News for 11 August 2013

All the news for Sunday 11 August 2013

Strong start by Argentina and Canada at Pan American Cup

2013 Pan American Cup, Men – Brampton - Day 1

Yan Huckendubler

Photo Dave Cox

Argentina started the Pan American Cup in Brampton with a bang, scoring 4 goals in the first 4 minutes of their match against Mexico, then cruising to a comfortable win (13-2). Canada struggled to score against a well-organized Brazilian team, but finally grab the win (3-1).

Match 4 - Canada vs. Brazil: 3-1 (half-time: 1-0)

In a beautiful summer afternoon, Canada immediately took control of play and were all over the Brazilian circle. But the South Americans, well organized in defense, calmly thwarted the danger and Hubertus Reinbach saved the first Canadian penalty-corner, a low flick by Scott Tupper. Canada had the quasi totality of ball possession, but were committing unforced errors, or the last pass was imprecise, and the score was still 0-0 after 20 minutes of play.

It was only in the 30th minute that veteran Dave Jameson opened the scoring on a scramble in front of the Brazilian goal to finally give Canada some reward on the scoreboard for their hard work. Half-time was reached with a very narrow lead for Canada (1-0).

Canada continued their domination in second period, but were repeatedly denied by the Brazilian defense, including on a series of penalty-corners. As is often the case, Brazil caught the Canadian defense napping and their captain Ernst Rost Onnes scored in the 43rd minute with a clever touch of the ball in front of Dave Carter, who had replaced Antoni Kindler in the Canadian goal. That triggered an enthusiastic and well deserved celebration Brazilian style.

Their joy was however short lived, Matthew Guest managing to pick-up the ball on a penalty-corner rebound to slot it in goal and give back the lead to Canada. Keegan Pereira increased the gap on a penalty-corner, but the Brazilians had more dangerous incursions in the Canadian camp and could have scored another goal when an attacker arrived one-on-one with goalkeeper Dave Carter, who coolly made the glove save.

The score stayed at 3-1. Canada will be happy to grab the 3 points for the win, but will need to fine tune their efficiency in front of the goal and on penalty-corner for their next games. Brazil showed great progress and some inspired attacking moves, and will be satisfied by their good resistance against a team ranked much higher than them.

For more information and pictures of CAN vs. BRA, click here.

Match #1 - Argentina vs. Mexico: 13-2 (half-time: 8-0)

First match of the Pan American Cup was between top ranked team Argentina and a young and inexperienced Mexican team (average 21 years old and 17 International Caps). The difference quickly showed: Argentina were on the scoreboard in the first minute by Matias Paredes and were up 4-0 within 5 minutes of play, with a hat-trick for Facundo Callioni in less than 2 minutes!

Mexico settled their nerves, organized their defense, well backed by veteran goalkeeper Moisés Vargas García, and play became more balanced. Mexico saved the first Argentinean penalty-corner with a spectacular stick deflection by the post defender, but Argentina added 2 more goals around the 20th minute mark, by Guido Barreiros then Lucas Vila on stroke.

Mexico were showing speed and good individual skills in midfield, but Argentina were too experienced to let them develop much danger and Juan Vivaldi was having a quiet morning in goal. Half-time was reached with a comfortable half-time lead 8-0 for Argentina.

The Mexican defense regrouped well at the beginning of second period and Moisés Vargas García thwarted a few Argentinean attempts. Score did not evolve until the 50th minute with an “own goal” in favor of Argentina, but Mexico replied immediately with a superb goal by Argenis Vásquez García that drew loud applause from the crowd, clearly cheering for the underdog.

Having done it once, the Mexican youngsters boldly decided that they could do it again, and scored again by Oscar Bobadilla Rosales after an hour of play. Argentina were never in trouble in this match. They added 3 goals in the final minutes against a tiring Mexican defense to cruise to a relaxed 13-2 win, but they will be unhappy with the 2 goals conceded to their young opponents.

For more information and pictures of ARG vs. MEX, click here.

Schedule for Sunday August 11:
9h00: Mexico vs. Uruguay
11h00: USA vs. Argentina
15h00: Brazil vs. Trinidad & Tobago
17h00 : Chile vs. Canada

Pan American Hockey Federation

U.S. Men set to open Pan American Cup against Argentina on Sunday, August 11

Originally scheduled to open against Uruguay, the U.S. will now kick off the Pan Am Cup in Brampton, Ontario against No. 1 seed Argentina

BRAMPTON, Ontario – Although the Men’s Pan American Cup commenced today, the U.S. Men’s National Team will have to wait one more day before they kick off their Pan American Cup campaign in Brampton, Ontario. Due to travel logistics, the USA verses Uruguay and Chile verses Trinidad and Tobago matches were postponed until Monday, August 12. The U.S. will now open the fourth edition of the Pan American Cup against the No. 10 world ranked team, Argentina.

Argentina opened the Cup with a dominate 13-2 performance over Mexico this morning. Argentina is the highest ranked team at the tournament and enter the competition with momentum and confidence following a successful World League campaign that earned them a spot at the 2014 World Cup. Argentina’s roster averages 85 caps and features players with Olympic Games and World Cup experience.

The young and talented U.S. roster features six athletes with previous Pan American Cup experience, including two National Team veterans, Ian Scally (Thousand Oaks, Cali.) and Patrick Harris (Moorpark, Cali.) who will be making their third Pan Am Cup appearance. Although Scally recently earned his 100th cap with the U.S. Men’s National Team during a preparation test match against Chile and teammate Jon Ginolfi (Moorpark, Cali) is slated to reach the major cap milestone on Monday’s match against Uruguay, the U.S. Team still only averages 35 caps per player.

In only its fourth edition, the Pan American Cup has had a different champion for the first three tournaments. Cuba won the inaugural event at home in 2000, Argentina won the second edition held in London, Ontario and in 2009 Canada climbed to the top of the podium in Santiago, Chile by defeating the U.S. in the final. A silver medal at the 2009 Pan American Cup was the best finish for Team USA since the tournament originated.

Apart from continental bragging rights, the winner of the Pan American Cup will qualify for the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands. In addition, the top six teams qualify for the 2017 Men's Pan American Cup and the teams placed 7th and 8th will play in the 2015 Men's Pan American Challenge.

Pan American Cup matches will be streamed live on

USFHA media release

Scotland looking safe after 5-1 success over Italy in Vienna

Gavin Byers hit two goals for Scotland in the 5-1 win over Italy today. Credit: Herbert Kratky

Scotland Senior Men look likely to have ensured that they will stay in the EuroHockey Nations Championship II division after an emphatic 5-1 win over Italy in Vienna today.

A brace for both Alan Forsyth and Gavin Byers, plus a second half strike from Kenny Bain gave Scotland Head Coach Derek Forsyth and his players a vital victory in the relegation pool.

As a result, a draw against Ukraine tomorrow will be enough for the Scots to stave off the threat of demotion to the Championship III, and with both Italy and Wales lagging three points behind, consolidating their position in the division is almost guaranteed after today's success.

The Scots took an early 1-0 lead in the second minute when Alan Forsyth took advantage of a rebound from a penalty corner set piece to finish past Italian goalkeeper Fabrizio Federici.

Scotland striker Alan Forysth celebrates opening the scoring against Italy. Credit: Herbert Kratky

However, Italy were back in the game soon after when Gabriele Murgia equalised from another short corner, beating Scotland goalkeeper Jamie Cachia with a low drive into the left hand corner to make it 1-1 in the 11th minute.

Scotland responded in the 19th minute when Grove Menzieshill midfielder Gavin Byers managed to neatly deflect the ball past Federici to give the national side a 2-1 advantage.

There were also chances for Paul Martin and Kenny Bain, while at the other end Cachia kept his side in front at half-time with a fine double save.

Into the second half and Scotland's defence were working hard to withstand Italian pressure on their goal, with Cachia again being called into action with another double save and a goal-line clearance as Italy pushed for another equaliser.

The Scots' resiliance paid off when Byers notched his second of the game in the 44th minute and put his side 3-1 up.

Bain was also causing the Italians havoc and his persistence resulted in a fourth goal for Scotland in the 64th minute.

Kenny Bain capped off a fine performance with late goal against Italy. Credit: Herbert Kratky

A minute later, Forsyth grabbed his second goal of the game to round off the scoring at 5-1.

EuroHockey Nations Championship II: Scotland (Forsyth 2', 65', Byers 19', 45', Bain 64') 5-1 Italy (Murgia 11')

For fixtures, results and pool standings, please visit the EuroHockey website.

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

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Southern Dogs, Capital Women highlight Round 2


The Southern Dogs (Men) and Capital Women remain undefeated after thrilling games in Round 2 of the Ford National Hockey League (NHL).

Black Sticks striker Hugo Inglis was on fine firm, scoring a hat-trick to help Southern to a nail biting 4-3 victory over Capital in Wellington.

Capital battled back from 1-3 down to level the score before Inglis delivered the match winner with a deflection into the top of the net with less than two minutes on the clock.

While Inglis was the stand-out, Australian international Eddie Ockenden and James Nation were also impressive for the Dogs, who now carry huge momentum into Round 3.

On the women’s side of the draw, the Capital women followed up yesterday’s win with a convincing 6-0 defeat of Southern in the rain.

Capital had the better of the first half but did not make the most of their chances with only goals to Dutch players Else Groen and Carolina Welten, both following penalty corners, to show for their dominance.

A fine early goal to Maddy Simmonds following a strong run by Anita Punt was the start Capital needed in the second half. This was followed by goals to Kat O’Callaghan, Sarah Hadfield and captain Aniwaka Roberts.

With opening weekend wrapped up, the Ford NHL takes a break this week before heading to North Harbour Hockey Stadium on Saturday where finals week will be played from 17-25 August.

CLICK HERE for full results and points tables


Trust House Capital v Southern Dogs (Wellington)
Southern 4: (Hugo Inglis 3, Kane Russell)
Capital 3: (Stephen Jenness 2, Ben van Woerkom)

Bayleys Midlands v Auckland (Tauranga)
Auckland 4
Midlands 1

Marsden Cove Northland v North Harbour (Whangarei)
North Harbour 4: (Jared Nixon, Jan Peterson, James Coughlan, Nathaniel Joy)
Northland 1: (Gauthier Boccard)

Canterbury Cavaliers v Central Mavericks (Christchurch)
Canterbury 4: (Nick Haig, Mirco Pruijser 2, Jason Niles)
Central 2: (Joe Hanks, Martin Atkinson)

Trust House Capital v Southern Storm (Wellington)
Capital 6: (Else Groen, Carolina Welten, Maddy Simmonds, Kat O’Callaghan, Sarah Hadfield, Aniwaka Roberts)
Southern 0

Bayleys Midlands v Auckland (Tauranga)
Midlands 2
Auckland 2
Midlands won 2-1 in penalty shoot-out

Mark Cromie Holden Northland v North Harbour (Whangarei)
Northland 2: (Naomi Evans, Charlotte Harrison)
North Harbour 0

Canterbury Cats v Central Mysticks (Christchurch)
Canterbury 1: (Sophie Cocks)
Central 0


Veiuto tops Suva Primary Schools hockey event

Emoni Narawa

VEIUTO Primary School is the overall winner of the Suva Primary School Hockey competition in Fiji.

During the awards function at the Central Cuisine Restaurant, the Nasese-based school walked away with their spoils after winning five of the 12 titles.

Veiuto won the under-10 11-a-side final, U12 11-a-side, U12 League, U14 Super 6 and U14 11-a-side.

They were runners-up in the U10.

Marist Brothers Primary School won three title, International Primary School won two and The Learning Centre also walked away with something in the bag.

Suva Primary School Hockey Association president Loloma Andrews said they congratulated all players for a successful season.

"I think our season was a success," she said.

"We thanked everyone that turned up and showed their support especially the parents."

She said Veiuto was the overall winner. However the other schools proved to be competitive customers this season.

"Marist is one of the improved schools. They won nothing last year but this year they settled with three titles.

"This year we had seven schools and the competition level has improved a lot. With more schools competing I believe the competition will be very competitive."

Andrews thanked all the supporters for supporting the students and young hockey players throughout the season.

The Fiji TImes

Hockey Haryana announces cash prize for women players

NEW DELHI: Hockey Haryana on Saturday announced a cash prize of Rs 50,000 to each of its five players who were part of the Indian Junior women's team that won a bronze medal in the FIH Junior World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany.

The five players represented Hockey Haryana are Rani Rampal, Navjot Kaur, Manjeet Kaur, Navneet Kaur and Poonam Rani.

Congratulating all the five players Hockey Haryana President M L Tayal said, "It's a proud moment for the country and especially Haryana as five of our players have performed exceptionally well in the World Cup".

"Hockey Haryana stands committed to supporting your endeavour to bring laurels to India in future," said Tayal.

Mr. Sunil Malik, Secretary General, Hockey Haryana said these cash awards will be given to all the five players on August 29 on the National Sports Day.

The Times of India

Rs.50,000 prize for each Haryana girl who won bronze

NEW DELHI: Hockey Haryana on Saturday announced a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 to each of its five Indian girls who won a bronze medal at the Junior Women's Hockey World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany.

Congratulating all the five players, Hockey Haryana president ML Tayal said, "It is a proud moment for the country and especially Haryana as five of our players have performed exceptionally well in the World Cup."

The five players -- Rani Rampal, Navjot Kaur, Manjeet Kaur, Navneet Kaur and Poonam Rani -- will be given the cash award Aug 29 (National Sports Day) in Shahbad, Haryana, on the final day of the Haryana State Hockey Championship.

The Times of India