The Great Britain Hockey women’s squad has been announced for the forthcoming London Prepares VISA International Invitational Hockey Tournament which runs from the 2-6 May 2012.
Great Britain will face opponents Korea, China and Argentina across four days of competition with the final taking place on Sunday 6 May at 12:15.
Among the 18 athlete squad is Leicester’s Rebecca Herbert and University of Birmingham’s Susie Gilbert who both return after missing out on the 2012 Champions Trophy in Argentina back in February.
In total, the side includes 16 of the players who brought back a silver medal from Argentina.
Speaking about his squad selection, Great Britain’s Head Coach Danny Kerry said, “The final Olympic team will not necessarily come from this squad.
“Korea and China will both be in our pool for the Olympic Games and so there will also be an element of keeping back aspects of our game.”
In contrast to the majority of international tournaments Reading’s Beth Storry is the only goalkeeper to be named in the squad.
Commenting on this decision Kerry said, “We have decided to only name one goalkeeper for the four matches to facilitate looking further at outfield options.
“Our primary aim at the test event will be looking at combinations of players across certain lines to assist our thinking toward the final Olympic Games and to continue to evolve our play.”
Included in line-up for the tournament is the Reading sextet of Alex Danson, Helen Richardson, Emily Maguire, Laura Bartlett, Beth Storry and Kate Walsh who all played in Argentina. Among the six are the two Brits who were named in the 2011 FIH All Stars team – Alex Danson and Helen Richardson and also the two Scottish representatives – Laura Bartlett and Emily Maguire.
Making up the final two Reading spots are Great Britain Captain Kate Walsh and sole goalkeeper for the tournament Beth Storry who, between them, have 384 combined caps for England and Great Britain.
If selected for the first game of the tournament next week Kate Walsh will make her 100th appearance for Great Britain against Korea.
The Great Britain squad, supported by Principal Partner Investec, contains five players from Leicester who were recently crowned Investec Women’s Hockey League Champions after narrowly defeating Reading at the Investec Finals Weekend earlier in April. Crista Cullen, Rebecca Herbert, Chloe Rogers, Hannah Macleod and Anne Panter will all travel to the Riverbank Arena on Olympic Park to compete in the tournament.
The VISA International Invitational Hockey Tournament is the penultimate tournament for the Great Britain Women’s Hockey Team before the Olympic Games this Summer.
In the middle of the Olympic sandwich Danny Kerry will name a squad for the Investec London Cup, which will take place from the 5-10 June 2012 at the University of Westminster ground, Chiswick.
BBC Sport will be broadcasting coverage of all of the Great Britain women’s matches at the London Prepares VISA International Invitational Hockey Tournament on the BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website.
Ashleigh Ball (Slough)
Laura Bartlett (Reading)
Crista Cullen (Leicester)
Alex Danson (Reading)
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham)
Rebecca Herbert (Leicester)
Hannah Macleod (Leicester)
Emily Maguire (Reading)
Anne Panter (Leicester)
Helen Richardson (Reading)
Chloe Rogers (Leicester)
Natalie Seymour (EuroCanterbury)
Beth Storry (Reading)
Sarah Thomas (No Club)
George Twigg (Clifton)
Laura Unsworth (Loughborough Students)
Kate Walsh (Reading)
Nicola White (Slough)
Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
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