News for 20 May 2013

All then news for Monday 20 May 2013


Black Sticks Men lose 2-1 despite improved performance



Korea have beaten the Black Sticks Men 2-1 in the fourth test at Pukekohe this afternoon despite an improved attacking effort from the Kiwis. 

The Black Sticks worked hard in the second half to equalise, at times putting pressure on the Koreans, pushing forward and attacking with confidence. But the Koreans were clinical in their defensive effort, consistently turning over the ball in the circle and taking possession.

“Today’s performance was much better, we created more opportunities than in any other game so far – we created five or six very good chances. Even though it isn’t reflected on the scoreboard, it was by far our best performance of this series,” says head coach Colin Batch.

“We go out to win and so are disappointed in the two losses, but we are experimenting ahead of World League and I’m happy with what we are learning and the progress being made. Phil Burrows was back out playing today and as such an experienced player he brought a lot of structure to the game which really helped,” says Batch.

New Zealand were the first to score with a penalty corner from Midlands player Andy Hayward in the 15th minute. Korea’s Sung Hoon Yoon scored in the 23rd minute from a field goal and it was backed up two minutes later when a goalmouth scramble led to Hyun Woo Nam taking a penalty stroke and finding the back of the net. The tempo stepped up in the second half and although there were lots of circle penetrations from both sides, the score remained.

Black Sticks head coach Colin Batch is using this series to test combinations and game structures ahead of World League Round 3 in Rotterdam next month. Eleven players have under 20 test caps and this series is providing them with valuable test experience. 

The first two games against Korea were hotly contested and resulted in 1-1 draws. Yesterday, the Kiwis conceded a 2-0 loss with the visitors finding the net twice in the second half. The fifth and sixth test will be held at Papatoetoe Sports Centre, the first on Tuesday at 7pm and entry is FREE. 

The Under-21 Junior Black Sticks played against Korea in the curtain raiser and it was a 2-2 draw. Korea's Min Ji Kook opened the scoring in the seventh minute before Cass Reid slotted one home just before half time. Canterbury's Olivia Merry scored early on in the second half and then Korea's Ha Na Lee equalised in the 50th minute.

RESULTS

Korea 2 (Sung Hoon Yoon, Hyun Woo Nam), New Zealand 1 (Andy Hayward). HT: 0-0

NZ Players: Coughlan, Haig, Hayward, Ross, Couzins, Hilton, Smith, M Child, J Panchia, McGregor, Burrows, Manchester, Russell, Tarrant, McAleese, Jenness, Inglis, Muir.

Junior Black Sticks Women 2 (Cass Reid, Olivia Merry), Korea 2 (Min Ji Kook, Ha Na Lee). HT: 1-1.

NZ Players: Mathews, Harris, Storey, Macliquham, Thompson, Tanner, Sutherland, McCann, Keddell, King, Fremaux, Reid, Dennison, Simpson, Symes, Merry, Curtis, Cocks.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



De Nooijer’s Bloemendaal win Euro Hockey League



EHL CHampions, Bloemendaal. Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek

EHL Final Four hosts HC Bloemendaal have been crowned Euro Hockey League champions for a second time after winning a pulsating final against KHC Dragons of Belgium. The team lead by retiring legend Teun de Nooijer – who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player in his final playing season – defeated the Dragons 2-0, with Rogier Hofman scoring both of the goals. The result gave Bloemendaal their second EHL title, adding to the one that they claimed in 2009.

It was a fairy-tale ending for De Nooijer, who excelled in a tournament final that was played in front of a sell-out crowd that brimmed with passion and enthusiasm throughout the contest. Although the day belonged to Bloemendaal and De Nooijer, no-one will ever forget the part that defeated finalists KHC Dragons played in this season EHL. Although clearly disappointed by defeat, they have broken new ground by becoming the first team from Belgium to win a Silver medal in the Euro Hockey League. Few would suggest that they will be the last.     

The home favourites started the match in determined fashion, but it was the Dragons who came closest to opening the scoring in the first quarter. Former Ireland international Stephen Butler sent a low flick shot just wide of the target, before a diving Florent van Aubel could not direct his deflection towards goal. Dragons were clearly not overawed by the occasion, and looked a constant threat on the attack thanks to the pace and creativity of their outstanding forward line.

If Dragons had the better of the first period, the second quarter certainly belonged to Bloemendaal. The host team created numerous outstanding opportunities and eventually opened the scoring through Rogier Hofman. The goal was created by Nick Meijer, who accelerated down the right wing and into the circle before sending a perfect pass across the face of goal for Hofman who completed a simple finish and sent the crowd into raptures. The Dutch giants immediately went looking for a second, and so nearly found one when Roel Bovendeert lashed a fierce reverse stick effort fractionally wide before Ronald Brouwer clipped a shot over the crossbar.

Dragons went for broke in the third period, playing a high press in a bid to break through the resolute Bloemendaal back-line. However, the home favourites coped well with the pressure, and almost doubled their lead when Ronald Brouwer forced a fine save from Dragons keeper Manu Leroy after a defensive error from Loick Luypaert.

Bloemendaal’s second goal arrived mid-way through the final quarter, and fittingly, Teun de Nooijer was the creator. The 37-year-old moved down the right before sending a perfectly weighted pass into the circle to Rogier Hofman, who made no mistake with a blistering reverse stick finish to essentially win the game. Dragons continued to fight until the very end, but it was Bloemendaal who claimed a victory that will live long in the memory.

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

ABN AMRO Most Valuable Player: Teun de Nooijer (HC Bloemendaal). 

Euro Hockey League media release

 



EHCCC glory for Den Bosch


Den Bosch celebrate on the podium. Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek

Den Bosch have claimed a remarkable 13th elite European title in 14 seasons courtesy of a 4-2 victory over defending champions Laren MHC in the final of the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup. Goals from Sabine Mol (2), Maartje Paumen and Vera Vorstenbosch gave Den Bosch the title, with Kim Lammers scoring twice for Laren.

Laren – who were without injured superstar Naomi van As – produced a wonderful performance to push their Dutch rivals all the way in the contest, but Den Bosch proved themselves to be deserving winners in front of a huge crowd in Bloemendaal.

The trophy and medals were presented by European Hockey Federation President Marijke Fleuren, who also handed prize money cheques of 5000 and 2000 Euros to the respective winning and losing teams. 

Sabine Mol gave Den Bosch a dream start when she scored after just 40 seconds, tapping in from close range following a surging run down the right from Margot van Geffen. Laren were clearly stunned by the early strike, but soon settled into the contest and began to create some decent chances. Netherlands star forward Kim Lammers went agonisingly close to levelling the scores with a deflection which travelled just the wrong side of the post. However, Den Bosch certainly had the better of the chances, and would surely have established a far bigger score-line were it not for the brilliance of Laren goalkeeper Joyce Sombroek who produced a string a fine saves to keep the score at 1-0 at the quarter time break.

Laren hit back early in the second period thanks to a superb deflection from the talismanic Lammers, who produced a perfectly angled touch to a cross-shot from Lieke Hulsen. It was a wonderful finish from Lammers, who showed exactly why she is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous goal-scorers. Den Bosch needed less than a minute to re-establish their lead, and again Sabine Mol was the scorer, crashing a low reverse stick shot underneath the body of Sombroek to move the score to 2-1. The latter stages of the period were evenly contested, with both Sombroek and Den Bosch keeper Lizzy Koeton making impressive saves to ensure that no further goals were scored before half time.

It was a cagey start to the third quarter by both teams, but that all changed mid-way through the period when the live-wire Lammers caught the Den Bosch defence napping. A speculative defensive clearance from Laren somehow found its way through to Olympic Gold medal winner, who charged towards goal and slipped the ball through the legs of Lizzy Koeton.

Lammers was proving to be too hot to handle, and almost completed her hat-trick with a brilliant swivel and shot which clipped the outside of the right post. However, Den Bosch were a constant threat and it came as no surprised when they moved into a 3-2 lead thanks to a trade-mark penalty corner drag-flick from inspirational captain Maartje Paumen.

Den Bosch completed the job in the fourth quarter when Vera Vorstenbosch scored a stunning deflection high into the roof of the Laren net, confirming yet another European title for this truly remarkable club.

More information about the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup can be found on www.eurohockey.org, the official website of the European Hockey Federation. 

Euro Hockey League media release



Scottish club sides in with a shout of European promotion

Scotland’s European representatives Grove Menzieshill and Milne Craig Clydesdale Western have both qualified for the promotion pool in the EuroHockey Club Champions Challenge I and Challenge II competitions.

Grove Menziehill were left with destiny in their own hands against hosts HC Universitario Catania A.S.D earlier this evening after Belgian side Royal Wellington lost 2-1 to undefeated Irish outfit UCD LHC, leaving the second place spot in Pool B up for grabs.

An opening goal from Louise Carroll in the 12th minute gave the Taysiders the lead before the Italians equalised through a Valentina Bonfiglio penalty corner in the 25th minute.

However, Karin Belch’s winning goal in the 45th minute clinched a crucial 2-1 win for Charlotte Jones’ side and ensured the Scottish champions reached the competition’s promotion pool, where they will face Pool A winners Metrostroy tomorrow (13.00 CET).

To qualify for the Club Trophy next season, they will need to beat their Russian opponents by more than two clear goals and hope that UCD LHC defeat HF Lorenzoni, leaving the Taysiders in the final runners-up spot.

Meanwhile, Milne Craig Clydesdale Western have a much simpler promotion path to negotiate when they meet Swiss side HC Rotweiss Wettingen in Prague tomorrow (13.00 CET) despite going down 2-0 to SK Slavia Praha earlier today. Adela Bizova notched the two goals for the Czechs.

A win for Neil Menzies’ side tomorrow will ensure that they will qualify for the EuroHockey Club Champions Challenge I next year.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



KLHC Champs



KL Hockey Club successfully defended their TNB Cup title when they came from behind to edge Tenaga Nasional Berhad 2-1 at the National Hockey stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Some 3,000 fans thronged the National Hockey Stadium to witness the clash of two of the most successful teams in the history of MHL. And lending support was Minister of Youth & Sports Khairy Jamaluddin who is the first serving Sports Minister to attend a final of MHL.

Its was TNB that opened scoring as Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi weaved past three defenders, and evaded the diving Roslan Jamaluddin to slot into goal, to the joy of the TNB fans.

KLHC were on level terms off their first penalty corner in the 29th minute as Muhammad Razie played a ball to his left to Akhtar Ali who relayed it to a diving Mohamad Syamim Mohd Yusof who placed the ball past a despairing dive by S. Kumar.

In the 24th minute TNB were awarded a penalty stroke as Faisal Saari was brought down by Freed Ahmad and umpire K. Illango did not hesitate to point to the spot. But Faisal sent his flick wide of Roslan's right post and TNB squandered a chance to take the lead again.

In the 45th minute Illango blundered when he failed to spot a stick check by Mohd Amin Rahim on Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor, awarding a penalty corner instead after consulting fellow umpire R. Anbanathan.

KLHC were awarded penalty corners in the 45th, 51st, 52nd and 64th minutes. And off the fourth penalty corner, the attempt by Muhammad Imran hit Mohd Madzli Ikmar on the foot and rightfully Illango awarded a penalty stroke.

Imran sent Kumar diving the wrong way to give KLHC a 2-1 lead.  And they held on for a famous win.

Official MHL site



Thunderbolts prevail over UiTM



TNB THUNDERBOLTS narrowly secured the President Cup after defeating UiTM 3-1 on penalty shootouts today. Thunderbolts squandered a comfortable 2-0 lead to their opponent but eventually prevailed.

The TNB Malaysia Hockey League division one champions were slow off the blocks and if not for some fine goalkeeping by Saiful Amrie Basirun UiTM could have found themselves trailing 2-0 in the opening 10 minutes.

Muhammad Sabri Mohamed effort on goal was denied by a brilliant save from Saiful before the custodian once again came up with a telling save to stop Amir Zulkarnain Ahmad Robangi of Thunderbolts first penalty corner.

UiTM who edged past Thunderbolts in both of their league encounters 2-1 and 5-4 respectively, lacked creativity around the field and were finding tough to keep possession.

Thunderbolts raced forward and found the opening goal in the 25 minute from their third penalty corner of the game, a set piece play was comfortably slotted home by Zulkarnain.

A lead which they comfortably took into the half time break.

The half time team talk was well utilized by UiTM as they returned on the pitch looking much sharper.

However as UiTM pushed more man up front, Thunderbolts took the opportunity to double their lead in the 40th minute.

Zulkarnain penalty corner effort was well dealt with by Saiful, but the rebound was volleyed home by Azril Misron.

UiTM continued to push forward in numbers searching for a breakthrough and their hard work eventually paid off when Faheed Saifullah Shahrom Jamil reduced the deficit in the 49th minute from a penalty stroke.

The goal looked to have shaken the Thunderbolts players as ten minutes later they allowed UiTM to find the equalizer.

UiTM skipper Mohd Hanif Ibrahim pint-point cross into the Thunderbolts circle was deflected home by Mohd Akmal Mohd Tajuddin in the 59th minute.

Thunderbolts were left to defend in numbers and were lucky to stay in contention as UiTM went on to squander four penalty corners before the match was sent into extra time.

The game tempo toned down in extra time as tired legs creped in, but UiTM came within inches of sealing a remarkable comeback victory when Mohd Saiful Hafiz Jaafar’s effort was cleared of the goal line by Muhammad Fikri Bassar.

The game was eventually decided through penalty shootout, which Thunderbolts won 3-1.

How the shootout went:

TNB:

Mahinder Singh (Goal)

Shahrusahadan Basri (Goal)

Muhammad Fikri Bassar (Miss)

Mohd Afzanizam Zakaria (Goal)

UiTM:

Muhammad Asraf Zulzali (Miss)

Mohd Hanif Ibrahim (Goal)

Mohd Muhsin Hamsani (Miss)

Ahmed Iqwan Shah Harun (Miss)

Official MHL site



Hat-trick for KLHC

CUP FINAL: Fight back to sink Tenaga and equal their 12 title mark

By JUGJET SINGH



KLHC’s Chua Boon Huat (left) reaches for the ball as TNB’s Mohd Madzil Ikram Mohd Nor looks on in their TNB Cup final yesterday. Pic by Syarafiq Abd Samad

KUALA Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) beat Tenaga Nasional 2-1 in the TNB Cup to take their title tally to 12, with a cool third consecutive double in the Malaysia Hockey League.

Watched by more than 2,000 fans, the final did not disappoint as there was plenty of action, but Tenaga Nasional were guilty of defending in the second half and paid the price.

For the record, this was the third consecutive time that KLHC had humbled Tenaga in the TNB Cup final.

It was a super start to the finale, as Tenaga Nasional grabbed an early lead, only to see KLHC quick on the equaliser.

Amir Farid dribbled three players, then whacked the ball past goalkeeper Roslan Jamaluddin in the eighth minute to send Tenaga supporters into a frenzy.

However, the lead only lasted for 12 minutes, as KLHC scored the equaliser off their first penalty corner in the 20th minute.

Razie Rahim, instead of a direct flick, set up Syamim Yusof to tap in and take KLHC on level terms again.

The drama continued in the 24th minute, when Tenaga's Faizal Saari made a darting run when he saw an opening, only to be shoved to the ground by KLHC's Pakistan import Fareed Ahmed and a penalty stroke was awarded by umpire K. Ilanggo.

However Faizal, who has scored 17 goals in the tournament, missed the chance to take his tally to 18 and equal tournament top scorer Kashif Ali from Sapura who has 18.

After the breather, Tenaga were a jaded side, while KLHC won five more penalty corners but bungled them all.

However, their fortunes changed in the sixth penalty corner in the 64th minute, when Razie's attempt hit Madzli Ikmar's foot and the umpire blew for a penalty stroke.

Pakistan import Muhammad Imran stepped up to the spot, and flicked to the left of Tenaga goalkeeper S. Kumar for a 2-1 lead.

Tenaga Nasional never won a single penalty corner in 70 minutes, and when the final whistle blew, they went down to KLHC by a solitary goal.

In the President's Cup final, it was heartbreak for League champions UitM, as they came back to draw 2-2 with TNB Thunderbolts, after being down 0-2, to take the match into extra-time and then a penalty shoot-out.

But the day belonged to Thuderbolts, who prevailed 3-1 in the shoot-out.

RESULTS (Finals): President's Cup -- UiTM 2 TNB Thunderbolts 2 (Thunderbolts win 3-1 on shoot-out); TNB Cup -- Kuala Lumpur HC 2 Tenaga Nasional 1.

New Straits Times



KLHC to the fore again

By S. RAMAGURU



Skilful: KLHC’s Muhammad Umar Bhutta in action during the MHL final against Tenaga Nasional yesterday. — SHAHRUL FAZRY ISMAIL / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: KL Hockey Club (KLHC) staved off a strong challenge from Tenaga Nasional to bag their fourth double in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) and in the process their 13th trophy in the series.

KLHC defeated Tenaga 2-1 in a tense final at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jail yesterday.

It was also Tenaga’s third final defeat in a row to the KLHC team.

The match also had a lot of goal-scoring chances, penalty corners and even two penalty strokes. But the more consistent performance from KLHC won the day with Pakistani Mohamed Imran netting the winner late in the second half.

Imran also won the Man-of-the-Match award while KLHC skipper Mohamed Razie Rahim was adjudged the Best Player of the Tournament. Both players won RM2,000 each.

KLHC picked up RM70,000 while Tenaga went back with RM50,000.

Both teams started off cautiously but the champions were the early aggressors.

But against the run of play, Tenaga took the lead in the eighth minute through a field attempt by Amir Farid.

KLHC continued to control the game and in the 20th minute, managed to draw level.

They earned their first penalty corner of the match and from the rebound, Mohamed Syamin Yusof struck home from close range.

Four minutes later, Faizal Saari was fouled in the D by Fareed Ahmad and earned his team a penalty stroke. Faizal, who took the flick, failed to score.

The second half saw KLHC dominating the proceedings and could have increased their lead in the 45th minute had the umpire stuck to his decision.

Instead of a penalty stroke, the umpire changed his mind and gave the team a penalty corner. Nothing came off it.

KLHC had several more penalty corners to get the goals but they could not beat the Tenaga defence.

In the 64th minute, KLHC finally got their penalty stroke for a foul in the D.

This time Mohameed Imran took the flick and his low shot had goalkeeper S. Kumar well beaten.

Tenaga Nasional pushed for the equaliser but all came to nought as Imran’s goal was enough to give KLHC the title.

Earlier, Thunderbolt won the Division One overall title when they won a penalty shootout 3-1 against UiTM. Both teams failed to break the 2-2 deadlock at the end of regulation time. In the penalty shootout, Thunderbolt proved more adept and went on to lift the title in the debut season. Mohamed Zulkarnian and Azril Misron scored Thunderbolt’s goals in the 28th and 40th minutes respectively.

Faheed Saifullah gave hope for UiTM when he converted a penalty stroke in the 49th minute while Mohamed Akmal Tajuddin added the equaliser in the 59th minute.

The Star of Malaysia



Malaysia facing tough hurdle

by Haresh Deol


NATIONAL hockey coach Paul Revington was cautious over his team’s chances in the World League from June 29-July 7 in Johor Baru.

The national side are in Group B with England, Pakistan and South Africa. Revington’s boys will play Pakistan in the curtainraiser on June 29.

“I am not concerned about who we play first as all the teams in our group are ranked above us,” said Revington.

“It’s not going to be an easy task. England could be playing with new faces while South Africa are no strangers in the Olympics and World Cup. Pakistan are favourites despite their previous record so it is going to be a good challenge.”

Revington said the current hot spell will have little impact on the participating teams as the matches will be played at 7 and 9pm.

“The timing (of matches) is suitable but we can’t take any team lightly.

“If it is still hot and humid then we may have a slight advantage but the teams will be well prepared. Argentina are used to such hot weather while Germany will adjust accordingly.”

Germany and Argentina will accompany South Korea and the winner of World League round two, that will be held in Russia early next month, in Group A.

The top three teams from the competition will automatically qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Holland.

Malay Mail



Amit Rohidas to lead junior hockey team for European tour

NEW DELHI: Amit Rohidas will lead an 18-member Indian junior men squad in the European tour from May 23-June 5 in preparation for the World Cup to be held here at the end of the year.

The team will play a total of six matches, including two matches against Belgium on 25 and 26 May, three matches against The Netherlands on May 28, 29 and June 1, and one match against Germany on June 4.

Hockey India selectors Col Balbir Singh, B P Govinda, High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, Foreign Coach of U-21 Gregg Clark and coach Baljeet Singh Saini alongwith government observer Harbinder Singh selected the squad.

Forward Malak Singh will be the vice-captain of the side. Squad: Goalkeepers - Sushant Tirkey, Harjot Singh Defenders - Gagandeep Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Pardeep Mor

Midfielders - Harjit Singh, Devindar Walmiki, Satbir Singh, Stanli Minz, Prabhdeep Singh

Forwards - Malak Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Talwinder Singh, Ramandeep Singh, PL Thimmanna.

The Times of India



Devinder and Pardeep Mor return, as Rohidas to lead junior hockey team for European tour

s2h team


Talented midfielder Devinder Walmiki, who has not been considered for the national side for the last two years due to him playing in the World Series Hockey, and Pardeep Mor -- who was injured-- return to the national side, as Hockey India today announced the team for the Europe tour.

Gurjinder Singh, whose senior international debut early this year was anything but impressive, finds his name in the team too.

Amit Rohidas will lead an 18-member Indian junior men squad in the European tour from May 23-June 5 in preparation for the World Cup to be held here at the end of the year.

The team will play a total of six matches, including two matches against Belgium on 25 and 26 May, three matches against The Netherlands on May 28, 29 and June 1, and one match against Germany on June 4.

According to a press release by Hockey India, selectors Col Balbir Singh, B P Govinda, High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, chief coach Gregg Clark and coach Baljeet Singh Saini along with government observer Harbinder Singh selected the squad.

Forward Malak Singh will be the vice-captain of the side.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Sushant Tirkey, Harjot Singh

Defenders: Gagandeep Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Pardeep Mor

Midfielders - Harjit Singh, Devindar Walmiki, Satbir Singh, Stanli Minz, Prabhdeep Singh

Forwards - Malak Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Talwinder Singh, Ramandeep Singh, PL Thimmanna.

Stick2Hockey.com



Colts to undergo final trials for Europe tour

KARACHI: Pakistan’s junior hockey squad for the upcoming Europe tour is expected to be named this week after trials are held in Islamabad. A total of 26 players, attending the second phase of the training camp at the Naseer Bunda Stadium, will take part in the trials, said coach Anjum Saeed. Pakistan are scheduled to play three matches each against Holland and Germany besides contesting two against Belgium from June 3.

Saeed said the players were looking forward to putting on a good show. “It is an important tour for these youngsters,” Saeed told The Express Tribune. “All the players are motivated and putting in a lot of effort.” Meanwhile, the Pakistan Hockey Federation has also decided to send the national U16 team to Europe later this summer ahead of the World Cup.

The Express Tribune




Men’s Under-20 Rosters are Finalized for Cal Cup Tournament

The official list of athletes to compete in the U-20 Division at Cal Cup has been determined


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – It’s a pivotal moment in these athletes’ careers yet their names weren’t engraved into a brass trophy or etched onto the surface of a prestigious medal.

Instead, their names were methodically handwritten on a piece of clean lined paper. To earn a mark on those lines is worth more than any piece of showcase hardware these elite athletes have been awarded thus far – they have made the official 2013 Cal Cup roster.  Their years of practice and pure determination have earned them a ticket to play in front of U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Chris Clements and his staff for the chance to represent Team USA. Now that the final U-20 rosters have been announced, the nation patiently waits to see who will be worthy of wearing Team USA jerseys. Because Cal Cup serves as a selection process for the U-17, U-20 and Senior National Team squad, the best competitors in the country will be gathering on the campus of Moorpark College near Los Angeles in Southern California in hopes of earning a spot on the USA Field Hockey team.

What started out as a tournament with only six men's teams in 1972 has expanded to an annual event that gathers over 140 teams and nearly 2,000 athletes ranging in age over Memorial Day weekend. Tom Harris, a dedicated field hockey enthusiast and creator of the tournament, is entering his 41st year of heading Cal Cup. The divisions consist of Super Men, Competitive Men as well as U-20, U-16 and U-14 Boys. Once the tournament commences, Clements and Assistant U.S. National Team Coach Ben Maruquin will be assessing the games and selecting top athletes to extend the ultimate invitation. Clements will make his final decision on Thursday, May 30, a day the selected Senior, U-20 and U-17 men hope to achieve new heights. Through the advance game knowledge and stick skills they have built upon through the High Performance platform the selected athletes are in top condition to display their tactical and physical skills.

“In April we started our East Coast High Performance program with a series of training camps open to all young men on the East Coast,” said Rutger Wiese, East Coast High Performance coach. “The goals were very clear from the beginning: introduce as many boys to high performance training as possible, develop the overall skill level and create an atmosphere in which the boys can excel, ultimately resulting in the East Coast High Performance Team that will compete at the Cal Cup.”

“The evolution of our high performance program is developing as is the game for boys and men,” said Clements. “We are looking to further the opportunities for boys and men and this will have a carry on effect to the performance of our national teams. We need the regions taking responsibility and developing players in a performance environment. I am glad to see the progress on the east coast and the potentials of growth into further regions and performance of the boys. The work that our high performance staff are doing is critical to our success. I have visited all our sites over the season and am pleased with the increase in quality of play across all regions.”

Following Cal Cup, the U-17 and U-20 athletes selected will have the opportunity to participate in a four-day training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Cali. in June. 

The U-20 rosters are final and the following athletes have been selected to participate in the 2013 Cal Cup:

Ventura County Red Devils (VCRD) Roster

Josh Schindler (Ventura, Cali.), Shane Wolters (Thousand Oaks, Cali.), George McGuigan (Thousand Oaks, Cali.), Jed McGuigan (Thousand Oaks, Cali.), Graeme Jackson (Moorpark, Cali.), Ismael Zepeda (Ventura, Cali.), Michael Hirsch (Thousand Oaks, Cali.), Amar Khokar (Valencia, Cali.), Arsh Khokar (Valencia, Cali.), Prakash Sandhu (Los Angeles, Cali.), Jacob Stone (Camarillo, Cali.), Doug Allison (Thousand Oaks, Cali.), Trent Warren (Thousand Oaks, Cali.), Alex Zuzick (Moorpark, Cali.), Sean Cicchi (Thousand Oaks, Cali.), Nick Geandreau (Ventura, Cali.), Spencer Reed (Ventura, Cali.)

East Coast High Performance Roster

Nate O'Lari, Nick Richardson, Ben van Pelt, Austin Groeneveld, Tom McCarthy, Cody Cooper, Kenny Patrone, Glenn Carr, Keeling Pilaro, Stuart Kentwell, Grant Zempolich, Ben Kerestan, Cord Chipman, Christian Deangelis, Phil Hamill, Timothy Morrison

NorCal Sharks Roster


Akhilesh Aji (San Jose, Cali.), Raj Bhargava(Sunnyvale, Cali.), Rishi Bhargava (Mountain View, Cali.), Alex Cunningham (Germany) , Amandeep Grewal (Elk Grove, Cali.), Dominic Nishiguchi (San Diego, Cali.), Paramjyot Panesar (San Diego, Cali.), Ved Paranjpe (Mountain View, Cali.), Ajit Parmar (Fremont, Cali.), Robert Rubens (Germany), Amandip Sandhu (Sacramento, Cali.), Surja Sharma (Mountain View, Cali.), Amarpreet Sidhu (San Jose, Cali.), Hansraj Singh (San Jose, Cali.), Ajaypal Singh (Hayward, Cali.)

USFHA media release