Making the Robo HR Left Glove even more ‘Perfect’

Hey Keepers (me again)

With such positive feedback and interest with ‘making the HR right hand even more perfect’ 😀

Something I touched on in my previous article was the OBO ‘left’ hand. I wanted to show you the alterations I’ve made on this glove which I think makes the glove a lot better (I’d say perfect)!

When I wore my first Robo kit (hi control) in 2003 at 13 years old something I always did was to leave the wrist strap undone, to have full wrist movement. To me this strap seemed point less and I removed it! I’ve seen many other gks do this. Chris Hibbert (South African Keeper) demonstrates this in the picture below!


Talking to the goalkeeping wizard Jimi Lewis (who also removed this strap) showed me the modifications he did for all his career in OBO and playing for Great Britain in the Athens Olympics (same picture) 🙂


I want to show you the 5 stages to make the left hand even more ‘Perfect’


Stage 1, remove the strap (keep the strap for your perfect high rebound right hand alterations as a ‘spare’ just in case 😉


Stage 2, mark the cuts! keep it about 1-2cms above the indents on the soft foam


Stage 3, cut along your marking


(Optional stage 4) if the glove is brand new… doesn’t matter so much, it’s better when the glove is loosened. Have some strong tape. Put it in the middle of where the soft foam meets the harder foam and wrap around tight!


This is becoming more common on different brand gloves as well. Shown by Nick Brothers (Current England Goalkeeper)


Stage 5, enjoy!!!


Added protection for keepers who play “Dutch” style

hey keepers

I’ve got another idea/ alteration that I’ve done, this time based on bicep protection…

If we look at products that offer bicep protection they often come in the ice hockey style protectors (not a big fan these)

FM08 Shoulder Caps

I wanted to show you lovely keepers an idea based on the “Chris Hibbert” bicep protectors


I recommend this for keepers who play a “dutch” style (no arm pads) (like me) away of having a little added protection but full arm movements

You will need OBO Cloud arm pads (the ones you buy individually not the ones that come with the Cloud Armour)


Here are the 5 stages to having your own OBO bicep protectors!!!

Stage one depending on the size of your arm, choose which part of the arm guard will fit snug on your bicep. Me being a small guy (nothing wrong with that) i use the part which is originally meant to go around your forearm as the bicep protection.


Stage 2 undo the straps and splay out


Stage 3 with your trusty Stanley knife cut off along the soft stretchy part in the middle of the arm guard and continue all the way around


Stage 4 remove the last strap remaining on the new found bicep (shown on the photo above) To get the best position i found putting the guard on the opposite arm and make sure  the end part (grey part) of the arm guard is facing down your arm


This is the arm guard with the new style Robo body armour


Stage 5 Enjoy



Philippe Thiltges OBO Profile

Austrian mens goalkeeper Philippe Thiltges’s OBO profile.

Philippe Thiltges

What club you play for: WAC

What Country you play for: Austria

Great achievements:


Playing U21 Europeans Championsships in every Pool (C, B, A);

Playing in the spanish Premier League as Nr 1 Keeper for R.S. Tenis

Euro Hockey Championship A-Pool in Amsterdam


Selected for “Best Goalkeeper of the tournament” at European Cup A Pool 2005 in Vienna with only 18 years

2006 European Championship (A-Pool) in Holland

U21 European Champion 2007 (A-Pool) in Zagreb

List of gear you use:

OBO ROBO Hi-Rebound Kickers & Legguards, OBO ROBO Body Armour, OBO High Rebound Gloves, OBO Helmet, OBO Fat Boy

Best goalie memory: Winning the game against Wales at Europeans U21 B-Pool which promoted us for the A-Pool to null. (1:0)

Saving a lot in the game against Belgium at the European Championship in Amsterdam in front of some thousand spectators.

How often do you train: 3 times a week with the Club, 1 time a week national team, 1 time a week special keepers training with ballmachine in the morning

International caps: aprox. 25

International debut: Eindhoven 2006

Any secret tips: you play only for yourself never let anyone pressure you into it.

Goals in life: Being well educated and finding a challenging job which should also offer the possibility to go on with hobbies and find some time for family & friends.

Arm Guards or Elbow Guards

Hey guys,

i’m thinking of buying the ROBO body armour and I asked myself a question…and i couldn’t answer it myself so…i thought i would ask for some opinion…

What would you advise…the obo arm guards(that are sold separately)


or the new obo elbow guards


……….i am 14 years old…and i play u16’s club hockey (Pembroke Wanderers) and I am the second choice senior keeper of my school….. The style of play i use is  For short corners I tend to log if its a hit  and i stay up when its a drag. And the odd 1vs.1 I tend to slide… and take the crap out of the player.

What would be the best for me?

Champions Trophy 2009

Heres the final update on the Now finished Champions Trophy. Congratulations to Australia.

0,11410,1181-0-155784-0-custom,00Heres the official points, results and upcoming fixtures tables from the Champions Trophy being held in Melbourne at the moment as well as some images of an amazing save by germanys Tim Jessulat (even though he plays in TK its still a great save). Also check out this video of some amazing saves by Korean Goalkeeper Myung-Ho Lee.

Completed matches.

# Time Teams : Score
Saturday 28 November
01 13:05 Germany Germany : England 3:2 (1:1)
02 15:05 Australia Australia : Korea 4:0 (2:0)
03 17:05 Spain : Netherlands Netherlands 2:3 (0:2)
Sunday 29 November
04 13:05 Korea : Germany Germany 5:3 (1:1)
05 15:05 Netherlands Netherlands : Australia Australia 2:7 (1:5)
06 17:05 England : Spain 3:3 (3:2)
Monday 30 November
Rest Day
Tuesday 01 December
07 15:05 Spain : Germany Germany 4:5 (2:3)
08 17:05 Netherlands Netherlands : Korea 1:2 (1:1)
09 19:05 Australia Australia : England 2:1 (1:1)
Wednesday 02 December
Rest Day
Thursday 03 December
10 15:05 Korea : Spain 5:5 (1:4)
11 17:05 England : Netherlands Netherlands 2:3 (1:2)
12 19:05 Germany Germany : Australia Australia 3:1 (3:0)
Friday 04 December
Rest Day
Saturday 05 December
13 11:05 England : Korea 3:2 (1:1)
14 13:05 Australia Australia : Spain 10:3 (2:2)
15 15:05 Netherlands Netherlands : Germany Germany 4:3 (2:2)
Sunday 06 December
16 10:05 ENG (5) v ESP (6) 2:5 (1:3)
17 12:35 Netherlands NED (3) v KOR (4) 2:4 (1:0)
18 15:05 Australia AUS (1) v Germany GER (2) 5:3 (1:3)

Upcoming matches.

Sunday 06 December
16 10:05 England v Spain -:- (-:-)
17 12:35 Netherlands Netherlands v Korea -:- (-:-)
18 15:05 Australia Australia v Germany Germany -:- (-:-)

Current Results Table.

League Table
Australia Australia 5 4 0 1 24 9 12
Germany Germany 5 3 0 2 17 16 9
Netherlands Netherlands 5 3 0 2 13 16 9
Korea 5 2 1 2 14 16 7
England 5 1 1 3 11 13 4
Spain 5 0 2 3 17 26 2

Final Placings

Final Standings
2. Germany
3. Korea
4. Netherlands
5. Spain
6. England



Myung-Ho Lee Saves.

Keep an eye out for more updates coming soon.

Making the Robo HR Right Glove even more ‘Perfect’

Hi Keepers,

I’m Tommy Alexander and I play for Scotland U21s and Surbiton in England!

If your the type of keeper who likes to angle the gloves and let the foam do the work (like me), this will suit you!

I was a massive fan of the OBO Hi Control right hand glove but playing at higher level, it became more apparent I needed similar surface area as the left hand and OBO offered the Hi Rebound RH Glove. I really liked the size and rebound of the glove but felt it was restricting in terms of wrist movement (similar to the Left hand but removing that strap makes the glove perfect!).

Midway through the second half of the season (playing for Reading at the time) I got in contact with Jimi Lewis (Ex England and GB Goalkeeping Legend) to coach me. We discussed the OBO HR right hand and he showed me what cuts he did with a Stanley knife to his when he played at the Athens Olympics.


Here are the 6 stages to Making the Robo HR Right Glove even more ‘Perfect’ 😀

Make sure you remove the strap and the softer foam.


Stage 1 (marking the cuts) I’ve made a straight line from in between the 1st and 2nd indent on the left. Then a line across, leaving a thin strip from the velcro underneath. Then a line back down on the right, roughly in line with the gap, where the strap would of come out from originally!


Stage 2 line your wrist and arm in the middle of the glove (where it would be in a match. Make 2 cuts either side of you wrist of where you’d like the strap to be relocated (personally I have it just below the wrist bone)


Stage 3 At the bottom of your cuts (cuts should be about 3-5 cm long), join the original two cuts with a straight line. Making 3/4s of a rectangle (don’t be afraid of going to deep, once you feel the hard plate, do not cut any further)


Stage 4 put the strap under the cut and tape it back down


Stage 5 the soft inner foam should be put back in the original place. Cut away to the same shape as the new cutting (if needed apply tape to keep it steady)


Stage 6 Enjoy 🙂

Tommy alexander xoxo