News for 09 June 2010

All the news for Wednesday 9 June 2010

No drag-flicks during penalty corners in domestic event

V Narayan Swamy

BANGALORE: Tradition will make way for safety and skill with the CM Yeddyurappa Cup all-India hockey tournament, beginning at the KSHA stadium on June 12, doing away with the power-oriented penalty corner and introducing instead a set piece that will be a lot more pleasant to watch.

The eight teams taking part in the tournament will not employ the dreaded dragflick or knuckle down to frenetic action as they look for an indirect conversion. Instead, they will use their dribbling and passing skills to score a goal. Pioneered by Australia's Ric Charlesworth and presently in use Down Under, the new penalty corner will have four attackers and three defenders, including the goalkeeper, operating over a larger area.

One of the attackers pushes the ball from the back-line to his teammates stationed on the dotted line just beyond the 15-metre circle. The ball has to cross the dotted line before the attackers make their way towards the goal. It is normal field play from the time the ball is pushed.

Originally, Charlesworth had advocated that the attackers receive the ball once it crosses the 23-metre mark. As he had remarked: "We will not have dangerous shots and no players on the line. Umpires can see what's happening and understand the situation better. They don't have to look at too many things at the same time. The spectators too enjoy what they see. Having said that, the essence of a penalty corner remains. Just as in a penalty corner, the game is stopped with all the other players going to the other end of the field. They are not allowed entry as this set piece is in motion."

The Times of India

KLHC thump Sri Lankan club to stay on course for final

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) stayed on course for a place in the final of the Asian Clubs Championship when they defeated Sri Lanka Air Force 6-2 in their second match on Monday.

KLHC were held to a 2-2 draw by Wapda of Pakistan in their opening match on Sunday. They now have four points and a win or draw against Matale Hockey Club today will ensure them of a place in tomorrow’s final.

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

Sri Lanka’s Matale Hockey Club scored an upset yesterday when they defeated Wapda 3-2 to stay in the hunt for a final berth.

The result has put Wapda, led by top stars Rehan Butt and Sohail Abbas, in danger of missing the final. Wapda’s last match is against Sri Lanka Air Force today in the four-team tournament. The top two finishers meet in the final and the champions will get to represent Asia in the Club World Cup next year.

The Star of Malaysia

Yahaya to remain as coach

K. Rajan

KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysian Women' s Hockey Association (MWHA) narrowly missed a huge landmine in their preparation for the Asian and Commonwealth Games after a group of players demanded their coach to be replaced during a session with officials from the National Sports Council (NSC).

MWHA honorary secretary Dr S. Shamala admitted there was misunderstanding between the players and the head coach, Yahaya Atan, but it has since been resolved amicably.

“The team have been going through a tough time due to our tight schedule and it put pressure on the players. The girls were getting stressed and some of Yahaya’s approach didn’t go down well with them.

“Yahaya is a very good coach and the team is doing very well under his tutelage. It's just his approach in reverse psychology was not really a hit with the girls.

“We have ironed out the grouses and we won’t be changing our coach. The team have qualified to Asian and Commonwealth Games, we can’t afford to jeopardise our preparation now,” she said.

Shamala also stressed it was about time for the team to deliver after having full support from the government.

Meanwhile, Yahaya has a clearer picture about his players from the meeting with the NSC.

“I think there was positive outcome from the meeting. The players opened up. Now everything is resolved and we should focus on our preparation.

“Playing in the Junior League against male players definitely prepared us.

They did well in the World Cup qualifier in Chile. They gave some higher-ranked teams a tough challenge,” he said.

The women's team — in Group B with England, New Zealand, Canada and Wales — have a good chance to better their sixth place finish four years ago in Melbourne.

Malay Mail

Two San Diego High Schools to Hold Boys' Field Hockey Series

A historic moment in men's field hockey in the United States will occur this weekend, as La Jolla High School and El Capitan High School compete in what is believed to be the first ever boys' high school field hockey club match. The contest will be held at Muirlands Middle School in La Jolla, CA on Friday, June 11 at 4:00pm. Friday's match will be the first in a three-game series between the two clubs.

USA Field Hockey Men's National Team Head Coach Nick Conway initiated the series as a pilot project for a boys' field hockey development program scheduled to be implemented in 2011. He will serve as coach for the La Jolla High School team, while Sandy Martinez, mother of former USA U21 Men's National Team member Manny Martinez, coaches the El Capitan side. The teams consist exclusively of students from each of the two San Diego-area schools.

"We've been trying to create a program that will facilitate the growth of men's hockey within the youth ranks," said Conway. "Sandy's been developing boys' field hockey for some time."

To further that goal, Conway and Martinez identified the two schools as a good opportunity to implement their development program. Conway's wife, Paula, is a teacher and Field Hockey Coach at La Jolla High School and that provided an intriguing and convenient option for a second school.

"La Jolla was very supportive of USA Field Hockey providing an opportunity like this to their student body," said Conway.

While field hockey is viewed as mainly as a girl's sport, Conway appealed to some of the male athletes at La Jolla to participate.

"Very simply, we went into their Physical Education class, threw a few sticks on the ground, and asked what boys wanted to play," said Conway. "Of course, there was some novelty in that initial time frame; we had so many boys that we didn't have enough sticks. As things progress, and as you announce you want to form a team and practice every day, you lose some players, but you retain a core group who want to play and enjoy competition."

The teams began playing six weeks ago, at least four days a week during their Physical Education classes.

"It became clear we could get two teams to participate," said Conway. "The guys are keen and ready to play."

The second game of the three-game series will be held at El Capitan High School on Thursday, June 17 at 7:00pm. The final game will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista during the Men's Junior National Championship on July 10.

The series has been possible through the significant support of Asics, who provided uniforms, and Dita Field Hockey, who provided sticks for the teams.

USFHA media release

FIH takes no actions against Hockey India despite deadline

Even as Hockey India received support from International Hockey Federation FIH for deferring its elections, Indian sports ministry directed ad hoc body not to go ahead with poll process in view of Delhi High Court judgment quashing Indian Olympic Association's IOA de-recognition of Indian Hockey Federation IHF.

Communication by sports ministry was sent immediately after HI released a statement from FIH that it could now hold election of its office-bearers before July 5 instead of earlier May 31 deadline.

FIH secretary general Peter L. Cohen in a letter to HI secretary general Narinder Batra said world body is disappointed that HI elections will not be held before May 31, but said no action will be taken against it. "I note your advice that date for elections of Board of Hockey India is set for July 5, 2010. This is well outside deadline previously advised to and approved by FIH of 31 May, 2010. FIH is very disappointed that deadline cannot be met,'' Cohen wrote. "You have asked FIH to extend May 31 deadline but this FIH cannot do.

However, I can advise that, provided that elections are held on or before July 5, 2010, thereafter Hockey India is and remains sole governing body for hockey in India. Hockey India is administered in accordance with its statutes as approved by FIH and it will not take any further action in the meantime.

"Cohen said FIH is interested to see HI fully constituted so that sport in India will develop and flourish. "FIH has no desire to penalize anyone, least of all the players. I look forward to your positive advice that all processes are in place and that elections are held on or before 5 July, 2010.'' Sports ministry told HI not to initiate election process.

"In light of high court judgment in matter of IHF Vs UOI & others, whereby Hon'ble high court has quashed suspension and disaffiliation/de-recognition orders passed by IOA and Union of India, you are advised to not take further action with regard to holding of elections till entire matter is examined in consultation with Law Ministry,'' said letter sent by an under secretary in sports ministry.

One Pakistan

SAI's hockey coaching centre

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Sports Authority of India will start a coaching centre for hockey at Christ College Irinjalakuda.

Twenty sportspersons will be admitted to the SAI centre from this year. Selected trainees will be a monthly stipend of Rs 600 they will be given TA and DA to take part in national and State meets. SAI will also bear the kits allowance of the trainees.

Dr. G. Kishore, SAI Regional Director Bangalore, held discussions with the College management and sanctioned Rs. one lakh to the college for buying sports equipments.

The Hindu

Lahore, Faisalabad and Sialkot in semifinals

Staff Report

LAHORE: Lahore, Faisalabad and Sialkot moved into the semifinals of the PHF Inter Academies Hockey Tournament after winning their respective matches at National Stadium here on Tuesday. The fourth team for the last-four stage will be decided on Wednesday (today). Karachi II have a fair chance to make it to the semis because of their 15 points. Karachi II will face Peshawar in their last league match.

On the tenth day of the tournament, Faisalabad scored a narrow 1-0 win over Karachi II. Faisalabad hit the all-important goal in 24th minute through Mohammad Omer Ehsan in a delightful mid field move. The first half of the play failed to produce any goal. Hyderabad and Abbottabad played 1-1 draw. Abbottabad led the first half 1-0 and Hyderabad equalised in the second session. Abbottabad: Ahsan Riaz (35th minute). Hyderabad: Yousaf Khan (46th minute). Gojra beat Bahawalpur 3-0. The first half score was 1-0 and second session saw the winners slamming two more goals. Gojra: Rana Rehman (15th minute), Muhammad Asif Ali (36th minute), Mohsin Sabir (37th minute).

Sialkot downed Karachi I 3-0 in the fourth contest of the day. Sialkot: Ahsan Khaliq (8th, 26th minutes), Nohez Malik (53rd minute). Lahore brushed aside Peshawar with a fine 4-1 win. Lahore: Muhammad Azfar Yaqoob (8th minute), Owais Ur Rehman (21st, 51st minutes), Waqas Ahmad (34th minute). Peshawar: Muazzam Khan (13th minute).

Today’s matches:

Sialkot vs Abbottabad
Karachi I vs Bahawalpur
Hyderabad vs Gojra
Faisalabad vs Lahore
Peshawar vs Karachi II.

The Daily Times

Royal Sport of Merit order for FIH President Leandro Negre

Leandro Negre, President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has been integrated in the Royal Order of Sports Merit in Spain. Negre received the Gold Medal (Medalla de Oro) during a special awarding ceremony at the end of May 2010.

The FIH President received this high award for his personal contribution and merits for sports in general. He earned the distinction as acknowledgement for his brilliant professional trajectory and his service for Spanish sports nationally and internationally.