News for 19 June 2010

All the news for Saturday 19 June 2010

Great Britain bounce back to draw

AFTER losing out 4-0 in their first clash on Wednesday, Great Britain Women bounced back against Australia on Friday afternoon, battling to a 1-1 draw with the Hockeyroos at Altwood Church of England School in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Head coach Danny Kerry complemented his rivals hard-nosed approach to attacking in the first game of the two-match test series on Wednesday, but on Friday it was the GB players who received his praise, with a much more physical approach paying dividends on a cloudy day which was much cooler than the Antipodean temperatures experienced in the opening clash.

“For the first 31 minutes on Wednesday we played very well, but once Australia scored the game got away from us,” said Kerry. “Today Australia were better in the first half, and generated pressure. But we had all the opportunities and chances in the second half and really could have easily come out with the win.

“It was a much-improved performance. There was more toughness from everyone in the squad, but the problem is it doesn’t come naturally to us. In the second half our technical ability was great, we generated many more opportunities.”

Australia took the lead after 21 minutes with a scrappy goal. After a turnover in midfield Australia attacked quickly, and although GB got back in numbers, 24-year-old midfielder Madonna Blyth bagged her 39th international goal in 153 appearances with a low shot from three yards out which gave Clifton’s Gemma Ible little chance in the GB goal.

The Australians’ goal only seemed to galvanise both the team and the spectators into action, with several pupils from hosts Altwood Church of England School swelling the crowd as well as the noise levels.

Shortly after half time GB levelled, with a penalty corner on 44 minutes from Leicester’s 24-year-old defender Crista Cullen. Her low flick to the bottom left of the goal was accurate and left the Hockeyroos with it all to do once again.

But whereas they were comfortably ahead at this point in Wednesday’s match, the visitors were struggling to cope as GB gave as good as they got, both in terms of physicality and hockey skills.

GB pushed on and were awarded seven or eight penalty corners which could’ve given them the lead, but in the face of some athletic - and sometimes desperate - defending from Australia, the scoreline remained unchanged.

“We’ve used 26 players throughout these games, just trying to broaden the squad’s experience. We made several changes to the team from the first game, but not in response to anything they did wrong. We’re just trying to give as many players as possible more game time,” added Kerry, who kept just four players in the starting line-up from Wednesday’s first match.

Missing from the team was experienced Reading forward Alex Danson, the 25-year-old who was denied the chance of adding to her tally of nine goals for Great Britain after being struck on the left elbow by a ball fired from a ball machine in training on Thursday. While it is only bruised and should not keep her out of action for long, it was enough to rule her out of Friday’s match.

“If there’s one thing we’ve learned from these games it is that Australia play a very direct game,” added Kerry. “You’ve got to put your bodies on the line and stop that direct play, and not be physically out-played. Once you’ve evened up the levels of physicality it’s all about the hockey, and we can match the Australians at that.”

Great Britain will now focus on the Samsung Champions Trophy in Nottingham from July 10-18, and their opening day clash with Argentina.

Great Britain Hockey media release

Great Britain force draw with Hockeyroos

The Hockyroos have been unable to reproduce their winning form again Great Britain, drawing 1-1 overnight in England.

Things began well for the Hockeyroos, with Captain Madonna Blyth making Great Britain pay for a costly turn over in the midfield to score the opening goal of the match at the 21 minute mark.

However some poor defensive work allowed Great Britain to generate 9 penalty corners throughout the match, with Great Britain converting one of these attempts at the 44 minute mark to level the game.

Goalkeeper Rachael Lynch and defender Kobie McGurk were amongst the best players for the Hockeyroos who will now travel to Germany to compete in a 4 nations tournament against Germany, India and Ireland.

Hockeyroos 1 Great Britain 1 (1-0 half time)
Goals Madonna Blyth (AUS) 21m FG, Crista Cullen (GB) 44m PC

Hockey Australia media release

Great Britain women claim draw against Australians

Australia's Georgia Nanscawen challenges GB's Georgie Twigg (right)

Great Britain's women bounced back against Australia, battling to a 1-1 draw on Friday after losing the first match of their two-Test series 4-0.

Australia took the lead on 21 minutes when midfielder Madonna Blyth scored with a low shot from three yards out.

But GB levelled shortly after half-time with a penalty corner on 44 minutes from defender Crista Cullen.

"We had all the chances in the second half and could have easily come out with the win," said Coach Danny Kerry.

"It was a much-improved performance. There was more toughness from everyone in the squad.

"In the second half our technical ability was great, we generated many more opportunities.

"But the problem is it doesn't come naturally to us."

BBC Sport

Canada draws India in Game 2 in Surrey

SURREY - The Canadian women's national field hockey team tied India 1-1 Thursday evening in the second game of their four-match test series

India had a very strong start in their second game of the four game test series.  They earned four penalty corners in the first 5 minutes of the game.  Their best chance of the game came on that fourth penalty corner, when keeper A. Liu was beat, however, pc defender Steph Jameson was there with a goal line save.

Canada settled down an started and received the next 2 penalty corners of the game - their best chance coming in the 24th minute when their shot was deflected just high of the goal.

India once again had a strong start in the second half, earning three penalty corners at the 38th, 40th, and 41st minute.  They were awarded a penalty stroke after their third penalty corner and their captain S. Kaur made no mistake and scored the game's first goal.

Canada settled down after India's goal and the two teams exchanged some good scoring opportunities.

In the 63rd minute K. Baker made a great pass to S. Nesbitt who was alone in front of the goalie and Canada's captain was able to slot it past the Indian's keeper.

"Our circle defending and outletting was much better today, however we must improve our play in the attacking third.  I was very proud of the way the girls competed for 70 minutes," said coach  Louis Mendonca.

The two teams next play Saturday evening in Surrey before wrapping up their series Sunday afternoon at the University of British Columbia.

Congratulations to Danielle Hennig on playing in her first international 

Field Hockey Canada media release

Indian women drew Canada 1-1 in the second Test

s2h team

The Indian Women Hockey Team was held to a 1 -1 draw by Canada in the second game of their four Test Match Series at Tamanawis Park, Surrey today.

It was a close game with the half time score being 0 – 0.

Captain Surinder Kaur scored for India from a penalty stroke in the 41st minute while Canada equalized in the 63rd minute through their skipper Stephanie Nesbitt.

India had a very strong start and earned four penalty corners in the first five minutes of play. They should have taken the lead from the fourth penalty corner when the Canadian goalkeeper Azelia Liu was beaten but defender Stephanie Jameson made a goal line save.

India earned three more penalty corners in the second half and were awarded a penalty stroke from the last one when Samantha Smith used her body to stop a deflection.

Surinder Kaur made no mistake as she easily beat Liu to give India the lead.

The Canadian equalizer came in the 63rd minute after Katie Baker made a great pass to her captain Nesbitt who was positioned in front of the Indian goalkeeper Deepika Murty and comfortably slotted home.

The two teams will play the third Test on Saturday at the same venue.

Canada hold India to 1-1 draw in second Test

NEW DELHI: Indian eves squandered a one goal lead to play out a 1-1 draw against Canada in their second game of the four-match Test series at Tamanawis Park, Surrey on Friday.

India skipper Surinder Kaur (41st minute) broke the deadlock early in the second half but her Canadian counterpart Stephanie Nesbitt (63rd) drew parity just seven minutes from the hooter to deny the visitors the win and a 2-0 lead in the series.

India had earlier defeated the hosts 3-2 in the opener on Wednesday and is now leading the series 1-0.

India started the match on an attacking note as they earned as many as four penalty corners in the first five minutes of play.

India got a golden chance to secure the lead from the fourth penalty corner when Canadian custodian Azelia Liu was beaten all ends up but defender Stephanie Jameson made a goal-line save to deny the visitors.

India earned three more penalty corners in the second half and were awarded a penalty stroke from the last one when Samantha Smith used her body to stop a deflection.

Surinder took the responsibility on her to convert the penalty stroke and made no mistake to give India the lead.

However, an unmarked Nesbitt equalised in the 63rd minute, comfortably slotting past Indian goalkeeper Deepika Murty from Katie Baker.

The two teams will lock horns in the third Test tomorrow at the same venue, a Hockey India release said.

The Times of India

Sticking talent together for shot at returning to the Olympics

by Gary Kingston

Unlike Canada's women on ice, this team isn't favoured or feared, but many young athletes are up for the challenge to change that.

Anna Kozniuk says she was up to the challenge of trying to crack the blue-line of Canada's hugely successful women's hockey team, the gold medallists at the 2010 Olympics. She just wasn't convinced there would be enough of a challenge left if she did make it. And so the sturdy, dark-haired 17-year-old from North Vancouver has abandoned her skates in favour of running shoes to play for a Canadian women's hockey team that hasn't qualified for the Olympics since 1992.

That's hockey as in the field variety and Kozniuk is an emerging talent as a defender for a young Canadian squad hoping to forge an international breakthrough in a sport where the competition is far tougher than in ice hockey. "I was invited to the under-18 squad [camp] and made it through the first couple of rounds," says Kozniuk of her prospects on ice. "Then I decided [field hockey] is the team I wanted to stick with. "I got ridiculed a bit, but I've enjoyed it. San Diego kind of sealed the deal for the choice, knowing that I excelled."

It was at a six-team World Cup qualifier in Southern California in March where Kozniuk was selected best young talent. Canada went 2-4 and finished fourth as Korea grabbed the sole qualifying spot available for the worlds in Argentina in August.

Canada is looking ahead to the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October and is taking on India this week in a four-game series at Surrey and UBC. Kozniuk says she likes the speed, intensity and creativeness of top-flight field hockey. And she sees more competitive countries than in ice hockey. "Look at the score of the game," she said after India, currently ranked No. 13 in the world, edged the 19th-ranked Canadians 3-2 Tuesday night at Tamanawis Park in Surrey. "It's tighter. In the [2010 Winter] Olympics, it was Canada one way. And I heard one team for the Olympic qualifiers got beat 80-0. "It was actually 82-0 for Slovakia over Bulgaria. And Canada beat Slovakia 18-0 in the opening game in Vancouver, four years after dispatching Italy 16-0 in a game at the Turin Olympics.

Clearly, Kozniuk likes the challenge of trying to get the field hockey squad back into the Olympic picture. It's going to be a daunting task; in the last three Commonwealth Games, Canada has won just two of 13 matches. And at the Pan American Games, which awards Olympic qualification to the winner, Canada didn't even medal in 2003 or 2007. "The team is young, so we must play more matches against people that put you under pressure," says head coach Louis Mendonca. "All three goals [Tuesday] came from pressure. Our backfield is very, very young. Anna is only 17. Ali Lee is older, but she's only got about 20 [international] games. Diana Roemer has only got about 30. That's very young compared to international standards. "Normally, you must have people with 100 games to be successful, to see pressure, to understand pressure. It's absolutely crucial to get more experience ... because our domestic league is not as strong."

Field Hockey Canada's newly appointed senior technical leader, Shiaz Virjee, a longtime men's coach at UBC, says skill development at an earlier age and more commitment to training and fitness are also needed. Another issue is playing fields. The Tamanawis Park field and one at UBC are water-base artificial turf fields, the kind used in elite-level international competition. They are currently the only ones in Canada. "The skill level that you need on this, which is a faster game, sharper skills, you just can't emulate that [on other artificial fields]," says Virjee. "Now with the 2015 Pan American Games coming to Toronto, there's a commitment to building those fields [in southeastern Ontario] and that will really help our programs in the East. If you look now, most of our top players are from B.C."

NCAA university commitments for top players has also hurt the women's program. Promising young midfielder Shannon Elmitt (University of California Berkley) and forward Cyrstal Poland (Northeastern) won't be available for the Commonwealth Games."Right now, one of my roles is trying to find a way to encourage [U. S.-bound girls] to stay in Canada or to find a way of bringing them back for competition to join our team," said Virjee. Kozniuk, who is being courted by several U.S. and Canadian universities, has decided to postpone school for at least a year so she can be a part of the Commonwealth Games team.

"Anna is very poised, quite composed," says Mendonca. "She just needs to see more. We plucked her out of a junior program, where nobody can even match her skills, to the big leagues. "By the end of all the hockey this summer, we'll no doubt have a mature player at 60 or 70 caps instead of 100."

Canada has a series scheduled against 16th-ranked Chile later this month and is close to tying up a visit by No. 22 Malaysia, one of the teams in its pool at New Delhi. For more information on the Women's National Field Hockey Team, please click on the link below.

Vancouver Sun

KL dash Malacca’s gold medal hope with late winner

HOSTS Malacca’s hopes of winning their first Sukma men’s hockey title was dashed when they lost 1-0 to Kuala Lumpur in the tense final at the Malacca Hockey Stadium last night.

Mohd Syamin Mohd Yusof was the hero for KL scoring the winner in the 64th minute.

For KL it was their fourth consecutive hockey title since 2004 in Seremban.

KL started off aggressively by creating a number of chances in the first-half but they just could not score.

Malacca defended in numbers in the first-half but after the breather the hosts, cheered on by more than 3,000 fans, earned three penalty corners but failed to get in right.

With six minutes remaining on the clock, KL earned their fourth penalty corner and national defender Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim’s high flick bounced off the cross bar only for Syamin to rush in and slam the ball in.

KL coach K. Rajan said that it was a close final as Malacca also had their chances.

Penang beat Perak 4-3 in a penalty shootout to win the bronze medal.

Johor won the women’s title after defeating defending champions Pahang 4-2 in a penalty shootout after the game ended 0-0 in regulation and extra-time.

The Star of Malaysia

AHL Round 1 results

Australian Hockey League - Round 1 Results

Australian Hockey League, Adelaide: Round 1 Men
Smokefree WA Thundersticks 4 def Darwin Airport Resort Territory Stingers 1 (1-0 Half Time)
Goals: WA – Kavanagh 6m FG, Jacobs 41m FG, Park 61m FG, Taylor 67m FG; NT – Abbott 54m PC
Full match report

Australian Hockey League, Adelaide: Round 1 Men
OAMPS Southern Hotshots 3 def OAMPS Queensland Blades 2 (2-1 Half Time)
Goals: SA – Hughes 21m PC, Wickham 31m PC, Schubert 38m PS; QLD – De Young 19m PC, Knowles 70m PC
Full match report

Australian Hockey League, Sydney: Round 1
NSW Waratahs 6 Tassie Tigers 3 (4-2 half time)
Goals: Ockenden (TAS) 3m PC, Cock (TAS) 22m PC, Paterson (NSW) 26m PC/ 47m PC, Matheson (NSW) 31m PC, Orchard (NSW) 32m FG/ 35m FG/ 54m FG, Middleton (TAS) 48m FG
Full match report

Australian Hockey League, Sydney: Round 1
Victorian Vikings 5 Canberra Lakers 0 (2-0 half time)
Goals - Webster 6m PC, Mirecki 25m PC/ 48m FG, McKinnon 38m PC, Wischusen 70m FG
Full match report


Hockey Australia media release


Netherlands select 22 players for women’s team

Herman Kruis, coach of the women’s team of Netherlands, has announced his team of 22 players for the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy and the Rabo Trophy.

Out of the first selection of Kruis, Carlijn Welten, Kitty van Male, Fieke Holman and Mirte van der Vliet are not part of the team anymore. They will also not be selected for the BDO FIH World Cup later this year.

Team Netherlands: Floortje Engels, Renske van Geel, Claire Verhage, Marieke Mattheussens, Wieke Dijkstra, Kelly Jonker, Maartje Goderie, Lidewij Welten, Minke Smeets, Janneke Schopman, Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel, Maartje Paumen, Naomi van As, Ellen Hoog, Inge Vermeulen, Sophie Polkamp, Joyce Sombroek, Kim Lammers, Eva de Goede, Vera Vorstenbosch, Michelle van der Pols, Marilyn Agliotti.

KNHB media release

KZN Inland win South Africa U16 boys' IPT hockey title against Southern Gauteng

School sports weeks


TWO superb penalty corners from captain Tim Guise-Brown and a cracking field goal by Hayden Griffiths led Kwa Zulu Natal Inland to a 3-0 victory over Southern Gauteng in the final of the South Africa U16 Boys' Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at Maritzburg College's Pape's Astro Friday.

Inland went in to the break 1-0 up after a neatly executed PC variation saw a trademark Guise-Brown drag flick open the scoring inside 10 minutes. Southerns had their chances but were unable to convert, and Guise-Brown's ninth successful drag-flick goal at IPT gave Inland a two-goal cushion before Griffiths buried the Johannesburg boys' hopes two minutes from the end.

KZN Inland's Tim Guise-Brown drag-flicks with Richard Ashforth (left) and Jordan Turnbull looking on.
Inland were the only unbeaten team and had a 100% win record, which made them fitting winners and earned a second U16 IPT title in succession for their coach, Brandon Swart.

In the SA U16 Girls' IPT final in Potchefstroom, KZN Coastal were reportedly left to rue missed opportunities as they went down 5-4 to Border in the penalty stroke shootout after the scores had been locked 1-1 at full-time.

No other information could be obtained from Potchefstroom.

The LOC put on an excellent Boys U16 IPT tournament and the hockey doesn't stop there for the KZN capital as the SA U18 Boys' IPT takes place from Monday to Friday next week at Maritzburg College's Pape's Astro and the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf, while the SA Country Districts' women's IPT takes place at Pietermaritzburg Girls' High School (GHS).


U16 Boys' Hockey IPT: (1/2) KZN Inland 3 Southern Gauteng 0; (3/4) Border 1 WP 0; (5/6) KZN Coastal 4 WP B 1; (7/8) Northern Gauteng 3 North West 2; (9/10) Eastern Gauteng 2 EP 1; (11/12) SWD 2 Southern Free State 0 (relegated).

B Section: Limpopo 3 Northern Cape 0; Boland 1 SG B 0; Mpumalanga 1 Border B 1; Inland B 8 NFS 1.

Final B Section placings: 1 Boland (promoted); 2 Inland B; 3 SG B; 4 Mpum; 5 Bdr B; 6 Lim; 7 NC; 8 NFS.

U16 Girls' IPT: (1/2) Border 1 KZN Coastal 1 (Border won 5-4 on penalty stroke shootout).
* No other information could be obtained from Potchefstroom.

U13 Craven Week rugby: KZN 29 Griquas 12; Zimbabwe 15 SWD 14; EP 22 Pumas 12; Free State 15 Boland 5; Leopards 20 Valke 12; Lions 39 Griffons 0; WP 17 Bulls 5; Border CD 26 Namibia 5; Limpopo 10 Border 7.

SA Hockey World

HI should organize Nationals or let others do it.

K. Arumugam

The present hockey dispensation is in the seat of hockey since May 2008. They haven’t conducted Nationals till date. All they did in the last two years was to announce the conduct of Nationals once and canceling it at the slightest pretext.

The set up that ruled hockey from 1994 to 2008 did a great disservice to hockey, and did not hold the annual event on one pretext or other. Only thrice the Nationals were held in 14 years of their rule.

If today Hockey India depends on long back discarded goalies to discard an inform goalie (Adrian D’Souza) it was because there are no new talents, even if it is there they are not on the public domain. This was solely because neither so called selectors go to domestic tournaments nor Nationals are conducted.

Conducting Nationals is paramount important, and it should be conducted in any case in time before the Commonwealth Games.

Today the media world received a press release from HI’s acting president Vidya Stokes warning stern action against those who send team to the proposed Bhopal Senior Nationals.

This is a dog in the manger case: ‘I won’t conduct Nationals, you are not eligible to hold it either’.

This is not sports, this is not sporting spirit.

Vidya Stokes is a reputed politician having inter alia acted as speaker of a state assembly for a full term of five years, and is now Himachal Pradesh’s Opposition Leader.

She should have used her good offices with the HP state government and made them organize the Nationals. Since July is the lull season before active season starts, and also ideal for universities as the academic session just commences, there cannot be a better time to organize it than now.

Neither Hockey India nor is the IHF is going to spend money from their pocket for the proposed Nationals – they will never -- but by the government of Madya Pradesh.

If Hockey India, a FIH recognized body, organizes the Nationals on its own, that will be nice. Then they will have a moral right to stop from others duplicating it.

It is really strange why Hockey India does not cooperate with government. Given the enthusiasm of state governments, many things could have been accomplished with the help of States.

Punjab Gold Cup could have been held again (Punjab govt is ready to spend). Indian campers could have taken part in the ongoing Chief Minister Cup in Bangalore (the high prize money event is organized by the Govt. of Karnataka). And, now when another State government is ready to spend a fortune on hockey, Hockey India cracks a whip. Why Indian campers are secluded, Nationals avoided?

Hockey India, if the account sheet distributed during the recent AGM is any indication, is not replete with funds. In fact, it claims bank loans have been taken to run hockey, and the government grants and reimbursement were not received either.

Then why the paupers as they are, stand in the way of others spending it. Let HI forget for a moment power struggle, and join MP government to conduct nationals. Even if each state would send one team from IHF and another from HI, that should be acceptable.

There should be more players on the ground and more matches will be a bonus.

Let the manipulative minds that run both HI and IHF work out some solution so that hockey sport avail MP government’s benevolence

Note: In our last article on the Nationals we erroneously reported that the Indian team entered the Hamburg Tournament to avoid the proposed Nationals. This information, sourced through regularly reliable source, is found to be wrong. We regret the mistake. India entered the Hamburg Masters many weeks ago.

Stokes warns teams of IHF meet

Hockey India president Vidya Stokes has warned that action would be taken against those teams which participate in the men’s National Championship at Bhopal. “We have learnt that the Government of Madhya Pradesh is planning to conduct the men’s National Championship at Bhopal from July 4 to 18, 2010.

“Strict disciplinary action and penalisation as deemed fit would be taken against all those teams and players who participate in such kind of unauthorised tournaments,” Stokes said in a statement here yesterday.

The Indian Hockey Federation, headed by KPS Gill, in its general council meeting in Delhi recently, had decided to hold the national championship in Bhopal in view of the Delhi Hight Court lifting the ban imposed on it by the Indian Olympic Association and the Sports Ministry.

But Hockey India would have none of it, as it emphasised that HI was the “sole governing body for men and women (hockey) in India and duly recognised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).” Stokes said it was the “sole prerogative” of Hockey India to conduct the National Championships and also grant permission for the holding of various domestic tournaments, besides sending teams for overseas competitions, including the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, World Cup and the Olympic Games.

“Hockey India has not given permission for the conduct of the men’s championship in Bhopal,” she asserted.

At the general council meeting of Hockey India here on June 14, it was decided to hold the National Championship in November-December this year.

The Tribune

Sonali blank Wari

Sports Reporter

Sonali Bank blanked Wari Club 6-0 in the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Syed Al Mamun struck twice while Shamsuddin Tuhin, Samsul Alam, Moniruzzaman and Iqbal Nader netted one apiece for Sonali, who dominated the first half with a 3-0 scoreline.

In the day's other match, Mariner Youngs Club recorded a 2-1 win over Azad Sporting Club with Moinul Islam and Abdus Sabir scoring one apiece for the winners. Joy Chakrabarti netted the lone goal for Azad.

The Daily Star

Manzoor Jr named hockey manager

From our correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Manzoor Junior took over as the new manager of the national team while Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) waits for the Ministry of Sports clearance and has left the chief coach slot open.

The PHF is expected to hire a foreign coach if given clearance by the Ministry. If Ministry turns down the PHF request, it might opt for a local coach.

Ahmad Alam and unknown Ajmal Khan will be the assistant coaches. Faiz ur Rehman was named as the Physio and Nadeem Khan Lodhi will be the video analyst.

The Pakistan team will visit Europe next month and its training camp will be organised from June 20 at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium in Karachi.

Olympian Waseem Feeroze was named as mnager and head coach of Pakistan Whites hockey team, while Olympian Shahbaz Junior, Muhammad Akhlaq and Rana Zaheer will be the assistant coaches. Pakistan Whites visit Dalian, China from July 7-11 to take part in the 4-Nation Hockey Tournament. The training camp of the Whites team will begin from June 23 at National Hockey Stadium Lahore.

Olympian Saleem Sherwani will be the manager and head coach of Pakistan U16 hockey team, while Olympian Asif Khan, Tariq Sheikh and international Khawar Javed will be the assistant coaches. Pakistan U16 team will visit to Europe in the future. This team will be formed from the PHF Hockey Academies players.

Meanwhile, PHF has made some changes in the probable list of Pakistan seniors and whites. Kashif Shah and Muhammad Rizwan (PIA) are already part of the junior team and they are now excluded from the senior team camp. Tasawar Abbas (Police) and Shahbaz Ali (HBL) were in Pakistan Whites camp and they are now transferred to the Pakistan senior team camp along with Ehsan Ullah (PIA). Hassan Akhtar and Salman Loosi replaced Tasawar Abbas and Shahbaz Ali for Pakistan Whites camp.

The News International

PHF names national team manager, assistant coaches

KARACHI: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) named Manzoor Hussain as the manager of the national hockey team on Friday.

Hussain, a former Olympian, was named after a meeting between the PHF and the Sports Ministry while Ahmed Alam and Ajmal Khan were named as assistant coaches for the side.

A decision on head coach for the national side was however not finalised but it is widely expected that Dutch coach Michel van den Heuvel will be handed the reigns.

The federation also named Wasim Firoz as the coach for the Pakistan Whites.

A training camp for the Pakistan hockey team will get underway on June 20 in Karachi.


PHF announce new team management

by Nadira Mushtaq

LAHORE: Pakistan Hockey Federation has announced new team management for national hockey team today.

Secretary PHF Asif Bajwa has announced the names of the new management while talking to media in Lahore. Manzoor Jr. has been appointed as Manager while Ahmed Alam and Ajmal Khan are appointed as Assistant Coaches of National hockey team.

Wasim Feeroz has been appointed as Manager and Coach of Pakistan Whites whereas Mohammad Akhlaq, Shahbaz Jr. and Rana Zaheer are appointed as Assistant Coaches.

Salim Sherwani has been appointed as Chief Coach for Under-16 hockey academy while Asif Khan, Tariq and Khawar Javed are appointed as Assistant Coaches.

Sports Encounter

PHF announces team managements

LAHORE,June 18 (APP)- Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Friday announced the managements of Pakistan Senior, Pakistan Whites and Pakistan U-16 Hockey team’s.

Olympian Manzoor Junior will be the Manager of Pakistan Senior Hockey Team, while Olympian Ahmad Alam and International Ajmal Khan will be Assistant Coaches, said Secretary,PHF,Muhammad Asif Bajwa here.

Faiz Ur Rehman named as Physio and Nadeem Khan Lodhi will be the Video Analyst. Pakistan team will visit Europe next month and its training camp will be organized from June 20 at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium Karachi.

“Foreign Coach of Pakistan senior team will be announced within two to three days”, he said.

Olympian Waseem Feeroze named as Manager and Head Coach of Pakistan Whites Hockey Team, while former Olympians Shahbaz Junior, Muhammad Akhlaq and Rana Zaheer will be the Assistant Coaches.  Pakistan Whites will visit to Dalian, China from July 7-11 to take part in the 4-Nation Hockey Tournament. The training camp of the Whites team will begin from June 23 at National Hockey Stadium Lahore.

Former Olympian Saleem Sherwani will be the Manager and Head Coach of Pakistan U-16 Hockey Team, while former Olympian Asif Khan, Tariq Sheikh and International Khawar Javed will be the Assistant Coaches. Pakistan U-16 team will visit  Europe in future. This team will be picked from players who are attending PHF Hockey Academies.

Associated Press of Pakistan

PHF make changes in camp probables

LAHORE - Pakistan Hockey Federation has made some changes in the probables attending training camps of Pakistan Senior and Pakistan Whites.

Kashif Shah and Muhammad Rizwan (PIA) are already part of the Pakistan Junior Team and they are now excluded from the Senior Team camp,said a spokesman of PHF here on Friday.

Tasawar Abbas (Police) and Shahbaz Ali (HBL) were in Pakistan Whites Camp and they are now transferred to the Pakistan Senior team’s camp along with Ehsan Ullah (PIA).  Hassan Akhtar and Salman Loosi replaced Tasawar Abbas and Shahbaz Ali for Pakistan Whites Camp.

Associated Press of Pakistan