News for 03 May 2013

All the news for Friday 3 May 2013


SA U21 IPT men’s and women’s semi-finalists decided

The fifth and final day’s play Thursday in the preliminary stage of the SA U21 men’s and women’s interprovincial hockey tournaments in Pretoria and Durban respectively, saw the semi-finalists decided.

In Friday’s women’s U21 semi-finals at Queensmead in Durban, Kaspersky Southerns tackle Western Province at 4.30 pm while North West face Northern Blues at 6.30 pm.

In Friday’s men’s U21 semi-finals at Tuks in Pretoria, Northern Blues meet Free State at 4.30 pm and KZN Raiders face Western Province at 6.30 pm.

DAY 5 RESULTS

Men


Kaspersky Wits (2) 3 (Thobani Moyo 2, Morgan Dekker) Eastern Gauteng 0

WP Peninsula (4) 6 (Dirk Truter 2, Seb Golding 2, Frank Slabbert, Michael Daly) Namibia (1) 1 (Stephan Calitz)

Eastern Province (2) 6 (Winchester Scott, Libongo Vatyi, Curtis Samboer 2, Kevin Carrol, Kyle-Dean Davidson) KZN Inland (1) 3 (Le-Neal Jackson, Mzamo Cele, James Gearing)

Western Province (1) 4 (Rob Edwards 2, James Drummond, Daniel Bell) Free State 0

KZN Raiders (1) 4 (Ross Hetem, Andrew Manson 2, Davyn Keuter) North West (1) 2 (Ignatius Malgraff 2)

Northern Blues (1) 2 (Stephen Cant, Grant Glutz) Kaspersky Southerns (0) 1 (Lloyd Nicholson)

MEN’S FINAL LOGS
(all played 5, goal difference, points)

Pool A: 1 Northern Blues (GD 33) 15 pts; 2 KZN Raiders (GD 15) 12 pts; 3 Kaspersky Southerns (GD 16) 9 pts; 4 North West (GD 8) 6 pts; 5 Kaspersky Wits (GD -25) 3 pts; 6 Eastern Gauteng (GD -47) 0 pts

Pool B: 1 Western Province (GD 20) 15 pts; 2 Free State (GD 2) 8 pts; 3 KZN Inland (GD 8) 7 pts; 4 WP Peninsula (GD 4) 7 pts; 5 Eastern Province (GD 9) 6 pts; 6 Namibia (GD -43) 0 pts

Women

Eastern Province (4) 7 (Toni Marks 4, Keisha Arnolds, Tristian Schroder, Leigh Paulsen) Namibia 0

Northern Blues (3) 5 (Jacintha Jubb 2, Kylie Oosthuizen, Zelke Slabbert, Lilian du Plessis) WP Peninsula 0

North West (0) 2 (Jessica de Bruyn-Smith, Sinalo Jafte) Kaspersky Southerns (1) 1 (Catherine Morris)

Western Province (0) 1 (Toni McCann) Free State 0

KZN Inland (1) 3 (Nadia Stella, Vicki Jonker, Amy Greaves) Kaspersky Wits (1) 1 (Jade Pinnock)

KZN Raiders (4) 9 (Stacey Hiron 2, Timon Botha, Gina Laurie, Amy Visagie 4, Nolwazi Mkhize) Eastern Gauteng 0

WOMEN’S FINAL LOGS
(all played 5, goal difference, points)

Pool A: 1 North West (GD 28) 15 pts; 2 Kaspersky Southerns (GD 14) 10 pts; 3 Eastern Province (GD 11) 10 pts; 4 KZN Raiders (GD 7) 6 pts; 5 Namibia (GD -11) 3 pts; 6 Eastern Gauteng (GD -49) 0 pts

Pool B: 1 Western Province (GD 26) 15 pts; 2 Northern Blues (GD 13) 12 pts; 3 Free State (GD 11) 9 pts; 4 KZN Inland (GD -13) 6 pts; 5 WP Peninsula (GD -8) 3 pts; 5 6 Kaspersky Wits (GD -29) 0 pts

SA Hockey Association media release



Men's National Team – Taking Charity To World League 2

"Johnny" Chimp Mascot Ties Athletes To The Local FH Community




Canada's Men's National Team (MNT) arrived safely in Paris yesterday ahead of next week's World League 2 tournament. With the 18-member team is a unique 19th member: "Johnny" Chimp.

"We've never taken a mascot on tour with us before," said Canadian forward Mark Pearson. "But we feel Johnny is an important part of the team image we are trying to build. He embodies the connection that each of us has with the field hockey community back home. Without the support of the grassroots players, supporters and clubs back home, we wouldn't be here playing for Canada. Now when he's on the bench, we know that the entire Canadian field hockey community is there with us."

See the photos of Johnny keeping the MNT safe en route to Paris

Perhaps you have noticed the flurry of BIG PUSH events happening over the past month. These athlete-driven events are designed to inspire young players in the local junior field hockey community, while helping to raise critical funding support for our National Teams. We’ve seen a great response thus far, and both the Women's and Men's teams are busy arranging additional events in May/June/July of this year.

A rare opportunity

Supporters of these events get a unique opportunity to not only meet and be coached by the National Team, but also join their growing supporter-base, and make tax-receipted donations, through their online giving group. MNT Captain Scott Tupper on the inspiring field hockey community:

"Our team is characterized by a gutsy spirit, and strong sense of community pride. As we prepare to host the 2013 Men's Pan American Cup in Brampton and the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, we recognize the opportunity we have to build a positive legacy in our community, and on the international stage. We are committed to giving back to the local field hockey community that gave us all so much as juniors growing up, and helping to inspire the next generation of athletes to reach for their athletic dreams."

You can make a difference!

If you would like to support the MNT, and Johnny Chimp, you can make a 100% tax-receipted donation to the team below.

DONATE TO TEAM CANADA HERE

"Community support means we can stay focussed on training, competing and getting Canada back to the Olympic Games. We hope to have you all along as one of our extended team, while we push forward towards Olympic qualification. Thanks for your support from back in Canada!"

-MNT forward, Phil Wright

Field Hockey Canada media release



Investec World League Hospitality


Investec World League Hospitality Table

The six day Investec World League Tournament, new to the international calendar and taking place at the University of Westminster in Chiswick, sees eight of the top teams in the world compete for World Cup qualification.

From 22-30 June 2013 see Argentina, China, South Africa, USA, Spain, Italy, and Australia competing alongside England – this event promises to make a real impact on the British summer of sport.

With hospitality packages available on the opening and final weekends and The 1908 Club networking reception, there really is something for every sports fan. Whether you are looking to entertain clients, socialise with old friends or treat the family to an unforgettable day the Investec World League hospitality is not to be missed.

The relaxed, informal atmosphere of the exclusive hospitality enclosure where you can enjoy fantastic food, entertainment and insight from legends of the game, is the perfect partner to the speed, skill and dynamism of international hockey.

Gold package – £135 per person
Treat friends & family to lunch, afternoon tea, a complimentary bar and a unique insight from international players.

Silver package - £80 per person
Enjoy a delightful lunch in the hospitality marquee with access to a private bar in an exclusive area.

The 1908 Club Dinner  - £120 + vat per person
The perfect setting to mix business with pleasure. Entertain friends, clients and colleagues in exclusive surroundings while hearing how success on the biggest stage can be achieved.

NEW - Picnic Hamper Package – If you’ve already bought your tickets but still want to add something special to your weekend, why not get a picnic hamper? New for 2013, you can pre-order from a range of sumptuous summer hampers, a bottle of fine wine and soft drinks along with all-day access to the private picnic area. Price per hamper for 2 people: £70 inc VAT

For further details please contact Richard Fynn on 01628 897 507 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For more information, read the hospitality brochure here

England Hockey Board Media release



The Alain Danet Trophy



In just over two weeks’ time, HC Bloemendaal (NED), Amsterdam H&BC (NED), Rot-Weiss Köln (GER) and KHC Dragons (BEL) will go into battle at EHL Final Four at HC Bloemendaal.  One lucky team will get the chance to lift one the most sought after piece of silverware in men's club hockey – the Alain Danet Trophy.

So, who was Alain Danet and why is the EHL trophy named after him? We provide you with some background information about a truly remarkable man.

Alain Danet, who was not only a prominent figure in European hockey, but in international sport and the Olympic movement.

Born in Paris in 1931, Alain Danet represented France as a hockey player in the 1952 Olympic Games and started a career as a lawyer shortly afterwards. After three years in law, he moved to working in the media and publishing industry, working for the French Prouvost group for nearly two decades after a stint with US-based Life Magazine.

Having been a hockey Olympian, Alain Danet went on to be president of the French hockey association twice, from 1960 to 1964 and from 1972 to 1980 but made the biggest impact on the sport in his role as president of the European Hockey Federation, a post he held for 29 years, from 1974 to 2003.

Alain Danet also worked in and for the Olympic movement for many years - a member of the administrative council of the French National Olympic Committee for six years, he went on to hold the posts of secretary general, treasurer, and vice-president, and acted as Chef de Mission for the French delegations in the Olympic Games from 1964 to 1980.

In France, Alain Danet also was the president of hockey club Racing Club de France and president of the Academie de Sports. He headed the organisation of the Jeux de la Francophonie, and was involved in some capacity in the bids of the city of Paris for the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

On an international level, Alain Danet was one of the driving forces behind the first summit of National Olympic Committees in Rome in 1965, and the founding of the organisation of the European Olympic Committees in 1968, an organisation he later was a member of the Executive Committee for from 1993 to 1997. He was pronounced a Member of Honour of the International Olympic Committee in 2000.

Recognized as one of the great ambassadors of French sport, Alain Danet was also awarded the orders of Officer of the Legion of Honour, Commander of the National Order of Merit, and Chevalier of the Palmes Académiques. He was also decorated with the Cross of Military Valor in Algeria in 1957.

Former FIH President Els van Breda Vriesman said of him, "Alain was a mentor and inspiration for those who worked alongside him and his contribution to hockey and sport in general, particularly in France, will be difficult to match. His style and sportsmanship will be deeply missed."

Former French President Jacques Chirac said, "He was a great servant to sport, always concerned to promote France abroad, and we are left with the lasting impression of a remarkable man."

Alain Danet passed away at the age of 74 in March 2006 in Kenya. The Euro Hockey League trophy was named as a tribute to this hugely influential figure.

Alain Danet Trophy winners
2007-2008: UHC Hamburg (GER)
2008-2009: HC Bloemendaal (NED)
2009-2010: UHC Hamburg (GER)
2010-2011: HGC (NED)
2011-2012: UHC Hamburg (GER)

EHL Final Four - Tournament Information

The Euro Hockey League Final Four competition, which also features the final of the women's EuroHockey Club Champions Cup, takes place at HC Bloemendaal (NED) on 18-19 May 2013. The Semi Finals of the Euro Hockey League will take place on Saturday 18th, with Rot-Weiss Koln of Germany and Belgium's KHC Dragons going head-to-head at 1200 (UTC/GMT +1). Host club HC Bloemendaal take on fellow Dutch outfit Amsterdam H&BC in the second Semi Final, which starts at 14.30. 

Sunday will feature three key matches as the European club season reaches its climax. The first match of the day - EHL's Bronze medal match - takes place at 1015. That game is followed at 1245 by the Final of the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup, which sees HC‘s Hertogenbosch and Laren MHC meet in an all-Dutch encounter. The final of the Euro Hockey League takes place at 1515, with the winner getting the chance to lift one the most sought after piece of silverware in men's club hockey - the Alain Danet Trophy.

The complete match schedule for the weekend can be found below.

Tickets for this event are currently selling very quickly and it is likely to be a sell-out. To purchase tickets, please visit the Tickets section of the EHL website. 

For those of you who cannot attend, do not despair! As always, the Euro Hockey League will be providing full coverage of the event, with live streaming and complete tournament information being available on ehlhockey.tv and through their Smartphone App which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and on Google Play.  The social media coverage will also be extensive, allowing fans to interact through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

What: EHL Final Four (Men) and EuroHockey Club Champions Cup Final (Women)
Where: HC Bloemendaal (NED)
When: 18-19 May 2013

Match Schedule (all times are local - UTC/GMT +1)

Saturday 18 May 2013


12.00: EHL Semi Final 1
KTHC Rot-Weiss Koln (GER) v KHC Dragons (BEL)

14.30: EHL Semi Final 2
HC Bloemendaal (NED) v Amsterdam H&BC (NED)

Sunday 19 May 2013

10.15: EHL 3rd/4th Place Match

12.45: EuroHockey CCC Final (Women)
HC ‘s Hertogenbosch (NED) v Laren MHC (NED)

15.15: Euro Hockey League Final

Note: This match schedule may be subject to amendment or variation by the Tournament Director due to the requirements of television.

Euro Hockey League media release



IHL Finals weekend preview

This weekend sees the culmination of months of hard work and five gruelling pool games as the Irish Hockey League finals come to Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club. The weekend is undoubtedly the highlight of the Irish Club Hockey Calendar and for those involved is the most prestigious of tournaments in which the winner is crowned the best in the country. Not only is the All-Ireland crown bestowed upon the winners, they can also look forward to a place in European Club hockey in the 2013/2014 season.

All teams competing this weekend must be congratulated for their efforts in the pool stages, where they played five games against top quality opposition to make it to the finals weekend. Everyone at Irish Hockey wishes those involved the very best of luck!

Women

SCHEDULE


10:30 Loreto Hockey Club vs Ards
12:30 UCD vs Railway Union

First up at Grange Road is Loreto versus Ards in the early push back at 10.30am. Loreto finished top of their so-called ‘Pool of Death' in a group that included strong outfits Railway Union, Hermes and Pegasus.

They began their campaign with a vital 3-1 win over Railway, and followed that up the week after with 3-2 victory over Hermes and an emphatic 5-2 win over Catholic Institute. They gained a vital point against Pegasus in Round 4 after coming back from 3-1 down with ten minutes to go, and secured their place in the finals weekend with a 5-1 demolition of bottom-placed Ulster Elks. This left them the only unbeaten side to reach the ladies semi-finals, scoring 19 along the way. Niamh Small is to thank for 7 of those goals, as she lies second in the goal scoring charts, the only player to score in each round of the campaign thus far. Head coach Graham Shaw will hope that this scoring form continues into the weekend.

Assistant coach Gareth Evans has used full match day squads for all group matches to avoid fatigue and injury and it has stood to them, going into the Semis with their squad of players injury-free and looking sharp. Shaw will be a busy man on Saturday as he takes charge of Loreto and will be involved with Monkstown men in their semi-final later on in the day. After the disappointment of losing in last year's IHL final to Railway Union, Shaw has been happy with the level of application and performances from his squad in this year's campaign but knows Ards will pose a threat:

"We have approached this IHL in the right frame of mind and got the right results.  We are looking forward to taking on Ards in this year's semi-final next Saturday.  They are an in-form team, not to be underestimated having reached the semi-finals of both the ISC and the IHL, beating UCD along the way, and they have some fantastic players in their squad.  However, our focus will be on our own processes and performance with a view to reaching Sunday's Final."

Their opponents Ards will be delighted with their run in this year's campaign, achieving their first ever appearance in a finals weekend. After losing out to eventual winners Railways in the semi-final of the Irish Senior Cup earlier this year, their place this weekend may come as a shock to many but for coach Gareth Grundie his team's progress comes as no surprise. They certainly produced the shock result of the pool stages with an opening day 2-1 victory over favourites UCD. This was followed by victory over Cork Harlequins in Round 2. Despite losing to Ballymoney and Old Alex in Rounds 3 and 4, a final day win over Lurgan was enough to confirm their place in the semi-finals.

Ards Captain Naomi Elliot leads the team from the back while youngster Chloe Brown has outlined her talents with some good performances. They go into the game as underdogs and will have to be wary of the attacking threat that Loreto pose and look to catch them on the break.

At 12.30 Railway Union take on UCD in the second semi-final in what is a repeat of the Irish Senior Cup final earlier in the season. Railway suffered an opening first round defeat at the hands of pool winners Loreto. Coach Mick Mckinnon new his team probably needed to win their remaining four games to progress. And that they did, recording victories over Catholic Institute, Pegasus and Ulster Elks. In their final pool game against Hermes they produced what Mckinnon described as ‘one of their best performances of the season' in a 4-0 rout of Hermes in Sandymount.

Mckinnon is looking forward to the weekend and hopes his key players provide the difference come Saturday:

"At the start of the season we target Irish competition as our priority. I think the team are focused on trying to achieve the double by retaining the IHL and adding it to the ISC. There are stars on both teams and obviously these could impact the game. Throughout the season almost every player in our squad has had an impact at key moments, no one more so than Holly Jenkinson who won our player of the year for this season."

"We have had some classic games v UCD this season coming from 4-0 to draw 4-4 in league and the overcoming them in the ISC final. Both teams know each other inside out and it could be another great game. The IHL weekend is a great weekend. This is the 4th year running that we have been here and it always produces drama and often controversy. Three Rock is a great venue and we are all looking forward to an exciting weekend."

UCD had a difficult start to their IHL campaign, losing to Ards in their opening game. Injuries to key players at a vital stage in the season meant Johnny Harte had to ring the changes and hope his replacements rose to the occasion. They certainly did, and UCD went on to secure four emphatic wins in their remaining games, scoring 18 goals along the way. Internationals Chloe Watkins and Niamh Atcheler returned and had a big impact on performances, and Harte will certainly hope this continues come Saturday.

MEN

SCHEDULE


15:00 Monkstown vs Lisnagarvey
17:00 Banbridge vs Cookstown

The first men's semi-final of the day sees Monkstown take on Lisnagarvey at 3pm. Monkstown came through the group stage unbeaten with 4 wins and a draw. This included an emphatic 6-1 win over league rivals Pembroke and an equally vital 2-1 win over pool rivals Cookstown. They also showed that along with their attacking strength they have defensive capabilities to match with only conceding five goals in the group stage, the lowest number conceded by any team in this year's competition.

Monkstown captain Nick Dee is wary of the treat ‘Garvey pose but is hoping big match experience will see them through to Sunday's final:

"Lisnagarvey being last year's winners and having a proud history in Irish competitions will certainly be an experienced side in this IHL finals weekend. Mark Raphael being the experienced man in the team and having showed this with his performances in this year's EHL. As with every team in this IHL finals weekend, the aim is to be playing on Sunday too and Monkstown will hope that having already competed in the ISC finals weekend and going on to win there that this experience will be of benefit to them this weekend."

Monkstown's forward line up with the youthful pace of David Carson, Kyle Good and Andrew Ward mixed with the experienced old head Gareth Watkins gives them a strong attacking threat. Andy Ewington's powerful drag flicks add to this attacking threat showing that he enjoys playing in the big occasions having scored a hat trick in both the semi-final and final of this year's Irish Senior Cup.

Lisnagarvey secured their route to the finals weekend by virtue of victories over Railway, Cork C of I and Glenanne. They suffered opening day and final round defeats to Banbridge and YMCA but their two losing bonus points were enough to see them through as runners up.

‘Garvey will have to be on top of their game to thwart the attacking threat of Monkstown and reach Sunday's final. They will be looking to the likes of Bell, Buser, Raphael and Cockram to provide the magic. Bell, Buser and James Lorimer have received recent call-ups to Andrew Meredith's senior panel so will be looking to impress come Saturday.

The second semi-final sees Banbridge take on Cookstown in an all-Ulster affair. Bann have qualified as the only team with a 100% record from the group stages, including a 7-1 demolition of Cork C of I and a 5-2 victory over YMCA. Banbridge coach Mark Tumilty knows however that this will mean nothing come pushback on Saturday. Matches including both sides are always closely contested affairs, with rarely more than one goal deciding the outcome.

Tumilty is wary of Cookstown's threat but knows his own squad will make chances themselves:

"Having already tasted IHL glory in 2011 we are eager to return to the European stage and if the team performs as it can then the final on Sunday is a real possibility.

We will be concentrating on our own game plan will no doubt pay particular attention to Andy Barbour, Stuart Smyth, Simon Todd and Steven Sloan. We have several match winners within their squad. Stephen Dowds is leading goal scorer in Ulster hockey this season and along with Owen Magee, Bruce McCandless and Peter Brown are capable of turning any match in our favour.

Hopefully the weekend will showcase the top talent within Irish club hockey with the eventual winner being worthy representatives in next seasons EHL."

Cookstown had an emphatic start to their IHL campaign winning 6-1 against Cork Harlequins. They then beat Instonians and Annadale over the double header weekend, but were narrowly beaten by Monkstown and Pembroke in their final two games. They qualified however thanks to losing bonus points which were enough to see them through.

Cookstown face a Banbridge side who won the Ulster League this year for the first time in years. They have met 3 times this season with each side winning once and drawing once. It could be said that Cookstown go into the game as slight underdogs given that Banbridge finished their pool games unbeaten and have a fully fit squad to choose from. Injuries have impacted the Cookstown squad, with Keith Black taking no part over the weekend after sustaining a knee injury in the opening pool game in Cork. ‘Town will have to rely on the likes of the evergreen Andy Barbour, as well as recent Irish call-up Matthew Rollins in defence. Going forward they have a potential match winner in Captain Greg Allen who has an eye for a goal, having scored three in the pool games. After bowing out in last year's IHL semi-final, they will be hoping to go one further this year and reach Sunday's final.

Irish Hockey Association media release



District & Reserve Cup and Plate finalists ready for action

The winners of the District & Reserve Cup and Plate Finals will be decided at Peffermill, Edinburgh this Saturday.

The Women’s District Plate Final is the first match of the day on Pitch 2 (10.30). Hillhead Ladies II and Grange EL B will clash to determine the winners of the silverware.

The Edinburgh side reached the final courtesy of a nail-biting 3-1 win on penalties against Perthshire in the semi-final. On the other hand, Hillhead’s passage to the final has been devoid of tension after a comfortable win over Kinross in the last four.

On Pitch1, the Women’s District Cup Final gets underway at 11.00 with Orkney up against Milne Craig Clydesale Western IV. The Orcadians are making their third final appearance in row after wins in 2011 and finishing runners-up last season. They face a tough test against the Titwood outfit who have not conceded a goal during their run-in to the final.

At 12.30, Hillhead lll go head-to-head with Watsonians lll in the Men’s Reserve Plate Final on Pitch 2, while Dundee Wanderers III take on Western Wildcats III in the Men’s Reserve Cup Final Pitch 1 (13.00). Wildcats have demonstrated good form in the cup but will have their work cut out against the Taysiders.

Aberdeen GSFP II and Hillhead II will contest the Men’s District Plate Final on Pitch 2 (14.30). The former pupils defeated local rivals Granite City Wanderers II in the semi-finals, while Hillhead II needed penalties against Fidra Lions.

The Men’s District Cup Final (15.00) on Pitch 1 will conclude the Finals day as Inverleith ll face Grove Menzieshill ll.

Inverleith ll have a league and cup double in their sights this season after being crowned Regional League Central Division 1 champions last month. However, the Dundonians will be hoping to get their hands on the cup, after finishing second place to title winners AAM Gordonians ll in Regional League North Division.

Adult prices are £3. Under 16s and Senior Citizens are free of charge.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Chance to impress for Junior World Cup hopefuls



New Zealand’s top young talent will come together for the annual U21 Tournament in Whangarei next week with the upcoming Junior World Cup foremost in their minds.

The action gets underway this Sunday and runs throughout the week, culminating in finals day on Saturday 11th May.

On the Women’s side of the draw, one of the teams to watch will be Canterbury which features no less than four Black Sticks squad members – Cassandra Reid, Jenny Storey, Olivia Merry and Sian Fremaux.

Canterbury Women will be facing tough competition from defending champions Auckland, with Black Sticks forward Julia King in their lineup, the Dave Kosoof coached North Harbour side and a very strong Midlands side featuring Black Stick Rosie Keddell. Central, led by Michaela Curtis will be hoping to improve on last year’s sixth placing and will be heading into the week with confidence.

The Men’s competition promises to be tight affair, with North Harbour aiming to go back to back (they were also a part of the title winning Northern side in 2011). George Muir, buoyed by his recent selection for the Black Sticks’ series against Korea, will be looking to lead his side to glory but will face tough competition from last year’s runners-up Capital and a strong Southern side led by National U21 player of the year Kane Russell.

Perennial contenders Auckland will be looking to feature again and will be relying on Jared Panchia to guide them during the week.

All eyes and ears will be on National U21 coaches Chris Leslie (Women) and Grant Edwards (Men) on finals day as they will announce their squads for the Junior World Cups in Germany for the women and India for the men. 

This tournament presents the final opportunity for players to push their claims for a spot in these squads, which promises a week of exciting hockey action in the far north.

The week is not only about the players though – 17 of New Zealand’s best umpires along with a collection of match directors and judges will be officiating throughout the week. The U21 Tournament is a great chance for up and coming umpires to develop their skills and continue on their pathway to the top of the officiating world.

CLICK HERE for the full tournament draw and results throughout the week

U21 TOURNAMENT - QUICK FACTS

DATE


Sunday 5th May – Saturday 11th May

VENUE

Whangarei ITM Hockey Centre

FORMAT

2 Pools of 4, top 2 from each pool play round robin tournament, Finals on Saturday 11th May

TEAMS

8 teams in each Male and Female competition from each Region
(Northland, North Harbour, Auckland, Midlands, Central, Capital, Canterbury, Southern)

TOTAL PLAYERS

144 Men, 144 Women

UMPIRES

9 Female Umpires, 8 Male Umpires

TOTAL GAMES

48 games played

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Kane Russell (Southern), George Muir (North Harbour), Sian Fremaux, Cassandra Reid, Olivia Merry, Jenny Storey (Canterbury), Brooke Neal, Rosie Keddell (Midlands) Julia King (Auckland)

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS

MEN – North Harbour, WOMEN – Auckland

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Believe it to make it happen, says Arul

HAVE CONFIDENCE: UniKL manager peps up his charges to overcome one-goal deficit against Sapura today

By Fadhli Ishak


UNIKL coach Arul Selvaraj has no doubt his team have what it takes to overturn the one-goal deficit in their TNB Cup quarter-final return leg against Sapura but needs his players to have the same belief to make it happen at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

Arul, whose charges lost the first leg 3-2, said paying their opponents too much respect robbed them of victory on Wednesday, and that it must not be repeated in today's match.

"I am confident we can do this (overturn the deficit) and go on to the semi-finals.

"It is only a one goal difference. One penalty corner and we could already be level," said Arul.

"Hockey is a game of angles. We did not move well due to a lack of confidence and subsequently missed out in the first game despite having our chances.

"The boys really need to have that confidence going into the second leg if we are to succeed.

"I cannot be expected to shout at them to get them moving each time."

Arul, who is also the assistant national coach, added that the team already have a plan to overcome Sapura.

"We know how to beat them (Sapura).

"We have studied their game and know what has to be done.

"We have had three separate meetings with the forwards, midfielders and defenders so now it is up to them to play their roles."

Meanwhile, Tenaga Nasional coach Nor Azlan Bakar said his side, who beat Terengganu 3-2 in the first leg, will be going all out for a win in the return leg today.

"We had expected a tough game against them and that is exactly what happened (in the first match)," said Nor Azlan.

"One goal is definitely not enough to secure victory.

"We cannot afford to go out and try to defend our lead.

"As far as I am concerned, we will go for a win as if the score was still 0-0."

Nor Azlan added that the team must also improve on their concentration after they conceded barely a minute after Faizal Saari scored Tenaga's third goal on Wednesday.

New Straits Times



Battle between Saari brothers grabs spotlight

KUALA LUMPUR: It will be a battle between brothers as Terengganu midfielder Mohd Fitri Saari tries to stop his older sibling and Tenaga Nasional dangerman Faizal from scoring when the two teams meet in the TNB Cup quarter-finals, return-leg match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

The 23-year-old Faizal, top scorer in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) in 2011 and last year, was on target twice in the first-leg match to steer Tenaga to a 3-2 win.

And the 20-year-old Fitri is aware of his brother’s capabilities.

“He is the only Tenaga player who has been scoring regularly. I’ve been given the job of marking him out of the game. It won’t be easy, though, as he is skilful and fast,” said Fitri.

“If I can keep him quiet, then we’ll have a good chance of preventing Tenaga from scoring.

“But then, we must make sure we score too, especially from our penalty corner setpieces.

“In the first-leg match (on Wednesday), we had five penalty corners but failed to convert any.”

And Fitri is also man enough to admit that he’s the main culprit.

“I know I’ve let my team-mates down because I’m the main penalty corner flicker in the team,” said Fitri, who has only scored three penalty corner goals in 13 matches.

Terengganu’s other penalty corner flicker is Mohd Nor Hafiq Abdul Gaffar.

The Star of Malaysia



Meor makes his mark with UniKL despite hardship at home

By AFTAR SINGH



Meor Muhamad Azuan Hasan

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) midfielder Meor Muhamad Azuan Hasan does not come from a privileged background.

Last year, his father Hasan Yeop Hamzah, a pensioner, died after suffering a heart attack on the fifth day of Hari Raya.

The 19-year-old Kuala Kangsar-born player, who is pursuing a degree in sports science at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Shah Alam, didn’t receive any scholarship for his studies.

His mother Azizah Hashim, who works as a cleaner, and his elder brother, who is an electrician, are the ones paying for his studies.

Meor, who is the second among five siblings, admitted that life has been tough for his mother, who not only has to work but also cook for his siblings.

“Although my mother gets my dad’s pension, life is still tough for us as I have three younger brothers who are still studying,” he said.

“I will start my first year second term studies next month ... and I still haven’t received any study loans or scholarships.”

Despite the hardship, Meor believes he has made the right decision by joining UniKL for the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) this season.

He signed a contract with UniKL in January and the club pay him a monthly allowance for playing in MHL. “Although I get a monthly allowance, life is still tough for me and my family. But, at least, it allows me to concentrate on the MHL,” said Meor, who is also in the Project 2013 squad.

Meor, who went with the Project 2013 squad to Europe for a playing tour last year, believes UniKL have a good chance of getting the better of Sapura in the return leg of the quarter-finals today.

“We’re just a goal behind (after losing 3-2) ... I’m confident we can beat them in the return-leg,” said Meor.

“We’re playing well as a team and even created more chances than Sapura in the first-leg ... we just couldn’t score.

“We need to stay focused and hope our forwards will be more clinical in their finishing.”

Both the UniKL goals in the first-leg were scored by Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim from penalty corners. He has scored 15 goals so far.

UniKL coach S. Arulselvaraj was full of praise for Meor.

“He has shown tremendous improvement and is a dedicated player ... he is playing better than some of the national midfielders.

“Meor is the backbone of the team ... I’m really impressed with his performance in the league,” said Arul, who is also the national assistant coach.

UniKL have never reached the semi-finals since making their debut in 2010.

The Star of Malaysia



A Gathering of Key Hockey Minds

National Traning Centre Coaches Planning Workshop




PHOTO Coaches left to right:
Back row – Nick Lenoir (NTIS) Tim White (SASI), Matt Wells (QAS Men), Jay Stacy (VIS Men), Des King (QAS Women), Chris O’Reilly (WAIS Men)
Front row – Larry McIntosh (NSWIS Men), Kate Allen (VIS Women), Stephanie Andrews (ACTAS), ) Andrew McDonald (TIS), Katrina Powell (NSWIS Women), Jeremy Davy (WAIS Women)


Hockey Australia’s National Training Centre (NTC) coaches recently congregated at the High Performance Unit in Perth for 2 days of network planning, sharing of information and observation of the National Senior Men’s and Women’s squads in training and competition. The key theme of the seminar was to imbed more understanding of the ‘Australia’s Winning Edge 2013 – 2022’ high performance strategy and specifically, how the NTC network can contribute to Hockey achieving its international targets.

The long term partnerships that Hockey Australia continues to have with the State Institutes and Academies of Sport (SIS/SAS) and State and Territory member associations, underpins the National network and supports the NTC coaches to provide a high quality training environment for young athletes progressing through the Hockey Australia athlete pathway. 

This support remains critical to the sustainability and performance of our flagship teams, the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras, and our Junior teams the Burras and Jillaroos. Hockey Australia would like to acknowledge this on-going investment and the significant contribution that our funding partners make towards these programs. 

Hockey Australia media release