News for 22 June 2010

All the news for Tuesday 22 June 2010


Canada-India Tie 2-2

The Canadian women’s national team played the final match of a 4 game test series, at UBC on Father's day against the Indian National team. This wrapped up a great weekend on the pitch. In the first half Team India got on the board by capitalizing on a penalty corner in the 11th minute. However, it didn't take the Canadian's long to respond. A penalty stroke was rewarded two minutes later and D. Roemer scored to tie the game at one.

In the second half India came out strong and went ahead after a free play goal at the 42nd minute mark.  Again, it didn't take the Canadian's long to respond.  7 minutes later they received their first penalty corner of the game and Di Roemer scored her second goal of the game on a drag flick.

"The girls really played well today and for the first time we competed for an entire 70 minutes.  We have learned many lessons and have adapted well.  Hopefully our upcoming series against Chile will solidify our overall team play" said Head Coach Louis Mendonca.

A big thank you goes out to all volunteers/staff that made this event possible. Also a big congratulation’s goes out to all athletes that participated in a well played series. For all information on the Canada-India Cup 2010, please click here.

Starting lineup

A. Stone
A. Lee
S. Jameson
C. Poland
T. Culley
S. Nesbitt
K. Baker
A. Raye
D. Roemer
S. Elmitt
A. Kozniuk

Substitutions

D. Hennig
R. Pendleton
T. Flexman
S. Smith
C. Romeo

Field Hockey Canada media release



India draw with Canada in Test series' final match

NEW DELHI: The series already won, India's women's hockey team played out a 2-2 draw against Canada in the final match of the four-Test event at UBC Wright Field, Vancouver on Monday.

Visitors had won the India-Canada Cup 2-0 having beaten the hosts in the opening and third game of the series while the second match was drawn.

India started the match on an attacking note and earned a penalty corner in the 11th minute which was superbly converted by skipper Surinder Kaur.

Two minutes later, Canada restored parity through a penalty corner conversion by Diane Roemer.

India took the lead in the 24th minute when Saba Anjum slammed in from a fast counter-attack.

India led 2-1 at half time. After lemon break, Canada held the ball well and had a lot of possession but were unable to convert until the 50th minute when Roemer scored again through a penalty corner.

In the last 10 minutes, both the teams played at a high pace but were unable to break the deadlock.

India will now fly to Germany tomorrow to feature in the Four-Nations tournament at Essen from June 25-27. The other teams in the field are Germany, Australia and Ireland.

The Times of India



World Cup blow for Hockeyroos due to injuries


Kate Hollywood has broken her hand. Photo: Hockey Australia

The Hockeyroos have suffered two major injury concerns to key players Kate Hollywood and Casey Eastham only months ahead of the 2010 World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

Hollywood, a key member of the Hockeyroos midfield, broke her left hand during a test match against Great Britain last Thursday as part of the Hockeyroos month long tour of Europe.

The tour of Europe, a major preparation for the Hockeyroos assault on the World Cup and Commonwealth Games later in the year, was further derailed after Eastham struggled through the first two games of the tour with a knee injury.

Eastham, who was voted the 2009 World Young Player of the Year, has left the tour to return to Australia to have her knee problems assessed.

Hollywood has had an operation to fix her hand in Europe and will remain with the Hockeyroos for the remainder of the tour.

While she will be able to continue running to maintain her fitness, she is not expected to be able to hold a stick for the next seven weeks, meaning she will be racing to recover in time for the World Cup which will be held in Argentina from August 29 – September 11.

“We have a conditioning coach here on tour with us so Kate will remain with the team so she can maintain her fitness and attend team meetings. However given that she will be unable to grip a stick for seven weeks, there is some doubt as to whether she will be able to compete in the World Cup,” said Hockeyroos coach Frank Murray.

Eastham, arguably one of the most important members of the Hockeyroos squad, has a similar challenge in overcoming her injury in time to compete in the World Cup and Commonwealth Games, particularly given inability to run and maintain her fitness while she receives treatment.

Murray said Eastham’s injury was particularly significant given both the long term and short term implications.

“It is obviously a concern for us to have some who is only 21 to have knee issues. It is an issue both in the short term and long term. In the short term, she is a key member of the team and someone who we would obviously love to have playing at the World Cup and Commonwealth Games. And in the long term, she is part of our future so we don’t want her doing any long term damage,” said Murray.

In further injury news to the Hockeyroos, striker Ashleigh Nelson is unlikely to compete in the remainder of the Hockeyroos tour of Europe after suffering a hit on her ankle during a recent match against Great Britain.

Hollywood, Eastham and Nelson will be joined on the sidelines by defender Stacia Joseph who was ruled out of the Europe tour and will also be racing to prove herself ready for the World Cup after suffering Osteitis Pubis following her return from the World Cup Qualifier earlier this year.

Hockey Australia media release



Kate Hollywood discusses hand injury in her travel journal

Injured Hockeyroo Kate Hollywood has given an interesting insight into how she broke her hand and the following difficulties she faced to book herself in for surgery while in Europe.

Check out her latest update in her travel journal from her official website - katehollywood.com.au

Hockey Australia media release

 



No national players, please

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 12 teams will compete in the national indoor men’s hockey championship, beginning tomorrow in Ipoh.

And the teams have been reminded not to include national players or those from the Project 2013 squad in their ranks.

The Malaysian Hockey Federaton (MHF) secretary, Hashim Mohamed Hashim, said yesterday that they wanted to see other players involved in the indoor scene and for former internationals to take up the game again.

“This national tournament is also a selection ground for a national indoor team to play in the Asian championship in Ipoh (from July 6-11). So we want states to bring in new talent and not to depend on the same players they select for other national tournaments,” he said.

In the two previous Asian championship, Malaysia were represented by club side Sapura. The Asian tournament this year is also a qualifying event for the World Indoors, which will be held in Poland next year.

The format of national competition is a two-group preliminaries with the top sides advancing to the semi-finals.

In Group A are the Armed Forces, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Penang, Perak and Selangor. Group B comprises Kedah, Kelantan, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perlis and Police.

The Star of Malaysia



T&T hockey men for Belgium training camp

Nigel Simon


England-based Kwandwane Browne will lead a 23-member T&T senior men’s hockey team which leave today for a two-week training camp in Belgium. The camp is being used by the locals as part of their preparations for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) and Commonwealth Games. Browne is already in England and will meet up with the players en route to Belguim.

In addition to Browne, the local team heading to Europe includes five other players who ply their trade in England in Dillet Gilkes, Terrance Baptiste, Matthew Tang Nian, Mickel Pierre, Evan-Piers Farrell. The team which will be accompanied by two local coaches in Bruce Tang Nian and Glen “Fido” Francis as well as manager Denise Scanterbury will link up with the T&T Hockey Board Coaching Consultants, Netherlands duo, Eric Verboom and Rob Haanjtes on arrival in Belgium.

The team also features five senior squad newcomers in Chad Pedro, Carlos Stephens, Shaquille Edwards, Jovan Woodward and Dominic Jaikaransingh. The team is expected to return home on July 9 before heading off to the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico ten days later.

Following the CAC Games the national men’s indoor team will then take centre stage as they compete at the Indoor Pan American Championship, August 9 to 15 in Barquisimento, Venezuela. The Commonwealth Games is carded for New Delhi, India in October, where the local men have been placed in Pool B along with England, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. Reigning champions Australia are in Pool A with Pakistan, India, Malaysia and Scotland.

The Trinidad Guardian



Pakistan's Dutch hockey coach enters into argument with media

KARACHI: Pakistan's newly-appointed foreign hockey coach Michel Van Den Heuvel on Monday entered into an altercation with the media on the first day of his assignment at the Hockey Club of Pakistan stadium.

The Dutchman, formerly coach of the Netherlands team, took charge of a training camp being held here to prepare the national team for a European tour ahead of the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games this year.

But not aware of the hockey culture in Pakistan, Heuvel initially refused to allow the media to cover the training session or speak to them and asked manager Manzoor Junior to call the police to remove the reporters from inside the ground.

But after a series of strong protests by the media contingent, Heuvel was convinced by the manager and other Pakistani officials at the stadium to review his earlier stance.

The move worked as Heuvel later came out and spoke to the media in which he made it clear that his first target was the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

"The assignment I have been given is to prepare a strong team capable of winning the 2012 London Olympics, but my own assessment is that we need to target winning the Asian Games in the first stage," Heuvel said.

The new foreign coach also admitted that Pakistan hockey no longer possessed talents of yesteryears.

"In those days the Pakistani players were wizards now the talent level is down, so my job is to work with the players and bind them into a efficient, clinical and winning unit," Heuvel said.

Pakistan hockey's chief selector Hanif Khan surprised everyone when he informed that the government played a role in Heuvel's appointment.

"As far as I know the government made it clear to the Pakistan Hockey Federation that they wanted a foreign coach for the team and that is why the sports ministry is paying his monthly salary," Hanif said.

"I don't think the PHF was directly interested in signing on a foreign coach. I hope he can deliver better results for us," the former Olympian said.

The Times of India



New Pakistan hockey coach unaware of selection matters

By Shazad Ali


KARACHI: Newly-appointed Pakistan hockey coach Michel van den Heuvel and the national selectors seemed to be on a collision course when the Dutchman refused to divulge who would select the squad but said he would discuss the matter with the administrators.

The coach, who arrived on Monday to take charge of the national training camp for the Europe tour, said there were several matters related to his role and selection was one of the points to be discussed with Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF).

“There are several things which I need to discuss with the PHF and who will select the team is surely one of them. It is a good question, who will select the team,” Heuvel told Dawn.com after his first training session with the team at Hockey Club of Pakistan while evading the question and giving a direct answer.

He responded when it was pointed out to him that none of the professional coaches nowadays allow interference in selection affairs. Would he accept the national selection committee which has been ruling the roost since its formation recently and discarded several experienced players for the Azlan Shah Cup last month?

Heuvel’s answer to the question about selection raises two questions. First, if one considers usual practice by professional hockey coaches, they never compromise on selection matters and discuss in detail all terms and conditions before joining the squad. But in Heuvel’s case, his credibility seems to be questionable as he would be talking with the PHF on such a vital issue after his arrival in Pakistan and joining the camp.

Secondly, if Heuvel is really serious about exerting pressure and telling the PHF that he would not tolerate any interference in the selection matters, then he surely is on a collision path with the selection committee.

Chief selector Hanif Khanh has already laid down the gauntlet and says if the foreign coach did not accept the selection committee then either he would quit or the Dutchman would have to leave.

“I had said very clearly when PHF was trying to hire (Paul) Lissek and would once again say that if any foreign coach refuses to accept existence of selection committee, then either I will quit or the coach will have to pack up and leave,” said Hanif while talking to Dawn.com.

The 1984 Olympic gold medallist, however, said he would welcome Heuvel’s and manager’s input before announcing the future squads, but the Dutchman would not be allowed to impose his will or disregard the selection committee.

“I have made it clear that the selection committee not the coach will select and announce the squad. If he (Heuvel) refuses to accept the selection committee, then let the time come and the everything will be clear,” said Hanif.

The current scenario has indeed put Heuvel in a Catch-22 as if he accepts the selection committee, he will put a big question mark on his credibility but if he refuses to budge, he might face a showdown with the selectors.

Selection committee has been reigning supreme and even axed five veterans – Rehan Butt, Sohail Abbas, Waseem Ahmad, Shakeel Abbasi, and Akhtar Ali – for the Azlan Shah Cup over what it believed was their poor form.

Interestingly, Heuvel, who has been given charge of the green shirts says he expects to win not before 2012 London Olympics, an event after which his contract ends.

“My target is to see Pakistan win and it’s not the Asian Games but in London that I expect them to win, although at the Games there will be no European squads,” said Heuvel without explaining how he would be able transform a 12th-place team at the World Cup into winners in just 24 months.

Heuvel told reporters that while the players had “tremendous potential” he was also seeing “some silly tackling mistakes.” It is incomprehensible how the Dutchman would transform into winners the group of players who have played hockey for some 10 years but still make “silly tackling mistakes.”

At the training session, the Dutchman ordered young and experienced players to form separate eight-man sides and made them play three short games in which the seniors remained unimpressive and even lost the first game 2-0 despite having stars, Shakeel Abbasi and former Pakistan captains Rehan, Waseem, Zeeshan Ashraf, and Muhammad Imran.

Although the seniors were mediocre, Heuvel parried the question when asked was he evaluating the performances of seniors and juniors by forming two separate squads.

“As I didn’t have the idea about the age of the players, I just wanted to check out who’s younger. You know, sometimes an 18-year-old doesn’t look like his age,” he said

Heuvel’s last assignment was with the Dutch squad which finished third at the World Cup in New Delhi in March. The Dutchman has been hired on an undisclosed but a hefty amount only after top-rated coaches Paul Lissek and Barry Dancer refused to join Pakistan owing to security concerns.

Sources said the Dutchman was in Lahore on May 28 for discussions with the PHF when 95 people belonging to were killed in an attack reportedly carried out by the Taliban.

Apart from Sohail, almost all the probables have reported, but Heuvel did not seem to be bothered by the absence of penalty corner striker.

“I would like to see every talented player in the camp. I like to see Sohail also in the camp. But as he is also like other players and if he is a player having potential, then other players in the camp also have potential,” said the coach.

Team manager Manzoor Hussain said neither Sohail contacted him nor he was aware of his whereabouts.

Pakistan are training for the Europe’s tour to will play matches in Spain and the Netherlands from July 7 to 26. The team is expected to be announced in the first week of July.

Dawn



Dutch coach pledges lost glory for Pakistan

by Nadira Mushtaq


KARACHI: Pakistan’s national game, hockey, touched its lowest point when the national side finished twelfth in the recently held Hockey World Cup in New Delhi, but the newly appointed Dutch Coach Michel Van Den Heuvel has some other ideas.

Michel Van Den Heuvel, who reached Karachi on early Monday morning, was of the view that Pakistani hockey team has some very good young players who can help the country regain its days of glory.

While talking to media upon his arrival in Karachi, Heuvel stated that there is no reason why Pakistan don’t get back days of past glory as it has the talent and guts to be there with the best in the business.

Earlier on Saturday, the Federal Sports Ministry had given the approval to appoint Dutch Coach Michel Van Den Heuvel for the hockey team.

The new foreign coach joined the national team today at a training camp at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium Karachi.

The contract between the PHF and Michel Van Den will end after London Olympics 2012.

During the training session Heuvel declined to talk to reporters and a huge contingent of Police was called to make sure that no media was present inside the Hockey Club of Pakistan.

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

Secretary Pakistan Hockey Federation Muhammad Asif Bajwa said that 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 a step in this direction. So we have taken this decision in the best interest of the game and the country”, he added.

Sports Encounter



Defending champs Kwa Zulu Natal Inland work hard at SA U18 Boys' Hockey IPT

School sports weeks

JONATHAN COOK


THE defending champions KZN Inland were made to work hard for their two wins on day one of the SA U18 Boys' Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at Maritzburg College's Pape's Astro and the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf Monday.

Inland struggled against a feisty Eastern Gauteng, who were rank underdogs yet led 1-0 until 11 minutes from the end before going down 3-1 thanks to a Grant Glutz hat-trick for the host province inside nine minutes.

EG tackled like demons, upsetting the rhythm of their more fancied opponents and shocked the ABJ crowd when they went 1-0 up through Chad Bulloch's field goal four minutes from the break.

Inland stuck to their task and two Glutz penalty corners either side of his field goal did the trick, which was enough to suggest the Inland boys under coach Darryn Gallagher are not going to give up their champions of South Africa crown easily.

Earlier, Inland accounted for Western Province B 4-1, a side not overawed by the big names against them. Glutz netted another hat-trick (two FG, one PC) with Keagan Davids also troubling the scorekeepers. WP B turned around 3-1 down and scored their two goals through a Christopher Vlok PC double.

Another side in Pool A who looked good were Border A, who thumped KZN Coastals 4-1 with four hot field hockey goals going to the talented Ignatius Malgraff (3) and Cerezo Comerasamy. Coastals replied through Marco Lopes in the last minute.

Southern Gauteng A look the team to beat in Pool B and had two good wins while WP A worked overtime to beat a spirited Boland.

Hockey matches to watch Tuesday look to be Inland vs Coastals (8.50 am Pape's), South Gauteng vs WP (2 pm Pape's) and WP vs EP (7.30 am ABJ) and certainly the South African selectors have much talent to sift through.

The only result available from the SA U18 Girls' hockey IPT in Potchefstroom was KZN Inland's 0-0 draw with KZN Coastal.

At the SA Rugby Union (Saru) U18 Academy Rugby Week in Vryheid, there was heartbreak for the host province when they were shaded 11-10 by the Pumas in the late game.

Tries from Thomas Schorn and Simiso Mchunu weren't enough to stop the Pumas.

RESULTS

HOCKEY


U18 Boys' IPT – A Section
Pool A: KZN Inland A 4 Western Province B 2; Southern Free State 1 Eastern Gauteng 1; Border A 4 KZN Coastals 1; Border A 3 SFS 3; Inland A 3 EG 1; KZN Coastals 5 WP B 1.
Pool B: Northern Gauteng 3 Eastern Province 3; Southern Gauteng A 9 Mpumalanga 1; WP A 2 Boland 1; SG A 4 EP 2.
B Section: North West 2 Inland B 2; Border B 4 Northern Free State 0; Southern Gauteng b 4 Limpopo 0; South West Districts 5 Northern Cape 2; NW 1 SWD 2; Border B 2 SG B 2.

SA U18 Girls' IPT (only available result): KZN Inland 0 KZN Coastal 0.

RUGBY
U18 Academy Week: Border Country Districts 13 Griffons CD 9; Border 42 Blue Falcons 24; EP 23 Leopards 12; SWD 43 Pumas CD 3; Leopards CD 28 Namibia 25; EP CD 17 Griffons 22; Boland 41 Sliver Falcons 5; Free State 14 Lions 32; Griquas 8 KZN XV 62; Blue Bulls 8 Western Province 23; Eastern Province CD 17 Griffons 22; KZN 10 Pumas 11.

SA Hockey World