News for 25 October 2011

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Women's Semi Finalists known in Guadalajara

Weekend Review: Pan American Games – Guadalajara, Mexico.

Las Leonas were 10-0 up at half time against Barbabos (Photo: FIH / Yan Huckendubler)

The Pool phase of the women's hockey tournament at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico has been completed and the Semi Finalists are known. Defending champions and Pool A winners Argentina will face Pool B runners up Chile in what promises to be fantastic South American derby, while Pool B winners USA will do battle with Canada, the runners up in Pool A. 

Argentina recorded a stunning 19-0 victory over Barbados to make it three wins from their three pool matches. An incredible 14 goals were scored from open play in a match which saw Soledad Garcia net four times with hat-tricks going to Luciana Aymar and Carla Rebecchi. 

"For most of the girls, it was a great experience to play Argentina", said Barbados coach Elius Fanus. "Our objective was to have a respectable scoreline, but Argentina is Argentina and they are number one in the world."

The win ensured that Argentina took top spot in Pool A, confirming their place in the Semi Finals. They will be joined in the last four by second placed Canada, who defeated Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 on Sunday. Argentina will face Chile, the runners up in Pool B, in their Semi Final meeting on Wednesday 26th October. Canada have the tough task of taking on USA, who were comfortable winners of Pool B. USA recorded wins in all three of their Pool matches, and showed fine goal-scoring form on Sunday when they thrashed Cuba 9-0.  

The second round of Pool matches in the men's competition also took place over the weekend.  Canada confirmed their place in the Semi Finals with a 4-0 win over Chile. They will be joined in the last four by either Chile or Trinidad & Tobago, who go head to head on Monday. In Pool A, Argentina and Cuba recorded victories over USA and Mexico respectively to seal places in the Semi Finals. The two sides meet on Monday to decide who will top the Pool, with the winner avoiding Pool A winners Canada.

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        Trinidad & 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 1-2 (0-0)
11:00    Men's Pool B Game 6            USA v Argentina 0-2 (0-1)
14:00    Men's Pool A Game 7            Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados 11-1 (5-1)
16:00    Men's Pool A Game 8            Chile v Canada 0-4 (0-1)

Sunday 23rd October 2011
09:00   Women's Pool A Game 9           Argentina v Barbados 19-0 (10-0)      
11:00   Women's Pool A Game 10          Trinidad & Tobago v Canada 1-2 (1-0)
14:00   Women's Pool B Game 11          USA v Cuba 9-0 (6-0)
16:00   Women's Pool B Game 12          Mexico v Chile 0-1 (0-0)

All times are local (GMT -5)

Hockey at Guadalajara 2011
Who:  The Men and women of Argentina, USA, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Cuba, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago.
Where: The Pan American Hockey Stadium, Revolución Sports Complex, 3232 Pablo Neruda Avenue, Providencia Zone, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. (Capacity: 1870)
When: 19th - 29th October 2011
The Prize: The men’s and women’s Gold medalists will secure a place at the London 2012 Olympics.

FIH site


Team Canada Men remain undefeated and secure first place finish in their pool

Canada defeats Barbados 10 - 0, earning a spot in the semi-finals

Scott Tupper scores hat trick. Photo: Yan Huckendubler

Canada finished pool play unbeaten at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, winning their third game of the competition against Barbados (10-0).

Canada asserted itself early in the match and took a three goal lead over Barbados in the first 10 minutes of play! Adam FROESE opened the scoring in the 3rd minute, celebrating in style his 50th international cap for Canada (as did goal-keeper David CARTER), then Keegan PEREIRA and Matthew GUEST put the contest out of reach of Barbados before it had really started.

Matthew GUEST doubled his tally in the 16 minute and Scott TUPPER added two penalty-corners to reach half-time with a comfortable 6-0 lead, which could have been heavier without a number of excellent saves from the goal-keeper from Barbados.

Scott TUPPER completed his hat-trick of penalty corners in the 46th minute, then Mark PEARSON and Rob SHORT added goals before Matthew GUEST also scored in the 62nd minute for his second hat-trick of the competition.

Canada finishes at the top of pool A and will now play in semi-final on Thursday October 27 at 11:30 against the loser of the game between Argentina and Cuba.

"We beat Barbados today, and in doing so secured first place in our pool - so we're obviously happy about that," says Head Coach Robin D'Abreo. "Our game plan against Barbados was to stick to what we normally do as a team... play to our capability and still play a team game - and that was certainly reflected in the scoreline today.  I'm excited about the performance and looking forward to the next game." 

"The game felt good - we felt confident going into it," says Scott Tupper.  "We didn't give up any penalty corners and we put the ball in the net.  We're looking forward to the semi-finals... we're going to get a couple of days' rest and be ready to go on Thursday." 

"The boys played well today," says Adam Froese.  "We got a couple of goals in early, which brought the confidence level up and allowed us to work on tactics for future games.  We've got the semi-finals now and hopefully the finals after - we hope to bring the same strong performance to those...  I scored my first official goal for Team Canada today and it feels great."

Field Hockey Canada media release

USA falls short against Mexico

Ashley Meunier

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Despite a successful start and an early goal, the USA Men’s National Team suffered a heartbreaking, 3-2, loss against the host nation Mexico this afternoon. With the loss, Team USA will face Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday, October 27 in the semifinals. Team USA must defeat their next two opponents in order to remain in contention for a fifth place finish and the opportunity to compete in a second Olympic qualifying tournament in early 2012.

“I thought it was a very exciting match,” said Head Coach Nick Conway. “We gave away two very carless goals in the first half giving Mexico momentum which proved to be very, very dangerous for us.”

Mexico came from behind to take a 3-1 lead going into the second half.

Shawn Nakamura (Thousand Oaks, CA) sent a perfect pass to teammate Michiel Dijxhoorn (Tampa, FL) who immediately fired a shot past Mexico’s keeper only three minutes into the start of the match. Team USA’s early lead did not last long as Mexico was successful at converting a penalty corner into a goal to even the game at one apiece.

At the 17th minute mark, USA’s goalkeeper Tom Sheridan (Ridgewood, NJ) came out high and left an open cage for Mexico to score a second goal. On the momentum of taking the first lead of the match, Mexico was able to quickly secure a third goal only minutes later.

Kevin Barber (Camarillo, CA) was able to close the goal differential to just one on a penalty corner before going into the second half.

Despite opportunities, the second half went scoreless and Mexico walked away victorious in front of an electrified crowd. 

“I think we need to try to keep the team together and keep a positive mindset going into the final two matches,” said team captain Sean Harris. “Losing a game like this today definitely takes a toll on the team and we just have to keep our heads up.” 

Conway is expecting a tough match against Trinidad and Tobago later this week but believes it is a match they are capable of winning. Conway remains confident that the team can still achieve a fifth place finish in the tournament.

“There is going to be a bit of disappointment and anger within the group and we have to try to use that towards winning the next two games,” said Conway. “If we do that, we will come in fifth and I think in many respects the loss today will actually help us achieve that goal."

USFHA media release

Hockey 9s likely to be an annual affair

PERTH: The Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s is likely to be an annual affair after the successful hosting of the tournament, according to Hockey Australia officials.

The capital city of Western Australian State hosted the first-ever modified four-nation, four-day Hockey 9s event that concluded on Sunday.

By and large, the authorities, sponsors, players and coaches gave a thumbs up to the experiment.

Hockey Australia authorities, after their men's and women's teams won the titles in style, are contemplating to make it an annual event. The Lanco International Super Series is the first hockey tournament telecast live in Australia.

Media reports here said that Hockey Australia Chief Executive Officer Mark Anderson had a discussion with the sponsors to make it an annual event.

Anderson said Perth is the preferred city for future editions.

"This is in recognition of their support for this year's series," he said.

Manoj Agarwal, CEO of Lanco International, the title sponsors, said, "This is a decision Hockey Australia has to take. However, as sponsors, we are happy this Hockey 9s is a success. Everyone liked it.

"As an Indian company having business interests in Australia, we will continue to support our national game hockey. However, we will take the call on when need arises," he said.

Jamie Stewart, CEO Commune Sports and Entertainment that marketed and promoted the Hockey 9s, said the event can be held in India but not in immediate future.

"There is every commercial reason to hold it in India. The fans come out, support is there. However, everybody knows the situation in India, and the issue of hockey administration is there," he said.

The Times of India

Hockey 9s learning experience: Kumar

Perth - Despite losing out in the final, Indian women's team coach C R Kumar took positives from his side's performance in the Lanco International Super Series Hockey 9s here, and exuded confidence that the team was heading in the right direction for the Olympic qualifiers. The Indian eves impressed all and sundry with their performance in the three-nation tournament despite losing 1-4 to Australia in the summit clash yesterday.

"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 adopt 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 that will be played on traditional format," he added.

The Tribune

Pakistan coped well with new format: Hanif Khan

-Photo by AFP

Pakistan’s hockey chief selector Hanif Khan has praised the performance of the national team after they finished third in the inaugural International Super Series 9s in Perth, Australia, on Sunday.

“If we look at the results, Pakistan lost only one match in the tournament and finally managed to grab the third position by beating India 4-1. So the result is satisfactory,” Hanif Khan told PPI.

Speaking to the press before the tournament, Khan had feared Pakistan would struggle to come to terms with the new format of the game and adapt to the changes introduced in the game of hockey for the very first time.

“Only nine players could be fielded instead of conventional eleven players in the tournament. Moreover, many other changes were also introduced in the event. It was a whole different ball game. So considering all these facts I think our team performed well,” he said.

The changes to the game also included goals one metre (three feet) wider than regulation, two 15-minute halves (reduced from 35 minutes per half) and more tolerance of foot and stick contact in order to reduce play stoppages.

Khan reserved a special word of praise for goal-keeper Imran Shah for his impressive performance in the tournament, keeping in mind the new dimensions of the goal.

“Imran was only sent to Australia because experienced goalie Salman Akbar is playing in Dutch League and was thus unavailable for the assignment.”

“We always had a simple policy that whosoever performs well would be selected for national duty. So Imran has proved himself and therefore the competition in the goal-keeping department has increased,” he explained.

Australia and New Zealand made it to the final of the event, with the former winning both the men’s and women’s event.


Andy Watts is leading light

By Graham Wilson

ANDY WATTS hit a hat-trick and GB star Richard Mantell scored a brace of penalty corners to give Reading a 5-0 win over Northern Ireland’s Cookstown in the Euro League in Belgium.

Last season’s bronze medallists Reading could not make the top seeding in their pool, going down 2-1 to Amsterdam.

They controlled most of that game but the Dutch side converted two of three corners either side of Mantell’s equaliser. English League champions Beeston and East Grinstead join Reading in the last 16 at Easter.

East Grinstead are now top of the English League Premier Division after a double-header success. They overcame Surbiton 5-3 and beat Hampstead & Westminster 4-3. Also, Beeston got past Cannock 3-1.

GB player Alex Danson scored four goals and GB captain Kate Walsh one as Reading’s women thrashed Jane Sixsmith’s Sutton Coldfield 9-2 to open a five-point gap in the Investec League.

Canterbury’s Charlotte Craddock scored twice in a 5-1 win over Olton and Sutton Coldfield beat Bowdon Hightown with a golden goal in the cup.

Daily Express

Dhanraj Pillay for WSH

Vaibhav Sharma

Chandigarh - Former Indian captain Dhanraj Pillay is set to make a comeback to the sport as he has joined the World Series Hockey (WSH). The mercurial striker has been signed to play and also work as a mentor in the league that is scheduled to begin from December 17.

There have been clouds of uncertainty over WSH, with Hockey India taking exception to any of its players becoming a part of the league. But with the mercurial forward joining their ranks, it can surely be seen as a shot in the arm.

Speaking about his involvement with the league, Pillay told The Tribune: “It is a fantastic feeling to be back in action with the global hockey superstars. I have always maintained that the hockey players need to be better looked after and I am proud to be associated with WSH.

“The league will provide young Indian players with an ideal platform to showcase their talent on a global stage. I have been undergoing intensive training to compete with the best in the world,” he added.

Dhanraj, who was conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1999, the country's highest sporting honour, had mesmerised the hockey world with his dazzling ball control and stick-work. He also has the distinction of donning India colours at four Olympics (1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004) and four World Cups (1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002).

One of the most popular stars in India hockey, Dhanraj represented the country for over a decade and stamped his mark on almost all major tournaments around the world with his precise goal-scoring abilities.

Besides his internationals exploits, Dhanraj also represented a number of overseas clubs, including the Indian Gymkhana, London; HC Lyon, France; HTC Stuttgart Kickers, Germany, and BSN HC & Telekom Malaysia HC, Malaysia.

The Tribune

Dhanraj makes a comeback with World Series Hockey

NEW DELHI: Former India captain Dhanraj Pillay is set to scorch the hockey turf with his lightning speed and magical moves as he signed up to play the inaugural World Series Hockey (WSH) scheduled to begin from December 17.

The 43-yer-old Dhanraj has mesmerized the hockey world with his dazzling ball control and stickwork in his over a decade long career where he donned the Indian colour at four Olympics and as many World Cups.

"It is a fantastic feeling to be back in action with the global hockey superstars," said Dhanraj, who was conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1999.

"I have always maintained that the hockey players need to be better looked after and I am proud to be associated with WSH.

"The league will provide the young Indian players with an ideal platform to showcase their talent on a global stage. I have been undergoing intensive training to compete with the best in the world," added Dhanraj, who represented India in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics.

One of the most popular stars of Indian hockey, Dhanraj also represented the country in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cup and stamped his mark on almost all major tournaments around the world with his precise goal scoring ability.

Besides representing India at various internationals tournaments, Dhanraj has also represented a number of overseas clubs, including the Indian Gymkhan, London; HC Lyon, France; HTC Stuttgart Kickers, Germany and BSN HC and Telekom Malaysia HC, Malaysia.

The WSH will involve around 176 leading players - Indian and international - who will showcase their talent in 61 matches. It is a multi-city franchise-based League with players being allocated to the teams based on the internationally accepted and practised 'draft' system.

The Times of India


Fans, officials stay away from MHL

By Jugjet Singh

THE Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) came to a heart-stopping climax on Sunday when Tenaga Nasional almost upset the formbook but fell 3-2 because they were too eager to finish off the match in 35 minutes.

Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) now hold the distinction of having equalled Yayasan Negri Sembilan's treble and unbeaten record achieved in 1996.

However, KLHC and Tenaga Nasional's super display in the TNB Cup final was the only excitement generated by the MHL, which failed in many other areas.

For one, fans stayed away from matches and the Charity Shield as well as league matches were only watched by players and their family members.

Some attributed it to matches being shown live on television, but there could be more to the fans' absence.

And to make matters worse, even Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) officials did not bother to watch the matches, and the VIP stand remained empty throughout the tournament save for three council members who showed up periodically.

The silver lining though was the high standard displayed by the Project 2013 squad, in particular Tenaga Nasional players Faizal Saari, Firhan Ashaari and Amir Farid.

Faizal, who scored eight goals in the Malaysia-Singapore Junior World Cup in 2009, scored a total of 19 goals to become the top scorer in the MHL. His feat included the opening goal in the TNB Cup and four hat-tricks.

Amir made it 2-0 for Tenaga on Sunday, but the three forwards ran themselves ragged in 35 minutes, and when KLHC came back from the breather, they used brains more than brawn to kill off the match and complete the treble.

The trio are fast turning into assets, and there is even a tussle for Faizal's services between Project 2013 and the national set-up.

Project 2013 want him for the Sultan of Johor Cup on Nov 5-12 at Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru which will see India, Pakistan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia compete, while the national senior set-up do not want to release him because the 21-year-old striker is wanted for the Champions Challenge I in South Africa on Nov 26-Dec 4.

The MHL has helped Faizal and 10 other junior players to be much sought after by clubs, and also national coaches.

However, teams who relied on foreign players like Yayasan Negri Sembilan and Nur Insafi found out, yet again, that it is better to use local players and since there are not many to go around, the alternative will be to expose youth and rely on long-term plans to pick up the titles.

Instant results are hard to come by even with the help of six foreigners per team.

And then there are the grouses by umpires to the umpires committee and MHF president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahamd Shah.

The letters, one in English and the other in Bahasa Malaysia, gave explicit examples of players getting off scot free even after receiving red cards for abusing or man-handling umpires in the Razak Cup and MHL.

There were also allegations of biasness against umpires committee officials in the letter written in Bahasa Malaysia. Signed by 12 umpires, the letters asked for justice and protection from rogue players.

New Straits Times

Umpires seek fairplay

LAST SEASON --- UMPIRE K. Lingam trying to restrain Nur Insafi's K. Keevan Raj from attacking him in the match against Maybank at the Tun Razak Stadium. Keevan was flashed the red card, and his team lost 4-1 and were bundled out of the quarter-finals.

1st October, 2011
The Chairman
Technical Committee
TNB MHL 2011


The Chairman
Umpiring Committee
Malaysian Hockey Federation

Dear Sir/s,

(Letter Signed by 12 Umpires)

Reference is made to the above matter.

We write to you, the above mentioned, to voice our dissatisfaction on the incidents that had taken place involving some of us, the umpires, during the ongoing TNB MHL League and also previously in other domestic tournaments organised by MHF and the way these issues had been addressed.

As you all know, the umpires are always at the receiving end of all the faults that take place in the pitch. Never once the team officials and/ or players are blamed just because they spend hundreds of thousands of ringgit preparing for every tournament and when things are not favourable to them, we get the blame.

Every year the same issue is raised that there is no consistency in umpiring, etc, etc…. We would like to ask, how consistent are the players?! Do they make the right passes everytime? NO! Do they score a goal everytime from every shot on goal? NO! Do they manage to make a correct tackle everytime to get the ball back? NO! Do the players execute all the instructions give to them by their coaches? NO!

So what are they talking about consistency!

Yes! We have umpires of different grades umpiring and with the experience that they have, we run the show. Not all of them get the opportunity to umpire high level matches but we still manage to do it. As the saying goes, “there is no perfect umpire”.

We are highlighting below a few of these incidents that had taken place during the TNB MHL League and a few other tournaments before this involving players who verbally and physically abuse umpires and get off lightly as follows:

Razak Cup 2010 – Kuantan – Terengganu and current national player, Faisal Saari who ran from the opposition’s half and physically pulled umpire Ravinderpal Singh’s t-shirt after the umpire had awarded a penalty corner against his team. When he did that the umpire flashed him a yellow card and upon receiving the card, the player uttered foul word to the umpire, afterwhich he was shown the red card.

This player was referred to the DB, without the umpire concerned being called. He apparently apologised and got off without any punishment meted out on him. Being the “blue- eyed boy” of the hockey team, the officials felt that they needed his services more than to instil discipline in him.

He went on playing for the country and received the same treatment from international umpires for similar behaviour but our officials kept a blind eye.

This matter was also brought up in the MHF council meeting and highlighted to the President. The DB head said that since there was no physical abuse (hitting and/ or bleeding) we could not take any action on the player. What rubbish!!!! Do they expect the umpire to be hit and only then action will be taken!! The President asked the UC to write to DB to re open the case but sadly this was never done.

Faisal Saari now plays for TNB and is a hero for the national team. Bravo! But what about umpire Ravinderpal??? What did he get out of it? He followed procedures, made a report and at the end got nothing……..not even an apology.

TNB MHL Premier League 2010- Keevan Raj of Nur Insafi approached and pushed umpire Lingam when the umpire awarded a PC to Maybank. He sayed that the umpire had been bought over by Maybank. Lingam gave Keevan a Green Card to which the player abused using foul language repeatedly on him and then spat on the umpire.

The umpire immediately showed him the Red Card. He too followed proper procedures by making a report and waited for the outcome. Action was only taken after 2 – 3 weeks wherby Keevan was banned for 21 months.

TNB MHL Premier League 2011 - Player No.2 from ATM came up to umpire Illango after the match, abused him, threatened him, pointed his stick towards him and called him out of the stadium for a fight. The said played had to be taken away by his fellow team mates.

Once again, a report was made and submitted to MHF but action was not taken immediately. This player played 2 more matches and in one of those 2 matches he again after the match approached umpire Anba and abused him.

Another report was made against this player. This time he was suspended for 2 matches. These 2 matches were the last 2 matches before the completion of the preliminary round. It wouldn’t have mattered to the player because they were at the bottom of the table anyways and would not have made it to the knockout stages.

Our question is “Why was he allowed to play for the next 2 matches and again continue to abuse the umpires after each match” ?

TNB MHL Premier League 2011 – Quarter final match between Sapura and Nur Insafi. Sapura captain Kuhan was red carded by umpire Anba for using foul words on him. After the match, the said played approached the technical bench and continued to hurling more foul words on the umpire in the presence of MHF officials and technical officer of the match.

The umpire submitted his report, the technical officer submitted his report. We feel that this is a very serious offence by a former national captain. This incident took place on 12/10/11 (Wednesday).

Having received a red card, the player is automatically suspended for 1 match pending the DB hearing. What baffles us is that, yes! He was automatically suspended for 1 match but to our astonishment, the technical committee did not meet to take further action and / or refer him to DB.

The technical committee in a press statement said that the matter could not be deliberated because a certain person was not available and therefore it will be held on Monday, 17/10/11.

We beg to differ to the excuses given. What would have happened if the umpire was hit and hospitalized and in a coma? Would the technical committee then sat immediately to deliberate on the mater?

And yes! Sapura lost 1- 2 in the 1st leg.

We strongly believe that this delay was to determine if Sapura were to qualify for the semi finals and to see the outcome of the 2nd leg match which was played on Sunday 16/10/11. True enough, Sapura won 2-0 and qualified.

Kuhan was given a mere 2 match suspension on Monday 17/10/11, which makes him eligible to play in the 2nd leg of the semi finals on Friday, 21/10/11.

For all that abuses and outburst Kuhan received only 2 matches. For the ATM player who did not receive any card, abused the umpires after the match was also suspended for 2 matches.

For your information, the above incidents are only a tip of the iceberg. There are many umpires who have been subject to all this and have given up, retired due to frustration because their plight was never looked into.

We would like to ask….


  • Where is justice?
  • Why are there double standards?
  • Why is it that the players’ welfare is taken care of and not of the umpires?
  • When are we going to be protected?
  • When will the abuses stop?


Send out the message loud and clear to them that you will no longer condone such behaviour. This has been going on for far too long

Sadly but true to the every word that this has not happened and will not happen in the near future. Please prove us wrong!!

Some of us have been umpiring for more than 15 years. We get to see the same players and officials year in and year out. We have swallowed a lot of rubbish. We are still swallowing a lot of rubbish. We have new, younger umpires coming up the ranks and they too are facing the same problems.

How do you expect the country to produce more umpires when the rot is still there??

We, the undersigned (attached list of umpires’ name and signature), together and collectively would like to inform you that we want this to stop. Take the required measures now.

We do not want to have a situation where you will not have anymore umpire to officiate your tournaments.

Thanking you in advance for our future in umpiring.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Faiz and Amir join Project 2013 squad for Sultan of Johor Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: The national senior team have agreed to release two players to the Project 2013 squad taking part in the Sultan of Johor Cup next month.

The duo are Tenaga Nasional’s Faiz Helmy and Amir Farid.

Two other Project players in the training squad have been retained in the senior team and look set to be included for the Champions Challenge I, which will be held in Johannesburg later next month.

They are Faisal Saari, the top scorer in the recently concluded Malaysia Hockey League (MHL), and Mohd Firhan Azhaari.

National coach Tai Beng Hai said they were not able to release all four players as Faisal and Firhan had establish themselves and were needed in the senior team.

Both the senior and Project 2013 teams are preparing for major tournaments next year. The senior team have the Olympic qualifiers while the Project squad will compete in the Junior World Cup qualifiers in May.

The Champions Challenge I offers ranking points as Malaysia seek to move up from the 15th spot in the world rankings. This will also allow them to be separated from the big guns in the qualifiers.

For the Project squad this is the first time they will play as a team in an international meet. Teams competing the Sultan of Johor Cup are Australia, India, Pakistan, South Korea and New Zealand.

The Star of Malaysia

Irish Masters off to Singapore

On the 26th October 2011, the Ireland Masters Hockey squad will fly out to compete in the International World Cup in Singapore. This is the squad's second World Cup after the very successful trip to Hong Kong in 2009.

The team are competing in the Ov40s age group which will see an intensive programme of high calibre hockey over the space of 8 days in what can only described as conditions very unlike Ireland!! Temperatures in the 30s and very high humidity will greet all squads in the tournament when they land in Singapore. The Ireland squad have been preparing hard throughout 2011 with training sessions across the country and they would like thank all clubs for giving them the pitch time.

The Home Nations tournaments at Lisnagarvey (Ov45s and 55s) and Swansea (Ov40s and Ov50s) saw the 40s and 45s both finish second to England in matches which were a great build up for the World Cup. In fact, the 40s produced a magnificent result to draw 0-0 with the English which was a very positive outcome in the last competitive match prior to Singapore.

The team will face 6 matches, 5 in group B and 1 play off cross over match. Ireland's group will see them open their tournament account with a match on the 29th October at 8am versus India. Matches versus Scotland (30th), Malaysia (31st), Singapore Dutch (2nd Nov) and New Zealand, the defending world champions (3rd Nov) will follow.

The trip will also be used to meet old friends from the Hong Kong tournament from other countries like Australia and to build new links with other attending Masters squads so Ireland Masters hockey continues to grow and be recognised worldwide.

The squad are fully prepared and eager to get started and under youthful management will look to build on results from two years ago. This is the pinnacle tournament at this age group and one everyone intends to enjoy thoroughly when there.

Under the leadership of overall co-ordinator, Andy Nye, Ireland Masters is a growing brand of hockey which now has teams to compete at four age groups, Ov40s, 45s, 50s and 55s. The Ladies Masters have also grown in the last two years with the aim to have two competing teams for the 2012 tournaments.

The Ireland Management would like to thank all players, clubs and oppositions, including the Ireland U16 boys, for their time in turning out for training, practice and matches throughout 2011 in the build up to Singapore.
The Squad attending Singapore is as follows:

Number Forename Surname Club

1 Iain Kelly Belfast Harlequins
12 Mark Brown Ballynahinch
2 Peter Priestly Pembroke Wanderers
4 Andy Nye Lisnagarvey
5 Stewart Atkinson Pembroke Wanderers
7 Mark Murray Lisnagarvey
8 Colm O'Hare Suttonians
10 Stephen Magee North Down
13 Dara Crowe Catholic Institute, Limerick
15 Nick Phiefer Suttonians
16 Richard Tinney Raphoe
17 Graham Higgin Instonians
19 Phil Thomas Campbellians
21 Hugh H Kelly Barnes HC
23 Billy Pollock Cliftonville
24 Stuart Egner Cork Harlequins
25 Kieran McGoldrick Larne
26 Rob Carter Three Rock Rovers

Manager Jamie Millar Lisnagarvey
Umpire Mervyn Logan

Irish Hockey Association media release

Coaching Development Course held in Guyana

One part ofthe country's plan to bring hockey to the next level

Guyana is the only English speaking commonwealth country on the tip of South America, whose traditions and culture are more influenced and tilted towards Great Britain than the Spanish and Portuguese, speaking countries of the rest of the South America contingent. When we talk about a commonwealth country, it is hard to not think of cricket and hockey, and these two sports are well represented, in Guyana, as they are in various other Caribbean islands. In the West Indies cricket team, there are quite a few outstanding players from Guyana, especially the ones with their roots in India.

History of Hockey in Guyana:
Hockey has a rich tradition in Guyana and has been played for decades. The Fernandes family, who have the love and passion for the sport, are the driving force behind it and are the ones who lead and manage it.Shiv Jagday FIH Coach first visited Guyana in 1988, when he conducted the OS coaching course, Chris Fernandes, was the president of the Guyana Hockey board. And now his son, young and energetic, Philip Fernandes, leads the sport and is determined to take the game, to the next level, so it may be well represented and respected on the America’s scene. He does have the passion, vision and knowledge to make this happen.

Course details:
The five days OS coaching course went very well, where 18 coaches actively participated in the theory and practical sessions. The course was divided into 2 parts, namely Basic and Advanced, to serve the specific needs of the coaches and programs, for the various levels of the game.
OS Course format:The first 2 days of the course were devoted to cover the basic level topics of the game and the remaining 3 days to cover the intermediate to advanced level, topics of the game.

Basic level course:
During the basic level of the course the key focus was upon, How to develop a young athlete, who has just started playing the game. And build a solid base, which compliments a style of play, which is fluid and facilitates, executing the various skills of the game, on the run.

Advanced level course:
During the intermediate/advanced level of the course, the various types of styles/systems, and the various departments of the game, with their specific Role and responsibility were discussed and covered.Time was equally invested towards, theory classes and practical. During the former, the key focus was to educate the coaches to understand the Principles, strategy and tactics, involved to employ the various concepts of the game. Power point presentations and video analysis were the tools employed to achieve these objective. Later, the same principles were given a practical shape and practiced on the pitch. This went very well and we achieved our set objectives.

Strategic Plan for the Future:
To achieve the short term and long term objectives, the key strategy designed by the Guyana hockey board, is to introduce and develop the game at the junior level in the schools and clubs. This way a broad base is built, and a high number of juniors are exposed to the game and are taught, to play the game the correct way, right from the beginning. This is the first step in the right direction.

Photo and Text courtesy of Philip Fernandes

FIH site

Former MHF secretary Aryaduray dies at 86


PETALING JAYA: Malaysian sports lost another great administrator when K. Aryaduray (pic), one of Malaysian Hockey Federation’s (MHF) founder members, died after a short illness at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre here yesterday.

He was 86.

Aryaduray was the first secretary of the Malayan Hockey Federation (as it was known back in 1953), which took over from the then Malayan Hockey Council (formed in 1948 and which had control of the game in Singapore and Malaya).

Aryaduray was the first secretary of the MHF, serving from 1953 to 1959.

He also had a hand in the forming of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM), serving as a secretary as well.

The late N.M. Vasagam was the first secretary of the OCM and Aryaduray was his assistant. Aryaduray took over as secretary from 1957 to 1961.

Among the other posts that he had held were honorary secretary of the Selangor HA (1952-56); honorary secretary of the MHF (1953-59); honorary assistant secretary of the Federation of Malaya Olympic Council (1953-56); honorary secretary of Federation of Malaya Olympic Council (1957-61); Member of the Board of Control, Merdeka Stadium (1957-59); Member of the Council of the Asian Games Federation (1957-61).

The national hockey team took part in the Olympic Games for the first time in Melbourne in 1956 and Aryaduray was the team manager. Malaysia finished ninth out of 12 teams.

Aryaduray also had the distinction of umpiring one of the classification matches at the Games held in Melbourne.

When Aryaduray relinquished his post as MHF secretary, his place was taken over by his protege Datuk G. Vijiyanathan.

“He was a quiet and reserved man. He roped me into hockey. He served in many capacities and had the honour of leading the OCM as well. I do not think that people of this generation will remember him. He was one of those officials who had served at a time when sports was just starting out in this country and who set the framework for what the game is today,” recalled Vijiyanathan.

In 2002, Aryaduray was inducted into the OCM’s Hall of Fame and he was quoted as saying that the “love and passion for the game was the main thing for sportsman and officials of that era”.

Aryaduray leaves behind five children and nine grandchildren to mourn his loss. His son A. Asohan is a former editor in The Star.

The funeral will be held later this week, after the return of his daughters from overseas. Those who wish to pay their respects can do so at No. 4, Lorong 8/3H, Petaling Jaya. For more information, contact 03-79559993.

The Star of Malaysia