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A dominant Queensland are threatening back-to-back titles

Round three results Men's AHL

Written by Sean Munaweera @ Hockey Victoria

Game one

QLD def SA 8-0

QLD: Jake Whetton 3m FG / 7m FG, Daniel Beale 15m FG, Robert Hammond 25m PC, Scott Boyde 28m FG & 61m FG, Kane Posselt 35m PC, Mark Knowles 38m PC

No Dwyer, no worries as the QLD Blades put on a comprehensive with an 8 – 0 win against the SA Hotshots on day three of the AHL 2013 championships.

The Blades started extremely well as they took advantage of their first shot of the match thanks to the quick work of Jake Whetton.  QLD’s transitional play was quite effective and caught the SA players off guard on a number of occasions.

The Blades found themselves with large amounts of space which allowed Jake Whetton to get on the end of another opportunity and converted to make the score 2 – 0 early in the match.  In a split second the Hotshots found the ball in their attacking circle and could have easily leveled the scores but some quality saves from the QLD keeper maintained their perfect start.

Again finding space the Blades entered their attacking circle and this time Daniel Beale scored.  With scores 3 – 0 it simply showed that QLD were taking every single opportunity that presented itself.  SA was playing quite well but was unable to convert their chances.

Awarded with their second penalty corner of the match QLD scored thanks to the reverse shot from Robert Hammond.  At this point the Hotshots really let themselves down defensively as a centering ball from the Blades should have been cleared but instead Scott Boyde made the score 5 – 0.  Enjoying eight minutes of the ball in their attacking circle the Blades capitalised and went into the halftime break 6 – 0 as Kane Posselt converted the final penalty corner of the half.

Wasting no time QLD converted their first penalty corner of the second half and with a 7 – 0 score line SA were left wondering what more they could do.  The Hotshots continued to press up the ground to try and at least score a conciliation goal but were unsuccessful.

The Blades could not put a foot wrong but their urgency to attack did not seem to be as evident as it was in the first half.  The Hotshots were starting to control the midfield battle but a strong QLD defense nullified any chance SA had to score.   

Against the run of play Scott Boyde converted a half chance which somehow slipped into the goals and summed up the day for the SA Hotshots.  The professionalism of the Blades was shining through on an overcast Melbourne day and they will now take on the red hot VIC Vikings.

Game two

NSW 4 def NT 2

NSW: Josh Miller 5m FG, Tom Lobsey 12m FG, Matthew Butturini 40m PC, Matthew Johnson 53m FG.
NT: Tyler Cowley 58m PC, Adrian Lockley 67m FG

The NSW Waratahs have defeated the NT Singers 4 – 2 with an impressive performance in the second match of the day.

The match started with the Waratahs having most of the possession in the opening couple of minutes.  The Stingers were trying to do too much in defense and consequently conceded the first penalty corner of the match but did well to handle the NSW attack.

With an exorbitant amount of space in the in the midfield the Waratahs were able to exploit the Stingers and a Matthew Dawson brace opened the scoring for the match.  As the Waratahs led 1 – 0 the Stingers looked to try and gain some possession to deny NSW first use.

As NT attempted to maintain possession the Waratahs had enough time to retreat back into defense and take care of the challenge.  This proved dangerous because as Stingers defenders pressed up the ground to lock the ball in the Waratahs would simply lob out of defense and allow attackers to run on.  This tactic worked effectively as Tom Lobsey was able to use the well-constructed space to score for NSW.

Rain started to fall and the cooler conditions saw the Waratahs cool off their attack.  A 14 minute period saw the ball at both ends of the pitch but neither team threatened the scoreboard.  The Stingers would have been pleased with their structure in this stretch but needed to push harder in order to score.

Leading 2 – 0 the Waratahs knew the Stingers were not going away without a fight.  After the break NSW pressed swiftly into their attacking zone and locked the ball in for a 10 minute stretch.  They were awarded four penalty corners and converted one with a low drag flick by Matthew Butturini.

With the score now 3 – 0 NSW looked set to continue their dominance and run away with a victory.  The sun was now shining bright but only for the Waratahs that started to be more adventurous with their switch play.  It did not mount to goals right away but it did put NT under perceived pressure as shots were coming from everywhere.

The Stingers were taking too long to decide who would take free hits and as defenders are the more logical option, in order to expose more attackers, NSW players had ample opportunity to zone back.  This rendered the lob pass useless as the free space was no longer available.

NSW then scored with a skillfully struck shot on the reverse side and the score was now 4 – 0.  Two quick goals from Tyler Cowley and Arian Lockley made the scoreboard look more respectable.  To their credit NT continued to persist and were justly rewarded which would be a positive to take out of the match.     

Game three

TAS 2 def WA 1

TAS: Dougal Middleton 25m FG, Geoff Cook 54m PS
WA: Alistair Park 16m FG

The TAS Tigers have held on for a 2 – 1 win against the WA Thundersticks to record their first victory of the 2013 AHL championships.

TAS began the game with a sense of urgency as they were keen to try and make up for loses in their last two outings.  They may not have had the better of possession in the first 15 minutes but they definitely had the best chances after being awarded with two penalty corners.

With a skillful flare about the way the Tigers took their penalty corners it was a shame they were not 2 – 0 up.  Unfortunately for them attack turned too quickly into defense as the Tigers were put on the back foot and the Thundersticks capitalised.

Possession seemed to be equally shared between both sides but finally a half chance turned into a great shot for TAS and scores were level.  The Tigers were up and about as attackers supplied quality run down the wings and made the Thundersticks look tired.

The Tigers were throwing everything to try and score again with one even launching his body forward to in an attempt to get on the end of a forward pass but collided with the keeper.  The rest of the second half did not mount to any genuine goal scoring opportunities and thus remained locked at 1 – 1.

The second half started much like how the first ended.  With play moving from end to end both teams seemed evenly matched.  It made for enthralling viewing as no one team dominated for more than a couple of minutes. 

With 16 minutes left on the clock a goal keeping blunder from WA saw TAS awarded with a penalty stroke.  Converted by Geoff Cock the Tigers finally had their nose in front against the Thundersticks.  At 2 – 1 that is how the scores remained for the rest of the match and allowed for TAS to claim their first win of the championships.

Game four

VIC 2 def ACT 1

VIC: Glenn Simpson 45m PC / 55m FG
ACT: Glenn Turner 3m FG

In the final match of the day it was the VIC Vikings that had to do it the hard way to just get over the ACT Lakers 2 – 1.

It was surely the feature match of the day with the VIC Vikings on fire in the championships against the surprise packets of the ACT Lakers. The Vikings have enjoyed comprehensive wins in their last two matches and the Lakers have played exceptional hockey to have themselves well placed at a tilt of the title.

The Lakers jumped early and with a spectacular run down the wing it was Glenn Turner that gave his side the early ascendency.  The Vikings were now on the back foot and found themselves in an uncharacteristic position trailing.

The rest of the first half was back and forth play.  The Vikings in their last two games have been able to find space and put players in dangerous positions.  This time however, the Lakers were doing well to deny the Vikings clean possession.

The second half had fans thinking an upset was on the cards until the Vikings were able to score with a penalty corner.  Scores were 1 – 1 and it was game on.  The VIC’s found something extra and with constant encouragement from the sidelines the Vikings started to control the tempo.

ACT was awarded a penalty corner and quick thinking from the Vikings cleared the ball and caught the Lakers off guard.  Glenn Simpson scored his second for the match and the VIC’s were flying.  More urgency saw the intensity go up again and with 10 minutes to play players from both sides were feeling the heat.

Players were slipping, diving and one was even bleeding which identified how much this meant to both the Vikings and Lakers.  Five minutes to play and the ball was a hot potato. Everyone wanted it but no one could keep it.  Shots were coming from everywhere but it was the Vikings that were able to hold off the late challenge and maintain their clean start to the year.   

If this is an indication as to the level we will witness in the finals then bring it on.

Men’s cross-overs – Wednesday 2nd October 2013 (Melbourne)
13:30pm – SA (4th Pool A) v WA (4th Pool B)
15:30pm – NT (3rd Pool A) v TAS (3rd Pool B)
17:30pm – NSW (2nd Pool A) v ACT (2nd Pool B)
19:30pm – QLD (1st Pool A) v VIC (1st Pool B)

Men’s cross-overs – Friday 4th October 2013 (Melbourne)
11:30am – SA (4th Pool A) v TAS (3rd Pool B)
13:30pm – NT (3rd Pool A) v WA (4th Pool B)
15:30pm – QLD (1st Pool A) v ACT (2nd Pool B)
17:30pm – NSW (2nd Pool A) v VIC (1st Pool B)

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Hockey Australia media release



Western Australia are the one's to beat in 2013

Round three results Women's AHL

Game one

WA 1 def ACT 0

WA: Olivia Chiu 21m FG

The Western Australia Diamonds produced a gutsy performance to nullify the ACT Strikers and remain unbeaten in the Australian Hockey League Women’s Competition with a hard fought 1-0 win.

The goal came in the 21st minute through Olivia Chu, who breezed past ACT’s Shelly Watson converted past the goalie.

The win was built on the foundations of Western Australia’s fine defence, which was stood strong in the face of relentless ACT pressure throughout the game.

ACT started the better of the two, with Anna Flanagan dictating the game through the middle of the pitch.  ACT couldn’t capitalise on their dominance, despite having two penalty corners in the opening 10 minutes.

Western Australia were always dominant in a high tempo start to the game, and made ACT pay when they broke down the left through Chiu and she made no mistake to give them the lead against the run of play.

The second half saw more of the same, with ACT starting brightly and should have equalised when Jenna Cartwright had Abbey Cambridge ahead of her in space near Western Australia’s circle, but she chose to go it alone and was easily dispossessed by the Western Australian defence.

Cartwright was in the thick of the action again in the 58th minute when Rebecca Sneskov’s fierce cross presented her with an opportunity in front of goal, but she missed the ball and the Western Australian defence was able to clear the ball.

A green and yellow card to Katy Symons didn’t help Western Australia’s cause, but ACT weren’t able to capitalise on the player advantage despite having most of the ball in the second half.  ACT nearly equalised in the dying minutes of the game, but Western Australia was able to hold out for a win in a game that so easily could have gone the other way.

Game two

NSW 5 def NT 1

NSW: Georgina Morgan 22m PC, Jade Close 37m FG, Kirsten Pearce 42m FG, 46m Own Goal, Rachel Miller 50m FG
NT: Candice Liddy 64m FG

A rampant second half performance by the NSW Arrows saw them comprehensively beat the Northern Territory Pearls by five goals to one in bitter conditions.

The Pearls made it extremely difficult for the Arrows in the first half through resolute defending and quick counter attacks through Candice Olivieri, who nearly opened the scoring in the 8th minute but the Arrows’ Tasmin Lee thwarted her attempt on goal.

NSW had four penalty corners in the first half, and they opened the scoring from one in the 22nd minute through Georgina Morgan with a drag flick that left Elizabeth Duguid with no chance.
They doubled their lead within seconds of the second half through Jade Close, who was able to score after good work by Kellie White on the left hand side of the field.

The Arrows were well on top now, passing the ball around the field with ease and constantly threatening the Pearls’ goal and scored their third through a lightening quick move that was finished off by Kristen Pearce who latched onto a through ball and easily scored.

In the 44th minute Olivieri came extremely close to pulling one back for the Pearls after she capatalised on a poor NSW pass but her shot blazed over the goal. Minutes later the Arrows squashed any hopes of a recovery by the Pearls after Hollie Webster’s shot deflected off NT’s Teagan Gmeiner and into the goal.

They added their five goal of the game soon after Rachael Miller worked her way into the circle and was able to put the ball past the goalie.

This seemed to spark the Pearls out of their second half slumber and they pulled a goal back through Candice Liddy with a high shot into the net after a smart turn inside the circle but it only took a little shine off what was a slick second half performance from the Arrows.

Game three

VIC 7 def TAS 1

VIC: Hannah Cohen 5m FG / 68m FG, Claire Messant 16m FG, Laura Desmet 20m FG, Laura Barden 26m FG, Stephanie Riordan 34m FG / 65m FG
TAS: Brigit Ikin 43m FG

The Queensland Scorchers survived a spirited second half performance by the Southern Suns to hold on for a 2-0 win built on the foundations of a fine first half.

Queensland began the game well and pressured the Suns intensely with their pressing.
Despite this the Suns should have taken the lead when Eloise Sobels got clear of the Scorchers defence, but her shot was saved by Audrey Smith.

The Scorchers capatalised on this minutes later when they were given a penalty corner, eventually converted by Jasmine Larosa after good work by Jodie Schulz in creating an opportunity for her.

The Suns should have equalised soon after when Courtney Rudd capitalised on a poor Scorcher pass and found herself through in on goal, but she scuffed her attempt.

Once again the Scorchers made the Suns pay for their wastefulness in front of goal after Rebecca Rueter’s shot deflected of a Sun’s defender and past the keeper to give the Queenslanders a comfortable lead going in to the half time break.

They should have killed off the game in the opening exchanges of the second half, but despite the good work of Renee Ashton and Rueter, they couldn’t add to their tally.

The Sun’s began to play their way into the game and were nearly rewarded for their efforts when Holly Evans found space in the circle, but her shot was well saved.

They continued to push and came close through Karri McMahon capitalising on a Scorcher mistake, while a fine save from Smith denied Courtney Rudd from pulling one back.

The impressive Schulz had the chance to add to the Scorchers lead through a penalty corner, but her drag flick went just over the goal and the Scorchers had to settle with a hard fought 2-0 win.

Game four

QLD 2 def SA 0

QLD: Jasmine Larosa 17m PC, Rebecca Reuter 25m FG

The Vipers were sharp and fast and all over the Tassie tigers in the final match of the day.  It was a fight for the 3rd place in the cross-overs which VIC were determined to win from the outset.

It took Hannah Cohen just 5 minutes to score the first of her two goals and Claire Messant followed up with The Vipers second following some speed down the park and a quick pass or two.  This was the trademark for the VIC game

TAS were eventually were rewarded with some attack and a penalty corner, which, while simply executed, was easily stopped by the keeper.  In quick transition the Vipers speed back into their attack and Laura Desmet scored their third goals without any trouble.

Victoria’s Stephanie Riordan was on fire from the outset and despite been closely marked in the circle she managed to handle the ball deftly and side it past the keeper to put goal number five in the net before half time.

While some amazing bursts of speed from Emily Divin drew gasps from the crowd she was lacking in support.   Brigid Ikin and Sofie McLeod combined well to get some play back for the Van Demons, but not enough to be a real threat.

TAS came out with renewed vigor in the second half and surprised VIC with a great goal from Brigid Ikin, but lapsed into a chasing and catch up game being dictated by the Vipers.

Two more goals to VIC late in the game merely added to their goal difference, but full credit to TAS for their determination and drive to the very end.

Women’s cross-overs – Wednesday 2nd October 2013 (Hobart)

13:00pm – TAS (4th Pool A) v NT (4th Pool B)
15:00pm – VIC (3rd Pool A) v SA (3rd Pool B)
17:00pm – ACT (2nd Pool A) v NSW (2nd Pool B)
19:00pm – WA (1st Pool A) v QLD (1st Pool B)

Women’s cross-overs – Friday 4th October 2013 (Hobart)
11:00am – TAS (4th Pool A) v SA (3rd Pool B)
13:00pm – VIC (3rd Pool A) v NT (4th Pool B)
15:00pm – WA (1st Pool A) v NSW (2nd Pool B)
17:00pm – ACT (2nd Pool A) v QLD (1st Pool B)

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Hockey Australia media release



No. 4 Cavaliers log third consecutive shutout to improve to 12-1 on season


The Cavalier defense allowed only one shot in the win against Radford. Virginia Athletics

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia earned its third consecutive shutout victory, blanking Radford 5-0 on Tuesday.

Radford took the first shot of the game, firing the ball wide of the Virginia net 3:14 into the contest. It was the last shot Radford would get off in the game while Virginia took 31 shots, 24 on-target, with Radford goalkeeper Sidney Encarnacion making 15 saves and Radford defenders logging an additional four defensive saves.

With the win, Virginia improved to a perfect 25-0 against Radford. The Cavaliers improved to 12-1 on the year, 10-0 against non-conference opponents and 1-1 in the ACC. Radford fell to 3-7 overall.

“Congratulations to the defense,” head coach Michele Madison said. “It started with the front of the press and the front of the defense when we didn’t have the ball yet on the press. The defense put in some extra time by themselves today to walk through the press and it really helped. It really was a total-team effort. Hopefully we will be able to ride this momentum into the weekend when we go up to play a pair of top-ranked teams.”

Freshman Katie Kelly scored her first career goal, which proved to be the game winner, five minutes before halftime. Fellow freshman Lucy Hyams added a score in the final two minutes of the period, converting on a pass from senior Elly Buckley. Buckley, the ACC leader in goals scored, added two in the second half, bringing her season tally to 17. Freshman Caleigh Foust netted the Cavaliers’ fifth goal in the final minute of the contest.

It was the fifth shutout of the season for the Cavalier defense and the third in the last five days with UVa shutting out No. 15 Wake Forest 3-0 on Friday and Liberty 2-0 on Sunday.

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Walk out the NZ flag at the Oceania Cup final!



Hockey New Zealand are auctioning off the unique opportunity to lead the teams onto the field carrying the New Zealand flag for either the men’s or women’s final at the Oceania Cup in Stratford.

All proceeds from the online auctions will go directly back to the Taranaki Hockey Federation!

This would make an ideal gift for a young hockey player or a keen Black Sticks fan - spend time with your hockey heroes up close and take some photos to show off to your friends!

Entry for finals day is included.

The Oceania Cup is from 30 October-3 November. The Black Sticks Men and Women will play Australia, Samoa and Papua New Guinea. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketdirect.co.nz

CLICK HERE for the Men's Final auction

CLICK HERE for the Women's Final auction

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Annual Tee It Up for Futures Golf Tournament

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  USA Field Hockey will be kicking off the 4th annual “Tee It Up For Futures” Golf Tournament during the week of Thanksgiving while at the National Hockey Festival in South Florida.

The “Tee It Up For Futures” Golf Tournament is one of the many ways that USA Field Hockey continues to raise money to ensure growth across the nation by providing opportunities to prospective athletes in our Futures program that may not be able to participate on their own.

The “Tee It Up For Futures” Tournament will take place on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on one of South Florida’s premier golf courses, The Breakers Rees Jones Course at Breakers West Country Club. The tournament will include a continental breakfast and a four-person scramble with lunch and awards immediately following.

USA Field Hockey would like to thank you for your participation in the “Tee It Up For Futures” Golf Tournament.  Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to provide athletes the opportunity to succeed on and off the field.

If you have any questions about this tournament, please contact Sharon Anderson at (630) 292-1574 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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