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International Selection

Congratuations to Leah, Rose, Sarah, Beth and Jo on their inclusion in the named Hockey Wales squad for the upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.  We wish them, and Kevin Johnson, all the very best in the competition #incredibleholcs

Oh and Happy St Davids Day.

Many thanks Jon Rye (Co-Chairman)

 

With the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast only 34 days away, today Hockey Wales and Team Wales have revealed the 36 athletes that will represent Team Wales down under in April where they will go up against some of the top nations in World hockey.

Following a period of unprecedented results in Welsh hockey, qualification for the Gold Coast was confirmed in December last year and the goal of having both teams represent Wales at consecutive games was achieved. This will be the first time both Wales’ men’s and women’s teams will compete side by side since in an away games since 1998. The games will take place April 5th – April 15th at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre.

The Wales women’s side will be looking forward to building on their World League and European exploits in 2017 and go up against India, South Africa, Malaysia and England in Pool A.

New captain Leah Wilkinson will be leading the squad into a major games for the first time with this being her 3rd as a Welsh international. Wilkinson stepped up as captain at the turn of the year after Abi Welsford made her decision to stand down from international hockey. Together they hold the title for most capped Welsh female hockey players.

Head Coach Kevin Johnson stated: "This particular selection process has been the most competitive we have experienced in recent times and therefore it is an indication of the squad depth we have been trying to develop over time. Over the last couple of months, the players have demonstrated clear improvements physically, technically and tactically and we feel we are well placed to meet the challenge of facing higher ranked opponents that the Commonwealth Games will throw at us with a very positive mindset. We are continually motivated by challenge and excited about what the future holds for us as a group and this tournament is another stepping stone on this process and we look forward to seeing what we can achieve"

Other notable inclusions to the squad are GB’s Rose Thomas fresh from her first caps against World powerhouses Argentina, and midfielder Sarah Jones. The squad will also see a debutant on the Gold Coast in midfielder Izzie Howell after graduating from the Wales U18 squad and performing very well in the senior environment.

Women’s Squad

Leah Wilkinson © (Holcombe)
Sian French – VC (Bowdon Hightown)
Rose Thomas – GK (Holcombe)
Ella Jackson – GK (Buckingham)
Julie Whiting (Bowdon Hightown)
Natasha Marke-Jones (Clifton Robinsons)
Sophie Clayton (Clifton Robinsons)
Sarah Jones (Holcombe)
Lisa Daley (Clifton Robinsons)
Phoebe Richards (Buckingham)
Tina Evans (unattached)
Dannielle Jordan (Buckingham)
Eloise Laity (Buckingham)
Beth Bingham (Holcombe)
Izzie Howell (Neston)
Delyth Thomas (University of Birmingham)
Xenna Hughes (East Grinstead)
Jo Westwood (Holcombe)