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Hockey duo Elin and Mari picked for Wales Under-16s

February 27th, 2018
Hockey players Elin (left) and Mari have been picked for Wales Under-16s.

Two talented players have been picked for Hockey Wales’ Easter Test Series in Scotland.

Goalkeeper Elin and midfielder Mari will make their international debuts in Wales Under-16s three-match series against Scotland in Glasgow.

The 15-year-old pupils from Monmouth School for Girls have gained selection for Wales after working hard and impressing in training camps since October.

Wales will face Scotland Under-16s at Glasgow National Hockey Centre on Friday 30th March (5.30pm), Saturday 31st March (1.30pm) and on Sunday 1st April (9am).

Elin plays her club hockey with Abergavenny Ladies, while Mari was a regular member of Gwent before switching to Cardiff and Met.

Both are stand-out first-team players at Monmouth School for Girls.

Last autumn, the pair were selected to play for Celtic Jaguars Under-15s girls at St Albans in the Futures Cup.

“Being selected for Wales for the first time is a great opportunity for us and it will be fun to go up to Scotland to play,” said Mari.

“It’s our first steps into our Welsh hockey journey and it has made all the hard work worth it.

“If we play together as a team we can definitely beat Scotland but we also need to enjoy the whole experience.”

Elin started her hockey as an outfield player but became a goalkeeper when she was in Year 6.

“Playing in goal can be quite fun and terrifying at the same time but it’s something I enjoy,” she said.

“Scotland will be hard opponents because we played their unofficial team in the Futures Cup last year and they were excellent.”

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