News for 27 March 2013

All the news for Wednesday 27 March 2013


Oranje women beat juniors in exhibition match

Both teams preparing for a big summer of hockey



Argentina FIH Champions Trophy - Day 7 - Netherlands v Germany (Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)

The respective senior and under-21 women’s teams of The Netherlands played each other in an exhibition match on Tuesday afternoon, with the London 2012 Gold medallists emerging as 1-0 winners over their talented but less experienced compatriots. A solitary field goal from Kitty van Male (pictured, right) was enough to win the match, which was played at SV Kampong, Utrecht. The two teams will face each other for a second time on Tuesday 2nd April.

The friendly matches have been arranged as part of ongoing preparations for the big tournaments that are on the horizon. The senior women are putting in the groundwork ahead of the Rabobank Hockey World League tournament which takes place in Rotterdam from 13-23rd June, while the U-21 team have set their sights on winning this summer’s Junior World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany. 

The players of Laren and Den Bosch have been excused from playing in these fixtures due to their participation in this weekend’s EuroHockey Club Champions Cup tournament in Hamburg, Germany. 

Tickets for the Rabobank Hockey World League tournament are now on sale to the general public. To find out more, click here.

Hockey.nl



Kelburne face EHL challenge against Uhlenhorst Mulheim


Kelburne EHL team photo (photo credit: EHL/EHF)

German heavyweights Uhlenhorst Mulheim stand between Glynhill Hotel Kelburne and the quarter-finals of the Euro Hockey League (EHL) when the two sides clash in their last 16 knock-out tie in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Friday 29 March.

Scotland’s national league champions face a tough challenge against a club who boast nine European titles on their honours roster and a host of German internationals within their ranks.

As a result, Mark Ralph’s side will need to pull out the stops to progress to a quarter-final tie against further German opposition in the form of Rott-Weiss Koln or Royal Leopold HC of Belgium. The quarter-finals are scheduled for 31 March/1 April.

Uhlenhorst Mülheim are competing in their second successive EHL competition, having been eliminated in Round 2 at the hands of Dutch giants H.C. Rotterdam last year, and are aiming to go at least one round better this time around.

Players to watch include striker Thilo Stralkowski and fellow international team-mate Jan Philipp Rabente, who scored both goals in Germany’s 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in last year’s Olympic Gold Medal match in London.

The Germans will start Friday’s tie as favourites but anything can happen in knock-out hockey and Kelburne will travel in the hope that an upset can be delivered in Amsterdam this week.

Glynhill Hotel Kelburne squad: Mark Fulton (captain), Mark Ralph, William Marshall, Adam Bain, Ian Horsfield, Chris Nelson, Michael Bremner, Ross McIntyre, Michael Christie, Johnny Christie, Gareth Hall, Alan Forsyth, Jack McAllister, Ed Greaves, Lee Morton, David Forsyth

All the last 16 and quarter-final ties will be shown live on the EHL website this weekend, providing a feast of top club continental action.

Please visit the EHL website for details about live online coverage

Please visit the EHL website for the full KO16 and Quarter-Final schedule

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Brooke Neal promoted to National Squad



It was an unexpected call from Black Sticks Women’s coach Mark Hager last week, but one Brooke Neal was pretty pleased to take.

“It was very exciting, I was just at home when he called. I was not expecting him to give me that news,” said Neal, aged 20.

Neal is currently living in Hamilton, playing for Midlands, and is in her final year of a Bachelor of Communications degree at Waikato University.

She grew up in Northland and played hockey at Whangarei Girls High School in the same team as Sam and Charlotte Harrison, Alana Millington and Jasmin McQuinn in the year that they won Federation Cup (the top Secondary School competition).

“Hockey is in our family. I have a brother in the Black Sticks [Shay] so I have learnt from him about what the environment is like, what is required and I definitely look up to him,” said Neal.

Neal has worked her way through the age group levels – from an Under-16, Under-18 and now Under 21 player.  At the end of last year she was called up to the Development Squad.

“I have been training with the Black Sticks since then and loving it. It has been really beneficial in terms of my hockey skills and fitness, the faster tempo at training has definitely helped improve my game.”

Neal is driving from Hamilton to team trainings in Auckland twice a week, but is hoping to find an internship in Auckland in her final semester to avoid the commute.

She is also in the Junior Black Sticks Squad and will be pushing for a spot in the Junior World Cup team (Germany, July) which will be named following the Under-21 tournament in May.

Neal replaces Sophie Devine in the National Squad, who moves down to the Development Squad.

CLICK HERE for the 2013 National Women's Squad

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Kelantan walk out

The National Under 16 Tournament was marred by a walkout by the Kelantan boys team in their match against Malacca.

The walkout occurred nine minutes from time when a Kelantan player was red carded.

He then attempted to attack the umpire but was restrained by his teammates.

A spectator then walked onto the pitch and is said to have slapped a Kelantan player before ordering the team to the changing room.

They then refused to continue the match.

Tournament Director A. Vinod will hold a meeting to discuss the walkout tonight.

According to the rules Kelantan will be thrown out of the tournament, their previous matches nullified and will be referred to the MHC Disciplinary Board.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



Kelantan booted out

By Jugjet Singh


KELANTAN were unceremoniously thrown out of the National Under-16 tournament after they staged a walkout in their match against Malacca at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Kelantan skipper Muhammad Azmie Othman, who was red carded, was also referred to the MHC DB.

The decision also means all their previous matches in Group B are now null and void.

The incident happened nine minutes from time when Malacca were leading 4-3 and Azmie was shown the red card.

He then attempted to attack the umpire but was restrained by his teammates. But a spectator then walked onto the pitch and was said to have slapped a Kelantan player which resulted in the team being ordered to the changing room.

Kelantan refused to continue the with the match after that.

Results -- Group A: Perlis 0 Negri 1, Terengganu 3 Selangor 1, Kuala Lumpur 4 Sabah 3. Group B: Pahang 1 Johor 1, Malacca 4 Kelantan 3, Penang 0 Perak 3.

Today -- Group A: Terengganu v Kuala Lumpur (6pm, Pitch II), Sabah v Negri (8pm, Pitch I), Selangor v Perlis (8pm, Pitch II). Group B: Malacca v Penang (4pm, Pitch I), Perak v Johor (4pm, Pitch II), Kelantan v Pahang (6pm, Pitch I).

All matches at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

New Straits Times



Kelantan pay heavy price for rash move

By ASHREENA PILLAI



Tight marking: Selangor’s Muhamad Zamri (left) trying to stop Terengganu’s Muhamad Amirul Mirza during their MHC-Milo-NSC Under-16 hockey match yesterday. — RICKY LAI / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Kelantan have been thrown out of the MHC-Milo-NSC Under-16 hockey championships for staging a walkout during their boys’ Group B match against Malacca at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Kelantan, 3-1 up at half-time, conceded three goals in the second half before walking out in the 61st minute.

Tournament director Vinod Anand said that a competitions committee meeting last night decided to kick out Kelantan and declare all their previous results null and void.

“The Kelantan coach (Mohd Amin Setapa), manager (Jefrizin Mohamad) and skipper (Mohd Azmie Othman) will be hauled up to face the disciplinary board,” he said.

Jefrizin, meanwhile, explained that they decided to stage a walkout “after the umpires kept making wrong decisions during the game”.

“We’re not satisfied with the quality of the umpiring today. The umpires were making big mistakes during the game,” he claimed.

“We’ve had no issues with the umpires thus far. In all our matches, win or lose, we accepted their decisions because they made just calls. But today, it wasn’t like that.

“I have no problem with the Malacca side. I have nothing against them or their coaching staff but we felt that we just couldn’t go through the match.”

Vinod later clarified that Kelantan had walked out when Mohd Azmie was shown the red card for pushing a Malacca player.

In a Group A match, Terengganu beat Selangor 3-1 for their third straight win.

The east coast side led 1-0 just before half time, thanks to Muhammad Amirul Mirza’s field goal in the 31st minute.

Luqman Nul Hakim then scored a brace in the 49th minute (penalty corner) and 55th minute (field goal) before Selangor pulled one back in the 64th minute through Muhammad Emir Afzan.

The Star of Malaysia



PHF names U-16 team for Boys Asia Cup

LAHORE – Nokhaiz Zahid Malik will captain the 10-member Pakistan U-16 boys’ team in a five-a-side 2nd U-16 Boys Asia Cup being played from April 4 to 7 in Singapore.

Former Olympian and camp commandant Tahir Zaman announced the team at a press news conference after supervising a training session here on Tuesday at National Hockey Stadium. “It is a balanced combination which is capable of producing good results in the event to be participated by eight teams.”

The team members are Shahzad Hafeez and Rehman Khan (goalkeepers), Nokhaiz Zahid Malik (capt), M Ateeq (vc), Musbashar Ali, Sikandar Mustafa, Junaid Kamal, Adeel Latif, Juniad Manzoor and Shan Irshad.

Tahir said the team had two goal keepers because due to fast paced nature of this format, goalkeepers were more at injury risk and to avoid this factor, the team management had decided to have two custodians. “It will be our first-ever participation in five-a-side hockey which is played on a shorter arena and we are quite confident that our team will live up to the expectations by finishing at the top,” he said.

The camp commandant said the Singapore event was the qualifying round for the next year’s U-16 Youth Olympics to be held in China. The camp would continue till March 31 and the team would fly to Singapore on April 1.

The former Olympian said grooming of Pakistan Youth team was a part of future planning to make sure that by the time of year 2017, a strong junior team was fully prepared to take part in the Junior World Cup to be held in the same year.

“Such a long-term plan was taken into consideration never before. Now it is our responsibility to make sure that we make right progress in right direction by grooming talented players.”

Tahir said from Singapore tournament, two teams would qualify for Youth Olympics and he was rating his side favourite to finish among the two. “We are taking every measure to impart best possible modern training to our players who are very talented and they have shown remarkable improvement in the training.”

The Nation



Malik to lead Pakistan in U16 Asia Cup

KARACHI: The Pakistan junior team management yesterday announced the final squad for the U-16 Asia Cup to be held in Singapore early next month.

The team’s chief coach and manager Tahir Zaman named Nohaiz Zahid Malik as captain of the ten-member squad.

The tournament, that is to be played from April 4 to 7, will be a five-a-side affair where as many as ten countries are expected to participate. The team also includes, Sheraz Hafeez, Mubasshar Ali, Sikandar Mustafa, Adeel Latif, Muhammad Atiq (vice captain), Junaid Kamal, Junaid Manzoor, Shan Irshad and Roman Khan. Rehan Butt, Zaheer Ahmad Babar and Sabir Ali will assist Zaman as coaches.

The Express Tribune




PHF names squad for Boys Under-16 Asia Cup

LAHORE: Noukhaz Zahid Khan will lead a 10-member Pakistan team in the 2nd Boys Under-16 Asia Cup to be played from April 4-7 in Singapore. “It is a balanced combination that is capable of producing good results in the event to be participated by seven teams,” former Olympian Tahir Zaman, the camp commandant, told a news conference at National Hockey Stadium here on Tuesday. Also present on the occasion were coaches of team Rehan Butt and Rana Zaheer.

He said the team had two goalkeepers because in fast paced hockey goalkeepers were at injury risk and to avoid this factor the team management had decided to have two custodians. “It will be our first ever participation in five-a-side hockey that is played on a shorter arena and we are quite confident that our team will live up to the expectations by finishing at the top,” he added. The camp commandant said the Singapore event was the qualifying round for the next year’s U-16 Youth Olympics to be held in China. The camp will continue till March 31 and the team will fly to Singapore on April 1.

Squad:

Players: Muhammad Sheraz Hafeez, Mubasshar Ali, Sikandar Mustafa, Adeel Latif, Muhammad Atiq (vice captain), Nohaiz Zahid Malik (captain), Muhammad Junaid Kamal, Junaid Manzoor, Shan Irshad and Roman Khan. Officials: Tahir Zaman (manager-head coach), Zaheer Ahmad Babar, Rehan Butt and Sabir Ali (coaches), Mubasshar Mohsin (physiotherapist), Hassan Akhtar Rasool (judge) and Amir Hamza (umpire).

The Daily Times