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GB Names Hockey Team for Rio

Champions Trophy was an Indication of form among Top Teams

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has named the women’s hockey squad who will compete for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Eight of the team who won bronze at London 2012 return with Hannah MacLeod, Georgie Twigg, Laura Unsworth and Nicola White all included; while Crista Cullen, Helen and Kate Richardson-Walsh and Alex Danson are set for their third Games appearance. The rest of the 16-strong squad are set for their first Olympic experience, however all have plenty of pedigree after helping England claim European Championship gold in London last year.

Last week GB finished fifth in the Champion’s Trophy in England where they took on their main adversaries. Argentina won the gold beating reigning Olympic Champions The Netherlands with USA and Australia finishing third and fourth which was an indication of form as these major players head to Rio.

FIH World Rankings (062816)

            FIH World Rankings (click to enlarge)

GB Team

Giselle Ansley, 24,  Kingsbridge [hometown]
Sophie Bray, 26, Surrey
Crista Cullen, 30, London
Alex Danson, 31, Odiham
Maddie Hinch, 27, West Chiltington
Hannah Macleod, 32, Boston
Shona McCallin, 24, Newark

Lily Owsley, 21, Bristol
Sam Quek, 27, Wirral
Helen Richardson-Walsh, 34, West Bridgford
Kate Richardson-Walsh, 36, Stockport
Susannah Townsend, 26, Egerton
Georgie Twigg, 25, Lincoln
Laura Unsworth, 28, Sutton Coldfield
Hollie Webb, 25, Belper
Nicola White, 28, Oldham

Reserves:
Joanna Leigh, 23, Huddersfield
Eleanor Watton, 27, Chesterfield
Kirsty Mackay, 29, Blackpool

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