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Is Red Lions’ aerial attack changing hockey?

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Rupert Barker
Rupert Barker is a former premier league player with University of Edinburgh and has player coached at several clubs across the south of England. He is currently Wallingford 1s player-coach and founder of Hockey21, bringing hockey into the 21st century by creating hockey computer games.

With Belgium adding Olympic gold to world and European titles, RUPERT BARKER asks whether the Red Lions’ game will change hockey in 2022

There is no doubt that in recent years both the Belgium men’s and women’s teams have changed three-dimensional hockey.

Historically teams have used the aerial to relieve pressure from defence, but now the Red Lions use it as an attacking weapon. They look to throw from midfield to forwards on the baseline in the D or draw teams onto one side of the field and then chuck diagonally to a player high on the opposite side of the pitch.

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