Barry Middleton: 250 not out

When England took to the field to play Ireland in the Rabobank EuroHockey Championships, Barry Middleton made his 250th appearance for England. Doncaster’s finest is closing in on 400 combined Great Britain and England caps and is the most capped played in his country’s history. I caught up with a few of his team mates to find out just what they think of the legendary Barry Middleton.  Continue reading

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Danson proud despite semi-final heartbreak

Captain Alex Danson declared herself to be “proud of her team” despite England slipping to a semi-final defeat at the hands of the Netherlands at the Rabobank EuroHockey Championships.

A goal from Dutch Skipper Marloes Keetels was enough to settle a high-quality match which England dominated for spells in front of a packed house in Amsterdam. Continue reading

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Hoare aiming to play without fear against Dutch.

England go into their semi-final clash with the Netherlands taking on not only the 11 on the field but with almost the whole of the 10,000-strong crowd willing them to lose. Not that defender Michael Hoare will notice once the game starts:

“Personally, once I start playing I don’t notice the crowd. You hear big loud cheers but once I’m in the game I’m in my own little bubble. I’m just playing against my opponent and with the team. I might feel different tomorrow but I think I’ll be OK.” Continue reading

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Steak dinner motivates Pinner.

Goals from David Goodfield and Sam Ward handed England a vital 2-1 win over Ireland and sent them into the semi-finals of the Rabobank EuroHockey Championships. Afterwards goalkeeper George Pinner revealed the extra motivation that had caused his team to get over the line: Continue reading

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Ward exorcises demons from 2015

Sam Ward spoke of his pride at being part of the England side after his goal handed Bobby Crutchley’s team a place in the semi-finals of the Rabobank EuroHockey Championships. Ward spoke to The Top of the D post match, you can see the interview below.  Continue reading

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Hinch relishing clash with the Dutch

And so, it came to pass, with almost an air of inevitability England vs the Netherlands is on for the Rabobank EuroHockey Championships in Amsterdam.

After England ended Scotland’s stubborn resistance and the Oranje destroyed the Czech Republic 10-0, the seventh biggest win in the tournament history, a repeat of the 2013 semi-final and the 2015 final is now upon us. Continue reading

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Be your best

Much of the talk in the wake of both the London and the Rio Olympics has been around inspiration and getting people not only playing hockey but improving as players. Dan Fox, who played at both of those tournaments as well as many others for his country is as aware as anyone about the need to provide quality coaching to inspire all types of players. That’s why he’s launched his own coaching company – 1-2-1 Coaching, to pass on his expertise to help hockey players to be the best they can be. Continue reading

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Crutchley: “No time to hide.”

England head into what is effectively a quarter final against Ireland tomorrow with the winner progressing to the semi-finals of the Rabobank EuroHockey Championships.

Ireland and Germany are currently above England in the pool with four points apiece whilst Bobby Crutchley’s side have three points. With Germany expected to beat Poland in the other game, only a win will do for the Three Lions. Continue reading

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Ralph lauds “patient” England.

Head Coach David Ralph was delighted with his England side after they overcome old foes Scotland in a pulsating encounter. Goals from Jo Hunter and Giselle Ansley handed England the three points they needed to progress to the semi-finals causing Ralph to praise his “patient” side. Continue reading

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Hunter delighted with “most important goal.”

England star Jo Hunter was delighted after scoring the vital opener as England beat Scotland 2-0 to take their place in the semi-finals of the Rabobank EuroHockey Championships. The full interview is below.  Continue reading

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