News for 28 March 2010

All the news for Sunday 28 March 2010

AtaHolding World Cup Qualifier - San Diego 2010

All times local GMT -7

Day 2 - Saturday 27-03-2010 10:15 Canada 0 : 6 Korea
Day 2 - Saturday 27-03-2010 12:30 Mexico 0 : 6 Belgium
Day 2 - Saturday 27-03-2010 14:45 France 0 : 3 USA


Rank Teams Played Wins Draw Lost GF - GA GD Points
1 Korea 2 2 0 0 10 - 0 10 6
2 USA 2 2 0 0 10 - 0 10 6
3 Belgium 2 2 0 0 8 - 0 8 6
4 France 2 0 0 2 0 - 7 -7 0
5 Canada 2 0 0 2 0 - 8 -8 0
6 Mexico 2 0 0 2 0 - 13 -13 0

Top three win again at AtaHolding World Cup Qualifier

On day two of the AtaHolding World Cup Qualifier in San Diego CA, USA the top three teams all booked a second straight victory. The women’s teams of USA, Korea and Belgium all moved to six points out of three matches.

Eerily similar to the first day of the ATAHolding Women’s Hockey World Cup Qualifier, day two also included three shutouts; with Korea and Belgium both beating their respective opponents, Canada and Mexico, by six goals. Host USA topped France (3-0) in the final match of the day.

Fatigue did not seem to be a factor for Korea today in their match against Canada, as they scored four of their six goals in the second half. Scoring big for Korea was Mihyun Park, who netted her second and third goals of the tournament, respectively; and Seul Ki Cheon who scored twice off lifted penalty corner shots in the final five minutes of the match.

Against Mexico, Belgium got off to a strong start and ended the first half up four goals. Unlike Korea, however, Belgium was not able to keep up their scoring momentum into the second half. Mexico’s strong defense hindered Belgium’s ability to shoot effectively and the match ended 0-6 in favor of Belgium. Leading the way for Belgium was Captain Sofie Gierts who had a hat-trick (of field goals).

In the final match, France stymied host USA’s chances to get on the board early.  A Katie Reinprecht field goal in the 25th minute catalyzed USA’s scoring; with a Maren Ford field goal coming just four minutes later. Similar to the previous match between Mexico and Belgium, the USA had trouble scoring in the second half. The USA’s third score in the 39th minute held as their last. France tried to gain possession long enough to get a score off, but unable to do so the match ended France 0, USA 3.

With these results, USA, Korea and Belgium are the co-leaders of the AtaHolding World Cup Qualifier. After Sunday’s rest day, the tournament resumes on Monday with the first spectacular clash when USA meet Belgium. Other day three matches are Korea-Mexico and Canada-France.

Only the winner of this event will earn a spot for the BDO FIH World Cup, to be played in Rosario, Argentina early September 2010.

Please click here for direct access to the micro site of the AtaHolding World Cup Qualifier.



USA beat France

CHULA VISTA, CA - The USA Field Hockey Women's National Team defeated France today, 3-0, in their second game of competition at the AtaHolding Women's World Cup Qualifier at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. The winner of the Qualifier receives a berth in the Women's World Cup in Rosario, Argentina this September.

After two games, the USA is tied with Korea for first place. Both teams have two wins for six standing points and ten goals.

Despite the win and an overall dominant performance, the USA Team was frustrated by missed scoring opportunities. The French defense held strong for much of the contest.

"I thought it was a scrappy encounter, and I must give credit to the French," said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade. "They were enthusiastic about breaking down what we were trying to do.  I don't think we handled the ball as well as we would have liked, but the tournament is about being there at the end, and we won the game, so we're content with that."

Katie Reinprecht opened the scoring for the USA in the 25th minute, finishing off a pass from Rachel Dawson across the scoring circle. 

Four minute later, Maren Ford earned her first international goal, taking a loose ball away from a defender and eluding a diving Anne Sophie Daire, the French goalkeeper, for an empty net goal.

"It was very exciting," said Ford.  "I saw the right fullback fumble the ball on her trap, so I knew her head would be down and could not analyze what was going on. She was going to pass it back anyway, so I just decided to go for it. No guts, no glory."

The USA would have opportunities for more goals, but converted only one in the second half. In the 39th minute, Lauren Crandall fired a free hit and Katie O'Donnell was in place for a deflection into the goal.

"Crandall saw me and I trapped it," said O'Donnell, "and I tipped right over the goalie's head."

"I felt we took our opportunities in the first half and we were able to get our goals on the board," said Bodimeade. "In the second half, I don't think we treasured the ball enough in our attacking zone and not getting the penalty corners we would have liked and the finish on the goals that I would have liked. We didn't set ourselves up well in the second half judging by the wall we started."

"It was frustrating at points," said team captain Carrie Lingo, "but there's always something to learn in these kinds of games, so we'll take that away with us."

In particular, Lauren Crandall stressed remembering the basics and keeping things simple.

"It's the basics, just trapping the ball, and making the first pass," said Crandall. "Sometimes, given time, we look off our first pass and try to do something a little more difficult, and that results in a turnover."

The USA will face Belgium on Monday, March 29 at 2:30 Pacific. Belgium are also undefeated so far through tournament play and should be a good contest for the USA side.

USFHA media release

Canada falls to Korea in second game of World Cup Qualifier

The second day of the ATAHolding Qualifier began with Canada and Korea. Korea started off with possession of the ball and quickly earned a penalty corner that was blocked by Canada’s keeper Azelia Liu. Korea did score off their next penalty corner off a lifted shot by Sookyung Lee; that gave Korea the 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.

Throughout the first half, Korea continued to maintain ball possession and control of the match. Korea almost went ahead around the 29th minute, but had the goal called back due to a foot infraction. One minute later, however, Korea’s Mihyun Park put in a valid score that put Korea ahead 2-0 over Canada; that held at halftime

Korea kept their control of the match in the second half. Behind Liu’s strong saves, Korea had just a hard of time in the second half converting multiple penalty corners. Korea finally got on the board in the 47th minute of a Jonghee Kim field goal, making the score 3-0 against Canada. In the 56th minute, Mihyun Park scored again to give Korea a four goal advantage. Off two penalty corners (four minutes apart), Korea’s Seul Ki Cheon blasted high shots to guide Korea to a 6-0 win over Canada.

Field Hockey Canada media release

Cullen ensures Leicester are unbeaten

By Patrick Rowley

England defender Crista Cullen returned from Africa to score twice for Leicester who finished the England Women’s League with a 2-1 win at Canterbury. Cullen converted a stroke and a corner.

Leicester are the only England League club to remain unbeaten all season and the first women’s side to do so since Slough in 1998. They won the premier division by ten points.

Second and third placed Reading and Slough who drew 1-1 at Sonning, Birmingham University and Canterbury will join them in the title play-off.

The students moved into the top four by winning 3-2 at Brooklands. Olton who lost 2-0 to bottom club Trojans were the club to miss out on the title play-offs. For Trojans it was their first win of the season.

Bowdon, last year’s champions, won 3-1 at home to Clifton to avoid a relegation play-off.

Clifton will join Cannock, Durham University and Ipswich, the three teams crowned Conference League winners yesterday, for the right to play in the premier next season. Two places are at stake.

Simon Mason, the former outstanding England goalkeeper, is the new president of England Hockey.

Sunday Express

T&T quartet chases English hockey title

Nigel Simon

T&T men’s hockey team captain, Kwandwane Browne, and compatriots Mickel Pierre, Matthew Tang Nian and Evan-Pieres Farrell will be seeking league glory when the English Hockey League Conference East regular season ends today. The T&T quartet are all members of the Canterbury club which is two points clear of Old Loughtonians at the top of Men’s Conference East standings with 46 points. Today, Canterbury makes the short trip to in-form Holcombe, who have taken eight points from 12, knowing that a win will seal the championship and a place in the promotion play-offs. When both clubs met on the opening day of the season, Canterbury won 4-0. The 32-year-old Browne is also the current joint topscorer in the league with 21 to his name, the same as Holcombe’s David Matthews.

On the other hand, Old Loughtonians travel to Oxted in the hope that they can secure a win and Holcombe can obtain a draw or win, as they possess a superior goal difference that would be enough to snatch the title from Canterbury. Indian Gymkhana, currently occupying the relegation play-off spot, has been deducted two points for playing g an ineligible player by the England Hockey League Committee subject to appeal. That may affect the relegation battle with Bromley & Beckenham and Chelmsford after the two teams were beaten at the weekend whilst Indian Gymkhana, the team of T&T’s Terrance Baptiste claimed a 3-3 draw at home against Sevenoak.

In Conference West, another T&T international Alan Henderson and his Guildford team-mates, joint third on the table with Farehem face cellar-placed Plymouth Marjon to end the season. At the end of Sunday’s round 18 matches, the winners of the three Conferences (North, East, West) playoff with the ninth placed team in the Premier Division with two places in the Premier Division up for grabs. The last placed team in the Premier Division having automatically been relegated. At the other end of the Conference tables the tenth placed clubs will be relegated with a playoff between the three ninth placed teams to determine who stays up and who is relegated. The top team in this playoff stays up in their Conference and the other two clubs are demoted to their respective regional leagues while the five regional league winners will be promoted

The Trinidad Guardian


Johor fight back to hold KL

By Jugjet Singh

JOHOR made a strong second half comeback to hold Kuala Lumpur to a 1-1 draw in Division One of the Razak Cup in Kuantan yesterday.

KL took the lead off Tajol Rosli in the 15th minute, but a penalty corner attempt from Baljit Singh in the 68th minute gave Johor a share of the spoils.

KL coach Nor Saiful Zaini sees this hiccup as a wake-up call for his players.

"The players were made to understand today (yesterday) that they are not the champions in this tournament, and unlike the past, it is not going to be a walk in the park into the final," said Nor Saiful.

"We had plenty of chances in the first half, and a total of six penalty corners, but failed to score the second goal which we went looking for in the second half.

"Instead, we had to share points because Johor dug deep and relied on counter attacks, while our forwards were blunt," said Nor Saiful.

Johor coach Gurmit Singh lamented the fact that they let slip full points.

"There was total commitment from my players and we had the match in hand in the second half as KL players looked tired after pressing hard in the first half.

"However, I am still happy that we stole the thunder from KL, and I am looking forward to a better finish than last year (Johor were fourth)," said Gurmit.

RESULTS -- Division One: Kuala Lumpur 1 Johor 1, Armed Forces 2 Penang 3, Malacca 0 Perak 2; Division Two Group B: Terengganu 3 Pahang 5, Selangor 7 Brunei 0.

TOMORROW -- Division One: Armed Forces v Malacca (3pm), Penang v Johor (5pm), Negri v Kuala Lumpur (7pm); Division Two: Police v Kedah (3pm), Sabah v Singapore (5pm).

All matches at Kuantan Stadium Pitch I and II.

New Straits Times

Malacca mess up


KUANTAN: Defending champions Malacca’s hopes of reaching the Division One final of the Razak Cup hockey tournament are virtually over after losing 0-2 to Perak at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium here yesterday.

Malacca have just one point from three matches. They lost 0-2 to Kuala Lumpur and drew 0-0 with Negri Sembilan earlier.

Malacca also have yet to score a goal in three matches.

Perak, who last won the tournament in 1991, top the standings with three straight wins, having earlier beaten Negri Sembilan 3-1 and Johor 2-0.

Former National Junior forward Mohd Noor Khairul Azrain (pic) scored both the goals in Perak’s win over Malacca, finding the net in the 29th and 31st minutes.

In another Division One match, Kuala Lumpur escaped with a lucky 1-1 draw against Johor.

KL, who are gunning for a record 19th title, have seven points from two wins and a draw while Johor have four points from a win, a draw and a loss.

KL, who are powered by six national players, dominated the first-half to take the lead in the 15th minute through Tajol Rosli’s close-range goal.

But Johor came alive after the break to control the game and created many chances.

They earned four penalty corners and scored from their third through Baljit Singh Sarjab.

KL coach Nor Saiful Zaini was disappointed with his team’s performance.

“We were lucky to escape with a point as we allowed Johor to create a lot of chances in the second-half,” said Nor Saiful.

“My forwards were a letdown. They failed to capitalise on the chances created.

“My defence, led by national players like Mohd Amin Rahim, Engku Abdul Malik, Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim and Baljit Singh Charun, was also shaky.” Meanwhile, Penang bagged their first win by coming back twice to beat Armed Forces 3-2.

Mohd Izzat Mohd Rahim (21st), Jivan Mohan (55th) and Craig Joseph Fernandez (66th) scored for Penang while Armed Forces’ goals were scored by Razali Mohd Hazemi (3rd) and Mohd Noor Saad (45th).

The Star of Malaysia

Afternoon matches will stay as they are

KUANTAN: The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) will not change the time for the afternoon matches nor fiddle with the fixtures for the ongoing Razak Cup tournament here.

Tournament director T. Paramalingam said they would continue to play the afternoon matches at 3pm.

“As tournament director, I have no jurisdiction to change the time of the afternoon matches.

“I will only change the time if informed by the MHF,” said Paramalingam, who is a former secretary of MHF.

Teams have complained that the searing afternoon heat was affecting their performances.

Paramalingam also said that he would not change the fixtures despite complaints that some teams had to play three matches in three days.

“The teams should have brought up the matter during the managers’ meeting on the eve of the tournament on Tuesday,” he said.

“There is nothing I can do about it.”

The Star of Malaysia

Petrotrin drills Paradise hockey men

Three different players were on target as United Petrotrin whipped Paradise 3-1 in their T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Training Field, Bacolet, yesterday. National duo, Dwain Quan Chan and Wayne Legerton, both found the target along with teenager Shakeil Joseph to cancel out Clint Prescott’s strike. With the win, Petrotrin improved to 15 points from six matches, the same as unbeaten Queen’s Park, who have a match in hand.Defence Force is third with ten points.

In the Women’s Championship, Harvard Maritime Checkers eked out a 2-1 win over Paradise to close to within two points of leaders and defending champions, Carib Magnolias. Kellese Graham put Paradise ahead only for Sharnice Cato to get Checkers back on level terms, before Patrice Padmore stole all three points for her team-mates with a goal in the dying seconds of the match. Checkers now have 13 points from six matches, two behind Magnolias. (NS)

T&THB Results

Friday -

Malvern 4 (Joy Alexander 24th, Peter Edwards 46th, Anthony Marcano 52nd, Sherlan Cabralis 64th) vs Notre Dame 1 (Duane Burke 68th).
Queen’s Park 4 (Raphael Govia 15th, 53rd, Gary Chin 34th, Gary Griffith 42nd) vs Fatima 1 (Derek Lee 68th).

Yesterday -
Boys’ Under-19:

Petrotrin 6 (Kern Chen Sue 2, Kyle Bowrin 2, Shakeil Joseph, Brent Granado) vs Paradise 0.

Trinity Women:
Ventures 2 (Karissa White, Nataki Akii-Bua) vs Police 0.

Championship Men:
Petrotrin 3 (Dwain Quan Chan, Wayne Legerton, Shakeil Joseph) vs Paradise 1 (Clint Prescott).

Championship Women:

Checkers 2 (Sharnice Cato, Patrice Padmore) vs Paradise 1 (Kellese Graham).

The Trinidad Guardian

Krida Probodhini pulled off a 2-1 win against Super XI in the Barclays Hockey League match

Mumbai: Krida Probodhini pulled off a 2-1 win over Super XI in a senior division match of the Barclays Hockey League at the Ammunition Factory ground on Saturday. The Super XI challenged their rivals in every department, but ran out of patience and that was the main reason for their downfall.

Three cards and one yellow were given to the side from Chikalwadi and they had to play with nine players for three minutes and with 10 players for the same number of minutes. Krida Probodhini coach Ajit Lakra had no option but to play, as many of their boys were injured while some were answering exams (XI).

They had only 10 and still played the match, but Lakra’s presence made a difference as both the goals were spearheaded by the Olympian.

In the first instance, his hit from the right corner of the field saw Sangram Chogule score.

Later, Ajit was back in the action, this time it was Pramod Shingunde, whose reverse hit crashed into the net. Santosh Musale was the goal scorer for Super XI.

Vijay Singh’s strike with two minutes to go enabled Metro Sports Club ‘A’ to hold Rakshak Sports Club in the other match of the day. Sameer Bhosale put Rakshak boys ahead in the 35th minute.


Ex-greats want change in Pakistan hockey

From Abdul Mohi Shah

ISLAMABAD: A group of 15 leading former Olympians called on the government to suspend all the concerned involved in the World Cup Hockey debacle and set up an inquiry committee to dig out truth behind the poor show of the team.

Olympians that include Islauddin Siddiqui, Shahnaz Sheikh, Shahbaz Ahmad Senior, Rashid Junior, Qamar Ibrahim, Qamar Zia, Moin, Khalid Hameed, Tahir Zaman appeared in the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Sports Journalists Association (RISJA) meet the press here on Saturday stressed the need for the required changes in the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to get the positive results in future.

“If the situation stays the same you would face the same results and the consequences would be the same. There is a need to set up an inquiry committee after suspending all concerned involved in the World Cup debacle,” Islah said.

He warned the authorities that unless and until corrective measures would not be taken, the results will not be the same.

“The performance in World Cup is a big dent to the nation’s pride. As Olympians we cannot afford any such humiliation any more. We would request the authorities to set up a high level committee in order to reach the truth. That is only possible if all the concerned should be suspended,” Shahnaz Sheikh said.

Shahbaz said he would no longer willing to work with PHF officials who has got no values. Those responsible should resign voluntarily.

FIH international coach Tahir Zaman said that numerous mistakes were committed during the World Cup that resulted into total disaster. “There was no counter strategy with the management in almost all the matches the team had played in the World Cup. The results were evident as barring Pakistan lost all the matches. The team was not prepared well and the result was obvious,” he said.

Qamar Ibrahim, Qamar Zia wanted secretary PHF Asif Bajwa’s removal in order to get the required results. “There is need for changes in the PHF set-up. Unless and until that happens, I am afraid results would be the same in future also.” The Olympians said they have no personal interests. “No one from us wanted any post in the PHF what we want is people at the helm who got experience and required knowledge to run the PHF.” The Olympians have already made written letters to the prime minister and president.

The News International

New PHF Board to meet in Lahore

By our correspondent

KARACHI: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Saturday reshuffled its Executive Board bringing in a trio of veteran Olympians as its new members.

Qasim Zia, the PHF president, announced that Manzoor Jr, Asad malik and Col (retd) Zafar Ahmad Zafri have been inducted in the Executive Board on the seats reserved for technocrats and experts. The trio comes in place of other former Olympians including Islahuddin Siddiqui and Shahbaz Ahmed. They have been excluded from the Board after the duo criticised the PHF following Pakistan’s disastrous last-place finish in the Hockey World Cup earlier this month.

Collector Customs Preventive Fateh Muhammad and Director General Army Sports will represent their departments on the Executive Board. The new Executive Board will hold its first meeting on Monday (tomorrow) at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore.

Qasim, a former Olympian, said that the Board will form various committees during the meeting and will also discuss the development plans for the promotion of the game. The coach’s report over the World Cup debacle will be also discussed during the meeting.

The 18-members Executive Board now includes President PHF Qasim Zia, vice presidents Nawab Lashkari Raisani, Saeed Khan, Wasay Jalil, Barrister Shahida Jamil, Secretary General Muhammad Asif Bajwa, Associate Secretary Rana Mujahid Ali, Treasurer Khalid Rasool, Provincial Secretaries Rana Mujahid (Punjab), Syed Zahir Shah (NWFP), Rao Saleem (Sindh), Farooq Ahmad (Balochistan), President PHF Women’s Wing Khushbakht Shujat, Olympian Manzoor Jr, Asad Malik and Col Zafar Ahmad Zafri, Collector Customs Preventive Fateh Muhammad and Director General Army Sports.

The News International

PHF names technocrats for Executive Board

LAHORE - President, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), Qasim Zia has announced technocrats/experts and departments for representing PHF Executive Board.  The meeting of the Executive Board will be held here on March 29 at National Hockey Stadium, said a spokesman of PHF on Saturday.

The announced technocrats are Olympian Manzoor Jr,Asad Malik and Col. retd Zafar Ahmad Zafri, while Collector Customs Preventive Fateh Muhammad and Director General Army Sports will represent their departments in the Executive Board.

The Executive Board will form various committees in the meeting and also discuss the development plans to uplift the game. The report of Pak teams coach in World Cup held in India will be also discussed in the meeting.

The 18 members Executive Board comprises, President PHF Qasim Zia, Vice Presidents Nawab Lashkari Raisani, Saeed Khan, Wasay Jalil, lady Vice President Barrister Shahida Jamil, Secretary Muhammad Asif Bajwa, Associate Secretary Rana Mujahid Ali, Treasurer Khalid Rasool, Provincial Secretaries Rana Mujahid (Punjab), Syed Zahir Shah (NWFP), Rao Saleem (Sindh), Farooq Ahmad (Balochistan), President PHF Women’s Wing Khushbakht Shujat, Technocrats/experts Olympian Manzoor Jr., Asad Malik and Zafar Ahmad Zafri, Collector Customs Preventive Fateh Muhammad and Director General Army Sports will represent their departments in the Executive Board.

Associated Press of Pakistan