News for 11 June 2013

All the news for Tuesday 11 June 2013


Kidd double not enough as Scotland held to draw by Ireland


Scotland's Nikki Kidd notched two goals against Ireland today. Credit: Duncan Gray

A last minute equaliser from Ireland’s Lisa Jacob denied Scotland the opportunity to get off to a winning start in the first of six international matches this week after a 2-2 draw at Peffermill today.

Edinburgh University’s Nikki Kidd dispatched two penalty corner strikes either side of half-time to give the Scots a 2-1 advantage, following an Audrey O’Flynn opening goal for the Irish in the second minute, but Jacob’s intervention in the 69th minute prevented a home win for the national side.

Following today’s encounter, Scotland Women Head Coach Gordon Shepherd said, “A mixed performance today, but I thought at times we played some really good hockey. We did get off to a slow start but after that we seemed to pick it up, moving the ball around well and we had some really good passages of play.

“But there are some areas we really need to work on and concentration is one of those areas. We did [concentrate] for the most of it but there were a couple of lapses in concentration in the second half that cost us and we need to make sure that doesn’t happen again tomorrow.”

It was Ireland who got off to a strong start in the match when Jacob’s reverse stick shot was saved well by Edinburgh University’s Nicki Cochrane in the first minute to deny them the opening goal.

The Irish only had to wait sixty seconds to make the breakthrough though when a Scottish foot in the circle was penalised and O’Flynn subsequently struck a low shot past Cochrane to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the second minute.

The Scots had started slowly and in the ninth minute they only narrowly avoided going 2-0 down when Jacob’s reverse stick drive was deflected just past the post.

Shepherd’s side then sprung into life in the tenth minute when a counter-attack by Grove Menzieshill’s Ali Bell down the right hand touchline led to a cross that should have been turned in by Amy Brodie at the back post but the CALA Edinburgh midfielder’s stick just failed to make contact with the ball.

In the 14th minute, Ireland had the ball in the net at a penalty corner, but Nicola Gray’s strike was rightly ruled out by umpire Kerri Targett for dangerous play.

Shortly afterwards, the home side forced three penalty corners in a row with new Western Wildcats’ player-coach Kareena Marshall and Milne Craig Clydesdale Western’s Cat Ralph both coming close to securing an equaliser, only for Ireland’s defence to stand resolute.


Kareena Marshall advances for Scotland. Credit: Duncan Gray

The senior side were starting to create more chances and both Nikki Kidd and Nikki Lloyd came close to getting their team back on level terms, with the Edinburgh University midfielder flashing a penalty corner strike just wide in the 22nd minute and the Sevenoaks’ striker just missing out on making contact with a drive across the face of goal by Marshall just two minutes later.

However, Scotland finally registered on the scoresheet in the 30th minute after mounting pressure led to the concession of penalty corner by Ireland. Kidd stepped up to collect the injection from Grove Menzieshill's Alisa Wyllie and she made no mistake with a strong drag-flick low to Pamela Smithwick’s left-hand side to level the scores at 1-1.

With a minute left on the clock before half-time, Great Britain U21 ‘keeper Cochrane ensured her side went into the break on parity after a fine block from O’Flynn’s attempt on goal.


Scotland new cap Maisie Morris prevents an Irish attack. Credit: Duncan Gray

Following the interval, it was Scotland who came out of the blocks flying and they were unlucky not to take the lead in the 40th minute when Dundee Wanderers’ Vikki Bunce shimmied her way into the circle with a brilliant dribble and her snap-shot was cleared off the line by a defender.

Two penalty corner opportunities for Kidd and Marshall were repelled by Ireland’s rear-guard in the 47th and 51st minute before Shepherd’s charges finally took the lead. Again, it was Kidd’s penalty corner expertise that came to the fore as she sent an unstoppable drive into the left hand corner of the net to give her side a 2-1 advantage in the 53rd minute.

With a slender lead to defend, Scotland compacted the midfield and chances were few and far between for the next ten minutes of the half.

Nevertheless, a mistake by Emily Maguire just outside the circle conceded possession to Anna O’Flanagan in the 64th minute but the forward couldn’t take advantage of the error as Cochrane again thwarted the away side with a powerful block from the effort on goal.

Ireland pushed forward in the remaining minutes for an equaliser and their efforts bore fruition in the 69th minute when Kate Dillon darted along the byeline to slip the ball under Cochrane and Jacob had the easy task of tapping the ball home to leave the final score at 2-2.

As Shepherd was keen to point out, the last minute concession left his side disappointed, “Yes, we’re always disappointed [with conceding in the last minute]”, said Shepherd.

“Don’t get me wrong, our goalkeeper had to make a lot of saves throughout the game so maybe Ireland are thinking a draw was a fair result. For us, yes we’re a bit disappointed that we’re 2-1 up with a minute to go and lose a last minute goal. It’s a tough one to take. We feel like we’ve lost, and they feel like they’ve won.

“So 2-2, but to be honest I probably would have taken that at the start of the day. This is our first game in the build-up towards the European Championships and I’m happy with the positives but plenty for me to look at for me tomorrow.”

Scotland (Kidd PC 30', PC 53') 2-2 Ireland (O'Flynn PC 2', Jacob FG 69')

Scotland Women: Nicki Cochrane, Ali Bell, Vikki Bunce, Catriona Ralph, Linda Clement (c), Ailsa Wyllie, Kareena Marshall, Leigh Fawcett, Becky Merchant, Nikki Kidd, Nikki Lloyd, Maisie Morris, Alison Howie, Emily Maguire, Amy Brodie, Sarah Robertson, Becky Ward, Amy Gibson.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Electric Ireland Irish Women strike late to draw



Hermes' Lisa Jacob struck late in Edinburgh to earn Darren Smith's Electric Ireland Irish Women's team a 2-2 draw vs. Scotland in the first of two tests on a day when Kate Dillon & Deirdre Duke earned their first senior caps for the Green Army.

Ireland started the game brightly going close within a minute as Jacob saw her shot saved by Cochrane in the Scottish goal. It didn't take long for the breakthrough to come though as Ireland raced into a 1-0 lead as Audrey O'Flynn drilled a penalty corner low into the bottom corner.

Ireland continued to create chances in the early exchanges with Jacob going close again and Nicola Gray seeing her goal from a penalty corner chalked off for dangerous play. Scotland slowly but surely grew into the game despite the early setback and forced three penalty  corners in a row midway through the first half. O'Flynn went close again from a penalty corner in the 28th minute before Scotland's Nikki Kidd levelled the game up with a powerful drag flick on 30 minutes. Both sides headed for the break with the score 1-1.

Scotland started the 2nd half well and Kidd again went close with a penalty  corner that went just wide in the 47th minute and was on hand minutes later to fire an almost identical penalty corner to give Scotland a 2-1 lead. Ireland pushed on in an effort to get back in the game and went close through O'Flanagan on more than one occasion. In the end, Ireland grabbed their equaliser in the final minute of play when debutant Kate Dillon worked her way down the left and slid the ball to Lisa Jacob to slot home for a deserved draw.

Speaking to hockey.ie coach Darren Smith said "It's great to be back together and playing international hockey, the more time we can have in this environment the better we will become. I was very happy with the new members of the squad who showed that this environment is one where they can make an impact. I was also happy with the pace and endeavour but we do need to value the ball more and look to be more considered when looking to structure our play. Tomorrow will be an opportunity to have another hit out, improve and then it will be on to face Canada in Dublin in a little over a weeks' time"

Ireland and Scotland will face each other again tomorrow at 2pm in Edinburgh

Scotland 2 (Kidd 30' 53')
Ireland 2 (O'Flynn 2', Jacob 59')

Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women's Starting XI: Smithwick, Smyth, McCay, Pinder, Jacob, Small, Carroll, Frazer, O'Flynn, Atcheler, Gray

Subs: Harvey, Duke, Dillon, Speers, Watkins, O'Flanagan

Irish Hockey Association media release



Changes to Electric Ireland Senior Women's Games in Scotland



Please note the following change to Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women's games taking place this week.

Darren Smith's side were due to face Scotland and South Africa today & tomorrow but due to a delay in South Africa's travel arrrangements & arrival in Edinburgh, Ireland will now play Scotland on both days as indicated below

10th June 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women vs Scotland (Edinburgh - 16:00)

11th June 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women vs Scotland (Edinburgh - 14:00)

Irish Hockey Association media release



Scotland face Ireland and South Africa as European preparations get underway


Scotland and Great Britain defender Emily Maguire, photo credit: Ady Kerry

Scotland Senior Women begin their preparations for the EuroHockey Nations Championship in Belgium this summer with international matches at Peffermill, Edinburgh from 10-18 June.

Gordon Shepherd’s side will play two matches against Ireland (10, 11 June) before taking on South Africa in four encounters in the capital (14/15/16/18 June).

“We haven’t played together since February so our focus initially is to start building our performance levels in advance of the European Championships in August. It’s a good time to play South Africa, particularly as they are preparing for the World League semi-finals, so they will present a good challenge for the squad. The games will be close and we know we can compete with the South Africans.”

Shepherd has named a large squad of 27 players, who will be utilised at various points across the five matches. Four new caps have been selected to make their senior international debuts, including CALA Edinburgh’s Amber McNeill, GHK’s Maisie Morris and Edinburgh University pair Kirsten McIntosh and Louise Campbell.


Edinburgh University's Kirsten McIntosh is one of four new caps in the Scotland squad, photo credit: Duncan Gray

“We’ve got an excellent squad together and a good mixture of experienced and young players. We introduced twelve young players into the training squad in January and now four have been given the opportunity to earn their first cap at senior international level. They’ve all performed well in training and they’ll get a chance to play in front of a home crowd and their families”, said Shepherd.

The Dundonian has also been able to name Great Britain defender and Olympic Bronze Medallist Emily Maguire, who returns to the international fold following a break after the London 2012 Olympic Games last summer.

The Scots are also now in full-time training following the introduction of Athlete Performance Awards (APA) by sportscotland and this has provided a huge opportunity for Shepherd’s squad.

“The players have fully embraced the opportunity to train full-time and there is a good atmosphere”, said Shepherd. “The players can now have far more contact time on the pitch and not have to worry about balancing their work commitments. They also have more time to recover after training and matches. This is massively important as we build towards the Europeans in August.”

Scotland Senior Women: Nicki Cochrane, Sam Judge, Kirsten McIntosh, Nikki Kidd, Sarah Robertson, Louise Campbell (all Edinburgh University), Catriona Ralph, Holly Cram, Susan McGilveray, Ali Howie, Nicola Skrastin, Amy Gibson, Morag McLellan (all Milne Craig Clydesdale Western), Ali Bell, Linda Clement, Ailsa Wyllie, Leigh Fawcett (all Grove Menzieshill), Vikki Bunce, Becky Ward (both Dundee Wanderers), Amber McNeill, Amy Brodie (both CALA Edinburgh), Kareena Marshall (Giffnock), Becky Merchant (Surbiton HC), Maisie Morris (GHK), Emily Maguire (Reading HC), Aileen Davis (Clifton HC), Nikki Lloyd (Sevenoaks HC).

Match Schedule:

10 June, 16.00, Scotland v Ireland, Peffermill Edinburgh
11 June, 14.00, Scotland v Ireland, Peffermill Edinburgh
14 June, 16.00, Scotland v South Africa, Peffermill Edinburgh
15 June, 14.00, Scotland v South Africa, Peffermill Edinburgh
16 June, 15.00, Scotland v South Africa, Peffermill Edinburgh
18 June, 19.00, Scotland v South Africa, Peffermill Edinburgh

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Learning experience for young Scots in Ulster


Scotland U16 Girls Development squad were in action this weekend against Ulster in Jordanstown, where the Scots lost 3-0 in the first two matches on Friday and Saturday, before holding their hosts to a 0-0 draw earlier today.

Head Coach Bill Robson said, “The three matches against Ulster presented a good experience for the girls, particularly as they were playing against a team including players who were on average a year older.

“In the first two games, the players took time to get to grips with the pace and tempo of Ulster, and we made a few mistakes that ultimately cost us goals. However, the third match was much more encouraging and the stats showed that we had far more possession and territory than in the first two games.

“This trip was not about results; these players will have another year at this age group and the experience this weekend will stand them in good stead for their development.

“We go to Holland next weekend with our full strength squad, where we will play Dutch and German clubs, as well as Ulster again. I’m confident we’ll give Ulster more of a challenge next week.”

Scottish Hockey Union media release



SA hockey men want victory in Randburg

JONATHAN COOK



SA striker Julian Hykes on attack during the third Test against Malaysia at University of North West Hockey Centre in Potchefstroom on Sunday. The final score was 4-4 and SA will be looking to Hykes for more goals at Randburg Tuesday night. Photo: MAGGIE VAN RYHYN

Although the series has been won, the South Africa men’s hockey team still want to win the fourth and final Test match of the four-Test series against Malaysia for a number of reasons.

The match start time is 7 pm Tuesday at Randburg Hockey Stadium and for the national men’s team it is a rare opportunity to showcase their skills to a Gauteng crowd in a “proper” Test series.

After winning the first Test 2-1 and triumphing 3-1 in the second Test match, the SA men took an unassailable 2-0 lead with two Tests to play going into Sunday’s third consecutive international at University of North West Hockey Centre in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

Sunday’s third Test ended in a 4-4 draw after SA had fought back from 3-0 down with 25 minutes left and then managed to draw the match with just eight seconds left on the clock thanks to a fine deflection goal by arguably the top striker of the series, Southern Gauteng’s Julian Hykes.

It was an uncomfortable match for SA as defensive lapses and sundry errors allowed Malaysia to establish a 3-0 lead and the lads were visibly disappointed at their patchy display, despite having the character to conjure up a share of the points by the final whistle.

The last time the SA men played a Test match that was part of a proper series, not a tournament, was 15 months ago in Cape Town - and far, far longer ago in Johannesburg.

Another reason why the SA lads are determined to finish with a win is the fact that they play Malaysia in the opening round of the World League semi-finals in Johor Bahru, Malaysia in three weeks’ time and finishing this four-Test series unbeaten against the world’s 13th-ranked side will give the 12th-ranked South Africans the psychological advantage at the premier event.

Another huge incentive for the SA players is that the national team for the World League tournament will be named shortly after Tuesday’s Randburg match and it presents a last opportunity to impress the selectors.

There is another reason, too, that for the SA men the prospect of defeat is unthinkable.  The lads in green and gold have not lost a Test match under the banner of new co-sponsors Mugg & Bean, and for a team starved of corporate financial support for so long, they would hate to lose this one in front of what is expected to be a big crowd.

Of course, Malaysia will not even be contemplating the thought of going home without a win – particularly as they meet SA on their home turf on June 30 and need to redress South Africa’s mental hold over them. The Malaysian media, too, has been critical of the team's inability to hold on to to a lead as well as the habit against SA of conceding goals in the last few minutes.

Bearing all these factors in mind, as well as the thrilling spectacles provided by both teams  in the first three Test matches, everything points to a cracker of a Test match come 7 pm at Randburg Hockey Stadium Tuesday. Tickets are R20 at the gate

SOUTH AFRICA
(From) Rassie Pieterse (Southern Gauteng), Jacque le Roux (Western Province), Gowan Jones (KZN Coastal Raiders), Austin Smith (WP, captain), Francois Pretorius (Northern Blues), Ashlin Freddy (WP), Rhett Halkett (WP, vice-captain), Ricky West (SG), Lance Louw (SG), Jethro Eustice (SG), Jonty Robinson (NB), Clint Panther (SG), Wade Paton (KCR), Tim Drummond (KCR), Nic Gonsalves (SG), Taylor Dart (SG), Julian Hykes (SG), Taine Paton (KCR), Craig Haley (WP), Matt Botha (WP), Pierre de Voux (WP), Miguel da Graca (SG), Brandon Panther (SG).

SA Hockey Association media release



SA hockey men look to wrap up in style

By Karien Jonkheere



Jonty Robinson in action for the SA men's hockey side in the Test series against Malaysia. Picture: Christiaan Kotze

Johannesburg – They may already have the series in the bag, but South African men's hockey coach Charlie Pereira is determined his side consolidate the win with another victory in the fourth and final Test against Malaysia on Tuesday.

Pereira admitted he had not been too sure of what to expect from the skilled Malaysian side ahead of the series but was thrilled with the results so far.

The South Africans pulled off a last-gasp 2-1 victory in the first Test in Potchefstroom followed by a 3-1 win in the second Test on Saturday. The third Test was a thrilling 4-4 draw ensuring the series win for the hosts.

But the SA performance in that match, particularly in defence, was far from perfect and something Pereira was hoping to fix before Tuesday.

“A month ago I was wondering where this would go because Malaysia have had some good results recently,” Pereira said.

“They drew with Australia (ranked second in the world) at the end of March, so a series win is fantastic for us.

“But we've got to sort out what went wrong in defence and the guys will be up for that. They weren't happy with their performance on Sunday. So hopefully we can change that for the last match.”

The South Africans would also look to improve on their set pieces which, apart from in the second Test when captain Smith could not miss a thing, have largely let them down.

The final Test would be played at the Randburg Hockey Stadium in Johannesburg at 7pm on Tuesday.

“I think the pitch will be pretty much the same as it's been in Potch. I just hope it's not this cold in Randburg,” said Pereira who had obviously not yet seen the SA Weather Service forecast of -1 C for Tuesday night in Johannesburg.

Independent Online



Denied at the death

By Jugjet Singh


MALAYSIA threw away a 3-0 lead to be held 4-4 by South Africa in the Third Test at University of North West Hockey Centre in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

The fact that South Africa scored the fourth goal with eight seconds left, is a big worry for coach Paul Revington ahead of the World League Semi-finals in Johor Baru on June 29-July 7.

This is the second time Malaysia crumbled in the dying seconds of a match.

In the First Test, the score was 1-1 and South Africa nailed the winner with 17 seconds left in regulation.

Malaysia also lost the Second Test 3-1, and another amazing fact in the Test is that Malaysia took the lead in all three matches before bowing out.

In the World League, South Africa are with Malaysia, England and Pakistan in Group B while in Group A are Germany, Argentina, South Korea and Japan.

Malaysia scored through Izwan Firdaus (27th), Chua Boon Huat (29th) and Razie Rahim (43rd).

Their game collapsed when South Africa drew level at 3-3 before Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (65th) gave Malaysia another lifeline with a diving attempt.

However, Julian Hykes got the all-important equaliser with just eight seconds left in the match.

Malaysia will complete the series today with another match at the Randburg Stadium.

New Straits Times



Kuala Lumpur - We have a problem

The old Malaysian malady of conceding goals in the final few minutes of matches has returned to haunt the national hockey team as evident in the Test Series against South Africa.

Who can ever forget the penalty corner goal Malaysia conceded Malaysia conceded at the 2000 Sydney Olympics against Pakistan that cost Malaysia a chance for the best ever finish in the history of our Olympic participation?

After that there were a series of events in which Malaysia conceded late goals. One would have thought that newly appointed coach Paul Revington had cured it as Malaysia went on to carve out impressive performances at the Champions Challenge 1 as well as the AHF Champions Trophy late last year.

But conceding a goal in the final four seconds in the Azlan Shah Cup final against Australia did raise some eyebrows.

And now the performance at South Africa reveals that the reprieve was temporary.

While we call that a malady, the inconsistency in converting penalty corners must surely be of concern to Revington and his assistant Arul Selvaraj.

It is learnt that a penalty corner specialist from Argentina who is based in Holland was roped in to help in the penalty corner department.

Details remain sketchy as to who this individual is but from the results in South Africa, the hiring of this specialist has not yielded the desired results.

But to be fair it's the performance at the World League Semis later this month that matters and until then the critics are prepared to hold on to their smoking guns.

But lingering out there is another factor that is said to have affected the performances of the team and it all has to done with the inaction of the MHC and NSC.

We can only hope that it is not the case for if true then even calling Kuala Lumpur will not help the cause.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



Shot Clock to be trialled in HWL Semi Finals

45 second timer designed to speed up taking of penalty corners


Ahead of the upcoming Hockey World League Semi Final tournaments in Rotterdam, London and Malaysia, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has revealed that a Penalty Corner Shot Clock will be in use for the very first time.

The system has been designed specifically with the intention of quickening penalty corner completion times, allowing a maximum of 45 seconds for the set-piece to begin.

FIH.CH chatted with FIH Competitions Manager Martyn Gallivan to learn more about the thinking behind new system and how it will be implemented.

FIH.CH: Hi Martyn, thank you for talking to us. Can you us a little bit of background information about the Penalty Corner Shot Clock and how it came about?
Martyn Gallivan:
“Initially, it was something that was picked up on during the reviews of the London 2012 Olympics, when we assessed what went well and what could be improved. We felt that one area that we could improve was the management of penalty corners. I think that over recent years, and certainly since the World Cup events in 2006, the time it takes from a corner being awarded to the injection of the ball has, in general, become longer. Some penalty corners were taking well over a minute, so we decided that we needed to do something about it. We talked about it internally and came up with the idea of a shot clock similar to what is used in basketball. That was agreed by the FIH Executive Board in March. Since then that time, all three hosts for the World League Semi Finals – The Netherlands, England and Malaysia – have confirmed that they can do it.”

FIH.CH: How will it work?
MG:
“It will be managed from the technical table, and there will be a display that they will control. So, as soon as the penalty corner is awarded, the 45 second countdown will begin.  At the end of the 45 seconds, both teams have to be ready for the penalty corner to take place. If the teams are not ready, then there is the possibility of personal penalties, such as a Green Card to the captain of the offending team. However if both teams are ready before the 45 seconds is over, the umpires will allow the taking of the penalty corner” 

FIH.CH: Is it similar to the system which is used in the Euro Hockey League (EHL)?
MG:
“Well, the EHL system is actually slightly different to what we are bringing in. In the EHL, penalty corners are not to be taken until the 45 seconds have elapsed, whereas we want the penalty corner to take place within the 45 seconds. The EHL does it for very good reasons, using the 45 seconds for television production purposes which allows them to show recaps of previous penalty corners etc. For us, we are trying to speed things up, so there is definitely a difference between the two systems.”

FIH.CH: So this will be the first time that this particular system has been used at an FIH event?
MG:
“Yes. It will first be on show at the World League men’s and women’s competitions in Rotterdam, with the tournaments in London and Johor following suit. After the completion of the Semi Finals, we will sit down and review everything. As well as the Shot Clock we are also using the experimental regulation which allows players to play the ball above the shoulder, which is also going to be tested at the three World League Semi Final events. If we are happy, then we would like to use them at the World League Finals in Argentina and India."

A full description of the Penalty Corner Shot Clock can be found below. To see the recently updated FIH Tournament Regulations for Outdoor Competitions, which covers both the Shot Clock and the Above The Shoulder regulations, please click here.

PENALTY CORNER SHOT CLOCK

Regulation: When a Penalty Corner is awarded, Umpires shall (to permit defenders to put on protective gear etc) allow not more than 45 seconds to pass before allowing the Penalty Corner to commence. The engaged Umpire shall advise both the defence and the attackers as the shot clock approaches zero. If both teams are ready before the 45 seconds has expired, the Umpire shall allow the Penalty Corner to commence. Upon expiry of the 45 seconds the Umpire may allow the taking of the Penalty Corner, provided that both teams are ready.

Note: This regulation will apply only to the initial award of a Penalty Corner and not to any retake, or to any subsequent Penalty Corner awarded before the ball has travelled more than 5 metres outside the circle.

In case of breaches a personal penalty (i.e. a green card) will be awarded to the captain of the offending team, with an increased personal penalty (i.e. a yellow card) for repeated offences.

FIH site



Van Ass reveals Netherlands squad for HWL Semis

Debutants Buissant, Galema, Turkstra & Polkamp named in group



2012 Olympic Games (men), London (Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Netherlands men’s coach Paul van Ass has announced his selection for the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Final competition, which takes place from 13th-23rd June at H.C. Rotterdam.

Four debutants have been named in the group, with Jan Willem Buissant (Amsterdam H&BC), Jelle Galema (MHC Oranje-Zwart), Hidde Turkstra (H.C. Rotterdam) and Oliver Polkamp (H.C. Rotterdam) gaining selection.

Netherlands Team for Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final 2013

1 Jaap Stockmann
2 Pirmin Blaak
4 Klaas Vermeulen
5 Marcel Balkestein
8 Billy Bakker
9 Quirijn Caspers
10 Valentin Verga
11 Jeroen Hertzberger
12 Robbert Kemperman
13 Sander Baart
18 Jan-Willem Buissant
20 Jelle Galema
22 Rogier Hofman
23 Sander de Wijn
25 Seve van Ass
27 Constantijn Jonker
28 Oliver Polkamp
29 Hidde Turkstra

Not selected

Coach Paul van Ass has not included Robert van der Horst, Floris van der Linden, Bob de Voogd and Mink van der Weerden in his selection because of injuries. Tim Jenniskens, Wouter Jolie, Goof van der Kamp, Glenn Schuurman and third goalkeeper Sam van der Ven have not been selected. Roel Bovendeert and Diede van Puffelen re-join the Junior set-up. Glenn Schuurman is designated as first reserve and continues to train with the selection until the start of the tournament.

The RHWL is the qualifying tournament for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014. The competing teams require a top three finish to guarantee a berth at next year’s showpiece event in The Hague. To learn more about the qualification criteria for next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup, please click here.

KNHB Media Release



Brown withdraws from FIH World League Semi-Finals Squad



Peter Brown has today withdrawn from the Ireland Squad to participate at World League Semi-Finals in Rotterdam through illness.

On the advice of the Medical Staff, Brown has withdrawn from the squad immediately, he is expected to be out of action for up to 2 weeks but once cleared by the Medical Staff should recover in time to begin preparations for the EuroHockey Championships in August in Belgium following completion of the FIH World League Semi-Finals this month.

YMCA's Johnny Bruton replaces Brown in the squad and will fly out with the rest of the team to Rotterdam today.

Everyone at Irish Hockey wishes Peter a speedy recovery

Irish Hockey Association media release



Air India the Nationals champions

Air India emerge Champions of the 3rd Hockey India Senior National Championship 2013


New Delhi, 10 June 2013: Air India upset reigning champions Punjab 6- 2 to lift the 3rd Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2013 played at the Major Dhyan Chand Polygrass Hockey Stadium in Pimpri, Pune on Monday.

Air India played to a plan using short passes to completely dominate the proceedings. Joga Singh passed to Sameer Dad who made no mistake to put the ball into the goal, in just two minutes after the start of the game. Affan Yousuf found the mark with a superb back hand flick to take up Air India to a 2-0 lead.

Air India got their first penalty corner in the 20th minute, when Pradhan Somanna moved in on aerial pass but Goal keeper Baljit Singh made a good save. Pradhan missed another opportunity in the 22nd minute when he missed an open goal chance .Punjab defender Preetinder Singh was instrumental in saving Affan Yousuf shot in the 30th minute.

In the second half, a pass by Joga Singh deflected into the goal by Sameer Dad to go up 3-0, in another five minutes Affan Yousuf ran from the flank whacking a goal to take up Air India 4-0.

Vikram Pillay hit deflected by Joga Singh took Air India to 5-0. In the next minute Deepak Thakur found the first goal for Punjab. Pradhan Sommana scored a goal in the 58th minute with a reverse hit to make it 6-1 for Air India.

In the 68th minute Punjab converted a penalty corner through Deepak Thakur.

Meanwhile, Karnataka defeated Haryana 3-2 to finish third in the championship. For Haryana, Damandeep Singh scored an opening goal in the 28th minute while Karnataka leveled the score in the 33rd minute through MG Poonacha.

Karnataka took 2-1 in the 46th minute with the field goal scored by Nikkin Thimmaiah but few minutes later Yudhvir struck for Haryana from a goalmouth scramble following a left-wing move helped to level the score 2-2. In the 70th minute, SK Uthappa converted penalty corner which helped Karnataka to win this match.

Results

Final- Air India 6 (Sameer Dad 2, 39, AffanYousuf 3, 42, Joga Singh 53, Pradhan Sommanna 58) beat Punjab 2(Deepak Thakur 54, 68)

3/4th Position- Karnataka 3(M.G. Poonacha 33, Nikkin Thimmaiah 46, S K Uthappa 70) beat Haryana 2(Damandeep Singh 28, Yudhvir 52)

Stick2Hockey.com



Sameer, Affan help Air India soar high


Air India trounced defending champion Punjab 6-2 in the final of the third Hockey India senior National championship.

Air India Sports Promotion Board chipped away at Hockey Punjab’s confidence with stunning field goals to win the third Hockey India senior National championship at the Major Dhyan Chand stadium here on Monday.

Sameer Dad stamped his class, mixing grace and opportunism to complete a triangular passing bout for the first goal before five more followed in a 6-2 rout. Joining the party was Sameer’s nephew Affan Yousuf, who stood out for his endurance and enterprise. Four goals between the two were enough to knock out the opposition.

Deepak Thakur scored a brace for Punjab, but the battle was over by then. Air India slammed home two goals inside four minutes to rattle the holders in the first half. Prabodh Tirkey set the ball rolling with a wristy diagonal pass from the right towards Joga hovering around the right post. The latter anticipated the relay and changed the point of attack with a deflection to Sameer who slotted it home.

Sameer set up the second goal stylishly, weaving his way towards the Punjab goal and finding teammate Affan with a deceptive pass. The defenders were scrambling into position when the AI striker trapped, spun and reverse-hit a thundering shot into the goal.

Affan turned and twisted away from his marker and scored the fourth goal with a power-packed drive.

The results: Final: Air India 6 (Sameer Dad 2, Affan Yousuf 2, Joga Singh, Pradhan Somanna) bt Hockey Punjab 2 (Deepak Thakur 2).

Third place play-off:

Hockey Karnataka 3 (Poonacha, Nitin Thimmiah, S.K. Uthappa) bt HockeyHaryana 2 (Damandeep Singh, Yudhvir).

The Hindu



Air India beat Punjab to win senior men's national championship

PUNE: Air India upset reigning champions Punjab 6-2 to lift the third Hockey India Senior Men's National championship, which concluded at the Dhyanchand Stadium in Pimpri, on Monday.

Air India played to a plan using short passes to completely dominate the proceedings.

Sameer Dad made no mistake to put Air India ahead just two minutes into the game on a pass from Joga Singh. Affan Yusuf made it 2-0 with a superb back hand flick as Air India dominated the first half which saw their players in total control of the ball.

Punjab players looked jaded and majority of the time engaged in long passes which served no purpose.

Air men got their first penalty corner in the 20th minute when Sommana Pradhan moved in on aerial pass but goalie Baljit Singh made a valiant save.

In the second half, Joga Singh's pass was neatly converted by international Sameer in the 39th minute while Affan futher stamped their authority on holders Punjab with a whacking goal from the right flank three minutes later.

A Vikram Pillay hit deflected by Joga took Air India to 5-0.

Deepak Thakur finally manged to open the account for Punjab when he converted a penalty corner in the 54th minute to reduce the goal margin but Prabodh Sommana again swelled the scoreline for Air India with a reverse hit to make it 6-1.

The match had its fair share of tense moments when local boy Vikram Pillay suffered an injury on his right hand, leading to frayed tempers between the Airmen and Punjab players.

Air India's coach and former international Dhanraj Pillay had to intervene and entered the ground to calm down his players.

As the match progressed, Thakur again found the net for Punjab in the 68th minute to make it 6-2 but that was the last time Punjab came closer to scoring.

Results:

3rd-4th place play-off: Karnataka 3 (Poonacga M.G. 33min, Nikkin Thimmaiah 46min and Uthappa SK 70min) beat Haryana 2 (Damandeep Singh 28min, Yudhveer 52min).

The Times of India



Investec SA Women's Team Charity Coaching Clinic

Dear Hockey Family,

We need your support PLEASE!


We will be in London next week and will be hosting a charity coaching clinic to raise funds for Greg Beling; a member of our coaching team. Please see the attached poster for ‘Greg’s story’.

Greg has coached worldwide and built up an enthusiastic list of players that he has worked with. He was a valued coach at Wimbledon Hockey Club and Surrey Juniors for a number of years and continues to do outstanding work with the Border Province, South Africa u21 and Senior National Women’s Team.

This player initiative will help one of our coaches in his time of need and also allow you a great opportunity to meet and be coached by some of the top players in the world. This wonderful event leads into the Investec World series in London, which marks the start of another exciting summer of hockey.

We would appreciate it if you could forward to all your UK hockey contacts, any senior/junior clubs, schools or individuals or simply come along to support this just cause.

Many thanks in advance.

‘The Investec SA Players’

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New Pitches And 2015 Pan Am Venue in Jeopardy - Your Help is Needed!

Please sign the petition to save field hockey in Toronto and Canada!




As part of the Toronto plans for the Pan American Games, the University of Toronto back campus field project will see two synthetic turf fields installed. This will greatly improve playing time, quality of play and player safety for all levels of sport and recreation.

A Toronto city councillor has put forward a motion to designate the back campus field as a heritage site thereby condemning the plan that has been in place since 2009. This knee-jerk reaction threatens to cripple plans that will benefit the community on multiple levels.

You can help by SIGNING this petition!

The vote is happening June 11 which leaves only a few short days to show the councillors of Toronto that should be supporting this venture instead of hindering it.

There are numerous benefits that the development of these facilities will bring to the city of Toronto. The following three only scratch the surface, but can give you an idea of how important this facility will be for the city:

1. Seasonal Usage

The field in its current state can only be used a few short months of the year due to drainage and difficult upkeep conditions. Bringing in an artificial surface will triple the amount of time that this space can be used.

There is a serious lack of sporting facilities in Toronto. The addition of these multi-purpose fields will increase the amount of sport and recreation for students at U of T and those in the local community. This will transform a space used sporadically into one that will be of constant benefit to the health and lives of the people living in the city.

2. Creating a Legacy for the Future

Leave a legacy from the Pan American Games of access and opportunity. In addition to community access, these facilities will provide a pathway to excellence for athletes who would otherwise have no facilities of international standard to compete or train in Toronto.

In this city there are many who have been able to compete at the highest level of sport, but only by leaving Toronto. There are many others who have had the talent and drive to achieve excellence, but not the support to find the necessary resources to travel to compete.

3. Developing a Culture and Community Around Sport

Increase the sense of community in the area by bringing people together through sport. Sport fosters positive values which extend across language, boundaries and culture. These facilities will provide a place for people to mobilize through recreation, increase collaboration amongst each other and continue the tradition of using the area for sport and recreation purposes.

This facility will prove to be a great asset to Toronto and we should not stand aside and let city councilors continue to flip flop on issues. This is good for the city and everyone should know that.

This is about creating a legacy for not only field hockey, but sport in general.

With that, we ask for your help! Please sign the petition and share this article with your friends, family, and social networks.

Field Hockey Canada media release



Toronto City Council: Keep your promise to increase community access to sport

Petition by Scott Dandison, Toronto, Canada


As part of the Toronto plans for the Pan American Games, the University of Toronto back campus field project will see two synthetic turf fields installed to greatly improve playing time, quality of play and player safety for all levels of sport and recreation. A Toronto city councillor has put forward a motion to designate the back campus field as a heritage site thereby condemning the plan that has been in place since 2009. This knee-jerk reaction threatens to cripple plans that will benefit the community on multiple levels. The promise of bringing high quality facilities to the city must be kept.

The vote is happening June 11 which leaves only a few short days to show the councillors of Toronto that should be supporting this venture instead of hindering it.

There are numerous benefits that the development of these facilities will bring to the city of Toronto. The following 3 only scratch the surface, but can give you an idea of how important this facility will be for the city:

1. The field in its current state can only be used a few short months of the year due to drainage and difficult upkeep conditions. Bringing in an artificial surface will triple the amount of time that this space can be used. There is a serious lack of sporting facilities in this city. The addition of these multi-purpose fields will increase the amount of sport and recreation for students at U of T and those in the local community. This will transform a space used sporadically into one that will be of constant benefit to the health and lives of the people living in the city.

2. Leave a legacy from the Pan American Games of access and opportunity. In addition to community access, these facilities will provide a pathway to excellence for athletes who would otherwise have no facilities of international standard to compete or train in Toronto. In this city there are many who have been able to compete at the highest level of sport, but only by leaving Toronto. There are many others who have had the talent and drive to achieve excellence, but not the support to find the necessary resources to travel to compete.

3. Increase the sense of community in the area by bringing people together through sport. Sport fosters positive values which extend across language, boundaries and culture. These facilities will provide a place for people to mobilize through recreation, increase collaboration amongst each other and continue the tradition of using the area for sport and recreation purposes.

This facility will prove to be a great asset to the city and we should not stand aside and let city councilors continue to flip flop on issues. This is good for the city and we should let everyone know that.

The following points address the questions put forward in regards to the heritage of the space:

· Open natural grass field providing unobstructed public access, a place for formal and informal sports and other unorganized recreational activities. The new synthetic turf fields will maintain the current format of the field providing unobstructed public access, a place for formal and informal sports and other unorganized recreational activities. In fact, only the dimensions of the playing field will be synthetic turf. The large surrounding areas to the south, west and north will remain fully treed and will still have natural grass.

· Open routes across the field. The field is currently fully fenced on the north and west side, and there are partial fences on the east and south sides. The current fencing scheme does not allow for accessible routes across the field at this time. The future fencing scheme will allow for north/south access down the middle of the fields as well as two new pathways allowing full east/west access across the southern and northern sides of the fields.

· Historic English elm trees. An arborist review and report has been conducted for this project, including a detailed tree protection plan. The arborist will also be on site during construction to ensure the proper approach to all trees and tree protection zones are complied with. The entire design of the field was moved completely to the east side of the site in order to more fully protect all the trees on the west side of the site, including the elms.

· Treed edges along Hoskin Avenue and Tower Road. The trees along Hoskin Avenue and Tower Road will not be removed for this project and will be part of future enhancements to the grass and tree landscapes of the field.

· Views from the field to surrounding historic buildings, including University College, Hart House, Wycliffe College, Massey College, Trinity College and Soldier’s Tower. The enhancement of these fields will continue to highlight the beauty of the surrounding historic buildings and this project will not obstruct the current views from the field.

· Potential archeological resources. Phase 1 and 2 Archaeological Studies were undertaken for the back campus on behalf of Infrastructure Ontario. These studies concluded that comprehensive filling and grading over several decades has removed all archaeological potential and all cultural heritage value or interest.

Please use your voice to let councillors know the artificial turfs will benefit the city in the best way for the space. Add your name to this petition, and be part of bringing sport into our city.

Change.org



Winner of Grow the Game contest announced

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Using a GroPro camera, Rye Field Hockey submitted a two-minute video clip to USA Field Hockey on how their club is growing the post-collegiate game in New York City. After a week of online voting, USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce Rye Field Hockey as the winner of the Grow the Game contest and $1K of field hockey gear and equipment at a USA Field Hockey Grow the Game sponsor.

"Rye Field Hockey Club is excited to win USA Field Hockey’s Grow the Game Contest,” said Alex Anich, Vice-Captain and Club Secretary for Rye. “We would like to thank all our supporters and sponsors, but most especially, our competitors. It was great to see how everyone is putting that extra hard work in so many different ways and all around the country. Rye plans to use the money to support the development of our first junior indoor field hockey program for boys. We hope the money will help us develop and expand field hockey for all young players in New York City in the future."

USA Field Hockey would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of those who took the time to submit videos for the Grow the Game contest. This year’s tremendous participation shows how the efforts of individuals can effect a community, a school district and the youth.

USFHA media release



Teams set for 2013 USA Field Hockey National Club Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Regional Club Championships identifies the best club teams in each region of the country to compete at the premier National Club Championship presented by Harrow Sports and held at the National Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va, July 10-18, for the prestigious title of being the top U-16 and U-19 club field hockey team in the nation.

WC Eagles will look to defend their titles of U-19 and U-14 National Club Champions, while back-to-back National Champions in the U-16 division, Spirit of USA, will look to top the WC Eagles in the U-19 division and be crowned a National Champion for a third consecutive year. With Spirit of USA not a contender in the U-16 division, the title is up for grabs.

This year’s Regional Club Championships wrapped up over the weekend with three regions duking it out for an exclusive qualifying ticket to the National Club Championship. Hosts Aim Field Hockey from St. Louis, Mo. advanced to the National Club Championship in both the U-19 and U-16 division. Windy City and the Coyotes also secured their spot in the U-19 division and Gateway and Texas Pride will join 14 other club teams in the U-16 division.

The National Club Championship inaugurated in 2011 and hosts the 16 best club teams in the United States in U-19, U-16 and U-14 divisions at the National Training Center in Virginia Beach. With bragging rights on the line and the opportunity to shine a spotlight on their hometown, the 2013 National Club Championship will be highly contested.

Here is the breakdown of the teams that will compete for the championship trophy and the coveted golden Harrow field hockey stick.

 

U-19 Participating Teams
CLUB LOCATION PLACE
Aim Field Hockey (Valley Park, Mo.) Region 9-11 2nd Place
Coyotes (Dublin, Oh.) Region 9-11 3rd Place
Focus Field Hockey (Virginia Beach, Va.) Region 8 1st Place
Freedom HKY (Annapolis, Md.) Region 7 1st Place
The Gaels Field Hockey Club (Severna Park, Md.) Region 7 2nd Place
Jersey Intensity (Monmouth Beach, N.J.) Region 6 2nd Place
Nook Hockey (Lititz, Pa.) Region 5 1st Place
North East Elite (Windham, N.H.) Region 1-4 1st Place
Rampage (Centreville, Va.) Region 8 2nd Place
Saints (Henrico, Va.) Region 8 3rd Place
South Jersey Edge (Erial, N.J.) Region 6 3rd Place
Spirit of USA (Berlin, N.J.) Region 6 1st Place
Washington Wolves (Germantown, Md.) Region 7 3rd Place
WC Eagles (Spring City, Pa.) Region 5 2nd Place
Windy City Field Hockey (Northbrook, Il.) Region 9-11 1st Place
Xcalibur F.H.C. (Elverson, Pa.) Region 5 3rd Place
U-16 Participating Teams
CLUB LOCATION PLACE
Aim Field Hockey (Valley Park, Mo.) Region 9-11 1st Place
East Coast Field Hockey (Hershey, Pa.) Region 5 2nd Place
Focus Field Hockey (Virginia Beach, Va.) Region 8 3rd Place
The Gaels Field Hockey Club (Severna Park, Md.) Region 7 3rd Place
Gateway Field Hockey (St. Louis, Mo.) Region 9-11 2nd Place
H2O (Bel Air, Md.) Region 7 1st Place
Jersey Intensity (Monmouth Beach, N.J.) Region 6 2nd Place
North East Elite (Windham, N.H.) Region 1-4 1st Place
Pa Mavericks (Middletown, Pa.) Region 5 3rd Place
Rampage (Centreville, Va.) Region 8 2nd Place
Saints (Henrico, Va.) Region 8 1st Place
Seacoast United (Hampton, N.H.) Region 1-4 2nd Place
South Jersey Edge (Erial, N.J.) Region 6 1st Place
Spark (Severna Park, Md.) Region 7 2nd Place
Texas Pride (Houston, Tx.) Region 9-11 3rd Place
WC Eagles (Spring City, Pa.) Region 5 1st Place
U-14 Participating Teams
CLUBS LOCATION
Aim Field Hockey (Valley Park, Mo.) Region 9-11
East Coast Eclipse (Hershey, Pa.) Region 5
The Edge Field Hockey Club (Mooristown, N.J.) Region 6
H2O (Bel Air, Md.) Region 7
IFHCK Fire (Louisville, Ky.) Region 9-11
KaPow (Mountaintop, Pa.) Region 5
Mystx Burn (Perkasie, Pa.) Region 5
North East Elite (Windham, N.H.) Region 1-4
Oranje-Gottaloveit! (Millsboro, Del.) Region 7
Pa Mavericks (Middletown, Pa.) Region 5
Panthers United Black (Richmond, Va.) Region 8
Potomac Rapids (Leesburg, Va.) Region 1-4
Spirit of USA (Berlin, N.J.) Region 6
STEALTH Comets (Louisville, Ky.) Region 9
WC Eagles (Spring City, Pa.) Region 5
Xcalibur Braveheart (Elverson, Pa.) Region 5

USFHA media release



4Goals Cup giving away $30K to tournament champions

To say Marcia Pankratz, (the co-creator of the 4Goal Cup, head field hockey coach at the University of Michigan, a record holder for the Big Ten Coach of the Year award, a 1988 and 1996 Olympian, and two-time Pan American Silver Medalist) is driven is a pure understatement.

In fact, Pankratz took a break from driving to Maine all the way to Michigan for field hockey purposes during our interview – utilizing every second of her day to create something positive. Following this pattern, Pankratz and partner Deb Brinkley have developed the frequently-talked about 4Goal Cup. Field hockey players from all over the world will gather at Brown University in Providence, R.I. for this exciting event July 27- July 28. A landmark amount of $10,000 will be presented to the champions of the 4Goals Cup in each of the open divisions for men, women, and mixed. The other divisions offered are the over-35 women's division, the collegiate women's division, U-21 Boys, U-19 Girls, and U-17 Boys.

USA Field Hockey: What sparked the idea for 4Goals Cup?

MP:
Deb and I have been talking about creating a tournament like this for many years. We both have such a deep love for field hockey and we’re passionate about the game and growing the sport. This is a fun opportunity to give back and it provides an opportunity for those who might not be able to play as much, especially the adults and guys. It gives them a venue to play, get out there and compete.

USA Field Hockey: Obviously the total $30,000 cash prize is certainly enticing to all athletes.  How many participants are you anticipating?

MP:
We have eight divisions which will be composed of four to eight teams. It was a challenge dealing with geography in some cases. For example there are a large number of guys based on the West Coast. Despite some of those logistics, we still plan on a good turnout.

USA Field Hockey: Can you explain your “paying it forward” mentality and how 4Goals contributes to that thought?

MP:
Deb and I had such a wonderful experience in high school and in college playing field hockey. The opportunities we were afforded were endless. We got to travel the world and we met some of our very best friends through the sport. To give younger athletes the same chance we were given – that’s what we want to do. We want to grow the game and spread the passion.

USA Field Hockey: Do you foresee this tournament as an annual event?

MP:
Yes, definitely. We’re really hoping to turn this into an annual event. If this time around is successful we plan on turning the 4Goal Cup into a cup series similar to NASCAR. There would be four or five different events where teams can gather points over the years and win the cup.  This also gives us the opportunity to place tournament in areas that aren’t necessarily big in field hockey and further grow the game.

USA Field Hockey: What are you hoping athletes who attend the 4Goals Cup will walk away from this experience with?

MP:
I hope they have a blast! It will be a great time for all ages at all experience levels. The competition will be really strong but will also be an introduction to a new sport for those younger players. 

USA Field Hockey: To those striving to reach the extensive list of accolades you have accomplished on the national team and as a coach, what advice would you offer?

MP:
Follow you heart. Follow you passion. You need to work as hard as you can. Working hard feels great and that feeling usually leads to good things.

Please visit www.4Goals.net to see all of the exciting details and register your team.

USFHA media release

 



The Continuing Goggle Problem



I really don't want to beat a dead horse. But I do wish it would die, by being withdrawn. The high school use of so-called safety goggles is unlikely to be reversed.  There are those who see additional equipment as enhancing the game.  Yes, it enhances the profitability of the game for those seeking to sell goggles, by millions of dollars.  It creates an illusion that it makes a player safer.

There is a good reason that field hockey has always had a better safety record than other team sports.  Respect and reason were designed into the sport.  Part of the reason field hockey players wear so little padding is because of mutual respect. If one is vulnerable, one knows better than to tackle from the blind side.  It is the reason there are rules about dangerous play.  It is the reason everyone plays with the stick held at the top by the left hand. It is the reason behind using the flat side of the stick.

As stated recently in a Yahoo feature about dangerous sports, field hockey didn't even get on the radar. Football, softball, cheer leading,  lacrosse, soccer, and ice hockey had higher casualties; in numbers and in ratio to participants. CLICK FOR FULL ARTICLE. The study was taken before high schools were manipulated into mandating goggles. In the USA the wearing of goggles was required by the organization that dictates high school sports.  Those who manufacture and sell the goggles would like to increase their business. The perception that goggles make one safer helps widen their market.

Umpire and field hockey organizer, Cris Maloney, observed that younger children are being targeted for goggle sales. "I was sickened the other day," Maloney said, "when I saw a pair of little, tiny goggles at a sporting goods store labeled for field hockey. I am also sickened when I see youth programs and middle schools requiring them. Not only because the kids are wearing something so counter intuitive to developing field hockey skills but because the camp owners and middle school athletic directors probably think they're doing the right thing.

The thing is, when a kid gets hurt because of the goggles, their parents will realize that the goggle requirement was specifically designed for high school age athletes playing in games strictly governed by NFHS rules being enforced by two certified umpires---not camp activities, not middle school games. Those things are completely outside the scope of concerns considered by the NFHS. Lawyers are going to have a field day when a little boy or girl gets hurt in a middle school game or at a camp that required the kids to wear goggles."

Those who know the sport, understand that the wearing of goggles, rather than decreasing risk of injury, increases danger.   This is why USA Field Hockey prohibits the wearing of goggles at all its sanctioned events.  Some other  groups have bucked the trend and prohibited the wearing of the goggles.  Last year at  least one school required goggles at their camps.This year they don't.  Below is the statement directly from the website of the Ocean Atlantic Field Hockey Association ( http://www.oafha.org ) :

Avoiding the Dangers of Wearing Goggles

Use of goggles is banned at all Ocean Atlantic Field Hockey Association events because they are dangerous. Players wearing goggles have restricted and/or distorted vision which creates dangers for themselves and the players around them. Further, goggles are hard and can injure other athletes during collisions (lacerations, bruises, and in some case concussions). In addition, when an athlete wearing goggles falls to the ground the goggles can causes injuries that would not occur if the athlete fell to the ground when not wearing goggles. In two completely different incidents, girls wearing goggles who fell to the ground broke their nose and received lacerations when the goggles were ripped across their face when they hit the ground.

Original Hockey blogspot



2013 Dita Sticks Are Released This Week!!!


Kat Sharkey and her USA Teammates*, standing behind her, show off their Dita sticks.

Whether you prefer to get your stick from your local, authorized Dita retailer, or online, the new full range of Dita EXA, Terra, and Giga sticks are now available.

Remember to check with your authorized retailer about which models they stock.

* Torrie Albini, Michelle Kasold, Stephanie Fee, Lauren Pfeiffer, and Kelsey Kolojejchick

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