News for 11 April 2011

All the news for Monday 11 April 2011

Chile takes Game 5 with 1-0 win over Canada

Chile defeated Canada 1-0 in the final match of the 5-test series in Santiago, Chile. The rain held out for the final game at the Prince of Wales Country Club and although Canada started out very strong in the first 10 minutes of the game, it was Chile who managed to capitalize early and tie up the series. Each team finshed with two wins and a tie after 5 games. The Canadians seemed to put the pressure on themselves and were unable to capitalize in the attacking 25. Down a starting forward, the team lacked Kingston, ON native, Kate Gillis, who was unable to play after showing minor concussions symptoms from being hit with at stick on a follow through in the fourth game.

Playing against the same team in a series of multiple games can be very difficult but both teams showed different tactics each game and were able to take valuable learning experiences away. Both teams will be competing in Vienna, Austria May 9-14th at the Champions Challenge II, in opposite pools. Canada is very thankful for the hospitality of the Chilean Hockey Federation and are looking forward to facing Chile in competition in Vienna, later in the summer in Vancouver, as well as at the Pan American Games in October 2012.

The team would also like to thank the team manager, Katie Henhawk, for her incredible organization throughout the trip. The team had a very positive experience in Chile and will continue moving forward as the Pan American games draws closer.

Starting Line-up: A. Liu, D. Roemer, S. Jameson, S. Smith, A. Raye, K. Baker, T. Flexman, K. Wishart, J. Walkey, T. Culley, M. Dickinson

Substitutions: N. Sourisseau, D. Hennig, M. Weber, K. Collison, S. McManus

DNP: K. Gillis, K. Williams

Field Hockey Canada media release

EHL Finals Review

Reading (1) 3 - 1 (0) Surbiton

Reading goalscorers
Stephen Dick 19 - F
Richard Mantell 40 50 - PC PC

Surbiton goalscorer
Matt Daly 67 - PC

The first of three games on a glorious day in Cannock saw Reading face Surbiton to decide the third European qualification seeding. The two teams began the game well with both sides probing for field advantage and the early goal. Reading traded unconverted penalty corners with Richard Mantell sending wide and Surbiton’s Matt Daly then forcing a low save from Nick Brothers. It was Stephen Dick who broke the deadlock for a Reading side that had failed to beat Surbiton during the regular season in the 19th minute. Reading led by that narrow margin with both sides very much in the hunt for a European sojourn.

Reading doubled their lead shortly after half time when Richard Mantell despatched a bullet-like drag flick to the goalkeeper’s right hand side. Seven minutes later Surbiton’s penalty corner routine was send wide when looking for a deflection which failed to materialise. Reading then added their third, and Richard Mantell’s second in the 50th minute in similar fashion from a penalty corner. Surbiton continued trying to fashion an opening and were finally rewarded with three minutes remaining when Matt Daly sent a penalty corner flick into the top left corner. Surbiton had left it a little late for a comeback and the score remained. Reading qualified for the EuroHockey League as the third ranked English side thanks to the victory leaving Surbiton’s European barren run to extend for another year.

Leicester (1) 2 - 3 (3) Reading

Leicester goalscorers
Rebecca Herbert 7 - F
Anne Panter 40 - F

Reading goalscorers
Jo Ellis 4 - F
Kate Walsh 22 - PC
Emma Thomas 33 - PC

The two teams vying for the Women’s Premier Division title captivated a 500 strong crowd in an absorbing encounter finally settled by the odd goal.

In the first half Leicester had, on balance, more possession but was unable to convert that possession. Instead, Reading profited from their chances being more clinical in front of goal. Jo Ellis was the first name on the score sheet for Reading but her fourth minute strike was cancelled out just three minutes later by Rebecca Herbert. Reading’s Kate Walsh put her side back in the lead with a superb finish from a penalty corner. Reading added to their total two minutes before half time through Captain Emma Thomas which give her side a commanding two goal lead.

Leicester came out determined in the second half and their possession bore fruit after just five minutes when Anne Panter pulled one back for her side. Leicester continued to push, though as the game wore on and the afternoon heat took its toll on the players, the goal they needed looked harder and harder to come by. The game continued as a fine spectacle providing chances for either side. It was a game that both teams could have been proud of and on another day could easily have gone the other way. In the end, though, it was the odd goal that settled the game and crowned Reading champions,with both sides heading into Europe next season.

East Grinstead (0) 1 - 2 (1) Beeston

East Grinstead goalscorer
Gareth Carr 45 - PC

Beeston goalscorers
Stephen Lawrence 18 - PC
Ben Arnold 58 - F

In an engaging encounter time came and went in the first half with both sides enjoying healthy position whilst working openings. Beeston, perhaps, had the better of the chances with two opportunities close on goal drawing ‘oohs’ from the expectant crowd. Beeston capitalised on their pressure in the 18th minute when awarded a penalty corner that Stephen Lawrence neatly put away. A rattled East Grinstead, a man down due to Mats Grambusch’s yellow card, struggled to assert themselves on the game, often making unforced errors.  George Pinner was on hand to maintain Beeston’s slender advantage when called upon to face Gareth Carr’s penalty stroke. At full stretch to his right hand side he repelled the ball to the delight of the Beeston followers. The game, then, began to open up a little more with both sides sharing chances but unable to register on the scoresheet. With the game swaying from end to end of counter attacks, the half time whistle blew and Beeston went in good value for their one goal lead.

Shortly after the half, Pinner was called into action again this time bounding to his right to stop a fine East Grinstead strike from a penalty corner. East Grinstead began to turn the screw as their pressure intensified around the Beeston circle and were again thwarted by Pinner, this time by an outstretched left leg. Beeston succumbed to the pressure shortly after when Gareth Carr converted a penalty corner to atone for his stroke miss earlier in the game. Despite their increased pressure, East Grinstead struggled to add to their total and the game again began to open. Against the run of play, Beeston’s Ben Arnold netted the second for his side to restore their one goal lead. Immediately after East Grinstead applied pressure but failed to convert with two good chances before Beeston went close with a penalty corner. David Ames spurned the opportunity to increase his side’s lead when presented the ball in front of goal. Though East Grinstead continued to foray forward they failed to find the net and the game came to a close with Beeston victors.

It was a delightful day of hockey at Chase Park, Cannock with three fantastic games on display for the discerning hockey fan in wonderful conditions.

England Hockey Board Media release

Hail to new English Champions

By Patrick Rowley

The England Hockey League has new champions, with Beeston claiming the men’s title and Reading the women’s, on finals day at Cannock.

Beeston, the sharper side on the day, defeated East Grinstead 2-1 to avenge a defeat on penalties a year ago.

They become only the second Midlands club – after Cannock - to capture an English league title..

Stephen Lawrence gave them a first half lead with young Ben Arnold getting the decisive goal on 58 minutes after Gerry Carr had converted a second half corner for the Sussex club. Carr had earlier had a penalty stroke saved by Beeston’s George Pinner.

Otherwise it was a day of Reading celebration. Their women defeated Leicester 3-2 in the women’s final. Their men beat Surbiton 3-2 in the third place play-off to make sure both their sides go to Europe next winter.

Reading women, in only their second premier league season, generally had the upper hand against Leicester after Jo Ellis gave them a 4th minute lead.

They moved into a 3-1 lead before half-time with corner goals by England captain Kate Walsh and Emma Thomas. Leicester’s scorers were Rebecca Herbert and Anne Panter.

Defeat was a bitter blow for Leicester, now having lost the championship final two years running after winning the league comfortably on points.

Sunday Express

UniKL put eight past Kelantan

By Jugjet Singh

UNIKL whitewashed Kelantan 8-1 to strengthen their grip on the Division One title of the MHF-NSC-Milo Junior Hockey League at Terengganu Stadium yesterday.

The defending Overall champions are unbeaten in six matches, with only Bandar Penawar Sports School (BPSS) keeping pace with them.

Zulhairi Hashim started the rout in the sixth minute when he scored his 11th goal of the season. The other goals came from Taufik Hamid (11th, 12th), Syafiq Zulzairin (21st), Hafiz Zainol (36th), Shamim Yusof (40th), Joel Samuel (64th) and R. Ramesh (69th).

The Kelantan goal was scored by Hanif Ropi in the 34th minute.

RESULTS -- Div 1: Petaling Jaya CC 3 Anderson 4, Kelantan 1 UniKL 8, Pahang 0 BJSS 4.

Div 2 -- Group A: Matri 1 Malacca High School 0.

New Straits Times

Leaders UniKL register another whopping victory

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending overall champions Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) can’t seem to stop scoring, racking up another big win – 8-1 – over MSS Kelantan in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) at the Kuala Terengganu Hockey Stadium yesterday.

UniKL had hammered Anderson 10-0 on April 2 and trounced MSS Pahang 8-0 on Friday.

UniKL lead the 10-team Division One standings with maximum points from six matches, having scored a whopping 37 goals and conceding only four.

They now have three more matches remaining before wrapping up their league fixtures – against former champions Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) on April 15, Bandar Penawar Sports School (BPSS) Juniors on April 17 and reigning league champions BPSS-Thunderbolt on April 24.

Taufik Hamid was the toast for UniKL in the match against MSS Kelantan, converting two penalty strokes in the 11th and 12th minutes. Their other goals were scored by Mohd Zulhairi Hashim (6th), Syafiq Zulzairin (21st), Hafiz Zainol (36th), Shamin Yusof (40th), Joel Samuel (64th) and R. Ramesh (69th).

MSS Kelantan’s consolation goal was scored by Hanif Ropi in the 34th minute.

UniKL coach S. Velappan was delighted with his players’ performance on a pitch made soggy by rain.

“The rain did not affect my players ... instead they played an all-out attacking game to score eight goals,” said Velappan.

“I am really impressed with their commitment in the last three games.

“We’ve won the last three matches by huge margins and that can only be good for us in our quest for the league title.”

BPSS-Thunderbolt, who did not play yesterday, are in second spot with 15 points from five matches.

In another match yesterday, BJSS defeated MSS Pahang 4-0 for their fourth win at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium to move up to third in the standings.

Kavin Kartik (8th), Asraf Bahari (17th), Fitri Ismail (30th) and Dangerous Lee (40th) scored for BJSS.

In the third match yesterday, Soffian Kamaruddin scored a hat-trick to inspire Anderson to a 4-3 win over former champions Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) at the Tun Razak Stadium.

Soffian was on target in the 19th, 26th and 64th minutes. Meor Azuan Hasan (40th) scored the other goal for Anderson.

MBPJ, who won the overall title in 2006, got their goals through Fahmi Zainal (56th), Jazli Hazaq (68th) and Haniff Saidin (69th).

The Star of Malaysia

Pakistan-India series will strengthen hockey: Bajwa

By Imran Ali Teepu

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Indian hockey federations are discussing modalities for playing bilateral series in both countries this year and are looking for a window for the said contests, Dawn learnt on Saturday.

“We are in discussions with our counterparts since the resumption of talks between Pakistan and India…we hope to play a series with India any time this year,” secretary of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Asif Bajwa told Dawn .

Both Pakistan and India have not played against each other in hockey (in India or Pakistan) for the last two years after the November 2008 terror attack on Mumbai which led to dip in relations between the nuclear-armed countries.

“Our discussions with India started after Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani made a successful visit to India recently,” Bajwa said.

Last month, Gilani went to India on the invitation of his counterpart Manmohan Singh, to witness the cricket World Cup semi-final between Pakistan and India in Mohali.

“We want to play hockey because it is direly needed in this part of the world. Hockey contests between India and Pakistan will strengthen the base of hockey besides further popularising the sport,” claimed former Olympian Bajwa.

The PHF secretary said Pakistan team had a very busy international schedule this year, adding “in case they find a suitable window during the next six months they would definitely like to play against India.”

The greenshirts would be seen in action against the arch-rivals on both sides of the border between India and Pakistan, the PHF official stated.

“Pakistan will be playing in India and India will be playing in Pakistan; this is the focus of our discussions with the Indian hockey officials, mainly to give good sports entertainment to fans on both sides of the border,” he said.

Commenting on the financial benefit attached with the Pakistan-India series, the PHF secretary said: “There are better financial prospects attached with this initiative because competitions between Pakistan and India are always thrilling.”


Australian Country Teams head to New Zealand

The Australian Men’s and Women’s Country XI Hockey Teams departed for New Zealand on Saturday for a two week tour of New Zealand.

The two teams selected from the 2010 Australian Country Championship will each play seven matches with matches being held in Wellington, Hamilton, Rotorua and Auckland.

For all the latest results from the tour head to HockeyNet or simply click on the links provided below.

Australian Men’s Country XI

Australia Women’s Country XI

Match Schedule

Wellington Hockey Venue: National Hockey Stadium, 9 Mt. Albert Rd. Berhampore
Sunday 10th April

Capitals U21 Men vs. Australian Country Men 7.00 PM
Capitals U21 Women vs. Australian Country Women 7.00 PM

Monday 11th April

Capitals U21 Men vs. Australian Country Men 7.15 PM
Capitals U21 Women vs. Australian Country Women 7.15 PM

Hamilton Hockey Venue: Gallagher Hockey Centre, Frankton, Wellington
Thursday 14th April

Midland U21 Women vs. Australian Country Women 12.00 Noon
Midland U21 Men vs. Australian Country Men 2.00 PM

Rotorua Hockey Venue: Rotorua Hockey Turf, Smallbone Park
Saturday 16th April

New Zealand Maoris vs. Australian Country Women 1.30 PM
New Zealand Maoris vs. Australian Country Men 3.15 PM

Sunday 17th April

New Zealand Maoris vs. Australian Country Men 10:00 AM
New Zealand Maoris vs. Australian Country Women 12.00 Noon

Auckland: Rosa Birchmore Park, Beresford St., Pukukohe
Wednesday 20th April

NZ Barbarians Women vs. Australian Country Women 6.30 PM
NZ Barbarians Men vs. Australian Country Men 8.15 PM

Auckland: Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga
Thursday 21st April

Auckland U21 Men vs. Australian Country Men 7.30 PM
Auckland U21 Women vs. Australian Country Women 7.30 PM

Hockey Australia Country XI Touring Team’s

New Zealand Tour 9th - 22nd April, 2011


Australian Country Women's Team
Talei Stoll ADF
Kristy Conroy NSW
Kathleen Messer QLD
Tracy Armitage QLD
Melissa Crossman QLD
Tara Picker NSW
Shannon Elsden SA
Andrea Farrow QLD
Melissa Greer NSW
Kimberley Hill NSW
Holli Wheeler NSW
Debbie Dolan QLD
Carolyn Margetts NSW
Janessa Donnolley VIC
Josephine Plowright VIC
Amanda Saladine NSW
Shelley Stevenson NSW
Christie Underwood NSW
Sonia Taylor Manager
Jeffrey Aldridge Coach
Warren Gaynor Assistant Coach
Craig Williams Assistant Coach
Australian Country Men's Team
Tristan Hunt NSW
John Fernance NSW
Jaden Ekert QLD
Paul Blenkiron SA
Matt Curran QLD
Fergus Dawson VIC
Tony Donnolley VIC
Andrew Maggs VIC
Jamie Frost WA
Todd Harmsworth QLD
Cory Letts WA
Jeremy Maggs VIC
Jeremy Payne VIC
Mark Ross ADF
Matthew Sawyer VIC
Ben Stam WA
Brendan Taylor ADF
Jordan Thorneycroft VIC
Keith Wilkie Manager
Robert Laffin Coach
Jai Singhota Assistant Coach
Support Staff
Michael Nelson Tour Manager
Ashley Stoll Statistician
Derek Gawthorne Statistician
Donna Douglass Videographer
Scott Maroske Umpire
Raymond Patton Masseur

Hockey Australia media release