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England B Squads to Tour South Africa
03 Dec 2003 09:20
 

 8-19 DECEMBER 2003

Both the England Men and England Women B Squads will tour South Africa to undertake training, strength and conditioning and matches in Potchefstroom and Randburg respectively.

England B Men

England B Men’s Team Leader/Manager Peter Nicholson takes his squad to the University Town of Potchefstroom, where they will play five matches; three against South Africa 'A' and two against South Africa U21's as follows:-

Date

Match

Time

11 December

England B v South Africa A

1800 hrs

13 December

England B v South Africa U21’s

1700 hrs

14 December

England B v South Africa A

1700 hrs

16 December

England B v South Africa U21’s

1100 hrs

17 December

England B v South Africa A

1700 hrs

Said Team Leader, Peter Nicholson "The purpose of the trip is to expose developing young athletes to the demands of overseas touring at altitude, with ongoing assessment of their technical and tactical abilities. There will also be a strong emphasis on psychological skill development, directed by Sports Psychologist, Stacey Doherty, and a continuation of their strength and conditioning training, supervised by Physiologist, Sam Bradley.

The tour also provides a much needed opportunity for athletes to demonstrate how they have progressed following a period of sustained training.

There is good mix of experience within the playing group with several athletes already having senior international experience and hoping to improve their chances of Olympic consideration. Other athletes will be hoping to make a good impression with a more realistic view of becoming a core England athlete following Athens, whilst others will be focussing their attention on the U21 Europeans in July 2004.

 

Name

Club

1

James Fair GK

Cannock

2

Nick Brothers GK

Firebrands

3

Jon Bleby

Loughborough Students

4

Jonty Clarke

Reading

5

Scott Cordon

Cannock

6

Matt Daly

Surbiton

7

Danny Emery

Surbiton

8

John Grice

Surbiton

9

Glenn Kirkham

Loughborough Students

10

Simon Mantell

Reading

11

Richard Mantell

Reading

12

Rob Moore

Teddington

13

Andy West

Cannock

14

Matt Taylor

Cannock

15

James Southgate

Surbiton

16

Iain Mackay

Loughborough Students

17

Richard Lane

Cannock

18

Ali Wilson

Beeston

England B Women

Dave Passmore, England B Women’s Team Leader has selected a mixture of experience and youth for the women’s trip to Randburg.

The majority of the team who recently played in the senior matches against Japan have been selected, along with youngsters Sam Archer (Slough), Hayley Brown (Canterbury), Charlotte Hartley (Hightown) who are all U18. Anne Panter, who should be fit after her recent ankle injury, will strengthen the squad, as will Chloe Strong from Slough.

Said Dave Passmore "This trip is all about development. Like the men, in addition to broadening their international experience the trip will have a heavy emphasis on physical, mental and technical development.

For some of these athletes it is a make or break twelve months. If they are not in peak condition at the end of the Olympic cycle and ready to step into the senior squad the programme will have failed. However, for others, it is about developing all aspects of their game with a longer term view."

Sports Psychologist, Mark Wilson and Physiologist, Sam Bradley, will form an integral part of the management team. Said Passmore "I am delighted that we are able to have Mark and Sam with us. I expect them to be very busy as we have a great deal of off pitch work planned. It may mean we have to sacrifice results which I can live with."

Passmore concluded "There is a great feel to his group at present and our performances against Japan highlighted the talent and spirit we have."

The Player’s Group, lead by Co-Captains Lisa Wooding and Rachel Walsh will be working hard to set high standards and push the development ethos, but also ensuring the athletes relax during rest periods.

The squad will play five matches, three against South Africa A, and two against the full South African side preparing for the Olympics in Athens:-

 

Date

Match

Time

11 December

England B v South Africa A

1700 hrs

13 December

England B v South Africa A

1600 hrs

14 December

England B v South Africa A

1600 hrs

16 December

England B v South Africa

1600 hrs

17 December

England B v South Africa

1600 hrs

 

Name

Club

1

Hayley Brown

Canterbury

2

Alex Danson

Trojans

3

Becky Duggan (GK)

Woking

4

Steph Farmer

Trojans

5

Alice Garrad

Clifton

6

Cathy Gilliat Smith

Chelmsford

7

Charlotte Hartley

Hightown

8

Vanessa Hawkins

Olton

9

Becky Herbert

Quackers, Jersey CI

10

Isabel Palmer

Clifton

11

Anne Panter

Leicester

12

Imogen Robertson

Clifton

13

Chloe Rogers

Chelmsford

14

Beth Storry (GK)

Kampong, Holland

15

Evie van Poortvliet

Harleston Magpies

16

Rachel Walsh

Olton

17

Kerry Moore

Olton

18

Chloe Strong

Slough

19

Lisa Wooding

Chelmsford

20

Sam Archer

Slough



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