England Names Champions Trophy Squad

The England Hockey women’s squad for the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy, Women, Nottingham 2010 has been named.

The 18 athletes will represent England on home turf against world hockey giants the Netherlands, Argentina, China, Germany and New Zealand at Highfields Sports Club in Nottingham between Saturday 10 and Sunday 18 July.

Georgie Twigg in England kitIncluded in the line up is 19 year old Georgie Twigg (pictured right), who made her senior international debut for Great Britain against Germany just last month and who has yet to represent England at senior level. 

There is still plenty of experience in the squad with the inclusion of Reading trio Kate Walsh, Helen Richardson and Alex Danson and Leicester pair Crista Cullen and Chloe Rogers, who between them have nearly 500 caps for England and a further 278 for Great Britain.

After naming his squad, Head Coach Danny Kerry said, "This has been a tight selection showing a growing depth in the squad.  In Georgie Twigg, there is some new blood and she has come through our National Age Group Squads, reflecting the excellent work carried out by the staff of those programmes.  I am sure Georgie will relish and enjoy the experience.

“The group is fit, well prepared and very much ready to go.  We are a significantly better team than 12 months ago and we are all interested to see how far the other teams have developed since the last Champions Trophy.  Charlotte Craddock and Crista Cullen make a return to senior hockey following a gap in 2009 and I am confident that both of them will add to our performance.  Playing at home in a world level event presents a brilliant opportunity for players and staff to understand what this holds prior to the Great Britain team competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games.  We look forward to home support and I know the players will demonstrate the passion and desire for success."

The squad is as follows:

Name (Club) Position Eng Caps/Eng Goals Age
Ashleigh Ball (Slough) Midfielder 17/0 24
Charlotte Craddock (Clifton) Forward 2/0 19
Crista Cullen (Leicester) Defender 61/13 24
Alex Danson (Reading) Forward 92/21 25
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham) Midfielder 19/3 21
Gemma Ible (Clifton) Goalkeeper 1/0 22
Katie Long (Leicester) Forward 18/3 22
Hannah Macleod (Leicester) Forward 16/1 26
Helen Richardson (Reading) Midfielder 114/12 28
Chloe Rogers (Leicester) Midfielder 67/9 25
Natalie Seymour (Canterbury) Defender 26/0 23
Beth Storry (Reading) Goalkeeper 44/0 32
Georgie Twigg (Clifton) Midfielder 0/0 19
Laura Unsworth (Leicester) Defender 15/0 22
Kate Walsh (Reading) Defender 152/29 30
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown) Defender 55/7 29
Nicola White (Slough) Forward 13/1 22
Kerry Williams (Leicester) Midfielder/Forward 34/1 24

Kicking off their nine day tournament on Family Day on Saturday 10 July, hosts England (ranked seventh in the world) will take on 2009 Champions Argentina (ranked second) before facing the European, World and Olympic Champions the Netherlands on day two, Sunday 11th.  Germany (ranked fourth), who broke English hearts in the 2009 European Championships semi final, are the opponents on Tuesday 13th before Olympic silver medallists China (ranked third) on Thursday 15th.  England round off their group phase matches on a bumper day of hockey on Saturday 17th against New Zealand (ranked ninth), who qualified for the tournament by winning the 2009 Champions Challenge.  The final, the bronze medal match and the fifth-sixth playoff take place on Sunday 18 July.

It is not just the women’s game on show in Nottingham however; it will also be the first chance to see Great Britain’s men in action ahead of the 2012 London Olympics as they take part in a four team International tournament alongside Olympic champions German, Japan and New Zealand.  Great Britain face Japan on Monday 12 July before playing Germany on Wednesday 14th and New Zealand on Friday 16th.  The final and bronze medal matches take place on Saturday 17 July.

Tickets are still available for the Samsung FIH Women’s Champions Trophy 2010 and the Men’s Four Nations International Tournament – Highfields Sports Club, Nottingham - call 08444 77 5678 or go to www.wct2010.com/tickets.

Samsung FIH Champions Trophy & Men’s Four Nations Fixtures

Saturday 10 July 2010
11:00 China v Germany - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
14:00 Argentina v England - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
16:30 Netherlands v New Zealand - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Sunday 11 July 2010
13:30 Argentina v Germany - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
16:00 Netherlands v England - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
18:30 New Zealand v China - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Monday 12 July 2010
17:30 Germany v New Zealand - Men’s Four Nations
20:00 Great Britain v Japan - Men’s Four Nations

Tuesday 13 July 2010
11:00 New Zealand v Argentina - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
13:30 Germany v England - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
16:00 China v Netherlands - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Wednesday 14 July 2010
13:30 Great Britain v Germany - Men’s Four Nations
16:00 New Zealand v Japan - Men’s Four Nations

Thursday 15 July 2010
11:00 Germany v New Zealand - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
13:30 England v China - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
16:00 Argentina v Netherlands - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Friday 16 July 2010
17:30 Germany v Japan - Men’s Four Nations
20:00 New Zealand v Great Britain - Men’s Four Nations

Saturday 17 July 2010
10:00 Netherlands v Germany - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
12:30 England v New Zealand - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
15:00 China v Argentina - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
17:30 3rd v 4th - Men’s Four Nations
20:00 Final - Men’s Four Nations

Sunday 18 July 2010
09:30 5th v 6th - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
12:15 Bronze Medal Match - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
15:00 Final - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010