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Hockey - 25. May 2007.


England Hockey have announced the Women’s squad for the Ata Holding Hockey Champions Challenge in Baku , Azerbaijan , (9-17 June) . Azerbaijan will be the first major tournament for the squad’s youngest player Hayley Brown and Leicester's Hannah MacLeod. Canterbury’s Hayley gained her first international cap against The Netherlands, November last year and Leicester’s Hannah MacLeod, having made her debut at the age of 19 in 2003, only picked up three England caps before being selected in this year’s Champions Challenge squad.

The tournament sees the welcome return of Leicester’s Anne Panter who has been dogged by a series of injuries since her last appearance on the International scene back in 2003 the EuroHockey Nations Championships

Players not available for selection included Kerry Williams and Becky Herbert (exam commitments) with Lucilla Wright, Jennie Bimson and Helen Grant on injury rehabilitation. Twelve of the squad were involved in England’s Samsung World Cup campaign, Madrid, October 2006 which saw the team finish in seventh spot and sees the return of Leicester’s Anne Panter after four years out of the international scene having been plagued by injuries. Her last appearance in a major tournament was in the 2003 EuroHockey Nations Championships.

Following on the recent GB Super League which involved many of the tournament squad in different teams, Azerbaijan will give Head Coach Danny Kerry the first real chance to have the squad together for a significant amount of time. He anticipates the tournament will be a stern test for the squad with the likes of China, Korea and New Zealand in the frame. Kerry continued "I am looking forward to giving a significant opportunity to a number of players."

England Squad : ATA Hockey Championships Baku , Azerbaijan

1. Katy Roberts (GK) Chelmsford 3. Lisa Wooding Chelmsford

5. Crista Cullen Leicester 6.Mel Clewlow Canterbury

8. Helen Richardson Leicester 9.Jo Ellis Ipswich 11.Kate Walsh Slough 12.Chloe Rogers Chelmsford

14. Rachel Walker Olton & WW 15.Alex Danson Slough

16. Alex Scott Slough 18.Sally Walton Bowdon Hightown

19. Hannah Macleod Leicester 20. Jo Ellis Doncaster

22. Cathy Gilliat-Smith Canterbury 24.Becky Duggan (GK) Canterbury

28. Anne Panter Leicester 30.Hayley Brown Canterbury

Match Schedule

Saturday 9th June Sunday 10th June

USA v Korea Korea v England

New Zealand v England China v USA

China v Azerbaijan Azerbaijan v New Zealand

Tuesday 10th June Thursday 14 th June

New Zealand v China USA v New Zealand

England v USA Korea v China

Azerbaijan v Korea England v Azerbaijan

Saturday 16th June Sunday 17th June

China v England 5 v 6

New Zealand v Korea 3 v 4

Azerbaijan v USA 1 v 2

(Monday 11 th June, Wednesday 13 th June ,Friday 15th th are Rest Days)

Match times and pitch information can be found here WorldHockey.org

Azerbaijan Time difference BST + 4 hours

Summarised by John Coxon. Source Danny Kerry, England Hockey

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