Martin clan the latest to join the family elite
SHARP-EYED GB hockey fans will notice that Hannah Martin joins her older brother and double Olympian Harry in the recently announced GB squads. The skilful attacker is no doubt hoping to follow in Harry’s footsteps in an England and GB shirt.
Hockey is widely known as a family game, but even at the top level there are a surprising number of siblings who play alongside one another in international colours.
Several pairs of hockey siblings have played at an Olympic Games together: GB’s Richard and Simon Mantell (2008), Spain’s David and Ramon Allegre (2004, 2008, 2012), New Zealand’s Charlotte and Samantha Harrison (2012), Ireland’s David and Conor Harte (2016), and Argentina’s Lucas, Matias and Rodrigo Vila (2012).
There are plenty of others: Tom and Jill Boon (Belgium), Kieran and Blake Govers (Australia) and Tom, Hugo and Martin Genestet (France), to mention just a few.
In a slightly unique case, brothers Mark and Paul Gleghorne have actually played against each other in international tournaments. Mark now represents England and GB, while Paul plays for Ireland’s Green Machine. (Thankfully, while they’re seriously competitive on the pitch, they remain best mates off it.)
Germany is perhaps the most impressive nation when it comes to producing talented hockey family members. Famous siblings by the name of Hauke and Grambusch represented Germany in Rio. Benjamin and Timo Wess teamed up with Christopher and Philipp Zeller to win backto-back Olympic golds in 2008 and 2012.
Their most successful family of all must be the Kellers. Four-time Olympian Natascha Keller, father Carsten and her brothers Andreas and Florian are all Olympic gold medalists.
The next generation of Kellers certainly has big boots to fill when they set foot onto a hockey pitch.