News for 07 December 2013

All the news for Saturday 7 December 2013


SA Hockey Association and Junior World Cup salute Madiba

The South African Hockey Association paid tribute Friday to the legacy of Nelson Mandela, while the Junior World Cup tournament in Delhi, India also saluted South Africa’s father of the nation.

“We are saddened by the passing of our beloved Madiba,” said SA Hockey Association CEO Marissa Langeni.

“His light and legacy will forever guide our country and the world over. Our prayer today is that Madiba must remain forever etched in our memory, lest we forget what our destiny holds. He steered us to greatness and now it is our turn to emulate his character.

“We will hold his memory most dear, as a direct consequence of Mandela's sacrifice all those years ago meant that we could now be part of a global sporting nation. We will forever remember and celebrate his legacy ... forever remember that Madiba magic ... we are proud to have lived in the same era as the Mandela phenomenon.

“We would like to pass our deepest and sincerest condolences to the Mandela family, the Rainbow Nation of South Africa and the global community at large.”

Meanwhile, David Collier, tournament director at the Junior World Cup, said earlier Friday that a minute's silence would be observed before the SA U21 team’s match against England, and also before the match between host nation India and the Netherlands.

“Flags are at half-mast. We are inviting teams to wear black armbands. We invite the other teams [in this 16-nation tournament] to send a representative to observe the minute’s silence [prior to South Africa’s match against England],” said Collier.

SA U21 team manager Mark Jenneker said that the side were shaken by the news of Mandela’s death but used his inspiration to good effect in the world’s 12th-ranked men’s hockey nation’s upset 2-1 win over world number four England in their opening match in Pool D in Delhi Friday afternoon (SA time).

The SA goals against England were scored by striker Andrew Manson of KZN Coastal Raiders and captain Dylan Swanepoel.

SA Hockey Association media release



Hockey fraternity observes 2-minute silence as mark of respect

NEW DELHI: The hockey fraternity joined the world in mourning the death of Nelson Mandela by observing two-minute silence before the final two matches in the opening day of the Hero FIH Junior Men's World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, on Friday.

As a mark of respect to the departed soul of the former South African president, two-minute silence was observed before the start of South Africa-England and India-Netherlands matches.

Just before the mandatory national anthem ceremony the entire stadium stood up along with the teams, International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Hockey India officials to observe two-minute silence remembering the legendary anti-apartheid leader and Bharat Ratna awardee, Mandela, who passed away in Johannesburg today at the age of 95.

Mandela, who led South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s and served 27 years in prison for his political activities, had been receiving intensive medical care at home for a lung infection after spending three months in hospital.

The Times of India



The Netherlands impressive against host India

Korean fireworks opened Junior World Cup



(Photo: Stanislas Brochier)

Korea vs. Canada: 7-4 (half-time: 4-1)

Korea and Canada opened the 2013 Hero Hockey Junior World Cup and it only took a couple of minutes for the Koreans to make the first dent on the score-sheet when Seo Inwoo deflected in goal a free hit driven in the circle by Hwang Weonki. They maintained their pressure on the nervous Canadian defense and doubled their tally in the 7th minute when You Seungju powered a penalty-corner out of reach of Tristan Burgoyne in the Canadian goal.

The Canadians settled their nerve and soon had their first incursion in Korean territory by Gabriel Ho-Garcia, cutting decisively through the Korean defense. He was tackled before managing a shot and the subsequent penalty-corner was deflected by the fast Korean runners. Korea did not waste any time and the counter-attack found Seo Inwoo alone in the circle for an easy deflection and his second goal of the match in the 16th minute.

Canada reacted well, forcing two penalty-corners and opening their tally by Vikramjeet Sandhu on hand to deflect in goal a bouncing ball that had eluded a couple of defenders. Momentum of play switched for a while and it was the turn of the Korean defense to be under pressure. The Canadians displayed some good skills, creating some swift collective counter-attacks, but Lee Seyoung stood tall in the Korean goal.

Korea added a fourth goal before half-time with an unstoppable penalty-corner by You Seungju perfectly slotted in the top corner of Burgoyne’s goal, and the Canadians were facing a steep deficit on the scoreboard going into the break.

Once again, Korea started at full speed and a high ball found two high forwards behind the Canadian defense for a quick exchange of passes ending with an easy tap in the empty goal for Seo Inwoo, completing his hat-trick in the 37th minute. You Seungju was not far behind, completing his own hat-trick on yet another penalty-corner, this time with a low shot that shaved the right post.

The offensive festival continued with a quick exchange of goals, You Minyoung and Gordon Johnston scoring within a few minutes of each other. Then Canada pushed up their pace, and Jannu Mahal and Oliver Scholfield scored in the same minute, bringing back Canada within 3 goals on the scoreboard with still ten minutes to go on the clock. The final minutes were hotly contested, but the final Canadian surge was too late to change the result and Korea earned the three points of a high-scoring win (7-3).

For more information and pictures of KOR vs. CAN, click here.

Netherlands vs. India: 3-2 (half-time: 3-1)

After a minute of silence observed by the two teams and the crowd to honor Nelson Mandela, action started quickly with every move of the Indian players cheered loudly by the local crowd. It was however the Dutch who took an early lead by Milan Van Baal in the 3rd minute. India had a chance soon after on penalty-corner but the low flick was expertly countered by the Dutch runners.

India were more successful a few minutes later, tying the game with a powerful flick by Gurjinder Singh that sent the crowd into raptures. They kept dominating the proceeding, besieging the Dutch circle, but the Oranges weathered the storm calmly, then progressively pushed up the pace to threaten Harjot Singh in the Indian goal.

The Netherlands were rewarded in the 25th minute when Mark Rijkers pounced on a loose ball in front of the goal for a swift push over the line. They scored again a couple of minutes later by Milan Van Baal, his second of the match, to build a comfortable cushion going into the break.

The crowd tried to boost the local team but the Indian players could not penetrate deep enough into the compact Dutch defense to threaten Piet Noordam in goal. The fans had to wait the 42nd minute to see a good chance, and Akashdeep Singh did not waste it, entering the circle at speed, running around the charging goal-keeper and managing to find the far post from an impossible angle.

Play was intense, but balanced. India, encouraged furiously by the local fans, pushed desperately for the equalizer but became more nervous as the clock was ticking down. Play was rough at times and two Indian players collected yellow cards. The last few minutes were torrid for the Dutch defence, but they held tight and earned an important win to share the top of Pool C with Korea.

For more information and pictures of NED vs. IND, click here.

FIH site

 



Kookaburras win entertaining clash against Argentina

France put on scoring showcase to edge Spain in Pool B



(Photo: Stanislas Brochier)

Australia vs. Argentina: 5-2 (half-time: 3-1)

First match of pool B pitted two highly ranked teams, Oceania Champions Australia and America Champions Argentina, and the players immediately displayed their skills in a fast paced opening ten minutes, without so much of an observation round.

Attackers were however kept well outside the circle and there were hardly any dangerous scoring opportunities until the 14th minutes, when the Australians finally managed to find the key to the Argentinian defense to score three goals in quick succession by Justin Douglas, Francis Main and captain for the day Daniel Beale, establishing a comfortable lead.

Argentina regrouped promptly but could not seriously threaten Andrew Butturini in the Kookaburra’s goal, leaving the door open for another Australian surge forward. Aussie Matthew Dawson scored a spectacular goal, picking up the rebound from a penalty-corner and sending it high in the roof of the net, but it was canceled after an Argentinian video-referral.

Argentina had a good reaction at the end of the period and Joaquin Leonel Coelho reduced the deficit in the 31st minute, finding the ball in traffic in the circle after a long run and perfect cross by Manuel Nicolas Sacchetti. Frederico Fernandez Onega had another excellent chance soon after but shot just wide after doing all the hard work going through the Australian defense.

The break was called after a long video-referral break over a penalty-corner call, with Australia comfortably in the lead with a two-goal cushion.

Jeremy Hayward increased the Australian lead early in second period with a penalty-corner just under the bar, hotly contested for some reason by the Argentineans, who had unfortunately already lost their right to a video-referral. The Kookaburras scored their fifth goal in the 49th minute, after a long run on the right wing by Daniel Beale, taken down when entering the circle but still managing a spectacular diving pass to Casey Hammond in front of the goal.

With a 4-goal deficit and less than fifteen minutes to go, things looked bleak for the South Americans. They kept trying and were rewarded with a late goal on penalty-corner by Gonzalo Peillat, but it was too little and too late and the Kookaburras walked away with the 3 points of the win in this entertaining match.

For more information and pictures of AUS vs. ARG, click here.

Spain vs. France: 3-4 (half-time: 2-3)

An action-packed game treated a healthy crowd for the second game of Pool B between France and Spain at the 2013 Hero Hockey Junior World Cup. France showed their attacking dominance early earning a penalty corner less than two minutes in but Spain were up to the challenge, deflecting it up and out of bounds.

Despite France’s midfield control it was Spain that was the first to tally, capitalizing on their first corner of the match. A faked drag flick back to the injector, Alvaro Iglesias, was finished effortlessly into the mesh to boost Spain 1-0 in the 7th minute.

A fast-paced and physical match continued with a tying opportunity handed to France in the 17th minute. Following a long corner entry into the circle France was awarded a penalty stroke but Hugo Genestet was unable to convert.

The 23rd minute marked a plethora of goals as Genestet redeemed himself with a top-corner shot past Spain’s keeper Mario Fernandez to tie the game at one. Off the push back Spain were quick to gain France’s circle and as keeper Edgar Reynauld slid out to challenge, Albert Beltrain dove to touch the ball up and in for the 2-1 Spain lead.

France’s Simon Martin Brisac dealt two unanswered goals before the break, first at the 24th minute mark on a deflection at the far post and then on a solo effort from the left base line at the 28th minute. France entered half time with the 3-2 edge.

In the second half Pieter van Straaten extended France’s lead to two by putting away a top-shelf shot in the 38th minute. With less than 8 minutes to go Spain continued their come back with a well-executed drag flick by Richardo Sanchez.  It was too little, too late though as France did well to maintain possession and take the game 4-3 to advance to the top of Pool B alongside Australia.

For more information and pictures of ESP vs. FRA, click here.

FIH site



Cappelle capitalizes twice as Belgium defeats Germany in Pool A opener

Narrow escape for Pakistan against lowly ranked Egypt



(Photo: Stanislas Brochier)

Germany vs. Belgium: 1-3 (half-time: 0-1)

The first match up for pool A at the 2013 Hero Hockey Junior World Cup pitted the defending champions, Germany, against the 2012 European Junior champions, Belgium. First half, offensive action favoured Germany despite a 1-0 tilt for Belgium entering the break.

Belgium keeper Arnaud Flamand made three key saves in the opening frame after a wave of Germany attacks, starting with a near-side save on striker Jonas Gomoll, who redirected a paced pass from team mate Niklas Bruns. In the 26th minute Flamand denied a point-blank shot from Jan Nitschke to keep the game scoreless.

Against the flow, a high press from Belgium forced a turnover deep in Germany’s end. The resulting shot by Maxime Capelle ricocheted past Germany keeper Mark Appel to lift Belgium up 1-0 in the 30th minute. Germany had a chance to equalize in the final minute of the half but Bruns’ close-range deflection went just wide of the open net.

In the second half Germany dominated midfield play, pacing Belgium from sideline to sideline but were unable to find fortune in the circle. Belgium’s speed and tenacity frustrated Germany and they were finally rewarded. Cappelle tallied his second of the match after a quick run down the right side of the pitch. His resulting sweep pass across the circle hit a Germany defender and trickled across the goal line to lift Belgium by two.

Germany’s Christopher Ruhr finally broke Flamand’s chance of a shutout finishing on a broken penalty corner in the 62nd minute to cut Belgium’s lead to one. Germany pushed up to try and make a late comeback but Alexandre van Linthoudt dealt a silencer in the 70th minute to give Belgium the 3-1 final score and their first three points in their 2013 Hero Hockey Junior World Cup campaign.

For more information and pictures of GER vs. BEL, click here.

Pakistan vs. Egypt: 3-2 (half-time: 2 - 0)

Pakistan opened their World Cup quest against relatively unknown Egypt, the lowest ranked team in the competition. It only took them four minutes to take the lead by Muhammad Irfan, left unmarked on the post with plenty of time to pick up a penalty-corner rebound and slot it in goal behind Wael Noureldin in the Egyptian goal.

Pakistan appeared satisfied with this early lead and started playing with seemingly little urgency, keeping the Egyptians at bay and circulating the ball in midfield. They scored again in the 30th minute by Ammad Shakeel Butt and walked into the break with a modest 2-goal lead but a total grasp on the proceedings.

The same scenario prevailed in second period, with Egypt trying hard and Pakistan not forcing their talent to stay in control of the match. The Egyptians were rewarded for their tenacity in the 60th minute when their captain Ahmed Mohsen scored a well taken penalty-corner, closing the gap to one goal.

Egypt started to believe that they could level the score, while the Pakistanis had trouble shifting up their pace. Amazingly, the Egyptians forced another penalty-corner and once again slotted it cleanly through the Pakistani defence, this time by Mostafa Mansour! This equalizing goal triggered joyful scenes in the Egyptian camp, with all players on their knees kissing the turf.

This was obviously not the script that the Pakistanis were expecting, but they managed to score a deciding goal in the final minutes of the match by Muhammad Tousiq, salvaging the 3 points of the win, although their pride might have been dented by this narrow escape.

For more information and pictures of PAK vs. EGY, click here.

FIH site



Malaysia wins hotly contested battle against New Zealand

Swanpoel’s second-half goal lifts South Africa over England to top Pool D



(Photo: Stanislas Brochier)

New Zealand vs. Malaysia: 2-3 (half-time: 1-1)

The teams traded penalty-corners in the opening minute of play and Malaysia were successful on their second attempt, after a triple fake found  Muhammad Bin Saabah alone in front of goal, leaving no chance to Richard Joyce in the Kiwis’ goal. New Zealand reacted immediately and forced a series of penalty-corners at the other end, scoring on their forth attempt by Kane Russell to level the score.

The Asian Champions were the more dangerous in the opening period, maintaining New Zealand on the back foot and often threatening Richard Joyce, but they could not capitalize on their domination. New Zealand were only dangerous on a lone penalty-corner but managed to weather the storm and reach the break on par.

Malaysia took control of the proceedings early in second period by Muhammad Bin Baharom and could have scored a few more goals in the following minutes but the Kiwis once again held tight to keep their deficit to a minimum. They forced a penalty-corner on one of their rare incursions in Malaysian territory and Kane Russell dutifully converted it to tie the score once again.

Russell had another attempt soon after but Hafizuddin Othman managed a spectacular high dive to protect the Malaysian goal. With support from the local crowd, Malaysia surged forward in the final ten minutes and earned a penalty-corner on a video-referral. It had to be retaken several times but Firhan Ashari finally managed to push it in goal after Richard Joyce made the initial save but the defense failed to clear the ball.

Tempers flared up in the final minutes of the match, but Malaysia hanged up to their narrow lead to open their 2013 Hero Hockey Junior World Cup campaign with a deserved win.

For more information and pictures of NZL vs. MAS, click here.

England vs. South Africa: 1-2 (half-time: 1-1)

A dominant England side showed up to the pitch against South Africa for the final pool D clash of the 2013 Hero Hockey Junior World Cup. England put on a showcase of skill array, owning the midfield and generating several opportunities in the early get-going.

In the 5th minute of play a hard hit into the circle took a nifty deflection by Arjan Drayton-Chana past South African keeper Richard Curtis. The ball slowed towards the goal line but David Goodfield was there to finish and give England the 1-0 lead.

England continued to dominate in possession but a feisty and resilient South African side were rewarded with an equalizer through Andrew Manson. Manson batted home a rebound off England keeper Harry Gibson in the 34th minute to keep the game tied at one entering half time.

In the second frame the high tempo and physicality between both teams picked up allowing for opportunities in both ends of the pitch. South Africa weathered off a storm of England attack and earned a penalty corner in the 59th minute. The resulting drag flick was fired low and then deflected up and in off the reverse stick of the South African captain Dylan Swanpoel. The final score remained 2-1 in favour of South Africa, who now join Malaysia at the top of pool D.

For more information and pictures of ENG vs. RSA, click here.

FIH site



Fighting India falls to the Netherlands

Y. B. Sarangi



midfield action: India's Akashdeep Singh tries to thwart Tristan Algera of the Netherlands in the junior World Cup hockey match. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

India, though losing to the Netherlands 3-2 will fell proud of the start to its campaign in the Hero junior World Cup hockey tournament at the National Stadium here on Friday.

The 3-2 verdict in pool C in favour of the Dutch side might have earned the European side three points, but India left the field with a lot of positives for the matches to come.

For the way the Indians rallied to hold off the stout Netherlands in the second half was commendable, especially being down to 10 men in the last minutes of the keenly-contested encounter.

The Dutchmen dominated from the outset and pumped in a goal as early as in the third minute. The Netherlands forwards cut through the Indian defence and Milan van Baal completed the move.

Ten minutes later, India fought back to restore parity from its second penalty corner. Drag-flicker Gurjinder Singh’s military precision shot beat the Netherlands defence.

The Dutch reply was even more lethal. Under relentless pressure and change in tactics from the European side, the Indian resistance crumbled.

Mark Rijkers’ utilized a spectacular revese flick from close in the 25th minute and van Baal completed his brace as the Indians lacked in clearing the ball quickly.

The host reworked its strategy and spread out its players and held on to the ball better after the change of ends.

A fine move upfront narrowed the gap seven minutes after resumption.

Ramandeep Singh provided a well-measured pass to Akashdeep Singh and the flamboyant strikers beat two Dutch defenders to launch a narrow angle reverse hit and make it 2-3.

The results: Pool A: Belgium 3 (Maxime Capelle 30; Arthur van Doren 45; Alexandre van Linthoudt 70) bt Germany 1 (Christopher Ruhr 62); Pakistan 3 (Muhammad Irfan 4; A.S. Butt 30; Muhammad Tousiq 66) bt Egypt (Ahmed Mohsen 60, Mohamed Ragab 63).

Pool B: Australia 5 (Justin Douglas 14; Frank Main 16; Daniel Beale 17; Jeremy Hayward 42; Casey Hammond 49) bt Argentina 2 (Joaquin Leonel Coelho 31; Gonzalo Peillat 64); France 4 (Hugo Genestet 23; Simon Martin Brisac 24, 28; Pieter van Straaten 38) bt Spain 3 (Alvaro Iglesias 8; Albert Beltran 23; Ricardo Sanchez 63).

Pool C: Korea 7 (Inwoo Seo 2, 16, 37; Seungju You 7, 31, 42; Minyoung You 49) bt Canada 4 (Vikramjeet Sandhu 22; Gordon Johnston 52; Jannu Mahal 58; Oliver Scholfield 59); Netherlands 3 (Milan van Baal 3, 28; Mark Rijkers 25) bt India 2 (Gurjinder Singh 13, Akashdeep Singh 42).

Pool D: Malaysia 3 (Muhammad bin Saabah 6; Muhammad bin Baharom 37; Firhan Ashari 63) bt New Zealand 2 (Kane Russell 11, 47); South Africa 2 (Andrew Manson 34; Dylan Swanpoel 59) bt England 1 (David Goodfield 14).

Saturday’s matches: Belgium vs Egypt (2 p.m.); Pakistan vs Germany (4 p.m.); Korea vs Netherlands (6 p.m.); India vs Canada (8 p.m.).

The Hindu



India go down 2-3 in their Junior Hockey World Cup opener

Biswajyoti Brahma


NEW DELHI: It slipped away in a span of just 10 minutes. India were left ruing a lapse in concentration late in the first half which cost them their Hero Junior World Cup opener against the Netherlands at the Dhyan Chand Stadium here on Friday. India lost 3-2 and will now have to win both their matches to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Even though they conceded a goal in the third minute, India looked in good rhythm for the better part of the first half. In fact, they had more scoring opportunities in the first 25 minutes than their counterparts. Their defence looked solid and they were level 1-1 going into the last 10 minutes of the first half.

But in a dramatic turn of events, the Dutch strikers made their way through the Indian defence, scored two quick goals and put constant pressure on the Indian defence. "That early goal was a setback. But yes, it may be a case of lapse in concentration which possibly was the difference," conceded Indian coach Gregg Clark.

It was the Dutch who showed early signs of aggression, with the trinity of Pelle Vos, Tom and Hiebendaal combining well to stun the home supporters with a fine goal. India bounced back strongly, earning a penalty corner just two minutes later. But Sukhmanjit Singh's shot was stopped by the rival goalkeeper. When India earned another penalty corner in the 13th minute, they gave second specialist Gurjinder Singh the chance to go for it and he did not disappoint.

Thereafter it was a fight to take control of the game. The Netherlands seized the upper hand, even though slightly, during the period due to their speed and better ball control. The Indian defence held firm to neutralise all the chances the Dutch created up front. The cat-and-mouse game went on till the 25th minute and then Indian defence crumbled.

The Dutch strikers, who had made just one attempt at the Indian goal till then, suddenly found chinks in Indian defence and slammed home two quick goals.

After that and till the end of the first half, India were desperately trying to hang in there. The second half started off well for India as Akashdeep Singh, after getting a cross from Ramandeep Singh, dodged past two rival defenders before slamming home with a spectacular reverse hit. India tried hard to get the equalizer and in the process two of their players were suspended temporarily for fouls. At one stage they had nine players on the turf for a couple of minutes. "Yeah, it seemed they lost patience during that time," Clark said.

Germany upset

The biggest upset of the day came in the third match when Belgium stunned five-time champions Germany in a keenly-contested match in Pool A, considered the group of death.

Belgium showed that they were the team to watch out for by stunning Germany 3-2. Maxime Capelle was the star of the match scoring two field goals to give his side a 2-0 lead before Germany reduced the gap with a penalty corner conversion through Christopher Ruhr in the 62nd minute. Alexandre van Linthoudt's 70th minute strike ensured full points for the Belgians.

Earlier, Korea started the tournament with a 7-4 rout of Canada, while Australia had little difficulty in overcoming Argentina 5-2. Malaysia overcame a fighting New Zealand 3-2. Pakistan, one of the strong contenders for the title, looked far from impressive as they won 3-2 over Egypt.

Results: India 2 (Gurjinder Singh 13th minute, Akashdeep Singh 42nd) lost to Netherlands 3 (Milan van Baal 3rd and 28th, Mark Rijkers 25th); South Korea bt Canada 7-4, Australia bt Argentina 5-2, Belgium bt Germany 3-1, Malaysia bt New Zealand 3-2, France bt Spain 4-3, Pakistan bt Egypt 3-2, South Africa bt England 2-1.

The Times of India



India lose opening tie to Netherlands

NEW DELHI: India fought well but lost to the Netherlands 2-3 in a Pool C match of the Hockey Junior World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Friday.

Runners-up in the last edition of the tournament in 2009, the Netherlands stamped their authority early in the third minute when Vos Pelle set up the ball for Milan van Baal to push it in.

India, however, reacted immediately, earning a penalty corner in the fourth minute but Sukhmanjit Singh's drag flick was directed right at goalie Jan de Wijkerslooth, who had no trouble in blocking it.

The Dutch maintained ball possession for most of the first half and after the initial bit of pace, the match slowed down as both sides fought for possession.

Goal scorer van Baal, in the meantime, got hit right on his forehead and had to head back to the dugout to receive medical attention. India made good use of the break as they headed straight for the Dutch goal and earned themselves another penalty corner in the 12th minute.

Gurjinder Singh did not disappoint and his accurate drag flick went straight into the goal. The young defender continued his good form as he helped India defend another Dutch counterattack by flicking the ball in the opposite direction in a dire situation.

The Dutch took the lead once again as Mark Rijkers put in a deflected ball via a reverse flick. Van Baal, who returned to the pitch after receiving medical attention, scored his second goal of the match in the 28th minute to give his side a 3-1 lead at halftime.

The Indian side, which looked fast but an unorganised unit in the first period, returned strongly in the second half and scored another goal through Akashdeep Singh in the 27th minute.

Seeing an almost empty Dutch half, Akashdeep moved forward and deceived keeper de Wijkerslooth, hitting a reverse flick which managed to reach the goal.

The 2001 champions took the fight to the Dutch half in much better fashion and kept the ball in their possession much more than the first 35 minutes.

While advancing towards the Dutch goal, Mandeep Singh, however, got into a tussle with Rijkers, injuring him and receiving a yellow card from the umpire. The home team went all out in the last few minutes to earn the equaliser but failed.

Earlier, Pakistan managed to just edge past Egypt 3-2, leading 2-0 at halftime in a Pool A match while South Africa pipped England 2-1 in a Pool D match.

The Times of India



Indian team disappointed with themselves

Tazeen Qureshy


The scoreline may be a tight 3-2 in favour of the Netherlands, but they truly dominated the show in the opener. India however did something worthwhile in the second half, but hockey match is for full 70 minutes and it is what the winning side showed today. Below are the views of Indian side:

Indian chief coach Gregg Clark: “It is obviously disappointing. We had fairly good chances in the second half. But, their counter-attacks were better.”

Indian coach Baljit Singh Saini: “We let Netherlands score easy goals. Our tackle was good but we couldn’t manage the rebound. So, there are no technical issues with the team only we failed to convert chances.”

Forward Ramandeep Singh: Captain Manpreet Singh: “Holland is a fairly good team. We played well in the second half. We will try to win the next two matches to qualify for the quarter-finals.”

Stick2Hockey.com



Indian coach bullish about quarters berth in WC opener

NEW DELHI: India's chief coach Greg Clark was bullish about his team's quarterfinal chances in the FIH junior hockey World Cup despite losing 2-3 to Netherlands in their opening pool match.

Clark said his wards "very well know" what they need to do to progress to knock-out stages of the mega-event.

India now have to win their remaining two games against Canada and Korea to stay in the hunt for a quarterfinal berth.

Despite the loss, Clark praised his boys for their fighting show against the Dutchmen.

"I am obviously disappointed with the result but we played hard. It was a difficult game. We were very competitive tonight. I am happy with our game today. We showed our fighting spirit in the second half," he said after the match.

Asked about their quarterfinal chances, Clark said, "We have got two more games and we very well know what we need to do to qualify for the quarterfinals."

Clark said Netherlands were the better side on display when it came down to creating scoring opportunities today.

"They crated more scoring chances from the field. The first goal we conceded was a soft goal. May be the first 10 minutes of the match was the difference. We can't afford to make such technical errors," the coach said.

"We didn't really adjust to the tempo in the first half compared to our performance in the second half."

India captain Manpreet Singh said the hosts need to tighten their defence in the coming matches of the tournament.

"The first two goals we conceded were because of defensive lapses. So we need to work hard on our defence," he said.

"The way we played in the second half we could have won the match."

The Times of India



Battling England U21 Men go down to South Africa


England U21 men in action at Wakefield in the NEW pensions nations plate 2013

ENGLAND Under-21 Men went down 2-1 to South Africa in a closely-fought opening match of the Hero Hockey Junior Men’s World Cup in New Delhi, India, on Friday.

A dominant display for long periods wasn’t enough for England to take the win, with South Africa proving clinical with the few chances they did have.

England had seven chances on goal in the first half, while their rivals only had one. But the scoreline was tied at 1-1 at the break.

Sheffield Hallam’s David Goodfield got England off to a great start with a 14th minute goal. An attack down the left resulted in a cross from Jonny Gall, and a deflection from Arjan Drayton-Chana was knocked home at the far post by Goodfield.

England continued to dominate the first half and had several chances to double their lead, but instead the next goal went to South Africa a minute before half time. Andrew Manson’s shot finding the net after rebounding off the keeper at a long corner.

The second half was a more even affair, but England still had good periods of possession and more chances than their rivals, but they couldn’t convert.

Another deflection, this time at the near post by captain Dylan Swanpoel at a 59th minute penalty corner, put South Africa into the lead and they held on in determined fashion.

England pushed hard for an equaliser for the final 11 minutes, and took their goalkeeper off in place of a kicking back for the last three minutes, but South Africa held firm.

“I’m frustrated more than angry,” said Head Coach Jon Bleby. “We created chances but didn’t take them which is something we have been prone to, and it has let us down at a crucial time. But we will pick ourselves up for the next match.”

That next match comes on Sunday against New Zealand. Arjan Drayton-Chana is a doubt for that match after being taken off with an ankle injury in the first half of the clash with South Africa.

Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013

Pool A – Team Pts

Belgium 3
Pakistan 3
Egypt 0
Germany 0

Pool B – Team Pts
Australia 3
France 3
Spain 0
Argentina 0

Pool C – Team Pts
Korea 3
Netherlands 3
India 0
Canada 0

Pool B – Team Pts
Malaysia 3
South Africa 3
New Zealand 0
England 0

England Under-21 Men’s Squad v South Africa

Started

Harry Gibson (GK) – Loughborough Students
Arjan Drayton-Chana – Sheffield Hallam
Jonathan Gall - Surbiton
Andrew Bull (capt) – East Grinstead
David Goodfield – Sheffield Hallam
Daniel Faulkner – Loughborough Students
James Albery – Cambridge City
Phil Roper - Wimbledon
Luke Taylor – East Grinstead
James Gall - Surbiton
Joseph Sharp - Beeston

Substitutes used
Jonathan Griffiths – Loughborough Students
Brendan Creed – Sheffield Hallam
Sam French – Univ of Birmingham
Robert Farrington – Loughborough Students
Chris Proctor - Beeston
Nick Bandurak - Cannock

Did not play
Thomas Pinnegar - Univ of Birmingham

England Hockey Board Media release



Belgium shocks Germany

K. Arumugam


European Junior Champions Belgium proved why they are the team to look for in Delhi, where the 11th edition of the Junior World Cup is going on.

Playing on the same pitch where earlier Korea steamrolled Canada for a fluent 7-4 win, Belgium took lead five minutes before the half time through Maxime Capelle and ten minutes after the lemon time, he again added one to send shivers down the spine of the five-time Champions Germany.

It was a day of Belgium goalie Arnaud Flamand, who stood like a rock of Gibraltor to deny any leeway for the reputed rival

Undoubtedly he deserved the Man of the Match award, and the cash of INR 12,000 that went with it.

When Christoph Ruhr struck through a penalty corner in the 62nd minute, and then came up with a couple of good moves, Flamand was there to take care of their citadel.

Even as the Germans pressed for a deadly push in the dying minutes, Belgium seized a loose ball to put it in the net.

Alexsandre van Linthoud was the happy scorer.

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Defending champs beaten

Germany, the defending champions went down 3-1 to European champions Belgium in their opening match of Pool A in the Junior World Cup.

Belgium keeper Arnaud Flamand made three key saves in the opening frame after a wave of Germany attacks, starting with a near-side save on striker Jonas Gomoll, who redirected a paced pass from team mate Niklas Bruns.

In the 26th minute Flamand denied a point-blank shot from Jan Nitschke to keep the game scoreless.

Against the flow, a high press from Belgium forced a turnover deep in Germany’s end.

The resulting shot by Maxime Capelle ricocheted past Germany keeper Mark Appel to lift Belgium up 1-0 in the 30th minute. Germany had a chance to equalize in the final minute of the half but Bruns’ close-range deflection went just wide of the open net.

In the second half Germany dominated midfield play, pacing Belgium from sideline to sideline but were unable to find fortune in the circle.

Belgium’s speed and tenacity frustrated Germany and they were finally rewarded. Cappelle tallied his second of the match in the 46th minute after a quick run down the right side of the pitch. His resulting sweep pass across the circle hit a Germany defender and trickled across the goal line to lift Belgium by two.

Germany’s Christopher Ruhr finally broke Flamand’s chance of a shutout finishing on a broken penalty corner in the 62nd minute to cut Belgium’s lead to one.

Germany pushed up to try and make a late comeback but Alexandre van Linthoudt dealt a silencer in the 70th minute to give Belgium the 3-1 final score and their first three points in their 2013 Hero Hockey Junior World Cup campaign.

Hockey Asia



Burras storm to victory

Three goals in three minutes help junior men to 5-2 win over Argentina




Australia’s Under 21 men’s side, the Burras, stormed to victory over Argentina on the opening day of the men’s Junior World Cup in Delhi on Friday.

Three quick-fire goals in as many first half minutes put the Burras in the driving seat as first Justin Douglas, then Frank Main and captain Daniel Beale helped Australia roar into a 3-0 lead midway through the first period.

Joaquin Coelho’s goal just before half time reduced the deficit but Jeremy Hayward’s precision drag flick into the top right corner made it 4-1 early in the second half. Casey Hammond rounded off the Burras’ goal scoring when he put the finishing touch to a superb team move down the right hand side shortly after returning from a two minute green card suspension.

Argentina’s talisman Gonzalo Peillat netted a late penalty corner consolation at the second attempt but it wasn’t enough to threaten the Burras’ superiority.

National Junior Coach Paul Gaudoin said after the match he was pleased with the way his side had begun the tournament. “It’s nice to score some goals,” he said. “The boys were a bit nervous coming into the match but it’s good to get the three points because this is a cut-throat tournament.

“There are some things we’ll look to improve upon in our next match. We were a little tentative in the first five or ten minutes but the boys freed themselves up to play with the flair we know they have.”

With five different Burras on the score board Gaudoin was happy to see the goals spread around.

“We’ve got some good goal scorers in the team who have maybe struggled a bit recently but when we needed them they stood up today.”

Townsville’s Douglas sparked the scoring surge in the 14th minute when he lashed home an upright tomahawk from the top of the circle and Perth’s Main doubled the advantage two minutes later, rounding the goalkeeper after being played in by Tyler Cowley.

When Queenslander Daniel Beale waltzed through the Argentinian defence less than 60 seconds later the game was firmly in the Burras’ hands.

Australia might have had a fourth goal before half time when Kane Posselt roofed a shot high into the net but Argentina’s protests to the video umpire were upheld and the goal was disallowed for an infringement. Five minutes later, Coelho’s well taken flick beyond Andrew Butturini gave the Burras’ goalkeeper little chance as the Argentine forward stole in at the front post to connect with a pull back from the baseline.

Another purple patch midway through the second half saw Hayward open his account from a set piece before Hammond swept home following excellent determination by first Cameron Joyce and then Beale down the right (see video below).

By the time Peillat lashed a shot over Butturini’s shoulder after the goalkeeper’s initial penalty corner block the outcome of the match was all but assured with the Burras running out 5-2 victors.

Australia’s men have a rest day before their second match, against Spain, at 7:30pm AEDT / 4:30pm AWST on Sunday.

Men's Junior World Cup
Delhi, India

Pool B

BURRAS 5 (2)

Justin Douglas 14 (F)
Frank Main 16 (F)
Daniel Beale 17 (F)
Jeremy Hayward 42 (PC)
Casey Hammond 49 (F)

ARGENTINA 2 (1)
Joaquin Leonel Coelho 31 (F)
Gonzalo Peillat 64 (PC)

Hockey Australia media release



Aussies hit five past Argies




In the battle of continental champions, Australia relied on a purple patch midway in the first half to down Argentina 5-2 in the Junior World Cup Pool B match at the Dyan Chand Hockey Stadium.

Australia, the Oceania champions unlocked the Argentinian, who are the South American champs defense to score three goals in quick succession through Justin Douglas, Francis Main and captain for the day Daniel Beale, in the 14th, 16th and 17th minutes, establishing a comfortable lead.

Argentina regrouped promptly but could not seriously threaten Andrew Butturini in the Kookaburra’s goal, leaving the door open for Matthew Dawson score a spectacular goal, picking up the rebound from a penalty-corner and sending it high in the roof of the net, but it was canceled after an Argentinian video-referral.

Argentina had a good reaction at the end of the period and Joaquin Leonel Coelho reduced the deficit in the 31st minute, finding the ball in traffic in the circle after a long run and perfect cross by Manuel Nicolas Sacchetti.

Jeremy Hayward increased the Australian lead in the 42nd minute with a penalty-corner just under the bar, hotly contested for some reason by the Argentineans, who had unfortunately already lost their right to a video-referral.

The Kookaburras scored their fifth goal in the 49th minute, after a long run on the right wing by Daniel Beale, taken down when entering the circle but still managing a spectacular diving pass to Casey Hammond in front of the goal.

With a 4-goal deficit and less than fifteen minutes to go, things looked bleak for the South Americans. They kept trying and were rewarded with a late goal on penalty-corner by Gonzalo Peillat in the 64th minute but it was too little and too late and the Kookaburras walked away with the 3 points of the win in this entertaining match.

Hockey Asia



Pakistan survive Egypt scare


Egypt gave Pakistan a tough time in the last few minutes after leveling 2-2, although the greenshirts managed to score a last-minute goal and win 3-2. PHOTO: FILE EXPRESS

KARACHI: Pakistan surpassed Egypt 3-2 for a winning start at the Junior Hockey World Cup which commenced in New Delhi on Friday.

Although they walked away with maximum points, Pakistan were made to run for their money due to a late resurgence from their lower-ranked opponents.

Having defeated South Africa and Malaysia in the practice games, the Umar Bhutta-led team started off aggressively with immediate attacks on the opposition.

The side got the reward soon as Mohammad Irfan, who was left unmarked, took full advantage to give Pakistan a lead in the fourth minute.

They continued the aggression with repeated attacks and their efforts yield results with a second goal in the 30th minute through Ammad Shakeel Butt.

Despite coming in the second-half with a 2-0 deficit, Egypt bounced back with vengeance to turn the tide over Pakistan.

Ahmed Mohsen and Mostafa Mansour were accurate on the penalty-corners, helping Egypt to make it 2-2 and setting up a thrilling last few minutes.

Mohammad Tauseeq, who represented Pakistan at the London Olympics, scored the all-important goal in the final minute to seal an exciting 3-2 victory.

Pakistan will now take on Germany on December 7 and play the final match of Group A against Belgium on December 10.

Setbacks for Germany, India

Meanwhile, hosts India suffered a 2-3 defeat in their inaugural Pool C match against the Netherlands while defending champions Germany were stunned 1-3 by Belgium in the Pool A match.

Korea outclassed Canada 7-4 (Pool C), Australia defeated Argentina 5-2 (Pool B), Malaysia overcame New Zealand 3-2 (Pool D), France edged past Spain 4-3 (Pool B) while South Africa shocked England 2-1 (Pool D) in other matches of the day.

The Express Tribune



France beat Spain in close battle

NEW DELHI: France beat Spain 4-3 in a Pool B match of the Hockey Junior World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here Friday.

Simon Martin Brisac scored two goals for France while Hugo Genestet and Pieter van Straaten added one each.

Alvaro Iglesias, Albert Beltran and Ricardo Sanchez scored a goal each for Spain.

The Times of India



South Korea trounce Canada


South Korea players celebrate their first goal against Canada in their Junior World Cup opening match in New Delhi yesterday.


SOUTH Korea showed their might in New Delhi yesterday when they whipped Canada 7-4 in Group C of the Junior World Cup at the Dhyan Chand Stadium.

In Group A, Belgium shocked defending champions Germany 3-1. It was a day of surprises as France beat Spain 4-3 in Group B.

The formidable Koreans will have tougher opponents in the Netherlands today before facing hosts India.

Seo Inwoo and Seo Inwoo scored hat-tricks, while the other Korean goal was by You Minyoung. In Group B, Australia mauled Argentina 5-2 to start their campaign on a super note.

European champions Belgium are now the team to beat in the tournament after the manner they outclassed Germany in the last five minutes of the match.

Maxime Capelle scored a brace to give Belgium the lead before Christopher Ruhr struck for Germany. But Alexandre van Linthoudt sealed the game for the Belgians with a goal in the 70th minute.

Korean coach Kim Young Kyu said: "Our boys dominated the game from the start and were also strong in defence in the first half but could not continue the momentum in the second half."

South Korea have now emerged as the dark horses in Group C which also has India.

New Straits Times



Triumphant start

BY JUGJET SINGH


MALAYSIA were clumsy, at times playing like novices, but still managed to beat New Zealand 3-2 in a dramatic Junior World Cup match at the Dyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi.

There was plenty of drama in the final three minutes of the Group D match, as New Zealand took out their goalkeeper Richard Joyce and replaced him with a striker as they went looking for the equaliser, but it never came as Malaysia killed the clock with some good defending.

"It was a jittery and cold start even though the weather was pleasant, but this is to be expected in the first match of the World Cup. We were lucky to win, but then again, every team need luck at one time of the other," said Malaysia coach K. Dharmaraj.

New Zealand coach Grant Edwards said his team played well in the first half. "We did well for 35 minutes and should have won the match then, but nothing went right in the second half and now we will have to beat the other two teams to make sure we play in the quarter-finals."

Malaysia skipper Fitri Shaari feels his teammates will play much better after the cold start.

"It was not our normal game, as we made too many mistakes and gave away nine penalty corners. However, we will take the good and leave the bad behind in our next match."

After a rest day today, Malaysia play South Africa on Sunday followed by England on Monday to wrap up their Group D fixtures.

It was a heart-stopping start for Malaysia as New Zealand won the first penalty corner in the fourth minute itself, but the shortest player on the pitch, Faiz Jali, ran out like a pouncing tiger to clear the ball for a counter-attack.

And the counter won Malaysia their first penalty corner in the fifth minute, which did not see a lift-off but the umpire awarded Malaysia their second penalty corner.

It was a set-piece which caught everybody by surprise, as Kavin Kartik pushed towards skipper Fitri Saari, who in turn passed the ball to Shahril Saabah to slap home the opening goal in the sixth minute.

But after that goal, Malaysia gave away four penalty corners from the 10th to the 14th minute, and finally Kane Russel sent a high ball crashing into the net for the equaliser.

After that, Malaysia had the upper hand for the remaining of the first half, but could not find the lead again, and trooped into the dressing room, planning for a win.

The good thing in the first 35 minutes was that all the Malaysian players were highly disciplined, and never argued with the umpires, and kept their cool even when some decisions went against them.

The boys looked much more settled after the rest, and it did not take long for Rashid Baharom to score a field goal in the 37th minute to re-ignite the Malaysian fire as New Delhi started to get colder, as darkness crept in.

But the joy was short-lived as Kane Russel scored his second penalty corner goal, this time with a low flick in the 47th minute to equalise again.

However, even with their bungling play which gave New Zealand many chances, the Malaysian team lived to retake the lead for the third time in the match.

This time, they used the video referral to their advantage for the first time to win their fifth penalty corner, and Shahril Saabah's push was connected home by Firhan Ashaari for 3-2.

The weather dropped a few degrees further, but even in a cold and clumsy opening game, Dharmaraj's boys sealed three crucial points which took them a step closer to the quarter-finals.

New Straits Times



Malaysia get off to a winning start




Malaysia defeated New Zealand 3-2 in their opening match of the Junior World Cup at the Dyan Chand Hockey Stadium in New Delhi.

And it was Firhan Ashaari who turned hero, ending his year long barren run by scoring the winner eight minutes before time for a great start to the tournament for Malaysia who were cheered on by Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the President of the Malaysian Hockey Federation.

Also cheering the Malaysians on were a group o youngsters from the non governmental organisation of 1001 Leagues based in New Delhi who were specially arranged by UniKL.

"This is a good win though though we could have played better and made things simpler. But the three points is what matters as we need a psychological boost and this certainly puts us in a better state of mind," said team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

"It was a jittery performance but that can be attributed to nerves as it was the opening game. I am glad that Firhan found his touch today and this will give him confidence to do better.

"This is only the first match, but I will take the three points as it puts us into a great frame of mind going into the second match against South Africa this Sunday."

It was a blistering start by Malaysia and they were duly rewarded with a goal from Shahril Saabah who converted a penalty corner in the 6th minute,

However instead of capitalising on the good start, the Malaysians started backtracking and made silly mistakes.

New Zealand piled on the pressure, earning three penalty corners and off the third in the 11th minute, Kane Russel sent in a powerful flick ion the roof of the Malaysian goal to make it 1-1.

The Kiwis went on to earn four more penalty corners in the first half but failed to find the mark as the Malaysians struggled to contain them.

Malaysia took the lead once again in the 37th minute as Mohd Rashid Bahrom ghosted in from the left to connect a cross from Daiz helm into goal. And the Malaysians celebrated wildly, and deservingly so.

The Malaysians dominated play for the next five minutes but could not add on to their tally and paid tyhre price for conceding a penalty corner in the 46th minute which Kane Russel duly converted to level terms.

The Kiwis moved the Malaysian defense out of position to earn their 9th penalty corner in the 56th minute but this time keeper Hafizuddin Othman pulled off a superb save to deny Russel.

Malaysia were awarded a penalty corner in the 61st minute and almost scored from a set piece where Firhan Ashaari was denied by NZ keeper Richard Joyce.

But Malaysia protested and won the video refferal and were awarded another penalty corner. Shahril shot was saved but another penalty corner followed and it yielded result.

The shot by Shahril was saved but Firhan was on hand to score the rebound and Malaysia led 3-2 in the 62nd minute.

Malaysian Hockey.com.my



Junior Men edged out by Malaysia in opener

The Junior Black Sticks Men have suffered a disappointing 3-2 loss to Malaysia in their opening game of the Junior World Cup in New Delhi.

“We failed to get attacking flow due to poor basic skills of receiving and passing and this created turnover balls which Malaysia were able to capitalise on. It was pleasing that the team showed such strong commitment to get even at 2-all,” says head coach Grant Edwards.

There were penalty corners awarded to both teams in the opening minute and Malaysia were successful on their second attempt after a triple fake found  Muhammad Bin Saabah alone in front of the goal. The Junior Black Sticks  reacted immediately and forced a series of penalty corners at the other end, scoring on their fourth when Southern’s Kane Russell found the back of the net.

Although the Asian Champions held possession throughout the rest of the first half and had several chances to score, the Kiwis remained really tight in defence and it was all tied up at half time.

In the second half, Malaysia were quick to take the lead when Muhammad Bin Baharom scored and they looked to extend their lead further taking a number of shots on goal. However, once again goalkeeper Richard Joyce and the New Zealand defenders worked well as a unit to turn over the ball.

Russell equalised once more when he converted another one of his trademark drag flicks in the 47th minute. A hat-trick looked to be on the cards for the Southern player when he took another penalty corner but Hafizuddin Othman managed a spectacular high dive to keep the score level.

The pace stepped up in the final ten minutes as both sides looked to secure the win and after a video referral, Malaysia were awarded a penalty corner and after numerous retakes Firhan Ashari knocked it home in the 63rd minute.

Edwards noted that Russell was the stand out player commenting that he continuously tackled and marked extremely well and punched forward in attack.

The Junior Black Sticks now play England at 3.30am on Monday morning before facing South Africa in their final pool game at 3.30am on Tuesday 10 December. All game are LIVE on Sky Sport.

The Junior Black Sticks are part of the Sir Owen G Glenn Future Black Sticks programme which is about providing specialised coaching, training and international competition experience for the next generation of Black Sticks.

Full time: 2-3 to Malaysia
Half time: 1-1
Malaysia goal scorers: Muhammad Bin Saabah (6th), Muhammad Bin Baharom (37th), Firhan Ashari (63rd)
New Zealand goal scorers: Kane Russell x2 (11th, 47th

Hockey New Zealand Media release



England shocked

A dominant England side showed up to the pitch against South Africa for the final pool D clash of the 2013 Hero Hockey Junior World Cup. England put on a showcase of skill array, owning the midfield and generating several opportunities in the early get-going.

In the 5th minute of play a hard hit into the circle took a nifty deflection by Arjan Drayton-Chana past South African keeper Richard Curtis. The ball slowed towards the goal line but David Goodfield was there to finish and give England the 1-0 lead.

England continued to dominate in possession but a feisty and resilient South African side were rewarded with an equalizer through Andrew Manson. Manson batted home a rebound off England keeper Harry Gibson in the 34th minute to keep the game tied at one entering half time.

In the second frame the high tempo and physicality between both teams picked up allowing for opportunities in both ends of the pitch. South Africa weathered off a storm of England attack and earned a penalty corner in the 59th minute. The resulting drag flick was fired low and then deflected up and in off the reverse stick of the South African captain Dylan Swanpoel. The final score remained 2-1 in favour of South Africa, who now join Malaysia at the top of pool D

Malaysian Hockey.com.my



Spain stunned



An action-packed game treated a healthy crowd for the second game of Pool B between France and Spain at the 2013 Hero Hockey Junior World Cup. France showed their attacking dominance early earning a penalty corner less than two minutes in but Spain were up to the challenge, deflecting it up and out of bounds.

Despite France’s midfield control it was Spain that was the first to tally, capitalizing on their first corner of the match. A faked drag flick back to the injector, Alvaro Iglesias, was finished effortlessly into the mesh to boost Spain 1-0 in the 7th minute.

A fast-paced and physical match continued with a tying opportunity handed to France in the 17th minute. Following a long corner entry into the circle France was awarded a penalty stroke but Hugo Genestet was unable to convert.

The 23rd minute marked a plethora of goals as Genestet redeemed himself with a top-corner shot past Spain’s keeper Mario Fernandez to tie the game at one. Off the push back Spain were quick to gain France’s circle and as keeper Edgar Reynauld slid out to challenge, Albert Beltrain dove to touch the ball up and in for the 2-1 Spain lead.

France’s Simon Martin Brisac dealt two unanswered goals before the break, first at the 24th minute mark on a deflection at the far post and then on a solo effort from the left base line at the 28th minute. France entered half time with the 3-2 edge.

In the second half Pieter van Straaten extended France’s lead to two by putting away a top-shelf shot in the 38th minute. With less than 8 minutes to go Spain continued their come back with a well-executed drag flick by Richardo Sanchez.  It was too little, too late though as France did well to maintain possession

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Pakistan struggle

Pakistan opened their World Cup quest against relatively unknown Egypt, the lowest ranked team in the competition. It only took them four minutes to take the lead by Muhammad Irfan, left unmarked on the post with plenty of time to pick up a penalty-corner rebound and slot it in goal behind Wael Noureldin in the Egyptian goal.

Pakistan appeared satisfied with this early lead and started playing with seemingly little urgency, keeping the Egyptians at bay and circulating the ball in midfield. They scored again in the 30th minute by Ammad Shakeel Butt and walked into the break with a modest 2-goal lead but a total grasp on the proceedings.

The same scenario prevailed in second period, with Egypt trying hard and Pakistan not forcing their talent to stay in control of the match. The Egyptians were rewarded for their tenacity in the 60th minute when their captain Ahmed Mohsen scored a well taken penalty-corner, closing the gap to one goal.

Egypt started to believe that they could level the score, while the Pakistanis had trouble shifting up their pace. Amazingly, the Egyptians forced another penalty-corner and once again slotted it cleanly through the Pakistani defence, this time by Mostafa Mansour! This equalizing goal triggered joyful scenes in the Egyptian camp, with all players on their knees kissing the turf.

This was obviously not the script that the Pakistanis were expecting, but they managed to score a deciding goal in the final minutes of the match by Muhammad Tousiq, salvaging the 3 points of the win, although their pride might have been dented by this narrow escape.

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India will be a tough team to beat: Canada coach

NEW DELHI: Canada coach Paul Bundy Friday said India will be a tough team to beat when the two sides clash at the Hockey Junior World Cup on Saturday.

Bundy looked disappointed after his side was thrashed by South Korea 4-7 in the Pool C opener at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium Friday.

"Our next game is with India and we understand that they will be a tough team to beat," Bundy said after the match.

Reflecting on the match against Korea, Bundy added: "The boys gave a strong fight but unfortunately we lost. While the team found its momentum in the second half of the game, the Korean team played a better game today."

India face the Netherlands in another Pool C clash later in the day.

The Times of India



Cautious approach against South Africa



Malaysia are a win away from making the quarterfinals of the Junior World Cup following the 3-2 win over New Zealand on Friday night.

But coach Muhammad Dharma Abdullah wants his players to keep their firmly on the ground.

And he also cautioned the players to be wary of South Africa, whom Malaysia play on Sunday.

“While it was good to collect all three points against New Zealand, we need to look at several aspects of our play as we can naturally play better,” said Dharma.

“The players need to remained focussed throughout the matches, and not panic, no matter what the situation is in a game.

“For example when we took the lead with a few minutes remaining, we lost our focus and allowed the opponents to dictate play. And this was further compounded by the fact that New Zealand took their keeper out.

“It was the longest seven minutes of my life. Really it was confusion that reigned in the final minutes as the players were only concentrating on preventing New Zealand from scoring.”

Dharma said that the match against South Africa was expected to be a robust and physical as the opponents style of play was such.

“While I admire their spirit and determination, they use their physical strength to make things difficult for the opponents,” said Dharma.

“We cannot just allow them to dictate the tempo of the match and have to be wary of their counter attacks.”

Meanwhile Rashid Bahrom whose old knee injury flared up against New Zealand is expected to take the field against South Africa.

“He has recovered sufficiently and will be playing on Sunday. We need our best on the pitch against South Africa ,” added Dharma.

“I am opitimistic the players can deliver as they are on top of their game.”

MalaysianHockey.com.my



Sanjay Lala excels as entire family watches

Tazeen Qureshy




For seventy-year old Lakshmi, it is a proud moment to watch her grandson play. Years ago, her husband Raman used to play as a defender.

“Raman is no more. But, I am sure he is will be proudly watching his grandson play today in the same position as he used to play.”

Meet the maternal grandmother of Sanjay Lala, a player of the New Zealand team. Born in Gujrat, grandma Lakhsmi had left the country way back in 1952 when she was nine years old. Now, sitting with her daughter Sangeeta, son-in-law Dilip and grandson Shahil (Sanjay’s brother), she cheers loudly as the New Zealand team enters Malaysia’s circle.

“It feels so good to come back to India. I have told a lot of stories to my grand children about India. Now, once the tournament ends, I will take them to my village in Gujrat and show them the place where I lived,” she says. “But India has changed you know. There are so many cell phones these days. Even old ladies use them now. I wonder if it is the same in Gujrat also,” she adds with a surprise.

In fact, for Sanjay, a first-time visitor to India, it is love at first sight. “I love India. People here are nice, helpful and have a care-free attitude. I like the old buildings and landscape of the place. I will be touring India with my family and I am looking forward to it.”

His grandmother Lakshmi has reasons to justify the nice peoplr of India. She says, “When I told the rickshawwala that take us to National Stadium as my grandson will be playing World Cup today, he did not even charge us money. Rather, he hoped Sanjay plays well’’.

His brother Shahil who himself plays hockey, has the same feelings to share. “Coming to India was first a cultural shock. But, it is a nice place, much different than New Zealand. The cars here honk a lot,” he says.

“He is scared to sit in the rickshaws. He gets afraid when a car approaches him from the other side,” grandmother Lakshmi prompts.



The boys are more of Kiwis than Indians. “I and my brother are more of Kiwis. We can’t associate much with India,” Shahil says. “Namaste (Hello) is all I know,” Sanjay humbly accepts.

So, do they want to play for India? “Only if I can manage to find a place. India is a great team,” Sanjay smiles.

And are the parents hoping a New Zealand-India final? “It would just be so good,” father Sanjay exclaims.

Stick2Hockey.com



To be no. 1, top coaches become number 2

Harpreet Kaur Lamba


Every now and then, players from Germany and Belgium looked back at the spectators’ gallery, as they engaged in an intense battle on the turf in their opening game of the Junior Hockey World Cup in New Delhi on Friday afternoon.

Still learning the nuances of the game and often caught in tough situations, youngsters from both countries needed answers and some guidance.

Two men in the stands – Marcus Weise and Marc Lammers, senior coaches of Germany and Belgium, respectively – shouted instructions and exasperated in anguish whenever the players committed errors.

Germany’s Weise and Dutchman Lammers are among the most distinguished names in world hockey. And just how easily they have slipped into the role of “assistant coaches” to junior team heads, to scout for talent and strengthen their senior squads depicts what makes them the top hockey-playing nations.

Weise, the only coach to have the distinction of guiding the men’s and women’s teams of a nation to Olympic golds, besides a double with the men (2008 Beijing Games and the 2012 London Olympics) is still not satisfied.

“I am here for the 2016 Rio Games,” Weise said in an exclusive chat with this paper. “There is constant change in the teams and we look to pick players who are the strongest at this level.

“After the senior World Cup in six months times, there will be a chance for these guys to make it to the next level.”

For the same, he doesn’t mind playing second fiddle to junior coach Andre Henning here.

Explained Weise, “We expose our players to a learning environment that enables them to grow and provide plenty of opportunity to develop their personalities. They must excel at school and in hockey, if they are not up to the task in either; they are not going to make it into the senior team. It is as simple as that. We teach them target orientation and decision-making and we trust that luck will show up from time to time.”

While Weise has been the go-to man for Germany, Lammers has taken Belgium to heights none had thought the country was capable of. Belgium have made colossal strides in the last five years, and Lammers says all this was “step by step planning” and “proper execution”.

“That is what you should call me, an assistant coach for this event,” says Lammers as he settles down for a chat.

“In Belgium, we train the junior lot with the senior team and in exactly the same way. Our system is more like what one sees in Holland. The club programme is strong and so is the national one. It is always a combination. Every Sunday, we play a league game and in the week, we are together.

“Slowly the Under-16 and Under-18 are also coming onboard. It is a well thought-out system.”

Much like Lammers, Weise too is doing the background work.

“As of now, I can see at least two players (from the junior team) who will play at the Hague, venue of senior World Cup, in June 2014.”

For the Delhi event, Weise has planned a lot of mental exercises for the youngsters. “I keep checking them and ask their opinion on different aspects. I often engage them in activities that involve them to assess situations and their own mental strength. It tells me if they are ready for the next level.”

Weise also acknowledged Belgium’s rise, saying it was a good sign for hockey. “It may sound like a paradox, but we are actually happy that other nations are coming up. It has always been a two-way domination but it will be nice to play other strong nations too, and improve ourselves even further.”

The Asian Age



Canadian players pay Dollar 5000 each to represent their country

K Arumugam



Sukhi Panesar

It costs Dollar 5000 for each Canadian player to represent their country in the Junior World Cup

Canada and India are not only geographically wide apart entities; and if you consider the environ in which both countries’ hockey players operate, the distance, both actual and virtual, increase manifold.

Consider this.

Manpreet Singh, Indian captain, is just in his 20, but already a millionaire hockey player; not that he is born in an affluent family but he is born in an ‘affluent hockey country’. Manpreet is not alone in being a state of affluence, take for instance the lanky Ramandeep Singh’s rise, like Phoenix from ashes.

He was banished for taking a couple of lacs of rupees for being part of now defunct World Hockey series. Now, after banished for year and after making his debut ‘second time’, for both junior and senior levels this year, he was sold for USD 81,000 in the closed HIL Bid. What this has to do with Canada and its perceived ‘wide apart’ story.

Yes, while in one part of the world players get paid for their services, most claim disproportionately, on the other hand in another part of the world the players pay for playing, just not that Club fee, but for representing their country.

Yes, its true.

Canadian players paid Canadian dollar 5,000 to be part of their national team that is taking part in the ongoing Delhi Junior World Cup. “Yes, our Federation is poor, and we don’t get any government assistance. There is no way other than this”, confided an official.

The fee is all the more double taxing for Panesar Senior whose two siblings are now playing for Canada in Delhi.

Sukhi Panesar is eldest of his three sons, and had already played at the senior level, being part of Pan American Games.

Paneswar Sr, who is with his full family, wife and youngest son included, are here. When asked whether its not double taxing for you as two of his sons are playing and he had had mop up 10k dollar, he has simple reply.

“We have to see the welfare of my sons, what they want, and what they relish. Yes, to keep them tuned to the game, and pay this bill is a bit heavy, but it is the sacrifice we parent have to do keeping our wards interest in mind’, he says smilingly.

“Ok we will not be able to go for bigger house, better house, and may not be going for bigger car or better car, the money goes to our children’s hockey interest, that matters”, says he.

“We play for our country’s pride”.

“Cost hardly matters”.

And is not further cutting your purse as you follow the team here with your entire family? Panesar Sr. has a ready response. “We make it a point to collectively do other things, like going to our village in Ludhiana district”.

 


His parents in Delhi

Hockey in most part of the globe is a family sport, and one can for instance see a lot of families assembled here in Delhi to witness their young ones in action.

So, what if their wards are not earning like the likes of Manpreet Singhs and Ramandeep Singhs.

They play for the heck of country’s pride, and parents wish see their kids do what they think their choice.

Stick2Hockey.com

Note: The South African Juniors were asked to pay a similar amount to attend the Junior World Cup.



PM asked to release funds for PHF bail-out


Since no international event is being held in Pakistan for several years due to security concerns of the foreign teams, the PHF has found it hard to attract big local sponsors for hockey. --Photo by Sara Faruqi/Dawn.com

LAHORE: The cash-strapped Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has sent an SOS message to its patron-in-chief, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, to bail out the federation financially since it has only a meagre amount of Rs600,000 left in the kitty.

The newly-elected PHF president Akhtar Rasool said on Thursday that a letter had been written to the prime minister for the release of grant on an urgent basis because the available funds were just not sufficient to meet the huge expenses of the federation.

Akhtar said Rs15 million had been spent to send the Pakistan junior team to take part in the Junior World Cup which is going to start in New Dehli, India from Dec 6.

He expressed hope that the Prime Minister would take immediate action to meet the demands of the PHF as he was a great lover of sports himself.

It may be mentioned here that for the last many years, the government has been the biggest sponsors for the PHF.

In the preceding five-year rule of outgoing president Qasim Zia, the federal and provincial governments released massive amount of funds to the PHF but since the national hockey team failed to bring many laurels home, no private companies or sponsors came forward to support the PHF.

The few achievements that the PHF could show in the last five years included the gold medal in the Asian Games 2010, a bronze medal in the Champions Trophy 2012, and a gold medal in the Asian Champions Trophy 2012-13.

Moreover, since no international event is being held in Pakistan for several years due to security concerns of the foreign teams, the PHF has found it hard to attract big local sponsors for hockey.

Dawn



Tucuman gears up for epic semi-finals

Australia & England meet in ‘Ashes’ clash; Netherlands & Argentina set for Olympic final rematch



Can Luciana Aymar inspire Argentina to victory over Olympic champions the Netherlands? (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

The huge crowds that have flocked in their thousands to watch the first four days of the Argentina Hockey World League Final have been treated to some scintillating matches in San Miguel de Tucuman.  However, as anyone who has looked at the line-up for the tournament semi-finals will tell you, the best is yet come.

The first semi-final is a rematch of the Gold medal game at the Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final in London, with high-flying Australia set to clash with the ever-dangerous England (1830 UTC/GMT -3). England will be looking for revenge against the team that pipped them to the title in London, ensuring that this match has the potential to be a classic. Both sides have incredible fitness levels, solid defences and some truly world class attacking players. England striker Alex Danson has been in sparkling form this tournament, while Hockeyroos youngster Kellie White is also proving herself to be a predatory goal-scorer. With Cricket’s ‘Ashes’ series currently taking place in Australia, this weekend promises to be a big weekend of Aussie-Anglo contests.

The second semi-final is a mammoth meeting between London 2012 Olympic champions the Netherlands and reigning World champions Argentina (2100 UTC / GMT -3). These two teams have dominated the women’s game for years and although the result is difficult to predict, we can certainly guarantee incredible levels of passion, drama and noise as a six thousand Argentinean fans aim to cheer their beloved Leonas to glory. The Dazzling Dutch have produced some outstanding performances so far in this tournament, and in team captain Maartje Paumen they have a player who has the ability to inspire all around her. Lidewij Welten has also performed well here, netting four goals to be the joint tournament top scorer alongside Argentina forward Delfina Merino coming into this game. Merino and team mate Carla Rebecchi have been hugely impressive, while 36-year-old Luciana Aymar continues to perform at an almost superhuman level.

The morning session focusses on the 5-8 classification matches and begins at 0900 local time when New Zealand take on Korea. That match is followed by an 1130 meeting between China and Germany.

Remember, we will be live streaming every match from the tournament on the FIH You Tube channel, so don't forget to tune in! To see match highlights and behind the scenes footage from the Argentina Hockey World League Final, please visit the FIH You Tube channel by clicking here.

FIH site



New-look SA hockey men tackle Argentina in KZN next week

JONATHAN COOK



The SA men’s hockey team’s brothers, Africa Cup gold medallists Wade (left) and Taine Paton of KZN Coastal Raiders in Durban, will be locking horns with their Argentine counterparts on home turf next week.

A new-look 24-man South Africa men's hockey team squad was selected Friday afternoon after a national training camp at the University of Johannesburg to play Argentina in a five-Test series that starts at Riverside Sports Club in Durban North next Wednesday.

There are a massive 14 new faces who weren’t in the side that won the Africa Cup of Nations (2014 World Cup Qualifier) tournament in Nairobi last month, as head coach Charlie Pereira and his brains trust look to explore the depth in the wider SA squad against the South American champions.

Three Southern Gauteng players - Dylan Coombes, Nic Spooner and Dean Symons – as well as Jody Hosking of North West will wear the senior national colours for the first time while Matt Botha, Craig Haley, Clive Terwin (all Western Province), Miguel da Graca, Owen Mvimbi, Ricky West (all Southern Gauteng), Gowan Jones (KZN Coastal Raiders), Nick Gonsalves, Matt Guise-Brown (both Northern Blues) and Robin Jones (KZN Inland) return to the team.

Of the Africa Cup-winning side, Dylan Swanepoel (WP) and Mohamed Mea (KCR) - who were captain and vice-captain of the SA U21 team in Friday’s meritorious 2-1 Pool D win over England in their Junior World Cup opener in Delhi – as well as captain Austin Smith (WP), Clint Panther (SG), Julian Hykes (Border), Geoff Abbott (KCR) and Lloyd Norris-Jones (WP) all take a break. The SA U21 goals against England were scored by Andrew Manson of KZN Coastal Raiders and skipper Swanepoel.

The first SA/Argentina Test match is at 6pm next Wednesday, December 11 at Riverside Sports Club in Durban North, the second on the Kearsney College turf at 4pm next Thursday, the third at 3pm next Saturday at Queensmead Hockey Stadium in Umbilo, Durban South, the fourth at Queensmead next Sunday at 3pm with the fifth and final Test at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus on Tuesday, December 17 at 6 pm.

TEST SERIES: SA MEN vs ARGENTINA
1st Test - 11th December (Riverside 6.00pm)
2nd Test - 12th December (Kearsney 4.00pm)
3rd Test - 14th December (Queensmead 3.00pm)
4th Test - 15th December (Queensmead 3.00pm)
5th Test - 17th December (UKZN Pietermaritzburg 6.00pm).

SA TEAM
Matt Botha, Pierre de Voux, Craig Haley, Rhett Halkett (capt), Jacques le Roux, Clive Terwin (all Western Province); Dylan Coombes, Miguel da Graca, Jethro Eustice, Owen Mvimbi, Rassie Pieterse, Nic Spooner, Dean Symons, Ricky West (all Southern Gauteng); Tim Drummond, Gowan Jones, Wade Paton, Taine Paton (all KZN Coastal Raiders); Nick Gonsalves, Matt Guise-Brown, Frankie Pretorius, Jonty Robinson (all Northern Blues); Jody Hosking (North West); Robin Jones (KZN Inland). Head coach: Charlie Pereira.

SA Hockey Association media release



FIH coach Zahid imparts training at GC University



LAHORE: The Government College University, Lahore has been alma mater to many eminent personalities of various fields, and sports are no exception. The national game of hockey has also seen many Ravians putting on the coveted green shirt. An old Ravian, Masood Ur Rehman, a few months back, established a hockey academy to train not only the Ravians but also young boys living in the vicinity. Recently, the GC University Hockey Academy had a one week training camp conducted by Zahid, the FIH coach who is also the hockey development officer for Central Asia. As many as 36 boys benefited from intensive training. They gained knowledge about the latest technique and tactics. World Cup winner Khawaja Junaid, and former international Qayyum Rasheed, oAld Ravians themselves, also visited the camp and appreciated the efforts of the academy.

The Daily Times



Beng Hai: Don't underestimate rivals

By Ajitpal Singh


SEA Games hockey coach Tai Beng Hai has warned his 18-member squad not to treat the rivals lightly as the former international sees Myanmar and Singapore as potential threats in Yangon.

Malaysia will open their campaign against Vietnam on Dec 15 followed by Thailand (Dec 16), Singapore (Dec 18) and Myanmar (Dec 19) at Theinphyu Stadium. The final is on Dec 21.

The Myanmar team, who were in Ipoh recently for a training stint, won a pre-Sea Games tournament in Yangon while Singapore, who is coached by a South African, were in Australia for training-cum-friendly matches for three weeks.

Thailand have been investing in hockey development for the last three years while Vietnam are equally serious in the sport.

"I watched Myanmar train in Ipoh and from my assessment, they can play decent hockey and are very fit. The others in this region are also investing into the game," said Beng Hai yesterday.

"I have warned my players not to treat this trip as a holiday. Although we are the favourites, we cannot take our opponents for granted.

"I have gathered a mixed squad comprising senior and junior players. I hope the youngsters will gain from this experience."

The team started training recently but the seniors, who were in South Korea for a training stint, will report to Beng Hai soon.

Men's hockey has been played 14 times in the Sea Games since 1971, and Malaysia only failed to win gold once, losing to hosts Singapore in the 1973 Games.

Junior World Cup dropouts Dangerous Lee, Mohd Azwar Abdul Rahman and Mohd Aminuddin Mat Zain have been included in the team along with Mohd Ramadan Rosli, Norhizzat Sumantri, Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi and Dedi Ariyadi Junaidi.

National captain Shahrun Nabil, Roslan Jamaluddin, Amin Rahim, Baljit Singh Charun, Azlan Misron, Jivan Mohan, Azreen Rizal Nasir and Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Jalil are the senior internationals.

THE SQUAD: Roslan Jamaluddin, Mohd Azwar Abdul Rahman, Mohd Hairi Abdul Rahman, Amin Rahim, Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin, Baljit Singh Charun, Azlan Misron, Tengku Ahmad Tajudin Abdul Jalil, Mohd Shahrun Nabil (capt), Jivan Mohan, Azreen Rizal Nasir, Mohd Azammi Adabi, Mohd Ramadhan Rosli, Norhizzat Sumantri, Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi, Dedi Ariyadi Junaidi, Dangerous Lee Mathew, Mohd Aminuddin Mat Zain.

New Straits Times



Bottom table battle between Glasgow Uni and Monarchs

A winter break this weekend for teams to prepare for the start of the Indoor league, however no rest for the wicked for some as we preview this weekend’s games.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 2


We start the day with an early push back for second and third place, Watsonians sit above Aberdeen GDFP with a game in hand and are comfortably ahead with 9 points. Last time these two met it ended in a 0-0 draw, however with Watsonains recent winning run expect an exciting game.

Top team Uddingston welcome fourth place University of St Andrews, the students are only two points behind third position but will face a tough ask to get any points off this inform Uddingston team.

At the other end of the table bottom side FMGM Monarchs face eleventh place Glasgow University, the struggling side know this is their best opportunity to secure more points on the table. However after the students secured a surprise win over Aberdeen GDFP last weekend they will be full of confidence going into this bottom of the table match.

Fifth place Falkirk GHG play CALA Edinburgh, last time these two met Falkirk came out on top in a close 3-2 win. The will be hoping for a repeat performance as a win will take them up into the top four.

Erskine Stewart Melville FP play at home to Granite City Wanderers who drew at the start of season. Only two points between the two sides, so both will be eager to secure points this weekend.

Mid table side Stepps play lower down side Alpha Data Carnegie, Stepps were the victors last time these two met with a comfortable 5-1 win, this weekend they have the home advantage and will be looking to gain all three points to help them move up the table.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 3

Bottom side ADTI Aberdeen University welcome top side 2020 Renewables Greenock, Greenock are yet to lose a match and after a draw last weekend they will be going into this match looking to go back to their winning ways.

Struggling Ayr travel away to Giffnock, last time these two faced each other it was a close match ending 3-2 to the Giffnock. A win for the Glasgow based side would see them go equal on seventh and help them out after having points adjusted.

A mid table battle between fifth place University of Strathclyde taking on Waverly Inveresk Trinity, both sides are on the same amount of points with the students having a game in hand.

Fourth place University of Dundee make the journey west to face Stirling Wanderers, the students will be looking for a win in the very congested top half of the table, in there campaign to reach to reach the playoffs.

Elsewhere Harris Academy lie third in the table, equal points with fourth place, they welcome Highland this weekend.

Men’s Regional League Central Division 1

After a solid win last weekend for Thomson’s Cycles Kelburne II moved up to fourth, they welcome bottom side University of Stirling who have really struggled so far this season.

Edinburgh University II welcome ninth place Western Wildcats II, last time these two met the students came out on top. If the Wildcats win it will see them move up the table in a very tight middle of the division.

Grange III welcome Stepps II, both on equal 12 points with the Edinburgh based side having a game in hand. Sixth place Inverleith II play PSL Team Sport Clydesdale II.

Men’s Regional League Central Division 2

Top of the table Rottenrow Blue Sox go into the Christmas break undefeated if they secure another win this weekend, they travel away to Erskine Stewart Melville FP II.

Fourth place Clydeside are away to struggling Alpha Data Carnegie II, it was a 3-0 win over the thirteenth place side earlier on in the season and Clydeside will feel comfortable they can have a repeat performance.

Sixth place Watsonians II welcome bottom side Livingston & West Lothian, if Watsonians take the win, like previous they will have the chance to move up to fifth.

Second place Uddingston II welcome PSL Team Sport Clydesdale III, when these two teams met earlier in the season Uddingston snatched the win 3-2.

Fifth place East Kilbride welcome GHK and Anchor travel away to CALA Edinburgh II.

Scottish Hockey Union media release