Your England Hockey Team Of The Week!

Team of the Week
As the MHL and IWHL got back underway we were inundated once again with scores of brilliant nominations from teams across the country. Picking just 11 was tough but here is your England Hockey Team of the Week. Thank you once again for all of your fantastic suggestions.

The stories behind those selected include an unbeatable kicking back, a tennis-like overhead smash and superb (if painful) commitment to the cause! 

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.

TOTW Round 15

Goalkeeper

Name: Gee Collins 
Club: Leicester HC
Nomination: Despite suffering from illness, Gee managed to pull herself off her sick bed and helped her team into the quarter-finals of the cup by saving several penalties in the shootout. We hope Gee got plenty of rest after the game!

Defence

Name: Ollie Willars 
Club: Beeston HC 
Nomination: The England and GB defender has been consistent figure in the Beeston defence this season and was a key figure as they kept another clean sheet at the weekend. The fact that the club have only conceded 17 in a league full of goals is remarkable.

Name: Fi Wadey 
Club: Kingsbridge & Salcombe HC 
Nomination: Yet again the Devon-based club find one of their players in the Team of the Week! This time it’s 1st XI captain Fi, who was rock solid in 2-0 win, with numerous great tackles and distribution throughout seeing her named ‘Player of the Match’.

Name: Thomas Sampson 
Club: Sonning HC 
Nomination: Thomas was described as an ‘inspiration’ by his nominator after scoring a hat-trick from defence on his first game back after spending nine months out injured. We couldn’t agree more!

Midfield

Name: Kevin Ryan 
Club: West Derby HC 
Nomination: Kevin was the key man in a thrilling 6-5 for his team at the weekend, scoring the winner – and his second of the game – with an overhead smash that we hear Novak Djokovic would have been proud of.

Name: Em Bradshaw 
Club: Northampton Saints HC 
Nomination: Em could we have found herself in the goalkeeper position having spent the last 10 minutes of the game at kicking back after the regular ‘keeper was given a yellow card. Not only did she keep the score at 3-3, she saved numerous shots and even a flick! Perhaps a permanent change beckons?

Name: Ruth Gordon 
Club: East Grinstead
Nomination: The IWHL returned at the weekend and, as a result, so did the battle to make the play-off spots. East Grinstead are one of many teams fighting to make the top four and their position was strengthened with a 3-1 win over Slough, Ruth scoring twice in the final 12 minutes to secure the points.

Attack 

Name: Chloe Williams 
Club: Ipswich Seven HC 
Nomination: Not only was Chloe the ‘Player of the Match’ in a 6-1 win to move her team back to the top of the league, she showed superb commitment to the cause, ending the game covered in blood after throwing herself to the floor to score one of her four goals. 

Name: James Ireland 
Club: Leadenham HC
Nomination: Despite pulling his hamstring, James still managed to score four goals in 9-0 win to help his team stay top of the league. Make sure you get some ice on that James! 

Name: Martyn Stickly 
Club: Warwick HC 
Nomination: Martyn was certainly his team’s most valuable player at the weekend as he scored all the goals in a commanding 6-1 win.

Name: Ali Standeven 
Club: Lancaster HC
Nomination: It was the perfect weekend for Ali as she scored one and provided two classy assists for her team on Saturday before notching a hat-trick for the O35s the following day. Top effort!