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Hockey ball kills star player

The Olympic gold medallist Jamie Dwyer used Twitter to express condolences on behalf of the Australian men's hockey team.
The Olympic gold medallist Jamie Dwyer used Twitter to express condolences on behalf of the Australian men's hockey team.

THE Australian hockey community was in mourning last night after a talented young player was killed in an on-field accident in Western Australia.

Lizzie Watkins, 24, was playing alongside her sister at Perth Hockey Stadium at 12.30pm yesterday when the ball struck her on the head, possibly after a deflection from her own stick.

The North Coast Raiders first-grade player was revived after collapsing on the field but died on the way to hospital. News of Ms Watkins's death spread through the hockey community.

The Olympic gold medallist Jamie Dwyer used Twitter to express condolences on behalf of the Australian men's hockey team.

"All the Kookaburras thoughts are with the Watkins family after the devastating news today. Such a sad day in the hockey world," he wrote.

Read more at Brisbanetimes.com.au

Topics:  accident fatality hockey