News for 28 September 2013

All the news for Saturday 28 September 2013

Shihu stunner seals Asia Cup triumph for jubilant Japan

Korea beaten as Japan confirm their place at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

Japan - winners of the 13th Women's Asia Cup 2013. (Photo: Sports Analysis Services)

A second half goal from Shihu Otsuka proved to be the difference as Japan claimed a stunning 2-1 win over Korea in the final of the 8th Women’s Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The result means that Japan have both regained the trophy that they last won in 2007 and sealed their place at next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.

It was a remarkable result for Japan, who fell to a 3-0 defeat to their opponents in the Pool phase. However, the brilliance of their performance in Friday’s final ensured that they were worthy winners. 

Japan struck the first goal in the 27th minute when Aki Mitsuhashi – later named player of the match – fired in from open play. Otsuka’s killer blow arrived 15 minutes from full time, with Kim Jong Eun reducing the deficit in the dying minutes of the contest. 

“It is good to regain the Asia Cup but more importantly we have now earned our place in the World Cup by being the continental champions”, said Japan coach You Seuing-jin. “This will boost the morale of the team and we look forward to the World Cup in Holland next year.”

Japan become the ninth team to be confirmed qualifiers for next summer’s showpiece at the Kyocera Stadium, joining host Netherlands, Australia, England, Argentina, Germany, Korea, New Zealand and China. The tenth qualifier will be confirmed this weekend upon the conclusion of the Pan American Cup in Mendoza, Argentina.

India sealed third place thanks to a penalty shootout victory over defending champions China. Regulation time in the match ended with the scores locked at 2-2, but India triumphed 3-2 in the shoot-out thanks in part to a great display from Goalkeeper of the Tournament Savitha.

Malaysia took fifth place with a 5-1 win over Kazakhstan, while Chinese Taipei finished in seventh place after beating Hong Kong 3-1. Chinese Taipei's young star Wu Huang Yu was named the most promising player of the tournament.

More info on the 2013 Women's Asia Cup can be found at the following locations:

Official website:


Final: Korea 1-2 Japan
3rd Place: China 2-2 India (2-3 after shoot-out)
5-6: Malaysia 5-1 Kazakhstan
7-8: Chinese Taipei 3-1 Hong Kong

Special awards
Player of the Tournament:  Kim Jong Eun (Korea)
Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Savitha (India)
Most Promising Player: Wu Huang Yu (Chinese Taipei)
Player–of-the Final: Aki Mitsuhashi (Japan)
Top scorer: Kim Da Rae (Korea) – 9 goals

Final Standings
1: Japan
2: Korea
3: India
4: China
5: Malaysia
6: Kazakhstan
7: Chinese Taipei
8: Hong Kong China

FIH site

Indian women win bronze in Asia Cup hockey

KUALA LUMPUR: Indian women at least has something to cheer about after missing out on a berth in next year's World Cup as they defeated China via penalty shootout to clinch the bronze medal in the eighth women's Asia Cup hockey tournament on Friday.

India, who needed to win the tournament to qualify for next year's World Cup to be held at The Hague, Netherlands, edged past China 3-2 in the shootout after both the teams were locked 2-2 at the regulation time.

By virtue of this win, the Indians managed to avenge their 0-1 defeat to the Chinese in the pool stages of the tournament.

India dominated proceedings in the first half and scored two field goals through Anuradha Devi Thokchom (16th minute) and Vandana Katariya (31st) to go into the breather with a comfortable 2-0 lead.

The Indian girls managed to hold on to their lead after the lemon break and denied any openings to the nimble-footed Chinese till the 51st minute.

China pulled one back in the 51st minute through Yan Yan's field goal to liven up the match.

The Indians had themselves to blame as some sloppy defending towards the end allowed China to draw parity when Wu Mengrong scored the equaliser in the 64th minute.

Thereafter, both the teams played cautiously in the last six minutes to take the encounter into shootout.

In the shootout, the Indians came out on top, converting three of their chances as against two by the Chinese girls.

Meanwhile, Japan stunned defending champions Korea 2-1 in the final to win the Asia Cup and secure a place in next year's World Cup.

The Times of India

Alberto "Coco" Budeisky elected PAHF President

Budeisky replaces Tony von Ondarza, President since 1987

PAHF President Alberto "Coco" Budeisky (Photo: © Yan Huckendubler)

Alberto "Coco" Budeisky (Argentina) was elected new PAHF President, in replacement of Tony von Ondarza, President of the Pan American Hockey Federation since 1987   

At its 2013 Congress held in Mendoza, Argentina, the Pan American Hockey Federation elected a new President to replace Tony von Ondarza, President of PAHF since 1987.

23 National Associations took part in the vote. Alberto “Coco” Budeisky (Argentina) was elected with 13 votes, in front of René Granat (Venezuela) with 10 votes.

The PAHF Congress also elected four new Board members: Nicole Grant (Jamaica), Hector Motta Rios (Puerto Rico), Walter Kramer (Chile) and Herberth Lovo (El Salvador).

Derek Sandison (Canada) was re-elected as PAHF Treasurer.

Pan American Hockey Federation media release

Love at first sight for Manpreet

by  Satwant Dhaliwal

India lost the final of the 2nd Sultan of Johor Cup last year but Manpreet Singh turned out to be a winner.

For the 21 year old that hails from Mithapur, Punjab, won over the heart of a Malaysian girl. And it was no puppy love for the duo are now in a serious relationship.

Meet Illi Najwa Saddique,the girl from Johor Baru that Manpreet fell in love at first sight at the Taman Daya Stadium last year.

"Yes we are in a relationship and she means the world to me. Our parents too know about us and have given their blessings. Infact if things go well we are looking towards a wedding post Rio Olympics in 2016," said Manpreet who is the skipper of the Indian Juniors competing in the ongoing Sultan Johor Cup.

"She has already visited India several times and have met my parents. My mum cooked bhindi (lady's fingers) and Illi loves them. She has started to learn how to cook chapati's as well. We have a certain chemistry and get along very well.

"I will stay on after this tournament to spend some time with her and the family and then I am back in training for the Junior World Cup."

Illi said that it was Manpreet who made the first move.

"He asked the liason officer to get my number and that is where it all started. And we met at the JB Bazaar (Pasar Karat) and it was there he confessed his feelings for me. I was smitten as he is very charming and a gentlemen," said Illi who never misses a match of the Indian team on Malaysian soil, having been to Ipoh for the Azlan Shah Cup and Asia Cup.

"As the days goes by and our feelings towards each other is going stronger and with the blessing from both families, the big day is planned to be in 2016 after Rio Olympic. We like to thank everyone that always giving us the support, courage and prayers in making our relationship stronger."

Manpreet said that he was prepared to play in the Malaysian Hockey League next year, after the Asian Games.

"I am looking forward to play in the MHL as I have heard much about it. At present there have been a couple of approaches but I will keep my options open.

While the fans at the Taman Daya Stadium will be cheering Malaysia in the final against India this Sunday, trust that there will be one teenager who will be shouting words of encouragement for Manpreet.

Official Sultan of Johor Cup site

Love won't sway Manpreet

DRIVEN: India captain to marry Malaysian but expect no favours in Sultan of Johor Cup

THERE will be no love lost between India and Malaysia in their final group match of the Sultan of Johor Cup today, but love is on the sidelines.

For India skipper Manpreet Singh, 21, has fallen head-over-heels in love with a Malaysian girl and plans to marry her after the 2016 Olympics.

"We met during the second Sultan of Johor Cup (2012) and after exchanging numbers, we kept in touch and love blossomed.

"I plan to marry her after the Rio Olympics," said Manpreet, who has 79 international caps, and is also a regular with the senior side.

He took his sweetheart to Punjab last year, where she enjoyed the village life in Lahore.

"My parents like her very much and approve of our relationship, and she also liked my village very much," said Manpreet.

Even though he is floating on love, Manpreet's feet are firmly on the ground to rally his men to beat Malaysia today, and again in the final tomorrow.

"I love this country, but will plan for a victory for India in both the encounters because my mates and I want to land our hands on the title," said Manpreet.

Malaysia won the inaugural title in 2011, Germany claimed the next title, and it will be a tussle between Malaysia and India in the third edition.

"As we will be playing India twice, I will use the first to give more playing time to my fringe players," said Malaysia coach K. Dharmaraj.

"We will be going for wins in both the encounters, but I will caution my players to play safe and try to avoid injuries and cards because the Sunday match is what matters most."

"We will be playing with tournament favourites and also one of the strong contenders for the World Cup title.

"The match will not be an easy one, but I am looking forward to it because it will give me a super chance to test my players against one of the top junior teams in the world," said Dharmaraj.

The Indian side play hockey until the strikers reach the opponents' semicircle, and then change to cricket by slamming in loose balls like they are looking for sixers.

The Indian strikers have shown a killer instinct, which has netted 15 goals in four matches. They have let in only four.

Malaysia have scored 16 and let in six.

"We won an average of eight penalty corners in every game, but the scoring rate has been very poor.

"This is one of the departments that I need to strengthen before New Delhi," said Dharmaraj.

The Junior World Cup will be held in New Delhi on Dec 6-15.

New Straits Times

National team schedule to get priority: MHC


KUALA LUMPUR: The national team’s 2014 programme will be given priority as the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) competitions committee will work the domestic calendar to suit the team’s needs.

The decision was made by the MHC competitions committee at their recent meeting in Kuantan after a briefing by national coach Paul Revington. Competitions committee chairman M. Gobinathan said that they will give priority to the programme drawn up by the national team as they have at least five major international assignments next year.

“We will ensure that the domestic programme does not disrupt or interfere with their programme. The committee has agreed with Revington that the national team’s needs should be given priority and he was also good enough to suggest some changes to our calendar which will fit into his plans,” said Gobinathan.

The five major tournaments on the national team’s programme next year are the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup (March), Champions Challenge I (April), World Cup (May-June), Commonwealth Games (July-August) and the Asian Games (September).

The MHC tournaments for 2014 remain unchanged - the Malaysia Junior Hockey League, Malaysia Hockey League, Under-21 (Sukma), Under-16, Under-14 and the Razak Cup.

Gobinathan said that since there are no national players involved in the MJHL, the tournament will start in January and end in March.

“The MHL (senior league) will be broken up and held over two periods. The Division One will be held in early March while the Premier League will be in October.

“As far as we know there are no national players in Division One and it will not affect the national team’s programme,” he said.

Gobinathan said that based on Revington’s suggestion the Razak Cup has been fixed for Aug 14-24. He said the venue will be decided later once the states have made a bid for it. The Razak Cup for the last three years has been held in Kuantan.

“We will draw up the dates and then have the MHC council endorse it. We will continue to talk to the national coach from time to time to see if there are any issues to look into.

“But based on the discussion we had recently the national programme and the domestic calendar can take off without a hitch and there will be no reason to alter any of the dates that have been agreed on,” he added.

The tournaments that have not been completed this year are the Under-14 and Under-21 meets.

The Under-14 will be held in Terengganu in November while Seremban will host the Under-21 in December.

The Star of Malaysia

Defending champions Queensland win their opener

Day 1 Results: Men's AHL

Game 1

NSW Waratahs 4 (1” D.Pearce, 40”  M.Butturini, 53” M.Paterson and 58” J.Miller)
SA Hotshots 4 (14” J.Smith, 19” A.Oliver, 35” H.Gill and 64” C.Joyce)

NSW Waratahs draw against SA Hotshots in the first match of the 2013 AHL championships 4 – 4.

The 2013 AHL championship could not have got off to a better start.  The first game of the of the tournament between the NSW Waratahs and the SA Hotshots saw a great display of skill and flare but both teams could not be separated at full time.

In a high scoring affair the Waratahs had the better of possession for most of the opening minutes in the first half.  NSW opened the scoring in the first minute with a string of passes that led to a free hit from outside NSW’s attacking circle.  Capitalising on their opponent’s lack of concentration the Waratahs got the ball inside and scored thanks to Duncan Pearce.

Buoyed from the first goal of the tournament the Hotshots looked rattled in defense that saw Harry Gill lose his shoe.  However, Waratahs celebrations were cut short as the Hotshots, who have finished the last three seasons in last place, scored three consecutive goals.

Jacob Smith, Alistair Oliver and Harry Gill all scored in an exciting first half.  Going into the break with a commanding lead it looked as if the Waratahs were startled from the sudden surge from the Hotshots.

The second half saw the Waratahs now get on the end of some thrilling play and edge ahead with goals from Matthew Butturini, Mark Paterson and an absolutely sensational reverse strike from Josh Miller.  The Waratahs had all the answers it seemed until a penalty corner for the Hotshots leveled up the scores with six minutes to play.

That is how it inevitably ended with both teams unable to be separated at full time.  The high scoring match saw glimpses of brilliance from both teams but untidy defensive lapses meant multiple goals were let through.  The Waratahs and the Hotshots both have plenty to do defensively before there next games but nothing wrong with their attacking games.

Game 2

ACT Lakers 3 (39” G.Turner and 45”/ 52” A.Kershaw)
WA Thundersticks 2 (2” T.Bates and 11”S.Pike)

ACT Lakers flood the WA Thundersticks to record an upset win in their first match of the 2013 AHL championships 3 – 2.

Last year’s runners-up the WA Thundersticks have been overrun in the second half to go down to the ACT Lakers in their first pool B match of the 2013 AHL championships.  

The ACT Lakers had to do it the hard way and deal with some intense pressure from a team eager to reclaim the title they won back in 2011.

The purple haze has well and truly entered Melbourne as the Fremantle Dockers play in their inaugural AFL grand final on Saturday.  However, the State Netball and Hockey Centre saw a yellow and black haze that applied their own pressure to get off to a fantastic start in the first half.

Tim Bates began his campaign with the first goal of the match and less than 10 minutes later the Thundersticks doubled their tally thanks to Sam Pike.  It was a great first half by the Thundersticks as they entered the half time break leading 2 – 0.  Unless something dramatically changed it looked as if the Thundersticks would cruise to victory.

However, the Lakers regrouped and tightened up their structures.  It looked as if a new team had walked on in the second half and saw the Lakers awarded with a penalty stroke after capitalising on some sloppy defense by the Thundersticks.  After scoring their first goal the Lakers began an onslaught of attacks that eventually saw scores level thanks to a goal from Aaron Kershaw.

The momentum was well and truly with the Lakers and showed with flashy passing and composure in the latter stages of the match.  Aaron Kershaw added to the goal he scored 15 minutes earlier by put through the final goal of the match.

The Thundersticks were awarded a penalty corner in the dire stages of the second half and could not find the goals.  Past results count for nothing and fans at State Netball and Hockey Centre were treated to a fantastic game.

The ACT Lakers were able to hold off the WA Thundersticks challenge and completed a massive upset victory.

Game 3

VIC Vikings 7 (24” / 38” / 48” / 66” D.Mirecki, 30” C.Ciriello, 32” A.Kleinschmidt and 64” J.Webster)
TAS Tigers 1 (52” N.Budgeon )

A clinical performance by the VIC Vikings has surely sent warning signs to the rest of the competition after they dismantled the TAS Tigers 7 – 1.

The VIC Vikings have begun there 2013 AHL campaign with a stunning 7 -1 victory over the TAS Tigers.  The match was rather one sided with the Vikings controlling the majority of the match in a performance that would hold them in good stead ahead of their second match against the WA Thundersticks.

Daniel Mirecki played a sensational game finishing up with four goals.   

The start of the match saw both sides enjoy time in possession.  The first 14 minutes was fairly uneventful and took some time for the Vikings to find their groove.  The Tigers then struggled to get clean possession whereas the Vikings looked more composed going forward.  The match was set up brilliantly in the first half with 3 goals from Vikings players Mirecki, Chris Ciriello and Aaron Kleinschmidt.

Eyeing off victory the Vikings turned on a spectacular display and dominated the remainder of the game.  It was raining goals in the second half as Mirecki scored twice in 10 minutes and again in the 66th minute. James Webster also found himself on the scoreboard after the Tigers scored a conciliation goal in the 52nd minute from a penalty corner.  

The Tigers struggled with the Vikings outside run and were simply outplayed and at times outnumbered.  The skill and poise showed by the Vikings was a great sight and showed that their performance was the highlight of an action packed day one of competition.

Game 4

QLD Blades 4 (26” J.Douglas, 22” S.Boyde, 51” OG and 62” M.Knowles)
NT Stingers 2 (45” J.Reardon and 63” T.Crowley)

In a sharp display from the QLD Blades they finished with a 4 – 2 win over the NT Stingers.

The QLD Blades have started their title defense with victory over the NT Stingers.  The defending champions were impressive at times during the match but were also helped with some costly errors by the Stingers.

The Blades opened the scoring in the 14th minute with a strike from Justin Douglas. 

The Stingers defense was put under some quality pressure from the Blades and as a result made simple mistakes.  Jason Wilson doubled the score with a goal in the 22nd minute allowing the Blades to go into the halftime break with a comfortable 2 – 0 lead.

As most games have seen in the championship, the trailing team came out firing in the second half with a 45 minute strike reducing the deficit to 2 – 1.  Unfortunately an agonising own goal put the game to bed in the 51st as the Blades went 3 – 1 up with under 20 minutes to go.

Another brace thanks to a well-constructed penalty corner saw the Blades enjoy a 4 – 1 lead.  But a conciliation goal a minute later from Stingers player Tyler Cowley saw the game remain that for the final seven minutes.

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Hockey Australia media release

ACT defeat the defending champions in opener

Day 1 results: Women;s AHL

Game 1

ACT 1 (Anna Flanagan 62m FG)

The defending Australian Hockey League’s women’s champions, the Victorian Vipers, lost its opening game against the ACT Strikers 0-1 at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre in Hobart tonight (27 September).

The goal came late in the second half through a PC well converted by Anna Flanagan from the top of the circle.

ACT enjoyed greater possession in the opening half but the Victorian defence was excellent, stopping numerous attacking runs.

Anna Flanagan, the ACT’s best player, combined with Kate Gilmore to win the first PC for the Strikers in the 13th minute, but it was easily saved by Victorian goalkeeper Rachael Lynch.

The second half of the first half saw Victoria slowly grab control of the game, creating numerous chances - Laura Desmet and Laura Barden were particularly prominent in attack for the Vipers.

After half-time the Victorians looked more likely to score, and were unlucky not to do so with a couple of shots passing agonizingly close to the post.

The Victorians then continued to increase their pressure on the ACT defence, causing a handful of turnovers that led to new scoring opportunities.

The ACT gradually fought their way back into the game, but just like the first half, the Victorian defence was solid, virtually stopping the ACT forwards penetrating the attacking circle.

When they did break into the circle, the Victorian defenders were able to dispossess their opponents and set up the counter attack.

But with nine-minutes remaining, and with the game looking like it was destined for a draw, the ACT forced its first PC of the half which Flanagan converted.

Game 2

NSW 3  (Georgina Morgan 15m PC, Kellie White 4m FG, Hollie Webster 15m PC
SA 1 (Georgie Parker 54m FG)
Half time : 1-0

One of the opening games of the 2103 Women’s Australian hockey League and it was a clear indication of the high standard of hockey that will follow in the next week.

The NSW Arrows opened the scoring with a clinical drag flick from Georgina Morgan and followed up with some piercing penetrations into attack, but the SA Southern Suns were classy in defence and had their own chances in attack.

The Arrows substituted quickly and often and high forward Jade Close, on the receiving end of several sharp passes from Nina Kkoury, might have rued several great opportunities.  While the Southern Suns finished the first period strongly, the Arrows took a narrow 1-0 lead into half time.

An early goal in the second half from Kellie White wasn’t enough to quieten Georgie Parker who caught the Arrows off guard and put one away for the Southern Suns bringing them back to within one.

NSW continued to shoot off target but earned a penalty corner to get their 3rd goal and the match.

Game 3

WA 3 (Jess Esselmont 1m FG, Airlie Ogilvie 38m FG, Penny Squibb 66m FG)

The WA Diamonds comfortably accounted for the home side, the Tasmanian Van Demons, 3-0 in their opening Australian Hockey League women’s game at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre in Hobart tonight (27 September).

The WA Diamonds were clinical from the opening whistle, scoring after just 25 seconds with a long pass into the attacking 25 that was well deflected into the circle by Olivia Chiu and then touched into the goal by Jess Esselmont.

The Diamonds hit the cross bar in the 12th minute, and looked constantly dangerous in attack throughout the opening period and were unlucky not to extend the lead.

But to their credit, the Van Demons defence was excellent.  Emily Lawson, Nicole Geeves, Jackie Jones and goalkeeper Amelia Gibson played a tight defensive game to hold them scoreless for the rest of the half.

After half-time the Van Demons started well, and applied greater pressure than they were able to do in the first half.

But the WA defence held them out, turned the ball over and transitioned it quickly into attack through Ashleigh Nelson and Kobe McGuirk.  It was thanks to play like this that saw WA score its second goal through Airlie Ogilvie.

WA was the better team for most of the second half – passing well but just unable to extend their lead despite plenty of chances. The pressure applied by the Van Demons defence, and the excellent play of Gibson, were contributing factors.

WA eventually scored a third goal when Penny Squibb knocked the ball over the goal line from close range.

The Van Demons had some attacking play that pleased the home crowd – captain Emily Donovan and vice captain Brigit Ikin (who looked comfortable at this level) worked hard and were good players for their team in the midfield and in attack.

Game 4

QLD 6 (Madison Fitzpatrick 24m PC, Madonna Blyth 40m FG, Rebecca Reuter 43m FG,
Jodie Schulz 50m PC & 53m FG, Renee Ashton 69m PC
NT 0
Half time : 1-0

It took QLD Scorchers the whole first half of their match before they found their rhythm and proceeded to take a commanding lead of the gallant Territory Pearls.

Livewire forwards Brooke Peris and Candice Olivieri broke through again and again but it was always going to be a hard task against such experienced hockey giants as Jodie Schultz and the tag team of Attard and Blyth.

The Pearls defender, Tasmanian expat Blair Patten was stalwart in defence and also instrumental in driving the Pearls forward,  but in the end, the QLD Scorchers blazed their way through the field again and again earning six penalty corners in 10 minutes.

The mighty Jodie Schulz scoring two and Renee Ashton sealing the game with a perfectly executed deflection from the final set play before the siren.

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Hockey Australia media release

Kelburne bag four in Friday night goal-fest

Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1 champions Kelburne moved up to second place in the table with a 4-1 win over Hillhead at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre this evening.

In the first of Scottish Hockey's Friday night matches, the Paisley outfit ran out comfortable winners thanks to goals from Lee Morton, Michael Christie, Mark Ralph and Jack McKenzie. Andrew Hilton got Hillhead's consolation from the spot.

Kelburne opened the scoring in thre 19th minute when Lee Morton latched onto a sublime through ball from midfield, and with only Hillhead 'keeper Jamie Frail to beat, the Scotland youth international rounded the outstretched dive to tuck the ball home and make it 1-0.

Six minutes later, the defending champions doubled their lead after Johnny Christie forced a fine save from Frail, only for Michael Christie to pounce on the re-bound and slam home the ball for a 2-0 advantage.

On the stroke of half-time, Mark Ralph stepped up to dispatch a penalty corner drag-flick into the right hand side of the goal to give his side a commanding 3-0 lead at the interval.

Hillhead found a lifeline ten minutes into the second half when Andrew Hilton scored a penalty stroke to put his side back into the contest at 3-1.

The match then petered out slightly with goalscoring opportunities few and far between but Kelburne wrapped up the match in the 63rd minute following a counter-attack involving Morton and the two Christie brothers that resulted in Jack McKenzie having an easy tap-in from close range to make the final score 4-1.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men's National League Division 1: Kelburne (Morton 19', Christie.M 25', Ralph 34', McKenzie 63') 4-1 Hillhead (Hilton.A 45')

Please visit the Aberdeen Asset Management Men's National League Division 1 page for fixtures, results and league table.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Fijian Champs continue with winning form

Arin Kumar

LAST season's league champions Chow continued its winning form in the new competition that began on Thursday night.

The side thrashed ANZ 4-0 in the MH and Ministry of Health — Wellness Unit Business House Hockey knockout competition at the National Hockey Centre in Suva.

Organiser Tai Smith said 14 teams were participating in the competition and winners in every round remained in the cup playoffs while the losing teams were relegated to the next level.

"Last season league champions Chow started with a 4-0 win over ANZ whilst season runners-up FMF had a convincing 7-0 win over BSP Life," she said.

"The game of the evening was played between SPC and Fiji TV where the game ended in a 2-all draw but unfortunately a technicality saw the SPC forfeit the game.

"One of the entertaining teams of the season has been Grid Security who although lost 0-3 against a well-drilled Westpac team, they entertained the crowd with the unorthodox open style of hockey."

Smith said even though FMF and Chow look to be the favourites to take out the competition, after the solid display by Westpac, the unpredictable Goodman Fielder, Celtrock and Fiji TV look to be the teams to watch out for.

"As usual the competition is always full of life and with the fireworks going off in the background at the national stadium, the mood was set for an enjoyable evening of hockey.

"Business house hockey is about improving our lifestyles whilst having fun and I would like to encourage business houses to join these business house activities to improve the health of our workforce and more importantly help combat the major killer in Fiji — Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)."

Results: Chow 4-0 ANZ, Westpac 3-0 Grid Security, SPC 2-2 Fiji TV (Fiji TV technical win on strokes), Goodman Fielder 4-0 FASANOC, FMF 7-0 BSP Life.

Games yet to be played: Aliz Pacific-AAPI and FBC-Celtrock.

The Fiji Times

Chance to host World Cup 2018 on NZ's radar

By David Leggat

FIH chief executive Kelly Fairweather. Photo / Sarah Ivey

New Zealand has a solid case for hosting a World Cup in 2018 and have been making their argument to hockey's top official this week.

International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief executive Kelly Fairweather was in Auckland as part of a whistlestop tour around the countries who have put their hand up to host either the men's or women's event in five years' time.

Malaysia, Australia, India and New Zealand have applied to run the men's tournament; New Zealand's rivals for the women's cup are England and Australia.

The decisions will be made at an FIH executive meeting in Lausanne on November 7.

Next year's World Cup is a joint operation in The Hague, however from 2018 the event has been split into two separate tournaments, and enlarged from 12 to 16 teams.

"We're looking to develop them as stand-alone properties.

"We think each has an attraction in its own right," Fairweather said.

The safe-pair-of-hands argument - such as that which was a strong part of Tokyo winning hosting rights for the 2020 Olympic Games recently - counts for plenty.

Sports organisations generally lean towards hosts who, having won the vote, don't need hands held right through to the delivery of an event.

The women's Black Sticks are ranked third in the world standings, the men are fifth - another plank in their case.

Australia are similarly placed to argue their case, being sixth in the women's rankings and second in the men's.

"This is one of the few countries that probably would pull both of those off without any problem at all," Fairweather said.

"There aren't many countries who can say they have an interest in both genders, but New Zealand is one of them."

Fairweather likes the bidding process and believes it adds a robust element to the method of awarding tournaments.

Fairweather, a South African who has done time at the IOC and Wada, is well steeped in the politics of sport.

A former junior international and high level coach, Fairweather believes the sport is well placed to make up ground he feels has been lost in recent years.

He cites rugby and cricket as sports which took advantage of a changing environment in embracing the professional era.

"I think we missed the boat to a large extent in the mid-90s.

"We've still got some catching up to do but we're quite confident we've got the foundations in place to get that up, so we're looking over the next two World Cup cycles (2015-2018, 2019-2022) to try and make an impact," he said.

Fairweather sees considerable potential in the Asia Pacific region.

He admitted hockey was guilty of "dropping the ball" around India and Pakistan, once powerhouses in the sport, having let them drift without providing sufficient support.

Fairweather believes three ingredients are necessary for a sport to prosper - its calendar, ensuring the event portfolio is well organised and having a large number of competitive countries.

It is important to have between 10-12 good quality nations. "We didn't have that. Now we're getting up to seven or eight, so we've got to kick that up".

The second edition of the Hockey India League starts in January.

This year's event was well received, and will increase from five to six franchises next year.

Fairweather would like to see more leagues developed - the top priority is a women's league - but done carefully. He is aware of cricket's problem with the proliferation of T20 leagues.

"We have to be careful this doesn't run away with us," he said.

''Cricket are seeing a bit of that challenge.

"If I had a crystal ball maybe hockey would have three or four leagues around the world in 10 years where players can earn a good living.

"But you've got to take it step by step."

The New Zealand Herald

PHF management should be replaced legally: Naveed

LAHORE - Former hockey Olympian Naveed Alam has said that due to wrong polices of the current Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) top brass, the national game is on the verge of destruction so true leadership is direly needed to save it from further decline.

Speaking at the press conference here on Friday, Olympian Naveed said: “The current PHF management not only destroyed the national game to larger extent but also defamed the country and the entire nation. Now the helm of PHF affairs should be handed over to those who may revive the game and bring it to those heights which it had enjoyed in its golden era.”

He also backed Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali as PHF president adding that Jamali had wide experience of the game so he would be surely a better choice because he was the person who could change the fortunes of Pakistan hockey.

He said the current PHF officials totally failed in running the affairs of the federation successfully. “When ex-PHF secretary Asif Bajwa resigned after disgraceful defeats in the Asia Cup 2013 which deprived the green shirts of qualifying for the Hockey World Cup 2014, it clearly indicated that the policies of the current PHF failed miserably so they themselves should have resigned immediately from their posts in the larger interest of the game and the country.”

He requested Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, who himself is a true sportsman, to take up this issue seriously and nominate the name for the PHF president who may hold the elections in a fair and transparent way.

“We have no objection over holding the elections but the problem is that the current PHF management has completed its term and now they have been occupying the seats in the federation illegally. So the PM should appoint interim setup in the PHF to hold the elections fairly,” he added.

He lamented the PHF’s decision of sacking as many as 10 national players. “It is very harsh decision to sack 10 of the national team players without any concrete reason. Instead of sacking them, the PHF management should resign themselves in the larger interest of hockey and the country and should give the chance to those who want to promote the game and help the country regain the lost hockey glory.”

“The PM should announce a committee which should be given task to make the house in order and hold the elections of the federation in a transparent way. If this committee holds elections fairly, then I am sure the new management will not only revive hockey but also help the national team to earn top slot at Asian level and also excel at international level,” he concluded.

The Nation

US Mens National Head Coach Conducts Boys and Coaching Clinics

USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce that Men's National Coach, Chris Clements will be travelling to Virginia Beach, Va. and Miami / Key Biscayne Fla., to run athlete and coaching clinics to simply promote the sport of field hockey for boys and men.  Virginia Beach and Miami / Key Biscayne are just two areas that USA Field Hockey sees as necessary to not only present the sport to boys, but also develop these areas for future growth. 

"It is exciting to see an increase in the pool of players and areas of development of the game for boys and men across the country," said Clements.  "With the assistance of key people in the regions, our game will grow for all involved and provide further opportunities to excel in the competitive environment." 

While in Florida and Virginia, Clements will also offer clinics for girls as well as coaches of all ages and levels. 

This is a tremendous opportunity to learn from one of the world’s most reputable and outstanding coaches in the sport. Not only will athletes walk away with newly acquired game knowledge but they will also find a new love and passion for field hockey. Lifelong memories will be created as history is made and fun is had at these youth clinics.

"The opportunity to get out to the community and support their efforts is important to aid in the development of the game and provide feedback to coaches and players first hand,” said Clements. “I am excited to see what the coaches and players from the South Region have to offer." 


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Punjab CM inaugurates world-class hockey stadium

MOHALI: Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday pledged to develop Punjab as a front runner state in the field of sports and revive hockey also.

Addressing a gathering after inaugurating world class international standard hockey stadium opposite PCA in Sector 63 here, the CM said that his government was committed to raise the profile of kabaddi and hockey which had lost its sheen with the passage of time.

He said concerted efforts have been made by his government to popularise Kabbadi at the world level by organizing World Kabaddi Cups.

Badal said that his government would focus towards promotion of hockey in a big way so that Punjab can once again shine in this traditional sport.

Recalling the contribution of ace hockey players like Olympian Balbir Singh Senior and others, the CM said that they had brought laurels for the country in general and made Punjab proud in particular.

He said that the newly built stadium would provide opportunities for young hockey Players to excel and the portraits of the stalwarts of Punjab displayed in the stadium would give inspiration to the future generations.

Badal said that the Punjab was the only state in the country to have announced its sports policy, adding that the state government had given jobs to a number of sportspersons who have excelled in the various national and international events.

The CM added that all out efforts were being made by the state government to uplift the sports infrastructure for which Rs 200 crore was being spent. He said six world class hockey stadiums, along with 10 multi-purpose stadiums, were under construction which would give a major fillip to sports in the state.

Badal said that the entire focus on the upgradation of infrastructure was in line with the fact that top class sportspersons could only excel in their different disciplines provided they get best facilities.

Terming the newly inaugurated hockey stadium as one of the best stadiums in the world, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in his address said that the stadium was one of its kind across the globe.

He said that besides organising six-nation tournament in this stadium, the state government would also hold the matches of Punjab Hockey League on the pattern of Indian Premier League (IPL) in which the district level teams would compete with each other.

Sukhbir Singh Badal also said that Punjab Institute of Sports would be constructed at Mohali at a cost of Rs 100 crore, adding that centers of excellence in selective sports disciplines would be constructed for promoting sports.

The deputy chief minster further said that the Sports department would soon chalk out a massive program for establishing one sports school each in every district on the pattern of already set up school at Ghudda (Bathinda).

He said that with the inauguration of this international hockey stadium, Mohali will also be known for hockey stadium whereas earlier it was only associated with the cricket stadium.

Sukhbir Singh Badal said that world class coaches will be roped in to train budding players in all sports disciplines, especially hockey.

Meanwhile, Punjab XI defeated the Rest of India 3-2 in an exciting match which offered a gala event to the hockey lovers. The chief minister announced a cash reward of Rs five lakh each to both the teams.

The Times of India

Hockey competition in city after four years

Kolhapur: The city will host the state-level Nehru hockey competition from Saturday after a gap of four years. The three-day competition will witness participation of around 550 players from nine divisions of the state.

All the matches will be played at the Major Dhyanchand Hockey Stadium in Datta Colony, said officials from the district sports office.

District sports officer Navnath Phadatare said, "The competition has been organized for the under-15 and under-17 players. Committees like medical, transport, publicity, award, administrative work and the organizing committee have been formed so that the event is organized smoothly. The district sports office, along with the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) and the District Hockey Association, are actively associated with the event." Teams from Pune, Mumbai, Amravati, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Latur, Kolhapur as well as players from Krida Prabodhini will participate in the event

"The winning team in the respective age groups will represent the state in the national Nehru hockey competition at Delhi, which will start from October 8," added Phadatare.

Head of the district hockey association Vijay Salokhe said, "We have appointed 10 official umpires. The Kolhapur team is one of the contenders of the trophy. Our team had won last year's competition in the under-17 category."

The Times of India