Women make it on to the International hockey stage

England women vs Ireland women 1896 action photo

THE FIRST EVER WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY MATCH. 2 March 2021 is the 125th anniversary of the first-ever women’s international hockey match in 1896, between Ireland and England. Ireland beat England 2-0. The game took place on the Alexandra College ground in Milltown, Dublin, at 3.30pm, in front of a crowd of about 2,000 people. M […]

Who is Jack Rolfe??

Jack Rolfe coaching at the u14 Junior Tournament.

What is ‘The Coaching Lab’? In 2014, aged 18, fresh out of school I was offered a job as a Cover Supervisor at Aylesbury Grammar School by Headmaster Stephen Lehec, he said something that has stayed with me ever since; “Make the most of every opportunity”. Making the most of opportunities has led me to […]

“YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH” – FIH Battle Key Hockey Voice

The FIH renege on a signed contract and attempt to silence the media Most people will be familiar with Jack Nicholson’s performance in “A Few Good Men” in which he utters the famous line, “You can’t handle the truth.”  While in the film Nicholson uses the line to justify behavior that led to the death […]

Hockey World News Edition 19 OUT NOW

Edition 19 is here and a hard hitting edition it is. A big story coming from the FIH as, from the outside, they look to silence a popular member of the press. Hockey World News takes a deeper look at concussion and its career-ending effects on athletes. Download the latest edition free of charge. Stay […]

Exclusive: International Hockey Federation made $700,000 loss in 2019

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) lost more than CHF633,000 (£519,000/$715,000/€589,000) in 2019, more than doubling its 2018 deficit. While the latest figure pre-dates the devastating spread of COVID-19, it comes as little surprise. A note in the 2018 accounts warned of “an important negative result in 2019”. This was attributed to the FIH Pro League, […]

When the Voice of Hockey speaks, we listen…

After the corona year 2020, all hockey fans hope that in 2021 there will be plenty of ball and stick play. The big league starts on January 31, but how will it continue after that? We look ahead with famous and lesser known hockey celebrities. Today the experienced English hockey commentator Nick Irvine (68), better known as The Voice […]

Key Hockeyroos staffer resigns amid review into culture

Amid an investigation into complaints of bad culture and governance in Australia’s elite women’s hockey programme, one of the main backroom staff of the Hockeyroos has stepped down from her position, claiming she has lost the confidence of the board of Hockey Australia. Hockey Australia’s high performance director Toni Cumpston has left the job weeks […]

Hockey Australia statement

Hockey Australia (HA) acknowledges it has today received and accepted Toni Cumpston’s resignation as High Performance Director, effective immediately. Cumpston took on the role in December 2016 and has been instrumental in making a raft of positive and significant changes to the delivery of the HA High Performance program. “Under Toni’s tenure, and with support […]

Freixa’s departure from Amsterdam: logical, or a victim of rejuvenation?

With a strongly rejuvenated selection, Amsterdam coach Santi Freixa had to make a serious shot at the first national title since the 2011/2012 season from his appointment eighteen months ago. Because he has insufficiently succeeded in this, according to Amsterdam, the club does not extend his expiring contract. A logical decision, or are the expectations unrealistic? “By […]