News for 06 July 2010

All the news for Tuesday 6 July 2010

Great Britain announces men’s squad for Four Nations

Great Britain Head Coach Jason Lee has named two uncapped athletes in his 18 man squad for the forthcoming Men’s Four Nations Tournament, which gets underway at Highfields Sports Club in Nottingham, England next week.

18 Year old Brooklands MU defender Andy Bull and Old Loughtonians midfielder Harry Martin, who is 17, will make the step up from the England under 18 squad to the senior Great Britain side as Lee holds back several regulars with one eye on England’s ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy campaign in Mönchengladbach at the end of the month.

Both players were involved in the England under 18 National Age Group Squad that competed in a four nations tournament in Hanover at Easter and Bull recently scored for the England Under 21 men’s side that finished narrow runners up to Germany at the Junior Challenge Open tournament in Siemianowice, Poland, in May.

Speaking as the squad was announced, Lee said: “We have tried to continue to give international tournament experience to new and upcoming players, particularly with a view to developing a squad of players for the 2012 Olympics.  Of course, in order to achieve this some more established players will miss out on either the Men’s Four Nations Tournament or the Champions Trophy.

“It is particularly exciting that 17 year old Harry Martin and 18 year old Andy Bull will be getting their first senior caps, especially as they were only in the under 18s at the start of the year.”

Also included in the squad for Nottingham is the reigning World Young Player of the Year, Ashley Jackson, who finished as top goal scorer in this season’s Dutch Hoofdklasse with 29 goals for HGC, 21 of which came from penalty corners.

Jackson’s teammate at HGC, Barry Middleton, will captain Great Britain in Nottingham.

Simon Mantell returns to senior international hockey after withdrawing from England’s World Cup squad in February with a foot injury while his Reading teammate Richard Springham will be one of seven players to win their first caps for Great Britain.

There is still plenty of experience in the squad with Olympians Richard Alexander, Glenn Kirkham, Niall Stott, James Tindall and Alastair Wilson lining up alongside Jackson, Mantell and Middleton.

The Men’s Four Nations Tournament will be the British hockey playing public’s first chance to see Great Britain’s men in action ahead of the 2012 London Olympics as they take on 2008 Olympic champions Germany, Japan and New Zealand.  Great Britain face Japan on Monday 12 July before playing Germany on Wednesday 14th and New Zealand on Friday 16th.  The final and bronze medal matches take place on Saturday 17 July.

As well as the Men’s Four Nations Tournament, Highfields Sports Club will be hosting the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy, Women, Nottingham 2010 from Saturday 10 July.  The event brings together six of the world’s best hockey playing nations in the women’s game with England set to test themselves against Argentina, China, Germany, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

Team Great Britain: Richard Alexander, Alastair Brogdon, Nick Brothers, Andy Bull, Nick Catlin, Adam Dixon, James Fair, Ashley Jackson, Glenn Kirkham, Iain Mackay, Simon Mantell, Harry Martin, Barry Middleton, Richard Smith, Richard Springham, Niall Stott, James Tindall, Alastair Wilson.

Great Britain Hockey media release

Orange stay top, Sliders dull


Sliders’ Esther Washika (left) fights for the ball with Pristin Njeri of Telkom Orange during their KHU league match at the Nairobi City Park Stadium on Sunday. Telkom won 1-0. Photo/MOHAMMED AMIN

Telkom Orange remained on course to defend their title with a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Sliders in a lucklustre women’s hockey league duel at City Park on Sunday.

The champions’ keeper Josephine remained largely untested for the better part of the first half as her charges led by Betty Tioni and Jackline Mwangi kept Sliders defence on toes.

Tioni strolled with the ball to the net past a disjointed Slider’s backline minutes before half time.

Sliders were to vibrate in the second half tormenting the Orange’s defence to no avail with their line of attack showing little ambitions.

It was Orange’s fourth consecutive victory that saw them uphold their unbeaten run consolidating their top league position to 12 points. Orange, the continental champions, boasts of previous success over Vikings, USIU-A and Mombasa Sports.

Sliders had earlier succumbed to United States International University-Africa 0-2.

In another women’s duel down Coast, hosts Mombasa and visiting Strathmore University shared the spoils with a 2-2 draw.

Meanwhile, Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCA-U) snatched their first league point when they forced a 2-2 draw against pre-match favourites Kenya Police in men’s Premier League.

Police took the initiative as early as the sixth minute when James converted from a penalty corner.

Daily Nation

MP Academy trounce Goa

Bhopal - Madhya Pradesh State Hockey Academy (MPSHA), Bhopal, trounced Goa 7-1 in the 63rd Rangaswami Cup Senior National Men's Hockey Championship played at the Aishbagh Stadium here last night.

Vikash Choudhary of MPSHA scored five field goals including a hat-trick, while the remaining two goals were hit by Shailendra Bundela.

Choudhary scored two goals in the first half in the 16th and 24th minutes, while Bundela pushed the ball in the net at 23rd and 29th minutes through penalty corners and took a 4-0 lead for their team.

The lone goal for Goa was scored by Rahbar Khan through a penalty corner in the 34th minute. At the breather, MPSHA Bhopal led 4-1.

In the second half, MPSHA Bhopal played an attacking game which helped Choudhary hit a hat-trick by scoring goals in the 44th, 53rd and 64th minutes and won the match 7-1.

Earlier, in the opening fixture of the tournament, Hyderabad defeated Bihar by 3-2. Hyderabad scored two field goals in a span of four minutes through Mohammad Azharullah Khan and R Shivakumar in the 10th and 14th minutes respectively. At half time, Hyderabad led 2-0.

In the second half, Bihar bounced back and hit two brilliant field goals through Mohammad Riyazuddin and Deepak Kumar in the 41st and 48th minutes and levelled the score 2-2.

However, TN Sudhir of Hyderabad converted a penalty corner into a goal in the 61st minute and ensured his team's victory by 3-2.

The Tribune

Malaysia's Project team go 3-up

THE Project 2013 team won the third consecutive match of their European Tour when they downed Suisse Selection 4-0 yesterday.

In earlier matches, the Project boys beat Geneva Selection 3-2 and Lyon Football Club Hockey Team 8-0.

The Malaysians are now in Barcelona, where more friendlies and training have been arranged. They will return on July 22.

Yesterday, Joel Van Huizen, Mohamed Sabri, Mohamed Rashid and Amir Farid were on target through field goals. R. Ramesh was voted as the best player of the series.

"The team have started showing signs of maturity and should be ready to fight f

New Straits Times

Top world hockey umpire John Wright of SA gives thumbs up to video umps


(At right) Top world hockey umpire John Wright.

ONE of the top couple of umpires in world hockey, John Wright of Pretoria, South Africa, is a firm believer in the benefits technology brings to hockey as an exciting spectacle where the best teams wins.

For the recently held Men's Hockey World Cup in Delhi we were fortunate to have the use of technology and television as a support aid for us as hockey umpires, something that I think should be standard for all top tournaments.

As umpires we are pressurized to make correct decisions, rightfully so. However we need to take into consideration numerous factors, which are unique to hockey:

Speed of the game, and the speed in which the ball travels
Size of the ball
Skill levels of the players
Player numbers on important areas of the field (ie circle areas)
Country/team/coaches/spectator expectations
Umpires being able to contribute in a positive way to the game (allowing skills, non-stop play, excitement, great goals and great saves)

·  We don't have a large ball to focus on, we have sticks to cloud the issues.
·  We don't have the funding like some of the sports: soccer, rugby & cricket
·  Seldom is the most technologically advanced equipment used (cameras, super slow-mo's, sound technology) etc. as a result of the cost implications

Yet with all this said and done, I think hockey has almost got it right with regards to the use of technology, so hats off to the people who are driving this important part of our game.

For the Men's Hockey World Cup we had the following in place (an extract from the FIH website):

"In addition to the match umpires, teams could also refer to the video umpire. This variation to the Tournament Regulations has already been tested during the Hero Honda FIH Hockey World Cup and will also apply to both Champions Trophies and the BDO FIH Hockey World Cup for Women later this year.

"Each team is allowed one team referral during any match (i.e. including any extra time periods and penalty stroke competitions). Team referrals are restricted to decisions within the 23-metre areas relating to the award (or non-award) of goals, penalty strokes and penalty corners. Any team player, on the pitch at the time of the incident, can request a Team Referral.

"In the event that a Team Referral is upheld, the referring team will retain its right of referral. The award of personal penalty cards may not be the subject of a Team Referral."

In short I fully support any positive aid that we can get as umpires. The game needs to ensure that teams win because they were the best and not as a result of an umpiring blunder.

SA Hockey World

Hockey video umpire: the ins and outs, in black and white


Top FIH Umpire's Manager Clive McMurray of Durban.

THE top umpire's manager in world hockey, Clive McMurray of Durban, South Africa, supplied the following Hockey Video Umpire rules and regulations as laid down by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) before the Hockey World Cup in New Delhi, India earlier this year, and it makes for very interesting reading.


13.1 Power to refer decisions to the video umpire:

(a) The match umpires are the only persons who can refer decisions to the Video

(b) Referrals cannot be made as a result of protests, queries or pressure from players, team managers or coaches on any decision. Teams (and their captains) will be held responsible for any violation or abuse of the Video Umpire protocols.

(c) No one, including the Video Umpire or technical officials at the technical table, can stop the match to request a referral.

13.2 The match umpires may refer decisions to the Video Umpire when they are not convinced that they have taken, or are able to take, the correct decision relating to the awarding or disallowing of goals.
Referrals shall only relate to whether or not a goal has been legally scored.

13.3 The match umpires shall therefore be entitled to request the Video Umpire to assist in making decisions (related to whether or not a goal has been legally scored), which will include, but are not restricted to:

(a) Whether the ball crossed the goal line (within the area bounded by the goal posts and crossbar).

(b) Whether the ball was legally played or touched inside the circle by the stick of an attacker before the ball crossed the goal line.

(c) Whether the ball travelled outside the circle before it entered the goal during the taking of a penalty corner

(d) Whether a breach of the rules has been observed within the attacking 23-metre area in the play leading to the awarding or disallowing of a goal. It is then for the umpire to take any breach into account in reaching his decision

13.4 The Video Umpire shall call for as many replays from any camera angle as necessary to reach a decision.

The Video Umpire will provide his advice and recommendation (‘Goal’, ‘No Goal’, ‘Penalty Stroke’, ‘No Penalty Stroke’, ‘Penalty Corner’, ‘No Penalty Corner’ or ‘No decision possible’; plus advice on any observed breach of the rules) within the shortest time frame possible. If a breach of the rules is observed and advised to the match umpire, it is then for the match umpire to take into account the breach in reaching his final decision.

13.5 The final decision, including any matter of interpretation, remains with the match umpire and not the video umpire.

13.6 All other decisions shall remain with the match umpires.

Tournament Regulation 13 – Referrals by Teams
In addition to provisions contained in Regulation 13 – Video Umpire the following additional clauses shall apply:

India's Sarvanjit Singh (second right) congratulated after netting against SA in final Hockey World Cup Pool B clash in Delhi, India. SA forward Thornton McDade reflects. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt (The Hindu)

13.7 In addition, and on a trial basis for this Tournament, each team shall be allowed one team referral during any match (i.e. including any extra time periods and penalty stroke competitions), subject to paragraph (vii) of this Regulation: -

(i) Team referrals will be restricted to decisions within the 23 metre areas relating to the award (or non-award) of goals, penalty strokes and penalty corners. (The award of personal penalty cards may not be the subject of a team referral.)

(ii) Any team player, on the pitch at the time of the incident, can request a team referral.

(iii) This player must indicate to the umpire that he wishes to use his team referral. He must do so immediately after the incident or decision, which is to be referred by using the ‘T’ signal as well as confirm this verbally to the umpire.

(iv) The player requesting the team referral must inform the umpire of the exact nature of the decision (or non-decision) that his team wishes to be reviewed.

(v) The umpire will then request Video Umpire assistance with the usual signal, followed by a ‘T’ signal to denote a team referral, and relay whatever information is necessary by radio to the Video Umpire.

(vi) The normal Video Umpire procedures will then be followed.

(vii) In the event that the referral is upheld the referring team will retain its right of referral.

(viii) A team referral that has been already been adjudicated upon may not be the subject of a subsequent referral by the opposing team.

SA Hockey World


Former KNHB Director General Piet Duinker passed away

Piet Duinker, former Director General of the Royal Dutch Hockey Association (KNHB), has passed away at the age of 89.

Duinker was Director General of the KNHB from 1966 to 1 October 1983. The KNHB has been transformed into a professional organization under his leadership.

Before joining the KNHB, Duinker has been professional sports journalists for different media in Netherlands, including chief sports editor of the Dutch National News Agency ANP. Duinker has played hockey for Strawberries in Velsen and Hdm in The Hague.

KNHB media release