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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

Oct 31 2017
England have announced their 18-woman squad that will travel to New Zealand to contest the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final. The ... Read more!
England Announce World League Final Squad
Oct 20 2017
India women’s national team has been moving up the rankings and making waves of its own in a country where hockey is regarded as the national sport. A ... Read more!
Hockey India target Asia Cup victory
Sep 27 2017
In 1964, the Tokyo Olympics transformed Japan after the country had been devastated by the effects and aftermath of the Second World war. 54 ... Read more!
The countdown begins. Tokyo puts on its game face
Sep 19 2017
Wimbledon Hockey Club today announced the signings of 10 new players across their elite Men and Ladies squads as they look to build on a historic ... Read more!
WIMBLEDON HOCKEY CLUB OPENS ITS DOORS TO THE FUTURE
Sep 16 2017
Jamilon Mülders, the former head coach of the German women’s hockey team, is all set to take up a new post as head coach of the China women’s ... Read more!
Mülders looks eastwards for new challenge
Aug 26 2017
Locations have today been announced for the 2018 U15, U18 and U21 Australian Championships. Both the Under 15 and Under 21 events will be held in ... Read more!
2018 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP VENUES ANNOUNCED
Aug 26 2017
Pakistan men’s hockey team have become the latest team to qualify for the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. The ... Read more!
Pakistan qualify for Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup
Aug 26 2017
Hockey Australia is excited to bring world-class hockey back to Melbourne and Bendigo for the second annual International Festival ... Read more!
International Festival of Hockey 2017 tickets on sale
Dec 13 2016
Ole Keusgen and Tamara Durante will be leading the U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team in 2017. With an extensive playing background paired with their ... Read more!
Ole and Tamara join USA coaching team
Dec 13 2016
With 2016 coming to a close and winter fast approaching, Canada’s women’s field hockey program held its Year-End Camp this week in Vancouver. ... Read more!
Year end camp no walk in the park
Dec 13 2016
Telkom Orange coach Jos Openda has said he will consider this season a success if his team retains their Africa Club Championship title next ... Read more!
The future is orange for Kenya club hockey
Dec 13 2016
The Namibia Hockey Union (NHU) has received a major sponsorship of more than N$1 million for a period of three years. ... Read more!
Namibia bags sponsorship deal
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