Nicola’s aiming for Euro glory

CONFIDENT: Nicola's got high hopes
CONFIDENT: Nicola’s got high hopes

NICOLA WHITE is hoping to lead England to glory in the Euro Hockey Nations Championship which takes place this month.

The 25-year-old, who began her playing days at Saddleworth Hockey Club, is confident England will enjoy success in Belgium which hosts the event between August 17/25 and which is being televised by the BBC.

“We are the second-highest ranked team behind the Dutch, though the Germans are always strong,” explained Nicola.

It has been a busy time for Nicola whose grandmother lives in Dobcross, as she also helped England recently finish runners-up to Australia in the Investec World League semi final.

Eight of the world’s top teams assembled for the event at Chiswick, London, and it was a memorable event for Nicola who won her 50th England cap during the tournament.

England beat South Africa and drew with Australia and Spain in their group, defeated Italy in the quarter finals and Argentina in the semis before losing 3-0 to the Hockeyroos in the final.

“We did well and it was great to be back in London where there was still Olympic fever,” explained Nicola who won a bronze with Great Britain women at London 2012.

Nicola now has 91 combined caps for England and Great Britain and could reach a century later this year.

“It was a great to reach the milestone of 50 England caps on home soil. When I made my debut for England, all I hoped was to win a few caps and never envisaged playing so many times,” she said.

Nicola, who is part of the Great Britain squad building up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, also recently graduated with a degree in sports science from Loughborough University after seven years of studying punctuated by breaks for hockey.

And on a lighter note, Nicola also recently competed for a mixed Great Britain side against the Parliamentary Hockey Team in a challenge match at Roehampton.

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