News for 16 July 2010

All the news for Friday 16 July 2010


Awesome Argentina down Dutch

With Argentina defeating Netherlands, the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy is completely open again. ‘Las Leonas’ played a superb match against the Olympic and World Champion and took the 4-2 victory home here in Nottingham, England on Thursday.

In other day four action, England came closer to a place in the final by defeating China 2-1. Germany kept New Zealand on zero points after a 5-2 win.

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Match 10: Germany-New Zealand 5-2

Germany moved onto seven points in the league table thanks to a 5-2 triumph over New Zealand at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy Women in Nottingham, England.

Tina BACHMANN's team proved to be too good for The Black Sticks today, winning convincingly with strikes from Eileen HOFFMANN (2), Katarina OTTE, Maike STOEKEL and Natascha KELLER. However, New Zealand were excellent going forwards throughout the game and deservedly scored twice through Katie GLYNN and Samantha HARRISON, giving their supporters something to cheer about.

* This was the highest scoring match so far with seven goals scored.
* Germany doubled their total amount of goal and has now scored 10 goals in Nottingham.
* New Zealand lost their eighth consecutive CT match equalling the longest losing run in CT history set twice before by Korea Republic (1997-2003) and England (2002-2003).
* They have not won their last 15 CT matches since a 2-0 win against England in 2002.
* Eileen Hoffmann has now scored four goals at the 2010 Samsung FIH Champions Trophy, making her top scorer of the tournament.
* Katharine Otte scored her third CT goal and the first at this year’s tournament. This was her first PC goal.
* Natascha Keller has now scored 18 CT goals.
* Of all players active in Nottingham, only Argentina’s Alejandra Gulla (19) has scored more CT goals than Keller.
* Katie Glynn scored her first CT goal.
* Samantha Harrison scored her first CT goal and joined her sister Charlotte as goalscorer at the 2010 CT.

Match 11: China-England 1-2

England claimed their third win of the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy women here in Nottingham with a thrilling 2-1 victory over China. The win leaves them on the verge of reaching the tournament final, a fact that will be confirmed should they defeat bottom of the table New Zealand on Saturday.

China took the lead early in the match when MA Yibo sent her penalty corner drag-flick into the top right corner of the England goal. Although England had much of the ball in the first half, they rarely created clear cut goal-scoring opportunities. That all changed in the second half, as the home favourites attacked at will, with Charlotte CRADDOCK and Ashleigh BALL in particular looking extremely dangerous.

England levelled the scores in the 45th minute when Helen RICHARDSON forced in her third penalty corner goal of the tournament. England immediately went in search of a winner, which duly arrived in the 52th minute when Charlotte CRADDOCK showed outstanding refexes to deflect home following a surging run from BALL. England were fully deserving of their victory over China, who remain on three points for the tournament.

* England recorded their first win against China in Samsung FIH Champions Trophy history in their fifth encounter.
* They revenged their 7-0 defeat against China at last year’s CT.
* England have won three matches at the 2010 CT. Before this tournament they had won one of their previous 18 CT matches.
* China have scored 15 goals in four matches against England in CT matches, the most of any country against England in CT history.
* China scored their first PC goal of the tournament.
* Ma Yibo scored her 16th PC goal goal, a record for the tournament.
* China’s last PC goal was scored by Ren Ye in the 7-0 win against England in 2009.
* Helen Richardson scored her third goal.
* It was the 50th CT goal for England and Great Britain combined.
* Charlotte Craddock scored her first CT goal.
* Kate Walsh is the only player who has faced China in all five CT encounters.

Match 12: Argentina-Netherlands 4-2

Argentina produced a superb second half performance to run out 4-2 winners over The Netherlands, the world's number 1 ranked team. With the half time scores tied at 2-2, sensational second half strikes from Carla REBECCHI and Rosario LUCHETTI gave Las Leonas a deserved victory.

In what was arguably the highest quality game of the tournament, hardly surprising between the two top ranked teams in the world, Argentina took the lead through Noel BARRIONUEVO's penalty corner drag-flick in the 6th minute. However, The Netherlands were level just three minutes later when Marilyn AGLIOTTI fired home from open play. On 23 minutes, penalty corner expert Maartje PAUMEN give The Netherlands the lead with a flick into the top corner, but Argentina levelled ahead of half time thanks to Delfina MERINO.

The 2-2 half time score-line was reflective of the evenness of the game, but Argentina were clearly the stronger performers in the second half. In the 47th minute, Carla REBECCHI received a pass in the circle from Luciana AYMAR before slamming a marvellous reverse stick shot into the far corner of the Netherlands goal. The scoring was completed 16 minutes from time when Agustina Soledad GARCIA twisted and turned down the left before sending a precise reverse stick pass onto the stick of Rosario LUCHETTI who guided her deflection into the net.

The result means that The Netherlands, England and Argentina are all in with a shout of reaching the tournament final. It will all come down to the results on Saturday.

* Argentina beat Netherlands 4-2, stretching their unbeaten status in CT matches against the number 1 ranked team in the world to three.
* After a nine-match unbeaten run, Holland suffered their first CT defeat since losing against Argentina in 2008.
* Noel Barrionuevo scored her 15th CT goal, of all her goals were PC goals.
* She has now scored in four CT matches in a row. Only Jackie Pereira (AUS, 6) and Megan Rivers (AUS, 5) have scored in more consecutive matches.
* Marilyn Agliotti scored Holland’s 100th field goal.
* Maartje Paumen scored her 15th CT goal. Ageeth Boomgaardt is the only Dutch player with more CT goals (17).
* Paumen and Barrionuevo are this edition’s joint top scorer together with Germany’s Eileen Hoffmann. All have scored four goals.
* Delfina Merino scored her second CT goal and second in this year’s edition.
* Carla Rebecchi scored her sixth CT goal and the second against Holland. Argentina have won all six CT matches in which Rebecchi scored.
* Rosario Luchetti scored her second CT goal, more than two years after scoring her first, against Australia in 2008.

WorldHockey



Four teams in Champions Trophy contention

By Bruce Hamilton


NOTTINGHAM: England kept alive their hopes of a final berth at the women's Champions Trophy tournament with a 2-1 victory over China on Thursday.

It left the hosts level with table-toppers the Netherlands on nine points ahead of their meeting with winless New Zealand on Saturday.

Argentina defeated the Dutch 4-2 and currently sit level on seven points with Germany, who were 5-2 victors over New Zealand.

Each of the top four teams must now win their final games in order to reach Sunday's final.

Ma Yibo put China on the board early in the first half against England, converting China's first penalty corner high into the right of the goal.

England retained their composure though, negated China's fast break and gained good field position through the remainder of the first half without scoring.

England's deep defence kept them in the match in the second half, while the midfield set up goals for Helen Richardson and Charlotte Craddock.

England coach Danny Kerry praised his team for following his game plan.

"I am absolutely delighted the girls delivered on the game plan to the letter as they shut down China's fast break and played cautiously in attack and defence," Kerry said.

China coach Kim Sang Ryul conceded that England had been dominant.

"We prepared two or three things on how to attack England but their defence was too strong for us today and that is the main reason we lost," Kim said.

The Netherlands bounced back to lead Argentina 2-1 after Noel Barrionuevo had put the South Americans ahead from a sixth-minute penalty corner.

Marilyn Agliotti finished a run along the left backline by Eva de Goede, deflecting in at the right post and Maartje Paumen flicked a penalty corner high inside the left-hand post to put the Dutch ahead.

But Delfina Merino levelled for Argentina before the break and second-half field goals by Carla Rebecchi and Rosario Luchetti secured Argentina's victory.

"We were calm and we got what we wanted out of the game, which is a chance to play in the final," said Argentina coach Carlos Retegui.

Netherlands coach Herman Kruis blamed tactical errors in his team's defence as the reason for the loss.

"In the second half we had a period of 15 minutes in which we had problems with our organisation, which allowed Argentina to run to the goal and create scoring chances and at the same time our marking was not good in the circle so Argentina could score and they are the sort of mistakes you can't make in hockey," he said.

New Zealand leaked five goals to Germany's Eileen Hoffmann (2), Katharina Otte, Maike Stockel and a penalty stroke by Natascha Keller before snatching a pair of late consolation strikes through Katie Glynn and Samantha Harrison.

New Zealand coach Mark Hager lamented New Zealand's inconsistency and said he wanted to see more physicality from his players.

"We fight to the end but we are just inconsistent," Hager said.

"Germany were more physical than us and they pushed us off the ball and we have players who are not prepared to put their body on the line."

Germany's coach Michael Behrmann saw positives in New Zealand's defensive play.

"The New Zealand team defended quite well and it was very hard for us to find a way through to the circle," he said.

The last round-robin matches on Saturday see the Netherlands face Germany, England play New Zealand and China meet Argentina.

The Times of India



England secure place in medal playoffs with win over China

England’s women won their third Samsung FIH Champions Trophy match this week as they came from behind to beat world number three side China in blustery conditions in Nottingham.  The result means that England have now surpassed all previous English or British performances in the Champions Trophy and are now guaranteed a shot at a medal on Sunday.

After a cagey start England fell behind to Ma Yibo’s penalty corner in the 12th minute and they were still behind at half time having created few real opportunities for an equaliser.  The second half was an entirely different matter as England created and converted opportunities to turn the game.  Home favourite Helen Richardson found the target for the third time in the tournament ten minutes into the second half before Charlotte Craddock reacted quickly to score her first senior goal for England.

The victory takes England to nine points from their four matches and guarantees them at least a place in Sunday’s bronze medal match with the possibility of going one better if they can beat New Zealand on Saturday afternoon.

With two great results under their belt against Argentina and Germany, England faced the Olympic silver medallists China on day four of the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy in Nottingham.  The sides last clashed in the fifth-sixth place playoff of the 2009 Champions Trophy when China recorded their biggest win over England, 7-0.

England’s last win over China came at the 2006 World Cup when goals from Alex Danson and Crista Cullen, either side of one from Lucilla Wright, led England to a 3-0 victory.

Chinese captain Fu Baorong had the first opportunity of the match on nine minutes when she turned inside the English circle and shot but her effort trickled wide of goalkeeper Beth Storry’s far post.

Three minutes later England fell behind.  Xu Xiaoxu won a penalty corner off the foot of an England defender and up stepped Ma Yibo to flick home inside the right post for 1-0.

With England pressing higher up the pitch, Fu Baorong came close to unlocking the English defence midway through the half as she got in along the right baseline but Reading’s Storry was alert at the front post.

Laura Unsworth won England their first penalty corner with just over ten minutes of the first half remaining; the goalkeeper Zhang Yimeng deliberately pushing the ball off the back line under pressure from the Leicester player.  The corner came to nothing though and China’s lead remained intact with Zhang untested.

Half time arrived and so did the rain, a torrential downpour which lasted right until the moment the teams re-emerged for the second half.

Three minutes after the restart, China’s Gao Lihua was shown a green card and England’s Alex Danson looked to take advantage of the numerical superiority, running at the Chinese defence to win a series of free hits.

England were awarded their second penalty corner of the match with 45 minutes on the clock.  Set piece expert Crista Cullen flicked powerfully towards goal and West Bridgford –born Helen Richardson was on hand to tuck away the rebound at the back post after Zhang’s initial save.  The goal was the 2009 World All Star team player’s third of the tournament after her double against Germany on Tuesday.

The excitable school parties in the crowd were on their feet and celebrating the equaliser at the top of their voices.

In the 52nd minute Natalie Seymour could only watch as Zhang’s poor clearance narrowly passed by her stick just metres from goal but the danger was not over for China.  Slough’s Ashleigh Ball picked up the rebound just inside the 23 metre line and after dancing around three Chinese defenders, her reverse stick pass across goal was knocked in at waist height by Clifton’s Charlotte Craddock.  The goal was the 19 year old Bristol University student’s first for England and, crucially, put the hosts ahead for the first time in the match.

After a series of fouls on Ball inside the Chinese 23 metres, Gao Lihua was yellow carded and England were once again handed the numerical advantage.

Ball was at the centre of much of England’s good play down the left as the half progressed and she won England another penalty corner with just under ten minutes remaining when her cross found a Chinese foot in the circle.  To the disappointment of the boisterous crowd, Kate Walsh’s flick from the top was quickly charged down by the first runner.

At the other end, from China’s breakaway, Fu Baorong came close to connecting with a drilled pass into the circle but England survived.  The Chinese captain soon saw yellow for failing to retreat from an English free hit right under the nose of umpire Michelle Joubert.

The world’s number three team were still down to ten players and England forced them to defend deep inside their half as the match entered its final two minutes.  With the clock ticking, Craddock and Susie Gilbert collaborated to hold the ball up in the corner and with the sun coming out from behind the clouds the crowd counted down the game’s final seconds.

After spending time signing autographs for the children in the stand, England captain Kate Walsh credited her team’s success to its new training regime: “All the hard work and months on our centralised training programme is beginning to pay off.”

Head Coach Danny Kerry said: “In the second half we were good for our win.  We turned our possession into chances and took them. I’m delighted for the girls.”

Commenting on the difference between this result and his team’s last Champions Trophy outing against China, Kerry said: “It was a case of once bitten, twice shy.  At the last Champions Trophy we attacked and attacked and got turned over on the counter attack.  Today we were more measured in our approach.”

The result means that China, who sit fifth in the table, can no longer match England’s points tally and Walsh and her teammates can now look forward to a medal playoff against either the Netherlands, Germany or Argentina.  Before that game, there is Super Saturday’s match against New Zealand.  An English win would guarantee a place in the final on Sunday.

CHINA 1 (1)

Ma Yibo 12 (PC)                      

ENGLAND 2 (0)

Helen Richardson 45 (PC)                    
Charlotte Craddock 52 (F)                    

England Squad v China

Started


Beth Storry (Reading) Goalkeeper
Crista Cullen (Leicester) Defender
Kate Walsh (c) (Reading) Defender
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown) Defender/Midfielder/Forward
Laura Unsworth (Leicester) Defender
Helen Richardson (Leicester) Midfielder
Chloe Rogers (Leicester) Midfielder
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham) Midfielder
Kerry Williams (Leicester) Midfielder/Forward
Charlotte Craddock (Clifton) Forward
Hannah Macleod (Leicester) Forward

Substitutes Used

Ashleigh Ball (Slough)
Alex Danson (Reading)
Natalie Seymour (Canterbury)
Georgie Twigg (Clifton)
Nicola White (Slough)

Did Not Play

Gemma Ible (Clifton)
Katie Long (Leicester)

Remaining Samsung FIH Champions Trophy Fixtures

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 beat China to secure medal play-off

By Emily Benammar



Third time's a charm: Helen Richardson celebraates scoring England's first goal against China Photo: ADY KERRY


England's 2-1 victory over China in the Women’s Champions Trophy secured them a place in the medal play-offs and leaves them one win away from Sunday’s final.

A nervous start from the home-side saw China take the lead after Ma Yibo’s converted penalty corner in the 12th minute and it was not until the second half that Danny Kerry’s side found their form.

Holding possession and creating chances from the start of the second period, England’s efforts paid off after 10 minutes when Nottingham-born Helen Richardson scored her third goal of the tournament off the rebound of a penalty corner.

Seven minutes later Charlotte Craddock added her name to the score-sheet to record England’s third win of the week and best ever performance at the six-nation tournament.

Delighted with the squad, England captain Kate Walsh said: “At half-time we knew we had to stamp our authority on the game and the brilliant thing about this team is we didn’t get down hearted; we stayed positive and kept believing. The girls are ecstatic - it was a fantastic performance.

“Credit to Danny and his team they made the plan and we followed it. We back them 100 per cent and we’re all really pleased the hard work is paying off.”

England play world No 9 New Zealand in their final pool match tomorrow where victory guarantees them their first Champions Trophy medal.

Meanwhile the England Hockey Board [EHB] last night formally announced to the International Hockey Federation [FIH] that they will submit a bid to host the men and women’s 2014 World Cups at Eton Manor.

If successful, the 12-nation tournaments would be among the first world-level events to be held at Olympic Park after the London 2012 Olympic Games and the first Hockey World Cups to be staged simultaneously since Holland 1998.

The Telegraph



Charlotte Craddock scores first goal for England

By Mike Haymonds


Charlotte Craddock scored her first goal for England as her side beat China 2-1


CHARLOTTE Craddock scored the winner – her first goal for England – as her side beat China 2-1 at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy in Nottingham to ensure England will be playing for a medal on Sunday.

Craddock, 19, struck in the 52nd minute after Slough’s Ashleigh Ball had beaten three defenders to set up the chance for her to net from close range.

Olympic silver medallists China scored first through Ma Ybo from their only penalty corner in the 12th minute. But England’s Helen Richardson equalised after 44 minutes, tucking away a rebound from Crista Cullen’s penalty corner drag-flick. Craddock said: “Ashleigh did the hard work so I just had to finish the move.

“The crowd’s support lifted us. We must focus on getting a result in Saturday’s game with New Zealand.”

An England win will ensure a place in the final, while a draw will mean a place in the bronze-medal match.

Argentina ended Holland’s 100 per cent record with a 4-2 win, leaving both teams and Germany still able to reach the final.

Daily Express



England women beat China at hockey's Champions Trophy

By Ollie Williams, BBC Sport in Nottingham


England's women battled back to defeat China 2-1 in blustery Nottingham and now stand a strong chance of reaching Sunday's Champions Trophy final.

Ma Yibo put China ahead but England drew level through Helen Richardson before Charlotte Craddock won the game.

"We know how good China are but we knew if we kept on attacking, we'd get results," said England's Kate Walsh.

England will definitely reach the final if they beat New Zealand in their last remaining group game, on Saturday.

That would easily outstrip the team's minimum target, which had been a top-four finish in the six-team tournament.

They have yet to place higher than fifth in the history of the Champions Trophy, which unites a selection of six of the world's top teams each year.

The Netherlands are the only team to have definitively outclassed England thus far, defeating them 3-0 on Sunday, but China looked difficult to break down as rain and a ferocious wind rolled across the venue.

Chinese captain Ma's graceful finish to English goalkeeper Beth Storry's left, from a penalty corner in the 12th minute, ended one of few real moments of first-half goalmouth action as both teams battled in midfield.

Laura Unsworth could have done better with a close-range shot near the end of the half, but England found themselves frustrated and unable to threaten the Chinese net.

After the break, with the weather changing constantly, China found themselves pegged back and Richardson - who grew up playing on this pitch - converted well from close range after an English penalty corner had been blocked.

Ashleigh Ball then worked her way through the Chinese defence before her cross-cum-shot was turned in by Craddock, earning England's first Champions Trophy victory over China in five attempts.

"It's a really big result. We knew if we did job and played every minute of the game, we could win, and I'm really proud of our focus," England captain Walsh told BBC Sport.

"Now we've got ourselves into a good position, it's important we're professional and we get those three points out of the last game.

"The months of preparation we've had together are finally paying off. It's more intuitive and instinctive, our fitness is fantastic.

"We need to have belief and we need to get results in order to have belief. I hope that keeps on building."

England now have nine points from four games and are level with unbeaten world and Olympic champions the Netherlands, though the Dutch play Argentina later. Germany, in third, have seven points.

New Zealand, England's last group opponents at 1230 BST on Saturday, are bottom having lost all four of their matches so far.

Their latest defeat came at the hands of Germany, who beat them 5-2 earlier on Thursday.

The English team on show here forms the overwhelming majority of the Great Britain women's side, who train regularly as a GB group outside major tournaments.

It is the first time a British team has been kept in place, alongside the home nations, for an entire four-year Olympic cycle, and performance director David Faulkner is targeting a "podium finish" at the London Olympics in 2012.

Britain came sixth at the last Olympic Games, in Beijing in 2008.

Meanwhile, England Hockey have announced that Saturday's matches in Nottingham are a sell-out, following a week in which games have failed to draw a capacity crowd.

Faulkner said attendances at the event so far had been "disappointing" and added that plans to boost crowds at future tournaments in the UK, via changes of venue or marketing campaigns, were being considered.

BBC Sport understands British organisers will make a related announcement late on Thursday regarding the future of major hockey events in the UK.

The women's Champions Trophy, which sits behind the Olympics and World Cup in order of importance, is being held in England for the first time.

BBC Sport



Argentina beat Dutch 4-2

NOTTINGHAM: Argentina kept alive hope of a third successive Women’s Champions Trophy crown by ending the top-ranked Netherlands’ unbeaten run 4-2 on Thursday. The showdown between the world’s two best women’s field hockey teams lived up to expectations, with the Dutch coming from behind to lead, then Argentina producing a brilliant second half to prevent the Netherlands from a fourth straight win and an early berth in Sunday’s final. Noel Barrionuevo scored in her fourth straight game for Argentina after only six minutes, but the Dutch went ahead when Marilyn Agliotti scored three minutes later and Maartje Paumen sent in a penalty corner.

Substitute Delfina Merino equalized just before halftime, then Carla Rebecchi’s field goal with a reverse stick shot off Luciana Aymar’s pass put Argentina back in front at 3-2 in the 47th, and Agustina Soldedad Garcia’s weaving run was capped by Rosario Luchetti in the 54th. England rallied to beat China for the first time in four years and tie the Netherlands at the top of the standings. Argentina and Germany are both two points behind. Ma Yibo scored from a penalty corner in the 12th minute, and China held the lead until 10 minutes into the second half, when Helen Richardson leveled for England from a penalty corner. Germany routed New Zealand 5-2, with Eileen Hoffmann scoring twice for a 3-0 lead by halftime.

The Daily Times



Black Sticks women lose 5 - 2 to Germany

by Bruce Hamilton


New Zealand went down 5-2 to Germany in the women’s Samsung Champions Trophy tournament in Nottingham on Thursday.

New Zealand played in white shirts with red piping and red skirts as Germany, named first on the match sheet, had priority to wear their usual black strip.

A vocal contingent of Kiwi supporters cheered New Zealand from the first whistle and New Zealand responded with pressure on Germany’s defensive quarter, forcing Germany to defend for the first seven minutes.

Germany broke through in the centre of the pitch, gaining quality possession in New Zealand’s circle after 13 minutes.

Lydia Haase passed forward for Eileen Hoffman to beat Beth Jurgeleit in New Zealand’s goal with a soft push into goal.

Charlotte and Samantha Harrison combined on a fast break into Germany’s circle which broken down by Germany’s captain Tina Bachmann, supported by Germany’s scrambling defence, without a shot on goal.

The feature of the first half became the inability of New Zealand to get shots on goal despite quality play, building up through the middle of the pitch and along the sides and possession in Germany’s circle.

Katharina Otte scored another soft goal for Germany at 20 minutes, following a shot by Tina Bachmann on Beth Jurgeleit and pushing the rebound into goal.

New Zealand continued to apply pressure on Germany’s circle and earned two unconverted penalty corners.

Germany regained possession and scored again through Eileen Hoffmann who put in a rebound off the pads of Beth Jurgeleit to go to the break 3-0 ahead.

New Zealand started the second half with dominant field position and made three fast breaks, threatening to score but with no result.

The flow of play turned against New Zealand, 20 minutes into the second half and Germany’s Maike Stockel scored a scrambling goal after several shots on goal by Germany, capitalising on Beth Jurgeleit’s save low on the pitch to flick high into goal.

Natasha Fitzsimons conceded a penalty stroke with a desperate attempt to prevent a goal and Germany’s Natascha Keller scored Germany’s fifth unanswered goal with the stroke conversion inside the left post.

New Zealand lifted the already busy tempo in attack in the last 10 minutes, finding space in behind Germany’s defence to create scoring chances.

Katie Glynn and Samantha Harrison had quality unsuccessful shots on goal.

With seven minutes on the clock, Germany’s defence gave Katie Glynn room in the circle to beat Germany’s goalkeeper with a push through her pads to get New Zealand on the scoreboard.

Charlotte and Samantha Harrison combined again to score New Zealand’s second goal, catching Germany’s defence napping.

Clarissa Eshuis threw a long overhead from the 16 yard line, deep into Germany’s territory, finding Charlotte Harrison unmarked on the right.

Charlotte Harrison’s cross to near the top of the circle was picked up by Samantha Harrison with only Germany’s goalkeeper to beat.

Samantha Harrison ran right, turned and wrong-footed the goalkeeper to make a backstick shot high into the middle of the net for New Zealand’s second goal.

Black Sticks Women's Coach, Mark Hager, lamented New Zealand’s inconsistency and looks for more physicality in his players.

“We fight to the end but we are just inconsistent,” Hager said.

“Germany were more physical than us and they pushed us off the ball and we have players who are not prepared to put their body on the line,” Hager added.

“We were not clinical enough in the front third of the pitch and in the circle so that is an area we have to look at improving when we go home,” Hager said.

Germany’s Coach Michael Behrmann saw positives in New Zealand’s defensive play.

The New Zealand team defended quite well and it was very hard for us to find a way through to the circle,” Behrmann said.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks women cop another loss

New Zealand's luckless run at the Champions Trophy women's hockey tournament in England have continued when they suffered their fourth successive loss, this time to Germany.

The Germans won 5-2 at Nottingham after leading 3-0 at halftime.

They struck early to gain the initiative after Lydia Haase passed forward for Eileen Hoffman to beat goalkeeper Beth Jurgeleit in the 13th minute.

They doubled their lead 7min later through Katharina Otte before Hoffmann netted again, this time from a rebound off the pads of Jurgeleit.

The New Zealanders started the second half with dominant field position and made three fast breaks, threatening to score but with no result.

The flow of play turned against New Zealand 20min into the second half and Germany's Maike Stockel scored a scrambling goal then Natascha Keller scored their fifth before the New Zealanders responded.

Consolation goals came for New Zealand in the last 10min via Katie Glynn and Samantha Harrison.

New Zealand coach Mark Hager lamented his team's inconsistency as he also looks for more physicality in his players.

"We fight to the end but we are just inconsistent," Hager said.

"Germany were more physical than us and they pushed us off the ball and we have players who are not prepared to put their body on the line.

"We were not clinical enough in the front third of the pitch and in the circle so that is an area we have to look at improving when we go home."

Germany 5 (Eileen Hoffman 2, Katharina Otte, Maike Stockel, Natascha Keller) New Zealand 2 (Katie Glynn, Samantha Harrison). Halftime: 3-0.

Stuff



Mark Paterson replaces Matthew Butturini at the Champions Trophy

NSW striker Mark Paterson has replaced Matthew Butturini in the Kookaburras 2010 Champions Trophy squad.

Butturini has pulled out of the tour due to a hamstring injury.

Paterson played his first game for the Kookaburras in 2009 and has played 31 international matches.

Hockey Australia media release



Young France Happy in Spain

France has finished a successful three matches in Terrassa against Spain and Pakistan with a successful 5-1 win over the hosts in game three.

France fielded seven players who had played under 10 games in their international career, and included five U21 players who are preparing for the U21 European Cup at the end of July.  

“We have had some serious injuries in June which have depleted the squad a little, plus quite a few older players asked to have the summer free this year,” said France Coach Scott GOODHEART.  “This means that the door is wide open for some new players to prove their worth to the squad, and some of them took a large leap forward this last week in this regard.”

In game one on Sunday against Spain, ranked 4th in the world, a motivated France dominated the first 50 minutes of the match but were unable to score, and the score was locked at 0-0.  Three Spanish goals in the next 5 minutes saw the game tilt dramatically and then finish at 0-3 to Spain.

“Game one was hard to swallow,” said French Captain Francois SCHEEFER.  “We played well for a long period and then a little lapse in concentration cost us significantly.   Statistically, the game was even, so we were frustrated with the score-line.”

Game two against Pakistan (8th world ranked) the following day was not a positive match for Les Bleus, going down 0-4 after trailing 0-3 at half time.

“The second half of the Pakistan game was much better, and showed the potential of the group both technically as well as mentally to come back from what was a pretty awful first half,” said GOODHEART.

Game three was played in very hot conditions for both teams, and Spain started the match at a high tempo.  Trailing 0-1 after 10 minutes from a Penalty Corner goal, Les Blues gradually wrestled control of the game and lead 2-1 at half time, before running away with three more second half goals in a dominant performance.

Olivier SANCHEZ scored twice for Les Bleus, whilst Fabien MAGNER, Tom GENESTET and Yannick SCHAMBERT each scored one.

“We are very proud of the way we played, especially after the Pakistan result, and also with some new tactics and a system of play that is now starting to work really well for us,” said SCHEEFER.

France are now half way through a gruelling summer, having already played Ireland in three matches before the Spanish series.  On Sunday, they play India in the first of three matches at the national sports centre (INSEP) in Paris, before welcoming New Zealand at the end of July for a further three matches.

Against Ireland in Cookstown at the beginning of July, France fielded a young team with eight U21 players plus two Development Squad players against a highly motivated home team, losing game one 1-3, but drawing games two and three 1-1 and 3-3 respectively.

“Games against quality opposition such as Spain, Pakistan, India, New Zealand and Ireland are critical for our group.  The younger players all need the experience of playing this tempo of hockey, and also against the very different styles of all these teams,” said GOODHEART.

The July matches ahead for France (all at INSEP, Paris):

18 July, 18h30 vs India
19 July 18h30 vs India
21 July 17h00 vs India
24 July 16h00 vs New Zealand
25 July 16h00 vs New Zealand
27 July 16h00 vs New Zealand

Players:

The 17 players used for the Spain and Pakistan matches (age, club, caps):

DIERCKENS, Matthias (22, Lille MHC, 8)
DIERCKENS, Bastien (22, Lille MHC, 5)
GENESTET, Martin (24, St Germain HC, 50)
GENESTET, Tom (22, St Germain HC, 26)
JANSEN, Joost (21, CA Montrouge, 37)
MAGNER, Fabien (20, Paris Jean Bouin, 8)
MIGNEAU, Valentin (24, Lille MHC, 29)
PAUCHET, Jean Baptiste (24, St Germain HC, 15)
SAMSON, Guillaume (20, St Germain HC, 8)
SANCHEZ, Olivier (20, CA Montrouge, 15)
SCHAMBERT, Yannick (24, Lille MHC, 34)
SCHEEFER, Francois (22, CA Montrouge, 54)
SEVESTRE, Lucas (20, St Germain HC, 31)
SOYEZ, Frederic (31, Compultense (ESP), 184)
BLONDEL, Thibaut (23, Lille MHC, 3)
CATONNET, Matthieu (20, Amiens HC, 6)
POURCELET, Fabien (22, St Germain HC, 3)

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach:   Scott GOODHEART
Assistant Coach:   Chris ROWOHLT
Assistant Coach:   Axel GUIGNARD
Manager:   Sandra HARIK
Physiotherapist:   Gilles MOUCHERON

Fédération Française de Hockey media release



Germany, packing guns one too many

By S. Thyagarajan


The victorious Germany team. PICS: S. THYAGARAJAN


Germany's BDO Hamburg Masters trophy triumph — its 11th since the inception of the event, with the last coming in 2008 — was well in line with expectations. Notwithstanding the absence of such seasoned stars as Matthias Witthaus and Timo Wess, the Germans displayed a professional zeal and proficiency that none of the other three teams possessed.

All the euphoria generated in the wake of sharing the Azlan Shah Trophy with Korea in last May evaporated for India at Hamburg. A solitary point earned in the BDO four-nation hockey competition is a poor advertisement for a squad striving to be in shape for the Commonwealth and Asian Games later this year. The reasons were many. But striking among them was the move to rest established players and blood youngsters for an important European sojourn. The idea badly misfired. The intention was laudable, but the timing was bad.

It is apparent that differences of opinion exist between the selectors and the chief coach, Jose Brasa. The Spaniard wanted the best of the pick, regardless of age. But the selectors did not comply. This dichotomy in thought reflected in the poor showing. The team functioned well in patches: scoring a handful of splendid goals, but making a mess in the final minutes. Imagine a national team leading by two goals twice in matches, ending up with a draw, allowing one rival, Japan, to score the equaliser 40 seconds before the hooter! Even against Germany, the Olympic Champion, India led thrice, sharing four goals at half-time. And leading 3-1, it tumbled to a 3-5 defeat. The time between the fifth German goal and the final whistle was 50 seconds!

Predictably, Brasa is bewildered by the trend. He calls this as an “illness.” He is amazed as to how this bug has returned to haunt India after it was believed to have been consigned to the flames before the World Cup. The biggest worry is lack of consistency.

The team could not put up a sustained defence, or attack for more than a quarter of an hour. The youthful verve mirrored so eloquently by Amir Khan, Mandeep Antil and Danish Mujataba contrasted with the lethargy of Sarvanjit Singh, Rajpal Singh and Tushar Khandekar. All had a bad tournament, save for a few good moments here and there.



Even the usually energetic Gurbaj Singh was found wanting. The midfield, however, thrived on the hard work of Vikas Pillay and Bharat Chikkara. With Sardar Singh reporting sick after the opening match, the deep defence was quickly reduced to a shambles by any frontline that showed a modicum of speed and method.

Goalkeeper Sreejesh's tenacity was unequal to the pressure he had to face from the rivals, especially in the penalty corners. Why Chettri never got a game is puzzling.

Germany's trophy triumph — the 11th since the inception of the event, with the last coming in 2008 — was well in line with expectations. Notwithstanding the absence of such seasoned stars as Matthias Witthaus and Timo Wess, the Germans displayed a professional zeal and proficiency that none of the other three teams possessed.

Christopher Zeller, the lethal striker, celebrated his return to the team with a hat-trick against Japan and completed the event as the top scorer. Skipper Maximillan Mueller, Mortiz Furste and Florian Fuchs all played their parts to perfection to gratify their dynamic coach, Markus Weise.

Japan was a revelation. Under the new Dutch coach of Suriam origin, the team made one sit up. It now has all the ingredients to emerge as a major continental force. Asiad 2010 in China may well become a stage for Japan to show its potential. Determination, hard work, a full-fledged force in attack backed by nippy running that synchronises beautifully with the ability to display variations in penalty corners are the hallmarks of the Japanese approach-work. Some of the indirect conversions were spectacular. Skipper Kazuhiro Tsubouchi along with Sakamoto and Nagasawa formed a formidable combination in the execution of penalty corners.

Paul van Ass, the new Dutch coach, is convinced that his young bunch holds the key to Netherlands' future. The 6-3 win in the opening match against India was so emphatic that it almost led the Dutch coach to wonder whether it was worthwhile recalling the seniors back home for the Champions Trophy from July 31.


Christopher Zeller... the top-scorer of the tournament.

The Indians were outplayed in every aspect of the game. But the Dutchmen were shocked by the persistence of the Japanese, who caused an upset of the first magnitude. Bob de Voogd, Rogier Hoffman and Klaas Vermuellen were notable for the Dutch in the event.

There was noticeable evidence of the renowned German perfection in every aspect of the organisation headed by Herr Peter Mueller of the DHB, with excellent media facilities supervised and controlled by the genial Christoph Plass, Communications Manager, DHB and his team of volunteers.

Sportstar



Four New Faces To Tour Spain & England

Over the weekend Lee Bodimeade, US Women's National Team Coach, named the eighteen players that will travel to Europe later this month. Veteran players such as Amy Tran, Keli Smith, Lauren Crandall and Kayla Bashore will lead the Team. Those players combined with four new players looking for their first senior international match will hit the road in what will start preparations for the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara in 2011. Notably missing is captain, Carrie Lingo, who will stay home due to injury.

The four new players are Melissa Gonzalez, Julia Reinprecht, Paige Selenski and Michelle Vittese. All four have experience representing the USA at the Junior level, most recently competing at the BDO Junior World Cup last summer in Boston.

About the newly selected Squad and touring Team Bodimeade said, "The 2010 squad has been selected with the 2011 Pan Am Games and 2012 Olympics in mind. We have had some quality performances from a number of athletes in last years Junior World Cup and this year's Women's National Championships and this is increasing the quality and depth of the team."

The team will play four matches versus Spain in Valencia (July 26, 27, 29 & 30) before heading to the historic Bisham Abbey for three matches versus England (August 2, 5 & 6). "The timing of this tour is a great opportunity to initiate the preparation of these athletes to be successful at the highest level of international hockey. Playing Spain and England, two teams in the top ten in the world and in their final preparations for the 2010 World Cup, is going to provide us with the competition required to fully assess where we are as team, both individually and collectively," said Bodimeade.

The Team will also take a day to tour the London 2012 facilities, most notably the Hockey Centre in Olympic Park (http://www.london2012.com/).

TEAM
Kayla Bashore, Shoemakersville PA Indiana University
Lauren Crandall, Doylestown PA Wake Forest University
Rachel Dawson, Berlin NJ University of North Carolina
Katelyn Falgowski, Landenberg PA University of North Carolina
Jesse Gey, Greenlane PA University of North Carolina
Melissa Gonzalez, Mohegan Lake NY University of Connecticut
Michelle Kasold, Chapel Hill NC, Wake Forest University
Jaclyn Kintzer, Robesonia PA, University of North Carolina
Claire Laubach, Centreville VA, Wake Forest University
Caroline Nichols, Virginia Beach VA, Old Dominion University
Katie O'Donnell, Blue Bell PA, University of Maryland
Lauren Pfeiffer, Mt. Laurel NJ, University of Iowa
Julia Reinprecht, Perkasie PA, Princeton University
Katie Reinprecht, Perkasie PA, Princeton University
Paige Selenski, Shavertown PA, University of Virginia
Keli Smith, Selinsgrove PA, University of Maryland
Amy Tran Swensen, Grantville PA, University of North Carolina
Michelle Vittese, Woodbury NJ, University of Virginia

STAFF
Lee Bodimeade, Head Coach
Tracey Fuchs, Assistant Coach
Shellie Onstead, Assistant Coach
Pam Stuper, Manager
David Higgins, Physician
Jaime Carpenter, Trainer

USFHA media release



2010 US Men's Junior National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO.: US Men's National Team Head Coach Nick Conway has announced the 2010-11 Men's Junior National Team. Using the 2010 Junior National Championships as the major selecting ground for the team, Coach Conway has released the names of 25 athletes that will represent the United States on the international stage over the next year. With a trip to Vancouver to play a test series against the Canadian Junior Men's National Team on the horizon in August the team looks to get right into the action.

2010 JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM

1. Michael Barminski, Ventura, CA
2. Tyler Sundeen, Simi Valley, CA
3. Pedro Zepeda, Ventura, CA
4. Adam Schlosser, Moorpark, CA
5. Ranveer Kundi, Chino, CA
6. Sean Cicchi, Thousan Oaks, CA
7. Ajai Dhadwal, Agoura, CA
8. Viren Padhiar, Fountain Valley, CA
9. Parmeet Singh, Simi Valley, CA
10. Amrit Beatty, Simi Valley, CA
11. Jonathon Orozco, Ventura, CA
12. Moritz Runzi, Essen, Germany
13. Lucas Long, Allentown, PA
14. Ja Ja Kentwell, Spring City, PA
15. Kenneth Patrone, Sewell, NJ
16. Alexander Grassi, Brookeville, MD
17. Mohan Gandhi, London, England
18. Joe Gandhi London, England
19. Rishi Tewarie, Hilversum, Netherlands
20. Christian Linney, Essex, England
21. Brandon Karess, Allentown, PA
22. Jivraj Hundal, Chandler, AZ
23. Ajaypal Singh, Hayward, CA
24. Liam Walsh, Rockport, WA
25. Travis Kemsley, Lakeside, CA

USFHA media release



Malaysia rout Singapore to make q-finals

By Jugjet Singh


MALAYSIA qualified for the final of the Second Asean Schools hockey tournament with one match to spare when they beat Singapore 7-0 at the Tun Razak Stadium yesterday.

And going by the form book, both the teams are expected to square off again in Sunday's final. However, the comfortable win for Malaysia cannot be taken as a sure thing for gold as Singapore looked lethargic after having beaten Thailand 4-2 in a morning match, while the hosts played only one match yesterday.

The tournament fixtures had Malaysia playing two matches on Wednesday against Indonesia and Thailand, where Malaysia won with identical 5-0 scores.

The Malaysian team, made up of Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar Sports School players, however, muffed a handful of chances yesterday which could have seen them win more comprehensively.

Captain Kevin Kartrik started the goal-rush in the sixth minute with a low penalty corner push.

The other goals were scored by Shahril Sa'abah (23rd, 50th, 62nd), Faridzul Afiq (28th), Arif Rahman (45th) and Dangerous Lee (66th).

"I believe Singapore were tired after playing Thailand in the morning and that is why we managed to score so many goals against them. However, we also played two matches on Wednesday, but my players' fitness took them through," said Malaysia coach S. Prakash, who is confident that should the teams meet again in the final, his boys will prevail.

"So far, from my observation, Malaysia are the best team in the tournament, and should deliver gold. But I need to bring the boys back to earth so that they do not get carried away with today's (yesterday's win)," added Prakash.

Malaysia play Brunei tomorrow while Singapore's last pool match is against Indonesia today.

RESULTS:

Singapore 4 Thailand 2, Brunei 0 Indonesia 3, Malaysia 7 Singapore 0.

TODAY: Thailand v Brunei (3pm), Indonesia v Singapore (5pm).

* All matches at the Tun Razak Stadium.

New Straits Times



Our hockey boys triumph again

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia chalked up their third consecutive win when they thrashed Singapore 7-0 to qualify for the hockey final of the Asean Schools Games at the Tun Razak Stadium yesterday.

Malaysia, who had defeated Indonesia and Thailand with identical scores of 5-0 on Wednesday, have one match left – against Brunei – tomorrow.

Malaysia are likely to meet Singapore in the final on Sunday.

Singapore have two wins – against Brunei (8-0) on Wednesday and Thailand (4-2) yesterday.

The Singaporeans were a spent force against Malaysia after giving their all against Thailand earlier in the day.

Forward Shaharil Saabah was the toast for Malaysia, scoring a hat-trick in the 23rd, 50th and 62nd minutes.

Malaysia’s other goals came from skipper G. Kavin Kartrik (sixth), Faridzul Afiq (28th) Arif Rahman (45th) and Dangerous Lee (66th).

“Singapore were tired after playing Thailand in the morning and that’s why we managed to score so many goals against them,” said Malaysian coach S. Prakash.

“We also played two matches in one day on Wednesday but my players are much fitter than the Singaporeans.”

Prakash said they should have no problems beating Singapore in the final for the gold medal.

“The others are not that strong. However, I have warned my players not to take it easy in the final,” said Prakash.

The Star of Malaysia



No win but manager Mirnawan satisfied

PROJECT 2013 drew one and lost the other against Poland Under-21 in their Tour of Europe.

The first friendly ended 4-4 with the Malaysian goals coming from Firhan Ashaari, Mohamed Sabri (two) and Hizzat Hakimi.

Malaysia took the lead four times, but the Poles kept equalising.

In the second match, Malaysia lost 3-2 with Firhan Ashaari and Syamim Yusof the scorers.

"We didn't achieve our personal target to win the second match but based on the Polish experience and age factor, with 12 players who played in the last Junior World Cup, Malaysia did well," said team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

"From these friendlies, we have found that the final passes among the forwards in the semi-circle need to be improved. Also communication and understanding between defenders need to be better.

"The rotation of players is among the factors that resulted in the boys losing matches.

"But one of the objectives of this tour is to expose players and that is what the coaches are doing."

They play their third match today.

New Straits Times



Tamil Nadu, Haryana in National hockey semifinal

BHOPAL: Tamil Nadu and Haryana entered the semifinals of the 63rd Rangaswami Cup Senior National men's hockey championship played at the Aishbagh Stadium.

Tamil Nadu defeated last year's runner-up Delhi 3-1 while Haryana trounced SAIL 3-0 in a one-sided match on Wednesday.

Chandigarh and Mumbai have already qualified for the last-four stage, defeating their respective rivals’ hosts Madhya Pradesh and Punjab Wednesday morning.

Now, Tamil Nadu will take on Haryana while Mumbai will clash with Chandigarh on Thursday.

For Tamil Nadu, B Laxman scored a brilliant field goal in the 27th minute to give his side 1-0 lead but Amit Lochan of Delhi equalised it through a penalty corner in the 40th minute.

Later, the Tamil Nadu players played an attacking game which helped them to hit two more goals through A Arun and V Vinod in the 47th and 55th minutes by converting penalty corners and ensured their team's victory by 3-1.

Till breather, Tamil Nadu led 1-0.

In another quarterfinal, Haryana players dominated the game right from the beginning and with the help of good moves and passes, struck two goals in the first half.

Kulbhushan Vashisht scored the first goal in the 16th minute through a penalty corner while Munish Rana put the ball in the net in the 29th minute.

In the second half, Somvir of Haryana hit another brilliant goal in the 63rd minute and gave his team an unassailable lead of 3-0.

At the end of the first half, Haryana led 2-0.

The Times of India



Carvalho accuses HI of targeting Tirkey, Ballal

MUMBAI: Olympian Joaquim Carvalho on Thursday hit out at Hockey India for stopping fellow-Olympians Dilip Tirkey and Ashish Ballal from performing their roles as selectors of the rival Indian Hockey Federation in the ongoing 63rd men's nationals at Bhopal.

In a letter to the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Carvalho also accused an official of the Air India Sports Control Board of preventing former India skipper Tirkey and custodian Ballal from doing their job as IHF selectors.

The former international half back, who did duty for the country at the Los Angeles Games in 1984, alleged that HI had directed Air India and Railways Sports Promotion Board to warn their employees from being part of the Bhopal nationals for the Rangaswamy Cup.

"As I am writing this letter I just received a call from former captain, Olympian, Padmashree Shri Dilip Tirkey who has been stopped by the Air India Sports Control Board from performing his duties as a national selector at the ongoing 63rd National Hockey Championship at Bhopal," Carvalho wrote in his letter to the ministry's joint secretary Injeti Srinivas.

"Mr Ashish Ballal, Olympian and Arjuna Awardee, who was also named as a selector was also not granted the necessary permission to attend the championship as per the instructions of Mr Ramesh Nambiar, Air India Sports Office bearer," Carvalho alleged.

Carvalho has claimed that the decision of the ministry in allowing HI to hold its much-delayed elections on July 28 has added to the confusion.

"Giving your consent to Hockey India to hold the elections has further added to the already confused state of Indian hockey, especially as per MYAS affidavit submitted in the Delhi High Court mentioning that the Government is no more in a position to deal with Hockey India as National Sports Federation," he said.

He also sought clarification from the government as to which of the two hockey bodies was legal.

"We would be pleased to know which is the legal hockey body and how can we have two bodies recognised by the Government of India and the Indian Olympic Association. Please come out clear on this subject.

"Inspite of this, the Government is still funding the teams for its training and foreign tours selected by Hockey India. Will the Government also fund teams for training and foreign tours selected by Indian Hockey Federation," he asked.

"This dilly-dallying is not only creating confusion and chaos but destroying hockey with no suitable solution in sight. Your intervention and taking some hard decisions is the need of the hour," he implored.

"The present situation is having its negative impact on the Indian player who depends on playing in the National Championship for his state thereby earning a chance to apply for a much-needed job opportunity. More so at the grassroots level," he pointed out.

The Times of India



‘Tirkey stopped from becoming selector’


While it finds a lasting solution to the present imbroglio, the Sports Ministry has allowed Hockey India (HI) and the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) to co-exist peacefully. But it seems the Ministry will have to work overtime if it wants to bring the bodies together given the mistrust between the two groups. On Thursday, former India coach Joaquim Carvalho, a spokesman of the IHF-affiliated Mumbai Hockey Association, accused HI of vindictive action against those involved with the IHF. Carvalho said that the Air India Sports Council, affiliated to Hockey India, had stopped former India captain Dilip Tirkey and goalkeeper Ashish Ballal from taking over as national selectors in the panel announced by IHF.

In a letter to Injeti Srinivas, joint secretary, sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Carvalho claimed some umpires who were officiating in the 63rd Senior National Championships in Bhopal had also been invited for duty at the MCC Murugappa Gold Cup in Chennai.

Air India sports council secretary, Dilip Pinge, refuted the allegation. “I have been told that Dilip got to know about his appointment only from the media. Any employee, if he has to take up such a position, has to take permission from the management. As he wasn’t aware, Dilip did not seek any permission,” Pinge told HT.

He said they didn’t have a problem if Tirkey sought permission. HI secretary general Narinder Batra too rejected Carvalho’s allegations

Hindustan Times


 

Mohammedan thump Ajax

Sports Reporter


Mohammedan Sporting Club striker Rasel Mahmud Jimmy (R) drives the ball forward during their 8-1 thrashing of Ajax Sporting Club in the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.Photo: STAR


Titans Mohammedan got off to a flying start in the Super League of the Green Delta Insurance Bangladesh Premier Division Hockey League with a massive 8-1 win over Ajax Sporting Club at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Club Cup champions Mohammedan hardly faced any trouble against the opponents, who had suffered an 8-0 in the first meeting, and dominated the first half 5-1 after Qumruzzaman Rana gave a third minute lead through a field goal.

Forward Jahidul Islam Rajon doubled the advantage four minutes later before Ajax put up some spirited show to pull a goal back through Sharafat Jewel in the ninth minute to indicate a come back in the game.

But they finally failed to press their mighty opponents and were under pressure for the rest of the game as Mamunur Rahman Chayan converted a penalty in the 12th minute before Rajon struck his second in the 31st minute.

One minute later, Sabbir Hossain Rana converted the second penalty corner to extend the margin to 5-1 and the Black and Whites went for a tension-free break.

After resumption, Rasel Mahmud Jimmy found the back of the board through a field goal while Chayan completed the rout converting two more penalty corners in the 63rd and 67th minutes.

With ten straight victories, Moham-medan consolidated their lead with 30 points, six ahead of rivals Abahani, who will take on Mariner Youngs Club in their 10th game today.

The Daily Star



18 foreign teams coming

EIGHTEEN INTERNATIONAL teams are expected to compete in the 25th anniversary of the Banks International Hockey Festival slated for August 14 to 21.

Chairman of the entertainment committee Antonio Forte told WEEKENDSPORT the major sporting event would encompass excellent hockey competition, as well as several social activities among the players, fans, and officials.

Forte indicated that the festival would coincide with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Barbados Hockey Federation.

The 50th anniversary was actually in 2008 but nothing to celebrate the milestone was done at that stage.

The festival will start with an anniversary dinner and awards ceremony on August 14.

“This event will also pay tribute to a number of stalwarts of the hockey family – young and old, male and female, national and non-national – who have all given their time, expertise and services to the development of hockey over the last 50 years of the Barbados Hockey Federation Inc.’s existence,” Forte said.

He revealed that throughout the week of activities the aim would be to rebuild the hockey profile and prominence among choice sports in Barbados.

Among the awards to be presented to stalwarts of the sport are the Lifetime Achievement, Long Service, Sponsors and Benefactors, Life Members; and President’s.

The action will take place on both grass and Astro Turf and starts on August 15 with the opening ceremony, parade of teams and the feature match at Kensington Oval.

Semi-final matches will be played at the Wildey Astro Turf on August 20. The finals in all categories will be contested the following day at the same location.

The Nation



Australian 45’s Women’s team promote Veterans Hockey in England

The Australian women’s 45’s team currently competing in England are flying the flag for Australia in the promotion of Veterans/Masters Hockey.

In conjunction with the FIH Women’s Champions Trophy and a 4 Nation Men’s tournament the team is competing on the adjoining pitch in a 3 Nation Women’s Masters event in Nottingham England.

Also present is England and Scotland. Whilst the score lines have been in favour of our opposition, the promotion of International Masters Hockey for Women is certainly the outstanding winner. The Australian women are keen to promote our sport and there is very positive directions developing for future tournaments between the 3 Nations and also New Zealand.

Click here for more details.

Hockey Australia media release



2010 Australian Masters Hockey Championships

27 September – 9 October 2010, Bunbury & Busselton WA

The Australian Masters Hockey Championships are an annual event rotated between the participating States including metropolitan and country areas. It is controlled directly by the Australian Masters Hockey Council (AMHC) which is affiliated with Hockey Australia.

In 2010 the event is being hosted by the Western Australian Country Masters Hockey Association (WACMHA) in Bunbury and Busselton in conjunction with the local Hockey Associations.

The Championships are scheduled to commence in Bunbury & Busselton on Monday 27th September and conclude with finals in Bunbury on Saturday 9th October.

Men’s teams from across the nation will participate in O/40, O/45, O/50, O/55, O/60, O/65 and O/70 divisions during the tournament. Anywhere from 50 to70 teams are expected to nominate. Each team will have the opportunity to play at both venues at least once during the event, with most of the O/60, O/65 and O/70 games scheduled for the Busselton venue.

This will be a prominent event for the hockey calendar in the South West, and will bring more than 1500 visitors to the region.

For further information please contact:

WACMHA - www.wacmha.org

Hockey Australia media release



Field Hockey Canada Seeks Women's National Team Assistant Coach

The association is seeking an assistant coach for the women's national program.

The Senior Women’s Assistant National Coach will be responsible for assisting and supporting  the National Women’s Team program. Accountable to the National Senior Women’s Coach, the successful candidate must have a proven ability and track record in the technical application of a high performance training and competition program.

Applications for the position must be received no later than 5pm (EST)  Friday, July 23, 2010. This application deadline may be extended at the discretion of the Association. We thank all candidates in advance. We will, however, contact only those selected for an interview.

Please forward your resume and three references to:

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Field Hockey Canada media release



Five matches’ hockey series between PAF-Police begins

PESHAWAR: Five matches Hockey Series between PAF and Khyber Pakhutnkhwa Police teams got under way here at Lala Ayub Hockey Stadium with the opening match tied 1-1. The Series aimed at to having tough competitive schedule, coach of Police team Naeem Ahmad told APP. He said, PAF is a good side and playing against them would provide good and tough competition to newly formed Police team.

He is hopeful about the performance of the team and said that they would try to give tough resistance to PAF team. PAF coach Anwar-ul-Haq said that the team want tough practice and playing against Police team would give due practice to their team for the forthcoming Inter-Services Hockey Championship. He said the matches will be played in the morning.

Earlier, in the opening match PAF and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police team played 1-1 draw. Out side right Zeeshan opened the account in the 17th minute while full-back Hamza sounded the board with his powerful hit on the penalty corner to level the tally 1-1. The match was supervised by Tufail Khan and Shakirullah.

Associated Press of Pakistan