Category Archives: Interviews

A real Dutch coach: Sjoerd Marijne

Who is Sjoerd Marijne? I have been 10 years player in the first team of Den Bosch and have been 14 year coach of several teams. Besides that I have a family with 4 children and a company called ML Hockey Support what I am doing together with Raoul Ehren (coach of Den Bosch ladies).  We have the dream to let every child […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]