News for 04 May 2013

All the news for Saturday 4 May 2013

Defences on top as Kookaburras draw with Korea

Kookaburras fans witnessed one of those rare sights in the opening match between Australia’s men and Korea in Perth on Friday night - a nil nil draw. And while the best of the goal scoring chances fell to his side, Head Coach Ric Charlesworth was full of praise for his defensive unit which featured, among others, debutant Andrew Philpott (VIC).

Speaking immediately after watching the subsequent shoot-out competition, which Korea won 4-1, Charlesworth said: “I thought it was a pretty good defensive performance, we hardly gave them an opportunity to score, we had four penalty corners ourselves and they didn’t get any.”

Acknowledging his side could have won the match in normal time, Charlesworth added: “We didn’t take our chances, we had enough opportunities but this is where hockey’s going. It’s 11 men in the twenty five; penetrating that area’s pretty difficult. You’ve got to make those opportunities work for you.

“It’s a good start for us. It’s a good reminder of what it’s about. They’re a very good team.”

It was a night of firsts with Philpott, who came off the bench, and Tamworth’s Matthew Willis (NSW) making their first appearances for the Kookaburras. And, in preparation for the forthcoming World League, the match featured the first application at international level of the regulation allowing players to play the ball above shoulder height, provided that it is not dangerous or leading to danger. 

Jacob Whetton had Australia’s first sight of goal inside five minutes but his close range sweep from an acute angle was easily dealt with by the Korean goalkeeper Lee Myung Ho, who also blocked Aran Zalewski’s tomahawk effort soon after.  Five minutes later, it was Lee’s opposite number Tristan Clemons pulling off the saves, firstly with a well-timed right foot at full stretch before a solid block from Hwang Tea Il’s shot on the turn.  

A brace of penalty corners failed to break the deadlock late in the first half including one from five times World Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer, who saw his shot saved by Lee before the goalkeeper acrobatically saved the follow up. Further chances at the start of the second half saw another corner blocked and the Kookaburras hit the post, but it was the defensive efforts of Joel Carroll, Kiel Brown, Deavin and Philpott that stood out as the game progressed.

Korea’s counter attacking style kept the Kookaburras’ back line on its toes throughout and on the one occasion late in the game that Australia lured Korea forward enough to launch a counter attack of their own, Glenn Turner saw his pass to Jason Wilson snuffed out by a sliding interception by Jung Man Jae.

With the scores level at full time, the shoot-out competition was used to separate the two sides and to allow the teams to practice ahead of the World League. Korea scored their first four efforts while Australia’s Rob Hammond, Matthew Ghodes and Jamie Dwyer had their shots blocked and Russell Ford chipped over. Taking Australia’s second, Aran Zalewski scored, while George Bazeley, who replaced Tristan Clemons at half time, blocked Korea’s final attempt.




KOREA 0 (0)

Korea win shoot-out competition 4-1.

Kookaburras Squad v Korea, 3 May

(Listed alphabetically by surname)

Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD), Kiel Brown (Toowoomba, QLD), Joel Carroll (Darwin, NT), Tristan Clemons (Bunbury, WA), Tim Deavin (Launceston, TAS), Matthew Willis (Tamworth, NSW), Jason Wilson (Kingscliff, QLD), Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA), Matt Gohdes (Rockhampton, QLD), Glenn Simpson (Melbourne, VIC), Jacob Whetton (Brisbane, QLD)

Used Sub
George Bazeley (Melbourne, VIC), Chris Bausor (Perth, WA), Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD), Russell Ford (Eltham, VIC), Andrew Philpott (Melbourne, VIC), Glenn Turner (Goulburn, NSW)

Did Not Play
Nick Budgeon (Launceston, TAS), Andrew Charter (Canberra, ACT), Liam De Young (Brisbane, QLD), Jeremy Edwards (Hobart, TAS), Rob Hammond (Townsville, QLD), Tyler Lovell (Perth, WA), Josh Miller (Goulburn, NSW), Dan Mirecki (Melbourne, VIC), Trent Mitton (Perth, WA), Tom Wickham (Adelaide, SA)

Hockey Australia media release

SA U21 IPT men’s and women’s hockey finalists decided

Friday’s sixth day of the SA U21 men’s and women’s interprovincial hockey tournaments in Pretoria and Durban respectively, saw the finalists decided.

In the women’s U21 semi-finals at Queensmead in Durban, Kaspersky Southerns were beaten 8-0 by Western Province while North West edged Northern Blues 3-2 on penalty shootout after the scores were locked 1-1 at full-time.

In the men’s U21 semi-finals at Tuks in Pretoria, Northern Blues shaded Free State 2-1 and KZN Raiders lost 2-0 to Western Province.

The gold medal matches will be at 6.30 pm Saturday.


Namibia (0) 2 (Penda Nambala 2) Kaspersky Wits (0) 1 (RD Strauss)

Eastern Province (5) 8 (Jason Bigara 3, Malikaya Mdutyana 2, Curtis Samboer, Winchester Scott 2) Eastern Gauteng 0

WP Peninsula (1) 3 (Michael Daly 2, Charles Plimsoll) Kaspersky Southerns (0) 2 (Johan Smit, Brynn Cleak)

KZN Inland (3) 7 (Travis Hardnick 2, Damian Kimfley 3, Le-Neal Jackson, Dumi Mncwango) North West (1) 2 (Cerezo Comerasamy 2)

First semi-final: Northern Blues (0) 2 (Dirk du Toit, Nic Berichon) Free State (1) 1 (Dylan Swanepoel)

Second semi-final: Western Province (1) 2 (Niel Roode, Robert Edwards) KZN Raiders 0


8.30 am (11/12) Kaspersky Wits vs Eastern Gauteng

10.30 am (9/10) Namibia vs Eastern Province

12.30 pm (7/8) Kaspersky Southerns vs North West

2.30 pm (5/6) WP Peninsula vs KZN Inland

4.30 pm (Bronze medal match) Free State vs KZN Raiders

6.30 pm (Gold medal match) Northern Blues vs Western Province


WP Peninsula (4) 13 (Micaela Diedericks 3, Teagan van der Wath 2, Nicole Bartsch 3, Ashleigh Ratcliffe 2, Rhoni Gericke, Karla Petersen 2) Eastern Gauteng 0

Namibia (1) 2 (Nicola Heathcote, Anri Krugel) Kaspersky Wits 0

Free State (1) 2 (Tanya Britz, Izelle Lategan) KZN Raiders 0

KZN Inland (0) 2 (Nadia Stella 2) Eastern Province (1) 2 (Cassandra Lister, Toni Marks)
KZN Inland won penalty shoot-out 4-2

First semi-final: Western Province (4) 8 (Toni McCann 2, Quanita Bobbs 3, Jenead Brodell, Taryn Mallet, Tarryn Glasby) Kaspersky Southerns 0

Second semi-final: North West (1) 1 (Tiffanie Jones) Northern Blues (1) 1 (Jacintha Jubb)
North West won penalty shoot-out 3-2


8.30 am (11/12) Eastern Gauteng vs Kaspersky Wits

10.30 am (9/10) WP Peninsula vs Namibia

12.30 pm (7/8) KZN Raiders vs Eastern Province

2.30 pm (5/6) Free State vs KZN Inland

4.30 pm (Bronze medal match) Kaspersky Southerns vs Northern Blues

6.30 pm (Gold medal match) North West vs Western Province

SA Hockey Association media release

TNB zap Terengganu as MBI make semis as well

Tenaga Nasional Berhad were forced to dig deep by Terengganu HT before romping home with a 5-1 win in the second leg quarterfinals of the TNB Cup to make the semifinals on an 8-3 aggregate.

And in the Presidents Cup, Ipoh City Council did enough by holding Uniten KPT to a 1-1 draw to make the semis on a 4-3 aggregate and will take on TNB Thunderbolts in the first leg next Friday.

TNB served a surprise as they opted to start the match without ace striker Faisal Saari but brought him onto the pitch in the fifth minute. And Faisal duly went on to score two out of the five goals and leads the goal scoring charts with 16 goals.

The two teams had early opportunities to open scoring as TNB was awarded a penalty corner in the 6th minute while Terengganu got their first penalty corner in the 10th minute.

But both wasted the chance and it was not the end to end stuff that the fans were expecting as the teams were cautious in the approach.

All the match needed was a spark and it was duly delivered by Terengganu HT who took the lead in the 30th minute through a fine effort by Azlan Misron.

TNB were jolted and aftera tongue lashing by coach Nor Azlan Bakara t halftime, the returned to the pitch a different side. It took them just five minute to equalise through Faisal who converted a penalty corner.

And after that the floodgates opened as Muhammad marhan Jalil turned in a neatly worked penalty corner into a goal in the 53rd minute to give TNB a 2-1 lead.

Two minutes later Muhammad Azammi Abadi extended the led to 3-1 before Faisal scored his second of the night in the 59th minute to make it 4-1. Faiz Helmi put icing on the cake in the 63rd minute for a comprehensive 5-1 win on the night and 8-3 on aggregate.

In the President's Cup match, Uniten were trailing 2-3 after the first leg and thought that they did enough to take the match into extra time by scoring in the 56th minute via Ganeisha Tamil Chelvam.

But MBI got a quick equaliser two minutes later thanks to Moha Soffian Kamaruddin and held on to make the semis.

Official MHL site

Sapura sneak thru as Sunday 2030 take a stroll

Sapura survived a spirited comeback from UniKL to make the semi finals of the TNB Cup as they edged their opponents 3-2 on the night and 6-4 on aggregate at the National Hockey stadium.

And Sunday 2-30 also made it through to the President Cup semis although they were held to a 1-1 draw as their first leg emphatic win of 5-2 saw them safely through on a 6-3 aggregate.

With thunderstorm looming, the start of both the matches was delayed but once it got underway, the Sapura v UniKL tie kept the spectators at the edge of trheir seats.

UniKL were gifted their first clear chance in the 22nd minute when they worked their way to their first penalty corner of the game, however UniKL’s drag flicking ace Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim was not on the field to cause any problems as he was on the bench taking a breather.

The 22 year-old did get the opportunity to put his side into the lead but failed to capitalize from another two penalty corners.

Sapura’s who were playing second best to UniKL throughout the first half only found their sight on goal in the 24th minute from their first penalty corner, but Megat Azrafiq Megat Tarmizi failed to trap to push out and the chance went to waste.

In the second half, Sapura seemed to have woken up after a sluggish start and found the net in the 39th minute courtesy of Khasif Ali.

The Pakistani sent a low flick past a helpless Arief Iskandar Khamdan who was in goal for UniKL.

Sapura then doubled their lead in the 44th minute from their fourth penalty corner when Khasif netted his 17th goal of the season in similar fashion as the first.

UniKL did not bow out with a fight as they pulled level late in the game, Dedy Ariyadi Jumaidi and Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim found the net for UnIKL in the 60th and 62nd minute respectively, but as UniKL pushed more players forward Sapura sealed the game with a late goal in the 70th minute which was scored by Joel Samuel Van Huizen.

Sunday 2030  held Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail (SSTMI) to 1-1 draw to booked their spot in the semi-finals with a 6-3 aggregate victory.

Sunday 2030 took an early lead thanks to Khairil Anuar Mohd Isa, but SSTMI rallied on to find an equalizer in the 18th minute through Mohd Zulhamizan Awang Abas.

Sunday 2030 KL will go on to face Divison One champions UiTM in the semi-finals.

Official MHL site

Big guns safely through


TNB’s Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin (right) tries to get past Terengganu’s Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Abdul Jalil (centre) in their TNB Cup match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. Pic by Muhd Asyraf Sawal

HEAVYWEIGHTS Tenaga Nasional and Sapura both advanced to the semi-finals of the TNB Cup with second-leg wins against Terengganu and UniKL respectively at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Tenaga were slow off the blocks but eventually outclassed Terengganu 5-1 to book a spot against Maybank in the semi-finals next Friday with an 8-3 aggregate win.

Both teams were cautious in their approach in the opening minutes but Tenaga had their fair share of chances as they were awarded three penalty corners in the half but failed to convert.

It was Terengganu, who lost the first leg 3-2 on Wednesday, who got on the scoresheet first through an Azlan Misron effort in the 30th minute.

Tenaga, however, bounced back in the second-half and leveled the match through a Faizal Saari penalty corner five minutes after the restart.

Tenaga, who finished third in the league, then added to their tally with another penalty corner effort by Muhammad Marhan Mohd Jalil in the 53rd minute and went 3-1 up when Muhammad Azammi Adabi netted just two minutes later.

Faizal notched his second of the match with another penalty corner effort in the 59th minute before Faiz Helmi Jali sealed a 5-1 victory for Tenaga with a 63rd minute field goal.

Tenaga coach Nor Azlan Bakar said he was delighted to come through with a landslide win after a tough first leg match.

"We had a lot of chances in the first-half and could have killed the match then but I am still happy we got the win," said Nor Azlan.

"The boys played simple hockey today (yesterday) and it eventually worked out for us. Terengganu also looked a bit tired which gave us an added advantage.

"I am also happy that Faizal Saari did well for us and managed two goals in the game. He showed his worth despite only recently having overcome a knee injury."

Meanwhile, the match between Sapura and UniKL, which had to be delayed for 45 minutes due to heavy rain and lightning, also opened to the same tune with both teams' cautious approach seeing them enter the break deadlocked.

The match, however, came alive in the 39th minute when Khasif Ali opened the scoring via a penalty corner. Khasif then made it 2-0 for Sapura with a second penalty corner five minutes later.

UniKL, who finished in sixth place in the league, pulled one back through a Dedy Ariyadi Jumaidi penalty corner in the 60th minute. Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim then put UniKL level with another penalty corner five minutes later.

Sapura's Joel Samuel Van Huizen, however, put the match beyond reach for UniKL when he scored on the counter attack in the final minute of the match.

Sapura, who won the first leg 3-2, advanced to the semi-finals with a 6-4 aggregate win. They will face league champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club in the semi-finals on Friday.

RESULTS -- TNB Cup q-finals, 2nd leg: Tenaga Nasional 5 Terengganu 1 (Tenaga win 8-3 on aggregate); Sapura 3 UniKL 2 (Sapura win 6-4 on aggregate).

Presidents Cup q-finals, 2nd leg: MBI 1 Uniten KPT 1 (MBI win 4-3 on aggregate); Sunday 2030 1 SSTMI 1 (Sunday 2030 win 6-3 on aggregate)

New Straits Times

Tenaga stormed into the semi-finals of the Malaysia Hockey League, Sapura defeat gritty UniKL


KUALA LUMPUR: Former champions Tenaga Nasional stormed into the semi-finals of the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) for the overall title when they thrashed debutants Terengganu 5-1 in the second leg of the quarter-finals at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Tenaga, who qualify with an 8-3 aggregate, will meet Maybank in the last four on May 10. The return leg will be on May 12.

Tenaga, who won the first-leg tie 3-2, suffered a fright in the first half when Azlan Misron scored off a goalmouth melee in the 30th minute to level the aggregate score at 3-3.

But Tenaga emerged from the break a resurgent side, hammering five goals past Terengganu with aplomb. Faizal Saari got the show started with a penalty corner goal in the 41st minute.

Then came Tenaga’s 10-minute goal spree – Mohd Amin Rahim’s penalty corner flick (53rd minute), Mohd Azammi Adabi (55th), Faizal (59th) and Faiz Helmy (63rd).

Tenaga skipper Mohd Amin said after the match that their only problem in the first-half was their inept finishing.

“We created a lot of chances in the first-half but were not clinical. But the second-half was different. Once we scored the first goal, the tempo of the game changed and we wrest control of the game. This is what we need to do – make the chances count!,” he said.

The start of the other quarter-final match – between UniKL and Sapura – was delayed for 45 minutes due to a downpour.

And when it did get off, both teams came alive only in the second half as Sapura had to endure a late rally by Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) before prevailing 3-2 to qualify for the semi-finals with a 6-4 aggregate.

Sapura will face champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) in the last four.

Pakistani ace Khasif Ali struck twice in five minutes – 39th and 44th minutes – to put Sapura ahead from penalty corner set pieces.

The brace took his tally in the tournament to 17 goals – one ahead of last year’s top scorer Faizal Saari. UniKl managed to pull a goal back in the 60th minute through Dedy Aryadi Jumaidi, also from a penalty corner set piece.

Two minutes later, Mohd Noor Faeez’s drag flick goal for UniKL made it 2-2.

But Joel van Huizen had the final say when he made sure of Sapura’s place in the final when he scored the winner in the 70th minute.

The Star of Malaysia

Perez lifts Paragon past Oilmen

Jabari Perez scored two goals to lift Paragon to a 3-1 triumph over Petrotrin in its T&T Hockey Board men’s Championship Division match at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Thursday night.

Perez got the opener after only eight minutes and doubled the lead six minutes later for a 2-0 half-time advantage.

On the resumption, Paragon continued to dominate and went 3-0 up via a field goal from Saleem Clapham, before Kingsley Noel got a 52nd-minute consolation for the Oilmen.

On Monday at the same venue, Malvern also registered a comfortable 4-0 shutout of Carib in another Trinity Men’s match. Anthony Marcano (6th), Christopher Lazer (16th) and Teague Marcano (38th) were on target for Malvern, while the “Brewery Men” conceded an own goal in the 30th.

In the Trinity Women’s Division, Malvern and Ventures battled to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday.


Monday—Trinity Men:

Malvern 4 (Anthony Marcano 6th, Christopher Lazer 16th, own goal 30th, Teague Marcano 38th) vs Carib 0

Tuesday—Trinity Women
Malvern 1 (Margaret Hinds 34th) vs Ventures 1 (Amanda Tang Nian 45th)

Thursday—Trinity Men:
Paragon 3 (Jabari Perez 8th, 14th, Saleem Clapham 48th) vs Petrotrin 1 (Kingsley Noel 52nd)



Venue: Training Field, Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet
Men’s Championship: Queen’s Park vs Paradise, 8.30 am
Women’s Championship: Ventures vs Paradise, 10.15 am
Trinity Men: Paradise vs Queen’s Park, 12 noon
Under-19 Boys: Queen’s Park vs Paradise, 1.45 pm
Under-19 Girls: Paradise vs Ventures,
3 pm

Venue: National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua
Under-19 Girls: Magnolias vs Notre Dame, 11.30 am
Under-19 Boys: Fatima vs Paragon, 1 pm
Trinity Women: Checkers vs Petrotrin, 2.30 pm
Women’s Championship: Paragon vs Malver, 4.30 pm
Men’s Championship: Paragon vs Fatima, 6 pm
Men’s Championship: Notre Dame vs Malvern, 7.30 pm

Venue: National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua
Under-19 Girls: Malvern vs Checkers,
1 pm
Women’s Championship: Notre Dame vs Checkers, 4.30 pm
Men’s Championship: Petrotrin vs Defence Force, 6 pm
Mixed Veterans: Notre Dame vs Malvern, 7.30 pm

The Trinidad Guardian

England Hockey Mens Cup Final

Wakefield Hockey Club is the venue for the Men’s Cup final this Saturday plus a full weekend of other finals

Saturday starts with the Men’s Vase Final which features two teams who have never reached the final of the competition before. Both Winchester and Ashbourne have enjoyed good seasons by finishing second in their respective leagues, scoring plenty of goals along the way. For Winchester, they scored an impressive 97 goals during their league season with a goal difference of 51 in the Hampshire/Surrey Division Two. Ashbourne were not far off this record in East Midlands Division One with their league season including 90 goals with a goal difference of 51.

Guernsey return to the final of the Men’s Trophy for the second year running as they take on Lewes who reach the final for the first time. Lewes have had an impressive season, gaining promotion to the South Premier Division One and they will hope to make it a double over Channel Island teams, having already dispatched Jersey on route to the final. Guernsey have once again caught the eye in this competition and will look to put the disappointment of losing last season’s final to Gateshead behind them, who they beat on route to Wakefield, by lifting the trophy as they did in 2009.

It’s an all NOW: Pensions Premier Division Final in the Men’s Cup which will have a guaranteed new winner as Hampstead & Westminster take on Surbiton. Hampstead & Westminster continue their impressive form in the cup which has been shown in recent years, reaching the final for the third time in four seasons although they are still yet to lift the cup. They did however conquer their Beeston curse by beating them on route to this stage, having lost to them in the cup in the previous three seasons. It’s been a great year for Surbiton having come runners up in the Men’s Premier Division, and they appear in their second cup final having lost out to Reading in 2004.

The first game on Sunday will see an all London tie between Southgate and Teddington in the Men’s 2nd XI Cup Final. Southgate have been great supporters of this competition over the years and will hope to become champions for the first time having come runners up three times in the last four seasons. This is Teddington’s first appearance in the Second XI Cup Final and it comes off the back of a successful season which has seen them become champions of the Higgins London League Division One.

The Women’s Second XI Cup Final features the holders Clifton as they take on Beeston. Clifton continue to be the stand out team in the West with the Second XI finishing third in the West Premier Division 1 which is a higher placed finished than any other Second XI team in that region. Like Clifton, Beeston have also had an incredible season and as a club lead the way in the Midlands. Their Second XI were crowned champions of the Midlands Premier League, with the First XI gaining promotion to the Investec Women’s Premier League via the playoffs.

West Bridgford Monarchs return to the Men’s Second XI Trophy final for the fifth time as they take on Tulse Hill & Dulwich who feature in the final for the first time. West Bridgford Monarchs will hope to retain the trophy they won for the first time last year having lost out the previous three occasions. Tulse Hill & Dulwich will hope to put league form behind them as they enter the final having only won once in the Higgins London League Premier Division.

The Women’s Second XI Trophy features two clubs making their debut in the Final as Formby take on Tulse Hill & Dulwich. Formby have had their highest ever finish as a Second XI team finishing third in the Lancashire Division One and they will hope to finish their season off with a high. The ladies section at Tulse Hill & Dulwich have had an incredible season with all three of their teams winning their leagues and their Second XI will look to remain unbeaten this season with victory in the final.

Sunday will also see the annual Women’s Masters Over 40’s Tournament take place. The competition, which has been running since 1989, features Wimbledon who have won the title the previous two seasons and Northampton HasBeans who won it before then back in 2010. Cambridge City, who were runners up in 2007 will once again represent the East as they did last season, with Bournemouth making their first appearance since 2008 representing the West. The fifth and final team participating will be hosts Wakefield who make their first appearance in this competition.

The schedule for the weekend can be seen in full below. Tickets can be purchased on the gate at Wakefield priced at £6 for adults and £3 for concessions on Saturday, with all tickets £3 on Sunday.

Saturday 4 May

11:00 – Winchester v Ashbourne (Men’s Vase Final)
13:30 – Guernsey v Lewes (Men’s Trophy Final)
16:00 – Hampstead & Westminster v Surbiton (Men’s Cup Final)

Sunday 5 May

10:00 – Southgate v Teddington (Men’s 2nd XI Cup Final)
12:15 – Clifton v Beeston (Women’s 2nd XI Cup Final)
14:30 – Tulse Hill & Dulwich v West Bridgford Monarchs (Men’s 2nd XI Trophy Final)
16:45 – Formby v Tulse Hill & Dulwich (Women’s 2nd XI Trophy Final)

10:00 – 17:45 Women’s Masters Over 40’s Round Robin Tournament

England Hockey Board Media release

Player to watch: Jeffrey Thys - KHC Dragons

POSITION: Midfielder

When you look at their roster it is easy to understand why KHC Dragons have qualified for EHL Final Four twice in succession. Their squad contains some of the finest talents that Belgian hockey has to offer, including 2011 FIH Young Player of the Year nominee Florent van Aubel, ace goalkeeper Manu Leroy and Loick Luypaert, a man who currently leads the Euro Hockey League scoring chart having netted seven goals in four matches this season. However, it is inspirational team captain Jeffrey Thys who is the real star of the show.

Jeffrey Thys is a superbly creative, hard running midfielder who has made a habit of scoring crucial goals for his team. The 25 year old – who was a central figure in the Belgium international team that achieved a remarkable 5th place finish at the London 2012 Olympics – has scored four times during this season’s Euro Hockey League campaign, and has created many, many more for his ever grateful team-mates. 

Thys was in absolutely sensational form during KO16 Amsterdam, leading his side to thumping victories over Ireland’s Lisnagarvey HC (7-2) and Reading HC of England (5-1). The win against Reading was a real head turner, with Thys producing a masterful midfield display by creating two goals and scoring another as the Dragons powered to a stunning victory over the 2011 EHL Bronze medallists.

Last year, Dragons become the first ever Belgian club to win a Euro Hockey League medal when they defeated H.C. Rotterdam in the 3rd Place Play-Off. Jeffrey Thys could inspire his team to even greater heights this time around.

Jeffrey Thys and KHC Dragons face Rot-Weiss Köln of Germany in the Semi Finals of the Euro Hockey League. The two teams go head-to-head at Bloemendaal on Saturday 18th May, with the winner facing either HC Bloemendaal (NED) or Amsterdam H&BC (NED) in the tournament Final, which takes place on Sunday 19th May. Tickets for the event can be purchased in the Tickets section of, the official website of the Euro Hockey League.

Euro Hockey League media release

U-16 Hockey reaches to quarters stage

LAHORE-Rawalpindi, Bannu andMultanwere the last three teams which moved to the quarterfinal of the 2nd Motorway Police U-16 Boys Hockey Championship here at the National Hockey Stadium on Friday.

Rawalpindi beat Gujranwala2-1. For Rawalpindi, Zeeshan Alam and Hamza Nawaz scored one goal each while Bilal netted only goal for Gujranwala.

Bannu routed Sahiwal with a firm 7-1 victory. The winners led the first half 2-0 and expanded their lead at 5-0 at the end of the second half.

Multan outplayed Dera Ghazi Khan 3-0 before wrapping up the first half 1-0 and the following 2-0.

In another match having on impact on the seedings of the teams, Hazara beat Islamabad 2-1 before being 1-1 at the end of the first and second halves.

The Nation

Let the kids play

Marc Lewis

Playing outside … a notion that many believe is lost on today’s generation. According to most overworked and underpaid parents, for kids today, it’s all about TV games and Blackberrys.

I think it’s fair to say every child has, at least once in its life, heard the “when I was your age” story, which generally is a tale explaining how their parents used to walk to school for dozens of kilometres. Life wasn’t all about this fancy schmancy stuff. What those stories also often include are tales of how our parents used to keep themselves occupied with nothing but their bare hands and Mother Nature. They loved playing outside and being outdoors, something I do agree is totally lost on today’s kids for multiple reasons.

But how would our parents have reacted if someone told them they weren’t allowed to play outside?

That’s pretty much what the South African National Men’s Hockey team has been feeling until very recently.

Small federations like hockey, tennis and archery have long complained about the lack of funding, and while athletes will come and go, the fundamental issues crippling the sports will continue until a monumental shift in thought processes are made.

Recently Mugg & Bean announced a two-year sponsorship deal with the SA Men’s hockey team. This deal will help the team compete in top class international events around the world, including next year’s World Cup in the Netherlands. 

Hockey is sometimes unfairly regarded as the ugly stepchild of South African sport and has been in desperate need of a sponsor for quite some time. The ladies team has gone from strength to strength in recent seasons, thanks to the magnificent support it’s received from Investec, yet the men’s team somehow, could never seem to land a big fish… until now.

Team captain Rhett Halkett was quick to praise the sponsorship saying, “This is as good as gold for us. It’s good to know that we have some security and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that we can extend that into the future.”

The South African men's hockey team in action at the London Olympics. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN.While covering the 2012 Olympics for Eyewitness News, I visited the River Bank Arena in London several times to watch the SA men’s team compete. The match that stands out the most for me was the game against Great Britain. For the hosts, nothing but a win would be acceptable, especially since they were playing against the lowest ranked team there. But for South Africa, any form of upset would be a huge victory, taking into consideration the calibre of their opponents and its huge support base being at home.

I sat next to Lance Michael Louw’s parents. Their son, a product of Parktown Boys High, plays defence for South Africa. While screaming and shouting for Lance and his teammates to shock the world, they couldn’t stop telling me how excited Lance was to simply be there competing at the London Games – something that almost didn’t happen for that team because finances were simply too low.

South Africa landed up drawing that match two-all thanks to some great team work, although some late heroics from goal keeper Rassie Pieterse kept SA in the match. Watching them celebrate and do a lap of honour for the modestly sized South Africa crowd sent shivers down my spine. It made me realise that all these boys wanted to do, was exercise the talent God had given them and play hockey.  

I have no doubt, that with Mugg & Bean’s support, this team, currently ranked 12th in the world, will quickly develop into a top five team internationally, and start seriously competing for higher international honours.

So for goodness sake, just let the kids play.

Mark Lewis is an EWN Sports reporter.

Eye Witness News

Price tag puts players off hockey

The cost of playing sport in Wellington keeps rising, threatening the grass roots of popular games and putting a hole in the pockets of veterans.

Hockey is by far the most expensive of five popular winter codes, due mainly to its expensive artificial pitches. Hockey players can pay almost four times as much as rugby players. Clubs set their own fees, but the underlying costs remain the same.

Wellington under-21 hockey players Harry Miskimmin and Conor Gilchrist said the price tag could put people off hockey.

They pay $1500 a year to play representative and premier grade - but it is at the lower levels of the game where damage is felt, they said.

"It wouldn't put us off, but it would if you were tossing up between playing hockey and something else," Gilchrist said. "A lot of low-decile schools are not into hockey."

Miskimmin said: "Constantly having to pay fees has always been a problem for people to play hockey, compared to rugby."

Sticks are also expensive - good models sell for more than $300.

Wellington Hockey chief executive Anne-Margaret Campbell said synthetic turfs were the main reason why the sport cost so much.

The city's turfs are run by the National Hockey Stadium Trust but owned by councils. Hockey had to contribute to their maintenance and replacement, she said.

Wellington Hockey charges a flat affiliation fee, most of which goes towards turfs.

"The facilities are expensive, but they do enable us to play games every week . . . the bulk of the cost is capital - replacing the carpet and leasing the turfs."

Fees for all sports vary according to how much fundraising clubs do.

However, society had changed and people were less willing or able to do fundraising work, she said.

"I think the costs could be prohibitive - it's something we're very aware of and it's important to keep costs to a minimum where we can."

The problems faced by hockey will affect football and rugby as both sports increase their use of artificial pitches.

Football clubs pay a flat affiliation fee to Capital Football, which works out at about $150 a player.

Netball fees vary significantly, depending on whether the game is played indoors or out, with indoors likely to be more expensive.

One Wellington indoor club, for example, charges $300 for its top grade teams. Outdoor clubs charge about $150.

Rugby union is comparatively cheap, with fees of about $120 a person.

Rugby league is the cheapest of the five main winter sports, with average fees hovering around $100.