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Hockey: GB squad named ahead of the Investec London Cup

June 4, 2012

The Great Britain women’s squad has been named ahead of hockey’s Investec London Cup in Chiswick.

As a result of injuries and tournament regulations, the 18 athlete squad features several changes to that which was recently selected for the London Olympic Games.

Leicester defender Crista Cullen and Reading forward Alex Danson will play no part in the Investec London Cup as they continue their rehabilitation for an ankle and shoulder injury respectively.

Both athletes sustained the injuries during Great Britain’s 2-0 victory over Argentina at the Olympic Test Event in early May.

Welshwoman Sarah Thomas will also miss the Investec London Cup after injuring her ankle in training. The 31 year old from Merthyr Tydfil will miss this week’s tournament but is expected to recover in time for the Olympic Games.

With tournament regulations allowing teams to select a squad of 18, rather than 16 as is the case at an Olympic Games, Britain’s reserve athletes for London 2012, the Canterbury duo of Abi Walker and Natalie Seymour, are named.

Leicester forwards Rebecca Herbert and Kerry Williams, and University of Birmingham midfielder Susie Gilbert join the group in place of the injured trio Cullen, Danson and Thomas.

Commenting on his squad for the tournament, Head Coach Danny Kerry explained, “Beckie, Kerry and Susie will replace Alex, Sarah and Crista who are making good progress in their rehab in time for the Olympic Games.

“The three replacements understand our play well and bring good energy and pace to the team.

“We will use the Investec London Cup to get good quality match practice in a home environment. Our pool opponents, South Africa and Germany will be tough opponents and their players will be looking to nail down a place in their respective Olympic squads.

“We will continue to refine our play whilst holding back set-pieces and specific tactics that we will use during the 2012 Games.

“We’re thoroughly looking forward to playing in Chiswick in front of a passionate home crowd. If they can bring the support they gave the team at last month’s Test Event to the Investec London Cup it will be fantastic.”

Great Britain begin their campaign on Jubilee Bank Holiday Tuesday afternoon against Investec South Africa, who opted to re-qualify for this summer’s Olympic Games through the Olympic Qualification Tournament, which they won in Delhi after finishing fifth at the Champions Challenge.

Highlights of each day’s action will be broadcast on Sky Sports 4 with Sunday’s Finals Day live from Chiswick on Sky Sports 3.

Full team

Ashleigh Ball (Slough)
Laura Bartlett (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 (Canterbury)
Beth Storry (Reading)
Georgie Twigg (Clifton)
Laura Unsworth (Loughborough Students)
Kate Walsh (Reading)
Abi Walker (Canterbury)
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown)
Kerry Williams (Leicester)
Nicola White (Slough)

More info: www.greatbritainhockey.co.uk/

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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