England Men Support Movember

England have touched down in Australia ahead of the ABN AMRO Champions Trophy at the State Netball Hockey Centre in Melbourne, which gets underway this Saturday.

Pictured below, members of the squad are sporting some wonderful moustaches in support of Movember, the month-long moustache celebration in aid of men's health issues. 

With some squad members achieving better growth than others, everyone is taking it in good humour while they raise money this worthwhile cause.  Prior to their departure, the players were 'blaming' head coach Jason Lee, who persuaded the squad to take part in the campaign.

Things turned even more serious when the Australians challenged the other nations to a "Mo-off" to see which country could grow the best 'taches.  Needless to say, England have risen to the task impressively.

England men's squad with moustaches for Movember ahead the ABN AMRO Champions Trophy in Melbourne, November 2009

Back row: David Condon, Glenn Kirkham, Richard Alexander, Iain Mackay, James Tindall, Adam Dixon, Ashley Jackson, Barry Middleton, Jonty Clarke
Middle row: Dave Bunyan (Coach), Jason Lee (Head Coach), Bobby Crutchley (Coach), Pete Nicholson (Manager), Andy Hudson (Strength & Conditioning Coach), John Hurst (Goalkeeping Coach & Videographer)
Front row: James Fair, Dan Fox, Richard Smith, Nick Brothers, Rob Moore, Richard Mantell, Alastair Brogden, Ali Wilson
Not pictured: Nick Catlin, Laura Hanna (physio)

So far, the team has raised more than £3000 but there is still plenty of time left. 

On the money raising side of things, top raiser is Strength & Conditioning Coach Andy Hudson who has raised £570.  Of the players, Rob Moore leads the way with £215, followed closely by senior squad new boy Nick Catlin on £200 and Nick Brothers, Glenn Kirkham and Jonty Clarke all on £150.

In the moustache growing contest though top Mo Bros are Jonty Clarke, Richard Mantell and James Fair.

To follow the team's Movember progress visit the squad's Mo Spaces on the Movember website.

Following the ABN AMRO Champions Trophy

We hope to be able to announce shortly all of the ways in which you can follow England's progress at the Champions Trophy.  You will be able to keep up with results, match reports and photos in the International section of the website. 

Let us know what you think of the Mo's.

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We are keen to hear what you think of the men's moustaches and your hopes, predictions and messages of luck for their Champions Trophy campaign.  You can get in touch in one of two ways.

  1. Follow us on Twitter by following "EnglandHockey" and send us a Tweet
  2. Email your letters, comments and more to magazine@englandhockey.org  We hope to use some of your comments both on the website and in the next edition of Hockey news magazine.

England's Champions Trophy Fixtures



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Saturday 28 November

v Germany



Sunday 29 November

v Spain



Tuesday 1 December

v Australia



Thursday 3 December

v Netherlands



Saturday 5 December

v Korea



Sunday 6 December

Classification Match