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Hockey: Great Britain to host Olympic silver medallists China

April 13, 2010

The Great Britain women’s hockey team will take on China, the 2008 Olympic silver medallists, in two matches at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre in Buckinghamshire next week.

georgie-twiggThe matches will provide a stern test for the Great Britain side and are the first official tests played by the hosts since December, when the squad played a five match series against Argentina in Salta.

Head Coach Danny Kerry has a near full squad to pick from, with final team selections being made prior to each match.  The absentees will be Great Britain’s Scottish players, Abi Walker, Emily Maguire and Laura Bartlett. They will leave the squad, after playing an unofficial practice match against China early in the week, as they join up with their Scotland teammates ahead of the World Cup qualifying tournament in Santiago, Chile starting on 24 April.

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Speaking ahead of the series, Great Britain Head Coach Danny Kerry said, “It’s very important for us to play sides like China who bring a different way of playing and different challenges. They have retained a large number of their silver medal winning team and have a number of world-class players.

“At the same time, despite our relative youth, we know our group is making significant strides and we look forward to the matches.  The matches will prove very interesting on many levels and will continue to assist us in growing competition for the final 16 athletes who line up in London in 2012.”

China are one of the six national teams competing at this summer’s Samsung Women’s Champions Trophy, which is being held at Highfields Sports Club in Nottingham from 10-18 July 2010.

Chris Knight, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Image credit: Ady Kerry/England Hockey

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