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Who can challenge Australia?

COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Who can challenge Australia?

The nine other men’s and women’s teams competing at the sixth hockey competition at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games have a mammoth task on their hands. For the men’s teams the challenge is to wrest the trophy from the unbeaten Kookaburras, while only India, in 2002, has ever managed to stop the Hockeyroos ...

Lots of potential, but no-where to play

AFRICA

Lots of potential, but no-where to play

“If you build it, they will come,” Erwin Handura utters the famous mis-quote as he explains that Namibian hockey, particularly indoor hockey, is full of potential, it purely lacks facilities and funding. ...

USA women ‘mesh together’ at Indoor Hockey World Cup

USA Field Hockey

USA women ‘mesh together’ at Indoor Hockey World Cup

They came into the cauldron of the Max-Schmeling-Halle as the lowest ranked team. They had an average age of just 20 - the lowest in the tournament. They had the least caps – an average of seven, compared to the tournament average of 14. In Madison Orobono, they had the youngest player at the event ...

Walking to Hockey Success

WALKING HOCKEY

Walking to Hockey Success

Fast-paced, speedy, high energy – all words that you associate with hockey. But for some people, these descriptors make hockey an intimidating activity in which they feel they can take no part. “In October 2016 one of our ladies team members came to me and said that she was finding my hockey ...

The Coach shares his wisdom

THE COACH

The Coach shares his wisdom

Coaches and hockey lovers were in for a treat when they logged onto the Hockey Today Coaching Clinic for the inaugural online series of hockey seminars. The keynote speech was delivered by one of the greatest hockey coaches of all time, former Australia head coach Ric Charlesworth. ...

Watch out Auckland, the Netherlands are coming

OCEANIA

Watch out Auckland, the Netherlands are coming

The Netherlands are rebuilding. After a silver medal at Rio 2016, a match in which they will have considered themselves to have lost gold rather than to have won silver, the world number one side are now pushing themselves to reach new heights of dazzling brilliance. Two players at the heart of Dutch ...

Doing it the ‘German Way”

EUROPE

Doing it the ‘German Way”

Jami Mülders has been the head coach of the German women’s team since 2012 and in that time he has been rebuilding Die Danas in a mould and model that is very much player-centric. In the early stages of his tenure, sceptics saw his approach as too ...

Final Four Battle for Europe’s Top Spot

EUROPE

Final Four Battle for Europe’s Top Spot

Europe’s best club sides are closing in on the title of 2017 EHL KO16 Club Champions. After a weekend of scintillating action at Eindhoven, Netherlands, over the Easter weekend, the 16 clubs who hailed from Netherlands, France, Poland, Germany, Belgium, England and Ireland were reduced to a final four. The matches that ...

Mazon Range

Stick/Equipment Reviews

Mazon Black Magic V7 (24mm L-Bow)

Stick Reviews

Mazon Black Magic V7 (24mm L-Bow)

Hitting – 4.5/5  This stick feels like the whole thing is a sweet spot. The power that this stick generates when hitting is through the roof. This stick is very well balanced and light weight which makes hitting the ball that much nicer and smoother feeling. There is next to no ...

Alien AX1

Stick Reviews

Alien AX1

Hitting – 3.5/5  The Alien AX1 is very similar to the AX5 I’ve previously played with. The super stiff composition allows for greater hitting power to be generated. The feel when hitting the ball is a let-down as it feels quite hard through the hands when making the connection. However when ...

Mazon Fusion Elite 360 (21mm M-Bow)

Stick Reviews

Mazon Fusion Elite 360 (21mm M-Bow)

Hitting – 4.5/5 This stick was amazing for hitting both forehand and reverse. Nice soft feel when connecting with the ball but still a whole lot of power. The 21mm bow shape helps keep the ball flat and along the ground for the most part. The reverse edge is reinforced with Mazon’s THZ technology helping ...

Espada Primera XB

Stick Reviews

Espada Primera XB

Hitting – 4/5 The Espada Primera XB hits the ball something wicked. The 95% carbon build of this stick gives it awesome amounts of power when hitting on the forehand. The bow shape meant having to change technique ever so slightly to help keep the ball on the ground. Reverse hitting was also made a little ...

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Dealing With Disappointment In Sport

Lauren Penny Colum

Dealing With Disappointment In Sport

By Lauren Penny The countdown to the Olympics has begun. It is a time that people look forward to because we get the chance to watch the world’s best athletes compete in sports that we don’t always get the ...

Reducing Hamstring Injuries

Peter Langford Colum

Reducing Hamstring Injuries

ONE SIMPLE EXERCISE THAT CAN CUT YOUR RISK OF HAMSTRING INJURY IN HALF Our resident exercise specialist, physiotherapist Peter Langford offers advice on prevention and cure of the hockey players’ curse – hamstring injuries. Hamstring injuries are a common complaint for athletes. They can ...

Taking the pain out of DOMS

Peter Langford Colum

Taking the pain out of DOMS

By Peter Langford It’s two days after that tough match and you are still feeling the effects. In this issue, fitness and exercise guru Peter Langford offers advice on understanding and overcoming DOMS.   We all know about training for sport. Athletes work hard to gain fitness and improve their performance. But one area where a lot of ...

Winning the Mind Games

Lauren Penny Column

Winning the Mind Games

By Lauren Penny  Five ways to turn frustration into better performances   Sports coach and former international Lauren Penny helps you take control of your emotions  How do you feel when an umpire makes several bad decisions in a game? What about when your team mate doesn’t pass you the ball even though you’re open and possession is turned over again? How about ...

Events/Tournaments

Comm Games Update

Commonwealth Games

Comm Games Update

The XXI Commonwealth Games has produced some shock results as well as confirmed some of the pre-tournament predictions. Wales women’s spirited 3-2 win over India was one such surprise as was India’s own 2-1 win over world number two team England. In the men’s ...

Dutch clubs make it three from four in weekend of thrilling hockey

EHL

Dutch clubs make it three from four in weekend of thrilling hockey

In a weekend of high tempo hockey action, which saw much criticism of a new scoring system, four teams have confirmed their places in the blue riband event of club hockey, the EHL Final4. The teams who will be competing in Rotterdam on 26 May are: Dutch clubs HC Bloemendaal and HC Rotterdam, along with ...

Hockey’s Talent Takes Centre Stage at the Gold Coast Games

Commonwealth Games

Hockey’s Talent Takes Centre Stage at the Gold Coast Games

  In just over a month, the best sportspeople from across the Commonwealth will be descending upon the Gold Coast for the 21st Commonwealth Games. Over a two-week period, 23 sports will be on show to the world, with athletes from as far afield as Rwanda, Guyana, Monserrat and Tuvalu travelling to Australia to ...

Joy for Austria and Germany at the Indoor World Cup

Indoor World Cup

Joy for Austria and Germany at the Indoor World Cup

  Dramatic, exciting, thrilling, the “best indoor hockey event ever” – the superlatives and praise just keeping coming for the Fifth Indoor Hockey World Cup. The five-day hockey extravaganza took place at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, a massive sports complex that had been modified, branded and prepared to meet the demands of a hockey ...

News

Apr 26 2018
The International Hockey Federation has issued a warning and imposed a fine upon its own president Dr Narinder Batra. The disciplinary action does not prevent ... Read more!
Batra Disciplined by FIH
Apr 10 2018
Day two of the men’s hockey competition at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games saw 15 goals scored over two matches as England beat Malaysia 7-0 and ... Read more!
England and New Zealand get campaigns off to blistering Start
Apr 06 2018
The opening day of play in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games women’s hockey event saw Wales, New Zealand, England and Australia pick up their first ... Read more!
Black Sticks hit super six, Wales topple India at Comm Games
Apr 03 2018
HC Rotterdam and HC Bloemendaal stormed through to the EHL FINAL4, joining fellow Dutch side SV Kampong and the ... Read more!
Rotterdam and Bloemendaal join FINAL4 party
Apr 03 2018
Herakles and SV Kampong will meet in the FINAL4 of the Euro Hockey League following another enthralling day of action at the KO16 in ... Read more!
Herakles raise the roof to set up FINAL4 date with Kampong
Apr 01 2018
HC Rotterdam produced an amazing late comeback to delight a capacity home crowd of over 6,400 as they recovered from 4-0 down to beat Mannheimer HC ... Read more!
Rotterdam rocks as over 6,400 enjoy KO16 carnival
Mar 29 2018
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) today announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), with Thierry Weil set to join the organisation in ... Read more!
From soccer to hockey, Weil takes up new challenge
Mar 27 2018
Reports are emerging from the South American hockey heartland, Argentina, that all is not well with the national teams. Accusations of lies, betrayal and disrespect ... Read more!
What is happening in Argentina?
Mar 22 2018
Pakistan men’s hockey team has been in the wilderness for a few years now. Failure to qualify for either the 2014 World Cup or the 2016 Olympics had ... Read more!
Pakistan revival: Roel’s the man for the job
Mar 22 2018
Colin Batch made it very clear that he is taking nothing for granted as his team prepare to defend their title at ... Read more!
Batch takes nothing for granted
Mar 11 2018
It is probably the most high quality and exciting men’s hockey event that doesn’t end in qualification for a major event, but the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup ... Read more!
Australia prove their class at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Mar 08 2018
The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup nears its exciting conclusion as the teams play off to decide who will contest the medal positions.  In the opening match ... Read more!
Kookaburras chase 10th SAS Cup gold
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