Costello excited for FIH Pro League debut

Amy Costello
Having missed Great Britain’s opening FIH Pro League tour through injury, Amy Costello is looking forward to her first involvement in the new competition when GB take on the USA (31 March) and Argentina (6 April) in their next set of matches.

The GB and Scotland international featured in all six matches at the 2018 Wanglibao Champions Trophy in November before sustaining the injury, but revealed she’s fit and firing for the upcoming tour.

She said: “I’m feeling really good. It’s been great to get back on the pitch, as soon as the girls came back I was in training ready and raring to go.

"I’m really looking forward to getting out on the stage to play and make my debut in the competition. I think the USA and Argentina matches will have big crowds and big pressure to get our first win, but I’m really looking forward to getting back out there with the girls.

“BT Sport have been great putting the games on TV and it's been great to watch then, even if there have been some anti-social times! The atmosphere that has been created by all the different countries getting people down to watch the games has been great and it’s been good to watch them.

“I was up and ready with the alarm set in the morning to watch the GB games, because it’s a league people will often come in and out of the team, so I think it’s something that you’ve got to get used to. At the moment there will be injuries or people not selected, it’s just part and parcel with the new structure of the home and away league.”

Amy Costello

Despite being yet to win a match from their opening games, the USA did earn an impressive draw against Argentina and pushed Australia close earlier in the competition, and Costello is prepared for a tough battle:

“I think you’ve got to respect every team, but the USA game will be one that we’re looking to target and get a result from. They are physical, but we can equally match that, they’re a good side so we’ll do our scouting and see where our opportunities lie to try to capitalise on it. If we put in good performances hopefully we can get results from both games. 

“We’re really hoping to get some good results, with Mark Hager coming in as head coach we’re looking to make gains and move forward. I think we can put in two good performances and get two good results, we’ve got the potential so it’s just about delivering now.”

Watch GB take on the USA live on BT Sport from 11pm GMT and be there for the return fixture when hockey comes to London on April 27 for GB’s first home FIH Pro League match - tickets are on sale here

Amy Costello