IT’S fair to say Great Britain defender Dan Fox is no stranger to facing fierce penalty corner flicks – in fact he made a career out of it before retiring from international duty after the Rio Olympics.
However, exclusively, in last week’s The Hockey Paper, Fox argued that penalty corners are an “unnecessary danger” to defenders and should be banned by world hockey officials, sending social media into a frenzy.
So, is Dan right? Is the penalty corner a health hazard to defending players, or is it part and parcel of the game?
Here are some of your thoughts: “Would definitely be a good start. Charging down a flick just seems inherently dangerous.” – Gavin Sommerville “The great Ric Charlesworth has been saying this for some time – but will take serious injury or a death for change to be agreed teams playing for PCs is an inevitable and unattractive feature of hockey.” – Roger Goodacre “Make the shooting circle 5m bigger (where the dotted like currently is) and same PC rules.” – Mark Pearn “Interesting food for thought...there are certainly some committed Knowle nutters who put bodies on the line defending corners with no fear!” – Knowle HC “I would hate it. It's one of the most exciting and unique parts of our sport.” – Ciaran Crawford “Just limit flicks to backboard height = problem solved. New format will just alienate, particularly new post-Rio fanbase. No meddling please.” – Russell Butt “Stop meddling! Almost a new sport each new change which divides elite from grassroots. That’s not good.” – Bruce Danbury