Lee turns his attentions to World League Final

14 November 2013 / 12:03

Women’s head coach Jason Lee insists Great Britain’s three-match series with Germany will have little bearing as he turns his attentions to England’s Hockey World League Final campaign in Argentina.

Lee took a relatively inexperienced British team to Mannheim for a three-match series with Germany, winning the first game 3-1 before losing the second two by the same scoreline.

Sabbie Heesh, Suzy Petty and Shona McCallin made their international debuts while Lily Owsley, Sarah Haycroft, Hollie Webb and Susie Townsend represented Great Britain for the first time.

Nine members of the squad will now travel to Argentina with England with women’s head coach Lee for the World League Final with Korea their first opponents on November 30.

But Lee admits the purpose and intention of Great Britain playing against Germany in Mannheim was never meant to act as preparation for the World League Final.

“We started strongly with a win in the first game and then it was slightly disappointing to be on the losing end. But I felt overall it was very even between the two sides which is pleasing,” he said.

“Our job coming over here was to continue to develop the wider GB squad and we have certainly done that.

“I’m really pleased for all the players who have made their international debuts out here and there have been some good performances from the less experienced members of the squad.

“Having said that, everyone is aware that there is still plenty of progress to be made as we continue to build this squad.

“Obviously my job now is to look ahead to Argentina at the end of the month. This was such a removed squad out here to that which will be playing in Argentina.

“I don’t feel like the three matches will contribute significantly to any preparations for the tournament ahead, however like I said, that was never the point of bringing this group of players out to Mannheim.” 

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