Last chance to impress

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Great Britain's men play their hosts, Malaysia, in their opening game in the Six Nations Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh this morning in the knowledge that their coach, David Whitaker, intends to announce his Olympic squad on his return.

While most of the squad will have already done enough to confirm their places, the tournament provides a final chance for the three players who have come into the reckoning after last month's Atlanta tournament - the relative newcomers Danny Hall and Howard Hoskin, and Phil McGuire, who is returning to the international scene after nearly a year out with a back injury.

The absence of Simon Hazlitt with a hamstring injury gives Soma Singh another chance to stake his claim as the cover defender with McGuire also in contention. Assuming that leaving corner specialist Calum Giles behind is nothing more than a tactical decision, described by Whitaker as "to keep our main powder keg dry", then the last place would seem to be between Hall, Hoskin and 19-year-old Mark Pearn who was in Atlanta.

Teddington celebrate their 125 years with an international veterans tournament at their Broom Road grounds where the Olympic gold medallist Sean Kerly is set to make his first veteran's appearance for Richmond. Overseas visitors are Klein Zwitzerland from The Hague, Harvestehuder, from Hamburg, and from Dublin, Three Rock Rovers.

The final stages of the County Championship take centre stage today and tomorrow at the Milton Keynes Stadium with the finals of the Under 14, 16 and 18's Youth Cups on Monday.

The women's AEWHA Cup semi-finals take place tomorrow. Chelmsford, at home to Clifton, could be without Lynn Bollington while Clifton may be missing their captain, Tammy Miller, just back with Great Britain from Atlanta but carrying a calf injury. In the second all-Premier game, Doncaster entertain Ipswich.

GREAT BRITAIN SQUAD: S Mason, J Wyatt, H Hoskin (Reading), D Luckes (East Grinstead), J Laslett (capt), P McGuire (Teddington), Soma Singh, J Shaw (Southgate), J Halls, N Thompson (Old Loughtonians), D Hall (Guildford), R Garcia (Polo Barcelona), C Mayer, Kalbir Takher (Cannock), R Thompson, G Fordham (Hounslow).

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