News for 15 September 2013

All the news for Sunday 15 September 2013

Champs Beeston maintain winning run

Beeston celebrate 2013 Men's title

Last season’s NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League champions Beeston started their 2013-14 campaign on a winning note when they beat hosts Wimbledon 3-1 on Saturday.

But the home side started well and were 1-0 ahead following a 22nd minute goal from Ben Hawes. Sam Ward pulled Beeston level on 39 minutes, before adding another on 62 minutes and Stephen Lawrence made sure with a third goal on 66 minutes.

East Grinstead were made to work hard to register a 3-0 win over Premier Division newcomers Sheffield Hallam. Joe Naughalty put the hosts ahead on 22 minutes, but there was no further scoring until Ashley Jackson (66) and Glenn Kirkham (70).

Loughborough Students also made a winning start, beating Cannock 3-1 with goals from James Spain, Dom Bowden and Chris Griffiths.

Surbiton put five goals past Hampstead and Westminster, winning 5-1 after being a goal down at half time. And Reading won 3-1 against Canterbury.

A hat-trick from Sam Driver and two goals from Tom Batchelor helped University of Durham get their NOW: Pensions Conference North campaign off to a flying start with a 6-1 win over Olton and West Warwickshire.

An own goal also boosted their tally, while Olton did score at the right end through Alex Czerniewski.

Leek secured a 3-2 away win over hosts Deeside Ramblers, with Richard Cordon, Ed Stanhope and Tobies Mueller scoring their goals.

And Khalsa won 5-2 at West Bridgford, Aaron Nagra scoring twice for the Warwickshire side.

Last season’s champions in the NOW: Pensions Conference West, Cardiff and Met beat hosts Cheltenham 4-1 in their opening match.

University of Exeter, second last season, ran out 3-0 winners over Guildford, while University of Birmingham beat Isca 3-2.

Runners-up last season, Holcombe made a great start to their NOW: Pensions Conference East campaign when they won 8-1 at home against Cambridge City.

Two goals each from GB and England ace Barry Middleton, Danny Hall and Gareth Andrews helped them to victory, while Richard Lane and James Stedman also scored.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (September 14 2013):

NOW: Pensions Premier Division:
East Grinstead 3, Sheffield Hallam 0; Loughborough Students 3, Cannock 1; Reading 3, Canterbury 1; Surbiton 5, Hampstead and Westminster 1; Wimbledon 1, Beeston 3.

NOW: Pensions Conference East: Holcombe 8, Cambridge City 1; Old Loughtonians 4, Brighton and Hove 0; Richmond 1, Bromley and Beckenham 2; Southgate 4, Teddington 3; St. Albans 0, Oxted 3.

NOW: Pensions Conference North: Belper 2, Bowdon 3; Brooklands MU 3, Wakefield 0; Deeside Ramblers 2, Leek 3; University of Durham 6, Olton & West Warwicks 1; West Bridgford 2, Khalsa (Warks) 5.

NOW: Pensions Conference West: Cheltenham 1, Cardiff & Met 4; Fareham 4, Indian Gymkhana 4; Team Bath Buccaneers 2, Havant 0; University of Birmingham 3, Isca 2; University of Exeter 3, Guildford 0.

England Hockey Board Media release

Canterbury beat Reading in Investec Premier

Canterbury v Olton

TOP of the table after the regular 18-match season last time, Canterbury beat last season’s eventual Investec Women’s Hockey League champions Reading 2-1 in the first weekend of this season.

Goalless at half time, Canterbury drew first blood with Anna Baker scoring from open play on 43 minutes. They doubled their lead through Nikki Ward from a 62nd minute penalty corner.

Although Elspeth Cockburn pulled one back for hosts Reading on 67 minutes, it was not enough to avoid defeat.

Last season’s beaten finalists Leicester made a winning start to their 2013-14 fixtures with a 3-1 away win over the University of Birmingham.

Katie Long put Leicester ahead from a 32nd minute penalty corner, and although the home side pulled level through Holly Payne, further goals from Kerry Whitehead and Hannah Fair secured the win for Leicester.

Elsewhere, Beeston ran out emphatic 7-0 winners over Sutton Coldfield with Hannah Wraith scoring a hat-trick and Sophie Robinson two, while others came from Sophie Hawkins and Erica Sanders.

Fay Nash and Tina Cullen both scored twice in Bowdon Hightown’s 5-2 win over Olton and West Warwickshire, while Nat Wray scored the other.

And Surbiton and Clifton drew 1-1, Georgie Twigg and Helena Faust scoring the goals.

In the Investec Conference West, last season’s champions Buckingham made a superb start to the 2013-14 season, rattling 11 goals past Bristol Firebrands on Saturday.

Sam Sandham scored a hat-trick in the 11-0 victory, while Lorraine Campbell and Jessica Bloom both scored twice and other goals came from Jo Ellis, Kitty Higgins, Anita Bazini and Jazmine Needham.

Last season’s runners-up Isca didn’t have such luck though, and had to settle for a tough 2-2 draw at home against Oxford Hawks. Claire Thomas scored twice for Isca, while Emily Court bagged two for the Hawks.

In the Investec Conference North, last season’s runners-up Durham university left it late before salvaging a point from a 1-1 draw at Loughborough Students.

Ellie Tait gave the hosts the lead on 59 minutes, but Durham pulled level in the final minute through Pippa Lewis.

In South Yorkshire, Lisa Garbutt scored a hat-trick to help Doncaster win 5-3 over Boots.

And Lindsay Rachubka also scored three times in Brooklands Poynton’s 4-0 win over Stourport.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (September 14 2013):

Investec Premier Division: Beeston 7, Sutton Coldfield 0; Bowdon 5, Olton & West Warwicks 2; Reading 1, Canterbury 2; Surbiton 1, Clifton 1; University of Birmingham 1, Leicester 3.

Investec Conference East: East Grinstead 1, Chelmsford 1; Holcombe 7, Wimbledon 0; Horsham 1, Ipswich 1; Old Loughtonians 3, Sevenoaks 2; St. Albans 1, Harleston Magpies 0.

Investec Conference North: Ben Rhydding 2, Wakefield 2; Brooklands Poynton 4, Stourport 0; Doncaster 5, Boots 3; Kendal 2, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 3; Loughborough Students 1, University of Durham 1.

Investec Conference West: Buckingham 11, Bristol Firebrands 0; Gloucester City 3, Exe 0; Isca 2, Oxford Hawks 2; Swansea City 1, Barnes 0; Trojans 2, Slough 4.

England Hockey Board Media release

MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup: BPCL trounces Indian Bank

S. Thyagarajan

GOOD WORK: Pradeep Kumar, goalkeeper of SAIL, thwarts Hardeep of Punjab National Bank in the all-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament in Chennai on Saturday. - Photo : M. Vedhan

It was another day of dull, one-sided matches in the MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament on Saturday.

Even the filament of excitement that Indian Bank promised to create after recovering from a 0-2 deficit to restore parity at 2-2 against BPCL vanished into thin air in the second half.

BPCL secured its second successive victory in Pool B taking its aggregate to six points.

After a smart start scoring two goals in less than five minutes, BPCL, for no palpable reasons, lapsed into a mood of complacency. And, needless to add, it paid a heavy price.

Capitalising on the lethargy in the defending zone, Indian Bank launched a series of raids led by the irrepressible Raja. Supported well by Heartlin James and J. Gowtham, Indian Bank applied sufficient pressure to lay the BPCL defenders low. A thundering finish by Raja signalled the mood of Indian Bank.

Within a few minutes, Gnanavel completed a penalty corner sequence with a clever lob into the net. Just when one expected an absorbing tussle came the lead for BPCL from Jarnail Singh.

In the second half, BPCL wrested the control of the game and enlarged the margin to emerge victorious at 7-3. The only consolation for IB was the goal — his second in the match by V. Raja — one minute before the whistle.

Under pressure to win the remaining matches to side step IOC and IOB in Pool A, Army XI, former champion, had to pump in as many goals as feasible against an opposition like CAG. Eventually it won 10-1.

After the loss against IOC in the opening encounter, Army XI did not want to leave anything to chance.

Pushing the weak defenders to the wall, Army XI, prompted well from the midfield by Ignace Tirkey, carried too many guns for the opposition.

Another good display by SAIL failed to fetch rewards as the team went down to the more seasoned Punjab National Bank 1-3 in Pool B.

There was a fizz in the workouts by the SAIL frontline where the hard-working Rajin Kandulna was prominent.

But PNB was more methodical and managed to carry the day.

Kandulna levelled the scores close on half-time at 1-1. But for all the dominance of SAIL, it was PNB that coasted to victory.

The results:

Pool A: Army XI 10 (Euazer Lakra 2, Binoy Bhengra, Ignace Tirkey 2, Mukesh Lakra, Arun Kumar, Chaman Aind 2, Siraju) bt CAG 1 ( S.S. Bundela).

Pool B: PNB 3 (Hardeep Singh, Ajitesh, Arjun) bt SAIL 1 (Rajin Kandulna); BPCL 7 (Tushar Khandekar, Pundalik Bellary, Jarnail Singh, Amar Ayyamma, Hari Prasad 2, Gurpreet Singh) bt Indian Bank 3 (V. Raja 2, Gnanavel).

The Hindu

Easy win for Army XI

Chennai - Army XI, who lost 1-3 to Indian Overseas Bank in their opening game, recovered well to thrash CAG 10-1 in the 88th All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament here Saturday.

Starring in Army XI's runaway victory were Euazer Lakra, Chandan Aind and Ignace Tirkey who scored two goals each, while Binoy Bhengra, Mukesh Lakra, Arun Kumar and Sraju A.P. knocked in one apiece.

For CAG, S.S. Bundelha scored the consolation goal with a 51st minute strike.

Earlier, Punjab National Bank overcame SAIL, Rourkela 3-1 with goals by Hardeep Singh (5th), Ajitesh Roy (46th) and Arjun (60th) while Rajin Kandulna (26th) replied for the vanquished.

Bharat Petroleum posted their second win by thrashing Indian Bank 7-3 with a second-half blitz as Hariprasad scored twice (45th, 60th) while Tushar Khandkar (3rd), Pundalik Bellary (7th) and Jarnail Singh (32nd) added to the tally.

Indian Bank's response came from V. Raja (16th, 69th) and Gnanavel G. (24th), but faded away when Bharat Petroleum took control with timely goals.

News Track India

Navy's late winner downs Customs

MUMBAI: Indian Navy struck a late winner to snatch a close 3-2 win against Mumbai Customs in an absorbing contest of the Mumbai Magicians-MHAL Super League, at the MHAL Stadium, on Saturday.

Prolific scorer Ved Prakash with a brace and Surinder Singh one, got the goals for the sailors, while Alden D'Souza and Jayesh Jadhav netted one apiece for the Customs outfit.

This was the fourth win on the trot for Navy after their 4-4 draw with Sports Authoriy of India in their opening fixture. They stay in second position with 13 points. Customs suffered their third defeat in five matches and have six points from two wins.

Later in the evening, Western Railway steamrolled over a hapless Sea View SC by a resounding 11-0 margin after leading 4-0 at the breather to record the their fifth consecutive win and maintain pole position in the nine-team standings. This was the third big defeat for Sea View.

Results: Mumbai Magicans-MHAL Super League: Indian Navy 3 (Surinder Singh 35th min, Ved Prakash 38th, 62nd) beat Mumbai Customs 2 (Alden D'Souza 10th, Jayesh Jadhav 56th); Western Railway 11 (Gurmeet Singh 4th, 11th, Amit Gowda 15th, Vinod Kumar 33rd, 57th, 58th, Chinglen Sana 42nd, Nitin Kumar 47th, Jay Karan 59th, Kanaujam Suresh 61st, 64th) beat Sea View SC 0.

The Times of India

The guilty to be punished later

By T. N. Alagesh

THE fate of Pahang Hockey Association (Pahang HA) officials and their player, Aminuddin Abu, will only be decided by the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) disciplinary board after the ongoing Razak Cup in Kuantan is over.

Describing the move to allow a suspended player to feature in the Razak Cup as serious, MHC competitions committee chairman M. Gobinathan said the committee will wait for the full report from tournament director Brian Fernandez before referring the case to the disciplinary board.

He said the disciplinary board will also investigate if the Pahang HA and team manager Ahmad Najmi Abdul Razak were guilty of letting Aminuddin, currently serving a two-year suspension, play in their opening match against Perak on Aug 8.

"It is still too early to say anything about the type of punishment that will be meted out but I am sure the disciplinary board will take action against the responsible parties," he said yesterday.

Gobinathan said the MHC viewed the offence as serious since Aminuddin, who was suspended in 2011 for failing a dope test, is only due to complete serving his suspension on Oct 12.

"I think in this case, the team manager overlooked the matter as it is his responsibility to ensure the availability of the players. MHC has the list of players who have been banned but it is the duty of the manager to provide the team list as early as possible (before the tournament)."

When asked if 22-year-old Aminuddin will face a life ban for his offence, Gobinathan declined to comment, saying the committee can only submit their recommendations and it was up to the disciplinary board to decide.

Meanwhile, Perak will be firing on all cylinders to deny tournament favourites Kuala Lumpur their 20th Razak Cup title in the final today at Kuantan Hockey Stadium.

Both teams met in the group stages which saw Kuala Lumpur registering a 4-3 victory. But Perak, strengthened by national players Shukri Mutalib and Azlan Misron. will be aiming for revenge and also walk away with their sixth Razak Cup title.

In the Division Two final, Selangor, who remained unbeaten after four wins and one draw in group matches, will aim to secure promotion to Division One next year by downing high-riding Armed Forces.

RESULTS -- Classification matches -- Division One: Penang 4 Pahang 6, Johor 4 Terengganu 2; Division Two: Police 2 Perlis 1, Sabah 5 Kedah 4.

TODAY -- Division One Final: Kuala Lumpur v Perak (8pm, Pitch I); Third-Fourth Placing: Negri Sembilan v Malacca (4pm, Pitch I).

Division Two Final: Selangor vs Armed Forces (6pm, Pitch I)

(Matches at Kuantan Hockey Stadium).

New Straits Times

Skipper Azlan ready to end Perak’s 21-year title drought


KUALA LUMPUR: Perak will be out to end their 21-year title drought when they take on Kuala Lumpur in the Razak Cup Division One final at the Wisma Belia Stadium in Kuantan on Sunday.

The odds, however, are stacked against five-time winners Perak, who last won the tournament in 1992. In their group match on Tuesday, the silver state went down 4-3 to 19-time champions KL. Perak also reached the 2010 final, only to lose by a last-minute goal by Harvinder Singh at the same venue.

National defender Azlan Misron (pic), who has been featuring for Perak since 2001, believes that they have a good chance to topple KL.

“We gave our best against KL in the final three years ago but we were just unlucky to lose out on a last-minute goal,” said Azlan.

“Our mission in the final is to avenge that defeat and end our 21-year title drought.

“We will play an all-out attacking game and score early to put pressure on them,” said Azlan, who is the most experienced player in the national team with 317 international caps to his credit.

The 30-year-old Azlan will not only marshall the defence but we will also have to deliver the goals from the penalty corners.

He has scored three goals from penalty corners in four matches.

“My goal in the tournament is to score in the final and help Perak lift the title,” said Azlan.

The Star of Malaysia

ACC teams No. 2 Maryland, No. 5 Virginia cruise to wins

Maryland got nine goals against Columbia, one of which was set up by Anna Dessoye. Maryland Athletics

No. 2 Maryland 9, Columbia 2

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland’s offense cruised to a 9-2 victory against Columbia Saturday in the first game of the Terrapin Invitational in College Park.

The Terrapins (5-0) led 9-0 as they held the Lions (2-1) scoreless through 58 minutes. Three players — Brooke Adler, Delaney Leathers and Emma Rissinger — scored their first career goals in the win.

The Terps’ offense got firing in a hurry, with sophomore Alyssa Parker and junior Maxine Fluharty each scoring in the fourth minute. Fluharty notched her second score of the game less than four minutes later when she got a stick on Sarah Sprink’s shot off a penalty corner to make it a 3-0 lead.

Just under 17 minutes into the game, senior Jill Witmer made it 4-0 when she brought in sophomore Anna Dessoye’s pass from the left side. She scored as Columbia keeper Kimberly Piannucci came out to stop the play.

In the 27th minute, junior Welma Luus cracked a hard shot from the top left side of the circle for a 5-0 lead at halftime. Parker fed her for the assist.

Leathers notched her goal off of Ali McEvoy’s rebounded shot on a penalty corner play in the 46th minute. Leathers inserted on the corner, then was in position for the putback to make it 6-0. Five minutes later, Witmer added her second goal to go up 7-0.

Less than two minutes after that, Adler took a pass from Luus for the Terps’ eighth goal, then Rissinger scored about a minute after that for a nine-goal lead.

Columbia got on the board with 12 minutes to play when Leah Matthews tipped in a shot off a penalty corner. Lindsey Walter added the Lions’ second goal with 1:55 left in the game.

Maryland goalkeepers Natalie Hunter and Brooke Cabrera each played a half and each notched two saves. The Lions’ Pianucci picked up 13 saves.

No. 5 Virginia 2, Maine 0

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Virginia opened up the Sheraton Catamount Classic with a 2-0 victory against Maine.

An own-goal off a Maine stick in the first two minutes of the game was the only score in the game until freshman Lucy Hyams knocked in a shot with 38 seconds remaining to cap off the Cavaliers’ 2-0 victory.

“There were definitely challenges in the game, but the team was able to meet those challenges,” head coach Michele Madison said. “I thought the team adjusted to the way Maine played. We were able to shut down the interior big ball and create some attack off that.”

With the victory, Virginia improved to 6-0 on the season. Maine fell to 2-4.

Virginia’s first goal was set up by Jess Orrett who drove into the circle and fired off a shot that was deflected into the net off a defender’s stick. Hyams goal was scored off a corner opportunity. Elly Buckley took the initial shot off the penalty corner. Hadley Bell picked up the loose ball after the shot, taking a shot of her own that deflected off the goalie’s pads. Hyams corralled the rebound, taking the shot to score her second goal of the season.

Virginia held a 17-10 advantage in shots, including holding a 13-5 edge in the second half. The Cavaliers had six second-half penalty corners to Maine’s two.

Junior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone logged four saves to improve her record to 6-0.

No. 7 Massachusetts 2, Ohio State 0

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Massachusetts secured a 1-0 victory against Ohio State to conclude play at the Syracuse Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Brooke Sabia recorded her team-leading eighth goal of the year to create the difference in the contest played at J.S. Coyne Stadium.

The Minutewomen (6-1 overall) struck for the only tally of the game with 43 minutes, 54 seconds gone by in the contest. On the second penalty corner chance of the day for the squad, Charlotte Verelst inserted the ball to Alexa Sikalis at the top of the circle. Sikalis pushed the play to Sabia, who fired a shot into the right side.

Sam Carlino, who finished with four saves in the cage, neutralized a pair of high quality Ohio State (2-3) chances during the remainder of play to record her sixth career shutout and third of the season.

A long pass toward the top of the UMass circle reached Buckeye Nora Murer, who was unmarked. Carlino pushed out to meet Murer at the top of the circle and stayed in front of the shot taken at the 61:29 mark to keep play scoreless.

On an ensuing penalty corner, Carlino dropped to the ground for a save at the goalmouth on a blast by Mona Frommhold with 7:49 to play in the contest. The defense, led by starters Lauren Allymohamed, Hannah Farrell, Hannah Prince and Mariajose Rodriguez, cleared the ball away and kept the Buckeyes from further opportunities.

Massachusetts led 10-8 in shots and 6-4 on-target attempts. Penalty corners favored UMass 6-5. Sarah Lemieux finished with five saves for the Buckeyes.

No. 10 Stanford 1, Central Michigan 0

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Clemence Couteau scored the game’s only goal as No. 10 Stanford earned its second consecutive shutout and fourth consecutive victory Saturday, defeating Central Michigan 1-0.

Stanford (4-1) held advantages in shots (23-3) and penalty corners (13-4) but was unable to get on the board until Couteau netted the game-winner on Stanford’s 20th shot at 45:07. It was Couteau’s second consecutive game-winner after scoring the go-ahead goal last Sunday against VCU. Couteau has two game-winning goals on four career shots.

Central Michigan’s (2-4) Sadie Reynolds was a major factor in keeping the Cardinal off the board and the Chippewas within striking distance, making 14 saves in net, including nine in the first half.

Not to be outdone, Stanford earned its second shutout in as many games and has not allowed a goal in 208:39. The Cardinal last allowed a goal on Sept. 6 at 1:21 against No. 20 New Hampshire.

Dulcie Davies made two saves en route to her second shutout of the year and ninth of her career.