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Easter weekend is always a busy time for the Welsh National Age Group squads and this year is no different; with all four squads in action this weekend! Both the boys and girls U16 and U18 squads will travel to Glasgow to take on their Scottish counterparts in a three match series.
The matches and time spent together as a squad will be crucial in the preparation towards upcoming events this summer; with both U18 squads gearing up for their respective EuroHockey Championships in July.
In anticipation of a great weekend full of learning and development, the boys squad manager William Packer told us:
We’ve been training well and we can see progress being made individually and collectively and Scotland will be a good test to see where we are at and where we need to develop moving into the summer.
Ali Addison, leading the girls squads in action this weekend was also buoyant about the test matches:
It’s always good to play competitive test matches, as you can train and train, but there is nothing like playing for your country in an international. Scotland are always a challenge, but it’s one I’m confident the girls are up to it and we’ll offer Scotland a tough challenge in return.
Coach Developer for Hockey Wales, Lee Ible expressed his excitement in the build up to the weekend:
I’m as excited as ever to get stuck into competition; putting what we have been practising into play. We have an exciting pool of talent across the NAG programme, with four squads heading to Scotland with a lot of potential. I’m looking forward to seeing the squads play and excited by what the groups are capable of. But we know Scotland will be tough and that we will have to work hard and really focus for every second across the three matches if we are to be successful.
BOYS SQUAD – U18’s
Aled Bennett – Chester Rhys Bradshaw – Cardiff & Met Rory Calderwood – Cardiff & Met Jack Christian – Cheltenham Harry Copp – Firebrands Jude Ellis – Brentwood Jonny Fleck – Whitchurch Tim Hodges – Bridgend Connor Horrigan – Neston Max Jones – Chester Max Margetson – Colwyn Bay Miles Margetson – Chester Rhys Payne – Cardiff & Met George Rice – Repton Will Riley – Cardiff & Met Fergus Stevens – Cardiff & Met Jet Treasure-Jeffreys – Cardiff & Met Ollie Wheeler – Swansea City
BOYS SQUAD – U16’s
Sebastian Bailey – Swansea City Theo Bancroft – Cheltenham Billy Collins – Repton Will Couston – Whitchurch Henry Davies – Colwyn Bay Patrick Dunn – Chester Euan Dyer – Haverfordwest Alf Entwistle – Whitchurch Alex Francis – Abergavenny Michael Hodges – Bridgend Dafydd Jones – Chester Nicholas Morgan – Swansea City Joseff Moyse – Swansea City Aodhan O’Regan – Newtown Conor O’Regan – Newtown Wil Pugh – Neston Ben Wall – Gwent Joseph Webb – Deeside Ramblers
GIRLS SQUADS – U18’s
Amy Whittle – Gwent Anna-Lena Barth – Stourport Beth Wood – Cardiff & Met Cari Davies – Ardudwy Catryn Langley – St Albans Cerys Preston – Stourport Elissa Ratti – Swansea City Emily Drysdale – Cheltenham Emma Brierley (GK) – Colwyn Bay Jemima Rees (GK) – Cheltenham Jessica Hill – Whitchurch Katie Mulroy (C)- Cardiff & Met Lora Constable – Dysynni Louise Loughlin – Cardiff & Met Megan Bowen – Woking Tali Swinburne – Stourport Nell Butler – Cardiff & Met Lily Roberts – Cardiff & Met
GIRLS SQUADS – U16’s
Alana Hamilton Tombs – Whitchurch Amelia Ashill – Gwent Amelie Davies – Wrexham Anna Mackay – Deeside Ramblers Elin Leppard (GK) – Abergavenny Ellie Allsop – Gwent Eve Bowen (C)- Northop Hall Ffion Horrell (GK) – Whitchurch Gwenno Manley – Whitchurch Hannah Jones – Whitchurch Lydia Drinkall – Christ College Brecon Maisie Riley – Gwent Mari Paulson – Cardiff & Met Naomi Wilde – Taunton Civil Service Sophie Gorman – Whitchurch Sophie Sedgebeer – Cardiff & Met Tegan Waters – Cardiff & Met Willow Ransome – Christ College Brecon