Dream Team

The Hockey Paper - - SUPER 6S - LAURA UNSWORTH The 28-year-old East Grinstead and Great Bri­tain de­fender se­lects a tal­ent-packed XI she’d relish watch­ing play to­gether

Goal­keeper Beth Storry (Eng­land & Great Bri­tain) It’s so hard to choose be­tween Mad­die [Hinch] and Beth be­cause they’re both amaz­ing. I’ll go for Beth mainly be­cause of how much she helped me de­velop my game. At London when we won bronze I was one of the young­sters that came into the back­line, and she helped me through a lot of the matches. Right-back Me­gan Frazer (Hol­combe) She can play any­where but she’s great at the back. She’s a great goalscorer de­spite be­ing a de­fen­sive player and she’s got this one par­tic­u­lar skill that fools ab­so­lutely ev­ery­body – I don’t even know how to de­scribe it! Cen­tre-backs Kate Richard­sonWalsh (Eng­land & Great Bri­tain) When I first came into the squad she’s who I looked up to the most. She re­ally helped me to de­velop my game and al­ways gave me ad­vice and sup­port when I needed it. She’s a leader both on and off the pitch and her dis­tri­bu­tion of the ball is still in­cred­i­ble. Left-back Malou Phen­inckx (East Grinstead) She played with us at the in­doors last year where we won, scor­ing twice against Can­ter­bury in the fi­nal. She’s an in­ter­na­tional and, like many Dutch play­ers, her core skills are some of the best I’ve ever seen. De­fen­sive-mid He­len Richard­sonWalsh (Eng­land & Great Bri­tain) Se­lect­ing He­len needs no ex­pla­na­tion re­ally. She’s a mas­ter of the game, whether she’s in con­trol of the ball or not. Ev­ery­thing is un­der her con­trol and like the very best play­ers, she makes play­ing at the high­est level look ef­fort­less. De­fen­sive-mid Ge­orgie Twigg (Eng­land & Great Bri­tain) Ge­orgie is one of my best friends. We’ve played to­gether all the way through the youth ranks and at two Olympics now. She’s re­ally com­fort­able on the ball and has one almighty tackle on her. Right-mid Sarah Page (Eng­land & Great Bri­tain) She was so good at ju­nior level and I played with her for Eng­land from un­der­16s up to un­der-21s. She could elim­i­nate any player with ease, she was so quick and could score a lovely left slip hit at a penalty cor­ner. Left-mid Laura Bartlett (Eng­land & Great Bri­tain) I played with her at the London Olympics. She was so pacey on a turn, which made her dan­ger­ous on the wings. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any­one so quick that can beat play­ers as eas­ily as she can. At­tack­ing-mid So­phie Bray (East Grinstead, Eng­land & Great Bri­tain) So­phie is such a good player to watch and play with. I don’t know many peo­ple who have as much skill as her and she is a real ath­lete. She has shown she can play at the top level any­where in the world. Cen­tre-for­ward Jane Six­smith (Sut­ton Cold­field) She’s some­one that I’ve al­ways looked up to be­cause she’s so ex­pe­ri­enced and rep­re­sented GB at so many Olympic Games. She’s skil­ful and naturally fit, which is why she’s had such a suc­cess­ful ca­reer. Cen­tre-for­ward Nicci Daly (Hol­combe) Her ball con­trol and 3D skills were un­be­liev­able. Her co­or­di­na­tion was some of the best I’ve seen and she was ab­so­lutely rapid as well. All that makes her a re­ally dan­ger­ous at­tacker and hard to play against.

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