England men's squad named for Champions Trophy

Nick Catlin in action for England

England Hockey Head Coach Jason Lee has named his squad for the forthcoming tour to Australia with six athletes set to make their international debuts. A further five players have fewer than ten caps each and will have the opportunity to impress the coaching and management team ahead of the next four year Olympic cycle to Rio 2016.

The three week trip will see England compete at the International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament in Perth before travelling to Melbourne for the Champions Trophy, the last event in the international calendar.

Of the 18 athletes selected, five were members of the Great Britain squad that finished fourth at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the team’s highest placing at the Games since winning gold in 1988.  Captain Barry Middleton (below) will lead England with fellow Olympians Harry Martin of Beeston, Hampstead & Westminster’s Dan Fox and the Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles pair of Richard Smith and Nick Catlin all selected. Also included is goalkeeper George Pinner, who was a reserve for the Great Britain Olympic team.

Olympics 2012 Barry Middleton v Aus

The squad contains seven athletes from Men’s Hockey League leaders Beeston. In addition to Harry Martin and George Pinner, Adam Dixon, Simon Egerton, Ben Arnold (pictured below), Michael Hoare and Ollie Willars have received call ups. East Grinstead’s international forward Mark Gleghorne will return from injury while Alastair Brogdon, another to have moved to Belgium this season, and Darren Cheesman, now at Reading, all make the trip.

Loughborough students pair Henry Weir and David Condon, Southgate’s Dan Shingles and Cannock’s 21 year old goalkeeper Patrick Smith make up the 18. For Condon, the trip will bring back memories of his senior international debut three years ago at the 2009 Champions Trophy in Melbourne.

Ben Arnold celebrates a goal for Beeston in the Men's Hockey League

Announcing the squad, Head Coach Lee said: “It’s a great opportunity for us to look at new players for the next Olympic cycle. Many of the players have been selected because of their performances for England A, England U21s and for their clubs. Some of the new players have also been working in the Single System National Performance Centres”. 

“There are other England U21 players who have performed well this year, but they have not been considered for this trip if they are young enough to be involved in the build up for the Australian Youth Olympic Festival, which is in Australia during January 2013.”

“Following a long and tough four year cycle, all of our Olympic athletes were given the choice as to whether to make themselves available for selection for the trip. For a variety of reasons, including work commitments and injuries, a number have opted not to take part.”

Speaking about the Champions Trophy, Lee added: “We expect to find the Champions Trophy as competitive as ever. We’ll be up against the Olympic Champions Germany in our second match and I would expect India to do better than they did at the Olympic Games. We know that the Dutch have already named a very strong side.”

The International Super Series Hockey 9s is a revised format of the game developed in Australia with the aim of encouraging an even more open, free scoring spectacle. Taking place from 22-25 November, England will compete in the series against hosts Australia, Pakistan and India. The revised format sees teams restricted to a maximum of nine players on the pitch at the one time with rules covering how many players may be in an area of the pitch at any given moment. Matches consist of two 20 minute halves and the goal is one metre wider than a regulation hockey goal.

Following the conclusion of the Super 9s tournament, England will compete in the Champions Trophy in Melbourne from 1-9 December. England’s Pool A opponents are Olympic Champions Germany, New Zealand and India. Hosts Australia, Olympic silver medallists the Netherlands, Belgium and Pakistan will contest Pool B. 


Name (Club) [Position] England Caps/England Goals - GB Caps/GB Goals - Age
Ben Arnold (Beeston) [Forward] 0/0 - 0/0 - 22
Alastair Brogdon (Waterloo Ducks) (BEL) [Forward] 43/4 - 6/0 - 24
Nick Catlin (Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles) (BEL) [Forward] 45/3 - 29/3 - 23
Darren Cheesman (Reading) [Midfielder] 1/0 - 2/1 - 26
David Condon (Loughborough Students) [Midfielder] 4/0 - 0/0 - 21
Adam Dixon (Beeston) [Defender/Midfielder] 58/2 - 29/0 - 26
Simon Egerton (Beeston) [Forward] 8/1 - 0/0 - 27
Dan Fox (Hampstead & Westminster) [Defender] 23/0 - 26/1 - 29
Mark Gleghorne (East Grinstead) [Forward] 0/0 - 10/2 - 27
Michael Hoare (Beeston) [Defender] 0/0 - 0/0 - 26
Harry Martin (Beeston) [Midfielder] 8/0 - 34/3 - 20
Barry Middleton (c) (HGC) (NED) [Midfielder/Forward] 159/43 - 105/35 - 28
George Pinner (Beeston) [Goalkeeper] 6/0 - 4/0 - 25
Dan Shingles (Southgate) [Midfielder] 0/0 - 0/0 - 26
Patrick Smith (Cannock) [Goalkeeper] 0/0 - 0/0 - 21
Richard Smith (Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles) (BEL) [Defender] 64/7 - 29/5 - 25
Henry Weir (Loughborough Students) [Midfielder] 0/0 - 0/0 - 22
Ollie Willars (Beeston) [Defender] 0/0 - 0/0 - 22

International Super Series Hockey 9s Fixtures, 22-25 November, Perth (AUS)
(Please note this schedule is provisional at the time of publication)

Date Time (local) Time (GMT) Match
Thursday 22 November 19:20 11:20 Australia v Pakistan
20:15 12:15 England v India
Friday 23 November 19:20 11:20 Pakistan v England
20:15 12:15 Australia v India
Saturday 24 November 11:20 03:20 Pakistan v India
tbc tbc Australia v England
Sunday 25 November 11:40 03:40 3rd v 4th
14:00 06:00 1st v 2nd

FIH Men’s Champions Trophy Fixtures, 1-9 December 2012, Melbourne (AUS)

Date Match Pool Time (local) Time (GMT) Fixture
Sat 1 Dec. 1 A 10:35 23:35 Germany v New Zealand
  2 A 12:35 01:35 England v India
  3 B 14:35 03:35 Australia v Belgium
  4 B 16:35 05:35 Netherlands v Pakistan
Sun 2 Dec. 5 A 10:35 23:35 England v Germany
  6 A 12:35 01:35 New Zealand v India
  7 B 14:35 03:35 Belgium v Pakistan
  8 B 16:35 05:35 Netherlands v Australia
Mon 3 Dec. Rest Day
Tues 4 Dec. 9 A 13:35 02:35 Germany v India
  10 A 15:35 04:35 New Zealand v England
  11 B 17:35 06:35 Belgium v Netherlands
  12 B 19:35 08:35 Australia v Pakistan
Wed 5 Dec. Rest Day
Thurs 6 Dec. 13 QF* 12:35 01:35 1st Pool A v 4th Pool B
  14 QF* 15:05 04:05 2nd Pool B v 3rd Pool A
  15 QF* 17:35 06:35 2nd Pool A v 3rd Pool B
  16 QF* 20:05 09:05 1st Pool B v 4th Pool A
Fri 7 Dec. Rest Day
Sat 8 Dec. 17 5/8** 08:35 21:35 Loser M13 v Loser M14
  18 5/8** 11:05 00:05 Loser M15 v Loser M16
  19 SF** 13:35 02:35 Winner M13 v Winner M14
  20 SF** 16:05 05:35 Winner M15 v Winner M16
Sun 9 Dec. 21 7/8 08:35 21:35 Loser M17 v Loser M18
  22 5/6 11:05 00:05 Winner M17 v Winner M18
  23 3/4 13:35 02:35 Loser M19 v Loser M20
  24 Final 16:05 05:35 Winner M19 v Winner M20

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