News for 30 December 2013

All the news for Monday 30 December 2013

Budgeon replaces Ciriello

Tasmanian Nick Budgeon called up to replace injured Chris Ciriello in Kookaburras

The Kookaburras have made a change to the squad previously announced for the forthcoming Hero Hockey World League Finals in New Delhi, India.

After suffering a calf tear, Chris Ciriello (Melbourne, VIC) has been forced to withdraw from the squad for the tournament. He will be replaced by Nick Budgeon (Hobart, Tasmania). Budgeon (pictured), a 26 year old defender, made his senior international debut for the Kookaburras in March against India at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia.  He becomes the third Tasmanian member of the 18-man squad joining Eddie Ockenden and Tim Deavin.

The Kookaburras depart for Delhi on Sunday 5 January.

Kookaburras Squad for World League Finals (revised)
10-18 January, Delhi, India
Name (Hometown, State)

George Bazeley  (GK) (Melbourne, VIC)
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD)
Kiel Brown (Toowoomba, QLD)
Nick Budgeon (Hobart, TAS)
Joel Carroll (Darwin, NT)
Liam De Young (Brisbane, QLD)
Tim Deavin (Launceston, TAS)
Russell Ford (Eltham, VIC)
Kieran Govers (Wollongong, NSW)
Mark Knowles (Rockhampton, QLD)
Tyler Lovell (GK) (Perth, WA)
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS)
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW)
Glenn Turner (Goulburn, NSW)
Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD)
Tristan White (Wollongong, NSW)
Jason Wilson (Kingscliff, QLD)
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA)

Kookaburras World League Fixtures
Friday 10 January v Belgium - 2pm local / 7:30pm AEDT / 4:30pm AWST
Saturday 11 January v Netherlands – 4pm local / 9:30pm AEDT / 6:30pm AWST
Monday 13 January v Argentina – 4pm local / 9:30pm AWDT / 6:30pm AWST
Wednesday 15 January v Quarter Final – tbc
Friday 17 January v Semi Final or Classification – tbc
Saturday 18 January v Medal match of Classification – tbc

Hockey Australia media release

National Bank clinch 60th NBP National Hockey Championship Trophy

LAHORE: National Bank of Pakistan defeated defending champion PIA 4-3 in a thrilling final, ended in the sudden death stage, to clinch the coveted Trophy of the 60th NBP National Hockey Championship at the Johar Hockey Stadium here on Sunday.

The hotly contested final was a replica of the two semifinals in which two top teams which had the services of Olympians and international players fought very hard to outshine each other in the stipulated 70 minutes session. The result remained 2-2 at the end and the match went into the penalty shoots’ stage which also ended into a draw. Finally, it reached to the nerve-breaking sudden death stage where the bankers controlled their nerves better than the airmen and their forward Ali Shan scored the winning goal amid jubilation of his team’s players and the crowd.

The final started at a slow pace as both team took some time to set the tempo of the match. After that the crowd witnesses a series of attacks and counter attacks by both teams. PIA took lead in the 9th minute through Mohammed Zubair who converted a penalty corner. Shafqat Rasool scored a field goal in the 22nd minute to give his team a 2-0 lead which remained till the end of the first half.

The Bankers appeared in a different in the second half. They showed aggression in their game and worked very hard to keep the possession of the ball through accurate passing for a considerable time. Their forwards made some productive moves to electrify the crowd who enjoyed an exiting encounter. Dilber took control of the ball in the 43rd minute and scored the first goal for the NBP. In the 65th minute of the play Kashif Rasul scored the second goal for the Bankers on a penalty corner. Speaker national Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq was the chief guest of the match who was introduced with the players before the start of the final

Earlier, WAPDA beat Sui Southern Gas Company 5-4 to obtain third position in the Championship. From WAPDA Zubair (21st min), Tasawar Abbas (32nd min), Zubair Riaz (33rd min) and Mohammed Imran (50th and 69th mints) scored goals. While Yasir (7th and 46th mints), Yasir (46th min) and Mubashir Ali (60th min) scored the goals.

PHF Media release

Pantai stadiums for seven teams

By Ajitpal Singh

THE Education Ministry Stadium and the Kuala Lumpur Stadium, both located in Pantai, will be the centre of quality hockey as the venues will host seven Klang Valley teams in the Malaysian Hockey Junior League (MHJL) on Jan 10-March 9.

Last year's Milo Cup runners-up UNIKL Young Guns, PJCC, KL Sports School Junior, KLHC Juniors, Permatang Juniors along with BJSS Seniors and Juniors have opted to play all their matches in Pantai as both venues offer good facilities.

Olak-PKT were the only Klang Valley side, who picked the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil as their venue. Other teams do not want to play in Bukit Jalil due to the high cost in renting the venue.

Several new venues outside Klang Valley have also been ungraded to cater for the league. Kelantan will host hockey matches for the first time in 15 years as 1MAS Juniors will play at SMK Kijang Mas in Pasir Mas.

The SMK Kuala Perlis' artificial turf will host matches involving Matri and SMK Syed Hassan while debutants Felda Academy and SMK Bentara Batu Pahat will play at SMK Seberang Temerloh and Sekolah Sains Johor, respectively.

Several schools in Malaysia have artificial pitches allocated by the Education Ministry in an effort to promote the game.

The league, incepted in 1995, has attracted a record of 30 teams with seven in Division One while the rest have been placed in Division Two, comprising three groups.

The distribution of teams in Division Two was based on geographical locations of concerned teams.

The top two teams from each group in Division Two will be involved in play-off matches to decide the champions with the top four qualifying for the Milo Cup along with the four-best placed teams in Division One.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) is expected to impose a three-year suspension on Pontian's SMK Dato Penggawa Barat for withdrawing from the competition on Saturday.

New Straits Times

Clubhouse: The last line

Maddie Hinch makes a diving save

The Clubhouse, the new England Hockey Magazine insert, delivers interviews, tips and coaching guides straight to your letterbox or perhaps even your clubhouse. For the most recent issue, we asked England's two resident shot-stoppers to pass on their knowledge.

If there's one position on the pitch that calls for constant focus, it's the player between the sticks. Maddie Hinch, the England women's keeper, talks maintaining her focus and the best drills for sharpening your game.

During a match is it hard to stay focused?

It’s definitely a challenge. I think it becomes a bit easier as you get older, I used to get so easily distracted and in the quieter times my mind would wander towards what I was going to have for dinner or something. I’ve had to learn techniques to maintain my focus – this is where the mental side of goalkeeping becomes so hard. Stopping the ball is relatively straightforward; it’s what you tell yourself during the game.

What about those games where you’re not busy at all?

In the games where you’re not tested much you have to keep yourself in the game. I do a lot of talking to the defence and I find that works well for me. The more I talk to them the more I’m switched on. If I find myself getting quiet then I know I have to bring myself back into the game. There are some games   in which we’re so much on top that we’re constantly in their 25 yard line so I can’t organise the defence, when that happens I tend to just commentate to myself! It’s just anything that will enable me to stay switched on, but that’s easier said than done and I’m definitely still learning!

How do you cope psychologically when you make an error?

Again this is stuff that I’m learning more and more about the more that I play. I used to just blame myself for everything and in my head it was always my fault but you just have to remind yourself that whilst you are the last line you do need a good team around you. You find that when keepers have top games generally everyone around them has done their job really well as well. It’s usually a team effort.

But when that fails and you let one in that you could have stopped?

I think when you know you’ve made a real cock-up you just have to try and overcome it. I actually have a bit of a technique where I’ll just go behind my goal and have a drink of my water bottle. When I’m walking back on to the pitch I’ll throw my water bottle back behind my goal and that’s quite important, that’s me throwing away the error that’s just taken place. When you’re on the pitch it has to be gone, there’s no point in thinking about it. That moment is passed and you have to focus on what you’re going to do next, I tend to go and talk positively to the backline and just smile to myself. It’s all those little things that help you to overcome an error but again it’s easier said than done, especially when you’re playing in front of a large group of people!

What are your favourite type of drills?

We’re quite lucky because we have John Hurst the goalkeeping coach who works with us and I like spending time with him because that gives us a lot of time to work on specific things. I like throwing myself around, I always have, and if I need to wake myself up I’ll probably just do a real quickfire drill with John or with the forwards. I love shooting, I love it when the forwards are involved, working with John is sometimes boring but that’s the stuff that you know needs to be done to allow you to go in and make saves look a lot easier than they are.

Do you look at other goalkeepers and attempt to emulate them?

The top goalkeepers don’t tend to do anything too dramatic, they’re just usually very solid, and they’re the good keepers and that’s the level I’m aspiring to. I don’t want to have to do anything dramatic, I want to be in the right place with the right technique. I like all the fun, close-shooting exercises but you need to do the more technical exercises as well.

What would be your main advice for an aspiring goalkeeper?

The main thing is that keepers have to back themselves. If you have a keeper who isn’t quite sure about their own abilities then that’s the worst position to be in. Even if you’re feeling a little bit rubbish, or you don’t believe you can do it, you almost have to give off the sense that you’re confident because your teammates rely a lot of how your keeper feels. It’s not arrogance, it’s a confidence, you have to demonstrate that in your body language. When I coach keepers I say ‘puff out your chest, stand there with a little bit of swagger and challenge people to beat you’.

And if they crack that?

I tell them to enjoy themselves and start throwing themselves around the D! A lot of them think they just have to stand there and take the shots but nobody really cares about how the shots are stopped, as long as they don’t go in. There’s obviously technical stuff which can help you improve as a keeper but, to be honest, as long as you’re getting in the way then it doesn’t really matter.

To read George Pinner's tips on goalkeeping, as well as loads of other great tips and features, download the latest copy of The Clubhouse, available at the bottom of the page!


England Hockey Board Media release