An excited Royce said yesterday: "Women's hockey is arguably the premier team sport for women so being coach to the Great Britain women is the equivalent to being the England football manager. A very important post. I am looking forward to harnessing the potential of some exciting talent in the British game.
"I see the girls as being particularly good in paying attention to detail but there is a need for considerable improvement in their physical condition."
With a qualifying tournament next March at Milton Keynes, time is not on Royce's side. "It's an ambition fulfilled but it's all going to be a bit hectic."
Two players likely to feature in Royce's plans for Sydney will be in opposition at Cannock tomorrow - Sutton Coldfield's Jane Sixsmith and Slough's Karen Brown.
Slough, along with leaders Ipswich, have already secured their place in the end-of-season play-offs but for Sutton - in the relegation zone - defeat could be disastrous. Clifton Scottish Life, Slough's opponents on Sunday in a rearranged game, have also qualified for the play-offs. One point for Hightown at home to Ipswich would complete the top four places.Reuse content