News for 05 July 2010

All the news for Monday 5 July 2010


Germany regains Masters Trophy

S. Thyagarajan

With a display that reflected authority and an intelligent professional approach work, Germany regained the Masters Trophy - last won in 2008- with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Netherlands. The home team led 3-0 at half-time.

The three match victory sweep gave Germany the top spot with nine points, The outcome helped Japan to finish with a silver in its first-ever appearance in the competition after accruing four points followed by the Netherlands with three, and India one.

A quick German sally in the early minutes ended with Florian Fuchs hitting the target. Thereafter picking up a major share in the exchanges, the Germans scored through Moritz Furste and then by the mercurial Christopher Zeller, who created the move and concluded with a crisp finish.

Mortiz Furste converted a stroke late in the second-half to make the margin more impressive but the Dutch did not take defeat lying down. Tim Jenniskens narrowed the lead but it was enlarged second before the final whistle by Florian Fuchs.

The results: Germany 5 (Florian Fuchs 2 Moritz Furste 2, Christopher Zeller,) beat Netherlands 1 (Tim Jenniskens) HT 3-0

Table of Points: Germany Played 3, won 3, drawn nil, lost nil, goals for 15, goals against 7, Points 9; Japan 3-1-1-1-10-11-4; Netherlands 3-1-0-2-9-11-3; India 3-0-1-2-10-15-1.

Final positions: 1. Germany 2. Japan 3 The Netherlands 4. India.

Special awards: Player of the tournament: Maxmillan Mueller; Top scorer: Christopher Zeller; Most Promising player: Florian Fuchs (all from Germany); Best goal-keeper: Katsuya Takase (Japan).

The Hindu



Germany win Hamburg Masters

Germany won the „Hamburg Masters“ 4-Nations-Tournament after a great 5-1 victory against the Netherlands. The Olympic Champions turned first with three victories, Japan are second, the Netherlands third and India fourth.

Individual Awards:
Best player: Maximilian MÜLLER (GER)
Best goalkeeper: Katsuya TAKASE (JPN)
Top scorer: Christopher ZELLER (GER)
Most promising player: Florian FUCHS (GER)

NED v GER 1-5 (0-3)
Germany had their best game in this competition against the Netherlands. Pushed forward by a phenomenal crowd Germany were 4-0 in front after 61 minutes of play. The Netherlands had to work hard to score at least one goal. Tim Jenniskens was the only one who was able to defeat the well-performing goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi, his great deflection left him no chances. 42 seconds before the final whistle German youngster Florian Fuchs made his second goal today.

With three victories Germany turned “Hamburg Masters” Champion for the 11th time. Defeated by Japan and Germany, the young Dutch team finished third.

0-1 (14’) Florian FUCHS (FG)
0-2 (19’) Moritz FÜRSTE (PC)
0-3 (20’) Christopher ZELLER (FG)
0-4 (61’) Moritz FÜRSTE (PS)
1-4 (66’) Tim JENNISKENS (FG)
1-5 (70’) Florian FUCHS (FG)

IND v JPN 4-4 (2-1)
Japan were the surprise in this competition. After a great victory over the Netherlands they had some trouble to find their way into this game. India dominated at the beginning and were 2-0 in front. Japan fought hard to come back into this game and equalised in the 49th minute. Now India played stronger again and gained a 4-2 lead. But Japan did not give up: Katsuyoshi Nagasawa converted a penalty corner in the 55th minute and brought hopes back to his team. Japan put India under pressure during the last five minutes of play and succeeded: Captain Kazuhiro Tsubouchi wanted to pass to a team-mate but an Indian player deflected the ball unlucky in his own goal.

With four points in total Japan turned second, India became last with one point.

1-0 (6’) Mohhamed Amir KHAN (FG)
2-0 (15’) Danish MUJTABA (FG)
2-1 (23’) Hiroki SAKAMOTO (PC)
2-2 (49’) Kazuhiro TSUBOUCHI (PC)
3-2 (55’) Sandeep SINGH (PC)
4-2 (56’) BHARAT (FG)
4-3 (65’) Katsuyoshi NAGASAWA (PC)
4-4 (70’) Kazuhiro TSUBOUCHI (FG)

WorldHockey



Japan holds India to draw

S.THYAGARAJAN


Surrendering the two goal leads not once but twice and conceding the equaliser with forty seconds left, India suffered another humiliation, sharing points with Japan at 4-4 in the BDO Masters hockey tournament on Sunday. With a solitary point in three matches, India finished at the bottom of the table in this four-nation event.

Again it is a familiar story of beautiful field goals, comfortable leads and a caving in during the last five minutes, and, of course, yellow cards; there were two in this contest at the crucial time when the Japanese were in full cry to pick the goals.

Three of their four goals came from penalty corner strikes. Their Dutch coach, Siegfried Aikman, of Surinam origin must have been thrilled at the outcome; the fifth draw in the 65 encounters of which India is credited with winning 60.

That aside, there needs to be a serious introspection in to why the team preparing for the Commonwealth Games is unable to hold on to the leads obtained usually with excellent efforts.

All the Indian goals, including the drag-flick by Sandeep Singh had class written all over them but the solecisms inside during the dying moments nullified all the niceties, the athleticism, adeptness and aesthetics, projected.

Amir Khan’s backhander off a cross from Ravinder in the early minutes was splendid effort. So was the tap in by Danish Mujtaba to a centre from Gurbaj. Till then everything was rolling brilliantly for the Indians, who kept the Japanese attack calm.

Midway through the pressure palpably increased and the first penalty corner ended with Sakamoto deflecting the push by Nagaswa. The Japanese are now impeccable in their indirect conversion of penalty corners that even surprised the Germans and the Dutchmen in their earlier matches.

The 2-1 lead seemed to disintegrate any moment. A yellow card for Ravinder signalled the emerging discordant notes in the defensive phalanx that brought the equaliser from another penalty corner by Tsubochi off Nagaswa. The teams then came on level.

Thanks to the fluent runs by Mandeep Antil, Danish Mujtaba and Amir Khan, the pressure on the Japanese defenders intensified.

Sandeep Singh drag-flicked beautifully to the roof of the net. What followed a superlative effort of the match, a solo run and finish by the diminutive Bharat Chikkara. Only 13 minutes remained from the hooter at this juncture.

But two minutes before it emerged the third goal for Japan, a carpet drive by Nagasaw beating Sreejesh all ends up. At this point, Gurbaj got the yellow card for hitting the ball after the whistle. Left with 10, the Indian defenders allowed a counter attack to culminate in Tschbochi finding the net with 40 seconds before the final whistle.

Coach Brasa was at a loss for words to react to the verdict. He is unable to fathom why this old ‘illness’ as he puts it, of conceding defeats in the final minutes has come to haunt the team again.

As for the selectors’ approach to discard the seniors and experiment with youth at the crucial point of time, the move has flopped, clearly and transparently in this tournament.

Even now, it is not too late to rush the likes of Halappa, Vikram Pillay and, if possible, Shivendra, to join the team for the rest of the European tour. Else, the whole exercise of the tour will be a waste of time, money and effort.

The result: India 4 (Amir Khan, Danish Mujtaba, Sandeep Singh, Bharat Chikkara) drew with Japan 4 (Hiroki Sakamoto, Kazuhiro Tsubochi 2, Nagasawa) HT 2-1.

The Hindu



India gives up, drew Japan 4-4, ends up last

s2h team


Conceding two goals in the last five minutes, India lost the opportunity to beat Japan and finish third in the Humburg Masters, but ended up with a 4-4 draw and thus landed at the bottom of the rung.

India was sitting pretty with 4-2 score till 65th minute, but the spirited Japanese, who had earlier beaten Netherlands came out with a brace of goals to dash the dream of the continental colleague.

After Japan equalized 2-2, India scored two goals in the space of two minutes, Sandeep Singh's penalty corner conversion and a beauty of goal by Bharat Chikara, which gave a false impression that the Indians will stay there, and force their rival for a defeat. It was not to be, the last goal for the Japanese coming 48 seconds left in the clock.

Japan converts its sixth penalty corner in the 49th minute to equalize (2-2) Indian score. The PC was awarded when Ravi Pal Singh tripped a forward and also got himself cursed with a yellow card.

India leads Japan 2-1 at half time.

Amir Khan and Danish Mujtaba scored a goal apiece within first 16 minutes against Japan in the last match of the Humburg Masters today. Japan converted a penalty corner, deflection from the first hitter, to post a goal in the 26th minute. Both teams got two penalty corners in the last two minutes, but goals were not coming out.

India got three Penalty Corners in the last minute, but could not convert any and changed sides with the slender lead.

Japan got four pcs in the first half, Sakamoto converted the third.

Stick2Hockey.com



Argentina wins Rabo Trophy

The women’s team of Argentina surprisingly claimed the Rabo Trophy, defeating Netherlands 3-0 in the final in Valkenswaard, Netherlands. New Zealand finished third after a 3-2 victory over China.

Netherland has defeated Argentina in the pool phase of the Rabo Trophy, was not able to repeat this effort in the final. Netherlands dominated the first half, but was unable to score.

In the second half, Argentine star Luciana Aymar showed again why she is still the best player in the world. She scored the opening goal and played a key role in the second Argentine goal.

Although Netherlands tried everything to come back in the match, it was Argentina that finally scored another goal and took the Rabo Trophy title.

Rabo Trophy, final:

Netherlands-Argentina 0-3 (0-0)

Goals Argentina: 42. Aymar 0-1, 47. Merino (sc) 0-2, 68. Rebecchi 0-3

Hockey.nl



Black Sticks Women beat China 3 - 2

The Black Sticks Women have beaten China to come third in the Rabo Trophy in the Netherlands (in the early hours of this morning, July 5, New Zealand time).

In the play off for third and fourth place against China (ranked third in the world) the Black Sticks Women won by 3-2.

Black Sticks Coach Mark Hager says he was pleased with the team’s performance and that it was good preparation for the Champions Trophy, which starts on Saturday July 10 in Nottingham, England.

Clarissa Eshuis put the Black Sticks Women on the scoreboard with her trademark drag flick from a penalty corner in the 20th minute and Charlotte Harrison scored the team’s second goal in the 28th minute.

China equalised in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

But victory came to the Black Sticks Women when Krystal Forgesson scored a field goal in the 59th minute to seal the win.

At the awards ceremony, Samantha Harrison was named the Most Promising Player of the Tournament and the Black Sticks Women were presented with the Fair Play Award.

The team now travels to the UK in preparation for the Champions Trophy, where they will face the Netherlands, Argentina and China again, along with England and Germany.

All of these teams are ranked above New Zealand: Netherlands (1), Argentina (2), China (3), England (7) while New Zealand is currently ranked 9th.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks beat China in playoff match


The Black Sticks won their first match of the women's hockey Rabo Trophy, 3-2 over China in the playoff for third in the Netherlands today.

A field goal from Krystal Forgesson in the 59th minute broke the deadlock after first half goals from Clarissa Eshuis and Charlotte Harrison, giving the ninth-ranked New Zealanders a prized victory over a side ranked third in the world.

The Black Sticks drew 4-4 with China earlier in the tournament and also lost to Argentina, 1-2, and the Netherlands, 0-4.

Black Sticks coach Mark Hager was pleased with the team's performance and said it was good preparation for the Champions Trophy, which starts this weekend in Nottingham, England.

New Zealand's five opponents at the tournament are all ranked higher: the Netherlands (1), Argentina (2), China (3), Germany (4) and England (7).

Stuff



Ireland draw second test against France

Ireland played their second test of a three match series against France this afternoon in Cookstown. Despite Ireland have the majority of early possession, France took a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute when an aerial was mistrapped by a defender and the ball fell free to Joost Jansen who slotted home past Walker.

Attacking exchanges took place there after with equal circle penetrations, but good defence and goal keeping by both sides kept the scoreline at 1-0 until half time.

Ireland drew level after the restart on the 39th minute with an Alan Sothern drag flick low into corner of the net. Ireland were on the back foot between the 43rd and 45th minute surviving three successive penalty corners with great defensive running and keeping from Walker.

Both sides exchanged equal number of shortcorners there after with the French goal keeper saving one corner off his head. Ireland had a final chance when they were awarded a corner just before the final hooter, but another excellent save by the French keeper saw the game ended a draw.

Commenting after the game Coach Revington said "We enjoyed the tough nature of this test match, I look forward to the final match tomorrow evening."

Squad:

David Ames (Cookstown); Tim Cockram (Lisnagarvey); Mitch Darling (Leuven); Paul Gleghorne (Loughborough); Ronan Gormley (Pembroke W); Conor Harte (Pembroke W); John Jackson (Mossley); Eugene Magee (Dragons); Geoff McCabe (Dragons); Andy McConnell (Pembroke W); Iain Walker (YMCA);

SUBS: Alan Sothern (Pembroke W);Phelie Maguire (Leuven); Peter Blakeney (Three Rock Rovers); Michael Maguire (Three Rock Rovers); Bruce McCandless (Banbridge).

Schedule IRELAND V FRANCE

4th July Ireland v France 18.00 Cookstown

Ireland 1 (0) Alan Sothern
France 1 (1) Joost Jasen

Irish Hockey Association media release



BC Island, BC Men capture National Championships

The province of British Columbia once again proved to be the field hockey hotbed of Canada after both BC Island (women) and Team BC (men) captured their respective national championship titles Sunday afternoon in Victoria.

Team BC men needed a penalty stroke competition to put away Ontario after both regulation and overtime ended in a 1-1 stalemate.  BC's Scott Tupper opened the game's scoring in the 28th minute on a penalty corner.  Ontario's Jagdish Gill would net the equalizer in the 40th minute.

Tupper, Dave Jameson, Philip Wright, and Iain Smythe would score for BC in the penalty stroke competition.  Ken Pereira and Eric Jan Iding scored for Ontario.  BC goalkeeper Dave Carter played an outstanding second half and overtime to secure the victory.

In the women's gold medal match BC Island needed 23 minutes before opening the scoring when Anna Kozniuk converted on a penalty corner.  The host team's Natalie Wise and Kira Graham would then each score before Ontario attempted a comeback.

In the 51st minute the Ontarians scored their first goal of the game when Laura Dowling put the ball in the back of the net on a penalty corner.  Ontario's Jess Buttinger scored 12 minutes later to cut the lead to one.  With no time left on the clock Ontario was awarded a penalty corner but failed to convert making BC Island tournament champions.

In Sunday's other match BC Mainland took home the women's bronze after defeating BC U18 Blue 1-0 in overtime on a penalty corner goal by Samantha Smith.

The United States finishes third in the men's tournament but Alberta is awarded the bronze as the third best finishing Canadian team.

Field Hockey Canada media release



Team Netherlands for Samsung FIH Champions Trophy

At the conclusion of the Rabo Trophy, Dutch national team coach Herman Kruis announced his team of 18 players for the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy in Nottingham, England, to be played from 10-18 July 2010.

Four players out of the selection of 22 players will not make the trip to Nottingham. Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel, Renske van Geel, Claire Verhage and Inge Vermeulen will not compete at the Samsung Champions Trophy. They will be back in the enlarged team for the BDO FIH World Cup later this year.

Team Netherlands for Samsung FIH Champions Trophy: Floortje Engels, Marieke Mattheussens, Wieke Dijkstra, Kelly Jonker, Maartje Goderie, Lidewij Welten, Minke Smeets, Janneke Schopman, Maartje Paumen, Naomi van As, Ellen Hoog, Vera Vorstenbosch, Sophie Polkamp, Joyce Sombroek, Kim Lammers, Eva de Goede, Michelle van der Pols, Marilyn Agliotti.

KNHB media release



Injury prevents Simon Child from making four Nations

Younger brother Marcus takes his place



Photo: Black Stick Marcus Child (Credit Photosport)

A niggling pelvis stress fracture has seen Simon Child held back from travelling with his fellow Black Sticks players to Nottingham tomorrow.

Child was named in May as part of the two teams selected by Black Sticks Coach, Shane McLeod, to play in the Four Nations tournament in Nottingham, England and then the premier Champions Trophy event in Monchengladbach, Germany.

McLeod says he is still hopeful Child will be able to join the team for the Champions Trophy, which starts on July 31.

His replacement in the Four Nations tournament is his younger brother Marcus Child.

Nineteen-year-old Marcus was a member of the U21 squad that played in the Junior World Cup last year. He plays midfield / striker position and has been training alongside the Black Sticks Men in recent months.

Child says while he’s excited to be going, he would have liked to debut alongside his brother.

Another late addition to the team is 22-year-old goalkeeper Hamish McGregor. A Kiwi by birth, McGregor has spent most of his life in Australia, only relocating back to Tauranga earlier this year to study. He caught McLeod’s eye and was invited to a couple of Black Sticks Men’s training sessions.

His performance secured him a place on the Four Nations side as back-up goalkeeper to Steve Graham.

Four players are set to make their international debut at the Four Nations tournament – Marcus Child, Hamish McGregor, Blair Tarrant and Stephen Jenness.

At the other end of the scale, Nick Haig is set to play his 50th international cap while away, and Brad Shaw and Steve Edwards their 100th.

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Hockey New Zealand Media release



Simon Child out of Black Sticks

Injury has forced striker Simon Child to withdraw from the New Zealand men's hockey team's build-up tournament in England next week ahead of the Champions Trophy.

The Aucklander, who was making a return to the Black Sticks after pulling out of the World Cup in March due to security concerns in India, has a stress fracture to his pelvis.

He will miss the Four Nations in Nottingham, but coach Shane McLeod was today hopeful he would be available for the Champions Trophy, which begins in Germany on July 31.

Child is to be replaced by his brother, Marcus Child, in the 18-man squad for the Four Nations, which will be staged from July 12 to 17, with New Zealand taking on Germany, Great Britain and Japan.

Marcus Child, 19, will one of four new caps in what is essentially an under-25 selection, with McLeod wanting to build up the Black Sticks' depth.

Eleven of that group, including uncapped Wellington defender Blair Tarrant, will go on to the Champions Trophy in Moenchengladbach.

McLeod said New Zealand were exposed for depth at the World Cup, where they had targeted a top-four finish but finished ninth.

Hayden and Brad Shaw were unavailable for the trip to New Delhi, while skipper Phil Burrows was sidelined early on with injury.

"It showed the vulnerability in our depth," McLeod said.

"We can maybe lose one key player, but we didn't have the Shaw brothers and we didn't have Phil Burrows for a large part of the tournament."

McLeod said the aim behind the make-up of the squad leaving tomorrow for the Four Nations was to ensure that those just behind the frontline players got sufficient international experience.

"We're taking a young side to Nottingham to see what the landscape will look like post the (2012) London Olympics," McLeod said.

"Then we'll bring the more experienced guys back and really target the Champions Trophy."

Burrows is among those who will miss the Four Nations but will be at the Champions Trophy, and in his absence Central midfielder Shane McAleese will take over as captain in Nottingham.

Meanwhile, McLeod was optimistic that Child would be available for the Commonwealth Games in October, when the hockey competition will be held in the same venue as the World Cup.

He believed the experience of the New Zealand players at the World Cup had made Child more at ease about the security environment in New Delhi.

McLeod said a decision would be made closer to the time, but "our expectation is (he will be there)".

"Everything he has said so far indicates that he would be," he said.

Stuff



Men’s hockey tourney begins

Bhopal: - The 63rd Indian Senior National Men’s Hockey Championship has started at the Aishbagh Stadium here. A total of 34 teams from across the country were expected to take part in the tournament, officials said.

Conducted by the Madhya Pradesh government’s Sports and Youth Welfare Department under the auspices of Indian Hockey Federation, the championship would last till July 17 at the astro-turf Aishbagh Stadium, they said.

The Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) President, KPS Gill, and the Madhya Pradesh Urban Administration and Development Minister, Babulal Gaur inaugurated the championship.

The teams have been divided into eight pools and one team from each pool will qualify for the quarterfinals.

The teams taking part in the competition include Delhi, Puducherri, Jharkhand, Tripura, Punjab, Hyderabad, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mumbai, Manipur, Bhopal, Chhattisgarh.

Apart from these, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Vidharbha, Karnataka, Haryana, Orissa, Madhya Bharat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh State Hockey Academy (MPSHA) Bhopal, Himachal Pradesh, CISF, SAIL, ONGC and ITBP would also participate in the championship, officials said.

The Tribune



HI to act tough on Bhopal nationals' participants

NEW DELHI: Hockey India (HI) has said it will impose strict penalties on players, officials and coaches participating in the senior nationals in Bhopal conducted by the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), which began on Sunday.

The KPS Gill-led IHF has sprung back to life after the Delhi High Court lifted the suspension imposed by Indian Olympic Association. HI, an ad-hoc body which was formed by IOA after IHF's suspension, has the recognition of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

Armed with FIH's recognition, HI maintains they are the sole authority to run the sport in the country.

Both HI and FIH have announced that they will conduct senior nationals.

"We have informed all the states that they should not take part in the IHF conducted nationals in Bhopal. They do not have the recognition of FIH, how can they conduct national championships?" HI secretary general Narinder Batra asked.

"We have told them that we will impose penalties which will be stricter for officials and technical people who have gone there. The players will also be penalised, but it could be less severe because there are some institutional teams participating and the players have no choice but to appear for these teams," he said.

Batra, however, claimed that the first choice teams from the states are not participating.

"The state units who have been given recognition by HI are not participating."

IHF was denied facilities by Sports Authority of India to conduct the nationals in which 32 teams are participating. The Madhya Pradesh government then pitched in with the facilities.

The top eight teams from the nationals will qualify for the Federation Cup. IHF will also conduct the junior national hockey championship for men and women.

The Times of India



Project boys run riot against Lyon

By Jugjet Singh


THE Project 2013 hockey team started their European playing tour on a high note when they beat Geneva Selection 3-2 at the Richmont Hockey Stadium on Friday.

And yesterday, they went on a rampage to outplay Lyon Football Club Hockey Team 8-0. The team, preparing for the 2013 Junior World Cup, left on June 30 for their training-cum-playing tour and will be back by July 22.

Against Geneva, the Project boys were trailing 0-2 at half-time, but bounced back after the break with goals from Amir Farid (45th, 70th) and Firhan Ashaari (61st).

In yesterday's match, the scorers were Mohamed Nor Faez (two) Mohamed Rashid (two) and one each from Mohamed Sabri, Mohamed Nor Izzat, Amir Farid and Syamim Yusof.

Their third match in Geneva will be against a Suisse Selection, after which the team will go for a boat ride around the Chizmone lake. They then travel to Barcelona for more matches today.

"The overall performance against Geneva Selection was unconvincing especially in the first half as the players looked lethargic and had trouble adapting to European conditions," said team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

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

"In the second match, I was impressed with the fighting spirit and character of the players which was the tonic towards winning with a big margin."

New Straits Times



Third win in a row

The Project 2013 team registered their third win in as many matches in their European Tour when they defeated Suisse Selection 4-0 at the Richmont Hockey Stadium.

Goals from Joel Van Huizen in the 3rd minute, Mohd Sabri who converted a penalty corner in the  5th minute, and Amir Farid in the 28th minute gave them a 3-0 lead going into the breather. Firhan Ashaari netted the  third 50th minute.

And to cap it, Ramesh Ramanathan was named as the best player for the three match series in Geneva by the organisors.

While the results were good, the  team has a serious problem with regards to their penalty corner conversion rates. In this match alone the Project squad were awarded 9 penalty corners but only found the net once.

Overall the team only managed to convert  4 penalty corners from the 22 they were awarded in the three matches played.

"That is a poor conversion rate and something that the coaches are looking into seriously. We need to improve in this department and increase the rate to at least 50 per cent," said team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

"The team had three good warm up matches and based on their performance they are ready to face the better teams in Barcelona."

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



Hitting it right with penalty corners

GENEVA: It may have been a rousing start for some but the 2013 Project team need to seriously work on their penalty corners, as evident in the poor conversion rate during the start of their European Tour in Switzerland.

Having registered their third win, in as many matches, after defeating Suisse Selection 4-0 at the Richmont Stadium this morning, K. Dharmaraj's lads must improve on their penalty corners after having only scored four goals from the 22 awarded over the three matches.

Team manager Mirnawan Nawawi admitted the situation was quite alarming.

"That is a poor conversion rate and something the coaches are looking into seriously. We need to improve in this department and increase the rate to at least 50 per cent," said the former international.

"The team had three good warm up matches and based on their performances, they are ready to face the better teams in Barcelona."

Against Suisse Selection, the team obtained their goals through Joel van Huizen (3rd minute), Sabri Abu (5th), Amir Farid (28th) and Firhan Ashaari (50th).

Former St John's Institution student Ramesh Ramanathan was named the best player in all three matches in Geneva.

The team had earlier edged Geneva Selection 3-2 and thrashed Lyon 8-0.

They leave for Barcelona later today where they will participate in a four-nation tournament with Spain, Scotland and the Belgium Under-21 teams.

Malay Mail



Mohammedan win a goal fest

Sports Reporter


Title contenders Mohammedan came from behind to overcome the first barrier in the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier Division Hockey League as they beat Sonali Bank 7-5 in an entertaining encounter yesterday.

The lively second half saw Mohammedan's Musa Miah and Rana Jubair of Sonali Bank slot home a hattrick each at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium.

Iqbal Nader Prince stunned Mohammedan to give Sonali Bank a fifth minute lead before veteran Musa struck twice to bring the Black and Whites back in the game that helped them lead the first half 2-1.

After resumption, Moham-medan launched cruel onslaught to make the margin 5-1 at one stage with Musa completing his treble. After that Sonali put up some resistance to reduce the margin with a treble from Rana, but could not avoid their first defeat in seven matches.

Mohammedan and Abahani have now 21 points each from seven games.

The Daily Star



Soccer should follow hockey's lead and use video technology officials more

JONATHAN COOK


MOST hockey people love soccer - the sports are similar, except a stick is used to beat a much smaller, infinitely harder ball.

But they cannot suppress a smile when, as Hilton, Kwa Zulu Natal, businessman and former hockey player of note Andrew Tedder said to me, "soccer players go to ground at the slightest contact, a la Ronaldo, as if pole-axed by Bakkies Botha".

That aside, hockey has taken soccer's lead in many respects, copying the best of the self-styled beautiful game to do away with so many of the silly rules that slowed down the pace of a hockey match. The result? An incredibly quick, thrilling game that so inspired Great Britain's celebrated sports writer Martin Samuel that he wrote on it in The Mail.

Samuel stumbled upon a hockey clash recently after turning away in disillusionment (and this is a soccer man through and through) from another dreary soccer match.

He said: "I saw Reading defeat Beeston to stay top of the England Premier Hockey League in front of no more than 100 spectators, most of whom were friends or family.

"When I asked the price of admission the chap laughed. The programme cost two quid and he must have sold about five. Yet the day before, Reading Football Club, who are in the Championship, drew 18 008 for an FA Cup tie with West Bromwich Albion. In an ideal world, those numbers would be reversed."


Umpire Peter Wright: 2009 Men's IPThockey final.

Do away with offside, as hockey did, and you will see the same 6-4 international thrillers. Video umpires at the Hockey World Cup in Delhi, India played such a vital role in so many contentious decisions that it is hard to believe they were once never there.

And as Tedder says, soccer must use technology, like hockey, rugby and more.

"How does a Fifa official believe that by not showing replays of controversial decisions on the big screen, it will avoid upsetting fans? It will help in the stadia, but what of the billions watching worldwide? TV gives viewers slow-mo replays of tackles, handballs, diving.

"Soccer in its entirety has become controversial. Fifa forgets the millions of kids learning from their heroes. The diving, the celebration, go to an U10 match to witness the 'flying' goalscorers.

"A fourth of fifth official should be watching a monitor and tagging players for cheating, which could influence whether the player is eligible for the next game.


Peter Wright - same match. Photos: CAMERA CONNECTION

"My biggest gripe is the amazing abuse of match officials. This aspect could be tidied quickly if Fifa applied similar protocol to hockey, where players who show dissent are sent off for a time."

Indeed, at Maritzburg College's U18 boys' nationals, a player said after a match that an umpire was incompetent; he was banned from the crucial next match.

The abuse of officials by managers, coaches and players at the recent U21 men's Interprovincial is an area of concern for umpire bosses, but it pales into insignificance compared to soccer, precisely because hockey is determined not to allow conduct to degenerate into the beautiful game's scenario.

Tedder summed it up: "Denying soccer the benefits of technology is akin to denying your teenage child access to a cellphone."

SA Hockey World



Neuvick Pharma win Seven-a-side Women’s Hockey Tournament

Staff Report



LAHORE: Neuvick Pharma won the First Seven-a-side Women’s Hockey Tournament after beating Leopards by five goals to nil in the final at National Hockey Stadium here on Sunday. Regent got the third position after beating National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) in a classification match. In the one-sided final, Hina Kanwal scored two goals while Hina Parvez, Asifa Nisar and Amna Mir scored one goal apiece for the winners. Regent downed NBP 5-0. Azra Nasir scored a hat trick and Ayesha Nisar scored two goals for Regent. Member Punjab Assembly Rubina Shaheen Wattoo was the chief guest and distributed the prizes among the players at the closing ceremony. PHF women’s wing general secretary Tanzeela Amir Cheema was also present on the occasion.

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