Potentially our most vulnerable and most valuable team-mates are not being protected on the field of play
Teenagers trudging off the pitch at the end of a league match with blood running down their knees, elbows or clutching an ice pack to their head or shoulder has become a regular sight in hockey.
Many squads throughout the levels have junior players within them and quite rightly take immense pride in their development of young players. For some smaller or more provincial clubs, one of the only impacts that they can have on the upper echelons of the sport is in the advancement of talented juniors as they start on their hockey journey.
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