Nice Britain has named the 41 women and men chosen to characterize their nation within the groups’ first video games of the brand new FIH Professional League 2022/23 season, together with seven potential debutants.
Britain’s squads fly to Argentina for a mini match of video games in opposition to hockey powerhouses Argentina and the Netherlands as a part of a brand new construction for the FIH Professional League this season.
In April, Nice Britain’s groups play extra fixtures in New Zealand earlier than two mini-tournaments in London in Might and June – residence tickets go on early chook sale this week – join the ticketing e-newsletter right here.
The seven gamers aiming to make their Nice Britain debuts embody two very skilled Scottish girls, with Fiona Burnet and Jen Eadie every having near 80 caps for Scotland. England’s Flora Peel goals for her first Nice Britain cap after serving to her nation to Commonwealth Video games gold this summer time.
For the lads, Nick Bandurak, Nick Park, James Mazarelo and Stuart Rushmere are hoping to line up for Britain for the primary time. Bandurak has already made an excellent begin to his England profession with 21 objectives in 20 video games and prime scorer honours at this summer time’s Commonwealth Video games. Mazarelo and Rushmere gained bronze alongside him in Birmingham, whereas Park would have performed however for an unlucky damage on the eve of the match.
Ladies’s captain Hollie Pearne-Webb is 4 caps away from the vastly important milestone of 100 caps for Nice Britain and would turn out to be solely the twelfth lady in British hockey historical past to achieve that marker. Teammates Giselle Ansley and Lily Owsley have 197 and 196 worldwide appearances, respectively, whereas Grace Balsdon is more likely to attain 50 Nice Britain appearances.
The boys’s squad’s most-capped present participant Harry Martin is welcomed again for what can be his first worldwide video games since lining up for England eventually summer time’s EuroHockey Championships, whereas David Ames can also be again from damage.
View from the coaches
Ladies’s Head Coach David Ralph mentioned: “Representing Nice Britain is the head of the game and congratulations to everybody chosen. For these in line to win their first cap it is a vastly important second and nicely achieved to them for attending to this stage.”
David bought to see his squad in motion in a three-game check collection in Spain earlier this month and is now wanting ahead to aggressive motion. “Taking up the primary and two groups on the earth is a unbelievable problem for our group and these are our first aggressive matches as GB on this cycle. It’s a brand new venue for us in Santiago del Estero and we are able to’t wait to get going.”
Males’s Head Coach Paul Revington mentioned: “It’s a extremely thrilling problem, Argentina is likely one of the hardest nations to journey to and win hockey matches, not least due to the eagerness that comes from the stands and onto the pitch. A number of of our guys haven’t been to Argentina earlier than they usually can’t wait to play them in their very own yard. We’re additionally wanting ahead to enjoying the Netherlands whereas we’re over there, our final video games in opposition to them had been a conflict of attrition and we’re wanting ahead to renewing that rivalry.”
Nice Britain girls
Tue 13 Dec Nice Britain v Netherlands (W), 10pm UK time
Thu 15 Dec, Nice Britain v Argentina (W), 10pm UK time
Fri 16 Dec, Nice Britain v Netherlands (W), 10pm UK time
Solar 18 Dec, Nice Britain v Argentina (W), 10pm UK time
Nice Britain males
Wed 14 Dec, Nice Britain v Netherlands (M), 00:30am UK time
Fri 16 Dec, Nice Britain v Argentina (M), 00:30am UK time
Sat 17 Dec, Nice Britain v Netherlands (M), 00:30am UK time
Mon 19 Dec, Nice Britain v Argentina (M), 00:30am UK time
Argentina vs Netherlands
Wed 14 Dec, Argentina v Netherlands (W), 10pm UK time
Thu 15 Dec, Argentina v Netherlands (M), 00:30am UK time
Sat 17 Dec, Argentina v Netherlands (W), 10pm UK time
Solar 18 Dec, Nice Britain v Argentina (M), 00:30am UK time
The best way to watch
All Nice Britain video games can be reside on BT Sport. Video games between Argentina and Netherlands will both be on BT Sport or free on watch.hockey relying on TV schedules. You too can comply with GB Hockey and FIH social channels for key particulars and insights, each on matchday but additionally throughout the journey.
Nice Britain’s subsequent fixtures after this mini-tournament are in April 2023 once they tackle Australia and New Zealand in Christchurch.
Then in Might and June London performs host to 2 mini tournaments. From 26 Might to 4 June, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre performs host to Belgium and China’s girls, plus India’s males and Belgium’s Olympic and World Champion males. Then from 16 to 21 June, Germany’s women and men come to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, together with USA girls and Spain males as Britain tackle one of the best on the earth and start their journey in direction of Paris 2024.
How can I get a ticket for residence video games?
Tickets can be on sale this week to these in our hockey household – you probably have purchased GB / ENG tickets earlier than or are on our database. You’ll get first entry to one of the best seats on the most cost-effective doable value, with kids from simply £5 for 2 video games and adults solely £15. Look out for extra information quickly or signal as much as the Ticketing e-newsletter right here.
What’s new this season?
The match format is now cut up into mini-tournaments the world over, making for some nice hockey across the globe. This season is the primary to see the underside staff relegated and changed by a staff from the FIH Nations Cup, which incorporates the likes of Eire and India’s girls and Pakistan’s males. In future seasons the Professional League may also be used for Olympic and World Cup qualification spots.