News for 08 June 2010

All the news for Tuesday 8 April 2010

South African International Test Series - China

By Tsoanelo Pholo and Nicole De Vries

SA Ladies Team Photo

Breakfast was slightly different this morning as we welcomed the 18th player to the camp, Tsoanelo Pholo making a comeback to the national squad after a three year absence. Needless to say the extra legs were much appreciated by all.

A few players were rested at training this morning with the strikers and defenders working on specific skills needed for their respective areas. Soon after lunch it was time to prepare for the 4th test which needed more concentration as the heat and hard work are starting to take its toll on the players.

SA Ladies Training

The game started positively with the midfielders competing well and the defenders in control at the back, with the exception of two unfortunate penalty corner goals before half time. The score was 2-0 at half time, but we had certainly created numerous attacking opportunities of our own.

In the second half the game seemed to open up more with them scoring three field goals and us scoring two; a brilliant turn-over by Dirkie Chamberlain in our attacking 25 resulted in a far-post tap-in by Cindy Botha. Our second goal came from a forceful step and turn-over by Marcelle Keet on the Chinese centre back, the classic wall-pass with Tsoanelo Pholo; Keet received the ball on the 25” and finished with a powerful shot from the top of the circle.

The coaching staff and team are happy with the progress we are making and we believe in the process. It won’t all happen over-night for us, so tomorrow is another stepping stone on the road to London 2012.

SA Hockey Association media release

KLHC down Air Force to claim first win

THE Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC), powered by nine national trainees, thrashed Sri Lanka's Air Force 6-2 to claim their first victory in the 4th Men's Asian Champion Clubs Cup in Matale, Sri Lanka yesterday.

KLHC, who drew 2-2 with Pakistan's WAPDA on Sunday, have collected four points and will complete their fixtures against Sri Lanka's Matale Club tomorrow.

The winners here qualify for the World Club Championships in Barcelona in December.

KLHC started on a promising note against the "fly boys" taking a 4-0 lead at half time through Muhd Amerullah Abd Aziz (14th minute), S. Kuhan (19th), Ismail Abu (26th) and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (27th).

In the second half, KLHC opted to rest their regulars but still managed to add two more goals through Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (47th) and Faizal Daud (68th).

Air Force replied through Lakshan Nanayakkara in the 48th and 53rd minutes.

In a later match, WAPDA edged Matale 3-2.

New Straits Times

KLHC start off with draw against Wapda

KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) started their Asian Club Championship campaign in Sri Lanka with a 2-2 draw against Wapda of Pakistan.

National midfielder Mohamed Shukri Mutalib opened the scoring KLHC with a 32nd minute penalty stroke conversion. Then in the 36th minute Ismail Abu added the second goal.

Wapda scored their goals in the fourth minute through Asif Michael and Rehan Butt in the 30th minute.

The tournament is a four-team affair with the other two sides being Sri Lankan clubs.

KLHC play the Sri Lankan Air force in their next match followed by the game against the Matale Club. The final of the round-robin competition is on Thursday.

The winner of the tournament will get to represent Asia in the Club World Cup meet expected to be held next year.

Malaysia’s Ernst and Young were the champions last year when the tournament was held in Kuala Lumpur.

The Star of Malaysia

Matale upset WAPDA

Matale Hockey Club defeated Wapda of Pakistan in the Asian Champions Club Tournament held in Makale Sri Lanka.

With some 2,000 fans cheering them on, Makale HC scored a goal in the first half and another two early in the second half to take a 3-0 lead. Wapda scored two late goals but failed to find the equaliser.

KLHC, who were held to a 2-2 draw by Wapda in their opening match on Sunday, won 6-2 against Sri Lanka Armed Forces.

KLHC got their goals via Mohd Ameerullah Abd Aziz, S.Kuhan, Ismail Abu, Mohd Faizal Daud and two goals from Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin.

On Wesnesday KLHC will play Matale while Wapda take on Sri Lanka Air Force.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot

Atan stays on as women’s coach

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Women’s Hockey Association (MWHA) have agreed to retain Yahya Atan as the chief coach of the national team for the Commonwealth and Asian Games.

But the main worry for the team is the lack of practice matches with quality opponents. So far they have only planned a playing tour to China in July.

But attempts to get matches with other international teams have fallen through.

Now the team are eyeing a week-long tournament with teams from the Malaysia Junior Hockey League in August.

MWHA secretary S. Shamala said yesterday that matches with the boys’ teams from the MJHL will have to do for the moment.

“We are short on match practice and have not been able to get any matches outside for the moment. Most of the international teams have their priorities set and are unable to accommodate our requests for matches.

“So the only other options we have is to play against the junior team. We will fix the dates soon,” said Shamala.

Shamala said the team’s priority will be the Asian Games in November but they will still send the best team to New Delhi for the Commonwealth Games.

‘We do not plan to have two teams. We will use the Commonwealth Games as part of the preparations for the Asiad.”

The team recently took part in the World Cup qualifies in Santiago, Chile and finished last among five teams.

The Star of Malaysia

‘We should play against top teams regularly’

KARACHI: Pakistan hockey head coach, both of national senior and junior squads, Khawaja Junaid on Monday said that the players could not become world-class players unless they are exposed against the top teams in the international arena.

“Players would not gain anything by playing against lowly ranked teams and by winning them even by good margins. We only look for consolation by playing against weak teams and bag some victories. However, this would only make the situation worse and the teams though it be senior or junior would gain nothing and learn nothing,” Khawaja Junaid told PPI.

He added that the concentration for organising matches of the national junior and senior teams, should be the on the top teams of the world. The Pakistan junior hockey team will play a tri-nation series in Holland from June 25-28, in which Belgium would also participate along with the host team. On June 29, the team will leave for Belgium to play three test matches against the hosts.

“Our players need to be exposed against the tough European conditions. They will learn a lot by playing against Holland and would get accustomed to adverse conditions. The European teams are advancing by leaps and bounds and therefore we also need to learn from them, which may enable us to beat them in major tournaments,” Junaid explained.

The PHF selection committee announced the 18-member squad of junior hockey team, which would be featured in the above mentioned events. Junaid, the former Olympian who would accompany the team during their tour of Europe as head coach said that the federation strictly scrutinised the age of the players and the selected team has no over-aged players.

“We kept in mind that only those should be included in the junior side who could give around 10 to 12 years to the country, first as junior player and later in the senior squad.” “We brought in young players in the national senior team for the Azlan Shah Cup and our side gave some good performance in the tournament. We were in contest for the final berth till late in the competition, however some wrong decisions from the referee and our sheer bad luck pushed us back and we ended with fifth spot,” Junaid recollected.

The News International

Shahbaz slams hockey officials

From Abdul Mohi Shah

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan 1994 World Cup winning captain Shahbaz Ahmad Senior was surprised over the sudden u-turn of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) officials who are now claiming to focus on the 2012 Olympics and not the Asian Games.

Talking to ‘The News’ on the PHF secretary Asif Bajwa’s statement that that the PHF’s actual target is the 2012 London Olympics, Shahbaz said that the sudden u-turn is a clear example of federation’s inefficiency and inability to turn the fortunes of the game in more than two years time.

“It is surprising to see a sudden change of targets by the secretary,” Shahbaz said. Shahbaz said that the PHF present administration just wanted to buy time and their only effort is to stay at the helm of affairs as long as possible.

“This is totally unpardonable. If you cannot raise a team capable of performing well at regional level you have got no right to stay at the helm of an institution that totally depends on government grants.

“I think the government has given the federation no less than Rs 160 million in grant during the last two years. The results are not coming up and the federation officials are trying to change their statements after every couple of months in an effort to stay at the helm as long as they can. The Government, the patron and Ministry of Sports must come forward to seek an explanation.”

Probably the best forward world hockey has ever produced, Shahbaz said that the government did all it could to help the PHF financially. “It is the most sponsored federation and it is bidding on the Ministry of Sports to keep a track record of every penny they have given to federation as it is the public money generated from the tax.”

The former forward also warned the PHF against trying to hire a foreign coach. When asked about the role of Hanns Joritsma in helping Pakistan cause in 1994, Shahbaz said he was leading the team to the World Cup and those who were present there know very well that that Hanns was not even allowed to sit on the Pakistan bench in Sydney.

Shahbaz said no one knows Mitchel Van Den Heuvel who is currently engaged in talks with PHF better than him. “He was my club coach and I do not see him brining any fortunes for the Pakistan hockey. He left the Holland job after his world beaters failed to reach the final of the World Cup in India.”

The News International

Pakistan Junior Team for European Tour

The Selection Committee of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has announced the 18 member Pakistan Junior Hockey Team to take part in the European tour this month.

These players are selected from the training camp, which is in progress in Islamabad after one day trials. Kashif Shah named as captain, while Muhammad Umair will be the vice captain.

The announced players are Mazhar Abbas, Adnan Shakoor (Goal Keepers), Muhammad Amir Sultan, Muhammad Usman Aslam, Waseem Iqbal (Full Backs), Muhammad Rizwan, Kashif Shah, Muhammad Amir Ashiq, Muhammad Suhaib (Halves), Muhammad Umair, Muhammad Irfan, Arslan Qadir, Muhammad Adnan, Ahmad Zubair, Muhammad Salman, Sheharyar, Shjaat Ali and Ali Shan Forwards). The stand bye players are Ali Haider, Yasir Ali, Fahad Khan, Muhammad Junaid, Abdul Karim, Muhammad Zuhaib and Kamran Asif. Olympian Khawaja Muhammad Junaid will be the Head Coach, Olympian Anjum Saeed, Danish Kaleem and Ajmal Khan will be the coaches and Dr. Asad Abbas Shah will be the team doctor.

PHF media release

PHF names officials for Gold Cup Hockey

Staff Report

LAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Monday named technical officials for the NBP Gold Cup Hockey Tournament to be held from June 15-25 at Faisalabad Hockey Stadium. Olympian Khalid Bashir will be the tournament director, Olympian Muhammad Shafqat will be the assistant tournament director and Olympian Rana Mujahid Ali will be the organising secretary. “Irfan Mehmood and Muhammad Shafiq Bhatti will act as the tournament officers. Dilawar Hussain Bhatti will act as the umpires’ manager while the umpires are Haider Rasool, Rana Muhammad Liaqat, Syed Zulfiqar Haider Shah, Muhammad Mushtaq, Munir Ahmad Jillani, Rana Sajjad, Parvez Akhtar and Shaikh Ali Abid. Judges will be announced later,” a spokesman for the PHF said.

The Daily Times

Hazara Gold Cup in Abbottabad

Staff Report

LAHORE: All Pakistan Hazara Gold Cup Hockey Tournament will be held from June 27 to July 6 in Abbottabad. “The Abbottabad District Hockey Association will organise the tournament. The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has send invitations to Khyber-Pukhtoonkhaw, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Islamabad to take part in the tournament,” a spokesman for the PHF said on Monday.

The Daily Times

Paul van Ass new Dutch men’s coach

The Royal Dutch Hockey Association (KNHB) appointed Paul van Ass as new coach of the men’s national team of Netherlands. Van Ass, former assistant coach, replaces Michel van den Heuvel.

Van Ass is the current coach of the Dutch club team HGC. He was coach of the Dutch junior men’s team, who won the silver medal during the 2009 Junior World Cup.

KNHB media release

Rs.20 lac Prize Money tournament in Bangalore

K. Arumugam

It’s not all bad news for Indian hockey. Here is a heart-warming good news, and this is a highest prize money domestic tournament which is on the anvil in Bangalore.

Recently Madhya Pradesh Government set the tune for revival of hockey in Bhopal where Obaidullah Cup was held amidst much fanfare, monies were spent on players like never before.

Now comes the news of the Government of Karnataka picking up the thread, and even poised to do better. The Chief Minister Cup will be held in Bangalore from 12th to 20th June, with record prize and participation monies in order.

The Karnataka government will be inaugurating the newly laid synthetic hockey surface at the Hockey Stadium, Bangalore with putting in place the Chief Minister Cup.

The Hockey lovers of Bangalore will thus have an opportunity to see the best players of the country exhibit their skills on the newly laid surface.

Last time the city that produced unending stream of player for the country hosted a hockey tournament was when a software major organized an All India tournament twice in the early 2000s.

To organize the new gala event, an organizing Committee has been constituted by the Government of Karnataka. Gulihatti D. Shekar, Hon'ble Minister for Textiles Youth Services and Sports is its Chairman, members include I.M.Vittala Murthy, Secretary, Youth Services & Sports(Vice Chairman); Shivananjaiah Director, Youth Services & Sports; Dr. G.Kishore, Director, S.A.I.; R.K.Shetty; Sri.K.Krishnamurthy; Ashish Ballal, Olympian; A.B.Subbaiah, Olympian; and Dr.M.P.Ganesh, Olympian.

This Committee met on 3rd May, 2010 and invited the top eight teams of the country to play this great tournament. These teams are B.P.C.L.; Army XI; Indian Railways, Orissa star, Indian Oil, Air India, and DYSS-Karnataka.

The highlight of the event is the prize money bonanza. The winners will talk away with a cash prize of Rs.6,00,000 while Runner ups will get Rs.4,00,000, and Rs.2,00,000 for 3rd Place and Rs.1,00,000 for 4th place. In addition to the above, each team will be paid an appearance money of Rs.1,25,000.

For the first time in Bangalore, All India Invitation Hockey Matches will be telecast live by Doordarshan and to facilitate the same, the up gradation of the floodlights available is also made. At present the floodlight is having 400 lux which is being upgraded to 1200 lux, so that the matches can be telecast live.

About 50 probables have been called for the Coaching Camp from all over Karnataka and the Camp started on 26th May, 2010. The team is being prepared under the leadership of Ashish Ballal, Olympian and Head Coach. He is being assisted by a couple of young upcoming coaches.

The selection committee to select the team of DYSS-Karnataka are includes R.K.Shetty, K.Krishnamurthy, A.B.Subbaiah, C.S.Poonachcha, and Ashish Ballal.

The Minister Gulihatti D Shekar, is planning to host All India Invitation Tournaments under the banner of Government of Karnataka, in other Sports Disciplines also in the coming months.

Casey Eastham nominated for the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female Award

Did you know that Hockeyroos midfielder Casey Eastham has been nominated for the 2010 Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female Awards?

Eastham, who competed for the Hockeyroos at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was named 2009 World Young Player of the Year, has been nominated in the Sportswoman category amongst other stars including Sam Stosur, Stephanie Rice and Stephanie Gilmore.

Click on the link below to check out Casey’s profile and give her your vote!

Hockey Australia media release

Hockey Australia supports National Companion Card program

Hockeyroo defender Stacia Joseph joined various other sports stars recently to show Hockey Australia’s support of the national companion card program.

The Companion Card enables eligible people with lifelong disability to participate at venues and activities without incurring the cost of a second ticket for their companion.

The Companion Card is a card which identifies the bearer as a person who, due to their disability, requires lifelong attendant care to participate at most community facilities and events.

The cardholder presents their card at participating affiliate organisations to purchase a ticket or pay an entry fee and receive a ticket for their companion at no extra charge. Hockey Australia is amongst several other sporting organisations who are supporting the program.

Click HERE to find out more information about the National Companion Card.

Hockey Australia media release