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Young Gun: Freya Bull

Reading youngster Freya Bull’s love affair with hockey started when her mum persuaded her to pick up a stick at the age of ten because she thought “it …

Old habits die hard, so the legend Ric Charlesworth lives on

Our news editor Claire Middleton goes Down Under to meet top Australian coach Ric Charlesworth… It’s a typical West Australian summer day when I …

Todd Williams: It’s time to come in from the cold

In the 1930s, the playwright and composer Noël Coward wrote the famous lyric “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”. With the hats, gloves, …

Dream Team: Tina Cullen MBE

The Bowdon Hightown player / coach and former Great Britain Olympian picks the XI she would relish playing together… Goalkeeper Carolyn Reid – Bowdon …

Alex Danson column: Karen and Craig are huge losses

We are losing Karen Brown and Craig Keegan – two key members of our England and Great Britain coaching staff – and although they have decided to leave the …

Nick Irvine: Can football learn from hockey rules?

As we look forward to a packed hockey calendar in 2017 it is good to know that for once rule changes are going to be few and far between. In recent years my …

Todd Williams column: Get players better, not the best players

Every edition of The Hockey Paper so far has seen plenty of thoughts on improving the health and future of the two Premier Leagues. Ian Jennings’ column on …

Simon Orchard column: My long road back to my normal self

A little over a year ago, I was diagnosed with a generalised anxiety disorder. Roughly characterised, that means I have excessive, uncontrollable and often …

Alex Danson column: I’m excited by what the future holds

We are coming towards the end of what has obviously been a momentous year for Great Britain hockey but it is time now to look forward to 2017 and start to get …

Maddie Hinch: Building on the legacy of Rio will be one hell of a journey – the sport needs new financial backing

Rod Gilmour discusses the way forward for GB hockey with Olympic golden girl Maddie Hinch As the traffic grinds to a halt outside the Century Club on …