The past few weeks have been an exciting time for DUHC's Jack Turner. The 19 year old M1s fresher from Marlow was recently selected for an England Senior trip to South Africa for a test series versus South Africa and Germany. The series consisted of 4 games in total, 2 against each of the nations respectively.
Jack has been involved in the England Hockey set-up since the age of 14 when he was selected to play for their U16s, where he spent 2 years before progressing to England U18s. His England career went from strength to strength and he made his debut for the U21 squad in the summer of 2015 at just 18. Then a few weeks prior to the South African test series that has just been, he recieved the call up to join the Senior squad, one out of only 2 in the U21 squad to do so.
Whilst aware there was no guarantee he would get much pitch time, if any, it is an enormous achievement for Jack to even make the 21 man squad. He said he was most looking forward to experiencing the whole environment of top level sport, and the prospect of achieving his first senior cap was also extremely exciting for the Collingwood student.
The England squad had an extremely successful series, winning 3 of their 4 games, including a massive 5-2 win versus Olympic bronze medallists Germany int he final game of the series.
The results from the test are as follows:
England win 5-2 v South Africa
England loss 3-0 v Germany
England win 1-0 v South Africa
England win 5-2 v Germany
Turner (back row, top right, recieving first cap)
Photo credit: England Hockey