Category Archives: Opinion

Where is the mental toughness in the game of field hockey?

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going” is one way to say it. Or another way to put it, mental toughness is “the ability to consistently perform toward the upper range of your talent and skill regardless of competitive circumstances.” In other words, being mentally tough means that no matter how difficult the […]

Indoor Hockey – Love it or Leave it…

Think a second about Indoor Hockey. (Sweden – Germany) Done? What comes to mind, especially when you compared it with field version? Well this is what comes to mine: An intense and thrilling game, with shorter number of players (now still in a very polemic 5X5 format, after this Leipzig WC will return to the […]

Some would say a typical British girl… The majority would say: A great girl!

Susannah Grace Townsend, a Canterbury, England and Great Britain attacking midfielder. Some would say a typical British girl, born in London with 3 brothers and 1 sister! This sibling rivalry is a big factor I put down to pushing me in all areas of my life, as everyone wants to beat their siblings! My twin […]

Die Hockey-Kids

A little book scores in the Hockey-World… Watching all the new releases of kiddies’ books pile up on the library shelf day by day, some of you may say, ‘Well, that’s just another one, so what?!’ That’s surely true but in relation to my little Hockey-Kids, I hope, you might not be as right as […]

The Fantastick® Learn hockey the fun and easy way!

The Fantastick is an innovative (patent pending) field hockeystick, especially developed for 4-7 year-old children. This hockey stick has been developed by Sportivation, together with amongst others Marc Lammers, former success coach of the Dutch women’s gold medal hockey team. At schools, out-of-school care and hockey clubs playing hockey with the Fantastick is more fun, […]

So long 2014, Hello 2015!

2014 it’s gone and it was a fantastic hockey year! It was a year with some fuzz regarding the new FIH decision on reducing the playing time at international competitions in 10 minutes; new format is 4X15 minutes instead of good old 2X35 minutes. This new format started from September (Champions Trophy was the ‘showcase […]

Jag är inte Zlatan, Jag är Johan Björkman!

Johan Björkman 03-09-93 Sweden National Team Harvestehuder THC 1st Men’s Team At the age of 5, I started with hockey in Partille Sport Club, Sweden. People often ask me ”Why did you start playing hockey in a country were hockey almost doesn’t exist?” it’s simple; if your dad is a ex-national player and trainer, your […]

To HIL or not to HIL? That is the question…

The Hero Hockey India League will start its third season in a couple of weeks. But its auction and the decision of players to join or not has been and is a topic of discussion long before the first whistle is blown. At least in both hockey countries I am most familiar with, The Netherlands […]

ANOTHER TYPE OF WAY

There is been a while since my last personal article. In this piece I want to write about my summer experience helping the Portuguese U21 team on their ‘unexpected’ success achieving the highest level of European competition (A division among the top hockey countries like Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Spain, etc). Last summer, while I was […]

Behind the scenes

I’ve been fortunate enough to see a wide range of destinations, experience diverse cultures and make life memories through hockey. The one thing we have in common, is the love of the game and the privilege of representing one’s country. The most common misconception is that a hockey tour, is like a personal holiday. People’s […]