News for 19 July 2010

All the news for Monday 19 July 2010


Las Leonas win third successive Champions Trophy title


Ady Kerry / EHB

Argentina have won the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy, claiming their third successive title courtesy of a 4-2 victory over The Netherlands in Nottingham, England.

Noel BARRIONUEVO scored a hat-trick of penalty corners, with Carla REBECCHI also getting her name on the score-sheet. The Netherlands scored field goals from Kelly JONKER and Maartje GODERIE, but it was not enough to deny Argentina the win. It was a fantastic afternoon for Las Leonas who will be hoping to take their sensational form into the World Cup, which begins next month in the Argentinean city of Rosario.

Earlier in the day, England claimed the Bronze Medal with a 2-1 win over Germany, while New Zealand defeated China 4-3 to finish in fifth place.

Following their triumph, Argentina were presented with the Champions Trophy by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, in the company Leandro Negre, President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

After the presentation, Argentina coach Carlos RETEGUI spoke of his delight regarding his team's successive third Champions Trophy title, saying:  “I am obviously pleased to have won. I would like to thank the girls for playing so well ... they played six fantastic games of hockey. I think the people who came to watch here in Nottingham have seen an excellent display of hockey.'

Argentina's captain Luciana AYMAR was named Player of the Tournament, with team-mate Noel BARRIONUEVO collecting the prize for Top Goal Scorer thanks to her impressive tally of eight. The Goalkeeper of the Tournament award was given to England's Beth STORRY, who was in superb form for her country throughout the event.

The tournament will be remembered for a number of landmark moments, including a record 75 goals scored, including the 1000th in women's Champions Trophy history which was netted by Kim LAMMERS of The Netherlands.

Standings
1: ARGENTINA
2: The Netherlands
3: England
4: Germany
5: New Zealand
6: China

Individual Awards
Player of the Tournament: Luciana AYMAR (ARG)
Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Beth STORRY (ENG)
Top Goalscorer: Noel BARRIONUEVO (ARG) - 8 Goals. 

Match review: Final 1-2 Netherlands – Argentina 2-4 (Sunday 18 July)
- The six goals scored in the final brought this year’s total on 75, a record high in Samsung FIH Champions Trophy history.
- Argentina won their third consecutive Samsung FIH Champions Trophy and their fourth in total after previously having won in 2001, 2008 and 2009.
- They are the second nation to win at least three Champions Trophies in a row. Australia won five in a row from 1991 until 1999.
- They became the first team to win the CT despite not winning their first two matches of the edition.
- Argentina are now 3-2 against Holland in finals of major tournaments. They have won the 2001 and 2010 CT and the 2002 World Cup, whilst Netherlands have won the 1974 World Cup and the 2007 CT.
- Luciana Aymar, Claudia Ines Burkart and Marine Russo won their fourth Gold medal.
- Minke Smeets-Smabers (NED) and Argentina’s Luciana Aymar equalled Minke Booij’s (NED) record of playing in six CT finals.
- Holland played in their ninth CT final, one short of Australia’s record of ten.
- After having won the last three CT finals they played in, the Dutch have lost a final for the first time since 2001.
- Netherlands equalled Australia with most CT matches played, 99.
> Holland have now scored 200 goals in CT history.
- Smeets-Smabers won her 11th CT medal. She is all-time record holder with most medals: three Gold, three Silver and five Bronze.
- Noel Barrionuevo scored a hat-trick and became top scorer of this year’s CT with a record equalling eight goals. Lim Kye-Sook (KOR) also scored eight goals in 1987.
- The last player to score a hat-trick was her compatriot Alejandra Gulla in the 2008 final against Germany.
- She scored in six consecutive CT matches, equalling the record set by Jackie Pereira in 1987-1989.
- Barrionuevo has scored a record 19 PC goals in total.
- She equalled Alejandra Gulla as Argentina’s CT top scorer with 19 goals.
- Only two players have scored more CT goals, Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (GER, 22) and Jackie Pereira (AUS, 21)
- Carla Rebecchi scored her seventh CT goal and her third against Holland. Argentina have won all seven matches in which she scored.

England claim third with triumph over Germany

Host nation England have achieved their best ever finish at a Champions Trophy event by claiming third place courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Germany. Defender Crista CULLEN scored what proved to be the winning goal in the second half, delighting the home supporters in Nottingham.

Germany took the lead in the ninth minute when Maike STOECKEL volleyed home from close range, although England were denied an equaliser by the frame of the goal mid-way through the period. England pressed hard for an equaliser in the second half, and it eventually arrived from Susie GILBERT who was on hand to score following a penalty corner flick from Crista CULLEN. The winning goal arrived in the 51st minute when an England penalty corner was clinically flicked into the net by CULLEN, much to the delight of the home crowd. Germany searched desperately for an equaliser, but England held on for their second tournament victory over to seal third place.

Match review: Final 3-4 England – Germany 2-1 (Sunday 18 July)
- England win their first ever medal at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy by beating Germany 2-1 in the final for third and fourth place.
- England’s previous best finish was fifth in 2003, whilst Great Britain finished fourth in 1989.
- This was England’s second consecutive win against Germany.
- Germany are the only opponent England have beaten twice in CT history.
- England have now five CT matches, equal to Great Britain’s total of five wins.
- England came into this year’s CT with only one win in history. They won four matches in Nottingham.
- Germany finished fourth, just like in 1995 and in 2009.
- England scored two more PC goals today, bringing their total to seven in this year’s edition. They have scored ten goals in total.

New Zealand defeat China to claim 5th

New Zealand's Black Sticks saved their best performance of the tournament for last, inflicting a 4-3 defeat on China to claim fifth place here at the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy in Nottingham. The result was New Zealand's first Champions Trophy victory since beating England in 2002, being enough to claim fifth place in the tournament. New Zealand fell behind on three occasions but fought back each time to level the scores before Gemma FLYNN netted what proved to be the winning goal in the 62nd minute.

The game's opening goal was scored by MA Yibo with a well placed penalty corner flick in the 9th minute, but New Zealand equalised three minutes later when Charlotte HARRISON forced home from close range following a surging run into the circle from the left. China moved ahead for a second time when ZHAO Yudiao slammed in a brilliant reverse stick shot from the left (FG 22m) before Katie GLYNN crashed home a penalty corner strike (PC 39) early in the second half. MA moved China ahead once again with another impressive penalty corner (PC 44m) before field goals in the 58th and 62nd minutes from Piki HAMAHONA and FLYNN secured a 4-3 triumph for New Zealand.

Match review: Final 5-6 China – New Zealand 3-4 (Sunday 18 Jul 2010)
- New Zealand won the final for 5th/6th place 3-4 after falling behind three times.
- By finishing fifth they equalled their best result in the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy. They also finished fifth in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
- China recorded their worst finish ever. They are now the first team in CT history to have finished in all six positions.
- New Zealand ended a 17-CT match winless streak today. They had not won a game since beating England 2-0 in 2002.
- This is the second time in CT history a team gave away a lead three times in a match and again China were involved. They drew 3-3 against Argentina in 2003 after taking the lead three times.
- This was New Zealand’s first CT win against China in their seventh encounter.
- Ma Yibo has now scored 18 CT goals. Only three players have scored more CT goals, Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (GER, 22), Jackie Pereira (AUS, 21) and Alejandra Gulla (ARG, 19).
- All of her 18 goals were PC goals, a record for the tournament.
- Charlotte Harrison scored her second goal of the tournament, one more than her sister Samantha.
- Piki Hamahona scored her third CT goal. She was the only player in the current squad who also played in New Zealand’s previous win in 2002.

More information about the event can be found on the Samsung FIH Champions Trophy Microsite -  http://www.samsungchampionstrophy2010.sportcentric.com/

WorldHockey



Argentina women complete Champions Trophy hat-trick

By Bruce Hamilton


NOTTINGHAM: Argentina won their third successive Champions Trophy, and fourth in all, with a 4-2 defeat of the Netherlands on Sunday. Argentina’s goals came from three drag-flicks by Noel Barrionuevo and a field goal by Carla Rebecchi. Kelly Jonker scored for the Dutch midway through the first half while Maartje Goderie netted a second-half consolation. “We played well in all the six fantastic games of hockey here,” said Argentina coach Carlos Retegui. “We countered the Netherlands’ press and forced penalty corners when we could and the penalty corner conversions by Barrionuevo were on target every time.” Netherlands coach Herman Kruis believed his side had played well. “I think we played a good match using a good structure, but we were not sharp enough and not clever enough in Argentina’s circle,” said Kruis.

England took bronze, their first Champions Trophy medal, by defeating Germany 2-1 to improve on their previous best fifth place while New Zealand beat China 4-3 to take fifth place. Germany held an early first half advantage from Maike Stockel’s field goal despite four penalty corner chances to England. England had five penalty corner opportunities in the second half, scoring from Susie Gilbert, volleying in a rebound off the pads of Germany goalkeeper Barbara Vogel, and Crista Cullen, flicking low through Vogel’s pads. England used their video umpire appeal to reverse a penalty corner awarded to Germany with 11 minutes to play. England coach Danny Kerry was delighted with the way his side had finished the tournament. “They had a very tough day yesterday (drawing 2-2 against New Zealand) and when I saw the girls warming up I thought we would be fine as they had a steely look about them and they were well up for the match,” Kerry said.

Germany coach Michael Behrmann conceded England deserved to win. “I saw a very strong England team and I think they deserved to win as we were not playing to win a third place medal,” he said. New Zealand defeated China 4-3 to equal their best Champions Trophy performance in 1999, 2001 and 2002. But they had to play catch-up throughout the match, chasing an equaliser after Ma Yibo converted China’s first penalty corner. Charlotte Harrison’s scored New Zealand’s first equaliser but Zhao Yudiao restored China’s advantage for a 2-1 half-time lead. Katie Glynn hit the second equaliser in the first five minutes of the second half, but Ma converted China’s second penalty corner for a 3-2 edge. Pikki Hamahona levelled again for 3-3 before Gemma Flynn grabbed the winner. China coach Kim Sang Ryul said his team was exhausted. “The players are very tired. I can’t believe our performance, although the midfield was well organised,” said Kim.

The Daily Times



Argentina retains Women's Champions Trophy

NOTTINGHAM, England: Argentina won the Women's Champions Trophy for the third straight year by beating Olympic and world champion Netherlands 4-2 on Sunday.

Noel Barrionuevo scored the tournament's first hat-trick for Argentina, all from penalty corners.

Argentina, which also won in 2001, led 3-1 at half-time.

Barrionuevo put Argentina ahead in the ninth minute before Kelly Jonker equalized nine minutes later.

Two goals in five minutes - from Carla Rebecchi in the 26th and Barrionuevo in the 30th - put Argentina in control. Maartje Goderie raised Dutch hopes with a field goal in the 56th but Barrionuevo made it 4-2 in the 68th.

The Argentine was the tournament's top scorer with eight goals.

No. 2-ranked Argentina, whose captain Luciana Aymar was chosen as the player of the tournament, also beat the top-ranked Dutch 4-2 in the round-robin on Thursday.

England rallied to beat Germany 2-1 in the third-place playoff.

New Zealand defeated China 4-3 in the fifth-place playoff in its first win at the Champions Trophy since 2002.

The Star of Malaysia



No need for video as England beat Germany

By Bruce Hamilton


NOTTINGHAM, England: Three weeks after England's footballers slumped to a World Cup defeat by Germany, the country's women's hockey team rescued some national pride on Sunday by beating their old rivals.

England came from behind to beat Germany 2-1 and take the bronze medal at the Champions Trophy, their first ever medal in the tournament's history.

Germany led through Maike Stoeckel but Susie Gilbert equalised with a tap-in before Crista Cullen's winning penalty corner.

"It's amazing and the girls thoroughly deserve it for the work they put in over the week -- it's no fluke," England captain Kate Walsh said.

"I'm so proud of the girls, going down 1-0 was really tough but we fought, we came back, and it was a fantastic performance."

Earlier in the tournament, the two sides' group match had been overshadowed by a bitter dispute over a video referral that went in favour of England.

Ironically, it was a lack of technology that had dented England's footballers' hopes in their 4-1 World Cup last 16 defeat by Germany, when Frank Lampard's shot was ruled out despite the ball having crossed the goal-line.

The Times of India



England's brilliant Bronze

England’s women won their first ever Champions Trophy medal on Sunday afternoon as they did the double over Germany in the bronze medal match in Nottingham.  Second half goals from Susie Gilbert and Crista Cullen cancelled out Maike Stockel’s first half strike to put England on the third step of the podium in a game that England dominated and fully deserved to win.

Before the start of the match, there was a short presentation to Reading and England’s Beth Storry, who made her 50th appearance in goal for England.  There was also recognition for Germany’s Natascha Keller who picked up her 360th cap, making her the most capped player in her country’s history.

For England, the match was unchartered territory.  In the 23 years of the Champions Trophy, England had never before contested the bronze medal match and even as Great Britain, there had only been one such occasion, in 1989, when they lost to the former West Germany.  For their part, Germany came into the match having previously picked up a Champions Trophy medal on ten occasions. 

In contrast to their start against New Zealand a day before, England began competitively with Kerry Williams getting in behind inside a minute and Crista Cullen crashing a cross through the circle on three minutes.

A miss-trap at a fifth minute penalty corner was a missed opportunity for the English as Leicester’s Cullen had to adjust quickly, shooting wide on her reverse.

Despite the good start England fell behind nine minutes in.  German captain Tina Bachmann found Eileen Hoffmann in the English circle and Hoffman’s flick-on sat up perfectly for Maike Stockel to volley home past Storry at chest height for 1-0.

Germany had gone into the match still seething from their perceived injustice over a disallowed goal in Tuesday’s pool match and following the goal they upped the ante.  Mandy Haase swung and missed at a first time shot and seconds later Reading goalkeeper Storry made a good save with her glove while lying on the floor following the initial block.

Midway through the half good play down the right hand side almost let Leicester’s Laura Unsworth in but the umpire blew for an infringement, releasing the pressure on the German defence.

Slough’s Nicola White, a goal scorer against New Zealand on Friday, nearly unlocked the Germany back line for Clifton’s Charlotte Craddock on 20 minutes but goalkeeper Barbara Vogel was out to clear the danger.

With England playing well there was a let off for Germany soon after when White’s diving deflection came back off the post to groans from the home crowd.

Just before the half hour mark Nic White latched on to Alex Danson’s pass down the right.  Coming under pressure from Bachmann she refused to be outmuscled and the umpire awarded England their second penalty corner.  Cullen’s effort was on target but Vogel got down smartly to her right.

Germany’s Lena Andersch was shown a yellow card with just over three minutes of the first half remaining at a time when England were pressing hard for an equaliser.

Helen Richardson won England a penalty corner in the dying seconds of the half and she very nearly scored it as she deflected Cullen’s effort in front of goal but Vogel got a leg to it, sending it high over the bar.

England began the second half as they had ended the first, putting Germany under pressure and winning a penalty corner.  Cullen opted to flick low to the right and Vogel again made the save but the ball bounced off her pads and onto the foot of the defender for a penalty corner.  Yet another foot in a crowded circle was spotted by the umpire and England had a third consecutive set piece.   This time Cullen went straight.  Vogel could only knock the ball up into the air and University of Birmingham’s Susie Gilbert was on hand to volley home England’s equaliser from a metre out.

Alex Danson immediately threatened again, holding off the attentions of her marker before unleashing a shot that the goalkeeper got the smallest of touches to, taking it beyond the back post.

At the other end, a square pass from Andersch was met by the run of Lina Geyer and Beth Storry had to react quickly to save at her feet as she entered the circle.

The save was to prove crucial as England took the lead just two minutes later via a Crista Cullen penalty corner strike that went through the legs of Vogel in the German goal.

Maike Stockel saw green for ‘chat’ with just under 20 minutes remaining and England came close to making their numerical advantage count when Alex Danson robbed her opponent before teeing up Charlotte Craddock.  Craddock’s shot on the reverse was on target but Vogel kept it out.

A marauding Cullen run through the middle had the crowd on their feet and she picked out White whose powerful shot was again saved.  Another penalty corner came with 12 minutes to go as Tina Bachmann brought down an aerial pass well above shoulder height and Cullen again tested the goalkeeper from the set piece.

In contrast, it took nearly an hour for Germany to be awarded their first ‘corner’.  The umpire awarded it for the ball being raised dangerously off the stick of England captain Kate Walsh, who referred the decision to the video umpire.  Following a lengthy delay Elena Eskina declared the decision incorrect and Germany once again lost out on a team referral to the third umpire.

Five minutes from time Germany’s newly most capped player, Natascha Keller, broke between Kate Walsh and Helen Richardson in the middle of the park and ran at the English back line at pace.  Drawing Bowdon’s Sally Walton she switched the ball to a teammate in the left channel who promptly returned it across goal with Keller diving in.  She failed to make contract but Janne Muller-Wieland looked certain to equalise at the back post.  Somehow, she did not.  She made contact with the ball from her dive but could only steer it into the side of the goal.

England’s lead remained intact.

As the match entered its final minutes, England organised themselves well with Leicester’s Chloe Rogers Germany’s Frustratror-in-Chief.  At the final hooter, England’s players turned to each other in celebration before proceeding on a lap of honour with a giant England flag flowing behind them.

Delighted Head Coach Danny Kerry said of his team’s success: “It was an awesome response after yesterday.  I thought there was only one team in it; although we lost a scrappy goal, it was only a matter of time before we scored.

“To be that convincing today was very rewarding for all of the time and energy the girls have put in.”

England captain Kate Walsh added: “This is fantastic and with other athletes coming into the squad we can only get better.”

Earlier in the day New Zealand came from behind to defeat China 4-3 in the battle for fifth. England now head off to prepare for the BDO World Cup in Rosario, Argentina, which runs from 29 August – 11 September.

ENGLAND 2 (0)
Susie Gilbert 43 (PC)               
Crista Cullen 51 (PC)                

GERMANY 1 (1)
Maike Stockel 9 (F)

England Squad v Germany

Started


Beth Storry (Reading) Goalkeeper
Crista Cullen (Leicester) Defender
Kate Walsh (c) (Reading) Defender
Laura Unsworth (Leicester) Defender
Natalie Seymour (Canterbury) Defender
Helen Richardson (Leicester) Midfielder
Chloe Rogers (Leicester) Midfielder
Alex Danson (Reading) Forward
Ashleigh Ball (Slough) Defender/Midfielder
Charlotte Craddock (Clifton) Forward
Kerry Williams (Leicester) Midfielder/Forward

Substitutes Used

Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham) Midfielder
Georgie Twigg (Clifton) Midfielder
Hannah Macleod (Leicester) Forward
Sally Walton (Bowdon Hightown) Defender/Midfielder/Forward
Nicola White (Slough) Forward

Did Not Play

Gemma Ible (Clifton) Goalkeeper
Katie Long (Leicester) Forward

Samsung FIH Champions Trophy, Women, Nottingham 2010 Final Standings

1. Argentina
2. Netherlands
3. England
4. Germany
5. New Zealand
6. China

England Hockey Board Media release



England claim bronze at Champions Trophy after defeating Germany in play-off

By Emily Benammar



Bronze: England women celebrate defeating Germany Photo: ACTION IMAGES

Crista Cullen scored the winning goal as England overcame Germany for the second time in a week to win the bronze medal at the Women’s Champions Trophy.

Looking to have recovered from the disappointment of their 2-2 draw with New Zealand on Saturday which ruled them out of a place in the final, England dominated the 70 minutes, and while unlucky to have gone behind to Maike Stockel’s early strike, it was always a case of when rather than if the equaliser would come.

Forcing German errors in the circle, that moment came early in the second-half from England’s sixth penalty corner when Susie Gilbert volleyed in off the rebound of Cullen’s strike.

Eight minutes later, England’s Beth Storry, named goalkeeper of the tournament, cleared Lina Geyer’s effort to safety and England capitalised on the turnover. Forcing their seventh and eighth penalty corners of the match, Cullen converted from the latter sending her strike straight through the legs of Barbara Vogel to make it 2-1.

With 20 minutes left on the clock, England, in uncharted territory having never finished higher than fifth in the six-nation tournament, remained the superior side and their strength ran through to the final whistle which marked their fourth consecutive win over Germany.

Delighted with the result and the strength of mind England showed after Saturday, Cullen said: “It’s a credit to the girls that we managed to turn ourselves around from the disappointment of not reaching the final.

“In the past we have come out with our tails between our legs but there was a belief engrained in us this time that we really could win. It was all about getting ourselves on the podium and that’s what we did. Finally we’re there and long may it continue.”

Cullen’s sentiments were echoed by head coach Danny Kerry who, after Saturday’s result, had expressed concerns over his squad’s state of mind.

“I’m very proud of the girls,” he said. “They had a tough day on Saturday and they came out up for the fight. We came out with our game faces on and everyone delivered fantastically.

“We were all over them for 70 minutes and I’m just delighted. It was an awesome response to what happened against New Zealand and what’s exciting now is how much we’re challenging the world’s top sides.”

In the final, Noel Barrinuevo scored a hat-trick to guide defending champions Argentina to a 4-2 victory over Holland. The result marked the South American’s third successive title and they were presented with the trophy by the Countess of Wessex.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand came from behind to beat China 4-3 in the fifth and six place play-off.

The Telegraph



England beat Germany to take bronze

By Ollie Williams, BBC Sport in Nottingham


England won the first Champions Trophy medal in their history, beating Germany 2-1 to clinch bronze in Nottingham.

Germany led through Maike Stoeckel's close-range deflection but Susie Gilbert equalised with a tap-in before Crista Cullen's winning penalty corner.

England's women had never previously placed higher than fifth in the event.

"It's amazing and the girls thoroughly deserve it for the work they put in over the week - it's no fluke," England captain Kate Walsh told BBC Sport.

"I'm so proud of the girls, going down 1-0 was really tough but we fought, we came back, and it was a fantastic performance."

England head coach Danny Kerry said: "I knew the girls would be fine. There was a nice, steely look about them. That sounds a bit blase, but sometimes you just know."

England's match-up with Germany may have been for bronze rather than gold, but it had promised to be a fascinating, rancorous tie after a dispute over a video referral in their earlier group stage meeting, which the home side won.

Moreover, while a bronze medal play-off tends not to possess much glamour, reaching it represents a step forward for an improving English side.

England had won only one of their 18 Champions Trophy games prior to this year's tournament and a place in the top four was their stated ambition this time.

They comfortably met that expectation but, having so nearly made the final, a bronze medal still leaves behind a sense of what might have been had they not been held to a draw by New Zealand a day earlier.

The hosts fell behind on Sunday when Stoeckel, all on her own in front of goal, turned a sharp mid-air deflection around Beth Storry.


Gilbert pounced on a rebound to level the score in Nottingham

That called a halt to early England forays into the German half as the hosts were forced to chase the game, while they seemed to lack pace in their occasional counter-attacks.

Nicola White's superb diving effort only found the post after a Cullen cross, before Cullen herself was denied with the last action of the first half, her deflected penalty corner rebounding to safety off unsighted German goalkeeper Barbara Vogel.

England were a vastly improved side in the second half, and they drew level as another spilled penalty corner dropped down for Gilbert to convert from no distance.

Walsh then sent a reverse-stick shot flying wide, while Storry rushed out to deny Germany's Lina Geyer at the other end.

Cullen found what proved to be the winner, sending a penalty corner straight through Vogel with 18 minutes still to play.

Charlotte Craddock nearly added a third as Germany's defence began to crack, but two goals were enough for bronze as Janne Mueller-Wieland failed to claw a final German chance into the gaping England net.

"I thought there was only one team in it," said Kerry.

"We had nine penalty corners, they had none. We controlled the game, penetrated them, looked dangerous and it was a matter of time.

"It was an awesome response and that will serve us very well in the next few years.

"We've been here before and not come out the other end but this time we came out the other end, which was awesome."

Walsh added: "Yesterday (against New Zealand) was so disappointing and we had a short amount of time to pick ourselves up, but we believe.

"We've known we can do it throughout the tournament and we came back and did it today."

World number two side Argentina picked up the gold medal after Noel Barrionuevo's hat-trick steered them to a surprise 4-2 victory against the only team ranked above them, the Netherlands.

New Zealand sprang a surprise on China in Sunday's first game, snatching a late winner to take a 4-3 victory in the play-off for fifth and sixth places.

The focus now switches to the women's Hockey World Cup, to be held in Argentina in late August and early September.

England's women will travel to the city of Rosario expectant of an improvement on the last World Cup in 2006, where they finished seventh - coincidentally beating Germany for that honour.

"We're really looking forward to playing in Argentina," said Kerry.

"If there's one World Cup to go to it's in Argentina, the women's game there is huge, with massive crowds, everyone is treated like a superstar.

"In my five-year career as head coach, the game I am most looking forward to is playing (fellow World Cup group members) Argentina there."

The next World Cup, in 2014, may take place in England after it was announced that an English bid to host both the men's and women's tournaments is in the offing.

England Hockey is looking to step up its programme of events on home soil, with this week marking the first time the women's Champions Trophy has been staged in this country.

BBC Sport



Black Sticks Women beat China for fifth place

by Bruce Hamilton


The Black Sticks Women took fifth place in the Samsung Champions Trophy on Sunday, defeating China 4-3, equalling their best Champions Trophy performances in 1999, 2001 and 2002.

New Zealand avenged its 3-1 defeat by China in the pool match last Sunday.

New Zealand played catch-up throughout the match, chasing an equaliser after Ma Yibo converted China’s first penalty corner high into the right of the net in the ninth minute, giving Bianca Russell in goal no chance to make a save.

Katie Glynn has grown in confidence and influence in this tournament, showing her play-making and scoring skills.

Glynn put a dent in the crossbar with a flick which was intended for the empty goal after Samantha Harrison made a clever cross from the right.

Charlotte Harrison showed quality ball control, three minutes after Ma’s goal, carrying to the backline on the left to round Ma and flick to goal then taking the rebound off the China’s goalkeeper Zhang Yimen to volley into the right corner of goal for New Zealand’s first equaliser.

China executed a brilliant fast break after New Zealand’s first penalty corner broke down, finding Zhao Yudiao deep in the left of New Zealand’s circle to fire a bullet backstick into the top right of the net across Russell.

The Black Sticks Women went to the break with work to do 1-2 down.

Katie Glynn made the second equaliser in the first five minutes of the second half, driving New Zealand’s second penalty corner hard inside the left post along the pitch.

Ma converted China’s second penalty corner in the middle of the second half, flicking low to the right of Russell inside the left post for China to lead 3-2.

Clarissa Eshuis suffered a face injury with 15 minutes to play, leaving the pitch for the rest of the match - eliminating one of the Black Sticks Women's penalty corner scoring options.

China showed signs of fatigue in the latter part of the second half and New Zealand exploited this weakness with a fast break from the left into the middle of the pitch to have Gemma Flynn and Pikki Hamahona in the circle with one defender and the fullback to beat.

Flynn on the right of the circle drew both the defender and the goalkeeper and slipped a pass to the left for Hamahona to slap into the open goal for the third equaliser at 3-3 with 12 minutes to play.

Gemma Flynn scored the go-ahead goal at 63 minutes after lead-up work on the right of the circle by Krystal Forgesson who passed to the front of China’s goalkeeper, Flynn making the backstick sweep into goal.

In the last five minutes of play China had two unconverted penalty corners and a raid into New Zealand’s circle by two attackers with only Russell to beat.

Russell dived to intercept the pass between China’s strikers and cleared the challenge out of the circle to preserve the Black Sticks Women's 4-3 advantage to the end of the match.

China coach Kim Sang Ryul was confused by China’s performance today.

“The players are very tired and I can’t believe our performance today, although the midfield was well organised even though they were tired,” Kim said.

New Zealand coach Mark Hager believes the result could have gone either way.

“Either team could have won today – China had an opportunity to win at the end and we were writing down our stroke takers if we had to go to that after extra time – so it was a good even contest where China probably had the better of the first half and in the second half we were better with our ability to hold the ball for longer periods which gave us opportunities to finally score some goals and get players in good position that enabled us to get some penetration,” Hager said.

Hager commented on the statistics of the match in which China had 15 shots on goal to New Zealand’s 8; China 35 circle penetrations to New Zealand 20; and China 41% of possession to New Zealand 59%.

“Our stats at the moment against the top teams in the world are probably that way, where they are getting more circle penetrations and more goal-scoring opportunities, so for us, we don’t get that many so we have to make the most of them when we do get up there and it is an area we need to improve,” Hager said.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



NZ finish strongly for Champions Trophy fifth

New Zealand have finished the women's hockey Champions Trophy on a high note with a 4-3 win over China in the playoff for fifth and sixth place.

In a fast-paced game characterised by some enterprising attack from both teams, the Black Sticks showed real grit to fight back from a goal down on three occasions, securing the win with seven minutes to go.

The win was New Zealand's first in the Champions Trophy since 2002, and came after they were beaten 1-3 by China in pool play, The fifth placing equals their best finish at the Champions Trophy.

The New Zealanders started strongly, midfielder Gemma Flynn's strong run to the top of the circle almost rewarded after Katie Glynn returned a sweet lay-off and Flynn's volley rocketed off the underside of the crossbar.

However, it was China who scored first after a strong run down the right from Fu Baorong, whose shot found a New Zealand foot in the circle.

A well-worked penalty corner saw Ma Yibo's flick beat Black Sticks keeper Bianca Russell, and China took the early lead.

New Zealand hit back barely three minutes later following an elusive run from Charlotte Harrison, who showed real tenacity down the left and then along the baseline.

She forced Chinese keeper Zhang Yimeng into a reflex save, following up to volley the block into the top of the net.

China's strength on the break led to their second goal in the 22nd minute, after the Black Sticks' first penalty corner of the match was frittered away.

Midfielder Zhao Yudiao's shot rocketed off the edge of her stick past a sprawling Russell to give China a 2-1 lead which they held going into the break.

The Black Sticks equalised four minutes into the second half from the second of two penalty corners in rapid succession, a ferocious strike from Glynn crashing home to tie the game.

They lost the lead yet again four minutes later, as a Chinese referral saw video umpire Lisa Roach (Australia) award the penalty corner.

A well-placed low flick from Ma Yibo into the corner left Ruussell with no chance, and China's grip on the game looked to be tightening.

New Zealand's chances were further shaken when they lost hard-working defender Clarissa Eshuis after a ball to the eye with 15 minutes remaining.

China's forays on the Black Sticks' goal increased in frequency and ferocity. but New Zealand equalised again in the 58th minute through Piki Hamahona, who calmly slotted home a pinpoint cross from Flynn.

Five minutes later, Flynn's diving reverse-stick shot from some scrappy play gave New Zealand the lead for the first time, although it tooks some sterling saves from Russell before the win was secure.

Stuff



Dutch get revenge over Pakistan at Wagener

The Netherlands men under Paul van Ass gained revenge for the defeat on Saturday against Pakistan. ON sunday the new team of Michel van den Heuval was beaten 3 - 2. Bob de Voogd scored the winner just before full time

Full match report in Dutch follows

Oranjemannen revancheren zich in Wagener op Pakistan

Door Rim Voorhaar


De Nederlandse mannen onder leiding van Paul van Ass hebben revanche genomen voor de nederlaag van zaterdag tegen Pakistan. Zondag werd de nieuwe ploeg van Michel van den Heuvel met 3-2 verslagen. Bob de Voogd scoorde vlak voor tijd de winnende treffer.

Net als een dag eerder in het Wagener was ook bij de start van het duel op zondag het overwicht voor de gasten uit Pakistan. Nederland kwam zelfs goed weg toen een solo van Rehan Butt over links niet tot een doelpunt leidde. Een strafcorner van Oranje al na drie minuten werd niet omgezet tot een doelpunt en ook de rebounds, via Valentin Verga en Rogier Hofman, gingen de mist in. Na acht minuten spelen, strafte Butt de Hollandse slordigheden vakkundig af met een klap die via een Nederlandse stick in de kruising verdween, 0-1.

Na dertien minuten spelen, benutte Mink van der Weerden wel de mogelijkheid die hem een minuut eerder niet lukte uit een strafcorner. Via de stick van doelman Imran Shah verdween de bal laag in de hoek. Nederland kwam een minuut later nog goed weg toen Shafiqat Malik in zeer kansrijke positie majestueus over de bal heen sloeg.

Vier minuten voor rust zag van der Weerden zijn strafcorner gestopt door Imran Shah. Dezelfde Shah leidde op slag van rust min of meer de achterstand in van zijn team door Bob de Voogd omver te lopen in de cirkel. Jeroen Hertzberger benutte het buitenkansje, een strafbal, feilloos: links laag van de doelman, 2-1.

Na rust kreeg Nederland de kans om de voorsprong te vergroten, maar Wouter Jolie (foto) trof bij zijn geslagen strafcorner doelman Imran Shah op zijn weg. Twintig minuten na rust scoorde Pakistan wel uit een strafcorner, een variant benut door laatste man Imran, 2-2. Bij die uitslag leek het lange tijd te blijven.

Toch viel er een beslissing, het gebeurde in de slotfase van een boeiend duel. Jolie bereikte met een lange en harde klap en de nodige precisie de stick van De Nooijer die direct vanaf rechts de cirkel indraaide en handig Bob de Voogd helemaal vrij zette. De spits van Oranje Zwart haalde hard en zuiver uit, 3-2. De Pakistanen drongen in de slotfase nog aan, maar keeper Mark Jenniskens hield zijn doel dicht.

Net als een dag eerder in het Wagener was ook bij de start van het duel op zondag het overwicht voor de gasten uit Pakistan. Nederland kwam zelfs goed weg toen een solo van Rehan Butt over links niet tot een doelpunt leidde. Een strafcorner van Oranje al na drie minuten werd niet omgezet tot een doelpunt en ook de rebounds, via Valentin Verga en Rogier Hofman, gingen de mist in. Na acht minuten spelen, strafte Butt de Hollandse slordigheden vakkundig af met een klap die via een Nederlandse stick in de kruising verdween, 0-1.

Na dertien minuten spelen, benutte Mink van der Weerden wel de mogelijkheid die hem een minuut eerder niet lukte uit een strafcorner. Via de stick van doelman Imran Shah verdween de bal laag in de hoek. Nederland kwam een minuut later nog goed weg toen Shafiqat Malik in zeer kansrijke positie majestueus over de bal heen sloeg.

Vier minuten voor rust zag van der Weerden zijn strafcorner gestopt door Imran Shah. Dezelfde Shah leidde op slag van rust min of meer de achterstand in van zijn team door Bob de Voogd omver te lopen in de cirkel. Jeroen Hertzberger benutte het buitenkansje, een strafbal, feilloos: links laag van de doelman, 2-1.

Na rust kreeg Nederland de kans om de voorsprong te vergroten, maar Wouter Jolie (foto) trof bij zijn geslagen strafcorner doelman Imran Shah op zijn weg. Twintig minuten na rust scoorde Pakistan wel uit een strafcorner, een variant benut door laatste man Imran, 2-2. Bij die uitslag leek het lange tijd te blijven.

Toch viel er een beslissing, het gebeurde in de slotfase van een boeiend duel. Jolie bereikte met een lange en harde klap en de nodige precisie de stick van De Nooijer die direct vanaf rechts de cirkel indraaide en handig Bob de Voogd helemaal vrij zette. De spits van Oranje Zwart haalde hard en zuiver uit, 3-2. De Pakistanen drongen in de slotfase nog aan, maar keeper Mark Jenniskens hield zijn doel dicht.

KNHB Media release



Alden D'Souza strikes twice as Mumbai regain National crown

BHOPAL: Alden D'Souza struck twice as three time champions Mumbai overcame Haryana 3-2 to regain the 63rd Rangaswamy Cup Senior National Men's Hockey Championship at the floodlit Aishbagh Astroturf Stadium on Sunday.

In an evenly poised match, Mumbai were forced to endure a determined second half challenge from Haryana, who were eager to lay their hands on the prestigious title in their maiden attempt.

Following an evenly balanced first quarter, Mumbai shot into the lead after a couple of raids with Alden D'Souza's blinder of a reverse hit from the edge of the circle on the left piercing through a stunned Haryana defence in the 22nd minute.

Taken aback by the sudden deficit, Haryana retaliated by earning their first penalty corner in the next minute where Surendra Kumar hit wide and in the 26th minute Naveen Antil hit a weak shot off Sandeep Kumar's pass that Mumbai goalkeeper Sudhir Dixit blocked and cleared away to safety.

Mumbai, who last won this title in 1989, went into the half time with a crucial lead as they resumed an eventful second half with a degree of confidence.

Seven minutes after the lemon break, Mumbai earned their second penalty corner and the ever reliable Gursevak found the net to give his side a comfortable cushion.

But a gallant Haryana bounced back with Munish Rana reducing the margin in a goalmouth melee in the 44th minute. Rana's effort set the tone for a high voltage entertainer for the remainder of the match.

Mumbai enhanced their lead when man of match Alden D'Souza fired his second goal after brilliantly trapping Vikram Yadav through and beating goalkeeper Ankit Gulia.

Down 1-3, Haryana refused to give up and defender Hansraj pushed home with a vengeance in the 56th minute off their second penalty corner and put Mumbai under immense pressure until they heaved a sigh of relief on hearing the hooter.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu finished third after edging past Chandigarh 3-2 in the play-off match, which also saw Olympian Adam Sinclair being banned for the next edition of the tournament.

The Times of India



Mumbai beat Haryana to end title drought

Sharad Deep


It was a dream come true for three-time champions Mumbai on Sunday. They outplayed spirited Haryana 3-2 to win the 63rd Senior National Men's Hockey Championship for the Rangaswamy Cup here. Mumbai, who had their last national title in 1989, dominated the proceedings in the first half, but Haryana forwards launched a series of attacks.

The back line, combining skipper Conroy Remedios, Sumeet Topno and Gursev Singh wasn't at its best on Sunday, and they were let off the hook only because Haryana squandered a few good chances.

Alden D'Souza put Mumbai ahead with a great goal that was created by Laxman Rao. Rao trapped a long ball from midfield, before putting it through to the unmarked D'Souza, whose reverse hit almost from an almost impossible angle, was a worthy opener and had the crowd on its feet.

The goal, however, didn't dampen the spirit of Haryana, and in the very next minute they managed their first penalty corner. But, Surendra Kumar's hit went just wide of the goalpost.

Gursev Singh, later named player of the tournament, extended the lead for Mumbai in the 42nd minute, converting a penalty corner, but two minutes later Munish Rana reduced the margin for Haryana, with a superb solo effort.

The game was heading for an exciting final few minutes. Haryana came back stronger than ever, pushing Mumbai onto the back foot.

A confident Hansraj made no mistake in converting his team's second penalty corner to make it 2-3 in the next minute.

Haryana skipper Vinod Kumar had the best chance to take the game into extra time, but he was undone by his Mumbai counterpart.

Mumbai held on though, and Alden D'Souza's brace gave his team the trophy, and him the man of the match award.

Hindustan Times



Violence mars Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh match in Rangaswami cup

Bhopal: Tamil Nadu secured third position by defeating Chandigarh 3-2 in a violence marred match of the 63rd Rangaswami Cup Senior National Men's Hockey Championship played at the Aishbagh Stadium here yesterday.

For Tamil Nadu, V Nair scored a brilliant field goal in the sixth minute and gave 1-0 lead to his team but Harmanpreet Singh of Chandigarh equalised 10 minutes later.

Later, Tamil Nadu players played an attacking game and scored twice in seven minutes with R Ashok in the 27th minute converting a penalty corner into a goal and Satyarajan in the 34th minute netting the ball, giving 3-1 lead to their team.

However, in the second half, Raman Deep Singh of Chandigarh struck a field goal in the 67th minute and reduced the margin to 3-2.

Till breather, Tamil Nadu led 3-1.

Earlier, the match between the two teams for third and fourth spots witnessed violence before the start of the play over a minor issue of changing the dug-out.

Tournament officials had asked Tamil Nadu players to change the dug-out but they protested following which heated exchange took place and Tamil Nadu players allegedly attacked the officials and groundmen, tournament officials said.

Three officials of the tournament Hasan Parvez, Moinuddin Khan and Fahim Mohammed Khan and a groundman, Prakash were injured in the attack, they said.

Tournament director Peter Menezes banned former Olympian and Tamil Nadu skipper Adam Sinclair from the tournament holding him responsible for the scuffle that delayed commencement of the match commencement for more than half-an-hour, the officials said.

A report will be sent to Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) about the incident, they said.

DNA



Emphatic win for ONGC

S. Thyagarajan



Umpire R.S. Suriya Prakash being treated for injuries after he was attacked by Army XI players during the 86th MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium in Chennai. Photo: M. Vedhan

Even as the spotlight shifted to searching the qualifiers on Sunday, ONGC emerged as the top contender in Pool ‘A' of the MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament.

The 4-1 victory over the defending champion, Army, was the talking point of the day not for the quality of play dished out but for the incidents that besmirched the image of the champion outfit.

Eight minutes after the break, local umpire Surya Prakash showed two green cards simultaneously to Mukesh of Army and Preetinder of ONGC. As the former had already been carded this had to be a yellow.

The Army players protested and surrounded the umpire. In the ensuing melee, Sunil Ekka, hit Surya Prakash, causing a head injury. The shocking act incensed the crowd which surged towards the edge of the stands heckling the Army players.

The umpire, who needed medical attention and rushed to the hospital, had to be substituted with Pankaj Thyagi, the reserve umpire.

It took quite a while to get the commotion under control. Predictably, umpire Raghunath, the other umpire on the field red carded Sunil Ekka, and also the skipper, Xalco.

While the fracas left a bitter taste in the mouth, it must be acknowledged that the Army outfit was outplayed. Nothing exemplifies this than the 3-0 lead that ONGC took before half-time.

Up in the early minutes through Tryon, ONGC enlarged the margin when Sandeep Antil provided the finishing touches to a cross from Toppo. Then a penalty corner hit by Diwakar Ram led to a stroke which he converted for the third.

Unable to come with anything worthwhile, the Army team failed to capitalise on the four penalty corners it garnered in this period. Ignace Tirkey ventured to introduce a bit of sparkle but there were no takers to give him a shoulder.

The ugly happenings shortly after the break clearly diminished the tempo, although the Army team had a consolation goal from Eliziar Lakra. However, before the whistle, ONGC established the fact that it was the superior side on this day with a goal from Pramod Kumar.

Good start

The campaign for Indian Railways in the competition started with a victory and this was rendered easier by the inability of the Karnataka XI to convert the plethora of chances it fashioned in the encounter.

True, Karnataka fought commendably to fill the 0-2 leeway in the first half, but the equaliser in the second eluded it on more than three occasions.

The Railway outfit, coached by the former Olympian and skipper, V. Baskaran, was methodical. A penalty stroke in the early minutes gave Railways the inspiration it was looking for. A quick finish from the top of the box by Deepak Ekka struck against a set of defenders in front of the goal. Vivek converted the stroke without a hint of fuss.

Midway through Innocent Kullu hit in a penalty corner to hoist the second goal.

Thimmiah shines

The manner in which the Karnataka attack worked gave the impression that goals would appear any moment. Nithin Thimmiah, easily the outstanding forward for Karnataka, earned the distinction of netting both the goals. His deft deflection from a penalty corner push by Ayappa was a peach of an effort. Even the second underlined his opportunism. Mudappa broke in only to be baulked by goal-keeper Kantha. But Nithin who was following Mudappa picked up the rebound and sounded the boards.

Everything was on an even keel after the break until a gaping hole in the defence gave Rajnesh Pandey a splendid chance. And the striker picked it up with a fantastic drive from the top of the circle totally confounding the rival custodian Dayal.

Karnataka had enough time — as much as 32 minutes — to find the equaliser. Chances created after a good deal of effort were frittered away with Pradhan Somiah capping the most agonising effort. He wove all the way and with only goal-keeper before him, hit the side boards.

With a solitary point in three games, Karnataka's chances appear very dim at this stage in the pool ‘A'..

The results: Indian Railways 3 (Vivek Singh, Innocent Kullu, Rajnesh Pandey) bt Karnataka XI 2 (Nithin Thimmiah 2); ONGC 4 (Tryon, Sandeep Antil, Diwakar Ram, Pramod Kumar) bt Army 1 (Eliziar Lakra).

Monday's matches: IOC v PNB (2.15 p.m.); Army v Indian Railways (4 p.m.); ONGC v Namdhari XI (6.45 p.m.).

The Hindu



Ex-India hockey star attacks umpire

Krishna Kanta Chakraborty


CHENNAI: Former India hockey player Sunil Ekka turned "attacker" with a difference on Sunday. Ekka, playing for Army XI, lashed out with his hockey stick at veteran umpire RS Suriya Prakash, leaving the latter seriously injured and the audience shell-shocked.

The incident took place when Army XI's Preetinder Singh was shown a second green card after he got into a tiff with ONGC's Mukesh Kumar and both were asked to leave the turf. Defending champions Army XI were playing ONGC for the All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup.

Defending Singh, Ekka got into an argument with Prakash, who was adjudged the best national umpire in 1993. Suddenly, Ekka hit Prakash on the back of the head.

Prakash was taken to hospital immediately, where he was treated for the head injury. "I've been officiating at the national level for the last 21 years and have never come across such behaviour," said Prakash. "Sunil has played for India and represents the Army but he obviously lacks discipline."

Assaulting an official is a Level-2 offence according to the International Hockey Federation's code of conduct. "Sunil Ekka has been banned from the rest of the tournament. Once we get the report from the match officials, we will take a final decision," said tournament director Mohammad Muneer.

"I am also going to send my report to Hockey India. As this is an all-India tournament, we can't ban him for six months, but HI has the right to impose the maximum (six-month) ban on him," Muneer said.

The MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup is one of the oldest hockey tournaments in India. "This is unacceptable behaviour. Our national game is already in a quagmire and such incidents can only hurt the sport," he added.

Pankaj Tyagi from New Delhi replaced Suriya Prakash on the field and ONGC went on to win the match 3-1.

The Times of India



Armymen assault umpire at hockey tournament in Chennai

D Ram Raj


Chennai: ONGC upset defending champions Army XI 4-1 in a Pool ‘A’ match marred by the violence of Sunil Eka, who was sent off with a red card, in the MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium here on Sunday.

ONGC created the best of opportunities and ran up a 3-0 lead by half time. But a yellow card to Mukesh Kumar in the 43rd minute resulted in a fracas between the Army players and umpire RS Suriya Prakash.

In the heat of the moment, Eka advanced in a menacing manner and assaulted Suriya Prakash with his stick. The umpire was left with a bleeding head, and the wound required four stitches. In fact, the umpire had shown a green card to Preetinder of ONGC and yellow to Mukesh Kumar (who had earlier received a green card). With the new green card rule in vogue, players will have to sit out for two minutes.

“Eka is out of the next match for sure, whether he will play in the rest of the tournament or not will be decided after receiving the umpires’ report,” tournament officials said after the match.

Earlier, Tryon opened the account for ONGC in the 7th minute by slotting home following a goal mouth scramble. Sandeep Antil increased the tally in the 31st minute as Army goalkeeper PT Rao had a torrid time under the bar.

Penalty corner specialist Diwakar Ram tripled the lead in the 32nd minute off a penalty stroke. The Army players were a little agitated at every turn and continued to argue with the umpires culminating in the ugly incident.

Reduced to 10 men in the second half, Army XI began to cobble up better moves and Eliazer Lakra reduced the margin in the 62nd minute. Jagwant Singh scored a field goal in the 67th minute to complete ONGC’s tally.

DNA



Sunil Ekka hits umpire

Chennai: Tamil Nadu umpire Surya Prakash suffered a head injury after Sunil Ekka of Army hit him with his stick during their match against ONGC, which they lost 1-4 in the MCC-Murugappa hockey tournament here on Sunday.

The incident happened in the 32nd minute, when Surya Prakash gave two green cards to Services players and was quickly surrounded by the Armymen. In the meele, Sunil wielded his stick on the official’s head and the match was stopped.

Surya Prakash was soon rushed to the hospital.

When the match commenced with reserve umpire Thyagi substituting Surya Prakash, red card was handed out to Ekka and Army captain William Xalco.

As for the match, Army XI could not sustain the continuous attack by ONGC and were on the receiving end almost throughout the match.

The Telegraph, India



Massive match for Free State and Border

JONATHAN COOK in East London


THE 2010 SA Women's Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at Kat Leisure Park and Buffalo Flats sees the B Section teams kick off IPT Monday with the A Section sides starting their competition on Tuesday. IPT ends with the respective section finals on Saturday, as well as the classification matches to determine who stands where in SA women's hockey.

Saturday night sees national convenor of selectors Mickey Gordon, head coach Giles Bonnet and their panel colleague Jo Morley-Jepson announce the South Africa teams that will face the world's best in the FIH Women's Hockey World Cup in Argentina, followed by the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.

Players from an individual perspective need little more incentive than that, while the desire to bring silverware to their provinces is another carrot that is sure drive South Africa 's best to new heights of excellence.

The B Section winners are promoted to the 2011 top eight A Section, as was the case with coach Linda Bedford and captain Lisl Dorothy's impressive Eastern Province squad last year.


Lisl Dorothy of EP holds the IPT B trophy aloft. Photo by REG CALDECOTT

EP beat the quality Border line-up under the astute guidance of former professional hockey coach in England, Greg Beiling, while the classy Marcelle Keet leads the Border girls once again.


Greg Beiling. Photo by REG CALDECOTT

This time round, the Border are dead set on utilising the support of their vociferous home crowd to drive them on to the B Section crown and a leg up to next year's A Section IPT.

But Free State, under the intelligent guidance of coach Elsie Coetzer, have other ideas and Monday's 1.30 pm Kat Leisure Park match between the two virtually shapes up as final within a final. Both teams are in the same pool, and the B Section not having cross-pool playoffs means only the top side in each of the two pools will qualify for Saturday's final.

It is that stark, and that cruel, and it is a pity there are no B Section semi-finals as both these sides could well have won this tournament, yet could arguably be out of the running after day one.

Be that all as it may, it makes for an electric atmosphere come 1.30 Monday at Kat Leisure Park, and let's hope the lunchtime first whistle doesn't present a problem to the many Border supporters who may not be able to take time off work to watch what should be a Pool B thriller and arguably the B Section title decider.

In Pool A, South Africa Country Districts A under coach Gregg Bye know that Western Province Peninsula is probably the only Pool A team with a chance of upsetting their road to the final.


Gregg Bye: Photo by REG CALDECOTT

Pens are likely to hit back with a vengeance this IPT in a determined bid to get into the A Section, and their match against KZN Mynahs at 6 pm looks to be another one to watch.

FIXTURES

1.30 pm: Border vs Free State (Pool B)

3 pm: Mpumalanga vs Northern Cape (Pool B)

4.30 pm: SA Country Districts A vs SA Country Districts B (Pool A)

6 pm: Western Province Peninsula vs KZN Mynahs (Pool A).

Byes: Southern Cape (Pool A); Namibia (Pool B).

SA Hockey World



Malaysia just too good for Singapore

By Jugjet Singh


MALAYSIA whipped Singapore 8-0 to claim the Asean Schools hockey gold medal at the Tun Razak Stadium yesterday.

The rout started as early as the third minute with a goal from skipper Kavin Kartik and by the final whistle, Singapore were in a daze. The win was never in doubt as Malaysia were in fiery form the entire tournament and scored a total of 33 goals in five matches.

Yesterday's other goals came via Anuar Wahab (12th), Shahril Sa'abah (18th, 27th), Dangerous Lee (22nd, 33rd), Dzahiruddin Illyas (63rd) and Mohamed Taufik (70th).

The Malaysian goalkeeper was never tested, and in the second half, the hosts were camping in the Singapore semi-circle.

"I expected Singapore to put up a fight, but they were never in the match. Maybe it was because we hit them with early goals and they never recovered after the six in the first half," said Malaysia's coach S. Prakash.

And this was not the best Malaysian side as the cream of the under-18 players are now on a tour of Europe in preparation for the 2013 Junior World Cup.

Even then, Malaysia won the Asean Schools gold without conceding a goal, mainly because their opponents were all not well prepared.

Meanwhile, the Project 2013 team beat the Poland Under-21 side 4-1 in their third friendly.

The Project boys had drawn the first match 4-4 but lost the second 3-2. They bounced back in style to claim the series and are now in Amsterdam for more friendly matches.

The Malaysian goals against Poland were scored by Firhan Ashaari (42nd, 50th), Syamim Yusof (44th) and Amir Farid (63rd).

New Straits Times



Malaysia hammer Singapore to take hockey gold

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia hammered Singapore 8-0 in the final to win the Asean Schools Games hockey gold medal at the Tun Razak Stadium here yesterday.

Malaysia went on the offensive from the start and took a 6-0 lead in the first half.

Skipper G. Kavin Kartik gave Malaysia the lead in the third minute off a penalty corner and Shahril Saabah (18th, 27th) and Dangerous Lee (22nd, 33rd) each scored a brace. The other scorers for Malaysia were Anuar Wahab (12th), Dzahiruddin Illyas (63rd) and Mohamed Taufik (70th).

Malaysia coach S. Prakash said that they were surprised as they had expected Singapore to put up a good fight in the final.

“But they were totally off form. Maybe they were not that fit and could not recover from the six goals we hit past them first half,” he said.

Malaysia are not represented by their best players in the Games. The cream of the Under-18 players are currently in Europe on a playing tour as part of the national juniors’ preparations for the 2013 Junior World Cup.

“My team comprised players from the two national sports schools – Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar. And they played well to win the tournament without conceding a goal in five matches,” said Prakash.

The Star of Malaysia



Chiow Chuan happy with Singapore tenure

K. Rajan



WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: The Malaysian team showing off their medals after beating Singapore in the final

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Olympian Lim Chiow Chuan — who completed his last task as the Singapore chief coach by guiding the Under-18 hockey team to the Asean Schools Games (ASG) final — feels his four- year tenure in the Republic was a success.

Chiow Chuan has accepted an offer to coach in Malaysia and is linked to the 1Mas project. Preferring to keep mum, he said his new employers would announce his appointment soon. “I would like to think I made a good impression with this sport in Singapore.

We qualified through merit to the Asian Games in Guangzhou and won the Sea Games silver medal (at the Korat Games in 2007).

“Making it to the final of the ASG with very young players — aged 13 to 15 years — is an accomplishment by itself as we had to focus on preparing the other players for the Youth Olympic Games.

“I’m happy the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) have overturned the decision not to send their hockey team to Guangzhou. I wish the team well and the players must take the opportunity to learn from the experience,” he added.

Meanwhile, Malaysia stamped their authority after trashing Singapore 8-0 in the final at the Tun Razak Stadium yesterday. National coach, S. Prakash, said his lads were still very much in front of other nations in the region and but other nations were also showing improvement.

“I’m happy we contributed a gold medal to the country. The team played well and I’m pleased with their performance," he said.

Prakash heaped praises over Mohd Shahril Saa’bah, 16, who scored 10 goals and helped the hosts bag the title.

“Shahril played very well and proved to be a good flicker. He has the talent but there's always room to improve further,” he added.

Malay Mail



Mohammedan stay ahead

Sports Reporter



Mariner Youngs striker Saif Hossain battles for possession with Mohammedan's Sabbir Hossain Rana during their Green Delta Insurance Premier Hockey League at the Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium yesterday.Photo: STAR

Titans Mohammedan Sporting Club consolidated their lead in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League with a convincing 4-2 win over Mariner Youngs Club in a Super League encounter at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Pakistanis Mohammad Sabbir and Mohammad Atique, locals Jahidul Islam Rajon and Mamunur Rahman Chayan netted one goal each for the Black and Whites while Sohanur Rahman and Mainul Islam scored one goal apiece for the vanquished.

The 11th win in as many matches meant Mohammedan lifted their collection of points to 33, six ahead of archrivals Abahani, who however have played a match less than the leaders.

The margin might give an impression that the Motijheel-based outfit raced past their youthful opponents, who suffered a 5-2 defeat in the first round, easily but the fact was Mohammedan faced stiff challenge in the second half from their neighbours and successfully overcame the hurdles thwarting their scoring efforts.

Forward Sabbir put Mohammedan ahead in the seventh minute through a field goal before Mariner hit back with a goal through a Sohanur field goal in the 11th minute.

Two minutes later Pakistani defender Atique converted a penalty stroke and Rajon struck the third from penalty corner in the 13th minute to make it 3-1.

Chayan made the result safe converting another penalty corner in the 20th minute, but Mohammedan probably did not expect the way Marnier played in the second half.

However, the efforts from inexperienced BKSP players of Mainer were not enough to surprise the star-studded Mohammedan as Isa Mia, Chayan, Hasan, Atique stood tall in the backline to keep the Mariner attack at bay.

They, however, got the dividend in the 51st minute when forward Mainul Islam found the back of the net with a fierce hit.

Mohammedan could also have extended their lead, but they miserably failed to cash in on the penalty corners they were given in the second half.

The Daily Star

 



Layne confident in hockey women’s chances

Nigel Simon


With 2006 winners Cuba opting out of this year’s CAC Games hockey tournament, T&T’s women’s team will fancy its chances of taking the gold medal at the eight-team tournament which flicks off on Thursday. This according to team manager, Joan Layne, who departed yesterday with the 16-member team and technical staff for the tournament in Puerto Rico. The local women’s team, to be coached by David Nicholas Francois, will compete in Group A with regional rivals Barbados, its first opponent, on July 22, followed by matches against Bermuda (July 24) and Guyana, two days later. Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico and Puerto Rico face off in Group B. Four years ago when the last CAC Games was held in Dominican Republic, the local women’s squad went under to Barbados 4–2 in the playoff for the bronze medal.

T&T had earlier defeated Bermuda (6–0), Mexico (2–0) and drew 1–1 with Netherland Antilles in its group matches before a 6–1 loss to Cuba in the semifinal.But buoyed by its impressive display on a ten-day tour of Chile, the 2002 CAC gold medal winners are confident of doing well. Layne said, “Personally I think we have an excellent chance of winning the gold medal based on the teams we will be competing against. Our first match against Barbados will be tough one, but once we get over that hurdle we shall get victories in our next two matches.” The national women’s hockey returned home last week from a 12-day tour of Chile where they played five matches against that country’s senior team.

T&T won one and lost four of the international matches against Chile, while it won two encounters against club teams. “Chile is a faster and younger team than those we will be facing in Puerto Rico and we were able to compete with them. So we expect that with the team we have selected we will be able to claim the gold medal,” said Layne. Included in the team are four US-based Collegiate players in Avion Ashton, Krizia Layne, Teresa Lezama and Kristin Thompson, along with experienced players Patricia Wright-Alexis (nee Borneo), Petal Derry, Sekayi Liburd, Stacey Siu Butt, Oire Trotman, Curlyne Wynn and her cousin Blair Wynne. Two 17-year-olds, Kelli O’Brien and Brittney Hingh, also make the trip.

Team:

Women’s hockey team

Patricia Wright-Alexis (nee Borneo), Avion Ashton, Petal Derry, Arielle Du Quesnay, Krizia Layne, Teresa Lezama, Sekayi Liburd, Stacey Siu Butt, Oire Trotman, Curlyne Wynn, Alanna Lewis, Blair Wynne, Kelli O’Brien, Brittney Hingh, Sarayahu Plaza, Kristin Thompson.

Technical staff
David Nicholas Francois (coach), Anthony Marcano (assistant coach/videographer), Joan Layne (manager), Kemoy Clarke, Ian Carter (physiotherapist).

The Trinidad Guardian