How to score tomahawk backstick goals

Netherlands vs Argentina – Women’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 Hague Semi Final [12/6/2014]

I love this goal.

There’s a fine tomahawk goal by Dutch player Xan de Waard on this clip around ten minutes into the match (21 minutes in on this video). It’s a textbook example of how to create space by changing pace. She receives the ball in the D and looks for a conventional hit goal but can’t see any space. She changes direction, leaves the defender floundering and then powers in a lovely backstick shot. Wonderful stuff.

The commentator says: “She knows as soon as the ball comes to her and she drives forehand that the defender has to stay reverse stick. She peels back in. Space to swing.”

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