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Hockey - 13. November 2013.

Great Britain vs Germany ladies

Ahead of the Argentina World League Final, Great Britain Head Coach Jason Lee took a relatively inexperienced Great Britain squad out to Mannheim, Germany to play three capped matches.

 

The matches provided Lee an opportunity to see athletes from the wider training squad, including Nikki Kidd, Ali Bell and Morag McLellan from Scotland, and also offered several players a chance to face Germany before they meet them in England colours in the World League Final, which starts on 30 November.

 

The series saw international debuts for Sabbie Heesh (Loughborough Students), Suzy Petty (Beeston) and Shona McCallin (MOP NED) and first caps in a Great Britain shirt for a host of players including European Silver medallists Lily Owsley, Sarah Haycroft, Hollie Webb and Susie Townsend.

 

With regular captain Kate Walsh back home, Susie Gilbert, Laura Unsworth and Ashleigh Ball were all given the opportunity to captain a match each.

 

Great Britain started strongly, winning their first game 3-1, however Germany fought back to reverse this score line in the remaining two games to take the series win. Further information about the three matches can be found below.

 

Speaking after the final match, Great Britain Head Coach Jason Lee said: “We started strongly with a win in the first game and then it was slightly disappointing to be on the losing end yesterday and today. We created a lot of chances today and it felt like a very typical game against Germany where they converted their chances and we just couldn’t score from ours. But I felt overall it was very even between the two sides which is pleasing.”

 

He added: “Our job coming over here was to continue to develop the wider GB squad and we have certainly done that. I’m really pleased for all the players who have made their international debuts out here and there have been some good performances from the less experienced members of the squad. Having said that, everyone is aware that there is still plenty of progress to be made as we continue to build this squad.”

 

Focus will shift significantly tomorrow for Lee as his squad switches to the 18 English athletes selected for the FIH World League Final: “Obviously my job now is to look ahead to Argentina at the end of the month. This was such a removed squad out here to that which will be playing in Argentina, I don’t feel like the three matches will contribute significantly to any preparations for the tournament ahead, however like I said, that was never the point of bringing this group of players out to Mannheim. Playing Germany in the third pool match in the World League Final will be very different to the three games we’ve just had here.

 

We will head back home this evening and get ready to fly out to Argentina next week to face the seven best sides in world hockey. It’s been about 12 degrees playing in The Dome out here and even colder back home. Currently it’s closer to 30 degrees in South America so we will need the full week we have out in Tucuman prior to the tournament to acclimatise.”

 

Nine members of this squad will be pulling on their England shirts on 30 November as they face Korea at 12:00 (UK time) in the first match at the Argentina World League Final. Click here to see the full squad and find out more about this tournament.

 

England Hockey was celebrating last week as three world level events were secured over the next five years. One of those three events will be the women’s 2016 Champions Trophy, which will be played in Great Britain colours, as Jason Lee’s side will be just weeks away from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Click here to find out more.

 

Reports for Germany-Great Britain three match series

 

  Match One

GERMANY

(0)

1

-

3

(0)

GREAT BRITAIN

Hannah Kruger 52 (PC)

         

Susie Townsend 45 (F)

           

Steph Elliott 51 (F)

           

Georgie Twigg 70 (F)

 

The first game saw international debuts for Shona McCallin (MOP, Netherlands) and Suzy Petty (Beeston). The game also marked a first Great Britain cap for a host of players, including European silver medallists Sarah Haycroft, Susie Townsend and Hollie Webb. (Further details can be found in the table below.)

 

Great Britain put themselves in the driving seat of the mini-series with a strong 3-1 victory in the opening game which was played in The Dome in Mannheim.

 

All three goals came in the second half, two of which were scored by debutants Susie Townsend (Reading) and Steph Elliott (Holcombe). London 2012 Olympian Georgie Twigg (Surbiton) took her GB goal tally to three when she added to the score line in the final minute.

 

There were three players watching from the sidelines today; Laura Unsworth, Lily Owsley and Sabbie Heesh.

 

  Match Two

GERMANY

(2)

3

-

1

(0)

GREAT BRITAIN

Franzisca Hauke 28,31 (F,F)

         

Susie Gilbert 68 (F)

Eva Frank 59 (F)

           

 

The second game of the series saw a reverse in yesterday's scoreline as Germany came back strongly to beat Great Britain 3-1. Hauke was on target twice in the first half with two quick goals before half-time to give her side the lead going into the break.

 

Germany made it 3-0 in the 59th minute through Eva Frank which put the game beyond Great Britain. However, captain for the match, Susie Gilbert (Reading) put her stamp on the game scoring in the final two minutes from open play to mirror yesterday's score line.

 

Congratulations to Sabbie Heesh (Loughborough Students) who made her international debut in Great Britain's goal.

 

  Match Three

GERMANY

(3)

3

-

1

(1)

GREAT BRITAIN

Eileen Hoffmann 4 (F)

         

Ellie Watton 29 (F)

Charlotte Stapenhorst 23 (F)

           

Eva Frank 28  (PC)

           

 

The last game of this three-match series was decided by the end of the first half, as Germany continued their form with an identical winning score line to yesterday. Hoffmann opened the scoring early with a goal four minutes in, and while Great Britain initially held them off Stapenhorst was able to find an opening 19 minutes later to go up 2-0.

 

A penalty corner five minutes later sealed Germany’s score for the match, and though Ellie Watton (Beeston) was able to score her first goal for Great Britain in the 29th minute, with no more goals to follow it wasn’t enough to level the field before the break.

 

Great Britain competed strongly in the second half, opening up more scoring opportunities. While there were a couple of very good chances, they unfortunately couldn’t be converted, and the match ran out with Germany the winners at 3-1.

 

GB Women’s Squad* for the 3-match series in Mannheim, Germany

 

Name - Current Club - Home Nation

Ashleigh Ball -Slough - England

Alison Bell - Grove Menziehill - Scotland

Sophie Bray - MOP (NED) - England

Stephanie Elliott - Holcombe - England

Susie Gilbert - Reading - England

Sarah Haycroft - Surbiton - England

Sabbie Heesh - Loughborough Students - England

Nikki Kidd - Canterbury - Scotland

Joanna Leigh - Clifton - England

Kirsty Mackay - East Grinstead - England

Shona McCallin - MOP (NED) - England

Morag McLellan - Clydesdale Western - Scotland

Lily Owsley - University of Birmingham - England

Suzy Petty - Beeston - England

Susie Townsend - Reading - England

Georgie Twigg - Surbiton - England

Laura Unsworth - Holcombe - England

Sally Walton - Wakefield - England

Ellie Watton - Beeston - England

Hollie Webb - Surbiton – England

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