Thursday, July 7, 2022

The Hockey Paper

What makes the perfect field hockey stick?

From the archive: Simon Mason says research is key to choosing the right stick Carbon has become an over-used word, more carbon can create greater stiffness in the stick, that increased stiffness can transfer more power from the player to...

Dream Team: Tina Cullen MBE

The Bowdon Hightown coach and Great Britain Olympian picks the hockey XI she would relish playing together... Goalkeeper Carolyn Reid – Bowdon Hightown, England and GB I have to say her because she’s my mate! She had great agility, communication and could...

Derby HC ‘keeper Murphy opens up about depression ahead of marathon

When the weekend comes, stepping over the white line onto the hockey pitch is usually “a great escape” for Will Murphy. In darker moments, he still can’t quite free himself and has found it a struggle – even from...

England national Hockey League needs a Bowdon

Last weekend’s league results confirm that Bowdon Hightown will have to fight for their place in the Investec Women’s Premier League via the relegation play-offs for a second consecutive season. Buckingham have already qualified for the relegation play-offs. Wimbledon hold...

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...

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...

Three-way partnership earns Leeds Hockey Club high status

Leeds Hockey Club are toasting their elevation to the men’s National League – clinched this week following their runaway exploits in the Northern Premier. It’s a three-pronged celebration thanks to a ground-breaking partnership between a local club and two academic...

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...
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‘Amsterdam, baby!’: South Africa scrape through to Hockey World Cup cross-overs

South Africa women booked their ticket out of Terrassa to keep their Women's Hockey World Cup alive with a...
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