Hockey Stars 2016 - Women's Player of the Year

November 17, 2016

With voting now open for this year's Player, Goalkeeper and Rising Star of the Year awards, we look at the contenders.

Today we look at the achievements of the athletes shortlisted for women's Player of the Year.

Remember, you can vote right up until midnight (CET) on 2 December by clicking here.

Carla Rebecchi (ARG)
Argentina’s captain and star attacker was at her very best in 2016, guiding Argentina to a seventh Champions Trophy title at the event in London, where she finished as top scorer and named best player.

Kate Richardson-Walsh (GBR)
Captain of the Great Britain team that claimed the gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the legendary 36-year-old defender ended her stellar career in true fairytale fashion as flag bearer for Team GB.

Stacey Michelsen (NZL)
The classy Black Sticks midfielder - winner of the Rising Star of the Year Award in 2011 - made her 200th senior international appearance in 2016 at just 25 years of age, producing a string of fine performances as New Zealand finished just outside the medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Alex Danson (GBR)
Great Britain’s dynamic striker finished joint top scorer at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where her five goals helped GB women to their first ever Olympic gold medal.

Naomi van As (NED)
Dutch attacking ace Van As – the joint winner of the FIH Player of the Year Award in 2009 – was superb throughout 2016, producing top class performances as the Netherlands took silver medals at both the Hockey Champions Trophy in London and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.



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