Tag Archives: Sports

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 […]

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 […]

What would you change in Hockey? | Part 2

This is the second of the three parts of the article ‘What would you change in Hockey?’. In mid September we have publish the first part that you can read it here, and now we decided to invite different guests, again from different backgrounds to share their vision about what could change in our sport. […]

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 […]

What comes first: the egg or the chicken?

What comes first: The technique or the tactics? The overall objectives or the short term ones? The general plan or the singularities of each group? These are ‘tricky’ questions and ones very difficult to give the ‘right’ answer. In such a complex sport like hockey, from a practical execution point of view, it is primordial […]

EHL Competition Format

  Now that the 2014 season is over, the EHL have announced that they have listened to the complaints, about a busy schedule and changed the format of their excellent tournament, although no players have publicly voiced these complaints. The change has been in reaction to the fact that the Champions Trophy returns in December […]