News for 22 September 2013

All the news for Sunday 22 September 2013

US Women sweep past Mexico on Day One of the Pan American Cup

MENDOZA, Argentina – Under brisk weather conditions and a flurry of snow, the U.S. Women kicked-off the Pan American Cup this afternoon in notable fashion. The squad created multiple scoring opportunities throughout the match, which resulted in goals from five different U.S. athletes. Team USA was able to continue their first-half lead momentum against Mexico to finish the game 6-0.   

“The players were very eager to get going today, so it was nice to win in the first game of the tournament,” said U.S. Women’s Head Coach, Craig Parnham.“It is also pleasing that there have been multiple goal scorers. It was a great team effort today.”

The passing sequences throughout the first half created multiple circle entries, which led Team USA to capitalize on three quick corners. The U.S. converted on the third and fourth penalty corners as Katelyn Falgowski (Landenber, Pa.) and Jamie Montgomery (Lewisburg, Pa.) each found the back of the cage.  Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) closed out the first half of the match by scoring the third goal off a deflected ball in the circle.  

“It was great to get a game under our belts,” said U.S Women’s Captain, Lauren Crandall. “Our main focus today was making sure we connected through each of our lines and to start the tournament off on the right foot.”

As the umpire blew the whistle and motioned the start of the second half, Team USA remained relentless. Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.) opened the door of scoring by deflecting a shot by Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.). Reinprecht answered again finishing off a beautiful cross ball into the circle by Montgomery.  Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) scored the final goal of the match on diving effort in front of the cage to solidify the win.

“It is always a team effort,” said Crandall. “The individual skills are important but collectively as a team it takes hard work from everyone to succeed and that is exactly what happened here today.”

“There is still some work to do,” Parnham said. "We were able to create multiple opportunities but we need to be able to convert on more of our chances in the next few games.

Team USA will take the pitch tomorrow, September 22 at 12:30 p.m. ET against Chile and will end pool play against Uruguay on Tuesday, September 24, 3 p.m. ET. The semi-finals are scheduled for Thursday, September 26 and the medal matches on Saturday, September 28.

To support Team USA as they embark on their Pan Am Cup journey in Mendoza, Argentina, follow our Twitter handle @USAFieldHockey for the latest news and live updates. Go USA!   

USFHA media release

Canada Opens Pan Am Cup With 8-0 Win Over Guyana

Canada and Guyana played the first Pool A match of the 2013 Women’s Pan American Cup. Canada did not waste much time in the early going, scoring first off an early goal by Hannah Haughn in the 5th minute.  A hard blast made it 2-0 by Thea Culley in the 15th minute.

Five minutes later Canada went ahead 3-0 off a Abigail Raye field goal. Throughout the first half Canada dominated possession and was awarded a number of penalty corners. However, Guyana’s defense behind the strong play of Alysa Xavier, Guyana’s keeper, prevented Canada from scoring off any of their penalty corners.

Canada's relentless attack continued, with several shots on goal saved by the Xavier. Jessica Barnett then gave Canada a 4-0 lead right before halftime.

The second half started just like the first ended, with Canada strong on attack. Midway through the second half Canada held a seven goal lead over Guyana, after back-to-back penalty corner goals by Culley and Brienne Stairs, respectively. Much to their credit, Guyana kept playing strong defense, and prevented Canada from scoring for almost the rest of the half. Canada’s Stephanie Norlander scored in the final minutes making the final score, Canada 8-0 Guyana.

The game marked a special occasion as Danielle Hennig earned her 50th cap. Congratulations to Danielle!

Canada now plays powerhouse Argentina tomorrow (Sept 22) at 5 PM PST. Follow the game and join the conversation with us @FieldHockeyCan.

Field Hockey Canada media release

4 losing teams strike a solitary goal on the one-sided opening day of Womens Asia Cup

s2h team

Asia's premier women's competition -- Asia Cup -- started on expected note at the gigantic Bukit Jalil hockey stadium in Kuala Lumpur, with a remarkable feature all the four losing teams on the opening day of today collectively striking a solitary goal.

The scenario of Asian hockey, especially the women's is bleak, the organizers even showing signs of satisfaction at putting 8 teams on b board.

Even here, as all the teams played a match each on opening day today, the talisman of just four teams are truly in competitive mode in Asia came to the light yet again.

Expectedly, China, India, Japan and South Korea won their matches striking more than a dozen goals, though the credit of restricting china to just three goals go to the hosts, who lost just 0-3.

Scores of day 1

China 3 Mal 0
India 13 Hong Kong China 0
Japan 13 Chinese Taipei 0
South Korea 12 Kazakhstan 1

As can be seen from the above, it was only at the fourth match of the day, the losing team struck a goal. As far India, its Rani Ramphal, who was declared the Best Player of the recent Junior World Cup, who set the stage for a grand 13 - 0 win over the hapless rivals, she accounted for seven goals, while Vandana Kataria added three.

India who led 9-0 at the halftime scored through Rani (2, 6, 23, 24, 26, 34, 58 min), Kirandeep Kaur (5 min), Vandana Katariya (13, 18, 39 min), Poonam Rani (69 min) and Joydeep Kaur (70 min) while their opponents Hong Kong China failed to score any goal.

India will now take on China in their next match on Sunday 22 September 2013.

Malaysia open Women's Asia Cup on a losing note


Malaysia's Raja Norsharina Raja Shabuddin (left) tries to get to the ball before Mengrong Wu of China in the Women’s Asia Cup. Malaysia lost the match 3-0.

KUALA LUMPUR: Wang Menyu starred for defending champions China in their 3-0 win over Malaysia in the opening Group A match of the Women’s Asia Cup at the National Hockey Stadium Saturday night.

Menyu was on target from the penalty corner in the 15th minute.

She added the second, also from a penalty corner, in the 50th minute. Liang Meiyu completed the scoring with a field goal in the 68th minute.

The Malaysians’ strategy was to absorb the Chinese attack and then launch fast counter-attacks.

Malaysian coach Mohamed Nasihin Nubli said their plan worked, especially in the first half.

“The scoreline was 1-0 at half time and that was good for us. We had a few good counter attacks after the break but our finishing was poor. China capitalised on our open play and scored twice late in the second half.

“It was a good opening match for the team. We must now focus on the game against Hong Kong tomorrow.

“We need to win big and set us up for the final group match against India,” added Nasihin.

Earlier in Group B, South Korea outclassed Kazakhstan 12-1.

Kim Da-rae was the hero for the Koreans, who have already secured their World Cup place. She contributed four field goals in the 36th, 38th, 39th and 41st minutes. Cheon Seul-ki notched a hat-trick with goals in the 25th, 49th and 53rd minutes.

Kim Jong-eun (19th), Han Hye-young (35th), Cheon Eun-bi (45th) and Park Mi-hyun (52nd and 55th) were the other scorers.

Imangaliyena Gulnara netted the Kazakhs’ sole goal from a penalty corner in the 63rd minute.

The Star of Malaysia

Indian women thrash Hong Kong 13-0 in Asia Cup hockey

KUALA LUMPUR: With their eyes firmly set on a berth in next year's World Cup, Indian women started the eighth Asia Cup hockey tournament campaign on a rollicking note, spanking minnows Hong Kong 13-0 in their opening Pool A match on Saturday.

Knowing well that only a win in this tournament would secure a ticket to next year's World Cup to be held from 31 May to 14 June 2014 at the The Hague, Netherlands, the Indian women meant business from the onset and scored goals at will against the hapless Hong Kong side to boost their morale ahead of tough games.

The Indians toyed with Hong Kong defence and scored as many as nine goals in the first half and four after the change of ends.

For India, star striker Rani (2nd minute, 6th, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 34th and 58th) scored as many as seven goals, Vandana Katariya (13th, 18th, 39th) three goals, while Poonam Rani (69th) and Joydeep Kaur (70th) found the opposition net once each.

The Indians will play nimble-footed Chinese girls in their next pool match on Sunday followed by the last league engagement against hosts Malaysia on September 24.

The Times of India


Malaysia hope for winning start

by  Satwant Dhaliwal

It will be a battle between the Asian and Pan American champions when Malaysia takes on Argentina in the 3rd Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.

And the match could well be the perfect mixture for the tournament as both teams combine flair with tactical discipline in their playing style.

But manager Mirnawan Nawawi has issued a warning to his players not to take Argentina for granted despite them having to travel almost 48 hours before making it to Johor baru.

Mirnawan should know better as in was a member of the Malaysian Juniors that lost their opening match in The Junior World Cup against Argentina with a 3-1 scoreline. And it was the same situation as the Argies only flew in 48 hours before the match at Ipoh in 1989.

"We just cannot take things for granted. Argentina are a strong team and have the ability to switch tactics in their matches. I remember in 1989, they faced a lot od issues prior to the match but put on a strong display to defeat us. They are mentally very strong," said Mirnawan.

"We need to be wary of their penalty corners despite them not having Gonzalo Peillat in the team as they surely have other options."

Malaysia are expected to play Faez Hilmi, Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin, Nor Aqmal Abdul Ghaffar and Kavin Karthik in the back four while the midfield will be marshalled by  skipper Mohd Fitri Saari, Muhammad Azri Hassan,Shazril Irwan Nazli.

The strikers to take the field against Argentina are most likely to be Mohd Firhan Ashaari, Mohd Syamim Yusof with Mohd Shahril saabah getting the nod over others.

"Players who have had senior team experience will have to stand up and deliver as they will be key to our success<' added Mirnawan.

"While netting the three points is good in a match, what we are more hopeful is that our performance moves yp a notch.

"Any kind of improvement is welcomed and I am looking at penalty corners to breach the Argentina defence which is normally rock steady."

Malaysia has not played Argentina at junior level for several years hence this will be a vital clash to gauge the Malaysian team ahead of the Junior World Cup.

Official Sultan of Johor Cup site

Desperate for 2011 high

SULTAN OF JOHOR CUP: Dharmaraj wants team to make a lasting impact before world meet


Olympian Umar Bhutta will power Pakistan’s assault.

MALAYSIA were the inaugural champions, but froze and sank to the bottom of the pool in the second edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup last year.

But coach K. Dharmaraj is looking for a winning start against Argentina today to lay his hands on the title again as a prelude to the Junior World Cup challenge in New Delhi on Dec 6-15.

Malaysia are in Group D of the Junior World Cup with England, Pakistan and South Africa.

"This is our last tournament before New Delhi, and with England and Pakistan also in the Sultan of Johor Cup, we need to make a lasting impact," said Dharmaraj.

The Taman Daya Stadium will again play host to the only Under-21 tournament sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation.

The other teams in the tournament are South Korea and India and all six teams have qualified for the Junior World Cup.

Pakistan will start as the team to beat, as they will be powered by Olympian Umar Bhutta who also played in the 2012 Champions Trophy where Pakistan claimed the bronze.

Umar was also in the silver medal-winning Junior Asia Cup side -- where Malaysia claimed the title on a 2-1 score.

India are also a powerful side, as they have a string of players who have broken into the senior side like Manpreet Singh, Kothajit Singh, penalty corner specialist Amit Rohidas, Mandeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh.

India's abundance of junior talent also saw them resting three players -- Malak Singh, S.K. Uthappa and Gurmail Singh -- who played in the Asia Cup in Ipoh last month.

"The quest for gold will not be easy, as all the teams are in their final stage of preparations for the Junior World Cup. But we also have players who have seen action with the senior side and their experience will be invaluable," said Dharmaraj.

The backbone of Malaysia will be formed by Fitri Saari, Syamim Yusof, Faiz Helmi, Firhan Ashaari, Rashid Baharom, Meor Azuan and Izad Hakimi.

The stakes are too high for Malaysia to end up as chumps again in the third edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup, and the players as well as the coach, know the score.

New Straits Times

My Johor Bahru Reminiscences

K Arumugam

On the eve of third edition of the Johor Cup starting today, I cannot but reminisce the first one, where, as usual, am the lone Indian journalists, writing for an agency and for s2h.

It was on the last week of long Australian tour of Indian men and women team during which they played the Lanco Super 9s, and a tri nation, the then national coach Michael Nobbs surprised me when he said he and two of the senior team members, one was certainly Manpreet Singh, will come to Johor Bohru.

This scoop of mine went for a toss, when he and Manpreet, much to the disappointment of coach Mukesh Kumar, did not turn up, so also Manpreet Singh.

Even as they failed to land up, Manager and coach, were still in touch with Hockey India to rope in Manpreet and then to bring Gurjinder Singh. It was pre-WSH days, please bear in mind.

According to Mukesh Kumar, Gurjinder is fit but it was not so to the eyes of powers who matter. Then, much to the dislike, HI rubbed salt on the wounds of Mukesh sending Harpreet Singh, as he was perhaps thought of a good penalty corner converter.

Hapreet, tall and well built, appeared over-enthusiastic, perhaps being the lone senior player in the team, as he was part of goldies of Asian Champions Trophy.

This team lacked character, nor did Mukesh have any command over it. Manager was a useless chap, who locked himself in the room obviously under intoxication all the time.

First the positives. Namdhari jewel Malak Singh won my heart, so also all the Pakistan media – six of them were there at the hospitality of Pakistan Hockey Federation – who have even dubbed him as future Shahbaz Sr.

Pardeep Mo on the left midfield, Rohitdas on the rear, Keshav Dutt under the cage, a Chennai guy at the front, Devinder Walmiki as the pivot, tthe team had some good talents, but what lacked was cohesion, character and charm.

Every umpiring decision was questioned to the irksome level, players heckling the crowd after striking a goal, no shame even after yellow cards…..scenes I hardly seen with colts on international stage.

Mukesh was out of place insofar instilling discipline among his wards, but was quite undiplomatic in scolding them even on dining tables!

No surprise, one Talwinder Singh was suspended for a match after he went charging a host team member.

He was to my surprise was totally unapologetic, even as India fails to win the bronze.

Having extensively reported five Indians' suspension for field conduct against Pakistan at Busselton in Australia only a fortnight ago, this incident came most distasteful.

Had India kept its nerve cool, it would have easily won the ultimate champions Malaysia in the semis, but was out of place with their irritating appeals and war cries like approach towards the stands.

One unforgettable moment was interaction with burly Josua, in both Australian tour and here in Johor Bahru.

He was the man behind Indian getting so many suspensions at Busselton centre, and was minutely following my reports and often argued. Good times spent.

His anecdotes involving Shahruk Khan at Sydney were absorbing. He was the Australian coach of the Chak De Indian film, and was associated with the full film shoot in Australia.

Danson hits six as Reading trounce Olton and West Warwicks

Reading Emma Thomas, Alex Danson 2012-13 finals

LAST season’s Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division winners Reading quickly put their opening day loss behind them by thrashing Olton and West Warwickshire 12-0.

Alex Danson was the star of the show as she bagged herself six goals, while Susie Gilbert was also in good form as she grabbed a brace. Ellie Cockburn was another name on the scoresheet, making it two goals in two games.

Last year’s losing finalists, Leicester couldn’t maintain their good start to the new season as they lost to Bowdon Hightown by the odd goal.

They had a golden chance to take the lead just 10 minutes into the game as they were rewarded a penalty stroke. But the chance went begging and they were left to rue the miss as Nat Wray popped up with the winner for Bowdon Hightown on 53 minutes.

Surbiton hit three goals to come back from behind against Sutton Coldfield on the way to a 3-1 victory with Georgie Twigg, Vicky Bryant and Rebecca Herbert on the mark.

Clifton beat promoted Beeston 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Zoe Leach. Canterbury also took a narrow win as Lucy Barnes’ ninth minute strike from a penalty corner proved to be the difference.

In the Investec Conference North’s Yorkshire derby Wakefield beat Doncaster 3-1, while Kendal were also 3-1 winners over Boots.

In the Investec Conference West, Buckingham and Slough both maintained their 100 per cent starts to the season.

Buckingham beats Barnes 2-0 with a Lorraine Campbell brace and Slough prevailed over Gloucester City with their goals coming from Laura Puddle and Christie Fearnside.

Elsewhere, Isca scored the biggest win of the day with a 4-0 defeat of Bristol Firebrands.

Finally, in the Investec Conference East, last year’s winner Harleston Magpies continue their search for a first win of the season after suffering a defeat at the hands of Holcombe. They were 3-0 down inside 24 minutes and couldn’t pull themselves back into the match.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (September 21 2013):

Investec Premier Division:
Olton & West Warwicks 0, Reading 12; Clifton 1, Beeston 0; Leicester 0, Bowdon Hightown 1; Sutton Coldfield 1, Surbiton 3; Canterbury 1, University of Birmingham 0.

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

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

Investec Conference West: Oxford Hawks 6, Trojans 1; Barnes 0, Buckingham 2; Exe 1, Swansea City 1; Slough 2, Gloucester City 0; Bristol Firebrands 0, Isca 4.

England Hockey Board Media release

Strong rally sees IOCL in final against IOB

S. Thyagarajan

With four goals when goals were most needed, V.R. Raghunath proved how integral he is to the team as a penalty corner striker. Photo: M. Vedhan

From 3-1 at half-time, and 4-2 midway in the second half, BPCL caved in the face of an admirable display of fortitude and fluency from IOCL to lose 6-4 in tumultuous semifinal encounter in the MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament on Saturday.

IOCL will face IOB in the final on Sunday, after the latter eliminated PNB 5-2.

The contest hung in a balance right until three minutes before time, but a move by Prabhjot Singh and the finish by Dharavamvir Singh hoisted the 6-4 verdict in a glorious finish.

It is not difficult to identify the hero of this contest. With four goals when goals were most needed, Raghunath proved what an asset he is to IOCL as a penalty corner striker. His tally included a penalty stroke.

Off the mark

Getting off the mark early through Sher Singh, followed by strikes from Gurpreet Singh and Pundalik Bellary, BPCL had the rival defenders on their knees. A splendid goal by Roshan Minz off Dharamvir fired up IOCL attack, which was still fighting a 2-4 deficit.

It was then that Raghunath converted two penalty corners and a stroke to put the team in the lead nine minutes from the final whistle.

Intense pressure at the IOCL goal area led to moments of tension, resulting in yellow cards to Birendra Lakra and Deepak Thakur. But Dharamvir’s strike decisively settled the issue in IOCL’s favour.

The second semifinal, interrupted by rain for over 35 minutes after 21 minutes of play, was a comparatively sedate affair.

IOB, aided by a self goal, jumped into the lead.

PNB’s forwards, notably Damandeep and Jalwinder, troubled the IOB defenders but were unlucky when a backhander by Jalwinder crashed against the post and spun back into play.

IOB consolidated with a brilliant goal by Adam Sinclair off a forward pass by Rafeeq, and thereafter was content to just defend the lead, Sreejesh pulling a lovely save off a penalty corner by Jitender Saroha being the highlight.

PNB maintained pressure on the IOB defenders in the last quarter, but it was IOB that struck through Rayar.

Still, PNB’s persistence yielded reward when Arjun tapped in a rebound off Sreejesh’s pads, after he stopped a penalty corner hit by Saroha.

But IOB had the final say, with Shanmugam and Rayar scoring.

DD (Sports) will telecast the final live from 6-15 p.m. on Sunday.

The results: Semifinals: IOCL 6 (V.R. Raghunath-4, Roshan Minz, Dharamvir) bt BPCL 4 (Sher Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Pundalik Bellary, Hari Prasad).

IOB 5 (own goal, Adam Sinclair, Vinod Rayar-2, Shanmugam) bt PNB 2 (Arjun, Damandeep).

The Hindu

Chandigarh eves are sub-junior national hockey champs

Shilpi enhanced her reputation as one of the finds of the tournament by netting a brace to help Chandigarh beat Himachal Pradesh 4-0 in a lop-sided final and clinch the Sub-Junior U-15 (Girls) National Hockey Championship for Dr Thakar Singh Ikolaha Trophy at the ITI Ground at Bassi Pathana on Saturday. Shilpi, who emerged as a reliable goal-scorer for Chandigarh, continued with her purple patch in the final also.

After dominating the proceedings, Chandigarh opened its account through Shilpi who dribbled past hapless Himachal defenders to sound the board in the 26th minute. The Chandigarh team led 1-0 at half time. After the breather, the Chandigarh team hit the accelerator and scored three more goals. The first of those goals came from Karishma who converted a penalty corner to double the team's lead. The Chandigarh eves maintained their pressure over the neighbours as Saroj also found her name on the scoresheet. Shilpi then scored her second goal of the match to help the team complete an easy victory.

Earlier, Haryana defeated Mizoram 2-1 to win the bronze medal. Haryana took the lead in the 12th minute through Neha. Mizoram came back strongly and found the equaliser through Flora in the 14th minute as she converted a penalty corner. The game was tied at 1-1 till the 60th minute when Kavita once again put Haryana ahead by scoring a superb goal.

Indian Express

Gunter makes eight saves in Drexel’s victory; Princeton wins

Elise DiDonato scored Drexel's first goal in its 2-1 win. Drexel Athletics

No. 6 Princeton 6, Dartmouth 1

HANOVER, N.H. – Sophomore Teresa Benvenuti recorded her first career hat trick to guide No. 6 Princeton to a 7-1 victory against Dartmouth on the road to open Ivy League play on Saturday afternoon.

Benvenuti put Princeton (4-1, 1-0 Ivy) up 1-0 two minutes into the match and added insurance goals in the second half, including converting on a penalty stroke in the 45th minute.

Allison Evans made it a 2-0 game at the 18:10 mark on a redirect from Cat Caro. Evans, a junior striker, also had a multi-goal outing, scoring her second in the 27th minute off a Benvenuti assist.

Caro made her first career assist versus the Big Green and she went on to finish with a pair.

Dartmouth, the only Ivy opponent to score against the Tigers in 2012, prevented Princeton from earning the clean sheet by scoring on its first shot on goal in the 20th minute off a penalty corner. That would be the closest the score would be for the remainder of the match, as the Tigers went on to score four unanswered goals in the second half.

Following consecutive Benvenuti goals, Maddie Copeland and Annabeth Donovan each found the back of the cage. Donovan’s goal in the 57th minute was the first of her career.

Princeton held advantages in shots 24-5, shots on goal 16-3, and corners 13-3. Tiger goalkeeper Anya Gersoff (2-0) made two saves in her complete game victory to Dartmouth’s nine.

Drexel 2, No. 10 Iowa 1

KENT, Ohio – Drexel defeated No. 10 Iowa 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at the neutral site of Kent State. Elise DiDonato and Meghan Plank each added points on the board, while junior goalkeeper Jantien Gunter posted eight saves for the second consecutive game. The Dragons extended their winning streak to three games and improved to 5-2 overall.

Drexel tested Iowa’s defense at the start of the first half. With just 7:38 into the contest, senior co-captain Elise DiDonato scored off of a pass from teammate Jenna Knouse. Less than two minutes later, the Hawkeyes’ Karli Johansen was awarded a penalty stroke, however, her shot sailed wide of the cage allowing the Dragons to preserve their one-goal lead for the remainder of the half.

In the 48th minute of play, the Dragons’ attack drew a penalty corner. DiDonato fed a pass to Meghan Plank, who fired the ball past opposing goalkeeper Kelsey Boyce giving the squad a 2-0 cushion. With 13:55 remaining in the second half, Iowa’s Dani Hemeon converted on a penalty corner to cut the Dragons’ lead in half, 2-1. The Hawkeyes’ added three more shots, but Drexel’s strong defensive efforts helped keep Iowa off of the scoreboard.

Jantien Gunter compiled 16 saves in both away games this week. She now has 49 stops on the season. Junior back Allyson Fuller recorded a defensive save against Iowa.


New hockey turf for Lautoka

Arin Kumar

Marist White goalkeeper Godfrey Campbell deflects the ball from Hackers attacking players during the Marist Hockey tournament yesterday. Picture: JONE LUVENITOGA

FIJI Sports Council Chairman Peter Mazey has revealed they are working on building an international standard hockey turf in Lautoka.

The National Hockey Centre in Suva is the only international standard turf in the South Pacific apart from Australia and New Zealand.

Speaking at the opening of the Marist Eastgate Memorial Hockey tournament in Suva yesterday, he said they wanted to give all sports in the country the best facilities possible.

He said while rugby, soccer and netball had enough grounds and courts, they were concentrating on minor sports in the country.

"We are looking at making more sports facilities around the country and on the list is another hockey court in Lautoka," Mazey said.

"We are trying to identify multi-uses of facilities and I think the hockey turf would be one of those."

He said handball was a sport that could be played on a hockey turf.

"Handball is an ideal sport to play on a hockey turf and I think Fijians would be perfect for handball.

"We are working on bringing that (handball) to Fiji."

Meanwhile, 11 men's and six women's teams are competing in the Eastgate Memorial tournament which is in its 19th year.

Competition official Peni Sigabalavu said their attempt to get overseas teams for the tournament proved futile.

"The men are playing for the Reginald Eastgate Memorial Trophy of which Ventures is the defending champion," he said.

"And the women are competing for the Dorothy Eastgate Memorial Trophy which is held by the Ventures women's side."

Both teams are on track to retain their respective titles following massive victories.

Competition continues today.


Friday: Womens: Marist 0 Stingers Fusion 0, Ventures 10 Hackers 0; Mens: Stingers 0 Marist White 2, Ventures II 1 Hackers 1, Ventures I 10 Bobcats 1, Marist Blue 0 Stingers Extreme 0, Stingers 6 Ventures II 0.

Yesterday: Womens: Stingers Fusion 2 Jetsetters 0, Ventures 4 Rebels 0, Marist 5 Jetsetters 0; Mens: Hackers 2 Rebels 2, Stingers Extreme 0 Falcons 1, Mates 3 Bobcats 0, Marist White 0 Hackers 0, Stingers 6 Rebels 1, Marist Blue 5 Bobcats 0, Mates 3 Falcons 0, Marist White 0 Rebels 0, Ventures I 6 Mates 0.

The Fiji Times

From the hockey field to the battlefield: the team which lost half its players in WW1

The E Company Hockey Team at Sandhurst, 1915 Photo: Victoria Jones/Solent News

Looking resplendent in their striped hockey blazers, and older than their tender years suggest, the ten cadets shown here in a sports team photograph during their officer training, were among the first waves of volunteers to sign up after the outbreak of the Great War.

Just weeks after the picture was taken, all ten, eight of whom were still teenagers, finished their training and were sent off to fight. By the end of the conflict, half were dead.

Now, their lives – and deaths – are being pieced together as part of a project to mark next year’s centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Dr Frances Hurd, an amateur historian, bought the picture, taken at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Surrey, at an auction earlier this year and has since been researching the fates of those depicted, to signify the wider experience of the officer class during the war.

The project is one of many of its kind to have emerged after an appeal by The Sunday Telegraph for readers to contact us with their stories about the First World War, as we produce a series of supplements ahead of the centenary of the conflict’s outbreak next year.

The backgrounds of the cadets, pictured with two of their instructors who also played in the team, show the breadth of the pool from which the army’s officers was drawn, during the First World War. While some came from military families, others had backgrounds in trade, the clergy, banking, manufacturing, medicine or colonial administration.

The team – and the referee, who was also cadet – includes two Welshmen, two Scots, and an Irishman, and there are also strong connections with the Empire. Two were born in India, one in Singapore, and another in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka. Three had a parent or other close relative who had served with the Indian Army.

The men had all signed up in the 1914, the year of the outbreak, and started at Sandhurst in January 1915. By applying to the college for regular commissions, rather than enlisting 'for the duration of the war’, they demonstrated that they intended to make the army their long-term career. The men could have simply applied for commissions without attending Sandhurst, but by graduating from there, they were assured better prospects.

At this point in the war, due to the demands of the conflict, the usual 18-month course had been distilled to just three.

The more intensive training focused on ensuring the men could give orders and maintain physical fitness, hence, an emphasis on team sports – following in the public school tradition.

In his memoirs, Douglas Wimberley, one of those in the photograph, said they played sport for an hour a day, with additional physical exercises. “We changed our clothes and uniforms at least six times a day, always at top speed.”

The photograph of the men’s E Company hockey team was taken some time in early 1915, before the men passed out in March. They were swiftly sent on to active units.

That half their number were killed, reflects the wider experiences of second lieutenants – the rank at which they graduated, and which is said to have suffered proportionately the highest casualty rate of the conflict. It was said that the average life of a second lieutenant on the Western Front was six weeks, although all pictured here lasted longer than that.

Dr Hurd, from Havant, Hants, said: “These men are a microcosm of those who went through Sandhurst and the hundreds of graduates who fought and often died. What is interesting about this team is that it allows you to tell the story of those who lived as well as died.”

She acquired the original photograph came from the an auction, in Petersfield of Charles Cook’s papers. They were being sold by his second wife’s niece. Dr Hurd is now trying to trace any surviving relatives of the men.

She has already contacted both Sandhurst and the National Hockey Museum, in Woking, who are both keen to feature the research as part of their plans for the centenary.

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Back row, from the left:

Referee, Isaac Usher, the Royal Irish Regiment

Although the referee, Usher was a cadet like the others. He grew up in Dundrum, Dublin, the son of a Protestant doctor who was well liked locally for the care he gave to Catholics. Dr Usher was killed in one of Ireland’s first road accidents soon after his son’s death, and a memorial erected in his name ironically became a focus for strife between the two religious groups. Usher started to study in Dublin, before going to Sandhurst. He died on July 4 1916 while leading an attack on a trench during the battle of the Somme. His body had to be left where it fell but was eventually recovered and buried. In 1920, it was exhumed and reburied..

Frank Layard, the Border Regiment

Born in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, where his father was a tea planter. The family was originally from the Channel Islands. He won the Military Cross in April 1917, during fighting near Arras, after locating an enemy position and organising a machine gun attack on it. He died the following month, aged 20, but there was doubt cast on whether he had actually been killed. His family endured a period of anxiety about his fate, hoping to learn that he had been taken as a prisoner of war. His body was found and identified during the clearance of the battlefields in 1920.

Charles Cook, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry

Born in Dunga Gali, in what was then the North West Frontier Province and is now Pakistan, where his father was a captain in the Indian Army. He was sent to Tonbridge School, where he was in a number of sports teams. During the war, he lost his leg, resulting in a medical discharge, although he did have another brief period of service in 1918 as an observer in a balloon with the Royal Flying Corps. In 1923, he married Mildred Jennings, the daughter of an MP, who had previously been married to George Leon, the heir to a baronetcy. Her grandson is the actor John Standing, Sir John Ronald Leon. After her death, in 1951, Cook married Doris Holdaway, who had been a servant for the couple. Cook died in 1981.

Thomas Wilmot, Worcestershire Regiment

The son of a vicar, he was educated at the Cathedral Schools in Worcester and Hereford. He first enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers, before being accepted at Sandhurst. He was awarded the Military Cross in July 1916 for repulsing German counter attacks on a captured trench, near Bethune. Days later, his unit was transferred to the Somme battle, which had just begun. He died in hospital on August 25, hours after being wounded in the stomach by a shell during an attack on German trenches at Delville Wood, on the Somme. Just before his death, he was able to ask a nurse to write to his mother, to let her know where he was and send his love. He was the first of three brothers to die during the war. The Imperial War Museum holds a collection of his letters, some of which mention his sport playing. In one, he describes how he met the two Sandhurst instructors, pictured with the hockey team. Both had travelled across to France while on leave from Sandhurst. He also describes how, a year before he was killed, he was incorrectly reported dead. Of the fighting, he tells his mother: “I can’t describe everything. You have got to see it to imagine it. Everything is so awful.”

Douglas Wimberley, Cameron Highlanders

Enjoyed the most illustrious career of all his team-mates, serving in both world wars, achieving the rank of major-general and playing a vital role in the victory of El Alamein. Born in Inverness to a military family, he was sent to Wellington College, traditionally seen as feeder school for Sandhurst. During the Battle of Cambrai, in 1917, he was wounded and won the Military Cross. In 1918 he was promoted acting and temporary major and dispatched to Russia, where the civil war was raging. He later served in Ireland during the Irish War of Independence, serving under Bernard Montgomery. He remained in the Army throughout the interwar years and in 1941 took command of the 51st (Highland) Division, where he appealed to the men’s Scottish patriotism, urging them to wear tartan as much as possible. He became known as Tartan Tam. The unit fought in north Africa – where Wimberley again served under Montgomery – and played an important role at El Alamein. He later led the division during the invasion of Sicily. He left the army in 1946 and became principal of University College, Dundee. He died in 1983.

James Fowlie, Highland Light Infantry

Born in Singapore, where his father, Dr Peter Fowlie, from Stornoway, in the Hebrides, was a senior in the government, as an elected Municipal Commissioner. Fowlie fought in the battle of the Somme and was promoted to lieutenant. He was serving as an intelligence officer when he was killed during the battle of Arras in the early hours of April 24 1917 – near to where Layard was to die, a few weeks later. Fowlie had been in an advanced position, sending back information about the course of the fighting by telephone, when his position was hit by a shell. His death was reported in the Singaporean and Scottish press.

Norman Kelley, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Kelley, the eldest of the group, born in Liversedge, West Yorks, 1894, the son of a carpet manufacturer. He went to Manchester Grammar and studied architecture before going to Sandhurst. He had perhaps the most unusual war career, spending only a month at the front in late 1915, during which he suffered an epileptic fit, fell over, and dislocated a shoulder. He spent the rest of the war under medical care and on half pay, until 1920, when he returned to serve with his regiment, for a month, in Guernsey. He was eventually discharged from the army in 1922 and died in 1940.

Front row, from the left:

Thomas Carlyle-Davies, the Welsh Regiment

The son of a banker, from Pembroke, west Wales, he was captain of his school rugby team. He began studies at Clare College, Cambridge University, before going to Sandhurst after the outbreak of the war. In September 1915, his unit was involved in the Battle of Loos. On October 1, an attack by his unit was thwarted when it ran out of bombs and became cut off. Carlyle-Davies was among the dead – the first from the hockey team to be killed. There were several varying accounts of his death by comrades and seven months later the War Office was still inquiring whether he was still with his unit. His body was never found and he was officially declared dead in 1920.

Captain and Adjutant N.A. Baillie-Hamilton, Black Watch

One of the company’s two instructors who played on the team. He served in the Boer War in 1901 as a second lieutenant. Along with the other instructor, Captain Priestman, he travelled to France during a period of leave in August 1915, to find out more about life on the front.

Ivor Cochrane, South Wales Borderers

The team captain. His father, a medical graduate, was born in India and his mother in London, Cochrane was raised in Glamorgan and sent to Wellington College. After passing out at Sandhurst, he served at Gallipoli, before being wounded and evacuated to Malta. Also saw service during the Salonika campaign, in the Balkans, where Allied forces had been sent, initially to support Serbia. He also served in France. After the war, Cochrane remained in the army and served in Egypt during the Second World War, before returning to the UK seriously injured. Although born and brought up in Wales, he was living in Weston-super-Mare at the time of his death in 1940, aged 44. He is buried in the village of Kewstoke, Somerset.

Captain J H Priestman, the Lincoln Regiment

The other instructor who played in the team. He was promoted to major in 1923 and served in Malta and Palestine in 1935-6.

Trevor Southgate, Essex Regiment

Born in Norwood, south London, he went to Felsted School, in Essex. His father was based in Rio de Janeiro during the war. Southgate spent the war attached, at different periods to the Machine Gun Corps, the Indian Army, and the Royal Flying Corps. In January 1917, he married Vera Murdoch, from Dovercourt. After the war, he worked in Nigeria for the United Africa Company, a trading firm.

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