Reasons to be cheerful

After every tournament there is always time for reflection. The Commonwealth Games is no different. With British interest from England, Wales and Scotland in both men’s and women’s tournaments, this competition has provided more food for thought than usual. However in this case, Gold Coast 2018 has left fans of British hockey with many reasons to be cheerful. Continue reading

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Great Britain victorious in the battle with The North.

It was a game in aid of charity but there was nothing charitable about the performance Great Britain put on. They put the Northern Invitational XI to the sword at Brooklands Hockey Club in front of a sell out crowd. Continue reading

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Ben Rawson Charity Game: GB vs The North

By now you will have no doubt heard about Ben Rawson. Ben is the Denbigh Hockey Club player who sadly lost a leg to cancer.

Ben was struck down by a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma which affects fewer than 30 teenagers and young adults in the UK every year.

In order for him to begin to participate in competitive sport again Ben will need a blade prosthetic that allows him to run and jump. These are not available on the NHS for people over the age of 18. The cost of these can be in the region of £50,000.

England and Great Britain Head Coach Bobby Crutchley heard of the situation and offered to do something to aid the fundraising. With Crutchley’s strong links to the North of England the idea came up of bringing a Great Britain side to take on a North XI and that’s exactly what is happening on Tuesday 13 February, a 7pm start in front of a sold-out crowd at Brooklands Hockey Club. Continue reading

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Maddie Hinch: The best in the world.

“Winning after winning.” The phrase Great Britain Head Coach Danny Kerry has oft repeated in the wake of his team’s recent medal triumphs. Clearly one of his players has been paying attention as Maddie Hinch has been named FIH Goalkeeper of the Year for the second consecutive time. Continue reading

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Legends of Hockey: Barry Middleton.

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

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New name, same great player.

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

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The Hockey Shed (Again!)

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.

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The Hockey Shed Extra: Alex Danson

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.

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Legends of Hockey: Alex Danson

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

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The Hockey Shed Episode 5

 

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.

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