Your England Hockey Team Of The Week!

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Your nominations from the weekend's action continue to fly in and here is your latest England Hockey Team of the Week. Thank you for all of your suggestions – this was the toughest week yet due to the vast number of high quality entries we received!

Those who were selected include a player celebrating her birthday with a win, an astounding injury comeback and a late strike ensuring a remarkable winning streak continues for another week at least.

Remember to nominate the best performances from your club every weekend by tweeting @EnglandHockey or replying to our Team of the Week posts on Facebook. And make sure to check out our Instagram feed to see which of your photos made the cut!

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Goalkeeper

Name: Leighan Bleasdale
Club: Lancaster HC
Nomination: Leighan made several superb saves at crucial times in the game against Garstang to ensure Lancaster 1s moved to the top of their league.

Defence

Name: Tim Newman
Club: Leeds HC
Nomination: Resolute defending from Tim led to Leeds 5s claiming their first win of the season, keeping a clean sheet in the process as they emerged 2-0 victors.

Name: Sam Paterson
Club: Harleston Magpies HC
Nomination: The youngster hit a hat-trick for his club on Saturday, including a ‘worldie’ of a drag flick that cannoned in off the crossbar.

Name: Jess Metcalfe
Club: Whitley Bay & Tynemouth HC 
Nomination: Not only was Jess named ‘Player of the Match’ after scoring two goals, she did so just seven days after being hit in the face with a stick and left with a nasty cut! The wound needed ten stitches and took four hours to stop bleeding after an artery was nicked!

Midfield

Name: Mia Dewing
Club: Spalding HC
Nomination: This birthday will be one that Mia remembers for a long time as, on the day she turned 13, she made her adult debut and played a crucial part in securing a 1-0 win for her team.

Name: Emily Defroand
Club: Surbiton HC
Nomination: In her final club game before heading out to the Hockey World League Final this week, Emily produced a cool finish to ensure Surbiton saw off East Grinstead in the Investec Women’s Hockey League. And that was a day after she was announced as the face of the East London Project.

Name: Hannah Crane
Club: Marton Furness HC
Nomination: Hannah made a remarkable comeback to hockey this weekend, four-and-a-half years after rupturing an ACL that needed five surgeries to repair and led to a bout of sepsis. She was even hit on that knee but came through the full 70 minutes of her cup final with no problems. A superb story!

Attack

Name: Sam Ward
Club: Beeston HC
Nomination: Goal machine Sam notched a superb hat-trick to give Beeston a convincing 4-2 win over Sevenoaks in the Men’s Hockey League, taking his league total to seven for the season so far.

Name: Holly Brown
Club: Doncaster HC
Nomination: Holly produced a superb performance – scoring one, assisting three and being named ‘Player of the Match’ in a 6-0 win – at the end of a week in which she got engaged. Congratulations Holly!

Name: Natalie Wray
Club: Bowdon Hightown HC
Nomination: Having given her side the lead early on, Wray was coolness personified as she converted a final minute penalty corner to give Bowdon their first win in six Investec Women’s Hockey League games against a Leicester outfit who had equalised through Kathryn Lane. 

Name: Charlotte Hartley
Club: Pendle Forest HC
Nomination: Charlotte was undoubtedly the hero of the day for her side as she scored a penalty flick and a late winner to give her side a 3-2 win, extending their victorious streak to an staggering 40 games! According to her nominator, Charlotte ‘gave blood and guts’ – we hope this was metaphorically, not literally…