News for 24 June 2010

All the news for Thursday 24 June 2010

Hockeyroos make amends with 4-2 win over Germany

The Hockeyroos have bounced back in the best way possible following their recent 6-2 defeat at the hands of Germany, defeating the Germans 4-2 overnight in Essen, Germany.

Despite playing without key players Casey Eastham and Kate Hollywood who withdrew from the tour following separate injuries, the Hockeyroos put in a much more disciplined effort to level the best of two series 1-1.

Following on from their great win over Australia only a day earlier, Germany picked things up were they left off, scoring the opening goal of the match at the 18 minute mark.

However to the Hockeyroos credit they were not intimidated and stuck to their game plan.

A goal to striker Ashleigh Nelson, who returned for this match from an ankle injury which was initially expected to keep her from participating in the remainder of the tour, in the later stages of the first half gave the Hockeyroos some much needed confidence as they entered the half time break with the game tied.

Nelson, last years leading goal scorer for the Hockeyroos, continued her good form after half time, scoring Australia’s second goal only three minutes into the second half to hand the Aussies the lead.

Hockeyroos captain Madonna Blyth, one of Australia’s best players during the match, extended their lead at the 47 minute mark to 3-1.

The Germans continued to attack and put goalkeeper Kate Hubble under some pressure, scoring their second goal with eight minutes remaining to keep themselves in the match.

However a late goal to Amy Korner sealed a much deserved win for the young Hocleyroos which boasts five tour debutants in the team (Kate Hubble, Kate Jenner, Jade Close, Jayde Taylor & Kary Chau).

Teneal Attard, Kobie McGurk and NSW youngster Kate Jenner were amongst the best players on the pitch. The Hockeyroos will now have a short break before remaining in Germany to compete in a 4 nations tournament against Germany, Ireland and India.

Hockeyroos 4 Germany 2 (1-1 half time)

Goals – Aus Ashleigh Nelson 24m FG/ 38m PC, Ger Celine Wilde 18m FG, Aus Madonna Blyth 47m FG, Ger Tina Bachmann 62m FG, Aus Amy Korner 65m FG

Hockey Australia media release

Hockey Australia recognised as sport world leader following unique partnership

Hockey Australia has strengthened its reputation as a leader and innovator both on and off the pitch, with plans to establish a unique community and development hockey academy in India.

With sport continuing to be a key vehicle in strengthening Australian and India relations, Hockey Australia has today signed a Statement of Intention to develop a new world class hockey academy as part of the construction of Lavasa – one of India’s first planned hill cities.

Planned for a permanent population of around 300,000 residents and a tourist inflow estimated at 2 million per annum, Lavasa is envisioned to be a more liveable city of the future where residents can live, work, learn and play in harmony with nature.

Lavasa will incorporate several pioneering residential and commercial initiatives, a varied collection of hotels and resorts, as well as numerous centres of education and sporting excellence, including this hockey academy.

Lavasa has already tied up with golfing great Sir Nick Faldo to launch a golf academy and a golf course and with Manchester City Football Club to start a world class football academy.

These projects are scheduled to be completed by 2012. As part of the agreement Hockey Australia will provide consultancy services in all aspects of the development of the hockey academy.

This will include assisting in the design of the academy, the introduction of world class hockey coaches to run the academy and providing intellectual property of various Hockey Australia programs, including its junior development program – Hook in2 Hockey.

Coaches will work in partnership with Indian staff to ensure that the academy becomes sustainable over the long term. The aim of the academy is to provide Lavasa with world class facilities and hockey programs.

Hockey Australia’s involvement in the project became possible due to an introduction by Austrade.

Hockey Australia Chief Executive Mark Anderson said Hockey Australia’s involvement in the development of the hockey academy in Lavasa demonstrates Australia’s standing as a world leader in hockey.

“Hockey Australia has long been recognised as an innovator and leader on the hockey pitch with the success of our national teams. Our involvement in this project demonstrates our standing as an innovator off the pitch as we partner with Lavasa Corporation Limited to develop this world class program,” said Anderson.

“This is an extremely exciting partnership and project. The positioning of Hockey Australia alongside sporting greats, Manchester City and Nick Faldo, demonstrates how highly Hockey Australia and its people are perceived within an international setting,” Anderson said.

“We look forward to forging a long term relationship with Lavasa to assist in developing hockey as a vibrant and growing sport within India and Australian communities,” said Anderson.

Commenting on the development, Mr. Rajgopal Nogja, President, Lavasa Corporation, said, “We are committed to developing Lavasa as India’s most modern city with infrastructure facilities that will appeal to prospective residents and tourists. The setting up of a world class academy with Hockey Australia, is in keeping with our endeavor of forging best in class global tie ups to promote Lavasa. The academy will surely facilitate the development and growth of hockey - India’s national sport”

About Lavasa Corporation
Lavasa is free India’s first hill city being developed by HCC (Hindustan Construction Company) where people can Live, Work, Learn and Play in harmony with nature. An inclusive city, based on the principles of New Urbanism, it is fast being developed over 12,500 acres of land, 3 hours' drive from Mumbai and an hours’ from Pune. Lavasa will host a complement of global leaders in hospitality, tourism, education, healthcare, business research and industry. The hill city provides contemporary yet timeless architectural designs, multiple options for housing like rental housing, starter homes, apartments and villas. With state of the art infrastructure and amenities it will thus enable people to live life in full. For more information, visit

Hockey Australia media release

Champs KZN Inland miss out on semi-finals


THE teams that have played the most structured hockey have made the semi-finals of the 2010 South Africa U18 Boy's Interprovincial Tournament in Pietermaritzburg.

However, the news for KZN Inland supporters was not good as the defending champions could only draw with Southern Free State at the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf on Wednesday morning, which meant they had the impossible task of beating Border by nine clear goals at Maritzburg College's Pape's Astro in the afternoon.

In Thursday's semi-finals on Pape's Astro, the Pool A winners Border meet Southern Gauteng at 12.50 am before Western Province face KZN Coastals in the second semi-final at 2 pm, this for a berth in Friday's much-anticipated 1.15 pm title match at the same venue.

All four championship contenders have game breakers who can turn a match on its head, and while Border and WP are favoured by most, both will have to bring their A games to Pape's Astro if they are to remain on course for a collision in the final.

However, as much as it is a battle of skills and willpower amongst the respective players, the battle of wits and coaching craft between Border's Shane Knox and Southerns' Alex Gitlin in the first semi, and then WP's Jade Hearne and KZN Coastals' current SA international midfielder Wade Paton in the second semi will be equally fascinating.

Who to choose in the starting line-ups? Who has the beating of the other team's systems? Who has most accurately pinpointed the weaknesses his side can exploit? Who has motivated his side better? Who will make the decisive decisions during the heat of the moment - maybe pull that player off and bring on an extra striker or defender? And so on and so on …

These are the decisions and choices that separate match-winning coaches from the rest.

Still, whatever the outcome, let's hope the most deserving teams win. Certainly the pressure on the umpires will be enormous, particularly given the blatant backchat evident Wednesday, which resulted in player suspensions for derogatory comments to umpires and swearing.

Indeed, the choice of the semi-final umpires that lies in the hands of highly experienced umpire's manager Doug Neilson and his assistant umpire's manager Scott Tarr could have a major bearing on the outcome of two semi-finals that all four sides are clearly so desperate to win …

Let the games begin! The crowds who have attended this week's South African boys' U18 IPT can't wait.

From what could be established at the time of publication, the SA U18 Girls' IPT in Potchefstroom appears to have semi-final candidates in Northerns, Southerns, Boland and Eastern Province. KZN Inland are in the fifth-to-eighth playoffs, as are KZN Coastal. Inland meet Southern Free State Thursday.

Inland coach Lyndal Robertson said her side's problem all week has been the difficulty in turning ample possession into goals, but Wednesday was better as they beat Border 2-1 and East Gauteng 4-2.

Results were not available from any of the other SA U18 Girls' Hockey Inter Provincial Tournament matches Wednesday.

"Boland are the best hockey team here, so far," Robertson said. "They have been training since November and you can see it. Their off-the-ball movement is superb."

Meanwhile, after Wednesday's break, the SA U18 Rugby Academy Week concludes in Vryheid Thursday with interesting match-ups likely to be Kwa Zulu Natal versus Free State at 2 pm, Lions up against Blue Bulls at 3.15 pm and Cape Town lads WP versus Boland at 4.30 pm.



SA U18 Boys' IPT: KZN Inland A 1 South Free State 1; KZN Coastals 5 Easterns 2; South Gauteng A 1 Northerns 1; WP A 8 Mpumalanga 0; North Free State 0 KZN Inland B 5; SG B 1 SWD 1; Inland A 1 Border A 3; Boland 8 Mpumalanga 1; Border A 3 WP B 0; EP 3 Boland 3; N Cape 2 Limpopo 0; Border B 2 North West 1; WP B 1 Easterns 0; WP A 3 Northerns 1; NFS 0 Limpopo 1; North Cape 0 Inland B 5.

SA Hockey World

Pakistan to play six matches in Spain and Netherlands

KARACHI: Pakistan hockey team will be play six Test matches during their 9-day trip to Spain and the Netherlands next month, Secretary Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Asif Bajwa said on Wednesday. “We are preparing Pakistan team for Commonwealth Games and Asian Games through this Europe tour,” he told reporters at Hockey Club of Pakistan.  He said after playing four matches in Terrassa (Spain) on double round robin league against Spain and France from July 10 to 15, team will play two back to back matches against hosts Netherlands on July 17-18.

Pakistan will take on Spain on July 10 in Terrassa and next day faces France. Spain will take on France on July 12.

After the Rest day on July 13, Pakistan will again be pitted against France on July 14 and windup their tour when they clash Spain on July 15.

“Matches against European teams are very important in build for Commonwealth and Asian Games and in raising the pool of 20 to 25 players,” Bajwa said.

He said full-back Zeeshan Ashraf is selected he would again be leading the side on the European trip.

PHF Secretary dispelled the impressions that newly hired Dutch hockey coach Michel van den Heuvel is hired on a remuneration.

He said he had already held several meetings with the new coach and discussed various areas of the games and matter pertaining to Pakistan team’s preparation and future plans.

Asif Bajwa said he would be considering Chinese team to Pakistan in future. However he said if would be good for Bangladesh team to play in our national championship.

He said Pakistan junior team’s to Europe tour was called off because of 11 of team’s players got overage or under age.

He said fresh pool of players are inducted in the Pakistan junior team for Junior World Cup.

Associated Press of Pakistan

PHF calls off junior team’s European tour

by Ubaid-ur-Rehman Awan

KARACHI: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has cancelled its junior team’s European tour owing to over-age players, The Sports Encounter learnt early Thursday.

Sources in the PHF told TSE here that the over-age players were the main reason behind the tour calling-off, while the players who were eligible to play also didn’t have their documents completed.

Secretary PHF, Asif Bajwa while talking exclusively to TSE said that now junior hockey players would take on the senior team in three matches in Karachi and Whites team three other matches.

He further stated that the senior hockey team would face Spain in four Test Matches from July 10, 2010 to July 15, 2010. The main national team would also play two hockey test matches against Holland (Netherlands) on July 17th and 18th, he added.

The Sports Encounter

Ladies National Championships -- Day Four Update

By Dustin Semonavick

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Day four of the 2010 Senior and Junior Women's National Championships and National Futures Championships is in the books. The athletes had to battle a dose of rain in the early evening, but all-in-all the day was a success!

The National Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. was buzzing with fan excitement during the evening session that included three WNC games and a pair of JWNC contests, along with a barbeque for the NFC participants.

The South team wrapped up pool play with a perfect 3-0 record after topping MidAtlantic, 3-1, in the nightcap. Michelle Kasold tallied two goals to lead her team to a win and the top-seed out of Pool B.

In the best individual effort of the day, Torrie Albini posted three goals in a 4-2 California win over Boston. California and MidAtlantic tied for second in Pool B, but MidAtlantic earned the second seed because of a better goal differential.

Pool A is headed by New Jersey who won today to go 2-0-1. Kathleen Sharkey scored twice to lead New Jersey past Midwest 5-1. North's Kelly Dostal scored her teams only two goals, including one in the 68th minute to earn her team a 2-2 tie against Pennsylvania in the morning game. However, PA finished one point ahead of North to claim second in Pool A.

The Junior Women's National Championships completed its pool play and Pennsylvania earned a 1-1 draw against New Jersey to claim first-place (2-0-1 record and 7 points). Mid-Atlantic topped New England today, 3-0, to grab second.

Thursday is another rest day for the athletes competing for the Senior and Junior Women's National Championships, but the National Futures Championships will continue play. The U19's will take to the pitch for the first time, while the U14 and U16 players will also compete. Play begins at 12:30 p.m.

USFHA media release

Women's National Indoor Team Announced

Head coach Cassius Mendonca and Field Hockey Canada are pleased to announce the roster for the National Women’s Team who will compete at the Indoor World Cup Qualifier this August in Venezuela.

The team consists of mostly Ontario-based athletes including national outdoor team veterans Azelia Liu and Kate Gillis.

Canada will play their first match in Barquismeto on Tuesday, August 10th versus Brazil.

Jenna Adelman
Jessica Buttinger
Tara Fernandes
Kate Gillis
Malinda Hapurachchi
Angela Lancaster
Ali Lee
Azelia Liu
Kri Shier
Katy Jo Williams
Amanda Woodcroft
Nicole Zaharopoulos

Erin Houle
Cassandra Mendonca
Kyesia O'Neale
Hannah Tighe

Head Coach: Cassius Mendonca
Manager: Ann Doggett
Athletic Therapist: Melanie Evans
Assistant Coach: Querobin Mascarenhas
Video: Cregan Joseph

Field Hockey Canada media release

Emphatic win for Sonali

Sports Reporter

Sonali Bank recorded an emphatic 3-0 win over Police AC in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Bangladesh Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Sonali Bank led the first half 2-0 with strikes from Iqbal Nader Prince and Syed Al Mamum.

After resumption, Police bit back with one seven minutes into the second half before defender Shamsuddin Tuhin made the result safe for Sonali having scored the team's third goal in the 55th minute.

The Daily Star

Back to grass roots

By Dave Kosoof

On a nice sunny regular North Harbour morning, Dave Kosoof and James Coughlin set off on another school visit. Tauhoa School was the destination, somewhere close to Wellsford (North of Auckland).

With the school dialed into the GPS, it sent us out into the country. Within 45 minutes of driving, and the west coast ocean now visible, there were concerns of being lost. And when the GPS signal was lost we now began to think we were heading in completely the wrong direction. However as we went over the rise after waiting for sheep to cross the road we saw the sign saying “school”. This had to be it, so we turn off and yes had found our destination. Parking was not an issue, as there were lots of paddock space and only 2 other cars there anyway.

We went into the office and began to find out that this school had 3 classes, 4 teachers, and used the paddock across the road for hockey practice. It was brilliant, we spent 3 hours there rotating through the classes, dodging cow pats, and smelling the freshly mowen grass. There were a few stand outs as usual, but all of whom just loved to have a hockey stick in their hands and chase after that little white hockey ball.

We left the school to high fives and cheers, and minus a few balls which we left with them. This was real back to grass roots stuff which made us realize that with the right equipment anyone can play hockey.

North Harbour Hockey