GB women's squad announced for Test Event

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.

Beckie Herbert in action against the USA in 2011 San Diego Test Series - Great Britain 220x199 Susie Gilbert in action against the USA in 2011 San Diego Test Series - Great Britain 220x199

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.

Alex Danson in action for Great Britain against Korea at the Champions Trophy in Rosario, Argentina, February 2012

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.

Speaking about his side’s approach to the tournament, Kerry said, "Our opponents offer us an excellent opportunity to further experience their styles of play. All the teams contain a considerable counter-attack threat. Park for Korea is one of the world’s leading forwards and has a very differing skill set to many forwards against whom we play. Fu Barong, Song Qingling and Gao for China represent a major strike force with Olympic silver medal credentials. World Champions Argentina have high levels of individual skill across their playing group allied with tactical acumen and big match experience. We feel very capable of matching these world class teams but the focus ultimately will be on preparing for the Games themselves. Results in this respect are secondary to our Olympic preparation."

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.  The coverage will coincide with the times listed below. Please note the schedule is subject to change.

VISA International Invitational Hockey Tournament Fixtures

Wednesday 2 May 2012 – 13:15 – Great Britain v Korea
Thursday 3 May 2012 – 13:15 – China v Great Britain
Saturday 5 May 2012 – 11:45 – Great Britain v Argentina
Sunday 6 May 2012 – 12:15 – Women’s Final

Great Britain Women’s Squad for London Prepares VISA International Invitational Hockey Tournament

Name (Club) Position [Home Nation] Great Britain Caps/Great Britain Goals - Home Nation Caps/Home Nation Goals - Age
Ashleigh Ball (Slough) Midfielder [England] 17/4 – 48/1 - 26
Laura Bartlett (Reading) Forward [Scotland] 36/4 - 57/#    23
Crista Cullen (Leicester) Defender [England] 68/23 - 92/24 - 26
Alex Danson (Reading) Forward [England] 49/20 - 123/29 - 26
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham) Midfielder [England] 25/2 - 40/5 - 23
Rebecca Herbert (Leicester) Forward [England] 21/3 - 67/8 - 25
Hannah Macleod (Leicester) Forward [England] 15/2 - 46/5 - 27
Emily Maguire (Reading) Defender [Scotland] 21/0 - 71/# - 24
Anne Panter (Leicester) Defender [England] 44/1 - 51/3 - 28
Helen Richardson (Reading) Midfielder [England] 76/6 - 146/22 - 30
Chloe Rogers (Leicester) Midfielder [England] 50/4 - 99/11 - 27
Natalie Seymour (EuroCanterbury) Defender [England] 17/0 - 51/0 - 25
Beth Storry (Reading) Goalkeeper [England] 30/0 - 71/0 - 34
Sarah Thomas (No Club) Forward [Wales] 54/6 - 69/# - 31
Georgie Twigg (Clifton) Midfielder [England] 11/1 - 28/2 - 21
Laura Unsworth (Loughboro Students) Defender [England] 23/1 - 47/0 - 24
Kate Walsh (Reading) Defender [England] 99/9 - 184/31 - 31
Nicola White (Slough) Forward [England] 24/0 - 44/4 - 24


Investec London Cup, 5-10 June 2012

The next International Tournament for the Great Britain Women’s Team, following the Test Event, will be the Investec London Cup from the 5-10 June 2012 at the University of Westminster in Chiswick.  Tickets are on sale now, please click here for further information.

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Investec sponsors English Test Cricket, the Investec Derby Festival, the England & GB Women’s Hockey team, the South African Women’s Hockey team, Tottenham Hotspur in cup competitions, the Investec Tri Nations Rugby and Investec Super Rugby in New Zealand.