Owls-mad clan cheer Maddie on to Rio gold

Goalkeepeer Maddie Hinch shows off her gold medal  at Heathrow with Team GB after the women's  hockey team won gold in Rio Olympics
Goalkeepeer Maddie Hinch shows off her gold medal at Heathrow with Team GB after the women's hockey team won gold in Rio Olympics
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Hockey hero Maddie Hinch had her parents from South Yorkshire cheering from the stands as her amazing shoot-out saves clinched gold for Team GB last weekend.

After a 3-3 draw inthe final with world champions Holland, bidding for their third gold in successive Olympics, the 100-cap veteran came into her own.

Goalkeeper Maddie Hinch celebrates with Team GB team mates after they won god in Rio. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

Goalkeeper Maddie Hinch celebrates with Team GB team mates after they won god in Rio. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.

The girl they call “Mad Dog” for her reckless bravery, blocked all four Dutch penalties to crown GB Olympic champions.

Maddie’s family are Sheffield Wednesday fans and in Brazil supporting her were her mother and father Neil and Catherine Hinch and brother Lewis.

Her mother Catherine told The Star: “We are all so proud. The atmosphere was electric throughout. I am still buzzing. Being there was amazing.”

The family live in Sussex now but were born and raised in South Yorkshire.

Father Neil was born in High Green where his parents, Maddie’s grandparents, Gordon and Joan Hinch - aged 85 and 86 - still live.

Neil has always been a keen sportsman and won the Sheffield Junior title in the early 1970s. His golf partner was Iain MacKenzie and the two still play together on invitation days.

Neil had 38 year career in the Royal Navy, retiring as a Commander in 2011

Mother Catherine (nee Brennan) was born in Hoyland and is a former Wath Pope Pius X School and Mexborough College student.

Catherine is the youngest of 12 siblings. Her parents Margaret and James died in the early 70s so Maddie, now 27, never met them.

She said: “The whole family are Sheffield Wednesday fans. When Maddie was nominated for a Sky Sports personality award, Owls Supporters Club backed her and Maddy went on to win.”

Maddie, who has played club hockey for Exmouth, Leicester and Holcombe, revealed after the final that she kept a notebook on the Dutch players, which helped her to save the penalties.

“I guessed which players would step up to take the penalties and made a plan of action how to tackle it,” she said.

Maddie said she has been stunned by the reaction of the British public to the team’s triumph. “My brother texted me to say ‘you’re trending on Twitter’. He didn’t mention anything about the gold medal – that came later,” she said.

“I’ve heard the viewing figures on TV were huge and that’s exactly what we do this for, so people will watch the sport. We were completely unaware of how much people were starting to pay attention to us.”

Ironically she is to play for Dutch club SCHC next season but will rejoin Team GB next May to start the long haul to Tokyo 2020.