Team of the Week - Round 15

Team Of The Week
Nominations have again come in from up and down the country for our #EHTeamOfTheWeek.

There was extra incentive for this round too, with those selected in the side also winning two tickets to watch Great Britain in the FIH Pro League*.

As a result it was a tough team to choose but we did manage to whittle it down to 11 featuring an incredible goalkeeping display, a major milestone and several players proving age is no barrier to playing high quality hockey.

Want to see your team-mates in the side next week? Then don’t forget to comment on our Facebook and Twitter posts next week.

*Please note (winners only): To claim your two tickets please email tickets@englandhockey.co.uk with the subject heading ‘Team of the Week’.

TOTW 2018/19 Round 15
Goalkeeper

Name: Bex Howitt (GK)
Club: Northampton Saints HC
Nomination: So impressive was Bex this week that she received two nominations. In her first game on Saturday she saved a stroke to ensure her side took the victory, before the next day she proved to be unbeatable with incredible agility and determination seeing her save 24 shots in the first half alone!

Defence

Name: Olly Thornton (RB)
Club: Lymm HC
Nomination: Olly put in a commanding performance at the weekend, winning a corner to put his side ahead after just three minutes and thwarting multiple overloads with reliable tackling. As his nominator said, Olly is ‘consistently proving that age is just a number and attack starts at the back.’

Name: Simon Statham (CB)
Club: Sheffield Uni Bankers HC
Nomination: Simon turned in a brilliant performance this week, keeping a clean sheet and helping his team to a well fought 1-0 over local rivals with some great distribution from defence as well as thwarting any attacks that came his way.

Name: Gemma Harvey (DEF)
Club: Kingsbridge & Salcombe HC
Nomination: Player of the Match Gemma put in a tireless performance as her side’s sweeper, continuously putting in very effective tackles, and was also instrumental in her team’s transitions going forward.

Midfield

Name: Nick Jeffrey (MID)
Club: Poole HC
Nomination: Having trailed 4-1 with 10 minutes to go, Nick put in a storming performance in midfield to inspire an incredible comeback to ensure his side drew the game, securing the point with a stunning goal in the final minute. We hear the celebrations were just as spectacular…

Name: Brian Coult (MID)
Club: Newcastle HC
Nomination: ‘The Magician’ – and apparently oldest player at the club – produced his best performance of the season as he dominated his younger opposition, assisting goals and orchestrating an 8-0 win. Another example of a player showing class is permanent.

Name: Emma Rix (MID)
Club: Ipswich Seven HC
Nomination: On her 250th National League game, captain Emma guided her team to a 0-0 draw to secure their first points in the National League this season. A further mention should also go to Ali Barham, who put in a superb display in goal to ensure her side got off the mark.

Attack

Name: Chris Heal (MID)
Club: Gillingham HC (Dorset)
Nomination: Having only played a quarter of a game in the last 15 months due to a serious knee injury, Chris made a triumphant comeback this week as he dominated the game with two goals and two assists in a 5-2 victory.

Name: Leigh-Anne Hooper (FWD)
Club: OPM HC
Nomination: Having returned to the sport less than a year ago through Back to Hockey, Leigh-Anne has primarily been a defender. However this week she played up front for the first time and took to I tlike a duck to water, scoring four and assisting two in a 12-1 victory.

Name: Gemma Leathard (FWD)
Club: Gateshead HC
Nomination: Having seen a 4-1 slip to 4-4 in a matter of minutes, Gemma proved unfazed as she stepped up to score the winner with just 15 seconds left to play to secure a dramatic 5-4 win for her side.

Name: Valissa Armstrong (FWD)
Club: Bromley & Beckenham HC
Nomination: Valissa scored a hat-trick and was voted Player of the Match at the weekend, turning in a performance worthy of the dedication she’s shown having asked for extra training sessions to improve her game. A fantastic example we can all learn from.