News for 20 August 2013

All the news for Tuesday 20 August 2013


Germany turn game around to avoid elimination

Netherlands secure semi-final place, Belgium pick up second win



Thilo Stralkowski celebrates in Germany's win over Spain (Photo: EHF / Frank Uijlenbroek)

The third day of the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in Boom today were a men's day, with the four encounters of the second round of men's pool matches. Germany defeated Spain to stay in the race for the semi-finals, Ireland defeated Poland, Belgium dashed past the Czechs, and the Netherlands finalized semi-final status with a win over England.

Spain - Germany 3-6 (2-1)

Spain had a good start against the Germans, taking an early lead with a Pau Quemada flick, and re-establishing their lead with a goal from Manel Terraza after Thilo Stralkowski had equalized.

The Germans' halftime talk must have impressed however, as they returned from the break fierce and fiery, staving off certain elimination from the semi-finals in the shape of their second defeat in as many matches with an impressive turnaround.

Four goals in 11 minutes let the air out of the Spanish ambitions, and put the Olympic champions back on track for the semi-finals. Spain managed one more goal, but Germany replied in kind for a final scoreline of 6-3.

Ireland - Poland 4-2 (2-1)

Ireland recorded their first win against Poland today, keeping them in the race for the top four and putting their fate in their own hands in the all-important encounter with England on Wednesday.

In a scrappy game, Ireland started the scoring early through Conor Harte but soon saw Poland catch up through Adam Chwalisz. Shane O'Donoghue reclaimed the lead shortly before halftime, the boys in green pulled away for good with goals from Eugene Magee and Michael Watt. Adam Chwalisz scored his second goal in the dying seconds of the match, but it couldn't endanger Irish victory.

Belgium - Czech Republic 4-0 (2-0)

The home team have their sights firmly set on the semi-finals, picking up their second win today with a pair of goals in each half.

John-John Dohmen and Tom Boon established a two-goal lead in the first half, and a quick double hit sealed the Czechs' fate midway through the second half, with the first goal an own goal, the second scored by Cédric Charlier. The victory puts Belgium top of the group before the last round of pool matches with a very good chance of moving through to the semi-finals.

England - Netherlands 1-2 (0-2)

The day ended with the encounter between England and the Netherlands. Two first half goals for the Dutch through Billy Bakker and veteran Robert van der Horst, who celebrated his 200th cap today, were enough to claim the match, despite a second half consolation goal for England through Barry Middleton.

The win puts the Netherlands into the semi-finals independent of their result in the last pool match on Wednesday.

To follow the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in more detail, please visit www.trifinanceeurohockey2013.be or www.eurohockey.org.

FIH site



England battle hard but go down 2-1 to Dutch


Dan Shingles in action for England against the Netherlands at the EuroHockey Championships

Despite putting in a gutsy performance tonight against the Netherlands, England went down to a 2-1 defeat in their second pool match at the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships. The result means that England must now get at least a draw against Ireland when they play them on Wednesday at 10:30am (UK time) to ensure their place in the semi-finals.

Ben Arnold did not play tonight as a precautionary measure following a slight concussion he suffered in yesterday’s game against Poland. Meanwhile, Harry Martin only managed about 15 minutes of pitch time before he had to sit out through a hamstring strain which he has been suffering with in recent weeks.

The Netherlands were two goals up at half-time thanks to efforts from Jelle Galema and Billy Bakker, but England came out fighting and despite being two men down, through injury, they battled hard. The reward came through captain Barry Middleton in the 54th minute as he found space and time in the circle to pick his shot and fire the ball past Jaap Stockmann in the Dutch goal. Unfortunately England's efforts did not prove to be enough and the score remained 2-1.

Speaking after the game, England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley said, "We started slowly tonight and you can’t give a side like the Netherlands a chance to be on the front foot. A couple of miss-traps, not being quite tight enough in defence and suddenly we were chasing the game. From there we made life really difficult for ourselves. After that, I thought we competed really well, but we got a couple of injuries and you could probably tell our squad was stretched quite a bit.”

“In the second half I was really pleased with how we put ourselves out there and we played some good hockey. We would have liked to be more of a threat at the other end, but I think we can add that part of our game and cause more problems on the attack; I don't doubt that we have the ability, it’s just putting it all together.”

When asked about being reduced to 14 outfield players in a game against a side as strong the Netherlands England Captain Barry Middleton said, "I think naturally you miss a player like Harry (Martin) going off injured. He's a fundamental part of our midfield and I think he would be for any team, but we’ve got the squad to deal with that. I don't think being two men down was a reason for losing today, but I guess if you add the extra players in you do keep people a bit fresher for longer."

Looking ahead to Wednesday’s game against Ireland, Crutchley added, “As soon as you see the fixtures for a tournament like this you know the final group game is likely to be the crunch game. We're very aware of the challenge ahead; Ireland are a quality side and have been improving for a number of years and their results reflect that. We're a relatively inexperienced squad, with only six players here from the Olympics, so I think that makes it a tough game."

Click here to read the full match report.

ENGLAND 1 (0)
Barry Middleton 54 (FG)

NETHERLANDS 2 (2)
Billy Bakker 6 (FG)
Jelle Galema 24 (FG)

England’s men have a rest day tomorrow and their next match is against Ireland at 10:30 (UK time) on Wednesday. The TriFinance EuroHockey Championships are being shown on the BBC Red Button, online and on iplayer.

For more information about the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships please visit the official website www.trifinanceeurohockey2013.be

England Hockey Board Media release



England downed by the Dutch

By Mike Haymonds



Middleton has not forgotten England's 9-2 defeat in the Olympic Games

ENGLAND captain Barry Middleton knows all about Holland.

He played in The Hague for Dutch side HGC as a professional, knows the players and how the game is revered in the Netherlands.

But he has not forgotten the 9-2 defeat in the Olympic Games semi-final in London as the Great Britain captain saw his side capitulate against the eventual silver medallists.

Neither had his team-mates.

“Never say never,” he warned before the Tri-Finance European Championship clash against his old rivals in Boom, Belgium.

Though England came up short 2-1 against the Dutch he at least got on the scoresheet with a fine 54th-minute strike to pull his team back into the game. But the co-favourites were commanding winners.

The Netherlands had the better first half and went into the break with a two-goal lead.

They were more creative up front, with swift counter-attacks while England made little impact against a tight defence.

Billy Bakker opened the scoring in the sixth minute and Jelle Galema doubled the lead in the 24th minute.

England kept the Dutch in check in the second half and Middleton gave them renewed hope. But they could not break through.


Billy Bakker opened the scoring in the sixth minute

England meet Ireland tomorrow, with a win for either side securing a semi-final place.

Coach Bobby Crutchley said: “We started slowly but two mis-traps gave them two goals and we were then chasing the game.

“I was pleased with our second-half performance where our defending was tighter and we contained the space for the Dutch.

“The game against Ireland will be a crunch clash for both of us.”

England women play Scotland in their final pool game today when a win would mean a place in Thursday’s semi-final.

Daily Express



Ireland 4-2 Poland - MEN'S European Hockey Championships



Ireland were back in action at the Europeans today against Poland where they carried out their duty with a 4-2 win in their second pool match of this tournament.

The match opened with Ireland defending a Polish crash attack inside 25 seconds, but Harte in goals reacted well and skipper Jackson won Ireland their first real chance with a penalty corner opportunity. Conor Harte's ensuing drag effort was charged down well by the Polish first runner to deny Ireland taking the lead. Ireland did not have to wait long to have another penalty corner opportunity and this time the slip from Eugene Magee to Conor Harte enabled him the time to fire his dragflick home for the 1-0 lead on the six minute mark.  Just five minutes later the Polish levelled the sides when some confusion in the Irish circle gave Adam Chwalisz the chance to sweep the ball up on the reverse to put it past David Harte in goals.

Ireland had chances through Ronan Gormley and Peter Caruth who were both denied by the posts and a couple more penalty corners but it wasn't until the 27th minute that the Green Machine took the lead once again thanks to Peter Caruth and Mitch Darling combining  setting O'Donoghue up to squeeze a reverse stick shot through three Polish defenders making it 2-1.  Despite a corner count of 4-3 to Ireland the sides closed out 2-1 to Ireland at half time.

Ireland started keenly in the second half securing a penalty corner in the first minute but Shane O'Donoghue's effort was charged down as was Harte's subsequent effort. Poland were out to score and were keen to attack going close with a penalty corner effort in the 42nd minute but David Harte in goals got a glove to a good Polish attempt. The Polish secured another couple of set piece plays but Ireland kept the defence solid.

Ireland's next real chance came from a great interchange between Chris Cargo and Eugene Magee, Cargo unlucky to be denied by the post. But the follow up penalty corner gave Ireland the breathing space they were after with a switch left and a Eugene Magee high drag making it 3-1 on 44minutes.

Ireland put the game beyond the Polish reach when Michael Watt displayed his pace down the wing firing home from the top right stranding the keeper and making it 4-1 with just five minutes left on the clock. Not content with that Ireland looked to extend their lead but Stuart Loughrey could only find the side net from his diving reverse shot on a tight angle. The Polish however got a late consolation goal in the 69th minute when Adam Chwalisz capitalised off a bouncing ball on the near post.

Coach Andrew Meredith was pleased to have three points in the bag commenting "You could certainly see that yesterday's excellent performance against the Dutch came with a cost and with only a 16 hour turnaround I am very happy to get the result."

"We had phases where we had the opportunity to finish the game off, but full credit to the Polish on pushing us the whole game. We targeted this game prior to the tournament to get a result and we have met that challenge, and it is perhaps a sign of the group's development that we can still achieve important results playing below our capabilities."

Ireland will now go into their final pool game against England at 10.30 on Wednesday, with a chance of securing a spot in the final four.

IRELAND 4 (2) Conor Harte 6m PC; Shane O'Donoghue 28m OP; Eugene Magee 44m PC
POLAND 2 (1)  Adam Chwalisz x2 11m & 69m OP

Starting XI: David Harte, John Jackson, Ronan Gormley, Chris Cargo, Eugene Magee, Mitch Darling, Kyle Good, Conor Harte, Peter Brown, Stuart Loughrey, Shane O'Donoghue
Reserves: Johnny Bell, Michael Watt, Stephen Cole, Peter Caruth, Kirk Shimmins, Bruce McCandless, David Fitzgerald

Ireland face England in their final pool game on Wednesday 10.30 Irish Time

Wednesday 21st August               Ireland v England 11.30 (Local Time)

Pool A: Germany (1);  Spain (6); Belgium (9) & Czech Republic (21)
Full Schedule http://www.trifinanceeurohockey2013.be/index.php?websitestructid=98
Results will be sent out after each game and available on Twitter, Facebook and hockey.ie

Irish Hockey Association media release



Glasgow 2014 tickets on sale today!

Up to one million tickets for the UK’s next big sporting celebration will go on sale from 10am today as the starting pistol is fired for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Next summer will see 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth compete for gold and glory in Glasgow.

Within the Glasgow 2014 Ticketing Programme there’s something for everyone, across 17 sports and 11 days of competition, with family-friendly pricing and a simple application process. The four-week ticketing phase is open from today until 16 September offering fans the opportunity to experience the action and thrills of the Games with two-thirds of tickets priced at £25 or less.

Ticket applications can be made from 10am on glasgow2014.com/tickets or via postal applications forms distributed nationwide with the Official Ticketing Guide. It makes no difference whether fans apply on the first day, last day or in between, but all applications must be received by 6pm on 16 September.

Everyone will have the same opportunity to apply for the tickets they want over the four week period. It’s a brilliant opportunity to experience world-class competition in all the sports you already love and experience new thrills of elite athletes going for Gold in sports you’ve never seen live or at that level before.

It makes no difference whether you apply on the first day, last day or in between – so take time to explore the sports programme and plan your application with your family and friends.

Access to sporting events will start from just £15 for adults. Half-price concessions will also be available for under 16s - a Commonwealth Games first - and the over-60s.

The price of a ticket also includes access to public transport in the local area on the day of your event.

As part of the simple and accessible ticketing process at least 70% of all tickets to all sporting events will be available to the public, and a number of different payment methods can be used.

Please visit the Glasgow 2014 website for more information and to apply for tickets.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Kaspersky Southerns of Gauteng to defend SA women's IPT hockey title

JONATHAN COOK in Port Elizabeth



Investec South Africa women's hockey team players Pietie Coetzee (left) and Sulette Damons will be playing for Johannesburg-based Kaspersky Southerns and Potchefstroom-based North West respectively at the national interprovincial tournament that starts in Port Elizabeth Tuesday. Photo: PLATE PICTURES

The 2013 SA Women’s Interprovincial Tournament takes place at the KC March hockey venue in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth from Tuesday until Saturday and the likelihood is that last year’s medallists - champions Kaspersky Southerns of Gauteng, finalists Western Province and bronze winners Northern Blues - will again be among the medals.

Among a number of notable absentees is triple Olympian and Investec South Africa women’s hockey team captain Marsha Cox (née Marescia) who was unable to get time off work. Cox has starred for Southerns for many years but fellow triple Olympian, Pietie Coetzee - the world record Test match goalscorer - will be going all-out to ensure that she steps up to collect the winners’ trophy for Southerns, as she did last year in Randburg.

Among the other absentees are double Olympians Tarryn Bright and Shelley Russell of Western Province, as well as Dirkie Chamberlain of Northern Blues.

Apart from Coetzee, Southerns have national players Sanani Mangisa and Lisa Deetlefs, as well as experienced former SA players Tsoanelo Pholo and Roxy Turner. The exciting Sammy Prost is just another of the quality players that make up the strong Southerns unit, while in coach Garreth Ewing the Johannesburg-based province have one of the best in the country.

Southerns face Fain Eastern Province Tuesday, and much faith will be put by the vociferous, loyal home supporters in seeing a good showing from the host province this week. EP have in 2004 Athens Olympian Liesel Dorothy a highly intelligent, knowledgeable campaigner. With the support of the likes of 2013 Junior World Cup forward Toni Marks, EP can spring surprises but it is the responsibility of each and every one of the home team to take ownership of their individual roles in the side.

Western Province, who lost 3-0 to Southerns in last year’s gold medal match to reverse the 2011 result, will again mount a strong challenge with players of the calibre of current SA striker Jade Mayne, London 2012 Olympian Illse Davids as well as experienced former national players in Hanli Hattingh and Farah Fredericks. WP face the young Free State side on day one.

Northern Blues coach Gregg Hesom surely has a mantelpiece top-heavy with silver and bronze medals and will be determined to reverse the trend. On a good day, Northerns have the ammunition to unsettle South African hockey’s heavyweights, Southerns and WP.

In the experienced former SA defender Kim Hubach, London 2012 Olympian and much-capped SA player Nicolene Terblanche, as well as two of the young crop of national players in striker Lilian du Plessis and goalkeeper Phume Mbande, Northerns have the core that could make the difference. The Pretoria-based province open their campaign against Durban’s KZN Raiders.

Border, whose side contains the three Keet sisters, national player Marcelle as well as Samantha and Lee-Ann, meet North West. The Potchefstroom-based province will be strong favourites and have hugely experienced, yet still very young players in 100-plus Test match striker Sulette Damons and Celia Evans.

In the B Section - the second-tier competition that runs alongside the title tournament - one team determined to win promotion back into the A Section is KZN Inland.

The cross-pool playoffs are on Friday with the finals on Saturday.

The Men’s IPT is the following week in Cape Town.

TUESDAY FIXTURES
(KC March hockey venue unless stated)

A Section: Northern Blues vs KZN Raiders (12 pm); WP vs Free State (2 pm); North West vs Border (4 pm); Kaspersky Southerns vs Fain Eastern Province (6 pm).

B Section: KZN Inland vs Denbeys SA Country Districts B (8 am); KZN Mynahs vs Mpumalanga (10 am); Witwatersrand vs SA Country Districts A (2 pm, Westering High School); Southern Cape vs EP Settlers (8 pm).

POOLS

A Section – Pool A: Kaspersky Southerns, North West, Fain Eastern Province, Border. Pool B: Western Province, Northern Blues, Free State, KZN Raiders.

B Section – Pool A: Witwatersrand, Southern Cape, SA Country Districts A, EP Settlers. Pool B: KZN Mynahs, KZN Inland, Mpumalanga, Denbeys SA Country Districts B.

SA Hockey Association media release



Parklands second as Orange top Kenya Hockey Union men’s national league table

By ELIZABETH MBURUGU


Kenya Hockey Union men’s national league reigning champions Parklands Sports Club are all smiles as they are major beneficiaries of Coast based Mombasa Institute’s failure to honour weekend fixtures.

As a result, they gained five goals and three easy points that moved them to second place with 13 points two points behind league leaders Nakuru Sikh who have 15 points.

Multimedia University (MMU) moved to third place with 13 points behind Parklands on goal difference.     

Women’s national league’s defending champions Orange had a good run and are at the summit with 18 points nine points clear of their closest rivals following their 21-0 victory against struggling MMU.

Strathmore’s Scorpions and Sliders are in second and third places respectively with nine points and goal difference putting the Scorpions ahead of Sliders.

Sliders are currently in good form and seem to be determined to win all their remaining matches. Dorsillah Agunda was at it again this weekend scoring the winning goal against Vikings to secure a narrow 1-0 win. She scored the lone goal in the 24th minute from a penalty corner nicely taken by former Kenyatta University’s Sikwatta Ndombellah.

Vikings are currently struggling and this was their second loss in a row having suffered a 3-0 defeat against champs Orange in a previous match.

Rained off

A national league match pitting University ( UoN) of Nairobi and Thika Rovers ended prematurely in the 45th minute following a down pour.

UoN were leading 3-1 Francis Wambua, Andrew Muvila and Derrick Ouma scored for UoN while Roman Githinji scored the solitary goal for the Rovers.

The remaining twenty five minutes will be played on a later date.  It took workers about three hours to clear water off the pitch in an effort to see the premier league matches.

Current league leaders Kenya Police and Parkroad as well as defending champions Nairobi Simba and Strathmore  matches never took place due to the poor condition of the pitch.

KHU Chairman Nashon Randiek said: This is nothing to worry about. I have been in international events and seen worse stadia than this.” he said. “Something will be done but matches can  be called off and re-scheduled.”

The Standard Online



Scotland and Australia win Women's Masters at European Open Tour

Roundup on the Masters by Helen Johnston


Scotland and Australia took the honours in the women's sections at the European Open Tournament in Lisnagarvey.  The Irish teams competed well, closing the gap on the other nations, but over the duration of the tournament were not able to find that winning touch.

In the Over 40s section Scotland were strong throughout, with the highly capped ex-GB player Alison Ramsay instrumental in midfield.  Ireland competed strongly with them in the first pool match losing narrowly 1-0, but Scotland then went on to beat England 2-0, although they were beaten by Australia 1-0 in the final pool match.  These wins were enough to see them into the 1 v 2 play off where they beat England 1-0.  Ireland drew with Australia in their second pool match 0-0 and then narrowly lost 2-1 to England, taking off their keeper Tara Browne in the last few minutes at 1-1 as they needed a win to get into the 1 v 2 play-off.  In the end Ireland played Australia in the 3 v 4 play off losing out by 4-1.  Emma Glanville (Galway) featured strongly in defence for Ireland, with Julie Bell (Belfast Harlequins) showing well in midfield and Caroline Sharkey (Loreto) providing scoring opportunities up front.  Goalkeeper Tara Browne (Galway) made a number of vital saves.

At Over 50s level Ireland had two teams participating - the Babas (Over 45s with some Welsh players) and an Over 50s team, along with the Australian O50s and England O55s.  Australia came out the winners beating the England 55s 6-0 in the final.  The Babas performed well in the pool stages of the tournament  - beating England 3-0 and Australia 2-0, while the Ireland O50s held the Babas to a 0-0 draw.  The Babas then lost out to England O55s 2-1 in a semi-final match, but beat the Ireland O50s 3-1 in the 3 v 4 play off.  Captain Joan Dobson (Cork CoI) was one of their main scorers driving through strongly from midfield and getting touches at corners.  Marian O'Brien of Swords also got a couple of goals, with Julie Fisher of North Down and Claire Bell of Belfast Harlequins also finding the net.  Roly Burke (Hermes) and Joanne O'Grady (Suttonians) were impressive in midfield while Ali Thompson (Portadown) was commanding between the posts.  The Ireland O50s struggled to find form losing 2-0 to Australia and 3-2 to England O55s, the Cork COI contingent Dymphna Hill and Cathy Walsh getting the goals.  A 0-0 draw was played out against the Babas, who they faced again in the 3 v 4 play off losing out this time 3-1, Cathy Walsh again providing the goal.  It's a measure of the progress made, however, that the Ireland O50s can now compete with these teams in their 2nd year of playing in the Masters hockey.  Orla Galvin (Old Alex) and Maura O'Neill (Three Rock Ladies) were impressive in defence while Maggie Hunter (Lisnagarvey) was influential in midfield.

On the final day of competition a selection of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh players made up Lions teams at Over 40s and Over 50s level to play the Australian teams.  At 40s level the Lions beat Australia 2-0 with Caroline Sharkey getting one of the goals.  A 1-1 draw was played out at Over 50s level with Cathy Walsh getting the Lions goal.

Thanks must go to the Irish Masters organising Committee, as well as the Lisnagarvey Club, for an extremely well run and enjoyable tournament.

Irish Hockey Association media release



Scottish Masters perform well in Belfast

Scotland's Masters teams were out in force last week in the European Open Championships held in Belfast.

With representations across the age groups on the men's side and a women's team in the over 40's competition, the event was a fanstastic opportunity for our talented Masters to face some world class opposition.

Scotland also sent along officials Brian Moore and Blair Thomson who performed well keeping the players in check. The players and officials had a fanastatic week with a mixture of results across the ages.

Results

Women's o40s managed to take away the gold medal after beating England in the final 1-0.

Scotland 1-0 Ireland
Scotland 2-0 England
Scotland 0-1 Australia
Scotland 1-0 England (Final)

Men's o40s finished 5th in their competition with some tough results against strong opposition. England took gold with South Africa claiming silver and Ireland the bronze.

Scotland 0-2 England
Scotland 1-7 South Africa
Scotland 0-3 Germany
Scotland 2-4 Ireland
Scotland 3-1 Wales

Men's 045s unfortunately finished bottom of their group with Germany taking the gold, England the silver and Ireland Bronze.

Scotland 0-2 Ireland
Scotland 0-9 Germany
Scotland 2-3 Wales
Scotland 0-6 England

Men's o50s enjoyed success, finishing second in their competition taking home the silver behind England who finished top and ahead of Wales who won bronze.

Scotland 1-1 Ireland
Scotland 2-3 England
Scotland 4-0 USA
Scotland 3-2 Holland
Scotland 2-0 Wales

Men's o55s also found medal success finishing third behind the Dutch in second place and England in first.

Scotland 1-4 England
Scotland 4-1 Ireland
Scotland 1-3 Holland
Scotland 8-0 Wales

For a gallery of photos from the event follow this link

Scottish Hockey Union media release



European Open Hockey Masters


England Women's Masters

We've talked a lot recently about the senior teams and the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships, but a little closer to home we've had the European Open Hockey Masters take place at Lisnagarvey HC, Lisburn from 13-17 August.

From Men's 40s to Women's 50s there was a wealth of talent on show in Northern Ireland, and strong performances saw England's men topping the tables in the 40s, 50s and 55s and came second in the 45s, while the women came second in the 40s category.

Our congratulations go to all of our competing teams, as well as to Lisnagarvey HC and the Irish Masters organising Committee for putting on such a great event.

England Hockey Board Media release



WSH star duo sign up for HIL

Harpreet Kaur Lamba


World Series Hockey stars Prabhjot Singh and Deepak Thakur have made a switch, signing on the dotted line for the Hockey India League. Senior players Arjun Halappa, also a national selector now, and Rajpal Singh are the others to join, besides many junior players.

The strike pair of Prabhjot and Thakur, both of whom have played for India for close to a decade, were part of the title winning Sher-e-Jalandhar in the Indian Hockey Federation-backed WSH. The league failed to evoke a positive reply following the pull out of national team members, and "folded up" after the inaugural edition in 2012.

Said Prabhjot from Chandigarh, "Our main priority is to play competitive hockey and HIL is the perfect platform for it. There are an array of top international and national players involved.

"We are yet to hear anything from WSH organisers about our contracts, or the second edition of the league. We are yet to get the prize money for the inaugural edition and no one bothers to reply.

"Thus we decided to sign for the HIL."

Halappa also backed the HIL, saying it was a good ground to test a player.

"It is very competitive and one needs to test himself against the best.

"There is not much happening other than domestic hockey and thus I decided to keep myself fit and agile through this league.

"We are hoping to be picked by teams in next year's edition," he said.

The Asian Age



3rd Sultan of Johar Cup Hockey Tournament

PHF names 31 junior probables for camp


LAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Monday announced 31 junior players to attend a training camp for the 3rd Sultan of Johar Cup Hockey Tournament. The training camp will start from August 25 here at National Hockey Stadium. “The tournament will be played from September 19 to 29 at Johor Bahru, Malaysia,” said a spokesman for the PHF.

Probables:

Goalkeepers: Mazhar Abbas, Amjad Ali, Amin Yousaf & Adnan Shakoor.

Full backs: Muhammad Khalid, Mohammad Kashif Javed, Mohammad Faisal Qadir, Syed Kashif Shah, Zohaib Ashraf, Aleem Bilal & Hafiz Ammar Tayyab.

Half backs: Muhammad Rizwan Junior, Muhammad Tousiq, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Tasawar Abbas, Mohammad Bilal Khan and Ali Hassan Faraz.

Forwards: Muhammad Irfan, Mohammad Umar Bhutta, Muhammad Dilber, Ali Shan, Muhammad Suleman, Mohammad Arslan Qadir, Muhammad Umair, Hafiz Rizwan Ali, Muhammad Rizwan, Muhammad Jaffar, Ayub Ali, Ahmed Zubair, Muhammad Awais and Rizwan Ali.

The Daily Times



Sahi-led POA struggling for hockey team’s participation in CG

LAHORE - Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) led by president Maj Gen (retd) M Akram Sahi will do all-out efforts for the green shirts to feature in the hockey event of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.

The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) last week asked the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) for participation in the 2014 Games but the CGF directed the PHF to come through the POA led by Lt Gen (retd) Syed Arif Hasan.

"Sahi-led POA is recognised by the government of Pakistan but ex-POA chief Arif Hassan is creating hurdles for the sports movement in Pakistan,” Director Media Col (retd) Mujahid Ullah Tareen said here on Monday.

Mujahid said the POA would try its best for the hockey team's participation in the Commonwealth Games. "We have planned out two three ways of how to make the team participation possible in the event," he said and added: “We cannot tell our plans at the moment as we don't want Arif Hassan to know about it as he can create hurdles for us then.”

The Nation



Winning Asia Cup only way to restore prestige: Shahnaz

ISLAMABAD:- Former Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh Monday has said winning Asia Hockey Cup is the only way to restore the country's prestige, which will also make the national team to qualify for the World Cup. However, it will be a tough job and an aggressive approach will be needed to win the tournament, which starts in Malaysia on August 24, he added. The Pakistan team earlier had wasted a chance to qualify for the World Cup, when it finished seventh in the World Hockey League (WHL)

The Nation



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Sports journalist nominated for ‘Media Person of the Year’ award

Staff Report


LAHORE: Ijaz Chaudhry, an internationally acclaimed British Pakistani sports journalist, has been nominated for the award of ‘Media Person of the Year ‘ by the Pakistan Achievement Awards UK and Europe 2013. Ijaz, a freelance sports journalist who works for print as well as the electronic media, spends time in both Britain and Pakistan. Ijaz has written and reported on a number of sporting disciplines ranging from soccer to polo for newspapers, magazines, websites and TV/Radio channels. These include some of the most prestigious websites and magazines in sports including www.cricinfo.com (world’s largest cricket website), www.worldhockey.org (the official website of International Hockey Federation), Squash Player (the official magazine of World Squash Federation), Swimming Times (the official magazine of Amateur Swimming Association and the Institute of Swimming, Britain), Polo Times (world’s leading polo magazine), The Ring (American boxing magazine also called ‘The Bible of Boxing’), among others.

Ijaz has also contributed to British, Pakistani and Bangladeshi newspapers: Kent Messenger, Birmingham Post & Mail, Coventry Telegraph, Leamington Spa Courier, Metro and Asian World (all British newspapers), Daily Times, The News, Dawn, The Nation, Pakistan Today and Express Tribune (all Pakistani newspapers), and The Daily Star (Bangladesh’s largest English language newspaper). Apart from the print media, Ijaz has also worked for the electronic media. He has given live and recorded comments during sports events and has also appeared in sports programmes of British, Pakistani and Indian TV/Radio channels. These include Brit Asia TV and Essex Radio (UK), PTV Sports, ARY NEWS, and Waqt (Pakistan), All India Radio, Headline News, AajTak, Times Now and INX NEWS (India). He has also done live commentary on sports events.

A member of SJA (Sports Journalists Association of Great Britain), Ijaz is regarded as one of the most Versatile sports journalists in the UK and, for many, the best British Asian sports journalist. He has reported on Olympics and World Cups apart from local, regional, national and international matches and tournaments over a wide range of sporting disciplines. Ijaz has distinction of interviewing world champions, Olympic gold medallists and captains of the national teams as well as emerging stars and local achievers. In addition, he has done ghost writing for some very distinguished sports stars.

The Daily Times

Ijaz Chaudhry frequently writes for Fieldhockey.com about the highly successful Dar Academy in Pakistan. We would like to congratulate him on this nomination.