WOMENS HOCKEY Six Swansea Spartans in Welsh squad

Welsh women's hockey ace Jo Westwood of Swansea Spartans, image courtesy Hockey WalesSix Swansea Spartans are included in Wales Women’s Hockey squad for the first international Test series of summer, against Italy in San Vito Romano from June 23-26.

Spartans' Hockey Wales international ambassador Jo Westwood (pictured) and Holcombe's Sarah Jones are in line to receive their 50th Welsh caps during the three game series.

Spartans' Sarah-Jane (SJ) Thorburn and Loughborough's Hannah Cozens are set to receive first Welsh senior caps.

The series will also be Kevin Johnson's debut as Welsh Womens head coach.

Holcombe's Johnson, who has previously worked with GB and England Hockey, said: “The group has completed a positive block of training where we have underpinned a number of core principles to our game and we now look forward to testing these against a higher world ranked opposition.

Facing competition from top European teams will be important preparation for Wales ahead of FIH World League in September.


Wales Womens Hockey Squad

Abi Welsford (captain, Swansea Spartans)

Beth Bingham (Loughborough University LHC)

Danni Jordan (Clifton LHC)

Ella Jackson (GK, University of Exeter LHC)

Hannah Cozens (Loughborough University LHC)

Joanne Westwood (Swansea Spartans) 

Julie Whiting (FC Lyon)

Leah Wilkinson (vice capt, Holcombe HC)

Lisa Daley (Swansea Spartans)

Natasha Marke-Jones (Swansea Spartans)

Phoebe Richards (Buckingham LHC)

Roseanne Thomas (GK, Wimbledon HC)

Sarah Jones (Holcombe HC)

Sarah-Jane Thorburn (Swansea Spartans)

Sian French (Bowdon Hightown HC)

Sophie Clayton (Swansea Spartans)

Tina Evans (University of Birmingham LHC)

Xenna Hughes (University of Birmingham LHC)

Follow Welsh Womens Hockey squad on twitter @HociCymruWomen

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