Wallis earns another England call-up

Lorraine Wallis
Lorraine Wallis

Long Sutton Hockey Club chairperson Lorraine Wallis is hoping for World Cup glory when she travels to Holland next month.

The 44-year-old goalkeeper has been named in the England Over 40 side for the Masters World Cup in Rotterdam.

Wallis made her England debut in the Home Countries Internationals in 2012 and went on to play in that event again last year as well as earning selection for the European Championships.

Wallis, who has played for Long Sutton for 25 years, helped England to second place at last year’s Europeans but hopes to go one better this time.

She said: “We should have won the Europeans last year.Scotland won it but as we had beaten them in the Home Countries it was disappointing to lose to them.”

Wallis first received an England call-up after picking the perfect time to produce a quality performance.

She said: “I got picked by chance. I was playing in a masters tournament for Cambridge City, as Long Sutton doesn’t have enough masters, and I was spotted by the head selector who came up to me afterwards and asked if I wanted to play for England.”

Although Long Sutton didn’t enjoy the best of seasons, it was a good campaign for several of their more experienced players.

Wallis and Tania White were in the Eastern Over 40 side that won the National Regional Masters title just a week afterLaura Southgate and Sally Cade had been in the victorious Over 50 team.

Wallis, who first played as a schoolgirl at the age of 13, has no plans of retiring.

She added: “I’m very proud to represent my country and they also have an Over 60 team so I would love to still be playing for England when I reach that age.

“I move up to the Over 45 team next year but it won’t be easy to earn selection as there some very good goalkeepers in that age group.”

n Boston Ladies Hockey Club will play at Gleed School at Spalding this year due to problems with their own pitch.

The club, who finished fifth in the East Women’s League Division Three North West last season, are looking for new players.

Anyone over the age of 13 who is interested can contact captain Katie Beeson on 07951 285541 or email easy_tiger2511@msn.com