What they said...
“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.”
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.”
“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.”
“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.”