News for 15 June 2010

All the news for Tuesday 15 June 2010


Jamie Dwyer leads Bloemendaal to 5th title

Congratulations to Kookaburra superstar Jamie Dwyer who has helped lead his Netherlands club, Bloemendaal HC, to their fifth successive Hoofdklasse title.

In his final match with Bloemendaal after recently signing with German club Mannheimer HC, Dwyer was instrumental in Bloemendaal’s win, scoring the final goal in penalty strokes to hand his team the victory.

Click HERE to read the full match report or view the match highlights and Jamie Dwyer interview from the below links.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

DWYER INTERVIEW

Hockey Australia media release



Legerton tricks Parkites for Big Four title

Nigel Simon



Petrotrin...the 2010 T&T Hockey Board Men's Champions. Photo: ANTHONY HARRIS

Wayne Legerton converted a 64th minute penalty-stroke to complete a hat-trick and with it secure the T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division “Big Four” title for Petrotrin over Queen’s Park 3-2 at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Sunday night. Going into the contest, both teams were level on six points with the Parkites holding the edge by virtue of a better goal-difference and thus needed only a draw to land the crown.

With 16 minutes gone in the evenly contested encounter, Dominic Young fired the Parkites ahead — a lead that only lasted eight minutes — before Legerton slammed home a penalty-corner to level the match at 1-1. On the stroke of half-time, he scored from another penalty-corner set play past Parkites goalkeeper, Reiza Hosein to put his team ahead 2-1. Seven minutes before the final whistle, Young looked to have won the title for the Parkites on goal-difference when he drew his side level.

But within a minute at the other end, Legerton scored from the penalty-spot to restore his team’s slim advantage which it held until the final whistle to take all three points and the title, which was won last year by Defence Force. The “Teteron Boys” had earlier on picked up their first points of the day in a 1-1 draw with Stag Malvern. In the first match of the afternoon, national forward Blair Wynne snatched a late winner for Notre Dame to emerge with a 2-1 victory in a virtual Women’s Championship Division “Big Four” title clash with last year’s winner, Stag Malvern.

Both teams went into the match with six points each after wins over Shandy Carib Magnolias and Harvard Maritime Checkers respectively. However at the end of the first 35-minutes half it was anyone’s guess who would walk away with this year’s title as the scores were still locked at 0-0. Nine minutes after the resumption, Wynne opened the scoring from field goal play but 10 minutes later, fellow national player Oire Trotman drew the Malvernites level.

The match looked headed for a draw, which would have handed Malvern the title on goal-difference, until Wynne came up trumps for the Dames with the match winner, a minute from the fulltime. The win by the Glen “Fido” Francis-coached Dames also ended a title drought of more than ten years after being promoted from the Trinity Division last year. In the other women’s match, current league leader, Shandy Carib Magnolias got a double from Brianna Govia, in the 23rd and 41st minutes, to slip past Harvard Maritime Checkers for their first points.

Results

Women:

Notre Dame 2 (Blair Wynne 44th, 69th) vs Malvern 1 (Oire Trotman 54th)

Magnolias 2 (Brianna Govia 23rd, 41st) vs Checkers 1 (Kecia Jones 50th).

Men:
Defence Force 1 (Mickel Pierre 16th) vs Malvern 1 (Albert Marcano 55th).

Petrotrin 3 (Wayne Legerton 24th, 35th, 64th pen) vs Queen's Park 2 (Dominic Young 16th, 63rd)

The Trinidad Guardian



Sorry end to hockey game

By Justin Clarke


A Sunday of competitive hockey came to an abrupt end when the highlight Barbados Men’s Premier League match between Wanderers and All Stars ended prematurely with the latter leading 1-0 at the Wildey Astro Turf.

An early goal in the sixth minute by All Stars forward Barry Clarke set the stage for a savage clash of unyielding wills. The experienced Wanderers team fell victim to a series of mishaps, brought about by bad decisions and too many solo efforts.

Despite being the better passing team on the night, Wanderers succumbed to a quicker and more youthful All Stars defence, resulting in numerous dangerous counter-attacks.

Many calls made in All Stars’ favour fuelled the frustration of Wanderers as they struggled to maintain formation in the second half. Even when All Stars went through a period when they produced a seemingly endless string of turnovers, the Wanderers offence failed to capitalise.

The final chord was struck when All Stars’ Daron Harper challenged Wanderers’ Neil Owen, resulting in Owen needing medical assistance and Harper receiving a red card. A battered and discouraged

Wanderers team made their way off the turf with over 20 minutes of game time left, conceding defeat.

Vice-president of the Barbados Hockey Federation, Roger Broomes, said that the incident had engaged the attention of the federation’s disciplinary committee. He said that any disciplinary action taken should not affect the outcome of the game, but Harper would be excluded from All Stars’ next game.

Although the evening ended on a low note, the earlier games had offered fans bang for their buck.

Empire women’s team met with little resistance from their Deacons opponents. After a 1-1 deadlock going into the second half, Empire came out gunning and outclassed Deacons 5-1.

The Deacons men found redemption for the club with a 3-0 victory over Maple, while the Empire men were unable to duplicate the victory of their female counterparts and lost to YMCA 5-0.

The Nation



Schools’ tourney Thursday

By SHERRYLYN TOPPIN


The Wildey hockey turf will be the venue for the inaugural Barbados Hockey Federation Primary Schools Competition.

Vice-president of the federation, Roger Broomes, announced that 13 teams from across the island would be participating in the competition, scheduled to take place on Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The schools will be divided into two zones, with the top teams in each zone going forward to battle it out in a same-day final.

The Nation



Abahani trounce Police

Sports Reporter


Abahani recorded a massive 9-2 win over newcomers Police AC in the Green Delta Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.

Abahani, who got off to a flying start with a 3-0 win over Sadharan Bima in their league opener, dominated throughout the game and went into the breather with a comfortable 4-0 lead. They then added five more to the scoreboard.

Striker Pushkor Khisa, defender Asaduzzaman Chandan and midfielders Ajit Kumar and Rubel Hossain scored two goals each while Hasan Jubair netted the other for Abahani. Rana Das Yaul Haque scored one goal apiece for the losers.

The Daily Star



KZN Inland looking good for semi-finals at U16 Boys' Hockey IPT in Pietermaritzburg

School hockey & rugby weeks

JONATHAN COOK


IT was a good day for SA U16 defending champions KZN Inland after day one of the Boys' U16 Inter Provincial Hockey Tournament on Pape's Astro at Maritzburg College and the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf.

Inland, under coach Brandon Swart, accounted for Western Province B 4-0 in Monday's dawn patrol match and shaded Northern Gauteng 4-3 in the afternoon to stake an early claim for a top-two position in Pool A of the premier A Section and a berth in Thursday's semi-finals of this competition to determine the best team in South Africa.

Southern Gauteng have got similar designs in Pool A after hammering Northerns 3-0 and Southern Free State 8-0 to take pole position with a better goal difference of six over the hosts.

Pool B saw last year's finalists Western Province A drill North West 7-0 and also earn a rather fortunate 2-1 win over Border-Amathole, who only have themselves to blame for wasting penalty corners. The East London lads beat Eastern Province 3-1 in the morning.

KZN Coastal had a 2-1 win over Eastern Gauteng and meet both WP and Border Tuesday in what will be pivotal Pool B matches.

In their lone match, Inland meet South Western Districts at 8.50 am at the ABJ.

Other than KZN Inland drawing 1-1 with Free State and losing 3-1 to Border, there were no results forthcoming from the Girls' U16 IPT in Potchefstroom.

The U16 Grant Khomo Rugby Week in Upington saw KZN face the daunting task of tackling the powerful Blue Bulls and it wasn't a pretty picture for the Natalians as they lost 36-14. Tuesday sees KZN meeting the Gauteng Lions at 12.30 pm.

The U13 Craven Rugby Week in Graaff Reinet was another tough first day for KZN as they faced fancied Free State. But the boys from black-and-white country acquitted themselves well in going down 18-5.

KZN front up with Northern Free State Griffons at 11.45 am Tuesday.

RESULTS
Hockey - U16 Boys: KZN Inland 4 WP B 0; S Gauteng 3 Northerns 0; S Free State 2 SWD 4; EP 1 Border 3; WP A 7 North West 0; Boland 2 Inland B 1; Mpumalanga 3 Limpopo 0; S Gauteng B 9 N Free State 0; KZN Coastal 2 Easterns 1; Border B 2 N Cape 0; S Free State 0 S Gauteng 8; Inland 4 Northerns 3; WP A 2 Border 1; WP B 4 SWD 0; Boland 3 Border B 2; Mpumalanga 1 S Gauteng B 2.

U16 Girls - unavailable, except; KZN Inland 1 Free State 1; Border 3 Inland 1.

Rugby – U16: Limpopo 15 EP 20; Border CD 0 Namibia 40; Pumas 26 Leopards 9; KZN 14 Bulls 36; Valke 0 Boland 25; WP 28 Lions 7; Free State 14 SWD 29; Griquas 10 Border 15; Griquas CD 10 Griffons 5.

U13: Lions 59 Zimbabwe 5; Griffons 46 Namibia 0; KZN 5 Free State 18; SWD 12 Griquas 12; Valke 17 Border 15; Pumas 10 Boland 7; WP 37 Limpopo 3; Bulls 22 Border CD 0; EP 0 Leopards 12.

The Witness



Six countries confirmed for Asian indoor hockey meet in Ipoh

By S.RAMAGURU


KUALA LUMPUR: Six countries will take part in the third Asian indoor hockey tournament in Ipoh from July 5-11.

The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) secretary Hashim Mohamed Yusof said that the tournament this year, featuring Malaysia, Iran, Thailand, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, was also a qualifying event for the World Cup Finals in Poland next year.

“Asian teams will get the chance to play in the World Indoors, which will be in its third edition. As we have only six teams in the fray, only the champions will get to represent Asia,” he said.

“We are hoping that the qualifying status for the Asian championship will be the start of more interest among Asians for the indoor game.”

Malaysia have formed a three-man selection panel to pick the squad for the championship and the players will be named after the national tournament scheduled for June 24-27 in Ipoh.

In the past, the MHF picked Sapura to represent the country in the tournament. Sapura made the final twice in 2007 and 2009 and on both occasions were beaten by Iran.

The selection panel comprises the MHF coaching committee chairman, Dr Balbir Singh, Kedah’s Teng Cheng Leong and Malacca’s V. Sashidharan. The coach for the team will be named later.

Hashim said that players in the national squad would not be considered for selection as they are required to follow their own programme to prepare for the New Delhi Commonwealth Games (October) and Guangzhou Asian Games (November).

He added that 13 teams were expected to take part in the national indoor tournament.

“Details will be finalised after Sukma (Malaysia Games in Malacca, which ends on Saturday). This is the first time we are having the National Indoors,” said Hashim.

The Star of Malaysia



KL players told to buck or get beaten by Terengganu

KUALA Lumpur coach K. Rajan is concerned with his team’s performance in the men’s hockey competition.

KL, who are gunning to win the Sukma title for a fourth consecutive time since the 2004 Games in Seremban, were outplayed by Malacca and beaten 1-5 in a Group A match on Sunday.

The defeat put them in second place in the group and it gave them a quarter-final match against Terengganu at the Malacca Hockey Stadium today.

Rajan said that nothing went right for them in the match against Malacca.

“My players need to buck up if they hope to get the better of Terengganu, who have been the most impressive team in the competition in winning all their matches thus far. They cannot be missing chances as they did against Malacca,” he said.

Terengganu are in the quarter-finals with wins over Selangor (5-3), Pahang (3-1) and Kelantan (5-4).

Rajan added that they had to be wary of the threat posed by Terengganu’s national forward Faisal Saari, who can score both field and penalty corner goals.

Malacca will be up against Johor for a place in the semi-finals and coach K. Balakrishnan said that they can expect a tough match.

“Johor have a balanced side and we too have to watch out for their national penalty corner flicker, Baljit (Singh Sarjab),” he said.

“We have to play a cautious game and I hope my players will rise to the occasions as they did against KL.

“We have never won the Sukma hockey title and with the home ground advantage, we hope to nail it this time.”

The Star of Malaysia



Adrian quits national hockey camp

V Narayan Swamy


BANGALORE: Goalkeeper Adrian D'Souza quit the national hockey camp in Pune on Sunday, citing personal reasons. The Air India employee made his way to Bangalore for the CM Yeddyurappa Cup tournament, in time to help his team that was without a goalkeeper ahead of its opener against Odisha Stars.

In the process, he put a big question mark over his hockey career. Adrian is on a collision course with Hockey India but sources said he took the decision as he felt he was being made to feel 'unwanted' by the team management and the selectors.

Adrian handed over a letter to chief coach Jose Brasa on Sunday before leaving for Bangalore. At the KSHA stadium, Adrian said: "I have taken leave from the camp due to personal reasons. I have communicated the same to chief coach Jose Brasa and have even submitted a letter to him citing the reasons. Playing for India is paramount for me and I will return very soon."

Sources said the main reason is that Adrian, despite being the country's No. 1 goalkeeper, is hardly in the scheme of things at the camp. The other custodians have gained precedence over him, forcing the Mumbaikar to weigh his options ahead of the Commonwealth Games in October, they said.

The Times of India



Another win for Army

BANGALORE: Army XI won its second straight match in the Chief Minister Yeddyurappa Cup, beating ONGC 4-2 in their pool ‘A' encounter at the KSHA stadium here on Monday. ONGC has now lost both its games, and is virtually out of the competition.

Army was 2-0 up at half-time, thanks to goals from Ignace Tirkey and Eliazer Lakra. Lakra added another two minutes into the second half before Jerum Kujur scored the fourth in the 52nd minute.

Though ONGC managed to score two goals — the second one coming seconds before the final whistle — but the game was already lost.

In a late evening match on Sunday, Air India beat Odisha Stars 3-0 with two strikes from Sandeep Michael and one from Sameer Dad, all the goals coming in a space of eight minutes in the first half.

The results: Army XI 4 (Ignace Tirkey, Eliazer Lakra 2, Jerum Kujur) bt ONGC 2 (Dharmender, Pramod Kumar).

Odisha Stars 0 lost to Air India 3 (Sandeep Michael 2, Sameer Dad).

The Hindu



Hockey India announces elections in July

Sports Reporter


NEW DELHI: Hockey India (HI) on Monday announced it would hold its elections in July. No date was however fixed.

After a special general council meeting here, HI Secretary-General Narinder Batra claimed that affiliations to 25 State/UT units and four institutional boards were unanimously ratified at the meeting.

No media briefing

Batra claimed through an official release that 29 member units attended Monday's meeting. A total of 70 representatives, including 30 women, attended, he said. No press briefing was held.

The meeting was also attended by the Government observer, S.P.S. Tomar, and an observer from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Kuldeep Vats. The units whose affiliations were ratified were: Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Assam, Orissa, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Manipur, Jharkhand, Goa, Puducherry, Delhi, Punjab, Kerala, Rajasthan and Bengal.

Besides, affiliations of institutional boards (with voting rights), Railways, Services, Association of Indian Universities and Air India, were also ratified. According to the release, affiliations of Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka were also ratified subject to the decision of their pending court cases.

The Karnataka State Hockey Association Secretary, K. Krishnamurthy, when contacted in Bangalore, however, said that following a stay granted by the Karnataka High Court, “status quo” should have been maintained, and his body formed in December 2009, should have been invited to attend the HI meeting.

Krishnamurthy was part of the Special General Body meeting held by the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) here on June 6 last.

That body decided to initiate a dialogue with the Indian Women's Hockey Federation (IWHF), which also later expressed its intentions to seek a merger with the men's federation.

Monday's move by HI, in getting the affiliations ratified, could be seen as a step towards gaining legitimacy even as the IHF and the IWHF claim that they continue to be the authorised bodies to run hockey affairs. HI has the recognition from the International Hockey Federation (FIH) that enables it to enter Indian teams in international competitions.

The HI meeting also approved all the constitutional amendments proposed, including the one that deals with associate members.

It also approved the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and agreed to have five per cent representatives of players, with voting power, in its body.

The Hindu



Hockey India elections next month

Hockey India on Monday announced that it would hold its elections in July. The body, which took the decision at its special general body meeting, though did not announce the dates for the polls.

Close to 70 representatives from 29 member units attended the meeting, with SPS Tomar being the government observer. The special general body also ratified the affiliations given to 25 state units including Goa, Maharashtra, Punjab and Jharkhand.

The Sports Ministry had earlier advised HI to hold back any decision on elections till clarity was established on the status of the erstwhile hockey body-  Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). The Delhi High Court had overruled on the manner in which the IHF had been derecognised to pave the way for HI.

Hindustan Times



Hockey India elections in July

The Special General Council meeting of Hockey India, held here today, decided to hold elections to the apex body in July, though the date was not specified.

"The House unanimously decided to conduct the elections for the office-bearers in July," said Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra after the meeting.

Batra said a total of 70 officials, including 30 women, representing 29 state/union territory units and four government institutional sports boards, attended the meeting, chaired by Hockey India president Vidya Stokes.

SPS Tomar attended the meeting as the observer of the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports while Kuldeep Vats represented the Indian Olympic Association.

Batra said the House also ratified the affiliation granted to the following states, union territories and institutional boards: Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Andaman and Nicobar, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Assam, Orissa, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Manipur, Jharkhand, Goa, Puducherry, Delhi, Punjab, Kerala, Rajasthan, Bengal, Railway Sports Promotion Board, Services Sports Control Board, Inter-University Sports Board and India and Air India Sports Division.

The affiliation of Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka was also ratified subject to the decision of their pending court cases.

Batra said it was also decided to hold the National Championship for men and women between December 2010 and February 2011, while the junior nationals would be held earlier.

He said all proposed constitutional amendments given in the meeting notice were adopted unanimously, including admission of associate members, adoption of World Anti-Doping Code (WADA) and five per cent representation for athletes with voting power.

The Tribune



Hockey India schedules election in July

NEW DELHI: Having missed deadline several times in the past, Hockey India on Monday decided to hold its much-awaited election next month, while ratifying the affiliations of 33 units.

Hockey India president Vidya Stokes presided over the special general council meeting, also attended by Sports Ministry observer SPS Tomar, after which federation secretary Narinder Batra made the election announcement without confirming the date.

"The house unanimously decided to conduct the elections for the office-bearers in July," Batra said in a statement.

According to him, 70 representatives of 29 member units attended today's meeting in which the house unanimously ratified the affiliation granted to 25 states, including Punjab, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Goa.

Affiliation was also ratified for the four institutional boards -- Railways, Services, Universities and Air India.

"Ratification of affiliation was also granted to the states of Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, subject to the decision of their pending court cases," Batra said.

He said the national championships for both men and women would be held between December 2010-February 2011, preceded by sub-junior nationals.

Today's meeting also adopted constitutional amendments to facilitate admission of associate members, adoption of World Anti-Doping Agency code and five per cent representation for athletes with voting power.

The Times of India



Cookstown Open Pitch With Irish Match

COOKSTOWN Hockey Club is proud to announce the official opening of their state-of-the-art water-based facilities with a match against the current Ireland mens team at Coolnafranky on Friday 18th June at 8pm.

Ireland manager Paul Revington has promised that his team will be strong one in preparation for the Celtic Cup which will also be played at Coolnafranky in a weeks time. Commenting on the upcoming match he said It gives me great pleasure to bring our Ireland Mens Team to Cookstown as part of the official opening of the new Cookstown HC astro turf. Our Ireland Mens Squad chose to use Cookstown as the training venue for our recent April Camp based on the outstanding training and living environment that has been developed around this new facility. Congratulations to Cookstown Hockey Club on this official opening - we look forward to sharing the evening together with the Cookstown hockey community and producing some quality hockey for all to watch.

Cookstowns squad will include current international David Ames and all the teams Irish U21 stars. They will also have Reds legends Philip Barbour and Pete Cunningham, famously the first hat trickster on the water based pitch.

The Reds also hope to have ex-Great Britain captain Brett Garrart running out in a Cookstown shirt to mark the spectacular event.

This is the second time that Cookstown has been honoured with a match against the current international side following a match on their sand-filled pitch during the official opening in 1994.

Cookstown Ladies will also grace the pitch against the Ulster Presidents XI at 6.30pm in what promises to be a cracking game to excite Friday in Tyrone.

Club Vice Chairman Stephen Cuddy said, This is the culmination of many years hard work and we are indebted to the support shown by Sport NI, Cookstown District Council, Miller, Shearer and Black, Acheson and Glover, and Kelvatek.

Sport Northern Ireland Chief Executive Eamonn McCartan commented,

Sport Northern Ireland is dedicated to developing people in sport, particularly young people, and we are delighted to be able to fund this facility.  The club and the new facility will increase participation levels in hockey with our young people, females, schools and the local community.  Members and individuals will also benefit from improved coaching structures, so providing effective pathways for future performance, which is a great result for all concerned.

The Club really would like to showcase the new pitch to the local community and would encourage people to come and see the feast of hockey on offer.

Irish Hockey Association media release



East coast cheaters

K. Rajan


WINNING SMILES: The KL Under 12 and U18 girls teams showing off their medals after emerging champions in their respective category.

PETALING JAYA: Having a winning mentality and striving to win at all cost are two different things. It is quite alarming when such a thin line is crossed especially at the grassroots.

We then begin to wonder if the right values are being instilled in schools when teachers are guilty of cheating.

The disqualification of the Kelantan Under- 12 team in the Malaysian schools (MSSM) championships, that ended at the Pantai Stadium last weekend, should serve as an example that winning at any cost is wrong.

The KL Under-12 team were awarded the title despite losing 4-1 to Kelantan after the East coast team were caught fielding an overaged player in the tournament.

KL education department sports unit head Nordin Mohd Noor clarified the Kelantan team falsified documents to register the over-aged player.

“There was an objection that an older player was registered and our investigation revealed the Kelantan team indeed have falsified the player’s registration. We are disappointed with the action of the teacher and the committee have disqualified the whole team," explained Nordin.

"It’s an offence that should not have taken place as sports in school should be medium to instill positive values and we regret that the incident took place.

“This is what happens if winning becomes the sole intention. School sports is supposed to be more than just creating athletes. We have notified the Education Ministry and it’s up to them to take further action,” he added.

KL were the big winners this year as they featured in all four finals and emerged as the champions in the boy’s Under-18 and both the boys’ and girls’ Under-12 categories.

Nordin said that the success of the KL side was due to the five-year blueprint initiated in 2006.

“The blueprint was a huge success and we reached our intended target. We will revise the blueprint for future success."

Malay Mail



Hit them hard, says MHF

By Jugjet Singh


THE Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) views Kelantan’s attempt to cheat at the Malaysian Sports Schools (MSSM) Girls Under-12 hockey tournament as an identity fraud, and feels stern action should be taken against those responsible.

On Saturday, The Kelantan Under-12 girls team had beaten Kuala Lumpur 4-1 in the MSSM finals, but were then stripped of the title when they were found to have registered an overage player with documents of another girl.

MHF vice-president Datuk Dr S.S. Cheema said even though it is a schools tournament, but it is still sanctioned by the MHF and stern action should be take 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 be punished,” said Dr Cheema.

Dr Cheema said such an act must be nipped in the bud: “On the MHF part, we can stop the said teacher(s) or official(s) from officiating at any other future tournaments.

“However I feel the Education Ministry must come down hard on those involved in this embarrassing episode to send a strong warning to others.” It was reliably learnt that after receiving the protest from KL, MSSM officials had contacted the real owner of the doc uments, and her father had confirmed that his daughter did not compete in the tournament, but was on holiday with him.

KL dominated the MSSM meet when their Under-12 boys beat Terengganu 2-1, while in their Under-18 boys beat Perak 3-0.

The only title that slipped from KL’s grip was in the Girls Under-18, which Kedah won 2-1.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey