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‘London’ squads head to Leipzig

Two England hockey sides will play as ‘London’ in the Leipzig Messestadt Cup this weekend.
For the women, it’s a chance to compete against international opposition in a season in which they have not played much indoor hockey, while for the men it is a final opportunity to impress indoor head coach Andy Halliday and senior men’s head coach Jason Lee, who will be selecting the England Hockey men’s squad for the FIH Indoor World Cup on Monday.

Two England hockey sides will play as ‘London’ in the Leipzig Messestadt Cup this weekend.
For the women, it’s a chance to compete against international opposition in a season in which they have not played much indoor hockey, while for the men it is a final opportunity to impress indoor head coach Andy Halliday and senior men’s head coach Jason Lee, who will be selecting the England Hockey men’s squad for the FIH Indoor World Cup on Monday.
The men’s squad in Leipzig contains seven athletes likely to be on show for their club sides at the super sixes Finals at Wembley Arena on Sunday January 30. Super sixes semi finalists Reading provide five players including league top scorer Simon Mantell and goalkeeper Nick Brothers. super sixes defending champions East Grinstead provide two players – Glenn Kirkham and their on loan England & GB captain Barry Middleton, who plays his outdoor club hockey for Der Club An Der Alster in Germany.
The men’s tournament comprises five teams playing in a preliminary round robin. The teams are Poznan (POL), London (ENG), Prague (Czech Republic), Moscow (RUS) and Leipzig (GER). After each team has played all the others once, first will play second in the final and third will play fourth for the bronze medal.
In the women’s London team, two players come from super sixes women’s finalists Reading and Bowdon Hightown. Goalkeeper Beth Storry of Reading and Sally Walton of Bowdon Hightown are included alongside five players from Leicester, the club that Reading beat in the super sixes semi finals last Sunday, and two from Slough, who Bowdon Hightown overcame in their semi final.
The women’s competition sees two pools of three play off in a round robin format from which the first in Pool A will play second place in Pool B in a semi final and first in Pool B will play second in Pool A in the other semi final. The two third place teams will play off for fifth and sixth while the semi final winners will play in the final and the losers will contest the third-fourth playoff. In the women’s competition, London is in Pool B with Sumchanka (UKR) and Amsterdam (NED). Pool A contains Canberra (AUS), Minsk (BLR) and Leipzig (GER).

London Men’s Squad
Name (Club)
Nick Brothers (GK) (Reading)
James Fair (GK) (Cannock)
Nick Catlin (Loughborough Student)
James Tindall (Surbiton)
Richard Springham (Reading)
Glenn Kirkham (East Grinstead)
Rob Moore (Wimbledon)
Jonty Clarke (Reading)
Simon Mantell (Reading)
Barry Middleton (East Grinstead)
Iain Mackay (Reading)

London Women’s Squad
Name (Club)
Maddie Hinch (GK) (Leicester)
Beth Storry (GK) (Reading)
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown)
Chloe Strong (Slough)
Natalie Seymour (Canterbury)
Gemma Darrington (Leicester)
Georgie Twigg (Clifton)
Ashleigh Ball (Slough)
Kerry Williams (Leicester)
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham)
Beckie Herbert (Leicester)
Chloe Rogers (Leicester)

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