Hockey: England bring in new faces

Click to follow
The Independent Online
THERE is an unfamiliar look about the England women's squad selected to play games against the visiting Australian Institute of Sport side at Oakham School, Leicester, today and tomorrow.

The fixture coincides with an England indoor training weekend, preparing for the European Nations Cup at Crystal Palace in January. With the Olympic players Vicky Dixon, Tammy Miller and Jane Sixsmith resting and Jill Atkins still injured, several of England's Under-21 squad have been given the chance against an Australian side which includes Alyson Annan from the Barcelona Games and five other full internationals.

In the PizzaExpress National League tomorrow, East Grinstead should consolidate their position at the top. Grinstead's defence, containing the former Great Britain captains Robert Clift and Richard Leman, look sound and with the Dutch striker Bram Van Asselt back in the side they should prove too good for Neston at home.

Second-placed Southgate will be looking to improve their goal difference at the expense of struggling Surbiton, who, having conceded 13 goals in their three games so far, are finding the going tough in the First Division. A handful of goals could see Southgate sitting on top of the table tomorrow evening.

This afternoon, the Second Division leaders Richmond play Brooklands who have already made a significant impact on their arrival this year in the National League and with the Seoul gold medallist Martyn Grimley likely to be opposed by Steve Batchelor, Richmond's new player-coach, spectators at Teddington School could be in for an exciting afternoon.

ENGLAND WOMEN'S SQUAD (v Australian Institute of Sport, Oakham School, Leicester, today and tomorrow): M Davies, L Bayliss (both First Personnel Sutton Coldfield), S Brimble, A Swindlehurst (both Clifton), A Claxon, K Johnson (both Leicester Balsam), J Robertson (Slough), C Cook, T Cullen (both Hightown), S Eyre (Ealing), S Gibson (Trojans), H Rose, S Bamfield, K Spencer, L Youngs (all Ipswich), T Willmore (Chelmsford).