News for 10 July 2010

All the news for Saturday 10 July 2010


Will Hans Jorritsma make history with another World Cup title – this time in Soccer?

By Jawwad Qamar



Team Manager Hans Jorritsma and Head Coach Bert van Marwijk celebrate Netherland’s first goal against Uruguay in the FIFA World Cup semifinal in Cape Town

As the Pakistani hockey team begins its tour of Europe under their third foreign head coach Michel van den Heuval from Holland, Hans Jorritsma, the Dutchman, who guided the Green shirts to their historic fourth World Cup crown in 1994, in Sydney, as their first foreign coach, is set to make history again going for another World Cup title – this time in Soccer.

Jorritsma’s Netherlands will be facing Spain in this Sunday’s final in Johannesburg, South Africa with high hopes of winning their first ever World Cup. While head coach Bert van Marwijk is responsible for the Orange’s performance on the field, Jorritsma’s job as team manager is to ensure that the players and coaches are provided all that is needed for that performance to be at its highest level possible. This has also required taking care of all the logistics such as team travel, hotel accommodations, and securing the highly in demand state of the art training facilities at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg ahead of the other 31 teams, in addition to dealing with FIFA and the tournament authorities.

Keeping high prized players with big egos and coaches happy is no easy task but Jorritsma has been at it since becoming the team manager of the Dutch national team in 1996, after ending a stellar career in hockey. Van Marwijk is the third head coach Jorritsma has worked with at the world stage and many consider him to be the unsung hero of this campaign. However, Jorritsma down plays his role or importance and is usually reluctant to talk about it.

In the hockey world, Jorritsma made history as the first man to win the World Cup as a player (Amstelveen, 1973) and a coach (Lahore, 1990), a feat equalled earlier this year by Ric Charlesworth of Australia. However, the Dutchman remains the only man to have guided two different countries to the World Cup titles as coach. In 1990, he was the coach of the Dutch team that won the World Cup at Lahore, beating Pakistan in the final. In 1994, he was the coach of the Pakistani team that won the World Cup at Sydney, beating Holland in the final. In 1993, he briefly coached the South African team when they were allowed to compete in the world arena as apartheid ended, qualifying them for the Sydney World Cup. Surprisingly, he was not retained for South Africa’s first appearance at the world event.

Interestingly, only two men have also won the Soccer World Cup as a player and a coach. Mário Zagallo played for Brazil when it succeeded in 1958, and was the coach in 1970. Franz Beckenbauer captained Germany to the title in 1974, and was its manager in 1990.

The world will be watching on Sunday and some of us from the hockey world will be rooting for Hans Jorritsma’s soccer endeavour.

Fieldhockey.com Exclusive




Nottingham plays host to hockey's elite

Richardson relishing playing for home crowd

By Sam Edwards, BBC Blast reporter


Beeston manager Graham Griffiths says staging the Champions Trophy and Four Nations tournament could be the biggest event for English hockey in 25 years.

The nine-day extravaganza, which starts on Saturday, 10 July, sees 10 of the best teams in men's and women's world hockey descend on Nottingham.

Griffiths told BBC Radio Nottingham: "This is sensational for hockey.

"This is going to be fantastic and probably the best event we have held in this country for 25 years."

Griffiths was passionate about bringing the Champions Trophy to the Highfield Sports Ground in Nottingham once England Hockey confirmed it had secured the right to host the event for the first time.

"We put a very strong bid in, and actually this is probably the best site in the country for hockey," Griffiths said.

"There's been a massive construction around here, it's almost continental, it's fantastic.

"We've been working with England Hockey for a very long time now and this is it coming to fruition."

Nottingham-born Reading centre-half Helen Richardson is part of the England squad for the Champions Trophy and she is looking forward to returning to play in front of a 'home' crowd.

She told BBC East Midlands Today: "It feels like home. I used to come down here when I was seven or eight and seeing what they've done here is amazing. It looks like it will be an exciting tournament.

"Hopefully we will get loads of people down and it will be a really good crowd and atmosphere."

And Richardson believes it is also the perfect way for the English players in the Great Britain side to prepare for the London Olympics in 2012.

"It's a tournament you want to be playing in because every game will be a tough game against one of the world's best teams," she said.

"Our overall goal is to get to London and win that gold medal and if we want to do that we have to take small steps along the way.

"If we get into the top four that will be a very good achievement but we will be pushing to get into that final as well and that is something we think we are capable of doing.

"We want to be pushing those top teams and we have to be pushing the top teams."

Nottingham joins Berlin, Amsterdam and Sydney as cities which have hosted the women's competition.

England, the Netherlands, China, Germany, New Zealand and defending champions Argentina all meet in the group stages before a three-game play-off which culminates with the final, on Sunday, 18 July.

Running alongside this, the men's Four Nations is also being hosted by the Nottinghamshire-based hockey club, making for a feast of hockey action.

Great Britain, New Zealand, Japan and Germany will battle it out for the title and Griffiths believes this is great news for English hockey.

"With the Olympics only two years away, this is a massive profile for hockey in England," he said.

"These are the top athletes in the world, who are in Nottingham playing hockey.

"The main thing for us is just promoting what we can actually do here. We have worked very closely with the city council, the county council and East Midlands Development Agency on this project."

Twenty six matches are due to take place over the nine days and Beeston Hockey Club hope to welcome 30,000 spectators through the gates.

"On the second week, which we call Super Saturday, we are nearly sold out," claims Griffiths.

"There are five games on that day so it's a fantastic day out. There is plenty going on besides the hockey too.

"The first Saturday is actually a family Saturday, so I think you can actually bring your children and get them in for nothing."

BBC Sport



Black Sticks working hard but can't hide

By Terry Maddaford



Hayden Shaw is back for the Champions Trophy. Photo / APN

Black Sticks coach Shane McLeod is under no illusions as he embarks on the second of three major tournaments this year.

"The Champions Trophy is relentless," said McLeod. "There is nowhere to hide when you are playing a six-team tournament with all your opponents ranked well above you."

Still smarting from what he rates as a "sub-par" effort at the World Cup in New Delhi earlier this year, McLeod sees the Champions Trophy starting later this month in Monchengladbach as the chance to get the team back on an even keel before heading to October's Commonwealth Games.

"The players have worked really hard since the World Cup," said McLeod before heading to Europe where the team will warm up at the four-nation tournament in Nottingham. "There has been a lot of self-assessment and I expect a new lease of life. We have been looking closely at how we can do better."

He will, on paper at least, have a stronger team for the Champions Trophy with Brad and Hayden Shaw and Simon Child back after missing the World Cup where the Black Sticks were further handicapped when captain Phil Burrows was an early casualty and missed more games than he played.

McLeod said the Champions Trophy is unlike the qualifying tournaments - for the Olympic Games, World Cup and Champions Trophy - where the national team has performed well in recent years.

"You have to be consistent to do well at tournaments like this. That is something we have not been. Often we have started well but then fallen away when the pressure goes on."

While there is something of an experimental look to the team who will play at the four-nation tournament - four players will make their international debuts - the squad to play in Germany is the best McLeod will put out since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Shea McAleese, who will lead the team in Nottingham, is the only player in that 18-strong squad to have played more than 100 internationals.

By the time he gets to the Champions Trophy he will be joined by Blair Hopping, Dean Couzins, Ryan Archibald and Burrows who all have 200-plus caps.

Simon Child (who misses the Nottingham tournament as he recovers from a pelvic injury and is replaced by younger brother Marcus), Kyle Pontifex and Hayden Shaw have all played more than 100 and will be joined in that "club" by Brad Shaw and Steve Edwards before they return home.

"The Champions Trophy is the chance to gauge yourself against the very best," said McLeod who must name his 16-strong Commonwealth Games team before he returns.

"Being restricted to just 16 - down from the 18 we will have in Nottingham and Germany - helps us. Other countries probably have greater depth than us but in being restricted to 16 that difference will not be so obvious. I could write down 18 or 19 names now and then come up with a case of who we are going to leave out."

Winning a medal at the Commonwealth Games on their return to New Delhi remains the priority for McLeod and his team who started promisingly in Melbourne four years ago before falling away to finish fifth, beating India in the play-off in extra time.

BLACK STICKS (MEN)
AT FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT
(Nottingham)
* July 12: v Germany
* July 14: v Japan
* July 16: v Great Britain
* July 17: Play-offs

SQUAD
* Goalkeepers: Stephen Graham, Hamish McGregor
* Defenders: Joseph Bartholomew, David Green, Andy Hayward, Nick Haig, Richard Petherick, Brad Shaw, Blair Tarrant
* Midfielders: Steve Edwards, Blair Hilton, Shea McAleese (c), Arun Panchia
* Strikers: Joel Baker, Marcus Child, Hugo Inglis, Stephen Jenness, Nick Wilson

AT CHAMPIONS TROPHY
(Monchengladbach, Germany)
* July 31: v Australia
* August 1: v Germany
* August 3: v Netherlands
* August 5: v Spain
* August 7: v England
* August 8: Play-offs

SQUAD
* Kyle Pontifex, Simon Child, Blair Hopping, Dean Couzins, Ryan Archibald, Phil Burrows, Hayden Shaw. Replace Green, Bartholomew, Marcus Child, Baker, McGregor, Jenness and Petherick.

The New Zealand Herald



Pakistan out of Indoor hockey tourney

ISLAMABAD: Uzbekistan on Friday beat Pakistan by 7-4 in a match of the ongoing Men’s Third Indoor Hockey Tournament being played in Malaysian city of Ipoh.

As a result of the defeat, Pakistan is out of the final race.  In the first half of the match, players wasted several solid chances to score goals. However, they came back strongly in the second half, scoring four goals.

According to a private news channel, skipper Kashif Shah scored two goals and Ahmed Zubair and Muhammad Rizwan also scored one goal each.

On Thursday Pakistan registered its first-ever win in the Indoor Hockey by beating Thailand 6-0. Pakistan also had to face two consecutive defeats at the hands of Defending Champion Iran and host Malaysia.  Out of four, Pakistan managed to register only one win.

The Green Shirts will play their final match against Kazakhstan on Saturday.

Associated Press of Pakistan



Mirnawan happy despite Spain defeat

THE Project 2013 team lost 3-2 to the Spain Under-21 side in their second friendly in Barcelona yesterday.

The squad, on a tour of Europe to prepare for the 2013 Junior World Cup, held the Spaniards 2-2 on Thursday.

However, team manager Mirnawan Nawawi was more impressed with the Malaysians' performance in the second friendly, despite the defeat.

"The boys have been steadily improving after every match on this tour, and even though we lost 3-2 to Spain in the second friendly, they played much better than the 2-2 draw on Thursday," said Mirnawan.

Spain fielded six Singapore-Malaysia Junior World Cup players, while the Malaysian team were made up of raw trainees.

Today, Project 2013 will meet Scotland's Under-21 team.

"If they keep their structure, like they did against Spain, we have a good chance of winning against the Scots," said Mirnawan.

The team will play seven more matches before they return on July 22.

Meanwhile the senior squad, who are in China for a four-nation meet, will square off against China in their last pool match today.

They edged Russia 3-2 and beat Pakistan 3-0 earlier.

Coach Stephen van Huizen said: "We hope to keep a clean slate and enter the final without dropping any points."

New Straits Times



Selvaraju gets invitation to play in French Hockey League

KUALA LUMPUR: National forward S. Selvaraju has received another invitation to play in the French Hockey League.

The 24-year-old Perak player featured for Racing Club de France for two months since March this year. He scored four goals in 12 French Division One matches.

Selvaraju, who has 83 international caps to his credit, said that the club’s management was happy with his performance in March.

“And last week they have invited me to play for them again in the league which begins next month,” said Selvaraju, who is an employee of Tenaga Nasional.

“I am looking forward to returning to France. However, I need to get approval from my employer Tenaga Nasional first before I can go.

“I hope they will give me the green light like they did in March to play in the French league,” said Selvaraju. “Playing in France has helped me improve my game and I also get to learn the European style of play.”

The Star of Malaysia



Chiow Chuan quits Singapore

Former international and once Project Manager of hockey for Doha 2006, Lim Chiow Chuan has quit as Chief Coach of the islanders , the report below refers.

Although it is not stated where the Malacca born and USM educated is headed, it is learnt that he might take up the position of Head Coach for the 1Emas program , headed by Ken Pereira and whose consultant is former national coach and manager R. Yogeswaran.

The announcement came on July 2: The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) had overturned their original decision, allowing the Republic's hockey men to play at the Guangzhou Asian Games from Nov 12 to 27.

But even before the news had filtered through and celebrations could begin, the Singapore team had already taken a hit: Lim Chiow Chuan, the coach who guided the men to second spot in the seven-team Asian Games qualifiers in Dhaka from May 7 to 16, had already submitted his resignation just days before the SNOC declaration.

Lim was distraught when, on May 31, SNOC denied hockey a spot at the Games despite the team having qualified on merit - the snub being the last straw for the Malaysian.

"Even before the qualifiers, I was contemplating leaving but was certain I would only leave after the Asian Games, if we qualified.

"But when the SNOC decided not to send us to the Asian Games, I knew I had to move on and I wasn't going to change my mind even after they changed theirs," he told MediaCorp yesterday.

Lim has already accepted an offer from Malaysia but declined to furnish details due to confidentiality issues. His new employers will announce his appointment next month.

The Singapore Hockey Federation (SHF) will appoint an interim coach to ensure the men's team continues to training in the run up to the Games, while sourcing for a full-time coach.

"The most satisfying thing in my four years here is seeing the players improve. We were pretty good at the Men's Junior World Cup last year, turning in very consistent performances," he said, adding that a silver-medal showing at last year's SEA Cup and the Asian Games qualifiers were some of his major achievements.

After hearing of Lim's impending departure, some players in the Games squad had contemplated quitting the sport but Lim is adamant they stick with the team.

"The boys must not stop playing, it would be very silly. The Asian Games are a big competition and they have to play for themselves and their country," said the 44-year-old Olympian.

The squad have not trained since their return from the Dhaka qualifiers and their 3-1 defeat to Sri Lanka was Lim's last game in charge. He will head to Kuala Lumpur for the Asean Schools competition on Monday with Singapore's under-18 side.

Said Lim: "My wish for Singapore hockey is that they get more funding and that hockey players carry on in the sport."

Lim joined the SHF on Sept 1, 2006, and he will relinquish his role on Aug 31 this year after serving out a two-month notice, four years to the day he was installed as head coach.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



National hockey championship turns into show of strength

While the men’s national hockey championships is on here under the aegis of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), the battle of words between the IHF and Hockey India (HI) has got shriller. HI has threatened players, officials and umpires with dire consequences for taking part in the current event while K P S Gill-led IHF says the warning is meaningless because only his body has the official mandate. HI has already issued warning to players and teams participating in the competition, organised by the Madhya Pradesh Directorate of Youth Affairs and Sports, but IHF president KPS Gill has termed them meaningless. Calling IOA president Suresh Kalmadi the most corrupt man in the country, Gill said, “he finished athletics and is now wants to do the same to hockey,’’ during the tournament’s inauguration. he added that Commonwealth Games were only entertainment and the federation was aiming the Asiad instead.

An IHF official countered, saying Gill would “finish hockey the same way he finished terrorism in Punjab.’’ IHF insists 32 state and institutional teams have confirmed their participation, but HI is sceptical about the number. It has also threatened to ban Madhya Pradesh from any event for the next two years as penalty for hosting the latest tournament despite warnings. “The state did good things to hockey but it’s doing exactly the opposite now,’’ HI’s secretary general Narinder Batra said.

But state’s director (sports) Sanjay Chaudhary said the criticism was unwarranted because the state had been allotted the tournament by a body with a legal mandate.

Indian Express



Senior National Men’s Hockey Championship- Mumbai, Haryana win

Bhopal crashed out of 63rd Rangaswami Cup Senior National Men's Hockey Championship after losing 2-3 to Mumbai in a match played at the Aishbagh Stadium here.

With this, three of the four teams from Madhya Pradesh have been stamped out from the tournament and now Madhya Pradesh State Hockey Academy (MPSHA) is the lone qualifier for the quarterfinals from the state.

Earlier, Madhya Bharat and Madhya Pradesh from the state were also eliminated from the championship.

Gyanendra Pandey scored two goals in the 27th and 41st minutes while Jaish Yadav hit a brilliant field goal in the 25th minute for Mumbai and took a 3-0 lead yesterday.

For Bhopal, Abbassi converted two penalty corners in a span of four minutes in the 42nd and 46th minutes and reduced the margin to 3-2. At the breather, Mumbai led 2-0.

In another fixture, Chandigarh crushed Uttar Pradesh 5-1 and made its chances bright to reach the second round.

Gagandeep scored three goals in the 6th, 15th and 44th minutes while Harmanpreet Singh (53rd minute) and Ramandeep Singh (58th minute) hit one goal each for Chandigarh.

The lone goal for Uttar Pradesh was struck by Suryanath Sharma in the 32nd minute. At the end of first half, Chandigarh led 2-1.

In other matches, Karnataka humiliated Andhra Pradesh 17-0, Kerala defeated Vidharbha 4-2, Haryana beat Madhya Bharat 4-1 and Manipur trounced Chhattisgarh 10-2.

The Tribune



US Jr Men's National Championship (Videos!!)

Chula Vista, CA; Day two of the Junior Men's National Championship was again filled with great play and fierce competition as the Ventura County Red Devils and the Central Training Program both captured their first wins. The Red Devils defeated the West Coast Eagles in a 4-2 match, while the Central Training Program won 2-1 in a close game against the East Coast Juniors.

Although the West Coast fell for the second day, the match today demonstrated their perseverance and competitive edge. The Red Devils posted 3 goals before the West Coast team was able to get into the offensive area to post their own goal, making it seem like the boys from Ventura County could easily sweep a win. The first goal for the Red Devils was made in the 17th minute by No. 14 Viren Padhiar. The second goal for the Red Devils was off a penalty corner in the 28th minute by No. 18 Jonathan Orozco and the third goal, also off of a penalty corner was in the 40th minute by No. 7 Adam Schlosser. The Eagles answered back with a goal off of a penalty corner in the 46th minute by No. 11 Majraj Mangat and added a field goal in the 55th minute by No. 12 Baljeet Banwait, making the score 3-2. However the Red Devils ended the game in the 68th minute when No. 12 Ajai Dhadwal scored a penalty corner.

The Central Training Program had to fight back today after going down 1-0 in the first half when East Coast Juniors No. 3 Jaja Kentwell score a field goal in the 4th minute of the game. However, the Central Training Program fought back for the victory, showing beautiful passing connections and tactical execution. CTP's No. 26 Kayla Bashore scored in the 15th minute on a penalty corner to end the half with a 1-1 tie. The game was scoreless for the next 45 minutes as East Coast Juniors showed their great ball handling skills and ability to play as a team. In the 60th minute, No. 17 Carrie Lingo scored off of a penalty corner, ending the game with a 2-1 victory for the women.

The day ended with the Ventura County Red Devils and the Central Training Program tied for first, East Coast in third, and West Coast in fourth. Tomorrow, July 9th, is a rest day for the teams and play will resume on Saturday, July 10th, when Central Training Program takes on West Coast Eagles at 9am and Ventura County Red Devils compete against the East Coast Juniors at 1:30pm.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
GAME 1
GAME 2
GAME 3
GAME 4

USFHA media release



Thumping win for Mariners

Sports Reporter


Rabbi slammed a hattrick to power Mariner Youngs Club to a thumbing 9-0 win over winless Wari Club in the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Mariners took only two minutes to open the floodgate as Rimon Kumar put the Arambagh-based outfit ahead, before Sarwar doubled the advantage three minutes later.

Maidul made it 3-0 before Rabbi completed his treble striking in the 21st, 24th and 26th minutes.

After resumption of play in the second half, Maidul struck his second, Rabbi his fourth while Dhiman completed the rout to ensure Mariners' fifth victory that took them to the third position along with Sonali Bank.

In the day's other match, Azad Sporting Club handed a 6-3 defeat to Bangladesh Sporting Club after leading the first half 4-1.

Sagar scored three goals while Rahman, Imon and Joy netted one goal each for Azad. Goutam struck a brace and Nayan netted one for Bangladesh SC.

The Daily Star



Boys Under-16 Hockey Championship

Semifinals to be played today

Staff Report


LAHORE: Lahore will take on Bahawalpur and Faisalabad will meet Sahiwal in the semifinals of the Inter Divisional Boys Under-16 Hockey Championship at National Stadium here on Saturday (today). On the last day of the pool matches at the same venue on Friday, Sargodha and Lahore registered victories in their respective matches. Lahore warmed up for the semifinal after routing Dera Ghazi Khan 6-0. The winners led the first half 5-0. Rana Shahid scored two goals in 16th and 37th minutes while Bilal Qadir, Azfar Yaqoob, Muhammad Rizwan and Waqas Ahmad netted one goal apiece in 3rd, 12th, 18th and 22nd minutes respectively. Sargodha beat Rawalpindi 3-2 before leading the first half 2-0. Sargodha’s striker Khalid Bashir scored all three goals in the 12th, 15th and 36th minutes for a hat trick. Hamad Zafar and Zeeshan Sadiq from Rawalpindi scored one goal each in 33rd and 45th minutes.

The Daily Times



Quaid Gold Cup Hockey Tournament from July 28 in Karachi

Staff Report


LAHORE: The Quaid-e-Azam Gold Cup Hockey Tournament will be played from July 28 to August 5 at Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium in Karachi. “Provincial and departmental teams will take part in the event,” a spokesman for the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) said on Friday.

He said for the smooth conduct of the competition, the PHF had appointed technical officials. “Olympian Khalid Bashir will be the tournament director, while collector customs preventive Fateh Muhammad Sheikh will be the organising secretary. Muhammad Shafqat Malik and Farooq Khan will act as the assistant tournament directors and Arif Hayat, Talat Mehmood and Muhammad Shafiq Bhatti will be the tournament officers,” added the spokesman. The detailed judges are Shahid Habib, Tassadduq Hussain, Azeem Khan, Zaheer-Ul-Haq, Haroon Saeed, Rana Muhammad Afzal, Muhammad Saeed, Muhammad Faizan, Musarrat Hussain and Irfan Qureshi. Saeed Ahmad (Karachi) will be the umpires’ manager while Dilawar Hussain Bhatti will act as the assistant umpires’ manager. The deputed umpires are Shahid Parvez, Moin Uddin, Faisal Ismail, Haider Rasool, Munir Ahmad, Kamran Hussain, Kamran Sharif, Rana Muhammad Liaqat, Ghufran Ahmad, Syed Zulfiqar Haider and Parvez Akhtar.

The Daily Times