Fenland’s Hockey Masters: Apted gets World Cup call-up while King inspires East victory

HOCKEY stars Nick King and Brad Apted have a combined age of almost 100... but both have proved that they are still at the top of their game.

Wisbech ace Apted, 39, was celebrating this week after he was called up to the England Masters provisional squad for the World Cup.

But March stalwart King, 59, was also toasting his success after he inspired the East region to victory at a Grand Masters tournament in Cannock.

King said: “There’s a lot of senior hockey talent around in the Fens. I’m comfortably the oldest one on the pitch for March - normally by about 20 years.

“But I love playing vets hockey because you really are playing against the top senior players in the country. The standard is very high.

“I’m actually not 60 until Christmas Day - that’s why I’m called Nicholas - but I still fit into the age group!”

King, who plays as a right winger or a centre forward, scored one and set up two in his side’s final game of the tournament.

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Former New Zealand international Apted, who has lived in England for 15 years, is a key part of the Wisbech side who reached this year’s HA Trophy semi-finals.

He will represent England in the Masters World Cup in August, 13 years after his last appearance for New Zealand.