News for 11 June 2010

All the news for Friday 11 June 2010

David Vinson 1944-2010

The England Hockey Board is saddened to learn that David Vinson died on Wednesday. He had been ill for some time.

David, who was 66, was a former England coach and was Southgate Hockey Club men’s first team coach through the highly successful eighties and well into the first decade of the national league.

David VinsonDavid will be remembered for producing some of the country’s finest players, including Sean Kerly, Richard Dodds, Steve Batchelor, John Shaw, James Duthie, and many more. He was a major coaching figure in this country as well as internationally, but was especially active in the East of England. He lived in King’s Lynn – a regular 200-mile round trip to Southgate few would contemplate today – and the club benefited from a reliable stream of high quality East players. Some of these have gone on to successful coaching careers of their own, including the current England and GB women's coach, Danny Kerry.

David held various coaching posts at national level at different times, including the England men's coach position (twice), and men's U21s. In 1977, he was the fourth person in the world to be appointed as an FIH Master Coach. He was a Southgate Vice-President, and was awarded the club's top honour, the Dunlop Award, in 1991. In 2001, David successfully led the England U21 men's team to fourth place at the Junior World Cup in Tasmania, Australia.

Southgate Chairman David Lloyd-Williams said, “David Vinson’s contribution to Southgate was considerable, as it was to the wider sport.  As well as bringing us great success on the field, he cemented the club's reputation for excellence at home and abroad.  He was not only a sound tactician, but in terms of personal skills, a quite brilliant innovator. His legacy can be seen today in the high quality of playing and coaching at Southgate and elsewhere."

The England Hockey Board wishes to offer it thoughts and condolences to David's family and friends at this time.

England Hockey Board Media release

WADPA win Asian Club Championship in Malaysia

Staff Report

LAHORE: Pakistan WAPDA won the Asian Clubs Hockey Championship after beating Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club in the final 2-0 in Matale, Sri Lanka on Thursday. According to a spokesman for the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), WAPDA demonstrated a high level of hockey, scoring one goal each in both sessions of the play. “With this success WAPDA have qualified for the Clubs World Cup to be held in Barcelona, Spain next year,” added the spokesman.

PHF greets WAPDA: PHF president Qasim Zia and secretary general Muhammad Asif Bajwa have congratulated WAPDA for winning the coveted title in Sri Lanka. “WAPDA success has brought good name for the country. And they have also qualified for the Clubs World Cup, which is a good omen for the revival of the national game in the country,” they said in a statement.

The Daily Times

Malaysia kiss Barcelona ticket goodbye

MALAYSIA blew their chances of playing in the Club World Cup in Barcelona next year when Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) lost 2-0 to Wapada of Pakistan in the final of the Asian Clubs Championships in Sri Lanka yesterday.

KLHC held the Pakistan side 2-2 in the pool match, but let in one goal in each half in the final.

The Malaysian side did not win a single penalty corner in 70 minutes, and officials claimed they were robbed of three penalty strokes.

New Straits Times


Negri practically through to last eight

NEGRI Sembilan defeated Sabah 3-1 in a men’s hockey Group B match at the Malacca Hockey Stadium yesterday to virtually qualify for the quarter-finals.

Skipper Mohd Marhan Abdul Jalil gave Negri the lead in the 20th minute off a field attempt. But Sabah equalised four minutes later through Eldon Eddy. Negri regained the lead through Azraie Mohd Azizan in the 34th minute before S. Kavin Kartik scored a penalty corner goal in the 65th minute.

In a Group D match yesterday, Pahang chalked up an impressive 4-0 win over Kelantan with Mohd Firdaus scoring two of the goals – in the 48th and 66th minutes.

The other scorers for Pahang were Ahmad Kazamirul Nas-ruddin (31st) and Mohd Ami-nuddin Abu (64th).

Pahang need a win over Terengganu today to seal a place in the quarter-finals.

The Star of Malaysia

Netherlands selects 40 players for men’s team

Paul van Ass, the new coach of the men’s team of Netherlands, has selected 40 players for his national team.

Van Ass created this ‘Netherlands 40’ out of players from the Dutch ‘Hoofdklasse’ who will be able to participate for Netherland at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. For each event Netherlands will play, Van Ass will select a team out of these 40 players. Players can be added and deleted from the list at any time.

The first selection Van Ass has made is for the Hamburg Masters, to be played from 2-4 July 2010 in Hamburg, Germany.

Team ‘Netherlands 40’: Seve van Ass, Sander Baart, Billy Bakker, Marcel Balkestein, Floris Benschop, Pirmin Blaak, Erik Bouwens, Ronald Brouwer, Jan Willem Buissant, Quirijn Caspers, Geert-Jan Derikx, Laurence Docherty, Derek van Essen, Floris Evers, Jeroen Hertzberger, Rogier Hofman, Robert van der Horst, Roderik Huber, Mark Jenniskens, Tim Jenniskens, Wouter Jolie, Constantijn Jonker, Robbert Kemperman, Eby Kessing, Hidde Kruize, Nick Meijer, Roderick Musters, Teun de Nooijer, Rob Reckers, Teun Rohof,  Lukas Siebinga, Jaap Stockmann, Taeke Taekema, Robert Tigges, Valentin Verga, Klaas Vermeulen, Bob de Voogd, Mink van der Weerden, Steven Westra, Roderick Weusthof, Sander de Wijn.

Team Netherlands for Hamburg Masters: Sander Baart, Billy Bakker, Pirmin Blaak, Laurence Docherty, Jeroen Hertzberger, Rogier Hofman, Roderik Huber, Tim Jenniskens, Constantijn Jonker, Robbert Kemperman, Eby Kessing, Hidde Kruize, Roderick Musters, Teun Rohof, Jaap Stockmann, Robert Tigges, Valentin Verga, Klaas Vermeulen, Bob de Voogd, Mink van der Weerden.

KNHB media release

FIH Coaching Course at ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is pleased to announce that the FIH and Deutscher Hockey Bund (DHB) will be organizing the FIH Final Seminar and an FIH High Performance Coaching Course, which will take place in conjunction with the ABN AMRO FIH Champion’s Trophy.

The FIH Final Seminar and the High Performance Coaching Course will take place in Monchengladbach, Germany from 1-8 August 2010. FIH Top Coaches & 3 FIH Master Coaches will be the conductors and main presenters; other Head Coaches of World Top Teams including some coaches of Participating teams have been invited to make presentations.

This FIH High Performance Coaching event is designed to allow participation for two categories of coaches:

Group A. Final Course Participants from the FIH Selected list: (Pre-Qualified Coaches)

This group consists of coaches who earned a qualification for the participation in a Final course in a previous FIH Coaching Course. In Monchengladbach they will have the opportunity to earn a nomination for the appointment as FIH Coach or FIH Coach Grade I.

Group B. Participants from open applications

This group of coaches will have the opportunity in Monchengladbach to earn a qualification for participation in a future FIH Final Course.


Ireland Gains Girls Hockey Slot at First Ever World Youth Olympic Games

Girls hockey has received a major boost with the news that Ireland has secured a place for its Under 17 girls hockey squad at the first ever World Youth Olympic Games which are being held in Singapore in August.

The 16 strong national squad, under the direction of team leader Dave Passmore of Irish Hockey, will challenge for Olympic gold against nations such as New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa at what will be a mini-Olympics Games, with over 200 nations participating in a wide range of sports.

This is the perfect opportunity to develop a group of talented young athletes, many of whom have been through Irish Hockey's talent ID system. Whilst the tournament will be a challenging one in difficult climatic conditions it is the best way to test our young stars against the world's best nations"said Dave Passmore.

Ireland will also be represented in athletics with Mark English (1,000 metres) and Kate Veale (5K walk). Two boxers have also qualified: Joe Ward (75kgs) and Ryan Burnett (48kgs), and the team is completed by Denise Walsh (rowing) and Sophie Murphy (sailing).

The Olympic Council of Ireland's sports director, Martin Burke, has been appointed Chef de Mission while Cormac O'Muircheartaigh, (son of broadcaster Michael) and currently medical director of the Singapore Institute of Sport will provide medical and physiotherapy services to the team.

Irish Hockey Association media release

Wynne inspires Mags’ spanking

Nigel Simon

Notre Dame’s Blair Wynne, centre, disects the Carib Magnolias pair of Alicia Waithe, left, and Michelle Leotaud enroute to goal in their T&T Hockey Board Women’s “Big Four” contest at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Wednesday night. The Dames won 4-0. Photo: Anthony Harris

National midfielder Blair Wynne scored a pair of second-half goals as Notre Dame spanked Carib Magnolias 4-0 in their T&T Hockey Board’s Women’s “Big Four” match on Wednesday night. Playing in wet and overcast conditions, the Dames took full advantage of the absence of Magnolias star player and captain, Stacey Siu Butt, to come away with a well-deserved win at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua.

Despite enjoying the better of the exchanges, the Dames held only a 1-0 lead at the interval thanks to Kayla Braithwaite’s 29th minute field goal. Two minutes into the second-half, Wynne doubled the lead and within seven minutes she added another for a 3-0 margin. Wynne’s cousin, Stephanie Whiteman then completed the drubbing in the 56th minute to sound a warning to its other challengers, defending champions, Stag Malvern and Harvard Maritime Checkers who faced off last night.

In the second match played on Wednesay, Queen’s Park also got a double from teenager Cade Lue Sue in a narrow 2-1 win over Malvern. Lue Sue found the target in the third and 56th minute for the Parkites, before veteran player, Anthony Marcano pulled one back for Malvern in the 62nd minute. Last night, Defence Force, last year’s winner and Petrotrin, the current league leaders’ kicked off their men’s campaign. Today is a rest day in the T&THB’s premier tournament. Matches will continue tomorrow before Sunday’s final day.

T&THB Big Four

Wednesday’s Results

Notre Dame 4 (Blair Wynne 37th, 44th, Kayla Brathwaite 29th, Stephanie Whiteman 56th) vs Magnolias 0.

Queen’s Park 2 (Cade Lue Sue 3rd, 56th) vs Malvern 1 (Anthony Marcano 62nd)

Weekend’s Fixtures

Notre Dame vs Harvard Maritime Checkers, 2 pm;
Stag Malvern vs Carib Magnolia, 6 pm,

Defence Force vs QPCC, 4 pm ;
Stag Malvern vs Petrotrin, 8 pm


Notre Dame vs Malvern, 2 pm;
Checkers vs Magnolias, 6 pm

Defence Force vs Malvern, 4 pm
QPCC vs Petrotrin, 8 pm, National Hockey Centre.

The Trinidad Guardian

Why distort established facts!

By Zakir Hussain Syed

I have great disdain for individuals or groups who deliberately try to distort facts to achieve their ulterior motives. Pakistan hockey team’s last great success came in 1994 when Pakistan won the World Cup event in Sydney followed by the win in Champions Trophy in Lahore. Hans Jorritsma, the soft spoken Dutchman, was the coach of Pakistan for both these events. One of Pakistan’s key matches in the World Cup was against his native country Holland who had Floris Jan Bovelander, the world’s best penalty corner specialist at that point of time. Jorritsma had studied Bovelander’s technique so minutely that he was able to give Pakistan goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmad precise instructions as what to expect by watching Bovelander’s body movements. Mansoor did exactly that and thus was able to blunt everything that Bovelander hurled at him. Mansoor has given all these details in his interviews many a time.

However, one of our great forward who is nowadays on a warpath against the current set up of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and in particular its secretary general Mohammad Asif Bajwa has come out with a statement that Jorritsma ‘made no contribution whatsoever towards Pakistan’s historic success’ after reading in newspapers that PHF was planning to hire another Dutch coach for the national team. I could never imagine that Shahbaz Senior would stoop to this level in a bid to settle his petty personal scores. Jorritsma was a real professional who does not need a certificate from an individual like Shahbaz about his professional competence. Perhaps Shahbaz has forgotten that after his stint with the Pakistan hockey team, Jorritsma became a key member of the coaching staff of Dutch national football team who performed brilliantly at world level. Would he able to achieve that distinction because he was not a good coach if we are to believe Shahbaz!

When Jorritsma was training Pakistan in Islamabad, he would come to my office every day for a cup of coffee after a swim. The only thing that he discussed with me during those meetings was different combinations and game plans. He always carried a number of wooden pieces with him and would place them on the table to display various formations. I was fascinated by his insight. His class was different and his mind so fertile about options of strategy. That worked real hard. He had complete knowledge of the capacity of each Pakistan player and thus was able to plug weaknesses and strengthen areas of our known ability. To try and minimize the contribution of this professional reflects the level to which Shahbaz can stoop in pursuit of his personal goals.

Two of Pakistan’s great former Olympians worked with Shahbaz as team managers. Their observations about his behaviour and personality are part of official record. I will not quote what some of Shahbaz’s teammates had to say about him. They are not very flattering but let us leave it at that. Any sane PHF management should not let him get near a Pakistan team. I have great admiration for him as a player and an artist but his latest effort to belittle Jorritsma has now confirmed what the famous Olympians had to say about him.

Pakistan hockey is now in the rebuilding process. During the months leading to the World Cup in New Delhi, I was the only one who repeatedly pointed out weaknesses and shortcomings in the team including reports to the sports ministry and the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB). I did not support the actions of the PHF as did two key members of the governing board of PHF. The moment the team performed poorly, these very members became its biggest critics. That just shows their character. I am sure they would have been the first ones to claim credit if the team had performed well.

Pakistan hockey at this point of time needs whole hearted cooperation of everybody to regain our past status and certainly not dirty personalised witch-hunting. We need people like former Olympian Tauqir Dar who is contributing so much towards development of a base for players from his own sources and two of the players from his academy have already graduated to the national junior squad. Tauqir recently took his academy team to Holland for training and modern coaching. I wonder if Shahbaz could ever do that. Let Shahbaz send his recommendations to his former colleagues in the governing board. The PHF should then hold a meeting of all those former players or technocrats who have constructive ideas to help promote Pakistan hockey. Former Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh is now retired and wants to help. Do listen to his suggestions. Intrigue and conspiracies is the last thing that Pakistan hockey needs at this stage.

(Zakir Hussain Syed is Pakistan’s internationally renowned sports administrator, sports broadcaster and sports analyst)

The Daily Times

We need improvement in hockey basics: Dilip Tirkey

JAIPUR: There is no dearth of talent and skill in Indian hockey but the players lack consistency and their performance are hampered by "technical shortcomings", feels former national captain Dilip Tirkey.

"We fail to analyse the games as perfectly as the other teams in the world do. Moreover we lack in basics and have to improve the technical shortcomings. We possess the skills but we are still slow and have to be quicker in tackling the opponents," said Tirkey, who has more than 400 India caps.

"We are able to match them on few occasions but lack the consistency. The percentage of the penalty corner conversion is still low and we lose the ball quite frequently which adds to the pressure," he observed.

Tirkey was at the Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSSC) here to share his secret of success with some of the budding players of the state.

Tirkey also said that it is imperative to build up good bench strength to perform consistently in the international arena and for that upcoming players should be given enough exposure as well.

"We need to have good bench strength and also India 'A' like teams, from where players can be inducted into the senior squad when required, should get more exposure which will help them hone the skills before being pushed into the highest level," he said.

Tirkey also urged the corporate sector to extend their support to put in place proper infrastructure in different corners of the country.

"We need to work hard and the onus is also on the states. Except a few like Karnataka and Mumbai not many have leagues. Few like Rajasthan are lacking in all aspects. The concept of sports hostels can help but the corporate sector should also extend a helping hand," said Tirkey, who hails from an adivasi belt of Orissa.

"The money and glamour attached to cricket in India draws all corporate towards it. Not many are sponsoring the other sports including hockey. Moreover the parents also push their wards into cricket," he added.

Tirkey, however, denied to comment on the controversies which have rocked the Indian hockey in the past few months.

"I don't want to go in details but it is true that such infighting affects mindsets of players and also make longterm plannings difficult," he said.

The Times of India

Vidhya Stokes calls the IWHF meeting illegal

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Hockey India president Vidhya Stokes calls the proposed IWHF Executive Meeting on 14th June 'illegal'. According to a signed statement issued by her, the IWHF has merged with the Hockey India following a due process in consultation with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and as such calling a meeting of IWHF is illegal.

She also further states that as per the original constitution of IWHF only President is empowered to call an Executive Meeting. Since she was the president of IWHF when the merger took place last year, no one else can call any meeting, she claims.

Stokes also claims that she hasn't authorized anybody to call any meeting.

A section of IWHF has called for a meeting on 14th in Delhi to discuss merger with men's federation. This section is headed by former secretary of the IWHF Amrit Bose, for long close confident of Vidhya Stokes.

IWHF meeting illegal: Stokes

Special Correspondent

New Delhi: Hockey India President, Vidya Stokes, has termed the meeting that was reportedly convened by the Indian Women's Hockey Federation (IWHF) here on June 12 as ‘illegal'.

In a release on Thursday, Mrs. Stokes, who is also the president of the IWHF, said that the meeting called by “a few individuals of former IWHF” was illegal/invalid “since it is not called by the president or with the approval of the president.”

Mrs. Stokes, however did not state in the release that she was the IWHF president. The IWHF was disaffiliated by the IOA before the formation of Hockey India.

The IWHF meeting was apparently convened to take stock of the situation arising out of the Delhi High Court order that quashed the disaffiliation and de-recognition of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Union Sports Ministry.

The IHF has already stated that it is interested in a merger with the IWHF, given the failure of such a merger in 2000 and the existence of such a merged body (Indian Hockey Confederation) for the past nine years, though without recognition from either the IOA or the ministry.

Hockey India has also convened a Special General meeting here on June 14 to proceed with the affiliation process and to set the stage for elections.

Mrs. Stokes claimed on Thursday that as per the minutes of a meeting convened by the Union Sports Ministry in April last year IWHF Secretary Amrit Bose “informed that IWHF has already conveyed its written acceptance to IOA for the proposed merger, and would comply with all the requirements in this regard.”

Claims and counter claims have aggravated an already-confusing scenario with regard to hockey administration and now it is difficult to make out which body has a particular recognition or which recognition or affiliation would be required for a body to run the affairs of hockey in the country.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) still recognizes Hockey India though it wants an elected body at the earliest. The May 31 deadline given to HI for conducting the elections has passed.

HI also has the affiliation with the IOA. Its recognition by the Sports Ministry has been suspended pending elections.

“The IWHF, as of today is a de-recognised body”, said a ministry spokesman on Thursday. “We had de-recognised them (in March, 2009) since they had outlived their tenure. But in the light of recent developments, we are looking at the whole issue (again). We have decided to send our observer to all these meetings including that convened by the IWHF,” he added.

The Hindu

HI questions legality of IWHF meet on Saturday

NEW DELHI: Hockey India president Vidya Stokes on Thursday questioned the validity of the meeting called by the Indian Women's Hockey Federation on Saturday and said such a step taken by a few IWHF officials was illegal as the FIH had derecognised the federation way back in 2000.

Boosted by the reinstatement of the KPS Gill-backed Indian Hockey Federation by the Delhi High Court, the IWHF called its executive board meeting on Saturday where it is expected to discuss the pros and cons of the unification process with a rejuvenated IHF.

However, HI president, who is also the chief of the IWHF, said the meeting was invalid as it does not have her approval.

"In IWHF no office bearer or individual except the president can call Executive Board or General Council Meeting. The meeting being called by a few individuals of former IWHF on May 12 is invalid since it is not called by the president or with the approval of the president," Stokes said in a statement.

Stokes further said that the IWHF has no existence in the present context as it was not recognised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

"IWHF was disaffiliated by FIH in 2000. Since the FIH statutes demanded men and women to merge as per International Olympic Committee (IOC) charter, hence in the year 2000 came into being the Indian Hockey Confederation (IHC) which was to handle both the men and women hockey in India," she said.

"But the IHC had inherent deficiencies and thereby in 2008 FIH decided to disassociate itself from IHC and Hockey India came into being," she said.

Stokes said as the president of IWHF she herself gave the order to the federation to merge with Hockey India in 2008.

"Since hosting of the World Cup in India was at stake along with participation of teams in the Commonwealth Games, I as president of IWHF gave consent to merge into the new body Hockey India," she said.

Stokes also claimed that IWHF secretary Amrit Bose, who is now against the formation of Hockey India, was party to the decision and had also attended the board meetings of HI.

"During the process of merger of men and women bodies of IHF and IWHF, the secretary of IWHF Amrit Bose attended all the board meetings of Hockey India in which merged units were approved from November 2009 to January 2010," she said.

"Ms Bose was also present at the meeting with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on April 17, 2009 during which she said that the IWHF has conveyed its written acceptance to Indian Olympic Association for the proposed merger," Stokes claimed.

After its revival by the Delhi High Court, the IHF recently held a Special General Body Meeting where they formed a five-member committee to hold talks with the IWHF in order to constitute a unified body.

Incidentally, Hockey India has also convened a Special General Body Meeting here on June 14 to consider ratification of affiliations granted to several state units, among other subjects on the agenda.

The Times of India

HI president questions IWHF meeting, terms it illegal

Calling Saturday’s executive meeting of the Indian Women’s Hockey Federation as illegal and a handiwork of few officials with vested interests, Hockey India president Vidya Stokes reiterated that the world body, FIH, had derecognised the IWHF way back in 2000 and any board meeting towards functioning of the sport is thus null and void.

In a statement released on Thursday, Stokes, who is also the IWHF chief, said that the meeting has not been convened by her. “The meeting being called by a few individuals of former IWHF on May 12 is invalid since it is not called by the president or with the approval of the president. IWHF was disaffiliated by FIH in 2000. Since the FIH statutes demanded men and women to merge as per IOC charter, hence in the year 2000 came into being the Indian Hockey Confederation (IHC) which was to handle both the men and women hockey in India.

Stokes added that IWHF secretary Amrit Bose, who has been against HI, was party to the merger. “During the process of merger of men and women bodies of IHF and IWHF, the secretary of IWHF Amrit Bose attended all the board meetings of Hockey India in which merged units were approved,” she said.

Indian Express