See Great Britain stars in the Hockey India League

Ashley Jackson and Barry Middleton celebrate with their rays Teammates at HIL

Three of the England and Great Britain men are currently out in India competing in the Hockey India League with some of the best players in world hockey.
Holcombe's Nick Catlin is turning out for Dabang Mumbai, whilst his club teammate and England Captain Barry Middleton and East Grinstead's Ashley Jackson are plying their trade for the Ranchi Rays.

With six games gone, Ranchi, captained by Jackson, are lying in second place in the standings whilst Catlin's Mumbai side, with a game in hand, are at the foot of the table.

Jackson told England Hockey:
“We have four big games over the space of nine days in really testing conditions. Being Captain of the Ranchi Rays has been good fun so far, but it comes with very different pressures compared to playing back at home. There’s a good team morale and the guys are fun to spend time with; we’re hoping to kick start this next set of games with a couple of good results and keep our place in the top four.”

Jackson’s HIL teammate, GB and England Captain Barry Middleton added:
“It’s going well, we’re playing some good hockey. We’ve been making it exciting for ourselves in the first few games by going behind and having to rescue ourselves! The whole tournament looks really close as to who will make the final four so should be exciting right to the end. The HIL is different to other tournaments as it’s lots of different players and styles coming together and trying to gel as quickly as possible. One big difference is the amount of travelling and different hotels you see; there’s never really a chance to get settled in one place.”

We'd like to wish all three of our players luck for the remainder of the competition and look forward to seeing them back in action in Britain soon.

You can find out all the information you need on the Hockey India League by visiting the competition website. If you'd like to take the action in live or watch the highlights, click here.