News for 06 November 2013

All the news for Wednesday 6 November 2013

Pakistan ‘virtually’ in final after third win

KARACHI: Vice-captain Shafqat Rasool struck a last-minute goal as Pakistan edged out Malaysia 1-0 to ‘virtually’ enter the final of the Asian Champions Trophy yesterday in Kakamigahara, Japan.

The defending champions continued to lead the table in the six-nation event after their third successive win.

However, the greenshirts, who had earlier blown away Oman 8-0 and China 5-1 were not allowed an easy passage by Malaysia, a team boasting an impressive defense. Team head coach and manager Tahir Zaman was happy with the result and hoped to continue the team’s unbeaten streak.

“We dominated most of the proceedings,” Zaman told The Express Tribune from Kakamigahara.

“We also took five short-corners excluding the last one converted by Shafqat; all were blocked well by their goal-keeper. Besides a good defense by Malaysia, our strikers also missed a few chances which we are working to rectify.”

“But we are happy as after today’s [yesterday] results we are virtually in the final. The other contenders – Japan, China and India – will have to score heavy victories even if we lose both our remaining matches,” said Zaman, before hoping for wins in the remaining games against India and Japan.

In other matches yesterday, China ended Japan’s unbeaten run with a 3-1 victory while India opened their account with a 3-0 drubbing of Oman.

Pakistan will play their next match against arch-rivals India tomorrow.

The Express Tribune

Sucker punch by Pakistan

Conceding last minute goals is something that the Malaysian hockey team just cannot overcome.

For they were defeated by Pakistan 1-0 at the Asian Champions Trophy, the goal coming 30 seconds from time via Ahmad Shahrzad.

Conceding these killer goals is not new to the team as only last Saturday they lost 1-0 to Japan, the goal coming just two seconds from time.

In the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, Malaysia lost the final 3-2 to Australia with only four seconds on the clock.

And going back to the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Malaysia were held to a 2-2 draw, by Pakistan with Sohail Abbas netting the equalizer with 37 seconds remaining.

As a matter of fact, Sultan Azlan Shah has time and again reminded the hockey teams to focus on the opening and closing five minutes of each half.

Coach Paul Revington was obviously disappointed with the outcome of the match.

"It is obviously very disappointing to lose a game in such a manner from both the players and coaching perspective," lamented Revington

"The players performed well but at the end it's the result that matters.

"This is the challenging phase and we will try to overcome the setbacks as a team."

Malaysia were awarded three penalty corners in the match but both Mohd Razie Rahim and Faizal Saari failed to find the mark.

Malaysia has only registered one win in the three matches this far, that too against lowly Oman 5-3.

They will take on China today before playing India in their final match.

Having won bronze in the last two editions, 2011 in Ordos and 2012 in Doha, Malaysia has it's back against the wall to repeat the feat.

Malaysia go down fighting in Kakamighara

By Ajitpal Singh

MALAYSIA have only a slim chance of qualifying for the Asian Champions Trophy final after a 1-0 defeat to Asian Games champions Pakistan in Kakamighara, Japan yesterday.

It was their second defeat in the tournament following last week's 1-0 loss to Japan.

Paul Revington's side have collected only three points from the 5-3 win over Oman with remaining matches against China and India. Malaysia will play China tomorrow.

Malaysia played well in patches against Pakistan and could have won if they had converted opportunities. Shafqat Rasool netted for Pakistan 30 seconds before the final hooter.

New Straits Times

Indian men beat Oman 3-0 in Asian Champions Trophy

NEW DELHI: Indian men defeated Oman 3-0 to register their first win in the third Asian Champions Trophy at Kakamigahara, Japan on Tuesday.

India opened the scoring against the run of play in the 19th minute through Akashdeep Singh's strike, courtesy a lapse in concentration from Oman defence.

Talwinder Singh doubled India's lead in the 30th minute with another field goal after he was nicely set up by Prabhdeep Singh.

After the change of ends, the Indians found it difficult to breach the Omanese defence till the 62nd minute when Amit Rohidas converted a penalty corner to make the scoreline 3-0.

India will now play Pakistan in their next league match on Thursday.

India had earlier lost 0-2 and 1-2 to China and hosts Japan in their opening two matches in the tournament.

The Times of India

Masters Hockey Asian Cup

By Ernest Li

Japan Grand Masters are the winners in 60+ category

Japan Grand Masters and Hong Kong Senior Masters emerged victors in the just concluded Masters Hockey Asian Cup held in Hong Kong from 29 October to 3 November 2013. Japan secured the 2nd Grand Masters Hockey Asian Cup title with convincing wins over Hong Kong, Malaysia (defending champions) and Korea in the Grand Masters category (minimum age 60).

The Hong Kong Seniors Masters did the host city proud by winning the inaugural Senior Masters tournament (minimum age 50). Hong Kong defeated Singapore 5-1 in the opening match. They then drew 3-3 against a formidable Malaysia side. In the final game, Hong Kong ran away with the title by blanking Korea 11-1.

The Hong Kong Seniors Masters were victors in the 50+ tournament

In both categories, the pre-tournament favourites, Malaysia, had to settle for runner-up berths. Exclusive


Match schedule revised for Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013

Men’s event will take place in New Delhi, India from 6-15 December

The match schedule for next month’s exciting Hero Hockey Junior World Cup Men 2013 in New Delhi, India has been adjusted due to television and broadcast requirements.

The tournament takes place from 6-15 December and features sixteen of the finest junior international teams in the world fighting it out in one of the most famous hockey arenas on the planet - the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

On Day 1, the Spain v France and Germany v Belgium matches have been switched. Germany will now face Belgium at 14:30 (local time – UTC/GMT +5:30hrs) while Spain and France meet at 17:00. The matches due to be played on Saturday and Sunday have also been switched. To see the revised schedule, please click here.

The Hero Hockey Junior World Cup Men 2013 features four pools of four followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals, classification and medal matches. Pool A will feature Germany, Pakistan, Belgium and Egypt, while Australia, Spain, Argentina and France are competing in Pool B. Netherlands, Korea, India and Canada will challenge each other in Pool C with England, New Zealand, South Africa and Malaysia going head to head in Pool D.

The opening day of the tournament (Friday 6 December) will feature all sixteen teams taking to the field, with a mouth-watering meeting between Pool C rivals Netherlands and India at 20:00 being the highlight.  

The FIH will be live streaming all the matches from pitch 1, ensuring that many fans around the world will get the chance to see the action from this wonderful event. More details about this will be released in the coming weeks.

FIH site

Canada U-21 team plays final preparation matches before Junior World Cup

3 matches in Vancouver area against local All-Star teams

In preparation for the 2103 Junior World Cup, the Canadian U-21 Men’s Team is playing 3 exhibition games vs. area  All Star Teams.

Game 1: Wednesday November 20, Rutledge Field, West Vancouver, vs. West Vancouver / Burnaby / Tsawwassen All-Star team
Game 2: Thursday November 21, Wright Field, UBC, vs. UBC / Hawks / UVic All-Star team
Game 3: Thursday November 28, Tamanawis, Surrey, vs. Surrey All-Star team

Athletes and staff will be running free coaching clinic for all junior club members [U10-U17] prior to all the games.

Selected athletes from each area, with a number of current National Team players, ex-international and Olympic athletes will then challenge their aspiring counterparts to what will be an exciting and action packed game of field hockey.

Be sure to come join us and celebrate those junior athletes in their final preparation before departing for India to compete in the Junior World Cup, scheduled for December 6th to 15 in New Delhi, India.

Field Hockey Canada media release

Glynhill Kelburne close the gap at the top of the table

Weekend Round Up

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 1

Glynhill Kelburne are closing the gap between them and the league leaders Hillhead, with the Paisley based side sitting only one point behind.

Glynhill Kelburne put on a show stopping performance at the weekend winning 8-0 against PSL Team Sport Clydesdale at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre. After a shaky start to the season they have found their winning form and showed no fatigue the following day with an away result beating Grange 6-1, with the Edinburgh based team getting a consolation goal scored by Mark Cruickshank.

Hillhead are staying top of the league for now after a last minute goal to give them a 3-2 win over ninth place Dundee Wanderers. Hillhead had many chances but struggled to finish them where as Dundee had fewer but took their chances and Paul Johnston keeper making some great saves to deny the west end team.

The Edinburgh derby saw Grange come out on top winning by one goal against struggling Inverleith, goals scoreres for the Staggs were Frank Ryan and Nani Malgosa. Mid table team Grove Menzieshill beat AAM Gordonians 4-2 at home.

Third place Western Wildcats welcomed Edinburgh University to win 4-2, with a game in hand and only sitting two points behind the division leaders, the top of the table is looking tight.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 2

With one game in hand Uddingston stay top of the league after a big 7-1 win over Granite City Wanderers. Second place Watsonians had a tougher match against fourth place University of St Andrews, drawing 4-4 at home. There is only one point that separates the top two teams as we pass the half way stage in the league.

At the other end of the table bottom place FMGM Monarchs lost 5-1 to Alpha Data Carnegie, they have played 11 games and are still yet to win.

It was a close game between Falkirk GHG and Glasgow University, ending in a 2-2 draw. The student based team will be pleased to have come away with a point after only winning one game so far this season.

Sixth place Erskine Stewart Melville FP beat CALA Edinburgh 5-2, Stepps faced defeat against third place Aberdeen GSFP 4-2.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 3

University of Strathclyde have had a mix bag of results recently, but they put in a brave performance to draw 2-2 with the undefeated 2020 Renewables Greenock.

Stirling Wanderers move off the bottom after a close thrilling 4-3 win over ADTI Aberdeen University.

Harris Academy move up to fourth after a hard fought 4-2 win over third place University of Dundee leaving the students to lose their first match of the season.

We saw a mid-table battle where Giffnock welcomed Highland and beat them 5-3, the northerners have travelled away many times this season so will looking to pick up points after Christmas they have the home advantage.

Perthshire travelled away to Waverly Inveresk Trinity to win 5-3 in Edinburgh adding to their recent solid run of results, winning their last four fixtures.

Regional Leagues – Central Division 1

Grange II make it eight wins out of eight as they stretch away from competitors in the league, they beat Inverleith II 2-0.

University of Stirling drop down to ninth after losing a nail biting match 4-2 against PSL Team Sport Clydesdale II who are having a decent first half of the season.

Tenth place Edinburgh University III played out of their skins and managed to hold Thomsons Cycles Kelburne II to a 1-1 draw.

Struggling Western Wildcats II, who sit bottom of the table only just lost out to Stepps II, loosing by one goal with the final result 4-3. Second place Hillhead II beat Edinburgh University II 2-1.

Central Division 2

Bottom of the table Livingston & West Lothian put in a brave performance but lost 5-2 to Falkirk GHG II.

Rottenrows Blue Sox remain at the top of the division but had a challenging match against Clydeside who didn’t make it an easy win for the top team who won 4-2.

Struggling Glasgow University II lost at home 6-3 to on form Anchor, the student based team have had a hard few weeks facing majority of the top teams.

Watsonians II drop to seventh in the table after losing a close game to East Kilbride 3-2. GHK move up fifth after a solid 4-0 away win against Alpha Data Carnegie II and third place Uddingston II won 4-0 against CALA Edinburgh II.

Mid table teams Erskine Stewart Melville FP II and PSL Team Sport Clydesdale III drew 2-2.

North division

Grove Menzieshill II beat ADTI Aberdeen University II 4-0.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Ten out of ten wins for Grove Menzieshill

Weekend Round Up

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 1

Milne Craig Clydesdale Western had a tremendous score line this weekend, after travelling away for an 11-1 win over struggling Western Wildcats.

Top of the table Grove Menzieshill confirmed they are the team to beat after a 6-1 win over Watsonians, making it ten out of ten wins for the Dundee based side. Fourth place Dundee Wanderers put in a great performance winning 8-0 over GHK.

CALA Edinburgh move up to seventh after a 3-1 win over fifth place Glynhill Kelburne. Bottom side Grange EL forfeited their match with Edinburgh University.

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 2

Leading the division AAM Merlins Gordonians welcomed Borders Fjordhus Reivers, beating them 2-0. Second place Hillhead managed a 2-1 win over Erksine Stewart Melville FP, closing the gap on the leaders. With only one point difference Hillhead have a game in hand as we pass the halfway stage.

Glasgow University travelled away to fellow student based team University of Dundee and secured a 7-2 win to help them move up to sixth in the table.

Bottom side Haddington put in a brave performance drawing 2-2 with Granite City Wanderers.

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 3

Stirling University beat ADTI Aberdeen University 2-1 and University of St Andrews travelled away to University of Strathclyde to win 5-0.


West Division

Glasgow Accies put their recent results behind them as they beat Kelburne II 9-0. Stirling Wanderers put in a much stronger performance than the last time they played top side Milne Craig Clydesdale Western II, with only a 3-1 loss.

East Division

Edinburgh University II added to their goal tally this weekend with a 9-1 over second place CALA Edinburgh II.

Grange EL II travelled away and secured a solid win over Edinburgh University III 3-0, after last playing them ending up in a draw.

Grove Menzieshill A lost to fifth place Watsonians A 2-1.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Hockey 5s is here to Stay

Hockey 5’s, field hockey’s new complementary game, is here to stay. Last night USA Field Hockey hosted a meeting at our Home of Hockey to discuss Hockey 5’s. The invitation was sent to our entire coach membership and the attendees represented both local coaches and coaches from as far away as Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey. USA Field Hockey feels it is important our coaching community is aware of the background why Hockey 5's was developed and adopted by the FIH and the Pan American Hockey Federation and to start discussions on how best to adopt the game into our hockey culture. As USA Field Hockey gathers information we will keep our hockey community abreast of the development of the game.

Our agenda included:

  • Review of relevant background reasons why the FIH too the measures it did to adopt and promote the Hockey 5’s game
  • Discuss the Youth Olympic Games and the qualifying process which will be Hockey 5’s format
  • Gather ideas and insights how USA Field Hockey will adopt the game into our hockey culture.

USFHA media release

Four hockey players suspended

As per the decisions, Jimmy, Zahid and Pintu were suspended from the national team for three years

Raihan Mahmood

Bangladesh Hockey Federation suspended four players from all hockey activities, including national team duties yesterday for varying periods over their disruptive roles they played during Bangladesh’s Asia Cup Hockey campaign.

Bangladesh Hockey Federation served show-cause notices to four senior players - Russell Mahmud Jimmy, Zahid Hossain, Qumruzzaman Rana, Imran Hasan Pintu - along with coach Mahbub Harun and umpire Selim Lucky last month over alleged misconduct during the Asia Cup held in Malaysia last August. The players and officials submitted their answers to the show-cause notices last week and the governing body of the hockey federation came to its decision after much discussion.

As per the decisions, Jimmy, Zahid and Pintu were suspended from the national team for three years and banned from hockey activities for two seasons. Rana was suspended for two years from the national team and one season from the local arena.

Coach Mahbub Harun was suspended as the coach of the national team while umpire Selim Lucky was acquitted from any complaints.

Khawja Rahmatullah said it was unanimous decision. “All the members of the governing body extended full support to the decisions. The decisions were taken after discussing all the aspects and to bring discipline back to the national team and it was taken in the national team’s interest,” he said.

Rahmatullah also said the president of the hockey federation Air Marshal Enamul Bari has ruled appealing against the decisions.

Zahid Hossain, the long serving goalkeeper of the national team was shocked by the news. “I feel that I’ve been slaughtered. It was not justified, hockey is a team game and we were not the only persons for the failure. We will appeal against the verdict and hope the federation reconsiders it,” said Zahid.

Jimmy was thinking of something different. “We all are the victims of hockey federations hostility, we will take steps against the decisions through demonstrations with other players” said Jimmy.

Dhaka Tribune