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Former Romford duo in GB call

12:00 10 January 2014

Former Romford youngster Denis Bell has been picked for the GB under-18s (pic: Sam Park)

Former Romford youngster Denis Bell has been picked for the GB under-18s (pic: Sam Park)

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Bell and Billing to play in World Under-18 Championships

Former Romford juniors Denis Bell and Glenn Billing were both named in the Great Britain under-18 squad for their upcoming World Championships in Dumfries, Scotland this week.

Netminder Bell, 16, came up through the Rom Valley Way ranks before joining Chelmsford and has spent this season with National League sides Haringey and Milton Keynes.

He said: “I’m over the moon obviously and it’s going to be different from before because we’re going to be playing at home and will probably get much bigger support.

“I’d like to thank everyone that has helped me get to this point, I’ve played for England and things like that before but this is much bigger and there’s a lot more pressure.

“I’m feeling a little bit nervous but I know the other netminder (Jordan Hedley) and a lot of the other guys in the squad from playing with them in the past.”

Former Shenfield High School pupil Billing, also 16, joined the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Swindon following the closure of Romford ice rink last year.

The talented forward tops the scoring charts for both Swindon’s under-18s and National League Wildcats and said: “There was a great bunch of guys at the camp, with plenty of talent for the coaches to pick from.

“Everyone worked really hard and it must have been difficult for the coaches to choose.

“I am proud, honoured and excited to be given the chance to represent my country in the under-18 World Championships, especially as it is being held in the UK.

“I’m unlikely to get the chance again to play in a tournament at this level in my home country and I’m really looking forward to March,”

GB will take on Croatia, Korea, Lithuania, Netherlands and Romania at the Dumfries Ice Bowl, which staged the under-20 championships before Christmas, and the squad will assemble for a training camp next month ahead of the competition.

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