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Cardiff and Met HC News and Events

Cardiff & Met News and Events

Six Cardiff & Met players are heading to the Gold Coast!

News Posted on Thu, March 01, 2018 18:01:44

Cardiff & Met 1st team captain Luke Hawker, goalkeeper James Fortnam, Rhys Gowman, Alf Dinnie and Jacob Draper have all been selected to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast in April. 18-year-old centre back Ioan Wall has also been named as a travelling reserve and will remain on standby until the tournament begins.

The 18 man Wales squad also contains 7 former Cardiff & Met players including Dan Kyriakides, who recently became the first Welsh player to represent Great Britain for a number of years and youth system graduate Dale Hutchinson. Assistant Men’s coach Danny Newcombe & Video Analyst Matt Mills both studied at Cardiff Met and represented the club meaning that over 50% of the squad and support staff have been through the Cardiff Met university or club system!

Rhys Gowman will play in his second Commonwealth Games after being part of the squad at Glasgow 2014, a fine achievement after only recently returning from a 15 month layoff due to a serious knee injury. Alf Dinnie will also be going to his second Games, his first in a playing capacity, after working at Glasgow 2014 as a volunteer, even filling the ice baths for the Wales squad! Alf is currently finishing a Masters degree at Cardiff Met and has also taken on the role of Ladies Performance Coach this season.

University Director of Hockey and lecturer Luke Hawker will co-captain the Wales squad in Australia after also taking on the leadership reins for Cardiff & Met 1st team this year. They currently sit in second place in the league and hot on the heels of leaders the University of Exeter.

Goalkeeper James Fortnam and midfielder Jacob Draper will be travelling to their first Commonwealth Games after impressing for both Cardiff & Met and Wales over the last couple of years. For youth system product Draper, who recently travelled to the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia with the Great Britain U23 squad, it caps off an excellent two years in which he has become an integral part of the club and international set ups.

Wales open their Commonwealth Games on 5th April, where they take on Pakistan. They will also play fellow group teams England, Malaysia and India.

Junior Stars selected for Wales National Age Groups

News Posted on Thu, March 01, 2018 10:17:40

Cardiff & Met continues to play a pivotal role in supporting Welsh
Junior talent towards international representation.

Throughout February half-term, Wales U16 & U18 Boys and
Girls attended training camps at the National Hockey Centre, Cardiff, vying for
selection ahead of Easter Test matches against Scotland.

Following three days of intense training a number of Cardiff
& Met HC players were successful in gaining selection for the test series
to be held at Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games Hockey venue.

Mari Paulson, Tegan Waters and Sophie Sedgebeer will
represent Wales U16, while Lilly Roberts, Nell Butler, Beth Wood, Katie Mulroy
and Louise Loughlin have been selected to represent at U18 level. All players
have played instrumental roles in the success of the Cardiff & Met HC
Ladies teams this season, playing throughout the 1st, 2nd
and 3rd teams, all of whom are in contention for league titles and
promotion places in the South Wales Womens Hockey League. All players also form
part of Cardiff & Met U18’s who are currently in the semi-final of the U18
knock-out competition.

Rhys Bradshaw, Rhys Payne, Will Riley, Rory Calderwood, Fergus
Stevens and Jet Treasure-Jeffreys will form a core component of the Wales U18
Boys team who will compete alongside the girl’s teams in Scotland. Rhys
Bradshaw and Will Riley have secured regular spot’s in Cardiff’s National
League squad and will benefit from their recent tournament experiences at
Cardiff’s European Indoor outing in Czech Republic. Rhys Payne, Rory
Calderwood, Fergus Stevens and Jet Treasure-Jeffreys continue to benefit from
inclusion in Cardiff’s performance training squad and will no doubt be in
contention for national league spots in the near future.

Test matches take place on Friday 30th, Saturday
31st March and Sunday 1st April @ Glasgow National Hockey

We wish all players the very best of luck and look forward
to following their domestic and international progress.

Photos by Irfon Bennett (@beefybennett)