News for 14 November 2013

All the news for Thursday 14 November 2013


Great Britain squad assess progress in three match series against Germany

Great Britain Women’s Head Coach Jason Lee saw his side narrowly defeated against the world number five side


Ahead of the Argentina World League Final, Great Britain Head Coach Jason Lee took a relatively inexperienced Great Britain squad out to Mannheim, Germany to play three capped matches.

The matches provided Lee an opportunity to see athletes from the wider training squad, including Nikki Kidd, Ali Bell and Morag McLellan from Scotland, and also offered several players a chance to face Germany before they meet them in England colours in the World League Final, which starts on 30 November.

The series saw international debuts for Sabbie Heesh (Loughborough Students), Suzy Petty (Beeston) and Shona McCallin (MOP NED) and first caps in a Great Britain shirt for a host of players including European Silver medallists Lily Owsley, Sarah Haycroft, Hollie Webb and Susie Townsend.

With regular captain Kate Walsh back home, Susie Gilbert, Laura Unsworth and Ashleigh Ball were all given the opportunity to captain a match each.

Great Britain started strongly, winning their first game 3-1, however Germany fought back to reverse this score line in the remaining two games to take the series win. Further information about the three matches can be found below.

Speaking after the final match, Great Britain Head Coach Jason Lee said: “We started strongly with a win in the first game and then it was slightly disappointing to be on the losing end yesterday and today. We created a lot of chances today and it felt like a very typical game against Germany where they converted their chances and we just couldn’t score from ours. But I felt overall it was very even between the two sides which is pleasing.”

He added: “Our job coming over here was to continue to develop the wider GB squad and we have certainly done that. I’m really pleased for all the players who have made their international debuts out here and there have been some good performances from the less experienced members of the squad. Having said that, everyone is aware that there is still plenty of progress to be made as we continue to build this squad.”

Focus will shift significantly tomorrow for Lee as his squad switches to the 18 English athletes selected for the FIH World League Final: “Obviously my job now is to look ahead to Argentina at the end of the month. This was such a removed squad out here to that which will be playing in Argentina, I don’t feel like the three matches will contribute significantly to any preparations for the tournament ahead, however like I said, that was never the point of bringing this group of players out to Mannheim. Playing Germany in the third pool match in the World League Final will be very different to the three games we’ve just had here.

We will head back home this evening and get ready to fly out to Argentina next week to face the seven best sides in world hockey. It’s been about 12 degrees playing in The Dome out here and even colder back home. Currently it’s closer to 30 degrees in South America so we will need the full week we have out in Tucuman prior to the tournament to acclimatise.”

Nine members of this squad will be pulling on their England shirts on 30 November as they face Korea at 12:00 (UK time) in the first match at the Argentina World League Final. Click here to see the full squad and find out more about this tournament.

England Hockey was celebrating last week as three world level events were secured over the next five years. One of those three events will be the women’s 2016 Champions Trophy, which will be played in Great Britain colours, as Jason Lee’s side will be just weeks away from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Click here to find out more.

Reports for Germany-Great Britain three match series

Match One

GERMANY (0) 1 - GREAT BRITAIN (0) 3


GER: Hannah Kruger 52 (PC)
GBR: Susie Townsend 45 (F), Steph Elliott 51 (F), Georgie Twigg 70 (F)

The first game saw international debuts for Shona McCallin (MOP, Netherlands) and Suzy Petty (Beeston). The game also marked a first Great Britain cap for a host of players, including European silver medallists Sarah Haycroft, Susie Townsend and Hollie Webb. (Further details can be found in the table below.)

Great Britain put themselves in the driving seat of the mini-series with a strong 3-1 victory in the opening game which was played in The Dome in Mannheim.

All three goals came in the second half, two of which were scored by debutants Susie Townsend (Reading) and Steph Elliott (Holcombe). London 2012 Olympian Georgie Twigg (Surbiton) took her GB goal tally to three when she added to the score line in the final minute.

There were three players watching from the sidelines today; Laura Unsworth, Lily Owsley and Sabbie Heesh.

Match Two

GERMANY (2) 3 - GREAT BRITAIN (0) 1


GER: Franzisca Hauke 28,31 (F,F), Eva Frank 59 (F)
GBR:Susie Gilbert 68 (F)

The second game of the series saw a reverse in yesterday's scoreline as Germany came back strongly to beat Great Britain 3-1. Hauke was on target twice in the first half with two quick goals before half-time to give her side the lead going into the break.

Germany made it 3-0 in the 59th minute through Eva Frank which put the game beyond Great Britain. However, captain for the match, Susie Gilbert (Reading) put her stamp on the game scoring in the final two minutes from open play to mirror yesterday's score line.

Congratulations to Sabbie Heesh (Loughborough Students) who made her international debut in Great Britain's goal.

Match Three

GERMANY (3) 3 - GREAT BRITAIN (1) 1


GER: Eileen Hoffmann 4 (F), Charlotte Stapenhorst 23 (F), Eva Frank 28  (PC)
GBR: Ellie Watton 29 (F)

The last game of this three-match series was decided by the end of the first half, as Germany continued their form with an identical winning score line to yesterday. Hoffmann opened the scoring early with a goal four minutes in, and while Great Britain initially held them off Stapenhorst was able to find an opening 19 minutes later to go up 2-0.

A penalty corner five minutes later sealed Germany’s score for the match, and though Ellie Watton (Beeston) was able to score her first goal for Great Britain in the 29th minute, with no more goals to follow it wasn’t enough to level the field before the break.

Great Britain competed strongly in the second half, opening up more scoring opportunities. While there were a couple of very good chances, they unfortunately couldn’t be converted, and the match ran out with Germany the winners at 3-1.

GB Women’s Squad* for the 3-match series in Mannheim, Germany

Name - Current Club - Home Nation


Ashleigh Ball -Slough - England
Alison Bell - Grove Menziehill - Scotland
Sophie Bray - MOP (NED) - England
Stephanie Elliott - Holcombe - England
Susie Gilbert - Reading - England
Sarah Haycroft - Surbiton - England
Sabbie Heesh - Loughborough Students - England
Nikki Kidd - Canterbury - Scotland
Joanna Leigh - Clifton - England
Kirsty Mackay - East Grinstead - England
Shona McCallin - MOP (NED) - England
Morag McLellan - Clydesdale Western - Scotland
Lily Owsley - University of Birmingham - England
Suzy Petty - Beeston - England
Susie Townsend - Reading - England
Georgie Twigg - Surbiton - England
Laura Unsworth - Holcombe - England
Sally Walton - Wakefield - England
Ellie Watton - Beeston - England
Hollie Webb - Surbiton – England

Great Britain Hockey media release



Kenya get past Police five times as they warm up for African tourney

By BRIAN YONGA



Josephine Ataro of the national women hockey team training at City Park Hockey Stadium on November 13 in readiness for the Africa Hockey Federation Africa Cup of Nations tournament set to kick off on Monday, November 19. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU

Kenya men’s hockey team on Wednesday warmed up for the Africa Cup of Nations with a 5-2 win over Kenya Police in a friendly match played at the City Park Stadium.

A brace from Brian Musasia and Willis Okeyo plus a further goal from Barnabas Odhiambo set them to victory against a very strong Police side that scored their goals through Matthew Masia and Thomas Munyi.

Kenya was however made to work hard for victory after trailing 2-1 at half time as the premier league side matched them in every department.

A pep talk from assistant coach Inderjit Matharu during the break seemed to do the trick as the national side came back stronger, playing with purpose which was missing in the first half.

Midfield maestro Brian Musasia scored two goals in a minute after being set up brilliantly by Barnabas Odhiambo to swing the game to the national team’s advantage.

Police were guilty of missing several chances but still showed why they are on top of the hockey premier league standings.

STIFFER COMPETITION

The win was a boost for the team ahead of the Nations Cup which begins on Monday at the same venue. However, they will come across stiffer competition than Kenya Police next week.

The team opens its campaign against Egypt as they seek the sole ticket for next year’s World Cup in the Netherlands.

Matharu was pleased with team’s performance but noted that they still needed to improve in attack and also in making decisions at critical points.

“We are working on our attack because that is the most crucial area if we are going to win matches at this event”, Matharu told Nation Sport.

In the absence of prolific striker Zack Aura, he said it was important for the striking force to fire on all cylinders.

His sentiments were echoed by the captain Wilson Birir who expressed confidence that the team would qualify for the World Cup.

“We are playing at home and I see no reason why we cannot win all our matches. We have a good squad who understand what is at stake,” said Birir.

Daily Nation



Aymar’s Argentina target World League glory

Coach Roggero names 18 player team ahead of Tucuman showpiece



Luciana Aymar celebrates scoring at the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Photo: FIH / Grant Treeby)

Seven times World Player of the Year Luciana Aymar has been named in Argentina’s 18-player squad that will compete at the Hockey World League Final, which takes place in San Miguel de Tucuman later this month.

The legendary star heads a strong group which contains 14 members of the side that took the Silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games, including lively forward Carla Rebecchi and penalty corner ace Noel Barrionuevo. The full squad can be found below.

Las Leonas have been drawn into Pool B of the tournament, and will face in-form Australia, New Zealand and China ahead of the tournament quarter-finals. Pool A contains Olympic champions The Netherlands as well as England, Germany and Korea.

The tournament runs from 30 November until 8th December and will be streamed live on the FIH You Tube Channel. It promises to be an absolutely thrilling event – make sure you don’t miss it.

Argentina squad – Hockey World League Final

Luciana Aymar
Carla Rebecchi
Rosario Luchetti
Noel Barrionuevo
Belén Succi
Silvina D'Elia
Julia Gomes Fantasia
Macarena Rodríguez
Mariela Scarone
Mariana Rossi
Rocio Sánchez Moccia
Daniela Sruoga
Martina Cavallero
Florencia Habif
Delfina Merino
Agustina Albertarrio
Josefina Sruoga
Florencia Mutio

Coach: Emanuel Roggero
Assistant coaches: Maria Paz Ferrari y Jorge Lombi
Trainer: Manuel Ferro
Kinesiologist: Patricia Fioroni
Doctor: Pablo Feijoo
Camera: Pablo Altube
Video operator: Facundo Juárez
Team leader: Mariana González Oliva

FIH site



Netherlands’ Lammers ruled out of HWL Finals

Star striker Kim replaced by Pheninckx after suffering knee injury



Netherlands striker Kim Lammers. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Olympic Gold medal-winning striker Kim Lammers has been forced to withdraw from the Netherlands squad that will compete in this month’s Argentina Hockey World League Finals tournament due to injury.

The brilliant goal-scorer suffered an injury to her right knee during a league match for her club team Laren MHC on Sunday, with Netherlands coach Max Caldas calling up SV Kampong player Malou Pheninckx as a replacement.

The severity of Lammers’ injury is not known at this stage, although she will be undergoing assessment in hospital later this week.

The Netherlands have been drawn into Pool A, and will compete against contains Olympic Bronze medallists England, European champions Germany and Asian giants Korea. Pool B features hosts Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and China.

The tournament takes place in San Miguel de Tucuman and runs from 30 November until 8th December.

FIH site



Waterloo Ducks storm on in Belgian league

BELGIUM: Waterloo Ducks have a three point lead at the top of the Audi Hockey League in Belgium following two victories at the weekend.

On Saturday, the Ducks cruised to a 10-1 win over Namur before hammering Gantoise 5-0 on Sunday. Their cause was helped when nearest rivals and fellow EHL competitors KHC Dragons and Racing Club played out a thrilling 5-5 draw, allowing WatDucks to extend their advantage at top of the table.

To see the latest results from the Belgian League, click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



UHC Hamburg move top of Bundesliga

GERMANY: Triple Euro Hockey League champions UHC Hamburg have moved to the top of Germany’s Hockey Liga thanks to a truly sensational 5-0 away victory over previous league leaders and EHL competitors Harvestehuder on Saturday.

Ricardo Nevado, Alexander Perdoni, Florian Fuchs, Moritz Fürste and Moritz Falcke scored the goals as UHC produced an irresistible display to knock HTHC off the top of the table.

UHC Hamburg now have 34 points on the board, giving them a one point lead over both Mannheim – who were 7-1 weekend winners against Nürnberg HTC – and Harvestehuder. 

Rot-Weiss Köln moved onto 31 points with an impressive 4-1 win at Uhlenhorst Mülheim.  Niclas Thiel, Marco Miltkau and a double for Christoph Menke ensured that Rot-Weiss claimed all three points.

To see the latest results from the Hockey Liga, click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



Shaheen Give Club an Early Shock in HK Hockey

By Bill Cox



Arif Ali of Shaheen-A (in red) taking on Will Glover and Julian Lewis of HKFC-A in their Hong Kong Hockey Association Premier Division match at the Football Club on Sunday Nov 10, 2013. Shaheen gave Club a real scare in the first 10 minutes of the game and continued to be strong in outfield play, but HKFC won the match 5-1 through more clinical finishing. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Back after a week’s break, all teams in the Hong Kong Hockey Association men’s Premier Division were scheduled to play last Saturday Nov 9. However, Punjab-A eager to display their three newly acquired Olympians were kept on tenterhooks as their opponents, the division’s newly elevated KNS-A, could not raise a team. This gave Punjab a walkover and the 3-points.

Khalsa had a comfortable win over HKFC-B winning 8-1, but the Club-B side did well to keep the score down to this total and also had some success in the goal scoring department by pulling back a consolation goal towards the end of the game, much to the appreciation of their fans. Ahmed Ewis did not have his usual sparkling game missing a few drag flicks from penalty corners and one wonders if he is going off-the-boil.

In the first match of the day played at Football Club (Sports Road) HKFC-A took on Shaheen-A, who this season have been denting the pride of some of the big boys and are currently in fifth place in the standings.

Club-A had quite a wake-up call early in the match as Sheheen-A had several penalty corners awarded to them for infringements inside the 22. And then finally Shaheen-A were awarded a penalty stroke, which Arif Ali slotted home to put them in the lead 1-0.

Club gradually picked up the pieces, but still had severe difficulties retaining possession due to quick attacking by the visiting team. After getting two goals in fairly quick succession, Club-A became somewhat more composed, winning the encounter 5-1 to keep them at the top of the standings. The key difference in the match was in the goal scoring department.

Meanwhile, Valley-A had an excellent match against KCC-A in the early fixture of the day played at Happy Valley (HV1) and won the encounter 4-1. KCC are still trying to regroup after losing two of their best players to Khalsa at the start of the season, but it was a good win for Valley keeping them in sixth place.

Pak-A playing SSSC-B notched up their first win of the season winning a closely fought game 4-3, while SSSC-A had comfortable 4-0 victory over Elite-A.

This Weekend

With a full program of Premier Division matches planned for the coming weekend, many people in Hong Kong Hockey are eagerly awaiting the match between Khalsa-A and Punjab-A, a clash of the titans to be played at Happy Valley on Sunday Nov 17.

As well as Punjab bringing in top line internationals, Khalsa has also added another one or two new players to their squad. With Punjab on equal points (15) with HKFC-A at the top of the standings and Khalsa just two points behind caused by their draw with Shaheen-A earlier in the season, it will mean a place at the top or dropping behind the current leaders. HKFC-A are expected to win their match against a reduced strength KCC-A.

This should be a big occasion and many supporters are likely to turn up, but they will be disappointed not to have the luxury of seating as they did at Kings Park. The Valley ground only has three small stands for seating and this match may show the inadequacy of these facilities.

The Epoch Times



Pakistan’s winning hockey team forgotten, losing cricket team adored?

By Kashif Shahzada


Pakistan's hockey team wins the second Asian Champions trophy. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

There is no free lunch when it comes to coverage of sports in Pakistan. Pakistan’s hockey team has just won the second Asian Champions Trophy by beating Japan in the finals and with this victory, Pakistan has retained the title for the second time.

Interestingly, while our hockey squad was on stage in Japan reveling with their gold medals, Pakistan’s cricket team was getting hammered at the hands of the South Africans in the UAE.

Even more interesting was the stark contrast in the nation’s response to these two international sporting events. Even though Pakistan lost the ODI series, the audience was glued to their TV sets, constantly updating their Twitter feeds and Facebook statuses, while hockey was nowhere in sight.

No trumpets were blown for our hockey team; there was no red carpet welcome and no official congratulations came their way.

Victory that feels like defeat is what seems to have struck Pakistan’s national sport these days.

Achievements in hockey

When it comes to our achievements, cricket can barely scratch the surface when compared with hockey. It has literally been medals galore for hockey since inception.

 

  • World cup: Four gold and two silver medals
  • Olympics: Three gold, three silver and two bronze medals
  • Asian games: Eight gold, two silver and three bronze medals
  • Champions trophy: Three gold, six silver and seven bronze medals

In addition, we also hold the world record for the highest number of goals scored in international hockey with Sohail Abbas’s shining 348 goal tally.

Achievements in cricket

On the other hand, cricket has brought home the World Cup just once in 1992, the Asia Cup in 2000 and the International Cricket Council (ICC) T-20 in 2009, and that is about it.

We are yet to produce a batsman who makes the highest number of runs in cricket, while Sachin Tendulkar is the record holder of 15,847 runs – the highest number of runs achieved.

The irony


Despite this gigantic gap between the laurels of cricket and hockey, cricket remains the talk of the town and it is cricket and not hockey that is blazed on our TV screens left, right and centre. Regardless of cricket’s poor performance and hockey’s high achievements, cricket hogs the limelight while hockey remains in the shadows today.

The question arises, why is hockey, the sport that has given so much to the nation, facing an almost complete blackout from our public, news and media?  Why is cricket, given its poor performance, always in the limelight?

The answer to this question is fairly complex and involves two elements – the commercial nature of our media and the rapidly changing demographics of our society.

The media’s role in hockey’s death

As is the case internationally, our electronic and print media groups are not voluntary or philanthropic organisations working for the common good. Rather, they are commercial organisations led by profit. Media owners have invested a lot of capital in their business with an aim to see a return on their investments. Hence, what gets aired has to be commercially viable.

Of course, cricket is where the money is and hockey, frankly speaking, is not. Banks, mobile companies and all other major sponsors are into cricket. Therefore, it is logical, not to mention commercially sound, to dedicate space where the sponsors want it.

Unfortunately, hockey being an amateur sport does not have much of a marketing appeal for the sponsors to enable it to sustain media coverage. This is the case not only in Pakistan, but all over the world as well.

This lack of sponsorship appeal means hockey is given a back-seat, even if we are a winning team.  Moreover, all the glamour and scandals in cricket make it even more appealing to media groups and lucrative sponsorship deals ensure air time irrespective of the result.

It seems that it is profits and not patriotism that makes a losing sport so popular, while putting the victorious national sport on the back bench.

A young hockey-less generation


Pakistan’s population has changed drastically over the years and two thirds of the population is yet to reach the age of 30. This audience cannot relate to the victorious era of hockey from the past. The vast majority of Pakistanis have not seen Islahudin Siddiqui, Samiullah Khan or Hassan Sardar dribble past defenders and score breathtaking goals.

If they have not seen or heard about our hockey players, they cannot really mean much to them, can they?

As the current generation grows up, they are bombarded through media with cricket and even European league football, which was completely unknown just two decades ago in this part of the world. It is common these days for kids to know the names of favourite players in Manchester United or Arsenal and even know the names of their team members. However, try asking a youngster today what the name of the captain of Pakistan’s hockey team is, and I can guarantee that he will look at you in bewilderment.

Unfortunately, hockey is neither in the memory of our youth nor is its artistry and excitement displayed on TV. There is simply no way that hockey – our national sport – can have a future with trends like this.

The seriousness of the situation calls for all who love the sport, the entire hockey fraternity and stakeholders in Pakistan to join their heads and look for a remedy. Merely funding the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) will not do, although it is the federation that has the responsibility as well as the resources, to develop the sport in the country.

However, if the federation has failed and so far it has, then it is time for the fans to take over, irrespective of how few they may be.

The Express Tribune blogs



Rigging petition: Hockey federation says elections legal

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday adjourned for 10 days the hearing of a petition seeking a stay order on the elections at the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF).

The petitioner, former Olympian Naveed Alam, said that he feared that the hockey federation’s election would be “massively rigged”, as some candidates and some members of the election commission also held senior positions within in the federation.

The petitioner asked the court to direct the respondents to follow the rules and regulations for the elections, which were scheduled to end on November 25.

The PHF submitted a written reply to the petition in which it rejected Alam’s claims.

The court adjourned the hearing till November 27 with directions to the counsel of both parties to present further arguments.

The Express Tribune



Terry Walsh: "We need to be legitimately realistic about the outcome”

Tazeen Qureshy




Australian Olympian Terrence Walsh, coach of the national hockey team, is on focus nowadays, as he inherits coaching job from his countryman Michael Nobbs. Quick to settle here in India, Walsh is all over the places, now its the turn of Bhubaneswar for his tour. He came to the city to negotiate his way, and become the coach of the recently launched sixth team of Hockey India league, Odisha Lancers. He took time and spoke about his new role as Indian coach, and then touches upon the newer taks, the Odisha Lancers, all briefly at the airport.

The excerpts:

On being appointed as the coach of the national team

“I see this as an exciting opportunity to train the young talents of the country. I am sure the phase would be an interesting one for me. My most important task would be to ensure that the team is consistent in their performance. Implementation is the biggest challenge. Everyone has a great idea but all that matters is proper implementation of those great ideas.

On the packed 2014 calendar (World Hockey League Finals, World Cup, Commonwealth Games, Asiad etc)
We need to be legitimately realistic about the outcome. 2014 is an important year in terms of the tournaments we will be playing. I wish to see a climbing performance of my team in the season. My aim would be to create some format for the boys. We have critical tournaments like the World Hockey League, Champions trophy and of course the World Cup. Then, there are not-so-critical yet important tours like Azlan Shah in Malaysia which will help us reach a proper standard.

Impression of India’s performance at the recently concluded Asian Champion’s Trophy, Japan.
From whatever I have seen, I gather three impressions. First, the players have a better tactical awareness and have done a good job. Second, their physiological pace is definitely better and third the young players are doing a prominent job in the team.

On too many young players in the senior team
See, the most important thing is self-belief. Undoubtedly, the youngsters have good skills and they are comfortable on the field. So, if they have the ability to play the game then why not?

On his stint with the 6th team of HIL, Odisha Lancers
It’s an unbelievably different experience where a government enterprise has taken up a team. This is the first attempt from the government’s side and I am really happy to be a part of it.

Stick2Hockey.com



Golden Jubilee of Senior Nehru Cup

K. Arumugam


If there is one hockey organization in India that is known for its commitment, singular pursuit of set forth objectives, and doing things on time, year after year, now on fifty count, one name that flashes across minds is undoubtedly the Delhi based Jawaharlal Nehru Hockey Tournament Society (JNHTS).

Formed against the glory of Indian hockey team regaining the Olympic gold in 1964, seventh time, after losing the previous one to arch rival Pakistan, the JNHTS set standards in doing things that are unique of its time.

Be it organizing War Fund, or Welfare Fund for needy players, JNHTS not only did things in style, but also with missionary zeal.

Once the Nehru Senior Cup was put in place in 1964, which the Northern Railways won what with great names like Balkishen Singh, Harbinder Singh on its rolls, it did not rest in laurels.

Naturally so, as its flagship Senior Nehru Cup was just among the best five, being the youngest of the lot -- Beighton, Aga Khan, Bombay Cup and MCC CUP – it went on to innovate.

There came the junior Cup, and then an avenue for girls was conceived and put on place followed by a new platform for Champions Colleges.

As years wore down, the task became surmountable what with organizing costs increasing while on the contrary the public enthusiasm for hockey in general on the wane, mostly due to the falling fortunes of the national team.

The task was not given up, with a team of which Shiv Kumar Varma, founder secretary, had been the fulcrum, and the mission of organizing string of tournaments, followed with summer camp went on uninterrupted. There were times, war, communal disturbance, unending labour unrest, spells that stopped the pulse of nation for unbearably long, but the conduct of the tournament never stopped.

This writer was privy to a discussion between Sayid Hamid, then Chairman of the Organizing Committee and Shiv Kumar Varma. The latter called him to know his president’s view on conduct of tournaments as the Babri Majid demolition had almost cribbed the nation when the time for Nehru Cup had arrived.

Let there at least be one good thing going, we won’t stop our tournament” was what Sayid Saab, who is now Chancellor of Hamdard University said. The JNHTS followed, and then every event of that year were staged with usual fanfare.

Even as National governing body of hockey, Indian Hockey Federation, had to fault on hosting the Nationals due to various factors, the JNHTS did not commit any lapse, and all its tournaments were held on time.

On times, the stadia in Delhi were not available due to renovation like CWG, and on such times the events were taken to nearly cities like Gurgaon, Sonepat, Gwalior, even to Ranchi, but it was seen that no event ever stops.

Such has been the history of Nehru Society.

The history as we recollect on its golden jubilee is good, but the future task seem hard to achieve.

The financial costs of holding a chain of six tournaments become huge each passing year while on the other hand the income sources dry up.

New forms of hockey like Hockey India League catching the imagination of the fans, and the minds of the national body, the significance of all India tournaments such as Nehru is sought to be reduced, and it would require huge human will to stand up and count.

This is what the new secretary of the society, Kukoo Walia is expected to assume.

He has the onerous task of sailing through the times without compromising with quality or quantity of events JNHTS is expected to put on board each year.

Sponsors are hard to come by, but every time a major one skips, another door opens.

ONGC, an organization which has been chipping with so far, now seems a bit disinterested, but the Walia’s team could rope in a pharmaceutical giant on time this year.

Its almost seven lives each year before the festival starts in Delhi on the traditional home, Shivaji stadium.

We hockey fans salute the Society for its pioneering role in proving hockey stuff for so many years.

With increasing discipline issues with the teams, last year Air India walked out protesting an umpiring decision, and everytime most of the age group team stuff over-age players, a lot need to be done.

Being the only non-government, non-Federation platform for grass root and schools hockey, there is a need for the Society to steer clear of issues, stabilize its resources and stand counted in the changing world of sports.

Hope, the Society will continue to accomplish its great role with more vigour in direct proportion to the difficulties it encounters to stay afloat. We, the sport lovers, stand by the Society in the pressing times and wish another Golden Jubilee in its long voyage.

Stick2Hockey.com



Paragon, Magnolias secure semi spots

Paragon and host club Shandy Carib Magnolias secured spots in the Women’s Open Division semifinals of the Shandy Carib Magnolias Hockey Tournament with their third straight wins from as many matches at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, on Monday night.

Paragon pushed its points tally to maximum nine points with a comfortable 6-1 bashing of Malvern Sweaters led by a hat-trick from Zene Henry, two from captain Alanna Lewis and one from Keima Gardiner. Krizia Layne got Sweaters’ lone item.

Magnolias, meanwhile got doubles from veteran Stacey Siu Butt and teenager Savannah De Freitas after Amie Olton had opened the scoring in their 5-0 trouncing of Harvard Maritime Checkers.

In the Men’s Open Division, Paragon and Queen’s Park also extended their 100 per cent winning records to three matches each and with it semifinal places.

Akim Toussaint and guest player, Wayne Legerton scored two each, while Cogie Butler and Kiel Murray added one apiece for Paragon to overcome Notre Dame 6-4 while Dominic Young helped himself to a beaver-trick for the Parkites in their 5-2 whipping of Defence Force.

In the Veterans Division, Queen’s Park secured top spot in Zone A with maximum nine points ahead of tonight’s semifinal via its 6-4 win over Defence Force in their group decider.

The Teteron Boys also advance to tonight’s semifinal after they ended in second spot with six points. In Zone B, Malvern is certain of reaching the semis after spanking Shape 8-3 led by a treble from David Francois.

The win was the second from two matches for Malvern ahead of its final match against second placed Carib (four points) which needed a point from the match to be certain of qualification.

This is because Fatima (one points) had a chance to qualify with a big win over Shape in its final match last night as well.

results

Veterans:


Malvern 8 (David Francois 10th, 24th, 27th, Korey Barnett 3rd, 13th, Anthony Marcano 13th, Shawn Alexander 20th, Deryck Alexander 30th) vs Shape 3 (Sheridan Beckford 19th, 29th, Nolan Sampson 30th)
Fatima 2 (Lawrence Mc Master 14th, Gerard Vieira 28th) vs Carib 2 (Davys Ramsammy 17th, Nigel Simon 23rd)
QPCC 6 (Jerazeno Bell 3rd, Gary Chin 7th, Gary Griffith 11th, Rob Wyatt 21st, Andre Attale 23rd, Raphael Govia 30th) vs Defence Force 4 (Anthony Morales 1st, 10th, 28th, Nicholas Wren 25th)

Women’s Open:

Magnolias 5 (Stacey Siu Butt 4th, 22nd, Savannah De Freitas 29th, 29th, Amie Olton 2nd) vs Checkers 0
Paragon 6 (Zene Henry 4th, 5th, 27th, Keima Gardiner 1st, Alanna Lewis 3rd, 25th) vs Malvern Sweaters 1 (Krizia Layne 18th)

Men’s Open:


Paragon 6 (Akim Toussaint 7th, 9th, Wayne Legerton 9th, 11th, Cogie Butler 20th, Kiel Murray 25th) vs Notre Dame 4 (Chad Pedro 2nd, 27th, Aidan De Gannes 4th, Solomon Eccles 30th)
QPCC 5 (Dominic Young 15th, 21st, 25th, 28th, Jordan Reynos 19th) vs Defence Force 2 (Roger Daniel 7th, 16th).

The Trinidad Guardian



Magnolias, Fatima take U-21 titles

Brianna Govia was the heroine for host Shandy Carib Magnolias as she scored a hat-trick to lead her team to a 4-2 defeat of Paragon in the Under-21 Women’s final of the Shandy Carib Magnolias Hockey Tournament at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, on Saturday night.

In addition to Govia, who ended as the tournament’s top scorer, Savannah De Freitas was also on target for Magnolias while Zene Henry and Gabrielle Thompson got Paragon replies.

Earlier on in the semifinals, Govia also netted three times while Elise Olton added two, her sister Samantha Olton, one and De Freitas siblings, Savannah and Shaniah, one each as well in their 8-2 demolition of Harvard Maritime Checkers.

Paragon was much more dominant as it crushed Magnolias II, 12-1 led by Thompson’s beaver-trick, three from Henry, two by Shanice Cudjoe and Therese Sobers, and Lisa Smith, one.

In the third placed playoff, Magnolias II battled past Checkers 3-2.

The Under-21 men’s decider was much more of an entertaining affair as Fatima and Malvern battled to a 5-5 draw at the end of regulation, before they tied 7-7 during extra-time which forced the match to be decided on penalty shoot-out, where Fatima prevailed 2-1 for a 9-8 final score.

results

Women’s semifinals:


Paragon 12 (Gabrielle Thompson 4, Zene Henry 3, Shanice Cudjoe 2, Therese Sobers 2, Lisa Smith) vs Magnolias II 1 (Stacey Ann Gomez)
Magnolias 8 (Brianna Govia 3, Elise Olton 2, Samantha Olton, Savannah De Freitas, Shaniah De Freitas) vs Checkers 2 (Brittney Hingh, Jemima Woodruffe)

Third placed:

Magnolias II 3 (Stacey-Ann Gomez, Kherdine Gonzales, Lexi Yearwood) vs Checkers 2 (Jemima Woodruffe, Brittney Hingh)

Final:

Magnolias 4 (Brianna Govia 3, Savannah De Freitas) vs Paragon 2 (Zene Henry, Gabrielle Thompson)

Men’s semifinals:

Malvern 10 (Tariq Marcano 6, Triston Grant 3, Teague Marcano) vs Hikers 7 (Jemar Assanah 4, Aroydy Brandford 2, Hilton Chester)
Fatima 6 (Ishmael Campbell 3, Marcus Pascal, Jordan Vieira, Quinn Clarke) vs QPCC 3 (Jordan Reynos, Mark Ayen, Keegan Dos Santos)

Third placed:

QPCC 5 (Mark Ayen 2, Jordan Reynos, Cade Lue Sue, Keegan Dos Santos) vs Hikers 2 (Andrew Stewart, Aroydy Brandford)

Final:

Fatima 9 (Jordan Vieira 3, Che Modeste 3, Quinn Clarke 2, Andrew Vieira) vs Malvern 8 (Teague Marcano 4, Tariq Marcano 3, Triston Grant). Match ended 5-5 at the end of regulation and 7-7 after extra-time before Fatima won 9-7 in penalty shoot-out.

U-21 Division honour roll:

Men’s


MVPs: Tariq Marcano (Malvern)/Jordan Vieira (Fatima)
Best Goal Keeper: Stuart Saldenha (Fatima)
Most Goals: Tariq Marcano (Malvern)
Most Promising: Zachary Clarke (QPCC)

Women’s

MVP: Amie Olton (Shandy Carib Magnolia)
Best Goal Keeper: Stephanie Smith (Paragon)
Most Goals: Brianna Govia (Shandy Carib Magnolias 1)
Most Promising: Samantha Olton (Shandy Carib Magnolias 1).

The Trinidad Guardian



USA Field Hockey Announces Boys Selection Opportunities

USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce numerous upcoming events for boys across the country. The game is growing and opportunities for boys and youth are on the rise.

With the U18 Youth Olympic Games right around the corner, 2014 will be a year of opportunity for the U.S. boy’s population. The Games are scheduled to be held in Nanjing, China August 16-28. The United States Olympic Committee has allocated one slot to USA Field Hockey.

Below is a list of all of the upcoming events in preparation for U.S. U18 National Team selection. The schedule, contact information, registration and location for all of these opportunities are posted on the boys section of the USFHA website.  

Regional Selection Camp

Twenty- four players will be recommended from six camps throughout the country to attend the National Selection Camp in January.

National Selection Camp for Qualification Tournament (Chula Vista, Cali.)

Players will be selected for the Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournament  held in Puerto Rico, February 1-8, 2014. Pending qualification from this tournament, we will earn an official bid to the Youth Olympic Games in China.

California Cup (Moorpark,Cali.)

Every player must attend the California Cup held May 23-26 if they wish to be selected to the Youth Olympic Games or U18 National Squad.

National Training Camp (Chula Vista, Cali.)

Pending qualification, the National Training Camp will occur in June in preparation for the Youth Olympic Games or to serve as a player development opportunity.

U21 National Team (Moorpark, Cali.)

Selection to the National U21 Squad will be based upon performance of players in their respective high performance region and performance at The California Cup. Players will be selected to attend the National Training Camp in June or July to play matches in Moorpark, Cali. during that time period.

U15 National Talent Camp (Chula Vista, Cali.)

Selection to the U15 National Talent Camp will be based upon players’ performance in their respective developmental or high performance region and performance in The California Cup. Players will be selected to attend the National Talent Camp in July at the Olympic Training Center, Chula Vista, Cali.

Don’t miss out on any opportunity to participate in USA Field Hockey events! Visit our youth, boys and events page for the latest news and events for all ages and abilities.

USFHA media release



USA Field Hockey Seeks Mens National Team Assistant Coach

To grow and expand upon the success that the Men’s National Team has achieved under Head Coach Chris Clements’ lead, USA Field Hockey is seeking a world-class candidate for the position of Assistant Coach and Program Manager. Reporting to the Head Coach, the Assistant Coach will be responsible for working with the USA Field Hockey senior men’s team for the current Olympic cycle with a view to achieving international success as well as leading the U-21 men’s program and the direction of junior high performance teams. The position is based in Chula Vista, Cali. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply here.

USFHA media release



Prettyman scores lone goal as Delaware outlast Liberty in NCAA tournament


Kasey Prettyman (#22) scored Delaware's winning goal. Delaware Athletics

NEWARK, Del. – The defenses shined for both teams Wednesday afternoon and scoring was limited as No. 14 Delaware outlasted Liberty 1-0, in a NCAA tournament play-in game at Rullo Stadium.

With the victory, Delaware (17-4) sets a school single-season win record. The Hens previously won 16 games in 1978, '82 and '88. Liberty ended a 12-game winning streak and finished the season with a mark of 17-5.

UD advances to play No. 3 North Carolina at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. at the Tar Heels’ Francis E. Henry Stadium.

The two teams held a scoreless tie until the 64th minute, when Delaware senior Kasey Prettyman scored her 10th goal of the season and the lone goal of the season on a penalty corner. Senior Heather Hartman and sophomore Michaela Patzner assisted Prettyman on the play.

Coming in to the game, both teams were ranked in the top five in the nation while averaging more than 3.3 goals per contest.  Both teams were also in the top nine nationally with mpre than 9.4 points per game.

Delaware senior goalie Sarah Scher collected a game-high six saves while Liberty’s Ann Jefferis registered two saves on the day.

NCAA



Spartans advance through play-in game, defeat Miami (Ohio)


Michigan State improves to 7-2 all-time in its opening rounds of the NCAA tournament. Michigan State Athletics

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State defeated Miami (Ohio) 3-0 in the play-in game of the NCAA tournament. The Spartans improve to 13-9 on the season and advance to take on Syracuse on Saturday in the first round.

The Spartans won the play-in game in dominating fashion, controlling much of the possession and spending a good portion of the game deep in the RedHawks territory. MSU outshot Miami 21-6 for the game and held the RedHawks to zero shots in the first half.

Despite generating several opportunities, it wasn't until the 30th minute that the Spartans got on the board. Allie Helwig sent a pass into the circle that found Allie Ahern. Ahern received the pass, spun at the top of the circle, and ripped a shot that fond the back of the net.

After leading 1-0 at the half, MSU came out of the break and immediately opened up its lead to two. Heather Howie sent in a cross-field pass from right to left that led to Miami goalkeeper Sarah Mueller coming out of net in attempt to break up the pass. Instead, the ball got through, finding Allie Ahern who finished on an empty net for her second of the afternoon and 13th of the season.

MSU's third goal came on crisp passing, moving from Ahern on the left sideline, up to Jamieson in the bottom of the circle. Jamieson took one touch and fired a quick pass to the middle to Abby Barker who turned and fired with no hesitation and passed the keeper.

"I think today, the key for us was that we just played Spartan hockey," Abby Barker said. "We controlled the pace the whole time. I think we all knew this wouldn't be the same as when we played them the first time. We've grown as a team and came out and set the tone by playing our game."

With the win, Michigan State improves to 7-2 all-time in its opening round games of the NCAA tournament and 9-8 overall.

Michigan State advances to take on No. 2 seed Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The two teams met earlier this season in East Lansing when Syracuse defeated the Spartans 4-0.

NCAA



Star field hockey senior to represent in CAC all-star game

By CHRIS MARKHAM




Caitlin Baker, a senior on the University of Mary Washington’s nationally ranked field hockey team, was recently awarded with the honor of representing UMW in the 2013 National Senior All-Star game, which attracts top field hockey players from all over the country’s Division three schools. Baker topped off her tremendous college career by earning top spots in UMW’s all-time scoring lists, as well as CAC rankings.

“This is a very big honor to me,” Baker said. “Being a senior and being chosen to play in this game is definitely at the top of my list of accomplishments. I am very lucky to have had the career that I have had over the past four years.”

Baker, a captain of the 2013 squad, registered 35 points this season for the Eagles, including 12 goals and 11 assists. She holds the school record for most assists over her career and ranks third all-time in goals scored.

Her outstanding numbers are not the only reason she was selected for the all-star game, however. Her leadership on and off the field built her a reputation that few could duplicate.

As a senior, she said, she hopes the team will continue to flourish as a unit “because without team unity a great team will not be able to be as successful as they could be.”

“I believe that all of the seniors have influenced this team in one way or another, especially with our drive and determination to win and have a strong season,” Baker said.

These accomplishments transitioned into success on the field for Baker’s team. The Eagles enjoyed successful seasons under Baker’s leadership in recent years, the most successful of those seasons being last year’s NCAA Final Four team.

The Eagles’ season this year was cut short after UMW failed to make the final cut for the NCAA tournament. They finished the season with a strong record of 15-3 and won third place in the conference behind Christopher Newport University and Salisbury University, both teams who made the NCAA tournament.

“I am very grateful for all of the individual and team accomplishments that I have experienced over the past four years, and every one of these accomplishments have led me to achieve this honor,” said Baker.

“However, I would without a doubt give up all of my awards and honors that I have received if it meant that we could play for the National Championship title,” she said.

Baker was one of five Eagles named to the first-team all-CAC this season, and she was second team All-American in 2012. She will play in the all-star game on Nov. 23 in Virginia Beach as a part of Final Four weekend.

Baker attributed her success to the support of her parents, the leadership of her coach Lindsey Elliott, who is in her third year at the helm, and the love of her teammates.

“Ultimately, our team is held together by our coach, and without her we never would have been as successful as we have been since she first started coach here,” Baker said.

Baker is an education major from Falls Church, VA and said she aspires to become an elementary school teacher after she graduates.

“I have known for a while that I want to be an elementary school teacher, and the program here had a lot of what I was looking for,” Baker said.

She got her foot in the door of field hockey at a young age when she attended a field hockey camp in fifth grade but did not play on an organized team until she reached high school.

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