I figured that to one of the best ways to improve attack skills might be to work out exactly what field hockey defenders hate you doing. It’s their job to stop you doing what you want to do – get past them and score. So what exactly happens when it all goes wrong for them? What do they really hate? I suggest you start by asking a few defenders their views on this – and I’d love some defenders out there to add their comments to this post (anonymously if it helps because you don’t want attackers in your rival teams reading this precious information).
Well, firstly I gather that one of the things defenders really hate is when you attack them non-stick side. They are weaker there, it’s harder for them to move and they would much rather channel you round to their strong stick side. So rule number one has to be aim for their non-stick side.
Or even better, make as if you are going to get round them on their strong stick side and then change direction quickly and head round them on their weak non-stick side.
Secondly, defenders hate it when they go in for a tackle and you make a nifty little square pass to a teammate – then back again if they go for this team mate. Working that defender as a pair – or even a threesome. So they are left like piggy in the middle looking foolish and not getting the ball. Attack result! (Yes, it’s obvious I play in attack? Pesky defenders.)
That’s for starters, but there must be a lot more? Can any defenders out there add to this list?