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Hockey: Hampstead & Westminster trio get Commonwealth Games call

PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 March 2018

Hampstead & Westminster's Steve Kelly (pic Mark Clews)

Hampstead & Westminster's Steve Kelly (pic Mark Clews)

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Hampstead & Westminster’s Steve Kelly, Jonny Gooch and Rupert Shipperley have been named in the Wales squad for next month’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Hampstead & Westminster's Jonny Gooch (pic Mark Clews) Hampstead & Westminster's Jonny Gooch (pic Mark Clews)

The trio will jet off to the Gold Coast on March 23 and Kelly admits they cannot wait.

He said: “Selection for the Commonwealths has been absolutely amazing, the last three years have all built towards this competition. Knowing it is actually happening and the experiences that are about to come is hard to put into words.

“I’m unsure what we’re going to see at the tournament, we’re playing teams we haven’t come across much in the past few years which will offer an interesting challenge.

“The overall experience is something the players and staff are excited for. Living in the athletes village is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’m looking forward to being able to talk to all the different athletes from different nations and sports and learning about their experiences and training methods.

Hampstead & Westminster's Rupert Shipperley (pic Mark Clews) Hampstead & Westminster's Rupert Shipperley (pic Mark Clews)

“The Hampstead season has been up and down so far, with some difficult matches unfortunately slipping away from us. However we remain the most dangerous team in the league building to a hopeful play-off victory.”

Hampstead are set to host Surbiton at Paddington Rec on Sunday (1.3pm).

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