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The Top of the D

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Brendan Creed: Scooter, social media trolls, podcasting and playing abroad.
This week I'm lucky enough to be joined by England and Great Britain star Brendan Creed.  Brendan is a European and Commonwealth Games bronze medalist and is one of the real characters of the team. A joker on and off the pitch but as I found out, there's plenty more to him than that. We talk injury rehab, Olympics, social media trolls, playing abroad and plenty more besides. Enjoy.  Follow me on social media: Brendan's podcast: 
June 11, 2020
Nikki Alexander-Lloyd: The Flower of Scotland.
This week I’m lucky enough to be joined by one of Scottish Hockey’s finest, Nikki Alexander-Lloyd. She won 130 international caps (and counting?) and played in two Commonwealth Games. She tells me all about her international career, her 9-5, her aspirations for the future and her refusal to leave the Scotland WhatsApp group. So listen in and find out all about one of the biggest hockey badgers there is.
April 13, 2020
The Great Wall of Ipswich.
With the world on lockdown I've decided to dust off the podcast mic and give you a little slice of hockey content.   Today's guest is the Great Wall of Ipswich, George Pinner.  George is the Great Britain and England goalkeeper and has almost 200 caps to his name. He's played in the Olympics, the World Cup, the European Championships, the Champions Trophy and plenty more tournaments.  He's faced the best, he's played with some incredible players and he's played in some incredible matches.   As a break from all the coronavirus chat we take a little walk down memory lane to talk about George's career highs, his memories and of course, his beloved Ipswich Town.   So if you want to know who wore the wrong tie to the photoshoot, who George's favourite team mate is, who the best player he's played against is and why he got David Seaman mixed up with Simon Mason (sort of) then this is the podcast for you.  Enjoy. 
April 02, 2020
Video nasty kills Irish Olympic Dreams
The Olympic qualifiers are here and we have plenty of talking points including Ireland’s heartbreak at the hands of the video umpire. Plus I speak to Hollie Pearne-Webb and Giselle Ansley as part of my look ahead to Great Britain men’s and women’s Olympic qualifiers this weekend. Lots to get through!
October 29, 2019
Can Surbiton do it on a cold, wet day in Sale?
I talk to Surbiton and Great Britain defender Brendan Creed after their 12-0 demolition of Brooklands. Plus there’s a roundup of all the games in the men’s and women’s premier divisions and the usual quiz fun!
October 02, 2019
The Students become the masters
The new season is underway so that means it's time for a podcast! Catch up on all the news from the first two weekends of the Men's and Women's Premier divisions in England. There's an exclusive interview with Loughborough Students Head Coach Brett Holland and of course another mystery hockey player for you to guess in the quiz! 
September 24, 2019
Plenty of Argentinian Beef and Belgian Waffle, it’s the FIH Pro League!
Great Britain's men's and women's sides faced a crucial double header as Argentina and Belgium came to town for the latest installment in the FIH Pro League. Here's a round up of what went on, analysis, interviews, reaction and loads more from a superb weekend of top class hockey. 
May 22, 2019
It all comes down to this: League Finals weekend
It's the climax to the domestic season in England as the best teams in the men's and women's Premier Divisions battle it out for the title. Can Surbiton women make it six in a row? Can their men take their third successive title? Who’s going home with the trophy? Find out as I run through all the action with a bit of analysis thrown in for good measure! 
April 16, 2019
Super 6s Finals: Hockey's big day in
Join me as I round up the thrills and spills of Super 6s finals day. Match reports and behind the scenes interviews with some of the main players on the day as East Grinstead were crowned Kings and Queens of the domestic indoor scene.
January 28, 2019
A trip down World Cup memory lane and a look ahead to the big one!
With England set to face Belgium in the Hockey Men's World Cup semi-final this weekend, double Olympian Dan Fox joins me to take a look back at the 2014 meeting between the two sides in the win-or-bust clash from The Hague. As well as looking back I take a look forward at Saturday's big game as Head Coach Danny Kerry gives me his thoughts on the tournament, his squad and the challenge of getting past Belgium. And of course there's the usual Who am I? quiz!
December 13, 2018
The King in the North and a Dutch of class
This week I take a look back at the Women’s Champions Trophy as the Netherlands dominate once again. There’s the usual league round up, a quiz and a chat with The King in the North, Brooklands captain Peter Flanagan.
November 27, 2018
Here comes the money and if you’re good enough you’re old enough.
This week I talk financial revolution with Old Georgians coach Mike Hughes. There’s a look at the Premier Divisions and a look at England’s World Cup squad as well as the thoughts of England coach Danny Kerry. All this and plenty more!
November 15, 2018
Opportunity knocks for Ralph
This week I take a look ahead to the Women’s Champions Trophy and I speak to GB Head Coach David Ralph. There’s the usual look at the Premier Leagues and of course a quiz and some nicknames! #letsgetcracking
November 08, 2018
The Return of the Prodigal Son
This week I’m joined by two top class goal scorers as Simon Egerton talks about his glorious homecoming and Alan Forsyth talks me through the art of finding the net. There’s the usual league roundup, a hockey who am I and a new feature, too!
November 01, 2018
No more putting the Kettle on
Wales star David Kettle announces his retirement, Zoe Shipperley tells us Buckingham’s recipe for success, I round up the Men’s and Women’s Premier Division plus Hockey Partridges and a new feature!
October 17, 2018
Where were the Germans? The Barry Davies episode
This week Ross ticks off a life goal as he interviews his childhood hero Barry Davies about THAT hockey commentary. There's also a look at Rod Gilmour's book, Seoul Glow, a Premier League round up and some Hockey Partridges
October 10, 2018
Where were the Belgians?
A memorable night for Sam Ward as he reaches 50 international goals and Danny Kerry chalks up his first win as men's head coach, this plus your Hockey Partridges and plenty more!
October 04, 2018
Guess who’s back?
The return of the men's and women's Premier Divisions give us plenty to talk about and I'm joined by Chris Griffiths and Emily Defroand.
September 26, 2018
New coach! The King is dead, long live the King!
The Top of the D talks to the new England and GB Men's head coach Danny Kerry and the captain George Pinner. Plus the latest #HockeyPartridge shouts from the listeners
August 23, 2018
Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy it happened.
Don't be sad it's over, be happy it happened. A look back at the main talking points from the Hockey Women's World Cup
August 08, 2018
Irish eyes are smiling
Irish eyes are smiling as the Green Army march into the semi finals. England suffer heartbreak at the hands of the Dutch. Interviews and analysis right here.
August 03, 2018
Danson in the stands
Argentina vs Germany and England vs USA. A round up of a superb day of action at the Hockey Women's World Cup
July 26, 2018