News for 22 October 2013

All the news for Tuesday 22 October 2013


Kookaburras & Hockeyroos back in action

Tests against Canada, Argentina and Pakistan this week


Following their thrilling victories at the International Super Series Hockey 9s on Sunday, the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras are back in action in the 11-a-side format this week with Test matches against Canada, Argentina and Pakistan.

Starting tonight, Tuesday, the Hockeyroos take on their Canadian counterparts in two matches. Head Coach Adam Commens has made a number of changes to the squad that competed at the International Super Series as he looks to rotate his squad ahead of final selection for the Oceania Cup, which begins in Taranaki, New Zealand, on 30 October.

Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW) is in line to make her senior international debut for the Hockeyroos in the series having played for the Jillaroos at the Junior World Cup in August.

The Kookaburras face their Hockey 9s final opponents Argentina tonight in Perth before taking on Pakistan on Thursday. With the Kookaburras squad for the Oceania Cup announced earlier this month, the matches offer the Australian men an opportunity to fine tune ahead of the trip to New Zealand.

Selected matches from the Oceania Cup will be live streamed by Hockey New Zealand. For more information, click here.

Fixtures
All matches at Perth Hockey Stadium.
Tuesday 22 October

5pm AWST / 8pm AEDT – Hockeyroos v Canada
7pm AWST / 10pm AEDT – Kookaburras v Argentina

Wednesday 23 October
7pm AWST / 10pm AEDT – Hockeyroos v Canada

Thursday 24 October
7pm AWST / 10pm AEDT – Kookaburras v Pakistan

Hockeyroos squads for matches against Canada
Match 1 v Canada, 22.10.13
Athlete (Hometown, State) Caps/Goals

Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW) 0/0
Jade Close (Wagga Wagga, NSW) 74/12
Elizabeth Duguid (GK) (Darwin, NT) 1/0
Casey Eastham (Albion Park, NSW) 174/41
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT) 95/15
Jordyn Holzberger (Ipswich, QLD) 26/0
Kate Jenner (Tamworth, NSW) 66/1
Kirstin Johnson (Mackay, QLD) 19/2
Bianca Joyce (Balaklava, SA) 35/1
Kobie McGurk (Collie, WA) 187/8
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA) 119/46
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 4/0
Rebecca Reuter (Brisbane, QLD) 2/0
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW) 59/19
Jayde Taylor (Bunbury, WA) 75/1
Ashlee Wells (GK) (Moe, VIC) 16/0
Kellie White (Crookwell, NSW) 47/6

Match 2 v Canada, 23.10.13
Athlete (Hometown, State) Caps/Goals

Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT) 11/0
Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW) 0/0
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA) 12/0
Jade Close (Wagga Wagga, NSW) 74/12
Elizabeth Duguid (GK) (Darwin, NT) 1/0
Casey Eastham (Albion Park, NSW) 174/41
Jordyn Holzberger (Ipswich, QLD) 26/0
Kate Jenner (Tamworth, NSW) 66/1
Bianca Joyce (Balaklava, SA) 35/1
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA) 119/46
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 4/0
Rebecca Reuter (Brisbane, QLD) 2/0
Jodie Schulz (Wamuran, QLD) 78/37
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW) 59/19
Jayde Taylor (Bunbury, WA) 75/1
Ashlee Wells (GK) (Moe, VIC) 16/0
Kellie White (Crookwell, NSW) 47/6

Kookaburras squad for matches against Argentina and Pakistan
Athlete (Hometown, State) Caps/goals

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

Hockey Australia media release



Black Sticks trio set for debut at Oceania Cup


Pictured: Brooke Neal - www.photosport.co.nz

TET Black Sticks Women’s head coach Mark Hager has named three debutants in his team to compete at the Oceania Cup which starts next Wednesday in Taranaki.

Midlands defender Brooke Neal, Auckland defender Liz Thompson and Canterbury striker Sophie Cocks will all earn their first international caps at the tournament which runs from 30 October - 3 November at the TET Multisports Centre in Stratford.

The team is also stacked with experience with Kayla Sharland, Emily Naylor, Gemma Flynn, Anita Punt and Krystal Forgesson all having played more than 100 games for the Black Sticks.

Hager is looking forward to the Oceania Cup as the first chance to give the newly named 2013/14 National Squad a run against top opposition.

“We are really looking forward to getting back into competition. We haven’t played since World League Round 3 so it will be a good test of where we’re at,” he said.

“Australia will be tough competitors, they won World League Three and also the recent Hockey 9’s so we will really have to be on our game.

“It’s a new group and we’re excited to play the first series together ahead of what is going to be a very busy next 12 months for us.”

Katie Glynn and Stacey Michelsen were unavailable for selection as they continue rehabilitation from serious knee injuries and are both expected to be back in action early next year.

The Black Sticks Women are together in Hamilton this week for a National Squad camp before travelling down to Stratford.

The Black Sticks Women play their first game at the Oceania Cup against Australia at 5.30pm on Wednesday 30 October. The game will be live streamed on the Hockey New Zealand website (www.hockeynz.co.nz)

Tickets are selling fast, and can be purchased at www.ticketdirect.co.nz

Taranaki Electricity Trust (TET) is the naming rights sponsor of the Black Sticks Men and Women for the 2013 Oceania Cup. Visit www.taranakielectrictytrust.co.nz for more information.

BLACK STICKS WOMEN – OCEANIA CUP
TET MULTISPORTS CENTRE, TARANAKI
30 OCTOBER – 3 NOVEMBER

SHIRT #

NAME

REGION

AGE

CAPS

18

Bridget BLACKWOOD

Canterbury

22

36

13

Sam CHARLTON

Midlands

21

61

17

Sophie COCKS

Canterbury

19

-

19

Rhiannon DENNISON

North Harbour

20

14

22

Gemma FLYNN

Midlands

23

141

3

Krystal FORGESSON

Auckland

31

183

26

Pippa HAYWARD

Canterbury

23

24

24

Rose KEDDELL

Midlands

19

23

15

Julia KING

Auckland

20

48

2

Emily NAYLOR

Central

27

222

9

Brooke NEAL

Midlands

21

-

32

Anita PUNT

Capital

26

128

7

Aniwaka ROBERTS

Capital

24

19

30

Bianca RUSSELL

North Harbour

35

59

8

Sally RUTHERFORD

Midlands

32

34

1

Kayla SHARLAND

Central

27

188

16

Liz THOMPSON

Auckland

19

-

6

Petrea WEBSTER

North Harbour

25

34

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Three debutants in Black Sticks squad


Krystal Forgesson. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Three debutants have been named in the New Zealand women's team for the Oceania Cup hockey tournament in Stratford, starting on October 30.

Auckland defender Liz Thompson, Canterbury striker Sophie Cocks and Midlands defender Brooke Neal are the newcomers in the tournament, which features world No 6 Australia, Papua New Guinea and Samoa.

Senior pair Katie Glynn and Stacey Michelsen were ruled out by knee injuries, which are also expected to count them out of contention for the World League finals in Argentina in December.

The women's squad is in camp in Hamilton this week before heading to Stratford.

The Black Sticks squad: Krystal Forgesson, Julia King, Liz Thompson (Auckland), Bridget Blackwood, Sophie Cocks, Pippa Hayward (Canterbury), Rhiannon Dennison, Bianca Russell, Petrea Webster (North Harbour), Sam Charlton, Gemma Flynn, Rose Keddell, Brooke Neal, Sally Rutherford (Midlands), Emily Naylor, Kayla Sharland (Central), Anita Punt, Aniwaka Roberts (Capital).

The New Zealand Herald



Black Sticks women name three debutantes

Black Sticks women's coach Mark Hager has named three debutantes in his team to compete at next week's Oceania Cup hockey series in Taranaki.

Midlands defender Brooke Neal, Auckland defender Liz Thompson and Canterbury striker Sophie Cocks will all earn their first international caps at the tournament which runs from October 30- November 3 at the TET Multisports Centre in Stratford.

The team is stacked full of experience with Kayla Sharland, Emily Naylor, Gemma Flynn, Anita Punt and Krystal Forgesson all having played more than 100 games for the Black Sticks.

Hager is looking forward to the Oceania Cup as the first chance to give the newly named 2013-14 national squad a run against top opposition.

"We are really looking forward to getting back into competition. We haven't played since World League round three so it will be a good test of where we're at," he said.

Australia will be a formidable test having won World League three and also the recent Hockey 9's so we will really have to be on our game.

Katie Glynn and Stacey Michelsen were unavailable for selection as they continue rehabilitation from serious knee injuries and are both expected to be back in action early next year.

The Black Sticks women are together in Hamilton this week for a National Squad camp before travelling down to Stratford.

Black Sticks' women squad:

Bridget Blackwood, Sam Charlton, Sophie Cocks, Rhiannon Dennison, Gemma Flynn, Krystal Forgesson, Pippa Hayward, Rose Keddell, Julia King, Emily Naylor, Brooke Neal, Anita Punt, Aniwaka Roberts, Bianca Russell, Sally Rutherford, Kayla Sharland, Liz Thompson, Petrea Webster.

Stuff



Valuable lessons in India defeat..

By Jugjet Singh

THE Malaysian national juniors had a fantastic acclimatisation practice in the three-test series against India at the World Cup venue, and lost narrowly 2-1 to the potential medallists at the Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi on Monday night.

Coach K. Dharmaraj's side lost all three matches, but there was improvement in every department in the 4-2, 4-3 and then the one-goal defeat in the last match.

The team are in their final phase of preparations for the World Cup, on Dec 6-15, where they are grouped with England, New Zealand and South Africa in Group D.

India, Netherlands, South Korea and Canada are in Group C, and the hosts are potential cross-over opponents in the quarter-finals stage.

"In the last match, the boys did not concede any penalty corners, and  won five instead. But again, poor shooting in the semi-circle was the bane, while India were sharp with the handful of chances that came their way," said team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

The venue acclimation provided the players an opportunity to get used to the pitch lighting, as well as the bouncy condition of the pitch.

"The ball bounces differently on Pitch I, and also Pitch II, and the players finally got adjusted to the conditions in the third test, but a late surge from India denied Malaysia a well-deserved draw. Also, the lighting is very different from what we have in Malaysia, especially when the players look up to stop overhead balls. But after three matches, the players now know what to expect when they play there again during the World Cup," said Mirnawan.

Ramandeep Singh gave India the lead in the 18th minute, but Haziq Samsol scored a field goal to equalise in the 65th minute. However, Malak Singh scored the winner for his side in the 67th minute.

India fielded the Sultan of Johor Cup gold medal side, with only three changes. Malaysia were soundly beaten 3-0 then, but have shown improvement in the three-test series.

There was some good play by the Malaysian side, only to lose out on poor shooting. An example to moot was in the second half when Fitri Shaari penetrate the middle of the field and beat three Indian defenders, after which he released the ball to Shahril Saabah whose deflection was just inches wide.

"A few decisions of the umpire were suspect especially in the semi-circle, however with the video referral available during the World Cup, that would no longer be an issue," said Mirnawan.

"Overall it was the best performance as Malaysian denied India any penalty corners in 70 minutes, and the only difference between both sides was that the Indian players are more clinical the semi circle, as well as a superb display by their goalkeeper to deny Malaysia's five penalty corner attempts," said Mirnawan.

There was a penalty shoot-out practice after the match, which India won 3-1.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey



Hockey juniors lose all three friendlies in India

KUALA LUMPUR: The national juniors ended their three-match friendly against their Indian counterparts on a losing note.

Malaysia lost 2-1 in the third and last match at the Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in New Delhi on Monday.

India took the lead through a Ramandeep Singh field goal in the 18th minute before K. Dharmaraj’s boys equalised in 65th minute through Mohd Haziq Samsol’s field attempt.

But two minutes later, Malak Singh scored the winning goal off another field attempt.

Malaysia failed to convert from any of the five penalty corners they earned while India failed to even get a single penalty corner.

The national juniors, who are preparing for the Junior World Cup in New Delhi from Dec 6-15, lost the first two matches 4-2 last Friday and 4-3 last Sunday.

Team manager Mirnawan Nawawi said that the third match was their best.

“The defence played well and did not give away a single penalty corner to India,” said Mirnawan.

“We earned five penalty corners but India goalkeeper Harjot Singh played well to save our drag flicks.”

The national juniors will return to KL on Wednesday and resume training on Monday.

There are 25 players in the training squad and the final 18 players for the Junior World Cup will be named on Nov 18.

Sixteen teams will feature in the Junior World Cup and Malaysia are in Group D with New Zealand, England and South Africa.

The Star of Malaysia



Three way fight for MHC CEO position




Former general manager of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation Maninderjit Singh could well make a return to the national hockey body, but this time as the Chief Executive Officer.

Maninderjit is one of the three candidates set to attend an interview for the position to be conducted next Saturday by the MHC.

The other two are University of Malaya Sports Science Faculty lecturer Mohd Faithal Hassan and former international K. Logan Raj, who is a columnist’s with The Malay Mail.

The interview is to be conducted by the MHC Appointment Committee headed by Vice President Dato Abdul Rahim Md Ariff and amongst its members are two other vice presidents, Manjit majid Abdullah and K. Maheswari.

The MHC had advertised for the position in July after the idea was first mooted by its president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah in a seminar in November last year.

A total of five positions were created, Chief Executive Officer, Administration Manager, Head of Competitions, Coaching Director and National Team Department Head but only one, Coaching Director has been filled thus far by Tai Beng Hai.

Maninderjit was appointed as the General Manager in July 2009 but quit abruptly after the national team failed to qualify for the London Olympics in March 2012.

At that time Maninderjit was also the General Secretary of MHC, a position later filled up by Mohd Johari Abdul Aziz in April last year.

Faithal is currently the MHC Umpires Board Secretary and has served hockey at various levels in Kuala Lumpur.

As for Logan Raj, he has held several high profile employment with several private companies and the soft spoken former international is known for coming up with solutions to help hockey.

All three candidates possess a passion for hockey and a tough decision is on the cards.

Hockey Asia



Jonty Clarke and Reading get perfect Europe warm-up

By Graham Wilson



Jonty Clarke is expecting a tougher game against Rotterdam [GETTY]

DOUBLE Olympian Jonty Clarke and his Reading team-mates got the ideal shooting practice for their European championship campaign.

They trounced Hampstead and Westminster 11-1 in the NOW: Pensions League as Clarke scored a brace of goals along with Chris Cargo, Andy Watts and Chris Newman.

Reading play against Rotterdam this Saturday followed by the French hosts Lille on Sunday for a chance to join English champions Beeston and Surbiton in the Euro Hockey League KO16 at The Hague at Easter.

Clarke said: “Hampstead were just unlucky that we finally got it right in the circle. It will not be the same come the weekend but we have a very good chance of making it to The Hague, where the format and timing will benefit us and the other English clubs for the first time.”

Reading played Rotterdam last year and won on a penalty shootout after drawing 2-2.

“It is difficult to judge for this year,” said Clarke. “But it looks as though Rotterdam have had a number of changes, switching from overseas players to a few more Dutch internationals while Lille will bring all their passion to the game. We will have to be on our mettle.”


Jonty ClarkeJonty Clarke in action for Great Britain [GETTY]

Clarke seems to be getting over his injuries after the London Olympics, where Great Britain came fourth. Married to Sarah, he is enjoying life, now working full-time for the Henley-based corporate finance firm HMT.

“I was carrying an injury through the Games,” said Clarke. “And then I had surgery to a pelvic problem in June. I wanted to sort that out so I needed rest and rehabilitation and now I am in shape and playing without pain. Not a lot of players have announced their international retirement since the Olympics. Let’s just say if a call came from England, I’d just want to be ready.”

Elsewhere in the English premier division, Beeston maintained their 100 per cent record, with two wins over Sheffield Hallam and Canterbury at the weekend and are on 18 points after six matches, three points clear at the top ahead of East Grinstead, who beat a battling Wimbledon 5-3, and Reading. Surbiton, who are on 10 points in fourth place, with a game in hand, hit bottom-placed Loughborough Students 5-0.

In the Investec women’s league, Olympic bronze medallist Alex Danson struck a hat-trick to take her tally to 10 goals as champions Reading crushed Sutton Coldfield 6-0. Second-placed Canterbury were held by rivals Leicester 2-2 while Surbiton are in third place with a 3-1 win over Birmingham University. After their 5-0 defeat by premier division newcomers Beeston, rock-bottom Olton and West Warwicks are without a point having conceded 46 goals in six games.

Daily Express



Doors of Hockey India League shut for Pakistan

By Fawad Hussain



No place for greenshirts in second edition of lucrative tournament. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: There will be no Pakistan representative in the second edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) that is expected to be held in January-February next year.

While it was the same case in the inaugural edition of the league, there was a technical difference: nine Pakistan players were part of the different teams of the introductory version but were forced to return to their homeland amid security concerns without playing a single match. However, this time around Hockey India (HI) has decided not to include players from Pakistan at all.

The HIL will conduct a mini players’ auction next month that will include over 150 players but none of them will be from Pakistan, confirmed an HI official.

“The HIL auction will not feature Pakistan players,” the HI media official told The Express Tribune.

“The prevailing cross-border situation is the reason. There is a Mumbai franchise in the league and it is impossible to field any Pakistan player amid strict warnings from [right-wing political party] Shiv Sena.”

Irfan disappointed with snub

Pakistan national team member Mohammad Irfan expressed his disappointment on not being able to take part in the 2014 edition of the HIL.

“I was preparing for it as a few months ago organisers sought our availability which we confirmed,” said Irfan, who was one of the nine players contracted in the last version of the event. “We also received our No-Objection Certificates from the federation.”

Referring to the cross-border tensions that were the cause of the players’ return to Pakistan the last time as well, the seasoned campaigner opined that the politicisation of sports should be avoided.

“I stayed at Ranchi in the last edition and the situation wasn’t that serious. I was happy with the hospitality and was looking forward to go next year. “Sports must be free from politics. We will be missing out on high-profile action as well as the chance to learn from top players from all round the world.”

A setback for region’s hockey: Samiullah

Olympian Samiullah Khan rued the HIL’s decision, terming hockey ties between Pakistan and India important.

“It’s a setback for players from both the countries,” said the legendary player. “Pakistan and India must play together for the promotion of the game.

“The players can learn a lot from each other. India should have a given green signal to Pakistan players instead of ignoring them like this.”

Pakistan draw with Australia A

After finishing last at the Super Series Hockey 9s in Perth, Pakistan played a 2-2 draw against Australia A in a one-off match yesterday.

According to information made available, Mohammad Imran and Mohammad Touseeq were the goals-scorers from Pakistan. Both strikes came from penalty corners.

The greenshirts will now meet Argentina in a one-off Test tomorrow and will face Australia the following day before departing for Japan to play at the Asian Champions Trophy.

The Express Tribune



Pakistan no more than a club-level team, says Samiullah

Staff Report




KARACHI: Former Pakistan hockey captain Samiullah Khan likened the Pakistan hockey team to ‘club-level’ outfit after another embarrassing show at the international level. Pakistan ended their campaign at the 9s International Super Series in last place after Malaysia, who had lost their entire preliminary games, beat them 2-1 in the bronze medal match on Sunday.

“The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has brought down Pakistan’s standard to that of a club-level team as a result of their personal egos and poor administration,” former Olympian Samiullah said. “ The current PHF hierarchy has done irreparable damage to Pakistan hockey which will take years to recover,” the star forward of yesteryear stressed. He said after the failure of the team to qualify for next year’s Hockey World Cup for the first time in 42-years, there was no real concern shown by the federation. “I really feel sorry for the state of affairs. Our hockey is passing through the poorest phase in history and if urgent steps are not taken, Pakistan may also be out of the Asian Games as well. Pakistan hockey suffered blow after blow and humiliation due to wrangling and infighting and dirty politics in Pakistan sports.”

Samiullah called for the immediate removal of PHF officials and introducing of ad-hoc body to take charge of PHF, much like the Prime Minister had done with the Pakistan Cricket Board. He said the elections of the PHF should be held under a neutral set-up by sacking all the current office bearers. “After Asif Bajwa, the rest of PHF should show grace by resigning from their respective positions,” the legendary left-winger said.

The Daily Times



‘Hockey team reduced to club level’

KARACHI - Former captain Samiullah Khan was disappointed for another embarrassing show by Pakistani team in the 4-nation 9-a-side Hockey Tournament in Perth, Australia.

“The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has made Pakistan a club-level team with personal egos and poor administration,” Olympic star forward Samiullah said in an interview in the wake of M Imran’s team finishing fourth and last in Perth.

“The current PHF hierarchy has done irreparable damage to Pakistan hockey which will take years to recover,” he stressed.

He said after failing to qualify for next year’s Hockey World Cup in Hague, Netherlands for the first time in 42-years, if the present PHF set-up was not sacked, the time is not so far when Pakistan would be featuring in the qualifying rounds for Asian Games and Asia Cup.

“I really feel sorry for the state of affairs of national hockey as its repeated failures despite tall claims by the federation officials,” he said and added: “Our hockey is passing through the poorest phase in history and if urgent steps are not taken, Pakistan may also be out of the Asian Games.”

“Pakistan hockey suffered blow after blow and humiliation due to wrangling and infighting and dirty politics in Pakistan sports,” he commented. He said Pakistan hockey suffered highly and was at its lowest ebb despite receiving huge grant from Pakistan government. He called for immediate removal of the PHF officials and introducing of ad-hoc body to take charge of the PHF.

Samiullah said if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif can appoint an ad-hoc body in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) then why it can’t be done in the PHF.

He said elections of PHF should be held under a neutral set-up by sacking all the current office bearers. “After Asif Bajwa, the rest of PHF should show grace by resigning from their respective positions,” he said. He demanded immediate steps should be taken by the patron-in-chief of PHF to put the national game on the right track for revival of the game in coming years.

The Nation



SAIL demolish Union Bank 7-2 in Bombay Gold Cup

MUMBAI: Union Bank of India (UBI) had performed extremely well in the recently-concluded Super League. Having finished fourth, they even managed to qualify for the Bombay Gold Cup.

But when they took the field against Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) in the 48th Edition of the Bombay Gold Cup at the Mahindra Stadium at Churchgate on Monday, they found the going extremely trying.

They lost 2-7 against a spirited SAIL. Alsem Lakra, Deepak Kullu and Sunil Toppo scored a brace each while Rajin Kandulna rounded off the tally. UBI for their part, pulled a couple back through Diwakar Ram and Rajat Sharma.

In an entertaining fixture between Western Railway and Army XI, the railwaymen came up trumps against their much fancied rivals 4-1.

Results: Western Railway 4 (Ashish Pal, Vinod Kumar 2 Jaykaran) bt Army XI 1 (C U Bopanna); Steel Authority of India 7 (Alsem Lakra 2, Deepak Kullu 2, Sunil Toppo 2, Rajin Kandulna) bt Union Bank of India 2 (Diwakar Ram, Rajat Sharma); Punjab National Bank 3 (Yudhvir Singh, Jalwinder Singh, Arjun) bt Central Railway 1 ( Shashi Topno).

The Times of India



ICF trounces Excise 3-0



Chennai: The imperious V . Raja of Indian Bank was in no mood to let go of his regal self but his team-mates were not in a mood either to reciprocate the same fervour as the Bank team were held to an entertaining 3-3 draw with Southern Railway in the CHA super six league championship at the MRK stadium on Monday.

The second match was a more straightforward affair with ICF steamrolling Central Excise 3-0. The Excise team who were deemed as pre-match favourites by many did little justice to uphold the relevance of that tag.The former India player Raja was all class and oomph and took care of his team's goal-scoring needs by single-handedly scoring all the three goals his team managed to rack up. Proving that his magic with the stick hasn't diminished in the least despite age catching up, Raja in a moment of brilliance came up with a delectable reverse flick after evading three opposing players to put his team ahead.

It was a match where penalty corners were in short supply and in the very first PC the Railway team obtained, they converted through Deepak Bejawad to reduce the deficit to 2-3. They didn’t stop there and sensing the urgency to find the equalizer Railway played with greater resolve.Their hardwork was suitably rewarded as with barely a few seconds remaining G. Suresh Kumar ensured that his team would share the spoils with a well-conceived goal.Indian Bank would be more aggrieved of the two after having done what they felt was sufficient to earn the win and left the field with a feeling of emptiness in tow. The issue they need to pay immediate attention to is their over-reliance on Raja.

With a bit more support from the other members of his team, who were more of deadwood against Railway, the result would have been different.

The Asian Age



KD Singh elected new IHF president

NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha MP Kanwar Deep Singh was unanimously elected as the president of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) for a four-year term in the Annual General Meeting held on Monday.

Singh, who was elected unopposed in the meeting, will head the body from 2013 to 2017, the IHF is a release.

"The newly elected president expressed confidence in overcoming and resolving the long pending crisis prevailing in Indian hockey due to illegalities committed by the IOA, under the then President, Suresh Kalmadi in creating Hockey India and unethical support extended by FIH to Hockey India," it said.

The IHF, in its meeting, also decided to increase the number of hockey players representative from three to six in order to involve more players participation in functioning of the body.

Office bearers elected were:

President- Kanwar Deep Singh, Chairman- R K Shetty, Vice President (W)- Radha Murthy, Vice President (W)- Bula Ganguly, Vice President (Men)- K K Verma, Vice President (Men)- Surinder Singh Sodhi, Secretary General - Ashok Mathur, Treasurer- Charanjit Singh, Secretary (Men)- Joaquim Carvalho, Secretary (Women)- Madhu Yadav, Jt Secretary (Men)- Th. Manihar, Jt Secretary (Women)- Happy Mann, Asst Treasurer- Vivek Gupta, Executive Members (M)- S P Dass, I Rehman, A Nizammudin, (Women)- Zothan Kimi, Sukhwinder Kaur.

The Times of India



Fatima, Malvern reach U-19 hockey boys final

Jordan Vieira scored a hat-trick as defending champions Corona Fatima hammered previously unbeaten Queen’s Park 5–0 in their T&T Hockey Board Indoor Championships Boys Under-19 Division semifinal at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on Saturday.

Fatima, reached the semifinal after ending as fourth placed finishers in the six-team round-robin pool with a 2–3 record and six points while the Parkites topped the table with maximum 15 points, including a 3–2 win over Fatima on Saturday.

However, in the semis, it was a different game all together as Vieira scored in the third minute followed by Marcus Pascal (seventh) and Che Modeste in the tenth for a 3–0 half-time lead.

Vieira then added two more goals in the second-half, in the 21st and 28th minute to complete the trouncing and set up a final’s clash with Malvern, which turned back Notre Dame 4–3 in a much more evenly contested semifinal.

Leading the way for Malvern, which also beat the Dames in round-robin play 5–2 enroute to a 4–1 record, was Teague Marcano with a treble of his own in the seventh, and two goals in the 22nd minute.

Teague’s brother Tariq Marcano added the other in the 17th to cancel out Shaquille Daniel’s treble for the Dames, who were third in round-robin.

Olton fires Magnolias into girls decider


Elise Olton was a one-woman destroyer as she banged in four goals for Shandy Carib Magnolias to whip Ventures 5–1 in their Under-19 Girls semifinal after both teams drew 2–2 in group play.

Olton, netted as early as the first, tenth, 13th and 22nd minutes while Savannah De Freitas got the other in the 28th minute for Magnolias, which ended the round-robin phase in third spot with four points after a 5–3 loss to table-toppers Paragon in their final pool match, also played on Saturday.

In Friday’s final, Magnolias will have a chance to exact some revenge on round-robin winner Paragon, after the latter won its semifinal by default from Malvern.

Results

Under-19:
Boys round-robin:

Malvern 14 (Tariq Marcano 3rd, 14th, 20th, 27th, 30th, Kristien Emmanuel 2nd, 20th, 26th, 27th, Keiron Emmanuel 4th, 23rd, Teague Marcano 14th, 28th, Jacques Poon-Lewis 21st) vs Paragon 1 (Kelon Skerrit 12th)
QPCC 3 (Jarryon Paul 1st, 7th, Craig Cockburn 16th) vs Fatima 2 (Che Modeste 18th, Jozsua Nieves 30th)
Malvern 5 (Teague Marcano 4th, 23rd, Tariq Marcano 4th, 7th, Kristien Emmanuel 27th) vs Notre Dame 2 (Justin Beharry 1st, Nicholas Whiteman 6th)
Shape 7 (Lyndell Byer 12th, 14th, 26th, Ethan Reynos 6th, Devon Haywood 24th, 26th, Daniel Smith 29th) vs Paragon 3 (Kelon Skerritt 19th, 21st, Xavier Perez 11th)
Malvern 4 (Tariq Marcano 27th, 30th, Teague Marcano 10th, Kristien Emmanuel 16th) vs Fatima 2 (Jordan Vieira 11th, Jeremy Nieves 20th)
QPCC 6 (Jordi O’Brien 15th, 17th, 26th, 30th, Jarryon Paul 8th, Craig Cockburn 29th) vs Shape 1 (Lyndell Byer 21st)
Notre Dame 5 (Shaquille Daniel 15th pen, 21st, 22nd, 30th, Justin Beharry 22nd) vs Shape 2 (Ghardel Elcock 4th, Neptune Leumas 14th)

Semifinals:
Fatima 5 (Jordan Vieira 3rd, 21st, 28th, Marcus Pascal 7th, Che Modeste 10th) vs QPCC 0
Malvern 4 (Teague Marcano 7th, 22nd, 22nd, Tariq Marcano 17th) vs Notre Dame 3 (Shaquille Daniel 5th, 22nd, 30th)

Girls round-robin:
Paragon 5 (Felicia King 6th, 12th, Zene Henry 16th, 30th, Gabrielle Thompson 5th) vs Magnolias 3 (Brianna Govia 10th, 29th, Savannah De Freitas 28th)

Semifinals:
Paragon 5 vs Malvern 0
Magnolias 5 (Elise Olton 1st, 10th, 13th, 22nd, Savannah De Freitas 28th) vs Ventures 1 (Kristin Abreu 3rd)

The Trinidad Guardian



Nairobi Simba retain Agnelo de Souza Memorial hockey title in Mombasa

By ERNEST NDUNDA



Nairobi Simba Club celebrate after being crowned this year’s  Agnelo De Souza Hockey Tournament Champions in Mombasa, on Monday. [PHOTO:KEVIN ODIT/STANDARD]

Nairobi Simba retained the Agnelo de Souza Memorial hockey title as the three-day event ended on Monday at the Mombasa Institute Sports Club.

Simba recaptured the title after beating Wazalendo 1-0 in the final.

Asif Shah scored the lone goal in the 11th minute after Brian Musasia put him through.

Wazalendo tried in vain through Titus Ngona and Job Omondi to cancel the margin.

En route to the final Simba hit Kenya Police 1-0, while Wazalendo needed flicks after a 1-1 draw to win the match 2-1.

In the women’s category, reigning national hockey champions Telkom Orange were crowned the new queens after amassing 11 points.

In the deciding match, Telkom Orange drew 0-0 with Sliders to bag 11 points.

Usiu finished ahead of Sliders courtesy of goal aggregate.

Usiu defeated the University of Nairobi 3-0 in their last match. Pauline Naise scored the opener in the ninth minute before Lorraine Nondi added the second in the 13th minute as Beatrice Mbugua added the third in the 24th minute.

In other matches, Telkom Orange clobbered University of Nairobi 4-0.

Orange boast of having the bulk of their players in the national team, which is preparing for the November 18-24 Africa Cup of Nations, which will also act as the World Cup qualifiers. The World Cup will be held in the Netherlands next year.

The continental tournament, which has attracted four men’s and five women’s teams, was postponed last month due to the Westgate Mall terror attack.

Jacky Mwangi scored a hat-trick. She  scored the opener in the 15th minute before sounding the boards three minutes later.

Rose Mbulo added the third in the 22nd minute before Jacky completed her hat-trick in the 25th minute.

In other women’s matches played on a round robin basis, Slider beat St Johns Kaloleni 1-0, University of Nairobi defeated St John Kaloleni 2-0, Usiu stopped Mombasa Sports Club 2-0, while Sliders drew 0-0 with Mombasa Sports Club.

In the men’s matches, titleholders Nairobi Simba made it to the quarterfinals after they drew 1-1 with University of Nairobi.

The university students were first to score in the second minute through Samuel Kamenya before George Mutira cancelled in the eighth minute.

In another men’s match, Usiu beat Pwani University of Kilifi County 3-0, while Kenya Police stopped Mombasa Sports Club 2-0.

Wazalendo drew 0-0 with Mavetrans and Usiu ‘B’ hit Mombasa Sports Club 1-0.

Mvita XI fought for a barren score, Nairobi Simba hit University of Nairobi 1-0 in an earlier match, while hosts Mombasa Institute were held to a barren draw by Pwani University.

The Standard Online



Duke field hockey falls short at Virginia, downs Stanford

By Brian Mazur



Defender Amanda Kim scored the go-ahead goal for the Blue Devils as they shut out Stanford 2-0. Khloe Kim / The Chronicle

After falling on the road to ACC foe Virginia, the Blue Devils returned home and salvaged the weekend, shutting out Stanford.

A comeback attempt fell short as No. 8 Duke fell to the No. 6 Cavaliers 4-3 Friday night at Turf Field in Charlottesville, Va. The Blue Devils suffered their second straight loss to an ACC opponent this season, putting them at .500 in conference play. Duke returned home and rebounded Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 victory against No. 13 Stanford at Jack Katz Stadium.

Virginia (15-3, 3-2 in the ACC) dominated play throughout the first half and took a 4-1 lead just after halftime. Senior forward Elly Buckley left her mark during her final home game as a Cavalier, scoring three goals in the contest.

“I think we were hoping for a different result on Friday night, and for whatever reason we put ourselves in a hole for the first 20 minutes of that game,” head coach Pam Bustin said. “It made us realize that we have to wake up a bit earlier.”

Finding themselves down by three goals after Buckley’s third goal in the 36th minute, the Blue Devils (11-4, 2-2) responded less than three minutes later when sophomore midfielder Aileen Johnson hit redshirt senior Devon Gagliardi with a pass, which Gagliardi converted into a goal.

Just five minutes later, the Duke attack managed to find the cage again. Senior forward Emmie Le Marchand slid the ball past Virginia goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone for her team-high ninth goal of the season to cut the deficit to one goal.

Despite Le Marchand’s goal in the 43rd minute, the Cavalier defense, which only allowed the Blue Devils to take six shots all game, locked down and prevented Duke from scoring the tying goal.

“We felt like we had really good offensive pressure, but we just couldn’t put the ball in the cage,” Le Marchand said. “We did not lose heart when we saw that number because we knew that we did have some chances.”

Duke notched its fourth shutout this season and only held the Cardinal (11-3) to 10 shots in the game. The Blue Devils added two late goals to win their ninth non-conference game of the season.

“We came out on fire and for the first 10 minutes [of today’s game] we were down on their end [of the field] and had our chances there,” Bustin said. “That was our focus coming from a tough loss on Friday to playing a ranked opponent [Sunday].”

After going scoreless for the first 58:42 of the match, Duke finally found the cage off a penalty corner. Two Blue Devil defenders took advantage of a rare opportunity to score. Sophomore defender Amanda Kim knocked the ball in for her first goal of the season. Fellow defender Brenna Rescigno was credited with the assist.

“What we have been focusing on is trying to start off quicker and overall, by the end of the first half, we were able to pick [our play] up,” Kim said. “The energy was a lot higher.”

Already leading 1-0, the Blue Devils would add to their lead with just 35 seconds left in regulation when junior forward Jessica Buttinger scored off a rebound.

The defense did its job on the other end of the field, denying Stanford the chance to get on the scoreboard. Duke also limited the Cardinal to merely four penalty corners on the afternoon.

Despite giving up a season-high four goals against Virginia, the Blue Devil defense reasserted itself on Sunday, showing it can shut down the attacks of ranked opponents.

“Our individual defense can be a bit better, but our overall defensive organization was better today,” Bustin said. “We stayed together as a unit so even if somebody was eliminated [due to a yellow or green card] there was a cover person there. That has been something we have been focusing on.”

With only two ACC games remaining, the Blue Devils are just around the corner from the postseason. Duke will return to ACC play Saturday when it travels to Boston College and looks to get its third conference win against the seventh-ranked Eagles.

Duke Chronicle



Under 17 Men’s National Team Identification Camps Announced

Eastern Camp in Brampton; Western Camp in Vancouver


Field Hockey Canada today confirmed a National Under 17 Men’s team would be competing at the 2014 Men’s Youth Pan American Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  The Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) event will feature the exciting new Hockey5s version of the game.  The event will run from February 1-8th and also serve as a qualifier to the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.

To select the squad Under 17 Head Coach, Scott Sandison will be holding two identification camps, open to those born between January 1st, 1996 and December 31st, 1999.  Also in attendance at the camps will be Paul Bundy (Head Coach of Canada’s Under 21 Men’s team and Assistant Coach of Canada’s National Men’s team) as well as Anthony Farry (Director of Men’s National Program and Head Coach of Men’s National team).  Details for the camps are as follows:

Eastern Canada ID Camp:
Cassie Campbell Recreation Centre
Brampton, Ontario
Saturday, October 26th: 11:00AM to 1:00PM & 4:30PM to 6:30PM
Sunday, October 27th: 9:00AM to 11:00AM & 2:00PM to 4:00PM

Click here to register for the camp by October 24th.

Western Canada ID Camp:
UBC Wright Field
Vancouver, British Columbia
Saturday, November 9th: 3:00PM to 5:00PM
Sunday, November 10th: 10:30AM to 12:00PM

Click here to register for the camp by November 7th.

Field Hockey Canada media release