Hockey referee celebrates decade on the pitch - The Solihull Observer

Hockey referee celebrates decade on the pitch

Solihull Editorial 12th May, 2024   0

A CHELMSLEY Wood hockey fanatic who has made the tough calls at World Cups and European Championships is celebrating a decade as a referee.

Graham Reynolds has probably seen it all – as he has officiate grassroots matches for under-10s through to over-80s, and even officiating at the Grand Masters Hockey World Cup in Barcelona, and the Grand Masters European Cup in Glasgow.

The 51-year-old’s stint has also seen him officiate a successful Guinness World Record attempt for the most amount of players used in a hockey game, which totalled 367 players during an eight-hour match.

The former goalkeeper for Olton and West Warwickshire Hockey Club, said: “I love hockey – to the point where I now use all of my annual leave to dedicate time to officiating the sport.

“The older age brackets are going from strength-to-strength, which is great to see, and I am regularly asked to officiate these games, where the pace may not be as quick, but the skill certainly is.

“I recently umpired a match in Kent between England over-80s against the Netherlands – of which the oldest player was 89 – and I’ve been invited back to officiate their re-match in The Hague next year.

“Hockey has taken me to some wonderful places across the globe where I have made some great friends both playing and officiating, and for anyone interested in taking up the sport I would recommend visiting the England Hockey website.

“I have no plans to hang up my whistle just yet, and I’m very much looking forward to another ten years.”


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