The Seniors have all arrived in Lille. The Opening ceremony lacked the Danny Boyle touch and was mercifully short. Susan Stockdale of the England Women's team took the 'Olympic' oath on behalf of all the competitors in all five sports.
We have 17 teams in our pool; 16 round robin matches and one bye, with the top 8 going into the quarter finals. We start our campaign against Australia (who have the great Ron Klinger playing for them). We have decided it would not be sporting to mention their Olympic medal tally before the match begins. Next up is South Africa, and we finish the day with Scotland, against whom we will be seeking revenge for our loss in the European Championships in Dublin in June.