No Trophy Without a Stick March 08 2017, 0 Comments
It is said that the hockey stick is the most important piece of equipment used in the game. Well, put another way, a game of hockey without sticks just isn’t hockey.
The stick is no ordinary branch from a tree. It undergoes a lot of punishment in the hands of the player, which means careful crafting from the right materials is essential.
Sticks can be made from a variety of materials, traditionally from hard wood such as ash. As technology developed, other materials with equally strong, flexible properties were used. These include composites such fiberglass, graphite, carbon and Kevlar. Kevlar is a trade name for a very durable, spun fibre, used originally as a replacement for steel in racing car tyres.
Right-handed players may have an advantage when it comes to hockey since only right-handed sticks are manufactured.
The stick becomes a natural extension of the player, who skillfully maneuvers it to either gently coax the plastic ball in a dribble, or send it scooting as a 100km/h towards the goal. Length and weight vary and can be chosen to suite each player’s needs. The weight of a hockey stick ranges between about 500gm and 750gm.
Composite materials may have some advantages over wood in strength and flexibility of design. Wood is also water absorbent and should be kept dry. However, water can be attracted from both the field and the players, which is why the grip is importantly made of water-proof materials, such as suede, secured with plastic tape.
A stick is always a potential weapon. In a fast-moving game like hockey, sticks can get in the way of players, either to trip or injure. A referee is always on the look out for rough play as competitive teams strive for their trophies and medals.
The trophies at Prestige Awards are also not all alike. Some are cast from resins, with fine detail and colouring. Trophy cups could be made from metals, such a nickel, silver or pewter. Certain designs also lend themselves to aluminium, a nice, slick option, representing the speed of play. Shields are traditionally made of wood with brass or silver plaques that display winners' names. Trophies in the form of mini-statuettes of male and female players are available in plastic, coated in gleaming gold and are ideal as memorabilia for each player in the team.
Trophies help add spirit to any game and can all be suitably customised for the occasion. http://www.prestigeawards.co.za/products/hockey-player-female-miniature-award
Resin trophies are molded according to a three-dimensional design then cast. The resin is given an antique gold look, which brings with it a sense of tradition. http://www.prestigeawards.co.za/products/hockey-goal-resin-trophy
Aluminium cut-out trophies can be mounted on a smart wooden base. These trophies were designed by Prestige Awards and are unique in their class. We would love to help you with your unique design, to bring it to life for your event. http://www.prestigeawards.co.za/products/hockey-m-ring-floating-trophy-t0425