News for 12 March 2013

All the news for Tuesday 12 March 2013

India face arch-rivals Pakistan in a must-win match

IPOH (Malaysia): India will have to put behind the disappointment of their back-to-back defeats and come out all guns blazing against arch-rivals Pakistan in their next round-robin match on Tuesday, to keep their chances alive in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament.

India, however, could take heart from the fact that both their previous ties were close encounters.

A young Indian side had put up a spirited fight before going down 3-4 to six-time champions Australia in their opening encounter, while a defensive lapse towards the end in the second match cost them dear as they went down 1-2 to South Korea.

Pakistan, on the other hand, opened their campaign with a 3-4 win against New Zealand before being crushed 0-6 by Australia on Sunday.

India, after their impressive show against the Aussies, were expected to do well but they were completely outplayed in the first half on Sunday by the Koreans, who took a 1-0 lead.

The Indians, however regrouped themselves in the second session and found the equaliser from one of their numerous raids into the rival citadel.

But a lapse in concentration in the dying minutes of the game enabled Korea to score the all-important winner.

After suffering two consecutive defeats, the onus now would be on India to quickly fix their grey areas before tomorrow's do-or-die battle.

Even though India's chief coach Michael Nobbs admitted the pressure would be immense on his wards against Pakistan tomorrow, he said the players have been advised to take the match "as just another one".

"The players are aware that they have to be consistent and the advice is to take the match against Pakistan as just another one. The team is young and a little raw and the nerve factor could possibly separate the winner," said Nobbs.

He said the performances of Mandeep Singh and the fast improving Malak Singh has lifted the team's spirits.

Stating that it pays to play to one's strength rather than dwelling on the opponents' weaknesses, the Australian said one area of concern for India is the shortage of good goalkeepers.

"PR Sreejesh is good but nothing is in the reserve. The request has been made to Hockey India to conduct goalkeepers clinic and possibly induct a foreign specialised coach only for goalkeeping," he said.

Talking about drag-flick specialist Rupinder Pal Singh's inconsistent performance in the tournament so far, Nobbs said the youngster has been taking extra load.

"Gurjinder (Singh) is on the learning process but has the potential to lend support to Rupinder. He is not fully fit but has been brought to gain valuable international experience."

Pakistan coach Akthar Rasool, meanwhile, said that with four new kids in his ranks, pressure could play a big role on Tuesday.

"Modern hockey is all about speed, tactics and the ability to come good on the big day irrespective of the opposition. Going by the recent trend, the contests between India and Pakistan have been too close and the results pretty even," Rasool said.

"We will play it hard not just for the win over India but in preparation for the sterner battles ahead in a tight packed calendar," he said.

The Times of India

Bruised Pakistan, India look to bounce back

By Fawad Hussain

KARACHI: Traditional rivals Pakistan and India will clash today in Ipoh in the Azlan Shah Cup as both battle for a comeback in the tournament.

Both Asian teams are lying in the bottom half of the six-nation event that makes the encounter crucial.

The greenshirts, who were mauled by Australia 6-0 after their opening 4-3 victory against defending champions New Zealand, are placed fourth on the points table. On the other hand, India have yet to score a win, having lost to Australia and South Korea in their first two matches and are in fifth position.

Pakistan’s chief coach Akhtar Rasool expects a thrilling battle.

“India games are always exciting,” Rasool told The Express Tribune.  “There is always pressure and motivation involved in fixtures against India.

“We know that we are pretty much in the tournament and will definitely go for a win,” said the former Olympian. “India are a tough side and they will come up strong after losing their first two matches. We will have to play accordingly today as the match will be crucial for us as well.”

Rasool hinted that changes will be made in the vital encounter.

“We played with four new players against Australia. Definitely, we will consider making changes for this game.”

The coach hoped the team would avoid repeating mistakes made during the drubbing at the hands of Australia.

“We made a lot of mistakes especially in defence and finishing. The players have been briefed about the flaws in the game and hopefully they will come up with a better show.”

India eye comeback against Pakistan

Meanwhile, India’s team management was also optimistic about his team’s fightback.

“We played well in the previous games but unfortunately did not get the desired result,” said Indian team manager Roelant Oltmans, according to the official website of the tournament.

“But I expect the team to improve and correct the mistakes they made. The tournament is far from over and playing Pakistan in our next game requires some planning as they have experienced players.”

Australia are leading the table with six points from two wins in as many matches followed by hosts Malaysia and Korea respectively. New Zealand are at the bottom of the table.

The Express Tribune

India-Pak at Azlan Shah hockey

K. Arumugam

The wide canvass of Azlan Shah played perfect stage for field hockey's two of the spectacular teams, India and Pakistan, to showcase their ware to the public.

They have met so far 12 times, 11 of them produced outright results, the only exception being when they met first time ever in this genre of competition.

It was a 1-1 draw in 1983, thanks to Md. Shahid's late equalizer.

Next two encounters proved nectar for India, as it not only won their arch rivals but also won the Cup itself.

In 1985 and 1991, the encounters hardly produced many goals --- lone goal was the winner -- and it was not wholly unexpected as this was the era of off-side, clumsy rules and regulations, which all combined to prevent goals.

Midfield marvel Hardeep Singh posted the winner in 1985 while the lone goal of 1991 went in the name of Mukesh Kumar.

After that, Azlan Shah event was not regularly held, even if so either of the side was not in the line up, sometimes on different pool.

It so happened that it took another long spell for India -- exactly 17 years -- to mark another victory over Pakistan.

Captain Sardar and coach AK Bansal -- the same combination that set the Hockey India League on fire recently -- broke the jinx.

A goal each from Diwakarram and Sandeep Singh led India to 2-1 victory. Before that India lost to Pakistan four times continuously (2000, 2001, 2004, 2005) though the margin of victory is just a lone goal.

The 2008 victory was followed by 2-1 win by coach Harendra's boys and then 4-2 by Spaniard Brasa's squad before Pakistan extracted a win in 2011.

At that point of time, the record stood even with 5 wins for each team.

India went one step ahead, posted its sixth win last year.

India have eye on the future

INDIA look like they are on a suicide mission in Ipoh, but in reality, blooding 10 Under-21 players in the Azlan Shah Cup is going to pay huge dividends in the Junior World Cup which they will host on Dec 6-15.

Despite fielding such a young side, India lost by single goal margins to Australia (4-3) and South Korea (2-1), a fact that has not been lost on Malaysian juniors coach K. Dharmaraj.

Dharmaraj has been keeping an eye on the side coached by Michael Nobbs, who said he is looking towards a brighter future despite his critics demanding immediate results.

"One must understand that having two good teams in the future is better than one at present. We need to give more youths the chance so that India can have a bigger pool of players.

"Also, as hosts of the Junior World Cup, we will benefit from these players in December when it will matter most," said Nobbs.

Even after two defeats, Nobbs is not yet ready to wave the white flag.

"The tournament is far from over for India. In fact, we have gone through the worst, and the next three matches are winnable," claimed Nobbs.

India play Pakistan today, followed by New Zealand and finally Malaysia to wrap up their fixtures.

New Straits Times

Malaysia face uphill task against Australia in top-of-the-table clash


Up, up and away: Chua Boon Huat (centre) and the other Malaysian players tossing Mohd Shahrun Nabil Abdullah into the air after their fitness training session in the swimming pool at the Impiana Hotel in Ipoh Monday. — SAIFUL BAHRI / The Star

IPOH: It can be billed as the top-of-the-table clash in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. But the match between world No. 2 Australia and 13th ranked Malaysia today is anything but a clash of champions.

The Australians have impressed with their two wins against India and Pakistan where they have scored 10 goals and conceded three.

Malaysia, in contrast, were less impressive in their 3-2 and 2-1 wins over South Korea and New Zealand.

Australia top the standings with six points ahead of the homesters with a better goal difference.

Still, Australia are not taking Malaysia lightly. Coach Ric Charlesworth has warned that Malaysia are the most experienced outfit among the six teams in the tournament.

“I think the Malaysians will be a handful. They have a knack of getting results at home as they have homeground advantage and the fans cheering them on.

“It is a great chance for them to win matches here. But I am sure we will be under pressure to perform as well. They will be tough to beat with the experience they have,” said Charlesworth.

Malaysia coach Paul Revington said he was happy to see his team grind out two wins.

“Australia will start as favourites. But I always expect my players to win when they enter the pitch regardless of whom they are playing. So far, they have not let me down.

“But there are still a number of areas that we must look at, especially our defensive play. We have to be on guard from the start. The Australians will start off strongly and they do not let up,” added Revington.

Against South Korea in the opening match on Saturday, Malaysia scored two last-minute goals to win the match. The match could have ended in a draw as the Malaysians failed to raise their game after taking the lead.

It was the same story against the Kiwis the next day. This time, Malaysia took a 2-0 lead but sat on it to allow the Kiwis to stage a fightback. Fortunately, the Malaysians held on for a 2-1 win.

“When you’re two goals up and get more chances you must put them away. We didn’t do that and that’s why it was such a close affair. We must see why the players have not been able to finish off their moves. This is a good learning experience and that is what we want to do in this tournament,” said Revington.

Based on statistics, Malaysia have a dismal record against the world champions. They have met 77 times with Malaysia winning only six and seven ending in draws.

Malaysia’s last win came in a four-match Test series in Perth last year.

The Star of Malaysia

Learn from Revington

Coach wants uninhibited performance from players against Australia


Paul Revington

IF only his charges had half the confidence of coach Paul Revington, Malaysia will qualify for next year's World Cup.

The South African is always oozing with confidence, and wants his players to adapt the winning mentality that he is trying to indoctrinate in them.

Malaysia have beaten South Korea (3-2) and New Zealand (2-1) in the Azlan Shah Cup, but today when they come face-to-face with World No 2 Australia, nobody expects them to pull a rabbit out of the hat and receive a standing ovation.

The fans, who filled the stadium in the first two matches, know the score and only expect a good account against Australia, ahead of encounters with Pakistan and India.

Australian coach Ric Charlesworth hit the war gong after his side hammered Pakistan 7-0: "Although it is an impressive scoreline, our performance is still not up to the mark and we need to do better.

"We are up against Malaysia next and they are an experienced side and I expect a close match. They have things going for them as they get to play matches at 8.00pm and the crowd is amazing as well."

The crowd have simply been amazing in Ipoh, and it is a pity that the patron of the tournament, Sultan Azlan Shah, has been unable to attend as he is indisposed.

"The match against Australia would be the defining moment of the tournament for us. We all know that Australia are the best in the world but that does not mean they are invincible.

"I, like always, want my players to enter the pitch with a winning mentality regardless of the ranking of their opponents. That is the only way forward.

"I will also be looking for improvement in my side against Australia, regardless of how the match turns out to be at the end of the day," said Revington.

The defence, Malaysia's weak link in the past, has been making minimal mistakes, but the worrying factor is the forwards.

If only they had converted the sitters that came their way, South Korea and New Zealand would have been beaten by six goals, and not edged by one.

New Straits Times

Boon Huat relishes new lease of life

Chua Boon Huat (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal against New Zealand on Sunday. Malaysia won 2-1. Pic by L. Manimaran

CHUA Boon Huat has seen the best, and the worst, in Malaysian hockey since making his debut as a 17-year-old in the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games.

Born on May 3, the 33-year-old veteran of 11 Azlan Shah Cup campaigns is flying high in Ipoh with three goals, but the numbers did not add up in 2009 when his career was almost derailed.

Back then, national coach Tai Beng Hai dropped him ahead of the Invercargill World Cup Qualifiers, and many had thought that Ah Boon, as he is fondly know, was history.

But the Malacca-born, who does not speak any Chinese dialect, was given a second chance when South African Paul Revington came into the picture last year.

Revington picked him for last year's Champions Challenge I, where he scored two goals, and his three goals in the Azlan Shah Cup -- two against South Korea in the 3-2 win and one against New Zealand which saw Malaysia edge the Kiwis 2-1 -- have been pivotal.

"I came back to international hockey for two reasons. The first is because I know that I can still contribute and help the country, and secondly, the new coach (Revington) knows what a player has to offer unlike the previous coach (Beng Hai) who discarded me)," said Boon Huat.

Playing alongside much younger strikers, Boon Huat has shown that his deft touches are a class above.

"In hockey, or in any team sport, it's got nothing to do with being youthful or a veteran if one does not contribute. The younger players might have speed, but those who have seen action at my level (2002 World Cup, 2000 Olympics, Champions Trophy, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Asia Cup), know what it takes to turn a match around.

"The mix of youth and senior players is what makes a perfect team."

Today, Malaysia play against mighty Australia, and the result does not matter as the target now is to beat India and then Pakistan as this tournament is all about preparing for the Asia Cup where Revington's men need to beat the Asian teams all over again to claim a World Cup spot.

New Straits Times

Azlan Shah Cup: First two days round up


Ipoh: The 22nd edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah six-nation hockey tournament that drew sizeable crowds on the first two days with attractive blue turf set the trend, with formidable Australia taking a firm direction with two wins against both the Asian giants India and Pakistan in contrasting style.

Hosts Malaysia, who are the only teams along with Korea to field a full-fledged senior team, came up with a stunning display as they notched up two wins in the first two days and are leading the table along with Aussies. Malaysia has never won the SAS tournament and hopes are soaring that this team under new South African coach Revington can do it. However, it is too early to say anything as every team looks like a giant killer on its day. The decision to repose faith in the seniors and the recalling of them looks to have yielded results as 32-year old Chuat Boon Huat, scored two late goals for their victory against tough Koreans on the opening day.

All the other four teams, India, Pakistan, Australia and defending champions New Zealand, have blooded many youngsters with an eye on the Junior World Cup this year-end but it was Australia who was able to blend the youth into the experience and showed that they can deliver results. The first day matches were close encounters with Aussies pipping Indians, which has the most number of youngsters and clearly the baby of the tournament in terms of average age. With 10 of the Indians in this team likely to play the Junior World Cup at home this year, Indian coach Michael Nobbs was very happy with the way the team put up a fight against the Australians.

Despite Korea edging out India 2-1 on the second day, Nobbs felt the team played well in the first half and made some mistakes in the second which cost them the match. ``We had to rest some senior players including Sarada Singh who are injured. It is very important for India for these seniors to be given enough rest. The idea to bring in so many juniors is to give them a decent stage to develop them as strong players and our boys have really taken this opportunity and I am impressed with the way they are playing. Some minor glitches need to be rectified but I am sure they are on the right course. Playing tough teams is the right way to learn,’’ he felt.

For the record, Kang Moon Kweon scored a short corner in the 28th minute and also brought out the match winner in the 60th minute after Malak Singh struck the equalizer for India through a field goal in the 38th minute.

A heartening feature of the present Indian team in terms of adjusting and following modern tactics is greatly visible. The normal playing style of Punjab like sticking to the ball for too long, solo dribbling instead of releasing to unmarked players ahead in the field, have many a time been a curse for Indian hockey. But the young Punjabi players’ off the ball running, releasing the ball in quick time, creating spaces all augurs well for the country and is a credit to Nobbs. One such tactical move to reduce the speed and hold the ball unnerved the Koreans and Indians enjoyed more possession and territorial advantage in the first half.

The player who played more SAS tournaments from India is their star goalkeeper PR Sreejesh. He has come out with brilliant saves on both the days and his form is one of the plus points for India. ``He is a mature goalkeeper and he is always trying to improve. He will be one of our key players,’’ felt the Indian coach.

However, India has to improve their penalty corner conversion. ``Rupinder Pal Singh is able to come up with good flicks but still has to improve a lot in accuracy and power. With more experience and hardwork, he will be able to develop into a good specialist,’’ felt Nobbs.

On the second day, Australia changed the script of close matches and gave a good thrashing to Pakistan. Though it was twin strike in the 8th minute, that put Aussies up 2-0 and led the rout, coach Ric Charlesworkth did not give much importance to the scoreliine. ``Yesterday, we had lost two quick penalty corners to India and it almost turned the match. These things happen, but we still have to learn from our mistakes. But the good thing is the six juniors are jelling well and are playing like seniors. That is the big advantage. But it is too early to say anything and we cannot afford to be complacent as every team is capable of creating an upset,’’ the veteran expert felt.

Defending champions New Zealand, who did well to fight back after 0-3 in their opening match against Pakistan lost 3-4 and once again ended on the losing note on the second day with Malaysia coming up with a freak late goal by Tengku Ahmad Tajudin, whose deflection caressed the Kiwi defender’s stick before settling in the goal. ``But a couple of wins and everything will change,’’ said captain Dean Couzins.

With the rest day today, most of the teams opted to rest without any practice sessions and next five days leading to Sunday will be interesting both for the fans and the teams. The tournament has attracted good sponsorship and the renovated stadium is expected to draw more crowds. The first two days have been a jamboree with fans making huge noise and drumming which at teams had distracted the teams as expressed by a couple of coaches. The umpires job of blowing the whistle has become much harder but that’s the way the fans are supposed to be and it is good advert for hockey.

Islah takes exception to team’s poor showing

Shazia Hasan

KARACHI: Not being able to cover the gaps, consistent missing and lack of fitness saw the Green Shirts getting completely outclassed by Australia, says Olympian Islahuddin Siddiqui.

“Pakistan lost by a tennis score. That is what 6-0 looks like to me,” said Islah. “The Aussies dominated the game completely and there was little that the Pakistan hockey team did in reply,” he added while speaking to Dawn.

“Frankly, if Imran, our goalkeeper, had not saved four to five goals, Australia could have scored 10 or 11 goals,” he pointed out. “This is the height of humiliation!” He regretted.

“Australia as usual played their traditional open game and like always our defenders could not cover the gaps,” said the former captain and coach.

“It must be mentioned here that Australia’s coach Charlesworth also brought a young team. There are some seven to eight young players in their side while Pakistan are playing full strength,” he said.

“It is clear that our boys were lacking in physical fitness, too. I ask the Pakistan Hockey Federation what have they done in the last five years if they couldn’t even work on the team’s physical fitness and their missing, for these are the two main weaknesses they have been complaining about during all this time.

“Waqas Sharif, Haseem Khan and Pakistan’s other forwards missed open chances as well as one-to-one chances. Even their passing was intercepted. And when we got a penalty corner, even then we sent it outside the goalpost. They should have at least aimed it inside. Who scores on penalty corners by sending them outside the goalpost?” Islah questioned.

“The position at the moment is that Pakistan have won one match and lost one. But we haven’t been playing well at all. After getting a freehand for making and preparing a good team over these five years, the federation should at least be talking about winning tournaments and championships instead of just reaching the podium,” he concluded.


Azlan Shah Cup: The King of Hockey

By Jugjet Singh

HRH Sultan Azlan Shah

IT was a routine discussion among ardent hockey lovers in 1982 which saw the birth of a tournament that is now considered as the world’s best invitational.

Turning page 22 into its 30th year of existence, the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup planted its roots as a biennial tournament with five teams, which offered not only board and lodging but also flight tickets in its first four editions.

It started with Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Malaysia on its humble fixtures, and was called the Raja Tun Azlan Shah Cup. But it was renamed to his current title two years later.

Teams were clamoring then, and still are, to be part of the prestigious event which has seen Australia win a record six titles, while India are just one step behind on five.

“It was just a routine discussion with Tuanku back then, looking for answers on how to strengthen Malaysia’s standings at the world stage.

“Azlan Shah noted that Malaysia always lost out in the first five minutes itself when playing with European teams like Germany and Holland in the Olympics and World Cups because we never got a chance to play against them in other tournaments.

“And so, after a brainstorming session, it was decided that we organise an international invitational where we will assemble the best in the world, to not only give our players an opportunity to play and improve themselves, but also give the Malaysian hockey fans a chance to watch the best in the world at their own backyard,” said Alagendra.

And so the idea became reality, and into its Fifth Edition, it had made such an impact, that teams were no longer offered flight tickets, but only lodging and food -- but still the best teams like Germany, Netherlands and Australia always made it a point to come for the tournament if the dates did not clash with their commitments.

Back in 2003, the then Malaysian Hockey Federation secretary S. Satgunam had said: “The Azlan Shah Cup is a big boost for local hockey because we do not need to travel to five countries to play against top hockey teams. It saves traveling expenses and our umpires and officials gain from the experience at home.”

In the same article, written by this scribe, the then Malaysian chief coach Paul Lissek was also of the same opinion.

“It is becoming increasingly difficult for Malaysia, who are in the Champions Challenge ranks, to play against Champions Trophy teams like Holland, Germany, Pakistan, India and Australia simply because they know that they will be wasting their time as the outcome is very predictable.

“That is why the Azlan Shah Cup should be seen in a positive manner because not only do we get to play against teams like Germany, but also, have the opportunity to play friendlies with them before the Azlan Shah Cup.”

The endorsements are volumes long, and one would find it very difficult to find a negative report in all the years that the tournament has offered sparring partners to improve the standard of Malaysian hockey.

Australia have won it six times and look good for their seventh title this year, while India has only missed one edition, and have five titles to show.

However, the hosts never got a chance to lay their hands on the coveted Azlan Shah Cup, and the closest they came was thrice second in 1985, 2007 and 2009.

The tournament became an annual event after 1998, and almost every top team in the world had figured in it at one point or the other, but consistency goes to Australia.

Ric Charlesworth led the Aussies to the First Edition gold medal, and he is still there today to coach them to a possible seventh title.

Sultan Azlan Shah, the former Malaysian Hockey Federation chief, and present Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) president, has presented the trophy to captains from Australia, India, Pakistan, South Korea, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Argentina and New Zealand.

But he never got a chance to hand it to his own players, and it would be a few more years before that dream can be realised.

Azlan Shah remained an active hockey player well into his sixties and an important event of his birthday used to be a hockey match in which he participated.

And at every edition, one would always see him seated at the stands watching all three matches on game day, and the former Malaysian King has truly turned hockey in the country into a King’s sport by igniting the fire 30 years ago.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey


Harvestehuder named 2012 EHF Club of the Year

German giants top the nine club shortlist

Following on from the European Hockey Federation Executive Board meeting last weekend, where the Board endorsed the recommendation of the EHF Development Projects Committee, the Federation wishes to congratulate the nine EHF Club of the Year finalists for the tremendous work that they are doing for hockey.

They were: (in alphabetical order)

Alderley Edge HC (ENG)
Beeston Hockey Club (ENG)
Greenfields HC (IRL)
Harvestehuder Tennis- und Hockey-Club e. V. (GER)
HC Versvai (LTU)
Osab hockey Baranzate (ITA)
Royal HC Namurois #1912 (BEL)
Union Sportive Terre Sainte (USTS) (SUI)

The Chairman of the EHF Development Committee, Projects, Gerry Ralph said: “What a year this has been, an incredible array of entries and this year in particular it has been very difficult to pick a winner, each entry having merit in their own country. Today we have written to all the finalists acknowledging their work and highlighting the reasons why they have been shortlisted, but as always there can only be one winner. We will, over the coming weeks post on our site an insight into the work these clubs have been doing, but today is about the winner.”

The EHF is delighted to announce that 2012 EHF Club of the Year is:

Harvestehuder Tennis- und Hockey-Club e. V. (GER)

The EHF Vice-President, Mrs.Carola Meyer had the wonderful honour of phoning the President of the club Alexander Cito Aufenacker, who was delighted and indeed very excited to hear the good news. The champagne is on ice awaiting this formal announcement, but we gather that Harvestehuder THC will be celebrating today! Plans are afoot to present the club with their award during the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in Boom in August.

A long established club, (since 1891), this successful German women’s and men’s club has 14 German Championships. However they have never rested on their laurels and the EHF Development Projects Committee was particularly impressed and pleased with the work that Harvestehuder does to support Disability Hockey through the Special Olympics , their use of the “Yes we can” programme for volunteers and their excellent Trainer training programme.

As so many of the clubs have done such tremendous work, it is impossible to cover their stories in this short bulletin, so over the coming weeks we will be talking to all the finalists in depth to bring you news of the massive work being undertaken across Europe keeping Clubs at the heart and soul of the success of European Hockey.

European Hockey Federation media release

Pune to host men's hockey nationals from May 28

NEW DELHI: Pune will host the senior men's national championship from May 28 to June 10, while the women's senior nationals will be held in Lucknow from April to 30, Hockey India announced on Monday.

Apart from the dates and venues of the senior nationals, HI also announced the fixture of this year's junior and sub-junior national championships.

According to the fixture released today, Rohtak will host the junior men's national championship from May 27 to June 6, while the junior women's nationals will be played in Ranchi from April 19 to May 1.

"With a number of new Associate Members joining Hockey India during 2012 and 2013, including the Sports Authority of India, Comptroller & Auditor General of India and Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd, we are confident that the National Championships are going to uncover some new and exciting talents," HI secretary general Narinder Batra said.

HI also sanctioned financial grants for the member associations who have been given the responsibility of hosting this year's national championships.

While HI has sanctioned Rs 2000000 for the men's senior nationals, Rs 1800000, Rs 1700000 and Rs 1500000 have been earmarked for the conduct of senior women, junior men and junior women's national championships, respectively.

Besides, HI has also sanctioned Rs 300000 each for all the zonal sub-junior championships and Rs 350000 each for the final of the sub-junior men's and women's nationals.

The details of the National Championships for 2013 are as follows:

Senior National Championships: Men - Pune (May 28-June 10), Women - Lucknow (April 18-30).

Junior National Championships: Men - Rohtak (May 27-June 6).

Sub-Junior National Championships for Men and Women: North Zone - Sonepat (April 10-15), South Zone - Chennai (April 17-22), East Zone - Nagaon (April 3-8), West Zone - Mumbai (April 11-16), Finals - Hyderabad (May 1-7).

The Times of India

Record 1 Cr grant for National Championships

K Arumugam

Delhi - Hosts of various age group national Championships will get substantial grant from mother body, Hockey India, which totals to the tune of Rs.1 crore.

According to a press release from Hockey India, the third editions of the annual Hockey India National Championships in both men and women in the various age categories of senior, junior and sub-junior are to be held in different places.

For age category events, eligible athletes will need to be born on or after 1 January 1994 to participate in the Junior National Championships and born on or after 1 January 1997 to be eligible in the Sub-Junior National Championships.

Hockey India feels that with a number of new Associate Members joining Hockey India during 2012 and 2013, including the Sports Authority of India, Comptroller & Auditor General of India and Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd, the National Championships will help uncover some new and exciting talent in India.

To support the Members in the hosting of the National Championships, Hockey India provides a financial grant for each of the National Championships.

The grant amount was recently increased in the Hockey India Executive Board in February towards developing home grown talent and providing them a platform to showcase their performances.

The complete list is given below:

SENIOR MEN Rs. 20 lacs
2 SENIOR WOMEN Rs.18 lacs
3 JUNIOR MEN Rs.17 lacs
4 JUNIOR WOMEN Rs. 15 lac

TOTAL Rs.1.01 Crore

Bronze medallist wants more glory

By Graham Wilson

Jason Lee

JASON LEE now knows what he has to do to follow up Great Britain’s Olympic bronze medal success with the Investec World League semi-finals to be staged in Chiswick.

With England pushing for a 12,000 crowd, his fourth-ranked squad have drawn South Africa, Australia and Spain for June 22, 23 and 25. South Africa, USA, Spain and surprise package Italy were added to the line-up after round two of the tournament last week.

In the other pool Argentina, the Olympic silver medallists, will face China, USA and Italy.

Coach Lee said: “The team will have a new look. We will aim to avoid Argentina in the quarter-finals, which is the key game for World Cup qualification.”

Daily Express

Watsonians & High School of Glasgow win U16 Scottish Cups

Watsonians U16 Scottish Cup winners

Watsonians and High School of Glasgow were the winners of the Boys and Girls U16 Scottish Cups amidst some tough weather conditions at Peffermill, Edinburgh yesterday.

In the Boys U16 Scottish Cup round robin competition, both Clydesdale and Watsonians qualified for the final after finishing the pool standings first and second respectively ahead of Perthshire, Aberdeen GSFP and Strathallan School.

Alex Boyd was the hero for Watsonians, his two goals ensuring that the Edinburgh club narrowly overcame John McKnight’s side 2-1 in a tight contest.

Meanwhile, in the Girls U16 Scottish Cup competition, High School of Glasgow and Glasgow Academy qualified for the final after finishing in the top two pool places.

Following a 0-0 stalemate in regulation time, High School of Glasgow won 3-2 on penalties to retain the cup.

HSOG U16 Scottish Cup winners

U16 Boys Scottish Cup


Watsonians 1-0 Strathallan School
Watsonians 3-2 Perthshire
Watsonians 2-1 Aberdeen GSFP
Watsonians 1-2 Clydesdale
Perthshire 3-2 Strathallan School
Perthshire 0-5 Aberdeen GSFP
Perthshire 0-0 Clydesdale
Clydesdale 3-0 Aberdeen GSFP
Strathallan School 3-2 Aberdeen GSFP
Clydesdale 1-0 Strathallan School

Pool Standings

Clydesdale – 10pts
Watsonians – 9pts
Perthshire – 4pts
Aberdeen – 3pts
Strathallan School – 3pts


Watsonians 2-1 Clydesdale

U16 Girls Scottish Cup


Strathallan School 1-1 Glasgow Academy
Strathallan School 0-2 High School of Glasgow
Strathallan School 0-0 Watsonians
Strathallan School 2-0 Kelso
Glasgow Academy 0-0 High School of Glasgow
Glasgow Academy 0-0 Watsonians
Glasgow Academy 2-0 Kelso
High School of Glasgow 0-0 Watsonians
High School of Glasgow 3-0 Kelso
Watsonians 1-0 Kelso

Pool Standings

High School of Glasgow – 8pts
Glasgow Academy – 6pts
Watsonians – 6pts
Strathallan School – 5pts
Kelso – 3pts


High School of Glasgow 0-0 Glasgow Academy
High School of Glasgow win 3-2 on penalties

Scottish Hockey Union media release