News for 30 July 2013

All the news for Tuesday 30 July 2013

Germany win ERGO Hamburg Masters

Olympic champions finish top of the pile on goal-difference

RISING STAR: Germany's Christopher Rühr (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Germany and The Netherlands were the two big winners at the ERGO Hamburg Masters, with both teams finishing unbeaten in a tournament that was seen as crucial in their build-up to next month’s TriFinance EuroHockey Championships. London 2012 Olympic gold medallists Germany were crowned as champions of the Round Robin event on goal difference after both they and The Netherlands finished with two wins and a draw apiece. 

On Saturday, Germany inflicted a second successive 6-1 defeat on England, who were beaten by the same score-line by The Netherlands on Friday. The Olympic champions and world number 1 ranked team were in ruthless form, with Oskar Deecke, Mats Gambusch, Florian Fuchs, Marco Miltkau (2), and Pilt Arnold doing the damage.  England’s only goal of the game came from captain Barry Middleton in the 55th minute, but with four goals already to their name, a German victory was inevitable. “It was clear to see that Germany were the better team”, said England coach Bobby Crutchley after the match. “Our individual hockey just wasn’t good enough, and we lost the one on one battles across the pitch.”

The Netherlands were also winners on Saturday, cruising to a 4-0 win over an Ireland that had lost 6-0 to Germany on Friday. Constantijn Jonker was the star of the show, netting a brilliant hat-trick with penalty corner ace Mink van der Weerden also getting his name on the score-sheet. Prior to the match, Mitch Darling was given deserved recognition for achieving his 100th senior international cap.

The final matches took place on Sunday, with Ireland and England taking to the field ahead of the mouth-watering meeting between Germany and The Netherlands, the reigning Olympic Gold and Silver medallists from London 2012. 

England ended their tournament on a high by recording a narrow 3-2 win over Ireland thanks to a 65th minute penalty corner from Nick Catlin. The result ensured a third place finish for England, with Ireland fourth.

The final match of the tournament was a thrilling meeting between two of the best teams in the game, and the two sides could not be separated. The Netherlands drew first blood when Mink van der Weerden netted a penalty corner in the 26th minute only for Germany to pull level thanks to a PC from Thilo Stralkowski. The scores remained locked together for the majority of the game, but when Sander Baart netted two minutes from time it seemed that The Netherlands would claim the win. However, Germany tied the game in the final seconds when dazzling 19 year old Christopher Rühr fired home to continue his growing reputation as one of the most exciting young players in the game.


ERGO Hamburg Masters 2013 results

Date       Fixture                                   Result

25 July 2013

12:00      Netherlands - England       6-1

15:00      Germany - Ireland               6-0

27 July 2013

14:00      Netherlands - Ireland          4-0

16:30      England - Germany            1-6

28 July 2013

11:30      Ireland - England                2-3

14:00      Germany - Netherlands     2-2

Final tournament standings
1: Germany
2: Netherlands
3: England
4: Ireland

FIH site

Crunch time for quarter-final berths at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup

12 teams still in the running for eight quarter-final spots

Australia produced a solid 6-0 win over Russia (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

With none of the participating teams managing to secure its quarter-final ticket on Day 2, Tuesday’s pool matches see twelve teams vying for eight quarter-final berths at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup Mönchengladbach 2013. Only Canada and Belgium are unable to qualify for the quarter-finals, with each team losing both of their opening matches to rule themselves out of contention. Ghana and Russia still have a mathematical chance of qualifying, but will need big results and other results to go in their favour if they want to keep their world cup hopes alive.

Tuesday’s competition will be opened by Russia taking on India with Australia facing New Zealand in Pool C. Thanks to Sunday’s 2-0 win over New Zealand, India are back in the running for a place in the quarter-finals. While a draw would be enough for the Jillaroos to qualify, their Oceania rivals New Zealand need a win to keep alive their chances of reaching the top eight. "It might be hard to beat Australia but we have to beat them to have a chance on making the quarter-finals“, said Junior Black Sticks coach Chris Leslie. If the Junior Black Sticks defeat the Jillaroos, India, being on equal points with New Zealand, will have to beat Russia by a big margin for a place in the quarter-finals. Russia are yet to score in this competition having lost their previous two matches 10-0 to New Zealand and 6-0 to Australia.

Pool A sees The Netherlands, Korea and the USA fighting for the quarter-finals. Korea’s convincing 9-0 win over Ghana on Sunday keeps them in the running, but they will face The Netherlands in Tuesday’s match while direct competitors USA will play Ghana. The reigning World Champions are the dominant side in the pool so far, beating Ghana 10-0 and before trouncing USA 5-1. The current tournament top-scorer is Lieke van Wijk, who has scored eight goals in two matches for The Netherlands. If USA defeat Ghana, Korea, who lost their opening match 4-1 to the US, will have to beat The Netherlands to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Argentina, China and South Africa are three teams vying for the top two places in Pool B. On Sunday, South Africa pulled off another last minute equalizer (3-3 versus Argentina) to keep the pool open and hold on to their chance of making the quarter-finals. China’s Gu Bingfeng struck late to secure a 2-1 win over Canada who’s chances are over after suffering their second defeat in this pool. In Tuesday’s third round of matches, Argentina take on China with South Africa playing Canada. The winner of the encounter between the Leoncitas and China will gain direct qualification for the quarter-finals. A draw could also be enough to get through, depending on South Africa’s performance against Canada. “We will try our best to win against Argentina”, said China coach Xu Dong Guo. South Africa definitely need to beat Canada to stay in the race. Canadian coach Ian Rutledge said: “South Africa is a tough opponent but we want to make sure to finish off the pool-play with a win.”  

Pool D sees host nation Germany taking on England with Spain facing Belgium. “If we beat Germany, we will be in the quarter-finals”, said coach Craig Keegan after England’s massive 8-1 win over Belgium on Sunday. Spain held the hosts to a 2-2 draw, while the Germans also need a win in their last pool match to qualify for the top eight. “Our team is young and hungry”, said Germany coach Marc Herbert. If Spain beat Belgium, a draw will be enough for Herbert’s team to get through. Belgium’s Red Cheetahs have lost both their games and cannot reach the quarter-finals of the championship. Germany and Spain are on four points each, England have three points, Belgium zero.

FIH site

Ghana bow out

Ghana’s female youth hockey team had a hellish experience on their maiden appearance at the FIH U-21 World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany, when they conceded 19 goals in their first two matches which automatically ruled them out of the quarter-finals berth even with a game more left on Tuesday.

The team suffered 0-10 against world number one and defending champions, Holland, last Saturday and were again hammered 0-9 by two-time champions, Korea Republic, to deflate the egos of the hard-working girls.

The results leave South Africa as the only hope for the continent after drawing their first two matches 3-3 against China and Argentina respectively. But they must win their final pool match against Canada on Tuesday to pick one of the tickets to the quarter-finals.

Ghana will now be playing for placement and their aim now is to win at least a match to console the team, which has played the tournament without a dime from the government and corporate Ghana.

Apart from goalkeeper Joana Adjei and defender Linda Effah, most of the girls, including lead striker, Elizabeth Opoku, who literally froze throughout the matches and struggled to discover their form.

Playing a more defensive game, especially in the first match for fear of conceding more goals, the Ghanaians virtually sold the game to their opponents from the start as they conceded short corners.

They conceded five penalty strokes in the match against Holland after a breakdown of the defensive network following persistent pressure out of which goalkeeper Adjei saved one.

The Ghanaians resumed the second session mostly on the back foot after an impressive first half which was interrupted by rains for 10 minutes.

In the process Wijk Lieke scored five including one field’s goal, Lange de Lisame and Scheerlinck Lisa scored twice each while Siersema Renske added one. The Koreans were equally ruthless scoring six in the first half and could only manage three more in the second half to end the game.

Last Saturday Russia also suffered a 0-10 defeat against Newzealand, Germany trounced Belgium 6-1, England suffered 0-5 at the hands of Spain, India lost 1-6 to Australia, USA beat Korea Republic 4-1, South Africa drew 3-3 with China and Argentina won 4-0 against Canada.

And yesterday, Argentina drew 3-3 with South Africa and China were 2-1 winners over Canada.


Georgia Holland uses injury setback as time to step forward in her game

Plant left, pull right.

It’s a simple, standard dodge around an opponent but for Georgia Holland, a rising senior at Yale University, this move cost her an international match and jeopardized her career as a junior national team athlete.

During the summer of 2012, Holland was selected for the Under-21 national team. And through months of consistent training and four years of working her way through the national team pipeline, she was rewarded with a spot on the Junior Pan American Games roster in Guadalajara, Mexico. The day before the team’s flight departure, Holland stepped on the pitch for a final college game but never walked off. In the midst of a pull, Holland snapped her ACL and hopes of contributing to the Pan American tournament. 

After surgery there was a 10 month rehabilitation period, a span of time where Holland had to retrain her body and fight through aches and pains. What pushed her through the harder days was a mental red circle around a date in July 2013 – a goal to get back in ultimate condition and make it to Mönchengladbach, Germany to take back her chance to shine on the international stage at the Junior World Cup. The defender was able to defy time, come back even stronger and prove with patience and hard work, no matter the obstacle, everyone’s personal Germany is still within reach.

USA Field Hockey: Mentally where were you when you had to give up your position on the Pan American team after years of hard work?

The night I was given my diagnosis, I was distraught. I really had a hard time grasping the ripple effects of my injury for a week. I had to call my coach and have him give my spot to someone else. Even though it was a difficult time I received emails from the whole team and my coaches. In my mind I knew I would come back and be just as strong if I worked really hard. I wasn’t going to let this be the end of my field hockey career.

USA Field Hockey:  Who was your motivator throughout this process?

Carrie Lingo was someone I looked to. She has gone through so much with all of her knee surgeries and still had great career at the national level through all of that. I reached out to her a few times and it really put me at ease. 

USA Field Hockey: Describe the moment you found out you made the Junior World Cup roster after putting in pure commitment and dedication to recouping?

When I received that email, I freaked out in my room and then called my parents. It was a nice way to top off my whole rehab, by finally being able to come back. My college coach Pam Stuper was really supportive throughout my entire recovery process and pushed that I continue playing hockey that summer instead of working.

USA Field Hockey: How are you feeling now?

Much better - I’m still a little sore at the end of the day but the mental rehab is much more difficult to work on than the physical rehab. You’re learning to trust your body again – to play without any doubts.

USA Field Hockey:  What piece of advice can you offer those athletes who are in phases of recouping from an injury?

Take it one day at a time and create short term goals for yourself.  You’ll be surprised at how quickly you make progress. I was.

Be sure to follow Holland and the rest of the U.S. Under-21 National Team as they compete at the Junior World Cup by following our Twitter handle @USAFieldHockey for updates.

USFHA media release

Ireland hit Wales for five in Euro Opener

Ireland got their Electric Ireland EuroHockey Youth Nations Campaign off to a great start in UCD this evening as they brushed aside a Welsh side by  5 goals to nil.

Coach Richie Malone will be happy with his side's performance against a tough young Welsh side who packed their defence. The girls in green looked nervous as they opened the tournament in front of a large crowd, but 5 goals in 25 second half minutes was enough to earn the 3 points.

The first half finished goalless despite Ireland having the majority of possession. Twomey and Hawkshaw both had great chances in the opening minutes, whilst Grieve and McGirr kept things ticking over at the back. Wales did have chances of their own on the counter attack, at one stage having a 3 v 1, but McFerran was quick to avert any danger. With 4 minutes left in the half Chambers made a great run on the left but fluffed her shot when she had more time to finish. The half finished scoreless.

Wales started the second half on top and won two early penalty corners which came to nothing. With 11 minutes gone in the second half Emma Duncan finally broke the deadlock after the high Irish press finally paid dividends. Duncan stole the ball in midfield and played in Carey, whose reverse effort was saved by the Welsh GK. The rebound fell kindly to Duncan who finished well in front of goal.

Ireland doubled their lead three minutes later as O'Donnell swept in a great PC leaving Carey with a first time delfection. O'Donnell was again the provider for their third and fourth as her disguise pass was too much for the Welsh defence to handle. Duncan slotted her second and Hawkshaw nipped in to make it 4 with 9 minutes to play.

A penalty corner finish from McGirr on the final hooter made it 5 without reply as Ireland finished comfortable winners.

Speaking to after the game, coach Richie Malone said: "I am happy with the result considering our slow start to the game. We did well to convert our chances in the second half and will look to carry that momentum into tomorrow. The Dutch are a talented side and it is a challenge we are relishing."

In the other game's of the day, Germany beat Belgium 6-0 and England achieved double figures as they demolished Russia 10-1 in Pool B.

In Ireland's pool the Dutch comfortably defeated France 5-0, leaving tomorrow's game a battle of the top two in Pool A.

Tomorrow's fixtures:

3pm France v Wales
5pm Ireland v Netherlands

Irish Hockey Association media release

England U18 Girls in solid start against Russia

ENGLAND Under-18 Girls  made a great start to their EuroHockey Youth Championship fixtures in Ireland with an emphatic 10-1 demolition of Russia in Dublin on Monday afternoon.

Head Coach Andy Bradshaw heaped praise on his squad following the victory, but was quick to point out that their next game – against Germany on Wednesday – will be a different proposition.

“We’ve made a very pleasing start to the tournament,” he said. “We scored some good goals and capitalised on some of the things we have been working hard on in training. But we need to tighten up in certain areas for what will be a much harder match against Germany.

“A winning start gives the girls a big boost. Through our warm-up games we haven’t always produced the goods, so scoring ten is a great boost.”

Ipswich’s Kitty McWhirter scored England’s first goal after just six minutes, deflecting into the net in front of the goalkeeper, and she doubled the lead tem minutes later after a good run down the left resulted in her smashing the ball home.

Charlotte Burrows deflected in England’s third goal at a 20th minute penalty corner at the right post, the ball having come across quickly from the left.

Russia pulled back a goal on 22 minutes when the a shot from captain Maria Yashchenko deflected in off an England defender at a penalty corner, but it did little to derail England’s free-scoring ways.

St Albans’ Meg Crowson netted with a deflection on 26 minutes, and bagged her second after breaking through from midfield and firing home from the top of the circle a minute later to give England a 5-1 half time lead.

Worcester ace Pascale Malley scored England’s sixth goal on 48 minutes. A good build up down the left was switched to Malley on the right post from where she deflected past the goalkeeper.

McWhirter deflected in for England’s seventh goal which completed her hat-trick on 53 minutes, and Ellie Tait put her name on the scoresheet with some good individual skill in the D on 65 minutes.

Surbiton player Tait added another a minute later after driving into the circle and taking it round the goalkeeper, and Crowson completed her hat-trick on 67 minutes when she slammed the ball into the net following a good ball from Maddie Newton down the left.

England (5) 10

Kitty McWhirter 6 16 53 (PC,F,PC)
Charlotte Burrows 20 (PC)
Meg Crowson 26 27 67 (PC, F, F)
Pascale Malley 48 (F)
Ellie Tait 65 66 (F,F)

Russia (1) 1

Maria Yashchenko 24 (PC)

England Hockey Board Media release

Embarrassed in Antwerp

Belgium thrash Malaysian juniors 7-0


Malaysian juniors suffered a sobering 7-0 hammering by European champions Belgium in their second test at the Denetage Hockey Club in Antwerp on Sunday.

The humiliation came on the back of a 3-2 defeat in the first test, with the Belgium winner only coming in the 69th minute.

However, the Belgians fielded their full Junior World Cup squad in the second match, and also recalled the two players who were in training with their senior squad for the European Championships.

Malaysia were without five of their best, who are in training at home with the senior side for the Asia Cup in Ipoh.

The juniors are on a nine-match tour of Europe to prepare for the Junior World Cup and after this, they travel to England for another three matches.

For the record, Belgium played England in a three-match series earlier and lost the first 4-3, but won the other two 4-1 and 5-2.

Coach K. Dharmaraj's side crumbled after missing two sitters in the first five minutes, and also blew a penalty stroke which hit the post.

At half-time, the Malaysians were down 3-0 and in their haste to push for goals, allowed the Belgians to counter and score four more goals in the second half.

"It was the worst performance ever from our players. They kept missing sitters and hitting the bar and post during the penalty strokes and penalty corners.

"Sloppy defending resulted in this huge defeat, and now we will work to raise their game for the last match on Wednesday (tomorrow) before leaving for the England series," said manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

They will play the England Under-21s on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

New Straits Times

Malaysian juniors receive a drubbing


KUALA LUMPUR: The National Juniors were given a 7-0 goalscoring lesson by Belgium in the second friendly at the Denetage Hockey Club in Antwerp on Sunday.

It was the second defeat for the Malaysians, who are on a tour of Europe, in the three-match series. They had lost 2-3 in the first match on Saturday. The third match will be played today at the same venue.

The Belgians decided to use their full side for the first time on Sunday and the Malaysians had no answer to their fire power. The homesters scored six field goals and converted one of their four penalty corners.

Team manager Mirnawan Nawawi said they also had all their best players for the match but could not match the Belgians’ fluent game.

“We were injury free but the weather was a little humid compared to the first match. It was a good test and the players can learn a lot from this match. The pace of the game was fast.

“The Belgians are the European champions. We certainly need to raise our game level a notch if we are to match them,” added Mirnawan.

So dominant was Belgium that Malaysia only had two penalty corners. Zulhairi Hashim, however, was way off the mark. Malaysia even had a penalty stroke in the 48th minute but Haziq Shamshul failed to make it count.

“We could have scored a few goals. There were field attempts, penalty corners and even a stroke. Yet, we kept losing the ball and they made good use of their chances,” lamented Mirnawan.

“This is our worst performance so far in this tour. The forwards failed to convert the chances and the defending was sloppy. A big defeat is what you will get if you fail to do the right things.

“The team need to raise their game in the last match of the series. We need a win to salvage some pride. We leave for England next where we are will play three more matches,” he said.

The Star of Malaysia

England ready to take on the Netherlands

By Graham Wilson

Coach Bobby Crutchley is unlikely to make any changes to the team

ENGLAND’S men will be gunning for revenge when they take on the Netherlands in the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup this week.

They were hammered 6-1 by the Dutch at the Hamburg Masters last Thursday, while Great Britain were also trounced 9-2 at London 2012, which some of the players in the current England squad will remember all too well.

But head coach Bobby Crutchley is unlikely to make many changes when he reveals his squad today for the three-match series against the world No3 side, which starts on Thursday in Wakefield.

England ended the Hamburg Masters with a 3-2 win over Ireland – with Nick Catlin scoring the winner –and Crutchley said: “Our hockey has been below par but if we sharpen up in the final third we will score more goals.”

Daily Express

Scotland target promotion in European Championships

Scotland Men team

Scotland Senior Men Head Coach Derek Forsyth has selected his squad of eighteen players to compete in the EuroHockey Nations Championship II in Vienna from 5-11 August.

The Scots will compete in Pool A against Azerbaijan, France and Wales, while Pool B is made up of hosts Austria, Italy, Russia and Ukraine.

The target for the national side is to reach the semi-finals of the competition to contest promotion to the EuroHockey Nations Championship in 2015. The top two sides in the final standings will be promoted.

Scotland Senior Men Team Manager Eugene Connolly said, “Promotion is the ultimate target for the players and that’s what we’ll be setting out to achieve in Vienna. The games against Wales and Azerbaijan in the pool stage will be key, and hopefully we can beat France too.

“The team needs to reach the semi-finals, which means finishing second in the pool. The result of the fourth game of the tournament will then be significant to our chances of progressing to the European Championship in 2015.

"Russia will be the main threat and I expect Austria will be competitive on home soil too."

Beeston’s Gordon McIntyre is out with a hamstring injury sustained against Spain last weekend, while Grove Menzieshill’s Paul Martin is included after a good run of goalscoring form in the warm-up matches leading up to the European competition.

Indeed, the Scots have performed well in their preparations for the continental challenge, having won seven of their last nine international matches.

“The squad are in good spirits and we have a good cohesive squad going into this tournament”, continued Connolly.

“Derek Forsyth has the team playing well and he is the ideal person to be leading the Scotland side into European competition.”

Scotland Senior Men: Jamie Cachia (Sheffield Hallam), Allan Dick (Holcolme), Graham Moodie (Edinburgh University), Paul Martin (Grove Menzieshill), Alan Forsyth (Surbiton), Russell Anderson (Brooklands), Ian Moodie (Western Wildcats), Chris Nelson (Glynhill Hotel Kelburne), Kenny Bain (THC Hurley), William Marshall (Glynhill Hotel Kelburne), Iain Scholefield (Qui Vive), Wei Adams (Royal Penguins), Callum Duke (Edinburgh University), Ross Stott (Grove Menzieshill), Chris Grassick (Surbiton), Gavin Byers (Grove Menzieshill), Nick Parkes (Surbiton), David Forsyth (Glynhill Hotel Kelburne).

Please visit the EuroHockey website for information on fixtures, results and pool standings for the EuroHockey Nations Championship II.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Hockey threatened by POA-PSB tussle

By Fawad Hussain

Pakistan hockey may join the list of other sports that have become victims of the ongoing parallel bodies’ scuffle. PHOTO: FILE AFP

KARACHI: The latest rift between the parallel bodies of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) has taken hockey – the only potential medal-winning sport for the country in Olympics – in its fold.    

It has been learnt by The Express Tribune that the second deadline for the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to submit its ‘expression for interest’ for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2014 expired yesterday with the federation failing to act again.

Initially, the deadline to show consent was July 23 but the PHF opted against sending a reply to the Arif Hasan-led POA. As a result, the body sent confirmation of only shooting, wrestling, weightlifting, swimming, rugby and boxing for participation.

The PHF had turned to the Akram Sahi-led POA that is supported by the government-run Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) who reportedly refused to permit the hockey body to respond to Hasan’s organisation. A top PSB official said they will take up the matter of participation in the CWG to higher authorities including the foreign ministry.

“It is a must for us to take permission from the government,” PHF Secretary Asif Bajwa told The Express Tribune. “We will be carrying our national flag and we cannot go there without a No-Objection Certificate from the PSB.

“We are desperate to take part in the CWG and are hopeful that the government will find solutions for it.

“It is a very important event for us because it will be followed by the Asian Games that will serve as an Olympics qualifier.”

Meanwhile, Hasan who runs the International Olympic Committee-backed POA said hockey’s participation will become difficult after the expiration of the extended deadline.

“We are hoping that the PHF will send their expression of interest today,” Hasan had said earlier yesterday.

“Hockey is our national game and we want to see our team in action at the CWG. But it will be very difficult for us to convince the game’s organisers if this deadline is crossed.”

Meanwhile, a former Olympian has urged the authorities to resolve the matter on a priority basis.

“This issue of POA bodies must be fixed at the earliest because it has now started hurting hockey,” he said. “This game is our national sport and the only reliable discipline in Olympics for us. If the situation aggravates then it will be a huge loss for the country’s sports.”

The PHF had not shown their desire to respond to the Hasan-led POA till the filing of this report.

The Express Tribune

Akashdeep ruled out of Asia Cup

Roelant Oltmans at a training camp for the Indian hockey team in Bangalore. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Akashdeep Singh has been ruled out of next month’s Asia Cup, dealing another injury blow to India’s prospects. The young forward is suffering from shin splints and will miss the tournament to ensure a full recovery, coach Roelant Oltmans said at the SAI here on Monday.

“It’s better for him (to skip the Asia Cup), taking his age into consideration. He’s only 18 and has a really big career ahead of him. We really rate him as a striker. But if he continues playing with the injury, it can become chronic and in half a year’s time, he won’t be able to play anymore,” Oltmans said.

Injury concerns

Akashdeep’s absence comes on the back of injuries to forwards Gurwinder Singh Chandi and Danish Mujtaba, both of whom have also been ruled out. “Akashdeep’s injury has been there for a very long time,” Oltmans said. “It has come back every time we think it is better. The most important thing is he recovers 100 per cent before he plays hockey again. Otherwise his future could be jeopardised.” The 48-member camp, minus the injured trio, was put through trials late last week, with the 18 players and seven standbys to be announced soon. “During the trials, I saw periods and glimpses where I thought: this is really good. I was really happy. But we have to be consistent,” Oltmans said.

The squad is scheduled to leave for Malaysia on August 17, with the new goalkeeping coach, Dave Staniforth, set to join the camp a week before.

“It’s more about fine-tuning at this stage,” Oltmans said. “But it’s a long-term thing and he will also work with the juniors. We will have special goalkeeping camps.

“We have good goalkeepers in the country but we need to improve in certain areas. Sometimes, from my point of view, they’ve run out a little too quickly but the most important thing is to defend your goal. If you run out, the goal is empty.”

The Hindu

Hockey India prunes down junior men core probables list to 33

New Delhi: The list of core probables of the junior men's hockey team has been pruned down to 33 from 48 after a three-day selection trials at the SAI Centre, Bangalore from July 25-27, Hockey India said today.

HI selectors B P Govinda, R P Singh and Arjun Halappa, High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, junior men's team coach Gregg Clark and scientific advisor Jason Konrath, along with the government observer Harbinder Singh unanimously decided to prune down the list ahead of preparations for the FIH Junior Men Hockey World Cup to be held here from December 6-15.

The coaching camp of the junior men core probables will commence on August 11 here, a HI statement said.

The curtailed list comprises four goalkeepers, 11 defenders, nine midfielders and nine forwards.

List of junior men core probables:

Goalkeepers: Sushant Tirkey, Harjot Singh, Jagdeep Dayal, Abhinay Kumar Pandey.

Defenders: Sukhmanjit Singh, Gagandeep Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Gaganpreet Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Jatinder Singh, Sampath Kumar Maylaram, Dipsan Tirkey, Pardeep Mor, Sumit.

Midfielders: Harjit Singh, Devinder Walmiki, Satbir Singh, Lalit Upadhayay, Imran Khan, Stanli Minz, Arman Qureshi, Baljit Singh, Amir Khan.

Forwards: Sukhdev Singh, Mohd Nizamuddin, Gurpreet Singh, P L Thimmanna, Gagandeep Singh, Tarandeep Singh, Affan Yousuf, Amon Mirash Tirkey, Siddarth Shankar.

Deccan Chronicle

Hockey hurrah in pink & blue


Bhubaneswar - Hockey lovers in the state can hope to find themselves cheering for the home team in international-level league matches early next year.

The Hockey India League (HIL), an international-level professional league for field hockey in India, has displayed interest in having an Odisha-based franchise for their second edition to be held in January next year.

The chances of Odisha filling the slot of the sixth HIL franchise is in the offing with the inauguration of a state-of-the-art hockey stadium with a pink-and-blue synthetic surface today at Kalinga Stadium Sports Complex.

Sports and youth services department officials said officials of Hockey India, the governing body of field hockey in the country, visited the stadium last week and have expressed their satisfaction with the facilities.

“Today, we received a proposal from Hockey India for the Odisha team for the annual HIL. We will examine the proposal and are in touch with the officials of Hockey India,” said Hrushikesh Tripathy, state sports secretary. “The proposed name of the team is Kalinga Warriors. We will facilitate the entry of bidders from the state for auctioning the team in the competition,” said another senior official of the department.

The first edition of HIL last year had five franchises from Ranchi, Delhi, Punjab, Lucknow and Mumbai. The tournament was originally planned with six contesting teams but only five franchises were sold. A team from Odisha is likely to fill that slot. The officials of the state sports department said Hockey India was also looking at other possible venues such as Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. Each team in HIL consists of 24 players, including 10 foreigners.

So far, the state has produced three captains for the national men’s hockey team along with two captains for the Indian women’s hockey team. “Our state team has won three successive titles at the national sub-junior level. If the state is represented in HIL, players from the state will have good exposure as they will be able to practise with foreign players,” said former national team captain Dilip Tirkey. He also captained Hyderabad Sultans in the inaugural edition of Premier Hockey League in 2005 and Orissa Steelers in 2007 winning the championship for both teams.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the synthetic turf stadium built at an estimated cost of Rs 19.94 crore with a seating capacity of 6,000. A Germany-based company has laid the new turf. The facilities of the stadium include an automatic sprinkler system for watering the ground, a player’s lounge, medical and dope control rooms. This is the fifth synthetic turf for hockey in the state. The other four are in Sundergarh district.

“It is encouraging that the state capital now has a world-class hockey turf exactly similar to the one used during the last hockey World Cup. This will definitely bolster the hockey infrastructure in the state,” said Tirkey.

The turf is coloured blue and pink to be visually attractive during telecast of matches. This is the first synthetic hockey turf in the country to have this colour scheme. A hockey academy will also run within the stadium and officials said work on floodlights for the stadium would start shortly.

Naveen today also laid the foundation stones for the synthetic surface of a football ground, a multi-purpose indoor hall and horticulture project for landscaping at the Kalinga Stadium Sports Complex.

The synthetic football surface to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 5.74 crore will be executed by the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco). The proposed facility will have watering facilities along with a small spectators’ gallery.

The indoor hall, to be built on an area of 10,800sqm, will have a playing area of 2,400sqm and come up at an estimated cost of Rs 17.36 crore. The indoor stadium will enable the state to host various indoor competitions such as basketball, volleyball, handball, badminton, table tennis, gymnastics and weightlifting. The work has been awarded to the public works department.

The landscaping of the Kalinga Stadium Sports Complex at an estimated cost of Rs 4.41 crore includes tree plantation, installation of waterfalls, fountains, sculptures, lighting and entrance gate. The Odisha Horticulture Development Society will execute the work.

The Telegraph, India

Petrotrin ends season with unbeaten run

Wayne Legerton scored a pair of goals as champions Petrotrin concluded its season as the lone unbeaten team in the T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division with a 5-2 spanking of runner-up Paragon at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Sunday night.

Triston Grant fired the Oilmen ahead as early as the second minute while Paragon conceded an own-goal to trail 0-2 in the tenth minute before Legerton got his first on the stroke of half-time for a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Dwain Quan Chan made it 4-0 in the 39th and with six minutes left in the match Paragon finally got on the board with Cogie Butler field goal.

Legerton added a second in the 69th but in the blink of an eye, Akim Toussaint got a second consolation goal for Paragon.

With the win, the Oilmen who have now won the league for a fourth straight season to add to their “Big Four” crown they won ahead of Paragon as well, ended with 40 points from 12 matches,13 wins and one drawn result.

Second placed Paragon ended 11 points behind, while Notre Dame jumped to third with 25 points following its 3-0 shut-out of Corona Fatima on Friday.

Tobias Ottley fired the Dames inside the first two minutes while Aidan De Gannes added the two other goals in the 31st minute and 70th minutes.

Also on Sunday, Marcus James closed out the season with a hat-trick to lead Defence Force past Paradise 6-2 and into fourth spot ahead of Queen’s Park on goal-difference after both clubs ended with 23 points.

James got his goals in the 15th, 19th and 45th while Brian Burrows got two, in the 25th and 66th and Shane Legerton, the other, in the 40th. Desmond Archer and Kirkton Alleyne were the two Paradise scorers in the tenth and 50th minutes respectively.

In the other men’s match, R Daniel (2nd) and J Vieira (47th) got one each for Fatima to blank Malvern.

Thompson’s deny Dames perfect campaign

In the Women’s Championship Division, Paragon denied Notre Dame the chance of ending the season without a loss, via its 3-1 triumph in their top-of-the-table match to close out the season.

Blair Wynn had given the Dames the perfect start with a fourth minute opener which lasted until one minute before the break when Kristin Thompson drew Paragon even.

Eight minutes into the second-half, Thompson got her second to put her team ahead while her older sister Gabrielle Thompson got a third item in the 59th to seal all three points and hand the Dames their first loss in 12 matches.

The Dames entered the match already crowned champions and finished the season with 31 points, three more than Paragon while third placed Shandy Carib Magnolias finished with 20 and Malvern, fourth with 16.

Nieves signs off with win

Friday night also marked the end of former national standout Dean Nieves’ playing career on local soil as he is moving to Australia.

Nieves who represented T&T for over 15 years, ended on a winning note as his Corona Fatima clobbered Notre Dame 8-4 in the Mixed Veterans Division to claim third spot.

Richard Downie got a beaver-trick for Fatima in the win while Mark Nieves, Dean’s older brother got two and Alan Young, the other. Sean Olton and Selwyn King scored two each for the Dames.

Results & standings

Mixed Veterans:

Fatima 8 (Richard Downie 15th, 44th, 64th, 67th, Dean Nieves 27th, Alan Young 37th) vs Notre Dame 4 (Sean Olton 20th, 67th, Selwyn King 54th, 60th)

Men’s Championship:
Notre Dame 3 (Aidan De Gannes 31st,70th,  Tobias Ottley 2nd) vs Fatima 0

Women’s Championship:

Paragon 2 (Keima Gardiner 28th, Zene Henry 68th) vs Checkers 0
Notre Dame 2 (Tamara De Nobriga 17th, own goal 43rd) vs Magnolias 1 (Brianna Govia14th)

Women’s Championship:

Paragon 3 (Kristin Thompson 34th, 43rd, Gabrielle Thompson 59th) vs Notre Dame 1 (Blair Wynn 4th)

Men’s Championship:
Petrotrin 5 (Wayne Legerton 35th, 69th, Triston Grant 2nd, own goal 10th, Dwain Quan Chan 39th) vs Paragon 2 (Cogie Butler 64th, Akim Toussaint 70th)
Fatima 2 (R. Daniel 2nd, J. Vieira 47th) vs Malvern 0
Defence Force 6 (Marcus James 15th, 19th, 45th, Brian Burrows 25th, 66th, Shane Legerton 40th) vs Paradise 2 (Desmond Archer 10th, Kirkton Alleyne 50th)

Final T&THB Divisional standings:

Men’s Championship:

Teams    P    W    D    L    F    A    Pts
Petrotrin    14    13    1    0    59    21    40
Paragon    14    9    2    3    55    30    29
Notre Dame    14    8    1    5    35    19    25
D/Force    14    7    2    5    41    21    23
QPCC    14    7    2    5    40    40    23
Fatima    14    3    2    9    23    58    11
Malvern    14    2    1    11    19    42    7
Paradise    14    1    1    12    30    71    4

Women’s Championship:
Notre Dame    12    10    1    1    37    15    31
Paragon    12    8    4    0    40    9    28
Magnolias    12    6    2    4    27    16    20
Malvern    12    5    1    6    19    29    16
Checkers    12    4    3    5    17    18    15
Paradise    12    3    1    8    12    30    10
Ventures    12    0    0    12    0    36    0

Trinity Women:
Magnolias    8    6    1    1    28    4    19
Notre Dame    8    6    0    2    25    15    18
Checkers    8    5    1    2    14    6    16
Malvern    8    5    0    3    18    10    15
Paragon    8    4    2    2    14    12    14
D/Force    8    4    1    3    23    15    13
Police    8    2    1    5    8    17    7
Petrotrin    8    1    0    7    3    30    3
Ventures    8    0    0    8    0    24    0

Trinity Men:
QPCC    10    8    1    1    51    17    25
Malvern    10    7    1    2    35    10    22
Paragon    10    6    4    0    38    15    22
Paradise    10    7    1    2    35    18    22
Notre Dame    10    5    1    4    20    14    16
Carib    10    3    2    5    13    23    11
Petrotrin    10    3    0    7    27    39    9
Shape    10    3    0    7    26    61    9
D/Force    10    1    4    5    28    32    7
Police    10    2    1    7    11    32    7
Fatima    10    2    1    7    14    37    7

Mixed Veterans:
Malvern    8    7    1    0    29    9    22
QPCC    8    6    0    2    37    13    18
Fatima    8    5    1    2    40    30    16
Carib    8    4    1    3    25    15    13
Police    8    3    2    3    10    14    11
D/Force    8    2    3    3    28    17    9
Notre Dame    8    2    1    5    25    31    7
Petrotrin    8    1    1    6    9    51    4
Paragon    8    1    0    7    11    34    3

Under-19 Boys:
Notre Dame    6    5    0    1    36    8    15
Malvern    6    4    1    1    51    6    13
Fatima    6    4    1    1    28    11    13
Paradise    6    2    3    3    16    7    9
QPCC    6    2    1    3    15    15    7
Carib    6    1    0    5    3    53    3
Shape    6    0    0    6    1    50    0

Under-19 Girls:
Magnolias    6    5    1    0    37    2    16
Paragon    6    4    1    1    20    10    13
Notre Dame    6    4    0    2    34    8    12
Malvern    6    4    0    2    15    13    12
Paradise    6    1    1    4    4    13    4
Checkers    6    1    1    4    4    50    4
Ventures    6    0    0    6    0    18    0

The Trinidad Guardian

USA Field Hockey to implement Rules of Indoor Hockey modifications immediately

The U.S. Women’s Indoor Squad will play 5-a-side during upcoming CanAm series

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – July 29, 2013 - The International Hockey Federation (FIH) recently announced changes to the Rules of Indoor Hockey effective September 1, 2013, with the most significant change being a decrease in the number of players on the pitch from six to five.

Today, USA Field Hockey announced the changes to the FIH Rules of Indoor Hockey will be implemented in the United States for all USA Field Hockey National Team and sanctioned events effective August 1, 2013. The U.S. Women’s Indoor National Team will have the opportunity to utilize the 5-a-side rule at an upcoming friendly test series against Canada in early August.

"As USA Field Hockey makes every attempt to stay current with all of the rules and regulations presented by the FIH, we are excited to be able to be one of the first countries to attempt the playing of the new "Rules of Indoor Hockey" at the upcoming CanAm series in Feasterville, Pa.,” said Steve Horgan, Umpire Director for USA Field Hockey. “With the main change being the reduction of players from 6 to 5, we anticipate more exciting, open and possible higher scoring matches."

The decision to decrease the number of players is another bold step forward by the FIH, and is in line with their strategic vision of enhancing and evolving rules and formats to maintain hockey’s position as one of the most progressive sports on the Olympic Programme. The move is certain to create more space on the field of play, ensuring even more exciting action for the spectators and television audiences around the world. Read all recent FIH Rules of Indoor Hockey modifications.

USFHA media release

David Hamilton named Director of Performance Science

Former England Institute of Sport strength and conditioning coach joins USA Field Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Field Hockey has appointed David Hamilton, Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the English Institute of Sport and the Great Britain and England Women’s Hockey Team’s since 2009, as the Director of Performance Science. Hamilton will be based in Lancaster, Pa. and will work primarily with the U.S. Women’s National Team.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a team with real potential to grow and compete with top teams in international hockey,” said Hamilton.

With over 12 years of experience in the strength and conditioning field, Hamilton has programmed and coached athletes at all levels, in a variety of sports, including current Olympic, World and Commonwealth medalists. Hamilton was successful in leading and developing a highly innovative approach to strength and conditioning for Great Britain’s Women’s Hockey Team that podium finished at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

As Director of Performance Science, Hamilton’s role will be to develop a fully integrated physical performance program geared around a training environment that is conducive for physical performance.

"We are delighted to have secured Dave Hamilton as the Director of Performance Science for USA Field Hockey,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Craig Parnham. Dave brings an unrivaled wealth of knowledge and experience relating to elite level female field hockey. Dave's role will include addressing the physical preparation of the team as we move through our training and competition program as well as overseeing the input of additional service providers within the Women's National Team Program. The squad is very much looking forward to working with Dave and progressing our physical and technical performances."

“I am delighted to have another opportunity to work with Craig for a second Olympiad and very excited to do so with such a young and promising USA team,” said Hamilton.

USFHA media release

Viewpoint: Sharing the Secret

By Steve Jaspan

Germany stars Tobias Hauke and Moritz Fuerste enjoying the sights and sounds of a huge crowd at the Hockey World League Semi Final in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Last month I attended various FIH meetings and the Men’s World League Semi-finals in Rotterdam.

There is plenty to talk about but here are some of my impressions. 

There has been so much discussion on hockey’s position in the world of sport and Olympics – this mystifies me to a large extent. 

I have always said the game of hockey is one of the best kept secrets in the world of sport and it is time for us to take off the cloak of modesty and show the world of sport the incredible skills of the fastest ball game in  the world.

We need to market and popularise the game widely – and present it live, on television  and electronically to better effect.  It’s interesting how television productions make other sports so photogenic e.g the Tour de France.

Also it is time for hockey players, supporters and officials to step forward and show via electronic or social media the popularity of the game and to market our hockey heroes.

There has been much talk about the World League and many of the critics do not fully understand that the aim of this competition is to broaden international competition and spread it worldwide over longer periods to increase the visibility and ‘presence’ of hockey.

Of course, the present Competitions Calendar needs constant review to make international participation affordable to National Associations and keep the players’ health and welfare in mind.

You will probably know by now that the format for the Youth Olympics in Nanjing in 2014 is 5- a-side, called Hockey5s.  This exciting format can be used for development purposes, has exciting marketing potential and can be used to “kick-start” hockey in new member nations of the FIH.  Align or ally this to Indoor Hockey with the recent FIH rule change and we have a very attractive product for  youth and development.

Steve Jaspan is  the Chairman of the FIH High Performance and Coaching Advisory Panel. The South African native contributes a monthly column to the FIH website called Viewpoint.

FIH site

IHF name Trinamool MP KD Singh as new president

NEW DELHI: Trinamool MP KD Singh was on Monday elevated to the post of president of the Indian Hockey Federation after incumbent Dinesh Reddy opted to resign from the position.

The decision to elevate Singh to the top post was taken at a special executive council meeting of IHF on Monday.

Reddy, Andhra Pradesh's Director General of Police, cited paucity of time as the reason behind his resignation from the president's post.

"The main agenda of today's meeting was to name a replacement for Reddy who expressed his inability of continue in the post due to paucity of time," IHF secretary general Ashok Mathur said.

"Reddy expressed his inability to spare time for IHF activities because of his busy schedule. So we had to select somebody and we have decide to elevate KD Singh to the president's post," he added.

Singh, an MP from Jharkhand, was the vice-president of IHF. He is the founder of the Alchemist Group, a 10,000-crore group with 11 companies and 9,800 employees across the country.

Incidentally, Alchemist was the sponsor of the just-concluded Federation Cup hockey tournament organised by the IHF.

Meanwhile, the IHF also announced the probable dates of Under-15 Sub-Junior National for girls and Under-17 Sub-Junior National for boys.

While the Sub-Junior girls tournament will be held in Fatehgarh Sahib district in Punjab from September 14-22, the Under-17 boys event will be hosted by Bhatinda sometime in October.

The Times of India