England: Holcombe looking to make an impact in Men’s Premier Division

image 1 - England: Holcombe looking to make an impact in Men's Premier Division - Holcombe men have changed their style of play going forwards under Middleton, but already there is optimism for the season ahead after a win, loss and draw in their opening three games ahead of England Hockey’s match of the weekend against Reading on Saturday evening.

Changes at Holcombe have put the Kent side in the frame for Men’s Premier Division contention, reports Rod Gilmour of The Hockey Paper. Holcombe believe they have one of the strongest squads in their Men’s Premier Division history, as the Kent side continue to aim for a top two finish for the first time. The Medway […]

Netherlands: Bloemendaal is Now Sharp- ‘keep This Level’

Brinkman - Netherlands: Bloemendaal is Now Sharp- 'keep This Level' - How important he was to Bloemendaal on Sunday afternoon, Thierry Brinkman. The 27-year-old striker made three in the 1-4 win over Amsterdam . He pulled, dragged and took his team in tow in the Wagener Stadium. With success: it yielded three necessary points and a hat trick. 

How important he was to Bloemendaal on Sunday afternoon, Thierry Brinkman. The 27-year-old striker made three in the 1-4 win over Amsterdam . He pulled, dragged and took his team in tow in the Wagener Stadium. With success: it yielded three necessary points and a hat trick.  It took forty seconds for the agile Brinkman to leave his mark on […]

World Cup: the Fall of Ireland, From World Cup Silver to a Supporting Role

2022 1388 16420 001 c4 29 - World Cup: the Fall of Ireland, From World Cup Silver to a Supporting Role - Kampong's last defence was there four years ago when they marked the pinnacle of Irish hockey history. And how she was barely passable in the quarter- and semi-finals in the shoot-out series, which Ireland won against India and Spain. In the group, the Irish had already beaten the Indians and also the United States.  

Four years ago, they were the surprise of the World Cup. Then the Irish women left the tournament with a radiant face and a silver medal. In this edition, The Green Army did not survive the first group stage. And that hurts, with goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran. Kampong’s last defence was there four years ago when […]

Alyson Annan: ‘I Don’t Have to Go Back to Orange’

image 14 - Alyson Annan: 'I Don't Have to Go Back to Orange' - 'I will not go into that,' says Alyson Annan, Tuesday evening in Rotterdam. After the Pro League match Netherlands-China (2-1) the question from the media is how she looks back on her break with the Netherlands Women. 'It's not interesting to me. I don't have to go back to that anymore. As the national coach of China, I am working on a very nice project. That's what I'm focusing on now.'

‘I will not go into that,’ says Alyson Annan, Tuesday evening in Rotterdam. After the Pro League match Netherlands-China (2-1) the question from the media is how she looks back on her break with the Netherlands Women. ‘It’s not interesting to me. I don’t have to go back to that anymore. As the national coach […]

Netherlands: Eva De Goede, Biggest Surprise in Oranje World Cup Selection

Eva de Goede Nederland Belgie Pro League 01 WV scaled 1200x600 1654592599 - Netherlands: Eva De Goede, Biggest Surprise in Oranje World Cup Selection - The World Cup in the Netherlands and Spain will be the first major tournament for Yibbi Jansen (SCHC), Renée van Laarhoven (SCHC) and Sabine Plönissen (Amsterdam). Plönissen won the competition against, among others, Ireen van den Assem. The player of promotion division Tilburg put an end to her international career last year after missing the Olympic Games due to an injury . Mülders persuaded her to make herself available again. Van den Assem made an impression against England on Sunday with a goal and assist. That turned out not to be enough to force a place in the World Cup selection.

Eva de Goede is the biggest surprise in the World Cup selection of interim national coach Jamilon Mülders. The captain of the Orange Women has not played a single game since her knee injury, but is still fit in time to participate in the world championship to be held from July 1-17 in the Wagener […]

Belgium: Vanasch Possibly the Best Ever

Vanasch - Belgium: Vanasch Possibly the Best Ever - A new coronation which crowns a delicate season following a family ordeal which put many things in perspective in the personal life but also sporting of Vincent Vanasch. Absent from the field for more than three months, the Brussels resident gradually regained his feelings in 2022, to return to his best level. “It was special to celebrate this new title after a very complicated year. My family was present in the stands to support me and it had a special flavor after what we have been through in recent months. The desire is even greater to win, to play well and to have fun on the field. We took a photo after the title with my daughter sitting in the cup and my son next to me. It is a very strong symbol after what we have overcome. It's so complicated to confirm a title. And when you're used to winning, there's always added pressure. »

The Brussels goalkeeper, Vincent Vanasch, won a seventh national trophy which crowns a delicate season and trials at the extra-sporting level. Something to savour a little more this second consecutive title won in the jersey of Rot-Weiss Cologne. It is becoming a good habit for the Red Lions goalkeeper. At the end of each season, […]

Pro-League: Josine Koning – ‘the World Cup Fire Has Been Fueled These Days’

image 5 - Pro-League: Josine Koning - 'the World Cup Fire Has Been Fueled These Days' - When the reporter apologizes that Josine Koning has to wait a while because of another interview, the Orange goalkeeper immediately responds: 'That's not bad, but it will be taken from my vacation.' Koning says it with a smile after the Pro League game against Argentina (1-1) , but when we speak to her, she openly admits that she could use every minute of vacation.

When the reporter apologizes that Josine Koning has to wait a while because of another interview, the Orange goalkeeper immediately responds: ‘That’s not bad, but it will be taken from my vacation.’ Koning says it with a smile after the Pro League game against Argentina (1-1) , but when we speak to her, she openly admits that she could use […]

EHL: Vanasch in Search of Third European Title

WSP150422 7751 - EHL: Vanasch in Search of Third European Title - .@vincvanasch21 will play his third @EHLHockeyTV final on Monday afternoon with Rot Weiss Cologne. But he could, above all, become the first player to win the prestigious European competition with 3 different clubs. 📸-@WorldSportPics_

.@vincvanasch21 will play his third @EHLHockeyTV final on Monday afternoon with Rot Weiss Cologne. But he could, above all, become the first player to win the prestigious European competition with 3 different clubs.

📸-@WorldSportPics_

Céline Martin-Schmets still dreams of the Paris Games

Celine Martin Schmets - Céline Martin-Schmets still dreams of the Paris Games - With Laurine Delforge who has established herself as one of the best referees in the world for several years (she has thus directed the last 2 Olympic finals), Belgium has a remarkable standard-bearer for our refereeing know-how. But she is no longer the only one to stand out on the international scene. For 3 years, Céline Martin-Schmets (35 years old) has been traveling the 4 corners of the planet and demonstrating that she too has the qualities to impose herself at the highest level. However, everything has not always been easy for the Namuroise. It took him a few years to find his balance and really take off. “My very first international tournament dates back to 2007, in Lithuania. Then I officiated at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010. But looking back, I was not prepared enough for these tournaments. I really didn't know what to expect. Maybe I was a little too young and lacked support. I refereed well but there was a little something missing. At the time, I was very stressed and closed.

After leading several Pro League matches, she will fly south for South Africa, where she will officiate at the U21 World Cup. A new essential step that could lead her, in 2 years, to the Olympic Games. With Laurine Delforge who has established herself as one of the best referees in the world for several years […]