On Thursday, May 22nd, the Welsh senior women’s head coach Amanda Partington announced the 16 lady squad that will be heading over to their Scottish neighbours to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014.
Among the 16 is Xenna Hughes, former international Welsh footballer and Stoke City manager Mark Hughes’ daughter, who has had an impressive season over at Birmingham University.
6 of the 16 are also avid players who compete for Swansea City, one of Hockey Wales’ performance clubs in the England Hockey League West.
Amandan Partington has commented today on the Hockey Wales website stating:
Great credit must be given to every player involved in the Performance Training Squad (PTS) for raising standards this year and making this final selection for the Commonwealth Games incredibly hard. While FIH competitions permit a squad of 18, Commonwealth Games squads are just 16 and this makes the process even more challenging. This group of players are incredibly close and have been on a great journey together so far, I am certain that the disappointment for those who have missed out on this occasion is felt across the player and staff group.
I am very proud of the progression that has been made thus far and I believe that this is largely due to the team culture and committed attitudes of the group; I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for driving change and striving to reach our ambition in the Europeans in 2015.
Looking forwards to the Commonwealth Games, this event gives 16 players from our PTS an opportunity to compete at the highest level possible for Wales, and supports their on-going development and our aspirations. I wish to congratulate all 16 players on their selection and look forward to watching their development on such a high class stage in Glasgow.
The women who will be representing the Welsh hockey squad at the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow 2014 are:
- Abi Welsford (Captain)
- Leah Wilkinson
- Ria Male
- Katrin Budd
- Alys Brooks
- Sian French
- Sarah Jones
- Pheobe Richards
- Elie Barnes
- Beth Bingham
- Carys Tucker
- Xenna Hughes
- Eloise Laity
- Emma Batten
- Jo Westwood
- Danni Jordan
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