News for 22 November 2012

All the news for Thursday 22 November 2012


Argentine public strike puts a damper on Malaysia’s plan

By AFTAR SINGH


KUALA LUMPUR: A public strike over wages foiled Malaysia’s plan to train on the main pitch of the Champions Challenge I hockey tournament in Quilmes, Argentina, on Tuesday.

“None of the teams were allowed to train on the main pitch because of the strike. We had our first training session on the second pitch, which is about half an hour away from the main pitch,” said team manager George Koshy.

“We hope to train on the main pitch tomorrow (Wednesday) as all the matches will be played there.”

George said that they played a friendly against Ireland and “we won 3-2”.

“We only played 25 minutes each half ... it was a good warm-up match for the players. Forward Faizal Saari scored with a penalty corner flick while Ismail Abu scored two field goals,” he said.

While 21-year-old Faizal has been prolific in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL), which ended last month, Ismail was recalled to the team by national coach Paul Revington to boost the strike force.

Ismail, 28, last donned national colours at the Champions Challenge I in Dublin three years ago. George said it took them 26 hours to reach Quilmes, having left Kuala Lumpur at 2am on Monday.

“The players are adjusting to the different time zone as there is a 10-hour difference between Malaysia and Argentina,” he said.

“So far the players are okay, though some find it difficult to adjust their sleeping habits because of the time difference.”

George said the team will play a friendly against Canada today before the tournament begins on Saturday. Eight teams will feature in the tournament, with Malaysia opening their Group A campaign against Poland on Saturday.

Their other matches are against South Korea (Nov 25) and Canada on (Nov 27).

Hosts Argentina are in Group B with South Africa, Ireland and Japan.

The final is on Dec 2.

The tournament in Quilmes will give the competing teams an opportunity to gain vital world ranking points while the winner will automatically qualify for the next edition of the Champions Trophy.

The Star of Malaysia



Important Champions Trophy Ticket Update

Kookaburras to kick start summer of sport in Melbourne; Limited tickets remain for key sessions




Still smarting from a shock loss in the Olympic semi final to Germany, the Australia men’s hockey will be seeking a return to the top spot on the podium when they defend their Champions Trophy title in Melbourne this December.

And of course, they’ll need your support!

To be held from Saturday 1st to Sunday 9th December to event will kick off a great summer of sport in Melbourne.

Tickets are selling fast – so fast that the some sessions have very limited availability.  See below for day-by-day ticket update.

 

Day

Grandstand

General Admission

Sat 1 Dec

Good seats still available

Available

Sat 2 Dec

Limited availability

Limited avaialability

Tue 4 Dec

Good seats still available

Available

Thurs 6 Dec

Good seats still available

Available

Sat 8 Dec

Limited availability

Limited availability

Sun 9 Dec (Finals Day)

Limited availability

Limited availability

Tickets available online through Ticketmaster Australia

Tournament website: For more information visit www.hockey.org.au/ct2012

Hockey Australia media release



England set for hockey's Twenty20


The pitch at the Perth Hockey Stadium, Australia, for the International Super Series Hockey 9s

The England men’s hockey team has arrived in Perth, Australia, ahead of this week’s International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament, the warm up tournament for the forthcoming Champions Trophy in Melbourne. The tournaments will showcase some of the stars of the Olympic Games for the first time since Great Britain finished fourth in London three months ago.

Starting on Thursday 22 November and running until Sunday, the innovative International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament is sure to draw comparisons with cricket’s game changing Twenty20. Now entering its second year, the Australian-devised format features a number of departures from standard hockey designed to add to the spectacle for fans. In a move to offer up even more goal scoring opportunities, the goals have been made one metre wider (see below), prompting England goalkeeper George Pinner to admit he has had to re-think his childhood visions of playing football.

“I suggested recently I should have taken up a football career,” said Pinner. “I felt I’d be quite good. But having moved to these bigger goals in training I’ve been useless. Everything’s been going in!”

While still played on a full sized pitch, teams are reduced to nine players from the usual 11, creating more space for free flowing attacking end-to-end hockey, while matches are played in two 20 minute halves, as opposed to two periods of 35 minutes.

England’s inexperienced squad goes into the tournament as outsiders to Australia, India and Pakistan, all of whom played in the inaugural tournament in 2011.

Speaking as the squad arrived in Australia, England coach Bobby Crutchley said: “We are excited by the challenge of the International Super Series. With the other three teams in the tournament having experienced the 9-a-side format previously it will be a testing start to the trip for our young squad. We will be looking for the players to learn quickly in a demanding environment.”  Crutchley will stand in for Head Coach Jason Lee at the International Super Series Hockey 9s. Lee will fly out to join the squad in Melbourne for the Champions Trophy.


England's players take a break on the 1m larger web goals ahead of the International Super Series Hockey 9s

England will use the four day tournament to acclimatise before heading to Melbourne for the Champions Trophy, which runs from 1-9 December. England’s squad contains six uncapped players and a further five that have played fewer than ten senior international matches. Five of the Great Britain Olympic squad which finished fourth at the London 2012 Games make the trip; captain Barry Middleton, Beeston’s Harry Martin, Hampstead & Westminster’s Dan Fox and the Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles pair of Richard Smith and Nick Catlin will bring their experience to the group.  No caps will be awarded to athletes competing in the International Super Series Hockey 9s.

Following the conclusion of the Super 9s tournament, England will compete in the Champions Trophy in Melbourne from 1-9 December. England’s Pool A opponents are Olympic Champions Germany, New Zealand and India. Hosts Australia, Olympic silver medallists the Netherlands, Belgium and Pakistan will contest Pool B.
International Super Series Hockey 9s Fixtures, 22-25 November, Perth (AUS)

Thursday 22 November
19:20 local - 11:20 GMT - Australia v Pakistan
20:15 local - 12:15 GMT - England v India
Friday 23 November
19:20 local - 11:20 GMT - Pakistan v England
20:15 local - 12:15 GMT - Australia v India
Saturday 24 November
11:20 local - 03:20 GMT - Pakistan v India
14:05 local - 06:05 GMT - Australia v England
Sunday 25 November
11:40 local - 03:40 GMT - 3rd v 4th
14:00 local - 06:00 GMT - 1st v 2nd

England Hockey Board Media release



National squad off to Australia, Rasool confident about hockey team

Mohammad Yaqoob


LAHORE: Claiming that he has no fear of losing, Pakistan hockey team head coach ex-Olympian Akhtar Rasool has expressed hope that his team will produce better performance in the Champions Trophy, scheduled to commence from Dec 1 in Melbourne, as compared to 2012 London Games.

Talking to Dawn on the eve of team’s departure to Perth on Tuesday where they will first play a nine-a-side tournament from Thursday, the head coach said: “We are answerable to God and the nation for the performance of the team, but currently I’m not concerned about any dismal performance of the side.

“We have selected the team on merit and kept fitness and form the only criteria before giving nod to every player,” said Akhtar, who captained Pakistan’s 1982 World Cup-winning team.

It is to be noted that it is for the first time that the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has dissolved the national selection committee and made head coaches of senior and junior teams responsible for selection affairs.

Stating that the upcoming tournament would be a tough one with all top-ranked teams of the world featuring, Akhtar said he hoped that his team comprising both seniors and juniors would produce a better show.

“We have given chance to a couple of new players and they are looking in good shape to deliver in order to cement their places in the national team,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention that the head coach has ignored senior players Sohail Abbas and Rehan Butt as he was not satisfied with their performance in the London Olympics where Pakistan finished seventh, though before 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Aussies they were on the brink of playing the semi-final.

Akhtar however recalled mid-fielder Waseem Ahmad who had called it a day soon after the end of 2012 London Games.

Talking about the training and fitness of the players, Akhtar said their fitness was given top priority during the training camp and he was quite satisfied with it.

“Stamina and fitness are two key factors which remain vital in European teams’ victories, and keeping that in view we have laid more emphasis on fitness and stamina,” the head coach maintained.

Akhtar seemed somewhat worried about his team’s late departure on Tuesday since his boys will have to meet a stiff challenge of facing Australia in Perth on Thursday in the first match of the nine-a-side tournament.

“After almost 24 hours flight we will have just one day before meeting Australia, and I am quite worried about fatigue that a long journey may easily cause,” Akhtar added.

The head coach also vowed that he would not tolerate any indiscipline in the team, saying that he has already dealt severely with defender Mohammad Irfan by axing him from the training camp for not reporting on time.

Later on, the PHF disciplinary committee headed by Wasey Jalil suspended Irfan for six months from international activities besides imposing a cash fine of Rs100,000. However, Irfan has submitted a mercy appeal before PHF president Qasim Zia, who will hear the player’s point of view on Nov 23.

Dawn



Pakistan hockey squad off to Australia for Champions Trophy

Staff Report


LAHORE: Led by Mphammad Imran, an 18-member Pakistan hockey team left here for Australia on Tuesday night for particiaption in the International Super Series 9-a-side to be held in Perth from November 22 to 25 and 34th Champions Trophy to be held in Melbourne from December 1 to 9. Claiming that he has no fear of losing, Pakistan hockey team head coach and former Olympian Akhtar Rasool has expressed hope that his team will produce better performance in the Champions Trophy, scheduled to commence from Decmber 1 in Melbourne, as compared to 2012 London Games. Talking to reporters before the team’s deparure to Perth on Tuesday night, the head coach said they were are answerable to God and the nation for the performance of the team, but currently he was not concerned about any dismal performance of the side. “We have selected the team on merit and kept fitness and form the only criteria before giving nod to every player,” said Akhtar, who captained Pakistan’s 1982 World Cup-winning team.

It is to be noted that it is for the first time that the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has dissolved the national selection committee and made head coaches of senior and junior teams responsible for selection affairs. Stating that the upcoming tournament would be a tough one with all top-ranked teams of the world featuring, Akhtar hoped that his team comprising both seniors and juniors would produce a better show. “We have given chance to a couple of new players and they are looking in good shape to deliver in order to cement their places in the national team,” he said.

It is pertinent to mention that the head coach has ignored senior players Sohail Abbas and Rehan Butt as he was not satisfied with their performance in the London Olympics where Pakistan finished seventh, though before 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Aussies they were on the brink of playing the semi-final. Akhtar however recalled mid-fielder Waseem Ahmad who had called it a day soon after the end of 2012 London Games. Talking about the training and fitness of the players, Akhtar said their fitness was given top priority during the training camp and he was quite satisfied with it. “Stamina and fitness are two key factors which remain vital in European teams’ victories, and keeping that in view we have laid more emphasis on fitness and stamina,” the head coach maintained.

Squad: Mohammad Imran (captain), Mohammad Waqas (vice captain), Imran Shah, Imran Butt, Wasim Ahmed, Mohammad Rashid, Farid Ahmed, Mohammad Umar Bhutta, Shafqar Rasool, Shakeel Abbasi, Kashif Shah, Mohammad Atiq, Rizwan Jr, Touseeq Ahmed, Haseem Khan, Rizwan Sr, Ali Shan and Kashif Ahmed. Team officials: Akhtar Rasool Chaudhary (manager-cum-head coach), Abdul Hanif Khan (coach), Ajmal Khan Lodhi and Ahmed Alam (assistant coaches), Faiz-ur-Rahman (physiotherapist) and Nadeem Khan Lodhi (video-analyst)

The Daily Times



Podium-finish out of Pakistan’s reach: Butt

By Our Correspondent


KARACHI: Pakistan hockey team has no chance of a podium finish at next month’s Champions Trophy in Australia, according to former captain Rehan Butt who was left out of the squad.

Butt said that the event featured top-ranked sides and Pakistan will start among the bottom ones in the tournament as per their rankings.

“Pakistan will be up against sides which are better than us in the rankings,” said Butt. “We shouldn’t expect much in this tournament.”

However, Butt said that the event will be a golden opportunity for youngsters to gain valuable experience.

“We will play rookies in the tournament and providing them the much-needed experience will be the plus point.”

Meanwhile, the former captain reiterated his desire to continue playing for Pakistan despite the snub.

“I think youngsters should get a chance as the team management is targeting the 2014 World Cup. As far as I am concerned, I am fit and will be available if team needs my services.”

The Express Tribune



8th Asia Hockey Cup Qualifying Round

18-member Pakistan women’s squad named

By Faisal Raja


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) women’s wing secretary general Ms Tenzeela Aamir Cheema on Wednesday announced an 18-member national women’s hockey team that will participate in the qualifying round of the 8th Asia Cup to be held from December 6 to 16 in Singapore. Aman Mir will lead the team. Addressing a news conference at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex here on Wednesday, Tenzeela said seven countries – hosts Singapore, Pakistan Sri Lanka, China Taipei, Uzbekistan, Thailand and Hong Kong – would be competing in the 10-day qualifying round. Also present on the occasion were head coach Mohammad Usman and assistant coach Mohammad Irfan Senior.

Tenzeela, who is also a member of the National Assembly, said that top five teams would be eligible to participate in the 8th Asia Hockey Cup that would be played under the banner of the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF). “I am confident that our team will qualify for the Asia Cup,” she maintained and added that coaches Usman and Irfan had worked really hard with the national team members during the training camp. She said the Pakistan women’s hockey team would visit India in February next year and play some matches with the local teams to get some international exposure. “The PHF is doing a lot for women’s hockey and the government should provide maximum support to the federation for promoting the women’s game,” she concluded.

Squad:

Amna Mir (captain), Rizwana Yasmin, Hazafa Maria Saeed, Eshrat Abbas, Nadia Kazam, Iqra Javed, Shahida Raza, Zeb-un-Nasa, Azra Nasir, Uzma Lal, Hina Kanwal, Aysha Bashir, Afshan Noreen, Aqsa Mamtaz, Myra Sabir, Umbreen Arshad and Sherash Ghumman. Reserves: Fakhra Tabussam, Zakia Nawaz, Sameera Sajid and Rabia Sarwar.
Officials: Mohammad Usman (head coach), Mohammad Irfan Senior (assistant coach), Robeena Khan (assistant coach), Tenzeela Aamir Cheema (manager).

The Daily Times



Young players named in Black Sticks Women’s Squad


Pictured: Michaela Curtis

Eight new players have been named in the 2013 Black Sticks Women’s National Squad, with all debutants likely to get a run during the upcoming six-test series against India.

Five of the eight new players are from Canterbury and all were in the team that won this year’s Ford National Hockey League title. Black Sticks Women’s head coach, Mark Hager, says it is promising to see the talent that is being developed from the region.

“We have been closely following the progress of all these young players – they have been part of the Future Black Sticks Programme and performing well at national tournaments. They have matured a lot as athletes, and we believe they are ready to take the step up,” says head coach Mark Hager.

The eight new players are Michaela Curtis, Sian Fremaux, Pippa Hayward, Rose Keddell, Olivia Merry, Cassandra Reid, Aniwaka Roberts and Jenny Storey.

Craighead Diocesan Year 13 student, Cassandra Reid from Timaru, was one of the debutants to see her name on the list when Hager sent the email, and she admits it came as a pretty big surprise.

“I had a feeling I might make it into the Junior Black Sticks, but didn’t realise I would get as far as the National Squad. It is pretty exciting – I can’t quite believe it,” says Reid.

Eleven of the sixteen players who represented New Zealand at this year’s Olympics, including Gemma Flynn, Katie Glynn, Stacey Michelsen and Anita Punt, have all been renamed in the squad. The other five have made themselves unavailable for 2013.

The exception is Samantha Harrison who has been omitted from the National Squad and will be part of the Development Squad in 2013.

With Kayla Sharland, Krystal Forgesson, Bianca Russell and Emily Naylor on extended leave till early 2013, the upcoming home test series will allow Hager to rotate the new players.

The team will come together on the 3 December in Hawke’s Bay for a week’s training camp before they play their first test.

The first two games are in Napier (8-9 Dec), then they play at Palmerston North (11-12 Dec) before going to Wellington (14-15 Dec) for the final weekend. Tickets can be purchased at www.iticket.co.nz

2013 Black Sticks Women’s National Squad


Bridget Blackwood (Canterbury) 17 caps
Sam Charlton (Midlands) 36
Michaela Curtis (Central) 0
Sophie Devine (Canterbury) 36
Gemma Flynn (Midlands) 119
Krystal Forgesson (Auckland) 168
Sian Fremaux (Canterbury) 0
Amelia Gibson (Canterbury) 11
Katie Glynn (Auckland) 93
Ella Gunson (Northland) 84
Charlotte Harrison (Northland) 163
Pippa Hayward (Canterbury) 0
Rose Keddell (Auckland) 0
Julia King (Auckland) 23
Olivia Merry (Canterbury) 0
Stacey Michelsen (Northland) 109
Emily Naylor (Central) 203
Anita Punt (Capital) 103
Cassandra Reid (Canterbury) 0
Aniwaka Roberts (Capital) 0
Bianca Russell (North Harbour) 48
Sally Rutherford (Midlands) 32
Kayla Sharland (Central) 176
Jenny Storey (Canterbury) 0
Petrea Webster (North Harbour) 18

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Sam Harrison left out of Black Sticks squad

By Michael Brown



Samantha Harrison in action during the Olympics. Photo / Brett Phibbs

At just 21, Samantha Harrison is suffering from burnout and it's a reason why she has been left out of the New Zealand women's hockey squad for 2013.

Harrison, younger sister of striker Charlotte who made her international debut as a schoolgirl, has played 93 times for the Black Sticks since her debut in 2009, but coach Mark Hager has omitted her from the 25-strong national squad named today and told her to find a way to enjoy hockey again.

She didn't match the standards of most of her teammates at the London Olympics, when the Black Sticks narrowly missed out on a medal, and will need to recapture her spark to make her way back into the team. She has been included in the national development squad and there is an expectation she will return to the Black Sticks at some point.

"We felt that Samantha probably didn't perform as well as we would have liked at the Olympic Games and I think that's due to a number of things, like tiredness,'' Hager said. "She was picked as a young kid, played a lot of hockey and became a little bit flat over time.

"We feel that it's probably best for her to sit in our development squad, take her out of the high-pressure environment and let her enjoy hockey again. Hopefully during next year's national hockey league she will come back better and stronger and break back into our group heading towards the World Cup and Commonwealth Games in 2014.''

Hager has communicated only by email with Harrison, who is taking a break in Europe, but will sit down with her on her return to New Zealand to work out a pathway back into the Black Sticks. Hager said Harrison took her demotion well.

"She was good,'' he said. "She understood the reasons. She's disappointed, as you would expect. I think a big plus for me is that Sam is prepared to be in the development squad. She's hasn't thrown in the towel and said I'm out of here. She wants to fight hard and that's really pleasing for us.''

Hager has ushered in a new era for the women's side. With one player having retired after London, three taking a year out and another four on leave until February, he needed to freshen the squad and eight new players were named today.

All eight are likely to get a run in next month's six-test series against India in New Zealand, including Year 13 student Cassandra Reid from Timaru, meaning the side for the India series is both young (average age 21) and inexperienced (average caps 39). Five of the eight are from Canterbury, who won this year's national hockey league.

"It's the start of a new four-year [Olympic] cycle so it's quite exciting,'' Hager said. "We have a lot of young players but we are in a better place than we were in 2009 when we had about seven players left from the [Beijing] Olympics. This time we have a really good core. That's probably why we have gone with the younger ones because we really want to fill the gaps and we know they can challenge the top players now.''

The Black Sticks, who are ranked third in the world after their London exploits, will take on world No 2 Argentina in February and Hager has asked Bianca Russell and Emily Naylor, who are both taking extended leave, to be available.

Kayla Sharland and Krystal Forgesson should be available for a quad series being organised for April also involving Argentina, Korea and probably the US.

New Zealand women's 2013 national hockey squad: Bridget Blackwood, Sam Charlton, Michaela Curtis, Sophie Devine, Gemma Flynn, Krystal Forgesson, Sian Fremaux, Amelia Gibson, Katie Glynn, Ella Gunson, Charlotte Harrison, Pippa Hayward, Rose Keddell, Julia King, Olivia Merry, Stacey Michelsen, Emily Naylor, Anita Punt, Cassandra Reid, Aniwaka Roberts, Bianca Russell, Sally Rutherford, Kayla Sharland, Jenny Storey, Petrea Webster.

New Zealand women's hockey squad to play India in a six-test series from December 8-15: Sam Charlton, Michaela Curtis, Gemma Flynn, Sian Fremaux, Amelia Gibson, Katie Glynn, Ella Gunson, Charlotte Harrison, Pippa Hayward, Rose Keddell, Julia King, Olivia Merry, Stacey Michelsen, Anita Punt, Cassandra Reid, Aniwaka Roberts, Sally Rutherford, Jenny Storey, Petrea Webster, Georgia Barnett.

The New Zealand Herald



Sam Harrison dropped from Black Sticks squad

SIMON PLUMB



TOUGH TO TAKE: Sam Harrison has been dropped from the Black Sticks squad based on her form at the London Olympics. LAWRENCE SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Olympian Sam Harrison has been dropped from the women's Black Sticks.

National women's hockey coach Mark Hager, who has transformed the team in the last four year's taking them from 11th to third in the world rankings, feels Harrison had a poor Olympic Games and is in need of a rest.

Harrison has accepted a role in the national development squad in an attempt to fight her way back into the senior fray.

The news emerged as Hager announced eight new faces in his 25-player squad for 2013.

After finishing fourth at London 2012, a new-look Black Sticks squad is preparing for a six-test series against India next month.

Eleven of the 16 players who represented New Zealand at this year's Olympics, including Gemma Flynn, Katie Glynn, Stacey Michelsen and Anita Punt, have all been renamed in the squad.

Kayla Sharland, Krystal Forgesson, Bianca Russell and Emily Naylor are on extended leave until early 2013 - allowing Hager to introduce new blood in eight uncapped players.

"We have been closely following the progress of all these young players. They have been performing well at national tournaments and have matured a lot as athletes," Hager said.

"We believe they are ready to take the step up."

Stuff



Junior Black Sticks Women’s team announced

Hockey New Zealand has announced the Junior Black Sticks Women’s team which will compete at the 2013 Junior World Cup Qualifier in the Gold Coast in February 2013.

Other teams competing in the qualifier are Australia, Papua New Guinea and Samoa. The top two qualifiers will progress to the Junior World Cup which is being held in Germany in late July.

“We had a selection camp last weekend, and it was the first time we had the Black Sticks and the Juniors all there together. It worked really well – it gave the younger players the chance to learn from the seniors, plus as selectors we were able to compare players and test combinations,” says Hager.

This Junior Black Sticks team is part of the Owen G Glenn Future Black Sticks programme which provides selection and development camps, coaching as well as international experience for national U-18 and U-21 players. There are 120 athletes that get the opportunity to be part of the Future Black Sticks programme each year.

Click here for team list

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks assistant coach offered international opportunity

Black Sticks Men’s assistant coach Darren Smith has accepted the role as head coach for the Ireland Women's team and will be taking up the position at the end of January 2013.

Contracted by Hockey New Zealand through till December 2012, Smith has been assistant coach with the Black Sticks Men for six years and a player for the previous 11 years.

“It has been a really tough decision. To be part of a team for that long, means it is engrained in everything you do and is part of who you are, so it hasn’t been an easy decision at all,” says Smith.

“Ireland is a team that is tracking really well internationally – they were one game away from qualifying for London and they have some great talent. So I feel very honoured to be given the opportunity to be head coach and lead their programme.

“I have had a great month with Colin [Batch] and it is obvious that he is a coach of high calibre.  My immediate focus remains with the Black Sticks and the Champions Trophy tournament and assisting Colin and the players through till the end of the year,” says Smith.

Smith also says the ongoing support he received from previous Black Sticks head coach Shane McLeod, has helped him be prepared to take on a head coach role.

Hockey New Zealand’s high performance manager Toni Cumpston says it is a fantastic opportunity for Smith but she knows he will be missed

“Darren has been an integral part of the men's programme, especially over the last Olympic cycle and has been a valued member of the Hockey New Zealand high performance team.  While we will be very sad to see Darren go, and I know he will be missed by the men's programme, we appreciate the opportunity that such a role presents and would like to wish him all the best in his new position,” says Cumpston.

Hockey New Zealand will begin recruiting a new assistant coach for the Black Sticks Men after the Champions Trophy which is being held in Melbourne from 1-9 December.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Darren Smith named coach of Ireland women

New Zealander to begin Green Army challenge in January



Darren Smith (Photo: Hockey New Zealand)

Irish Hockey is delighted to announce Darren Smith as new Ireland Women’s National Coach. Smith, a New Zealand native, takes up the role following 6 years as Assistant Coach to the New Zealand Men’s team who recently finished 9th at the Olympic Games in London 2012. Darren brings with him a wealth of International coaching experience gained with the ‘Blacksticks’ including participation at Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World Cup & Champions Challenge. As well as his extensive coaching experience, Darren also brings vast playing experience to the role having represented New Zealand on 212 occasions as a player including earning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002.

Irish Hockey Association CEO, Mike Heskin, believes Smith is the right appointment ‘ I am delighted to have appointed Darren to the role of ‘Electric Ireland’ Women’s National Coach. Darren joins at an exciting time for Irish Women’s Hockey and I look forward to seeing the team develop further under his leadership. Darren’s background and experience in coaching and playing at the highest level with New Zealand will be a tremendous asset to Irish Hockey. I look forward to working with him & welcoming him to Ireland’

Commenting on his own appointment, Smith said ‘I'm very honoured to be given the opportunity to work with the Green Army toward the Rio 2016 Olympics. This is a group of players who have been committed to making an impact on the international stage for some time and were within one match of being at the London Olympics. It will be exciting to meet the squad and start building toward success. I'll be focused not only on the national team results, but also on working closely within the hockey environment to help enhance the high performance program. Through this I hope to ensure our talented players succeed on the international stage.

Dennis Millar, Chairman of the Irish Hockey Board, also remarked ‘This is a great news for Irish Hockey. Darren brings great qualities to the role both as a coach and former player. These qualities will help give our Women’s teams the best chance to succeed. We are extremely fortunate to now have two top coaches in place for both our Men’s & Women’s Teams’

Captain of the Green Army, Alex Speers, is also excited about working with the new Coach ‘I am absolutely delighted on the appointment of Darren and really looking forward to working under his world class leadership. He is coming into the ladies squad in a very exciting time and I have no doubt his wealth of coaching and playing experience will guide the squad to consistently perform on the world stage.’

Smith’s first competitive games will be in early 2013 and he is already looking ahead to fixtures  ‘The first challenge on the table is World League 2 to be held in Spain in late February. We will need to be at our best to finish in the top two of that tournament to push towards World Cup qualification. All of us want to see the Green Army competing in the World Cup and Olympic Games.’

Smith will officially take up the role with the Green Army in January 2013 following his upcoming marriage and will be based here in Ireland. Excited about the prospect of living & working on the Emerald Isle, Smith commented ‘My fiancé Beth and I will be moving to Dublin in January to immerse ourselves in Irish life. We are both looking forward to the adventure.’

Irish Hockey Association media release



In-form Cannock eye Beeston scalp


Ross Hayward Cannock (left)

AFTER beating rivals Canterbury last week, Cannock continue their Men’s Hockey League Premier Division campaign with a clash against leaders Beeston on Sunday.

Third-placed Cannock won 6-2 against second-placed Canterbury last Saturday, and will be aiming for a similar result when they take on an under-strength Beeston side this Sunday.

The leaders are missing eight of their players who have been called up for international duty at the International Super Series Hockey 9s and Champions’ Trophy in Australia, giving in-form Cannock extra hope of making it six wins from seven matches.

“We will be pretty confident after last week’s victory over Canterbury,” said Cannock captain Ross Hayward, pictured left. “That puts us in a pretty good position and we will be hoping to close the gap at the top.

“We’ve had some new players come in who have gelled really quickly – people like Martin Ebbage, Dave Beckett, Alex Edmondson and Dan Coultas – they’re really making a big contribution now.

“Beeston have a pretty good squad, so there’s no question that it’s going to be a difficult game as local derbies always are. But with them having international players out, it makes it a bit easier for us, but they won’t roll over.”

Canterbury travel to Brooklands Manchester University as they bid to hold on to second spot, while East Grinstead – who climbed into fourth spot following last weekend’s win over Southgate – go to Surbiton.

And in the day’s other Premier Division clash, Reading play host to Hampstead and Westminster.

In-form Oxted entertain Men’s Conference East leaders Holcombe on Saturday evening. The hosts lie fourth, and beat third-placed Bromley and Beckenham last weekend before overhauling St Albans in the Cup the following day.

Second in the Men’s Conference West, Cardiff and UWIC take on third-placed Team Bath Buccaneers on Sunday. The winner could go top of the table depending on the result of the clash between leaders Guildford and Whitchurch.

And in the Men’s Conference North, Leek and University of Durham are both aiming to give their hopes of challenging for promotion a boost when the two sides meet on Sunday.

Meanwhile, leaders Sheffield Hallam entertain Wakefield, and second-placed Bowdon are at home against Khalsa (Warks).

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 25 2012)

Premier Division

Southgate v Loughborough Students 14:00
Surbiton v East Grinstead 14:00
Beeston v Cannock 14:00
Brooklands MU v Canterbury 14:00
Reading v Hampstead & Westminster 14:30

Conference East
Teddington v Cambridge City 12:30
City of Peterborough v Wimbledon 13:00
Richmond v Old Loughtonians 13:30
Indian Gymkhana v Bromley & Beckenham 14:00
Sat: Oxted v Holcombe 17:00

Conference North
Sheffield Hallam v Wakefield 13:30
Olton & West Warwicks v Doncaster 13:30
Preston v Belper 14:00
Leek v Univ of Durham 14:00
Bowdon v Khalsa (Warks) 14:30

Conference West
Guildford v Whitchurch 12:00
Cardiff & UWIC v Team Bath Buccaneers 13:00
Fareham v Havant 13:30
Univ of Exeter v Bristol Firebrands 14:00
Cheltenham v Univ of Birmingham 14:00

England Hockey Board Media release



Kelburne`s bandwagon rolls on

ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT NATIONAL LEAGUE  -  MEN


There is an ominous sense of inevitability about Glynhill Kelburne`s ninth consecutive championship, despite the fact that the Aberdeen Asset Management national league programme is barely at the half-way stage.   The Paisley outfit have a perfect record so far, they are in pole position in the table on goal difference from Grange with a game less played, and they have won every game this season with considerable conviction.   Meanwhile, challengers Grange, Inverleith, Western Wildcats, and this season Grove Menzieshill, have all aided the Kelburne cause by dropping points.

It is difficult to see AAM Hillhead putting the breaks on the Kelburne bandwagon this Saturday given the Glasgow outfit are in the lower section of the league with only two victories and a draw to their credit.

However, Harry Coles, Kelburne`s manager, is his usual cautious self for the occasion.  "I think it`s all about approaching the game with the correct attitude, starting the match with a good tempo and applying pressure right from the first whistle.    Over the past few seasons the games against Hillhead have tended to be fairly feisty affairs, and we would expect it to be no different on this occasion."

The manner in which the Paisley side devoured the Wildcats last weekend was clear evidence of Kelburne`s continued dominance in the competition.   "We started the game against Western pretty slowly but really stepped it up in the second period, overall we were pretty satisfied with the performance, scoring five goals and just as importantly keeping a clean sheet," said Coles.    (13.30 at Bellahouston)

At this stage Grange look the most likely challenger to the Kelburne hegemony and the Edinburgh side should continue applying the pressure with a home win over second bottom Watsonians.   The proof of Grange`s credentials will come the following weekend with the head to head against the league leaders at Bellahouston.

Grange coach Colin Clarke said: "I`m please how the season has gone, we have an extremely young squad, although it was frustrating to lose to Western as we played beneath our normal level - but we will learn from this and the focus is to secure the three points this weekend."

It would be quite a shock if Watsonians were to upset Clarke`s optimism, especially as Grange could have Andrew Brodgon back on duty after being out through injury since March.   (Peffermill at 13.15)

Inverleith, six points behind Kelburne but with the champions still to play, have Edinburgh University as their opponents on Saturday.   Coach Stevie McCurry remarked that last season the contests were tight between the sides, the first game finished in a 2-2 draw while Inverleith won the return 3-1.

But Inverleith are running on the back of impressive 5-1 victories over both Wildcats and Watsonians in the last two weeks.   "These performances have been very encouraging both offensively and defensively.  As well as scoring ten goals, we have defended very well with Chris Duncan and Adam McKenzie performing well in the centre of our defence and keeper Dave Forrester making some vital saves at key points in both games."

The only doubt for McCurry is German Fabian Wolski with an ankle injury, while Andrew Johnston may return after missing the Watsonians game due to work commitments.  (Peffermill at 15.00)

Grove Menzieshill, under the coaching aegis of Chris Anderson, have set out their stall.   "A top five finish is very important, but as a team we want more, we want to push for a European spot.   This will not be simple to achieve and will take a lot of hard work."

This Saturday`s fixture against PSL Clydesdale will certainly not be an easy assignment for Anderson`s charges, last season the Taysiders lost the equivalent fixture 2-1, and in addition the Titwood side are also looking for a top five spot.    There is considerable talent in this season`s Menzieshill squad and they have put together some impressive results in beating Wildcats (5-0) and Inverleith (7-3), but seeing off Clydesdale on their own patch would confirm their present third spot in the table.   Their only injury for the visit to Glasgow is Craig Falconer.

Clydesdale, on the other hand, remain an enigma, capable of penetrating attacking hockey, but sixth place in the league will be a disappointment to coach John McKnight.     A repeat of last season`s win at home could be just the tonic for a Titwood renaissance.   (Titwood at 14.30)

Western Wildcats are another side plagued by inconsistency, their season so far has been beset by five goal victories or five goal defeats, much to the frustration of coach Vishal Marwaha.   But with free-scoring Scott McCartney in the ranks anything can happen, and the Wildcats should return to winning form against bottom side AAM Gordonians.   (Auchenhowie at 14.30)

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Challenge to old order

ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT NATIONAL LEAGUE  -  WOMEN


There is the slightest of indications that there may be a challenge to the old order in the Aberdeen Asset Management national league, certainly current champions Grove Menzieshill are in pole position with a perfect record after seven games, but Edinburgh University and CALA Edinburgh are newcomers to second and third spot respectively.   Meanwhile, Grove`s traditional rivals Milne Craig Western have dropped to fourth in the table.

The Edinburgh students, under the guidance of player/coach Sam Judge, seem to have build on last season`s success when they finished a very creditable fourth.    Although they trail Grove by five points, having lost narrowly 2-1 to the Taysiders and drawn with Western, Edinburgh have shown that goal scoring is their speciality, Scotland players Nikki Kidd, Sam Judge and Sarah Robertson have the lion`s share of the 36 goals notched up so far this season.

Judge expressed satisfaction with progress so far this season despite dropping the five points which she put down to lack of experience and these games being early in the season.   

"I think the difference this season has been the introduction of experienced players like Nikki Kidd and Louise Fleming, and also having a top goalkeeper in Nicki Cochrane," remarked Judge.   "The intensity at training is high and the girls work really hard during the week, so there is a real competition for a place in the team now which is great."

Judge is envisaging a tough match with Dundee Wanderers on Saturday and she identified Vikki Bunce, Becky Ward and goalkeeper Carmin Dow as their  influential players.   Last season`s clashes were close affairs, the students winning both 4-2 and 2-1, but in the interim Edinburgh have gone from strength to strength while the Dundonians have yet to show any consistent form.  (Peffermill at 14.45)

CALA have undoubtedly been the surprise packet of the season so far, culminating in the scalp of Western last Sunday.   "Winning the game last Sunday has given the girls great confidence, motivation and ambition to retain this run of form," said Lee Pendreigh, head coach.

Pendreigh has put this season`s success down to hard training along with a talented blend of youth and experience in the squad.  At the back Pendreigh has identified keeper Anna Gourley and 16-year-old Shona Mcnab who has stepped up to the starting line-up at left back.    "Shona`s talents in tacking and reading the opposition have added great strength to our squad defensively," she said.

Up front, Amber McNeill, Millie Brown and captain Emma Watson have provided the firepower, and it was the latter two that destroyed Western last Sunday.

On the Giffnock game this weekend, Pendreigh remarked: "We approach every game in the same professional manner, but the girls are under no illusion that it will be a very tough game, however they are determined to keep up their winning ways." 

Giffnock may not be the side they were in the last few seasons, and are presently in seventh place, but they will still provide a stiff test for the emerging CALA outfit.  (Hutchesons` Grammar School at 14.00)

Grove may not be winning games recently with the same conviction as in previous season, they were held to 2-2 half-time scorelines by both CALA and Glynhill Kelburne last weekend, but it is difficult to see their unbeaten record falling at home to Grange.  (DISC at 14.30)   Further, Western will be anxious to recover their lost composure with a home win against Kelburne at Titwood, but Neil Menzies` charges are now eight points behind Grove after the shock defeat by CALA, and their challenge for the title is slowly slipping away.  (Titwood at 16.00)

The scramble to avoid the drop at the bottom end of the table appears to be a three-way contest between Grange, Inverleith and Wildcats, and that is what makes the head to head between the latter two sides so crucial.   Inverleith picked up their first victory in the top flight last Saturday with a 3-2 win over Grange, and will be anxious to consolidate on that breakthrough.    In contrast, the Wildcats are propping up the division with only a single point from a 2-2 draw with Giffnock, and are desperately in need of a win to avoid becoming detached at the foot.  (Mary Erskine School at 14.00)

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Richard Docherty Indoor Cup returns to Edinburgh

 

The Richard Docherty Indoor Cup returns to Edinburgh in January 2013 and promises to be even bigger and better than the successful inaugural event that was staged at the start of 2012.

As many in hockey will know, Richard sadly passed away in the summer of 2010 and this fitting tournament is a testament to his love for hockey and the enjoyment he had of the sport.

The second Richard Docherty Indoor Cup will take place from 4-6 January 2013. A full brochure is available for download.

With even more international star players participating and the addition of a new women's competition, there will be a feast of top class hockey on show at the [EN]GAGE Sports Centre at Edinburgh Napier University's Sighthill campus.

Teams taking part in the men's competition include the Netherlands' HC RGD, Germany's Grossflottbecker HC and a Globetrotters World Select. Scotland's Inverleith HC, Grove Menzieshill HC and a Team Alba select make up the other teams. In the women's competition, Grange HC, CALA Edinburgh HC and Inverleith HC will be battling it out.

There will be a host of international hockey talent for you to watch throughout the three days as well, including Laurence Docherty (brother of Richard and Dutch international), Taco Van Der Honert, Floris Jan Bovelander (Dutch Olympic Gold medallists), Barry Middleton, Richard Smith, Ben Hawes (all England and GB internationals), Philip Witte (German Olympic Gold Medallist). Scotland stars past and present will also be competing, such as Graham Moodie, Ross Stott, Gavin Byers, Kris Kane, Douglas Simpson and Callum Duke.

To allow as many people as possible access to this fantastic event, it is being split into individual sessions each day:
Friday 4 Jan 16.00 (session 1)
Saturday 5 Jan 9.00 (session 2) and 15.00 (session 3)
Sunday 6 Jan 10.00 (session 4) and 15.00 (session 5)

There will be 300 TICKETS available for each session.

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Number and Type (Adult or U16) Tickets Required
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Due to the reduction in the financial support the event is receiving there must now be a nominal charge for tickets for this event
UNDER 16s FREE ENTRY
ADULTS £3 per Session

Applicants who are successful in obtaining tickets will be e-mailed an invoice confirming the tickets are provisionally allocated in their name and providing bank details for payment to be made. Further instructions will also follow once payment is received.

As well as the tournament, there will be Q&A sessions with a number of the players taking part and there will be a black tie Gala Dinner held at the Apex International Hotel on the evening of Saturday 5th January.

For more information about the Richard Docherty Indoor Cup and all the associated events, please contact Graham Stuart This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 07792 557 422

Scottish Hockey Union media release



152 Indian players sign up for HIL players auction

NEW DELHI: The creme de la creme of Indian hockey will be part of the 152 domestic players who will be up for grabs in the inaugural Hockey India League players auction to be held here on December 1.

HI secretary general and HIL chairman, Narinder Batra today expressed confidence that the quality of competition in the inaugural edition of the event, scheduled from January 5 to February 3 next year, would be of very high standards.

Releasing the list of 152 Indian players who have signed up for HIL players' auction, Batra said the organisers are proud to have roped in more than 250 players for the tournament, including over 90 overseas players.

The 152 players include all the big names of Indian hockey -- from HIL brand ambassador and newly-appointed Indian team captain Sardar Singh to skipper of junior men's team Manpreet Singh and former skipper Bharat Chetri.

"I am sure the six franchisees will find the task of picking combinations of 10 overseas and 14 Indian players to be a very exciting. We have signed up a number of players for all positions," Batra said in a statement.

"We are sure each of the six sides that will take shape at the HIL players' auction will be very competitive squads and can offer wonderful quality.

"From the players' perspective, we are sure that each of the 84 Indians, including a number of juniors, who will be picked up by the franchisees, will benefit from being a part of Hockey India League," Batra said.

"We believe Hockey India League will give terrific exposure to our players and help groom a generation of players who can compete with the world's best."

The list of 152 Indian players comprises of 19 goalkeepers, 23 defenders, 39 midfielders and 71 forwards.

The Times of India



Hockey India awards Tirkey Rs 1 Lakh

NEW DELHI: Hockey India (HI) felicitated the Indian junior men's team that won the silver medal at the second Sultan of Johar Cup in Malaysia earlier this week.

HI presented Sushant Tirkey, who was declared the best goalkeeper of the tournament, a cheque of Rs 1 Lakh.

HI also announced that it would present an iPad to each of the 18 members and the support staff of the team.

The senior men's team that leaves for Australia to participate in the International Super Series at Perth and the 34th Champions Trophy at Melbourne was also present at the function Tuesday.

"We are happy that the junior team came home after a good show in the Sultan of Johor Cup. It has come as good preparation for the team that will compete in the FIH Junior Men's World Cup in India in December 2013," HI secretary general Narinder Batra said.

The Times of India



HI awards Sushant Tirkey Rs 1 lakh; team members get iPads

NEW DELHI: Hockey India gave away cash prize of Rs one lakh to goalkeeper Sushant Tirkey while announcing an iPad each for the entire team that won the silver medal in the just-concluded Sultan of Johar Cup at Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

In a felicitation function held for the team at a city hotel here yesterday, HI presented Tirkey, who was declared the best goalkeeper of the tournament, with a cheque of Rs one lakh for his brilliant exploits under the bar.

During the function, HI also announced that it would present an iPad each to all the 18 members and the support staffs of the team.

"We are happy that the junior team came home after a good showing in the Sultan of Johor Cup. It has come as good preparation for the team that will compete in the FIH Junior Men's World Cup in India in December 2013," Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra said in a statement.

Speaking on behalf of the entire team, Tirkey said the rewards came as an encouragement for the players.

"We feel happy that Hockey India has recognised our efforts. I can assure you that I will continue to work hard and contribute towards bringing India back in the elite league of hockey nations," he said.

The Times of India



Hey Jude!

SHREEDUTTA CHIDANANDA



Jude Felix posing with some of his wards at the St. Mary's Orphanage grounds Photo: By Author

The South United-JFHA inter-school hockey tournament Jude Felix put together was a hit. Though his side didn’t do too well, it gathered experience from playing against stronger opponents

A hint of disappointment creeps into Jude Felix’s voice at the mention of last fortnight’s competition. Though the South United-JFHA inter-school hockey tournament he put together was a triumph in many ways, his own team had little luck. The Jude Felix Hockey Academy finished fifth of five teams, losing all of its games. “We haven’t done too well this year,” he admits. “We had a break in the academy ladder because there were a lot of drop-outs in one batch. In any case, the teams we invited were all of a high standard. I could’ve just called a bunch of lesser-known teams, won the tournament and made us look good. But that’s not what we want.”

Felix’s discontent, though, is only fleeting. This edition of the event was, by all accounts, a hit, and his side gathered experience from playing against stronger opponents. But importantly, as he understands only too well, the JFHA’s success is measured in more than just championships.

Functioning out of the compact St. Mary’s Orphanage Grounds in Cooke Town, the JFHA came into existence in 2009 when Felix, after his distinguished playing career for India (spanning two Olympic Games and two World Cups) and his coaching stints, acted on a long-cherished idea. “It had always been my dream to help underprivileged children in some way. The best thing I knew was the sport,” he says. Hockey then became an avenue for Felix and his team to offer help. “We have made them feel wanted when they have been left out otherwise. They come from difficult backgrounds and they forget everything the moment they play hockey.”

Such a coaching assignment, as Felix has realized, is not simple. “It is so different from teaching kids who don’t have to worry about anything. Every day has been a challenge here. One day a boy would say he’s lost his kit, that someone’s stolen it. It’s not something you think of. You have to handle all these problems.”

From a batch of 30 at its inception, the JFHA – a charitable trust – has grown to train close to twice that number today, its recruits all children drawn from the orphanage. “We got an opportunity to start with St. Mary’s,” Felix says. “As we get more manpower, we want to go on to other orphanages.”

Working alongside Felix have been former players P. Shanmugham, Khalid Modi, and Verghese K. John – all voluntarily. “A commercial academy may be a full-time job but everyone here is a volunteer. Not that we’re not using it as an excuse, but with full-time staff we can think of expanding.”

There has been no dearth of goodwill, though. Felix’s teammates and friends from the fraternity – Sabu Varkey, Arjun Halappa, Ashish Ballal, Bipin Fernandez, Len Aiyappa and the current international S.V. Sunil – have all been of support. “They all chip in from time to time,” Felix says. “We had an exhibition match last month and Arjun and Sunil readily agreed to come and play. Tushar (Khandekar) has donated more than 60 sticks – all of the best quality. The manufacturer of the stick I used to play with has given us over 200 pairs of shoes. The biggest motivating factor in all this is that people have realized what we’re doing. They don’t charge us anything.”

For all the emphasis on all-round development, hockey is still the primary business here. One player has broken into the Karnataka Sub-junior team while two more have entered the SAI academy. The JFHA team, despite the recent setback, features in the State ‘C’ division league and nurses hopes of rising up.

Improvement will only come, Felix feels, with more time playing on synthetic turf rather than the uneven mud pitch that exists. Access to an artificial surface, though, is not easy. “We’re not in a country like Holland where you have 1500 turfs around and every kid gets to play,” he says. “There will be nothing like the day when we have our own surface here, but for now we hope to train at the KSHA Stadium. It’s difficult with it being the only one in the city but I’ve asked the DYSS for a slot.” Irrespective of whether any of that comes to fruition, Felix is pleased he is doing what he set out to do. “It has been really satisfying to see a smile on these faces,” he says. “Knowing what’s happening with hockey in India, this is always nice.”

The Hindu



Delhi HC ruling gives IHF voting rights

By Mihir Vasavda & Chander Shekhar Luthra


In another interesting twist to IOA elections, the Delhi high court upheld an appeal made by the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) on Wednesday, which will grant them the voting rights for the polls according to a federation’s official.

The IOA granted the right to Hockey India, a body recognised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Three members of the IHF — Dinesh Reddy, Jatinder Peter and RK Shetty — had been granted permission to attend the meeting but were not given voting rights. “However, the court observed that since we are member of the IOA and the governing body in India, at least till March 2013, we should be given voting rights too,” IHF secretary general Ashok Mathur said.

The ruling, if implemented, will mean that hockey will have more votes than any other sport with both, IHF and HI, having three votes each. Justice VK Bali, the returning officer, said they will strictly follow the high court order: “Though we are not informed about the IHF development yet, we will strictly go as per the court’s order. There is no doubt about this,” Bali said.

DNA



Canadian Junior Men to take on Team USA

Roster announced for December test series


In December, the Men’s Junior National Team will compete in a four match test series against the USA’s Junior National Squad in Moorpark, California.  This will be Canada’s first competition since their silver finish at the Pan American Junior Championship in September.

As the Junior Squad continues building toward the 2013 Junior World Cup next December, the team welcomes a number of new and returning athletes to the roster.  Liam Fannin, Tom Fannin and Oliver Scholfield will look to make their first international appearance.  The roster will be anchored by five members of the Pan American Junior Championship Team; Taylor Curran, Gordon Johnston, Brenden Bissett, Tristan Burgoyne and Andrew Kanerva.

“The USA will be a tough opponent – they will definitely challenge us,” says Head Coach Mathias Ahrens.  “As we prepare for the Junior World Cup, this series is an opportunity to gain valuable international experience as we integrate several new players.”

The roster was selected based on athlete performances at the Men’s National Identification Camp in early November.

“The depth of performance at the ID Camp was exceptional,” says Ahrens.  “We were able to identify a number of talented athletes with strong abilities and enthusiasm.  At the USA Series I will look to see who will continue to step up on the international level.”

Several familiar faces on the Men’s Junior National Squad will compete with the Senior Men at the 2012 Champions Challenge 1 in Quilmes, Argentina later this month and will not be on the USA Series roster.

TEAM CANADA

Brenden Bissett (New Westminster, BC): Tristan Burgoyne (Vancouver, BC): Graeme Carswell (Tsawwassen, BC): Taylor Curran (North Vancouver, BC): Justin Dhaliwal (Surrey, BC): Liam Fannin (Vancouver, BC): Tom Fannin (Vancouver, BC): Gurteg Gill (Surrey, BC): Hermann Grewal (Surrey, BC): Gordon Johnston (Vancouver, BC): Andrew Kanerva (Tsawwassen, BC): Manvir Kingra (Surrey, BC): Tyler Klenk (Regina, SK): Sukhi Panesar (Surrey, BC): Kevin Pereira (Ajax, ON): Oliver Scholfield (Vancouver, BC): John Sharp (Victoria, BC): Tanveer Sidhu (Surrey, BC)

RESERVES: Sunny Aujla (Surrey, BC): Josh Brown (Victoria, BC): Akash Gill (Surrey, BC): Amit Kullar (Surrey, BC): CJ Roydhouse (Burnaby, BC)

STAFF TEAM

Mathias Ahrens (Head Coach): Alvin Bissett (Team Manager): Ryan Leaver (Physiotherapist)

SCHEDULE
Dec 17 @ 2:30pm PT (Canada vs USA)
Dec 18 @ 2:30pm PT (Canada vs USA)
Dec 20 @ 10:00am PT (Canada vs USA)
Dec 21 @ 10:00am PT (Canada vs USA)

Field Hockey Canada media release



National Hockey Festival to kick off on Thanksgiving Day in Palm Beach County



Palm Beach County, FL - Thanksgiving Day in the hockey world only means one thing; Festival.

USA Field Hockey and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission will host the 2012 National Hockey Festival, presented by CranBarry, at the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida, November 22-25. Over 200 teams and 137 clubs from across the country have arrived in Florida to celebrate the holiday with some hockey and sunshine.

“National Hockey Festival is a Thanksgiving tradition in the hockey community,” said Karen Collins, Event Director, USA Field Hockey. “We are excited to return to Palm Beach County after spending the last two years in Phoenix, Arizona. Palm Beach County was the home of Festival in 2005 and has hosted the event several times in the past. We can not wait to kick off the event tomorrow.”

The participating teams will contend for titles in various divisions, including Under-16 and Under- 19 girls, as well as women’s open and mixed adult. Festival remains the largest event of its kind in the world and is expected to be the largest amateur sporting event hosted by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission this decade.

The International Polo Club is a remarkable sports complex that maintains over 200 acres of land, consisting of eight polo fields. The venue was a key component in Palm Beach County’s successful bid. USA Field Hockey will layout 26 field hockey pitches over five polo fields and over 125 college coaches will be in attendance to recruit the very best talent for their collegiate rosters. 

“This is exciting news for the business community in Palm Beach and Wellington” says John Wash, International Polo Club’s President of Club Operations. “International Polo Club is proud to be able to participate and showcase our community and property, and we are looking forward to hosting this event.”

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with USA Field Hockey and be a part of their mission to grow the sport in the United States. As your host, the International Polo Club will present you with a venue and experience that cannot be easily replicated. We are glad to share the experience with thousands of field hockey athletes, coaches and their families participating in the 2012 National Hockey Festival," said George Linley, Executive Director, Palm Beach Sports Commission.

Games will take place Thursday through Saturday from 7:30am to 4:30pm and on Sunday, November 25 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. For more information on National Hockey Festival, visit usafieldhockey.com.

The following club teams will participate in USA Field Hockey’s 2012 National Hockey Festival:

ADK, Aim Field Hockey, Baltimore Field Hockey Association, Baltimore Stix, Barracudas, Beach Premier, BECK, Bison Field Hockey Club, Buffalo Hurricanes, Cape Ann Coalition, Capitol Pegasus, Carolina All Stars Field Hockey Club, Charlotte Field Hockey Club, Cleveland Field Hockey Club, Club Applebee, CNY, Coastal Clash, Competitive Edge Field Hockey, Connecticut Revolution, Coyotes, Cross River Combo , Delaware Sharks, Delaware Shore Field Hockey, Inc. , Denver Field Hockey Club, East Coast Field Hockey, East End Field Hockey, Fairfield County United (FC United), Fh Life, Firestyx, First Class Field Hockey, First Class Field Hockey, Focus Field Hockey, Freedom HKY, FSC, Gateway Field Hockey, G-Force Field Hockey, Gilroy Field Hockey Club, GoA Reds FHC, Guac Girls, Head To Toe Field Hockey, Heartland Field Hockey, High Styx Field Hockey, High Voltage, Hollywood Field Hockey, Horizon FHC, Houston Hockey Club, Howard Stampede, HTC Field Hockey Club, Hudson Valley, IAS Select, IFHCK, Impact, Jackals, Jersey Elite Field Hockey Academy, Jersey Intensity Field Hockey, Kapow Hockey Klub, Katahdin Field Hockey Club, Key Biscayne Field Hockey, Key State Field Hockey Club, Lanco Premier, Lasting Legacy, Lead The Way, Maine Majestix, Majestx, Marojoka Hockey Club, Miami Surf Field Hockey Club, Milwaukee Field Hockey Club, Mulligan Field Hockey Club, Mystic Hockey Club, Mystx Field Hockey Club, NC Tardevils, NC Triad, New England Strikers Field Hockey Club, New Heights, Nook Hockey (formerly PennLanco), North Bay Hockey Club, North East Elite, NOVA Elite, OD Clan, Oranje-Gottaloveit!, PA Mavericks FH Club, PA Power, Peninsula Youth Field Hockey Association , Pinnacle Field Hockey, Polar Bears, Potomac Field Hockey, Quicksilver Cats, Quik Stix Elite, Ram Field Hockey, Rampage, Rapid Fire Elite, Red Rose, Rochester Blizzards, Rush, Saints FHC, San Diego Flyers, San Jose Fly Field Hockey Club, Seacoast United, Shiv's Coaching Academy, Shore Byrds, Shore Field Hockey, Sick Hockey, Souderton Strikers, South Jersey Edge, Southeast Storm, Spark, Spirit Eagles Field Hockey Club, Spirit of USA, State College Blue Lions, Stealth Field Hockey, Strong Island Field Hockey, Surf & Sand FHC, Sutter's Brigade, SV Festival, TCOYO Hockey, Team Golden Triangle, Texas Pride, The Edge Field Hockey Club, The Gaels Field Hockey Club, The Greene Turtle Fells Point Field Hockey Club, Tidewater, Timbos Tonkers, TNT, Top Dog Field Hockey, Total Dutch Field Hockey, True North, Tsunami Field Hockey, Typhoon Elite, Typhoon Field Hockey Club, Viper Field Hockey, Vista Hot Stix, Washington Wolves, WC Eagles, Windy City Field Hockey, Worcester County United Field Hockey, WVFHC Adanacs, Xcalibur FHC

About Palm Beach County Sports Commission

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the county as a sports and sports tourism destination.  The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the county, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season) and maximizes utilization of county facilities.  The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that supports its goals.  Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners.  The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches.  For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.

About USA Field Hockey

USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for the sport of field hockey in the United States and is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. USA Field Hockey would like to thank its sponsors and suppliers for their continued support: Asics America, Sports Construction Group, CranBarry Field Hockey, Dita North America, GloProfessional, Harrow Sports, Longstreth Field Hockey, 4U Field Hockey, Yolo Sportswear, Ludus Tours, Goal Sporting Goods, Rudy Project, JBS Destination Solutions, Defender Mouthguards, Penn Monto, EC3D Sports, Musco Lighting. For media inquiries, please contact Ashley Meunier, USA Field Hockey Communications Manager, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (719) 866-4365. For more information visit usafieldhockey.com.

USFHA media release



Field hockey tournament draws 12,000 visitors to Wellington

By Mitra Malek


WELLINGTON — The world’s largest field hockey tournament — and one of the world’s largest amateur sporting events — will take over fields at International Polo Club Palm Beach this weekend.

The National Hockey Festival is a four-day field hockey showcase featuring 220 teams from throughout the globe. None are from Florida — but that’s a plus for tourism dollars.

About 4,000 athletes and 8,000 visitors will stay in the county. That amounts to almost 12,000 room nights at hotels — and an estimated $9 million in direct spending.

“From a tourism perspective, it’s pretty incredible,” said George Linley, executive director of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, which won the bid for the county to host the games in 2012 and 2013.

Athletes are staying in more than 50 different hotels from Jupiter to Boca Raton, Linley said.

Phoenix hosted the festival in 2010 and 2011, reporting about $9 million of direct visitor spending each year, according to the Sports Commission.

The games are free to watch.

“You’ll have some of the most talented field hockey players in our backyard, future Olympians,” Linley said. It’s common for college recruiters to be on the sidelines.

About 95 percent of the players are female, mainly high school and college-aged.

The Sports Commission, a not-for-profit organization the county contracts with to promote the area as a sports tourism destination, is partnering with USA Field Hockey to roll out the weekend.

That requires some hands-on work, along with coordinating electrical contractors and other vendors. For example, local crews put together 52 goal cages, which USA Field Hockey sent last week.

“We’re putting a lot of work into this,” Linley said.

And some money. The festival’s price tag is $130,000 to $140,000. The commission gave a $50,000 grant to lure the event here and secured $35,000 from the state.

The county has hosted the event seven times since it launched in 1922, most recently in 2005, also in Wellington.

“We’ve had a relationship,” Linley said.

Linley called the polo club a “key ingredient” to winning the bid to host the games. Six hockey fields, or pitches, fit in one polo field. Thirty hockey fields will be in play.

“There are very few places in the United States that can offer that quantity of fields in one location,” Linley said.

Games will take place during the following times at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington.

Today, Friday and Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., adult divisions only.

The Palm Beach Post



USA Field Hockey relaunches Sun Safe Play! Campaign

glōProfessional and the Melanoma Research Foundation will partner in educational skin cancer awareness initiative


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo – GlōProfessional, a USA Field Hockey premier partner and the Melanoma Research Foundation announced today a partnership with USA Field Hockey’s Sun Safe Play! initiative. Sun Safe Play! is a national awareness campaign aimed at educating athletes on the dangers of extensive sun exposure and the importance of practicing sun safe habits. The campaign was established in 2006 in honor of the late Maria Whitehead, former USA Field Hockey Junior National Team member, who lost her battle with melanoma at the age of 25.

“We are excited to have the support of glōProfessional and the Melanoma Research Foundation for the re-launch of our Sun Safe Play! awareness campaign,” said Steve Locke, Executive Director, USA Field Hockey. “With skin cancer being the most common form of cancer in the United States, especially among adults, it is so important for athletes playing in the sun regularly to be educated on UV radiation and how to protect themselves. glōProfessional, the Melanoma Research Foundation and USA Field Hockey are all committed to educating athletes on the best ways to prevent skin cancer.”

Melanoma, the fastest growing cancer in the U.S., claims the life of one person every hour and is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-to 29-years-old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15-to 29-years-old.

Athletes who practice and compete outdoors are regularly exposed to the sun and are at a higher risk for developing skin cancer. The Sun Safe Play! campaign encourages teenagers and young adults to practice sun safe habits and conduct regular self-skin examinations for the early detection of skin cancer and melanoma.

“The positive health benefits of athletics and team sports can’t be questioned, especially for today’s youth," said Tim Turnham, Executive Director of the Melanoma Research Foundation. "Just as athletes protect their bodies with protective gear like helmets, knee pads or mouth guards, Sun Safe Play! will help young athletes know how to protect their largest organ – their skin – from damage that can stay with them for a lifetime or, in some cases, cut their life tragically short. The importance of this program can’t be underestimated.”

In May 2012, USA Field Hockey announced glōProfessional as a premier partner and the official uniform sponsor of the U.S. Women’s National Team. glōProfessional will provide skin examinations and free sunscreen at all USA Field Hockey sanctioned events.

“GloProfessional is proud to partner with USA Field Hockey for the Sun Safe Play! program to raise awareness and prevention of melanoma and skin cancer and stress the importance of using sun protection properly every day,” said Lisa Bookman, Director of Marketing for glōProfessional

For more information on the Sun Safe Play! campaign, visit usafieldhockey.com.

About glōProfessional

glōProfessional’s passionate commitment to research, education and innovation continues to inspire professional and at-home skin care, hair care and mineral-based make-up collections to deliver radiant beauty for healthy, glowing skin and hair. Including glō•therapeutics skin care, glō•minerals make-up and glō•essentials hair care, glōProfessional is the premier resource for advanced skin therapies, for women and men of all ages. For more information, please visit www.gloprofessional.com. For media inquiries, please contact: EFG::Entertainment Fusion Group, Arielle Cohen Prichard Tel: 646.336.6420 X 105, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About Melanoma Research Foundation

Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States and can strike men and women of all ages, all races and skin types. With a one in 50 lifetime risk of developing melanoma, nearly 76,000 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with the disease in 2012, resulting in over 9,000 deaths. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-to 29-years-old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15-to 29-years-old.

USFHA media release



DAY 5 MHC-Milo-NSC-MOE National under 14

Defending champions Kuala Lumpur have virtually book their place in the semis of the MHC-MIL0-NSC-MOE National Under 14 after they came from a goal down to defeat Pahang 4-1.

And on the adjacent pitch, Negeri Sembilan were dealt a cruel blow when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Sabah.

With the draw, Negri now face an uphill task in trying to make the last four as they have to defeat Terengganu and await the outcome of matches involving Penang.

Last year losing finalists Terengganu are out of the running for a place in the semis after they were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Kedah.

Penang did their hopes a world of good by trashing Malacca 7-0 to enhance their chances in moving into semis from Group B.

KL have 10 points from four matches and have Kelantan to play on Friday, a match that could well decide who tops Group A as the east coast side need to defeat Johor to set up the showdown for group champions.

Perak only need one point from their remaining two matches, against Malacca tomorrow and Penang on Friday to seal their place.

“Although we are sitting pretty we just cannot afford to take things for granted and have to play our very best. In age group tournaments nothing is certain and thus we have to remain cautious,” said Perak team manager Manjit Singh.

“It is quite open at the moment as three teams, Perak, Penang and Negri are in the running for a place in the last four. And I expect it to boil down to matches on Friday to determine the semifinalists.”

Pahang opened scoring in the 34th minute through Jamal Abdul Hassan. But the city side hit back with goals from Wan Haziq Hisyamuddin Ameer Ruzman (47th minute) and a hattrick by Mohd Fitri Khairul Arrifin ( 59th, 61st and 70th minutes) to take all three points.

For hosts Negri, they only have themselves to blame for failing to win all three points after taking the lead through Mahathir Rathuwan in the 23rd minute. They created numerous chances but could not add on to their tally.

And Sabah punished them with an equaliser in the 56th minute through Mohd Shafiq Zapi to share the spoils.

In the Kedah and Terengganu, it was Kedah who stunned the east coast side with a goal in the 51st minute through Mahamad Syafiq Ikmal Md Fauzi. Terengganu drew level ten minutes later through Wan Muhammad Azlan Wan Rozaimi.

Terengganu are on five points after four matches and will face Penang and Negri Sembilan respectively and could play spoilers role as both their opponents are fighting for the second spot in Group B with Perak almost assured of the top spot.

Fixtures: Thursday

Group A

0800H – Johor v Kelantan
1600H – Perlis v Selangor

Group B
0800H – Kedah v Sabah
1630H – Perak v Malacca
1800H – Terengganu v Penang

Group A
Selangor 0 Kelantan 2
Kuala Lumpur 4 Pahang 1

Group B
Kedah 1 Terengganu 1
Sabah 1 Negri Sembilan 1
Malacca 0 Penang 7

GROUP A

Team, P, W, D, L, F, A, PTS

K. Lumpur 4 3 1 0 12 4 10
Kelantan 3 2 1 0 3 0 7
Johor 3 1 1 1 8 4 4
Selangor 3 1 0 2 4 8 3
Pahang 4 0 2 2 2 11 2
Perlis 3 0 1 2 2 4 1

GROUP B

P W D L F A PTS

Perak 4 4 0 0 13 2 12
N. Sembilan 5 3 1 1 14 9 10
Penang 4 3 0 1 20 8 9
Terengganu 4 1 2 1 6 6 5
Malacca 4 1 1 2 5 13 4
Kedah 4 0 1 3 2 11 1
Sabah 5 0 1 4 5 16 1

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



KL have one foot in s-finals

By Jugjet Singh



Pahang’s Jalaluddin Mat Pahang makes a save against KL in their match yesterday.

FIVE-TIME champions Kuala Lumpur virtually sealed their spot in the semi-finals of the MHC-MIL0-NSC-MOE National Under-14 after they came from a goal down to beat Pahang 4-1 in Group A yesterday.

However, on the adjacent pitch, Negri Sembilan were dealt a severe blow when they were held 1-1 by Sabah.

With the draw, Negri now face an uphill task in trying to make the last four as they have to beat Terengganu and await the outcome of matches involving Penang.

Last year's losing finalist Terengganu are out of the running after they were held 1-1 by Kedah.

Penang did their hopes a world of good by thrashing Malacca 7-0 to boost their chances making the semis from Group B.

KL, with 10 points from four matches, play Kelantan tomorrow in a match that could well decide who tops Group A. The east coast side need to defeat Johor to set up the showdown for group champions.

Perak only need one point from their remaining two matches, against Malacca today and Penang tomorrow, to seal their place.

"Although we are sitting pretty we cannot take things for granted and have to play our very best. In age group tournaments nothing is certain and thus we have to remain cautious," said Perak team manager Manjit Singh.

"It is quite open at the moment as three teams, Perak, Penang and Negri are in the running for a place in the last four. And I expect it to boil down to matches on Friday (tomorrow) to determine the semi-finalists."

Pahang opened scoring in the 34th minute through Jamal Abdul Hassan. But KL hit back with goals from Wan Haziq (47th) and a hat-trick from Fitri Khairul (59th, 61st, 70th).

For hosts Negri, after taking the lead through Mahathir Rathuwan in the 23rd minute, they created numerous chances but could not add on to their tally. Sabah grabbed the equaliser in the 56th minute through Shafiq Zapi. to share the spoils.

RESULTS -- Group A: Selangor 0 Kelantan 2, Kuala Lumpur 4 Pahang 1; Group B: Kedah 1 Terengganu 1, Sabah 1 Negri Sembilan 1, Malacca 0 Penang 7.

TODAY -- Group A: Johor v Kelantan (8am), Perlis v Selangor (4pm); Group B: Kedah v Sabah (8am), Perak v Malacca (4.30pm), Terengganu v Penang (6pm).

New Straits Times



Controversial pitch gets green light as champs KL continue their winning ways

KUALA LUMPUR: The MHC-NSC-Milo-MOE National Under-14 hockey matches will continue to be played on pitch two of the Seremban II Hockey Stadium.

This is despite Kuala Lumpur having lodged an official complaint regarding the poor turf condition on Tuesday.

Negri Sembilan HA secretary P. Tamil Selvan said that Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) officials had inspected both the pitches before “giving us the green light to host the tournament”.

“They also made the draw and fixtures for the matches to be played on both pitches. So we will play the remaining matches on pitch two,” said Tamil.

KLHA secretary V. Rajamanickam complaint that three of their players got injured playing on pitch two, which was worn out and torn.

“However, we may hold both the semi-finals on Saturday on the main pitch to control the crowd,” said Tamil.

Defending champions KL, who played on pitch two yesterday, had no problems securing a place in the semi-finals after coming from a goal down to beat Pahang 4-1 in a Group A match.

They have 10 points and will complete their fixtures against Kelantan tomorrow.

Pahang took the lead through Jamal Abdul Hassan in the 34th minute before KL hit back with four goals in the last 23 minutes.

Wan Haziq Hisyamuddin Wan Ameer Ruzman (47th) equalised before Mohd Fitri Khairul Ariffin hammered home three penalty corners goals in the 59th, 61st and 70th minutes.

In another Group A match, Kelantan, who finished fourth last year, took a step closer to the last four with a 2-0 win over Selangor.

Mohd Norshahrezan Mat Jusoh (8th minute) and Mohd Badrul Amin Mat Jusoh (12th) were the scorers.

Kelantan need to beat Johor today to book a place in the semi-finals.

The Star of Malaysia



Chinese umpires on the road to success

Two courses give the nation's umpires a valuable learning opportunity




In August 2012 the Chinese Hockey Association asked the FIH to assist by sending two Umpire Managers to assist in conducting Men’s and Women’s Umpiring Courses, which were to be held in conjunction with National Men's and Women's Tournaments in Beijing (CHN).

The Men’s Tournament took place September 24-29 and the Women’s October 16-21. The two Conductors, Amarjit Singh (MAS) and Sarah Garnett (NZL) recount their experiences from both the Course and watching the Games:

On the men’s side, Amarjit was particularly impressed with the hospitality of the Chinese, who provided excellent accommodation, meals, transportation and other logistics to make the course run smoothly. On the field, Amarjit found the Chinese National League to be keenly contested with a high umpiring standard. The umpires that took part in the course were eager to learn and there was a lot of interaction in the daily courses.

ne new twist for the Chinese umpires was the new ‘own goal’ rule, and the use of video umpire. While at this particular Tournaments there were only two cameras available, one at each end of the pitch for video umpire, it was a good introduction for the Chinese National Games, which will include more camera angles when it is held in Dalian in 2013.

On the women’s side, Sarah attended the women’s event with 10 participating national teams. She came away particularly impressed with the quality of the facilities, especially an indoor full-sized artificial grass pitch.

The course itself had 29 participants including nearly all the FIH international level umpires and focused on how to help umpires manage and control games, including tips for high-level umpires. The participants were presented with the new 2013 rules and a Video Umpiring briefing.

Overall, the support for all of the Umpires, Judges, TOs and TDs from the Chinese Hockey Association is strong, and it is clear that the association is keen to help their umpires improve.  Some new National Umpires with potential were identified. The importance of good English was stressed for all Officials, since it will help their own development, understanding of Briefings and ability to interact with other Officials at Tournaments.

Overall, it was a successful week, not only for the participants, but also for the course leaders who had a chance to experience hockey in a different culture.

FIH site



Job Opening: FIH Marketing Coordinator

Full-time position based in Lausanne, Switzerland




The FIH is seeking a highly motivated individual with experience and an interest in marketing to join our team at FIH (the International Hockey Federation) based in Lausanne, Switzerland.

As the Governing Body for the sport of Hockey the FIH owns and delivers a range of events including World Cups, Champions Trophies, and the new Hockey World League. The FIH has 127 member National Associations and enjoys a strong profile and following in many countries around the world. It is an exciting point in time for Hockey post the London Olympics where it was the 3rd most popular sport to watch based on ticket sales.

We are now looking to develop our marketing and digital presence to raise the profile of the sport and the FIH worldwide.

The position is a full time position reporting to the Events and Marketing Director based in Lausanne, Switzerland and may require a degree of travel. The start date for the successful candidate will be February 2013.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

 

  • Building the FIH brand and image and monitoring the use of the FIH logos and marks across the events/use by third parties
  • Building the brand and image of the events within the FIH event portfolio and developing logos and marks for each of these events
  • Developing collateral and toolkits for FIH and the host organisers to market/promote the events
  • Assist host organisers where necessary with their marketing activities
  • Develop a Hockey Heroes programme to raise the profile of the top players across the world
  • Work with the National Associations to share best practice and generic marketing activities
  • Assisting to create content for social media activities and digital platforms
  • Creating on-going reports for FIH management on marketing activities

Candidate profile:

  • Passionate about sport (an interest in Hockey would be a definite advantage)
  • Experience of brand marketing or event marketing
  • An understanding of the social media universe and an active personal user of YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, Forums, Twitter, Wikis, blogs, etc…
  • A bachelor’s degree in marketing/advertising/PR etc
  • Excellent English writing skills - additional languages (French/Spanish) extremely useful
  • An ability to work individually on a project or in a team environment
  • Not a 9 – 5er (FIH events run over the weekends)
  • Experience working in an international environment, across different cultures/languages
  • Knowledge of Photoshop / Illustrator a benefit

Please send CVs to Melanie Willmore This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it before the 7th December 2012

FIH site