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Holcombe’s Ollie Payne included in Great Britain Olympic squad

By Lucas Ball

Congratulations to our Ollie Payne who has been selected for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games by Great Britain!

Payne, 25, will be competing in his second Games having played in the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 2021 in Japan.

Since then, he has amassed 69 international caps – 35 of those for England and 34 for Great Britain.

He was also nominated for the FIH Goalkeeper of the Year award last year and will be hoping to earn a chance at that title again by putting in some good performances before spending the 2024/25 season back at Holcombe Park.

Well done to former Holcombe players Sarah Jones, Miriam Pritchard, Sarah Robertson, Charlotte Watson, David Ames, Phil Roper and Sam Ward who have also all been selected.

New Director of Hockey and Men’s 1s Head Coach Kwan Browne will also be travelling to Paris as an assistant coach to Paul Revington for GB’s men.

Full squads:


James Albery, David Ames, Will Calnan, Jacob Draper, Gareth Furlong, David Goodfield, Lee Morton, Nick Park, Ollie Payne, Phil Roper, Liam Sanford, Rupert Shipperley, Zach Wallace, Jack Waller, Sam Ward, Conor Williamson

Reserves: James Mazarelo, Tim Nurse, Tom Sorsby

Women’s: Giselle Ansley, Amy Costello, Fiona Crackles, Hannah French, Sophie Hamilton, Tess Howard, Sarah Jones, Lily Owsley, Hollie Pearne-Webb, Flora Peel, Izzy Petter, Miriam Pritchard, Sarah Robertson, Laura Roper, Anna Toman, Charlotte Watson

Reserves: Grace Balsdon, Jess Buchanan, Lily Walker

Fixtures [all times BST]:


Saturday, 27th July, 9:00am – Spain

Sunday, 28th July, 7:15pm – South Africa

Tuesday, 30th July, 11:45am – Netherlands

Thursday, 1st August, 11:45am – France

Friday, 2nd August, 7:15pm – Germany

Quarter-Finals – Sunday, 4th August

Semi-Finals – Tuesday, 6th August

Medal matches – Thursday, 8th August


Sunday, 28th July, 12:15pm – Spain

Monday, 29th July, 4:00pm – Australia

Wednesday, 31st July, 9:30am – South Africa

Thursday, 1st August, 4:00pm – United States

Saturday, 3rd August, 9:00am – Argentina

Quarter-Finals – Monday, 5th August

Semi-Finals – Wednesday, 7th August

Medal matches – Friday, 9th August

We would like to wish Ollie and both Great Britain squads the very best of luck in Paris!

Brad Read, meanwhile, has been selected as a travelling reserve for New Zealand while former Holc Hayden Phillips has been selected for the full 16 by Black Sticks coach Greg Nicol, also ex-Holcombe.