Ball Hockey at the British Club

By John Stevens

The Thai Stix invite all newcomers to play ball hockey as well as any seasoned veterans who haven’t been out in a while. For the uninitiated, ball hockey is modeled on North American ice hockey, rather than field or grass hockey. A larger ice hockey style stick is used and the sport’s traditional orange ball is permitted to be handled on either side of the left or right handed stick. While dangerous play is not allowed, ball hockey is naturally a physical game – so the squeamish need not apply.

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Ball hockey (or road hockey), while a mainstay in Canada and popular in certain parts of the United States and Europe, is not a well known sport in Asia. However, this is beginning to change. Leagues in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia have sprung up in recent years, invariably sired by a Canadian expat. Annual regional tournaments are now held in many locations – with the granddaddy of them all, “The Mekong Cup” taking place annually in Phuket. Now entering its 19th year, The Mekong Cup is hosted by the Thai Stix Ball Hockey Club – the touring squad selected from The British Club Ball Hockey Section.

Ball hockey is played most Saturdays, barring rain, on the multipurpose court located on the back lawn of The British Club starting at 3.45pm. If you are interested to join please send an email to [email protected] so that you can be added to the weekly ball hockey communiqué. A good pair of running shoes, shorts and t-shirt is all that’s needed as sticks and other equipment for goalies is available at the club. Those with field hockey or indoor football experience quickly get the hang of ball hockey – so come on out and give it a try!

Thai Stix 2012 team at the Mekong Cup