Harleston Magpies player Lucy Field is 'super proud' after getting called-up to the England Masters Over-35s squad
A dislocated shoulder suffered on the opening day of last season was supposed to have severely impacted on Lucy Field’s ability to play hockey for at least a year.
The 36-year-old, who suffered the injury while on club duty with Harleston Magpies, was told at the time by medics that she would be sidelined for a minimum of 12 months.
However, she not only returned way ahead of schedule to feature before the campaign drew to a close, she has now gone on to be selected to represent England Masters Over-35s.
Field – a PE Teacher at Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston – came through the southern trials in Cambridge and then impressed the selectors again when the players from the north and south came together at trials in Chelmsford a fortnight ago.
She will now take part in a number of training sessions throughout the first three months of 2019, as well as featuring in friendlies.
It is all building towards July’s European Championships in The Netherlands, with Field hoping to be one of 18 players to make the cut, while an unlucky four travel as reserves.
And yet, had it not been for the injury in 2017, Field would probably not have been selected for international honours.
“It was really daunting because there was a lot of good players at the trials, so it was pleasantly surprising to get picked and I am super proud,” said Field, who has been turning out for Magpies Ladies II in recent weeks.
“The injury was tough to take, but there is a bit of poetic justice that I managed to get back quicker than was predicted.
“I was told there would be certain things I would not be able to do when I got back, but that is not the case.
“When you get told that, you start to think you have nothing to lose. I would not have put myself forward for England before, but after the injury I thought why not?
“What was the worst that could happen? As a PE teacher, I am constantly telling the pupils to give something a go. You have to back yourself and I am so glad I did.”
In receiving a call-up, Brome resident Field has joined a seemingly ever growing list of Magpies players to be recognised at international level.
And she has no doubt about the role the club has played in her selection.
“I played at Harleston as a child and then went to university, but after moving back to the area I could not wait to play for the club again,” she added.
“I have always loved it there. It is so family orientated, but with such a high standard of hockey, which is a rare thing.
“It is a great club and playing with the second team really helped me with the trials.”
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