News for 05 February 2013

All the news for Tuesday 5 February 2013


On-song Investec South Africa hockey women beat England 4-1

Pietie nets 13 in 5 games

JONATHAN COOK in Cape Town


GOAL 259: Pietie Coetzee and Sulette Damons celebrate. Photo: PLATE PICTURES


The Investec South African women’s hockey team beat England 4-1 in the Investec Challenge at Hartleyvale Stadium in Cape Town Monday night after leading 2-0 at half-time.

Pietie Coetzee took her world record goal tally to 260 goals in 259 Test matches and an astonishing 13 goals in six internationals with penalty corner strikes in each half, the rest going to Tarryn Bright and Marsha Marescia, while Dilly Newton pulled one back for England.

The match started at a very fast pace and a heavy tackle on striker Sulette Damons brought the first PC after five minutes. Coetzee stepped up to place a pinpoint drag-flick that fizzed across the synthetic turf into the corner of the backboard (1-0).

This hotly contested affair swung to and fro with both strike zones under pressure. Fast-breaking counter-attacks kept the defenders honest, SA clearing a second England PC.

Two minutes from half-time a super-sharp Dirkie Chamberlain intercepted before feeding Bernie Coston, whose powerful shot was well saved by keeper Maddie Hinch, only for Bright to tap in the rebound (2-0).

Two minutes after the changeover England skipper Laura Unsworth was denied twice by the brilliant Sanani Mangisa’s double save following an England PC.

Goalkeeper Mangisa’s remarkable ability to keep SA in the game was amplified when the girls in green and gold sped away to win their second PC and Coetzee sent her flick soaring just inside the far post (3-0).

In the 50th minute a slip-left move off SA’s second PC in succession saw Bright’s shot find Hinch’s leg protectors but corner injector Marescia slapped in the rebound (4-0).

Mangisa made yet another stunning save and Nicolene Terblanche cleared a further English effort away from the goalline. And again it was the superb SA keeper who pulled off another double save, this time from Jo Hunter, 15 minutes from the end.

England continued pressing and Dilly Newton finally breached the Mangisa wall with a conventional penalty corner hit four minutes from the end. A minute later Susannah Townsend was set to pull one more back until the keeper narrowed the angle to perfection and it was all over.

In the early game world number one and Olympic Games champs The Netherlands were held 2-2 by world number six Australia after the Hockeyroos led 1-0 at half-time.

Australia opened the scoring through Casey Eastham, Maartje Paumen equalised before Georgia Nanscawen edged the Hockeyroos back in front, but Kelly Jonker made it 2-2 near the end.

TUESDAY MATCHES
6 pm: The Netherlands vs England
8 pm: South Africa vs Australia

SA Hockey Association media release



England youngsters battle well against experienced hosts

Nine make first England appearance on opening day of the Investec Challenge


Canterbury’s Dilly Newton scored on her senior England debut at the Investec Challenge in Cape Town as England fielded a further eight young prospects for the first time against the hosts South Africa. Despite the score, the match was a well fought affair with South Africa goalkeeper Vuyisanani Mangisa pulling off a string of top saves to deny England.

By the time Newton’s well struck penalty corner hit the backboard with four minutes remaining however the hosts had already secured the points, running out 4-1 winners thanks to a series of well executed set pieces from their experienced stars.

Leading the team at the Investec Challenge, Coach Karen Brown said afterwards: “It was more even than the score suggests but their penalty corner routines were a bit slicker than ours, which is to be expected. South Africa has recently hosted the World League and have been together for the past six weeks or so. Overall I’m pretty happy with the performance.”

Newton, who has seven appearances for Great Britain, was one of nine athletes pulling on the England vest for the first time. Loughborough Students’ Giselle Ansley, Surbiton’s Sarah Haycroft, Leicester’s Jo Hunter, Clifton’s Jo Leigh and Beeston’s Hollie Webb all started the match while Steph Elliott of University of Durham, Lauren Turner of HDM and Beeston’s Ellie Watton all came off the bench for their senior international debuts. Reading’s Sam Quek missed the match after sustaining a facial injury in a training match in the build-up to the tournament.

England fell behind to an early penalty corner flick from Pietie Coetzee, the world’s top goal scorer, whose 259th strike of her career set South Africa on their way. Midfielder Tarryn Bright added a second for Investec SA just two minutes before the break. It might have been different had England not been thwarted by a series of excellent saves by Mangisa, including two one-on-ones.

England created opportunities to get back into the match but were unable to take them and South Africa’s superior experience told during a ten minute spell in the second half that saw Coetzee add a third - her 13th in six games - before captain Marsha Marescia made it 4-0. When it came, England were deserving of their goal from Newton, who shot low into the bottom left corner from a penalty corner.

England’s young side has less than 24 hours to wait before taking on Olympic gold medallists the Netherlands in their second match at the Investec Challenge. The Dutch fought back to share the spoils in a 2-2 with Australia earlier on day one.

Earlier on Monday, Jason Lee was announced as the new Head Coach of the England women’s squad. Lee will move from his post as Head Coach of the England men, which he has held for nearly ten years.

SOUTH AFRICA 4 (2)

Pietie Coetzee 5,46 (PC, PC)                
Tarryn Bright 33 (F)                  
Marsha Marescia 50 (PC)                     

ENGLAND 1 (0)

Dilly Newton 66 (PC)

ENGLAND TEAM v SOUTH AFRICA

Name (Club)

Started


Giselle Ansley (Loughborough Students)
Susie Gilbert (co-capt) (Reading)
Sarah Haycroft (Surbiton)
Beckie Herbert (Pinoke (NED))
Maddie Hinch (GK) (Leicester)
Jo Hunter (Leicester)
Jo Leigh (Clifton)
Dilly Newton (Canterbury)
Susannah Townsend (Canterbury)
Laura Unsworth (co-capt) (Loughborough Students)
Hollie Webb (Beeston)

Substitute Used

Sophie Bray (MOP (NED))
Steph Elliott (University of Durham)
Lauren Turner (HDM (NED))
Nic White (Leicester)
Ellie Watton (Beeston)

Did Not Play

Kirsty Mackay (GK) (Bowdon)
Sam Quek (Reading)

INVESTEC CHALLENGE FIXTURES & RESULTS

Monday 4 February


18:00 local time - 16:00 GMT - Australia v Netherlands – 2-2
20:00 local time - 18:00 GMT - South Africa v England – 4-1

Tuesday 5 February

18:00 local time - 16:00 GMT - Netherlands v England
20:00 local time - 18:00 GMT - South Africa v Australia

Wednesday 6 February - Rest Day

Thursday 7 February

18:00 local time - 16:00 GMT - Australia v England
20:00 local time - 18:00 GMT - South Africa v Netherlands

Friday 8 February - Rest Day

Saturday 9 February

15:00 local time - 13:00 GMT - Semi Final 1: 1st v 4th
17:00 local time - 15:00 GMT - Semi Final 2: 2nd v 3rd

Sunday 10 February

12:00 local time - 10:00 GMT - Bronze medal match
14:00 local time - 12:00 GMT - Gold medal match

INVESTEC CHALLENGE STANDINGS

Full standings on the attached

1. South Africa (3 pts)
2. Australia (1 pt)
3. Netherlands (1 pt)
4. England (0 pts)

England Hockey Board Media release



Hockeyroos hold Olympic Champions to a Draw

JONATHAN COOK in Cape Town


A very strong wind did nothing to deter world number 1 and 2012 Olympic champions, The Netherlands and the world number 6 Hockeyroos from putting on an exciting opening match of the Investec Challenge at Hartleyvale Stadium, Cape Town.

The Hockeyroos opened the scoring in the 8th minute after the skillful Emily Smith won a penalty corner and Casey Eastham popped in the rebound (1-0).

Adam Commens' players continued to press and defend with remarkable tenacity but the dam had to break and Maartje Paumen equalised in the 41st minute through a PC (1-1).

Star 21 year old Anna Flanagan set up a Hockeyroos lead in the 56th minute through a well worked penalty corner. Flanagan drove home a pin point pass to Georgia Nanscawen who deflected the ball on the goal-line behind the keeper.

Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens was extremely satisfied with the output of high striker Georgia Nanscawen after the match. "Georgia was excellent up front and created numerous chances."

There were many goal scoring opportunities in this match and a superb defensive display and fast counter-attacks served the Hockeyroos well. However, once again the relentless and technically blessed Dutch were not to be denied and Kelly Jonker equalised for the Dutch with 4 minutes left on the clock.

Commens was pleased with his chargers after the match; "After our training week and practice matches we were able to put together a much improved performance today."

"As a young inexperienced team it is pleasing to see them grow each match, these types of challenging matches are what we are after and this tournament is an ideal way to begin the year."

"After standout performances in the preparation, Teneal Attard was again strong however it was Jodie Schulz  and Casey Eastham who really set the tone through the midfield,” Commens said.

Queensland debutant Kirsten Johnson is already making waves on the international circuit, showing she has the skill and determination to have a long career in the green & gold.

"I am also very pleased with the performance of Kirsten Johnson, her strength on the ball, speed of passing and aggression has been very good," Commens said.

Looking forward towards the Hockeyroos second game of the Investec Challenge tonight against South Africa, Commens believes that "our ability to move the ball around the field and hold possession was better, but it can still improve dramatically."

The Hockeyroos struggled against a red-hot South Africa in the opening practice match of the South African Tour, losing 4-0. Commens is confident his players have settled into their surrounds and are now playing good team hockey.  

In the later game on day 1, South Africa defeated world number 4, England 4-1.

An entertaining start to the Investec Challenge sets up a mouth-watering clash between the Hockeyroos and South Africa tonight (Tuesday, 5 February 2013) at 8pm South Africa Standard Time (SAST). 

Hockeyroos 2 draw Netherlands 2
Goals: Hockeyroos: Casey Eastham (8m PC), Georgia Nanscawen (56m PC)
Netherlands: Maartje Paumen (41m PC), Kelly Jonker (66m FG)

INVESTEC CHALLENGE (SAST)
Mon, 4 Feb 6pm: Holland vs. Australia (2-2)
Mon, 4 Feb 8pm: South Africa vs. England (4-1)
Tues, 5 Feb 6pm: Holland vs. England
Tues, 5 Feb 8pm: South Africa vs. Australia
Thurs, 7 Feb 6pm: England vs. Australia
Thurs, 7 Feb 8pm: South Africa v s Holland
Sat, 9 Feb 3 pm: Semi-Final 1
Sat, 9 Feb 5 pm: Semi-Final 2
Sun, 10 Feb 3 pm: Bronze Medal Match
Sun, 10 Feb 5 pm: Gold Medal Match

SA Hockey Association media release



Jason Lee named Head Coach of England women

Lee moves from men’s Head Coach to lead women’s team



Newly appointed England women's coach Jason Lee (Photo: England Hockey / Ady Kerry)

England Hockey is delighted to announce that Jason Lee has been appointed to the role of Head Coach of the England women’s team. Lee, 42, has led the England and Great Britain men’s hockey teams as Head Coach for three Olympic cycles.

After nearly a decade in the role, England Hockey felt that the men’s programme needed fresh leadership and made the decision not to reappoint Lee for the 2013-2016 cycle.

Having applied for the position of women’s Head Coach, and following an extensive recruitment process that drew interest from applicants from across the globe, he was identified as the best candidate.

Sally Munday, England Hockey Chief Executive, explained: “Jason’s wealth of experience is extremely valuable to England Hockey and whilst we feel that the men’s programme needs a change of leadership I was delighted that he applied for the role of women’s Head Coach. There was a strong field of candidates and the appointment panel felt that Jason was uniquely placed with his extensive international experience to take the women to the next level in our quest for higher podium finishes.”

Speaking after being appointed, Lee said: “The new challenge of coaching the women’s team is indeed an exciting one. They have achieved an exceptionally high standard of commitment and performance and I hope to be able to help them to win more medals, with the World Cup qualification and the EuroHockey Nations Championships this year being the first targets.

“I’ve had a long and emotional time in charge of the men’s team and I leave it with many great memories. I will miss not being in the men’s programme but am confident that they will be successful and wish the team the very best of luck.”

Danny Kerry, England Hockey Performance Director, said: “I¹m extremely pleased that we have retained the expertise and vision that Jason brings to our programmes. His vast experience working at the top level of international sport will put us in a great position to continue the progress made in recent years. I believe Jason has the ability to take the women¹s programme further on, continuing to medal at major tournaments and progress the team’s play. Jason knows what it takes to win gold having led the England men to their first European Championship title in 2009 and I look forward to continuing to work with him.”

As Head Coach of the women’s programme, Lee will be responsible for the selection, preparation, coaching and performance of the England and GB teams and senior national squad, and the teams’ results in international competitions. The position will see the former Loughborough Students coach lead the programme for the 2013-2016 Olympic cycle taking in the 2013 and 2015 European Championships, the World Cup and Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

During nearly a decade in charge of the men’s programme Lee led England from 11th in the International Hockey Federation’s world rankings to its current position of fourth. In 2009, under his leadership England won the European Championships for the first time before going on to take the silver medal at the Champions Trophy the following year, a best ever world level result for England. Another European medal – bronze - followed in 2011. As Head Coach of Great Britain, he led the men’s team at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games where GB narrowly missed out on a podium finish, losing out to World Champions Australia in the bronze medal match.

Prior to becoming England men’s Head Coach, Lee took Loughborough Students from the bottom of the Midlands league to the top end of the National Premier League, leaving the Students after finishing runners-up to Reading in the 2003 final. He also served as Assistant Coach to the national men’s and women’s squads during this time.

As a player, Lee competed for GB at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games and for England at the 1998 World Cup. After making his senior international debut at the age of 19, he went on to make 87 appearances before retiring following the 1998 World Cup.

At club level, his playing career took him from Old Bordenians, through spells with Beckenham, East Grinstead, Old Loughtonians, Cannock and Loughborough Students. He still occasionally turns out for his local hockey club.

The recruitment process to appoint a new Head Coach for the England and Great Britain men’s squads will commence immediately. Lee will take up his role with the women’s squad once a new men’s Head Coach has been confirmed.

England’s women’s squad is currently in Cape Town competing in the Investec Challenge. The team’s first match is against South Africa at 18:00 GMT tonight. Karen Brown is leading the team at the tournament, which also features the Netherlands and Australia.

Jason Lee Profile

Born 21 May 1970 in Hayes, London

Took up hockey as a child after being introduced to the sport by his hockey-loving mother.

His club career saw him play for Old Bordenians, Beckenham, East Grinstead, Old Loughtonians, Cannock and Loughborough Students. He still occasionally turns out for his local hockey club, Marlow.

1990 – Makes international debut aged 19 in match against Italy in Brussels. Goes on to win 62 caps for England and 25 for Great Britain.

1993 – Graduates from Loughborough University with a BSc in PE and Sports Science.

1997-2003 – Leads Loughborough Students from bottom of the Midlands league to the top end of the National Premier League.

2003 – Appointed Head Coach of the England men’s team.

2004 – Great Britain finishes ninth at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

2005 – England finishes fifth at the European Championships in Leipzig.

2006 – Leads England to fifth at the World Cup in Monchengladbach, the team’s highest finish since the 1990 competition.

2007 – England finishes fifth at the European Championships in Manchester.

2008 – Great Britain qualifies for 2008 Olympic Games after historic 2-1 victory over India in Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Chile.

2008 – Great Britain finishes fifth at the Olympic Games in Beijing, four places higher than their ranking at the time.

2009 – Leads England to the European Championship title with a stunning 5-3 victory over Germany.

2010 – Led England to fourth at the World Cup, a best finish since 1986, losing out to the Netherlands in the bronze medal match. World Cup campaign includes first win over arch rivals Australia since 1975.

2010 – Won Champions Trophy silver medal with England, the country’s first ever Champions Trophy medal.

2011 – England win European bronze medal beating Belgium on golden goal

2012- Great Britain’s men finish fourth at the London 2012 Olympic Games – in line with their world ranking - missing out on a medal after defeat to World Champions Australia.

England Hockey Board Media release



England keep Jason Lee in the Family

By Graham Wilson



Jason Lee was Team GB Men’s Hockey Head Coach at the London 2012 Olympic Games

ENGLAND may have felt their men’s programme needed a fresh approach by dispensing with Jason Lee as head coach, but they have guaranteed overall continuity by putting him in charge of the women’s team.

Lee, 42, who takes over from Danny Kerry – promoted to performance director – must take the England and GB squads to even greater heights after a period of success which culminated in a bronze medal at the London Olympics.

Lee, men’s coach for more than nine years, covering three Olympic cycles and including a fourth place in London, said: “These are exciting times. World Cup qualification and the EuroHockey Nations Championships this year are the first targets.”

England’s women are in Cape Town competing in the Investec Challenge against hosts South Africa, Holland and Australia.

Will Naylor scored three minutes from time to give Hampstead & Westminster a shock 4-3 win over holders Beeston in the quarter-finals of the England Cup.

Daily Express



Ranchi register come-from-behind win over Punjab

JALANDHAR: Justin Reid Ross struck twice as Ranchi Rhinos came back from a two-goal deficit to down Jaypee Punjab Warriors 3-2 in a round-robin match of the inaugural Hockey India League on Monday.

By virtue of this win, the Rhinos have consolidated their second position in the league standings with 36 points from 11 games, eight points behind table toppers Delhi Waveriders.

Irrespective of the loss, the Warriors continue to occupy the third spot with 28 points from 11 matches.

It was the Punjab side which dominated the early exchanges with Australian duo of Kieren Govers (34th minute) giving them the lead through a field goal just a minute before the end of the first half.

Christopher Ciriello then made the scoreline 2-0 in favour of the home team by converting a penalty corner in the 50th minute.

Trailing 0-2, the Rhinos went all out attacking and made a remarkable comeback into the match by scoring three goals in a span of 20 minutes.

Reid Ross pulled one back for the Ranchi side in the 52nd minute by converting a penalty corner before Mandeep Singh made the scoreline 2-2 with a field goal.

Reid Ross once again was at the thick of things and gave Ranchi full points from the game when he converted his second penalty corner of the match just a minute from the hooter, much to the disappointment of the home crowd.

The Warriors will now face Delhi Waveriders in their final round-robin match here tomorrow, while the Rhinos will be up against Mumbai Magicians in their final game in Mumbai on Thursday.

The Times of India



Rhinos beat Punjab 3-2

Deepankar Sharda


Jalandhar - Ranchi Rhinos proved too good for the Jaypee Warriors Punjab as they defeated the home team 3-2 in the Hockey India League match at Surjit Hockey Stadium. The first half seemed like a friendly affair with both teams failing to give a good show. The visiting side went in a defensive mode with a packed mid-field while the host continue to lose the possession. Meanwhile, the host team attained the first penalty corner but failed to bring cheer to the local crowd.

With pressure building, the Rhino's defence started committing mistakes. In the dying minutes of the first half, Simon Orchard successfully dribbled the ball through left-flank and served Kieran Govers.The latter, with no mistake, pushed the ball over the goal line to make it 1-0, in the 34th minute.

A minute after, the Rhino's counterattacked and attained their first penalty corner of the game. Substitute Justin Reid Ross reduced the margin to 2-1 after successfully defeating goalkeeper Stockmann. Rhinos soon levelled the score through youngster Mandeep Singh, who brilliantly collected a pass by Austin Smith and placed it in the nets to put the score at par in the 58th minute.

With climax yet to come, Justin played a real hero for the visiting side and put his team ahead with his second goal of the match. Taking full advantage of the penalty corner, he defeated Stockmann to seal the match at 3-2 with two-minutes left on the match clock.

The Tribune



Mumbai Magicians' do-or-die clash against UP Wizards

MUMBAI: It's a make-or-break situation for hosts Mumbai Magicians when they take on another struggling outfit Uttar Pradesh Wizards in their penultimate round-robin game in the Hockey India League, on Tuesday.

It's a straight race for the fourth and final semifinal spot between these two teams following the Wizards' 0-3 defeat against high-flying Delhi Waveriders on Monday at Lucknow.

A loss, which would be their 10th, against the Lucknow franchise would end the Magicians' hopes of reaching the semifinals, while a win would keep them afloat with slim hopes of advancing to the last four at the cost of their UP rivals.

While a loss to the Magicians would eliminate them from the four-team competition, a defeat in Tuesday's match would not end the Wizards' campaign but will only keep them on tenterhooks ahead of the final league games for both.

Currently, Wizards lead Magicians by eight goals (22-14). But Magicians need to win not only against UP but also their final match against Ranchi Rhinos on February 7 at the MHA Mahindra Stadium and hope Wizards get beaten by Waveriders (also on Thursday) in their game to progress.

The fact that the Magicians thrashed the Wizards 4-0 in their previous meeting, the home team's lone win in 10 games, should boost their confidence ahead of the do-or-die clash.

Magicians easily put up their best display against the Wizards to win by such a comprehensive margin, and would be aiming for an encore.

The second leg match appears to be a straight penalty corner battle between discarded India stalwart Sandeep Singh and the man who has replaced him in the national team - Wizards captain V R Raghunath.

Sandeep scored a brace while Raghunath drew a blank when the two met here on January 30.

The former leads the goal-getters list with 11 under his belt, six clear of the man who has usurped his place in the Indian team.

The Wizards would once again be looking to keep their opposition's main weapon, Sandeep Singh, out of play. The drag flick expert has been the only constant scorer for the hosts.

During their last meeting, the Wizards effectively avoided conceding penalty corners and that ploy proved enough to frustrate the Magicians.

It would be interesting to see what strategy they employ tomorrow because even a draw would be enough for them to secure a semi-final berth.

Sandeep feels that his side is learning from the past mistakes and will improve their game in tomorrow's match.

"We will improve our performance and try our level best for a good result in tomorrow's match," Sandeep stated ahead of their do-or-die encounter.

UP Wizards skipper Raghunath wants more points in their kitty.

"It's a deciding match for us. We want to put up some points in our points table before we play our last match against Delhi Wave Riders. We are pretty confident that we will definitely make a comeback in tomorrow's game," he said.

The Times of India



It’s now or never for Mumbai Magicians

When Mumbai Magicians enter the field at MHAL Stadium on Tuesday, they will have no other choice but to beat Uttar Pradesh Wizards if they are to keep alive their hopes of entering the Hockey India League semifinals.

The race for the fourth semifinal spot opened up when UP lost to high-flying Delhi Wave Riders 0-3 in Lucknow on Sunday.

A loss here against the Lucknow franchise would bring an end to Magicians’ campaign. Currently, Wizards lead Magicians by eight goals (22-14). But the Magicians need to win not only against UP but also their final match against Ranchi Rhinos on February 7 and pray that Wizards lose to Wave Riders.

The fact that the Magicians blanked Wizards 4-0 in their previous meeting should boost their confidence going in to Tuesday’s match. Magicians put up their best display against the Wizards in the previous encounter to post their only win of the tournament.

Meanwhile in Jalandhar, Punjab Warriors would get a last chance to settle scores against Waveriders when they host the leaders in their last league encounter at Surjit Singh Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.

Both teams have booked their semifinal berths and the result is unlikely to affect the Wave Riders, who are safely perched on the top with 44 points.

The Warriors are currently third with 27 points. But like all the other teams in the competition, the Warriors have never managed to conquer the domineering Wave Riders.

DNA



HIL releases tickets for semifinals, final

NEW DELHI: The Hockey India League (HIL) has started the sale of tickets for the two semifinals and the final to be held at the Birsa Munda Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi Feb 9-10, respectively.

The tickets are available at www.ticketgenie.in and are also being sold at Gate No.2 of the Ranchi stadium Monday onwards.

The capacity of the Astroturf Hockey Stadium is 5,000 and tickets for the semifinals are priced at Rs.60 and Rs.100.

The final match will see lots of glitz and glamour as it will include a grand presentation ceremony. The tickets will cost Rs.150 and Rs.100.

The Times of India



ESPN STAR Sports secures HIL syndication partners

Hero Hockey India League to be telecast in 83 global territories


ESPN STAR Sports, the official broadcaster of Hero Hockey India League, announced today a comprehensive line-up of global syndication partners that are showcasing the tournament in more than 83 territories worldwide. The inaugural edition of the league is being broadcast with Hindi commentary on STAR Sports while STAR Cricket is showcasing select matches of the league in English. Live streaming of all the matches is also available on www.youtube.com/thehockeyindialeague.

Some of the leading names in the world of sports broadcasting like Fox Sports from Australia, Sky Sports from New Zealand, Ten Sports in Pakistan and SE Asia and MENA region are showcasing live coverage of HHIL in respective territories.

Speaking on the occasion, Nitin Kukreja, Head of Business, STAR India Pvt Ltd, said, “These partnerships reinforce our commitment to set new benchmarks in the distribution of Hero Hockey India League. We look forward to work closely with our partners and serve hockey fans.”

Dr. Narendra Batra, Chairman, Hero Hockey India League, said, “We are delighted to have a strong and committed broadcast partner. It is great to know that the first edition of the league can be seen by hockey fans across the world. We are confident that the popularity of the league and the game of Hockey per se, will greatly benefit from these international distribution tie-ups.”

 

List of syndication partners include

Sr. No

Name of the broadcaster

Territory

1

Sky Sports

New Zealand

2

Fox Sports

Australia

3

Ten Sports

Pakistan

4

Ten Sports

SE Asia

5

OSN

MENA

6

Ten Sports

MENA

7

Supersport

South Africa

8

One World Sport

USA

9

One World Sport

Canada

10

Life OK

UK, Europe & South Africa

11

Fox Sports (last 4 matches only)

SE Asia

STAR Sports has signed former India cricketer and Member of Parliament Navjot Singh Sidhu as the brand ambassador for the Hero Hockey India League.  For providing viewers with a sharp, incisive and engaging view of the game both in Hindi and English language, STAR Sports has put in place an illustrious panel of experts comprising former hockey players who are doing commentary on live telecast as well as pre and post-match analysis throughout the league. The Hindi commentary panel includes eminent former Indian Hockey players like Mir Ranjan Negi, Jugraj Singh, Deepak Thakur, Mohammed Shahid and Pargat Singh. The English commentary panel comprises of Viren Rasquinha, Cedric D’Souza, AB Subbaiah and Sandeep Somesh.

As official broadcasters for the HHIL, STAR Sports is showcasing hockey in a completely new avatar offering a TV experience relevant to India’s young sports audience. The channel also has HD production supported by new camera angles for sharper imagery to sustain viewer interest through the league.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) sanctioned ‘Hero Hockey India League’ is a truly global league with players from as many as 11 countries. The first edition has witnessed participation from 5 teams namely Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Jaypee Punjab Warriors, Delhi Waveriders, Mumbai Magicians and Ranchi Rhinos.

ESPN Star Sports Media Release



HIL surpasses Euro 2012 coverage in India in two weeks: ESPN

NEW DELHI: The first Hockey India League (HIL) has witnessed unprecedented media coverage with ESPN STAR Sports on Tuesday announcing that more than 2.27 crore people have seen the broadcast of HIL in the first two weeks which is way ahead of reach garnered by UEFA Euro 2012 in India.

According to the sport broadcasters, full tournament reach of UEFA Euro was 2.07 crores. HIL at the end of second week has also overtaken the reach of Men's Hockey Champions Trophy (58 lakhs) by almost 4 times.

In terms of global syndication as well, HIL has seen considerable success with the tournament being showcased in 83 territories worldwide.

HIL's reach is considerably higher than World Series Hockey's reach which stood at 1.24 crore individuals at the end of week II and even on digital front, HIL has achieved considerable success.

HIL's Facebook page has attracted more than 410,000 fans making it world's largest field hockey Facebook page. On Twitter, HHIL has trended multiple times not just in India but also in countries like the USA, according to a release.

Some of the leading names in the world of sports broadcasting like Fox Sports from Australia, Sky Sports from New Zealand, Ten Sports in Pakistan and SE Asia and MENA region are showcasing live coverage of HIL in respective territories.

Narinder Batra, chairman, Hockey India League, said, "It is great to know that the first edition of the league can be seen by hockey fans across the world. We are confident that the popularity of the league and the game of Hockey per se, will greatly benefit from these international distribution tie-ups."

Aloke Malik, managing director, ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd, added, "We look forward to working closely with all our partners and serve hockey fans all over the world with some mouth-watering high quality content."

The Times of India



Indian govt gives go ahead to bilateral hockey series: Bajwa

LAHORE – Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) secretary M Asif Bajwa has said the Indian government had permitted Hockey India (HI) to play against Pakistan under the banner of Pakistan-India bilateral hockey series.

Talking to the reporters here on Monday after his return from Malaysia where he along with PHF president Qasim Zia attended the AHF meeting, Bajwa said: “We had productive meetings with the officials of Hockey India on the side-lines of the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF).

”Hockey India secretary Narinder Patra informed that their government had granted them the permission to play a bilateral hockey series against Pakistan.

“It is a very positive gesture which will further cement hockey ties between the two countries besides serving the cause of hockey in sub-continent,” said the PHF secretary.

“We have invited the Indian team to first visit Pakistan and we have both the options ahead of us to invite them or to visit India,” he stated.

He said the necessary details of the series would be finalised in due course with the mutual understanding of hockey federations of both the countries. 

“Our prime aim is to revive Pak-India hockey series and we are taking every measure to resume this activity as soon as possible and Hockey India is making good progress in this regard,” he added.

He said PHF president Qasim tabled useful suggestions for the further development of hockey at the meeting of AHF besides his meeting with the officials of various hockey federations.

The PHF secretary said he had meeting with the officials of Malaysian Hockey Federation who assured that their team would visit Pakistan this year.

The Nation



Junior Hockey C’ship reaches semis stage

LAHORE - The National Junior U-21 Hockey Championship reached the semi-finals stage for which Sui Southern Gas Company, Wapda, PIA and National Bank of Pakistan qualified after winning their respective matches on Monday at Faisalabad Hockey Stadium. In the first quarter-final, SSGC hardly defeated Punjab Whites before leading 1-0 at half time. Arslan Sherazi and Abdul Qayyum Dogar scored one goal each for SSGC while Daud Khalid scored only goal for Whites. Today (Tuesday) is the rest day. SSGC will meet Wapda in first semi-final and PIA will take on NBP in the second semi-final tomorrow (Wednesday).

The Nation



Three more teams enter the Malaysia Hockey League fray


KUALA LUMPUR: Three more teams have signed up for this year’s Malaysia Hockey League (MHL), bringing the number to 14.

Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI), who play in the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League (MJHL), and Ipoh City Hall (MBI) have joined the tournament.

Former international I. Vickneswaran has registered the Sunday 2030 team and they will make their debut in the league.

Sunday 2030 and the Terengganu Hockey team are the two new outfits in the fray.

The East Coast side, however, have requested to play in the Premier Division. The three entries yesterday will play in Division One.

Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) secretary general Johari Abdul Aziz said that with 14 teams in the fray they would be able to divide the teams into seven teams in each division.

“The decision of whether to put the Terengganu Hockey team in the Premier Division is up to the competitions committee. In the past, we allowed only six teams to compete in the Premier Division. But they were exceptions where a new team like Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) in 2010 and Yayasan NS in 2011 were allowed to compete,” added Johari.

Terengganu’s claim for a Premier Division slot is based on the fact they have hired six national players and are seen as potential title contenders. Most of their players were recruited from the KL Hockey Club, who won the double last year.

The Premier Division teams that have signed up are KL Hockey Club, UniKL, Sapura, Tenaga Nasional, Maybank and Nur Insafi.

The Division One teams are Uniten-KPT, UiTM, Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) and Thunderbolt.

Armed Forces, who were the Division One champions in 2011, have decided not to take part.

The MHL will start on March 22 and the final is slated for May 12.

The Star of Malaysia



Thunderbolt and UniKL get a second bite of the cherry

By S. RAMAGURU



In with a chance: UniKL coach K. Embaraj (centre) believes his team will be better prepared for the MJHL title-deciding match against Thunderbolt on Thursday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) just could not believe their luck. They thought their hopes of winning the Division One crown in the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League were dead and buried.

Thanks to SSTMI-Thunderbolt’s shocking 4-0 win over Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) on Sunday, the battle for the title is now wide open. And now, UniKL plan to grab it with both hands when they tackle Thunderbolt on Thursday.

“We have a six-day break before the match. We will be physically and mentally prepared for the match. The good thing is we are injury free,” said UniKL coach K. Embaraj.

MBPJ are the eight-team league leaders with 18 points, but they have completed their fixtures. Second-placed Thunderbolt and third-placed UniKL are both on 15 points. A win is enough for either Thunderbolt or UniKL to lift the title as they have a better goal difference than MBPJ.

For MBPJ, they will be keeping their fingers crossed that the match will end in a draw.

Said MBPJ assistant team manager Zainal Abidin Ismail: “Yes, we will be at the stadium in full force. If the result goes our way, then we will go down to the pitch and celebrate. But we will not begrudge the other team if they win the title. We had our chances but could not capitalise on it.”

Like UniKL, double champions Thunderbolt are rubbing their hands in glee now they have another shot at the title. They thought their title chances had gone up in smoke after suffering a shocking 3-2 loss to MBI-Anderson in Ipoh on Friday.

“It’s not often that you get a second bite of the cherry. So, we must make the match count against UniKl,” said Thunderbolt coach Wan Mohamed Roslan.

“The players have recovered from the defeat in Ipoh. It was a good wake-up call for them. At least now they know they are not unbeatable especially if they play badly. We also cannot afford to give too much room or respect to UniKL,” he added.

The good news for Thunderbolt is that Mohamed Shahril Saabah is in fine scoring form. He has contributed six goals in Thunderbolt’s total of 29, the highest in the league.

With the race for the title heating up, a number of players lost their cool on the pitch last weekend.

MBPJ were the biggest culprits. Two of their players were red carded while another had two yellow cards.

Mohamed Asraf Zulzali was red carded while Mohamed Shahiram Zali was yellow carded twice in the 2-1 win over Malacca High School on Saturday. Then on Sunday, Khairol Shafiq was red carded in the match against Thunderbolt.

In Division Two, Politeknik-KPT’s Mohamed Kamarul was shown a red card for a deliberate foul against Olak-PKT on Sunday.

All the three cases of indiscipline will be dealt with by the MJHL technical committee tomorrow.

The Star of Malaysia



Malaysian Sikh hockey players could well fade into the sunset

By Jugjet Singh


NATIONAL hockey player Baljit Singh got married on Sunday to Jesvin Kaur, and instantly became a rare species heading for extinction.

No, it is not another marriage joke but Baljit could well be the last Sikh player to represent Malaysia in hockey for a long time to come.

The Sikhs have a proud hockey history in Malaysia with the first Punjabi player to represent the country was Gian Singh in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

After that, the Sikhs became regulars at hockey fields around the country and at one time had at least three players representing Malaysia.

Sarjit Singh and Mohindar Singh even hold the distinction of being skippers, but sadly, the Lions are gradually shying away from the sport in Malaysia.

Among the legendary Sikhs were Sukhvinderjeet Singh, Jagjit Singh, Sarjit Singh (1984 Los Angeles Olympics), Maninderjit Singh, Apthar Singh (1996 Atlanta Olympics), Tara Singh Sindhu, Ranjit Singh Gurdit and Kartar Singh Chandra (1964 Tokyo Olympics).

If one is to name Sikhs who represented Malaysia at the World Cups, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Sea Games, it would take up more much more space than the list mentioned above.

Present at the wedding reception in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday were national coach Paul Revington, assistant coach Arul Selvaraj, and Baljit's teammates.

And there were also many past and present hockey players who attended the dinner, including Sarjit.

The former skipper was looking a little down, so I asked Sarjit what was the matter, and he replied he felt sad that Malaysian Sikhs are no longer interested to play hockey and even the present national juniors do not even have one.

However, there could well be some good things to look forward to as two venues in Kuala Lumpur are actively nurturing young Sikhs in the sport.

One is Kelab Aman and the other is Gurdwara Kampung Pandan, which is possibly the only place of worship in the world that has a quarter hockey pitch in its compound.

Dedicated coaches, who were themselves former players at various levels, volunteer their time to teach the basics of hockey to about 30 Sikh youths over weekends at the Gurdwara compound.

It might take more than five years for this batch of players to make their mark in the Junior Hockey League and move up the ranks.

Hopefully, this will "save Sikhs from being an extinct race" in a sport which they once made their presence felt in Malaysia.

New Straits Times



England Hockey Men's Cup: Semi-Final Draw


Hampstead & Westminster clash with Beeston in action from the Men's Hockey League

Hampstead & Westminster will face Cannock in their men's cup semi-final after eliminating cup holders Beeston at the weekend.

Hampstead & Westminster will be hoping to make it to their third final in four years after coming from behind to beat cup holders Beeston, thanks to a Will Naylor strike three minutes from time. The Londoners made it fourth time lucky against Beeston, having lost out to them the previous three seasons in the Cup. The result also brings an end to Beeston’s impressive cup run which has seen them reach the final in the past five seasons.

Standing in Hampstead & Westminsters way of a place in the final is Cannock, who came out comfortable winners against 2011 finalists Doncaster. Cannock, who have previously won the cup on four occasions, will be looking to make the final for the first time since 2007.

The other Semi Final will feature the only non Premier Division team remaining in the competition as Oxted travel to Surbiton. Surbiton, who’s only appearance in a Men’s Cup final was a defeat to Reading back in 2004, had a successful trip North where they defeated Sheffield University Bankers 4-1. Oxted reached the Semi Final by beating fellow EHL Conference East side Bromley & Beckenham 3-2  thanks to a Lorne Barnard goal in the 67th minute. They will now look to pull off a shock and reach the final for the first time in their history.

Men’s Cup Semi Final Draw – Sunday 17 March

The two semi final ties take place on Sunday 17th March, with the final being held at Wakefield Hockey Club on Saturday 4th May.

Hampstead and Westminster v Cannock
Surbiton v Oxted

England Hockey Board Media release



Leinster & Ulster seal U21 Interpro Titles

Leinster & Ulster came out on tops at the u21 Interprovincial tournament this past weekend at Lisnagarvey Hockey Club.

The tournament kicked off to schedule on Friday evening but severe ground frost on Saturday morning unavoidably played havoc with the fixture scheduling for the remaining two days of action.

In the Men's Competition, a Shane O'Donohue inspired Leisnter managed to retain their U21 Interpro title as the Senior Ireland International proved to be a handful for all who came up against the UCD man. O'Donohue struck twice in the final 8 minutes of action vs Ulster to seal a 3-2 victory and another title for Leinster.

In the Electric Ireland Women's Competition, Ulster gained some form of revenge for their male counterparts as they beat Leinster to the title. Following a 1-1 draw between rivals Ulster and Leinster, the Northern team were faced with the challenge of having to win by 8 goals vs South East to seal the title. And that's exactly what they did. Lucy McKee was the heroine for Ulster on this occassion as she scored four in the first half of play before adding another to her tally in the second half to help seal and impressive 8-0 victory and take the title away from Leinster.

Congratulations to both Ulster & Leinster on their respective titles and indeed to all players, coaches, umpires, officials and spectators who enjoyed the exciting action the U21 tournament produced.

Irish Hockey Association media release



US U17 Junior Squad named for 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Today, USA Field Hockey announced the names of the athletes selected to the tour with the U.S. Under-17 Junior National Squad this spring.

The selection process began last summer at the 2012 National Futures Championship and Futures Elite Championship. In total, 102 athletes were selected from both events to attend the Junior National Camp, presented by Longstreth, and held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, July 9-12. At the camp, athletes received daily tactical sessions from some of the top field hockey coaches in the country, followed by test matches in the evening. 

From the Junior National Camp, a select number of athletes were invited to attend a winter training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Cali. Following the winter training camp, eighteen under-17 athletes were selected to represent the U.S. Junior National Squad on an international tour this spring.

The following athletes have been selected to the U.S. Under-17 Junior National Travel Squad: Kelsey Bing, Morgan Bitting, Austyn Cuneo, Danielle Duseau, Sarah Furey, Linnea Gonzales, Rachel Hirsch, Laura Hurff, Ryan McCarthy, Sophia Miller, Kasandra Morano, Madison Morano, Karlee Spirit, Samantha Steele, Kaitlin Trombetta, Casey Umstead, Charlotte Vaziri, Elise Wong

USFHA media release



Jesse Gey Announces Retirement from Field Hockey


2008 Olympian and 2011 Pan American gold medalist retires from the U.S. Women's National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Jesse Gey of Green Lane, Pa., who is a 2008 Olympian and 2011 Pan American Games gold medalist, today announced her retirement from the U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team. Gey made her debut on the National Team in 2008 and represented the U.S. in 99 international competitions throughout her stellar career.

“I had an amazing time traveling the world and representing my country on the field with some of my best friends,” said Gey. “After a lot of soul searching, I realized that I am ready to move on to the next adventure in my life.”

"Jesse came into the U.S. program at the beginning of an Olympic year with the hope of getting experience. Instead, she earned a spot on the 2008 Olympic Team and that pretty much defines Jesse's approach to the game,” said Lauren Crandall, U.S. Team captain. “Her work ethic, attitude and commitment to the team gave her an early start to her career, but it is these qualities that provided her a chance to continue representing our country. She is the ideal teammate on so many levels - someone you know will always pull their weight and push others to do the same and someone you always want to play alongside."

Gey was a NCAA Division I Champion in 2007 and the youngest member of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Field Hockey Team that finished eighth in Beijing, China. Gey was also a member of the 2011 Pan American Games Team that made history by upsetting the then No. 1 world ranked team Argentina and their spotless record in the Pan American Games with a score of 4 – 2.

In late 2010, following a disappointing result at the World Cup Qualifier, Gey took a brief hiatus from field hockey and considered retirement. She spent a year away from the sport, coaching at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina and applying for graduate schools. But deep down, Gey had a gut feeling she was not ready to call it quits and returned to the National Team in May 2011. She competed in her final series wearing the red, white and blue in October 2012 at Champions Challenge I in Dublin, Ireland where the U.S. finished runners up to Australia.

In December 2012, Gey was honored at her high school, Christopher Dock in Landsdale, Pa., with an Outstanding Athletic Achievement Award.

“I would like to congratulate Jesse on an outstanding career. Her talents and efforts have seen her reach the pinnacle of field hockey as an Olympian in Beijing and as part of the gold medal team in the 2011 Pan American Games. I am sure she will continue her success and be a key figure in our sport in her new role at Longstreth,” said Steve Locke, Executive Director, USA Field Hockey.

Gey now resides in Philadelphia, Pa and is the Assistant Field Hockey Manager at Longstreht Sporting Goods. Gey says she plans to continue to be heavily involved in hockey, playing as often as she can and promoting the game through youth clinics.

“I have so many great memories, I learned a lot about myself and I will remember my time with the U.S. National Team as some of the best years of my life,” said Gey.

Gey graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008 with a Communications Degree in Organization and Management. As part of the Tar Heel team, she was a first team All-American and All-ACC in 2007. She was voted Most Valuable Player by team mates and the coaching staff in 2006 and was part of the 2004 and 2007 ACC Champion Team.

USFHA media release



FIH Opens World Cup 2018 Bidding Process

Event Assignment Process covers all events from 2014-2018


The FIH today published for all National Associations the Event Assignment Process Document for the 2014-2018 cycle.  This details the bidding process for all unallocated FIH events during this period.

This approach has been established to maximise the benefit for the FIH, Continental Federations and NAs. The aim is to confirm dates for all events as far in advance as possible to assist the planning of domestic and continental events as well as aid team preparation.

It also gives maximum opportunity to future hosts to secure private and public funding and enlist local support. This process will also ensure that the hosts for the Hockey World Cups in 2018 will be announced five years in advance of the event and will enable the 2018 hosts to be present at the 2014 event in The Hague (Netherlands).

“It is crucial for international hockey to get events assigned on a cycle to allow hosts and participating teams ample time to prepare for major FIH events,” said FIh CEO Kelly Fairweather. “It also adds an element of stability to the international calendar. This document is a critical first step in that process.”

The Event Assignment Document serves as a guide for National Associations who have aspirations to bid for FIH events and provides further details on the bidding process, a summary of obligations and rights,  an applicant questionnaire for the Hockey World Cups 2018 and an expressions of interest form for all other events. It also states the deadlines that National Associations need to meet throughout the various stages of the bidding process.

The events available for allocation in the upcoming cycle include: the Hockey World Cups (men and women) 2018, various Hockey World League events for 2014/2015 and 2016/2017, the Hockey Junior World Cups 2017 and other unallocated events.

Those National Associations interested in receiving a copy of the Event Assignment Process Document should access their FIH Workroom account or refer the the email that was sent to all National Associations earlier.

FIH site