News for 18 April 2013

All the news for Thursday 18 April 2013

Last minute comeback for Black Sticks

On a wintery night at the Gallagher Hockey Centre, the Black Sticks worked hard to turn a 2-0 deficit into a draw thanks to goals from Stacey Michelsen and a field goal in the 70th minute from Charlotte Harrison.

“It was a good comeback, our players have taken steps forward in that regard. They know how to work hard, hold on and not give up and that is really pleasing. Previously, we have been in that position and lost games, especially against Argentina, so it is good to fight back and take the draw,” said head coach Mark Hager.

“But it was a scrappy performance, our basics were poor and I feel we were outplayed, we struggled to string passes together. Argentina played a better game tonight so it would be good to perform better against USA tomorrow."

There was only one goal in the first half and it came from Argentina’s Martina Cavallero early on. The Black Sticks had a number of chances throughout the half to equalise, including a couple of penalty corners but both were well defended by Argentina.

In the second half, Argentina’s Carla Rebecchi made it 2-0 in the 41st minute and the Black Sticks really picked up the pace to try and make it count.  One of their best opportunities was when Auckland’s Julia King crossed to Charlotte Harrison in the circle who dived to deflect it in, but it went just wide.

The pressure eventually paid off when the Black Sticks were awarded a penalty corner and Whangarei’s Stacey Michelsen deflected in a drag flick from captain Kayla Sharland.

With the clock counting down and the crowd desperate for a goal, it was Charlotte Harrison who found the back of the net right on the full time hooter to draw the game.

The Four Nations is made up of two back-to-back tournaments so that Hager can test playing combinations ahead of naming his side for the World League Semi-Final in Rotterdam in June.

In the earlier game, Korea beat USA 4-1 and have now won four of the five games they have played during the Four Nations Tournament.

Korea didn’t hesitate to show their speed and skill and it was Hyo Ju An who was first to score in the 17th minute and then Mi Hyun Park scored in the 30th minute.

In the second half, Park collected her second and it was backed up seven minutes later when Young Sil Lee took it to 4-0. Playing her 200th test cap, captain Lauren Crandall was all smiles when she converted a penalty corner for her team in the 52nd minute.

Having won the first Four Nations in Whangarei, it was the Black Sticks first game of the second leg tonight.

Tomorrow the Black Sticks will face USA at 7pm and Korea will take on Argentina at 5pm at Hamilton. All teams then travel to Tauranga on Friday for the final weekend of action. All games during the weekend will be streamed LIVE here on the Hockey New Zealand website.

Korea 4 (Hyo Ju An, Mi Hyun Park x2,Young Sil Lee)
USA 1 (Lauren Crandall).
HT: 2-0 to Korea

Argentina 2 (Martina Cavallero, Carla Rebecchi)
New Zealand 2 (Stacey Michelsen, Charlotte Harrison).
HT: 1-0 to Argentina.

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Black Sticks secure 2-2 draw with Argentina


ON THE BOARD: Kayla Sarland (right) celebrates her goal in the Black Sticks' 2-2 draw with Argentina in their first match of the second Four Nations tournament in Hamilton. Photosport

A last -minute goal by Charlotte Harrison has earned the Black Stick women a 2-2 draw against Argentina in their opening match of the Four Nations tournament at the Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton tonight.

In a fast paced game the home side found themselves down by two goals midway through the second half but a goal from Stacey Michelsen, in addition to Harrison's, was enough for both sides to share the honours.

Second ranked Argentina appeared to be in control of the match leading at halftime thanks to a Martina Cavallero goal.

A goal from Carla Rebecchi, early in the second half, extended their lead before the home side struck back.

In the earlier match up a two-goal performance by striker Mi Hyun Park was enough to seal a 4-1 win for Korea over the United States.

Leading 2-0 at halftime Park scored her second before USA captain Lauren Crandall - playing in her 200 match - pegged a goal back for the visitors but it was not enough as the Koreans controlled the match.

All four sides will play again tomorrow with Korea facing Argentina and the Black Sticks going up against the US.


Crandall celebrates 200th cap with Team USA in second Four Nations opener

Korea topped the U.S., 4-1, in the first match of the second Four Nations tournament in New Zealand

HAMILTON, New Zealand – The U.S. opened the second leg of two back-to-back Four Nations tournaments in Hamilton, New Zealand last night against Korea. The No. 8 world ranked team topped Team USA, 4-1, continuing their successful Four Nations campaign that kicked off on April 10. 

"It was a promising start to the game and I was pleased with how we put Korea under pressure in the opening exchanges,” said head coach Craig Parnham. “As the game went one and we were pushing to score, we got caught on the counter attack."

Korea’s Hyo Ju An scored first with a field goal at the 17 minute mark. Mi Hyun Park scored a second goal for Korea from the field in the 30th minute to put the U.S. down by two goals heading into the second half.

The U.S. continued to apply pressure in the second half, but Park was quick to record her second goal of the match in the 40th minute to create a comfy 3-0 lead for Korea. Young Sil Lee scored Korea’s final goal at the 47 minute mark.

Trailing by four goals, the young U.S. squad did not retreat and continued to look for and create scoring opportunities. Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.) notched Team USA’s lone goal on a penalty corner in the 52nd minute with a deflection into the net.

Crandall was recognized for competing in her 200th competition with the U.S. Women’s National Team. Crandall and teammate Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.), who celebrated her 200th cap with Team USA on March 7, 2013, are the only two athletes on the current National Team roster with over 200 matches to their name.  

Crandall is a two-time Olympian who has worn the captain’s band over her shin guard for the past several years. She led Team USA to the Cinderella story upset against No. 1 Argentina at the 2011 Pan American Games, earning the U.S. a spot at the London Olympic Games.

Crandall received her first cap with the U.S. National Team in May 2005 in New Zealand. She reflected on her 8-year career with Team USA following the match saying, "it is nice to have come full circle. To earn my first cap in New Zealand and feel like I had no idea what was happening on the field and to today earn my 200th cap in the same country against some of the same opponents… it’s special and hard to put into words. The knowledge that I've learned through representing my country gives an added confidence walking out on the field tonight. Seeing the younger girls on the team, knowing I was once there and knowing where I am now and the opportunities that lie ahead of them is exciting.”

U.S. midfielder Katelyn Falgowski (Landenberg, Pa.) was named player of the tournament following the conclusion of the first Four Nations tournament in Whangarei, New Zealand. Team USA will face host New Zealand this evening and Argentina on Saturday, April 20 before wrapping up the tournament on Sunday, April 21. Both weekend matches will be streamed live on Hockey New Zealand’s website.

US Field Hockey Association media release

Top class hockey on show at season finale

investec hockey finals weekend 2012 - Leicester celebrate

Witness women’s sport at its best as England's top clubs compete for glory, prize-money, European places and promotion as Reading Hockey Club's Sonning Lane ground hosts the Investec Women's Hockey League Finals this weekend.

Following a fantastic NOW: Pensions Men's Hockey League Finals weekend, this show-piece finale is another chance for you to see the stars of London 2012 do battle with their clubs as the top four teams play for a place in Europe, the £2500 winner’s cheque and most importantly the league title. Alex Danson, Georgie Twigg and Kate Walsh will be amongst many great players on show.

Beeston and Buckingham get the weekend underway at 11am on Saturday in the Play-Offs. The Investec Conference North champions, Beeston will be aiming to bounce back from the defeat they suffered a fortnight ago against Investec Premier Division outfit Olton and West Warwickshire. Investec Conference West winners Buckingham will also prove formidable opponents, having gone unbeaten throughout the whole of the league season and with a 2-1 win against Investec Conference East champions Harleston Mapgies in the Play-Off tournament under their belts.

That is followed at 1pm by the clash between Harleston Magpies and Olton and West Warwickshire. Harleston had to battle all the way to take the East title on the last week of the season, and they will need all that fighting spirit against the Midlanders who beat Reading and Sutton Coldfield earlier in the season.

The first of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Semi-Finals is at 3.15pm with table-topping Leicester playing Surbiton, while second plays third at 5.30pm when Canterbury take on hosts Reading.

Sunday sees both the Finals and the Play-Offs reach a climax. The final two Play-Off matches are first up, with Harleston Magpies v Beeston at 10am followed by Olton and West Warwickshire v Buckingham at noon.

Then comes the battle for third spot in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals with the two losers from Saturday facing each other, before the season finale clash at 5.15pm with the teams also fighting it out for the £2500 prize money on offer from sponsors Investec.

As well as eight cracking matches over two days, the weekend offers a great spectator experience too.

In the marquee you can grab a bite to eat and enjoy a drink in our bar; visit the Official England Hockey Store with the brand new official replica kit plus a range of items from sticks to autograph books and the England Hockey stand, where you can find out all you need know about hockey from where to play to forthcoming events.

Over the weekend, there will be lots of entertainment for youngsters wanting to have a go themselves as England Hockey's Fun Zone will be in full swing throughout the weekend. Fully supervised, the Fun Zone will offer an inflatable hockey pitch, a chance to 'beat the goalkeeper' and to meet two of hockey's most familiar faces, mascots Jasper and Jess.

With music and entertainment, there will be a great atmosphere boosted by the teams’ supporters looking to cheer their heroes on to success.

Investec Women’s Hockey League Finals

Saturday 20 April

11:00 - Investec Women's Hockey League Play-Off Match 3 - Beeston (Investec Conference North) v Buckingham (Investec Conference West)
13:00 - Investec Women's Hockey League Play-Off Match 4 - Harleston Magpies (Investec Conference East) v Olton & WW (Investec Premier Division)
15:15 - Investec Women's Hockey League Semi-Final 1 - Leicester (1st) v Surbiton (4th)
17:30 - Investec Women's Hockey League Semi-Final 2 - Canterbury (2nd) v Reading (3rd)

Sunday 21 April
10:00 - Investec Women's Hockey League Play-Off Match 5 - Harleston Magpies (Investec Conference East) v Beeston (Investec Conference North)
12:00 - Investec Women's Hockey League Play-Off Match 6 - Olton & WW (Investec Premier Division) v Buckingham (Investec Conference West)
14:45 - Investec Women's Hockey League 3rd v 4th
17:15 - Investec Women's Hockey League Final

English Hockey Board Media release

Boon & Gougnard sign for HC Bloemendaal

Tom Boon in action for Belgium at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek.

According to a news report surfacing in The Netherlands, EHL Final Four hosts HC Bloemendaal have secured the playing services of Belgian international stars Tom Boon and Simon Gougnard for next season.

The London 2012 Olympians currently represent Racing Club de Bruxelles, but a story on renowned Dutch website has stated that both players will join The Sparrows on two year contracts from the start of the 2013-2014 season. 

Boon and Gougnard are rated as two of the hottest young talents in Belgian hockey. As well as showing their brilliance at last year’s Olympic Games, they also have some previous experience in the Euro Hockey League. Tom Boon, 22, made a huge impact on last season’s EHL when he netted all five goals in Racing’s 5-5 draw with Germany’s Club an der Alster. He is a player with a proven knack of scoring goals, and has also earned a reputation as feared penalty corner drag-flicker. 22-year-old midfielder Simon Gougnard represented Oranje Zwart (NED) in the 2010-11 edition of the competition and helped the team to reach EHL Final Four, eliminating both Real Club de Polo de Barcelona (ESP) and Bloemendaal in the process.

The signings are clear evidence that Bloemendaal is planning for life after Teun de Nooijer, the legendary Dutch international who hangs up his stick at the end of this season. However, has also reported that Australian internationals Chris Ciriello, Fergus Kavanagh and Matt Swann will be departing Bloemendaal this summer due to their obligations with the national team ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

EHL Media release

Camacho, Bell fire Parkites to first win


Nicholas Camacho and Guyana’s Jerezano Bell scored two goals each to lead Queen’s Park to its first win of the new T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division season with a 7-0 win over Corona Fatima at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Sunday.

The Parkites, beaten 4-1 by Notre Dame in their opener, took a 1-0 lead through Shawn Lee Quay in the 16th minute after which Camacho (26th) and Bell (32nd) added their names to the scoresheet for a 3-0 half-time lead.

Five minutes into the second half, Bell got his second, which was quickly followed by field goals from Kadeem Fortune (43rd), Camacho (52nd) and Dominic Young on the hour mark to condemn Fatima to its second loss from as many matches this season.

Also on Sunday, Kiel Murray made a triumphant return to competition with a brace in Paragon’s 3-0 shutout of Malvern.

Murray, who recently graduated from the Fire Service Training Academy, opened the scoring nine minutes into the second half while fellow national player Akim Toussaint doubled the lead two minutes later before Murray added a late second with two minutes left in the contest.

Paragon was even more lethal in the Trinity Men’s Division with a 12-0 pounding of Shape led by Chester Sealey’s beaver-trick (5th, 43rd, 48th, 54th) and a treble off the stick of Jebarry Perez (7th, 12th, 14th) on Tuesday.

However, in the Trinity Women’s competition, former national captain Carol Whiteman registered her first hat-trick of the campaign in her team’s 6-2 whipping of Paragon.

It was also a good weekend for Carib in the Mixed Veterans Division as it recorded convincing victories over Fatima (8-2) and Paragon (4-0).

In the win over Fatima, Kirk Adamson and Nigel Simon scored two goals each for the “Brewery Stickmen” while Samuel Carty, Andre Durant, Kern Ramsammy and Rafer Ross got one each.

But against Paragon, Kevin Adams got two and Durant and Robert Ramsammy, the others.

Notre Dame’s Scott Dopson got a hat-trick in a 9-0 drilling of Petrotrin and Queen’s Park trounced Paragon 9-0 with Gary Griffith and Raphael Govia also scoring trebles.



Mixed Veterans:

Notre Dame 9 (Scott Dopson 3, Keith Rawlins 2, Selwyn King, Edrich Francois, Douglas Camacho, Sherry Woodruffe) vs Petrotrin 0


Mixed Veterans:

Carib 8 (Kirk Adamson 2, Nigel Simon 2, Samuel Carty, Andre Durant, Kern Ramsammy, Rafer Ross) vs Fatima 2 (Colin Young 2)
QPCC 9 (Gary Griffith 3, Raphael Govia 3, Ryan Aird, Derek Daniel, Rob Wyatt) vs Paragon 0


Men’s Championship:

Paragon 3 (Kiel Murray 44th, 68th, Akim Toussaint 46th) vs Malvern 0
QPCC 7 (Nicholas Camacho 26th, 52nd, Jerry Bell 32nd, 40th, Shawn Lee Quay 16th, Kadeem Fortune 43rd, Dominic Young 60th) vs Fatima 0

Mixed Veterans:

Carib 4 (Kevin Adams 3rd, 57th, Andre Durant 39th, Robert Ramsammy 67th) vs Paragon 0


Trinity Women:

Notre Dame 6 (Carol Whiteman 48th, 53rd, 65th, Tamia Roach 16th, Vanessa Chewitt 19th, Cheryl John 46th) vs Paragon 2 (Kelly Francis 29th, Alicia Sobers 46th)


Trinity Men:

Paragon 12 (Chester Sealey 5th, 43rd, 48th, 54th, Jebarry Perez 7th, 12th, 14th, Josiah Daniel 21st, Jerron Frank 59th, Salim Clapham 60th, P Taitt o.g, Lawrence Thomas 67th) vs Shape 1 (L. Byer 63rd)

Trinidad Guardian

Faeez - On the path to glory

Just befotre the season began, Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim had second thoughts about playing for UniKL in the TNB Malaysian Hockey League as was made an offer too good to refuse by Terengganu HT.

But he did not trek east as did many other players and it could well be the best decision this budding player made for the good of his career. For the diminutive Faeez, or Petak as he is nicknamed, is amongst the top scorers in the MHL.

He has scored a total of 8 goals, and is in third spot, behind Faisal Saari (10 goals) and Khasif Ali (9) goals. and what is more remarkable is taht Faeez has scored two thirds of UniKL's total goals for the season that stand at 12 currently.

Winning the top scorer award is within his reach and it will not be something new for the 2009 Junior Hockey League top scorer. Faeez was also voted as the most promising player in the 2009 Razak Cup in Kuala Lumpur land named the best player in the South East Asia (SEA) Cup in Bangkok in 2009.

Last night (Tuesday) was another feather in the cap of the player who lists Usain Bolt as his sports hero. For Faeez led his national junior team onto the stage to receive the 2012 Best Team Award in the National Sports Award.

They were picked for winning the Junior Asia Cup in May 2012, the first time ever Malaysia won the title and assured them a place in the 2013 Junior World Cup.

However Faeez will not be playing in the Junior World cup as he is overaged.

"It is a wonderful momment and we never expected to win the award given that there are many senior teams that have also done well last year. It is indeed an honour for us and this will spur the team to do better in the Junior World Cup in India this December," said the soft spoken Faeez who played for Hatem Hockey Club in the Dutch second division two years ago.

"The team has talent and just needs to believe in their ability to ensure at least a top six finish in India."

Faeez shoulders a heavy responsibility for UniKL, as not only is he the key player in penalty corners, but also man's the UniKL defence. The fact that the team comprises of youngsters, with the exception of the likes of S. Selvaraju and Baljot Singh, adds pressure on Faeez to churn out consistent performances, week in and week out.

"We go out onto the pitch without any pressure as the opponents have more experienced players. Hence that helps us play our game and it does not put us under unnecessary pressure," said Faeez.

"But we tend to make mistakes, some that are due to lack of experience while others through trying to overdo things, and these factors cost us points and also we concede goals as well.

"But overall I think we are doing relatively well in the MHL, though we are unlucky at times. We are giving the more established sides a run for their money and not being outclassed on the pitch."

Faeez started playing hockey for Sekolah Kebangsaan Rantau Panjang in Klang before moving to the Bandar Penawar Sports School ( now known as Sekolah Sukan Tengku Mahkota Ismail).

With fishing as his hobby, the well mannered Faeez is a joy to watch on the pitch when let loose to join the attack. His reading of the games, with astute positioning and cool tackling has allowed UniKL to get out of trouble many a time.

"UniKL is one big happy family and the officials have been great in encouraging us. What UniKL is doing for hockey should be emulated by other institutions of higher learning as not only do they give youngsters a chance to improve in hockey but also provide education opportunities that will serve us well in the future,"added Faeez.

"We need to get some points in Penang this weekend and I really hope taht we get a good draw for the last eight."

Official MHL site

Young Faeez feels his hockey career has blossomed


KUALA LUMPUR: Defender Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim (pic) guided Malaysia to victory in the Junior Asia Cup in Malacca last year and was wooed by Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) debutants Tereng-ganu with an irresistable offer to play for them.

But the Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) penalty corner drag flicker turned down the offer although six other national players joined the east coast team.

And now, as the 22-year-old looks back at that moment, he knows he had made the right choice as he’s now UniKL’s top scorer with eight goals in as many games.

He’s also the third highest scorer in the league behind Tenaga Nasional’s Faizal Saari (10) and Maybank’s Khasif Ali (nine).

On Tuesday, Faeez was delighted to lead the National Juniors onto the stage to receive the 2012 Best Team Award at the National Sports Award ceremony.

They were picked based on their first ever Junior Asia Cup triumph. The victory ensured Malaysia a place in the Junior World Cup in Chandigarh, India, in December.

However, Faeez will not get to feature in the Junior World Cup as he’ll be overaged.

Faeez, who was named the best player in the South-East Asia (SEA) Cup in Bangkok in 2009, was elated with the best team award.

“It was indeed an honour for me and the team ... it will spur us to do better in future tournaments, including the Junior World Cup,” said the soft-spoken Faeez.

“The National Juniors have talent and they just need to believe in their ability to ensure at least a top six finish in India.”

He reiterated his desire to continue playing for UniKL.

“UniKL are one big happy family and the officials have been great in encouraging us.

“What UniKL do for hockey should be emulated by other institutions of higher learning ... they not only give youngsters a chance to improve in hockey but also provide educational opportunities for the players’ future,” said Faeez.

UniKL are fourth in the Premier Division with nine points from eight matches.

UniKL face a daunting task this week as they have two tough matches — against Maybank tomorrow and Te- naga Nasional on Sunday in Penang.

Star of Malaysia