News for 23 October 2013

All the news for Wednesday 23 October 2013

Clinical Kookaburras beat Argentina

8-1 scoreline features seven different Kookaburras

The Kookaburras showed they can be just as clinical in hockey’s traditional 11-a-side format as they were in the final of the 9-a-side version on Sunday, putting eight goals past Argentina in a clinical performance in Perth.

Coach Graham Reid led the team, as he will at next week’s Oceania Cup in the absence of Ric Charlesworth who is undergoing hip surgery. After the match Reid was satisfied with his side’s performance, particularly in the first half, but warned against getting carried away, citing a slow start to the second half.

“We took most of the opportunities that came our way in the first half,” he said. “We pressed well, we put pressure on the ball and that worked well. But the second half was a bit disappointing. We were a little sloppy when we emerged for the second half and that’s when they got through us a few times. That’s the part we’ll be working on.”

Registering seven different scorers in the 70 minutes, the Kookaburras were in fine form in the opening period, taking full advantage of the opportunities they created. Jason Wilson fired the Kookaburras ahead after only seven minutes and fellow Queenslander Liam De Young doubled the advantage a minute later.

Another quickfire double followed from Hobart-born Eddie Ockenden and Maitland’s Simon Orchard before Jamie Dwyer chipped in with a fifth before half time.

Argentina pulled one back through Gonzalo Peillat shortly after the restart but again the Kookaburras showed explosive reactions to score twice in as many minutes, first through the returning Chris Ciriello and then through fellow Victorian Russell Ford.

And there was still time for Wilson to bag his second of the night, the Kookaburras’ eighth to seal a strong victory against the side ranked tenth in the world.

The Kookaburras will take on Pakistan on Thursday evening (7pm AWST / 10pm AEDT) before departing for the Oceania Cup, which gets underway next Wednesday, 30 October.

Jason Wilson 7,60 (F,F)
Liam De Young 8 (F)
Eddie Ockenden 19 (PC)
Simon Orchard 20 (F)
Jamie Dwyer 28 (F)
Chris Ciriello 48 (PC)
Russell Ford 49 (F)

Gonzalo Peillat 42 (PC)

Squad v Argentina
Athlete (Hometown, State) Caps/Goals

Andrew Charter (GK) (Canberra, ACT) 46/0
Chris Ciriello (Melbourne, VIC) 117/61
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD) 303/192
Russell Ford (Eltham, VIC) 130/54
Rob Hammond (Townville, QLD) 231/28
Fergus Kavanagh (Geraldton, WA) 168/14
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS) 185/48
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW) 126/40
Andrew Philpott (Melbourne, VIC) 4/0
Glenn Simpson (Melbourne, VIC) 91/15
Glenn Turner (Goulburn, ACT) 91/65

Substitutes Used
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD) 9/1
Matthew Butturini (Murwillumbah, NSW) 84/14
Liam De Young (Brisbane, QLD) 285/34
Tyler Lovell (GK) (Perth, WA) 3/0
Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD) 32/10
Jason Wilson (Kingscliff, QLD) 85/28
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA) 12/1

Hockey Australia media release

Brooke Peris scores first Hockeyroos goal

Peris strike & double from Ashleigh Nelson lead to 3-0 win over Canada

A first senior international strike from Brooke Peris and two goals from Ashleigh Nelson helped the Hockeyroos to a 3-0 victory over Canada in Perth on Tuesday evening.

19-year-old Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW) was handed her senior international debut in the match, which came two days after the Hockeyroos defeated Argentina in the final of the International Super Series Hockey 9s.

Wagin-born Ashleigh Nelson continued her rich vein of form netting the opener after just 14 minutes and doubling her tally just over half an hour later, adding to the two goals she scored in the Test series against Argentina last week.

And with 56 minutes on the clock, young Northern Territory forward Brooke Peris found her range with her first goal for the Hockeyroos.

Head Coach Adam Commens was happy with the outcome against a Canadian side that defended deep, saying, “It’s hard to play against a fall-away defence so to score three was pleasing, although we’ll be looking to be more efficient in the match tomorrow.”

He added, “It was good to see Mathilda Carmichael debut. She had a good game.”

In a match that saw the Hockeyroos enjoy the upper hand for most of the duration, Australia’s women were perhaps a little fortunate to survive unscathed a period in the second half when Canada created a series of chances but failed to convert.

Afterwards, Commens spoke about what he hopes to achieve this week. “This series is a good opportunity to see more of our squad play against more physical opponents,” he said. “In particular, we need to improve our midfield combinations – we played tonight with an entirely new midfield from the one in the matches against Argentina and at the International Super Series.”

The teams meet again on Wednesday evening (7pm AWST / 10pm AEDT) as the Hockeyroos continue their preparation for the Oceania Cup, which begins on 30 October. The Hockeyroos squad for the Oceania Cup will be named on Friday 25 October.

Ashleigh Nelson 14,48 (F,F)
Brooke Peris 56 (F)

CANADA 0 (0)

Squad for match 1 v Canada
Athlete (Hometown, State) Caps/Goals

Jade Close (Wagga Wagga, NSW) 75/12
Casey Eastham (Albion Park, NSW) 175/41
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT) 96/15
Jordyn Holzberger (Ipswich, QLD) 27/0
Kate Jenner (Tamworth, NSW) 67/1
Kirstin Johnson (Mackay, QLD) 20/2
Bianca Joyce (Balaklava, SA) 36/1
Kobie McGurk (Collie, WA) 188/8
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW) 60/19
Ashlee Wells (GK) (Moe, VIC) 17/0
Kellie White (Crookwell, NSW) 48/6

Substitutes Used
Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW) 1/0
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA) 120/48
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 5/1
Rebecca Reuter (Brisbane, QLD) 3/0
Jayde Taylor (Bunbury, WA) 76/1

Did Not Play
Elizabeth Duguid (GK) (Darwin, NT) 1/0

Hockey Australia media release

Oceania Cup side also have sights on Argentina finals

By David Leggat

Liz Thompson is adept in a range of defensive roles. Photo / Christine Cornege

Those named for the Oceania Cup hockey tournament have the inside running for places at December's World League finals in Argentina.

And for the three uncapped players in the squad of 18, Canterbury striker Sophie Cocks, Midlands defender Brooke Neal and Auckland defender Liz Thompson, that provides a hefty incentive to grab their chances at this week's camp in Hamilton and when the Oceania Cup starts in Stratford next Wednesday.

"When you get good performances you like to reward them," Black Sticks coach Mark Hager said.

Cocks is a pacy attacker, Neal was, in Hager's words, "the rock" at the heart of New Zealand's defence at the junior World Cup in Germany in mid-year, while Thompson is adept in a range of defensive roles.

Thompson was one of the players who went to the junior World Cup to win selection in the senior squad. That trip was a significant learning experience for the 19-year-old Auckland University commerce student. More of that lies ahead.

"I've never played at that level before so I'm looking forward to learning heaps at training and getting that experience of playing at that level which will be pretty cool," she said.

Three of the Black Sticks squad named a few weeks ago will be missing from the World League finals. Senior striker Katie Glynn and classy midfielder Stacey Michelsen are getting over knee injuries while seasoned defender Emily Naylor will miss the trip because of a wedding.

Of Hager's wider group of 26, only five will miss out on merit because of those three defections. The squad hasn't been together since the World League 3 tournament in the Netherlands in June. New Zealand will face Australia, Samoa and Papua New Guinea in the Oceania Cup.

The squad

New Zealand women's squad for the Oceania Cup, starting in Stratford next Wednesday:
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

Army XI come from behind to edge out Hockey Bhopal

Mumbai: Defending champions Army XI fought back from a two-goal deficit to put it across Hockey Bhopal 5-4 in pool A and keep their qualifying chances afloat in the 48th Bombay Gold Cup hockey tournament here today.

The Bangalore-based army outfit led 2-1 at half time before slumping 2-4 behind before pumping in three goals in the last 11 minutes to notch their only win in the pool.

Army XI, who were thrashed 4-1 by Western Railway in the three-team pool, now await the result of the last pool game between the railwaymen and Bhopal tomorrow to see whether they top the group and progress to the semis.

In the second game of the day, Punjab and Sind Bank drubbed local team Indian Navy 10-0 after leading 5-0 at half-time to send the sailors out of the tournament with two defeats in as many games in pool B.

The goal scorers for the bankmen, who play Air India on Thursday to decide who qualifies from this pool for the semis, were Karamjit Singh (2), Sarvanjit Singh (2), Parminder Singh (2), Gurvinder Singh (2), Ajit Pandit and Tasveerjit Singh.

Bhopal shocked the army team by striking in the 3rd minute of the game with a field goal by Azam Baig.

Army XI clawed back to take a 2-1 lead by finding the mark through a penalty corner goal from A P Siraju, who later scored their fourth goal to restore parity in the second half, and captain and international Ignace Tirkey.

But the Bhopal outfit stung their rivals by pumping in three field goals within 20 minutes after change of ends to take a handy 4-2 lead.

Syed Irfan Ali got the first before Vikas Chaudhary was on target twice in the space of 13 minutes.

Chandan Aind then reduced the margin for Army XI a minute later and then the Bangalore side scored twice in as many minutes in the last five minutes through Siraju and Binoy Bhengra to seal a hard-fought victory.

The Asian Age

Bhopal show glimpses of old flair despite defeat to Army

Mufeed Mahdi Rizvi

Glimpses of the flamboyance that was old-school hockey were evident at the MHA yesterday when Hockey Bhopal, a team from the Madhya Pradesh capital, took on Army XI in the Mumbai Gold Cup.

Irrespective of the result, which went the way of their opponents, it was the Bhopal outfit which captured the hearts of spectators and reignited the hope that the brand of hockey - romanticized by inarguably the highestprofile Indian player of all time Major Dhyanchand, whose long dribbles across the field are legendary - is waiting in the wings and ready, albeit if allowed, to make a comeback.

Bhopal's players kept the ball and dribbled their way into the box making good usage of both flanks. Their flair was mesmerising and they seemed more intent on sounding the board after selling their brand with a fine display even if it came with a modicum of chutzpah.

They controlled the game for most of it, but lost the plot in the final minute handing the jawans a 5-4 victory. Army coach CB Devadas said: "It was not an easy win. Thanks to Bhopal for pulling back into defence and making space for us. We had all the space right from the midfield that we managed to build up the pressure."

Devadas was particularly happy for the win which came on the back of a4-1 defeat in the lung-opener against Western Railway. However, with only one team set to qualify for the semi-final, Army will be praying for a miracle.

After gaining an upper in as early as the 3rd minute through Azam Baig's field goal, Bhopal conceded two before going into the lemon break.

Two minutes after the half-time, Syed Irfan Ali converted a stroke to level scores. Bhopal then besieged the Army camp. Two consecutive strikes from Vikas Choudhary put Bhopal in 4-2 lead.

But then things started to fall apart. "It was our game until we fell back to defend. In the process we opened the field for the Army. Given the opportunity, Army upped the pressure and even managed to snatch the game from us," a disappointed Bhopal coach Syed Anjum Ali told Mirror. In another match, Punjab & Sind Bank thrashed Indian Navy 10-0.

The Times of India

Players need to start playing on astroturf early: Ajeet Pal Singh

ALIGARH: Former hockey Olympian and centre-half Ajeet Pal Singh has said that if India wishes to restore its past glory in the sport then it would have to make youngsters play on astroturf from beginning of their career.

"If talent has to be nurtured at the school and university level then it is necessary that the youngsters should be given the opportunity of playing on astroturf grounds at an early stage," Singh said while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the All India Inter University Hockey Tournament (North Zone) last evening at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

"If we are not able to provide astroturf to a youngsters then it would be unfair to expect them to turn out to be world beaters at a later stage," he added.

Singh lauded the efforts of the AMU and the Punjab University for nurturing hockey talent in the past. He said that both the universities has served as a cradle for nurturing hockey talent in the country.

He said these were the only two universities in the country which have the facility of astroturf hockey fields and could now play a vital role producing hockey champions.

"If we wish to rise in world hockey then merely appointing foreign coaches is not going to be enough," Singh said.

He said that he was ready to help AMU in establishing a hockey academy as mooted earlier by the Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah.

Speaking on the occasion former Indian hockey captain Zafar Iqbal, who is an alumnus of AMU, appreciated Singh describing him as one of the greatest centre halves which India had ever produced.

"The best players from arch opponents from Pakistan use to treat him with utmost respect and reverence and address him as they would to a maestro," Iqbal said.

He assured the AMU V-C that they would fully cooperate in the proposed project of establishing a hockey academy at the university.

The Times of India

Battle royal for OTHL today in the Nehru Hockey Cup

K Arumugam

With two clear victories on their back, and a match to go in the preliminary league, One Thousand Hockey Legs boys engage Malwa Khalsa school today in what can be billed as the Battle Royal for Super League slot (from Pool G) at Shivaji stadium, New Delhi, where the prestigious 31st Sub-Junior Boys Hockey tournament is going on.

Combined OTHL team, consisting of boys from mostly government schools of Delhi, have won their first match 3-2 against DC Narke Vidya Niketan and Junior College, Kuditre, Kolhapur (Maharashtra) on Sunday, followed it up with a fluent 4-1 win over St. Agnes Inter College Dehradun, champion school of Uttarkhand State, yesterday.

Their last obstacle in moving to the Super league stage – only winner of each pool makes the cut to next stage – is a talented outfit from Ludhiana (Punjab).

Eight teams from the preliminary pool and four directly seeded team make up for the Super League.

Both OTHL and Malwa teams have won both their matches, the latter more assertively and authoritatively, and will eye the top spot with clear win.

On the face of it, it appears the Malwa outfit is an Academy team, meaning they train longer hours, that too daily, in contrast to the OTHL team, an amateur one, who plays only on week ends. This is in order not to compromise education for the sake of sports.

THE OTHL team has to bolster up their defence in order to contain sharp shooters in their today’s rival.

Malwa is excellent in penalty corners as they have a couple of good drag-flickers; here comes the role of OTHL goalie Zaseem Ali who so far had a mixed performance.

Zaseem has to role out something better in him to tackle the skilled rivals, especially the drags.

After taking 2-0 lead OTHL team let in two goals against Maharashtra school in the opener and then yesterday Dehradun too tore in the last minute.

Such lapses, besides poor shooting skills of their forwards -- they did not strike single goal in the entire second half -- may hamper OTHL’s dream unless rectified.

Fixture for today: OTHL Vs Malwa Khalsa Sr. Sec. School, Ludhiana (Punjab) 14.45 hrs. Match webcast in

Duta stadium to be relocated

The Jalan Duta Sports Complex is set to undergo a major revamp if plans initiated by Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin take off within the next one-year.

A land swap deal will see new facilities being built for sports and that entails moving the present Tun Razak Hockey Stadium, Squash Centre as well as the bus station that caters for those travelling north.

And it just dies not stop there for Khairy is also looking at redeveloping the Kampung Pandan Sports Complex in a similar land swap deal that will prove to be beneficial for Malaysian sports.

Khairy or KJ as he is known, was met during his solo spot check on sports facilities, which will be a normal occurrence with the Minister, who eschews protocol and prepared briefings.  Thus sports officials can now expect him to walk in alone at anytime to have a first hand look at the on goings within the fraternity.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot

High school field hockey players seeing game through official's eyes

By Carol Gralia

Molly Milani looks at a field hockey game differently than she did last fall. The Glenelg defender no longer just watches the game as a player, she also views it as an official.

Milani is one of a dozen high school girls who took the class Field Hockey 101: Learning to Officiate.

Karen Dye, a member of the Howard/Carroll Officials Association, came up with the idea for the class.

"I thought, let me put it out there and see if anybody is interested," said Dye, a long-time field hockey and lacrosse official.

The three-day long class was offered though the Howard County Recreation and Parks Department. There were two sessions — one in the summer and the other just as the fall field hockey season was about to start.

For $25, each girl received a rule book, whistle, lanyard, set of cards and a ring to check sticks, along with instruction on how to officiate.

"I had a friend who was taking the class and I thought I could learn more about field hockey and also get more involved," said River Hill's Ali Hovet.

The first two nights of class covered rules. The third night was more about when to whistle a foul and when to card a player.

Blowing a whistle took practice.

"It's a technique you have to learn," Dye said.

The sound has to be loud enough to be heard and sharp enough to indicate authority and confidence.

Dye said she enjoyed teaching the class and may offer another class later this fall.

"Adults you treat a little bit differently, but the (student-officials) soak it up so much faster, especially since right now they are involved in their seasons," she said.

In a way, Dye is trying to train her future replacement.

"The interest is out there, if we can start them young. If we can get one percent who continue to officiate that would help."

Field hockey has long been thought of as a sport with strange rules and too many whistles, but the game has been in transition. As the rules and equipment have changed, participation in field hockey has grown exponentially.

Locally, there are two youth club programs, travel teams, summer leagues, better fields (Bermuda grass and SportTurf) and indoor leagues.

With the growth of the sport, there is a greater need for officials.

Those who have taken Field Hockey 101 have been officiating Sunday afternoons in the rec department's middle school fall league.

"I just wanted to give back to the younger girls," said Reservoir's Emily Blanchard. "I think it's an opportunity to use my field hockey skills and put them to good use. It's like a job, too. I'm getting something out of it and the girls are getting something out of it, too. …The class really opened my eyes to the game. I know more than I knew before."

One thing the student-officials learned was that it's not always easy to decide what is a foul.

"When I play, I think I see all these fouls, but when I ref, I realize that they aren't necessarily fouls," Milani said.

Her officiating experience has made her a better player, Milani said. "I've been able to execute things better because I know what's legal and what's not."

One thing that Blanchard said she learned is that as much as observers may yell it from the sideline, there is no rule specifically called "high stick."

The student-officials also learned that there are different rules for different levels of play — high school, college and international.

"I can understand how hard it is to officiate, because there are so many fouls and you want to call the right one and you want play to continue," Hovet said.

The young officials are also realizing that there is a difference in knowing the rule on paper and being able to apply it at game speed.

Dye sent the student-officials the same 100-question test that the adult high school officials take.

"I'd really like to see more referees who are returning field hockey players," Blanchard said. "It's nice to see more people who have played coming back to officiate when they are older."

In a few years, that just might describe Milani, Hovet, Blanchard and their Field Hockey 101 classmates.

The Baltimore Sun