News for 17 May 2013

All the news for Friday 17 May 2013


Hosting World League “a great honour” for Russia

Team line-ups confirmed for the event in Electrostal


Ahead of the upcoming men’s Hockey World League Round 2 event in Elektrostal, Moscow, newly elected Russian Hockey Federation President Pavel Cherepanov has held a press conference with news agency ITAR TASS.

In the press conference, Mr Cherepanov said that he believed that the tournament – which takes place from 27th May to 2nd June and features the national teams of Russia, Japan, Czech Republic, Austria, Egypt and Ukraine – will have a great impact on the development of hockey in Russia. The winner of the tournament will qualify for the Hockey World League Semi Finals, keeping alive hopes of qualifying for the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague (NED).

“To host a competition of such a high level is considered to be a great honour for Russia,” said Mr Cherepanov. “The target of Russian National Team is to get into the next round and, thanks to Hockey World League, we can promote hockey in Russia, which is just as important.”

Mr Cherepanov was keen to discuss the work of the “Spectator Project”, which is enabling a large number of young sportspeople from different towns and cities of the Moscow Region to attending this tournament. Coaches and hockey fans from Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Azov and Nizhni Novgorod will be coming to watch the action at the event.

“There is a wide cultural agenda planned for this tournament, which including performances by rock bands and a lottery for the spectators,” continued Mr Cherepanov. “We are also planning a match between hockey veterans of the USSR and a ‘rest of the world’ team. I am sure that Hockey World League will have a great impact on the development of hockey in the Russian Federation.”

The FIH can confirm that the playing squads for all six competing nations have been confirmed. To see the squads, please click here.

FIH site



NZ 'A' Women power past Korea U21s


Pictured: Natasha Fitzsimons, www.photosport.co.nz

Canterbury’s Anna Wetherall scored a hat-trick to inspire the New Zealand ‘A’ Women to a 5-2 win over the Korea U21s at Rangitoto College today.

After losing to the same side 4-2 yesterday, New Zealand played much more cohesively in game two despite the heavy rain.

Natasha Fitzsimons (North Harbour) and Jordy Grant (Canterbury) also scored for the New Zealand side, which held a 2-1 lead at halftime.

Head coach Greg Nicol said the improvements compared to yesterday’s game were pleasing.

“We were much more clinical today and we put our chances away. It was a definite improvement and we were disappointed with our effort yesterday,” Nicol said.

“Both games were a good chance for players to test themselves against a quality international team and put their hands up.”

The New Zealand ‘A’ Women have now completed their mini-series against Korea, with the Junior Black Sticks Women slotting in alongside the Black Sticks Men’s series to play five tests against the Korea U21 Women.

New Zealand ‘A’ Women 5: (Anna Wetherall (3), Natasha Fitzsimons, Jordy Grant)
Korea U21 Women 2: (Min Ji Kook, Ju Hui Park)
Halftime: NZ 2-1

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Beijawad stars in Karnataka’s win

Ashwin Achal



DELIGHTED BUNCH: The Karnataka team which won the 64th Rangaswamy Cup senior National hockey championship in Bangalore on Thursday. Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar

Karnataka rode on Deepak Beijawad’s insatiable appetite for penalty corners to capture the 64th senior National hockey championship here on Thursday.

Karnataka has won this Rangaswamy Cup (donated by The Hindu group in 1951) for the first time since the inaugural edition in 1928.

At the floodlit KSHA Stadium, Beijawad (who has converted eight penalty corners and one penalty stroke in this tournament) pulled the host through with a brace, after the teams were tied at 1-1 at half-time.

The captain’s first goal came three minutes into the second-half, with a thunderous flick at the left post. Twenty minutes later, another penalty corner was awarded to Karnataka. This time, Uttar Pradesh had a plan to counter Beijawad. Diwakar Ram was positioned to man the left post, but the ferocity of the shot saw the ball thud into goal off Ram’s stick.

Earlier, an electric run by K.R. Umesh brought Karnataka the lead. Off a pass from Bijju Yirkal, Umesh dribbled the ball from just inside the half-line all the way into the ‘D’. A quick halt, followed by a reverse-flick, flew past the Uttar Pradesh goalkeeper.

A goal of equal quality brought Uttar Pradesh level. From the edge of the box, Imran Khan lifted his head for just a moment to take stock of his position, and then came down hard with a powerful hit.

The Beijawad show then began, and it was curtains for Uttar Pradesh.

In the 3rd-place play-off match, an instinctive goal by Victo Singh took Mumbai past Punjab in a match which was decided in a penalty shootout.

The Karnataka team received Rs. 1 lakh from L.T. Nanwani, the owner of World Series Hockey team Chennai Cheetahs, and R.K. Shetty, the IHF Chairman. The runner-up was awarded Rs. 50,000 by the same duo (in an individual capacity). The winner also received Rs. 1 lakh from the KSHA, who wished to honour the team for clinching this prestigious trophy for the first time in its history. A further Rs. 25,000 was presented to the team by KSHA office-bearer, N.S. Basavaraj.

The results: Final: Karnataka 3 (Deepak Beijawad 2, K.R. Umesh) bt Uttar Pradesh 1 (Imran Khan).

3rd place play-off: Mumbai 2 (Upendra Pillay, Vikram Singh) bt Punjab 2 (Sanjeev Kumar 2) (Extra-time score: 0-0, Mumbai won in penalty shootout).

Individual prizes: Best goalkeeper: Sudhir Dixit (Mumbai), Best defender: Deepak Beijawad (Karnataka), Best half-back: Y. Nagasrinu (Karnataka), Best forward: Satwinder Singh (Punjab), Top goal-scorer: Victo Singh (Mumbai, 12 goals), Player of the championship: Diwakar Ram (Uttar Pradesh).

The Hindu



Karnataka emerge champions in Rangaswamy Cup

Sunil Subbaiah


BANGALORE: Karnataka won the Rangaswamy Cup for the first time, defeating Uttar Pradesh 3-1 in a high-intensity final in the National Hockey Championships here on Thursday.

In 1968, Karnataka, formerly Mysore state, lost to Indian Railways in the final at Wellington, Ooty.

Imran Khan brought UP back into the reckoning in the 10th minute after Umesh KR put the hosts ahead in the third minute. Thereafter, Bijawad, who was adjudged the best defender of the tournament, slammed in two goals in the 38th and 57th minutes off penalty corners to put the contest beyond UP's reach.

Results: Final: Karnataka: 3 (Umesh KR 3; Deepak Bijawad 38, 57) bt Uttar Pradesh: 1 (Imran Khan 10).

Third place play-off: Mumbai: 2 (Upendra Pillay 12, Vikram Singh 47) bt Punjab 2 (Sanjeev Kumar 23, 35) (Extra-time score: 0-0, Mumbai won in sudden-death).

Special awards: Best goalkeeper: Sudhir Dixit (Mumbai); Best defender: Deepak Bijawad; Best half back: Nagasrini Y (Karnataka); Best forward: Satwinder Singh (Punjab); Top scorer: Victo Singh (Mumbai) 12 goals; Player of the championship: Diwakar Ram.

The Times of India



25 athletes selected for Australia men's indoor squad

The Australian men’s indoor squad has been selected following the Senior National Indoor Championships and a three day training camp held earlier this year. The 25-man squad features a blend of youth and experience as the team builds towards the Indoor World Cup in Germany in February 2015.

From the squad, 15 athletes will be selected to tour Europe in January 2014. During two camps in Poland and Austria, Australia will play matches against a number of European nations preparing for the 2014 European Indoor Championships.

As Brent Deans, Manager and Assistant Trainer, explains: “European teams have made up the majority of the teams competing in past Indoor World Cups and so the more experience our athletes can gain from playing against these teams the better prepared we will be for what is to come in 2015.”

The men’s indoor squad was selected following the Senior National Indoor Championships, held in Canberra in January, and a three day training camp during which the coaching team’s vision of how Australia will play indoor hockey was introduced. 

Australia’s men finished seventh at the 2011 Indoor World Cup in Poznan, Poland. A resounding 7-4 victory over the Czech Republic, traditionally a strong indoor hockey playing nation, was enough to secure seventh place on the final day.

Men’s Indoor Program Key Dates
7-19 January 2014 – European Tour (Poland & Austria)
3-8 February 2015 – Indoor World Cup (Leipzig, Germany)

2013 Australian Men’s Indoor Squad
(Listed alphabetically by surname)
Name (State)
Gary Backhus (ACT)
Simon Beaton (NSW)
Malcolm Beer (ACT)
Jye Bunt (NSW)
Bradley Cox (QLD)
Daniel Cox (TAS)
Nigel Croke (NSW)
Tom Edwards (WA)
Chris Hotchkis (ACT)
Matthew Hotchkis (ACT)
Chris Jorgensen (ACT)
Evan Kelly (WA)
Paul MacKinnon (ACT)
Adam McLelland (QLD)
Heath Ogilvie (NSW)
Kurt Ogilvie (NSW)
Seyi Onitiri (ACT)
David Orr (WA)
Darren Parkes (WA)
Ben Poulton (NSW)
Josh Poulton (NSW)
Ben Rennie (WA)
Troy Rossiter (NSW)
David Spence (NSW)
Andrew Tomadini (ACT)

2013 Development Squad
Matthew Argent (QLD)
Jeremy Edwards (TAS)
Dougal Middleton (TAS)
Alex Montgomery (NSW)
Flynn Ogilvie (NSW)

Hockey Australia media release



Investec SA Women's Hockey squads for China and Europe

An Investec South African women’s hockey squad flew to China late Wednesday for a training camp.

The squad will be based at the Chinese Liaoning Navigation Sport  School.

The camp forms part of the preparations for the Investec South African women’s hockey team’s participation in the Investec World League semi-finals tournament in London from June 22 to June 30.

A number of players were unavailable due to injury, work or study commitments.

Meanwhile, a squad of 20 players was named to take part in a training camp from July 6 in The Netherlands ahead of the 18-player national U21 team being announced  to represent South Africa at the Junior World Cup women’s finals from July 27 to August 4 in Monchengladbach, Germany.

Investec South African women’s hockey squad: Dirkie Chamberlain (Northern Blues), Pietie Coetzee (Southern Gauteng), Lilian du Plessis (NB), Marcelle Keet (Border), Nicolene Terblanche (NB), Kaila Flemming (SG), Christine Roos (SG), Tanya Britz (Free State), Phume Mbande (NB), Tarryn Bright (Western Province), Jade Mayne (WP), Hanli Hattingh (WP), Shelley Russell (WP), Kelly Madsen (KZN Coastal), Marsha Marescia (SG), Lenise Marais (KZN Coastal), Nicole Kemp (FS), Toni Marks (Eastern Province).

South African U21 selection squad:
Phume Mbande (Northern Blues), Anelle van Deventer (North West), Nicole Walraven (Free State), Taryn Mallett (Western Province), Erin Hunter (WP), Nika Nel (Southern Gauteng), Bronwyn Kretzmann (WP), Sherry King (WP), Izelle Lategan (FS), Quanita Bobbs (WP), Cornelle Botha (FS), Suleke Brand (WP), Tanya Britz (FS), Lilian du Plessis (NB), Tiffany Jones (NW), Toni Marx (Eastern Province), Tarryn Glasby (WP), Jacinta Jubb (NB), Line Malan (FS), Stephanie Baxter (NW).

SA Hockey Association media release



Dragons ready for EHL Final Four


Dragons fans. Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek

Belgium’s KHC Dragons have completed their preparations for this weekend’s Euro Hockey League Final Four tournament at HC Bloemendaal with a winning performance on Wednesday evening.

The Dragons – who face Rot-Weiss Köln in the EHL Semi Finals on Saturday – took to the field in Brasschaat against Jong Oranje, a collection of talented up and coming Dutch players lead by former Amsterdam H&BC coach Sjoerd Marijne. The Belgians produced an impressive performance to emerge as 5-2 winners of the contest, showing that they are more than ready for the challenges that lie ahead of them this weekend.

Florent van Aubel opened the scoring in the 7th minute before their lively Dutch opponents moved into a 2-1 lead at the break. However, a 55th minute penalty corner from Felix Denayer was followed by strikes from Maurice Dubois, team captain Jeffrey Thys and Robbert Rubbens  to give Dragons a 5-2 victory. The result shows that despite their lack of league action in recent weeks, the Dragon are fighting fit and ready for EHL Final Four.

The Dragons have put together a special promotional video ahead of their participation in EHL Final Four. To see the video, please click here.

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



EHL Final4 Profile: Amsterdam H&BC (NED)


Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek

Amsterdam H&BC have a squad of players that would make most other clubs green with envy. London 2012 Olympians Floris Evers, Valentin Verga and sensational forward Billy Bakker are all potential match winners, while the presence of drag flick star Taeke Taekema ensures that they have a world class penalty corner routine. Spain attackers Santi Freixa and Roc Oliva are also worth watching, with both players having that rare ability to create something out of nothing.

AH&BC started slowly in this year’s EHL, but stepped up their game at KO16 Amsterdam to defeat Atlétic Terrassa and Berliner HC, the respective champions of Spain and Germany. If they continue their progression, a first Euro Hockey League title could be on the cards.

EHL 2012-13 - RESULTS SO FAR ...
R1 (Pool A) vs Beeston HC (ENG) - Lost 5-4
R1 (Pool A) vs Grunwald Poznan (POL) - Drew 2-2
KO16 vs Atlétic Terrassa (ESP) - Won 2-1
KO8 vs Berliner HC (GER) - Won 3-2

Amsterdam H&BC face HC Bloemendaal in the Semi Final of the Euro Hockey League. The two teams go head-to-head at Bloemendaal on Saturday 18th May, with the winner facing either Rot-Weiss Köln (GER) or KHC Dragons (BEL) in the tournament Final 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



UITM try to steal the Thunder



TNB Thunderbolts and UiTM will square off to lay their hands on the President’s Cup this Sunday at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

And in the TNB Cup, the hopefuls are Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) and Tenaga Nasional, who each have 12 titles under their belts, and will be gunning for the 13th.

The poorer cousin, President’s Cup, has been in the shadows thus far, as the glamour was stolen by the Premier Division sides for the last two months, but all that is set to change in a fiery final.

For the record, UiTM will start as the favourites as they edged TNB Thunderbolts in two earlier League encounters by winning 5-4 and then 2-1.

“We have the Division One League title and also two wins against Thunderbolts after a gruelling season, and don’t aim to stop our momentum in the final on Sunday,” said UiTM assistant manager Fairuz Ahmad.

In the 12 League matches, UiTM won 10, drew 1 and lost only one. They also scored 43 goals and only let in 16.

“Yes, we have been consistent in the League and also the knock-out stages, but that does not mean we will take Thunderbolts lightly as the Cup is a different tournament where passion for the trophy will determine who lifts it,” said Fairuz.

Thunderbolts coach, Lailin Abu Hassan, a former International knows his charges have it uphill.

"We have a combined team of experience and youth (from Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School) and there has been ups and downs as they tried to get used to each other in the initial stages.

“However, the understanding is there, and we will play to lift the trophy,” said Lailin.

The top scorer for UiTM is  Nor Nashriq Farhan on 10 penalty corner goals. As for Thunderbolts, Their top penalty corner scorer is Sabri Mohamed on seven goals, while seasoned campaigner Mahinder Singh is their top scorer on eight field goals.

Meanwhile, fans who make their way to the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil to watch the President’s Cup as well as the TNB Cup are in for a chance to win two motorcycles worth RM5,000 each.

The two Modenas Passion motorcycles, donated by Edaran Modenas Sdn Bhd, will be given away on lucky draw tickets after the TNB Cup final.

Entrance to the stadium is free, and 2,000 lucky draw tickets are expected to be given away at the entrance.

Official MHL site



UiTM enjoy good marks

By Jugjet Singh



MHC Competition Committee chairman M. Gobinathan (fourth from left) receives the mock key from Edaran Modenas Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Benedict Ho Kok Keong. Also present are MHC vice-president Manjit Majid Abdullah (left) and MHC Senior Vice President Dr. S. Shamala (right).

TNB Thunderbolts and UiTM will square off for the right to lay their hands on the President's Cup this Sunday at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

And in the TNB Cup final, the hopefuls are Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) and Tenaga Nasional, who each have 12 titles under their belts.

The poorer cousin, the President's Cup, has been in the shadows thus far, with the glamour stolen by the Premier Division sides for the last two months, but all that is set to change in a fiery final.

For the record, UiTM will start as the favourites as they edged TNB Thunderbolts in two earlier League encounters by winning 5-4 and then 2-1.

"We have the Division One League title and also two wins against Thunderbolts after a gruelling season, and we don't want to stop our momentum in the final on Sunday," said UiTM assistant manager Fairuz Ahmad.

In the 12 League matches, UiTM won 10, drew one and lost only one. They also scored 43 goals and only let in 16.

"Yes, we have been consistent in the League and also the knock-out stages, but that does not mean we will take Thunderbolts lightly as the Cup is a different tournament where passion for the trophy will determine who lifts it," said Fairuz.

Thunderbolts coach, Lailin Abu Hassa, a former international, knows his charges have it uphill:

"We have a combined team of experience and youth (from Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School) and there has been ups and downs as they tried to get used to each other in the initial stages.

"However, the understanding is there, and we will play to lift the trophy," said Lailin.

The top scorer for UiTM is Nor Nashriq Farhan on 10 penalty corner goals. As for Thunderbolts, their top penalty corner scorer is Sabri Mohamed on seven goals, while seasoned campaigner Mahinder Singh is their top scorer on eight field goals.

Meanwhile, fans who make their way to the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil to watch the President's Cup as well as the TNB Cup, will have a chance to win two motorcycles worth RM5,000 each.

The two Modenas Passion motorcycles, donated by Edaran Modenas Sdn Bhd, will be given away in a lucky draw after the TNB Cup final.

Entrance to the stadium is free, and 2,000 lucky draw tickets are expected to be given away at the stadium.

SATURDAY'S FIXTURES -- Third-Fourth placing playoff, President's Cup: Ipoh City Council v Sunday 2030 (6pm); TNB Cup: Maybank v Sapura (8pm).

SUNDAY (Finals) -- President's Cup: UiTM v TNB Thunderbolts (6pm); TNB Cup: Kuala Lumpur HC v Tenaga Nasional (8pm). -- Note: All matches at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

New Straits Times



Skipper Amin urges team-mates to shore up their defence

By AFTAR SINGH



Ready for action: Tenaga Nasional skipper Mohd Amin Rahim (left) and KLHC skipper Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim posing with the Premier League overall trophy during a press conference at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. — BRIAN MOH / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Some believe that if you don’t concede goals, you will not lose. Perhaps, that’s what Tenaga Nasional skipper Mohd Amin Rahim had in mind when he said that for Tenaga to win the Premier League overall title this weekend, they will have to shore up their defence.

Tenaga will take on favourites and defending champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) in the final at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.

The 33-year-old national defender should know what he is talking about. After all, his team lost the last two finals – to KLHC in 2011 and last year – because their defence caved in when it mattered most.

“In the 2011 final, we were leading 2-0 against KLHC but ended up losing 3-2 due to defensive lapses. It was the same last year ... the defence collapsed and KLHC scored three goals,” said Amin, who is playing in his fourth final with Tenaga Nasional.

“We have learned our lessons and we are aware that our backline really needs to buck up for the final.

“We cannot afford to make the slightest mistake in the final or we will be punished by KLHC, who have world-class forwards.”

Besides Amin, the other defenders in the Tenaga squad are veteran Mohd Madzli Ikmar Mohd Nor, Mohd Sallehin Abdul Ghani and Mohd Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin.

Tenaga can also count on the country’s top goalkeeper – S. Kumar – to help keep the KLHC forwards at bay.

Although Tenaga lost the last two finals, the team seem to be in high spirits this time, according to Amin.

“We’ll play a tight marking game and try not to give away penalty corners cheaply because we know that KLHC have a very good penalty corner drag flicker in Pakistan’s Muhammad Imran.

“We are all pumped up to go out there and exact revenge on KLHC ... and also end their unbeaten run in the league,” said Amin, who has scored five penalty corner goals in the league.

Amin, who was the top scorer in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) in 2009 with 15 goals for Tenaga, has called on the Tenaga Nasional staff and hockey fans to converge on the stadium and support them in the final.

“The fans’ presence can make a lot of difference for us. I believe that this year’s final will be a close affair. It’ll be hugely satisfying for us if we can win the overall title after failing the last two times,” said Amin.

The Star of Malaysia



Umar: I’ll score and help KLHC retain overall title


Umar Bhutta

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakistani import Muhammad Umar Bhutta is one confident player.

Not only does the lanky forward think that Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) will win the Premier League overall title, but he’s also confident that he’ll be on target against Tenaga Nasional in the final at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.

The 20-year-old Umar, who featured for Pakistan in the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi and the 2012 London Olympics, had scored once in each of the two league matches against Tenaga.

KLHC drew 3-3 with Tenaga in the Charity Shield match and won 4-2 in a second round tie.

Umar, who has 61 international caps, is enjoying his time in MHL, describing it as “a competitive league”.

“I’ve gained valuable experience playing in the MHL. The standard of the league is quite good as all the teams are quite well balanced,” said Umar, who has scored nine goals in the MHL.

“We are unbeaten in the league and I want to help the team retain the overall title.

“I’ve scored against Tenaga in the two league matches and I intend to score against them in the final.”

But Umar knows that Tenaga will be no pushovers as “they have strength in every department” and “came close to beating us in the league”.

“We need to stay focused and score first ... this will heap more pressure on Tenaga. I’m expecting an interesting and exciting final on Sunday,” said Umar, who is expected to be named the skipper for Pakistan in the Junior World Cup in Chandigarh, India, in December.

Umar, who is from Bahawalpur village in Punjab, was also the captain of Pakistani team in the Junior Asia Cup in Malacca last year.

There are five other Pakistani players in the KLHC squad. They are Muhammad Imran, Waseem Ahmed, Fareed Ahmed and Akhtar Ali.

KLHC also have the services of Australian import Timothy James Deavin.

Umar was full of praise for KLHC, saying “they are a good club who take care of us (the foreign players) really well ... I’m is looking forward to playing for them again next season”.

Perhaps, he can sign off this season with a goal or two and help KLHC to the overall title again.

The Star of Malaysia



Len to train Project 2013 squad to improve on penalty corners

KUALA LUMPUR: India’s former penalty corner specialist Len Aiyappa is in town to help the Project 2013 squad players improve on their penalty corner drag flicks.

The 34-year-old Len, of Bangalore, was one of the top penalty corner drag flickers in the world during his playing days from 1999 to 2005.

Len also trained the Spain National Under-21 drag flickers in 2010 and was also attached to Italian clubs for four years from 2007.

The defender, who plays for Air India in the Indian League, was also the top scorer in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) for three consecutive years in 2003, 2004 and 2005 – and for three different clubs (Ernst & Young, Bank Simpanan Nasional and Telekom respectively).

He was the last foreign player to win the MHL top scorer’s award in 2006.

Len, who arrived here on Wednesday, said that he was more than happy to help the Project squad drag flickers prepare for the Junior World Cup in Chandigarh, India, in December.

“Penalty corners are crucial during matches ... a good drag flicker can help his team win matches. I am here to help fine-tune their flicks so that they are accurate and powerful,” said Len, who will be here for 12 days.

The five drag flickers in the Project squad are Mohd Shahril Saabah, Mohd Nor Aqmal Abdul Ghaffar, G. Kavin Kartik, Mohd Zulhairi Hashim and Mohd Aminudin Mohd Zain.

Len said he would return to KL “another four of five times” to train the Project squad drag flickers.

“My aim is to produce a good drag flicker for Malaysia for the Junior World Cup in December,” said Len.

Project squad coach K. Dharmaraj believes that Len is the perfect choice to guide and turn his youngsters into deadly penalty corner flickers.

The Star of Malaysia



Irish Men take on Germany in Test Matches



Andrew Meredith's squad take on Germany in a series of test matches in Heilbronn & Mannheim over the next three days.

Today's practice game (5pm Irish time) is not a full International, with tomorrow and Saturday's fixtures official test matches.

Match Schedule:

Thursday 16th: Ireland v Germany 5pm (Irish time)

Friday 17th: Ireland v Germany 4.30pm (Irish time)

Saturday 18th: Ireland v Germany 2pm (Irish time)

Irish Hockey Association media release



Logue & Shaw named Electric Ireland Irish Women's Coaches

Mary Logue has been named as Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women's Assistant Coach. Logue will join up with Darren Smith's Coaching Staff in Dublin this weekend to meet the International Players at a training camp in UCD and will take up her role with immediate effect.

Logue, an experienced former International herself with 153 caps for Ireland, has been working with the squad on an interim basis at World League 2 in Valencia in Smith's first official outing as Head Coach. Logue has also served as Head Coach of the Ireland U18 Girls from 2007 to 2009 and has been coaching Hermes Hockey Club in the Irish Hockey League for the past few seasons following a successful spell at UCD from 2008 - 2010.

Similarly Graham Shaw has been appointed as Electric Ireland Irish Women's U21 Coach. As well as looking after the U21s, Shaw will also operate as an Assistant Coach with the Senior Squad due to the continued development and future integration of both Senior and U21 squads.

Shaw has coached the Ireland U18 Boys in recent seasons as well as working with 2013 Electric Ireland Irish Hockey League Women's Finalists Loreto & completing a remarkable Men's IHL and Irish Senior Cup double as player/coach with Monkstown Hockey Club. Shaw is also a former Ireland International player with 151 Senior Caps.

Everyone at Irish Hockey wishes both Mary & Graham all the best in their new roles

Irish Hockey Association media release



Shaw announces Irish Under 18 Boys Squad

Ireland U18 Coach Graham Shaw has announced his squad for the U18 European Nations tournament this coming July in Poland.

Shaw said, "This is a very talented group of players and the expectation of Irish Hockey is that we will get our U18 age group back to the A division where we feel they should be. Promotion is our primary goal and the best way to do that is to win the tournament.  "

The following sixteen players are selected for Poland:

 

Player

School

Club

Gavin Adams (GK)

Methody

Lisnagarvey

Jamie Carr (GK)

St. Andrews

Monkstown

Mark Loughrey

St. Andrews

Pembroke

David Kane

St. Killians

Pembroke

Luke Madeley

Wesley

Three Rock

James Lorimer

R.B.A.I

Lisnagarvey

Lee Cole

St. Andrews

Monkstown

Johnny McKee

Banbridge Academy

Banbridge

Michael Robson

Sullivan

Annadale

Alex Burns

Middleton

Cork C of I

Ben Campbell

St. Andrews

YMCA

Kevin Mullins

Mount Temple

Clontarf

Gary Wilkinson

Ashton

Cork C of I

Sam O'Connor

St. Benildus

Glenanne

Harry Morris

St. Columbas

Three Rock

Ben Cosgrove

Banbridge Academey

Banbridge

In addition, two of the following four players will also be selected after the Scotland test series in late June when a final decision will be made.

Player

School

Club

Simon Wolfe

Ashton

Cork C of I

Neil Byrne

St. Columcilles

Glenanne

George Dagg

Sandford Park

Pembroke

Brian O'Malley

Castlenock

Glenanne

Manager            Mark Murray
Coach                Graham Shaw
Asst. Coach        Gareth Evans
Video                 Gareth Borland

Irish Hockey Association media release



Cork Harlequins head to Vienna

Meanwhile on the men's front, Munster side Cork Harlequins are heading to Vienna this weekend to compete in the Energiecomfort EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy.

Quins have endured a difficult season, with injuries to key players hindering their progress both domestically and in their IHL campaign. They relinquishing their Munster league and cup crowns to Cork C of I, and finished the IHL without a win to their name.

However, with disappointment often comes determination, and Quins will not need any motivation other than their own pride when they travel to Vienna.

Manager Alan O'Driscoll acknowledged the importance of the tournament: 

"After a very poor season we have a lot to prove to ourselves. With four or five likely retirements after Vienna the Black and Lombard brothers will be out to finish on a high.

It's also a first tournament for two sixteen year olds, Julian Dale and Jack Ryan, an amazing experience for them."

Speaking to Southern Fried Hockey, Coach Phil Oakley said:

"We have seen some improvements during the IHL, despite the results, and hopefully we can continue to improve going into the Europeans. Personally for me, I feel we owe it to ourselves.

"Of course in the back of our minds, we'll know that doing well in this will benefit Irish Hockey in the longer term and hopefully we can follow Lisnagarvey's lead this season and gain as many ranking points as possible.

"People can write our chances off and probably will, there's not much we can do about it except focus on our own performances and doing well in each game. We certainly won't need any external motivation."

Everyone at Irish Hockey wishes Cork Harlequins the best of luck in Vienna.

For more information on the tournament visit

http://www.eurohockey.org/ehf/index.php?option=com_eurohockey&id=9&Itemid=401

For more from Phil Oakley and Harlequins' hopes for the Tournament, visit Southern Fried Hockey.

Irish Hockey Association media release



Grove Menzieshill & Milne Craig Clydesdale Western in Europe


Grove Menzieshill title winners

Grove Menzieshill and Milne Craig Clydesdale Western are Scotland’s European representatives in continental club competition this weekend, with both sides looking to target promotion from their respective competitions.

Grove Menzieshill will compete in the EuroHockey Club Champions Challenge I in Catania, Italy, while Milne Craig Clydesdale Western will participate in the EuroHockey Club Champions Challenge II in Prague, Czech Republic. Both competitions run from 17-20 May.

Following the excellent defence of their Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1 title this season, Charlotte Jones’ side will travel to Italy with confidence and in good form.

(Grove Menzieshill will be aiming to translate their league form to Europe in search of promotion from the Challenge I competition)

They will compete in Pool B of the competition against hosts HC Universitario Catania A.S.D (ITA), Royal Wellington THC (BEL) and UCD LHC (IRL). Pool A comprises Stade Français (FRA), HF Lorenzioni (ITA), Gintra Strekte Uni HC (LTU), and Metrostoy (RUS).

Meanwhile, Neil Menzies’ Milne Craig Clydesdale Western will also travel to Europe in good form following a strong end to the Division 1 season in which they finished runners-up.

A healthy Scotland contingent, including senior internationalists Amy Gibson, Morag McLellan, Nicola Skrastin, Cat Ralph, Holly Cram and Susan McGilveray will hopefully boost their chances of promotion from the competition.


Milne Craig Clydesdale Western's Cat Ralph will be hoping to inspire her side to European success

The Glasgow outfit will compete in Pool A against HC Maxx Stahl Wels (AUT), SK Slavia Praha (CZE), and SV Arminen (AUT). Cambrai HC (FRA), HC 1946 Praga (CZE), Swansea City HC (WAL and HC Rotweiss Wettingen (SUI) make up Pool B.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Canada U21 Women Hosts Argentina in Vancouver

First time Argentina plays on Canadian turf!

Connor Meakin




Come out and support the Canadian Women’s U21 Team as they take on Pan American rivals Argentina! This is a special occasion as it marks the first time Argentina plays on Canadian soil and is a key part of Canada’s preparations for the Junior World Cup in Germany.

The four match series is complemented by three practice matches between the WNT training squad and Argentina.These events kick off a busy summer packed full of competition both locally and abroad for the Women’s National Program.
Canada U21 vs. Argentina U21

Match #1 - Sun May 26, 7:30pm at UBC Wright Field

Match #2 - Mon May 27, 1:30pm at UBC Wright Field

Match #3 - Wed May 29, 11:00am at UBC Wright Field

Match #4 - Thurs May 30, 2:00pm at UBC Wright Field
Women’s Senior Training Squad vs. Argentina U21

Match #1 - Wed May 22, 1:00pm at UBC Wright Field

Match #2 - Thurs May 23, 1:00pm at UBC Wright Field

Match #3 - Fri May 24, 6:30pm Rutledge Field (West Vancouver)

This series is a crucial part of the WNT’s continued player development, especially leading into their campaign to qualify for the Rio Olympics. Local support will be a huge part of this series as the WNT are raising funds for their summer competitions in Ireland, Germany, and Argentina.
Your support is needed!

You can help make a difference by supporting during the games. You’ll also have the opportunity to directly support the WNT via cash donations at the games, or by donating online (100% tax receipted).

Click HERE to donate online to the WNT.

You are also invited to join the WNT for a pre-game clinic on Sunday, May 26 at UBC. Stay tuned for more details.

There will be lots of other opportunities to meet, greet, and get autographs from all the WNT members throughout the series.

We look forward to seeing you at the games!

Field Hockey Canada media release



Athletes confirmed for USA Field Hockey’s Women’s National Championship

108 athletes have been selected to compete for a spot on the U.S. Women’s Team roster


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – There are 525,600 minutes opportunities in a year. And as a Women’s National Championship athlete none of them are spent standing static.

These competitors log countless hours alone in a gym perfecting their hang cleans. They prove bleachers aren’t just for sitting as they ascend the steps cranking out high-tempo sprints in 85 degree heat. For years they have hit the pavement and backboard solo in their off-hours without the need of applause. The weather doesn’t matter. The weekends don’t deter. Women’s National Championship athletes see each of those 525,600 minutes as a chance to move an inch closer to wearing a U.S. National Team uniform, an international medal around their neck and the distinct pride of representing their country as they compete to earn a spot on Team USA. Those 525,600 opportunities are spent waiting for one moment - this moment.

The 108 athletes participating in the 2013 Women’s National Championship in Norfolk, Va., May 23-29, have been confirmed. Some of the best field hockey players in the nation will compete for the title of regional champions, but far more importantly contend for a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team roster. Head coach Craig Parnham will be evaluating matches and selecting outstanding players from the pool of participants to represent Team USA on the international stage.

“The Women’s National Championship is the first opportunity for me to see all of the players in one place and that is really quite exciting,” said Parnham. “It is very important for me to have a good look at every player at the tournament.”

So what does it take to stand out amongst 100 other eager, fit and skilled field hockey players? And what are the odds of making the cut?

“Delivery under pressure, physical robustness, tactical awareness, a selfless attitude and willingness to grow and develop,” are among the qualities Parnham said he will be keeping a close watch on.

Twenty-four is the number Parnham is working with. That means less than 25 percent of the players competing will gain selection to the U.S. National Team. Players will learn their fate of inclusion or exclusion on Team USA via an email from Parnham roughly 48-72 hours following the conclusion of the tournament. In addition to the 24 senior athletes selected, Parnham will also announce a development squad.

Parnham says he will not be making the heavy decision alone.

“I will be meeting with the coaches on a daily basis and having healthy discussions around players and selections,” said Parnham. “A lot of collaborative discussions throughout the week will ensure we create the best team moving forward.”

525,600 minutes

525,600 opportunities

When you’re chasing a dream this big, every second counts.

The following athletes have been selected to represent their region at the Women’s National Championship:

PENNSYLVANIA Coached by Denise Zelenak, Head Coach, Drexel University

Lindsay McArdle (Upper Darby, Pa.), Danielle Grassi (Brookeville, Md.), Amanda Fleischut (Doylestown, Pa.), Jordan Page (Denver, Pa.), Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.), Stefanie Fee (Virginia Beach, Va.), Meghan Dawson (Berlin, N.J.), Rayell Heistand (Hamburg, Pa.), Paula Heimbach (Palm, Pa.), Rachel Sumfest (Lewisburg, Pa.), Jessica Javelet (Philadelphia, Pa.), Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.), Genna Kovar (Hampton Bays, N.Y.), Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.), Kelly Driscoll (West Chester, Pa.), Anna Zarkoski (Trooper, Pa.)

U21 Coached by Steve Jennings, Head Coach, American University

Emma Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Maxine Fluharty (Millsboro, Del.), Marie Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.), Aileen Johnson (Oceanport, N.J.), Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.), Alyssa Chillano (Phoenixville, Pa.), Kelsey Smither (Suffolk, Va.), Lisa McCarthy (Evanston, Ill.), Emily Wold (Freehold, N.J.), Katie Gerzabek (Springfield, Pa.), Nikki Parsley (Evanston, Ill.), Teresa Benvenuti (Morristown, N.J.), Heather Morris (Pottstown, Pa.), Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Ashley Hoffman (Mohnton, Pa.), Anna Dessoye (Mountaintop, Pa.), Lauren Blazing (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Maddy Carpenter (Wilbraham, Mass.), Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.)

MID-ATLANTIC/SOUTH Coached by Grant Fulton, Associate Head Coach, University of North Carolina

Casey DiNardo (Virginia Beach, Va.), Abby Frey (Lehighton, Pa.), Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Jill Witmer (Washington Boro, Pa.), Michelle Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, Del.), Katelyn Falgowski (Landenberg, Pa.), Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.), Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md.), Loren Shealy (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Alyssa Parker (Woodbine, Md.), Katelyn Smither (Suffolk, Va.), Julie Hodge (Downingtown, Pa.), Carissa Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Grace Christus (Bernardsville, N.J.), Natalie Hunter (Palermo, NJ)

MIDWEST/CALIFORNIA Coached by Shellie Onstead, Head Coach, University of California


Anna Simmons (Worthington, Ohio), Natalie Cafone (Fairfield, N.J.), Audra Heilman (Easton, Pa.), Nicole Wallstedt (San Diego, Cali.), Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.), Kelsey Harbin (Escondido, Cali.), Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.), Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Hannah Theiman (St. Louis, Mo.), Carolyn Cabrey (North Wales, Pa.), Abby Barker (Columbus, Ohio), Charlotte Martin (St. Louis, Mo.), Dani Hemeon (Gilroy, Cali.), Torrie Albini (Escondido, Cali.), Meghan Beamesderfer (Iowa City, Iowa), Allison Swartz (San Diego, Cali.), Alesha Widdall (Whitney Point, N.Y.), Kathleen McGraw (Iowa City, Iowa)

NEW JERSEY Coached by Kristen Holmes-Winn, Head Coach, Princeton University

Amber Youtz (Dauphin, Pa.), Katherine Ferrara (Spring City, Pa.), Hannah Barreca (Oceanport, N.J.), Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.), Jamie Montgomery (Lewisburg, Pa.), Sydney Kirby (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), Julie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.), Michelle Cesan (New Vernon, N.J.), Lisa Patrone (Sewell, N.J.), Jennifer Stone (Easton, Pa.), Allison Evans (Macungie, Pa.), Kelsey Bryne (Wayne, Pa.), Rebecca Stiles (Medford, N.J.), Meredith Long (Ocean City, N.J.), Wesley Drew (Highland Park, N.J.), Caroline Nichols (New York, N.Y.), Melissa Vassalotti (Arlington, Va.), Cassidy Arner (Red Hill, Pa.)

NEW ENGLAND/ NORTH  Coached by Carla Tagliente, Head Coach, University of Massachusetts

Isabella Delario (Rehoboth Beach, Del.), Abby Beltrani (East Setauket, N.Y.), Kim Young (Sidney, N.Y.), Chrissy Davidson (Reading, Pa.), Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.), Alexa Sikalis (Acton, Mass.), Caitlin Rea (Cambridge, Mass.), Lauren Pfeiffer (Mt. Laurel, N.J.), Abby Bascetta (Granby, Conn.), Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, Va.), Hannah Price (Amherst, Mass.), Rhian Jones (Boston, Mass.), Jackie Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.), Melyssa Woods (Durham, N.H.), Meg Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Jackie Kintzer (Robesonia, Pa.), Samantha Carlino (Kennett Square, Pa.)

Admission is free and open to the public. All matches will be played at Powhatan Sports Complex on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The competition schedule and further information can be found on usafieldhockey.com.

USFHA media release



Post-Collegiate HARROWines featuring Heather Schnepf

As part of USA Field Hockey's Post- Collegiate HARROWines series, staff member Kait Mitchell catches up Kent State University assistant field hockey coach Heather Schnepf for a quick Q & A.

Backfield presence
Building attack 
Baby ducks

The thread of email exchanges between Harrow Cup Dynasty captain Heather Schnepf and her teammates runs the gamut. Because for Schnepf, life and field hockey are a balanced blend of being serious sprinkled with moments of humor.

Schnepf, a 2006 Iowa University grad and a prior All-American as well as a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, has made a dynamic impact as the assistant field hockey coach at Kent State University and previously at Drexel University in the same role. Schnepf was also a member of the U.S. Under-21 National Team and took home the silver medal at the 2009 Pan American Games – experiences which she will undoubtedly tap into at the Philadelphia tournament in June. And although Team Dynasty will be taking the pitch with unparalleled intensity at Harrow Cup, expect bursts of laughter if the turf monster snags a sneaker or two in the process.

KM: As the Harrow Cup draws near, what are you most looking forward to from a tournament captain’s perspective?

HS:
This opportunity has provided me to learn more about my leadership capabilities. Being a coach and a captain gives me the chance to take a deeper look at how I mentor young ladies while on the field and in life.

KM: What’s your team dynamic like?

HS:
We are all looking to have a good time and are very excited to compete again. All of these athletes have thrived in their careers. We’re taking this very seriously because we want to win the money but there is a balance. Our email exchanges range from our specialties on the field to pictures of pet ducks and talks of long walks on the beach.

KM: What was your recruiting strategy?

HS:
Going into this I knew I wanted some prior built personal relationships on my team to keep me grounded but I also wanted to meet new people. So I went 50/50. In regards to actual playing, I needed to make sure I had each line out there filled. We’ll have a competitive edge but we’re going to have fun. If a ball is whiffed, it's whiffed and we'll laugh.

KM: What will your team jerseys look like?

HS
: Uniforms will be white shirts and black shorts – pretty plain Jane and easy but I wanted something that was comfy to play in. It goes with the whole mentality, “If you feel good, you play good too.”

KM: As a Certified Personal Trainer, what type of training have you advised to your players?

HS:
I suggested they pick up a running program and get on the turf more. Maybe throw in a few biceps curls while they’re at it. We’ll be the buffest team out there – maybe push a few people around. [Laughs] Another perk of participating in this tournament is that those players who have had kids and such are forced to get back into playing shape.

KM: What will you do with your earnings if your team wins the 2013 Harrow Cup?

HS:
As a team we haven’t talked about it. We’re just using those 10Gs as motivation. It can go a long way. For some girls who are traveling, it just might help them break even. I was thinking about the possibility of giving it to charity.

KM: Why is post-collegiate play personally important to you?

HS:
Because all of our lives we’re on the field playing and when our careers finally come to an end we’re left with all of these emotions. Post-collegiate play is a testament the sport can grow. It shows the girls I coach I can still play and hey, I sort of know what I’m talking about. There is life after your career and that can consist of field hockey and still playing. 

USFHA media release



‘I am ready to slog it out and prove I am better’


“After 10 years of playing for India, I thought I deserved at least some respect. But the way I was treated, it made me wonder if it was all worth it,” says Jasjeet Kaur in this brief interview with Uthra Ganesan.


Jasjeet Kaur (right) in the thick of action against Azerbaijan, at the National Stadium in New Delhi, during the Test series in India. “I have lost weight but I have not lost the hunger to score and win,” says Jasjeet. R.V. MOORTHY

She was the wonder girl of Indian hockey before falling out of favour. She is considered part of the “senior brigade” that takes its place for granted. A combination of injuries, poor form, fitness concerns and “attitude issues” have kept Jasjeet Kaur Handa out of the national fold for more than a year now.

But anyone who saw the 25-year-old at the 2013 National women’s hockey championship, that recently concluded in Lucknow, would vouch for the fact that, on field, Jasjeet has no match in the country at present. The fiery forward of Asia Cup 2004 and Asian Games 2006 has matured into an astute midfield marshal, trebling as the lone drag-flicker for the team and shoring up the attack. That the ever-dominant Railways was stumped in the final by a fighting and well-orchestrated Haryana takes nothing away from Jasjeet’s performance.

The loss still rankled and no Railways player was willing to talk much. “We tried,” she said simply, clamming up again. A long silence ensued, before she spoke again. “We lacked in attack. I had no support. We were not even told we had to participate. We were all summoned just three days before the tournament began. Till then, half of this team was practicing with the rest of Haryana players and preparing to represent the state! How could we have found our rhythm?” she said, the words coming out in a flurry.

These may sound excuses from a defeated side but Jasjeet was right on one thing: she tried. Often accused of not bothering with her fitness, putting on weight and shying away from hard work as a national player, the Jasjeet one saw here was different. Fitter, leaner and faster — Jasjeet was wrong-footing opponents with ease, dodging past midfielders and defenders at will and displaying amazing ball control.

“I have lost weight but I have not lost the hunger to score and win. In the last one year, I have been constantly practicing at Shahbad (in Haryana), working on my fitness, concentrating on my game. In fact, most of these Haryana players who have defeated us are those youngsters whom we train back home,” she said, with a wry smile on her face.

At no point through the competition did Jasjeet falter. In the final, Railways earned seven penalty corners but Jasjeet herself took only one shot. Playing as a right half, Jasjeet’s runs down the flank were impressive, her finding the gaps impeccable. Most of the goals that Railways did get through the tournament were set up by her.

So why wasn’t she on the plane to Holland with the national team? “The biggest reward for any player is respect earned. Things were bad during the Olympic qualifiers last year. I am not saying I should get any special treatment. But the least I expect is being told my faults, not being ignored on the bench without a reason. It was disappointing,” said Jasjeet, opening up after some time.

“After 10 years of playing for India, I thought I deserved at least some respect. But the way I was treated, it made me wonder if it was all worth it,” she said. After that, Jasjeet decided to skip national camps and concentrate on playing the domestic circuit.

There are those who are critical of her decision, claiming Jasjeet should have been part of the camps to prove her detractors wrong. Railways manager Madhu Yadav was at her caustic best. “All these players, they think they are prima donnas. They know they have a secure job. They think they cannot be faulted. If someone says something to them, they don’t like it,” she said. The taunts were as much for the Railways’ defeat as for the refusal to appear for national selection.

But Jasjeet differed. “I am from Shahbad. I learnt my hockey under Baldev (Singh) sir. Anyone who knows him also knows he isn’t exactly a soft person. But I have never felt bad when he scolds, screams or punishes. Because, at the end of the day, he respects us as players and helps us improve. It’s all about respect,” she said.

As for national duty, she knows she would never be an automatic choice. “I am ready to slog it out and prove I am better than the rest, and only then will I stake a claim,” she says. At the moment, though, she remains undecided.

The national team, meanwhile, is suffering. On the preparatory tour of Holland ahead of the Hockey World League Round 3, they were routed by the Dutch national side and thrashed by even low-rung second division clubs. Jasjeet’s return may well plug the holes in attack, midfield and penalty corners. If that happens.

Sportstar



Marvellous opportunity in Germany for quality women’s hockey players

Open letter from German Bundesliga club women’s first team Klipper THC Hamburg:

Dear athletes and coaches, we are the women’s first team of Klipper THC Hamburg and are playing in Germany’s highest league, the Bundesliga, as we have done for many years now.

We want to stabilise and expand our current position in the highest hockey league in Germany.

We are looking for high-capacity women’s players for the 2013/2014 season (August 2013 to June 2014) to strengthen our first team.

Our team has an age range from 16 to 33 and everyone has had the experience of playing in the Bundesliga for the past number of years. In 2012 we competed in the European Hockey League in Brussels.

Our team also includes Celine Wilde and Kristina Reynolds who are in the German national team.

Finds us on www.klippererstedamen.blogspot.de and you can find further information about our club on www.klipper.de about Klipper THC - a famous hockey and tennis club which celebrates its 125th year.

Our coach, Peter Krueger, is a very experienced Bundesliga coach and has already won many championships.

We, our team and our club will try our hardest to fill your expectations and wishes!

Apart from its tradition, Klipper THC is a very professional operation. The beautiful club facility includes two new turf fields, one smaller turf field, an indoor hall and one grass field.

It’s therefore one of the most modern clubs in Hamburg. There are also 12 tennis courts and an indoor tennis hall.

The professional team of coaches, the physiotherapists, and of course many committed members of our club are setting the perfect conditions for a successful team.

If you want be part of our team we would also try to help you with your personal arrangements (flat, job, studies etc).

Our club is located in the suburb Wellingsbüttel in the north-east-part of the city. It is easy to reach by public transport because it’s near a train station and also near an airport.

One request: Because we need to plan our season, we ask you to give us an answer by June 15 to our club secretary ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

We are looking forward to interested and dynamic hockey athletes in our 125th anniversary year!

SA Hockey Association site