Around 06:30 on Monday 19th February, the women’s GB hockey team landed back in the UK; returning from an intense five match test series against Argentina in Rosario. Amongst the squad was Wales international and now official GB debutante, Rose Thomas.
Thomas, who debuted during their opening match against Argentina, is the first Welsh female athlete to play for GB since Sarah Thomas during the London 2012 Olympics; walking away with a bronze!
Catching up with Rose on the back of her time with the squad, she shared with us how it felt stepping out into a fan packed stadium and her hopes moving forward:
I’ve never played Argentina at their home ground before. The atmosphere of enthusiastic hockey fans in a sold-out stadium with nearly 1500 people watching was incredible. The excitement of 8 of us making our GB debuts was infectious. I debuted on the first game of the test series, coming on in quarter 2. GB & Scotland Goalkeeper Nicola Cochrane and I split the time evenly throughout the series. Alternating quarters for games 1 to 3 and finishing with full game for the final match
Rose went on to explain the outcome of the series results didn’t dampen the spirits of the team:
Despite the 4-1 series loss it was an extremely positive and supportive environment. In the majority of the games we were happy with our performance. We worked hard on and off the pitch, making large gains in our hockey development areas and in our team culture and mindset. Everyone was focused on our targets and process driven in order to improve us as a team
We asked Rose what’s next now the series has come to an end:
My hopes now are to be selected to represent Wales in the up and coming Commonwealth Games this Easter; and to continue to train hard with the Great Britain team and capitalise on any opportunity for selection in future fixtures
GB women’s head coach, Danny Kerry shared his thoughts on the series after the team’s final game:
It was a very tight series and we’ve come out on the wrong side of the result this time. There has been massive team growth and development out here and the team have grafted on and off the field
Danny’s full statement can be read here via the GB Hockey website.