Courtesy of Steve Parkin photography

With the announcement of the British players taking part at the Olympics it also confirms the line-up for the exhibition match between Great Britain and Australia in Preston during the build-up to the Games.

The six British athletes; Paul Drinkhall, Liam Pitchford, Andrew Baggaley, Joanna Parker, Kelly Sibley and Na Liu will now be able to test themselves in this team event ahead of the trip to London for the biggest spectacle of the summer.

Both sides will use this fixture as a key warm-up to the Olympic Games with the Australian team staying in Preston from the 20th to the 24th of July.

They will train and practice at the new Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, which is part of the University of Central Lancashire.

Tickets are on sale and you can find details on the promotional flyer.

If you wish to purchase tickets and can’t get to the Preston Guidhall to collect them, you can contact Jim Clegg (the match’s organiser) and he can pick up your tickets providing you send him a stamped addressed envelope and a cheque for the correct amount. His details are listed below:

Jim Clegg

01772 864581

2 Newbury Green,




Full GB team:

Men: Paul Drinkhall, Liam Pitchford and Andrew Baggaley

Women: Joanna Parker, Kelly Sibley and Na Liu

Full Australian team:

Men: William Henzell, Justin Han and Robert Frank

Women: Jian Fang Lay, Miao Miao and Vivian Tan