Golden Girls eye Queen’s hon­ours

The Hockey Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By Rod Gilchrist

THE Great Britain women’s hockey squad look well-placed to be re­ceiv­ing hon­ours in the Queen’s New Year list.

There has been a grow­ing clamour for the Rio Golden Girls to be hon­oured ever since they be­came the first GB team to win Olympic gold since 1988.

“We are con­fi­dent that all the Great Britain squad will be hon­oured in some way,” said a spokesper­son from book­mak­ers Wil­liam Hill who know about these things.

Kate Richard­son-Walsh, the cap­tain, has al­ready re­ceived an MBE for her ser­vices to hockey. She is quoted at 5-1 to re­ceive a dame­hood in the Queen’s hon­ours.

Fol­low­ing Rio, Down­ing Street said there would be no cap on hon­ours for Olympic medal­lists.

In 2004, the Eng­land Rugby Union squad re­ceived MBEs while the Eng­land cricket team won hon­ours for the 2005 Ashes.

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