News for 30 March 2013

All the news for Saturday 30 March 2013

KO16: Day 1 Summary

The opening day of Euro Hockey League’s KO16 Amsterdam event was a chilly but hugely entertaining one for the many spectators that came to the Wagener Stadium. Four teams have battled their way into the Quarter Finals, with Uhlenhorst Mülheim (GER), Rot-Weiss Köln (GER), Reading HC (ENG) and KHC Dragons (BEL) winning through at the expense of Kelburne HC (SCO), Royal Leopold (BEL), H.C. Rotterdam (NED) and Lisnagarvey (IRL). 

Germany’s Uhlenhorst Mülheim were winners of the opening game of the KO16 Amsterdam tournament, powering to a 5-0 victory over Scottish champions Kelburne. Man of the match Christopher Rühr and Johannes Schmitz both scored twice in the contest, with team captain Thilo Stralkowski also registering. 

Mülheim’s opponents in the Quarter Finals will be fellow Germans Rot-Weiss Köln, a side that overcame a stubborn challenge from Belgium’s Royal Leopold in the second match of the day. Double Olympic Gold medallist Christopher Zeller scored what proved to be the decisive goal in the his team’s 3-2 victory, setting up a mouth-watering clash between two giants of German hockey. 

The third game of the day was an absolute thriller between England’s Reading HC and H.C. Rotterdam of the Netherlands. Reading emerged as winners of the contest in a penalty shoot-out after both normal time and silver goal extra time finished with the scores locked at 2-2.  Great Britain striker Jonty Clarke scored the crucial goal to knock out the much fancied Dutch outfit, ensuring that Reading’s interest in the competition remains very much alive and kicking. 

Reading will face KHC Dragons in the EHL Quarter Finals after the Belgians overcame early resistance to emerge as 7-2 winners against Ireland’s Lisnagarvey. Loick Luypaert scored four times in the contest, but Dragons were made to work hard for their victory thanks to some impressive play from the Irishmen in the first and second quarters of the match. It will be the fourth time in three seasons that Reading and Dragons have met, with each of those games being hugely entertaining contest.

Both the Mülheim-Köln and Reading-Dragons Quarter Final contests will be played on Easter Sunday.

Saturday’s action from the Euro Hockey League features four more exciting KO16 matches. First up is an all-English encounter between Beeston and East Grinstead at 0930 before H.C. Bloemendaal (NED) go head-to-head with Club de Campo (ESP) at 1200. Spanish giants Atletic Terrassa meet hosts Amsterdam H&BC at 1430 with Waterloo Ducks (BEL) playing Berliner HC (GER) at 1700. More information about all the games including video highlights of all the matches can be found right here on, the official website of the Euro Hockey League. 

Euro Hockey League media release

Reading through to EHL Quarter Finals in Amsterdam

Richard Mantell and Darren Cheesman in action for Reading 2012 Men's hockey league

Reading HC have recorded a stunning penalty shoot-out victory over H.C. Rotterdam to seal their place in the Quarter Finals of the Euro Hockey League. With both normal time and silver goal extra time finishing with the scores locked at 2-2, the game went to the drama of penalties with Jonty Clarke scoring the crucial goal. Reading will now face a Quarter Final meeting against KHC Dragons (BEL) who beat Lisnagarvey (IRL) 7-2 in the final match of the day in Amstelveen.

EHL Review:

Both teams started what would prove to be a sensational contest in lively fashion, with Rotterdam and Reading HC both going close with great chances in the first quarter. Attacking duo Jeroen Hertzberger and Simon Child were a constant threat for Rotterdam, but Reading had arguably the two best chances of the period with Simon Mantell and Darren Cheesman both forcing top class saves from Permin Blaak with powerful reverse stick efforts.

Rotterdam drew first blood in the first minute of the second quarter, with Bas Campbell getting his name on the score-sheet following a fine piece of play from Willem Hertzberger. However, Reading hit back almost immediately through Tom Carson, who showed brilliant composure to control a rocket of a pass from Simon Mantell before slamming home from close range.

The Dutch outfit re-established their lead in the third quarter when Sjoerd Gerretsen got a crucial touch in the circle, but a sensational Reading performance in the final quarter ensured that they took the game into extra time. Man of the match Richard Mantell scored the equalising goal from a penalty corner, finally finding a way past the outstanding Blaak.

The relentless pace continued in the extra time, with Reading HC going closest to breaking through Simon Mantell, only for the Great Britain forward to be denied by another stunning reflex save from the Rotterdam shot-stopper.

With no goals in extra time, the match went to the lottery of the penalty shoot-out. Reading goalkeeper James Bailey forced an early error in the shoot-out from Nick Wilson which was followed by a string of goals until a miss from Reading’s Craig Peel restored parity. However, a miss from Steve Edwards meant that a goal from Reading and Great Britain striker Jonty Clarke would result in a win for the English champions. Clarke made no mistake, sending both his team and the many Reading fans into raptures.

EHL Man of the Match: Richard Mantell (Reading HC)

England Hockey Board Media release

Kelburne fall to Ulhenhorst Mulheim in EHL

Team Huddle (credit: EHL webstream)

Glynhill Hotel Kelburne exited the Euro Hockey League (EHL) at the KO16 stage following a 5-0 defeat at the hands of German side Uhlenhorst Mulheim in Amsterdam earlier today.

The Scottish champions fell behind in the fourth minute when William Marshall was adjudged to have made an infringement inside the circle and the resulting penalty corner was dispatched low and hard by Thilo Stralkowski past Mark Fulton’s outstretched dive to make it 1-0.

Kelburne face PC (credit: EHL webstream)

However, Kelburne were desperately unlucky not to equalise shortly after when persistent play from Alan Forsyth forced a penalty corner and Mark Ralph’s subsequent drag-flick from the set-piece cannoned back off the left hand upright.

The Scots were left to rue their bad luck only minutes later when man of the match Christopher Ruhr swivelled and dribbled his way past three defenders to send a low reverse-stick drive past Fulton to make it 2-0 in the 20th minute.

It was 3-0 shortly after when Ruhr carried the ball through the midfield towards the edge of the circle, where his pinpoint pass found Johannes Schmitz in space and his close range effort found the back of the net in the 24th minute.

With half-time fast approaching, the match was put beyond Kelburne’s reach in the 33rd minute when Ruhr was allowed to skirt along the goal-line from the left hand touchline into the circle and pick his spot past Fulton to make it 4-0.

The second half was a much tighter affair and Kelburne made Bjorn Brinkmann in the Ulhlenhorst goal work following shots on target from Chris Nelson and Alan Forsyth.

Chris Nelson (credit: EHL webstream)

However, the Germans managed to grab a fifth goal in the 49th minute when Schmitz was able to work his way around the edge of the circle before crashing a thunderous shot into the roof of the goal.

The match played to a close with the scoreline at 5-0 and the Germans now progress to the quarter-finals to play either Rott-Weiss Koln or Royal Leopold.

Team High5 (credit: EHL webstream)

You can follow the EHL KO16 and Quarter-Final ties this weekend by visiting the EHL website

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Netherlands edge out England U18 Boys

AFTER matching their rivals for much of the first half, England Under-18 Boys were just edged out by the Netherlands in their opening match of the Eastern Four Nations Tournament in Spain on Good Friday.

The match started very well for England who probed down both flanks, and an early penalty corner induced a good save from the Dutch goalkeeper.

But as the half progressed very few chances were created by either team, with good defending on both sides negating all threats.

In the second half, as the game opened up, the Dutch threatened on the counter attack and they got ahead in the 47th minute when their forward eliminated the English left half and created an overload in the circle. Their spare player appeared in front of goal to slip the ball past the advancing England goalkeeper.

Five minutes later the Dutch extended the lead. England’s defence had done well to force the Dutch player Dylan Vermeij away from goal, but good individual skills saw him eliminate two defenders and he hit the ball low inside the far post with a back hand shot.

England raised their games and scored a goal in reply on 61 minutes. Jonty Griffiths penetrated the circle on the right hand side and got the ball across the front of goal for a diving James Gall to score with a touch in front of the Dutch keeper.

England pushed hard in the dying minutes to get an equaliser and say a chance fly over the bar in the last minute.

Coach Jon Bleby said: “I’m pleased with the team in terms of effort and attitude. It was a real battle but the attention to detail in the attacking and defending circles made the difference and we will aim to improve our details tomorrow against Spain.”

* Click here for more details of England Under-18 Boys' performances in the Easter Four Nations Tournament.

England Hockey Board Media release

Victory for England U18 girls over Scotland

England U18 Girls - Clio O'Malley

ENGLAND Under-18 girls showed great promise and resilience in their opening match of the Easter Four Nations at Lilleshall NSC in Shropshire, beating Scotland 3-2 on Good Friday.

England fought back from behind to go in at the break at 1-1, and kept the pressure up on their rivals to take the victory.

“It was a little bit scrappy and there is plenty to work on, but at least we won,” said Head Coach Andy Bradshaw. “It was a decisive start, but we have a lot to work on.

“The girls responded well to get back into the game after going behind in the first half, and we kept working on the things we had talked about. They showed enough control and kept our attacking threat up, but we need a bit more composure in and around the circle.”

England had barely got out of first gear when Scotland took the lead from a penalty corner after three minutes, but England soon woke up and levelled on 14 minutes through Bowdon’s Clio O’Malley (pictured), who latched on to a ball from the right flank before attacking the circle and finding the net.

They came out all guns blazing for the second half, and England took the lead on 42 minutes from a penalty corner, Ipswich’s Fran Tew scoring with a straight strike.

Some more sloppy defending let Scotland score an equaliser from a penalty corner on 48 minutes.

But England enjoyed a good spell of pressure and possession and scored the winner on 62 minutes from a penalty corner, Oxford Hawks’ Charlotte Burrows finding the goal after the ball had gone back to the injector and bounced off the left post.

* Click here for details of England Under-18 Girls in the Easter Four Nations Tournament

England Hockey Board Media release

Dutch prove too much for England U16 Boys

ENGLAND Under-16 Boys battled well against a strong Dutch side in their opening match of the Easter Four Nations Tournament in Valencia, Spain, on Good Friday, but were on the wrong end of a three-nil scoreline.

In their first taste of international hockey, the young squad were given some valuable lessons by the Dutch, who were sharper and quicker to the ball and capitalised clinically on England errors.

Head Coach Charlie Bannister said: “This is their first taste of international hockey and they looked surprised about the pace, but there is plenty for us to address and we look forward to tomorrow’s encounter with hosts Spain.”

England did enjoy a good 15-minute spell of intense pressure just after half time, but the Dutch soaked it up and hit back.

“The boys know they can compete,” added Bannister. “We’ve come away from the game with a good understanding that they have to be a little better and more up with the pace.”

* Click here for more on England U16 Boys campaign in the Easter Four Nations Tournament.

England Hockey Board Media release

England U16 Girls get off to a winning start

England U16 girls, Holly Hunt

A GOAL in each half gave England Under-16 Girls a winning start to their Easter Four Nations Tournament at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire on Good Friday.

The 2-0 victory over Scotland came thanks to goals from Beeston HC’s Erica Sanders, of Repton School in Derby, and Holly Hunt, a Bowdon HC player from Stockport Grammar School, but the whole team played well and deserved the victory.

Sanders dived in at full stretch on the right hand side after 24 minutes to score England’s opening goal, and Hunt doubled the lead after 62 minutes with a reverse stick shot into the top of the goal.

“For their first international game they played some really nice hockey,” said Head Coach Marc Bourhill. “They created a lot of opportunities and had a lot of circle entry. We now just need to improve the outcomes in the D. But it was a great start and it will come.”

England will now prepare for their second match of the tournament against the Netherlands on Saturday morning at 10am.

* Click here for more details on other results for England Under-16 Girls in the Easter Four Nations Tournament.

England Hockey Board Media release

Scottish youngsters narrowly lose out to England

Scotland U18 and U16 Girls were in action in the Four Nations Tournament at Lillieshall today, with both sides losing by narrow margins against England.

Jessica Ross and Jenny Eadie were on the score-sheet for Scotland U18 Girls as they were edged out 3-2 by their English counterparts in an excellent game that could have been won by either side.

Following the match, Scotland U18 Head Coach Colin Clarke said, “We’re pleased with the team performance given that this is their first competitive game as a squad and the girls fought all the way to the end. The result could have gone either way and we will take a lot of positives from this match into the game against Germany tomorrow.”

The Scots took the lead in the third minute when an excellent move and link-up play led to Jessica Ross firing the ball past the English goalkeeper to put her side 1-0 up early on in the match.

However, England equalised in the 14th minute when Clio O’Malley found herself inside the circle and drove the ball into the net to make it 1-1.

With the scores level at half-time, England took the lead in the 42nd minute when Fran Tew’s short corner strike was deflected off a Scottish defender to make it 2-1.

Not to be outdone, Scotland were soon back on level terms in the 48th minute when Jenny Eadie cracked an unstoppable shot past the English goalkeeper from a penalty corner set-play.

As both sides pursued a winning goal, the game was tightly contested in midfield and remained on a knife edge for much of the second half. Unfortunately for Scotland, England nicked the winning goal eight minutes from full-time when Charlotte Burrows pounced to give her side a 3-2 victory.

Earlier in the day, Scotland U16 Girls also took to the field against England and despite a 2-0 defeat, Head Coach Bill Robson was pleased with his team’s performance, “I thought the team played very well and the players produced a positive performance against England today. We were on top of England for long spells throughout the match and I think we can count ourselves a bit unlucky. We managed to create two to three penalty corner chances and on another day the result may have been different.

“Tomorrow, we play the Dutch and having seen them in action against Germany today, the players will face a tough challenge. However, we take the learning points from the game today and look forward to the Netherlands on Saturday.”

Scotland found themselves 1-0 down at half-time thanks to a Erica Sanders before a reverse stick strike from Holly Hunt doubled the lead in the 62nd minute to make the final scoreline 2-0.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

KLHC edge Maybank to top the table

Defending champions KL Hockey club showed that they are a team to beat when they edged table toppers Maybank 4-3 at the National Hockey stadium in Bukit Jalil tonight. It was a commanding performance from the KLHC side who many had written of before the season got underway and the scoreline not reflective of KLHC's domination.

But the KLHC players showed steely determination, never affected by the reputation of being unbeaten that Maybank brought into this game. And KLHC plunged a knife into Maybank with a classy display combined with lethal finishing.

Both the teams were without one foreign player, Maybank was minus Shakeel abbasi who was out injured while KLHC had to do without Australia's Tim deavin who returned to Perth and will be back on Saturday.

KLHC took the lead in the 7th minute through Mohd Razie Rahim fired home their first penalty corner. And they doubled their advantage in the very next minute as Akhtar Ali fired home after Nabil Fiqri Mohd Nor broke through on the right.

It was all KLHC after that but they failed to turn their domination into goals, despite being awarded penalty corners in the 14th and 15th minutes. Maybank were at sea as they were reduced to being mere spectators, with the KLHC players keeping a firm grip on matters.

However Maybank managed to reduced the deficit in the 34th minute when Syafiq Mohammad zain scored from a goal mouth melee.

The defending champions however were nota bout to let the chance to lead the standings go by and upped the ante in search of more goals. Muhammad Umar Bhutta made it 3-1 in the 41st minute and hardly had the Tigers recovered from that blow that Akhtar scored his second and KLHC's fourth three minutes later.

Maybank did not take things lying down and reduced the deficit through Dick Cheny Walli in the 59th minute via a penalty corner deflection. And Muhammad Irfan ensured a granstand finish when he scored in the 66th minute to make it 4-3.

Unofficial MHL site

UniKL electrified

Tenaga Nasional Berhad got their act together to defeat a young UniKL side 4-2 in the TNB Malaysian Hockey league at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil this evening. It was TNB's first win of the season after being held to draws in the opening week by Terengganu HT (4-4) and KL Hockey Club (3-3). As for UniKL it was their second defeat, having lost to KLHC (5-0)

UniKL gave a good account of themselves against the title favourites and wasted five penalty corners that could have made the final outcome much closer. Infact credit ought to go to the UniKL youngsters who took the game to their more fancied opponents despite being 3-0 down.

"We had the chances but failed to take them. But I am proud of my playersa as they played well and were not overawed at all. It is never easy playing against experienced sides by my youngsters never gave up fighting. It is only the third match in the MHL, and there is still a long way to go," said UniKL coach Arul Selvaraj.

" I am sure the players picked up several pointers and will not repeat the mistakes. They have the top penalty corner experts in the country and to concede two goals in that department was to be expected. But we will prevail and not allow this defeat to affect us and come back stronger when we face Maybank on Sunday."

TNB went for the jugular right from the first whistle and put the UniKL defence undewr tremendous pressure. And it almost paid off in the 3rd minute when Faisal Saari made an attempt that was padded away by Shahrul Azaddin Auskarzie. The rebound fell to Firhan Ashaari whose shot was pused away by the UnbiKL custodian.

UniKL started making inroads into the TNB half and in the 11th minute dedy Aryadi Jumaidi found himself at the top of the semi circle with only keeper S. Kumar to beat but he shot straight into the keeper.

TNB then forced two successive penalty corners in the 15th and 16th minutes but UniKL held firm. However the bubble eventually burst when Firhan Ashaari burst through the middle to put TNB 1-0 up in the 18th minute.

Mohd Amin Rahim made sure of TNB's third penalty corner in the 20th minute to double the advantage for TNB. At the break TNB led 2-0/

Faisal got into the scoring act when he converted TNB's fourth penalty corner in the 37th minute and the outcome of the match was of academic interest. Shahril saabah then fired hom a half volley in the 56th minute to make it 4-0.

Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim got two goals back in the 61st minute and 70th minute for UniKL but it was too late to gain anything from the match.

"It was important to get the first win today after the two draws last week. We had to conserve energy as we are up against Sapura tomorrow night. IN terms of strategy, we also made some changes as it was not working well in the last two matches, so we tweaked it a bit to suit our players ability and it paid dividends," said TNB coach Nor Azlan Bakar.

Unofficial MHL site

A first for Tenaga

TENAGA Nasional claimed their first win of the season when they beat UniKL 4-2 in the Premier Division of the Malaysia Hockey League yesterday.

After taking a 4-0 lead off Firhan Ashaari (18th), Amin Rahim (20th), Faizal Saari (37th) and Shahril Saabah (56th), Tenaga almost allowed UniKL to claw back into the game.

However, UniKL could only narrow the gap with goals from Noor Faeez Ibrahim in the 61st and 70th.

Tenaga started the season with a 4-4 draw with Terengganu, and then were held 3-3 by KL Hockey Club.

Tenaga coach Nor Azlan Bakar was relieved his charges finally collected full points.

"After two opening draws, it is a relief that we finally won. However, in the final 10 minutes my players slowed down a little as we have another important match against Sapura tomorrow (today)," said Nor Azlan.

"We had the chances but failed to convert them, but I am proud of my players as they were not overawed playing against a stronger side. It is never easy playing against experienced sides but my players never gave up fighting," said UniKL coach Arul Selvaraj.

RESULTS -- Premier Division: Nur Insafi 1 Terengganu 5, UniKL 2 Tenaga Nasional 4, Maybank 3 KLHC 4.

Today -- Premier Division: Sapura v Tenaga Nasional (National Stadium Pitch II, 8pm).

Division One: TNB Thunderbolts v Ipoh City Council (National Stadium Pitch II, 6pm), Tengku Mahkota Ismail SS v UniTen (Taman Daya, 6pm).

New Straits Times

Tenaga champs whip UniKL to ignite title hopes


No stopping me: TNB’s Muhammad Firhan Ashaari (right) turns away from a tackle by a UniKL player during their Malaysian Hockey League match at the Bukit Jalil Hockey Stadium yesterday. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former champions Tenaga Nasional secured their first win in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) when they beat Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) 4-2 at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

In another match, double champions KL Hockey Club regained top spot in the standings after defeating overnight leaders Maybank 4-3. It was the Tigers’ first defeat.

KLHC started the scoring through Mohamed Razie Rahim in the seventh minute while Pakistani import Akhtar Ali scored in the eighth and 44th minutes. The other goal-getter was Umar Bhutta (41st minute).

The Tigers managed to score in the 34th minute through Mohamed Syafiq Zain and then in the second half through Dick Chenny Walli and Mohamed Irfan in the 59th and 66th minutes respectively.

In the earlier match, after two draws in the opening weekend, yesterday’s win was a welcome relief for Tenaga who aimed to put their title ambitions back on track.

The match proved to be a scrappy affair but Tenaga were in control for much of the match and could have won with a higher scoreline.

Still their coach Nor Azlan Bakar was happy that they had finally won their first match and hoped that would revive their spirits for the Sapura match today.

“It was not that good a match as we need to just collect three points. That was the crucial thing today. I am glad that the players stuck to their game plan and managed to score when the chances were there. I am disappointed with some of the misses but we have to learn from it,” he said.

“And we cannot afford to let up when we play Sapura. We have to make sure of a second win. I am sure the players will rise to the occasion,” said Nor Azlan, who is chief coach of the team for the first time.

After a slow start, Tenaga got their first goal in the 18th minute through a field goal scored by Mohamed Firhan Azhari.

And two minutes later, skipper Mohamed Amin Rahim put them ahead with the second goal through their first penalty corner of the match. The score remained at 2-0 at half time.

Two minutes into the second half, Tenaga went further ahead with Faizal Saari scoring with a drag flick from another penalty corner.

Then in the 57th minute, youngster Mohamed Sharil Saabah added the fourth goal with a field attempt. UniKL managed to score two consolation goals in the 61st and 70th minutes through Mohamed Noor Faeez Ibrahim off two penalty corners.

Up north at the USM Hockey Stadium in Penang, newcomers Terengganu also won their first match 5-1 against Nur Insafi.

The win gave the east coast side four points and out them in fourth place in the standings.

The Star of Malaysia

Malacca slay the champions

By Jugjet Singh

MALACCA caused a sensational upset when they edged Kuala Lumpur 2-1 in the National Under-16 tournament at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

They will meet Perak in the final today, after the Silver State beat Terengganu 5-1 in the other semi.

In their Group B meeting earlier, Perak had beaten Malacca 2-0.

Kuala Lumpur, the raging favourites and defending champions, were taken to extra-time before Malacca nailed the winner.

And Malacca's Hang Tuah was Amirul Hakim Nazaruddin, who scored the equaliser in the 51st minute, then the golden goal in the 74th to take his team to the final.

Kuala Lumpur, unbeaten in five Group A matches, scored their goal in the 35th minute off Wan Haziq Hisyamuddin, but ran out of steam in the second half.

The Perak goals were scored by Najme Ahmad (31st), Aiman Zahari (35th), Asyraf Abas (47th), Haizzat Noor Azmi (66th) and Badrul Amin (69th). The Terengganu goal was scored by Khairul Helmy (sixth).

RESULTS -- Semi-finals: Kuala Lumpur 1 Malacca 1 (Malacca win 2-1 golden goal); Terengganu 1 Perak 5.

TODAY -- Final: Malacca v Perak (Ministry of Education, 6pm); Third-Fourth: Kuala Lumpur v Terengganu (National Stadium, 8am)

New Straits Times

Malacca and Perak upset the odds to enter Under-16 final


Balancing act: KL’s S. Kavinesh Panicker controls the ball past Malacca’s Mohd Alif Syazwan Noorshah (left) during their match in the MHC-MILO-NSC U-16 Championships at National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. Malacca won 2-1. — S.S. KANESAN/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The streak has ended as the MHC-MILO-NSC Under-16 hockey championships will see a new boys’ champion crowned for the first time in six years as Malacca take on Perak in the final today.

Malacca caused an upset when they prevented a fancied KL from advancing to their sixth straight final after beating the five-time champions 2-1 in extra-time in their semi-final at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil, yesterday.

Wan Haziq Hisyamuddin put the five-time champions ahead in the 35th minute only for Malacca to equalise through Amirul Hakim Nazaruddin in the 51st minute.

The match was threatening to end in a stalemate as both sides toiled but failed to find a second goal to finish tied at 1-1.

With the match going into extra-time, it was sheer jubilation for Mohd Aras Khamis’ side as Amirul Hakim Nazaruddin struck again to slot home the golden goal in dramatic fashion in the 74th to send Malacca through to the final.

“Match discipline and playing in position were the biggest problems coming into the game. It’s the one thing that I keep stressing to the boys. Today, we managed to do it right and I think that’s why we’re in the finals,” said Malacca coach Mohd Aras Khamis yesterday.

“I’ve very proud of the boys and what they achieved today and it’s especially sweet to avenge our 6-0 loss to them in the 2011 finals in Sabah in 2011,” he added.

“Perak beat us 2-0 in our opening match and so the boys are itching for a re-match. We want to play them again and what better than in the final. We have two key players (Amirul and Muhammad Irysad Amir) out injured but that’s part of the game.”

And it looks like Malacca got exactly what they wished for as they will face Perak who thrashed Terengganu 5-1 in the other semi-final yesterday.

Goals by Muhammad Najme Ahmad Hayazi (31st minute), Mohammad Aiman Zahari (35th minute), Muhammad Asyraf Abas (47th minute), Muhammad Haizzat Noor Azmi (66th minute) and Muhammad Badrul Amin (69th minute) helped Perak to make the final for the first time since 2010 while Terengganu’s lone goal came from Khairul Helmy Mohd Napi’s penalty corner in the 6th minute.

However, the win comes at a cost as Perak will be without key player Aiman who received a yellow card yesterday and will not feature in today’s final. While some squad re-structuring will have to be done to accommodate the loss their second top scorer with four goals, Perak coach MohdNizam Mohd Hashim said it is crucial that his side stay focused on the task at hand and bring home the trophy.

Meanwhile in the girls’ competition, defending champions Selangor advanced to the finals after they beat KL 3-1 in their semi-final match at the Ministry of Education Stadium in Bangsar yesterday.

Selangor will face Penang in today’s final after the Group B winners and 2012 semifinalist beat Perak 3-2 in the other semi-finals.

The Star of Malaysia

Ventures in women's semis


Tevita king of Ventures on the attack against Deltas. Picture: ATU RASEA

Update: 2:06PM VENTURES One and Two have qualified for the women's semi-finals of the Fiji Hockey Federation Easter 5s tournament.

In pool one, Ventures Two beat MoBees 4-0 and Nadi 4-1. MoBees beat Nadi 4-0.

In pool two, Ventures One beat Stingers 6-0 and Marist 4-0. Stingers beat Marist 3-0.

Ventures Two will face Stingers in the first semi-final and Ventures One will take on MoBees in the other semi-final in the next hour.

The mens competition is still in the pool stages. The final will be played later tonight.

The Fiji Times


Olivier Moreau, elected President of the French NA

Olivier Moreau was elected President of the French Hockey Federation during the elective General Assembly, the 23rd of March, at the French Olympic Committee in Paris.

Olivier Moreau is a former international player (72 caps between 1969 and 1976,) was the General Secretary during the previous term. He was elected as the 10th President of the FFH since the NA was created in 1920. He succeeds Yves Renaud - President since 2002 - who did not stand for re-election.

"It is with both pride and great commitment that I take the responsibility for leading the French National Association for the next four years. The trust which was granted to me as General Secretary yesterday by Yves Renaud and the confidence granted today by clubs honor me, and I sincerely thank them.

In the aftermath of the London Olympic Games, it is essential for our national team to be high performer to win its place in Rio and reach greater visibility in media. This strategy is at the heart of my project and will need significant commitments in today's highly competitive sports environment.

During this mandate, in a difficult economic environment, I would like to change the governance of the French Hockey Federation to bring together the strengths of French Hockey and build a truly participatory Federation in order to improve efficiency and rigor.

I have presented my project on the theme of "openness" because I think it is necessary to ensure our development as we are looking for new audiences, new practices and as we want to strengthen especially women participation.

This mandate is aligned with a committed team which will allow the implementation of this common project: Hockey 2020 - The future is ours" said Olivier Moreau after his election.

Fédération Française de Hockey media release

Batra appointed for second term in FIH Competitions Committee

NEW DELHI: Hockey India secretary general, Narinder Batra has been appointed as a member of the Competitions Committee of International Hockey Federation (FIH) for a second consecutive term.

The changes to the Committees were approved at the last Executive Board meeting of FIH held in Lausanne earlier this month.

FIH president Leandro Negre thanked all the new members for their dedication towards hockey and also the outgoing committee members for their services.

"Our Committees are at the core of the FIH and the work they do is vital to the success of the FIH and international hockey. I am pleased with the new make-up of our Committees and know that all of the members will work hard to continue to move our sport forward," said Negre.

Batra thanked Negre for his appointment and said it's an honour to be part of the Competitions Committee.

"It's an honour for me to be part of the prestigious FIH Competitions Committee for the second consecutive term and it would be my endeavor to look after the interest of players and give my best efforts to promote the game of hockey at all levels," he said.

Along with the Competitions Committee, FIH president Negre also announced four other Committees, two Commissions and three Advisory Panels for 2013-14 term.

The Times of India

White House invites Indian-American hockey player for Easter

Washington: Indian-American hockey player Ajai Dhadwal has been invited to the White House for the day long of fun-filled Easter celebrations on Monday, which among others include a yoga session.

More than 30,000 people from all over the US have been given tickets for the day-long Easter celebrations on the White House lawns.

This year`s Easter celebrations at the White House is focused on promoting health and wellness with the theme, `Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You!`

The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling.

This year`s special guest is Robby Novak, better known as Kid President.

America`s eminent field hockey player Ajai Dhadwal is the only Indian-American among the several dozen talent line ups announced by the White House on Friday.

A resident of California Dhadwal, 20, has been a member of the US national team.

He along with more than three dozen athletes would be participating in the "Eggtivity Zone" on the South lawns of the White House.

In the Eggtivity Zone, Dr Jayne Greenberg, Cornell McClellan, Donna Richardson Joyner, Curtis Pride and Shellie Pfohl will represent the President`s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition as players and coaches from professional sports teams teach kids how to play sports and show kids easy, fun ways to stay active and fit. Jordin Sparks, Austin Mahone, Coco Jones, Sesame Street, and The Wanted will perform on the Rockin` Egg Roll Stage.

Jessica Sanchez will sing the National Anthem.

The Official Emcee of the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll is Tommy McFly, who will introduce acts on the music stage on the ellipse.

Readers on the Storytime Stage will be NASCAR`s Danica Patrick, Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson, Elmo, Abby, Gordon and Rosita from Sesame Street, the full cast of Super Sprowtz, The Wanted, and actress Quvenzhane Wallis.

According to the White House, the activities on the South Lawns include obstacle courses, yoga, dancing, playing sports with professional athletes, and of course, the traditional egg roll.

A special "yoga Garden" has been created at the White House on the occasion, where professional instructors would give lessons on Yoga to the visitors. For the fifth year in a row, tickets were distributed online.

More than 300,000 tickets were requested via the online lottery, and guests from all 50 states and the District of Columbia were selected as winners.

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