News for 01 June 2010

All the news for Tuesday 1 June 2010

RUSH’d and Gimnasia Y Esgrima in the money at Cal Cup 2010

By Jawwad Qamar


A very jubilant Gimnasia Y Esgrima men with the $5000 winners check at Cal Cup 2010 - photo by Jag Reyatt


Moorpark, CA: After four days of non-stop hockey in the beautiful setting of Moorpark College, Gimnasia Y Esgrima men from Buenos Aires and RUSH’d from California were the big winners at the 2010 California Cup on Memorial Day. Both champions received the $5,000 first prize that went along with the Super Division titles at the 39th edition of this premier international field hockey event.

Gimnasia Y Esgrima men in their first Cal Cup appearance defeated the LA Tigers 4-2 thanks to the heroics of the Argento Innocente brothers. Tomas Argento Innocente gave the Argentineans a quick lead by slamming in a goal from the right in the second minute and doubled the lead in the 17 minute mark by pouncing on a lose ball inside the circle for a quick reverse stick shot to shock the Tigers. Team captain Lucas Argento Innocente added his goal on a penalty stroke a minute before the end of first half. Pauley Kundi got one goal back for the Tigers in the 39th minute. However, 2 minutes later Fernando Ruben Bonet brought the large crowd to its feet by making a beautiful deflection of a long pass for a 4-1 lead. Bindi Kullar closed the gap to two goals on a very fast run down the middle that got the drums beating in the stands but it was too little too late and the final result stood at 4-2 and the celebrations for the team from Buenos Aires began.

Camarillo Cougars took third place over Ciudad de Buenos Aires on penalty strokes 3-1 after a 2-2 tie in regulation. Goalkeeper Andrew Zayac was the star of this match making three outstanding penalty stroke saves for the Cougars.

Earlier in the semifinals LA Tigers beat the Cougars on penalty strokes 5-3 after a 0-0 result in regulation and Gimnasia Y Esgrima defeated Ciudad de Buenos Aires 2-1.

Gimnasia Y Esgrima: SPATH Emilio, ARGENTO INNOCENTE Lucas (C), HERRERO German, CAMMARERI Lucas Hernan, FIORONI Fernando (GK), COVA GALLI Diego Hernan, FIORONI Carlos Gustavo, BONET Fernando Ruben, DATILO Fagundo, ARGENTO INNOCENTE Tomas, NICOCIA Tomas, FILOMENO Juan Manuel, ANAYA Ignacio, BENITEZ Martin, NICOSIA Pablo, FARINA Lucas

LA Tigers: KINDLER Antoni (GK), SINGH Balle, KUNDI Pauley, GILL Jag, SAGOO Daljit, KALOTI Jesse, GAHIR Manvir, BHAMBER Manjinder (C), BROWNE Kwandwane, KULLAR Bindi, SINGH Shera, EARI Timmi, CHANA Sonu, GHUMAN Pravjit, GREWAL Sunny, KAHLON Sunny

Umpires: Neil Smith (UK), Sascha Sohns (Germany)

The veteran RUSH’d took their second straight Cal Cup title by shutting out the Gimnasia Y Esgrima women 2-0, earlier, on penalty corner goals by Caroline Nichols and Carrie Lingo. USA team captain Lingo’s goal in the 46th minute mark was a result of a beautifully executed penalty corner variation as Shannon Taylor upon receiving the push-in from Jesse Gey gave a short pass to Nichols on the right who sent in a bullet to a diving Lingo for a low deflection.

A combination of current and former USA national players, RUSH’d dominated the women’s division by scoring 15 goals while allowing only one goal in five matches.

Dirty Birdies from Vancouver took third place by defeating their East Coast rivals Ontario United 2-0.


Tara Jelley Danielson leading the charge against Gimnasia Y Esgrima with Shellie Onstead at right and Carrie Lingo at rear during Cal Cup 2010 final - photo by Jag Reyatt

RUSH’d: PFEIFFER Lauren, MCDAVITT Tina, CAMPOS Vianney, FORD Maren, DANIELSON Tara Jelley (C), ALBINI Torrie, GEY Jesse, KASOLD Michelle, NICHOLS Caroline, ONSTEAD Shellie, SILVETTI Sara, LINGO Carrie, COOK Sandra, TAYLOR Shannon, REEVE Jill, ORR Kerri (GK)

Gimnasia Y Esgrima: GRANERO Gabriela (GK), MOHOVICH Ivana, HABIFF, Agustina, GONZALEZ CANDA Rocio, FRESCO PISANI Geraldine, ABBONDANZA Victoria (GK), PENNA Delfina (C), LORENZO Clara, GONZALEZ PRIETO Nilagros, HERRERO Tatiana, MOLAGUERO Sofia, GOMEZ Melina, VILLA Julieta, RINALDI Antonella, ABRAHAM GREEN Sofian, HERNANDEZ Soledad

Umpires: Emma Simmons (Bermuda), Sally Edinger (USA)

Kudos to Cal Cup 2010 tournament committee and every one involved for once again doing a thankless job hosting this excellent international field hockey tournament.

“California Cup is organized by a team of dedicated volunteers and is sustained by their undying passion to grow field hockey in America,” said Billie Ahluwalia, Tournament Chair. “We are grateful to all players, officials, and volunteers for making the 39th Cal Cup a success.”

For a complete list of all Cal Cup 2010 winners and final standings, please visit www.calcup.net.

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Kerry joins up

By Graham Wilson


DANNY KERRY, the England and GB coach, has brought in the commandos to boost his women’s chances in the Samsung Champions Trophy at the Beeston Highfields club next month.

He arranged a squad bonding trip at a Royal Marines training centre, and Beijing Olympian Helen Richardson, on whose shoulders will rest England’s chances in the midfield, said: “It was horrible, the hardest thing I have ever done in my life.

“It certainly took all the players well out of their comfort zone.”

Daily Express



Legerton fires Oilmen back on top

Nigel Simon



Wayne Legerton

Wayne Legerton scored a double as Petrotrin whipped Defence Force 4-1 on Sunday to regain the lead in the T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua. The brace by national forward Legerton carried his season tally to 27 goals from 50 scored by his club. Fellow national players, Dwain Quan Chan and Atiba Whittington were also on target for the Oilmen to lead 4-0 at the interval. Shane Legerton, Wayne’s brother, netted the “Teteron Boys” consolation item in the second-half.

With the win, the Oilmen moved to 33 points from 12 matches, the same as Queen’s Park, which last won the title in 2007. Petrotrin lead by virtue of a better goal-difference of plus-30 to the Parkites’ plus-24 with two matches left for both clubs. In its final two matches, Petrotrin will meet Corona Fatima and Paradise, while Queen’s Park tackles Notre Dame and Paradise. The Dames got only their third win of the season, 5-0 over Paradise, led by two goals each from national midfielder Aidan De Gannes and Sean Olton. Nigel Providence got the other.

Notre Dame women also had a 2-0 win over Paradise in their Championship Division meeting with Dana De Gannes (Aidan’s sister) and Teneille Garcia, the scorers’ inside the first ten minutes. The victory carried the Dames to 18 points from 11 matches in fourth spot, six behind leaders and defending champion, Shandy Carib Magnolias which has played a match less. Stag Malvern is second a point behind from 11 matches with Harvard Maritime Checkers, third on 21 points from ten matches. While Magnolias and Checkers have four matches left to play each, Malvern and the Dames only have three.

Sunday’s result

Under-19 Girl’s:

Notre Dame 3 vs Paradise 0 - By default.

Championship Women:
Notre Dame 2 (Dana De Gannes 6th, Teneille Garcia 10th) vs Paradise 0.

Championship Men:
Notre Dame 5 (Aidan De Gannes 9th, 10th, Sean Olton 33rd, 42nd, Nigel Providence 64th) vs Paradise 0.

Petrotrin 4 (Wayne Legerton 2, Dwain Quan Chan, Atiba Whittington) vs Defence Force 1 (Shane Legerton).

The Trinidad Guardian



Wanderers make it three in a row

Sports Reporter/Doha



STICK WAR: Action from the final match between Wanderers Hockey Club and Vodafone Doha Hockey Club

Wanderers Hockey Club registered a hat-trick, winning their third straight Qatar National Hockey League title after beating Vodafone Doha Hockey club 3-1 in the final game on Friday.

A predominantly Indian outfit, Wanderers adopted an attacking strategy, with their star forwards Juned Coutino, Savio Nayak and Rohit Charles combining well.

The midfield was ably marshalled by Conway Sinclair, and well supported by Rajan, Manoj, Stephan, Shannon and Ronnie, with Bobo, Dickie, Francis, Sneddon and Jasjit Singh controlling the defence.

The attacking strategy paid of, with Savio giving Adam Beadon in the VDHC goal no chance, with a well taken reverse hit in the 4th minute. With the midfield trio of Gavin Philips, Edo Swart and Domenic Cunningham controlling the midfield, VDHC did make a few inroads into the Wanderers “D”, but were well thwarted by Sharat Kishore in the goal. VHDC were unlucky too, when the “Danger Lady” Alex Gill seemed to have got a feint touch to a goal bound hit from outside the 25 yard. The goal was at first awarded, but then disallowed by the umpires. At the other end, Juned did make a few attempts at the goal, without success. Rohit, with his trade mark solo runs, was however found wanting when put clear in front of the goal, first by Conway and then by Savio. It was former Air India player Savio who was the pick of the players as he found the net again in the 40th minute and then Juned put the issue beyond doubt in the 48th minute beating Adam all ends up, with a well taken shot at goal.

VDHC did manage to pull one back through Edo, when they were awarded a penalty stoke against the run of play in the 68th minute, when the fleet footed Adriane Boote was obstructed by the goal keeper.

The match did see some bad moments with Christian Last of VDHC being given a red card in the 60th minute.

Gavin Phillips was chosen the best defender, Shaibaz Shaikh Imam the best forward, M Ehsaan the best midfielder and Rohit Charles the most valuable player of the League. Saqib Patel of Genext was adjudged the most promising player. Genext team was awarded the Haji Gulzaeb Abbasi Fair play trophy.

Gulf Times



UniKL a perfect venue to play, study and work

By Jugjet Singh



UniKL coach I. Vickneswaran with his charges.

UNIKL (Universiti Kuala Lumpur) is here to stay, and with a strong backing from their Chancellor, hockey players now have another dedicated club to play, study and work for.

UniKL spent half a million this season playing in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) and the Junior Hockey League (JHL), and with Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah as their Chancellor, the sky seems to be the limit.

In their MHL debut UniKL, with an average age of 21, finished at the bottom of the six-team pool in the Premier Division. But in the quarter-finals, they held Maybank 3-3 in the first leg, but lost 2-0 in the return leg.

In the JHL, they were runners-up in the League and Overall champions.

Success did not come cheap for them, as a total of RM500,000 was spent in both the MHL and JHL, and yesterday, the management held a meeting with coaches I. Vickneswaran, K. Embaraj and Saiful Azhar -- all former internationals -- to chart the future of the newcomers.

The interesting part about UniKL is that they are the first University side to get seriously involve in the sport, and have hired four players as staff, and two more will be enrolled soon to study there.

The idea was, naturally, mooted by Tengku Abdullah, and when he presented the Overall medals to the UniKL players on Sunday, he was heard saying: “You guys have made your Chancellor very proud.”

Chief coach Vickneswaran knows it would be difficult for UniKL to hold onto some of their promising players, as richer clubs like Sapura and Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club have the resources to snatch them with lucrative contracts.

But the new club is not overly worried, because they know that if they can become a ‘breeding’ ground for young talent, they would achieve MHF’s aspirations, as Tengku Abdullah had said that he will work to elevate the standard of clubs after he was elected as president.

Much has been achieved in the first season itself, but more will be expected from UniKL in the years to come as they dethroned former Overall champions Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) and denied Bandar Penawar Sports School (BPSS) Thunderbolt the double.

The fact that UniKL beat both the sports schools in the Overall title chase has also sent tongues wagging, as the schools are supposed to be the front-liners after systematic coaching and development for years.

BJSS can be excused as they relied on Under-16 players, but BPSS were a letdown as most of their players had trained, stayed and studied together for six years but still could not play as a team.

The local league season is over, and now it would be interesting to see how MHF keep the upcoming pool of players, including the Under-16 boys who finished second in a Four-Nation in Germany, busy and not lose them to the schooling system, or worse still, to other vices with come with success.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey



Coach in the dark over UniKL’s plans

By S. RAMAGURU



End of reign: BJSS’ (above) domination in the MJHL were ended by UniKL and BPSSThunderbolt.

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) coach I. Vickneswaren is at a crossroads.

His contract with the team, who won the MHF-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League (MJHL) overall title, expired yesterday and he is not sure if UniKL have plans to renew it and continue with a commitment in the MJHL.

But Vickneswaren felt that the success of the team, who finished as the runners-up in the league, will allow the management to look into a long term plan.

“I feel that UniKL are here to stay in the MJHL. But they must think beyond the MJHL or the senior Malaysia Hockey League (MHL),” he said.

“A development plan is needed and we have to reach out to the younger players and train them. It is not just about hiring players from all over the country for tournaments.”

UniKL made their debut in the MHL last year and finished fifth. It encouraged them to play in the MJHL as well and Vickneswaren, a former international, was roped in to chart their course.

“The success of the team was a team effort from the players, management and coaching staff. It was achieved through hard work and commitment,” said Vickneswaren.

“I have no idea whether they will renew my contract. But I hope they will keep the team going.”

Vickneswaren said that the MJHL this year showed that they were many talented players in the country.

“It is a good sign, especially for the Project 2013 team, who had almost all their players taking part in the league. There are more options for the team coaches to look at. I am sure the Project coaches have taken note of it,” he said.

UniKL ended Bukit Jalil Sports Schools’ (BJSS) domination in the MJHL. They also stopped Bandar Penawar Sports School (BPSS)-Thunderbolt from continuing the legacy.

Vickneswaren hoped that UniKL will not stop there but will go on to take up a role in the development of the game and to provide another platform for students to keep playing hockey.

The Star of Malaysia



Sky is the limit for UniKL

UNIKL (Universiti Kuala Lumpur) are here to stay, and with strong backing from their chancellor, hockey players now have another dedicated club to play, study and work for.

UniKL spent RM500,000 this season playing in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) and the Junior Hockey League (JHL), and with Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah their chancellor, the sky seems to be the limit.

In their MHL debut UniKL, with an average age of 21, finished at the bottom of the six-team pool in the Premier Division. But in the quarter-finals, they held Maybank 3-3 in the first leg, but lost 2-0 in the return leg.

In the JHL, they were runners-up in the League and Overall champions.

Success did not come cheap for them, as a total of RM500,000 was spent in both the MHL and JHL, and yesterday, the management held a meeting with coaches I. Vickneswaran, K. Embaraj and Saiful Azhar -- all former internationals -- to chart the future of the newcomers.

The interesting part about UniKL is that they are the first university side to get seriously involved in the sport, and have hired four players as staff, and two more will be enrolled soon to study there.

The idea was, naturally, mooted by Tengku Abdullah, and when he presented the Overall medals to the UniKL players on Sunday, he was heard saying: "You guys have made your chancellor very proud."

Chief coach Vickneswaran knows it will be difficult for UniKL to hold on to some of their promising players as richer clubs like Sapura and Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club have the resources to snatch them with lucrative contracts.

But the new club are not overly worried, because they know that if they can become a 'breeding' ground for young talent, they will achieve MHF's aspirations, as Tengku Abdullah had said that he will work to elevate the standard of clubs after he was elected as president.

Much has been achieved in the first season itself, but more will be expected from UniKL in the years to come as they dethroned former Overall champions Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) and denied Bandar Penawar Sports School (BPSS)-Thunderbolt the double.

The fact that UniKL beat both the sports schools has also set tongues wagging, as the schools are supposed to be the front-liners after systematic coaching and development for years.

BJSS can be excused as they relied on Under-16 players, but BPSS were a letdown as most of their players had trained, stayed and studied together for six years but still could not play as a team.

New Straits Times



A disparity in standards in the league

THE Junior Hockey League (JHL) was a top-heavy success, while the middle class and Division Two teams were flops.

The Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar Sports Schools senior sides, UniKL and Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) have put in much effort and to a certain degree, promising players could be spotted in their outfits.

However, the rest of the Division One teams were disappointing with the majority of their players not knowing even the basics of the game. The top three Division Two teams -- Sabah, Pahang and Ipoh City Council (DBI) -- looked comfortable beating their peers with impressive margins, but when given a chance to play in the quarter-finals against Division One teams, none of the three progressed. In fact, they turned out to be whipping boys, with BPSS thrashing Ipoh 9-1, BJSS hammering four goals past Division Two champions Sabah, while UniKL beat Pahang 4-2.

Sabah were the biggest disappointment in the last eight, especially after their scoring spree of more than 30 goals to become Division Two champions, but failed to score a single goal against BJSS who finished third in Division One.

The disparity in standard was evident to Sabah HA secretary Aftar Singh who said: "We took part in our first JHL since its inception and it was an achievement to become Division Two champions.

"However, our form is still far from satisfactory as we were lost when pitted against a Division One side."

But nonetheless Sabah deserve praise as they have started a dedicated programme, though it was long overdue, when they camped at the Pandamaran Stadium in Klang to train for the Razak Cup, the JHL and now for the Malaysia Games in Malacca.

"We have just started our journey and have to chase established clubs who are miles ahead. It will be difficult, but not impossible to go on par with Division One teams in the near future if we continue our development programmes," said Aftar.

More established teams like Pahang, DBI, Tunku Besar Secondary School, Penang Frees and Johor were beaten by Sabah on their way to becoming champions, and more can be expected of them if they continue playing in the JHL.

New Straits Times



Time for a more level playing field


KUALA LUMPUR: Bandar Penawar Sports School (BPSS)-Thunderbolt and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) shared the spoils in the MHF-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League and became first-time winners.

BPSS-Thunderbolt proved their consistency by lifting the league title while UniKL were tactically superior in claiming the overall title.

The two teams also made competitions keener this year as they ended Bukit Jalil Sports School’s (BJSS) domination of the MJHL.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and the BPSS Juniors also made some headway in the championships but the two winners and BJSS were a shade better with the best junior players in their ranks.

Perhaps the time has come for a more level playing field to be created so that the league will develop and more teams will participate in it.

Otherwise, the two sports school will always have the cream of the national juniors and it will be difficult for others to challenge them.

UniKL managed to hire some of the Project 2013 players and some of those in the national Under-16 team. But they may turn out to be a one-season wonder unless they start to develop players over the long term.

Hiring the best players is an easy way to attain success.

But teams like Anderson and MSS Kelantan, who rely on home-bred players, are the true winners.

That is not taking anything away from the sports schools whose main task is to develop young talent. Their continued success is proof of their effectiveness.

But there are many players with roots in Anderson in other teams. As soon as they complete their studies in Form Five, the bigger teams grab them. Therefore, Anderson, for all their development efforts, do not reap their fruits.

But that has not deterred coach Mokhtar Baharuddin from his development duties.

Similar stories can be seen in Division Two with SMK Datuk Taha, Tunku Besar, Penang Free School and Johor’s SAB College.

The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) may thus want to look at restricting the number of national juniors in a team and allow other sides to hire them.

That way, teams will be keen to stay in the tournament as it will allow them to challenge for honours as well.

Tenaga Nasional and Old La Sallians Association of Klang (Olak), two pioneer teams of the MJHL, folded this year as they could not sustain the cost of running a team. Both were former champions.

On the organsational front, the MHF need to look at the timing of the league. The fixtures were a mess with some teams only playing two weeks after the start of competition. Then the knockout stages from the quarter-finals to final were held within six days.

BPSS-Thunderbolt were given a break during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup as their players were with the Project 2013 team who were involved in friendly matches.

The MHF had to rush to complete the knockout stages so that state teams can have the players for Sukma (Malaysia Games). But the MHF could have held the knockout stages after the Games.

The point is the dates of tournaments were known and yet things were done at the last minute.

The MJHL is a very important development tournament and needs better treatment from the MHF. Proper planning is always vital and for some reasons, it is lacking in the MHF in recent years.

The Star of Malaysia



Trio get chance to break into senior squad


KUALA LUMPUR: Three players from the MHF-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League (MJHL) may be given the chance to stake claims for places in the national senior team.

The three who caught the eyes of national coaches Stephen van Huizen and Tai Beng Hai are Mohd Fairhan Ashaari and Mohd Nor Faeez from Bandar Penawar Sports School (BPSS)-Thunderbolt and Universiti Kuala Lumpur’s Mohamed Amonuddin Abu.

Stephen said that they were looking at an attachment programme for the promising juniors at an initial stage and include them in the training squad if they passed the tests.

“The attachment programme needs to be confirmed by the MHF and the NSC and we also have to look at the numbers we can have in full-time training. This will be sorted out by the end of the month,” he said.

Stephen added that they were looking at more players and Sukma (Malaysia Games) in Malacca from June 8-18 will be a selection ground as well.

“Our players who will play in Sukma will be under scrutiny and we are looking at several other players whom we have earmarked from the Razak Cup but have not included them yet,” he said.

“The national players are released to play in Sukma and a few will go with the KL Hockey Club for the Asian club championship in Sri Lanka on June 5.

“We plan to move our training base to Malacca so that we can watch the Sukma players in action and carry on with our training.”

Of the 30 players in the training squad, Stephen will only have seven in training next week. They are goalkeeper S. Kumar, Mohamed Amin Rahim, Mohamed Madzli Ikmar, Jivan Mohan, Baljit Singh Charun, Hafifihafiz Hanafi and Tajol Rosli.

The stint in Malacca will be from June 14-18 after the players from KL Hockey Club rejoin the squad.

The national team’s next assignment is a four-nation meet in Dalian, China, next month.

Their main target is the Asian Games in Guangzhou in November. Malaysia will also play in the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October and the MHF are planning to send a second team.

The Star of Malaysia



PHF Inter Academies Hockey Tournament

Lahore, Bahawalpur, Abbottabad, Faisalabad, Sialkot score wins

Staff Report


LAHORE: Lahore, Bahawalpur, Abbottabad, Faisalabad and Sialkot scored victories against their respective rivals on the second day of the PHF Inter Academies Hockey Tournament at National Stadium here on Monday.

In three-half match format, each of twenty minutes, Lahore outplayed Karachi II 2-1 before leading first half 1-0 and second half 2-0. The scorers for Lahore: Aqeel Aslam (10th minute) and Waqas Ahmad (36th minute) Karachi II: Sohail Ashraf 56th Minute (FG).

Bahawalpur defeated Peshawar 2-0. The winners were 1-0 up in the first break and 2-0 in the second break. Scorers for Bahawalpur: Muhammad Omer Hameed (6th minute) and Sohail Yousaf (39th minute).

Abbottabad earned 4-2 win over Karachi I. The score at first half time was 2-0 and 3-1 at second interval. Scorers for Abbottabad: Ahmad Noor (10th minute), Ahsan Riaz (13th minute), Shahbaz Ahmad (36th minute), Taimur Malik (59th minute) Karachi-I: Hassam Raza (25th minute), Asim Abbasi (54th minute). Faisalabad downed Gojra 2-1. The first half was goalless and Faisalabad were leading the second session 1-0. Scorers for Faisalabad: Mudassar Ali (36th, 47th minutes. Gojra: Ali Khalid (52nd minute). Sialkot scored the biggest win of the day routing Hyderabad 6-0, folding the second session 1-0 before both sides played an empty first session. Scorers for Sialkot: Zohaib Ashraf 38th, 47th, 55th, 52nd minutes), Emad Butt (56th minute), Faizan (59th minute).

Today’s matches:

1: Faisalabad vs Abbottabad

2: Gojra vs Karachi-II

3: Sialkot vs Bahawalpur

4: Hyderabad vs Lahore

5: Karachi-I vs Peshawar.

The Daily Times



Beth Ali appointed Chef de Mission of University Games

Beth Ali (second from left) with the 2002 Canadian Women's Commonwealth Games team


Former assistant coach to the Canadian women’s national team, Beth Ali, has been appointed as Canada’s Chef de Mission for the 2011 Winter World University Games in Erzurum, Turkey.

Beth has been involved with field hockey for many years serving as Executive Director of Field Hockey Ontario, President of the CIS Field Hockey Coaches Association, and a Field Hockey Canada Board Member.

She is currently Associate Director of Athletics and Recreation at Ryerson University.

The 2011 Winter Universiade will feature alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, freestyle skiing, figure skating, ice hockey (women’s and men’s), nordic combined, short track speed skating, ski jumping, and snowboarding.

Field Hockey Canada media release



Sports Ministry opens window of opportunity for Gill-led IHF & IWHF

V Narayan Swamy


BANGALORE: In a significant change in stance, the Union sports ministry is now planning to give the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and the national women's body (IWHF) an opportunity to substantiate their claims as organisations with the mandate and wherewithal to govern the game in the country.

Stung by the recent Delhi high court verdict reviving the IHF and the observation that proper procedure was not followed in the disaffiliation and de-recognition of the federation two years ago, the ministry admitted it was led by the actions of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which invoked its own extraordinary powers to set up a national body, and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) did not make an independent inquiry into the matter. "Now, the clock has been put back by two years. We need to take the right steps," ministry sources told TOI.

The development comes as a huge shot in the arm for the KPS Gill-led IHF as well as the Indian Women's Hockey Federation (IWHF) ahead of their meetings in the coming days. The IHF has called for a meeting of its affiliates on June 6 while IWHF is planning a similar exercise a few days later.

Hockey India too has scheduled a special general body meeting on June 14, with some of the lead players in the state associations likely to figure prominently in all these meetings.

Without elaborating on what the course of action would be, sources said the ministry was consulting the Union law ministry on the issue as well as seeking its opinion on the court verdict. "But the fact remains that the IHF and the IWHF were not given an opportunity to be heard. We will give them the chance now. Discussions will start with both these bodies. Let them clarify their positions, their plans for the future and how they would meet the norms of a combined body and satisfy the International Hockey Federation (FIH)."

When asked whether the priorities have shifted to the IHF, the sources said: "There are no preferences. We will go step by step, work on every possibility so that we can meet the expectations of the world body."

This appears to be an attempt by the ministry to follow the court's observation that it should set things in order with the cooperation of the IHF and IOA and "any other body that may have been set up".

"Instead of again panicking about the revival of the IHF, it requires to be seen how the interests of hockey in India can be best served," the court had said. In fact, the ministry has already told the FIH that the situation in the country was too fluid for order to be restored immediately. Obviously, this would persuade the FIH to go slow on its demand for elections to the national body. So what is the future of Hockey India? "It was an experiment by IOA. Unfortunately, in spite of its existence for over a year, it was not successful in paving the way for elections to the national body. Hence, Hockey India cannot be given the special status," the sources said.

The Times of India



Polls need of the hour

Gurbux Singh

From being in the doldrums to finding itself in a state of flux; the crisis in Indian hockey continues.

The Delhi high court decision quashing the ban on K.P.S. Gill’s Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) makes the situation more fluid even as the wind of change blowing from the Union ministry of sports fans the flames of a fire that threatens to engulf Olympic sport in India. Wher

e hockey is concerned, the equation is simple. The body recognised by the international hockey federation (FIH) will be the one calling the shots.

The dice, then, is heavily loaded in favour of Hockey India since it is part of the same Indian Olympic Association (IOA) that disaffiliated the IHF and, after wresting control in the administrations of the men’s and women’s game, is now trying to wield power forever.

Personally, I support the government move to limit the tenures of sport bosses —a regulation that also affects me. But more than constitutional stipulations it is the question of elections that the hockey establishment has to answer first. To say that the hockey elections are long overdue is an understatement. The oft-negotiated deadline will be missed again especially now that the sports ministry has directed Hockey India to put on hold its plans for the polls that the FIH wanted done by May 31.

What Indian hockey needs is for all stakeholders — FIH, IHF, HI, IOA and, very importantly, the affiliated units — to come together and sort out the several issues that plague the establishment, all the time keeping in mind the goal, which should be the holding of free and fair elections. Otherwise, I see nothing but dark clouds and gloom.

The game provided the silver lining this month with the boys finishing joint winners in Azlan Shah. The quality of the competition remained poor — most nations sending development sides — and the only teams of any consequence were Pakistan, Malaysia and South Korea.

Still, beating Pakistan, as the team did in the group stages, always gives satisfaction and results like this will help us regain supremacy in the region, which, as I have written in these columns before, is a first step towards greater glory.

But I was shocked to read Sardara Singh’s view, that the real challenge was the Asian

The Telegraph, India