Commonwealth Games: Middleton aims for third time lucky

Barry Middleton

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Doncaster’s Barry Middleton is relishing the chance to compete in his third Commonwealth Games at Glasgow 2014.

Middleton, the most capped Great Britain and England hockey player of all time, recently captained England to fourth place at the World Cup and will be looking to go one better and get among the medals this time around.

Middleton says he is looking forward to playing in the Commonwealth Games north of the border.

“It’s nice to have another major tournament so close to home,” said Bessacarr-born Middleton.

“Multi-sport events have a different feel to a normal hockey event and there’s always a great atmosphere.

“I’m proud to be part of Team England and we are aiming to be one of the success stories of the games.”

England have lost the third place play-off at each of the last two Commonwealth Games.

They play their first of four Pool B games against Trinidad & Tobago tonight at 7pm at Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

England will also face Malaysia, New Zealand and Canada.

n Former Doncaster Dartes swimming club member Sophie Taylor is also aiming for big things in Glasgow.

The Harrogate-born breaststroke specialist qualified thanks to a sensational performance in the British Championships in which she became the first swimmer to win the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke since 2007.

The teenager, who is also a baton bearer for Glasgow 2014, broke her personal best by four seconds in the 200m on her way to qualifying for the games.

The women’s breaststroke heats also begin today.