Italy women's coach Fernando Ferrara, has revealed the list of 18 players selected to play in the Unibet EuroHockey Championships 2015.
Italy will be looking to finish in the top six to secure a place in the next edition of this event. However, they are also aware that the winners of this year’s competition will also guarantee qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In order to reach the semi-final stages, Italy’s Azzurri, ranked 16 in the International Hockey Federation (FIH) world rankings, must finish within the top two of their pool.
Standing in their way in Pool B lies reigning European champions Germany, ranked number five in the world, who they will face first. They then take on world number seven ranked England and 17th ranked Scotland.
Italy travel with sixteen of eighteen athletes who finished eighth at Round 3 of the World Hockey League Semi-Final in Antwerp, Belgium. Agata Wybieralska and goalkeeper Maria Emilia Donati miss out and are replaced by Natalia Schinoni and Maria Galli.
The Azzurri will have taken confidence by a 4-0 win over France in the pool stages in Antwerp. They will be looking draw upon the exciting talent of Valentina Braconi, who scored twice in the tournament, as they aim to finish as high as possible in this year’s Championship.
Italy women: Chiara TIDDI; Aldana LOVAGNINI; Giuliana RUGGIERI; Elisabetta PACELLA. (LIBERTAS SAN SABA) ; Martina LECCHINI; Marcela CASALE; Martina CHIRICO (CUS PISA) ; Florencia NOGUEIR (HOCKEY CERNUSCO) ; Dalila MIRABELLA; Mercedes SOCINO; Eleonora DI MAURO (HCU CATANIA); Celina TRAVERSO; Macarena RONSISVALLI (SG AMSICORA); Valentina BRACONI; Natalia Leonor SCHINONI (POL. FERRINI) ; Eugenia GARRAFFO (H.F. LORENZONI) ; Constanza AGUIRRE (HOCKEY FEMMINILE ROMA); Maria GALLI (KHC DRAGONS).
For more information about the event, and to buy tickets, visit: http://eurohockey2015.co.uk