7 Jun 2016
Former and current Loughborough Students selected for GB team for men’s Champions Trophy
Four former Loughborough University students and one current student have been selected for Great Britain hockey for the upcoming Champions Trophy, which commences on Friday 10th June at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has selected David Condon, Mark Gleghorne, Barry Middleton, Ian Sloan and Henry Weir with Middleton captaining the 18-strong side.
This competition will mark Middleton’s sixth appearance in the Champions Trophy, having first appeared in 2007. The 32 year-old Loughborough alumnus has an impressive 362 international caps to his name. Some of our other former Loughborough University students’ could also meet milestones in the competition. Henry Weir, who is currently on 97 international caps, and David Condon who is already on 96 caps, are both closing in on their centuries.
This tournament selection is a good indication of what players will be heading to the Olympic Games in Rio this summer and will be good preparation for the Games as the team will be taking on some of the best sides in the world. Great Britain open their campaign on Friday 10th June against Australia who they faced in their recent test series in May.
Head Coach Bobby Crutchley had this to say ahead of the tournament:
"The Hockey Champions Trophy is part of our Rio preparation but it’s also a big tournament in its own right. We’re aiming to develop our squad for the summer and play some good hockey. It’ll be a good chance to test ourselves against some of the best teams, different styles and different plans which will help us to adapt ahead of the Olympics. The Champions Trophy is a massive tournament and we’ve picked a strong squad because we want to do well."
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