The Hockey Paper - - FEATURE|OPINION -

I CAN well un­der­stand that some of our in­ter­na­tional play­ers need a break after the Olympics and there may be a dis­par­ity in the amount of rest each in­di­vid­ual may need.

But how come some play­ers have been playing in the Na­tional League – or in Hol­land – al­most straight after the Games, while oth­ers ap­pear sim­ply to have been en­joy­ing the me­dia merry-gor­ound fol­low­ing their suc­cess in Rio?

I am not say­ing they shouldn’t make the most of it, but isn’t it time that their cen­tral con­tracts in­cluded some com­mit­ment to club hockey?

If Eng­land Hockey are se­ri­ous about a Na­tional League and gain­ing some de­cent spon­sor­ship, our best play­ers need to play in it. Oth­er­wise we might as well for­get about it as a spec­ta­cle – and a path­way to in­ter­na­tional se­lec­tion. ED CUM­MINGS

via email

THE short in­door season is al­most over al­ready – just the fi­nals to go.

I’d have loved to have gone to the women’s Pre­mier Divi­sion one week­end, but, se­ri­ously, Telford?

I’m not sad enough to add up the num­ber of miles cov­ered by each team but surely a divi­sion which in­cluded Slough, Can­ter­bury, Sut­ton Cold­field, East Grin­stead, Hol­combe, Read­ing, Birm­ing­ham

Univer­sity and Buck­ing­ham should have been played fur­ther south?

I know Bow­don will bleat but surely it would be cheaper to cover their travel and ho­tel ex­penses and give all the other sides, and their sup­port­ers, a shorter jour­ney.

If noth­ing else, think of all those car­bon emis­sions. SARAH FL­ITWICK via email

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