The focus of the Belfius EuroHockey Nations Championships was of course on the players, and they delivered with aplomb. However there is a third team in every match, the umpires. These are the people who travel the length and breadth of their country, their continent and the world to ensure
So I have tested this sticks big brother the OAKLEY LB9000 and it is one of my favourite profiles for flicking with that I have ever tested. Oakley have been kind enough to let me have a go with the LB7000. The stick features a full low bow with a groove in the shaft and slight cupping on the face. See my full review here ….
Belgium, current World Champions and the in form team for this tournament, entered the game as favourites in the eyes of anyone who wasn’t Belgian. The locals all worried they would buckle under the pressure. Germany of course are used to featuring in the sharp end of tournament and looked
Haca is a brand based out of Ireland, as you can tell from the brand name being the Irish (Gaelic) for Hockey. They were kind enough to send me their H9 stick with is 90% Carbon and features a full low bow, along with a twisted head and dragflicking groove running down the shaft and onto the face. The stick also features a sand blasted face for better grip on the ball and Octagonal handle for better stability when flicking or hitting, along with more control on the sticks rotation when dribbling.