Friday, May 27, 2022

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Now watch the cream rise back to the top in field hockey

Round Two of the men’s World League in Belfast showed us just how competitive the quest for a spot in the top bracket of men’s international hockey is becoming. The reality is though that as wonderful as it is...

Is field hockey a big player in the world of sport?

IT’S megabucks for HIL players, while international teams made up of full-time athletes gain increasing media exposure in mainstream sports coverage. But is hockey really a serious player in the world of professional sport? Before I start, I should probably...

Kate Richardson-Walsh column: And so it begins, the next four-year cycle…

As the men’s and women’s England squads return from their respective South Africa trips, I am reminded that the immediate period post-Olympics is always an interesting one. Squads disband and are reformed, staff members move on to other roles...

Lion Harte David won’t ever forget proud roots

Crowned the world’s best goalkeeper for a second year running, David Harte says it is an achievement he “had never imagined possible”. Part of that is probably because, until he started secondary school, hockey had never even crossed his path. “The...

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 Grinstead and Holcombe respectively last week, denying their teams and the fans the talents of...

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 outside the team flagged up the ‘50’ milestone. I actually find it pretty...

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 federation has a new president and all international teams face the rebuilding process....

Simon Orchard: It’s time hockey 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 with the former Scottish footballer and ex-Liverpool manager wholeheartedly. Many top whistle-blowers...

Let’s stream English hockey on TV 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 camera set-up with rudimentary graphics, a yellow, sandy pitch and a dirty white ball...

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 managing the player load, changing the shootout rules and even moving to remove offside. He correctly suggests...
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Final teams secure berths for men’s Hockey World Cup 2023

The 16 teams for the 2023 men's World Cup have now been confirmed following results at the ongoing Asia...
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