Rob and Romesh vs Hockey

You may or may not have seen that BAFTA-nominated “Rob & Romesh vs” returned to Sky One at the start of July.

Given the Olympics is almost here, there are a couple of episodes dedicated to comedians Romesh Ranganathan and Rob Beckett and their quest to find an Olympic sport they can turn their hand to.

In their infinite wisdom, they decide that playing in goal at hockey looks pretty straightforward. The reality, is quite different.  

Rob and Romesh bask in their new-found love of hockey

As you can see from the clip below, Maddie Hinch and Amy Tennant, the GB goalkeepers charged with teaching them how to play were not too sure about their credentials for the job. But they take on the challenge and set about teaching them the basics of the role with a series of drills before the two go head-to-head in a five-a-side match at the end of the show.

Early on, Romesh cops two balls to the head and one in the family jewels, which on the face of it, is quite funny for onlookers. However, at the risk of spoiling the show, it actually turns out to be the best thing that could have happened to him.

“I’ve been smashed in the face twice and the d*ck once.” Romesh says.

“It’s actually good though. Because it’s shown me, this equipment is incredible. You lose the fear. You cannot be hurt in this stuff, it feels incredible.”

Sound on for the full effect!

Of course, it would be a massive missed opportunity for me, as a Mercian sponsored player not to take this chance to point out that the equipment that so impressed the budding new goalkeeper is of course, the Mercian Elite range used by Ollie Payne, George Pinner, Tyler Lovell and erm, me. So I’m not surprised at how impressed he was with the equipment.

Anyway, shameless plugging of kit aside, Rob and Romesh vs is available on Sky and NOW TV now and well worth a watch.

And if you want to get your hands on some of that excellent Mercian kit, visit the Mercian website.

About thetopofthed

Columnist for The Hockey Paper and the man behind The Top of the D. Writer, podcaster, goalkeeper and BBC Sport man. Used to work for Great Britain Hockey and have covered the sport at every major tournament.
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