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Want to study and play hockey in the USA? This UK coaching camp is a key showcase

MT13 have teamed up with Repton Hockey Club to develop and deliver a new, unique US Showcase.

The three-day Residential Camp will attract the very best 14 to 17-year-old female players from across the UK and Europe, who want to further their education and hockey in America. You can also claim 10% off with the code THP10 at checkout and you will need to book by Oct 31 at the latest.

Across the three days they will be assessed by around 20 different US University coaches, from prestigious Ivy League and non-Ivy League Division 1 US Universities

They will include: Harvard University, Boston University, Ball State, Wake Forest, Syracuse University, University of New Hampshire, University of Louisville, UCONN, University of Maryland, Saint Joseph’s University and The University of Iowa.

Players will also have the opportunity to gain an understanding of what it takes to both study and play sport at the top University level in the US directly from players from Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Louisville and Iowa.

In the last four years, Martin Jones and Matt Taylor (US Showcase directors) have been involved in the development of over 20 players who have played Division 1 NCAA hockey, the top division in the USA.

US coaches will be able to assess players under conditioned exercises, match play and physical testing. There will also be specific goalkeeper sessions and a post-grad players section. At the end of the Residential Showcase, each player will have access to a high quality showreel with footage from the Residential Showcase combined with footage they have provided. These showreels will also be available for the player to engage with a wide range of US coaches.

This residential camp gives US coaches more time to interact with players (in accordance with NCAA rules) allowing the US coaches to build a more in-depth profile of players, and for players to understand the application process in more detail and playing and studying in the US.

The lowdown

Duaration: 3 Days / 2 Nights 

Dates: December 12-14

For who: Outfield players and goalkeepers 

Venue: Repton School 

Match play: 11 v 11 daily matches 

Please visit mt13.co.uk for more info, prices and to BOOK YOUR PLACE

You can claim 10% off the final price with the code THP10 at checkout

Need to book by the October 31 at the latest

‘The Home’: MT13’s new state-of-the-art hockey training facility

Welcome to ‘The Home’, the new state-of-the-art training facility for coaching company MT13.

The Hockey Paper went to The Home to speak to Matt Taylor about what gave him the passion to coach hockey, which high-profile Olympians he has worked with, and how the company is seeking to have a bigger impact in the coming years, by starting a coach development programme alongside the player sessions.

For a company renowned for its tireless commitment to innovation, Taylor, the former England international, has built a successful coaching company, which includes residential and elite residential camps.

The indoor venue is believed to be the only one of its kind in the UK.

Measuring 40m x 20m and fully laid with artificial turf, it has two goals, two D’s, and equipped with an impressive range of coaching aids including ball machines, heavy hockey skill balls, skill hurdles, goal banners to enhance shooting accuracy, rebound walls and inflatable defenders.

These aids bring fun to the sessions, challenging the players and honing their skills.

The Home is also rigged with a sophisticated camera system allowing for immediate touchscreen analysis. It is ideal for one-to-one coaching sessions which don’t require a full pitch.

This new format enables players to have a bespoke session designed for them focussing on specific areas they wish to develop. These sessions can be shared by up to four players. In addition Small Group Sessions are also available for up to 16 players.

You can book sessions with MT13 here

Paris Olympics Hockey: Christopher Rühr makes Germany men squad

Talisman Christopher Rühr, who suffered a torn cruciate ligament in Olympic qualifying semi-finals in January, has made a rapid recovery in time to make the cut for the Paris Olympics.

Ruhr had already taken a large chunk out of hockey following Germany’s World Cup win last year, but was announced in men’s national coach André Henning’s 16-strong squad for Paris. He made a return in Germany’s Pro League games in London.

Henning has picked 17 players who won the World Cup title in 2023. Germany, the London 2012 champions, finished fourth in Tokyo.

Captain Mats Grambusch, Rühr, Niklas Wellen and Martin Zwicker will be four players who are already on the hunt for medals for the third time. 

For corner specialist Gonzalo Peillat, it is also a third Olympic Games. In London 2012 and Rio 2016, he competed for Argentina. There are seven debutants in all, including goalkeeper Jean Danneberg.

Germany men’s squad

Goalkeeper: Jean Danneberg
Outfield players: (02) Mathias Müller, (03) Mats Grambusch (C.), (04) Lukas Windfeder, (09) Niklas Wellen, (10) Johannes Große, (11) Thies Prinz, (14) Teo Hinrichs, (15) Tom Grambusch, (16) Gonzalo Peillat, (17) Christopher Rühr, (19) Justus Weigand, (22) Marco Miltkau, (23) Martin Zwicker, (25) Hannes Müller, (44) Moritz Ludwig
Reserves: (1) Alexander Stadler, (13) Paul-Philipp Kaufmann, (29) Malte Hellwig

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Henning said: “We have significantly more than 19 very good players in Germany who would have deserved to go to Paris. On the one hand, it is bitter not to be there, although many candidates have done a lot right here.”

Germany will host the 2025 EuroHockey PIC: Worldsportpics

Women’s national coach Valentin Altenburg told his players in the changing room following his side’s last Pro League game on Wednesday.

Altenburg said: “The Danas have become a team that wins together more and more often. Who laughs and mourns together, who is there for each other and who looks each other in the eye at important moments like a nomination.”

Germany women’s squad

Goalkeeper: (15) Nathalie Kubalski
Outfield players: (02) Kira Horn, (03) Amelie Wortmann, (04) Nike Lorenz (C.), (05) Selin Oruz, (06) Benedetta Wenzel, (08) Anne Schröder, (10) Lisa Nolte, (11) Lena Micheel, (12) Charlotte Stapenhorst, (16) Sonja Zimmermann, (25) Viktoria Huse, (26) Felicia Wiedermann, (27) Stine Kurz, (28) Jette Fleschütz, (31) Linnea Weidemann
Reserves:: (20) Julia Sonntag, (22) Cecile Pieper, (23) Emma Davidsmeyer

Captain Nike Lorenz, Selin Oruz, Anne Schröder and Charlotte Stapenhorst will play their third Games. Germany won bronze in 2016.

Paris Olympics Hockey: ‘It’s about being able to land a blow and when to put the gloves up’

The next major port of call for Great Britain’s players will be the email delivered in their inboxes on Friday when they find out the make-up of the 16-strong Paris Olympics squad.

The GB Hockey way has historically been the dreaded digital letter, while a call will be placed to players who have been out of the squad for some time or on the fringes. There are other ways. Take Germany women’s coach Valentin Altenburg, who delivered the news to his squad in the changing rooms soon after his side had lost to China on Wednesday.

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Australia women end Hockey Pro League on high with GB win

London — A sixth defeat in eight Pro League matches against Australia saw Great Britain go down 3-2, the Hockeyroos ending their European sojourn on a high.

On Laura Unsworth’s 350th cap, it was two penalty corner deflections from the Hockeyroos which paved the way for victory, with the hosts unable to convert two series of set pieces of their own in the second-half against a defence marshalled expertly by Karri Somerville.

Grace Balsdon, with her fifth in sixth matches, scored from an early penalty corner and must now be in line for a Paris berth, with fellow PCA flicker Giselle Ansley returning for their final Pro League matches this month. Players will be told their Olympic selection on Friday, with a revealing on Tuesday.

Australia levelled in the 20th minute when Lily Owsley lost the ball inside half way and Grace Stewart, with GB unable to close down, slapped low past Miriam Pritchard.

Just before the break, Rosie Malone struck low and captain Brooke Peris connected with a soft touch to beat Pritchard.

China ended their Pro League campaign with win PIC: WORLDSPORTPICS /WILL PALMER

Tess Howard equalised, deservedly, for GB in the 39th minute. And, with four minutes left in the corner, the indefatigable Ellie Rayer ran to the baseline and switched across goal, Charlotte Watson inches from connecting with her outstretched stick.

GB had three PCs in a row as they began to control the final quarter, with Jocelyn Bartram equal to any threat from the attacking battery.

There were a further three PC chances for Amy Costello and Toman with the next attack. All their flick or slap hits were sent low and central and all dealt with efficiently by the Hockeyroos.

Australia, who will announce their Olympic squad on July 1, then made GB pay for their raft of chances with their next set piece when Malone netted low with nine minutes left.

Peris said of Somerville: “She really drove every line from the back and that just shows her leadership. She’s so talented, she brings this excitement and she gets the girls going and that’s what we love to all to see and that’s the passion that she brings and she just brings everyone up with her.”

Earlier, China finished their Pro League campaign in fine style with a 3-1 win over Germany and two goals from Ying Zhang.

Hockey Pro League: Ruthless Australia men put Great Britain to the sword

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London — No Blake Govers, no bother for Australia. The Kookaburras finished their FIH Pro League campaign by laying down a marker for their rivals at the top of the standings, as well as an ominous sign of their form heading into the Paris Olympics, following a 5-1 win over Great Britain on Wednesday evening.

A Ky Willott double led the way, which included one penalty corner and a sumptuous breakaway team goal, as the Kookaburras bagged back-to-back wins against their old rivals in a ruthless display of circle finishing and power running over an out-of-touch GB outfit, albeit an encounter which was a tighter affair than the scoreline suggests compared to their opening defeat against Colin Batch’s side.

There’s no let up over 60 minutes with Australia. They effectively scored three goals in as many minutes, following their two late, late goals in their come-from-behind victory over Germany, as they started defiantly in the final men’s match of the London mini tournament.

After Rupert Shipperley’s reverse attempt in the opening seconds, Lachlan Sharp was handed too much time to run up field and picked Jake Whetton, who shot first time at the top of the D and all too quick for Ollie Payne’s left foot. 

While Australia’s opener had come from three passess in their midfield, Great Britain’s equaliser with the next move was more patient. A four-way interchange in their half led to Liam Sanford move and link up field, a one-touch pass from Shipperley found Lee Morton to slap home.

With under five minutes left, Payne produced a remarkable full stretch dive to deny Sharp’s scooped shot after a danger ball across GB’s goal mouth.

Australia were down to nine briefly through two green card infringements. With GB then down to 10 and Sam Ward sitting out, Australia countered from a 23m free out and surged up field. Seconds later and a circle battery emerging, they had the ball in the net. GB successfully referred for a back stick.

Morton won a brace of GB PC’s, both cleared by Johan Durst. At the other end, Australia continued to feign two sets of decoy moves to try and deceive the GB runners. With Govers sitting out this final match in London, Jack Welsh slotted home. 

-READ MORE: Paris Olympics 2024: Match schedules

Durst’s left pad kept Australia a neck in front at the break before Andrew Charter took over pad duties. And Australia duly doubled their lead when Willott’s 35th-minute PC took a heavy deflection off Brendan Creed’s stick, handing Payne little chance.

With 30 seconds left of the third quarter, Australia were afforded too much circle space in a three-way move and the excellent Tom Craig powered home.

Willott’s second was classic Australia counter punching. Craig picked out a huge aerial towards the GB baseline and a pinpoint pass found Willott, the Newcastle man angling past Payne on the run. Willott had some pointed words aimed at Jacob Draper in celebration.

Craig said: “Our team is just playing so well and we’re playing a lot of guys in form. It was pretty kind to be awarded [Player of the Match] today. I think it could have gone to like 10 other guys on the field. So a bit of a coin flip there, but definitely happy and happy that everyone else is playing so well as well.”

Ireland: Pembroke win annual Phil Homan memorial hockey tournament

Armagh Men’s Hockey Club welcomed 10 visiting teams from across Ireland and Scotland to Ardmore Recreation Centre this month for their annual Phil Homan Memorial Tournament to compete for The Rutledge Cup.

Teams would get underway playing in two groups to reach the knockout stage of the Tournament.

Armagh’s own team started slowly with a heavy defeat to Dublin opposition, Railway Union, but would show their class in the local derby game v Portadown, but Armagh just missed out on the Quarter Finals by one point in the end and left the tournament early.

Teams also included the likes of Portrane, Avoca, Bray, Pembroke, Banbridge and Uddingston.

2024 runners up Bray

Pembroke, Bray, Railway Union and Banbridge making it through to the semi finals and a chance of winning The Rutledge Cup.

Pembroke beat Railway Union 1–0 and Bray v Banbridge finished 0 – 0 and went to a shoot-out with Bray taking the victory 3–2. It would be an all Dublin Final with Pembroke v Bray.

The game started slowly with both teams showing nerves and trying to find the right pass to make the difference. A battle to the end where it ended 0–0 with Bray very unfortunate not to win it in the dying seconds only for Pembroke goalkeeper to make some vital saves to keep his team in it.

The 2024 winners Pembroke Wanderers

Pembroke started with a fine goal and then Bray couldn’t get past an excellent Pembroke goalkeeper in the shoot-out.

Pembroke were 2–0 up but Bray fought back to bring it to 2–1 after three. Pembroke made it 3–1 before their goalkeeper made a great save to win his team the final and The Rutledge Cup for 2024.

Player of the Tournament – Charlie Trotte, Railway Union – winning a new Naked Hockey Dream, 100% carbon hockey stick.

Goalkeeper of the Tournament – Brain Nugent, Pembroke Wanderers – winning an OBO Hockey goalkeeper goodie bag.

The Homan family where present again this year to hand over The Rutledge Cup to winners Pembroke Wanderers

With upwards of 140 boys playing hockey and enjoying the day and the spectacular weather in Armagh, this tournament is quickly becoming one of the stand out Tournaments in Ireland.

Road to Paris Olympics dream: ‘My first coach told me importance of doing everything on the move’

Katie Robertson believes she can deliver the X factor needed to keep GB Hockey’s golden generation going at the Olympic Games, writes Tom Harle.

Robertson, born in the Fife countryside, looks at the sport a little differently to most of her team-mates at Bisham Abbey. The 27-year-old turned the right heads with her performances at the 2022 Commonwealth Games – plucked out of the Scotland set-up and pitched into Team GB’s Olympic campaign for the last push to Paris 2024.

She moved down to Berkshire without baggage and a relentless attacking mentality that could make her GB’s secret weapon as they aim to win a medal at an unprecedented fourth successive Games.

“I think it’s been quite nice for them to have something a little bit different,” said Robertson. “The girls have been together for three years, so I am a fresh voice. The way I like to play the game is the direction GB are trying to push things – fast, attacking hockey.”

Defence has been the bedrock of the GB women’s dynasty that delivered bronze at London 2012, gold at Rio 2016 and bronze again at Tokyo 2020.

Now at the helm is Glaswegian David Ralph, who played more than 100 international games for Scotland and has got the top job having been part of the GB coaching set-up since 2013.

In a similar vein to men’s head coach Paul Revington, Ralph has sought to loosen the shackles and let talents like Robertson express themselves on the field of play.

“The game as a whole has really evolved over the last five or 10 years,” said Robertson. “It’s become more dynamic, players have become fitter, the whole game is more exciting.

“My first coach, David Stott, always instilled in me the importance of doing everything on the move, three-dimensional skills, doing that little bit extra. I’ll always be grateful to him for that because obviously he could read the way the game was going and that’s how it has turned out.

“We definitely want to play an exciting brand of hockey and for me, that is about scoring goals. We’ve done a lot of work on being really clinical in the circle and putting our chances away.”

“It is safe to assume Robertson’s philosophy has been shaped by her unconventional route to the summit of the sport. She grew up in a showjumping family and was encouraged onto horseback as soon as she could walk by parents Lynnmedals and James.

Robertson looked set for a competitive career as a showjumper after forming part of the victorious Great Britain ‘children on horses’ team at the European Championships in Paris in 2010.

“We never knew anything different,” said Robertson, whose brother James also followed in their parents’ footsteps and rode. “We were never forced to do it – it was the way we grew up, our lifestyle and one we absolutely loved. It was a childhood of dreams.”

Robertson’s world was rocked when, two weeks after the Europeans, her horse fell on top of her and she was crushed between the horse and the ground. She suffered a bad concussion, a broken collarbone and shoulder and was very fortunate to emerge without more serious injuries.

“I could easily have been paralysed, broken my back or my neck,” she said. “It was a long road to recovery. It was a massive change in my confidence. I just didn’t have enough confidence to get back on a horse again.

“My parents were obviously disappointed. We don’t have any horses around anymore. But at the same time, they were very supportive and keen for me to try something different.”

There was little doubt that hockey would fill that void once she began working with two-time hockey Olympian Pauline Stott, David’s wife, who was teaching PE at Kilgraston School.

Robertson is now one of over 1,000 elite athletes on UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded World Class Programme, allowing her to train full time, have access to the world’s best coaches and benefit from pioneering medical support.

Team Scotland and the Commonwealth Games have been fundamental to her journey to this point, with Ralph offering her a place on his GB programme straight on the back of Birmingham 2022.

“For most athletes in Scotland, the goal is to compete at the Commonwealth Games,” she said. “Gold Coast 2018 definitely opened my eyes to what real senior international hockey was like.

“After 2018, I took some time out, so there was a bit of a gap in my career but I felt fresh, ready to go again and Birmingham was a bit of a turning point.

“I was a bit of a rabbit in the headlights initially but by then, I was ready and settled.”

Robertson is in the final stages of making her case for selection for Paris 2024, with the ongoing swing of the FIH Pro League in London her last opportunity to bid for one of the 16 spots in the Team GB squad.

“Pauline was my idol so when I met her, that was the first time I dreamt about going to the Olympics,” she said. “It’s the pinnacle and what everyone wants to do, but I never thought I would be in a position to be involved. The last few years have been a whirlwind but it’s all very exciting.”

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Hockey Pro League: Great Britain men climb table with Spain win, GB women take point

These two sides will play the opening men’s match of the Paris Olympics next month and, if dress rehearsals are anything to go by, we’re in for a gung-ho battle between Great Britain and Spain.

Spain halted GB’s run for a first Pro League title last season, while they made it devilishly difficult for an England side at last summer’s EuroHockey. Here, the Spanish were dominant for a majority of the quarters before Alan Forsyth once again struck in the 50th minute to earn GB a 2-1 victory.

Of course, we may see different sides running out in Paris next month. Conor Williamson, who could be one of several new young British stars in Paul Revington’s side, scored his first international goal, to set up a frenetic last 15 minutes.

Dangerman Marc Miralles levelled with a PC goal four minutes later, before Forsyth, as he did in the same minute against India on his return to the side, scored a fine rising reverse rattler as they once again made inroads to the top of the Pro League standings.

GB and the Netherlands are now favourites for the title as things stand, both with games in hand, although Australia went top of the men’s standings with a fighting 3-2 win over Germany, courtesy of two late PC goals.

Before the finale, Rupert Shipperley hit the post while James Mazarelo, voted man of the match, had to make a sprawling triple save from a Spanish corner.

There were signs of the physical contest looming in Paris, with captain David Ames hobbling off, only to return shortly afterwards, while Jacob Draper was also seen doubling over on the GB goal line. No one wants an injury at this stage of the summer.

James Mazarelo, the GB goalkeeper, was voted player of the match PIC: Worldsportpics

Tim Nurse had a fine game and set up GB’s first. He weaved on the right baseline into the circle and pulled back for Williamson to pick a bobbling ball and reverse low.

With 10 minutes left, Dave Goodfield found space with keepy-uppy momentum into the circle on the left and Forsyth was on hand to pick and send a rising reverse into the net.

Meanwhile, GB women shipped a two-goal lead in the closing stages to draw 3-3 with China, before taking the bonus points in a shoot-out.

An early Tess Howard goal, with good link up play with Ellie Rayer, was followed by an Anna Toman PC strike, which took GB into the lead before Zou pulled one back.

Howard was awarded a yellow card with under five minutes left and, with their goalkeeper off, had a two field player advantage.

China held possession and were rewarded with under three minutes left when Sophie Hamilton lost the ball in the circle and Ma Ning scored. Zhong then equalised with one minute left on the clock.

Miriam Pritchard saved four China shoot-outs, to see GB record the same outcome the last time these two met last week.

India to host 24-strong Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup in 2025

India will host the next Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup in 2025, the International Hockey Federation announced on Tuesday.

It will be the first time that a Hockey Junior World Cup will include as many as 24 teams after the FIH upped the competing teams from 16. 

This expansion will provide global competition opportunities for more young athletes from eight more countries around the world, in a tournament format that will see every team playing six matches.

The 2025 edition will be contested next December. No venue has been announced as yet.

FIH president Tayyab Ikram said: “Giving more opportunities to play to a larger and more diverse number of National Associations is one of the key pillars of our Empowerment and Engagement strategy. 

“We saw at the FIH Hockey5s World Cup in Oman this year how more diversity brings a huge added value to our events. Therefore, I’m very happy that we’ve increased the number of participating teams for the FIH Hockey Junior World Cups and I look forward to seeing these 24 young teams, representing the future of our sport.

Shri Bhola Nath Singh, secretary general of Hockey India said: “Hosting the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2025 is a significant step for us, and we appreciate the FIH’s trust in us. This event offers a fantastic chance to bring hockey to even greater heights, inspiring a whole new generation of players and fans in India and globally.”

The last edition of the men’s event took place in 2023 in Malaysia and was won by Germany.

Australia Hockey GK on Kookaburra deal: ‘Pull behind Australian public finally got traction for us’

Some 30 years after Kookaburra Sport originally partnered with Hockey Australia to name the men’s national team after Australia’s iconic native bird, player power played a large hand in the two brands merging once again.

A few days before Australia departed for Europe, Hockey Australia inked a three-year deal with Kookaburra to become a shirt sponsor of the men’s team, while the brand name features on the Hockeyroos skort.

Andrew Charter, the Kookaburras goalkeeper, was the leading voice who started the conversation moving after taking to LinkedIn in January, calling for companies to take advantage of “good real estate” in an impassioned post.

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GB Hockey goalkeeper Jess Buchanan: ‘At 15, she was driven and knew what her goal was’

Seven years ago, Simon Lee fielded a general enquiry from an aspiring goalkeeper who had just broken into the Scotland under-16 squad. 

Lee, who has coached GB debutant Jess Buchanan since she was 15, then recalls her father asking if she “had something” after one of their early goalkeeper sessions. “The short answer was ‘yes’,” says Lee. “I don’t think I have met a 15-year-old athlete who was as driven and knew what her goal was. 

“She was very clear about wanting to be a senior Scotland international, wanting to be the Scottish No.1 and also to be the GB No.1. You don’t get many 15-year-olds with that, but also have the determination to do it.”

Buchanan, from Glasgow, could yet to be offered a ticket to the Paris Games when selection is confirmed next week. Should the 22-year-old be selected for Team GB, her meteoric rise would come as no surprise to Lee, who owns One Hockey. 

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