It’s a black­out as Ki­wis toast their ‘Royal wed­ding’

The Hockey Paper - - FEATURE|OPINION -

It was the wed­ding of the year, one dubbed by the New Zealand “as the clos­est Ki­wis will get to a royal wed­ding”, as former All Black great Richie McCaw and Gemma Flynn, the Black Sticks hockey player, got mar­ried at the week­end after four years to­gether. Bauer Me­dia Group NZ, pub­lisher of Woman’s Day, forked out a con­sid­er­able sum for ex­clu­sive rights of the big day. Un­sur­pris­ingly, keep­ing out pry­ing lenses was high on the agenda.

This even ex­tended to se­cu­rity hound­ing pho­tog­ra­phers with huge all black um­brel­las to stop snaps be­ing taken.

The Paseo de la Glo­ria in Buenos Aires is meant to be a nod to Ar­gentina’s sport­ing greats – and that, of course, in­cludes hockey.

How­ever, news that a statue of Barcelona for­ward Lionel Messi – erected last sum­mer – has been de­stroyed in the Ar­gen­tine cap­i­tal is the lat­est in a line of a van­dal­ism prob­lems along the banks of the Rio de la Plata.

Un­for­tu­nately a trib­ute to Ar­gen­tinian hockey great Lu­ciana Ay­mar suf­fered a sim­i­lar fate be­fore fel­low drib­bling great Messi be­came the lat­est vic­tim, while one for ten­nis player Gabriela Sa­ba­tini was also stolen.

Quorn, the veg­e­tar­ian food brand, has taken on hockey re­tiree Kate Richard­son-Walsh as one of the faces of their grow­ing meat-free range.

Swim­mer Adam Peaty and cap­tain Kate have re­placed golden run­ner Mo Farah, who has left after three years.

The duo have big – and quick – shoes to fill and can cur­rently be seen in Quorn’s £2.5 mil­lion TV ad cam­paigns. KRW and Peaty have been pro­mot­ing the com­pany’s new pro­tein brand along­side the veg­gie ba­con and sausage sub­sti­tute range.

The Bisham Roll, any­one?

Does the men­strual cy­cle af­fect a woman’s ath­letic per­for­mance? The sub­ject still re­mains off lim­its for many women, but reg­u­lar re­search has per­haps helped to break the ta­boo.

The lat­est comes from the Umeå Univer­sity in Swe­den, with sci­en­tists find­ing that women who train harder dur­ing the first fort­night of their monthly cy­cle ben­e­fit more in terms of mus­cle build than the fi­nal fort­night.

Rio Olympian Han­nah Ma­cleod has spo­ken on the sub­ject be­fore, ad­mit­ting that the squad hasn’t been shy in talk­ing about it since play­ers were mon­i­tored in the lead-up to pre­vi­ous Olympics. “There’s a vast dif­fer­ence from ath­lete-to-ath­lete in terms of what they suf­fer,” she has said.

“Some play­ers get a bit moody and lose co­or­di­na­tion. Ex­er­cises can feel a lit­tle bit harder, and it can change your body tem­per­a­ture.”

Hockey will unite for a Guin­ness world record at­tempt at the UCLan Sports Arena, Pre­ston on May 21 for most play­ers in an ex­hi­bi­tion match.

The record cur­rently stands at 257 play­ers but or­gan­is­ers hope to rope in well over 300, with the re­quired vol­un­teers to help the record run smoothly. Hockey coach Rob Alty said that “noth­ing was out of bounds” as they sought to come up with an idea on the back of a suc­cess­ful Back to Hockey scheme at Ley­land and Chor­ley HC.

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