News for 30 July 2010

All the news for Friday 30 July 2010

ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy ready to start

The ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy will go underway on Saturday in the German city of Monchengladbach. This year’s event will be an especially interesting one because the young teams from Australia, host nation Germany and the Netherlands face the more experienced squads from England, New Zealand and Spain.

With the Hero Honda FIH World Cup already taken place earlier this year in New Delhi, all coaches have already the 2012 Olympics in their minds and need to start in time with preparing a competitive team for London. The ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy will present the hockey stars of the future. 


Australia are the current leaders of the World Ranking. The World Champions left key players like Kiel BROWN, Liam DE YOUNG, Rob HAMMOND, Mark KNOWLES and Grant SCHUBERT at home to give young ones a chance. “All of those players are quality, experienced players. However the squad chosen was done so with a view to build depth and continue experimenting with structures and players”, said coach Ric CHARLESWORTH. The ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy is the first major event for five Kookaburras. The oldest and most experienced player in the Australian team is 31 years old Jamie DWYER with 237 caps. He has been selected as player of the year for three times.

The Kookaburras won the last two Champions Trophies, 2009 in Melbourne (AUS) and 2008 in Rotterdam (NED).


England have to play without the injured Richard MANTELL, Matt DALY and captain Barry MIDDLETON.

Nevertheless coach Jason LEE still has an experienced team with Glenn KIRKHAM, Rob MOORE and Ben HAWES all having made more than 150 caps for England. The 18 years old Andy BULL is the youngest member of the world-ranked sixth. The English team played a last test-series against Spain in Lilleshall, finishing with one loss and two draws. Great Britain, their team is nearly identical with the English, were close to beat Germany in the final of the Four Nations held in Nottingham but Jan-Marco MONTAG made the golden goal in extra-time for the Olympic Champion. England have the oldest squad with an average age of 25 years and 342 days.


Host nation Germany have four Junior World Cup Winners from 2009 in their team including defender Martin HÄNER and the 18 years old forward Florian FUCHS who have already played at Delhi’s World Cup. The oldest player is 30 years old second goalkeeper Tim JESSULAT, most international matches played Jan-Marco MONTAG with 175 in total. Penalty corner shooter Christopher ZELLER who missed the World Cup because of study reasons came back for the ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy. Former captain Timo WESS and forward Matthias WITTHAUS currently take a break from international competitions. Coach Markus WEISE who led the German men to Gold in Beijing 2008 after taking the Gold medal with Germany’s women in Athens 2004, is used to build up a new competitive team for major events. Germany turned Vice-Champion in Delhi although they played without the ZELLER-brothers and WESS.


The ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy is the first FIH world level tournament for the new coach Paul van ASS who took over from Michel van den HEUVEL. Van ASS is former coach of the under 21 and led the Dutch into the final of 2009’s Junior World Cup. Van ASS selected more than 40 players who have a chance to play the 2012 Olympics. The preparation for London started officially at the beginning of July with the “Hamburg Masters” Four Nations. Teun de NOOIJER is the oldest and also most experienced player at this event: The 34 years old participated in 423 international matches. He will make an all-time record 16th appearance in this Champions Trophy, surpassing the record of 15 by fellow Dutchman Jeroen Delmee.

The Netherlands have a quite inexperienced team in this competition: De NOOIJER, Floris EVERS and Robert van der HORST are the only players with more than 100 caps.

Top scorer Taeke TAEKEMA misses this Champions Trophy because of his honeymoon.

New Zealand

The Black Sticks are qualified as Winners of 2009’s Champions Challenge in Salta, Argentina. The world-ranked seventh played their last Champions Trophy in 2004 in Lahore, Pakistan. As a preparation for the ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy New Zealand participated in Nottingham’s Four Nations finishing third after beating Japan in the Bronze Medal match. With captain Philip BURROWS, Blair HOPPING, Dean COUZINS and Ryan ARCHIBALD they have four players with more than 200 international matches. ARCHIBALD, BURROWS and youngster Simon CHILD play overseas at HC Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Black Sticks coach Shane McLEOD introduced five players from the under 21 who made a surprisingly fourth place at the Junior World Cup in Singapore/Malaysia.


The Olympic Silver Medal Winners are led by captain Santi FREIXA. The southern Europeans have a mixed line-up between very experienced players like FREIXA, the brothers Ramon and David ALEGRE, Alex FÁBREGAS or Sergi ENRIQUE as well as young aspiring men like Roc OLIVA, Gabriel DABANCH or Xavi LLEONART. Manel TERRAZA will have his international debut at the ABN AMRO FIH Champion Trophy. Pol AMAT, Xavier RIBAS and Rodrigo GARZA who have played all Champions Trophies from 2005 until 2009 are not included in this year’s team. Spain won this FIH flagship event 2004 in Lahore the last time. Their best ranking in the nearer past was a second place in Rotterdam 2008.


Barry Middleton a big loss to England squad says coach

By Emily Benammar

Big loss: Barry Middleton (right) is out of England's Cham[pions Trophy campaign Photo: Great Britain Hockey

England coach Jason Lee has said his squad will be significantly weakened in the absence of Barry Middleton as they get their 2010 Champions Trophy campaign underway against hosts Germany in Monchengladbach on Saturday.

The 26-year-old was ruled out earlier this week after breaking his toe in a training match meaning Lee and his squad have travelled without one of their most prolific goalscorers and moreover, their captain.

The six-nation tournament line-up is completed by Australia, Holland, Spain and New Zealand.

Asked how things were in camp following the news that Middleton would miss out, Lee said: "The guys are okay, maybe a bit rough around the edges but we've had to cope with carrying injuries for a while now.

"There's no doubt it'll be tough without Barry and we'll be weaker - he's rated as one of the top six players in the world and is a linchpin in this squad - but now the others have to step up and that'll be a good test for them.

"So it'll be interesting to see how we go without him but we know others are in a similar position."

With most of the participating nations either without key players or going through a transitional period, Lee has not set any pre-tournament targets. He is however confident that despite the absentees, the improvements to his squad over the last 12 months gives them a good chance of upsetting the Germans on day one.

"We're not here with targets because it's too hard to tell what will happen," Lee added. "We don't know what kind of team Holland and Spain are under their new coaches, New Zealand have their strongest players returning and Australia we know are sending a less experienced side, so we can't have a target if we don't know what our opposition is.

"Germany are a tough side to open against. They play fantastic hockey and have tremendous tactics and control.

"They can quite rightly be considered stronger than us but we're honestly now contemplating that we have what it takes to beat them in major tournaments."

England schedule at Champions Trophy, Monchengladbach, Germany (BST)

* Saturday July 31: 12pm England v Germany
* Sunday August 1: 4pm England v Spain
* Tuesday August 3: 3pm England v Australia
* Thursday August 5: 5pm England v Holland
* Saturday August 7: 12pm England v New Zealand
* Sunday August 8: classification play-offs (times tbc)

The Telegraph

The new Spanish team: Eager to deal with the best in the Champions Trophy

Spain will face the ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy in Monchengladbach without five players that have been during many years the backbone of the team. Xavi Ribas (34 years) has ended his career and Pol Amat (best player 2008), Rodrigo Garza (30), Albert Sala (29) and Edi Tubau (29) will also miss the tournament. On the other hand, Spain recovers Santi Freixa, injured from June 2009, who comes back to the team after missing the European Cup, the Champions Trophy`09 and the World Cup.

National coach Dani Martín has decided not to select them looking to rejuvenate the team. "Tubau is injured and I still count on Amat, Garza and Sala but I have preferred to give a chance to younger players in the Champions Trophy. Having Santi Freixa is very important for us. The team needed him", said Martín.

The Spanish performance in Monchengladbach is a mistery even for Martín, who recognizes that the new team needs some time and he can`t ask the youngest to be at the same level as the oldest. Nevertheless Martín aims to regain the third position in the World Ranking that Spain lost against Netherlands after the World Cup. "We need to play finals to be well positioned in the ranking and play the next Champions Trophy, so we will fight for it", he said.

Spain started the preparation for the ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy with two draws against Pakistan (2-2 and 1-1), one win against France (3-0) and a surprising lost against the French (1-5), all of them in Terrassa.

England town of Lilleshall was the next stop in the route to Monchengladbach, and Spain played better and won the first match against England (2-1) and equalized the next two (both 1-1).

Finally, in Monchengladbach, Spain and Germany drew (2-2). "We have been doing better and better and I am satisfied with the work done before the Champions Trophy", ends Martín.


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Source: RFEH

Official Site

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The ABN AMRO Champions Trophy Hockey Men 2010 will be broadcast worldwide (except in the Netherlands) from the 31st of July to the 8th of August on

Official site

Legerton fires hockey men to gold medal clash

Wayne Legerton scored a first-half hat-trick as the “Calypso Stickmen” romped past Netherlands Antilles 5-0 in their CAC Games men’s hockey semifinal. Legerton who scored six in a 15-0 win preliminary round win over Panama on Monday scored in the (seventh, 19th and 30th) while Matthew Tang Nian (35th) and Atiba Whittington (51st) added one each to seal T&T’s third straight appearance in the gold medal match where it will face Barbados, 3-1 winners over Mexico in the other semifinal.

It will be the second meeting between T&T and Barbados in this year’s competition after the players in red, white and black won their Pool A encounter, 3-1. Today, the national women’s hockey team will go for gold when it faces Mexico from 4.30 pm. The table-tennis trio of France-based Dexter St Louis, his step-daughter, Rheann Chung and Khaleel Asgarali failed to medal in their singles competition.

St Louis after qualifying from his four-player group with a perfect 3-0 record defeated Mexican, Salvador Uribe 11-5, 11-8, 11-2, 13-11 in his knockout stage first round match but with a quarterfinal spot at stake he was upstaged by Mexico’s Jude Okoh, 9-11, 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-13 while Asgarali suffered a first round loss to El Salvador’s Josue Donado, 6-11, 7-11, 10-12, 8-11.

Chung won her first round knockout battle with Venezuela’s Cruz Aguilar 11-4, 11-4, 11-3, 8-11, 5-11, 12-10 however she was then defeated by another Venezuelan, Ezzedine Ruaida 11-9, 3-11, 6-11, 4-11, 8-11. In archery, the T&T men’s team of Hasmath Ali, Rakesh Sookoo and George Vire lost out to Venezuela 2-0 in the Team Compound quarterfinal round and in water polo, the local men’s team failed to reach the medal round after losing its final two matches, 18-4 against Colombia and 19-10 versus Mexico.

The Trinidad Guardian

ACT: Indian ladies loses to Japan and China

s2h team

First Asian Champions Trophy for Women: Results

Day 1:
Japan beat India 3-2. (Saba Anjum and Surinder Kaur)
Korea beat China 1-0

Day 2:
China beat India 6-1 (Deepika Thakur)
Korea drew with Japan 2-2.

Day 3 (today):
Japan drew with China 2-2
Korea v India: Today

England Hockey women will play USA in preparation for World Cup

England Hockey women will play the USA next week in two official matches in preparation for the BDO Women's World Cup in Rosario, Argentina, at the end of August.

Following their bronze medal win at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy in Nottingham, England has risen to sixth in the world rankings, four places ahead of the tenth-ranked Americans.

USA narrowly missed out on a place at the World Cup after losing 3-1 to Korea in the final of the AtaHolding World Cup Qualifier, which was hosted in San Diego, California in April.

The sides' last competitive meeting came in the bronze medal match at the 2007 Champions Challenge in Baku when goals from Cathy Gilliat Smith and Rachel Walker secured a 2-1 victory for England.  A number of England's athletes also played for Great Britain against USA in a 0-0 draw at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.  USA went on to finish eighth in Beijing while Great Britain finished sixth.

England's competitive record against USA reads played 48, won 34, drawn eight, lost six.

Among their ranks, USA can call upon six players with more than 100 international appearances to their name, including the experience of goalkeeper Amy Tran, who has twice been named in the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) World All Stars Team, in 2006 and 2007.

At the World Cup, 29 August -11 September, England will meet the hosts Argentina, China, Spain, Korea and South Africa in Pool B.  The World Cup is the second of three major tournaments the team will contest in the space of three months and comes hot on the heels of the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy earlier this month.  Following their return from Rosario, England will travel to Delhi for the Commonwealth Games from 3-14 October.

Date - Time - Fixture - Venue

Tuesday 3 August - 15:00 - England v USA - Bisham Abbey NSC
Thursday 5 August - 15:00 - England v USA - Bisham Abbey NSC

Name (Club) Position Eng Caps/Eng Goals GB Caps/GB Goals - Age

Ashleigh Ball (Slough) Mid 23/0 5/0 - 24
Charlotte Craddock (Clifton) Fwd 8/1 24/3 - 19
Crista Cullen (Leicester) Def 67/15 54/15 - 24
Alex Danson (Reading) Fwd 98/22 36/9 - 25
Gemma Darrington (Leicester) Def 10/0 7/0 - 23
Jo Ellis (Reading) Fwd 32/4 32/6 - 26
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham) Mid 25/4 22/2 - 21
Rebecca Herbert (Leicester) Fwd 57/5 18/2 - 24
Madeleine Hinch (Leicester) GK 1/0 1/0 - 21
Gemma Ible (Clifton) GK 1/0 1/0 - 22
Katie Long (Leicester) Fwd 21/3 9/0 - 22
Kirsty Mackay (Bowdon Hightown) GK 0/0 4/0 - 23
Hannah Macleod (Leicester) Fwd 22/2 6/1 - 26
Dilly Newton (Clifton) Def 0/0 0/0 - 21
Sam Quek (Bowdon Hightown) Def 3/0 14/0 - 21
Helen Richardson (Reading) Mid 120/15 63/3 - 28
Chloe Rogers (Leicester) Mid 73/9 40/3 - 25
Natalie Seymour (Canterbury) Def 32/0 8/0 - 23
Beth Storry (Reading) GK 50/0 23/0 - 32
Chloe Strong (Slough) Def 18/1 3/0 - 27
George Twigg (Clifton) Mid 5/0 2/0 - 19
Laura Unsworth (Leicester) Def 21/0 9/0 - 22
Kate Walsh (Reading) Def 158/29 85/7 - 30
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown) Def 61/7 13/1 - 29
Nicola White (Slough) Fwd 19/2 11/0 - 22
Kerry Williams (Leicester) Mid/Fwd 38/1 19/1 - 24

England Hockey Board Media release

Day matches at Delhi Games ‘crazy’ - Charlesworth

SYDNEY: Australian men’s coach Ric Charlesworth said on Thursday it was “crazy and disrespectful” for New Delhi Commonwealth Games organisers to schedule field hockey matches during the heat of the day.

Charlesworth, who guided the Kookaburras to World Cup success in the Indian capital last March, is perturbed that his players will have all their four group matches during the day at the October 3-14 showpiece.

The coach said he was also frustrated at being restricted to selecting just 16 players, unlike at the World Cup and the Champions Trophy where teams can name 18-man squads.

“We will have to play in very hot weather with 16 players, it’s nuts and I find it extraordinary,” Charlesworth told Australian Associated Press.

“My experience (of New Delhi) has not been good. The grounds will be fine, but the problem is we will be playing in the middle of the day and that is unfair,” he said.

October is actually a peak period for tourism in New Delhi after the searing heat of high summer, with temperatures ranging from the low 20s Celsius to the low 30s.

Charlesworth insisted that heat would be a problem.

“Who knows how the people who organise these things think, it is OK if you are playing netball inside but not for our sport,” he said.

“They wouldn’t run the marathon in the middle of the day – it is crazy and disrespectful.

“We have had to make adjustments to our selection process for the Commonwealth Games because of the conditions and in my opinion that is wrong and it does a disservice to the game and the players.”


Day hockey matches in Commonwealth Games crazy, disrepectful: Charlesworth

Melbourne: The Indian hockey team's former technical adviser and current Australia coach Ric Charlesworth today lambasted the Delhi Commonwealth Games organisers, calling them "crazy" and "disrespectful" for scheduling matches in the middle of the day.

"We will have to play in very hot weather with 16 players, it's nuts and I find it extraordinary," Charlesworth told the Australian Associated Press.

"They wouldn't run the marathon in the middle of the day - it is crazy and disrespectful," he added.

Charlesworth had a controversy-ridden tenure with the Indian hockey team and walked out of the job after a major stand-off with the administrators there.

The highly-rated Aussie, who guided his country to the World Cup title earlier this year, said given the scheduling of the Games, his players would be forced to slog it out in the punishing Delhi heat.

"My experience (of Delhi) has not been good, the grounds will be fine, but the problem is we will be playing in the middle of the day and that is unfair," he said.

"Who knows how the people who organise these things think, it is OK if you are playing netball inside but not for our sport," he said.

Charlesworth said he would have to make selection adjustments due to the scheduling of matches. "We have had to make adjustments to our selection process for the Commonwealth Games because of the conditions and in my opinion that is wrong and it does a disservice to the game and the players.



Chile Test Series

Canadian Men's and Women's National Team 10-Match Series July 31 - August 6, 2010


Match Schedule

Date                    Time            Location                         Gender        Result
July 31, 2010
2:00 pm
Wright Field - Vancouver
4:00 pm Wright Field - Vancouver Men
August 1, 2010
2:00 pm
Wright Field - Vancouver Women
4:00 pm
Wright Field - Vancouver Men
August 3, 2010 5:30 pm
Wright Field - Vancouver Men
7:30 pm
Wright Field - Vancouver Women
August 4, 2010
5:30 pm
Wright Field - Vancouver Men
7:30 pm
Wright Field - Vancouver Women
August 6, 2010
5:00 pm
Wright Field - Vancouver Men
7:00 pm
Wright Field - Vancouver Women

*Women's Development Team

Team Canada Roster


Crystal Poland
Louis Mendonca, Head Coach
Sheena Scott, Manager
Nick Sandhu, Assistant Coach
John DeSouza, Assistant Coach/Video Analyst
Krista Thompson, Goalkeeping Coach/Video Technician
Andrea Reid, Physiotherapist
Becky Swan, Athletic Therapist
Dr. Rob Lloyd Smith, Team Doctor


Iain Smythe
Rob Short
Devohn Texeira
Ben Martin
Matt Guest
Antoni Kindler
Hudson Stewart
Dave Jameson
Dave Carter
Ken Pereira
Taylor Curran
Geoff Houghton
Scott Tupper
Jesse Watson
Gabbar Singh
Philip Wright
Adam Froese
Mark Erickson
Richard Hildreth
Connor Meakin
Keegan Pereira
Alan Brahmst, Head Coach
Andrew Schouten, Manager

Location and Admission

All Games at UBC Wright Field
3055 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver British Columbia

Admission FREE with an FHC Cow Bell.  Cow Bells can be purchased for $10 & ensures entrance to all games!

Sunday, August 1st – Annual Fight for the Cure Game; ball toss proceeds to be donated to BC Cancer Foundation.

Canadian National Team Players will be available to sign Autographs following the Sunday, August 1st games.

Field Hockey Canada media release

Is Sohail’s career finally over?

Pakistan snub the drag flick ace for Commonwealth and Asian Games

By our correspondent

KARACHI: The illustrious career of Sohail Abbas seems to be over after the national hockey selectors snubbed the drag flick ace while picking a 25-man preliminary squad for two major events of the year including November’s Asian Games in China.

Hanif Khan, who finalised the provisional squad for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, declared that Pakistan have several rookies, who are good enough for international hockey. A former Olympian, Hanif said that Pakistan don’t need Sohail any more.

Most of the country’s senior players including Zeeshan Ashraf, Waseem Ahmed, Rehan Butt, Salman Akber and Shakeel Abbasi were included in the preliminary squad which will attend a few training camps in the led up to the assignments in New Delhi and Guangzhou.

However, there was no place in the squad for Sohail, one of Pakistan’s most famous hockey players.

The experienced defender, who holds the record for scoring the highest number of goals in international hockey, apparently paid the price for skipping a national training camp earlier this summer.

But Hanif Khan tried to make it clear that Sohail’s omission had nothing to do with his decision to skip the training camp.

“We haven’t selected Sohail Abbas because we don’t need him any more,” said Hanif, a former Olympian. Hanif stressed that Pakistan have a number of youngsters capable enough to fill in for Sohail.

“We have found some good young boys on our team’s Europe tour especially Muhammad Tauseeq who converted penalty corners in matches against Holland and Spain earlier this month,” said Hanif.

Meanwhile, Sohail who recently returned home from Dhaka after featuring in the Bangladesh League is featuring in Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup hockey tournament — a major domestic event — in Karachi. He has been in a prolific form, scoring four goals in two matches in the event so far.

Preliminary squad:

Salman Akbar (Lahore), Imran Shah (HBL), Zeeshan Ashraf (NBP), Muhammad Imran (Army), Muhammad Irfan (PIA), Waseem Ahmad (WAPDA), Muhammad Rashid (Navy), Fareed Ahmad (HBL), Muhammad Tauseeq (NBP), Kashif Javed (NBP), Rehan Butt (WAPDA), Shakeel Abbasi (SSGC), Abdul Haseem Khan (NBP), Shafqat Rasool (PIA), Muhammad Rizwan (Army), Muhammad Waqas (WAPDA), Muhammad Umar Bhutta (HBL), Imran Butt (PIA), Muhammad Khalid Bhatti (HBL), Tasawar Abbas (Police), Abdul Ghaffar (Customs), Waqas Akbar (PIA), Muhammad Zubair (PIA), Shahbaz Ali (HBL) and Mohsin Bilal (PQA).

The News International

PHF names 25 probables for senior camp

LAHORE: Barring penalty-corner specialist Sohail Abbas, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has announced 25 probables to attend the training camp being set up at Abbottabad from Aug 11 for the two back-to-back assignments of the Commonwealth and Asian Games.

Sohail, remained absent for the camp set up for the tour of Europe while preferring to play league hockey in Bangladesh after he was not selected to play in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. As a consequence, the PHF also suspended his central contract.

The camp will be held at the Army Sports and Physical Training School, Tobe Camp Abbottabad. The second phase of the camp will be held in Holland.

The 25 players are Salman Akbar (Lahore), Imran Shah (HBL), Zeeshan Ashraf (NBP), Muhammad Imran (Army), Muhammad Irfan (PIA), Waseem Ahmad (WAPDA), Muhammad Rashid (Navy), Fareed Ahmad (HBL), Muhammad Tauseeq (NBP), Kashif Javed (NBP), Rehan Butt (WAPDA), Shakeel Abbasi (SSGC), Abdul Haseem Khan (NBP), Shafqat Rasool (PIA), Muhammad Rizwan (Army), Muhammad Waqas (WAPDA), Muhammad Umar Bhutta (HBL), Imran Butt (PIA), Mohammad Khalid Bhatti (HBL), Tasawar Abbas (Police), Abdul Ghaffar (Customs), Waqas Akbar (PIA), Muhammad Zubair (PIA), Shahbaz Ali (HBL) and Mohsin Bilal (PQA).


UniKL learn from last season's mistake

By Jugjet Singh

UNIKL were a late entry last season and had trouble settling down, but preparations have already started for them to field a formidable side in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) which is slated to start in the first week of December.

In their MHL debut early this year, UniKL, with an average age of 21, finished bottom of the six-team Premier Division, but in the quarter-finals, held Maybank 3-3 in the first leg before going down 2-0 in the return leg.

And in the Junior Hockey League (JHL), UniKL were runners-up in the League and Overall.

Coach I. Vickneswaran said the club are currently conducting open trials and he is looking at some quality players. "Last season, we only had a month's preparation and struggled to click in the early matches. This is why we are conducting trials at the Kuala Lumpur HA stadium this week, and the response has been great," said Vickneswaran.

"Some of our former players have been snatched by other clubs, so we are also looking to inject the MHL team with some quality senior players and at this stage the outlook is promising." The team were started by their chancellor Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, who is also the Malaysian Hockey Federation president.

"The final trials for short-listed players will be held on Saturday (tomorrow) but even then we will not be too sure of some signings as they have to get released from their work and former clubs which they had signed contracts with," said Vickneswaran.

Last season UniKL spent a total of RM500,000 in the MHL and JHL.

"We have a healthy budget this season too, and with it, we hope to sign some quality players to help guide our young players."

The club started with a bang in their JHL debut when they dethroned former Overall champions Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) and denied Bandar Penawar Sports School (BPSS) Thunderbolt the double.

In the MHL, they will have to contend with heavyweights like Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club , Sapura, Tenaga Nasional and Maybank.

New Straits Times

Omar Schlingemann Guest Expert Coach At FHC Junior Men's Camp

Omar Schlingemann, previous assistant to Roelant Oltmans at Laren Club will be the expert coach for the upcoming Canadian Men's Junior National Camp.

He has previously trained a top league club in Holland, worked with the Egyptian National Team and most recently, was the assistant coach for the Canadian Men's Team at the 2010 World Cup in India.

Omar has an extensive amount of experience in training players and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and skill with the FHC Junior Men’s Camp from July 31 to August 15, 2010 in Vancouver.  The camp will take place at both Eric Hamber Field and at UBC Wright Field in Vancouver.  Good luck to all athletes that are participating in the FHC Men's Junior Camp. 

Field Hockey Canada media release

London 2012 Olympics: the injured

By Emily Benammar

On course: Crista Cullen (centre) celebrates her goal against Germany during the Women's Champions Trophy bronze medal hockey match Photo: REUTERS

With two years to go until the London 2012 Olympics begin, Telegraph Sport looks at the journey facing hockey star Crista Cullen.

When Crista Cullen returned from the Beijing Olympics, it wasn’t the agony of having come so close to a shot at the bronze medal or the two corrective surgeries on a wrist injury that made her consider her future as a hockey player. It was the pressures a double Olympic cycle had put on her at such a young age.

Handed her first cap in 2003 aged 17 and while completing her studies at Oakham School, Cullen had given everything to her sport. But faced with what could have been a career-ending injury, she took the decision to return to Kenya where she spent the first 12 years of her life, to consider her future.

British by birth but proud of her African roots, Cullen attributes her return to hockey and her drive to help Great Britain secure a place on the podium in 2012 to the nine months in Africa.

"They say Africa’s in your blood and that’s genuinely true,’’ Cullen said.

"It will always influence what I do. I played in Beijing with a lot of cortisone injections. It was a case of get though it and have an operation after. They said the injury could have been career-ending and I had to be prepared for that. I’d been involved in such a long campaign, I’d never really had any time with my family in Kenya and I thought if I was to continue to 2012 I needed a break. I now recognise when I need breaks. If I become too focused on just one thing, I go flat."

Almost a year on from her return to club hockey at Leicester and training with Great Britain, Cullen, now 24, is more determined than ever to be there in 2012.

"We were agonisingly close in Beijing and that’s what made me think, ‘I may already be an Olympian, but the difference is I want that medal’," she said.

"Between now and the Olympics we’ve got the World Cup and Commonwealths this year, the Europeans, the Champions Trophy and a London 2012 training camp next year.

"We were elated to win bronze at this year’s Champions Trophy and want fighting for medals to become a habit, not just a one off. Beijing was amazing, but this will be the chance of a lifetime."

The Telegraph

Francis-Lau laid to rest

Members of Malvern Sports Club hockey section form a guard of honour with their sticks as the casket bearing the body of former T&THB president Garvin Francis-Lau (inset) left St Finbar’s RC Church, Morne Coco Road, Petit Valley, yesterday. Photo: Anthony Harris

St Finbars RC Church, Morne Coco Road, was packed to capacity for the funeral service of former Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board president Garvin Francis-Lau yesterday. Francis-Lau died at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope, following a masive heart-attack during a T&THB Veteran’s Division match on Friday between his team Stag Malvern and Police.

He would have celebrated his 58th birthday on August 18th. Francis-Lau’s daughter Galina gave the eulogy as his bereaved wife Dee, son Daryl, mother, brothers and sisters, as well as members of the hockey fraternity, the Association of Chartered Accountants, friends and family grieved his sudden passing.

The Trinidad Guardian