England over-35s have made it unbeaten into the semi-finals of the Masters World Cup in Nottingham, with captain Ben Allberry still on the path for early family bragging rights.
England recorded tight wins over Spain and South Africa, entwined with victories over Sri Lanka and Ghana at the Nottingham Hockey Centre. And now Allberry, head of hockey at Woldingham School, is hoping to start an Allberry cross-gender Masters double for 2022.
Mother and son both played at the last World Cup in Terrassa, with Christine lining up for England’s over-55 women’s side just as she will do in South Africa in October.
“It’s one of the brilliant things where we could be playing at the same time,” says Ben, “or when they [over-55s] had won their gold medal and we got to the final against the Aussies and she said ‘no pressure, there is already one gold medal in the family!’”
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The NET Over 35 and Over 40 Masters World Cups is taking place at Nottingham Hockey Centre between Aug 12-21. Entry is free.