Tuesday, June 22, 2021

GB set for Hockey Pro League resumption with Olympic selection looming

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Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

Great Britain hockey will end a 550-day home hiatus when they run out at an empty Lee Valley on Wednesday to resume their FIH Pro League campaign.

GB men and women take on Germany in their first capped home matches since the Olympic Qualifiers in November 2019.

As befits big squads, there are changes in omissions and players returning, with Olympic selection for GB also looming.

GB Hockey fixtures v Germany
Wednesday: GB v Germany (M) – 17:30 (BT Sport 2)
GB v Germany (W) – 20:00 (BT Sport 2)
Thursday: GB v Germany (M) – 17:30 (BT Sport 1)
Thursday 13 May: GB v Germany (W) – 20:00 (BT Sport 1)

Giselle Ansley is set to play her first international game since the last time the teams stepped out onto the pitch at Lee Valley, having overcome an Achilles injury.

Henry Weir could also play his first matches after an ankle injury sidelined him throughout 2020.

Adam Dixon will lead out GB men

On the women’s side, Hollie Pearne-Webb returns for the women as captain alongside Maddie Hinch, Shona McCallin, Charlotte Watson and Leah Wilkinson who all missed the autumn Pro League encounters against Holland and Belgium.

Emily Defroand and Tess Howard are injured long-term and will unfortunately miss the Olympics, while Hannah Martin is also sidelined. Meanwhile Lizzie Neal and Esme Burge are missing from squad selection.

David Ames is back for the men’s team, while Chris Griffiths and Harry Martin, who missed the recent tour of Malaysia due to injury, also return.

Luke Taylor, David Condon and Will Calnan are notable absentees for squad selection.

Following the Germany matches, GB men and women take on Spain and USA respectively on May 22/23.

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