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Hockey couple look for perfect matches in Delhi

Among the Scottish contingent at the Commonwealth Games are two newlywed hockey stars.
The Sun reports that Catriona and Mark Ralph managed to fit in a wedding after the end of last season But apparently Commonwealth Games training barely took a back seat on their honeymoon…

Among the Scottish contingent at the Commonwealth Games are two newlywed hockey stars.
The Sun reports that Catriona and Mark Ralph managed to fit in a wedding after the end of last season But apparently Commonwealth Games training barely took a back seat on their honeymoon…
Catriona, 26, said: “We had our wedding on June 4 in Paisley. We’d been in Chile for a World Cup qualifier in May and only had four weeks so it was pretty hectic.
“We knew that was the down time for hockey so scheduled the wedding and honeymoon around it.
“It was the best day of my life. The weather was unbelievable and it was the perfect day. We went to Bali for our honeymoon and it was a big surprise.
“I met Mark on a night out nearly eight years ago and he proposed to me when we were in Holland playing semi-pro hockey six years to the day we’d met.
“I was in total shock and wondered what he was doing down on his knee.”
Kelburne stopper Mark admits they couldn’t switch off from Delhi even on honeymoon.
Mark, 30, said: “We went on runs and the resort where we were had a gym so we could do weights as well.
“It was good we could do that in the morning then relax and go on some excursions in the afternoon.”
Despite the two of them being totally focused on their sport, Great Western defender Catriona insists they can still switch off.
She said: “It’s a good thing we both play because we have a mutual understanding. We do get frustrated if our trips clash and one of us is away while the other isn’t.
“When we get back we’ll talk about a trip for 10 or 15 minutes then it’s on to normal day-to-day stuff.”
Physio Catriona works at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow while Mark has been a driving instructor for the past year.
Both the men and women’s teams face tough challenges in Delhi against some of the world’s top sides.
The women, following in the footsteps of Rhona Simpson and Co four years ago, will clash with hosts India, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and Australia.
Catriona said: “We know we’re underdogs but we’re quietly confident we can get some results.”
Mark, whose team faces Pakistan, India, Australia and Malaysia, added: “We’re ranked ninth out of the 10 teams so it’s a massive tournament for us.”

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