Today we have reached the milestone of 100 days to go until the Unibet EuroHockey Championships 2015. With the brightest and best talents Europe has to offer descending on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, scene of the London 2012 Olympics to do battle to be crowned the best team in Europe it promises to be an exciting summer of hockey. To mark the occasion of 100 days to go, we’ve compiled our very own “100 club” some interesting stats and facts about some of the stars you will see this summer. (The number 100 features heavily!)
Kate Richardson-Walsh won her 100th Great Britain cap against Korea at the London Prepares series on 01/05/2012. The England captain has since gone on to amass 336 caps for Great Britain and England combined.
Ashley Jackson, England and Great Britain’s record goal scorer netted his 100th international goal in the opening game of the Commonwealth Games against Trinidad and Tobago on 24/07/2014. Jackson currently has 112 international goals, surpassing the 110 scored by previous record holder Calum Giles.
Jackson won his 100th international cap alongside Adam Dixon against Belgium at the World Cup on 10/06/2014.
England’s Ali Brogdon won his 100th cap in the Champions Trophy against Argentina on 13/12/2014.
Ireland’s Alan Sothern won his 100th cap against Germany in a test match, on 11/05/2015. Sothern marked the occasion with two goals.
Jill Boon and Tom Boon, the famous brother and sister combination for Belgium have both collected over 100 caps with their combined total now swelling to over 350 international appearances between them.
Lidewij Welten and Marie Mavers of Netherlands and Germany won their 100th caps when the two sides met at the Champions Trophy on 4/12/2014. Welten will have emerged the happier of the two as her side ran out 1-0 winners.
Despite an average age of just 24, the Belgium men’s provisional squad contains ten players with over 100 caps: John-John Dohmen, Jerome Truyens, Cedric Charlier, Thomas Briels, Felix Denayer, Simon Gougnard, Elliot Van Strydonck, Tom Boon, Vincent Vanasch and Florent Van Aubel have all surpassed the mark.
100 is undoubtedly a very special number for international athletes and a special number for us as we lead up to the big day on 21 August. Why not Tweet us @Eurohockey2015 your favourite 100s using #100daystogo or tell us what you’re looking forward to most about the tournament.
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