News for 07 July 2010

All the news for Wednesday 7 July 2010


Malaysia give Pakistan a bashing

By P. CHANDRA SAGARAN


HOSTS Malaysia got off to an impressive start thumping Pakistan 8-3 in the third Asian Hockey Federation Indoor hockey tournament at Indera Mulia Stadium in Ipoh yesterday.

Captain S. Kuhan netted in the eighth, 10th, 23rd, 27th and 36th minutes while Chuah Boon Huat scored in the second, 11th and 16th minutes.

Pakistan replied through Ahmed Zubair (13th), Kashif Shah Syed (26th) and Qadir Muhd Arsalan (34th). Defending champions Iran were also off to a flying start thrashing Kazakhstan 15-0. They led 10-0 at the break.

In another match Uzbekistan beat Thailand 6-1.

The tournament ends on Sunday.

New Straits Times



Belgium get the better of Project 2013

The Project 2013 were given a lesson in penalty corner finishing as they went down 6-2 to the Belgium U 21 side at the Terressa Hockey Club in Barcelona last night.

The Belgians scored three out of their six goals from penalty corners to hand the Project squad their first defeat in the European Tour.

Belgiums scored as early as 3rd minute before Firhan Ashaari scored the equaliser in the 10th minute. Belgium went into the halftime leading 2-1.

Although Mohd Sabri scored off the only penalty corner in 38th minute to draw level, Belgium scored four goals to collect all three points.

"Belgium is an experienced side with nine players from the 2009 Junior World Cup. They even beat the Spanish U-21 side 4 - 0 and 5 - 2 respectively," said Team Manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

"It is a very good learning process for the players since the four matches in Spain are competitive matches."

"On the positive note, we scored from the solitary penalty corner awarded. The effort by the players was good and we manage to create a few chances to score but again the forward let us down."

"We managed to match the more experience Belgians in the first 40 minutes but lack of concentration and this resulted us in conceding four more goals."

The Project 2013 squad will play the Spanish in two games Wednesday (5.50pm local time) and Thursday (6pm) before taking on Scotland on Friday (9pm).

"We expect the players to perform much better for the up coming games before leaving to Poland on Sunday," added Mirnawan.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



Ireland draw final test and win series

Ireland came out on top in their three match test series against France after a dramatic come back in the final game at Cookstown.

Ireland had the better of opportunities in the first half and had they been more clinical in finishing they could have easily taken a lead but both sides remain level at half time.

France struck first in the second half in the 39th minute when Pauchet fired home from the top of the circle.  He added a second a minute later when he slapped home a hard driven cross at close range.  Ireland's fate seemed sealed when France added a third goal in the 57th minute when Catonet fired home a rebound shot from a penalty corner.

Ireland showed great determination and resilience to continue to penetrate France's circle and were rewarded in the 60th minute when Magee fired home a reverse stick shot from second phase short corner play.  The deficit was reduced to one goal 2 minutes later when Ames, playing in front of his home crowd, shot on the reverse after a sublime deflected pass from Gleghorne.  Goalkeeper Fitzgerald, making his Senior International debut, kept Ireland hopes alive in the 63rd minute when he saved brilliantly with his stick from a high driven penalty corner drag flick.  Magee drew Ireland level in the 66th minute with his second goal and Ireland's third when he stuck with another trademark reverse stick shot from open play.

Final Result - Ireland (3)  - France (3)

Commenting on the match, Manager Peter Jackson said I am really pleased for the players.  This series and final match culminates a very intensive training period.  We retained the Celtic Cup and have played fast attacking hockey, with spectacular movement and passing.  The determination and resilience for the team to comeback from 3-0 down in the final ten minutes of the match, is indicative of the bond and trust players have in each other. Spectators want to see exciting hockey and if every game was like what we seen last night, more supporters will come to watch.  The players will now have a short break from hockey but will maintain physical conditioning before we regroup in August for our next phase of preparation for 2011 Europeans.

Team

David Fitzgerald (GK)
Paul Gleghorne
Ronan Gormley
Conor Harte
John Jackson
David Ames
Chris Cargo
Geoff McCabe
Andy McConnell
Timmy Cockram
Eugene Magee

Subs used

Michael Maguire
Phelie Maguire
Mitch Darling
Bruce McCandless
Alan Sothern

Irish Hockey Association media release



Great Britain coach Jason Lee names two uncapped players in Four Nations squad

By Emily Benammar



Looking ahead: Jason Lee has handed Andy Bull and Harry Martin their first senior international caps Photo: ADY KERRY

Great Britain head coach Jason Lee has named two uncapped players in his 18-man squad set to compete at the Men's Four Nations tournament next week.

Brooklands MU defender Andy Bull, 18, and 17-year-old Old Loughtonians midfielder Harry Martin made the cut after Lee omitted several regular internationals bearing in mind his England squad is set to compete at the six-nation Champions Trophy in Germany later this month.

World Young Player of the Year, Ashley Jackson is included as is Barry Middleton who retains the captain's armband.

The tournament also marks the return of Reading forward Simon Mantell who earlier this year was forced to withdraw from Lee's World Cup squad with a foot injury days before the tournament got under way in Delhi.

Asked about his decision to include uncapped players, Lee said: “We have tried to continue to give international tournament experience to new and forthcoming players, particularly with a view to developing a squad of players for the 2012 Olympics.

"Of course, in order to achieve this some more established players will miss out on either the Men’s Four Nations Tournament or the Champions Trophy.

“It is particularly exciting that 17 year old Harry Martin and 18 year old Andy Bull will be getting their first senior caps, especially as they were only in the under 18s at the start of the year.”

The Men's Four Nations runs in conjunction with the Women's Champions Trophy. Last week Danny Kerry named his squad who will come up against five of the world's best sides – Argentina, China, Germany, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

Great Britain squad:

* Richard Alexander (Surbiton) Defender/Midfielder/Forward [England]
* Alastair Brogdon (Bowdon) Forward [England]
* Nick Brothers (Reading) Goalkeeper [England]
* Andy Bull (Brooklands MU) Defender [England]
* Nick Catlin (Loughborough Students) Midfielder/Forward [England]
* Adam Dixon (Beeston) Defender/Midfielder [England]
* James Fair (Cannock) Goalkeeper [England]
* Ashley Jackson (HGC) Midfielder [England]
* Glenn Kirkham (East Grinstead) Midfielder [England]
* Iain Mackay (Reading) Midfielder [England]
* Simon Mantell (Reading) Forward [England]
* Harry Martin (Old Loughtonians) Midfielder [England]
* Barry Middleton (HGC) Midfielder/Forward [England]
* Richard Smith (Loughborough Students) Defender [England]
* Richard Springham (Reading) Defender [England]
* Niall Stott (East Grinstead) Forward [Scotland]
* James Tindall (Surbiton) Forward [England]
* Alastair Wilson (Beeston) Defender [England]

Schedule:

Monday 12 July 2010


* 17:30 Germany v New Zealand – Men’s Four Nations
* 20:00 Great Britain v Japan – Men’s Four Nations

Wednesday 14 July 2010

* 13:30 Great Britain v Germany – Men’s Four Nations
* 16:00 New Zealand v Japan – Men’s Four Nations

Friday 16 July 2010

* 17:30 Germany v Japan – Men’s Four Nations
* 20:00 New Zealand v Great Britain – Men’s Four Nations

Saturday 17 July 2010

* 17:30 3rd v 4th – Men’s Four Nations
* 20:00 Final – Men’s Four Nations

The Telegraph



Black Sticks aiming high

By KEVIN TUTTY


Still smarting from a poor performance at the World Cup in March, the New Zealand men's hockey team are chasing redemption in Europe in the next four weeks.

The Black Sticks went to the World Cup in New Delhi with what they felt were realistic hopes of a top-six finish, but returned home a disappointing ninth.

Coach Shane McLeod said injury and unavailability conspired to reduce the Kiwi players' effectiveness.

At New Delhi leading striker Simon Child withdrew because of a security threat, the Shaw brothers, Hayden and Brad, were not available, and captain Phil Burrows was injured early in the tournament and had to watch from the sideline.

The Black Sticks have not played since the World Cup and McLeod said the group has needed the three months since to "redefine" their game.

"They have responded well after the setback [at Delhi]."

But back to full strength for the Champions Trophy in Germany this month, they hope to show theycan foot it with the best sides in the world.

The Champions Trophy starting in Monchengladbach on July 31 involves the top five teams in the world and New Zealand faces a tough week against the Netherlands, Germany, England, Spain and Australia.

It is difficult to see them emerging from that tournament with one win let alone two that McLeod says the team is seeking.

"We want to break into the top four. That will emulate a semifinal at the World Cup or Olympics and to do that we need to win two games," said McLeod before the team left yesterday for a Four Nations tournament in Nottingham, a warmup for the Champions tournament.

The team that will play against England, Germany and Japan starting this weekend will be substantially different from the Champions group though.

They will be without Burrows, Ryan Archibald, Dean Couzins, Blair Hopping and Hayden Shaw, which gives several young players the opportunity to play against some of the best in the world.

Simon Child is also missing from the team that left yesterday. He has a stress fracture in his pelvis but might be fit for the Champions tournament.

"We have selected very much an under-25 side which will give us a look at the landscape beyond 2012," McLeod said.

"This tournament will give more exposure and experience to these younger guys, and at the same time we will be able to gather some information on Germany and England who will be near full strength as they prepare for the Champions."

The tour will be an important lead-in to the Commonwealth Games, back in New Delhi in October, another chance for redemption for New Zealand.

Stuff



Three junior players to make senior debut in four-nation tournament

By AFTAR SINGH


KUALA LUMPUR: Three players will make their senior international hockey debut for Malaysia in a four-nation tournament, which begins today in Dalian.

They are goalkeeper Abdul Hakim Adnan, defender Mohd Herman Pawi and forward Mohd Azzami Adabi.

Abdul Hakim and Azzami featured in the Junior World Cup Finals last year and they were called up for senior national team training after the Razak Cup tournament in Kuantan in May.

Veteran goalkeeper Roslan Jamaluddin, who earned a recall to the team for his performances for Perak in the Razak Cup, was also named for the outing in China. The last time the 32-year-old represented the country was in the 2006 Doha Asian Games.

Team manager George Koshy said that they had a pool of 35 players in the training squad and they wanted to try out all them in tournaments.

“The objective is to assemble the best team for the Asian Games (in Guangzhou in November). We hope to win the gold medal, which will give us a direct entry to the 2012 London Olympics,” he said.

George added that they were not setting any targets in the four-nation tournament for their team of youth and experience.

“But we hope to see players like Abdul Hakim, Herman and Azzami giving their best. We have four goalkeepers in the training squad and we want to look at how Roslan fares in a tournament,” he said.

The other two goalkeepers in the team, S. Kumar and Khairulnizam Ibrahim, will stay home this time.

Malaysia open their campaign against Russia today followed by matches against Pakistan tomorrow and China on Saturday. The final and playoff for the third place will be held on Sunday.

Goalkeepers: Abdul Adnan Hakim, Roslan Jamaluddin.

Defenders: Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim, Mohd Madzli Ikmar, Mohd Amin Rahim, Baljit Singh Charun, Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin, Mohd Herwan Pawi, Azreen Rizal Nasir.

Midfielders: Tajol Rosli, Mohd Shahrun Nabil, Mohd Marhan Mohd Jalil, Mohd Sukri Abdul Mutalib.

Forwards: Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, Hafifihaziz Hanafi, Azlan Misron, Mohd Amerullah Abdul Aziz, Mohd Azzami Adabi.

The Star of Malaysia



Big wins for Punjab, Mumbai

Punjab crushed Bihar 9-0 while Mumbai trounced Chhattisgarh 7-0 in the Rangaswami Cup Senior National Men’s Hockey Championship at the Aishbagh Stadium.

In another encounter, Goa defeated Himachal Pradesh 1-0. Punjab captain Jasjeet Singh (17th and 46th minutes) and Karanjeet Singh (42nd, 64th) scored two goals each while Jagroop Singh (12th), Gagandeep Singh (32nd), Navjot Singh (34th), Manjinder Singh (58th) and Gauravjeet Singh (59th) hit one each.

Hindustan Times



Hockey men suffer back-to-back losses

Nigel Simon


T&T men’s hockey squad continued their preparations for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, with two straight losses against the Belgium national team on their European tour. After winning their first contest against the 13th world ranked Belgium squad (3-0), the Soca Stickmen were blanked 2-0 on Saturday and then suffered a 7-4 defeat a day later. In the second match the Soca Stickmen opened the scoring compliments of a Petrotrin’s Wayne Legerton but defensive blunders allowed the host to score three unanswered goals before Paragon’s Dillet Gilkes netted for a 3-2 scoreline at the half. T&T took their first-half momentum into the start of the second period and tied up the score at 3-3 compliments of a penalty-corner by captain, Kwandwane Browne.

But the second half seemed to be a replica of the first as quick passing and a high tempo Belgian attack exploited weaknesses in the T&T defence which led to four more goals by the host country before Browne netted a late penalty corner strike.

The local squad is expected to return home on Friday before leaving on July 19 for the CAC Games hockey tournament which takes place in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico from July 22-31. Following the CAC Games the national men’s indoor team will then take centrestage as they compete at the Indoor Pan American Championship, August 9-15 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.

T&T team
Darren Cowie, Solomon Eccles, Kwandwane Browne, Wayne Legerton, Dwain Quan Chan, Dillet Gilkes, Atiba Whittington, Akim Toussaint, Christopher Scipio, Dominic Jaikaransingh, Terrance Baptiste, Matthew Tang Nian, Mickel Pierre, Evan Piers-Farrell, Andrey Rocke, Aidan De Gannes, Shaquille Edwards, Javon Woodward, Marcus James, Justin Pascal, Chad Pedro, Andrew Vieira, Carlos Stephens.

Technical staff: Brian Tang Nian (coach), Glen “Fido” Francis (coach), Eric Verboom (coach), Rob Haanjtes (technical director), Denise Scanterbury (manager)

The Trinidad Guardian



Bima thrive on Turjo double

Sports Reporter


Sadharan Bima thumped Wari Club 3-0 in the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Turjo gave Bima an early lead when he converted a penalty corner in the second minute. Proshanto doubled the margin in the 29th minute through a field goal to give Bima a 2-0 advantage going into the half-time break.

Turjo hammered in his second and Bima's third goal in the 38th minute through another penalty corner.

Abahani take on Sonali Bank in today's lone match.

The Daily Star



US Men's National Team Selected

With their participation in the Canadian National Championships, USA Field Hockey has officially completed the third phase of selection for the 2010-11 Men's Senior National Team.

Coach Nick Conway used the three phases of the selection process to evaluate the best men's field hockey players in the country and named a roster of 24 athletes to represent the United States on the international stage over the coming year.

This coming Wednesday, July 7th begins the selection process for the junior national squad as well with the Junior National Championships in Chula Vista, CA at the Olympic Training Center.

With games throughout the week and the final on Sunday, July 11th USA Field Hockey looks forward to choosing the junior national squad for the next year.

The 2010-11 Senior National Team:
1. Kevin Barber
2. Mikey Barminski
3. Nate Coolidge
4. Pat Cota
5. Jed Cunningham
6. Ajai Dhadwal
7. Jon Ginolfi
8. Pat Harris
9. Sean Harris
10. Will Holt
11. Pauly Kundi
12. Steve Mann
13. Jarred Martin
14. Shawn Nakamura
15. Arjan Reyatt
16. Moritz Runzi
17. Ian Scally
18. Sebastian Scheurer
19. Rob Schilling
20. Kevin Segeren
21. Andy Sheridan
22. Tom Sheridan
23. Tom Staddon
24. Liam Walsh

Congratulations and good luck to all players and GO USA!!!

USFHA media release



Connor Grimes reflects on stellar career

By Cecilia Carter-Smith


Imagine.

You are 12 years old watching the summer Olympics.  Your excitement escalates as you anxiously anticipate your sport of choice will soon appear on the big screen.  The colour commentator announces, “Up next. Field hockey.”

During the commercial break you edge ever closer to the screen. Your heart gallops as you await the arrival of your Canadian heroes.  And when they finally appear, you think, “Hey, maybe that could be me one day.”

Shortly thereafter Connor Grimes began his journey to ‘the show.’

Destination  – the Olympics.

The Brentonian (graduate of B.C.’s Brentwood College School) recalls the first time he carefully positioned the maple leaf on his chest for the Canadian senior men’s team (Scotland 2002). “I was extremely excited to compete at the international level,” said the Victoria Selects alum. “I vividly remember getting goose bumps when we played the national anthem before the game. It’s always the best way to get focussed.”

And eight years later.

“I still got goose bumps after the anthem before our last game against Pakistan in the World Cup in (Delhi) India in March (2010).”

Connor’s cleats have carried him around the world. Global stops have included Hobart, Australia (2001), United Kingdom Tour (2002), New Zealand Tour (2003), South Africa Tour (2004), Madrid, Spain (2004), Changzou City, China (2006), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2007), Beijing, China (2008), San Diego, California (2010), and Delhi, India (2010).

Brentwood College School’s motto (Connor’s high school) reads “Where the World Comes to School.” How ironic. Connor Grimes has carried Brentwood College to the World.

With that kind of international experience I wasn’t surprised to learn that the 2008 Olympian is enrolled in International Business Administration at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Adopted by the Dutch in 2004, the Canadian national suits up for the historic HGC club (founded in 1906) – H.O.C. Gazellen-Combinatie  – located on the border of Wassenaara and The Hague. It is the highest level of club hockey in The Netherlands.

“I started my university career at UVic and UBC before making my way (2004) to the Netherlands,” said the internationalist . “Studying in the Netherlands has been incredible in many different aspects. It is a vibrant and international university with a global student body (sound familiar). Everything is in English so this has made things a tad bit easier!”

Continued the international scholar, “I will finish my undergraduate degree (International Business Administration) in July 2010 and will start my MSc in Finance in September.”

Admitted Connor, “Combining all the hockey with school was definitely challenging. It has taken me longer than most students but, all the experiences along the way with hockey have definitely been worth it.”

And living in his adopted homeland has been worth it, too. Connor loves life among “the Oranje.”  “I have been in The Netherlands for almost six years now and love it,” said the decorated Canadian internationalist. “It is a great country and the hockey culture is the best in the world. The game is really respected and I recommend to anyone to play in The Netherlands.”

When asked about his favourite field hockey moment Connor rapidly replied, “Etched in my mind would definitely be the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 2007. We were playing Argentina in the final and needed the win for that coveted ticket to the Beijing Olympic Games. We battled and battled back and forth and forced extra time with no result. We went to penalty strokes. We had completed a first round of strokes that remained equal. Sudden death strokes were next.

“Mike Mahood made an amazing save stopping the first Argentine stroke. Now, all we needed was our next stroke to go in and we were going to the Olympic Games! Nervously, Scott Tupper, Paul Wettlaufer, Rob Short and I were standing arm-in-arm (the boys taking the strokes) while Wayne Fernandes stepped up to take the final stroke. We were all looking at each other. When Wayne placed the ball perfectly in the top netting tears of joy started to pour. From there it was a blur. I really can’t explain the feeling but, we all ran together as a team to celebrate. That was a moment I will never forget.”

The 12 year old boy who believed that one day he would be an Olympian was Beijing bound.

“I have 144 caps to my name,” said the proud Canadian. “Every one (of my caps) was a learning and amazing experience.”

Although Connor has announced his retirement from the national team he will continue to play the game he loves. “For sure I will continue to play hockey (in The Netherlands).” Currently dressing for division one - HGC - the masterful forward will play in the second division while he completes his studies.

Throughout his distinguished career 27 year old Connor Grimes has been surrounded by a special team. His family. 33 year old sister, Aoibhinn, a recent UBC medical school graduate and a field hockey internationalist herself playing in over 100 games with the national team, Anna, 32 and Corporate Communications Specialist at Port Metro Vancouver who played seven games with the national side, and Rich, 29 who suited up for Canada’s Junior National Team and presently is a Jobs Resource Consultant for Right Management (Victoria) all cheered on their baby brother as he pursued his Olympic dream.

And of course, the Olympian's parents - Barbara and Richard - have always been by his side. "Oh gosh. I could go on and on," said Connor. "My parents have supported me every step of the way whether it was getting me to the airport on time, or for the most part flying around the world just to cheer me on in the stands."

Concluded Connor, “My hockey career would not have happened without their continuous support. I will definitely miss looking up to the crowd for my parents covered in red and white.”

And the men’s senior national team will definitely miss Connor Grimes. Thanks for the memories.

Field Hockey Canada media release



MCA to fund hockey body's artificial turf

MUMBAI: As per a previous agreement, Mumbai Cricket Association will fund laying of a new artificial turf at the neighbouring Mumbai Hockey Association by replacing the existing, worn-out surface.

"As per the managing committee's decision MCA would fund the laying of the new artificial turf at the MHA," said MCA's joint secretary Lalchand Rajput.

Rajput said MHA officials wanted the turf to be laid within the next few months.

"MHA officials said they want to hold the Gold Cup tournament in October or November," the former India Test opener said.

Rajput could not say precisely the cost of the new hockey artificial turf as the figure being quoted was between Rs 1.5 and three crore.

"The exact cost would be known once the measurement of the field is done. MCA will fund the entire cost," said Rajput, adding it was done as per a previous agreement between the two bodies.

Though he did not elaborate, it's a known fact that MHA has given away a portion of its north end to MCA to complete the revamp of the Wankhede Stadium as it prepares to host the 2011 World Cup matches, including the final.

The Times of India