News for 14 July 2010

All the news for Wednesday 14 July 2010

Netherlands keep 100% win record

The Netherlands women have continued their winning form with a 2-1 win over China at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy, which is taking place in Nottingham,  England. Earlier in the day, England boosted their chances of a home triumph with a 2-1 triumph over Germany, while Argentina found form to crush New Zealand 4-0. Reports of each match can be found below.

New Zealand defeated by improving Argentina

Argentina showed greatly improved form with a crushing 4-0 win over the youthful New Zealand Black Sticks in the first match of Day 3 here in Nottingham. Before today's match, Las Leonas had only claimed one point from their opening two matches of the tournament, putting their dream of winning a third consecutive Champions Trophy tournament in serious jeopardy. However, Argentina showed great form in the second half to score four unanswered goals to re-ignite their hopes of success here in Nottingham.

The first half was evenly contested, although Argentina certainly had the better of the chances in the circle. New Zealand goalkeeper Bianca RUSSELL was in top form for her team, making a number of outstanding saves to ensure that the scores remained level at half time.

Argentina stepped up their game considerably in the second half, and deservedly took the lead in the 42nd minute when Delfina MERINO scored from close range following a superb pass from Carla REBECCHI. Argentina went in search of further goals, and netted a second when Noel BARRIONUEVO scored from a penalty corner in the 54th minute before brilliant open play strikes from Luciana AYMAR (FG 65m) and Daniela SRUOGA (FG 68m) sealed the win.

Richardson double lifts England

Midfielder Helen RICHARDSON was the star of the show as England claimed a 2-1 victory over Germany. RICHARDSON scored two virtually identical penalty corner deflections to give her side a 2-1 victory which moves England up to second in the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy league table.

Germany had a first half penalty corner goal from Tina BACHMANN ruled out by the video umpire before RICHARDSON delighted the home crowd with a diving finish in the 24th minute. Germany grabbed an equaliser in the 61st minute when Natascha KELLER fired home a penalty corner re-bound, which stood despite another video umpire referral from England. However, England's victory was assured when RICHARDSON scored her second of the game in the 64th minute to give her side a memorable triumph.

Paumen shines as Netherlands beat China

Penalty corner star Maartje PAUMEN scored twice to help The Netherlands fight back from a goal down to defeat China 2-1. The win ensures that The Netherlands remain the only team in the tournament with a 100 % win record, with three victories from their three matches.

China took an early lead in the match through star striker FU Baorong who created space for herself in the circle before finding the bottom left corner of the Netherlands goal with a well placed push past goalkeeper Joyce SOEMBROEK (FG 5m). China frustrated the World Number 1 team with some outstanding defensive play, with goalkeeper ZHANG Yimeng impressing with a number of top class saves. The Olympic champions found an equaliser in the 43rd minute thanks to a typically powerful Maartje PAUMEN penalty corner to tie the scores at 1-1. PAUMEN struck again eleven minutes from time with another blistering penalty corner to win the match, making it a happy day for Wieke DIJKSTRA (100 caps), Janneke SCHOPMAN (200 caps) and Minke SMEETS-SMABERS (300 Caps) who all reached international appearance milestones today.

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England win over Germany marred by controversy

By Bruce Hamilton

NOTTINGHAM: England continued their successful run in the women's Champions Trophy tournament on Tuesday, beating Germany 2-1 in a match overshadowed by controversy.

It was the first time that England had ever beaten the Germans in the Champions Trophy and follows a 2-1 win over Argentina on Saturday and a 3-0 reverse to the Netherlands on Sunday.

In the other games on Tuesday, Argentina swamped New Zealand 4-0 and Netherlands defeated China 2-1.

Germany soaked up England's early pressure and had a penalty corner goal disallowed 20 minutes into the first half when the video referral confirmed that the ball injector had both feet illegally inside the pitch.

Germany coach Michael Behrmann barely contained his rage at England's decision to challenge, which he felt went against the spirit of the game, and the decison of the video umpires to disallow the penalty corner goal by Tina Bachmann.

"Of course I am very, very angry and frustrated and it is one of the worst days of my life in hockey," Behrmann said.

"If you take video referrals in that way I think it is goodnight for hockey," Behrmann added.

England coach Danny Kerry admitted his team had discussed referring Germany's penalty corners to the video umpire before the match.

"It was brought up by one of the players in a meeting and we discussed it for some period of time," Kerry said.

Helen Richardson converted two of England's four penalty corners, each an identical drive by Kate Walsh to the right post for a deflection in by Richardson.

Natascha Keller converted Germany's fifth penalty corner.

China captain Fu Baorong scored a deflection for China at the right post after five minutes and Netherlands penalty corner striker Maartje Paumen converted two of their seven penalty corner chances in the second half to ensrue the victory.

It should have been more comfortable, though, as Netherlands had 17 shots on goal without scoring.

Dutch coach Herman Kruis was unconcerned, however,that so many chances went begging.

"I am happy to create so many chances but in the end we made two beautiful penalty corner goals," Kruis said.

China coach Kim Sang Ryul conceded Netherlands outplayed China.

"Holland was tactically better than China today," Kim said.

New Zealand goalkeeper Bianca Russell saved three quality penalty corner shots by Noel Barrionuevo to keep Argentina scoreless in the first half.

The Kiwis lost their structure in the second half, allowing Argentina to run freely into the circle to score field goals by Delfina Merino, Luciana Aymar and Daniela Sruoga and, finally, a penalty corner goal by Barrionueva.

liked the first half, but not the second.

"We played very well in the first half but in the second half we lost structure and lost shape and conceded too many soft goals," said New Zealand coach Mark Hager.

"Today was probably our worst performance in the second half and we played like schoolkids and allowed Argentina to run riot and do whatever they liked."

Argentina coach Carlos Retegui insisted the scoreline was secondary to the performance.

"We are not interested in the result as we are concentrating on the way we play the structures we are experimenting with at this tournament," Retegui said.

The tournament continues on Thursday when Germany meet New Zealand, China play England and Argentina face the Netherlands.

The Times of India

Video technology is major talking point in England victory over Germans

England put in a performance that coach Danny Kerry later called “awesome” on their way to an incident packed 2-1 victory over rivals Germany at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy in Nottingham on Tuesday afternoon.

After a stunning victory over Argentina on Saturday and defeat to the Netherlands on Sunday, England went into the match gunning for their second win of the competition, something they had never previously managed at the Champions Trophy.

A double from local girl Helen Richardson in front of an adoring home crowd gave England victory over the world’s number four team, with much of the post-match discussion revolving around England’s successful appeal to the video umpire to rule out a German goal just before England took the lead.

With just ten minutes remaining and England being pressed back, Natascha Keller scored an equaliser that England unsuccessfully appealed against.  But the hosts showed outstanding psychological toughness and self belief to pull themselves back in front moments later through Richardson and hold on valiantly for the win.

England’s record against Germany going into the game read played 54, won 20, drawn eight, lost 26, with their last meeting coming in the 2009 EuroHockey Nations Championships semi final, which Germany won with an extra time golden goal.

England started brightly with Clifton’s Georgie Twigg showing good persistence inside the German circle.  Having forced Germany to clear their lines once, she found Alex Danson in front of goal moments later and the Reading forward won an early penalty corner.  The Nottingham crowd was clearly hyped up for the game and the cheer that erupted when they mistakenly thought Cullen had scored the corner could only have spurred England on.  Cullen’s flick had actually passed wide of the right hand post but it took some seconds for it to register with the boisterous support.

With just five minutes on the clock Natascha Keller saw green for obstructing Leicester’s Chloe Rogers as the Beijing Olympian, making her 70th appearance in an England shirt, attempted a quick self pass.

Alex Danson then found herself with space to shoot from the left of the circle and she tested Barbara Vogel for the first time with a low shot that the goalkeeper could only kick along the back line.

England enjoyed the bulk of possession over a first 20 minutes that flew by.  Germany’s circle entries were limited to the early exchanges, which the English defence mopped up, marshalled as ever by Kate Walsh and Crista Cullen.

In the 20th minute Germany won their first penalty corner as Katharina Otte broke in to the top of the circle and found the foot of captain Walsh.  From the corner, Nina Masselmann pulled out to Tina Bachmann at the top of the circle.  The Germany captain rounded Cullen before slipping the ball low beyond Beth Storry’s right foot.  After a quick consultation between the defenders and with Germany celebrating, England appealed the decision to the umpire, calling for a Team Referral to the video umpire.  Walsh and co believed that Hasselmann had placed both feet inside the pitch when injecting the corner and the decision fell to Australian umpire Lisa Roach.  After some deliberation Roach awarded England a 15m hit, ruling out the Germans’ goal.

Soon after, England rubbed salt into German wounds as Leicester’s Hannah Macleod won a penalty corner at the other end.  Ashleigh Ball pulled it out to Walsh at the top of the circle and she fired it low and hard to the outside of the right post.  Out of the reach of Vogel in goal, Helen Richardson dived in to steer the ball home at the back post to put England in front.  It was Richardson’s third goal for England against Germany and the 13th of her career.

England’s tails were up and they stole the ball from the German midfield on several occasions as the clock ticked down with five first half minutes remaining.  Reading’s Danson was presented with another opportunity by the Germans on the half hour and despite being forced wide by Bachmann she again made sure Vogel had to make the save from an acute angle.

Both sides returned for the second half hungry to score the next goal and there was action at either end as first Hannah Macleod hit a shot that struck a German defender high and then, at the other end, Walsh mopped up as Germany came across from the left.

Germany won two penalty corners five minutes into the half but England survived both as Beth Storry saved well from the second, diving low to her right.

On 45 minutes Danson found herself with a great opportunity to extend England’s lead.  Having stayed high up field, she received a long pass from Chloe Rogers before rounding Bachmann and entering the German circle.  Vogel was quickly off her line as Danson pulled her stick back to shoot and the German goalkeeper smothered the effort at close range.

Germany appealed to the video umpire two minutes later when Christina Schutze knocked the ball onto the foot of goal scorer Richardson, who was trying to back away from a quickly taken free hit on the edge of the circle.  Germany were convinced of the offence but the video umpire gave England the decision and the Germans lost their right of referral for the remainder of the match.

At the other end, a short kick from Vogel to her defender was stolen back by Bowdon Hightown’s Sally Walton, who fed Nic White on the edge of the circle.  With Vogel retreating, White flashed a shot across goal and beyond the far post, just out of reach of Danson who was coming in through the middle.

The game was going from end-to-end and Germany won penalty corner number four off the back of Crista Cullen’s stick.  Cullen though made amends seconds later, blocking Bachmann’s powerful shot from the corner.

Germany upped the tempo as the half wore on and won another penalty corner with ten minutes remaining as Natascha Keller turned her marker and was immediately stick checked.  From the corner, Julia Muller shot high into the body of Danson and the ball rebounded to Keller who was thwarted brilliantly by Storry with her legs.  The follow up was more controlled as Keller lifted the ball over the prone Storry for the equaliser.  England appealed to the video umpire but the goal stood.

England’s response was immediate.  Good work from University of Birmingham’s Susie Gilbert won the hosts their third penalty corner of the game, which then saw Eileen Hoffman sent to halfway for breaking early.  With only four German players defending England took full advantage and it was Richardson again, sliding in at the back post, who deflected England back in front.

The home fans were cheering again less than two minutes later when Hannah Macleod looked to have put England further ahead but the umpire spotted an English foot as the ball entered the goal and it was disallowed.

As Macleod left the field for a yellow card with three minutes remaining and with England facing the final stages a player down, Walsh could be heard urging her teammates on.

With England penned in, Walsh made an excellent diving challenge on her reverse and with just 30 seconds remaining Storry made an outstanding last gasp save from Hoffmann at point blank range, deflecting high over the bar to preserve England’s fragile lead and secure another memorable victory.

Afterwards, in a frank press conference following the match, Germany coach Michael Behrmann and captain Tina Bachmann were clearly disappointed with the video umpire’s first decision.

England’s Head Coach Danny Kerry explained that the decision to refer it had actually been discussed in advance of the match.  “It [the injecting player’s foot being in the field of play] was actually brought up by one of the players in a team meeting.  The players are encouraged to do some analysis and we discussed it in that meeting for some time.  I understand Michael’s disappointment but I thought the referrals were good decisions.”

England’s captain Kate Walsh echoed Kerry’s sentiments: “We had seen it before,” she said.  “We saw the foot as we were lining up and knew we would refer it if we needed to.  I know Tina is disappointed and she says that it’s a small thing but at this level it’s the small things that matter.”

Talking about England’s other Team Referral, when Germany scored their goal, Kerry added: “I thought ‘was it high’? Yes! Was it going wide? Yes! And was it the first shot? Yes.  But the umpire gave it.

“The players have come a huge distance in a year.  We’re still got 11 players under 25 out there.  I’m delighted but the World Cup is fundamentally what it is all about and there are teams here that are definitely holding things back.”

England’s next match is against China on Thursday; it gets underway at 13:30.  The World Cup gets underway in Rosario, Argentina, on 28 August.

Helen Richardson 24, 63 (PC, PC)                    

Natascha Keller 60 (PC)           

England Squad v Germany


Beth Storry (Reading)
Crista Cullen (Leicester)
Natalie Seymour (Canterbury)
Kate Walsh (c) (Reading)
Laura Unsworth (Leicester)
Ashleigh Ball (Slough)
Helen Richardson (Leicester)
Chloe Rogers (Leicester)
Alex Danson (Reading)
Katie Long (Leicester)
Nicola White (Slough)

Substitutes Used

Charlotte Craddock (Clifton)
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham)
Hannah Macleod (Leicester)
Georgie Twigg (Clifton)
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown)

Did Not Play

Gemma Ible (Clifton)
Kerry Williams (Leicester)

Samsung FIH Champions Trophy Fixtures

Saturday 10 July 2010

11:00 China v Germany - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
14:00 Argentina v England - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
16:30 Netherlands v New Zealand - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Sunday 11 July 2010

13:30 Argentina v Germany - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
16:00 Netherlands v England - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
18:30 New Zealand v China - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Tuesday 13 July 2010

11:00 New Zealand v Argentina - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
13:30 Germany v England - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
16:00 China v Netherlands - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Thursday 15 July 2010

11:00 Germany v New Zealand - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
13:30 England v China - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
16:00 Argentina v Netherlands - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Saturday 17 July 2010

10:00 Netherlands v Germany - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
12:30 England v New Zealand - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
15:00 China v Argentina - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Sunday 18 July 2010

09:30 5th v 6th - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
12:15 Bronze Medal Match - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
15:00 Final - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

England Hockey Board Media release

Germany left fuming as England win after 'video referral'

By Emily Benammar

Goal! Oh no: Germany's Tina Bachmann scores a goal which is disallowed after a TV referal by the England team Photo: PA

England may have lost out to Germany in the football World Cup because of the lack of technology but they gained a degree of revenge in hockey's Women's Champions Trophy on Tuesday when they won 2-1.

Nottingham-born Helen Richardson scored twice for England in her hometown, but the focus of the game fell on a video referral to Germany's 20th-minute goal which was disallowed after replays showed that both of Nina Hasselmann's feet were on the field when she fed a penalty corner to the top of the circle.

Germany coach Michael Behrmann said: "I'm angry and frustrated, it's one of my worst days. Challenging a foot on the line is silly – if the video umpire is used for something like this then it's goodnight to hockey."

His sentiments were shared by captain Tina Bachmann: "It was smart of England but who cares if it's two centimetres in or out; if that's important then this destroys hockey.

England coach Danny Kerry and captain Kate Walsh confirmed that the foot fault was an element of Germany's game they had noted before the match and as such knew to look for the error.

"In this instance we saw a foot on the line and knew straightaway we would challenge," said Walsh. "At this level it's the small things that matter."

Germany pulled a goal back through Natascha Keller, but it was England's afternoon and the result marked their first top-level win over the world No 4 side since 2006.

On Wednesday Great Britain play Germany in the men's Four Nations. At half-time, former British players Sir Derek Day and Neil Nugent will be presented with the bronze medals they never received at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics when only those who played in the final received them.

The Telegraph

England get better of Germany in Samsung Champions Trophy

By Graham Wilson

A MAJOR controversy broke out as England for once got the better of Germany – thanks to a video referral – in the Samsung Champions Trophy at Nottingham yesterday.

Helen Richardson deflected home penalty corners in each half to give England a 2-1 win, their second scalp of the six-nation round-robin event.

But Germany were furious after a penalty corner goal was overturned on appeal by the Australian video umpire because the injector at the corner had both feet in the circle. Richardson had seen the infringement in video analysis of Germany matches and launched the appeal.

Germany coach Michael Behrmann said: “I am very angry. This has to be one of the worst days of my life. If the video umpire is used for something like this then it’s goodnight hockey.”

England captain Kate Walsh said: “We saw the foot on the line. Rule 13.3c says that’s a foul. These small things count.”

Daily Express

England women beat Germany in hockey's Champions Trophy

Video referrals help England to win over Germany

Helen Richardson scored twice as England's women got their Champions Trophy hopes back on track with a 2-1 win over Germany in Nottingham.

Richardson scored two penalty corner deflections to make it two wins out of three for the hosts and move them up to second in the tournament table.

It was England's first competitive win over Germany since the 2006 World Cup.

Argentina beat New Zealand 4-0, with Olympic champions the Netherlands playing China later on Tuesday.

England opened their campaign with a 2-1 victory over second-ranked Argentina on Saturday but were beaten 3-0 by the Dutch, who are also the world champions, on Sunday. England's next match is against China on Thursday.

England's game with Germany was goalless when Germany's Tina Bachmann rounded Crista Cullen before slipping the ball past goalkeeper Beth Storry for what appeared to be the opening goal.

But the effort was ruled out when the video umpire adjudged Germany's Nina Hasselmann had placed both feet on the pitch when firing in a penalty corner in the build-up.

England made the most of their reprieve when Richardson dived in to steer the ball home at the back post following a penalty corner.

With 10 minutes remaining Germany pulled level through Natascha Keller but England mounted an immediate response, winning a penalty corner that Richardson slotted home at the back post to secure the victory.

England head coach Danny Kerry said the decision to refer penalty corners had been discussed before the match.

"It [the penalty corner taker's foot being in the field of play] was actually brought up by one of the players in a team meeting," he said.

"The players are encouraged to do some analysis and we discussed it in that meeting for some time. I understand [Germany head coach] Michael Behrmann's disappointment but I thought the referrals were good decisions."

England captain Kate Walsh echoed Kerry's sentiments: "We had seen it before," she said. "We saw the foot as we were lining up and knew we would refer it if we needed to. I know [Germany captain] Tina [Bachmann] is disappointed and she says that it's a small thing but at this level it's the small things that matter."

BBC Sport

Women's Black Sticks lose 4 - 0 to Argentina

The Black Sticks Women have lost their third game in the Samsung Champions Trophy, going down 4-0 to Argentina.

A nil all draw at half time looked hopeful for the Black Sticks Women against the world’s number two team, with both teams playing open attacking hockey in the first half.

The Black Sticks Women fought off three penalty corners in the first half, and goalkeeper Bianca Russell’s defensive saves ensured Argentina did not score.

However, the second half saw Argentina break through and score three field goals and one more off a penalty corner.

The Black Sticks Women’s next game is against Germany, live on SKY Sport 1, Thursday July 15 at 10.05pm.

More information available from for this tournament.

The Black Sticks Men will have their second outing at the Four Nations tournament being held in Nottingham. They take on Japan on Wednesday, July 14 at 4.00pm local time (NZT Thursday, July 15 at 3.00am).

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Women's Black Sticks lose again at Champions Trophy

New Zealand were outplayed by Argentina to suffer their third successive loss at the six-nation Champions Trophy women's hockey tournament in England today.

New Zealand held the world No 2-ranked Argentinians to 0-0 at halftime before the south Americans turned on the fireworks to win 4-0 at Nottingham.

New Zealand are at the foot of the standings in the elite tournament after earlier losses to China and the Netherlands.

They battled hard in the first half today to stave off three penalty corners as goalkeeper Bianca Russell's defensive saves ensured Argentina did not score.

However, the second half saw Argentina break through and score three field goals and one more off a penalty corner.

While the New Zealanders did not have a shot on goal in the entire match, the Argentine attackers were much busier.

They broke through seven minutes into the second with Delfina Merino's field goal before Noel Barrionuevo scored from a penalty corner and captain Luciana Aymar and Daniele Sruoga added extras in the last five minutes.

New Zealand's next game is against Germany tomorrow night (NZT).


Argentina 4 (Delfina Merino, Noel Barrionuevo, Luciana Aymar, Daniele Sruoga) New Zealand 0. Halftime: 0-0.


Video referral controversy

By George Brink

The video referral system was the main topic of discussion yesterday at the Samsung Champions Trophy in Nottingham. With a "technicality" denying a German goal, an "incorrect" decision giving Germany a goal and a request lost in translation from China possibly questioning if this technology should be used at all.

The main talking point was the first decision against Germany. From a penalty corner Tina Bachmann seemed to have brilliantly worked the ball to the penalty spot before slipping the ball into the left hand corner for what was a brilliant bit of play to watch. The England defenders appealed the decision on the grounds that the injector's trailing foot had been on the line and therefore inside the playing area in contravention of Rule 13.3.c."the attacker taking the push or hit from the back-line must have at least one foot outside the field".

As an umpire I am aware of this requirement and watch as time after time injectors will carefully line up their back foot outside the line, but as they inject their foot turns and "breaks the line" before the injection happens. Does this really interfere with play? I don't think so and frequently turn a blind eye to this technical infringement as the player made a genuine effort to comply with the rule before the injection.

Other times the player will line up with their foot touching the line before they even start the injection. A quick glance to see if the defence are doing the same thing determines if I blow the technicality or not. If they are I let it ride, but if the defence have made the effort to comply I will blow it. My justification for my actions are exactly the same as Tina Bachmann, the German Captain, said in the post match media interview "what difference does 2 centimetres really make?". If both teams are slightly breaking this rule let's just get on with the game instead of being pedantic.

So were Germany justified in being angry with the decision? Tina Bachmann I believe had every right to be angry and disappointed as she had scored a magnificent goal. But looking at the actual infringement on the replay, the injector's foot was not just slightly breaking the back of the line, but was fully on the line and partly inside the circle. At this level of play that is plain sloppiness and deserves to have been punished. How the umpire didn't spot it before the injection was taken is quite beyond me. It is not as if at that point of the corner you have much else to think about. The ball is about to be injected, are all the players behind the line? A well positioned upire (and she was) is able to clearly see if the back foot is behind the line and the defenders are behind the line as well. The next thing you track is defenders breaking on the injection, but there is that brief pause of complete inactivity before that decision needs making.

Were England right in making the call for a video referral? That's what they are there for, to get the right decision. I don't believe the ball should have even reached the top of the D after the injection before the whistle should have been blown, however England were able to correct this error by the referral. Disappointment for Germany, yes, but to say what do a few centimetres matter when the infringement was so blatant, is not the right way forward.

The next controversial decision involved the first shot on goal striking Alex Danson in the body, way too high and hard to cross the line below 460mm. The ball fell to a German attacker who flicked high into the net. England appealed the decision on the grounds that the first shot was too high.

Immediate video replay showed the ball passing close to Kate Walsh before striking Danson so immediately the question "was there a deflection into Danson" became critical. Different angles showed that there was clearly no contact with Walsh and so the questions that need answering are; as this was a hit, would the ball cross the line below 460mm - no, the goal should not stand; If you inexplicably forget that rule, Would the ball have entered the goal if the it had not struck the body meaning a penalty stroke and allowing the advantage of the of the ball flicked into the goal.

THere are two distinct camps on this one. One camp believing the defender has deliberately put themselves in the way of danger and therefore is "fair game", and the other believing the Rules of dangerous play apply just as equally to shots on goal and a ball hitting a defender's body should be penalised as dangerous. The "official" line appears to be the former despite there being no justification in the Rules for it, whilst I am a believer in the latter on the grounds I would never allow a shot like that in open play outside the circle (and I believe neither would believers of the "official" line) and so would have penalised the shot anyway.

What the replay showed is that the shot was clearly missing the goal and that the official line is that the raised shot should be penalised. Inexplicably the goal was allowed to stand.

The third video referral incident happened in the Netherlands China game where the team's request got lost in translation. Netherlands got into the circle and flicked the ball up into the thigh then body of a Chinese defender. This was not a shot on goal and was intended to be a skill lift to beat the defender. A PC was given. The Chinese appealed the decision pointing to the thigh to indicate the ball had been raised dangerously into the defender. The umpire thought Chinese were appealing for a Dutch foot before the incident and asked for a decision on that basis. Of course that was the wrong request and although the ball had been lifted into the player (which the Chinese had actually asked to be looked at) the PC was allowed to stand. A decision against Chine because they were unable to express their request in English to an umpire whose first language was not English.

Three decisions, three reasons to question goal line technology. The reason behind goal line technology is to get the correct decision. In the first German incident the Rules were broken and even if you want to go down the "technicality" line, just how far do you let the technicality slip before you blow it up? At lower league level where players are out to enjoy their Saturday afternoon of sport I believe you can be a bit more lenient, but a World level the players should know exactly what they are doing. This was not a technicality as the injector's back foot was completely inside the field of play and there was no effort made to even comply with the rule. I'm sorry for Tina Bachman as her goal was one of the finest I have seen for a long time, but the correct decision was reached.

In the second decision the video umpire has got to realise that getting the correct decision is paramount. I know there is a lot of pressure on them to not hold up the game for too long, but people are going to scrutinise the decision after the game and if you get it wrong the whole system is going to be slaughtered. There is the possibility for the video umpire to look at the detail frame by frame and the opportunity to examine if the ball touched Kate Walsh before hitting Alex Danson was not properly investigated. The TV producer would have known this had been examined frame by frame and would have played that back on the big screen if it had been requested. What did transpire in the slow mo is that it would have been virtually impossible for the ball to have hit Walsh and deflect into Danson.

The third incident shows that language barriers need to be taken into account in making the referral.

So how do we improve the system. The first incident shows why we have the system, the second was possibly an unfortunate mistake made under extreme pressure, but I believe there is a way round the third. There is a signal for every umpiring decision that transcends language and I believe that the request for the referral should be made using the recognised umpiring signal. If the Chinese girl had held her two hands apart indicating the too high signal rather than touching her leg where the ball hit her there would have been no doubt as to what was being requested. The spectators will also have a clearer idea as to why the referral has been made. It is quite right that on the big screen spectators only see "decision pending" until after the decision is made so they can't influence the decision.

I believe that one further improvement can be made in that the first referral is a "free" referral. If you get it right you keep the "free" referral, but if you get it wrong you lose it. After that teams may still refer, but if they get it wrong the captain leaves the pitch on a yellow card. It at least allows teams to still be able to make a referral, but I believe that the threat of possibly losing a player means they will only use the referral system when they are more than absolutely sure they will get it right.

I also believe that since the idea behind the system is to get decisions right that if the video umpire spots a different breach of the Rules to the one that has been requested, the correction can be given to the umpire. Take the Chinese incident. "It did not hit a Dutch foot but was raised into the body of the Chinese defender" gives the umpire the opportunity to get the right decision. Some say this will lead to teams making referrals when they "think something was wrong" and getting the decision for something else. I see no reason why they can't get the decision but still lose the "free" referral. Let's say China had appealed for a Dutch foot, the umpire signal is "foot - no, body - free hit" and the "free" referral is lost, but the correct decision is reached.

Should video referral stay. Absolutely yes. exclusive


Hockey’s Super Saturday Sells Out

Hockey’s Super Saturday at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy and International Men’s Four Nations Tournament is officially a sell out!

The stands at Highfields Sports Club in Nottingham will be packed out for five matches of world class hockey this Saturday as the women’s and men’s tournaments feature together for the first time in a bumper showcase for the sport.

England’s women, who enjoyed a superb win over Germany this afternoon, are second on the bill when they take on New Zealand’s Black Sticks in search of a place in the medal playoffs at 12:30pm.

Later in the day, fans will have the chance to see Great Britain in action in either the men’s Final or bronze medal match.  Their fate rests on matches against Germany on Wednesday and New Zealand on Friday night.

Fans can still help roar them on to victory over the next three days with tickets available for Great Britain’s match against men’s Olympic champions Germany on Wednesday, England’s showdown with women’s Olympic silver medalists China on Thursday and Great Britain versus New Zealand on Friday evening.

As well as the fantastic international hockey, there is plenty more to with a hockey village featuring retail stands, a Fun Zone and food and drink outlets.

Tickets for the whole day start from just £7.50 for concessions and £10.00 for adults on Wednesday and Friday, and £7.50 and £12.50 on Thursday.

Sunday is Finals Day at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy with six teams battling it out for gold, silver and bronze.  Tickets for Finals Day start at £13.00 for concessions and £18.00 for adults.

Tickets for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Finals Day are available from 08444 77 5678 or on the gate on the day at Highfields Sports Club, Nottingham.

Wednesday 14 July 2010

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

Thursday 15 July 2010

11:00 Germany v New Zealand - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
13:30 England v China - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
16:00 Argentina v Netherlands - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Friday 16 July 2010

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

Saturday 17 July 2010

10:00 Netherlands v Germany - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
12:30 England v New Zealand - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
15:00 China v Argentina - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Sunday 18 July 2010

09:30 5th v 6th - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
12:15 Bronze Medal Match - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
15:00 Final - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

England Hockey Board Media release

Pak team bt France in second hockey test

LAHORE - Pakistan hockey team defeated France in the second test match by 4-0 in Spain,said the information made available on Tuesday.Muhammad Tauseeq struck twice and Rehan Butt and Shakeel Abbasi shared one goal apiece in a one sided affair.Pakistan had earlier played a 2-2 draw against Spain. The green shirts will now play their third match against Spain on July 15.

Associated Press of Pakistan

U21 Women look to home advantage against Belgium

Scotland U21 Women’s team continue their preparations for the upcoming European Junior Nations Championship this week with a series of internationals, beginning on Thursday, against Belgium at Peffermill, Edinburgh.

Head Coach Rhona Simpson continues to champion consistency in her squad selections, picking an identical side that has played in the previous seven internationals, including testing encounters against England and Ireland.

“The focus for us is on team development and increasing the levels of competition regularly for the girls.” said Simpson. “The team competed more on the physical side against England, which was what I was looking for.  We played some good hockey and the girls are gaining in confidence, but we need to play more games at this level of intensity.”

The Belgian U21s will arrive in Edinburgh with preparation for forthcoming European tournaments also on their minds too. They travel Italy at the end of July for the European Junior Nations Trophy, where they will be looking to secure promotion to the Championship tournament in which the Scots will compete when they travel to Lille to face Belarus, Spain and Germany.

Although the Scots narrowly failed to defend their Celtic Cup title in France recently, Simpson is confident heading into the Belgium internationals, highlighting the team’s mounting experience, “The Celtic Cup brought two hard fought wins and we had to stick at it, but the experience gained in winning these types of games will stand us in good stead as we move forward in the programme and look forward to Lille.”

With the matches taking place at the National Hockey Academy, Peffermill in Edinburgh, there is an opportunity for local youngsters to attend the matches free of charge and watch some international hockey. Match one starts at 15.30 on Thursday 15 July, with the second match starting at 12.00 on Friday 16 July.

Scotland Women U21, from: Amy Gibson, Fiona Bruce, Alison Howie, Nicola Lowrey, Morag McLennan, Jilly Bell (All Glasgow Western), Kerry Hall, Daniele Johnston (both Grove Ladies), Iona Stephen, Louise Fleming (both Giffnock), Amy Brodie, Emily Bain (both CALA Edinburgh), Isobel Rosie (Bristol Firebrands), Heather Stafford (Bradfield Wakefield), Kristin Ayling (Kelburne), Rebecca Condie (Birmingham Uni), Rachel Malcolm (Loughborough Uni)

Scottish Hockey Union media release

MSC thump arch-rivals

Mohammedan's Pakistani recruit Mohammad Sabbir (R) tries to slip past Abahani midfielder Ehsan Rana during their Green Delta Bangladesh Premier Division Hockey League match at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday. Sabbir scored one goal in Mohammedan's 3-0 victory over their bitter rivals. Photo: STARSports Reporter

Mohammedan Sporting Club completed their first-leg campaign of the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier Division Hockey League with an all-win record as the title contenders thumped archrivals Abahani 3-0 in their last match at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Pakistani forward Mohammad Sabbir gave Mohammedan the lead just before the break while local strikers Jahidul Islam Rajon and Rasel Mahmud Jimmy scored one goal each in the second half to help the Black and Whites top the table with nine straight victories that lifted their point tally to 27 points, three ahead of last year's runners-up Abahani, who tasted their first defeat in nine matches.

Mohammedan, who had to be content finishing behind champions Usha KC and Abahani last season, will start the Super League campaign taking on Ajax SC on Thursday in a bid to regain the title.

Abahani were boosted by five former Pakistani national players, including penalty corner specialist Sohail Abbas, and they began at great pace to press Mohammedan from the outset. They should have taken an early lead but the young striker Hasan Jubair Niloy failed to connect a fierce hit from Pakistani Mohammad Javed.

That was in fact the lone field goal chance for Abahani in the whole game. Though they picked up four penalty corners, Sohail Abbas failed to convert any of them in the face of good defence from Mohammedan.

Mohammedan gradually grew in confidence to control the midfield and attacked through the wings and found the goal three times.

Jimmy sent the ball to Musa Mia inside the danger zone and the veteran forward pushed it to an unmarked Sabbir, who tapped the ball home from handshaking distance to give Mohammedan a deserved lead one minute from the break.

After resumption, Abahani stepped up the attack to equalise the margin, but they could not break down the defensive wall of the opponents though they twice picked up penalty corners which went begging.

From a counter attack, Abdus Sattar John took a fierce hit from outside the box and Rajon just flicked it home to double the advantage in the 51st minute.

An unmarked Jimmy set free by Pakistani defender Mohammad Atique sealed the fate of the match five minutes from time.

Mohammedan coach Zahirul Islam Mitul said that his charges played accordingly and came out successfully and that they first tried not to concede penalty corners much and went into attack after building up the game through a slower pace.

Abahani coach Kawsar Ali was frustrated with the outcome though he praised his charges for the way they played.

Abbas should have scored at least two goals from four penalty corners and he could not justify his standard, said Ali.

The Daily Star

Delhi in last 8 of national hockey

Delhi crushed Jharkhand 4-1 to enter the quarterfinals of the 63rd senior national men’s hockey championship on Tuesday. Delhi, thus, became the seventh team to book a berth in the quarter-finals. The other teams which have already made it to the quarter-finals are Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and hosts Madhya Pradesh State Hockey Academy (MPSHA), Bhopal.

For Delhi, Pradeep Kumar (4th minute), Rocky (29th), Amit Lochan (43rd) and Praveen (68th) were the goal scorers while Suman Tirkey scored the lone goal for Jharkhand in the 24th minute.

In another match, Orissa defeated Uttarakhand 2-1 to stay in the quarter-final race along with SAIL from Pool H. Lakra (16th minute) and Tirkey (26th) found the net for Orissa while Abdul Masid (4th minute) scored Uttarakhand’s only goal.

IHF junior team

The Indian Hockey Federation junior boys’ team has left for Chenai to participate in the 80th All India MCC Murugappa Gold Cup to be held from July 15-25. Probables for the team were camping at Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre, a press release said.

Squad: P Naveen Kumar, Abhinav Pandey, Amit Rohidas, Chandan Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Devendra Valmiki, Manpreet Singh, Pradeep More, Manmeet Raj Singh, Barkat Singh, Varinder Singh, Naveen Sangwan, Lalit Upadhyay, Gunasekar M, Alfan Yusuf, Sukhdev Singh, Anslam Hemran and Armaan Qureshi

Indian Express

HI gets NOC from the government for elections

NEW DELHI: Hockey India on Tuesday said it has received a no-objection certificate from the Indian government to conduct its much-awaited elections on July 28.

The Sports Ministry had asked the national body to not go ahead with the election in the wake of a Delhi High Court ruling which reinstated the KPS Gill-led Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).

The IHF ruled the game in the country for nearly 15 years before it was disbanded in 2008 after allegation of corruption against secretary K Jyothikumaran.

"The government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has given its No Objection to the holding of the Elections of Hockey India. The Elections will be held on 28th July at New Delhi," a Hockey India statement said.

The Sports Ministry has already appointed SK Mendiratta as the Election Observer while Retired High Court Judge R C Chopra has been appointed as the Returning Officer.

Hockey India had ratified the affiliations of 33 units, including four institutional boards, during its Special General Meeting, last month.

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

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

The Times of India

Govt gives sanction to HI elections

In order to safeguard India's participation in international sporting events, the government on Tuesday gave its sanction to Hockey India (HI) for conducting elections on July 28 in New Delhi. Having advised HI to take no further action regarding elections in the wake of the Delhi High Court reviving Indian Hockey Federation , the Sports Ministry rescinded its order and announced SK Mendiratta as its observer for the elections. The government also asked HI to provide all documents regarding the electoral college, procedure to follow and rules regarding the AGM.

The government has taken into account a threat by the international hockey federation (FIH), to banish the India women's team from the World Cup at Rosario, Argentina, in August if HI failed to hold elections by July 31, and issued a no objection to elections.

The Ministry is considering this situation as 'unusual' as HI is recognised by the international hockey federation while it has to recognise the IHF to honour a court order.

The Ministry is taking the present situation as a deviation from its policy of one national body for one sport, but in the long run it would like to have one body conforming to its rules. Though the court revived the IHF, it has not passed an order against the existence of HI and thus the Ministry could not have stopped HI, an autonomous body, from conducting elections.

Though its stand has resulted in a situation of uncertainty, the government feels it should avoid a knee-jerk reaction. There is a feeling in the Ministry that it would have a better chance of bringing HI and IHF to the negotiation table if both have elected bodies. The ministry hopes to solve the problem after the Games and therefore gave permission in the interim to avoid FIH sanctions.

Hindustan Times

Hockey India gets election go-ahead, Gill slams ministry

Things keep getting murkier, and more confusing, in Indian hockey. In the latest development, Hockey India (HI) claim to have received a no-objection certificate from the Sports Ministry, giving them the go-ahead to conduct elections as scheduled on July 28, a move that came for criticism from KPS Gill.

Gill, who is the president of the reinstated Indian Hockey Federation, slammed the ministry for its decision. “They are trying to tread a very fine line, which only exposes their dishonesty,” he said. “In any case, the government can neither stop an organisation from holding elections nor ask it to conduct one. Also, we have nothing to do with this judgement. We are working in accordance with the court ruling. In a democracy, the court of law is supreme. Any decision by a court of law is above anything the government may do,” Gill told The Indian Express.

In a statement, HI said, “The government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports has given its No Objection to the holding of elections of Hockey India. The elections will be held on July 28 at New Delhi.” The sports ministry had earlier asked HI to restrain from holding elections or take any action till further advice.

The letter from the ministry, however, makes it clear the decision has been taken only to avoid any possible embarrassment for India in international meets. “The government has taken into account Hockey India’s letter date June 24, forwarding therewith FIH’s letter dated June 23, and the issue of participation of Indian team in international events...” it says. Interestingly, a sports ministry spokesman, when contacted, denied any knowledge of such an order. “I cannot say anything about it, I have no idea about any such NOC,” he said.

Tirkey named selector

Meanwhile, former India captain Dileep Tirkey has been named one of the selectors in the four-member national selection committee by the IHF. The other members of the committee includes former India international Abdul Gaffoor Khan, Olympians Baljeet Singh Dhillon, Anil Aldrin and Sayyed Ali.

Indian Express

IHF appoints national selection panel

Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) on Tuesday announced a national selection panel and is now in direct confrontation with Hockey India (HI) on the selection of the Indian national team. IHF chief KPS Gill told IANS that from now on they will select the national team. "We have formed a selection panel and from now on we will be selecting the national team," Gill said.

Meanwhile, the sports ministry on Tuesday gave the green signal to HI to go ahead with the elections July 28. After the Delhi High Court reinstated the IHF, the sports ministry had asked HI not to hold the elections and sought advice from the law ministry on the issue.

However, the ministry gave its clearance on Tuesday and appointed SK Mendiratta as the observer.

Gill said this will not hamper the functioning of the IHF, which is conducting the Senior National Men's Hockey Championship in Bhopal.

"We are not affected by their decision to hold the election. The government is not above the High Court," Gill said.

Asked whether IHF has sought the permission of International Hockey Federation (FIH) which recognise ad-hoc HI, Gill said: "We have written to FIH after the High Court order. We are waiting for their response."

HI secretary general Narinder Batra maintained that IHF has long been derecognised by FIH.

"We are not concerned at what they are doing. They have been derecognised by the FIH in 2000. They are not a unified body which is a pre-requisite for getting the recognition of the international federation."

IHF's selection panel comprise Dilip Tirkey, Syed Ali, Edward Aloysius, Baljeet Singh Dhillon and Abdul Gaffoor.

Hindustan Times

IHF appoints selection panel

Taking forward its tussle with Hockey India (HI), the KPS Gill-led Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) on Tuesday announced its panel of selectors to pick up India teams. The IHF selection panel comprises Olympians Dilip Tirkey of Orissa, Edward Aloysius of Mumbai, Baljit Singh Dhillon of Punjab, Gurbux Singh Grewal of Mumbai, Syed Ali of Uttar Pradesh and Abdul Gaffor Khan, a former international player from Bhopal.

The announcement made on the sidelines of the 63rd Senior National Men's Hockey Championship for the Rangaswamy Cup here does not come as a surprise as the IHF wants to prove that it is fully functional. However, the move has no relevance as the IHF is not recognised by the international hockey federation (FIH) and therefore not authorised to select teams for international events.

Though two of the selectors, Aloysius and Gaffoor watched the quarterfinal proceedings at the Aishbagh Stadium and the other three are expected to join in a day or two, their efforts will eventually go waste as HI may not recognise what they pick.

Hindustan Times

IHF appoints national selectors

Former international Abdul Gaffoor Khan has been appointed as one of the selectors by the Indian Hockey Federation.

Apart from Khan, others who have been chosen as selectors are former skipper Dilip Tirkey and Olympians Baljeet Singh Dhillion, Anil Aldrin and Sayyed Ali, a release from the Madhya Pradesh government said on Tuesday.

The Indian Hockey Federation on Monday sent a message to the Madhya Pradesh Sports and Youth Affairs Department to inform it about Abdul’s selection, it said.

The Hindu

IHF appoints Gaffor, Tirkey as national selectors

BHOPAL: Former India captain Dilip Tirkey was named one of the selectors in the four-member national selection committee by the rejuvenated Indian Hockey Federation.

Apart from Tirkey, the other members of the selection committee includes former India international Abdul Gaffoor Khan, Olympians Baljeet Singh Dhillion, Anil Aldrin and Sayyed Ali, an official release said.

The IHF had asked the Madhya Pradesh Sports and Youth Affairs Department yesterday to inform it about Gaffor's selection in the four-member panel.

The Times of India

MHF to impose stiffer penalties on late pullouts


KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) intend to slap stiffer penalties on team who make late withdrawals from domestic competitions.

The MHF secretary, Hashim Mohamed Yusof, said that in three recent tournaments, Selangor were the errant team and each time their HA were fined RM500.

Selangor opted out at the last minute from the recent national indoor championships in Ipoh. They also withdrew from the national Under-23 and the veterans’ tournaments.

“The hosts spend money and time to prepare for the tournament and last-minute withdrawals cause problems for them.

“The competitions committee feel that a RM500 fine is too lenient and we will propose for an increase in the penalty,” he said.

Hashim said that the matter would be raised at the executive council meeting on July 27.

“Besides a heavier fine, we may propose suspension on the teams who withdrew from other domestic competitions,” he said.

Meanwhile, the competitions committee in a meeting on Saturday approved Penang as hosts of the national Under-14 championship scheduled for Nov 20-28.

Hashim also said that the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) will begin in December after the national team’s commitment in the Guangzhou Asian Games.

“The Premier League and Division One matches will be held simultaneously this time,” he said.

“Last year, the two divisions were held three months apart and the top two teams in Division One had to wait for another two months to play in the knockout stage.

“This posed a problem for the teams and we will avoid this,” Hashim said.

The Star of Malaysia

Sports agreed on way forward for artificial pitches

Four sports have come together with Sport England and the Football Foundation to agree a new strategic approach to selecting artificial grass pitches.

New guidance drawn up by the sports bodies will ensure the right surfaces are installed in the right places, delivering maximum value for investment in pitches.

The last decade has seen an explosion in the number and type of artificial pitches. But, with some surfaces only suitable for certain sports, some of these pitches did not have the most appropriate surface to meet the needs of local sporting communities.

The national governing bodies of hockey, football, rugby union and rugby league have all committed to using the new guidance for selecting the most appropriate artificial grass pitch.

Sport England is recommending that all planners, schools, universities, clubs and local authorities that are considering installing an artificial grass pitch also follow the new guidance.

The guidance document sets out which types of artificial pitch are appropriate for each of the four sports – and at what level.

A simple four-step guide explains how to select the right type of artificial grass pitch to meet local demand.

Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson said:

“Getting as many people as possible to give sport a try is one of my top priorities so it’s important that new facilities are multi-use and accessible. As a keen hockey player and a fan of football and rugby I’m pleased to see them all working together to ensure that, where appropriate, artificial pitches are more versatile.”

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said:

“Sport is at its strongest when partners tackle issues jointly. This guidance will help our stakeholders to make the right choice for their local sporting community when investing in artificial grass pitches.”

This new guidance and policy statement for selecting the appropriate artificial sport surface has been jointly developed by:

England Hockey Board
Football Association
Football Foundation
Rugby Football Union
Rugby Football League
Sport England.

Sport England invests National Lottery and Exchequer funding in organisations and projects that will grow and sustain participation in grassroots sport and create opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.

Sport England is committed to creating a world-leading community sport system, and has set specific and measurable targets to achieve by 2012/13:
•    One million people doing more sport
•    A 25% reduction in the number of 16- to 18-year-olds who drop out of at least five key sports
•    Improved talent development systems in at least 25 sports
•    A measurable increase in people’s satisfaction with their experience of sport
•    A major contribution to the delivery of the five hour sports offer for children and young people.

Sport England media release