Beckie Herbert 'confident' in Great Britain hockey team

Beckie Herbert
Beckie Herbert has 18 Great Britain caps to her name

Leicester forward Beckie Herbert has said the Great Britain women's hockey squad are in high spirits ahead of the London Olympics.

Herbert, from Jersey, is amongst the players heading to California for a Test series against the United States and a warm-weather training camp.

"If we get some wins, psychologically that leads up to London nicely," the 25-year-old told BBC Radio Jersey.

"We're on the up and there's immense confidence in and around the squad."

Herbert has hopes of being the first competitor from Jersey to make the Olympics since swimmer Simon Militis, who competed in Sydney in 2000.

"There's no point having your head in the clouds about the Olympics but obviously that's the main aim," added Herbert.

"We're setting standards so high in training.

"It's sport and anything can happen, but if we do all the right things now then there's no reason we can't go and beat anyone."

A 24-woman squad departs for San Diego on Monday, 5 December with the five matches against the US scheduled for the second week of the visit.

Great Britain women's hockey head coach Danny Kerry said: "The USA team is dynamic, hard working and they are all competitors, which will lead to keenly contested matches.

"For the first time in this Olympic cycle the trip allows the Great Britain team to compete in a Test series overseas.

"The relative warmth of San Diego compared to a British winter will also guarantee us a good two-week training environment."

Beckie Herbert is one of BBC Radio Jersey and BBC Channel Islands News' featured athletes as part of 'Olympic Dreams' in the build up to London 2012.

Great Britain squad for US matches

Ashleigh Ball (Slough), Laura Bartlett (Reading), Vicki Bunce (Dundee Wanderers), Crista Cullen (Leicester), Alex Danson (Reading), Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham), Rebecca Herbert (Leicester), Madeleine Hinch (Leicester), Katie Long (Leicester), Hannah Macleod (Leicester), Emily Maguire (Reading), Dilly Newton (Canterbury), Anne Panter (Leicester), Sam Quek (Reading), Helen Richardson (Reading), Chloe Rogers (Leicester), Natalie Seymour (Canterbury), Sarah Thomas (No Club), George Twigg (Clifton), Laura Unsworth (Loughborough Students), Abi Walker (Canterbury), Kate Walsh (Reading), Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown), Nicola White (Slough).

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