Not so pitch perfect for neighbours
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