Month: October 2012

Hockey under the (REAL) Colosseum

It was a real success the event held past Sunday, on 21st of October, in the view of the Imperial Forums in Rome called “SPQR Sports Day”. The Italian Hockey Federation did its part bringing a promotional pitch named “Fun Hockey village”, which is a mobile area where is possible to play hockey. Many children (more than one thousand) appeared in this structure set up by the FIH and they playfully tried to hold the stick and revel in our discipline. A good example of promotional tools for our movement and a good way to afford to many persons to know a sport like this. In one of the most beautiful place in the world. For a full gallery go to our Facebook page, click here Source: Italian Hockey...

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International Umpires Lambert and Whitehead die on same day

Last week was a sad one for English Hockey with not only the death of Julia Gill but also of Peter Lambert and John Whitehead, two of England’s former international umpires who both passed away on the same day (Oct 3). Lambert sadly lost a battle with cancer, Whitehead, apparently in good health, collapsed suddenly at home and died in hospital after an aortic dissection. Lambert, formerly a banker, will always be associated with the City of Peterborough Hockey Club. A goalkeeper in his playing days, he became a highly successful and well respected umpire. He gained his international umpiring badge in March 1990 and umpired seven senior internationals. After retiring from umpiring in 1995, he became an FIH Umpires Manager up until 2006. He was manager of the  Peterborough Town Sports Club and manager of the club’s first and other teams. He will be remembered with enormous affection by all who encountered him. John Harvey “Willy” Whitehead was a more self contained personality though equally opinionated. The highpoint of his umpiring career was the European Cup at Madrid in 1974. He took up umpiring while studying at Oxford University, joined the SCHUA (Southern Counties) and made his international umpiring debut officiating at Wales v Scotland at Edinburgh in 1973. It was after umpiring four matches at the 1974 European Cup that he was awarded his international badge. John was an...

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Julia Gill passes away

It is with regret that the EHB has learned of the passing of Julia Gill. Julia died on 2nd October 2012 after a long battle with cancer.  Julia was involved in many aspects of the game. She was a member of the Southern Counties Umpires Association before progressing to the Men’s National League Panel.  She served as a member of the old EHA Management Committee and more recently on the England Hockey Umpiring Committee and Technical Appointments Panel. At club level she was a member of Epsom Hockey Club for a number of years before retirement saw her move to the West Country. Here she was heavily involved with the Devon Counties Umpire Association whilst maintaining a national role as a selector for the National Programme Umpires Association. Julia is best known as a technical official and officiated at a number of world level events. Her international career highlights include, officiating at the Athens and Beijing Olympics and taking the role of Tournament Director for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Away from the international scene, Julia never forgot her roots and was a regular and friendly face at all levels of domestic events around the country as a Tournament Director, Technical Officer and Umpire Manager. Commenting on the sad news Stephen Barlow, EHB Competitions & Events Manager said “ Julia was a fantastic servant to the game. She...

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