Tag Archives: GK

Aisling D’hooge – ‘The Panther’

Who is Aisling D’hooghe? I’m the goalkeeper of the Belgian National Team. I’m 23 years old and I always played at Waterloo Ducks. How and when did you start playing hockey? I was 10 years old. I really wanted to do a team sports and loved football. My father was not very happy with me […]

Vincent Vanasch – ‘The Wall’

Who is Vincent Vanasch? I’m Vincent Vanasch… I’m a last year student Physiotherapy. I’m the forth in a family of 5 children. Since August 2016 I’m married. I’m the goalkeeper of the Belgian National Team (THE REDLIONS) and of Waterloo Ducks. I won 3 times in a row the Belgian League (2012-2014) with Watducks and […]

David Kettle ‘Welsh Dragon’

Who is David Kettle? Current Surbiton and Wales GK. When did you start to play hockey? I was 11 when I first started playing in goal. My first game was at Repton School and it took my mother + two other parents to pad me up! I was always more focused on cricket but at […]

‘El Porter’ Pol Garcia-Cascón

Who is Pol Garcia-Cascon?I’m just a normal guy who loves to play hockey. I also enjoy watching football or reading some biographies. I’m 30 years old and I work as an export manager for an Spanish company in the French market. I’m finally living again at my hometown Terrassa after 2 years in the Canary […]

Hockey goalkeepers in need of systematised loans for key development?

When we think about other sports and their structuring to reflect and reconsider the status quo in a broader sense, loan deals are something we see a lot more often outside of hockey (to my personal knowledge and experience anyway). And when it comes to goalkeepers, loan deals are made use of to push along […]

Yvi’s World!

Hi There, Talking about my goalkeeper career tells a funny story because I switched sports from soccer to hockey. My intention was to become a goal scorer in hockey but sometimes things turn out to be very different. My coach asked me at the age of 12, after I’ve been a striker for two years, […]

Pinner making the wrong move?

With the breaking news of Beeston’s prized goalkeeper George Pinner leaving behind his long term team, debuting for them in his university years, England’s first choice has made a strange decision at what is a key time in the build-up to the Olympic calendar and in fact in his very own career. After making all […]

Gucassoff’s stick: trick or cheat?

You’ll have to excuse the poor attempted wordplay for a pun (Halloween was quite some time ago now!) to introduce this article, but it seemed worth having a go summarising the article up in a light-hearted manner! With the Euro Hockey League tournament finals running this weekend just gone, there was a chance to see […]

‘Less is More?’ by Ernst Baart

The start of a new year often is used to contemplate what has been done and how to learn from this towards the plans for the future. Which is a good thing to do on a regular basis and maybe more often than once a year… Last year I’ve written several blog articles with my […]

Not being afraid to throw the textbook out the window

It is important for goalkeepers to have polished technique, but there is a case in argument for the goalkeeper in hockey having forgotten how important it is just to battle and keep the ball out the goal. The modern goalkeeper in a lot of mainstream sports may be incredibly well drilled, dieted and psychologically sound […]