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27 Jun 2014

Loughborough hockey players selected for Commonwealth Games

Giselle Ansley
Giselle Ansley

Team England has announced the men’s and women’s hockey squads that will compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, including 10 players with Loughborough connections.

The women’s team, that won the bronze medal at the Delhi 2010 Games, include former students and players Maddie Hinch, Laura Unsworth, Nicola White and Giselle Ansley.

Commonwealth Games debutant Giselle Ansley said:

“It’s a real honour to have been selected for the Commonwealth Games. For me, missing out on playing at the World Cup was devastating but we are a strong group and I know we can put in some strong performances up in Glasgow.

“We still have four weeks of training to go in preparation, as well as the Investec London Cup, which is going to be a great experience for us as we build towards Games time.”

The men’s team are looking to improve on their previous two fourth place finishes in Delhi and 2006 in Melbourne.

The squad includes England captain and Loughborough graduate Barry Middleton, who has made over 200 appearances for England.

Also in the squad are recent sports scholars David Condon and Henry Weir, and former Loughborough Students’ players Mark Gleghorne, Iain Lewers and Nick Catlin.

England Captain Barry Middleton, playing in his third Commonwealth Games said:

“I’m really excited for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and it’s nice to have another major tournament so close to home.

"Multi-sport events have a different feel to a normal hockey event and there’s always a great atmosphere. I’m proud to be part of Team England and we are aiming to be one of the success stories of the games.”

Wales will be represented by six players with Loughborough connections, including current student Phoebe Richards. 

Also selected in the women’s team are graduates Leah Wilkinson and Sarah Jones, alongside Emma Batten who has previously played for Loughborough Students.

The men’s team includes former Loughborough players Peter Swainson and Owain Dolan-Gray.