Monday, June 17, 2024

Life in Masters Hockey: ‘Rivals turned team-mates say I’m nicer than I am on the pitch!’

In just five years, June Blythe went from thinking she may never play hockey again to winning the World Cup with England Masters O60s. Now, she has no plans of stopping. “When the consultant said you need a new hip, I started crying and said, ‘Will I be able to play hockey again?’” she told THP. “He didn’t get what hockey really meant to me.”

Blythe fell in love with hockey after picking up a stick for the first time at school, leading her to join Woking HC aged 14. Hockey, and Woking, have figured large in her life ever since.

But, faced with a potential hip replacement in the run-up to the Spain World Cup in 2018, Blythe had to grapple with the idea she could be forced to hang up her astros for good.

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