10. Marsha Mareschia of South Africa: She’s the captain of the South African women’s team and has 300 international games under her belt. Her team recently won the silver at the Investec Challenge series at Cape Town in February.
9. Casey Eastham of Australia: A key midfielder for the Hockeyroos, Eastham played in the London 2012 Olympics and also was a key player for Australia at the recently concluded Investec Challenge Series in South Africa
8. Anita Punt of New Zealand: Punt not only is a midfielder for the Black Sticks, she is also a star track and field runner. She recently ran 100 m in 12.6 seconds and the 300 in 39.6 seconds.
7. Naomi Van As of the Netherlands: Olympic gold medalist at the London 2012 Olympic games. She currently plays for the most successful international women’s team in the world, the Netherlands. She was part of the gold medal winning teams in both the 2008 and the 2012 olympic games, and she was also part of the 2006 Dutch women’s hockey team which won first place at the the field hockey world cup in Madrid, Spain. She is 5’10″, weights 143 lbs and lists shopping, going out for dinner, going on holidays, spending time at the beach, going for walks and spending time with friends as her fun things to do. She was named in the International Hockey Federation’s “All Star” team in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and was a joint winner, along with Luciana Aymar (see below), of the FIH Player of the Year award in 2009.
6. Luciana Aymar of Argentina: Luciana’s resume is simply mind blowing. She has won the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Player of the Year award a record seven times (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010). She has also been named in the FIH All Star team for six consecutive years (ie, from 2006 to 2011). She was named “Player of the Tournament” at the 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008 and 2010 Champions Trophy tournaments. She was also named Player of the Tournament at the 2010 World Cup in Rosario, Argentina.
5. Eva De Goede of the Netherlands: Winner of a gold medal with the Netherlands in the 2008 Olympic games. Also won the 2007 Champions Trophy with the Netherlands.
4. Charlotte Harrison of New Zealand: Harrison is remembered for scoring the winning goal to defeat Korea and give New Zealand their only ever medal at the Champions Trophy in 2011. Harrison was also part of the Black Sticks team that lost narrowly to Great Britain in the bronze medal playoff at the London 2012 Olympic games.
3. Ellen Hoog of the Netherlands: Won the Champions Trophy in Canberra (AUS) with the Dutch National Women’s Team. She was also part of the Dutch squad that became World Champion at the 2006 Women’s Hockey World Cup. Also a member of the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic games.
2. Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge (and England): Her title is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, but she is known in the world of field hockey for attempting to play field hockey in heels (successfully). Duchess Kate recently gave hockey a place in the spotlight when she returned to her former prep school and delighted the students by showing her hockey skills. Middleton, who was a regular at the 2012 Olympic hockey tournament, was followed by dozens of reporters on her visit to her former school. She attended St. Andrew’s in Pangbourne, Berkshire from 1986-1995 and was on hand to unveil a palque to open a new turf pitch. She joined a pick up game wearing a Alexander McQueen dress and high-heeled boots.
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