Author Archives: theselfpass

Rio2016 Preview by Justin Reid-Ross

  The hockey competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics will undoubtedly be the most exciting one yet. The world’s top teams are all coming into form and with 3 days until the first match, let’s take a look at the teams, their key players and how they might fare.     Group A   Australia […]

Laurine Delforge – Playing or Umpiring?

Playing or umpiring? That is the question I often get asked. As if there was a choice to be made. There is none. You just don’t give up on your passions, no matter how many there may be. I have always been exceedingly passionate about sports since a very young age. Growing up I tried […]

Pietro Galligani – The ‘Fuoriclasse’ of Italian Umpiring

Who is Pietro Galligani? My name’s Pietro Galligani, I’m 24 and in my life I’m a cook. I love sport in general and when I was a kid I chose field hockey. I never left it during all this years. I’ve got a younger sister who plays hockey too so I can share with her […]

Simon Child ‘The Black Stick’

Who is Simon Child? I would describe myself as a pretty typical Kiwi guy. I obviously love playing sport and enjoy the outdoors, something very unique to New Zealand. Nickname? I was nicknamed Sanga when I first made the team. I can’t remember why but it has stuck with me ever since How did hockey […]

Valentin ‘Vali’ Verga

Who is Valentin Verga? Valentin Verga is a fieldhockey player who was born in Buenos Aires and fell in love with the beautiful sport named hockey. How would you describe yourself as player? I’m a creative midfielder/ striker who enjoy having fun with the ball, but doesn’t like to defend (haha). You think that your […]

Kieran ‘KIZZA’ Govers

Who is Kieran Govers? 28 year old, laid back nice guy! Loves life and enjoys a good laugh with the mates. Can you describe yourself as a player? Hard working, dedicated, always give 100%, mentor and role model How did you end up playing for the Dutch team HC Den Bosch? In 2012 I was looking at going overseas […]

A big adventure in front of you!

For the first time on the pitch as an umpire is like driving a car for the first time. You have studied the rules, have passed your exam and than the real moment arrived. Full of knowledge but also full of nerves you walk on the pitch together with your colleague to meet the captains […]

Timm Herzbruch – The new Kaiser

Who is Timm Herzbruch? I am an eighteen-year-old hockey player and business student from Mülheim, Germany. I currently play for my local club team Uhlenhorst Mülheim as well as the German men’s national team. When and why did you start playing hockey? Because all of my family members had played previously I started my own […]

David Harte – The best Goalkeeper in the world

Who is David Harte? David Harte is a hockey goalkeeper from Cork in Ireland. The current Ireland Senior Men’s goalkeeper and captain with 161 caps on the ‘Road to Rio’ and is playing in the Netherlands with SV Kampong. When did the love for hockey begin? My love for hockey came unexpectedly in the high […]

Xavi ‘Matador’ Arnau

Who is Xavi Arnau? Former hockey player, played for Atletic Terrassa (1991-2000), R.C.Polo Barcelona (2000-2004) and Harvesterhuder HTC (1998). Also with the National Spanish Team. Currently I am a Coach, started with the women’s team of R.C.Polo, after that Club de Campo women’s also and finally Club de Campo men’s during 7 years. Now I […]