GREAT Britain women’s coach Audrey Cooper says she’s got a hitlist of countries her team needs to beat to get to the Olympic Games quarter finals in London this summer.
Speaking at the squad’s media day at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, where the team has been based since 2007, Cooper said preparations are going well: “To give yourself a shout of getting out of your group of six and into the quarter-finals then you need to win at least two matches. Clearly we’ll be gunning for two teams that we think we can get close to. The final qualification tournament is on right now, so by the beginning of June we’ll know all the teams - there are eight confirmed right now including ourselves. We’ve already been scouting these teams and getting videos from all over the world. We’ve been putting game plans together.
“We feel almost prepared - not quite there yet, but we’ve still got a few months to go.”
Cooper will announce her final squad at the end of June with Sheffield’s Rachel Laybourne a strong contender to make the final 12.
Cooper said: “I have high hopes for Rachel. She’s a key part of the team.
“If she can stay injury free and work as hard as she is then she’s in with a big chance of making the squad.”