News for 12 July 2010

All the news for Monday 12 July 2010

Stylish Netherlands power past England

Netherlands is the only team with dropping a point at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy in Nottingham, England. In day two action, the Olympic and World Champion defeated host England 3-0.

In other Sunday action, Germany drew with Argentina 2-2, while China was too strong for New Zealand (3-1).

Match 4: Germany-Argentina 2-2

Germany and Argentina drew 2-2 in the first match of Day 2 at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy, which is being played in Nottingham, England.

Argentina were far from being at their best in the first half, but still created a number of excellent scoring opportunities thanks to the creativity of Luciana AYMAR. However, it was the Germans who took the lead when Natascha KELLER finished off an superb passing move in the 21st minute. Argentina burst into life in the second period, and were soon on level terms when Mariana ROSSI drilled a powerful low strike into the bottom corner in the 41st minute. Argentina moved ahead two minutes later thanks to a penalty corner rebound from Noel BARRIONUEVO and seemed to be cruising to victory, but Germany found an equaliser through their captain Tina BACHMANN who fired into the goal with an accurate penalty corner flick.

The result leaves Germany on four points after two games, with defending champions Argentina on one point.

* This was the second draw in a row between Germany and Argentina at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy after a 0-0 in 2009.
* Germany’s last CT win over Argentina came exactly four years ago on 11 July 2006 at Amstelveen 2006 (3-1).
* Argentina have not won their first two CT matches. The last time they failed to win their first two matches was in 2000.
* Mariana Rossi scored her first CT goal.
* She scored Argentina’s first field goal after four PC goals in a row.
* Noel Barrionuevo scored her 13th CT goal and the second goal of the tournament after scoring against England on Saturday.
* She has now scored five of Argentina’s last six CT goals, all from penalty corners and all of her five goals were scored in the second half.
* Natascha Keller scored her 16th CT goal, 14 of which were field goals, the most of all players active in Nottingham.
* She has now scored three CT goals against Argentina, including one exactly four years ago today at the CT, on 11 July 2006, in Germany’s last competitive win against Las Leonas (3-1).
* Tina Bachmann scored her first CT goal and the first PC goal for Germany in Nottingham.
* Bachmann is the fourth German captain to score at the CT and the second to do this against Argentina after Marion Rodewald in 2004.
* This was Germany’s first PC goal after five field goals in a row.

Match 5: England-Netherlands 0-3

Host nation England were undone by a wonderful performance from The Netherlands, who emerged as 3-0 winners in the second match of the day at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy.

The Netherlands were deserving winners of the contest, showing the kind of form that you would expect from the world number one ranked team. Ellen HOOG opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a superbly taken reverse stick strike which gave England keeper Beth STORRY little chance of saving. A second goal arrived four minutes before half time thanks to Kelly JONKER, who fired in from close range after a stunning Dutch counter-attack from a failed English penalty corner. England rallied at the start of the second half, but The Netherlands were always in control and sealed the victory with a late strike from Eva DE GOEDE.

The result puts The Netherlands at the top of the league table with two wins from their two games, while England remain on three points.

* Netherlands secured their second win of the 2010 Samsung FIH Champions Trophy beating England 3-0.
* The Dutch will top the table after the second match round as they are the only team with two wins.
* Netherlands have now two of their CT matches against England, drawing once and losing one time.
* Holland have not lost any of their last six competitive matches against England, since losing 1-0 at the 2003 CT.
* The Dutch beat England 5-0 in their previous competitive encounter at the EuroHockey Nations Championships in 2009.
* England lost their 14th CT match, equal to Great Britain’s total number of CT defeats between 1987 and 1997.
* Holland have scored at least three goals in each of their last three CT matches. The last time they achieved this was in 2007.
* Eva de Goede’s goal was the 99th Field Goal of the Netherlands in CT history.
* Eva de Goede scored her second goal of the tournament after scoring in the first match against New Zealand.
* De Goede received a yellow card, just like she did exactly one year ago on 11 July 2009 in the CT match against England (2-2).
* Ellen Hoog scored her sixth CT goal and the fifth field goal.
* Kelly Jonker scored her first CT goal.

Match 6: New Zealand-China 1-3

Veteran striker FU Baorong scored twice to help China to their first win of the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy, defeating New Zealand 3-1.

The game started at a frenetic pace, with both teams determined to continue playing the attacking hockey that had impressed many in Saturday's fixtures. China took the lead in the tenth minute when FU Baorong deflected into the goal from close range. New Zealand had a number of excellent chances to equalise late in the first and early in the second half, but the China defence was proving to be difficult to break down. China extended their lead in the 50th minute when SONG Qingling turned her marker and slammed home a powerful reverse stick shot, before FU claimed her second of the match 11 minutes from the end of the game. Lively New Zealand striker Charlotte HARRISON claimed a consolation goal for her team in the 68th minute, but it arrived too late for to make a difference to the outcome.

The result puts China onto three points but keeps New Zealand at the bottom of the league table.

* China beat New Zealand to collect their first win of the 2010 Samsung FIH Champions Trophy.
* This was New Zealand’s fifth CT defeat in a row. They have not won any of their last 14 CT matches.
* They have not kept a clean sheet in the last six CT matches.
* Fu Baorong scored her 12th and 13th CT goal. Her teammate Ma Yibo (15) is the only Chinese player with more CT goals.
* She is the fourth Chinese captain to score a CT goal. Ma Yibo was the previous to score against England in 2009.
* This was the third time Fu Baorong scored the opening goal in a CT match.
* Song Qingling scored her fourth CT goal and the fourth in the second half.
* China’s last eight CT goals have all been field goals.
* Ma Yibo and Li Shuang played their 50th CT match. They are Chinese record holders for most CT matches played.
* Charlotte Harrison scored her first CT goal and the first FG for New Zealand at the 2010 CT.


A Dutch of class

The world’s best team, the Netherlands, showed their class as they ran out 3-0 victors over England on day two of the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy in Nottingham in a match that captain Kate Walsh later said he felt was closer than the final score suggested.

Having beaten Argentina on the opening day, England faced an even tougher test in the form of the Olympic, world and European champions who had laboured to a 3-1 win over New Zealand on day one.

Following that performance, the team in orange upped the ante against England, limiting the hosts’ first half attacking opportunities while creating several of their own.  Susie Gilbert took two minutes rest for a green card on 19 minutes and soon after, with England back to a full compliment, 19 year old Ellen Hoog pounced on an error at the back to give the Dutch the lead.  England felt there had been an infringement in the build up, a stick check on Leicester’s Crista Cullen, and they referred the decision to the video umpire, who ruled that the goal stood.

Finding their feet after the goal, England won a penalty corner on the half hour mark.  The ball out to the top was dummied by Cullen and subsequently by Walsh but as England looked to pull the trigger the umpire blew for obstruction.  Sensing an opportunity, the Netherlands countered up field at pace and with the English defence chasing back, Kelly Jonker received the ball in space in front of Beth Storry’s goal.  After steadying herself, and with Reading’s Storry advancing, she flicked the ball low inside the far post for 2-0, much to the disappointment of the England players who were still questioning the obstruction decision.

The second half was incident packed from the off.  After a half time pitch watering, a delay ensued as excess water was brushed from the pitch.  England saw a penalty corner come and go, during which Sophie Polkamp sustained a heavy blow the head from the stick of Chloe Rogers, who was swinging at the rebound from goalkeeper Fleur Engels.  There then followed a flurry of cards as first Hannah Macleod, scorer of England’s opener against Argentina on Saturday, received a green before the Netherlands’ Vera Vorstenbosch also took a seat at the side.  Three minutes later Clifton forward Charlotte Craddock was yellow carded by umpire Elena Eskina for taking a shot after the whistle had gone and Eva de Goede also saw yellow three minutes from time.

Prior to that and pushing hard to get back into the game, England’s players were left frustrated when Dutch captain Janneke Schopman went down holding her face as Alex Danson started a promising attack.

Leicester’s Kerry Williams narrowly failed in her efforts to score before Eva de Goede finished things with the Netherlands’ third goal four minutes from time.

De Goede was yellow carded a minute later but it meant little in the context of the match.

In the post match press conference, England Head Coach Danny Kerry said: “I was disappointed we didn’t get forward a little more but it was good for the youngsters as that is why we are here and what we are trying to get to grips with.  It was really unfortunate for Crista (Cullen) for the turnover for the first goal and the second goal...I can’t really sum it up as I will get into trouble, so that was us 2-0 down and we decided to move higher up the pitch.  That failed, so that was the game.”

Captain Kate Walsh added: “We can’t win them all.  We are disappointed and it’s never easy to lose a game. I think it was tighter than the score line suggests but they were clinical in the circle and the decisions went against us today. I think we need to take our chances. I think yesterday we were excellent at that and today, not quite as good. I think that was the only difference.

“They are a fantastic side and I think it is the experience of playing under the pressure.  It is about doing the little things and they have learnt that over many years.

“I think it is important we take some positives from the game but also learn from this game. We have got some youngsters in the team and although we are looking to the World Cup we are also looking to 2012.”

In the day’s first match, Germany and Argentina played out a 2-2 draw.  There now follows a rest day on Monday, when Great Britain’s men will play Japan in their opening game of the men’s four nations tournament.  England’s next Champions Trophy match is against Germany at 13:30 on Tuesday.



Ellen Hoog 23 (F)                    
Kelly Jonker 31 (F)                   
Eva de Goede 66 (F)

England Squad v Netherlands


Beth Storry (Reading)
Crista Cullen (Leicester)
Laura Unsworth (Leicester)
Kate Walsh (c) (Reading)
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown)
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham)
Hannah Macleod (Leicester)
Helen Richardson (Leicester)
Chloe Rogers (Leicester)
Alex Danson (Reading)
Katie Long (Leicester)

Substitutes Used

Ashleigh Ball (Slough)
Charlotte Craddock (Clifton)
Natalie Seymour (Canterbury)
Kerry Williams (Leicester
Nicola White (Slough)

Did Not Play

Gemma Ible (Clifton)
Georgie Twigg (Clifton)

Samsung FIH Champions Trophy Fixtures

Saturday 10 July 2010

11:00 China v Germany - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
14:00 Argentina v England - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
16:30 Netherlands v New Zealand - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Sunday 11 July 2010

13:30 Argentina v Germany - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
16:00 Netherlands v England - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
18:30 New Zealand v China - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Tuesday 13 July 2010

11:00 New Zealand v Argentina - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
13:30 Germany v England - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
16:00 China v Netherlands - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Thursday 15 July 2010

11:00 Germany v New Zealand - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
13:30 England v China - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
16:00 Argentina v Netherlands - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Saturday 17 July 2010

10:00 Netherlands v Germany - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
12:30 England v New Zealand - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
15:00 China v Argentina - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

Sunday 18 July 2010

09:30 5th v 6th - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
12:15 Bronze Medal Match - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010
15:00 Final - Women’s Champions Trophy 2010

England Hockey Board Media release

England coach Danny Kerry happy despite loss to Holland

By Emily Benammar

Uphill battle: England's Natalie Seymour contends with five Holland players on the second day of the Champions Trophy Photo: PA

England coach Danny Kerry's side have exceeded all expectations in the opening weekend at the Champions Trophy despite a 3-0 defeat at the hand of world No 1 Holland yesterday.

An opening day victory over Argentina followed by yesterday's result leaves a pre-tournament target of finishing in the top four well within their reach having now played the two top-ranked sides in the competition.

Reflecting on Saturday's win and the Holland match, which was settled by strikes from Ellen Hoog, Kelly Jonker and Eva de Goede, Kerry said: "We've played the two top ranked sides in the opening weekend and taken three points - if you'd offered me that before the tournament I'd have bitten your arm off.

"We normally get the run around from Holland, they're No 1 in the world and we're normally chasing shadows. There's still a gap between us but it's definitely not as big as it used to be."

Adding to her coaches comments, England captain Kate Walsh said: “We can’t win them all. We are disappointed and it’s never easy to lose a game.

"I think it was tighter than the score line suggests but they were clinical in the circle and the decisions went against us today. I think we need to take our chances. I think yesterday we were excellent at that and today, not quite as good. I think that was the only difference."

Having been involved in several heavy weight challenges in the opener against Argentina, Crista Cullen took another hit, this time to the hand, when defending Holland's first penalty corner. The Leicester defender was taken to the sidelines to ice the injury, but Kerry said ti was unlikely she would sit out England's next match against Germany on Tuesday.

"Crista got smashed on her index finger but even if there's a fracture there's little you can do," he said. "I doubt it will be something that stops her from playing on Tuesday."

While Monday is a rest day for England and other teams taking part in the Champions Trophy, Jason Lee's Great Britain men's squad get their Four Nations campaign underway against world No 16 Japan. The tournament's other fixture sees World Cup runners up Germany take on New Zealand.

The Telegraph

World ranking events take priority for England, says Crista Cullen

By Emily Benammar

Climbing the ranks: Crista Cullen is focused on ensuring England secure as many world ranking points as possible this summer Photo: ADY KERRY

Leicester defender Crista Cullen says securing as many world rankings points must be England's priority this summer as they prepare to take part in three international tournaments across four months.

With the six-nation Champions Trophy already under way and the World Cup starting in August, Cullen, who since 2003 has clocked up 62 caps with England, has attributed less urgency to the side's performance at the Commonwealth Games this October as results at the event in Delhi will bear no significance on rankings.

"Well we’ve got the three tournaments running in close succession. The Champions Trophy in July and that ultimately carries world ranking points and then there’s the World Cup which also carries world ranking points.

"With the Commonwealth Games that follows just after that, obviously it’s international but as far as world ranking points go – it’s not the highest priority."

England head into their hectic summer schedule ranked seventh in the world behind Holland, Argentina, China, Germany, Australia and Spain, but Cullen is confident that between now and competing at the London 2012 Olympic games, the squad have what it takes to break into the top four.

"The world rankings speak for themselves it shows how consistent you are against the world’s best so your world ranking will never lie," she continued. "I have to admit that our current squad we are knocking on the door of the teams at the top of the world which is really exciting for us and if we can raise our ranking a little in the build up to London 2012 it would stand us in great stead."

The last 12 months has seen an extraordinary transformation for England and Great Britain hockey.

Last August England men beat world No 2 side Germany to be crowned champions of Europe. They followed this success by reaching the semi-finals of this year's World Cup where they lost the third and fourth place play-off match to Holland.

In a bid to emulate the success of Jason Lee's squad, Cullen is hoping that this summer she and her team-mates can prove they deserve to be considered one of the biggest threats on the hockey circuit.

"I really hope we can take a lot from what the guys have achieved in the last year and really do ourselves justice against some of the top teams at world events.

"We’ve had a large preparations phase in the centralised programme so it’ll be interesting to see how that pays off."

It certainly paid off for England in their opening match of the Champions Trophy. Goals from Hannah Macleod and Alex Danson earned Danny Kerry's squad their first ever victory over defending champions Argentina.

The Telegraph

Netherlands beat England in hockey's Champions Trophy

By Ollie Williams, BBC Sport in Nottingham

Netherlands' Lidewji Welton is challenged by England's Kerry Williams (left) and Kate Walsh (right)

England's women were handed a dose of reality by world and Olympic champions the Netherlands after their opening-day Champions Trophy success in Nottingham.

The hosts, seventh in the world, beat world number two Argentina on Saturday but could not contain the Netherlands.

Ellen Hoog's simple opener was followed by a Kelly Jonker goal from a Dutch counter-attack, before Eva de Goede completed a 3-0 win from close range.

"It hurts but there are positives," England's Kate Walsh told BBC Sport.

"And we can't forget yesterday's performance (against Argentina).

"We've got a rest day on Monday to get ourselves back up and make sure everyone is feeling positive about their individual game.

"We knew these two first games were the hardest. Now we can pick ourselves up, start the tournament again, and take some points off China and Germany."

The Netherlands are the world's finest female hockey team and, despite having occasionally looked vulnerable in their opening 3-1 win over New Zealand, showed very little weakness against coach Danny Kerry's England side.

In contrast England failed to reach reach the heights which propelled them to a 2-1 victory over Argentina on Saturday.

Lidewij Welten had already fired a warning shot over goalkeeper Beth Storry's crossbar before England defender Crista Cullen gave away possession, allowing Hoog an easy reverse-stick goal.

Towards the end of what might politely be called an attritional first half, a squandered England penalty corner handed the Netherlands a breakaway from which Jonker picked off a second.

England's players, unimpressed with veteran Argentine umpire Soledad Iparraguirre for the decision which set their opponents on the break, needed to channel that anger into a battling second-half performance.

But a lengthy stoppage following a nasty head injury to the Netherlands' Sophie Polkamp made it all the harder for them to build momentum.

While they had more possession after the interval, the home side lacked the invention needed to open up a team sitting on a comfortable lead.

Three minutes from time, as England began to flag, De Goede slapped home a rebound following a smart Storry save to round off proceedings.

"We will all make mistakes and Crista is a fantastic player, we'll make sure she's ready for the next game," said England captain Walsh, who placed more emphasis on the Netherlands' controversial second strike.

England said after the game that they still did not know why their penalty corner attempt had been curtailed by umpire Iparraguirre, leaving players stranded in the Dutch half as their opponents broke away to score.

"It's really frustrating. You don't like to blame the umpires but it's difficult enough when you're playing the world's number one team without those little, added advantages," said Walsh.

"The Dutch are so professional, they know how to play the umpires and the technical bench, and perhaps that's something we can learn if it'll make us the number one team in the world."

England have not beaten the Dutch since December 2003, where Kate Walsh scored the only goal in a 1-0 win, and were hammered 5-0 by the Netherlands in their last competitive meeting, at 2009's EuroHockey Nations Championships.

And this result gives England's target of a top-four finish at the six-team Champions Trophy some perspective after Saturday's memorable victory, their first over Argentina in 20 years.

British officials will use this tournament, which sits behind the Olympic Games and World Cup in the pecking order of hockey competitions, to measure their progress with just over two years to go until the Games begin.

While the team taking part here is badged as England and not Britain, the two squads share the same coaching staff and the GB team is predominantly made up of English players.

This is the first time a British squad has been kept in place for a full four-year Olympic cycle in the run-up to London 2012, training together each week.

Particularly relevant here is how England (and hence Britain) perform against the world's best teams in front of a home crowd - the country has never previously hosted a women's tournament of this stature.

Not that they had much of a crowd to impress, playing to a half-full 2,000-seater grandstand.

While the British Grand Prix and World Cup final are tough events for any sport to go up against, it says little for hockey's core fan base in this country that a fixture between the national side and the world's best team can draw so few supporters.

Organisers must hope that England's form returns before next weekend's matches, where golf's Open Championship provides the only major distraction.

The tournament concludes next Sunday with the final, plus play-offs for the remaining places.

Earlier on the second day, Germany fought a determined rearguard action to hold Argentina to a 2-2 draw, a result which may help English chances as it deprives both rivals of valuable points.

New Zealand and China, who lost to the Netherlands and Germany respectively on the opening day, faced each other in the late match on Sunday with China winning 3-1.

BBC Sport

Black Sticks Women lose 3 - 1 to China

The Black Sticks Women have lost their second game in the Samsung Champions Trophy in Nottingham, England.

They came up against a determined China side which did not want to repeat its loss of a week ago to the Black Sticks Women. (The Black Sticks Women beat China 3-2 to secure third place in the Rabo Trophy on Monday, July 5 NZT).

Today, the final score was 3–1 to China, with a half time score of 2-0.

Black Sticks Women’s Coach, Mark Hager, said his team was outplayed by the world’s number three ranked team. He said his team failed to take advantage of their chances to score and equalise the result.

Charlotte Harrison scored her first Champions Trophy goal and the only one for the Black Sticks Women in this game. Her late field goal managed to put the Black Sticks on the scoreboard.

This result leaves the Black Sticks Women at the bottom of the table and boosts China to third equal position with England.

The Black Sticks Women’s next game is against Argentina, live on SKY Sport 3, Tuesday July 13 at 10.00pm.

Argentina will be looking for a win, to ensure they move up the points table as they are currently sitting in fourth place, just above New Zealand, having drawn 2-2 against Germany in today’s game.

More information available from for this tournament.

Tomorrow is a rest day for the Samsung Champions Trophy tournament, but the Black Sticks Men will have their first outing at Nottingham at the same venue in the Four Nations tournament against Germany on Monday, July 12 at 5.30pm local time (NZT Tuesday, July 13 4.30am).

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Black Sticks lose again in Champions Trophy

A 1-3 loss to China today (NZt) has left New Zealand struggling at the bottom of the Champion's Trophy women's hockey tournament being held at Nottingham England.

New Zealand who had beaten China 3-2 to take third placing in a four-nations tournament in the Netherlands last week, were unable to contain the same opponents today.

They trailed by a goal at halftime after China's skipper Fu Baorong deflected the ball into the goal from close range in the 10th minute.

New Zealand had a bright start to the second half but were unable to convert an early penalty corner and then missed a couple of half chances from the field.

China exposed New Zealand's lack of defensive composure under pressure to extend their lead in the 50th minute when Song Qingling turned her marker and slammed home a powerful reverse stick shot.

Fu claimed her second of the match 11 minutes from the end of the game.

Striker Charlotte Harrison finished off a goalmouth scramble to grab a consolation goal for New Zealand with two minutes to go.

New Zealand lost their opening match 1-3 to the Dutch yesterday.

Black Sticks coach, Mark Hager said his team were outplayed by the world's No 3 ranked team.

But his team had also failed to take advantage of their chances to score and equalise the result.

In other second round matches, Argentina and Germany drew 2-2 and the Dutch beat England 3-0.

Tomorrow is a rest day for the Champions Trophy tournament, but the New Zealand men's team will have their first outing at the same venue against Germany in their opening match of a four-nations tournament.

New Zealand will play Argentina nest in the Champions Trophy on Wednesday morning (NZt).

In other second round matches, Argentina and Germany drew 2-2 and the Netherlands beat England 3-0.


Late goal helps Pakistan draw Spain

by Afshan Younis

Shafqat Rasool tackles Spanish player.

MADRID: A late goal by Shafqat Rasool helped Pakistan draw the odds against Spain in their first match of the European tour in the Spanish capital on late Saturday.

In an evenly-matched game of hockey, Pakistan drew the first blood when Shakil Abbasi gave visitors the advantage in only the third minute of the match. However, Spain reacted strongly and scored two goals on a trot as they had the upper hand at the halfway stage.

Pakistan came back strongly and kept on attacked the hosts’ goal intermittently which eventually paid off with Shafqat Rasool coming up with an equaliser in the late minutes.

In the end, both teams had to content with a 2-2 draw as Pakistan started their European tour on a high.

Sports Encounter

China edge Malaysia

CHINA edged Malaysia 2-1 in the final of the Four-Nation in Dalian, yesterday.

The hosts led 2-0 after scoring off a penalty stroke and a field attempt, while Tajol Rosli narrowed the gap for Malaysia in the second half.

Malaysia had beaten Russia 3-2 and Pakistan 3-0 to reach the final.

"The penalty stroke came about after a China penalty corner attempt was saved with a hockey stick, but the umpire felt it hit a player's leg," said team manager George Koshy.

"After that goal, Malaysia pushed forward and China countered with a field attempt to make it 2-0.

"Our players had bombed many sitters after narrowing the gap, and lost grip of the match."

The national team are preparing for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi where they are in Group A with Australia, Pakistan, India and Scotland.

In Group B are England, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago.

New Straits Times

Malaysia end up second best in Dalian

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia settled for the runner-up spot in a four-nation hockey tournament in Dalian, losing 1-2 to hosts China in the final yesterday.

It was the second straight defeat by China in a day. In the morning, they were beaten 1-3 in a match to complete the second half of a round-robin fixture, which was abandoned on Saturday because of rain. The match resumed with China leading 2-1.

In the final, China scored two goals in a space of three minutes. After a goalless first half, the Chinese went in front in the 49th minute with a penalty corner goal by Liu Yisiang.

Veteran Sun Long scored a field goal to stretch the lead in the 52nd minute before Tajol Rosli pulled a goal back for Malaysia two minutes later off a penalty corner.

“The players did fairly well,” said national coach Stephen van Huizen in a telephone interview.

“A few of the decisions also did not go our way. The Chinese team were better in the final in that they took their chances well.”

The Malaysians will return home today and they will leave this weekend for Australia where they plan to play nine matches against club sides in Perth during a two-week stint.

The Star of Malaysia

Pakistan Whites get bronze medal

Staff Report

LAHORE: Pakistan Whites hockey team won a bronze medal in a Four-Nation Hockey Tournament in China, Pakistan juniors claimed fourth position in the Indoor Asia Cup Tournament in Malaysia and Pakistan seniors played a drawn game against Spain in Spain. According to a spokesman for the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Sunday, Whites defeated Russia 2-1 for the third position. Kashif Shah and Wasif Siddique scored one goal each from Pakistan. Juniors were defeated by Uzbekistan 0-2 in a classification match for third position. In the first match against hosts Spain, Pakistan played a 2-2 drawn game. Pakistan will now play their second match against France in Spain on Monday (today).

The Daily Times

Hosts beaten in Asian indoor hockey final

IPOH: Malaysia’s hopes of playing in the indoor hockey World Cup Finals next year went up in smoke when they lost 2-3 to Iran in the final of the Asian championships at the Ipoh City Council Indoor Arena here yesterday.

For Iran, they won the title for a third consecutive year after having beaten Malaysia, who were represented by the Sapura, in the 2008 and 2009 finals.

This time, Malaysia were represented by players selected from the national championships last month but the team were still not good enough to dethrone Iran.

Former national skipper S. Kuhan scored both the goals for Malaysia in the fourth and 39th minutes. Iran got the better of Malaysia with strikes from Bahrami Yaghoub, Norouzzad Eh Reza and Abbasi Reza in the 12th, 30th and 37th minutes respectively.

The Asian championships was designated by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and a qualifying event offering a ticket to the world Finals.

Uzbekiatan beat Pakistan 2-0 to take third place while Thailand routed Kazakhstan 7-0 for fifth place.

The teams who have qualified for the world Finals are Austria, the Czech Republic, England, Spain, Germany, Holland, Poland and Russia. Three more continental representatives will be decided later for the third edition of the Finals, which will be held in Poznan, Poland, from Feb 8-13.

The Star of Malaysia

PHF trying to organise an Indo-Pak Test series in UAE

KARACHI: Taking a cue from the Cricket Board, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) is now trying to organise a hockey Test series against India and other foreign teams in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

PHF secretary Asif Bajwa is due to leave for Dubai later today to meet with hockey officials there to discuss the possibility of organising a Pakistan series in UAE, which has a large population of expatriates from Pakistan, India and other Asian countries.

"The UAE states are an ideal neutral venue for us to not only hold matches but also training camps," Bajwa said.

"I will be meeting with hockey officials in Dubai to discuss the possibility of some series in the coming months as even India hockey officials have shown interest in a bilateral test series," he said.

Pakistan team has already played a test series against the Netherlands in the UAE earlier this year as part of their preparations for the World Cup held in New Delhi.

Bajwa said with foreign teams not willing to come to Pakistan because of security issues, the only option left for Pakistan was to play at neutral venues until the situation improved.

"We need to give our team regular matches against top teams and having a series against India means good financial returns for both the federations," Bajwa added.

Due to the prevailing security situation in Pakistan, the cricket board has already been holding its 'home' series against various teams in the UAE and have also scheduled their full Test series against South Africa in Abu Dhabi and Dubai later this year in October-November.

Bajwa said it was unfortunate that no international tournament had been held in Pakistan for a while now but said due to the security issues this was a situation the Pakistani hockey community had to accept.

The Times of India

Haryana enter quarters

Haryana entered the quarterfinals of the 63rd Rangaswami Cup Senior National Men's Hockey Championship after crushing Karnataka 3-1 at the Aishbagh Stadium here. With this, Haryana has become the sixth team to book a berth in the quarterfinals.

The other teams which have already entered the last eight are Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Punjab and hosts Madhya Pradesh State Hockey Academy (MPSHA), Bhopal.

For Haryana, Kulbhushan and Sandeep Kumar converted penalty corners in the 23rd and 37th minutes respectively.

However, Mudappa of Karnataka hit a brilliant field goal in the 57th minute to reduce the margin.

Later, the players of Karnataka tried their best to equalise the score but could not do so despite good moves and passes.

Naveen Antil of Haryana struck a brilliant field goal in the 68th minute and completed the tie for his side.

In another fixture, Delhi trounced Pondicherry 5-1. For Delhi, Virendra Sharma scored first goal in the 28th minute but within two minutes Pondicherry equalised through Prasanna.

In the second half, the Delhi players cut loose and hit four goals in a span of 11 minutes through Virendra, Mohit, Pradeep Kumar, Piyush and Sarvan in the 56th, 59th, 60th and 67th minutes respectively.

In other matches, Jharkhand humiliated Tripura 7-1 and Madhya Bharat beat Andhra Pradesh 6-1.

The Tribune

Vikram Pillay Academy wins Aga Khan hockey tourney

Vikram Pillay Academy was crowned champions of the 107th All India Aga Khan Hockey Tournament, edging out Bombay Engineers Group in a tense final played at the PCMC Polygrass Stadium, Chinchwad on Saturday.

VPA forward Yuvraj Walmiki, who has been in fine form throughout the tournament, opened the scoring in the 11th minute thanks to a pass from Prakash Ghumre. However, the one-goal lead was negated almost in no time thanks to a 14th-minute goal from Abung Singh. His teammate Premanand Singh provided the assist and Abung found the back of the net without a problem to draw BEG level.

However, Walmiki added another goal to his tally to seal the victory in the second half, with Allwyn Alexander setting him up in the 48th minute as VPA held on for the title.

In the junior division final, Kids XI beat Friends Union ‘B’ 4-2 on penalty strokes after the two sides played out a goalless draw.

Vivek Kale, Deepak Malai, Mahesh Rasal and Samuel Samson converted their shots for Kids XI, while from Friends Union only Sanjay Mahabdi and Mayur Thakur managed to find the net.

Indian Express

Hockey players fear for their careers

Sharad Deep

Will participation in the Indian Hockey Federation - backed 63rd Senior National Men’s Hockey Championship for the Rangaswamy Cup put players’ careers on the line? Given that Hockey India (HI), the adhoc body recognised by the Federation of International Hockey (FIH), has already threatened to take strict action against those participating in the competition, players have reason to be worried.

Nevertheless, players have entered the competition as, for many of them, it’s a big opportunity. “I hope to get a government job after playing in the championship. But I am still not sure about the authenticity of the event,” said Haseen Khan of Rajasthan. “Since the nationals have not been held for many years now, this is my last chance to participate.”

Tripura’s Daniel Soy Murum echoed the thought. “I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. All I know is that this event could help me get a job in my state,” he said. While these players have ignored the HI threat, some state units and players have taken note and stayed away. And as most of the top players are busy preparing for the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, the teams are mostly packed with new faces. Adam Sinclair of Tamil Nadu and SS Gill of Chandigarh are the only two former Olympians in the competition.

Nonetheless, the event has seen some impressive hockey. “HI can’t ignore this pool of talent. If they impose a ban on all participating players, it will have a major negative impact on Indian hockey,” tournament director Peter Menenzes said.

National umpire TP Singh also urged authorities not to penalise players. “They are the future of Indian hockey and should not be overlooked,” he said.

Forced Participation

Many players have alleged that they have been forced to play in the competition by their state units. “Since there is confusion about the authenticity of the event, I didn’t want to participate. But I was forced to play by my state unit officials,” said a player on condition of anonymity. “We are being sandwiched between the two bodies,” he complained.

Hindustan Times

Sonali Bank thump Azad

Sports Reporter

Sonali Bank registered a 5-1 win over Azad Sporting Club in the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

The bankers led the first half 2-0 after a brace from Shahjad Nasir, who struck in the ninth and 24th minutes.

After resumption, Rana Jubair, Sultan Ashraf and Moniruzzaman netted one goal each to confirm their sixth victory in nine matches.

Salam Sadik scored the consolation goal for Azad.

The Daily Star