Injuries force ERGO reshuffle

From HWC member Mike Haymonds, via the Express
Thursday, July 21st, 2016

GREAT BRITAIN’S men have had to make changes as they complete their build-up to the Rio Olympics at the four-nation ERGO Masters in Dusseldorf.

They would have expected to make the trip with the 16 players and three reserves announced for Rio last month but captain Barry Middleton (shoulder), Ulsterman David Ames (shin) and Nick Catlin (hip) are nursing minor knocks.

They are replaced by Scot Chris Grassick and Phil Roper who are not Rio-bound. Britain face Germany tonight then meet The Netherlands on Saturday and Belgium on Sunday and head coach Bobby Crutchley said: “It is important the players are in the best physical shape possible when they get to Rio. Rehabbing their minor injuries therefore takes priority at this stage.”

At last month’s Champions Trophy, which Holland missed on the grounds that it did not suit their pre-Olympic plans, GB drew 1-1 with Germany and 3-3 with Belgium in pool games before losing 1-0 to Germany in the bronze medal match.

Coach Crutchley said: “These are important matches in our final preparations for the Games. While we will look to have good performances and aim to win matches the actual results are unlikely to have any significance in terms of the Olympics.”