News for 16 February 2013

All the news for Saturday 16 February 2013


Hockey World League Round 2 kicks into full gear

Live streaming of games from India and Spain


Monday in Delhi, the FIH kicks off nearly four straight weeks of Hockey World League action when the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 tournament begins. Six men's teams and six womens' teams will take to the field to earn a berth in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in June. The Semi-Finals will ultimately determine the field for the 2014 World Cup in the Netherlands.

Nearly every game from Delhi will be streamed live on the FIH website at the following link: http://www.fih.livesport.tv/home. In addition, the games will be televised in India by Ten Sports (check local listings for times and channels).

Following the men’s and women’s tournaments in Delhi, the Round 2 action moves onto Valencia, Spain, from February 25-March 3 for the women’s Hockey World League Round 2 tournament. The five team Round Robin tournament will also have live streaming Games from through the organizing committee at the following link: www.fhcv.tv

Rounding out the month of action, 12 teams will head to Rio for a men’s and women’s Hockey World League Round 2 tournament. The men will take to the pitch first with their tournament running from February 27 – March 5. The women will follow up with the six-team round robin event from March 4-10. Currently, there is no live streaming for those two tournaments, but check back to the FIH website as this could change as the event nears.

Pick your favourite team and enjoy the month of Hockey World League action from all around the globe!

Hero Hockey World League tournament page men's - New Delhi, India

Hero Hockey World League tournament page women's - New Delhi, India

Hockey World League tournament page women's - Valencia, Spain

Hockey World League tournament page women's - Rio, Brazil

Hockey World League tournament page men's - Rio, Brazil

FIH site



Finally Charlie gets chance to ‘reach his fifty’

By Jonathan Cook


CARLOS “Charlie” Pereira was a surprise to many when he was named head coach of the South African men’s hockey team for the World League Round 2 event that takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from February 27 to March 5.

It is an interim position, as the SA Hockey Association has pointed out, and management posts will be re-advertised on the team’s return from Rio – and Pereira will undoubtedly apply.

The circumstances around the appointment were also unusual, as incumbent SA coach Gregg Clark and his Ranchi Rhinos were sweeping all before them in the inaugural Hockey India League, and it was felt that someone had to be available to run the South African camp and then head the team in the crucial month leading to Rio.

Success in Rio is of vital importance to world No 12 South Africa as ranking points, as well as qualification for the World League semifinals in mid-year are at stake.

A number of coaches were interviewed at camp in Cape Town and Pereira came up trumps – with several other interviewees now part of his Rio support staff.

But who is Charlie Pereira, the inspirational hockey man who turns 51 on February 22? It’s an interesting story. “Mom called me Charlie or Charles from when I grew up and the name stuck,” says Pereira from his smallholding in Curry’s Post, KZN Midlands.

The former Centaurus, Windhoek pupil is the only boy from Namibia to have made the SA Schools side.

The Johannesburg- born Wits Unive r s i ty chartered accountant-turned businessman captained SA Under-21 for two years and represented Northern Blues and Southern Gauteng. Married to former Eastern Province, Southerns and KZN Midlands player Sally, the father of two won the SA title once with the Johannesburg-based Southerns and made his official SA debut in 1994.

Pereira, who returned to coaching three years ago after work commitments had kept him out of the game for a time, did play for the whites-only, unofficial SA team in 1985. Having played 49 official Test matches including the 1994 World Cup in Sydney, the former SA vice-captain and midfield general quips that the first match in Rio will be his 50th.

In his heyday Pereira was crowned SA Player-of-the-Year a number of times and Player- of-the-Tournament at a four-nation event in Madrid in 1993.

The former national convenor of selectors returned three years ago with KZN Inland and his coaching has aided an unlucky team to coming close to reaching national tournament semifinals, while his indoor provincial side has won the SA title three years in succession.

“The break I had from the game was probably a good thing as since my return with KZN Inland three years ago the journey has been amazing. I have loved it and the opportunity to lead the coaching staff with such a talented young team in Rio is an incredible opportunity,” was Pereira’s parting shot.

The Citizen



Green Machine ready to begin World League 2

Ireland's Green Machine have arrived safe & sound in New Delhi in time to kick off their World League 2 campaign on Monday. Ireland begin their World League 2 adventure vs. Bangladesh in New Delhi on 18th February 2013 before facing Fiji, India, Oman and finally China on 24th February 2013.

FIH World League 2 is organised in a round robin format on this occasion and there is no additional medal placing games at this tournament. The 7 top placed teams across the four World League 2 tournaments will qualify for World League 3 in June 2013.

18th February 2013 Ireland vs. Bangladesh (16:00 local time)
20th February 2013 Ireland vs. Fiji (16:00 local time)
21st February 2013 Ireland vs. India (20:00 local time)
23rd February 2013 Ireland vs. Oman (18:00 local time)
24th February 2013 Ireland vs. China (16:00 local time)

Speaking to hockey.ie earlier this month, Green Machine Coach, Andrew Meredith said ‘It's clearly a very exciting opportunity for those who have been selected to go and compete in the New Delhi tournament. At this critical stage of the qualification process, our goal is pretty clear, with only the top 2 countries progressing to the following round of Semi-Finals in the summer. The World League 2, presents not only a challenge to the playing group in as far as acclimatising to unique environmental and cultural factors, but it represents an opportunity to experience playing in a country, where hockey has an incredibly large following while playing in a stadium that has a capacity of 20,000 spectators.'

On this occasion, matches taking place at World League 2 will be streamed live at http://www.fih.livesport.tv/schedule and a micro-site for the tournament is also available at http://www.fih.ch/en/competitions-179-hero-hockey-world-league-round-2-men-world

Irish Hockey will also provide match reports, updates and features throughout the tournament on http://www.hockey.ie and via our social media platforms.

Ireland Squad

1. David Fitzgerald (Monkstown)
2. David Harte (SV Kampong, Holland)
3. Paul Gleghorne (Instonians)
4. Ronan Gormley (Krefeld HC, Germany)
5. Conor Harte (SCHC, Holland)
6. John Jackson (Braxgata, Belgium)
7. Stuart Loughrey (Team Bath Buccaneers)
8. Bruce McCandless (Banbridge)
9. Chris Cargo (Reading, England)
10. Eugene Magee (Krefeld HC, Germany)
11. Geoff McCabe (Santander, Spain)
12. Phelie Maguire (THC Hurley)
13. Peter Brown (Banbridge)
14. David Carson (Monkstown)
15. Mitch Darling (Three Rock Rovers)
16. Shane O'Donoghue (UCD)
17. Alan Sothern (Pembroke Wanderers)
18. Michael Watt (SCHC, Holland)

Irish Hockey Association media release



Cold New Delhi weather greets Fiji hockey teams

Mereseini Marau In New Delhi



Members of the national women's hockey team arrive at their hotel in New Delhi, India yesterday. Picture: MERESEINI MARAU

THE national hockey teams are settling well in India despite the time difference and the chilly Delhi climate.

Both the men's and women's teams arrived in New Delhi for the Hero Hockey World League Round Two early on Friday morning after a 16-hour flight from Nadi via Hong Kong.

National women's coach Shaun Corrie said his players were excited but at the same time aware of the task ahead of them as they play Japan, ranked Number 9 in the world, in their first match on Monday. "Coming out to play in this league is a big thing for us, it's very good expoure for the girls and we will do our best," said Corrie.

Fiji — the lowest world ranked team at 59th — will also face India (12), Russia (20), Malaysia (22) and Kazakhstan (33).

Corrie said some of the players were first time travellers and for most of them, this would be their first trip to India.

Considering the seven hour time difference with Fiji ahead of India, Corrie said his team had midnight sessions before they came, hoping that it would help the girls in their games.

"We are lookiong forward to playing against Japan," he said. "We have nothing to lose and everything to gain from this league.

"This is the biggest meet that we've been to and we will do our best."

Fiji will play Russia on Tuesday, India on Thursday, Malaysia on Friday and their final match will be against Kazakhstan on Sunday.

The men's team has a world ranking of 70th and will play against India (11), Ireland (15), China (18), Oman (36) and Bangladesh (40).

The Hector Smith Sr-coached side will tussle it out with hosts India on Monday, Ireland on Wednesday, China on Thursday, Bangladesh on Saturday and against Omar in their final match on Sunday.

The Fiji Times



Sardar praises youngsters before World League

M.S. Unnikrishnan


Captain Sardar Singh said it would be suicidal to underestimate any team, despite the seemingly easy group they have been placed in, as India gear up to compete in the Hockey World League Round 2, to be held here from February 18 to 24. India will be fighting for the lone spot available from the six-team competition here to qualify for Round 3 of the World Cup Qualifying, though Sardar said despite Ireland and China being ranked lower than the hosts, none could be taken as easy targets.

“In modern hockey, you cannot take any team lightly, including Bangladesh, as all the teams would be giving their best shot, as it’s a World Cup qualifying tournament,” Sardar Singh told The Tribune on the sidelines of an Hockey India function to announce its new sponsors.

India, China, Ireland, Bangaldesh, Oman and Fiji will be fighting for the lone slot from this competition in the men’s section while the women’s field will comprise of India, Japan, Russia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Fiji. The women have a tougher field, but Sardar said the men too cannot relax, though the selectors have picked the best team, including some of those young players like Mandeep Singh, Malak Singh and Gurjinder Singh, who had impressed in the Hockey India League (HIL) and the World Series Hockey (WSH) earlier.

“The HIL gave the players great experience on and off the field. It was evident from the body language of the Indian players, who derived immense benefit by playing alongside and playing against great players from Australia, Germany, Holland etc,” Sardar continued.

He said it would not be difficult for India to win the qualifying tournament “if we play our normal hockey”. He said players like drag-flicker Gurjinder Singh, forward Mandeep Singh and Malak Singh, were great assets for the team, though he felt the team would have been stronger had drag-flicker Sandeep Singh was also part of the team. Though the team now boast of three drag-flick specialists in V.R. Raghunath, Rupinder Pal Singh and Gurjinder Singh, Sandeep Singh would have been great value addition to the squad.

The selection of Gurjinder Singh, despite playing for the rival WSH, was an indication that the Hockey India selectors would cast their nets wide to pick the best hockey talent in the country, no matter who played for whom.

He said it was the selectors’ decision to keep Sandeep as a reserve for the tournament, though he was sure that the drag-flicker would return to the Indian team any time soon. He said Mandeep Singh, who scored ten goals in the HIL, holds out much promise as he has all the attributes of a classy forward — speed, stamina and uncanny ability to score goals.

The Tribune



We are prepared for World Hockey League: Sardar Singh

NEW DELHI: India captain Sardar Singh said on Friday that his team is fully prepared for the World Hockey League even though most of the players have come to the event straight from the Hockey India League.

"The fact that this tournament is starting just days after the HIL will not make any difference to our preparations. In fact, the players are in good shape after playing about a dozen matches there. They all are fit and there's no injury scare," Sardar, who led Delhi Waveriders to the final in the HIL, told reporters.

Sardar said he was expecting his teammates to show some of the class that they displayed in the HIL in the World Hockey League. "Most of them had a great tournament, so I would expect them to play at that level. And if they do that you can expect us to do well in WHL," he said. The league in both men's and women's categories will start in the Capital on February 18. The six-nation tournament for men would feature Bangladesh, China, Fiji, Ireland and Oman besides hosts India.

HI signs multi-crore sponsorship deal

Hockey India on Friday roped in a leading energy company as a co-sponsor of the national teams, signing a deal that will fetch crores of rupees for the game. Cairn India will be HIL's second major sponsor after Sahara India which is believed to be paying about Rs 10 crore every year to the sports federation. "Hockey is our national game and we are proud to be associated with this energetic game. We can't say the exact figure but we can confirm that this is a multi-crore deal," said Sunil Bharati, head of corporate affairs and communications, Cairn India.

The company's association with Indian hockey will cover the senior and junior national men and women teams for a period of three years.

The Times of India



Form of goalkeepers concern Sardar ahead of Hockey World League

NEW DELHI: Both P R Sreejesh and P T Rao did not have the best of outings in the inaugural Hockey India League and national hockey team captain Sardar Singh feels goalkeeping is an area of concern for the hosts ahead of the Hockey World League 2 to be held from February 18-26.

Turning out for Dabur Mumbai Magicians in the just-concluded HIL, both Sreejesh and Rao were below-par under the bar as their franchise failed to progress to the semi-finals of the five-team event, managing just one win out of 12 games.

But Sardar is confident about the duo's reversal of form in the upcoming Hockey World League 2, which is a qualifying event for the 2014 FIH World Cup in Hague, The Netherlands.

"Obviously, goalkeeping is a concern because Sreejesh and Rao did not have a very good HIL. But ups and downs are part and parcel of a player's life," he said here today.

"I feel Sreejesh is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. It was a matter of time he gets his form back. I feel it's just about regaining their self-confidence back as soon as possible," Sardar said on the sidelines of a programme announcing energy company Cairn India's association with Indian hockey.

Cairn India, the world's fastest growing energy company, has signed a multi-crore three-year deal with Hockey India as a co-sponsor.

Lauding the HIL, Sardar said the franchise-based event has been a blessing in disguise for Indian hockey because in young players like Mandeep Singh and Malak Singh, the league has produced some future stars of the game.

"We have learnt a lot from the HIL after spending a month with top foreign players. Earlier, we didn't use to get too much time and opportunity to rub shoulders with foreigners.

"I feel the confidence of our young players have also increased after getting a chance to play alongside foreign stars like Jamie Dwyer, Tuen de Nooijer etc. We needed players like Mandeep and Malak in the team and it is because of the HIL they came into limelight," Sardar said.

Looking at the line-up of the men's competition, India will start as overwhelming favourites in the tournament, from where two teams will qualify for next stage i.e. Hockey World League Round 3 (semifinal league) to be held in the Netherlands and Malaysia between June 13 and July 7.

Apart from India, the other participating nations in the men's competition are China, Ireland, Bangladesh, Oman and Fiji. The Indian skipper, however, sounded cautious.

"In modern day hockey, we can't take any team lightly. We can't consider China easy and Ireland is a tricky side," Sardar said.

"If we play our normal hockey and give 100 per cent we should win easily."

Meanwhile, seeded second behind Japan, the Indian women's team has a relatively difficult task at hand compared to its male counterparts.

But skipper Ritu Rani is upbeat about her team's chances in the women's event where Japan, Russia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Fiji are the other participating nations.

"Our preparation is going very well. For the last one month the entire team is together. We have a relatively young team.

"In trainings, we have been focussing mainly on penalty corners and scoring as many goals as possible. We are also working on conceding less penalty corners to the opposition teams," Rani said.

"Japan is ahead of us in rankings so they will be a tough opponent. But our coach (Neil Hawgood) has been working very hard with us and it is now up to us to implement his strategies on the field," she added.

While the Indian men's team will open their campaign against minnows Fiji on February 18, the eves will face Kazakhstan the same day.

The Times of India



HIL experience will stand in good stead: Sardar Singh

NEW DELHI: India hockey captain Sardar Singh Friday said the Hero Hockey World League Round 2, starting on Monday, will be a good exposure for the youngsters in the team.

India are the highest-ranked team in the six-team tournament, that also has China, Ireland, Bangladesh, Fiji and Oman. The tournament will be played here Feb 18-26.

The top two teams qualify for the third round of the Hockey World League. The World League is a qualification tournament for the 2014 FIH World Cup in Hague, the Netherlands.

Sardar asked his players not to take any of the teams lightly and said the exposure in the recently concluded Hockey India League (HIL) will stand in good stead for the boys.

"In modern day hockey, we can't take any team lightly. We can't consider China easy and Ireland is a tricky side. If we play our normal hockey and give 100 per cent we should win easily," said Sardar on the sidelines of a Hockey India (HI) programme to announce Cairn India as its co-sponsor.

Cairn India, the world's fastest growing energy company, has signed a multi-crore three-year deal with Hockey India as a co-sponsor.

Sardar said the boys are tired after the HIL but said but the time the World League starts they would be fit and ready to fire.

"The League has helped the boys a lot. The sheer experience of playing and sharing the dressing room with some top foreign players will really help the boys. We have learnt a lot from the Australians and the Germans during the HIL. I think the boys will be motivated to do well," said the star forward.

Sardar feels youngsters like Malak Singh and Mandeep Singh deserve a place in the squad after their good performance in the league.

"We needed players like Mandeep and Malak in the team and it is because of the HIL they came into limelight," Sardar said.

The India captain, however, was concerned about the performance of his goalkeepers PR Sreejesh and PT Rao, who were unimpressive in the HIL. Sardar, however, hoped that this goalkeepers will bounce back to form.

"Obviously, goalkeeping is a concern because Sreejesh and Rao did not have a very good HIL. But ups and downs are part and parcel of a player's life.

"I feel Sreejesh is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. It was a matter of time he gets his form back. I feel it's just about regaining their self-confidence back as soon as possible," Sardar said on the sidelines of a programme announcing energy company Cairn India's association with Indian hockey," he said.

If the men's team is an overwhelming favourite to win the round 2, the women's team has a tough task at hand because they are seeded second behind Japan in their group. Russia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Fiji are the other participating nations in the women's event.

But skipper Ritu Rani remained confident.

"Our preparation is going very well. For the last one month the entire team is together. We have a relatively young team.

"In trainings, we have been focussing mainly on penalty corners and scoring as many goals as possible. We are also working on conceding less penalty corners to the opposition teams," Rani said.

"Japan is ahead of us in rankings so they will be a tough opponent. But our coach ( Neil Hawgood) has been working very hard with us and it is now up to us to implement his strategies on the field," she added.

The Times of India



Dream to debut at 18, says Mandeep

Harpreet Kaur Lamba




In his early years at Mithapur, Punjab, Mandeep Singh would often head to the village’s cricket academy. It did not matter if his father had enrolled him at the hockey nursery, that also produced former India captain Pargat Singh.

"I wanted to become a cricketer," recalls Mandeep, with a huge smile. "Every morning, I would leave home with a hockey kit bag and reach the cricket field. My heart was there, until one day my father caught me doing this!

"He taught me the importance of hockey and thus I got serious towards it."

At 17, Mandeep is about to make his senior India debut in three days time - an opportunity he had thought would have to wait for another two to three years. The recent Hockey India League however, pushed the ever-smiling youngster into the limelight, who scored 10 goals for winners Ranchi Rhinos.

And even as the seniors struggled to make a mark, Mandeep’s goal scoring prowess - added to his exemplary reading of the situation inside the Dee - ensured him a place in the India team for the World League Round 2 here.

"I will be very honest," says the youngster. "I was not expecting to be picked for the India senior team for another two to three years. To debut at 17 is a dream and I want to ensure it gets off on the right note."

The last month has indeed been a dream for Mandeep. From being the baby of the Rhinos’ squad to their go-to man on the field, he reckons it was a huge learning curve.

"I was taken care of by the team in every sense. I had seniors like Morits Fuertse (Germany captain) and Floris Evers (Holland skipper) to guide me on the field. They always backed me and pointed out small details.

"Off the field, I had my best moment when Floris planned a surprise birthday party for me and presented me a wonderful watch. They said I was special for them. I had tears in my eyes as I did not expect so much love and responsibility at the same time," recalls Mandeep, who joined the national camp here soon after the HIL.

"I haven’t been able to go home, but my mother told me that almost everyone in the village used to get together to see me play during the league.

"Right now, my focus is in the World League and I understand that it will be a very different tournament from the league. People have placed their faith in me and I hope to repay it."

Asked what he had planned to do with the `20 lakh that he earned for being the upcoming player of the  HIL, Mandeep said, "I will let my parents decide on it. They give me my pocket money!"

The Asian Age



Its coffers time for Indian hockey, as Cairn India join as co-sponsor


New co-sponsor for men and women national teams of Junior and Senior categories.

Close on the heels of Hero, the world's largest motorcycle manufacturers, endorsed four-year partnership with FIH, comes the news of World's Fastest Growing Oil Major, Cairn India, joining big time hockey.

Gurgaon based Cairn India, which accounts for 25% of India's domestic oil production, has declared its association with Indian national hockey team as its co-sponsors for both men and women.

Sahara was the main sponsor of all teams of both sexes so far, and Cairn officially comes as co-sponsor.

However, its only Cairn's logo that will be prominently feature on the jersey's of national teams, which clearly indicates the trend which way -- and which company's way - the sponsorship tilt is taking place.

Indian men's team captain Sardar Singh and Women's team captain Ritu Rai joined HI and Cairn India bosses to unveil official jerseys.

Its actually coffers time for Indian hockey, with the latest Hockey India League turning out to be a one-hundred crore worth brand, where five companies bought and run Franchised teams.

The FIH which foresaw the money worthiness of Indian market has roped in reliable Hero for next four years, each year India hosting one of its major tournament.

With Cairn in its fold, it is gathered the company will play big role in the coming years in grass root development of hockey as well.

Details Cairn India, the world’s fastest growing energy company announced in New Delhi today that it will co-sponsor India's national hockey teams for a tenure of three years. This association, for a sum of several crores per annum, will cover the senior and junior national men and women teams.

Cairn India announced the three year association with Hockey India in the presence of Hockey India officials and the captains of the men and women hockey teams.

The senior Indian Men and Women Hockey teams will be seen sporting the Cairn logo for the first time when they will take part in the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 tournaments to be held at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi from 18th to 24th February 2013.

Cairn India’s association with Hockey India reinforces its commitment towards securing a positive future for the nation. Cairn has decided to join forces with the national game of the country and plans through several initiatives to encourage the sport amongst the new generation.

Announcing Cairn India’s co-sponsorship, Hockey India welcomed the partnership. Narinder Batra, Secretary General Hockey India said: “We welcome Cairn for joining Hockey India and being part of the journey to revive hockey in the country. This association will further boost the game and help the sport reach new levels. Hockey India thanks Cairn India for coming on board to become our partner in this exciting journey.”

Dr Sunil Bharati, Head Corporate Affairs & Communications, Cairn India said: “Hockey is our national game and we are proud to be associated with this energetic game. The partnership and the journey ahead will indeed be a privileged one for the entire Cairn family. It is the first big step for us towards nurturing and growing this sport, both on a national stage as well as the international arena. Cairn India’s decision to associate with Hockey also aims at fuelling the resurgent interest in the national sports amongst youngsters.”

About Cairn India

Cairn India is one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in India.

Listed in the Indian Stock Exchanges (BSE & NSE), Cairn India was adjudged as the fastest growing E&P Company in the world in 2012 by Platts, the global provider of energy benchmarking. Cairn India is now a part of the Vedanta Group, a globally diversified natural resources group with wide ranging interests in metals and fossil fuels.

Cairn India has a portfolio of ten blocks - one in Rajasthan, two on the west coast, five on the east coast of India and one each in Sri Lanka & South Africa.

Cairn India has recently crossed 100 million barrels of crude production from its prolific Rajasthan oil fields in just three years of operations and today produces over 200,000 barrels of oil per day that accounts for ~ 25% of the domestic crude oil production for the nation.

Cairn India has been in operation in India for more than 15 years and has played an active role in developing the oil and gas resources. The company discovered the Mangala field in Barmer, Rajasthan in 2004, which was dedicated to the nation in August 2009 by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. This discovery is considered to be the largest onshore oil discovery in India in more than two decades.

To date, Cairn India has opened 3 new frontier basins with over 40 discoveries; 25 in the Rajasthan block. The potential resource for the Rajasthan block is estimated at 7.3 bn boe gross in-place with an expected ultimate recovery of 1.7 billion boe.

Stick2Hockey.com



Boost for Hockey India: Cairn to co-sponsor national teams



The Indian hockey team got a boost ahead of the International hockey federation (FIH) World League's second round starting February 18. Energy resource exploration giants Cairn India have signed up to co-sponsor the men's and the women's teams.

The Rs 7 crore per annum deal signed by the oil and gas exploration company is a three-year commitment to develop and popularize the national sport and will also include the junior teams in the country.

Speaking at a press conference here on Friday, Sunil Bharati of Cairn India said that the emphasis is on helping Indian hockey regain its glory in the sport.

"We are proud to be associated with Indian hockey. Although we are co-sponsors, we will fully commit ourselves towards taking the sport where it was earlier. Hockey is an amazing sport and we will be further fuelling it," said Bharati.

Hockey India's Narinder Batra also welcomed the deal and said that hockey is on the fast-track towards resurgence. “This association will further boost the game and help the sport reach new levels,” he said.

Indian hockey has been receiving long-awaited attention and recently signed major deals with Hero MotoCorp and a broadcast deal with STAR India for its successful League championship. Sahara too has been an active sponsor and Batra said that it is heartening to see that "giants of Indian industry are looking towards promoting the sport."

After finishing last among 12 teams in the London Olympics 2012, India have a long way to go to salvage pride. This financial boost may have come at the right time.

NDTV Sports

 



Scotland defeat Dutch club in warm-up

Scotland's warm-up for the FIH World League 2 got off to a good start with a 3-0 win over Dutch side KZ in Rome.

Nikki Kidd opened the scoring in the eighth minute from a penalty corner to give the Scots a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Vikki Bunce doubled the advantage late in the second half when she rounded the keeper to pass into an empty goal in the 63rd minute.

Ailsa Wylie made sure of the win when she connected with a Susan McGilveray shot at the at the back post to make it 3-0.

Scotland Women Head Coach Gordon Shepherd said, "I was delighted with the performance overall, particularly against a strong Dutch team. This sets us up well for our matches against Italy."

Scottish Hockey Union media release



EHF Indoor Club Championships underway this weekend


Action from Day 1 in Lille, France (Photo: EHF)


Club hockey in Europe is the rock of the EHF and our men's clubs are on show this weekend. FOUR divisions of the EuroHockey Indoor Club Championships are taking place in Lille, Vienna, Budapest and Athens.

We are live from Lille, tweeting live scores at @eurohockeyorg, #EHICLille.

In 2012 Der Club an der Alster hosted and were outright winners beating HDM (NED) 3-7 in an exhilerating final game with Dinamo Elektrostal (RUS) taking the bronze. All change this year with KTHC Rot-Weiss Koln representing Germany, Amsterdam H & BC, holding the Dutch baton and Dinamo Yekaterinburg the Russia representative.

A fantastic line up starting on Friday:

10:30

A

KTHC Rot Weiss Koln

v

Partille SC



11:40

A

Atletic Terrassa

v

Racing Club de Bruxelles



12:50

B

Amsterdam AH&BC

v

Luzerner SC



14:00

B

Dinamo Yekaterinburg

v

Lille MHC



15:30

A

Atletic Terassa

v

KHTC Rot Weiss Koln



16:40

A

Partille SC

v

Racing Club de Bruxelles



17:50

B

Dinamo Yekaterinburg

v

Amsterdam AH&BC



19:00

B

Luzerner SC

v

Lille MHC



Keep updated on www.eurohockey.org and www.lilhoc.com, with a gallery of photos on our Facebook page.

With Lille underway on Friday, that it only the tip of the iceberg in terms of EuroHockey competition this weekend, once again Vienna is hosting, with the NAVAX EuroHockey Indoor Trophy hosted by AHTC, their site is up and live and http://www.ahtc-wien.com/CC2013

Friday's games in Vienna are:








10:30

B

East Grinstead

v

AD Lousada



11:40

B

Grove Menzieshill

v

HC Minsk



12:50

A

NAVAX AHTC

v

SK Slavia Praha



14:00

A

HC Kolos-Sekvoya Vinnitsa

v

HAHK Mladost



15:30

B

AD Lousada

v

HC Minsk



16:40

B

Grove Menzieshill

v

East Grinstead



17:50

A

SK Slavia Praha

v

HAHK Mladost



19:00

A

HC Kolos-Sekvoya Vinnitsa

v

NAVAX AHTC



Games from Budapest will be posted here and for more information go to: http://www.eurohockeybudapest2013.com/

Friday's games in Budapest:








10:30

A

Orient Lyngby

v

HC Bra



11:40

A

HK Triglav Predanovci

v

Three Rock Rovers HC



12:50

B

SK Senkvice

v

Cardiff & UWIC



14:00

B

Soroksári HC

v

Pursaklar Belediye SC



15:30

A

HC Bra

v

Three Rock Rovers HC



16:40

A

HK Triglav Predanovci

v

Orient Lyngby



17:50

B

Cardiff & UWIC

v

Pursaklar Belediye SC



19:00

B

Soroksári HC

v

SK Senkvice



And finally, Athens!

10:30

B

Fureset HC

v

HK Spartak EV



11:40

B

ABC Team

v

WKS Grunwald Poznan



12:50

A

HC NSA

v

Ayrudzi



14:00

A

Kutaisi - Kutaisi

v

Dias HC



15:30

B

HK Spartak EV

v

WKS Grunwald Poznan



16:40

B

ABC Team

v

Furuset HC



17:50

A

Ayrudzi

v

Dias HC



19:00

A

Kutaisi - Kutaisi

v

HC NSA

A massive thank you to all the EHF Officials currently making their way to the 4 Divisions, to ensure the smooth running of our Tournaments, that's 20 Techincal Officials and 40 umpires from all over Europe.

The very best of luck to the teams in their endeavours. We received the following message from the President of the EHF, Marijke Fleuren: "A special word to the team captains - We expect respect from all of your team, especially in your role as captain: be the leader your team deserves and make the game even quicker by being the only one who speaks to the umpire! Good luck."

European Hockey Federation media release




Grove Menzieshill in good European position

Grove Menzieshill are in a good position to reach the semi-finals of EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy following a 7-3 win over HC Minsk today.

Although the Taysiders lost their second match to East Grinstead, if they better HC Minsk’s result in tomorrow’s final pool match, they will advance to the last four. Chris Anderson’s side will be up against AD Lousada, who lost their matches 7-2 and 6-2 in Pool B.

Earlier in the day, the Dundonians got off to a flyer, defeating HC Minsk 7-3 in their first match.

After a goalless first half, Chris Wilson opened the scoring shortly after half-time before Ross McPherson doubled the lead to give Chris Anderson’s side a two goal cushion early in the second half proceedings.

However, HC Minsk pulled one back through Aliaksandr Hancharou before Michael Ross got his first goal of the game to restore the two goal advantage.

Again Minsk came back into the contest with a goal to make it 3-2 before Grove Menzieshill’s class began to tell; Sam Tilston notched a quick-fire double to make it 5-2, before Ross grabbed his second of the match and a Gavin Byers strike rounded off an impressive team display to put his side well out of sight at 7-2.

The Belarussians recorded their third goal of the game from a penalty corner resulting in a 7-3 final scoreline.

Anderson’s side then faced East Grinstead in their second pool B match.

Great Britain and England international Ashley Jackson opened the scoring for East Grinstead in the third minute before Michael Ross equalised for the Taysiders in the 11th minute.

Two minutes later, Grove Menzieshill were in front as Craig Falconer scored off Ross McPherson’s pass and were 3-1 up in the 15th minute courtesy of a spectacular strike from Chris Wilson.

In an intense end-to-end three minute spell, Olympian Richard Smith pulled one back for the English champions to make it 3-2 in the 17th minute before goals from McPherson (18’) and Ross Stott (19’) gave the Scots a 5-2 lead at half-time.

However, East Grinstead started the second half strongly with a third goal in the 21st minute and Jackson grabbed his second and the team’s fourth goal from a penalty corner five minutes later to make it 5-4.

Jackson continued to be East Grinstead’s play-maker and his pass to find Glenn Kirkham resulted in an equaliser, pitching the sides at 5-5 for the closing stages.

As the game approached full-time, agony for Chris Anderson’s side as Mark Pearn had the easy task of finding an empty net in the 34th minute to complete a great comeback and take the lead at 6-5.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Kelantan make the Final via Golden Goal



Despite playing with 10 men, PHK-MSS Kelantan booked a place in the final of the Division Two playoffs of the MHC-MILO-NSC Junior Hockey League by defeating Politeknik KPT 4-3 in sudden death extra time at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Also making the final was KL Sports School who blew away Anderson Juniors 5-1 in the other semi finals.

Both PHK-MSS Kelantan and KLSS will now join the other 6 teams from Division One in the MILO Cup knock-out competition, the draw which will take place on Monday.

It was an interesting match where Politeknik KPT took a 2-0 lead only for Kelantan to draw level and take the lead. And just when Kelantan thought they sealed a place in the final, Politeknik struck back to take the match to sudden death extra time.

Politeknik KPT took a 2-0 lead with goals from Kamarul Ariffin ( 11th minute) and Arif Ibrahim ( 28th minute). But Kelantan were on level terms as they scored twice in three minutes through Shahrul Akhimullah (32nd) and Fitri Zaidi (35th).

In the second half Kelantan took the lead through Fitri Zairi in the 49th minute but paid the price when Muhammad Ashraf Mohd Noor was sent to the sin bin in the 51st minute. For Politeknik took advvantage of it netting the equaliser via Kamarul Ariffin in the 55th minute.

Two minutes into the first half of extra time Kelantan were reduced to 10 men as Ashraf saw red.

However Kelantan still managed to book a spot in the final with Muhammad Saufian Othman in the 82nd minute whose penalty corner flick sailed into the top net of the Politeknik KPT goal.

On the adjacent pitch KLSS eased past the Ipoh side, racing up to a 5-0 lead before conceding a goal.

KLSS goals were scored by Nur Faiz Rosli (third, 46th), Jagveen Singh (34th), Adib Zahiruddin (42nd), Zulhazwan Hashim (55th) while Anderson Juniors netted through Najme Ahmad (60th)

Results:

PHK-MSS Kelantan 4 Politeknik KPT 3
KLSS 5 Anderson Juniors 1

Fixtures

3/4th Placing


1700H- Politeknik KPT v Anderson Juniors
1900H - KLSS v PHK - MSS Kelantan

Unofficial MJHL Site



Five-star

KLSS ON FIRE: Face Kelantan in showdown

By JUGJET SINGH


KUALA Lumpur Sports School (KLSS) and Kelantan yesterday confirmed their spots in the NSC-Milo-MHC Junior Hockey League Milo Cup quarter-finals by making the Division Two final.

In the Division Two semi-finals yesterday, Kelantan came from two goals down to beat Politeknik PKT in sudden-death after the teams were tied 3-3 in regulation time.

In the other semi, KLSS beat Anderson Juniors 5-1 with ease.

The Division Two final will be played tomorrow but KLSS and Kelantan have already booked their tickets to play with Division One teams Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School, Petaling Jaya City Council, UniKL, Andersons, Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School Juniors and Malacca High School in the quarter-finals of the Overall title.

SSTMI, PJCC and UniKL are seeded while the others will draw lots on Monday to determine their opponents.

Yesterday, the KLSS goals were scored by Nur Faiz Rosli (third, 46th), Jagveen Singh (34th), Adib Zahiruddin (42nd) and Zulhazwan Hashim (55th). The Anderson Juniors consolation was scored by Najme Ahmad (60th).

The Politeknik goals were scored by Kamarul Ariffin (11th, 55th) and Arif Ibrahim (28th); while Kelantan replied off Shahrul Akhimullah (32nd), Fitri Zaidi (35th) and Fitri Zairi (49th) to take the match into extra-time.

Saufian Othman nailed the extra-time winner for Kelantan off a penalty corner attempt to take his side into the Milo Cup.

However, Kelantan lost their key player Ashraf Noor to a red card in the 72nd minute and he will be sorely missed in the Division Two finals, as well as the Milo Cup.

"It was a bruising win as not only did we have to come back from two goals down, but also lost our key player Ashraf to a red card. Now, we will be the underdogs in the Division Two final, as well as the Milo Cup," said Kelantan coach Hamzi Shaari.

Division Two -- Semi-finals: Kelantan 3 Politeknik PKT 3 (Kelantan win on golden goal), Kuala Lumpur Sports School 5 Anderson Juniors 1.

Tomorrow -- Final: Kelantan v KLSS (7pm); Third-Fourth: Anderson Juniors v Politeknik PKT (5pm) -- Matches at National Hockey Stadium.

New Straits Times



KLSS have it easy but Kelantan do it the hard way

By AFTAR SINGH



Out of my way: MSS Kelantan’s Mohammad Fitri Zaidi (right) vying for the ball with Politeknik KPT players during their Division Two semi-final at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. — SHAHRUL FAZRY ISMAIL / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: MSS Kelantan and Kuala Lumpur Sports School (KLSS) booked their berths in the NSC-Milo-MHC Junior Hockey League Milo Cup quarter-finals after scoring contrasting wins in their Division Two semi-finals.

Kelantan, who won the Division Two title in 2008, fought back from two goals down to beat Politeknik KPT in the sudden-death after both teams were tied at 3-3 in regulation time at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Kelantan midfielder Mohd Ashraf Mohd Noor was flashed the red card for hitting Politeknik player Mohd Kamarul Ariffin Kamaruddin on the forehead with a hockey stick in the 72nd minute.

In the other Division Two semi-final, KLSS outplayed Anderson Juniors 5-1 at the adjacent pitch.

The Division Two final and third placing matches will be held tomorrow at the same venue.

KLSS and Kelantan have already won promotion to Division One next year.

They will compete in the quarter-finals with the top six teams from Division One – Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI)-Thunderbolt, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), MBI-Anderson, SSTMI Juniors and Malacca High School.

The top four teams – SSTMI, MBPJ, UniKL and Anderson – are seeded while the other four will draw lots on Monday to determine their opponents.

In the first semi-final, Politeknik took the lead with goals by Kamarul Ariffin (11th) and Arif Ibrahim (28th).

Kelantan then hit back to score three goals through Shahrul Akhimullah (32nd), Fitri Zaidi (35th) and Fitri Zairi (49th).

Kamarul then equalised in the 55th to take the match into the extra time.

Saufian Othman became the hero for Kelantan when he nailed the extra time winner in the 82nd minute, off a penalty corner set piece.

MSS Kelantan coach Hamzi Shaari praised his players for coming back from two goals down.

“It was a hard-fought match ... but I am sad that we won’t have the services of Ashraf for the final.

“He lost his cool and hit the player ... I hope he can play in the knockout stage (which begins on Feb 22),” said Hamzi.

In the other semi-final, KLSS powered to victory with goals by Nur Faiz Rosli (3rd, 46th), Jagveen Singh (34th), Adib Zahiruddin (42nd) and Zulhazwan Hashim (55th). Najme Ahmad scored Anderson Juniors’ lone goal in the 60th minute.

The Star of Malaysia



Dangerous: This is my last chance to show my capabilities

KUALA LUMPUR: Dangerous Lee knows that the two-week playing tour of Bangalore, India, will be his last chance saloon.

The forward, who quit the Project 2013 hockey squad three times in three years before deciding to make a return last month, is among the 18 players named for the tour, which begins tomorrow.

And coach K. Dharmaraj said as much when he stated: “I want to assess him and see how he performs in the eight friendly matches against Indian clubs in Bangalore. If he plays well, he’ll be considered for the Junior World Cup in Chandigarh, India, in December (5-16).”

The Project squad will play three matches against the Indian Oil Corporation and two against the Indian Army. Their remaining matches will be against clubs featuring in the Bangalore Super League.

Lee first withdrew from the team in 2010 after featuring in the Surjit Singh Memorial Cup in India. He felt that he didn’t stand a chance of being selected.

In 2011, the former Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) player decided to play for the team again and Dharmaraj took him back, only for him to pull the same trick again early last year – this time citing his pre-university studies in BJSS.

Lee then wrote to Dharmaraj last October asking to be given a third chance, and the coach obliged.

Lee then played in the All India Ubaidullah Khan Gold Cup in Bhopal last December before dropping his third bombshell last month – via a text message to Dharmaraj.

Now that he’s been given a last chance, the 21-year-old Lee said he was glad that Dharmaraj still had faith in him “although I have let him down so many times”.

“The tour is a lifeline for me to win a place in the Junior World Cup and I’ll give my best to impress coach Dharmaraj,” said Lee.

“The tour is my last chance to show my true capabilities ... I will not let coach Dharmaraj down again.”

The Star of Malaysia



Hockey India now plans a league for women

NEW DELHI: After the stupendous success of its inaugural city-based league, Hockey India (HI) is now mulling to start a similar tournament for the women players as well.

HI secretary general Narinder Batra said on Friday that the national body was planning a women's league in two years.

"We are thinking of starting a league for the women players in two years. It will be very unfair if we don't try to promote women's hockey. I think it will be as exciting as the men's tournament," said Batra.

Batra said HI was planning to have a six-a-side tournament, which is highly popular in Europe.

"I think six-a-side tournament will be the best way. It requires lot of fitness and it is tough as well," he said.

HI is planning to have the league in Bangalore and will urge the franchise owners of Hockey India League (HIL) to raise women's teams.

"We will talk to them and see if they are interested in running a women's league parallelly with the men's tournament," he said.

National team captain Ritu Rani said having a franchise-based league for the women will only promote the game.

"The HIL has boosted the men's game in the country. It will be great to have such a league in women's hockey too that would motivate us," she said.

The Times of India



USA Field Hockey announces You Go Girl sites

You Go Girl Sites Selected




COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - February 15, 2013 - With nearly four dozen applications received from universities across the country, it’s safe to say the selection process for the You Go Girl program was no easy task. Each of the selected colleges possessed an astonishingly strong commitment to community service, a clear comprehension of the program or a distinctive opportunity to work with urban or at-risk girls, but most possessed all three.

“We are so very excited to team up with each of the fine universities to not only grow the game, but also, improve the lives of young women living in at-risk environments” said USA Field Hockey Executive Director, Steve Locke.

The You Go Girl program is an initiative that will expose the sport of field hockey and enhance the lives of girls, ages 10-18, in urban or non-traditional areas. With the help of current NCAA student-athletes, USA Field Hockey will look to introduce field hockey to over 1,000 young women in metropolitan areas.

“The goal was to have a balanced spread, both geographically and through all three divisions of NCAA field hockey,” said You Go Girl Program Manager, Simone Attles “If we could have awarded 25 locations, we surely would have. But that is part of the excitement of year one, there’s always room to grow."

Each university will receive equipment, provided by program sponsor CranBarry Field Hockey, to use during mentorship sessions at local schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs. The program not only includes basic field hockey coaching, but also highlights additional topics, including healthy lifestyles, nutrition and the value of higher education.

“One of the core ideas for the program was knowing that all of these metropolitan universities, with field hockey teams, existed right down the street from a young woman who may have never seen the sport. The mission became ‘how can we use our sport to better the lives of girls living right next door?” said Attles.

These 14 schools will be asked to regularly report to USA Field Hockey on participation numbers and mentorship hours for the remainder of the spring and summer semester. The NCAA field hockey team who accumulates the most hours will be announced in fall 2013.

Listed below our each of the communities this program will be in and the universities tasked with mentoring the local youth.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Michigan (University of Michigan)
Baltimore, Maryland (Goucher College)
Chicago, Illinois (Northwestern University)
Durham,  North Carolina (University of North Carolina)
Hartford, Connecticut (Trinity College)
Louisville, Kentucky (University of Louisville)
New Haven, Connecticut (Southern Connecticut State University)
Philadelphia, PA (Temple University)
Richmond, Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Rochester, New York (University of Rochester)
Springfield, Massachusetts (American International College and Bay Path College)
Springfield, Ohio (Miami University)
Trenton, New Jersey (Princeton University)

Note some universities will be working in neighboring cities or communities and not necessarily their campus location. Additional universities can apply in October 2013 at usafieldhockey.com.

The You Go Girl program is a part of USA Field Hockey’s greater campaign, Grow the Game. The Grow the Game campaign will expose the sport and inspire participation in both male and female athletes, coaches, umpires, parents and fans. Together, let’s Grow the Game.

For more information on the You Go Girl program contact Simone Attles at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

USFHA media release