Sunday, June 16, 2024

Lucy Wood surprise selection in England Commonwealth Games squad

Uncapped Holcombe striker Lucy Wood is the new face in England’s Commonwealth Games hockey squad.

The 20-year-old earns her place on the back of appearances for the England development squad and in recent test matches against Wales where she scored four times.

England will be led by captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, competing in her fourth Commonwealth Games. With 321 international caps to her name the Manchester-born athlete is England’s most experienced squad member and has captained her side for over a decade. She has already announced that this is likely to be her final tournament before retiring.

After finishing 11th at the recent Hockey World Cup, the team sees one other change to the line-up. Giselle Ansley comes back into the squad.

Four players from the 18-player World Cup squad miss out in th e16-player selection – reserve goalkeeper Kirsty Mackay, forward Hannah Macleod, defender Sally Walton and midfielder Ashleigh Ball who suffered a knee injury in the Hague.

Ten of the 16 selected athletes will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts. Alongside the experience of Richardson-Walsh, Alex Danson will be competing in her third Games while Georgie Twigg, Susie Gilbert, Nicola White and Laura Unsworth were all part of the squad who claimed bronze in Delhi four years ago.

England Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh said: “It is always a pleasure and an honour to represent your country at a Commonwealth Games. Being at a large multi-sport event is an excellent experience for the team. It’s great to be able to support your fellow athletes and enjoy celebrating Team England’s success. I’ve no doubt that Glasgow will put on a fabulous event.”

Name DOB Current Club Position England Caps GB Caps England Goals GB Goals No. of CWGs
Maddie Hinch 08/10/1988 Holcombe Goalkeeper 39 4 Debut
Giselle Ansley 31/03/1992 Surbiton Defender 30 1 2 Debut
Sophie Bray 12/05/1990 East Grinstead Forward 31 3 8 Debut
Laura Unsworth 08/03/1988 Holcombe Defender 83 42 1 1 1
Lily Owsley 10/12/1994 Uni of Birmingham Forward 31 3 8 Debut
Zoe Shipperley 17/03/1990 Buckingham Defender 12 2 Debut
Georgie Twigg 21/11/1990 Surbiton Midfielder 59 29 6 3 1
Ellie Watton 10/06/1989 Beeston Forward 16 5 1 1 Debut
Susie Townsend 29/07/1989 Reading Midfielder 41 3 3 1 Debut
Susie Gilbert 21/02/1989 Reading Midfielder 76 40 9 5 1
Kate Richardson-Walsh 09/05/1980 Reading Defender 211 110 37 9 3
Hollie Webb 19/09/1990 Surbiton Defender 36 4 2 Debut
Sam Quek 18/10/1988 Reading Defender 41 22 1 Debut
Nicola White 20/01/1988 Leicester Forward 79 39 7 1 1
Alex Danson 21/05/1985 Reading Forward 154 63 39 27 2
Lucy Wood 22/02/1994 Holcombe Forward Debut

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