Players' thoughts on the Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014 - Be there

The 2014 Commonwealth Games get underway soon and as ever they’re bound to be a real feast of hockey. We've spoken to some of the team to find out what the players make of it all.

This summer 10 nations will be participating in the 2014 Commonwealth Games hockey competitions. The men's and women's events, hosted in Glasgow, will take place over 11 days and feature 54 games.

All of the hockey matches will take place at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre – specifically designed to host the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games hockey competition. The venue boasts two synthetic pitches along with athlete and official support areas, meaning everything is in place for a fantastic spectacle of hockey.

Alastair BrogdonAlistair Brogdon: “Glasgow’s going to be interesting! We played up there in the Four Nations and there was a really good crowd in, lots of school kids cheering and making some noise, although we were definitely the least popular side there! But it was good fun, I really like having a bit of a crowd in and a bit of banter flying around, I think it makes for a better spectacle and a more fun playing environment! It should be a great tournament and a chance to show the wider public what we can do.”

Maddie HinchMaddie Hinch: “The Commonwealth Games are great. They’re similar to the Olympics in many ways, they’re another opportunity to get people watching and learning about our game. Hopefully both the men’s team and the women’s team can put on a good show and remind people, just as we did at the Olympics, why hockey is such a great game. Then hopefully we can push on from there.”

Dan FoxDan Fox: “It involves a lot of the top sides in the world, you’ve got Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa and so on, so there’s a lot of tough competition. We’ve actually been a bit disappointed with how we’ve gone in previous years, and with the standards we set ourselves we really want to be medalling and ideally competing in that final. We’re pretty determined to go out and win it – we want to take our best side and show everyone what we can do.”

Mark GlehorneMark Gleghorne: “We’re really looking forward to Glasgow. Multi-sport events are really exciting because they’re that little bit different, there are all the other sports going on which makes them exciting to be a part of and they’re great because they generally get greater media attention and offer us a chance to put hockey on the map. Hockey at the London Olympics was really well done – really well presented – and seemed to get the general public interested in the game, so hopefully Glasgow will be the same!"

If you’d like to read about the squads that are heading up to Glasgow, click here, while you can head to our International Fixtures section to see both the men's and women's fixtures for the Commonwealth Games.