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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 ...

Developing Hockey Across The Globe

EHF UPDATES

Developing Hockey Across The Globe

In every issue of Planet Hockey we highlight some of the great work that is being carried out by individuals, clubs and nations in using hockey for good. Here are three great projects that are taking place in Europe right now. Pitch perfect A helping hand up the development ladder is ...

Jo’Burg, Brussels and London Provide Stage For Hockey’s Finest

AFRICA & EUROPE

Jo’Burg, Brussels and London Provide Stage For Hockey’s Finest

Pictures courtesy of Frank Uijlenbroek (WSP) and Yan Huckendubler (PAHF) Many of the world’s top teams will be viewing the next few months as a golden opportunity to seal qualification for the 2018 World Cups. HWL Semi-Finals offer six automatic qualification spots, plus the chance for the fourth placed teams to also ...

Latest News From The FIH

FIH UPDATE

Latest News From The FIH

Home and Away moves closer to becoming a reality The world hockey scene is all set to undergo a transformation in the next two years as the Home and Away League for nine of the top international teams in men’s and women’s hockey comes ...

PHL Leads Way Out Of Wilderness For South African Hockey

AFRICA

PHL Leads Way Out Of Wilderness For South African Hockey

Story by Sarah Juggins, pictures courtesy PHL/Marcel Sigg When the International Hockey Federation (FIH) unveiled its Hockey Revolution blue print, one of the aims was to make hockey events, ‘packed, big and ...

A Star Disappears From The International Stage

SOUTH AMERICA

A Star Disappears From The International Stage

Pictures Frank Uijenbroek/World Sport Pics: I interviewed Carla Rebecchi after Argentina failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympics via the Hockey World League Semi-Finals. The captain was far from happy with her team’s performance and, sporting a heavy knee strap, she was in a black mood. But, despite the journalists’ attention at a time when ...

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Stick/Equipment Reviews

Voodoo Paradox V1 EIII

Stick Reviews

Voodoo Paradox V1 EIII

  Voodoo Paradox V1 EIII Hitting – 3.5/5 Good, crisp feel when hitting the ball with the Paradox. Not a huge amount of power from this one but the feel when you hit the ball is the trade-off here. However with correct technique you can still boom the ball at goal or down ...

​ Osaka Pro Tour Limited Bronze

Stick Reviews

​ Osaka Pro Tour Limited Bronze

Hitting – 4.5/5 Coming in at whopping 98% carbon the Pro Tour Limited is a super stiff stick & a force to be reckoned with. This stick absolutely smokes the ball, the power is unreal. All while maintaining a great, soft feel with very minimal vibration. The reverse edge is ...

Alien Hockey AX5

STICK REVIEW

Alien Hockey AX5

Alien AX5 Hitting – 3/5 Coming in with 90% carbon this stick is super stiff and can hit the ball super hard. However the feel is rock hard when you connect with the ball and occasionally vibrates in the hands. The late bow shape meant the ball would lift off ...

Gryphon Taboo Striker T-Bone

STICK REVIEW

Gryphon Taboo Striker T-Bone

Hitting - 4/5 Gryphons are notorious for their power and this stick didn't disappoint. The Striker range is 80% carbon, which is surprising given how hard this stick hits the ball. I did seem to lift the ball a little more than usual but I put that down ...

Travel & Lifestyle

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Lauren Penny

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

India all set for Men’s Hockey World League Final

HWL Final - India

India all set for Men’s Hockey World League Final

The Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final is about to burst into 10 days of high tempo sporting action. This is the end-of-year showpiece event with the eight teams who finished in top place after two year of Hockey World League action. ...

Harbour fans are merry after Olivia shoots Black Sticks into Final

HWL Final - NZ

Harbour fans are merry after Olivia shoots Black Sticks into Final

After a slow start to the tournament, the New Zealand players have hit a rich vein of form to take them to a showdown with either the Netherlands or Korea in the final of the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League on Sunday evening. Olivia Merry was the ...

Calm and Composed: World's One and Two on Cruise Control to Semi-Finals

HWL Final - NZ

Calm and Composed: World's One and Two on Cruise Control to Semi-Finals

If the first two quarter-finals of the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Semi-Finals were all about drama, upset and excitement, the second two matches were signified by professional and workmanlike displays from the two top ranked teams at the tournament. There were no upsets to the rankings on the second day of ...

Korea and New Zealand Dig Deep to Win Places in Semi-Finals

HWL Final - NZ

Korea and New Zealand Dig Deep to Win Places in Semi-Finals

The first quarter-finals of the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Finals in Auckland produced two superb games and two unexpected results. In the opening match, the lowest ranked team at the event, Korea, showed immense character to see off the challenge from Germany, including beating Die Danas in the match-deciding shoot-out. ...

News

Dec 13 2016
Over the last few weeks two Scottish international umpires were awarded for their development and contribution to the sport at two prestigious ceremonies in their ... Read more!
​ Accolades for umpires
Dec 13 2016
Former International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Leandro Negre, from Spain, has been awarded the Olympic Order for his outstanding services to the Olympic Movement. ... Read more!
Olympic medal for Leandro
Dec 08 2016
Applications are now open to join Hockey New Zealand as head coach of the Black Sticks Men. The role is responsible for leading the performance ... Read more!
New Zealand Black Sticks Mens Coach Position Open
Dec 08 2016
Hockey Australia today confirmed the new head coaches for the Australian national hockey teams, the Kookaburras and the Hockeyroos, as Colin Batch and Paul Gaudoin ... Read more!
New Coaches for Australia
Nov 27 2016
The Black Sticks Men have secured a stunning 3-2 come from behind victory over India to progress to the final at the International Festival ... Read more!
Black Sticks clinch spot in Melbourne final
Nov 26 2016
The Kookaburras have dominated the match against Malaysia today at the International Festival of Hockey, with a 5 – nil win thanks to some fantastic goals ... Read more!
Kookaburras dominate against Malaysia
Nov 25 2016
The New Zealand Under 21 Women have been edged 2-1 by Belgium in their first game at the Women’s Junior World Cup in Chile. ... Read more!
NZ U21s Edged by Belgium
Nov 22 2016
This Thursday (24 November), the women’s Junior Hockey World Cup gets underway in the Chilean capital city of Santiago. Sixteen of the best young women’s teams in the world ... Read more!
Next Generations Hockey Players on Show
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