Thursday, November 30, 2023

Zach Wallace wins Hockey Pro League magic skill award

Britain’s Zach Wallace has won the FIH Hockey Pro League 2022-23 Poligras Magic Skill Award following his incredible strike in April.

The moment came in GB men’s superb 5-2 victory over New Zealand. Wallace scored the opener after a Liam Sanford aerial into the D was deflected towards the Briton, who lashed an incredible reverse into the net to gasps from the Canterbury crowd.

Earlier this month, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and its global supplier Polytan had invited hockey fans from all around the world to make their voices heard by voting for their favourite skill from the FIH Hockey Pro League 2022/23 season!

Wallace’s first-touch tomahawk volley goal received the highest number of votes.

Wallace said: “It’s a really nice award to win and I’m very grateful that fans around the world voted for it. I don’t know where the inspiration came from for this goal.

“I try out a lot of things in training and always try things like that. So, when the moment came in the game, I thought ‘why not? Let’s have a go.”

– First-touch tomahawk volley: Zach Wallace (GBR)* (Ranked 1st)

– Instinctual reflex scoop shot: Pien Sanders (NED)* (Ranked 2nd)

– Innovative 3d skills in shoot-out: Martin Ferreiro (ARG)* (Ranked 3rd)

– Stunning no-look overhead volley: Dilpreet Singh (IND)* (Ranked 4th)

– Dribbling past defenders in tight spaces: Charlotte Stapenhorst (GER)* (Ranked 5th)

Reverse flick from an impossible angle: Zhong Jiaqi (CHN)* (Ranked 6th)

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