Harleston youngster preparing to play for England

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Molly Redgrove is bidding for glory with the England Under-16 hockey squad — but she knows it will be tough to achieve, writes Ken Watkins.

England are competing in the Six Nations age-group competition in Antwerp, starting on Sunday, taking on opponents that have, in the past, proved difficult to beat.

Redgrove, who plays for the Harleston Magpies, will be coming up against host nation Belgium, plus Spain, Germany, Holland and Ireland in a round robin tournament that runs for eight days.

“I don’t know how well we will do,” she said.

“We have had some close games against some of these opponents in the past.

“The aim is to do our best, and we do not want to come home disappointed.”

Redgrove, who started playing hockey aged seven, moved to the Magpies last season, and made several appearances for the England Hockey League Conference East team.

A student at Framlingham College, which has close links with the Magpies, Redgrove earned her first England call-up in February, as a member of the squad of 26 at a training camp at Lilleshall.

The call-up came after a series of assessment sessions for players from all over England.

Other training camps have followed, where players are encouraged by the coaching team to set goals for themselves.

“I am loving every minute of my involvement,” she added.