Friday, April 19, 2024

Euro Hockey 2023: England men and women start bids for Olympic tickets

David Ames and Hollie Pearne-Webb will continue to lead England men and women respectively, with Olympic berths on offer at this month’s EuroHockey Championships.

England Hockey have named 18 men and women players for the European showpiece in Monchengladbach, Germany from Aug 18-27 as they look to overturn the disappointment of finishing medalless at the last edition.

The England men’s squad, who are now the world No.3 side, have been drawn in Group A alongside Belgium, Spain and Austria. 

England women will take on hosts Germany, Ireland and Scotland in Group B.

The EuroHockey Championships is the first opportunity for countries to qualify for a place at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The winners will go direct to next summer’s Olympics with a tough qualification the next hope in January.

England failed to medal across genders at the last edition. England men finished fourth at the 2021 EuroHockey and have twice won bronze in recent years. They last won the tournament in 2009.

England women have failed to reach the semi-finals in their last two editions. They won bronze in 2017 and lifted the title eight years ago.

Liam Ansell, David Condon, Stu Rushmere, Liam Sanford are the players missing from the men’s World Cup squad. After being named a reserve for the men’s World Cup, Brendan Creed returns to the squad for England’s Euro assault.

Conor Williamson, who signed for Surbiton this season after leaving Nottingham University, will make his debut tournament in Germany.

England celebrate women’s team gold at Birmingham 2022 PIC: WORLDSPORTPICS

Men’s coach, Paul Revington, said: “We’ve had some really promising performances over the last 12 months and I want to see the team continue that form and momentum in Germany.

There are no bolters in the England women’s squad, one with plenty of tournament pedigree across World Cup, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Women’s counterpart David Ralph said: “We’ve had some good early seasons tests which I believe has been good preparation for the level of competition we’ll face in Germany.  

“We’ve got a good mix of youth and experience in the team who is full of talent but there’s no denying this is the biggest competition of the year, and we will focus on executing our plans and going one match at a time.”

Men’s team:

  1. James Albery
  2. David Ames
  3. Nick Bandurak
  4. Will Calnan
  5. Brendan Creed
  6. James Gall
  7. David Goodfield
  8. James Mazarelo
  9. Tim Nurse
  10. James Oates
  11. Nick Park
  12. Ollie Payne
  13. Phil Roper
  14. Tom Sorsby
  15. Zach Wallace
  16. Jack Waller
  17. Sam Ward
  18. Conor Williamson

Women’s team:

  1. Giselle Ansley
  2. Grace Balsdon
  3. Fiona Crackles
  4. Sophie Hamilton
  5. Tess Howard
  6. Sabbie Heesh
  7. Holly Hunt
  8. Alex Malzer
  9. Hannah Martin
  10. Lizzie Neal
  11. Lily Owsley
  12. Hollie Pearne-Webb
  13. Flora Peel
  14. Izzy Petter
  15. Ellie Rayer
  16. Laura Roper
  17. Amy Tennant
  18. Lily Walker

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