'Four of us are pregnant'

SOME people will conjure up the wildest of excuses to get out of doing sport.But try this one for a genuine reason that nobody could argue with – "Four of us are pregnant".

SOME people will conjure up the wildest of excuses to get out of doing sport.

But try this one for a genuine reason that nobody could argue with – "Four of us are pregnant".

That's what members of Christchurch Ladies Hockey Club, based at Northgate Sports Centre, surprised everyone with recently in an amazing coincidence that has forced the club to go on a desperate hunt for players.

Kathryn Smith, of Ringshall, near Needham Market, who is expecting this month, said: "Nobody knew each other was pregnant.

"After one match, we had been travelling away and we all asked to sit in the front of the car on the way back because we all felt sick.

"In the changing room after the journey, we were talking about how we had not played particularly well.

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"One of us, Melissa Chapman, said it was probably down the fact that she was pregnant. Then a second girl, Becky Hudson-Gray, said she was also pregnant."

One of the girls knew Kathryn was pregnant as well, so when she walked into the changing room, they all started laughing. She became the third to give wonderful news that day.

When Sue Williamson later told everyone at a retirement party for two of the players that she was also expecting, more than a third of the side had been eliminated.

Melissa has since given birth to a little girl called Lottie, Kathryn and Becky are expecting very soon, while Sue is due to give birth early next year.

Mrs Smith said: "We are quite a small club. Two of us managed to get pregnant within a fortnight of each other. We have also had two long-term members who have retired.

"We have been recruiting since we knew, but we will have problems if there are any injuries because we will not have the depth to fall back on."

Although the club has only two senior teams, the players are all very happy for them.

Their Chairman, Almena Theobold, jokingly insisted they can only give birth to girls so they can keep the struggling team going!

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