News for 06 June 2010

All the news for Sunday 6 June 2010

International Test Series - China

By Lesle-Ann and Tarryn

SA Ladies in ChinaOn Friday the 4th of June, we embarked on another challenge against China, the 3rd ranked team in the world. Instead of grafting on the field in the morning, we spent a few hours in the meeting room focusing on what we needed to achieve today.

The game had a dramatic start, with the scores being levelled at 2-2 within the first 20 minutes. We managed in these first moments, to put the Chinese under pressure, thereby achieving one of the targets set at this morning’s meeting. We fought hard throughout the half, but we unfortunately conceded 3 goals, leaving the half time score at 5-2 down.

Having reset our aims at half time, we went out looking to narrow the score-line, and continue to be competitive for the remainder of the game. Although creating a couple of scoring opportunities, we failed to convert these, and China managed to score another two goals. The final score-line was 7-2, improving our performance from the previous day.

SA Hockey Association media release

International Test Series - China

By Julia Cass and Hanli Hattingh

Marsha Marescia reaches her 200th cap

The day dawned with the excitement of two major milestones to be achieved in the second test to be played against China. Our captain, Marsha Marescia, was to equal the phenomenal accomplishment of Lindsey Wright (nee Carlisle), former player and South African captain, in reaching 200 test caps. Although joining an exclusive group of players in reaching this mark, we are confident that Marescia will continue to serve and contribute to the teams success both as a outstanding captain and player. We honour you, Marsha, for this great achievement. Kathleen Taylor, joined Marsha in celebration as she reached her 100th test cap for South Africa. We congratulate her for this and hope that she would continue to be a driving force within the team.

Kathleen Taylor gets her 100th cap

In preparation for the afternoon match, the strikers focused on goal scoring techniques and shooting skills during the morning training session. As a group the strikers are excited to try new things and become confident and creative in the attacking circle. The afternoon test match, however, proved that the team still has much to learn. We were thoroughly schooled by an overwhelming performance of the Olympic silver medallists. We were shown up for our lack of fitness, skill and application on the field. Despite this disappointing performance, we believe that the knowledge and experience gained will stand us in good stead for future progress and success. Going forward we strive to be better and set higher standards for our team in training and matches alike.

SA Hockey Association media release

WA win 2010 AHL Grand Final

Australian Hockey League Final - Grand Final

The SmokeFree WA Diamonds are the Australian Hockey League champions once again after defeating the OAMPS Queensland Scorchers 3-1 today in the grand final in Adelaide.

The win is WA’s fourth title in six years, while for Queensland it is heartbreakingly their fifth successive loss in the AHL grand final. With Queensland entering the match as slight favourites, things began according to plan when captain Madonna Blyth scored at the 14 minute mark to set up an early lead.

However showing the trademark of a good team, WA remained in the contest, drawing level following a penalty corner conversion by Lisa Eglington just prior to half time.

As the clock ran down in the second half the match seemed destined to go to extra time, however when WA were awarded a penalty corner much to the dismay of Queensland captain Madonna Blyth, they made the most of their opportunity and grabbed the lead for the first time in the match thanks to star defender Kobie McGurk.

With plenty of time still remaining Queensland threw everything they had at WA to get themselves back in the game. However an impressive goal against the run of play to Ashleigh Nelson with only six minutes remaining, her ninth for the tournament, sealed the victory for WA.

2010 Player of the series – Madonna Blyth (WA) 2010
Player of the finals – Ashleigh Nelson (WA)
2010 Leading goal scorer – Ashleigh Nelson (WA) – 9 goals

SmokeFree WA Diamonds 3 OAMPS Queensland Scorchers 1 (1-1 half time)

Goals – Madonna Blyth (QLD) 14m PC, Lisa Eglington (WA) 33m FG, Kobie McGurk (WA) 56m PC, Ashleigh Nelson (WA) 64m FG

Hockey Australia media release

Golden goal secures win for NSW

3rd v 4th playoff

The NSW Arrows have finished third at the 2010 Women’s Australian Hockey League tournament, defeating Victoria by scoring in the golden goal period in Adelaide today.

With Australian goalkeepers Rachael Lynch (VIC) and Toni Cronk (NSW) playing in opposing goals, it was always going to be tough to score against either team.

This was the theme for the majority of the match, with both teams having equal control over the play and generating several close shots on goal. With 11 Hockeyroo squad members on the field the standard of the match was extremely high, however with Casey Eastham suffering an injury and sitting out the second half for NSW, Victoria tried hard to gain the advantage.

When neither team was able to score before full time nine players for each team returned to the pitch for the first half of the golden goal extra time period.

Determined to finish the match without going to penalty strokes NSW pressed hard, and made the most of the only penalty corner attempt of the golden goal period with Kate Jenner converting to give NSW the win.

NSW 1 Victoria 0 (0-0 half time)
Goals – Kate Jenner (NSW) 76M pc (Golden Goal)

Hockey Australia media release

SA defeat ACT in penalty strokes

5th v 6th playoff

The OAMPS Southern Suns have finished 5th at the Women’s Australian Hockey League, defeating the Canberra Strikers in penalty strokes today in Adelaide.

After a goalless first half Tess Reynolds gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about when she converted the first goal of the match at the 39 minute mark to give SA the lead. The match remained fairly even, but as the game wore on the Strikers began to look more and more dangerous, with the Suns desperately trying to hang onto their narrow lead.

Eventually the Strikers made their way onto the scoreboard following a clever penalty corner conversion which saw young Hockeyroo Anna Flanagan deliver a bullet pass to Renee Allen on the goal line who put the ball pass the Suns’ goalkeeper.

The Strikers were keen to make the most of their momentum and generated several more penalty corners in the late stages of the second half, however they weren’t able to convert.

The Suns also had their chances late in the game, producing two penalty corners in the last minute of the match, however both attempts were denied by Canberra’s goalkeeper Sophie Lewis.

With neither team able to score during the golden goal extra time period the match moved to penalty strokes.

Southern Suns proved to be the hero of the day, saving Canberra’s first two strokes by Hockeyroos Anna Flanagan and Nicole Arrold despite carrying an obvious injury. With Canberra only able to stop one of the Suns’ strokes the match was over, with the Suns emerging 4-2 penalty stroke winners.

OAMPS Southern Suns 1 Canberra Strikers 1 (0-0 half time)
OAMPS Southern Suns win penalty strokes 4-2
Goals – Tess Reynolds (SA0 39m FG, Leesa McDonald (ACT) 57m PC

Hockey Australia media release

Tasmania defeat NT at AHL

7th v 8th playoff

Tasmania has recorded their first victory at the Australian Hockey League today in Adelaide, defeating the Darwin Airport Resort Territory Pearls 3-0 in the 7th-8th placed playoff.

The victory sees them finish the tournament in 7th place and despite not getting a win until their final match of the tournament, they will be pleased with their progressive form during finals week which saw them improve as the week went on.

For the Pearls the loss was obviously a disappointment and means they will leave the 2010 tournament winless. Tasmanian captain Nicole Geeves continued her good recent form by opening the scoring for the Van Demons at the 21 minute mark.

The match remained fairly even despite Tasmania having the edge on the scoreboard, however as the second half progressed Tasmania’s pressure increased which saw the majority of the play happen in their forward half.

When Emily Parker scored Tasmania’s second goal with only 11 minutes remaining the match looked beyond doubt. Young gun Nina Khoury capped off her fine performance at the tournament with a goal at the 69 minute mark to seal the victory and finally give Tasmania their first victory.

Tasmanian Wrest Point Van Demons 3 Darwin Airport Resort Territory Pearls 0 (1-0 half time)

Goals – Nicole Geeves 21m PC, Emily Parker 59m FG, Nina Khoury 69m PC

Hockey Australia media release

Tough for KLHC

It will be tough for KL Hockey Club to defend their title in the Asian Champions Club Tournament as WAPDA representing Pakistan have brought a formidable side for the tournament that gets underway at Makale in Sri Lanka on Sunday.

WAPDA have listed the likes of Sohail Abbas, Waseem Ahmad, Rehan Butt, Nadeem Ahmad and Imran Khan in their team and will play KLHC in the opening match tomorrow.

The other two teams in the tournament are Matale club and Sri Lanka Air Force.

After WAPDA, the Malaysian club side will take on Air Force on Monday followed by Matale on Wednesday. The finals will be held on Thursday.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot

No changes to Sukma hockey competition’s four-pool format


KUALA LUMPUR: The draw for the hockey event at the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Malacca this week will revert to the four-pool format.

The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) had initially opted for a two-pool format and released the draw last week.

But the Sukma technical committee rejected it and insisted that a four-pool format be used as in previous years.

Thirteen teams will slug it out in the men’s category while the women’s event will use the two-pool format featuring 11 teams.

Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association secretary V. Rajamanickam confirmed the change of forrmat yesterday.

“We received the new format yesterday. There is no issue for us ... as defending champions we will go all out to hold on to the title,” he said.

Rajamanickam added that three national players – Harvinder Singh, Mohd Razie Rahim and Nabil Fiqri – would lead Federal Territory’s challenge.

The FT team, coached by K. Rajan, also have several former national juniors and some Project 2013 players in their line-up.

Federal Territory are in Group A with Kedah and Malacca while Group B comprises Johor, Sabah and Negri Sembilan.

Penang, Sarawak and Perak are in Group C while Kelantan, Selangor Terengganu and Pahang make up Group D.

The hockey competition will begin on June 10 and the finals on June 18.

In the women’s category, Pahang, Kedah, Johor, Sarawak, Selangor and Negri Sembilan are in Group A while Penang, Perak, Malacca, FT and Terengganu make up Group B.

The Star of Malaysia

PHF interviews Dutch coach for national team

By Mohammad Yaqoob

LAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), currently looking to hire a foreign coach for its national team, interviewed a Dutch coach Michel Van Den Heuvel.

Though no PHF official is willing to confirm this as yet, there have been reports going around that some other foreign coaches, including Australia’s Bary Dancer, is also interested in taking on the coaching assignment of the Pakistan team.

The PHF has also interviewed Paul Lissek for the job but both parties could not settle the terms and condition to make any headway on the matter.

The main hurdle in hiring a foreign coach is security as the foreigners have shown their reservations about coming to Pakistan amid the terrorist activity scare. So as the coach will have to stay in the country for a long time in order to hold training camps here, there seems to be no solution to the problem.

The PHF is interested in finding a good foreign coach so that they are able to field a strong team in the forthcoming Asian Games, to be held in China in November this year.

The Asian Games happen to be the main target of the current PHF hierarchy, which had set its eyes on it since taking charge some two years back.


Merger of IHF, IWHF likely

The modalities for setting up a unified body with the merger of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and Indian Women’s Hockey Federation (IWHF) will be worked out at a special meeting of IHF called by KPS Gill in New Delhi on Sunday. All state associations affiliated to IHF before 2008 have been invited for the meeting.

With the Delhi High Court revoking the suspension of IHF, Gill wants to set hockey activities into motion. A merger with the women’s body, elections for the unified body and allotting of the national championships for this season are on the agenda for Sunday’s meeting.

Meanwhile, the Sports Ministry is deputing a senior official as government observer for the meeting.

Hindustan Times