Monday, 07 January 2008
Great Britain (women) has today announced the names of the 18 athletes who are to take part in the trip to Terrassa, Spain, between 11-14 January. As well as training, the squad will also play one test match and two practice matches.
Squad (Caps on attached word document)
Laura Bartlett (Glasgow Western) (Scotland)
Jennie Bimson (Leicester) (England)
Mel Clewlow (Canterbury) (England)
Charlotte Craddock (Cannock) (England)
Crista Cullen (Leicester) (England)
Jo Ellis (Ipswich) (England)
Jo Ellis (Bowdon Hightown) (England)
Susie Gilbert (Birmingham Uni) (England)
Sam Quek (Bowdon Hightown) (England)
Helen Richardson (Leicester) (England)
Katy Roberts (Chelmsford) (England)
Chloe Rogers (Chelmsford) (England)
Sarah Thomas (Rotterdam) (Wales)
Abigail Walker (Glasgow Western) (Scotland)
Rachel Walker (Olton & WW) (England)
Kate Walsh (Slough) (England)
Kerry Williams (Leicester) (England)
Lucilla Wright (Olton & WW) (England)
Danny Kerry (Head Coach)
Chris Pickett (Manager)
Karen Brown (Assistant Coach)
Craig Parnham (Assistant Coach)
Maggie Souyave (Coach/Performance Analyst)
Sandy Tubby (Physiotherapist)
David Faulkner (Performance Director)
Clive Woodward (BOA Performance Director)
Six of the 24 athletes selected in Great Britain’s Olympic Training Squad will not be making the trip to Terrassa; Rebecca Herbert (Leicester), Anne Panter (Leicester), Lisa Wooding (Chelmsford), Hayley Brown (Canterbury), Alex Danson (Slough) and Beth Storry (SCHC). Herbert and Wooding have been named as non-travelling reserves whilst Panter is unavailable due to university exams.
Head Coach Danny Kerry is eager to begin what will be a busy 2008 which will culminate with the Olympic Games in August. “We are looking forward to our short trip to Spain. The squad has had a break from each other over December in order to refresh themselves for the Olympic preparation ahead. We are only taking 18 members from the training squad of 24 and will be looking at some new combinations whilst giving some further experience to the younger members of the group”.
Sir Clive Woodward, Elite Performance Director for the British Olympic Association, has been invited to join the team in Spain and coach Kerry says “We are looking forward to forging a good working relationship with Sir Clive and welcome any thoughts and insight he may offer.”
The games against World No. 8 Spain will follow on from Great Britain’s trip to Argentina in November which saw some encouraging performances and included a 3-0 win against the world’s second ranked team.
Spain v Great Britain Match Schedule:
Spain is currently one hour ahead of Great Britain. Times listed are GMT.
Friday 11 January
Sunday 13 January
Monday 14 January
The results from the practice matches will be provided within an hour of the end of the game. A brief report will also be issued for the test match.
Great Britain’s record against Spain:
P-34, W-19, D-8, L-7, GF-60, GA-39
Last three encounters:
14/07/2000, Terrassa, W: 5-1, L Wright, Scorers: K Walsh 2, R Simpson, M Clewlow
22/09/2000, Sydney, Olympic Games, W: 2-0, Scorers: T Cullen, M Clewlow
07/02/2004, Athens, D: 2-2, R Simpson, Scorers: L Clement