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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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Columnists Corner

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

Dec 13 2016
Despite losing the recent Investec Indoor Hockey series 3-2 to South Africa, Namibia were competitive throughout and showed that they had closed the ... Read more!
Namibia close gap on southern rivals
Dec 13 2016
Ghana Trustees men’s hockey club will take part in the second edition of the Heroes Memorial Tournament which begins on Thursday at City Park ... Read more!
A memorable occasion
Dec 13 2016
Hockeyroos defender Anna Flanagan’s playing future hangs in the balance after taking indefinite leave from the game to deal with “on-going health issues”. ... Read more!
Anna faces flak but insists she will bounce back
Dec 13 2016
New Zealand’s most capped hockey player Phil Burrows has announced his retirement from the sport after a 16-year career at international level. ... Read more!
Blacksticks legend hangs up his boots
Dec 13 2016
Hockey Australia is further developing the game by registering its Hookin2Hockey Give Every Kid A Go fundraising program in partnership with the Australian ... Read more!
Tax relief for hockey
Dec 13 2016
Two former Kookaburras will be leading the Australian national hockey teams, the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos, after wholesale changes at the top ... Read more!
Batch and Gaudoin take charge in Oz
Dec 13 2016
Is this a world first? In a match taking place in Western Australia, the artificial hips will take on the artificial knees at Perth ... Read more!
Going weak at the knees or the hippy shake?
Dec 13 2016
Dinesha Perera, the former Sri Lanka Hockey captain and present coach of Bishop's College Colombo became the first Sri Lankan to be appointed as ... Read more!
Dinesha leads way with whistle
Dec 13 2016
The ongoing Men's Junior World Cup will be Roget van Gent's last outing with Indian hockey with the Dutchman set to quit due to ... Read more!
Roget says farewell
Dec 13 2016
As the men’s Junior World Cup reaches the end of the pool stages, one quarter-final place is still up for grabs. ... Read more!
Still all to play for in Lucknow
Dec 13 2016
The Pavilion at Stormont Estate in Belfast will host Ireland’s Hockey World League round two event next year, the sport’s worldwide governing body ... Read more!
Irish welcome for HWL 2
Dec 13 2016
England and Great Britain Hockey have received notification of UK Sport funding for the Tokyo 2020 cycle after hockey returned home from Rio with ... Read more!
England Hockey win big on Lottery
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