Thursday, May 23, 2024

Umpiring the men at Euro Hockey League is huge step for female official

The EHL was an amazing event which made our columnist realise that hockey remains happily unpredictable and keeps surprising

We all agree the EuroHockey league is a special tournament. Not only for the clubs, teams and players who work all year to be one of the best team in the country and win the EHL entrance ticket, but also for the umpires appointed. 

The EHL KO16, that took place in Hamburg this year, showed me that, even after 15 years of international hockey, you can still be like a kid in a candy shop during a tournament. 

For us, it is four very intense days where you juggle between the pitch, the video truck and the reserve bench. 

Sixteen games in a row and all of them matter!

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  1. Céline, it is always a joy seeing you out on the pitch. You and your ’third team’ colleagues work very hard. The skill and professionalism of the umpires at the upper levels of our sport does not go unnoticed. Best wishes to you in all future tournaments! M

  2. Great article Celine. The EHL is a great event, very well presented on TV and with match passes at 6.99 euros, very good value. It’s a good watch for any umpire wishing to learn. Liked the way you in particular managed the players, with good humour but leaving no-one in doubt who was in charge. Best of luck for the future.


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