The Women’s squad is a mixture of experience and youth and will provide the opportunity for England to further develop those players who have missed out on selection for the Olympic training squad as well as introducing some junior players into a competitive senior environment.
Amongst the newcomers are Gemma Darrington, Heather Batten, Sarah Page, Ashleigh Ball and Harriet Cunningham. Darrington, a strong and committed defender was recently involved with the GB training squad. Batten, a forward, currently plays for England U21 as does her team mate Ball who is a midfielder. Cunningham and Page were both part of the successful GB Youth squad who won a gold medal in Sydney at the start of this year at the Australian Youth Olympics.
Courtois Straight Through to the Semis
– Pauline Courtois leads after first day