News for 25 July 2010

All the news for Sunday 25 July 2010

Black Sticks beat France 4 - 2

It took the Black Sticks Men until the second half of their game against France to find their dominance and finish with a 4-2 win.

Black Sticks Coach, Shane McLeod said the team was tentative in the first half.

“We had a slow start, as the guys got used to the turf and the opposition. It wasn’t until the second half the team asserted its dominance,” he said.

Dean Couzins and Blair Hopping had a good game in defence.

While the team’s dragflickers, Andy Hayward and Hayden Shaw, scored all four goals from penalty corners (two goals each).

The Black Sticks Men play three games against France (ranked 17th), in Paris. The next two games are on July 25 and 27 (both at 4pm local time). The Black Sticks Men then travel to Monchengladbach, Germany for the ABN AMRO Champions Trophy from July 31 to August 8.

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Win for Black Sticks

The New Zealand men's hockey team have beaten France 4-2 in the first of three internationals in Paris.

Black Sticks coach Shane McLeod said the team were tentative in the first half today but performed better after the break.

"We had a slow start, as the guys got used to the turf and the opposition," he said.

"It wasn't until the second half the team asserted their dominance."

Dean Couzins and Blair Hopping had good games in defence, while Andy Hayward and Hayden Shaw scored two goals each, all from penalty corners.

The team play France again tomorrow and on Tuesday before travelling to Monchengladbach, Germany, for the elite Champions Trophy tournament which starts on July 31.


New Zealand 4 (Andy Hayward 2, Hayden Shaw 2) France 2.


Wynn’s double sets up second hockey triumph

Blair Wynn scored her second double of the tournament as T&T women’s hockey team, the 2002 gold medal winners, trounced Bermuda 4-0 for its second Pool A win and with it a semifinal spot at Estadio Idelfonso Solá Morales, Caguas, yesterday. Veteran player, Stacey Siu Butt fired T&T ahead in the 20th minute from a penalty-corner, with her second goal of the tournament before USA-based Kristin Thompson doubled the lead a minute before the interval. With a minute of the restart, Wynn extended the advantage to 3-0 and then added a fourth item, in the 57th minute, both from penalty-corners to seal victory who blanked Barbados 3-0 on Thursday.

The win and carried the “Calypso Stickwomen” to maximum six points, four ahead of Barbados who was held to a shock 1-1 draw by Guyana. Tomorrow, T&T closes out round-robin play against Guyana from 11am.

Today, the T&T men’s team fresh off a 9-0 win win over Puerto Rico on Friday will tackle Barbados from 3pm with a win securing a semifinal spot. The Bajans pounded Panama, T&T’s opponents on Tuesday, 12-0 in their opener.

The Trinidad Guardian

Hockeymen blast Puerto Rico 9-0

Wayne Legerton and Dwain Quan Chan scored hat-tricks as T&T men’s hockey team got their gold medal campaign off to a convincing start with a 9-0 thrashing of host Puerto Rico at Estadio Idelfonso Solá Morales, Caguas, yesterday. Atiba Whittington, Dillet Gilkes and Marcus James were also on target for T&T who led 2-0 at the interval. Today, the T&T women who defeated Barbados 3-0 in its Group A opener will meet Bermuda from 11 am without the injured Teresa Lezama while the men will be back in action tomorrow against Barbados at 3 pm.

The Trinidad Guardian

Scotland take first test

Scotland 1-0 Ireland

The first of the 3 test series went to Scotland when they scored the only goal of the game with a penalty corner strike in the 40th minute.

Emma Clarke captaining the team on her 96th cap was impressive throughout controlling midfield and together with fellow senior players Shirley McCay and Alex Speers drove the young irish team forward.

Irish Coach Gene Muller commented "It was a very even match with both teams creating quality chances we had 5 players on debut and they al played very well for their first caps. We played at a high level for long periods and I am very encouraged by this."

Starting XI Emma Gray, Audrey O Flynn, Sinead McCarthy, Cliodhna Sargent, Michelle Harvey, Lizzie Colvin, Emma Clarke, Shirley McCay, Jean McDonnell, Nicola Evans, Alex Speers; Subs used: Anna O Flanagan, Chloe Watkins, Niamh Atcheler, Miriam Crowley, Stephanie Quinn. Not used: Pam Smithwick, Nicki Daly.

Saturday 16.00 Ireland v Scotland
Sunday 12.00 Ireland v Scotland

Irish Hockey Association media release

Scotland win second test and series

Scotland 2-1 Ireland

Ireland lose by 2-1 in second of their 3 test series in Stirling, Scotland.

The game started at a high tempo both sides creating chances with the best chances coming to ireland through Nicky Evans and Alex Speers but it was Scotland who took the lead against the run of play following an turnover Scotland took the lead in the 23rd minute.

Ireland started the second half well and 8 minutes in Jean McDonnell who had gained her first cap yesterday scored her first goal for Ireland when she picked up a pass from Sargent turned her defender and blasted past the Scottish keeper.

This gave Ireland momentum as they continued to press the Scottish defence. Scotland forced a series of penalty corners which were defended well but it was from open play Scotland scored the winner in the 55 minute.

Nicola Evans impressed up front with Clarke, McCay and Speers again to the fore.


Irish Coach Gene Muller said after the game "We were a notch up from yesterday in terms of performance it has been hearting to have consecutive good displays. The new players continune to hold their own against a good Scottish Team"

Starting XI Emma Gray (GK), Audrey O Flynn, Sinead McCarthy, Cliodhna Sargent, Michelle Harvey, Lizzie Colvin, Emma Clarke (Capt), Shirley McCay, Alex Speers, Nicola Evans, Nicola Daly. Subs rolled on: Jean McDonnell, Anna O Flanagan, Chloe Watkins, Stephanie Quinn, Nicola Evans. Not Used: Pam Smithwick (GK), Niamh Atcheler.

Irish Hockey Association media release


Ireland to Compete in 5 Nations in PARIS (Men)

The National Mens Hockey Team have a busy August ahead competing in a home series against Malaysia, 18th - 22nd August, followed by a 5 Nations Tournament in Paris from the 24th - 29th August. These matches will afford the Men's team an opportunity to come together on the international platform after a six week break.

Commenting on the upcoming matches Coach Paul Revington said "Our Team needs to continue to accumulate game and competition experience and these events provide this opportunity. The current challenge for our team will be playing these test matches after a period of necessary rest and recovery for the players, knowing that the players will be competing with international teams at the peak of their respective summer programs. The team however showed a good balance of technical quality and emotional strength during the recent summer period and I know they will arrive back on the 14th August determined to make the most of these test match and competition opportunities before they start their respective club seasons."

Ireland will take on Malaysia on home soil in a four match series from the 18th - 22nd August (the match details of which are to be confirmed) before travelling to Paris to play in a 5 nations alongside Malaysia, France, Poland and Scotland.

The squads for both sets of test matches will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

5-Nations - Match Schedule

Paris, 24th - 29th August (local Paris Time)

Tuesday 24th August

15.30 Malaysia v Poland
18.0 France v Scotland

Wednesday 25th August

16.00 Ireland v Poland

Thursday 26th August

15.30 Malaysia v Scotland
18.0 France v Ireland

Friday 27th August

16.00 Poland v Scotland

Saturday 28th August

15.30 Malaysia v Ireland
18.0 France v Poland

Sunday 29th August

13.30 Ireland v Scotland
16.00 France v Malaysia

Irish Hockey Association media release

Watch the Spain v. USA National Team Matches Live!

As part of the Women's National Team Tour the team will be playing four matches versus Spain in Valencia. The games will be webcasted live by the Comunidad Valenciana Hockey Association on their web site (

Match times are as follows (all times USA Eastern Time Zone - GMT -5)

July 26th @ 1:00 p.m.
July 27th @ 1:00 p.m.
July 29th @ 5:00 a.m.
July 30th @ 4:30 a.m.


USFHA media release

SA Women IPT: Southern Gauteng and Coastals in thriller

JONATHAN COOK in East London

Southern Gauteng met KZN Coastals in the South African Women's Interprovincial Hockey Tournament final at Kat Leisure Park in East London Saturday - and what a final it was.

Coastals were also last year's finalists, beaten 2-1 in Pretoria, so their 3-1 defeat in East London Saturday evening after trailing 2-1 at half-time has been a case of another disappointment for the girls from Durban but they put up another fantastic display to make for a pulsating final.

Southerns dominated the first half and drew first blood midway through when the outstanding Roxanne Turner rounded her defender on the right side of the circle and earned a penalty corner. After a variation from the set piece, Turner deflected in Pietie Coetzee's initial attempt. Coastals protested vehemently but umpire Lesley Pieterse confirmed her decision after consulting with colleague Annelize Hattingh.

Not a minute later Coastals drew level when striker Cindy Botha netted a brilliant goal after great build-up play on the right-hand side.

But Southerns weren't done and Pieterse awarded a penalty stroke with six minutes left after a collision between Bernie Coston and Coastals captain Jen Wilson in the circle that again drew howls of protest from the Durban side, but the decision stood and Coetzee stepped up to send keeper Eveline de Haan the wrong way.

A goal down at the changeover, Coastals launched a more attacking game plan and threw everything at Southerns, who absorbed enormous pressure, their back four and player of the match, goalkeeper Leandri Janse van Vuuren, drawing high praise from head coach Ryan Milella.

Time and again Coastals were stopped, and against the run of play, Southerns sealed the match in the second-last minute when Tsoanelo Pholo combined with Turner, who layed off for Coetzee to finish Coastals off.

KZN Coastals coach Lennie Botha had nothing but praise for his side and said they have proved they can compete with the best in the country.

The A Section Player of the Tournament was Southerns captain Marsha Marescia with the B Section accolade going to Border's captain Marcelle Keet.

The top A Section goalscorer was Coetzee with six and the B Section's top marksman was Hettie Oosthuizen with 20.


A Section: (7/8) EP 4 Inland 2; (5/6) North West 2 Wits 1; (3/4) Northerns 0 WP 4; (final) KZN Coastals 1 Southern Gauteng 3.

B Section: (9/10) Sasko SA Country Districts B 5 Namibia 5 (SACD B won penalty stroke shootout 5-4); (7/8) Sasko SA Country Districts A 0 Northern Cape 1; (5/6) Southern Cape 3 Mpumalanga 0; (3/4) KZN Mynahs 1 Border 1 (Border won 4-2 on penalty strokes); (final) WP Peninsula 1 Free State 5.

A Section Results, Goal Scorers and Cards - SATURDAY.pdf
B Section Results, Goal Scorers and Cards - SATURDAY.pdf

SA Hockey World

AHF: We have not delayed release of Asiad fixtures and groupings


KUALA LUMPUR: The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) have clarified that they have not delayed the release of the groupings and fixtures for the Guangzhou Asian Games.

The AHF secretary general, Tan Sri P. Alagendra, said yesterday that the closing date for entries by countries was July 31.

“The men’s competition will have 12 teams and there will be 10 in the women’s category. We can only make the draw after we are notified by the host country on the confirmed entries,” he said after an AHF meeting here.

The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) were one of the affiliates who had raised concern over not having received the groupings and fixtures for the Asiad competitions in November.

The 12 qualifiers for the men’s competition are South Korea, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan, China, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Bangladesh while the 10 down to compete in the women’s event are China, Japan, South Korea, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong and Kazakhstan.

“We cannot go by qualifiers to make the draw. We have to wait for the respective Olympic Councils to confirm their teams’ participation with the Games’ organisers,” said Alagendra.

“For example, Singapore qualified but last month their Olympic Council left them out of the contingent and they were only reinstated on appeal.”

Alagendra added that the groupings and fixtures would be finalised and released by Aug 20.

Meanwhile, the AHF said that they were happy with the hockey facilities in Guangzhou following a test session last month.

The Chinese HA had organised their national championship at the venue and the AHF competitions committee secretary, D. Mathevan, was on hand to inspect and oversee the event.

“Mathevan gave the thumbs up and said that the organisers carried out the test event well.

“China have the experience in organising major events and we have no doubt that the Asian Games competition will run without any hitches,” said Alagendra.

The Star of Malaysia

Hockey schedule for YOG released

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the Organizing Committee of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games (SYOCOG) have released the match schedule for the hockey tournament at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore.

From 16-25 August 2010, six boy’s and six girl’s teams will compete at the inaugural YOG. The boy’s tournament will feature Australia, Belgium, Chile, Ghana, Pakistan and Singapore. The participants in the girl’s tournament will be Argentina, Ireland, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand and South Africa.

The girl’s teams of Netherlands and Ireland will open the YOG on Monday 16 August. The first boy’s match will be played on Tuesday 17 August. The finals of the YOG hockey tournament are on Tuesday 24 August (girl’s) and Wednesday 25 August (boy’s).

Please click here for the match schedule of the YOG Hockey Tournament.


2011 Women's Jr. National Teams Announced

Over the past weekend, July 16-19, 114 of the best U17, U19 and U21 field hockey players congregated at the University of Maryland for Junior National Camp.

Junior National Camp is the premier selection camp for USA Field Hockey's Women's Junior National Teams.

As soon as the athletes got checked into their dorms they were immediately sent down to the pitch for their first session. Each group was broken down by age, so selections could happen throughout the weekend.

During the camp each group played two to three sessions daily, battling the grueling heat. Each group also partook in a tactical session that was carried out a classroom setting, which was a welcome treat due to the air conditioning.

At the conclusion of the camp the coaches admitted it was a tough choice to finalize the teams, mentioning the talent level has increased, specifically in the U17 age group. The U21 squad is also peppered with athletes like, Marta Malmberg and Julia Reinprecht who have recently been named to the 2010-2011 Women's National Developmental Squad.

2011 will hold exciting competition for the Junior National Squads, with the U21's slated to compete in Asia, the U19's headed to Chile and the U17's making their way to Holland. These international exposures give valuable experience to USA Field Hockey's up an coming athletes and gives them the exciting opportunity to represent their country on the pitch.

Congratulations to the athletes who have been named for 2011.

2010 Women's Junior National Teams (pdf)

USFHA media release

National junior hockey camp to begin

By Our Sports Reporter

LAHORE: The national junior hockey camp for World Youth Games begins at the National Hockey Stadium here on Saturday.

Coach Khawaja Junaid said that all the 27 probables of the camp reported to him on Friday. The trials to shortlist the final team of 16 players, he added, will most probably be held on July 28. The games are being held in Singapore from August 14 to 26.

Pakistan qualified for the games as champions of Asia. Australia as champions of the Australasia region, Belgium of Europe, Chile of South America and Ghana of Africa with hosts Singapore as the sixth team of the event.

Junaid, a former Olympian said that the boys were motivated and after featuring in the indoor tournament in Malaysia this month, they were in fine form as well.

He said that even though his team could not tour Europe for the preparations, the activity in Malaysia helped him assess the team’s strength.


Still plenty of work for Hager

By Terry Maddaford

Black Sticks coach Mark Hager. Photo / APN

A fifth-place finish at the Champions Trophy was enough to move the Black Sticks women up two places on FIH rankings to seventh - but coach Mark Hager is not getting carried away and has his sights set elsewhere.

"Overall I was a bit disappointed," said Hager. "Not so much with where we finished but with the number of goals we conceded. We did compete at times but not consistently enough.

"Playing in a tournament like this against five of the world's best six nations is an eye-opener. We got exposed at times as teams found our weaknesses. On a positive note, we learned plenty from the experience.

"If we had gone straight to the World Cup without playing in Nottingham we would have been shell-shocked," said Hager. "It was an invaluable exercise."

While they had only limited opportunities from set play, the Black Sticks' deficiencies were exposed both on attack and defence.

"We were punished quite badly in failing to defend free-hits played into our defensive circle. And, we were pushed off the ball too easily. One real positive for me was the way no matter what the score was we never gave up.

"Apart from Argentina, who gave us a real hockey lesson, we competed quite well at times in our other games. I am glad they are in the other pool at the World Cup."

The World Cup in Rosario, Argentina, from late next month is the next big challenge.

"We know we have the capabilities to compete but we are in a tough pool. Finishing in the top two - which we need to do to make the semifinals - is a hard ask but we are closer to achieving that than we were 12 months ago."

Hager is slowly rebuilding his team and accepts they will continue to be well down on the vast experience his rivals can claim.

"We will have only a couple of players with more than 100 caps," he said. "Compare that to teams like the Dutch who have a couple over 250 and Argentina with one over 350 and you get a fair idea of where we are at."

Hager will welcome Kayla Sharland back for the World Cup but otherwise is giving little away as he works on his selection.

"I am still looking at the options, and not only for the World Cup, as we have to trim that 18-strong squad to 16 for the Commonwealth Games. Given the number of players we have used, it is a bit of a headache, but probably a good one at this stage."

Hager set out with three major goals this year. He has already ticked one off and achieved the top five aim he had set his players. Next up he is looking for a top-eight World Cup finish and a medal at October's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

He will name his World Cup team on Wednesday - 18 players and a six-strong train-on squad - and the Commonwealth Games team on August 8.

The New Zealand Herald

Hockey India refers complaint against M.K. Kaushik to police

The sexual harassment case in women’s hockey took a new turn on Saturday with Hockey India (HI) referring the complaint of player Ranjita Devi against coach M.K. Kaushik to the Delhi Police as it involves allegations of outraging the modesty of a woman.

Announcing this decision, HI secretary general Narinder Batra said that the services of Kaushik and video analyst Basavraj, who courted controversy by being in the company of sex workers during the tour of China, will not be utilised in future.

Referring to the report of the five-member inquiry committee that went into Ranjita’s complaint, Mr. Batra said HI felt that the written version of the player commanded “high credibility” with specific charges being levelled.

“We feel that the committee does not have coercive powers to go into the issue. In view of the Supreme Court judgement in the Visakha case regarding sexual harassment at work place and the committee’s recommendation that the issue related to IPC section 354 (relating to outraging the modesty of a woman), we are marking a copy to the Delhi Police Commmissioner for taking suo moto notice so that this can be taken to its logical conclusion.” he said.

Mr. Batra also said HI felt that certain things that have come to light should be looked into and the case be made an example of.

The committee report and HI’s opinion has also been sent to Sports Secretary in the Government of India.

Mr. Batra said that the committee’s recommendation for more time for inquiry was turned down since they did not want to waste any more time.

“Let the Government of India or police file an FIR for investigating the matter”, he said in reply to questions at a press conference.

“The Inquiry Committee report fell short of giving any recommendations. So HI is going a step ahead and we are making recommendation to SAI to take action and the copies have been marked to IOA, Ministry, Railways, Delhi Police besides Ranjita, Kaushik and Basavraj”, Mr. Batra said.

Mr. Batra said HI was taking Ranjita’s complaint seriously and had recommended Delhi Police to start the investigation immediately.

“We are taking seriously the complaint by Ranjita. Her written replies had specific charges and they are credible.

We have asked the Delhi Police to start investigation immediately by filing an FIR. The govt can also take suo motu action”, he said.

“HI is taking the incident seriously. We want the matter to be taken to logical conclusion and we want to ensure that such incident does not happen in future. If additional charges or matters come up in future we will forward them to SAI,” Mr. Batra said.

Mr. Batra said HI was not in a position to file a case and that is why it was recommending action to be taken.

“The assistant coaches have made written replies. One of the two has admitted that the pictures showing prostitues were taken by Basavraj. I have spoken to the captain and she said the players support Ranjita,” Mr. Batra said.

The sex scandal came to light on Tuesday with Ranjita sent a written complaint alleging sexual harassment against Kaushik.

The woman player alleged that Kaushik had asked for sexual favours and used vulgar language during a recent Canada and China tour.

HIhad earlier received an anonymous mail with photographs of team videographer Basavraj with sex workers during the foreign tour.

Following the complaint, HI set up a five-member committee to probe the allegation. The committee comprised Rajiv Mehta, as its chairman, Zafar Iqbal, Ajit Pal Singh, Sudharshan Pathak and Anupam Gulati.

The Hindu