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Following trials last autumn, training sessions over the winter and then a final selection tournament on May 7, GB Slowpitch Team coaches have announced the 18 players that will attempt to win an eighth straight European Slowpitch Championship in Dupnitsa, Bulgaria this summer.

The tournament will be held from July 19-23, and the GB Team will be competing against the Czech Republic, Ireland, Guernsey, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Germany.

Bulgaria is entering for the first time, and Germany is competing for the first time since 2002.

Moving up

The GB Team selected includes nine women and nine men, with 14 of the 18 players chosen from what was considered the Main Squad going into the GB Challenge Selection Tournament and four from the Development squad.

The selections are:


Lucy Binding
Vicky Chapman
Emily Clifford
Nicola Duerden
Fiona Hunter
Gelske Huyer
Stephanie Jardine
Ruth Macintosh
Lillian Tanner


Martin Cartledge
Brett Gibbens
Paul Gough
Roger Grooms
Zak Haq
Steve Hazard
Ben March
Robbie Robison
Dan Spinks

Lucy Binding, Gelske Huyer, Lillian Tanner and Zak Haq are the players selected from the Development Squad.

Martin Cartledge, ever-present in GB squads since the European Championships began, and Steph Jardine, who returned to the squad this year, now have the unique honour of having played for GB Slowpitch in European Championships across three decades.