Walsh won't take Games spot for granted
May 1, 2012 16:13 pm
Captain Kate Walsh may be on the verge of winning her 100th Great Britain cap but even she admits to suffering the odd pang of anxiety when squads are announced.
The 31-year-old defender made the cut for this week's Olympic test event and will lead the side out against Korea on Wednesday.
But with this four nations tournament the last before selection comes later this month for the summer's London Games, tensions will be high in the coming weeks.
Despite her vast experience - with 13 years in international hockey and a combined 283 appearances - Walsh is not complacent about her position.
"Even now when squads are announced I go straight to W and look for my name," she said. "I think you are always anxious and you never know.
"There is also the injury concern as well. Even though you are in the squad you are not there (at the Olympics) until you are there. We all know that and that is why we all keep training so hard."
Coach Danny Kerry insists places are still up for grabs for July and Walsh accepted every player had been given a fair chance to prove their worth.
"It is difficult when you have people who have not been selected who are training alongside you but, ultimately, Danny has seen a lot of us for three years or longer," she added.
"So it is important to keep in mind whatever you do in the next two weeks probably won't really affect things too much.
"Most of the squad have been in pressure tournament situations so this week it is going to be important to get a feel for what it is like standing on the pitch with a full crowd. And it is good to get some match practice and some games under our belts."
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