Home Nations hockey tournament at College Grove

Wakefield Hockey Club's Helen Royan.
Wakefield Hockey Club's Helen Royan.

This year’s Ladies’ Master’s Home Nations hockey tournament will be hosted by Wakefield Hockey Club at College Grove Sports Ground today (Friday), Saturday and Sunday.

England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales over 40s, over 45s, over 50s and over 55s will battle it out with games today starting at 11am and finishing at 5pm.

On Saturday games start at 9am and finish at 3pm while on Sunday matches commence at 10.15am and finish at 3.3opm.

Wakefield will be represented by two players, Helen Royan at over 55s level and Julia Butterworth at over 45s. Their first games are today (Friday) at 3pm over 45s and 5pm over 55s.

Helen has been a member of Wakefield Hockey Club for 35 years and last June she was a member of the gold medal winning squad at the World Championships in Holland, scoring a hat trick in the final.

As a strong club and county player Helen only gained international selection when she started playing veterans hockey for the North of England, setting an example to all players who may not make international level earlier in life.

Julia has played for WHC for 26 years, working her way up through the teams.

She was first selected for England over 40s in 2010 and has moved into the over 45s squad.

As well as playing Julia regularly coaches the juniors on Sunday mornings.

Like Helen, Julia’s dedication and commitments set a great example to all young players who may not make international level in their youth.

Former Wakefield player Joie Leigh has had a successful outing with Great Britain at the World Hockey League tournament in Valencia where they won a gold medal, beating South Africa, Argentina, China and Germany.