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In Field Hockey Techniques & Tactics, Olympic gold medalist Claire Mitchell-Taverner presents the skills and offensive and defensive systems that helped the Hockeyroos dominate the world stage for nearly a decade and revolutionize the game of field hockey.
Elevate your trapping, receiving, passing, dribbling, and shooting by learning the finer technical points of each attacking skill. Perfect your defensive techniques in anticipating opponents` moves and intercepting passes, making strong tackles, and creating eliminations to regain possession and set up additional attacks. And gain firsthand insights for the communicating and decision making required for excelling as a team.
Citing the aggressive attacking and defensive moves that the Hockeyroos used to win gold at every major international level over a 9-year span, Mitchell-Taverner places emphasis on applying the press, using man-to-man marking, and zoning up. She also teaches the keys to setting up breakaways and 2-on-1s; maintaining possession of the ball; and executing set plays like penalty corners, free hits outside the circle, and long corners.
Higher-level skill development and savvier play are a winning combination against tough competition. Use Field Hockey Techniques & Tactics to boost your performance and expand your knowledge of the game.
Part I: Mastering the Basics
Chapter 1. Trapping and Receiving
Chapter 2. Passing
Chapter 3. Dribbling
Chapter 4. Leading
Chapter 5. Tackling and Intercepting
Chapter 6. Drags and Eliminations
Chapter 7. Goal Shooting
Chapter 8. Goalkeeping
Part II: Playing the Game
Chapter 9.Team Communication
Chapter 10. Styles of Play
Chapter 11. Breakaways and Counterattacks
Chapter 12. Set Plays
Chapter 13. Penalty Corners
Chapter 14. Peak Player Fitness
Claire Mitchell-Taverner has been rated one of the world's best female goal-scoring midfielders over the past decade, with 180 international matches and 47 goals to her credit.
A member of gold medal-winning teams at every level of international competition, including the Olympic Games, World Cup, Champion Trophy's and Commonwealth Games, Mitchell-Taverner broke in with the Australian national team in 1993. She was a consistent member of the Hockeyroos women's field hockey team through a period that has earmarked them as Australia's most successful sports team ever. She retired from international competition in 2001.
Mitchell-Taverner enjoys sharing her love for the game and her knowledge of it by speaking at corporate functions, sports clubs, and schools. She has been on several television and radio shows and serves as the expert hockey commentator on major events for ABC Radio in Australia. She is also a regular contributor and columnist for the Sunday Age.
Mitchell-Taverner resides in St. Kilda, Australia.
"This is an innovative book that explains the finer points of hockey in a straightforward, logical manner while acknowledging the all-important basic skills of the game. The book is unique because it is written by a former player who has been very successful at all levels of the game. She incorporates the experience, advice, and knowledge of a number of specific skill experts who have excelled in the sport at the highest level. There is something valuable in this book for players of all ages and stages."
Rechelle Hawkes OAM Olympic gold medalist (1988, 1996, 2000), former Hockeyroos captain and veteran of 279 international matches (1985-2000)
"Claire Mitchell-Taverner has successfully used her experience as a player and her association with other great players to lucidly outline how hockey can and should be played. Every hockey enthusiast can learn something from this book. I know I did."
Dr. Richard Charlesworth Former coach of Australian Women's Hockey Team (1993-2000) World cup champions (1994, 1998), Olympic gold medalists (1996 and 2000)