Monthly Archives: June 2014

Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas, under the tutelage of Luis Llopis, is taking the World Cup by storm

Keylor Navas says the fearless Costa Rica team can go on being World Cup world-beaters after their victory on penalties last night against Greece put them in the last eight.

Navas saves against Greece to put Costa Rica into the WC quarter finals

Navas saves against Greece to put Costa Rica into the WC quarter finals

The hero of the shoot-out said: ‘We left our fear at home – that is why we came through a group that had three former World Cup winners in it. We are not afraid of anyone.’

Levante star Navas is now the World Cup’s most wanted keeper with the tiny Spanish club appearing unlikely to be able to keep hold of their star stopper whose contract runs out in one year and buy-out clause stands at just £6.5million.

Last season Navas finished as La Liga’s second-best goalkeeper based on goals conceded, and the best based on the number of saves made. Whilst it was Courtois who conceded fewest goals, he had the best defence in Spain in front of him. At Levante, Navas had no such protection as was clear on the opening day of the season when he let in seven at the Nou Camp.

‘I have had a tough journey to get where I am but I’ve fought hard and now I’m reaping the rewards,’ Navas said, recalling how Spanish club Albacete plucked him from Costa Rica’s biggest side Saprissa in 2010. He moved to first division Levante a year later and in the first two seasons he was understudy to Uruguayan Gustavo Gustavo Munua but last season became No 1 and the hard work put in under the tutelage of one of Spain’s most respected goalkeeping coaches, Luis Llopis, has reaped dividends.

Luis Llopis - Navas' coach at Levante

Luis Llopis – Navas’ coach at Levante

He arrived with the reputation for being a spectacular shot-stopper but Llopis believed he could become even quicker in his area. He is now four or five kilos lighter than when he arrived and Llopis says: ‘Hours of training drills based on speeding-up his ability to accelerate, brake and change direction quickly in his area have paid off.’

After attending the Goalkeeping Conference last summer in Reading, where Llopis saw the Crazy Catch range he knew it was a product that he had to have in his armoury with the spanish philosophy and focus on reactions being the specific outcomes developed by training with the Ultimate Rebound Net. The video below show Luis and Keylor in pre-season training last year

We wish Keylor all the best in the quarter final against the Netherlands on Saturday evening

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Not giving in with Maddie Hinch and Crazy Catch

Great piece by Scoop Hockey – Take a look!!

Scoop | Online Hockey Magazine

There’s no denying it, field hockey is constantly evolving.  Year on year it becomes more dramatic, more diverse, faster, more skilled and more entertaining.  With this, players are training more, playing harder and wanting that win more than ever.

This is especially true for goalkeepers who have to maintain a high level of fitness, strength and agility to make sure that ball stays out of their net, whatever happens.  Their goal is to make sure you don’t score yours.

Watch this awesome video featuring England Hockey’s very own goalkeeper extraordinaire Maddie Hinch who is already making waves on the pitch during this fascinating Rabobank Hockey World Cup at The Hague, Netherlands.

The video’s soundtrack is the apt ‘Not Giving In’ by Rudimental, which hightens the drama around the majestic saves made by Maddie during a training session whilst using Crazy Catch’s array of deflection nets.

In their range are:

  • Freestyle

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#RHWC2014 – Maddie Hinch and Crazy Catch are “Not Giving In”

Crazy Catch are delighted to launch our new #RHWC2014 video “Not Giving In” staring England & GB Women’s goalkeeper Maddie Hinch. The video profiles the Crazy Catch range for hockey made up of the Professional Classic, Wildchild Classic, Upstart Classic and the new handheld Freestyle … Not only are these high quality rebound nets great fun to use, they also help goalies develop their speed and agility, enabling them to improve their reactions and pull off some of the outstanding saves demonstrated by Maddie.

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