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GB hockey name squad for San Diego trip

Great Britain women’s hockey head coach Danny Kerry has named a 24 athlete squad for a pre-Christmas training camp in San Diego next month.

The two-week trip to California will see Great Britain undertake warm weather training and play a series of five matches against fellow Olympic Games qualifiers USA. Included in the group is Canterbury’s Dilly Newton, in line for her first competitive senior international match, and University of Birmingham’s Susie Gilbert and Leicester’s Katie Long, who both missed out on the EuroHockey Nations Championships in the summer through injury.

Subject to appearances in the matches, Leicester’s Crista Cullen is in line to make her 150th international appearance, combining appearances for both Great Britain and England while Bowdon Hightown’s Sally Walton is likely to make her 100th appearance on the international stage. 

Kerry said, “We are looking forward to our training and test matches in San Diego against the USA.  The USA team is dynamic, hard working and to a player they are all competitors which will lead to keenly contested matches.  The USA come off the back of defeating Argentina in the Pan Am finals and will bring that experience and confidence to the test series.

“For the first time in this Olympic cycle, the trip allows the Great Britain team to compete in a test series overseas.  Having missed out on selection through injury in the summer, a number of players also get an opportunity.  We will continue to develop our level of team play and train hard between the matches.  The relative warmth of San Diego compared to a British winter will also guarantee us a good two week training environment.”

The team departs for San Diego on Monday 5 December with matches due to take place during the second week.

Great Britain Fixtures v USA

Date – Time UK – Time USA – Fixture

Sunday 11 December – 21:00 – 13:00 – USA v Great Britain

Tuesday 13 December – 21:00 – 13:00 – USA v Great Britain

Wednesday 14 December – 21:00 – 13:00 – USA v Great Britain

Friday 16 December – 21:00 – 13:00 – USA v Great Britain

Sunday 18 December – 19:00 – 11:00 – USA v Great Britain

Squad

Name (Club) Position [Home Nation] Great Britain Caps/Great Britain Goals – Home Nation Caps/Home Nation Goals – Age

Ashleigh Ball (Slough) Midfielder [England] 5/0 – 48/1 – 25
Laura Bartlett (Reading) Forward [Scotland] 22/2 – 57/# – 23
Vicki Bunce (Dundee Wanderers) Midfielder [Scotland] 11/0 – 132/# – 28
Crista Cullen (Leicester) Defender [England] 54/15 – 92/24 – 26
Alex Danson (Reading ) Forward [England] 36/9 – 123/29 – 26
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham) Midfielder [England] 22/2 – 40/5 – 22
Rebecca Herbert (Leicester) Forward [England] 18/2 – 67/8 – 25
Madeleine Hinch (Leicester) Goalkeeper [England] 1/0 – 5/0 – 23
Katie Long (Leicester) Forward [England] 9/0 – 26/5 – 23
Hannah Macleod (Leicester) Forward [England] 6/1 – 46/5 – 27
Emily Maguire (Reading) Defender [Scotland] 7/0 – 71/# – 23
Dilly Newton (Canterbury) Defender [England] 0/0 – 0/0 – 22
Anne Panter (Leicester) Defender [England] 33/1 – 51/3 – 27
Sam Quek (Reading) Defender [England] 14/0 – 8/0 – 23
Helen Richardson (Reading) Midfielder [England] 63/3 – 146/22 – 30
Chloe Rogers (Leicester) Midfielder [England] 40/3 – 99/11 – 26
Natalie Seymour (Canterbury) Defender [England] 8/0 – 51/0 – 25
Sarah Thomas (No Club) Forward [Wales] 40/4 – 69/# – 30
George Twigg (Clifton) Midfielder [England] 2/0 – 28/2 – 21
Laura Unsworth (Loughborough Students) Defender [England] 9/0 – 47/0 – 23
Abi Walker (Canterbury) Goalkeeper [Scotland] 11/0 – 65/0 – 29
Kate Walsh (Reading) Defender [England] 85/7 – 184/31 – 31
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown) Defender [England] 13/1 – 86/7 – 30
Nicola White (Slough) Forward [England] 11/0 – 44/4 – 23

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