Without doubt, one of the stars of the England set up since the London Olympics has been goalkeeper Maddie Hinch. The Holcombe stopper has won goalkeeper of the tournament in three competitions over the last 18 months and has carved herself a reputation as a formidable foe in the new style penalty shootouts as well as being regarded as one of the finest keepers in the women’s game.
Have you ever wondered how she does it? How she trains and what makes her the player she is? There are a few bits and pieces online that showcase her outstanding agility and speed across the ground and through the air. For example this one from the good people at Crazy Catch:
As you can see it’s a pretty intense set of drills where the 25-year-old really displays her explosive power and her agility.
There’s also this drill she filmed for OBO, showing the range of saves a goalkeeper might have to make from differing shots and differing angles. Note the way she manages to not only save the majority but she also pushes the ball to safety each time, not allowing a rebound for the strikers to get a second chance at goal.
Finally, and more recently, Investec, who sponsor Test cricket in England and women’s hockey across all levels in the UK, brought Maddie along to train with England cricketer Matt Prior in a unique session at the County Ground in Sussex. It allowed the players to share ideas and techniques from their respective sports.
The former Leicester goalkeeper said afterwards:
“The physical demands of wicket-keeping are immense and it’s a great credit to Matt and Bruce that Matt has had and continues to have such a successful career. Obviously hockey and cricket are very different sports but there are a lot of similarities in the skills required to keep wicket and play in goal so it was great to have an insight into his regime. It’s a great boost for me as we head into the Investec London Cup and Commonwealth Games”.
Prior said: “It’s been really interesting having a chat with Maddie about the differences. Obviously a key difference between us is that I’ve got to try and catch the ball whereas a hockey goalkeeper doesn’t. However, there are lot of movements, patterns and footwork drills that cross over so it’s been a lot of fun. I’m not so sure whether I could take up hockey goalkeeping though, a bruise on the inside thigh from a cricket ball is bad enough! My first question to Maddie was “how did you get into people whacking hockey balls at you?” You’ve got to pretty brave I think!”
All of these different training sessions and techniques, as well as her hard work and dedication in the gym and in other pitch sessions contribute in their own way to making Hinch one of the finest around. A look at the above gives you some idea how she can pull off this sort of thing on regular basis:
Photos and quotes courtesy of Investec.
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