DEVON’S ANSLEY ENJOYS WINNING DEBUT AS GB CAPTAIN


DEVON’S Giselle Ansley enjoyed a winning debut as Great Britain women’s captain as they beat USA 3-1 in the FIH Pro Hockey League in Pennsylvania.

A superb 14-minute spell at Spooky Nook saw GB earn their first win in league.

Making her 50th Great Britain appearance, Lily Owsley was instrumental as she scored two and helped create the other to enable GB to come from behind and take all three points.

There were a number of milestones, with Emily Defroand scoring her first international goal, while birthday girl Ansley was named skipper for the first time.

Ansley said afterwards: “We are really pleased to come away with our first win of the FIH Pro League.

“It was a solid team performance and we are now looking to take that confidence into our game next Saturday against Argentina.

“It was a special day for Lily on her 50th GB cap, for Em D scoring her first international goal and I’m very thankful to the girls for making my birthday even better with that win!”

Having trailed to Mackenzie Allessie’s 22nd minute penalty corner, Mark Hager’s side dug deep to take the win, and with 26 circle entries to USA’s 16, it proved to be a dominant display, particularly in the second half.

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