Oh Danny Joy for King’s Lynn-raised coach

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Arise Sir Danny ... that is the call from his old club in Lynn after the Great Britain hockey coach Danny Kerry tasted glory at Rio.

Kerry – the Lynn-raised coach – wrote his name into Olympic folklore after GB’s women won hockey gold in Rio on Friday night live on BBC1.

Great Britain celebrate a gold medal in the women's hockey following the gold medal match at the Olympic Hockey Centre on the Fourteenth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY EMN-160820-001530005

Great Britain celebrate a gold medal in the women's hockey following the gold medal match at the Olympic Hockey Centre on the Fourteenth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 19, 2016. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY EMN-160820-001530005

Now Charles Lankfer, from Pelican HC, believes that Kerry should be honoured for overseeing the team’s win.

Mr Lankfer, Pelicans’ marketing and development manager, “I tweeted on Friday night that Danny should now be knighted in recognition for what he has done. Danny is not one for a lot of attention, but it would be great if he was recognised, both nationally and locally, for what he has achieved. He has helped put hockey on the map nationally.

“You have to remember the pressure the team was under throughout the Games.

“If either team hadn’t come back with a medal there would have been a strong possiblity that they would have lost their funding.

“It was a fantastic result and can only be good for the sport in West Norfolk because of the interest the women’s success has created.”

Mr Lankfer said he had already received a number of enquiries about playing for Pelicans on the back of Great Britain’s sensational victory in Brazil.

“The response has been excellent. I’ve already had a number of emails from people wanting to take up the sport at the various age groups,” said Mr Lankfer.

A number of Pelicans Hockey Club officials and players watched the drama unfold with Peter Lemon from Middleton Aggregates.

Mr Lemon said: “Well done Danny and the team in Rio. We are having a great night celebrating your much deserved success.”

Kerry, 46, attended Lynn’s King Edward VII School as a youngster and spent his early playing days with Pelicans.

He has been involved with the England and Great Britain women’s hockey teams since being appointed as head coach back in 2004.

Maddie Hinch and Hollie Webb’s penalty shoot-out heroics ended Holland’s recent domination in the Games after Nicola White’s last-quarter strike levelled the match at 3-3.

After seeing his charges beat the Netherlands, Kerry told the media afterwards: “We have a thing called ‘Thinking Thursdays’.

“It’s two hours of very physically and mentally hard training and preparation where we always talk about finding a way to win and that’s what it was today.

“It’s working them to the absolute ninth degree in terms of intensity but they have to win the game by doing certain things.

“It requires them to think their way through when they’re absolutely dead on their feet.

“We know there are certain games at the top end of the world game where that’s what it’s about.

“We had to defend, we had to dig trenches. Then we changed stuff in the last quarter and it paid off.”

Anyone interested in playing hockey at Pelicans can email Mr Lankfer at: charles.lankfer@gleadell.co.uk or by calling him on 07717340014.