News for 15 July 2010

All the news for Thursday 15 July 2010


Germany and Japan win in 4 Nations

By Bruce Hamilton


NOTTINGHAM: Two exciting games saw Germany squeeze past Britain 3-2 and Japan beat New Zealand 4-3 for their first win in the men's 4-Nations field hockey tournament on Wednesday.

Germany dominated Britain in the first half, scoring twice through Oskar Deecke and Moritz Furste's penalty stroke. Britain grabbed a lifeline, though, when Simon Mantell deflected in a long pass by Alastair Wilson to make the score 2-1 at the break.

Tobias Lietz put Germany 3-1 up early in the second half when he finished a 70-metre run by Furste, scoring inside the right post, but the home side came back strongly.

Ashley Jackson reduced the arrears once more when he converted Britain's sixth penalty corner into the top of the net. The British continued to press and had three penalty corners after the final siren but could not find an equaliser.

In spite of the goals, Germany coach Markus Weise was dissatisfied with Germany's first half.

"We had a very passive first half and played without the right tension and you could see that in the turnovers we made and our defending was slow and we were caught out of position," Weise said.

Britain coach Jason Lee tried to draw some comfort from the defeat while acknowledging the mistakes his side made.

"We made errors through the inexperience of the young players but there is nothing to worry about in the long term," he said. "But overall it was disappointing that we were not more competitive."

New Zealand came back from a three-goal deficit after 16 minutes but still lost 4-3 to Japan.

Japan played fast and wide to get in behind New Zealand's defence early on, Tomonori Ono, Kenji Kitazato and Kei Kawakami all finding the target with field goals.

Richard Petherick gave some hope to New Zealand, converting a penalty corner but Kazuhiro Tsubouchi's field goal took Japan to 4-1 at the break.

A 30-minute thunderstorm delay at the break allowed New Zealand to re-group and the waterlogged pitch seemed to suit their slower game better in the second half.

The Kiwis dominated and pulled back goals through Andrew Hayward and Marcus Child. But there was not enough in the tank for them to claim a draw.

"Japan played well in the first half when they made the most of their six chances to score four goals but I was really happy with the efforts of the guys as they played a very good second half," said New Zealand coach Shane McLeod.

The 4-Nations tournament continues on Friday when Germany meet Japan and New Zealand play Britain.

The Times of India



Germany down GB

Great Britain’s men went down 3-2 to the Olympic Champions and world number two Germany in their second match at the International Men’s Four Nations Tournament at Highfields Sports Club in Nottingham on Wednesday.

Germany had taken a two goal lead late in the first half before Reading’s Simon Mantell pulled one back just before the break.  Tobias Lietz extended the Germans’ lead from close range just under ten minutes into the second half before World Young Player of the Year Ashley Jackson set up a tense finish with a trademark penalty corner goal late on.

Both teams had won their opening matches on Monday night, with Germany seeing off New Zealand’s Black Sticks with a 3-1 win before Great Britain’s ten goal thriller with Japan.  Prior to the match, the hosts’ record against the Germans, separate from their results as individual home nations, read played 44, won five, drawn nine, lost 30 with their last clash coming in a test match in March 2008.

Goalkeeper’s James Fair and Nick Brothers swapped places, with Fair brought into the side and Brothers taking his place in the stand.  James Tindall, who had a head wound glued at half time in Great Britain’s win over Japan, also sat out the match with Reading’s Iain Mackay starting in his first GB appearance.  Coach Jason Lee gave youngsters Andy Bull and Harry Martin another opportunity to add to their international experience and Beeston’s Adam Dixon and Alastair Wilson both started the game on their club’s home pitch.

It was Mackay’s quickly taken free hit that won the hosts the first penalty corner of the match in the eighth minute.  The set piece offered World Young Player of the Year Ashley Jackson his first sight at goal and his flick from the top of the circle was well saved by Max Weinhold.

GB had started positively and Bowdon’s Alastair Brogdon won their second corner on 11 minutes after Weinhold had initially thwarted his run across the circle.  Reading forward Simon Mantell was the man at the top of the circle but his shot was blocked by the charging defender.

Both sides were playing fast, attacking hockey but James Fair was yet to be tested.  With nearly 20 minutes gone GB were awarded their third corner and with Ashley Jackson taking a breather on the bench, the responsibility once again fell to Mantell.  His shot beat the first defensive runner but Weinhold had logged and it was a comfortable save.

Germany’s first opportunity of note came three minutes later when Beeston’s Wilson gave the ball away inside his own half.  Germany’s Christoph Menke was fed the pass on the 23 metre line and Cannock goalkeeper Fair had to be quick off his line to kick clear the danger.

Mortiz Furste was the next German to give the British defence something to think about.  After riding the tackles of two defenders, he cut inside through the left of the circle before winning Germany’s first penalty corner.  The set piece effort was hard and low but flew wide of Fair’s post with the goalkeeper covering it.

The World Cup runners up found their range in the 27th minute as Oskar Deeke provided the finishing touch to a diagonal pass into the British circle.  Diving on the penalty spot he connected with the ball to knock it in off the base of the post; 1-0 to Germany.

After a promising start GB were finding themselves increasingly under pressure from the Germans.  Florian Fuchs latched on to Christoph Menke’s pass into the circle and Fuchs’ shot was kicked out by Fair only as far as the edge of the circle.  Menke picked up the clearance and had his stick checked as he pulled it back to shoot, the umpire immediately awarding the penalty stroke to Germany.  Up stepped Moritz Furste to coolly slot the penalty home just above the backboard.

Great Britain responded, earning a penalty corner which they failed to trap at the top of the circle.  Moments later though Mantell did apply the finish to a good move up the left channel to pull GB back into the match at 2-1.

The half finished with an overtime German corner, which Fair saved with his glove.

Following a half time presentation to two members of the 1952 Olympic bronze medal winning team, who were awarded with their medals after 58 years of wait, the second half began with Germany again on the attack.  James Fair had to be at his best to deny Menke just a minute into the half and he followed it up with another great save from the German, tipping his next effort onto the post.

Germany captain Max Muller took a rest following a green card on 40 minutes but the numerical disadvantage did not hamper Germany, whose young star Florian Fuchs forced Fair into another save at close range as he turned a shot on the reverse.

With Muller missing from the heart of the defence, Ashley Jackson nearly scored when he latched on to Brogdon’s pass after the Bowdon man had held off the close attentions of his marker.  Running to meet the pass, Jackson’s shot went wide of goal though and Germany survived.

With 43 minutes on the clock Germany went 3-1 up through Tobias Lietz, who powered a low shot home from close range.

Germany’s young team was showing its class and the returning Muller tested Fair’s reflexes with a high flick at Germany’s fourth corner, the Cannock goalkeeper touching it over the bar with his left glove.

Midway through the half Jackson was shown a green card for a stick tackle and Great Britain were temporarily reduced to ten men.  No sooner was Jackson back on the pitch than he showed some of the skills that earned him the title of World Young Player of the Year.  Cutting inside from the right he controlled the bobbling ball before firing it hard at Weinhold’s goal with an upright reverse stick effort.  Weinhold was well placed though and kept it out with his right glove.

Great Britain hauled themselves back into contention with a little over six minutes remaining and it was Jackson again at the heart of it.  From GB’s sixth penalty corner he fired a trademark drag flick high beyond the outstretched mitt of Weinhold and into the top left corner of the goal to bring it back to 3-2.

A team effort at the back kept Germany out as the game entered its final five minutes while at the other end a Jackson pass from the right cut open the Germany back line.  Unfortunately for GB, neither Loughborough Students’ Nick Catlin nor Wilson could apply the finishing touch as the ball flashed through the circle.

Great Britain pushed hard for a grandstand finish.  A wayward aerial pass by the German right back flew across the field and off the left sideline.  Jonty Clarke’s quickly taken self pass and delivery into the circle set up a tense finish with GB awarded a penalty corner as the hooter went.  Jackson’s first effort was saved and deflected up dangerously by Weinhold, leading to a tension-mounting second, which was blocked by a defender’s foot for yet another corner.

Kirkham’s injection to Jackson at the top of the circle was again inch perfect but the lightning quick German defence got out to block Jackson’s final effort and Germany held on for a 3-2 victory to top the Men’s Four Nations Tournament table after two games.

Jason Lee, Great Britain Head Coach said: “Our play was a bit disjointed today, with some good and bad phases.  There were positives though with the younger players getting another chance to play, particularly Harry Martin and Andy Bull.”

Captain Barry Middleton added: “We’re disappointed because we want to beat teams that are similarly placed in the rankings; the boys are a bit down because they just want to win.”

Great Britain play New Zealand on Friday evening at 20:00 with tickets for that match and the earlier game (17:30) between Germany and Japan.

GREAT BRITAIN 2 (1)
Simon Mantell 34 (F)                
Ashley Jackson 64 (PC)           

GERMANY 3 (1)
Oskar Deeke 28 (F)                  
Moritz Furste 31 (PS)               
Tobias Lietz 43 (F)

GREAT BRITAIN SQUAD v GERMANY

Started


James Fair (Cannock) Goalkeeper
Alastair Wilson (Beeston) Defender
Andy Bull (Brooklands MU) Defender
Adam Dixon (Beeston) Defender/Midfielder
Richard Springham (Reading) Defender/Midfielder
Richard Alexander(Surbiton) Defender/Midfielder/Forward
Ashley Jackson (HGC) Midfielder
Glenn Kirkham (East Grinstead) Midfielder
Iain Mackay (Reading) Midfielder
Barry Middleton (HGC) Midfielder/Forward
Nick Catlin (Loughborough Students) Midfielder/Forward

Substitutes Used

Niall Stott (East Grinstead) Defender
Harry Martin (Old Loughtonians) Midfielder
Alastair Brogdon (Bowdon) Forward
Simon Mantell (Reading) Forward
Jonty Clarke (Reading) Forward

DNP

Nick Brothers (Reading) Goalkeeper
James Tindall (Surbiton) Forward

INTERNATIONAL MEN’S FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT TABLE

1. Germany (6 points)
2. Great Britain (3 points)
3. Japan (0 points)
4. New Zealand (0 points)

INTERNATIONAL MEN’S FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT FIXTURES

Monday 12 July 2010


17:30 Germany 3 New Zealand 1 - Men’s Four Nations
20:00 Great Britain 6 Japan 4 - Men’s Four Nations

Wednesday 14 July 2010

13:30 Great Britain 1 Germany 2 - Men’s Four Nations
16:00 New Zealand 3 Japan 4 - 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 (live on Eurosport)

Great Britain Hockey media release



Simon Mantell makes his mark

By Mike Haymonds



Simon Mantell scored on his return from injury

SIMON Mantell scored on his return from injury as Great Britain lost 3-2 to Germany at the Four Nations tournament in Nottingham.

After Monday’s stirring 6-4 win over Japan, GB were brought down to earth by the efficient German machine, falling behind to a 28th-minute goal from Oskar Deecke and a penalty stroke by Moritz Furste three minutes later.

Reading’s Mantell, who had to pull out of the recent World Cup for surgery to pin a metatarsal, steered home an Ali Wilson cross just before half-time, but Tobias Lietz restored Germany’s two-goal lead in the 43rd minute.

GB staged a late rally but could only pull one goal back from an Ashley Jackson drag-flick.

Mantell said: “I’m glad to say the foot is OK. I’m just forgetting about it and getting on with it. A goal always helps. We had a few more chances but we are just at the development stage.”

GB play tomorrow night against New Zealand, whose game with Japan yesterday was halted by monsoon conditions. The Black Sticks eventually lost 4-3.

Daily Express



Great Britain edged out by Germany at Champions Trophy


Mantell slotted home Britain's first

Great Britain's fightback fell short as Germany hung on for a 3-2 win at Nottingham's Four Nations tournament.

Oskar Deecke and Moritz Furtz put the Germans in front but Simon Mantell replied for Britain before the break.

Tobias Lietz restored a two-goal margin before Ashley Jackson fired a penalty-corner home to set up a tense finish.

Another Jackson shot was tipped wide in the dying seconds as reigning Olympic champions Germany went top of the table by three points from Britain.

GB head coach Jason Lee, whose team won their opening match 6-4 against Japan on Monday, said: "Our play was a bit disjointed today, with some good and bad phases.

"There were positives though with the younger players getting another chance to play, particularly Harry Martin and Andy Bull."

Captain Barry Middleton added: "We're disappointed because we want to beat teams that are similarly placed in the rankings; the boys are a bit down because they just want to win."

Britain, the European champions and World Cup semi-finalists, could clinch a place in Saturday's final with victory over bottom-of-the-table New Zealand in their final pool match on Friday.

The Kiwis are without a point in the tournament and went down 4-3 to third-placed Japan, who have three points, on Wednesday.

The top two teams will qualify for the decider, while the bottom two will play off for third place.

BBC Sport



Black Sticks Men's fight back beaten by the clock

BY BRUCE HAMILTON


New Zealand was overwhelmed by a faster, more aggressive Japan in the first half, conceding three goals inside the first 16 minutes.Japan beat New Zealand 4-3 in the men's 4-Nations tournament here Wednesday.

Japan used its speed to outflank New Zealand’s defence, creating havoc for New Zealand’s defenders in the circle.

Tomonori Ono, Kenji Kitazato and Kei Kawakami scored field goals early, driving along the pitch into the corners of goal past Hamish Macgregor in goal.

Richard Petherick lifted New Zealand, converting a penalty corner 23 minutes into the match.

The lift was short-lived as Kazuhiro Tsubouchi’s field goal took Japan to 4-1 at the break and the prospects for a result for New Zealand were not good.

A 30 minute delay due to a thunderstorm at the break allowed New Zealand to re-group and for the pitch to be inundated, taking the initiative away from Japan’s ability to move the ball with lightning speed through the midfield.

New Zealand dominated the second half, controlled the midfield, used higher ball speed and allowed Japan only two possessions in New Zealand’s defensive circle.

Japan lost its skipper Kazuhiro Tsubouchi to a head injury early in the second half causing Japan to lose cohesion, direction and shape in the midfield and allowing New Zealand to dictate the terms of the second half.

New Zealand handled the heavier pitch better than Japan and Japan lost its ability to compete with speed in possession.

Andrew Hayward converted New Zealand’s fifth penalty corner chance, high into the right of the net at the 54 minute mark after relentless pressure by New Zealand.

Marcus Child was on the right post to put in Nick Wilson’s pass across the face of goal for New Zealand’s third goal two minutes later and it looked like New Zealand’s dominance would make an equaliser or a winner, but it was not to be..

New Zealand coach Shane McLeod saw two contrasting halves of hockey.

“Japan played well in the first half when they made the most of their six chances to score four goals but I was really happy with the efforts of the guys as they played a very good second half,” McLeod said.

“In the first half they got a taste of a really quick counter-attack and in the second half they closed that down extremely well,” McLeod added.

New Zealand captain Shea McAleese thought the clock beat New Zealand.

“I was really proud of our boys in the second when we really stood up and took the game to the Japanese but we ran out of time. I am pretty sure if there was another five or ten minutes on the clock we would have equalised and maybe even taken the game – that’s how much dominance we showed in the second half,” McAleese said.

The 4-nations tournament continues Friday when Germany meet Japan and New Zealand play Great Britain.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks men beaten again

New Zealand found their goalscoring touch but it was not enough to reward them with a win at the Four Nations men's hockey tournament in England.

The New Zealanders lost 3-4 to Japan at Nottingham, their second loss in as many matches after they opened the tournament with a 1-3 defeat to Germany.

They began poorly to be 0-3 behind after just 16 minutes today after Tomonori Ono, Kenji Kitazato and Kei Kawakami all found the target with field goals.

New Zealand began their fightback when Richard Petherick converted from a penalty corner but Kazuhiro Tsubouchi's field goal took Japan to 4-1 at halftime.

A 30-minute thunderstorm delay at the break allowed New Zealand to regroup and the waterlogged pitch seemed to suit their slower game better in the second half.

They dominated and pulled back goals through Andrew Hayward and debutant Marcus Child but there was not enough in the tank for them to claim a draw.

"Japan played well in the first half when they made the most of their six chances to score four goals but I was really happy with the efforts of the guys as they played a very good second half," New Zealand coach Shane McLeod said.

In today's other match, Germany beat Great Britain 3-2.

New Zealand's next match is against Great Britain on Saturday morning (NZ time).

Stuff



India 3 Belgium 3 in Test

s2h team


India were held to a 3-3 draw by Belgium in the 1st Test Match at Temse on Tuesday.

Sandeep Singh struck twice from penalty corners in the 26th & 28th minute while Vikas Pillay was on target in the 58th minute.

The goal scorers for Belgium were Jeff Thys (13th minute), Jerome Truyens ( 48th minute) & Thomas Briels (59th minute).

Belgium began strongly with an attack by Greg Gucassoff after being set up with an overhead pass from his captain Truyens but the Indian goalkeeper Sreejesh brought off a splendid save.

Shortly after, Belgium created a fast break through the centre but Cedric Charlier short wide.

India missed an opportunity to score when Vikas Pillay fumbled on the edge of the circle after a diagonal cross from Sandeep Singh.

Belgium wasted another opportunity after Thomas Briels snatched the ball from Gurbaj Singh but his one touch pass to Jeff Thys was hit wide.

With both teams struggling to control the ball because of the new turf, India mounted an attack from the left flank through Dharamvir Singh, Danish Mujtaba and Ravi Pal. They penetrated into the Belgian striking circle but the well taken shot by Dharamvir was saved by goalkeeper Jeremy Gucassoff.

Belgium took the lead in the 13th minute when a miscommunication between goalkeeper Sreejesh and Gurbaj left an unguarded Indian goal which Thys encashed on.

This was a wake up call for India who swung back into attack with one touch passes. They earned their first of the four penalty corners but Dhananjay Mahadik pushed off target from an indirect.

Sandeep Singh in the absence of the injured Sardar Singh manned the defence and his crisp passes set up many Indian attacks. He found the equalizer for India in the 26th minute and then gave them a 2-1 lead two minutes later from another penalty corner.

Belgium restored parity in the 48th minute when skipper Jerome Truyens found the mark from a penalty corner.

India broke into the lead again with Vikas Pillay being set up by Hari Prasad in the 58th minute, but Thomas Briels made it 3 -3 in the very next minute.

India were however lucky not to concede another goal at the fag end with Birendra Lakra Jr. making a goal line save after Sreejesh had been beaten.

The second test will be played at Antwerp on Thursday.

Stick2Hockey.com



Belgium hold India 3-3 in 1st hockey Test

NEW DELHI: Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh's twin strikes went in vain as India were held to a 3-3 draw by Belgium in the first hockey Test match at Temse, Belgium.

Sandeep converted two penalty corners for India in the 26th and 28th minute of the match on Tuesday, while the third goal was scored by Vikas Pillay (58th).

For Belgium Jeff Thys (13th minute), Jerome Truyens (48th) and Thomas Briels (59th) were the goal-getters.

The second Test between the two sides will be played at Antwerp on Thursday.

In Tuesday's encounter, Belgium began strongly with an attack by Greg Gucassoff after being set up with an overhead pass from his captain Truyens, but the danger was waived off momentarily by an alert Indian goalkeeper P Sreejesh.

Shortly after, Belgium created a fast break through the centre but Cedric Charlier's short went wide off the target.

India also missed an opportunity to take the lead when Vikas Pillay fumbled on the edge of the Belgium circle after receiving a diagonal cross from Sandeep.

Belgium too wasted another opportunity after Thomas Briels snatched the ball from Gurbaj Singh but his one-touch pass to Thys was hit wide.

With both the teams struggling to control the ball in the new turf, India mounted an attack from the left flank through Dharamvir Singh, Danish Mujtaba and Ravi Pal. The trio penetrated into the Belgian striking circle but Dharamvir's well-taken shot was saved by goalkeeper Jeremy Gucassoff.

Belgium, however, took the lead in the 13th minute through Thys, courtesy a miscommunication between Indian custodian Sreejesh and Gurbaj.

The goal came as a wake up call for the Indians who soon swung back into attack with one-touch passes and earned their first of the four penalty corners but Dhananjay Mahadik pushed the ball wide off target from an indirect set up.

Sandeep was the bright spot in the Indian back line. Manning the defence in the absence of injured Sardar Singh, he came up with crisp passes to set up many Indian attacks.

It was Sandeep who first found the equaliser for India in the 26th minute and then gave the visitors a 2-1 lead two minutes later from another set piece.

Belgium, however, restored parity in the 48th minute when skipper Truyens found the mark from a penalty corner.

But India again surged ahead with Vikas Pillay finding the back of rival net 10 minutes later after being set up by Hari Prasad, only to witness Briels restoring the parity in the very next minute.

India too were little lucky not to have conceded another goal at the fag end of the match with Birendra Lakra Jr making a goal-line save.

The Times of India



Mumbai, TN enter quarter finals in Rangaswami Cup

Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Punjab and hosts Madhya Pradesh have entered the quarter-finals of the 63rd Rangaswami Cup Senior National Men’s Hockey Championship being played at the Aishbagh Stadium here.

Mumbai qualified by crushing Manipur 4-1 while Tamil Nadu made its place in the last eight by defeating Maharashtra 2-1 yesterday.

Punjab, Chandigarh, and hosts Madhya Pradesh State Hockey Academy (MPSHA), Bhopal have already entered the quarter-finals earlier.

The sixth team for the quarter-finals would be decided from Karnataka and Haryana after their this evening’s fixture while one team each would come from Pool A and Pool H in which matches will begin today.

Pool A contains Delhi, Jharkhand, Pondicherry and Tripura while Orissa, Uttarakhand and SAIL are in Pool H.

For Mumbai, Jaiyesh Jadhav, Alden and Gursev Singh converted penalty corners in the 44th, 52nd and 58th minutes while Amit hit a brilliant field goal in the 49th minute and took a lead of 4-0.

The lone goal for Manipur was scored by R K Anandjeet through penalty corner in the 66th minute and reduced the margin 4-1.

Till breather, no team was able to open their account.

In another fixture, the lone field goal for Mahrashtra was hit by Santosh in the 32nd minute and took a lead of 1-0.

However, in the second half, Tamil Nadu played an attacking game and scored two field goals in a span of three minutes through Adam Sinklaiyer and R Sathyarajan in the 57th and 60 minutes and ensured their team’s victory.

In other matches, Rajasthan trounced Madhya Pradesh 5-1 and Haryana crushed Andhra Pradesh 10-1.

The Hindu



Chandigarh, Mumbai in National Men's Hockey semifinal

BHOPAL: Chandigarh and Mumbai entered the semifinal of the 63rd Rangaswami Cup Senior National Men's Hockey Championship being played at the Aishbagh Stadium.

Chandigarh defeated hosts Madhya Pradesh State Hockey Academy (MPSHA), Bhopal 7-5 in a nail-biting finish through penalty shootout, while Mumbai defeated Punjab 4-2 on Tuesday.

Harmanpreet scored the first goal in the eighth minute to give Chandigarh a 1-0 lead to his team but Upendra Pillai of MPSHA equalised through a brilliant field goal 15 minutes later.

After five minutes, Gurjant Singh of Chandigarh through a controversial field goal made the score 2-1, although the MPSHA players raised objection against referee's decision.

Soon MPSHA equalised and both the teams were locked 2-2 after the stipulated time.

The teams also failed to score during additional time. Chandigarh converted all the five penalties, while MPSHA captain Shailendra Bundela missed his team's third attempt and the side exited from the tournament.

In the other quarterfinal, Amit of Mumbai scored a brilliant field goal in the 21st minute to give a 1-0 lead to his team but Punjab equalised in the 45th minute by converting a penalty corner through Karanjeet Singh.

Later, Mumbai struck two goals in a span of three minutes by Gursev Singh (49th) and Laxman Rao (52nd) to make the score 3-1.

In the 63rd minute, Mumbai consolidated its lead to 4-1 by putting the ball inside the net through Jayesh Jadhav.

However, Karanjeet of Punjab hit his second goal through penalty stroke in the 66th minute to reduce the margin 4-2.

In another fixture earlier, SAIL defeated Orissa 5-3 and booked a berth in the quarterfinal.

For SAIL, Adnan Wasim (27th and 32nd) and John Topno (48th and 55th) scored two goals each while Aijub Ekka scored one in the 26th minute.

Pradeep Lakra (10th), Chonas Dung Dung (30th) and Samresh Jojo (61st) struck one goal each for Orissa.

The Times of India



Tamil Nadu cuts short Delhi's run

Sharad Deep


Spirited Tamil Nadu on Wednesday halted Delhi’s journey in the 63rd Senior National Men’s Hockey Championship for the Rangaswamy Cup, knocking them out 3-1, at the floodlit Aishbagh Stadium here on Wednesday. Playing true to their reputation, TN men dominated proceedings from the word go and didn’t allow the experienced Delhi team to dictate terms.

G Maheshwaran (27th), A Arun Stalin David (47th) and V Vinod Rayer (55th) struck for the winners, where as Amit Lochan (40th) scored the consolation goal for Delhi.

It was fast-paced battle between the two sides, and TN men appeared more organised in their attacks, especially from the right flank. On the contrary, Delhi’s players were unable to match their opponents even in speed and stamina.

Hindustan Times

 



Surinder Kaur to lead India in Champions Trophy

NEW DELHI: Veteran forward Surinder Kaur will lead an 18-member Indian squad which will take part in the inaugural Asian Women's Champions Trophy at Busan, South Korea from July 27-31.

The squad, to be coached by MK Kaushik, was selected after a trial in Bhopal, a Hockey India release said.

The top four teams from the Asia Cup held at Bangkok last November will compete in the tournament to be held under the aegis of the Asian Hockey Federation.

India won the silver medal in that tournament. The other teams at the Asian Champions Trophy are China, Japan and hosts South Korea.

The Squad: Goalkeepers: E Rajani, Dipika Murty Defenders: Binita Toppo, Subhadra Pradhan, Joydeep Kaur Midfielders: Ritu Rani, Mukta Prava Barla, Monika, Kirandeep Kaur, Deepika

Forwards; Surinder Kaur (Capt), Saba Anjum, Rani, Jasjeet Kaur Handa, Chanchan Devi, Poonam Rani, Asunta Lakra, Soundarya Yendala.

Madhu Yadav (Manager); MK Kaushik (National Coach).

The Times of India



Dilip Tirkey to get Honorary Doctorate today

K. Arumugam


This is another first from Dilip Tirkey. The ace defender will be honoured with honorary Doctorate today by the Samphalpur University in Orissa.

The honour comes for Dilip Tirkey at such a time the Indian Hockey Federation has embarassed him with the announcement of him given the responsibility of being national selector! It is gathered that he has not given nor sought his consent.

Dilip Tirkey started playing international hockey since 1995 and has won every single honour that was up for the grab.

Stick2Hockey.com



MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup from Thursday

Hockey Correspondent


Competitive hockey returns to the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium as the annual all-India MCC -Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament rolls into its 86th edition on Thursday.

Acknowledged as the premier event on this side of the Vindhyas, and looked forward to by the fans in the city, the 11-day tournament features ONGC and Karnataka XI in the opening match.

While welcoming the media at the briefing on Tuesday, T.G. Thyagarajan, President, Madras Cricket Club, reiterated the role of the MCC in fostering sports, and hockey in particular, for over a century.

He acknowledged the support of the Murugappa Group in putting together the high intensity competition for over a decade and a half now.

Speaking on behalf of the principal sponsor, the Murugappa Group, Arun Murugappan, Managing Director, Parry Enterprises, underlined the commitment of the group towards enhancing the profile of sport, notably hockey.

He added how proud the group was in associating itself with an esteemed unit like the MCC, and announced an increase in the prize money. Now, the winner will get Rs. 2.5 lakh and the runner-up Rs. 1.5 lakh.

This is apart from the prizes for the Man-of-the-match from the semifinals, and special awards for the Player-of-the-tournament, best goalkeeper, best forward and the Promising Player-of-the-tournament.

MCC Secretary Ajit Kumbhat expressed appreciation for the continued support and sponsorship from the Murugappa Group, and expressed hope that the event would produce top class hockey for the spectators. Sanjay Gulvady, organising secretary, outlined the features of the tournament and the efforts taken by his committee to rope in top class outfitsInternational umpire, Muhammad Muneer, will be the tournament director.

He announced that a temporary two-minute suspension for a green card penalty would be observed in this tournament.

Doordarshan will telecast the final live on July 25.

The pools: A:Army XI (holder), ONGC, Karnataka XI, Indian Railways and Namdhari XI; B:Indian Oil Corporation, Hockey India (Juniors), BPCL, Southern Railway and Punjab National Bank.

The Hindu



Murugappa Gold Cup hockey gets richer

Enhanced prize-money and introduction of the new green card rule (automatic two-minute suspension) will be the new features of the 86th All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament starting here Thursday. The field for the tournament, which concludes July 25, is much the same as last year when Army XI beat Bharat Petroleum in the final. The two losing semi-finalists, Indian Oil and , are also among the 10 teams who have been divided into two groups of five for the preliminary league with the two top finishers advancing to the semi-finals.

Arun Murugappan, Managing Director, Murugappa Group, kept his promise by hiking the winner’s cheque to Rs.2.5 lakh, up from Rs.1.5 lakh, making the tournament among the richest in India.

Mohammad Muneer, making his debut as the tournament director, announced that the new green card rule as per which the player receiving the card is automatically suspended for two minutes, will be in effect.

Yet again, the tournament will be without the top players, most of who are either in various training camps or touring abroad with the national team.

Groupings:

Pool A: Army XI, ONGC, Karnataka XI, Indian Railways and Namdhari XI.

Pool B: Indian Oil, BPCL, Southern Railway, Hockey India Juniors and Punjab National Bank.

Hindustan Times



HI announces list of members

Four key States missing

MS Unnikrishnan


Hockey India announced a list of 30 member units, which includes 26 States/Union Territories and four institutional/boards, who are eligible to attend and vote in the first Annual General Meeting and elections of Hockey India, to be held at a hotel here on July 28. However, four key States are missing from the list - Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

According to Hockey India secretary-general Narinder Batra, elections will be held for president, senior vice-president, vice-presidents (4 - two men and two women), secretary-general, treasurer, joint secretaries (four - two men and two women) and five executive members. As per 4 (a) (ii) of rules and regulations of Hockey India “It shall be mandatory that out of a total of 17 members of the executive board, at least 40 per cent of the members shall be of either gender”.

Justice RC Chopra (retd) will be the returning officer for the elections while Election Commission official R.K.Mendittra will be the Government observer.

Batra announced that from the permanent State/UT members, one male and one female and only one member from either gender representing institutional/boards will be allowed to vote. The elections will be held through secret ballot.

Madhya Pradesh are currently hosting the National Hockey Championship, being held under the auspices of KPS Gill-led Indian Hockey Federation, whose suspension had been revoked by the Delhi High Court. Since most of the States/UTs participating in the IHF nationals also figure in the HI list, there are obviously parallell bodies in those States.

The affiliated member units of the Hockey India are: States/UTs: Hockey Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttrakhand, Assam, Bihar, Mizoram,Kerala, Arunachal, Manipur, Orissa, Nagaland, Tripura Hockey, Andaman and Nicobar, Haryana, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh Hockey, Gujarat, Bengal Hockey Association, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Goans Hockey, Rajasthan, Puducherry, Delhi and Punjab.

Institutional/Boards: Services Sports Control Board, Railway Sports Control Board, Association of Indian Universities and Air India Sports Division.

The Tribune



HI releases representatives for elections

NEW DELHI: Hockey India on Wednesday set the ball rolling for its much-awaited July 28 elections by releasing names of 56 authorised representatives from 30 state and institutional units to cast their votes.

Prominent among those who will take part in the Annual General Meeting and Elections on July 28 here include HI president Vidya Stokes and Secretary General Narinder Batra and Olympians Pargat Singh, Thoiba Singh, Gurbux Singh and AB Subbiah.

Stokes and Batra have been nominated from Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir respectively while Pargat and Thoiba will represent Punjab and Manipur in the elections.

Karnataka, which has been allowed participation in the elections by a court order, will be represented by former India goalkeeper AB Subbiah while Bengal will have Gurbux Singh in the elections.

Four institutional units of Services Sports Control Board, Railway Sports Promotion Board, Inter-University Sports Board and Air India Sports Division will be represented by one members while each state unit will have two representatives, a male and a female.

Hockey Andhra Pradesh has also nominated its two members but will not have voting rights, a Hockey India release said.

HI on Tuesday said it has received a no-objection certificate from the government to conduct its elections on July 28.

The Sports Ministry has already appointed S K 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.

The Times of India



Explosive Basson nets three goals for United

By PETER MARTIN


STRIKER Reece Basson was in explosive form for United A in a men’s Premier League hockey match against Bohemians at Kat Leisure Park at the weekend.

Basson scored three goals in United’s 6-1 victory, with only Gary Marshall managing to score for Bohs.

The half-time score was 3-0 and other United goals were scored by Kurt Vengadajellum, Marion Hansen and Lee Prinsloo.

An interesting match took place in bitterly cold conditions at Kat Leisure Park Sunday night when Old Selbornians B, playing their second match of the weekend, and Buffaloes clashed in a very fast-paced game.

Buffs took an early lead when Helen Nel-Gouws converted a short corner in the first five minutes. Thereafter the young Old Boys side restricted Buffs at every turn. The half-time score was 1-0.

A well-worked goal in the second half was finished off by Vanessa Sigali, and Old Boys B deserved to draw level at that point. The equaliser, however, spurred on Buffs who then drew on all their experience to force a short corner and again it was Nel-Gouws who converted, sealing the game for Buffaloes 2-1.

Old Selbornians cemented themselves firmly at the top of the women’s log with a comfortable 3-1 win over Parkside at Kat Leisure Park at the weekend. This win gives Old Boys A, with 28 points, an eight-point cushion over their nearest rivals, Parkside and Buffaloes.

Old Selbornians A created numerous goal-scoring opportunities against Parkside.

Charné Sampson, Marcelle Keet and Danielle Judge all scored to give Old Boys A a handy 3-0 lead by half- time.

The Old Boys front line were particularly good during the game with Alex Sanan, Sampson and Judge making great inroads in the Parkside defence, thus giving space for Lisa Bands, Cailin McClure and Keet to control the midfield and support the front line.

Knights and Hamiltons drew their match 1-1 on Saturday while the match between Old Boys B and Bohemians ended in a goalless draw.

Daily Dispatch



Lack of junior hockey leagues is stifling progress

HOCKEY follower Burton Brown, who works for the Eastern cape Education Department, has had a go at the club situation on the Border regarding the sport.

He wants to know what there is to write about as the men’s league comprises only six teams including the B sides from the Parkside and United Clubs.

“That leaves four other teams, which is hardly ideal,’’ said Brown.

Don’t know what he bases the following on but he also says that for a league to be official, eight or more teams must participate.

Brown also points to the lack of junior hockey despite emphasis on development and he believes for hockey to survive it’s imperative for senior clubs to have at least a junior team registered whether it is a league that consists of U11, U13, U15 or U17 boys’ and girls’ divisions.

He is aware that children play for schools but believes the survival of independent clubs is a serious matter as no junior hockey has been played since unification.

THOUGHT

Perhaps part of the problem regarding the number of league teams is the demise of country clubs, which for decades campaigned in the first league.

King William’s Town and Queenstown in years past were always tough opponents and provided skilful opposition. In fact King fielded three teams for years with King and Queenstown also contributing women’s first teams. Stutterheim men were a force to be reckoned with while Gonubie also spent time in the first league, as did Buffaloes before they also folded.

A revival of country hockey would certainly help the cause but this is unlikely unless capable administrators are found.

Daily Dispatch



Hosts on a goal spree

By Arnaz M. Khairul



Malaysia’s Dangerous Lee (left) is challenged by Thailand’s Sakprasert Seemarak in their match at the 2nd Asean Schools Games at the Tun Razak Stadium yesterday. — Picture by Osman Adnan

MALAYSIA needed to get off on the right footing towards achieving their hefty 50 gold medal target in the 2nd Asean Schools Games in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, and the hockey team did just that with a 10-goal spree in their two opening matches.

The morning presented what was an unpredictable obstacle against Indonesia, which coach S. Prakash’s charges had no problems walking away with a thumping 5-0 victory at the Tun Razak Stadium.

While awaiting their second match in the evening, Malaysia watched a potentially dangerous Singapore hand minnows Brunei a 8-0 thrashing, something which Prakash is wary of.

A lethargic Malaysia, led by captain S. Kavin Kartik, then overcame a nervous start against a wily Thai side, who pinned them back in the opening five minutes.

The Thais were energetic, making up for what they lacked in technical ability with hard running, but were let down by poor basic skills of their forwards’ poor basic skills despite creating several decent opportunities.

Fears of the unexpected were calmed when Mohd Amirudin Zain udin opened the scoring in the with an 18th minute, after receiving a pass on the right flank from Shahril Sa’abah who had just replaced Dangerous Lee Matthew a minute earlier.

Dangerous, who was shortly back on the pitch, was the focal point of most Malaysian attacks but squan dered several chances, particularly what was an easy connection from an Amirudin cross in the 25th minute which he tapped right into Thai goal keeper Chaturonk Paengpie.

Shortly before half-time, Malaysia doubled the score after some good individual work from Faridzul Afiq Muhamad who laid yed on a pass for Mohd Taufik Abdul Hamid to slot into an empty goal.

The half-time pep-talk from Prakash seemed to centre around the indecisive frontline, who often took too much time on the ball, allowing the Thais to close them down.

And despite the second half being a rain-drenched affair, it provided a show of improvement with more incisive attacks resulting in three more goals, the first of which came via a 42nd minute penalty corner connection from Mohd Aslam Hanafiah.

The hard-working Dangerous was finally rewarded with his first goal of the tournament when he connected to a 48th minute pass from Mohd Taufik, and the scoring was completed amidst heavy rain in the 52nd minute when Shahril slotted home a penalty corner.

“We were a little disorganised in the game against Thailand because the boys were a little lethargic having already played in the morning,” said Prakash.

“What’s important to note is that all the Asean sides are very much improved. We can no longer look at them as easy opponents. We had to work hard and make some corrections before we overcame Thailand by that score.”

Malaysia play what could be the deciding match in the round robin opening round against Singapore at 5pm today.

New Straits Times



Malaysia off to a great start with two wins

By AFTAR SINGH



Neat turn: Malaysia’s Kavin Kartik (right) dribbles the ball away from Thailand’s Chaturonk Paengpis during their match Wednesday. Malaysia won 5-0. – GLENN GUAN / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia got off to a great start in the Asean Schools Games hockey competition, chalking up two impressive wins at the Tun Razak Stadium here yesterday.

In a match played in the morning, Malaysia defeated Indonesia 5-0 with goals by G. Kavin Kartik (10th), Mohd Shaharil Saabah (18th), Hairulnizam Maizan (25th), Faridzul Afiq Mohd (43rd) and Mohd Rasul Mohd Yusof (60th).

In the afternoon match, they scored a similar margin of victory over Thailand.

Forward Mohd Aslam Mohd Hanafiah scored a brace in the 15th and 50th minutes.

The other scorers were Mohd Taufik Abdul Hamid (22nd), Dangerous Lee (32nd) and Mohd Shahril (43rd).

The Malaysian team for the Games comprised players from the two national sports schools – Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar.

Coach S. Prakash said: “The players combined well to chalk up two easy victories.

“But we can expect a good fight tomorrow from Singapore, who outplayed Brunei 8-0 today. We need a win to seal a place in the final.”

After the game against singapore, Malaysia will complete their round-robin fixtures in the five-team competition against Brunei on Saturday.

The top two teams after the preliminaries will play in the final on Sunday.

The Star of Malaysia



Former Olympians collect medals after 58 year wait


Neil Nugent (second from left) and Sir Derek Day (second from right) were presented with their Olympic bronze medals by Lord Colin Moynihan, Chairman of the British Olympic Assocation (centre).  Also in attendance were Richard Leman (far left), President of Great Britain Hockey, and Leandro Negre, President of the International Hockey Federation (far right). Photo: Ady Kerry/GB Hockey

Two former members of the Great Britain men’s hockey team today received the Olympic bronze medals they have waited 58 years for.

In a ceremony staged to coincide with the current British squad’s four nations tournament in Nottingham, British Olympic Association Chairman Lord Moynihan presented replica bronze medals from the 1952 Olympic Games to Sir Derek Day, 82, and Neil Nugent, 83.

Day and Nugent were teammates in the Great Britain men’s team that beat Pakistan 2-1 in the bronze medal playoff at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.  However, with only 11 medals presented to the team, Day and Nugent selflessly sacrificed theirs so that two teammates, Graham Dadds and John Taylor, could receive them.

At a lunch attended by former British international hockey players from the past six decades, Lord Moynihan presented the two men with their medals in the presence of Leandro Negre, President of the International Hockey Federation, Martin Gotheridge, President of the European Hockey Federation and Richard Leman, President of Great Britain Hockey.

Following the reception, Day and Nugent were welcomed on to the pitch at half time in Great Britain’s match against Germany.

Speaking at Highfields Sports Club after receiving his medal, Sir Derek Day said: “An awful lot of research went into this both here in the British Olympic Association and then the International Olympic Committee.  It’s a happy end to a long story.  It was a very special day because all of the family were here, old hockey playing friends were here and I’m very honoured to have the Chairman of the British Olympic Association and the President of the International Hockey Federation here.”

Neil Nugent, said: “Today has been very emotional; the presentation at half-time was wonderful and suddenly what it was all about flooded back to me and it was very moving.  I’m very proud.

'Wonderful memories have come back.  There was no bitterness.  We were all so proud of what we had done – I always said we should have won the gold so it’s brought back wonderful memories.”

Richard Leman, President of Great Britain Hockey said: “It’s great that we’ve helped the team and in particular these two great individuals.  To see the look in their eyes was wonderful.  The reaction of the crowd - giving them a standing ovation - was very special.”

Lord Colin Moynihan, Chairman of the British Olympic Association, said: “It was a wonderful day for British hockey.  These two great players have rightly been honoured after nearly 58 years – an Olympic record in itself!”

The issue was first brought to light during a conversation between Tony Nunn, another member of the 1952 team, and Leman, himself an Olympic gold medal winner from 1988.  Promising to investigate, Leman sought out the advice of Jan Paterson of the BOA, who is an expert on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its workings. 

After thorough investigative work taking several months, it was determined that the rules in place in 1952 were similar to those in place today whereby any athlete taking part in the preliminary round of competition, within a team event, qualifies for a medal. 

Now, just over a year after the enquiry to the IOC, the two men and their families have the medals their efforts in Helsinki deserved.

Great Britain Hockey media release