KATE Richardson-Walsh praised Georgie Twigg's selflessness after the England midfielder urged her team-mates on to victory despite suffering an injury in their Commonwealth Games opener against Wales.
Former Repton School pupil Twigg was the hero in Delhi four years ago, scoring the only goal as England beat South Africa to take the bronze medal.
However, the 23-year-old's second Commonwealth experience started out on a rather more painful note on day one at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, getting hit with a ball in the groin area inside the very first minute.
The injury would rule her out of the rest of the game, with the player – who was part of the team that won bronze at the London 2012 Olympics – visibly upset in the dug-out. She was replaced by fellow former Repton School pupil Susie Gilbert.
Captain Richardson-Walsh revealed Twigg, who will undergo medical assessment before England's next game against Malaysia on Sunday, had been more concerned about the score at half-time than her injury.
"I know she took a ball to the body and she's being assessed, so we'll know more later with her injury," said Richardson-Walsh.
"It's a long tournament and a physical game so knocks are going to happen.
"But Georgie's very professional – she's one of four in the leadership group and a very experienced player.
"She's got an old head on very young shoulders. At half-time she said not to worry about her and to go out and do the business in the second half so we did."
Despite a far from fluid performance, England went on to secure all three points in a 2-0 win, with goals in each half from Alex Danson and Nicola White.
Danson opened the scoring in the 29th minute when she capitalised on a poor defensive clearance from Wales to steal possession and fire the ball high into the net from the edge of the circle.
And with their performance level upped in the second half, England got a second seven minutes from time when White slid home from close range following a smartly-worked penalty corner routine.
It was a welcome victory for the team who finished a disappointing 11th at the World Cup in the Hague last month.
A third ex-Repton pupil, Ellie Watton was part of the team that suffered out in the Netherlands. She was also in action in Glasgow, making her Commonwealth Games debut against Wales.
And while the result was soured somewhat with the injury to Twigg, forward Watton was happy with her own contributions to the team.
"It's been an incredible experience so far. Having those crowds in the opening ceremony screaming for you was absolutely amazing," she said
"It's nice to have three points on the board. Obviously it was a tough game and we had to fight for it, but it's good to get the win.
"I think my performance was solid. I never do anything spectacular but hopefully I do the right things for the team. It would be amazing to go all the way and get a medal."
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