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Solihull trio get Great Britain Women call-up for Korea

Solihull Editorial 5th Mar, 2017 Updated: 6th Mar, 2017   0

ICE HOCKEY: THREE Solihull Vixen players will represent Great Britain at next month’s Women’s IIHF World Championship (Division 2A) in South Korea.

Michelle Franklin, Saffron Allen and Katie Henry have been named in Cheryl Smith’s GB squad for the tournament in Gangneung.

GB will come up against hosts Korea, as well as Australia, DPR Korea, Netherlands and Slovenia, in the six-team tournament from April 2-8.

The tournament is being held in conjunction with the Men’s Under-18 World Championship (Division 2A) and the two competitions are being used as test events for the 2018 Winter Olympics at the same venue.

Sixteen of the squad who represented GB at last year’s Olympic qualifiers in Kazakhstan are included, while there are GB full squad debuts for Michelle Franklin, Beth Barwell, Ali Emery, Verity Lewis and Megan Rathbone.

Head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “We feel we have chosen a strong squad and one which can be competitive in Korea.

“We were disappointed with our showing in the Olympic qualifiers in Kazakhstan, so I know the girls will feel they have something to prove.

“We have won medals in each of the last three years and that shows we are competitive.

“We know we have to be more consistent if we are to achieve the dream of promotion and the gold medal.

“The squad is a good mix of experienced players and young talent and this will be a fantastic experience for them.”

GB Women squad:


Michelle Franklin – Solihull Vixens

Nicole Jackson – Linköping HC (Sweden)


Beth Barwell – Kingston Diamonds

Shannon Douglas – Ontario Hockey Academy (Canada)

Ali Emery – Guildford Lightning

Georgina Farman – Linköping HC (Sweden)

Beth Hill – Guildford Lightning

Sarah Hutchinson – Kingston Diamonds

Verity Lewis – Ontario Hockey Academy (Canada)

Lauren Summers – Bracknell Queen Bees


Louise Adams – Guildford Lightning

Saffron Allen – Solihull Vixens

CJ Ashton – Kingston Diamonds

Rachel Cartwright – Bracknell Queen Bees

Leanne Ganney – Bracknell Queen Bees

Katie Henry – Solihull Vixens

Kim Lane – SC Reinach Damen (Switzerland)

Katie Marsden – Ontario Hockey Academy (Canada)

Chrissie Newman – Bracknell Queen Bees

Megan Rathbone – Nottingham Vipers

Angela Taylor – ZSC Lions Frauen (Switzerland)

Casey Traill – Ontario Hockey Academy (Canada)

Travelling reserve

Lucy Gruber – Guildford Lightning


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