Oswestry-born hockey star Caro Hulme will be on the plane to Brisbane for the Commonwealth Games in Australia next month after she was confirmed to be a travelling reserve for Wales.

The 18-year-old former Ellesmere College captain, who plays for leading National League Club Beeston, will fly to Queensland in 10 days' time as Wales conclude their pre-Games build up.

Hulme has represented Wales more than 50 times at under-16, 18 and 21 level but is yet to win her first full cap; however, she is absolutely delighted to be making the trip 'Down Under'.

"I was lucky enough to make the cut for Games 'long' squad just after Christmas," she said.

"But I never seriously thought I would make the final selection. When I got the call, I was really surprised but I am so excited."

Hulme, whose twin sister Lottie has also represented Wales at junior levels, has starred in her appearances for Wales, where she was named player of the tournament at the 2016 under-18 European Championships in Gibraltar.

She has returned from injury set-back to help Beeston move back towards the Premier Division of women's hockey in England and she has impressed coach Chris Glover with her tenacity in returning to form.

He recently wrote in the club's programme that she had made a real impact on his high-performing squad of players.

Hulme, who studies at Nottingham Trent University with sister Lottie, will be continuing her pre-Games training with Wales at Shropshire's Lilleshall while Lottie, who won her first senior international indoor cap in January, will be in Cardiff with the senior development squad.

She joked that she has to remind her sister she was first to gain an international cap but added she deserved her call up.