Sunday, June 23, 2024

FIH Hockey Pro League: Beeston’s concrete salesman paves way for dream GB debut

London — Henry Croft sells concrete during the week and on Saturdays this season has enjoyed nothing better than paving his way towards goal in utterly steely fashion.

This particular weekend saw Croft run out for his Great Britain debut (having been given holiday time from work) after an electric season for Beeston. A dream afternoon at Lee Valley for Croft was then ushered in as early as the 12th minute. With his back to goal, he turned and whipped an unstoppable, boxer-like forehand past David Harte to bulge the net once more.

It led GB to a 5-1 win over Ireland to spark the London leg of their Pro League campaign into life. “It’s all happened quite quickly really,” a disbelieving Croft said afterwards. “Walking out, singing the national anthem, my parents and best mates here, and then scoring pretty quickly with a goal I like to score. A great day.”

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