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Hockey Issues looks at reaction to coverage of the 2014 World Cup

The hockey World Cup saw the start of a phenomenon that, as a hockey fan, I couldn’t quite believe. In fact, when I first heard that Sky Sports, for the …

Is watching field hockey becoming boring?

Watching hockey is boring… . And I speak as one who knows. Goalkeepers watch an awful lot of hockey. We don’t have a very good angle on the action; …

From The Archives: Loose talk costs goals – what was really behind that Kookaburras wonder strike

A chat between fellow Australian striker Glenn Turner and the England defence resulted in Kieran Govers scoring one of the best goals ever seen at a hockey …

‘Remember the good times’ says Lee on England women’s day of 2014 World Cup misery

England’s hockey World Cup campaign has turned into a salvage mission after their third straight loss in a row in the Hague. Their semi-final hopes were …

Can an England boss really enjoy a World Cup?

Will Roy Hodgson enjoy the World Cup in Brazil? We are not sure – but the last England manager we can remember really revelling in the role was Bobby Robson. …

Sophie Bray looking to make Dutch lessons pay off

When the 2014 hockey World Cup hits off in the Netherlands on Saturday, one of England’s stars will feel right at home. Striker Sophie Bray has spent the …

Hockey’s torchbearer for the Gulf: Oman

Oman may not be well-known to European hockey fans, but the Gulf nation has the longest and deepest affiliation with the sport of any country in the region, …

Maddie Hinch perfect start: England’s new custodian on her blooming career

Has a goalkeeper ever taken to international hockey as quickly as Maddie Hinch? In her first season as England’s number one Hinch picked up goalkeeper of the …

Maddie Hinch: Goalkeeping – genes, culture or just lucky?

So, England has a new hero, or, rather, another new hero. George Pinner, keeper of the tournament at the World League Finals in January, is the second England …

Maddie Hinch and Sophie Bray can lift England at 2014 World Cup

It wasn’t too long ago that England were also-rans at world-level events – think men’s football. Of course there was never any of football’s …