News for 21 October 2013

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Hockey 9s day four wrap

Find out how the final day unfolded in Perth...

Australia wins Men's and Women's Super 9s 2013. Photo: Dan Carson/DC Images

The Hockeyroos and the Kookaburras had a double delight against Argentina in the Finals of the 2013 International Super Series Hockey 9s. The Australian teams maintained their unbeaten gold medal records for the third successive year with a 3-0 win for the women against Las Leonas before the men crunched Argentina 9-4.

The Kookaburras dominated the men’s Final as Russell Ford, Glenn Turner and Liam de Young notched a brace apiece as six players got in on the goal-scoring fun. Ford was named the men’s Player of the Tournament to go with his first half double in the gold medal decider.

Australia’s men were at their irrepressible best when it mattered most to lead 3-0 after 11 minutes and 5-2 by half-time.

“We want to play well every time and today, I think we played pretty well. We played solidly, relentlessly and sometimes with brilliance and that’s what you want to do,” Australian coach Ric Charlesworth said after the game, while keeping one eye on the future.

“It’s just another step on the way to next year’s World Cup, that’s the big target.”

The belief gained by the Hockeyroos from the victory against current World Champions Argentina was important, according to coach Adam Commens.

“We can see from this performance today that we can match it with Argentina. They’re a really attacking side and very athletic and the bigger ground suits them.

“Today we showed could match it with them athletically and also technically and tactically.”

Hockeyroos captain Madonna Blyth demonstrated why she was the women’s Player of the Tournament with an outstanding gold medal match including the first goal of the game after just 70 seconds. In goals, Rachael Lynch was supreme assisted by excellent defensive organisation as the Australians kept a clean sheet against the multi-faceted threats of Las Leonas.

Earlier, Malaysia claimed the men’s bronze medal by accounting for Pakistan 2-1. Multiple efforts were required to force the ball, by hook or by crook, into the back of the net, the desperation of playing for bronze on show for all to see.

Malaysia, who dropped all their qualifying games, saved their best for last after a 5-3 loss on Thursday against their bronze medal opponents. With goals by Azlan Misron and Izwan Firdaus, the Malaysians were never headed to demonstrate their improvement during the event.

Repeating the dose from yesterday, Canada claimed bronze with a second win over Malaysia 3-1. The engaging Canadians have been the fan favourites at the International Super Series and showed that they have quality on the pitch as well as being entertaining with their player introductions.

As has been the case many times this week, the goals came just before the interval with Danielle Hennig and Thea Culley making it 2-0 at the break. Malaysia scored via a Norazlin Sumantri penalty but Canada’s Stephanie Gardiner responded immediately to keep her side ahead of the game.

Hockey Australia media release

Kookaburras hit nine in Hockey 9s final

Australian men save the best for last in glorious sunshine in Perth

by Claire Middleton

THE International Super Series Hockey 9s was designed with the pace and skills of the Kookaburras in mind and they demonstrated just how precisely it was made to measure with a 9-4 win in Sunday’s final against Argentina.

When the sides met in the round robin stages, they battled out a thrilling 4-4 draw, with the Argentines fighting back from 4-1 down.

The Kookaburras were not in a mood to let that happen again but after dominating the opening moments without reward, it took the appearance of Jamie Dwyer off the bench to make an instant impact.

Dwyer somehow curled in the opening goal after five minutes and, as the Australian contemplated his options from a spot on the backline somewhere around the corner-injection line, if the Argentines were thinking “he can never shoot from there,” they were wrong.

After that the chances came thick and fast as the South Americans were pinned in their own half. Four long corners on the trot eventually bore fruit for the Australia, the ball coming wide to Liam De Young whose reverse-stick shot skimmed low into the bottom corner of the goal.

Glenn Turner jabbed in the third but, on a rare attacking foray, a cross from the right was deflected home by Facundo Callioni after 13 minutes to put Argentina back in the game.

The pace became even more frantic as the visitors managed to gain territory but the Kookaburras weathered the storm and struck again when neat approach work from Turner was finished off by Russell Ford.

Argentina came back again a minute before the break when the Australian defence was carved open by Augustin Mazilla to make it 4-2. However, an overtime corner was converted by Ford and the Australians went into half-time 5-2 to the good.

There was no let-up in the second half, Turner adding his second after a solo run and Matias Paredes finding a gap between goalkeeper Tyler Lovell and his near post to keep Argentina in the hunt.

Then the Kookaburras found one more gear, Glenn Simpson, Daniel Beale and Liam de Young all finding the net in spectacular fashion with Guillermo Schickendantz adding Argentina’s final effort.

Dwyer enjoyed the game. “That was probably our best performance of the week, scoring nine goals in front of a really good crowd was great,” he said. “Argentina have a great fighting spirit and we knew they would be a real threat.”

Jamie Dwyer 5 (F)
Liam de Young 9 (F)
Glenn Turner 11, 32 (F, F)
Russell Ford 15, 20 (F, F)
Glenn Simpson 37 (F)
Daniel Beale 39 (F)
Liam de Young 40 (F)

Facundo Callioni 13 (F)
Augustin Mazilli 20 (PC)
Matias Paredes 33 (F)
Guillermo Schickendantz 40 (F)

Hockey Australia media release

Hockeyroos run riot to overcome Argentina for gold

Player of the Tournament Madonna Blyth and goalkeeper Rachael Lynch star for Aussies

by Joe Sarsero

The Hockeyroos swarmed all over Argentina with a committed effort at both ends to claim the gold at the International Super Series. The 3-0 victory came about from an early Australian blitzkrieg before goalkeeper Rachel Lynch would deny Las Leonas time and again, particularly in the second half.

The Hockeyroos claimed their third successive gold at the Hockey 9s event and coach Adam Commens noted the tremendous victory against the quality of the current World Champion Argentines.

“We can see from this performance today that we can match it with Argentina. They’re a really attacking side and very athletic and the bigger ground suits them.

“Today we showed could match it with them athletically and also technically and tactically.”

Commens expected the players to continue to show the selectors that they deserve to be in the team, starting with the test series against Canada before a busy program.

“That will give us an opportunity to play some players that didn’t have the chance to play in the test matches against Argentina and the Super Series and those players will all be vying for selection in the Oceania Cup as well as the World League tournament coming up.”

Captain Madonna Blyth, named Player of the Tournament after the match, proved just as good during the decider and gave the Hockeyroos the early tonic they desired 70 seconds in. Victorian Claire Messent fired only for the shot to rebound off Belen Succi’s pads to the waiting Queenslander Blyth, who scored in the bottom right hand corner.

Argentina played with a lone striker and it nearly came off a couple of times on the counter. Firstly, Lynch gave an early indication she was up for the occasion while four ‘Roos were back in assistance for the ‘keeper the next time.

In the ninth minute, Georgie Parker slotted her fourth of the tournament for a two-nil Australian lead. Parker was one of two unchecked Hockeyroos streaming into the circle and made no mistake with the reverse-stick.

The Australian women piled the heat on the Argentines, battering them with wave after wave of attacking entries. The Hockeyroos monopolised the possession as well as the territory in the second ten minutes of the first half as Las Leonas could only baton down the hatches.

In the second half, Argentina enjoyed their own period of ascendency, rattling off no less than six straight set pieces. Some of the plays required more than one saving effort and two of them were penalties but Las Leonas were left bothered and flustered as Lynch and the defence could not be breached.

Blyth, leading goal scorer at the 2013 Hockey 9s with five, and Casey Eastham were strong on the ball as they endeavoured to wrestle the flow of play back their way. There were more heart-in-mouth moments for the Australian women but the likes of Luciana Aymar, Agustina Albertarrio, Martina Cavallero and Carla Rebecchi found their opponents immovable.

Eastham put the result to bed with two minutes remaining when the Hockeyroos stretched the tired Argentines, to put an exclamation point on the brilliant performance.

Ahead of the Oceania Cup at the end of the month, the Hockeyroos will take on Canada in two official 11-a-side Tests this week.

Madonna Blyth 2’ (F)
Georgie Parker 9’ (F)
Casey Eastham 39’ (F)


Hockey Australia media release

Malaysia stun Pakistan to take bronze medal

Paul Revington's side find form at key time

By Joe Sarsero

Malaysia saved their best match of the International Super Series for last in defeating Pakistan for bronze, 2-1. The Malaysian men went to school on their preliminary round defeats and were never headed in a tight tussle after getting their noses ahead.

The ball went pinging from one end to the other as Malaysia and Pakistan hustled up and down the Perth Hockey Stadium pitch. The teams have grasped the defensive systems required in Hockey 9s to add another dimension to the play the longer the week has gone.

Multiple efforts were required to force the ball, by hook or by crook, into the back of the net, the desperation of playing for bronze on show for all to see.

In an even first half it was Malaysia who broke through when Azlan Misron muscled his way through a congested goal circle in the 17th minute.

And they put themselves in the box seat for bronze when they scored next, six minutes into the second half. Zig zagging sharply with clean passing, the movement was polished off by Izwan Firdaus, who went head-first into the goals with the touch for two-nil.

The Green Shirts edged within one on 29 minutes using the 4 v 2 field advantage afforded with the Hockey 9s penalty corners. Muhammad Arslan Qadir brought the ball into play before getting it back and sweeping it home past the stretched defence.

Pakistan were denied in three consecutive set-pieces during the busy last minutes, Malaysian custodian Roslan Jamaluddin jabbing out to the left with a reflex shot-stopper.

The Malaysians were delighted with the result and coach Paul Revington could see the result coming, after a tough week.

“With the group that we have got here, obviously we hoped for more wins from game one to game four.

“There had to be a level of improvement and while we’re improving we still wanted to win games and I think today we put certain ingredients together and that resulted in our win.”

Revington felt the Hockey 9s format provided important benefits for the growth of the Malaysian side.

“There is more space versus an 11-a-side game which means you need to organise more, you need to run more and you need to work more as a group.

“Those ingredients with what we’re trying to do for Malaysian hockey and building the size of the squad, the tournament has been very good for us.”

Muhammad Arslan Qadir 29’ (PC)

Azlan Misron 17’ (F)
Izwan Firdaus 26’ (F)

Hockey Australia media release

Canada swoop to take bronze medal

Dominant performance gives Canadians reward

by Claire Middleton

THE Canadians are fast learners and well organised – and that’s just the way they run onto the pitch.

A bit like boxers entering the ring, players at the International Super Series Hockey 9s sprint onto the field through dry ice with the music pumping and the Canadians have been especially imaginative, treating spectators to the worm, the twerk and all points of naughtiness in between.

If they can match the teamwork and co-ordination they showed in those opening moves, they might just spring a surprise in the Pan-Ams, which they are hosting, or Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, next year. If not, then at least Dancing with the Stars awaits.

They were too good for Malaysia in Saturday’s bronze medal match, dominating from the start but taking 17 minutes to get on the scoresheet when Danielle Hennig smacked the ball home from the middle of the D.

The second was not long in coming and was a reverse stick sweep from Thea Culley. Now it’s just their goal celebrations which need work.

After the break, the Malaysians found a way through, Norazlin Sumantri finishing off a penalty corner move with a neat tomahawk, but their defence was soon split again and Stephanie Gardiner restored Canada’s two-goal lead, firing home from just beyond the penalty spot.

The Malaysians had a one-on-one penalty chance with five minutes to go but the pressure proved too much for Norazlin whose shot bobbled wide.

“It’s a new format but we’re a pretty young team so we’re working on the same core things whether it’s 9s or for the 11-a-side game. We are happy with the way we’ve progressed,” said Canadian captain Hennig.

CANADA 3 (2)
Danielle Hennig 17 (FG)
Thea Culley 19 (FG)
Stephanie Gardiner 28 (FG)

Norazlin Sumantri 26 (PC)

Hockey Australia media release

Malaysia edge Pakistan to finish third

By Jugjet Singh

THE Malaysian men's hockey team finally won a match in the International Super Series Hockey 9s at the Perth Hockey Stadium in Australia when they edged Pakistan 2-1 to finish third.

Azlan Misron (17th) and Izwan Firdaus (26th) scored for Malaysia while the Pakistan goal was delivered by Muhammad Arsian (29th).

In the pool stages, the Malaysians lost 5-3 to Pakistan, 8-0 to Australia, and 3-0 to Argentina.

The women, however, finish last in the four-team tournament. They were whipped 8-0 by Australia, 10-1 by Argentina and 4-1 by Canada. In the placing match yesterday, they lost to Canada 3-1.

Australia became the men's and women's champions when they beat Argentina 9-4 and 3-0 respectively.

The Malaysian men were making their debut in the tournament, which has a totally different format than regular hockey.

Teams are only allowed to field nine players, instead of 11, the goalpost is wider, and the match is played in 20-minute halves instead of the usual 35 minutes.

Malaysia's coach Paul Revington said he could feel the result coming, before the match started, after going through a tough week adjusting to the Hockey 9s format.

"With the group of players we have assembled in Perth, obviously we had hoped for more wins from game one to game four.

"There had to be a level of improvement and while we're improving we still wanted to win games and I think today (classification) we put certain ingredients together and that resulted in our win."

Revington felt the Hockey 9s format provided important benefits for the growth of the Malaysian side.

"There is more space versus an 11-a-side game which means you need to organise more, you need to run more and you need to work more as a group.

"Those ingredients are what we're trying to do for Malaysian hockey while building a bigger pool of training squad. This tournament has been very good for us," said Revington on the Australian Hockey Federation website.

New Straits Times

Revington's side find form at key time

Malaysia saved their best match of the International Super Series for last in defeating Pakistan for bronze, 2-1. The Malaysian men went to school on their preliminary round defeats and were never headed in a tight tussle after getting their noses ahead.

The ball went pinging from one end to the other as Malaysia and Pakistan hustled up and down the Perth Hockey Stadium pitch. The teams have grasped the defensive systems required in Hockey 9s to add another dimension to the play the longer the week has gone.

Multiple efforts were required to force the ball, by hook or by crook, into the back of the net, the desperation of playing for bronze on show for all to see.

In an even first half it was Malaysia who broke through when Azlan Misron muscled his way through a congested goal circle in the 17th minute.

And they put themselves in the box seat for bronze when they scored next, six minutes into the second half. Zig zagging sharply with clean passing, the movement was polished off by Izwan Firdaus, who went head-first into the goals with the touch for two-nil.

The Green Shirts edged within one on 29 minutes using the 4 v 2 field advantage afforded with the Hockey 9s penalty corners. Muhammad Arslan Qadir brought the ball into play before getting it back and sweeping it home past the stretched defence.

Pakistan were denied in three consecutive set-pieces during the busy last minutes, Malaysian custodian Roslan Jamaluddin jabbing out to the left with a reflex shot-stopper.

The Malaysians were delighted with the result and coach Paul Revington could see the result coming, after a tough week.

“With the group that we have got here, obviously we hoped for more wins from game one to game four.

“There had to be a level of improvement and while we’re improving we still wanted to win games and I think today we put certain ingredients together and that resulted in our win.”

Revington felt the Hockey 9s format provided important benefits for the growth of the Malaysian side.

“There is more space versus an 11-a-side game which means you need to organise more, you need to run more and you need to work more as a group.

“Those ingredients with what we’re trying to do for Malaysian hockey and building the size of the squad, the tournament has been very good for us.”

Malaysian Hockey blogspot

Greenshirts earn wooden spoon at Hockey 9s

KARACHI: Pakistan’s poor run continues as the greenshirts ended the four-nation Super Series Hockey 9s at the bottom after succumbing to Malaysia 2-1 in the bronze medal match in Perth.

Australia, on the other hand, clinched the title with an action packed 9-4 win over Argentina in the final.

Seeking a revival after failing to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, a young Pakistan team squandered its chances throughout the event, ending at a dismal fourth spot in the four-nation tournament.

After winning their opening game against Malaysia, Pakistan missed a golden opportunity against Argentina despite grabbing a four-goal lead with the match ending as a 5-5 stalemate.

They failed to book their berth in the final after a loss against Australia in their last league match on Saturday.

However, yesterday was the worst day for the national team as it endured a loss to the lowly Malaysian team that lost all its league matches.

Pakistan never looked comfortable against the side which they toppled 5-3 earlier in the tournament.

On the other hand, Malaysia looked the better side and dominated most of the proceedings throughout 40 minutes of play.

They attacked Pakistan at will and were effective in defence, nullifying aggression from the opposition.

Malaysia’s all-round display yielded result with Azlan Misron gaining the lead in the 17th minute for a 1-0 advantage at half-time.

They doubled their lead in the second session after Izwan Firdaus was rewarded for crafting a 26th minute move.

However, Pakistan hit back through Arsalan Qadir, who converted a penalty corner two minutes later.

The Mohammad Imran-led side made several attempts for an equaliser but failed to grasp further success as Malaysia sealed the bronze medal.

Australia thrash Argentina

Meanwhile, Australia claimed the title after defeating Argentina in a high-scoring final.

The Kookaburras who remained unbeaten in the league phase displayed their best show of the tournament, scoring nine goals in the final. The hosts were leading 5-2 at half-time before they netted four more in the next half to seal the impressive win.

The Express Tribune

Malaysian Juniors succumb to second defeat

Despite a better performance, the national juniors fell to their second defeat against their Indian counterparts at the Dyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi last night.

The Malaysian Juniors blew a two goal lead to succumb to a 4-3 defeat after losing the first match 4-2 last Friday.

However team manager Mirnawan Nawawi said that they were unperturbed by the score line but took comfort in the fact that they team has shown marked improvement.

“Our defence played very well and in the first 15 minutes India hardly had any look at our goal,” said Mirnawan.

“The players moved the ball with confidence and hardly gave their opponents time on the ball with precise tackling and good off the ball movement.

“However we need to work on our penalty corner defence as India scored two out of their four goals from penalty corners and they only had three penalty corners in the whole match.

“Still I feel that we are in the right direction in our final stages of preparation for the Junior World Cup and are looking towards fine tuning several aspects of our game.”

Malaysia raced to a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Meor Azuan Mohamed (19th minute) and Zulhairi Hashim who converted a penalty corner in the 23rd minute.

However India pulled a goal; back in the 35th minute via Affan Yusof. The Indians then hit a purple patch as they raced to a 4-2 lead, scoring three goals in a space of nine minutes through the efforts of Gurjinder Singh (40th min), Sukhmanjit Singh (47th min) and Mandeep Singh (49 min)

Though Zulhairi scored in the 61st minute to reduce it to a one-goal deficit, Mohd Syamim Yusof failed to capitalize on a golden opportunity two minutes from time, sending his shot wide with only the keeper to beat.

“Our forwards need to be more clinical when presented with an opportunity to score and we hope to improve on this over the next month,” added Mirnawan.

Hockey Asia

Commonwealth Games 2014 Hockey draw

Malaysia had mixed fortunes when the draws and fixtures of the 2014 Commonwealth Games hockey competition were released.

The men weredrawn in Pool B together with the likes of England, Trinidad & Tobago, New Zealand and Canada thus avoiding big guns Australia and India who are grouped together with Scotland, Wales and South Africa.

But the women have a tough task ahead of them as they will be up against Australia, England, Wales and Scotland in Pool B. The other pool comprises of South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, India,Canada and New Zealand.

“The groups look fairly even to be honest. There is no "easier" game at all for either pool for teams like Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, Wales and the hosts Scotland,” said national coach Paul Revington when contacted in Perth where the national team is participating in the Super 9’s tournament.

“The CWG's will be the "major" event for 2014 so everyone should expect further competition from these countries - making it a highly competitive CWG's.”

The men’s team won silver at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur where hockey made its debut. And in Melbourne in 2006 Malaysia were on the podium with a bronze. Australia won the gold in all the four editions contested thus far.


Pool A

South Africa

Pool B
Trinidad & Tobago
New Zealand

Malaysian Fixtures

26th July v Canada
27th July v England
29th July v Trinidad & Tobago
31st July v New Zealand
2nd August – Semi Final
3rd August - Final


Pool A

South Africa
Trinidad & Tobago
New Zealand

Pool B

Malaysian Fixtures

24th July v Australia
25th July v Scotland
27th July v England
30th July v Wales
1st August – Semis
2nd August - Final

Hockey Asia

Hockey India League increases salary cap of each franchise by USD 75,000

New Delhi:  Hockey India League has decided to raise the franchisees' salary cap for the second season of the Hero HIL, scheduled to be held from from January 23 to February 23, by USD 75,000 (Rs 46 Lakh).

Hockey India (HI) Secretary General and HIL chairman, Narinder Batra said the Executive Board accepted the request of the franchisees to raise the cap.

"After the enormous success of inaugural Hero HIL, our franchise partners requested for an increase in the salary cap in the coming season," said Batra.

"Each franchise now has an additional Rs 46 lakh available to buy new players to complete its squad in place of permanent withdrawals for the coming season. The Mini Players Auction/Closed Bid is scheduled for November 18, with 154 players signing up for the auction," he added.

The salary cap for each Franchisee in the inaugural season was USD 650,000(Rs 3.96 crore) which is now increased to USD 725,000 (Rs 4.42 crore).

In the inaugural season, 70 top domestic players including the Indian nationals and 50 international players, who are part of the national squads of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, and Argentina played for the five franchisees.

Of the 120 players who played in the inaugural Hero HIL, 60 were Olympians. The list includes winners of the prestigious FIH Player of the Year Award, including Jamie Dwyer (2004, 2009, 2010, 2011), Teun de Nooijer (2003, 2005, 2006) and Moritz Fuerste (2012).

Seven of the top 10 FIH rated players played in the Hero HIL 2013.

NDTV Sports

59 foreign players signed for mini players auction

New Delhi: Fifty-nine overseas players, including 27 Olympians have signed up for the Mini Players Auction/Closed Bid, which is scheduled on November 18 here for the next two editions of the Hero Hockey India League (HIL).

Hockey India (HI) Secretary General and HIL chairman, Narinder Batra said players from 12 countries have made themselves available for the auction.

"We are happy that players from 12 countries besides Indians have made themselves available for Mini Players Auction/Closed Bid for Hero Hockey India League," he said.

"We are also pleased that maximum number of players from World Champion Australia and Argentina will be part of the auction," Batra informed.

Malaysian defender Azlan Misron is the most experienced player with 317 caps in the list of overseas players, who had signed for the auction. He participated in the Commonwealth Games 2010 (Bronze), Asian Games 2010 (Silver) and other major events including Asia Cup and Champions Challenge.

Korean defender Jongho Seo who was member of the national team in four Olympics Games 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, three World Cups 2002, 2006, 2010, seven Champions Trophy 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009 and three Asian Games 2002, 2006, 2010 is also set to join the league.

Jongho Seo has a vast experience in the Korean side and represented his country in the 300 international matches.

New Zealand`s midfielder Ryan Archibald has played in 280 internationals including two Olympics in 2008, 2012, three World Cups 2002, 2006, 2010, Commonwealth Games 1998, 2002, 2006 and Champions Trophy 2004, 2010, 2011. He was also the part of FIH World All Star Team in 2007.

England`s experienced midfielder/forward Barry Middleton, who played 275 internationals, has signed for the player`s auction. He has been key member of the England team in three Olympics 2004, 2008 and 2012, participated in two World Cups in 2006 and 2010, besides being a part of four Champions Trophy in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012.

He was a continuous member of the World All Star Team from 2008 to 2010.

Spanish defender Ramon Alegre has also been signed for the auction. Having an experience of 237 international caps, Ramon was vice-captain of the Spain team that finished sixth at the Olympic Games in London 2012.

He represented his national team in Olympic Games 2004, 2008 (Silver Medal), World Cup 2002, 2006 (Bronze Medal), 2010 and also participated in the Champions Trophy from 2004 to 2011. He was selected in the FIH World All Star Team 2011.

German midfielder Oliver Korn, member of the national team that won two consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012. He also participated in the World Cup 2010 (Silver Medal) and was continuous member of the Champions Trophy team from 2008 to 2010.

The break-up (by nationality): Argentina 12, Australia 10, Canada 2, Czech Republic 1, England 6, Germany 1, Ireland 1, Italy 3, Korea 1, Malaysia 4, New Zealand 6, South Africa 7 and Spain 5.

Zee Sports

Big name players set for Round 1.2 Lille

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 is no different. We take a quick look at three of the big name players who are expected to shine during Round 1.2 Lille.

Jeroen Hertzberger – H.C. Rotterdam / Netherlands:  Pacey forwards are the stuff of nightmares for most defenders, and there are few quicker than Netherlands ace Jeroen Hertzberger. The brilliant Rotterdam captain is one of the world’s most feared attackers, and will be looking to add to his record tally of 31 Euro goals in EHL competition this weekend in Lille. 

Christopher Zeller – KTHC Rot-Weiss Köln / Germany: One of the true icons of hockey and the very definition of a “big game” player. Christopher Zeller is a sensational goal-scorer and penalty corner expert who has won every major prize in the sport, including two Olympic Gold medals (Beijing 2008 / London 2012). 

Thilo Stralkowski – HTC Uhlenhorst Mulheim / Germany: Another member of Germany’s fearsome front line, Thilo Stralkowski is a towering figure on the field with a deadly eye for goal. The 26 year old Olympic Gold medallist has a reputation for scoring outrageous goals from seemingly impossible angles, and is expected to light up proceedings in Lille at the weekend.

The Round 1.2 event in Lille 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. The tournament takes place between Friday 25 and Sunday 27 October, with live streaming for all matches at the event being available right here on

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

Euro Hockey League media release

Beeston survive late Canterbury comeback

Beeston's Adam Dixon. Photos courtesy of David Kissman.

Beeston survived a late Canterbury comeback to retain top spot in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Beeston looked like having it all their own way after goals from Stuart Pilgrim, Adam Dixon and Sam Ward saw them three up and cruising after 37 minutes.

But then, with three minutes left, Thomas Richford and Michael Farrer pulled two back for Canterbury, setting up a tense finale. But Beeston held their nerve and won 3-2.

Having beaten Sheffield Hallam on Saturday Beeston are back at the top of the table having won their game in hand, and still have a 100 per cent record.

Hampstead and Westminster became the latest team to be put to the sword by Reading, who ran out 11-1 winners.

Jonty Clarke, Chris Cargo, Andy Watts and Chris Newman all bagged a brace with the other goals coming from Nick Caitlin, Tom Carson and Simon Mantell. Duncan Parnis scored a consolation goal for Hampstead in the 64th minute.

For second-placed East Grinstead, their game against Wimbledon proved to be a tough one with Wimbledon’s Phil Ball a constant thorn in their side.

Ball hit a hat-trick to make sure East Grinstead could never rest on their laurels. But the visitors had too much firepower as braces from Mark Gleghorne and Mark Pearn, along with an own goal, saw East Grinstead win 5-3.

Surbiton clinched a 5-0 victory over bottom of the table Loughborough Students with goals being scored by Matt Daly, Alan Forsyth, James Tindall, James Royce and Rob Schilling.

In the other game in the Premier Division, Cannock and Sheffield Hallam battled to a 2-2 draw in a match that was marred by two red cards being issued.

Dave Beckett opened the scoring for Cannock on 12 minutes and Peter Jackson soon added a second. But a Gareth Furlong strike and an own goal saw Hallam draw level before they had Gavin Byers sent off. Goal hero Beckett joined him after picking up a second booking with two minutes to go.

Holcombe held Conference East leaders Southgate to a thrilling 4-4 draw. A brace from Giulio Ferrini, as well as goals from Nick Page and Andrew Westbrook made up the four for Southgate and the scorers for Holcombe were Gareth Carr with two and one apiece from Danny Hall and David Appleton.

Bowdon went level on points with table-topping University of Durham in the Conference North with a 4-1 win over Leek. And a hat-trick from Michael Deller-Merricks saw Havant win 5-0 as they gained ground on Conference West leaders Cardiff.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, October 20 2013):

NOW: Pensions Men's Premier Division
: Beeston 3, Canterbury 2; Cannock 2, Sheffield Hallam 2; Loughborough Students 0, Surbiton 5; Reading 11, Hampstead and Westminster 1; Wimbledon 3, East Grinstead 5.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Cambridge City 4, Brighton and Hove 3; Old Loughtonians 4, Oxted 1; Richmond 5, St. Albans 0; Southgate 4, Holcombe 4; Teddington 5, Bromley and Beckenham 1.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North: Belper 6, West Bridgford 0; Bowdon 4, Leek 1; Deeside Ramblers 1, Wakefield 6; Olton & West Warwicks 1, Brooklands MU 6; University of Durham 3, Khalsa (Warks) 3.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference West: Cardiff & Met 4, Guildford 2; Cheltenham 4, Isca 2; Havant 5, University of Birmingham 0; Team Bath Buccaneers 7, Fareham 5; University of Exeter 3, Indian Gymkhana 4.

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England Hockey Board Media release

Clydesdale edge derby thriller against Western Wildcats

Clydesdale edged a thrilling derby against local rivals Western Wildcats. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

The first match of the second day of Scottish Hockey’s ‘Awesome October’ saw PSL Team Sport Clydesdale edge a thrilling local derby against Western Wildcats, running out 4-3 winners.

John McKnight’s side are now second in the table and are now the last unbeaten team in the league having inflicted a first defeat on the Wildcats this season. Inverleith drop one place to ninth.

Clydesdale started with more confidence passing the ball well and dictating play. However, it was Western Wildcats who opened the scoring in the 11th minute through a goal from Douglas Simpson.

Following numerous chances for Clydesdale, Michael Cockburn eventually secured the visitors’ first goal to even the scoreline at 1-1 just before half time.

The second half was full of action as Western Wildcats came out full of confidence and dictated play, pushing their opponents back into their own half. However, Clydesdale were awarded a penalty after a push in the circle and Fraser Hirst coolly stepped up to slot it in.

Clydesdale's Fraser Hirst scores from the spot against Western Wildcats. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

This didn’t knock the Wildcats out of their stride though and they went straight back down the other end with Scott McCartney putting a goal away to level the match at 2-2.

Both teams were playing with a sense of urgency, wanting to secure the three points and trying to get the better of each other.

In the 53rd minute, Western Wildcats were awarded a penalty corner and a nice bit of set play passing sent Joe Simpson in on goal post to chip the ball over the keeper to put the Auchenhowie outfit ahead at 3-2.

Nevertheless, Ciaran Crawford equalised for Clydesdale from a penalty corner to make it 3-3.

With a minute to spare the ball was knocked in from the far side of the pitch and captain Crawford managed to get an edge on it which put it across the keeper and into the bottom corner of the goal for PSL team Sport Clydesdale to take the lead at 4-3.

The final whistle went soon after with both teams playing out of their skins to showcase a fine game of hockey.

Hillhead maintained their status at the top of Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 1 with a 4-3 win over Inverleith during Scottish Hockey’s ‘Awesome October’ at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

Hillhead sit top of Division 1 after a win against struggling Inverleith. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

An Andrew Duke hat-trick and a strike from Jonny Horn for the home side was enough to ensure that Keith Joss’ side go three points clear of PSL Team Sport Clydesdale at the summit of the division. Inverleith’s goals came courtesy of a Lewis Gibson double and Phil Hall.

Hillhead's Andrew Hilton fires on goal. Photo credit: Duncan Gray

In Dundee, Grove Menzieshill and Glynhill Kelburne shared the spoils after a 3-3 draw at DISC. Chris Anderson’s side maintain their mid-table position while the defending champions slip one place to third.

Dundee Wanderers earned a point to move one place up the league after a 2-2 draw against Edinburgh University, while Grange were comfortable 3-0 winners away to AAM Gordonians.

Please visit the Aberdeen Asset Management Men's National League for all today's results and league standings.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Wildcats and GHK in eleven goal fest

Milne Craig Clydesdale Western midfielder Morag McLellan. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

A staggering eleven goals were shared in the match between Western Wildcats and GHK at Scottish Hockey’s ‘Awesome October’, with the Wildcats landing on all fours and coming out on top 7-4.

Western Wildcats started out as the stronger side and within the first five minutes got themselves on the score sheet from Anna Vardy to make it 1-0. The Wildcats applied great pressure deep in the GHK’s half and was awarded with another goal from Kareena Marshall.

Western Wildcats and GHK shared fourteen goals at Glasgow National Hockey Centre. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

After the first 20 minutes passed GHK woke up and started to attack on the Western Wildcats defence and secured their first goal of the game when Lynsey Barlas knocked it in at the near post making it 2-1.

With both teams playing well, there was some great hockey on show and in no time another goal went in. Western player Rachel Houghton took matters into her own hands and ran confidently into the circle passing the keeper to knock the ball into the back corner of the goal to make it 3-1.

However GHK did not drop the pace and the play was soon in the Western Wildcats half with GHK having three penalty corners and in the 29th minute being awarded with a goal from Kirsty O’Donnell’s straight hit, making it 3-2.

Some great saves made by both keepers, with Amy Lui making a great save against Houghton reverse stick shot, just before half time.

Western came out as the dominant side and took their chance on the counter attack with a set of clean passes to let Houghton take a clean shot on goal resulting in 4-2. It was end to end play throughout the second half with GHK Sarah Love braving a stunning save off the line to deny Western but the Wildcats scored once more from a penalty corner rebound, Katie Delvin tapping it in on the far post.

Western Wildcats' Kareena Marshall in action. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

Western scored again on the 50th minute when the ball was played across the goal by Alex Stuart to the far post to a young Ellie Hutcheson stick to extend their lead at 6-2.  GHK were still pressing and were making a comeback with a goal from Sarah Johnston getting the rebound and knocking it behind the keeper to make it 6-3.

Western were awarded a penalty shot which Marshall slotted in coolly for a 7-3 lead. GHK kept pressing in the last moments of the game being awarded multiple penalty corners and finally Carla Godsman managed to scrap back a goal for it to finish 7-4.

A hat-trick from Scotland international Cat Ralph, a double from Jenny Eadie and strikes from Alex Wilson and Holly Cram gave Milne Craig Clydesdale Western a comfortable 7-0 win over Glynhill Kelburne in the second women’s match of ‘Awesome October’.

The Titwood outfit recorded early goals from Wilson, a penalty corner from Ralph and Eadie’s finish.

Following half-time, Scotland striker Cram finished with a lovely reverse stick effort to make it 4-0. Eadie grabbed her second to make it 5-0 before Ralph completed her hat-trick with strikes from penalty corner set-plays.

Elsewhere, leaders Grove Menzieshill made it seven wins from seven with a 2-0 win away to Grange EL to consolidate their position at the top of the table, while CALA Edinburgh were held at home by local rivals Watsonians in a 2-2 draw.

Please visit the Aberdeen Asset Management Women's National League Division 1 for all the results and league tables.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Oilmen too slick for Paragon

Nigel Simon

Former national standout Brian Garcia scored a hat-trick as defending champions, Petrotrin spanked Paragon 5-2 in a top-of-the-table Men’s Open Division encounter in the T&T Hockey Board Indoor Championship at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on Friday night.

Garcia’s goal came in a late two-minute span, in the 37th and twice in the 38th minute to open up a tight game and his team 2-1 ahead. Earlier on, national forward Evan Farrell continued his rich vein of form for the Oilmen by opening the scoring in the fourth minute and scoring another in the 25th after Syl Sinnette had leveled for Paragon in the seventh minute while Akim Toussaint added a 40th minute item.

With the win the Oilmen pushed their points tally to 13 from five matches before they closed out round-robin group play in a 4-4 draw against Defence Force (seven points) in a re-scheduled match on Saturday night ahead of the semifinals while Paragon, which has one match left to play stayed on nine points and not certain of a top four finish as yet for the semis.

Notre Dame joined the Paragon on nine points after their 6-3 whipping of Malvern led by a beaver-trick from national forward Shaquille Daniel, in the 22nd, 26th, 32nd 33rd while his international team-mate Aidan De Gannes got the other two, in the second and 32nd minutes.

For Malvern, which tasted its fifth loss in-a-row, national youth players, Tariq Marcano (two) and Kristien Emmanuel were the players on target.

And on Saturday, Queen’s Park also made full use of Paragon’s slip up, by edging past Notre Dame 8-7 inspired by a Nicholas Camacho beaver-trick to go second on the seven team table with ten points and one match left to play.

In the Women’s Open Division Tamia Roach scored a hat-trick for Notre Dame to squeeze past Maritime Harvard Checkers 5-4 in a meeting of pointless teams.

Dana-Lee De Gannes and Blair Wynne, national junior and senior team players respectively added one each for the Dames now with to end their four-match campaign with three points and in the last semifinal qualifying spot while Checkers which got a hat-trick from former national defender Patrice Padmore is still without a point, but has a match left to play and can still qualify.

Already certain of a place in the semifinals are defending champions Shandy Carib Magnolias (nine points), and Paragon and Ventures, both with six points.

The line-up for the Mixed Veterans Division was completed on Saturday night after Notre Dame edged past Queen’s Park 2-1 in a winner-take-all contest on Saturday. The win saw the Dames finish level on ten points with fellow qualifiers Defence Force, but second on goal-difference while the Parkites stayed third with six points while the two qualifiers for the semifinals from the other pool, were Malvern (seven points) and Fatima, with five.

In the semifinals, Defence Force faces Fatima and Notre Dame tackles Malvern.

T&THB Indoor Championship results:


Mixed Veterans:

Notre Dame 2 vs QPCC 1

Men’s Open:
QPCC 8 vs Notre Dame 7
Petrotrin 4 vs Defence Force 4


Women’s Open:

Notre Dame 5 vs Paragon 4 (Tamia Roach 6th, 13th, 27th, Dana-Lee De Gannes 13th, Blair Wynne 30th) vs Checkers 4 (Brittney Hingh 7th, Patrice Padmore 8th, 24th, 36th)

Men’s Open:
Petrotrin 5 (Brian Garcia 37th, 38th, 39th, Evan Farrell 4th, 25th) vs Paragon 2 (Syl Sinnette 7th, Akim Toussaint 40th)
Notre Dame 6 (Shaquille Daniel 22nd, 26th, 32nd, 33rd, Aidan De Gannes 2nd, 32nd) vs Malvern 3 (Tariq Marcano 7th pen, 10th, Kristien Emmanuel 28th)

Mixed Veterans:
Petrotrin 4 (Donald Charles 10th, 29th, Bertrand Duncan 22nd, 25th) vs Shape 4 (Nolan Sampson 8th, 17th, Leroy Sookdeo 1st, Sean Walter 9th)

The Trinidad Guardian

Electric Ireland U16 & U18 IPros Double delight for Leinster

In the first game of the day Leinster U16 drew 1-1 with Munster and that point was sufficient to claim the U16 title finishing the Tournament with 3 wins and a draw.  Munster finished 2nd on 8pts from Ulster on 7 with SE 4th with 3 points and Connacht 5th.

In the U18 tournament Leinster won all 4 games to clinch the title with a last match victory v Munster by 2-0. Ulster finished 2nd on 9 pts with Munster 3rd on 6 points, Connacht 4th with 3 and South East 5th.

U16's results Here
U18's Results Here

Irish Hockey Association media release

No. 1 Maryland, No. 2 Connecticut fall to unranked opponents

Danielle Clutter scored what proved to be the game-winning goal as Old Dominion knocked off No. 1 Maryland. Old Dominion Athletics

No. 15 Old Dominion 3, No. 1 Maryland 2

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Despite a late rally from Maryland, Old Dominion held on to deal the Terrapins their first loss of the year, 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.

The Terrapins (15-1, 4-0 ACC) had opportunities and numbers advantages in the final 20 minutes due to Natalie Hunter being pulled from the goal and a yellow card dealt to the Monarchs. Maxine Fluharty capitalized once to cut the Monarchs’ lead to one, but the Terps couldn’t convert to tie the game.

Old Dominion (9-6) jumped out to an early lead in the first 66 seconds of play. The Monarchs won a corner on their first possession, then Rosario Villagra put them on the board 1:06 in with a shot from the left post.

Maryland answered a little more than 14 minutes later. Senior Shelby Sydnor put back a rebounded shot to tie the game. The teams would stay tied through halftime.

The Monarchs took the lead back with just under 20 minutes to play when Danielle Clutter scored off a short pass from Katy Fuhrman. Sixty-seven seconds later, they scored again to take a 3-1 lead when Villagra got her second on the day off a penalty corner.

Meharg called timeout with just under 10 minutes to play. Old Dominion’s Nicole Goff picked up a yellow card with 6:43 to play, which would leave the Terrapins up a player for five minutes. With 6:29 to go, Meharg pulled Hunter from goal to put in freshman Delaney Leathers as a kicking back and an extra field player, which actually gave Maryland a two-player advantage on the field with the yellow card.

Forty-seven seconds later and with 5:42 to play, Katie Gerzabek found Fluharty near the top of the circle for a score off a long shot. Maryland took two more shots in the final minutes, but couldn’t convert.

The Terps outshot the Monarchs, 17-13 and each had four penalty corners. ODU keeper Megan Hept had seven saves and Hunter notched six.

American 4, No. 2 Connecticut 3

WASHINGTON – American posted one of its best upsets in program history, coming back from a one-goal deficit at the half to upend Connecticut 4-3.

UConn (13-2) struck early, taking a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. Anne Jeute lined up on the side of the cage and received the cross from Marie Elena Bolles, tapping it in for the early advantage. The Eagles answered two minutes later on a penalty corner. Victoria De Kepper sent a pass over to Rebecca Treharne at the top of the circle and the junior was able to put it away to tie the game at 1.

UConn was able to take the 2-1 advantage in the 29th minute with Jeute adding her second of the day, finishing a breakaway by Bolles.

The Huskies had a pair of penalty corners to open the second half, but Ashley Dalisera made both saves on shots by Chloe Hunnable. UConn registered its third corner of the half in the 45th minute. Hunnable’s attempt was again stopped by Dalisera and Jeute’s second chance shot went wide of the cage.

De Kepper drove down the right side of the field and delivered a pass to Isabel Terwindt, who ripped it into the goal for the equalizer in the 57th minute. The score sparked the Eagles’ offense and it scored just under two minutes later on a penalty corner. Grace Wilson recorded her seventh goal of the season with De Kepper posting her third assist of the day.

American found the back of the net again less than three minutes later, with Kati Rothenhoefer putting it away after the ball bounced off a UConn defender for the 4-2 lead. The Huskies fought back, earning back-to-back penalty corners and cutting the Eagles’ lead to one on a goal by Chloe Hunnable in the 67th minute. The Huskies tried to find the equalizer down the stretch, but American was able to hold the ball in the offensive end as the clock wound down to complete their upset.

The Eagles’ upset marks their second of the season and their first win against a top-five opponent since beating then-No. 4 Princeton 3-2 in 2010.

No. 3 North Carolina 10, Davidson 0

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina celebrated senior day with a 10-0 victory against Davidson at Francis E. Henry Stadium. The Tar Heels, who scored five goals in each half, improved to 12-2 with their second win of the weekend. The Wildcats fell to 5-10.

Sophomore Casey Di Nardo followed up a two-goal performance in Saturday’s 5-2 win against Boston College with three more goals on Sunday. Her five goals during the weekend equaled her total for the season’s first 12 games and she now has a team-high 10 for the year.

Loughran finished with two goals and two assists. Sophomore Nina Notman had two goals and an assist. Sophomore Emily Wold had two assists and now has an Atlantic Coast Conference-best 16 this fall.

Junior Charlotte Craddock opened the scoring with a goal on UNC’s first penalty corner of the day, in the sixth minute of play. Six minutes later, Notman scored her first goal, assisted by junior Loren Shealy, to put Carolina up 2-0.

In the 18th minute, junior Samantha Travers made it 3-0, scoring on a penalty corner assisted by Wold. Later, on a fast break, she took a pass from freshman Kristy Bernatchez and finished the run with a shot to the right side of the cage.

Just 52 seconds before halftime, Malmberg scored on a pass from Notman to make it 5-0 at the break.

Loughran scored her second goal less than a minute into the second half, deflecting in a ball sent into the circle by Craddock. In the 54th minute, Notman scored from the top of the circle on a pass from Wold.

Di Nardo had the final three goals, all within a two-minute span. Her first, in the 54th minute, was assisted by Malmberg on a pass from the right side. The second, in the 55th minute, came when she tipped in a ball by Loughran into the left side of the cage. The final goal came in the 56th minute, on a pass from freshman Lauren Moyer.

No. 8 Duke 2, No. 13 Stanford 0

DURHAM, N.C. – Sophomore Amanda Kim tallied the game winner with 11:18 remaining in regulation and junior Jessica Buttinger added another goal just before the final whistle to send Duke to a 2-0 victory against Stanford on Sunday afternoon at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.

The Blue Devil defense collected its fourth shutout of the season in the non-conference contest, improving the squad’s ledger to 11-4 overall.

The game remained scoreless through halftime, with Stanford holding a 6-4 edge in shots and a 3-2 advantage in penalty corners after 35 minutes of action.

Kim tipped in a penalty corner hit by senior Brenna Rescigno in the 59th minute for her first goal of the season and second of her career. The Blue Devils weathered a dangerous offensive possession by the Cardinal, and Buttinger punched in a rebound shot with 20 seconds left on the clock to cap the 2-0 victory.

Lauren Blazing made four saves in the shutout win while Dulcie Davies registered four saves for Stanford. The Blue Devils finished with a 15-10 advantage in shots and led in penalty corners, 8-4.

No. 10 Massachusetts 9, Saint Joseph’s 1

AMHERST, Mass. – Sophomore midfielder Brooke Sabia tallied three goals as Massachusetts defeated Saint Joseph’s 9-1 at Garber Field on Sunday afternoon. Charlotte Verelst added a pair of tallied while Lindsay Bowman, Molly MacDonnell, Hannah Prince and Nicole Miller earned one a piece during senior day.

Midfielder Alexa Sikalis added two assists to push her nation-leading total to 15 on the season, while Izzie Delario and Mariajose Rodriguez helped out on one tally each. Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Carlino finished with a pair of saves in the cage to improve to 26-13 all-time as a Minutewoman.

The Minutewomen held a 30-7 lead in shots, including a 22-3 advantage in on-target attempts. UMass also secured an 8-3 edge in penalty corners while Deibler finished with 12 saves for Saint Joseph’s.


For selector Arjun Halappa, professionalism is key

Sudheendra Tripathi

MUMBAI: When people embrace dual responsibilities, dealing with the double-edged sword becomes inevitable. Air India's Arjun Halappa is currently busy negotiating the many predicaments that come along with being a national selector and being an active player.

Being a player, Halappa rubs shoulders with potential candidates who could go and represent the country some day, while being a selector though, he has to ensure bias doesn't creep in while doing his national duty. And as Halappa puts it: "drawing a line is critical".

"I have played a lot of hockey and I know I have a lot more hockey left in me. So on that front I am assured. I have always idol-worshipped Dhanraj Pillay as a player. I try to emulate him as far as possible. Even at the age of 40-41, Dhanraj was a force to reckon with. So I want to follow in his footsteps. But it is a different ball game being a selector," said Halappa, who turned out for Air India in the opening encounter of the 48th edition of the Bombay Gold Cup against Indian Navy at Churchgate's Mahindra Stadium. For the record, Air India thrashed Navy 6-1.

"Having played hockey, people expect me to give them a hearing. They take it for granted that I will succumb to their requests just because I have shared the dressing room with them. But that is not the case. As a player, I will always respect the equation I share with my teammates. But when it comes to picking up the right candidate for India camps, I will do my job professionally," added Halappa, who was part of India's squad at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

At 32, Halappa is one of the youngest selectors. Dealing with senior selectors such a BP Govinda (Olympian and chairman of selectors) would sure be a tricky proposition. "You have to be respectful for sure. But I've been assigned a task and I believe doing my job with total commitment. Thankfully, I've never been required to assert myself."

Results: Air India 6 (DS Darshan, Shivendra Singh, Birendra Lakra, Vikram Pillay, VS Vinaya, Joga Singh) bt Indian Navy 1 (Amit Kumar Goswami).

The Times of India

Olympians Arrive to Strengthen Punjab Hockey Team

By Bill Cox

Pakistan Hockey Olympians Sohail Abbas (left) and Waseem Ahmad arrive at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday Oct 20 to play for the Punjab Sporting Club Team in the Hong Kong Hockey Association Premier League. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Sohail Abbas the World Record holder for number of goals scored in International Hockey arrived in Hong Kong at lunchtime on Sunday Oct 20 together with his fellow Pakistani Olympin Waseem Ahmad to join the Punjab Sports Club team in their quest to secure the top position in the Hong Kong Hockey Association Premier League.

Another Olympian, Canadian Sukhwinder Singh Gabber arrived in Hong Kong later on the same day also to join the Punjab team. The addition of these three world class players to the Hong Kong hockey scene will add a new dimension to Hong Kong hockey giving it a world-wide attention.

Sunny Bali, player, Captain and Team Manager of the Punjab Team explained to the Epoch Times that the Hong Kong Punjab Sports Club wants to play its part in developing the game of hockey in Hong Kong. The club only started playing hockey in Hong Kong in 2008 and it gained a place in the Hong Kong Hockey Association Premier League for the 2012-2013 season. They ended their first season in the top division in 2nd equal position – a significant accomplishment.

Punjab now want to go a step further to try to secure the Premier league title this year and if possible to also win the Holland Cup, played at the end of the season, Sunny Bali explained.

Long-term Commitment to Hong Kong

When asked about the new players’ commitment to playing in Hong Kong, Sunny Bali indicated the players would be here for a significant part of the season. He is also hoping for their continuing involvement.

He explained that the new players currently plan to be here for two months taking them through to mid December. It is likely that they will then take a break and return home for a few weeks coming back to Hong Kong in February 2014 to play in the last five or six matches of the league season and stay to compete in the Holland Cup.

Icing on the Cake

Sunny Bali also disclosed to the Epoch Times that another Pakistan Olympian Mudassar Ali Khan is planned arrive in a few days time to join the team. Assuming this occurs, this will be the first time four Olympians will have played for a hockey team in Hong Kong.

When the possibility of Abbas coming to Hong Kong was muted some weeks ago, Simon Chapman, coach of the Hong Kong Football Club Team commented to the Epoch Times “this would be great for Hockey in Hong Kong” but he also indicated some trepidation as to what this might mean for the other teams.

Sohail Abbas is known for his devastating drag-flick to score goals from penalty corners and and has been World record holder for goals scored in International Hockey since 2004.

The Epoch Times

EHF pilots official EHF Level 1 Coach Award

Ground-breaking seminar takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria

The European Hockey Federation (EHF) broke new ground at the weekend with the first official Continental Level 1 Coach Award, which took place in the Bulgarian capital city of Sofia.

The aim of the award is to give new coaches the ability to deliver safe, fun sessions in order to develop the basic skills and tactical knowledge of players 14 or under.

Head conductors Carel van der Staak and Norman Hughes lead the first official Continental Level 1 Coach Award, being assisted by Tomislav Jamicic and Antonio Antonov. Together they delivered an 18 hour seminar to a group of 22 aspiring coaches from Greece, Bulgaria and Macedonia.

The EHF Level 1 Coach Award covers various areas, including the basic rules of hockey, the roles of the coach, young player development and principles of play.

To read the full story, click here.

European Hockey Federation

National hockey tournament to be held in Yangon

The National Hockey Tournament will be held as the Pre-SEA Games Test Match at Theinbyu Turf Hockey Pitch in Yangon later this month, according to Myanmar Hockey Federation Monday.

Organized by Myanmar Hockey Federation, the tournament is scheduled to take place from Oct.27 to 30.

Myanmar A, Myanmar B and Thai teams will take part in the tournament.

Under the fixture, Myanmar A will play Thailand on Oct.27, Myanmar B face Thailand on Oct.28, Myanmar A meet Myanmar B on Oct.29 and the match between the first and second position teams on Oct.29.

People Daily