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615x400xRobert-Adams-615x400_jpg_pagespeed_ic_hvfd0FpSMORobert Adams, a retired teacher  is hoping to become the oldest hockey player in the world.

“Robert, 84, will be playing a full match with the West Derby Hockey Club’s 3rd team over the weekend, in the hope he will smash the current world record which was held by an 83-year-old New Zealander and has stood for around five years.

He will be making his world record attempt when his team meet with the Wigan side Golborne in the North West Hockey League on Saturday.

It will involve Robert playing two halves of 35 minutes each.

He will need to have his world record attempt verified by the officials organising the game before it is sent to the Guinness Book of World Records for their consideration.

Incredibly, the granddad-of-two has been playing with the same team since making his debut as a 14-year-old back in 1944, except for a four-year break when he moved down south to pursue his teaching career. But he never stopped playing hockey.

Robert, who was born in Fazakerley and now lives in St Helens, still plays as full-back with West Derby most weekends. However it was rare he played a game all the way through, as under the rules of hockey the same player can come off and on again as a substitute multiple times. (as us hockey players know!)

He said: “It was my eldest daughter who drew my attention to the world record, so I just thought, well, why not?

“My team-mates think it’s great and they’re very supportive. But my wife Elsie’s not too keen – she thinks I should have stopped years ago!

“I have now been playing continuously for 70 years. I just enjoy the game, and it’s kept me healthy enough to go on playing.””

 

Source and photograph: Liverpool Echo (Alan Weston)

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The first match of the weekend saw the two teams that were eliminated at the semi final stage face each other to determine who would finish at the 3rd overall team.

Although Hotsticks enjoyed territorial advantage for the first half of the match they did not avail themselves of the only two penalty corners awarded to them and came close to scoring two minutes before half time when Ludolf Rasterhoff’s cross shot shaved the far post.

The game sprung to life in the 46th minute when Lukas Plaehn netted from a penalty corner action putting Hotsticks in the lead. A minute later Rabat won a penalty corner of their own and Kevin Micallef slotted home to equalize. Hotsticks were then awarded a penalty stroke in the 55th minute and Shaun Grima mishit his shot from the spot. Hotsticks still continued to apply pressure and took a 2 – 1 lead in the 62nd minute when a Grima shot was deflected but Rasterhoff pounced to put the ball away. They made sure of winning the third spot in the tournament when just before time Julian Zahra scored to register a 3 – 1 victory.

Umpires: David Agius & Ray Micallef

Champions Trophy

November 13th, 2014 | Posted by Keith in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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Following the 2014 World Cup and with just under two years to the 2016 Olympics, now is the time many coaches will be making changes to their squad with an eye to the next few years. We hear from three teams that will have high hopes for success in both the women’s Champions Trophy and Rio 2016.

Sjoerd Marijne is the new coach of the Netherlands women’s team, and considering the success of the Dutch team in both the last two Olympic Games and the 2014 World Cup, making any changes to a successful squad will be a challenge.
“It is difficult coming into a winning team, but I will not be changing things much,” says former U21 coach Marijne, “My style is similar to that of Max (Caldas) – the previous coach of the team – because we have both been educated by the KNHB.”

Certainly the Dutch coach will not be letting his team become complacent. “I will be asking more from the girls than they are used to. The bar has to go higher and we must keep pushing it up and up.” Marijne says that he will be continuing to seek out areas of improvement that will give his team the edge.

The team going to the Champions Trophy In Argentina remains largely unchanged from the all conquering World Cup squad, but three faces missing from Mendoza will be the influential Kim Lammers, who has retired; injury-hit Jacky Schoenaker; and Kelly Jonker, who didn’t make the squad. Three new additions to the squad are the promising midfielder Laura Nunnink, Michelle van der Pols, who was part of the winning 2007 Champions Trophy squad and Valerie Magis – who has overcome the effects of severe diabetes to take her place in the national squad.

World number two team, the Hockeyroos, will be fielding three new players in Argentina. Kathryn Slattery, Audrey Smith and Amelia Spence have all been handed caps by coach Adam Commens, while Teneal Attard will be making a return after a long lay-off through injury. The 189-times capped midfielder will bring a wealth of experience to the squad as they seek to end Dutch domination of the women’s game.
Adam Commens said: “It is important that we include new talent. We need to expand the pool of talent available as we look ahead to the Rio Games in 2016…but it is important that we are competitive at the Champions Trophy, hence the inclusion of the majority of our World Cup and Commonwealth Games squad.”

The 2006 Champions Trophy winners Germany will be looking to make amends for an under-par performance at the World Cup. The team slipped to sixth in the world rankings after finishing eighth in The Hague.
Coach Jamilon Mulders knows that his squad is very much in the rebuilding stage, but a new funding stream from the national hockey association has enabled him to introduce new ideas, including a new, centralised strength and conditioning programme and a sports psychologist. The aim, says Mulders is a top five finish in Mendoza.

So Close, Yet So Far

November 10th, 2014 | Posted by Keith in Senior Team - (0 Comments)

The last few matches between these two teams haimagesQDSVQWF9ve been very close encounters and today was no different – it took ten minutes of mid-field sparring before Hotsticks launched the first serious attack on goal. They continue to add pressure and went ahead in the 15th minute when Silas Plaehn rounded up a flowing move with a final tap in. After absorbing further pressure, Young Stars reacted strongly and in the 20th minute won a penalty corner from which Ivan Magro Dingli equalized, picking up a rebound off Hotsticks’ goalkeeper’s pads. They then dominated proceedings for a while but did not manage to break Hotsticks’ defence although winning three penalty corners by the 31st minute. Just before the interval Hotsticks were awarded their first penalty corner but the whistle sounded with the score level at one-a-piece.

Hotsticks started the second half on the attack but the game then provided end-to-end stuff with mid-field play in ascendance. Young Stars then took the upper hand and around the 46th minute mark they won three penalty corners to no avail. In the 52nd minute James Mizzi kept them in the game effecting a diving save to his right and even stopping the rebound from point blank range in the melee that ensued and a minute later he was again instrumental in keeping his team in the game. The match took another twist as after being awarded yet another penalty corner in the 63rd minute, Mark Camilleri picked his spot to send Young Stars 2 -1 up. Three minutes later Luke Borg Costanzi failed to put his team further ahead when his shot with a reverse stick hit from the top of the D was saved by Sliema goalkeeper. Hotsticks tried hard to get back on terms and even went close with Steve Portelli flicking towards goal during the last penalty corner of the match however James Mizzi again pulled off the save allowing Young Stars to register a 2 -1 victory to reach the final.

Umpires: Luke Busutill Leaver & Paul Brincat

Field Hockey Film

October 29th, 2014 | Posted by Keith in General - (0 Comments)

Chak De! India is a 2007 Hindi-language Indian sports drama film about field hockey in India. Directed by Shimit Amin and produced by Yash Raj Films, with action by Rob Miller of ReelSports, the film stars Shah Rukh Khan as Kabir Khan, the former captain of the Indian hockey team. Chak De! India was critically acclaimed and went on to win numerous awards in the Best Film category including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.