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SA Hockey Men's IPT Bloemfontein - Day 4


The first game of the day saw Western Province play Kaspersky Wits who had an outside chance of making the semi-finals if they won. Sadly for them it was not to be. WP slowly extinguished their hopes by keeping them confined mostly to their own half and the scoreline ticking over. WP won the game 5-1 and booked their place in the semi-final with 12 points and 1 to play against Southerns.

Title holders KZN Raiders entered the second game in a disappointing fourth place in Pool A, but with the points situation so tight that a win would take them to the top. WP Pens were in 5th place on equal points but 1 goal behind on goal difference. Raiders were slow to start with Pens having most of the game until Raiders scored the first goal. The dynamics of the game swiftly changed with Raiders completely dominating the game from then to finish 5-1 winners. Karl Oftebro scored the first hat-trick of the tournament from 3 penalty corners.

KZN Inland's game against their coastal cousins KZN Mynahs in the third game was very one sided as the 7-0 scoreline suggests, with Mynahs not being given many chances to even test the keeper.

Log leaders Southerns took on basement sharers North West in a game that they needed to draw to be certain of a semi-final spot (though a +16 goal difference technically meant they had already qualified). Terrified of a backlash they started very timijdly and North West began to look like they might cause an upset. Once they got on the board their confidence returned and they started dominating the game and keeping North West to their own half. North West escaped once to score, but Southerns cemented their place at the top of Poob with a convincing 6-1 victory with Dean Symons adding the second hat-trick of the tournament.

Northerns and EP met in Pool A with EP a point behind Northerns. EP needed a win to be in with any chance of making the semis. the game was a lively encounter with both teams giving it their all. EP seemed to have difficulty in keeping their tempers under control at times and this cost them dearly. Northerns finished the game winning 3-1 and face Raiders tomorrow for a place in the semis. EP are left praying Free State beat the. U21s to have any chance at all.

Winless after 3 games the host only have a -5 goal difference meaning these have been narrow losses. They were hoping to get some points on the score board, but table toppers SA U21 were not about to let that happen. With a congested top of the table they needed the win to be in with a chance and win they did in convincing fashion. The hosts didn't get many chances though were not completely out played. The Junior Internationals won 6-1 but the scoreline doesn't  give Free State credit for their tenacity. The highlight of the game was Matthew Guise-Brown scoring the third hat-trick of the day and of the tournament.

In Pool A sees the title holders KZN Raiders take on Northerns in a must win situation to get through to the semis, and SA U21 needing to avoid a heavy loss against EP to make the semis. EP are out of contention. In Pool B Southerns and WP are already through to the semis and both unbeaten play for the honour of winning the pool.

Results

A Section
Western Province 5 Kaspersky Wits 1
(Western Province: John McInroy, 11 FG, Bhradle Venter, 4 FG, Vaughn Erasmus, 27 FG, Dave Zwemke, 40 PC, Marc Fourier, 62 PC
Wits: James du Plessis, 37 FG)
KZN Raiders 5 Western Province Pens 1
(KZN Raiders: Karl Oftebro, 25 PC, 32 PC, 46 PC, Andrew Manson, 51 FG, 58 FG
WP Pens: David Agar, 44 PC)
KZN Inland 7 KZN Mynahs 0
(KZN Inland: Zamo Ngubo, 26 FG, Chad Caincross, 34 PC, Matthew Redmead, 36 FG, Justin Domleo, 40 PS, Sihle Ntuli, 67 FG, Gavin Jelley, 68 FG, Craig Haley, 70 PS)
Kaspersky Southerns 6 North West 1
(Kaspersky Southerns: Dean Symons, 18 FG, 64 FG, 70 FG, Ricky West, 24 PC, 57 PC, Brynn Cleak, 30 FG
North West: Hendy Seerane, 43 FG)
Northerns 3 Eastern Province 1
(Northerns: Craig Fulton, 1 FG, Gareth Marcus, 42 FG, Nick Gonsalves, 64 FG.
Eastern Province: Dalan Phillips, 20 FG)
Free State 1 SA U21 6
(Free State: Nazo Mlakalaka, 4 FG
SA U21: Grant Glutz, 8 FG, Ross Gonsalves, 28 FG, Matthew Guise-Brown, 34 PC, 42 PC, 45 PC, Richard Pautz, 70 FG)

Tables
Pool A
SA U21
B Section

SA Country Districts 2 Northern Cape 2
(SACD: Trevor Gower, 9 PC, Brad Brook, 40 FG
Northern Cape: Geovanni Joseph, 27 FG, Lyndon Fredericks, 52 FG),
KZN Inland B 1 Northern Free State Invitation 1
(KZN Inland: Mzamo Cele, 47 FG
Northern Free State: Quintin Nel, 27 FG)
Free State B 1 EP Settlers 1
(Free State B: Rohan Erasmus, 8 PC
EP Settlers: Kevin Carroll, 57 PC)

SA Hockey Association media release


Seven teams still in semifinals hunt in Ford NHL

Seven of the eight men’s teams are still in contention for semifinals spots with one round to play in the Ford National Hockey League (NHL).

Auckland men booked its play-off spot with a win over Canterbury in today’s sixth round at Auckland’s Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium.

Six teams are chasing the other three spots. Capital had a chance to confirm their place but were pushed into a penalty shoot-out before they came out on top against North Harbour.

Both Southern and Midlands collected victories today to join the semifinals race along with North Harbour, Central and Canterbury. Southern held on for a 2-1 victory over Central despite a Central penalty corner right on full time, while Midlands men thrashed Northland 7-1 to stay in the hunt.

Meanwhile in the women’s competition, Midlands women kept their play-off hopes alive with a comfortable 4-1 win over Central with Olympian Sam Charlton making some strong runs through the midfield.

Canterbury women stayed unbeaten at the top of the table with a 3-1 victory over a determined North Harbour performance. Bridget Blackwood and Stacey Carr were in commanding form for the Cantabrians.

Auckland confirmed their semifinals spot with a 4-1 win over Southern, while Capital joined Midlands and North Harbour in the race for the other two spots with a 3-2 win over Northland.

The Ford NHL continues tomorrow with the final round robin matches at Auckland’s Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium. Semifinal action is on Saturday with finals on Sunday.

Ford NHL round six results
Women:
Midlands 4 (Stacey MacDonald 2, Kim Gill, Abbie Johnson) Central 1 (Merania Hibbard) HT: 1-1
Canterbury 3 (Olivia Merry, Sian Fremaux, Bridget Blackwood) North Harbour 1 (Carli Michelsen) HT: 1-0
Auckland 4 (Nicole Youman 2, Katie Glynn, Danielle Sutherland) Southern 1 (Aimee Heaps) HT: 2-0
Capital 3 (Katarina O’Callaghan, Aniwaka Roberts, Tara Hall) Northland 2 (Alana Millington, Jane Thompson) HT 2-0:

Men:
Midlands 7 (Nick Ross 2, Lincoln Churchill, Scott Hughes, Andy Hayward, Tim Deavin, Matt Rees-Gibbs) Northland 1 (Lloyd Gurr) HT: 4-0
Southern 2 (Callum Bailey 2) Central 1 (Nick Wilson) HT: 1-0
Capital 2 (Benedict van Woerkem, Matt L’Huillier) North Harbour 2 (Dave Kosoof, James Coughlan). Capital won the penalty shoot-out 1-0. HT: 2-1
Auckland 6 (Sam Miskimmin, Michael Ritchie 2,  Arun Panchia, Tom Wickham, Ketan Hari) Canterbury 0 HT: 2-0

Hockey New Zealand media release


Men's hockey semifinal spots still wide open

Auckland booked their berth with a 6-0 thrashing of Canterbury in yesterday's sixth round at Auckland's Lloyd Elsmore Hockey Stadium.

Capital had a chance to confirm their place but were pushed into a penalty shoot-out before they came out on top against North Harbour.

Both Southern and Midlands collected victories yesterday to join the semifinals race along with North Harbour, Central and Canterbury.

Southern held on for a 2-1 victory over Central despite a Central penalty corner right on fulltime, while Midlands thrashed Northland 7-1 to stay in the hunt.

Meanwhile, in the women's competition, Midlands women kept their play-off hopes alive with a comfortable 4-1 win over Central, with Olympian Sam Charlton making some strong runs through the midfield.

Canterbury women stayed unbeaten at the top of the table with a 3-1 victory over a determined North Harbour side. Bridget Blackwood and Stacey Carr were in commanding form for the Cantabrians.

Auckland confirmed their semifinals spot with a 4-1 win over Southern, while Capital joined Midlands and North Harbour in the race for the other two spots with a 3-2 win over Northland.

Semifinals action is on Saturday, with finals on Sunday.

NHL ROUND SIX

Women

Midlands 4 (Stacey MacDonald 2, Kim Gill, Abbie Johnson) Central 1 (Merania Hibbard) HT: 1-1
Canterbury 3 (Olivia Merry, Sian Fremaux, Bridget Blackwood) North Harbour 1 (Carli Michelsen) HT: 1-0
Auckland 4 (Nicole Youman 2, Katie Glynn, Danielle Sutherland) Southern 1 (Aimee Heaps) HT: 2-0
Capital 3 (Katarina O'Callaghan, Aniwaka Roberts, Tara Hall) Northland 2 (Alana Millington, Jane Thompson) HT 2-0:

Men:

Midlands 7 (Nick Ross 2, Lincoln Churchill, Scott Hughes, Andy Hayward, Tim Deavin, Matt Rees-Gibbs) Northland 1 (Lloyd Gurr) HT: 4-0
Southern 2 (Callum Bailey 2) Central 1 (Nick Wilson) HT: 1-0
Capital 2 (Benedict van Woerkem, Matt L'Huillier) North Harbour 2 (Dave Kosoof, James Coughlan). Capital won the penalty shoot-out 1-0. HT: 2-1
Auckland 6 (Sam Miskimmin, Michael Ritchie 2, Arun Panchia, Tom Wickham, Ketan Hari) Canterbury 0 HT: 2-0

Stuff


Auckland men set scoring pace

By Terry Maddaford

The goals continued to flow for the Auckland men as they surged back to the top of the table with a resounding 6-0 win over old rivals Canterbury at the National Hockey League last night.

Following their 10-0 first-round win over Northland, and a 4-0 result over Midlands a day later, Auckland have set the goalscoring pace while at the same time giving up just a fraction over a goal a game on defence.

With just a point separating Auckland, who stormed home with four unanswered second-half goals in yesterday's late game, and second-placed Capital, the stage is set for a thriller when the two teams meet in the round-robin decider in today's late (6pm) game. While that game will hold some interest, other games, too, will be under the microscope as the next five teams chase the remaining two semifinal spots in the Ford competition.

North Harbour are best placed in third and well aware a win or, at worst, a bonus point draw against Canterbury would get them into the top four.

But if Harbour lose, Midlands, Southern, Central and even Canterbury will have a chance of getting up.

North Harbour lost some ground in being held 2-2 by Capital and then losing the penalty shootout in which just one goal was scored.

Midlands, who hit the turf running in the day's first game to beat Northland 7-1, face the early test again today when they meet last year's co-winners Central at noon. Central would need to win and have other results go their way to progress whereas Midlands can realistically take themselves away from any equation by winning.

Southern remain an outside chance but in playing yet-to-win Northland they could sneak in.

The picture in the women's race is clearer with Canterbury and Auckland assured of the top two places - probably in that order - with the southerners needing only a point from today's game with middle-of-the-table Capital to claim round-robin honours and top seeding for Saturday's semifinals. Auckland meet North Harbour in the last round today with Harbour able to finish third if they win. Conversely, they could dip out of semifinal contention if they lose and Capital upset the Canterbury high-flyers.

It has been a great return to form for Canterbury with yesterday's sixth round win over North Harbour after leading 1-0 at halftime.

With Katie Glynn again on the scoresheet and Nicole Youngman bagging two, Auckland, with a fourth goal from Danielle Sutherland, scored two in each half to beat Southern 4-1 to book their semifinal spot.

Southern, Central (beaten 4-1 by Midlands yesterday) and Northland are out of semifinal contention.

New Zealand Herald


MHL needs a makeover

By Ajitpal Singh

THE Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) could be re-branded next year to attract more teams for the annual competition which is on the decline due to poor response.

Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) secretary Johari Aziz said a re-branding exercise will likely be done to make the league more attractive next year.

"The league has potential but we need to upgrade it. We could change the format or invite foreign teams to make it more exciting and competitive," said Johari after the MHL team managers' meeting at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

The league, which began in the late 1980s, used to attract a large participation but of late, teams have been staying away due to budget constraint.

In 2010, 16 teams played in the league but only 14 registered for the competition last season. The upcoming season, which starts on Saturday, has attracted only 13 clubs despite MHC's move to increase the prize money from RM350,000 to RM410,000 for the six-week competition which ends on Oct 10.

"There will be no automatic promotion and relegation in the two-tier league as lower-ranked teams are not good enough," Johari added.

"We will look at the standard of the top finishers in Division One before granting them a possible promotion into next season's Premier League. We, however, hope the increase of prize money will make the league competitive."

Only the top four teams in the Premier League, comprising defending champions KL Hockey Club (KLHC), Sapura, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Maybank, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) and Nur Insafi-PHA, will qualify for the TNB Cup (overall title), unlike previous seasons, where the top two in Division One completed the quarter-final field.

Sapura, Maybank and Nur Insafi have signed foreign players while the rest will depend on locals. Pakistan international Muhd Imran and South Korea's former Olympian Lee Jung Seon will play for Sapura while Shakeel Abbasi and Mohd Waqas (both Pakistanis) together with Kiwi Aiden Mitchell have signed with Maybank. Nur Insafi have yet to confirm their foreign signings.

As for Division One teams, comprising Armed Forces, Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), Politeknik-KPT, Universiti Teknoloji Mara (UiTM), Johor HA, TNB-Thunderbolts and PST-Uniten-KPT, they will play in the newly-introduced President Cup. Johor HA have signed five Qatari internationals for their campaign.

MHC also made changes to the league's opening day fixture after admitting a mistake in drawing out the wrong teams for Saturday's Charity Shield match.

KLHC, last season's league and TNB Cup winners, were initially drawn to play TNB, the TNB Cup runners-up, but according to competition rules if a team win both titles, their opponents in the Charity Shield should be the league runners-up.

"We made a mistake. KLHC will now play last year's league runners-up Sapura," Johari said.

New Straits Times




KUALA LUMPUR: The total prize money for the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL), which begins on Saturday, has been raised to RM410,000 – an increase of RM50,000 from last year.

Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) secretary Johari Aziz, who chaired the team managers’ meeting yesterday, said that “the increased prize money will make the six-week league more competitive and interesting”.

He also said that 13 foreign players will feature in the MHL, which will end on Oct 10.

Double champions KL Hockey Club (KLHC), powered by eight internationals, will be gunning their third consecutive double – league and overall titles.

The other teams in the Premier Division are Sapura, Tenaga Nasional, Maybank, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) and MBI-Nur Insafi.

Division One will feature Johor HA, Armed Forces, Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), Politeknik-KPT, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Thunderbolts and PST-Uniten.

The six Premier Division teams will play on a home and away basis while the Division One teams will only play a single round.

After the completion of the league matches, the top four teams in each division will compete for their own overall titles, said Johari.

While the top four teams from the Premier Division compete for the TNB Cup, the top four from Division One will vie for the Presidents Cup.

The prize money for winning the Premier League is RM60,000. The runners-up and third-placed team will get RM40,000 and RM30,000 respectively.

The winner of the TNB Cup will receive RM60,000. The runners-up will get RM40,000 while the third and fourth-placed teams will get RM30,000 and RM20,000 respectively.

The Division One champions, meanwhile, will receive RM30,000, the runners-up RM20,000 and third place RM10,000.

The winner of the President’s Cup will earn RM30,000. The runners-up will get RM20,000 while the third and fourth-placed teams will receive RM10,000 and RM5,000.

KLHC will take on league runners-up Sapura in the Charity Shield match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday (8pm).

Star of Malaysia


Perth to host International Super Series Hockey 9's

Hockey Australia is pleased to announce the return of the International Super Series to be played at the Perth Hockey Stadium in Bentley, WA from 22 to 25 November 2012.

"The Western Australian State Government through its events agency Eventscorp showed great support of this world first hockey format sitting alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting last year and we are delighted to announce that the event will stay in Perth for at least the next two years," stated Hockey Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mark Anderson.

The invitational event will feature both men’s and women’s teams that participated at the London Olympics.

Hockey Australia is delighted to announce the participation of the England Men's Hockey team, setting up the much-anticipated clash between Australia's traditional sporting rivals and a replay of the Bronze Medal Match in London.

“We’re looking forward to a tough match against England, especially after our two strong head-to-head matches during the Olympics. I expect there to be new faces on both sides, so the ongoing Ashes battle continues,” said Australian Men’s Hockey coach Ric Charlesworth

The International Super Series is a unique and exciting concept that is played with nine players and a modified game time of 20-minute halves and larger goals to ensure plenty of action.

The second edition of the International Super Series will build on the success of last year’s event that had strong support from the Perth public and was well received internationally.

"We received tremendous feedback from sports fans, the players and media following the event last year and we are pleased to bring the format alive again in 2012. Featuring a number of international teams which featured during the just completed Olympics, the 2012 event promises to be even more exciting than last year's inaugural event," Anderson stated.

Both the Australian men’s and women’s teams will return to defend their International Super Series titles.

“The Super Series format offers significantly more space, allowing for a more expansive game. In conjunction with the wider goals, the halves have changed from 15 minutes to 20 minutes each. The additional 10 minutes in each match should suit our game style, offering the crowd plenty of goals and excitement,” said Charlesworth

Thanks to a partnership between the Western Australian State Government through its events agency Eventscorp and Hockey Australia, Perth International Hockey Centre has secured the International Super Series for the next two years.

This commitment will help the ongoing development of hockey in Australia and Internationally.

The International Super Series is delighted to announce the ABC as its broadcast partner for the second year

“The ABC is excited and delighted to be partnering with Hockey Australia as the Host Broadcaster of the International Super Series and looks forward to showing Australian’s the world’s best men’s and women’s hockey live on ABC1”, said ABC Executive Producer TV Sport & Events David Spencer.

“I am also extremely pleased that the ABC will be back with us as broadcast partners to televise this event within Australia and showcase Perth as a great destination city both within Australia and overseas”, said Anderson

International Super Series Fast Facts

When: 22 – 25 November, 2012
Where: Perth Hockey Stadium, Bentley Western Australia
Who: Australia, England confirmed – more teams to be announced
Tickets: Available from 17th September via Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com.au

For more information visit: www.hockey.org.au/SS2012

Hockey Australia media release


Schedule announced for Men's World League Round 1 - Chula Vista

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The dates have been set and the schedule is now finalized for the Men’s World League Round 1 competition in Chula Vista, Cali. The U.S. will host one of nine Men’s World League Round 1 tournaments at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Cali., November 16-18.

“We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to host Round 1 of the Men’s FIH World League event in Chula Vista,” said Steve Locke, Executive Director, USA Field Hockey. “The U.S. Men’s Squad is eager to make their debut in the World League on home their turf. We are committed to hosting a premier, world class event and look forward to showcasing international hockey in Southern California in November.”

On August 10, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) introduced the Hockey World League, a four round event running from August 2012 through February 2014, that will be used to decide which teams will qualify alongside Continental Champions and Hosts for future Olympic Games and FIH World Cups.
Round 1 of the World League is open to all National Teams ranked No. 17 and below in the world. Participating teams will gain valuable world ranking points. The U.S. will host the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Mexico for three days of exciting, international hockey. The team topping the table will qualify to participate in Round 2 of the World League, which is scheduled to be played in the first half of 2013.

The schedule for Round 1 of the World League in Chula Vista is as follows:

November 16

10:00 a.m.     USA vs Dominican Republic
12:30 p.m.    Mexico vs Guatemala

November 17

11:00 a.m.     Dominican Republic vs Guatemala
1:30 p.m.      Mexico vs USA

November 18

11:00 a.m.     USA vs Guatemala
1:30 p.m.      Dominican Republic vs Mexico

“Hosting an FIH event is a huge honor,” said U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Chris Clements. “The World League is an exciting new competition and we are hopeful of having a successful showing on our home turf. We are confident in our programs path not only for success in November but well into the future. Our sights set on participating in Round 2 of the World League next year.”

USFHA media release


Indo-Pak hockey Tests to start from 2013 onwards

FARIDABAD: The Hockey India is all set to the start the once popular Indo-Pak hockey Test series from next year.

In a bid to improve India's ranking as well as give the senior team a chance to play higher ranked nations, HI secretary-general Narinder Batra said that a series with Pakistan on home and away basis will be a mandatory fixture in calender.

"The basic planning will be to play against Pakistan plus against two other top-ranked nations every year. We have already sent an invite to Pakistan's hockey federation for a series next year. The following year (2014), we will be touring Pakistan. Apart from Pakistan, we plan to play against Australia, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, Germany on a regular basis."

According to association's master-plan, there will be an India 'A' team or development squad which will be the bridge between the national U-21 and the senior squad.

"Often, we find that some of the U-21 players who show a lot of promise are left in the lurch once they make a cross over to the senior level from age-group hockey. For them, we have decided to have a development squad or 'A' team which will act as a supply line for the senior side."

In another significant development, the Hockey India may take back promising drag-flicker Gurjinder Singh who had signed with the rebel World Series Hockey (WSH) championship.

The former junior India captain, who scored 19 goals in the inaugural edition of the tournament has already written a letter to HI requesting the parent body to consider him for future national squads.

"I have already replied to Gurjinder's letter and will meet him and discuss his case. It's about a player's future and if he seriously approaches us, we have to give his case due consideration," Batra said.

What the papers say today - Stick2Hockey


HI to appoint High Performance Manager

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

Given the current state of hockey in the country, it was understandable that Hockey India chose the birth anniversary of Dhyan Chand to offer its apologies to the country for the the Indian team’s last-place finish in the London Olympics.

Sounding keen “not to repeat the mistakes committed in London”, the Hockey India Secretary-General Narender Batra on Wednesday announced the governing body’s decision to appoint a High Performance Manager (HPM) to whom the National coaches would report.

It was also decided to continue with the services of coach Michael Nobbs and physiologist David John. Batra maintained that the appointment of the HPM would not curtail Nobbs’s authority in any way.

“Call him a High Performance Manager or Director, many top hockey playing countries have this concept. He will oversee both men’s and women’s teams. We are in discussion with a chosen few and will make the appointment by mid-October,” he said.

List of tasks

Elaborating on the role of the HPM, Batra presented a list of tasks: strategic management, planning and financial management, national senior/junior high-performance programme, regional talent programme, high-performance facilities and infrastructure, staff development and management, monitoring and reviewing all major competitions while gaining inputs from all relevant stakeholders.

The high-performance programme involved physical conditioning, mental training, sports vision, sports biomechanics, game strategy and games awareness, injury prevention, video analysis, sports education, handling media, grooming and etiquette and mentoring programme.

Talking about the lack of performance in the London Olympics, he said, “at this point, I really don’t know what exactly went wrong. From whatever I’ve gathered from the coaches, players so far, I think the team just could not lift itself from the early losses. Perhaps, a good sports psychologist could have helped.”

HI owns responsibility

No wonder, a sports psychologist is also being appointed. Whether it is the HPM or a sports psychologist, “if the Sports Authority of India does not pay, HI will foot their bills,” affirmed Batra and continued, “the Government has done 110 per cent for the team. Whatever went wrong in London, HI takes full responsibility.

“We have received the reports from the coach and the support staff (on the Olympic performance) apart from five players. We are awaiting the reports from the remaining 11 players before the August 31 deadline. Thereafter, we will have one-on-one discussion followed by a group discussion to help us pin-point the shortcomings in our performances in London,” said Batra.

Efforts are also on to form a ‘development team’ to bridge the gap between the juniors (under-21) and the seniors. “We have decided to propose to the SAI to hold camps for 33 players in each section — juniors, development players and seniors, instead of 48 each in the junior and senior sections,” he said.

Looking ahead, Batra also revealed plans to hold all National championships as per schedule. “We will offer Rs. 16 lakh for the host of the senior Nationals, Rs. 15 lakh for the junior Nationals and a total of Rs. 13 lakh for the associations hosting the sub-junior Nationals (held on zonal basis).”

Hindu


High performance manager for hockey

NEW DELHI: In a move that screamed 'damage control' following India's dismal show at the London Olympics, Hockey India (HI) on Wednesday announced its decision to appoint a 'high performance' manager for the senior teams (both men and women), a step clearly taken to clip the wings of chief coach Michael Nobbs.

HI explanation that the new post has been created to improve the national team's performance at the highest level comes at a time when its secretary general Narender Batra admitted that he had no clue why India performed so poorly at the Olympics. All the coaches attached with the men's and women's teams will have to report to the high performance manager.

"We have received the coaches' and support staff's report on the Games. We have also received views of five of the 16 players so far. We are in the process of talking to the players and the coaching staff to identify the shortcomings," Batra said.

Batra said the high performance manager, who would be a foreign appointee, would be in place by next month. The new official would have the final say in case there's a difference of opinion with coaches on technical matters, he added.

Batra, however, ruled out any witch-hunt following the London debacle and also played down reported comments by a certain player who had blamed Nobbs for the poor performance. The HI secretary also said that both coach Nobbs and physio David John would continue in their posts. "Instead of blaming anybody, we are more interested in finding a solution. HI owns responsibility for letting the country down and hockey legend Dhyan Chand."

Batra added that the HI would appoint a sports psychologist and said that the federation is looking at the formation of developmental teams as a step between the junior (under 21) and the senior teams. "Instead of 48 juniors and 48 seniors in the camps, we now propose to have 33 junior, 33 development players and 33 senior players."

According to Batra, India would also be playing at least three series against top teams like Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and England from next year onwards. "Out of these three series, one will be against Pakistan," he added.

The HI intends to continue hosting both senior and junior national championships for men and women every year. Batra gave enough indication that HI was ready to take the WSH players in its fold. "These players are free to approach us. We will happily listen to them."

Times of India


‘It was system failure at London’

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

Hockey Olympian and coach, Mir Ranjan Negi on Wednesday, blamed the Indian team’s 12th place finish at the Olympic Games to failure of the system. “The poor finish was nothing to do with the players. It is the failure of the system for which the coach Michael Nobbs should be blamed.

Speaking on the occasion of the National Sports Day and the 107th birth anniversary of Major Dhyanchand at the Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall, where the Bengal Hockey Association had conducted its annual prize distribution ceremony here, Negi said he was ready to take over as the coach of the Indian men’s team.

“The team cannot do worse than this. I am ready to take up the challenge if given the opportunity,’’ he told the media. “The biggest problem is that the foreign coaches do not understand the Indian boys at all. Only Indian coaches will be able to handle the boys in such situations. Also, I think Nobbs made a number of errors in team selection. When the team went into crisis there was no second plan to get it out of the woods,’’ he said.

BHA secretary Gurbux Singh said all the 66 clubs playing in the local league would be given Rs. 4,000 per year in addition to the Rs. 4,000 they have been getting all these years.

Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Gurdeep Singh, Commissioner of Customs (Port), Olympians Yashwant Rajput, Bir Bahadur Chhetri, Keshav Dutt, Group captain Subodh Bhatnagar, Regional Director (SAI) and the BHA President, Gautam Mohan Chakrabarti.

Hindu


IHF rejects IOA panel

BANGALORE: The Indian Hockey Federation has summarily rejected the three-member committee formed by the Indian Olympic Association to decide who should govern hockey in the country. Sources said the committee members - former Wrestling Federation of India president GS Mander, Indian Weightlifting Federation chief Birendra Prasad Baishya and Handball Federation of India secretary-general SM Bali - were involved in the collective decision by the IOA to disaffiliate IHF four years ago. "They were against us in 2008, how can we expect them to be with us now?" IHF sources asked.

While both IHF and HI had given written submissions, the August 21 meeting did not take place as IHF said they wouldn't air their views to the committee and asked IOA to change the panelists. The meeting was postponed to August 30.

Times of India


NATIONAL SPORTS DAY SPECIAL: Take interest and simply inspire a generation

Shashank Gupta

The country celebrates National Sports Day today on the eve of birth anniversary of Dhyan Chand. His spirit will however be wondering if it still wants its name to be associated to a day which very few know about. So, we need to engage ourselves and introspect, to make India a sports power.

To start with take this small Sports Quiz:

What was the (approx.) size of the Indian London Olympic contingent? OR Roughly, how many categories of Olympic Sports did India participate in?

Name the darling of the country, whose grandmother didn’t come to see her for a month when she was born, only because she wanted a boy-child?

A 22-year old, Irfan Thodi Kolothum was India’s bid at Men’s 20km walk. Recall what was his rank in the final event? (Clue: He did fairly well and was a little under 2m behind the Gold Medal winner)

What actually happens in the ‘Double Trap’ Shooting event in which Abhinav Bindra won the Gold Medal in 2008, Beijing Olympics? i.e. what do you shoot at?

Mumbai Marathon is an event that happens every year in Mumbai in the month of January. Take a guess how many people participate in it, every year?

Lastly, remember the motto of London Olympics?

If you didn’t answer many correctly, that summarizes the level of sports awareness in our country.

Sadly, this time around, the reason for this is not the Government, Federations or the media. It’s us and each one of us.

It starts from the very way we are brought up in our society and how our thinking shapes up as we grow. We hardly do our bit to ‘Inspire a Generation’.

This article tries to analyze how each one of us can contribute to develop a country which loves a diverse arena of sports and its sportsmen.

Schools: Educationalists believe academics and a good dose of sports on a regular basis can form a deadly combo in the overall child development.

Schools should counsel parents that sports is not a recreational activity but , an essential medium of overall personality development. Sports teach team work, stress management, perseverance, endurance, mental strength, communication skills. None of these skills are honed in academics.

These children, seeing each other play (some) sports will grow up to a generation of sports lovers.

Common citizen, i.e. WE

How many of us just go out to parks, grounds, academies, nearby and look-out for what Sports are being played in our vicinity?

Many a times, there are small time sport academies that do wonderful work but don’t get much visibility because of poor interest by locals.

Imagine, if in an elementary-level tournament, you and your friends gather to cheer the young players playing the match. How much difference will it make to a bunch of performers?

Can we pick any sport and make a small beginning in our neighborhood?

Fan Clubs:

One doesn’t need to witness only Olympics or a match in a stadium to support or popularize a sport. Fan Club can be an answer. Fans stay connected, communicate with each other, and organize things at their own level.

In European countries, Fan Clubs have a huge say in administration. The administrators there have to take into account what the Fan Club thinks about a given issue.

Manoj Mahala, a passionate sports lover based in Bangalore, runs an online ‘Hockey Fan Club’. He says, “Many of my friends never followed Hockey but follow it now, only after his Fan Club came into existence.” Inspired by the positive response, he is planning to develop a comprehensive database of Hockey playing Academies in the country so that people are better linked to each other.

Sports Club:

One can start their club in whatever sport they feel passionate about. Rural Development Trust in Anathpur (run by Spainards) and Bua Sa Village Hockey Academy (run by a German woman) in Rajasthan are only a pointers to us for the path we should be soon embarking upon.

Government, Federations:

It’s a fair argument that Federations don’t do their work properly and many a times, Government falls short in providing the required infrastructure but we as individual have limited our creative potential by this argument.

When large number of clubs come up in various sports, Government and Federations will automatically become more serious about the Sport, per se.

Consider the example of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha. Why certain sports are more popular here? The community takes interest in it, the Government simply follows it. It’s a democratic set-up. The thing people are interested in, the Govt. follows it.

Media:

Media covers everything general public wants them to cover.

Ever heard of the card game ‘Bridge’? The people who follow this game are large but are sparsely located. Did you notice that leading English dailies have a Bridge column, almost daily or at least weekly?

One needs to make an impact by their interest levels. Media just covers the impact.

We are a growing economy. Growth in Sports will be natural consequence, if not tomorrow at least later. How soon it will happen, will depend entirely on us. Media, Corporate Houses, Government are mostly driven by popular perception. When we, as individuals, take interest in various sports around us and nurture it over a generation, then the above mentioned entities will just follow.

The Govt. did its bit in honoring Major Dhyanchand, by naming today’s day as ‘Sports Day’ in India. It’s time we do our bit, take the mantle in our hands and provide peace to the soul of Dhyan chand.

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Bringing hockey back on track not too tough: Naveed

KARACHI: Former Olympian Naveed Alam says he can bring hockey back on track within a few months with the help of Punjab government.

“Bringing the game back on track is not difficult. We only need to observe the domestic structure of hockey of the winning teams and replicate it here according to our requirements,” Naveed said.

He said that it could be done with the help of dedicated people and he and his team have already drafted the plan with the help of Punjab Sports Board for his province.

“We will revive the game from grass-roots level by helping districts and towns to form their teams at school, college and university levels,” he said.

He said that each of the 36 districts in Punjab would give four teams, the fourth comprising players who are not students. “We are also in contact with our friends in other provinces of the country and we will help them to do the same in their provinces.”

“Moreover, the upcoming Punjab Youth Festival, beginning 20th September, will be used as the base for our endeavours. The festival will continue till September and during this period we will do the work on the grass-roots level throughout the province,” he said.

He said Pakistan rose only one position in four years in spite of spending millions of rupees. “But now we think we must do something for the game on our own.”

Naveed claimed that he could establish a better team in two and a half months than the one the federation established in four years with huge funds at its disposal.

Naveed criticised the federation for discussing bilateral series with India rather than the below par performance in the Olympics in their recent meeting. “All former Olympians and hockey players are now coming together to save hockey. We will also hold protest demonstration against the federation and we will do everything we can to save hockey.”

News International


Late goals give No. 1 Maryland tough victory against No. 11 Stanford

Maryland Athletics

STANFORD, Calif. – No. 1 Maryland pulled out a 3-2 win in double overtime at No. 11 Stanford on Sunday.

The Terps trailed through the second half, then Jill Witmer scored to force OT. Katie Gerzabek scored with 24 seconds left in the second OT to give Maryland the victory.

“This game was such a great opportunity for us to experience all facets of the game and so many situations,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “Stanford is extremely talented. We pulled our goalie in the final minutes of regulation, scored in the final minutes to force overtime and found a way to win, just a great experience for us so early in the year.”

Witmer put the Terrapins on top 1-0 in the fifth minute of play when she took hold of a loose ball, then took a shot for the lead. The Terrapins (2-0) held their lead through halftime.

Stanford’s Alex McCawley scored less than three minutes into the second half with a high shot to tie it up. Two and a half minutes later, the Cardinal’s Jessica Chisholm knocked in a loose ball in front of the cage for the 2-1 Stanford lead.

Maryland pulled goalkeeper Natalie Hunter out of the goal to put in an extra field player with six minutes left in regulation. Witmer forced overtime when she slipped a goal past Stanford with 3:19 remaining.

The Terps and the Cardinal (1-1) went on to play more than 29 minutes of scoreless overtime. Maryland was a player down most of the second overtime when senior Megan Frazer was given a yellow card in the 90th minute.

With 24 seconds to go, Gerzabek found a loose ball in front of the goal off the corner play and snuck it in for the win.

Hunter finished with six saves and senior Harriet Tibble added a defensive save. Stanford goalkeeper Dulcie Davies notched nine saves on the day.

NCAA


No. 20 Northwestern surprises all, overthrows No. 11 Stanford 4-1

Northwestern Athletics

STANFORD, Calif.- Backed by a hat trick from Carolin Troncelliti, No. 20 Northwestern upended No. 11 Stanford 4-1 on Wednesday afternoon at the Varsity Turf in a battle of nationally-ranked teams.

Wednesday’s game against Northwestern was the second in a series of top-25 opponents featured on Stanford’s schedule, with matchups against Iowa, North Carolina, Syracuse and Connecticut still to come.

Three days after pushing No. 1 Maryland to the limit in a 3-2 double-overtime loss, Stanford was unable to generate anything offensively from the opening draw.

Northwestern took a 2-0 lead into halftime, with Troncelliti putting away her first goal of the afternoon just seven minutes into the contest before Tara Puffenberger added an unassisted score in the 29th minute.

Stanford, which surged ahead after trailing at halftime on Sunday against Maryland, went into the break looking for a second-half spark. The Cardinal received a boost at the 41:52 mark, when Alex McCawley scored her third goal of the year to slice the deficit to 2-1. Sharing the team lead in goals with Hope Burke, McCawley fired a rocket into the cage from just inside the circle.

However, the Wildcats countered quickly afterward, with Troncelliti scoring her second goal of the game following a nice cross from Catherine Franklin.

Eight minute later, Troncelliti found the cage again, this time after taking a pass from Puffenberger and slipping a shot past Dulcie Davies.

Shots were even at 11 apiece while Stanford owned a 7-3 advantage in penalty corners.

Becky Dru led the Cardinal with three shots, all following penalty corner opportunities, while Hope Burke added two.

NCAA

 

News for 29 August 2012


Ireland Men's team announced for World League 1

Ireland's interim coach Brendon Carolan has announced his squad which will compete at World Hockey League  1 in Cardiff from 7th/9th September.  This is the first stage in the qualification process to the next World Cup which will held in Holland in June 2014.   Four teams will compete in Cardiff with the top two teams progressing to World League 2.  The teams, venue and date for World League 2 will not be known till the end of November.

Speaking after his selection Carolan said "I am looking forward to the Green Machine continuing on all its hard work done over the summer. We will continue to drive the teams standards of excellence throughout all events, with the World League Round 1, in Cardiff being the first phase.

1, Bell, Jonathon, Lisnagarvey
2, Bruton, Jonathon, YMCA
3, Carroll, Kenneth, Railway Union
4, Caruth, Peter, Braxgata
5, Cockram, Tim, Lisnagarvey
6, Darling, Michael, Three Rock Rovers
7, Dowds, Stephen, Banbridge
8, Fitzgerald, David, Monkstown
9, Gleghorne, Paul, Instonians
10, Gormley, Ronan (Capt), Crefelder HTC
11, Harte, Conor, SCHC
12, Harte, David, Kampong
13, Jackson, John, Braxgata
14, Jermyn, John, Penguin
15, Magee, Eugene, Crefender HTC
16, McCandless, Bruce, Banbridge **
17, McConnell, Andrew, Hurley
18, Watt, Michael, SCHC

**Bruce McCandless, subject to a fitness test

All players in periphery squad will be regarded as reserves.

Players Not available

Ames, David
Cargo, Chris
Loughrey, Stuart
McCabe, Geoffrey
Sloan, Ian

Friday 7th September

15.30 Austria v Sweden
18.00 Ireland v Wales

Saturday 8th September

14.00 Ireland v Austria
16.30 Wales v Sweden

Sunday 9th September

12.00 Ireland v Sweden
15.00 Wales v Austria

Irish Hockey Association media release


SA Hockey Men's IPT from Bloemfontein - Day 3

The early morning start in a grey and overcast Bloemfontein proved to be too early for Northerns who found themselves 4-0 down to Western Province Pens at half time. The half time team talk must have dragged them out of bed as they came back and dominate the second half. WP Pens resilient defence kept them at bay and Northerns were only able to pull back 3 goals to lose their first game of the tournament.

The second game of the day was between Southerns and Wits. The first team should always beat the second team or the selectors have got it wrong. This game therefore was quite predictable with Southerns dominating Wits to win 9-1. Southerns player Nick Spooner got a great 21st birthday present.

KZN Inland played North West in the 3rd game and Inland were barely troubled by the Potch team. Good defending and great keeping from Chad Derrheim in goals restricted Inland to a 4-0 win.

Mynahs scored an early first goal against Western Province and disturbed a sleeping giant. WP took and kept control of the game and only their failure to convert many chances kept them to a 5 goal haul. Mynahs seemed determined to have a go but were largely kept at bay only managing to add one more to their total giving a 5-2 result.

In the penultimate game KZN Raiders went into the game believing the SA U21 team would be a pushover and quickly went ahead through Justin Collins. The Junior Internationals drew level and then went ahead. Raiders were a bit shell shocked but drew level through a penalty stroke before halftime. Shortly thereafter the U21s scored again and again to lead 4-2. Raiders looked lost and struggled for a long time before getting one back. Believing a draw was possible Raiders put everything into it, but it was the Juniors who had the last laugh with another goal to win 5-3 against the title holders.

The last game of the day was an exciting encounter between the hosts Free State and Eastern Province. EP scored first and Free State poured everything into it to equalise. They were rewarded just after half time and a ding dong battle for supremacy ensued. EP broke the deadlock and try as they might Free State couldn't get the goal back to delight the home crowds.

Results

A Section

Northerns 3 Western Province Pens 4
(Northerns: Francois Pretorius, 45 PS, Emile Odendaal, 63 PC, 64 FG
WP Pens: Mark Kokoropo, 4 FG, 35 FG, David Agar, 18 PC, Lance de Kock, 32 PS)!
Kaspersky Southerns 9 Kaspersky Wits 1
(Kaspersky Southerns: Brandon Panther, 4 FG, 41 FG, Ricky West, 11 PC, Sean Landsdale, 18 PC, Miguel da Graca, 20 FG, Brynn Cleak, 35 PC, Dylan Coombes, 45 FG, 60 PS, Dean Symonds, 64 FG.
Kaspersky Wits: Marc le Seuer, 42 PS)
KZN Inland 4 North West 0
(KZN Inland: Sihle Ntuli, 20 FG, 45 FG, Gavin Jelley, 27 FG, Jethro Eustice, 62 FG)
Western Province 5 KZN Mynahs 2
(Western Province: John McInroy, 35 PC, Devin Stanton, 37 FG, Callum Buchan, 46 FG, Vaughn Erasmus 54 FG, Dave Zwemke, 58 PC
KZN Mynahs: Michael Wiggett, 2 PC, Andrew Fairweather, 50 FG)
KZN Raiders 3 SA U21 5
(KZN Raiders: Justin Collins, 7 FG, Mondli Dlamini, 28 FG, 52 FG
SA U21: Matthew Guise-Brown, 16 PC, 21 PC, Richard Pautz, 39 FG, Clinton Panther, 43 PC, Grant Glutz, 63 FG.
Free State   Eastern Province
(Free State: Neil Roode, 38 FG
Eastern Province: Satchinan Reddy, 5 PC, Jason MacLachlan, 49 FG)

B Section

Northern Cape 5 Northern Free State Invitation 3
(Northern Cape: Giovanni Joseph, 6 FG, 68 FG, Lyndon Fredericks, 22 PC, Lucien Benjamin, 42 PC, 68 PC
Northern Free State: Russell York, 7 FG, Graham McLaren, 29 FG, 34 FG)
SA Country Districts 1 EP Settlers 1
(SACD: Berto Basson, 58 FG
EP Settlers: Kyle Davidson, 55 PC)
Free State B 3 KZN Inland B 0
(Free State: Michael Baiden, 6 FG, Magnus Buys, 9 PC, Justin Josephs, 28 PC)

SA Hockey media release


Zidane hungry for more success

Although he is the country’s ace striker, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil has never won the top scorers award in the TNB Malaysian Hockey League since making his debut in 2005.

But winning personnal accolades has never been the aim of the 26 year old who is pursuing his degree in Human Resources at the Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Rather Zidane as he is popularly known, aims to continue to provide the ammunition for the rest of his KL Hockey Club teammates in their quest for more glory in the tournament that gets underway this Saturday at the National Hockey stadium.

“To me it has always been about the team first. When we win its down to the collective effort. It does not matter who scores as all that matters is that we win matches,” said Tengku Ahmad who has 160 international caps to his credit having made his debut in a Test match in Kakamighara in Japan in 2005.

“Playing for KLHC gives me a sense of satisfaction as the players are motivated while the club management looks after us well. Hence we always give our best on the pitch and want to win titles.”

Having won the treble – Charity Shield, League Cup and the overall TNB Cup, how does someone like Tengku Ahmad motivates himself having won everything there is to win?

“The hunger remains as this season we aim to create history by being the first club to win all the titles back to back,” said Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin.

“That is our motivation and the league this year is more challenging as it is short, meaning there is no room for complacency nor are we allowed to have a day off.

Tengku Ahmad also harbours hopes of playing in a foreign league after turning out for Mohammedan Hockey Club last month in the Bangladesh League.

He teamed up with Pakistan’s Tariq Aziz and Kamran Ahmad and scored three goals enroute to helping th club win the title in the three week competition.

“I hope to secure an offer to play overseas and am keeping my options open” said the Perlis born player.

Official MHL site


Arul gets OK to coach UniKL

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) have given the green light for national assistant coach designate S. Arul Selvaraj to train Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) which starts on Saturday.

Arul and new national coach Paul Revington are to be officially installed this week but MHC secretary Johari Aziz said they have given permission to the former to be involved in the league which ends on Oct 10.

“Revington will select players from the league for the national squad, which will begin training in October,” said Johari.

Close watch: UniKL coach S. Arul Selvaraj taking his team through a training session at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Monday. Arul is also the national hockey team's assistant coach designate.

South African Revington and Arul were in charge of Ireland in the Olympic qualifier in Dublin in March. They quit after Ireland finished runners-up and failed to qualify for the London Games.

They replace Tai Beng Hai and his assistant Nor Saiful Zaini, who were in charge of the national team who finished a dismal third in the Dublin qualifier.

Revington has been in Malaysia since Aug 9 but has yet to formally assume his duties as national coach.

Johari said Revington and Arul would finally sign their contracts this week.

UniKL team manager Amir Azhar Ibrahim was happy to secure the services of Arul, a former national player.

“We hope that he can guide UniKL to a top-four finish in the MHL,” said Amir.

The Star of Malaysia


Late goals give No. 1 Maryland tough victory against No. 11 Stanford

Maryland Athletics

STANFORD, Calif. – No. 1 Maryland pulled out a 3-2 win in double overtime at No. 11 Stanford on Sunday.

The Terps trailed through the second half, then Jill Witmer scored to force OT. Katie Gerzabek scored with 24 seconds left in the second OT to give Maryland the victory.

“This game was such a great opportunity for us to experience all facets of the game and so many situations,” head coach Missy Meharg said. “Stanford is extremely talented. We pulled our goalie in the final minutes of regulation, scored in the final minutes to force overtime and found a way to win, just a great experience for us so early in the year.”

Witmer put the Terrapins on top 1-0 in the fifth minute of play when she took hold of a loose ball, then took a shot for the lead. The Terrapins (2-0) held their lead through halftime.

Stanford’s Alex McCawley scored less than three minutes into the second half with a high shot to tie it up. Two and a half minutes later, the Cardinal’s Jessica Chisholm knocked in a loose ball in front of the cage for the 2-1 Stanford lead.

Maryland pulled goalkeeper Natalie Hunter out of the goal to put in an extra field player with six minutes left in regulation. Witmer forced overtime when she slipped a goal past Stanford with 3:19 remaining.

The Terps and the Cardinal (1-1) went on to play more than 29 minutes of scoreless overtime. Maryland was a player down most of the second overtime when senior Megan Frazer was given a yellow card in the 90th minute.

With 24 seconds to go, Gerzabek found a loose ball in front of the goal off the corner play and snuck it in for the win.

Hunter finished with six saves and senior Harriet Tibble added a defensive save. Stanford goalkeeper Dulcie Davies notched nine saves on the day.

NCAA


Clements names Junior Men's Pan American Games Squad

COLORDO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. Men’s Junior and Senior National Team Head Coach Chris Clements has announced the athletes that will participate in the 2012 Junior Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, September 10-23. The eighteen Under-21 athletes selected will face Barbados, Chile and Venezuela in pool play. If successful, the U.S. may face Pan American rivals, Canada or Argentina en route to a podium finish. The top two countries will automatically qualify for the International Hockey Federation’s 10th Men’s Junior World Cup, with third place being a first reserve for the premier tournament.

The U.S. Junior Men’s Team participated in a 3-Nations Tournament in Vancouver, British Columbia, featuring Canada and Chile and recently returned from Auckland, New Zealand, where they faced top men’s regional development squads and the North Harbor National League Team in preparation for the Junior Pan American Games. In addition, since June, 23 young men entered a centralized training program in Ventura County, Cali. While living with host families, the Junior Squad has trained full-time, including regular friendly competitions against current and former National Squad members. This style of training has been extremely beneficial in furthering their skills and gaining experience from senior athletes.

“We are 11 weeks into the Junior Squads centralized training program, with athletes training and living with host families in the Ventura County area full-time,” said Clements. “This has been a huge benefit to the program and I am very grateful for the families and the squads commitment to making this intensive program work. Having this number of players training and competing on a daily basis has allowed us to lay the foundation for the future of the program.”

Accompanying the Junior Squad to Guadalajara are two U.S. Men’s National Team members that participated in the XVI Pan American Games last October, Ajai Dhadwal and Tyler Sundeen.

“The experience that Ajai and Tyler will bring to the squad from the Pan American Games will be valuable as their knowledge of what is required to perform on a higher stage will elevate the level of this group,” said Clements.

The U.S. Junior Men’s Team is hoping their commitment to the centralized training program over the last several months will pay off by providing an extra edge and full cohesiveness as they prepare to for a top finish and qualify for the Junior World Cup.

The following athletes have been selected to the 2012 Junior Pan American Team: Michael Barminski (Ventura Cali.), Sean Cicchi (thousand Oaks, Cali.), Ajai Dhadwal (Agoura Hills, Cali.), Mohan Gandhi (Ventura, Cali.), Alex Grassi (Brookville, MD), Austin Groeneveld (Jenkintown, Pa.), Hans Aki Kaeppeler (New York City, N.Y.), Brandon Karess (Allentown, Pa.), Ja Ja Kentwell (Spring City, Pa.), Ranveer Kundi (Chino, Cali.), Christian Linney (La Jolla, Cali.), Johnny Orozco (Ventura, Cali.), Rutger Pruijs (Glendale, Cali.), Chris Rea (San Diego, Cali.), Ranjot Sangha (Sacramento, Cali.), Paul Singh (Yuba City, Cali.), Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, Cali.), Liam Walsh (Sedro Woolley, WA)

USFHA media release


Pakistan delegation to visit India for hockey revival

ISLAMABAD: A two-member delegation of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) will visit India next month to discuss the revival of bilateral series, official said on Tuesday.

Secretary of PHF Asif Bajwa told Xinhua that talks between the two sides had been in process for months and Hockey India (HI) officially invited them to discuss the modalities of a future series.

"We had very positive meetings with Indian officials during the London Olympics and finalised many aspects for revival of Pak-India bilateral series," said Bajwa.

Indo-Pak sporting ties have been suspended for years, especially, after 2008 Mumbai attacks in India followed by a militants attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in March 2009.

The two-member delegation, comprising Bajwa himself and PHF President Qasim Zia, is likely to visit India Sep 15 to finalise modalities and to convince India to send its national team to Pakistan for a five-match series.

"It is our wish that India should visit Pakistan first as we have already visited them many times and I believe they will come here next year," he added.

Bajwa further said that the resumption of ties would be in the larger interest of hockey in the region.

"Pakistan and India were major hockey teams in the world in the past because they played with each other on regular basis and we hope future bilateral series will again improve our game, standard and players' stamina," said Bajwa.

Toi


German hockey champs face €500,000 party bill

Not only did the German national hockey team win Olympic gold this summer – they proved themselves champions in destructive partying – and are now facing a bill for half a million euros for their post-victory celebrations.

The squad held a party on the German cruise ship “MS Deutschland” after their August 11 victory over the Netherlands which secured their second consecutive Olympic gold medal.

Photos have been released in the German media of players dousing each other in champagne and smoking cigars on the ship – which the cruise ship owners claim resulted in a long list of damages.

The company says holes were burned in the teak panelling of the casino, a broken pane of glass, and numerous stains from spilled drinks. But the most expensive aspect of the repairs will be docking the ship.

"The carpets and upholstery cannot be replaced while the ship is in use," Deilmann shipping company spokeswoman Kornelia Kneissl told Bild newspaper. Every day on land costs the shipping company €75,000, she said.

The matter appeared to be settled on Monday after the players apologized for the damage and the captain gave the owners a signed hockey stick.

But Bild reported on Tuesday that Deilmann had also sent the hockey team a bill for €500,000 in damages.

The German Hockey Association (DHV) said it had not yet received a bill.

But it remains unclear whether the association can be held legally responsible for the actions of its members.

One lawyer told Bild that liability had to be resolved individually in each case of damage.

"It's simple. Whoever destroys a table must pay for it,” said Burkhard Benecken.

“But I doubt that in this case the liability for any physical damage can be assigned individually. That would have to have been assessed on site. Even the organizers are not automatically liable for the damage. You would have to prove the organization was at fault."

If the shipping company pursues its claim, the matter is likely to end up in court.

The Local www.thelocal.de


NORRIS. Richard, 1931-2012.

By Patrick Rowley

Richard Norris, Great Britain’s centre forward at the 1952 Olympics, has died in South Africa.

Christened Richard Owen Alfred, he was the youngest member of the British team which won bronze medals at Helsinki.

He was selected for Britain while playing for Oxford University. He had a quite outstanding debut, scoring a hat-trick in a 5-4 victory over Netherlands in Amsterdam. He went on to play five times for Britain between 1952 and 53, and was capped 17 times for England  (1953-59). He joined Reading after his days at Oxford.

Richard came back to England from South Africa for the 2012 Olympics and was at Stratford on August 1st.

His wife Mary advised that he became unwell and was unable to make further visits to the Games.

Subsequently he was able to travel home to South Africa but was taken ill on his return and despite excellent hospital attention, sadly did not survive.

Contemporary Tony Nunn, said “His humour and friendship will be sorely missed”.

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