News for 04 July 2010

All the news for Sunday 4 July 2010


Germany rallies down India

S. Thyagarajan


There were moments to relish for India in the BDO Masters hockey championship on Saturday. Believe it or not, India held the lead three times in the match but capitulated in the last six minutes to concede a 3-5 defeat against Germany at the Ulhenhorster HC. The fifth goal came 50 seconds left for the hooter.

Coming as the performance did after the devastating 3-6 reverse against the Netherlands on Friday the showing today was heartening in many spells against the formidable Olympic Champion.

Those accustomed to India slithering down the labyrinth of defeat at the death today's outcome carried the usual script; play well in patches, score a couple of bewitching goals, then court disaster in the final stages.

It did not vary much on Saturday in the encounter that was advanced to facilitate the German players and fans to be in front of their TVs to watch the most important event of the day-the quarter final against Argentina in FIFA-2010.

India gained an early lead through a penalty stroke converted neatly by Sandeep Singh, netted two brilliant field goals, one by Rajpal Singh midway through for a 2-1 lead then followed by Dharamvir Singh in the second half.

But the Germans gallant as they have always been came back and back to level at 1-1 through a penalty corner by Montag, then again before the half-time by Florian Fuchs. Maxmillan Mueller made up for the goal by Dharamvir Singh, while Christopher Zeller netted a stroke and Christoph Menke widened the margin in the end.

There were phases when the Indians really touched the emotional chords. It was hard to believe they left behind the effect of their deplorable Friday's show. If only they held the nerve in the final minutes without getting flurried and slipping into errors, the result would have been otherwise. A draw was very much on the cards, and coach Brasa believes even a victory was well within the realm of possibility.

The inspiration came from the stroke by Sandeep in the second minute after his penalty corner drive hit a defender. From then on the Indians weaved some splendid sallies thanks to the impressive stick-work and passing by Amir Khan supported exceedingly well by Danish Mujtaba. It was Mujtaba's accurate pass that helped Rajpal Singh hit the target on the run from the top of the circle midway through.

While Rajpal Singh and Tushar Khandekar flashed into the picture now and then, it was the solid work of Chikkara that kept up the tempo in India's favour. In the absence of Sardar Singh, suffering from a touch of fever, Gurbaj had to take the extra role in the deep. Substitute Rupinder effected a few good tackles from the speeding Zeller and Moritz Furste. As always, Mahadik worked like a beaver.

While Brasa was pleased with the way the team functioned, albeit in patches, he is worried about the errors committed in the final moments. India had two penalty corners late in the second half but failed to make capital of them.

At the end of the day, it is difficult to sink the sickening feeling of seeing a team demonstrating the finer elements of fluency and finesse ending up in the disaster zone.

The result: Germany 5 (Jan-Marco Montag, Florian Fuchs, Maximillan Mueller, Christopher Zeller, Moritz Furste) beat India 3 (Sandeep Singh, Rajpal Singh,Dharamvir Singh) HT 2-2.

Sunday's matches: India v Japan (3 p.m. IST), Germany v Netherlands (5-30 p.m.).

The Hindu



Japan beats Netherlands

S. Thyagarajan


That Japan is emerging as a major threat to powers in the continent in the forthcoming Asian Games this November was proved right when the team caused a major upset beating the Netherlands by three goals to two late in the evening at the BDO Masters hockey championship on Saturday.

Germany leads the table with six points followed by Netherlands and Japan with three points each. India has lost both its matches.

The result: Japan 3 (Kenji Kitazato, Kasuhiro Tsubouchi, Ono Tomonori) beat Netherlands 2 (Mink van der Weerden, Rogier Hofmann) HT 2-1.

The Hindu



Japan defeat Netherlands at Hamburg Masters

Japan surprised at the 4-Nations-Tournament “Hamburg Masters” by beating the Netherlands 3-2. Host Germany have also won their second game, they defeated India 5-3.

NED v JPN 2-3 (1-2)
Around 50 spectators followed this game. Due to the soccer quarter final Germany v Argentina the stands were quite empty.

Japan’s Kenji Kitazato took the early lead in the second minute but the young Dutch team were able to equalise twelve minutes later. At the end of the first half Japan’s captain Kazuhiro Tsubouchi brought his team in front again. The second half was a quiet one with chances either side. After Japan’s 3-1 Rogier Hofman brought hopes back to the Netherlands who were finally not able to equalise again. The world-ranked 16th Japan deserved the victory and keep their chances open to win the tournament.

IND v GER 3-5 (2-2)
Both teams stayed fairly level the entire match, despite this clash of styles. The Indian team was a very fast opposition for Germany, but their run style came as a surprise. German technique worked against the Indian team which lost possession due to some disorganisation on the field. Both teams were strong in defence, particularly the Indian team taking counter-attack opportunities more often than the Germans.

India took the lead three times but finally it were Germany who won. A penalty stroke converted by Christopher Zeller and a field goal scored by Moritz Fürste brought home the victory due to a great finish.

On Sunday India play Japan and Germany face the Netherlands.

NED v JPN 2-3 (1-2)
0-1 Kenji KITAZATO (2’) FG
1-1 Mink VAN DER WEERDEN (14’) PC
1-2 Kazuhiro TSUBOUCHI (47’) PC
1-3 Tomonori ONO (47’) PC
2-3 Rogier HOFMAN (53’) FG

IND v GER 3-5 (2-2)
1-0 Sandeep SINGH (2’) PS
1-1 Jan-Marco MONTAG (11’) PC
2-1 Rajpal SINGH (14’) FG
2-2 Florian FUCHS (15’) FG
3-2 Dharamvir SINGH (41’) FG
3-3 Maximilian MÜLLER (50’) FG
3-4 Christopher ZELLER (64’) PS
3-5 Moritz FÜRSTE (69’) FG

WorldHockey



India loses to Germany 3-5

s2h team


India faced another heavy defeat, losing to Germany 3-5 in the second match of the Hamburg Masters in Germany.

In a match that saw four goals in the first fifteen minutes -- both teams shared them equally -- Germany came alive in the remaining time to score three more goal, the last one coming in the last minutes, while could make only a single.

Ironically, its India that broke the deadlock with a goal coming from youngster Dharamvir Singh. His goal in the 41st minute should have galvanized Indian attack, but the reverse occurred, as time wore by the hosts ascended, scored three more goals, the last one coming in the last minute to seal India to the lower rungs.

When India took part in the tournament in 2003, it emerged the winners. Goal Sequence:

2nd min: Sandeep Singh
11th min: Jan Marco Montag
15th min: Rajpal Singh
15th min: Florian Fuchs
41st min: Dharamvir Singh
50th min: Max Müller
64th min: Christopher Zeller
70th min: von Drachenfels

Stick2Hockey.com



Soledad Iparraguirre (ARG) umpires 100th Senior International Match

Soledad Iparraguirre, the FIH World Panel Umpire from Argentina, officiated her 100th Senior International at the Rabo Trophy in Bussum, Netherlands, when she umpired the China v New Zealand match.

Prior to the game, she was presented with a bouquet of flowers to mark this special occasion. She will also be umpiring at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy, which takes place in Nottingham, England from 10-18 July 2010. Soledad will be formally presented with her Golden Whistle at the Tournament.

A Golden Whistle is awarded to those FIH Umpires who umpire 100 Senior Internationals in recognition of this outstanding achievement. Soledad Iparraguirre will be the 28th female umpire to receive the Golden Whistle.

WorldHockey



Black Sticks lose 4 - 0 to Dutch

The Black Sticks Women lost to world number one team Netherlands 4-0 in the last of their pool games at the Rabo Trophy in the Netherlands.

In soaring temperatures of 37 degrees Celsius the Black Sticks (ranked ninth in the world) managed to keep the score to 1-0 at half time.

The Black Sticks fought off eight penalty corners and goalkeeper Bianca Russell had some outstanding saves in the game, thereby ensuring the final score was kept in check.

In the other game of the day, China v Argentina, the final score was a 4-1 win to Argentina.

This means New Zealand’s current placing is fourth, as China secured third place in pool play based on goal differences.

Play-offs for the final placings will be held on July 4, the Black Sticks Women play China for third and fourth place at 12.30pm (Netherlands time).

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Dutch crush Black Sticks 4-0

New Zealand have been beaten 4-0 by the Dutch in their final round robin match at the Rabo Trophy women's hockey tournament in the Netherlands.

In temperatures of 37degC in the southern city of Valkesnwaard, the Black Sticks held the world No 1 ranked team to a score of 1-0 at halftime.

They fought off eight penalty corners and goalkeeper Bianca Russell made some outstanding saves to keep the Dutch in check.

In the other game of the day, Argentina beat China 4-1 to set up a meeting with the Dutch in the final.

New Zealand, fourth after round-robin play in the four-nation tournament, will play China for third placing tomorrow morning (NZ time).

The Black Sticks drew 4-4 with China and lost 2-1 to Argentina earlier.

Stuff



Star Black Sticks striker back in Games mix

By SIMON PLUMB


Star Black Sticks striker Simon Child is set to relax his stance over terror-torn India, giving Kiwi Commonwealth Games hopes a massive shot in the arm.

Five months ago he pulled the pin on the Black Sticks' World Cup campaign in Delhi after terrorist group al Qaeda issued players a chilling warning to stay away.

Al Qaeda's strike threat also extended to cricket's Indian Premier League and October's Delhi-based Commonwealth Games. Southern Asia remains a highly unstable area, with three suicide bombers killing at least 40 people at a shrine in neighbouring Pakistan on Friday morning.

But last week Black Sticks coach Shane McLeod strongly suggested 22-year-old Child will bite the bullet and play a full part in the Commonwealth campaign.

"The World Cup experience helped immensely – you know what you're going in for. It is a challenging environment. Having gone through that it will be easier, that's for sure," McLeod told Sunday News.

"Simon's in a pretty positive frame of mind and is pretty open to the possibility of joining the team."

"Prior to the World Cup there were a lot of insecurities about what we were going into but having gone through it I think he's feeling more assured. We were a bit of a test pilot.

"He's still going to listen very carefully to the information that comes to us as all the players. But the early signs are he'll be with us."

Captain Phil Burrows said Child is yet to tell his team-mates whether he'll join them but echoed McLeod's sentiment that the team's recent trip should help sway the Aucklander.

"I hope Simon will be part of the campaign. We really need him."

On Tuesday, the men's Black Sticks, minus Burrows, leave for Nottingham, England, for the Four Nations tournament against Germany, Great Britain and Japan.

Then it's Monchengladbach, Germany, for the Champions Trophy, where they face Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and England.

Stuff



Offshore investment

The resurgent New Zealand women's hockey team go into the Champions Trophy in Nottingham for the first time in four years next weekend - happy to be back on the world stage but aware that their re-emergence could cost them by having more players lured to Europe.

The six teams that qualify for the Champions Trophy are among the best in the world and, although New Zealand have never enjoyed a podium finish, their revival as a hockey power is seeing an increased focus on Kiwi players by powerful European clubs.

That creates a catch-22 as they tackle a busy international programme that includes the Champion's Trophy, World Cup and the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Everyone wants more Kiwis to join the five already playing for European clubs (Kayla Sharland, Katie Glynn, Krystal Forgesson, Emily Naylor and Gemma Flynn all play in the Netherlands and Germany) but all know that will mean less time for those players with the Black Sticks national team.

Time away from their clubs has to be written into contracts or negotiated. For example, special dispensation is required at October's Commonwealth Games for those playing in the Netherlands and Germany - countries with no direct national involvement in Delhi.

Hockey New Zealand chief executive Hilary Poole encourages players to get exposure in Europe because benefits outweigh negatives.

"Increasing numbers are being invited to join. That's fine. It earns them an income and an OE but we need to balance that so national squad members are available for coaching, development and internationals at home. We work with players to ensure their commitment to the national team."

Veteran New Zealand goalkeeper Beth Jurgeleit says getting overseas experience far outweighs missing the odd international because it makes the Black Sticks better players.

"There is nothing unusual in playing a sport where international teams don't play together all the time: look at football. It's more important we're playing in the strongest club competitions in the world. Players then come back with some good ideas.

"For instance I was able to ask the girls how Dutch drag-flick specialist Maartje Paumen has been going recently. They said she'd been going well, which wasn't quite what I wanted to hear as a keeper but was helpful nonetheless."

New Zealand's resurgence on the international stage after winning the Champions Challenge and Oceania World Cup tournament last year has guaranteed invitations to more international tournaments - and more interest in players. Coach Mark Hager says more are being targeted outside the five already playing overseas.

"Clubs are seeing our players first hand and already I'm fielding questions about more of our players like Anita Punt and Lucy Talbot. Of course you want them to be part of the best club competition in the world but you also need them at home so young players can look up to them."

Hager is currently with the Black Sticks at the Rabo Four Nations Trophy in the Netherlands where the side has had a loss to Argentina and draw with China. The Black Sticks played the hosts overnight.

That invitation is an endorsement of Hager's coaching abilities, having turned around a team that finished last at the Olympics. The situation has not been lost on Jurgeleit who first played for New Zealand in 2003.

"It's the first time in a while we have been playing back-to-back top 10 teams."

In fact it's tougher than that: Netherlands are ranked No 1, Argentina are two and China three on the latest world rankings.

The New Zealand Herald



Hockeyroos end European tour with 4-1 win over Ireland

The Hockeyroos have finished their month long European tour on a positive note, defeating Ireland 4-1 overnight in Dublin to record a clean sweep of their best of three series.

With the first two matches of the series against Ireland being close encounters, the final match was completely controlled by Australia from the beginning.

While captain Madonna Blyth was again a key player for the Hockeyroos, 20 year old striker Emily Hurtz stole the show, scoring three goals. Scoring a goal in each of the three matches against Ireland, Hurtz has been impressive throughout the entire series.

Finding themselves two goals up at half time, the Hockeyroos continued to attack early in the second half, with Hurtz and Megan Rivers scoring once each to set up a commanding 4-0 lead.

A late goal to Ireland at the 60 minute mark brought some credibility to the scoreboard, however the match was already over.

The Hockeyroos will now return to Australia to continue their preparations for the World Cup and Commonwealth Games later in the year.

Hockeyroos 4 Ireland 1 (2-0 half time)
Goals – Aus Emily Hurtz 18m PC/ 32m PC/ 45m PC, Aus Megan Rivers 52m PC, Ire 60m PC

Hockey Australia media release



Hockey men, women win in CAC warm-up

T&T senior men’s and women’s continued their preparations for the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, with victories in their respective tour matches in Belgium and Chile. On Thursday, the Soca Stickmen blanked the 13th world ranked Belgium senior men’s hockey team 3–0 with second-half goals from Petrotrin’s Dwain Quan Chan (47th) off a pass from team captain Kwandwane Browne, Marcus James in the 57th minute and Chad Pedro, with a gem of a strike.

Pedro 60th minute goal came from a running flick from the back line over the shoulder of the goalkeeper against the Olympic Games ninth placed finishers, who had star players Max Luycks, Tomas Briels, Michel De Saedeleer in their line-up. Speaking after the match, T&T’s Dutch consultant, Eric Verboom, said he still believes the team can do much better. Verboom said he felt there were too many turnovers but generally he was pleased by the fact that Browne had his best game of the preparations so far, as he has been slowly recovering from a long and gruelling English season where he marshalled his Division One club, Canterbury, to a place in the Premiership.

Women win two straight in Chile

The national women’s team were also in winners row on their tour of Chile with a 3–2 win over the host country, with Notre Dame’s Blair Wynne continuing her good form in front of goal with a double, (sixth and 66th). US-based Collegiate player, Kriza Layne, added the other for the “Calypso Stickwomen” against the Chileans who are ranked 16th in the world. Chile got their goals in the ninth and 34th minute

A day earlier, T&T had a 2–0 win over Chilean club, Manquehue with Paragon duo, Alanna Lewis (penalty corner) and Avion Ashton scoring in the first half.

The Trinidad Guardian



Ontario faces British Columbia in gold medal matches

For the second straight year teams from British Columbia and Ontario will face each other in the gold medal matches of the men’s and women’s national championship.  The games will go at 11:00am and 1:00pm PST respectively on Sunday.

Saturday matches saw Team Ontario men defeat the United States 3-3 (5-3 on penalty strokes) in a thriller of a semi-final.  British Columbia advanced to Sunday’s final after finishing first in the round robin ending Friday.

Host team BC Island defeated BC U18 Blue 5-1 to book their place in the women’s gold medal match.  In the other women’s semi-final Ontario beat BC Mainland 3-1.

In other matches on Saturday the 5-7 classification was settled on the women’s side after Prince Edward Island defeated Alberta 1-0 followed by BC U18 White being defeated by Alberta 2-1.  As a result of 'Goals For' BC U18 White finished fifth, PEI finished sixth, and Alberta seventh.

In the men’s 4-5 classification match Alberta edged BC U18 3-2.  As the third best finishing Canadian team the Albertans also capture the bronze medal.

Field Hockey Canada media release



Nationals used as identification opportunity

The athletes of the 2010 FHC National Championships have plenty to compete for in Victoria outside of a domestic title.  From the national coaching staff of Field Hockey Canada to provincial representatives and scouts from academic institutions, everyone is seeking talent to improve their programs.

The women’s national program is using the event to identify their extended squad for the upcoming test series with Chile as well as the Commonwealth Games.  So far the quality displayed on the pitch is impressing head coach Louis Mendonca.

“It’s certainly getting more competitive,” says the Toronto native.  “Some of the junior players are way better than two years ago.  The programs some of the provincial associations are running have been useful.”

The athletes also seem to be aware that they are being watched.

“There seems to be some nervousness (from the athletes),” continued Mendonca.  “They know this is a meaningful event and the stakes make them perform.”

The men’s national program is also identifying a squad of athletes to train ahead of October’s Commonwealth Games.  Recent retirements from the team leave room for some younger players.

“There are a number of junior players here and it’s a good opportunity to see how they perform in a tournament format,” said men’s national head coach Alan Brahmst.

To add to the competitive experience on the men’s side the United States national team was invited to take part.

“The invitation of the US is important as it strengthens and add to the quality (of the tournament) moving forward,” continued Brahmst.

While the Americans cannot be crowned as National Champions, they can certainly take home the bragging rights by winning the tournament.

Field hockey scouts from NCAA institutions such as Northeasters, University of California at Berkley, and Boston College have also been spotted around the pitch.

As competitive opportunities grow for athletes beyond domestic programming the quality and competitiveness of the annual senior national championships is sure to continue to enhance.

Field Hockey Canada media release



Men Back On Track With 8-1 Victory

The USA Men's National team took a positive step forward today when they emerged victorious over the senior side from Alberta with an 8-1 victory. With a challenge from Coach Nick Conway to try and control the game early the USA men did not disappoint as Will Holt would start off the day with his first of 4 goals with a field goal in the 4th minute. Remco Couwenbergh followed up shortly after with his own field goal and five minutes into the game the Americans found themselves with a 2-0 lead.

As the game progressed and the Americans kept the pressure up Will Holt completed a hat trick early in the first half with a field goal in the 13th minute and a penalty corner goal shortly after in the 15th minute. Not to be outdone, Remco Couwenbergh followed up with another goal of his own in the 23rd minute when he touched a pass between his legs and past the Alberta goalkeeper to give the Americans a 5-0 lead. As halftime neared Alberta found themselves on a breakaway of their own and used a nice pass to striker Jer Barnett to deflect a shot past USA goalkeeper Tom Sheridan in the 30th minute to put the Canadian side on the board. But it would not be long before Will Holt would get his fourth goal of the day when he sent a shot to the back of the net in the 35th minute to give the Americans a 6-1 lead heading into the break.

It would be more of the same in the second half as Team USA would strike quickly in the 47th minute when defenseman Pat Cota scored from the field to make it a 7-1 score. With a pressing game that the Alberta side had trouble dealing with all day, the Americans kept control of the game and with a final goal from Nate Coolidge in the 66th minute the USA men secured a much needed victory as they move forward in the tournament.

The semi-final match between the USA Men and the Ontario Seniors kicks off at 3:45pm on Saturday so be sure to check back for updates on the match and remember, GO USA!!!

USFHA media release



Abahani make it 7 out of 7

Sports Reporter


Abahani took the top spot in the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier Hockey League after their 7-1 win over Ajax Sporting Club at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

The Sky Blues' Pakistani recruit Sohail Abbas struck three goals while Puskar Khisa slammed two goals.

Jamil Bin Talib and Hasan Jubair scored one goal each while Rubel Hossain of Ajax knocked in their consolation goal in the 68th minute.

This was Abahani's seventh win out of as many encounters.

In today's matches, Mohammedan Sporting Club take on Sonali Bank while Azad Sporting Club face Police AC.

The Daily Star



Winning start for Malaysia's Project 2013

The Project 2013 side got off to a winning start for their European tour when they defeated Geneva Selection 3-2 at the Richmont Hockey Stadium.

Victory however was not easy as Geneva took a 2-0 lead in the first half through goals in the 32nd and 34th minutes.

The Project squad hit back in the second half, scoring three goals via Amir Farid in 45th (FG) and 70th minutes (FG) with Firhan Ashaari netting the other in the 61st minutes.

The Project team earned five penalty corners as opposed to one for Geneva.

"The overall performance was not so convincing especially in the first  half because the players looked rather lethargic and had trouble getting used to the European environment and weather," said Team Manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

"However in the second half the boys picked up their game and manage to score the three goals. We had at least six clear chances to score but lacked sharpness and goal scoring ability.

"But I am impressed with the great fighting spirit and character of the players which was the tonic towards winning the game. Tomorrow we will play against Lyon Football Club Hockey Team at 2pm."

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



IHF's Senior National Hockey from Sunday

NEW DELHI: A total of 30 teams from across the country would vie for the top honour during 63rd Senior National Hockey Championship, organised by the Indian Hockey Federation and commencing in Bhopal from Sunday.

Delhi, Punjab, Orissa and Tamil Nadu are among the teams who have confirmed their participation in the 14-day event.

The teams have been divided into eight pools and one team from each pool will qualify for the quarterfinals. The top eight teams of the tournament will also qualify for Federation Cup to be held later, an IHF release said today.

The release also stated that the Junior National (U-20) Championship for both men and women would be held at a common venue in Haryana simultaneously in August under the auspices of IHF.

Besides, Youth (U-17) Championship will be held in Hyderabad in September, while the Sub-junior (U-14) National Championship to be hosted by Jaipur in November, the release said.

The Times of India



PHF chief in favour of foreign staff for Dutch coach

LAHORE: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) will hire foreign staff to coordinate with the Dutch national team coach Michel van den Heuvel on a time-to-time basis, said PHF President Qasim Zia at the National Hockey Stadium here on Saturday.

He was speaking after the conclusion of the match between Pakistan Whites and the Junior team at the stadium. Qasim said that whenever Michel would need the services of a trainer and analyst, they would be provided to him for a specific period in order to assess the progress of the players.

Qasim also added that the PHF had decided to send the Junior team to Malaysia to earn a new kind of experience by playing an indoor tournament, being held there from July 6.

Qasim informed that the PHF initially wanted to send the Juniors to Europe but they had to make alternative plans due to the visa problem faced by the team.

He said following the experience of featuring a team in an indoor stadium, Pakistan would also take steps to promote this type of hockey in the country.

Meanwhile, the Whites team defeated the Juniors 4-2 in their second practice match.

The first one was won 3-1 by the Juniors. Zeeshan, Khalid Bhatti, Azlan Khan and Kashif Ali scored one goal each for Whites while Umair and Adnan scored one apiece for the Juniors.

The match was followed by the announcing of the team for the Malaysian event, to be held at Ipoh, from July 6 to 11.

Squad: Syed Kashif Shah (captain), Mazhar Abbas, Zubair Ahmad, Mohammad Sultan Amir, Mohammad Umair, Ali Shan, Mohammad Usman Aslam, Mohammad Adnan, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Sohaib, Mohammad Arslan Qadir and Mohammad Suleman.

Officials: Khawaja Mohammad Junaid (manager/coach), Danish Kaleem and Anjum Saeed (assistant coaches) and Dr Asad Abbas (team doctor).

Dawn



Sohail Abbas’s central contract suspended

By Our Sports Reporter



Sohail had earlier not been very happy with the federation’s attitude against him when they didn’t select him for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup despite his attending training camp as well as the trials. - File Photo

LAHORE: Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Friday punished Sohail Abbas for not reporting to the national training camp being held at the Hockey Club of Pakistan (HCP), Karachi, for the forthcoming tour of Europe by suspending his central contract. Sohail’s department Wapda, too, has constituted a three-member inquiry committee on this matter, a PHF spokesman said on Friday. The committee includes Sagheer Ahmad, Mansoor-ul-Haq Bhutta and Husnain Syed. The inquiry committee will furnish its report to the PHF to be followed by a final decision from the federation.

It may be mentioned here that the national selection committee had called Sohail Abbas to the training camp but he had been reluctant to do so while preferring to play in the league underway in Bangladesh along with other senior players, namely, Waseem Ahmad and Rehan Butt. But although both Waseem and Rehan reported to the camp, Sohail stayed away from it.

Sohail had earlier not been very happy with the federation’s attitude against him when they didn’t select him for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup despite his attending training camp as well as the trials.

Dawn



PHF suspends Sohail Abbas' contract for skipping national camp

KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation has suspended the central contract of Sohail Abbas and is planning disciplinary action against him after the veteran drag-flicker skipped a training camp ahead of the national team's European tour.

A senior PHF official said that despite several reminders, Abbas was from the camp set up for the team's forthcoming Europe sojourn, which is a preparatory tour ahead of this year's Delhi Commonwealth Games and Guangzhou Asian Games.

"We have suspended his central contract and his department, WAPDA has also set up an inquiry committee to probe into the matter," PHF secretary Asif Bajwa said.

"If the inquiry committee recommends disciplinary action against him, then his contract can be cancelled and he can also be suspended for a period of time," Bajwa stated.

Abbas, who is the leading goal-scorer in international hockey with over 200 strikes and also the senior-most player in the present Pakistan team, remained elusive from the media since he was named among the probables for the camp.

Another PHF official said Bajwa himself had called up Abbas several times but the player did not respond.

"His behavior is strange even if he does not want to play he should have informed us. This is not the way a senior sportsman behaves," he said.

Abbas has had uncountable run-ins with the establishment in the past also for several issues, most notable among them was his preference to play professional hockey in Europe over national commitments.

Abbas was recalled to the national team last year ahead of the 2010 hockey World Cup in New Delhi after the PHF had suspended him for more than a year following his failure to attend a training camp for the last Asian Games.

Meanwhile, sources close to Abbas said that he remained absent from the camp because he was fed up with the way the federation treated senior players.

"They invited Abbas and other senior players last time also for the Azlan Shah Cup but did not select them without assigning any reason. Abbas is also fed up with the situation," one source said.

The Times of India



Fancy playing in Barbados?

A Youth Hockey Festival will be held in Barbados from December 12 to 18, 2010. Pablo Mendoza, son of coach Rudy Mendoza from Argentina, is organising the festival to promote hockey and develop the sport in that area.

The festival will feature 3 events:

1 Youth hockey competition (Boys/Girls, Under-18, Under-16, Under-14)
2 Developmental and High Performance Coaching Course (Directed by FIH Master Coach Rudy Mendoza)
3 Clinic for players (Directed by FIH Master Coach Rudy Mendoza)

For those who are interested, go to www.caribbeansportscamps.com of call

Pablo Mendoza
Caribbean Sports Camps / Barbados
Director
Contact Number: +12462587435

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey