Last week newly capped Welsh International, Emma Brierley returned home from the 2018 Hockey Open Series on an incredible high! The 17-year-old student born in Rhyl, made her senior debut for Wales during the team’s closing match against host nation Lithuania.
Talking with Brierley on her return she shared her amazing experience:
It’s been an amazing experience to train with and learn from some of the best athletes in the country this week and to conclude the experience with my first senior cap surrounded by a lovely and talented group of players and staff brings me a huge sense of pride and excitement for my progression in Welsh hockey. I can’t wait to see what the future brings
Currently a student at Queens School in Chester, where she’s undertaking her final year of studying A-Levels in Maths, Chemistry and Biology, Brierley’s love of hockey developed from an early age; playing for Colwyn Bay HC during her high school years. She began her journey as an outfield player, but a couple of years later made the decision to move into goals.
We asked Emma whether she had any pre-match rituals which she shared:
I listen to music and make sure I’ve eaten so nothing special or too exciting
Maybe not Emma but it’s a ritual none the less! We look forward to seeing more from Emma as the women’s campaign continues.
Wales unfortunately suffered a loss during their final game against Lithuania but still secured third place in the tournament, which sees them through to the next round.