News for 12 February 2013

All the news for Tuesday 12 February 2013

Malaysia send Ireland packing

THE Malaysian senior hockey team beat Ireland 3-0 in their second Test match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

They sealed the three-test with a match to spare after winning 4-2 on Sunday. Yesterday, Ismail Abu scored a brace while Razie Rahim scored the other.

On Sunday, Malaysia's goals were scored by Chua Boon Huat, Shukri Mutalib, Norhizat Sumantri and Azlan Misron.

The third and final test will be played tomorrow as Malaysia prepare for two World Cup Qualifiers in the World Hockey League semi-finals in Johor Baru and then the Asia Cup in Ipoh.

New Straits Times

Malaysia win again despite poor show

It’s mine: A determined Ahmad Fuzi Amir Farid of Malaysia vies for the ball with Ireland’s Paul Gleghorne during their second Test in Bukit Jalil on Monday. — M. AZHAR ARIF / The Star.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia put up a disjointed performance but it was still good enough for them to prevail 3-0 over Ireland in their second Test match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The Malaysians, who won the first Test 4-2 on Sunday, have now wrapped up the three-Test series 2-0.

Malaysia took to the field yesterday for the second Test without the guidance of coach Paul Revington, who was down with flu.

Assistant coach A. Arulselvaraj took charge of the national team, who won with two goals by Ismail Abu and a penalty corner effort by Mohd Razie Rahim.

“We played well and had plenty of chances to win it. We’re still in the learning process and finding the true value of the players in the squad. The main thing is to give the players a chance to prove themselves. There was no lack of goal scoring opportunities. Ireland were tough as always and gave us a good game,” said Arulselvaraj.

The Irish played a very defensive game and only came alive in the second half but it wasn’t enough for them to trouble the Malaysians, who controlled most parts of the match.

Ireland coach Andrew Meredith blamed jet lag for his team’s loss but felt that the match provided his men with a good workout.

“I’m more concerned about their performance than the results. We’re in the final lap of preparations for the World League Round Two in India next week. So, the players need matches like this to prepare for the challenge,” he said.

“We lost today due to our silly mistakes ... it’s a harsh lesson for the players. The three matches will be invaluable for the team. Malaysia have always been tough opponents and they always play good hockey.”

In the first Test on Sunday, Chua Boon Huat, Mohd Shukri Mutalib, Norhizzat Sumattri and Azlan Misron got Malaysia’s goals while Ireland replied through Eugene Magee and Shane O’Donaghue.

The third Test tomorrow will be played at the same venue at 7pm.

The Star of Malaysia

Ireland beaten 3-0 by Malaysia

Ireland played their 2nd game in 24 hours in Kuala Lumpur today as they continued their preparations for the World League 2 in New Delhi from 18th-24th February 2013. Ireland were beaten 4-2 yesterday following gruelling travel to Malaysia and were beaten 3-0 by their hosts today.

Irish Coach Andrew Meredith named one change to his starting XI with Monkstown's David Fitzgerald replacing David Harte in goal for his 11th Senior Cap. Malaysia started brightly for the 2nd day in a row but the Green Machine defended a number of penalty corners resolutely. Malaysia finally edged in front through Ismail Abu in the 34th minute and took a 1-0 lead into the half time break.

After the interval, Malaysia extended their lead via a 4th penalty corner as Muhammad Razie struck home in the 40th minute to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. The game was then settled in the 59th minute when Ismail Abu struck from open play to make it 3-0.

Ireland kept plugging away at the hosts in an effort to reduce the deficit and had chances through a couple of penalty corners in the 2nd half however Meredith's side where unable to find the goal their play deserved.

Ireland will now have a day off to recover before playing the final match of this 3 test series v Malaysia at 11am Irish on Wednesday 13th February 2013.

Starting XI: D.Fitzgerald, J.Jackson, R.Gormley, C.Harte, B.McCandless, C.Cargo, E.Magee, G.McCabe, M.Watt, S.O'Donoghue, M.Darling

Malaysia 3 (Abu, Razie, Abu)
Ireland 0

Subs: D Harte, P.Gleghorne, S.Loughery, P.Maguire, P.Brown, D.Carson, A.Sothern.

Irish Hockey Association media release

New Zealand likely to fly in earlier for friendlies

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions New Zealand will arrive early for this year’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament and play two matches with the national hockey team in Kuala Lumpur.

This year’s tournament will be a six-nation affair and will be held in Ipoh from March 9-17.

The other teams in the fray are hosts Malaysia, Australia, India, Pakistan and South Korea.

“We have fixed Feb 24 and Feb 25 for the two matches against the Kiwis, who are scheduled to arrive on Feb 20. But since the duration of the Azlan Shah Cup tournament has shortened due to the fewer number of teams, we are awaiting New Zealand to reconfirm their arrival date and plans for the two matches,” said national team manager George Koshy.

Malaysia are seeking to play as many matches as possible in their preparation for the World League semi-finals, which will be held in Johor Baru in June.

Malaysian are currently playing in a three-match Test series with Ireland at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil. They won the first Test 4-2 on Sunday. The third test will be played tomorrow.

George said that they would use the New Zealand matches as the final selection ground for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

Malaysia will open their Sultan Azlan Shah campaign against South Korea, followed by matches against New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan and India.

Meanwhile, the national team goalkeepers are under going specialised training until Feb 16.

Dutchman Martijn Drijver, the goalkeeping specialist coach, arrived here last Friday and has had two training sessions with the goalkeepers – Roslan Jamaluddin, Khairulnizam Ibrahim and Mohd Hazrul Faiz.

Only S. Kumar is not with the team as he is playing in the India Hockey League. He is expected to be back in the next few days.

Koshy said that the goalkeepers in the Project 2013 squad are also part of the group training under Drijver.

The Dutchman first worked with the Malaysians prior to the Champions Challenge in Argentina last November and also joined the national squad at the tournament proper.

The Star of Malaysia


Green Army beat Spain 1-0

The Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women's Squad beat Spain 1-0 today courtesy of Anna O'Flanagan's 3rd goal for the Green Army as Ireland wrapped up their training camp and their preparations for the upcoming FIH World League 2. The two sides had met twice already this week with Spain winning the first two encounters by score lines of 2-0 and 2-1.

Irish Coach, Darren Smith, continued to use his full squad and again made 5 changes to his starting XI today with Smithwick, Sargent, Symmons, Smith & Waktins all returning to the side.

The two teams played out a hotly contested fixture today and there was little to separate both sides in the first period of play. Ireland led by Captain Alex Speers, Ireland pressed the Spaniards well in the first half and were unlucky to not take the lead through first Katie Mullan and then Audrey O'Flynn from a penalty corner in the 32nd minute.

Ireland began the 2nd half where they left off and created some good early opportunities through O'Flanagan, Jacob & Smyth which the Spanish managed to clear. It wasn't all one way traffic though with Spain forcing a couple of penalty corners and the Green Army were called upon to defend them effectively with Nicola Gray and 2nd half keeper, Emma Gray making important blocks and saves respectively to keep the score line at 0-0.

22 minutes into the 2nd half and Ireland finally took the lead following great work from Niamh Small to force a penalty corner. From the resulting set play, Nicola Gray found Anna O'Flanagan who diverted the ball home to give Ireland a deserved 1-0 lead. Ireland had opportunities to extend the lead further following great play from Speers, Symth & Daly.

There was still plenty of work for the Green Army to do defensively also before a hard earned victory could be put in the books and Cliodhna Sargent & Emma Gray in particular made important blocks to keep the lead intact. Ireland held on for the remainder of the game though and claimed the first victory for new coach, Darren Smith

Ireland return home from Spain later today but will return to Valencia in two weeks' time and will once again meet hosts Spain on 2nd March 2013 at World League 2

Speaking following his first victory as Irish Coach, Darren Smith said 'We continued our impressive play from Saturday's match, but this time we got our reward. Despite facing Spain's strongest eleven from the off, we outplayed them with 34 circle entries and a much higher number of goalscoring opportunities. I have been very impressed by the girls application over the three matches'

Spain 0-1 Ireland (Valencia, Spain)

Starting XI : Smithwick, Atcheler, Sargent, N Gray, O'Flynn, Watkins, Symmons, Smyth, Jacob, Speers O'Flanagan

Irish Hockey Association media release

Results will come in 6-8 years: Oltmans

By Arnab Lall Seal

RANCHI: Roelant Oltmans, who has been appointed performance director of Indian hockey, believes it will take at least 6-8 years to achieve something big.

"It's a big challenge for me and my first task will to be to create a structure from the grassroot level to the national side. It's a long-term process and things cannot be changed overnight. I will have to look into the areas where development is required and how we can improve the infrastructure. The result will be visible only after 6-8 years and it's important for the hockey lovers and the organizations to be patient," said Oltmans, who is also the coach of HIL team Punjab Warriors.

The legendary Dutch coach also hopes to bring a specialist trainer for goalkeepers. "India have a number of good goalkeepers but they are not of the standard of Nicolas Jacobi and Jaap Stockmann. The team needs to improve here and I want to have a specialist who will train the goalkeepers to become world class," he added.

Oltmans, who had coached the Dutch team that lifted the World Cup and the Atlanta Olympics goal in 1996, also sketched out some of the other areas that need to be improved in the Indian team.

"The base of the Indian players is their skill but what they lack is technical awareness, concentration and mental strength. Hockey is a game of 70 minutes and the players should not give up even if the team is down by one or two goals. Many of the matches including the final in HIL showed how teams can win even after conceding a goal. Another aspect of their game that has to be improved is trapping of the ball in difficult situations," Oltmans said.

As for HIL, Oltmans said, "It was very tiring but was very good for the world hockey. It was a great opportunity for the Indian players to learn from the foreign players and the coaches and this experience will do them a lot of good in the coming years."

The Times of India

Birendra Lakra asked to join Delhi hockey camp

Birendra Lakra

Jamshedpur:  Hockey India has directed Hockey Jharkhand to send half back Birendra Lakra, the lone player from the state to get a berth in the national team, to attend a week-long camp in Delhi from February 11 to 18.

Hockey Jharkhand General Secretary Pir Mohammad said a letter in this regard was received by him today. Mohammad said, the camp was being organized for the upcoming Hockey World League Round 2 to be played at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium from February 18 to 24.

The Indian men's team will open their campaign against Fiji on February 18 followed by matches against Oman (Feb 20), Ireland (Feb 21), China (Feb 23) and Bangladesh (Feb 24).


Sandeep needs to reinvent himself to get place in Team India: Michael Nobbs

RANCHI: Ace drag-flicker Sandeep Singh continues to face the axe from Indian team despite emerging as the highest scorer in inaugural Hockey India League (HIL) with chief coach Michael Nobbs on Monday saying that the former skipper has to "reinvent" himself as a defender if he desires to make a comeback in the national side.

Nobbs said penalty corner conversions alone can't guarantee Sandeep a place in the national team as he has to improve his key area of the game, i.e. defence, by leaps and bounds to earn his spot back.

"He (Sandeep) might have scored 11 goals but you need to see how many penalty corners he has managed to utilize," Nobbs said.

"All the selectors were unanimous in their decision that he hasn't improved in his key area. The players we have got at the moment are better than Sandeep. He is job is to keep the goals away but he is lacking in that area," he said.

"Everybody who has performed well here (in the HIL) has been rewarded with a place in the national team.

"But there is still opportunity for him to make a comeback. It's a long season ahead. If he plays well and reinvents himself there is always an opportunity to get back in the team," the Australian said.

Sandeep was not included in the Lanco International Super Series and Champions Trophy in Australia last November and even in the upcoming Hockey World League Round 2, he has been kept only in the standby list.

Nobbs was of the view that the five-team HIL has been a blessing in disguise for Indian hockey.

The chief coach feels the league has unearthed many young talents, including Mandeep Singh, who has emerged as the most promising player of the tournament.

"I started to follow the league from the later stages. The league is fantastic. Its is great for Indian hockey. An example is Mandeep Singh and his 10 field goals. It is a remarkable achievement for a young player like him," he said.

"Malak Singh, Amit Rohidas are some other young players. Besides there a lot of junior players who have played well and played very good hockey against the top players in the world.

"The way the junior players have evolved from this tournament has been the big bonus for Indian hockey," Nobbs insisted.

Asked about the national team's preparation for the Hockey World League 2 to be held at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi from February 18 to 24, Nobbs said: "We have got two really tough games. Ireland and China are not pushovers. But what I expect is that those who played well here to carry on their performance in the World League."

The Times of India


Good money, live TV make HIL a hit: Sardar Singh

By Arnab Lall Seal

RANCHI: Delhi Waveriders had a fairytale run in the league stages of the inaugural edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) but they faltered in the end, losing the final to Ranchi Rhinos.

Nevertheless, Waveriders skipper Sardar Singh, who bagged the player of the tournament award, believes the tournament has given a platform to India from where they can start rebuilding. The Indian captain also spoke about the importance of playing frequently with the higher-ranked countries. Excerpts from an interview...

How do you think HIL is going to help Indian hockey?

It's a great initiative where the Indian players have a chance to play with foreign players. Even though most of them are Olympic and World champions, they are very down to earth and are always ready to help us. For me, personally, I have developed as a captain and know how to control the team better. I have gained a lot of experience and know exactly when to take risks and when to wait.

What is the X factor that drew players to HIL?

In other leagues the players do not get properly paid, and the matches are also not telecast live on TV. As a result, in most cases the players do not play with full commitment. But with HIL, the players know that they can earn a lot of name and fame if they play well. They even know that if they perform well this season, they might get a better price next season.

Do you feel India play enough against top-ranked countries?

The reason HIL has been such a huge success is that the players of Germany, Australia and the Netherlands are playing in it. Usually, we don't get to play with them on a regular basis, but now, not only are we playing against them but we are also playing alongside them. But even outside HIL, we really need to play more matches against these teams to gain confidence. So when we play against them at the Olympics or World Cups, we won't get intimidated.

What do you have to say about the Indian youngsters in HIL?

Mandeep Singh and Malak Singh have been excellent throughout the tournament. They've learnt a lot from the foreign players and they have used it to good effect. Danish Mujtaba has also been impressive and it's a good decision by the selection committee to hand him the captaincy for the upcoming Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Usually players play well for a period of 7-8 years and they should be given the chance when they are at their peak.

The Times of India

Hail India League

By Arnab Lall Seal

After 28 days, 34 matches and 147 goals, Ranchi Rhinos did the unthinkable, beating Delhi Waveriders in the final to win the inaugural edition of the Hockey India League (HIL). The match was as exhilarating as a final should have been, and it was the Rhinos who had the last laugh after Waveriders grabbed all the headlines over the past one month.

There was madness on the streets as Ranchiites partied, even making the players join them. Supporters surrounded the team bus at Albert Ekka Chowk, and the celebration was so intense that the uninitiated would have thought they were celebrating a World Cup triumph in some sport. That exuberance is understandable. The last one month has been tough on the people of Jharkhand. The state has been under President's rule since January 18, so this win comes as a welcome distraction.

But most encouragingly, HIL's appeal is not limited to hockey lovers. The tournament has been able to turn players and coaches into fans. Even India coach Michael Nobbs has said HIL will help "India evolve into a powerhouse in the world of hockey again." After coming up with their worst-ever performances in the London Olympics last year, that prophecy is something the country would desperately want to be proven true.

HIL has not only been a landmark in terms of the money the players earned, it has also given the Indians the opportunity to learn from the stalwarts of international hockey.

"It's great for Indian hockey as the young players are getting to learn a lot from the top players around the world, who are tactically stronger," said Waveriders coach AK Bansal.

However, Punjab Warriors coach Barry Dancer doesn't believe that Indian players lack anything that the foreign players have. "Even though there is no difference between the Indians and foreign players, the senior players of India have learnt to take responsibility and there has been a huge development in the way they approach the game," said Dancer.

Rise of a young breed of talented Indians has also been a big plus from the tournament. Mandeep Singh, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Malak Singh, Gurmail Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Ranjit Singh and Gurinder Singh have impressed one and all. They bode well for India's future.

Even though there is no doubt about the tournament's success, the foreign recruits are reluctant to compare it with the club competitions in Europe.

"The European club competition is very different to HIL. There we practise together for over a year and the team builds up slowly. As a result, the team performance in HIL is average but the individual brilliance is as good as that of the European clubs," said Rhinos skipper Moritz Fuerste.

Moreover, HIL organizers have to do something about the scheduling of the tournament. It came under a lot of criticism over the past few weeks. "The tournament has been very long and difficult," said Rhinos head coach Gregg Clark just ahead of their semifinal against UP Wizards.

Teun de Nooijer of UP Wizards, however, believes that if there are more teams in the tournament, it will be a lot easier for the players. "I'm told there will be six or eight teams in the tournament from next year. That will make it more interesting and also more competitive. Playing 14 matches within such a short span of time is very difficult and it would be good if we play around 12," said the Dutch star.

Another cause for concern has been the umpiring standards and it was Mumbai Magicians coach Ric Charlesworth who had called for the video referral system to be introduced.

One of the other talking points of HIL was the fact that the players from Pakistan could not take part in the tournament and had to go back for reasons not related to hockey.

But if International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre is to be believed, this was a one-time crisis and the players from Pakistan will be able to participate from next year.

Despite those hitches, HIL has definitely provided Indian hockey a great platform from where they can launch their journey back to glory.

The gains

Hockey players got big money, for the first time

Indian players got to play with top foreign stars

Event threw up some exciting young talent

Buzz created for the sports, especially in smaller centres like Ranchi

Experts feel HIL may help Indian hockey climb the international ladder again

Grey areas

Schedule was a bit tight, hence too demanding on players

Umpiring standards left something to be desired

Should have at least one more team to make it more interesting

The Times of India

Ashley Jackson is a Hockey India League winner

Ashley Jackson celebrates while in action for the Ranchi Rhinos in the Hero Hockey India League

Congratulations to England and East Grinstead star Ashley Jackson whose Ranchi Rhinos side won the inaugural Hockey India League on Sunday.

Jackson played in the final with his side defeating Delhi Waveriders 2-1 in a cracker of a game to take the title at Birsa Munda Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi on Sunday.

After New Zealander Simon Child put the Waveriders ahead, South African Austin Smith drew the hosts level through a drag flick, before India’s Manpreet Singh’s winner in the final quarter sealed the title for the hosts, who were supported by a packed capacity crowd.

Jackson, 25, finished equal sixth top scorer in the tournament with five goals - three penalty corners and two penalty strokes.

The prize money for the winning team was Rs 25 000 000, close to £300,000 while the runners up, the Delhi Waveriders, received half of that amount.

England Hockey Board Media release

Rhino Ashley Jackson’s an Indian hero

Jackson takes a share of the £300,000 first prize

THERE was no disguising the joy of Ashley Jackson as his all-star Ranchi Rhinos fought back from a goal down to beat Delhi Waveriders 2-1 for the inaugural Hero Hockey India League title in Delhi.

Jackson takes a share of the £300,000 first prize, the most money he has ever earned for a month’s work.

“The only Englishman that’s champion of India, pretty cool,” he tweeted. “Bring on next year.”

Jackson now goes into East Grinstead’s weekend bid to win the indoor European Club Trophy in Vienna.

The Sussex club came back from two goals down against Brooklands to win 5-2 as the national league resumed.

They are in seventh place but only two points off third-placed Loughborough Students, who edged Canterbury 6-5.

Canterbury’s women beat Bowdon Hightown 2-1 in the Investec League to stay top, with Leicester 1-0 winners over Olton.

The England internationals return from South Africa after beating Australia to third place in the Investec Challenge, which should set up an intriguing battle on Sunday as champions Leicester look to overhaul Canterbury.

Daily Express

Hockey into Delhi time

Arin Kumar

THE Fijian national women's hockey side has been training after midnight to tune themselves with the time difference in New Delhi.

The team and coach Shaun Corrie have been working hard at the National Hockey Centre.

The side is preparing for Round 2 of the FIH (International Hockey Federation) World League that will be played in New Delhi in India.

Corrie said all players were turning up for training as they preferred the 12.30am training session compared to the 6am one.

"New Delhi is six and a half hours behind compared to Fiji and our games there are at 6pm," he said.

Fiji Times

Pakistan National hockey camp for Azlan Shah Cup begins

LAHORE - The national hockey training camp to prepare the team for Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament commenced here on Monday at Johar Town Hockey Stadium with 20 players attending it.

Veteran forward Shakeel Abbasi and Farid Ahmed though joined the camp but are nursing injuries and according to the team management, they will be fit in few days’ time to start regular training.

The Azlan Shah Cup will be played at Ipoh, Malaysia from March 9 to 17.

Former captain Wasim Ahmed will be joining the camp today (Tuesday), said head coach and manager Chaudhary Akhtar Rasool after a training session.

The head coach said strenuous training would be imparted to the players in two daily sessions to ensure their top physical fitness besides erasing flaws in their game plan.

“The players’ morale is high after winning the Asian Champions Trophy and we are confident our team will perform very well in the presence of world’s top teams,” he said.

He said they had ample time for training and different combinations would be formed to assess the individual talent of players and to have ample choice for final team selection.

“We have to prepare the team in all aspects keeping in view the might of our opponents because we anticipate tough competition from the world’s top seven teams,” he added.

Team captain M Imran expressed the hope that the injured players would regain fitness in few days to start training. He pointed out that the team lacked in goalkeeping and defence and efforts would be made to overcome these gray areas.

“Certainly, there are some problems which our teams is facing and we will be working hard seriously to overcome them in order to produce good results in the Azlan Shah Cup,” he said.

The Nation

Team back on field as preparations begin

KARACHI: After having rested for over a month following their Asian Champions Trophy triumph, the Greenshirts are back on the field and kicking.

Pakistan’s national hockey team has kick-started this year’s first training assignment and is preparing to take on next month’s Azlan Shah Cup.

The training camp, that started on Monday at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore, will continue for three weeks. This camp is the team’s first activity at the venue which has been furbished with a newly-laid blue turf.

The team management has invited as many as 25 probables for the camp including seasoned striker Shakeel Abbasi and Mohammad Waseem.

The Azlan Shah Cup that will be played in Ipoh, Malaysia from March 9 to 17 will be competed among six countries. Apart from Pakistan and hosts Malaysia, defending champions New Zealand, Australia, India and South Korea will take part in the event.

Team coach Hanif Khan said that the camp on the blue-turf will benefit the team. “The forthcoming event will be played on the same surface so it will help us prepare well,” the coach told The Express Tribune.

He said the training will be held in two sessions daily and player fitness will be the priority this time around. “We will try to minimise our weaknesses. The team needs to improve their defence and finishing.”

Hanif said the training camp was expected to continue till March 5 before the team’s departure for Malaysia.

The Express Tribune

Uddingston receives 'Awards for All' boost

Uddingston Hockey Club’s local schools development programme got a further boost in January following the award of a £7000 ‘Awards for All’ grant.

The grant will go towards the continued development of the ongoing schools coaching programme, which has seen the club link with ten primary and three secondary schools in South & North Lanarkshire and the East-end of Glasgow, including Chatelherault PS, Tannochside PS, Bothwell PS, St Brides PS, Aitkenhead PS, Muiredge PS, Beckford PS, St Marys PS, Garrowhill PS, St John’s PS, Holy Cross HS, Uddingston Grammar & Hamilton College.

Uddingston Youth

The grant funding has also led to the programme growing to include inter-school games being organised from this February onwards. This will give the children a sense of competition with teams being made up from each school’s after-school club, which average around 25 pupils per session.

The overall aim is the creation of a local hockey school league for primary schools and in the near future, a league for senior schools that the primary schools feed into.

By implementing this development programme, Uddingston Hockey club hope to see talented youngsters return to the club, as well as new talent coming to Uddingston Hockey Club Indoor Youth Coaching, which runs on Thursday evenings at Hamilton College 6.30-8.00pm for boys and girls 6-16 years old.  For further information please email the club's youth convenor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Easter Youth Camp dates have also been released by the club, which will run from Tuesday 9th April to Friday 12th April, 10 – 3pm at Uddingston Grammar School Sport Centre. Places are open to all and can be This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The club sessions and youth camps are open to all new players and pupils that take part in the in school programme with full details able to be found via the club's website:

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Sporting Double- Women

From Record book of B.G.JOSHI (Bhopal, India)

On Feb 4, 2013 Anita Punt of New Zealand won the Gold in Christchurch International Track meet in 100m (12.61 seconds) and 300m (39.6 seconds) and then Gold in the 100m and 200m at the Porrit Classic on Sunday. Besides Anita (born: Feb 10, 1987) following 4 Hockey players have achieved feats of sporting double:


Player Country Achievements
In Hockey In Other Sports
Nova Peris- Kneebone (nee Batman) Australia Gold in Atlanta Olympics (1996), World Cup (1994), Champions Trophy (1993, 95). Gold in KL CWG (1998) in 200m and 4x100m
Reached in SF of 400m and 4x400m in Sydney (2000) Olympics.
Shirin Khurso India Asian Championship-New Delhi (1968) Asian Basketball Championship (KL-1970)
Cricket Test Series vs. Australia in 1975
Sophie Devine New Zealand Champions Trophy-Rosario (2012) T-20 Cricket Final in Lords(June-2009)
Patricia McKillop Zimbabwe Gold in Moscow Olympics (1980) African Basketball Championship