Monday, June 24, 2024

Flyer Izzy Petter gives England women energy at Hockey World Cup

Amsterdam — From ‘Mad Dog’ to crazy flyer, England’s backlines are made of stern stuff. When Izzy Petter went to the turf after being hit flush in the hand by a penalty corner flick from a Chinese stick on Thursday, one expected the 22-year-old to just get up, shake it off and get on with it. As she has freely admitted, she loves the “buzz” of charging out and trying to get a stick block in. 

It is little wonder that Maddie Hinch says that Petter is now one of the best in the world as No 1 runner, while room-mate Holly Hunt says that the returning Surbiton player has made the position her own since starting the role before the Tokyo Olympics.

“She gets so much energy from it and for me as a goalkeeper too,” Hinch admitted before England flew off to Terrassa for their knock-out match against Korea on Sunday.

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