Dragflick Newsdesk : Following the Talent Confirmation process that has taken place over the last few months, a total of 15 men’s players have been added to their programme while four more women have been named in addition to the eight announced last month.
All the players who were selected for England’s men in the FIH Hockey Pro League fixtures against Spain earlier this month are included. Nick Bandurak, James Oates, Nick Park, Stuart Rushmere, Duncan Scott and Sam Taylor made their senior international debuts that weekend, while James Mazarelo also travelled to Valencia but did not feature, and they have now been offered full-time places.
James Albery and Peter Scott, who made their returns to senior international hockey during those fixtures, have also been included, as has Surbiton’s David Goodfield. Jack Turner, who played four games for England in 2017, has been picked too.
Scottish international Lee Morton – who played five times for Great Britain between 2018-2019 – is named, as is Welsh goalkeeper Toby Reynolds-Cotterill who was influential in helping the country secure their place at the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup back in in October.
The other players included in the men’s squad are Eddie Way and Matt Ramshaw, both of whom have played for the England and Great Britain U21 teams.
Great Britain Hockey’s Performance Director Ed Barney said:
“The autumn and early part of 2022 has been an exciting period. We’ve had the chance to re-set, work with a brilliant group of athletes – both those selected and those that didn’t progress – and share a deeper insight into the senior international programme. Adding match play has been invaluable in making some good, informed decisions.
“The passion, energy and commitment that the players have shown has been hugely inspiring and I know all the current squad members and staff are excited to get cracking, deliver in the FIH Hockey Pro League, the Commonwealth Games and everything else that comes in 2022 and 2023.
“We have a fantastic group of players joining the squad, several huge opportunities in the coming months and I’m sure the players are going to add huge value to the squads and set new heights on the pitch. With some athletes heading back to Europe and continuing to pursue dual aspirations for the rest of the current season, there is plenty of opportunity over the coming FIH Hockey Pro League fixtures and training at Bisham to stake a real claim for selection in the major tournaments.
Interim men’s head coach Zak Jones added:
“The past few months have been very positive and exciting as well as challenging period for the senior men’s group. This has not only given us the scope to gain a better understanding about a wider pool of players but also provided us with the opportunity to develop and broaden our depth.
“The incoming players have brought both freshness and enthusiasm to the group, as well as some real quality, as evidenced in the Great Britain performances in the recent trip to Cadiz as well as the recent FIH Hockey Pro League fixtures against Spain with England.
“There is a really nice blend and balance to the squad and we are all very excited to build on the solid, initial foundations that have already been laid. I truly believe the potential of this group is huge and I am very much looking forward to continuing to develop an open and honest environment that allows us to grow a positive, winning mindset and culture.”
Both squads will to train together at Bisham Abbey for the majority of 2022. They will then split into their respective Home Nations camps ahead of major tournaments, which includes the Men’s and Women’s Hockey World Cups and Commonwealth Some athletes who were involved in the Tokyo Cycle are currently taking an extended break from the programme and are considering returning later in the Paris cycle.
Men’s Hockey team’s training squad
- James Albery – Old Georgians HC
- David Ames – HC OranjeRood (Netherlands)
- Liam Ansell – Wimbledon HC
- Nick Bandurak – Holcombe HC
- Will Calnan – Hampstead & Westminster HC
- David Condon – Wimbledon HC
- Brendan Creed – Royal Beerschot HC (Belgium)
- Jacob Draper – Royal Beerschot HC (Belgium)
- James Gall – Surbiton HC
- Chris Griffiths – Old Georgians HC
- David Goodfield – Surbiton HC
- Harry Martin – Rotterdam HC (Netherlands)
- James Mazarelo – Loughborough Students HC
- Lee Morton – Old Georgians HC
- James Oates – Hampstead & Westminster HC
- Nick Park – Surbiton HC
- Ollie Payne – Holcombe HC
- Matt Ramshaw – Hampstead & Westminster HC
- Toby Reynolds-Cotterill – Hampstead & Westminster HC
- Phil Roper – HC OranjeRood (Netherlands)
- Stuart Rushmere – Loughborough Students HC
- Liam Sanford – Old Georgians HC
- Duncan Scott – Wimbledon HC
- Peter Scott – Wimbledon HC
- Ian Sloan – Wimbledon HC
- Rhys Smith – Wimbledon HC
- Rupert Shipperley – Hampstead & Westminster HC
- Tom Sorsby – Surbiton HC
- Sam Taylor – University of Exeter HC
- Jack Turner – Wimbledon HC
- Jack Waller – Gantoise HC (Belgium)
- Zach Wallace – HGC (Netherlands)
- Sam Ward – Old Georgians HC
- Eddie Way – Wimbledon HC