Saturday, July 24, 2021

Rod Gilmour

The Alex Danson photo capturing ‘the best of hockey’

When Koen Suyk replaced one of his old cameras a few months ago, the photography shop asked the veteran Dutch photographer for his superb image of Alex Danson, below, to accompany the equipment. He joked: "It's an old camera and...

Can FIH and Hockey Pro League prosper amid economic impact?

"Sometimes", proclaimed the Daily Mail's chief sports writer Martin Samuel, "there is great benefit in obscurity. In relatively minor sports it allows hopeless administrators to flourish unquestioned." It was but a small item in his regular column, but it struck...

Teun de Nooijer’s my hero! Why Barry Middleton couldn’t go past record

Barry Middleton has finally been able to look back on his memorable hockey career, he tells Rod Gilmour There would be times interviewing Barry Middleton over the years where you would find him, or will him even, to be in...

World hockey keen to engage after European clubs fears

World hockey is keen to hold talks with European clubs following news that there was growing concern on the continent over the way the global game is run. The Hockey Paper exclusively reported in our last print issue that several...

Women’s coach Mark Hager on GB Hockey isolation and love of animals

Mark Hager, the Australian coach of the GB women's team, could easily have been living in solitude during the coronavirus pandemic, with no family, cats or dogs for company in the small Berkshire village where he is currently renting. Luckily,...

Belgium v Germany, EuroHockey 2019: The greatest hockey match?

Rod Gilmour witnessed a classic European Hockey Championships 2019 while the semi-final will be remembered for a generation Oh to be young members of HC Olympia, the burgeoning hockey club which usually has the pitch at Wilrijkse Plein Sports Centre,...

Richardson-Walsh: ‘English domestic hockey is disjointed and we all need to get on same page’

Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh both enjoyed meteoric international careers, their grounding established in domestic hockey before the introduction of the full-time programme. In a wide-ranging conversation with THP editor Rod Gilmour, the gold medal-winning couple dissected the future of...

Sam Ward helped me through struggles, admits GB star Harry Martin

Exclusive  Harry Martin, the Hampstead and GB midfielder, has revealed to The Hockey Paper that he struggled to cope after accidentally hitting team-mate Sam Ward in the face during GB’s Olympic qualifier win over Malaysia in November. But the GB star,...

GB Hockey’s Lizzie Neal: ‘Ballgirling helped me on journey to elite player’

Five years ago at the Hockey Writers’ Awards, Lizzie Neal was asked about her aims after winning the junior prize. “My ambition is to play at the 2020 Olympics – maybe if that’s a bit early, the one after,”...

Safety in hockey: We need immediate changes, says Olympian coach

Exclusive A leading coach and two-time Olympian has called for immediate changes towards safety in the sport at junior level after expressing fears that the reverse stick hit could lead to a fatality. John Shaw, who played at the 1992 and...
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Olympics hockey: Australia survive Japan test, Belgium men move into gear

If the opening match of the Tokyo Olympics is a barometer for how this competition will pan out, then...
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