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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.

FIH issues statement after widespread awards criticism

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has issued a statement surrounding the 2020-21 Hockey Stars Awards after receiving widespread criticism upon announcing the winners. 

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David Ralph appointed England and Great Britain Head Coach.

England Hockey have today announced the appointment of David Ralph as Head Coach of the Great Britain and England women’s international hockey teams, replacing Mark Hager, who resigned after the Tokyo Olympics.

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A view of the Olympics…

Well, we’re right into the thick of the Olympic hockey tournaments and there’s been plenty going on and plenty to talk about. Whilst my work commitments on other sports prevent me from providing the level of coverage I’d like to, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Toman and Townsend secure the points for Great Britain

Great Britain gained revenge for yesterday’s narrow defeat by Germany in the FIH Pro League, picking up a 2-0 win in the return contest on Thursday evening.  Goals from Anna Toman and Susannah Townsend ensured Mark Hager’s team registered their … Continue reading

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