News for 08 January 2012

All the news for Sunday 8 January 2012


Opening wins for Scotland and Inverleith

RICHARD DOCHERTY INDOOR CUP - NAPIER UNIVERSITY ENGAGE SPORTS CENTRE  -  SATURDAY 07 JANUARY.

INVERLEITH V GROVE MENZIESHILL


After a rather shaky first half Inverleith always had their noses in front against a plucky Grove Menzieshill outfit that lacked their Scotland players, with the Edinburgh side finally running out 7-5 winners in the opening encounter.  

The opening ten minutes was goalless, the opener finally coming from the spot by Stephen Dick.  The Taysiders were far from disconsolate and quickly equalised through a penalty corner strike by Chris Anderson.  Dick again put Inverleith in front from a set piece, but again Menzieshill came back with a goal by Andrew Suttie that crawled over the line.

The crux of the contest came in the closing minutes of the first half, Chris Grassick put the Edinburgh side ahead for the third time from a penalty corner, and just on the hooter Derek Salmond scored from close range to give his side a 4-2 half-time lead.

The result was sealed when Grassick made it 5-2 with a high shot from a set piece, then John Harris added a sixth mid-way through the half.  Suttie pulled one back for the Taysiders from the spot, but Thomas Cousins restored the four goal lead not long after.  Inverleith then took their foot off the pedal and allowed Ben Cromar and veteran Kenny Stibbles to sneak a couple for the Taysiders and create a bit of unnecessary tension to the closing moments of the contest.

HIGHLAND JAGUARS V CELTIC PANTHERS

Scotland, under the guise of the Highland Jaguars, gave the Welsh side Celtic Panthers a lesson in goal scoring with a comfortable 9-1 victory. 

There were no goals in the opening ten minutes, but the Scots went ahead through an Allan Law penalty corner that went in off a Welsh defender.   Billy McPherson`s charges were 3-0 up at the break, Ross McPherson with a low shot and then Gavin Byers were the scorers.

The floodgates opened after the interval with a procession of goals, Chris Wilson was the man on target with a quick-fire hat-trick while the other goals emanated from Willie Marshall, Gareth Hall and Gary Cameron.  A modicum of slackness appeared in the closing ten minutes, Lewis Prosser scored a consolation for the Welsh and Adam MacKenzie proceeded to miss from the spot to prevent double figures.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Scots guaranteed a place in the final

RICHARD DOCHERTY INDOOR CUP - NAPIER UNIVERSITY ENGAGE SPORTS CENTRE  -  SATURDAY 07 JANUARY.

INVERLEITH V GROVE MENZIESHILL


After a rather shaky first half Inverleith always had their noses in front against a plucky Grove Menzieshill outfit that lacked their Scotland players, with the Edinburgh side finally running out 7-5 winners in the opening encounter.  

The opening ten minutes was goalless, the opener finally coming from the spot by Stephen Dick.  The Taysiders were far from disconsolate and quickly equalised through a penalty corner strike by Chris Anderson.  Dick again put Inverleith in front from a set piece, but again Menzieshill came back with a goal by Andrew Suttie that crawled over the line.

The crux of the contest came in the closing minutes of the first half, Chris Grassick put the Edinburgh side ahead for the third time from a penalty corner, and just on the hooter Derek Salmond scored from close range to give his side a 4-2 half-time lead.

The result was sealed when Grassick made it 5-2 with a high shot from a set piece, then John Harris added a sixth mid-way through the half.  Suttie pulled one back for the Taysiders from the spot, but Thomas Cousins restored the four goal lead not long after.  Inverleith then took their foot off the pedal and allowed Ben Cromar and veteran Kenny Stibbles to sneak a couple for the Taysiders and create a bit of unnecessary tension to the closing moments of the contest.

HIGHLAND JAGUARS V CELTIC PANTHERS

Scotland, under the guise of the Highland Jaguars, gave the Welsh side Celtic Panthers a lesson in goal scoring with a comfortable 9-1 victory. 

There were no goals in the opening ten minutes, but the Scots went ahead through an Allan Law penalty corner that went in off a Welsh defender.   Billy McPherson`s charges were 3-0 up at the break, Ross McPherson with a low shot and then Gavin Byers were the scorers.

The floodgates opened after the interval with a procession of goals, Chris Wilson was the man on target with a quick-fire hat-trick while the other goals emanated from Willie Marshall, Gareth Hall and Gary Cameron.  A modicum of slackness appeared in the closing ten minutes, Lewis Prosser scored a consolation for the Welsh and Adam MacKenzie proceeded to miss from the spot to prevent double figures.

GROVE MENZIESHILL V GROSSFLOTTBERGER (GER)

Menzieshill were given a bit of a lesson on the arts of indoor hockey from the German outfit, but did well to keep the score to 6-0 in the end.  Grossflottberger were four up at the interval, goals coming from Marius Muller, Felix Schuess, Ferdi Van Oetzen and their Scotland guest Kenny Bain.

The Germans were restricted to two goals only after the interval, both notched by Schuess for his hat-trick.

CELTIC PANTHERS V HC RDG (NED)

A nice touch from the Dutch visitors, the entire team played with shirt number 11 in memory of Richard Docherty, that was his normal number.   Consequently, number 11 scored all six Dutch goals!!

But elder brother Laurence wrote his own script with a hat-trick as his Dutch select outfit HC RDG overcame the Welsh side Celtic Panthers 6-4.   HC RDG were 3-1 up at the break, Docherty and Dutch legends Taco Van Der Honert and Jan Floris Bovelander getting the others, Lewis Prosser scored for Wales.

After the interval Docherty made it 5-1 with a quick double before guest Scottish import Andrew Kay notched the sixth from the spot.  In a belated comeback Mark Whatling (2) and Joe Naughalty scored for Wales, but not enough to alter the destiny of the match.

Having lost both games Grove Menzieshill will play the Panthers in tomorrow`s 5/6 play-off.

GROSSFLOTTBECKER V INVERLEITH

Inverleith almost caused the upset  by taking the crack German side Grossflottberger right to the wire, only to finally fall 7-6 in the end, but still qualify for today`s semi-final.

The Edinburgh side were caught on the hop by an early double from the Germans with strikes by Felix Schuess and Marius Muller from a penalty corner, but within a minute Stephen Dick had pulled one back from a set piece switch which went in off a defender`s foot.  Grossflottberger went into a 3-1 lead through Philip Otte and that remained the score at the interval although Dick almost scored again from a penalty corner at the hooter but his effort was brilliantly saved by a defender on the line. 

Dick took the second half by the scruff of the neck, and gave the much-fancied German defence a real run-a-round with four second half goals.  The Germans took a 5-2 lead early in the second half but were then hit by four goals from Dick and another by Grassick as the Scots moved into a 6-5 lead.  Unfortunately, Grossflottberger turned the screw at the end and a double from Ferdi van Oetzen saved the German blushes.

HC RDG V HIGHLAND JAGUARS

In the final match the Scottish Jaguars defeated the Dutch outfit HC RDG 10-8 in a high scoring affair, the game being a personal triumph for Glynhill Kelburne`s Gareth Hall who notched four goals.

In an end to end affair the Scots held a slender 5-4 lead at the interval, Hall scored a hat-trick while the other goals came from Chris Wilson from a penalty corner and Gary Cameron. 

McPherson`s charges continued to put the Dutch all-stars under pressure, Hall got his fourth, Wilson got his second while Ross McPherson, Adam MacKenzie and Gavin Byers also pitched it.

Tomorrow`s semi-finals bring together two Scottish outfits as Billy McPherson`s charges take on Inverleith while the Dutch and German sides contest the other - a draw that guarantees a Scottish side in the final.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



East Grinstead unbeaten again in Maxifuel Super Sixes

East Grinstead went another week unbeaten to maintain their excellent start to the Maxifuel Super Sixes Indoor Championship Men’s Premier Division at Loughborough University on Saturday.

Wins over Old Loughtonians and Canterbury ensure that they remain at the top of the league, although Bowdon have managed to keep within one point of the Sussex side.

Old Loughtonians were the first team to face East Grinstead today and they were contained until the twelfth minute when Ashley Jackson struck from open play to take the lead.

Jackson doubled the lead from the penalty spot after 19 minutes and that’s how the first half ended.

Ashley Jackson wasn’t done yet though and in a second half that brought about a five goal blitz from East Grinstead, Jackson ended the game with six goals. Paul Nicholls scored a consolation for Old Loughtonians and the match ended 1-7.

In their second game against Canterbury, Ashley Jackson showed his quality yet again with an impressive hat-trick. Further goals from Mark Pearn, Iain Lewers and Daniel Koschyk rounded off a fine 6-3 win.

With the gauntlet firmly thrown down, Bowdon responded positively with two wins of their own. They narrowly won a 7-8 encounter with Canterbury before blowing Sevenoaks away with a 6-1 victory.

Free-scoring Simon Egerton’s personal tally for the day was six goals and it’s easy to see why they have just one loss on their record.

Old Loughtonians were involved in a tense tie against Surbiton. The game remained at 0-0 with 39:12 showing on the clock when Harry Martin swept in a penalty corner. He must have thought he’d won the fixture for his team but Surbiton stunned the Essex club by scoring a penalty corner of their own through Tim Deakin in overtime.

And in the day’s final match, Beeston notched up an emphatic 9-1 win over Harleston Magpies.

Paddy Schmidt bagged a hat-trick of goals, while captain Adam Dixon and Stephen Lawrence both scored twice, and others came from Martin Scanlon and Timothy Davenport.

Elsewhere, Loughborough Students are top of Division One after securing two victories in the opening day of fixtures at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

They won 9-2 over Hampstead and Westminster, while Havant were despatched 13-2 in their second encounter.

England Hockey Board Media release



Bowdon Hightown top the table

BOWDON Hightown are top of the table in the Maxifuel Super Sixes Women’s Premier Division after going unbeaten in the indoor championship on Saturday, this time staged at the University of West England in Bristol.

They dropped their first point of the Championship in the day’s penultimate match against second-placed Sutton Coldfield, but remain three points clear heading into Sunday’s matches.

Michelle Liptrot put them into an early lead after just two minutes, and doubled their lead on 29 minutes through Jen Rowe.

Sutton Coldfield hit back with late goals from Charlotte Cross and Jane Sixsmith in the final five minutes, but the spoils were shared.

Earlier in the day Bowdon had beaten Harleston magpies 5-3, with Tina Cullen scoring two and others coming from Liptrot, Rowe and captain Nicky O’Donnell.

The Magpies scored through skipper Frances Burrell (2) and Hannah Palmer, but it was not enough to challenge their rivals.

Elsewhere, second-placed Sutton Coldfield beat Clifton 6-4 in their other match on Saturday, with Celia Butler scoring a hat-trick while others came from Sixsmith, captain Vicky Woolford and Charlene Mason.

Reading bagged two victories on Saturday. They beat Slough 6-2 in the day’s opening match, Sam Quek scoring a hat-trick, while Emma Thomas scored four to help them win 8-1 over Trojans.

Leicester were also double winners on Saturday.

Firstly they won 5-4 over Trojans after drawing 2-2 at the break, and had Lauren Turner to thank for a hat-trick of goals.

Then in their second match she scored another two in a 3-0 win over Harleston Magpies, the other coming from Kerry Williams.

Canterbury beat Slough 3-2, with captain Mel Clewlow leading by example with two goals, Lucy Barnes adding the other.

And in the day’s final match honours were even between Clifton and Canterbury, who drew 3-3. Zoe Leach scored twice for Clifton, while Lucy Hyams did the same for Canterbury.

In the First Division at Cocks Moor Woods in Birmingham, Wakefield Bradford are top of the table after securing victories in their first two matches, beating Ipswich 4-1 and overcoming Chelmsford 4-3.

But with two other teams – Univ of Birmingham and Brooklands Poynton – also unbeaten, something has got to give in Sunday’s matches.

England Hockey Board Media release



Parkites first to Ventures semis

Nigel Simon


Three different players were on target as national and Super Indoor champions, Queen’s Park whipped defending champion Defence Force 3-1 to seal the first Men’s Open semifinal spot in the ninth annual Ventures Invitational Indoor Hockey Tournament. This was on the second night at the Woodbrook Youth Facility, O’Connor Street, Woodbrook on Friday. Coming off of their 5-2 win over Notre Dame on Thursday, the Parkites were confident of a second straight win and took the lead as early as the first minute through Evan Farrell. But two minutes before the half-time interval in the 40-minute contest, national rifle shooter and reigning two-time T&T Olympic Committee “Sportsman of the Year” awardee Roger Daniel drew Defence Force level. On the resumption, both teams went in search of the go-ahead item which eventually came for Queen’s Park thanks to Jordan Reynos in the 28th minute while Dominic Young added a third a minute from full-time to seal a 3-1 win and maximum six points on the five-team table. In the other men’s match, Paragon and Notre Dame picked up their first point after two matches in a 2-2 draw. At the end of the five-team round-robin series today, the top four teams will contest the semifinal and final, also carded for today.

Luces nets handful in 5-5 draw

Yesenia Luces stole the spotlight on Friday as she netted all five goals for Ventures I, the last of which came in the final minute in a 5-5 entertaining draw with Notre Dame. Paragon, meanwhile followed up its 7-3 triumph over the Dames with a 3-0 shut-out of Ventures II led by a double from Kristin Thompson, the T&T Hockey Board’s 2011 “Sportswoman of the Year” and one from Zene Henry. A new women’s champion will be crowned this year as Canadian-based Goan Overseas Association (GOA), who won the women’s competition last year, are not defending their title. GOA, who have won the title on two occasions, cancelled their trip following the announcement of the State of Emergency last August. Both Open competitions carry a first prize of US$1,000 as well as a trophy. The runners-up get US$500 and third,  US$200. In the Veterans Division, title-holder Defence Force was held to a 4-4 draw by Malvern while the latter also suffered a 4-1 loss to Corona Fatima 6-5. For this year’s tournament host club Ventures, in collaboration with Defence Force, are paying tribute to former national player Sgt George Sheldon Froix. Froix, an ardent hockey player, was shot and killed during a crossfire at a bar in Valencia on Christmas Eve. He was a member of the men’s Open and Veteran’s team which successfully competed at the Ventures tournament last year. He was also a member of the team which lost to Ontario United in the men’s final of the tournament in 2010. There will also be prizes  for the Most Valuable Player, the Best Goalkeeper and the player scoring the most goals in each division, Open Men, Open  Women and Veterans.

Friday’s Results


Men Open
Queen’s Park 3 (Evan Farrell 1st, Jordan Reynos 28th, Dominic Young 39th) vs Defence Force 1 (Roger Daniel 18th)

Paragon 2 (Kiel Murray 12th, 16th) vs Notre Dame 2 (Isaac Marecheau 18th, Keith De Peza 24th)

Women Open
Paragon 3 (Kristin Thompson 1st, 18th, Zene Henry 29th) vs Ventures II 0

Ventures 1 5 (Yesenia Luces 10th, 19th, 26th, 30th, 39th)nNotre Dame 5 (Dana-Lee De Gannes 17th, 34th, Blair Wynne 19th, 21st, Kayla Brathwaite 3rd, 19th).

Veterans
Fatima 4 (Rolph Young 2nd, 18th, Keith Nieves 39th, 39th) vs Malvern 1 (Anthony Marcano 18th)

Defence Force 4 (Nicholas Wren 15th, Neil Lashley 17th, Paul Dijholtz 18th, Gordon Snow 22nd) vs Malvern 4 (Scott Dopson 12th, 39th, Gary Hercules 24th, Anthony Marcano 40th)

The Trinidad Guardian



Vinaya returns but Yuvraj, Rupinder on road to recovery

BANGALORE: Four players among the 45 probables will look forward to the Indian hockey camp, beginning at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi from Sunday, with all eagerness for various reasons.

Dragflicker Rupinder Pal Singh and striker Yuvraj Walmiki, who were undergoing rehab at the Bangalore camp which ended on Friday after having sustained injuries at the Johannesburg Champions Challenge, will hope to return to action sooner than later. But that is easier said than done as the country's preparations for the Olympic qualifiers in February enter the homestretch.

Midfielder VS Vinaya, who last played for the country in the European tour in 2009, will relish the recall and aim to cement his place in the team, particularly after having fruitfully spent the last few seasons playing for Barcelona in the Spanish League. "I am happy to be back in the Indian camp. During the time I was out I played a lot of domestic tournaments, but what helped me most was my stint with Barcelona," he said.

The other player hoping to return to the mainstream is Gurvinder Chandi, who copped a five-match ban after the infamous brawl against Pakistan during the series in Australia late last year.

He would be hoping that the five-match Test series against South Africa, accorded official status by the International Hockey Federation, will help him serve the ban before he returns to action in the qualifiers.

Rupinder and Yuvraj are recovering and may figure in the last two Test matches if they are fit enough. Rupinder has a hairline fracture in the right femur bone and has been advised six weeks rehab while Yuvraj, who has a hip injury, has been advised four weeks of rehab.

The number of men probables has come down from 48 to 45 with a majority of them flying out from Bangalore to Delhi on Saturday. Rajpal Singh, Sardar Singh and Sandeep Singh will join the probables in Delhi.

The probables were joined by chief coach Michael Nobbs and exercise physiologist David John who arrived in New Delhi after a short break in Australia.

The Times of India



Second phase of Indian men's hockey camp to start on Sunday


NEW DELHI: The core group of Indian men's hockey team arrived on Saturday from Bangalore for the second phase of the Olympic qualification preparatory camp which will get underway at the National Stadium from Sunday.

The probables were joined by chief coach Michael Nobbs and exercise physiologist David Ian John who arrived in the capital after a short break in Australia.

During the course of the camp, India will play a five-test match series against South Africa which will also serve as the selection trials for the Olympic Qualification Tournament to be held at the same venue from February 18-26.

The list of 45 core probable is as under:

Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri, PR Shreejesh, Naveen Kumar, Nanak Singh.
Defenders: Rupinder Pal Singh, VR Raghunath, Amit Rohidas, Harbir Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Sandeep Singh.
Midfielders: Gurbaj Singh, Ignace Tirkey, Manpreet Singh, Manjeet Kullu, Vikas Sharma, Birendra Lakra, Vikram Pillay, Bharat, SK Uthappa, VS Vinaya, Vikas Pillay, Belsajar Horo, Sardar Singh, Kothajit Singh, Pardeep Mor.
Forwards: Rajpal Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Sarvanjit Singh, SV Sunil, Ravi Pal, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Roshan Minz, Yuvraj Walmiki, Mandip Antil, Chinglesana Singh Kangujam, Shivendra Singh, Arjun Halappa, Tushar Khandker, Dharamvir Singh, MB Aiyappa, Shashi Topno, Ramandeep Singh, Pradhan Somanna, Nithin Thimmaiah, Akashdeep Singh.

The Times of India



Egos should be set aside to end standoff – Waseem Feroz

By Muhammad Asif Khan


Karachi: Amidst a bitter row between a group of former Olympians and the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), another former Olympian Waseem Feroz believes that personal egos are the hindrance to an amicable settlement between the two parties. “The stature of Islahuddin, Samiullah and Shehnaz Sheikh is unmatched, they brought laurels for the country, but serious allegations without solid evidence are uncalled for. To avoid further damage, an out of court settlement is the only way out”, maintained Waseem Feroz while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.

“It seems the egos are not letting the bunch of former Olympians to talk the issue out with the PHF officials”, added Waseem Feroz

The confrontation between the PHF and ex-Olympians hit the highest point last month, when the PHF served legal notices on 13 Olympians, including Shahnaz Sheikh, Khalid Mehmood, Islahuddin, Samiullah, Shahbaz Ahmad senior, Salim Nazim, Qamar Ibrahim, Naveed Alam, Qamar Zia, Saeed Khan, Muhammad Ayyaz and Tahir Zaman, for leveling charges of alleged involvement of the federation's office bearers in human trafficking. The PHF also threatened to file defamation suits of Rs 500 million against each of them.

The former left-out also feels that, with only a few months left for the Olympics, the time is not conducive for criticism, and instead the two parties should draft a joint strategy for the mega event. “Former greats should act as a fatherly figure and impart their experience to the team and the management. Although I am not at par with the stature of Islahuddin, Samiullah and Shehnaz Sheikh however ready for a positive role in the mediation between the two blocs”

Earlier former captain Hassan Sardar also offered the role of a mediator to resolve the standoff between the group of Olympians and the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF)

On the other hand, the group of former Olympic stalwarts ruled out a truce with the hockey administration and claimed to have drafted a strong counter strategy to respond the legal notices.

While acting as the spokesperson of the ex-Olympians after a meeting in Karachi on Friday, former skipper Islahuddin, stressed that the ex-Olympians would not succumb to the PHF’s demand of an apology.

“In a joint letter to the Prime Minister the human trafficking allegation was not directly leveled by us. We actually referred to the investigations earlier carried out by the parliament’s committees in this regard”, said Islahuddin.

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Ex-Olympians lament PHF’s attitude, short-sightedness

Shazia Hasan



“Having been part of the teams that won so many laurels for the country, we felt it our right to criticize the current performance and the PHF’s policies. But we are being punished for doing that in the form of these notices.” -File photo

KARACHI: A majority of the 13 ex-Olympians, slapped with legal notices by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) over a recent letter sent to the prime minister, held a joint press conference at former Olympian Qamar Zia’s residence here on Friday to condemn the federation’s attitude towards national heroes.

Addressing the media, Pakistan hockey team’s most successful captain Islahuddin Siddiqui said that it was a pity that veterans of their calibre who did the country proud on so many occasions by winning the grand slam titles have been humiliated like this and sent legal notices threatening law suits if they failed to respond within 14 days.

“Well, we will reply within the deadline, but that is not really the issue here,” said Islah.

“The real issue is that as lovers of hockey we feel for the sport and want to see our national team back at the top. When you take credit for winning, you should also take responsibility for losing.

“Having been part of the teams that won so many laurels for the country, we felt it our right to criticize the current performance and the PHF’s policies. But we are being punished for doing that in the form of these notices,” lamented Islah.

The former Olympian stressed that till now they have only talked about the declining level of the sport and have never resorted to becoming personal, but the PHF was taking everything in the wrong sense.

“Hockey is a priority with us and the letter we wrote to the prime minister of Pakistan was more of a report on planning for 2012 than anything else. It spoke of our concerns about what has been going on within the PHF that is hurting the sport.

“We had pointed out several things of which the PHF only chose to make an issue out of the point on human trafficking. And there, too, we only quoted what’s already been debated in the Senate and the National Assembly.

“It is not us who are accusing them, but we are worried about the rumors circulating which are not good for hockey,” Islah explained.

“We think the PHF’s picking up a fight with us over this one thing which may have something to do with shifting the nation’s focus from the team’s poor performance at the recently-concluded Champions Trophy in New Zealand,” he added.

“It is technically easy to catch the mistakes of players on the field during a game from afar. We can see those mistakes but when we, like any good coach, voice our opinion we are ignored,” said the senior Olympian.

However, while Islah said that the Olympians had drafted a reply to the PHF notice, he declined to disclose it to the media.

“We have categorically replied to all the questions asked by the PHF but have yet to consult our lawyers on the matter. Once that is done, we will send these replies to the federation. Having been sent individual notices, we have all also replied individually but we all stand united in our stance,” he said putting an end to fresh rumours taking rounds about a split in their ranks.

Asked if the prime minister had replied to their letter that so infuriated the PHF, Islah said a response was still being awaited on it.

About Olympians Hasan Sardar and Akhtar Rasool offering to make patch-up efforts between the warring factions, Islah said that they respected their sentiment as he could see that they too loved the sport and were keen to work for its betterment.

“But we have to deal with the legal matters first now,” he said.

When asked if they were thinking of tendering an apology over the matter, he said there was no question about it.

The meeting was also attended by Olympians Shahnaz Sheikh, Akhtar-ul-Islam, Samiullah, Ayaz Mahmood, Qamar Ibrahim, Sameer Ahmed, Naveed Alam and Qamar Zia.

Dawn



PHF chief Qasim Zia to contest POA presidential election

Staff Report




LAHORE: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) president Qasim Zia said on Saturday that he would be contesting the election of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) president to safeguard the interest of country’s sports. “I have come forward to contest the elections of POA because country’s sports needs a leadership who is capable of delivering in right direction,” he said while announcing his candidature here at National Hockey Stadium. POA elections will be held on February 4. Qasim said he has taken the decision to contest the elections of the POA as majority of the national sports federations hade assured their full support and cooperation to him.

“I know it is a challenging task and I has accepted the challenge as I have accepted it in hockey in which we are now gaining gradual progress at international level,” he maintained.

He claimed that during his recent interaction with provincial Olympic associations of the country they had given him go ahead to contest the elections and similar gesture was shown by a number of national sports federations. The PHF chief said his services for the cause of hockey are known to everyone and if elected he would exhibit a similar spirit to better country’s sports which need a new vision and a roadmap.

To a question, he said he would be announcing his line of action and future plans in a few days after having a series of meetings with top officials of national sports federations across the country.

He said the PHF would hold Indoor Asian Hockey Championship later this year in Islamabad at Liaquat Gymnasium. “Indoor hockey will be a new concept in Pakistan. Through this event we will introduce it and take further steps for its promotion,” he added. Qasim informed that discussions were underway to organise Asian Club Championship in Pakistan besides a Four-Nation Hockey Tournament to be held in Lahore this year. He said the national domestic activity programme would get underway with the holding of National Junior Hockey Championship to be played here from January 10-22.

The Daily Times



TBSS looking for middle finish

TUNKU Besar Secondary School (TBSS) will play in Di vision One of the Junior Hockey League (JHL) starting on Jan 19, and they eye a place in the quarter-finals for starters.

The last national player to break out from the school is current No 1 national goalkeeper S. Kumar, and the school hopes some of their strikers will be noticed by selectors.

“This team has been playing together for the past five years and since we became the Division Two champions last season, we received a promotion to play with the big boys.

“However, we are setting ourselves a modest target as we do not have import players as all are from TBSS itself,” said team manager M. Vivekananda.

The bulk of the players are 18-years-old awaiting for their SPM results: “And we will be banking more on field play instead of penalty corners for goals, as we do not have a good battery.”

Last season, TBSS captured their first JHL title when they beat MSSP-USM 4-1 in the Division Two final.

“It was the first JHL title for the school, and we hope to build on it, but there are some excellent teams in Division One, and if nothing else, my players will get a chance to learn how to play better hockey this season.”

Twenty-five teams have registered for the JHL, with Ipoh City Council and Anderson forming a partnership this season instead of playing as two teams.

The teams to watch would be League champions UniKL Young Guns and Overall champions SSTMI-Thunderbolt as well as Bukit Jalil Sports School.

The top six teams in Division One will qualify for the quarter-finals with the two champions from Division Two A and B.

The price money has also increased from RM80,500 to a total of RM145,500.

DIVISION ONE -- Ipoh City Council/Anderson, Tunku Besar Tampin, SS Bukit Jalil, SS Bukit Jalil Juniors, SSTMI Thun derbolts, UniKL Young Guns, MSSPP-USM, Petaling Jaya City Council, Yayasan Pahang, Tunku Mahkota Ismail School.
Division Two A: Politeknik KPT, Nur Insafi, KHA-MSNK, MSSP-USM Juniors, Anderson Juniors, Sapura, Kelantan, Kelantan HA Juniors.
Division Two B: SMK Padang Midin, Tunas Pahang, MHS- MSSNM-MSN Melaka, Olak KPT, SMK Dato Taha, Johor HA, Kuala Lumpur Sport School.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey



Commissioners to submit reports on all junior league matches

By S. RAMAGURU


KUALA LUMPUR: For the first time match commissioners will be en­­ga­ged for hockey matches starting with the Malaysia Junior Hockey Lea­gue (MJHL) which begins on Jan 19.

Each match will have one commissioner and they have to submit an independent report on all the happenings during and after the game.

This comes in the wake of complaints by umpires last year that no, or late, action was taken against players who abused umpires and for other disciplinary issues.

The decision to appoint match commissioners was endorsed by the now defunct Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) late last year.

Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) secretary Maninderjit Singh said yesterday that the MJHL technical committee headed by Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohamed Ariff has agreed to the move although there will be additional costs.

“The people appointed will be senior technical officials. They must submit reports on every match to the technical committee. We want an independent view on the players, officials, spectators’ behaviour and security matters. Members of the technical committee will not be appointed match commissioners,” said Maninderjit.

The five-man technical committee headed by Rahim includes S. Satish Kumar, Jusvir Singh, V. Rajamanickam and Lt Kol B. Muthukumar.

The committee also released the groupings for Division Two. There will be eight teams in Group A and seven in Group B.

The top two teams in each group will play in the crossover semi-finals with the winners going into the final.

The preliminary round is expected to end by Feb 19 and the final for the overall title has been set for March 24.

The MJHL will break for the MSSM (Malaysian Schools) meet from March 12-17.

The quarter-finals and semi-finals of the knockout stage, which will be held on a home and away format, is expected to be completed by March 12.

“We decided to break for the MSSM meet as most of the players are involved in the MJHL. But we are confident of completing the league as scheduled.”

The fixtures for the MJHL will be released on Wednesday while the team managers’ meeting has been set for Jan 14.

The Star of Malaysia

 



What kind of a tackle?



The Royal Mint has released a series of 29 50p pieces depicting the 29 sports in the Olympic Games to commemorate the London Olympics 2012.

 

I'm not too sure that a highly suspect tackle is the right way to depict hockey though.

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