News for 24 January 2012

All the news for Tuesday 24 Jaunary 2012


Hockeyroos Succumb to Strong Dutch Outfit

The Hockeyroos succumbed to a strong Dutch outfit this morning, losing 0-1 to the world number one team in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Hockeyroos started the match slowly, allowing the Netherlands to open the scoring in the 6th minute through a field goal. The Dutch dominated the opening 20 minutes of the match amassing 6 shots on goal from 10 circle penetrations. The Hockeyroos were efficient around goal managing 4 shots on goal from 4 circle penetrations.

Down at half time 0-1, and yesterday’s 4-1 victory over the Dutch gave the Hockeyroos confidence going into the second half knowing they again could compete against the best hockey team in the world.

The Hockeyroos managed to assert themselves in the second half, producing a number of great chances to equalize the match. Unfortunately, the equalizer didn't come the way of the Hockeyroos with three chances going just wide of the net. The Hockeyroos doubled their circle penetrations for the half but could only manage 4 shots on goal. The Dutch recorded identical statistics for the half displaying the closeness of the contest.

Hockeyroos Coach Adam Commens said "While we didn’t win today, it was excellent to see we are once again capable of competing with and defeating the number 1 team in the world. The belief we take out of these matches is crucial and an excellent step forward in our preparation to London.”

Best players for the match were awarded too: Jodie Schulz, Kobie McGurk and Jade Warrender.

Hockeyroos 0 lose Netherlands 1 (Half Time 0-1)

USA and Argentina Tour Goal scorers tally

2 - Megan Rivers
2 - Claire Messent
1 - Kellie White
1 - Georgia Nanscawen
1 - Emily Smith
1 - Jade Close
1 - Jodie Schulz

Next game: Hockeyroos v Germany Jan 25th Rosario, Argentina.

Hockey Australia media release



Argentina men turn the game to defeat Spain

Hosts win second of three test matches after 3-3 draw in first encounter


Argentina came from behind to win against Spain (Photo: CAH Press/Matías Correa Arce)

In the last men's match of this series in Córdoba, Argentina slipped past the higher ranked Europeans, taking a 2-1 win and finishing the first half of their 6 match test series on a high, booking three points through goals by Juan Martín López and Santiago Montelli.

At the beginning of the match, both sides showed depth in their attacks but the Spanish had the bigger share in ball possession and midway through the first half, Edi Tubau sunk the ball into the Argentinean net for Spain to take the lead with the first half's only goal.

After the break, Pablo Lombi's team managed to turn the scoreline however, in the span of only three minutes, as Juan Martín López and Santiago Montelli made good use of open spaces in the right side of the Spanish defense and scored in the 45th and 48th minute respectively.

In the final minutes of the encounter, Spain pushed for the equalizer and created some compelling opportunities, but were denied on several occasions by Juan Espinosa in the Argentinean goal.

This was the last encounter in the programme of test matches in Córdoba, and the men's teams of Argentina, Spain and France now all move on to Rosario, where the programme will continue with further matches between Argentina and Spain as well as Argentina and France. The next macth is on Wednesday, at 21:30, between Argentina and Spain.

Argentinean Confederation press release



Black Sticks coach Hager says no need to panic

FRED WOODCOCK


Coach Mark Hager is brushing off suggestions the women's Black Sticks hockey team is on the slide, saying the Champions Trophy will give it a better idea of where it stands in what is an Olympic year.

Despite a maiden international goal from Julia King and a penalty stroke from Anita Punt, New Zealand yesterday slumped to a fourth successive loss to finish last in the Four Nations tournament in Argentina.

Having lost their three pool matches, the sixth-ranked Black Sticks were beaten 3-2 by world No2 Argentina after golden goal extra time in the third-fourth playoff in Cordoba.

While the result was an improvement on their opening 7-3 loss to the hosts, and subsequent 6-4 and 2-0 losses to South Korea and Britain, it wasn't enough to satisfy Hager.

New Zealand will be defending their bronze medal when the Champions Trophy starts in Rosario, Argentina, on Sunday, and Hager admits they have plenty of work to do.

But it is too early to panic, given the team has come out of the cold for this tournament.

"I know the results don't look good but we've come in here cold. I don't want to use that as an excuse but it's a long time [October] since we played any hockey," he said yesterday.

"It's too hard to tell [if they have plateaued] because it's just the start of our season. We've had no club or national hockey. We're probably more frustrated because we want to be playing our best hockey now, but we know there's a long way to go till the Olympics.

"We'll know more where we stand after the Champions Trophy."

The Black Sticks start their Champions Trophy campaign against Argentina on Sunday, their third meeting in little more than a week. They also play South Korea and Germany in pool play.

Stuff



That's just Super Ashley Jackson

By Graham Wilson



Ashley Jackson will be a big draw at Wembley

EAST GRINSTEAD will parade a battery of internationals in front of 6,000 fans at the Wembley Arena as they bid to retain the Maxifuel Super Sixes national indoor title for a fourth successive year.

On show will be Olympians Ashley Jackson, GB captain Barry Middleton, England indoor captain Glenn Kirkham and Mark Pearn, who was made player of the year by the Hockey Writers’ Club last week.

Jackson, top scorer in the recent indoor European championships, said: “It’s great fun to be at Wembley but you know how much this means to your club-mates because, in a way, this is their Olympics, so you always want to do well for their sake.”

GREAT BRITAIN’S women move on to the Champions Trophy in Rosario after being edged out 3-2 by Korea in the final of the Cordoba Four Nations tournament. They had beaten Korea 3-1 in the first match, claimed the scalp of hosts and world champions Argentina 2-0 before beating New Zealand 2-0.

Argentina, Korea and China will play alongside GB in the Visa Test event at the Olympic Park from May 2-6 which will also feature the men’s world champions Australia, Olympic champions Germany and India.

Daily Express



Injured Gurbaj out of 32 probables, to miss Olympic Qualifier

NEW DELHI: Injured midfielder Gurbaj Singh was on Monday left out of India's 32-member probables announced for the hockey Olympic Qualification tournament to be held from February 18 to 26.

Gurbaj, who sustained an injury on his right knee during the start of second phase of the preparatory camp here earlier this month, is the only notable absentee.

He did not play in India's just-concluded five-match Test series against South Africa, which formed the basis of the naming of the probables. Even though the team management said that Gurbaj's injury was not serious, he has been advised rest for three weeks.

hockey India selectors Balbir Singh, BP Govinda, Syed Ali alongwith chief coach, Michael Nobbs and government observers Harbinder Singh and Dilip Tirkey pruned down the number of probables from 45 to 32 after watching the Test series against South Africa, which India won 3-1.

"The core probable players were tested in these matches so as to determine the best possible team that would represent the country in the Olympic Qualifier Tournament," HI said in a statement on Monday.

The list will be further reduced to 18 players with four standbys for the Olympic Qualifiers to be played at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

Besides India, the other participating teams in the tournament are Canada, France, Poland, USA and Italy.

Probables

Goalkeepers: Bharat Chetri, PR Sreejesh.
Defenders: Sandeep Singh, VR Raghunath, Rupinderpal Singh, Harbir Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Manjeet Kullu.
Midfielders: Sardar Singh, Vikram Pillay, Vikas Sharma, Arjun Halappa, Manpreet Singh, VS Vinaya, Kothajit Singh, Ignace Tirkey, Birendra Lakra.
Forwards: Rajpal Singh, SV Sunil, Sarvanjit Singh, Shivendra Singh, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Tushar Khandker, SK Uthappa, Ravipal, Chinglensana Singh, Yuvraj Walmiki, Mandeep Antil, Dharamveer Singh, Bharat, Danish Mujtaba, Akashdeep Singh.

The Times of India



Hockey India selects probables

Hockey India has selected 32 probables for the next national Olympic preparatory camp to be held in New Delhi from February 1. The final 18-member team and four stand-bye will be selected close to the Olympic qualifier to be played from February 18. WSH from Feb 29.

The World Series Hockey, which was postponed last month, starts Feb 29 with Chandigarh Comets taking on Bhopal Badshahs, according to the fixtures released Monday.

The eight-team league, which is being promoted by Nimbus Sports and the Indian Hockey Federation, is not recognised by the International Hockey Federation. The league stage would run till March 30 and will be followed by two semifinals slated for April 1, while the final will be on April 2.

Hindustan Times



Sons rise from North-East, put Manipur back on hockey map

Uthra G Chaturvedi


Kangujam Chinglensana Singh first arrived in Delhi six years ago to appear for selection trials to the PNB hockey academy, then housed in one corner of the National Stadium. Last week, he successfully completed his graduation from the secondary turf to the main one when he lined up with the India team players against South Africa in the Test series. Chinglensana is from Manipur, a state that has produced women hockey players of repute. There are four women from Manipur who are currently part of the national team. But there has been a drought of sorts when it comes to the men from this North-Eastern state representing the country. It has been a decade since Brojen Singh, also from Manipur, played for India. Thoiba Singh was the last big name to have emerged from this state, but that was in the late 80s.

But with Chinglensana, and Khandranghan Kothajit Singh, making it to the top grade, Manipur men are back in the India hockey fold.

On Tuesday, as the national anthem played aloud, Chinglensana, 21, was living out the dream of wearing the blue India jersey. It was a dream that first took flight when Brojen, his idol, gave him his first hockey stick and a pair of running shoes.

Skewed ‘sex ratio’

Two days later, 19-year-old Kothajit, made his international debut. The two players from Manipur have impressed the team management enough to stake a claim for spots in the team during the on-going Test series against South Africa.

“Women from Manipur are tougher and faster than their counterparts from the north, while the men beat us hands down,” says Kothajit in a lighter vein, while trying to explain this imbalance in sex ratio when it comes to the national side.

The present women’s national team has four players from Manipur.

Chinglensana and Kothajit grew up together in Imphal. Both left their state to train in the sport. While Kothajit polished his skills at the Sports Authority of India centre in Lucknow from 2006, Chinglensana landed at the PNB academy.

For Kothajit, born into a family of hockey players, the sport was a natural attraction. “My family is into hockey. My parents played for Manipur, two of my brothers play for Army XI and one is with ONGC. Our house is right next to the stadium in Imphal. I never thought of any other sport,” he says.

Kothajit received a scholarship from Indian Oil Corporation.

Chinglensana, the only son of a widow, idolises Brojen, who he says has been his guide. “Brojen not only helped me with the sticks and shoes, but has also constantly told me how to play, advised me on my skills and even suggested that I give trials for the PNB academy. He has been my guide all through,” says the youngster currently employed with Western Railways.

Football by far remains the more popular sport in Manipur and it doesn’t help that hockey in the state doesn’t have enough idols to look up to.

“I always wanted to play hockey. When I was advised to try out at the SAI centre Lucknow, I knew it was my chance,” says Kothajit.

Both agree Manipur has fallen off the country’s graph but not for lack of talent. “There is a turf but there is no guidance, proper training or tournaments. Moving out is the only option but not too many do that.”

While India coach Michael Nobbs is impressed enough with their speed and skills to consider them as long-term prospects, for now, the friends from the remote village of Basihkhong in eastern Imphal are living their dream.

Indian Express



Indian team at Bhopal

s2h team




The Indian team that won the Asian Champions Trophy in Ordos, China, is now in Bhopal.

They reached Bhopal today evening, and will be meeting Shivraj Singh Chauhan, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh tonight.

The hockey loving chief minister is hosting a dinner tonight during which he is expected to handover Rs.1 lack prize money to each player for winning the Asian Champions Trophy.

India won the Asian Champions Trophy four months ago, defeating Pakistan in the final. Hockey India presented the team with Rs.25,000 to each member of the team, which they refused to accept quoting it is too small to accept.

This created a national furore, and the MP Government fittingly came forward to present each of them Rs 1 lac.

Top officials from the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt of MP, received the Indian team at the airport(picture).

Former Olympians Gurbux Singh, Ashok Diwan, Charles Cornelius and other Bhopal international players are also invited for the dinner.

He will also honour members of the Berlin Olympics team and present each of their families Rs one lakh, he said.

Chouhan will also felicitate former Olympians Ashok Kumar, Jalaluddin Rizvi, Sameer Daad, Abdul Gafoor, Mohammad Yusuf, Salim Abbasi, Khurshid Ali and Altaf-ur-Rehman.

The chief minister will also felicitate the state junior and sub-junior women's hockey teams for winning the national championship and present the team members a cash award of Rs 10,000 each.

Stick2Hockey.com



Action packed WSH schedule released

Inaugural season of world class league will be from 29th February to 2nd April


Mumbai: World Series Hockey is all set to begin from the 29th of February and delight the hockey fans with 34 days of live entertainment and hard hitting hockey.

59 matches will be played in the inaugural edition, with 56 matches being played in the league stage, 2 semi finals and 1 final.

The season will kick off with a grand opening ceremony in Chandigarh followed by the first match of the tournament between the Chandigarh Comets and the Bhopal Badshahs.

All the matches will be played during prime time to ensure maximum excitement and engagement in stadia and on live television. There will consistently be two matches a day at 7 pm and 9 pm.

The top four teams from the league stage will qualify for the semi-finals which will be held on 1st April at 6 pm IST and 830 PM IST. To reward consistent performance in the league stage, the top two seeds after the league stage will enjoy the advantage of hosting their respective semi final.

The grand final will be held on 2nd April at 830 pm, and the finalist with a higher seed from the league stage will host this game.

4 rest days are scheduled in the tournament, to allow for players to recharge their batteries.

Dennis Meredith, Technical Director of WSH, said, “The schedule was drawn up in sync with international tournament guidelines for adequate rest to the players and technical officials between matches. This ensures that the standard of hockey in WSH is top-notch at all times and will be an absolute treat for fans.”

Yannick Colaco, COO of Nimbus Sport, said, “All stakeholders have been taken into consideration while planning the WSH schedule. Floodlit matches in the evenings will provide the passionate hockey fans with an electrifying environment. With all the matches played at prime time, fans will be able to enjoy world class hockey after they’re back home. This is the first time the passionate Indian fans will have access to world class hockey for 34 days of non-stop prime time action.”

Stick2Hockey.com



Chandigarh Comets to take on Bhopal Badshahs in WSH opener

MUMBAI: Chandigarh Comets would clash with Bhopal Badshahs at the former's venue to kick start the inaugural $2 million prize money World Series Hockey championships on February 29.

As per the schedule of the eight-team WSH, which is not a sanctioned event of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), announced on Monday, the league stage of the tournament would run till March 30 and will be followed by two semifinals on April 1 and the final on April 2.

The other six teams taking part would be Sher-E-Punjab (Jalandhar), Chennai Cheetahs, Pune Strykers, Delhi Wizards, Karnataka Lions (Bangalore) and the Mumbai franchise, renamed as Mumbai Marines.

The timings of the matches have been fixed at 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm right throughout the round robin stage barring the season opener which is to commence at 8.30 pm.

The two semifinals on April 1 are to be held at 6 and 8:30 pm respectively, while the final on April 2 will commence at 8 pm.

A total of 56 matches have been scheduled in the round robin phase leading to the two semis and final.

The tournament was scheduled originally to commence on December 17 last but had to be put off on request from the Indian players who wanted to concentrate on the Pre-Olympic qualifiers to be held in Delhi next month.

Schedule

Feb 29: 8:30 pm Chandigarh Comets v Bhopal Badshahs, Chandigarh
Mar 1: 7:00 pm Sher-E-Punjab v Chennai Cheetahs, Jalandhar; 9:00 pm Mumbai Marines v Pune Strykers, Mumbai;
Mar 2: 7:00 pm Delhi Wizards v Karnataka Lions, Delhi; 9:00 pm Mumbai Marines v Bhopal Badshahs, Mumbai
Mar 3: 5:00 pm Sher-E-Punjab v Karnataka Lions, Jalandhar; 7:00 pm Chandigarh Comets v Chennai Cheetahs, Chandigarh; 9:00 pm Delhi Wizards v Pune Strykers, Delhi
Mar 4: 7:00 pm Sher-E-Punjab v Pune Strykers, Jalandhar; 9:00 pm Mumbai Marines v Chandigarh Comets, Mumbai
Mar 5: 7:00 pm Karnataka Lions v Bhopal Badshahs, Bangalore; 9:00 pm Delhi Wizards v Chennai Cheetahs, Delhi
Mar 6: 7:00 pm Chennai Cheetahs v Mumbai Marines, Chennai; 9:00 pm Karnataka Lions v Chandigarh Comets, Bangalore
Mar 7: 7:00 pm Sher-E-Punjab v Delhi Wizards, Jalandhar; 9:00 pm Pune Strykers v Bhopal Badshahs, Pune
Mar 8: 7:00 pm Chandigarh Comets v Sher-E-Punjab, Chandigarh; 9:00 pm Karnataka Lions v Mumbai Marines, Bangalore
Mar 9: 7:00 pm Chennai Cheetahs v Pune Strykers, Chennai; 9:00 pm Bhopal Badshahs v Delhi Wizards, Bhopal
Mar 10: 7:00 pm Chennai Cheetahs v Karnataka Lions, Chennai; 9:00 pm Bhopal Badshahs v Sher-E-Punjab, Bhopal
Mar 11: 7:00 pm Pune Strykers v Chandigarh Comets, Pune; 9:00 pm Mumbai Marines v Delhi Wizards, Mumbai
Mar 12: 7:00 pm Pune Strykers v Karnataka Lions, Pune; 9:00 pm Bhopal Badshahs v Chennai Cheetahs, Bhopal
Mar 14: 7:00 pm Mumbai Marines v Sher-E-Punjab, Mumbai; 9:00 pm Delhi Wizards v Chandigarh Comets, Delhi.
Mar 15: 7:00 pm Pune Strykers v Chennai Cheetahs, Pune; 9:00 pm Delhi Wizards v Bhopal Badshahs, Delhi.
Mar 16: 7:00 pm Sher-E-Punjab v Chandigarh Comets, Jalandhar; 9:00 pm Mumbai Marines v Karnataka Lions, Mumbai.
Mar 17: 7:00 pm Sher-E-Punjab v Bhopal Badshahs, Jalandhar; 9:00 pm Karnataka Lions v Chennai Cheetahs, Bangalore.
Mar 19: 7:00 pm Chandigarh Comets v Pune Strykers, Chandigarh; 9:00 pm Delhi Wizards v Mumbai Marines, Delhi.
Mar 20: 7:00 pm Chandigarh Comets v Delhi Wizards, Chandigarh; 9:00 pm Chennai Cheetahs v Bhopal Badshahs, Chennai.
Mar 21: 7:00 pm Sher-E-Punjab v Mumbai Marines, Jalandhar; 9:00 pm Karnataka Lions v Pune Strykers, Bangalore.
Mar 23: 7:00 pm Pune Strykers v Mumbai Marines, Pune; 9:00 pm Karnataka Lions v Sher-E-Punjab, Bangalore.
Mar 24: 7:00 pm Bhopal Badshahs v Chandigarh Comets, Bhopal 9:00 pm Karnataka Lions v Delhi Wizards, Bangalore.
Mar 25: 7:00 pm Chennai Cheetahs v Sher-E-Punjab, Chennai; 9:00 pm Bhopal Badshahs v Mumbai Marines, Bhopal.
Mar 26: 7:00 pm Chennai Cheetahs v Chandigarh Comets, Chennai; 9:00 pm Pune Strykers v Delhi Wizards, Pune.
Mar 27: 7:00 pm Pune Strykers v Sher-E-Punjab, Pune; 9:00 pm Bhopal Badshahs v Karnataka Lions, Bhopal.
Mar 28: 7:00 pm Chandigarh Comets v Mumbai Marines, Chandigarh; 9:00 pm Chennai Cheetahs v Delhi Wizards, Chennai.
Mar 29: 7:00 pm Chandigarh Comets v Karnataka Lions, Chandigarh; 9:00 pm Bhopal Badshahs v Pune Strykers, Bhopal.
Mar 30: 7:00 pm Delhi Wizards v Sher-E-Punjab, Delhi; 9:00 pm Mumbai Marines v Chennai Cheetahs, Mumbai.
Apr 1: 6:00 pm Semi Final 1 (Venue to be confirmed); 8:30 pm Semi Final 2 (Venue to be confirmed)
Apr 2: 8:00 pm Final (Venue to be confirmed).

The Times of India



World Series Hockey Mumbai franchise names team Mumbai Marines

WSH Mumbai team reveals new identity



Mumbai: The Mumbai franchise of World Series Hockey has been rebranded as Mumbai Marines. The brand identity has been specially designed to incorporate the core values of the team – dynamism, stability and a strong city affiliation.

Mumbai has a proud legacy of Hockey and the team boasts of some of the finest players. Adrian D’ Souza, one of the world’s best goalkeepers will captain the side and be ably supported by two former India captains, Viren Rasquinha and Prabodh Tirkey.

Exciting young Indian players like the Walmiki brothers, Yuvraj and Devender, along with International superstars like Pedro Ibarra (Argentina), Sung Min Lee (South Korea), Melchior Looijen (Netherlands), Phelie Maguire (Ireland), Connor Grimes (Canada) and Juan Martin Lopez (Argentina) makes Mumbai Marines a world class squad.

The task of forging these players into a winning unit will be handled by the master strategist Andrew Meredith, assistant coach of the German national team in their World Cup and Olympic Gold winning campaigns of 2006 and 2008 respectively.

Nutan Jha, Team Director, Prosport Holdings Pvt. Ltd., said, “The thought behind the new identity is to highlight the boundless energy and spirit of dynamism that defines this city and its sporting legacy. Besides, we wanted to consciously avoid any confusion with Pune Warriors, the Pune IPL team and hence changed the name of our team from Mumbai Warriors to Mumbai Marines.”

Stick2Hockey.com



Rajpal Singh demands Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand

BHOPAL: Indian hockey skipper Rajpal Singh on Monday said that Major Dhyan Chand deserved to be the first sportsperson in the country to be bestowed with the Bharat Ratna.

"Bharat Ratna is not given for encouraging any particular sport. It is a matter of honour and the hockey legend, also known world over as its magician, deserves the prestigious award the most," Singh told reporters at the TT Nagar stadium.

"There is no player of his stature, neither before nor afterwards," he added.

The Indian team arrived in the city for attending a felicitation function organised by Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan this evening in honour of the team's victory in the Asian Champion's Trophy last year.

Chouhan will present an award of Rs one lakh each to the members of the winning team, State's Sports Director Shailendra Shrivastava said.

He will also honour members of the Berlin Olympics team and present each of their families Rs one lakh, he said.

Chouhan will also felicitate former Olympians Ashok Kumar, Jalaluddin Rizvi, Sameer Daad, Abdul Gafoor, Mohammad Yusuf, Salim Abbasi, Khurshid Ali and Altaf-ur-Rehman.

The chief minister will also felicitate the state junior and sub-junior women's hockey teams for winning the national championship and present the team members a cash award of Rs 10,000 each.

The Times of India



Hockey volunteers selected as 'London 2012 Games Makers'


A number of Scottish Hockey members and employees have been selected as volunteers for the Olympic Games this summer.

As 'London 2012 Games Makers', they will be the face of London 2012, with the chance to show what the UK is all about; excellence, passion and positivity. Set against this truly inspirational backdrop, they will build new friendships, develop skills and play an integral role at the heart of the largest event ever staged in the UK.

Neal Beaton, Performance Administrator at Scottish Hockey has been selected to be part of the administration team helping to organise the hockey competition at the Riverbank Arena:

"To be involved in the Olympic Games in London this summer was too big an opportunity not to pursue so I applied to be a volunteer last year. Thankfully, I was selected as part of the hockey administration team so I'm delighted to be actively involved in one of the biggest sporting events this country has ever seen; a real once in a lifetime experience."

"My role as volunteer at London 2012 will allow me able to transfer new skills and knowledge to my role here at Scottish Hockey and hopefully bring added value to the organisation. I also plan to volunteer at Glasgow 2014, which will also be a great occasion for this country."

For Elanor Cormack, Tayside & Fife Development Manager, London 2012 will be her second major games having been part of the volunteer team at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne:

"My experience of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne was fantastic and obviously London 2012 promises to be even bigger and better with it being the Olympic Games. Organising the training schedule and logistics for all the competing teams will be demanding, but a really worthwhile opportunity to learn new skills in a pressurised environment. I'm really looking forward to it."

In addition, former Development Administrator Nicola Allum will also be part of the hockey administration team, while board member Anne Wotherspoon and East District Competitions Convenor Maggie Salmond have been invited to help the FIH and the Technical Officials.

The volunteers selected for London 2012 will be able to experience a trial run of operations when they help organise the VISA International Invitational Hockey Tournament from 2-6 May. The tournament will take place in the Olympic Park at the same time as six other Olympic test events and will form part of LOCOG's testing of spectator flows in the Park.

Scottish Hockey congratulates all those selected as volunteers for London 2012 and hope that they fully enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Scottish Hockey Union media release