Fareham quartet earn GB call-ups

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Fareham under-18s coach Colin Bradbury believes the Great Britain Colleges call-ups for four of his players are richly deserved.

Luke Cornish, Cameron Duncan, Jamie Young and Tom Larcombe have all come up through the ranks at Fareham and have been under the watchful eye of Bradbury.

The GB Colleges side is made up of students in further education who have been nominated by their colleges.

Around 50 players were invited and put through their paces at the trials at Cannock Hockey Club with 23 selected for the final squad and five in reserve.

Bradbury, a former England indoor international and European cup silver medallist, said: ‘I am delighted for all four boys that their talents have been recognised.

‘They started at the club from the age of eight and have worked really hard and deserve to be in the group of top players for their age group in the country.’

The quartet were part of the Fareham under-18 side which reached the quarter-finals of the National Cup last season and they have gone from strength to strength this season.

Itchen Sixth Form College student Larcombe and his team-mate Duncan, who goes to Peter Symonds, were both selected for GB last year and will be returning for a second spell.

However, it is the first time Cornish and Young have been picked and it is a proud moment for everyone involved.

Cornish has done particularly well and has scored three goals in his three appearances for Fareham’s first team in National League conference west.

Bradbury said: ‘The two who played in GB Colleges last year have progressed and come back better players for it but they’ve all progressed really well this season.

‘They are nice kids. They are very receptive and they listen to what you say. They’ve got a good attitude and it’s nice to see them get their reward.

‘Luke Cornish just missed out on selection for the England under-18s but has been playing for the first team this season.

‘The other three have been playing for the seconds.’

The first training camp for the squad is in February with fixtures against England, Wales and Scotland under-18s.

‘It’s one step down from playing for your country,’ said Bradbury.

‘It’s a step up for them. They will get exposure to different training, meet other players and get international experience.’

Fareham resume their indoor campaign this weekend when they represent Hampshire in the south regional qualifiers.

Meanwhile, the secondstring beat Chichester II 6-3 in South League Hampshire/Surrey division one.

David Roache and Chris Davey both scored two goals, with Callum McInally and Simon Cardy also getting on the scoresheet.

Fareham III gave a glimpse of the promise they had shown at the start of the season with a deserved 2-0 win over Southampton University in division two.

The deadlock was broken on the 25-minute mark when Alan Shorthouse finished from close range.

This spurred the students into action and Michael Wright had to be at his best to save several penalty corners.

Fareham, however, extended their advantage before the break as youngster Kieran Page was on hand to slide the ball in at the far post.