Madonna Blyth

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Madonna Blyth
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Personal information
Full name Madonna Blyth
Born (1985-11-30) 30 November 1985 (age 34)
Brisbane, Queensland
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Queensland Scorchers
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2016 Australia 342 (70)

Madonna Blyth (born 30 November 1985) is an Australian field hockey player who competed in the 2008, 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics.[1] She also plays for and captains the Queensland Scorchers in the Australian Hockey League.[2] Blyth has been the Captain of the Hockeyroos since 2009. Her debut game for Australia was in Argentina, as an 18-year-old at the 2004 Champions Trophy. She started playing hockey when she was 5, and joined the representative scene at 15, winning gold with her team at the 2001 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.[3]

She was nominated for the FIH's player of the year in 2013, and has been named on the FIH All-Stars team in 2007, 2009 and 2010, as well as being named Player of the Tournament at the 2009 Champions Trophy.[4]

She played her 250th game for Australia in June 2013, and is only the fifth Australian woman to reach this number.[4]

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, she captained Australia to victory and scored the winning goal in the penalty shootout against England. [5]

After playing since she was 5, Madonna has now retired from hockey and is quickly making a name for herself in the Western Australian cricket scene. After a strong start she was quickly promoted into the star studded A grade side alongside Emma King, Heather Graham, Megan Banting and Nicole Bolton. She is a specialist fielder for the Subiaco Floreat Cricket Club women’s A grade side.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Madonna Blyth". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  2. ^ https://hockeyaustralia.altiusrt.com/matches/931
  3. ^ http://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/blyth-leading-hockeyroos-battle-world-cup-spot/1913834/
  4. ^ a b "Glasgow 2014 - Madonna Blyth Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Women's Gold Medal Match". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 12 January 2016.