WA Hockey Player Dies from Ball striking Her Head

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24 year-old Lizzie Watkins died on the weekend. One of Western Australia’s top young hockey players was struck by the ball after it deflected off her stick.

Watkins, a defender for the North Coast Raiders, was engaged in a state league match against the Victoria Park Panthers. She sustained her injuries after the ball deflected off her own stick and hit her in the back of the head. Watkins slumped to the ground, unconscious, immediately. Her sister, and teammate, Catherine Carrol, rushed to her aid. But no one was able to revive her.

Ms Watkins passed away in the ambulance as she was being rushed to hospital.

Mark Anderson, Chief Executive of Hockey Australia released this statement to the press:

“On behalf of the entire hockey community I would like to express our support and sympathies to the Watkins family at this very sad time. Our thoughts extend to all involved at the North Coast Raiders hockey Club.

“Hockey is a sport that is known for its strong sense of community I know that members of our two national teams and players involved at all levels of our sport are saddened by this tragic event.

“The Kookaburras wore black arm bands in the final of the London VISA International Invitational Hockey Tournament overnight at Olympic Park out of respect for Lizzie and her family.

“I know that our community both nationally and particularly in Western Australia will pull together to provide as much support as possible to all involved.”

Tributes have flowed into social media accounts used by or associated with the fallen hockey star. Players and fans of all sports are saddened by the freak tragedy.

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