News for 04 June 2010

All the news for Friday 04 June 2010

BAPTISM OF FIRE for SA hockey girls with China in their eyes


A NEW coach with serious work ethic; expect physical and mental energy to go into overdrive. That's the experience of the SA women's hockey team so far on their three-week China trip to China – and it's not going to get easier.

After arriving in Beijing at the weekend, Giles Bonnet immediately put the team to work. An unofficial international gave SA an indication of the challenges.

Giles says, 'Dare to play … if you are not trying
something new or making mistakes you're doing nothing' - Marsha Marescia

China, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games silver medallists, beat SA 7-1. The second outing, the first Test match of 11, saw SA find their feet but still resulted in a 4-1 defeat.

The goal of the trip is to get as much into three weeks as possible, with training, team understanding and the coach's goals and pattern more important than results.

SA sampling local cuisine – fish heads and duck head taking some getting used to

Results will matter at the World Cup in Argentina and Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India later this year. China is preparation.

SA captain Marsha Marescia said that with China were firing, the pace new to many; two new caps in Nicole de Vries and Celia Evans, the return of Marcelle Keet, Lesley-Ann George, Dirkie Chamberlain and Pippa Rabey, and the rest not having played in seven months, defeat was unsurprising.

SA hockey captain and link Marsha Marescia. Photo: REG CALDECOTT

It allowed players to settle and gain the confidence Bonnet seeks. Soft goals cost SA but understanding "the extent to which Giles wanted us to show flair in our play" won out.

The first official Test was more encouraging, said defender Kim Hubach.

A two-hour morning session focused on "strikers leading in the circle and defenders defending tighter and more physically".

Hubach said SA played exciting hockey a few hours later, creating opportunities, with "one resulting in a fantastic goal by Dirkie Chamberlain, who perfected what was learnt".

Half-time was 2-1 to China, the second half not as good but SA showed guts and determination. Other goalscoring opportunities were created but China were ready.

SA defender Kim Hubach. Photo: REG CALDECOTT

"Still, exciting times lie ahead for the next 10 Tests and South Africa are learning new tactics and tricks from Giles," said Hubach.

Marescia said that while the team are exhausted it was exciting for strikers and midfielders to work on goalscoring techniques and "for some players training for new positions".

"Giles told us, 'Dare to play … if you are not trying something new or making mistakes you are doing nothing.' With motivation like that from your coach, what more can one say?"

Off the field, SA have been sampling local cuisine – and it's reported that fish heads and duck head are taking some getting used to.

Who's NOT in China sampling their Beijing ducks? Photo: REG CALDECOTT

SA Hockey World

Australian Hockey League - Women Finals Fixture

Fixture for AHL Finals - Saturday 5 June. All matches at Distinctive Homes Hockey Arena - Adelaide

WA v QLD - 3pm

3rd - 4th playoff
VIC v NSW - 1pm

5th v 6th playoff
ACT v SA - 11am

7th v 8th playoff
NT v TAS - 9am

Hockey Australia media release

England in prime condition for summer of world events, says Danny Kerry

By Emily Benammar

England coach Danny Kerry believes his squad are in peak condition as they prepare for a four-month period that will see them compete in the Champions Trophy, the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games.

Hailing the newly introduced centralised training programme which has given the squad a much increased amount of training time together, Kerry is confident England are in a vastly improved situation compared with this time four years ago.

Having previously denied there being any concern that his players face burn-out this summer with three world level competitions, Kerry said: "I think we’re in a really good position. I think the squad is ready to get involved in these tournaments.

"They’ve been training incredibly hard and I think they’re just about prime and ready to go into major competitions.

"I know where we are in terms of our preparations comparatively speaking with four years ago and the team's in a very good place physically and we've really worked hard on our set pieces.

"Everyone talks about an Olympic year being a busy year but in fact it’s this one. World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy - i'm hugely excited. Yes it's going to be an immense summer but I know the level of preparation we’ve put in for this summer.

"I’ve been fortunate enough to have been through a cycle previously and I know where we are in terms of our preparations comparatively speaking with four years ago and we’re in a lot better place than we have been in previous cycles."

Mindful of the fact his squad stand to come up against the same teams on several occasions between now and October Kerry is eager to ensure England hold back on certain set pieces before the World Cup where there are significantly more world ranking points up for grabs.

England go into the Champions Trophy as the fifth ranked side but their current world ranking is seventh - something Kerry is eager to improve before London 2012 comes around.

"I think tactically the Champions Trophy and the World Cup will be based around set pieces – you cant hide anything but you can hold things back.

"I have to be mindful of what we show. We can’t hide stuff in Nottingham but there are certain set pieces we may need to be considerate about.

"There are world ranking points at stake and you cant mess around with that."

The Telegraph

Women's Champions Trophy 2010: complete tournament guide

By Emily Benammar

High hopes: the Champions Trophy is the first of three world events England will take part in this summer Photo: PA

Everything you need to know about the six-nation Samsung Hockey Champions Trophy in Nottingham, July 10-18 2010.

What: The 2010 women's Champions Trophy will be the 18th instalment of the tournament and the first to be held in England. The eight day competition will also stage the men's four nations tournament.
Where: Highfield Sport Club, Nottingham.
When: July 10-18 2010

Six nations (Argentina, China, England, Germany, Holland and New Zealand) play every other team in the competition with the winner determined by classification matches.

Argentina are the current holders and a win in Nottingham would see them complete a hat-trick of consecutive victories in the tournament.

Australia, who did not qualify to compete this year, are the most successful side in the tournament's history having been crowned champions six times.

Holland could equal their rivals from the southern hemisphere if they prove victorious in Nottingham with five victories to their name in the competition's history.

England finished sixth in 2009, the first time they had participated in the tournament since 2003, and have set themselves the target of at least a fourth place finish this year,

Who to watch:

Current holders and World No 2 Argentina will be looking to retain the trophy and prove themselves worthy of the top ranking spot before they play host to the World Cup later this summer.

Olympic gold medallists in 2008 and Champions Trophy medal winners for 11 consecutive years, Holland will be the team to beat in Nottingham.

England's hopes?

British hockey has been on the up since the women picked up bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and their rise to seventh in the world rankings together with winning bronze at last summer's EuroHockey Nations Championships makes their target of finishing at least fourth entirely viable.

Who's saying what?

Danny Kerry, England and GB coach: "The preparation we've had for this summer has been fantastic. I know where we are and I think we're in a really good position and ready for this. Champions Trophy, playing at home it's so exciting. I've seen the plans for Nottingham and they're stunning - I'm enormously proud.

"The team's physically in a good place, our game and set pieces I feel are far improved from previous cycles.

"We have to be mindful with the summer we have ahead of us. Certain set pieces we may keep back with the World Cup coming up.

The group will set themselves targets, personally I think our record at the Champions Trophy is not great but I strongly believe we can finish higher than fifth. It would be a great achievement if we do looking at history.

"Seeing these guys train I like to think we can finish higher than our fifth place ranking for this tournament suggests."

Crista Cullen

"You don't get an opportunity to play the world's top six nations in front of a home crowd very often. We're 7th in the world, ranked 5th for the Champions Trophy, we have to be realistic but I think we can get top four and we have to push for that success in every game.

"I will be pushing for fourth but at the same time will be aware of our history. I don't want to set a goal that we feel disappointed with if we don't reach it especially with the summer we have ahead. We have to be positive and keep building.

"We want to do better than our ranking."

The Telegraph

FHC announces squad for 2010 Canada-India Cup

Field Hockey Canada and head coach Louis Mendonca are pleased to announce the national women’s squad who will compete in the 2010 Canada-India Cup scheduled for June 12-19 in Vancouver and Surrey, British Columbia.

Athlete, Hometown
Katie Baker, Argyle Shore, PEI
Kaela Barker, North Vancouver, BC
Thea Culley, Rossland, BC
Shannon Elmitt, West Vancouver, BC
Tyla Flexman, Vancouver, BC
Kate Gillis, Kingston, ON
Danielle Hennig, Kelowna, BC
Stephanie Jameson, Vancouver, BC
Anna Kozniuk, North Vancouver, BC
Ali Lee, Victoria, BC
Azelia Liu, Scarborough, ON
Stephanie Nesbitt, North Vancouver, BC
Robyn Pendleton, Victoria, BC
Crystal Poland***, Duncan, BC
Abigail Raye, Kelowna, BC
Diana Roemer, Mill Bay, BC
Carolina Romeo, Calgary, AB
Samantha Smith, North Vancouver, BC
Amanda Stone, Richmond, BC
Kristine Wishart, Hamilton, ON

***Selection to be confirmed based on meeting fitness criteria


Head Coach: Louis Mendonca
Manager: Sheena Scott
Assistant Coach: Nick Sandhu
Assistant Coach/Video Analyst: Robin D'Abreo
Goalkeeping Coach/Video Technician: Krista Thompson
Athletic Therapists: Noreen Ortilla, Becky Swan

Field Hockey Canada media release

2010 Atlantic Cup Information

As yet another summer begins, Field Hockey Nova Scotia invites you to put forward your team for the 26th Annual Atlantic Cup!  This year, the tournament will take place on July 31st-August 1st at the St Mary’s University field in the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Atlantic Cup is an annual 'festival' tournament organized by Field Hockey Nova Scotia and is held every year at the end of July or early August. The primary goal of this event is fun! We normally have a senior and junior division with teams from New Brunswick, Price Edward Island, and Ontario.

The first 8 teams to register are accepted into the tournament so if you’re interested please contact Ali Mahmood at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .caThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and you will be sent a registration form.  Hope to see you there!

Field Hockey Nova Scotia

SA Girls Team for Youth Olympics

Jenna Du PreezSA U17 GIRLS

SASCOC announces SA Under 17 Girls Hockey Team to participate in Youth Olympic Games in Singapore

The South Africa Hockey Association in conjunction with SASCOC is proud to announce the Under 17 SA Hockey Girls team to represent South Africa at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore August 2010.

The final team and management are as follow:

Phumelele Mbande KZN Inland
Zimisele Shange KZN Inland
Sinethemba Zungu KZN Inland
Bronwyn Kretzman Border
Kirsty Gibbings KZN Coastals
Keisha Arnolds E P
Toni Van Niekerk KZN Coastals
Hlubikazi Sipamla KZN Inland
Jenna-Leigh Du Preez S G
Sarah Ive Border
Charne Van Biljon N G
Stephanie Baxter S G
Jacinta Jubb KZN Coastals
Quanita Bobbs W P
Tiffany Jone* Border
Marlene Wessels Mpumalanga

Coach: Rob Pullen (Gauteng)
Manageress: Belinda Scott (EP)

Non Traveling reserves

Michaela – Pascal Muvey (KZN Coastals)
Lauren Jasson (Border)
Adrienne Le Vatte (EP)
Elan-Margo Van Vught (EP)

Congratulation to all the participants. Keep our South African Flag flying high.

Yours in Hockey
Gary Dolley
Project Manager
SA Hockey

SA Hockey Association media release