News for 14 June 2010

All the news for Monday 14 June 2010


Malvernites eye Big Four repeat

Defence Force dethroned

Nigel Simon



Notre Dame’s Curlyne Wynn, left, tries to stop the run of Fiona O’Brien of Shandy Carib Magnolias in their T&T Hockey Board Women’s Championship Division “Big Four” contest at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Wednesday night. The Dames won 4–0. Photo: Anthony Harris

Stag Malvern trounced Shandy Carib Magnolias 4–0 with a goal each from four different players to stay on course for a successful defence of the T&T Hockey Board Women’s Championship Division “Big Four” title at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Saturday. Former national duo Penelope Stephens (11th) and Sherlan Cabralis (17th) netted first half field goals for the Malvernites to lead 2–0 at the interval. Current national forward, Krizia Layne, made it 3–0 two minutes after the resumption and Lisa Marcano, Cabralis’ sister, another ex-national player completed the drubbing a minute before full-time.

The win improved Malvern to maximum six points from two matches, the same as Notre Dame going into their title-decider yesterday. Blair Wynne scored in the 34th and 39th minutes for the Dames in a come-from-behind, 3–1 win over Harvard Maritime Checkers. Brittney Hingh had given Checkers’ a seventh minute advantage before teenager, Stephanie Whiteman, Wynne’s cousin drew the Dames level in the 26th minute. A new champion will be crowned in the men’s tournament though, after last year’s winner, Defence Force was handed a second whipping.

Needing a win to stay in the hunt after a 4–1 loss to Petrotrin, the “Teteron Stickmen” suffered a 4–0 a bashing at the hands off Queen’s Park. Dominic Young, Raphael Govia, Azard Ali and Cade Lue Sue, were the scorers for the Parkites, now with six points after two matches, equal with Petrotrin who slipped past Malvern 2–1 ahead of their title clash last night. Triston Grant put the Oilmen ahead after only six minutes, but Albert Marcano replied from the penalty-spot for Malvern, only for Dwain Quan Chan to steal all three points for Petrotrin in the 57th minute.

The Trinidad Guardian



Negri march into quarter-finals in style after huge victory

NEGRI Sembilan turned on the heat in the second half to score an impressive 4-1 win over favourites Johor in a men’s hockey match at the Malacca Hockey Stadium yesterday to qualify for the quarter-finals as the Group B winners.

Negri will play against Group C runners-up Penang tomorrow for a place in the semi-finals while Johor, who were the runners-up at the last Games, will take on Malacca in the quarter-finals.

Forward Azraie Mohd Azizan was the toast for Negri yesterday, scoring a brace in the 28th and 51st minutes. The other scorers for Negri were Razlee Amri Mustafar (40th) and Mohd Shafiq Yaacob (56th). Johor’s goals was scored by Mohd Hafiz Nawi in the 49th minute.

Negri coach S. Chandran attributed the win to the players’ ability to execute the game plan well.

“The forwards did well to make the chances count. We also defended well and did not allow Johor’s national penalty corner flicker Baljit (Singh Sarjab) to score from five attempts,” he said.

Perak drew 1-1 with Penang to top Group C on a better goal difference and they will play against Pahang in the quarter-finals.

Perak took the lead through Mohd Hafis in the 17th minute and Penang equalised in the 44th minute with a penalty corner goal by Mohd Azri Hassan.

Terengganu edged Kelantan 5-4 to chalk up their third consecutive win in Group D and they will play against defending champions Kuala Lumpur for a place in the semi-finals.

The Star of Malaysia



Amar Aiyamma nets hat-trick

Sports Reporter


BANGALORE: A fine hat-trick by Amar Aiyamma guided BPCL to a 3-1 win over Indian Railways in the first pool B game of the Chief Minister Yeddyurappa Cup, at the KSHA stadium here on Sunday.

Two of Aiyamma=92s goals were results of well-executed penalty corner conversions. The first half belonged entirely to BPCL, which took 17 minutes to open the account.

Off a penalty corner, the Railways keeper parried the ball only for it to fall into the path of Aiyamma, who slotted it home from two yards. The second goal came on 31 minutes, and was a thing of beauty.

Driving down the right flank, William Xalxo crossed the ball in and Aiyamma casually flicked it in, with his back to goal.

The scoreboard read 2-0 at half-time and Railways played much better in the second half, showing more intent to get forward than they did in the first. Their pressure paid off early, with Deepak Ekka scoring, but they conceded again only three minutes later.

Aiyamma sealed his hat-trick, after another good penalty corner routine, and the game was effectively over.

The result:

BPCL 3 (Amar Aiyamma 17, 31, 51) bt Indian Railways 1 (Deepak Ekka 48).

Saturday's results : Army XI bt DYSS 4-1 ; IOCL bt ONGC 3-1 .

The Hindu



Kadapa are champions

Principal Correspondent


Vijayawada: Kadapa defeated East Godavari by 2-1 in the penalty shootout to lift the first Andhra Pradesh inter-district hockey championship for youth girls at Zilla Parishad High School grounds at Kovvali near Eluru on Sunday.

“Owing to heavy rain we could not complete the regulation time. The final was decided through penalty shootout,” said Hockey Andhra Pradesh general secretary M. Niranjan Reddy.

Deva Kumari and Chinni scored for Kadapa while P. Uma Rani and Vijaya Lakshmi missed the target. For East Godavari, A. Lalitha scored while G. Nagamani, Durga, A.V. Lakshmi and K. Purnima missed the target.

The Hindu



Lahore lift PHF Inter Academies Hockey Tournament title

Staff Report


LAHORE: Lahore defeated Sialkot 1-0 in the final to win the PHF Inter Academies Hockey Tournament at National Hockey Stadium here on Saturday. Aqeel Aslam scored the winner in 31st minute. Karachi II claimed third position after beating Faisalabad in a classification match. Ali Hussain sparkled with 43rd minute goal. Federal minister for sports Ejaz Hussain Jakhrani was the chief guest and distributed prizes among the position holders. The Peshawar team received fair play trophy.

PHF president Qasim Zia announced to double the monthly allowance of the top five academy teams of the tournament. Speaking on the occasion, Jakhrani said that establishment of hockey academies was a revolutionary step by the national hockey federation. He congratulated PHF chief Qasim and secretary general Muhammad Asif Bajwa for organising the event. “Pakistan sports need such nurseries and the PHF is doing a wonderful job.” He hoped that if this system continued then Pakistan would be able to get their lost position in hockey. “I am satisfied with the performance of the current PHF setup and they are doing a best job,” he added.

The Daily Times



High School Boys Make Hockey History

A historic moment in field hockey in the United States occurred this weekend, as La Jolla High School and El Capitan High School competed in what is believed to be the nation's first ever boys' high school field hockey match. The contest was held on the turf at Muirlands Middle School in La Jolla, CA on Friday, June 11 at 4:00pm. The match was the first in a three-game series between the two schools.

USA Field Hockey Men's National Team Head Coach Nick Conway initiated the series as a pilot project for a boys' field hockey development program scheduled to be implemented in 2011. He will serve as coach for the La Jolla High School team, while Sandy Martinez, mother of former USA U21 Men's National Team member Manny Martinez, coaches the El Capitan side. The teams consist exclusively of students from each of the two San Diego-area schools.

"We've been trying to create a program that will facilitate the growth of men's hockey within the youth ranks," said Conway. "Sandy's been developing boys' field hockey for some time."

To further that goal, Conway and Martinez identified the two schools as a good opportunity to implement their development program. Conway's wife, Paula, is a teacher and Field Hockey Coach at La Jolla High School and that provided an intriguing and convenient option for a second school.

"La Jolla was very supportive of USA Field Hockey providing an opportunity like this to their student body," said Conway.

While field hockey is viewed as mainly as a girl's sport, Conway appealed to some of the male athletes at La Jolla to participate.

"Very simply, we went into their Physical Education class, threw a few sticks on the ground, and asked what boys wanted to play," said Conway. "Of course, there was some novelty in that initial time frame; we had so many boys that we didn't have enough sticks. As things progress, and as you announce you want to form a team and practice every day, you lose some players, but you retain a core group who want to play and enjoy competition."

The teams began playing six weeks ago, at least four days a week during their Physical Education classes.

"It became clear we could get two teams to participate," said Conway. "The guys are keen and ready to play."

The second game of the three-game series will be held at El Capitan High School on Thursday, June 17 at 7:00pm. The final game will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista during the Men's Junior National Championship on July 10.

The series has been possible through the significant support of Asics, who provided uniforms, and Dita Field Hockey, who provided sticks for the teams.

USFHA media release



MHF wants cheats punished

Jugjet Singh


THE Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) wants stern action to be taken against those responsible after Kelantan were alleged to have cheated in the Malaysian Schools girls' under-12 hockey competition.

On Saturday, the Kelantan Under-12 girls team had beaten Kuala Lumpur 4-1 in the final, but were later stripped of the title when they were found to have registered an over-aged player with the documents of another girl.

MHF vice-president Datuk Dr S.S. Cheema said even though it was a schools tournament, it was still sanctioned by the MHF and stern action should be taken against those responsible.

"The organisers did the right thing by giving KL the title even though Kelantan had won because identity fraud is a big crime.

"I feel there should be a follow-up from the ministry (of Education) to get to the root of the matter because the player could not have done it on her own, and officials or teachers who condoned the act should be punished," said Dr Cheema.

Dr Cheema, who called for such an act to be nipped at the bud, said: "On MHF's part, we can stop the said teacher(s) or official(s) from officiating in future tournaments.

"However the Education Ministry must come down hard on those involved in this embarrassing episode to send a strong warning to others."

It is reliably learnt that after receiving the protest from KL, Malaysian Schools Sport Council officials had contacted the real owner of the documents, and her father confirmed that his daughter did not compete in the tournament, but was on holiday with him.

KL dominated the Malaysian Schools meet with their under-12 boys beating Terengganu 2-1 in the final while their under-18 boys defeated Perak 3-0.

The only title that slipped from KL's grip was the girls' under-18, which Kedah won 2-1.

New Straits Times



Three players get break to represent Melville City

Haresh Deol



ERNAWATI: Between the post for Melville HC

KUALA LUMPUR: In what is a first for women's hockey in Malaysia, three former internationals have been offered a chance to play in the Western Australian League.

The three — former national skipper Nor Saliza Ahmad Soobni, A. Kanagi and Ernawati Mahmud — are scheduled to depart for Perth at the end of June to begin a three month stint in the league where they will be playing for Melville City Hockey Club. The stint was made possible by the club's women's chief coach Jiwa Mohan.

Nor Saliza, 27, represented the country from 1999 till 2004. She skippered the Junior Asia Cup team in 2000 and the national team two years later. Kanagi was active in the national team until 2008 while goalkeeper Ernawati is currently the assistant coach of the national side that played in the recent World Cup Qualifiers.

Although the trio no longer play international hockey, Jiwa was of the opinion that their inclusion will be good for both his team as well as Malaysian hockey.

"This programme is not limited to the national players alone, it can be any player with great talent," said Jiwa.

"I have five players in my list and I'm sorting out the formalities including securing leave from their employers and obtaining the approval from the national body."

The stint will provide opportunities for the players to further improve themselves and hopefully they will learn a thing or two from the Australians.

"Personally we have been talking a lot about playing in foreign land and it was good to see boys doing that. The support from various parties has been great.

"Now, it will be great to see the girls going through the same revolution. In short, this is one way of giving back to the sport," the current international added.

Malay Mail