News for 20 June 2010

All the news for Sunday 20 June 2010


Kelowna native, Danielle Hennig makes her mark for Canada

A. Lee




Game two of the Canada-India series will always be special for nineteen year old Kelowna native, Danielle Hennig. The rookie made her debut not only for the Canadian national team but also on the forward line. Growing up, Hennig mostly played soccer and her athleticism and fitness transferred over to field hockey in grade 7 at Dr. Knox middle school and further at Kelowna Secondary school.

Hennig’s talents and leadership assisted her in co-captaining  her team to 2nd place at AAA provincials in her grade 12 year. Following her graduation, Hennig was recruited to the island to play as a midfielder for the University of Victoria Vikes. A starting midfielder in her rookie here, Hennig helped lead her team to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport National championship title and was she soon recruited to the Senior national team.

Hennig credits her commitment to hockey to her high school coaches (Brian Demug and Mr. B) as well as her family; including her parents and two brothers. Hennig has been training with the national team for the past year and is not looking back. Adaptable and flexible in her position on the field, this talented athlete shows a lot of promise in her future.

After receiving her first international cap Hennig stated, “It was really exciting to play for my country and it’s nice to have the first one under my belt. Now, I can just keep moving forward from there.”

Hennig and her team mates will have a rest day today but will look to keep improving their scoreline against India in the last two matches on Saturday at Tamanawis Park in Surrey and Sunday at UBC’s Wright Field.

Field Hockey Canada media release



Four matches decided in NBP Gold Cup Hockey

LAHORE -  Customs edged out POF Wah 8-2,Navy beat NBP 3-2,HBL defeated Police 2-1 and Wapda outplayed Punjab 3-2 on the fifth day of NBP Gold Cup hockey tournament at Faisalabad hockey stadium on Saturday.

Customs sparkling win owed to their hat trick maker Ahsan Nadeem as they wrapped up the first half 3-1 against POA and continued their onslaughts with speed and agility to hammer five more goals to dump their opponents.

Scorers, Customs: Ahsan Nadeem 1st, 15th, 20th Minute (PC) (Hat Trick), Rao 49th, 67th Minute (FG), Noman 60th Minute (FG), Jaffar 63rd, 65th Minute (FG).

POF: Muhammad Ismaeel 35th Minute (FG), Muhammad Yaseen 55th Minute (FG).

On a day two hat tricks were recorded,the second by Navy Rao Nadeem who scored his second successive hat trick of the event, against NBP as both the teams played a 2-2 draw at half time.Navy: Rao Nadeem 7th, 25th, 59th Minute (FG) (Hat Trick).

NBP: Naeem Akbar 6th Minute (FG), Muhammad Tauseeq 25th Minute (FG).

HBL and Police were tied at 1-1 at interval and bankers showed better conversion to score the all important goal to come out of pressure to claim a narrow win.  HBL: Khalid Bhatti 16th Minute (PC), Omer Bhutta 54th Minute (FG).Police: Amaar Shahzad 60th Minute (FG).

Wapda led the first half 2-1 against Punjab which seemed defensive in the following session and failed to match the aggressive match plan of their opponents.

Wapda: Nisar 15th Minute (FG), Muhammad Imran 45th, 50th Minute (PC). Punjab: Mudassar Ali 20th Minute (FG), Mohsin Sabir 69th Minute (FG).

Four matches will be played tomorrow,Sunday. Customs vs.  HEC at 7am, Punjab vs. Port Qasim at 9am, WAPDA vs. HBL at 3pm and NBP vs. POF at 5 p.m.

Associated Press of Pakistan



Michel van den Heuvel appointed as Pakistan’s new coach

By Khalid Hussain


KARACHI: Michel van den Heuvel was on Saturday appointed as Pakistan’s national hockey coach, becoming the third Dutchman to be chosen for the job in 16 years.

Van den Heuvel, who quit as Holland’s coach after this year’s World Cup in New Delhi, will begin his stint from Monday (tomorrow) when he will land in Karachi to supervise a training camp ahead of a European sojourn which begins from July 7. Pakistan will play a series of Test matches against France, Spain and Holland during the 15-day tour.

Pakistan are hoping that the Dutchman will help revive their glory days by putting the team back on track ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The Greenshirts have won three Olympic titles but have returned empty-handed from the last three Games. Their last Olympic gold came way back in 1984 in Los Angeles.

Before the London Games, Pakistan hockey officials are hoping that under the Dutch coach their team will show some signs of revival at the Commonwealth Games in India and the Asian Games in China.

“Nobody is expecting miracles (from the coach) but one is hoping that there will be some significant progress,” Asif Bajwa, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary told ‘The News’ on Saturday.

There has been some criticism over Van den Heuvel’s appointment with some critics suggesting that he was sacked as Holland’s coach after failing to guide the Dutch to the World Cup final in New Delhi. Holland finished with a bronze there.

“Nobody should doubt his credentials,” said Bajwa, a former Olympian. “Van den Heuvel is top notch coach and has spent 15 years with leading teams. It’s totally untrue that he was sacked by Holland. It’s just that his contract ended after the World Cup.”

Bajwa said that instead of criticising the Dutchman, all stakeholders should back him to get best possible results.

“We should realize the fact that in the current situation nobody is willing to come to Pakistan,” he said. “Van den Heuvel has taken a brave decision and he should be welcomed here. Personally, I’m confident that his presence will really benefit out team.”

Before Van den Heuvel, Pakistan offered the job to German master coach Paul Lissek and Australian Barry Dancer. Both turned down the offer because of security concerns.

Bajwa said that Van den Heuvel had no such concerns. “But we will take care of his security,” he said.

Bajwa said that Pakistan hockey needs all possible support to bounce back after a dismal last-place finish in the World Cup.

“Coaching has been the only grey area for us and we needed stability in it,” said Bajwa whose PHF fired Olympian Shahid Ali Khan as Pakistan coach after the World Cup debacle. “Hopefully Van den Heuvel will help us bridge that gap but only time will prove whether he is a good choice for us.”

Van den Heuvel comes in as Pakistan’s third foreign coach, succeeding his compatriots Hans Jorritsma (1994) and Roelant Oltmans (2000). Under Jorritsma, Pakistan won the 1994 World Cup in Sydney but Oltmans’ stint proved unsuccessful as under him Pakistan failed to even qualify for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

The News International



Pakistan hockey gets Dutch coach for fortune revival

By Muhammad Ali




LAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Saturday finally received approval from the federal sports ministry to hire a foreign coach. The new coach is Netherlands’ Michel Van Den Heuvel. The Dutchman will join the Pakistan squad on June 21 at a training camp at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium in Karachi.

The contract between the PHF and Heuvel is until London Olympics 2012. Heuvel will be Pakistan’s third foreign coach. It was under Dutch coach Hans Jorritsma that Pakistan won the 1994 World Cup in Sydney, Australia, while another Dutch man Roelant Oltmans coached Pakistan in 2004 with the green shirts gaining better ranking at the international level during his tenure. Heuvel guided Holland to a bronze medal in the World Cup in New Delhi earlier this year.

PHF secretary general Mohammad Asif Bajwa said the decision to appoint Heuvel was taken after serious deliberations. “The PHF has decided to take every measure to revive our fortune and providing a foreign coach was one of them. So we have taken this decision in the best interest of the game,” Asif Bajwa, a former Olympian, said. Asif Bajwa defended Heuvel’s appointment against criticism from former players opposed to a foreign coach. “The PHF thinks that this is the only way to get back to the top and we will give him (Heuvel) complete support and are sure that he is capable of delivering the goods,” he added. The PHF official said ample chances were given to many experienced former Olympians in recent years but desired results were not achieved to improve the overall performance of the national team.

Winners of three Olympic gold medals, Pakistan remained up in the clouds for more than three decades and are record four times world champions. The green shirts are striving hard for a big title since winning the 1994 World Cup in Australia. They have not won any Asian title since winning the Asian Games in China 19 years ago. Pakistan finished a poor 8th at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and 12th at the World Cup in India earlier this year – their worst ever showing in both mega events. They have also missed out on the elite six-nation Champions Trophy in 2008 and 2009. After finishing at bottom in the Word Cup, the PHF sacked coach Shahid Ali Khan amid furious criticism from former Olympians, officials and fans. Former Olympian Khawaja Junaid was temporarily appointed coach for the last month’s seven-nation Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia, in which Pakistan finished fifth.

Asif Bajwa said it was the right time to have a foreign expert because the team needed rebuilding and had to participate in many international events in coming years. “Majority of hockey playing nations have foreign coaches with their respective teams and the coaches have shown good results.” When asked to comment on the expertise and potential of home coaches, Asif Bajwa replied their performance was known to all and no one can deny the fact that all of them served the national game in the past with tall claims. “I am not criticising anyone or challenging any body’s credentials but the PHF executive board is of the view that new options and era be explored to bring improvement in the performance of the team,” he said.

Hiring a good foreign coach is vital as well as the most immediate step for the PHF to cope with the physical fitness and technique mythology of the national squad. It will also help the federation to bail itself out from the severe criticism it has had to face from former Olympians since the World Cup debacle. Pakistan will tour Spain next month before competing in October’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi and November’s Asian Games in China.

The Daily Times



Michel van den Heuvel appointed Pak hockey coach

LAHORE: Under-performing Pakistan Saturday named Michel van den Heuvel as their national hockey coach, with officials hoping the Dutchman can revive their glorious past.

Pakistan, winner of three Olympic gold and four world titles, slumped to their worst-ever finish in the 12-team World Cup held in New Delhi, India, in February-March this year.

The flop prompted the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to sack coach Shahid Ali Khan amid furious criticism from former Olympians, officials and fans.

Former Olympian Khawaja Junaid was temporarily appointed coach for the last month’s seven-nation Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia, in which Pakistan finished fifth.

PHF secretary Asif Bajwa said the decision to appoint Van den Heuvel, former coach of the Netherlands’ national squad, was taken after serious deliberation.

“PHF has decided to take every measure to revive our fortune and providing a foreign coach was one of them. So we have taken this decision in the best interest of the game,” Bajwa, a former Olympian, told AFP.

Bajwa defended Van den Heuvel’s appointment against criticism from former players opposed to a foreign coach.

“The PHF thinks that this is the only way to get back to the top and we will give him (Van den Heuvel) complete support and are sure that he is capable of delivering the goods,” said Bajwa.

Van den Heuvel will be Pakistan’s third foreign coach, succeeding fellow Dutchmen Hans Jorritsma, appointed in 1994, and Roelant Oltmans, in 2000.

Van den Heuvel guided the Netherlands to a bronze medal in the New Delhi World Cup before leaving in April over differences with the Netherlands Hockey Federation over team’s preparation for London 2012 Olympics.

Bajwa hoped fears about security in Pakistan would not be an issue for Van den Heuvel. Former German coach Paul Lissek and Australia’s Barry Dancers had been considered but were reluctant to stay in Pakistan.

Foreign sports teams and players have also refused to tour Pakistan due to security fears. Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants have killed about 3,400 people across the country since July 2007.

An ambush on the Sri Lankan cricket team in March 2009 killed eight people and wounded seven players, ending Pakistan’s hopes of hosting international sports events in the near future.

Pakistan’s hockey team will tour Spain next month before competing in October’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi and November’s Asian Games in China.

Pakistan’s hockey has suffered a serious slump in form, after the nation team won their last major title in the World Cup in Australia in 1994.

Dawn



PHF appoints Dutch Coach Michel Van Den Heuvel

LAHORE - Federal Sports Ministry has given the approval to appoint Dutch Coach Michel Van Den Heuvel with Pakistan Hockey Team on Saturday.  The new foreign coach will join the training camp of Pakistan Hockey Team on June 21 at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium Karachi. The contract between PHF and Michel Van Den will be till London Olympics 2012,said Secretary,PHF here on Saturday.

Van den Heuvel guided the Netherlands to a bronze medal in the New Delhi World Cup earlier this year. He will be Pakistan’s third foreign coach, succeeding fellow Dutchmen Hans Jorritsma, appointed in 1994, and Roelant Oltmans, in 2000.

Secretary, PHF,Muhammad Asif Bajwa said the decision to appoint Van den Heuvel, former coach of the Netherlands’s national squad, was taken after serious deliberation.

“PHF has decided to take every measure to revive our fortune and providing a foreign coach was one of them. So we have taken this decision in the best interest of the game”, he asserted.

“PHF thinks that this is the only way to get back to the top and we will give him (Van den Heuvel) complete support and are sure that he is capable of delivering the goods”, he said.

Associated Press of Pakistan



Dutchman to get Rs1.1m per month

From Abdul Mohi Shah


ISLAMABAD: Dutch coach Michel van den Heuvel will cost ten thousand euros (Rs 1.1 million) per month to the national exchequer following Ministry of Sports’ intervention gave the go ahead to the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Saturday.

Last week during the Executive Board meeting in Lahore, the PHF got an approval of Euro 15000 per month for the coach and his trainer hiring. But now it seems that the federation has shelved its plans to hire a trainer with Van Den Heuvel.

“Yes, we have got the approval from the Ministry of Sports to hire the Mitchel Van Den Heuvel for the national team. His immediate assignment would be to train the team for the Commonwealth and Asian Games. He would take the team to the European tour next month,” Qasim Zia, the PHF president when contacted by ‘The News’, said. “There were four names under consideration. The first two including Australian Irvine refused to come over to Pakistan. So we hired the Dutch coach in an effort to improve the national team performance,” Zia added.

Meanwhile, former Olympian Shazan Sheikh came harsh on the PHF decision to hire a discarded coach. “Why the Dutch hockey association has sacked him. Had he been so good he would have been there with the Dutch team.”

The News International



Scintillating hockey at the top Prize Money Cup

K. Arumugam


In every tournament the semifinal phase is the most exciting one, and it was no different at KSHA Stadium in Bangalore.

On Saturday, in the ongoing Chief Minister Cup semis, the crowd was entertained to the hilt before Indian Oil and Army XI came out of tight situations to deservedly enter the Sunday Final.

It will be between Indian Oil Vs Army XI in the Bangalore bonanza at tomorrow 19.30 hrs

While Indian Airlines defeated BPCL by an odd goal in six, Army XI came from behind to equalize 3-3 when three minutes left for the regulation time, and then in the ensued tie-breaker, they could convert all the five strokes to win the exciting semis 8-6.

Young Army won the hearts at the floodlit match, which was witnessed by sizeable crowd, showing an aggressive brand of hockey and never say die spirit.

Whether it is the Chitaranjan’s goal – he was top scorer of the PHL Second division in 2005 – or veteran Ignace Tirkey’s guile close range scoop, the young army men were the cynosure of all eyes.

They were trailing all through the match, Samir Dad and Brendra Lakra Sr.’s goals taunting them till three minutes left in the clock.

Ignace’s goal at that point, which came after sustained Army men attack, clipped the wings of Air India, which was then grounded by the army men in the tie-breaker. Extra – time of 15 minutes did not yield any goals to break the ice.

Umpires Palangappa, who otherwise was authoritative and precise with his decisions, erred in the dying moments of the game; even did not oblige the genuine protest of the Army men. Air India’s clearance of the ball off the fifth and last penalty corner was faulty – the ball was hooked out by Sandeep Michael above his head, rising his the stick above the shoulder, a clear case of dangerous play. Umpire did not give another penalty corner. It is a fatal mistake, but the army men got their poetic justice in the tie-breaker, converting all of them.

In the first semifinal, despite repeated prompting by tireless midfielder Sabu Varkey BPCL could not equalize, and had to end the day on losing note. IOC's winning score featured a brace of goals from Prabhjot Singh.

Stick2Hockey.com



Invite Jarnail Singh to the national camp

K. Arumugam


One image that would etch in the memories of those who watched the Saturday semifinals of the ongoing Chief Minister Cup will undoubtedly be the athletic dive of Jarnail Singh, which did not get a goal for his side, but prevented one from being scored.

Air India got a crucial penalty corner in the late second half -- and scoring from the set piece was different in the tournament, as three men striker-three men defence was in experiment there -- and was well on course to consolidate the lead from 3-2 to 4-2, but it was not to be. Hail the lad Jarnail for this.

After the ball was stopped at the dotted lines, veteran Samir Dad brought it to the top of the circle and then unleashed whiplash of a shot at goal. Almost the similar fashion he scored the first goal in the first half. Even as almost everyone thought the ball has found the home, the wonder kid did the unbelievable. Standing midway in the circle, dived to his right in a spurt of moment, applied stick dot on the flight of the lightening shot. The ball had been deflected from its goal bound flight, his action taking place on the air all the while. This is beautiful metamorphism of athleticism and acrobatics.

Thankfully, DD Sports cameraman could capture the sequence in detail – DD’s broadcast quality has certainly improved otherwise also – and we could cherish the moment.

This was not run of the mill stuff.

Jarnail's that stopped the goal in a great fashion, reminded of Jugraj’s 2002 Cologne Champions Trophy nicety and daredevilry.

This image of Jarnail doing the impossible will indelibly remain etched in the mind for long.

I have not seen the player in action, and not have his basic stats, even age. However one cannot escape from spotting huge talent in him. Whatever his age, whatever his present status, he is worth a try at top level. We lost many such talents for not holding the Nationals.

Players of such ability are the need of the hour, rare, precious for future. We only hope Jarnail Singh, if possible some others as well, are invited to the camp and let the chief coach Jose Brasa have a look at him.

The way Army XI played today in the semifinal is reminiscent of days of yore, when the likes of Shankar Laxman, Hari Pal Kaushik, Harcharan Singh, MP Ganesh, Charles Cornelius dazzled for the Services in different spells.

The concept of Army XI has been a flop, which robbed its various splinter units of charm and competitive spirit. In the bleak situation, this army team playing so well is a welcome sign. Some from the team, my choice is Jarnail Singh, deserves to be in the natinal side, at the out a platform for trial.

Stick2Hockey.com



Balaji nets hat-trick

Special Correspondent


CHENNAI: A hat trick by Balaji, who scored four goals, featured Friends HC's 7-0 win over Johnson memorial HC in a CHA first division league match at the Mayor Radhakrishnan stadium on Saturday. Other scorers were Porchezhian and Sundaramurthy (two).

Other results:

Homely HC 2 (Neville, Murali) bt St Paul's HC 1 (Subbu Raj); ABN Infotech 11 (Divakar 3, Surender 3, Sundar 2, Anbu, Raja, Krishnakumar) bt United Gymkhana 2 (Kalaivanan, Jagan)

(Friday's results): Chepauk Youngsters 2 (Sarath Prabhu, Santosh) bt Coronation Youngsters 1 (Dhilipan); Dominic Memorial 7 (Praveen 2, Sounder 2, Rajan, Armugam, Satish) bt MCC 4 (Mani 2, Gautam Reddy, Appiah)

The Hindu