News for 17 June 2010

All the news for Thursday 17 June 2010


Hockeyroos dominate Great Britain during tour of Europe

The Hockeyroos have made the best possible start towards their month long tour of Europe, defeating Great Britain 4-0 overnight in England.

The tour of Europe, which sees them play Great Britain, Germany, India and Ireland over the next month, is a vital stepping stone towards their attack on the 2010 World Cup and Commonwealth Games held later in the year.

The result will be particularly pleasing for the Hockeyroos, with Great Britain considered a major threat at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Some early defensive efforts by the Hockeyroos set up the victory, with Great Britain controlling their fair share of the play but having very little scoring opportunities due to the Australian defence.

With both teams settled Great Britain enjoyed the bulk of early possession, with the Hockeyroos content to break with pace when the opportunity presented itself.

After failing to convert two penalty corner attempts, the Hockeyroos were rewarded for their hard work towards the end of the first half when striker Ashleigh Nelson scored the teams opening goal at the 31 minute mark.

When Amy Korner scored Australia’s second goal only three minutes later the momentum was well in Australia’s favour as they entered the half time break well on top.

Things continued to improve for the Hockeyroos after half time when they were awarded a penalty stroke after Crista Cullen deliberately fouled Ashleigh Nelson in the circle, with Nicole Arrold converting the stroke.

Responding to Australia’s ten minute purple patch Great Britain, pressed higher up the pitch in an effort to create more opportunities.  After some good work down the right midfield channel by Chloe Rogers, Emily Maguire, the Reading and Scotland defender, threaded a pass through the Hockeyroos defence but Nic White narrowly failed to get on the end of it.

With Great Britain pressing hard in order to find their opening goal this left an opportunity for the Hockeyroos to counter attack, with Fiona Boyce scoring Australia’s fourth goal at the 64 minute mark to seal the victory.

Hockeyroos 4 Great Britain 0 (2-0 half time)
Goals – Ashleigh Nelson 31m FG, Amy Korner 34m FG, Nicole Arrold 39m PS, Fiona Boyce 64m FG

Hockey Australia media release



Disappointing start to GB test series



Great Britain’s Alex Danson (Front) and Kerry Williams (back right) collide as they attempt to get to the ball ahead of the Australian defender during the first test at Bisham Abbey on Wednesday. James Boardman/Great Britain Hockey

Great Britain’s two match test series against Australia’s Hockeyroos got off to a disappointing start as they went down 4-0 to the visitors in sunshine more akin to Sydney than Buckinghamshire.

Head Coach Danny Kerry later blamed GB’s lightweight approach in the final third and credited the Australians for their hard-nosed attitude that saw them find the net three times in a period of eight minutes either side of the half time whistle.  Despite enjoying the bulk of possession Great Britain found first half opportunities hard to come by and in the 29th minute the Hockeyroos’ patient approach paid off when Shelley Liddelow shot low into the bottom corner to give them the lead.

Just four minutes later an unmarked Amy Korner found the corner of Abi Walker’s goal at the back post and it got worse for GB just after the break when Crista Cullen was alleged to have fouled Ashleigh Nelson deliberately and Nicole Arrold stepped up to fire home the penalty stroke.  Despite an improved attacking performance from Great Britain following the third goal they failed to find the back of the net and Fiona Boyce rounded things off for the Australians with a goal six minutes from time.

With the sun beating down on the pitch at the National Sports Centre, Australia, the world’s fifth highest ranked side, threatened early, forcing Canterbury and Scotland goalkeeper Abi Walker to pull off a good block from point blank range before Leicester’s Crista Cullen cleared the danger.

Following that, GB settled and enjoyed the bulk of early first half possession as Australia sat back, content to break with pace when the opportunity presented itself.  One such opportunity came on 11 minutes when Walker was again forced into a save, albeit a relatively comfortable one on her near post from Amy Korner.

With quarter of an hour on the clock Australia won two consecutive penalty corners; following Crista Cullen’s illegal block with her foot Walker saved the second with her outstretched leg from Arrold’s low flick.

Great Britain survived another Australian set piece on 21 minutes, Cullen and Walker blocking consecutive efforts on goal from the penalty corner.

The hosts’ best move of the first half came in the 28th minute when Reading and England midfielder Helen Richardson played a one-two with Clifton’s Charlotte Craddock on the right hand side.  Turning defence into attack at pace, Richardson received the ball back before finding former Leicester teammate Chloe Rogers on the left.  Her ball up the left fed Nic White of Slough, whose cross pass into the circle was cut out just ahead of the onrushing Leicester forward Kerry Williams,

At the other end, Great Britain looked certain to fall behind when Amy Korner rounded Walker inside the circle and her rolled pass across the face of goal fell nicely into the path of 158-times capped Madonna Blyth.  Inexplicably though she failed to make contact with the ball, rolling her stick over the top of the ball, which continued rolling just millimetres past the far post.  GB breathed a collective sigh of relief.

Following the let-off, Great Britain countered and won their first penalty corner of the match.  Reading’s Alex Danson made enough of a nuisance of herself in tight space in front of goal to win the corner but Cullen’s effort was deflected up and cleared.

A minute later and Great Britain were behind.  After a save from Walker the Australians fed the ball back into the circle where Shelley Liddelow flicked the ball home low from the penalty spot for 1-0.

And things got worse soon after the half hour.  A flowing Australian attack stretched the British defence and when the ball reached Amy Korner outside the back post she swept the ball home despite the best efforts of Walker diving across her goal.

2-0 was how it stood at half time but barely two minutes into the second half and the Hockeyroos were awarded a penalty stroke after Crista Cullen was adjudged to have deliberately fouled Ashleigh Nelson in the circle.  Up stepped 23 year old Arrold to rifle the ball home high into the net for 3-0.

Responding to Australia’s ten minute purple patch Great Britain, playing in red, pressed higher up the pitch in an effort to create more opportunities.  After some good work down the right midfield channel by Chloe Rogers, Emily Maguire, the Reading and Scotland defender, threaded a pass through the Hockeyroos defence but Nic White narrowly failed to get on the end of it.

Great Britain were upping the ante though and pressing Australia ever deeper.  Midway through the half Charlotte Craddock’s square ball from the left baseline forced goalkeeper Rachael Lynch into a full length forward dive to cut the ball out before it reached Sally Walton and soon after it was Bowdon Hightown’s Walton looking to turn provider.  Her cross to almost exactly the same position from Alex Danson but off balance and under pressure from the defender the ball hit her body and the pressure was relieved.

With GB pressing, Australia were always dangerous on the counter attack and they came close to adding a fourth as another pass across the British goalmouth failed to find a finisher.

On the hour mark Alex Danson did excellently to cut in from the right base line after riding out two tackles.  Going away from goal she executed an excellent reverse stick shot to the back post but neither Kerry Williams nor Sally Walton could put the final touch to take it over the line.

Crista Cullen did what she does best at the other end, getting out quickly to block yet another Australian penalty corner at the top of the circle before Great Britain were awarded a penalty corner of their own.  Cullen’s low flick to the bottom left corner was saved by Lynch and although the ball rebounded into the net it did so via Ashleigh Ball’s body as she dived in at the post and the ‘goal’ was correctly disallowed.

With just six minutes remaining Australia broke upfield and after Walker parried a shot on the angle down into the circle Fiona Boyce was on hand to follow up for Australia, knocking home for 4-0.

The final minutes saw Great Britain win three penalty corners but GB failed to seriously trouble the Australian defence and the game finished 4-0.

Afterwards, Head Coach Danny Kerry said, “Today, we were not good in the attacking circle.  We had lots of possession but were lightweight in the circle.  Australia were hard-nosed in our circle and we got punished.  Australia won by a clear margin on that alone.

“Our corners were very poor and if you can’t deliver under pressure then tough!”

GREAT BRITAIN (women)         0 (0)

AUSTRALIA (women)               4 (2)

Shelley Liddelow 29 (F)            
Amy Korner 33 (F)                   
Nicole Arrold 37 (PS)               
Fiona Boyce 64 (F) 

FIXTURES

Date - Time - Fixture - Venue - Result


Wednesday 16 June - 15:00 - GB (women) v Australia - Bisham Abbey NSC - 4-0
Friday 18 June - 16:00 - GB (women) v Australia - Altwood C of E School           

Great Britain Hockey media release



Great Britain defeated by Australia in first of two-Test hockey series

By Emily Benammar



Ouch: Great Britain's Alex Danson (right) and Australia's Kate Hollywood compete for the ball at Bisham Abbey Photo: PA

Great Britain coach Danny Kerry was left ruing a "lightweight" performance from his squad as they were beaten 4-0 by Australia at Bisham Abbey on Wednesday.

Having dedicated a bulk of their training time to perfecting penalty-corners, the home side saw each of their five awarded set pieces go wide of the mark and with the Champions Trophy just a month away, Kerry may be wondering what it will take for his forwards to cope with shooting under pressure.

An under par strike force aside, Great Britain's defence handled a forceful Australian attack well in the opening third, with goalkeeper Abi Walker pulling off a number of impressive saves together with some good clearances from Crista Cullen to keep the match goalless despite the visitors' being gifted with two penalty corners.

The hosts' resilience continued and their confidence grew to produce their best chance of the half with Kerry Williams coming agonisingly close to converting off Nic White's cross. Moments later Alex Danson saw her effort off a penalty-corner deflected and cleared.

The miss initiated an Australian counter-attack which forced Walker to produce yet another save, but the ball was not cleared and Shelly Liddelow flicked the ball in to go 1-0 up.

Minutes later and Walker was back in action and again unable to reach to stop Australia's efforts as Amy Korner's effort gave them a 2-0 half-time lead.

Two minutes after the break Australia extended their lead after Cullen fouled Ashleigh Nelso – a move the referee deemed severe enough to warrant a penalty stroke.

Britain upped their game and began creating chances of their own but were once again caught-out on the turnaround and with Walker called on yet again to block a strike, she could do nothing to prevent Fiona Boyce's follow up from finding the back of the net.

It was all Britain in the final minutes but despite their three penalty-corners they could do nothing to break Australia's defence and the match ended in a disappointing 4-0 defeat.

Unimpressed by the efforts of his forwards, Kerry said: "If you're no good in the attack circle it doesn't matter how well you play. We had an awful amount of possession and a reasonable amount in the circle but it was lightweight and Australia were quite the opposite and they got their outcomes.

"If you're lightweight you get punished – sure you can play pretty hockey but like Australia you've got to be hard-nosed in the circle. We had plenty of time in the circle and then on the turnaround suddenly Australia are in your circle and they get results – it's frustrating.

"Our corners were very poor and we need to learn to convert under pressure."

The two sides meet again on Thursday in what will be Great Britain's final fixture before Kerry turns his attentions to England's participation in next month's Champions Trophy.

The Telegraph



Great Britain women well beaten by Australia


GB came off second best in a tough encounter at Bisham Abbey

Great Britain's women lost the opening contest of their two-match Test series against Australia 4-0.

The Hockeyroos' patient approach paid off when Shelley Liddelow's low shot gave them the lead on 29 minutes.

Four minutes later an unmarked Amy Korner found the corner of Abi Walker's goal and Nicole Arrold's penalty stroke made it 3-0 at Bisham Abbey.

Fiona Boyce rounded things off for the Australians with a goal six minutes from time to cap a strong display.

The final minutes saw Great Britain win three penalty corners but they failed to seriously trouble the Australian defence.

Head coach Danny Kerry said: "We were not good in the attacking circle. We had lots of possession but were lightweight in the circle.

"Australia were hard-nosed in our circle and we got punished. Our corners were very poor and if you can't deliver under pressure then tough."

BBC Sport



India edges Canada in Game 1 from Surrey

SURREY - The Canadian women's national field hockey team were edged 3-2 by India Tuesday evening in the first of their four-match test series.

India opened the scoring in the 15th minute on a penalty corner goal from Indian captain Surinder Kaur.

Canadian goalkeeper Azelia Liu made a great save on another Indian chance in the 19th minute.

Canada came out strong in the second half with a fantastic scoring chance when Crystal Poland took the ball from the half and made a great pass to Stephanie Nesbitt whose reverse stick shot was saved by the Indian goalie.

Six minutes into the second half Canada's Thea Culley would equalize on a field play.  India would then respond with a penalty corner goal in the 53rd minute and a field goal in the 61st minute from Ritu Rani and Rani Rampal respectively.

Canada fought back and in the 69th minute was rewarded when Poland made a great pass to an open Robyn Pendleton who took it on the reverse and slotted it past the goalkeeper.

The Canucks came close to tying the game in the 70th minute when Nesbitt just missed on her reverse shot.

"Canada competed well in the match and generated some excellent chances.  We are very aware that India is a good team and we must improve our ball possession ability to stay competitive in the matches to come," said head coach Louis Mendonca after the match.

Canada next plays India on Thursday evening at Tamanawis Park in Surrey.

Congratulations to Kaela Barker and Crystal Poland who played in their first international game for Canada. 

Click here for the Event Page.

Field Hockey Canada media release

 



India defeat Canada in the first Test

s2h team


The Indian Women hockey team beat Canada 3-2 in the first Test at Tamanawis Park, Surrey today.

India who led 1-0 at half time scored the goals through captain Surinder Kaur from a penalty corner in the 15th minute, Ritu Rani also from a penalty corner in the 53rd minute and Rani Rampal in the 61st.

Canada scored through Thea Culley and Robyn Pewdleton in the 41st and 69th minutes.

India earned three penalty corners while they conceded none to their opponents.

The second Test in the four match series shall be played at the same venue tomorrow.

Stick2Hockey.com



Indian eves beat Canada in hockey series opener

NEW DELHI: The Indian women's hockey team was off to a winning start in a four-Test series against Canada, beating the hosts 3-2 in the first match at Tamanawis Park, Surrey.

India led 1-0 at half time after captain Surinder Kaur scored from a penalty corner in the 15th minute.

Ritu Rani (53rd minute) and Rani Rampal (61st minute) were the other goal-scorers for the visiting team.

Thea Culley (41st minute) and Robyn Pewdleton (69th minute) reduced the margin of defeat for the hosts.

India earned three penalty corners, converting two of them.

The second Test in the series will be played at the same venue on Thursday.

The Times of India



Europe Tour Schedule and team

s2h team


A 22 member Indian men hockey team led by 26 year old Chandigarh winger Rajpal Singh shall tour Europe in July.

The squad will compete in the Four Nation Hamburg Masters Tournament in Germany against the Netherlands, Japan and the hosts from 2-4 July followed by a Test series in Belgium, France and Holland.

The team will play three Tests against Belgium from 05-16 July and then play France in another three match series. They will wind up their Europe tour with two Tests against the Dutch on 24 and 25 July.

The team was selected after trials at Balewadi, Pune, attended by Hockey India selectors Col. Balbir Singh, BP Govinda and Sita Mehta alongwith the Government nominees Ajitpal Singh and Zafar Iqbal, Foreign coach Jose Brasa and National coach Harendra Singh.

There are two changes from the squad which was declared the joint winners at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia last month. Striker Shivendra Singh has injured his ankle while midfielder Arjun Halappa has been rested.

Dragflicker Sandeep Singh, medio Ajitesh Roy and forward Hari Prasad have made a comeback while promising youngster Birendra Lakra Jr. gets his first look into the senior squad.

Last year India had also toured Europe and played matches in England, Belgium, Spain and Holland.

The following is the squad :

Goalkeepers
Sreejesh PR (Indian Overseas Bank)
Bharat Chetri (Canara Bank)

Defenders
Sardar Singh (Haryana)
Dhananjay Mahadik (Services)
Rupinder Pal Singh (Indian Overseas Bank)
Sandeep Singh (Haryana)
Amit Prabhakar (Air India)

Midfielders
Gurbaj Singh (Air India)
Ravi Pal (BPCL)
Prabodh Tirkey (Air India)
Ajitesh Roy (Punjab National Bank)
Bharat Chikara (Indian Oil)
Danish Mujtaba (UP)
Vikas Pillay (Air India)
Birendra Lakra Jr. (BPCL)

Forwards
Rajpal Singh (Indian Oil) - Captain
Tushar Khandker (BPCL)
Sarvanjit Singh (Punjab & Sind Bank)
Mandip Antil (ONGC)
Mohd. Amir Khan (Air India)
Hari Prasad (BPCL)
Dharamvir Singh (Indian Oil)

Officials
Jose Brasa (Foreign Coach)
Harendra Singh (National Coach)
Clarence Lobo (Coach)
Jugraj Singh (Coach)
Pradip Dutta (Trainer)
Lt. Col. BK Nayak (Doctor)
Shrikant Iyengar (Physio)
Ram Kishan Bansiwal (Masseur)
Raj Kumar Kakati (Manager)

Stick2Hockey.com



Rajpal retained captain

Chennai: Rajpal Singh has been retained captain, while drag-flicker Sandeep Singh returns along with Ajitesh Rai and Hari Prasad, to the 22-member Indian hockey team that will participate in the four-nation Masters in Hamburg and play Test matches against Belgium, France and Holland in July.

The four-nation event will be held from July 2 to 4.

The team: Goalkeepers: P.R. Sreejesh (Indian Overseas Bank), Bharat Chetri (Canara Bank); Defenders: Sardar Singh (Haryana), Dhananjay Mahadik (Services), Rupinder Pal Singh (Indian Overseas Bank), Sandeep Singh (Haryana), Amit Prabhakar (Air India); Midfielders: Gurbaj Singh (Air India), Ravi Pal (BPCL), Prabodh Tirkey (Air India), Ajitesh Roy (Punjab National Bank), Bharat Chikara (Indian Oil), Danish Mujtaba (UP), Vikas Pillay (Air India), Birendra Lakra Jr. (BPCL); Forwards: Rajpal Singh (Indian Oil) (captain), Tushar Khandker (BPCL), Sarvanjit Singh (Punjab & Sind Bank), Mandip Antil (ONGC), Mohd. Amir Khan (Air India), Hari Prasad (BPCL), Dharamvir Singh (Indian Oil).

Officials: Jose Brasa (foreign coach), Harendra Singh (National coach), Clarence Lobo (coach), Jugraj Singh (coach), Pradip Dutta (trainer), Lt. Col. B.K. Nayak (doctor), Shrikant Iyengar (physio), Ram Kishan Bansiwal (masseur) and Raj Kumar Kakati (manager) .

The Hindu



Indian hockey team to play in Hamburg Masters

NEW DELHI: An Indian hockey team captained by Rajpal Singh will participate in the four-nation Hamburg Masters tournament in Germany July 2-4.

India will compete against the Netherlands, Japan and the hosts.

The tournament will be followed by a Test series in Belgium, France and Holland.

India will play three Tests against Belgium July 5-16 and then take on France July 17-21 in another three match series. They will wind up their Europe tour with two Tests against the Dutch July 24-25, Hockey India (HI) said in a statement.

Two changes have been made in the squad that was declared the joint winners at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia last month. Striker Shivendra Singh, who injured his ankle, and midfielder Arjun Halappa have been rested.

Dragflicker Sandeep Singh, midfielder Ajitesh Roy and forward Hari Prasad have made a comeback while promising youngster Birendra Lakra gets his first look into the senior squad.

The team was selected after trials at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune. The trial was attended by selectors Balbir Singh, B.P. Govinda and Sita Mehta; government nominees Ajitpal Singh and Zafar Iqbal; foreign coach Jose Brasa and national coach Harendra Singh.

Squad:

Defenders: Sardar Singh, Dhananjay Mahadik, Rupinder Pal Singh, Sandeep Singh, Amit Prabhakar

Midfielders: Gurbaj Singh, Ravi Pal, Prabodh Tirkey, Ajitesh Roy, Bharat Chikara, Danish Mujtaba, Vikas Pillay, Birendra Lakra Jr.

Forwards: Rajpal Singh, Tushar Khandker, Sarvanjit Singh, Mandip Antil, Mohd. Amir Khan, Hari Prasad, Dharamvir Singh

Goalkeepers: P.R. Sreejesh, Bharat Chetri.

The Times of India



Sandeep Singh returns to national hockey team for Europe tour

NEW DELHI: Dragflicker Sandeep Singh returned, while injured striker Shivendra Singh and midfielder Arjun Halappa were rested from a 22-member hockey squad for a tour of Europe, starting next month.

"The squad will compete in the Four Nation Hamburg Masters Tournament in Germany against the Netherlands, Japan and the hosts from July 2-4 followed by a Test series in Belgium, France and Holland," Hockey India said in a statement.

The team, to be led by forward Rajpal Singh, will play three Tests against Belgium from July 5-16 and another three-match series against France after that. They will wind up their Europe tour with two Tests against the Dutch on July 24 and 25.

"There are two changes from the squad which was declared the joint winners at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at Ipoh, Malaysia last month. Striker Shivendra Singh has injured his ankle while midfielder Arjun Halappa has been rested.

"Dragflicker Sandeep Singh, medio Ajitesh Roy and forward Hari Prasad have made a comeback while promising youngster Birendra Lakra Jr. gets his first look into the senior squad," the HI statement read.

Sandeep had been dropped after the team's World Cup debacle.

The team was selected after trials at Balewadi, Pune, by a selection panel comprising Balbir Singh, BP Govinda and Sita Mehta. Government nominees Ajitpal Singh and Zafar Iqbal, foreign coach Jose Brasa and national coach Harendra Singh also attended the trials.

Last year India had toured Europe to play matches in England, Belgium, Spain and Holland.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Sreejesh PR, Bharat Chetri.

Defenders: Sardar Singh, Dhananjay Mahadik, Rupinder Pal Singh, Sandeep Singh, Amit Prabhakar.

Midfielders: Gurbaj Singh, Ravi Pal, Prabodh Tirkey, Ajitesh Roy, Bharat Chikara, Danish Mujtaba, Vikas Pillay, Birendra Lakra Jr.

Forwards: Rajpal Singh (Captain), Tushar Khandker, Sarvanjit Singh, Mandip Antil, Mohd. Amir Khan, Hari Prasad, Dharamvir Singh.

Officials: Jose Brasa (Foreign Coach), Harendra Singh (National Coach), Clarence Lobo (Coach), Jugraj Singh (Coach), Pradip Dutta (Trainer), Lt. Col. BK Nayak (Doctor), Shrikant Iyengar (Physio), Ram Kishan Bansiwal (Masseur), Raj Kumar Kakati (Manager).

The Times of India



T&T hockey men for Belgium training camp

Nigel Simon


England-based Kwandwane Browne will lead a 23-member T&T senior men’s hockey team which leaves here on Monday for a two-week training camp in Belgium.

The camp is being used by the locals as part of their preparations for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) and Commonwealth Games

In addition to Browne, the local team heading to Europe includes five other players who ply their trade in England in Dillet Gilkes, Terrance Baptiste, Matthew Tang Nian, Mickel Pierre, Evan-Piers Farrell. The quartet of Browne, Tang Nian, Pierre and Farrell were all part of the Canterbury club which won the English Hockey League East Conference title before topping the promotional four-team competition to earn promotion to next year’s Premier Division. The team which will be accompanied by two local coaches in Bruce Tang Nian and Glen “Fido” Francis as well as manager Denise Scanterbury will link up with the T&T Hockey Board Coaching Consultants, Netherlands duo, Eric Verboom and Rob Haanjtes on arrival in Belgium.

The team also features five senior squad newcomers in Chad Pedro, Carlos Stephens, Shaquille Edwards, Jovan Woodward and Dominic Jaikaransingh. The team is expected to return home on July 9 before heading off to the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico ten days later. Following the CAC Games the national men’s indoor team will then take centre stage as they compete at the Indoor Pan American Championship, August 9 to 15 in Barquisimento, Venezuela. The Commonwealth Games is carded for New Delhi, India in October, where the local men have been placed in Pool B along with England, New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. Reigning champions Australia are in Pool A with Pakistan, India, Malaysia and Scotland.

T&T men’s touring team:
Darren Cowie, Solomon Eccles, Kwandwane Browne, Wayne Legerton, Dwain Quan Chan, Dillet Gilkes, Atiba Whittington, Akim Toussaint, Christopher Scipio, Dominic Jaikaransingh, Terrance Baptiste, Matthew Tang Nian, Mickel Pierre, Evan Piers-Farrell, Andrey Rocke, Aidan De Gannes, Shaquille Edwards, Javon Woodward, Marcus James, Justin Pascal, Chad Pedro, Andrew Vieira, Carlos Stephens. Technical staff: Brian Tang Nian (coach), Glen “Fido” Francis (coach), Eric Verboom (coach), Rob Haanjtes (technical director), Denise Scanterbury (manager)

The Trinidad Guardian



PHF gives approval for appointment a foreign coach

LAHORE - After losing faith in former home olympians,Pakistan Hockey Federation’s Executive Board has given the approval to appoint a foreign coach to lift the sagging fortunate of national sport. The approval was given in the EB meeting held here on Wednesday under the Chairmanship of President,PHF,Qasim Zia.

“The final decision in this will be taken by the Federal Ministry of Sports”,said Secretary,PHF,Muhammad Asif Bajwawhile talking to APP after the meeting

“We (President PHF and myself) will be having a meeting tomorrow,Thursday with Federal Minister for Sports Ejaz Hussain Jakhrani to brief him on this important issue which needs immediate attention to address present hockey crisis“, he said.

Advocating the decision of appointing a foreign coach, PHF official said ample chance was given to experienced and present day former olympians in recent years but desired results were not achieved to improve the overall performance of the team.

“It is the right time to have a foreign expert with the team because of team’s rebuilding and its participation in many international events in coming years“, he asserted.

Bajwa, a former olympian said PHF has shortlisted a few suitable candidates for the job and the most suitable will be given preference after seeking approval from Sports Minister.

“Majority of the hockey playing nations have foreign coaches with their respective teams and they (coaches) have shown good results“,he said adding “ Presence of a foreign coach will help in developing a new approach of hard work because foreign experts are always under heavy load of responsibility for producing good results“, he said.

When asked to comment on the expertise and potential of home coaches, Bajwa said their performance is known to everyone and no one can deny the fact that all of them served the national game in the past with tall claims.

“I am not criticising anyone or challenging any body’s credentials but the Executive Board members were of the view that new options and era be explored to bring improvement in the performance of the team“, he said.

Executive Board also gave the approval to order ten thousand hockey sticks for the schools and clubs besides allocating funds for the Provincial Hockey Associations.

Those who attended the meeting included Vice Presidents Saeed Khan, Wasay Jalil, lady Vice President Barrister Shahida Jamil, Secretary General Muhammad Asif Bajwa, Associate Secretary Rana Mujahid Ali, Provincial Secretaries Rana Mujahid (Punjab), Syed Zahir Shah (NWFP), Rao Saleem (Sindh), Farooq Ahmad (Balochistan), President PHF Women’s Wing Khushbakht Shujat, Technocrats/experts Olympian Manzoor Jr., Zafar Ahmad Zafri and Collector Customs Preventive Fateh Muhammad.  

Associated Press of Pakistan



PHF gives approval to appoint foreign coach

LAHORE: After losing faith in former olympians, Pakistan Hockey Federation’s Executive Board has given the approval to appoint a foreign coach.

The move has been made in order to lift the sagging fortunes of the national sport. The approval was given in the a meeting held here on Wednesday under the Chairmanship of President, PHF, Qasim Zia.

“The final decision in this will be taken by the Federal Ministry of Sports,” said Secretary, PHF, Muhammad Asif Bajwa while talking to APP after the meeting.

“We (President PHF and myself) will be having a meeting tomorrow (today) with the Federal Minister for Sports Ejaz Hussain Jakhrani to brief him on this important issue,” he said.

Advocating the decision of appointing a foreign coach, PHF official said ample chance was given to experienced former olympians in recent years but desired results were not achieved.

“It is the right time to have a foreign expert with the team because the team is in the phase of rebuilding,” he asserted.

Bajwa, a former olympian said PHF has shortlisted a few suitable candidates for the job and the most suitable will be given preference after seeking approval from the Sports Minister.

“Majority of the hockey playing nations have foreign coaches with their respective teams and they (coaches) have shown good results,” he said.

Sources said Paul Lissek of Germany, Barry Dancer of Australia and Michel Vann Den of Holland were shortlisted for the job.

The News International



Foreign coach hired, discarded players recalled by PHF

By Mohammad Yaqoob


LAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Wednesday held back the name of the national team’s new foreign coach and recalled four discarded senior players to train for the European tour.

The PHF Executive Board, in its meeting held here on Wednesday, approved the name of a foreign coach for the national team but the official announcement will have to wait before a final clearance from the Federal Sports Ministry is made.

According to the reliable sources in the federation, the foreign coach is likely to be Dutchman Michel van den Heuvel whose expenses will be entirely borne by the sports ministry.

“The Executive Board has given the PHF its approval for a foreign coach, but at the moment we can’t announce his name because an approval of the Federal Sports Ministry is required. The ministry will provide the funds to the PHF for the foreign coach,” PHF secretary Asif Bajwa said after attending the EB meeting. “The foreign coach will bring with him his own hand-picked technical staff to assist him,” he said.

The Federal Sports Ministry is already funding three other federations including wrestling, volleyball and taekwondo for their foreign coaches in preparation for the Asian Games which are will be held in China later this year.

The PHF will later announce the name of an assistant coach and manager of the team. The EB has decided to appoint hockey managers on tour-to-tour basis.

Meanwhile, the four discarded players recalled to the Euro tour camp are Rehan Butt, Shakeel Abbasi, Sohail Abbas and Wasim Ahmed. All four were axed two months ago when chief selector Hanif Khan refused to select them for the Azlan Shah Cup in April after their requests to skip the event in Malaysia in order to get some ‘rest’.

Sources, however, said the four players were still reluctant to join the training camp for the European tour and were keener to play the professional league in Bangladesh from June 20 to July 25. But they finally agreed to join the camp when the PHF assured them of selection for the upcoming European tour.

Rehan Butt met secretary PHF Asif Bajwa here on Wednesday and after having the assurance of getting selected, gave his consent for the training camp on behalf of the other three players as well.

Experts believe that the move may not go down well with chief selector Hanif Khan and the Dutch coach who may prefer to select their best outfits for the tour.

The PHF is trying to play series against three countries on the European tour before enetering the Asian Games in China later this year. A series against Spain has been decided while negotiations are underway to arrange matches with Holland and Belgium.

Probables: Nasir Ahmad, Zeeshan Ashraf, Sohail Abbas, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Irfan, Waseem Ahmed, Mohammad Rashid, Fareed Ahmad, Shafqat Rasool, Rehan Butt, Shakeel Abbasi, Abdul Haseem Khan, Mohammad Zubair, Akhtar Ali, Mohammad Waqas Sharif, Mohammad Rizwan (Army), Mohammad Omer Bhutta, Syed Kashif Shah, Salman Akbar, Kashif Ali, Mohammad Kashif Ali, Imran Butt, Imran Shah, Amir Shahzad, Mohammad Tauseeq, Abdul Qayyum Dogar, Zeeshan Ali, Mohammad Rizwan (PIA) and Kashif Javed.

Dawn



PHF executive board gives approval for foreign coach

By Muhammad Ali


LAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) executive board, in a bid to resuscitate the game in the country, has given approval to hire a foreign coach. The decision was taken in an executive board meeting, held under the chairmanship of PHF president Qasim Zia, here on Wednesday. “A final decision and endorsement regarding the new appointment will be taken by the federal ministry of sports,” PHF secretary general Muhammad Asif Bajwa told reporters after the meeting of the executive board. “The PHF chief and I will meet federal sports minister Ejaz Hussain Jakhrani to brief him on this important issue and get the permission for the appointment of a foreign coach,” he added.

It was under Dutch coach Hans Jorritsma that Pakistan won the 1994 World Cup in Sydney, Australia, while another Dutch man Roelant Oltmans coached Pakistan in 2004 with the green shirts gaining better ranking at the international level during his tenure. Advocating the decision of appointing a foreign coach, the PHF official said ample chances were given to experienced former Olympians in recent years but desired results were not achieved to improve the overall performance of the national team.

Winners of three Olympic gold medals, Pakistan, who remained up in the clouds for more than three decades and are record four times world champions, are striving hard for a big title since winning the 1994 World Cup. They have not won any Asian title since winning the Asian Games in China 20 years ago. Pakistan finished a poor 8th at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and 12th at the World Cup in India earlier this year – their worst ever showing in both mega events. They have also missed out on the elite six-nation Champions Trophy in 2008 and 2009.

Hiring a good foreign coach is vital as well as the most immediate step for the PHF to cope with the physical fitness and technique mythology of the national squad. It will also help the federation to bail itself out from the severe criticism it has had to face from former Olympians since the World Cup debacle. Asif Bajwa, a former Olympian, said it was the right time to have a foreign expert because the team needed rebuilding and had to participate in many international events in coming years. “The PHF has short-listed few candidates and the most suitable will be given preference.” He said majority of hockey playing nations had foreign coaches with their respective teams and the coaches had shown good results. When asked to comment on the expertise and potential of home coaches, Asif Bajwa replied their performance was known to all and no one can deny the fact that all of them served the national game in the past with tall claims. “I am not criticising anyone or challenging any body’s credentials but the executive board was of the view that new options and era be explored to bring improvement in the performance of the team,” he said. The executive board also gave the approval to provide ten thousand hockey sticks to schools and clubs besides allocating funds for the provincial hockey associations.

The Daily Times



Training camp for Pakistan team

The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has announced the training camp of the Pakistan Hockey Team for the European series to be played next month. The training camp will be held from 20 June at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium Karachi.

The announced 29 players are Nasir Ahmad, Zeeshan Ashraf, Sohail Abbas, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Irfan, Waseem Ahmad, Muhammad Rashid, Fareed Ahmad, Shafqat Rasool, Rehan Butt, Shakeel Abbasi, Abdul Haseem Khan, Muhammad Zubair, Akhtar Ali, Muhammad Waqas Sharif, Muhammad Rizwan (Army), Muhammad Omer Bhutta, Syed Kashif Shah, Salman Akbar, Kashif Ali, Muhammad Kashif Ali, Imran Butt, Imran Shah, Amir Shahzad, Muhammad Tauseeq, Abdul Qayyum Dogar, Zeeshan Ali, Muhammad Rizwan (PIA) and Kashif Javed.

PHF Media release



South African Hockey must think out the box

JONATHAN COOK


WHILE the Fifa World Cup is proving South Africa has the energy and will to solve all the country's social ills - those unglamorous issues - if it just puts its mind to it, the South African hockey world is showing signs that a quiet revolution is also taking place in one of the country's popular, yet Cinderella, sports.

I say popular because within a three-kilometre radius in the KZN capital alone you have seven synthetic hockey turfs with a capital outlay in excess of R30 million.

However, there are some dark clouds still surrounding SA hockey, among them the problems associated with South Africa's entry into the Africa qualifiers for next year's Indoor Hockey World Cup in Poland, in which so many of KZN Inland and indeed KZN Coastal players are due to represent their country, and other issues surrounding the continuing, now endemic, lack of finance, which is by and large bedevilling the sport in its genuine attempts to surge to the next level.

One national body with a minute percentage of players compared to this country has Lotto for all those interested in the game and it is making a significant contribution to that country's progress. The Irish Hockey Association has a monthly jackpot in their online lotto and also has a facility for a lucky dip winner, giving all those entered an opportunity to cash in for a nominal entry fee.

Now why doesn't SA hockey consider a similar initiative in the interests of raising money for the sport? Indeed, provincial bodies like KZN Inland Hockey Association could do the same. What's R10 a month for hockey children and maybe R20 for students and R40 for adults? Is it really going to harm those entered financially? By and large, no - and the thousands of entrants (it is estimated that there are roughly 100 000 players in the country at all levels) will make a difference.

Another initiative that has contributed to making the sport sexier – a big issue nowadays in an era of entertainment sport – where 20/20 cricket, sevens rugby and so on have caught the imagination.

Broadly, Western Province hockey held a tournament over several weeks whereby, for example, the El Pizza Restaurant (fictitious names in this article, obviously) and SuperCellPhone financed teams. SuperCellPhone Sizzlers met El Pizza Pizzazz and so on under lights every week with centralised fixtures and pub and grub at pitch side providing the drawcard for fans.

The key was to select the best, say 90 players – 45 men and 45 women - into six teams in franchise manner with an emphasise on equal strength playing in their sponsors' brand new strip.

By all accounts the initiative has been a great success, plans are afoot by sponsors to increase their stake, and there are plans to take this model, which is based on business principles, to the other big hockey centres in SA.

It bears repeating that this isn't verbatim what WP are doing, but the basic principles can be deduced from this illustration.

There is so much that has been done – and so much to still do – but another key is that this cannot be driven by amateurs or hockey part-timers. Like Jack Thonissen is doing in Cape Town, it's a business proposition with lots of spin-offs relating to his hockey retail business. It's a win-win situation for all.

To borrow another well-worn cliché that has rightly stood the test of time because of its inherent common sense, SA hockey has got to think out of the box and embrace the modern era if it is to go further.

The Witness



Stage set for cracking South African U16 Inter Provincial Hockey Tournament finals

School sports weeks

JONATHAN COOK


THE semi-finals of the South African U16 Interprovincial Hockey Tournament Thursday will see hosts KZN Inland meeting the exciting Border line-up at 12.50 am at Maritzburg College Pape's Astro hockey turf and Western Province facing Southern Gauteng at 2 pm.

This emerged Wednesday after day three of the preliminary pool stages at Pape's Astro and AB Jackson Greenfields Turf.

And Thursday's last-four clashes will determine who meets in the final of this year's SA U16 tournament for the right to be named 2010 champions, this after coach Brandon Swart's KZN Inland side won the title in Potchefstroom last year.

SAHA and its selectors at senior level should sit up and take notice of the quality of players here in Pietermaritzburg with a number appearing destined to challenge for Protea honours.

Friday's IPT final is set down for 1.15 pm on Pape's Astro – and, whoever qualifies for the title match, it is sure to be a cracker, given the excitement generated by the four sides during this IPT and the number of Protea possibles on display.

WP, last year's finalists, and Southerns play a disciplined brand of hockey that stands them in good stead; Inland are probably the most classical hockey side here, while the Border squad is chock-full of talented, exciting runners who play with an uncommon flair allied to a good helping of passion.

Certainly, Thursday's first semi-final between Border and Inland is sure to quicken the pulses – if the East London boys bring their A game to the turf.

Inland beat Southerns 3-2 Wednesday after the score was 1-1 at the break.

Southerns, with a brace of penalty corners (Daniel Bell, Stuart Philip), came back from a goal down after Inland captain Tim Guise-Brown – the most potent drag-flicker at IPT – had shot Inland into the lead.

Inland levelled the scores within a minute through Jordan Turnbull before Sean Donaldson netted the winner via a penalty corner with eight minutes left.

In the Girls' U16 IPT in Potchefstroom, KZN Coastal face Eastern Province in Thursday's first semi-final with Southerns tackling Border in the second.

KZN Inland face North West in a bid to play for ninth place on Friday.

Inland lost 3-1 to Coastal Wednesday and were shaded 4-3 by Mpumalanga.

After Wednesday's rugby rest day, KZN meet Zimbabwe Thursday at the U13 Craven Week in Graaff Reinet while KZN tackle SWD at the U16 Grant Khomo Week in Upington.

RESULTS

Boys' U16 - Unpublished day 2 results: Border B 2 Limpopo 1; Mpumalanga 5 Northern Free State 1; Bdr 5 North West 0; EP 0 Eastern Gauteng 0; Southern Gauteng 11 SWD 1.

Day 3: Inland 3 SG 2; Northern Gauteng 5 SWD 2; WP A 7 EP 0; SFS 1 WP B 5; Coastal 0 NW 2; Border A 3 EG 0; NG 2 WP 3; Inland A 8 SFS 0; Coastal 3 EP 1; SG B 3 Bdr B 0; NC 4 NFS 0; Lim 2 Inland B 7; Boland 0 Mpum 0; Inland B 1 NC 1; Coastal 3 EP 1; NW 1 EG 0.

The Witness



Job opening: FIH Operations Manager

Title: FIH Operations Manager
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Type of appointment: Full time
Application deadline: 23 June 2010


Context of position

The Fédération Internationale de Hockey (FIH), founded in 1924, is the international body governing hockey recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It comprises 127 affiliated National Associations.

The FIH works in co-operation with both the national and continental organisations to ensure consistency and unity in hockey around the world. It not only regulates the sport, but is also responsible for its development and promotion so as to guarantee a secure future for hockey.

The FIH mission is to encourage, promote, develop and administer hockey at all levels to maintain hockey as an Olympic sport on the Olympic programme and maximise participation, standards, enjoyment and community involvement.

The present Operations Manager is leaving on 31 July 2010.This position is a great opportunity for an experienced sports administrator to join the FIH in an exciting period of changes with the implementation of new strategic directions.

Main activities

The role will focus on ensuring that the administration of the Federation is professional and efficient in all it does and in accordance with the Statutes and Bye-Laws.

The position includes preparation, organisation and minutes taking of all formal meetings (Executive Board, Office Bearers and Congress) of the Federation, the management of the administrative operations and the logistics of the Federation, as well as the administrative management of staff.

Key tasks

1. Administration


* Manage the total internal and external administrative operations of the Federation and ensure consistency
* Ensure the operation is in accordance with the Administration Manual and keep it up-to-date
* Ensure that the needs of Member National Associations, Continental Federations and Committees are properly catered for (contacts, correspondence)
* Ensure that administrative support is provided for the Executive Board and the Office Bearers. Convene and make arrangements for all meetings, attend the meetings, take and circulate the Minutes, manage correspondence between meetings.
* Ensure the protocol needs are fulfilled, that gifts and awards are available when necessary.
* Ensure administrative support is provided for the Committees if necessary.
* Coordinate attendance of Executive Board members to events, make arrangements for functions and gifts.
* Provide personal assistance to the President and the Hon. Secretary General for their secretarial needs

2. Office Logistics

* Manage all logistical operations within the office, including telephone system, IT, mail, travel and accommodation arrangements, office filing system, gifts and awards.
* Handle all insurance matters

3. Manage the Human Resources in the Office

* Manage all administrative staff and the administration/secretariat
* Keep track of holidays and absences from the office of each staff member
* Keep personal files of each staff member, including employment agreements and job specifications
* Handle requests for work permits, AVS cards, tax at source, family allocations, pension fund
* Assist in the recruitment process (advertising, summary of candidates, planning of interviews)

Work experiences

* University degree or similar
* Proven experience in sports management
* Knowledge of the international sports world
* Knowledge of Swiss working environment and legislation

Personal qualities

* Excellent organisational skills
* English: fluent oral and written. Other languages a significant advantage
* Excellent IT skills (Office) and ability to solve ordinary minor problems
* Good communication skills
* Team player able to work under pressure

How to apply for this job

Please apply with full career and salary details no later than Wednesday 23 June 2010 by email, post or fax to our consultant below:

GRIP Personal Consulting GmbH
Attn: Juergen Bracht, Managing Director
Eschersheimer Landstr. 10
60322 Frankfurt
Germany
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Phone:  +49 69 7191 3411
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WorldHockey



Field Hockey Canada Seeks Men's National Team Coach

The association is seeking a Senior Men’s National Coach to lead the senior men’s national program, and to foster the necessary conditions for success for our athletes at the international level.

The Senior Men’s Field Hockey National Coach will be responsible for directing the National Team program for senior men. Accountable to the Senior Lead-Technical and the High Performance Round Table for High Performance strategy, the successful candidate must have proven ability in the technical application of a high performance training and competition program.

Applications for the position must be received no later than the end of business day, Tuesday June 29, 2010. This application deadline may be extended at the discretion of he Association. We thank all candidates in advance. We will, however, contact only hose selected for an interview.

Please forward your resume and three references to:

Field Hockey Canada
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Field Hockey Canada media release



England Hockey League 2010 - 2011 fixtures announced

Last season’s Women’s EHL Championships finalists clash on opening day


The 2010-2011 England Hockey League (EHL) fixtures have been announced with the season set to start with a bang over the third weekend in September.

The Women’s EHL Premier Division fixtures are headlined by a repeat of last season’s Women’s Championship Final in which Slough were crowned 2009-10 EHL champions following a 1-0 victory over Leicester; both clubs will be competing in Europe this season.  Cannock, promoted from Conference West having qualified through the three day EHL Promotion Tournament in May, face a local derby in their first game making the short trip to University of Birmingham.  In that same tournament, Clifton maintained their Premier Division status and will host Olton & West Warwickshire on day one of the new league season.

East Grinstead begin their campaign to retain the Men’s EHL Premier Division title by travelling to Loughborough Students on Sunday 19 September.  Beeston, 2009-2010 runners-up after losing on penalty strokes in the EHL Championships finals, travel to Surrey to face Surbiton.  Reading topped the table at the end of the regular league season but fell short of qualification in the knockout stages of the EHL Championships.  They host Cheshire side Bowdon on the first day of the new season.  Men’s Premier Division new boys Canterbury, qualifiers from the EHL Conference East via the Promotion Tournament, make the trip to Brooklands MU.  The two have only recently faced each other as Brooklands MU retained their Premier Division status in the same Promotion Tournament in May.

In Women’s EHL Conference East, Ipswich travel to Old Loughtonians aiming to get their Premier Division ambitions aims back on track having missed out on promotion in the EHL Promotion Tournament.  Dereham, qualifiers from the East Regional League travel to Surbiton, qualifiers from the South Regional League, in a battle of the newly promoted sides.

In Women’s EHL Conference North, Durham University, the other side missing out on a Premier Division spot in last season’s Promotion Tournament, host 2009-2010 second placed Sutton Coldfield for the first game of the season.  Springfields UCLAN, promoted from the North Regional League, host Bradford Wakefield in their inaugural EHL season.

Women’s EHL Conference West welcomes Trojans, relegated from the Premier Division, who travel to Exe on the first day.  Isca, promoted from the West Regional League travel to last season’s second placed side Barnes HE whilst Worcester, promoted from the Midlands Regional League host Swansea survivors of the Relegation Tournament.

Men’s EHL Conference East begins with Old Loughtonians, who missed out on a place in the Promotion Tournament on the last day of the regular season, travelling to Indian Gymkhana who survived the Relegation Tournament by beating Old Georgians and Sheffield University Bankers.  Wimbledon, promoted from the South Regional League, host Sevenoaks as they commence their EHL campaign, whilst St Albans, qualifiers from the East Regional League host Holcombe.

Deeside Ramblers’ stunning 2009-2010 season in Men’s EHL Conference North was abruptly halted at the Promotion Tournament when they fell short of a promotion place in a tense tournament.  They host Leek to kick start their season.  Ben Rhydding, promoted from the North Regional League, travel to Barford Tigers whilst Olton & West Warwickshire, qualifiers from the Midlands Regional League, host Doncaster.

Exeter University, relegated back to the Men’s EHL Conference West after a season in the Premier Division, face Stourport on the first day. Cheltenham, promoted from the West Regional League face a tough start in hosting Team Bath Buccaneers, who missed out on promotion in the EHL Promotion Tournament.

It promises to be an exciting start to the EHL season in 2010-11 for players and spectators alike.

EHL 2010-2011 Week One Fixtures

Saturday 18 September 2010

Women’s EHL Premier Division


Bowdon Hightown v Reading
Canterbury v Brooklands Poynton
Clifton v Olton & West Warwickshire
Slough v Leicester
University of Birmingham v Cannock

Women’s EHL Conference North

Beeston v Aldridge
Belper v Sunderland
Doncaster v Loughborough Students
Durham University v Sutton Coldfield
Springfields UCLAN v Bradford Wakefield

Women’s EHL Conference East


Chelmsford v Harleston Magpies
Horsham v St Albans
Old Loughtonians v Ipswich
Sevenoaks v Cambridge City
Surbiton v Dereham 

Women’s EHL Conference West

Barnes HE v Isca
Buckingham v Trojans
Exe v Staines
Team Bath Buccaneers v Firebrands
Worcester v Swansea

Sunday 19 September 2010

Men’s EHL Premier Division


Brooklands MU v Canterbury
Cannock v Hampstead & Westminster
Loughborough Students v East Grinstead
Reading v Bowdon
Surbiton v Beeston

Men’s EHL Conference North

Barford Tigers v Ben Rhydding
Deeside Ramblers v Leek
Harborne v Durham University
Olton & West Warwickshire v Doncaster
Sheffield Hallam v Belper

Men’s EHL Conference East

Bromley & Beckenham v Oxted
Harleston Magpies v Southgate
Indian Gymkhana v Old Loughtonians
St Albans v Holcombe
Wimbledon v Sevenoaks

Men’s EHL Conference West

Bournville v Havant
Cheltenham v Team Bath Buccaneers
Exeter University v Stourport
Fareham v Whitchurch
Guildford v University of Birmingham

The full 2010-2011 fixtures list is attached along with this press release.  It is also available to download from the news item on the England Hockey Board website at www.englandhockey.co.uk

England Hockey Board Media release



Bangladesh Premier Div hockey

Sports Reporter


Shadharan Bima KS came from behind to hold Ajax SC to a 1-1 draw in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

In the day's second match, Azad Sporting Club recorded an easy 4-1 win over Wari Club after taking a 1-0 lead in the first half.

Mahmud struck twice from penalty corners after Deen Islam gave Azad an early lead. Joy completed the rout in the second half though Lemon Hossain pulled a goal back for the losing side.

The Daily Star



2004 Men's Olympic Hockey Team recognised at 2010 Team Sport Australia Awards

Hockey Australia are honoured to announce that the 2004 Athens Olympic Games Men’s gold medal Australian Hockey Team have today been recognised at the 2010 Team Sport Australia Awards by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

In what was a watershed moment for hockey in Australia and the end of one of Australia’s most notorious sporting hoodoos, the gold medal win at the 2004 Athens Olympics has been viewed as one of Australia’s greatest ever gold medal victories.

For more than 30 years, the men’s team has been ranked amongst the top four nations in the world. The Australian men’s team has won eight Olympic medals since first competing at the Games in 1956, with the 2004 gold obviously the most significant. This is in addition to its nine World Cup medals (two gold), 23 Champions Trophy medals, including a record equaling nine gold medals, and hat-trick of gold medals at each of the Commonwealth Games.

Remarkably, the Kookaburras are the only Australian team, male or female, to win a medal at each of the last four Olympic Games. Placed in the top four in every Olympic Games between 1984 and 2008, and never having finished lower than sixth, they have been Australia's most consistent performer in any Olympic team sport.

Today Brent Livermore, captain during the 2004 Olympics final, accepted the award on behalf of the team with fellow players Travis Brooks and Stephen Mowlam also in attendance.

“This is obviously a great recognition for what we achieved in 2004. It is always pleasing for the team, coaches, and everyone who was involved to be recognised amongst other great Australian teams as so much hard work went into the team winning the gold medal,” said Livermore.

Hockey Australia wishes to express their congratulations to the 2004 Men’s Olympic hockey team. 

Hockey Australia media release



Dopers beware, says Cheema

K. Rajan


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) medical committee chairman Datuk Dr S.S. Cheema has warned Malaysian athlete s that they won't escape if they are involved in drugs.

Cheema confirmed that both A and B samples of a player in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) was found positive for prohibited substance.

“The player’s sample was tested following World Anti - Doping Agency (Wada) procedures and it came out positive for prohibited substance. We have referred the case to the disciplinary board.

“There will be a formal announcement from the MHF regarding action against the player,” he said.

Cheema also added that recreational drugs are also in the list of drugs prohibited along with the performance enhancing drugs.

“It’s a trend in pubs and discos to take recreational drugs like syabu, ketamin and so on. Athletes must know that recreational drugs are also banned," said Cheem

Malay Mail