Monday, June 27, 2022

Hockey Pro League: England set for first home crowd in over two years

A home international in London will be played in front of a crowd for the first time in two and a half years this weekend when England start their Pro League summer.

At Lee Valley, England men take on France while England women play China, who have former Dutch coach Alyson Annan in their ranks.

There are four changes to the men’s squad from the recent matches in Germany, with Liam Ansell, James Gall and Stuart Rushmere returning, while Matt Ramshaw earns a first call-up. James Oates, Duncan Scott, Peter Scott and Nick Park are missing from their last set of matches.

Ten players who won bronze in last summer’s Olympic games will play against China. Shona McCallin returns for the first time this season after her Dutch club campaign, while Giselle Ansley, Sabbie Heesh and Martha Taylor are also back.

Esme Burge and goalkeeper Mila Welch are not in the match squads following their Germany call-ups, while Anna Toman and Maddie Hinch are involved in the Dutch play-offs.

Men’s interim head coach Zak Jones, in place until Paul Revington formally takes up his role later in June, said: “Whilst we know that a strong and improving French side will pose a real threat, we will look to continue to build our core game, as well as further develop our winning mindset, whilst at the same time showcasing the attacking intent, talent and passion of the squad.”

Women’s head coach David Ralph said: “It is great to be back playing some home games and there is no doubt that we are incredibly excited to be playing in front our home support, we have really missed the feeling and buzz we all get from playing in front of our fans.”

Sat 21 May – England v France (Men) 1pm, England v China (Women) 3:30pm
Sun 22 May – England v France (M) 12pm, England v China (W) 2:30pm

Men’s Squad
James Albery – Old Georgians
Liam Ansell – Wimbledon
Nick Bandurak – Holcombe
Will Calnan – Hampstead & Westminster
David Condon – Wimbledon
Brendan Creed – Royal Beerschot
James Gall – Surbiton
David Goodfield – Surbiton
Chris Griffiths – Old Georgians
James Mazarelo (GK) – Loughborough Students
Ollie Payne (GK) – Holcombe
Matthew Ramshaw – Hampstead & Westminster
Stuart Rushmere – Loughborough Students
Ian Sloan – Wimbledon
Peter Scott – Wimbledon
Rhys Smith – Wimbledon
Tom Sorsby – Surbiton
Sam Taylor – University of Exeter
Jack Turner – Wimbledon
Sam Ward – Old Georgians

Women’s Squad
Giselle Ansley – HGC
Grace Balsdon – Hampstead & Westminster
Darcy Bourne – Surbiton
Fiona Crackles – Wimbledon
Olivia Hamilton – Loughborough Students
Sophie Hamilton – Surbiton
Sabbie Heesh (GK) – Surbiton
Tess Howard – East Grinstead
Holly Hunt – Hampstead & Westminster
Alex Malzer – East Grinstead
Hannah Martin – THC Hurley
Shona McCallin
Lizzie Neal – Canterbury
Lily Owsley – HDM
Hollie Pearne-Webb (C) – Wimbledon
Flora Peel – HDM
Izzy Petter – Loughborough Students
Miriam Pritchard (GK) – University of Exeter
Ellie Rayer – East Grinstead
Martha Taylor – University of Exeter
Laura Unsworth – East Grinstead
Lily Walker – University of Birmingham

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