News for 03 August 2013

All the news for Saturday 3 August 2013


Argentina and Netherlands will face off for the trophy

England meet India for Bronze



The Netherlands join Argentina in the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup final. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Argentina were the first team to qualify for Sunday’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup final today. The Leoncitas wrestled down England 3-0 while in the other semi-final, the Netherlands also had some difficulty moving past a passionately fighting Indian team but came through eventually with a 3-0 victory. Sunday's final will thus be another instance of what has become the classic rivalry in women's finals in recent years: Argentina versus Netherlands. In Sunday’s Bronze medal match, India will face England.

In the tightly contested 5-8th place play-off matches on Pitch 2, Australia secured a 4-1 win over the USA while Spain snuck past South Africa with a three-goals-in-four-minutes blitz in the secnd half. Further matches today saw Germany make it to the 9th place play-off after defeating Korea 3-2, while Canada dispatched Russia 5-1 to advance into Sunday's match for 13th place.

Semi-final: Argentina v England 3-0 (1-0)

Due to the hot temperatures here in Mönchengladbach, the game was divided in four quarters of 17.5 minutes each. Argentina began the first quarter with great intensity, leading 1-0 after 13 minutes of play. The opening goal came off a penalty corner with Jimena Cedres deflecting the ball into the net. Argentina dominated ball possession throughout the first quarter but did not break through the English defence again.

Play settled in the midfield for much of the second quarter as both teams seemed to struggle with the heat. The Leoncitas doubled their lead in the third quarter when Cedres fired home another penalty corner. Argentina could have added more goals but failed to score from a series of penalty corners at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter saw England working hard to get on the scoreboard. They forced two early penalty corners but could not capitalize on any of them. With six minutes remaining in the match, the Leoncitas extended their lead to 3-0 when Julia Gomes Fantasia’s penalty corner flick found the net.

Voices after the match:

Florencia Habif, team captain Argentina: “I’m very happy. The team made a big effort and we are satisfied. Thanks to all parents and friends who came to support us, this is very motivating.”

Shona McCallin, team captain England: “We probably would not have expected to finish in the top four. We have a young team, a great team of fighters and a great team spirit.”

Semi-final: Netherlands v India 3-0 (1-0)

Much of the play took place in midfield in the first half as both sides struggled to create promising scoring opportunities from open play. However, the first penalty corner resulted in a goal for The Netherlands. Tournament top scorer Lieke van Wijk’s drag flick found the net beating India’s goalkeeper Chanu Sanarik Ningombam to put her side ahead.

A few minutes later, the Dutch girls forced another penalty corner which went wide. India had a promising scoring opportunity before halftime when they earned their first penalty corner but could not get the shot away. 

India stepped the pace up after the break and forced their second penalty corner on 41 minutes but to no avail. The crowd witnessed a very competitive second half without many chances in it. When The Netherlands won their third penalty corner, Indian goalie Ningombam made two tremendous saves against van Wijk to keep her team in the game. However, it was Lisanne de Lange doubling the Dutch lead in the 57th minute.

With six minutes remaining on the clock, Rani had a big opportunity to pull one back but the Dutch goalie Anne Veenendaal parried well. India fought hard to score but the ball did not go in. As time began to run down Lisa Scheerlinck converted a counter-attack securing her team’s 3-0 win.

Voices after the match:


Neil Hawgood, coach India: “We played very, very well today but we got a bit tired in the last ten minutes. We cannot complain, we also had a pretty good defence. Unfortunately we let in a soft goal, this was the 2-0. This match was a good lesson for my players. I think when the girls wake up tomorrow, they will be driven to win the Bronze medal. Playing for Bronze is the best they have done in their life so far.”

Sushila Charu Pukhrambam, Indian captain: “We are disappointed with today’s result. It was very hard to play at these weather conditions. England is a good team but we will try to beat them to win the Bronze medal.”

Rani, Indian player: “We are happy but not satisfied. I hope we will do better tomorrow as there is still the Bronze medal left to play for.”

Lisa Scheerlinck, Dutch player: “In the first half it was a very tied match. India made it difficult for us because they put a lot of pressure on our play. We were very aggressive in the second half and we really wanted to score the second goal. This is what we did. We now face Argentina who are a very technical team. They play very fast and their attacks are extremely good. However, our defence is very strong. I trust in our team.”

5-8th place play-off: USA v Australia 1-4 (0-1)


The sun was still out for the second match of the day, and the unrelenting heat affected the game's pace and the number of unforced errors, with both teams not quite able to produce their A game for long stretches of time.

In the first half, there were slight advantages for the Jillaroos, but play went back and forth with few scenes in the circles. Emily Smith put Australia on the scoreboard halfway through the first half, but the match remained open. Shortly before the break, Anna Flanagan had a prime opportunity to double the lead with a penalty stroke but her low flick crashed into the post.

The first 15 minutes of the second half were much like the first, but the action increased from there, as Nina Khoury sank a penalty corner rebound for Australia's second goal, only to find the USA respond minutes later through Tara Vittese, making the best possible use of their advantage in numbers after a yellow card for Jillaroo Jade Warrender.

Little later, the USA took their goalkeeper off the field to try their luck with eleven field players but faced a penalty corner shortly after which resulted in a penalty stroke. Murphy Allendorf took advantage of the opportunity to increase Australia's lead to two goals, and the US goalkeeper was back for the rest of the match.

A penalty corner after the end of the seventy minutes allowed Anna Flanagan to drive the score up to 4-1, and Australia have thus booked their place in Sunday's match for 5th place, where they will face Spain.

5-8th place play-off: South Africa v Spain 1-3 (0-0)

In the first half, the match between South Africa and Spain was a mostly a face-off between equal opponents. Play went back and forth but neither team was able to gain a significant advantage, and no goals were scored. The persisting heat kept making it difficult for the teams, as it has since yesterday.

Midway through the second half however, things started heating up. Quanita Bobbs got South Africa on the scoreboard with a goal from open play, and just as it started looking like that was going to be it, Spain kicked into gear, scoring three goals in four minutes to pull ahead for good.

A double from Marta Bosque who scored two goals in as many minutes set Spain on track, and Cristina Guinea followed up with a penalty corner conversion, establishing the 3-1 final score. South Africa pushed hard in the dying minutes of the match but could not salvage the encounter.

With this victory, Spain move into Sunday's match for 5th place against Australia, while South Africa will clash with USA for 7th place.

9-12th place play-off: Korea v Germany 2-3 (2-3)


Despite the excessive heat here in Mönchengladbach, both teams started strong with early chances coming at both ends. Germany’s first attack led to a goal with only two minutes played. Sabine Knüpfer won possession in midfield and set up Pia Oldhafer who opened the scoring. Korea were close to equalising when Cheon Eun Bi’s attempt was parried well by goalkeeper Lisa Schneider. Shortly after, a penalty corner flick from Lee Hana hit the post before Schneider made another terrific save against Shin Hye Jeong.

Oldhafer added another goal to double Germany’s advantage in the 22nd minute, before Korea were able to get on the board with a reverse stick strike from Cheon Eun Bi. Two minutes later Lee Yuri converted a penalty corner to level the score to 2-2. However, the German C-Unit were able to strike back immediately. Marilena Krauss scored from open play to give Germany a 3-2 lead at halftime.

The hosts won a series of penalty corners throughout the third quarter but could not capitalize on any of them. The fourth quarter saw Korea fighting for the equalizer but Germany’s goalkeeper Schneider made sure that nothing gets past her.

Voices after the match:

Marc Herbert, German coach: “We improved a lot compared to yesterday’s match against Russia. We could have scored more goals.”

Sophia Willig, German player: “We were very disappointed after we lost to England. Today, we were highly motivated.”

13-16th place play-off: Canada v Russia 5-1 (2-0)

It was another scorching hot day in Mönchengladbach today, with water breaks for teams splitting the halves into quarters, n the teams visibly struggled with the heat. Canada coped better with the conditions however and was in charge through most of the match, as play remained confined to the Russian half of the field for long stretches of time.

Despite the superiority, the Canadian girls struggled to find the target, and found it hard work to translate their work into goals. Karli Johansen converted a penalty corner and Jessica Buttinger added a goal from open play for a 2-0 halftime advantage that could easily have been a few goals larger.

In the second half, Caashia Karringten put down a hattrick to take Canada safely out of reach, and Russia's lone goal came from a Canadian own goal. It is worth mentioning however that the Russian side was able to get in front of the Canadian goal, coming close to scoring a number of times in the second half.

As it was, the final result was 5-1 for Canada which puts them into Sunday's match for 13th place where they will play the winner of tomorrow's clash between Ghana and Belgium. Russia will play the defeated team from the same match for 15th place on Sunday.

FIH site



The Netherlands and Argentina set up final at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup

Spain fight past South Africa to qualify for 5th place play-off



The Netherlands join Argentina in the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup final. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

The Netherlands won the second semi-final 3-0 against India to join Argentina in the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup final. India will face England in Sunday’s Bronze medal match. In another tightly contested 5-8th place classification match, Spain managed to move away late in the second half to win 3-1 and book their ticket to a clash with Australia for 5th place on Sunday.

The Netherlands v India 3-0 (1-0)

Much of the play took place in midfield in the first half as both sides struggled to create promising scoring opportunities from open play. However, the first penalty corner resulted in a goal for The Netherlands. Tournament top scorer Lieke van Wijk’s drag flick found the net beating India’s goalkeeper Chanu Sanarik Ningombam to put her side ahead.

A few minutes later, the Dutch girls forced another penalty corner which went wide. India had a promising scoring opportunity before halftime when they earned their first penalty corner but could not get the shot away. 

India stepped the pace up after the break and forced their second penalty corner on 41 minutes but to no avail. The crowd witnessed a very competitive second half without many chances in it. When The Netherlands won their third penalty corner, Indian goalie Ningombam made two tremendous saves against van Wijk to keep her team in the game. However, it was Lisanne de Lange doubling the Dutch lead in the 57th minute.

With six minutes remaining on the clock, Rani had a big opportunity to pull one back but the Dutch goalie Anne Veenendaal parried well. India fought hard to score but the ball did not go in. As time began to run down Lisa Scheerlinck converted a counter-attack securing her team’s 3-0 win.

Voices after the match:

Neil Hawgood, coach India: “We played very, very well today but we got a bit tired in the last ten minutes. We cannot complain, we also had a pretty good defence. Unfortunately we let in a soft goal, this was the 2-0. This match was a good lesson for my players. I think when the girls wake up tomorrow, they will be driven to win the Bronze medal. Playing for Bronze is the best they have done in their life so far.”

Sushila Charu Pukhrambam, Indian captain: “We are disappointed with today’s result. It was very hard to play at these weather conditions. England is a good team but we will try to beat them to win the Bronze medal.”

Rani, Indian player: “We are happy but not satisfied. I hope we will do better tomorrow as there is still the Bronze medal left to play for.”

Lisa Scheerlinck, Dutch player: “In the first half it was a very tied match. India made it difficult for us because they put a lot of pressure on our play. We were very aggressive in the second half and we really wanted to score the second goal. This is what we did. We now face Argentina who are a very technical team. They play very fast and their attacks are extremely good. However, our defence is very strong. I trust in our team.”

South Africa v Spain 1-3 (0-0)


In the first half, the match between South Africa and Spain was a mostly a face-off between equal opponents. Play went back and forth but neither team was able to gain a significant advantage, and no goals were scored. The persisting heat kept making it difficult for the teams, as it has since yesterday.

Midway through the second half however, things started heating up. Quanita Bobbs got South Africa on the scoreboard with a goal from open play, and just as it started looking like that was going to be it, Spain kicked into gear, scoring three goals in four minutes to pull ahead for good.

A double from Marta Bosque who scored two goals in as many minutes set Spain on track, and Cristina Guinea followed up with a penalty corner conversion, establishing the 3-1 final score. South Africa pushed hard in the dying minutes of the match but could not salvage the encounter.

With this victory, Spain move into Sunday's match for 5th place against Australia, while South Africa will clash with USA for 7th place.

FIH site



Argentina march into the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup final

Jillaroos book ticket to 5th place match with win over USA



Argentina marched into the ERGO Junior Hockey World Cup final. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Argentina are the first team to qualify for Sunday’s final at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach. The Leoncitas wrestled down England 3-0 in Friday’s first semi-final. The second semi-final will be played between The Netherlands and India. In a tightly contested match on Pitch 2, Australia had slight advantages and was more effective in the use of the opportunties they had. Securing a 3-1 win over the USA, Australia will now face the winner of the match between South Africa and Spain in the match for 5th place.

Argentina v England 3-0 (1-0)

Due to the hot temperatures here in Mönchengladbach, the game was divided in four quarters of 17.5 minutes each. Argentina began the first quarter with great intensity, leading 1-0 after 13 minutes of play. The opening goal came off a penalty corner with  Jemena Cedres deflecting the ball into the net. Argentina dominated ball possession throughout the first quarter but did not break through the English defence again.

Play settled in the midfield for much of the second quarter as both teams seemed to struggle with the heat. The Leoncitas doubled their lead in the third quarter when Cedres fired home another penalty corner. Argentina could have added more goals but failed to score from a series of penalty corners at the end of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter saw England working hard to get on the scoreboard. They forced two early penalty corners but could not capitalize on any of them. With six minutes remaining in the match, the Leoncitas extended their lead to 3-0 when Julia Gomes Fantasia’s penalty corner flick found the net.

Voices after the match:

Florencia Habif, team captain Argentina: “I’m very happy. The team made a big effort and we are satisfied. Thanks to all parents and friends who came to support us, this is very motivating.”

Shona McCallin, team captain England: “We probably would not have expected to finish in the top four. We have a young team, a great team of fighters and a great team spirit.”

USA v Australia 1-4 (0-1)

The sun was still out for the second match of the day, and the unrelenting heat affected the game's pace and the number of unforced errors, with both teams not quite able to produce their A game for long stretches of time.

In the first half, there were slight advantages for the Jillaroos, but play went back and forth with few scenes in the circles. Emily Smith put Australia on the scoreboard halfway through the first half, but the match remained open. Shortly before the break, Anna Flanagan had a prime opportunity to double the lead with a penalty stroke but her low flick crashed into the post.

The first 15 minutes of the second half were much like the first, but the action increased from there, as Nina Khoury sank a penalty corner rebound for Australia's second goal, only to find the USA respond minutes later through Tara Vittese, making the best possible use of their advantage in numbers after a yellow card for Jillaroo Jade Warrender.

Little later, the USA took their goalkeeper off the field to try their luck with eleven field players but faced a penalty corner shortly after which resulted in a penalty stroke. Murphy Allendorf took advantage of the opportunity to increase Australia's lead to two goals, and the US goalkeeper was back for the rest of the match.

A penalty corner after the end of the seventy minutes allowed Anna Flanagan to drive the score up to 4-1, and Australia have thus booked their place in Sunday's match for 5th place, where they will face the winner of the match between South Africa and Spain, while USA play the other team for 7th place.

FIH site



Germany reach 9th place playoff at ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup

Canada leave Russia without a chance



Canada defeated Russia under the scorching Mönchengladbach sun. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Germany made it to the ninth-place playoff after defeating Korea 3-2 in the 9-12 placement match at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach. The first match in the 13-16th place play-offs saw Canada dispatch Russia 5-1 to advance into Sunday's match for 13th place. Russia will be playing in the 15th/16th place play-off.

Korea v Germany 2-3 (2-3)

Because of excessive heat here in Mönchengladbach, this match was played in four quarters of 17.5 minutes each. Despite the heat both teams started strong with early chances coming at both ends. Germany’s first attack led to a goal with only two minutes played. Sabine Knüpfer won possession in midfield and set up Pia Oldhafer who opened the scoring.

Korea were close to equalising when Cheon Eun Bi’s attempt was parried well by goalkeeper Lisa Schneider. Shortly after, a penalty corner flick from Lee Hana hit the post before Schneider made another terrific save against Shin Hye Jeong.

Oldhafer added another goal to double Germany’s advantage in the 22nd minute, before Korea were able to get on the board with a reverse stick strike from Cheon Eun Bi. Two minutes later Lee Yuri converted a penalty corner to level the score to 2-2. However, the German C-Unit were able to strike back immediately. Marilena Krauss scored from open play to give Germany a 3-2 lead at halftime.

The hosts won a series of penalty corners throughout the third quarter but could not capitalize on any of them. The fourth quarter saw Korea fighting for the equalizer but Germany’s goalkeeper Schneider made sure that nothing gets past her.

Voices after the match:

Marc Herbert, German coach: “We improved a lot compared to yesterday’s match against Russia. We could have scored more goals.”

Sophia Willig, German player: “We were very disappointed after we lost to England. Today, we were highly motivated.”

Canada v Russia 5-1 (2-0)

It was another scorching hot day in Mönchengladbach today, with water breaks for teams splitting the halves into quarters, n the teams visibly struggled with the heat. Canada coped better with the conditions however and was in charge through most of the match, as play remained confined to the Russian half of the field for long stretches of time.

Despite the superiority, the Canadian girls struggled to find the target, and found it hard work to translate their work into goals. Karli Johansen converted a penalty corner and Jessica Buttinger added a goal from open play for a 2-0 halftime advantage that could easily have been a few goals larger.

In the second half, Caashia Karringten put down a hattrick to take Canada safely out of reach, and Russia's lone goal came from a Canadian own goal. It is worth mentioning however that the Russian side was able to get in front of the Canadian goal, coming close to scoring a number of times in the second half.

As it was, the final result was 5-1 for Canada which puts them into Sunday's match for 13th place where they will play the winner of tomorrow's clash between Ghana and Belgium. Russia will play the defeated team from the same match for 15th place on Sunday.

FIH site



Women Junior World Cup-2013

Top Four-How They Fared

By B.G.Joshi (India)

 

Team App* MP Won Drawn Lost GF GA Ranks
Netherlands 7 50 37 3 10 188 41 1(1997,2009),2(2005),4(1989,2001),5(1993)
Argentina 7 50 34 6 10 133 50 1(1993),2(2001,2009),3(1997),5(2005),6(1989)
England 7 50 20 5 25 107 97 4(2009),7(1997),8(1989,2001),9(1993,2005)
India 4 27 12 2 13 54 60 9(2001,2009),11(2005)

*includes Monchengladbach

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England U21 Women lose to Argentina


Alice Sharp battled through the Argentinian defence. Pic: Frank Uijlenbroek.

England Under-21 Women were beaten 3-0 by Argentina in the semi finals of the ERGO Junior World Cup in Germany, despite battling well throughout the match in Monchengladbach on Friday afternoon.

An even first half was just edged by Argentina who scraped a deflected goal at a penalty corner on 13 minutes, but England created chance of their own and came out fighting after the break.

But in chasing the game they left themselves open to Argentina’s potent counter attacks, and shipped two more goals from penalty corners.

“We’re all bitterly disappointed with the result,” said Head Coach Craig Keegan. “However we started the game well with an even first half and Argentina just got one deflected goal off a penalty corner.

“In the second half we had to press and chase the game more which opened it up, which was always going to suit their counter-attacking style. However this group has come a long way in five games and they are already all firmly focused on the Bronze medal match.”

England will now play India in the bronze medal match on Sunday (12:30 UK time), after the Netherlands beat India 3-0 in the day’s other semi final.

England Hockey Board Media release



India lose 0-3 to Netherlands in Women's Junior Hockey World Cup semifinal

MONCHENGLADBACH (Germany): India's dream run in the Women's Junior Hockey World Cup came to a halt after defending champions Netherlands scored a 3-0 win in the second semifinal on Friday.

The Indians, who registered their best ever performance in this tournament, put up a brave fight against their fancied rivals but it was not enough to earn them a place in the title clash.

The Dutch girls sounded the board thrice through Lieke van Wijk (17th minute), Lisanne de Lange (57th) and Lisa Scheerlinck (68th) to complete a resounding victory and seal their place in Sunday's final.

While Netherlands will face Argentina in the summit clash, India will take on England for the third-fourth place play off match on Sunday.

In the first semifinal, Argentina defeated England by an identical 3-0 margin.

In the first half, much of the action was centered around the midfield as both the teams struggled to create promising scoring opportunities from open play.

India put an inspired performance in the opening 17 minutes before Netherlands took the lead through tournament's top-scorer van Wijk, who converted her side's first penalty corner with a fierce dragflick that beat rival goalkeeper Chanu Sanarik Ningombam all ends up.

A few minutes later, the Dutch girls forced another penalty corner but the resultant shot went wide.

India had a promising scoring opportunity before halftime when they earned their first penalty corner but they failed to cash in on the opportunity.

The Indians tried hard for the equaliser only to be denied by the compact Dutch defence to go into the breather trailing 0-1.

The Indians continued to impress after the change of ends but goals eluded them.

India stepped the pace up after the break and forced their second penalty corner in the 41st minute but to no avail.

If not for India custodian Ningombam the margin of defeat could have been bigger. She made two tremendous saves to deny van Wijk from Netherlands their third penalty corner to keep the Asian side in the hunt.

But it was de Lange who doubled the Dutch side's lead in the 57th minute with a field goal.

With six minutes from the hooter, Rani got a great opportunity to pull one back for the Indians only to be denied by Netherlands goalkeeper Anne Veenendaal.

Lisa Scheerlinck took the game away from India's grasp when she scored from a counter-attack just two minutes from time.

The Times of India



Proud MP academy savours hockey girls' feat

Biswajyoti Brahma


NEW DELHI: "Work hard, you are destined for greater things," hockey coach Paramjit Singh once told a starry-eyed girl from Manipur. The girl, Sushila Chanu, took the words to heart and in just a couple of years made it to the junior national side.

Now, Chanu is busy leading a bunch of young girls in rewriting history at the junior women's World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany. The girls made the semifinals of the event, a first for India.

"When Sushila came from Manipur, she did not even know how to hit the ball or push it properly. But we could see her strength and asked her to work hard on her game. We told her that she could be an even better player than the one India international who was training with us at that time," said Paramjit, who trains youngsters at the Madhya Pradesh Girls Hockey Academy.

Paramjit is thrilled to see his ward's performance in the World Cup where six girls from his academy are representing the country. "The girls are very happy with their performance. They have worked really hard to reach this level. Some of them have not gone home for a couple of years so that they could train without a break," he told TOI.

Paramjit recalled the days when the academy was formed in 2006 for scouting talented players and provide them basic training. "The government of Madhya Pradesh started the academy when Yashodhara Raje Scindia was the sports minister in the state. It came up at a time when hockey's base in MP was eroding. In the first batch, 24 girls were picked on an all-India basis. They were provided boarding, lodging, gym facilities along with education by the state government. Now, the number of trainees has increased to 52."

On how the academy picks inmates, he said: "The only thing we stress on is if the girl is fit enough to play hockey. After that we provide her with all the training. Earlier, we had 50 per cent reservation for Madhya Pradesh players. Now that quota has been increased to 90 per cent."

Paramjit said that performance of the girls in the World Cup was no fluke. He added, "There are no jobs for women players apart from the ones offered by the Railways. And very few states like MP and Haryana are doing something for them. Believe me, if they are provided with jobs, they can win us medals in the Olympics."

The Netherlands end dream run

NEW DELHI: India crashed out of the junior women's World Cup hockey losing 3-0 against the Netherlands in the semifinal in Monchengladbach, Germany on Friday. Tournament top scorer Lieke van Wijk, Lisanne de Lange and Lisa Scheerlinck scored for the winners. India, who made it to the semifinal for the first time, will now face England in the bronze medal match on Sunday. In the final, the Netherlands will face Argentina who earlier beat England 3-0.

The Times of India



Jillaroos set up fifth place playoff

4-1 win over USA as Jillaroos bounce back from disappointment


The Jillaroos bounced back from the disappointment of their quarter final defeat 24 hours earlier to beat USA 4-1 in the battle for the fifth to eighth classification spots at the Junior World Cup on Friday night. The victory means the Australian women will now contest the fifth-sixth place playoff at 7:00pm AEST on Sunday against either Spain.

New South Wales pair Emily Smith and Nina Khoury gave the Jillaroos a two goal cushion before American Tara Vittese halved the deficit to set up an exciting final quarter of an hour. With the Americans pushing for a late equaliser, the Jillaroos took full advantage with Murphy Allendorf (QLD) putting the result beyond doubt from the penalty spot three minutes from full time. And there was still time for a fourth goal when Anna Flanagan (ACT) successfully converted a penalty corner in the final minute. The World Young Player showed good composure having earlier seen her penalty stroke cannon back off the right post before half time.

Crookwell’s Emily Smith broke the Americans early resistance with a goal from open play after 16 minutes. It was Smith’s second goal of the tournament and it might have been 2-0 soon afterwards had Flanagan’s penalty stroke not hit the frame of the goal. 

The Australians were firmly in the driving seat with just under 20 minutes remaining when Nina Khoury converted a penalty corner, firing home low into the goal after the USA defence had kept out two previous attempts. But in a busy period for the officials, Australia lost Jade Warrender to a yellow card suspension, quickly followed by a yellow card for American Georgia Holland. In between the cards, Tara Vittese pulled a goal back for the USA during a rare foray into the circle.

Pushing hard for a late equaliser, the USA substituted their goalkeeper for an extra field player but the move backfired when Australia won a penalty stroke from a penalty corner; Allendorf stepped up to convert her fourth goal of the tournament. And with the clock ticking down there was still time for Flanagan to convert a last minute penalty corner of her own to earn the Jillaroos a 4-1 win.

The result means that Australia will play Spain for fifth and sixth on Sunday, while South Africa will play off against USA for seventh and eighth places. Australia finished fifth at the 2009 tournament in Boston.

AUSTRALIA (U21 WOMEN) JUNIOR WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN
5-8th Place Classification

JILLAROOS 4 (1)

Emily Smith 16 (F)
Nina Khoury 51 (PC)
Murphy Allendorf 67 (PS)
Anna Flanagan 70 (PC)

USA 1 (0)
Tara Vittese 55 (F)

Australia’s next fixture
Sunday 4 August, 7:00pm AEST - 5th-6th playoff: Australia v Spain.

Jillaroos squad v USA
Started

Murphy Allendorf (Mount Gravatt, QLD)
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA)
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, QLD)
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT)
Jordyn Holzberger (Ipswich, Queensland)
Nina Khoury (Newtown, NSW)
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA)
Georgia Nanscawen (Melbourne, VIC) (captain)
Audrey Smith (GK) (Wynnum, QLD)
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW)
Jade Warrender (Orange, NSW)

Substitute Used
Lily Brazel (Newington, NSW)
Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW)
Kate Gilmore (Red Hill, ACT)
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT)
Kathryn Slattery (Como, WA)
Amelia Spence (Taroona, TAS)

Substitute Not Used
Elizabeth Duguid (GK) (Darwin, NT)

Hockey Australia media release



SA U21 hockey girls to meet USA for seventh place in Germany on Sunday

JONATHAN COOK



Quanita Bobbs scored South Africa's goal against Spain. File photo: Plate Pictures

The South Africa U21 women’s hockey team were beaten 3-1 by Spain after the score was 0-0 at half-time in the first round of playoff matches for positions five to eight at the Women’s Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany Friday.

The outcome sees SA now set to play the USA – who lost 4-1 to Australia – in the playoff for seventh position at 8.30 am (SA time) Sunday.

The International Hockey Federation website reports that the first half of the SA versus Spain encounter was fairly evenly matched.

The extreme heat helped neither side but Quanita Bobbs set the match alight 12 minutes into the second half (47th) when she opened the scoring for SA from field play.

SA’s lead lasted six minutes before Spain netted three goals in five minutes to take a 3-1 lead, which also reflected the final scoreline.

Marta Bosque bagged a brace within three minutes (53rd and 55th) from open play before Cristina Guinea netted a penalty corner (57th).

Towards the end, SA worked hard to restore parity but it was not to be.

Other results in the top half of the 16-country competition saw 2009 silver medallists Argentina beat England 3-0 in the first semi-final, while defending champs The Netherlands were made to work hard by underdogs India before coming away with a 3-0 win.

The Dutch will play the Argentines at 4 pm (SA time) Sunday in a repeat of the 2009 gold medal match.

The bronze medal clash between England and India takes place at 1.30 pm (SA time) while Australia tackle Spain for fifth place at 11 am (SA time).

The SA versus USA match at 8.30 am (SA time) Sunday begins the live streaming of the day’s top four matches.

The live streaming can be found on www.fih.ch while at the www.youtube.com/fihockey link daily highlights of the Junior World Cup can be viewed.

SA Hockey Association media release



England women in action against Belgium


Lily Owsley in action at the Investec World League

As the men compete in the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup on home turf in Wakefield, England's women have travelled to Antwerp to play two matches against Belgium in preparations for the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships, which start in two weeks.

The fist match finished in a 2-2 draw and included a first senior international goal for England's Lily Owsley and a 31st England goal for experienced campaigner Alex Danson. The match included water breaks midway through each half due to the 36 degree heat.

Belgium took full advantage of a slow start from England with two goals against their visitors in the first half. Both goals were scored in a similar fashion with Charlotte De Vos and Louise Versavel getting in behind England's defence and scoring from close range.

The tables were turned on the hosts in the second half as England picked their intensity up and it didn't take long for the goals to come. In the 43rd minute, Bristol Firebrands' Lily Owsley got herself onto the end of Susie Gilbert's pass into the circle and neatly deflected the ball into the net to score her first goal for England. 20 minutes later and into the final period of play, Reading's Alex Danson got in behind the Belgian defence to connect with a pass from Ashleigh Ball and guided the ball past Khouzam in goal to bring the score to 2-2.

Speaking after the game England Head Coach Jason Lee said, "At half time the challenge was to win the second half because we'd played quite lethargically in the first 35 minutes. I was pleased with the way the girls responded and thought the team work and intensity of our play was much better. Off the back of this we created some good opportunities which we managed to capitalise on. It's great for Lily to get her first goal, she came close to scoring a few today, and I'm sure it will be the first of many for her."

England's next game will be at 11:00am (UK time) on Sunday.

BELGIUM 2 (2)
Charlotte De Vos 23 (FG)
Louise Versavel 30 (FG)

ENGLAND 2 (0)
Lily Owsley 43 (FG)
Alex Danson 63 (FG)

England Hockey Board Media release



Revington says squad must stick together to recover from tragedy

By S. RAMAGURU and AFTAR SINGH



Chief minister Datuk Idris Haron paying tribute to the late Chua Boon Huat. — A. MALEX YAHAYA / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The national hockey players and officials are still “shattered” and “shocked” over the death of Chua Boon Huat.

The 33-year-old forward, the most capped player in the national team, died in a car accident along the Damansara-Puchong Highway at 3am on Thursday.

National coach Paul Revington said that the players had a gym training in Bukit Jalil yesterday morning and they were all “absolutely still in shock”.

“We need to go through this together,” said the South African coach.

The players had a light training session at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil after breaking fast earlier in the day.

Revington said that all the players would attend Boon Huat’s funeral in Malacca on Monday.

The 25 players in the training squad are preparing for the Asia Cup in Ipoh from Aug 24-Sept 1.

Eight teams will feature in the tournament. Malaysia are in Group A with Pakistan, Japan and Taiwan while defending champions South Korea, India, Bangladesh and Oman are in Group B.

Malaysia must win to seal a place in next year’s World Cup in The Hague, Holland.

National assistant coach S. Arul Selvaraj, who broke down at the University Hospital mortuary on Thursday, said that goalkeeper Roslan Jamaluddin was most affected by Boon Huat’s death.

“Roslan and Boon Huat were good buddies as they played together for Malaysia in the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games and won the silver medal,” said Arul.

“Roslan just couldn’t believe that Boon Huat is dead ... he is still in a state of shock.”

Arul said that he would discuss with Revington whether to call up another player.

“We only have three more weeks to prepare for the Asia Cup and will start our normal training tomorrow,” he said.

“We may train on Sunday as the players will take a break on Monday to attend the funeral.”

The Star of Malaysia



Tough but possible

JUNIOR WORLD CUP: England, Pakistan hurdle for Malaysia

By JUGJET SINGH


MALAYSIA have a fight on their hands after being drawn with England, Pakistan and South Africa in Group D of the  Junior World Cup in New Delhi on Dec 6-15.

In the 16-team tournament, Malaysia must finish among the top-two in their group to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Going by form, it is not an impossible task for coach K. Dharmaraj's boys but they can't underestimate the opposition as England will be strong while Pakistan will also fancy their chances.

The national juniors are currently on a nine-match tour of Europe, where they won two matches against Poland Juniors, lost one to Poland seniors; and then lost all three matches against Belgium.

But there was mixed news when they moved to England to play another three matches, as the 69th minute syndrome saw them being held 3-3 by the English on Thursday.

Five national juniors, however, were left behind to train with the national team for the Asia Cup.

"These three matches are important, as we are in the same group as England and need to plan on how to collect three points from them in New Delhi.

"We took a 2-0 lead, but then let in two goals in the final minutes of the first half, and conceded another equaliser in the 69th minute," said juniors manager Mirnawan Nawawi, who added that both teams wore black armbands in memory of national hockey player Chua Boon Huat who died in a car crash on Thursday.

The juniors also lost the first match, 3-2 to Belgium, when they let in a 69th minute goal.

"This is one of the worries we have now, as the defenders tend to give away penalty corners easily in the dying minutes of a match.

"We are working to rectify that problem, as we can't afford it against England, South Africa and Pakistan in the World Cup if we want to play in the knock-out stages," said Mirnawan.

Against England, the Malaysian goals were scored by Zulhairi Hashim (12th), Rezuan Jaafar (28th) and Syamin Yusof (62nd).

The England goals were scored in the 33rd, 35th and 69th minutes and the next two matches will be played today and tomorrow.

Malaysia will get another chance to spar with their Group D opponents in full strength, as England, South Africa and Pakistan have been confirmed for the seven-team Sultan of Johor Cup on Sept 19-29.

The other teams are South Korea, Argentina and India, who will also feature in the World Cup.

JUNIOR WORLD CUP -- Group A: Germany, South Korea, Belgium, Egypt; Group B: Australia, Spain, Argentina, France; Group C: Netherlands, New Zealand, India, Canada; Group D: Malaysia, England, Pakistan, South Africa.

New Straits Times



EHL confirms line-up for 2013/14 season


H.C. Rotterdam's Jeroen Hertzberger will be aiming to fire his team to EHL glory in the 2013/14 season. Photo: Euro Hockey League / Frank Uijlenbroek.

The Euro Hockey League (EHL) and the European Hockey Federation (EHF) are delighted to reveal the teams that will compete in the next edition of the EHL, Europe’s pioneering and hugely successful club competition. 

24 men’s teams representing twelve countries from across Europe will battle it out in what is widely recognised as the finest club hockey competition in the world.

As usual, the four highest placed nations in the EHL Rankings Table will each have three representatives in the competition, with two sides representing each nation ranked between five and eight. The nations ranked from nine to twelve will each have one representative.

The Netherlands currently stand at the summit of the EHL Rankings Table, with H.C. Rotterdam, MHC Oranje Zwart and SV Kampong being the Dutch representatives in the 2013-14 season. Rotterdam – lead by talismanic Dutch international striker and EHL all-time top scorer Jeroen Hertzberger – will come into the EHL determined to add Europe’s top prize to the Dutch league title they claimed this year, while Oranje Zwart and EHL first timers SV Kampong will be aiming to stamp their authority on the competition. Reigning EHL champions HC Bloemendaal finished fourth in the Dutch play-offs, meaning that they miss out on the chance to defend their title in the 2013-14 season.

As always, the Dutch clubs can expect a strong challenge from their German counterparts, a nation that also has three teams in the tournament thanks to currently sitting second in the EHL Rankings. German champions Rot-Weiss Köln will be hoping that ace Germany international marksman Christopher Zeller can fire them to glory during the 2013-14 season, while nine-times European Champions Uhlenhorst Mülheim have qualified for a third successive EHL tournament. The German contingent is completed by Harvestehuder THC, who will make their Euro Hockey League debut during October’s Round 1 events.

Belgium is the third placed nation in the EHL Rankings Table, and will be represented by Waterloo Ducks, Racing Club de Bruxelles and KHC Dragons. WatDucks come into the event as national champions, while the Racing Rats return to the EHL after a season’s absence. KHC Dragons complete the Belgian contingent and will be keen to add gold to the silver (2013) and bronze (2012) medals collected in recent seasons. However, they will have to do it without inspirational captain and Belgian international star Jeffrey Thys – a nominee for last season’s EHL Most Valuable Player Award – who has moved across the border to add extra quality to a H.C. Rotterdam side that has set its sights firmly on the title.

As usual, England will also have three representatives, with league champions Beeston HC heading the field ahead of EHL newcomers Surbiton HC of London. Surbiton have long been considered one of the most talented clubs in England and will certainly be keen to make their mark in Europe this season. Reading HC are the third ranked team from England and are one of a handful of EHL “ever-presents”, having played in every edition of the tournament since its inception at the start of the 2007-2008 season.

Real Club de Polo de Barcelona and Club de Campo de Madrid will represent Spain (EHL Ranking: 5) in this year’s competition, with Polo Club coming into the tournament as the top ranked team thanks to victory in the Spanish league. They will be joined by elite Russian (EHL Ranking: 6) outfits Dinamo Kazan and Dinamo Elektrostal. Kazan is a regular competitor in the EHL, while Moscow’s Elektrostal return to the competition after a one season absence.

Poland and France are respectively ranked seventh and eighth in the EHL Rankings and therefore also have two sides each in the tournament. WKS Grunwald Poznan and AZS Politechnika Poznanska will be aiming to do Poland proud, while French representatives St Germain and Lille MHC will bring flair and high fitness levels to this season’s competition.

Scotland’s Glynhill Kelburne, Austria’s SV Arminen, Belarus’s SK Stroitel Brest (BLR), and Cardiff & Met of Wales complete the line-up of what is expected to be yet another sensational competition.

Cardiff’s participation in the Euro Hockey League marks a little bit of history, as they are the first team from Wales to play in the competition. Recent strong performances from Welsh clubs in the EuroHockey Trophy and Challenge divisions has seen the nation move from 16th to 12th in the EHL Rankings Table, enough to earn a place amongst the European elite. By contrast, Ireland has dropped from 9th to 13th in the EHL Rankings, meaning that there will not be an Irish representative in this year’s competition for the first time.

Fourteen of the 24 teams that will take part in the 2013-14 edition of the Euro Hockey League were present in last year’s competition, with ten teams either making their EHL debuts or re-joining the competition after absence.Fourteen of the 24 teams that will take part in the 2013-14 edition of the Euro Hockey League were present in last year’s competition, with ten teams either making their EHL debuts or re-joining the competition after absence.

The Euro Hockey League Round 1.1 and 1.2 events will take place in October. Full details of the draw and venues for Rounds 1.1 and 1.2 will be announced in the coming weeks.The Euro Hockey League Round 1.1 and 1.2 events will take place in October. Full details of the draw and venues for Rounds 1.1 and 1.2 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Euro Hockey League (Men) 2013/14: List of Entries

Netherlands: HC Rotterdam, MHC Oranje Zwart, SV Kampong
Germany: Rot-Weiss Köln, Uhlenhorst Mülheim, Harvestehuder THC
Belgium: Waterloo Ducks, Racing Club de Bruxelles, KHC Dragons
England: Beeston HC, Surbiton HC, Reading HC
Spain: RC Polo de Barcelona, Club de Campo de Madrid
Russia: Dinamo Kazan, Dinamo Elektrostal
Poland: WKS Grunwald Poznan, AZS Politechnika Poznanska
France: St Germain HC, Lille MHC
Scotland: Glynhill Kelburne
Austria: SV Arminen
Belarus: SK Stroitel Brest
Wales: Cardiff & Met

Round 1: 11-13 October 2013 (R1.1) & 25-27 October 2013 (R1.2)
Venues and teams: To Be Confirmed.
The 24 clubs will play in 8 pools of 3, at 2 venues (4 separate pools in each venue). Over 3 days each club will play the other two, once. The top 2 clubs in each pool will progress to Round 2. The club finishing third in each pool will be eliminated from the competition. No clubs from the same country will play in the same pool in Round 1.

Euro Hockey League media release



Announcing Canada’s Indoor Women’s Team for USA Series

Canada plays a three match test series vs. the USA at Feasterville, PA. Aug 2 to 4. All three games will be played according to the new 5 vs. 5 indoor rules. The event is sanctioned by the Pan Am Field Hockey Federation, and provides a great way to expose our team to the new rules.

Canada fields a diverse group of athletes including current and past national team athletes. Congratulations to all the athletes selected.

Team Canada:

Alison (Ally) Chute – Quebec
Alison Lee – Ontario
Angela Lancaster – Ontario
Anna Easty – Ontario
Azelia (Zee) Liu (GK) – Ontario
Frankie Vondrejs – Ontario
Kaelan Watson – BC
Katie Jo Williams (GK) – Ontario
Kristen Shier – BC
Kyesia  O'Neale – Ontario
Maddie Thompson – Ontario
Shannon Pereira – Ontario

Reserves:

Stephanie Snyder – Ontario
Ciara Condon – Ontario
Adrienne Houle – Ontario

Staff:

Louis Mendonca – Coach
Michelle Turley – Manager
Jen Mark – AT
QB Mascarenhas – Assistant Coach/Video Tech
Candice Hawksworth – Umpire

Field Hockey Canada media release



Field hockey gets no respect in Canada

Olympic sport rated behind most others in this country despite excellent worldwide standings

By Gary Kingston



Hudson Stewart of Vancouver (right) battles against Brazil in an exhibition field hockey game before the Pan Am Cup tournament in Brampton, Ont. The Canadian men’s field hockey team qualified for both the 2000 and 2008 Olympics, finishing 10th both times. Photograph by: Steve Bosch , PNG

It was front of the Sports section news when Hockey Canada announced its list of National Hockey League invitees to this summer’s preparation camp for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

And there was nearly as much fanfare when Basketball Canada held a news conference in Toronto earlier this week to reveal the men’s roster for the FIBA Americas tournament in Venezuela, a qualifier for the World Cup.

Conversely, last Saturday’s naming of Canada’s 18-man roster for the men’s Pan American Cup field hockey championship in Brampton, Ont., a qualifier for the 2014 World Cup, was barely mentioned anywhere, even though Canada is ranked 14th in the world. Canada’s men’s hoops squad, by the way, is 26th.

In a Toronto Star article 10 days ago bemoaning how difficult it is to be a sports fan in the Centre of the Universe with the Blue Jays’ season obituary being written and soccer’s TFC stumbling, the field hockey tournament was ninth on a list of 10 events where people could get a sports fix.

It was behind the amateur Intercounty Baseball League, Ultimate Dodgeball and the U-23 Ultimate Frisbee championship at York University.

No respect? The soundly disrespected Rodney Dangerfield got more than the field hockey team gets.

Now clearly, ice hockey is an unassailable No. 1 in this country. And the men’s basketball team, despite having qualified for just one of the last six Olympic Games — Canada was seventh in 2000 — is on a figurative alley-oop with two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash as the general manager and a terrific cast of young NBAers in first-round draft picks Anthony Bennett, Kelly Olynyk, Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph.

The men’s field hockey team made both the 2000 and 2008 Olympics, finishing 10th both times. But in an increasingly crowded sports marketplace and with the team failing to qualify for London 2012, the game, whose roots can be traced back to 13th century Ireland and which is immensely popular in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India and Pakistan, generates little traction in this country with the mainstream media.

“I think someone who plays at this level needs to get a certain amount of recognition for what they do,” said Gene Muller, the outgoing general manager and high performance director at Field Hockey Canada. “The only way to do that is with results. The only way to change our situation is with success.

“The players are aware of that. There’s no uncertainty in the minds of the team for what needs to happen.”

Other Olympic team sports such as volleyball, water polo and, to a lesser extent rugby, are all stuck in the same shadow cast by ice hockey and, perhaps soon, basketball.

And that’s too bad because there are some wonderful stories with the field hockey squad, 16 of whom were either born in B.C. or are based in this province.

Guys like Phil Wright, a third generation Olympian, whose grandfather competed in the 4x100 relay in Los Angeles in 1932, whose father, Lee, played field hockey at the ’64 Tokyo and ’76 Montreal Games and whose mother, Thelma, ran the 1,500 at Munich (’72) and Montreal.

Or a guy like Dr. Matt Guest, Australian-born, but a dual citizen as a result of his mother being from Calgary. When he isn’t training or playing with the national team, pursuing the Olympic dream, Guest works as a medical doctor back in Australia.

The sacrifices these guys make to play a game they love became even more pronounced in late January when Own the Podium decided to no longer fund the men’s program. Suddenly, the program went from receiving $900,000 a year to zero. The women’s program was cut from $900,000 to $700,000.

“It was a big surprise,” said Muller, who chooses his words carefully because FHC hopes to be funded again down the road.

“The reason they gave was that they felt there was more of a long-term chance of success for the women’s program.”

Interestingly, the Canadian women haven’t qualified for an Olympics since 1992 and are ranked 23rd in the world.

The timing also seems odd, given this month’s tournament in Brampton and the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto are on the horizon. The winner of the 2015 Games qualifies directly for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“We were all shocked and extremely disappointed,” said Wright, 26, of the OTP decision. “Obviously, there was a level of frustration involved in that as well.

“When you look at amateur sport, money is a huge issue. You need the money to compete with some of the other top nations. When things like that happen, especially as an older athlete, you wonder what you’re doing and how long you can sustain it because you’re kind of mortgaging off your future to continue to play.”

FHC, which has generated virtually no corporate support, was forced to drop the German coach of its junior national team. It is also closing its Ottawa office, laying off three staffers, and now will run programs out of Vancouver where the national teams are based. And Muller, who is leaving for family reasons, is unlikely to be replaced.

“We’ve had to become leaner and meaner ... and have to work harder and work smarter,” he said. “And you play with that level of desperation. Playing for your life is different than playing for your lunch. These guys are playing for their life right now.”

A month ago, players on the men’s national team, who already pay a season levy of $1,400, were told they would have to cough up $1,200 each to play at the Pan Am Cup in Brampton.

The team has become considerably younger in the past 18 months with the retirements of longtime stalwarts Rob Short, Ken Peiria and Mike Mahood and the new levy was a tough pill to swallow for some of the players, many of whom are either students or recent university graduates.

“Very few of us work because it’s very difficult to work with our training schedule,” said Richard Hildreth of Vancouver, one of the few who does hold down a job between morning and evening training sessions.

“It’s difficult. You’re always going to the same people (for money) over and over again. It’s always your parents, your friends.”

But they have rallied together and raised more than $10,000 as a group by running fundraising clinics for youth players around Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island. They’ve also connected as a team, and individually, with CHIMP, an online giving charitable organization in which they can solicit funds to offset costs while also directing money to their own preferred charities.

“For us as athletes, it’s a fantastic tool to be able to not only fundraise, but we’re also able to use the platform to engage with our supporting network,” said Wright, who works at CHIMP. “We can put photos and videos up when we’re on tour, send personalized emails to people who are members of your group.

“We can be in the change room and like ‘Hey, we’re just getting ready to play Brazil. Really nervous, or really excited.’ Or, ‘hey we’re here in Brampton, would you like to CHIMP me $10 for every goal I score in this tournament or $25 for every time our team wins.’ You can kind of have fun with it, engage your supporting network and you’re not just asking people for money.”

Guest says it’s a huge platform for the team to utilize in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics.

The federation also took a big step recently by hiring Jeff Sauve, formerly of B.C. Rugby, where one of his strengths was chasing corporate support, as its new chief executive officer.

Wright says that without some new funding sources, “a few of the older players are going to have to make some hard decisions. There are a lot of athletes that have a lot of hockey left, but they would be cutting that short.”

Guest says he’s not surprised at how the players have taken the initiative to help themselves when the OTP funding was pulled.

“I don’t think I’d expect anything less from us, just knowing what this group is like,” he said after playing an exhibition game against Brazil at UBC in mid-week. “We’re not an extremely well recognized or popular sport within our country.

“It’s always been about this tight group striving for a single goal. Whether that be with funding, or without funding. I don’t think that changes the mental attitude. It just changes the way you go about it.”

As for the eight-country Pan American Cup, where Canada is in a pool with Brazil, Chile and Trinidad and Tobago, its biggest hurdle to winning and reaching the 2014 World Cup will be Argentina, which beat the Canadians for gold at the 2011 Pan American Games.

Muller is cautiously optimistic, saying the young team has made huge strides, but is more likely to mature by the 2015 Pan Am Games. Not winning in Brampton, he says, “doesn’t necessarily change the trajectory of the team toward the Olympics, which are a more prestigious event.

“It would be nice to have, but it doesn’t mean the program has taken a knock.”

Wright, though, said he’s extremely confident that Canada can get into the final, give Argentina a run and make a statement.

“There’s still some head-scratching (about the OTP decision),” he said. “I’m just looking for the next opportunity to sit in front of OTP and looking forward to the next round of tournaments for us to prove some people wrong as well.”

Vancouver Sun



Hockey hundred for Bowren

St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown, South Africa first-team hockey captain Charles Bowren played his 100th match for his team in front of a partisan crowd at Webster Astro last Friday.

Charles played his first match for St Andrew’s first team as a Grade 9 pupil in 2010. He was awarded colours for hockey at the end of 2011, and re-awarded colours at the end of the 2012 season.

Charles has represented Eastern Province at age-group level for the past five years, including being captain of the U18A side this year.

Charles was selected for the SA U18 A squad at the recent interprovincial tournament in Cape Town.

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