Rayer scores for Great Britain and Ward 'honoured' to receive fair play award

Former Claires Court School student Ellie Rayer was on target as Great Britain defeated USA 5-1 in Saturday’s FIH Pro Hockey League clash.

Izzy Petter, Sarah Robertson, and Anna Toman were also on target in a comprehensive victory.

Rayer converted a simple chance from close range to make it 5-0 after combining well with Robertson and Fiona Crackles.

Maidenhead’s Maddie Hinch and Shona McCallin also started for their country.

All three were back in the starting line up for Sunday’s comprehensive 5-0 victory over the same opponents, Great Britain’s final competitive match ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

Maidenhead’s David Ames earned his 50th Great Britain cap in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Spain in the FIH Pro League. Rupert Shipperley scored in the final 30 seconds to take the match to penalties, but Spain picked up an extra point after winning the shoot-out.

The men got their revenge 24 hours later however, with Shipperley scoring twice in a 2-0 victory.

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Marlow’s Sam Ward has said he’s honoured and surprised to be named the recipient of the FIH Super Fair Play Trophy Rene G Frank award.

The former Great Britain and England forward was recognised for the ‘perseverance, dedication and energy’ he showed in recovering from a serious eye injury. He was honoured at the 47th FIH Congress on Friday.

Sam has raised awareness of mental health issues and volunteered to deliver food and medicine to his local community. He has also supported a young Luton hockey player who has leukaemia, Alfie Sharpe.

On Twitter, Sam said: “Thank you very much. It’s a huge honour and even more so, a huge surprise.”

Last year Sam inspired his fellow Olympians by creating his #isolationolympics videos on social media which helped to create a new campaign to raise money for the British Red Cross. He suffered irreparable retina damage in November 2019 when he was struck in the left eye by a ball travelling at around 50mph while playing in an Olympic qualifier against Malaysia. The impact of the blow shattered his eye socket and caused seven facial fractures, leaving him effectively blind in one eye.