Not so pitch per­fect for neigh­bours

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ONE res­i­dent said that it would usher in ‘foul and abu­sive lan­guage’, the very thought of um­pires not us­ing ref­er­ees was ‘ut­terly ridicu­lous’ while even noise (yes, noise, you read that right) would be ‘the tip of the ice­berg’. These were some of the com­ments fol­low­ing plans by a school in Stoke-on-Trent to in­stall a new in­ter­na­tional stan­dard hockey pitch.

The city coun­cil is set to ap­prove the plans but over 70 res­i­dents have com­plained. In the D can only as­sume that lo­cals must think that hockey play­ers will re­cre­ate some kind of foot­ball crowd frenzy at the Hay­wood Academy, while week­night light pol­lu­tion shin­ing into neigh­bours’ gar­dens is an­other con­cern.

As an Academy spokesper­son told the Stoke Sen­tinel: “We have had a lo­cal Olympic cham­pion from here. Why not in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion?” This ob­vi­ously does not ap­ply to the lo­cals get­ting off their sofa – per­haps to draw the cur­tains from all that blind­ing light!

NEWS that this sum­mer’s EuroHockey Cham­pi­onships in Am­s­ter­dam would be played on or­ange turf briefly set Twit­ter alight last Fri­day.

The Dutch Hockey Fed­er­a­tion posted a video of na­tional play­ers pass­ing balls on the French Open clay-like colour more akin to the French Open, which gave off a very par­ti­san look. The rea­son for the news pos­si­bly be­ing real? The item was pub­lished a day be­fore April Fool’s Day rather than on the day it­self ! The pitch will of course stay green at the Eu­ros in Au­gust.

THERE is un­likely to be a hockey selfie on the scale of Glas­gow 2014 fol­low­ing the news that the Queen is set to miss her first Com­mon­wealth Games Down Un­der in more than 50 years. Royal aides have said it's doubt­ful the 90year-old monarch will make the long-haul flight for the 2018 Gold Coast event.

Nonethe­less, Aus­tralian hockey duo Jayde Taylor and Brooke Peris’ selfie – where Her Majesty un­in­ten­tion­ally ‘pho­to­bombed’ the im­age three years ago – will no doubt resur­face next April thanks to the Queen’s smile.

But who will be the ath­letes go to for self­ies this time, now that the Queen will miss an Aus­tralian-held Com­mon­weath Games for the first time since Perth in 1962?

ON hol­i­day in the Ital­ian Riviera in June? You may have to rub the sand from your eyes if you come across a beach hockey fes­ti­val tak­ing place. The sands of Bel­laria will host a camp for young and old on June 10-11 af­ter a few years ab­sence on the Adri­atic Coast. Bella hockey.

Fu­ture’s Or­ange? The fake Dutch pitch

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