News for 27 October 2013

All the news for Sunday 27 October 2013


Daily Summary: Record-breaking Kampong light up Lille


Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek

The second day of action at Euro Hockey League’s Round 1.2 event in Lille (FRA) featured another four cracking matches as six teams confirmed their places at Easter’s spectacular KO16 event.

Uhlenhorst Mülheim (GER), Waterloo Ducks (BEL), Kampong (NED), Rot-Weiss Köln (GER), H.C. Rotterdam (NED) and Racing Club de Bruxelles (BEL) join the eight KO16 qualifiers from Round 1.1 Barcelona, with the final two places up for grabs on Sunday.

Dutch outfit Kampong were the day’s outstanding performers, breaking the EHL record for the most goals scored in one match by hammering SC Stroitel Brest of Belarus 14-0.

Here is a quick summary from the action from day 2.

Pool C - Stralkowski guides Mülheim past Poznanska
Nine times European champions Uhlenhorst Mülheim were given a stern test before eventually emerging as 3-1 winners against Poland’s AZS Politechnika Poznanska. Goals from Mülheim captain and London 2012 Olympic Gold medallist Thilo Stralkowski (2) and Tobias Matania ensured that the Germans got their 2012-13 EHL campaign off to a winning start. 

The result means that Mülheim and Belgium’s Waterloo Ducks are now guaranteed a place at Easter’s spectacular KO16 event, with Poznanska – who played exceptionally well in both of their games this weekend – being eliminated from the competition. Mülheim and WatDucks face each other on Sunday to decide which team will top Pool C. 

Pool B – Kampong break EHL scoring record in debut match
Euro Hockey League newcomers Kampong made an explosive debut against SC Stroitel Brest, surging to a staggering 14-0 triumph against their Pool B opponents.

The result marks a new record for goals scored in a single EHL game, breaking the mark of 13 set by fellow Dutch outfit H.C. Rotterdam. Netherlands international Constantijn Jonker (pictured) was the star of the show, netting five times in the rout to seal Kampong's place in KO16 at the first time of asking.

The result was good news for German giants Rot-Weiss Köln, who will also join Kampong in the KO16 following Friday's victory over Stroitel, who have finished bottom of the Pool and will not play any further part in this edition of the competition. Kampong and Rot-Weiss will meet on Sunday to decide who will top Pool B.

Pool A: Reading defeated as Rotterdam power through to KO16
H.C. Rotterdam became the first team from Pool A to confirm their place at Easter's KO16 event courtesy of a convincing 4-1 victory over Reading HC of England.

Bjorn Kellerman scored twice for the Dutch giants, with Frans Hagemans and Netherlands ace Seve van Ass also getting their names on the score-sheet to earn Rotterdam their second win of the weekend following their triumph over Lille on Friday.

The final KO16 berth from Pool A will go to the winner of Sunday's meeting between Reading HC and home favourites Lille MHC, a match that certain to draw a massive crowd as the locals turn out in support of the host club.

Pool H – Impressive Racing Rats crush Elektrostal
Racing Club de Bruxelles sealed their place at KO16 at the first time of asking by thumping Dinamo Elektrostal 6-2 in their Pool H encounter.

The Russians took an early lead through Alexander Platonov but a four goal burst between the 19th and 32nd minutes saw the “Racing Rats” storm into a lead that never looked likely to be threatened. Canadian international Scott Tupper netted twice in the match, with Thibault Cornillie, John Dabin, Sukhpal Panesar and Jonathan Beckers getting the goals.

However, a late goal from Dinamo Elektrostal’s Dmitry Azarov reduced the deficit and kept alive his team’s chances of qualifying for KO16. Their fate lies in the hands of St Germain, who will need to avoid a heavy defeat against Bruxelles if they are to reach the Easter spectacular.

The final day of Round 1 action will take place on Sunday, with the action beginning at 0930 local time. That match will feature Waterloo Ducks and Uhlenhorst Mülheim, two teams who will fight it out to see who will finish top of Pool C and subsequently avoid the top seeds in the next round. It will be a similar situation in the 1200 meeting between Rot-Weiss Köln and Kampong, with the winner claiming top spot in the Pool.

The third match of the day takes place at 1430 between Pool H rivals St Germain HC and RC Bruxelles before Reading HC’s crucial winner-takes-all face-off against hosts Lille MHC at 1700. It promises to be a fascinating day of top level European club hockey.

Remember, you can watch free live streaming of the matches from EHL Round 1.1 Lille live right here on www.ehlhockey.tv or via the EHL App which can be downloaded here.

Euro Hockey League media release



Impressive Racing Rats crush Elektrostal

Racing Club de Bruxelles sealed their place at KO16 at the first time of asking by thumping Dinamo Elektrostal 6-2 in their Pool H encounter.

The Russians took an early lead through Alexander Platonov but a four goal burst between the 19th and 32nd minutes saw the “Racing Rats” storm into a lead that never looked likely to be threatened. Canadian international Scott Tupper netted twice in the match, with Thibault Cornillie, John Dabin, Sukhpal Panesar and Jonathan Beckers getting the goals.

However, a late goal from Dinamo Elektrostal’s Dmitry Azarov reduced the deficit and kept alive his team’s chances of qualifying for KO16. Their fate lies in the hands of St Germain, who will need to avoid a heavy defeat against Bruxelles if they are to reach the Easter spectacular.

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



Reading defeated as Rotterdam power through to KO16

H.C. Rotterdam have become the first team from Pool A to confirm their place at Easter's KO16 event courtesy of a convincing 4-1 victory over Reading HC of England.

Bjorn Kellerman scored twice for the Dutch giants, with Frans Hagemans and Seve van Ass also getting their names on the score-sheet to earn Rotterdam their second win of the weekend following their triumph over Lille on Friday.

The final KO16 berth from Pool A will go to the winner of Sunday's meeting between Reading HC and home favourites Lille MHC, a match that certain to draw a massive crowd as the locals turn out in support of the host club.

The first two periods of the match were fiercely contested, with both teams showing great determination to take maximum points. Reading showed that they were more than capable of mixing it with this high quality Rotterdam outfit, but found themselves going into half time trailing 1-0. The goal arrived in the 14th minute from player number 14 Frans Hagemans, who netted from open play.

Rotterdam's second and third goals also came from open play, with Bjorn Kellerman registering strikes in the 41st and 53rd minutes to give the Dutch champions a commanding lead.

Rotterdam's advantage was reduced in the 54th minute thanks to a penalty stroke from Reading's England and Great Britain attacker Jonty Clarke. However, Seve van Ass put the game to bed two minutes later with a well taken field goal to complete the match scoring. 

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



Kampong break EHL scoring record in debut match

Euro Hockey League newcomers Kampong made an explosive debut against SC Stroitel Brest, surging to a staggering 14-0 triumph against their Pool B opponents.

The result marks a new record for goals scored in a single EHL game, breaking the mark of 13 set by fellow Dutch outfit H.C. Rotterdam. Netherlands international Constantijn Jonker was the star of the show, netting five times in the rout to seal Kampong's place in KO16 at the first time of asking.

The result was good news for German giants Rot-Weiss Koln, who will also join Kampong in the KO16 following Friday's victory over Stroitel, who have finished bottom of the Pool and will not play any further part in this edition of the competition. Kampong and Rot-Weiss will meet on Sunday to decide who will top Pool B. 

Kampong needed just three minutes to get the ball rolling when Jonker crashed home the first of his five goals from open play before adding his second moments after ace striker Roderick Weusthof got his name on the score-sheet. further first half goals came from Philip Meulenbroek, Thierry Brinkman and Martijn Havenga to establish a comfortable 6-0 lead at half time.

The Dutch outfit continued their awesome form in the third and fourth periods, with Weusthof claiming his second of the game before a quick-fire double from Jonker rattled the score up to 9-0. Robbert Kemperman got in on the act in the 45th minute from open play before Brinkman and Jonker took the Kampong tally onto 12-0.

The final goals came from Kemperman and Quirijn Caspers, adding polish to a wonderful display of attacking hockey from a team that clearly mean business in this season's EHL.

To see the official match sheet, please click here

Euro Hockey League media release



Stralkowski guides Mülheim past Poznanska

Nine times European champions Uhlenhorst Mülheim were given a stern test before eventually emerging as 3-1 winners against Poland’s AZS Politechnika Poznanska. Goals from Mülheim captain and London 2012 Olympic Gold medallist Thilo Stralkowski (2) and Tobias Matania ensured that the Germans got their 2012-13 EHL campaign off to a winning start. 

The result means that Mülheim and Belgium’s Waterloo Ducks are now guaranteed a place at Easter’s spectacular KO16 event, with Poznanska – who played exceptionally well in both of their games this weekend – being eliminated from the competition. Mülheim and WatDucks face each other on Sunday to decide which team will top Pool C. 

Mülheim started the first quarter in impressive fashion and came within the width of a post of opening the scoring inside the opening five minutes when Germany star Thilo Stralkowski rattled the frame of the goal. The Germans hit goal-frame for a second time late in the first period when Florian Scholten deflected a powerful Stralkowski pass onto the crossbar.

Poznan were certainly not outclassed by their illustrious opponents, and held their own for most of the first two periods. That said, Mülheim were always the most threatening of the two teams so it came as little surprise when Thilo Stralkowski opened the scoring, following up a saved penalty corner drag-flick with a wonderful backhand volley.

Mülheim could easily have added to their tally before the break, hitting the frame of the goal on two further occasions and being denied by a string of fine saves from Poznanska shot-stopper Marcin Krolikowski, who kept his team well in the game ahead of the third and fourth quarters.

The Germans continued to look dangerous in the opening stages of the third period, but were thwarted by some heroic defensive work from the Poles. Poznanska earned a trio of penalty corners in the dying stages of the quarter, but could not make the most of the opportunities before they were hit by a sucker punch when Tobias Matania scored from open play to effectively seal victory. 

Thilo Stralkowski completed the match scoring with a blistering back-hand shot mid-way through the fourth quarter.

Euro Hockey League media release



Sam Ward leads Beeston to victory


Beeston's Sam Ward scores

UNBEATEN Beeston notched up yet another victory in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division when they beat Hampstead and Westminster 6-3 on Saturday.

Sam Ward led the scoring for Beeston with a hat-trick and Adam Dixon was also firing on all cylinders, notching a brace.

With Beeston five goals up and cruising, Hampstead struck back in the 57th minute through Oliver Didham. James Blackwell soon restored Beeston’s five-goal lead but Hampstead made a fight of it in the closing stages with Neil Hamilton and Callum Stoddart scoring late on.

East Grinstead continued their good start to the season with a 4-2 win over Cannock, but they had to fight back from behind.

Dave Beckett opened the scoring for Cannock on six minutes, but East Grinstead found their way back into the game shortly after as Luke Taylor cracked in a shot from a penalty corner. Niall Stott and Ashley Jackson added two more for East Grinstead to make it 3-1 before Nick Bandurak pulled one back for Cannock.

But it was comfortable for East Grinstead in the end as Mark Pearn made it 4-2 with minutes remaining.

Liam Foster pushed Canterbury up to fifth place with his hat-trick helping his side to a 5-1 win over Surbiton. Andy Sutherland and Isaac O’Conner scored the other goals.

Despite beating Loughborough Students 2-1, Wimbledon remain seventh in the table. Ben Hawes and Phil Roper found the target for them as Oliver Ward grabbed a consolation for Loughborough.

Southgate lead the NOW: Pensions Conference East after a 2-0 win over Oxted with goals coming from Callum Burden and George Scott. But Holcombe are still pushing them hard in second place, three points behind with a game in hand.

Brooklands are now just a point behind University of Durham at the top of the NOW: Pensions Conference North and they have a superior goal difference after scoring eight past Leek.

David Flanagan, Peter Flanagan, James Riddell, Peter Friend, Aiden Khares, Oliver Clements and Kavaldeep Jabbal all found the net.

Team Bath Buccaneers knocked Cardiff and Met off the top of the NOW: Pensions Conference West as goals from Tim Davenport, Ben Carless and Will Seward saw them beat Indian Gymkhana 3-1. Cardiff could only manage a 2-2 draw at Fareham but have a game in hand over Bath.

* Bromley & Beckenham have been penalised for fielding an ineligible player in their matches against Old Loughtonians and Cambridge City on 6 & 12 October which they drew and won respectively. The player concerned is Peter Dobson who had previously played in Australia whilst still registered with Bromley & Beckenham. The club have been deducted the four points earned in the two games and have also been fined £50. The club may appeal against the decision. The player has now been re-registered in line with NPMHL regulations.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 26 2013):

NOW: Pensions Men's Premier Division:
Canterbury 5, Surbiton 1; East Grinstead 4, Cannock 2; Hampstead and Westminster 3, Beeston 6; Loughborough Students 1, Wimbledon 2.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Brighton and Hove 1, Richmond 1; Holcombe 2, Bromley and Beckenham 1; Oxted 0, Southgate 2; St. Albans 0, Old Loughtonians 2; Teddington 5, Cambridge City 2.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North: Brooklands MU 8, Leek 2; Khalsa (Warks) 4, Deeside Ramblers 2; Olton & West Warwicks 2, Bowdon 1; University of Durham 4, Belper 1; Wakefield 5, West Bridgford 4.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference West: Fareham 2, Cardiff & Met 2; Guildford 2, Havant 0; Indian Gymkhana 1, Team Bath Buccaneers 3; University of Birmingham 6, Cheltenham 2.

England Hockey Board Media release



Canterbury go level with leaders Reading


Canterbury celebrate a goal 2012-13

CANTERBURY drew level with leaders Reading when they battled to a 2-1 win over visitors Surbiton in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, Canterbury’s men had beaten Surbiton and the women made it a double celebration with goals from Jen Wilson and Kim Young cancelling out Vicky Bryant’s early strike for Surbiton.

Reading left the way open for Canterbury to go level on points at the top as they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Clifton. Els Mansell scored for Clifton before Alex Danson restored parity for the visitors.

Goals from Holly Hunt, Natalie Wray and Tina Cullen saw Bowdon Hightown move up to third in the table after a 3-2 victory over Sutton Coldfield.

Leicester continued their climb up the table with a 2-1 win over struggling Beeston. Jo Hunter got Leicester off the mark on 18 minutes before Eleanor Whatton equalised. But just three minutes later, Leicester regained the lead through Hannah Fair.

University of Birmingham had just one win going into today’s game but they hit six past Olton with no reply. Lily Owsley and Liz George nabbed a brace each with Olivia Chilton and Emily Defroand scoring the other goals.

East Grinstead closed the gap at the top of the Investec Conference East by inflicting a first defeat of the season on Holcombe. A brace from Heather Batten did the damage but Holcombe still have a four-point cushion at the top.

Slough have replaced Buckingham as the leaders of the Investec Conference West after beating Oxford Hawks 4-0. Nora Ilkei, Leanne King, Kelly Morgan and Charly Brydon all found the target.

It’s another week at the top of the Investec Conference North for University of Durham as they beat Kendal 4-2. Laura Bevan led the scoring for Durham with a brace as Philippa Lewis and Camilla McWhirter also found the goal. That’s 19 points for the unbeaten university outfit now.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (October 26 2013):

Investec Premier Division:
Beeston 1, Leicester 2; Canterbury 2, Surbiton 1; Clifton 1, Reading 1; Sutton Coldfield 2, Bowdon 3; University of Birmingham 6, Olton & West Warwicks 0.

Investec Conference East: Harleston Magpies 5, Old Loughtonians 0; Holcombe 0, East Grinstead 2; Ipswich 2, Sevenoaks 0; St. Albans 1, Chelmsford 1; Wimbledon 2, Horsham 1.

Investec Conference North: Brooklands Poynton 3, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 2; Doncaster 0, Loughborough Students 6; Stourport 2, Ben Rhydding 0; University of Durham 4, Kendal 2; Wakefield 7, Boots 0.

Investec Conference West: Barnes 2, Bristol Firebrands 1; Gloucester City 2, Trojans 4; Isca 6, Exe 2; Slough 4, Oxford Hawks 0; Swansea City 1, Buckingham 0

England Hockey Board Media release



Bernatchez nets winner for UNC; Duke gets goal early in OT


North Carolina got a game-winning goal from Kristy Bernatchez. North Carolina Athletics

No. 2 North Carolina 2, No. 4 Connecticut 1

NORFOLK, Va. – North Carolina scored two second-half goals Saturday to beat Connecticut 2-1 in a neutral-site matchup at Old Dominion’s L.R. Hill Complex. The Tar Heels improved to 14-2 while the Huskies fell to 13-4.

UConn’s goal came in the 16th minute when the Huskies were awarded a penalty stroke and Roisin Upton delivered to earn a 1-0 lead that would hold up through the half. It marked the first time this season that the Tar Heels have trailed heading into the locker room.

The Tar Heels had five shots in the first half to four by UConn, but UNC more than doubled that after halftime with 12 shots in the final 35 minutes. Carolina was able to get two of them past UConn goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield, the first in the 44th minute. Junior Samantha Travers scored on a penalty corner, assisted by graduate student Janne Grove and sophomore Emily Wold, to tie the score at 1-1.

Freshman Kristy Bernatchez delivered the game winner in the 60th minute, shooting from a scramble in front of the cage after getting the ball from Wold. The goal was her fifth of the season and the first game winner of her career.

After assisting on both goals, Wold now has 20 assists on the year and leads the nation in that category.

No. 3 Syracuse 5, No. 16 Wake Forest 2

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Emma Russell scored two goals and Karlee Farr had a goal and an assist to lead Syracuse (13-2, 3-2 ACC) to its 43rd consecutive home victory, beating Wake Forest (10-7, 0-5 ACC) 5-2 on Saturday at J.S. Coyne Stadium. Jess Jecko was strong in goal for SU, making seven saves.

The victory moves the Orange into a tie three-way tie for second in the ACC standings with North Carolina and Duke at 3-2 with one game left in conference play. Syracuse closes out the regular season at home against the Tar Heels on Nov. 2 and holds a tie-breaker against the Blue Devils due to its 2-1 double-overtime win at Duke on Oct. 11.

Junior Lauren Brooks opened the scoring in the 12th minute when she took a pass from senior Leonie Geyer and unleashed a terrific reverse-stick shot from the top of the circle that beat Wake goalie Valerie Dahmen (seven saves) high stick side for her 10th goal of the season. The assist was Geyer’s team-best 12th of the year and 41st of her career.

Just 55 seconds later, Russell netted her 10th goal of the season, making a steal at the 25-yard line and beating Dahmen one-on-one with a reverse-stick move to make it 2-0.

The Demon Deacons got on the board in the 43rd minute on a Kari Walkley goal as she knocked in the rebound of a Molly Murphy shot, making it 3-1, but the Orange extended its lead to 4-1 just a minute later when Farr drove home the rebound of her own shot for her eighth goal of the season. She has been on a roll of late, scoring in five consecutive games and totaling seven goals in those five contests.

Wake Forest cut its deficit to two when Taylor Rhea scored her 12th goal of the season with a shot from the left side of the circle with 11:51 remaining. The Demon Deacons would draw no closer as Serra Degnan scored added another insurance goal with 11:43 remaining, taking a pass from senior Anna Crumb and splitting two defenders. She then beat Dahmen with a blast from the top of the circle for her third of the season.

No. 6 Penn State 5, UC Davis 0

IOWA CITY, Iowa – After clinching at least a share of the Big Ten title on Friday afternoon by grinding out a 2-1 win against Iowa, the Nittany Lions cruised to a 5-0 victory against UC Davis to complete their stay in Iowa City. The win moves Penn State’s record to 13-3 on the season.

The Blue and White put the match away early against the Aggies, scoring four goals in the first 16 minutes. All four goals came from different Nittany Lions, with Laura Gebhart, Taylor Herold, Whitney Reddig and Casey Haegele all finding the back of the cage. In the second half, Abby Fuhrman added another score to cement the 5-0 win for Penn State.

The Penn State defense turned in another strong performance. The Nittany Lions allowed one UC Davis shot in the match, allowing Kylie Licata to record her Big Ten-leading seventh shutout of the season. The shutout was Penn State’s seventh of the season, all coming within the past 12 matches.

The win pushes Penn State’s winning streak to 12 consecutive matches, the longest active streak in the country

No. 8 Duke 2, No. 7 Boston College 1 (OT)

NEWTON, Mass. – Duke rallied from a 1-0 deficit, scoring with 20 seconds remaining in regulation and again just 53 seconds into overtime to top Boston College 2-1 in a critical ACC matchup on Saturday afternoon at the Eagles’ Field Hockey Field.

The Blue Devils improved their season ledger to 12-4 overall and 3-2 in conference action and also moved to 5-4 against ranked opponents and 4-1 in overtime contests. Meanwhile Boston College dropped to 12-5 overall and 1-4 in ACC contests.

Trailing 1-0 for nearly 50 minutes in regulation, Duke pulled redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing from the cage with seven minutes to go on the clock, giving the squad an extra player up top. The Blue Devils then capitalized on a yellow card called on the Eagles, as senior Grace Christus put back her own rebound shot to send the match into overtime. The goal was Christus’ first of the season.

Sophomore Aileen Johnson found the back of the cage just 53 seconds into extra time to secure a 2-1 win for Duke.

No. 9 Princeton 3, Harvard 1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Princeton opened the Ivy League race further behind its 3-1 win at Harvard on Saturday afternoon. The victory improved to the Tigers to 9-4 on the year and 5-0 in league play, while dropping the Crimson to 5-8, 1-4 Ivy.

Saturday’s win also extended Princeton’s Ivy unbeaten streak to 18, the second-longest winning streak in conference history. The Tigers are only chasing their own record, a 24-game run from Oct. 2007 to Sept. 2011.

Princeton controlled the early tempo and capitalized at the 10:45 mark. Teresa Benvenuti picked up a rebound in front of the cage and shot it through Harvard goalkeeper Jenn Hatfield’s legs to set the Tigers up with a 1-0 lead. When scoring first the Tigers have not lost this season.

The Crimson only had two shots on frame all afternoon, but connected in the 16th minute. Marissa Balleza received the ball in the circle and found an open Noel Painter, who finished with a back-handed shot in front of the cage to knot it up 1-1.

Before the end of the period Princeton scored again, this time on a swift swing from senior Julia Reinprecht. She gathered the loose ball from distance and sent a high volley shot past Hatfield in the 22nd minute to send the Tigers into halftime up 2-1. Her goal accounted for the game-winner and marked sixth of the season for the back.

Princeton only tightened things up further in the second half, limiting Harvard again to two shots and one on goal during the final 35 minutes.

While the defensive line obstructed nearly every Harvard attempt into its circle, the offense continued to work to add to its lead. After four consecutive shots, freshman Cat Caro was there to finish in the 44th minute. Caro stole the ball in the middle and sent in her third goal of the year from the left side

NCAA



Field Hockey Falls to Princeton, 3-1

By Theresa Hebert


In a weekend of Princeton matchups, the Harvard field hockey team faced No. 9 Princeton Tigers. The Tigers are the defending national champions, and are undefeated this season against Ancient Eight matchups.

Despite a close score of 3-1, Princeton dominated much of the game. The Tigers dominated on the offensive end, recording 21 shot on nets while the Crimson only managed four.

Jenn Hatfield was strong in net and was a significant component to holding Princeton to only three scores. The Crimson defensive line starred thanks to strong play by sophomore back Dina Sinno and freshman back Sophie van Weede.

Teresa Benevenuti, Julie Reinprecht, and Cat Caro scored Princeton’s goals. Crimson junior forward Noel Painter had the lone goal for the home team.

Although Harvard had many breakaway opportunities, they were unable to hold on to the ball and were often stuck playing transition offense. Overall, the Tigers dominated much of the ball control, keeping the ball near the Harvard goal for the majority of the game.

Both halves saw the Crimson on the attack as the clock winded down, giving them a chance to balance the score, but they were unable to connect with the back of the net. Two yellow card situations also gave the Crimson a one-player advantage over the defending national champions, but Princeton was able to recover the ball in both situations.

After Saturday’s game, Princeton remains undefeated in Ancient Eight play, while the Crimson moves to 1-4 Ivy, 5-8 overall.

The Crimson



QPCC, Magnolias third in Indoors

Nigel Simon

Queen’s Park and Shandy Carib Magnolias made up for disappointment of missing out on the finals, by claiming third place positions on the penultimate night of competition of the T&T Hockey Board Indoor Championship at Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on Thursday night. In the Men’s Open Division final, the Parkites got two goals each from Jordan Reynos and Shawn Lee Quay to spank last year’s winner and reigning Outdoor champions, Petrotrin, 5-2.

Reynos got his first goal in the sixth minute and Stephan Mouttet made it 2-0 four minutes later before Evan Farrell pulled one back for the Oilmen to trail 2-1 at the half. Four minutes after the resumption, Reynos got his second to extend the lead to 3-1 but with three minutes Solomon Eccles replied for Petrotrin, who were eager to make amends for its semifinal loss to Notre Dame.

However, that was as close as Petrotrin would get as Lee Quay, then added two items, in the 32nd and 36th to quell any chance of a fight back from their opponents.

RESULTS
Men’s Open:

QPCC 5 (Jordan Reynos 6th, 24th, Shawn Lee Quay 32nd, 36th, Stephan Mouttet 10th) vs Petrotrin 2 (Evan Farrell 17th, Solomon Eccles 27th)

Women’s Open:
Magnolias 6 (Brianna Govia 23rd, 40th, Michelle Leotaud 12th, Stacey Siu Butt 15th, Amie Olton 39th, Samantha Olton 39) vs Paragon 4 (Zene Henry 1st, 26th, Keima Gardiner 6th, Alanna Lewis 13th)

Mixed veterans:
Fatima 4 (Lawrence Mc Master 7th, 12th, Alan Young 24th, Colin Young 27th) vs Notre Dame 2 (Leon Ramdeen 26th, Selwyn King 26th)

The Trinidad Guardian



Nabil, Tengku dropped



Skipper Mohd Shahrun Nabil was the notable omission from the Malaysian hockey team named for the AHF Asian Champions Trophy that will be held in Japan from November 2 to9.

Also left out is defender Baljit Singh, strijer Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin as well as S. Selvaraju who could not get a release from his Italian league club.

Making a comeback is Ismail Abu who last donned national colours at the Champions Challenge 1 in Argentina in December last year and Mohd Madzli Ikmar who was part of the team that failed to make the LOndon Olympics via the Olympic Qualifiers in Dublin in March last year.

Squad

Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin, Amirullah Zainol, Azlan Misron, Azreen Rizal Nasir, Engku Abdul Malik Engku Miuhammad, Faizal saari, Ismail Abu, Izwan Firdaus Ahmad Tajuddin, Kairulnizam Ibrahim, S. Kumar, Megat Azrafiq Megat Termizi, Muhd Sukri Mutalib, Mohd Madzli Ikmar, Mohd Azammi Adabi, Mohd Ramadhan Rosli, Mohd Marhan Jalil, Mohd Razie Rahim, Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor.

Fixtures

2 November v Japan

3rd November v Oman

5th November v Pakistan

7th November v China

8th November v Ondia

Hockey Asia



Indian style is the best: Terry Walsh

Sudheendra Tripathi


MUMBAI: It appears that India's national hockey coach Terry Walsh and High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans are on the same page. The two complement each other so well that sometimes it feels that the alliance is unreal. Whether it is unreal, is a different matter. What is real though is the fact that the duo unanimously admits that the revival of Indian hockey cannot happen in just a couple of years.

As Walsh puts it: "It is a real privilege to coach India. Roelant (Oltmans) has done a fabulous job in the past few months and I'm impressed to see just how far the team has progressed in what is really a very short time."

The Aussie, who arrived in Mumbai from Delhi, felt that India players are unbelievably talented. The fact that Walsh has spent only a couple of days in the camp with the boys and still makes a public statement of this magnitude is a statement in itself.

"I have spent a few days in the camp with the boys. And boy they are talented. The Indian team has something that no other team in the world has. They are simply exceptional," he said on the sidelines of the Bombay Gold Cup tournament that is being played at the Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd (MHAL) Ground in Churchgate.

When asked to elaborate, Walsh said: "Indians have incredible wrists. They can do wonders with the stick. So yeah, in that sense, they are gifted for sure but they are also very talented. There's absolutely no doubt about that. Having said that though, there's still a lot to be done."

What's refreshing about Walsh is his ability to see things as they are. No false promises, just a practical approach. "I understand where Indian hockey was and understand where it is now. I also understand how high performance works along with Roelant. It is a process. It takes time to change. How long, is always the big question (in terms of results). Everyone wants results tomorrow. It is not possible. It will probably take around 5 to 7 years to be consistently on the top. To be successful, a lot more than skill is required. It is a culmination of many factors that makes the process work," Walsh said.

The Aussie, who last visited Mumbai in 1982, insisted that setting and achieving short-term goals is easy, but felt that is not good for the sport in general. "We are looking for consistency and progression over the next four to six years and beyond. I am also glad that Hockey India have made some significant changes in the manner in which they think. SAI too have indicated very clearly that they want progress to be made and understand well that the process takes time," Walsh said.

When a foreign coach is assigned the task of coaching an Indian team, the one question that is inevitably asked is about the Indian style of hockey. But Walsh insisted that the Indian style of hockey is still the best and probably the most effective. Albeit there is room to include and then develop on a few elements.

"It is again about the process of creating the style that works for Indian hockey and that's primarily the Indian style. But it must have some elements in defence and attack, knowing what to do in the 99 % time when they don't have the ball. So if we can fix those pieces of the puzzle, the style of hockey that is most threatening to the rest of the world is the Indian style of hockey," he concluded.

Clinic for coaches

A clinic for the coaches of MHAL affiliatied units and aspiring coaches of schools and colleges will be held on Sunday, October 27 at 6.00 pm in the MHAL recreation hall.

Terry Walsh, Chief Coach of Indian Men's Hockey team (Hockey India) will be conducting the coaching session.

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Don't expect big turnaround in a flash, says new coach Walsh

MUMBAI: New national men's hockey chief coach Terry Walsh is looking at a timeframe of five to seven years for the country to regain its lost glory at the world level and feels short term success would be of no lasting use.

"I understand where Indian hockey was and where it is. I also understand how my performance works along with Roelant Oltmans (Hockey India's high performance manager). It's a process and it takes time for the change to come," said the Australian, who has come here with Oltmans to witness the last stages of the 48th Bombay Gold Cup tournament being held at the Mahindra Stadium, at a media conference.

"Always the question is how long? Everybody wants tomorrow, but it's not possible. It probably could be somewhere between 5-7 years to be consistently in the very top of the world," said the Aussie.

"The process is the key part .... it will take quite a few years to consistently get a good result. It's possible to get a short term result but that's not of any use. We are looking for consistency and progression over the next 4-6 years and then beyond."

The former centre forward said he would strive to retain the Indian style of play combined with elements to shore up the defence, seen as the Achilles Heel of teams from the sub-continent.

"It's a process to develop a style that works for Indian hockey players and the style that works primarily for Indian hockey players is the Indian style of hockey. But it must have elements that shore up the defence," said the Western Australian who is to celebrate his 60th birthday next month.

"It must have elements, how men in attack work as defenders when they don't have the ball, efficiently and effectively. They must understand what to do in that 99 per cent of the time when they don't have the ball.

"So, if we can fix those things, then I believe that the style of hockey that is most suited and the most threatening to the rest of the world is the Indian style of hockey. It's going to be the Indian way of playing in the modern era," said Walsh who had played in the 1982 World Cup for Australia at the adjacent Wankhede Stadium.

Heaping praise on the wristy play of Indians, Walsh said while dribbling looked very good to watch, it could also lead to problems if done in excess.

"What the Indian players have are unbelievably quick wrists, they are so clever. But a lot of the time it's (also) the biggest problem. Thus we have to find the right levels (balance)," said the national coach.

"If the moment is right to dribble, then dribble, (but) I don't know when the moment is right. Don't dribble with your heads down, but dribble on an angle down the pitch and be looking for the next pass.

"Sometimes with the pressure of modern hockey dribbling is not a wise choice, because when you beat the first one there is number 2 and then 3 (rival players to get past). And then you eventually lose (control). It looks very good (for the spectators), but all (ends in) bad luck," said Walsh.

Looking to next year when the team would play three big tournaments, including the World Cup in The Netherlands, Walsh said an improvement in the results can be expected only gradually.

"We have a lot of big tournaments next year. We have a World Cup (May 31-June 15) and the Asian Games (September 19-October 4 in Incheon, South Korea) - two very big tournaments - and also have other tournaments to play including World League 4.

"We will progressively improve. Everyone wants to win a medal in the World Cup, along with another 12 teams but there are only 3 (medals on offer). We would be better by the time we get to the Commonwealth Games (in Glasgow from July 23-August 3)," said Walsh.

"It's a privilege to be given the opportunity to coach the Indian national team. I am going to be a facilitator. I have some thoughts and ideas, some training programmes etc that we will use. But I am very pleased with the level of the non-skilled phases the players already have that I have seen earlier this week (in the camp).

"Roelant has done an outstanding job in the last few months (as stand-in coach following the departure of Walsh's predecessor Michael Nobbs). I was impressed how far the team has progressed in the very short time under Roelant's stewardship," said the new coach.

Walsh said the biggest problem with Indian hockey is the development process and felt Oltmans has been entrusted with the task of making sure that under-19 players also develop off-the-ball skills to make a smooth transition into the seniors level.

"The biggest problem I believe is the process of development. I believe Roelant's task is to create a process which really works so that the younger players of 15-19 could come into the system with the skills that are required, not just the ball handling skills. We must remember that not more than 98 per cent of the time we don't have the ball on the pitch and 99.5 per cent of the time we are practising what we do with the ball. We need to spend a lot of time doing the other things because they are very important," he said.

"Hockey players are total hockey players when they control what they do off the ground and on the ground. And our objective is to make sure that we create a total hockey team - players who are committed not just to perform on the pitch, to be very good off the pitch (too), and there are many things that make that up.

"I believe that what I have seen is in Indian hockey those process have not been clearly stipulated," he added explaining his perception of what ailed Indian hockey for close to four decades during which it won only one major world level title (Moscow Olympics gold).

Walsh was happy with the understanding that is being shown now by the hockey governing authorities in the country.

"What I have seen is Hockey India (officials) are working hard to bring about changes, but changes are difficult. Equally, people at SAI have shown clearly they want progress to be made and they understand clearly that this process takes time.

"It's a huge challenge and the biggest challenge in world hockey to coach India. I am very happy and excited to have that chance," he added.

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