GB Women squad set for Dumfries
Great Britain Women's Head Coach Cheryl Smith says she's excited to see what some of the women's under-18 players can do after announcing some of them on her team.
GB will host the Division A, Group A, six-team tournament at home at the Dumfries Ice Bowl from April 2-8.
And she spoke of the harshness with which one had to leave the absent players while she was deliberating on her choice of players for the competition while they were aiming for a promotion in Division I.
"Several players on the team won the bronze medal at the U18 Women's World Championship earlier this year," said Smith.
"They fully deserve their place and I look forward to seeing what they can do as a member of the senior team.
"The coaching staff really loves the look of the team, with a great experience mixed with fantastic young players.
"It's such an exciting list and we can not wait to see what they can do in April.
"As always, it was a difficult team to name and we had to leave out very talented players and they may feel unlucky not to be part of the final training."
Britain will face Spain, Australia, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Mexico and Slovenia. The winners of the group will be promoted to Division I.
Lucy Beal, Aimee Headland, Chloe Headland, Susanna Pearson and Stephanie Towns are both new recruits.
THE WOMEN'S PLACE GB FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIPS OF THE WORLD
Samantha Bolwell – Kingston / Blackburn
Nicole Jackson – Gothenburg HC
Lucy Beal – Slough / Bracknell
Jodie Bloom – Solihull / Coventry
Georgina Farman – Brynas
Verity Lewis – The Hockey Academy Ontario
Susanna Pearson – Salve Regina Seahawks
Beth Scoon – Kingston Diamonds
Abbie Sylvester – Bracknell / London
Casey Traill – University of Castleton
Louise Adams – HC Gothenburg
Saffron Allen – Solihull
Ashton CJ – Kingston / Blackburn
Coughhaw Abigail – Whitley / Blackburn
Shannon Douglas – Maine NCAA
Aimee Headland – Northwood Huskies
Chloe Headland – RSL Islanders U19
Beth Hill – Guildford Lightning
Kimberley Lane – Bracknell / Peterborough
Katie Marsden – NCAA from Trinity College
Monica Petrosino – Guildford Lightning
Cities of Stephanie – Whitley Bay