News for 25 May 2013

All then news for Saturday 25 May 2013

Things heat up quickly on Day 1 at Cal Cup

By Jawwad Qamar

Elizabeth Jaines of British Combined Services celebrates after scoring against Rebel Strikers - photo by Mischa Lopiano

Moorpark, CA: The 42nd Cal Cup got underway in the early morning chill with competition in the Men’s Super Division. But the golden sun and the two heated 2-2 ties warmed things up quickly. In the first match of the day, the SBDS Sports Academy drew even with LA Tigers with two minutes to spare. This was followed with an even more heated affair as Sonora from Mexico came back to level score at 2-2 in the last minute against Clubhouse Casuals, a team from Singapore.

In men’s other matches, Montauk Sharks from New York easily defeated Ciudad de Mexico, 4-1, thanks to a pair by Ajai Dhadwal. Defending champions Camarillo Cougars edged Hockey Factory 1-0. LA Tigers followed with a 4-0 mauling of Sonora as Tyler Sundeen scored twice and SBDS Sports Academy surprised the visitors from Singapore 2-0.

Montauk Sharks and Ciudad de Mexico in a tussle for the ball - photo by Mischa Lopiano

While there were no level scores in the Women’s Super Division, the competition was equally exciting. Ricks Chicks beat Mixology 2-0 in the first match. British Combined Services from England held back the Rebel Strikers with the same score of 2-0 and defending champions Jolie Pitts edged out Alberta FHC 1-0. Ricks Chicks in their second match of the day shocked Monarcas 4-2 on two quick goals by Liz Sanders in the 35th and 36th minutes.

More of the same is expected on day 2 of Cal Cup 2013 as teams vie for Sunday’s playoff spots and a chance to compete for the California cash on Monday.

For all score, schedules and directions to the venues, please visit Exclusive

VCRD takes early lead in Mens U20 Championship Cal Cup play

MOORPARK, California – Men’s Under-20 Bay Area HP Norcal Sharks (BAHP) team created a tidal-wave impression in their first match of the 2013 California Cup in Moorpark, Cali. On day two of the tournament, BAHP beat opponent East Coast High Performance (ECHP) in a 5-2 victory. 

ECHP’s Austin Groeneveld (Jenkintown, PA) scored the first goal of the match off a back stick shot from a penalty corner rebound.  Both squads played with high intensity showing some good skills. BAHP’s Hansraj Singh (San Jose, Cali.) dribbled into the ECHP circle to find his teammate Rishi Bhargava (Mountain View, Cali.) in the 12th minute for the equalizer goal.  In the 33rd minute BAHP had a penalty corner shot that hit one of the ECHP forcing a penalty stroke which Alex Cunningham (Germany) scored in the 34th minute to finish out the half and leading the match 2 -1.

With the second half underway, the two teams had time to make their adjustments.  The ECHP had made some changes showing better possession for a good stretch time, however it wasn’t enough.  BAHP had nice passing in their attack allowing Singh to score in the 47th minute putting BAHP up 3 -1. BAHP continued to put the heat on the ECHP and with some nice play by Cunningham eliminating a few ECHP players for a back stick shot in the 50th minute to put BAHP up 4 -1.  ECHP pushed to put another score on the board and did so by Groeneveld in the 62nd minute to give ECHP their 2nd goal.  With less than eight minutes remaining, both teams swapped possession and with a minute remaining BAHP Cunningham had another goal in the 69th minute to put them ahead 5 – 2.   With no time remaining, the BAHP came away victorious and earned their first win of the tournament.

“Yesterday’s two games provided another opportunity for our players to develop and test their talents,” said Chris Clements, U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach. “The competitive nature that the Cal Cup has brought to the teams play has elevated the demands on the players to perform under pressure. The players and coaching staffs are taking each other to the next level and these games are very enjoyable to watch, which is a result of the improvements made throughout our High Performance season.”

Although BAHP made a dynamic entrance into the tournament, Ventura County Red Devils (VCRD) put a halt to their early momentum mirroring a 5-2 win. 

The two sides previously played up in Stanford last month in April as part of the home and away series. The two teams both know one another style of play and should make for a quality match.  For this game, VCRD needed to earn three points to put them on top as BAHP was currently in the leading the pool.

VCRD was the first to score in the 13th minute off a penalty corner by Nick Gendreau (Ventura, Cali.) with a drag flick putting the VCRD up 1 – 0.  BAHP wasn’t far behind and in the 16th minute Cunningham had a break away one on one with the VCRD goal keeper, Spencer Reed (Ventura, Cali.) to equalize the score 1 – 1.  VCRD immediately came back in the 17th minute to force a penalty corner and Trent Warren (Thousand Oaks, Cali.) scored the 2nd goal for the VCRD.  The two sides continued for the remainder of the half finishing 2 -1.

With the second half underway, both teams were looking for the three points needed stay in the top two spots.  VCRD had a majority of the possession in the beginning and in the 41st minute Gendreau scored to put the VCRD up 3 – 1.  VCRD continued to force pressure on their opponent and with some nice play by the forwards Josh Schindler (Ventura, Cali.)  put in the 4th goal for VCRD.  Again in the 56th minute, VCRD had a 3 on 2 against BAHP allowing an easy finish by Shane Wolters (Thousand Oaks, Cali.), to put the VCRD up 5 – 1.  BAHP at no point was going to go away without a fight, and did control the match for a good period towards the end and in the 64th minute forced a penalty corner and Dominic Nishiguchi (San Diego, Cali.) played the ball in for the score off the option making it 5 – 2 finishing out the game.

After the first round of matches, VCRD sits on top of the pool with 4 points, BAHP with 3 points and ECHP with 1 point. The U-20 Cal Cup Championship resumes on Saturday with VCRD vs ECPH at 1 p.m. EST and ECPH vs Bay Area 6 p.m. EST.

Although each squad is vying for the Under-20 Championship Cal Cup crown, a bigger reward is also within reach. All of the athletes are being evaluated by U.S. Men’s National Head Coach Chris Clements and Assistant U.S. National Team Coach Ben Maruquin in hopes of being selected to the U.S. Men’s National squad.

USFHA media release

Wet weather doesn’t stop competitors at Women’s National Championship

Teams push through rainy, windy conditions on day two of competition in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. – May 24, 2013 – USA Field Hockey’s Women’s National Championship continued today under rainy, windy conditions at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Despite wet and inconvenient weather, athletes persevered and put their best effort forward to compete at the highest level in front of head coach Craig Parnham.

After a disappointing 6-1 loss yesterday against the Under-21’s, Midwest/California came out with vengeance, scoring first and fighting hard to finish with a 3-3 draw. Nicole Wallstedt (San Diego, Cali.) scored in the 20th minute for an early lead, but Pennsylvania’s Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) evened the match, 1-1, before the end of the first half.

Jessica Javalet (Philadelphia, Pa.) put Pennsylvania up by one goal in the 37th minute but Kelsey Harbin (Escondido, Cali.) quickly found an equalizer. Javalet struck again in the 48th minute but the 2-3 lead only lasted two minutes before Anna Simmons (Worthington, Ohio) put one in the cage to equal the score at three.

Midwest/California head coach Shellie Onstead tributes the transformation and improved performance today to the players lack of selfishness. “I think it is a tribute to the players being willing to play out of position and do whatever it takes to make the team go and that has been the key,” said Onstead. “I am really pleased with the transformation from the first match to our second match. At this point I feel like we are starting our tournament and can plan for better play going forward – which is very exciting.”

The second match of the day saw less than stellar playing conditions. New Jersey trailed Mid-Atlantic, 2-1, at the start of the second half when play was suspended because of rain and lightning. Sports Illustrated’s College Athlete of the Year Loren Shealy (Chapel Hill, N.C.) scored first for Mid-Atlantic/South in the 9th minute of play. Michelle Cesan (New Vernon, N.J.) drew the match, 1-1, before halftime with a goal in the 24th minute.

Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.), who tallied two goals on opening day, recorded her third goal of the tournament in the 36th minute, just before the sound of sirens echoed across campus signaling lightning was near. After heavy winds and torrential downpours, play resumed, but the rain didn’t hold off for too long. Mid-Atlantic/South hung on to their one goal lead as the rain soaked the players and the field.

In the final match of the day, the Under-21 team continued their winning streak and remained at the top of the standings by defeating New England/North 1-0. Northwestern’s Nikki Parsley (Evanston, Ill.) scored the only goal of the match in the 29th minute.

Although each squad is vying for the crown of Regional Champions, a bigger reward is also within reach. All of the athletes are being evaluated by U.S. head coach Craig Parnham in hopes of being selected to the Women’s National Team.

The athletes with the best physical robustness and tactical awareness that can deliver under pressure, have a selfless attitude and a willingness to develop just may find themselves on a Parnham’s list of twenty-four who will be getting the ultimate invitation to be a part of Team USA.

Action continues tomorrow afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m. with Midwest/California facing New Jersey, followed by Pennsylvania vs New England/North at 6:00 p.m. and the final match under the lights at 8:00 p.m. featuring Mid-Atlantic/South and Under-21’s. All matches will be played at Powhatan Sports Complex on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more Women’s National Championship coverage, checkout and @USAFieldHockey for tournament updates, results and features.

USFHA media release

Canada Training Squad vs. Argentina 1-6 (1-2)

First warmup match in Vancouver.

The Women's Training Squad falls to Argentina in practice match #1 ahead of the upcoming U21 series. The match started with Canada in white and Argentina in Purple at the newly resurfaced Wright Field at the University of British Columbia

Argentina applied some early pressure, while the stingy Canadian defence absorbed and defended well with a few key saves by Canadian goalkeeper Kaitlyn Williams. Canada worked for an early PC, but mistrapped at the top and play resumed.

Argentina began to apply some pressure - scoring in minute 17, but Canada roared back converting on a well worked PC, goal by Stephanie Gardiner.

Play resumes with Canada defending well before Argentina slips a second goal in on a deceptive drag flick just before halftime.

The second half began with Argentina scoring their third goal on a speedy attack down the right side, making it 3-1 for the visitors. Play resumes with another clever attack from Argentina swept away by a diving save from Williams.

Canada starts building solid attack around great play from Kate Gillis, but Argentina absorbs and finds the goal for the fourth time on a backhand from the top of the D. Canada responded well with some stingy defence and strong attack sequences but coult not convert. Argentina managed to score two more before the final buzzer.

Argentina takes the first warm-up match 6-1. Join us again for tomorries game at 1:30pm at Wright, then again on Friday evening, 6:30pm at Rutledge Field (West Vancouver).

The best way to stay up to date on all things CAN vs. ARG is to follow FHC on Twitter: @FieldHockeyCan.

Field Hockey Canada media release

World officials thank Teun de Nooijer

The relationship between on-field officials and players in team sports is not always the smoothest. However, hockey has always been a little bit different to most sports, a fact proven at last weekend’s Euro Hockey League Final Four event when a very special presentation was made.

On Saturday afternoon, retiring Bloemendaal legend Teun de Nooijer – who won his second Euro Hockey League title and was named ABN AMRO’s Most Valuable Player during the a memorable tournament – was given a unique gift from members of the umpiring community:  a farewell tribute photo album containing words of thanks from many of the world’s finest officials.

Umpires including Andy Mair (SCO), Christian Blasch (GER), Tim Pullman (AUS), Roel van Eert (NED), Henrik Ehlers (DEN) and many others made hugely complementary written statements, praising the on-field conduct of a player who will go down in history as one of the all-time greats.

De Nooijer - who in 2005 earned his hockey rules diploma alongside former Bloemendaal coach Michel van den Heuvel - was presented with the book in front of his parents, two brothers and daughters. Speeches were made by umpires Andy Mair and Jonas van ‘t Hek, respected EHL television commentator Nick Irvine and photographer Annemonike Mustert, who played a central role in the development and design of the presentation book.

It has long been known that De Nooijer has earned the respect and admiration of players and coaches all around the world, but the fact that he is held in the highest regard by the officials only serves to further enhance the reputation of the great man. 

A selection of the comments from within the tribute photo book can be found below.

“Many sports are lucky enough to have players that make their mark on their chosen game. A few of them show skills or approaches that raise the previous expectations to another level. Some are even able to transcend sport itself, being recognised in many countries around the world and by fans of other sports. And one or two of those are even able to be known as being a ‘Star’. In hockey we have been fortunate enough to have many people with skill, some of whom have taken the game forward in ‘leaps and bounds’. But there is only one person that everyone in the sport would say embodies all of that and more, by being able to add that he is also a ‘gentleman’ - our ‘Star’ Teun de Nooijer.”

Andy Mair (SCO) – FIH World Panel Umpire (Beijing Olympics 2008)

“Congratulations on a fantastic career. It has been a privilege for me have umpired several matches involving you, both as Bloemendaal, Oranje and HTHC Harvestehuder player. Your skills on the pitch have indisputably been of the highest possible quality but also your Gentleman-like behaviour on and off the pitch has been second to none and underlined your status as one of our sports' biggest stars ever. Happy retirement. I am sure we have not seen the last of you around the world's hockey pitches.”

Henrik Ehlers (DEN) - FIH World Panel umpire / Umpires Manager

“It has always been a pleasure for me to meet you on one of the world pitches! During the last years we have met for a couple of times and your sportsmanship was always extraordinary and appreciated. Especially the positive communication on the pitch with me as an umpire, even at serious decisions was really exemplary. Apparently the time has come to say goodbye to your playing career. I think you achieved everything that a hockey player can achieve and you can look back on an exceptional life. I wish you all the best for the future.”

Christian Blasch (GER) – FIH World Panel umpire

Euro Hockey League media release

Arthur McKay Scottish Cup Finals Preview - Grove Menzieshill

Gavin Byers

Grove Menzieshill will make their first appearance in the Men’s Arthur McKay Scottish Cup Final for several years this weekend and their task is a tall order; trying to stop the Kelburne juggernaut in full flow as it seemingly careers towards another domestic honour.

The Dundonians last tasted Scottish Cup success in 1989, winning the trophy against Gordonians.

For Scotland international and Grove Menzieshill star Gavin Byers, the challenge is clear but his side is not daunted by the prospect of taking on the Division 1 champions and current cup holders.

“We’re going to go out and give it a good go”, said Byers. “We’ve played them twice this year, losing twice unfortunately, but I think we’ve learnt a lot from those games, taking notes and exercises into training sessions so we can hopefully beat them this time around.

“Training has been going well with the boys; we’ve had a bit of a lay-off in terms of games since the league season finished but that hasn’t stopped us training. We’ve had a few scratch matches and the boys are doing well. Spirits are high and we’ve had good preparations for the big game.”

The Taysiders were in the running for the Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1 title right the way until the end of the season so they will pose the Paisley side problems in Saturday’s encounter, particularly the threat from penalty corners.

Chris Anderson’s side have also displayed an impressive run to the cup final, defeating league rivals Hillhead and Inverleith, whilst also beating city adversaries Dundee Wanderers and second division side Falkirk GHG.

And on the day, it comes down to seventy minutes and who wants it the most, as Byers was keen to point out, “It’s a cup final, anything can happen on the day. We may have lost the two games [to Kelburne] but the scoreline didn’t reflect the performance in both games. We’ll be looking to put them under a bit of pressure.

“In a neutral venue, on a big day, with a big support, anything can happen. We’ve got a lot of supporters coming through so we should take a lot of heart from that and give it a good go.

“It would mean so much to the club [to win the Scottish Cup]. I think the last time the men’s team won the cup was 1989 so it’s been a long time. We’ve had a lot of success indoor, but not so much outdoor, so we’re aiming to add the Scottish Cup to the indoor title we won this season."

Grove Menzieshill

Andrew Ross, Gavin Tomlinson, Alex Lihou, Sam Tilston, Jamie Carnegie, Ross McPherson, Michael Ross, Ross Stott, Gavin Byers, Paul Martin, Craig Falconer, Oliver James, Alastair Irvine, Stewart Bracegirdle, Andrew Suttie, Ben Cromar (probable line-up).
Road to the Final:

Last 32: Grove Menzieshill 3-0 AMN Hillhead

Last 16: Falkirk GHG 1-5 Grove Menzieshill

QF: Dundee Wanderers 2-3 Grove Menzieshill

SF: Inverleith 0-3 Grove Menzieshill

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Hockey India senior men`s nationals in Pune from May 28

Hockey India senior men`s nationals in Pune from May 28Pune: The 3rd Hockey India senior men`s national championship is to be held here at the Shiv Chattrapati Sports Complex and Major Dhyan Chand Hockey stadium in nearby Pimpri town from May 28 to June 10.

The participating teams, numbering 37, have been divided into 8 pools and the toppers of each pool will make it to the quarter finals, said event Organising Secretary and Joint Secretary of HI Manoj Bhore at a news conference on Friday.

The 14-day championship is to be inaugurated by Maharashtra Sports Minister Padmakar Valvi in the presence of HI`s High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans.

The tournament is supported by the Maharashtra Olympic Association and the Department of Sports and Youth Services of the State Government, said Bhore.

Pune had previously hosted the inaugural Hockey India junior men`s nationals in 2011.

The pools:

Pool A: Hockey Punjab, Hockey Delhi, Association of Indian Universities, Hockey Arunachal.

Pool B: Air India Sports Promotion Board, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Hockey Puducherry, Tripura Hockey, Chhattisgarh Hockey.

Pool C: Hockey Karnataka, Services Sports Control Board, Hockey Bihar, Goans Hockey, Sports Authority of India.

Pool D: Hockey Haryana, Uttar Pradesh Hockey, Hockey Maharashtra, Hockey Andaman and Nicobar, Mumbai Hockey Association.

Pool E: Hockey Jharkhand, Hockey Odisha, Hockey Himachal Pradesh, Bengal Hockey Association, Comptroller and Auditor General.

Pool F: Railway Sports Promotion Board, Hockey Bhopal, Sashastra Seema Bal, Hockey Jammu and Kashmir, Namdhari XI.

Pool G: Manipur Hockey, Hockey Andhra Pradesh, Hockey Uttarakhand, Hockey Kerala.

Pool H: Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh Olympic Association, Hockey Assam, Hockey Rajasthan.

The event, to be telecast live on DD from the quarter final stage, will be played under floodlights.

Zee News

MPHA, Chandigarh enter semi-finals of sub-junior women's hockey tournament

In the first semi-final, MPHA will face Jharkhand while Haryana will take on Chandigarh in the second last four match to be played on Sunday.

Bhopal:  Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy (MPHA) and Chandigarh entered the semi-finals of women's competition of the third Hockey India Sub-Junior Men and Women National Championship (Final) 2013 at SAI Centre, here on Friday.

MPHA defeated Karnataka 6-1 in their last pool A encounter. The goal scorers for MPHA were Upasna (10th minute), Anuja (39th, 52nd), Preeti (40th), Karishma (65th) and Neha (70th) while Spurthi (12th) scored the only goal for Karnataka.

In the other match of pool A, Chandigarh beat Odisha 2-0. Chandigarh scored through Sarabdeep Kaur (19th) and Saroj (34th).

In the first semi-final, MPHA will face Jharkhand while Haryana will take on Chandigarh in the second last four match to be played on Sunday.

In the men's category, Jharkhand, Odisha and MPHA qualified for the semi-finals to be played on Sunday.

Kumud Ekka and Sudhir Mundu scored twice each as Jharkhand registered 6-5 win over Karnataka in pool A to enter the semi-finals.

Karnataka was leading 4-1 till half time but Jharkhand came from behind and scored five goals in the second half to register their second consecutive win in the tournament.

Jharkhand scored through Kumud Ekka (22nd), Amit Bhengra (37th), Sudhir Mundu (43rd, 60th), Budu Tuti (46th, 62nd) while Karnataka scored through Aron Saroj Anand (14th, 27th, 29th) and Kumud Ekka (48th). The other goal for Karnataka came through an own goal.

In the other match of pool A, Odisha thrashed Hockey Maharashtra 9-0 to enter the semi-finals.

Odisha scored through Sudhir Kujur (3rd, 68th), Suraj Minz (4th), Punit Kujur (7th), Ashwin Kujur (22nd), Amit (27th), Dipshan (34th), Tikie Kujur (43rd) and Ashish Toppo (56th).

MPHA defeated Chandigarh 3-0 in pool B. MPHA scored through Manish Gurung (30th, 63rd) and Arjun Sharma (48th) while Chandigarh failed to score any goal.


National hockey juniors fare badly in tourney

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Under-16 hockey team finished last in a four-nation invitational tournament which ended in Mannheim, Germany, on Sunday.

The Malaysians lost all their three matches in the round-robin affair. They lost 3-4 to Germany, 2-6 to Holland and 0-3 to Belgium.

Holland emerged champions while Belgium finished second.

The Star of Malaysia

MHC: No way we will scrap age-group tournaments


KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) are not scraping their age-group tournaments.

Competitions committee chairman M. Gobinathan said it was mere speculation that MHC were doing away with the junior tournaments.

“The rumours started when we could not hold the National Under-21 Championships as scheduled this month. We were forced to call off the tournament because of the country’s general election earlier this month.

“I want to make it clear that the competitions committee did not make any decision to scrap the Under-21 meet or any other tournaments in our calendar.

“We will meet next week and look at the new dates for the tournament and also decide on where it will be held. It is an important tournament in our development programme,” he added.

Gobinathan, who is also an MHC vice-president, also welcomed the statement by the National Sports Council (NSC) director general Datuk Zolkples Embong that age-group tournaments should be held for the game’s development.

“The MHC committee meeting next week will also review the other events in the calendar and also ensure that we try and stick with the scheduled dates. We have two big international events this year which may affect some of the tournaments.

“But as these are age-group meets, there is no need to worry about any clash in dates. Both events can be held simultaneously. The events will be held in different states,” he added.

The two international events are the FIH World League semi-finals in Johor Baru in June and the Asia Cup in Ipoh in August.

The domestic meets which are scheduled to be held are the Under-21, Under-16, Champions Schools, Razak Cup and the Sultan of Johor Cup in September.

The MHC are also planning to introduce the Sultan of Pahang Cup for clubs later in the year.

The Star of Malaysia