News for 11 April 2013

All the news for Thursday 11 April 2013


Koreans beat Black Sticks 4-3 in Whangarei



It was the fast paced contest the Black Sticks were expecting and it was a nail-biting finish with three goals in the second half from Charlotte Harrison, Sian Fremaux and Stacey Michelsen. 

“It is a disappointing result obviously. A pleasing last phase of play and a couple of good opportunities right at the end. But we gave away two soft goals, and you can’t do that against a side like Korea and expect to get the results,” says head coach Mark Hager.

The visitors probably had the biggest share of possession in the first half. It was Yoo Jin Hong who scored from a field goal in the 14th minute. The Black Sticks had a chance to equalise through a penalty corner just before the half time whistle, but it was cleared well by the Korean defence.

A disappointing start to the second half for the Black Sticks saw Koreans highest capped player Mi Hyun Park score a soft goal in the 36th minute.

Much to the crowd’s delight, the Kiwis returned to form when Pippa Hayward passed to Northland’s Stacey Michelsen who was waiting in the circle and local player Charlotte Harrison tapped it in.

The tempo of the game picked up dramatically in the fourth quarter. Korean’s Da Rae Kim scored twice and then Canterbury’s Sian Fremaux made it 4-2 when she received a pass in the middle of the circle and hit it low to the keeper’s left.  With five minutes left on the clock, the Black Sticks were awarded a penalty corner and it took multiple shots from various players before Michelsen made it count.

The Black Sticks did all they could to equalise in the last couple of minutes, but it was not to be and the Koreans took the first up win.

Although the conditions were perfect for the Black Sticks game, it was a drizzly overcast evening during the first half of the earlier Argentina vs USA match.

Both teams took a while before they hit their straps and it wasn’t until the 16th minute that 21 year-old Giselle Juarez scored a field goal for Argentina.

In the second half, Delfina Merino scored from a penalty corner variation early on and although USA worked hard to hold possession and come back into the game, Argentina’s defence was just too good. Throughout the rest of the half a string of penalty corners were awarded to Argentina, and eventually it was captain Macarena Rodriguez who converted in the 56th minute.

Tomorrow’s schedule will see Korea take on USA (5.30pm) and New Zealand will face Argentina (7.30pm). All games are being played in Whangarei this week, before teams head to Hamilton and Tauranga for the second tournament.

RESULTS

Argentina 3 (Giselle Juarez, Delfina Merino, Macarena Rodriguez) USA 0. HT: 1-0 to Argentina.

Korea 4 (Yoo Jin Hong, Mi Hyun Park, Da Rae Kim x2) Black Sticks 3 (Charlotte Harrison, Sian Fremaux, Stacey Michelsen) HT: 1-0

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks down 4-3 to Korea


Black Sticks player Pipa Hayward and Korean player Ji Seon Hong chase a loose pass outside the Korean circle in their match-up in Whangarei. Photo / Supplied

The Black Sticks went down 4-3 to Korea in a fast-paced match at the four-nations hockey tournament in Whangarei tonight.

Head coach Mark Hager was a disappointed man afterwards. "A pleasing last phase of play and a couple of good opportunities right at the end. But we gave away two soft goals, and you can't do that against a side like Korea and expect to get the results."

The visitors probably had the biggest share of possession in the first half. It was Yoo Jin Hong who scored from a field goal in the 14th minute. The Black Sticks had a chance to equalise through a penalty corner just before the half-time whistle, but it was cleared well by the Korean defence.

A disappointing start to the second half for the Black Sticks saw Korea's highest-capped player, Mi Hyun Park, score a soft goal in the 36th minute.

Much to the crowd's delight, the Kiwis returned to form when Pippa Hayward passed to Northland's Stacey Michelsen, who was waiting in the circle, and local player Charlotte Harrison tapped it in.

The tempo of the game picked up dramatically in the fourth quarter. Korean's Da Rae Kim scored twice and then Canterbury's Sian Fremaux made it 4-2 when she received a pass in the middle of the circle and hit it low to the keeper's left. With five minutes left on the clock, the Black Sticks were awarded a penalty corner and it took multiple shots from various players before Michelsen made it count.

The Black Sticks did all they could to equalise in the last couple of minutes, but it was not to be and the Koreans took the first-up win.

Although the conditions were perfect for the Black Sticks' game, it was a drizzly overcast evening during the first half of the earlier Argentina vs USA match.

Both teams took a while before they hit their straps and it wasn't until the 16th minute that 21-year-old Giselle Juarez scored a field goal for Argentina.

In the second half, Delfina Merino scored from a penalty-corner variation early on and although USA worked hard to hold possession and come back into the game, Argentina's defence was just too good.

Throughout the rest of the half, a string of penalty corners were awarded to Argentina, and eventually it was captain Macarena Rodriguez who converted in the 56th minute.

Tomorrow's schedule will see Korea take on USA (5.30pm) and New Zealand will face Argentina (7.30pm). All games are being played in Whangarei.

The New Zealand Herald



Korea holds too many guns for Black Sticks


ON THE BALL: Black Sticks forward Gemma Flynn holds the ball against Korean pressure during New Zealand's first match at the Four Nations tournament in Whangarei. Photosport

The women's Black Sticks lost their opening match of the Four Nations tournament in Whangarei last night, beaten by Korea 4-3.

New Zealand were 0-2 early on and the visitors had the lion's share of possession in the first half as Mark Hager's new-look side got off to a sluggish start.

Yoo Jin Hong scored from a field goal in the first 10 minutes and while the Black Sticks had a chance to equalise through a penalty corner just before half time, it was cleared by the Korean defence.

Hager said the result is a disappointment.

"[We had a] pleasing last phase of play and a couple of good opportunities right at the end, but we gave away two soft goals, and you can't do that against a side like Korea and expect to get results," he said.

A poor start to the second half by the Black Sticks saw Korea's highest-capped player Mi Hyun Park score a soft goal just two minutes into the restart.

The Kiwis finally returned fire when Pippa Hayward passed to Stacey Michelsen who was waiting in the circle and Charlotte Harrison tapped in, but as the tempo of the game picked up, Korean's Da Rae Kim made the most of it scoring two goals and taking the score to 4-1.

Canterbury's Sian Fremaux made it 4-2 when she received a pass in the middle of the circle and hit it low to the keeper's left.

With five minutes left on the clock, the Black Sticks were awarded a penalty corner, and after multiple shots from various players Michelsen scored.

Although the conditions were perfect for the Black Sticks game, it was a drizzly overcast evening during the first half of the earlier match between Argentina and the USA.

Both teams took a while before they hit their straps and it wasn't until the 16th minute that 21 year-old Giselle Juarez scored a field goal for Argentina.

After a goalmouth scramble, Argentina was close to having a second on the board, but it was just cleared by a defender.

In the second half, Delfina Merino scored from a penalty corner variation early and although USA worked hard to hold possession and come back into the game, Argentina's defence was just too good.

Throughout the rest of the half a string of penalty corners were awarded to Argentina, and eventually it was captain Macarena Rodriguez who converted and made it count in the 56th minute.

RESULTS Argentina 3 (Giselle Juarez, Delfina Merino, Macarena Rodriguez) USA 0. HT: 1-0 to Argentina.

Korea 4 (Yoo Jin Hong, Mi Hyun Park, Da Rae Kim x2) Black Sticks 3 (Charlotte Harrison, Sian Fremaux, Stacey Michelsen) HT: 1-0

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U.S. falls to No. 2 world ranked Argentina in Four Nations tournament opener

Five collegiate athletes make debut with Team USA in opening match of Four Nations


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Five collegiate athletes made their debut with Team USA in the opening match of the Four Nations tournament in Whangarei, New Zealand last night against No. 2 world ranked Argentina. While a 3-0 loss is not the same result the U.S. recorded against Argentina at the London Games last summer or at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, the young squad had moments of fierce pressure and ball control and gained invaluable experience from playing one of the world’s best hockey teams. For five new members of Team USA, April 10 is a day where aspirations met reality. The memory of first stepping onto the pitch and representing the U.S. will be forever bookmarked even after Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, Del.), Maxine Fluharty (Millsboro, Del.), Nikki Parsley (Milford, Del.), Amanda Fleischut (Doylestown, Pa.) and Emma Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) begin collecting a lengthy list of national team accolades in the coming years.

“Today was the the start of this tour and the start of a journey for many young players,” said head coach Craig Parnham. “To expose these young players to this level of competition is invaluable. Undoubtedly players will learn a lot from this game as well as this tournament. We look forward to a strong performance against Korea tomorrow.”

“I thought everyone today did a great job at stepping up in their respective roles,” said U.S. captain Lauren Crandall. “We have a younger team here as well as a newer system so it was important for us to find a rhythm and get everyone involved. We suffered a few breakdowns which we paid for as we expected playing against a top team like Argentina. It is important for us to continue to make strides each game in order to get desired results.”

Even with a young squad that features thirteen players with less than 10 career caps, the first half was evenly matched with opportunities for both sides. A field goal in the 16th minute by Argentina put the U.S. down by one at the end of the first half.

The U.S. conceded a quick goal early in the opening minute of the second half when an Argentinian player rebounded a penalty corner drag flick off of U.S. goalkeeper Jackie Kintzer’s pads and sent the ball into the net. Argentina felt comfortable with a 2-0 at the 36 minute mark. The third and final goal for Argentina came in the 56th minute from Macarena Rodriguez. The penalty corner goal was scored with a direct shot from the top of the circle.

The U.S. created several opportunities near the end of the match but unfortunately were unable to convert those opportunities into penalty corners or goals.

Team USA will face Korea on April 11 in the second match of the Four Nations Tournament at 5:30 p.m. local time (1:30 a.m. ET). Korea defeated the host nation New Zealand, 4-3, in their tournament opener last night. Hockey New Zealand will provide live coverage of the U.S. matches on April 13, 14, 20 and 21. For more information, visit usafieldhockey.com.

USFHA media release



Milne names 2013-14 U.S. Junior Indoor Squads

The newly selected squad features nineteen returners and thirteen new members


U.S. Junior Women’s Indoor coach Rennie Milne today announced the 2013-14 Under-19 and U-16 U.S. Junior Indoor Squads.

Over 160 athletes attended the try-out on Saturday, March 16 in Pottstown, Pa. for the opportunity to be named to the U.S. Junior Indoor Squad. Selected athletes will train year round to develop their indoor skills and tactical knowledge of international indoor hockey. Selected athletes will also have the chance to vie for a spot on the 2013 U-19 Indoor Pan American Championship roster.

“I would like to thank all the athletes and selectors for their participation and support of the 2013-14 U.S. Junior Indoor Team try-out,” said Milne. “We have selected a young and talented group of athletes this year and I am looking forward to working with the group to represent the U.S. on an international stage.”

The following athletes have been named to the 2013-2014 U-19 U.S. Junior Indoor Team: Madeleine Bacskai (Berwyn, PA), Marissa Balleza (Severna Park, MD), Emily Braunewell (Ambler, PA), Brittany Dickinson (Collegeville, PA), Maeve Doherty (Millersville, MD), Megan Duvernois (Collegeville, PA), Selena Garzio (McAdoo, PA), Cassidy Goodwin (Hayes, VA), Caroline Hanks (Niskayuna, NY), Elizabeth Mata (Severna Park, MD), Lauren Moyer (York, PA), Christen Piersanti (Bridgewater, NJ), Meredith Sholder (Fleetwood, PA), Cassie Sumfest (Lewisburg, PA), Julianna Tornetta (Plymouth Meeting, PA), Charlotte Vaziri (New Albany, OH), Angela Virtu (Blue Bell, PA), Lindsay von der Luft (Wilmington, DE), Rebecca Zamojcin (Phoenixville, PA)

The following athletes have been named to the 2013-2014 U-16 U.S. Junior Indoor Team: Shae Cabaddu (Downingtown, PA), Mayv Clune (Quakertown, PA), Lindsay Dickinson (Glen Mills, PA), Allison Goodwin (Hayes, VA), Olivia Hoover (Collegeville, PA), Chloe Johnson, (Phoenixville, PA), Shannon Lackey (Fleetwood, PA), Margot Lawn (Pasadena, MD), Kacie Patton (Allentown, PA), Abigail Pitcairn (Aspinwall, PA), Sammy Popper (Blue Bell, PA), Elizabeth Romano (New Vernon, NJ), Ava Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, PA)

USFHA media release

 



Scotland begin World League preparations against Belgium


Iain Scholefield vs. South Africa

Scotland Senior Men begin their preparations for the forthcoming FIH World League Round 2 competition in May with two international matches against Belgium in Waterloo on 20-21 April.

Commenting on the squad’s aspirations for the matches against Belgium, Scotland Team Manager Eugene Connolly said, “Expectations are mixed, Belgium are a good team and were in the Olympics last year, though they will be missing some top players. But we have not been together since Portugal last year so are at an early stage of our development as a team and squad. It will be difficult and when we last met them last in 2011, we drew one and lost two to them.”

However, these are ideal preparations for the squad’s participation in the FIH World League Round 2, particularly as Scotland will come up against testing opposition when the tournament gets underway in Paris on 6 May.

“Belgium are in our World League competition and so these are exactly the sort of games we need to prepare ourselves for Paris”, said Connolly. “They are seeded one so we can measure ourselves against the best players and teams on view.

“The players will love the next five weeks as they are meeting top teams such as Belgium and England, as well as a high quality tournament in Paris with good opposition and a chance to do well against them, so they will be looking forward to it.”

Western Wildcats Goalkeeper Gavin Sommerville and Surbiton’s Nick Parkes are two new faces in the squad to face the Belgians;

“Gavin was with the squad in South Africa in 2006 and is returning to the Scotland set-up. He has been the best goalkeeper in the Aberdeen Asset Management National League this year so it is good to see him return”, said Connolly.

“Nick has played at junior levels and is currently playing in the English Premier League. This is a continuation of his development.”

Scotland Men: Gavin Sommerville, Ian Moodie (both Western Wildcats), Alan Dick (Holcolme), William Marshall, Gareth Hall, Alan Forsyth, Michael Bremner (all Glynhill Hotel Kelburne), Ross Stott, Gavin Byers (both Grove Menzieshill), Chris Grassick, Nick Parkes (both Surbiton), Dan Coultas (Cannock), Niall Stott (East Grinstead), Cammy Fraser (Grange), Gordon McIntyre (Beeston), Iain Scholefield (Qui Vive), Wei Adams (Royal Penguins), Callum Duke (Edinburgh University).

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Announcing The Men’s National Team World League 2 Roster

The road to World Cup qualification starts in May

Connor Meakin




Field Hockey Canada is pleased to announce the Men’s National Team roster for the World League Round Two (WL2) in France. WL2 is the new structure for Olympic and World Cup qualification respectively, so the tournament is of utmost importance.

The boys are coming off a demanding training block under head coach Anthony Farry, and are eager to return to international competition. Coach Farry looks to hone in on a few specifics during the tournament:

“Our aim for this tour is to continue to refine our playing style and focus more on the team structure. We continually work on our concepts during training but testing that against top international competition is where we want to be and this what we're looking forward too.

He’s also curious to see the teams progress against top teams:

“This is a great challenge as you always want quality games and it will give us a real insight as to where we are sitting right now, what's working well and what needs adjusting.Our excitement to be competing again is obvious and we can't wait to get back out there!”

Selections were tough as usual – as you’ll see below, coach Farry opted for a blend of emerging talent and established veterans. Coach Farry made seven roster changes from the teams last competition and sees this as a positive:

“We believe this a great sign of the depth we are starting to build. There are quite a few guys who can count themselves unlucky not to make this team that will no doubt push for selection for the Pan Am Cup and WL3 should we qualify."

Team Canada

Adam Froese – BC
Antoni Kindler – BC
Ben Martin – BC
David Carter – BC
David Jameson – BC
Gordon Johnston – BC
Iain Smythe – BC
Jesse Watson – BC
Keegan Pereira – ONT
Mark Pearson – BC
Matthew Bissett – BC
Matthew Guest – BC
Matthew Sarmento – BC
Philip Wright – BC
Richard Hildreth – BC
Scott Tupper – BC
Steve Bissett* – BC
Taylor Curran – BC

* Subject to medical clearance

Non-Traveling Reserves


Gabe Ho-Garcia – BC
Hudson Stewart – BC
Jagdish Gill – ONT
John Smythe – BC
Kevin Pereira – ONT
Nick Hignell – ONT

Only Two Advance to Round Three

Hosted at the beautiful Saint Germain Hockey Club just outside Paris, Canada enters as the second highest ranked team by FIH standards at 14. They’re joined by Belgium, France, Poland, Portugal, and Scotland.

Each team provides unique challenges –  Belgium in particular promises to be an exciting way to test the teams recent progress in training.

Team Canada kicks off competition on May 6 in a matinee game versus Scotland. You can see the full schedule here.

With the 2014 World Cup in their sights, the MNT needs a top two finish in order to qualify for World League 3 (WL3) in Rotterdam the following month.

Embracing The Challenge

Team Canada departs from Vancouver’s YVR airport on April 30, giving them four days to acclimate to both the climate and nine hour time difference in France.

Dawning to Captain’s band is defensive stalwart Scott Tupper. Scott is excited about the evolving internal competition at training, saying:

“We've had good competition within our squad for selection which makes the training environment better. With some players returning from injury or re-earning their roster spot, as well as Matt Sarmento earning his first selection, I expect us to build on certain aspects of our game we've been working on.”

At the other end of the spectrum sits newcomer Matthew Sarmento who will earn his first cap in France. He’s a proven goalscorer at the U-21 level, and is eager to contribute at the Senior level:

“I’m beyond excited and I can't wait to get out there for my first international game, that being said, I can’t let that overshadow our goal as a team. We need a top two finish, and that is what we’re going to do.”

World League – A New Format

The World League is divided into four rounds taking place through two-year cycles. The league serves as qualification for the World Cup and Olympics, depending on the cycle.

Teams ranked 1-8 in FIH world rankings receive a bye directly to the third round, while teams  ranked 9-16 (Canada included) receive a bye to round 2 (WL2).

For your interest, there are three other WL2 tournaments in Rio de Janeiro, New Delhi, and Elektrostal. All WL2 tournaments carry a round robin format, with the top two teams qualifying for the next round: WL3.

WL3 serves as the semi-finals of World League. There are two WL3 tournaments (Holland and Malaysia) consisting of eight teams each. From there, eight teams qualify to compete in the World League Finals.

The top six teams from the World League Finals then qualify for next summer’s World Cup.

Field Hockey Canada media release



Men's IHL Round 2/3 Preview



This weekend welcomes the first ‘double header' of this year's IHL competition and after some interesting results in round one, rounds two and three are potential ‘do or die' fixtures for some teams. For others they will be hoping to build on maximum points in round one.

IHL ROUND 2 - 13/4/13 MEN

Host: Banbridge

Fixtures:


13:30 Cookstown v Annadale (A)
15:30 Instonians v Monkstown (A)
17:30 Banbridge v Cork CoI (B)

On Saturday, hosts Banbridge welcome visitors Cookstown, Annadale, Instonians, Monkstown and Cork Church of Ireland to Havelock Park. The first game sees Cookstown take on Annadale. The Reds had the perfect start to their IHL campaign with a resounding 6-1 win over Cork Harlequins with Simon Todd making his IHL debut after joining Cookstown from Mossley this season. Annadale suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to Instonians in round one so will looking to add to their losing bonus point. In the Ulster league this year the sides drew in Cookstown and in the return fixture Cookstown ran out 3-1 winners.

At 15.30 Instonians take on Monkstown. ‘Town had a somewhat surprisingly comfortable 6-1 victory over Pembroke last weekend and will hope to continue their rich vein of form. Instonians aim for two from two after their win over Annadale in round one.

The final game sees hosts Banbridge take on Cork CoI. Both sides gained maximum points from round one, Banbridge beating Lisnagarvey 3-2 and CoI running out 4-1 winners over Glenanne, so it's all to play for in Havelock Park.

Host: YMCA

Fixtures:


13:30 Glenanne v YMCA (B)
15:30 Railway Union v Lisnagarvey (B)
17:30 Pembroke v Cork Harlequins (A)

Also on Saturday, hosts YMCA welcome Glenanne, Railway, ‘Garvey, Pembroke and Cork Harlequins to Milltown. The first game sees YM take on Glenanne, YM hoping to build on last week's win over Railway, whereas the Glens will be looking for their first points of the campaign after defeat to Harlequins in round one.

At 15.30 Railway Union take on Lisnagarvey. This is the first time these two sides have met in the IHL, and both will be hoping for their first win of this year's campaign following defeats last week.

The final game in Milltown sees Pembroke play Cork Harlequins. After their heavy defeat to Cookstown last week, Harlequins are carrying a couple of injuries so will have their work cut out against the current Leinster League Champions. Pembroke lost in similar fashion to Monkstown in round one so will no doubt be looking to bounce back in style.

IHL ROUND 3 - 14/4/13

Hosts: Lisnagarvey

Fixtures:


13:30 Lisnagarvey v Cork CoI (B)
15:30 Annadale v Pembroke (A)
17:30 Cookstown v Instonians (A)

Round 3 of the campaign comes less than 24 hours after round 2, so these games will be a test of fitness after such a quick turnaround. CoI travel from Banbridge to Comber Road, where they take on hosts Lisnagarvey in the first game of the day. The game will be the third over the five seasons of the IHL that these two sides have met. Garvey just hold the advantage with two wins out of the three meetings, and their only home game could hold the key to qualification for the later stages.

At 15.30 Annadale take on Pembroke. ‘Broke take on Harlequins in Dublin in the late game on Saturday evening so may find it tough travelling north after such quick turnaround. Annadale have less travelling to do so will hope this holds them in good stead. ‘Dale lost to Pembroke in the Irish Senior Cup earlier in the season but the coaching team present a very different team this time around, one with more experience and knowledge of how to play against quality opposition.

At 17.30 Cookstown play Instonians in the final game of the day. ‘Town will be without the services of influential player Keith Black, who sustained a knee injury against Harlequins last weekend.

Hosts: Monkstown

Fixtures:


13:30 Monkstown v Cork Harlequins (A)
15:30 YMCA v Banbridge (B)
17:30 Glenanne v Railway Union (B)

Visitors Cork Harlequins take on hosts Monkstown in the opening game in Rathdown, and with ‘quins aging side and injury list they may find it difficult against a high flying Monkstown squad.

Next up sees YMCA take on Banbridge. Both sides enjoyed home advantage in round 2 but YMCA's shorter travelling distance may see them enter the game as slight favourites.

The final game of a scintillating weekend sees Glenanne take on Railway Union. Both sides lost their opening fixtures of the IHL campaign so will be hoping to travel back home with maximum points.

Irish Hockey Association media release



Electric Ireland Women's IHL Round 2/3 Preview



This weekend welcomes the first ‘double header' of this year's IHL competition and after some interesting results in round one, rounds two and three are potential ‘do or die' fixtures for some teams. For others they will be hoping to build on maximum points in round one.

IHL ROUND 2 - 13/4/13 WOMEN

Hosts: Railway Union

Fixtures:

14:30 Railway Union v Catholic Institute (A)
16:30 UCD v Old Alex (B)

Railway Union welcome Catholic Institute, UCD and Old Alex to Sandymount on Saturday for round two of the Electric Ireland Women's IHL campaign. The first game sees hosts Railway take on Catholic Institute at 14.30. Institute recorded a comfortable 2-0 win against Ulster Elks in round one so will be hoping to build on that result. Railway on the other hand lost to an impressive Loreto side in their opening fixture so will want to bounce back and record their first points of the competition.

Like Railway, UCD lost their opening fixture with a surprising 2-1 defeat to Ards. Despite carrying a number of injuries they will be disappointed with the result and will hope to get back to winning ways. They face an Old Alex side also smarting from an opening round loss to Ballymoney. They welcome back coach and proud father Miles Warren after his absence last week due to the birth of his son. He will have a strong squad to choose from with the return of Alex College schoolgirls following their Easter Trip to South Africa.

Hosts: Lurgan

Fixtures:

14:30 Ulster Elks v Pegasus (A)
16:30 Ballymoney v Lurgan (B)

Ulster Elks take on Pegasus on Saturday in the opening fixture in Lurgan. The Elks will be hoping to get some points on the board, whilst Pegasus will be brimming with confidence after their opening round demolition of Hermes. The two sides met weeks ago in the league, with Pegasus coming out 2-0 victors. The Elks had chances in that game, and will be hoping to take any opportunities that come their way on Saturday.

At 16.30 Ballymoney play hosts Lurgan. The two sides met in last year's IHL, with ‘money recording a convincing 5-0 win. Since that however they have drawn in the league this year, so the hosts will be hoping for another positive step. Ballymoney will be looking to add to their tally after their victory over Old Alex in the opening round.

Hosts: Hermes

Fixtures:

14:30 Cork Harlequins v Ards (B)
16:30 Hermes v Loreto (A)

The opening games in St Andrews sees Cork Harlequins take on Ards. Both teams recorded 2-1 opening round victories over Lurgan and UCD respectively, so will go in the game full of confidence. Quins will be looking to their trio of Cliodhna Sargent, Yvonne O'Byrne and Rachel McSharry to again step-up on the national stage this weekend, but face an Ards team against whom they have had a number of tight games against in recent seasons.

Hosts Hermes take on Loreto at 16.30 in game which Hermes know they must get maximum points from if they have any hope of progressing to the latter stages of the IHL. Loreto welcome back Sarah Clarke and Nikki Symmons into their squad. They also welcome the return of Keegan and McKean who have been carrying injuries of late. Loreto and Hermes have met twice so far this season in Leinster League matches, one ending in a draw and Loreto winning 2-0 in the second.

IHL ROUND 3 - 14/4/13 WOMEN

Hosts: UCD

Fixtures:

14:00 UCD v Cork Harlequins (B)
16:00 Hermes v Ulster Elks (A)

Hosts UCD play Cork Harlequins at 14.00 in Belfield hoping to gain maximum points with the aide of home advantage. The Belfield venue hasn't been kind to the Quins Ladies in the last number of years but they will be hoping to rise to the occasion like their men's side did in last year's Irish Senior Cup.

Hermes take on Ulster Elks at 16.00, and with Elks making the journey from Belfast Hermes will want to take advantage of their considerably shorter travel time. It will be a tough game for the Jordanstown side, who be hope to find Susie Kells in fine form between the posts.

Hosts: Ards

Fixtures:

14:00 Pegasus v Railway (A)
16:00 Ballymoney v Ards (B)

The opening game in Newtownards sees Pegasus take on Railway. The two sides have met on many occasions in the past number of years and the games are always tight affairs. Both have quality amongst their ranks and the game promises to provide lots of action.

At 16.00 Ballymoney take on hosts Ards. Both sides recorded opening round victories so will want to continue their winning form.

Hosts: Old Alex

Fixtures:

14:00 Loreto v Catholic Institute (A)
16:00 Old Alex v Lurgan (B)

Milltown is once again the host venue for the IHL, this time on the women's side as Old Alex welcome Loreto, Catholic Institute and Lurgan. At 14.00 Loreto play Institute in Pool A. The Dublin side will have a score to settle with Institute, who got the better of them the last time they met in the IHL two seasons ago.

The final game of the weekend sees hosts Alex take on Lurgan. Both sides lost in the opening round of the campaign and Alex will want to use their home advantage to get the better of the Ulster side. The teams have not met in recent years so both go into the game with little knowledge of strengths of weaknesses. It promises to be an entertaining fixture.

Irish Hockey Association media release



Pakistan drawn with tough Malaysian side in Asia Cup


Pakistan will face tough resistance from a rising Malaysian hockey team as the two outfits have been placed in Pool ‘A’ along with minnows Japan and Chinese Taipei in the 9th Men’s Asia Cup Hockey Tournament, which will run from August 24 to September 1 this year in Ipoh, Malaysia.

Although Pakistan is the top ranked Asian team, No 5, in the world standings, it has recently fallen way off the performance charts, their latest disaster coming at the six-nation Azlan Shah Cup where they finished rock-bottom.

On the other hand, lowly-ranked Malaysia, the world No 13, put on a brilliant show and narrowly lost the final to world No 2 Australia in the same event.

While Pakistan is likely to enjoy a relatively comfortable outing against Japan and Chinese Taipei, the out-of-form Greenshirts would not want to put anything to chance.

Meanwhile, Pool ‘B’ will see Korea, India, Oman and Bangladesh fight it out for a top spot.

The schedule of the matches will be released by Asian Hockey Federation after approval from International Hockey Federation.

Dawn

 



Pakistan placed in pool A of Asia Cup Hockey

LAHORE - Pakistan hockey team will participate in the 9th Men's Asia Cup Hockey Tournament being played from August 24 in Ipoh, Malaysia. Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) spokesman said here on Wednesday that with the approval of International Hockey Federation (FIH), the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) has released two pools of the event. “Pool A consists of Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan and Chinese-Taipei while pool B comprises Korea, India, Oman and Bangladesh. Schedule of the matches will be released later on after the approval of the FIH.” Pakistan and Korea won the title three times each while India became winner for two times. Korea clinched the 8th Asia Cup while Pakistan remained runners-up.

The Nation



Great Barrier Reef Masters Games 8-11 August 2013


Hockey will be one of the sports at the inaugural Great Barrier Reef Masters Games to be held from 8 – 11 August 2013 at one of Australia’s most popular holiday and vacation destinations in Cairns, North Queensland.

More than 2,000 masters-aged men and women from Australia, Oceania and South East Asia are expected to converge on stunning Tropical North Queensland to take part in this history-making event.

Presented by the team behind the Gold Coast’s biennial Pan Pacific Masters Games using the same blend of sports and entertainment programs, this exciting new event will see participants compete in 19 individual and team sports across four massive days of masters competition.

The biennial event will be a celebration of master’s sport with both fierce and friendly competition as participants compete in their own age group with no qualifying standards to enter. The only criterion for entry is a minimum age for each sport, which for the majority is 30 years of age.

Cairns offers competitors the perfect combination of stunning diverse natural beauty and extensive sporting infrastructure such as award-winning venues, comprehensive facilities and professional support services.

Cairns is located near two World Heritage areas, the iconic Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s Wet Tropics Rainforests, providing participants the unique opportunity to incorporate adventure and discovery during their sporting holiday.

Hockey Australia media release



Kelvinder thrilled to land job as police inspector

By AFTAR SINGH



KLHC regulars: Kelvinder Singh (left) and brother Harvinder Singh.

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) midfielder Kelvinder Singh is thrilled to bits after landing a job as a police inspector.

The 28-year-old, who was downcast after being dropped from the national hockey team last year, will undergo a nine-month training at Pusat Latihan Polis (Pulapol) here in June.

“I was frustrated when I was left out of the national team because hockey is in my blood,” said Kelvinder, who obtained a degree in Sports Science from Universiti Malaya last year.

“I want to thank my mother (Narenjit Kaur) for her sacrifices in bringing up my younger brother (Harvinder Singh) and me after my father (Makbul Singh) died in a road accident 14 years ago.

“I’m honoured to be able to serve the country as a police officer. I’ll continue playing hockey for KLHC – and the country if given a chance.”

Kelvinder, who has donned national colours 120 times since 2006, and Harvinder have featured for KLHC in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) since 2008 . They led the club to both the league and overall titles in the last two seasons.

KLHC lead the seven-team Premier Division standings with 16 points from five wins and a draw and Kelvinder believes they can continue to dominate the MHL by winning their remaining six matches in the second round, which starts tomorrow.

KLHC will take on Sapura tomorrow and debutants Terengganu on Sunday. Last week, KLHC edged Sapura 3-2 in Kuantan and whipped Terengganu 5-0.

“We have to be wary of Sapura ... they gave us some anxious moments last week,” said Kelvinder.

The Star of Malaysia