Harry Martin wins top award

Old Loughtonians captain Alistair Bray tips team-mate for the top.

GREAT BRITAIN international Harry Martin was the joint recipient of the Hockey Writers, Higgins Group PLC sponsored, Youth Award at the Annual Hockey Writers Awards Ceremony this week.

The 18-year-old Old Loughtonians star shared the prestigious title with GB team-mate Andy Bull of Loughborough Students.

Martin, who represented England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October 2010, was missing from the Loughts lineup on indoor finals day due to a shin injury, but is expected to be fit when they return to outdoor action this weekend.

Captain Alistair Bray paid tribute to his young team-mate and tipped Martin for a call-up to the 2012 Olympic squad.

“He’s a very good player. For an 18-year-old lad to have already been to a Commonwealth Games and already got Great Britain caps is a fantastic achievement,” said the skipper.

“Harry is such a nice lad, he gets on brilliantly with the rest of the team.

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“Fingers crossed he’ll be at 2012, I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be if he keeps going the way he is.

“His attitude, he’s work rate and his ability on the ball is excellent. He’s got all the ingredients to make a very good hockey player and hopefully he’ll play for England and Great Britain for many years.”