News for 28 June 2010

All the news for Monday 28 June 2010

Team video referrals at both Hockey Champions Trophies

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announces that during the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy (women) and the ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy (men) team video umpire referrals will be used.

In addition to the match umpires, teams can also refer to the video umpire. This variation to the Tournament Regulations has already been tested during the Hero Honda FIH World Cup and will also apply to both Champions Trophies and the BDO FIH World Cup Women later this year.

Each team is allowed one team referral during any match (i.e. including any extra time periods and penalty stroke competitions). Team referrals are restricted to decisions within the 23 meter areas relating to the award (or non-award) of goals, penalty strokes and penalty corners. Any team player, on the pitch at the time of the incident, can request a Team Referral.

In the event that a Team Referral is upheld, the referring team will retain its right of referral. The award of personal penalty cards may not be the subject of a Team Referral.

The Samsung FIH Champions Trophy (women) will take place in Nottingham, England from 10-18 July 2010 and will feature Olympic, World and European Champion Netherlands, Olympic silver medalist China, Olympic bronze medalist and defending champion Argentina, Germany, Oceania Champion New Zealand and host England.

The ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy (men) will be held in Monchengladbach, Germany from 31 July-8 August and will see Olympic Champion and host Germany, World and Oceania Champion Australia, Olympic silver medalist Spain, World Cup bronze medalist Netherlands, European Champion England and New Zealand in action.

The FIH has used the extremely successful video umpire system at all of its main tournaments, including the Olympic Games, since the Champions Trophy in 2006.

FIH media release

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Last minute goal gives Hockeyroos tournament win

A goal to Hockeyroos striker Ashleigh Nelson with only 10 seconds remaining has seen Australia draw with Germany and win the 4 nations tournament in Essen, Germany overnight.

Needing at least a draw to win the tournament after dominating Ireland and India in earlier matches, the result was justified for the Hockeyroos who had numerous scoring opportunities throughout the match, including 10 penalty corners, but left it until the dying stages to convert.

Fittingly it was Nelson who scored the tournament winning goal for the Hockeyroos, with the West Australian striker under an injury cloud entering the tournament due to an ankle injury. It was her second goal of the tournament in which she was arguably the Hockeyroos most consistent performer.

With neither team able to score in the first half, it was Germany who opened the scoring eight minutes after half time via a penalty corner to Catherine Otte.

The Hockeyroos remained in the match and had their share of opportunities to score, but in the dying stages it appeared that Germany would hold onto their 1-0 lead.

However a lapse in concentration saw Nelson made the most of her opportunity, scoring with only 10 seconds remaining to level the match and hand the Hockeyroos a much deserved tournament victory, made even more significant given key players Kate Hollywood and Casey Eastham did not compete due to injury which could derail their World Cup and Commonwealth Games campaigns.

Captain Madonna Blyth, Kate Jenner, Kobie McGurk and Jayde Taylor were amongst Australia’s best players.

The Hockeyroos will now travel to Ireland to play three test matches and continue their preparations for the World Cup and Commonwealth Games later in the year.

Hockeyroos 1 Germany 1 (0-0 half time)

Goals – Ger Catherine Otte 43m PC, Aus Ashleigh Nelson 70m FG

Hockey Australia media release

India too strong for Ireland

Ireland played their final match in their invitational four nations today in over 30 degrees with a midday kick off. Ireland started brightly and despite having the balance of play ended up 2-0 down after the first 17 minutes.

Once again the opposition showed their ruthlessness by putting away their first two circle entries from open play. Despite trying to get back into Ireland displayed some poor hockey conceding another goal just five minutes on to give India a soft goal to make it 3-0.

Just before half time India won a penalty corner and made no mistake from Irelands poor defence and fired it home to make it 4-0 at the break. A shell shocked Ireland refocused at half time and came out producing the first attack of the half with good work from Lisa Jacob and Alex Speers up front however, mistakes continued Ireland could not find the back of the net.

India's next corner resulted in a straight shot which they put away to make it five nil. Gray in goals managed to make a couple of good saves thereafter but having conceded another two corners in quick succession India put another straight strike away to hammer home their sixth goal While Ireland did try hard to get back into the match it was too much for the girls in green and India proved too strong for the Irish side.

Manager Sally Ann Fanagan commented after that everyone was very disappointed with this final result especially after the teams strong performance yesterday against the Germans. I

reland 4 Nations Squad, Essen, Germany 25th - 27th June
Emma Clarke (Leicester; 67 caps); Bridget Cleland (Ballymoney; 144); Eimear Cregan (Catholic Institute; 165); Nicci Daly (Loreto; 2); Nicola Evans (Railway Union; 0); Emma Gray (Hermes; 12); Michelle Harvey (Pegasus; 32); Lisa Jacob (UCD; 67); Shirley McCay (Dragons; 85); Audrey O'Flynn (UCC; 8); Julia O'Halloran (UCC; 48); Cliodhna Sargent (Cork Harlequins; 59); Niamh Small (Loreto; 27); Emma Smyth (Railway Union; 26); Alex Speers (Dragons; 72); Nikki Symmons (Loreto; 136)

Not Used: Mary Goode (Bray; 67); Lizzie Colvin (Loreto; 31)

Irish Hockey Association media release

Megan Rivers inundate India at Essen

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Australian forward Megan Rivers floods with goals, four in all, to maroon India 2-6 at the ongoing 4-Nation Cup in Germany.

undefined Mighty Australian women steamrolled Indian girls 6-2 in the Essen Four Nation Cup.

Its India's second match after drawing the hosts 3-3 yesterday.

Australia scored three goals in each, as was India which scored a goal apiece in each half.

After Nicon scored a goal in the 7th minute which was equalized in the 18th minute Indian livewire forward Deepika, Megan Rivers scored a hat-trick to seal the match in Australia's favour.

Soon Saba Anjum struck a goal in the 46th minute to make it 4-2 but two goals one each by Madonna Blyn (49th min) and Megan (51st minute) again took the match away from the Indians.

India will tomorrow meet Ireland in its last match before returning home.

Indian women lose to Australia 2-6 in 4-Nation Hockey

NEW DELHI: After holding Germany to a draw in their opening fixture, Indian women caved in tamely to Australia, suffering a 2-6 defeat in the four-nation Hockey tournament at Essen in Germany, on Sunday.

India failed to produce yesterday's impressive show against world number four Germany and were outplayed by the Australians who are fifth in FIH rankings.

The Indians India earned seven penalty corners from which they converted only one while Australia got five.

For Australia who led 3-1 at half time, striker Megan Rivers (20th, 22nd, 37th and 51st) struck four goals, including a hat-trick, at the ETUF Ground.

Other Australian goal scorers were Nicole Arrold (7th) and Madonna Blyth (49th).

For India, Deepika Thakur (18th) and Saba Anjum (46th) were on target.

India will play their last league game against Ireland, who lost 1-3 to Germany in another match today.

The Times of India

Indian hockey team go down 2-6 to Australia

New Delhi: Indian women failed to get the measure of Australia and surrendered 2-6 in the Four Nations hockey tournament at Essen, Germany on Sunday.

After holding hosts Germany to a draw in their opening fixture Friday, the Indian women failed to get their act together against World No.5 Australia, for whom 29-year-old striker Megan Rivers struck four goals, including a hat-trick, to give her country a 3-1 lead at half time.

Rivers converted a penalty corner in the 20th minute before striking goals at the 22nd, 37th and51st minutes. Nicole Arrold (7th minute, penalty corner) and Madonna Blyth (49th minute) were other goal scorers for Australia.

For India, Deepika Thakur (18th minute, penalty corner) and Saba Anjum (46th minute) were on target.

India also squandered seven penalty corners to Australia's five.

Ireland lost 1-3 to Germany in another match.


US Women's National Champions and Top Players

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Saturday brought the conclusion of both the Senior and Junior Women's National Championships.

In a pair of exciting games, New Jersey was crowned as the WNC champions and Pennsylvania won the JWNC title.

Katie Reinprecht scored the lone goal of the game in the seventh minute to give New Jersey the 1-0 win over Pennsylvania in the nightcap. Junior Pennsylvania got goals from Jill Witmer and Kirstin Gebhard to earn a 2-0 win over Junior Mid-Atlantic.

In Women's National Championship consolation action, Torrie Albini registered a tournament- high four goals, including the game-winner in the 66th minute to lead California past Boston 4-3. Albini was the tournament's highest goal scorer with eight tallies in just five games. Also on Saturday, Midwest topped North, 3-1, and South claimed third-place with a 5-2 victory against Mid-Atlantic.

At the annual awards banquet, Katelyn Falgowski was named the Senior Player of the Tournament. Jaclyn Kintzer was selected as the Goalkeeper of the Tournament and Rachel Dawson earned Player of the Final honors.

Bridget Settles was honored as the highest goal scorer in the juniors, with five tallies, while Kelsey Smither was chosen as Player of the Final. Player of the JWNC was Kirstin Gebhart and Goalkeeper of the Tournament was Maddy Carpenter.

USFHA media release

2010/11 US Women's National Team Announced

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Lee Bodimeade, Head Coach of the USA Field Hockey Women's National Team, announced both the 2010/11 Women's National Team and Developmental Squad Saturday evening at the Women's National Championships Awards Banquet in Virginia Beach.

A total of 24 field hockey standouts were named to the Women's National Team, while 10 players were chosen for the Developmental Squad. The teams will begin training on July 6th in preparation for international road matches against Spain and England.

"We had an outstanding pool of talented players to choose from and we had some tough decisions to make," said Bodimeade. "We made these selections with the 2012 Olympics in mind. We kept the core group from our Beijing squad, but we added some young players so that we can be where we need to be in 2012."



Kayla Bashore, Midfielder
Melanie Brill, FullBack
Lauren Crandall, FullBack/HalfBack
Rachel Dawson, FullBack/Midfielder
Katie Evans, Midfielder/Utility
Katelyn Falgowski, Midfielder
Maren Ford, Midfielder/HalfBack
Jesse Gey, Striker
Melissa Gonzalez, Utility
Tiffany Huisman, Striker/Utility
Michelle Kasold, Striker
Jaclyn Kintzer, Goalkeeper
Claire Laubach, HalfBack
Carrie Lingo, Midfielder
Caroline Nichols, HalfBack
Katie O'Donnell, Striker
Lauren Pfeifer, FullBack
Julia Reinprecht, Utility
Katie Reinprecht, Midfielder
Paige Selenski, Striker
Keli Smith, Striker
Shannon Taylor, FullBack/HalfBack
Amy Tran, Goalkeeper
Michelle Vittese, Striker


Tori Albini, Striker
Michelle Cesan, Striker
Sarah Dalrimple, Goalkeeper
Brianna Davies, HalfBack
Kelly Driscoll, Goalkeeper
Laura Gebhart, Striker
Kelsey Kolojejchick, Midfielder/Striker
Mia Link, Striker/Midfielder
Marta Malmberg, HalfBack
Kate Sharkey, Midfielder/Striker
Katelyn Smithers, Utility
Pam Spuehler, Striker

USFHA media release


Not wise to drop seniors before CWG, says Brasa

Harpreet Kaur Lamba

With the race for the Commonwealth Games heating up, the teams and coaches have begun to chart out their plans for the mega event.

For the Indian hockey team, that opportunity lies in the month-long European tour beginning July 3, where they will face the likes of world number 2 Germany and third-ranked Holland.

Chief coach Jose Brasa wanted to “use the experience in every possible manner” to prepare his squad for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, but the selectors’ decision to “rest” the senior players has put a spanner in his plans.

In his first interview after the World Cup at home in March, Brasa said he “feared that the country will continue to lag behind if problems remain unresolved”. “It is not everyday that one gets to play top teams like Germany and Holland, and we are going there with inexperienced players. I fail to understand this,” Brasa said before the team’s departure to Germany on Saturday night.

“It is not wise to change the core group when we are so close to the Commonwealth Games. The European teams will be one of the biggest tests and we need to field our best XI. Players like Adrian D’Souza, Arjun Halappa, V.S. Vinaya and Vikram Pillay just cannot sit at home,” he said.

The Spaniard, who took charge an year ago, is now reduced to a mere spectator when it comes to selection matters. If reports are to be believed, the selectors walked out of the team selection meeting in Pune earlier this month, as soon as Brasa began to voice his opinion.

“Sadly, the selectors did not want to hear any arguments,” he said.

To make matters worse, there is a gag order from the Sports Authority of India. “I do not understand why I cannot speak. India is a democratic country, isn’t it? And all I want is Indian hockey to progress. I am sure the authorities have a similar aim, but why the reluctance to help?” he asked.

On Sunday, he even urged the authorities to join hands to help take Indian hockey ahead. “I am not fighting against the SAI. I am fighting for the national sport of this country. Everyone wants to have the last word here and that is a big problem,” Brasa said. “We need to work as a team.”

Talking about the Commonwealth Games in October, Brasa felt that “it will be an emotional thing for the people of the country”.

“That is not good for me as a coach, but that is how India is. The team will have to control their emotions in a much better manner than what they did at the World Cup. We need to do well to carry the confidence to the Asian Games, which is the real aim for this year. India have to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games, and the Asian Games will be the final test.”

The Asian Age

Europe tour will help to prepare for CWG: Brasa

NEW DELHI: Playing against strong teams like Germany and Holland during the exposure tour to Europe will be ideal preparation for the Commonwealth Games, says India's chief hockey coach Jose Brasa.

A 22-member Indian squad left for Germany last night to compete in the four-nation Hamburg Masters tournament involving the Netherlands, Japan and the hosts from July 2.

It will be followed by a Test series in Belgium, France and Holland and the tour would culminate with two Tests against the Dutch on July 24 and 25.

"This European tour will play a major part in preparing for the upcoming Commonwealth Games at home and Asian Games in China in November. This tour will be a real hard test for the team before these two major championships," Brasa told PTI-Bhasha.

"We would be playing strong teams like Germany and Holland for the first after the World Cup and this will help players assess their actual fitness level. We would be up against the top two teams in the world and that will add to the experience of our players," Brasa said.

On being asked about India's medal prospects at the Commonwealth Games, Brasa said it would be too early to say anything.

"There is still time left for the Games. One can't say anything at this juncture. Let's wait for the announcement of the squad," he said.

Demanding more control in the day-to-day running of the team, Brasa said he needs full authority in the decision making process.

"The head coach must be given full power and control over matters like selection of the team for every big tournament. He should have his full say in players and staff selection, about captaincy and other issues," he said.

It is to be noted that in March, after the completion of the World Cup tournament here, Brasa had made the similar demand for more powers in his ambitious project -- Hockey India Plan 2010 April-December.

Talking about the European tour, Brasa said two changes have been made to the side with star striker Shivendra Singh, who is nursing an ankle injury and midfielder Arjun Halappa, given rest.

Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh, medio Ajitesh Roy and forward Hari Prasad have made a comeback while promising youngster Birendra Lakra Jr gets his first look into the senior squad.

Sandeep was dropped after the team's World Cup debacle. Last year India had toured Europe to play matches in England, Belgium, Spain and Holland.

The Times of India