Friday, June 14, 2024

2023: The Hockey Paper’s 10 most read stories 

A year which started with the men’s World Cup, via talent academy interest, EuroHockey most reads and an indoor shock announcement.

Here are our most clicked or searched for stories this year...

10- Hockey World Cup: Japan finish match with 12 players in South Korea finale
The World Cup averted controversy in January when Japan finished their Pool match with 12 outfield players on the field in a dramatic penalty corner finale

9- Tributes paid to Craig Keegan, GB Hockey women assistant coach to Rio champions
The world of hockey paid tribute to Craig Keegan, the former assistant coach of GB women’s Olympic gold medal team, who died in February. He was 54.

8- My 10-point plan to treat the top end of English hockey as a product
What do we need to do to take our club game to the next level? We have the format we are sticking with. Whether you like it or not it is here to stay, so it’s time to build a brighter future for club hockey, wrote columnist James Sordillo.

7- Club player on fundraising mission after losing six teeth in horror injury
A club player who lost six teeth in an horrific injury playing a top-of-the-table clash in the Midlands Premier Division was forced to start a fundraising page after facing a dental bill of up to £10,000.

6- Euro Hockey 2023: England men’s bid ends with video controversy as Dutch take gold
The Netherlands somehow weathered the storms from upstairs to win their seventh EuroHockey men’s title in dramatic circumstances in the men’s finale. Relive the final.

Grace O’Malley-Kumar, pictured in 2019, was a talent across sports PIC: Facebook/Bancroft’s School

5- England Hockey season preview: club exposure, GMS promise and remembering Grace
Hockey continues to tackle a higher profile and remembered the life of Grace Kumar ahead of season opening weekend in September.

4- How England women will be first to run out in combination of hockey skorts and shorts
‘What is powerful is that we now have the choice to wear shorts or a skort. That is OUR choice,’ wrote our columnist Lily Owsley on team-mate Tess Howard leading force for change.

3- Euro Hockey: England men reach first major final in 14 years as Germany beaten
With Paul Revington’s side down to 10 in the closing stages and a 9,000 home support baying Germany for yet another story of late heartbreak and toil, the roles were reversed in dramatic, joyous scenes.

James Mazarelo stood tall to save Germany’s fifth effort PIC: Worldsportpics

2- County fall-out: ‘England Hockey’s ill-conceived Talent Academy only caters for elite’
Koo Janzen, Hampshire Hockey Association Player Pathway Committee chairman, told THP England Hockey’s governance restructuring was having a detrimental impact on junior hockey.

1- ‘Death blow’: Dutch federation quits international indoor hockey

In October, the Dutch hockey federation’s decision to quit international indoor hockey for its men’s and women’s teams was described as a “death blow” for the Oranje teams and players.

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