Best of Facebook: October

It’s been a month dominated by the EHL on The Hook’s Facebook page as the continent’s premier club competition provides us with a wealth of quality clips and stories. Pembroke’s run continues with their purple, yellow and black bobble hats getting another away trip while the “Parsons Pirates” make their seasonal debut tomorrow. All that and more.

** Pembroke’s supporter’s hats managed to catch the eye of many during the EHL live feeds – they even got a mention in the Guardian’s Sport Blog, though the English newspaper was not overly impressed with the EHL as a whole.  Newcomer Brandon Panther meanwhile has been creating plenty of headlines. He spoke to the EHL about his time to date with Pembroke and here’s why those headlines have been made.

** As mentioned, Glenanne’s campaign begins on Friday morning. Player-coach Graham Shaw has spoken about his side’s chances in the competition  while this clip shows some really interesting camera angles from Glenanne’s tie with UHC Hamburg last time round with shots of the “Parsons’ pirates”, Stephen Doran’s excellent penalty stroke save from Moritz Furste

** Elsewhere, Irish international David Harte admits to hockey.nl that moving to SCHC is a “dream come true” in spite of a mass exodus of players from the Bilthoven which was news to him (requires a google Dutch to English translator)

** The BBC questions whether the exodus of players from these shores is a good thing for Irish hockey with thoughts from Mikey Watt, Andrew Kershaw and Paul Revington

** The KNHB has posted a series of coaching clips on the basic techniques – here’s Ellen Hoog teaching the backhand. There are loads of these clips, they are in Dutch but show the breakdown of the skill – great for coaches!

** In the papers, Southern Fried’s Alan Good interviewed All-Star Aidan Walsh for the Examiner about his decision to link up with CIT for hockey’s intervarsities; the Fingal Independent was at Fingal’s tie with Pembroke last weekend in the league while the Tallaght Echo have produced a couple of full-page spreads on Glenanne (follow the link to see their archive, hockey pages usually toward the back of the paper)

** And a few awesome clips to finish with. The Czechs produce one of The Hook’s favourite corner routines from last year’s EuroHockey Nations Trophy in Wrexham; Aussie hero Mark Knowles scores an absolute peach for Rotterdam against Bloemendaal while India play out a cracker with Malaysia in this month’s Commonwealth Games. And finally NOS’ coverage of Oranje Zwart vs Laren

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