News for 10 October 2013

All the news for Thursday 10 October 2013

FIH reveals schedule for Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013

Men’s event will take place in New Delhi, India from 6-15 December

India's junior men's team were recent winners of the 2013 Sultan of Johor Cup.(Photo: )

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has revealed the match schedule for the forthcoming Hero Hockey Junior World Cup Men 2013, which takes at the end of the year in New Delhi, India.

From 6-15 December, sixteen of the finest junior international teams in the world will fight it out for the title in the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, with hockey giants such as Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Korea, Pakistan and host nation India among the challengers.

The tournament features four pools of four followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals, classification and medal matches. Pool A will feature Germany, Pakistan, Belgium and Egypt, while Australia, Spain, Argentina and France are competing in Pool B. Netherlands, Korea, India and Canada will challenge each other in Pool C with England, New Zealand, South Africa and Malaysia going head to head in Pool D.

The opening day of the tournament (Friday 6 December) will feature all sixteen teams taking to the field. The action begins in Pool C when Korea face Canada before a clash between Pool B rivals Australia and Argentina. These will be followed by the Spain v France (Pool B), New Zealand v Malaysia (Pool D), Germany v Belgium (Pool A), Pakistan v Egypt (Pool A) and England v South Africa (Pool D) matches ahead of a mouth-watering meeting between Netherlands and India.  

To see the complete tournament schedule, please click here.

FIH Media release

India in Pool C in Hero Hockey Junior World Cup

NEW DELHI: India have been placed in Pool C in the forthcoming Hero Hockey Junior World Cup Men 2013 to be held from December 6 to 15, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced on Wednesday.

Sixteen junior international teams will fight it out for the title at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, with hockey giants -- Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Korea, Pakistan, besides hosts India -- among the challengers.

The tournament features pools of four followed by quarterfinals, semifinals, classification and medal matches.

Pool A will feature Germany, Pakistan, Belgium and Egypt, while Australia, Spain, Argentina and France are competing in Pool B.

Pool C consists of Netherlands, Korea and Canada, besides India. England, New Zealand, South Africa and Malaysia will be going head to head in Pool D.

The action begins in Pool C when Korea face Canada before a clash between Pool B rivals Australia and Argentina.

These will be followed by the Spain v France (Pool B), New Zealand v Malaysia (Pool D), Germany v Belgium (Pool A), Pakistan v Egypt (Pool A) and England v South Africa (Pool D) matches ahead of a mouth-watering meeting between Netherlands and India.


December 6: Korea v Canada, Australia v Argentina, Spain v France, New Zealand v Malaysia, Germany v Belgium, Pakistan v Egypt, England v South Africa, Netherlands v India.

December 7: Australia v Spain, Argentina v France, South Africa v Malaysia, New Zealand v England.

December 8: Belgium v Egypt, Pakistan v Germany, Korea v Netherlands, India v Canada.

December 9: Argentina v Spain, Australia v France, England v Malaysia, South Africa v New Zealand.

December 10: Germany v Egypt, Belgium v Pakistan, Netherlands v Canada, India v Korea.

December 11: Rest Day

December 12 (Quarterfinals): 4th Pool A v 4th Pool D, 1st Pool A v 2nd Pool B, 4th Pool B v 4th Pool C, 1st Pool D v 2nd Pool C, 3rd Pool A v 3rd Pool D, 1st Pool B v 2nd Pool A, 3rd Pool B v 3rd Pool C, 1st Pool C v 2nd Pool D.

December 13 (Semifinals): Loser Match 26 v Loser Match 28, Winner Match 26 v Winner Match 28, Loser Match 30 v Loser Match 32, Winner Match 30 v Winner Match 32.

December 14: Loser Match 25 v Loser Match 27, Winner Match 25 v Winner Match 27, Loser Match 29 v Loser Match 31, Winner Match 29 v Winner Match 31.

December 15: Loser Match 33 v Loser Match 35, Winner Match 33 v Winner Match 35, Loser Match 34 v Loser Match 36, Winner Match 34 v Winner Match 36.

The Times of India

Malaysia's Junior World Cup title challenge just got tougher

by Aftar Singh

Coach K. Dharmaraj talking to his players after Malaysia lost 3-0 to India in the Sultan of Johor Cup final. The changes to the Junior World Cup draw sees Malaysia begin their campaign with a tough game against New Zealand.

KUALA LUMPUR: Changes to the Junior World Cup draw has put Malaysia’s title challenge in doubt when the tournament begins at the Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in New Delhi on Dec 6.

Malaysia will now begin their Group D campaign with a tough game against New Zealand, who were initially drawn in Group C with Holland, India and Canada.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) revised the draw Tuesday, replacing Pakistan with New Zealand in Group D, which also comprises Malaysia, England and South Africa.

Pakistan have now been drawn in Group A with defending champions Germany, Egypt and Belgium.

FIH have also moved South Korea, who were initially in Group A, to Group C with Holland, India and Canada.

Group B remains the same with Australia, Spain, Argentina and France.

Malaysia’s other group matches are against South Africa on Dec 7 and England (Dec 9).

The quarter-finals and semi-finals are scheduled for Dec 12 and Dec 13 respectively. The final is slated for Dec 15.

National junior coach K. Dharmaraj is puzzled by FIH’s new draw.

“It’s tougher to play against New Zealand as they are a stronger team compared to Pakistan,” said Dharmaraj.

“The Kiwis finished a creditable fourth in the last Junior World Cup in 2009 (in Johor Baru) and will definitely start as one of the favourites for the quarter-finals from our group.

“The challenge will be on us to get the better of them in the opening match,” added Dharmaraj, who guided Malaysia to the Junior Asia Cup victory in Malacca last year.

Malaysia played against New Zealand twice in the Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor Baru last year – losing 5-2 in the preliminary rounds and 2-1 (golden goal) in the fifth-placing match.

The national juniors did well in the six-nation Sultan of Johor Cup last month, winning four matches, drawing one and losing one.

Their only defeat came at the hands of India – 3-0 – in the final.

The Star of Malaysia

Pakistan to start campaign against Egypt

KARACHI: Pakistan will meet Egypt in their opening match on December 6 as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) yesterday announced the schedule of the Hockey Junior World Cup that will be played in New Delhi, India.

As many as 16 teams, divided into four groups, will vie for top honours in the global event that will run from December 6 to 15. The top two teams from each group will advance into the quarter-finals.

Pakistan are placed in Pool A along with Germany, Belgium and Egypt.

The opening match of the group will be played between Pakistan and Egypt on the first day of the competition. The colts will play their next match against Germany on December 8 before playing their last group match against Belgium on December 10.

Pool B comprises Australia, Spain, Argentina and France while Pool C includes the Netherlands, South Korea, India and Canada. England, New Zealand, South Africa and Malaysia form Pool D.

The Express Tribune

NBP Gold Cup Hockey in full swing

LAHORE - National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), Pakistan Navy and Wapda notched up triumphs in the NBP Gold Cup Hockey Tournament after winning their respective matches here at the National Hockey Stadium on Wednesday.

Bankers overwhelmed Port Qasim 3-0 before being 1-0 and struck much improved in the following session.  Zohaib scored the first goal for the bank in the 32nd minute (FG) while Naeem added second in the 40th minute and captain Sabtain managed another in the 53rd minute to help the team score an easy 3-0 win.

Navy routed PAF 5-1 and wrapped up the first half 2-1. Seamen posed real danger in the second half with persistent penetration and collective moves aided by their right and left flanks. Mohsin Sabir slammed two goals for the winners while Babar Hussain, M Sabir and Ali Sher added one goal each. The only PAF goal came from Mushtaq in the 24th minute.  Wapda defeated Customs 3-1 in the last match of the day. The electricity men were leading the first half 2-0 with one goal each from Sohail Abbas and captain M Waqas Sharif. Customs bounced back in the second half and netted a goal through Mubashar in the 55th minute to make it 2-1 but Wapda’s Asad smashed another goal for his team to finish the match 3-1.

Today’s fixtures: Wapda vs HEC, Army vs Police and PIA vs Port Qasim.

The Nation

Golden Boys of the Dar Academy in action at the Gold Cup

By Ijaz Chaudhry

National Bank Gold Cup Hockey Tournament being played at the Lahore’s National Hockey Stadium is featuring the top 10 teams of Pakistan. 

Dar hockey academy, Pakistan’s finest nursery, has been producing quality players since its inception in 2006. The Lahore based academy, which houses talent not only from  the Punjab but also other provinces of the country, has provided no less than 11 players to three different sides competing at the NBP Gold Cup.

Nasir Shehzad is donning the police colours in the tourney. While the Higher Education Commission has acquired the services of the highly talented mid fielder Sikander Mustafa as well as Asad Zia and Hasan Mustafa.

Customs have been a dominating force on the national scene. Their record is second only to PIA in terms of winning the national title. For last few years, due to ban on recruitment, Customs have not been faring well. In fact, they got demoted in the national championships and are presently in the second tier ‘tray’ competition.                                                                   

For this NBP Gold Cup tournament, the Customs are banking heavily on the Dar Academy colts. They have selected as many as eight academy boys: Abid Bhatti, Saleem, M.Awais, Adnan, Adeel Lateef, Aamir Ali, Asif and Awais (goal keeper).                                                 

Almost all these boys have benefited from the Dar Academy’s preparatory tours to Europe from 2010-2012.

Interestingly, the founder president of the Dar academy, Olympic gold medallist Taqueer Dar also represented Customs on the domestic circuit. And the Dar academy youngsters have definitely justified the faith reposed in them by the Customs’ officials: The youngest team in the fray has surprised everyone by qualifying for the semi - final to be played on Friday.

Ijaz Chaudhry writes on hockey and other sports. For more about him and his published work, visit: exclusive

EHL Round 1.1 Barcelona Preview – Pool D

In the first of our previews for Euro Hockey League’s Round 1.1 event in Barcelona, we take a look at Pool D which features English champions Beeston, high-flying Germans Harvestehuder and EHL newcomers Cardiff & Met. With only two teams being able to qualify for Easter’s KO16 event, the stakes are high. More information about the competing clubs can be found below.

Beeston HC (ENG)
Beeston HC, the reigning champions of England and current league leaders, are a team that seems to grow more in confidence with each passing year on the European stage. Last season they produced one of the most impressive results of the entire first round, stunning then Dutch champions Amsterdam H&BC with a 5-4 victory to finish top of their pool. The Bees – who are based in Nottingham – will be looking for more of the same this year, and certainly have a group of players capable of big things. Eccentric goalkeeper George Pinner is one of the best in the game, while England internationals Harry Martin, Adam Dixon and Ollie Willars will be looking to impress here in Barcelona and confirm their place in the next phase of the competition.

Harvestehuder THC (GER)
Hamburg’s Harvestehuder THC make their Euro Hockey League debut here in Barcelona, and will be keen focussed on making it a weekend to remember. Although they are the third-ranked qualifier from Germany, they have a squad which is more than capable of going deep into the latter stages of this competition and currently sit second in the Bundesliga. The Harvestehuder squad is one of immeasurable talent. Germany’s recent European champion, double Olympic Gold medallist and 2010 FIH Young Player of the Year Tobi Hauke is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest midfielders and is the player who makes them tick. That said, he is far from being their only world class talent. Defender Moritz Polk is another regular in the hugely successful Germany set-up, while Austrian international Michael Körper is a penalty corner expert of the highest quality.

Cardiff & Met (WAL)
Cardiff & Met will make a little bit of history when they step out onto the turf at Barcelona’s Pau Negre Stadium. Not only will it be their first ever appearance in the world’s finest club hockey competition, they will also the first team from Wales to do so after the nation edged into the top twelve of the EHL Rankings table. The team, which competes in the second tier of the England Hockey League, has a number of senior Welsh internationals amongst their ranks, including Mark Whatling, Jonathan Gordon and Owain Dolan Gray. The team will have their work cut out against Pool D rivals Beeston and fellow EHL newcomers Harvestehuder THC, but it would be foolish to write off this proud and talented group.

This weekend’s 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

Top players set for EHL Round 1.1 Barcelona

The Euro Hockey League has always featured some of hockey’s hottest talents, with icons such as Teun de Nooijer, Pol Amat, Barry Middleton, Jamie Dwyer, Sohail Abbas and Moritz Fürste having worked their magic in the world’s greatest club competition. The 2013-14 Edition will be no different. We take a quick look at three of the big name players who are expected to shine during Round 1.1 Barcelona.

Tobias Hauke – Harvestehuder THC / Germany
26-year-old Tobi Hauke has forged a reputation as one of the finest midfielders in the world and collected almost every major title in the game, including two Olympic Gold medals (Beijing 2008 / London 2012), two European Championships (Monchengladbach 2011 / Boom 2013) and two Indoor World Cups (Vienna 2007 / Poznan 2011). Over the next nine months, the 2010 FIH Young Player of the Year will be aiming to add two more prizes to his staggering collection – the World Cup and the Euro Hockey League.

Mink van der Weerden – MHC Oranje Zwart / Netherlands
Ace defender Mink van der Weerden has really come of age in the last few years, and is now rated as one of the world’s toughest defenders and a corner flicker of the highest quality. The 25-year-old played a key role in guiding the Netherlands to the Silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and has the potential to stamp his considerable class all over the Round 1 event in Barcelona.

Loick Luypaert – KHC Dragons / Belgium
OZ’s Van der Weerden is not the only world class drag-flicking defender on show in Barcelona. Loick Luypaert, 22, was in sensational form for Dragons last season, finishing the tournament as joint top scorer alongside Rot-Weiss Köln duo Christopher Zeller and Marco Miltkau. His international stock is also rapidly rising, helping Belgium claim a Silver medal at the EuroHockey Nations Championships in the summer. Expect him to leave his mark this weekend.

This weekend’s 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

“It’s been an amazing journey”, says Cardiff & Met coach Abdo

This weekend, Cardiff & Met of Wales will be one of four teams making their Euro Hockey League debut in the Round 1.1 tournament in Barcelona, where they will face Harvestehuder THC (GER) and Beeston HC (ENG) in Pool D. To mark the occasion, spoke with Cardiff & Met head coach Walid Abdo about how preparations were going ahead of their first crack at the world’s finest club competition.

Euro Hockey League: What does it mean for your club to be participating in the EHL?
Walid Abdo: “Quite frankly, it’s been an amazing journey which started with us playing in the Southern Premier league four years ago and now has us dining at the top table. We are proud and honoured to be the first Welsh club representatives at the premier club hockey tournament.”

EHL: How are team preparations going for Round 1?
WA: “Our philosophy at the club is for our players to have supreme conditioning and unwavering fundamentals. This won’t change no matter what opposition we play. We have tried with the help of Cardiff Met University to be consistent over the past four years in the messages we deliver whether it will be in conditioning, tactics or analysis. This has proved successful and won’t change just because we are in the EHL.”

EHL: What are your thoughts about the teams that you will face in Round 1?
WA: Both are great teams with huge individual talent. It’s going to be a huge learning curve for the players and staff. We need to adapt quickly if we are going to survive this round. I love both their styles and their commitment to attacking, flowing hockey.”

EHL: What are your aims and ambitions in this season's EHL?
WA: “Simply to do enough to stay in the EHL as long as possible and hopefully enabling us to qualify again next season. It is important for the team to be able to experience this level of hockey time and time again.”

This weekend’s 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

Kelburne face EHL challenge in Barcelona

Last season's Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1 Champions Glynhill Kelburne travel to Barcelona, Spain this week for Round 1.1 of the Euro Hockey League (EHL), taking place from 11-13 October.

The Scottish side will face a tough test of their credentials against Dutch outfit Oranje Zwart and Poland’s WKS Grunwald Poznań in Pool G of the continent’s top club competition. The top two sides will progress from each pool to the KO16 round next year.

Assessing his side’s chances, player-coach Mark Ralph said, “It’s been tough as we have had a few injuries recently, which means we have been struggling. We were going to take 18 players but now we are down to 16. This just means players will have to take a bit more responsibility during both games, not just for one.

"We play the Dutch team first, which is a tough one, but also good to experience for the players playing against a team of that stature as they have a lot of quality players.”

As outlined by Ralph, Dutch heavyweights Oranje Zwart are the opponents (13.30 BST) on Friday in their first match.

Making their return to the EHL for the first time in three years, their squad is packed with outstanding talent, including London 2012 Silver medallists Sander Baart, Marcel Balkestein, Bob de Voogd and penalty corner star Mink van der Weerden.

The group also contains the considerable talents of Belgian international Thomas Briels as well as Pakistan trio Rashid Mehmood, Fareed Ahmed and the brilliant Muhammad Rizwan Sr. It is a seriously impressive squad, ensuring that they will rightly be considered amongst the tournament favourites.

Ralph’s side then take on WKS Grunwald Poznan in their second match on Sunday (13.30 BST). This is likely to be the key match in determining whether Kelburne reach their ambition of emerging from the pool in the top two qualification positions.

“It’s a great chance for our players to have a chance to put their wits against them and for me it’s all about the second game”, said Ralph. “If we focus on good performance in the first match then we can really push forward against the Polish champions. It will be tough but we have to make sure we are ready for them."

The Polish champions have been a fixture in the EHL since the very first edition of the tournament way back in 2007-2008, making it through to the KO16 phase on a number occasions.

However, they narrowly missed out on qualification for the KO16 last season when they were drawn in the same pool as England’s Beeston and Dutch champions Amsterdam H&BC.

These two games will not be an easy draw for the Paisley side, but ex-Scotland international Ralph is optimistic ahead of the trip to Catalonia, “We need to relax, take our chances and play our own game, there’s no point going if we play one way to get into the EHL and then change our system.

“We need to play the same way as a team. We did it last year. We are missing a few players from last year’s team but it gives a few players the chance to step up [this year].

“We have new players and some young players stepping forward like Lee Morton, who has been playing brilliantly for us this season and I know he will thrive in the EHL with a bit more responsibility. I am hoping for the same when we’re out there.”

Both matches are live on the EHL website

Friday 11 October: MHC Oranje Zwart v Glynhill Kelburne HC, 13.30 BST

Sunday 13 October: WKS Grunwald Poznan v Glynhill Kelburne HC, 13.30 BST

Glynhill Kelburne squad (as appears on EHL website):

1 Mark Fulton
2 Fergus Barrows
3 Nicolas Riemann
4 Michael Bremner
5 Adam Bain
6 Ian Horsfield
7 Stuart Allan
8 Michael Christie
9 Johnny Christie
11 Mark Ralph
12 Chris Nelson
13 Edward Greaves
16 Lee Morton
17 John Martin
18 Jack Mcallister
19 Ross McIntyre
22 Fraser Hutchieson
24 Michael Nicol
25 Fabian Goldie
26 Jack Mckenzie
27 Andrew Duff
32 Scott Sutherland

Scottish Hockey Union media release

East Grinstead target top of the table

East Grinstead Ashley Jackson, Sept 2013

EAST Grinstead are targeting the top of the table in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division this Saturday, as they play host to strugglers Loughborough Students.

With leaders Beeston playing Cardiff & Met in the Euro Hockey League, the Sussex side could go top if they get a victory. And while Beeston will have a game in hand it will provide an important psychological boost.

“It’s a good opportunity to try and bank another three points, which is vital at this time of the season as we try to build a good foundation. With Loughborough looking like they’re struggling we need to make the most of our chances.

“We will be looking to move on from our performance against Hampstead and Westminster last weekend, and we were very pleased with the return of Mark Gleghorne after a long and painful rehab from his foot injury. Hopefully he will be back on form for this weekend.”

Elsewhere, Reading could also go top if they can overcome a Sheffield Hallam side who notched up their first ever Premier Division victory last weekend.

And Hampstead and Westminster will want to beat visitors Cannock to keep their place in the top half of the table. Finally, bottom of the table Canterbury host a Wimbledon side who could overtake Hampstead if they win.

Fareham entertain University of Exeter in the NOW: Pensions Conference West, and could go top if they win with leaders Cardiff and Met playing Premier Division leaders Beeston in the Euro Hockey League this weekend.

Southgate will want to preserve their 100 per cent record in the NOW: Pensions Conference East when they travel to St Albans on Saturday, while second-placed Teddington go to bottom club Brighton and Hove in a bid to keep pace with the early leaders.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference North bottom of the table West Bridgford play host to leaders University of Durham, and second-placed Bowdon head to Wakefield, where a victory could put them top.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 12 2013)

NOW: Pensions Premier Division

Canterbury v Wimbledon 18:00
East Grinstead v Loughborough Students 14:00
Hampstead & Westminster v Cannock 14:00
Sheffield Hallam v Reading 18:30

NOW: Pensions Conference East
Brighton and Hove v Teddington 15:30
Bromley & Beckenham v Cambridge City 12:30
Holcombe v Old Loughtonians 18:00
Oxted v Richmond 15:00
St Albans v Southgate 18:00

NOW: Pensions Conference North
Brooklands MU v Deeside Ramblers 13:30
Khalsa (Warks) v Olton & West Warwickshire 14:30
Leek v Belper 14:00
Wakefield v Bowdon 15:30
West Bridgford v Univ of Durham 13:30

NOW: Pensions Conference West
Fareham v Univ of Exeter 13:30
Guildford v Cheltenham 12:00
Isca v Havant 12:30
Univ of Birmingham v Team Bath Buccaneers 14:30

England Hockey Board Media release

Leicester face Clifton challenge in Investec Premier Division

Leicester, Champs final 2013

LAST season’s beaten finalists in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division Championship, Leicester head to Bristol on Saturday for a tough clash against an unbeaten Clifton side.

The Midlands side had to settle for a draw against Surbiton last weekend having led for much of the game until conceding a late goal, and they dropped into the bottom half of the early table as a result.

But victory at Clifton could see them get their early season back on track.

Elsewhere, leaders Canterbury head to newly-promoted Beeston who lie seventh in the table after making a good start to their campaign in the top-flight.

Beeston hammered seven goals past Sutton Coldfield in their only win so far, but Canterbury have the best defence in the league and have conceded just one goal in their opening four matches.

Free-scoring Reading have scored 17 goals so far and could go top if they beat hosts Surbiton, who similarly have also scored 17 goals.

The bottom two clubs in the early table go head to head, with Sutton Coldfield hosting Olton and West Warwickshire. And the University of Birmingham entertain Bowdon Hightown.

Already five points clear at the top of the Investec Conference East, unbeaten Holcombe face second-placed Sevenoaks on Saturday in what could be their toughest challenge yet.

With 20 goals already scored and just one conceded, Holcombe will prove formidable opponents to the Kent outfit, who could only draw with second-bottom Wimbledon last weekend.

Another team on a 100 per cent record, Investec Conference West leaders Buckingham head to strugglers Exe in search of another win, while second-placed Slough host Bristol Firebrands.

And in the Investec Conference North leaders University of Durham host bottom of the table Boots.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 12 2013)

Investec Premier Division

Beeston v Canterbury 12:00
Clifton v Leicester 13:00
Surbiton v Reading 14:00
Sutton Coldfield v Olton and West Warwicks 14:00
Univ of Birmingham v Bowdon Hightown 12:30

Investec Conference East
Harleston Magpies v Chelmsford 12:30
Holcombe v Sevenoaks 16:00
Old Loughtonians v Horsham 12:00
St Albans v East Grinstead 14:45
Wimbledon v Ipswich 14:00

Investec Conference North
Brooklands Poynton v Ben Rhydding 11:45
Loughborough Students v Kendal 12:30
Stourport v Wakefield 12:00
Univ of Durham v Boots 12:00
Whitley Bay & Tynemouth v Doncaster 12:30

Investec Conference West
Barnes v Trojans 12:00
Exe v Buckingham 13:00
Gloucester City v Oxford Hawks 12:00
Slough v Bristol Firebrands 13:00
Swansea City v Oxford Hawks 12:00

England Hockey Board Media release

Irish Hockey Trophy Round 1 this Saturday

Irish Hockey Trophy Round 1 for men and women takes place this weekend - as does stage 1 of round 2 which is being split over 2 weekends - October 12th & October 23rd.

Electric Ireland Irish Hockey Trophy - ROUND 1
Saturday - 12th October
10.00 Weston v Newbridge
14.30 Portadown v Grosvenor
Sunday - 13th October
13.00 Kilkenny v Muckross

Irish Hockey Trophy - Men 12th October
13.45 Campbellians v Weston

Electric Ireland Irish Hockey Trophy - Women (note round 2 split over 2 dates - Date 1 12th October Day 2 23rd November)
12th October
13.00 NUIG v Limerick
15.30 Wexford v Monstown
15.00 Victorians v Larne
14.15 Rathgar v Clontarf
14.00 Avoca v Bray

PLEASE NOTE: Results will be available on on the above links. A press release will not be sent out but will be posted directly on to the website as they come through over the weekend.

Irish Hockey Association media release

Alyson Annan enters Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Annan to be inducted into Hall of Fame at event in Melbourne

Former Australian hockey star Alyson Annan OAM has been announced as the seventh and final Inductee into The Sport Australia Hall of Fame at the National Sports Museum this afternoon.

Annan joins Clint Robinson OAM (surf life saving, canoe/kayak), Graeme Lloyd (baseball), Ron Coote AM (rugby league), Stan ‘The Man’ Longinidis (kick boxing), Victor Kovalenko OAM (coach, sailing) and Ted Harris AC (sports administration) as 2013 Inductees.

Each will receive the highest national sporting honour that can be bestowed when they are officially inducted at The Sport Australia Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards Gala Dinner, proudly presented by Etihad Airways at Crown Melbourne tonight.

Annan was a pivotal force in the Australian women’s hockey team which played with global dominance for almost a decade. The team’s feats included five consecutive Champions Trophies between 1993 and 1999, two World Cups (1994 and 1998) and two Olympic gold medals (1996 and 2000).

Annan was the leading goal scorer at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and at the World Cup in 1998 and was a member of the Hockeyroos side that won the first ever Commonwealth Games gold medal, in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, beating England 8-1 in the final. She represented Australia 228 times and her 166 career goals for Australia remain unmatched.

“To be recognised by The Sport Australia Hall of Fame is a great honour.

Although Annan is being recognised for her individual achievements within the sport she continues to carry her famous team spirit and gratitude to coach, Ric Charlesworth.

“We were all motivated to be the best we can be,” said Annan.

“Ric Charlesworth’s undeniable ability to bring the best and the worst out in people is extraordinary.

“It is a shame that it is only when you get older that you begin to realise just how good it was, how great our team was and how dedicated we were to achieve our goals.”

Robert de Castella MBE, Chairman of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame selection committee recognised Annan’s individual contribution to her team’s ultimate success.

“Alyson was voted the best in the world in 1999 and her record of representing Australia almost 230 times and having been a prolific scorer with an acknowledged ability as a game winner contributed to her success,” de Castella said.

“She scored 166 goals across her international career which is just a phenomenal accomplishment.”

Cam Vale, Hockey Australia Chief Executive, said “The award is an honour truly befitting an individual of her status. She is without doubt one of the greatest hockey players ever to grace the turf in Australian colours.”

“Throughout the 1990s, she was arguably the best player in the world; a brilliantly skilful midfield player with an outstanding goal scoring record, she had it all – skill, strength, tactical nous and an unquenchable desire to succeed,” Vale added.

“Not only did Alyson play a fundamental role in the success of the Hockeyroos on the pitch, she helped to put our sport on the map, inspiring women to pick up a stick and earning hockey a special place in the hearts of Australians everywhere.”

Established in 1985, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame aims to preserve and celebrate the history of Australian Sport and excite the next generation of Australians to achieve their potential both in sport and in life.

With a vision and values built around the words of the first Inductee and Legend, Sir Donald Bradman AC, The Sport Australia Hall of Fame is determined to carry to all Australians everywhere the symbol of excellence, as represented by its 518 Members across all sports and genders.

Hockey Australia media release

Champion coach hit with long ban

Exclusive: St Cuth's hockey leader 'gutted' he's been sidelined for 14 weeks after opposing 'elitist' schools competition

By Steve Deane

Simon Norton.

The long-serving coach of the champion St Cuthbert's College hockey team has been slapped with a 14-week ban for allegedly undermining a new elite competition.

Simon Norton, a former Black Stick and representative coach, fronted an appeal to College Sport that led to the new city-wide competition being deferred from 2012 to 2013.

Then, before the launch this year, he emailed schools asking if they planned to enter - a move College Sport viewed as undermining the new competition.

St Cuthbert's initially declined to enter the new competition, opting instead for a rival competition based on the previous format of regional matches followed by inter-regional playoffs.

"College Sport deemed that was an unsanctioned competition and they threatened sanctions against our school and all other athletes at the school," Mr Norton said. "They threatened that so we had no choice."

He said other schools had also entered the new competition - which was ultimately won by St Cuthbert's - under duress.

Mr Norton, who has received numerous awards for services to the sport over a 27-year coaching career, objected to the city-wide format because of the travel and time demands on students and volunteers.

He believed the push for the new competition came from a small number of "elite-orientated principals" who were interested only in playing against fellow elite schools.

He spoke out against the concept because he believed college sport should be more about development for the game.

Mr Norton is appealing against the ban. "It has devastated me," he said. "It has besmirched my name and really I am absolutely gutted."

An email sent to schools by the Auckland Secondary School Heads Association - which was forwarded to the Herald - states the coach's actions "in attempting to derail a Super City-wide Premier competition had the effect of not only undermining the specific competition but also undermined the [association board's] authority".

Mr Norton - who was not named in the email - denied that was the case. The new elite competition had been rejected by Counties Hockey and the majority of schools aligned to North Harbour Hockey.

"I wasn't trying to derail the competition at all," Mr Norton said. "I have no say over the North Harbour or Counties associations. Those associations walked away because it was a bad idea."

St Cuthbert's principal Lynda Reid confirmed the school would appeal against the length of the ban - which will take effect next season - but had no complaints about the process.

"We accept that Simon in his passion and enthusiasm for hockey did not follow the expectations of College Sport and we do expect him to do that, but we will appeal the severity of the stand-down," she said.

"We have supported the appeal because we feel the sanction was quite a severe one, but we accept it was a very good process [the heads association] went through and I have a very high regard for the way it was handled. We will abide by whatever decision they come to."

College Sport chief executive Manoj Daji said he could not comment as the suspension was under appeal.

Secondary School Heads Association president Mike Leash, principal of Botany Downs Secondary School, said the Super City competition had proven popular with schools and worked "enormously well".

Hockey stoush

• St Cuthbert's College coach Simon Norton banned for 14 weeks for undermining new competition.

• Norton, who's been a coach for 27 years, led objections to new Super City-wide format.

• Report found his emails to other schools contravened College Sport policy and that he acted without full knowledge of St Cuthbert's principal Lynda Reid.

• College plans to appeal against length of ban.

The New Zealand Herald

USA Field Hockey Looks to Fill Two Open Positions


Colorado Springs, Colo. - USA Field Hockey seeks a Coordinator of Futures and Olympic Development Programs and Membership and Events Coordinator

The Coordinator of Futures and Olympic Development is responsible for the data management of USA Field Hockey’s Olympic and Athlete Development programs.  Primary emphasis is on providing a premier program, which provides athletes with high quality training venues, quality coaches, and a professional delivery system.

Other responsibilities include assisting the Chief Operating Officer and Manager of Futures and Olympic Development in Key Areas. The Coordinator of Futures and Olympic Development reports to the Manager of Futures and Olympic Development.

For full job description and to apply, please click here.

The Membership and Events Coordinator is responsible for providing administrative assistance to Membership and Events department. Primary emphasis on providing USA Field Hockey members great value for their membership to include valuable membership benefits, premier events and excellent customer service.

Other responsibilities include assisting the Chief Operating Officer, Event Logistics Director and Membership and Events Manager in Key Areas. The Membership and Events Coordinator reports to the Membership and Events Manager.

For full job description and to apply, please click here.

Both positions are full-time with nights, weekends and travel required as necessary for events. Both positions will be based in Colorado Springs. Benefits include health insurance, dental, flexible spending account, retirement plan and two weeks paid time off plus holidays.

USFHA media release


PAHF Congress in Mendoza, Argentina

Athletes Committee established

Scott Sandison, Chairperson of the new Athletes Committee. (Photo: Yan Huckendubler)

The Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) held it biannual Congress in Mendoza, Argentina, during the Women’s Pan American Cup.

Tony von Ondarza, who had been President of PAHF for 26 years, retired and was made an honorary Member of PAHF. Alberto “Coco” Budeisky was elected President by the Congress. 

There were also elections for Board members and the new Board of the PAHF for 2014-2015 is composed of:
-        Alberto “Coco” Budeisky, President
-        Aaron Sher, Honorary General Secretary
-        Derek Sandison, Honorary Treasurer
-        Danae Andrada, Vice President
-        Mary Cicinelli, Vice President
-        Maureen Craig Rousseau, Vice President
-        Nicole Grant
-        Walter Kramer
-        Herberth Lovo
-        Ademir Montenegro
-        Hector Motta Rios
-        Pamela Stuper

The Board met after the Congress and appointed Julio Neves as the Managing Director of the PAHF.  He will assume his full time duties, managing the day to day activities of the PAHF, later this year.

The Board also appointed Committees to help in the work of the PAHF:
-        Competitions (chairperson: Willard Harris)
-        Development (chairperson: Laura Darling)
-        Media & Communications (chairperson: Yan Huckendubler)
-        Medical (chairperson: Dr Leticia Ramirez Ceballos)
-        Umpiring (chairperson: Roger St. Rose)
-        Appointments (chairperson: Laura Pigretti)

The Board established an Athletes Committee to give a voice to the athletes in the administration of the organization. A call to all National Association for nominees to this new Committee will be sent out soon and it is hoped that the Athletes Committee will be a valuable asset in the administration of the PAHF in the future. The Committee will initially be chaired by Scott Sandison, the current PAHF representative on the FIH athletes Commission.

Pan American Hockey Federation media release