News for 03 April 2013

All the news for Wednesday 3 April 2013


All Dutch Final confirmed in EHCCC


Den Bosch star Maartje Paumen scores against Rot-Weiss Koeln in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup. Credit: European Hockey Federation / Frank Reelick

There will be an all Dutch Final in the women's EuroHockey Club Champions Cup this year after reigning champions Laren MHC and ‘s Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch) battled through at a snow hit weekend in Hamburg.

Both sides faced German opposition in the tournament Semi Finals, with Den Bosch going-head-to-head with Rot-Weiss Koeln before Laren faced tournament hosts UHC Hamburg.

Den Bosch were 3-0 winners against Rot-Weiss, with 2011 FIH Player of the Year Maartje Paumen scoring two goals as the Dutch side proved to be too strong for their German opponents. Paumen struck twice in the first ten minutes to leave Rot-Weiss reeling, with Marloes Keeteis adding a third before half time to kill the game off.

The UHC v Laren match was a far closer encouter, with the Germans giving it everything in a bid to reach the final but falling agonisingly short in the end. UHC surged into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Germany internationals Marie Mävers and Kristina Hillmann before Lisanne de Lange pulled a goal back for the 2012 champions just before the break. Two goals in nine minutes from Noortje Schortinghus (45m) and Macey de Ruiter (54m) moved the Dutch into the lead for the first time in the game, but Hillmann scored her second of the match three minutes shy of full time. That goal seemed likely to force extra time, but a last minute strike from Dutch superstar Kim Lammers sealed Laren's place in the tournament final in the most dramatic way possible. 

The Final will be played during the Euro Hockey League's Final Four weekender in May. Full details about that event will be announced soon. Complete information about the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup tournament in Hamburg can be found at www.eurohockey.org, the official website of the European Hockey Federation.

Euro Hockey League media release

 



Dragons' Luypaert leads scorers chart



Following the completion of this Easter's KO16 Amsterdam tournament, we are pleased to reveal the updated top scorers list for the 2012-2013 season of the Euro Hockey League.

KHC Dragons defender Loick Luypaert is now leading the way with seven goals to his name thanks to a five goal haul at KO16 Amsterdam. Luypaert is just one goal ahead of Rot-Weiss Köln's Marco Miltkau who added another goal to his collection at the weekend.

Both Luypaert and Miltkau represent teams that will be competing in the EHL Final Four tournament in May, as do a number of other players in the top 12. R-W Köln's Christopher Zeller and Jan-Marco Montag both have five goals, with Roel Bovendeert, Chris Ciriello (both Bloemendaal), Taeke Taekema (Amsterdam H&BC) and Jeffrey Thys (KHC Dragons) each having scored four times in this season's competition. 

Top Scorers - EHL 2012-13 (Top 12)

Goals Name / Club FG PC PS
7 Loick Luypaert (KHC Dragons) 5 2
6 Marco Miltkau (Rot Weiss Köln) 5 1
5 Jeroen Hertzberger (Rotterdam) 1 3 1
5 Christopher Zeller (Rot Weiss Köln) 2 2 1
5 Jan-Marco Montag (Rot Weiss Köln) 5
4 Martin Häner (Berliner HC) 3 1
4 Nick Wilson (Rotterdam) 4
4 Roel Bovendeert (Bloemendaal) 4
4 Chris Ciriello (Bloemendaal) 4
4 Taeke Taekema (Amsterdam) 4
4 Jeffrey Thys (KHC Dragons) 4
4 Thilo Stralkowski (Uhlenhorst Mülheim) 1 3

105 players on 3 goals or less.

To see the complete list of scorers, please click the link below. An updated version of the all time top scorers list will be published on the Euro Hockey League website next week.

Euro Hockey League Top Scorers 2012-13 (After KO16)

Euro Hockey League media release



IHA launch Official iPhone App

The IHA in partnership with our web developers eSports Manager have today launched an official Irish Hockey iPhone app. The app provides the Irish Hockey Community with free access to the latest news, fixtures and results via their iPhone. The app is free to download and available on the Apple App Store by searching for ‘Irish Hockey'.

Speaking to hockey.ie, Karl O'Shaughnessy, Marketing Manager said ‘ The launch of the iPhone app is an important part of our digital media strategy at the IHA. We have been actively developing our digital media initiatives over the last number of years such as our website redesign, social media platforms and live hockey online streaming. The iPhone app is a logical progression at this point and a fantastic addition that puts Irish Hockey news, fixtures and results directly in the hands of our community.'

The iPhone app will be followed later this year with an Android app and further functionalities will be added to both in due course. Any feedback on the iPhone app is welcomed and suggestions can be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Irish Hockey Association media release



Struggling MHL debutantsTerengganu seek help of consultant

By AFTAR SINGH


KUALA LUMPUR: Debutants Terengganu’s Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) season has gone awry.

Touted as one of the favourites before the start of the season after recruiting six national players, the east coast side have only managed a win, a draw and two defeats to lie fifth in the seven-team Premier Division with four points. The six internationals are Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, Mohd Fitri Saari, Azlan Misron, Mohd Shahrun Nabil, Ismail Abu and Ameerullah Aziz.

Terengganu made a promising start by holding champions Tenaga Nasional to a thrilling 4-4 draw. But two defeats in a row – Maybank (1-2) and Sapura (2-4) derailed their title hopes. Luckily, they bounced back with their first win by beating rock-bottom Nur Insafi 5-1.

And now they are looking for a consultant to help the team in the coaching aspect.

Said team manager Mohd Saberi Salleh: “We have not lost faith in coach Nik Rozemi (Nik Mohd) but prefer to have an experienced person to advise us on tactics as well as provide a fresh impetus to the team.

“The consultant will help our coaches plan the tactics as well as provide information while sitting in the stands.

“The other teams have such personnel as well and do not rely solely on the coaches.”

Terengganu will play two matches in Kuantan this weekend against double champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club on Friday and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) on Sunday. KLHC are the leaders with 10 points followed by Maybank (nine) and Tenaga (6).

“We have a good side. Although there is a gap in terms of experience between the youngsters and senior players, that is no excuse to lose matches.

“There is already a gap between us and the top two teams. We cannot allow the gap to widen and need to win matches,” said Saberi.

Saberi attributed their poor form to their inability to execute penalty corners.

“We do not have the services of a reliable executioner and we lack imagination in the set pieces,” said Saberi.

The Star of Malaysia



PHF has no plans to change present selection system

Staff Report


KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has no immediate plans to change current selection system that empowered chief coach and fellow coaches despite the national team’s poor show in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia where they finished sixth and last. “We thought about it for a while but decided to continue with the present selection system,” PHF secretary general Mohammad Asif Bajwa told reporters after signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Secretary of Sports Sindh Siddique Memon for laying a blue turf at Hockey Club of Pakistan here on Tuesday.

He said chief coach Olympian Akhtar Rasool with fellow coaches would continue with their authority of selecting the Pakistan team. Bajwa said coaches were expected to recall senior players in future after poor performances of young players. “It was an attempt to expose youngsters to international event with an eye on the future. But they proved disappointing in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup,” Bajwa added. He said he was also not happy with penalty corner conversion rate that was hardly ten percent.

To a question about recalling world record holder Sohail Abbas, he said it was up to the chief coach Akhtar because that was his domain.

The PHF secretary said Pakistan was also facing problem in getting a good goalkeeper for the national team. However, he hit out at critics that Pakistan team had not done well at the international level. “Pakistan won two gold medals in the Asian Games and Asian Champions Trophy and bronze medal in the Champions Trophy in the past few years compared to nothing between 1994-2000 and to 2008,” he pointed out.

He expressed great hopes from the Pakistan Under-16 team that would be featuring in Youth Asia Cup in Singapore. While expressing disappointment about India pulling out of the tour of Pakistan, Bajwa said the PHF would keep their friendly policy for hockey exchanges with India. He did not disclose the sum of recently released grant by the Pakistan Government after reportedly securing previous grant of Rs.830 million. “I cannot give you the exact amount of the current grant nor I am confirming the amount of the previous grant,” he concluded.

The Daily Times



Hockey Club Pakistan’s green turf to turn blue next year

By Fawad Hussain



Lahore’s National Stadium was the first venue in the country to get a blue-turf which was sponsored by the Punjab government. PHOTO: EXPRESS MEHMOOD QURESHI

KARACHI: A new addition to the Hockey Club of Pakistan (HCP), the blue turf, has been promised by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and Sindh sports authorities after an MoU was signed for the task.

The Sindh Sports Department will bear the total cost of the installation of the new turf as well as the upgradation of the venue.

Sindh Sports Secretary Mohammad Siddique Memon, who signed the agreement on behalf of the government, conveyed that the complete project will cost around Rs57 million.

“Our target to complete the project is 18 months and hopefully we will be able to achieve it,” Memon told reporters at the HCP yesterday.

The PHF secretary Asif Bajwa termed the addition a beneficial boost for the game.

“We are thankful to the Sindh government for supporting the national game so strongly,” said Bajwa. “The new turf and upgradation will help revive international hockey at this venue which has hosted many major tournaments in the past.”

He said the spread work at the HCP include extension of seats, introduction of parking lot and repair-work on the sewerage.  To a query, the secretary said it would be good for the country to have three to four venues accommodated by the blue turf besides green-turf stadiums.

“We will not face any issue in future like we suffered in Olympics when we had no blue-turf to prepare our team. We will have enough options for both the surfaces.”

In return for the government’s support in the venue’s installation and upgradation, the PHF will provide the facility of HCP to players of Sindh, especially those from Karachi. It will also train coaches of the province as per the agreement.

Bajwa defends team’s progress despite Ipoh failure

Bajwa downplayed concerns shown by former Olympians after Pakistan finished last in the Azlan Shah Cup last month in Ipoh, Malaysia.

“Our target is next year’s World Cup and we are on track. As far as this event is concerned, we already said that there will be experiments.

“We must not panic and be patient. From 1995 to 2000 we failed to win a single medal and that continued later on.

“But if you assess things after 2008, we have won two gold medals and a bronze medal in major events that shows our progress. We are confident that the team will achieve the target of World Cup 2014.”

The former Olympian also defended youngsters who failed to perform in Azlan Shah Cup.

“To criticise players on the basis of one tournament is not appropriate. The same players won bronze at the Champions Trophy and a gold medal at Asian Champions Trophy last December.”

Meanwhile, the secretary said no consideration was being given to revive the selection committee, saying the current selection process which is headed by the team management will continue.

The Express Tribune



We don’t need a global club competition, we need global development for hockey!


… and we need to ensure it’s Olympic future!

Are our sport officials doing what it takes to preserve our sport on the highest podium of all, The Olympics? Or is their focus too much on other matters? Probably also important to our sport, but I don’t think anyone will argue the fact that further developing our sport on a global scale to keep its place in the Olympic family should be on top of their priority list…

More or less a month ago I felt the urge to put some of my random thoughts in writing about the future of my sport, field hockey. The first article was “The future of hockey” and I followed it up by an open letter to the FIH & EHF. As all bloggers and wannabe writers I of course have the need to be read and heard… and applauded ;) Hey, I’m human… However I was not as naive to think I would get an actual answer from the federation presidents I addressed with my open letter. I got some fans, some (international) players, some coaches, some club presidents and actually also some presidents of national federations to acknowledge the ideas in these articles. But you’ve guessed it… no answer from the people I actually wrote it to… no surprise there.

Last weekend the hockey community enjoyed once more the EHL, freezing their ass off in Amsterdam or warm & cosy behind the computer or TV at home or… even on the move the nice new EHL app gave us the possibility to enjoy the live streaming images from the Wagener Stadium. The people from Pro Sport and the EHF helped change the hockey sport for the better when they introduced their EHL 5 years ago. I was fortunate to be the organizer of the very first EHL at my club Antwerp (together with the Dutch club HGC) and immediately became a big fan of their innovations. As you would expect not all of the aspirations for the EHL from those early days came true, the economic crisis struck hard when it was to time to harvest the potential sponsors to help fulfill the dreams they had at the start. But you’ve got to admire and respect those people at Pro Sport and especially the ABN Amro for sticking with it and continue to build the brand of the EHL and hockey. They might not have scored the biggest crowds for all matches, nor the other sponsors (yet) to help build the sport. But they’ve brought us a new standard of TV images promoting our sport and several innovations in the rules of the game that truly have added value to our sport and you have to applaud that…

Another recent and very welcome additional event for our hockey sport has been the recent HIL (Hockey India League) which has brought his own innovations to the sport and has immensely been appreciated by the international top players, the Indian sponsors, media and public. However I do not see any benefit in wanting to integrate both these wonderful initiatives as read in the press recently. The HIL is different from the EHL and that should not change because India is different from Europe and it has the potential to help revive Indian (and Asian) hockey to new standards and help them regain their position among the top in the world.

Which of course would also be beneficial for our sport on a global scale… Important to help keep our sport on the agenda for the Olympics. Because we must not neglect the warning that has been given recently by the IOC about the Olympic status of our sport. We might have been a big hit as a sport at the London Olympics last year, but this was not the case in Beijing or Athens and most likely hockey will not draw the biggest crowds to the Rio stadiums either.

To keep our Olympic status the international federation (FIH) has to focus on two issues that are hurting us at the moment :

We need hockey representation within the IOC, which has been lost when Mr Negre took over the FIH presidency from IOC member Mrs Van Breda Vriesman.

We need to focus on (re)developing our sport on a top and (!) grassroot level in important countries such as France, Spain, Brazil, USA, India, Pakistan, Japan, China, etcetera…

In the developed countries (in hockey terms) the focus should be on broadening the basis of our sport, with good infrastructure, better youth academies and a strong focus on further developing both recreational and top hockey. It is not a necessity to become a competitor for a sport such as football, but we do need to grow in numbers as a family friendly sport where respect is not just a catchphrase in marketing but seen and lived on and alongside the hockey pitches all over the world. That will attract the corporate sponsors we need to help improve our sport every year.

We can only assume (or maybe hope is a better word) our officials in national and especially international federations are working along these lines but to be honest I think it is a bit alarming we see so little evidence of this.  In government politics – somewhat related or similar to sport politics I would guess – one of the hottest items at the moment is “open data“. I do think we need some of that from our federations as well to help us understand in which direction our sport is growing, what is being done and what could be our contribution…

Maybe with the newest shareholder of the EHL, Infostrada Sports Group, they could get some (data & communication) expertise in house for such an “open data” project. Because frankly I am worried when I (as an engaged hockey supporter) once again see & hear tales about these ideas for a new global club competition from the officials. We do not need such a competition! It will not attract new hockey supporters nor players nor sponsors that last and really contribute to the development of our sport. And in my humble opinion it will even be damaging for our sport because it takes the focus away from those things that do need to be done : development of our sport in those countries that can make a difference (both developed and developing countries with regards to hockey) through infrastructure and improving top hockey to stimulate recreational hockey!

So my message to the FIH and other relevant officials is please do continue developing the World League, but please forget about this global competition for clubs and focus on getting our IOC representative back and on developing hockey in key countries on every continent. And maybe invest some more attention towards open data (and communication) to reassure (or at least inform) us about the direction our officials are taking our sport… because I’m not reassured by some kind words from the departing IOC president Rogge about our sport. I think we need to do what needs to be done to make sure our sport is never doubted again to be a deserving member of the international family of sports.

Ernst Baart's blog



Irish Coaching Vacancies - Assistant & Head Coach Positions

The IHA have today advertised four new positions, Assistant Coach to the Men's & Women's Senior Squad and U21 Head Coach for Men's & Women's Squads. The closing date for all positions is 5pm on Friday 19th April 2013

Full details are available on our IHA Vacancies page - click here

Irish Hockey Association media release



QAS Hockey High Performance Manager

The QAS in partnership with Hockey Queensland and Hockey Australia, are currently recruiting a High Performance Hockey Manager. 

This new and exciting role will see you lead the Queensland State High Performance system (including the QAS Hockey programs). 

Details and associated application requirements can be seen below.

APPLICATION FORM

APPLICANT GUIDE

ROLE PROFILE

Hockey Australia media release