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GB women’s hockey squad announced for 2012 Champions Trophy

Great Britain women’s hockey squads have been announced for the FIH Champions Trophy in Rosario, Argentina, and a four nations preparation tournament in Cordoba.

Departing for Cordoba on Saturday January 14, Great Britain’s women will take on the hosts Argentina, Commonwealth silver medalists New Zealand and Korea in a four nation tournament from January 18-22.  Following the conclusion of that, the squad will travel to Rosario ahead of the Champions Trophy, which runs from January 28 – February 5.

Great Britain’s squad for the four nations tournament in Cordoba features all five of the athletes shortlisted for the International Hockey Federation’s World All Stars Team.  Captain Kate Walsh and her Reading clubmates Beth Storry, Helen Richardson and Alex Danson recently featured alongside Leicester’s Crista Cullen in the online vote, which also saw coach Danny Kerry shortlisted for the coach of the World All Stars Team.

Following her international debut in San Diego, EuroCanterbury’s Dilly Newton has been selected for Cordoba but will not take part in the Champions Trophy.  Leicester’s Rebecca Herbert, Dundee Wanderers’ Vikki Bunce and University of Birmingham’s Susie Gilbert will also feature in Cordoba before returning home.

Four athletes not selected to play in Cordoba will be part of the squad for the Champions Trophy in Rosario.  The Leicester pairing of Hannah Macleod and Chloe Rogers, Bowdon Hightown’s Sally Walton and Clifton’s Georgie Twigg will make up four of the 18 athletes selected for the Champions Trophy, which is the last world ranking event before the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

Outlining his expectations of the Champions Trophy, coach Danny Kerry said: “We’ll use the Champions Trophy to thoroughly scout teams in preparation for London 2012 and to continue to explore and develop our own combinations.  All of the teams will be in varying states of preparation for 2012 and it will be interesting to see where they are and the effect it has on the tournament.”

Great Britain qualified for the 2012 Champions Trophy after England finished fifth in the 2011 edition, beating Australia to fifth place in the Netherlands in July.  For the Rosario tournament, Great Britain has been drawn in Pool A alongside the new world number one, the Netherlands, Olympic silver medallists China and Japan, ranked ninth.  Great Britain’s first assignment is against Japan, before playing the Netherlands then China.

The 2012 Champions Trophy sees a deviation from the usual format with a quarter final stage following the pool phase round robin.  After playing everyone in the pool once, Great Britain will face one of the teams from Pool B in the quarter final.  The winners of each pool will face the side finishing bottom of the other pool and sides finishing second will play those in third in the other pool.  The winners of these matches will progress to the semi finals while the losers will contest fifth to eighth places.

Kerry said: “The one-off match nature of the quarter final format will be interesting to see in action and makes predictions for the tournament difficult.  The current match schedule has Pool A games occurring in the hottest part of the day of the Argentinean summer and I look forward to seeing how we cope physically with that challenge.”

Prior to departing for Argentina, all 22 athletes will take part in a training camp near Barcelona from 4-8 January.  Great Britain will play three matches in Spain, the details of which are still to be confirmed.

Following the Champions Trophy, Great Britain’s women will have two major events in the UK to look forward to.  The first, the Olympic Test Event, takes place at the Olympic Park from 2-6 May 2012 and will feature Great Britain in action against other top sides yet to be announced.  After that, just seven weeks before the start of the Olympic Games, British hockey fans will have the chance to see the team in action at the Investec London Cup.  Running from 5-10 June 2012, the Investec London Cup will be held in Chiswick, West London, at the University of Westminster’s Quintin Hogg Memorial Park.  Further details about both events will be released in the New Year.

Great Britain Women’s Squad for Cordoba Four Nations,  January 18-22

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

Ashleigh Ball (Slough) Midfielder [England] 8/1 – 48/1 – 25
Laura Bartlett (Reading) Forward [Scotland] 26/4 – 57/#    23
Vikki Bunce (Dundee Wanderers) Midfielder [Scotland] 14/1 – 132/# – 28
Crista Cullen (Leicester) Defender [England] 58/15 – 92/24 – 26
Alex Danson (Reading) Forward [England] 39/15 – 123/29 – 26
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham) Midfielder [England] 25/2 – 40/5 – 22
Rebecca Herbert (Leicester) Forward [England] 21/3 – 67/8 – 25
Emily Maguire (Reading) Defender [Scotland] 11/0 – 71/# – 24
Dilly Newton (EuroCanterbury) Defender [England] 3/0 – 0/0 – 22
Anne Panter (Leicester) Defender [England] 36/1 – 51/3 – 27
Helen Richardson (Reading) Midfielder [England] 67/4 – 146/22 – 30
Natalie Seymour (EuroCanterbury) Defender [England] 11/0 – 51/0 – 25
Beth Storry (Reading) Goalkeeper [England] 23/0 – 71/0 – 33
Sarah Thomas (No Club) Forward [Wales] 44/5 – 69/# – 30
Laura Unsworth (Loughborough Students) Defender [England] 13/1 – 47/0 – 23
Abi Walker (EuroCanterbury) Goalkeeper [Scotland] 14/0 – 65/0 – 29
Kate Walsh (Reading) Defender [England] 89/8 – 184/31 – 31
Nicola White (Slough) Forward [England] 15/0 – 44/4 – 23

Great Britain Women’s Squad for FIH Champions Trophy, Rosario, January 28 –  February 5 2012

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

Ashleigh Ball (Slough) Midfielder [England] 8/1 – 48/1 – 25
Laura Bartlett (Reading) Forward [Scotland] 26/4 – 57/#    23
Crista Cullen (Leicester) Defender [England] 58/15 – 92/24 – 26
Alex Danson (Reading) Forward [England] 39/15 – 123/29 – 26
Hannah Macleod (Leicester) Forward [England] 9/2 – 46/5 – 27
Emily Maguire (Reading) Defender [Scotland] 11/0 – 71/# – 24
Anne Panter (Leicester) Defender [England] 36/1 – 51/3 – 27
Helen Richardson (Reading) Midfielder [England] 67/4 – 146/22 – 30
Chloe Rogers (Leicester) Midfielder [England] 44/4 – 99/11 – 26
Natalie Seymour (EuroCanterbury) Defender [England] 11/0 – 51/0 – 25
Beth Storry (Reading) Goalkeeper [England] 23/0 – 71/0 – 33
Sarah Thomas (No Club) Forward [Wales] 44/5 – 69/# – 30
Georgie Twigg (Clifton) Midfielder [England] 5/0 – 28/2 – 21
Laura Unsworth (Loughborough Students) Defender [England] 13/1 – 47/0 – 23
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown) Defender [England] 16/1 – 86/7 – 30
Abi Walker (EuroCanterbury) Goalkeeper [Scotland] 14/0 – 65/0 – 29
Kate Walsh (Reading) Defender [England] 89/8 – 184/31 – 31
Nicola White (Slough) Forward [England] 15/0 – 44/4 – 23

 

Cordoba Four Nations Fixtures

January 18-22, 2012

Match schedule still to be confirmed by tournament organisers.  Competing nations are Argentina, New Zealand, Korea and Great Britain.

FIH Champions Trophy Fixtures – Great Britain fixtures

Date – UK Time – Local Time – Pool
Saturday January 28 – 18:00 – 15:00 – Pool A – GB v Japan
Sunday January 29 – 18:00 – 15:00 – Pool A – GB v Netherlands
Tuesday January 31 – 18:00 – 15:00 – Pool A – China v GB
Thursday February 2 – tbc – tbc – Quarter Final
Friday February 3 – tbc – tbc – possible 5th-8th playoff
Saturday February 4 – tbc – tbc – possible Semi Final
Sunday  February 5 – tbc – tbc – classification/medal matches

 

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