News for 30 June 2010

All the news for Wednesday 30 June 2010

Rabo Trophy - Black Sticks v Argentina 2 - 1 loss

The Black Sticks Women held off the world’s number two team, Argentina, to a 2-1 loss in New Zealand’s first game of the Rabo Trophy in the Netherlands.

The score was 1-0 to Argentina at half time. Krystal Forgesson scored the Black Sticks Women’s only goal.

Team management reports that overall it was a good team effort from the Kiwis; especially as they successfully defended five corners from Argentina.

The remaining playing schedule for the Rabo Trophy is:
1 July Black Sticks Women v China
3 July Black Sticks Women v Netherlands
4 July Playoffs

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Pierre’s double salvage draw for T&T hockey men

Mickel Pierre scored two second-half goals to earn T&T senior men’s hockey team a 3-3 draw with Belgium Under-21 as they continue their preparations for the Central American and Caribbean Games in Belgium, on Sunday. Following a 4-2 win over the Belgains on Sunday, the “Calypso Stickmen” were eager to complete a sweep of the two matches against the Europeans who are preparing for their European Under-21 Championships. However at the half-time interval the Kwandwane Browne-captained Caribbean champions trailed 3-1 with Petrotrin’s Wayne Legerton the scorer.

In the second-half, T&T turned up the pressure and got two goals from Defence Force’s Pierre, who enjoyed a three-month stint with promoted Canterbury in the English Hockey League earlier this year. The T&T team which is due home on July 9 has so far won two matches, and drawn and loss, one each. Following the CAC Games the national men’s indoor team will then take centre stage as they compete at the Indoor Pan American Championship, August 9 to 15 in Barquisimento, Venezuela. The Commonwealth Games is carded for New Delhi, India in October, where the local men have been placed in Pool B along with England, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. Reigning champions Australia are in Pool A with Pakistan, India, Malaysia and Scotland.

The Trinidad Guardian

Georgie Twigg receives first England hockey call-up

Twigg has been a regular for England at junior levels

Lincolnshire hockey player Georgie Twigg has been called up to the England women's squad for the Champions Trophy tournament in Nottingham in July.

Twigg, 19 from Doddington, won her first senior cap for Great Britain against Germany last month but has yet to represent England at senior level.

She told BBC Lincolnshire: "It's really exciting but very unexpected.

"As a youngster I've still got lots to learn so it's a great opportunity for me to learn from the best."

England will face the Netherlands, Argentina, China, Germany and New Zealand at Highfields in Nottingham in the Champions Trophy from 10-18 July.

BBC Sport

Men Reach Final Selection Phase

As the plane touched down in Vancouver, British Columbia yesterday evening, the USA Men's national team selection process began its final piece in a three step process to select the 2010-11 Men's National Team that will represent United States Field Hockey for the next year.

Beginning at Moorpark College in Moorpark, California back on June 21 with the Men's National Team Selection Camp, USA Field Hockey has been evaluating some of the best players America has to offer for almost two weeks.

After completing the initial weekend of the selection process, a smaller group of players were invited back for round two the following weekend and competed in scrimmage matches for a second 4-day period from June 24-27, once again at Moorpark College.

For the third and final part of the selection process, USA Field Hockey has taken a developmental side of players up to the Canadian Men's National Championships that will take place from June 30-July 4 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia. By mixing in some of the more experienced USA players with some of the new faces that survived the first two selection rounds in Moorpark, Coach Nick Conway hopes to further the development of the men's program within USA Field Hockey. "With about 8 or 9 of our regular guys staying home, it gives some of the younger guys a chance to show us what they can do against some quality competition," he said.

The tournament begins on June 30, 2010 with USA having their first game against the U18 British Columbia Squad at 7:30pm (PST). Be sure to check the USA Field Hockey website for updates about the progress of the team during the 2010 Canadian Men's National Field Hockey Championships and the official naming of the roster on July 5th!

USFHA media release

Malaysian selection for Asian Indoor


MALAYSIA, who were represented twice by Sapura previously, will enter a Malaysian selection for the third Asian Indoor Hockey Championship in Ipoh on July 6-11.

Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) secretary Hashim Mohamed Yusoff announced the squad after the final of the national indoor tournament in Ipoh recently. Among the notable players in the squad are S. Kuhan, Chua Boon Huat, Megat Azrafiq Megat Termizi, Redzuan Ponirin, Mohd Rodzhanizam Mat Radzi and S. Selvaraju.

The Malaysian selection will be coached by Nasihin Nubli and Teng Cheng Leong.

The other players selected are Kuala Lumpur goalkeeper Saiful Azhar Mohd Affandi and five Armed Forces players Mohd Syafiq Yaacob, Anuyari Mohamad, Mohamad Nur Hafidz Mohamad Noor, Mohd Noorhaafzie Jamil Azumia and Mohd Khairul Affandy Kamarulzaman.

Kuala Lumpur emerged champions of the national indoor tournament with a 5-4 win over Negri Sembilan for the Raja Dr Nazrin trophy.

Boon Huat scored a hat-trick while Selvaraju and Mohd Faizal Mohd Daud netted a goal each. Negri's goals came from Kuhan (two) and one each from Muhd Ashraf Zulzali and Razlee Amree Mustafar.

Armed Forces finished third thrashing Police 11-2.

New Straits Times

Where are we heading?

Just because it is the World Cup, that does not mean that the hockey scenario has nothing to offer. Well other then the fact that the coaches of the national team have opted to do some "PR" work via other means, running down others, and applying for a job with a club in France, we have an important issue at hand, what is the preparation like for the team that has two major assignments this year, the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

The team will be participating in the Four Nation Tournament in China next week and after that it seems plan are afoot to have the team play some matches in Australia, against the AIS and club sides. After that there is still this unconfirmed Five Nation Tournament in France or maybe some matches in India. And yes before I forget, we turned down an invite from Pakistan and are still deciding whether to accept an invite for a Four Nation Tournament in Mongolia.

Consider those options to what India, Pakistan, China and South Korea are doing for their preparations.

India will be playing in the Four Nations Hamburg Masters where they are set to take on The Netherlands, Germany and Japan.That tournament will be followed by a Test series each in Belgium, France and The Netherlands.

The Pakistan hockey team will be play six matches during their 9-day trip to Spain and the Netherlands next month. After playing four matches in Spain on double round robin league against hosts Spain and France from July 10 to 15, Pakistan will play two back-to-back matches against the Dutch in Netherlands on July 17-18.

China and South Korea too are in Europe, both preparing well for the Asian Games this November, since they are not in the Commonwealth Games.

So who is to blame? The coaches...nope as they were only formally appointed in March this year and had to wait till early April to find out that Roelant Oltmans was a no-show.

It boils down to MHF, lack of contacts, lack of initiative and lack of administration ability that failed to ensure adequate preparation for the team. But if they fail at the two events, then only the coaches are to be blamed, not the MHF.

And what more with this posting by the Project 2013 Team Manager on his Facebook this morning:

Mirnawan Nawawi Last minute packing for Europe attire belum terima lagi ni..tencheeenn betul if some people just been ignorant and doing things last minute!!@!!

Malaysian Hockey blogspot

Hockey South Africa surprise winner CD's Women's IPT Tournament Report

THE SA Hockey Country Districts Women's Inter provincial tournament took place at the GHS Greenfields Turf named after former SA captain Shelagh Bowness, at the Pietermaritzburg Girls' High School last week and the winners' were something of a surprise …

This was how KZN Midlands coach Greg Bye, also the tournament organiser, saw the final:

The final played between Free State and hosts KZN Midlands before a huge Saturday afternoon crowd was dominated by Mids in the first 20 minutes.

After many attempts at goal Mids managed to score through top goal scorer Nikki Kelbrick. Minutes later she rounded the keeper only to miss an open goal.

This would have put Mids 2-0 up and still dominating space and possession could have closed the game out. This miss seemed to give Free State hope and they cam back and scored to level 1-1. They scored again before half time due to bad marking and allowing players to run into the circle.

Free State turned at half time 2-1 up. Mids again dominated the first 15 minutes and the last seven minutes but could not find the net even though they had many more shots than their opponents.

Against the run of play and while Mids were throwing players forward Free State scored to go 3-1. This sank Mids and even a last few penalty corners could not help them.

Mids had more than enough shorties but could not convert due to the FS keeper playing well. In the end FS soaked up the pressure and disciplined hockey saw they won the title quite deservedly from that perspective.

Final placings:

Free State
Mids A
Mids B
Mids inv
North West


SA Hockey World

Rahat hattrick fires Ajax

Sports Reporter

Rahat Sarwar struck a hattrick to power Ajax Sporting Club to a 3-0 win over Wari Club in the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

The Ajax no 10 opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when he gave the Elephant Road-based side the lead through a field goal.

After the lemon break, he doubled the margin in the 44th minute and then rounded off Wari with his and the team's third in the 65th minute through a penalty corner.

The Daily Star

SAI denies IHF turf for Nationals

By Shrikant Bhagvatula

The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) has suffered a big setback in its attempt to organise the 63rd Senior National Championships as the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has refused to permit the use of its astro-turfs in Bhopal and New Delhi for the tournament.

SAI has cited various reasons for denying the use of its facilities. The IHF had entrusted the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Madhya Pradesh the task to organise the tournament at SAI’s Regional Centre in Bhopal from July 8-14. One phase of the tournament, comprising eight teams, was to be held in Delhi from July 4-8 for which the Delhi and District Hockey Association had sought ground No. 2 at the National Stadium.

In his response to the IHF, RK Naidu, Regional Director, SAI Regional Centre, Bhopal, cited pre-occupation with camps for the Commonwealth and Asian Games as the reason for denying them the facilities.

But for a similar request from the MP government, SAI cited the current imbroglio in Indian hockey for the refusal. Naidu said SAI had been asked to keep away since the Hockey India (HI) elections are scheduled in July. HI has declared the tournament illegal.

An IHF source said SAI had cited security concerns and lack of permission from Delhi Police as reasons for denying use of the National Stadium turf. Meanwhile, the Sports Ministry has also stopped institutional teams like Railways, Air India, Indian Oil Corporation etc from taking part in the Nationals, deeming it illegal, owing to the dispute with Hockey India.

From SAI’s response, it is clear the ministry is following in letter and not in spirit the Delhi High Court order that had termed the suspension of IHF by the ministry and the Indian Olympic Association as illegal.

Hockey elections on July 28

Following another warning from the international hockey federation (FIH), Hockey India on Tuesday announced it would hold the oft-postponed elections for its first managing committee in New Delhi on July 28. Hockey India had thrice postponed elections in the last eighth months because of problems with affiliations.

Hindustan Times

HI elections on July 28

Sports Reporter

Hockey India (HI) on Tuesday announced that it would hold its elections here on July 28.

The move came following a communication from the International Hockey Federation (FIH) that unless elections were held to the unified body, the FIH would apply its statutes to the Indian situation and the country would not be allowed to play in the women's World Cup to be held in Rosario, Argentina, from August 29.

According to a press release issued by HI President Vidya Stokes, the Returning Officer for the elections would be retired High Court judge Justice R.C. Chopra.

S.K. Mendiratta, who was earlier nominated by the Union Sports Ministry as the observer, was expected to perform that role once again, according to HI.

FIH Vice-President Antonio von Ondarza would be the FIH observer while the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had also agreed to send its observer, according to HI Secretary Narinder Batra.

The position of the government and the IOA is still unclear, however, following the recent Delhi High Court order which has set aside the disaffiliation and de-recognition of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) by the IOA and the ministry.

HI has completed an affiliation process through a special general meeting here on June 14, at which 26 State/UT units and four institutional boards were granted affiliations.

The Hindu

Hockey India sets July 28 as fresh date for elections

NEW DELHI: After missing the deadline several times in the past, Hockey India on Tuesday set July 28 as the new date for the much-awaited elections of the national body to be held.

Apart from announcing the fresh date, Hockey India also named retired Justice R C Chopra as the returning officer for the elections and said the polls will be held as per the Sports Ministry guidelines.

"Mr S K Mendiratta will be the Election Observer on behalf of the Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Mr Antonio von Ondarza, FIH Vice President will be the Observer for the International Hockey Federation," Hockey India president Vidya Stokes said in a statement.

"The elections shall be conducted as per the guidelines framed by the Election Observer, Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

"The elections will be held from amongst the 30 permanent affiliated units, comprising of 26 states/union territories and four institutional board members," the statement added.

Earlier this month, Hockey India had ratified the affiliations of 33 units, including four institutional boards, during its Special General Meeting and said that it would conduct its elections in July.

Since 2008, hockey's national body has been running without any democratically-elected set-up and its functioning has been embroiled in utter confusion and controversy.

Hockey India had thrice postponed its elections in the past which had even irked the FIH.

To make matters worse for Hockey India, the Delhi High Court had last month reinstated the KPS Gill-led Indian Hockey Federation, which ruled the game in the country for nearly 15 years before it was disbanded in 2008.

The Times of India

Vashi school sets up India's first multi-sport artificial turf ground

NAVI MUMBAI: A modest SSC school from Vashi here has done what fancy private schools and sports bodies haven't — set up a multi-sport artificial turf ground which can be used for hockey as well as football.

In fact, GreenFields BV, the Dutch manufacturer of the artificial turf, says this is the first such ground in India.

The 103m by 65m field which costs Rs 3 cr with floodlights is the jewel in the crown for Fr Agnel Multipurpose high school which has a Rs 7-cr sports complex with a swimming pool, basketball court, shooting range and skating rink.

``The ground is a blessing for Mumbai. Hats off to the school,'' said M M Somaya, former India hockey captain. Synthetic grass enables players to practice in the four months of monsoon too and it also reduces the chances of injury. Another hockey great, Dhanraj Pillai, who advised the school, felt that ``a great beginning has been made''.

Hailing it as a ``big step'', former India footballer Henry Menezes said this would go a long way in imparting basic training and set an example for government sports bodies. All three former sportsmen said this was the first time they were hearing of a dual use artificial turf ground in India.

Fr Agnel high school has not only encouraged sports but over the past 25 years it has also set up its own training facilities with corporate funding. Several of its students such as Lekha Kamath, Jyotsna Pansare and Shrinjini Sahay have broken records at the the national inter-school swimming championships. These students excel in academics as well. Over the past three years, Fr Agnel's students have outscored the board toppers with the 25 marks given for playing in state-level tournaments.

``As of now, we are looking at the artificial turf ground only from the training point of view and children from other schools too are welcome. However, if we get the opportunity, we may use it to host tournaments," said Fr Saturnino Almeida, former principal and now managing director of Fr Agnel's Technical Complex.

The only other artificial turf ground in Mumbai is at the Mumbai Hockey Association (MHA) at Churchgate and it cannot be used for football. ``The thickness of the turf at MHA is 12 mm whereas the `Real FT 45' at Fr Agnel high school is 45 mm thick,'' said Deepak Khanolkar, India representative of GreenFields BV. According to him, the turf at Fr Agnel high school is being laid keeping in mind the heat in India and it will have sprinklers.

There are about 40 artificial turf grounds for hockey in the country. As for football, the artificial turf grounds are at Chaugule Sports Complex in Goa and at Salt Lake city, Kolkata. The international football body, FIFA, plans to fund ten artificial turf grounds for football in Indian cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore and Goa by the end of the year.

The pace of the game on artificial turf is faster as the ball travels at a greater speed as compared to natural grass. All international hockey matches are played on artificial turf but in football it is restricted to tier-2 matches, which includes the nationals.

The Times of India

‘We lag far behind European teams’

KARACHI: Pakistan Dutch coach Michel van den Heuvel’s deputy, Ahmed Alam said that there is a big gap between Asian and European hockey as the later has been dominating the game for more than a decade.

“There is a difference between European and Asian teams and nobody can deny that the Europeans and the Australian have been dominating the game of hockey for more than a decade now. They have prospered in the game and we have been left behind, so it is now the time to learn from our European and Australian counterparts and make our place in the top lot,” former Olympian Ahmed Alam told PPI.

He said that Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has taken a prudent step by bringing in Dutch coach Michel Van Den Heuvel for the training of Pakistan hockey players.

He further said that there is no communication barrier between the foreign coach and the local players.

The News International

Pakistan, Whites squads to be named today

By Mohammad Yaqoob

LAHORE: The sword is once again hanging over the heads of the senior players as the national hockey selection committee, headed by Olympian Hanif Khan, deferred announcing the Pakistan Whites team for the tour of China, despite their having completed the day-long trials here.

The selection committee has said that it will now be announcing the final team along with the Pakistan senior side after holding one-day trials at the Hockey Club of Pakistan (HCP) in Karachi on Wednesday.

“The decision to announce both squads the same day was taken by the selectors due to the inclusion of some senior players in the Whites team. This way the players from the senior camp who are not considered for the team will then get a chance to join the Whites team. The aim behind the decision was to make a good combination of junior and senior players,” Hanif said.

The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) had organised simultaneous training camps for the seniors and Whites sides at Karachi and Lahore. The seniors are to tour Europe as part of its preparations for the Commonwealth and Asian Games. The Whites are to compete in a four-nation tournament scheduled to be held in China.

It has been learnt that as the Asian Games are to be held in China, the PHF think tank is considering the option to send some senior players with the Whites team in order to get acclimatised with the conditions there.

Therefore, it is most likely that some senior players will be included in the Whites team to make it stronger as well as get some exposure in China before the Asiad. But on the other hand, the chief selector can once again make headlines by not selecting some seniors like Rehan Butt, Wasim Ahmad, Shakeel Abbasi and Sohail Abbas, as he did at the time of picking a team for the last Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

The cold war between the selectors and these four players is still on. It may be recalled that the four senior players were reluctant to report to the training camp at Karachi as they preferred playing the league in Bangladesh. The reason behind this was not being selected again. But the PHF did not extend them permission to go to Bangladesh while asking them to join the camp.

However, Rehan Butt met PHF Secretary Asif Bajwa and it is said that all four players gave him their consent to join the camp after being ensured places in the team for the tour of Europe. Still, penalty-corner specialist Sohail Abbas is yet to report to the camp with no one knowing about his whereabouts.

Hanif’s decision to announce both the teams with some adjustment of senior players in the Whites side has raised eyebrows as there is a chance of some seniors getting included in the Whites team.

Hanif watched the trials with other selectors, namely, Musaddaq Hussain, Mohammad Usman and Arshad Chaudhary.

The Pakistan senior team will visit Europe in the second week of July, while Pakistan Whites will take part in the 4-Nation Hockey Tournament in China from July 7-11.


PHF to name hockey squad today

KARACHI: Pakistan will name their squad for next month’s tour of Europe following one-day trials to be held here at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium on Wednesday (today).

A Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) spokesman said on Tuesday that national selectors will also announce the names of the players making the cut for Pakistan Whites squad on the same day.

Chief selector Hanif Khan said that the decision to announce both the teams on the same day has taken by the selectors due to the inclusion of some senior players in the Whites team.

The players from the senior camp who will not be considered in the senior side will get a chance to perform in Whites team.

Pakistan senior team will visit to Europe in the second week of July, while Pakistan Whites will take part in a Four-Nation Tournament in China from July 7-11.

The News International

Announcement of Pak Whites team delayed

LAHORE - The announcement of Pakistan Whites Hockey team has been delayed for a day and it will now be announced from Karachi tomorrow,Wednesday at the time of finalising of Pak senior team.

The Whites team was to be announced here on Tuesday following one-day trials which were attended by all the thirty camp probables at the National hockey stadium.

But the decision to delay finalising the team has been taken to switch players from senior to white and vice-versa,said a spokesman of Pakistan Hockey Federation while talking to APP.

Pak Whites team will be visiting China to take part in a four nation tournament being played in Dalian from July 7-11.The senior team will be travelling Europe for its build up for the Asian Games being held later this year in China.

Trials were watched by selection committee headed by former captain Hanif Khan, and Musadaq Hussain, Muhammad Usman and Arshad Chaudhary as its members. Trials were held in few sessions in which players were tested on specialised positions in the run of play.Secretary, PHF, Muhammad Asif Bajwa also watched the trials.

“Now the selectors will be travelling to Karachi where Pak senior team’s trials will be held tomorrow,Wednesday after which both the teams will be named as selectors are of the view for making necessary changes in both the sides, giving chance to some young players to be a part of senior team and selecting some experienced players in Whites team“, he said.

He said the aim of announcing both the sides at one go is to make the teams balanced.

“There are some budding players in the Whites and selectors are of the view that they may be assigned the job in the senior team to expose them to high profile exposure during European tour“, he said.

Associated Press of Pakistan

Seven a side women hockey tournament

LAHORE - Pakistan's first seven a side women’s hockey tournament will be played from July 1-4 at National Hockey Stadium here.

The tournament will be organized by Pakistan Hockey Federation Women’s Wing and six teams will participate in the event to be played on single league basis.

All the six teams will be sponsored by the private business houses,said a spokesman of Pakistan Hockey Federation on Tuesday.

The participating teams are NBP Eleven, Nayer XI, Farma XI,Leopard XI,and Regent Plaza XI.

Managing Director of Nayer Group Mrs. Mubashar will inaugurate the event.Ghazala Tariq has been named as tournament director and Secretary PHF Women’s Wing Tanzeela Amir Cheema will be the Organizing Secretary.

Nasreen Gulshan and Zaib Un Nisa will act as tournament officers. The detailed judges are Talat Lubna, Rakhshanda Tareen and Uzma Rizvi. The umpires are Farzana Rasool, Mrs. Chand Parveen, Haider Rasool and Rana Muhammad Liaqat.

Associated Press of Pakistan