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Beth joins keepers for special training session

Great Britain Women’s Hockey Team goalkeeper Beth Storry made quite an impression as she joined Tony Parks and our goalkeepers for a special training session at Spurs Lodge on Tuesday.

The goalkeepers were all brought together by our official cup shirt sponsor Investec, who also sponsor the GB Women’s Hockey Team.

Beth, capped 21 times by GB, completed the full two-hour session with coach Tony, Brad Friedel, Carlo Cudicini, Ben Alnwick, Jonathan Miles and Billy Granger.

Beth Storry

“Beth handled herself well, showed her speed and agility around the goal and more than matched anyone in the session with some terrific goalkeeping,” said Tony.

Brad, who has played every minute of our 31 matches in the Premier League this term, added: “It doesn’t really matter about the size of the goal, a lot of the short, sharp footwork is the same.

“You could see how good Beth is going to her right, and that’s where she holds her stick in hockey. We were all impressed.”

Beth, part of the GB squad that won silver at the recent Champions Trophy in Argentina, loved every minute at Spurs Lodge.

“You always watch football on television and see the goalkeepers, but to see how quick they are in real life is brilliant,” she said.

“There are a lot of similarities in hockey goalkeeping in terms of what they are trying to do, speed across the goal, making saves. We can’t catch the ball and are deflecting it, but otherwise it’s very similar.”

Beth Storry

Beth has quite a few months ahead of her. It all starts with a hockey test event at the Olympic Park – the Visa Invitational – from May 2-6.

After that, the ladies take part in the Investec London Cup at the University of Westminster Sports Ground, Chiswick, between June 5-10.

GB will take on some of the world’s best teams including Olympic champions Holland, Germany, Australia, South Africa and Ireland.

Then it’s the big one – the Olympics, on home soil, in August.

“It’s amazing, a once in a lifetime opportunity,” added Beth. “To go to the Olympics is what every athlete dreams of but to have it on home turf will be incredible.”

And dare she dream of winning a medal? “That would be indescribable,” she said.

“Ever since I was a kid I’ve watched the Olympics and athletes picking up medals and you just think ‘that’s what I want’. I would love to be part of a winning team.”