Players attending the JDH Academy Field Hockey Clinic at Convent of the Sacred Heart Wednesday learned the skills of the sport from the best, as international stars Mark Knowles, Jamie Dwyer and Jaap Stockmann paid a special visit to the school.
The clinic featured two sessions— one for fifth to eighth graders and one for students in grades 9-12. Knowles the captain of Australia’s men’s national team which won the 2014 Hockey World Cup, instructed the young players on
the nuances of tackling and defense on Wednesday. Dwyer, a teammate of Knowles on the Australian national team, who was named the world’s best field hockey player five times (2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) went over goal shooting with the participants, while Stockmann, a goalkeeper for the Netherlands’ national field hockey team, helped sharpen up the players’ goalkeeping skills. Skills such as first touch and trapping, forehand and backhand hitting, overhead passing and receiving, dribbling and spins were also emphasized. A ‘Coach the Coaches’ session was also held later in the afternoon.