News for 16 June 2013

All the news for Sunday 16 June 2013


Australia back on track: Belgium stays unbeaten

First place in Group A wide open again



(Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Men's Pool A

Spain – Australia 2-5 (0-2 halftime)


Australia got back on track at the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final after soundly defeating Spain 5-2 in the second game of round robin action. It was Spain’s first loss in the group and keeps things wide open for top billing in the tightly-knit Group A.

The game was the meeting between the two top-ranked teams in the Group and could ultimately decide who comes out with top billing for the important quarterfinal game. Australia is currently the World #2 team, while Spain is ranked seventh.

Kieran Govers’ convincing penalty corner gave Australia the lead 13 minutes into the game. Spain did a good job of holding off the steadily improving Aussies through the half, but there was little they could do to stop the 2-0 goal when Christopher Ciriello fired in a second penalty corner goal to double the lead.

Spain had a small glimmer of hope when Eduard Tubau fired in a beautiful one-timer to cut the lead to 2-1 and put the Aussies on their toes. But the goal merely served to wake the sleeping giant as Australia sprung to life scoring three goals in a five-minute span to take a commanding 5-1 lead. Two tip ins from Keil Brown and Russell Ford made it four one and the icing on the cake came when Robert Hammond forced in a rebound on a penalty corner. Spain scored one last-gasp goal in the 70th minute to bring the final to 5-2.

After the three-game round robin, the teams will play a crossover game in the quarterfinal with the top team meeting the last-place team from the other group, and the second and third-ranked teams from the group doing the same. The difference between and first and second-place finish in the group has the potential to be monumental with essentially a World Cup berth on the line in the quarterfinal.

Belgium – France 3-0 (1-0 halftime)

Belgium earned its second win in as many games and took over sole possession of first place in Group A after a 3-0 win over France. The loss bumps France down to 0-2 and likely means the last edition to the World League Semi-Final will face a tough quarterfinal opponent.

It was the lowest scoring game of the event yet with Belgium’s Loïck Luypaert penalty corner goal in the eighth minute stood as the only offense of the game until Belgian captain Jerome Truyens doubled the lead in the 51st minute. A last-second goal from Tom Boon, that had to go to video review because it was so close to the buzzer, brought the final to 3-0.

The low-scoring affair was a far cry from what most expected from the meeting. With Belgium flying high after its upset win against Australia, most expected a goal-filled festival. But France did an excellent job of neutralizing the scoring threat from Belgium and defending the penalty corners they gave up.

The round robin phase will conclude on Sunday with France taking on Australia and Belgium facing Spain. Belgium leads the pack with six points, while Spain and Australia both are sitting on three points. France is the only team out of contention for first place in the group with zero points in two games.

FIH site



Netherlands & New Zealand top Pool B

Dutch defeat India while Black Sticks battle past Ireland



(Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Men's Pool B

Netherlands – India 2-0 (2-0 halftime)


The Netherlands men earned their first win of the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Finals competition with a superb victory over India. First half goals from Billy Bakker and Jeroen Hertzberger proved to be enough for the win, moving the Dutch level on points with New Zealand at the top of Pool B.

The home favourites started the match in lightning fashion, taking the lead inside two minutes thanks to a sensational goal from Billy Bakker that delighted the large partisan crowd.  The livewire attacker unleashed a ferocious reverse stick shot from a tight angle that rocketed past Indian goalkeeper Sreejesh at breakneck speed to give The Netherlands a perfect start to the contest. The Dutch were in irresistible form in the first period, and could easily have been further ahead were it not for the excellence of Sreejesh. Eventually though, The Netherlands soon added to their tally from the penalty spot, with Jeroen Hertzberger making no mistake with an expert finish.

India grew in confidence as the half progressed, but it was the Dutch who remained the superior outfit and constantly threatened with some impressive, high paced attacking moves before the half time hooter sounded. 

The Indian resurgence continued in the second half with a trio of hard earned penalty corners, but the Asians could not find a way past ace Netherlands goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann. Sandeep Singh came closest to netting for the Indians with a powerful penalty corner drag-flick, but Stockmann dived to his left to make a wonderful save with his glove. It proved to the nearest that India came to making their mark on the score-sheet, with The Netherlands claiming all three points from the contest.

New Zealand – Ireland 4-2 (1-1 halftime)

New Zealand overcame a stern challenge to emerge victorious against Ireland in the first match of Day 3 at the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Finals in Rotterdam. The Black Sticks fought back from a goal down to claim a 4-2 triumph, putting them onto four points in Pool B.

The first half of the early morning contest was energetic, error-strewn and extremely physical, with both teams guilty of making mistakes. New Zealand arguably had the better of the early exchanges, but it was the Irish who drew first blood when Alan Sothern scored a penalty stroke after his initial penalty corner drag-flick hit a defender on the goal-line in the 18th minute. New Zealand hit back five minutes later when an accurate pass into the circle was touched home from close range by veteran star Phil Burrows. 

Towards the end of the half the Black Sticks were reduced to ten players when Arun Panchia was given a ten minute yellow card suspension for a foul on Andrew McConnell. Panchia returned to the action early in the second half, triggering a period of New Zealand domination which resulted in a penalty corner conversion for Nick Haig in the 47th minute, although the Irish responded immediately thanks Michael Watt, who produced a blistering turn and shot to tie the scores.

Despite conceding, New Zealand remained very much in charge and moved the score to 3-2 when Blair Hilton tapped in from close range following a fine attacking move down the right. The game was put beyond Ireland’s reach in the 65th minute thanks to Andy Hayward, who ripped an unstoppable penalty corner drag-flick into the net to seal a fine win for the Black Sticks. 

FIH site



Kookaburras find fifth gear against Spain

Five scorers on target in 5-2 win


The Kookaburras kicked their World League campaign into gear with a resounding 5-2 victory over Spain on Saturday. And the margin might have been greater had it not been for some top class goalkeeping by Spain’s Francisco Cortes.

After the disappointment of an opening day defeat to Belgium, the Kookaburras took to the field with renewed vigour and made their mark with five different goal scorers finding the back of the net in a commanding win.

Penalty corners played a key part with Kieran Govers and Chris Ciriello both converting set pieces in the first half. A tremendous volley from Ed Tubau pulled one back for Spain, before a quick-fire five minutes saw Kiel Brown, Russell Ford and Rob Hammond all add their names to the score sheet. Gabriel Debanch’s last minute penalty corner goal was little more than consolation for Spain.

Kookaburras Head Coach Ric Charlesworth called it a “solid” performance after the match, adding, “Yesterday [against Belgium] was disappointing because we lost two goals from two attacks in the first half and when you do that you’re in trouble. Today, we scored three penalty corners, so that helped. Belgium’s goalkeeper yesterday made some brilliant saves and Spain’s goalkeeper did today, too, but we did enough.

“We always want to keep improving each game but the dilemma is that in these three pool games it’s a bit of a phony war because of the quarter-finals, which are the vital matches.” 

The Kookaburras began brightly with Queenslander Jamie Dwyer flicking his well-controlled volley narrowly over the top in the opening stages. But it wasn’t long before the Australians were on the board through Kieran Govers. His low penalty corner flick found the net with the aid of a deflection off the foot of Spanish defender Bosco Perez to make it 1-0.

Australia survived a slight scare just prior to the half hour mark when a Spanish attack flashed across Andrew Charter’s goal before, at the other end, Matt Gohdes was expertly thwarted by the outstretched toe of the impressive Cortes in goal. The Kookaburras were not to be held back and Chris Ciriello found his range with a powerful penalty corner drag flick in the final minute of the first half to send his side in 2-0 up at the break.

There was little that substitute goalkeeper Tristan Clemons could have done to stop Ed Tubau’s perfect point blank volley from finding the roof of the net three minutes into the second half but Kiel Brown restored Australia’s two goal cushion in the 45th minute. Eddie Ockenden’s shot on the turn from the top of the circle was aimed outside the post, where Brown appeared on cue to guide the ball home.

Russell Ford and Simon Orchard combined well for Australia’s fourth goal. Cutting in from a lung-bursting run down the left hand side, Ford squared the ball to the onrushing Orchard at the top of the circle. Despite being at full stretch, Orchard threw himself to return the pass to Ford, wrong footing the Spanish defence and leaving Ford with most of the goal at his mercy.

Completing a whirlwind five minutes, Rob Hammond made it 5-1 when he dived in to lift the ball over the goalkeeper, who was lying on the deck after initially stopping Matt Gohdes’ slapped penalty corner shot.

At 5-1 the match was over as a contest and Gabriel Debanch’s late flick low into the bottom left corner narrowed the score but was mere consolation for Spain.

The Kookaburras have a rest day on Sunday before returning to the field against France on Monday. That match takes place at 8:30pm AEST and can be seen live here.

AUSTRALIA (MEN) WORLD LEAGUE CAMPAIGN

SPAIN                   2 (0)

Eduard Tubau 38 (F)                       
Gabriel Debanch 70 (PC)                              

KOOKABURRAS    5 (2)
Kieran Govers 12 (PC)                   
Chris Ciriello 34 (PC)                       
Kiel Brown 45 (F)                             
Russell Ford 47 (F)                          
Rob Hammond 50 (PC)

Kookaburras Squad v Spain, 15 June
(Listed alphabetically by surname)
Name (Hometown, State) Caps/Goals (updated)


Started
Joel Carroll (Darwin, NT) 86/2
Andrew Charter (GK) (Canberra, ACT) 45/0
Chris Ciriello (Melbourne, VIC) 115/59
Matt Gohdes (Rockhampton, QLD) 76/20
Tim Deavin (Launceston, TAS) 73/3
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD) 298/186
Mark Knowles (Rockhampton, QLD) 214/17
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA) 44/14
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS) 183/49
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW) 124/39
Glenn Simpson (Melbourne, VIC) 89/14

Used Sub
Kiel Brown (Perth, WA) 134/4
Tristan Clemons (GK) (Bunbury, WA) 9/0
Russell Ford (Eltham, VIC) 127/52
Kieran Govers (Wollongong, NSW) 74/32
Rob Hammond (Townsville, QLD) 229/28
Fergus Kavanagh (Geraldton, WA) 165/14
Matthew Swann (Mackay, QLD) 93/3

Hockey Australia media release



Black Sticks Men crush Ireland, stay undefeated


Photo: www.photosport.co.nz

The Black Sticks Men remain undefeated at the World League Semi-Final in Rotterdam after an emphatic 4-2 win over Ireland tonight.

With the game locked up at one goal apiece at halftime, the Kiwis raised the intensity to pull away in the second half with three more goals sealing the result.

Nick Haig, Blair Hilton and Andy Hayward were on the score sheet for New Zealand along with an Ireland own goal.

The Black Sticks played some brilliant hockey against Ireland, a team that are playing a great deal better than their world ranking of 15 would suggest.

Hamish McGregor was again solid for the Black Sticks in goal, and was complemented by an attack which continues to improve and gel together.

Head coach Colin Batch said the win was a big step in the right direction for his side at the tournament leading on from an opening draw against Netherlands.

“Today was a big step forward. Ireland have proven recently that they’re a difficult team to play against and we overcame a lot of hurdles with players given cards to go on and secure the win,” Batch said.

“Certainly in the second half we were a lot more consistent and we converted two of three penalty corners which we see as a strength of our game. We have a nice little break now to refocus before we go up against India.”

Ireland was first to score after a penalty corner drag flick struck Dean Couzins in the chest as the last line of defence in goal. With a penalty stroke awarded, Alan Sothern obliged and caught Hamish McGregor diving the wrong way.

The Black Sticks drew level in the 24th minute through Nick Haig who drilled a ball into the circle and pressured an Irish defender to deflect the ball past his keeper for an own goal.

New Zealand was forced to play the final 10 minutes of the first half with 10 minutes after Arun Panchia was shown a yellow card for catching his opposite player in the head with a high stick.

The Black Sticks took the lead in the 47th minute when Haig flicked a penalty corner into the top right corner of the net.

Things went awry from the restart with Michael Watt putting a squeeze shot past McGregor to once again level the scores.

But it was the Kiwis who took hold of the game from that point with Hugo Inglis delivering a great ball from a baseline run for Blair Hilton to score before Andy Hayward put the game beyond doubt with one of his trademark drag flicks from a penalty corner with less than five minutes remaining.

The Black Sticks Men play their third and final pool game against India at 3am Tuesday morning (NZ time) before heading into a do-or-die cross-over playoff.

The top three men’s and women’s teams from the World League Semi-Final automatically qualify for the 2014 Hockey World Cup, although it is possible to earn qualification at the tournament with a lower ranking. New Zealand can still qualify in other ways as well, with the next opportunity coming at the Oceania Cup in Taranaki this October.

CLICK HERE for more on the Black Sticks Men and Women at the World League Semi-Final

RESULT:

Black Sticks 4: (Own Goal, Nick Haig, Blair Hilton, Andy Hayward)
Ireland 2: (Alan Sothern, Michael Watt)
Halftime: 1-1

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Green Machine beaten by Black Sticks in Rotterdam

Andrew Meredith's Ireland were beaten 4-2 today against New Zealand on a cold & wet June morning in Rotterdam. It's a game Ireland may yet look back on as a missed opportunity having been well in the game for long periods against a side ranked 6th in World Hockey.

Both sides started the game slowly with few chances falling in the early exchanges before Ireland's Chris Cargo saw his goal bound shot palmed away by McGregor in the New Zealand goal. Ireland were defending excellently and used this defensive stability as a basis to mount an swift counter attack mid-way through the first half which saw Peter Caruth earn Ireland's first penalty corner in the 17th minute. The resulting corner saw Pembroke Wanderers man Alan Sothern strike towards goal blocked on the line and the awarding of a penalty stroke. The prolific Sothern stepped up himself, sent the keeper the wrong day and gave the Green Machine a 1-0 lead.

The lead only lasted 5 minutes though as New Zealand responded well and got back on level terms when New Zealand's Burrows and Ireland's Bell challenged for a ball in the circle and the ball deflected into David Harte's Ireland goal for the Black Sticks equaliser. With ten minutes remaining in the first half, New Zealand were reduced to 10 men when Panchia was yellow carded for a high stick challenge on Andy McConnell which drew blood. McConnell was able to continue but Ireland were lacklustre offensively with the extra man and couldn't force a goal to take a half time lead. The sides headed for the break at 1-1.

Into the second half and New Zealand started the brighter of the two sides. Restored to a full complement of players, the Black Sticks took the lead in the 47th minute following good work from Childs initially to win the penalty corner which was expertly converted by Haig. Ireland's response was swift however and within seconds the Green Machine were back as level terms as Michael Watt fired high into the goal from the middle of the circle. It was the response the Green Machine required but it sadly didn't become the catalyst for an impressive victory as once again New Zealand rallied strongly.

The Black Sticks regained the lead in the 54th minute as Hilton touched home from close range. Ireland enjoyed some good possession following this however couldn't create any real clear cut scoring opportunities. In the 64th minute, New Zealand wrapped up the contest as Ireland were once again punished at a penalty corner as Hayward fired home for the 4-2 advantage.

Ireland to their credit, pushed and probed to get a goal back to set up a tense finish with McConnell & Caruth going close for the Green Machine but it wasn't to be for the men in green this morning.

Speaking to hockey.ie following the game, a disappointed Irish coach Andrew Meredith told us "The result, while deserved, was disappointing on a number of levels. The performance was far too inconsistent over the 70 minutes, we were ineffective in critical offensive areas, and probably most disappointing was the contribution from some of the more senior experienced players, who made far too many errors in regards to executing our game plan."

Meredith continued "Obviously due to the fact that we only have one point after two games, it is important that we return to the core elements of our process, and look at how we can execute better in the coming matches."

Next up for the Green Machine are host nation, Netherlands on Monday at 8.00pm local time with live coverage available at http://www.youtube.com/fihockey. Highlights of today's match can be found at http://youtu.be/u--eNkw3Cfg

World League 3, Rotterdam, Holland.

Ireland 2 (Sothern ‘18, Watt ‘48)
New Zealand 4 (Burrows ‘23, Haig ‘47, Hilton ‘54, Hayward ‘65)

Irish Hockey Association media release



India go down 0-2 to the Netherlands in FIH World League Round 3

ROTTERDAM: India showed urgency but it was too little, too late as they suffered a 0-2 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands in their FIH World League Round 3 match on Saturday.

Billy Baker and Joren Heretzberger scored for the Netherlands in the second and 17th minute respectively as India failed to post a win for the second time in a row.

India were held to a draw by lower-ranked Ireland in their tournament opener.

The Indians have had a couple of clear chances towards the end but lacked finishing abilities, which gave Netherlands their first win of the tournament.

Ranked third in the world, the current Olympic silver-medallists joined New Zealand at the top of Pool B.

Three minutes before the final hooter, India wasted a sitter as Nitin Kumar, positioned in front of goal, failed to connect.

A minute later, Kothajit Singh's good cross from the left flank went abegging as not a single Indian player was to be seen inside the D.

With a deficit of two goals against a team like the Netherlands, India ought to have produced a much better performance to make a match of it.

Meanwhile, seven minutes into the second half, the Netherlands came close to adding a third one to their tally, but the attempt off a penalty corner missed the target by whisker.

Following the close shave, India won a couple of penalty corners, but the lack of finishing ability again let them down.

Despite conceding two early goals, India grew in confidence as the first half progressed, but the Dutch did not let the visitors breach their citadel.

India's quest continued in the second half with the visitors earning a few penalty corners, but they just could not find the goal, which was well guarded by Netherlands goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann.

Sandeep Singh came close to scoring with a powerful penalty corner drag-flick, but Stockmann dived to his left to thwart the attempt with his glove.

Earlier, the hosts started the match on a brisk note scoring as early as the second minute, thanks to a brilliant work by Baker who whacked the ball through the outstretched legs of Indian goalie PR Sreejesh.

The Dutch could have done even better in the first half had it not been for Sreejesh's good work under the post. However, India had no answer to Hertzberger's shot in the 17th minute.

The Times of India



Statistical highlights of Rotterdam WCQ R3

s2h team


After four action days, 16 matches have been completed, 8 equally for men and women

Both men and women sides drew two matches out of 8, others with outright results

The eight goals that the match between Indian men and Ireland, which is incidentally the event opener, recorded highest goals in a match.

Similarly, India was involved in the highest-goal match in the women side too, as New Zealand defeated them with 7-0 margin. Next highest goal in a match for women is 6-0 that Japan posted against Chile.

Indian men also figured in the least-goal of the match, just 0-2 Vs Netherlands

Men have struck 42 goals in 8 matches, average 5 plus goals per match.

Women were conservative in terms of scoring goals, just 30 in 8 matches, averaging less than 4 per match.

Men’s side saw 18 first half goals, while men 13.

Over all 72 goals have been struck at Rotterdam in 16 matches after all teams have played two matches each.

India-Netherlands match is the only contest in men’s section that had not seen any goal in the second half.

Whereas two out of 8 matches in women’s section saw no goals being scored in the first half, while at least a goal was struck in every second half.

Stick2Hockey.com



SA hockey women level with Scotland

The world number 11 Investec South Africa women’s hockey team beat world number 19 Scotland 4-1 in the second international at Peffermill in Edinburgh Saturday.

Pietie Coetzee scored a hat-trick via a brace of penalty corners as well as a field goal. Nicola Skrastin scored for Scotland while South Africa’s other goal came from Lilian du Plessis.

SA are preparing for the Investec World League semi-finals tournament that takes place in London from July 22 to 30.

SA were shaded 3-2 by the Scots in Friday’s first encounter, Pietie Coetzee scoring a brace for the Africans from penalty corner strikes.

The third match is Sunday with the fourth encounter on Tuesday.

SA Hockey Association media release



Irish Masters get off to great start

Courtesy of Helen Johnston




The three Irish Masters teams played Wales on Friday afternoon recording 2 wins and a draw. 

The Irish Over 40s, playing in Pembroke at 3.30, took a while to settle with Wales forcing a number of corners early on.  But Ireland grew into the game scoring the first goal after 13 mins from a Gillian Garret deflection.  They went 2 ahead just before half time when Ash Schutte scored after good work by Alison Gillan.  Wales pressed in the second half but without reward and it was Ireland who increased their lead.  Gillian Garrett returned to the pitch from the sin bin and scored the goal of the game with a reverse stick shot into the top corner of the goal.  Wales got a consolation goal 2 minutes from the end from a Tracey Bow shot. Ireland win 3-1.  In the other match in the Over 40s section England beat Scotland 4-0.  Ireland play Scotland on Saturday in Pembroke at 10.00am.

To the strains of the Robbie Williams warm up band, the barbecue smoke and in the incessant rain Ireland Over 45s were unable to get full points against Wales at 6.30pm in Pembroke.  It was Ireland who made the early running going 1-0 up by half time through a Tracey Skoyles penalty corner strike.  Wales found the equaliser in the second half through a corner of their own.  Ireland went ahead again through another Tracey Skoyles penalty corner but Wales again equalised when they were awarded a stroke following a heavy tackle in the circle.  Ireland pushed for the winner, with midfielder Joan Dobson leading the charge, but the score remained 2-2 at the final whistle.  In the other match in the Over 45s group England beat Scotland 3-1.  Ireland play Scotland on Saturday at 1.30pm In Pembroke.

The Ireland Over 50s played Wales at the National Hockey Stadium in UCD and got off to a dream start when Cathy Walsh scored a brace in the first 15 mins.  The first following a perfect pass from Maggie Hunter and the second off a corner switch.  Pat Stewart increased the lead from a rebound following good work by Dee Wallace and Helen Johnston put Ireland 4-0 up by half time from a corner strike.  Angie Boran got Ireland's 5th finding the goal from the left side of the circle.  Wales did not give up and were awarded a stroke which Eirian Fox converted.  Ireland finished strong with Dymphna Hill getting a touch to score following a great run by Maureen Flavin.  Ireland ran out 6-1 winners and face England in Railway on Saturday at 10.30am.  They then play Scotland in Railway at 3.30pm.  England and Scotland drew 0-0 in the other match in this pool.

Best of luck to all the teams in action over the remainder of the weekend.

Irish Hockey Association media release



Malaysian National coach Revington quits, but MHC reject his resignation

By S. RAMAGURU


KUALA LUMPUR: One day after naming the 16 players for the FIH World Hockey League semi-finals, national coach Paul Revington has quit the team.

Revington e-mailed his resignation to Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) vice-president Manjit Majid Abdullah yesterday, citing outside interference in team matters as the main reason for his decision.

The decision has thrown the national team’s preparation for the World League semi-finals, which will be held in Johor Baru from June 29-July 7, in disarray.

Manjit, who is also the chairman of the coaching committee, said yesterday that they had rejected his resignation and want Re­­vington to review his decision to quit.

Manjit said that the 16 members of the coaching committee who attended the meeting yesterday unanimously rejected Reving­ton’s quit decision.

“I will speak with Revington and tell him of our decision and also try to convince him to stay on. We need him and he has done a good job, thus far.

“We understand his position and agree that there have been issues which he had raised that were not dealt with. But I can assure him that we will look into all these matters and resolve them,” said Manjit.

“The president (Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah) has said that he would act on Revington’s complaints.”

The MHC coaching committee have also recommended that Lim Chiow Chuan and K. Dharmaraj be removed as 1MAS director and national juniors coach respectively.

Both are alleged to have been among those who have interfered with senior team matters.

“Revington has complained that some players have not been following his orders ... This has been going on for three months now,” said Manjit.

“The matter was brought to our attention but we thought that it had been resolved. The quit letter has taken us by surprise, especially when we are faced with such a big assignment in two weeks’ time.”

Manjit said that A. Arulselvaraj would remain as assistant coach and former national coach Sarjit Singh would be named interim coach should Revington stick to his decision.

“The matter is for the MHC management committee to deal with. They are due to meet on June 30 in Johor Baru,” said Manjit.

The coach and team manager George Koshy could not be reached for comments.

The Star of Malaysia



Revs pleads for Dharma and Lim

While others may rejoice when punitive action is taken against their foes, it was a different case for Paul Revington when contacted by this blog to comment on his resignation as national hockey coach.

"Please make it clear that I am not agreeable on any punitive action on Dharma and Lim and it is not a good decision for Malaysian hockey should they be removed from their positions," said Revington in a brief conversation after the MHC Coaching Committee had come up with a shocker of a decision.

"In particular for Dharma as he has worked on the juniors for the past three years and should be allowed to carry on with his responsibilities with the juniors. I had made it clear to MHC that any punitive action will not change my decision to resign."

Revington has however not shut the door completely on coaching the team further as he is scheduled to have an audience with HRH Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah soon and hopefully common sense will prevail.

While Revington did not want to reveal what would change his mind to remain in charge, he however made it clear that things started going downhill after the Champions Challenge in Argentina last year.

"There was a sense of despair when nothing was done by those concerned when I raised the issue of the email from Lim, it was as if nothing had occurred and I was just left to fend for myself,"said Revington.

"And there was utter confusion from the players when we regrouped as they were as confused as I was on what was happening.

"This affected my confidence, gave rise to a whole lot difficulties to carry out the responsibilities and above all shredded whatever confidence I had into developing Malaysia into world beaters."

Revington also remarked that he was initially warned about the Malaysian media but found no issues handling them but was disillusioned as to how his good intention s were misjudged by those in the hockey family.

It is also baffling as to why the Coaching Committee came up with Sarjit Singh as a possible replacement given the fact that it was only Revington that had resigned and his assistant Arul Selvaraj quite capable of coaching the team for the World League semis on an net rim basis.

In addition their proposal to recommend action against Dharma and Lim could be overstepping their boundaries to a certain extent.

Dharma stands accused of interfering with decisions of the national team and it probably has to do with the fact that the Malacca born coach had made a statement that he welcomed former juniors skipper Faeez Ibrahim to train alongside his charges when he was dropped from the senior squad.

To be fair to Dharma, he restrained the said player from taking to a TV station who wanted the duo to make a statement agai st Revington, telling the father and son to move on and respect the decision of Revington.

And as so far as junior players n the team not adhering to Revington's instructions, the senior coach found no such problems in naming three players from the junior side n hos16 for theWorld League on Friday.

Lim comes under the purview of the 1Mas Steering Committee chaired by NSC Director General Dato Seri Zolkples Embong.

It was the lack of action by Zolkples that probably led to the resignation of Revington as opposed to the lak of nii active from the MHC or its various committees.

Both Lim and Revingon answer to the same boss in NSC and realistically this problem could have been nipped in the bud had there been more discussions taking place instead of saying that the issue was solved when it clearly was simmering to the extent that the volcano erupted this week.

Rumors of the resignation surfaced in the middle of the week and it was on May 27 that Revi get on submitted his resignation letter to the MHC President.

However technically Revingon cannot to have been considered resigned as he has yet to submit a letter to his contracted employers , the NSC.

Lets hope that after sleeping it off tonight, all involved will have a cuppa on Sunday morning and settle their differences.

The hockey fraternity needs to show togetherness more then ever and I pray that all involved put the hopes and aspirations of the nation over everything else.

Actions and resignations will not help the cause and let's have closure....or more resignations are bound to follow.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



Cato keeps Checkers Big-Four hopes alive

Nigel Simon


Charnice Cato scored a goal on either side of the half to lead Harvard Maritime Checkers past Malvern 3-1, to keep their chances of lifting the T&T Hockey Board Women’s Championship Division “Big-Four” crown alive at the National Hockey Centre in Tacarigua, yesterday. Losers of their first match to Paragon, 3-2 on Thursday night, Checkers was desperate to get in winners over Malvern, beaten 5-4 by Notre Dame on Wednesday. Mindy Charles got Checkers off to a flyer with the opening goal after only three minutes, while Cato got her first in the 28th for a 2-0 half-time advantage.

With its chances of securing the Big-Four crown fading with every passing second, Malvern threw everything at Checkers and pulled a goal back via national defender, Teresa Lezama in the 65th but within a minute Cato got her second and Checkers’ third to seal a 3-1 win and three points, the same as Notre Dame and Paragon who faced off last night ahead of today’s final round of matches. In the first match, Notre Dame will face Checkers at 1pm while Malvern battles Paragon at 5pm.

Paragon beat Parkites men on penalties Paragon men also stayed in the hunt for top honours after beating Queen’s Park 4-2 on penalty-flicks following a 1-1 draw. National forward Akim Toussaint had given Paragon, the defending champions a 19th minute lead which last until Keegan Dos Santos’ 66th minute equaliser for the Parkites to send the match into the penalty deciders where his team faltered miserably, missing their first two attempts. The guilty culprits for the Parkites were captain Shawn Lee Quay and Damien Bright, while Kadeem Fortune and Nicholas Camacho converted.

However, Paragon national players Kiel Murray and Toussaint scored their team’s first three attempt while fellow national Christopher Scipio missed before Cogie Butler, another national player sealed the two points. With the penalty-flicks win, Paragon now has three points from two matches after a 3-1 penalty-flicks loss to Defence Force after a 3-3 draw in their opener on Thursday. Petrotrin which came up against Defence Force last night also has three points and the “Teteron Men”, two prior to last night’s clash. Today, Petrotrin meets Paragon at 3pm, while Queen’s Park faces Defence Force at 7 pm.

RESULT

Yesterday’s early results:
Women’s Championship:

Checkers 3
(Charnice Cato 28th, 66th, Mindy Charles 3rd)
vs Malvern 1 (Teresa Lezama 65th)

Men’s Championship
Paragon 1
(Akim Toussaint 19th)
vs QPCC 1
(Keegan Dos Santos 66th)
Paragon won 4-2 on penalty-flicks.

Remaining Big-Four fixtures
Today:

Women: Notre Dame vs HM Checkers, 1 pm; Malvern vs Paragon; 5 pm
Men: Petrotrin vs Paragon, 3 pm; QPCC vs DForce, 7 pm

The Trinidad Guardian



Smith scores winner for Mates in Fijian Lautoka tournament

Zanzeer Singh


MATES won the Lautoka Hockey Association third round tournament at the Nadovu ground yesterday.

The Mates team was unbeaten in the tournament. In the deciding game, young Owen Smith proved to be the star scoring the winning goal against Rockefellers.

Mates won the match 1-0.

In earlier matches, Mates beat Falcons Rage 2-1 and drew with Falcons Super nil-all.

Mates mentor Ernest Coffin said the side was made up of youngsters.

"Most of the players in the team are under the age of 17 years," Coffin said.

"All of them are playing for a spot in the Fiji under-17 team. The players attend Tilak High, Natabua High, Ba Provincial and Saint Thomas High School. The youngest player is a Form Three student."

Meanwhile, Lautoka hockey will host a tournament for all the teams in the Western Division at the end of this month.

The Fiji Times