A meeting between England and Australia always has great significance in a sporting context. The two old foes meet again on 4 December 2017 at the Hockey World League Finals in India, with the game perhaps slightly more significant than many of the other clashes. Why? Because it marks Barry Middleton’s 400th international cap. Continue reading
In a few days’ time Danny Kerry’s England squad begin their Hockey World League Finals campaign. Kerry has given a chance to impress to four relative newcomers in Grace Balsdon, Olivia Paige, Suzy Petty and Erica Sanders but there is another new name on the squad list: Hollie Pearne-Webb. Continue reading
Becoming quite a regular on Galvanised’s Hockey Shed show. Here we discuss the latest happenings in the domestic leagues as well as whether there should be a winter break or not, plus plenty more. Full video below.
Another appearance on Galvanised Hockey’s “Hockey Shed” this time putting my interview skills to good use to chat to England and Great Britain Captain Alex Danson. Full video is below.
11 June 2017: Susannah Townsend’s pass finds its way to Alex Danson inside the circle. The England striker slams a shot past Netherlands goalkeeper Josine Koning and the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre erupts. It is Danson’s 100th international goal and it comes, fittingly, in front of a packed house at England’s home of hockey. Continue reading
Having been a guest on the first ever edition of the Hockey Shed a few weeks back, this time around I was fortunate enough to step into the presenter’s role for episode 5. I headed to Bisham Abbey to talk to the legendary Lily Owsley. This was a lot of fun to record and she is always a pleasure to talk to. The finished article is below. Enjoy.
18 August, 2008: Great Britain are being held, 0-0 by the USA. Their hopes of qualifying for the medal matches at the Olympics in Beijing are hanging by a thread. They need to defeat the Stars and Stripes to have any chance of qualifying ahead of Argentina in the pool.
In the last five minutes, GB throw the kitchen sink at the USA. A shot seems destined for the top corner but from nowhere, Amy Tran-Swensen the US goalkeeper pulls out an incredible save and GB’s hopes are dashed.
The image below of Moritz Fürste in Rio is, in my opinion, one of the most iconic of the tournament. It is a picture of utter despair after Germany’s semi-final defeat to Argentina at the Olympics. It was not meant to end like this. For one of the most recognisable, talented and popular players of modern hockey, the story was meant to have a happy ending. Whilst Fürste and his teammates recovered to capture a bronze medal, this wasn’t the fairy-tale finish many had envisaged.
I was lucky enough to appear on Galvanised Hockey’s first ever episode of the Hockey Shed recently. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.
Battered, bruised, broken but crucially, not beaten. England secured a bronze medal in a physical encounter with Germany at the Rabobank EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam. Goals from Barry Middleton, Ian Sloan, Mark Gleghorne and Phil Roper steered Bobby Crutchley’s side to a first medal at this competition in six years with a 4-2 win. Continue reading