Hockey star wins 100th cap for Great Britain and England

HOCKEY STAR Nicola White has been speaking of the thrill of winning her 100th combined cap for Great Britain and England.

The 25-year-old, who began her playing days at Saddleworth Hockey Club, reached the landmark on Sunday, December 1 in Argentina during the World League Finals.

Nicola said: “When I was a little girl, I dreamed of playing for my country and winning a handful of caps.Investec London Cup 2012

“I never imagined I would get this far and it is incredible to have won 100 caps for Great Britain and England.

“And to reach 100 caps in Argentina was special as it is my favourite place to play. I have been there twice before and I love the crowds which are amazing. They are so lively and energetic.”

Nicola, who is a forward, went into the tournament in Argentina, which is being staged between November 30 and December 8, on a combined total of 98 caps.

And she reached the two caps needed to reach her century by appearing in the first two group games against South Korea, who they beat 6-2, and Holland who beat England 3-2 on her 100th international appearance. Germany are also in their group.

Looking further ahead, Nicola is hoping to still be featuring at international level during an exciting period for the sport.

England have just won the right to host the 2018 women’s World Cup which added to the 2015 Europeans and 2017 Champions Trophy which are also being staged in this country.

On top of that, there is the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where Nicola and her Team GB team mates will be looking to better the bronze they won at London 2012.

Nicola, whose grandmother lives in Dobcross, said: “It is a great period for hockey in this country. It is back on the map and on the radar.

“I hope to be around for those tournaments but there is no guarantee as there is healthy competition for places in the team so you cannot take anything for granted.”