News for 07 April 2013

All the news for Sunday 7 April 2013

Pakistan through to U16 Asia Cup final

KARACHI: Pakistan continued their superb run in the new five-a-side U16 Asia Cup as they marched into the final where they will face Bangladesh for the title in Singapore on Sunday.

The tournament favourites defeated Malaysia 6-0 in their semi-final yesterday as Mohammad Atiq, who has enjoyed a goal spree, netted a brace in the rout. Sikandar Mustufa, Nohaiz Zahid Malik, Shan Irshad and Junaid Manzoor scored one goal apiece.

Before their last-four tie, Sri Lanka had received a mauling at the hands of Pakistan, who went rampant in a 12-3 victory in their last group game.

Earlier, coach Tahir Zaman had been uncertain about the team’s performance in the event even though he stressed that they had trained hard. However, all nerves were settled down when Pakistan got off to a flying start, smashing 16 goals against a hapless Chinese Taipei outfit in their tournament opener to register a 16-1 win.

In another match, Pakistan saw off the challenge from Japan to register a 7-4 win.

As many as 10 teams featured in the competition, with Pakistan being placed with Japan, China, Sri Lanka and Chinese Taipei in Pool A, while the other group featured Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh and Kazakhstan.

The Express Tribune

Pakistan face Bangladesh in Asia Cup U-16 final

LAHORE – Pakistan U-16 boys’ hockey team thrashed Malaysian team by 6-0 to set a final clash of the 2nd Asia Cup for U-16 Boys against Bangladesh team which will be played today (Sunday) at 3:30pm in Singapore. Pakistan team played exceptionally well against Malaysian team and did now allow them to score even a single goal and registered a comfortable 6-0 victory against them. M Atiq was the key scorer for Pakistan team as he slammed two goals while Sikandar Mustafa, Nohaiz Zahid Malik, Shan Irshad and Junaid Manzoor converted one goal each for the winners.  Earlier in the first match of the day, Pakistan team gave tough time to Sri Lanka and scored an impressive 12-3 triumph against Sri Lanka. Pakistan team will play final match against Bangladesh at 3:30pm today (Sunday).

The Nation

Leicester go top after Slough win

investec hockey finals weekend 2012 - leicester celebrate

Leicester finished the Investec Women’s Hockey League at the top of the Premier Division table after beating relegated Slough 4-1 on Saturday.

The victory means Leicester will play in Europe next season, and will face fourth-placed Surbiton in the first semi final on April 20 at Reading’s Sonning Lane ground.

However, Leicester struggled to get a grip on the game, with Slough denying their rivals the lead until the 27th minute when Julia Karwatzky scored from a penalty corner.

Slough hit back on 53 minutes through Amy Sheehan, only for Karwatzky to give Leicester the lead again two minutes later.

Sandy Yeates bagged a third goal for Leicester, and Hannah Smith finished off the win with a fourth on 68 minutes.

In the relegation play-off, Chelmsford boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Investec Conference East when they won 4-0 over Staines on Saturday in their first play-off match.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (April 6 2013):

Investec Premier Division: Leicester 4 Slough 0.

Investec Relegation Play-off: Chelmsford 4 Staines 0.

England Hockey Board Media release

Men's Irish Hockey Challenge taken home by Catholic Institute

Catholic Institute withstood a late Cliftonville onslaught to land the men's Irish Hockey Challenge title in thrilling fashion at Belfield.

Initially, it looked as if they might run away with things, building a three-goal lead courtesy of Simon Brickenden's double and a sharp John Wallace finish.
ut player-coach Julian Stevenson - a former Irish international - inspired a superb comeback that almost forced the tie to extra-time, scoring one before David Hurley touched home with four minutes to go. Insta stood firm, though, to land the national title.

Early on, the Limerick side shaded matters, winning a series of penalty corners with Stephen Boyd forced to take a drag-flick off the line. Brickenden was a powerful presence driving forward from midfield, playing in Brian Downes superbly but he snatched at the chance.Eric Callendar also drew a great stop from Mark Holmes as it looked like Cliftonville had weathered the onslaught. They were rocked, though, by two goals in the 30th minute with Brickenden getting a brilliant first.

He skipped his way through two tackles to get into the D before flipping the ball past Holmes on his reverse from mid-circle. Instantly, Wallace was left free on the left of the circle and pulled hard and true for a scoreline that matched their greater control on the tie.

Half-time saw something of a sea change with Cliftonville looking the more dangerous outfit but their corner routine was struggling to get the pull out and stop sorted. Stevenson's steal on the 22 was only denied by Ivan Moore's excellent recovery tackle before Insta extended their lead against the run of play. Callendar's powerful shot drew a top save but Brickenden was on hand to calmly slot home.

It left the Ulster club a mountain to climb but they were handed a lifeline with 13 minutes left when Stevenson again stole possession, lured Tristan Murphy off his line before arrowing home from the tightest of angles. Five corners followed in the closing stages before Dale Curragh's powerful slap into the circle got a touch from Hurley late on. But they ran out of time in their pursuit of an equaliser, meaning Ed Gleeson could lift the trophy aloft on behalf of his team for a memorable win.

Men's Irish Hockey Challenge Final

Catholic Institute 3 (S Brickenden 2, J Wallace)
Cliftonville 2 (J Stevenson, D Hurley)

Catholic Institute: T Murphy, G Acheson, B Downes, J Wallace, S Brickenden, A Swanton, D Crowe, I Moore, E Callendar, R Fitzgerald, E Gleeson (capt)
Subs: F Wall, S Garland, Colum O'Byrne, R Gleeson, C Duggan, N O'Byrne, Cormac O'Byrne, J Power, J Geary

Cliftonville: Mark Holmes, N McKimm, J Stevenson, D Hurley, S Boyd, J Campbell, D Curragh, A Cardy, J Allen, G Hammill, C Arnott
Subs: Michael Holmes, P Chambers, S Ternaghan, A Hume, K Alexander, G Alexander

Umpires: D Judge, S Smyth

Irish Hockey Association media release

Kilkenny claim Electric Ireland Irish Hockey Challenge Title

Inspired by former international Catriona Carey, Kilkenny claimed the Electric Ireland Irish Hockey Challenge title in style with a 4-0 win over Dungarvan at the National Hockey Stadium. She struck two beautifully crisp first half goals to help her side build a 3-0 lead that they never looked likely to relinquish.

They hit the front in the 13th minute when Sue Shirley tore into the circle from her own five-metre free and unleashed a cracking strike for an early lead. Carey was causing plenty of problems and drew a stunning high save from Lucinda Shrubb but the goalkeeper was powerless to stop her next salvo.

From mid-circle, she picked out the bottom right corner with a reverse that fizzed into the backboard. She duly battered in her second in the 34th minute for an imposing interval advantage.

In between that pair, Dungarvan's Sharon Duggan had her side's best chance to pull one back when she raced onto a through-ball. Her first touch took her past goalkeeper Searlait Doyle but she ended up too wide, allowing the Kilkenny defence to get back and clear the danger.

Skipper and defensive lynch-pin Lynn Darling duly hit home a penalty corner early in the second half. Dungarvan held out for the remainder of the tie in the face of waves of attacks and a series of penalty corners with Shrubb heroic despite picking up a nasty injury that required lengthy treatment.

But it was Kilkenny's day as they bounced back from 2012 final defeat to claim the title for the first time.

Electric Ireland Irish Hockey Challenge Final

Kilkenny 4 (C Carey 2, S Shirley, L Darling)
Dungarvan 0

Kilkenny: S Doyle, C Carey, A Walpole, L Darling, B Cadogan, C Phelan, S Shirley, A McGarry, D Young, L Thomas, A O'Connor
Subs: L Dooley, L Hennessy, N Spratt, K Parsons, E Keane

Dungarvan: L Shrubb, L Conroy, M Landers, J Harty, O Phelan, D Egan, E Dunne, L Walshe, S Duggan, A-M Tutty, A Griffin
Subs: A Lynch, H Shanahan, E Griffin, J Fitzgerald, A Ballot

Umpires: G Hohn, L Johnston

Irish Hockey Association media release


Scotland U18 Girls & Boys complete Wales double

Scotland's U18 squads both completed a double over Wales this weekend as they ran out winners in their matches at Forthbank today.

Scotland U18 Girls 5-1 Wales

Scotland U18 Girls produced a much improved performance to defeat Wales at Forthbank today. A double for Millie Brown and one apiece for Emma McGregor, Eilidh Thomson and Claire Hill gave the Scots a well-deserved 5-1 victory.

Commenting on his team’s performance, Scotland U18 Girls Assistant Coach Mark Ralph said, “We’re really happy with the outcome of the match. We watched the videos of yesterday’s game last night and the players were really receptive to the improvements we identified.

“We weren’t focussing on Wales, we just focussed on our performance and getting the processes right today, which resulted in a massive step up in how we played. We communicated much better and the intensity was right for the level we require from the players.”

Scotland opened the scoring inside two minutes of the first half when good play from Eilidh Thomson found Emma McGregor in space to beat the Welsh goalkeeper and give her side the lead at 1-0.

The Scots almost doubled their advantage five minutes later when Millie Brown was on the end of some excellent build up play but her shot on target was well smothered by the goalkeeper.

In the 13th minute, the home side were awarded a penalty flick but Jessica Ross unfortunately saw her shot saved to keep the scoreline at 1-0.

However, Scotland were not to be denied for much longer and in the 23rd minute Millie Brown scored her first goal of the match to make it 2-0.

As the first half drew to a close, Jenny Eadie had two attempts on goal foiled by the Welsh goalkeeper, one a strike from a penalty corner that flashed just wide of the upright and one shot blocked by a couple of Wales defenders.

With the score 2-0 at half-time, Scotland didn’t take long to extend their lead in the second half when Brown, McGregor and Thomson combined to give the latter an easy tap-in and enable Scotland to take a 3-0 lead in the 37th minute.

Three minutes later, Scotland put the match beyond Wales when the combination of McGregor, Thomson and Brown clicked again to allow Brown to volley a smart finish past the keeper and make it 4-0.

Eadie and McGregor had further chances on goal before the goal margin became five goals in the 58th minute. Maisie Morris demonstrated great skill in creating space for herself on the right of the circle and her cross was met by Claire Hill at the far post to make it 5-0.

Not to be outdone, Wales grabbed a consolation goal in the 66th minute when Rhiannon Griffiths rounded off the scoring to make the final score 5-1.

Scotland U18 Boys 2-1 Wales

Meanwhile, Scotland U18 Boys earned a hard fought 2-1 win against their Welsh counterparts courtesy of first half goals from Jack MacKenzie and Hamish Imrie.

After the match, Scotland U18 Boys Head Coach Graham Dunlop said, “It was a tougher match today, we tried different things in the match and it was good to try them in this environment. They maybe didn’t come off all the time but the players will learn a lot from games like this.

“It was a harder game today and we won ugly, if you like, but we’ve won two games from two this weekend. We will now look forward to continuing our preparations for the Europeans this summer.”

Dunlop’s side got off to the perfect start inside the first minute of the match when Murdo Elwis intercepted a loose defensive clearance from the Welsh defender and played Jack MacKenzie in on goal. The midfielder made no mistake in slotting the ball past the oncoming Welsh goalkeeper to make it 1-0 after only fifty seconds.

Wales steadied themselves from the early set-back to win a penalty corner in the 11th minute. However, the Scots defended the set-play and launched a quickfire counter-attack which resulted in Hamish Imrie finding space inside the Welsh circle to double his side’s advantage at 2-0 only thirty seconds later.

Imrie almost gave the home side a three goal cushion in the 16th minute when his reverse stick strike cannoned off the upright and Craig Graham was denied a goal when his 25th minute penalty corner drag-flick was parried to safety by the Welsh goalkeeper.

With the Scots looking to extend their lead, they were caught cold in the 28th minute when Ben Wigmore pulled Wales back into the match at 2-1 after finishing off a penalty corner move.

Graham had another penalty corner effort saved just before the interval to leave the sides at 2-1 at the half-time hooter.

Ten minutes into the second half, Elwis found himself one-one-one with the Welsh ‘keeper but his low drive was well saved, while four minutes later Danny Cain’s drag-flick from a penalty corner was pushed round the post.

Wales finished the stronger side in the second half, but Scotland dug deep to keep their attacks at bay and record a narrow 2-1 victory at full-time.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

TNB stroll to a win

Tenaga Nasional Berhad warmed up well for their crucial match against Maybank tomorrow when they defeated Nur Insafi Warriors 5-0 at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan.

Had it not been for brilliant saves by Nur Insafi keeper Nasir Ahmad, TNB could well have walked away with a bigger margin of victory. But what was important to them was the three points and preserving their energy for the clash against the Tigers, where a win will elevate them to the second spot.

TNB dominated proceedings right from the first whistle but all they did was spray crosses from the right and left across the semi circle but there were no takers.

But their persistence paid off in the 10th minute when Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi broke through the centre and slipped the ball past Nur Insafi custodian Nasir Ahmad.

Faisal Saari got into the scoring act in the 18th minute as he sent an unstoppable drag flick from a penalty corner to put TNB 2-0 ahead.

There was confusion on just who scored the third goal for TNB in the 20th minute. TNB were awarded a penalty corner that Mohd Amin Rahim took. As the ball was head towards goal, Mohd sallehin Ghani stuck his stick out to deflect the ball. But the goal was awarded to Amin instead.

S. Kumar was brilliant in goal for TNB as he pulled off double saves twice in penalty corners, in the 26th and 29th minutes, to deny Nur Hrsikesa Thaitchana Muruthi a goal.

With their crucial match against Maybank in the back of their mind, TNB did not go all out in the second half but forced another seven penalty corners to add to the four they had in the first half.

And this time Sallehin made it clear to all that he was the scorer of TNB's fourth goal when he deflected past Nasir in the 58th minute to make it 4-0.

Mohd Aminuddin Mohd zain showed that he has good potential in penalty corners as he buried his drag flick in the 66th  minute to make it 5-0.

Unofficial MHL site

Tenaga blitz Nur Insafi

Heavyweight club move to third

By Jugjet Singh

Nur Insafi’s Abdul Asim Khan (left) and Tenaga Nasional’s Faisal Saari fight for the ball at the Kuantan Stadium yesterday. Tenaga won 5-0

TENAGA Nasional geared up for their crucial match against Maybank today with a 5-0 demolition of Nur Insafi at the Kuantan Stadium yesterday.

In the only Premier Division of the Malaysia Hockey League match of the day, the score could have been in double digits if not for some super saves from Nur Insafi goalkeeper Nasir Ahmad.

However, Tenaga did enough to secure the three points, which elevated them to the third spot on the standings, and prime themselves for an attempt to tame the Tigers and move to second.

Tenaga scored their first in the 10th minute when Amir Farid Fuzi broke free in the centre and slipped the ball past Nur Insafi custodian Nasir Ahmad.

Faisal Saari then perfected his drag flick in the 18th minute during a penalty corner as he sent a shot crashing into the back of the goal-mouth.

Former international Amin Rahim scored the third goal in the 20th minute, also off a penalty corner attempt, to take a 3-0 lead into the breather.

With their crucial match against Maybank at the back of their minds, Tenaga slowed the pace after the breather but still Sallehin Ghani (58th) and Aminuddin Zain (66th) completed the goal-rout.

Meanwhile, the battle continues at the blue pitch in Kuantan today, with a high-stakes roll in the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) and Sapura encounter.

Double champions KLHC can't afford to drop any points in their last Round One match if they want to keep their grip in the Premier Division.

Sapura, whose only blemish is a 3-5 defeat at the hands of Maybank, have started to look dangerous as their foreign signings have finally found their form.

"It will not be an easy match, but I am confident my players would not disappoint as we aim to end Round One with three points.

"This is vital, as our nearest rivals (Maybank) are just a point adrift, and we can't allow any slip-ups at this crucial stage to defend our League title," said KLHC team manager George Koshy.

Maybank will also be involved in a cruncher, as they take on a wounded Tenaga Nasional who have been playing below par even though they have a sterling cast to depend on.

New Straits Times

Former champs Tenaga trounce Nur Insafi

Reports by AFTAR SINGH

KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional stayed in the hunt for the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) Premier Division title by trouncing Nur Insafi Warriors 5-0 at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan yesterday.

Tenaga are now third in the seven-team standings with nine points from two wins while Nur Insafi languish at the bottom of the standings with just one point from six matches.

Former champions Tenaga could have won by a bigger margin if not for the brilliance of Nur Insafi goalkeeper Nasir Ahmed.

The win was a morale boost for Tenaga, who will face favourites and second-placed Maybank at 8pm today.

In yesterday’s match, Tenaga dominated right from first whistle and their persistence paid off in the 10th minute when forward Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi broke through the centre to slip the ball past Nasir.

Forward Faisal Saari, the top scorer in the MHL the last two years, got into the scoring act in the 18th minute as he sent an unstoppable drag flick off a penalty corner to give Tenaga a 2-0 lead. It was his seventh goal in five matches.

Barely two minutes later, Tenaga made it 3-0 off yet another penalty corner converted by defender Mohd Amin Rahim.

Trailing, Nur Insafi pushed forward in search of goals but Tenaga goalkeeper S. Kumar pulled off double saves twice from penalty corners taken by Nur Hrsikesa Thaitchana Muruthi in the 26th and 29th minutes.

After the breather, Tenaga continued their domination by earning another seven penalty corners to the four they had in the first half.

And Mohd Sallehin Ghani deflected the ball past keeper Nasir in the 58th minute to make it 4-0.

Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Zain completed the rout off another penalty corner as he buried his drag flick in the 66th minute.

Tenaga team manager Nor Saiful Zaini was pleased with his team’s performance.

“My players clicked well, played a tight marking game and did not concede any goals for the first time in a match,” said Nor Saiful.

“After taking a 3-0 lead in the first-half, I rested my key players as we want to conserve energy for the tough match against Maybank. It was a morale boosting win and I hope my players can rise to the occasion tomorrow to get the better of Maybank, who are good in every department,” said the former international.

The Star of Malaysia

Friendlies with China on road to World League semis

Out of my way: Nur Insafi’s Ateeq Muhammad (centre) trying to get past Tenaga Nasional defenders during the Malaysia Hockey League Premier Division match at Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan Saturday. — NIK NAIZI HUSIN / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian national hockey team will play five friendlies against China here next month in preparation for the World League semi-finals at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru from June 29 to July 7.

The friendlies will be played after the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL), which ends on May 19. The scheduled dates for the matches are May 25, 26, 28, 30 and 31.

The competition in Johor Baru is an important assignment for Malaysia to qualify for next year’s World Cup in the Hague, Holland.

Malaysia have failed to qualify for the last two World Cups – Germany (2006) and New Delhi (2010).

Eight teams will feature in the World League semi-finals. Besides Malaysia, the other teams are Olympic champions Germany, Argentina, England, South Korea, Pakistan, South Africa and one more team to be named later.

However, all the six teams are ranked higher than 13th-placed Malaysia.

There are two World League semi-final competitions. Rotterdam are hosting the first semi-finals from June 13-22 and the teams competing there are Australia, Spain, India, Ireland, New Zealand and two more teams that will be announced later.

Four teams from each semi-finals will qualify automatically for the 2014 World Cup.

National assistant coach S. Arulselvaraj said that the friendlies against fast-attacking China would be vital in preparation for the World League semi-finals.

“The matches will also give us an idea on our team’s strengths and areas which we need to work on,” he said. There are 30 players in the squad and training will commence next week.

The World League is an important assignment for national coach Paul Revington, who was hired last September to help Malaysia qualify for the World Cup.

Under the South African coach’s guidance, Malaysia finished fourth in Champions Challenge I in Argentina last November. A month later, in the second edition of the Asian Champions Trophy in Doha, the national team won the bronze.

And in the six-nation Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh last month, Malaysia lost 3-2 to Australia in the final.

The Star of Malaysia

Hockey India appoints South African Gregg Clark as junior men's team coach

Clark is also the chief coach of Ranchi Rhinos who won the title of the inaugural season of the Hero Hockey India League.

New Delhi:  Hockey India has appointed South African Gregg Clark as the national coach of the junior men's team ahead of the Junior World Cup to be played in India at the end of this year.

Hockey India secretary general Dr Narinder Batra said they are confident that India will do well under the guidance of Gregg Clark, who will start working with the team from April 12.

"Being the hosts of the Junior World Cup I think this is the best opportunity for India to win the title and bring back glory. We are confident that under the guidance of Gregg Clark, the Indian team will be better prepared for this mega event" he said. 

"Hockey India has been looking for a candidate that not only has the experience of making junior players tactically and mentally strong but also prepares a team that brings back glory to the country in the near future. We are confident that Gregg Clark will share this vision and work hard to build a strong India team," said Dr Batra.

Clark, who is very excited to take on this new assignment as the coach of the junior national team, said India has rich talent in hockey and the team has great potential ahead of the World Cup.

"I have been to India many times and after coaching Ranchi Rhinos in the inaugural season of Hero Hockey India League, I can say that Indian hockey has a very bright future" he said.

Gregg Clark coached the national side of South Africa for 7 years and during this tenure his team played 120 internationals including two Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012, the World Cup (2010) and the Commonwealth Games (2010).

Clark is also the chief coach of Ranchi Rhinos who won the title of the inaugural season of the Hero Hockey India League.

As a player Gregg Clark has over 250 international caps and has represented South Africa in two World Cups in Sydney 1994 and Kuala Lumpur 2002, two Olympic Games, in Atlanta 1998 and Athens 2004, two Commonwealth Games, in Kuala Lumpur 1998 and Manchester 2002 and three All Africa Games in 1995, 1999 and 2003.

NDTV Sports


FHC Athletes, Alumni Honoured At University Athletic Banquet

UBC’s annual 'Big Block' event saw FHC Athletes take center stage

Photo: Connor Meakin

Field Hockey Canada athletes, past and present, took center stage Wednesday evening in Vancouver during the 2013 Big Block Athletic Banquet. The annual event showcases student athletes at The University of British Columbia (UBC) for their successes both in sport and in the classroom.

UBC Wright Field is the training center for both the Men’s and Women’s National Programs, so naturally many FHC athletes attend UBC while also competing for their respective national teams.

National Programs Well Represented

The Women’s and Men’s National Programs are deeply ingrained in UBC athletics with FHC athletes routinely on UBC’s rosters. This year is no different as the UBC Women’s Field Hockey Team has an impressive eight members from the Women’s National Program. These athletes enjoyed recognition for winning the CIS Championship and were also nominated for 2013 Team of the Year at UBC. Not to be outdone, the UBC Men’s Team boasts an impressive nine athletes from the Men’s National Program. The Men's team also recently finished runner up in the Premier division of the Vancouver Field Hockey League.

FHC Alumni Inducted to Hall of Fame

In front of friends and family, two prominent FHC Alumni were inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame: Penny Cooper and Victor Warren. Penny led UBC to great success from 1987 to 1992, including a CIS Championship in 1990. During her time at UBC, she concurrently competed with the Women’s National Team (WNT). She represented Canada at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, where Canada finished sixth.

Victor was a top Canadian player in his own right, leading the UBC Thunderbirds to three Vancouver Premier League Championships in 1958, '60, and '63. An impressive sniper, Victor still holds UBC’s goal scoring record with 114 goals in 92 games. Like Penny, Victor also represented Field Hockey Canada as a key member of the Men’s National Team (MNT) in the 1960’s. Along with other former UBC players: Peter Buckland, Lee Wright, and John Young, Victor played in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Current Players Also Recognized

Rising WNT star Hannah Haughn took home a nice piece of hardware beating out stiff competition to win ‘Female Rookie of the Year.’ Not only is she a strong UBC Thunderbird athlete, she's also a member of Canada's Senior Team, and Junior Team which will compete in the Junior World Cup in Germany in June, 2013.

Big Block represents a great opportunity to celebrate outstanding athletic and scholarly achievements. FHC is proud to be so well represented this year with a particularly impressive crop of dedicated student athletes. It’s inspiring to see such great support from the field hockey community in Canada at all levels, and the alumni involvement continues to serve as a great model for our up and coming athletes.

Field Hockey Canada media release