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Hockey player practices on M6 motorway after traffic chaos

On his way back for pre-season training, a hockey player decided to thrown in some extra practice on Monday night after being stuck on the motorway for three hours.

Phil Pagels, of London Edwardians HC, was travelling back from Scotland with his brother when the M6 became blocked both ways due to a crash.

“I started throwing a tennis ball about and then I remembered I had two hockey sticks so we started playing,” said Pagels.

On work assignment for three weeks, the South African was forced to give away his 10 tickets for the Women’s World Cup.

He already had his beloved club jumper on and came across several motorists who wanted to discuss the Women’s World Cup.

Pagels was 200 miles from London when the incident occurred. “I was trying to get back for pre-season training at 8pm,” he added.

Pagels is currently coach to Edwardians’ Ladies 1s and 2s, as well as Teddington Juniors.

He returned to the club last season after an initial five-year spell at the club and two years  away.

A club of four mens’ and four women’s teams, Pagels says the club is on the up and the 29-year-old is excited for the upcoming season, with two Scottish under-21 women joining the set up.

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