May 07, 2012 11:21AM
ONE of WA’s top young hockey players has died after accidentally being hit in the head during a State League match at Curtin University.
The Australian hockey community is in shock following the tragic death of 24-year-old Lizzie Watkins in a freak accident during the match late yesterday.
The elite 24-year-old died from fatal head injuries after a ball deflected off her own stick and hit her in the back of the head during a game at Curtin University yesterday.
The young woman was a defender for North Coast Raiders and was part of the team playing the Victoria Park Panthers yesterday.
She fell to the ground unconscious when she was hit midway through the first half of the game.
Ms Watkins’ sister Catherine Carrol was playing alongside her and rushed to her side.
People at the scene attempted to revive Ms Watkins, who was breathing when an amulance arrived.
She died on the way to hospital.
Sad day for our sport – Hockey Australia
Hockey Australia Chief Executive Mark Anderson said Sunday was a very sad day for the sport.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Hockey WA are working closely with their community and the North Coast Raiders Hockey Club to ensure all possible support is provided to those involved in the accident.
Heartfelt tributes flow
Her team, The North Coast Raiders posted on their Facebook page: “Raiders has today lost a true Stalwart of the club. Lizzie Watkins was playing the game she loved and wore the Raiders colours with pride. She will be greatly missed. R.I.P. Lizzie”
Another friend posted this message: “You had one of the most amazing infectious smiles ever; your witty sense of humour, your presence would fill the room with joy. I have to keep pinching myself hoping this is a horrible nightmare that is just going to go away.
“The skills you taught me as a starting out at hockey player I will forever be grateful for. The memories I have of you Lizzie I will forever hold close to my heart. Your family is one of the most amazing families I have ever met and my heart is breaking for them all.
“You were taken so tragically from us all so soon. May you rest peacefully babe. Forever young!”
– by Heartbroken Friend
Hockey WA has launched an investigation.
Raiders president Craig Vallipuram said last night Ms Watkins was a great girl, and everyone was in deep shock.
“It was a terrible and tragic incident and one which has devastated everyone who knew her.”
Ms Watkins was a student at Murdoch University and completed her upper schooling at St Mary’s Anglican Girls School in Karrinyup.
In 2010 she opened Meg and Wally, a West Leederville fashion boutique with her sister.
Elite Aussie teams mourn shock death
News of Ms Watkins’ shock death swept through the Australian hockey scene, the Kookaburras squad hearing the news as they were preparing for the final of a test event against Germany in London.
They wore black armbands in the 2-5 loss.
The world’s number one player WA’s Jamie Dwyer, rested from the game but with the squad in London, tweeted: “All the Kookaburras thoughts are with the Watkins family after the devastating news today. Such a sad day in the hockey world.”
The Hockeyroos, who are in the middle of a training block in Perth, were saddened by the incident, many sharing their condolences.
“Thoughts and prayers are with the Watkins family and friends and with all the raiders girls, very sad day in the hockey community,” tweeted Hockeyroos star Casey Eastham.
Fellow Hockeyroo Anna Flanagan tweeted: “Lizzie Watkins, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our heart goes out to your family at this terrible time.”
Kookaburras hockey player Glenn Turner tweeted his condolences to the family: ‘Thoughts and prayers go out to the Watkins family. RIP Lizzie’
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