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  • Writer's pictureIain Burwood


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Last month the Spanish Senior Women's Team (#RedSticks) held their third training camp of 2015 in Valencia with three games against the reigning EuroHockey Championship champions Germany.

In the final confrontation between the two teams the #RedSticks paid homage to two important members of Valencian and Spanish hockey history. Amalia Domenech and Esther Luy (93 and 80 years old respectively) received a bunch of flowers each from captain Rocio Ybarra and local Valencian and RedStick Lola Riera. Amalia played with the Spanish national team as goalkeeper in the 1940's and before the game did a ceremonial push back using a FRANChocky STOC100.

The #RedSticks came into the official FIH series having previously played against Ireland and Holland in January and then Great Britain and India at the beginning of February. #RedSticks spirits were high in the camp having competed very well with all these sides who sit above them in the FIH World Rankings and there was an underlying thirst for goals given that in their previous two series they had a combined total of 140 circle entries but only 1 goal on the scoreboard.

Over the three games the #RedSticks scored nine goals and conceded only four whitewashing the series 3-0, 3-2 and 3-2. These results send a message out to the rest of the world that the Spanish are back and ready to compete, hungry for the World League Round 3 and possible Olympic qualification in June.

The #RedSticks are now back with their respective clubs for the restart of the league and the Copa de la Reina in two weeks time. They will meet up again in Madrid for a short camp in April before finishing off the league and the Final Four and then journeying back to the east coast for 48 days of preparation for their Olympic Qualifier in June.

You can follow the girls progress via twitter @AbsolutaFem @rfe_hockey and for more day to day information on the individual accounts of the girls and the staff.

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