News for 23 June 2010

All the news for Wednesday 23 June 2010

Hockeyroos strike early, but Germany prove too strong

Despite scoring in the first minute of the match, the Hockeyroos have been overwhelmed by Germany during the first of their two test series overnight in Germany.

Coming off some good performances against Great Britain last week, the Hockeyroos made the best possible start when veteran Nicole Arrold converted a penalty corner in the opening 30 seconds of the match to give Australia an early lead.

Things continued to improve for the Hockeyroos when striker Megan Rivers scored Australia’s second goal at the 19 minute mark, shocking the local German crowd.

However from that moment on it was all Germany, with Lydia Haase making an immediate reply only a minute later to bring the home team back in the game.

In a disastrous period for the Hockeyroos the half time break could not come soon enough, with Germany scoring three more goals in just over 10 minutes to take a commanding 4-2 half time lead.

Australia’s young defence continued to be under pressure after half time, conceding two more goals to allow Germany to finish 6-2 winners.

The Hockeyroos will have their chance for revenge when they play Germany again on Thursday 24 June before remaining in Germany to compete in a 4 nations tournament against Germany, Ireland and India.

Germany 6 Hockeyroos 2 (4-2 half time)
Goals – Aus Nicole Arrold 1m PC, Aus Megan Rivers 19m PC, Ger Lydia Haase 20m FG,
Ger Mandy Haase 24m FG, Ger Tina Bachmann 27m FG/ 63m PC, Ger Eileen Hoffmann 35m FG, Ger Jennifer Puetz 50m FG

Hockey Australia media release

Hockey women fine tune for Chile tour

Nigel Simon

T&T senior women’s hockey team will hold their final training today at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua from 6 pm ahead of tomorrow’s departure for a 12-day tour in Chile. During their stay in South America, the David Francois-coached national women’s team will play five matches against Chile’s senior team and three versus top club oppositions.

The tour is being used by the 21-member squad as part of their preparations for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games next month in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi, India in October. Included in the T&T touring team are the veteran duo of Penelope Stephens and Stacey Siu Butt as well as the experienced Oire Trotman, Petal Derry, Kecia Jones, Curlyne Wynn, her cousin Blair Wynne and Patricia Wright-Alexis (formerly Borneo).

The “Calypso Stickwomen” squad also includes the US-based Collegiate quartet of Avion Ashton, Krizia Layne, Teresa Lezama and Kristin Thompson as well as senior team newcomers in Stephanie Whiteman, Charnise Cato, Brittney Hingh and Kelli O’Brien. At the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi India, the T&T women’s team will play in Pool A with defending Australia, South Africa, India and Scotland. Pool B comprises, England, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia and Wales.

Women’s hockey team:

Patricia Wright-Alexis (nee Borneo), Avion Ashton, Petal Derry, Arielle Du Quesnay, Kecia Jones, Krizia Layne, Teresa Lezama, Sekayi Liburd, Stacey Siu Butt, Oire Trotman, Curlyne Wynn, Alanna Lewis, Blair Wynne, Anastasia Netto, Kelli O’Brien, Brittney Hingh, Charnise Cato, Sarayahu Plaza, Penelope Stephens, Kristin Thompson, Stephanie Whiteman.

Technical staff: David Nicholas Francois (coach), Anthony Marcano (assistant coach/videographer), Joan Layne (manager), Kemoy Clarke (assistant manager), Ian Carter (physiotherapist).

The Trinidad Guardian

NBP win Gold Cup Hockey Tournament

Staff Report

LAHORE: National Bank of Pakistan won the Gold Cup Hockey Tournament after beating Pakistan Customs 4-1 in the final at Faisalabad Hockey Stadium in Faisalabad on Tuesday. Due to suspension of Port Qasim Authority team, the third position match was not held and Pakistan WAPDA were declared third position holders. Commissioner Faisalabad Syed Tahir Hussain was the chief guest and presented trophies and cash awards to the finalists. NBP received cash award of Rs 75000 while Customs pocketed Rs 50000. NBP were leading 3-1 at lemon break. Yasir Shabir opened the account for NBP in second minute through a field goal. Muhammad Ateeq doubled the lead in 5th minute on a penalty corner while Nadeem ND scored the third goal from NBP in 21st minute on a penalty stroke. Rao Amir of Customs scored the only goal in the last minute of the first half. The fourth goal from NBP was scored by Muhammad Rizwan in 51st minute.

The Daily Times

SA Hockey World goes one-on-one with SA national men's coach Gregg Clark

SOUTH Africa hockey is indeed fortunate to have a national men's coach with the intelligence and foresight of Gregg Clark, who spoke to SA Hockey World about the team and where it's going …

SA Hockey World: Virtually everyone I have spoken is pleased and a bit surprised at how the SA team has come on in the 18 months since Beijing. Is there any reason for this and what lessons did you learn from the 2008 Beijing, China, Olympic Games that you have implemented in your current approach to coaching the national side?

Gregg Clark: A lot of what we have achieved since Beijing is player driven. The current group of players are extremely focused young men, dedicated to their hockey careers, and hungry for success. They really want to achieve things that no SA Men's team has done before, and to try and take our sport into new territory.

The players and I share similar goals and aspirations, and together we have really tried hard to make these become reality, and we will continue to do so.

Obviously there were some lessons I took out of our Beijing campaign and perhaps subtly made a few changes, but essentially I haven't changed a massive amount and a lot of what we are achieving comes from 'within' the squad and the common goals we have set about achieving.

SA Hockey World: Are all the 2010 SA World Cup players that were with you in New Delhi, India earlier this year still available or have some retired and so on? Do you feel there is sufficient young talent coming through? Do you get feedback from the U21 IPT and so on?

GC: Currently, Paul Blake is the only player that has indicated his unavailability for the national team going forward. Unfortunately due to the nature of being a pretty 'full-time' national player, it puts the players under various pressures (jobs, families, studies, etc.)

We currently have fairly good depth in the current squad, with some good talent coming through. That said, the current squad is reasonably young, and experience is a fairly valuable commodity in the squad currently whilst the current crop of young players get this experience under their belts.

SA Hockey World: You can never have too much depth and too much talent, so the more that comes through the ranks, the better.

GC: I did get feedback from the U21 tournament, and will be looking forward to senior men's hockey IPT with interest to see if any of those U21 players earmarked can impress.

SA Hockey World: And what is the programme for the team in the next 6 months or so? What challenges do you see facing you and the side going forward?; that sort of

GC: We have 2 training camps lined up in preparation for Commonwealth Games in India. July and September (plus IPT). CWG takes place in October, and we will be aiming firstly for a semi-final spot, and if we manage to accomplish that, then definitely a medal.

Post CWG is a bit of an unknown factor, as SAHA will need to re-evaluate my role with the national team and then programs put in place. I have been in touch with various national coaches since the World Cup, and have had several expressions of interest for teams to play against us, and for us to tour abroad, as well as for teams to travel to SA, which is encouraging for our future national process.

SA Hockey World: How is your personal hockey coaching development going right now? Can you and the side take it to the next level?

GC: Absolutely. I think our performances at the 2010 Hockey World Cup in New Delhi, India against top nations Spain, England, India, etc. (Australia and that result apart obviously) showed that a young team, given more time to develop together, and some more experience under big tournament conditions can take on all comers. We have an incredibly smart and talented bunch of guys together at the moment, and I think the sky is the limit.

That said, we need an environment to be able to achieve this, which is difficult under the current financial constraints that the SA Hockey Association find themselves in. But the squad, and the individuals within it, are determined to do everything they can to achieve their full potential and achieve significant results.

SA Hockey World: Have the guys been training at Provincial High Performance Squads (if so, who is running them and where) or are they playing for clubs overseas, and where?

GC: 10 of the WC team were playing abroad, with a few others from within the greater squad, as well some from outside the squad. It is a healthy situation in my opinion. Our performances at the WC, along with some of our current guys impressing in the leagues that they have been playing in means that more South African players are being approached to play in top teams and leagues.

We had guys playing in Holland, Belgium, England. We currently have some guys playing in Australia in the regional league in Perth.

SA Hockey World: Am I correct in assuming you played in the same teams with new SA women's coach Giles Bonnet at provincial and national level? When was that more or less? And what attributes and special qualities do you think Giles has that will add value to Marsha Marescia and the girls as they also seek to take their SA team to the next level?

GC: Yes, I did play with Giles for Natal and SA. '92, '93 & '94. Giles is a great motivator and has excellent man-management skills. He has a superb ability to sell his vision to his players, and to get them to buy into his processes and patterns. He will also have accumulated excellent hockey knowledge over the years since he coached SA, coaching in Europe and Asia.

SA Hockey World conclusion: All in all, the future of the SA men's team with head coach Clark at the helm looks good and only the future can tell us how far this team will go.

SA Hockey World

Reigning champs KZN Inland humbled by KZN Coastal

School sports weeks


IT was a day of triumph for KZN Coastal, who have for a number of years had to live in KZN Inland's shadow at U18 boys' Hockey IPT level.

The South Africa U18 Boys' Hockey Interprovincial Tournament at Maritzburg College's Pape's Astro and the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf ignited Tuesday.

In a derby result that no one can ever remember happening before, KZN Coastal thrashed defending champions Kwa Zulu Natal Inland 5-0 with goals from David Bayne, Josh Perry (2), the impressive Sumanth Sunkari and Ross Hetem in what was a fairy tale outcome for Coastals captain Mea Mohamed and coach Wade Paton, the SA international midfielder.

Some said it could have been 10-0 such was Coastals' dominance, and the outcome leaves Inland in a crucial 2 pm encounter on Pape's Wednesday with fellow Pool A semi-final candidates Border A, as the two provinces plus Coastal fight it out on the last day of pool play for the two places in the last four.

Thursday's semi-finalists from Pool B will almost certainly be the impressive Western Province and Southern Gauteng U18 boys' hockey line-ups, who appear to be the best teams at IPT.

WP shaded Southerns 3-2 in a Pape's thriller Tuesday that saw the Cape Town boys clinch the winner through Lungelo Mafuya with 40 seconds left.

WP led 2-1 at the changeover through talented captain Keenan Horne and Dwayne Basson, this after Broderick Burds had opened the scoring for Southerns. A stunning penalty corner from Southerns excellent skipper Matthew Brown restored parity before Mafuya's clincher.

This was the match of IPT hockey tournament so far, and once the teams had settled down the quality of the build-up play was exceptional at times. The match had everything, with lots of drama that had coaches Alex Gitlin (Southerns) and Jade Hearne (WP) on the edge - and sometimes off - their seats.

Certainly the umpires Norman Brackley and Jethro Eustice were called upon to exercise remarkable judgment at times in what was an emotion-charged encounter.

The lone SA U18 girls' result made available from Potchefstroom att he time of publication was Northern Gauteng's 1-0 defeat of KZN Inland.

Meanwhile, at the SA Rugby U18 Academy Week in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal bounced back from the heartbreak of their 11-10 defeat by the Pumas on Monday, when Thomas Schorn and Simiso Mchunu tries weren't enough, to beat Eastern Province 40-20 Tuesday.

Tries to Michael Watson, Dean Moolman (2) and Shaun Adendorff (2) against EP were complemented by Stefan Ungerer's 15 points with the boot.


U18 Boys' IPT: South Gauteng A 1 Boland 0; WP A 2 EP 0; KZN Coastals 5 KZN Inland 0; Northern Gauteng 2 Mpumalanga 1; South Free State 1 WP B 1; North West 1 Limpopo 1; Border B 3 N Cape 1; SG B 6 NFS 1; Border A 3 Eastern Gauteng 2; SWD 3 Inland B 0; WP A 3 SG A 2; NG 0 Boland 0; EP 6 Mpumalanga 1; Coastals 2 SFS 0.
* No results were made available in the SWD vs NFS and Border B vs Limpopo matches.

U18 Academy Week: Boland 24 Pumas 15; SWD 3 Blue Bulls 36; KZN CD 19 Border 40; Griffons 21 Limpopo 13; KZN 40 EP 20; Leopards CD 32 EP CD 20; Free State 28 Leopards 25; Blue Valke 55 Namibia 13; LSEN XV 17 Silver Valke 33; Griquas 34 Border CD 16; Pumas CD 43 Griquas CD 12; KZN XV 20 Griffons CD 13; Lions 15 Western Province 18.

SA Hockey World

Day one results of the SA U18 Girls IPT hockey in Potchefstroom

DAY one of the South Africa U18 Girls' Inter Provincial Hockey Tournament got under way in Potchefstroom Monday and Southern Gauteng were given a tough fight by their Eastern neighbours.

Mariska Fourie of Easterns was only matched by a Lillian du Plessis goal as Southerns had to be content with a 1-1 draw.

Eastern Province shaded Western Province A 3-2, while Northern Gauteng Welma Luus put four past KZN Coastal in the Pretoria side's 5-2 win.

SA U18 Girls' Hockey IPT DAY 1 - MONDAY 22 June 2010

A Southern Gauteng A 1 Eastern Gauteng 1
SG A: Lilian du Plessis
EG: Mariska Fourie

A KZN Coastals A 1 KZN Inland 0
KZN Coastals A: Jacinta Jubb

A Northerns A 1 Amathole 1
NOrtherns A: Welma Luüs
Amathole: Lisa Bands

A Western Province A 2 Eastern Province 3
WP A: Quanita Bobbs, Ashleigh Ratcliffe
EP: Adrienne Le Vatte, Cayleigh Immelman, Marian Benadie

A Southern Free State 0 Limpopo 0

B Northern Free State 0 KZN Coastals B 2
KZN Coastals B: Estie Willies, Megan McEwan

B North West 2 Western Province B 1
NW: Shani Moore, Hilda Dikudu
WP B: Kim Hunt

B Southern Gauteng B 0 Northern Cape 0

A Boland 3 Mpumalanga 0
Boland: Teagan van der Wath, Bianca Jones, Izelle Lategan

B Northerns B 2 SWD 0
NOrtherns B: Rambi Sechoare, Suzette Human

A Northerns A 5 Kwa Zulu Natal Coastals A 2
Northerns A: Welma Luüs (4), Sarah Nieuwoudt
KZN Coastals A: Megan Liebetrau, Genevieve Barnes

A Southern Gauteng A 1 KZN Inland 1
SG A: Lilian Du Plessis
KZN Inland: Kaylon Godden

A Southern Free State 0 Eastern Province 0

A Amathole 1 Eastern Gauteng 1
Amathole: Bronwyn Kretzman
EG: Sanmarie Malan

B North West 1 Southern Gauteng B 2
NW: Sandri Vorster
SG B: Trevine Chapman, Derynne Wagner-Wittles

B Northern Free State 1 Northerns B 1
NFS: Anja Taljaard
Northerns B: Wilmie Regenass

SA Hockey World

Day two results of the SA U18 Girls' Hockey IPT in Potchefstroom

THERE were some interesting results on day two of the South Africa U18 school Girls' Hockey Inter Provincial Tournament in Potchefstroom Tuesday.

Mpumalanga pushed Western Province A all the way before being shaded 4-3 as the Cape Town girls had four goals from Clarin Watson to thank, this in the face of net-breakers from Mpumalanga's Micky Parker, Megan Maartens and Quanita Bobbs.

Southern Gauteng A hammered Border A 4-0 with a Stacey Morley-Jepson hat-trick and Kirsten Tregoning doing the damage.

SA Girls Hockey U18 IPT DAY 2 - TUESDAY - 22 June 2010

A Southern Free State 2 Mpumalanga 1
SFS: Basetsan Motsapi, Nika Nel
Mpumalanga: Clarin Watson

A Boland 3 Eastern Province 0
Boland: Izelle Lategan, Lecia Schreuder, Chloe Pheiffer

A Western Province A 2 Limpopo 0
WP A: Quanita Bobbs, Aimee van der Reis

A Southern Gauteng A 4 Amathole 0
SG A: Stacey Morley-Jepson (3), Kirsten Tregoning

A Kwa Zulu Natal Coastal A 2 Eastern Gauteng 0
KZN Coastal A: Jenna Schuker, Jacinta Jubb

B Northern Free State 0 Northerns Cape 1
NC: Suzahn van der Merwe

B North West 6 SWD 0
NW: Sandri Vorster (2), Lenthea Kamffer (2), Hildah Dickhudu, Jancke Erasmus

B Southern Gauteng B R 2 Western Province B 1
SG B: Anita Bouwer, Lanise Jones
WP a: Rezanne Villet

A Northerns A 1 KZN Inland 0
Northerns A: Welma Luüs

B Northerns B 0 KZN Coastals B 0

A Southern Free State 2 Boland 2
SFS: Cornelle Botha, Tanya Britz
Boland: Izelle Lategan (2)

A Western Province A 4 Mpumalanga 3
WP A: Clarin Watson (4)
Mpumalanga: Micky Parker, Megan Maartens, Quanita Bobbs

A Eastern Province 4 Limpopo 1
EP: Adrienne le Vatte(2),Lynne Prinsloo,Karin van der Merwe
Limpopo: Melody du Preez

A KZN Coastal A 3 Amathole 1
KZN Coastals A: Jacinta Jubb (3)
Amathole: Lisa Bands

B North West 0 Northerns Cape 0

B Northerns B 0 Western Province B 1
WP B: Kim Hunt

SA Hockey World

US Women's National Championships

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. -- Two full days are complete at the 2010 Senior and Junior Women's National Championships at the National Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. Six games were completed on day two and now the teams will have a rest day before competing in their third games on Wednesday.

With an early morning victory over California, the South team finishes the second day of play as the only WNC squad with two wins. They are trailed closely though by the other three teams that won this evening. Mid-Atlantic, New Jersey and Pennsylvania are all tied for second with 1-0-1 records.

Pennsylvania picked up a dominating 3-0 win over Midwest behind Laura Gebhart's two goals. New Jersey scored twice within the first 15 minutes of action as they shutout North 2-0. In the nightcap, the Mid-Atlantic squad put on an offensive show, scoring the first five goals of the game in a 5-1 win over Boston. The five scores matches the North's five tallies in their opening win Sunday for most goals scored in the tournament.

In the junior division, Pennsylvania is the only undefeated team after just two days. The PA team got a pair of goals in the first 18 minutes and held off a late Mid-Atlantic charge for a 2-1 win. In the other junior division game, New England scored the games first three goals and earned a 3-1 win over New Jersey.

Tuesday is a rest day for the athletes competing for the Senior and Junior Women's National Championships, but the National Futures Championships will take center stage with competition getting underway at 3 p.m.

For match results and a link to more photos, please click here.

USFHA media release

US National Futures Championships Begin!

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The National Futures Championships kicked off Tuesday in Virginia Beach, Va. and young field hockey standouts from all over the country have settled at the National Training Center to compete over the next six days.

Despite a brief lightning delay in the early evening, 11 total games were played today in the U14 and U16 divisions. By weeks end 646 athletes will have competed in the 2010 National Futures Championships.

The U14 and U16 athletes will take center stage Tuesday and Wednesday, while the U19 competitors begin their games on Thursday.

The Futures Elite Program will select 150 players from this player pool and over 100 college coaches will be in attendance throughout the week.

[ED: An article about the umpires officiating the National Futures Championships, who have also come from all over the country, is available here.]

After resting on Tuesday, the Senior and Junior Women's National Championships will return to the pitch on Wednesday. Pennsylvania will take on North at 9 a.m. in WNC action, while the juniors will begin play at 4:30 p.m. with New England taking on Mid Atlantic.

Come back to throughout the week for updates on the games and players!

USFHA media release

Easy for AGORC

CHENNAI: AGORC thrashed MCC 5-1 in a Chennai Hockey Association first division league match at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium on Tuesday.

The results: AGORC 5 (Tony, Nagenderan, Jegajeevan, Dinesh Kumar, Srikanth) bt MCC 1 (Sanjay) .

Triple strike by Jahan

Three goals by Jahan helped HVF, Avadi, register a whopping 9-0 win over Ashok Leyland in the first division hockey league championship on Monday.

The results:

SDAT 4 (Ziayaddin 2, Ananda Sakthi Kannan, Aswathaman) beat Chennai Telephones 0; HVF,Avadi 9 (Amarnath, Saravanan, Jahan 3, Murugavel 2, Irudayaraj, Srinivasalu).

The Hindu

Facile win for Bima

Sports Reporter

Sadharan Bima recorded a 2-0 win over Azad Sporting Club in the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

After a barren first half, Enamul Kabir gave Bima a lead in the 43rd minute while Shahidul Islam sealed the fate of the game in the 46th minute.

The Daily Star

Primary push bearing fruit


MORE THAN 50 pupils from four primary schools had their day in the sun during the Barbados Hockey Federation’s (BHF) first Primary Schools Competition at the Wildey Hockey Centre last Thursday.

The turnout was less than expected but there was keen competition among the participating schools – Lawrence T. Gay Memorial, St Mary’s, St Giles and Eden Lodge Primary.

The players – some as young as seven years old – would have benefited from one of the hockey programmes being offered at their school by the National Sports Council or the Saturday coaching offered by the BHF at Wildey.

The competition comprised of a skills competition, followed by a round-robin tourney.

The skills portion involved challenges such as the Zoom Zoom, an exercise in speed; the Zig Zag, to gauge co-ordination; and the Push, which focused on passing. Eden Lodge and St Mary dominated the skill challenges, each winning two of the five events and reaching a stalemate in the final one.

In the round-robin tournament good hockey basics were translated into a winning formula as St Mary’s breezed through with ease, convincingly winning the final against Eden Lodge 7-0.

The St Mary’s assault was led by tournament MVP Xavier Trotman, who came away with a massive eight-goal haul, and teammate Royal Trotman, who was barely edged out for the MVP award with his seven tournament goals.

St Giles showed that age and size were definitely not an indication of skill when they wrested away the third-place trophy from the competitive and older Lawrence T. Gay Memorial team with a 1-0 win.

BHF vice-president Roger Broomes encouraged the youngsters to continue practising hard, reminding them that they were the future of Barbados hockey and may very well be the next generation of national players.

He expressed some disappointment at the number of players present, noting that the bigger disappointment was the lack of girls.

Broomes said that this tournament was the first of many initiatives geared towards securing hockey’s future through the youth.

He added that the federation’s youth and development committee would endeavour to make a transition from a school-based competition to a youth club competition.

The vice-president gave the assurance that every effort would be made to expose young people to hockey and to provide them with adequate coaching and opportunities to develop into exceptional athletes.

The Nation