News for 29 June 2010

All the news for Tuesday 29 June 2010


England nominates squad for Samsung FIH Champions Trophy


The England Hockey women’s squad for the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy, Women, Nottingham 2010 has been named.

The 18 athletes will represent England on home turf against world hockey giants Netherlands, Argentina, China, Germany and New Zealand at Highfields Sports Club in Nottingham between Saturday 10 and Sunday 18 July.

Included in the lineup is 19 year old Georgie Twigg, who made her senior international debut for Great Britain against Germany just last month and who has yet to represent England at senior level.

There is still plenty of experience in the squad with the inclusion of Reading trio Kate Walsh, Helen Richardson and Alex Danson and Leicester pair Crista Cullen and Chloe Rogers, who between them have nearly 500 caps for England and a further 278 for Great Britain.

After naming his squad, Head Coach Danny Kerry said, 'This has been a tight selection showing a growing depth in the squad.  In Georgie Twigg, there is some new blood and she has come through our National Age Group Squads, reflecting the excellent work carried out by the staff of those programmes.  I am sure Georgie will relish and enjoy the experience.

“The group is fit, well prepared and very much ready to go.  We are a significantly better team than 12 months ago and we are all interested to see how far the other teams have developed since the last Champions Trophy.  Charlotte Craddock and Crista Cullen make a return to senior hockey following a gap in 2009 and I am confident that both of them will add to our performance.  Playing at home in a world level event presents a brilliant opportunity for players and staff to understand what this holds prior to the Great Britain team competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games.  We look forward to home support and I know the players will demonstrate the passion and desire for success.'

Team England: Ashleigh Ball, Charlotte Craddock, Crista Cullen, Alex Danson, Susie Gilbert, Gemma Ible, Katie Long, Hannah Macleod, Helen Richardson, Chloe Rogers, Natalie Seymour, Beth Storry, Georgie Twigg, Laura Unsworth, Kate Walsh, Sally Walton, Nicola White, Kerry Williams.

England Hockey Board Media release

 



Danny Kerry names England squad for Nottingham

By Emily Benammar



Ready for battle: Kate Walsh capped in England at the 2010 Champions Trophy Photo: ADY KERRY

England head coach Danny Kerry has named his 18-woman squad set to play in the Champions Trophy in Nottingham next month.

Georgie Twigg, who made her senior international debut for Great Britain against Germany last month, is included and the 19-year-old is set to make her full senior debut for England when the Champions Trophy gets underway on July 10.

England and Great Britain regulars Kate Walsh, Helen Richardson, Alex Danson, Crista Cullen and Chloe Rogers are also included in Kerry’s squad who will play host to Holland, Argentina, China, Germany and New Zealand at Highfields Sports Club.

Asked how the squad are looking with just under a fortnight to go before their first match against world No 1 side Argentina, Kerry said: “The group is fit, well prepared and very much ready to go.

“We are a significantly better team than 12 months ago and we are all interested to see how far the other teams have developed since the last Champions Trophy.

“We look forward to home support and I know the players will demonstrate the passion and desire for success."

On the selection of Twigg, Kerry added: “In Georgie Twigg, there is some new blood. I am sure Georgie will relish and enjoy the experience.”

Name (Club) Position

* Ashleigh Ball (Slough) Midfielder
* Charlotte Craddock (Clifton) Forward
* Crista Cullen (Leicester) Defender
* Alex Danson (Reading) Forward
* Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham) Midfielder
* Gemma Ible (Clifton) Goalkeeper
* Katie Long (Leicester) Forward
* Hannah Macleod (Leicester) Forward
* Helen Richardson (Reading) Midfielder
* Chloe Rogers (Leicester) Midfielder
* Natalie Seymour (Canterbury) Defender
* Beth Storry (Reading) Goalkeeper
* Georgie Twigg (Clifton) Midfielder
* Laura Unsworth (Leicester) Defender
* Kate Walsh (Reading) Defender
* Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown) Defender
* Nicola White (Slough) Forward
* Kerry Williams (Leicester) Midfielder/Forward

The Telegraph



Georgie Twigg selected for England

By Graham Wilson


CLIFTON’S Georgie Twigg, who made her debut for Great Britain against Germany last month, has been chosen to play for England for the first time in the Champions Trophy at Highfields, Nottingham, from July 10-18.

Twigg, 19, knows London 2012 beckons if she can prove her worth in a squad to take on five top sides, including Olympic champions Holland.

“London 2012 is my aim but competing in Nottingham will be fantastic,” she said.

Coach Danny Kerry said: “I am sure Georgie will relish the experience.”

Daily Express



T&T hockey men win second tour match

Kevin Sunich


Second half goals from Akim Toussaint, Atiba Whittington and Wayne Legerton added to Dillet Gilkes’ first half strike, helped the T&T Senior Men’s hockey team to its second win in three matches, on their 14-day tour of Belgium. The T&T team defeated that country’s national Under-21 team 4-2 on Saturday. T&T is using this tour as part of its preparation for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, which will be held from July 22 – 31 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

After getting early game jitters out of the way, T&T settled down and took control of the game. T&T’s scored their first short corner opportunity from the stick of Gilkes. However, Belgium equalized a minute from half time from a penalty corner by Tom Boon. Boon came out after the break and gave his team the lead as he converted another penalty corner 2-1. The Soca stickmen came back immediately equalizing via a Toussaint finish from an Atiba Whittington assist. T&T soon regained the lead as Whittington was able to get his name on the score-sheet with a back hand strike off of a Gilkes pass from a quickly taken free hit. Legerton added the icing to the cake, converting a penalty stroke to make it 4-2. The Soca stickmen were expected to play the Belgian U-21 again yesterday.

On Thursday T&T rebounded from its 6-4 defeat at the hands of Dutch club, TMHC Forward, easing to a 5-2 win over a Dragons Under-19 club team. Dominic Jaikaransingh led with a double, while Toussaint, Chad Pedro and Marcus James accounted for the other three goals. The team is expected to return home on July 9 before heading off to Puerto Rico ten days later to compete in the CAC Games. Meanwhile, the T&T women’s hockey team on its tour of Chile, went down to that country’s national team 3-1in their first match on Friday. T&T will also be playing matches against Argentina which is part of the three team matches.

T&T SQUAD

Rocke, De Gannes, Eccles, Brown, Cowie, Quan Chan, Pierre, Gilkes, Legerton, Whittington, Touissant.
Substitutes: Farrel, Pedro, Woodward, Jaikaransingh, Scipio, Edwards
Not played: Pascal, Steven, Tang Nian, James, Viera

The Trinidad Guardian



T&T stickmen draw 3-3 with Belgium U-21s

Trinidad and Tobago’s senior national men’s hockey team drew 3-3 with Belgium’s Under-21 players on Sunday in Belgium during practice matches for the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC).

The ’Soca Stickmen’ overturned a 3-1 half-time deficit against the Belgians, Mickel Pierre getting the home side a pair of second half goals to draw them level. Wayne Legerton got T&T’s only first half goal, a flick from a penalty corner.

T&T’s first meeting with the Belgians produced six goals, with the visitors winning 4-2. And in their earlier matches, T&T lost 6-4 to Dutch club TMHC Forward, and won 5-2 over Dragon’s Under-19s, this time a Belgian club.

T&T’s senior stickwomen are currently in Chile on their own practice tour, which includes matches against Argentine competitors, and were expected to be in action yesterday. On Friday they lost 3-1 to Chile, with Kristin Thompson scoring T&T’s lone goal.

The CAC Games are scheduled for July 22-31 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

The Trinidad & Tobago Express



Ireland win Celtic Cup

Ireland retained the Celtic Cup for the third year running with a comprehensive 7-0 victory over France in their final match in Le Touquet. Ireland were caught on the hop in the opening minute when France were awarded a penalty stroke for a foul on a attacker, however, the stroke was superbly saved by Iain Walker in Goals.

Ireland dominated play thereafter and in the 18th minute they took a 1-0 lead with a drag flick from Eugene Magee. In the 23rd minute they took a diagonal run from Geoff McCabe saw Mitch Darling deflect in at the far post from Geoff's reserved stick shot. Just five minutes later Ireland took a 3-0 lead with another drag flick this time from Alan Sothern dragging low into the net. Just one minute before half time Joe Brennan helped extend the lead making a long pass from defence to Mitch Darling who swivelled and hit off the back foot into the net for 4-0.

Ireland continued to dominate in the second half and made it five nil when Gelghorne went on a one v one on the attack passing to Giles for the Deflection. Mitch Darling got his hat-trick in the 62nd minute with another trademark shot off the back foot to make it 6-0.

Ireland rounded off the match with the seventh goal in the 67th minute when Eugene Magee made a solo run from defence and interchanged with Peter Caruth who deflected the pass into the roof of the net.

The victory today will no doubt be made sweeter for Captain Ronan Gormley who earned his 100th Cap. Commenting after the match Peter Jackson said "This was an outstanding tournament for the Irish lads who put in maximum effort throughout all games. It is particularly pleasing to see that we only conceded one goal in the three matches and scored 14 in total and we look forward to our encounters against the French next weekend in Cookstown".

Irish Hockey Association media release



India thrash Ireland 6-0 and finish third at Essen

s2h team


Indian Women thrashed Ireland 6 - 0 to finish third in the Four Nation Hockey Tournament which concluded at Essen, Germany yesterday.

Captain Surender Kaur led from the front and pumped in three goals (9th, 23rd, & 32nd min).

Jasjeet Kaur Handa scored two goals in the 18th and then from a 52nd min penalty corner while Deepika Thakur accounted for a penalty corner goal in the 48th min.

Both teams were awarded six penalty corners each.

India finished their engagements with one victory, one draw and one loss and had four points from their three outings.

Australia won the tournament played on a round robin format with Germany finishing second with seven and five points respectively.

Stick2Hockey.com



Indian eves thrash Ireland 6-0, finish 3rd in tourney

NEW DELHI: Skipper Surender Kaur led from the front by pumping in three goals as the Indian women's hockey team thrashed Ireland 6-0 to finish third in a four-nation tournament in Essen, Germany.

Kaur scored in the ninth, 23rd and 32nd minute yesterday. Jasjeet Kaur Handa scored two goals in the 18th and then from a 52nd-minute penalty corner while Deepika Thakur accounted for a penalty corner goal in the 48th minute.

Both teams were awarded six penalty corners each. India finished their engagements with one victory, a draw and a loss and had four points from their three outings.

Australia won the tournament played on a round robin format with seven points and Germany finished second with five points.

The Times of India



Milestone caps from one to 100 coming up for Black Sticks Men

Several Black Sticks Men will achieve milestone caps while away for the 4-Nations and Champions Trophy tournaments.

Wellington players Blair Tarrant and Stephen Jenness will make their international debut at the 4-Nations tournament in Nottingham.

Both played in the 2009 Junior World Cup.

Black Sticks Men’s Coach, Shane McLeod says Jenness is an exciting goal scorer and will be keen to get on the scorecard at the 4-Nations tournament.

While Tarrant is a talented defender who has come out of Dunedin. McLeod is using the 4-Nations tournament as an opportunity to give more international field time to some of his younger players.

However, he has also selected Tarrant, currently in the Development Squad, to play with the full strength Black Sticks side in the Champions Trophy in Germany.

At the other end of the ledger, Nick Haig is expected to achieve his 50th cap at the Champions Trophy, while team mates Brad Shaw and Steve Edwards are expected to achieve their 100th cap.

McLeod says 23-year-old Haig has worked hard to earn his place in the team and is keen to be a more regular member of the side, since making his debut in 2007.

Since Steve Edwards made his debut in 2007 and has quickly become one of the key players, who McLeod describes as a talented mid-fielder with unique and exciting hockey skills. The 24-year-old North Harbour player has been selected for both the 4-Nations and Champions Trophy team.

While 27-year-old Brad Shaw is coming back into the side, after taking time out after the birth of his first child earlier this year. He made his debut in 2004 and is one of the best defenders in the team at present. McLeod says Shaw’s presence in both the 4-Nations and Champions Trophy team will be a definite boost.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



300 Hockey kids



Hockey Marlborough ran a Primary School Tournament on Wednesday June 9th which had nearly 300 kids participating. The highlight was the entry of schools not currently involved in their regular winter junior competitions. Wairau Valley entered four teams, Rai Valley two and St Josephs from Kaikoura two.

All of these schools were visited by Craig Brett (Coach Force Officer/Hockey for Sport Tasman) or Brent Edwards (Hockey Marlborough's Development Officer) prior to the tournament, which highlighted how successful school visits can be.

The tournament was organised and run largely by Craig Brett. He was assisted on the day by a group from the Marlbrough hockey commnunity including ten umpires from Marlborough Boys and Girls College's.



Riverlands Primary won two grades (Yrs three & four and Yrs five & six) while Bohally Intermediate won the Yr seven & eight grade.

Work is already in place on how to improve the tournament in 2011 with all schools indicating they will be back for more.

Be sure to check out Marlborough Hockey's website here www.hockeymarlborough.org which will go LIVE on Wednesday 30th June 2010.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Bugema wins schools crown

Bugema SDA beat City High 3-2 in flaps (penalties) to take the Ugandan secondary schools hockey boys’ title over the weekend at St Mary’s College Kisubi. Bugema beat Kololo, Budo and SMACK as they led group A to meet City High from group B in the final. Defending champions Budo boys finished third. King’s College Budo retained the girls crown.

Boys: Bugema 0(3) City H 0(2)
Girls: Budo 0(1) City H 0(0)

The New Vision