News for 24 October 2011

All the news for Monday 24 October 2011


Canadian women qualify for semi-finals of Pan American Games

Canada defeats Trinidad & Tobago 2 - 1 with two goals in the last 6 minutes.



Kate Gillis scores game winning goal. Yan Huckendubler

The Canadian women’s team did the most important by winning this last pool game against Trinidad & Tobago, but they gave a scare to their fans by only scoring in the final minutes of the match, after sterilely pressuring T&T during most of the game.

Canada started on a slow tempo and gave away a penalty corner, which Trinidad & Tobago converted in the 7th minute. From then on, Canada took total control of play and pushed back Trinidad & Tobago in their defensive half. But they were less sharp than against Argentina, less accurate in their passes, a split second too late in their actions and totally inefficient on the numerous penalty-corners that they were awarded.

The score was still in favor of Trinidad & Tobago at half time, and most of the second period was played along the same pattern, with Canada unable to conclude against a Trinidadian defense happy to stay compactly regrouped in their defensive end, well backed by a goal-keeper having a great game. But there was only so much pressure that they could absorb, and only so many mistakes that the Canadians could do, and Brienne STAIRS finally tied the match in the 61st minute, much to the relief of the Canadian fans (and players).

In the final minutes of the match, Kate GILLIS deflected in goal a shot from Abigail RAYE to seal the win and a berth in semi-finals, for the first time since the 1999 Games in Winnipeg!

As much as they will be happy to go to the next round, the Canadian team will certainly question how they can play so radically differently from one game to the next.

Semi-finals are next Wednesday. Canada will play at 15:00 against an opponent from pool B still to be decided.

Field Hockey Canada media release



USA rolls to a 9-0 victory

Ashley Meunier


Photo: Yuchen Nie


GUADALAJARA, Mexico - The USA Women’s National Team scored six times in the first half en route to a 9-0 victory over Cuba this afternoon. With the win, Team USA advances as the top ranked team in their pool and is set to face Canada on Wednesday, October 26 in the semi-finals.

“It is a real benefit for our girls to play against different styles. The opportunity to play against Cuba who has a very fast attacking style makes our team better as we go forward in the tournament,” commented Head Coach Lee Bodimeade. “We are very happy with the result today heading into the semifinals.”

Team USA had six players in the scoring column contributing to today’s shutout win with Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa), Claire Laubach (Centreville, Pa) and Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, VA) recording two apiece.

“The fact that we got six players on the sheet shows some versatility and gives us some confidence heading into the semifinals,” said Bodimeade.

O’Donnell started the scoring streak mere moments after the game began. Laubach was up next, who converted two penalty corners into two goals. With a three goal advantage and an entire twenty minutes left to play, Cuba replaced their starting goalkeeper in order to combat the scoring barrage by Team USA.

Nichols converted Team USA’s third penalty corner into a goal and Katelyn Falgowski (Landenberg, Pa) sent a beautiful reverse chip into the upper right corner of the cage to build on USA’s vast lead. Nichols added one more before intermission with a textbook penalty stroke.

At the horn to end the first half, Team USA led 6-0.

While the flood of goals slowed down in the second half, Team USA tallied three more goals before the end of the game. O’Donnell, Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, NC) and Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa) recorded one each, finishing the scoring off with a total of nine goals.

Rachel Dawson (Berlin, NJ) earned her 150th cap with the USA National Team this afternoon.

“It is fantastic for Rachel to reach 150 games,” said Bodimeade. “In the past, we have struggled to have longevity in our best players. So to have a player the quality of Rachel remain a real integral part of our team for so long is only going to bring further strength to our program.”

“It is always a privilege to play the sport you love for your country and to be able to do it 150 times is just amazing,” said Dawson. “To reach a milestone like this in such a big tournament is such an honor.”

With three victories in pool play, USA will face Canada, the second ranked team in pool B, on Wednesday. Canada has only fallen to the No. 1 world ranked team Argentina so far in the tournament.

“Canada is going to be a tough match-up," said Dawson. "They are young and fast and opportunistic. We are going to have to really prepare for them and stand our ground and enjoy the opportunity we have in playing in the semi-finals.”

When asked to comment on facing Canada on Wednesday, Bodimeade said, “It is what we projected before the tournament. We know the rivalry between the two countries, so we will be making sure we are on top of our game heading into the match.”

USFHA media release



Kookaburras cap of Hockey 9s with thrilling win



The Kookaburras have capped off a fantastic end to the Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament, defeating rivals New Zealand 5-3 in the grand final today in Perth.

With the Hockeyroos winning the women’s grand final earlier in the day, the results could have not gone any better for Australia, with both teams proving to be the superior teams throughout the tournament.

As they have done all tournament, the Kookaburras excelled under the new rules introduced at the tournament including only having 9 players per side, bigger goals and more relaxed rules on foot and stick violations.

With the rules in place, the stage was set for a fast and exciting game, and the two teams didn’t disappoint.

New Zealand came out in full attack mode, not taking a defensive role in this final, which suited Australia who wanted a good content to finish year's Series. After an action packed first half the Kookaburras took an early lead, including yet another remarkable goal by 4 time world player of the year Jamie Dwyer. However New Zealand struck back on every occasion, staying close to the Kookaburras who knew they had a battle on their hands to win the first ever LISS championship.

New Zealand gained the upper hand early in the second half and when they scored to draw level, they had all the momentum.

However the Kookaburras had one more phase of attack left in them, scoring two goals in the dying minutes including a sealer to Glenn Turner to claim the win.

Eddie Ockenden, captain in the final, looks forward to more amtches like this in the future.  "We played some great hockey and it was very competitve amongst all teams.

"We like fast, attacking hockey and hope that we continue to play more hockey like this as we get ready for London in 2012," Ockenden said.

Simon Orchard, named male Player of the Series, was keen to see the tournament return in the future. "We really enjoyed this week's competition, it was tough but we like the fast pace."

Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth he is pleased the rules introduced allowed for a more open and attacking style of play, dubbing the tournament a success.“I think it has been a success and enjoyable to play. The players have enjoyed it. The goalkeepers have been brought more into the play which is a good thing. If you look at the stats, we are generating the same amount of chances in this form of the game than what we would usually get in a full 70 minutes in a regular game so there is a lot of action,” said Charlesworth.

Kookaburras 5 def New Zealand 3

Goal scorers: AUS Glenn Simpson FG 3m, AUS Russell Ford FG 7m, NZL Blair Hilton FG 8m FG 14m, AUS Jamie Dwyer FG 14m, NZL Stephen Jenness FG 16m, AUS Liam DeYoung PC 25m, PC AUS Glenn Turner FG 29m

Hockey Australia media release



Hockeyroos claim first Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s championship



The Hockeyroos have finished off in the best possible fashion at the Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s, treating fans to a wonderful game and defeating India 4-1 in today’s final in Perth.

After taking a few games to adjust to the new rules introduced at the tournament including having only 9 players per side, bigger goals and more relaxed rules on stick and foot violations, the Hockeyroos put it all together today, using their fitness and superior skill to dominate India.

The Hockeyroos didn’t have it all their own way early, conceding the first goal of the match.

However the Hockeyroos continued to dominate possession, with exciting teenager Kellie White getting her team on the board with an exceptionalreverse stick shot of Australia’s long corner to make it 1-1.

India fought gallantly against the home team and proved themselves as a worth contender for the gold medal. However the second half belonged to the Hockeyroos, scoring three unanswered goals as the game opened up.

Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens said he believed the new tournament was a success, with the new rules creating more exciting play as his team adjusting to the rules as the tournament continued.

“They were learning how to play this form of the game and certainly our last performance was our best one which is what we like to see, the progression through the tournament and I’m really happy to get a result in the grand final and at 4-1 it was a good performance.

I think it’s an exciting form of the game and we need to embrace it. I think that in the future we will see it become very popular with the crowds and that’s what we need to promote our sport,” said Commens.

Hockeyroos 4 India 1

IND Soundarya Yendala FG 9m, AUS Hope Munro PC 10m, Kellie White FG 14m, Marnie Hudson FG 20m, Ashleigh NelsonFG 21m

Hockey Australia media release



New hockey rules a hit


Australian men's and women's team celebrate their International Super Series hockey tournament triumph in Perth.—AFP


PERTH: Australia defeated India 4-1 to win the women’s title and its men’s team beat New Zealand 5-3 at a field hockey tournament that experimented with new rules designed to speed up play and create more scoring opportunities.

The changes included goals a meter (three feet) wider than regulation, two 15-minute halves, reduced from 35 minutes per half; only nine players per side instead of 11, and more tolerance of foot and stick contact in order to reduce play stoppages.

Australia men’s coach and former player Ric Charlesworth, who helped develop the experimental rules with Hockey Australia, said he wants the Super Series to become a regular event on the sport’s calendar. The four-day series attracted more than 10,000 fans.

”Twenty20 cricket has changed the paradigm so that the skills are different,” Charlesworth said.

”All this does is open up the skills and put them on display more which is what we want —the one-on-one contests around the field as an example.

”They won’t do anything before the (2012) Olympics but I don’t think having two products available is necessarily a bad thing at all.”

Australia women’s coach Adam Commens said Sunday he thought the experimental rules were exciting —”we need to embrace it … I think that in the future we will see it become very popular, and that’s what we need to promote our sport.”

Dawn



Australia walks away with Hockey 9s Cups

K Arumugam


Australian men and women clinched the men and women’s title in the Lanco International Super series Cup, which concluded here in Perth today.

While Aussie women easily overcame India 4-1, men had to struggle before stamping their class in the last three minutes. Till the 25th minute, the fortune for both the fighting teams were oscillating swiftly, but two goals in the last five minutes swung it in favour of the hosts.

Veteran Liam Deyoung it was who changed the gear with a hawkish deflection off a penalty corner feed. Four minutes later, Glenn Turner sealed the Cup with an athletic goal.

New Zealand thus had to contend with the Silver though no such medals were not given to individual players.

Earlier New Zealand matched Australia move for move, undaunted of conceding two goals within seen minutes. In the space of two minutes between 14th and 16 th minute, Aussies cancelled the 3-1 deficit to bring the score on level (3-3).

On the other hand, the so-called final between Indian women and Australia turned out to be a one-sided affair despite the losers punching the scoreboard first.

Soundarya Yandala scored for India, and then it did not get enough moves to move the scoreboard up.

Stick2Hockey.com



Australia win Hockey 9s tournament


PERTH: Australia edged out traditional rivals New Zealand 5-3 to win the men's final of the inaugural International Super Series in Perth on Sunday.

The home side were heavily favoured to win the final of the innovative nine-a-side tournament, which also showcased other trial rules such as shortened 15-minute halves and widened goals, but faced a spirited Kiwi challenge.

Australia, who thrashed New Zealand 7-1 earlier in the tournament, looked in control when they led 3-1 in the first half.

However, the Kiwis lifted to draw level early in the second half when Stephen Jenness added to the two goals Blair Hilton had already scored.

The favourites for the 2012 London Olympics eventually steadied from a short corner in the 25th minute, with Liam De Young converting to restore their lead before Glenn Turner sealed the title with less than two minutes to play.

The women's final saw Australia recover from a goal down to beat India 4-1.

Australia dominated early, but it was India that opened the scoring against the trend of play through Soundarya Yendala in the ninth minute.

However, Australia struck back through Hope Munro and Kellie White in quick succession and led 2-1 at the break.

The home side broke the game open early in the second half with goals to Marnie Hudson and Ashleigh Nelson within 60 seconds.

In the men's third place playoff, Pakistan saved the best for last to thrash arch-rivals India 4-1 and notch their first win of the four-day tournament.

Muhammad Waqas scored a double for Pakistan, who led 2-1 at half-time having capitalised on two short corners, while India scored through Rajpal Singh with just 10 seconds left in the half.

Another short corner conversion extended Pakistan's lead in the 17th minute as Fareed Ahmed was left with a simple tap-in at the far post, before Waqas's powerful strike in the 20th minute put the issue beyond doubt.

The Times of India



Double delight for Australia

Navneet Singh


Sports is the favourite weekend activity of Perth residents. If they aren’t playing, they are cheering on their favourite team. On Sunday, they had a great reason to celebrate as Australia emerged victorious in both men’s and women’s sections at the Lanco International Super Series nine-a-side hockey tournament. Backed by a holiday crowd, the Aussies first captured the women’s trophy, beating India 4-1, and then won the men’s title by outplaying arch-rivals New Zealand 5-3.

Women begin well

In the women’s final, India made an impressive start by taking a 1-0 lead within the first five minutes. But in the next ten minutes, they lost the initiative. First they let the Australians level the score. And then they allowed them to go 2-1 up.

Australia upped the ante in the second half, pumping in two more goals to make the scoreline 4-1 even though India did most of the running on the pitch.

Men join in too

The men’s final was more keenly fought. Trailing 2-3 in the first half, New Zealand came back in the second to level the score 3-3. With four minutes to go, the Aussies scored one to nudge ahead. And before the final whistle, the hosts slotted in another to make the scoreline 5-3.

Pak beat India

In the men’s third-place play-off, Pakistan made most of the chances to outplay India 4-1. Initially, the Indian team showed potential to outplay their arch-rivals. But the enthusiasm lasted just five minutes. They lost momentum and the match as well. Australians Simon Orchand and Madonna Blyth were declared player of the series in the men’s and women’s sections respectively.

India’s results

Men: Lose to Pakistan 1-4

Women: Lose to Australia 1-4

Hindustan Times



Black Sticks Men lose 3-5 to Australians in Super Nine final

Two goals from Wellington’s Blair Hilton and one from Stephen Jenness were not enough to prevent the Black Sticks Men going down valiantly in the final of the Lanco International Super Nine Series in Perth last night as they lost 3-5 to the world champion Australians.

With captain Shea McAleese in superb form in the midfield, the New Zealand took the game to their Commonwealth rivals and hoped to avenge their 7-1 defeat in the pool matches, but Australia, ranked number one in the world, got off to a great start. Playing their aggressive attacking game, the Australians put the Kiwi defence under considerable pressure and it was not long before they opened the scoring in the third minute with Glenn Simpson forcing the ball home. Australia pushed hard for a second but Black Sticks goalkeeper Stephen Graham pulled off two smart saves before Australia added to their advantage in the seventh minute through Russell Ford. In the previous encounter, the Kiwis rolled over after the Australians took the lead but this time, the Black Sticks showed great commitment and fought hard to reduce the deficit.

Blair Hilton, in exciting form up front, smashed home a field goal in the eighth minute and the Black Sticks were back in the game. Ben Collier and Shea McAleese both had shots saved by the Australian goalkeeper before the Kookaburras went 3-1 up through Jamie Dwyer in the fourteenth minute. Again, the Kiwis fought back and Blair Hilton again was the quickest to react to a loose ball and cleverly forced the ball over the line high into the net to make it 2-3.

In the second half, the Black Sticks came out firing. Stephen Jenness levelled the scores at 3-3 one minute after the interval when he finished off an excellent team move to smash the ball low into the corner.

The Australian team, ranked number one in the world, went back in front in the 25th minute at a penalty corner through Liam De Young and the next five minutes saw a ferocious battle as the Black Sticks threw everything at the Australians. With one minute remaining, Glenn Turner sealed victory for the Australians when he scored on a counter-attack to put Australia 5-3 up and the Kookaburras held on for victory and to claim the inaugural Lanco Super Nine trophy.

Head Coach Shane McLeod was disappointed not to have won but was delighted with the performances of some of his young players. “We took the game to the Australians today and the boys played really well. After our performances in the Oceania Cup earlier this month, it is clear that we are improving all the time and we are now pushing the world number one team every time we play them.”

This new competition, a fast-paced, action-packed nine-a-side variation of the traditional game of fifteen minutes each way, which could be seen almost as hockey’s version of 20/20 cricket, has played to packed audiences in Perth, Western Australia. In the bronze medal play-off, Pakistan crushed India 4-1.

RESULTS
Full time: 3-5 (Australia win)
Half time: 2-3 (Australia lead)
NZ goal scorers: Blair Hilton x2, Stephen Jenness

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks lose Nines format final to Australia


HOCKEY ONE: Jamie Dwyer of the Kookaburras competes with Dean Couzins of the Black Sticks. Getty Images


A Blair Hilton brace and a Stephen Jenness strike were not enough to prevent the men's Black Sticks going down 5-3 to Australia in the final of the inaugural international nine-a-side hockey tournament in Perth last night.

New Zealand, hoping to avenge their 7-1 defeat in the pool matches, made a terrible start against the champions and conceded two goals - to Glenn Simpson and Russell Ford - inside the first seven minutes.

But the Kiwis did not roll over, Hilton smashing in a field goal a minute later to halve the deficit.

Playing their aggressive attacking game, the Australians put the Kiwi defence under considerable pressure, however, and they restored the two-goal margin in the 14th minute through Jamie Dwyer, only for Hilton to scramble in his second goal as the hosts led 3-2 at halftime.

With captain Shea McAleese in superb form in the midfield, the Black Sticks came out firing after the break and Jenness soon levelled the scores at 3-3 when he finished off an excellent team move to smash the ball low into the corner.

The hosts composed themselves and withstood the New Zealand onslaught, however, edging ahead again when Liam De Young scored from a penalty corner before Glenn Turner sealed victory for the Australians when he scored on a counter-attack in the final minute.

New Zealand coach Shane McLeod was disappointed with the result but delighted with the performances of some of his younger players.

"We took the game to the Australians today and the boys played really well.

After our performances in the Oceania Cup earlier this month, it is clear that we are improving all the time and we are now pushing the world No 1 team every time we play them." 

In the bronze medal play-off, Pakistan crushed India 4-1.

Stuff



New Zealand pipped by Aus in Hockey 9s

Australia have claimed both the men's and women's titles in the Super Series nine-a-side international hockey tournament in Perth.

The Kookaburras edged out trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand 5-3 to win the men's final of the inaugural event, while the Hockeyroos defeated India 4-1 to take the women's crown.

The Kookaburras, who thrashed New Zealand 7-1 earlier in the tournament, were heavy favourites in the grand final, excelling in the the new rules introduced at the tournament which include bigger goals and more relaxed rules on stick and foot violations.

They looked in control taking a 3-1 lead in the first half which included a remarkable goal by four-time world player of the year Jamie Dwyer.

However, the Kiwis lifted to draw level early in the second half when Stephen Jenness added to the two goals Blair Hilton had already scored.

The Australians eventually steadied from a short corner in the 25th minute, with Liam De Young converting to restore their lead before Glenn Turner sealed the title with less than two minutes to go.

Kookaburras captain Eddie Ockenden said the results bode well leading up to next year's London Olympics.

"We played some great hockey and it was very competitive amongst all teams," he said

"We like fast, attacking hockey and hope that we continue to play more hockey like this as we get ready for London in 2012."

The women's final saw Australia recover from a goal down to beat India 4-1.

The Hockeyroos dominated early, but it was India that opened the scoring against the run of play through Soundarya Yendala in the ninth minute.

However, Australia struck back through Hope Munro and Kellie White in quick succession and led 2-1 at the break.

The home side broke the game open early in the second half with goals to Marnie Hudson and Ashleigh Nelson within 60 seconds.

Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens said he believed the new tournament was a success, with the new rules creating more exciting play.

"They were learning how to play this form of the game and certainly our last performance was our best which is what we like to see, the progression through the tournament, and I'm really happy to get a result in the grand final and at 4-1 it was a good performance," he said.

"I think it's an exciting form of the game and we need to embrace it. I think that in the future we will see it become very popular with the crowds and that's what we need to promote our sport," said Commens.

Stuff



Indian men and women lose on identical 1-4 score on the final day

K Arumugam


This is not one would wish for, but it is. Indian men and women go down tamely to their respective rival on identical socre line of 1-4.

Though India took the first goal against Australia in the final of the Hockey 9s, Australia took the initiative thereafter, and came out with a refreshing scheme of display to disappoint the Indian girls. India‘s lone goal was scored by Soundarya Yandala in the ninth minute.

Earlier in the day, Indian men did nothing different. They failed to score when they dominated and then gave away easy goals to end the day disappointingly. India’s solitary goal was obtained by winger Rajpal Singh involving a sequence of give and take in the circle off a penalty corner.

Thereafter it’s their rival who held the show.

It is interesting note here the other day, Indian women and men also posted same scores - drew their rivals 1-1 in the league phase.

Stick2Hockey.com



Pakistan thrash India to seal third place in Super Series


Vikram Pillay of India (R) is challenged by Muhammad Waqas of Pakistan. -Photo by AFP


PERTH: In the men’s third place playoff, Pakistan saved the best for last to thrash arch-rivals India 4-1 and notch their first win of the four-day tournament in Perth, on Sunday.

Muhammad Waqas scored a double for Pakistan, who led 2-1 at half-time having capitalised on two short corners, while India scored through Rajpal Singh with just 10 seconds left in the half.

Another short corner conversion extended Pakistan’s lead in the 17th minute as Fareed Ahmed was left with a simple tap-in at the far post, before Waqas’s powerful strike in the 20th minute put the issue beyond doubt.

Dawn



India outplayed by Pakistan, end without medal in Hockey 9s


India’s Ravi Pal (L) hits the ball against Pakistan during their match at the International Super Series in Perth on Sunday. — AFP

PERTH: A profligate Indian men's hockey team frittered away chances galore, going down 1-4 to arch-rivals Pakistan in the bronze medal match to sign off bottom of the heap in the four-nation Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s on Sunday.

With wayward shooting inside the circle, Indians had only themselves to blame as even a sizeable fan turnout also failed to inspire them.

Rajpal Singh struck India's lone goal at the stroke of lemon break through a penalty corner.

The match started briskly, with India dominating the first five minutes or so but it was Pakistan which moved the scoreboard early on.

Pakistan converted the half chances that came their way to go up 2-0 within the first 12 minutes. Captain Shakeel Abbasi (7th minute) and Muhammad Waqas (12th minute) took the match away from the Indians.

Goals thereafter came easily for Pakistan with Fareed Ahmed (17th minute) and Waqas giving finishing touches to a good attack in the 21st minute.

To add to India's woes, Vikas Sharma got a green card suspension along with Pakistan getting a penalty corner in the sixth minute.

Sohail Abbasi got the feed in the resultant penalty drill, and whacked the ball in with his characteristic backhand to flummox Indian Goalie PR Sreejesh for the first goal of the match.

Thereafter, there was no stopping the team that had already qualified for the Olympic by virtue of being the Asian Games champions.

Sardar Singh, Gurbaj Singh and defender V Raghunath created many moves for the forwards to score, but S B Sunil, Yuvraj Walmiki and Tushar Khandekar were rusty.

Hard-earned crosses and pushes into the circle went abegging without any of the forwards even making a semblance of effort.

Tushar, in the 25th minute, was served from near the circle by Sarwanjit Singh but he let the ball pass him silently. Two minutes later, young forward Yuvraj hit the side netting after getting served from Gurbaj on the right.

Indian captain Bharat Chhetri, who played the second half of the crucial match, expressed surprise on the team's performance.

"We did not play our usual game. We lost our usual rhythm also. In fact, we lost the game when we missed at least three clear chances within the first five minutes. I think we lost the game when that happened," Chhetri admitted.

"We ourselves did not expect we will lose the game this way, that too to Pakistan," he added.

The Times of India



Indian women falter in the final

Pakistan thrashes India in men's third place play-off



FINDING THE TARGET: Australia’s Kellie White puts her team ahead despite the best efforts of India goalkeeper Yogita Bali and Jaspreet Kaur (left). AFP

Australian women recovered from a goal down to beat India 4-1 in the final of the Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament here on Sunday.

Australia dominated early, but it was India that opened the scoring against the trend of play through Soundarya Yendala in the ninth minute.

However, Australia struck back through Hope Munro and Kellie White in quick succession and led 2-1 at the break.

The home side broke the game open early in the second half with goals from Marnie Hudson and Ashleigh Nelson within 60 seconds.

Double for Australia

Australia edged out traditional rival New Zealand 5-3 to win the men's final.

The home side was heavily favoured to win the final of the innovative nine-a-side tournament, which also showcased other trial rules such as shortened 15-minute halves and widened goals, but faced a spirited Kiwi challenge.

Australia, which thrashed New Zealand 7-1 earlier in the tournament, looked in control when it led 3-1 in the first half.

However, the Kiwis lifted to draw level early in the second half when Stephen Jenness added to the two goals Blair Hilton had already scored.

The favourite for the 2012 London Olympics eventually steadied from a short corner in the 25th minute, with Liam De Young converting to restore the lead before Glenn Turner sealed the title with less than two minutes to play.

Pakistan's first win

In the men's third place playoff, Pakistan saved the best for the last to thrash arch-rival India 4-1 and notch its first win of the tournament.

The profligate Indians frittered away chances galore to sign off at the bottom of the heap.

With wayward shooting inside the circle, the Indians had only themselves to blame as even a sizeable fan turnout also failed to inspire them.

Rajpal Singh struck India's lone goal at the stroke of lemon break through a penalty corner. The match started briskly, with India dominating the first five minutes or so but it was Pakistan which moved the scoreboard early on.

Pakistan converted the half chances that came its way to go up 2-0 within the first 12 minutes. Captain Shakeel Abbasi (7th minute) and Muhammad Waqas (12th minute) took the match away from the Indians.

Goals thereafter came easily for Pakistan with Fareed Ahmed (17th minute) and Waqas giving finishing touches to a good attack in the 21st minute.

To add to India's woes, Vikas Sharma got a green card suspension along with Pakistan getting a penalty corner in the sixth minute.

Abbasi got the feed in the resultant penalty drill, and whacked the ball in with his characteristic backhand to flummox Indian goal-keeper Sreejesh for the first goal of the match.

Thereafter, there was no stopping the team that had already qualified for the Olympics by virtue of being the Asian Games champion.

Sardar Singh, Gurbaj Singh and defender Raghunath created many moves for the forwards to score, but Sunil, Yuvraj Walmiki and Tushar Khandekar were rusty.

Hard-earned crosses and pushes into the circle went abegging with the forwards not even making a semblance of an effort.

Tushar, in the 25th minute, was served from near the circle by Sarwanjit Singh but he let the ball pass him silently.

Two minutes later, Yuvraj hit the side netting after getting a pass from Gurbaj on the right.

Indian captain Bharat Chhetri, who played the second half of the crucial match, expressed surprise on the team's performance.

“We did not play our usual game. We lost our usual rhythm also. In fact, we lost the game when we missed at least three clear chances within the first five minutes. I think we lost the game when that happened,” Chhetri admitted.

“We ourselves did not expect we will lose the game this way, that too to Pakistan,” he added.

The Hindu



Women miss gold, men lose bronze by same margin

It wasn’t a great day for Indian hockey with both the men’s and women’s teams going down by an identical 1-4 margin in the Super Series Hockey 9s on Sunday.

While a profligate men’s team frittered away chances to go down to arch-rivals Pakistan in the bronze medal play-off, the Indian women fought hard in the first half but lost the momentum in the second against the hosts in the title clash.

Indian men had only themselves to blame after missing three clear chances in the first five minutes.

India came out charging and dominated the early action but were unable to convert any of the chances that came their way. Instead, it was Pakistan who opened the scoring against the run of play, and then they did not let the opposition come back. Within the first 12 minutes they took a 2-0 lead.

Captain Shakeel Abbasi (7th minute) and Muhammad Waqas (12th minute) were the scorers before Rajpal Singh struck India’s lone goal at the stroke of lemon break through a penalty corner.

The second half saw Pakistan score through Fareed Ahmed (17th) and Waqas to take the game away from the Indians. To add to India’s woes, Vikas Sharma got a green card suspension to hand over numerical advantage to Pakistan.

While Sardar Singh, Gurbaj Singh and VR Raghunath created many moves from the backline and the midfield, SV Sunil, Yuvraj Walmiki and Tushar Khandker were off-colour as hard-earned crosses into the circle went abegging.

Indian captain Bharat Chhetri admitted the team played below par. “We did not play our usual game . In fact, we lost the game when we missed three clear chances within the first five minutes,” Chhetri admitted.

Women finish second

The Indian women, meanwhile, surprised hosts Australia by taking early lead through Soundarya Yendala in the ninth minute but the Hockeyroos continued to dominate possession and they struck back through Hope Munro in the very next minute.

Kellie White (14th) put them ahead with a reverse shot to lead 2-1 at break. Post break, Marnie Hudson (20th) and Ashleigh Nelson (21st) completed the tally.

Indian Express



Indian women's hockey team loses to Australia 1-4 in final

PERTH: A spirited Indian women's team gave fancied Australia a scare by taking an early lead but eventually lost 1-4 in the final of the Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s on Sunday.

India fought gallantly against the home team and proved themselves a worthy contender for the gold medal. They were in the match till the breather with the scoreline 1-2 in Australia's favour.

But, the second half proved to be the difference as the Hockeyroos slammed two unanswered goals as the game opened up.

Australia dominated the early period but could not force a goal. India opened scoring against the run of play through Soundarya Yendala in the ninth minute.

Despite conceding an early goal, the Hockeyroos continued to dominate possession and they struck back through Hope Munro (10th minute) and Kellie White (14th) in quick succession and led 2-1 at the break.

White scored with an exceptional reverse stick shot of Australia's long corner.

The home side broke the game open early in the second half with goals to Marnie Hudson (20th) and Ashleigh Nelson (21st) within 60 seconds.

The Times of India



Hockey 9s learning experience for Indian women: Kumar

PERTH: Despite losing out in the final, Indian women's team coach CR Kumar took positives from his side's performance in the Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s, and exuded confidence that the team was heading in the right direction for the Olympic qualifiers.

The Indian women impressed all and sundry with their performance in the three-nation tournament despite losing 1-4 to Australia in the summit clash on Sunday.

"I often said that Hockey 9s is a fun variety. This modified version helps to sharpen reflexes and scoring prowess. We also tested our players' readiness to adapt to different formats," Kumar said.

"However, our main focus is not this three-nation tournament, but playing against Australia. They are a top team, ranked many steps above us and playing them will help us," he said.

"Our target right now is Olympic Qualifiers which will be played on traditional format," he added.

The coach also took lightly India's performance in the final and said his wards failed to exert pressure on Australia yesterday.

In the summit clash, a spirited India took a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute through Soundarya Yandala before Hope Munro (10th minute), Kellie White (14th), Marnie Hudson (20th min) and Ashleigh Nelson (21st min) struck in quick succession to silence the visitors.

"Actually, we took the lead and we should have kept up the pressure as we did against them (Australia) in the league stages," Kumar feels.

"There were errors and Australia made use of them. We should have been quicker in interceptions," he observed.

Kumar feels the Test matches against Australia played in the first leg of the tour were more important for his team than Hockey 9s.

"The Olympic Qualifier will be played in the normal format. We played four Test matches against a top team like Australia. This was good for us," he said.

India lost the four-match Test series 1-2 to Australia. But Kumar feels the 10-day tour has been a great learning experience for the Indian girls.

"After that we are going to Buenos Aires (Argentina) to play a four-nation tournament. This way we will be well prepared for the Olympic qualifiers.

"The Hockey 9s is the first international we played as part of our Olympic preparation. This experience is vital," Kumar concluded.

The Times of India



Dhanraj set to dazzle at WSH

HARPREET KAUR LAMBA


At 42, Dhanraj Pillay is getting no younger, but anyone who has seen the for mer Indian hockey captain in action recently cannot help but envy his fitness levels.

In the past year or so, the on-field presence of Dhanraj -who last played an international match at the 2004 Athens Olympics -has been limited.

He plays occasionally for his employers Air India, besides coaching his team mates during the domestic tournaments.

Plans are aboard to rope in Dhanraj for the inaugural World Series Hockey that kicks off on December 17 this year. The organisers are set to make an announcement soon.

“There is no bigger name than Dhanraj in than Dhanraj in Indian hockey. His presence in the World Series Hockey would be a boost and we are look ing to bank on it,“ a member of the WSH organising committee confirmed. Dhanraj had mesmerised fans during the Premier Hockey League, a city based league that ran successfully for four years.

And even though many had termed it a “league for y the young“ with four quard modified rules ters and modified rules the veteran had stood out with his superior skills and fitness.

NO WSH MATCHES AT SHIVAJI STADIUM

The WSH organisers' hopes of hosting the matches at Delhi's Shivaji Stadium came to a naught, after the final inspection by the technical team on Saturday evening. The Stadium, which was supposed to be a training venue for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, is still far from being ready.

“WSH matches will be held only at the National Stadium. We were hoping to get Shivaji too because of its proximity, but could not get a go-ahead from the authorities,“ said a source.

The Asian Age



Big crowds watch five teams qualify for KO16

Euro Hockey League Round 1.2 Brasschaat – Day 2



KHC Dragons' Jeffrey Thys celebrates scoring against Wettingen (Photo: FIH / Euro Hockey League / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Following the completion of the second day of Round 1.2 Brasschaat, Amsterdam H&BC, Reading HC, H.C. Rotterdam, KHC Dragons and Club an der Alster have qualified for KO16.

Dutch Champions Amsterdam overwhelmed Cookstown HC with 11-1 and moved to the top of pool A. The second defeat for Cookstown means that Englishmen Reading join Amsterdam in the second phase as a qualifier from Pool A. Host KHC Dragons defeated Rotweiss Wettingen 7-0, turning on the style to bring joy to the vast number of fans who had turned up to watch them in action. The win confirmed that Dragons and H.C. Rotterdam will qualify for the second phase from Pool H, with the group winner being decided when Dragons and Rotterdam meet on Sunday.  Today’s biggest surprise came when out of form German champions Club an der Alster produced a superb display to gain a 2-1 win over Spain's Club de Campo, silver medalists in last year's Euro Hockey League.

Brief summaries of the matches can be found below.

UHLENHORSTER HC START OFF WITH A 2-0 VICTORY AGAINST MONTROUGE

UHC Hamburg have beaten CA Montrouge in their first round 1.2 game. In spite of losing to Uhlenhorst the French stay leaders in pool F as they still received a point. The French champions had the better start winning a penalty corner after taking a video referral in the 4th minute. Edward Perry took the shot which was saved without any problems by Nicolas Jacobi. Uhlenhorst became stronger in the middle of the first half. Max Kapaun had the biggest opportunity to take the lead but he missed the ball in front of the goalkeeper. The two times EHL-winners from Hamburg took control of the game in the second half. In the 45th minute Montrouge’s Tom Cariolet was sent off with a yellow card. While the French were short in numbers UHC scored twice. Team-captain Jan Simon converted a penalty corner and four minutes afterwards Uhlenhorst showed a nice penalty corner variation. Simon passed to Miltkau who smashed the ball into the goal.

AMSTERDAM H&BC AND READING HC ARE QUALIFIED FOR KO 16
Amsterdam H&BC celebrated a 10-1 victory against Cookstown HC from Northern Ireland. Cookstown have already lost Friday’s match against Reading and stay last in pool A while Amsterdam and Reading qualify for the KO 16. On Sunday both will play off for the first rank in the group. The Dutch Champions from Amsterdam had a great start making three goals in the first eleven minutes of the game. Floris Evers opened the scoring in the third minute. Three minutes later Taeke Taekema flicked the ball to Klaas Vermeulen who picked it up and passed it to Mirco Pruyser who doubled the lead. Afterwards Evers scored his second goal followed by his third goal three minutes before half time. This time he converted a penalty stroke after Cookstown’s team-captain Godfrey Irwin was hit by the ball on the goal-line. Amsterdam was pushed forward by a great crowd. However everybody on the stands cheered when the underdogs from Northern Ireland scored their first goal in EHL history. Greg Allen won possession in the circle and defeated the Dutch goalkeeper Klaas Veering. Afterwards the favorites played stronger again and scored six more goals. Man of the match was Mirco Pruyser netting five times.

HOSTS KHC DRAGONS AND H.C. ROTTERDAM MARCH INTO KO16
KHC Dragons won 7-0 against Wettingen and qualified for the KO16. Wettingen, who have already lost on Friday, will stay last in pool E. KHC Dragons and HC Rotterdam play off for the first rank in the pool on Sunday. The hosts and Belgian Champions KHC Dragons were supported from a phenomenal crowd. Although the Dragons were the big favorites in this encounter, Wettingen had the first big opportunity to score but Benjamin Messerli’s penalty corner shot was denied. Soon after the Dragons took the lead when Arthur van Doren had a great run down the side line, entered the circle and passed the ball to Thierry Stumpe who tipped it in. In the second half Florent van Aubel doubled the lead. He converted the rebound of Loick Luypaert’s penalty corner flick which hit the crossbar. Afterwards team-captain Jeffrey Thys put his name on the match sheet. From now on, the Belgian Champions controlled the game. Loic Vandeweghe, Thys, Luypaert and van Aubel were able to defeat the well-saving goalkeeper Nicolas Bohnlein making KHC Dragons win 7-0 in front of their home crowd.

ALSTER QUALIFY FOR KO16 AFTER BEATING CLUB DE CAMPO
Club an der Alster have beaten Club de Campo in Saturday’s last match. Having seven points, Alster are definitely qualified for the KO 16 while Campo and RC Bruxelles vie for the second spot. The crowd witnessed a very competitive match between the German Champions and 2011’s EHL vice Champions Club de Campo. The highlight of the first half was a penalty stroke for Club de Campo. Edi Tubau flicked but Alster’s goalkeeper Tim Jessulat saved it brilliantly with the stick. Alster missed scoring from four penalty corners. Hamburg scored the opening goal in the second half thanks to Daniel von Drachenfels. Club de Campo were urgent to equalize but the German national keeper Jessulat seemed to be unbeatable this evening. In the 60th minute Campo won their third penalty corner which was successful. Diego Arana’s shot was unluckily deflected by Sebastian Biederlack into the Alster goal. Two minutes before the end of the game Julian Hofmann-Jeckel converted a counter-attack and made the Alster supporters freaking out.

Full reports and video highlights of the matches can be found at www.ehlhockey.tv, the official website of the Euro Hockey League.

Sunday’s schedule has been adjusted due to predictions of cold overnight temperatures in Belgium. The new start-time of the first match can be found below. 

10.00 hrs             Pool F Banbridge HC v UHC Hamburg
12.00 hrs             Pool A Amsterdam H&BC v Reading HC
14.30 hrs             Pool E KHC Dragons v HC Rotterdam
17.00 hrs             Pool D Club de Campo Madrid v RC Bruxelles

Euro Hockey League media release



KHC Dragons steal the headlines

Euro Hockey League Round 1.2 Brasschaat – Day 3



A packed house watched KHC Dragons beat H.C. Rotterdam (Photo: FIH / Euro Hockey League / Frank Uijlenbroek)

A wonderful Round 1.2 tournament in Brasschaat came to an end on Sunday, and it was host club KHC Dragons that stole the headlines. An overtime penalty corner from Loick Luypaert sank former EHL finalists H.C. Rotterdam and sent the home fans wild. 

It was not such good news for compatriots Racing Club de Bruxelles, who fell to defeat against Edi Tubau's Club de Campo and therefore missed out on reaching the EHL knock-out stages. 

Amsterdam H&BC and double EHL champions UHC Hamburg were also match winners on the final day of action.  Brief reports of the matches can be found below, with extended reports and video highlights available on www.ehlhockey.tv .

UHC HAMBURG DEFEAT PLUCKY BANBRIDGE TO WIN POOL F
UHC Hamburg made it two wins from two in Pool B, but were forced to fight all the way by Irish champions Banbridge. The double Euro Hockey League champions ran out 5-3 winners with Ricardo Nevado, Florian Fuchs, Jonas Fuerste (2) and Kai Gremnitz scoring the goals, with Banbridge netting through Scott Caruth, Bruce McCandless and Stephen Dowds.

The result means that UHC Hamburg will go through to the KO16 draw as Pool winners, with French champions CA Montrouge also qualifying as runners up. Defeat meant that Banbridge will play no further part in this season’s Euro Hockey League, but the side earned two bonus points over the weekend which could be crucial when the EHL ranking table is re-calculated next week.

TAEKEMA STRIKES LATE AS AMSTERDAM DOWN READING
Penalty corner star Taeke Taekema scored a late winner for Dutch champions Amsterdam H&BC, giving his team a 2-1 triumph against England’s Reading HC. It was Amsterdam H&BC’s second win of the weekend, ensuring that they took the all important top spot in Pool A.

Both teams already knew that they had qualified for Easter’s KO16 tournament ahead of the game, but the chance to top the pool and take a top seed into the KO16 draw was at stake. Reading needed victory to take first place, while a draw would have been good enough for the Dutch side thanks to their far superior goal difference.

LUYPAERT GIVES DRAGONS DRAMATIC VICTORY OVER EHL GIANTS H.C. ROTTERDAM
KHC Dragons added another remarkable chapter to their Euro Hockey League fairy tale today when they scored an over-time penalty corner to defeat European giants H.C. Rotterdam.

The final score in a pulsating match was 5-4 to the Dragons, an incredible result for a team that had gone into the final quarter both a goal and a player down thanks to a ten minute yellow card suspension given to Jeffrey Thys. However, the Dragons breathed fire in the final three minutes, with Charles Vandeweghe firing in from open play before Loick Luypaert flicked a dramatic penalty corner into the roof of the Rotterdam goal.  It was a goal that sent the huge home crowd into absolute delirium and proved yet again that this Dragons team never knows when it is beaten.

Luypaert’s strike not only gave Dragons yet another big scalp in the Euro Hockey League, but also means that they take top spot in Pool E. Had Luypaert’s effort missed the target, Rotterdam would have won the Pool and taken the crucial top seeding in the draw for KO16 which would have ensured that they avoided the other pool winners.

CAMPO REDISCOVER FORM TO COMPLETE KO16 LINE-UP
Madrid’s Club de Campo recovered from Saturday’s defeat against Club an der Alster by fighting their way through to KO16 with a 4-0 triumph over Racing Club de Bruxelles.

The 2010-2011 Euro Hockey League Silver medallists rediscovered their form to overpower the Racing Rats, a team that were cheered constantly by a large number of supporters who had made the short journey to Antwerp. Sadly, any hope that the fans had of seeing their team reach the second round were killed off thanks to goals from Fabian Magner, Edi Tubau, Jose Borrell and Jorge Rodriguez. 

The result meant that Club de Campo took second place in Pool D, earning them qualification for KO16 behind German champions Der Club an der Alster. Although Racing Club de Bruxelles will play no further part in this season’s competition, their performances here this weekend gained them great respect from their opponents as well as a large number of new fans.

The complete list of qualifying teams for KO16 is now known. Amsterdam H&BC, Club an der Alster, KHC Dragons and UHC Hamburg were all Pool winners here in Brasschaat, joining fellow table-toppers Uhlenhorst Mulheim, Beeston HC, East Grinstead and HC Bloemendaal.  They will be joined in the KO16 draw by Pool runners up Atletic Terrassa, RC Polo de Barcelona, Dinamo Elektrostal, HC Dinamo Kazan, Reading HC, Club de Campo, H.C. Rotterdam and CA Montrouge. The venue and draw for the KO16 tournament will take place in the coming weeks.

Euro Hockey League media release



KLHC fightback to lift trophy

It lived up to the billing of an epic final as KL Hockey Club came back from the dead to defeat Tenaga Nasional Berhad 3-2 in a titanic clash at the National Hockey Stadium.

It looked as if KLHC were dead and buried after being down 0-2 in the opening ten minutes but it was the last ten minutes turned the tide for the defending champions.

TNB went into attacking mode from the first whistle and were awarded a penalty corner in the 5th minute which was hotly disputed by the KLHC defenders led by Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim.

And Faisal Saari sent in a thunderous flick into the roof of the net giving KLHC keeper Roslan Jamaluddin no chance whatsoever.

Barely had the cheers in the stands died down that TNB punished the KLHC defence yet again. Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi eliminated two defenders before cracking in a shot from the top of the semi circle that caught Roslan on the wrong foot.

The TNB strikeforce were on fire as the likes of Faial, Amir and Firhan Ashaari tormented the KLHC defence with Razie losing his composure. And Amir came close twice but was let down by poor finishing.

KLHC slowly crept back into the game and were awarded a penalty corner in the 20th minute but Razie sent his attempt wide.

It was an end to end stuff after that but try as they did KLHC could not find a way past the TNB defence where Mohd Madzli ikmar was outstanding.

KLHC left it late to get back into the match as Mohd Ameerullah scored in the 59th minute. And three minutes later Chua Boon Huat scored from a well worked penalty corner.

Razie Rahim then scored the winner in stoppage time to break the TNB hearts.

Roll of Honour:

TNB Cup


Champions: KL Hockey Club (RM60,000)
Runner Up: Tenaga Nasional Berhad (RM40,000)
Third: Sapura (RM30,000)
Fourth: Maybank (RM20,000)

Premier Division

Champions: KL Hockey Club (RM60,000)
Runner Up: Sapura (RM40,000)
Third: Tenaga Nasional Berhad (RM30,000)

Division One

Champions: SSTMI-Thunderbolts (RM20,000)
Runner Up: Uniten (RM15,000)
Third: Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh (RM10,000)

Fairplay: Maybank (RM3,000)
Player of the tournament: Azlan Misron (KLHC)
Best Goalkeeper: Roslan Jamaluddin (KLHC)
Top Scorer: Faisal Saari (TNB) - 19 goals
Man of the match (Final): Chua Boon Huat (KLHC)

Official MHL site



Sapura take third spot



Sapura finished third in the TNB Cup when they defeated Maybank 3-0 at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil. The win not only gave them third spot but also RM30,000 in prize money while Maybank pocketed RM20,000.

Sapura were handicapped from the start as skipper S. Kuhan was out injured, the same for youngster Joel Samuel van Huizen. And Megat Azrafiq Megat Termizi

Sapura forced a series of penalty corners in the first half, but despite attempts by Jiwa Mohan and Azreen Rizal, they failed to find the mark from the six penalty corners in the first half.

But they finally found the mark through Mohd Faizal Daud in the 52nd minute. Azreen Rizal made it 2-0 via a penalty corner in the 61st minute before Izwan Firdaus Tajuddin converted a penalty stroke in the 70th minute,

Official MHL site



KLHC grab treble

By Jugjet Singh


Faiz Helmi Jali (left) is brought down by KLHC’s Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin in their TNB Cup final at the National Hockey Stadium yesterday. — Picture by Nik Hariff Hassan

KUALA Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) came back from the dead to snatch a treble in the Malaysia Hockey League when they beat Tenaga Nasional 3-2 in the TNB Cup final last night.

KLHC had already bagged the Charity Shield and the League title, but were surprisingly down 0-2 to Tenaga Nasional after 35 minutes of play.

However, Tenaga were guilty of trying to defend the lead, and KLHC made them pay in the final 10 minutes minute of the match.

KLHC skipper Azlan Misron, who got married a day before the final, played a pivotal role in the comeback and was named Player of the Tournament.

Faizal Saari's reverse stick shot in the fifth minute, earned Tenaga their first penalty corner.

Faizal, 20, scored his 19th goal of the tournament, which included four hat-tricks.

KLHC were in deeper trouble when Amir Farid, 20, nailed Tenaga's second goal in the eighth minute of a field attempt.

The score stood until the breather and after the restart, KLHC finally narrowed the gap with an Amerullah Aziz field goal in the 59th minute

Tenaga defender Amin Rahim, a national stalwart, made the blunder of his life when he brought down Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin just outside the semi-circle, and the umpire awarded KLHC the penalty corner.

Tenaga runners were outfoxed when they ran towards penalty corner flicker Razie Rahim, but the ball was sent to former international Chua Boon Huat who cooly slotted the ball past goalkeeper S. Kumar for the equaliser in the 62nd minute.

And it was a pass from Boon Huat, picked up by Azlan and sent to Tengku Ahmad who won a penalty corner in the 70th minute which sealed the match.

Razie, National No 2 flicker, put the ball past Kumar for a well deserved 3-2 win.

"We gave Tenaga strikers too much of space in the first half and almost paid a heavy price for it. However, the half-time briefing to play man-to-man marking worked wonders to turn the tide and we landed our precious treble in style," said KLHC coach R. Vivekanandan.

Tenaga coach Lailin Abu Hassan lamented the lack of his reserves: "My first-11 gave their all and were burnt out after 35 minutes of running. Since we did not have depth on the bench like KLHC, we totally lost the grip in the final 10 minutes of play."

Meanwhile, in the bronze match playoff, Sapura beat Maybank 3-0 with goals from Faizal Daud (52nd), Azreen Rizal (61st) and Izwan Firdaus (70th) and pocketed RM30,000.

New Straits Times



Classy KLHC come from behind to zap Tenaga for the overall title

By S. RAMAGURU



Sheer joy: Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club players posing with their trophies after beating Tenaga Nasional 3-2 to win the overall title at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. — M. AZHAR ARIF / The Star.

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) made history when they came back from two goals down to beat Tenaga Nasional 3-2 in the final at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil here yesterday.

This makes KLHC the only team to have retained the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) overall title and complete the double back-to-back, having clinched Premier Division title earlier.

Last year they also won the league and overall title.

But yesterday’s win came at the death, with national defender Mohd Razie Rahim scoring off a penalty corner set piece in the last minute of the match.

Tenaga had gone two goals up through Faisal Saari (fifth minute) and Amir Farid (eighth minute).

KLHC began their fightback in the second half to level the score through Mohd Amerullah Aziz (59th) and Chua Boon Huat (63rd) before Mohd Razie’s late, late heroics.

The win also handed KLHC their third overall title and earned them RM60,000 for yesterday’s victory. They had earlier picked up another RM60,000 for winning the Premier Division.

The game began with Tenaga being the aggressors and it paid immediate dividends as they went 2-0 after just eight minutes.

The first goal came in the fifth minute off a penalty corner by Faisal, who is also adapt at scoring field goals.

Three minutes later a lapse of concentration by the KLHC defenders saw youngster Amir blasting home from the top D.

Tenaga continued to dominate and they trooped off with a 2-0 half-time lead.

The second half saw KLHC making a determined effort to get back into the game but they had to wait until the 59th minute before opening accounts when Mohd Amerullah scored a field goal.

Inspired, KLHC pounded the Tenaga goalmouth and when they were awarded a penalty corner in the 63rd minute, Boon Huat hit a low shot past goalkeeper S. Kumar.

That set the stage for Mohd Razie to steal the spotlight in the dying minutes.

In the third placing playoff, Sapura defeated Maybank 3-0 to collect RM30,000 for their efforts.

Mohd Faisal Daud (52nd minute), Azreen Rizal (61st) and Izwan Firdaus (70th) scored for Sapura.



The Star of Malaysia



KLHC hattrick

City boys show fighting spirit to down TNB

Vijhay Vick


WE DID IT! KLHC players and officials celebating their win


BUKIT JALIL: It was business as usual for KL Hockey Club (KLHC) as they wrapped up their 2011 Malaysia Hockey League campaign by winning the league title, the charity shield and the TNB Cup. At the National Hockey Stadium at Bukit Jalil yesterday, KLHC was made to work hard for the TNB Cup against Tenaga Nasional Bhd as they came back from two goals down to end the match 3-2.

"The half-time talk made a difference. We were told to tighten up at the back and stay composed," said veteran forward Chua Boon Huat. "We never gave up but it was difficult having been two goals down. I'm glad we managed to stay composed until the end to finish in style."

TNB went into attacking mode from the first whistle and were awarded a penalty corner in the 5th minute, which Faisal Saari converted to score his 19th goal of the season.

Amir Farid Ahmad Fauzi gave TNB a two-goal lead just three minutes later. TNB looked like they were going to stun KLHC and even threatened to score more goals but KLHC came back strong in the second-half. The half was equally played until Muhammad Amerullah Abdul Aziz pulled back in the 59th minute. From then on, it was all KLHC.

Chua Boon Huat made it 2-2 via a penalty stroke in the 62nd minute before Muhammad Razie Abdul Rahim sent the KLHC bench and fans into a frenzy by converting a penalty corner after the final horn.

"We knew we could wrap things up instead of going into the extra-time but we didn't want to be too eager to finish early," added Boon Huat.

Malay Mail



Malaysia receive bye into Second Round

BY Jugjet Singh


THE Malaysian men's hocky team have received a bye into the Second Round of the proposed World League tournament to be organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) after the London Olympics.

The FIH are in the midst of preparing a paper on the tournament, which will see countries receive fairer ranking points than the present system.

It was reported at the FIH website: "The FIH will take the next steps in launching its World League when its Executive Board meets on Nov 11-12. At that meeting, the Executive Board will consider a detailed report from its Competitions Committee on how the new events will be run."

Included in the paper are details involved in setting up a new competition, from the method and timing of entry through to the final of the World League. What is confirmed is that a total of 62 men’s teams and 51 women’s teams have entered the new tournament.

The other men's teams who received byes to Round Two are India, Canada, Argentina, South Africa, Belgium, China and Japan.

Higher ranked teams Australia, Germany, Netherlands, England, Spain, South Korea, New Zealand and Pakistan have received byes to Round Three.

The FIH will be contacting potential hosts shortly to agree the dates and venues of the Round One and Round Two tournaments, which are scheduled to take place next year following the 2012 Olympics.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey



SEA Cup

While there have been media reports on the participation of the Project 2013 Squad for the SEA Cup in Myanmar this December, MHF Deputy President Dato Nur Azmi Ahmad seems to be perplexed as to who made that decision.

This is because Azmi , who chairs the National Team Management Committee, said they have never discussed anything pertaining to the participation of the Project 2013 Squad for the Sea Cup.

"Who decided on this? I do not remember it being discussed at the National Team Management Committee nor at the MHF Management Committee or Council," said Azmi.

"Really I am in no position to answer anything on the Sea Cup as it was never brought up for discussion."

With that curt reply, it gives rise to who actually makes decisions in MHF as the participation of a team for international tournaments is no laughing matter.

The Project 2013 Squad will be participating in the Sultan Johor Cup Six Nation Invitational from November 5 to 12 and have had their fair share of tournaments and exposure this year with playing tours of Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Spain and England as well as a 4 Nation Tournament in Russia.

And MHF ought to form a B team and send them for the SEA Cup rather then just utilize the Project Squad as a stop gap measure as the team has an important task - the Junior Asia Cup in Malacca next May that serves as a qualifier for the Junior World Cup in India in 2013.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



Golden Goal Helps Olton Win in Investec Women's Cup



Emma McCabe, Olton

HIGH-flying Olton and West Warwickshire bounced back from their first league defeat on Saturday when they beat Conference North outfit Beeston in the second round of the Investec Women’s Cup on Sunday.

But Olton had to rely on a golden goal to secure their passage through to round three, Emma McCabe (pictured) scoring on 64 minutes to send the match into extra time and then again on 77 minutes to play their ‘get out of jail free’ card.

Jo Hunter had scored Beeston’s goal shortly after half time to put her team ahead.

Elsewhere, Sutton Coldfield also needed a golden goal to reach the third round, winning 3-2 at home against Premier Division rivals Bowdon Hightown.

Two goals in two minutes mid-way through the first half from Sally Walton and Vicky Woolford made it 1-1 at the break. Bowdon went ahead through Nat Wray on 36 minutes before Celia Butler levelled again with a 42nd minute field goal.

But Woolford struck again in the third minute of extra time to secure the win.

A hat-trick from Els Mansell helped Clifton beat hosts Taunton Vale 7-0, while other goals came from Liz Sutton, Zoe Leach, Ella Rafferty and Emily Kirkham.

Firebrands were holding University of Birmingham 1-1 at half time, with Sarah page’s early goal having been cancelled out by the home side’s Kathryn Bache on 11 minutes.

But the Premier Division side scored on 43 and 51 minutes through Ashley Craddock and Rhiannon Rogers to book their place in the next round.

Boots secured an emphatic 5-1 win over Ben Rhydding in their second round clash, Claire Gribbin scoring two goals while others came from Rebecca Simms, Ali Walker and Kate Hyde.

League rivals Brooklands Poynton and Whitley Bay and Tynemouth met in the cup on Sunday, and it was Brooklands who emerged 3-1 victors.

Whitley Bay took the lead with Bev Finlay scoring on 18 minutes, but the hosts hit back through Kelly Baxter on 33 minutes. But second half goals from Helen Armishaw and another from Baxter sealed the win.

Goals from Jess Bloom and Lauren Thomas helped Buckingham secure a 2-1 win over Wimbledon, whose goal came with two minutes to go from Laura Stone.

A hat-trick from Katie Hornsby helped Sevenoaks win 8-3 in their home clash with Woking. Jet Van Zalen and Nikki Lloyd both scored two goals, while Anna Frizoni added the other.

Woking goals came from Ali Lubbock, Kirsty Gaughan and Paula Nicholas.

Elsewhere, Oxford Hawks won 4-0 over Cambridge City, and Surbiton won 6-0 over Southgate with Chloe Strong and Emily Caldwell both scoring two goals.

England Hockey Board Media release



Goalless for Edinburgh students

After their 3-1 victory over Grove Menzieshill yesterday, Edinburgh University failed to capitalise by drawing 0-0 with bottom side VWS Dundee Wanderers at Peffermill today.

Despite the disappointing result the Edinburgh students have moved into fourth position in the Subway national league.

The score line is perhaps not so surprising as there were only around four shots at goal in the game.  But it might have been worse for the Edinburgh students had keeper David Forrester had not made a brilliant last minute save from Wanderers` Fergus Sandison.

However, Wanderers have broken their duck with their first point of the season.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



BRC Danapur clinch trophy

Jalandhar - BRC Danapur won the 8th All-India Balwant Singh Kapur Hockey tournament at Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium by beating Birsa Munda Vidhyapeeth Rourkela by 4-3 via tie breaker here today.

The winners bagged Rs 1 lakh and Mata Parkash Kaur Cup, where as the runner ups bagged Rs 60, 000. Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 were handed out to third and fourth placed teams, respectively.

The tournament committee declared six best players of the tournament and honoured them with Rs 5, 000 each. Ansalem Hemrom from BRC, Danapur was declared the best player, Sumit Toppo from Birsa Munda Vidyapeeth was declared best forward, Anup Roshan from BRC Danapur was adjudged as best goalkeeper, Amarbir Singh from Sports School, Jalandhar was declared as best full back, Ajeet Pandey from BSNV Lucknow was the best half back, Rajat Sharma from Mumbai the promising player of the tournament and Lovepreet Singh from Government Model School, Jalandhar was declared the best scorer.

Earlier in the day, the final began at a brisk pace. But despite both teams trying hard to break the deadlock, the first half remained goalless.

In the second half, BRC Danapur mounted pressure and got a penalty corner in the 41st minute, and converted through the stick of skipper Ansalem Hemrom (1-0). For Birsa Munda boys too the equaliser came through a penalty corner when Alok Barla sounded the board (1-1).

At the end, both teams were locked at 1-1. Tie breaker resulted in a 4-3 win for Danapur.

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Connecticut tops Syracuse in 2OT

Roundup: Old Dominion wins, captures CAA regular season title



No. 4 Connecticut clinched at least a share of the Big East regular season title with a win on Sunday. Connectitcut Athletics

STORRS, Conn. -- In a contest that showcased two of the best teams in the country and with the Big East regular season championship on the line, Connecticut got the best of Syracuse 3-2 in double-overtime on Sunday at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. With the win, the Huskies clinch at least a share of their 12th Big East regular season title and improve to 15-1 overall, 5-0 in the Big East. The Orange slip to 14-3, 4-1.

All 12 of UConn's Big East regular season championships have come since 1996. The Huskies have also won 11 Big East Tournament crowns.

Connecticut clinched a 15-win season for the 24th time in its 33 seasons. The Huskies have posted at least 15 wins in 16 of the last 18 seasons under head coach Nancy Stevens.

Sophomore standout Marie Elena Bolles registered the game-winner on Sunday.

No. 1 Old Dominion 6, Virginia Commonwealth 1
NORFOLK, Va. -- Entering Sunday Old Dominion knew it would be the top seed and host the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, but after a dominating 6-1 victory against Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday, the top-ranked Lady Monarchs have now clinched the conference regular season title outright.

Old Dominion (17-1, 7-0 CAA) controlled play from beginning to end, outshooting VCU 32-1 and garnering nine penalty corners to zero for the Rams. The one shot allowed by the ODU defense is the lowest shot total for an opponent all season.

Five different Lady Monarchs scored on the afternoon and senior Emma Batten led all players with two goals. Batten now has a team-high 19 goals on the season.

No. 2 North Carolina 4, No. 7 Michigan 3 2OT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- With a penalty stroke by sophomore Marta Malmberg in the 95th minute of play, North Carolina beat Michigan 4-3 in double overtime Sunday afternoon as UNC celebrated Senior Day at Francis E. Henry Stadium.

Four seniors - Teryn Brill, Meghan Dawson, Taryn Gjurich and Elizabeth Stephens - were honored in pregame ceremonies, then all started and played major roles in the win.

UNC's fifth senior, Katelyn Falgowski, is in Mexico competing as part of the U.S. National Team at the Pan American Games. Not only was Carolina playing without its captain again on Sunday, but the Tar Heels were coming off a battle against Maryland Saturday that gave UNC the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference title. Add that fatigue to the emotional aspects of Senior Day and the challenge of facing a top-10 opponent, and Sunday's task was one of the season's toughest.

No. 5 Duke 5, Central Michigan 0
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke earned its sixth shutout of the season, blanking Central Michigan 5-0 on Sunday from Williams Field in the Blue Devils' final home game of the regular season. Four different Blue Devils scored goals in the contest as Duke improved to 11-5 (2-2 ACC) with the victory.

Duke controlled the game from the start, only allowing CMU (8-8, 5-2 MAC) four shots for the match with three of those coming in the first half. The Blue Devils' six shutouts this season marks the team's highest total since matching that mark in the 2008 campaign.

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