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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

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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

Beikou Drag70

STICK REVIEW

Beikou Drag70

Hitting – 2/5 The Beikou Drag70 had a decent amount of power but felt very “hard” when hitting the ball from a forehand position. Hitting on the reverse however was much nicer and the ball came off very cleanly and with good power. This stick is ...

Lycan Zeke

STICK REVIEW

Lycan Zeke

Hitting – 4/5  The Lycan Zeke is a super stiff stick with 95% carbon. It shows too because there is a huge amount of power when the ball is hit with this stick. As always, a stick this stiff won’t have a lot of feel but the Lycan suprised me when I first started hitting with ...

STX Surgeon RX 901

STICK REVIEW

STX Surgeon RX 901

Hitting – 3.5/5 The RX 901 is the model in the Surgeon range coming in at 90% carbon. This stick absolutely smashes the ball. The feeling through the hit is very crisp rather than soft due to the high carbon content. The shape of the stick caused the ball to lift a little more often ...

Mercian Evolution 0.4

STICK REVIEW

Mercian Evolution 0.4

Hitting – 3.5/5 The Evolution 0.4 from Mercian had great feel when hitting the ball but for a stick with 90% Carbon it didn’t quite have the power one would expect. Forehand hits are very clean and true and the stick ...

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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

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

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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