News for 02 July 2010

All the news for Friday 2 July 2010


Black Sticks women draw 4 - 4 with China

The Black Sticks Women, ranked 9th on the FIH ABN AMRO Women’s world rankings, have drawn 4-4 to 3rd world ranked China, in their second match at the Rabo Trophy in Netherlands.

In the dry hot conditions the young Black Sticks Women’s side showed some obvious resilience against China, coming up from being down 3-2 at half time.

Clarissa Eshuis scored the first penalty corner in the 3rd minute of the game with Katie Glynn following with a field goal in the 22nd minute of the first half.

Gemma Flynn, who has been gaining overseas experience playing for a top German club in Berlin, scored 30 minutes into the second half with a field goal. Bringing the game to its final result was midfielder Stacey Michelsen, who drew the game from a repeated penalty corner on full time.

The Black Sticks Women play Netherlands in their next match on 3rd July at 15:00 (Netherlands time).

See the home page or our website www.hockeynz.co.nz for direct links to the Rabo Trophy website where you can watch games LIVE.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks women draw with China

A penalty corner goal from Stacey Michelsen on the stroke of fulltime helped the New Zealand women's hockey team salvage a 4-4 draw with China in the Netherlands.

It was a handy result for the Black Sticks, ranked ninth in the world to China's third, but left them still searching for their first win of the Rabo Trophy quadrangular tournament after an opening 1-2 defeat to Argentina.

First half goals to Clarissa Eshuis and Katie Glynn saw New Zealand trail China 2-3 at halftime in dry, hot conditions.

But they stuck to their task after the break, with Gemma Flynn scoring New Zealand's third from a field goal before midfielder Michelsen levelled the scores from a repeat penalty corner.

Coach Mark Hager quipped: "The team is not the All Whites, so I'm not happy."

The Black Sticks play the Netherlands in their next match early on Sunday (NZ time).

Stuff



India takes on the Netherlands in opener

S. Thyagarajan


Even as the world is caught in the frenzy over soccer's showpiece the FIFA World Cup 2010, competitive hockey flickers into focus in the sequestered confines of the Ulhenhoster HC here. Acknowledged as the fulcrum of Germany's hockey ethos, the UHC has an enchanting history and tradition, dating back to 1901. Currently, UHC is the Euro Hockey League champion.

The clash of sticks on Friday afternoon will echo around the stunning UHC as the BDO four-nation tournament gets underway. That the format features three World and Olympic champions is enough to render the tournament considerably significant.

On preparatory mode

While it may be incorrect to talk of India in the same breath as Germany and the Netherlands, whose accomplishments and achievements in recent decades need no repetition here, the fact that all the three sides are in the preparatory mode cannot be ignored. The same is true for the fourth combatant, Japan.

For Germany and Holland, the BDO Masters is a rehearsal for the Champions Trophy at Monchengladbach starting on July 31. For India, this marks the first leg of the European tour, which is part of the exercise of getting ready for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.

Water under the bridge

Interestingly, India comes back to this competition after 2003, when it was led to a trophy triumph by Dhanraj Pillay. Much has happened in the intervening period. To go through them in detail will be voluminous. It will suffice to say that India has slipped further down the ladder. Under the Spanish coach, Jose Brasa, the threads are being picked up to go up in the ratings.

From India's standpoint, this four-nation venture should be examined in the context of the benefits to be reaped. Braving the challenges against teams like Germany and the Netherlands should help sharpen the competitive edge.

The debate over the need for India to field a full-fledged team with all the seniors in the pack is logical. Coach Brasa has reportedly favoured retaining the seniors, but the selectors opted for exposing more juniors to international competition.

Tough task

Captain Rajpal Singh is confronted with the tough task of retaining the team's confidence gained from the showing at the recent Aslan Shah Cup while taking on the Netherlands in the opening match.

In the absence of Shivendra, who is nursing an injury, and Arjun Halappa, surprisingly rested, the team will have to lean heavily on the mid-field work of the wing-backs, Gurbaj Singh and Prabodh Tirkey, along with the striking power of Tushar Khandekar.

The return of Sandeep Singh for penalty corners and Hari Prasad in the frontline will be watched with interest.

Young team

The new Dutch coach, Paul van Ass, has a pool of 40 under his charge. But for this event, van Ass is content to field a young, inexperienced team. The only familiar name in the squad is Rogier Hofmann who played in the recent Hero Honda World Cup. Stalwarts like Teun di Nooijer and Taeke Takema are part of the larger squad, but they are apparently preserved for the Champions Trophy.

The Netherlands has won the trophy twice — in 2005 and 2006, while the Germans, host since 1989, have triumphed 10 times.

The home team looks the strongest with the return of Christopher Zellar, who missed the World Cup in India owing to exams. Seasoned players like Oliver Korn, Christoph Menke, Jan-Marco Monmtag and Maximillan Mueller, symbolise the team's attacking competence.

India has figured four times — 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2003 — finishing last in the first three editions, but on top of the podium in 2003.

This is Japan's first appearance.

Friday's matches: India v Netherlands (8 p.m. IST); Germany v Japan (10 p.m.).

The Hindu



South Africa hockey U17 girls' team for first Youth Olympics Games

JONATHAN COOK




THE South African hockey U17 girls' team that is due to participate in the first ever Youth Olympic Games in Singapore next month was named recently.

The SA U17 girls' hockey team was released by the SA Sports Congress and Olympic Committee (Sascoc).

The South Africa hockey U17 girls selectors were convenor Brigid Barnes(KZN), Jeanette Makkie(EP) and coach Rob Pullen (Southern Gauteng).

Coach Pullen told SA Hockey World there are "real characters" in the team who have a great sense of humour.

"It is important that the squad members get along with each other in the team context," said former SA player Pullen, who represented South Africa 58 times.

PMB's SA U17 players (L to R) Hlubi Sipamla (GHS), Sne Zungu (GHS), Phum Mbane (Carter High), Zimi Shange (GHS) at the GHS Greenfields Turf in the KZN capital. Photo: Supplied

Pullen says the team has a good balance of speed and experience.

"In saying that, some players are going to have to improve on their fitness and technical skills. Going into an event of this nature, I expect us to be defensively sound and understand how to play on the counter-attack."

"In the build-up I will have to make sure that the team are all focused on the way we want to play, and how to deal with countries playing various styles.

"I will also get clarity in my mind of key players that need to work on set pieces and, finally, see where the individual players are, fitness wise. This has always been a concern for some.

"In terms of matric exams, this trip to Singapore must have an effect but it is one area we will talk about and see how the girls can manage some studying during the Youth Olympics," Pullen said.

"The good news is that when we return the girls will still be on holiday for a short while."

SA U17 GIRLS' HOCKEY TEAM

Phumelele Mbande, Zimisele Shange, Sinethemba Zungu, Hlubikazi Sipamla (all KZN Inland)

Kirsty Gibbings, Toni van Niekerk, Jacinta Jubb (all KZN Coastal)

Bronwyn Kretzman, Tiffany Jones, Sarah Ive (all Border)

Keisha Arnolds (EP)

Jenna-Leigh du Preez, Stephanie Baxter (both Southern Gauteng)

Charne van Biljon (Northern Gauteng)

Quanita Bobbs (WP)

Marlene Wessels (Mpumalanga)

Non-travelling reserves: Michaela-Pascal Mulvey (KZN Coastal); Lauren Jasson (Border); Adrienne le Vatte, Elan-Margo van Vught (both EP).

Coach: Rob Pullen.
Manager: Belinda Scott.

Pullen is Director of Sport at St Andrew's school for girls in Johannesburg and has a rich pedigree in the game.

I played against Rob at school and U21 level where he captained SA Schools and played for SA U21 for three years. I was constantly amazed at the skills he possessed, and I have always been interested in the Jeppe Old Boy's career.

I asked Rob to give me a brief rundown of his hockey career

Played for SA from 1983 - 1992 (Apartheid era). Then under new SA from 1993-1995.
Played in Africa Cup, World Cup Qualifiers, World Cup, Indi Righandi tournament, Series to Belgium, Holland, Germany, Spain.
Played in 58 Internationals from 1993 - 95.
Played only for Southerns from 1983-1995. Won IPT as a player.
Coached Witsies in 1995 and finished 2nd at men's IPT A losing to Natal in the final.
Won IPT as coach in 1998 and 1999. Won National hockey league in 1998 and 1999 with Southerns.
SA Schools for 2 years, '81 as captain.
SA U21 for 3 years.
SA selector for 3 years - never convenor.
Played for Jeppe 1st team from 1980 - present. Worked at Wits Technikon for 14 years and helped their hockey team in Premier League for 7 years. So I did not play for Jeppe from 1991-1997. I am still playing 1st side. Can you believe it??
Qualified as Civil Engineer.

Now that's what I call a pretty awesome CV. (JC).

* In a singular honour for South African hockey, SA Hockey Association president Dave Carr was appointed by Sascoc as Chef de Mission for the entire Team South Africa group, which incorporates all the sports codes going to Singapore.

Chef de Mission, as I understand it, is basically general manger of all the athletes, coaches, managers and so on in the tour party, and Dave will carry a significant responsibility.

It is great news for South African hockey that Sascoc and its president, Gideon Sam, have such a high regard for Dave's administrative acumen and people management.

SA Hockey World



Day One In Canada Completed For Team USA


Picture courtesy of Team USA trainer TR St. Charles.

The initial day of the Canadian National Championships kicked off yesterday but not without a little fanfare first. The morning hours of the day saw all teams participating in the Championship's opening ceremonies. Team USA followed their flag bearer, national team veteran Will Holt, onto the pitch for the playing of the American and Canadian national anthems as well as a couple of speeches by the tournament director and a representative from Field Hockey Canada. The hour-long ceremony used the chance to introduce all the teams and was a nice start to the tournament.

With the opening ceremonies in the morning, it would be a long wait before Team USA took to the pitch as they participated in the last game of the day at 7:30pm against the British Columbia U18 Boys Squad. However, when game time finally arrived, Team USA came ready to play against the talented U18 side.

The two teams began the game feeling each other out with the ball spending much time in the midfield but it would be Team USA that would open the scoring off a Sean Harris penalty corner to make the score 1-0 in the 20th minute. The scoring would only continue for Team USA as they took advantage of their strong corner attack and added two more penalty corner goals from Will Holt in the 29th and 35th minutes to give the USA a three goal lead. Holt would complete his hat trick with a field goal in the 40th minute of the first half to give the USA team a 4-0 lead going into halftime.

With encouragement from coach Nick Conway to continue pressing the backfield of the BC U18 team the USA Men were able to use their experience to continue the scoring barrage through the second half. Though the young squad from British Columbia showed good skill in their play throughout the game it would be Team USA and their increased intensity that would prevail. With a penalty stroke from Sean Harris in the 50th minute and four more field goals from Remco Couwenbergh (58', 61'), Pauly Kundi (66') and Nate Coolidge (67') the USA team was able to come out victorious over the British Columbia team with a 9-0 final score.

Team USA takes on two opponents on Thursday, July 1st with the first game at 10:15am (PST) against the British Columbia Senior Team and the second at 5:15pm (PST) against the Senior Team from Ontario.

Check back for more updates as the USA Men continue their trip up in Canada! GO USA!

USFHA media release



Paul Wettlaufer announces retirement

Canada’s defensive anchor on the men’s national team, Paul Wettlaufer, has announced his retirement from international Field Hockey.  Paul joined the national team in 1998 after being introduced to the sport at the age of 14.  His talent didn’t go unnoticed as it wasn’t long before he won the 1996 Fred Hoos Memorial Award, the North Shore Sport Award for outstanding achievement, was nominated for the 1998 British Columbia Athlete of the Year, and nominated for the 1999 Canadian team of the year.

Paul has led the defense for Canada as sweeper.  His tactical knowledge of the game has been invaluable in the execution and directing of play.  This combined with his tremendous intensity on the field has created a player that has become known as one of the world’s best tacklers.   Paul’s accomplished career includes two Olympics (2000 in Sydney and 2008 in Beijing), three Pan American Games (1999 in Winnipeg, 2003 in Santo Domingo, and 2007 in Rio de Janeiro), three Pan American Cups (2000 in Cuba, 2004 in London, ON and 2009 in Chile) three Commonwealth Games (1998 in Malaysia, 2002 in the United Kingdom, and 2006 in Melbourne) and one World Cup (2010 in Delhi).

Paul has been a consummate team player whether acting as the men’s player representative or his determination to fight back after injuries.

"Paul was a big part of our team's successes for more than a decade.  As a friend, former teammate and most recently as Paul's coach, I have much respect for Paul's contribution to our sport and for his consistent dedication to winning”, says head coach Alan Brahmst.  Alan continues adding, “Paul can be proud of his career, his accomplishments and his leadership. He will be missed by his team but I'm certain he'll continue his involvement with our sport in one way or another."  

Thank you Paul for your dedication to the National Team, you are certainly leaving large shoes to fill.

Field Hockey Canada media release



Teams battle for playoff positions heading into final day of pool play

The second day of the 2010 FHC National Championships saw the BC Mainland team take a strong lead in Pool A in the women’s tournament while Ontario and BC Island continue to battle for top spot in Pool B.  In the men’s tournament Ontario victories over Alberta and the United States leaves them in first place.

Four games took place in the men’s tournament including a double header for the United States as they suffered losses to both British Columbia in the morning followed by Ontario in the evening.  BC still has two games to play on the final day of round robin competition on Friday.  They currently sit three points behind first place Ontario while BC U18 and Alberta each have one point behind the Americans’ three.

The women’s tournament saw three games occur including the first match for Team BC U18 Blue.  A draw between BC Island and Ontario leave them tied atop Pool B with four points.  BC U18 White is only one point behind after defeating Prince Edward Island with no time left on the clock.

BC Mainland edged BC U18 Blue in the final match of the day to take a commanding lead of Pool A with six points.

Friday’s matches will determine playoff seeding including which men’s team receives the bye into the tournament final on Sunday.

Thursday Men’s Matches

Ontario defeated Alberta 6-0
British Columbia defeated USA 5-1
Ontario defeated USA 3-2

Thursday Women’s Matches

BC U18 White defeated PEI 3-2
Ontario and BC Island drew 3-3
Alberta and BC U18 drew 4-4
BC Mainland defeated BC U18 Blue 3-2

Field Hockey Canada media release



Organizers happy with Championship progress


The local organizing committee of the 2010 FHC National Championships have put in a lot of time and work preparing for the five-day, two-tournament event.  It appears all that work is paying off.

“We’ve already had our day of rain,” said local organizing committee chair Gail Williams referring to the showers covering the Thursday morning matches.  “The competitiveness of the games is also increasing which is great.”

Wednesday morning’s Opening Ceremonies were delivered smoothly with all teams present.  Representatives of Field Hockey Canada and Field Hockey BC addressed those in attendance.

It is the first time in over twenty years the city of Victoria has played host to a senior field hockey national championship.  In 2002 it hosted the Under-21 Western Nationals.

This year’s men’s and women’s tournaments are being managed by Tournament Director and Victoria native Brenda Rushton.

“I moved here to go to school and just never left,” said Rushton.  “To see this terrific facility here and be hosting the Nationals in Victoria – for both men and women – is the best.”

“... second only to the Olympic Qualifier,” she half-jokingly added.  Victoria played host to an Olympic Qualifying tournament in 2008.

Field Hockey Canada is thankful to the many volunteers from Victoria and around British Columbia for thus far making the 2010 National Championships an outstanding event.

Field Hockey Canada media release



Van Huizen makes changes for Dalian meet

K. Rajan


KUALA LUMPUR: National team's preparation for the Guangzhou Asian Games kicked up a gear after they confirmed participation in a fournation tournament in Dalian, China, from July 7-11.

Malaysia, whose first phase of training began with the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup last month, will face Pakistan, Russia and hosts China.

National coach Stephen van Huizen said they were focused on getting the team ready for the Dalian meet and they had to rest few players.

"This tournament is a preparation towards the Asian Games as only 18 players are going to Dalian. The others will continue training in Malaysia.

"We changed the team and combination since Sultan Azlan Shah Cup but the core of the team remains.

"However, we have to rest a few players like Faisal (Saari) because he has been playing throughout the year and need to rest," he added.

Meanwhille, the national indoor team will start their qualification to the World Indoors at the Asian championship in Ipoh from July 6-11.

The coaches are Nasihin Nubli and Teng Cheng Leong Team manager, Abdullah Yunus, feels it is too early to speculate on his side's chances.

"Iran are definitely the top seeds. Pakistan would be formidable. We haven't seen the other teams yet so its actually too early to make prediction.

"We have included experienced players in our squad, like Chua Boon Huat and Megat Azrafiq Megat Termizi ," he added.

Malay Mail



Sonali Bank abase Ajax

Sports Reporter


Sonali Bank came from behind to post their fifth victory in the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier Hockey League with an emphatic 4-1 win over Ajax SC at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Sonali Bank conceded a lead in the 11th minute through a goal by Rahat before captain Ashiqur Rahman levelled the margin four minutes later. After resumption, the bankers dominated throughout the second-half to hit three more goals as Rana, Prince and Sultan scored one each.

In the day's other match, Shadharan Bima KS defeated Bangladesh SC 2-0 to record their third win in seven matches. Ashraful Islam Shishu struck both goals for Bima.

The Daily Star