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    ****Official Hockey Discussion Thread****

    Difficult to see Australia losing the men's, but they can be beaten. I hope the Black Sticks get a medal in either comp, and I think Belgium men could surprise - they are a handy side with some talented players who are easy to underestimate. It is hard for Great Britain because they only come together once every four years, one of the reasons why the 1988 gold medal was so special.

    I said in the other thread I think hockey is incredibly underrated as a sport. I never played before I came to NZ - it's a game for private schoolboys in Britain - but I love it. I play as a right winger, I'm quick (despite my username) but it is hard to build up stick skills when you start at 23!
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    I played left half when I played. Have **** stick skills (surprisingly difficult sport to master the skills) but am ok on the tackle and can read the play ok because it's a bit like defending in Aussie Rules so I'm better suited down back. Played my first game as a winger and **** me it was hard. Had no idea where to run to get the ball.
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    Yeah, love hockey. So much fun to play. Agree re. skills too - think the first few years of playing are so crucial to getting a good technique. I started when I was 12, and have always felt that that put me behind a lot of players who started earlier.

    Anyway, Australia odds-on to get gold - they're just a slight level above everyone else at the moment. Germany and Netherlands probably most likely for Silver/Bronze, with NZ, GB, Spain, Korea a slight step below them. Haven't seen a lot of India & Pakistan recently but I think they're slightly off the pace these days. Anyone can surprise though, it's a very competitive sport and there's not a lot between the teams ranked 4-12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubb View Post
    Difficult to see Australia losing the men's, but they can be beaten. I hope the Black Sticks get a medal in either comp, and I think Belgium men could surprise - they are a handy side with some talented players who are easy to underestimate. It is hard for Great Britain because they only come together once every four years, one of the reasons why the 1988 gold medal was so special.

    I said in the other thread I think hockey is incredibly underrated as a sport. I never played before I came to NZ - it's a game for private schoolboys in Britain - but I love it. I play as a right winger, I'm quick (despite my username) but it is hard to build up stick skills when you start at 23!
    If by "private schoolboys" you mean girls, then yes, yes it is.

    Should really try to ape its ice-based cousin more, tbh.
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    Field hockey is a pretty brutal sport itbt. Saw a guy get a fractured skull when he got a stick to the head and I broke two fingers and needed stitches after I did an incorrect tackle and got wrapped around the digits.

    Ice hockey the superior of the hockeys though tbf.

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    Must be frightening running out of the goals for a penalty corner, knowing the ball is about to be whacked straight at you. Got lots of respect for hockey players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    Must be frightening running out of the goals for a penalty corner, knowing the ball is about to be whacked straight at you. Got lots of respect for hockey players.
    Yeah awta, not something I'd ever like to have to do.

    Remember a kid at school getting wacked in the eye with a stick during a game (was by his best mate as well, just a tackle that went wrong), was a bit of a drama.
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    Running out isn't as bad as having to stay on the line. When you run out it's unlikely you'll cop it in the face, maybe just the body. On the line you're just cannon fodder though.

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    Joe's handy tips one of the great Republic threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    Joe's handy tips one of the great Republic threads.
    Haha yeah that was great. Was lost in the War of Merk wasn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    Running out isn't as bad as having to stay on the line. When you run out it's unlikely you'll cop it in the face, maybe just the body. On the line you're just cannon fodder though.
    Yes this is very true, it's ****ing terrifying.
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    Injury concerns don't help India at all. Without injuries, we might've fought for a top 6 spot - but now it looks like we'll be somewhere in 7-12.

    I'll support Pakistan once India is out of the comp. They are the dark horses IMO.

    Australia, Germany, Netherlands are front-runners for podium finish.
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