Martin clan the lat­est to join the fam­ily elite

The Hockey Paper - - BECKIE MIDDLETON -

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.

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