Author Archives: theselfpass

‘The direction of Hockey Umpiring at The Olympic Games – what can we expect?’ by Andy Mair

The Rio Olympic Games are here at long last, and the eyes of the World are ready to watch the athletes, competing in sports which may be familiar to them or perhaps have never been seen previously. For the Hockey watchers; an Olympic Games is always a landmark, as people can see what style of […]

Rio2016 Preview by Carlos Garcia Cuenca

My dear friends! Just some moments before the start of the Olympic Games we all look forward to live once again, the biggest event that any lover of our sport can experience. Like the Hockey World Cup, the Olympics are held only every four years, which makes the wait and expectations even higher. We are […]

‘The correct ranking would change the Rio Games but most likely not its winner!’ by Ernst Baart

The FIH world ranking is not a correct representation of the actual worth of hockey nations on a global scale. It considers the ranking of non relevant tournaments such as the Champions Trophy and the continental championships. Let me explain… The Champions Trophy should not be considered because it is (or has become) an invitational […]

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 […]