England Hockey is delighted to announce the appointment of Danny Kerry as Head Coach of the Great Britain and England men’s international teams.
Danny has spent the best part of 13 years as Head Coach of our women’s international teams, and was the outstanding applicant in a worldwide search to replace Bobby Crutchley, who left his post earlier this year.
Danny’s record marks him as the most successful coach in British hockey history, having taken the women’s team to Olympic gold and bronze medals, European gold and their highest ever FIH world ranking.
The 47-year-old accepted the role last week, and will take up his post in early September, as the Great Britain team prepare for their Toshiba International against Belgium on Wednesday 3 October in London, marking 30 years since the gold medal in the Seoul Olympics. In November the England men’s team travel to India for their World Cup, before the FIH Pro League begins at the end of January 2019.
Performance Director Ed Barney said, “On behalf of Great Britain Hockey I am delighted to announce Danny’s appointment. Following an open recruitment process, Danny was clearly the outstanding applicant in a highly competitive pool of experienced and medal-winning candidates.
“We know first-hand of his qualities and he will bring a fresh perspective to the men’s squad which I am sure will support them in their transition to a place of repeated medal winning success.”
Danny added, “I simply cannot wait to join a great team of staff and athletes and to begin a new chapter in my professional career. I have for many years watched the fellas train and compete and often wondered whether I would one day have an opportunity to work with them. That opportunity has now come and I am excited. There is ability, there is a desire to put in the hard practice, there is a desire to want to be better, and to be selected to serve that programme, I am really delighted.
“I look forward to working hard to continue to build on the work of the athletes and that of previous coaches Bobby and Jason. The World Cup around the corner in November is an exciting prospect and I know how hard the team and athletes are preparing. Swiftly on the heels of that is the new FIH Pro League and critically we also have Olympic Qualification to attain in 2019, added to that the EuroHockey Championships in August. We have a great programme, staff and athletes and a sense of intent, and I am looking forward to the road ahead.
“After 13 and a half years of serving the women’s programme I am very proud of what the many teams of athletes have achieved. I believe we have been instrumental in raising the profile of women’s team sport and the impact in terms of increased participation in hockey has been astronomical. The incredible scenes at the recent women’s Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup are testimony to that impact.
“Perhaps more important to me is how those athletes and teams have gone about inspiring future generations. The values of the teams have shone through and I believe we have been a trailblazer for other national teams in that regard. There has been a higher purpose than simple outcome. I believe the team and programme will now benefit from new leadership and I will look back with great fondness of the amazing times spent with so many staff and athletes. I have learnt so much it is hard to express. I would like to thank the many athletes and staff for all they have given to the teams and the sport, and wish the present custodians of the jersey the very best. It has been an honour and a privilege, and now I am excited and can’t wait to get going with the men’s teams.”
Since Danny’s first appointment as Head Coach of the women’s teams in January 2005, they have risen from 11th to 2nd in the FIH World Rankings, winning medals at four world level events. His England and Great Britain teams won their first ever medal at a World Cup, and first ever women’s gold medals at both the EuroHockey Championships and Olympic games. He was twice named FIH Coach of the Year, as well as Team GB Coach of the Year. In 2016 he was awarded an MBE for services to women’s hockey.
Sally Munday, Chief Operating Officer of Great Britain Hockey commented, “I would like to place on record our gratitude to Danny for his achievements with the Great Britain and England women’s teams, and the legacy he leaves behind. His contribution cannot be underestimated, delivering the first Olympic medal in more than 20 years in 2012, then following up with an historic gold in Rio. He has devoted many years of service to the team, sport and governing body and we continue to value the unique strengths, delivery and leadership that Danny brings to England and Great Britain Hockey.”
Danny will be assisted in his new role by Russell Garcia and Jon Bleby. With regards to the vacancy for a women’s teams’ Head Coach, the process will begin immediately and we aim to have a candidate in place well ahead of the FIH Champions Trophy in China later this year.
England will play the USA in the quarter-finals of the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League after beating China in their final group game to finish third in Pool B.
Captain Alex Danson led from the front superbly and opened the scoring with her 106th international strike, meaning she becomes England and GB’s combined outright second highest scorer of all time behind Marjorie Pollard.
She then played pivotal roles in goals for Sophie Bray, Hannah Martin and Sarah Haycroft as England cruised to their first victory of the tournament despite a third quarter effort from Zhong Mengling.
The result means England will face the Americans – who came second in Pool A – on Thursday, a game Danson is already looking forward to after the improved performance in this match.
“I am delighted with that team performance today,” the forward said. “We were fantastic in defence and we had some beautiful connections between the defence, midfield and the forward line. To come out today and have a really good performance from back to front is something we are really happy with.
“We are very much looking forward to the next one against the USA. They are a very competitive team and we have played each other a couple of times already this year so it promises to be a great game.”
After spending much of their previous game against Argentina defending, England came out full of attacking intent against the world number eight outfit, with Lily Owsley in particular looking threatening.
The University of Birmingham midfielder brought the game to life in the 12th minute with a stunning run from her own half into China’s circle before Danson tucked the ball between the ‘keeper’s legs to open the scoring.
The lead was doubled at the end of the quarter as Bray smashed a shot past Li after being unselfishly set up by Martin at the end of a move which started with a raking pass down the left of the pitch by Danson.
Danny Kerry’s team continued to press in the second quarter and were unlucky not to score again as Bray had a shot well saved in the 25th minute Danson thumped a stinging reverse stick shot against the post moments later.
Shona McCallin then put in a timely tackle to thwart a Chinese attack in the 39th minute before England broke down the other end to score their third, Danson forcing her way into the circle and picking out Martin who tucked the ball away for her fifth international goal.
Owsley came close to bagging a goal herself but her shot at the end of another storming run was saved by Li before China struck back in the final minute of the third quarter as Zhong scored her country’s first goal of the tournament after a good initial save by Maddie Hinch.
England continued to dominate in the final quarter though as Martin and Owsley went close before Haycroft slotted home after more good work by Danson inside the Chinese circle.
England will now play the USA at 5am on Thursday 24 November in a game that will be shown on BT Sport.
Starting XI: Hinch, Unsworth, Martin, Paige, Danson, Ansley, Bray, Pearne-Webb, McCallin, Owsley, Balsdon
Subs (Used): Haycroft, Toman, Petty, Sanders, Rayer, Defroand, Tennant
England powered to a 5-2 win over Argentina to claim bronze at the Hockey World League Semi-finals in Johannesburg.
A brace from Giselle Ansley and strikes from Sophie Bray, Susannah Townsend and Laura Unsworth guided England to victory in an enthralling encounter.
Having lost to the USA in a shootout in the semi-final, England responded in a big way to convincingly beat world number three ranked side Argentina to finish the tournament on a high.
David Ralph, standing in for the unwell Danny Kerry, said “We are delighted with the result today and what pleases us most is our performance. To pick ourselves up from the semi-final result and play like that shows the character within this group. Argentina are a good team and we knew it was going to be tough, so it’s a pleasing result for us.”
The game’s first chance fell to Argentina inside just four minutes but the shot flew high over the bar. England responded though but Grace Balsdon’s high drag flick was well saved by Belen Succi who palmed away the effort.
Two minutes before the first break of an even opening quarter England took the lead. Lily Owsley broke down the right with a powerful run into the circle, her cut back caused a scramble inside the area which saw the ball fall to Bray who tapped home from close range.
Argentina fought back in the second quarter forcing Maddie Hinch into action, she saved well from Noel Barrionuevo’s penalty corner but moments later could do nothing as Lucina Von der Heyde pulled away from her marker and unleashed a fierce reverse stick strike into the bottom corner.
Shortly before the half-time break England pulled ahead through a fine flowing move on the break, Bray found Nicola White on the right wing who crossed to Townsend whose first time effort slotted past Succi.
However with twenty five seconds of the half remaining Argentina levelled as Delfina Merino got a clever touch on a crashed ball into the circle to deflect past Hinch.
After the break England came flying out of the blocks and soon restored their lead through Unsworth. Danson struck the ball into the circle and Hannah Martin’s deflection rattled the post before Jo Hunter crossed to Unsworth who passed into the open goal.
England took this lead into the final quarter and two goals in two minutes from Ansley put England into a dominant position. Good work from Danson won a penalty corner and Ansley converted her drag flick powerfully.
A minute later another storming run from Owsley saw her break into the Argentina half and into the circle where she was brought down by Succi allowing Ansley to step up and finish from the spot.
Some late pressure from Argentina was comfortably dealt with by the English back line as they saw out the closing minutes to seal the win and take bronze.
England: Maddie Hinch (GK), Giselle Ansley, Laura Unsworth, Hollie Webb, Anna Toman, Sarah Haycroft, Emily Defroand, Susannah Townsend, Nicola White, Alex Danson (C), Sophie Bray, Zoe Shipperley, Grace Balsdon, Shona McCallin, Jo Hunter, Hannah Martin, Lily Owsley
Sub (Unused): Amy Tennant (GK)
Hockey Women’s World Cup
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15 new additions to central squad
• Danny Kerry’s team looking to build on Olympic and European gold
• England’s next fixture against Netherlands on 11th June
• Women preparing for home Hockey World Cup in London in summer of 2018
• Central squad funded by UK Sport, National Lottery and lead sponsors Investec
After winning gold at the Rio Olympics, Danny Kerry has named a 33-woman squad to lead England and Great Britain into the next Olympic cycle.
15 of the squad are joining the central programme for the first time, marking a significant injection of new blood to an already hugely successful squad. Twelve of the 19 athletes who flew to Rio will once again strive for success under Kerry’s tutelage.
Joining the programme this month are Amy Costello, Olivia Page, Erica Sanders and Anna Toman (all University of Birmingham), Charlotte Calnan, Emily Defroand, Jo Hunter and Hannah Martin (all Surbiton), Suzy Petty and Rose Thomas (both Wimbledon), Nicola Cochrane (Clifton Robinsons), Sarah Jones (Holcombe), Ellie Rayer (Loughborough University), Takara Haines (East Grinstead) and England’s under 21 captain Kathryn Lane (Leicester).
As the elite of hockey’s youth development programme, these 15 players will aim to help Kerry achieve the squad’s stated aim of Winning After Winning, and many have come through the Player Pathway to join the elite central programme. The programme at Bisham Abbey is funded by UK Sport and the National Lottery, with huge support from lead sponsors Investec, who recently extended their partnership until after the Tokyo games in 2020.
On the back of Olympic gold and with a home World Cup in London in the summer of 2018, these are very exciting times for the squad, and indeed for the sport in this country. The first opportunity for the team to shine will come on June 11th when England host the Netherlands on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. In addition, the athletes’ Olympic success will be celebrated at the upcoming Super 6s at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Sunday 29th January when a number of gold medallists will meet supporters and sign autographs.
Scotland’s Cochrane and Costello enter the programme, and join compatriot Sarah Robertson in the squad. Welsh duo Thomas and Jones also join the programme for the first time. Surbiton’s Martin joins the programme and her brother Harry is part of the men’s squad, having played in both the London and Rio Olympic games.
Head coach Danny Kerry said, “Following a number of months of assessment within our centralised programme we have selected a new initial squad for the Tokyo cycle. We have, I feel, a good depth of skilful, committed, smart, and athletic athletes who are eager to learn, develop and build on the legacy and momentum of the Rio Olympic cycle. As part of this group we have also retained an excellent core from the previous cycle, who no doubt will play a key role in passing on the values and behaviours that drive performance whilst evolving the culture for the coming cycle.
“On a personal level I am excited about the potential that this group, allied to our excellent National Lottery funded programme at Bisham Abbey, holds. With a home World Cup for England on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2018, and the prospect of GB defending an Olympic title in Tokyo 2020 the challenges of this cycle are as clear, significant and exciting as ever. I believe this new squad has what it takes to shine again and continue to inspire future generations to play our sport.”
Giselle Ansley (Surbiton)
Grace Balsdon (Canterbury)
Sophie Bray (SC Kampong)
Charlotte Calnan (Surbiton)+
Nicola Cochrane (Clifton Robinsons)+*
Amy Costello (University of Birmingham)+*
Alex Danson (Clifton Robinsons)
Emily Defroand (Surbiton)+
Susie Gilbert (Reading)
Takara Haines (East Grinstead)+
Sarah Haycroft (Surbiton)
Sabbie Heesh (Surbiton)
Maddie Hinch (SCHC)
Jo Hunter (Surbiton)+
Sarah Jones (Holcombe)+**
Kathryn Lane (Leicester)+
Joie Leigh (Clifton Robinsons)
Hannah Martin (Surbiton)+
Shona McCallin (Holcombe)
Lily Owsley (University of Birmingham)
Olivia Paige (University of Birmingham)+
Suzy Petty (Wimbledon)+
Ellie Rayer (Loughborough Students)+
Sarah Robertson (Edinburgh University)*
Erica Sanders (University of Birmingham)+
Zoe Shipperley (Buckingham)
Rose Thomas (Wimbledon)+**
Anna Toman (University of Birmingham)+
Susannah Townsend (La Gantoise)
Laura Unsworth (East Grinstead)
Ellie Watton (Holcombe)
Hollie Webb (Surbiton)
Nic White (Holcombe)
+New addition to the central programme
*Qualifies to represent Scotland
** Qualifies to represent Wales
Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh and 2012 Olympian Emily Maguire announced their retirements since Rio, and a number of other athletes have currently chosen to take breaks from international hockey.
We would like to place on record our gratitude to all of the athletes and staff who contributed throughout the entire previous four-year cycle, they have inspired a generation and forever changed the sport in this country.
With Kate Richardson-Walsh’s retirement, the squad is looking for its first new captain in 13 years, and new leaders will continue to be developed over the coming months.
England vs Netherlands test match: England and the Netherlands continue their fierce rivalry in a one-off test match on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday 11 June 2017. Public tickets will go on sale on Sunday 19th February 2017, exactly 6 months after that momentous Rio Final between Great Britain and the Netherlands. A period of priority ticket access will made available to fans who have bought tickets to the 2015 Unibet EuroHockey Championships, 2016 Hockey Champions Trophy or 2017 Hockey World League in London.
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“I can’t believe it. It hasn’t sunk in at all. It feels like a dream. I haven’t got used to it but it was the most incredible experience and the best team effort I’ve been involved in and to get a gold medal at the end of it is something else.”
Alex Danson’s eyes light up as she glances down at the Olympic Gold medal hanging round her neck. For a player with over 250 international appearances to her name to describe something as the “best ever” you know it’s pretty special.
Of course Danson collected a bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012, a memory she describes as “something truly amazing” however there was a determination about the group that went to Rio. The blend of young, hungry players and experienced heads married perfectly to deliver a gold medal for Great Britain.
“We got to Rio and we were so close as a group. We knew what we wanted to achieve and we just took it game by game, built that momentum and that belief. Once we got the final it was a case of one game to go. One more job to do. When that whistle went and it went to shootout we knew we were ready to the do business. It came off for us and I still can’t quite believe it.” says Danson.
The striker talks of being surrounded by “unbelievable people” throughout her career. One of those people who has been almost a constant is Danny Kerry, the Head Coach. Danson, who finished the Olympics as joint top scorer for the second time in succession paid tribute to the coach saying:
“Danny is the best tactician in the world. He knows exactly how we need to play to beat every team and he knows exactly how to get the squad to implement those tactics. We as a squad respond to him because there is complete trust in what he says. He works so well with the rest of the staff and gives us a game plan. He always gets us where we need to be and for me, there’s no one better.”
Kerry is of course famed for his poker face during matches. Cameras often pan to the Coach in the stand but it is rare that he gives anything away. Even he found it very difficult to mask the joy at the triumph in an Olympic final, however:
“He was so happy like we all were.” smiles Danson. “He was cheering and running around, all the staff were. Once they got on the field it was a great feeling to be all together. It was the Olympic final; we’d just won but it was like no one else was there. Only those people know what we’ve done, how hard we’ve worked and what it took to get there. It was special to be all together in that moment.”
The legacy of the gold medal was in full effect almost immediately. Danson and her teammates were met off the plane by a cluster of fans, stopping and signing autographs and posing for photos as seemingly everyone wanted to congratulate their heroes.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that would happen. To be met off the plane by so many hockey fans was incredible. We want to inspire the future and get more people playing. Hopefully we can do that and hopefully people see how special team sports can be. It’s a truly exciting time for us and our sport.”
A truly exciting time indeed. Just the small matter of the Women’s World Cup in 2018 for Alex to add to her gold collection, then…..
Danny Kerry, Great Britain Head Coach has named the 20 athletes who will travel to the Netherlands for two test matches against the World Champions this coming week. The matches will both take place at Athena Hockey Club, Amsterdam as both sides step up their preparations for the Hockey Champions Trophy and the Olympics.
The team depart today (30 May) with the first match of the series at 19:00 local time on 31 May and match two set for 1930 local time on 2 June.
There are returns to the squad for Laura Unsworth, Lily Owsley and Alex Danson who have all overcome injuries to take their place in group.
There are some potential milestones for a number of players with St Albans Forward Hannah Macleod in line to win her 50th cap for Great Britain. The Olympic Bronze medallist currently has 49 Great Britain appearances to her name. Defender Sam Quek is poised to win her 100th international cap (currently she has 99) whilst Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh needs just one goal to bring up her half century in international hockey.
The Netherlands, Coached by Alyson Annan are the current World and Olympic Champions and the FIH World No1 side. They are expected to have a squad of 24 players to choose from as they build towards the Hockey Champions Trophy where the two sides will meet again on 19 June.
Ahead of the series, Great Britain Coach Danny Kerry said:
“It is good to have Laura Unsworth, Alex Danson and Lily Owsley back after long periods of injury. It will be good to have competitive match play to help bring them up to match speed.”
“We will be using the two matches to look at two to three different combinations as we fine tune preparations for the Champions Trophy. The women have been excellent in their preparation for many months now and we’re looking forward to testing that against the number one ranked team in the world on their home soil.”
Full Squad for Netherland matches:
|Sophie Bray||East Grinstead|
|Crista Cullen||No Club|
|Maddie Hinch (GK)||Holcombe|
|Kirsty Mackay (GK)||East Grinstead|
|Hannah Macleod||St Albans|
|Lily Owsley||University of Birmingham|
|Laura Unsworth||East Grinstead|
|Ellie Watton||St Albans|
Both these teams will come out of the test series raring to go for the Hockey Champions Trophy in London this June. with a re-run of this test series set for 19 June this promises to be a clash not to be missed. Tickets to all days of the Champions Trophy can be bought here.
England Hockey is delighted to announce the launch of a new bespoke resource site for coaches.
Coaching is the cornerstone of talent development, and coaches play an invaluable role in inspiring and developing more, better, happier players. To help support coaches, England Hockey in partnership with Great Britain Hockey, have developed an online resource site.
The Hockey Hub is a one-stop shop, packed full of useful resources. Whether you coach beginners or work with young, talented players, there is relevant content available to suit your needs. The Hockey Hub is a free resource and once registered, you will be able to gain insight from senior coaches and players, whilst learn how you can apply the Golden Thread to your coaching sessions. You can also engage with other coaches on our interactive forum as well as much more.
Danny Kerry commented “I’m delighted that England Hockey and GB Hockey have developed such an informative resource for coaches working throughout the sport. Continuing to seek ways of improving the quality of delivery across the sport is fundamental to the enjoyment and development of players. My hope is that the resource will prove helpful to coaches in how they think about, develop and be creative in their coaching.”
Every fortnight, new content will be uploaded to the Hockey Hub, relating to four key areas:
- End in Mind: Here you’ll find a library of skill and game-based footage, designed to provide an insight into what ‘really good’ looks like at the top level.
- The Golden Thread consists of five key principles that should be at the core of every coaching session. In this section of the website, you can learn more about how to apply The Golden Thread to your practices. The resources are designed to stretch and challenge you as well as support you in your application of The Golden Thread.
- You’re the Coach: Actively engage with other coaches by sharing your ideas about effective session design. Critique real life game-based problems through the videos that are regularly uploaded on the forum.
- Talent Development: It’s vital that exceptional experiences and environments are provided for all young hockey players. In this section, senior internationals and staff at Great Britain Hockey share their thoughts on the importance of talent development and how coaches play a pivotal role.
Alongside the extensive coaching resources, there are also other areas on the Hockey Hub containing content specific to umpires, teachers and individuals who require support with safeguarding.
The Hockey Hub will be going live on 16 May – keep an eye out across our social media platforms and website over the next week for more information on how and when you can access the site. It will certainly provide fantastic support for hockey coaches who are striving to inspire more, better and happier players.
England Hockey is delighted to announce that Danny Kerry has been appointed Head Coach of the England and Great Britain Women’s Hockey teams on a permanent basis through to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.
Kerry is widely recognised as one of the best coaches in the world. He has made the decision to become coach on a permanent basis after a very successful period as our Performance Director since 2012, then a dual role as Performance Director and Interim Women’s Head Coach since 2014. In the last 18 months he coached the women to become Unibet European EuroHockey Champions for the first time in more than 20 years, and he was also named High Performance Coach of the Year at the scUK Awards in 2015.
Danny said, “My passion is coaching and that is the fundamental basis for me making this decision. My coaching is still developing, I’m only 45 and while I have the energy and keep getting better at what I do, I want to keep pursuing that passion for as long as I can.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the dual role as Performance Director and Interim Women’s Head Coach for the past 18 months, and we’ve set in place important, much-needed and profound changes at both elite and development level. We’ve centralised the men’s programme, improved our talent pathway, developed our coaches and I am very satisfied that we are moving in the right direction.
“So with that work well underway, I’m really excited about leading the programme into the next cycle. We have a fantastic, well-funded programme from UK Sport, a great sponsor in Investec, excellent players in the programme and more talent coming in. We were successful in the Euros last year, we have the Champions Trophy and Rio this summer, a home World Cup in 2018 and then Tokyo in 2020, so I think the combination of factors across the board makes my decision the right one.”
Chief Executive Sally Munday said, “Danny is an exceptional coach and rightly considered one of the best in the world. He has also been an excellent Performance Director and under his leadership we have made huge progress in our coaching and talent development programmes. Keeping talented people like Danny is an absolute priority for us and seeing him back coaching the women’s team in the past 18 months it is clear the impact he has and I fully believe he will provide our talented players with the best chance of winning more gold medals moving forwards. I am thrilled we have been able to retain him permanently through to Tokyo.”
Kerry will continue in his dual role through to the Rio Games and the recruitment for a new Performance Director will begin immediately, with the intention of the new appointment starting their post immediately after the Rio games.
Great Britain Head Coach Danny Kerry has named the 22 athletes to travel to Australia for a six-test series. With a slightly larger squad than the usual 18 taken to tournaments, Kerry has been able to add some players to the group who did not feature at the World League Finals in December 2015.
Kerry has opted to bring in seven players who did not play in Rosario with Giselle Ansley, Susie Gilbert, Sarah Haycroft, Sarah Robertson and Zoe Shipperley coming in alongside Shona McCallin and Sophie Bray who have returned from injury. Three players who featured in the World League Finals, Ashleigh Ball, Nicola White and Emily Maguire will not travel to Australia.
A number of players are set to reach landmarks in their international careers during the series. Having reached the 350 cap milestone at the World League Finals, Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh is poised to become Great Britain’s most capped female player of all time. Currently on 353 caps, she has Karen Brown’s 355 in sight and could surpass the total in the third match of the series. Richardson-Walsh also has 49 international goals.
Olympic Bronze medallist Georgie Twigg currently has 45 Great Britain caps to her name and could go past the 50 mark if she features in five of the six matches. Hannah Macleod, another Olympic Bronze medallist is also in sight of the 50 Great Britain caps mark, also on 45. St Albans striker Ellie Watton needs just three caps to reach her half century of combined England and Great Britain appearances.
Great Britain will face Australia six times over the course of the series with the first match set to take place on 12 February 2016. The series will provide excellent preparation for the team ahead of an important year where London will host the best teams in the world at the Champions Trophy before the Olympics in Rio in August where Australia and Great Britain are in the same pool.
Danny Kerry, Great Britain Head Coach
“We will be using the training and the test series to give the squad exposure to a different style of hockey to the one they would typically face in Europe. It is a good opportunity for us to develop as a group with an extended period of matches in an overseas environment.”
“I am delighted for Sophie Bray’s return. She has persevered through a challenging time to overcome injury. I look forward to seeing her back on the pitch.”
“Sarah Robertson has also been included in the group. She is an intelligent hard working young player who has shown rapid development. We believe this experience will serve her well in that continued development.”
Great Britain squad for Australia test series
|Sophie Bray||East Grinstead|
|Kirsty Mackay||East Grinstead|
|Hannah Macleod||St Albans|
|Lily Owsley||University of Birmingham|
|Laura Unsworth||East Grinstead|
|Ellie Watton||St Albans|
|12 February||1730 hrs||Match 1||Bunbury|
|14 February||1400 hrs||Match 2||Bunbury|
|16 February||1800 hrs||Match 3||Perth|
|18 February||1800 hrs||Match 4||Perth|
|20 February||1500 hrs||Match 5||Perth|
|21 February||1500 hrs||Match 6||Perth|