2014 was a big learning curve for the entire England squad with both the highs of the Commonwealth silver and lows of the World Cup but I am now looking forward to what 2015 has in store!
Before Christmas I was in Mendoza, Argentina for the Champions Trophy where we finished fifth out of eight. We were disappointed not to at least make the semis but we had a young and exciting team and finished the tournament with two good results. I also really enjoyed the new format of 15 minute quarters as opposed to two halves. I’ve been lucky enough to play hockey in Argentina on four occasions and Mendoza is definitely my favourite place there. Our hotel was in the centre of the city and we were given much more freedom to roam and explore than on a lot of international hockey trips I’ve been on; we even managed to sneak in some Argentinian steak in the process! The tournament ended with a bit of sporting poetry as Argentina’s Luciana Aymar, arguably the greatest women’s hockey player of all time, lifted the trophy on home soil.
I spent a lovely three and a half weeks at home over the festive period, relaxing and recuperating; it was the first time in many years that the whole family came to us instead of the normal schlep around the country. Christmas in my household is very traditional with lots of family walks, quizzes and games. Out in Argentina, Giselle Ansley got me hooked on a game called Bananagrams, which I bought for dad and now the whole family is obsessed with it. As you can imagine things were obscenely competitive and occasionally heated (nothing to do with me of course…). I still had a fitness regime over the holidays but it was very flexible which makes things easier, however, my attempts to get my brother and cousins to join me were completely futile.
My dad kindly gave me a few golf lessons at his local club and by the end I was just about getting the hang of it with a few booming drives although my short game leaves a lot to be desired. It was a great present though and something I want to improve on so I can join my dad, brother and boyfriend when they play together.
I am now back into full-time training with the GB squad at Bisham. Along with numerous test matches there are some very important tournaments taking place this year: the Investec London Cup, the EuroHockey Championships (also in London), and most importantly the Olympic Qualifiers in the form of the Hockey World League. It is a crucial but exciting time!
At Surbiton our form is so good and we’ll just be looking to continue the hard work. We’re hopefully heading for promotion in the indoor Women’s Hockey 5s and when the Investec Premier League returns we’ll resume undefeated attempting to finish top of the league for the first time in the club’s history!
(Via Sportsvibe – http://sportsvibe.co.uk/blog/olympics/champions-trophy-christmas-and-looking-forward-to-2015-georgie-twigg-38651/ )