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How Tom Sorsby has followed in Barry Middleton’s footsteps

Sheffield's Tom Sorsby played as a young teen in the rough and tumble of Yorkshire's men hockey leagues and is now fully-fledged GB international

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Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

The path to mixing it with hockey’s big boys at the Tokyo Olympics can, for Tom Sorsby, be traced back to being roughed up at “proper blokes hockey”.

Turning out as a rising teen for his first club Chapeltown and then Rotherham, Sorsby has trod the same astros as Doncaster great Barry Middleton, who endured the same learning environment.

“There were blokes playing up until their early 40s who saw a youngster at the weekend and boshed them around a bit,” says Sorsby, an ever-present in the England and GB men’s squad since his debut in 2019. “I learnt a lot playing men’s hockey at that age.

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