News for 02 December 2013

All the news for Monday 2 December 2013


Late Netherlands double stuns England

Germany & Korea draw as Dutch dominate Pool A at Argentina Hockey World League Final



(Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

POOL A: The morning session of Day 2 at the Argentina Hockey World League Final saw the Netherlands take a firm grip of Pool A thanks to a wonderful fight-back against England. Meanwhile, Germany and Korea claimed their first points of the tournament courtesy of an entertaining draw.

More information about the matches can be found below.

Match 5: England defeated by Netherlands fight-back

Late strikes from Maartje Paumen and Kitty van Male helped the Netherlands overturn a two-goal deficit to record a dramatic 3-2 win against Pool A rivals England in the opening match of Day 2 here in San Miguel de Tucuman.

Following presentations to England’s Nicola White (100th combined England & Great Britain appearance) and Sally Walton (100th England appearance), the Netherlands controlled the early stages and took the lead in the 6th minute thanks to a pin-point accurate penalty corner drag-flick from team captain Maartje Paumen.

The Dutch dominance continued for much of the half, but England stepped up their game and deservedly equalised two minutes before half time when Georgie Twigg got a crucial touch on a penalty corner flick from Kate Richardson-Walsh.

England started the second half with real purpose, and took the lead when a defence-splitting pass from Laura Unsworth forced an own goal. It was a lead that England held until the 67th minute, when Paumen produced another sensational penalty corner drag flick to tie the scores before the killer blow arrived a minute later when Kitty van Male netted from close range.

Match 6: Park wonder-strike gives Korea draw against Germany

A brilliant finish from ace striker Park Mi Hyun was enough to seal a deserved 2-2 draw with Germany in the second Pool A match of the day.

Germany were the better team in the first half of a lively contest, being denied on several occasions by Korea keeper Jang Soo Ji ahead of a 12th minute field goal opener from Eileen Hoffmann. Pia Oldhafer was the architect of the goal, working her way around the back of the Korean defence before laying off a perfect pass for Hoffmann to slam into the roof of the net.

Korea stormed back into the game in the 23rd minute when a beautifully worked passing move ripped through the Germany defence and created a simple tap-in for Park Mi Hyun before an own goal put Germany back in front early in the second half.

Korea dominated the latter stages of the match, but found themselves struggling to find a breakthrough. That was until ten minutes from the end of the contest, when Park Mi Hyun netted her second goal of the day with a blistering effort high into the Germany goal from a seemingly impossible angle.

Korea came agonisingly close to scoring a winner in the dying stages of the match, but top quality defending from Germany ensured that both teams would have to settle for a point.

FIH site



Australia & Argentina maintain fine form

Argentina Hockey World League Final: Hockeyroos & Leonas see off challenges from China & New Zealand



(Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

POOL B: Australia and Argentina remain unbeaten in Pool B following respective victories over China and New Zealand on Day 2 of the Hockey World League Final in San Miguel de Tucuman.

Australia sparkled in their 5-1 win against China, while Las Leonas edged their way past New Zealand in front of another capacity crowd. The results mean that Australia occupy the summit of Pool B courtesy of a superior goal difference over the host nation. China sit third, with New Zealand in fourth.

More information about the matches can be found below.

Match 7: Rampant ‘Roos overpower China

Australia’s Hockeyroos continued their fine form at the Argentina Hockey World League Final, cruising to a comfortable and hugely impressive 5-1 win against Pool B rivals China on Sunday evening in San Miguel de Tucuman.

Australia came into the match buzzing with confidence following their superb 2-2 draw against host nation Argentina, and were quick to stamp their authority on this match. A long spell of Hockeyroos pressure lead to Claire Messent’s 15th minute opener, which rocketed into the back of the net after China failed to effectively clear their lines.

A second goal arrived three minutes later, with Kelly White glancing home a perfect pass from Madonna Blyth to double Australia’s advantage.

The deficit was reduced shortly before half time courtesy of a penalty corner drag-flick from Wang Mengyu, but Australia netted immediately after the break when Emily Smith showed a poacher’s instinct at the end of a fine passing move.

Smith claimed her second of the match with another close range finish to take the score to 4-1 in the 50th minute, with Jodie Schulz completing the rout with a perfectly placed overtime penalty corner effort.

Match 8: Leonas edge past Black Sticks

Two goals from Delfina Merino helped Argentina overturn a 1-0 deficit to emerge 2-1 winners against New Zealand in the final match of Day 2.

Yet another huge crowd turned out to watch Las Leonas in action, and enjoyed an entertaining but tense opening 35 minutes. Argentina were arguably the better side for much of the first period, but that did not stop the Black Sticks from opening the scoring when Anita Punt cracked home a loose ball in the circle.

Punt’s goal was greeted by dismay by the home fans, but they were soon back on their feet and singing their hearts out when Delfina Merino fired in a brilliant backhand effort at the second attempt.

Merino struck again five minutes after half time, being on hand to score after Carla Rebecchi forced a brilliant save from New Zealand shot-stopper Sally Rutherford.

New Zealand finished the game the strongest and forced two overtime penalty corners, but could not find a way past Argentina goalkeeper Belen Succi.

The day was a special one for two New Zealand players, with both Gemma Flynn (150 caps) and Sally Rutherford (50 caps) reaching significant personal milestones.

FIH site



Amy Hassick presented with Golden Whistle

American joins select group to have umpired 100 senior internationals



Amy Hassick (left) was presented with her Golden Whistle by FIH Executive Board Member Pam Stuper. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Shortly before the start of the Argentina versus New Zealand match on Sunday evening, American umpire Amy Hassick was presented with her Golden Whistle in recognition of recently umpiring her 100th senior international match.

Amy, who made her senior international umpiring debut in June 2007, reached the milestone at the recent Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She becomes the 33rd women’s umpire to achieve a Golden Whistle and the second USA umpire to do so, following in the footsteps of Jun Kentwell who reached the benchmark in 2004.

Amy has enjoyed a stellar career to date, having officiated at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the women’s Hockey World Cup in Rosario as well as at the Champions Trophy tournaments in Nottingham, England (2010) and Amstelveen, Netherlands (2011).

Amy received her Golden Whistle from Pam Stuper, Executive Board Member of the International Hockey Federation.

“It is great working with Amy, she is a great member of the team who is always keen to learn despite all of her experience”, said Yolande Brada (NED), speaking on behalf of both herself and fellow tournament Umpires Manager Minka Woolley (AUS). “Both myself and Minka would like to say a big congratulations to Amy on her wonderful achievement.”

FIH site



Dutch snatch victory from England


Maddie Hinch & Hollie Webb defend England's goal in their match against the Netherlands at the Argentina World League Final

England came within three minutes of their second victory over the Netherlands in 2013, but the world number two side turned the game around with two quick goals in the 67th and 68th minutes to win 3-2 and take the three points from England.

ENGLAND 2 (1)
Georgie Twigg 33 (PC)
OG 41

NETHERLANDS 3 (1)
Maartje Paumen 6, 67 (PC, PC)
Kitty van Male 68 (FG)

Click here to watch the highlights from the match.

England defender Sally Walton and forward Nicola White both received flowers for reaching milestone caps; Walton 100 for England and White 100 combined [England & Great Britain].

Speaking after the game England Head Coach Jason Lee said, “I thought the performance was ok, although not as good as we were aiming or hoping for. I didn’t feel like we deserved to be 2-1 up at the end, the Dutch had created a lot of chances throughout the game.”

On the defensive and attacking elements of the performance he added, “It was a strong defensive display overall, but it was our attacking play and creating chances that let us down today – we need to be pushing a team like the Netherlands far more throughout the game, not just holding on. We gave the ball away too cheaply at times and in the end that cost us the game.”

The Netherlands took the game to England over the first 35 minutes, playing some very slick hockey and getting the better of England in the one-on-one battles. Their deserved first goal came after just six minutes of play, Dutch Captain Maartje Paumen scoring from a penalty corner low past a diving Maddie Hinch [Holcombe] in England’s goal. Hinch was in fine form making several key saves throughout the first 35 minutes, and England’s defensive line, led by Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, withstood everything the Dutch could throw at it. With just two minutes to go before the break England won a penalty corner and a well-worked move saw the ball come to Twigg on the post who deftly redirected the ball home to make it 1-1 at the break.

England enjoyed far more of the play in the second half and started to push the Netherlands into making errors. In the 41st minute England moved the ball from one end of the pitch to the other via a great touch from Sophie Bray to Laura Unsworth, who hit a strong ball into the circle where Lily Owsley was pressing the goal line. The ball found its way through the defender and goalkeeper into the goal and an own goal was awarded to England to take the score to 2-1.

The Dutch pushed hard for an equaliser, but England’s defence was resolute and it took until the 67th minute for the world number two side to level the scores. Paumen was again on target with a brilliant effort high into Hinch’s goal. The game looked to be heading to a draw, but a quick restart from the Dutch saw England caught on the back foot and Kitty van Male slotted the ball home from close range making it 2-3 and stealing the victory from England in the 68th minute.

Speaking after the game a disappointed Giselle Ansley [England & Surbiton defender] gave her thoughts on the game, “We gave it everything out there and I thought it was a positive performance for the majority of the game, but it was disappointing in the last three minutes to let in two goals. It’s still early stages in this tournament and we’ve got plenty more games to keep fighting. The Dutch came at us hard in the first half and defensively we matched them for pace and diligence, which is very positive. We have a day to recover now and look forward to playing Germany in the final pool game on Tuesday.”

In the other Pool A match of the morning there was nothing to choose between Germany and Korea as they played out a 2-2 draw.

Tomorrow is a much needed rest day for the teams as they get chance to recover from two gruelling games in 35 degree heat. Looking ahead to England’s next game on Tuesday against European Champions Germany, Lee said, “Tuesday will be a different game to today’s as Germany play in a very different style to the Dutch. They’ve [Germany] had the better of us over the last 12 months, but the games have been very close, including of course the last time we played them in the European Championship Final when it was 4-4 after 70 minutes.”

England’s match against Germany starts at 14:30 (UK time) on Tuesday and will be streamed live on the FIH YouTube Channel

Argentina Hockey World League Final - pool standings

Pool A - Team - Pts
Netherlands 6
England 3
Korea 1
Germany 1

Pool B – Team - Pts
China 3
Argentina 1
Australia 1
New Zealand 0

Argentina Hockey World League Final - results

Date/Match # Info Time (UK) Teams Result
Saturday 30 November

1 Pool A 12:00 ENG – KOR 6-2
2 Pool A 14:30 NED – GER 6-0
3 Pool B 21:30 NZL – CHN 0-2
4 Pool B 00:00 (1 Dec) ARG – AUS 1-1
Sunday 1 December
5 Pool A 12:00 ENG – NED 2-3
6 Pool A 14:30 GER – KOR 2-2

England Women’s Squad v Netherlands
Name - Current Club - Position

Started

Alex Danson - Reading - Forward
Maddie Hinch - Holcombe - Goalkeeper
Sam Quek - Reading - Defender
Laura Unsworth - Holcombe - Defender
Kate Richardson-Walsh – Reading - Defender
Hollie Webb - Surbiton – Defender
Susie Townsend - Reading - Midfielder
Susie Gilbert – Reading - Midfielder
Lily Owsley - University of Birmingham - Forward
Sophie Bray - MOP (NED) - Forward
Giselle Ansley - Surbiton - Defender

Substitutes used
Helen Richardson-Walsh - Reading - Midfielder
Hannah Macleod - Leicester - Forward
Georgie Twigg – Surbiton - Midfielder
Ashleigh Ball - Slough - Midfielder
Sally Walton - Wakefield - Defender
Nicola White - Leicester - Forward

Did not play
Kirsty Mackay – East Grinstead - Goalkeeper

England Hockey Board Media release



Hockeyroos go top

5-1 win over China sends Hockeyroos to top of Pool B at World League Finals




The Hockeyroos picked up all three points on day two of the World League Finals in Argentina and climbed to the top of Pool B following a 5-1 win over world number seven China.

First half goals from Victorian Claire Messent and New South Wales’ Kellie White, a brace of close range second half tap-ins from White’s Crookwell compatriot Emily Smith and a late penalty corner from Queenslander Jodie Schulz earned Australia’s women victory.

The Hockeyroos dominated from start to finish, racing into a two goal lead midway through the first half. Their only set-back came in the form of a penalty corner strike by China’s Ting Huang shortly before half time but Emily Smith’s first goal restored Australia’s two goal cushion in the opening minute of the second half. Schulz’ late corner was just reward for her efforts in the opening two matches of the competition.

Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens said afterwards that he was pleased with how his side had performed. “It was a good team effort,” he said. “I was particularly pleased with our efficiency and our ability to score goals. To score five goals in a tournament game isn’t easy.

“We knew China would be a tricky opponent. They play a very defensive style and make it difficult to get through them and score but we were quite efficient. We could even have scored more but overall I’m pleased.“

Commens also expressed his pleasure with the Hockeyroos’ start to the tournament. Having picked up four points from their opening two matches, Commens said, “It’s been a good start to the tournament and it puts us in the position that we can finish top of the pool.”

Looking ahead to the third pool match against rivals New Zealand, he added, “Games against New Zealand are always really difficult. We both know each other very well but we will be looking to implement our plan against them. In the past, both teams have struggled for consistency [at tournaments] – when they do well we haven’t and when we do well they don’t but we know it’ll be a tough match.”

The result lifts the Hockeyroos to the top of Pool B, ahead of hosts Argentina on goal difference and one point ahead of China. Argentina narrowly beat New Zealand 2-1 in the other match in Pool B while in Pool A earlier in the day, the Netherlands beat England 3-2 and Germany and Korea drew 2-2.

The Hockeyroos opened the scoring with the game’s first real opportunity. In the 15th minute, good work by Brooke Peris created space inside the Chinese circle and when the ball fell to Melburnian Claire Messent she turned on the spot and rifled the ball high into the goal. Three minutes later Crookwell forward Kellie White doubled the Australian advantage with a well-placed deflection from outside the right post. Captain Madonna Blyth’s pinpoint pass found White in space and the 22-year-old made no mistake to make it 2-0.

Late in the first half China took advantage of their first penalty corner of the match to half the deficit. The ball hit an Australian body in the circle leading to the award of the corner and Ting Huang’s powerful low drag flick dropped into the goal after goalkeeper Ashlee Wells’ initial save rebounded off the unfortunate Jodie Schulz.

Emily Smith restored the Hockeyroos’ two goal advantage and took the wind out of the Chinese sails with a close range conversion immediately after the restart. Good work by Georgie Parker forced Chinese goalkeeper Dongxiau Li into a save and as the ball squirmed loose Smith was on hand to knock it over the line for 3-1.

Midway through the second half, Australia lost their video referral after unsuccessfully appealing a penalty corner awarded against them but the Hockeyroos defence stood firm.

Smith’s second goal, the Hockeyroos’ fourth, came in similar fashion to her first as she followed in Brooke Peris’ shot, knocking it home for 4-1. And Peris herself might have added her name to the score board when her powerful tomahawk crashed back off the post as the match entered its final ten minutes.

In the final minute of the match, Jodie Schulz’ penalty corner flick (video above) flew across the goal and nestled inside the far post to put the icing on the Hockeyroos’ performance – 5-1 the final score.

Teneal Attard’s absence from the line-up was a planned omission having recently returned to the squad following injury.

The Hockeyroos’ third and final pool phase match comes on Wednesday at 8:30am AEDT / 5:30am AWST against New Zealand, whom the Hockeyroos beat to the Oceania Cup title on a shoot-out last month.

FIH World League Finals, Women
Tucumán, Argentina

HOCKEYROOS 5 (2)

Claire Messent 15 (F)
Kellie White 18 (F)
Emily Smith 36,50 (F,F)
Jodie Schulz 70 (PC)

CHINA 1 (1)
Ting Huang 31 (PC)

Hockeyroos squad v China
(listed alphabetically by surname)
Name (Hometown) Caps/goals
Started

Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT) 18/1
Madonna Blyth (Brisbane, QLD) 263/64
Casey Eastham (Albion Park, NSW) 182/44
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT) 102/17
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA) 19/2
Claire Messent (Melbourne, VIC) 69/20
Georgie Parker (Adelaide, SA) 44/8
Jodie Schulz (Wamuran, QLD) 85/42
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW) 65/25
Ashlee Wells (Moe, VIC) 21/0
Kellie White (Crookwell, NSW) 55/18

Used Substitute
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA)19/2
Kate Jenner (Tamworth, NSW) 74/1
Kirstin Johnson (Mackay, QLD) 26/2
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA) 127/58
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 13/4

Unused Substitute
Rachael Lynch (Melbourne, VIC) 90/0
Teneal Attard (Mackay, QLD) 182/10

Pool Standings
Pool A

1. Netherlands 6 pts (2 matches)
2. England 3 pts (2 matches)
3. Korea 1 pt (2 matches)
4. Germany 1 pt (2 matches)

Pool B
1. Australia 4 pts (2 matches)
2. Argentina 4 pts (2 matches)
3. China 3 pts (2 matches)
4. New Zealand 0 pts (2 matches)

Hockey Australia media release



Strong Black Sticks effort against world champs


Samantha Charlton in action against Argentina in the World League Final. Matias Noé Correa Arce.

World champions Argentina have beaten the Black Sticks Women 2-1 in the second pool game of the World League Final in Tucuman, Argentina despite a much improved performance from the Kiwi side.

New Zealand’s defensive work in the circle held off a number of strong attacks from the hosts early on in the first half. Although Argentina had the lion’s share of possession, New Zealand created a handful of opportunities and it was Anita Punt who made the most of it in the 21st minute when the ball fell to her in the circle and she brilliantly flicked it to the top left giving the Black Sticks a 1-0 lead.

However, it didn’t take long for the world’s number one team to respond and three minutes later Delfina Merino netted the equaliser. The Black Sticks continued to work hard to take back the lead throughout the remainder of the half - Canterbury’s Olivia Merry had one of the best chances with a clear shot on goal but it was denied by Argentina’s goalkeeper.

In the second half, Merino slotted a second one home in the 40th minute and it was thanks to consistently good Kiwi defence and some great saves from keeper Sally Rutherford that Argentina were unable to extend Merino’s lead.

New Zealand continued to penetrate the circle - captain Kayla Sharland, Merry and Forgesson were among those hunting for the equaliser, but the South American’s were ruthless in defence and were masters in working the ball through the midfield and into their attacking third.

In an exciting end to the game, North Harbour’s Petrea Webster forced a penalty corner in the final minute but it was blocked by the keeper and despite the Kiwis protesting for a second penalty corner to be awarded, full time was called and Argentina added three points to their standings.

It was a special game today for Rutherford who played her 50th test cap and midfielder Gemma Flynn who played her 150th, with a presentation being made by Mark Hager to both of them at the start of the game.

The Black Sticks lost 2-0 to China yesterday and now take on Australia in their final pool game at 10.30am on Wednesday (NZ time). All World League Final games are LIVE on Sky Sport. In other games today, the Netherlands beat England 3-2, Germany and Korea drew 2-2 and Australia beat China 5-1.

Full time: 1-2 to Argentina
Half time: 1-1
NZ goal scorers: Anita Punt (21st)
Argentina goal scorers: Delfina Merino x2 (24th and 40th)

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks denied chance to level scores

By Dana Johannsen



Anita Punt scored for New Zealand. Photo / Christine Cornege.

The Black Sticks are still to get on the board at the World League finals after a controversial umpiring decision in their second match against Argentina denied the New Zealand side a chance to level the score on fulltime.

The New Zealand side suffered a 2-1 loss to the world number ones, producing a strong defensive effort to repel the waves of attack from the Argentinians.

While they can be happy with a much-improved outing following their poor first-up loss to China - a team ranked three spots lower - the Black Sticks would have been disappointed not to come away with any points from the match having been awarded two penalty corners in the final minute.

The second penalty corner attempt was ruled to have touched the body of Samantha Charlton, and Argentina awarded possession, but the Kiwis asked for a review from the television match official, with replays showing the ball did not touch Charlton.

But by that stage time was up on the clock and the umpire signalled the end of the game.

New Zealand opened the scoring in the 21st minute with Anita Punt drilling the ball into the top left-hand corner of the net.

But it did not take long for Argentina to equalise, with Delfina Merino scoring a brilliant half-volley back-hand goal after catching a deflection off Black Sticks goal keeper Sally Rutherford.

The Black Sticks would have still been happy to keep the score at 1-all at halftime, having defended five shots on goal from the hosts.

Argentina had two early scoring opportunities in the second half, which were both well-defended by Rutherford, but they didn't blow a third opportunity, with Merino adding her second goal.

The New Zealand side fought hard to get a goal back over the remainder of the second half, with their best opportunities coming from the late penalty corner attempts, before the clock proved their un-doing.

In the earlier pool B clash, Australia demolished China 5-1. The Kiwi team will meet Australia in their final pool match on Wednesday morning, which is a must-win from New Zealand if they are to avoid the top qualifier from pool A in the quarterfinals.

The New Zealand Herald



Black Sticks remain winless

BRENDON EGAN


The Black Sticks' women remain winless at the World League final tournament in Tucuman after a 2-1 loss to hosts Argentina today.

New Zealand were desperate for competition points after a disappointing 2-0 loss to China in their opening game of the tournament yesterday.

Argentina had the better of the opportunities early on in the sweltering heat, but it was New Zealand who went ahead after 20 minutes through a deadly finish from Anita Punt.

The ball fell to Punt in the goal circle, who fired a bullet into the left of the goal, leaving Argentina goalkeeper Belen Succi with no chance.

Argentina, are ranked No 1 in women's hockey for a reason, and replied straight back, two minutes later.

New Zealand goalkeeper Sally Rutherford was able to keep out the difficult first effort, but the ball fell straight to Delfina Merino, who levelled the scores.

Argentina made a bright start to the second half and went close to scoring, but Carla Rebecchi fired over the bar.

They found the back of the net shortly after when Rebecchi's shot was kept out by Rutherford, but the rebound fell to Merino, who pounced for her second of the game.

New Zealand gained their first penalty corner early into the second half, but Punt sent her powerfully hit shot wide of the goal.

Petrea Webster earned a penalty corner for New Zealand on the final play of the game, but the Black Sticks were unable to capitalise off it.

Goalkeeper Rutherford had an outstanding game for New Zealand keeping out several promising Argentine efforts, while captain Kayla Sharland produced several menacing runs.

The Black Sticks now find themselves bottom of their group after two pool games. It means they are likely to face the might of the Netherlands, who are unbeaten at the tournament, in the second stage of the competition.

New Zealand's final group game is against Australia on Wednesday. The teams then cross over with the other pool in the quarterfinal round.

Stuff



Parents beaming with pride

By Jugjet Singh


PARENTS were out in full force at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday morning to send off their hopes, and also the nation's 18 best, to play in the Junior World Cup in New Delhi.

The Project 2013 squad were formed five years ago with a special mission -- to qualify for the World Cup on merit -- and the boys did the nation proud by clinching the Junior Asia Cup gold medal in Malacca last year and made the New Delhi grade in style.

"It is a nice feeling to finally arrive at the airport, and you can see that the parents are beaming with pride.

"We qualified by becoming Asian champions, and now, this squad will attempt to qualify for the quarter-finals or even further as the aim is to win every match we play in New Delhi," said team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

The front-runners for this junior tournament are Germany, hosts India, Australia and a handful of other European nations.

"The battle in India will not only be against top-ranked junior teams, but also the chilly wind and unpredictable year-end weather in New Delhi.

"But the players have seen it all in their tours Down Under, and also Europe where we had to contend with some torrid weather the past year.

"And we are also ready with the right clothing, and the five-day acclimatisation would be enough to prepare the boys for their opening match against New Zealand," said Mirnawan.

The squad: Hazrul Faiz Ahmad Sobri (goalkeeper), Hafizuddin Othman (goalkeeper), Firhan Ashaari, Fitri Saari (capt), Rashid Baharom, Kavin Kartik, Syamim Yusof, Shazril Irwan Nazli, Meor Azuan, Haziq Samsul, Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin, Azri Hassan, Zulhairi Hashim, Faiz Helmi Jali, Shahril Saabah, Joel Samuel van Huizen, Nor Aqmal Abdul Ghaffar, Hafiz Zainol.

New Straits Times



Discipline key to World Cup success for hockey boys

by S. Ramaguru

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Juniors have been told to toe the line when the team compete in the Junior World Cup, which starts in New Delhi on Friday.

Team manager Mirnawan Nawawi said the players must follow instructions at all times.

“It does not matter if they are on the pitch or off it. Discipline in following instructions is essential. Off the field, what they eat and how they act in avoiding injuries is also crucial. On the pitch, they need to follow the plan the coaches come up with and not let their guard down at any stage.

“Many people say we have a good team and that we should do well. There is no doubt about the potential of the players selected but they must not take anything for granted,” said Mirnawan.

The players were in high spirit as they left for New Delhi Sunday morning. The team will play a friendly with Germany on Tuesday.

“We are happy with the one match against the Germans. After all, we have completed our preparations and the only thing that needs to be addressed is to get acclimatised to the weather conditions in New Delhi.

“As we have five days before the opening tie, I believe there is ample time for the players to adapt to the conditions,” said Mirnawan.

Besides Minarwan, the team is packed with former internationals, like coach K. Dharmaraj and assistant coaches Nor Azlan Bakar and K. Gobinathan.

Two special coaches – 1MAS director Lim Chiow Chuan and penalty corner specialist Len Aiyappa – will also be in New Delhi.

Also in the squad are team doctor Dr Rozaiman Ebrahim, physio Razana Abdul Raffar, video analysis Musrizal Muzamin, sports dietitian Mohd Qusyairy Ajmain Mohd Amin, mental trainer Mohd Sallehin Abdul Jalil and masseur Mohd Aizul.

“We have a complete team of experts and the players will be given all the help to stay calm before the start of every match,” said Mirnawan.

Malaysia will begin their Group D campaign against New Zealand on Friday. The other teams in the group are South Africa and England.

The Star of Malaysia



Nur Azmi: Behave boys..

THE Malaysian juniors will head for New Delhi today (Dec 1) morning, at the back of a stern warning from Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) senior vice president Datuk Nur Azmi Ahmad for them to behave, on and off the pitch.

The Junior World Cup will be from Dec 6-15, with Malaysia opening accounts against New Zealand on day-one of the tournament.

“The MHC and its coaching staff have been preparing all of you to face this moment in new Delhi for the last five years, and my warning before all of you depart, is that behave on and off the pitch as you will be carrying the Malaysian flag on your shoulders,” said Nur Azmi.

The warning has its merit, as the national Juniors lost the Sultan of Johor Cup gold medal to India 3-0 when some players started fighting, not for the ball, but with their opponents and also the umpires for assumed wrong calls.

“Always remember, that the umpire is also human and he can make mistakes but that does not mean that you need to charge at him in a threatening manner and question his decision.

“As this will not only see you receive a card, but also put your team-mates in trouble when you are sent out, even for a few minutes.

“So, behave on and off the pitch, and there is always the video referral to fall-back to when you think the umpire has made a wrong call,” said Azmi, who was a former national player.

Yesterday, coach K. Dharmaraj’s boys were feted to a lunch, by one of their sponsors Grays, at the Olympic Sports Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

“We have been supporting the juniors for the last four years to the region of RM100,000.

“I believe we have a good mix of players with lots of experience playing together over the years. And after their performance in the Sultan of Johor Cup, I am confident that they will rise to the occasion in the Junior World Cup as well,” said Grays rights holder Kuckreja & Co managing Director Mohanji Singh Kuckreja.

After playing New Zealand on Dec 6, the juniors meet South Africa (Dec 8) and England (Dec 9) to wrap-up their group D fixtures.

New Zealand played two friendlies with Australia before heading for New Delhi, and lost 6-1 and 5-2.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey



Belgium gear up for junior hockey men's World Cup

NEW DELHI: Belgium junior men's team today sweated it out during a practice session at the National stadium, with a clear goal of reaching the top of its group at the upcoming Hero Hockey Junior World Cup starting here on Friday.

Belgium coach Philippe Goldberg said his team's aim was to finish on the podium.

"The goal this year is to be at the podium for which we are prepared to go step by step. The matches against Germany and Pakistan will be tough but we are really looking forward to the same. The aim is to be at the top two in the group and in case we achieve it then we also have to be ready to face tough opponents like Argentina, Australia, Spain and France," said Goldberg on the sidelines of his team's practice session.

"We started our practice back home during summers wherein the team got the opportunity to play games and were even involved in extensive training. The team was also part of leagues in September, October and November and this has helped us understand each ones strength and role within the team," he added.

Belgium are placed in Pool A along with Germany, Pakistan and Egypt. The coach admitted that it was going to be a tough competition.

"We are aware that the competition will be very tough and while we understand that there are teams like Argentina, Spain, Holland, Germany, we should also not forget that there is the Asian teams who will also play a big role in the tournament."

Speaking about the practice session, 19-year-old defender, Arthur van Doren said, "The first day of the training was intense and we have prepared ourselves according to the weather here in India. I and a few here in the team have got the opportunity to have played even for the senior team and which has helped us grow as a player in terms of experience and passing the same to the team members in this junior team.

"As of now we are focusing on ourselves with a clear aim of taking the attack to the opponent. We are confident as a team and aim to win the group matches and the title post that," added Van Doren, who was named the best young player in Belgium in 2012 and earlier this year claimed a Euro Hockey League Silver medal with his club KHC Dragons.

The Times of India



Determined to start with a win against Netherlands: Rohidas

NEW DELHI: A tough opening match awaits India in the junior hockey World Cup in the form of mighty Netherlands, but vice-captain of the home team Amit Rohidas today said the players were determined to make a winning start in the December 6-15 tournament.

"Playing the World Cup is a big event in any player's life and I am blessed to have got this opportunity to play with the senior team and for India. After playing together in the Asian Champions Trophy, we all are confident for our first match against Netherlands," said Rohidas, who was a part of the senior team that finished runners-up in this year's Asia Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia.

"Our success ratio for penalty corners is 70-80 per cent and we hope this success rate will help us get those important goals against the opponents," said the drag-flick expert of the junior team.

"We understand that winning the first match will be very important as it will not only give us the momentum but also motivate us to continue with the winning streak," he said after the team's training session at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium ahead of India's opening encounter against Netherlands on December 6.

Defender Gurjinder Singh echoed similar sentiments. "We have a clear mandate of taking each match when it comes and the target as of today is to have a winning start against Netherlands," he said.

"The team is very experienced and with players like Manpreet Singh we are confident of playing great hockey."

The Times of India



Analyst Mahadik eyes coaching stint too

During his playing days, Dhananjay Mahadik was known as an ‘all-rounder’ who could play in the midfield, do the job of a defender and occasionally convert penalty corners. As he aspires to become a hockey coach, he is all set to carry forward this tag with him.

Mahadik is currently serving as the video analyst with the Indian junior team, which will play in the junior World Cup starting from December 6, and helping the youngsters gear up for the important assignment.

However, the shy Mahadik, who took up the job with the senior Indian team at the time of the Asia Cup in August, had no hesitation in speaking about his ambitions to become a coach.

“I am not doing this to take it up as a career. I have plans to start coaching in Mumbai and this will help me. This is an important tool to do my home work,” said Mahadik, while recording a practice match between India and England on Saturday.

Good experience

“It has been a very good experience. Working with (Roelant) Oltmans and (Gregg) Clark, I came to know about their different styles and thoughts about coaching.

“During my playing days under (Jose) Brasa, I learnt a lot. In the two months I played under Cedric D’Souza in Austria I picked up a few points too.”

On how the players were benefitting from a player-turned-video analyst, he said: “There are individual as well as team analysis. I give them individual footage so that they can study and improve their game.

“Being a player myself, I am able to convey the necessary points in a better way. They are always after me,” said Mahadik with a smile.

Striker Ramandeep Singh acknowledges Mahadik’s contribution. “Being a player himself, he points out all the technicalities and guides us in handling different situations.”

Optimistic

Mahadik, who played in the 2005 edition of the junior World Cup in which India had finished fourth, hoped that with all the facilities and support staff the current group should be able to produce a good result.

“During our time, there was no such back-up. We are giving them our best. Now it is the turn of the players to deliver the goods,” he said.

The Hindu



Penalty save ensures Reading and Beeston draw


Wimbledon Reading, keeper James Bailey

BEESTON missed out on victory over Reading in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Premier Division after Sam Ward saw a 65th minute penalty stroke saved by Reading keeper James Bailey.

It was a close-fought game between the sides sitting first and third in the table and it was the underdogs who opened the scoring after 11 minutes through Richard Mantell.

Mo Ghandi equalised for the league leaders just before the break, finding the target from open play. Andy Watts put Reading back into the lead but saw his strike cancelled out by Gordon McIntyre just a minute later.

Then, with five minutes remaining, Beeston were presented with a golden chance to snatch a winner but Ward’s shot was saved by Bailey (pictured). This is the second week in a row that Beeston have failed to win, following on from a winning streak of nine games.

East Grinstead are now only two points behind Beeston and they underlined their goal scoring prowess with a 7-4 win over Canterbury. Mark Gleghorne and Mark Pearn scored a brace each for the winners.

Sheffield Hallam are now bottom of the league after losing 8-1 to Surbiton. Hallam took an early lead and held on until the 32nd minute. But once Matt Daly got Surbiton off the mark, it was one-way traffic and Alan Forsyth scored a hat-trick.

Loughborough Students climbed off the bottom of the table with their second win of the season, a 2-1 victory over Hampstead and Westminster. Wimbledon beat Cannock 2-0 thanks to goals from John Harris and Johnny Kinder.

Peter Flanagan was in sensational form as Brooklands MU beat Khalsa 10-2. Flanagan scored five of the goals to reinforce his team’s position at the top of the NOW: Pension’s Conference North.

Tim Davenport was another goal hero – his hat-trick for Team Bath Buccaneers saw them beat Isca 4-0 and hold on to the lead in the NOW: Pensions Conference West.

Holcombe and Oxted faced each other on both Saturday and Sunday to make up for a game postponed earlier in the season. Holcombe won both matches, 9-2 on the Saturday and 6-2 on Sunday. They lead Southgate at the top of the NOW: Pensions Conference East on goal difference only.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, December 1 2013):

NOW: Pensions Premier Division:
East Grinstead 7, Canterbury 4; Loughborough Students 2, Hampstead and Westminster 1; Reading 2, Beeston 2; Surbiton 8, Sheffield Hallam 1; Wimbledon 2, Cannock 0.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Old Loughtonians 4, Cambridge City 2; Richmond 3, Teddington 1; Southgate 1, Brighton and Hove 0; St. Albans 1, Bromley and Beckenham 2.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North: Belper 1, Olton & West Warwicks 2; Bowdon 3, Deeside Ramblers 0; Brooklands MU 10, Khalsa (Warks) 2; Holcombe 6, Oxted 2; University of Durham 6, Wakefield 1; West Bridgford 1, Leek 4.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference West: Cheltenham 2, Havant 2; Fareham 0, Guildford 2; Team Bath Buccaneers 4, Isca 0; University of Birmingham 0, Indian Gymkhana 2; University of Exeter 2, Cardiff & Met 1.

England Hockey Board Media release



Field Hockey Canada names Men’s Pan American Championships Youth Squad

Field Hockey Canada is pleased to announce the 20 athletes who have been named to the Men’s Pan American Championships Youth Squad. This selection comes after 79 athletes participated in two national identification camps in Brampton, Ontario (October 26 and 27) and Vancouver, British Columbia (November 9 and 10).

“The identification camps were the first step in a long process for a chance to represent Canada at the international level,” said Anthony Farry, head coach of the senior men’s team. “Selection to this group is one more step along the athlete pathway that leads to the senior men’s team.”

On December 20, nine players from this squad will be named to the team that Canada will send to the 2014 Men’s Youth Pan American Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Taking place from February 1 to 8, 2014, the championships will play a modified game called Hockey 5.

Men’s Pan American Championships Youth Squad

 

Kabir Aujla

Midfield

Surrey, BC

Satbir Brar

Forward/Midfield

Surrey, BC

Michael Brown

Midfield

Victoria, BC

Rohan Chopra

Forward

Ottawa, ON

Lyle Fernandes

Forward/Midfield

Mississauga, ON

Iqwinder Gill

Goalkeeper

Surrey, BC

Parmeet Gill

Defender/Midfield

Brampton, ON

Jugraj Kalkat

Defender

Mississauga, ON

Joshua Kitagawa

Defender/Midfield

Delta, BC

Lyndon Lemos

Goalkeeper

Toronto, ON

Liam Manning

Goalkeeper

Ottawa, ON

Floyd Mascarenhas

Midfield

Mississauga, ON

Braedon Muldoon

Defender/Midfield

Ottawa, ON

Balraj Panesar

Midfield

Surrey, BC

Brandon Pereira

Midfield

Surrey, BC

Vikramjeet Sandhu

Forward

Vancouver, BC

Arshjit (Amrit) Sidhu

Forward

Abbotsford, BC

Ganga Singh

Defender/Midfield

Toronto, ON

Jodhveer Singh

Forward/Midfield

Brampton, ON

Griffin Staples

Forward

Vancouver, BC

An announcement of the full Men’s Junior Development Squad will be made at the end of the year.

Working in collaboration with a variety of partners, Field Hockey Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the development, growth and promotion of field hockey in Canada. Through the Women's and Men's National programs, Field Hockey Canada selects, prepares and promotes Canada’s teams for international competitions including Continental Championships, World Championships, and major multi-sport games such as the Olympic Games, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games. Approximately 15,000 Canadians participate in field hockey, which is currently played in more than 600 schools and 400 clubs across the country. For more information, please visit fieldhockey.ca.

Field Hockey Canada media release