News for 09 October 2013

All the news for Wednesday 9 October 2013

Kookaburras name Hockey 9s and Oceania squads

Australian men name two squads ahead of a busy month of international hockey

Liam De Young is back in the Kookaburras squad

Hockey Australia has announced two Kookaburras squads ahead of next week’s International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament in Perth and the Oceania Cup in Taranaki, New Zealand later this month.

The squads feature a number of notable inclusions; amongst them, the return from injury of three-time Olympic medal winning defender Liam De Young (QLD) (pictured right), who hasn’t played for the Kookaburras since the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Some of the game’s biggest names will step out for the innovative 9-a-side International Super Series, which begins next Thursday and will be broadcast on ABC 1.

Five-times World Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer (QLD) makes the squad to face the likes of Pakistan, Argentina and Malaysia. He is joined by the Kookaburras’ leading scorer for the year Russell Ford (VIC) and Tasmanian Eddie Ockenden, who was named as Player of the Tournament at the Australian Hockey League (AHL) on Saturday.

Northern Territory brothers Leon and Jeremy Hayward will team up together at the Hockey 9s with younger brother Jeremy also hoping for a call up to the U21 Burras Junior World Cup squad next week. Another of the Burras’ U21 athletes selected and hoping to make it into the squad for Delhi is Daniel Beale, who comes off the back of a championship winning AHL campaign with the Queensland Blades.

Glenn Turner (ACT), Matthew Butturini (NSW) and Jason Wilson (QLD) return to Kookaburras duty after missing out on the World League in June, while host-state Western Australia will be represented at the Super Series by Aran Zalewski and goalkeeper Tyler Lovell.

Jake Whetton (QLD), Chris Ciriello (VIC), Fergus Kavanagh (WA) and Andrew Charter (ACT) will join up with the Kookaburras for the Oceania Cup but will play no part in the International Super Series. The Kookaburras will face New Zealand’s Black Sticks, Samoa and Papua New Guinea in Taranaki.

Announcing the squads, Kookaburras Assistant Coach Graham Reid, said, “We always look forward to the International Super Series Hockey 9s. It’s an exciting form of the game with a number of rule adaptations we’d love to see included in the 11-a-side version. The Hockey 9s affords us a good opportunity to give local exposure to some of our younger players and, given the expansive attacking nature of the format, to look at the fitness levels of the group.”

Looking ahead to the Oceania Cup, which takes place from 30 October until 3 November, Reid added, “While we’ve already qualified for the World Cup through our World League campaign the Oceania Cup is of vital importance to us given the world ranking points on offer. When it comes to pools and seedings at major FIH events, these are based on your world ranking and given that we’re just behind Germany in the rankings we’re keen to regain the number one spot soon.”

A four day festival of hockey, this year’s International Super Series Hockey 9s will provide something for every member of the family, including a Fans’ Fun Zone where younger visitors will be able to pick up a Hookin2Hockey stick and give the sport a go. And there will be plenty of opportunities to meet the stars of the show, Australia’s Olympian hockey heroes, and the chance to pose for a photo ahead of the Kookaburras’ defence of their world title next year.

Eventscorp, a division of Tourism Western Australia, is a proud supporter of the event. Hockey Australia is also grateful to the Australian Sports Commission for its belief in the tournament’s concept dating back to 2011 and its underpinning financial support, as well as the Australian National Preventative Health Agency (ANPHA) for its partnership activities around the event as part of the Be The Influence campaign.

Tickets for the International Super Series are still on sale, starting at just $10 for concessions and $20 for adults. Visit or Ticketmaster to buy.

Kookaburras squad for International Super Series Hockey 9s
17-20 October 2013, Perth, WA

Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD)
Matthew Butturini (Murwillumbah, NSW)
Liam De Young (Brisbane, QLD)
Tim Deavin (Launceston, TAS)
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD)
Russell Ford (Eltham, VIC)
Rob Hammond (Townsville, QLD)
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT)
Leon Hayward (GK) (Darwin, NT)
Tyler Lovell (GK) (Perth, WA)
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS)
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW)
Andrew Philpott (Melbourne, VIC)
Glenn Simpson (Melbourne, VIC)
Glenn Turner (Goulburn, ACT)
Matthew Willis (Tamworth, NSW)
Jason Wilson (Kingscliff, QLD)
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA)

Kookaburras squad for Oceania Cup
30 October – 3 November 2013, Taranaki, NZL

Athlete (Hometown, State) Caps/goals
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD) 8/1
Matthew Butturini (Murwillumbah, NSW) 83/14
Andrew Charter (GK) (Canberra, ACT) 45/0
Chris Ciriello (Melbourne, VIC) 116/60
Liam De Young (Brisbane, QLD) 284/33
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD) 302/191
Russell Ford (Eltham, VIC) 129/53
Rob Hammond (Townville, QLD) 230/28
Fergus Kavanagh (Geraldton, WA) 167/14
Tyler Lovell (GK) (Perth, WA) 2/0
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS) 184/47
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW) 125/39
Andrew Philpott (Melbourne, VIC) 3/0
Glenn Simpson (Melbourne, VIC) 90/15
Glenn Turner (Goulburn, ACT) 90/65
Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD) 31/10
Jason Wilson (Kingscliff, QLD) 84/26
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA) 11/1

Fixtures – International Super Series Hockey 9s
17-20 October 2013, Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth, WA
Thursday 17 October

5:30pm AWST / 8:30pm AEDT – Argentina (w) v Canada (w)
6:25pm AWST / 9:25pm AEDT – Hockeyroos (w) v Malaysia (w)
7:20pm AWST / 10:20pm AEDT – Kookaburras (m) v Argentina (m)
8:15pm AWST / 11:15pm AEDT – Pakistan (m) v Malaysia (m)

Friday 18 October
5:30pm AWST / 8:30pm AEDT – Argentina (w) v Malaysia (w)
6:25pm AWST / 9:25pm AEDT – Kookaburras (m) v Malaysia (m)
7:20pm AWST / 10:20pm AEDT – Hockeyroos (w) v Canada (w)
8:15pm AWST / 11:15pm AEDT – Pakistan (m) v Argentina (m)

Saturday 19 October
12:20pm AWST / 3:20pm AEDT – Canada (w) v Malaysia (w)
1:15pm AWST / 4:15pm AEDT – Hockeyroos (w) v Argentina (w)
2:05pm AWST / 5:05pm AEDT – Pakistan (m) v Kookaburras (m)
3:00pm AWST / 6:00pm AEDT – Argentina (m) v Malaysia (m)

Sunday 20 October
10:30am AWST / 1:30pm AEDT – Men’s 3rd v 4th 
11:40am AWST / 2:40pm AEDT – Women’s 3rd v 4th
12:50pm AWST / 3:50pm AEDT – Women’s Final
2:00pm AWST / 5:00pm AEDT – Men’s Final

Fixtures - Oceania Cup
30 October – 3 November 2013, Taranaki, NZL
(all times are local)
Wednesday 30 October

11:30am – Women – Papua New Guinea v Samoa
1:30pm – Men – Kookaburras v Samoa
3:30pm – Men – New Zealand v Papua New Guinea
5:30pm – Women – New Zealand v Hockeyroos

Thursday 31 October
1:30pm – Men – Papua New Guinea v Samoa
3:30pm – Women – Hockeyroos v Samoa
5:30pm – Women – New Zealand v Papua New Guinea
7:30pm – Men – New Zealand v Kookaburras

Saturday 2 November
8:00am – Women – Hockeyroos v Papua New Guinea
10:00am – Men – Kookaburras v Papua New Guinea
12:00pm – Women – Samoa v New Zealand
2:00pm – Men – Samoa v New Zealand

Sunday 3 November
9:30am – Women – 3rd v 4th playoff
11:30am – Men – 3rd v 4th playoff
2:00pm – Women – Final
4:30pm – Men – Final

Hockey Australia media release

Campo hit form ahead of Round 1.1 Barcelona

SPAIN: Madrid’s Club de Campo will come into this weekend’s Euro Hockey League Round 1.1 tournament in Barcelona in confident mood after making it two wins from two in Spain’s Hockey Liga.

Campo – who face Dinamo Kazan (RUS) and 2013 EHL silver medallists KHC dragons (BEL) in Pool F this weekend - battled to a hard earned 3-2 victory over Atletic San Sebastian, adding to the 2-0 away win that they recorded over RC Joleseta last Sunday. The results mean that they currently sit joint top of the league, behind leaders Club Egara on goal difference.

Another team that will be in EHL action this weekend is RC Polo, who will be fighting it out in their home city of Barcelona. Like Campo, they too are also showing signs of early season form. They opened their campaign with a stunning 11-0 win over Sardinero before claiming a 4-4 draw away at Complutense at the weekend.  With 15 goals in two games, it seems likely that Polo Club pose a genuine goal threat to Pool E opponents SV Arminen (AUT) and Surbiton HC (ENG) this coming weekend.

The Round 1.1 event in Barcelona will feature a total of 12 teams competing in four pools, all hoping to secure one of eight available places at Easter’s thrilling KO16 event. A further 12 teams will be in action at Round 1.2 Lille, which takes place between Friday 25 and Sunday 27 October.

Tickets for both events are available for purchase right now. To purchase your tickets, click here!

Euro Hockey League media release

Grove Menziehill confirm their place at the top

Weekend Round-Up

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 1

Milne Craig Clydesdale Western defeated Dundee Wanderers 5-2 courtesy of a Holly Cram hat-trick, while Anna Mae Morton and Jenny Eadie also added to the score sheet. Wanderers responded with two late goals but it wasn’t enough to see off the undefeated side.

Grove Menziehill cemented their position at top of the table this weekend with a 6-2 away win against CALA Edinburgh.

Western Wildcats got their first win of the season against Grange EL which sees them off the bottom on the table. The Auchenhowie side came back from 1-0 down at half time to bounce back and record a 3-1 win, goals coming from Catriona Booth, Kaz Marshall and Anna Vardy.

Struggling Watsonians put in a good fight at home to mid table GHK but the Glaswegians got the better of them and won 3-2 to move up the table to fifth.

Edinburgh University kept their 100% record with a 4-0 win over Kelburne, who drop to sixth.

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 2

AAM Merlins Gordonians did just about enough to keep up their 100% record with a 1-0 win against Erskine Stewart’s Melville.

It did not fare well for the university teams this weekend with Glasgow University losing away to Inverleith 5-1 while University of Dundee lost 3-1 away to Granite City Wanderers.

Borders Fjordhus Reivers move up to fourth in the table after securing a 3-1 win against Haddington.

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 3

The university teams got their season campaign underway this weekend with ADTI Aberdeen University having a close match against local rivals Aberdeen, losing 2-1 but redeeming themselves the following day with a 2-2 draw against Stirling University. The central student based team then drew 1-1 with Waverley Inveresk Trinity.

Women’s Championship League West Division

Milne Craig Clydesdale Western II knocked Glasgow Accies off the top spot this weekend with a 7-0 win over Stirling wanderers and beating Accies 2-1 on Sunday. Glasgow Accies won 8-1 against Kelburne II.

East Division

Grove Menzieshill A move up to second position in the division after a double header weekend, drawing with Watsonians A 1-1 then drawing again with Grange EL II 1-1. Grange II played the following day and drew with Edinburgh University III. Edinburgh University II won 3-2 against rivals CALA Edinburgh II.

Please visit the competitions section for all results and league tables

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Over 100 goals across the weekend

Weekend round up

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 1

In Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 1, it was goals galore this weekend with 51 goals.

At Peffermill on Saturday, Inverleith and PSL Team Sport Clydesdale put on a 14 goal thriller; the capital outfit led 4-3 at half time, only for the Titwood side to take the lead for the first time at 6-5 during an end to end second half. The final score was 8-6 to the visitors, leaving the home side still struggling at the bottom of the table.

Meanwhile, Hillhead continued a promising start to their league campaign with a thumping 5-1 win over last year’s runners-up Grange at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre. An outstanding performance from the home side’s goalkeeper Jamie Frail, plus goals from Andrew Hilton, Andy MacLaine, Ewan Campbell and John Reid ensured Hillhead moved up to third in the division.

Leaders Grove Menzieshill continued their unbeaten record with a 6-2 win over city rivals Dundee Wanderers at DISC.

Western Wildcats, who are also yet to lose a match, played out a spectacular nine goal bout against fellow mid-table side AAM Gordonians. Scott McCartney fired five goals past the Aberdonians with Joe Simpson the other Wildcats scorer. Final score was 6-3.

Kelburne prepared for EHL competition with two tough encounters this weekend. The Paisley side won theirfirst game away to Edinburgh University 4-1. It was an even paced match with Johnny Christie notching a double and Tom Kemsley netting one for the students leaving it 2-1 at half time. Kelburne took their chances in the second half with top goal scorer Jack McKenzie scoring two and Lee Morton claiming in the other, helping Kelburne to the three points.

On Sunday, the defending champions were away at Titwood and came away with just a point in a tense 2-2 draw against PSL Team Sport Clydesdale to leave themin second place.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Grange recovered to beat local adversaries Inverleith 5-1, leaving the Purple Robes anchored at the foot of the league.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 2

Lots of double headers in Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 2 this weekend, with some tough matches for tired legs.

Glasgow University demonstrated their talent with a 7-1 win against FMGM Monarchs. Macauley slotted away four handsome goals past the bottom side to give the students their first win of the season.

Unfortunately, they could not match their performance yesterday, as they lost 4-2 to Erskine Stewart’s Melville. The capital side move up to sixth in the table.

Uddingston move up to third after two excellent victories; on Saturday, they were away to University of St Andrews, winning 5-2, followed by a spectacular 10-1 win over CALA Edinburgh on Sunday. The feast of goals came from a hat-trick by JonJo Lavin, four goals from Josh Cairns, another two by Steven Percy and one from Laurie McKelvie.

Uddingston weren’t the only ones to impress and win all their matches at the weekend; Falkirk GHG snatched a win from CALA Edinburgh and then secured a 2-1 win over Alpha Data Carnegie, who have dropped to eighth.

Stepps drop down to fourth despite a 5-1 away win against Alpha Data Carnegie, including a hat-trick from D.Hitchon, with the other goals from G.Hood and R.McDermott.

University of St Andrews moved up to seventh after a 3-2 win against Granite City Wanderers. Watsonians were held to a 0-0 draw with Aberdeen GSFP and Erskine Stewart’s Melville FP travelled away to Granite City Wanderers for a 0-0 draw.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 3

Over 77 goals were scored in this division over the weekend and maintaining their top position are 2020 Renewables Greenock after their spectacular 8-0 win over ADTI Aberdeen University. The student based team redeemed themselves after this loss onSunday with a 2-1 triumph against Harris Academy FP. Greenockfollowed their mighty victory with a close 3-2 away win against Stirling Wanderers.

Perthshire hit double figures on Saturday when playing at home to bottom of the table Chapman Motherwell, with the final score being 10-1.  The struggling side didn’t have time to rest up as they welcomed Highland the following day, only to lose 6-1 to the northern side.

Perthshire didn’t show any tiredness the following day and put away six goals against University of Strathclyde, moving them up to fourth spot. The university team may have lost but secured their first win over Waverly Inveresk Trinity 3-2.

Ayr are yet to secure a win this season, after a close match against Giffnock, losing 3-2.It didn’t get much easier on Sunday as  they were on the receiving end of a 9-0 loss away to Waverley Inveresk Trinity

Highland just missed out on a point when welcoming Harris Academy FP, losing 4-3.

University of Dundee move up to fifth after an impressive 9-3 away win to Giffnock and a stunning 6-2 home win against Stirling Wanderers. The student led team are yet to lose a match this season and will be hoping to hold on to this good form.

Regional League Central Division 1

Grange II made it four wins out of four as they travelled away to University of Stirling and won 6-2. Kelburne II put in a very strong performance to beat Grange III an almighty 9-0, which sees them move up the table to seventh.

Inverleith II welcomed Hillhead II and came away with the three points in a close match ending 2-1 to the ‘purple robes’.

Edinburgh University II won comfortably 5-0 against Stepps II while their IIIs lost to second in the league PSL Team Sport Clydesdale II.

Central Division 2

Cementing their place at top of the table are Anchor who had an excellent 7-0 away win over Livingston & West Lothian who are at the other end of the table, yet to record a point in the league.

Rottenrow Blue Sox secured a 3-0 win over fellow Glaswegians GHK, and have moved up to second in the league. Clydeside beat PSL Team Sport Clydesdale III 3-1 which helped them move up to third in the division.

First game of the season for Glasgow University II who had a close match against Uddingston II but lost 2-1 at home. A mid table battle saw Alpha Data Carnegie II lose 3-1 to East Kilbride, Erskine Stewart’s Melville FP drew 1-1 CALA Edinburgh II and Watsonians II drew 2-2 with Falkirk GHG.

North Division

Grove Menzieshill II put in an almighty performance winning 14-0 against bottom of division Aberdeen GSFP II. ADTI Aberdeen University II lost their opening game of the season to rivals Aberdeen GDFP III. At the top end of the table AAM Gordonians III drew 2-2 with Granite City Wanderers.

Please visit the competitions section for all results and league tables

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Glasgow Academy unveils new £300,000 Olympic-standard hockey pitch

Glasgow Academy Facility

Chair of the 2014 Commonwealth Games organising company Lord Smith of Kelvin and Academy Director of Sport Rhona Simpson open new facility which will be used as a 2014 training base.

A new £300,000 elite water-based, all-weather hockey pitch, built to Olympic standard and to be used as a Commonwealth Games training base, was officially opened at Glasgow Academy last week.

Chair of the 2014 Commonwealth Games organising company Lord Smith of Kelvin and Academy Director of Sport Rhona Simpson, herself a two-time Olympic hockey player, unveiled the new facility which will be played on by around 350 young players every week.

Situated at Windyedge Sports Fields in Glasgow’s west end, the new pitch is said to be one of the most modern in the world and an exact replica of the pitches being used at next year’s Games.

Constructed in just 12 weeks by WH Malcolm, the pitch is designed in Glasgow Academy’s colours with sprinklers which can be raised from beneath ground level to water the surface to provide livelier and quicker playing conditions, help improve technical skills and restrict injuries.

Lord Smith of Kelvin said: “This new Olympic-standard pitch is a terrific investment by Glasgow Academy and one which provides a truly world class playing surface for training and competition.

“This standard of facility helps both the Academy provide the very best for hockey players within its current roll and also supports Scotland and Great Britain’s ambitions to compete on a world stage in the future.”

The inspiration for the pitch came from Academy visits to Holland, home of some of the greatest hockey facilities in the world, as well as feedback from surfaces and conditions at London 2012.

Rhona Simpson, who represented Great Britain at two Olympic Games and Scotland at three Commonwealth Games, said: “All the top games in world hockey are now played on water-based pitches so this fantastic new asset allows Glasgow Academy and Scotland to provide an elite training and playing experience for many of the country’s top young players.

“Our pupils absolutely love it and it is testament to the quality of the pitch that it will be used by Scotland for training for three weeks ahead of next year’s games.

“With 14 teams and some 350 pupils using the pitch every week the value of providing such a world class facility is clear already. It all adds up to a very exciting new chapter for hockey at the Academy, in Glasgow and for Scotland.”

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Joel, Shazrul to prove themselves in India tour

by Aftar Singh

Shazrul Imran Nazli (right) has been included in the national juniors squad on a playing tour to India. He and Joel Samuel van Huizen will get a chance to prove their worth and book their place in the Junior World Cup team.

KUALA LUMPUR: Midfielders Joel Samuel van Huizen and Shazrul Imran Nazli will get the chance to prove their worth in the playing tour to India next week.

The national juniors will leave for New Delhi on Oct 16 to play three friendly matches against the Indian Juniors on Oct 17, 19 and 20 at the Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium, which is the venue of the Junior World Cup from Dec 6-15.

Joel and Shazrul did not feature in the six-nation Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor Baru last month, where Malaysia finished runners-up to champions India.

National junior coach K. Dharmaraj said that there are 25 players in the training squad and Joel and Shazrul are the 19th and 20th choice players.

“I believe these two players need to be given a chance to prove their worth in the Junior World Cup team.

“The three friendly matches with India will give me a chance to see how well Joel and Shazrul can combine with the other players in the team,” said Dharmaraj.

According to him, the core of the Junior World Cup squad would consist of players who featured in the Sultan of Johor Cup.

“The tour to New Delhi will also give us the chance to get used to the venue, logistics and also the official hotel for the Junior World Cup,” said Dharmaraj.

He said he would name his final squad of 18 players for the Junior World Cup by Nov 18 and they would depart for New Delhi on Dec 1.

“We will play a friendly match against Belgium on Dec 3 before the Junior World Cup begins on Dec 6,” said Dharmaraj.

The Star of Malaysia

New Zealand the first test

MALAYSIA will open accounts against New Zealand in the Junior World Cup in New Delhi on Dec 6, after a small reshuffle in the groupings.

Earlier, Malaysia had Pakistan, England and South Africa for company in Group D, but Pakistan were moved to Group A, while New Zealand were the new replacements.

"We received the new fixtures from FIH (International Hockey Federation) and the only change in our group was that New Zealand came to our group, and Pakistan were moved to Group A," said national Juniors team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

After the opener against the Kiwis, Malaysia play South Africa on Dec 7, and wrap up the group fixtures against England on Dec 9.

The top two teams from each group advance to the quarter-finals, and if Malaysia make the cut, they will play against Group C opponents which are likely either the Netherlands or hosts India.

The other teams in Group C are South Korea and Canada.

"Going by form, in the quarter-finals we are likely to meet India or the Netherlands and this would be a tough encounter either way.

"But we are prepared to finish among the top-five, and so have to beat even the hosts if it comes to that," said Mirnawan.

Malaysia drew 3-3 with India in the pool stages of the recent Sultan of Johor Cup, but were whipped 3-0 in the final.

But first, the Malaysian players need to beat all three teams in their group to top the standings, before planning for either India or the Netherlands in the knock-out stage.

Group A: Germany, Pakistan, Belgium, Egypt; Group B: Australia, Spain, Argentina, France; Group C: Netherlands, India, South Korea, Canada; Group D: Malaysia, England, South Africa, New Zealand.

New Straits Times

Malaysia has Kiwi headache at JWC

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) served a surprise by making changes to the groupings for the Junior World Cup.

Initially Malaysia were grouped together with Pakistan, England and South Africa in Group D for the tournament that will be held at the Dyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi fromDecember 6 to 15.

However Pakistan has now been moved to Group A together with Germany, Belgium and Egypt while Korea who were initially in Group A moves to Group C together with Holland, India and Canada, thus New Zealand taking over Pakistan’s spot in Group D.

“We are surprised with the changes in groupings made but really it does not affect us at all,” said team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

“But I am sure Pakistan will have a lot to say as will Korea as they are in a tough group. As for us it makes no difference between Pakistan or New Zealand as we have played both these teams before and know what to expect.”

Malaysia will open their campaign on December 6 against New Zealand and take on South Africa the next day. They play England on December 9 to complete their group matches.

Only the top two teams move into the last eight and the teams from Group D will play those in Group C, and this is where the problem begins for Malaysia.

For the two teams expected to take the top two spots are India and Holland, both whom are tough to beat. However the Malaysian Juniors have shown that if they play up to expectations, no team can stop them.

Malaysia will play India in three matches in New Delhi on October 17, 19 and 20th and should be able to gain more insights into the team that defeated them 3-0 at the recent Sultan of Johor Cup.

And for the Junior World Cup proper, Malaysia will leave for the Indian capital on December 5, giving them ample time to adjust to the winter conditions.

Group A
Germany, Pakistan, Belgium, Egypt
Group B
Australia, Spain, Argentina, France
Group C
Holland, Korea, India, Canada
Group D
New Zealand, England, South Africa, Malaysia

Note: Quarterfinals will be top two teams with Group A to meet Group B while Group C will meet Group D

Malaysian Hockey blogspot

10 is the target for World Cup

Having made the World Cup after a 12 year hiatus, Malaysia has set a lowly target of finishing 10 in the tournament that will be held at The Hague from may 31 to June 15 next year.

The target was announced by Malaysian Hockey Confederation president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah after a meeting between principles office bearers of the MHC and the coaches of the various national teams at his office on Monday.

The target does not make sense despite the fact that Malaysia will be the lowest ranked team at the World Cup next year. The whole idea of setting targets is to ensure the team aims for a position that is higher then what they are and moving two steps will not help Malaysia’s cause when the world ranking are released after the World Cup.

By Malaysian standards the target is a lofty one and it looks as if the MHC and the coaching team are playing it safe by setting the 10th position as something they will be satisfied with.

In order to achieve the said target, Malaysia can lose all its preliminary round matches and only need to win the classification match in the 9th-12 position playoffs.

This defeatist attitude will surely receive flak from many and already questions are being raised as to why we need to have an elaborate training program as such a lowly position can be achieved with winning one 70 minutes match.

Korea and India are two teams that Malaysia has done well against of late in international hockey and can be beaten. The same applies for the likes of England, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa and Argentina and really Malaysia should have a fair chance against them.

The big four of international hockey currently are Germany, Australia, Holland and upcoming Belgium, and these are the teams that we might not be able to match at the World Cup.

Besides the 1975 World Cup, our best showing was the 8th place in Kuala Lumpur in 2002 but that should not stop us from setting a more reasonable target of finishing in the 5th – 8thplacing. And in order to do that Malaysia needs to finish at least fourth in the group at the end of the preliminary round.

For the record even France, languishing in world hockey rankings of late finished 7th in two World cups – in 1971 and 1990.

Surely the time has come for Malaysia to stand up and be counted or rather we continue to be known as hosts of international tournaments.

Past World Cup Participation

1971- Barcelona – Did Not Qualify
1973 – Amstelveen – 11th Place
1975 – Kuala Lumpur – 4th place
1978 – Buenos Aries – 10th place
1982 – Bombay – 10th place
1986 – London – Did Not Qualify
1990 – Lahore – Did Not Qualify
1994 – Sydney – Did Not Qualify
1998 – Utrecht – 11th place
2002 – Kuala Lumpur – 8th place
2006 – Monchengladbach – Did Not Qualify
2010 - New Delhi - Did Not Qualify

Malaysian Hockey blogspot

Four matches decided in NBP Gold Cup Hockey

LAHORE - Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Customs, Navy and Police registered triumphs in the NBP Gold Cup Hockey Tournament after beating their respective rivals here at the National Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.

PIA thrashed Army 5-0 before leading the first half 1-0. Airlines struck much improved performance, thanks to a hat-trick feat by their key scorer Zubair in the following session to outshine their opponents in all departments of the game. The winners added the goals one after another at their will and Army found no way to avoid the punishment. Inyatullah and Kashif Ali also added one goal in the winner’s tally.

Customs outplayed Pakistan Air Force 4-2 before leading the first half 2-1, dominating the game with anticipation and collective efforts. PAF deployed much of their force on tacking the speedy of their opponents’ forwards. Captain Rizwan Khan scored the first goal in the seventh minute then Owais added two goals while Mubashar netted the team’s last goal.

For the losers, M Anees and Mushtaq hit one goal each.

Navy routed Higher Education Commission (HEC) 6-3. The winners led the first half 3-1 after getting into lead in early session. They continued their superior form in the following session and hammered three more goals to keep their opponents struggling. For Navy, captain Khalid Ali slammed two goals while Mohsin Sabir, M Sabir, Baber Hussain and M Asif Ali added one goal each. For HEC, Zeeshan Akram, Hassan Obaid and Kamran hit one goal each. Police hardly defeated National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) 5-3 before being 1-3 at the half time. Police came with determination and full force to change the entire complexion of the match first leveling the score at 3-3 then winning the match.

Today’s matches: NBP vs Port Qasim, Navy vs PAF and Wapda vs Customs.

The Nation

Eyles appointed scientific advisor of junior hockey team

NEW DELHI: Hockey India today appointed Matt Eyles as the scientific advisor of the junior men's team.

Eyles would be working on the players' fitness keeping in mind the FIH Junior men's World Cup to be held here from December 6-15.

"Our junior men's team has performed well at the recently concluded Sultan of Johar Cup. I am sure Eyles will play a key role in the physical and mental fitness of our players, as they prepare for the major tournament," said Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra.

Eyles, who would be shortly joining the team, said, "There is a lot of potential in the team and together with the coaching staff, I will bring that potential out in each athlete."

Eyles has worked with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (Australian Professional Rugby League Club) for almost two years as strength and conditioning coach.

After completing his Human Movement Degree at the University of Technology, Sydney, Eyles began working in the Sports Science Unit at the Sydney Academy of Sport where he developed strength and conditioning programs that assisted athletes in sports such as swimming, surfing, rugby union and athletics.

The Times of India

Brasa best coach we had, says Prabhjot Singh

Ashish Sen

JAIPUR: Since his refusal to stay away from the World Series Hockey (WSH), former India hockey skipper Prabhjot Singh has been cooling his heels on the sidelines.

The world body (FIH) has also threatened to bar players from future tournaments if they take part in the WSH, run by the derecognized Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), suggesting instead that players wait till 2014 when FIH and Hockey India (HI) launch their own world league.

"I feel everyone has a right to take his own decision. I don't want to blame anyone, but this kind of treatment hurts," Prabhjot said here on Tuesday on the sidelines of a six-a-side meet.

Prabhjot said whatever success India have achieved is because of Spaniard Jose Brasa. Outlining the difference between the coaching styles of Australian Nobbs and his predecessor Brasa, Prabhjot said, "I would say Brasa was much better than Nobbs.

Brasa taught us both attacking and defensive hockey. During his tenure, we were scoring more goals and conceding less. Brasa tried for a balance between attack and defence. In my opinion, Brasa was the best coach," he said.

The Times of India

Coach Roelant Oltmans would make a difference: Prabhjot Singh

JAIPUR: High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans has made India play attacking hockey and under the Dutchman, Indian team can achieve better results in 2016 Rio Olympics, feels ace hockey player Prabhjot Singh.

"It was Spaniard Jose Brasa who made us play mix hockey and also worked on last minute lethargy of the team which often conceded goals and also taught us to fight back," said Prabhjot, who is here for a six-a-side hockey tournament organized by Youth Sports club.

"Now we have Roelant Oltmans who is a high performance coach and has emphasized on attacking which has always been the strong point of Indian Hockey.

"We have also improved on the grey areas like penalty corners. We still have time for 2016 Olympics and under him we can hope for better performance. The recent results at Sultan of Johor Cup and Asia Cup show that Indian Hockey is on the rise," said Prabhjot, who has played 218 matches for country.

Prabhjot also called for settling the dispute between the hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).

"The dispute should be resolved as early as possible because it was the players who were suffering. The FIH which has granted affiliation to Hockey India had objected to WSH organized by IHF and many of Indians players had to bow out of it under pressure," he said.

"The Likes of me, Deepak Thakur, Rajpal Singh and few others were not included in selection camps because we had participated in WSH. The issue should be resolved quickly for the sake of Indian Hockey," said Prabhjot, who was included in the Indian Senior team for the first time in 2001.

Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) has been fighting for the last few years to claim the sole authority over Indian hockey and it has affected the Indian hockey team. FIH recognizes Hockey India as the National Federation for the sport.

The Times of India

Pakistan women's team to participate in Surjit Hockey tourney

JALANDHAR: The Indian High Commission in Islamabad has granted visa to the Pakistan women's team to take part in the Surjit Hockey tournament to be played here from October 9 to 18.

However, their male counterparts are yet to get visa clearance for the event.

Hafiz Atif Malik, an international umpire from Lahore, will be officiating in the matches after he received his visa from the Indian High Commission yesterday.

"Atif Malik, who recently returned to Lahore after umpiring in the 3rd Sultan of Johor Cup at Malaysia has been granted visa by the Indian authorities to officiate in the tournament," said Iqbal Singh Sandhu, organising secretary of the tournament and Sub Divisional Magistrate, Jalandhar-I.

"In the last edition of the tournament, Atif's umpiring was excellent in all the matches given to him. We are waiting for the Pakistan men's team to get the visa," he added.

As many as 16 teams including holders Indian Oil, Mumbai and runners-up Bharat Petroleum, Mumbai will participate in the tournament.

Other teams include Punjab & Sind Bank Delhi, Border Security Force (BSF), Bharat Petroleum, Mumbai, Punjab National Bank, Delhi, Oil & Natural Gas Commission (ONGC), Delhi, Cops of Signal, Army-XI, Mumbai-XI, Indian Air Force, Delhi, Indian Navy, Mumbai, Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, Punjab Police, Indian Overseas Bank, Bangaluru and Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPCL), Patiala.

This year, total prize money has been enhanced from Rs 6.25 lakh to Rs 7.75 lakh.

The Times of India

Indian hockey player to get job in Haryana

Sukhbir Siwach

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has congratulated hockey player of Haryana Savita Poonia for her performance in the 8th Women's Asia Cup Hockey-2013 held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently. Hooda said that she would be provided government job on the basis of her achievements and as per the Sports Policy of the State Government.

Hooda said this when Savita Poonia accompanied by her father Mahender Singh Poonia called on Hooda to take his blessings at his residence at Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Punia represented the Indian Hockey team which has won bronze medal in the 8th Women's Asia Cup Hockey-2013 held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently. Poonia has been adjudged as best Goal Keeper in the Tournament.

It may be recalled that women hockey players, eight from Haryana, representing India including Savita Poonia who were adjudged runners-up in the qualifying match for the London Olympics have been given Rs five lakh each as reward for their performance by Haryana Government.

Hooda said that with a view to ensure a secure future to the players, the State Government has implemented 'Padak Lao Pad Pao' in its Sports Policy under which outstanding sportsperson are provided government jobs in various departments. He said that though Haryana is a small State having just two per cent population of the Country, the players of the State have brought laurels at National and International level with their outstanding performances. Haryana Government has also been giving due honour to the outstanding players of the State by honouring them.

Principal OSD to Chief Minister MS Chopra, OSD Residence Randhir Singh, OSD BR Beri, Director General, Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs Department Sudhir Rajpal and Additional Media Advisor Sunil Parti were also present on this occasion.

The Times of India

McEvoy, Fluharty lead way as top-ranked Terrapins blank Hofstra 6-0

Senior captain Ali McEvoy and junior Maxine Fluharty led the way with two goals each for No. 1 Maryland. Maryland Athletics

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –  Top-ranked Maryland shut out Hofstra 6-0 on Tuesday night at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex to move to 12-0 on the year. Senior captain Ali McEvoy and junior Maxine Fluharty led the way with two goals each.

“We’re very pleased with the temperament, the mentality and the dominance of the play we came out with,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “As a coach, when you play a game like we played in Chapel Hill, you’re kind of concerned in your next match the opening might be tough to get into. I’m very proud of the Maryland team. Every one of them just stepped to the plate. You could see during warmups it was going to be a learning experience for us and an opportunity to grow our game.”

Maryland (12-0, 3-0 ACC) picked up its fourth shutout of the year. The Terps opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Fluharty was there for a put-back off a penalty corner. Sophomore Sarah Sprink’s initial shot was saved and Fluharty was there to tip in the rebound over the goalkeeper.

Twenty minutes in, McEvoy scored her first of the night to make it a 2-0 lead against the Pride (5-9). After a penalty corner, she had the ball out near the top left corner of the circle and sailed in a shot to the top right of the cage for the score. Two and a half minutes later, the Terps were awarded a penalty stroke, which McEvoy took and made to make it a 3-0 game.

In the 29th minute, Fluharty finished off a penalty corner pass from Hayley Turner and McEvoy to make it a four-goal lead for the Terrapins at the break.

In the 53rd minute, senior Jill Witmer added Maryland’s fifth goal with a shot from the baseline. Thirty-two seconds later, junior Welma Luus made it 6-0 with a reverse shot.

Maryland outshot Hofstra, 24-5, and had eight penalty corners to the Pride’s one. Brooke Cabrera started in goal for the Terps and picked up two saves. Hofstra keeper Kaitlyn De Turo had 10 stops.

Witmer was named ACC Player of the Week on Tuesday for her two-goal performance in the Terps’ come-from-behind, 2-1 win in overtime at No. 3 North Carolina (9-2, 1-2) Saturday. The forward scored with 7:17 to play to force the extra period when she deflected in Mieke Hayn’s shot. In the overtime period, McEvoy made a defensive stop and got the ball to Witmer, who took it all the way in for a backhanded shot and the win.


Louisville Hockey Community Sticks It to Cancer

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Cancer, one word, two syllables and a waterfall of emotions and a life changing diagnosis. It is the second most common cause of death in the United States. As of January 1, 2012, the National Cancer Institute estimated that approximately 13.7 million living Americans had a history of the disease. With that, over 580,000 Americans are expected to succumb to cancer in 2013 alone. In the United States, we are losing nearly 1,600 loved ones every day.

For those who are diagnosed with the disease, it is literally a battle of life and death. For the field hockey community in Louisville, Ky, it was a battle that a hockey pioneer woman diagnosed with breast cancer was not going to have to face alone.

When Wendy Martin, a coach of 33 years who had helped to shape the face of field hockey in Louisville, was diagnosed with breast cancer, Amy Charasika created the Stick It to Cancer Field Hockey Tournament. The event was created to rally around Martin and all cancer victims by using the tournament to fundraise money for cancer research.

“It is amazing to have the entire field hockey community come together to not only create an exciting, competitive tournament, but also to help raise money for cancer research," said Charasika.

A decorated field hockey player in her own right, Charasika grew up in New York and went on to play Division I field hockey at Wake Forest University. She was named All-American, All-ACC, and one of Wake Forest’s Top 50 Athletes in the last 50 years. After taking her talents to Louisville, she is now head varsity field hockey coach at Kentucky Country Day School, along with being Associate Athletic Director and an Upper School Mathematics Teacher

Founded in 2011, the Stick It to Cancer Tournament began with eight Louisville high school teams. This year, the tournament has grown to include 12 teams and three different pools of games. In order to get the entire community involved, each school hosts one day of two games and is responsible for at least one day of administration. By doing this, they have the opportunity to show off their school, be the home team and get their friends and families more involved. The winners and runner-ups of pool play compete to determine a champion. DuPont Manual High School took home the 2013 title.

DuPont Manual was not the only victor. The tournament successfully raised an astounding $9,000 for cancer research, which was donated to the Brown James Graham Cancer Center in Louisville, Ky. While in previous years, Charasika bestowed the donations to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, she decided to go local in 2013 and support Louisville’s own state-of-the-art research center.

"Everyone knows someone who has cancer, has battled cancer or has lost his or her life due to cancer," said Charasika."This disease is omnipresent and we wanted to give money to a local Louisville hospital that specializes in cancer research. I absolutely love the sense of togetherness and accomplishment generated through the Stick it to Cancer Tournament.”

How is your team celebrating breast cancer awareness month? Let us know by logging onto Twitter and tweeting @USAFieldHockey your response!

USFHA media release