Great Britain Women name squad for Olympic qualifiers in Kazakhstan

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Great Britain Women are three stages way from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang

Great Britain Women have named their squad for their Olympic qualification tournament in Astana.

The four-team tournament runs from 3-6 November, with the group winners going through December's next stage.

GB take on hosts Kazakhstan, along with Poland and a qualifier from the first round which is played in October.

"World Championship tournaments are special, but this is a real honour and something very special indeed," said coach Michelle Smith.

"Who couldn't fail to be inspired by the success of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes a few months ago?

"We have picked a very strong squad but had to make some very difficult decisions. We believe we have a real mix of experience and youth to make an impact at this tournament."

If GB win this group stage, they would be two rounds away from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

Squad

Netminders: Samantha Bolwell (Sheffield Shadows), Nicole Jackson (Kingston Diamonds).

Defence: Louise Adams (Bracknell Queen Bees), Holly Cornford (Kingston Diamonds), Shannon Douglas (Ontario Hockey Academy), Bethany Hill (Chelmsford), Sarah Hutchinson (Widnes Wild), Lauren Summers (Bracknell Queen Bees).

Forwards: Saffron Allen (Sheffield Shadows), CJ Ashton (Kingston Diamonds), Rachel Cartwright (Bracknell Queen Bees), Georgina Farman (Linkoping HC), Katie Henry (Solihull Vixens), Sophie Herbert (Bracknell Queen Bees), Kimberley Lane (Bracknell Queen Bees), Katie Marsden (Ontario Hockey Academy), Chrissy Newman (Bracknell Queen Bees), Abbie Sylvester (Bracknell Queen Bees), Angela Taylor (ZSC Lions Frauen), Casey Traill (Ontario Hockey Academy).

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