News for 24 October 2013

All the news for Thursday 24 October 2013


Hockeyroos score second Canada win

First half blitz secures 3-0 victory in Perth


Three first half goals from Casey Eastham, Ashleigh Nelson and Jodie Schulz catapulted the Hockeyroos to a second successive 3-0 victory over Canada in their final preparatory match in Perth ahead of next week’s Oceania Cup.

The first half goal blitz put the Hockeyroos in the driving seat at the break and the margin of victory might have been more but for a steadfast defensive effort from the Canadians in the second half.

After coming off the bench for her international debut on Tuesday night, Mathilda Carmichael began the match while Darwin-born Junior World Cup goalkeeper Elizabeth Duguid replaced Ashlee Wells midway through the second half for only her second appearance for the Hockeyroos.

Two-time Olympian Casey Eastham got the Hockeyroos off to an excellent start with a goal in the sixth minute before the on-form Ashleigh Nelson converted their second goal, her 49th international strike taking her to within one of a half century of goals.

Shortly before half time Jodie Schulz showed her penalty corner prowess to make it 3-0.

Despite the efforts of the Hockeyroos to extend their lead, Canada defended resolutely in the second half, thwarting a determined Australian attack from adding to its haul.

The Hockeyroos commence their Oceania Cup campaign in Stratford, New Zealand, next Wednesday afternoon against rivals and hosts, the New Zealand Black Sticks.  The Hockeyroos squad for the Oceania Cup will be announced on Friday.

Looking further ahead to the World League Finals in Argentina, the fixtures were recently announced. If you missed it, click here to find out more about the Hockeyroos' pool.

HOCKEYROOS 3 (3)
Casey Eastham 6 (F)
Ashleigh Nelson 20 (F)
Jodie Schulz 29 (PC)

CANADA 0 (0)
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Hockeyroos squad for second test v Canada
Athlete (Hometown) Caps/goals
Started

Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT) 12/0
Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW) 2/0
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA) 13/0
Jade Close (Wagga Wagga, NSW) 76/12
Casey Eastham (Albion Park, NSW) 176/42
Jordyn Holzberger (Ipswich, QLD) 28/0
Kate Jenner (Tamworth, NSW) 68/1
Jodie Schulz (Wamuran, QLD) 79/38
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW) 61/19
Ashlee Wells (GK) (Moe, VIC) 18/0
Kellie White (Crookwell, NSW) 49/6

Substitutes Used
Elizabeth Duguid (GK) (Darwin, NT) 2/0
Bianca Joyce (Balaklava, SA) 37/1
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA) 121/49
Rebecca Reuter (Brisbane, QLD) 4/0
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 6/1
Jayde Taylor (Bunbury, WA) 77/1

Hockey Australia media release



Glynn recovering well after knee surgery



Photo: www.photosport.co.nz

Black Sticks striker Katie Glynn is recovering well after having surgery on her ACL which she ruptured during the Ford National Hockey League.

Glynn suffered the injury during a freak incident while playing for Auckland against North Harbour and knew straight away it was serious.

"I was taking a free hit from the sideline and went to push off my knee and it just buckled from underneath me,” she said.

“I think people could hear the pop, and I could feel the pop so as I was lying there I pretty much knew what had happened.”

Scans confirmed a ruptured ACL as well as a slight tear of the meniscus, ruling her out of hockey for around six months.

Glynn had successful surgery on her knee six weeks ago and is currently in rehabilitation mode with the ultimate goal of returning to full action in February.

“I’m about six weeks since surgery and it’s gone really well so hopefully I’ll be running at start of December.

“I’m on the bike now and walking along with some slow change of directions stuff and some squatting and leg press to help build the muscles up again.

“I’m also boxing three times a week with the New Zealand women’s boxing coach who I met at the Olympics. It’s good to get a sweat up and find other avenues to keep training up while I can’t run.”

Glynn will travel with the team to the Oceania Cup in Stratford to play a support role.

The TET 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)

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Western Railway thump Bhopal 5-1 in Gold Cup

Mufeed Mahdi Rizvi


It was child's play for Western Railway as they crushed Hockey Bhopal 5-1 and qualified for the Mumbai Gold Cup semifinal held at Mahindra Stadium yesterday. Bhopal, who almost surprised the formidable Army side on Tuesday, were clueless yesterday.

Mumbai Super League champions Western Railway dominated throughout the second half and gave very little opening to Bhopal in the one-sided second-half affair.

The match began with Western taking a 16th minute lead when Arun Beck converted converted a short corner. Bhopal desperately sought inroads into the Western half and succeeded through Vikas Choudhary's 27th minute strike. The game looked evenly balanced at 1-1 at the half time.

According to Western coach Sunil Kumar Singh, his team were guilty of playing to Bhopal's tunes in the first half.

"All they needed was a simple briefing during the half time," Sunil said. And it did work. Western slammed four goals at regular intervals finally making it look like a one-sided encounter.

"In the second half, the players were told to use the flanks and play a fast-paced game. They followed the instructions and we won the game," the Western coach revealed.

The Times of India



Oltmans's advice to Indian players: Dodge the dribble

Sudheendra Tripathi


MUMBAI: India's high performance director and chief coordinator Roelant Oltmans and newly-appointed hockey coach Terry Walsh share the same coaching ideology.

And if the duo's coaching methods are implemented by the players, a new brand of hockey will be dished out in future tournaments by Indians.

Both Oltmans and Walsh firmly believe that defence is equally important in modern hockey and the way forward for the Indian team is to adopt a counter-attacking brand of hockey.

India's former coach Michael Nobbs believed in an attacking brand of hockey and had accordingly charted out a training regime for the players. That he was not very successful is a different story.

So Oltmans, who took charge of the team after Nobbs' exit until Walsh formerly took charge a couple of days ago, insisted that players first get their basics right.

The second step, and a very critical one in order to execute counter-attacking hockey, was to attain supreme fitness. While the paper work related with Walsh's appointment as India's national hockey coach was in the process, Oltmans was going through his paces with the senior and junior India players in the Capital. Once Walsh arrived, he continued in the vein that Oltmans had introduced.

"We have been training with Walsh for a couple of days now. And so far, he is following the routine charted out by Oltmans," India star SV Sunil, who turned out for Indian Oil in a Bombay Gold Cup fixture against Central Railway said. For the record, Indian Oil won the match 5-2.

"All these days, Oltmans's prime focus was on the basics - hitting the ball and trapping it - and our fitness. He also instructed us not to dribble the ball other than the 25-yard area," he said.

Explaining Oltmans's logic of playing one-touch hockey, Sunil added: "He wants us to play one touch hockey. Receive and pass. Dribbling is permitted only in the rivals' 25-yard area. Dribbling otherwise and losing possession, according to Oltmans, is a risky proposition."

Results:

Bharat Petroleum 6 (Pundalik Bellary 2, Gurpreet Singh 2, Amar Aiyamma 2) bt Union Bank 2 (Diwakar Ram 2); Indian Oil 5 (Prabhjot Singh 2, Deepak Thakur 2, V Raghunath) bt Central Railway 2 (Victo Singh, Narad Bahadur); Western Railway 5 (Vinod Kumar, Jayesh Jadhav, Gurmeet Singh, Manpreet Singh 2) bt Hockey Bhopal 1 (Vikas Choudhary).

TOI



Young hockey star’s tale of humble beginnings, B’wood dreams

Shahid Judge


Those oblivious to hockey — but familiar with Chak De! India — witnessed the tension and stress that goes behind a dreaded penalty shootout. The one who scores cements a place in people's hearts forever, and the one who misses is condemned. Yuvraj Walmiki, an off-on India international hockey player shot into limelight when he came out from his humble dwelling near Marine Lines station, to convert the penalty stroke that won India the 2011 Asian Champions Trophy final against none other than Pakistan.

Walmiki's story is one that movies are made of. Now, Lens Flare Films have recognised the prospect and will actually film the Mumbai boy's life.

Director Sachin Kotre approached the 22-year-old midfielder six months ago with the idea of making a documentary on him. After agreeing, Walmiki worked with the film team for eight days to make the 50-second pilot.

The idea behind the short video is for the director to introduce the film to corporates to bring in a sponsor for a full-fledged documentary on the youngster.

Growing up in a 100-sq ft garage converted into a shanty in Marine Lines, and studying in the BHA canteen, Walmiki was picked at 20 to play for India, and starred in the final of the Asian Champions Trophy. The youngster with an inspirational story has been in and out of the team, but has been using these last few months to test his acting chops for the film.

Regardless of it being just 50 seconds, the camera-friendly Indian Oil player, who keenly posed for photographers after his side's opening game win at the All India Bombay Hockey Gold Cup at the BHA Tuesday, claims to have been nervous during the video shoot.

"There was a shower scene in which I was standing in the shower for about 25 minutes," he says. "I was quite nervous because I'm not used to having cameras around me, but I had to work hard to pretend there was nothing around and that I was alone. It's very different for me as a player because I'm used to not knowing there is a camera clicking action photos when I play, or looking straight at cameras to pose after a game. This was just a different experience," he adds.

The pilot is said to be a `universal' clip set to be uploaded onto various social networking sites. The film is named Ritual after the Australian company that makes the hockey sticks Walmiki uses.

Citing this venture as his attempt to make the sport popular, Walmiki hopes to one day enter Bollywood. "It's always my dream to act in a Bollywood film," he says. "For now, I'm thinking that just as Chak De! India made the game popular, this documentary might help further," he says.

Indian Express



Daniel’s trick seals Dames semis spot

Nigel Simon



Ventures’ Kristin Abreu, left, tackles Shandy Carib Magnolias captain, Michelle Leotaud for the ball in their T&T Hockey Board National Indoor Championship Women’s Open Division match at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, on Monday night. Ventures won 3-2. Photo: Anthony Harris

Teenager Shaquille Daniel came up big for Notre Dame when he fired in a hat-trick to secure a 5-3 win over Defence Force, and with it, the last semifinal spot in the Men’s Open Division of the T&T Hockey Board’s National Indoor Championship on Tuesday night at the Jean Pierre Complex.

Going into the match the Dames occupied the fourth and final semifinal playoffs spot with nine points while Defence Force with seven, needed nothing less than victory.

In the seventh minute, Daniel eased the Dames nerves with the opener, but fellow national player, midfielder Marcus James, leveled for Defence Force three minutes later only for Chad Pedro (11th) to score for the Dames and then Shane Legerton for Defence Force in the 14th for a 2-2 scoreline in the lively contest.

However, the Dames went into the half, with a two-goal cushion after Daniel, who was playing against his father, former national player and Commonwealth Games rifle shooting medallist, Roger Daniel, and Pedro netted one each again, in the 16th and 20th minute.

Five minutes after the restart, Defence Force clawed it ways back into the contest with national defender Javon Woodward getting his first of the match for a 4-3 deficit.

But that was as close as the “Teteron Boys” would get as Daniel then completed his hat-trick in the 38th minute to seal the win and carry his team to 12 points, the same as Paragon but with an inferior goal-difference of plus-11 to the third placed finisher’s, plus-12.

In the other men’s match, Jordan Vieira scored a beaver-trick to lead Corona Fatima past Malvern 9-7 and avoided the cellar-spot.

...Malvern, Defence Force set up Mixed Vets final

Shawn “Barney” Alexander and Nicholas Wren were the toast of their respective teams as Malvern and Defence Force booked places in the Mixed Veterans Division final.

Alexander got a goal in each-half to lead Malvern past Notre Dame 3-2 in their semifinal while Wren converted the lone penalty shoot-out goal for Defence Force in its win against Fatima after a 3-3 full-time draw.

Today, the third placed matches in the Under-19s, Mixed Veterans and Open Division will take place from 6.30 pm.

Tuesday’s results:

Men’s Open:


Fatima 9 (Jordan Vieira 14th, 16th, 22nd, 31st, Michael Xavier 5th, Che Modeste 8th, Marlon King 20th, David Lee 23rd, Quinn Clarke 33rd) vs Malvern 7 (Tariq Marcano 10th, 22nd, 36th, 39th, Jemuel Romeo 13th, Anthony Marcano 23rd, Christopher Lazar 29th)

Notre Dame 5 (Shaquille Daniel 7th, 16th, 38th, Chad Pedro 11th, 20th) vs Defence Force 3 (Marcus James 10th, Shane Legerton 14th, Javon Woodward 26th)

Mixed Veterans semifinals:

Defence Force 3 (Neil Lashley 11th, 14th, Roger Daniel 29th, ) vs Fatima 3 (Alan Young 1st, 17th, Gerard Nieves 14th) - Defence Force won in penalty shoot-out from Nicholas Wren strike 1-0.

Malvern 3 (Shawn Alexander 8th, 18th, Peter Edwards 25th) vs Notre Dame 2 (Scott Dopson 15th, 19th)

Today’s matches:

Third place playoffs:

U-19 Girls: Malvern vs Ventures, 6.30 pm

U-19 Boys: QPCC vs Notre Dame, 7.30pm

Mixed Veterans: Fatima vs Notre Dame, 8.30 pm

Women’s Open: 9.30 pm

Men’s Open: 10.30 pm

The Trinidad Guardian



No. 7 Boston College earns 5-2 win against Harvard


Sophomore forward AshLeigh Sebia scored a career-high three goals in the Eagles' 12th win of the year. Boston College Athletics

No. 2 North Carolina 9, Longwood 0

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina closed out the home portion of its schedule Wednesday evening with a 9-0 win against visiting Longwood. The second-ranked Tar Heels improved to 13-2 win the win, while the Lancers fell to 6-11.

In the 27th minute of play, sophomore Nina Notman scored the only goal the Tar Heels would need, delivering a strike on Carolina’s second penalty corner of the game. Emily Wold and Janne Grove assisted on the play.

In the 33rd minute, the Tar Heels scored on another corner, this one coming from junior Samantha Travers, assisted by Wold. Just 57 seconds before halftime, Notman scored again, grabbing possession of the ball near the top of the circle and firing a shot to put the Tar Heels up 3-0 at halftime.

Carolina continued to roll after the break, with back-to-back goals by sophomore Casey Di Nardo. Her first came in the 40th minute, when freshman Lauren Moyer set a pass from the left side of the cage and Di Nardo edged it in back of Longwood keeper Kaye Goulding from the right. Less than seven minutes later, she scored again. Her first shot was saved by a defender, but she gathered the rebound and shot again for her team-high 12th goal of the year.

Travers then added her second penalty corner goal of the night, assisted by freshman Julia Young and junior Loren Shealy in the 51st minute. In the 56th minute, senior Marta Malmberg scored on the first of two UNC penalty strokes to put the Tar Heels up 7-0. In the 66th minute, Moyer scored off a rebound after Goulding saved a shot by Malmberg.

The final Tar Heel goal came in the 69th minute on a second penalty stroke, this one by redshirt freshman Caroline Plyler, who scored the first goal of her career.

No. 7 Boston College 5, Harvard 2

Newton, Mass. – Boston College defeated Harvard 5-2 on Wednesday. Sophomore forward AshLeigh Sebia scored a career-high three goals in the Eagles’ 12th win of the year.

The Eagles (12-4) outshot the Crimson (5-7) 21-11 in the regional matchup and both of Harvard’s goals came on penalty strokes.

Harvard got on the board in the third minute as Marissa Balleza converted a penalty stroke to give the Crimson a 1-0 lead.

It didn’t last long as Sebia scored her first goal on a deflection off of junior midfielder Emma Plastera’s shot three minutes later. Sebia then gave the Eagles the lead in the 14th minute on a corner as freshman forward Eryn McCoy took a direct shot on net and Sebia tipped it in.

Before the end of the half, junior Katlyn Soucy put BC up 3-1 as she scored her first goal of the year. The midfielder dribbled into the circle from the right side and shot to the left corner with less than six minutes to play in the frame.

Balleza made it a one-goal game in the 49th minute, converting a second penalty stroke, but freshman midfielder Emily McCoy gave BC the two-score lead again four minutes later on an unassisted goal. She collected a rebound off new netminder Issy Davies’ pads and placed it high to the left corner for her ninth of the year.

With a minute and a half to play, Sebia completed her hat trick, deflecting another shot off Eryn McCoy’s corner shot. Sebia now has seven goals on the year and McCoy notched her first two collegiate assists.

NCAA



Tar Heel field hockey blanks Longwood

By Ben Coley



UNC sophomore forward Casey Di Nardo (21) fights Longwood senior defender Caitlin Smith (7) for the ball. La'Mon Johnson / DTH

With games against two top-10 opponents this weekend, the No. 2 North Carolina field hockey team showed no signs of looking ahead in its last regular season home game.

Instead, its focus was all on Longwood — which quickly became clear in UNC’s 9-0 rout of the Lancers.

To begin the game, the Tar Heels were sluggish on offense, but UNC eventually found its momentum right before halftime, and they scored three goals in less than 10 minutes.

Two of the first-half goals were from sophomore Nina Notman, who found the back of the cage on a penalty corner and was unassisted on her second goal. The other goal came from junior Samantha Travers, which was also off a penalty corner.

Redshirt freshman Caroline Plyler capped off the offensive onslaught with her first career goal.

“It was just really exciting to know that I had all the support of my teammates on the bench,” Plyler said.

“It was nice that it was a (penalty) stroke, so it was not that hard.”

Notman said getting the first goal of the game helped UNC establish a rhythm that continued to the end of the game.

“When you shoot the first goal, you get rolling,” Notman said. “The team gets more confident and braver to try things out more.”

In the second half, the Tar Heels came out aggressively on the offensive end. Sophomore Casey Di Nardo opened up the half with two goals in the first 12 minutes.

Di Nardo has now scored seven goals in her last three games. She noted that production has come from a more assertive mindset.

“We’ve been working in practice on being scrappier and diving for balls,” Di Nardo said. “I’ve just been trying to put everything in the back of the net that I can get a touch on.”

Coach Karen Shelton said Longwood presented challenges early, but the Tar Heels were able to respond.

“I was pleased with the number of goals we scored,” Shelton said. “Longwood gave us a really solid 15 minutes and made it tough for us and I think we were able to make some adjustments and once we got that first goal, it opened up things for us.”

The Tar Heels stifled Longwood on defense for the entire game. The Lancers were only able to muster five shots on goal and only three penalty corners. The majority of the second half was spent on the Tar Heels’ side of the field.

“We’re looking forward to tomorrow, but it’s been a rough week for us coming off a weekend game to then a mid-week game,” Shelton said.

“It’s a little bit out of our routine. But I think it was a good game for our last home game of the year.”

The Daily Tar Heel



Teams return from event

Emoni Narawa


FORMER Fiji hockey reps Bella Whippy and Pauline Fong-Toy led two Fiji Golden Oldies mixed teams' participation at the World Golden Oldies Hockey tournament in Hawaii last month.

The two guided the side to win four of its six games at the tournament. The two teams were made of players from Suva and Lautoka.

The Suva team played as Fiji International Hockey while the Lautoka side were known as the Lautoka Bags. The Suva team was captained by Arthur Groom.

Sidney Eastgate, who played for the Suva team, said everyone enjoyed the trip.

"This tournament was basically for us to enjoy ourselves. There is no winner in this tournament," he said.

The Fiji Times



U16 Irish Girls Training Panel Announced



The Irish U16’s girls coach, Alison McNeill, has today announced her training panel of 35 athletes following on from the recent U16 Interprovincials. Trial dates for this panel are Sunday 3rd and  10th November St Gerard’s Bray, full details will be sent directly to each trialist.

Commenting on the selection Alison said, “I really enjoyed watching the interpro tournament over the weekend.  It was a very competitive competition  with lots of talent on show.  I am looking forward to working with the players selected for trial.”

 

Player

School/Club

Province

Nora McDonnell

Mt Anville/Mt Anville

Leinster

Amber Barnwell

Rathdown/Avoca

Leinster

Claudia Cotter

Mt Anville/Muckross

Leinster

Emma Canning

The High School/Corinthian

Leinster

Ellen Curran

Loreto, Foxrock/Avoca

Leinster

Isabelle Delamer

Alexandra College/Suttonians

Leinster

Suzanne Kelly

Mt Anville/Hermes

Leinster

Freya McDermott

Alexandra College/Old Alex

Leinster

Emma Matthews

Holy Child Killiney/Muckross

Leinster

Mia Phelan

Cross & Passion/Old Alex

Leinster

Sarah Torrans

Mt Anville/Mt Anville

Leinster

Sophie Roopnarinesingh

Alexandra College/Old Alex

Leinster

Abbie Russell

Holy Child Killiney/Old Alex

Leinster

Ellen Carran

Colaiste Lognaid/Galway HC

Connacht

Carmel Heery

Colaiste Lognaid/Greenfields HC

Connacht

Sinead Minihan

Taylors Hill/Galway HC

Connacht

Eva Walpole

Pres Kilkenny/Kilkenny HC

South East

Brona Dowling

Ursline Thurles/Carlow HC

South East

Susan Osborne

Ursline Thurles

South East

Michelle Barry

Ashton HC

Munster

Roisin Begley

Laurel Hill Colaiste/Catholic Institute

Munster

Aebhfhinn Bourke

Crescent Comp/Catholic Institute

Munster

Kathryn Buckley

Loreto, Fermoy/Fermoy HC

Munster

Ingrid Burns

Bandon Grammar/Bandon

Munster

Niamh Sexton

Loreto, Fermoy/Fermoy HC

Munster

Megan Todd

Belfast High School/Ulster Elks

Ulster

Alana Doyle

Royal School Armagh/Lurgan

Ulster

Erin Getty

Belfast Royal Academy/Randalstown

Ulster

Amy Edwards

Victoria College/Pegasus HC

Ulster

Rosie Henderson

Friends School Lisburn/Belfast Harlequins

Ulster

Kathryn Edgar

Lurgan College

Ulster

Jayne Kilpatrick

Wallace High School/Lisnagarvey

Ulster

Katie McKee

Banbridge Academy/Armagh HC

Ulster

Hannah Irwin

Royal School Armagh/Armagh HC

Ulster

Jessica McMaster

Belfast High School/Ulster Elks

Ulster

Irish Hockey Association media release



Hockey goes mad for Movember

Join our #HockeyHeroes campaign and be proud to support men’s health



Australia's Grant Schubert, Mark Knowles, and Glenn Turner are joined by Jonty Clarke, Nick Brothers and James Fair of England in support of the 2009 Movember campaign. (Photo: SUBMITTED)

Every November, clean-shaven gentlemen everywhere grow moustaches for Movember, the global charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.

With this year’s Movember rapidly approaching, we are proud to announce that we are doing our bit to support this incredible cause. However, we cannot do it without you!

We are inviting Mo Bros and Mo Sistas – inspirational women who love a Mo and encourage their growth on friends, family and colleagues – from around the hockey world to get behind this campaign by joining our “Hockey Heroes” team on the Movember website.

We want as many people as possible to upload their Mo photos to the site in order to create a huge gallery of hockey-related Movember mugshots, showing that our sport is fully behind this fantastic cause. To join our Hockey Heroes team, click here!

To support your fund-raising efforts, we will also be making weekly donations to the Movember charity throughout the month-long campaign in recognition of the best Movember photos that we see on our facebook page. 

Forward us a picture of your most luxurious (or puny, if that's the way your facial hair goes) Movember ‘tash’, including your name, where you live, and why you're participating in the campaign. If you have a fundraising page from this year that you want to promote, feel free to include a link to that as well.

We look forward to seeing your Mos - happy moustache-growing!

FIH site



Why is hockey the poor relation when it comes to media coverage?


Annadale goalkeeper Jonny Moore saves from Banbridge's Eugene Magee

Once again Northern Ireland’s television and radio sports departments have snubbed hockey.

Not one station or channel mentioned hockey’s Kirk Cup ‘Super Sunday’ and the lack of television coverage was obvious by its absence.

So, why is hockey not on their radar, as every other sport seems to be? On Monday morning’s sports report, on a certain radio station, apart from the sports that always get a mention; archery, cycling, rowing and everything else but hockey was mentioned.

I found myself shouting at the radio as I drove to work, nothing new in that, “Where’s the hockey coverage!”

Yes I am passionate about the game and I will criticise hockey’s hierarchy when it is needed. As they well know.

But here are some facts:

1. Hockey is the second largest team sport in the world played in over 100 countries.

2. At the 2012 London Olympic Games, hockey was the third most spectated sport.

3. Over 5 million people play hockey world-wide.

4. Hockey has the fastest swing speed out of any sport, even golf or baseball, at 103mph.

5. It is one of the oldest team sports in the world dating back 4,000 years.

Ulster has approximately 15,000 players, 63 clubs, and 300 primary schools all playing hockey. But, yet there still seems to be this attitude to overlook hockey.

In Europe, hockey’s European Hockey League receives massive media coverage from TV and radio. What has hockey to do to raise its profile here in Northern Ireland?

Yes it is an amateur sport, run and organised by dedicated people. But in today’s world of equality, hockey is not getting its fair share of coverage by certain parts of the media.

I certainly don’t expect it to be on every sport bulletin, carrying every hockey result. But when there are weekends such as the Kirk Cup ‘Super Sunday’, with approximately 500 spectators, surely it deserves a mention - fairs fair after all!

News Letter



Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test: MCA to request neighbouring hockey association to accommodate fans

By Derek Abraham



Wankhede can accommodate only 32,000 people and the Mumbai Hockey Association can seat 6,000 people © PTI

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is in talks with its ‘neighbour’, the Mumbai Hockey Association (MHA), to accommodate a few thousand fans at the MHA-Mahindra Stadium during Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th and final Test match at the Wankhede Stadium in November.

“The idea is to erect a giant screen at the hockey stadium. Not everybody will manage to get a ticket. So the MCA hopes to seat fans at the adjacent venue. We will soon send a proposal to the hockey association,” an MCA insider said.

The Wankhede Stadium can seat about 32,000 people and only 6,000 tickets will be available to the general public. The MCA will have to distribute tickets/complimentary passes to its 329 member clubs, the BCCI and its affiliated units, the Union and state governments, police department, et al.

And the MHA, which shares its compound wall with the Wankhede, will be all the more happy to oblige the MCA. “Mr Pawar visited our stadium yesterday (Tuesday). Even though he did not bring up the matter, I hope we get a proposal from the MCA. We will be happy to help,” MHA secretary Ram Singh Rathore said.

Rathore, however, made it clear that the MHA will not tolerate any damage to the astroturf.

“We will not allow them to place chairs on the playing surface. They may seat the fans in our stands which can hold about 6,000 spectators. The giant screen may be placed near the electronic scoreboard,” he said.

Another MCA official this paper spoke to revealed that the association had similar plans during the 2011 World Cup final. “There was an unprecedented demand for tickets on that occasion too.

But the Mumbai Police was not too keen on providing security at the hockey stadium. Truth is no policeman was willing to watch the game on the giant screen. Everyone wanted to watch it live,” the official laughed, before adding, “but this time we hope to convince the police department to accept our request.”

Let’s leave that to Pawar saheb. The Nationalist Congress Party runs the home affairs department in the state. And one of his trusted lieutenants, RR Patil, is the home minister. After all, it’s for Tendulkar.

DNA