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From Massachusetts to Manchester

24 July 2002

England goalkeeper Hilary Rose has spent much of her playing career crossing the Atlantic to rendevouz with her national team for major tournaments.

Hilary Rose

A thorn in her opponents side, England shot stopper, Hilary Rose

However this time for the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, Hils (as she is known to her team-mates), really is “coming home”. She was born in Salford and a lot of her family still live in the Manchester area.

“There will be plenty of relatives coming to see me play,” she says.

Since she first began to play hockey at the age of 14, Rose has enjoyed a successful playing career with the “UMass Minutewomen” of University of Massachusetts, setting several goalkeeping records in the mid-90s, culminating with the honour of selection in their league’s 25th anniversary All Star Team.

The 31-year-old has latterly gained valuable coaching experience within the American university set-up while continuing to play at national level for England.

Currently registered in UK with the Bury St Edmunds club, she has represented her country at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games and picked up a silver medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

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