Watch out defenders – be very afraid! Here’s an effective, new elimination move for a skilled attacker.
This is a handy little move if you want to take the ball off a defender, jinking it over their stick and into the space behind them.
The coach in this clip is Redcliffe Leagues Hockey women’s coach Sophie Nottle.
Your stick needs to be placed over the defenders so you can steal the ball from them – their stick doesn’t even get a touch. The stick position is shown below.
if you’re not careful the ball can apparently jink up and into your own feet. The coach explains that to play it into space instead, you need to angle the stick handle into your body. With the handle pointing towards you, the ball will land in the space between the sticks and you can head off towards the goal. Note the feet position – the front foot faces towards goal so you can be ready to explode forward when you’ve stolen the ball!
‘Let the ball do the work,’ says Nottle.
It’s a bit of a tricky move and most likely one for the advanced players among you – but have fun trying. If it works it would be a fantastic, impressive steal – and really annoying for those pesky defenders.