News for 13 July 2010

All the news for Tuesday 13 July 2010


Britain, Germany notch up opening wins

By Bruce Hamilton


NOTTINGHAM: Britain overcame a resurgent Japan 6-4 and Germany eased past New Zealand 3-1 on the opening day of the men's 4-Nations tournament on Monday.

The Britons sped to a 3-0 lead in the first half with goals from Ashley Jackson, James Tindall and Barry Middleton, but faded to allow Japan's Katsuyoshi Nagasawa to score late in the half.

Nick Catlin scored early in the second period to give Britain a 4-1 lead only to see the lead dissolve to 4-4 with goals by Yoshihito Anai, a second by Nagasawa and Kazuhiro Tsubouchi with 10 minutes to play.

The home side regrouped with goals by Catlin and Jonty Clarke to put the result beyond doubt.

Japan coach Siegfried Aikman was disappointed with his side having conceded early goals.

"We had discussed this before the game and I was disappointed with the way we were scored against and then I was pleased they could come back to 4-4, but it happened too early in the second half for us to shut down the rest of the game," Aikman said.

Great Britain coach Jason Lee saw improvements in his team.

"We have not had a lot of time together so I was pleased that we had longer periods of good play in this match than we have in previous matches since this group started playing together," Lee said.

Germany's 3-1 win over New Zealand was highlighted by the Germans' ability to keep their defensive patterns and find holes in those of New Zealand.

The Kiwis held Germany scoreless in a first half marked by near misses on goal by both teams and three unsuccessful penalty corner chances for the Germans.

Field goals to Benedikt Frk, Florian Fuchs and Christoph Menke early in the second half came as a result of defensive errors in New Zealand's circle.

Germany fell away in the last quarter of play allowing New Zealand three raids into Germany's circle with Blair Hilton deflecting into goal at the right post from Shea Macaleese's cross from the left.

Germany coach Markus Weise was pleased with his side's dominance.

"Most of the time we played quite well and dominated the play and created lots of chances but were not able to convert lots of those," Weise said.

New Zealand coach Shane McLeod said his team was a learning curve as he trials young players with an eye on the 2012 London Olympics and beyond.

"The group we have brought over is with the intention of looking at our players beyond 2012 and there are some quite talented players who are making their debut over the course of this week," McLeod said.

The 4-nations tournament continues Wednesday when Great Britain meet Germany and Japan play New Zealand.

The Times of India



Great Britain in winning start

Great Britain got their International Men’s Four Nations tournament off to winning start at Highfields Sports Club in Nottingham on Monday night with a thrilling 6-4 victory over Japan.

Jason Lee handed Great Britain debuts to six players, including 18 year old Andy Bull and 17 year old Harry Martin, both of whom took to the pitch for the first time ever at senior international level.

With the torrential rain easing, the match began at a frenetic tempo; both sides breaking quickly at every opportunity.  Japan threatened a couple of early circle entries before World Young Player of the Year Ashley Jackson got Great Britain off to the best possible start, knocking home Reading forward Jonty Clarke’s cross from the right hand side after just four minutes.  The goal was Jackson’s tenth for GB and Clarke will have been pleased with his contribution after a late call up to replace the injured Richard Smith.

Beeston home favourite Alastair Wilson was soon called upon to make a late block in the British circle just as Hiroki Sakamoto was pulling the trigger following a 20 metre sprint with the ball.

Backed by the noisy vuvuzelas in the crowd Great Britain doubled their lead through Surbiton’s James Tindall midway through the second half.  As Britain pressed Japan deep, Nick Catlin found the run of Tindall across the face of goalkeeper Katsuya Takase and the GB number 20 applied a perfect touch to divert the ball home for 2-0.

With a two goal cushion, the hosts were beginning to enjoy a period of sustained possession as the visitors held station on the halfway line.  Shortly after scoring, Tindall left the field to receive treatment for a head wound.

Reading’s Simon Mantell, now recovered from the foot injury that kept him out of March’s World Cup in Delhi, flashed an effort across goal and Britain’s pressure told on 24 minutes when East Grinstead’s Scottish defender Niall Stott’s shot was turned in by captain Barry Middleton at the back post.  The 26 year old Doncaster born player would have been hard pressed to miss from mere inches out and Great Britain were cruising at 3-0.

With 28 minutes on the clock, Japan were awarded the game’s first penalty corner and Katsuyoshi Nagasawa took full advantage, albeit at the second attempt.  The initial effort from the top of the circle came back to him off the base of Nick Brothers’ right hand post and he needed no second invitation to slot home.

At the other end, GB won a penalty corner of their own but a mistake at the top of the circle cost them a clean shot and Takase saved Middleton’s deflected effort at close range.

Tindall returned for the second half as Japan upped the ante.  Adam Dixon took an enforced two minute rest for a push in the back of a breaking Japanese forward and from the resulting play Yoshihiro Anai nearly found his target on the back post.

Five minutes into the second period GB took advantage of Japan’s high press to break at pace through Loughborough Students’ Nick Catlin.  The 21 year old former Reading midfielder found Tindall high in the circle but he saw his deflected effort well saved by Takase.  Catlin though had continued his run and as the ball broke to him on the penalty spot he swept home powerfully to put Great Britain 4-1 up with his first ever goal for GB.

Almost immediately, Japan pulled a goal back following a low stick save from Reading’s Nick Brothers, making his first appearance in a Great Britain shirt.  The goalkeeper could do nothing about Anai’s sweep high into the net and things got worse for GB soon after when Katsuyoshi Nagasawa powerfully flicked in a third goal from a penalty corner.

Sensing a remarkable comeback Japan piled on the pressure and when East Grinstead’s Glenn Kirkham gave the ball to Kazuyuki Ozawa inside the 23 metre area Anai was presented with a glorious opportunity to equalise.  His flashed effort from the top of the circle flew wide of Brothers’ right hand post and GB breathed a sigh of relief.

The relief was short-lived as Japan won their third penalty corner after determined play along the left baseline.  Japanese captain Kazuhiro Tsubouchi pulled the ball out to Nagasawa who returned it for his captain to sweep home the equaliser at the back post; 4-4 and the game was delicately poised going into the final ten minutes.

With eight minutes remaining, good strength from Surbiton’s Richard Alexander along the baseline was rewarded with a goal as he found clubmate Tindall, whose diving deflection under the Japanese goalkeeper restored the hosts’ lead.

Alexander then saw yellow for a foul in the middle of the pitch and Great Britain were forced to play five of the final seven minutes with ten players.

As Japan came at Britain a well worked British counter attack put the game beyond the visitors.  Old Loughtonians’ Harry Martin linked well with Catlin who fed Clarke inside the circle.  The initial effort was well saved by Takase but Clarke fired in a follow up for 6-4.

Afterwards, Head Coach Jason Lee was pleased with how his experimental side had played: “We are trying new things and playing people out of position, trying to be more expansive in our  play.

“It’s rare that you get the opportunity to play your best 11 on the pitch at once but we’re making no attempt to hide our youngsters.”

Earlier in the evening, Olympic champions Germany beat New Zealand 3-1.  Great Britain will now prepare for a crunch match against Germany, which gets underway at 13:30 on Wednesday.

GREAT BRITAIN (men) 6 (3)
Ashley Jackson 4 (F)               
James Tindall 17, 62 (F, F)                   
Barry Middleton 24 (F)             
Nick Catlin 40 (F)                     
Jonty Clarke 68 (F)                  

JAPAN (men) 4 (1)
Katsuyoshi Nagasawa 27,55 (PC,PC)               
Yoshihiro Anai 50 (F)               
Kazuhiro Tsubouchi 60 (PC)                 

GREAT BRITAIN SQUAD v JAPAN

Started


Nick Brothers (Reading) Goalkeeper
Richard Alexander(Surbiton) Defender/Midfielder/Forward
Andy Bull (Brooklands MU) Defender
Niall Stott (East Grinstead) Defender
Alastair Wilson (Beeston) Defender
Adam Dixon (Beeston) Defender/Midfielder
Ashley Jackson (HGC) Midfielder
Glenn Kirkham (East Grinstead) Midfielder
Barry Middleton (HGC) Midfielder/Forward
Jonty Clarke (Reading) Forward
James Tindall (Surbiton) Forward

Substitutes Used

Richard Springham (Reading) Defender/Midfielder
Nick Catlin (Loughborough Students) Midfielder/Forward
Harry Martin (Old Loughtonians) Midfielder
Alastair Brogdon (Bowdon) Forward
Simon Mantell (Reading) Forward

DNP

James Fair (Cannock) Goalkeeper
Iain Mackay (Reading) Midfielder

INTERNATIONAL MEN’S FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT TABLE

1. Great Britain (3 points)
2. Germany (3 points)
3. Japan (0 points)
4. New Zealand (0 points)

INTERNATIONAL MEN’S FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT FIXTURES


Monday 12 July 2010

17:30 Germany v New Zealand - Men’s Four Nations
20:00 Great Britain v Japan - Men’s Four Nations

Wednesday 14 July 2010

13:30 Great Britain v Germany - Men’s Four Nations
16:00 New Zealand v Japan - Men’s Four Nations

Friday 16 July 2010

17:30 Germany v Japan - Men’s Four Nations
20:00 New Zealand v Great Britain - Men’s Four Nations

Saturday 17 July 2010

17:30 3rd v 4th - Men’s Four Nations
20:00 Final - Men’s Four Nations (live on Eurosport)

Great Britain Hockey media release



Great Britain open Four Nations with 6-4 victory over Japan

By Emily Benammar



Fightback: Great Britain beat Japan 6-4 in their opening match of the Four Nations Photo: ADY KERRY

Great Britain survived a second-half comeback from Japan to secure a 6-4 victory in their opening match of the Men’s Four Nations tournament in Nottingham.

A dominating performance in the opening 25 minutes saw the home-side take a 3-0 advantage thanks to strikes from Ashley Jackson, James Tindall and Barry Middleton, but Japan soon found a way through Great Britain’s defence and Katsuyoshi Nagasawa pulled one back for the visitors before the half-time break was called.

The interval proved beneficial for Japan who came out fighting and in the absence of Great Britain’s Adam Dixon, green carded for a heavy stick challenge, the world No 16 side were unlucky not to reduce the deficit when Kazuhiro Tsubouchi saw his strike head narrowly right of Nick Brothers’ goal.

Great Britain retaliated and soon increased their advantage when Japan’s goalkeeper Katsuya Takase failed to clear Tindell's attempt on goal, with Nick Catlin following through to make it 4-1.

Here ensued the Japanese fight-back and in a dominant quarter-of-an-hour Yoshihiro Anai, Kazuhiro Tsubouchi and Nagasawa pulled the scoreline back to 4-4.

With eight minutes left on the clock Great Britain responded and in a move initiated from the right wing, Richard Alexander's pin-point cross handed Tindell his brace and re-established a home lead.

Four minutes later Jonty Clarke, a late addition to the Great Britain squad following Richard Smith’s withdrawal due to injury, converted off a terrifically worked set up from the right wing to secure the 6-4 victory.

Delighted with his squad, who could have struggled in the absence of a number of high-profile player, head coach Jason Lee said: “This tournament, the Champions Trophy and the Commonwealth Games gives us development opportunities.

“We haven’t been together an awful lot and I think that has shown but by comparison to the five practice matches we’ve played in 10 days we’ve come a long way.

“I’m proud we’re now a team that works to win games with scoring and not just battle – injuries have forced us to try different thing s and create more flexibility.”

The Telegraph



Great Britain open with victory


Jackson celebrates Great Britain's opening goal against Japan

Great Britain got their Four Nations tournament off to a winning start as they beat Japan 6-4 in Nottingham.

Britain, European Cup winners and World Cup semi-finalists, took a 3-0 lead but Japan fought back to level at 4-4.

In the end, though, goals from James Tindall (2), Barry Middleton, Ashley Jackson, Nick Catlin and Jonty Clarke secured Britain a hard-fought victory.

Britain's opponents on Wednesday, Olympic champions Germany, also started with a win, beating New Zealand 3-1.

"We have not had a lot of time together so I was pleased that we had longer periods of good play in this match than we have in previous matches since this group started playing together," said Britain coach Jason Lee.

"We are trying new things and playing people out of position, trying to be more expansive in our play.

"It's rare that you get the opportunity to play your best 11 on the pitch at once but we're making no attempt to hide our youngsters."

Japan coach Siegfried Aikman, meanwhile, was disappointed with his side having conceded early goals.

"We had discussed this before the game," he said. "I was pleased we could come back to 4-4, but it happened too early in the second half for us to shut down the rest of the game."

In the day's other match, New Zealand managed to reach half-time in their match at 0-0 before Germany found their scoring touch in the second half through Benedikt Frk, Florian Fuchs and Christoph Menke field goals.

Japan play New Zealand on Wednesday.

BBC Sport



Black Sticks 3 - 1 loss to Germany

Two of the Black Sticks Men’s new caps, Blair Tarrant and Stephen Jenness made their international debut for New Zealand against Germany earlier today (Tuesday, July 13) in the team’s first game of the Four Nations tournament in Nottingham, England.

While the final result of a 3-1 loss against the world’s number two was not what the debutants would have wished for, Coach Shane McLeod said the new caps did impress.

“It was a relatively good performance against one of the best international teams in the world and Blair showed real ability and confidence on his debut.”

Overall, the team put in a solid performance against Germany. Other players who shone out were Stephen Graham in goal, who made some good saves early on in the match to keep the score a nil all draw at half time, and Richard Petherick who took a senior role in the defensive unit.

However, in the second half Germany broke through the Black Sticks Men’s defence to score three field goals in relatively quick succession (41st minute, 45th minute and 53rd minute).

A field goal by Blair Hilton in the 61st minute put New Zealand on the scoreboard, but not enough.

Captained by Shea McAleese, McLeod is looking for this younger team to improve over the next two games.

The Black Sticks Men take on Japan next in the Four Nations on Wednesday, July 14 at 4pm local time (NZT 3am, Thursday July 15).

While the Black Sticks Women come up against world number two, Argentina, later today (NZT) at the Samsung Champions Trophy tournament in Nottingham. The game will be broadcast live on SKY Sport 3 tonight at 10pm (NZT).

More information on the Samsung Champions Trophy tournament is available via the microsite www.samsungchampionstrophy2010.sportcentric.com for the latest updates.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Men's Black Sticks down to Germany

The New Zealand men's hockey team began their Four Nations tournament campaign in England with a 1-3 loss to Germany.

The New Zealanders conceded three quick goals after halftime at Nottingham before scoring a consolation goal themselves to Wellington midfielder Blair Hilton in the 61st minute.

The other countries competing at Nottingham are Great Britain and Japan. New Zealand next play Japan on Thursday (NZ time).

They are using the tournament to prepare for the Champions Trophy tournament, which starts in Germany on July 31.

New Zealand held Germany scoreless in a first half marked by near misses on goal by both teams and three unsuccessful penalty corner chances for the Germans.

Field goals to Benedikt Frk, Florian Fuchs and Christoph Menke early in the second half came as a result of defensive errors in New Zealand's circle.

Germany fell away in the last quarter of play, and New Zealand got on the scoresheet when Hilton deflected a shot into the goal at the right post off a cross from captain Shea McAleese.

New Zealand coach Shane McLeod said his team were on a learning curve as he trialled young players with an eye on the 2012 London Olympics and beyond.

"The group we have brought over is with the intention of looking at our players beyond 2012 and there are some quite talented players who are making their debut over the course of this week," McLeod said.

In today's other match, Britain overcame a resurgent Japan 6-4.

Stuff



England captain Kate Walsh warns against complacency

By Emily Benammar



Calm: Kate Walsh says Germany are still a force to be reckoned with even in the absence of key players Photo: ADY KERRY

England captain Kate Walsh has warned the squad cannot afford to be complacent about their Champions Trophy fixture against Germany on Tuesday despite the absence of two of the world No 4 side’s key players.

Midfielders Fanny Rinne and Anke Kühn were not included in Michael Behrmann’s 18-man squad, but having already recorded a win and a draw in Nottingham, Germany are second in the standings and showing little weakness in the pair’s absence.

“It’s a positive for us is that Rinne and Kühn aren’t at this tournament and it’ll be interesting to see how they cope without them.” Walsh said. “We may be able to exploit some of their less experienced players but ultimately we can’t get complacent in their absence.

“Germany have a big squad and excellent players to fill in so the last thing we can do is get ahead of ourselves.”

However, England can afford to go into the match with confidence having already played the world’s two top sides which resulted in a win over defending champions Argentina and a 3-0 defeat to Olympic champions Holland leaving them fourth in the standings but level on points with third place China.

Moreover, a large percentage of Danny Kerry’s squad played against Germany in Great Britain’s 2-0 two-match Test series win in May and are familiar with their style of play.

“We’ve played them recently so that gives us a confidence boost,” Walsh added. “They’re a world class side but we can go into the match with a recent idea of how they’re playing.

“They’ve got a lot of experience at the back in Julia Müller and Tina Bachmann but we know they like to play a lot of aerial balls so we’ll have to jump on that from the start.”

Tuesday’s action also sees current tournament leaders Holland face China while defending champions Argentina play bottom placed New Zealand.

Current Champions Trophy leaderboard

* Netherlands 6 (points)
* Germany 4
* China 3
* England 3
* Argentina 1
* New Zealand 0

The Telegraph



British Olympians Sir Derek Day and Neil Nugent set to receive medals 58 years late

By Emily Benammar



Long time coming: Lord Moynihan will present Sir Derek Day and Neil Nugent with their bronze medals Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Sir Derek Day and Neil Nugent, two members of Great Britain's 1952 Olympic bronze medal-winning squad are set to be awarded the medals they never received by chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA), Lord Moynihan.

Fifty-eight years ago Great Britain beat Pakistan 2-1 at the Helsinki Olympics, but with just 11 medals made for the winning side, Day and Nugent relinquished theirs for their team-mates.

Years later an investigation into the possibility of the two men finally being awarded their medals was launched following a conversation between Tony Nunn, Day and Nugent's team-mate in 1952 and Richard Leman, a gold medal winner in 1988.

They sought the advice of Jan Paterson of the BOA and just over 12 months ago it was determined that any athlete taking part in the preliminary round of an event – within a team event – should be presented with a medal.

Thrilled that the two men are finally able to receive their medals, Leman, now president of Great Britain Hockey, said: “Everyone involved with Great Britain Hockey is delighted that we have been able to assist the players of the 1952 team and help correct the oversight of the time.

"The individuals have been very magnanimous about the whole situation and it was interesting to note that it was their colleagues who made the initial enquiry to see if the record could be put straight.

“With the medals being presented some 58 years after the event we wonder what the longest time is between winning a medal and being presented with it.”

The presentation will be made during half-time in Great Britain men's Four Nation match against Germany at Highfields Sports Club, Nottingham.

The Telegraph

 



Third generation Kookaburra in young Champions Trophy squad


Trent Mitton follows in his father and grandfather's footsteps. Photo: Treeby Images

Third generation Kookaburras player Trent Mitton will be one of several players given an opportunity to prove themselves at the international level when Australia competes in the 2010 Champions Trophy later this month.

Held in Germany from 31 July – 8 August, Mitton along with Chris Ciriello, Tim Deavin, Jason Wilson, Mark Patterson and Joel Carrol, will play in their first major international tournament at the Champions Trophy.

Having made his debut for the Kookaburras only two months ago, Mitton’s selection is significant as he is a third generation Kookaburras player, with his father Grant Mitton playing for the Kookaburras throughout the 1980s (including the 1984 Olympics and 1986 World Cup).

Mitton’s grandfather, Don Mitton, also represented Australia during a tour of New Zealand in 1958.

Mitton said he is extremely proud to have followed in his fathers and grandfathers footsteps, but was looking forward to forging his own career with the Kookaburras.

“Obviously it is a great honour to be selected for Australia and it is a bit unique that both my dad and grandfather also represented Australia. I’m just looking to make the most of the opportunity given to me by the coaches and hopefully establish myself in the team,” said Mitton.

Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth has selected the likes of Mitton ahead of World Cup squad members such as Kiel Brown, Liam De Young, Rob Hammond, Mark Knowles and Grant Schubert to compete in the 2010 Champions Trophy.

While the aim was to give these senior players a rest, Charlesworth said his decision to play so many young players was done in an attempt to build depth in the squad ahead of the 2012 London Olympics.

“The squad chosen was done so with a view to build depth and continue experimenting with structures and players. Our sights are firmly set on the London Olympics, everything we have done and everything we will continue to do will have this is mind,” said Charlesworth.

Prior to competing at the Champions Trophy the Kookaburras will play two test matches against Belgium before their first match of the Champions Trophy against New Zealand on Saturday July 31.

Australia is the most successful Champions Trophy team in the world, having won a record ten gold medals and 27 medals overall. Having won the 2008 & 2009 gold medals, they will be looking to win three championships in a row for only the second time in Australian history after the Kookaburras also won the Champions Trophy title from 1983-1985.

Although 19 players will travel to Europe, the Champions Trophy squad will be reduced to 18 players prior to the beginning of the tournament. The Kookaburras will depart for Europe on Monday 19 July.

CHAMPIONS TROPHY SQUAD
Des Abbott (NT), George Bazeley (VIC), Graeme Begbie (WA), Nathan Burgers (QLD), Joel Carroll (NT), Chris Ciriello (VIC), Tim Deavin (TAS), Luke Doerner (VIC), Jamie Dwyer (QLD), Russell Ford (VIC), Kieran Govers (NSW), Fergus Kavanagh (WA), Trent Mitton (WA), Eddie Ockenden (TAS), Simon Orchard (NSW), Mark Patterson (NSW) Matthew Swann (QLD), Glenn Turner (ACT), Jason Wilson (QLD)

Hockey Australia media release



Jharkhand, Delhi to fight for quarterfinal berth

Jharkhand crushed Pondicherry 4-0 while Delhi trounced Tripura 6-0 in the 63rd Rangaswami Cup Senior National Men’s Hockey Championship played at the Aishbagh Stadium here today. With this, both Jharkhand and Delhi have brightened their chances of making to the quarter-finals of the event from Pool ‘A’. Both teams have won two matches and the qualifier between them would be decided after this evening’s fixture.

For Jharkhand, Roshan scored two goals in the fourth and 40th minutes, while Tintus and Arvind hit one goal each in the 63rd and 68th minutes to ensure their team’s victory. Till breather, Jharkhand led 1-0. In another match, Amit struck three goals in the 11th, 43rd and 68th minutes, Mohit scored two goals in the 46th and 60th minutes, while Praveen put the ball in the net in the 16th minute for Delhi. At the end of the first half, Delhi led 2-0.

In a Pool ‘H’ fixture, SAIL humiliated Uttarakhand 10-0. Amit Yadav hit three goals in the 32nd, 56th and 61st minutes, while Sunil (13th and 42nd minutes) and Adnan (51st and 60th minutes) scored two goals each for SAIL in their first match of the tournament. The other scorer for SAIL were captain Amit Karketta (43rd minute), Deepak (28th minute) and Mikhal (12th minute). Till breather, SAIL led 4-0.

The Tribune



Mariners fourth after first leg

Sports Reporter


Mariner Youngs Club finished fourth in the first leg of the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier Division Hockey League when they handed a massive 7-1 defeat to Police AC at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Moinul Islam struck three goals while Dhiman, Ripon, Farhad and Sohanir netted one goal each for the youthful Mariners, who dominated the first half with a lead of 5-0.

Rana Das struck the consolation for Police.

Title contenders Mohammedan, Abahani, Sonali and Ajax SC have already confirmed their birth in the Super Cup that will get underway on July 15 after the last game of the first leg between perennial foes Mohammedan and Abahani today.

Both Mohammedan and Abahani are equal on 21 points from eight games.

The Daily Star



US Junior Men's National Championships Concludes

CHULA VISTA, Ca -- The Junior Men's National Championships wrapped on this past Sunday with the Ventura County Red Devils being crowned the 2010 Champions.

In the first game of the day the Women's Central Training Program took on the West Coast Eagles for the second day in a row. The USA women's program struck early with a penalty corner goal in 11th minute of the game when Kayla Bashore placed her stick in the right position to deflect a Rachel Dawson drag flick to the back of the net. Only five minutes later it would be Bashore who would strike again when she sent a shot from the field past goalkeeper Spencer Reed to make the score 2-0 in favor of the women.

The second half would see a motivated West Coast squad increase their play and keep the deficit at two until Katie Reinprecht made her way into the goal circle in the 62nd minute and capitalize on an opportunity to give the USA women a commanding 3-0 lead. However, the Eagles from the West Coast refused to give up and immediately answered back later in the 62nd minute with a goal from Travis Kemsley. As time ticked away the West Coast would take advantage of a penalty corner in the 68th minute as Amarpreet Singh scored to make it a one-goal game. Unfortunately, time would be the enemy of the Eagles on this day and the USA Women would walk away with the victory in a well-played 3rd place match.

In the championship match the East Coast Juniors took on the Ventura County Red Devils for the second day in a row. As both teams felt each other in the opening minutes it would be Moritz Runzi who would lead off the scoring when he scored off a penalty corner to give the East Coasters a 1-0 in the 15th minute of the match. However, it would be Ventura County, using a reshuffled lineup and pushing defender and US National Team player Mikey Barminski into the midfield, that would control the game for the majority of the remainder of the game. Fueled by a penalty corner goal in the 20th minute from Pedro Zepeda to even the score, the Red Devils used their momentum to put two more goals on the board in the 21st and 34th minutes from Adam Schlosser and Mikey Barminski to give themselves a 3-1 lead heading into the half.

It would be more of the same in the second half as Ventura County scored early on in the 46th minute when Viren Padhiar faked a pass and caught East Coast goalkeeper Brandon Karess off guard, slipping a goal shot past him. Ranveer Kundi would follow up shortly after in the 51st minute, as he would also find the back of the net from the field. As time began to run out on the East Coast team Christian Linney would capitalize on a penalty corner and make the score 5-2 but with a well organized, pace slowing game the Ventura County team would secure the victory and the 2010 National Championship.

Post game saw the distribution of awards for the tournament including the overall tournament trophy and individual accolades including:

Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Brandon Karess - East Coast Junior
Young Player of the Tournament - Sean Cicchi - Ventura County Red Devils
Top Goal Scorer: Moritz Runzi - East Coast Juniors
Player of the Tournament: Ajai Dhadwal - Ventura County Red Devils

USFHA media release



Canadian Men’s Junior National Camp Squad Announced

Congratulations to the athletes who have been selected for our FHC Men’s Junior Squad. These athletes have been selected from the junior camps held recently in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

The Men’s Junior Camp will be held July 31- August 15 in Vancouver, and it will provide an intense training program for the selected 41 athletes. The coaching staff includes Aaron Guest, Inderpal Sehmbi and several guest specialty coaches. During the camp, there will be two selection opportunities, at which time a team will be named to play the US Juniors, August 11-15, 2010 in Vancouver.

FHC is committed to Junior Development and this squad marks the beginning of our 2013 Junior World Cup Campaign- “Target 2013”. Recommendations for athletes (initial target age group are those born in 1991-93) were provided by our Field Hockey Provincial Associations.  As we progress to Phase two of this program and confirm our National Junior Coach, athletes born in 1994 or younger will be invited to the program. This campaign represents a 4 year program targeted at the 2013 Junior World Cup, and  2010 marks the kick off for the first phase of this program. Details of this program have been shared with the athletes selected. If you have any questions on how you can find out more about this exiting campaign,  please contact Shiaz Virjee, FHC Senior Technical Lead at   shiazvijee@telus.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

The following athletes have been invited to the 2010 Junior National Camp:

Adrien  D'Andrade
Nathan Berry
Anthony Bilinski
Brenden Bissett
Stephen Bissett
Matthew  Bissett
Tyler Branco
Josh Brown
Arsh Buttar
Spencer Curran
Taylor Curran
Justin Dhaliwal
Sunny Dhindsa
Nik Ewasechko
Adam Froese
Akashdeep Gill
Hramann Grewall
Jeremaiah Henriques
Gab Ho-Garcia
Gord Johnson
Sam Jones
Andrew Kanerva
Manvir Kingra
James Kirkpatrick
Tyler Klenk
Amit Kullar
Anthony Lok
David Loy
Sukhi  Panesar
Kevin Pereira
Keegan Periera
Louie Plottel
Navi Purewal
Charles Riley
Nic Roggaveen
Cj Roydhouse
Tanveer Sidhu
Michael Versamis
Arif Virjee
Paul Wharton
Alex Wharton

Field Hockey Canada media release



European stops in hockey boys’ final phase of training

By S. RAMAGURU


KUALA LUMPUR: The national hockey team will tour Europe from Aug 10 as part of the final phase of training for the Commonwealth Games and the Asiad.

The team have arrange for at least 12 matches and they are hoping that there will also be a five-nation meet for them in France during the stint.

Malaysia will play in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games in October and will feature in the Guangzhou Asia the following month.

Team manager George Koshy said yesterday: “In September we will train at home. We had plans for a four-nation meet but there were problems getting teams to compete during the period.”

The national team returned home last night from a four-nation tournament in Dalian in which they finished as the runners-up to hosts China.

The teams will leave for Perth on Sunday and they have nine matches lined up for them against the Western Australian and the Australian Institute of Sports (AIS).

“We will take 22 players with us. The Perth tour will last until July 30. After that the team will leave for Europe. Those not selected for the tours will continue training at home,” said George.

Germany will be the first stop on the European tour and there will be four matches against clubs sides.

Then there will be four Test matches against Ireland before the team go to France.

France have set a four-nation meet involving Ireland, Belgium and Scotland.

But they are looking at making it a five-nation affair to accommodate Malaysia.

George said that they hoped to know by next week if they get to play in the tournament in France.

The Star of Malaysia



Indoor game should be taken seriously

K. Rajan


PETALING JAYA: The national side missed the chance to make it to the World Indoor tournament in Poznan, Poland next year after losing 3-2 to Iran in the Sultan Azlan Shah Indoor final at the Indera Mulia Stadium.

And what boggles the mind was the lack of preparation, planning and a proper local indoor tournament. Malaysia were represented by experienced players like Chua Boon Huat and S. Kuhan,

Others were mostly from Sapura and Armed Forces. They trained together for six days before heading to the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament.

Team manager, Abdullah Yunus, felt more support should be given to the sport.

"In the preliminary round we were taught how to play indoor hockey by Iran but we almost stunned them," he said.

“We are not too far behind Iran. So, if not too late for us to start developing this sport seriously in Malaysia.”

Meanwhile, national coach, Teng Cheng Leong felt the short preparation caused the downfall.

“The lack of players for the indoor game is also an issue that should be looked into," said Teng.

Malay Mail



KESC hockey players await salaries

By Shazia Hasan


KARACHI: The players of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) hockey team are awaiting their salaries for the past two months while being made to feel insecure about their basic livelihoods.

It has been around a month and-a-half since KESC announced that they were disbanding three of their best teams, namely, hockey, boxing and basketball but the fate of the sportsmen representing those teams is still hanging in the balance despite several appeals from sports federations to regularise their jobs like they did for 6,245 other employees recently.

But leave aside awarding them permanent jobs, they have not even been given contract letters. The only consolation for them remains in the fact that they have also not been handed termination letters.

KESC in the past has had the honour of being associated with many top sportsmen of the country. The well-known boxer Hussain Shah was also employed by them at one time, while Pakistan cricket team captain Shahid Afridi as well as Faisal Iqbal were first associated with them.

Currently, they are also represented by former national football team captain Mohammad Essa. Others working in their sports department are also not any smaller in stature.

Speaking to Dawn on Monday, Karachi Hockey Association (KHA) Secretary Farooq Khan said that he is saddened to see the state of the company’s hockey team.

“We are not talking about an ordinary team here. Finishing second in the Asian club event, the KESC hockey team is ranked number two in Asia besides being number nine in Pakistan. In Karachi it is number one, making it a matter of serious concern for the KHA,” he said.

Meanwhile, sources said that KESC recently spent Rs20 million on the buildup of their football team, which is in sharp contrast to the Rs300,000 they spent on their hockey squad in the last one year.

Sources further added that KESC is not doing anything for the handful of employees, who gave more than 15 years of their lives representing it in various tournaments, despite their CEO Tabish Gauher having been sent a letter by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gilani pointing out the importance of sports activity in departments.

Taking heed of the situation, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) President Qasim Zia, too, said on Monday that he is left with no other alternative but to take the issue to the Senate and National Assembly.

Dawn