Canadian women’s field hockey team headed to England for test series

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April 18, 2014, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Canada’s women’s national field hockey program has selected twenty women to travel overseas for a series of seven matches versus England and Wales from April 27 to May 7.

The series, which will be held in England, will serve as an important test for the Canadian women as they prepare for key competitions later this year.

In facing England, Canada will be taking on a team ranked number three in the world and which is in the final stages of preparation for the World Cup this summer.

“Against teams like England, you have no place to hide and this kind of exposure will test both our on-field and off-field systems,” says women’s national team head coach Ian Rutledge.

“This team strives to achieve lofty goals and it is young enough and talented to work hard to make a difference.”

Leading the way is team captain, Kate Gillis (Kingston, Ont.), who will likely be capped for the 100th time on this tour, and at 24 is looking to lead the women to success through the upcoming tour and international competitions.

“It’s a huge honour to represent Canada in every game we play,” says Gillis. “For the program it’s really big too, trying to get that international experience. Because we are still young, paving the way for everyone else is big for us.”

Abigail Raye (Kelowna, B.C.) is also set for her 100th cap in front of family and friends in England, where she was born. Raye, 22, is on pace to become the youngest Canadian ever to reach that milestone.

“I’m incredibly lucky that (former women’s coach) Louis Mendonca took a chance on me when I was seventeen and just kind of let me hit the ground running,” says Raye. “I’m honoured and I’m very grateful.”

In a deliberate strategy, with the purpose of providing greater exposure to international competition, Rutledge has selected four development squad athletes to the roster: Priya Randhawa (Surrey, B.C.), Amanda Woodcroft (Waterloo, Ont.), Rachel Donohoe (North Vancouver, B.C.), and Kathleen Leahy (Victoria, B.C.).

These four along with the more established playing group, will be looking to make a claim for the Commonwealth Games team (to be named at a later date).

“Priya, Amanda, Rachel and Kathleen are all promising junior athletes and have been working hard to claim regular a spot on the senior roster throughout 2013-14.This trip will be invaluable for their growth and allow them to position for a spot in the final sixteen for the Commonwealth Games.”

Unlucky to not make the team was Tegan Stairs (Kitchener, Ont.) who has performed well on the past two trips.

“Tegan should consider herself unlucky; she has trained very well and is making great progress in her development in becoming an international level striker.”

Canada departs for England on April 24 and begins the series on April 27 with the first of four consecutive matches against England, which will be followed by three straight versus Wales.

Roster

Name

Position

Hometown

Jessica Barnett

Defender

North Vancouver, BC

Thea Culley

Forward

Rossland, BC

Rachel Donohoe

Midfield

North Vancouver, BC

Kate Gillis

Forward

Kingston, ON

Hannah Haughn

Midfield

North Vancouver, BC

Danielle Hennig

Defender

Kelowna, BC

Karli Johansen

Defender

North Vancouver, BC

Kathleen Leahy

Defender

Victoria, BC

Lauren Logush

Goalkeeper

Richmond Hill, ON

Sara McManus

Defender

Tsawwassen, BC

Priya Randhawa

Forward

Surrey, BC

Abigail Raye

Defender

Kelowna, BC

Poonam Sandhu

Forward

Vancouver, BC

Maddie Secco

Midfield

Victoria, BC

Natalie Sourisseau

Midfield

Kelowna, BC

Brienne Stairs

Forward

Kitchener, ON

Holly Stewart

Forward

North Vancouver, BC

Kaelan Watson

Defender

Richmond, BC

Kaitlyn Williams

Goalkeeper

White Rock, BC

Amanda Woodcroft

Midfield

Waterloo, ON

Staff

Head Coach – Ian Rutledge

Assistant Coach/Manager – Krista Thompson

Physiotherapist – Elliot Usher

Stefanie Sloboda – Video Technician

Allison Burgess – Athletic Therapist

Schedule

April 27 – vs England, 3pm*

April 28 – vs England, 11am*

April 30 – vs England, 2pm*

Thursday, May 1 – vs England, 2pm*

*All times local; all matches at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre in Bisham, Marlow

May 4 – vs Wales, 6:46pm**

May 6 – vs Wales, 7pm**

May 7 – vs Wales, 3pm**

**All times local; all games at Sports Wales National Centre in Sophia Walk, Cardiff

 

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