News for 15 May 2013

All the news for Wednesday 15 May 2013


Black Sticks draw with Korea in opening test


Photo courtesy www.photosport.co.nz

The Black Sticks have opened their six-test series against Korea with a tight 1-1 draw at Rangitoto College today.

Both sides scored one goal each in the first half but were unable to deliver the killer blow in a goalless yet entertaining second half.

Hugo Inglis scored New Zealand’s only goal in the 16th minute before Nam Yong Lee drew Korea level just before the halftime whistle. Neither side was able to add to the ledger in an increasingly defensive second half.

Head coach Colin Batch was pleased with the overall effort from his side and is looking forward to progressing throughout the series.

“We have some things to work on but it was an ok first up effort. Korea is a fast counter attacking side so our defensive effort against that was good to see in the second half,” Batch said.

Captain Dean Couzins had a good game in defence before copping a nasty blow just below the knee.

Young Aucklander Alex Shaw provided great cover at the back with Couzins off the field while Devon Manchester played a solid game in goal and made several critical saves.

The Black Sticks have tomorrow off before the second test against Korea at Rangitoto College on Thursday at 2pm.

To find out more on the Korea series, CLICK HERE

New Zealand 1: (Hugo Inglis)
Korea 1: (Nam Yong Lee)
Halftime: 1-1

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks draw with Korea

By David Leggat


New Zealand and Korea drew their opening hockey international 1-1 at Rangitoto College today.

The hosts took the lead through striker Hugo Inglis after 16 minutes.

However the Koreans equalized through Nam Yong Lee just before halftime.

World No 6 New Zealand squandered a glorious chance just before the end when striker Isaac Staples swung and missed when unmarked 5m from the Korean goal.

However Korea, ranked two places behind New Zealand, had the advantage for lengthy periods, and had five penalty corners to two for New Zealand.

The second international in the six-game series is at Rangitoto on Thursday afternoon.

The New Zealand Herald



Injured Van As ruled out of World League

Netherlands star will miss Rotterdam event due to torn ACL



Argentina FIH Champions Trophy - Day 4 - Netherlands v New Zealand (Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Netherlands attacker Naomi van As has been ruled out of the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Finals tournament in Rotterdam due to injury.

The joint 2009 FIH Player of the Year tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee while representing her club side Laren at the weekend.

The incident happened during a penalty shoot-out against Dutch rivals Den Bosch in the play-offs of the Rabo Hoofdklasse.

Initial reports suggested that Van As collided with Den Bosch goalkeeper Lizzy Koeton, but Van As has since said that she dislocated her knee when she changed direction, and that the injury was in no way connected to the contact made with Koeton.

The injury is expected to rule Van As out of action for at least six months, which would mean that as well as the World League she is almost certain to miss the EuroHockey Nations Championships, which take place in Antwerp (BEL) from 17-25 August 2013.

Speaking to Hockey.nl's Elmke Hendrix, Van As said: "I'm pretty calm. I'm looking forward, staying positive and I know that it will be ok. The 2014 World Cup in The Hague is my goal. I have twelve months to get fit for that."

Hockey.nl



Karnataka holds its own against Punjab

Ashwin Achal



GOALBOUND: Victo Singh of Mumbai gets set to slot home past the Manipur goalkeeper. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

With a 2-1 victory over Punjab, Karnataka held its turf when confronted by a bully who threatened to take over.

An aggressive attitude — backed by a vastly superior physical presence — gave Punjab the edge in its 64th senior National hockey championship match, but Karnataka made up in skill.

The host (11 points) has now booked a spot in the final of the Rangaswamy Cup, where it will face either Mumbai (10 points after completing all its league fixtures), or Uttar Pradesh (seven points with a match in hand).

Uttar Pradesh, which faces Manipur on Wednesday, must win by a 13-goal margin to advance to the summit clash.

In a crucial match, Karnataka drew first blood when Naveen Kumar scored in the 10th minute. Punjab then chose to employ the odd shoulder-check and stick-poke to the body, which unsettled the mild-mannered opponent.

A few choice words aimed at the Karnataka players (and even the umpires) tilted the tide in its favour, and Punjab soon reaped the rewards with an equaliser in the 50th minute.

The North-Zone champion seemed likely to eventually force Karnataka into submission. It took a clutch of reflex saves from the goalkeeper, Mahan Gowda, to keep Karnataka from calling it quits.

As the battle drew to a close, Karnataka’s diminutive substitute J.P. Kusha sneaked past an imposing wall of defenders, and tapped a shot on target. The goalkeeper blocked the shot, but the rebound was sent home by Vinayak Bijwad.

After his team survived several glancing, yet damaging blows, Vinayak’s perfect punch knocked Punjab out of the park.

The results:

Mumbai 21 (Victo Singh 9, Ravi Pareek 3, Vikram Singh 2, Jayanta Meitei 2, Vikram Pillay 2, Laxman Rao, Rajat Sharma, Gnanendrajit Ningobam) bt Manipur 3 (L. Punachandra 2, P. Priyokumar); Uttar Pradesh 11 (John Paul Xaxa 4, Prem Kumar 3, Imran Khan 2, Ravi Bharti 2) bt Jharkhand 0; Karnataka 2 (Naveen Kumar, Vinayak Bijwad) bt Punjab 1 (og).

The Hindu



Karnataka storm into final after 45 years

BANGALORE: Karnataka survived some anxious moments before overcoming a battling Punjab 2-1 and entered the final of the National Hockey Championship for the Rangaswamy Cup at the KSHA stadium on Tuesday.

The win in their final league tie enabled the hosts to top the table and make the final of the event after 45 years. Karnataka had made the final at the Wellington Nationals way back in 1968.

In the title clash on Thursday, Karnataka will take on either Mumbai or Uttar Pradesh. While Mumbai have finished their league engagements with 10 points, UP, with seven so far, take on lowly Manipur on Wednesday.

But they have a tall order of pumping in at least 22 goals or win by a difference of 22 goals to pip Mumbai on goal difference.

Results: Karnataka: 2 (Naveen Kumar M 9, Vinayak Bijawad 57) bt Punjab: 1 (OG 50). Uttar Pradesh: 11 (Prem Kumar 5, 13 & 38, Ravi Bharti 18 & 61, Imran Khan 37 & 64, Diwakar Ram 47, 51, 59 & 70) bt JharkhandL 0. Mumbai: 21 bt Manipur 3 (10, Punachandra 27, 41)

The Times of India



Men's hockey team camp to commence at Bangalore on May 16

NEW DELHI: The national men hockey team's core probables will start their training camp at the Netaji Subhas Southern Centre (NSSC), Bangalore on Thursday to prepare for the FIH World League Round 3 (semifinal) to be held at Rotterdam, Netherlands from June 13 to 23.

The camp will be on till June 4. Indian men's team performed well at the recently-concluded preparatory tour to The Netherlands, where it had defeated the national side twice and also played five games against top clubs of The Netherlands.

India qualified for the FIH World League Round 3 (Semi-Final) by winning all the matches of the Round 2 tournament held at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here in February.

The FIH World League Round 3 (Semi-Final) is a qualification tournament for the FIH Men's World Cup 2014 to be held at The Hague, Netherlands.

The 33 senior men probables:

Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, PT Rao, Sreenivasa Rao Katharu, Nanak Singh.

Full Backs: VR Raghunath, Sandeep Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Harbir Singh Sandhu.

Half Backs: Sardar Singh, Kothajit Singh, Manpreet Singh, MB Aiyappa, Gurmail Singh, Vivek Dhar.

Forwards: SV Sunil, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Chinglensana Singh, Shivendra Singh, Danish Mujtaba, SK Uthappa, Pradhan Sommanna, Nithin Thimmaiah, Yuvraj Walmiki, Dharamvir Singh, Akashdeep Singh, MG Poonacha, Amit Rohidas, Sampath Kumar Maylaram, Pardeep Mor, Prabhdeep Singh, PL Thimmanna, Sukhdev Singh, Gurpreet Singh.

The Times of India



Senior national hockey camp in Bangalore from Thursday

The senior men's national hockey camp for the FIH World League Round 3 (Semi-Final) at Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, June 13-23, will be held at the Netaji Subhas Southern Centre (NSSC), Bangalore from Thursday. The camp will continue till June 4.

The Indian men's hockey team performed well in their recently concluded preparatory tour to the Netherlands where they defeated the national side twice and also played five games against top clubs of country.

India qualified for the FIH World League Round 3 (Semi-Final) by winning all the matches of the Round 2 tournament held at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here in February.

The FIH World League Round 3 (Semi-Final) is a qualification tournament for the FIH Men’s World Cup 2014 to be held at The Hague, Netherlands.

Probables:

Goalkeepers: P.R.Sreejesh, P.T. Rao, Sreenivasa Rao Katharu, Nanak Singh.

Full backs: V.R. Raghunath, Sandeep Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Harbir Singh Sandhu.

Half Backs: Sardar Singh, Kothajit Singh, Manpreet Singh, M.B. Aiyappa, Gurmail Singh and Vivek Dhar

Forwards: S.V. Sunil, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Chinglensana Singh, Shivendra Singh, Danish Mujtaba, S.K. Uthappa, Pradhan Sommanna, Nithin Thimmaiah, Yuvraj Walmiki, Dharamvir Singh, Akashdeep Singh, M.G. Poonacha, Amit Rohidas, Sampath Kumar Maylaram, Pardeep Mor, Prabhdeep Singh, P.L. Thimmanna, Sukhdev Singh, Gurpreet Singh.

Deccan Herald



Sandeep back among probables

Hockey India has included drag-flicker Sandeep Singh among the 33 core probables for a coaching camp in preparation of the senior men’s team for the FIH World League Round 3 (semi-final), to be held at Rotterdam, Netherlands, from June 13-23.

The FIH World League Round 3 is a qualification tournament for the FIH Men’s World Cup 2014, to be held at The Hague in Netherlands.

The training camp of the core probables will begin at the Netaji Subhas Southern Centre in Bangalore on May 16, and will continue until June 4. Sandeep Singh had been excluded from the Indian team when they played in the Olympic Qualifiers Round II in Delhi in February.

The men’s team had performed well in their recent preparatory tour to The Netherlands, defeating the Dutch national team twice. They also played five games against top clubs of Holland, to return after a fine tune-up.

Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh, PT Rao, Sreenivasa Rao Katharu and Nanak Singh;

Full-backs: VR Raghunath, Sandeep Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh and Harbir Singh Sandhu;

Half-backs: Sardar Singh, Kothajit Singh, Manpreet Singh, MB Aiyappa, Gurmail Singh and Vivek Dhar;

Forwards: SV Sunil, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Chinglensana Singh, Shivendra Singh, Danish Mujtaba, SK Uthappa, Pradhan Sommanna, Nithin Thimmaiah, Yuvraj Walmiki, Dharamvir Singh, Akashdeep Singh, MG Poonacha, Amit Rohidas, Sampath Kumar Maylaram, Pardeep Mor, Prabhdeep Singh,PL Thimmanna, Sukhdev Singh and Gurpreet Singh.

The Tribune



Australia U21 men’s hockey squad to tour Europe

Matches against Germany & Netherlands plus mentoring from Kookaburras


Australia’s under 21 men’s team, the Burras, have selected 20 athletes to tour Europe next month as preparations for December’s Junior World Cup get underway in earnest. Four years ago Australia won the bronze medal with victory over rivals New Zealand and the two week trip will see the Burras go up against the two teams that finished above them on the medal rostrum in 2009, Germany and the Netherlands.

The five match European tour will see Australia play Germany twice in Mulheim, followed by three Tests against the Netherlands’ U21s in Eindhoven.

And with the Burras’ tour overlapping that of their senior counterparts, the Kookaburras, it offers Australia’s aspiring young athletes a rare opportunity to learn from their hockey heroes.

Included in the squad are six members of the Australian side that won gold at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney. South Australia pair Ed Chittleborough and Cameron Joyce, New South Wales duo Aaron Kershaw and Matthew Dawson, Victorian Will Gilmour and Queenslander Dylan Wotherspoon were all part of the team that beat Great Britain 5-4 to take gold in January. For Wotherspoon’s fellow Queensland teammate Matthew Pembroke, the tour will represent his first competitive involvement with the national junior team following selection as a result of his performances at the Be The Influence U21 National Championships last month.

Speaking about the importance of the tour as a stepping stone to the Junior World Cup later in the year, National Junior Coach Paul Gaudoin said, “This is a great opportunity for us to take a team to Europe. It’s been a long time since a junior squad could do that and we’re tremendously grateful to the Australian Commonwealth Games Association, whose support through the Australian Junior Commonwealth Games Squad Program has allowed us to do it.

“Regular quality competition can be hard to come by for the senior national team never mind the junior group so this trip is invaluable to us as we look towards the Junior World Cup. The big games at major tournaments are likely to feature these teams in the final four and having the chance to play them will greatly develop our collective experience.”

Gaudoin is also delighted that his young charges will have the opportunity to spend time with the Kookaburras squad preparing for the Rabobank World Hockey League. The Burras will spend 36 hours with their compatriots, which Gaudoin believes can only benefit his group. “It’s great,” he said. “It’ll be an invaluable experience, a good mentoring opportunity. We’ll be sitting in on their team meetings, their pre- and post-match briefings, watching them up close and staying in the same hotel. Being around those guys will be inspirational for our group.”

Following the Be The Influence U21 National Championships the Burras came together for a training camp in Canberra. Further camps are planned in Western Australia and Queensland before final selection for the Junior World Cup is made in early October following the Australian Hockey League (AHL). The Junior World Cup will take place in Delhi, India, from 5-16 December.

Australia U21 Men’s Squad for European Tour, 1-14 June 2013
(Listed in alphabetical order by surname)
Name (State)
Daniel Beale (QLD)
Robert Bell (QLD)
Simon Borger (QLD)
Andrew Butturini (GK) (QLD)
Ed Chittleborough (GK) (SA)
Tyler Cowley (VIC)
Matthew Dawson (NSW)
Justin Douglas (QLD)
Will Gilmour (VIC)
Blake Govers (NSW)
Casey Hammond (VIC)
Jeremy Hayward (NT)
Cameron Joyce (SA)
Aaron Kershaw (NSW)
Matthew Lim (WA)
Luke Noblett (NSW)
Matthew Pembroke (QLD)
Kane Posselt (QLD)
Jayshaan Randhawa (VIC)
Dylan Wotherspoon (QLD)

Australia U21 Men’s European Tour Program
Saturday 1 June – squad departs Australia
Thursday 6 June – Match v Germany, 5pm local time (1am EST on Friday 7 June) (Mulheim)
Friday 7 June – Match v Germany, 6:30pm local time (2:30am EST on Saturday 8 June) (Mulheim)
Monday 10 June – Match v Netherlands, 7pm local time (3am EST on Tuesday 11 June) (Eindhoven)
Wednesday 12 June- Match v Netherlands, 4pm local time (Midnight EST Thursday 13 June) (Eindhoven)
Thursday 13 June – Match v Netherlands, 7pm local time (3am EST on Tuesday 11 June) (Eindhoven)
Friday 14 June- squad departs

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

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

The AJCGS program is designed to:

  • Assist junior athletes to gain international competition experience, so that they understand the conditions and environment that they will face as seniors.
  • To assist those junior athletes who have the potential to be selected in future Australian Commonwealth Games teams.

While Glasgow is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast, where recently both Australian Junior teams successfully qualified for the Junior World Cups. With continued hard work, it is anticipated that many of these talented young athletes will represent Australia in 2018.

Hockey Australia media release



EHL Final Four Profile: KHC Dragons



Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek

KHC Dragons have earned a fearsome reputation thanks to some truly epic Euro Hockey League performances, the first of which came in 2010 when they marked their debut EHL tournament by defeating reigning champions UHC Hamburg (GER). They went on to reach the Quarter Finals that year before going even further last season, taking the Bronze medal with a 4-3 win over H.C. Rotterdam (NED). Dragons powered to big wins over Lisnagarvey (IRL) and Reading HC (ENG) at KO16 Amsterdam, results which make them genuine title contenders this weekend in Bloemendaal.

EHL 2012-13 - RESULTS SO FAR...
R1 (Pool B) vs St Germain (FRA) - Won 2-1 
R1 (Pool B) vs Reading HC (ENG) - Won 2-1 
KO16 vs Lisnagarvey HC (IRL) - Won 7-2
KO8 vs Reading HC (ENG) - Won 5-1

PLAYER TO WATCH: JEFFREY THYS
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 www.ehlhockey.tv, the official website of the Euro Hockey League.

Euro Hockey League media release



Deavin looking for double joy

KL Hockey Club inport, Tim Deavion will be looking for a double celebration when he lines up for the defending champions in their TNB Cup final against Tenaga Nasional Berhad at the National Hockey Stadium this Sunday.

Having been named into the Australian squad for the World League Semi Final One to be played in Holland next month, Deavin is determined to help KLHC achieve a grand double after his club ahd won the league title last month.

Having playeda pivotal role for KLHC in their march towards the TNB Cup, Deavin is optimistic that KLHC has what it takes to retain the overall title and is looking forward to it.

"There are two important things on my mind, the Cup final and the naming of the Australian squad. Now that I have made the squad my mind is completely focussed on helping KLHC retain the title," said Deavin who is best remembered by Malaysians for his heroics in scoring a last gasp winner against Korea during the last Azlan Shah Cup.

"I find it very interesting playing in the league and really it has been a memorable outing for me thus far. The club has been fantastic and I hope to return and play for them again.

"I will surely promote the MHL amongst other Australian players as it is an interesting mode of competition and the standard of play is really good. It will not be fair however to compare it to the Aussie League.

"The playing style is different as in Australia we rely on moving the ball whereas the emphasis here is moving with the ball. But this largely has to do with the fact that the players here have a very high standard of individual skills that they put to use."

Deavin made his international debut in 2010 at the Azlan Shah Cup winning gold before going on to be part of the successful team that won the 2010 Champions Trophy.

He was part of the Australian team that won gold at the 2011 Champions Trophy in Auckland. The historic win was the fourth consecutive win for the Kookaburras, the first team to have achieved this in history.

Struck down by a foot injury at the end of 2011, Deavin recovered to have a great start to 2012 competing in a string of Kookaburras international matches and cementing his debut Olympic berth.

The 29 year old Tasmanian born athlete took up hockey at nine years of age and his career was almost ended prematurely in 1999 when he suffered a depressed skull fracture.

"TNB are a good team with plenty of youth in it. And they play fast hockey. Hence we need to be careful of their speedy counter attacks and have to have numbers behind the ball," added Deavin.

Official MHL site



Aussie set to light up final

DOUBLE GLORY: Deavin eyes double joy in TNB Cup

By JUGJET SINGH


KL Hockey Club (KLHC) import, Tim Deavin will be gunning for a double joy in the TNB Cup final against Tenaga Nasional Berhad at the National Hockey Stadium on Sunday.

Having been named into the Australian squad for the World League Semi Final One in the Netherlands next month, Deavin is determined to help KLHC achieve a grand double after his club had won the league title last month.

Having played a pivotal role for KLHC in their march towards the TNB Cup final, Deavin is optimistic that KLHC have what it takes to retain the overall title and is looking forward to it.

"There are two important things on my mind, the Cup final and the naming of the Australian squad. Now that I have made the squad, my mind is completely focused on helping KLHC retain the title," said Deavin who is best remembered by Malaysians for his heroics in scoring a last gasp winner against Korea during the last Azlan Shah Cup.

"I find it very interesting playing in the league and really it has been a memorable outing for me thus far. The club has been fantastic and I hope to return and play for them again.

"I will surely promote the MHL to other Australian players as it is an interesting mode of competition and the standard of play is really good. It will not be fair, however, to compare it to the Aussie League.

"The playing style is different as in Australia we rely on moving the ball whereas the emphasis here is moving with the ball. But this largely has to do with the fact that the players here have a very high standard of individual skills that they put to use."

Deavin made his international debut in 2010 at the Azlan Shah Cup, winning gold before going on to be part of the successful team that won the 2010 Champions Trophy.

He was part of the Australian team that won gold at the 2011 Champions Trophy in Auckland. The historic triumph was the fourth consecutive win for the Kookaburras, the first team to have achieved this in history.

Struck down by a foot injury at the end of 2011, Deavin recovered to have a great start to 2012 competing in a string of the Kookaburras' international matches and cementing his debut Olympic berth.

The 29-year-old Tasmanian-born took up hockey at nine years of age and his career almost ended prematurely in 1999 when he suffered a skull fracture.

"TNB are a good team with plenty of youth. And they play fast hockey. Hence we need to be careful of their speedy counter attacks and have to have numbers behind the ball," added Deavin.

New Straits Times



Switch on the power, Tenaga

By AFTAR SINGH



Dangerman: Faizal Saari (left), who played a big part in leading Tenaga Nasional to oust Maybank on an 8-4 aggregate in the semi-finals, will be the player to watch when his team clash with KLHC for the MHL overall crown this Sunday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional hope to be third time lucky in the final for the Premier League overall title against Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) this Sunday.

Tenaga have finished as runners-up to KLHC in the last two finals – losing 3-2 in 2011 and 3-0 last year.

“The last two finals were evenly matched as KLCH and us relied on local players,” said Tenaga manager Nor Saiful Zaini.

“But this year’s final will be much tougher as KLHC have six very good foreign players in their side.”

Nor Saiful felt that Tenaga had a good chance of winning the overall title in 2011 “as we were leading 2-0 before KLHC fought back to win 3-2”.

“It was really frustrating to lose the title despite taking a 2-0 lead. Last year, we were simply outclassed in the final. We have learnt from the last two finals that we have to stay focused and be on our toes until the final whistle,” said Nor Saiful.

“We can’t afford to make any mistake in defence as they have very good forwards.

“I’m a bit concerned with our inconsistent performance in the MHL.

“We’ve also brought in two players this year – Mohd Marhan (Mohd Jalil) and Mohd Ramadhan Rosli – to beef up our midfield. They are playing well and I hope my boys can rise to the occasion on Sunday to turn the tables on favourites KLHC.”

Tenaga will be banking on national forward Faizal Saari, who is joint top scorer with KLHC’s Khasif Ali on 17 goals, to be on target in the final at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Faizal was the top scorer the last two years with 19 goals in 2011 and 20 last year.

Tenaga, who have featured in the MHL since its inception in 1987, last won the overall title in 2009.

The Star of Malaysia



KLHC reserve defender Kaza surprised to get national call-up


Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin’s immediate aim is to help KLHC overcome Tenaga Nasional and retain the MHL overall title.

KUALA LUMPUR: When Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin opted out of the national hockey team in 2010, to pursue a degree in Human Resource from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), he thought that was the end of his international career.

So, the 25-year-old KL Hockey Club (KLHC) defender was pleasantly surprised when he was recalled to the national team by new coach Paul Revington on Monday.

The Kuantan-born player, who will be graduating from UPM next month, admitted to being frustrated when he wasn’t recalled last year.

“I played well for my club KLHC in the MHL (Malaysia Hockey League) and I was expecting a call-up. But it never came,” said the player fondly known as Kaza.

“I didn’t expect to be recalled this time either because KLHC had two experienced defenders in Mohd Razie (Abdul Rahim) and Pakistan’s Muhammad Imran.

“I was more off a reserve defender and did not score a single goal from penalty corner drag flicks.

“But it’s not going to be easy for me to find a place in the final squad as there are other experienced defenders in the training squad, like Razie, Mohd Amin Rahim, Azlan Misron, Faiz Helmi Jali and Baljit Singh.

“I really want to thank national coach Paul (Revington) for having faith in me.”

Kazamirul made his international debut for Malaysia in the World Cup qualifier in Invercargill, New Zealand, in 2009 and has nine international caps thus far.

Kazamirul, who also featured in the 2009 Junior World Cup in Johor Baru, is also delighted to be playing in his third consecutive MHL final.

“Being recalled to national training has motivated me to give my best in the final (against Tenaga Nasional) and win a third straight overall title,” he said.

Kazamirul said that his focus now was to help KLHC beat Tenaga and retain the overall title.

He admitted that it won’t be a walk in the park against Tenaga, who held them to a 3-3 draw in a Charity Shield match in March.

“They also gave us a good fight in the second round match before losing 4-2. So, we are expecting another tough time in the final on Sunday,” said Kazamirul.

The Star of Malaysia



Katie Reinprecht named Daily Princetonian Female Athlete of the Year

by John Wolfe


In August of 2012, senior midfielder Katie Reinprecht was still training in Europe with the U.S. National Team as her year-long hiatus from Princeton field hockey drew to a close. Less than three months later, she was raising an NCAA Championship trophy in Virginia with her fellow Tigers.

During the final game of her college career, Reinprecht recorded an assist and the game’s only defensive save en route to a 3-2 upset over then-No. 1 North Carolina. Reinprecht’s efforts helped Princeton capture its eighth-straight Ivy League title and first ever national title.

Reinprecht led her team with 19 assists this year and tallied 37 points — the second most of any Tiger. Her efforts earned her the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year title as well as the 2012 Honda Sports Award for Field Hockey, presented each year to the country’s best field hockey player.

Reinprecht’s achievements are not confined to her senior season, however; her career has been defined by markedly consistent success. During each of her four years at Princeton, the midfielder earned All-Ivy and All-America honors to go with her four Ivy League championships. She led her team in assists three out of four years, and produced the most or second-most points on her team every year.

A three-time captain, Reinprecht influenced her teammates through her leadership just as much as she did through her statistical contributions. Sophomore midfielder Sydney Kirby, who played one season without Reinprecht and one season with her, says the senior brought a unity to the squad that it had lacked in her absence.

“Katie’s decisive leadership, her skill level and her levelheadedness kept our team together in situations where other teams would have crumbled under the pressure,” she said. “Her unselfishness and her ability to feed the ball to others on the field was contagious and helped us all play more like a unit, rather than as individual players.”

Reinprecht attributes much of her improved leadership as a senior to the growth she experienced during her year of training with the U.S. National Team before her final season.

“I think I learned valuable lessons about how to lead and be led, which I tried to apply during this past season at Princeton, serving as one of the captains,” she said. “I think during that year I learned to be more professional – in how I trained, in how I prepared for competition [with] proper nutrition, workouts, etc., and how I conducted myself on and off the field.”

Kirby says that upon her return from Olympic training, Reinprecht had formed a special bond with the other girls who had spent time with the National team — her sister, junior midfielder Julia Reinprecht, senior striker Kat Sharkey and junior striker Michelle Cesan. Her newfound chemistry with those players helped Reinprecht unite the entire team.

“The way the Reinprecht sisters have an unbelievable connection both on and off the field and between those four players, we were able to effectively build our team,” Kirby said.

Reinprecht is continuing her brilliant career, preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games. On May 23rd, she will compete in a women’s high performance tournament and await the 2013-14 National Team selections.

For now, she is a national champion, three-time Ivy League Player of the Year and The Daily Princetonian's Female Athlete of 2012-13.

USFHA media release



FHC Represented at PAHF Technical Seminar

Umpires and Officials gathered in Miami for an intensive weekend of workshops




On April 19 and 20, 2013,  the PAHF held a Technical Seminar for umpires and officials with four members representing FHC: two umpires and two officials. The seminars and workshops in Miami provided a great opportunity for attendees to hone their craft among their international colleagues.

The Umpire Seminar was conducted by the experienced English Umpire Mrs. Jane Nockold. Jane brings a wealth of expertise as an Olympic umpire and as a respected educator in the umpire space. Megan Robertson and Deric Leung made the trip down for the intensive seminar focusing on umpire management, style, and communication techniques.

The seminar provided the perfect way for Megan and Deric to prepare for upcoming umpiring duties at FHC’s various National Championships and the Pan American Cup.

The Officials Seminar was conducted by two of the most experienced TDs from FIH and PAHF: Mrs. Laura Pigretti and Mr. Willard Harris. Again, Canada was well represented, with Brenda Rushton and Antony Stewart in attendance.

The focus here is to prepare for FIH appointments from the technical side of things. Topics ranged from dealing with incidents and issues at major competitions to ensuring smooth competition workflows pre, during, and post event.

By all accounts, the Technical Seminar was a successful weekend of education. Continued development of our umpires and officials is extremely important to the game of Field Hockey. Field Hockey Canada is pleased to support such initiatives.

Field Hockey Canada media release



Former Bangladesh star Chunnu passes away

BANGLADESH: Former Bangladesh hockey player, national coach and national award winning sportsperson Abdul Malek Chunnu has passed away.

Chunnu was 55 and had been suffering from a number of health problems, including diabetes and kidney disease. He is survived by his wife and three sons.

Chunnu, a superstar in his playing days, captained Bangladesh in the eighth, ninth and tenth Asian Games in 1978, ‘82 and ’86. He also participated in the first, second and third Asia Cup Hockey tournaments in 1981, ‘85 and ‘89 respectively. A pall of gloom descended on the Bangladesh sports arena at the death of Chunnu, who first came to the limelight for his impressive performance in 1977 Junior Asia Cup Hockey in Kuala Lumpur.

The robust forward played for Abahani, Mohammedan Sporting Club and Shadharan Bima during his 16-year career as hockey player. He also played football for Azad Sporting Club in the first division league for three consecutive seasons, starting from 1979.

He was working as a coach for the National Sports Council before his death.

Chunnu was honored with the Bangladesh Sports Writers Association award in 1984, the Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association award in 1995 and the National Sports Award in 2004.

He was buried at Azimpur graveyard after his Namaj-e-Janaja at Tara masque in old town yesterday evening.

Bangladesh Hockey Federation, Bangladesh Football Federation, Bangladesh Kho Kho Federation, Bangladesh Sports Press Association and Bangladesh Sports Journalists’ Association expressed their sadness at Chunnu’s passing and extended sympathy to his family.

Dhaka Tribune