Chris Grassick, Alan Forsyth and Sarah Robertson selected for GB Pro League squads
Scotland men’s captain Chris Grassick has been selected for the GB Men’s Pro League squad after returning from long-term injury.
He joins Alan Forsyth in the GB men’s squad, and Sarah Robertson has been named in the GB Women’s squad as both squads take on the Netherlands this weekend.
Surbiton’s Scotsman Grassick has suffered terrible luck with injury in recent times, and last played for Great Britain’s men more than 18 months ago.
GB Men take to the pitch at Lee Valley on Friday night at 7:30pm to face a Netherlands side currently sitting third in the men’s Pro League table. GB Women face the top of the table Netherlands women at Lee Valley on Saturday at 4pm.
Men’s Head Coach Danny Kerry commented, “I’m delighted for Chris, it’s been a long road back and it’s been good to see him looking sharp in training despite months of rehab. On a personal note it’s always good to support our athletes through these long phases and it’s a credit to Chris in terms of his perseverance in testing circumstances.
Women’s Head Coach Mark Hager said, “This is another important game for us, and another opportunity to assess players against the number one ranked side in the world. We have been rotating our outfield players and goalkeepers throughout the FIH Pro League and have done that again this time around, we’d always planned to provide opportunities and develop depth within the playing group. It’ll be another big crowd, and then it’s onto the Stoop so these are really important games for us.”
David Ames (Holcombe) (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 Grassick (Surbiton) (SCO)
Chris Griffiths (East Grinstead) (ENG)
Ashley Jackson (Old Georgians) (ENG)
Harry Martin (Hampstead & Westminster) (ENG)
George Pinner (Old Georgians) (ENG) (GK)
Phil Roper (Wimbledon) (ENG)
Ian Sloan (Wimbledon) (ENG)
Tom Sorsby (Surbiton) (ENG)
Zach Wallace (Surbiton) (ENG)
Jack Waller (Wimbledon) (ENG)
Ollie Willars (Beeston) (ENG)
Giselle Ansley (Surbiton) (ENG)
Grace Balsdon (Canterbury) (ENG)
Esme Burge (University of Nottingham) (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)
Lizzie Neal (Loughborough Students) (ENG)
Lily Owsley (University of Birmingham) (ENG)
Hollie Pearne-Webb (Surbiton) (ENG) (C)
Izzy Petter (Surbiton) (ENG)
Sarah Robertson (Hampstead & Westminster) (SCO)
Amy Tennant (Reading) (ENG) (GK)
Anna Toman (Wimbledon) (ENG)
Susannah Townsend (Canterbury) (ENG)
Laura Unsworth (East Grinstead) (ENG)
The men’s team remain in with a chance of making the Grand Final of the FIH Pro League by finishing in the top four. The simplest route to qualify is for Britain to win both of their remaining games, while hoping that Argentina lose one of their three remaining matches. There are a number of other permutations, but first and foremost Danny Kerry’s side will aim to win both of their games.
Fixtures and tickets
The men take on the Netherlands at 7:30pm on Friday evening at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Tickets are available online until midnight on Thursday evening, and then on sale at the venue right up until the start of the game. Tickets start at £7.50 Under 18s and £22.50 adults.
The women host the Netherlands at 4pm on Saturday at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, and the game is completely sold out. Both matches are live on BT Sport.
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