Emily in GB Squad

Maguire makes GB debut in Argentina

26 Nov 2009

Former Kelburne star, Emily Maguire is one of 8 debutants who will experience the pride of pulling on a Great Britain shirt for the first time next month after GB Head Coach Danny Kerry announced his 18-athlete squad for December?s five game test series against Argentina in Salta.

GB regular and fellow Scot Abi Walker (Canterbury) will also make the trip which sees the return of star defender Crista Cullen (Leicester) to the international pitch having taken a year off after the Beijing Olympics.

Coach Kerry commented: ?We welcome back the presence of Crista Cullen while for a number of the younger members of the squad, such as Emily Maguire (Reading), the series will offer them further exposure to top flight hockey and a first taste of the technical skills of ?Las Leonas?.

?This is a good opportunity for us on a number of levels.  It?s the earliest a GB squad has ever assembled for such a test series during an Olympic cycle and we look forward to developing a number of parts of our game playing against the world?s current number two side.?

Also among the eight GB debutants are: Gemma Darrington (Leicester), Katie Long (Leicester), Hannah Macleod (Leicester), Laura Unsworth (Leicester), Kirsty Mackay (Bowdon Hightown), Natalie Seymour (Canterbury) and Nicola White (Slough).  For Mackay, an appearance in South America will mark her full international debut as she has yet to play for England at senior level.

Other experienced players selected are Helen Richardson (Reading) and Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham) who were shortlisted for World Player of the Year and World Young Player of the Year respectively on Wednesday by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

The GB squad began training in October and Kerry explained what the purpose of the upcoming series: ?As part of our preparations for London 2012 the group has been training together on a weekly basis at Bisham Abbey.  Even though it is early days in the programme there are some very good signs of gains being made and we look forward to putting those into practice against Argentina.

?Playing in Argentina is one of the most enjoyable experiences of an international career.  The crowds are several thousand in number, with an amazing carnival atmosphere and I?m certain the players will benefit immensely from the occasion.?

Running from 12-18 December, the women?s series is being held to coincide with the BDO Champion?s Challenge I, an FIH event for the men?s teams ranked between 7th and 15th in the world.

Match details
Great Britain v Argentina in Salta, 12-18 December 2009
Saturday, 12 December - 1930 hrs - 2230 hrs (GMT) 
Sunday, 13 December - 1930 hrs - 2230 hrs (GMT) 
Tuesday, 15 December - 2030 hrs - 2330 hrs (GMT) 
Thursday, 17 December - 2030 hrs - 2330 hrs (GMT) 
Friday, 18 December - 2030 hrs - 2230 hrs (GMT) 

Great Britain squad for Argentina test series: Name (Club) Position [Home Nation]
Crista Cullen (Leicester) Defender [England]; Alex Danson (Reading) Forward [England];Gemma Darrington (Leicester) Defender [England]; Jo Ellis (Reading) Forward [England]; Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham) Midfielder [England]; Rebecca Herbert (Leicester) Forward [England];
Katie Long (Leicester) Forward [England]; Kirsty Mackay (Bowdon Hightown) Goalkeeper [England]; Hannah Macleod (Leicester) Forward [England]; Emily Maguire (Reading) Defender [Scotland]; Helen Richardson (Reading) Midfielder [England]; Chloe Rogers (Leicester) Midfielder [England]; Natalie Seymour (Canterbury) Defender [England]; Laura Unsworth (Leicester) Defender [England]; Abi Walker (Canterbury) Goalkeeper [Scotland]; Kate Walsh (Reading) Defender [England]; Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown) Defender [England]; Nicola White (Slough) Forward [England]

Find out more, and see all the results when they come in, on GB Hockey's website