Investec Internationals Preview

Investec Internationals Preview

This weekend sees England women compete in a double header seeing the top three teams in the world go head to head.

Saturday sees the girls face Argentina – last time they visited London saw them take the Champions Trophy Title beating the best 5 teams in the world. Silver medalists in London mean that they will be looking to continue their good results on Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

Having Carla Rebecchi retire after the 2016 olympics will not mean this team will be easy to beat, still having strong young players in their side such as Maria Jose Granatto – young player of the tournament in the Champions Trophy. And regular players coming from the dutch national league in the form of Delfina Merino a stalwart in the Argentina team for a few years not. Not to mention Captain Belen Succi between the posts as a force to be reckoned with.

Sunday sees the girls face long time rivals; The Netherlands. The last 2 times these teams met in finals it came to penalty shoot outs – fierce and drilled on the field they are clinical in their game play and create fantastic hockey. Having also lost a few key players since the Olympics they will be out to make a point as to why they are still number 1 in the world. With a few of the girls coming off big wins at the Dutch league finals and European finals they will be in high spirits and keen to make their mark!

The England team will also be mainly showing their new blood. A few recognisable names from the games will be in attendance, FIH Goalkeeper of the year Maddie Hinch will be looking to claim yet 2 more victories over these massive nations, aswell as Hollie Webb and  Giselle Ansley local Surbiton players coming back to play on home soil  for the first time since the Olympics, Kingston junior Sophie Bray will also be showing why she is highly regarded as a forward in the hockey worl. New players to keep an eye out for will be new Surbiton player for this season Emily Defroand originally from Birmingham University as well as Grace Balsdon from Canterbury recently returned from a stint at the University of Maryland.

 

Its sure to be 2 great games! Both on BT Sport for a 2pm Push back! Check back here next week on a preview for the Mens World Cup Qualifier also being hosted on home Soil in June!