News for 09 December 2013

All the news for Monday 9 December 2013


Paumen inspires Netherlands to World League glory

Maartje nets twice as Oranje fight back to defeat Hockeyroos in tournament final



HWL CHAMPIONS: The Netherlands (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

The Netherlands have been crowned as the inaugural winners of the Hockey World League thanks to a stunning 5-1 win against Australia in the tournament final in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina. 

A sell-out crowd watch a fiercely contested match as the Olympic champions fought back from Anna Flannagan’s early penalty corner strike to emerge as winners courtesy of second half strikes from Maartje Paumen (2), Roos Drost, Kitty van Male and a brilliant solo goal from player of the tournament Lidewij Welten.

Australia came into the game buzzing with confidence following a string of wonderful performances, but how they would cope against the Olympic champions was anyone’s guess. However, fans both here in Tucuman and those watching on the global broadcast soon found out that they were more than capable of trading blows with their illustrious rivals.

The Hockeyroos shocked their opponents in the 6th minute of the match when Anna Flanagan netted with a deflected penalty corner drag-flick, a lead that lasted until the early stages second half when the European giants turned the match on its head with two goals in the 43rd minute.  Netherlands captain Maartje Paumen netted the leveller with a low penalty corner drag flick before pacey winger Roos Drost surged into the circle from the left and slipped the ball between the legs of Australia keeper Rachael Lynch.

Australia rallied hard to restore parity, but a 52nd minute field goal from Kitty van Male took the score to 3-1 to provide some breathing space.

Paumen claimed her second of the game and her team’s fourth with another brilliant penalty corner effort before Welten produced a moment of magic to move past three Australian players before lashing home a ferocious strike to seal the win.

Welten’s goal was a fitting way to end what has been a sensational first edition of the Hockey World League, with the teams now switching their attentions to next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.

Standings
Gold: Netherlands
Silver: Australia
Bronze: England
4th: Argentina
5th: New Zealand
6th: China
7th: Germany
8th: Korea

Fair Play Award: The Netherlands

Individual Awards

Player of the Tournament: Lidewij Welten (NED)

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Maddie Hinch (ENG)

Top scorer: Maartje Paumen (NED) – 6 goals.

FIH site



Hinch & Walton seal Bronze for England

Las Leonas miss out on medal after second successive shoot-out defeat



MATCH WINNER: Sally Walton (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

England have claimed the Bronze Medal at the Argentina Hockey World League Final thanks to a shoot-out triumph over the host nation in San Miguel de Tucuman. 

Goal-keeper Maddie Hinch and defender Sally Walton proved to be England’s match winners, with the former making two saves in the shoot-out before the latter recovered from scoring an own goal in regulation time to net the winner.

For Argentina, it is the first time since the 2006 Champions Trophy that they have failed to medal in a world level event.

Argentina started the game in lively fashion, cheered on as ever by six thousand fans packed into the stadium. However, despite dominating the early exchanges, it was England who took the lead with the very first attack of the game. Great persistence in the Argentinian circle from Laura Unsworth forced an error from Rocio Sanchez Moccia, who bundled the ball into her own net to silence the home fans. The goal was credited to Unsworth, but the part played by Sanchez Moccia cannot be under-estimated.

Rosario Luchetti almost levelled matters when she cut in from the left and cracked a shot towards the top right corner of the goal, but England shot-stopper Maddie Hinch palmed the ball away to safety with her left glove to keep England's lead intact.

England's defensive resistance frustrated both the Argentina team and fans, who watched their beloved Leonas put together some decent build up play only to be thwarted by a back line marshalled by Kate Richardson-Walsh.

Three minutes before the break, the Argentine fans burst into life when a speculative cross into the circle from the right ended up in the back of the England net via the stick of Sally Walton to tie the scores.  In fairness, it was a stroke of luck that Argentina probably deserved, although it was tough on the hard working England defender who could have done little to stop it.

The early stages of the second half were evenly fought, although the best chances were still falling the way of the home favourites. Hinch was called into action with great saves to deny efforts from Carla Rebecchi and Martina Cavallero, ensuring that England kept themselves in the game.

The match really came to life in the last ten minutes, with both sides searching for a winner. Neither side could manage it, meaning that the match would have to be settled by a shoot-out. For Argentina, it was their second shoot-out in succession following Saturday’s defeat at the hands of the Netherlands, and this one would not go their way either.

With the shoot-out score at 2-1 following successful efforts from England’s Helen Richardson-Walsh and Alex Danson either side of a Carla Rebecchi strike, it was Argentina who missed first while Maddie Hinch denied Delfina Merino with a great block. England’s Susie Gilbert and Argentina’s Mariela Scarone took the score to 3-2 before Kate Richardson-Walsh and Julia Gomes Fantasia both missed their chances.

The winning goal came from Sally Walton, who made amends for her own goal by producing a nonchalant finish to give England a famous victory over their illustrious opponents. 

The victory was even more special for England’s Ashleigh Ball, who celebrated her 100th international by claiming a Hockey World League Bronze medal.

FIH site



Sharland guides Black Sticks to victory on 200th appearance

HWL 5-6 Classification match: New Zealand 1-0 China



(Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Black Sticks captain and FIH Player of the Year nominee Kayla Sharland scored the only goal of the game as New Zealand claimed 5th place at the Argentina Hockey World League Final with a 1-0 win over China.

Sharland, who before the match was presented with a gift from coach Mark Hager in recognition of her 200th senior international appearance, cracked home a stunning low backhand strike from the top of the circle to seal the win. It was a very special moment for the inspirational captain ensuring that her team ended their year on a winning note.

Searing temperatures in San Miguel de Tucuman brought the FIH warm weather protocol into action, meaning that the teams had a two minute drinks break midway through each half.

The Black Sticks were certainly the better team over the 70 minutes, but found it tough to get the breakthrough against the hard working and well organised Chinese defence.

Sharland came close to opening the scoring with efforts either side of half time, but her tomahawk strikes both went wide of the target before Black Sticks keeper Sally Rutherford made a fine glove save from a Wang Mengyu's penalty corner.

Sharland eventually got on the score-sheet in the 56th minute, with her brilliant strike giving New Zealand a hard earned win against a young China team that looks to have bags of potential.

FIH site



Goals galore as Germany overpower Korea to take 7th

HWL 7-8 Classification match: Korea 4-7 Germany



(Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Germany have ended a disappointing campaign at the Argentina Hockey World League in positive fashion, thrashing Korea 7-4 to secure a 7th place finish at the event in San Miguel de Tucuman.

Hannah Krüger and Marie Mävers both scored doubles in a crowd pleasing second half that featured nine goals.

The first half of the early morning meeting between the European champions and the Asian giants finished with scores locked together at 1-1. Eileen Hoffman opened the scoring before Cheon Seul Ki tied things up three minutes later.

Goals from Kruger and Charlotte Stapenhorst gave Germany a 3-1 lead early in the second half, but Korea restored parity thanks to a brilliant tomahawk effort from Park Seung A and a second for Cheon Seul Ki.

The teams took the score to 4-4 with goals from Kruger and An Hyo Ju before a late rally saw Germany power to victory. Mävers scored twice before Julia Müller netted Germany's sixth goal of the half and seventh of the game to complete the scoring.

FIH site



'Roos lose World League Final

Anna Flanagan's opener not enough as Dutch fight back to win




The Hockeyroos had to settle for silver at the inaugural World League tournament in Tucuman as an inspired Dutch comeback saw the Olympic champion Netherlands claim the gold medal, cancelling out Australia’s half time advantage to win 5-1.

Canberra’s Anna Flanagan, the 2012 World Young Player of the Year, had given the Hockeyroos a dream start with a penalty corner goal in the sixth minute and the Aussie women held strong to lead 1-0 at the break.

But a whirlwind spell in the second half saw the Dutch score twice in a minute to turn the game on its head with Kitty van Male making it 3-1 with just under 20 minutes remaining. As the Hockeyroos pushed upfield in search of their own comeback the clinical Dutch forward line added two more goals late on.

Speaking immediately after the final whistle, Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens called it “a disappointing end to the tournament” before saying he was “very pleased with the week. It’s been a fantastic tournament by the girls and it shows how we’ve grown and progressed.”

Prior to the final, a string of impressive performances by the Hockeyroos saw them beat England, New Zealand and China, as well as secure draws against World Champs Argentina and European gold medallists Germany, who the Hockeyroos beat on a shoot-out.

Commens added, “We’re now among the top teams in the world. Although the score might not have reflected it today, we’re competitive with the best teams in the world and well placed going into the World Cup next year.”

Talking about the game, he explained, “I thought we were solid in the first half, we defended well and broke well on the counter attack. They [the Netherlands] scored a couple of freak goals which put us on the back foot. We were then chasing the game which left gaps at the back which the Netherlands took advantage of.”

Australia were quickly out of the blocks with Flanagan’s deflected penalty corner sparking wild scenes of celebration amongst the Argentinian fans that had adopted the Hockeyroos as their own during the tournament. Following the strike, the Hockeyroos survived several close calls as the ball twice flashed across the face of goal and Madonna Blyth and Eddie Bone each made telling interventions. The Hockeyroos put everything on the line to repel their opponents with Karri McMahon leaving the pitch following a ball to the head, although she returned five minutes later.

Five minutes into the second half Kate Jenner and Kirstin Johnson combined to clear danger from the Hockeyroos’ goal line but it was merely a warning as three minutes later the Dutch struck level. Set-piece expert Paumen flashed a penalty corner into the bottom corner and less than 60 seconds later the Netherlands took the lead through Rosalin Drost.

The turnaround saw the Hockeyroos push upfield in search of an equaliser with Georgie Parker coming close with a first time effort before Kitty van Male made it 3-1 at the other end. Emily Smith and Parker had further half chances before Paumen netted an identical penalty corner with seven minutes remaining to put the result beyond doubt.

Anna Flanagan’s late set-piece flick missed the top corner by mere millimetres but there was still time for livewire Lidewij Welten to fire home a fifth for the Netherlands after displaying exceptional control under pressure from Australian goalkeeper Rachael Lynch.

Despite the result, the silver medal caps an excellent year for the Hockeyroos, who have also won the Oceania Cup and World League Semi-Final Tournament gold medals, the International Super Series title and qualified for the 2014 World Cup in The Hague.

FIH World League Finals, Women Final
Tucumán, Argentina

HOCKEYROOS 1 (1)

Anna Flanagan 6 (PC)

NETHERLANDS 5 (0)
Maartje Paumen 43,64 (PC,PC)
Rosalin Drost 43 (F)
Kitty van Male 52 (F)
Lidewij Welten 67 (F)

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

Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT) 22/1
Madonna Blyth (Brisbane, QLD) 267/64
Casey Eastham (Albion Park, NSW) 186/44
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT) 106/18
Rachael Lynch (Melbourne, VIC) 94/0
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA) 23/3
Claire Messent (Melbourne, VIC) 73/20
Georgie Parker (Adelaide, SA) 48/10
Jodie Schulz (Wamuran, QLD) 89/44
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW) 69/25
Kellie White (Crookwell, NSW) 59/20

Used Substitute
Teneal Attard (Mackay, QLD) 186/10
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA)23/2
Kate Jenner (Tamworth, NSW) 78/1
Kirstin Johnson (Mackay, QLD) 30/2
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA) 131/60
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 17/4

Unused Substitute
Ashlee Wells (Moe, VIC) 22/0

Classification Results
7th-8th: Korea 4-7 Germany
5th-6th: New Zealand 1-0 China
3rd–4th : Argentina 1-1 England (ENG win 4-2 on Shoot-out)
1st–2nd: Netherlands 5-1 Australia

Final Standings
1. Netherlands
2. Australia
3. England
4. Argentina
5. New Zealand
6. China
7. Germany
8. Korea

Hockey Australia media release



Sensational shoot-out gives England bronze


England celebrate winning bronze in the Argentina World League Final

There was nothing to separate England and hosts Argentina after 70 minutes of play as they battled to a 1-1 draw, but England reigned supreme in the resulting penalty shoot-out, winning it 4-2, to take a brilliant victory over Las Leonas on home turf. Helen Richardson-Walsh, Alex Danson, Susie Gilbert and Sally Walton all scored and with Maddie Hinch, once again brilliant in goal, England claimed the bronze medal from the world number one side.

ARGENTINA  1 (1) (2 Shoot Out)
OG 32

ENGLAND 1 (1) (4 Shoot Out)
Laura Unsworth 4 (FG)

Following the match England's Maddie Hinch was named goalkeeper of the tournament. This makes it three out of three for Hinch in 2013, who was also named keeper of the tournament at the Investec World League, TriFinance EuroHockey Championships and now the Argentina World League Final.

Speaking after the game England Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh said, “Playing Argentina, in Argentina, has always been one of my favourite experiences across my career. The atmosphere is just amazing and I’m very proud that we were able to stand up to that pressure tonight, and still play our game with that amount of noise going on! Every game against Argentina is an open game, there’s always lots of attacking chances for both sides. We were set a new tactical challenge by Jason [Lee] today and I think we took it on board well. Picking yourself up after a defeat like yesterday’s [3-0 against Australia], both emotionally and physically, is so tough, but I’m really proud of how the team played tonight. We are definitely learning and growing as a squad all the time.”

Before the game Ashleigh Ball received flowers to mark her 100th England and GB combined appearance.

England had a dream start to their bronze medal encounter with Argentina as they found themselves 1-0 up in the fourth minute. Laura Unsworth persisted with a 50/50 ball against Rocio Sanchez Moccia who, under pressure, put the ball into her own goal after hitting the ball twice on the reverse stick volley. The Own Goal was initially awarded, but following a review the decision was made to credit the goal to Laura Unsworth, which marks her first England goal.

At 1-0 up England found themselves under a sustained period of pressure for much of the first half as Las Leonas powered forward. In the same stubborn fashion as it has done all week, Captain Richardson-Walsh’s defence stood strong, but in the 32nd minute a dangerous crossed ball from Argentina took a cruel deflection off Sally Walton’s stick into goal and the score was levelled at 1-1 as the sides went in for the break.

The second half saw England enjoy a lot more possession and they came close with efforts from Alex Danson and Susie Gilbert, but there was no way through for either side and after 70 minutes of hockey the score remained tied at 1-1.

Helen Richardson-Walsh, Danson, Gilbert, Kate Richardson-Walsh and Walton lined up for the impending penalty shoot-out. Richardson-Walsh, Danson and Gilbert all scored, but Kate Richardson-Walsh fired her effort just wide of Succi in Argentina’s goal. With Hinch saving brilliantly from Marino and Gomes Fantasia England found themselves 3-2 up and it was left to Walton who stepped up and calmly slotted the ball home through the legs of Succi to give England the victory and another brilliant bronze.

Speaking after the game England youngster and FIH Talent of the Year (U21) shortlisted athlete, Lily Owsley said, “We knew as a squad it was a matter of picking ourselves up after last night’s defeat. We were all so gutted with that result, but to come back tonight and get the bronze medal, playing against some of the best players in the world, and the host nation, is just amazing and I’m so proud.”

Following England’s game the Netherlands powered past Australia 5-1 with a brilliant performance to take the gold medal.

England’s men will hope to emulate the women’s performance in their World League Final which takes place from 10-18 January in India. Head Coach Bobby Crutchley’s squad for the tournament will be announced on Wednesday 11 December.

Argentina Hockey World League Final – final standings


Position - Team
Gold - Netherlands
Silver - Australia
Bronze - England
Fourth - Argentina
Fifth - New Zealand
Sixth - China
Seventh - Germany
Eighth - Korea

Argentina Hockey World League Final - results

Info         Teams                Result
Sunday 8 December        
7 / 8         KOR – GER           4-7
5 / 6         NZL – CHN           1-0
3 / 4         ARG – ENG           1-1 (2-4 SO)
Final         NED – AUS           5-1

England Hockey Board Media release



Black Sticks take 5th at World League Final


Photo credit: Matias Noe Correa Arce

The Black Sticks Women have finished on a high at the World League Final in Argentina after beating China 1-0 to take fifth place at the tournament.

Inspirational captain Kayla Sharland celebrated her 200th international cap in style, delivering the game winning goal late in the second half.

While the game only provided one goal, the statistics told the story of New Zealand’s dominance with 22 circle penetrations to four and 75% of possession in China’s half.

The match put both sides under testing conditions with temperatures again approaching 40 degrees Celsius, but the final result was retribution for the Black Sticks who lost 2-0 to China during pool play.

Sharland’s 200th test will be one to remember in what was her side’s final game for the year.

“I’m very pleased we came away with a positive result today. It’s a nice way to finish the tour and year for a young and improving team,” she said.

“I feel very privileged to have played 200 games for New Zealand and to come away with a win made it even better.”

Head coach Mark Hager echoed his captain and said it was good to be able to leave the tournament on a high.

“It’s great to finish with two wins and we leave with a positive feeling after a tough start to the tournament.

“We created a lot of chances and while we only converted one, we didn’t give China many opportunities and once again defended well.

The Black Sticks looked good but couldn’t convert their chances in the first half against the scrambling Chinese defence, with the game locked up 0-0 at halftime.

Sharland broke the deadlock with just 15 minutes left on the clock with a precision reverse stick shot from the top of the circle which crashed into the bottom right of the goal.

The Black Sticks held on to their lead as time expired to win their fifth place playoff and finish the tournament with back-to-back wins.

Black Sticks 1: (Kayla Sharland)
China 0
Halftime: 0-0

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Sharland milestone marked with win


CELEBRATION: Kayla Sharland celebrated her 200th game in style for the Black Sticks as they beat China 1-0.

Kayla Sharland celebrated her 200th game in style for the Black Sticks as they beat China 1-0 to finish fifth at the World League final tournament in Argentina this morning (NZ Time).

The Black Sticks' captain delivered the game-winning goal late in the contest to break the 0-0 deadlock and earn New Zealand their second consecutive victory.

While the game only provided one goal, the statistics told the story of New Zealand's dominance with 22 circle penetrations to four and 75 per cent of possession in China's half.

The match put both sides under testing conditions with temperatures again approaching 40 degrees celsius, but the final result was retribution for the Black Sticks who lost 2-0 to China during pool play.

Sharland's 200th test will be one to remember in what was her side's final game for the year.

"I'm very pleased we came away with a positive result. It's a nice way to finish the tour and year for a young and improving team," she said.

"I feel very privileged to have played 200 games for New Zealand and to come away with a win made it even better."

Head coach Mark Hager echoed his captain and said it was good to be able to leave the tournament on a high.

"It's great to finish with two wins and we leave with a positive feeling after a tough start to the tournament.

"We created a lot of chances and while we only converted one, we didn't give China many opportunities and once again defended well.

The Black Sticks looked good but couldn't convert their chances in the first half against the scrambling Chinese defence.

Sharland scored the game's lone goal with just 15 minutes left on the clock with a precision reverse stick shot from the top of the circle which crashed into the bottom right of the goal.

Meanwhile, the Junior Black Sticks men's fought out a 2-all draw against England in their second group game of the Junior World Cup in India this morning.

Stuff



Australia and France bag second win in Delhi

Narrow wins over Spain and Argentina enough for quarter-final berths



(Photo: Stanislas Brochier)

Australia vs. Spain: 2-0 (half-time: 0-0)

Australia were eager to confirm their opening day win against Argentina and were all over the Spanish circle from the initial whistle but could not capitalize, including on a series of penalty-corners. Both teams had trouble settling in and there were a number of unforced errors and passes going astray for most of the period.

The best chance was for Spaniard Anton Parente, diving at full stretch on a long pass, but his deflection went marginally wide of the Australian post. Neither team could create a dangerous enough challenge, and the break was reached on a goalless score.

Australia finally managed to score in the 38th minute by their captain Daniel Beale, finding the ball in a messy scramble in the circle after Spanish goalkeeper Mario Fernandez Garin stopped three shots in quick succession from close range. Spain had a chance on the next action on a penalty-corner (downgraded from a penalty-stroke after a video-referral) but Andrew Butturini was up to the task in the Australian goal.

Australia had most of ball possession but could not really take control. It is only in the 63rd minute that Dylan Wotherspoon found space in the circle to escape his marker and clinically slot the ball out of reach of Mario Fernandez Garin to give a more comfortable 2-goal cushion to the Kookaburras.

Spain had a desperate final surge but they could not come back. They were left with two losses in so many matches, while Australia booked a quarter-final berth with their second win of the competition.

Argentina vs. France: 2-3 (half-time: 2-2)

France controlled possession in the opening sequences of play but Argentina pressed them very high, preventing any territorial advance. Argentina were prompt to jump on any loose ball to surge forward and Edgar Reynaud in the French goal was called into urgent action a few times in the first ten minutes.

Play was fast and furious, going at breakneck speed from one end to the next. France had a chance on penalty-corner but scrambled it and Argentina scored on a swift counter-attack that found Estanislao Perez Pesado unmarked in the circle with the easy task of blasting the ball in goal.

France came back in the 25th minute by Pieter Van Straaten, with a spectacular dive at the far post to deflect a high ball lifted by the foot of a defender. They used their momentum to force a second penalty-corner. They scrambled again their trap but recovered promptly to fool the Argentinean defense and take the lead by Theophile Ponthieu.

Umpires had to show a couple of yellow cards to cool the tempers and Argentina came back on the buzzer with a penalty-stroke by Gonzalo Peillat, sending the two teams back to back into the break.

The same Peillat had a chance on penalty-corner in the opening minute of second period but his low drag-flick was calmly saved by Reynaud. Pace of play remained very high, offering an entertaining display of attacking hockey, much to the pleasure of the large group of French fans. Les Bleus (ironically playing all in white today) took the lead in the 48th minute by Jean-Laurent Kieffer, turning around his defender and slotting a sweet reverse-stick lob over the diving goal-keeper.

This seemed to take some wind out of the South American sails and a period of French domination ensued. They could not capitalize and Argentina progressively came back into the game, setting the stage for a torrid end of match. Argentina replaced their keeper with a field player with three minutes to go, pushing France on their heels. But, buoyed by their vocal fans, the French managed to cling to their narrow lead, earning their second win of the competition and quarter-final berth.

FIH site



Second win puts Malaysia alone on top of Pool D

Disappointing tie for England against New Zealand



(Photo: Stanislas Brochier)

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

Both teams had narrow wins on opening day and started the match cautiously, not wanting to risk falling behind early. Things started to heat up after ten minutes. South Africa bobbled their first penalty-corner but Matthew Brown made no mistake on the second one, slotting the ball high out of reach of Hafizuddin Othman in the Malaysian goal.

The Asian Champions reacted immediately and besieged the South African circle, calling keeper Rene De La Peyre into action left and right. He stood his ground well but was fooled by a deflection from his own defender on a free hit drilled into the circle in the 27th minute.  Malaysia had multiple chances to take the lead in the final minutes of the period but South Africa were kept afloat by De La Peyre, in fine form tonight, and the break was reached on a tied score.

After another period of domination, Malaysia logically took the lead in the 43th minute by Firhan Ashari, turning around at the top of the circle and blasting the ball in the backboard.

Play was fast and entertaining and it was soon the turn of South Africa to be threatening, earning a penalty-corner after Ignatius Malgraff cut through the whole Malaysian defense. The corner was upgraded to a penalty-stroke but Matthew Brown’s attempt was well guessed by the keeper, maintaining the narrow Malaysian lead.

South Africa pushed desperately for the elusive equalizer but Malaysia did not break down, protecting the 3 points for the win until the end to stand alone at the top of the standings in Pool D.

New Zealand vs. England: 2-2 (half-time: 0-2)

Both teams wanted to redeem themselves after losing their opening matches and play was immediately animated. England drew first blood in the 14th minute by James Gall, cleverly pulling away from traffic in the circle to find space and blast a shot on goal.

They nearly doubled their tally when Nicholas Bandurak arrived alone in the circle after stealing a ball in midfield but he was thwarted by Richard Joyce in the Black Sticks goal. England however did not miss their chance on the resulting penalty-corner and Luke Taylor increased their lead to 2-0 with a high drag-flick.

New Zealand came back firing on all cylinders after the break and immediately forced a couple of penalty-corners. They bobbled the first one but Kane Russell’s low flick hit the target on the second one, bringing back the Kiwis within reach of England in the 39th minute. They kept the momentum and created time and again mayhem in the English defense but could not capitalize on the next penalty-corner.

England had trouble keeping their head above water in this period. They managed to maintain their structure but were at times individually outplayed by the skilled New-Zealanders. English goal-keeper Harry Gibson kept his team alive with a fantastic save on a penalty-corner, but he could not do anything on a shot from close range by Matt Rees-Gibbs to tie the game in the 68th minute!

Neither team was satisfied with a tie that makes a quarter-final berth problematic, but the English players were the most disappointed after having blown away a 2-goal half-time lead.

FIH site



England U21 Men draw with New Zealand


England U21 captain Andrew Bull battles with New Zealand's Michael Ritchie, photo by Stanislas Brochier

ENGLAND Under-21 Men were left disappointed after letting a two-goal lead slip against New Zealand in the Hero Hockey Junior Men’s World Cup in New Delhi, India, on Sunday.

The 2-2 result means that they must beat group leaders Malaysia on Monday and hope that the other result goes their way for them to progress.

England dominated the first half and could have put the game out of sight by the break but missed a series of good chances. However, they did take a 2-0 lead in the first half with goals from James Gall and Luke Taylor.

After 14 minutes of play, Joseph Sharp brought a great save from New Zealand’s keeper after a strong run. Gall was alive to the rebound and found the target to put England 1-0 up.

Then, on 27 minutes, Luke Taylor doubled England’s advantage. He collected the ball from a short corner before unleashing a shot to the left of the keeper, finding the roof of the net.

But England also missed a string of well-worked chances and were made to pay in the second half. Just four minutes after the restart, New Zealand were awarded a short corner but England appealed against the decision.

However, after a referral, the referee stood by his decision and from the resulting set-piece, Kane Russell swept the ball in to pull one back for New Zealand.

It looked as though England might still claim victory until, with just two minutes left to play, they were dispossessed on the edge of the D and Matt Rees-Gibbs hit the equaliser.

John Bleby, Head Coach, said after the game: “It was an excellent performance and everyone gave it their all.

“We’ve just got to hope that we beat Malaysia and that the other result goes our way now so that we can qualify for the quarter finals.”

Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013

Pool A – Team Points

Belgium 6
Germany 3
Pakistan 3
Egypt 0

Pool B – Team Points
Australia 6
France 6
Spain 0
Argentina 0

Pool C – Team Points
Netherlands 6
Korea 3
India 3
Canada 0

Pool D – Team Points
Malaysia 6
South Africa 3
New Zealand 1
England 1

England Under-21 Men’s Squad v New Zealand

Started

Harry Gibson (GK) – Loughborough Students
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
Chris Proctor – Beeston

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

Did not play
Thomas Pinnegar - Univ of Birmingham
Arjan Drayton-Chana – Sheffield Hallam

England Hockey Board Media release



Junior Black Sticks draw 2-2 against England



The Junior Black Sticks Men have come from behind to draw 2-2 against England in an edge-of-your-seat second pool game at the Junior World Cup in New Delhi.

From the first whistle, it was a fierce battle with both teams wanting to redeem themselves after losing their opening matches. Two-nil down at half time, the Junior Black Sticks knew they needed to produce something special and fought hard to get the result with Kane Russell converting a penalty corner and Midlands Matt Rees-Gibbs getting the equaliser with two minutes to spare.

“It was pleasing that the team had such a positive attitude today and it was clear that they had moved on from their opening game against Malaysia. In the first game we went out with quite a defensive mind set, whereas today I felt we turned it around and were much more aggressive in our attacking play,” said head coach Grant Edwards.

The Junior Black Sticks now have a must-win game against South Africa and will be hoping that Malaysia beats England in the other Pool D match tomorrow to avoid goal difference coming into play.

“We have watched South Africa during this tournament and it will be a tough game, but I think we are very capable of beating them. They have a physical style with a number of very skilful midfielders – it definitely won’t be easy,” says Edwards.

“We need to improve our accuracy in our attacking circle, but today was a good step forward, we created more opportunities than we did against Malaysia. I think following today’s game we will go into the South Africa game tomorrow with real belief and an attacking attitude,” said Edwards.

Edwards noted stand out players as Kane Russell who constantly turned over ball and punched forward from the back and goalkeeper Richard Joyce.

England dominated the first half with James Gall scoring in the 14th minute from a field goal and then Luke Taylor converting a penalty corner in the 27th minute. New Zealand were well organised in defence, constantly turning over ball and Joyce making some great saves. Throughout the game New Zealand had eight shots on goal compared to England’s four with circle penetrations close to equal for both sides.

The Kiwis had the perfect start to the second spell when a penalty corner was awarded and Russell scored his third goal of the tournament flicking it low to the bottom left of the net. It was the boost New Zealand needed and throughout the rest of the half they had the upper hand, working well together to turnover balls and punch forward.

As the clock counted down and with strong vocal support from the Kiwi supporters in the stands, Joyce was removed from goal to add another field player and the New Zealanders piled on the pressure. Rees-Gibs couldn’t believe it when the ball fell to him and with a cracking reverse stick shot it went through goalkeeper Harry Gibson’s legs equalising the game.

In the minute that remained and with both sides totally exhausted, there was a scramble to get the winning goal with England having the best chance when the ball crossed right in front of the goal but there was no deflection and both sides took a point each.

The Junior Black Sticks now play South Africa in their final pool game at 3.30am on Tuesday 10 December. All Junior Black Sticks games 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: 2-2
Half time: 0-2 to England
England scorers: James Gall (14th), Luke Taylor (27th)
New Zealand goal scorers: Kane Russell (39th), Matt Rees-Gibbs (68th)

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Malaysian fight back stuns South Africa

Malaysia virtually booked a quarterfinal spot in the Junior World Cup with a workmanl like performance in their 2-1 win over South Africa at the Dyan Cghan Hockey Stadium in New Delhi.

The win was all the more remarkable as they came from being a goal down to edge South Africa.

Keeper Hafizuddin Othman was the hero as he saved a penalty stroke in the 54th minute to deny South Africa the equaliser.

“It was a good win, achieved through sheer hard work and determination. I am proud of the fighting spirit but we did make life difficult for ourselves,” said Malaysian coach Muhammad Dharma Abdullah.

“We need to remain focussed against England tomorrow and do the needful to book our place in the last eight.

“We were put off by the robust tactics of the opponents but credit to the players who kept their composure.”

It was the South Africans who came racing off the blocks from the opening whistle and within thirty second they worked their first penalty corner of the match, but the intended set-piece was scuffed.

Malaysia had their first look on goal when Muhammad Shahril Saabah was found unmarked in the circle, but the strikers powerful reverse stick effort went straight into the pads of South African custodian Rene De La Peyre.

From then on the Africans were all over their opponent and in the 13th minute they punished the Malaysian’s from their third penalty corner of the match.

Matthew Brown stepped up and sent a powerful drag flick into the top corner.

K.Dharmaraj’s side then woke up from their slumber midway through the first half and could have drawn level in the 17th minute when Muhammad Firhan Ashaari raced free down the right flank and into the circle, but his effort was well saved by the South African goalkeeper. The rebound however fell to skipper Mohd Fitri Saari, but he sent his effort wide.

Malaysia then took control of the proceedings and begun to work their way around the pitch brilliantly and in the 26th minute they drew level thanks to an own goal.

Muhammad Rashid Baharom’s hit into the circle form the left flank struck South African custodian Rene’s pads and sailed into goal.

Malaysia went on to dictate the match and could have gone into the half time break with the lead when they were awarded with two penalty corner in the 31st and 35th minute.

But Shahril and Muhammad Zulhairi Hashim failed to capitalize on their chances.

Firhan then picked up a long pass from Rashid, and unleashed a powerful hit that sailed into the South African goal in the 43rd minute to give Malaysia a well deserved lead early in the second half.

South Africa were awarded a penalty stroke in the 54th minute but the attempt by Mathew Brown was palmed away by keeper Hafizuddin Othman and the Malaysians were relieved.

And Malaysia created enough chances to add to their score but failed to find the mark.

Hockey Asia



Keeper to the rescue

Hafizuddin sends Malaysia into the last eight

By JUGJET SINGH


MALAYSIAN Juniors lived dangerously and even survived a penalty stroke to beat a stubborn South Africa 2-1 in the Junior World Cup at the Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi  yesterday.

The second straight win took them into the quarter-finals with England their last opponents in Group D today.

Goalkeeper Hafizuddin Othman had nerves of steel when he palmed away a penalty stroke said: "I was not afraid at all, in fact, I was determined and confident because I did not want to let my teammates down. It was my moment, and I am happy I survived the test."

Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was happy with the three points but not the way they played.

"We are heading towards the quarter-finals and I think the boys need to play at a higher level and stop making too many mistakes. They must keep up the momentum and must beat England at all cost," said Tengku Abdullah.

Malaysia were lost souls when they gave away a penalty corner in the first minute to South Africa and poor defending saw another three more.

South Africa bungled the first three penalty corners but in the 14th minute Matthew Brown sent the ball crashing into the net with a powerful drag flick.

There was total collapse as Malaysia kept giving away penalty corners and their attacks proved fruitless.

However, luck favoured coach K. Dharmaraj's boys when a shot from outside the semi-circle by Nor Aqmal Ghaffar was deflected in as an own goal by goalkeeper Rene de la Peyre in the 29th minute.

After that blunder, Rene pulled off three point-blank saves to keep his teammates in the match until the half-time hooter.

Dharmaraj must have worked his magic in the dressing room because his charges came charging out and after a series of attacks, Firhan Ashaari scored Malaysia's second goal in the 42nd minute.

In the 54th minute, South Africa won a penalty corner but it was turned into a penalty stroke when skipper Fitri Shaari defended with his body. Malaysia asked for a TV referral, but the stroke was upheld.

Matthew Brown stepped to the spot and faced goalkeeper Hafizuddin Othman.

However, Hafizuddin brought off a superb save and Malaysia held on to notch their second win.

New Straits Times

 



Malaysian hockey juniors march into quarter finals

By S. Ramaguru



Malaysia's G. Kavin Kartik (left) try to stop a South African player from going through in their Group D match of the Junior World Cup hockey tournament in New Delhi on Sunday. Malaysia won 2-1.

NEW DELHI: Malaysia beat South Africa 2-1 for their second win in the Junior World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here on Sunday to qualify for the quarter finals after England and New Zealand could only draw their match.

Mohamed Firhan Azhaari was again the hero, scoring the winning goal in the 42nd minute to put Malaysia through to the last eight on six points with a match to spare. South Africa, who beat England on Friday have three points and occupy second place in Group D.

Goalkeeper Mohamed Hafizuddin Othman must also be given credit for a good display especially in stopping a penalty stroke in the second half.

For the second time, the Malaysians put up a scrappy performance but they defended well as a team.

Malaysian coach K. Dharmaraj said they had expected a tough match as the South Africans were also determined to win the match badly.

“It was basically a do-or-die match for both teams. Of course, there is still one more game to go but it will be a lot harder if we had lost this match.

“We had a testy first half and squandered a lot of chances. We were also lucky that the penalty stroke did not go in.

“There were mistakes at the back but the players recovered quickly to clear it.

“We did not play well, but we got the result we wanted. I think we should be able to go through to the last eight now,” said Dharmaraj.

The Malaysians started off with the same line-up that beat New Zealand 3-2 on Friday.

The South Africans started aggressively and gained their first penalty corner in the 13th minute. Matthew Brown’s direct drag flick easily beat goalkeeper Mohamed Hafizuddin Othman.

The Malaysians woke up after the goal and came close on several occasions.

In their haste to score the equaliser, the players became too individualistic and committed many errors. It also did not help the Malaysians as the South Africans used their bigger physiques to knock them off their feet.

Malaysia, however, managed to equalise in the 27th minute thanks to a stroke of luck. Mohamed Nor Aqmal’s shot from outside the D touched goalkeeper Rene de le Peyre and went in as an own goal.

Oozing with confidence, the Malaysians surged forward and kept the South Africans in their own half. The Malaysians earned two quick penalty corners in the 33rd and 35th minutes but both efforts were wasted.

The second half started off with the Malaysians making a strong bid for goal number two.

It paid off in the 42nd minute when Firhan, who scored the winner against New Zealand, capitalised on a defensive mistake to score a field goal.

The South Africans refused to give up. In the 52rd minute, they gained a penalty stroke. The Malaysians challenged the decision by seeking a video referral but it was overruled.

Luckily for Malaysia, Brown flicked his shot directly at Hafizuddin and he was pleased to deny South Africa the equaliser.

“I was prepared for it. And thank God, I guessed the right way. I am glad to have saved the stroke as it helped us win the match,” he said.

The the later Group D match, New Zealand stormed back from two goals down to draw their match against England who went ahead through James Gall (14 min) and Luke Taylor (27 min).

The Kiwis replied via Kane Russell in the 39th minute and Matt Rees-Gibbs scored with two minutes remaining to keep their quarter-final hopes alive. Both teams have one point apiece going into the final match.

The Star of Malaysia



Malaysia qualify for last eight



Malaysia has qualified for the quarterfinals of the Junior World Cup with a match to spare following a draw in the match between England and New Zealand tonight.

Malaysia has 6 points after two matches and will play England tomorrow and are assured of top spot in Group D and will play the runner up of Group C which is a toss up between India and South Korea who meet on Tuesday night.

by making the last eight, it has assured Malaysia its best ever finish in the Junior World Cup since the 1989 edition in Ipoh where the team, in which current coach K. Dharmaraj and manager Mirnawan Nawawi played , finished in the sixth position.

Malaysia's best ever performance in the Junior World Cup was in 1979 in Paris and 1982 in Kuala Lumpur, with the teams emerging fourth on both occasions.

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Malaysia beat South Africa 2-1, ensure quarterfinal berth

NEW DELHI: Asian champions Malaysia scored a narrow 2-1 win over South Africa to become the first team from Pool D to qualify for the quarterfinals of the ongoing Hero FIH Junior World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, on Sunday.

Malaysia rode on an own goal (27th minute) and a second half strike from Firhan Ashari (43rd) to register the come-from-behind victory after Matthew Brown put South Africa ahead in the 13th minute.

After registering narrow wins on opening day, both the teams started the match cautiously, not wanting to risk of falling behind early.

But things started to heat up after 10 minutes when Brown converted South Africa's first penalty corner by slotting the ball high out of reach of Hafizuddin Othman in the Malaysian goal.

Malaysia reacted immediately by mounting an attack on the South African circle. South African goalie Rene De La Peyre stood his ground well but was fooled by a deflection from his own defender on a free hit drilled into the circle in the 27th minute to make the scoreline 1-1.

Thereafter, Malaysia had multiple chances to take the lead in the final minutes of the opening half but an agile De La Peyre kept South Africa in the hunt as both the teams went into the break locked at 1-1.

Malaysia continued from where they left after the change of ends and took the lead in the 43th minute through Ashari, who blasted the ball into the South African goal after turning around at the top of the circle.

South Africa had to blame only themselves for missing out on a point. They earned a penalty corner after Ignatius Malgraff cut through the whole Malaysian defense. The corner was then upgraded to a penalty stroke but Brown's attempt was well guessed by the Malaysia keeper Othman.

South Africa pushed desperately for the elusive equaliser but failed to break the Malaysian defence.

Meanwhile in the other Pool D match, England and New Zealand settled for a 2-2 draw as both the teams kept their hopes alive for a quarterfinal berth.

England scored two first-half goals through James Gall (14th minute) and Luke Taylor (27th) to race to a 2-0 lead at the break.

But the Black Sticks made a spirited comeback in the second period and pulled one back when Kane Russell converted a penalty corner in the 39th minute before Matt Rees-Gibbs (68th) scored a late equaliser to keep New Zealand in the reckoning.

Other three teams - South Africa, New Zealand and England are in with a chance to qualify for the knockout stage.

But with three wins out of two games, South Africa are placed better than New Zealand and England and need just a draw in their last pool match against the Black Sticks to join Malaysia in the quarterfinals from Pool D.

Both New Zealand and England, who face Malaysia next, need a win in their last matches and hope for favourable result from other pool games.

The Times of India



Argentina French fried

France controlled possession in the opening sequences of play but Argentina pressed them very high, preventing any territorial advance. Argentina were prompt to jump on any loose ball to surge forward and Edgar Reynaud in the French goal was called into urgent action a few times in the first ten minutes.

Play was fast and furious, going at breakneck speed from one end to the next. France had a chance on penalty-corner but scrambled it and Argentina scored on a swift counter-attack that found Estanislao Perez Pesado unmarked in the circle with the easy task of blasting the ball in goal.

France came back in the 25th minute by Pieter Van Straaten, with a spectacular dive at the far post to deflect a high ball lifted by the foot of a defender. They used their momentum to force a second penalty-corner. They scrambled again their trap but recovered promptly to fool the Argentinean defense and take the lead by Theophile Ponthieu.

Umpires had to show a couple of yellow cards to cool the tempers and Argentina came back on the buzzer with a penalty-stroke by Gonzalo Peillat, sending the two teams back to back into the break.

The same Peillat had a chance on penalty-corner in the opening minute of second period but his low drag-flick was calmly saved by Reynaud. Pace of play remained very high, offering an entertaining display of attacking hockey, much to the pleasure of the large group of French fans. Les Bleus (ironically playing all in white today) took the lead in the 48th minute by Jean-Laurent Kieffer, turning around his defender and slotting a sweet reverse-stick lob over the diving goal-keeper.

This seemed to take some wind out of the South American sails and a period of French domination ensued. They could not capitalize and Argentina progressively came back into the game, setting the stage for a torrid end of match. Argentina replaced their keeper with a field player with three minutes to go, pushing France on their heels. But, buoyed by their vocal fans, the French managed to cling to their narrow lead, earning their second win of the competition and quarter-final berth.

Hockey Asia



Australia book last eight spot



Australia made it into the quarterfinals of the Junior World Cup with a match to spare following their 2-0 win over Spain.

But despite their two wins, having disposed off Argentina the other day, Aussie coach Paul Gaudoin was far from happy with the overall performances of the team.

“While it is good to have collected full points, I am not particularly happy with the overall performances of the team as I believe we can play better,” said Gaudoin.

“We played well in patches and lack the consistency required for such a tournament as we made too many mistakes. I hope to rectify this before the knockout stage.”

Australia opened scoring in the 38th minute via their captain Daniel Beale, who scored after a messy scramble in the circle that was preceded by  Spanish goalkeeper Mario Fernandez Garin stopping three shots in quick succession from close range.

Spain had a chance on the next action on a penalty-corner (downgraded from a penalty-stroke after a video-referral) but Andrew Butturini was up to the task in the Australian goal.

Australia had most of ball possession but could not really take control. It is only in the 63rd minute that Dylan Wotherspoon found space in the circle to escape his marker and clinically slot the ball out of reach of Mario Fernandez Garin to give a more comfortable 2-goal cushion to the Kookaburras.

Hockey Asia



Australia through to q-finals

AUSTRALIA confirmed their quarter-final spot from Group B when they beat Spain 2-0 at the Dhayan Chand Stadium in New Delhi yesterday.

And France followed suit from the same group, when they beat Argentina 3-2 for six points after two matches.

The Australian win, came at the back of a 5-2 win against Argentina on the opening day, and the Aussies have France next to decide if they top the group or finish second.

Australia, the bronze medallists in the 2009 Malaysia-Singapore Junior World Cup, only had two weeks of training, and two friendly matches against New Zealand before heading to New Delhi.

Second-half goals from captain Daniel Beale and fellow Queenslander Daniel Beale won them the match.

"Even though we won two straight matches, the boys still play in patches and this is not their full potential. However, after today, I believe the players will perform better," said Australia's coach, Paul Gaudoin.

Spain captain Alejendro de Frutos said: "It was a tough match against Australia and the defeat has placed us in a very difficult position in this tournament. However, we need to continue and win our next game against Argentina tomorrow (today)".

New Straits Times



Below-par Australia enter Junior Hockey WC quarters

Biswajyoti Brahma


NEW DELHI: A far-from-impressive Australia were made to work hard by Spain before winning their Pool B match of the Hero Junior Hockey World Cup 2-0 on Sunday. The only positive that the Australians took home from the match were the three points, which helped them book a place in the quarterfinals.

The Australians were a pale shadow of themselves and their outspoken coach had no hesitation in branding their performance on Sunday as "substandard."

"I am happy with the three points, but our performance was substandard today. It was that sort of a day, but I am glad that the boys foght it out," Australian coach Paul Gaudoin said. Australia started the way they usually do, aggressively. They straightaway put pressure on the Spain defence while looking for an early goal. But Spain's reaction to their moves seemed to take the Australians by surprise. Spain considerably slowed down the game, protecting their goal instead of going for counter-attacks.

The teams finished the first-half goalless, but Australia managed to scrape one past the Spanish goalkeeper when captain Daniel Beale made it count on the third attempt in the 38th minute. Dylan Wotherspoo's goal in the 63th minute ensured that Australia clinched it.

France, on their part, became the second team to make it to the quarterfinal with a 3-2 win over Argentina. The teams went to the half-time 2-2, but Jean-Laurent Kieffer ensured the Frenchmen a place in the last eight by scoring in the 48th minute. In other matches, New Zealand came from behind to hold England 2-2. The result helped Malaysia, who beat South Africa earlier, to become the first team from Pool B to advance to the quarterfinals.

The Times of India



Australia, France book quarterfinal berth in Junior Hockey WC

NEW DELHI: Australia and France made the quarterfinals of the Hero FIH Junior Men's World Cup after registering contrasting victories in their respective Pool B matches on Sunday at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

While Australia blanked Spain 2-0, France rallied to eke out a laborious 3-2 win over Argentina.

Captain Daniel Beale and Dylan Wotherspoon scored the two goals for Australia.

Australia started on an attacking note from the initial whistle and were all over the Spanish circle but they somehow failed to produced desired results, even as they got a series of penalty-corners.

Spain managed to contain the Aussies and the break was reached on a goalless score.

Australia finally managed to scored in the 38th minute when Beale found the ball in a messy scramble in the circle after Spanish goalkeeper Mario Fernandez Garin stopped three shots in quick succession from close range.

Spain also had a chance on the next action on a penalty-corner but goalkeeper Andrew Butturini did a good job.

The Aussies had most of ball possession and Wotherspoon scored in the 63rd minute to give a comfortable two-goal cushion to the Kookaburras.

Spain had a desperate final surge but they failed to net the ball. With two losses in as many matches, they are already out of contention for a berth in the quarters.

In the other Pool B match, Pieter Van Straaten, Theophile Ponthieu and Jean-Laurent Kieffer scored for France, while Estanislao Perez Pesado and Gonzalo Peillat hit the board for Argentina.

It was fast and furious battle, which was going at breakneck speed from one end to the other.

France had a chance on penalty-corner first but they scrambled it, and Argentina scored on a swift counter-attack that found Estanislao Perez Pesado scoring the goal in the 20th minute.

France came back in the 25th minute when Pieter Van Straaten netted the ball. They then quickly took the lead as Theophile Ponthieu scored in the 31st minute.

But Argentina came back on the buzzer with a penalty-stroke by Gonzalo Peillat, sending the two teams 2-2 into the break.

In the second half also the pace of play remained very high.

Jean-Laurent Kieffer gave France the lead in the 48th minute and the French managed to cling to their narrow lead, earning their second win in two matches and a quarterfinal berth.

The Times of India



Belgium next for beleaguered greenshirts


The greenshirts were no match for the defending champions, who were in control of the match from the outset; a hat-trick by Christopher Ruhr enabled the Europeans to steamroll Pakistan. PHOTO: hockeyindia.org/

Pakistan junior hockey team’s coach Anjum Saeed is hopeful that his team will make a strong comeback after a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany on Saturday in a Group A tie of the Junior World Cup taking place in New Delhi.

The greenshirts were no match for the defending champions, who were in control of the match from the outset; a hat-trick by Christopher Ruhr enabled the Europeans to steamroll Pakistan.

Saeed feels that the main reason behind the poor show was losing Muhammad Arsalan to a red card foul in the first half of the match.

“Arsalan’s red card was a huge dampener for our plans,” Saeed told The Express Tribune. “We were left to play with 10 players for 50 minutes of the match.”

Saeed was also unhappy with the pool that Pakistan had been allocated. He claims that the organisers changed the groups at the last minute and grouped the greenshirts with European title contenders Belgium and Germany.

“We will try our best to beat Belgium in our next match, but the fact remains that the two pools are not equally matched. At the same time the players made a lot of mistakes against Germany, which resulted in the 6-1 drubbing.”

The Express Tribune



India need not play panic hockey

s2h team


“We don’t have any pressure, having already lost to Korea. But today will be different. Because we know how India plays and understand Indian style. Simply because we often play against them”, said an official attached with the Canadian team before the start of the India-Canada match, second for both teams in the Hero Junior World Cup.

But what struck subsequently was his finish line: “You will have pressure. Once your player get the ball near rival 25-yard line or area, the crowd comes into play, they start shouting. It works on the mind of the players, they tend to be panicky.

This discussion which took place before the start of the match on Saturday, proved to be prophetic.

Crowd yelled even before 25-yard area, but once India get the possession. Them team rushed towards circle. They were in a hurry score, and wasted most of the chances they created with fast running and good positioning. There were misdirected passes, bad trapping of long scoops, unforced errors, all because this set of Indians were clearly not composed but loses it at the slightest advance gained or lost.

The team was panicky inside the circle.

Once conceding a goal early in the proceedings, Indians were panic-stricken, did not show the kind of character that a team of this stature stand to inherently espouse.

For most part they played only on one flank. Crosses rolled across the goalmouth as if it is meant to be so.

Players like Talwinder Singh, at least so far, appear pedestrian, often unable to do what he is expected of in crucial moments.

If India has to do well against Korea, which is also as awkwardly placed as that of India insofar as the chance for the quarterfinal is concerned, it has to play a patient but thrustful hockey, certainly not a panic hockey the one that it displayed against Canada in particular.

Stick2Hockey.com



Fight to survive



Hosts India is struggling to make the last eight of the Junior World Cup and the pressure is mounting on the pre tournament favourites.

India are not playing to their capabilities and this has their fans, media as well as team officials dumbfounded in trying to find the answers.

And India will have to defeat South Korea on Tuesday for a place in the quarterfinals after struggling to edge lowly Canada 3-2 on Tuesday, coming back twice before registering the hard fought win.

Korea and India will both be out to win the match to join Holland in the last eight from their group.

“We have our backs to the wall and our fate depends totally on the match against Korea,” said Baljit Singh Saini, the Indian juniors assistant coach.

“We are making unnecessary mistakes in defence and give away possession easily and these are areas we need to rectify.

“By conceding goals, we put pressure on ourselves and the players tend to forget the game plan and try to get the equaliser.

“Korea are a great side and it will not be easy as all they need is a draw while we need an outright win.”

Pakistan are also fighting for survival as they were trashed 6-1 by Germany in a match they played 46 minutes having a player red carded in the 24th minute.

Still that was no excuse for the winners of the inaugural Junior World Cup in Paris in 1979 to lose so badly to Germany who are the defending champions.

Pakistan will now have to defeat European champions Belgium, and that too with a big margin to sneak into the last eight.

And skipper Umar Bhutta was lost for words at the atrocious performance against Germany.

“It was a poor performance and now we are staring at an early exit, not something we expected,” said Umar.

“Playing with one player less surely affected our overall performance and we are not at all happy with the score.

“Now we need to defeat Belgium. Winning is already a tough task and scoring four goals will be tougher.

“As long as there is still a flicker of hope, we will try our level best and not give up fighting, no matter how impossible the task may seem.”

Hockey Asia



We'll come up with our best show against Korea: India coach

NEW DELHI: India face a must-win situation in their last pool match against Korea if they wish to progress to the knockout stage of the ongoing Hero FIH Junior Men's World Cup and the home team's chief coach Greg Clark on Sunday said his wards will give their best in the do-or-die game.

Both India and Korea are on three points each from two outings in Pool C, but the hosts need an outright result in their favour in order to qualify for the quarterfinals, whereas, a draw would be enough for the Koreans to go forward by virtue of a better goal difference.

With two wins from as many games, The Netherlands have already qualified for the quarterfinals from Pool C.

"I have full confidence that the boys will do well in the next match against Korea like they did in the last match against Canada," Clark said at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium here on India's hard-fought but impressive win against Canada last night.

"Our experience shows that the team gets comfortable with environment as the tournament progresses and performs better with every match. We will definitely put our best show (against Korea)," he insisted.

"We are still very much alive in the tournament and there is lot of positivity within the team."

India started as favourites last night but they had to toil hard as twice the hosts had to come from a goal down to beat Canada 3-2.

India were the dominant side on display against Canada but they frittered away innumerable scoring chances to make life difficult for themselves.

And coach Clark admitted that his wards need to be more accurate against a dangerous opponents like Korea on Tuesday.

"We really got good chances in the last matches. We created fairly good chances and would like to stick with the same in future matches," he said.

"I have full confidence that the boys will do well in the next match against Korea like they did in the last match against Canada. Statistically we did lot of right movements like circle entry and created a lot of chance in the opposite end of the field.

"The Koreans are a good side; they have consistently performed well in the tournament. The match will be difficult but we have confidence in ourselves. The team showed character last night. Our performance has constantly improved. But we got to be more accurate in our next encounters," Clark added.

The Times of India



French star Hugo Genestet would like to avoid India

Tazeen Qureshy


France might have won both their matches in the Junior World Cup and booked a berth in the quarter-finals, but their star-player Hugo Genestet hopes not to face India in Junior World Cup in Delhi.

“I have a very bad memory of the Olympic qualifier match we played against India last year in this very stadium. I hope not to play against them in this stadium again.”

In February 2012, India had thrashed France 8-1 in the Olympic qualifiers to qualify for the London Olympics.

“India team is a good side. I have seen their match against Canada yesterday. Though it was a bit of luck, but they played well,” said Hugo, who had scored the first goal against India in Rotterdam World Hockey League in June giving France an early lead.

Talking about the tournament so far, he said, “It has been an amazing tournament. I am very happy. Since, we are in the quarter-final now, we can dream bigger.”

"Elaborating on his own performance he added, “The first match against Spain was good. I even scored a goal. But, my performance in today’s match against Argentina could have been better.”

The player, who has come a long way from becoming the youngest goal-scorer in European Hockey Club History way back in 2008, says it has been a tough journey for him. “It has been very hard. I have been training everyday. I keep watching the matches of Australia and Germany to improve.”

Hugo attaches lot of credit to his family for his evolving career in hockey, and the atmospehre home provide.

After all, both his brothers Martin and Tom play for the senior team of France.

“We speak and smell hockey at home,” he sums up.

Stick2Hockey.com



Qadir gets two-match suspension for elbowing German player

NEW DELHI: Pakistan defender Muhammad Arslan Qadir was on Sunday suspended for two matches for a Level 2 offence which relates to a "physical assault, without injury, of another player" during their Pool A match against holders Germany at the ongoing Hero FIH Junior Men's World Cup here.

Qadir was shown the red card for elbowing a German player in Pakistan's 1-6 drubbing last night.

According to a statement from the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the tournament director David Collier has found Qadir to have violated the FIH Code of Conduct.

"Participants shall at all times conduct themselves fairly and properly on the field of play and any part of the hockey venue/accommodation. No person may conduct themselves in a manner or commit any act or omission which may prejudice the interest of hockey or which may bring the game of hockey into disrepute," Collier said in the statement.

"I have concluded that this constitutes a Level 2 offence referring to a physical assault, without injury, of another player. In accordance with the evidence provided at the hearing and taking into account the contrition displayed by the player, Muhammad Arslan Qadir of the Pakistan team shall be suspended for two matches," he added.

Qadir will miss Pakistan crucial match against Belgium December 10 and his team's play-off match to be played on December 12.

The Times of India



'Terry Walsh Perfect for Indian Hockey'

By Sandip Sikdar


Two-time Olympic medallist and Dutch junior hockey team manager Floris Evers feels that Terry Walsh, who was recently appointed the Indian men's team coach, is the right man to guide the eight-time Olympic champions.

Evers, who played for champions Ranchi Rhinos in the inaugural Hockey India League (HIL), told IANS that Walsh should be given a longer run.

Evers was member of the Dutch team, coached by Walsh, that got the silver medal in the 2004 Athens Games.

The former Dutch captain vouched for Walsh's credentials and hoped that India would do well under him.

"India have a good coach now. Terry was with me in Athens and is one of the best coaches who had trained me and I think he is the perfect guy for India. He is not only a good coach but a good human too. I think India will do well under him but he needs to be given his time," Evers told IANS on the sidelines of the ongoing Hockey Junior World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here.

Having played the HIL with some of the young Indian players, Evers, who retired last year after the London Games with the silver, said India are improving step by step.

"I really hope India comes back to the top because I love the country and its passion for hockey. They are coming through step by step. It is a mental thing too. If they lose a game, there is pressure from all others and the players feel it. In their minds they don’t know how good they are,” said the 30-year-old Dutch star.

Evers also feels that the vastly experienced Indian team could be strong contenders for the junior World Cup.

“India can win the tournament. They have good players and are good at penalty corners. Being the hosts there is pressure on them. But they are also an experienced side,” said Evers.

Evers picked out his Ranchi Rhinos team mates Manpreet Singh and Mandeep Singh as bright prospects.

“I know Manpreet Singh very well. Mandeep Singh and Kothajit Khadangbam are also good prospects for India. They are quite technical,” added Evers.

The Dutch junior hockey team manager was also happy with the way his team, who are one of the favourites, made a winning start in the tournament beating India 3-2.

“The 3-2 win was perfect for us. In a tournament you need to win the first game as you build your confidence on it. I am pretty happy. The match was a good step ahead for us as India is a tough opponent. First, we want to go through to the quarterfinals but we are taking it game-by-game right now,” said Evers, who also has three Champions Trophy titles to his name.

New Indian Express



Immigrant song: Expatriate Indian community is driving surge of hockey in Canada and New Zealand

Nitin Sharma



Eight players in the Junior World Cup Canadian team have their roots in Punjab

The expatriate Indian community is driving the surge of hockey in countries as far flung as Canada and New Zealand.

Nitin Sharma and Jonathan Selvaraj explore how the new settlers kept in touch with their roots through the sport.

The delicate boti kebabs sizzling on open charcoal fires of faraway Punjab have long morphed into chunks of redder meats grilling on skewers in Vancouver's garden barbeques. The milieu has changed so much for that typical migrant who flew to the northern-most corners of America that the green fields, narrow lanes and pinds of home now remain as distant memories from yonder.

In Canada, even the hockey gets played on ice, not grass blades or synthetic greens. But as the very geography of 'home' altered and pin-codes changed to zip-codes, the first wave of homesickness struck. It was then that the Indo-Canadians tried reconnecting with their roots and reached out for the familiar grip of the hockey stick, setting out in search of grass turfs.

In a land, where field hockey is not as big as its frigid cousin, the India Field Hockey Club based out of Vancouver is acting as a conveyor belt of talent to the various Canadian field hockey teams. At least 10 members of the short-listed squad at the Canadian U-21 Junior World Cup in New Delhi are Indo-Canadians with eight of them tracing their roots to Punjab, including Sukhi Panesar and Balraj Panesar, cousins Manvir Kingra and Justin Dhaliwal, Gurteg Gill, Iqwinder Gill, Gagandep Thind and Harsimranjit Mahal.

"We came to Canada to earn a living but never knew hockey will become such an important part of our lives here," says former Canadian international Pritpal Kular.

Such is hockey's pull that several men volunteer to rush from their day-jobs to take up coaching at the Tamanawis Park in Vancouver, where one pays $60 per hour to play at one of the seven facilities. It's a routine which 18-year-old Gurteg Gill follows everyday. Apart from attending high school, the youngster shuttles between practice in the morning and evening for the Canadian U-21 team, sandwiching a 1 hour period twice a week guiding U-14s — a mix of ethnic Canadians and Asian origin schoolboys at IFHC. With Gurteg India-bound, his brother Akashdeep quickly stepped in to ensure continuity.

"Here everybody is a coach. My father introduced us brothers to hockey in our early teens starting out in the backyard. Later, as we got serious, we aimed at playing in the Premier division. But coaching continues alongside," says Gill, whose family moved in 1992 from Ekal Gadda, Amritsar.

FORWARD MARCH

The Indo-Canadians add more than a smattering of spice to the bland style of field hockey — an ice hockey influence.

Coach Paul Bundy travelling with the colts to India explains how Indians are literally pushing the Canadian charge forward. "Canada's style is typically in the ice hockey mould. It's very defensive, very physical and fitness plays a big part. What the Indian kids bring to the team is a aggression and flair. And the fact that they are constantly looking to score is a big plus," Bundy says.

The Canadians often joke that if not for the Indians the team would continue taking the ball to the opponent's D and hit it back to the center line. But the biggest contribution of the community was to change the perception that field hockey was a sport played only by girls while ice hockey was for the big boys.

VP Singh, former India player and coach at United Brothers (the other prominent club) is Vikramjeet Singh's father, captain of Canada. "There is a lot of pressure on children who want to play for Canada. You don't get funding or jobs and you can't skip studies. Indians have an advantage over others because yeh khel hamarey khoon me hai," he says.

The coach agrees: "The field hockey community in Canada is quite small so the contribution of the Indian community is quite important. It's a family sport here, so having an immigrant community that loves the sport is big."

Of the ten Indian-origin players in the U-21 team, six belong to the IFHC. Founded by Lushman Gill and Sardara Singh Gill in 1932, IFHC went on to win the Vancover Field Hockey League in 1934 and 1935 before claiming the title from 1950 to 1954, and later for an astounding 16 consecutive years from 1981 to 1996. Thirteen players of the club have represented the Canadian senior Hockey team.

Just before the team's departure to India, the 18-member team were faced with a familiar problem: the players had to arrange for $5500 for their stay and travel. With ten of the team coming from the Indo-Canadian community, the news of this predicament reached IFHC. Donations varying from 1-10 dollars poured in from the club regulars, totalling to about $700.

From coaching every weekend to organising barbeques for fund-raisers to throwing Christmas bashes, IFHC does it all. During a junior tournament they organise for clubs across Canada in June each year, most of the 350 players and their families cook langars in community kitchens and offer their truck-trailers to form a stage for entertainment shows.

"It's like a carnival. Gurudwara Dukh Niwaran also helps us with donations," says Pritpal Kullar.

Paul Babli Chohan is from the batch of 70s — an Indo-Canadian who also became the most capped player in the history of Canadian hockey with 317 matches and represented Canada in 3 World Cups and 3 Olympics before retiring in 1997. At that time, Vancouver had only one astroturf at the Empire Stadium and the players would troop to American soccer turfs.

ALWAYS AT HOME

"Most times, we couldn't train in winters, so we'd head to Malaysia for a week before going to India for vacations," shares Chohan. It's on those trips that those like Chohan and Kullar got to know Indian players like Ajitpal Singh and Pargat Singh.

"We were five Indian origin players in the Canadian team for more than half a decade. I first met Ajitpal during the 1976 Olympics and we are still in touch. Whenever we used to go to Jalandhar, most of us would bring piles of hockey sticks from India," adds Chohan, Canada's assistant in 2000 Sydney Olympics. While players arrived from hockey hubs like Sansarpur and Ludhiana, stronger links were forged.

"We have been lucky to train along with former Olympians for Canada, Bindi Kular and Ravi Kahlon. They have been our role models as was the Indian skipper Sardar Singh, whom we met in 2010 during the Test match series. Also, India's triple Olympic gold medallist Balbir Singh Sr is in Canada every year," shares Manvir Kingra, a defender in the current U-21 team.

With the Canadian U-21 team grouped with India in the World Cup, Preetpal Kullar will keep track of the team from Vancouver. "I met Pargat during the U-21 World Cup held in Canada in 1985. He fell ill and we arranged for his medicines and doctor too and ensured he got back. I'll call Pargat to tell him to look out for our players if they face any difficulty in India," Kullar ends.

Indian Express


Monique and Kosie just two of the talents at Nolands PSI Nationals

JONATHAN COOK in Cape Town


HAVING FUN: Rob le Brun (far left), Monique Bartsch, Bruce Jacobs and Kosie Kritzinger on the podium at PSI Nationals in the Good Hope Centre, Cape Town Sunday. Photo: ACTION PHOTOGRAPHY

There is some serious talent at the 7th Nolands Pro Series Indoor (PSI) Nationals U13 and U14 boys’ and girls’ competitions that are currently well into their second day of action here in the Mother City and just two of those players who have stood out are Monique Bartsch of the all-conquering Boland Foxes in the Girls’ U14A Division and Kosie Kritzinger of outstanding PSI newcomers the Bloemfontein Bears in the Boys’ U14B Division.

The quality of their game at the Good Hope Centre in Cape Town on Sunday morning moved livewire PSI Entertainment Manager and former South Africa player John McInroy to name them the unofficial players of their respective matches after both Monique and Kosie had put in sterling performances for their teams in victories over the East Rand Quaggas girls and boys.

“It wasn’t just about their individual ability, it was as much about the way they enabled their team-mates to play a better game - both Monique and Kosie epitomised that quality,” said McInroy, the three-time SA senior interprovincial tournament winner in an all-conquering  Western Province side.

PSI venue manager at the Good Hope Centre, Rob le Brun, agreed heartily with McInroy.

Monique is now playing in her fifth PSI Nationals, and simply loves the whole PSI experience.

“The non-stop speed of the game, the opportunity to meet new people, the whole vibe is what makes PSI so special,” this remarkable young talent said.

Kosie is wide-eyed and loving it. The Bloemfontein Bears are a brand new franchise and the 14-year-old Grey College Grade Eight boy reflected on his first PSI Nationals after netting a memorable hat-trick against East Rand Quaggas in the Boys’ U14B Division.

“Fast and interactive, PSI is incredibly well organised, it’s non-stop action,” said Kosie, whose side are dead-set on winning promotion to the Boys’ U14A Division in their first year.

With a 100% win record at the time of writing, the Bears are well on their way to realising that dream.

Current senior SA men’s outdoor selector, double Olympian and former national captain Bruce Jacobs is a PSI franchise owner and he knows a thing or two about quality. While there are no tournament teams selected at PSI Nationals, the players – both boys and girls - can be sure that knowledgeable, influential personalities in South African hockey circles are watching their progress with interest.

The Foxes have been a hugely dominant force on days one and two, scoring 48 goals with just eight against to enjoy a runaway lead on the Girls’ U14A Division log table. (Go to http://www.psihockey.co.za/nationals/nationals-2012/fixtures-results/ and you are in the money with all the competitions).

Indeed, www.psihockey.co.za has the 2013 videos and photos as well as logs, results, fixtures and a whole lot more. And it's going to carry on, as the boys' and girls' U16 and U18 events kick off Tuesday for Wednesday and go right through to Saturday's finals.

The Boland Foxes U14 girls’ team have amassed an amazing 30 log points from six outings (four points for a win and a bonus point for five goals or more in a match) and are overwhelming favourites to win the title.

They will likely play the Johannesburg Gryphons, who they beat 5-2 on Sunday morning, in Tuesday’s 10.50 am U14A Division gold medal match at the Good Hope Centre, but first up is Monday’s final round-robin match before their 12.45 pm semi-final, which will probably be against one of the Port Elizabeth Vipers or the Cape Town Seals.

Do yourself a favour - carve open an hour or two out of your Monday or Tuesday and come take a look.

PSI Media release





Lancaster earns top field hockey award

AUGUSTA — Skowhegan High School is no stranger to the Maine field hockey spotlight, and its players are no stranger to the game, no to opposing coaches.

Sunday, for the second time in three seasons, one of the Indians' top performers was named the best Maine has to offer.

The Maine Field Hockey Association named Skowhegan's Allison Lancaster this year's recipient of the Miss Maine Field Hockey Award at their annual banquet, where the organization also doled out All State and All-Academic Awards, as well as recognized three new inductees into the organization's hall of fame.

Lancaster was the Indians' captain in 2013, scoring 20 goals and adding 24 assists as a midfielder for the high-powered Class A champions. In four years, Lancaster tallied an impressive 43 goals and 52 assists from a position that isn't always about scoring goals. Lancaster was also this KVAC player of the year this season, has played extensively on festival and travel teams, and will ply her trade next season for Providence College.

The MFHA also inducted three new members into its hall of fame Sunday — former Thornton Academy standout Lisa DeFrancesco, former Hall-Dale coach Ellen Vickers and recently-retired Belfast coach Allen Holmes.

A 1985 graduate of Thornton Academy, DeFrancesco was a three-year all-state player and went on to play on the Olympic 'B' team and also at Northeastern University in Boston. She was an NFHCA Regional All-American for the Huskies, and won the Wendy Pooler Award for dedication to her team.

Vickers coached at Hall-Dale from 1981-2005, racking up 297 wins against only 80 losses and 25 ties. The Bulldogs won eight conference championships, six regional crowns and two state titles under her tutelage, and he teams appeared in a regional final 10 times in 24 seasons, and recorded four unbeaten regular seasons.

Holmes, the patriarch of Belfast field hockey, retired in 2012 after serving as the team's only head coach from the program's inception in 1973. In 40 seasons, Holmes had only one losing season — his first. He is one of three Maine field hockey coaches to reach 400 career wins, and his 432 victories is in the top 10 across the country. He has led the Lions to 13 regional titles and seven state crowns.

Krista Chase, the organization's immediate past president, was awarded the MFHA President's Award for her dedication to the organization and the sport.

The Sun Journal was awarded the MFHA media award for its continued coverage and promotion of the sport.

Sun Journal