WOMENS SQUAD ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF VALENCIA FIH SERIES FINALS
In less than 10 days our Senior Women will head to Valencia ahead of their FIH Series Finals.
Along with hosts Spain, Wales will be joined by: South Africa (WR:15), Italy (WR:17), Belarus (WR:20), Canada (WR:21), Thailand (WR:28) and Namibia (WR:42) – the lowest ranked women’s team competing in any of the FIH Series Finals events.
Joining Wales in their Pool are South Africa, Thailand and Italy, with Wales facing South Africa in their opening game on Wednesday 19th June.
Ahead of the Series Finals, Kevin Johnson, Head Coach said:
I’m looking forward to seeing what this squad can do in Valencia. This is a great opportunity to play against some very well established and high quality International teams and we go there with confidence and belief that when we are at our best we can offer a serious challenge to higher ranked nations. We always enjoy these times away together as a staff and a squad and this amount of concentrated contact time will always benefit our progression either in the short or long term. There is a really nice blend of youth and experience in this particular squad selection with the average age of the group being 25.
Congratulations to the following players who will be representing Wales in these Finals:
Beth Bingham (Holcombe Hockey Club) Caro Hulme (Beeston Hockey Club) Danni Jordan (Royal Leopold Club) Ella Jackson (GK) (Buckingham Hockey Club) Eloise Laity (Buckingham Hockey Club) Emily Rowlands (Hampstead and Westminster) Hannah Cozens (Loughborough Students Hockey Club) Izzie Howell (Durham University) Izzy Webb (Swansea Hockey Club) Jo Westwood (Holcombe Hockey Club) Julie Whiting (Bowdon Hockey Club) Leah Wilkinson (c) (Holcombe Hockey Club) Natasha Marke-Jones (Clifton Robinsons Hockey Club) Phoebe Richards (Buckingham Hockey Club) Rose Thomas (GK) (Holcombe Hockey Club) Sian French (vc) (Bowdon Hockey Club) Sophie Robinson (Beeston Hockey Club) Xenna Hughes (East Grinstead Hockey Club)
Non-travelling reserve Megan Lewis-Williams Jessica Roe
Staff Kevin Johnson – Head Coach Rebecca Daniels – Team Manager Gareth Weaver-Tyler – Assistant Coach Henry Davies – S & C Coach Jonny Harper – Physiotherapist Aaron Passmore – Analyst
*Wales and GB athlete Sarah Jones is ineligible for selection for Wales in this tournament due to her representing Great Britain in the Pro-league but becomes available again for our European campaign post Open series.
Wales have the following games:
Wednesday 19th June vs South Africa – 4:00pm BST
Thursday 20th June vs Thailand – 4:00pm BST
Saturday 22nd June vs Italy – 12:00pm BST
Any live streaming details will be posted across our social media channels, as well as results updates.