Great Britain Hockey selected 22 athletes who will travel to Australia for the duration of February for training and five test matches against the Hockeyroos as Great Britain women continue their warm-up for the Beijing Olympics in August.

Head Coach Danny Kerry said “The month long trip to Australia represents a major opportunity to practice and play in a very hot environment. It will be our last long haul trip prior to the Beijing Games in August ensuring we do not over fatigue ourselves with travel in the immediate months running up to the Games. With five test matches against Australia we will have all areas of our play put under the microscope and it will further arm us with the information we need to develop in the remaining part of our preparations.”

Squad Great Britain:

Laura Bartlett, Jennie Bimson, Hayley Brown, Mel Clewlow, Charlotte Craddock, Crista Cullen, Alex Danson, Jo Ellis, Jo Ellis, Rebecca Herbert, Anne Panter, Sam Quek, Helen Richardson, Katy Roberts, Chloe Rogers, Beth Storry, Sarah Thomas, Abigail Walker, Rachel Walker, Kate Walsh, Lisa Wooding, Lucilla Wright.

Match Schedule

Thursday 14 February
Test 1 v Australia, Perth

Saturday 16 February
Test 2 v Australia, Perth

Thursday 21 February
Test 3 v Australia, Brisbane

Saturday 23 February
Test 4 v Australia, Brisbane

Sunday 24 February
Test 5 v Australia, Brisbane

As well as the five official test matches, Great Britain will also be involved in four practice matches against local opposition which will give the coaching staff the opportunity to experiment with the players and use the games for developmental purposes.

Source: Great Britain Hockey ltd.