Former Black Stick and New Zealand Māori hockey stalwart Lisa Bishop, is back in the New Zealand Māori Women's squad after a decade of being out of the Māori league.
Bishop says, “Even though I'm quite old I still really enjoy playing the game and I really enjoy the Māori style of hockey and I think that's where I'm most comfortable.”
The centre-half began her career with the New Zealand Māori at 16 years of age, three years after the first Māori hockey tournament was established 1992, she then got picked up by the Black Sticks in 2000.
Tuhia Hohepa says, “She's got great instinct, something that can't be taught. When she talks to you, you can tell she understands the game and how our positions work.”
After a two year stint with the Black Sticks, Bishop chose to play in the National Hockey League for the last 10 years, but she missed the Māori hockey style of play, so, at 37-years-old, she's back.
Coach Tracy Edmonds says, “She shows no sign of weakness fitness wise or other in the game.”
During her 20 year playing career both nationally and internationally, she has remained injury free and hopes to keep it like that for this tournament.
Our reporter Aroha Treacher caught up with her today at the Festival of Hockey in Napier.