Olympian Townsend back for double headers

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Great Britain’s squads for this weekend’s games with Argentina and Belgium have been announced.

Rio 2016 gold medallist Susannah Townsend will make her first appearance in six months after being included in an international squad for the first time since sustaining an injury at the Champions Trophy in November, whilst 18-year-old Izzy Petter could make her international debut.

Grace Balsdon, who scored against Argentina earlier in the FIH Pro League, is one appearance away from reaching 50 international caps and could hit the milestone over the weekend.

For the men’s team, there could also be an international debut for 22-year-old Tom Sorsby who comes into an FIH Pro League squad for the first time. Liam Ansell and Rhys Smith have also been named in the squad whilst Luke Taylor misses out.

Women’s squad:
Giselle Ansley (Surbiton) (ENG)
Grace Balsdon (Canterbury) (ENG)
Amy Costello (University of Birmingham) (SCO)
Emily Defroand (Surbiton) (ENG)
Sarah Evans (Surbiton) (ENG)
Sabbie Heesh (Surbiton) (ENG) (GK)
Tess Howard (Durham University) (ENG)
Jo Hunter (Surbiton) (ENG)
Sarah Jones (Holcombe) (WAL)
Hannah Martin (Surbiton) (ENG)
Lily Owsley (University of Birmingham) (ENG)
Hollie Pearne-Webb (Surbiton) (ENG) (C)
Izzy Petter (Surbiton) (ENG)
Suzy Petty (Wimbledon) (ENG)
Ellie Rayer (East Grinstead) (ENG)
Sarah Robertson (Hampstead & Westminster) (SCO)
Erica Sanders (Surbiton) (ENG)
Amy Tennant (Reading) (ENG) (GK)
Anna Toman (Wimbledon) (ENG)
Susannah Townsend (Canterbury) (ENG)
Laura Unsworth (East Grinstead) (ENG)

Men’s squad:
Liam Ansell (East Grinstead) (ENG)
David Ames (Holcombe) (ENG)
Will Calnan (Hampstead & Westminster) (ENG)
David Condon (East Grinstead) (ENG)
Brendan Creed (Surbiton) (ENG)
Adam Dixon (Beeston) (ENG) (C)
Alan Forsyth (Surbiton) (SCO)
James Gall (Surbiton) (ENG)
Harry Gibson (Surbiton) (ENG) (GK)
Chris Griffiths (East Grinstead) (ENG)
Harry Martin (Hampstead & Westminster) (ENG)
George Pinner (Holcombe) (ENG) (GK)
Phil Roper (Wimbledon) (ENG)
Ian Sloan (Wimbledon) (ENG)
Rhys Smith (East Grinstead) (ENG)
Tom Sorsby (Surbiton) (ENG)
Zach Wallace (Surbiton) (ENG)
Jack Waller (Wimbledon) (ENG)
Sam Ward (Old Georgians) (ENG)
Ollie Willars (Beeston) (ENG)

Saturday 18 May
Great Britain women vs Argentina
Great Britain men vs Argentina

Sun 19 May
Great Britain women vs Belgium
Great Britain men vs Belgium

This weekend sees both of the current Olympic Champions come to London, with Great Britain’s women in action, as well as Argentina’s men; both having won gold in Rio. In addition, Belgium’s men are the reigning world champions to complete a stellar line-up.

All four games are at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

There’s just a couple of hundred tickets remaining for the Argentina double header, whilst tickets for the Belgium games are also available online in advance online or in person at the venue.

Courtesy of GB Hockey