12 Famous Female Hockey Players in the World

We are all aware of how excellent hockey sport is. But did you know how fantastic the top famous female hockey players are?

If you did not know, then worry not, because, in today’s article, we will be elaborating in detail about these incredible players. 

Maddie Hinch in Eurohockey 2015 Final. (Source: Wikimedia)

Likewise, these famous players are as attractive as their fame goes. Not to mention their skills. Else, why would they be celebrated, right?

12 Famous Female Hockey Players in the World

Today’s article is based on the fame and rating they have received from the public. Also, our article has been written based on sources provided by Famous People.

Also, we would like to request not to take this ranking seriously as it is only for entertainment purposes. 

RankName of the PlayerCountry
12Ellen HoogNetherlands
11Fatima Moreira de MeloNetherlands
10Alex DansonEngland
9Naomi van AsNetherlands
8Maddie HinchEngland
7Nova PerisAustralia
6Honor CarterNew Zealand
5Gemma FlynnNew Zealand
4Sophie DevineNew Zealand
3Helen Richardson-WalshEngland
2Sam QuekUnited Kingdom
1Alyson AnnanAustralia

12. Ellen Hoog

Position: Field hockey player
Sun Sign: Aries

Deemed one of the finest and most famous female hockey players in the Netherlands, Ellen Marijn Hoog is a retired Dutch field hockey player who was highly talented in the sport.

Talking about her early years, Hoog began playing field hockey at seven. Later, she was selected to play her first senior game for Stichtse Cricket en Hockey Club in Bilthoven in 2002.

Ellen Hoog playing hockey. (Source: Wikimedia)

A year later, Hoog made her debut for the Netherlands women’s national field hockey team 2004. She has since played in 232 games for the team, scoring 60 goals.

Above all, in 2008 and 2012, she earned Olympic gold medals and a silver medal in 2016.

11. Fatima Moreira de Melo

Position: Striker
Sun Sign: Cancer

Fatima Moreira de Melo is a former Dutch field hockey player and professional poker player from a Portuguese descendant. As a striker, Fatima has scored 30 goals in 191 international matches for the Netherlands.

Fatima Moreira de Melo at the WPT Amsterdam. (Source: Wikimedia)

Making her debut against Germany on October 21, 1997, De Melo and her team won with a 2-1 victory. Similarly, She also earned an Olympic gold medal with the Dutch national team in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, defeating China 2-0 in the final.

In addition, De Melo is an LL.M. degree holder in Criminal Law. Also, she has hosted television shows on both local and national networks. She is also a singer. 

10. Alex Danson

Position: Forward
Sun Sign: Gemini

Retired English international hockey forward Alexandra Mary Louise is one of the most famous female hockey players who represented England and the United Kingdom in international hockey.

Danson attended Yateley Manor Prep School and Farnborough Hill School during her childhood. Later, acknowledging Danson’s achievements, Farnborough Hill School named their all-weather hockey pitch after her.

Alex Danson in a match against Argentina. (Source: Wikimedia)

Danson played hockey teams such as Clifton Robinsons, Reading, Klein Zwitserland, Trojans, and Alton during her professional career. However, on October 23, 2001, she made her international debut against Germany.

Likewise, in the 2016 Olympic Games, She earned a gold and a bronze at the 2012 Olympics.

However, on August 2, 2018, she played her final international match against the Netherlands.

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9. Naomi van As

Position: Forward/midfielder
Sun Sign: Leo

Ranked as one of the most famous female hockey players globally, Naomi van As is a Dutch field hockey player representing MHC Laren as a forward/midfielder.

Speaking of Van, on June 20, 2003, she made her first international debut against South Africa for the Netherlands. In addition, Van was a team member that won the 2006’s World Cup and the 2007’s Champions Trophy in the Women’s Hockey.

Naomi van As is playing hockey. (Source: Wikimedia)

A year later, Van and her team won an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. They won with a 2-0 victory over China.

In 2009 and 2016, Van As was awarded FIH Player of the Year following this. Fast forward to 2012, Van and her team again won another gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics. 

8. Maddie Hinch

Position: Goalkeeper
Sun Sign: Libra

Playing as an award-winning goalkeeper, Madeleine Clare Hinch is a professional hockey player goalkeeper for Tilburg HC and the England and Great Britain national teams in field hockey.

Attending the elite King’s College in Taunton, Hinch was a very bright hockey player since her college. Nevertheless, she even got a Sport and Exercised Science degree from Loughborough University.

Maddie Hinch was awarded a Bronze at the Tokyo Olympics. (Source: Instagram)

Likewise, Hinch made her first Olympic debut in the Rio 2016 Olympics. This exceeded her 100 international appearances.

This was where she won an Olympic gold medal saving all four penalties in the final penalty shootout against The Netherlands. As a result, Hinch was widely praised for her gameplay and determination.

7. Nova Peris

Position: Field hockey player
Sun Sign: Pisces

Nova Maree Peris OAM is a former politician and Aboriginal Australian athlete who was the first Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic gold medal. She got her gold medal while playing with the Australian women’s field hockey team at the 1996 Olympic Games.

Nova Peris is featured in children’s audiobooks. (Source: Goodreads)

Unfortunately, after a year, Peris decided to switch sports and astoundingly won a double gold medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, winning the 200m sprint in 22.77 seconds and participating in Australia’s 4 x 100m relay team.

However, she decided to sell her Olympic memorabilia to the National Museum of Australia for $140,000 in 2005. Her Olympic memorabilia included her gold medal, hockey stick, Sydney Olympic torch, and running shoes.

6. Honor Carter

Position: Field hockey player
Sun Sign: Cancer

Ranked 6th as one of the most famous female hockey players, Honor Louisa Carter is a New Zealand field hockey player representing New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games since 2004.

Besides this, Carter has represented her country in the 2004 Champions Trophy, 2005 Champions Challenge, 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2006 World Cup Qualifier, and 2006 Champions Trophy.  

Carter with her dog. (Source: Instagram)

Aside from this, Carter has completed a double degree at the University of Canterbury, earning a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelor of Nutrition and Naturopathy (BNat).

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5. Gemma Flynn

Position: Field hockey player
Sun Sign: Taurus

Born in Tauranga, Gemma McCaw is one of the most famous female hockey players from New Zealand who competes in international hockey representing her country. That is to say, she has competed in three Summer Olympics so far.

Talking about her childhood, she attended Tauranga Intermediate School and Tauranga Girls’ College before going to Massey University to study sports science.

Gemma Flynn with her daughter. (Source: Instagram)

That is to say, her professional career began in 2008 when she represented New Zealand in the women’s national field hockey team (the Black Sticks Women). Likewise, her first Olympic game was the 2008 Summer Olympics. 

4. Sophie Devine

Position: Field hockey player
Sun Sign: Virgo

Although her hockey career wasn’t that big, Sophie Devine did get the fame and success she deserved through another sport. In other words, she gathered most of her fame and popularity through cricket.

However, we cannot deny that she became one of the most famous female hockey players globally. Devine has played for the New Zealand women’s national cricket and field hockey teams.

Sophie Devine is training for cricket. (Source: Wikimedia)

Preferring cricket more than hockey, it isn’t a surprise that she is much better at cricket than she is at hockey. Most importantly, she is known for not wearing a helmet when batting, which is unusual in the sport.

To top it off, she was even selected as one of the players in the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year in December 2017.

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3. Helen Richardson-Walsh

Position: Midfielder
Sun Sign: Libra

Helen Richardson-Walsh is one of the most famous female hockey players from Great Britain who plays as a midfielder on the English hockey team.

Helen has played women’s field hockey representing both England and Great Britain since 1999. Plus, she was in the team (Great Britain) that won gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Helen Richardson-Walsh signing autographs during the Supersixes Finals Day 2011. (Source: Wikimedia)

Speaking of her childhood, she grew up with her three older brothers and began playing hockey at seven. This was when she joined West Bridgford Hockey Club.

Above all, Helen was the fifth most capped GB player in the history of the women’s game, with 293 caps for England and Great Britain at the time of her retirement. 

2. Sam Quek

Position: Defender
Sun Sign: Libra

English television personality and former field hockey player Samantha Ann Quek is one of the world’s most famous female hockey players.

Before getting distracted by her beauty, let us not forget that she won gold with the British team at the 2016 Summer Olympics as a defender for both the England and Great Britain teams.

Now, talking about her other profession, she has hosted many sports programs on television, including American football for the BBC, rugby union for Channel 5, field hockey for BT Sport, and football for Channel 4 and LFC TV.

Sam Quek hosting a program. (Source: Flickr)

Also, our media star competed in ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’ in 2016 and Celebrity Masterchef in 2020, making it to the final three.

Besides, Quek also joined the BBC One sports panel show ‘Question of Sport’ as a team captain in 2021.

1. Alyson Annan

Position: Defender
Sun Sign: Gemini

The number one in today’s ranking for top famous female hockey players worldwide goes to Alyson Regina Annan.

Speaking of Annan, she is an Australian-born former field hockey player who has 228 international caps for the Women’s National Team. In the process, she scored 166 goals.

Alyson Annan with her son. (Source: Instagram)

After retiring from hockey in 2003, Annan became the head coach of the Netherlands women’s national field hockey team. This was from January 2016 to January 2022.

Under her guidance, the team won silver at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, gold at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and gold medals at the 2017 and 2021 Women’s EuroHockey Nations Championships.

Also, Annan was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 2013.

Conclusion

Finally, we have reached the end of today’s article. So, which was your favorite female hockey player? Feel free to let us know in the comment section.

Also, if you have any recommendations on topics for us to cover, do let us know. We will try to enclose it in our next article.

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