COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - October 7, 2015 - USA Field Hockey is proud to announce the four Masters National Teams to represent the United States at the 2016 FIH Masters World Cup. The biennial tournament is being held at the National Hockey Centre in Canberra, Australia from March 28 to April 10, with over 60 national teams expected to compete in age categories from Over-35 to Over-55. Team USA is sending two Women’s Masters National Teams at Over-40 and Over-45, while the Men’s Masters National Teams will compete in the Over-40 and Over-50 age categories. The teams will be aiming to build on their strong performances at the previous Masters World Cup, including a 5th place finish for the Over-50 Men.
As with previous events, selection was extremely competitive with four trials held on both the East and West Coasts. Performance at the trials was evaluated, with an alternative video, interview and reference assessment available for those unable to attend any of the trials. For four male athletes - Phil Danaher, Peter Jones, Warren Prestwich and Ian Wagge - it will be their third appearance for the United States at an FIH Masters World Cup.
Congratulations to the following athletes on their selection to represent Team USA at next year’s FIH Masters World Cup.
Toni Arner (Red Hill, Pa.), Ana Berra (Doral, Fla.), Silvia Days (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Beth Denmead (Netcong, N.J.), Anne Dillman (Lancaster, Pa.), Melissa Emery (Big Sky, Mont.), Megan Fraser (Baltimore, Md.), Karina Greco (Cordoba, Argentina), Nancy Houghton (Wallingford, Vt.), Kari Johns (Darien, Conn.), Margaret Kelly (Needham, Mass.), Colleen Faessinger (Stanhope, N.J.), Florencia Manero (Key Biscayne, Fla.), Melissa Mertz (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Jen Rowe (Drexel Hill, Pa.), Kim Tolbert (Severn, Md.), Patti Webb (Monkton, Md.), Amber Wittell (Stroudsburg, Pa.)
Diane Angstadt (Middletown, Pa.), Deb Atkins (Quarryville, Pa.), Christine Couteau (San Jose, Calif.), Lisa Cropper (Franklin, Mass.), Meri Dembrow (Royal Oak, Mich.), Sophie Desmond (Paris, France), Barbara Doran (New York, N.Y.), Susan Elliott (Downingtown, Pa.), Michelle Finegan (Doylestown, Pa.), Nicky Hitchens (Wilmington, Del.), Anne Keating (New York, N.Y.), Maria Keesling (Downingtown, Pa.), Linda Kreiser (Middletown, Pa.), Georganne Nattress (Norwalk, Conn.), Janet Powers (Towson, Md.), Barb Wachowiak (Hamburg, N.Y.), Denise Zelenak (Wilmington, Del.)
Federico Baudini (Miami, Fla.), Charles Carney (Berlin, Germany), Sajid Chaudhary (Irvine, Calif.), Justin Elliott (Phoenix, Ariz.), Jeremy Gajkowski (Phoenixville, Pa.), Tommy Hoang (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Shamsher Johal (Phoenix, Ariz.), Ahyodha Kishna (Rocky River, Ohio), Paul Lewis (Colorado Springs, Colo.), John McGraw (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Rajpal Sandhu (Mountain House, Calif.), Amanmeet Sandhu (Modesto, Calif.), Alan Scally (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Charanjit Singh (Keller, Texas), Sumarjit Singh (Gilbert, Ariz.), Otto Steffers (Newark, Del.), Vernon Vassou (Arlington, Va.), Walter Velasquez (Olney, Md.)
Phil Danaher (Tatamy, Pa.), Joost Douwes (Stanwood, Wash.), Jonathon Drucker (Coral Gables, Fla.), Clement D’Souza (Powell, Ohio), Fernando Diez de Onate (Key Biscayne, Fla.), Simon Gray (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), Rob Groot (Potomac Falls, Va.), Peter Jones (Stamford, Conn.), Brijinder (Bob) Khosla (Phoenix, Ariz.), Jeff Lancaster (Buderim, Australia), Muzammal Malik (Westminster, Md.), Manuel Morales (Miami, Fla.), Steven Pany (Schnecksville, Pa.), Greg Pereira (Fulton, Md.), Warren Prestwich (Carney, Md.), Alexander Rooks (Belmont, Mass.), Ian Wagge (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Don Warner (Henrico, Va.)