June TalkHockeyRadio

In May TalkHockeyRadio was at home and abroad, and from home we have an interview with Leicester’s young goalkeeper, Maddy Hinch, who has just won her first GB Cap. In the World Cup in New Delhi Richard Mantell suffered a horrendous injury. He’s now on the road to recovery but we met up with Richard to talk about the experience and his future return to hockey.

The EH Cup took place at Beeston and we talk to Hampstead & Westminster coach Todd Williams. After a shaky start in the early rounds, how did they make it to the finals?  We also get a comment from Beeston’s manager, Graham Griffiths, following his side’s victory. The women’s EH Cup was won by Leicester but it was the final match of their popular defender Jennie Bimson. We talk to Jennie about retirement from hockey and what comes next.

We’re then off to Amsterdam’s Wagener Stadium, where we had not one, but two, finals.  The first season of the new format women’s EuroHockey Club Champions Cup reached its last four and we interview Amsterdam’s Rachel Walsh, sister of England captain Kate, and goal scorer in the finals, Maartje Goderie of Den Bosch (or ‘s-Hertogenbosch to give the club its full name). European Hockey Federation Competitions Manager Steve Catton was also on hand to explain why English clubs should not be complacent about the number of teams they currently have in European club competitions.

The other final in Amsterdam was the EuroHockey League final between UHC Hamburg and Rotterdam.  Before the final we talk to the umpires, Hamish Jamson and Andy Mair (pictured above) and we grab a few words with the manager of the victorious UHC side.