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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.

Maddie Hinch has spoken about her battle with depression.

Great Britain goalkeeper Maddie Hinch has opened up about being diagnosed with depression last year, saying she ‘dreaded putting on her pads’ at times. “It has been tough but I’m glad I have a diagnosis where I know what is … Continue reading

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The Hockey Centre Vets Summer Series

The Hockey Centre, in collaboration with Mercian Hockey are delighted to announce, “The Hockey Centre Vets Summer Series, consisting of Sunday League matches and Masters Summer Cup weekends.” Full details, including the prizes that go to nominated development sides to … Continue reading

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“Lots of talking, yeah?”

As hockey makes its triumphant return to pitches up and down the country it’s comforting to feel like there might be a sense of normality returning very soon. Despite the enthusiasm with which people have resumed playing, for many of … Continue reading

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Kerry pays tribute to ‘legend’ Ollie Willars

Great Britain head coach Danny Kerry has paid tribute to ‘legend’ Ollie Willars after the defender announced he would be stepping away from international hockey with immediate effect.

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Becoming Kate Richardson-Walsh.

“When I looked at that medal on the podium I thought back to being a little girl. To when I thought that this wasn’t for me. This was something that happened to other people. It was a little nod to … Continue reading

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