International call-up for Welwyn hockey star

PUBLISHED: 15:20 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 October 2009

SHOOTING STAR: Welwyn girl
Lucy Thayer at Southgate
Hockey Club’s awards night

SHOOTING STAR: Welwyn girl Lucy Thayer at Southgate Hockey Club's awards night

WELWYN teenager Lucy Thayer has been selected to play international hockey for Wales. The 15-year-old from Mardley Avenue, Oaklands, qualifies to play for the Welsh U16 squad as her father was born in Monmouthshire. Lucy, who currently attends St Francis

WELWYN teenager Lucy Thayer has been selected to play international hockey for Wales.

The 15-year-old from Mardley Avenue, Oaklands, qualifies to play for the Welsh U16 squad as her father was born in Monmouthshire.

Lucy, who currently attends St Francis College in Letchworth on a sports scholarship, only took up the sport at school three years ago when she was 12.

Head of physical education Sue Roberts suggested that she trial for the Hertfordshire county squad.

Since then she has represented the county at U13 and U14 age groups, captained the U15 side and has more recently played for the U17 team.

As well as that, Lucy has been selected for the East of England squad for the last two years, where she competed at the national tournament at Millfield School.

Midfielder Lucy plays her club hockey for Southgate, where she won the Junior Player of the Year award after captaining the U15 team to the England Hockey National U15 finals in Birmingham earlier this year.

At the club she is coached by Matt McDonnell and GB Olympic medallists John Shaw and James Duthie.

The news of her inclusion in the Welsh team came after two weekends of intensive trials in Wrexham and Cardiff.

A total of 36 girls were initially invited to the sessions and they were then whittled down to a final squad.

During the trials players took part in fitness and endurance testing, strength testing, skills appraisal and monitored performances in trial matches.

Lucy will now travel to Holland over the Easter weekend next month to represent Wales in a junior European tournament in Eindhoven.

Her immediate ambitions are to perform well at that event and secure a starting place in the line-up for the Celtic Cup in July, where Wales will play against Scotland, Ireland and France.

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