LONDON — Say the word "hockey," and images of bloody faces and missing teeth are conjured up. Say the words "field hockey" and … well, let's just say it doesn't have the same reputation as its cousins on the ice.
[Photos: Netherlands Women's Field Hockey team]
Kate Walsh of Great Britain, however, might disagree with that sentiment. In a match against Japan, the British captain took a stick to the mouth and face from Akane Shibata, bloodying her on Sunday evening.
Great Britain coach Danny Kerry confirmed captain Kate Walsh had been taken to hospital after being hit in the face late in their 4-0 win over Japan.
However, he does not yet know how serious the injury is and it is likely an update on her condition will not be given until Monday.
The 32-year-old, the team's most experienced player, was caught on the left side of her jaw by a full swing by Akane Shibata and left the pitch with blood coming from her mouth.
"She's with the medical people and we are awaiting further information," said Kerry. "She has gone to hospital to be checked out."
Blood and hockey! Now, how do we get Doc Emrick off the water polo announcing and onto Olympic (field) hockey….
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