News for 23 October 2011

All the news for Sunday 23 October 2011

Las Leonas cruise past Canada

Day 3: Pan American Games – Guadalajara, Mexico.

Luciana Aymar scored twice in Argentina's 7-3 win over Canada. (Photo: FIH / Yan Huckendubler)

Argentina overcame a strong challenge from Canada before running out comfortable winners against their opponents on the second day of women's action at the Pan American Games. A 7-3 victory puts Argentina firmly at the top of Pool A, with the defending champions having claimed wins in both of their opening matches. However, the score-line fails to reflect how well the Canadians competed against the world number 1 team, with the North Americans trailing by just one goal at the break.

Canada took the lead in the 6th minute of the game when Thea Culley scored from open play, but a double strikes from Soledad Garcia and Luciana Aymar opened up a 4-1 advantage for Las Leonas. Canada pulled themselved back into the game with two goals before the half time break, with Hannah Haughn and Kate Gillis firing home. Despite this, Argentina proved themselves to be too strong in the second half and pulled away with three unanswered goals through Noel Barrionuevo (2) and Carla Rebecchi to complete a 7-3 score-line.

The other match in Pool B saw Barbados overcome Trinidad and Tobago 4-2, with Cher King, Dionne Clarke, Charlia Warner and Maria Sealy scoring goals for Barbados.

In Pool A,  USA maintained their good form with a narrow 2-1 victory over Chile. USA scored twice in a minute shortly after half time through Shannon Taylor and a penalty stroke from Caroline Nichols, goals which proved to be enough for victory. It was the second win in succession for USA, who sit at the top of Pool B ahead of Chile and Cuba, a team that defeated host nation Mexico 3-1 in the first match of the day.

The results for the tournament thus far can be found below. All official tournament information including detailed reports, results, tables, match sheets, scorers lists and photos can be found on the website of the Pan American Hockey Federation by clicking the following link:

Wednesday 19th October 2011

09:00     Women's Group A Game 1          Argentina v Trinidad & Tobago 11-0 (6-0)
11:00     Women's Group A Game 2          Canada v Barbados 10-0 (6-0)    
14:00     Women's Group B Game 3          United States v Mexico 5-0 (3-0)
16:00     Women's Group B Game 4          Chile v Cuba 6-0 (3-0)

Thursday 20th October 2011
09:00     Men’s Group A Game 1          Canada v Trinidad & Tobago 7-2 (4-2)
11:00     Men's Group A Game 2          Chile v Barbados 9-1 (4-0)
14:00     Men's Group B Game 3          Argentina v Mexico 8-0 (3-0)
16:00     Men's Group B Game 4          USA v Cuba 2-4 (1-1)

Friday 21st October 2011
09:00     Women's Group B Game 5          Mexico v Cuba 1-3 (0-2)
11:00     Women's Group B Game 6          Chile v USA 1-2 (2-4)
14:00     Women's Group A Game 7          Trinidan & Tobago v Barbados 2-4 (1-3)
16:00     Women's Group A Game 8          Canada v Argentina 3-7 (3-4)

Saturday 22nd October 2011

09:00    Men's Pool B Game 5                     Mexico v Cuba
11:00    Men's Pool B Game 6                     USA v Argentina
14:00    Men's Pool A Game 7                     Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados
16:00    Men's Pool A Game 8                     Chile v Canada

All times are local (GMT -5)

FIH site

Second big win for Team Canada Men

Canada earns 4 - 0 win over Chile at the Pan Am Games

Yan Huckendubler

The Canadian men’s team earned in style their second win at the Pan American Games against Chile (4-0), their strongest opponent in pool A.

The match started with a long observation round, with the two teams trying to take control of the game but without taking too much risk. There were not many opportunities until Canada earned the first penalty-corner of the match, powerfully converted by Scott TUPPER in the 15th minute. The rest of the period continued to be a fierce battle for possession, with teams trading yellow cards but without creating many scoring situations. Chile had a chance to level the score on a penalty-corner but David CARTER was solid on his line to stop the shot.

In the intense heat of the Mexican end of afternoon, the second period started on a slow tempo. Chile seemed to gradually push Canada on their heels, even forcing a penalty-corner, saved again by CARTER in the Canadian goal. This was the wake-upcall the Canadian needed and they promptly regained control of the match, adding two additional penalty-corners by Scott TUPPER.

Rob SHORT put the contest beyond doubt in the 61th minute, collecting a loose ball in the circle and slamming it past the stunned Chilean goalkeeper.

The win qualifies Canada for the semi-final. Their last match is on Monday against a struggling Barbados team. Canada should win their pool and play in semi-final against the loser of the match between Argentina and Cuba, also on Monday.

"We played well," says Rob Short.  "The team battled hard - and to keep the zero is big.  A 4 - 0 is convincing, our goalies are some of the best in the world so we expect that from them, and we thank them.  It was nice to put one in the net, but overall it was great to come out with a strong win." 

"I'm very excited," says Head Coach Robin D'Abreo.  "This was a tough game - but I am pleased with the results.  At times we made it harder on ourselves than we needed to, but we came out with a win.  We are confident going into our next match against Barbados." 

Field Hockey Canada media release

USA Men left out of medal round

Ashley Meunier

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Today was a tough loss for the USA Men’s National Team who put on a strong defensive performance against a top ranked Argentinian team. Team USA’s defense held Argentina to only two goals despite numerous shots and scoring opportunities.

With the 0-2 loss, USA is no longer in contention for a medal at the Pan American Games and will instead hope for a fifth place finish. Argentina advances after scoring eight goals and having a shutout performance over host nation Mexico. With two wins under their belt in this tournament and a lengthy winning history including seven Pan American gold medals, Argentina moves on to the third and final match of pool play as a favorite and contender for an eighth gold medal.

“We knew we had to win the game today to stay alive in the competition,” said Head Coach Nick Conway. “I thought it was a very good effort from our guys, but unfortunately the result didn’t go our way.”

Team USA’s best opportunities for goals came on two short corners. Will Holt (Camarillo, CA) who was successful at netting two against Cuba, unfortunately couldn’t sneak his lethal shot past Argentina’s keeper.

At the half, Team USA was only down by one and until the final minutes of play the match could have gone either way.

Placing fifth in the tournament still has significance. While Team USA is out of the medal rounds and will no longer be pursuing an Olympic berth in Guadalajara, the opportunity for a second chance at Olympic qualification is still on line. The teams that place second through fifth will be sent to an Olympic qualifier in early 2012 for a final shot at making it to the London Games.

“To come in fifth in this tournament is very important,” commented Conway. “Our objective now is to win the next three games and place fifth.”

Team captain Sean Harris is understandably disappointed that his team will not have the chance to secure a spot in London at this tournament, but can not be overly disappointed with his Team’s performance against the No. 11 world ranked team today. Harris understands the importance of staying focused and finishing off the tournament with three wins.

“We are disappointed,” said Harris. “I thought we executed a lot of things we talked about in our meetings and put a lot of pressure on Argentina. Our defense played very well and with a couple extra minutes on the clock the game could have been turned around. Argentina always gives us a challenge when we play them. We are now looking to achieve a fifth place finish and end the tournament on a strong note.”

USA will face Mexico on Monday, October 24 for the final match in pool play. Mexico will be hungry for a win as they have yet to win a game on their home turf.

USFHA media release

Kookaburras and Hockeyroos continue to excel under new rules

The Kookaburras and Hockeyroos have continued to excel under the new rules introduced at the Lanco International Super Series, with both teams recording impressive wins on day 3 of the tournament held in Perth.

With new rules introduced including 9 players per side, bigger goals and relaxed rules on foot and stick violations, the Australian teams have seemingly adapted the best to date, particularly the Kookaburras.

After last night’s impressive 7-1 win over New Zealand the Kookaburras started things in the same fashion today against India, and if not for some brilliant saves from the Indian goalkeeper the score could have been significantly different.

After a dominate first half where the Kookaburras scored three goals, things became slightly more difficult after half time, with Australia coming close on many occasions however the Indian defence held first.

A brilliant set play late in the game saw Jamie Dwyer convert the Kookaburras 4th goal, giving the fans value for money and demonstrating exactly why he is regarded as the best player in the world.

Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth said he is pleased that the new rules introduced at the tournament are having their desired effect.

“I think more space on the field is proving to open things up a bit, a larger goal makes it a bit more interesting when you get in the circle your chances are better. I think the goal keeper is brought into the game more which is not a bad thing at all. I think the other thing is that the long corner allows a reward for territorial possession and it stops teams from just pushing the ball over the backline which is happening all the time in International hockey now. So I think a range of the rules are working quite well.

I think it looks pretty good to me, of course you can always improve it, so maybe we need to look at ways we can finesse it a bit. In general I am pleased with it, and I think the teams have played with a very positive attitude, players are getting on with it, corner takes about 20 secs now and the long corner opens up the game as I said, rewards you for possession,” said Charlesworth.

Earlier in the day the Hockeyroos gained  a psychological edge into tomorrow’s Lanco International Super Series grand final against India after defeating them 3-2 today in Perth.

After three days of play the Hockeyroos have seemingly begun to find their rhythm in the tournament which introduces all new rules. With only 9 players per side, bigger goals and one player required to stay in the forward half at all time, the Hockeyroos were able to use their pace and superior skill to produce their best game to date at the tournament.

After their frustrating 1-1 draw yesterday against India where India played defensively for the full 30 minutes (halves have been reduced to 30 minutes at this tournament) the Hockeyroos took it right up to India today, continuing to make the most of the new rules and attack at all costs.

Jade Close got things started early for the Hockeyroos, scoring the first goal of the game to give the Hockeyroos a vital half time lead.

After the half-time break, it was all the Hockeyroos as their passes stuck and shots on goal increased with great effect.  Quick goals to Emily Smith and Marnie Hudson kept the scoreboard ticking over. India responded with a goal of their own off a long corner, the ball unfortunately deflecting of Aussie captain Madonna Blyth on the way to the net.

With the crowd behind them the Hockeyroos defended well, keeping the Indians from finding goals again before full-time.

The Hockeyroos will now face India again in tomorrow final at 2.10pm WST while the Kookaburras will play New Zealand in the men’s final from 3.10pm WST.

Hockeyroos 3 def India 2
IND Vandana Katariya PC 10m, AUS Jade Close PC 11, Emily Smith FG 18m, Marnie Hudson FG 20m, IND Deepika FG 24m

Kookaburras 4 India 1
Goal scorers:  AUS Jamie Dwyer FG 2m PC 29m Russell Ford FG 6m, IND Sardar Singh PC 13m, Des Abbott FG 16m

Hockey Australia media release

Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9’s final preview

With bigger goals, less players on the field and more relaxed rules around foot and stick violations, the new rules created for the Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s has seem all teams play with attacking flair and the goals have been flowing.

With only one day left in the tournament, all teams will be looking to finish off on a high.

The final day of the innovative tournament sees both the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras in the final, with the Hockeyroos set to face India and the Kookaburras squaring off against New Zealand.

In the women's draw the Hockeyroos won three matches and drew one, scoring eight goals in their four games of the tournament.  Their opponents India have demonstrated an attacking and physical style of play, keeping the ball close and not afraid to challenge in contested situations. India will not take their final match lightly and Australia should expect a tough competition if they are to earn their gold medal.

In the men's draw, India and Pakistan will play off for the bronze medal.

When these teams met in the round games, it was a physical and passionate encounter and despite the 1-1 score line, the teams pushed hard to find the goals and deserved to on many more occasions.

The Kookaburras will have another tough battle on their hands when they meet New Zealand in the gold medal final.  Having beaten the kiwis convincingly on day one, Australia knows how to win against the visitors, however cannot expect to stroll through to the podium as New Zealand will fight for their pride in an effort to claim the inaugural trophy.

The fans have certainly been treated to some spectacular play with 49 goals scored to date at the tournament (31 to the men 18 to the women). That equates to an average of four goals per game, or a goal every seven minutes of the 30 minute games.

Hockey Australia media release

Double delight on Sunday in the Lanco Hockey 9s

K Arumugam

Things would not have gone more better for Hockey Australia, the organizers of Lanco Hockey 9s. On the penultimate day, the results turned out in such a way that the Sunday will be a great fun day for them.

First, Pakistan could not bring an outright win over New Zealand, it was a draw. It led to the possibility of repeat India Pakistan clash for bronze. An hour later it proved to be so. Australia ensured they are the masters and thus thrashed India lock, stock and barrel (1-4), and it cleared any doubt as to who are the finalists.

With these two results, the stage was set for Neighbour’s Day at Perth on Sunday.

Australia will meet New Zealand in the final whereas another neighbours India and Pakistan will clash for the bronze.

An official connected with the Hockey Australia said, “It would have been ideal if Australia and India met in the final, for, our sponsor is Lanco, a company from India. Ok, that did not happen. The next best thing is to have New Zealand. They defeated us in the Oceania Cup recently, and they have lot of credibility. Therefore, its going to be a great day for our spectators. New Zealand and Australian rivalry is well savoured”.

For the India-Pak supporters here, who are passionate and in substantial numbers, a repeat of Ind-Pak match is what is presented to them surprisingly.

It is learnt that almost all online tickets are sold out for Sunday. However, according to Shane Tonk, the manager here in Hockey Australia, about 800-1000 tickets for grass fields will be available in the ticket counters, which the fans can grab.

It is worthwhile to note here, Australia and Indian women will also fight it out for title before the men’s final, after India-Pak match.

So, while Hockey Australia is blessed with double whammy, a lot of fun is at stake for Sunday.

Young Black Sticks win place in final with draw against Pakistan

Inspired by fine performances by striker Joel Baker and both goalkeepers Stephen Graham and Hamish McGregor, the young Black Sticks claimed a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Pakistan in their final pool match of the inaugural Lanco International Super Nine Series in Perth today. With Australia beating India 4-1 in the other pool match, the Black Sticks has earned a place in Sunday’s televised final against Australia.

Needing a win or a draw to earn a place in the final, the Black Sticks showed good fighting qualities to keep themselves in the match against the world’s eighth-ranked team, Pakistan.

In a tight match, Pakistan opened the scoring in the sixth minute at a corner when Shafqat Rasool rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into an empty net. The Pakistanis created three further good chances in the first half, but goalkeeper Stephen Graham was equal to all of them. Six minutes later, the Black Sticks were level when Joel Baker showed outstanding individual flair to waltz past four Pakistani defenders and reverse stick the ball into the net.

In the second half, the Black Sticks pushed hard for victory with Ben Collier, Shea McAleese, Blair Hilton, Andy Hayward and Shay Neal all having shots saved by the Pakistani goalkeeper. Replacement goalkeeper Hamish McGregor also got in on the act when he pulled off a couple of important saves to keep out the Pakistani team in the second half.

The result was a marked improvement on Friday’s disappointing 1-7 defeat to the Australians and the Black Sticks will need to play much better tomorrow if they are to shock the world’s top ranked Australian side in the showpiece final.

Assistant coach Darren Smith said: “I was pleased that the team showed some determination to earn a draw. Although there were certainly areas we could improve on, particularly our ball retention, the result was what we needed. I want the guys to step up again tomorrow against the Aussies.”

This new competition, a fast-paced, action-packed nine-a-side variation of the traditional game, which could be seen almost as hockey’s version of 20/20 cricket, is playing to packed audiences in Perth.

In the final pool rankings, Australia headed the pool with three wins and nine points, New Zealand finished second with four points, Pakistan third with two points and India last with one point.

In tomorrow’s final, the world’s seventh ranked New Zealand team meets World and Commonwealth champions Australia in the final at 3.10pm (Perth time) with Pakistan playing India for the bronze medal at 1.00pm. There will delayed coverage of the game on Sky Sport 3 at 10.45pm tomorrow.

Full time: 1-1
Half time: 1-1
NZ goal scorer: Joel Baker

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Black Sticks men draw to reach Super 9s final

Inspired by fine performances by striker Joel Baker and both goalkeepers Stephen Graham and Hamish McGregor, the young Black Sticks claimed a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Pakistan in their final pool match of the inaugural Lanco International Super Nine Series in Perth.

With Australia beating India 4-1 in the other pool match, the Black Sticks has earned a place in Sunday's televised final against Australia.

Needing a win or a draw to earn a place in the final, the Black Sticks showed good fighting qualities to keep themselves in the match against the world's eighth-ranked team, Pakistan.

In a tight match, Pakistan opened the scoring in the sixth minute at a corner when Shafqat Rasool rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into an empty net. The Pakistanis created three further good chances in the first half, but goalkeeper Stephen Graham was equal to all of them. Six minutes later, the Black Sticks were level when Joel Baker showed outstanding individual flair to waltz past four Pakistani defenders and reverse stick the ball into the net.

In the second half, the Black Sticks pushed hard for victory with Ben Collier, Shea McAleese, Blair Hilton, Andy Hayward and Shay Neal all having shots saved by the Pakistani goalkeeper. Replacement goalkeeper Hamish McGregor also got in on the act when he pulled off a couple of important saves to keep out the Pakistani team in the second half.

The result was a marked improvement on Friday's disappointing 7-1 defeat to the Australians and the Black Sticks will need to play much better tomorrow if they are to shock the world's top ranked Australian side in the showpiece final.

Assistant coach Darren Smith said: "I was pleased that the team showed some determination to earn a draw. Although there were certainly areas we could improve on, particularly our ball retention, the result was what we needed. I want the guys to step up again tomorrow against the Aussies."

This new competition, a fast-paced, action-packed nine-a-side variation of the traditional game, which could be seen almost as hockey's version of 20/20 cricket, is playing to packed audiences in Perth.

In the final pool rankings, Australia headed the pool with three wins and nine points, New Zealand finished second with four points, Pakistan third with two points and India last with one point.

In tomorrow's final, the world's seventh-ranked New Zealand team meets world and Commonwealth champions Australia in the final at 8.10pm (NZ time), with Pakistan playing India for the bronze medal at 6pm. Delayed coverage of the game will screen on Sky Sport 3 at 10.45pm.

Black Sticks 1 (Joel Baker) Pakistan 1. HT: 1-1.


Indian men out of final contention, lose 1-4 to Australia

PERTH: The Indian men's hockey team's hopes of reaching the final went up in smoke after Australia handed it a 4-1 drubbing in their last league match of the Lanco International Super Series 9s on Saturday.

India will now face Pakistan for the bronze medal on Sunday.

By winning all its matches, Australia entered the finals majestically and will battle it out against New Zealand for the top honours on Sunday.

India needed a win to make it to the final but fell short in all departments of the game. Australia set the pace early on and went on a scoring spree, while India could reply only once through Sardar Singh.

With just a draw and two loses India finished last in the four-nation event, while with two draws Pakistan came third.

Earlier, Pakistan too failed in its endeavour to make the final. It needed an outright win, but the Kiwis denied the side holding it to a 1-1 draw.

Pakistan's sixth-minute goal by Shafqat Rasool was cancelled out six minutes later by Joel Baker. The draw was enough for the Kiwis, who thrashed India on the opening day, to make the cut.

India were left to do the chasing act quite early in the match when twice FIH Player of the year Jamie Dwyer put his side ahead in the second minute itself leaving Indian goalie PR Sreejesh flummoxed.

The Times of India

Indian coach overwhelmed by his captain's gesture

K. Arumugam

Indian Coach Michael Nobbs is overwhelmed by the grand gesture of his team’s captain Bharat Chetri. The captain on his own preferred his colleague in the cage, PR Sreejesh to play the full match against Australia yesterday. Coach Michael Nobbs has been playing each of the two goalies at his disposal in each half of the ongoing Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s.

“Chetri told me that Sreejesh should continue in the second half also even I was ready to field him for the match against Australia”, said happy Nobbs.

“He is captain, he kept the team’s interest in his mind when he said this. He felt since Sreejesh was playing very well, better to continue him in the next half also, which I did”, Nobbs added.

On asked about this, Chetri, a simpleton to the core, confirmed this. He said, “Yes. Sreejesh was playing well in the first half, doing a great job, I thought its better for the team to continue him, and he really played well in the next half also”, he said.

Otherwise too the senior has been winning hearts of the team with his unassuming character and affable mannerism.

Pakistan narrowly miss out

PERTH (Australia): Australia's all-powerful men will play old foes New Zealand in a trans-Tasman finish to field hockey's inaugural International Super Series in Perth on Sunday, as Pakistan just missed out.

In the women's side of the event, the hosts Australia will play India in the decider.

The round robin section of the innovative nine-a-side competition, with halves shortened to 15 minutes and the goals widened, concluded on Saturday, with the Kiwis joining the Australians in the men's final.

Pakistan had the chance to advance to the final, but could only draw 1-1 with New Zealand.

The Pakistanis took the early lead through Shafqat Rasool in the seventh minute, but the Kiwis struck back through Joel Baker just before half-time to level the scores.

Pakistan might have secured a last-gasp win when they won a short corner in what was the last play of the match.

Under the trial format, it was four Pakistan players up against just two Kiwi defenders, however New Zealand goalkeeper Hamish McGregor was able to block an attempted pass and deflect the ball out of play to end the game and secure his team a final berth.

India had a slim chance to snatch a place in the final but they needed to thrash the in-form Australians in the subsequent men's match.

However they were never really in the hunt and were beaten 4-1 by the favourites for the 2012 Olympic gold medal. It was Australia's third win in as many matches.

India and Pakistan will play off for third place on Sunday.

The women's finalists had already been decided before Saturday's games.

Malaysia snatched a 1-1 draw with India with the last touch of the match after a short corner, before Australia beat the Indians 3-2 in a dress rehearsal for the final.

The two sides drew 1-1 earlier in the tournament.

The Times of India

Win against Pak would be befitting finale for us: Sreejesh

PERTH: The Indian men's hockey team might be out of the title race of the Lanco International Super Series 9s after losing to Australia on Saturday, but custodian P R Sreejesh wants to sign off on a high by winning Sunday's bronze medal play-off against arch-rivals Pakistan.

India slumped to the bottom of the points table after losing 1-4 to hosts Australia in their last league match of the four-nation tournament.

"A medal will be a befitting finale for us, as we have worked hard towards that end," says the Indian goalkeeper, who has been remarkably consistent against Pakistan.

Sreejesh, who seemed to have learnt the art of blocking Pakistan forwards in the increasingly frequent one-off 25-yard penalty strokes, said he geared up to take on their traditional rivals.

"I am always confident in my job, and the energy with which we as a team play against Pakistan boosts my morale in abundance," he said.

Sreejesh turned out to be the hero for India at the Asian Champions Trophy final at Ordos, China recently when he stopped Pakistan forwards twice in the one-on-one tie-break ordeal.

Similarly, he outsmarted the most experienced of the Pakistan players, Waseem Ahmad, in his attempt to convert a 25-yard penalty stroke on Friday.

"My constant approach towards Pakistan, which worked well so far, is not to commit early, wait, and allow them to make mistakes," he outlines.

The Indian team also leans on Sreejesh's form and it was well evident today as he was played full match by coach Michael Nobbs.

"I am really happy today, I got full match. It boosts my confidence level, and I will muster that extra bit to go all out tomorrow. I am charged up," the lanky goalie said excitedly.

He feels he is at peace to take on Asian teams, who normally play defensive hockey, while European and Oceania sides prefer attacking hockey all the time.

"Asians depend on counter attack while Europeans and Oceania teams rely on attacks for goals. We played European style when (Jose) Brasa was there, and now reverting to our own style," he said.

"Tomorrow is a different day. I will give my best as I want to play a role for my team to end the exciting Hockey 9s with a medal," Sreejesh signed off.

The Times of India

India women's hockey team in Lanco Super series 9s final

PERTH: The Indian women's team played out a sluggish 1-1 draw against Malaysia on Saturday but it was enough to fetch the side a place in the Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s final.

With a draw against the hosts on Friday and full points against Malaysia on the opening day, India did enough to book a final berth in the three-nation event.

They will face Australia in the summit clash on Sunday. The experienced Jasjeet Handa put India ahead in the fourth minute, her first goal in three matches but the team allowed the Malaysians to claw back later in the game.

India ended up conceding a penalty corner just 10 seconds before the hooter went off and Rahma Othman Siti converted it for Malaysia to earn her team its first point in the four-day competition.

India will again play Australia on Saturday in a repeat league match, the result of which is of no consequence after this match.

The Times of India

There's potential but officials killing it: Ric

Navneet Singh

Australian coach Ric Charlesworth's tenure in India as technical advisor of the national hockey federation was short and painful. Still, he continues to passionately follow Indian hockey, particularly the performances of the players.

"India has the potential to become world-beaters," he says, underlining his belief in the team who continue to struggle at the highest level of the game.

"I was imp-ressed with the India side and wanted to carry them to greater heights. But my enthusiasm got extinguished due to inferior governance in India," he told HT during the Lanco International Super Series nine-a-side hockey.

Despite the trying time he had in India during 2007-'08, Charlesworth believes the opportunity to guide the team would always be one to look forward to. "It's an interesting job to coach Indian players. Anybody would like to train players who have the potential to deliver."

Hostile Environment But his concerns remain. "There is lot of red tape, it's difficult to work in a hostile atmosphere," he says, referring to the hurdles he faced in India. "I wanted certain equipment to train the players, but never got them. Things don't work that way."

Charlesworth, who has since taken over as head coach of the Australia men's team, said the federation infighting was spoiling India's chances of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics. "The Indian federation should first sort out its issues and then think of Olympic Games."

The former Aussie skipper is also critical of India frequently changing the national coach. "Why are coaches changed at the drop of a hat in India, I can't understand."

He feels it would be difficult for his compatriot Michael Nobbs, India's chief coach, to help the team qualify for London. "Time is very less to prepare the team for the big job," he says.

Charlesworth warns that short-term goals don't churn champions. "In Australia, we spot players when they are 13 or 14, and monitor them till they graduate to the senior level."

Indian men lose Pakistan and India were unable to adapt to the pacy version that lays much emphasis on physical fitness, apart from skills, to bow out of the title race in the Super Series hockey here.

India and Pak lost their must-win matches on Saturday. Australia and New Zealand will play in the final.

In the women's section, with three teams in fray, India reached the final as expected and will take on Australia on Sunday. In the third round, India drew 1-1 with Malaysia but Australia beat India 3-2.

Hindustan Times

Nine actually fine for 'keepers'

Errol D'Cruz

Horst Wein, the coaching guru, and Els van Breida Vriesman, the former FIH president, would relish hockey 9s action beamed from the Lanco International Super Series in Perth.

Wein, for seeing his 'baby' re-born. After all, it was the German who first propagated and utilized the 9-a-side in Spain, his adopted country, in the 1980s.

Vriesman, the dynamic Dutchwoman who modernized the FIH administration during her tenure in the last decade, would be pleased with the sight of wider goals.

She often said she'd be delighted if the goals were wider. The Perth tournament is an answer to her wish.

Australian Ric Charlesworth, a legendary player and now a hugely successful coach of his country's men's team, drew up the format that utilizes goals a metre wider than in conventional 11-a-side hockey besides a host of other rule modifications.

Both Wein and Vriesman must be pleased with the goings-on in Perth. Wein, had voiced his concern over stoppages in games - one every 7 seconds, he had reported in 1986.

The hockey 9s' breath-taking action seems like a highlight show and the surfeit of goals is only a natural progression from more space on the pitch.

However, the protagonists, it has emerged, will be the goalkeepers. Never mind if, like bowlers in T20 cricket, they may feel the world's against them.

Wider goals will bring them into spectacular action far more often than ever before. We've seen them leaping sideways to pull off a save and stretching out to tip a hot-blooded shot over the crosspiece.

The men behind the masks have shown confidence in kicking clear, more assured of not being pulled up for dangerous play what with less congestion in the 9s format in and around the 'D'.

Shades of the soccer goalkeeper? Well, just a little resemblance to the more famous cousin thanks to wider goals.

And, even if the goal posts haven't got higher, hockey 9s seems to have raised the bar by way of TV and spectator appeal.

The Times of India

RSA name training squad for FIH Champions Challenge

24 names will be reduced in the coming weeks

SA coach Gregg Clark. (Photo: SA Hockey / Marie-Louise van der Sandt)

On Friday, South African Hockey Association president Dave Carr released the names of 24 players who will take part in a final training camp in Johannesburg. The training camp begins on November 18 before selection convenor Mike Bechet and his panel make a final decision on which 18 players will represent the green and gold at the Champions Challenge men’s tournament, which takes place at Randburg Hockey Stadium from November 26 to December 4.

The 24-player squad comprises seven players from KZN Coastal, six from Southern Gauteng, five from Western Province, four from Northerns Blues and one each from Eastern Province and Amatole (Border).

The Champions Challenge features the eight countries ranked from ninth to 16th in the world and is a vital tournament for head coach Gregg Clark’s side as the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has stipulated that the African continent's champions must reach the final in order to be considered good enough to join Team South Africa at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Brendon Botes (Eastern Province), Jacques le Roux, Andrew Cronje, Austin Smith (capt), Ian Haley, Lloyd Norris-Jones (all Western Province), Rassie Pieterse, Lance Louw, Ricky West, Clinton Panther, Miguel da Graca, Thornton McDade (all Southern Gauteng), Gowan Jones, Lloyd Madsen, Gareth Carr, Wade Paton, Taine Paton, Tim Drummond, Marvin Harper (all KZN Coastal), Justin Reid-Ross, Rhett Halkett, Jonty Robinson, Nic Gonsalves (all Northerns Blues), Julian Hykes (Amatole-Border).

SA Hockey Association media release

SA men’s hockey side set for camp

Austin Smith is captain of the SA men's hockey side. Wessel Oosthuizen / Gallo Images

The SA Hockey Association (Saha) has named a 24-man training squad as the national men's team begins final preparations in an effort to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The squad, Saha said on Friday, would attend a training camp in Johannesburg starting on November 18.

Selection convenor Mike Bechet and his panel would choose 18 players to represent South Africa at the Champions Challenge tournament in Randburg in November and December.

The Champions Challenge features the eight countries ranked between ninth and 16th in the world.

Saha said it had been informed by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) that the men's team would need to reach the final to qualify for the London Games.

SA men's hockey squad: Brendon Botes, Jacques le Roux, Andrew Cronje, Austin Smith (captain), Ian Haley, Lloyd Norris-Jones, Rassie Pieterse, Lance Louw, Ricky West, Clinton Panther, Miguel da Graca, Thornton McDade, Gowan Jones, Lloyd Madsen, Gareth Carr, Wade Paton, Taine Paton, Tim Drummond, Marvin Harper, Justin Reid-Ross, Rhett Halkett, Jonty Robinson, Nic Gonsalves, Julian Hykes.

Independent Online

KLHC determined to make clean sweep

By Jugjet Singh

KUALA Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) are poised to claim their Malaysia Hockey League treble when they meet Tenaga Nasional in the TNB Cup final at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil tonight.

KLHC are determined to maintain their unbeaten record, which has already earned them the Charity Shield and league title, and not even their skipper's wedding last night is going to stop the determined players.

KLHC skipper Azlan Misron attended yesterday morning's press conference with his bride in tow: "I'm getting married tonight (last night) but will be there to rally and motivate my teammates to win the TNB Cup.

"It is an important day in my life, but my duty towards my club is just as important and my final aim is to make sure we win the treble."

Former national skipper Azlan, 28, was sidelined in the last few international assignments as younger players overtook his pace.

"I'm a fighter who hates to lose and will take the nudge from younger players as a challenge to improve my fitness and game so that I am considered for national duty again," said the Perak-born player.

KLHC and Tenaga played the season opening Charity Shield, which the former won 2-1.

"Statistics do not matter at this stage and Tenaga have shown real grit to reach the final. They also have the best goalkeeper in Asia and possibly the world in S. Kumar.

"Tenaga also have the national defence, while their young forwards. I predict, will turn into future stars," said KLHC team manager George Koshy.

In defence, Tenaga have the national line-up of Kumar, Madzli Ikmar, Amin Rahim and Baljit Singh.

And their young forwards Faizal Saari (18 goals which include four hat-tricks), Firhan Ashaari and Amir Farid are super fit and can turn the tables in a flash.

"However, Tenaga have a weak midfield and that is what we will exploit to win the match," said Koshy.

KLHC have nine national players, and their top scorer is Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin with 17 goals.

TNB will miss Sallehin Ghani, who was red carded in the semis against Sapura for a bad challenge on Joel Samuel van Huizen.

This will result in Amin Rahim playing in the middle of defence and skipper Madzli Ikmar playing just ahead of him. S. Bubalan is expected to replace Sallehin in the starting line-up.

New Straits Times

Money on KLHC to clinch crown again


Thanks for the support : Tenaga Nasional players celebrating after beating Sapura to reach the final on Friday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Two of the most successful teams in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) – Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) and Tenaga Nasional – go head-to-head in the final for the overall title today.

Defending champions and reigning Premier Division champions KLHC, though, will start as the fa­­vourites to lift their third overall title.

KLHC have won the overall title twice – in 2008 under the Ernst and Young banner and last year. They also have won three league titles – three as Ernst and Young and three as KLHC – giving them eight titles in 12 years.

Tenaga, however, are the most successful club, with a total of 12 titles – five league and seven overall.

KLHC and Tenaga are also the only clubs, other than Maybank, to have played in the MHL since its inception in 1987.

KLHC also have a chance to make history as the only team to win back-to-back league and overall titles.

KLHC go into the final as the only unbeaten team in the MHL this year – and the advantage of having beaten Tenaga 2-1 in the opening match last month.

But KLHC team manager George Koshy refuses to underestimate Tenaga.

“They have the best defence and a fantastic strike force ... and not forgetting goalkeeper S. Kumar, who is surely one of the best in Asia,” he said.

The Tenaga strike force that Koshy speaks glowingly of comprises Faisal Saari, Mohd Firhan Azhaari and Amir Farid.

“Our plus point, though, is our midfield, who will surely be the key in the final. It will be tough but I am sure we have what it takes to win the final,” said George.

Tenaga will also be going into the match with a handicap – they will be without defender Mohd Sallehin Ghani, who received a red card in the semi-final, second-leg win over Sapura on Friday. He has been handed a mandatory two-match ban.

Tenaga coach Lailin Abu Hassan admitted that they will have to reshuffle their defence.

“It will affect us. But our team spirit is high and we will try to keep it tight at the back. The team that can handle the pressure well will have the edge in this match,” he said.

Apart from the strike force, Tena­ga’s defence also has a full national line-up – from goalkeeper Kumar to defenders Mohd Madzli Ikmar, C. Baljit Singh and Mohd Amin Rahim.

KLHC are also packed with experience, thanks to the presence of players like Chua Boon Huat, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, Mohd Razie Rahim, Azlan Misron, Ismail Abu Mohd Shukri Mutalib, Nabil Fiqri Mohd Nor and Roslan Jamaluddin.

The defending champions can also count on talented youngsters like Fitri Saari, Ahmad Kazamirul Ahmad and Harvinder Singh.

Everything certainly points to an absorbing and intriguing final, indeed.

The Star of Malaysia

Pearn and Hall Goals Help East Grinstead to Victory

TWO goals each from Mark Pearn and Danny Hall helped East Grinstead secure a hard-fought 5-3 win at Surbiton in the EHB Men's Premier Division on Saturday.

They led narrowly 3-2 at half time before the home side levelled, Fergus Dunn having scored two and Matt Daly one.

But goals on 59 and 60 minutes from Hall and WIll Arthur saw the visitors secure the win.

Two goals from Richard Smith helped Loughborough Students beat visitors University of Exeter.

Smith struck early with a goal from a penalty stroke after just two minutes, and after Sam Ward had added a goal on seven minutes, Smith’s second put Loughborough 3-0 ahead.

Exeter hit back through Ian Haley on 17 minutes, and he then closed the gap to 3-2 at half time with a goal on 31 minutes from a penalty stroke.

But hopes victory were dashed, as Loughborough added further goals on 46 and 61 minutes through Stuart Loughrey and Richard Dawson Smith.

In the Conference North, Leek and Brooklands battled out a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Brooklands took the lead through Russ Anderson on 18 minutes and led 1-0 at half time, only for hosts Leek to take a 2-1 lead with goals from Richard Cordon and Ben White.

A brace of goals from David Flanagan helped Brooklands take a 3-2 lead, but the spoils were shared following Paul Dawson’s 64th minute goal for Leek.

Elsewhere, honours were even between hosts Deeside Ramblers and Preston, who drew 6-6.

There were four goals from Ibrar Latif and others from Babar Abdullah and Ali Ghazanfar for Deeside, while for Preston Sam Sinclair and Adam Wilson scored two each, with Jonny Robinson and Matthew Hoffman also scoring.

Doncaster won 3-2 over Olton and West Warickshire, with Lachlan Brownhalls scoring twice and Owen Leask adding the other.

And Belper won 2-1 over Barford Tigers, Luke Davies and Sam Hawkes scoring their goals.

In the East Conference, Old Loughtonians won 4-3 over Harleston Magpies with Alex Jennings scoring a hat-trick and Harry Martin adding the other.

England Hockey Board Media release

Three-Goal Blast Helps Canterbury Beat Olton

Tina Cullen celebrates

THREE goals in four minutes helped Canterbury beat hosts Olton and West Warwickshire 5-1 and give their Investec Women’s Premier Division campaign a boost.

Charlotte Craddock scored the first of her two goals after just four minutes, and the score remained unchanged to the half time break as Olton defended well.

But after the break Canterbury extended their lead with a real purple patch. Kirsty Chambers scored on 47 minutes, and Dilly Newton added a third on 50 minutes before Craddock’s second goal came the very next minute.

Olton hit back with Emma McCabe scoring with five minutes to go, but the final word went to Canterbury with Chambers’ 70th minute strike.

Elsewhere, Tina Cullen (pictured) scored a hat-trick of goals in Bowdon Hightown’s 4-0 home win over Cannock, with Hannah Pike scoring the last goal.

Clifton secured a confident 3-0 win over Slough with Dawn Mitchell, Els Mansell and Zoe Leach scoring their goals, while elsewhere two goals from Katie Long helped Leicester beat hosts University of Birmingham 2-1.

In the Conference West, Buckingham maintained their unbeaten run of six league games with a 2-0 win at Barnes Hounslow Ealing.

After a goalless first half, Leanne Grimsley scored in the 42nd minute, and their lead was doubled on 53 minutes through Joelle Weston.

Three first half goals helped Gloucester City dominate their clash with Exe, although the visitors took an early lead with Linda Webb scoring after just two minutes.

Emma Done bagged the first for Gloucester from a penalty corner, before further goals on 13 and 30 minutes from Kim Pullon and Megan Brazil respectively.

Emily Tompkins netted the final goal six minutes from time.

Trojans won their first match of the season, beating hosts Firebrands 3-1 with goals from Caroline Thorne, Laura Nicholls and Charlotte Cox. Holly Savage scored the home side’s consolation.

Investec Conference East leaders Surbiton battled back from a 2-0 half time deficit to salvage a point from a draw with Ipswich.

Goals from Annika Broster and Christabel Mcwhirter helped Ipswich take a 2-0 lead in the opening 19 minutes, but Surbiton hit back with goals from Becky Merchant on 47 minutes and Vicky Heptonstall on 68 minutes.

In-form St Albans also had to settle for a draw after coming from behind, 1-1 at home against Horsham.

Zeph Hardy had given Horsham the lead after just nine minutes, but St Albans pulled level thanks to Holly Parsons’ 50th minute goal.

A last minute goal from Jo Hunter helped Beeston win 4-3 over visitors Liverpool Sefton and maintain top spot in the Investec Conference North.

The sides were level at 1-1 at half time, until three goals in a ten minute period saw the game burst into life and Liverpool Sefton took a narrow 2-3 lead.

But Eleanor Watton scored on 52 minutes to level, and Hunter’s last minute goal clinched the win.

England Hockey Board Media release

Four for Alex Danson

BY Patrick Rowley

Great Britain centre forward Alex Danson scored four for Reading Ladies in a 9-2 drubbing of promoted Sutton Coldfield at Sonning.

Danson’s first goal gave Reading a 5-1 half time lead and she added her other three straight after the break.

Reading now lead the Investec England Women’s League by 5 points after six games.

It was a good day for the Berkshire club. Their men’s team joined Beeston and East Grinstead in the last 16 of the Euro League at Brasschaat in Belgium even though they were without a game.

Having beaten Cookstown 5-0 on Friday, they were assured of qualifying for the knock-out stages when Amsterdam also beat the Irish club, by 10-1 .

Reading will now have to beat Amsterdam today (Sunday) to head their group.

Canterbury continued their climb up the women’s league, with an impressive 5-1 away win over previously unbeaten Olton. They move into third place, a single point behind Olton.

England hope Charlotte Craddock scored a brace for Canterbury and now has 5 goals in 4 games for her new club.

In the men’s league, Mark Pearn scored two in East Grinstead’s 5-3 win at Surbiton while Loughborough Students arrested a slump with a 5-2 win over Exeter University. England’s Richard Smith scored twice.

Sunday Express

Inverleith triumph in the Edinburgh derby

Inverleith won the Edinburgh derby with a 2-1 win over Grange and leapfrog their Capital rivals into second spot in the Subway national league. 

Although Grange created more chances in the first half it was Inverleith who took the lead, Adam McKenzie`s initial penalty corner shot was blocked by a defender but the same player followed up to score with a low shot.   Inverleith could have increased their lead before the interval but the chances to John Harris and Phil Hall came to nothing.

Inverleith doubled their score in the second half, Grange were caught up-field and Andrew Sinclair`s pass found Lewis Gibson on his own, he rounded the goalkeeper and found the net with a low angular shot.  With 15 minutes remaining Rob Barr pulled one back for Grange with a low strike at a set piece.  In the final denouement Inverleith held firm and Gibson even had a couple of opportunities to add a third.

There is no stopping free scoring Glynhill Kelburne as they swept past CALA Edinburgh 9-0 to remain in pole position in the table.  The goals came in a steady flow with two each for Michael Bremner, Alan Forsyth, Josh Cairns and Mark Ralph, a brilliant solo effort from teenager Ross McIntrye supplied the other.

Ian Moodie was both saint and sinner as Western Wildcats beat Greaves Clydesdale 3-2 in the Glasgow derby, he scored twice then found himself on the wrong end of a red card.  Moodie opened for the Wildcats in only 23 seconds but Allan Law equalised from a penalty corner.  Western scored two goals in three minutes after the interval, Moodie agains from a cross by Steven Percy then Neil Sommerville deflected home off a defender at a set piece.   Steven McKnight pulled one back for Clydesdale with ten minutes remaining, Moodie was sent off, but the Wildcats held out for the three points.

AMN Hillhead emerged out of the relegation zone with a comfortable 4-1 win over bottom side VWS Dundee Wanderers.  Matt McIntyre opened for the Glasgow outfit in 12 minutes, then in the second half Hillhead raced into a three goal lead with a double from Ryan Bell.  Wanderers pulled one back through Euan Borland from a penalty corner, but a late strike from Chris Caldwell sealed the result.

Edinburgh University continue to climb up the table with a 3-1 home win over Grove Menzieshill.

At the top of the women`s league the Tayside derby between Grove Menzieshill and Dundee Wanderers ended with honours even at 2-2.  Grove dominated most of the contest and went two goals up through Kerry Hall at a penalty corner and Ali Bell.  Just as the champions were about to celebrate Wanderers` Amy Rowan struck twice in as many minutes to secure a share of the points.

Giffnock failed to take advantage of the draw on Tayside when they were held to a thrilling 4-4 draw by the ever improving Edinburgh University, and in fact slipped back into fourth place.   Giffnock`s scorers were Lindsay McRae, Louise Fleming, Lynn Owen with Rhona Simpson restricted to a single goal while Sarah Roberson, Camilla Little, Tash Jacobs and Sam Judge were on target for the students.

However, Milne Craig Clydesdale Western took full advantage and moved into second spot with a 5-1 victory over Western Wildcats.  Captain Catriona Ralph led from the front with a hat-trick of set piece while fellow Scotland player Holly Cram got the other two, Alex Stuart got a consolation for the Wildcats.

Four goals from Amy Brodie was the foundation of CALA Edinburgh`s 8-2 defeat of GHK, Amber McNeill notched a hat-trick and the other came from Karen Maguire.

Bottom side Grange gained a valuable point in a 1-1 draw with Kelburne at Bellahouston.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

No. 2 UNC downs No. 3 Maryland

Roundup: No. 18 Ohio State wins, picks up 10th win of the season

No. 2 North Carolina captured the ACC regular season title. North Carolina Athletics

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina beat Maryland 2-1 Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Henry Stadium to finish Atlantic Coast Conference play undefeated and claim the top seed in the upcoming ACC tournament. The regular-season conference championship is the first since 2007 for UNC (16-1, 5-0 ACC). The Terrapins finish ACC play 4-1 and are 13-3 overall.

Carolina took the lead for good in the eighth minute of play on a goal by junior Jaclyn Gaudioso Radvany, who tipped in junior Caitlin Van Sickle's shot on a penalty corner. The second UNC goal came in the 50th minute. Junior Kelsey Kolojejchick's shot was saved by Maryland keeper Melissa Vassalotti, but the Tar Heel gathered the rebound and lofted a shot over Vassalotti and into the goal to put UNC up 2-0.

Maryland's goal came on a penalty corner with no time remaining on the clock and UNC on the cusp of its 12th shutout of the season. The Terrapins drew their sixth corner of the game, all of which came in the second half, and Harriet Tibble sent a ball to Jemma Buckley, who had five of Maryland's eight shots on the day. Buckley's goal was her 14th of the season.

No. 18 Ohio State 2, No. 8 Penn State 0
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Ohio State posted a 2-0 shutout at Penn State Saturday. With the victory, the Buckeyes (10-7, 3-2 Big Ten) are now tied for second place in the Big Ten standings with the Nittany Lions and Iowa headed into the final week of the regular season.

Senior tri-captain Jenn Sciulli and junior forward Berta Queralt each scored for the Buckeyes.The Scarlet and Gray are now 5-1 away from Columbus in 2011.

Defensively, senior tri-captain Ally Tunitis notched her third shutout of the season and 13th of her career. A native of Macungie, Pa., Tunitis is now third on the OSU all-time shutouts list, passing former Buckeye Kim Willis (1985-87).


Birsa Munda, BRC enterfinal

Jalandhar - Birsa Munda Vidhya Peeth, Rourkela, entered the finals of the ongoing 8th All-India Balwant Singh Kapur Hockey tournament by beating holders Government Model School Jalandhar 2-1 in the first semifinal at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium here today.

Birsa Munda boys displayed good skill and thwarted any attempts by the Jalandhar boys to score. Their solid display returned rewards when they took the lead in the 7th minute with Amandeep Ekka sounding the board off a penalty corner (1-0).

In the 35th minute, Jalandhar hit back with a goal by Love Preet Singh (1-1). At half time both teams were level at 1-1

The second half of the game saw the Rourkela side virtually seal the fate of Jalandhar boys as Joshep Toppo socred in the 58th minute, which turned out to be the winner (2-1).

The Tribune

National Indigenous Program Hockey Programme Launched today

Hockey Australia and the Fortescue Metals Group has today unveiled Australia's National Indigenous Hockey Program.

The National Indigenous Program will see the world's number one hockey team and Olympic gold medallists, the Kookaburras, establish one of international sport's most inclusive games, hockey, in the Pilbara Indigenous community and the wider Pilbara community.

Visits to Roebourne and the Pilbara region will be sponsored and facilitated by Fortescue. The Kookaburras will join Indigenous communities three times a year for the next five years.

The National Indigenous Program is designed to not only develop the sport of hockey in the Pilbara region, but also to develop leadership skills, encourage active participation, community engagement and talent identification.

The program will also be assisted by Indigenous Services Australia to help develop life skills of the participants.

"We chose the world's top Hockey team not only because they happen to be Australian, but because the game of hockey itself reaches all ages and peoples, boys and girls, young and old, men and women. It isn't socially confined. Hockey reaches the entire community," Fortescue Chairman Andrew Forrest said.

"This is a wonderful game that can encourage team work, health, initiative, competitiveness and a strong sense of purpose. There are many parallels between the Kookaburras and Fortescue. Setting stretch targets and achieving them, believing strongly in team work and having a never, ever give up attitude. The reason Fortescue decided to support the Kookaburras' National Indigenous Program is to help teach Indigenous children these same traits," Fortescue Chairman Andrew Forrest said.

Hockey Australia Chief Executive Mark Anderson commented that the Kookaburras were committed to working in the area for the long term.

"We will be bringing members of the Kookaburras into the region three times a year over the next five years. The team are looking forward to the opportunity of working closely with the community. We have two great role models with Indigenous Kookaburra players and gold medallists Des Abbott & Joel Carroll who will serve as ambassadors for the program.”

"Through a program like this, you can help kids develop the confidence and individuality they need to stand on their own two feet and have a go. They learn to not rely on anyone else but themselves and their education and they can carve out their own futures."

“In addition to the team visits we are dedicated to working within this community. We will be establishing and developing long term community programs to ensure that the programs are sustainable. The visits from our successful national team are an important part of this program, but only one component of the larger plans.”

We would like to thank Fortescue for supporting our concept and working with us to ensure this program is successful and makes a positive contribution to the community,” said Anderson.

Hockey Australia media release

FIH Hockey Monthly Episode 79 now online

Action, interviews and news from around the hockey world

Each month, FIH Hockey Monthly gives you the chance to watch the best hockey action and features from around the world free of charge, and Episode 79 is now available for your viewing pleasure.

This month, Pakistan striker Rehan Butt takes us through the ups and downs of what has been a fascinating career. We find out how Great Britain is plotting a Golden Run in London, get up close and personal with India's teenage sensation Rani Rampal, and  we quiz Adam Commens on the road ahead for the Hockeyroos.

To see the video, please visit the FIH You Tube Channel by clicking here.

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