News for 11 November 2013

All the news for Monday 11 November 2013


Pakistan wins Asian Champions Tropy

By Shahid Khan




Kakamighara, Japan. Defending champions, Pakistan, retained its title at the third Asian Champions Trophy field Hockey tournament being played at the Green Stadium, Kakamighara, Japan as they defeated Japan 3-1 in the final today.

In the final, the hosts Japan – spurred on by the crowd – made life difficult for Pakistan in the initial phase of the match. Japan took the lead in the first half and went into the second half with a 1-0 lead.  However the Greenshirts kept their nerve and were rampant in the second half as first Rizwan Senior equalised, before centre forward Haseem Khan gave them the lead and a penalty corner conversion by Hammad Butt assured them of victory.

Pakistan bereft of success in recent tournaments, had been in excellent form in the tournament against Asia’s finest, registering convincing victories over Oman (8-0), China (5-1) before narrow triumphs against Malaysia (1-0) and arch rivals India (5-4). In their final pool game, a dead rubber due to their already certain qualification, they were held 2-2 by the eventual silver medallists Japan.

Pakistan were the highest-ranked team in the competition as world number eight, while India (11th) and Malaysia (13th) were also touted as the teams to beat before the tournament.

Head coach of the victorious team, Tahir Zaman commented that the title was a must for the team to boost morale after an unprecedented failure to reach the World Cup. “We needed a breakthrough after that tragedy and this event will now boost our confidence as our aim is to rebuild the team,” he added. Still, he admitted that this victory was not the pinnacle for the Greenshirts.

Meanwhile, former captain and the most capped Pakistani player, Waseem Ahmad, while praising the team’s performance defined it as a positive sign in the team’s progress. “The team showed hockey is not dead in Pakistan. It has proved that failing to qualify for the World Cup was bad luck,” he said.

Final Positions – 1 Pakistan, 2 Japan, 3 Malaysia, 4 China, 5 India, 6 Oman.

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Shahid Khan is a senior Hockey journalist who has covered all major tournaments and is a contributor to BBC Radio Asia Network as well as to other publications.



Good tidings from Japan: Pakistan crowned Asian hockey champions

KARACHI: Pakistan retained the Asian Champions Trophy title after defeating hosts Japan 3-1 in the final at Kakamigahara – reviving hopes after failing to qualify for the World Cup 2014.

The team’s head coach and manager, Tahir Zaman, said the way the team managed to retain the title will serve as a huge morale-booster in efforts to revive Pakistan hockey.

The greenshirts remained unbeaten throughout the six-nation tournament, beating Oman (8-0), China (5-1), Malaysia (1-0) and India (5-4) besides playing a 2-2 draw against hosts earlier in the league phase.

In the final, the host Japan – spurred on by the crowd – made life difficult for Pakistan in the initial phase of the match. Japan took lead in the first half and went into the second half with a 1-0 lead. The team managed to thwart several attacks by Pakistani players and sustained huge pressure after drawing first blood.

The greenshirts, however, held their nerves and equalised through Rizwan Senior before taking the lead with a goal from centre forward Abdul Haseem Khan.

Hammad Khan’s goal on the short-corner in the final stage of the match sealed the victory for Pakistan as the team successfully defended the title which they had claimed last year in Doha after defeating arch-rivals India in the final.

Zaman credited good coordination among senior and junior players for the title. “It’s a result of team work,” the jubilant Pakistan team’s coach told The Express Tribune. “Honestly, I was not hoping for such a good performance from this team because of the presence of several young players who had no international experience,” he said, adding that both senior and junior players gelled together to make the victory possible.

“Nowadays, teams considered as minnows in the past are developing rapidly and have started winning against big teams which we also saw in this competition. This title cannot be downplayed in anyway. Specifically, the performance of youngsters was commendable who instantly made amends after a brief stint at Hockey 9s in Australia,” Zaman said.

Zaman, who is also a former Olympian, added that the title was a must for the team to boost morale after an unprecedented failure to reach the World Cup. “We needed a breakthrough after that tragedy and this event will now boost our confidence as our aim is to rebuild the team,” he added. Still, he admitted that this victory was not the pinnacle for the greenshirts.

“We have a lot to prove at an international level – still a lot of work needs to be done. After heading home, we have to assess our grey areas and minimise our weaknesses.”

Meanwhile, former captain Rehan Butt while praising team’s performance defined it a positive sign in team’s progress. “The team showed hockey is not dead in Pakistan. It has proved that failing to qualify for the World Cup was bad luck,” he said.

The Express Tribune



Greenshirts triumph in Men’s Asian Champions Trophy

Host nation Japan take women’s title in Kakamigahara



Pakistan, winners of the men's Asian Champions Trophy 2013. (Photo: Asian Hockey Federation)

Pakistan men and Japan women have been crowned as the winners of the Asian Champions Trophy following victories over Japan and India respectively.

Pakistan retained the men’s title by defeating host nation Japan 3-1, although they were forced to fight all the way by the home favourites. Japan made a fine start to the game by scoring early, although second half goals from Haseem Khan, Muhammad Rizwan Senior and Hammad Butt sealed the victory.

The Bronze medal went to Malaysia, who defeated China 3-1. Faizal Saari grabbed a brace in the contest, with Azammi Abadi also on the score-sheet.

Japan women defeated India thanks to a solitary goal from Otsuka Shiho, who found the net with a penalty corner in just the second minute of the match. Japan would surely have won by a greater margin were it not for some incredible saves from goalkeeper Savita, who kept her side very much in the match until the very end.

Malaysia women matched their male counterparts by taking Bronze in the four-nations tournament, claiming a surprise victory over China. The Malaysians produced a flawless performance to take the win, with Rabiatul Adawiyah (2) and Noor Hasliza overturning Zhao Xia’s early strike.

More information about the Asian Champions Trophy 2013 event in Kakamigahara can be found on the Asian Hockey Federation Facebook page by clicking here.

Asian Champions Trophy 2013 – The Medallists …

Men
Gold: Pakistan
Silver: Japan
Bronze: Malaysia

Women
Gold: Japan
Silver: India
Bronze: Malaysia

FIH site



Pakistan wins Asian Champions Trophy


Pakistan's Shakeel Abbasi (C) vies against Naota Shiokawa (R) of Japan. —File photo

KAKAMIGAHARA: Defending champions, Pakistan, on Sunday retained its title defeating hosts Japan by a margin of two goals in the final match of the third Asian Champions Trophy field hockey tournament being played in Japan's Kakamighara city, DawnNews reported.

The Japanese team took an aggressive start scoring one goal to take the lead in the first half.

Pakistan replied with a comeback in the second half scoring three goals before the 66th minute.

The green-shirts had remained unbeaten in the tournament defeating Omman, Malaysia, China and India in the group stage matches.

The previous match played between Pakistan and Japan, during the group stages, had ended in a 1-1 draw.

Malaysia secured the third position in the tournament.

Dawn



Malaysia pick up third Bronze

Malaysia won its third consecutive bronze medal in the Asian Champions Trophy when they defeated China 3-0 in Kakamigahara.

Having won bronze in the two previous editions, Ordos ( 2011) and Doha (2012), the win this time was achieved under considerable pressure, since the Malaysian Hockey Confederation opted to send a mixed team for the tournament.

Goals from Faizal Saari (2) and Azammi Abadi ensured Malaysia the win against a Chinese side that took Malaysia to the distance in the preliminary round match, winning by the odd goal 5-4. Faizal won the top scorer award for the tournament with nine goals.

Even though Faizal failed to convert a penalty stroke, good defending by Mohd Razie Rahim, Azlan Misron, Mohd Madzli Ikmar and Ahmad Kazamirul with an ever reliable S. Kumar in goal kept China at bay.

“It was a satisfactory end to an up and down week. The group has played well as a team and one thing that pleased me was the fact we finished with a clean sheet,” said coach Paul Revington.

“I will be naming the team to Korea for the Test matches in a day or two upon our return. There will be changes to the composition of the team as we try to identify players to carry our World Cup challenge.”

The Malaysian team will now head to South Korea next week and Revington is expected to recall some of the players he rested, in the likes of Mohd Shahrun Nabil, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil, Baljit Singh and keeper Roslan Jamaluddin.

Pakistan successfully defended their title by defeating Japan 3-1 in the final.

MalaysianHockey.com.my



Malaysia settle for bronze

THE Malaysian men's hockey team claimed their third straight Asian Champions Trophy bronze medal when they beat China 3-0 in Kakamigahara, Japan, yesterday.

The tournament, into its third edition, also saw the Malaysian women grab a historic bronze when they beat China 3-1 on Saturday.

Pakistan won their second consecutive gold medal when they beat hosts Japan 3-1 in the final.

Faizal Saari scored two goals while the other came from Azammi Adabi.

Before the start of the match, Malaysia's Shukri Mutalib was presented a plaque in appreciation of his 200th international cap.

Results -- Final: Pakistan 3 Japan 1; 3rd-4th: Malaysia 3 China 0; 5th-6th: India 6 Oman 1.

New Straits Times



India finish fifth in men's Asian Champions Trophy

NEW DELHI: Akashdeep Singh scored three goals as India thrashed Oman 6-1 to finish fifth in the third Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament at Kakamigahara, Japan on Sunday.

In a fifth-sixth place match, India dominated from the word go, scoring three goals in each half.

Kothajit Singh converted a penalty corner in the sixth minute of the match to give India an early advantage. Five minutes later, Gurjinder Singh doubled the team's lead by converting another penalty corner.

In the 24th minute, Akashdeep Singh gently tapped in Mandeep's pass from a difficult angle to place India in a comfortable position at half time.

Akashdeep then made it 4-0, scoring from close range after pouncing on a loose ball in the 40th minute.

Oman, however, pulled one back in the 58th minute from a penalty corner through Mohammad Hoobais Al Shar, whose low drag-flick beat Indian goalkeeper Harjot Singh.

In the 66th minute, Malak Singh scored with a fierce hit from top of the circle before Akashdeep scored his third goal of the day just two minutes from the hooter to hand India comprehensive victory.

The Times of India



A RM14 Million failure



Charity as the saying goes begins at home. And the sooner the officials of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation come to terms with that fact the better.

Malaysia failed in its bid to land the 2018 World Cup. And many may not be aware but it was not just the World Cup the MHC failed to win, but also another two important tournaments – the 2015 Semi Final of the World League in 2015 and the 2016 Junior World Cup.

The World League semis would have been the platform to qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janerio Olympics. And it may have also missed many a hockey writer or fan, that the next Junior World Cup was initially scheduled for 2017 but the International Hockey Federation has since moved it to 2016.

We lost to India in all the bids, but a deeper look will reveal that FIH were not fair, as it was supposed to be bids by events, however the sentiment of FIH has always been favouring India, thus goalposts were shifted to ensure that favourd child got the best section of the roast lamb.

Many have even suggested that FIH move their headquarters from Lausanne to New Delhi since all major events are going to be held there.

For MHC, it is a lesson to be learnt and for proper action to be initiated so that we will no longer have to bid for tournaments but spend the time, money and effort towards improving the hockey standards in the country.

There is just too much of back biting, rumour mongering, bitching, clique system and in simple words too much politics in hockey. This has to stop and decisions need to be made at the boardroom and not because some likes or hates someone.

The time has come for a hard look at the Malaysian hockey League, to make it as good if not better then the Hockey India League. If they can get corporate giants to help, so can we. It takes effort, a huge effort but above all it requires teamwork for no amount of “I” can get it happen.

Just take a hard look at the domestic calendar and there is no other word to describe it but shambles.

The National Under 21 tournament for both men and women has yet to be held as Negri Sembilan, the initial hosts pulled out due to unavailability of proper facilities, in this case the excuse cited was no proper hotels in Kuala Pilah which now boasts of an artificial pitch.

But weren’t they to do their homework first before making a bid for the tournament.

So it is supposed to be moved to Kuala Lumpur with MHC organizing it. However word has it that it will be scrapped as MHC does not have the money needed to organize the tournament.

That is baffling as the organisors are given RM35,000 for hosting an event. So if MHC cannot manage with the paltry sum to hold the event, how does one expect the states to do it?

Even more baffling is the 1MAS Program which last reported had some 20 centres in the country. A year ago the MHC President Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah announced that there would be one centre for each of the 45 artificial pitches in the country. So where is the promise, or merely words spoken at a seminar?

Administratively MHC are poor to say the latest. A year has passed when it was revealed by the President his intention of strengthening the administrative structure of MHC.

The position of a Chief Executive Officer, Development Director, Competitions Director, administrative Director and National Team Director was created. And it was clearly writtin on the wall “Jangan cakap banyak, buat kerja” by the President.

Well, it surely has now changed to “ jangan kerja, cakap banyak.”

MalaysianHockey.com.my



A Champion Hockeyroo Retires

Two-Time Olympian Kobie McGurk retires from international hockey


Beijing and London Olympian Kobie McGurk has announced her retirement from international duties after a stellar nine-year career, spanning 185 caps with the Hockeyroos.

McGurk leaves the Hockeyroos program with a longstanding love for the game of hockey. “My passion and love for the game of hockey was never lost. My ability to commit to the Program in its entirety was.”

Debuting against the United States in 2005, McGurk went on to represent Australia at two Olympic Games, a Commonwealth Games, two World Cups and five Champions Trophies.

Kobie played under two-time Olympic medal winning Kookaburras coach Frank Murray between 2005-2010 and then under current Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens between 2011-2013.

It is a disappointing blow for coach Adam Commens and the Hockeyroos who announced their 2014 national squad last week. McGurk was anticipated to play a pivotal role in the teams World Cup and Commonwealth Games campaign.

“It is disappointing to lose a player of Kobie’s experience. She was an integral player in the London Olympic team and was named 2012 Hockeyroos Player of the Year. It is always going to be difficult to replace someone of this calibre.

“However, there comes a time in everyone’s career where they have to make a decision about their life moving forward and this decision has been weighing on her mind for some time now,” Commens said.

McGurk’s playing career was plagued with injuries, suffering the first of two anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in 2009. Her second ACL tear came during the 2012 Australian Hockey League, which forced her to miss the 2013 World League Semi-Final victory in England.

In 2010, scans revealed shocking news for McGurk only weeks out from the Delhi Commonwealth Games. Stress fractures in her foot required a metal plate to repair the fracture, crushing her hopes of back-to-back Commonwealth Games gold medals.

“Kobie was someone who showed an amazing degree of resilience to come back from two knee reconstructions. Over time, these sorts of physical stresses and mental battles take their toll,” Commens said.

Her 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medal, 2006 World Cup silver medal, selection in the 2011 FIH All-Star Team and being named 2012 Hockeyroos Player of the Year will go down as major milestones in her decorated career.

“It’s important to recognise Kobie’s uncompromising approach to the game. Her mental toughness and physical attributes epitomise what we’re looking for in our players. These elements of her game will be solely missed on and off the field.

“Kobie will be remembered as a player with tremendous courage, determination and physicality. She is a player who was at the heart of the Hockeyroos defence over the last nine years and will be remembered as one of the toughest defenders in international hockey,” Commens said.

Current Hockeyroos Captain Madonna Blyth spoke of the disappointment to lose such a valuable member of the team, but the pleasure she had in playing alongside one of the games great competitors. Blyth captained McGurk between 2009-2013 and played alongside her in the majority of her 185 matches.

“Kobie would have to be one of the toughest players I’ve ever played alongside. She was fiercely competitive, reliable and was one of those players you would hate to play against,” Blyth said.

One memorable incident lives long in the memory bank of Blyth which epitomises the character of McGurk. “I remember coming off the pitch mid-game at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and seeing a staple gun and nearly fainting. ‘Kobes’ had received a blow to the head so the doctors stapled the cut closed and she got straight back out there. She always put the team first and has a huge heart.

“She is one of those athletes who gets knocked down but gets up stronger. She just thrives on hard work. She will be missed by everyone in the Hockeyroos family.”

McGruk would like to thank Hockey Australia, the Australian Institute of Sport, the Western Australian Institute of Sport and Hockey WA for their unwavering support during her playing career.

Moreover, McGurk praises her families support and persistence throughout her hockey career. “Without my family, I wouldn’t be half the person or player I am today”

Hockey Australia would like to wish Kobie all the best in her future endeavours.

The Stats

DOB: 20/08/1985
Caps: 185
Goals: 8
International debut: vs. USA during the USA/Canada Tour on 4 June 2005
First International goal: 70m penalty corner - 21 May 2008: Champions Trophy - Monchengladbach, Germany vs. China
Coaches: Frank Murray 2005-2010, Adam Commens 2011-2013
State: Western Australia
Hometown: Collie
AHL: WA Diamonds (Championships in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)
Position: Defender
Years in national team: Nine
Hockey club: Curtin Trinity Pirates (WA, Australia)
Primary School: Fairview Primary School (WA, Australia)
Secondary School: Collie Senior High School (WA, Australia)
Tertiary Education: Bachelor of Science (Sports Science) - Edith Cowan University (2003 - 2007)
Hockeyroos Player Number: 414
Hockeyroos Shirt number: 15
FIH All-Star team: 2011
Hockeyroos Player of the Year: 2012

Major Tournament Appearances

Olympic Games


2008 Beijing, China - 5th
2012 London, England – 5th

World Cup

2006 Madrid, Spain - Silver
2010 Rosario, Argentina – 5th

Commonwealth Games

2006 Melbourne, Australia - Gold

Champions Trophy

2005 Canberra, Australia - Silver
2006 Amsterdam, Netherlands – 5th
2007 Quilmes, Argentina – 4th
2008 Monchengladbach, Germany – 5th
2011 Amsterdam, Netherlands – 6th

Hockey Australia media release



Mantell hits four as Reading battle to a draw with East Grinstead


Reading's Simon Mantell

SIMON Mantell hit four second-half goals to inspire Reading to a comeback against East Grinstead in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Premier Division.

East Grinstead were two-up by half time through an own goal and a Mark Pearn strike.

Pearn made it three in the 42nd minute before Simon Mantell (pictured) opened his account. He scored his first on 48 minutes before adding a second just a minute later.

Then, on 53 minutes, he completed his hat-trick before putting Reading into the lead with his fourth on 63 minutes.

The game looked to have been snatched from East Grinstead but a Wes Jackson strike five minutes from time saw them take a share of the spoils in a thrilling encounter.

While Reading and East Grinstead battle it out for second place, Beeston continue their imperious run and now have eight wins from eight games.

But it was far from easy for the table toppers. Loughborough Students were their opponents this week and in stark contrast, they sit bottom of the league with just one win so far.

Goals from Adam Dixon and Sam Ward had put Beeston into a two-goal lead but Ian Sloan and then Chris Griffiths struck back for Loughborough to level the scores. However, quality told in the end and Sam Ward’s second goal on 64 minutes secured all three points.

The draw between East Grinstead and Reading allowed Surbiton to gain some ground but despite their 4-1 win over Cannock, they’re still in fourth place.

James Royce, Scott Evans, James Gall and Matt Daly were on target for them with Nick Bandurak slotting in a consolation for Cannock.

Canterbury also hit four as they beat Sheffield Hallam. Andrew Dunn, Ben Allberry, Mickel Pierre and Liam Foster had sewn the game up inside the hour. Sheffield Hallam won a penalty stroke with two minutes left but it wasn’t their day and Gareth Furlong saw his effort saved.

Former Sheffield Hallam man Phil Roper grabbed a brace for Wimbledon as his side also won 4-0. Chris Gregg and Jon Kinder were also on target against opponents Hampstead and Westminster.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference East, Richard Lane was the key man for Holcombe as he scored four in their 9-0 defeat of St Albans. Gareth Carr and James Stedman scored two each and Danny Hall hit the other. They are three points behind Southgate but have a game in hand.

A double from Matt Murphy secured yet another win for University of Durham in the NOW: Pensions Conference North. Charlie Stubbings scored the other goal in the 3-2 defeat of Deeside Ramblers.

Team Bath Buccaneers maintained their slender lead at the top of the NOW: Pensions Conference West with a 1-0 win over Cheltenham. Tim Davenport’s goal means that they stay one point ahead of Cardiff.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 10 2013):

NOW: Pensions Men's Premier Division: Beeston 3, Loughborough Students 2; Canterbury 4, Sheffield Hallam 0; Reading 4, East Grinstead 4; Surbiton 4, Cannock 1; Wimbledon 4, Hampstead and Westminster 0.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Bromley and Beckenham 2, Brighton and Hove 0; Old Loughtonians 1, Southgate 3; Richmond 2, Cambridge City 3; St. Albans 0, Holcombe 9. Sat: Oxted 3, Teddington 3.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North: Belper 2, Wakefield 5; Bowdon 1, Brooklands MU 2; Deeside Ramblers 2, University of Durham 3; Leek 0, Khalsa (Warks) 0; West Bridgford 3, Olton & West Warwicks 4.

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

England Hockey Board Media release



Sevenoaks beat Premier Division Clifton in Investec Women's Cup


Surbiton players celebrate

SEVENOAKS claimed a Premier Division scalp in the third round of the Investec Women’s Cup on Sunday, beating Clifton 3-1.

Goals from Georgina Barker, Susie Finlayson and Cathy Gilliat-Smith put them into a comfortable lead before Els Mansell scored a consolation for the visitors.

Surbiton (pictured) managed to avoid an upset as the Premier Division outfit beat mid-table Conference North side Loughborough Students 4-3.

Loughborough’s Ellie Tait was the star of the show but her hat-trick was cancelled out by goals from Elois Stenner, Emily Atkinson, Sandra Frankland and Jenna Woolven.

There was a clash of two Premier Division sides as the University of Birmingham took on Bowdon Hightown.

Bowdon sit three places above University of Birmingham in the table but that was turned on its head as strikes from Ashley Caddick and Hannah Martin saw Birmingham two-up inside five minutes. Nat Wray and Kerry Hall levelled things up for Bowdon but an own goal sealed a 3-2 victory for Birmingham.

Hampstead and Westminster had a great result against Conference West’s Bristol Firebrands, beating them 5-1. Strikes from Annabeth Wijtenberg, Rachel Thomas, Louise Radford and a brace from Natasha Price gave them victory.

Conference East leaders Holcombe travelled to Gloucester City and their game ended in a 0-0 draw. Gloucester are seventh in Conference West but held their nerve to win the resulting shootout 4-3.

Naomi Smith and Sophie Robinson scored the goals for Beeston in their 2-0 win over Leamington and Katrina Nicholson scored both for Buckingham as they beat Maidenhead 2-0.

Investec Women’s Cup Round Three (November 10, 2013): Beeston 2, Leamington 0; Gloucester City 0, Holcombe 0; Hampstead and Westminster 5, Bristol Firebrands 1; Maidenhead 0, Buckingham 2; Sevenoaks 3, Clifton 1; Surbiton 4, Loughborough Students 3; University of Birmingham 3, Bowdon Hightown 2; Sutton Coldfield v Norwich City – walkover to Sutton Coldfield.

England Hockey Board Media release



PAHF announce Tournament Directors for upcoming competitions

Courses for Officials announced




The Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) announced the Tournament Directors for some flagship upcoming competitions:

2014 Pan American Youth Championship, Men (San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 1-8, 2014): Javier Zanini (Uruguay)
2014 Pan American Youth Championship, Women (Montevideo, Uruguay, February 10-16, 2014): Lurah Hess (USA)
2015 Pan American Games, Men (Toronto, Canada, July 10-26, 2015): Cammie Burke (Barbados)
2015 Pan American Games, Women (Toronto, Canada, July 10-26, 2015): Lorena Rinaldini (Argentina)

The Pan American Youth Championships are qualifying for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The 2015 Pan American Games are qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The appointments have been approved by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) upon proposal from the Pan American Hockey Federation.

For more information on the PAHF competitions and programs, please visit the Pan American Hockey Federation web site at www.panamhockey.org

The Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) is recognized by the FIH as the governing continental federation for all field hockey in the Pan American region. There are 26 member Nations of the PAHF.  For more information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

PAHF and FHC Technical Officials Courses offered late November

PAHF Technical Officials Course  (Fee USD$80)

Friday November 22:  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday November 23:  9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Course Conductor - Willard Harris

FHC Technical Officials Course (Fee USD$50)
Saturday November 23: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Course Conductor Derek Sandison

PAHF/FHC Technical Officials Supplemental Course  (Fee USD$30)
Sunday November 24:
9:30 am – 10:45 am Indoor Module – Course Conductor Derek Sandison
11:00 am – 1:30 pm On-Line Tournament Management System (TMS) – Course Conductor Hari Kant

Eligibility:
FHC: Anyone interested in becoming a technical official (Judge, Technical Officer or Tournament Director)
PAHF: Anyone who has completed the FHC Technical Officials Course and has been an active technical official in the last 2 years.
Indoor Module: Anyone who has completed the FHC Technical Officials Course

On-Line Tournament Management System: Participants must have completed either the PAHF or FHC courses.

*There will be a pre course assignment that must be completed prior to the course. All participants must bring a laptop to the course.

Location:
University of Toronto (downtown Toronto) (full details provided upon registration)

To register: e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Send a cheque or money order in $US or $CDN dollars payable to:

Field Hockey Canada
Mail to: Field Hockey Canada, c/o Ann Doggett, 76 Glendale Ave, Toronto, ON, M6R 2T1, Canada

Pan American Hockey Federation



No. 1 Maryland, No. 7 UConn earn their way to NCAA tournament


Connecticut claimed its 13th Big East title on Sunday. Connecticut Athletics

STORRS, Conn. -- Less than two minutes into overtime, junior forward Chloe Hunnable found the back of the net for the 20th time in 2013, giving No. 7 Connecticut a 1-0 victory against No. 5 Old Dominion in the Big East championship final. With the victory, the Huskies claimed the 2013 Big East Field Hockey Championship title and improved to 17-4 this season, while the Lady Monarchs fall to 13-7 and will await seeding, pairing and location for the 2013 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship.

The game winner came at 71:03 on a fast break attack between senior Marie Elena Bolles and Hunnable. Bolles took the ball into the left side of the circle before flipping a pass back to Hunnable, who put a shot halfway up the cage. Following the game, Hunnable was named the 2013 Big East Field Hockey Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

The win gives the Huskies their 13th Big East championship title and second in a row. Despite being shutout against the Lady Monarchs 5-0 on Oct. 25, the Huskies were able to defeat the No. 2 seed, holding them to just six shots.

Neither team could muster much on offense in the opening 35 minutes, as there were just six combined shots. Montana Fleming had one of UConn’s better opportunities in the first half when she received a high pass in the middle of circle and sent a backhanded shot on goal that was saved by a diving Megan Hept at 24:51.

With just more than three minutes remaining in regulation, Roisin Upton nearly gave the Huskies a late lead when she fired a shot from the top of the circle that was blocked by a Lady Monarch defender on a corner penalty.

Head coach Nancy Stevens, who is in her 24th year at the helm of the Huskies, improves to 33-10 all-time in Big East tournament contests and now boasts 568 career wins.

Sarah Mansfield finished the game with three saves in the cage, thwarting four corner penalty attempts and earning her 10th shutout of the season. Her effort helped extend her own school shutout record to 29. Her counterpart, Hept, was able to stop four Husky shots but allowed the sudden-victory goal.

ACC FINAL
No. 1 Maryland 2, No. 3 North Carolina 0


NEWTON, Mass. -- Maryland scored two goals early in the second half and benefitted from a strong defensive performance to score a 2-0 victory against North Carolina to win the 2013 ACC Field Hockey Championship.

With the win, Maryland (20-1, 6-0) clinched its 10th ACC title in program history in its final year on the conference. The Terrapins' previous title coming during the 2010 campaign. In addition, the Terrapins locked up an automatic berth to the NCAA championship and avenged a 4-2 loss to the Tar Heels in the 2012 ACC Field Hockey Championship title game.

After a first half that consisted of tight defensive play from both squads, Maryland looked to open things up in the initial five minutes of the second period, as it generated two solid offensive chances within a three-minute stretch that forced North Carolina goalkeeper Sassi Ammer to turn away multiple shots.

The offensive pressure produced success at the 39:07 mark of the first half, as the Terrapins got on the board first. Hayley Turner found tournament most valuable player Jill Witmer in the circle to put Maryland up 1-0. Turner drove along the end line to Ammer’s left and centered a pass to Witmer, who lofted a shot to the top left corner of the cage for her team-leading 16th goal of the season.

Minutes later, the Tar Heels (16-5, 3-3) defense buckled yet again, as it allowed Maryland to stretch its lead to 2-0 on a goal by Anna Desoye. Off of a penalty corner, Ali McEvoy blasted a shot through traffic toward the net that Ammer turned away. Desoye, however, was in perfect position to poke the rebound past Ammer.

In all, Maryland posted 12 shots and five penalty corners to North Carolina’s eight shots and four penalty corners.

The Terrapins held the nation’s second-best scoring offense to eight shots and just its second scoreless game of the season. The victory was Hunter’s 18th of the year and her third shutout of the 2013 season.

BIG TEN FINAL
Michigan State 3, No. 20 Iowa 2


ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Third seeded Michigan State claimed the Big Ten tournament championship on Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 defeat of No. 5 seed Iowa. It is the fourth tournament title for the Spartans (12-9, 4-2 Big Ten) and first since 2009. With the win, Michigan State earns the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.

The Spartans erased a two-goal first-half deficit to comeback for the 3-2 win. Abby Barker scored two goals for Michigan State, while Adelle Lever notched the game winner in the 62nd minute.

CAA FINAL
No. 17 Delaware 5, Northeastern 1


NEWARK, Del. -- Top-seeded Delaware used five goals from five different players to defeat second-seeded Northeastern 5-1 in Sunday's CAA championship game at Rullo Stadium.

Delaware improved to 16-4 on the year and captured the program's third CAA title and first since 2009. The Blue Hens posted a perfect 6-0 in league play to earn their first regular-season title and also hosted their first CAA championship this weekend.

UD received goals from Esmee Peet, Michaela Patzner, Meghan Winesett, Kasey Prettyman and Maddie O’Beirne.

NCAA



Maryland selected as No. 1 seed for 2013 DI Field Hockey Championship

INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Field Hockey Committee announced Sunday the field of 16 teams for the 2013 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship. Eleven conferences were awarded automatic qualification. The six lowest automatic-qualification teams will compete for three play-in berths. The remaining five automatic-qualification teams were placed in the bracket.

The following conferences and their representatives received automatic qualification:

America East Conference -- New Hampshire
Atlantic Coast Conference -- Maryland
Atlantic 10 Conference -- Massachusetts
Big East Conference -- Connecticut
Big Ten Conference -- Michigan State
Colonial Athletic Association -- Delaware
The Ivy League -- Princeton
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference -- Quinnipiac
Mid-American Conference -- Miami (Ohio)
Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference -- Liberty
Patriot League -- American

The remaining eight teams that were selected at-large: Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest.

Play-in games will be played on three campus sites on Wednesday. First- and second-round games will be played on four campus sites on Saturday and Sunday. Old Dominion will host the semifinals and final Nov. 22 and 24 at the L.R. Hill Complex in Norfolk, Va.

NCAA



Field hockey clinches ACC title with 2-0 win over North Carolina

Championship is Terps' 10th in program history

by Paul Pierre-Louis


Three years ago, the Terrapins women’s field hockey team won their third straight ACC Championship after beating North Carolina in double overtime. That dramatic win was the last time the Terps won the conference championship.

The Terps leave the ACC next year to compete in the Big Ten, but they will do so as defending ACC champions. The team beat No. 3-seed North Carolina, 2-0, to win its 10th conference championship in program history.

The two teams were locked in a cagey affair throughout the first period. The Tar Heels won a penalty corner early in the game but couldn’t convert. The Terps tried to generate scoring opportunities from the wings, but the Tar Heels defense got in the way of their crosses and shots.

The team still outshot the Tar Heels, 6-2, in the first half, though, as the Terps’ defense prevented North Carolina from getting many opportunities.

In the second half, the Terps began to take control. They more than doubled their shot count, and they stopped the Tar Heels from getting a shot on goal for the majority of the period.

The Terps scored in the 40th minute, with forward Jill Witmer getting on the end of a cross from midfielder Hayler Turner. Midfielder Anna Dessoye four minutes later off a penalty corner rebound to double the team’s lead.

The Tar Heels played with an empty net for the final 13 minutes, but the Terps held on to get the ACC title.

The Diamondback



UConn Field Hockey Wins Its 12th Big East Title

No. 7 Huskies Earn Automatic NCAA Bid

By LORI RILEY


STORRS — Two weeks ago, the UConn field hockey team gave up five goals to Old Dominion, the second game in the Huskies' three-game losing streak.

It was a difficult day, but a lot of good came out of it.

"We owe them a debt of gratitude, to be quite honest," UConn coach Nancy Stevens said.

Sunday afternoon, UConn played evenly with the Monarchs during regulation then scored on a breakaway a little over a minute into overtime as the Huskies won their 12th Big East tournament title, 1-0, at the Sherman Family Complex.

With the win, No. 7-ranked UConn (17-4) gets an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, which was announced late Sunday night. UConn will face Boston College, which beat the Huskies 4-3 on Oct. 6, in a first-round NCAA tournament game in Syracuse Nov. 16.

Although the rest of the sports teams at UConn are in the American Athletic Conference, field hockey and women's lacrosse have remained in the Big East. Old Dominion, a field hockey powerhouse, joined in field hockey this year.

"They beat Maryland and North Carolina and us in one week," Stevens said. "They have added great value to our conference. The championship is meaningful because we were able to defeat a great program."

UConn junior forward Chloe Hunnable scored her 20th goal of the season off a breakaway play by senior Maria Elena Bolles 1:21 into the first overtime period. Hunnable was named the tournament's most outstanding player.

"We had a rough seven days two weeks ago," Hunnable said. "Since then, we've transformed."

UConn had one loss when it went to play American Oct. 20. The Huskies lost that game, 4-3. Five days later, they lost at No. 5 ODU, 5-0, despite outshooting the Monarchs. They capped off the road trip with a 2-1 loss to No. 2 North Carolina Oct. 26.

"There's this great Japanese quote: It says, 'Last night, a storm destroyed the roof of my house and now I can see the moon more clearly,' " Stevens said. "When you fail, you need to look at everything. Old Dominion made us the team we are today. Because they really found our weaknesses when we played them the first time. We did not play well.

"We knew we had to make some significant changes. We changed the starting lineup. We changed positions of certain players. We changed our defensive corner unit and our attack corner unit. I don't know what else you can change."

It worked. The Huskies have had four shutouts since then.

"We're very solid on defense right now," Stevens said.

Sophomore Roisin Upton, who was named to the all-tournament team Sunday, has been a mainstay of UConn's defense and freshman Anna Middendorf was the main defender marking conference offensive player of the year Rosario Villagra on Sunday.

"Connecticut played well and we were not as sharp as we could have been inside the 25," ODU coach Andrew Griffiths said. "We limited their chances, but they limited our chances as well."

UConn outshot Old Dominion 8-6 and had a 5-4 advantage in penalty corners.

And when the game went into 7-on-7 overtime, the Huskies felt good about their chances.

"We've lost once in overtime since I've been here," Hunnable said. "We're quite composed."

The Hartford Courant



From hockey field to top cop

Harpreet Kaur Lamba




Sportsmen often rue the lack of time during their playing careers to devote to education and learning, but when India hockey midfielder Gurbaj Singh was sidelined from the national team, he decided to make the most of it.

In the last one year, the 25-year-old finished his police and commando training - he is employed as a Deputy Superintendent of Police in Punjab - and has emerged "smarter and fitter".

His day began at 5 am and included physical training, parade rehearsals, law classes, a game of football or gym, horseriding and even shooting! That he excelled and won a gold medal in the 3x3 shooting competition ahead of his 19 batch mates - many of whom were from an Army background - stays his "standout moment".

"Now I can shoot at any given point from a distance of 100 metres," says Gurbaj, who learnt how to handle an AK-47 and other automatic weapons. "It will be part of my job when I begin police duty in future and I practised it a lot.

"We underwent shooting training for close to three months and I developed an interest in it," said the Ferozepur lad. "I managed to qualify for the finals, topping my group. And was very focused going into the finals. It was very satisfying to win a trophy in a sport other than mine.

"Now, my team mates joke that I should compete in the next Olympics in shooting!"

Midfielder Gurbaj, who has represented India in over 150 international matches since 2006, though cannot help but draw parallels in the two distinct lives.

"My hockey stick was replaced by a rifle. Every morning when I picked it up to go the training ground, it gave me the same feeling of going and fighting for the country. Just like a captain commands his team mates to give their heart and soul in a game, we did so here as well."

Talking about his days at the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Academy, Gurbaj said he learnt a lot of things other than "just what books could teach".

"Among the changes were the formal clothes, shoes, belts, which Punjab Police are very particular about. It was even compulsory to have dinner in formals at all time," says Gurbaj with a smile.

"It may be normal for other people, but for us sportspersons it’s always been casuals. This was my induction into the world of studies and I learnt so much about life. We were even taught mannerisms and social conduct."

His training period involved lot of "hands on" experiences. "We were put in life-like situations and our one month of training where all of us worked at different police stations was an insight into a different world. Dealing with criminals and visiting jails, while hearing pleas of people who came with hope, it was quite something.

"As athletes, our focus is strictly on game and fitness. While here, I learnt law, cyber crime, participated in debates and spent endless hours in the class room and libraries. As a kid, I used to run away from books, but I understood its importance now," he recalls.

"We did have a lot of fun too, and I ended up making a lot of new friends."

And while now he is all set to return to the India fold, Gurbaj says his one year of training will help him put things in a better perspective on the hockey field too.

"Discipline and team unity were the common points and I will carry a lot of it into the hockey field too."

The Asian Age