Former College student perfect choice as captain
25 July 2012
Former Loughborough College student Casey Stoney (pictured) is the perfect choice as captain of Team GB women’s football team, according to her Lincoln Ladies club manager Glen Harris.
Harris told BBC Sport: “Casey is a natural leader and an inspiration and I really think they can do it. The draw is decent and they are pretty confident they can go all the way.”
Casey is one of seven Team GB players with Loughborough connections, including Claire Rafferty, who graduated at the university in Economics with Sociology in 2011.
The others, Steph Houghton, Sophie Bradley, Karen Carney, Jill Scott, and Ellen White, all studied at Loughborough College.
All seven were also members of the FA Women’s Player Development Centre which used to be based at Loughborough.
Casey captained Team GB today in the historic match against New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium.
The match took place two days before the opening ceremony and effectively began the Games for Team GB. It was also Team GB’s first in the Olympic women’s competition.
Team GB are in Group E along with heavily fancied Brazil and relative unknowns Cameroon as well as New Zealand.
The first two in each group will qualify for the quarter-finals, with two of the teams finishing third also claiming a place in the last eight.
Coach Hope Powell refused to speculate on her team's prospects of a medal.
“The success is that we are in it,” she said. “We will try to get out of the group.”
GB will continue their campaign against Cameroon in Cardiff on Saturday before concluding the group stage of the competition against Brazil at Wembley three days later.