News for 25 October 2011

All the news for Wednesday 26 October 2011

Canada & Argentina continue fine form

Pan American Games – Guadalajara, Mexico.

Canada outclassed Barbados to maintain their winning streak at the Pan Am Games (Photo: FIH / Yan Huckendubler)

Canada men finished pool play at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara with a 100 per cent win record following their third their third victory of the competition.

A 10-0 win against Barbados confirmed that they topped Pool A, setting up a Semi Final meeting with Chile, runners up in Pool B. The second semi final will be contested between Argentina and Chile, with a place in the final and a shot at qualification for the London 2012 Olympic Games at stake.

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.

"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."

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:

Source material - Field Hockey Canada media release

Wednesday 19th October 2011

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

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

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

Saturday 22nd October 2011
09:00 Men's Pool B Game 5 Mexico v Cuba 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)

Monday 24th October 2011
09:00 Men's Pool A Game 9 Canada v Barbados 10-0 (6-0)
11:00 Men's Pool A Game 10 Trinidad & Tobago v Chile 1-3 (0-1)
14:00 Men's Pool B Game 11 Argentina v Cuba 10-1 (4-1)
16:00 Men's Pool B Game 12 Mexico v USA 3-2 (3-2)

Wednesday 26th October 2011

09:00 Women's 5-8 Match 13 Barbados v Mexico
11:00 Women's Semi Final Match 14 Argentina v Chile
15:00 Women's Semi Final Match 15 USA v Canada
17:30 Women's 5-8 Match 15 Cuba v Trinidad & Tobago

Thursday 27th October 2011
09:00 Men's 5-8 Match 13 Trinidad & Tobago v USA
11:00 Men's Semi Final Match 14 Canada v Cuba
15:00 Men's Semi Final Match 15 Argentina v Chile
17:30 Men's 5-8 Match 15 Mexico v Barbados

Friday 28th October 2011
09:00 Women's 7-8 Match 17
11:30 Women's 5-6 Match 18
15:00 Women's 3-4 Match 19
17:30 Women's Final Match 20

Saturday 29th October 2011
09:00 Men's 7-8 Match 17
11:30 Men's 5-6 Match 18
15:00 Men's 3-4 Match 19
17:30 Men's Final Match 20

All times are local (GMT -5)

FIH site

Kookaburras continue to regain injured stars in the build-up to London Olympics

Luke Doerner: Photo: Treeby images

The Kookaburras tilt towards the 2012 London Olympics continues to gain momentum, with key defender and world class penalty corner specialist Luke Doerner set to return from injury to compete against India and Pakistan at a 3 Nations tournament in Busselton and Bunbury over the next week.

Doerner joins the list of injured star players including Jamie Dwyer, Mark Knowles, Tim Deavin and Des Abbott who have been injured throughout the year but have made successful comebacks in the last month, while defender Joel Carroll will also return from a hamstring injury at the tournament.

With the 2011 Champions Trophy, the most prestigious event on the 2011 international hockey calendar, to be held in Auckland, New Zealand from December 3-11, this will be the Kookaburras final opportunity to play against quality opposition before the event.

Given the Kookaburras had a quiet first six months of the year after a hectic 2010, these matches fall into a vital period for the world number 1 team as they begin to play more international matches and train as a group in the build-up to the London Olympics.

After playing some good hockey but being pushed by New Zealand at the recent Oceania Cup, the Kookaburras will be looking for a consistent performance during the tournament.

The Kookaburras will know both India and Pakistan well after playing them last week at the inaugural Lanco International Super Series, an event won by the Kookaburras.

In addition to the return of Doerner, the tournament will give Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth further opportunity to add to the depth of his squad, debuting three players in Tristan White, Tristan Clemons and Aran Zalewski.

“Tristan While will be making his debut in Busselton and then we have Tristan Clemons and Aran Zalewski debuting next week in Bunbury. Pakistan have already qualified for the Olympics and India look likely to qualify so we need to look at these teams closely and these matches will be an important part of that assessment.”

“We have 25 steps until the Olympics and at the moment we are at step 4. Step five will be the matches next week, step six just prior to the Champions Trophy and step seven will be the Champions Trophy. So we are progressing as anticipated. We weren’t together for a long time earlier in the year so it takes a while to consolidate that, but that is part of our continuing process,” said Charlesworth.

Kookaburras squad – Busselton matches
George Bazeley (VIC), Andrew Charter (ACT), Chris Ciriello (VIC), Kiel Brown (WA), Liam De Young (QLD), Brent Dancer (WA), Matthew Swann (QLD), Mark Knowles (QLD), Matthew Butturini (NSW), Tristan White (NSW), Simon Orchard (NSW), Eddie Ockenden (TAS), Glenn Simpson (VIC), Jamie Dwyer (QLD), Des Abbott (NT), Kieran Govers (NSW), Glenn Turner (ACT), Jason Wilson (QLD)

Kookaburras squad – Bunbury matches (19 player selected will be reduced to 18 prior to matches)
Nathan Burgers (QLD), Tristan Clemons (WA), Ian Burcher (WA), Joel Carroll (NT), Luke Doerner (TAS), Matthew Swann (QLD), Aran Zalewski (WA), Matthew Butturini (NSW), Tim Deavin (TAS), Liam De Young (QLD), Simon Orchard (NSW), Eddie Ockenden (TAS), Glenn Simpson (VIC), Jamie Dwyer (QLD), Des Abbott (NT), Kieran Govers (NSW), Mark Paterson (NSW), Russell Ford (VIC), Matt Gohdes (QLD)

Wednesday 26 October

Busselton – 7.30pm WST
Kookaburras v Pakistan

Thursday 27 October
Busselton – 7.30pm WST
Kookaburras v India

Friday 28 October
Busselton – 5.30pm
Pakistan v India

Sunday 30 October
Bunbury – 3pm
Kookaburras v Pakistan

Monday 31 October
Bunbury – 7.30pm
Kookaburras v Pakistan

Tuesday 1 November
Bunbury – 5.30pm
India v Pakistan

Hockey Australia media release

Kate Hollywood returns to Hockeyroos prior to Olympic squad selection

Kate Hollywood.

Hockeyroo veteran Kate Hollywood is set to play her first matches for the Hockeyroos since being removed from the national squad in January this year during a test series against world number 4 team China this week in Busselton, Bunbury and Perth.

Hollywood, who has played 139 international matches and was a member of both the 2006 and 2010 Hockeyroos Commonwealth Games gold medal sides, was named in the Hockeyroos development squad at the beginning of the year.

Remaining close to the program, Hollywood recently played in New Zealand’s national league and has spent the last two months playing club hockey in the Netherlands in an attempt to improve her game.

Since playing as a midfielder, Hollywood has made the transition into defence this year with Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens saying she deserves an opportunity after performing well this year.

“Kate has done well for Australia A during various matches throughout the year. In keeping with our policy to expose as many players as possible prior to the Olympic squad cut-off date, we want to give her an opportunity to show what she is capable of doing with the Hockeyroos.

There is currently a lot of competition for spots in the team but with some strong performances in this series against China she could challenge for a spot in the squad,” said Commens

For all members of the Hockeyroos, this will be their final chance to impress Commens prior to the 27 player Olympic squad being selected on November 7th.

Hockeyroos China series squad
Fiona Boyce (WA), Jill Dwyer (QLD), Holly Evans (SA), Bianca Greenshields (SA), Kate Hollywood (NSW), Emily Hurtz (NSW), Stacia Joseph (VIC), Amy Korner (QLD), Jacklyn McRae (NSW), Claire Messent (VIC), Sally O’Toole (QLD), Georgie Parker (SA), Elise Stacy (SA), Renee Trost (VIC), Jade Warrender (NSW)Teneal Attard (QLD), Jade Close (NSW), Casey Eastham (NSW), Anna Flanagan (ACT), Kate Hubble (WA), Marnie Hudson (QLD), Kate Jenner (NSW), Kobie McGurk (WA), Hope Munro (WA), Georgia Nanscawen (VIC), Ashleigh Nelson (WA), Lisa Eglington (WA) Rachael Lynch (VIC), Megan Rivers (NSW), Jodie Schulz (QLD), Kellie White (NSW), Jayde Taylor (WA), Emily Smith (NSW), Ashlee Wells (VIC)

Hockeyroos China Series Fixture
Wednesday 26 October

Game 1 – 5.30pm WST

Thursday 27 October
Game 2 – 5.30pm WST

Sunday 30 October
Game 3 – 1pm WST

Monday 31 October
Game 4 – 5.30pm WST

Wednesday 2 November
Game 5 – 7pm

Thursday 3 November
Game 6 – 6pm

Hockey Australia media release

Hockey 9s India Review: Women impress, Men disappoint

Only a couple of days before the Hockey 9s started in Perth, Indian men pumped in three goals in the first 10 minutes against New Zealand in an another stadium 50 Kms away.

That was a good match in the run up to the Hockey 9s. The Kiwis went on to equalize 3-3 in the second half, and score another before the match could just end in favour of India 5-4. Three of the four goals of the Kiwis came in in the second half alone.

That match showed, in enough measure, both Indian men’s strengths and weaknesses in the normal and well-settled 11 Vs 11 format.

India has scoring ability. However, while it goes on top gear to score, it does not have much in its arsenal to plug the holes in the defense so as to safeguard the goals scored so painstakingly. The plug was loose at Rockingham.

It showed up a couple of days later.

New Zealand, a side that is improving its rating each passing day, took a revenge of sort with India in their Hockey 9s opener.

It piled goals so quickly that India’s 3 goals stood still half way.

The story was no different with other strong team in the fray, Australia, and in the bronze medal match too.

India, in the hockey 9s at least, did not show, or could no show , it has improved in the area it avowedly works of late – attacking hockey; no use in attacking if it won’t give you any goals than you are ordinarily scoring, or capable of.

That India gave away double the number of goals than it could strike, showed indubtibly that its plan of reverting to so-called Asian style of hockey is long way to go.

That their forwards are still hitting side netting or posts than any other team in Perth, a nauseating routing even when the goalmouth was narrower than it was in Hockey 9s, is another area of concern.

Our men also did not show enough temperament, getting cards for questioning, two goals were scored against when we were one man down.

Except the fact that India played against the teams ranked above it in the FIH Ranking chart, there are no other signs against which one can be pleased with.

On the other hand, be it the run up Tests or in the Hockey 9s the girls did well. They showed increasingly encouraging signs.

I feel they were tactically sound, and don’t’ hold the ball too long, spread out to use the entire field. Despite the absence of two stalwarts, Joydeep Kaur and Jasdeep Kaur for major parts, neither did they fail to score nor concede easily.

PR Sreejesh may have earned more name for himself what with stopping a 25-yard stroke, but his conterpart Yogita Bali was never a push over. She was as good as any best goalie here.

Its a matter of conjecture how much different the team would have had, had Sandeep Singh not injured. He was supposed to play as a forward, and as such the rules do not give his patented drag-flicks any scope. VR Raghunath, as a defender was very prominent, even showed up upfront often.

Men’s score tenders Danish, Yuvraj, Tushar were patchy, while Vandana Katariya and Soundarya Yandala showed a remarkable consistency, some of the goal set up by the former and made us of by the latter are memorable. Men does not show similar consistency.

By and large, there is much improvement on women’s side, long after MK Kaushik left the scene, the men, yes, does not impress. This view would be similar even if they would have won the inconsequential bronze.

Dazzling dribbler can’t wait to be on big stage again

Shivani Naik

Dhanraj Pillay recalls sleeping very little or not at all, the nights before he played against Pakistan. Or drum-beating himself into tutored sleep, and coaxing calm into his nerves to accumulate energy which could be unleashed in the relentless interrogation of his stamina when playing Australia. The 43-year-old says he can summon those pre-game rituals at will, and will trigger those impulses as he readies to return to hockey’s global rostrum, with the World Series Hockey as his chosen stage.

Seven years after he last tasted international combat, the itch to compete with the world’s best talents has returned and found a ready platform in the WSH starting December 17. It’s also five years since ‘senior veterans’ were barred from turning out in the erstwhile Premier Hockey League (PHL) teams through a typically arbitrary diktat which keep floating in Indian hockey, which meant Pillay had to forsake drawing circles around opponents and assume a more parked stance of a technical director for Maratha Warriors - not quite the most challenging activity for someone with so restless a disposition.

“I’m excited because I’ve quite simply missed the buzz. I want to prove I’m fit enough for this stage, and not just play on my past reputation. I’ve hit the fitness regimen alongwith my Air-India players who I coach,” Pillay says..

“I’d want the next generation to watch these players and be inspired,” he says. While he nursed his field-rivalry against Pakistanis with great relish in his internationally active years, he’s keen on squaring up against and alongside some of his contemporaries when the December-January meet kicks off.

“Shakeel Abbasi, Rehan Butt, Shahbaz Ahmad — even those names bring back tingling memories. It’d be exciting to play with them or other rivals from Australia and Holland, and especially so for the younger players,” he says..

Pillay will also look for medal-glory, though franchise-styled face-offs might appear as crumbs in comparison to the world-stage he strutted on a decade ago. “Not winning an Olympic medal will be a lasting regret,” he says, adding that making peace with not winning every match and the humility that came with acknowledging a mightier opponent, are some things he’s mulled over the last five years.

“Countries like Australia, Germany and Spain have gone leaps ahead. We’ll all need to learn from them,” he says, adding that he’s glad that while the head-coaches of most franchises are foreigners, the WSH might well prove to be most beneficial to the assistant coaches who are Indians.

While 30-40 countries will watch the WSH beamed into their tele-tubes, Pillay is keen on hearing - once more - the applause of an appreciative in-stadium audience. “I hope I’m picked by my cities Mumbai or Pune. Nothing compares to a stadium buzz,” he chortles. Dhanraj Pillay will await another verdict - nothing compares to his sizzling dribbling stick-work. “I’ll try and earn the applause all over again,” he ends.

Indian Express

Irish Women Back Into Full Training Mode

Ireland's national women's squad, sponsored by ESB Electric Ireland, were back last Sunday into full training mode as they resumed the Central Preparation Programme (CPP).

The squad had enjoyed some down time after the Europeans and have resumed playing with their clubs but as of last Sunday the main focus will be on the Olympic Qualifiers which will take place in early 2012 (venue, dates tbc).

High Performance Director Dave Passmore commented earlier today After a well earned rest it is good to see the girls back into their full training program which now includes a club session each week. The real developmental impact of the CPP program should be realised through the next period of the program and with the Argentina trip in December being a timely opportunity to view the development made as the girls move into the final push towards the Olympic qualifier

The squad which sees some minor changes is made up of 26 players, 23 full CPP players & 3 probationary players, the 3 probationary players, Deirdre Duke, Leah Ewart and Gillian Pinder will be given a chance to make their impression on the coaching team before Muller looks to narrow his squad come December.

Two changes in the full CPP 23 sees Goalkeeper Louisa Healy, who stepped off the scene in the summer of 2009 to focus on her career, back in the fray alongside fellow keepers Emma Gray and Pamela Smithwick while Julia O'Halloran has withdrawn from the programme.

The programme which is intense but designed to prepare the squad as best as possible sees them train together for two full days a week (Sunday & Monday) and participate in two strength and conditioning sessions, before hitting the pitch again on Wednesday evening. Players are also available to train with their clubs on Thursday evenings and available to play for their clubs in ISC, IHL and stipulated provincial league matches.

Ireland's next opportunity to test themselves in a tournament setting will occur in Argentina this December where they will compete in two four nations from the 7th -18th December.

CPP Squad
Niamh Atcheler UCD
Hannah Bowe Slough
Emma Clarke Leicester (England)
Aine Connery Hermes
Lizzie Colvin Loreto
Miriam Crowley Hermes
Nicci Daly Loreto
Nicola Evans Railway Union
Emma Gray Hermes
Louisa Healy Loreto
Michelle Harvey Pegasus
Lisa Jacob Hermes
Sinead McCarthy Hermes
Shirley McCay Old Alex
Anna O' Flanagan UCD
Audrey O'Flynn Hermes
Cliodhna Sargent Cork Harlequins
Niamh Small Loreto
Emma Smyth Railway Union
Alex Speers Railway Union
Nikki Symmons Loreto
Pam Smithwick Old Alex
Chloe Watkins UCD
Probation players:
Deirdre Duke UCD
Leah Ewart UCD
Gillian Pinder Hermes

Irish Hockey Association media release

Hockey Wales hiring for senior team

Coaching and management positions open

Hockey Wales is the national governing body of sport for hockey in Wales. Hockey is an Olympic Sport and with London 2012 on the horizon we have a fantastic opportunity to drive forward Hockey across Wales with the launch of our 2020 Vision.

Hockey Wales is a full and active member of both the European Hockey Federation and the Federation Internationale de Hockey.

The Senior and U21 programmes will be run alongside each other for part of the yearand then become discreet squads of players for competition purposes that have an age group focus. The Head Coach will be required to oversee both squads and once appointed will be involved in the appointment of Assistant Coaches and Manager(s).

For more information on how to apply for the top positions, click here

FIH site

Ghulati serves legal notice to IHF

NEW DELHI: Hockey India executive director Anupam Ghulati has served a legal notice to the Indian Hockey Federation for making "malicious and defamatory" statement against him in connection with a financial transaction during his tenure as an advisor to the ad-hoc committee of IHF.

In the notice served to IHF secretary Ashok Mathur and president R K Shetty, Ghulati's lawyer Shyel Trehan has sought an apology within seven days, failing which he would initiate legal action against the duo.

"You have made baseless, reckless and defamatory remarks and allegations against our client. These false allegations are made in respect to a foreign remittance made by the ad-hock committee of IHF, to which our client was an advisor and not a member," Ghulati's lawyer said in the legal notice dated October 20.

"It is curious that you chose to single out our client, claiming a conspiracy with unknown officials of the ad-hoc committee. This by itself demonstrates the mala fide and misconceived nature of your communication.

"In the light of the above you are hereby called upon to retract your malicious and defamatory communication forthwith, and issue an unequivocal apology to our client in writing," the notice read.

"In the event you fail to comply with the above within seven days of receipt of this notice, our client shall be constrained to initiate legal proceedings, both criminal and civil against you," he added.

The Times of India