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Nick Irvine: “Are HIL eligibility rules fair to all?”

It was interesting and puzzling in equal measure to read that English league rules apparently prevented Ashley Jackson and Barry Middleton playing for East …

Simon Mason column: What makes the perfect hockey stick?

As Todd Williams correctly pointed out in a previous article in The Hockey Paper, when it comes to buying a stick there are an overwhelming number of …

Chris Griffiths back on England hockey path after injury setback

Chris Griffiths felt the emotional weight of his team-mates as he struck his first goal after 11 months out of the international wilderness last week. The East …

Ben Wright going Down Under

Last Saturday, at home to league leaders Old Loughtonians, Men’s 1st team player-coach Ben Wright played his last game for the club before taking up his …

Beckie Middleton column: Surbiton captain unphased after unbeaten run ends

Surbiton’s 53-game unbeaten run has been talked about much more externally than it has by us. We weren’t even aware it had been so long until someone …

Three-way partnership earns Leeds Hockey Club high status

Leeds Hockey Club are toasting their elevation to the men’s National League – clinched this week following their runaway exploits in the Northern Premier. …

Kate Richardson-Walsh: Let’s work together to help hockey grow

As the next Olympic cycle begins and the new international league looms on the horizon, what will become of our sport in the coming years? Our international …

Simon Orchard: It’s time umpires learnt the game

  “The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, they just don’t know the game”, the great Bill Shankly once said. I have to say I agree …

Simon Mason column: Let’s stream hockey and evolve together

So much has changed from the early 1990s when our colleague and columnist Nick Irvine commentated hockey for Sky Sports at Birmingham University. A single …

Ric Charlesworth: Teams of nine are the way forward

It appears even soccer (football) is considering some significant changes. Marco Van Basten as technical Director of FIFA has raised the possibility of …