News for 16 April 2013

All the news for Tuesday 16 April 2013


Sian Fremaux scoops top goal scorer trophy


Pictured: Sian Fremaux awarded top goal scorer by Grant McLeod (www.photosport.co.nz)

Black Sticks forward Sian Fremaux won top goal scorer for the first Four Nations tournament in Whangarei.

The 20-year-old Cantabrian scored four goals during the tournament, including a double in the final against Korea which New Zealand won 3-0.

Charlotte Harrison and Katie Glynn were the next behind Fremaux on the table with both players scoring two goals for New Zealand.

The second Four Nations tournament will be played in Hamilton on Wednesday and Thursday before heading to Tauranga on Saturday and Sunday.

First Four Nations Top Goal Scorers

Name, Team, Goals

Sian Fremaux, New Zealand, 4
Da Rae Kim, Korea, 3
Delfina Merino, Argentina, 3
Charlotte Harrison, New Zealand, 2
Mi Hyun Park, Korea, 2
Giselle Juarez, Argentina, 2
Katie Glynn, New Zealand, 2

CLICK HERE to view Sian Fremaux’s full player profile

CLICK HERE to watch last weekend’s Four Nations games on demand

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Australian Under 21 JWC Training Squads Announced

Following the completion of the Be The Influence U21 Women’s and Men’s National Championships, Hockey Australia has announced the U21 squads selected in preparation for the 2013 Women’s and Men’s Junior World Cups.

Jillaroos

Showcasing the exceptional talent available to women’s National Junior Coach Craig Victory, seven Hockeyroos have been selected for the U21 women’s squad, the Jillaroos; Jane Claxton, Anna Flanagan, Jordyn Holzberger, Karri McMahon, Georgia Nanscawen, Emily Smith and Jade Warrender have all been part of the senior squad this year. Incredibly, Flanagan, Holzberger, Nanscawen, Smith and Warrender have already amassed 270 international appearances for the Hockeyroos.

Queensland, winners of the Be The Influence U21 Women’s National Championships, is represented by five athletes while eight of the squad hail from New South Wales, runners up to Queensland in Saturday’s thrilling National Championships final.

Of the 25 athletes selected, 14 were members of the squad that won gold at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January, including top scorer Madison Fitzpatrick, who found the target five times in Sydney.

Announcing his squad, Victory said: “The standard of competition at this year’s Be The Influence National Championships was extremely high.  The hotly contested final was very exciting to watch and we saw lots of improvements in the areas we’d hoped to. We’ve undertaken a very thorough selection process in getting to this group of athletes and while I know that lots of good players have missed out it was great to see some very talented 16 and 17 year olds on show as well as those selected for the Junior World Cup squad. It shows us that the future is bright.”

The Jillaroos qualified for the Junior World Cup by winning the Oceania Continental Federation Championship in March where they beat New Zealand in three matches. The Women’s Junior World Cup takes place in Monchengladbach, Germany, from 27 July until 4 August.

Burras

Included in the U21 men’s squad, the Burras, are eight of the Queensland team that took the National Championship title at the weekend. Also included are New South Wales’ Blake Govers, brother of Kookaburras Olympic medal winning striker Kieran, and goalkeeper Andrew Butturini, brother of London Olympian Kookaburra Matthew. 

Hoping to continue where they left off after January’s Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) are the Burras’ three most potent goal threats from that tournament. Jack Elliot (NSW) found the net seven times in Sydney as Australia took the gold medal while Cameron Joyce (SA) and Will Gilmour (VIC) each netted four. In all, ten members of the AYOF squad have been selected.

As he announced the squad, men’s National Junior Coach Paul Gaudoin said, “Making this decision has been a very difficult process for the selectors and a number of players have been unlucky to miss out. The selection gives us a balanced squad as we look towards the Junior World Cup. The U21 National Championships were the final part of the process and the players needed to play well on top of the activity they’ve previously undertaken.”

In March, the Burras secured their place at the Junior World Cup by defeating New Zealand 4-2 in the final of the Oceania Continental Federation Championship. Earlier in the tournament, Australia ran out 28-0 winners over hockey minnows Vanuatu. The Men’s Junior World Cup takes place in Delhi, India, from 6-15 December. The 26-man training squad will be reduced to a final group of 18 athletes following the AHL at the end of September.

Explaining the support that Australia’s young athletes receive, Tricia Heberle, Hockey Australia High Performance Director, said: “Hockey Australia’s high performance priorities remain international success and sustainable international success.  With the launch of the new national high performance strategy ‘Australia’s Winning Edge 2012 – 2022’, it is even more imperative that we balance the support and performance of our current national teams with that of investment into the next generation of international representatives .

“While the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras are our flagship teams on a global stage, over the last three years Hockey Australia has invested significantly in establishing a more comprehensive and integrated approach to talent identification. Both junior programs now have full time national junior coaches who lead and provide oversight of junior athlete development, talent identification and the dissemination of national direction to state coaches. 

“Athletes are also supported with regular quality training through the State Institute and Academy of Sport National Training Centres and competition activity, including overseas touring and tournament experiences. The partnerships that Hockey Australia has with the SIS/SAS network continue to be invaluable in providing quality coaching and services to our young athletes. 

“A key responsibility of the network is to prepare young talent to progress and make the transition to a higher level. Many of the athletes who have been selected in our Junior World Cup squads epitomise the crucial role that network coaches play in driving this objective.”

Australia U21 Women’s Training Squad for Junior World Cup
Women’s Junior World Cup, 27 July – 4 August, Monchengladbach, Germany
(Listed alphabetically by surname)

Murphy Allendorf (Queensland)
Jocelyn Bartram (GK) (New South Wales)
Lily Brazel (New South Wales)
Mathilda Carmichael (New South Wales)
Jane Claxton (South Australia)
Jacqui Day (Queensland)
Elizabeth Duguid (GK) (Northern Territory)
Madison Fitzpatrick (Queensland)
Anna Flanagan (Australian Capital Territory)
Kate Gilmore (Australian Capital Territory)
Emily Grist (South Australia)
Jordyn Holzberger (Queensland)
Nina Khoury (New South Wales)
Karri McMahon (South Australia)
Georgina Morgan (New South Wales)
Georgia Nanscawen (Victoria)
Hayley Padget (Victoria)
Brooke Peris (Northern Territory)
Kathryn Slattery (Western Australia)
Audrey Smith (GK) (Queensland)
Emily Smith (New South Wales)
Amelia Spence (Tasmania)
Jade Warrender (New South Wales)
Leah Welstead (South Australia)
Mariah Williams (New South Wales)

Australia U21 Women’s Junior World Cup Program
30 April – 4 May: Four Match Test Series v Hockeyroos (Perth)
25 June: Final squad selection for JWC
17 July – 6 August: European Tour (JWC warm-up matches v Germany, Korea & Netherlands) (Monchengladbach, Germany)
27 July – 4 August: Junior World Cup (Monchengladbach, Germany)

Australia U21 Men’s Training Squad for Junior World Cup
Men’s Junior World Cup, 6-15 December, Delhi, India
(Listed alphabetically by surname)

Daniel Beale (Queensland)
Robert Bell (Queensland)
Simon Borger (Queensland)
Andrew Butturini (GK) (Queensland)
Ed Chittleborough (GK) (South Australia)
Tyler Cowley (Victoria)
Tom Craig (New South Wales)
Matthew Dawson (New South Wales)
Justin Douglas (Queensland)
Jack Elliott (New South Wales)
Will Gilmour (Victoria)
Blake Govers (New South Wales)
Casey Hammond (Victoria)
Jeremy Hayward (Northern Territory)
Cameron Joyce (South Australia)
Aaron Kershaw (New South Wales)
Matthew Lim (Western Australia)
Adam Luck (GK) (Northern Territory)
Luke Noblett (New South Wales)
Flynn Ogilvie (New South Wales)
Matthew Pembroke (Queensland)
Kane Posselt (Queensland)
Jayshaan Randhawa (Victoria)
Daniel Robertson (Western Australia)
Byron Walton (Victoria)
Dylan Wotherspoon (Queensland)

Australia U21 Men’s Junior World Cup Program
5-10 May: Training Camp (Canberra)
1-14 June: European Tour (Matches v Germany & Netherlands)
16-26 July: Training Camp (Perth)
23-30 August: Training Camp (Queensland)
w/c 7 October: Final squad selection for JWC
5-25 November: Training Camp (Perth)
5-16 December: Junior World Cup (Delhi, India)

The in-depth program of activity leading up to the Junior World Cup is made possible by the financial support of Hockey Australia’s partners and in particular the generous support of the Australian Junior Commonwealth Games Squad Program (AJCGS) via the Australian Commonwealth Games Association.

The AJCGS program is designed to;

 

  • Assist junior athletes to gain international competition experience, so that they understand the conditions and environment that they will face as seniors.
  • To assist those junior athletes who have the potential to be selected in future Australian Commonwealth Games teams.
  • While Glasgow is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast, where recently both Australian Junior teams successfully qualified for the Junior World Cups. With continued hard work, it is anticipated that many of these talented young athletes will represent Australia in 2018.


Hockey Australia media release



Ghana hockey prepares for World Cup in Germany

The Ghana Hockey Association (GHA) has asked institutions holding on to players of the national under-21 female team to release them as the team prepares for the World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany, from July 27 to August 4.

At the moment the team is operating at half capacity with a handful of players most of whom are based in Accra.

Coach Eddie Odametten, has been restless trekking to the various institutions including the universities, and the police service who have a chunk of the ladies.

The Police service has six of them, all key to the success of the club and were indeed, the main architects who qualified the team in South Africa recently.

They are skipper Nefisatu Umaru, Serwah Boakye, Martha Safoa, Cecilia Amoako, Esther Ofori and Evelyn Fiadoh.

Also expected to join the skeletal squad are Ernestina Cofie (Sunyani), Susan Danquah (Kumasi with Ghana Fire Service), goalkeeper Bridget Azumah (Wiineba College), Philippa Seddoh (writing exams), Janet Adampa (University of Ghana, Legon), Elizabeth Opoku (Legon) and Abigail Owusu Bonnah (Ghana Fire Service).

Currently those in non-residential camping are defender Linda Effah, Theresah Mills, Gloria Darku, Cynthia Fio, Joana Adjei, Florence Ghunney, Benedicta Adjei and Emelia Fosua.

The Ghanaian ladies are making their appearance at the world stage for the first time and are expected to make a great impact following stellar performances during the qualifiers in South Africa.

GhanaWeb



Ghana 3-Year hockey plan to target children of working class


Hockey chiefs have agreed at a stakeholders meeting last Saturday to redesign the sport to meet a specific target group in a new three-year development plan.

The new plan, which is a modification of the last four-year plan, is to initiate a deliberate policy to sell the game to targeted children of the working class while a concurrent programme is designed to ‘pull the others along’.

The plan, which yet to be firmed up, is not to abandon’s its already running programme of taking the game to deprived communities, but to ensure that children whose parents can afford the equipment are encouraged.

The high cost of hockey equipment is draining the coffers of the Ghana Hockey Association (GHA), and following the government’s limited resources to support the game, it has been compelled to embark on ‘the selective programme’.

The lively brainstorming section led by one of Ghana’s marketing chiefs, Kwame Essah, reviewed the last four-year plan, and the need to modify it.

The event, held at the National Hockey Stadium, brought together experts from all fields whose input is to be factored into the final draft to make the association self-sufficient.

The meeting agreed to use its strong human resource base which include bankers, lawyers, coaches, administrators, lectures, journalists and marketers to consolidate the gains made so far and design programmes to use the hockey stadium to generate funds to support the activities of the association.

Present was the Chief Sports Development Officer of the National Sports Authority, Erasmus Adorkor, who applauded the association for its high level of discussions and plans to grow the sport as the number two discipline after football.

GhanaWeb



Watsonians claim U18 Scottish Cup double

Watsonians claimed a double victory in the U18 Scottish Cup yesterday when both the Girls and the Boys sides won their finals against CALA Edinburgh and Strathallan respectively.

In the U18 Girls Scottish Cup, goals from Hanna McKie and an own goal gave CALA Edinburgh a 2-1 semi-final win over local rivals Inverleith, while two strikes from Lucy Ramsay and a goal from Gina Ramsay provided Watsonians with a 3-2 win over Strathallan in the second semi-final.

Three goals in the opening fourteen minutes got Watsonians off to a flyer in the final against CALA Edinburgh; Waverley Miller got the first goal in the seventh minute, Gina Ramsay doubled their lead in the 12th minute, before Miller grabbed her second of the match in the 14th minute to make it 3-0.

CALA then pulled one back in the 30th minute through Constance Lathe to leave the score 3-1 at half-time.

However, Watsonians extended their lead only a minute after the re-start when Claire Hill made it 4-1 in the 36th minute before Hill scored her side’s fifth in 54th minute to round off the scoring at 5-1.


Watsonians Girls U18 Scottish Cup

In the U18 Boys Scottish Cup, Strathallan defeated Inverleith in the first semi-final with two goals from Jack Burton and Ross Buchanan, while a double from Matt Little gave Watsonians a 2-1 win over Kelburne to progress to the final.

The final between Watsonians and Strathallan was closely contested for the majority of the first half before Kai McQueen broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute to give his side a 1-0 lead at half-time. The Edinburgh side clinched the trophy shortly after the interval with two goals in two minutes from Danny Prentice in the 40th and 41st minute to make it 3-0.


Watsonians Boys U18 Scottish Cup

Clydesdale Western were the winners of the U18 Girls Scottish Plate following a comprehensive 6-0 win over Dunfermline in the final.

The Titwood side were three goals up at half time after strikes from Rosie Shanks (11’), Holly Steiger (31’) and Robyn Belch (33’). They added three more goals to their tally, with Steiger getting her second of the game in the 38th minute, a Mairead Corrigan field goal in the 46th minute and a penalty corner finish from Julie Lonergan in the 50th minute.


Clydesdale U18 Scottish Plate

In the U18 Boys Scottish Plate, Gordonians ran out winners of a three-way pool contest against Clydesdale and Perthshire.

Clydesdale came from behind to beat Perthshire 2-1 in the first match of the day with goals from Lewis Crawford and Patrick Lonergan overcoming Ross Ogg’s ninth minute opening goal.

Gordonians then recorded a comfortable 9-0 victory over Perthshire, with Mark Reid, Kevin Wong, Jamie Wong, Dan Leggett, Ewan Harry-Thomas, and Alan Oldham all on the scoresheet.

In the deciding match, Reid opened the scoring for Gordonians in the 12th minute before John Joe Lonergan equalised for Clydesdale in the 19th minute.  The Aberdonians took the lead again in the 29th minute through captain Jamie Wong to give his side a 2-1 lead at half-time.

Goals from Harry-Thomas in the 40th minute and a second goal for Reid in the 52nd minute made it 4-1 before Clydesdale came back into the contest with goals from Patrick Lonergan and Leo Hay to make it 4-3. However, Gordonians held out to win the match and take the plate.


Gordonians U18 Scottish Plate

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Dharmaraj urges team to remain aggressive

By Fadhli Ishak


KUALA Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) coach K. Dharmaraj has urged his battle-weary charges to be aggressive in their remaining matches as they have a golden chance to wrap up the Malaysian Hockey League Premier Division title in Penang this week.

Dharmaraj said he was happy with the scoring opportunities the champions created in their 4-1 win against Terengganu on Sunday but admitted that there is room for improvement.

"I want the boys to keep creating chances as that is the only way we can win matches," said Dharmaraj, who is also the national juniors' coach.

"Getting the result against Terengganu was important but I am also happy we created numerous opportunities to score from (penalty) corners and open play.

"They are a quality side and it was not easy to do so (create chances) but we also need to improve on our sharpness in front of goal to make full use (of chances) in our coming matches."

The team, however, have had no shortage of scorers in the side as 11 players have contributed towards the 34 goals they have scored so far this season.

With only four games left this season, KLHC, who are four points ahead of second-placed Maybank, will play bottom of the table Nur Insafi on Friday and Maybank on Sunday at Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Maximum points from both matches will see KLHC retain the title as Maybank will then be seven points adrift with only six points to play for from their two remaining matches.

Dharmaraj added that he is hoping to see the injured quartet of Shanker Shanmugam (knee), Ahmad Anuar Sham Kamar (knee), Muhammad Razi Abdul Rahim (hamstring, knee) and Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor (shoulder) return to full fitness within the next few weeks.

"It has been a very challenging season and with four of our key players injured, it will not be any easier in our remaining matches.

"We gave Nabil Fiqri a run-out in the Terengganu game to test his fitness but unfortunately he is still unable to hit the ball (with pace) and only managed some short passes. Hopefully he will be ready by Penang.

"Muhammad Razie has been playing in pain and the other two (Shanker and Ahmad Anuar) have not seen action since Kuantan a fortnight ago.

Meanwhile, in Division One Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) drew 1-1 with Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru yesterday.

The result sees both SSTMI and BJSS remain in sixth and seventh position respectively.

New Straits Times



KLHC can wrap up title with victories over Maybank and Nur Insafi

By S. RAMAGURU



Man from Down Under: Australian Timothy Deavin is among the six foreign players in the KLHC side this season.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) title could be decided this weekend as the Premier Division teams head north for a carnival outing.

KL Hockey Club (KLHC) have already secured a four-point lead at the top and if they win both their matches in Penang, then they will have an unassailable lead and will retain the league title with two matches in hand.

They play bottom side Nur Insafi on Friday followed by second-placed Maybank on Sunday. The match with the Tigers will be the title clincher if KLHC sidestep Nur Insafi.

But KLHC are not going to count their chickens before they are hatched.

Team manager George Koshy has warned that the Tigers are unlikely to let them win without a fight.

“I do not think it will be easy. Although mathematically we can win the title in Penang by winning both the two matches, it is easier said than done,” he stressed.

Last weekend, KLHC beat Sapura 3-2 and Terengganu 4-1 to edge closer to the title.

Koshy attributed the team’s eight unbeaten run to the addition of six foreign players.

There are five Pakistanis – Mohamed Imran, Akhtar Ali, Umar Butt, Waseem Ahmad and Fareed Ahmad. The other is Timothy Deavin of Australia.

“They all managed to gel quickly with the other players and it contributed to our excellent all round game. And we are also scoring freely and not depending on just a few players,” he said.

KLHC have 11 different names on the score sheet. Their main goal getters are Akhtar (eight), Mohamed Imran (seven) Umar (five) and Chua Boon Huat (five).

Koshy said Maybank also have foreign players with equal calibre.

“Overall, the other teams are also well balanced and Maybank have good foreign players. We cannot even take Nur Insafi for granted. We will take one game at a time and then move on. It is better that way,” added Koshy.

Maybank coach Wallace Tan also advocated taking one match at a time.

“We just cannot afford to waste time thinking about the other matches. We need points to stay ahead of the next team and also stay in the title mix.

“It was a good outing for us last weekend as we managed to collect full points. So we are looking forward to the upcoming ties. We hope to be ready for both matches,” said Wallace.

Maybank, who have four Pakistanis in their side, play fourth-placed UniKl on Friday before the KLHC match. Their remaining matches the following weekend are against Terengganu and Sapura.

Tenaga Nasional are third in the seven-team league, seven points behind KLHC, and they can only get into the title mix if the top two teams falter. Otherwise, it will be a two-horse race.

The Star of Malaysia



Flick specialist Kashif finds his niche with Sapura



KUALA LUMPUR: Pakistani Kashif Ali (pic) has finally found his niche in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) with Sapura.

For three years, Kashif played for Nur Insafi without making any impact. This season, he joined Sapura and it proved to be a good move.

He has scored nine goals – all through penalty corners – in eight matches and is ready to challenge local star Faizal Saari of Tenaga Nasional for the top scorer award. Faizal leads the chart with 11 goals. KLHC’s Akhtar Ali and Mohamed Imran are also in the mix with eight and seven goals respectively.

Kashif, 25, is Sapura’s main penalty corner executioner and he is happy with the role.

“At Nur Insafi, I was only their second flicker and had limited goalscoring chances. This time, I’m the main flicker and it has boosted my confidence especially when I am able to get the goals,” said Kashif.

Despite Kashif getting into a free-scoring mood, Sapura are placed fifth in the seven-team table.

Kashif believes that they are much better than the placing suggests.

“We didn’t play well in some matches and that hurt us. But overall we have a good set of players and I feel all of them have worked hard over the last eight matches,” he added.

Kashif has 50 international caps with the Pakistan team. He last played for the national team in the 2010 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh.

But he is expected to be back in the team this year.

“Pakistan coach Hanif Khan recently gave me a call. I won’t know until next month when the training squad is announced. But I am hoping to be among the call-ups,” said Kashif.

Kashif is a former national junior with the Pakistan team and played in the 2009 Junior World Cup which was co-hosted by Malaysia and Singapore.

At senior level, he has featured for Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, Asia Cup and Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

Kashif also plays for Pakistan Airlines (PIA) in the Pakistani League. He scored a hat-trick in the final last year to power PIA to the league crown. He also won the top scorer award.

“It will be a bonus to be a top scorer here after winning it in Pakistan last year. Besides Malaysia, I have also played in the Bangladesh League. I will continue to play in the foreign leagues as it will help me to improve my game,” he said.

For now, Kashif wants to ensure that Sapura stay in the top half of the standings and then aim for a higher placing in the knockout stage.

“There is no doubt that the teams are quite balanced this year. I think we can stay in the top half. We need to get back to our winning ways. It was a poor weekend for us as we lost twice. But we will bounce back,” said Kashif.

The Star of Malaysia



Hockey trials for Dutch tour on Tuesday

BANGALORE: Hockey India selectors will pick the national team out of 33 probables for the tour of Netherlands beginning on April 26. The one-day selection trials on Tuesday will also be overseen by chief coach Michael Nobbs.

With the home-and-away India-Pakistan series being cancelled, HI asked its high performance manager Roelant Oltmans to organise a tour to keep the team in competitive trim. In all likelihood, 18 players may be chosen for the Dutch sojourn which comprises a mix of matches with the national team and top clubs.

However, the proposal needs the clearance of Sports Authority of India (SAI). "The file is yet to reach SAI. A decision is likely soon," sources told TOI.

SAI South Centre has been a beehive of activity with hockey camps returning to the city a year after it was shifted to Pune. The reason offered then was that the turf here was too worn-out to facilitate high-intensity training.

Around 77 players - 33 seniors and 44 juniors, including nine who turned out for WSH last year - are in the camps. The juniors are being trained by their new chief coach, South African Gregg Clark.

"The seniors are preparing for the World League semifinals in Rotterdam in June and the juniors are working towards the World Cup at the end of the year in New Delhi," sources said.

The Times of India



Chandigarh win Hockey India Sub-Junior Men National Championship

NEW DELHI: Chandigarh defeated Punjab 2-1 to lift the 3rd Hockey India Sub-Junior Men National Championship (North Zone) title at Sonepat on Monday.

Punjab took lead in the 20th minute through a field goal by Kawaljit Singh. But just three minutes later Manjinder Singh scored the equaliser for Chandigarh.

In the second half, Chandigarh controlled and dictated the pace. And finally a field goal by Harmeet Singh in the 64th minute helped his team emerge victorious.

Meanwhile, Haryana won the 3rd Hockey India Sub-Junior Women National Championship (North Zone) after getting the better of Chandigarh, 3-1 in the final.

Two goals by Udita at 14th and 24th minutes saw Haryana leading 2-0 at half time.

Chandigarh though reduced the margin through Anjali in the 50th minute, Haryana's Navpreet Kaur scored field goal in the 61st minute to take the match out of Chandigarh's reach.

Navneet Kaur of Haryana has scored maximum number of goals (9) in the championship.

The Times of India



USA Field Hockey launches Grow the Game campaign and contest

USA Field Hockey’s Grow the Game campaign is committed to exposing the sport to many and inspiring participation for all


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.  – USA Field Hockey is excited to announce the arrival of its latest development initiative, an all-encompassing campaign to further develop the sport, rightfully named Grow the Game.

The Grow the Game campaign will encourage grassroots development in all areas of the sport, including participation, coaching, umpiring and administration.  Spearheaded by the success from USA Field Hockey’s youth program, FUNdamental Field Hockey, the Sport Development Team will look to expand upon the program’s success and introduce development programs for boys, umpires, coaches, adults and athletes in new and nontraditional areas. 

“It was key for us to be successful with FUNdamental Field Hockey in year one to be able to expand to these new avenues.  It’s now evident what we are doing is important for the growth of our sport,” said Steve Locke, Executive Director for USA Field Hockey.

Programs that will reside under Grow the Game include FUNdamental Field Hockey, Play It Forward, You Go Girl, and new initiatives for adult play, boys, coaches and umpires. The campaign will also provide online educational resources and expose existing local leagues, tournaments, and events.

"There’s a lot of work to be done and we surely cannot do it without the help of our members. You can help Grow the Game by hosting a clinic, organizing an equipment drive, or umpiring a game,” says Sport Development Senior Manager, Liz Tchou. “We are so thankful to have such passionate and committed individuals, clubs and organizations who continually help us grow the game.”

USA Field Hockey will be growing the game this year with increased event participation, free clinics, new development initiatives, and awarding nearly 10,000 sticks through its programs. To kick off the movement, USA Field Hockey is giving away a $1,000 shopping spree at any Grow the Game sponsor for the best Grow the Game video submission.

2013 Grow the Game Video Contest

 

  • All videos must be received by Friday, May 17th at 11:59 PM (EDT)
  • The top finalists will be voted on by fans of USA Field Hockey
  • For more information on the contest and official rules, click here

For more information on all of USA Field Hockey’s sport development programs, visit usafieldhockey.com.

USFHA media release



Millwall thug cut Team GB ace

By RYAN SABEY


Millwall fan Dean West, 24, repeatedly jabbed a broken glass into the back of hockey ace Simon Mantell’s head during a flare-up in a bar.

Mantell, 28 — who played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics but missed the London games through injury — had been partying near The Oval cricket ground.

West was sentenced to 4½ years in April 2011 for wounding with intent to cause GBH. He was freed eight weeks ago.

On Saturday, the trainee electrician was pictured throwing a punch as fellow yobs started fighting among themselves during the Wembley semi-final defeat against Wigan.

Confronted near his home in Maidstone, Kent, he said: “I spoke to police this morning to arrange an interview with my barrister. I’ve got nothing more to say.”

The Sun