News for 10 November 2013

All the news for Sunday 10 November 2013

Indian women win silver in Asian hockey

NEW DELHI: Indian women's hockey team had to be content with a silver medal in third Asian Champions Trophy after losing to hosts Japan by a solitary goal in the summit clash of the event at Kakamigahara on Saturday.

India conceded an early goal when Otsuka Shiho converted a penalty corner for Japan in the second minute of the match.

The Indians had a chance to equalise in the eighth minute when they earned their first penalty corner, only to waste it.

The Indian defence led by goalkeeper Savita played a superb game. Japan earned three more penalty corners in the next 10 minutes but the Indian defence stood tall to deny the home team any further opening in the first half.

Trailing 0-1, India tried hard to forge a comeback after the breather and created a few chances but the forwardline disappointed the team.

If not for custodian Savita, the margin of defeat could have bigger for India.

Japan earned another penalty corner in the 50th which was brilliantly saved by Savita to keep India in the hunt.

India fought hard till the end but failed to score the equaliser.

The Indian eves put up an impressive display in the tournament, beating higher-ranked China 4-2 and Malaysia 5-1 before losing to Japan 1-2 in the league stages.

Japan won the gold, while India and Malaysia bagged the silver and bronze medals respectively in the four-team event.

Malaysia defeated China 3-1 in the bronze-medal play-off match earlier in the day.

The Times of India

An historic feat by Malaysian Women squad

The malaysian women team achieved the unthinkable, by winning the bronze medal at the Asian Champions Trophy in Kakamigahar in Japan.

The unsung Malaysia side defeated China 3-1 in the bronze medal playoff. And the bronze at Asian level comes as a welcome surprise as not many, including this website, had given them a ghost of a chance to win a medal at the ACT.

But showing tremendous grit and determination, the girls, coached by the soft spoken Mohd Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim managed to play a flawless game, and did the nation proud.

China went ahead in the 24th minute via a penalty corner converted by Zhao Xia. But Malaysia were on level terms via Rabiatul Adawiyah who also scored off a penalty corner to level scores in the 28th minute.

Rabiatul Adawiyah put Malaysia 2-1 up in the 43rd minute and Noor Hasliza was on target in the 67th minute to give Malaysia a famous win.

"Although we were down, the players showed resilience and never gave up trying. They fought for every ball and once we equalized, the confidence grew," said Nasihin.

"We defended stoutly once we had the lead and no quarter was given. I am so happy with the result and proves that with hard work and sacrifice we can do well."

Malaysia beat China to claim bronze

By Jugjet Singh

THE Malaysian women's hockey team created 'herstory' when they beat China 3-1 to claim bronze in their inaugural outing in the third Asian Champions Trophy in Kakamigahara, Japan, yesterday.

It was a double success as coach Nasihin Nubli's men had also beaten China 1-0 in a pool match.

Yesterday, China took the lead in the 25th minute off a penalty corner attempt, but the Malaysian women put up a brave fight and Rabiatul Adawiyah scored a 28th minute field goal to equalise.

Rabiatul then got the lead from a penalty corner attempt in the 42nd minute, and Hasliza Ali made sure with a 67th minute penalty corner goal.

Japan beat India 1-0 for the gold medal.

"It was a monumental win for my players as they never gave up even after China took the lead. In fact, the defenders built a 'titanium' wall after China scored and it made the task of the strikers easier to move forward and look for the winning goals," said Nasihin.

Today, the Malaysian men will face China for the bronze medal. Malaysia won bronze medals in both the previous editions.

Pakistan and hosts Japan will play for gold, while India and Oman for fifth-sixth placing.

New Straits Times

Malaysia bag bronze at Asian Champions Trophy

by S. Ramaguru

A file photo of the Malaysian women's hockey team. Rabiatul Adawiyah (second from right) scored two of Malaysia's three goals against China on Saturday to clinch a 3-1 win and the Asian Champions Trophy bronze medal.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian women’s hockey team clinched the bronze medal in the Asian Champions Trophy after a historic 3-1 win over world No. 7 China in Kakamigahara, Japan, on Saturday.

Malaysia, the world No. 22, were playing in their first-ever Asian Champions Trophy following South Korea’s withdrawal.

In the preliminary round of the four-nation meet, the Malaysians lost their opening two matches to Japan (0-3) and India (1-5). In the third match, they managed to secure a 1-0 win over China. It was Malaysia’s first win over China in a tournament.

On Saturday, Malaysia showed the earlier win over China was not a fluke.

It was the Chinese who took the lead in the 24th minute through Zhao Xia after a penalty corner set piece move.

Rabiatul Adawiyah equalised for Malaysia in the 28th minute off a penalty corner drag flick.

In the second half, Malaysia snatched the lead in the 48th minute. Rabiatul scored her second goal from a field attempt.

Three minutes before full-time, Norhasliza Mohamed Ali scored a penalty corner goal for a convincing win.

Malaysian coach Mohamed Nasihin Nubli was pleased with the bronze medal effort.

“It was totally unexpected. This is a first for Malaysia. We have not won a medal at the Asian level for a very long time. I’m proud of the players for making this possible. China are a top team and to get two wins within a week is big for us,” said Nasihin.

For the record, Malaysia won a bronze in the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi. They also clinched a bronze in the 1985 Asia Cup in Seoul.

Meanwhile, Japan emerged champions after a 1-0 win over India on Saturday.

South Korea were the champions in the previous two editions in 2011 and 2012.

The Star of Malaysia

IHF welcomes world body's decision to award India 2018 WC

NEW DELHI: Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) on Saturday welcomed the world body's (FIH) decision to award the 2018 men's World Cup to the country, saying it will help in "restoring the old glory" of the sport here.

India has been awarded the men's hockey World Cup for the second time in a span of eight years having successfully organised the previous edition of the mega event three years ago.

"This is a matter of great pride for India to host the World Cup in 2018. It will be a step ahead in restoring the old glory of the game in the country," IHF president K D said in a statement.

"It is my utmost desire that we leave no stone unturned in preparing ourselves to host this mega event in 2018 and that such events will rekindle the interest of the young people in the game," he added.

The 2018 edition will see an expanded field with 16 teams competing in both men's and women's events.

India last hosted the World Cup in New Delhi in 2010 while the next edition will be held next year in The Hague, Netherlands in the first two weeks of June.

The announcements were made by FIH president Leandro Negre at a special ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday.

The Times of India

Rush on to get juniors team ready for 2016 Finals

by S. Ramaguru

Malaysia's junior hockey captain Mohd Fitri Saari (middle) vying for the ball with Pakistan's Ammad Shakeel Butt (right) during their Sultan of Johor Cup match in September. The MFC is putting the pedal to the metal to get a juniors team ready for the 2016 Junior World Cup Finals.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) will have to work fast to set up their next national junior team (project) following the decision by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to bring forward the Junior World Cup Finals by one year.

The next Junior World Cup, held every four years, was initially scheduled for 2017, but the FIH on Friday decided to bring it forward to 2016 and they gave the hosting job to India.

India are also hosts of the 2013 edition which will be played in New Delhi next month.

MHC vice-presient and coaching committee chairman Manjit Majid Abdullah said Saturday that there is an urgent need to put the next project team in place as they have just three years to prepare for the Finals.

“The FIH said they had to bring forward the Junior World Cup because of the tight schedule in 2017 as there are many top level tournaments planned for that year. So the Finals will now be played in December 2016.

“Giving the hosting job to India back-to-back has taken many by surprise as this will affect the need to take the game globally.

“We are not sure whether they (India) were the only team to bid or if there were some other overriding factors,” he said in a telephone interview from Lausanne, Switzerland.

Manjit said a coaching committee meeting will be called as soon as he comes back from Europe to discuss the coaching setup for the project team.

The MHC have an ad hoc 2017 project team at the moment but they were only expected to look at this team on a permanent basis after the Junior World Cup next month.

“The sooner we start planning the better. Furthermore, there will be a qualifying tournament (Junior Asia Cup) in 2015 to worry about. We must ensure that the players we select for the project team can go all the way to the 2016 Finals.”

Manjit was in Lausanne with the Malaysian delegation to present their bid for the 2018 World Cup. But Malaysia and three other countries lost the bid to India.

Meanwhile, the FIH have confined the hosting of various major tournaments from 2015-2018 to just four countries.

There is a total of 17 major events (men and women) during that period and seven have been allocated to Argentina. India have been given four events while England and Belgium have three each.

India have been given four of the top events. They will again host the World League Final in 2015 and 2017 along with the Junior World Cup in 2016 and the World Cup in 2018.

India are also hosts of the inaugural Hockey World League Final in January next year.

For those countries attempting to qualify for the 2016 Olympics and the 2018 World Cup, the World League semi-finals are an important platform. This tournament acts as the qualifiers for these two events.

The FIH, hovever, have yet to decide who will host the Hockey World League Rounds One and Two. They are expected to make a decision once the teams for the two rounds are confirmed.

The allocated events


Hockey World League Semi-Final 1 – Men (June) Argentina
Hockey World League Semi-Final 2 – Men (June) Belgium
Hockey World League Semi-Final 2 – Women (June) Belgium
Hockey World League Final – Women (November) Argentina
Hockey World League Final – Men (December) India


Champions Trophy – Men (June) Argentina
Champions Trophy – Women (June) England
Junior World Cup – Men (December) India


Hockey World League Semi-Final 1 – Women (June-July) Belgium
Hockey World League Semi-Final 1 – Men (July) Argentina
Hockey World League Semi-Final 2 – Men (July) England
Hockey World League Semi-Final 2 – Women (July-August) Argentina
Hockey World League Final – Men (December) India


Champions Trophy – Women (January) Argentina
Indoor World Cup – Men & Women (February) Argentina
Hockey World Cup – Women (July 7-21) England
Hockey World Cup – Men (Dec 1-16) India

The Star of Malaysia

Reading hit back to beat Leicester

Susie Gilbert in Surbiton v Reading game last month

TRAILING by two goals at half time, Reading battled back to take a 3-2 win at home against Leicester in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Goals from Pascale Massey and Nicola White gave the visitors the lead, and they looked likely to go on and avenge last season’s Final defeat to Reading.

But the hosts had other ideas, and reduced the deficit on 44 minutes from a penalty corner, a deflection giving them an own goal.

Reading pulled level on 56 minutes through Susie Gilbert (pictured, left), and they bagged the winner through Emily Maguire – again from a penalty corner – in the 61st minute.

Elsewhere, Canterbury kept pace with Reading with a 9-0 win over Olton and West Warwickshire. Nikki Kidd scored four of the goals for Canterbury, who are level on 19 points with Reading and second on goal difference.

Clifton moved up to third spot with a 2-1 win over Sutton Coldfield, with Emily Kirkham and Els Mansell scoring their goals. Gemma Brown bagged a late consolation for Sutton Coldfield.

And Surbiton also climbed the table, and are now fourth after beating Bowdon Hightown 4-0. Sarah Page scored the first two for Surbiton, and Georgie Twigg and Jenna Woolven added the others.

Beeston won 3-2 at university of Birmingham, Sophie Robinson, Hannah Wraith and Phoebe Richards scoring their goals.

In the Investec Conference North, Wakefield went top after beating former leaders university of Durham 2-1. Sally Walton scored both their goals.

University of Durham drop to third place, with Brooklands Poynton going second after winning 3-2 at Loughborough Students. Their goals came from Sarah Newman, Kelly Baxter and Nicky Tipping.

Leaders Holcombe maintained their good start in the Investec Conference East, winning 4-0 at Old Loughtonians, while second-placed East Grinstead lost ground when they were beaten 4-2 by Horsham.

And in the Investec Conference West Slough put five past hosts Exe to remain top of the table, while second-placed Buckingham won 2-0 over Isca.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (November 9 2013):

Investec Premier Division:
Clifton 2, Sutton Coldfield 1; Olton & West Warwicks 0, Canterbury 9; Reading 3, Leicester 2; Surbiton 4, Bowdon 0; University of Birmingham 2, Beeston 3.

Investec Conference East: Chelmsford 1, Sevenoaks 2; Harleston Magpies 1, Ipswich 0; Horsham 4, East Grinstead 2; Old Loughtonians 0, Holcombe 4; St Albans 3, Wimbledon 1.

Investec Conference North: Ben Rhydding 0, Boots 0; Kendal 4, Doncaster 1; Loughborough Students 2, Brooklands Poynton 3; University of Durham 1, Wakefield 2; Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1, Stourport 2.

Investec Conference West: Buckingham 2, Isca 0; Exe 0, Slough 5; Oxford Hawks 3, Barnes 0; Swansea City 0, Gloucester City 0; Trojans 3, Bristol Firebrands 2.

England Hockey Board Media release

Govia leads goalfest in Magnolias hockey festival

T&T's National youth and senior team women’s player Brianna Govia was in ominous form as she netted six goals to lead a goalfest on the opening night of competition in the 2013 Shandy Carib Magnolias Indoor Hockey Tournament at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, on Thursday night. Overall, 43 goals were scored in the five men and women Under-21 Division matches contested with Govia’s Magnolias’ hammering their second-string clubmates 16-2. In addition to Govia, who scored in the first, fourth, 13th, 14th, 22nd and 24th minutes, Samantha Olton added a beaver-trick, Shaniah De Freitas got a treble, her sister Savannah De Freitas added two, and Elise Olton, Samantha’s sister, the other. For Magnolias III, Lexi Yearwood and Kimberly Fraser got their consolation items.

It was not all doom and gloom for Magnolias II as Kaitlyn Olton scored a pair to lead her team past Harvard Maritime Checkers 5-2 in its opener. Yearwood, Fraser and Saarah Olton, another of the Olton-sibblings chipped in with one each while Latisha Street and Britney Pope were on target for Checkers. In the other Women’s match, Gabrielle Thompson registered a hat-trick and Shanice Cudjoe, one for Paragon to blank Guyana’s Hikers 4-0. In the Under-21 men’s competition Fatima defeated Notre Dame 4-2 led by a Marcus Pascal hat-trick while Hikers outgunned Queen’s Park led by two goals each from Jamraj Assanah and Leon Bacchus. Today, the Under-1 competition will conclude while the men and women Open and Mixed Veterans competition serve off tomorrow with a full day of matches from 9 am.

In the six-team men’s competition, national Indoor champions Paragon comes up against Defence Force and Fatima while in Pool B, Super Indoor winners’ QPCC, Notre Dame, and Malvern will do battle. The women’s Open also features six teams with national Outdoor and Indoor winners’ Notre Dame grouped with Magnolias and Malvern Sweaters in Pool A while Super Indoor queens’ Paragon, Harvard Maritime Checkers and United Hockey Peongs are in Pool B. The Mixed Veterans have been placed in two groups with Defence Force, Notre Dame, QPCC and Police in Pool A while Malvern, Fatima, Carib and Shape are in Pool B. At the end of each group round-robin series, the winners and runners-up will meet in cross-over semifinals on Thursday November 13 and 14 ahead of the third place encounters and finals on Friday November 15.

The Trinidad Guardian

Princeton claims Ivy League title outright with 5-1 win against Penn

Michelle Ceson's goal helped defending national champ Princeton head back to the NCAA tournament. Jamie Schwaberow | NCAA Photos

PHILADELPHIA -- Ninth-ranked Princeton can once again call itself the Ivy League’s best, winning the outright conference crown after completing its eighth perfect 7-0 slate in 11 years.

The final obstacle en route to the Tigers' 22nd overall and 19th in the past 20 years Ivy title was Penn. After a brief tie in the score, the Tigers responded with four unanswered goals to win 5-1 against the Quakers on Saturday in Philadelphia.

Princeton will now head to the NCAA tournament for 19th time, including 10th consecutive season. The Tigers await the NCAA Selection Show at 10 p.m. Sunday on for seeding and opening round opponent and location.

Freshman Cat Caro opened the scoring in the third minute, picking up a deflected shot to extend her scoring streak to six consecutive games.

Penn attempted to make things interesting and knotted things up in the 14th minute, connecting on its own rebounded shot off a corner.

With their outright title hopes on the line, the Tigers took control of the game and never relinquished it.

Michelle Cesan responded in the 16th minute, lifting Princeton to a 2-1 lead. She received the ball in the midfield, drove it into the circle and sent a backhanded shot past Penn goalkeeper Carly Sokach.

Princeton added an insurance goal two minutes later, this time on a penalty corner direct piece. Cesan served in the ball to Annabeth Donovan, who stopped it for Amanda Bird to sail it in to the cage from the left side.

The second half saw two more Tiger goals, first from Allison Evans in the 58th minute. She scored following a set piece following a yellow card on Penn's MaryRose Croddick.

Cesan added a final dagger in the 69th minute, scoring on a rebound off a corner. Her first half game-winner marked the third in a four-game span for her, a tri-captain, and seventh goal in seven games.

Princeton held advantages in shots (28-6), shots on goal (19-5), and corners (13-4). Goalie Anya Gersoff made four save.


All India Sahibzada Ajit Singh hockey tournament from Dec 17

The third edition of the All India Sahibzada Ajit Singh Hockey Champion Trophy 2013 will be organised by the Sports Council of Ludhiana from December 17-23, 2013 at Olympian Pirthipal Singh Hockey Stadium, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (Punjab).

In this week long Hockey extravaganza, eight national teams would compete against each other in the men section and four in women section. This time, to promote hockey at grass root level, there has been a new addition where four hockey academies would be participating.

While addressing the press conference on Saturday, Davinder Singh Kehal, president, Sports Council of Ludhiana, informed that the participating teams from men section are Air India Mumbai, BPCL, ONGC, Indian Army, Punjab National Bank, Punjab & Sindh Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and CRPF.

"The participating hockey academies include Surjit Academy Jalandhar, Namdhari Academy, Sonipat Academy and Punjab & Sindh Bank Academy," Kehal informed.

Indian Express