As the countdown to the start of Champions Challenge 1 in Glasgow, we meet three players who are capable of setting the tournament alight with their dazzling hockey skills, technical flair and energised performances.
First of our three to watch is Korea's ace goal-scorer Park Mi Hyun. The most capped player in the current squad with well over 200 senior international appearances, Park Mi Hyun is a livewire striker with an extraordinary ability to create chances out of nothing. The 28-year-old attacker was named on the 10 strong shortlist for the 2013 FIH Player of the Year Award. She has the potential to fire Korea to glory in Glasgow.
South Africa's Marsha Cox (formerly Marescia) has made more senior international appearances than any other player in the tournament, with more than 320 matches under her belt. Marsha Cox is a true icon of South African hockey and one of the most popular players in the game. This 31-year-old midfielder is a triple Olympian, having represented her country at the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games.
The final player in our selection is one of the youngest players in the tournament. Berta Bonastre is a young player with a massive future ahead of her. Bonastre was captain of the Spain team that claimed a fifth place finish at last year’s Ergo Junior World Cup. She is the younger sister of Silvia Bonastre, who represented Spain at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
About the venue
The newly built Glasgow National Hockey Centre will be the setting for the XX Commonwealth Games later this year, but first the impressive new structure is playing host to Champions Challenge 1 and the Men's Four Nations tournament.
Two dedicated synthetic pitches, athlete and official support areas and spectator stands combine to provide a world class facility known as the Scottish National Hockey Centre. The venue is close to the city centre and the iconic River Clyde and is based in the city’s oldest public park, Glasgow Green. Owned by Glasgow City Council, the area is home of the magnificent Victorian People’s Palace Museum and Winter Gardens.
When the drama of the hockey competition is over, the world-class sporting facilities will remain, acting as headquarters for Scottish Hockey and being used by Glasgow schools for training and competition. The hockey venue features two pitches that are Polytan MegaTurf CoolPlus.
• The common lands of Glasgow Green were gifted to the people of Glasgow by Bishop Turnbull in 1450. The park was originally used for washing linen, grazing animals and drying fishing nets.
• In 1732, a washhouse was built on Glasgow Green by the banks of the Camlachie Burn. It was Glasgow’s first ‘steamie’.
• Glasgow Green hosts major events all year round. These include the World Pipe Band Championships, the Great Scottish Run and the Glasgow Show.
For more information about the Champions Challenge 1 visit our official tournament event sites by clicking here. The event page will bring you all of the news coming from the event including written match reports, action photos, official match documents, goal scoring statistics, match highlights and much more. The site will also publish any late squad changes, with updated rosters being available ahead of the start of competition.
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