News for 31 July 2013

All the news for Wednesday 31 July 2013

Netherlands and USA move into quarter-final round

Two time champions Korea miss out and head into 9-16 play-offs

The Netherlands defeated Korea 2-0. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Pool A at the Women's ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup today saw the USA defeat Ghana 6-0 to advance to the quarter-finals after Korea suffered a 0-2 defeat from the current champions Netherlands.

Ghana v USA 0-6 (0-3)

Despite playing their best game in this tournament so far, Ghana could not avoid defeat today at the hands of an efficient and disciplined USA side. Scoring their first four goals from penalty corners, the Americans made the best possible use of the opportunities they had throughout the match.

Superior in the field and leading play, the US girls nonetheless had difficulty creating danger outside of set pieces and relied on penalty corners to score until the last few minutes of the encounter, when Ghana was exhausted from their supreme defensive effort and could no longer keep up the barriers.

First half scorers included Nikki Parsley, Marie Elena Bolles and Aileen Johnson, while in the second half, it was Georgia Holland who converted the fourth penalty corner goal, and Laura Gebhardt and Emily Wold added goals from open play in the dying minutes of the match for the 6-0 at the final whistle.

With this result, the US girls still depended on the result of the other Pool A match, ongoing at the time of the end of their game, needing Korea not to win for the USA to advance into the quarter-finals.

Voices after the match:

Lauren Gebhardt, Team Captain USA: "We are very satisfied with our performance so far. Every game we try to improve, and we saw it today. We try to improve more and more throughout the tournament. All the top teams have diferent systems of play, so we have to adjust to each team individually, and every time is a different setup for us as well. However, we are going for gold. The tournament is amazing, it's a great experience."

Korea v Netherlands 0-2 (0-1)

The Netherlands won the group after defeating Korea 2-0 in their last pool match. Korea’s quarter-final chances are over after suffering their second defeat in this pool.

The two time world champions from Asia knew that they would have to win this encounter to keep their playoff hopes alive. However, The Netherlands scored an early opening goal through good passing play and a final touch by Maria Verschoor. The first half saw most of the play remaining in midfield with neither side able to break through.

The reigning world champions eventually doubled their lead on 48 minutes through Lisanne de Lange. The Netherlands won four penalty corners in the second half, but were unable to capitalize on them as Korean goalkeeper Han Mi Jin made several brilliant saves against Dutch top-scorer Lieke van Wijk.

The Dutch girls could have added more goals to the final score, but the post and good goalkeeping by halftime substitute Han kept the result at 2-0.  

FIH site

South Africa join Argentina as Pool B quarter-finalists

China and Canada head into lower half classification

South Africa made their way into the quarter-finals past Canada (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

In Pool B, South Africa struggled slightly against a gritty Canadian team in the first half but pulled away after the break to accompany the dominant Argentinean squad into the Women's ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup quarter-finals.

Canada v South Africa 3-6 (1-1)

During the first half of the Pool B clash between Canada and South Africa, the Africans had difficulties to find the back of the net despite advantages in the field. A fiercely fighting Canadian team sent the match into a deadlock for much of the first 35 minutes.

A penalty corner goal for South Africa by Lilian du Plessis was quickly matched by one from open play for Canada at the hands of Priya Randhawa, and the teams headed into halftime tied at one goal each.

After the break, South Africa stepped the pace up a notch however, pulling away with an early double from Nicole Walraven.Tiffany Jones added another before Canada found their feet again and pulled one back through Stephanie Norlander.

A penalty corner goal for South Africa by Suléke Brand was matched quickly by a goal of the same kind at the other end by Holly Stewart to maintain the advantage at two goals, but Canada could not shift up a gear to get any closer. On the contrary, a last minute goal by Quanita Bobbs extended South Africa's lead to three goals, and the match ended 6-3 for South Africa.

With this result, the girls in green and gold booked their ticket for the quarter-finals independent of the result of the match between Argentina and China being played at the same time in the main stadium, and they celebrated their success accordingly.

Voices after the match:

Izelle Lategan, team-captain South Africa: “We were a bit nervous at the beginning but I think we fought our way till the end and we can be very proud of the result. I know that the Netherlands are actually the best team, but we also know that we can fight hard. We have to make sure that we take every possible opportunity. We need a good structure.”

Hannah Haughn, team-captain Canada: “We didn’t come out as hard as we needed to. I think that South Africa really used their chances today. Playing these games here is a big experience we can take away. We need to be more skilled and to be more composed on the ball.”

China v Argentina 0-2 (0-1)

Argentina narrowly defeated China 2-0 to win Pool B at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach. Both were on equal points before the match, knowing today’s winners will be qualified for the quarter-finals.

The Leoncitas entered the pitch with passion and went after a quick goal. They gained an early penalty corner which was flicked home by Julia Gomes Fantasia. The two teams then battled the rest of the first half without scoring. The second half was more entertaining as play opened up which resulted in more scoring opportunities either side. However, both goalkeepers, Ye Jiao and Sofia Montserrat, did very well to keep the score at 1-0.

As South Africa had defeated Canada 6-3 on Pitch 2, China needed a win to qualify for the quarter-finals. The young and inexperienced Chinese team fought hard but struggled to keep up with their strong opponents. With three minutes remaining on the clock Gomes Fantasia scored from another penalty to give her Leoncitas a deserved 2-0 win.

Argentina face the USA in Thursday’s quarter-final with China taking on Ghana in the 9-16 placement round.

FIH site

Australia and India book quarter-final places at ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup

New Zealand and Russia to play for places 9-16

The match between Australia and New Zealand finished all square. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Australia sealed the top spot in Pool C with a 3-3 against their Oceania rivals New Zealand at the Women's ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach. With their 10-1 win over Russia, India finished second to also qualify for Thursday’s quarter-finals.

Russia v India 1-10 (0-5)

In the match between Russia and India, the Indian girls started off strong and never relented, never allowing their Russian opponents to get into the game. The scoring started in the seventh minute, as Vandana Katariya sunk a penalty corner for India's first goal of the day, and her first of a first half hattrick. The Indian team never looked back, and kept adding goal at a steady pace for the remainder of the encounter.

Katariya's hattrick plus a double from Poonam Rani in the first half added up to a 5-0 halftime lead, a comfortable advantage for the Asian representatives, and wholly deserved, as play rarely left the Russian half of the field and India controlled possession for long periods of time.

Less than a minute into the second half, Anastasia Miroshnikova was able to pull one back for Russia off the team's very first attack, catching India on the wrong foot, but the Indian team was back on track in no time, restroing the five goal lead two minutes later through Rani. A goal from Ritusha Kumani Arya, Rani's second of the day, a penalty corner conversion from Manjit Kaur and a Russian own goal drove the scoreline up to 10-1, a result that made it probable for India to reach the quarter-finals, but had them depend on the result of the Australia v New Zealand match that was ongoing in the main stadium.

Voices after the match:

Vladimir Kobzev, Coach Russia: " We have to score more goals and make fewer mistakes. Nevertheless, I am pretty proud of my team."

Chanu Sanarik Ningombam, Goalkeeper India: "We knew that we had to score a lot of goals because of the tight constellation in the pool with New Zealand. We played very well, their goalkeeper played well, and their players too, but in the end we needed lots of goals. Now we have to keep an eye on Australia and New Zealand. All in all, we are already proud of ourselves, independent of whether we reach the quarter-finals or not because we played very well."

Australia v New Zealand 3-3 (1-1)

While a draw was enough for the Jillaroos to qualify, New Zealand would have needed a win to keep alive their chances of reaching the top eight. The first half saw a very competitive match on Pitch 1. New Zealand earned an early penalty corner, but Brooke Neil could not get the shot away. Soon after, Australia won their first penalty corner but Madison Fitzpatrick’s attempt was denied by the Junior Black Sticks defence. However, Jillaroo top-scorer Fitzpatrick was successful a few minutes later with a penalty corner goal.

The Junior Black Sticks replied to level the score to 1-1 when Rhiannon Dennison deflected a penalty corner shot into the goal. Afterwards New Zealand goalkeeper Georgia Barnett made a tremendous save against Murphy Allendorf’s penalty corner shot keeping the game at 1-1 at halftime.

New Zealand returned to the pitch with enthusiasm. After two minutes of play Cass Reid scored from open play to make it 2-1. In the 49th minute Allendorf made it all square again when she pushed the ball over the line in a crowded circle. New Zealand, who had to win this encounter, earned a series of penalty corners but could not convert either of them.

Instead, Australia went up the other end and scored through FIH Young Player of the Year, Anna Flanagan. Three minutes were remaining on the clock. However, the Junior Black Sticks did not give up and came back into the game when Reid equalised in the last minute. Knowing that a draw wasn’t enough they pushed hard for another goal but could not get pass the Australian defence.

The Jillaroos finish on top of Pool C with seven points, India are second with six points. New Zealand finish third with three points, and head into the 9th to 16th placement matches together with Russia who have not yet been able to win points. 

FIH site

Spain and England complete quarter-final roster

Belgium and Germany play in 9th-16th place classification matches

England fought down Germany for a quarter-final spot. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Pool D wrapped up the last day of pool play in Mönchengladbach. On Pitch 2, Spain produced a shutout against Belgium to secure their ticket into the quarter-finals, while England wrestled down Germany to join them in the top half of the draw. Germany and Belgium are thus headed for the 9th-16th place classification matches.

Spain v Belgium 3-0 (2-0)

The clash between Spain and Belgium was a close one today. Spain had advantages but couldn't pull away decisively until late in the match, squandering a number of opportunities. Belgium stood fast in defense, making it difficult for the Spanish to translate their share in ball possession into circle penetrations or shots on goal, and they succeeded in maintaining their great efforts during nearly the entire match.

A penalty corner early in the match however had set the Spanish ahead after Cristina Guinea made good use of the opportunity, and Patricia Maraña extended the lead midway through the first half with a goal from open play. The Spanish were thus two goals ahead at halftime, a good advantage given that a majority of play was taking place in the Belgian half of the field.

Belgian goalkeeper Elena Sotgiu became the player of the match for the Red Cheetahs in the second half, warding off a number of attempts, including two penalty strokes taken by Berta Bonastre and Patricia Maraña. But the Belgians could not match up their great work in defense with attacking power to challenge the Spaniards. On the contrary, Alicia Magaz even added a third goal for Spain late in the match, and when the seventy minutes had expired, Spain won the match 3-0, thus having secured their place in the quarter-finals independent of the result of the later match between Germany and England.

Voices after the match:

Spanish coach Jorge Donoso Bailon: “I don’t know what to say. The quarter-finals will be tough but we will enjoy it and we will try to reach the semi-finals.”

Shane McLeod, coach Belgium: “Now we are facing New Zealand. This is a tough opponent.”

Germany v England 1-2 (1-1)

England cruised into the quarter-finals of the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup by beating host nation Germany 2-1. The hosts wanted to finish the tournament in the top four but now their dream of the semi-finals is over.

The last match of the day took place in front of a big crowd at the Hockeypark in Mönchengladbach. Germany’s Marilena Krauss had the first promising scoring opportunity midway through the first half. But the German striker was tackled by an English defender resulting into a penalty corner which Germany failed to convert.

On 24 minutes Germany forced their third penalty corner which was well finished by Krauss smashing the ball into the bottom right corner. The equaliser was an own goal by Sophia Willig four minutes from the halftime break. A minute before halftime Lea Stöckel’s shot was parried well by England’s goalkeeper Caitlin Jeffries.

Both teams kept going after the break and went for the winning goal. While a draw would have been enough for Germany to qualify for the Top Eight, England needed a win. They forced a penalty corner on 48 minutes. But the they did not score although the German defence was reduced to two defenders after the other two players had been sent to mid-line after breaking early.

Soon after, Germany’s goalkeeper Lisa Schneider saved well to prevent England from making it 2-1. However, the English girls eventually took the lead thanks to a deflected strike from Stephanie Addison. With 2.5 minutes remaining on the clock Germany substituted their goalkeeper Schneider for an additional field player. The hosts fought hard for the equaliser but to no avail and England held on for their narrow win.

Voices after the match:

Marc Herbert, German coach: „It’s extremely disappointing as a draw would have been enough for us to get through. Some of my players are not used to play in front of such a big crowd.”

Craig Keegan, England coach: “It could have gone either way. Today was our day, but it also could have easily been Germany’s day. Our objective is to finish in the top eight, so we have reached this objective. Now we are going to aim for the top four.”

Shona McCallin, England captain: “I’m speechless. This was the biggest game so far. It was either go hard or go home, fortunately we won it. We have a great team spirit.”

FIH site

Unbeaten SA U21 hockey girls into Junior World Cup quarter-finals


Lilian du Plessis opened the SA U21 account with a stunning drag-flick goal. File pic: Adrian Boehm

Captain Izelle Lategan's South Africa U21 hockey team beat Canada 6-3 in their final Pool B match at the Women's Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany Tuesday afternoon to book a place in Thursday morning's 9.30 am (SA time) quarter-final against defending champions The Netherlands.

The 2009 JWC silver medallists, Argentina, won Pool B following their 2-0 win over China.

SA finished second and are also through to the top eight, while the Chinese and Canada will be playing off for positions nine to 16.

Three early SA penalty corners were not converted - one flashing over the crossbar - until Lilian du Plessis made no mistake with a fabulous drag flick into the Canadians’ goals.

The SA strikers penetrated the Canadian defence and created numerous other chances, and head coach Lindsey Wright’s charges were disappointed to go into half time at 1-1, this after Priya Randhawa had equalised for Canada from open play.

“For South African hockey, the bigger picture of the win is that at this moment we are ranked one of the top eight women’s hockey nations in the world at U21 level,” said SA team manager Charmaine Koekemoer.

“The team has great fighting spirit and took the coach’s challenge at half-time, as the Canadians did not make it easy for us, packing their defensive third of the field with all 11 players at times.

“We dominated play for most of the match but lost concentration to let the Canadians in the back door twice during the match,” Koekemoer added.

After half-time, SA stepped up the pace and a brace from Nicole Walraven – a variation goal and then a deflection - put daylight between the Africans and the North Americans (3-1).

Then skilful SA striker Tanya Britz set up a decisive finish by Tiffany Jones before Canada pulled one back through Stephanie Norlander (4-2).

A penalty corner goal by South Africa’s Suléke Brand was matched quickly by Holly Stewart’s reply, for SA’s lead to remain at two goals (5-3).

And as has become the custom in all three of their Pool B matches, the unbeaten SA side added another goal in the last minute, this one a Quanita Bobbs gem for the 6-3 final score.

World number 11 SA had drawn 3-3 against world number two Argentina and 3-3 versus world seven China in their earlier Pool B matches.

SA Hockey Association media release

Time change: South Africa vs Netherlands Junior World Cup quarter-final

South Africa U21 women’s hockey team manager Charmaine Koekemoer notified  the SA Hockey Association media officer last night of a late change in the start time of the SA versus Netherlands quarter-final at the 2013 Women’s Junior World Cup in Germany.

The match will now be played at 5 pm on Thursday and not at the originally scheduled 9.30 am.

It is believed that this is due to the requirements of Dutch television.

On there should be live streaming of the match.

The unbeaten Netherlands, ranked number in the world at women’s hockey, are the defending champions while the unbeaten women’s world number 11-ranked South Africa have punched above their weight in reaching the top eight of the 16-team competition, this after beating world number seven-ranked women’s nation China to second place in Pool B.

SA Hockey Association media release

Jillaroos through to Junior World Cup quarter finals

They'll face England on Thursday

Australia’s Jillaroos, the U21 women’s hockey team, has progressed to the quarter finals of the women’s Junior World Cup in Germany following a 3-3 draw with New Zealand’s Junior Black Sticks. The result continues Australia’s unbeaten run at the tournament and ensures progression from Pool C as group winners, meaning they will face the second placed finisher from Pool D – England.  The result was bad news for the Kiwis, who needed to win to progress to the last eight following India’s 10-1 demolition of Russia.

In a game in which the two trans-Tasman rivals traded goals throughout, Queensland pair Madison Fitzpatrick and Murphy Allendorf scored either side of half time, sandwiching the Kiwis’ first two goals. Captain for the day, World Young Player of the Year Anna Flanagan looked to have sealed an Australian victory just three minutes from full time, however, her strike was cancelled out by Cass Reid with just over a minute of the match remaining.

The Jillaroos only had to draw to be assured of a quarter final spot and in the end, even a narrow defeat would have seen them through on goal difference following previous victories over Russia and India. India’s win over Russia had placed the pressure firmly on the New Zealanders as the match unfolded.

Sunday’s hat-trick heroine Madison Fitzpatrick got the Jillaroos off to the perfect start as she proved her prowess once again from the penalty corner to give Australia the lead midway through the first half but Rhiannon Dennison levelled for New Zealand soon after.

Two minutes into the second half Australia found themselves behind for the first time in the tournament when Cass Reid gave New Zealand the lead. It was another of the stars of the Jillaroos’ campaign so far, Murphy Allendorf, who equalised with just over 20 minutes remaining.

And with the clock ticking down it became 3-2 to Australia as World Young Player of the Year Anna Flanagan netted her second goal of the tournament but there was still time for one final twist as Reid equalised for 3-3 late on.

Australia progress from the top of Pool C alongside India, whose victory over New Zealand on Sunday proved crucial. Australia’s quarter final against England is scheduled for 10:30pm AEST on Thursday.


Madison Fitzpatrick 19 (PC)
Murphy Allendorf 49 (F)
Anna Flanagan 67 (PC)

Rhiannon Dennison 25 (PC)
Cass Reid 37, 69 (F,F)

Pool C Standings (after three matches each)
1. Australia (7pts)
2. India (6pts)
3. New Zealand (4pts)
4. Russia (0pts)

Jillaroos squad v New Zealand

Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW)
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA)
Elizabeth Duguid (GK) (Darwin, NT)
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, QLD)
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT)
Jordyn Holzberger (Ipswich, Queensland)
Nina Khoury (Newtown, NSW)
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA)
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW)
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT)
Jade Warrender (Orange, NSW)

Substitute Used
Murphy Allendorf (Mount Gravatt, QLD)
Lily Brazel (Newington, NSW)
Kate Gilmore (Red Hill, ACT)
Audrey Smith (GK) (Wynnum, QLD)
Kathryn Slattery (Como, WA)
Amelia Spence (Taroona, TAS)

Substitute Not Used
Georgia Nanscawen (Melbourne, VIC)

Hockey Australia media release

Jillaroos to play England in quarter finals

Match to take place Thursday, 10:30pm Eastern time

Following the conclusion overnight of the pool stage of the Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany, Australia’s under 21 women’s hockey team – the Jillaroos – have been drawn against England in the quarter finals.

The Jillaroos qualified for the quarter finals as the top team in Pool C and will face England after they beat Germany on Tuesday to finish second in Pool D.

The winner of the quarter final tie will play against the winner of the match between Argentina and USA in Friday’s semi final. The losers of the two matches will play against each other to contest the 5th – 8th places.

Match details
Thursday 1 August
10:30pm AEST / 8:30pm AWST
Junior World Cup quarter final
Australia v England
Live stream here.

Quarter final draw in full
Spain v India
Argentina v USA
Australia v England
Netherlands v South Africa

Live streaming

Live coverage of the quarter finals of the Junior World Cup will be available here. Technical problems led to the match against New Zealand on Tuesday being geo-blocked and made it unavailable in Australia. The FIH informs us that the problem has been rectified and Aussie hockey fans will be able to cheer the girls on. Go Jillaroos!

Hockey Australia media release

Juniors edged out of quarter-finals by Aussies

In an absolute nail biter, the Junior Black Sticks Women have drawn 3-3 with the Australian Jillaroos in their final pool game of the 2013 Junior World Cup in Germany.

It was a strong-willed team effort from the New Zealanders which was finished off when Canterbury’s Cass Reid scored her second goal of the night in the final minute of the game.

However, it was a win that the Kiwis needed tonight and it is now Australia who progress through to the quarter-finals.

“The team played much better together today, however it is a real lost opportunity. The inability to convert from the penalty corners that we were awarded has really cost us and now we just have to prepare to do the best we can in the playoffs,” said Junior Black Sticks head coach Chris Leslie.

In true trans-Tasman style, it was a very competitive game with both sides creating their fair share of opportunities. In the first half, New Zealand earned an early penalty corner, but the Kiwis could not get the shot away.

Soon after, Australia were awarded two penalty corners and although the Junior Black Sticks successfully defended Madison Fitzpatrick’s first attempt, the Australian top goal scorer’s second attempt was successful.

The Kiwis replied when North Harbour’s Rhiannon Dennison deflected a penalty corner shot into the goal to take it to 1-1.

New Zealand goalkeeper Georgia Barnett made a tremendous save against Murphy Allendorf’s penalty corner shot keeping the game at 1-1 at halftime.

The Junior Black Sticks returned to the pitch with enthusiasm and after two minutes of play Reid scored from open play to make it 2-1. In the 49th minute Allendorf made it all square again when she pushed the ball over the line in a crowded circle.

New Zealand, who had to win this encounter, earned a series of penalty corners but were unable to convert. Instead, Australia went up the other end and scored through FIH Young Player of the Year, Anna Flanagan.

With only three minutes remaining on the clock the Junior Black Sticks did not give up and came back into the game when Reid equalised in the last minute.

Knowing that a draw wasn’t enough, they pushed hard for another goal but could not get passed the Australian defence.

The result means that Australia and India now progress to the quarter-finals while New Zealand finish third in their pool and will play for ninth place.

The Junior Black Sticks are part of the Owen G Glenn Future Black Sticks Programme which offers international competition, training camps and quality coaching experience to the next generation of Black Sticks.

Full time: 3-3
Half time: 1-1
NZ goal scorers: Rhiannon Dennison, Cass Reid x2
Australian goal scorers: Madison Fitzpatrick, Murphy Allendorf, Anna Flannagan.

Hockey New Zealand Media release

England beat Germany in ERGO Junior World Cup

England Under-21s marched into the quarter-finals of the women’s ERGO Junior World Cup with a well-earned 2-1 victory over host nation Germany in Monchengladbach this afternoon.

Behind to a 23rd-minute goal from a penalty corner, England pulled back to level terms by half-time before Stephanie Addison scored the winning goal after 56 minutes to secure a last-eight clash against Australia on Thursday.

“It’s a fantastic result,” said England’s head coach Craig Keegan, “but at the same time it was a very tough game – we have a huge amount of respect for Germany as this is the seventh time we’ve played against them this summer.

“The result today came down to discipline and our desire to remain task-orientated regardless of the surroundings.

“We are very proud of the girls and looking forward to the quarter-finals.”

Germany failed to score from two penalty corners before Krauss made it third time lucky, smashing the ball into the bottom right corner.

England’s equaliser on the half hour was an own goal, Sophia Willig deflecting a hit into the D from Emily Defroand into her own net.

A draw would have been enough to put Germany through, but England needed to win and they continued to push forward after the break.

They failed to convert a penalty corner after 48 minutes, but Germany’s defence was reduced by two players who were sent to mid-line for breaking early, and after forcing a good save from German keeper Lisa Schneider, England made the decisive breakthrough with a deflected strike from Addison to settle a very tight game.

Germany substituted their goalkeeper in the closing three minutes for an extra field player as they looked for a way back, but England remained in control and kept their nerve to hold out for an outstanding win.

England Hockey Board Media release

Junior World Cup pool play closes for US Womens Under 21 Team with two triumphs

MONCHENGLADBACH, Germany – The U.S. Under-21 National Team rounds out pool play with two wins and a loss at the Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach by defeating Ghana 6-0. After three games of intense play, the U.S. has earned their position in the quarterfinals alongside fellow Pool A opponent the Netherlands.

“Tournaments always have two halves,” said Steve Jennings U.S. U-21 National Team head coach. “We’re really excited we got through the first portion of the Junior World Cup this well but now we have to produce to get to where we really want to go. We’re excited to be in the top half of the bracket and look forward to getting the best results coming through.”

Building upon pinpoint precision passing combinations that lead to their attack circle, Team USA was able to capitalize on three corners in the first half against Ghana. Within the first nine minutes of play Nikki Parsley (Milford, Del.) was able to find the back of the net. Fellow teammates Marie-Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) and Aileen Johnson (Oceanport, N.J.) followed suit by placing the ball past Ghana keeper Joana Adjei in the 14th and 16th minute marks.

The second-half whistle blew and the U.S. continued to lead a fortified front line to Ghana’s cage. The red, white and blue were able to maintain controlled ball play around the circle, acting with poise and patience to illuminate open pockets in Ghana’s defense. Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) lit up the scoreboard in the 55th minute off of a corner and the scoring frenzy continued for Team USA into the final minutes of the match with USA captain Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.) and Emily Wold (Freehold, N.J.) securing two goals in the 67th and 68th minutes of play. This is Ghana's first appearance at the Cup.

“Ghana was a really hard working team so we emphasized on thinking one pass ahead of the play,” said Johnson. “We used the inside and width well and really focused on those one-touch passes. Our big thing was getting better with each game and I think we have been. The growth of the team at this tournament has been huge.”

Pool play began on a strong note when USA rose above Korea, one of the most decorated teams at the Women’s Junior World Cup, having participated in all editions of the tournament since its creation and finishing on top in 2001 and 2005.Team USA rallied at halftime, breaking a 1-1 score to finish the game 4-1. The following day USA competed in a hard-fought match against the Netherlands, a squad with equally noteworthy accomplishments having been crowned Junior World Cup Champions in 1997 and in 2009. Although the U.S. held up a fierce battle for the entirety of the game, the Netherlands were able to capitalize on key moments turning in a match sheet of five goals compared to Team USA’s one.

“We’ve been trying to grow throughout the tournament and put out a better result after better result,” said Jennings. “I think the players had a lot of confidence after the first match against Korea and we got a lot of positive comments for how we played against the Netherlands.”

The quarterfinals will be played on Thursday, August 1, the semi-finals on August 2 and the gold and bronze medal match on August 4. Team USA's next match-up is dependent on how the other pools conclude their last game today.

To support and track Team USA’s progress at the Junior World Cup follow our Twitter handle @USAFieldHockey for further updates.

USFHA media release

India spank Russia 10-1, enter Women's Junior World Cup quarters

MONCHENGLADBACH: Vandana Kataria slammed a hat-trick as Indian eves thrashed minnows Russia 10-1 to enter the quarterfinals of the Women's Junior Hockey World Cup on Tuesday.

After the 1-6 drubbing at the hands of Australia and 2-0 victory over New Zealand, the Indian girls needed to win by a bigger margin against Russia and hope for either an Australian victory over New Zealand or a draw in the final Pool C match to make it to the knock-out stage.

India's prayers did not go unheard as Australia managed to hold New Zealand to a 3-3 draw.

Australia topped Pool C with seven points from three games, while India finished second with six points.

India will now face Pool D champions in the quarterfinals on Thursday, while Australia will be up against the second-placed team from Pool D.

India scored five goals in each half through Vandana (7th minute, 15th, 31st), Poonam Rani (22nd, 27th), Rani (39th, 49th), Ritusha Kumani Arya (44th), Manjit Kaur (69th) and an own goal in the 66th minute.

Anastasia Miroshikova scored the lone goal for Russia in the 36th minute.

Fully aware that only a win would keep them in quarterfinals hunt, the Indians went for the offensive from the onset and opened the scoring in the seventh minute through Vandana who converted the team's third penalty corner.

Vandana was again at the thick of things eight minutes later when she doubled India's lead through a field effort.

Poonam then joined the party and scored two goals in a span of six minutes to extend India's lead.

Vandana completed her hat-trick four minutes from the lemon break to make the score line 5-0 in favour of the Indian girls.

But 40 seconds into the second half, the Indians were in for a rude shock when Anastasia pulled one back for Russia.

Barring the slight lapse in concentration, the Indians played neat, error-free hockey and it resulted in goals for the blue brigade.

After Russia's unexpected strike, Rani quickly restored India's five goal lead before Ritusha slapped the ball into the back of the opposition net from a crowded circle to make it 7-1 in favour of India.

India's goal-scoring spree continued as Rani slammed her second of the day in the 49th minute.

An own goal from Russia four minutes from the hooter made it 1-9 before Manjit converted a late penalty corner to complete the rout.

The Times of India

Ghana lose 0:6 to USA in Junior Hockey World Cup

Rasheeat Kadiri

Ghana lost their last Pool A match 0:6 to USA at the Warsteiner Hockey Stadium in Monchengladbach, Germany on Tuesday

The Junior Female Black Sticks lost their third game on the trot in the ongoing FIH hockey junior women’s world cup in Monchengladbach, Germany. Ghana played a much more improved game on Tuesday but failed to defend and score, leaving hockey sleeping giants the USA to beat them 6-0.

This brings to a total of 25 goals scored against Ghana in the three group games so far.

The results place the Ghanaian Junior Black Sticks at the bottom of the four-team group with no point as defending champions, Holland and USA picked the group’s ticket for the quarter-final stage of the July 27 to August 4 tournament.

Ghana conceded three goals in each half but they could have ended the match at least 4-1 but lost concentration in the last three minutes while blowing away a golden opportunity to score their first ever World Cup goal on their maiden appearance.

Hard working Ernestina Coffie missed the upright narrowly with 10 minutes of playing time left which could have changed the game in favour of the Junior Black Sticks.

The team begins their placement match on Thursday against either Canada or South Africa depending on the outcome of the final Pool B matches Tuesday.

Ghana has conceded a total of 25 goals in three matches including 10-0 against The Netherlands and nine against Korea Republic.

Joy Sports

Ghana go for broke against USA

After losing two matches, the coach of Ghana’s U-21 national female hockey team, Junior Black Sticks, is mapping out an all-attacking strategy against USA today in the final pool match at the ongoing Hockey Youth World Cup in the German city of Monchengladbach in the hope of picking the team’s first point.

Subsequently, Coach Edmund Odametey is reshuffling his starting line-up with Captain Nasifatu Umaru playing in front of the two main backline defenders of Janet Adampa and Linda Effah, and resting Elizabeth Opoku for a more energetic player.

Elizabeth, from whom much was expected, has been disappointing as she has failed to exert herself in Ghana’s games. Instead, Cecilia Amoako, Martha Sarfoa, Gloria Darko and Queensilla Shaibu would be the coach’s main attacking force, while Serwaa Boakye would remain the pivot to oil the midfield.

“We have nothing to lose. We are going all out to ensure that we get better placement and enhance our ranking before the tournament ends,” Coach Odametey told the Daily Graphic yesterday.

After technically missing out on the quarter-finals, the Junior Black Sticks are channelling their energies into picking valuable points from some of the weaker teams, including Russia, along the way to finish the tournament on a high note.

The top eight teams would play for the quarter-finals while the rest will battle each other for placement and ranking.

The USA team are fired up to finish as the group runners-up behind leaders Holland, and have vowed to worsen Ghana’s woes. The Americans thrashed Korea Republic 4-1 but were beaten 5-1 by Holland in their second group and, will therefore, need a win at all cost to make it to the last eight.

The permutations make the group quite interesting but the Junior Black Sticks have a remote chance of making it, which puts USA and Korea in good stead for the remaining ticket from Pool A.


Classy Holland brush Ireland aside

A though day at the office saw Ireland fall to a 6-0 defeat at the hands of the Dutch in the second match of their Electric Ireland EuroHockey Youth Championship campaign.

Richie Malone's side were well beaten against a classy Holland side who moved the ball with pace and precision, but he will be disappointed to see his side concede so many penalty corners against top quality opposition.

Indeed, Irish goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran was called into action on numerous occasions throughout the game and was undoubtedly the player of the match.

After missed opportunities Holland broke the deadlock in the 11th minute when Matla's drag flick found the bottom corner. The lead was doubled after incessant Dutch pressure led to Van Ramshorst slotting home. Half time, Ireland 0 Holland 2.

The second half began much the same as the first and Zerbo slotted home two goals in quick succession, one a goalmouth scramble from a penalty corner and second an easy finish after poor Irish marking.

At 4-0 Ireland made some costly errors and were unable to make the most of what little chances they made. Kernohan and Thom found themselves 2v1 with the Dutch goalkeeper but Thom's pass went over the backline.

Holland added two more goals to their tally as time petered out, Slinkert with a classy double as a fatigued Irish side ran out of gas. With France beating Wales 2-0 in the early game of the day, Ireland can now look forward to a winner takes all game vs France on Thursday.

Final score Ireland 0 Holland 6.

Ireland Head Coach Richie Malone spoke to after the game "We always knew it was going to be a tough game against the Dutch, they really stepped up a gear from their performance against France yesterday. Whilst we were capable of meeting the challenge, we made too many basic errors on the day. But this game was about the experience and we will learn from that and move on to our next game against the French."

Ireland 0

Holland 6
(Matla, Van Ramshorst, Slinkerts x2, Zerbo x2)

Tomorrow's fixtures:

Belgium v Russia 3pm

England v Germany 5pm

Irish Hockey Association media release

Belgium lesson invaluable..

BELGIUM juniors sealed a hat-trick of wins when they beat Malaysia juniors 4-2 in their final test at the Denetage Hockey Club in Antwerp on Tuesday night.

The European champions won 3-2, 7-0 and were 2-2 in the first half in the final test, before powering ahead for a whitewash in the series.

Malaysia, who played three matches in Poland prior to this, will now head for England to play another three matches against the Under-21 side on Aug 1, 3 and 4.

"We held them to a draw for 35 minutes, but a few harsh decisions by the umpires in the second half made it uphill for my players.

"Playing with 10, and then nine players most if the second half made it difficult to plan for a comeback, as they scored off counter attacks when we moved up," said juniors team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

However, the experience was invaluable: "The three matches gave us a good insight of the Belgium side as this would be the last time we play them before the Junior World Cup in New Delhi," said Mirnawan.

The Malaysian goals were scored by Rashid Baharom off a penalty corner rebound in the 23rd minute and off a Nor Aqmal Ghaffar penalty corner in the 28 minutes.

The Belgium goals were scored in the 18th, 19th, 46th and 59th minutes.

While the green cards to Malaysia were picked up by Haziq Shamsol and Kavin Khartik. The yellow cards in the second half were flashed to Azrul Hasbullah, Kavin and Azri Hassan.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Hasan-led POA obtains new deadline for hockey

KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has been reportedly given another chance to participate in the Commonwealth Games 2014 with the body being granted another two weeks to send its entry for the event.

According to the Arif Hasan-led Pakistan Olympic Association (POA), the internationally-recognised body was successful in its attempts to keep the doors open for hockey to take part in the event.

This would be the third deadline for the PHF; the previous two (July 23 and July 29) passed without the federation getting in touch with the POA that is affiliated with the International Olympic Committee.

“After speaking to the Commonwealth Games Federation, POA President Hasan received another two weeks for hockey’s submission of expression of interest to participate in the event,” said a POA official.

The Express Tribune

CGF extends deadline for hockey team’s participation

LAHORE: The Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) of Arif Hasan has been able to get another two weeks for submission of expression of interest regarding Pakistan hockey team’s participation in the 20th Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held in Glasgow next year.

The POA has informed the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) that last date for submission of expression of interest to the Commonwealth Games Federations (CGF) was last Monday (July 29), but it had managed to get it extended till Aug 16.

However, the PHF, which does not accept Arif Hasan as POA president and depends on the government for financial resources with regard to sending national teams anywhere in the world, is reluctant to take any independent decision in this matter.

Hence, it had made contact with the government which recognises POA parallel body led by Akram Sahi. But Sahi’s POA has no affiliation with the International Olympic Association (IOC), making participation of the hockey team in the Commonwealth Games questionable.

“The POA president retired Lt Gen Syed Arif Hasan spoke personally to the CGF CEO Mike Hooper on phone. The intent being that our national game should not be denied participation in the most prestigious international event,” the POA stated in a press release.

“The CGF has informed that they will issue a formal invitation which shall be received by the POA by Aug 2, with the deadline for the PHF to finally make up its mind whether it wanted to participate being Aug 16.”


PHF given two weeks to confirm team’s participation

LAHORE - The Common Wealth Games Federation (CGF) has given a time frame of two weeks on the issue of Pakistan hockey's participation in the Commonwealth Games 2014 at Glasgow.

“The POA has been able to get another two weeks for the submission of the expression of interest and we are confident to get a positive reply from Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) regarding participation of our team in the Games,” said IOC-backed Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) spokesman here on Tuesday.

He said the POA president Lt Gen (R) Syed Arif Hasan spoke personally to CGF CEO Mike Hooper on the phone. “The intent being that our national game should not be denied participation in a most prestigious international event,” he said.

The CGF has informed that they will issue a formal invitation which will be received by the POA by August 2, with the deadline for the PHF to finally make up its mind whether it wants to participate or abstain by August 16. Both these communications will be with the POA/CGA and no other organisation.

After the discussion on the phone the CGA followed it up through an email asking for a confirmation, in writing, of what was discussed. The POA responded immediately through a return email to Mike Hooper confirming the same stating, “As indicated to you during our conversation, the POA is definitely interested in participating in the Men's Hockey competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. We await your formal invitation on the receipt of which we will once again follow up with the Pakistan Hockey Federation to confirm or otherwise.”

If the Pakistan hockey team participates in the event, it will afford it a superb opportunity to test its squad for the 2016 Olympic Games by pitting against some of the best talent in the world like Australia, England, New Zealand, Malaysia, India and South Africa. “We hope the PHF will respond in a positive manner and keep the interest of Pakistan hockey above everything else and rise above for the good of the national game," he said.

“It by now should be obvious to everyone that the POA has literally gone out on a limb to maintain the window of opportunity for the PHF only for the sake of the interest of hockey –and also keeping in view the national prestige,” he concluded.

The Nation

Submission of EOI for Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014

POA helps Pakistan hockey get two more weeks

By Special Correspondent

LAHORE: Subsequent to the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) led by Syed Arif Hasan approaching the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on the issue of Pakistan hockey’s participation in the Commonwealth Games 2014 at Glasgow, the POA has been able to get another two weeks for the submission of the Expression Of Interest (EOI). The POA chief on Tuesday confirmed the intent of POA’s participation in hockey to the CGF on telephone followed up by an email yesterday.

Arif Hasan spoke personally to the CGF CEO Mike Hooper on the phone. “The intent being that our national game should not be denied participation in a most prestigious international event. The CGF has informed that they will issue a formal invitation – which shall be received by the POA by August 2, with the deadline for the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to finally make up its mind whether it wanted to participate or abstain by August 16. Both these communications would be with the POA-CGA and no other organisation,” Arif Hasan added.

After the discussion on the phone the CGA followed it up through an email asking for a confirmation, in writing, of what was discussed. POA responded immediately through a return email to Mike Hooper confirming the same stating: “As indicated to you during our conversation, the POA is definitely interested in participating in the men’s hockey competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. We await your formal invitation on the receipt of which we will once again follow up with the PHF to confirm or otherwise.” If the Pakistan hockey team participates in the event, it would afford it a superb opportunity to test its squad for the 2016 Olympic Games by pitting against some of the best talent in the world – like Australia, England, New Zealand, Malaysia, India and South Africa. Actually outside of Germany, the Netherlands Belgium and Spain, all the top ranked teams in the world take part in the event.

“We hope the PHF would respond in a positive manner and keep the interest of Pakistan hockey above everything else and rise above for the good of the national game,” said the POA president. It by now should be obvious to everyone that the POA has literally gone out on a limb to maintain the window of opportunity for the PHF only for the sake of the interest of hockey – and also keeping in view the national prestige.

The Daily Times

Hockey India prunes down senior men probables list to 33

The camp of the senior men core probables is presently going on at the SAI Centre, Bangalore from July 16 and will continue till the departure of the team for the Asia Cup, a HI statement said.

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

HI selectors B P Govinda, R P Singh and Arjun Halappa, High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, senior men's team coach M K Kaushik and scientific advisor Jason Konrath, along with the government observer Harbinder Singh unanimously decided to prune down the list for the preparations of the ninth Asia Cup to be held from in Ipoh, Malaysia from August 24 August to September 1.

The camp of the senior men core probables is presently going on at the SAI Centre, Bangalore from July 16 and will continue till the departure of the team for the Asia Cup, a HI statement said.

The curtailed list comprises four goalkeepers, seven defenders, eight midfielders and 14 forwards.

List of senior men core probables:

Goalkeepers: Nanak Singh, P R Sreejesh, P T Rao, Sreenivasa Rao.

Defenders: Amit Rohidas, Harbir Singh Sandhu, Rupinder Pal Singh, V R Raghunath, Gurmail Singh, Kothajit Singh, Birendra Lakra.

Midfielders: Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, M B Aiyappa, Vikas Pillay, Prabhdeep Singh, Dharamvir Singh, Chinglensana Singh, S K Uthappa.

Forwards: Danish Mujtaba, Akashdeep Singh, Nithin Thimmaiah, Pradhan Somanna, S V Sunil, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Talwinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Malak Singh, Jasjeet Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Harmanpreet Singh, M K Muddappa.

NDTV Sports

Other View: Is Kaushik hiring Loss or Win for all?

Shashank Gupta

MK Kaushik is back in the reckoning, having been assigned to Indian men’s team, which I feel is a 180-degree-round-about-turn at a juncture when Hockey India should have been showing the country the path forward.

Very interestingly, the way whole picture is presented, sounds like a win-win situation for all.

However, the unfortunate portion is the more you get into the details the more it looks like a loss situation for Hockey in India, not Hockey India surely.

Kaushik guided Indian Men to gold at the 1998 Asian Games; was sacked immediately after, and then entered the women’s arena as chief coach. This ensured many commendable victories for the ladies. By and large, his presence brought our national women’s team from nowhere to somewhere.

Then came the sexual harassment case details of which are out of context now.

See it from MK Kaushik's point of view:

All these years, the coach was never paid even a single penny by any of the federations. His contract term was also never defined.

Now he is back. No contracts, no money, and recruitment just the way, as it was the case before. The writing on the wall is clear -- it's anyone guess he is vulnerable to be fired.

Kaushik however is a self motivated individual, is not bothered about the down side of the whole affair.

Some say Kaushik is a man of mettle and he has taken reigns at the time when World Cup entry is loosely hanging with the thin thread of a straight victory of Asia Cup in a month from now. He is out there to prove it. Fair enough.

Realistically speaking, Kaushik has been away from competitive international hockey for almost 4 years from now. Therefore, the task cut out for him is unrealistic. The previous coaches have hugely emphasized on fitness, which has earned the Indian team accolades from various quarters. But sadly, when India was catching up with their fitness, the other countries sprinted forward in terms of experience and skill.

So, Kaushik's chances of hitting the jackpot chances -- nothing less than a victory in Asia Cup -- are anybody’s conjecture.

As every other Hockey sportsperson in India does, he has handed over his illustrious coaching career in the hands of administrators -- to ruin it ? -- possibly for the one last time: less than gold in a high-profile tournament for which the country may not never forgive him. Hope he is not made Joaquim Carvalho of next World Cup.

Unfortunately, MK Kaushik need to prove his potential to the whole world yet again and in the pursuit of recovering his lost pride back, is on the look-out to replicate of feat of Kabir Khan of Chak De India. One can only hope that he is able to pull-off a magical victory even though the circumstances suggest otherwise.

See it from Hockey India's point of view:

Put someone on whose name no one has any objection! How can we hit the jackpot? Let's pull out all the names from the national coaching arena and present the 'best deal' (not the 'best coach') to Indian Men's Hockey. Hockey fraternity will be happy, we don't care about the public anyway.

Harendra Singh, V Bhaskaran, Rajinder Singh, Joaquim Carvalho -- oops he is from rival group -- and then who else? Ahh, no one from the last 15-odd years can evoke a positive response. So, let it be MK Kaushik. His name can't be disputed by the oldies, for sure. vThe other names doing the rounds are either too difficult to handle for Hockey India or their names can't be sold to the ever-noisy bunch of former Hockey Olympians.

Jude Felix is too difficult to handle because of his consistent money and contract demands. Apart from his huge popularity amongst his fans, Dhanraj Pillay has little respect amongst the Hockey coaching fraternity.

And what about Clarence Lobo and Mohammad Riaz, they have been fired anyway.

So, it will be Kaushik.

See it from Hockey fraternity's point of view:

Yes, yes, Kaushik is the right choice. He is humble, easy to get along with, has been open to new ideas and the intervention of foreign coaches, etc. and each one of us have good personal relations with him. His achievements of the past surely make his right candidate for the post.

See it from a fan's perspective:

Yes, Nobbs firing was correct. He couldn't have taken us to the World Cup anyway. This guy Kaushik is a good one, and even though not many have witnessed much of his achievements, they say he has produced good results whenever he was there. There is hope for hockey now.

So, here we are. Hiring Kaushik is a decision to placate everyone and keep the hopes alive with a 'presentable rational'. I feel there is little logic in this decision.

Ironically, a Bharat Ratna recommendation for Dhyan Chand doesn't do much to the cause of hockey, except giving a falsehood that hockey is still alive in this country and so does the entry of MK Kaushik, a hope (without rational) that may be just this time we will avoid another Chile-sort-of-disaster in the offing and qualify for the World Cup '14.

Then when the Hockey fraternity, the administrators and the fans are all happy, why worry about the technicalities pertaining to recruitment of Maharaj Krison Kaushik as the coach?

So, be it. Amen!

Financial assistance to former hockey player

NEW DELHI: Sports minister Jitendra Singh has approved financial assistance of Rs 1,50,000 from National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons to former hockey player, Barbara J Francis for her medical treatment.

The amount of financial assistance will be given to Francis, who is suffering from aliments which are of chronic nature, in three years at Rs 50,000 per annum.

Earlier also, Francis was given financial assistance of Rs 3.50 lakh in two spells, once Rs 1.50 lakh in February 2009 and again Rs 2 lakh in May 2011 from National Welfare Fund for sportspersons.

With the approval of further financial assistance of Rs 1.50 lakh, she has been sanctioned total financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh.

The scheme of National Welfare Fund for sportspersons provides for lump sum financial assistance to outstanding sportspersons of the yesteryears, who are at present living in indigent circumstances.

The Times of India

Major boost for schools hockey

Rashneel Kumar

From left: Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey secretary Alumeci Francis, president Immanuel Prasad, Goodman Fielders' Valerie Finau and Fiji Hockey president Dr Robin Mitchell at the presentation. Picture: IVAMERE ROKOVESA

THE Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Association has received a major boost for this year's tournament.

Goodman Fielder, through its brand Tuckers Ice Cream, pumped in $5500 to help the association stage the tournament in Levuka.

The Tuckers Fiji Secondary Schools Hockey Association Super Eight National Finals will be held on August 15 and 16 at Nasau Park.

Association president Immanuel Prasad said the sponsorship was a defining moment for them.

"If it wasn't for the sponsorship from Tuckers it would have been very hard to organise this tournament," he said.

Goodman Fielder brand manager Valerie Finau said they were committed to the development of youth hockey in the country.

"The Tuckers Ice Cream brand has a very strong following Fiji-wide. The brand is made in Fiji for the people of Fiji and it holds close to its heart very strong values."

Fiji Hockey Federation president Doctor Robin Mitchell said hosting the tournament in Levuka would help in the revival of sport in the Old Capital.

He said the tournament would also help improve the player base.

Fourteen schools and about 150 students will compete in the national finals.

Prasad said for the first time they would be holding the tournament in two grades — under-16 and U19.

"This is to help in the development of hockey."

The Fiji Times