News for 09 July 2010

All the news for Friday 9 July 2010


England can challenge world's best, says Danny Kerry

By Emily Benammar


Ready for action: England come up against Argentina in their opening match at the Champions Trophy Photo: ADY KERRY


England head coach Danny Kerry is confident his squad have what it takes to give the world’s best a run for their money as they get their 2010 Women's Champions Trophy campaign underway against Argentina in Nottingham tomorrow.

Historically England do not have the best track record in the six-nation tournament with just one win to their name in the three times they have participated. But such has been the improvement in the squad since their bronze medal win at the EuroHockey Nations last August; there is a definite air of confidence in the home-camp.

“We are a significantly better team than 12 months ago,” said Kerry. “I think we’re in a really good position - we’ve grown a lot of young players and worked on them being able to cope with the demands of top-level hockey.

“We’ve laid out a series of aims; number one being improving on where we finished last time and we believe this is achievable.

“It’s a function of where England hockey’s been and where it’s going. There’s been a long gap and when a gap opens up it’s hard to close, but we’re heading in the right direction.”

Joining England and Argentina on the Champions Trophy roster are Holland, China, Germany and New Zealand.

The Champions Trophy will mark the return to senior hockey internationals for Charlotte Craddock and Crista Cullen and will also see Georgie Twigg make her debut for England.

“In Georgie Twigg, there is some new blood and she has come through our National Age Group Squads, reflecting the excellent work carried out by the staff of those programmes. I am sure Georgie will relish and enjoy the experience,” Kerry said when asked about his decision to include 19-year-old Twigg who plays her club hockey with Clifton.

“Charlotte Craddock and Crista Cullen make a return to senior hockey following a gap in 2009 and I am confident that both of them will add to our performance.”

Great Britain’s men’s squad will also be in Nottingham making up one quarter of the line-up for the Men’s Four Nations Tournament. Jason Lee’s squad will come up against Germany, New Zealand and Japan.

Schedule:

Women's Champions Trophy


Sat July 10: Argentina v England 2pm
Sun July 11: Holland v England 4pm
Tues July 13: Germany v England 1:30 pm
Thurs July 15: England v China 1:30pm
Sat July 17: England v New Zealand 12:30pm
Sun July 18: 5th v 6th 9:30am
Sun July 18:Bronze medal match 12:15pm
Sun July 18: Final 3pm

Men's Four Nations

Mon July 12: Great Britain v Japan 8pm
Weds July 14: Great Britain v Germany 1:30pm
Fri July 16: New Zealand v Great Britain 8pm
Sat July 17: 3rd v 4th 5:30pm
Sat July 17: final 8pm

The Telegraph



Project 2013 draw Spain, seniors beat Pakistan


THE Malaysian hockey team beat Pakistan 3-0 in a Four- Nation in Dalian, China, yesterday to take a step closer to play in in the final.

The national team had on Wednesday beaten Russia 3-2 and will play China in their last pool match on Saturday.

Amin Rahim gave Malaysia the lead with a 19th minute penalty corner while the other goals came from Hafifi Hafiz (61st) and Azlan Misron (64th).

Coach Stephen van Huizen said the team is doing reasonably well, considering that he injected six new players after the Azlan Shah Cup.

“I have been fielding all the juniors to give them maximum exposure and they have done well so far. The first test will come when we play in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games but not too much should be read into it.

“Our target is to be be ready for the Asian Games in China, and that is why I am still experimenting with some young players,” said Van Huizen.

The three Junior World Cup players in Dalian are goal keeper Abdul Hakim Adnan, defender Herman Pawi and forward Azzami Adabi.

Meanwhile, in a playing-cum-training Tour Barcelona, the Project 2013 players held Spain Under-21 2-2.

Team manager Mirnawan Nawawi said: “The first half was an even contest with the Spain winning one penalty corner but failed to score.

“However, in the second half Malaysia took the lead off Mohamed Sabri in the 39th minute, but Spain drew level in the 50th minute.

“Firhan Ashaari scored with reverse stick attempt in the 64th minute to regain the lead but Spain managed to score the equaliser again but going by our clock, it was in the 75th minute,” said Mirnawan.

Spain fielded six Junior World Cup players, and according to Mirnawan, it was a morale boosting draw ahead of a re- match today.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey



Malaysia in Dalian hockey final


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia chalked up their second win with an impressive 3-0 win over Pakistan to qualify for the final of a four-nation hockey tournament in Dalian, China, yesterday.

In the first match on Wednesday, Malaysia ranked 14th in the world, came back from two goals down to beat Russia 3-2.

Defender Mohd Amin Rahim gave Malaysia the lead off a penalty corner in the 19th minute. And they sealed victory with two field goals in the last 10 minutes of the match through Hafifihafiz Hanafi (61st) and Azlan Misron (64th).

National coach Stephen van Huizen said in a telephone interview that Pakistan, who are ranked eighth in the world, were represented in the tournament by their second team.

“Their main team is now in Europe on a playing tour,” he said.

Stephen added that he field three new players in the first two matches and he was quite satisfied with their performances.

The trio given their first international senior caps were goalkeeper Abdul Hakim Adnan, defender Mohd Herman Pawi and forward Mohd Azzami Adabi.

Malaysia will play against China in their last round robin match tomorrow. The final and the third-place playoff will be held on Sunday.

The Star of Malaysia



Pakistan juniors outplay Thailand 6-0

Staff Report


LAHORE: Pakistan juniors routed Thailand 6-0 to take a victorious start in Indoor Asia Cup Hockey Tournament at Ipoh, Malaysia on Thursday.

According to a spokesman for the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), the green shirts were leading the first half 3-0. Muhammad Rizwan and Muhammad Suleman struck twice each while Kashif Shah and Amir Sultan scored one goal apiece. Pakistan will play their next match against Uzbekistan on Friday (today).

The Daily Times



Lahore in semifinals of U-16 hockey

Staff Report


LAHORE: Lahore thrashed Sargodha 9-1 to storm into the semifinals of Punjab Inter Divisional Under-16 Hockey Championship at National Stadium here on Thursday. Lahore’s star was Bilal Mahmood who struck in 19th, 24th and 34th minutes to score a hat trick. Lahore tore apart rivals defence at will with persistent penetration and superb moves. Lahore’s other scorers were Muhammad Rizwan (3rd minute), Bilal Qadir (8th minute), Zeehsna (14th minute), Omair Yousaf (32nd minute), Adeel Latif (48th minute) and Zafar Yaqoob (52nd minute). Sargodha’s lone scorer was Zeeshan Ahmed (37th minute). Lahore were leading 5-0 at interval.

In the other match of the day, Sahiwal beat Rawalpindi 4-0 before being 1-0 at interval. Sahiwal’s outstanding performer was Shan Ali who scored thrice – 20th, 41st and 54th minutes – to underline his hockey talent. Nadeem added the 44th minute goal. Lahore have qualified for the semifinals from Group A while Bahawalpur and Faisalabad have moved to the last four stage from Group B.

Today’s pool matches:

Sargodha vs Rawalpind

Lahore vs Dera Ghazi Khan

The Daily Times



US Junior Men's National Championships Begin

Chula Vista, CA; The Men's Junior National Championship kicked off today, July 7th, with two exciting games at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. The tournament consists of four teams. Three of the teams, East Coast, West Coast, and Ventura County, are made up by U19 players competing for a spot on the Junior Men's National Team. This is the first year that all of the players competing in the tournament hold a US passport and are eligible for the team, a sign that the men's program is growing. The fourth team competing is the Women's Central Training Program who reported for training in Chula Vista on July 6th after being chosen for the National Team last week in Virginia Beach. Games will be held throughout the week and the final will be held on Sunday, July 11th; the Men's Junior National Team will be chosen at the conclusion of the tournament.

The first game was hard fought as the Ventura County Red Devils held the Central Training Program to a 2-2 tie. The young men came out strong and refused to let the Women's Team control the game. Ajai Dhadwal, currently on the Men's National Team, set the pace going into halftime when he scored at the 34th minute on a penalty corner to put the men up 1-0. The women spent the second half refusing to let the men come away with a victory. Rachel Dawson tied the game on a penalty corner in the 49th minute; however the men regained the advantage only 2 minutes later when Tyler Sundeen netted one. The game ended in a tie after Melissa Gonzalez had a reverse shot field goal in the 55th minute.

The second game highlighted a very strong East Coast team, as they came away with a 6-1 victory against the West Coast. East Coast came out strong as they scored 4 unanswered goals. The first three came as field goals in the first half by Michael Schmitz, Mortiz Runzi, and Rishi Tewarie.

As the second half began Mortiz Runzi scored his second goal off of a penalty corner in the 65th minute making the score 4-0. Despite the gap, the West Coast refused to stop competing, and Baljeet Banwait came back with a goal one minute later, closing the gap 4-1. In the final minutes of the game East Coast would net two more goals; Lucas Long scored in the 69th minute and Rishi Tewarie scored his second in the final minute of the game off of a penalty corner.

Both games showed a high level of competition and demonstrated great sportsmanship as no cards were given out in either game. On July 8th, the West Coast Eagles will take on the Ventura County Red Devils at 1:30, while the East Coast Juniors take on the Central Training Program at 3:30. We are expecting another great day of field hockey in Chula Vista, despite the lingering clouds and spitting rain.

USFHA media release



South Africa hockey women's team last four Test matches against China

Jonathan Cook


THIS is the final piece of the puzzle as to what happened in the last four matches between the South Africa hockey women's team against China on the recent trip to Beijing.

Here is the information I received yesterday from the SA Team manager Kokkie Sieling:

Game 8
The first half did not go 100% according to plan and we were 5-0 down at half time. Half time talk and Giles said to the girls – "we want to compete in the second half" and so we did with a second half score of 2-1. The final score was 7-1.

Giles Bonnet, South Africa women's hockey coach.

Monday was another working rest day (it was clear that rest day actually only meant no match) but the girls loved the sessions and worked hard in all of them.

At supper on Sunday evening the girls negotiated with Giles to have the training session in the morning and then the afternoon off as the 3 late arrivals need some time to go shopping and he agreed. So they trained in the morning and the target was 2 goals or a goal and a short corner - two goals and they had the afternoon free.

15/06/2010
We wanted to really compete in the last 3 games and therefore the training sessions were slightly easier. The attackers trained in groups of 3 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and this meant some individual work with each of them. I think this was good and they could see what they were doing wrong and need to work on.

In game 9 we really competed with the half time score on 0- 2 and full time only 0-4. The girls played well.

Game 10
We seem to go up and down in our performances and need to achieve set goals more often in each game on a regular basis. Score 1-6.

Game 11: The last game ended with a score of 0-5.

Three Weeks of hard work (and some shopping and sightseeing) has gone by and we are getting ready to go home.

Some mixed feelings as they worked hard and started to mould into a very competitive team. We are going home but each one of them are taking a lot of knowledge with them that they need to explore even more and apply in their personal game back home.

A challenge to each one of them to keep on working hard without someone pushing and looking over their shoulder.

Game summary:
Games played    Games Lost    Goals For    Goals Against
11   11    8    65

Goal scorers:
Dirkie Chamberlain 2 
Tarryn Bright  2
Cindy Botha 1
Marcelle Keet 1
Lesley-Ann George 1
Kathleen Taylor 1

The feeling of SA Hockey World regarding this tour is simple:

In this delayed news due to miscommunication from China, the South African women's team came back winless from their tour to China.

Scheduled as an intense training camp with 11 international matches in the midst of all the gruelling sessions, there was never any likelihood that captain Marsha Marescia's side were going to seriously challenge the world's third-ranked China, especially when considering the half-dozen newcomers to the team.

However, what is the point of not measuring yourself against the best? Particularly when one considers that the Chinese were playing in their own backyard, as it were, in Beijing, and that they won the Olympic Games silver medal last time at the eight-ringed tournament.

New SA coach Giles Bonnet, who is the former national captain and now professionally based in Europe in a full-time coaching role, had to get a feel of the players and their capabilities, work out strengths and weaknesses, look at the players' mental strengths as individuals and in the team collective, and so on and so on.

And believe me, the vastly experienced Bonnet knows his stuff.

So there is no need to panic or criticise; let's see how much the players have learnt when they perform with their provinces at IPT in East London from June 20 to 24.

And them let's see what side Giles and the selectors, of which Mickey Gordon is convenor, decide on what side will go to the FIH World Cup in Argentina and then after that the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.

After these tournaments and their results and our overall performance, then let's measure whether the girls and the SA team have made progress.

Only then can we voice accurate opinions on the merit of this trip to China. (Jon Cook)

SA Hockey World



South Africa hockey girls' U18 and U17 squads BUT I am NOT happy

JONATHAN COOK


THE South Africa hockey U18 and SA U17 squads were released to SA Hockey World this week and there is one great disappointment for me ...

My disappointment lies with the fact that there is no SA U18 hockey girls' (and boys for that matter) B team.

Yes, I know that the A team has all the prestige and the B team is something of a "by the way", but in the past there was a B team (at least when I played back in the early 1980s) and it DID serve a purpose - and I believe now more than ever it would do the same.

It gave those who just missed out on the number one team a feeling that, "Well, at least someone noticed me and I must have been there and thereabouts".

It gives incentive to those just outside the golden loop to continue working hard, coupled with what must be drilled into them by the powers that be in these things that so often the "A" team guys don't go all the way to the treasured National senior hockey team and often enough it's the "B" team guys, ever mindful perhaps that they don't possess such a gift of talent as their peers that they must work even harder at their games, who taste Nirvana in the end.

And you know what? Children develop at different ages -- how many of you know a guy whom you dwarfed at school but now towers above you? (The guy I know - there were two come to think of it - was a pipsqueak and yet they - this is no bs - became Premier Division club rugby locks, good enough to play lower tier first class rugby back in the 80s).

And what about the guy who was the dunce but now earns more than you could even hope to earn in a lifetime? As I said, there are many exceptions to the rule and hockey is, ahem, no exception.

But I digress. Nowadays it is even more vital to have a B side at national level. Kids are emotional creatures, easily disappointed and disillusioned - I know, I was one of them once.

Who knows what this might do to their motivation, if only they had got affirmation by making the B side at national U18 and/or U16 level.

Plus - and this is a big one - how many Varsities will give top hockey bursaries to these girls, as only nine or so SA U18 hockey team players are leaving school next year. The vast majority of the others are still U17 and back again at school in 2011.

The other hockey bursaries for 2010 might go to other sports as some Varsities have strict criteria in awarding these things. Is that helping hockey in the bigger picture? No. So select and announce a B team.

With costs of playing tournaments and so on escalating, - for goodness' sake, for parents who fork out for just one child at Varsity to likely go to senior and U21 indoor and outdoor IPTs as well as SA Varsity USSA Week, the hockey brains trust needs to give them a helping hand wherever and whenever possible.

And this major dent in the household budget comes after they have already forked out a fortune in tuition and res fees and so on ad infinitum

We are shooting ourselves in the foot, red-carding our selves and all the other clichés by not naming B teams.

There, I've got it off my chest now, time to feed the dogs and have a cuppa. (And oh yes, well done to the girls who made it).

SOUTH AFRICA HOCKEY U18 GIRLS' TEAM 2010

Goalkeepers:
Zimi Shange (KZN Inland)
Chanel Bekker (Southern Free State)

Defenders:
Sne Zungu (KZN Inland)
Stacey Morley-Jepson (Southern Gauteng)
Bronwyn Kretzman (Amathole)
Jenna Shuker (KZN Coastal)
Blanche Aaron (Boland)
Hlubi Sipamla (KZN Inland)
Connie Dlamini-Dixon (KZN Coastal)

Midfielders:
Suleke Brand (Boland)
Quanita Bobbs (Western Province)
Tarryn Mallet (Boland)
Stephanie Baxter (Southern Gauteng)
Izelle Lategan (Boland)
Line Malan (Boland)

Forwards:
Lilian du Plessis (Southern Gauteng)
Jacinta Jubb (KZN Coastal)
Welma Luus (Northerns)

SA HOCKEY U17 HIGH PERFORMANCE SQUAD

Goalkeepers:
Phume Mbande (KZN Inland)
Zimi Shange (KZN Inland)
Nicole la Fleur (Boland)
A van Deventer (Southern Gauteng)
Michaela Mulvey (KZN Coastal)

Defenders:
Sne Zungu (KZN Inland)
Keisha Arnold (Eastern Province)
Bronwyn Kretzman (Amathole - Border)
Charne van Biljon (Northerns)
Toni van Niekerk (KZN Coastal)
Hlubi Sipamla (KZN Inland)
Lauren Jasson (Amathole)
Bianca Jones (Boland)

Midfielders:
Carli Gericke (Northerns)
Jenna-Leigh du Preez (Southern Gauteng)
Quanita Bobbs (Western Province)
Marlene Wessels (Mpumalanga)
Sarah Ive (Amathole)
Adrienne la Vatte (Eastern Province)
Lenthea Kamfer (North West)
Mia Viljoen (Boland)
Madie Wessels (Mpumalanga)
Lecia Schreuder (Boland)

Forwards:
Stephanie Baxter (Southern Gauteng)
Elan-Margo van Wught (Eastern Province)
Jacinta Jubb (KZN Coastal)
Amy Greaves (KZN Inland)
Hilda Dukhuduh (North West)
Sheena Floors (Northern Cape)
Noni Mkwenkweni (Amathole)

SA Hockey World



Gill has changed: Ashok Kumar

Sharad Deep


Olympian Ashok Kumar had raised his voice against Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) president KPS Gill after the cash-for-selection scandal in 2008 and general mismanagement, which resulted in the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) suspending the IHF and installing Hockey India in its place. But despite a bitter experience, he is back in the IHF fold.

On Thursday he spoke to HT on the sidelines of the 63rd Senior National Men’s Hockey Championship.

On why he leave the ad hoc body despite being a selector?

I had joined Hockey India as I thought it would improve things. But it turned out to be worse than IHF. HI officials just want to enjoy power and prevent real hockey lovers from working for the game.

On FIH’s role in Indian Hockey?

I don’t think there was any need for a unified body. FIH is not clear in using its rules - if there has to be a democratically elected unified body, then why is FIH not insisting for such a body in Pakistan? FIH people know that India is the biggest hub for sponsorship, and they mint money here. That’s the reason why it granted World Cup to India despite knowing the problems in Indian hockey.

On having a bad experience with IHF and KPS Gill and coming back with them?

I accept that both IHF and Gill were responsible for the declining of Indian hockey. I had high hopes from him, but he didn’t live up to the expectations.

However, now I feel Gill has changed especially after the revival of IHF through a court order.

On suggestions to Gill for improving the functioning of IHF?

He needs to take some tough decisions. He should listen to the right people. My first suggestion to him would be that IHF should ensure there is adequate infrastructure like astro turfs in pockets where hockey is popular and can grow. He needs to take some tough decisions. He should listen to the right people. My first suggestion to him would be that IHF should ensure there is adequate infrastructure like astro turfs in pockets where hockey is popular and can grow.

Hindustan Times