News for 11 October 2013

All the news for Friday 11 October 2013

Africa Cup hockey tournament moved to November

The Africa Cup of Nations hockey tournament, which was postponed just days before it started due to the terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya in the last week of September, will now be played from November 18 to 24 in the east African city.

The new date was announced by the African Hockey Federation Thursday.

The men's and women's national teams that win the Africa Cup in Nairobi will qualify as the African continent’s representatives at the 2014 Hockey World Cup. The four-yearly showpiece is due to be held in The Hague, Netherlands in June next year.

SA Hockey Association media release

EHL Round 1.1 Barcelona ready for action

The breathtakingly beautiful city of Barcelona is ready for the latest instalment of the Euro Hockey League, the world’s most innovative and exciting club hockey competition.  As usual, a global audience of millions will be able to follow all of the tournament action thank to free live streaming of every match courtesy of the EHL website.

The seventh season of the EHL gets underway on Friday morning, with the Pau Negre Stadium in Parc del Migdia playing host to three days of intense action between 12 of Europe’s finest club teams. It is the fifth time that Spain has played host to a Euro Hockey League competition weekend.

Round 1.1 of this season’s EHL will witness the teams in Pools D, E, G and F fighting it out in a bid to earn their place at Easter’s magnificent KO16 event, which will take place in The Netherlands.  Eight KO16 places are up for grabs in Barcelona, with the two highest-ranked teams in each Pool ensuring qualification for the next phase. The teams that finish bottom in each Pool will be eliminated from the competition. 

Day 1 begins at 09.30 (Central European Time) with a match between two EHL newcomers, with Surbiton HC of England facing Austrian champions SV Arminen in Pool E. The Surbiton team contains Great Britain strike duo Matt Daly and James Tindall, while Arminen are sure to be extremely well organised thanks to the presence of former India coach Cedric D’Sousa on the side-lines. 

At 1200 in Pool D, English champions Beeston HC face another team new to the EHL, with Welsh outfit Cardiff & Met being their opponents before Dutch giants Oranje Zwart do battle with Scotland’s Glynhill Kelburne at 1430 in Pool G. The OZ line up is packed full of international quality, including ace penalty corner expert Mink van der Weerden, Belgium star Thomas Briels and Pakistan trio Rashid Mehmood, Fareed Ahmed and the brilliant Muhammad Rizwan Sr. The final match of the day will take place in Pool F at 1700, with Russian champions Dinamo Kazan and Spain’s Club de Campo of Madrid going head to head.

The action will continue on Saturday with another four teams entering the fray – Tobias Hauke’s Harvestehuder THC (GER), Real Club de Polo de Barcelona (ESP), 2013 EHL silver medallists KHC Dragons (BEL) and Polish champions WKS Grunwald Poznan.

The complete match schedule for the weekend can be found on, the official website of the Euro Hockey League. A further 12 sides will hope to claim the remaining eight KO16 berths when EHL Round 1.2 takes place at Lille MHC (FRA) in just over two weeks’ time.

As always, the EHL will be providing full coverage of the event, with live streaming and complete tournament information being available on and through our Smartphone App.  The EHL social media coverage will also be extensive, allowing fans to interact through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We hope you enjoy the coverage.

Euro Hockey League media release

We’ll give it all we have, says Arminen coach D’Sousa

This weekend, SV Arminen of Austria will be one of four teams making their Euro Hockey League debut in the Round 1.1 tournament in Barcelona, where they will face Real Club de Polo (ESP) and Surbiton HC (ENG) in Pool E. To mark the occasion, spoke with head coach Cedric D’Souza – former coach of the Indian national team – 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?

Cedric D’Souza: “It is our first time in the EHL and it means a great deal for us. To rub shoulders with the best clubs in Europe and to learn from them as well as show our true potential.”

EHL: How are team preparations going for the events?
CDS: “We have been training in full earnest and using the National championships games as preparation games for the upcoming EHL. Apart from these games we are also very focussed at the task at hand, know our strengths and weaknesses and have been training as hard as possible to make us more effective.”

EHL: What are your thoughts about the teams that you will face in Round 1?
CDS: “Well, the teams in our pool are Surbiton and Real Club de Polo, these are really strong teams and we know we have our work cut out when we play them. We know that they will have an abundance of speed and skill and we will have to plan our strategy accordingly.”

EHL: What are your aims and ambitions in this season's EHL?
CDS: “This being our first time, we are realistic about our chances but none the less will go all out to spring a surprise or two.  The aim will be to garner a few points and the icing on the cake will be if we reach the second round. Needless to say we will fight till the final whistle and give it all we have.”

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

Round 1.1 Barcelona Preview – Pool E

In the second of our previews for Euro Hockey League’s Round 1.1 event in Barcelona, we take a look at Pool E which features local boys RC Polo de Barcelona, English hot-shots Surbiton and Austrian champions SV Arminen.

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.

RC Polo de Barcelona (ESP)
RC Polo may not technically be on home soil during Round 1.1, but they could not get much closer to it. The team from the host city make a welcome return to the Euro Hockey League after a one season absence, and are expected to be well supported by their passionate band of loyal fans here in Barcelona. RC Polo teams have always been competitive in the EHL, with the best achievement being a fourth place finish in the 2009-2010 season. The latest group, complete with Spanish internationals Alex Fabregas, Xavi Lleonart and the Alegre brothers Ramon and David will be aiming to go all the way in 2013-14 edition of the EHL.

Surbiton HC (ENG)
Surbiton HC have long been considered the best English team never to have qualified for the Euro Hockey League, a tag that they finally shook off when they claimed England Hockey’s second qualifying spot for this year’s competition. The team contains some top class talent, including three players who represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Rob Moore is an outstanding attacking midfielder, while James Tindall and Matt Daly are two of the most feared strikers in the game. There are also a number of exciting youngsters in the group, with 18 year old junior international James Gall being mentioned as a potential star of the future.

SV Arminen (AUT)
SV Arminen come into this year’s EHL as the champions of Austria, and have been drawn into a tough pool which contains Spanish giants RC Polo and exciting English outfit Surbiton HC. The task of booking their place in the second phase certainly won’t be easy, but a talented squad packed full of international quality ensures that they are more than capable of doing it. Their group contains no fewer than nine of the Austria team that finished fourth in the Hockey World League Round 2 event in Elektrostal, Russia earlier in the year, including brothers Alex and Robert Bele, Patrick Schmidt, Dominic Uher and Michael Minar.

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

Round 1.1 Barcelona Preview – Pool F

In the third of our previews for Euro Hockey League’s Round 1.1 event in Barcelona, we take a look at Pool F which features Russian champions Dinamo Kazan alongside two former EHL finalists - brilliant Belgian outfit KHC Dragons and Spanish giants Club de Campo.

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.

Dinamo Kazan (RUS)
Perennial Russian champions and Euro Hockey League regulars Dinamo Kazan come into the tournament with a determination to seal a place in the knock-out stages of the competition. Their team contains many of Russia’s finest hockey players, including goalkeeping ace Marat Gafarov, Alexander Korolev and Denis Shchipachev. As usual, there is a healthy sprinkling of foreign talent, with Pakistan international duo Adnan Maqsood and Imran Warsi – a player with a truly world class penalty corner drag flick – bringing Asian flair to proceedings. Pool F rivals KHC Dragons and Club de Campo de Madrid will provide stern opposition for Kazan, but a place in the second phase is certainly well within their capabilities.

KHC Dragons (BEL)
KHC Dragons have earned a reputation as one of Europe’s most feared teams thanks to some absolutely sensational displays over the years, starting with a brilliant debut season in 2010-11 which saw them eliminated in the quarter finals in a dramatic penalty shoot-out. That performance was topped in 2011-12 when they defeated Dutch giants H.C. Rotterdam to win the Bronze medal, only for them to go one step further last season when they were narrowly defeated by H.C. Bloemendaal in the tournament final. They have lost talisman Jeffrey Thys to Rotterdam, but retain some of Belgium’s finest hockey players such as defender and penalty corner ace Loick Luypaert, Florent van Aubel and new captain Felix Denayer. Will Dragons continue their upward trend and take EHL glory in 2013-14?

Club de Campo de Madrid (ESP)
2011 Euro Hockey League Silver medallists Club de Campo de Madrid have firmly established themselves as one of Europe’s finest teams in recent years. However, the 2012-13 edition of the competition was certainly not their best, losing two out of their three matches despite strengthening their squad with German Olympic Gold medallists Oliver Korn, Oskar Deecke and 2012 FIH Player of the Year Moritz Fürste. Although celebrated Germany trio have now departed, Club de Campo are still expected to be among the front runners for the Alain Danet Trophy this season. Argentine international Rodrigo Vila is a player well worth keeping an eye, possessing the kind of raw talent that can change a game in an instant.

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

Round 1.1 Barcelona Preview – Pool G

In the final of our previews for Euro Hockey League’s Round 1.1 event in Barcelona, we take a look at Pool G which features Polish champions WKS Grunwald Poznan, classy Dutch outfit MHC Oranje Zwart and Glynhill Kelburne, the reigning champions of Scotland.

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.

WKS Grunwald Poznan (POL)
WKS Grunwald Poznan have been a fixture in the Euro Hockey League since the very first edition of the tournament way back in 2007-2008. Poland’s finest have made it through to the KO16 phase on various occasions, but last year fell short when they were drawn in the same pool as England’s Beeston and Dutch champions Amsterdam H&BC. Grunwald were crushed 6-0 by Beeston, but produced a brilliant performance against Amsterdam to draw 2-2. Sadly it wasn’t enough to keep them in the tournament, but they will be keen to build on that platform here in Barcelona this weekend.

MHC Oranje Zwart (NED)
Oranje Zwart return to EHL competition for the first time since the 2010-11 season, where they were pipped to the Bronze medal by England’s Reading HC. As you would expect from the number 2 ranked team from The Netherlands, their roster is packed with outstanding players, 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.

Glynhill Kelburne (SCO)
Kelburne HC have competed in all but one of the previous six seasons of the Euro Hockey League, and are once again Scotland’s representatives in Europe’s premier club competition. The Glasgow-based club, who have won the last nine Scottish championships, qualified for the Knock-Out stages of last year’s EHL and will be aiming for even more success this time around. The team contains a number of Scottish international players, including Gareth Hall, Michael Bremner and Michael Christie, players who will be aiming to put their experience to good use and fire Kelburne into the Knock-Out stages once 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

Wildcats out to topple leaders Grove Menzieshill

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 1

Two of the three remaining undefeated teams in Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 1 will clash on Saturday at Auchenhowie when Harry Dunlop’s Western Wildcats host table toppers Grove Menzieshill.

Both teams have been in good scoring form and will be confident of a win in this fixture. Last season Grove Menzieshill shocked the Wildcats with a 5-0 defeat at Auchenhowie. A repeat result is unlikely as the much improved home side look to continue their impressive start to the season.

At the opposite end of the table, Paul Dailly’s Dundee Wanderers host struggling Inverleith at Mayfield Park.  Both teams suffered defeats last weekend, with Inverleith disappointed not to beat undefeated PSL Team Sport Clydesdale despite scoring six times, while Wanderers lost heavily to city rivals Grove Menzieshill.  A win for Inverleith would see them move off the bottom of the table at the Taysiders’ expense.

Elsewhere, AAM Gordonians welcome this season’s surprise package Hillhead in what has been traditionally has been a closely fought encounter.  The two sides had contrasting fortunes at the weekend, with Gordonians losing to a rampant Western Wildcats and Hillhead upsetting the form guide to beat European qualifiers Grange. The last time the two sides met, Gordonians won 2-0 in Aberdeen.

The final match on the fixture card sees undefeated PSL Team Sport Clydesdale play Graham Moodie’s Edinburgh University. Clydesdale have had a solid start to the season under John McKnight, with notable draws at home to Champions Kelburne and league leaders Grove Menzieshill.

Edinburgh University have endured a more difficult start to their season with defeats against the top three placed sides.  A victory over Edinburgh rivals Inverleith more recently, however, may be a sign of better fortunes as the season continues.

With Glynhill Kelburne in EHL action this weekend, their fixture against Grange is postponed.

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 1

On Tayside, city rivals Grove Menzieshill and Dundee Wanderers will compete for the local bragging rights as they go head to head in Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 1 on Saturday.

The defending champions go into the match boasting a 100% record whilst neighbours Wanderers are a win behind having lost to Milne Craig Clydesdale Western last week.

A win for Grove Menzieshill would give them a six point lead over their rivals, while a win for Wanderers would push them to the top of the league alongside their adversaries.  A classic six pointer awaits.

Winless Watsonians face another difficult fixture on Saturday as they travel to Glasgow to play mid-table Kelburne.  However, a narrow defeat at the hands of GHK was evidence that they are not far away from adding to their current points total.

Kelburne on the other hand have performed well against teams in the lower half of the table but have struggled against those in the upper echelons, most recently drawing a blank in a 4-0 defeat to undefeated Edinburgh University.

Buoyed by their first win of the season against second bottom Grange EL, Western Wildcats will be keen to continue their winning form against Edinburgh University at Auchenhowie.  However, to win they will have to do something which no other team in the league have managed to do thus far this season and score against the students.

The form guide places Edinburgh University as clear favourites, with their prolific forwards keen to add to their impressive 21 goal return in three games.

GHK have made a terrific start to the season notching up wins against bottom teams Grange EL and Watsonians.  Saturday’s match will be a greater test of their credentials though as they face on form Milne Craig Clydesdale Western, who are yet to drop a point having impressed last week in a comprehensive 5-2 win against Dundee Wanderers.

The final fixture of the day sees winless Grange EL play CALA Edinburgh at home.  Both teams have had disappointing starts with CALA with one win and Grange one draw so far this season.   Given their lowly points tallies, the result of this match will be of great significance to both sides as they look to move up the league.

Please visit the Competitions section of the website for a full list of Aberdeen Asset Management National League fixtures.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Can Uddingston keep up the goal spree?

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 2

After last weekend’s goal fest and double headers, can the teams keep up the pace this weekend.

Third placed Uddingston ware away to Alpha Data Carnegie and will be hoping for another double figured result. Top of the table Watsonians take on bottom club FMGM Monarchs of whom are yet to put any points on the table from six games.

Stepps, who have dropped to fourth, welcome Falkirk GHG who are only one point behind the Millerston outfit.

Yet to win a match, CALA Edinburgh play at Peffermill against ninth position Granite City Wanderers and will want to bounce back from their big losses from last weekend.

After securing their first win of the season against FMGM Monarchs last weekend, Glasgow University will face fellow students University of St Andrews on Saturday.

At the top end of the division, second place Aberdeen GDFP welcome Erskine Stewart’s Melville FP.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 3

Following a 9-0 loss last weekend and dropping to eleventh Ayr will be wanting to add points to their season campaign as they welcome Perthshire. However the Kilgraston outfit will be wanting to carry on their goal domination after scoring a total of sixteen goals last weekend.

League leaders 2020 Renewables Greenock are at home to second place Harris Academy FP who will be wanting to knock them off the top spot.

At the other end of the division bottom club Chapman Motherwell are travelling away to try and secure their first points against tenth place ADTI Aberdeen University. It will be a close match as the student based team won their first match of the season last weekend and will want to carry on that form.

University of Dundee will be on a high from last weekend’s 15 goal spree and face mid table team Waverley Inveresk Trinity. Third place Highland welcome University of Strathclyde and Giffnock go away to Stirling Wanderers.

Regional League Central Division 1

Second place PSL Team Sport Clydesdale II welcome rested Western Wildcats II, while home rivalry at Edinburgh academy pitches on the Saturday with Grange II and Grange III facing off against each other.

Bottom and yet to win, University Stirling travel to Inverleith II who are having a solid start to the season and with a win last weekend, they will want to keep travelling up the table.

Struggling Edinburgh University III travel west to face third position Hillhead II.

Central Division 2

At the top of the table Anchor face third place Clyedside; both teams won last weekend so will want repeat performances. At the opposite end of the division Livingston & West Lothian play sixth place East Kilbride.

Glasgow University II lost their opening fixture last weekend so will be going out for their first points on Saturday when they welcome Alpha Data Carnegie II. Second place Rottenrow Blue Sox travel west to CALA Edinburgh II; the Glasgow based club are yet to lose a match this season and no doubt want to keep it that way.

Mid table Erskine Stewart Melville FP II are away to Uddingston II, GHK face one place below Falkirk GHG II and tenth place PSL Team Sport Clydesdale III welcome Watsonians II.

North Division

Club internal matches with AAM Gordonians III playing their second XI and Aberdeen GSFP III face their second XI who are yet to get any points on the table. Second place Granite City Wanderers II play struggling ADTI Aberdeen University II.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Local derby between ESM & Inverleith

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 2

Inverleith are full steam ahead after a mid-week win against Borders Fjordus Reivers and last weekend’s success. They go away to Erskine Stewart’s Melville FP in a local derby and will be looking to carry on their momentum and move up the table.

A few of the clubs face a double header weekend with struggling Haddington facing a very tough weekend. They go up against top of the division AAM Merlins Gordonians followed by second place Hillhead Ladies.

Borders Fjordhus Reivers will be wanting to ruin Hillhead Ladies’ 100% record on Saturday, while they welcome struggling Glasgow University on Sunday.

The student based team are yet to win a match and face mid-table Granite City Wanderers on Saturday.

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 3

University of Strathclyde open their season this weekend facing mid table Waverley Inveresk Trinity away from home. On the Sunday they travel to table toppers University of St Andrews.

After securing their first win last weekend Aberdeen Ladies play bottom of the table Bon Accord and sixth place ADTI Aberdeen University are away to Ayr.

Championship Women’s League East Division

CALA Edinburgh II have a tough match ahead of them this weekend as they go up against second place Grove Menzieshill A. The Meggetland based team have yet to put any points on the table.

Top of the division Edinburgh University II will go head to head with their third XI at Peffermill and there will be a mid-table battle between Watsonians A and Grange EL II.

West Division

Top of the table battle this weekend sees pace-setters Milne Craig Clydesdale Western II and second place Glasgow Accies go head to head. They played each other in a nail biting match last weekend, where the Titwood outfit came out on top 2-1, so it should be an exciting game.

At the other end of the division Giffnock welcome Kelburne II and Stirling Wanderers travel to Titwood to face Milne Craig Clydesdale Western III.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Charity match organized by Luciana Aymar in Rosario

142.700 pesos collected for relief fund

On August 6, 2013, a gas leak in the city of Rosario, Argentina, caused an explosion that killed 21 persons, injured 66 and destroyed more than 300 houses.

Many charity events were organized in the city to collect money for the victims.

Argentinean Captain and multiple FIH Player of the Year Luciana Aymar suggested that Las Leonas should take part in the relief effort, and started to call her current and former teammates on the Argentinean team to organize a Charity match.

The match took place on September 8 in Rosario. Before the game, the Argentinean National Anthem was played, then there was a moment of silence in memory of the victims, and Lucha Aymar thanked everyone for their contribution and effort to make the charity match possible: current and former players, the Municipality of Rosario, the Argentinean Hockey Confederation, the Hockey Association of Rosario, as well as numerous companies and contributors.

The tickets were completely sold out. The takings of 142.700 pesos were deposited in a special fund in the Municipal Bank of Rosario.

Las Leonas team: Laura del Colle y Sofía Cesanelli, Delfina Merino, Silvina D'Elía, Mariela Scarone, Carla Rebecchi, Martina Cavallero, Rosario Luchetti, Rocío Sánchez Moccia, Gabriela Aguirre, Macarena Rodríguez, Giselle Juárez, Agustina Albertario.

Lucha´s Friends team: Ayelén Stepnik, Julieta Castellán, Agustina Bouza, Cintia Aymar (Lucha´s sister), Magdalena Aicega, Mariana Rossi, Mercedes Margalot, Mariné Russo, Mariana González Oliva, María de la Paz Hernández, Alejandra Gulla, Giselle Kañevsky, Paola Vukojic . 

Pan American Hockey Federation media release

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Hockey Australia media release

Rising stars named for TigerTurf U18 Men

Head coach Bryce Collins has selected his final team for the 2013/14 TigerTurf New Zealand Under 18 Men.

Judged on performances from this year’s National U18 and National U21 Tournaments, as well as last week’s training camp in Auckland, the original squad of 30 has been narrowed down to 18 players, along with five non-travelling reserves.

Seven of the country’s eight regions are represented, while Collins believes this year’s team is the most talent group he has seen.

“I rate this as the most talented group I’ve seen which is pleasing. It’s encouraging for the U18 programme and the pathway for these players going forward,” he said.

“We have a gifted midfield and attacking group, there is genuine talent there which is a good sign for the future of New Zealand Hockey."

The TigerTurf Under 18 Men and Women are part of the Sir Owen G Glenn Future Black Sticks Programme which offers international competition, training camps and quality coaching experience to the next generation of Black Sticks.












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Hockey New Zealand Media release

Under-21 hockey meet moved to Bukit Jalil

by Aftar Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Under-21 hockey tournament, which was scheduled to be played at the Seremban II hockey stadium from Dec 11-21, will now be played at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil instead.

Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) competitions committee chairman M. Gobinathan said that the venue was moved to Kuala Lumpur because the stadium in Seremban was found to be unsuitable.

“We decided to move the tournament to Bukit Jalil because one of the two pitches at the Seremban II stadium is not suitable for play.

“We wanted to use the Kuala Pilah hockey stadium as the second pitch for the tournament but because of logistical problems we decided to move the tournament to Kuala Lumpur.

“Bukit Jalil has two good pitches and the tournament will now be hosted by the MHC,” said Gobinathan.

All 14 states are expected to compete in the National Under-21 tournament in preparation for the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Kangar in June.

Meanwhile, the National Under-14 tournament will be held in Kuala Terengganu from Nov 18-27. The closing date for the tournament is the end of this month.

The Star of Malaysia

Farrell gives Oilmen winning start

Nigel Simon

National player Evan Farrell scored a hat-trick as Petrotrin flicked off its bid for a fourth lien on the T&T Hockey Board Indoor Championship Men’s Open Division title in five years with a hard fought 4-3 win against Notre Dame at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on Tuesday night.

Farrell got his goals as early as the sixth, 15th and 27th minutes but on each occasion, the Dames had a positive response in Chad Pedro (12th), Keith De Peza (18th) and Shaquille Daniel, in the 40th, before ex-national standout Brian Garcia got the decisive fourth item for the Oilmen in the 52nd minute to decide the tense encounter.

Paragon was also made to work hard for its three points, in a 9-7 win over Courts Malvern thanks to the national duo Akim Toussaint and Kiel Murray who combined for five of the goals.

Toussaint ended with a hat-trick while Murray and Richard Roach got two each for Paragon, 6-4 ahead at the half, and Cogie Butler and Ryan Cowie, the others.

The youthful Malvern line-up was paced by a hat-trick from teenager Tariq Marcano and one each from his brother Teague Marcano, uncle Anthony Marcano, Jemuel Romero and an own-goal.

In the Mixed Veterans Division, Defence Force clobbered Petrotrin 16-1 led by six goals from national rife shooting champion Roger Daniel and five from former national captain and current senior women’s assistant coach Nicholas Wren.

Anthony Morales added, four for the “Teteron Boys” while Neil Lashley added the other in the lopsided victory, the second in as many outings after they thrashed Queen’s Park 8-2 on Monday’s opening night of competition.

In the other Veterans’ contest, Kern Ramsammy, his cousin Randall Ramsammy and Kevin Adams each scored two goals apiece for Carib in a 6-1 beating of Police.

Tuesday’s results:

Mixed Veterans

Defence Force 16 (Roger Daniel 4th, 7th, 13th, 18th, 25th, 30th, Nicholas Wren 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 26th, Anthony Morales 9th, 14th, 14th, 16th, Neil Lashley 5th) vs Petrotrin 1 (Frank Whittington 23rd).
Carib 6 (Kern Ramsammy 2nd, 26th, Kevin Adams 4th, 30th, Randall Ramsammy 9th, 27th) vs Police 1 (Richard Thomas 14th)

Men’s Open:

Paragon 9 (Akim Toussaint 1st, 20th, 23rd, Kiel Murray 6th, 15th, Richard Roach 12th, 32nd, Cogie Butler 4th, Ryan Cowie 24th) vs Malvern 7 (Tariq Marcano 8th, 16th, 31st, Teague Marcano 7th, Jemuel Romero 16th, Anthony Marcano 39th, own goal 40th)
Petrotrin 4 (Evan Farrell 6th, 15th, 27th, Brian Garcia 52nd) vs Notre Dame 3 (Chad Pedro 12th, Keith De Peza 18th, Shaquille Daniel 40th).

Monday’s Results:

Mixed Veterans:

Defence Force 8 (Anthony Morales 25th, 27th, 30th, Roger Daniel 6th, 12th, Nicholas Wren 15th, 26th, Gerard Ferguson 3rd) vs QPCC 2 (Gary Chin 9th, Andre Attale 15th)
Malvern 6 (Anthony Marcano 3rd, Charles Carter 4th, Cecile Wren 6th, Gary Hercules 8th, Shawn Alexander 15th, 16th) vs Police 1 (Roger Chin 3rd)
Notre Dame 4 (Selwyn King 20th, Sean Olton 22nd, own goal 27th, Ian Edwards 29th) vs Shape 2 (Sean Walter 6th, Sheridan Beckford 28th)
Carib 4 (Andre Durant 2nd, Nigel Simon 14th, Randall Ramsammy 21st, 28th) vs Fatima 4 (Colin Young 5th, 8th, Alan Young 9th, 29th)

Today’s matches:

Women’s Open:

Checkers vs Ventures, 6.30pm
Magnolias vs Notre Dame, 8.15pm

Men’s Open:

Petrotrin vs Fatima, 9pm

Mixed Veterans:

Malvern vs Fatima, 7.30pm

The Trinidad Guardian

Top-ranked Maryland hosts defending champion Princeton

Chloe Hunnable leads Connecticut, who plays Louisville for the lead in the Big East, with 11 goals this season. Connecticut Athletics

No. 1 Maryland

The Terrapins take a break from ACC play for the weekend, hosting defending national champion and current ninth-ranked Princeton on Friday before making the short trip to American for a game on Sunday. Maryland has a 16-7-1 record all time against Princeton though the Tigers won both of last season’s meetings, including a 3-2 win in the national semifinals. Only once have the Terrapins lost to American in 37 meetings, and have won 11 consecutive games dating back to 2004.

Maryland’s offense leads the nations in goals per game (4.97), scoring margin (3.73), assists per game (3.67) and points per game (13.67). In their 12 games of the season, 15 different Terrapins have scored and 11 have scored two goals or more. Senior Jill Witmer sits at No. 10 on Maryland’s career scoring list with 58 goals scored in her four years. She has 141 points in her career, which puts her at No. 9 on Maryland’s career points list.

No. 2 North Carolina

The Tar Heels make the short trip to Winston-Salem, N.C., to face ACC foe Wake Forest on Saturday. In their past two conference games, the Tar Heels have lost both games with one being decided in overtime while the other went to penalty strokes. North Carolina picked up a pair of wins against the Demon Deacons last season including a 4-0 win in the ACC semifinals.

North Carolina’s defense has been strong all season and has yet to give up more than two goals in a game this season. Four times this season the Tar Heels have blanked their opponents and they currently have a 4.36-.91 advantage in goals-per-game average. The offense, which is led by Nina Notman’s seven goals, has scored 48 times this year.

No. 3 Syracuse

Syracuse (10-1, 1-1 ACC) is in action for two games this weekend, traveling to No. 7 Duke (10-2, 2-0 ACC) on Friday and then returning home where it has a 41-game winning streak to host New Hampshire (6-5) on Sunday. Syracuse is 4-1 against ranked opponents this season, most recently beating No. 4 Virginia 4-1 last Saturday at home. In its last 28 meetings against a ranked opponent, Syracuse has come away with a win 21 times. Syracuse has never played Duke before, and has won its past three matchups with New Hampshire to go to 3-4 all-time against the Wildcats.

Three different Orange players have had hat tricks this season. The first came from Lauren Brooks against Michigan State, followed by Leonie Geyer who did it against Virginia. The Orange got its second hat trick in two days when Karlee Farr did it one day after Geyer, this time to Monmouth.

No. 4 Connecticut

Connecticut will host No. 14 Louisville on Friday and Boston University on Sunday and look to pick up a pair of wins while rebounding from its first loss of the season. The Huskies enter the weekend with a 10-1 overall record, including a 3-0 mark in Big East play. Friday’s game will be a matchup of the two teams tied atop the Big East standings though the Huskies have won the previous five meetings.

UConn is led by reigning Big East offensive player of the week Chloe Hunnable, who has posted a team-high 11 goals and 25 points this season. Two-time Big East defensive player of the week Roisin Upton is tied with preseason Big East offensive player of the year, Marie Elena Bolles, with six goals, five assists and 17 points.

No. 5 Virginia

Virginia faces its third consecutive ranked opponent, hosting No. 6 Boston College (10-2, 1-1 ACC) on Friday. It will be Virginia’s eighth overall and third consecutive game against a top-20 opponent after taking on No. 5 Syracuse and No. 12 Albany last weekend. Both of Virginia’s losses this year have come against top-five ranked teams.

Virginia comes into the week ranked No. 10 among all teams, averaging 3.33 goals per game and seventh with a 1.17 goals-against average, giving it the sixth-best scoring margin in the nation (2.07). Virginia senior forward Elly Buckley leads the conference with 40 points and 17 goals. Boston College’s Emma Plasteras is tied for second in the ACC with 30 points this season and also ranks second in goals with 10.

No. 6 Boston College

Boston College heads to take on fifth-ranked Virginia on Friday and then play a non-conference game against Longwood on Sunday. The Eagles look to improve on their 10-2 overall record and 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference tally. Last weekend, the Maroon and Gold matched last year’s win total and recorded the 14th consecutive double-digit win season, spanning head coach Ainslee Lamb’s entire career at the Heights. The Cavaliers hold the advantage against the Eagles in the all-time series, 9-5. They have won the five of the last six meetings including last year’s.

Goalkeeper Leah Settipane has started all 12 games this season and has a 1.83 goals-against average. Three times this year she has posted a shutout and has a .776 save percentage. While Plasteras has the team lead with 10 assists, Paige Norris is second on the team with seven.

No. 7 Duke

Duke will put its five-match win streak on the line on Friday when it hosts No. 3 Syracuse. The two teams will face off for the first time in program history after the Orange joined the ACC earlier this year.

Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing leads the ACC and ranks second in the country in save percentage with a .821 clip through 12 games. She has compiled a 1.09 goals-against average in addition to guiding the defense to three shutouts. After topping the 100-point mark for her career earlier this season, senior forward Emmie Le Marchand continues to etch her name into the program record books. With 111 points for her career, she currently sits ninth overall in school history. Le Marchand also ranks eighth all-time in career goals (45) and is tied for 17th in career assists (21).

No. 8 Penn State

The Nittany Lions host Big Ten rival Ohio State on Friday to kick off homecoming weekend. After the matchup with the Buckeyes, the Blue and White will travel to Bucknell to play the Bison on Sunday in a match that is set to start at noon. Penn State has a 33-10-2 edge against Ohio State though the teams have split their previous four meetings. Against Bucknell, Penn State has won 35 of the 39 all-time meetings.

The Nittany Lions defense has been on lockdown during its current seven-game winning streak, recording five shutouts in that span. The Blue and White’s five shutouts are the most in the Big Ten this season. The Lions have allowed one goal in their previous five matches combined. Individually, Penn State has won each of the previous four Defensive Big Ten Player of the Week awards, with Kylie Licata being the most recent recipient.

No. 9 Princeton

Princeton opens its five-game road swing on Friday at No. 1 Maryland, marking the fifth ranked team Princeton has faced this season, including third top-five. Two days later, the Tigers will take a trip to Newark, Del., to square off with the Delaware Blue Hens. Maryland owns the all-time series versus Princeton, 16-6-1, including an 8-2 advantage at home. Princeton and Delaware are tied in the all-time series, 11-11-3; however the Blue Hens have a 5-4-1 advantage when playing at home.

Junior Cassidy Arner earned her first career Ivy League Player of the Week honor last week for her first career multi-goal game against Columbia. Those were the first two goals of the season for Arner, and the Tigers are led on offense by Allison Evan’s seven goals and 17 points.

No. 10 Northwestern