News for 03 July 2010

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Holland outclasses India

S. Thyagarajan

Outplayed and outclassed by the sheer precision and pace generated by the youthful Dutch side, India succumbed to a humiliating 3-6 defeat in the BDO Masters hockey championship at the Ulhenhorster HC on Friday.

Nothing illustrated the pathetic state of the Indian team more than the scoreline. Clearly, the selectors' policy of resting the seniors and blooding youngsters proved a fiasco if the show of the newcomers was anything to go by.

With the handful of seniors not touching their expected level of proficiency the team slumped before the consistency and craft of the Dutchmen.

If the margin had remained 1-4 at half-time, it was largely on account of the good work in the deep by Sardar Singh. Throughout, he played his heart out to contain the Dutch sequence of moves. But the rest of the defenders were unequal to the task. From the start, the Dutch had everything rolling well for them. Quick passing and proper positioning helped the attack to escalate pressure by the minute. Bob de Voogd at the right with Rogeer Hofman subjugated the defenders quickly. When de Voogd slotted in the first goal off a cross from Verga it clearly indicated the dominance of the Dutch.

A slack defensive formation led to the second goal which saw Robbert Kemperman increasing the lead. India looked back in the fight when Mahadik hit in a penalty corner — Sandeep Singh was not on the field at that point — but the joy proved evanescent. Jeroen Hertzberger tapped in a cross from Hofman followed by another goal by Klaas Vermeulen.

Despite a marginal improvement in the second half by the Indians, the Dutch dominance continued. A clean hit by Sandeep Singh from a penalty corner raised hopes but the Dutch paid India back in the same coin when Mink slammed in a penalty corner.

An agonising miss by Khandekar — his reverse flick off a Ravi Pal pass was off target — was followed by goal by Ravipal after a bout of passing with Dharamvir Singh. However in the closing minutes, Netherlands scored the sixth goal through Constantine Jonker.

The results: Germany 5 (Christopher Zeller 3, hat-trick, Osker Deecke, Christoph Menke) bt Japan 3 ( Hiroki Sakamoto, Kazuhiro Tsubouchi, Kenji Kitazato).

Netherlands 6 (de Voogd, Robbert Kemperman, Jeroen Hertzburger, Klaas Vermeulen, Mink van der Weerden, Constantine Jonker) bt India 3 (Mahadik, Sandeep Singh, Ravipal).

Saturday's matches: Netherlands v Japan (5-30 p.m.); India v Germany (8 p.m.).

The Hindu

Germany and the Netherlands celebrate victories at Hamburg Masters

The Netherlands and host Germany celebrated victories at the first day of the “Hamburg Masters” 4-Nations-Tournament. The Netherlands beat India 6-3 (4-1) and Germany won 5-3 (2-2) against Japan.

NED v IND 6-3 (4-1)
In the first game of the day the Netherlands dominated. Only eight minutes were played when Bob de Voogd opened the score. At half time the Dutch were 4-1 in front. In the second half India became more confident. But the World Cup Bronze Medal Winners controlled the game while India succeeded with two counter-attacks. “They could have easily scored two or three goals more”, said Paul van Ass, the new Dutch coach. Nevertheless he is very satisfied with his team’s performance today.

Both line-ups included many young players. Eight Dutch players have participated in last year’s Junior World Cup in Singapore and Malaysia where they turned vice-champion. Three of them made their first international senior match today.
On the Indian side three players played the U21 World Cup. India’s coach Jose Brasa summarised the game: “We didn’t play very well today. We made too many mistakes and need to increase our passing.”

JPN v GER 5-3 (2-2)
Japan took the early lead against Germany when Hiroki Sakamoto converted a great pass coming from captain Kazuhiro Tsubouchi. Germany’s top star Christopher Zeller equalised through a penalty corner goal. Only three minutes later he scored the 2-1 lead. Afterwards Japan played more aggressive and deserved the 2-2.

In the second half Germany tried to put Japan under pressure. In the last minutes of the Olympic Champion seemed to have more power than the Asians and scored three goals in ten minutes. The last goal of the game was scored by Japan’s Kenji Kitazato.

Tomorrow Germany face India and Japan play the Netherlands.

Netherlands v India 6-3 (4-1)
1-0 Bob de VOOGD (9’) FG
2-0 Robbert KEMPERMAN (17’) FG
2-1 Dhananjay MAHADIK (18’) PC
3-1 Jeroen HERTZBERGER (20’) FG
4-1 Klaas VERMEULEN (34’) FG
4-2 Sandeep SINGH (43’) PC
5-2 Mink VAN DER WEERDEN (46’) PC
5-3 Ravipal SINGH (52’) FG
6-3 Constantijn JONKER (60’) FG

Japan v Germany 3-5 (2-2)
1-0 Hiroki SAKAMOTO (10’) FG
1-1 Christopher ZELLER (23’) PC
1-2 Christopher ZELLER (26’) PC
2-2 Kazuhiro TSUBOUCHI (34’) PC
2-3 Christopher ZELLER (57’) FG
2-4 Oskar DEECKE (59’) FG
2-5 Christopher MENKE (67’) FG
3-5 Kenji KITAZATO (68’) FG


Hamburg: 9 goals 9 scorers as India go down 3-6

s2h team

In tune with modern trend, the opener of the Hamburg Masters witnessed not only rush of goals, but also equal number of scorers. As India went down 3-6 to Netherlands in the opener, what impresses one is the scorers, there were nine of them, each having a goal apiece against them.

In a high scoring match, India trailed 1-4 in the half time before caving to put out one another pathetic display against Holland.

Mahadik scored a goal from a penalty corner to bring the score 2-1, and the Sandeep Singh converted India's penalty corner in the second half to give India some fight, and then Ravi Pal Singh also scored a goal, but these goals came too late in the day.

Scorer details:

9th min: Bob de Voogd
17th min: Robert Kempernan
18th min: Dhananjay Mahadik
20th min: Joren Hertzberger
34th min: Class ver den Meulen
43rd min: Sandeep Singh
46th min: Van der weerden
52nd min: Ravi Pal Singh
60th min: Constatntijn Jonker

Late goal gives win to the Hockeyroos

A goal to Hockeyroos striker Emily Hurtz in the dying stages of the match has handed the Hockeyroos their second consecutive one goal win over Ireland after the two teams faced off in Dublin over night.

With Ireland again taking it right up to the Hockeyroos the game was extremely congested, with Australia finding it almost impossible to penetrate the Ireland defence.

When they were able to enter their circle poor execution meant they did not make the most of their opportunities, keeping Ireland in the match.

However on their sixth penalty corner of the match at the 67 minute mark they got reward for effort, with Hurtz converting the corner to give the Hockeyroos the victory.

They will play their final of their three test series against Ireland on Sunday 4 July.

Hockeyroos 1 Ireland 0 (0-0 half time)

Goals – Emily Hurtz 67m PC

Hockey Australia media release

Ireland too strong for France

Ireland started again in similar fashion to the previous match against France last weekend at the Celtic Cup who were a much stronger side with more experienced players involved this time.

In the 19th minute Cockram gave Ireland the lead when he deflected home a long pass from the top of the circle at the back post. The game stifled in midfield for the remainder of the half with very few circle penetarations.

Ireland went into the break one nil up.

In the second half the midfield play continued to dominate the match, Ireland were unlucky not to go ahead in the 42nd when Darling hit a rebound shot off the upright. Ireland doubled their lead in the 57th minute with great combination play in the circle for Andy McConnell to tap in at the back post. France reduced the deficit with their only goal in the 61st minute catching Ireland on the counter attack with Deront slamming home a cross.

Ireland secured the victory in the 67th minute again with good combination of play with Cargo hitting a reverse stick slap in to the bottom right hand corner. Overall this wasn't as clean a victory as Ireland have recently experienced and they will face the French once again on Saturday.


David Ames (Cookstown); Mitch Darling (Leuven); David Fitzgerald (Monkstown); Paul Gleghorne (Loughborough); Ronan Gormley (Pembroke W); Conor Harte (Pembroke W); John Jackson (Mossley); Eugene Magee (Dragons); Geoff McCabe (Dragons); Andy McConnell (Pembroke W); Alan Sothern (Pembroke W); Iain Walker (YMCA); Phelie Maguire (Leuven); Peter Blakeney (Three Rock Rovers); Michael Maguire (Three Rock Rovers); Bruce McCandless (Banbridge).

SUBS: Chris Cargo (Reading); Peter Caruth (Annadale); Tim Cockram (Lisnagarvey); Alan Giles (Pembroke W);Joe Brennan (Glenanne);

Unused Subs: David Fitzgerald (Monkstown);Bruce McCandless (Banbridge).

Ireland 3 (1) Timmy Cockram, Andy McConnell, Chris Cargo,
France 1 (0)

Irish Hockey Association media release


Black Sticks looking to close out matches

LEADER: Black Sticks captain Phil Burrows. Photosport

Learning how to close out matches will be a big part of the New Zealand men's hockey team's build-up to the Champions Trophy in Germany this month.

The Black Sticks head overseas next week for a build-up event, the Four Nations in Nottingham, before going on to Moenchengladbach.

The Champions Trophy, which begins on July 31, is the second of three major tournaments for the squad the year, along with the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games.

It will feature the toughest competition of the three, with the field headed by world champions Australia and the four other teams ranked No 2 to No 5 in the world.

At the World Cup in India in March, an under-strength New Zealand squad finished ninth, well below their ambitious target of a top-four placing.

Skipper Phil Burrows said today that the tournament in New Delhi showed how important it was to put in a top performance just to secure a draw.

It also taught the players the need for pragmatism in order to hold on for victory if they were leading.

"Quite often over the last couple of years, we've been playing well, but we don't win the game," he said.

"We have to be consistent over the 70 minutes, but also, if we are leading, we have to learn to win. If it's a matter of playing a bit negative and hitting the ball away, that's the way teams win games. I think we're getting better at that but it was lesson we learnt."

It was a costly lesson, with the 1-0 defeat against Argentina, when New Zealand missed a penalty stroke and then succumbed to a late goal, putting them out of contention for the top eight.

That meant they lost some of their Sparc funding -- a performance enhancement grant worth $15,000, which they would have got for finishing eighth or better.

"If we had beaten Argentina, we would have been playing eighth at the worst and we would still have that funding," Burrows said.

The Wellington striker, who has 237 caps to his name, sat out most of the World Cup after copping a knee to his thigh in game two against the Netherlands and suffering a stress fracture.

The Black Sticks were also without brothers Hayden and Brad Shaw, who were unavailable for work and family reasons, and Simon Child, who decided against going to India because of security concerns.

All three are back for the Champions Trophy, giving coach Shane McLeod a full-strength squad to work with.

However, neither Burrows nor Hayden Shaw will go to the Four Nations, which runs from July 12 to 17, with McLeod opting to build depth by giving some less experienced players their chance on the international stage.

Central midfielder Shea McAleese will take over the captaincy in Nottingham, where New Zealand's opponents will be Germany, Japan and Great Britain.

"We need younger guys to get some international experience and get some games under their belt, especially abroad," Burrrows said.

"A lot of the time, when you introduce the young fellows, it's in New Zealand, so it's a little more comfortable for them. Over there, they have to deal with the flight, the conditions, the different atmosphere, so I think it's great."


Juniors thrash Whites in practice match

Staff Report

LAHORE: Pakistan junior hockey team defeated Pakistan Whites squad 3-1 in a practice match at National Hockey Stadium here on Friday. The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has engaged both teams in a two-match series for build up for their assignments abroad. Juniors will play Indoor Asian Cup in Malaysia and Whites will tour China to feature in a four-nation event later this month. Whites led the first half 1-0 through Washif Siddique but Juniors came with renewed pledge in the following session to put up a dazzling show, hammering three goals to seal the fate of their opponents. Rana Umair, Shaharyar and Zubair scored one goal apiece. The second and final match between the two teams will be played on Saturday (today).

The Daily Times

PHF suspends contract of penalty corner expert Sohail

Staff Report

LAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has suspended the contract of penalty corner expert Sohail Abbas after he failed to report at a national training camp for this month’s European tour. “We have suspended his contract as he was bound to report at the camp as per the laid down conditions of the contract. We will take a disciplinary action against him after looking into the matter,” a spokesman for the PHF told Daily Times on Friday.

The spokesman said Sohail’s department Pakistan WAPDA had also constituted a three-member probe committee on this issue.

“Manager WAPDA hockey team Sagheer Ahmad will be the convener while the members are LESCO sports officer Muhammad Mansoorul Haq and assistant director administration Husnain Syed,” he added.

The inquiry committee will give its report to the PHF and after that the national federation will take a final decision in this regard. It is pertinent to mention that the national selection committee, headed by former Olympian Hanif Khan, called Sohail for the training camp that is in progress at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium Karachi. “Sohail did not report at the camp nor he informed regarding his absence,” the PHF official said.

The Daily Times

British Columbia takes advantage into playoffs

Teams from British Columbia have won their respective pools in the women’s and men’s divisions at the 2010 FHC National Championships in Victoria.  Playoffs begin Saturday morning at the University of Victoria.

Heading into day four of the event Women’s Pool A winner BC Mainland will take on the second place team from Pool B, Team Ontario, in the semi finals.  Pool B winner BC Island will battle BC U18 Blue in the other semi final.

In the 5-7 classification round Alberta will face both Prince Edward Island (4th Pool B) and BC U18 White (3rd Pool B).  The final standings will be decided by the total points between the three teams’ games.  BC U18 White edged PEI 3-2 during pool play.

In the men’s tournament British Columbia earned a bye into Sunday’s gold medal game after a 2-2 draw with Ontario on Friday.  BC wins the men’s pool on goal differential.  Ontario now plays the United States on Saturday for the right to meet BC in the final.

British Columbia will be crowned as National Champion should Team USA defeat Ontario on Saturday.

Also on Saturday Alberta will face BC U18 in the men’s 4-5 classification match.

The women’s bronze medal match is scheduled for 9:00am (all times Pacific) on Sunday followed by the men’s gold medal match at 11:00am.  The women’s gold medal match will begin at 1:00pm.

Field Hockey Canada media release

Tough Day Two for Team USA

In a day that featured two games for Team USA, the Americans found themselves on the losing end twice yesterday as they continued play in the 2010 Canadian National Championships.

Matching up against the British Columbia Senior team for a 10:15am game the Americans found themselves playing a team comprised of experienced Canadian national team players with World Cup experience. Facing a much tougher task than their game from Day 1, the Americans went down 2-0 early when the BC side scored off a penalty corner from team captain Scott Tupper in the 13th minute and quickly capitalized again in the 14th minute with a field goal from Stephen Bissett. Will Holt would answer back in the 21st minute off a penalty corner for his 4th goal of the tournament but it would be the lone offensive bright spot for the Americans in the game. With a one goal deficit to begin the second half Team USA was looking to close the gap but it would be the British Columbia Seniors that would outplay the Americans in the latter half by scoring three more times in the 39th, 46th, and 56th minutes from the field. As the final horn sounded with a 5-1 final score for the Canadian side Team USA looked to get rested through the afternoon and prepare for their evening match up against the senior side from Ontario.

With their morning game behind them Team USA lined up against the Ontario Seniors for a 5:15pm match start. Having settled down from their morning defeat Team USA looked more composed in the early going and matched up well against the team from Ontario. It would be Ontario that would strike first, however, as Nick Hignell scored off a field goal in the 18th minute to take the early 1-0 lead. But Team USA would score 5 minutes later as Will Holt continued his goal scoring habit with yet another penalty corner score in the 23rd minute. Capitalizing on the momentum, Team USA's Pauly Kundi would come right back in the 24th minute with a beautiful reverse stick field goal in the 24th minute to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Americans. Taking a 2-1 lead into the second half the Americans hoped to add to the scoreboard but it was not to be as Ontario evened the score in the 50th minute with a field goal from Eric Jan Iding. As time wound down both teams started pushing to try and get the upper hand but unfortunately for Team USA it would be Ontario that would capitalize on a penalty corner in the 70th minute to take a 3-2 lead and the victory.

With two tough losses on the second day of the tournament Team USA has found itself down but certainly out as they still have the opportunity to play themselves into the Championship game on Sunday, July 4th. But before there can be talk of Championship games the Americans match up at 10:45am on Friday against the senior side from Alberta in what has become a must-win game.

Keep checking back for more updates and GO USA!!!

USFHA media release

Rana hattrick gives Police first win

Sports Reporter

Rana Das slammed a hattrick as promotee Police AC tasted their first victory in the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier Division Hockey League with a 4-0 defeat over Wari Club at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Police led the first half with a strike from Rana, who later scored two more goals in the second half to complete his hattrick.

Golam Mostafa Manik netted the fourth goal to award Police its first victory in six matches. It was the sixth straight defeat for Wari.

The Daily Star

Kannan will lead Kerala team

Kerala Hockey Association has declared its Senior State Team for the 63rd Senior Nationals at Bhopal which will be held from 4th to 18th July 2010.Kaikara Nizamuddin, President of Kerala Hockey Association Kerala declared the list of players and officials chosen to represent Kerala State Hockey Team today.

The list of   Players and Officials representing Kerala State Hockey Team for the Senior Nationals at Bhopal from 04/07/2010 to 18/07/2010.
2.Shiju Raveendran               
3.Kannan.P    (Captain)           
6.Mujeeb Rahuman.U.V       
14.Mohammed Anaz           
17.Mohammed Murthala.P.K       

1.Mithun Kumar.C.K (G.K)       
2.Nikhil Jackson   

Coach:  Martin
Manager: C.O.T.Usmankutty

Kerala Hockey Association media release

Confusion reigns over hockey in UP

Hockey officials in Uttar Pradesh are sailing in two boats, creating confusion for players as well as fans.

Paying no heed to Hockey India's warning to its affiliated units to not to participate in events being organised by the rival Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), officials of UP Hockey (UPH) have decided to field a team in the IHF-backed 63rd Senior National Hockey Championship, starting in Bhopal on Sunday.

The UPH officials claim that as IHF has been revived after the Delhi High Court decision, its affiliated unit for the state, UP Hockey Association, too has come back into existence and they are supporting Gill and Co.

"The situation is very confusing. Though International Hockey Federation (FIH) recognises Hockey India, the IHF too exists and we are unsure of our position right now," said a UPHA spokesman. The association has announced a 20-member team for the Bhopal tourney, where UP begin their campaign on July 6.

Hindustan Times

Metro Club ‘B’, Hockey Lovers notch up victories

Metro Club " B" along with Shiloh Sports Club and Hockey Lovers recorded wins in contrasting styles to make the second round of the junior division of the 107th edition of the All-India Aga Khan hockey tournament which got underway at the Polygrass stadium of the Pimpri - Chinchwad Municipal Corporation(PCMC) yesterday. Metro Club ‘B’were helped by the 17th minute essay by inside right

Kevin Parmar who found the mark after being put in possession by Kamal Pawar with a rasping drive from the top of the circle to get the better of the sturdy Rovers Club ‘B’. Rovers boys tried to restore parity but the goal eluded them.

In the other ties Hockey Lovers made short work of the Railway Police Boys 3-0 while Shiloh Sports Club also posted an identical 3-0 triumph over Pankaj XI Hockey Lovers exerted their dominance through their well knit combination. They scored once each via centre forward Pranay Garsund in the 22nd minute while left winger Swapnil Garsund made it 2-0 in the 27th minute making the best use of the square pass from Ritesh Telang.

While Inside left Ravi Swami sounded the boards from a through pass from Swapnil Garsund in the 29th minute. Railways Police boys wre found wanting as they were a disjointed outfit and failed to score. Shiloh Sports Club boys gave a good account of themselves to get the better of Pankaj XI.

Their supremacy was never indoubt as theyopened their scoring in the 19th minute via inside right Vijay Karketta after being put in possession by Prem Baa. They increased the lead in the 32nd minute centre forward Sujeet Kero while

Sarbjeet Singh made the issue safe in the 36th minute capitalising on the pass from Karketta.

Indian Express