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Goalkeeper Ollie Payne marks rise with GB Hockey Olympic place

Ollie Payne's "perfect rich vein of form" was the catalyst behind his meteoric rise and inclusion in Team GB's Olympic squad for Tokyo, according to Simon Mason, Britain's most capped goalkeeper. The GB men's squad will field 12 Olympic debutants...

Luxembourg aim high with Olympic hockey hopes

Luxembourg's only hockey side scored its first goal on the European stage in 2019. Now, they have fanciful aspirations of making it to the Olympics after the club's "momentous year". Richard Bright reports Casting minds back to a time when...

Lack of English hockey’s media coverage rears its head once more

It started with a daily video blog countdown and ended with a picket outside the Daily Telegraph offices. A decade ago, a committed rugby league fan travelled down to London on a cold November morning, armed with a spoof...
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Hockey’s greatest goals: Reliving an Australia special

In June 2014, Australia handed out a hockey drubbing to England at the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, which included a special goal from Australian Kieran Govers. Here, The Hockey Paper speaks to the main protagonists (as well...

Hockey tips from the top: Anna Toman, GB women and Wimbledon

What I’ve learnt at elite level I've been in a very fortunate position that I have been selected for everything and I have been injury free. But it's not just about being selected it's about keeping yourself fit. As a...

Jen Wilson: It’s ability not gender now for women hockey coaches

A few months before the pandemic set in, there were no shortage of congratulatory messages and images pinging through Scotland's WhatsApp groups after a stellar year for the Blue Sticks; the squad winning the Scottish Women in Sport award,...

Introduction of over-80s hockey has further bolstered Masters scene

Brian Woolcott was "running like a greyhound" in the final of the European Championships over-75s in 2019. England were finishing the better side, a late goal seeing the sides locked at 2-2 with a Grand Masters shoot-out in the...

Opportunities to improve understanding should be grabbed with both hands

So much of what makes a good hockey umpire is about communication, says Andy Mair That doesn’t mean a running commentary throughout the match - but making our thinking clear, be it verbally or with non-verbal signals. There are times...

The Hockey shoot-out drama: 10 years since penalty strokes replaced

It is a decade ago this month since the FIH introduced the penalty shoot-out rule in the sport at the Women’s Champions Challenge 2. And so the novelty of running from the 23m line and eight seconds to try...

God squad: Can hockey follow football’s lead?

The news that the Church of England has given the blessing for a football team to be formed – an Archbishop of Canterbury XI – with plans for a women’s side to follow led to us researching whether there...
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Ayeisha McFerran issues appeal after hockey World Cup medal stolen

Ireland women's goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran has appealed for the return of her World Cup silver medal after it was...
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