Rich his­tory of Keio could over­look GB

The Hockey Paper - - FEATURE / OPINION -

NEWS reaches In the D that the Bri­tish Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion have signed train­ing venue con­tracts with three sports fa­cil­i­ties in Ja­pan, as part of Team GB’s prepa­ra­tion camps for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Tokyo’s Keio Univer­sity’s wa­ter-based hockey pitch could be one of the venues used, although it is up to GB Hockey whether they use the fa­cil­i­ties or fly straight into Tokyo and use the com­pe­ti­tion venue, as they did for the Rio Games.

If they do train at Keio, lo­cals will no doubt in­form the po­ten­tial Ir­ish-born con­tin­gent of the univer­sity’s – and Ja­pan’s – rich hockey pedi­gree.

It was Rev­erend Wil­liam Thomas Grey, hav­ing left Trin­ity Col­lege, Dublin in 1905, who in­tro­duced the sport to the Japanese af­ter start­ing work as a mis­sion­ary there.

He stayed at Keio for 12 years and died in 1968. So revered was Grey that he is re­garded as ‘the fa­ther of Japanese hockey’, the na­tion hav­ing won Olympic sil­ver in 1932. To mark the cen­te­nary of Keio HC, stu­dents vis­ited his grave in Dublin, in 2005, be­fore play­ing friendly matches in the re­gion.

It is un­der­stood that Team GB play­ers could have up to four train­ing venue op­tions ahead of the 2020 Games – the rich his­tory of Keio stand­ing out above all thanks to Grey’s in­flu­ences.

TWO mem­bers of the Scot­tish women’s squad have been boosted by a sig­nif­i­cant spon­sor­ship deal thanks to ACT Con­struc­tion, a Glas­gow-based com­pany.

Cap­tain Ka­reena Cuth­bert (nee Mar­shall) and Sur­biton player Robyn Collins will net a four-fig­ure sum for 18 months, thanks to the good­will of man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ken Gods­man.

“From my time with Cricket Scot­land as board di­rec­tor for 15 years, I un­der­stand how hard it is to get sup­port of any kind in mi­nor­ity sports,” said Gods­man.

“Ev­ery lit­tle goes to help th­ese ath­letes and I wanted to do some­thing to give two out­stand­ing hockey play­ers the op­por­tu­nity to ful­fill their in­ter­na­tional sport­ing dreams.”

COLIN Dex­ter, who cre­ated mu­sic-lov­ing Ox­ford de­tec­tive In­spec­tor Morse, died last week, aged 86.

Born in Lin­colnshire and the son of a taxi driver, Dex­ter read clas­sics at Cam­bridge, loved his cross­words and was also sec­re­tary of the univer­sity hockey club.

Delve into some of his Morse nov­els and there are fre­quent hockey ref­er­ences, too. In the D can only sit back and vi­su­alise the late ac­tor John Thaw sup­ping on an ale in an Ox­ford pub in Death is Now My Neigh­bour, as one char­ac­ter re­calls of a mur­dered friend: “He was a very fine player – had an Eng­land trial, I un­der­stand.”

Ka­reena Cuth­bert

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