Olympic keeper set for Ipswich debut

THE Slazenger EHL Premier League swings back into action this weekend and Ipswich Women's first team start with a five-hour trip to Bristol to face Clifton tomorrow.

THE Slazenger EHL Premier League swings back into action this weekend and Ipswich Women's first team start with a five-hour trip to Bristol to face Clifton tomorrow.

Ipswich will be missing Hannah Tallent (injury) and Charlie Anderson (work commitments) but can welcome back Lizzy Aldous and Emma Lee-Smith who were unable to play last weekend.

Another new face welcomed into the squad will be that of South Africa's No. 1 goalkeeper Mariette Rix, who flew into the UK this week. 'Rixie', as she is known to her friends, is fresh from competing for her country at the Beijing Olympics and will be a valuable addition to the Ipswich squad.

She is a highly-experienced international keeper and is the third South African international to have played for Ipswich over the years, following in the footsteps of Anli Kotze and Kate Hector.


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She said: “I'm very excited about joining the club for the season.”

“I've only heard good things from my friend Kate (Hector), and she had such an awesome two seasons there.

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“I am looking forward to experience a different way of doing things, approach to the game and culture all together. I hope to be able to make a real contribution to the team and club and do my best to play well. And, of course, I am looking forward to meeting a new group of people.”

Clifton will be keen to test the new recruit given a chance and Ipswich will have to play well to ensure they start their season with the right result.

Last season's meetings saw honours even with both teams winning their home games by one goal.

Another close game can be expected tomorrow but the Suffolk side will be hoping to ensure it is them that takes the spoils.

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