What they said...

The Hockey Paper - - COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018 PREVIEW -

Richard Man­tell

“I missed play­ing in Mel­bourne in 2006 due to in­jury and for a time it looked as if the same would hap­pen in 2010.

“I broke my leg in In­dia in 2010 at the be­gin­ning of the year, play­ing in the World Cup, but re­turned there at the end of the year for the Com­mon­wealths. It was a bit frus­trat­ing as we didn’t come out with a medal, los­ing to New Zealand in the play-off for 3rd/4th place. It went to a penalty shoot-out and I man­aged to score, but we lost 5-3.

“Ear­lier, there were two games which we felt we should have won and that would have got us among the medals. It was fan­tas­tic to play against In­dia in the cross­over game as there was an amaz­ing at­mos­phere, though we nar­rowly lost.

“For me, it was great to come back at in­ter­na­tional level af­ter break­ing my leg.”

Kate Richard­son-Walsh

My rec­ol­lec­tion of the Manch­ester Com­mon­wealth Games in 2002 is bit­ter­sweet.

“The trans­for­ma­tion of the city, the warmth of the vol­un­teers, the sport­ing pow­er­houses and bril­liant crowds.

“The last-sec­ond de­feat to In­dia in the women’s hockey fi­nal. That still hurts me to­day.”

Jonty Clarke

“I played in the 2006 Com­mon­wealth Games in Mel­bourne and it was great.

“There is a slightly dif­fer­ent at­mos­phere to the Olympics.

“If you haven’t been to the Olympics, it gives you a bit of a prepa­ra­tion for that and in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We came fourth, which wasn’t great, but I re­ally en­joyed it.”

Alex Dan­son

“The Games next year, and host­ing the World Cup in Eng­land in 2018 are two mas­sive rea­sons I wanted to carry on play­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally af­ter Rio.”

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