News for 10 June 2010

All the news for Thursday 10 June 2010
Malvern, D/Force begin Big Four defence

Stag Malvern women and Defence Force men will begin defence of their T&T Hockey Board Championship Division “Big Four” titles today at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua. The Malvernites will meet Harvard Maritime Checkers from 7 pm and the Teteron Boys’ come up against current league leaders’ Petrotrin in the men’s clash from 8.30 pm.

The tournament flicked off last night with two matches, Magnolias came up against Notre Dame women and in the men’s competition, Queen’s Park played Malvern. Magnolias, will be without the services of star player, Stacey Siu Butt who has a hamstring injury.

T&THB Big Four Fixtures: Today: Checkers vs Malvern, 7pm - (Women), Petrotrin vs Defence Force, 8.30pm - (Men)

Saturday: Notre Dame vs Checkers, 2pm - (Women,)Defence Force vs QPCC, 4pm - (Men), Malvern vs Petrotrin, 6pm - (Women), Malvern vs Petrotrin, 8pm - (Men).

Sunday: Notre Dame vs Malvern, 2pm - (Women), Defence Force vs Malvern, 4pm - (Men), Checkets vs Magnolias, 6pm - (Women), QPCC vs Petrotrin, 8pm - (Men).

The Trinidad Guardian

KLHC edge closer to title

KUALA Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) thrashed Sri Lanka's Matale 5-0 to advance to the final of the Men's Asian Champion Clubs Club yesterday.

KLHC, powered by nine national trainees, will face either Pakistan's WAPDA or Sri Lanka's Air Force in today's final.

"We played our best game in the entire tournament today (yesterday).

"We are surprised that we are playing well as we have not been playing as a team since early this year," said captain Azlan Misron when contacted in Matale yesterday.

"I believe we can win the title and qualify for the Club World Cup."

The Club World Cup will be held in Barcelona next year.

New Straits Times

KLHC reach Asian Clubs final

PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) whipped Matale Hockey Club of Sri Lanka 5-0 to qualify for the final of the Asian Clubs Championships in Sri Lanka yesterday.

Mohd Ameerullah Abd Aziz opened the scoring in the 12th minute. Ismail Abu made it 2-0 in the 37th minute and Mohd Shahrun Nabil (49th), Mohd Razie Abd Rahim (55th) and S. Kuhan (65th) scored from penalty corners in KLHC’s win.

They will meet Wapda of Pakistan, who thrashed Sri Lanka Air Force 7-2, in today’s final.

The Star of Malaysia

KL should rule

KUALA Lumpur are expected to be tested by Johor again but are still strongly favoured to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive Malaysia Games gold medal in the men's hockey competition which begins at Bukit Serindit today.

KL coach K. Rajan said that Johor are the main threat but that Perak and Terengganu will also be going all out to deny them gold.

National players Mohd Nabil and Razi Rahim will spearhead KL and Rajan said that they still have the services of some experienced players to strengthen their campaign.

"We have a good mix of young players and experienced seniors and we are looking forward to defending the gold," said Rajan.

"The competition is going to be more stiff this time as Johor, Perak and Terengganu have improved and have several national juniors in their squads.

"In 2008 we had to battle hard with a golden goal giving us victory, and we expect the same again this time."

KL open their campaign tomorrow against Kedah and play hosts Malacca on Sunday in Group A.

They are expected to meet Negri Sembilan in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

In Group B, Johor play Sabah tomorrow and Negri on Sunday.

Men -- Group A: Kuala Lumpur, Kedah, Malacca; Group B: Johor, Sabah, Negri Sembilan; Group C: Penang, Sarawak, Perak; Group D: Kelantan, Pahang, Selangor, Terengganu.

Women -- Group A: Pahang, Johor, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Sarawak, Kedah; Group B: Terengganu, Penang, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca.

New Straits Times

Karachi II in semi finals of academies hockey

LAHORE - Karachi II was the last team to qualify for the semi finals of PHF inter academies hockey tournament routing Peshawar 5-1 here on Wednesday at National stadium.

Lahore, Faisalabad and Sialkot have already moved to the semi finals.Faisalabad will face Sialkot in the first semi final and Lahore will take on Karachi Academy No.2 in the second semi final to be played on June 11.Tomorrow,Thursday is the rest day.

In all five matches were played on the eleventh day of the event and  Sialkot, Gojra and Lahore won their respective matches, while Karachi I and Bahawalpur played a 4-4 full time draw.

Karachi II were 1-0 at first half and 3-1 in the second session and they struck two more goals to claim a firm win over Peshawar.

Scorers,Karachi: Yasir Ghafoor 27th Minute (FG), Muhammad Ali Khan 28th Minute (PC), Faizan Khan 38th Minute (PC), Ali Hassan 43rd Minute (PC), Hammad Javed 48th Minute (FG).  Peshawar: Asghar Ali 37th Minute (FG).

Sialkot beat Abbottabad 3-1 before being 3-1 at the end of first half.Sialkot: Amir Sohail 2nd, 19th Minute (FG), Rashid Iqbal 20th Minute (FG).

Abbottabad: Ahsan Riaz 13th Minute (FG).

Gojra overpowered Hyderabad 5-1,getting 2-1 lead at the end of second session as the first half saw the score line.

Gojra: Abdul Rehman 10th Minute (FG), Muhammad Ali Raza 18th Minute (PC), Mohsin Sabir 48th Minute (FG), Muhammad Asif Ali 51st (FG), 53rd Minute (PC).

Hyderabad: Raheel Khalil 28th Minute (PC).

Lahore defeated Faisalabad 2-1.The winenrs led the first interval 2-0,second half 2-1.

Lahore: Ali Butt 15th Minute (PC), Aqeel Aslam 17th Minute (FG).Faisalabad: Rizwan Ali 30th Minute (FG).

Bahawalpur were 2-1 against Karachi I at the end of first half,then took 3-1 lead in second session as Karachi made desperate efforts in the third half to earn a draw.Bahawalpur: Sohail Yousaf 3rd, 17th Minute (FG), Kashif Jawad 26th Minute (FG), Aftab Nazir 52nd Minute (FG).  Karachi: Wahab Uddin 10th Minute (FG), Asim Abbasi 42nd Minute (PC), Arif Hussain 42nd, 59th Minute (FG).

Associated Press of Pakistan

Aspiring goalkeepers attend specialist PHF camp

By Shazia Hasan

Nisar Ahmed and another senior goalkeeper watch as junior 'keepers train at the Hockey Club of Pakistan stadium in Karachi.—Dawn Photo

KARACHI: Eleven of the 16 selected goalkeepers attended day one of Pakistan Hockey Federation’s (PHF) first specialist training camp for goalkeepers at the Hockey Club of Pakistan (HCP) here on Wednesday afternoon.

Senior team goalkeepers Nasir Ahmed, Imran Shah and Imran Butt also joined in the practice session that included speed training, footwork, shadow training, stretching exercises, etc.

“If I can do it, so can you,” yelled Nasir Ahmed at the others while vigourously jogging on the spot in his complete kit.

“The camp is designed for four age groups — U-14, U-16, U-18 and U-22. There will be four boys representing each age category as it will be more mangeable for us, too, to train a batch of around 16 at a time,” said the chief goalkeeping coach Shahid Ali Khan, who took on this new responsibility offered to him by the federation after his year-long stint as chief coach with the national team.

“We are starting out with fewer boys, excluding the seniors, right now as three from the selected lot are currently busy at the junior team camp in Islamabad, one is sick and another, Yasir, a promising new talent from Bannu, got injured when the ball struck his collarbone during the trials in Lahore,” he informed.

About the practice session, Shahid said: “Besides the basics focusing on movement, the programme also includes lectures, knowledge of equipment and kits, video analysis sessions, etc.”

The HCP ground boasted of five goal posts. Shahid said that they serve as the different training stations. “One station is for stopping short corners, one will be fitted with a bowling machine for different blocking drills, while another will handle speedy ground shots and so on and so forth,” Shahid explained.

Shahid is also accompanied by a panel of expert former goalkeepers, namely, Ahmad Alam; Abdul Ghafoor of the Lahore hockey academy; Samsam Qadir, who hails from Customs; Arshad Hussain of NBP and Mohammad Sabir from the hockey academy in Sialkot.

Meanwhile, Samsam Qadir, one of the coaches on the panel, who has been working on designing a timetable for the boys said: “Technical and physical training alone is not enough. Some of the boys here hail from faraway stations, where there is also a dearth of quality school education. We are also going to teach them how to behave in public, etiquette and how to groom themselves.

“For those who are still students,” he added, “we have also made sure that the training sessions don’t disturb their studies in any way.”

The camp will carry on for some 10 days with two or three week intervals. “This way we will be able to provide ongoing training to our senior team, junior team and Pakistan Whites goalies, as well,” Shahid pointed out.

“Ideally there should be at least six to eight goalkeepers ready and in form for each team at a time. Had any of the previous PHF managements thought about starting such an academy 10 years ago, we wouldn’t have been facing a drought in the goalkeeping department as we are today,” he concluded.

The camp concludes on the 20th before resuming after a gap of around two or three weeks.


Dr. Vikas Dhawan’s resignation is a huge setback for women’s team.

K. Arumugam

Indian women hockey team’s long standing physio Dr. Vikas Dhawan’s resignation is a huge setback for the Indian women team.

Vikas, a hugely popular physio with the girls, had to tender resignation early last month, as Hockey India would not honour any of the commitments it made to him while he was drafted in as a support staff.

Dhawan has been with the women’s team dis-continually since early 2004. The young sports physio is basically responsible for not only taking care of fitness part of the team, but also successfully rehabilitating some of the key but injury-prone players.

One can say with a degree of authority that his contribution to the team’s cause in major tournaments such as last Asia Cup has been commendable. If players like Saba, Surinder and till recently Mamta Kharab are still active and making impact on the outcome of the results, due credit must go to Vikas. Not for nothing the entire team likes him.

Liked by every player in the team, young Vikas used to bend backwards in pursuing matters of interest to the team, besides offering his professional services.

This writer was witness during the last World Cup in Madrid and as recently as at Bangkok (Asia Cup), his room bell kept on ringing all the time, as players used to queue up for one reason or other. He certainly worked overtime.

“It was an emotional decision I had to take. I was assured of a sponsorship amount by Hockey India and then increment every year. I have not been paid anything. I did make polite representations many times, but no body cared. Now that I have many commitments I have to make a decision, and had to seek other avenues”, Vikas said.

It is gathered he has joined a big company recently.

It is a matter of about 20,000 a month. This qualified doctor is paid monthly by Sports Authority of India.

Hockey India, it is understood, assured a sponsorship amount of Rs. 10,000 per month and then increment of same amount. These two had not been honoured.

Nowadays doctors rake in moolahs in India, their qualified services are not easily available, even if available it comes at huge cost. This young doctor has sacrificed many offers in the interest of hockey, and could not do so endlessly. He was expecting some improvement in the situation which is not happening.

It is surprising the same Hockey India that sends useless fellows as team officials, who divest their duties once landing on other countries, leaving the coaching staff to shoulder extra burden, could not meet a petty additional amount a qualified professional with the team rightfully demands.

Vikas certainly regrets he had to leave the scene when each month India will face a major tournament stating July.

It is gathered more than money the feeling that nobody bothers his concern seem to be the reason for his indignation.

Vikas did not accompany the team for New Zealand tour last month. He has resigned before that.

It is unfortunate now a novice has straightaway been given the charge of senior team in his place.

The least authorities concerned could have done was to consult him to get a suitable successor, a service which he offered in his resignation letter.

Our people are least concerned about team winning or losing. Why will they bother about the sensibilities of a support staff, and avail his advice.

Usha-Police opener on Friday

Sports Reporter

Holders Usha Krira Chaktra will take on newcomers Police AC on the opening day of the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium on Friday.

Last year's runners-up Abahani will play against Sadharan Bima while Mohammedan take on Wari Club the next day.

The perennial foes Abahani and Mohammedan will square off on July 10.

Top five teams among the participating eleven teams will qualify for the Super Five League.

The Daily Star

Updated edition of World of Hockey CD released

Arun Arnaw

An updated edition of World of Hockey CD has been released recently in Bhopal. Encouraged by the response received from hockey lovers of the country and other part of the world, Arun Arnaw - a well known sports statistician and writer burnt midnight oil to bring out the hockey statistics CD, all under one roof.

The CD contains vital statistics of all leading hockey tournaments such as World Cup, Olympics, Champions Trophy, Asian Games, Asia Cup, Commonwealth Games, Afro Asian Games, Pan American Games, European nations Cup, Azlan Shah Cup and others.

More importantly this CD also features statistics of both on Men’s and Women’s hockey.

There are detailed match results and some important facets of the every tournament, besides overall statistics in the beginning of every tournament. This is the only compilation on hockey statistics of its kind ever hit the stands in India -- and perhaps in the the world. It is an exhaustive compilation and is a must for all hockey lovers and followers.

This CD is prized as low as Rs 250/- + Rs 50 Postage in India and at US $ 20 (including postage) for overseas purchasers. It can be obtained from Animesh Khare, D-1/35 Danish Nagar, Hoshangabad Road, Bhopal (MP), India Pin - 462 026.

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