and not got something more from the game, but we have certainly drawn many positives from our performance and are optimistic as we look forward to our final group game against Scotland today,

With a 9am push back, it will be a very early start for us, in a must win game - the winner will take a semi-final spot!

Ellie

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