News for 29 October 2011

All the news for Saturday 29 October 2011

Canada & Argentina to meet once again in men's final

Pan American Games – Guadalajara, Mexico

Pedro Ibarra scores a penalty flick against Cuba in the Semi Final (Photo: FIH / Yan Huckendubler)

Reigning champions Canada will once again have to defeat Argentina if they are to win Gold in the Men's hockey competition at the Pan American Games. Canada overcame a strong challenge from Cuba to reach the final with a 3-2 victory, while Argentina crushed Chile 7-1 to let the world know that they are determined to win the Pan Am title this time around. The two sides will fight for the Gold medal on Saturday, with the winner sealing their place at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Cuba and Chile will go head-to-head in the battle for Bronze.

Canada were pushed all the way in their Semi Final against a Cuban team that have impressed greatly in this tournament. The North Americans opened the scoring inside 60 seconds when Matthew Guest fired home from open play, and doubled their advantage five minutes later thanks to a penalty corner from Scott Tupper. Much to their credit, the Cubans showed that they were not going to go down without a fight and pulled a goal back in the 14th minute through Yoandy Blanco Hernandez, but the reigning champions soon re-estalbished their two goal advantage when Sukhwinder Singh fired in from the top of the circle.

However, the action was far from over. Roberto Carlos Lemus Dominguez pulled Cuba back to within one goal of the Canadians, setting up a frantic last 20 minutes of the match. Cuba thought that they had levelled the scores when they found the goal in the 68th minute, only for it to be ruled out as the shot was taken from outside the cirle. It proved to be Cuba's last chance of the game, with Canada claiming yet another appearance in the final of the Pan American Games.

In the second Semi Final, Argentina produced a devestating display of finishing to crush the challenge of South American rivals Chile. Argentina won the contest 7-1, and look to be in superb form ahead of Saturday's meeting with Canada in the Gold medal match.

Argentina established a 4-0 lead before half time thanks to goals from Ignacio Ricardo Bergner (PC 3m), Lucas Vila (FG 27m), Lucas Rey (FG 33m) and Pedro Ibarra (PS 34m) before Matias Vila made it 5-0 with a penalty corner strike 20 minutes from the end of the game. Chile scored a 60th minute field goal through Alexis Berczely but further Argentine strikes from Lucas and Matias Vila (PC 65m / FG 69m) completed the rout.

Looking ahead to Saturday's final, Agentina coach Pablo Lombi said that he expected the clash with Canada to be a closely fought contest. "We are two teams with 80% different strategies," said Lombi. "Canada is a team that plays a lot of compact defence, while we play a lot of attack with the ball. The two teams each have a great identity and system of play. I think it will be a very close game."

In other results, USA overcame Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 to set up a 5th-6th place play-off against Mexico, who defeated Barbados 10-0. Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago will contest the 7th – 8th place.

On Friday, the women’s Final will take place between reigning champions Argentina and five time Silver medallists USA, while Chile and Canada will do battle for Bronze.

The results for the tournament thus far can be found below. All official tournament information including detailed reports, results, tables, match sheets, scorers lists and photos can be found on the website of the Pan American Hockey Federation by clicking the following link:

Source material - Field Hockey Canada media release

Wednesday 19th October 2011

09:00 Women's Group A Game 1 Argentina v Trinidad & Tobago 11-0 (6-0)
11:00 Women's Group A Game 2 Canada v Barbados 10-0 (6-0)
14:00 Women's Group B Game 3 United States v Mexico 5-0 (3-0)
16:00 Women's Group B Game 4 Chile v Cuba 6-0 (3-0)

Thursday 20th October 2011
09:00 Men’s Group A Game 1 Canada v Trinidad & Tobago 7-2 (4-2)
11:00 Men's Group A Game 2 Chile v Barbados 9-1 (4-0)
14:00 Men's Group B Game 3 Argentina v Mexico 8-0 (3-0)
16:00 Men's Group B Game 4 USA v Cuba 2-4 (1-1)

Friday 21st October 2011
09:00 Women's Group B Game 5 Mexico v Cuba 1-3 (0-2)
11:00 Women's Group B Game 6 Chile v USA 1-2 (2-4)
14:00 Women's Group A Game 7 Trinidan & Tobago v Barbados 2-4 (1-3)
16:00 Women's Group A Game 8 Canada v Argentina 3-7 (3-4)

Saturday 22nd October 2011
09:00 Men's Pool B Game 5 Mexico v Cuba 1-2 (0-0)
11:00 Men's Pool B Game 6 USA v Argentina 0-2 (0-1)
14:00 Men's Pool A Game 7 Trinidad & Tobago v Barbados 11-1 (5-1)
16:00 Men's Pool A Game 8 Chile v Canada 0-4 (0-1)

Sunday 23rd October 2011
09:00 Women's Pool A Game 9 Argentina v Barbados 19-0 (10-0)
11:00 Women's Pool A Game 10 Trinidad & Tobago v Canada 1-2 (1-0)
14:00 Women's Pool B Game 11 USA v Cuba 9-0 (6-0)
16:00 Women's Pool B Game 12 Mexico v Chile 0-1 (0-0)

Monday 24th October 2011
09:00 Men's Pool A Game 9 Canada v Barbados 10-0 (6-0)
11:00 Men's Pool A Game 10 Trinidad & Tobago v Chile 1-3 (0-1)
14:00 Men's Pool B Game 11 Argentina v Cuba 10-1 (4-1)
16:00 Men's Pool B Game 12 Mexico v USA 3-2 (3-2)

Wednesday 26th October 2011

09:00 Women's 5-8 Match 13 Barbados v Mexico 1-3 (1-0)
11:00 Women's Semi Final Match 14 Argentina v Chile 4-0 (2-0)
15:00 Women's Semi Final Match 15 USA v Canada 4-2 (2-1)
17:30 Women's 5-8 Match 15 Cuba v Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 (1-1)

Thursday 27th October 2011

19:30 Men's 5-8 Match 13 Trinidad & Tobago v USA 0-2 (0-1)
11:00 Men's Semi Final Match 14 Canada v Cuba 3-2 (3-1)
15:00 Men's Semi Final Match 15 Argentina v Chile 7-1 (4-0)
17:30 Men's 5-8 Match 15 Mexico v Barbados 10-0 (3-0)

Friday 28th October 2011
09:00 Women's 7-8 Match 17 Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago
11:30 Women's 5-6 Match 18 Mexico v Cuba
15:00 Women's 3-4 Match 19 Chile v Canada
17:30 Women's Final Match 20 Argentina v USA

Saturday 29th October 2011
09:00 Men's 7-8 Match 17 Barbados v Trinidad & Tobago
11:30 Men's 5-6 Match 18 Mexico v USA
15:00 Men's 3-4 Match 19 Cuba v Chile
17:30 Men's Final Match 20 Canada v Argentina

All times are local (GMT -5)

Hockey at Guadalajara 2011
Who: The Men and women of Argentina, USA, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Cuba, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago.
Where: The Pan American Hockey Stadium, Revolución Sports Complex, 3232 Pablo Neruda Avenue, Providencia Zone, Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. (Capacity: 1870)
When: 19th - 29th October 2011
The Prize: The men’s and women’s Gold medalists will secure a place at the London 2012 Olympics.

FIH site

Team USA produces incredible performance and qualifies for Olympics

Ashley Meunier

USA Women celebrate their first ever Pan American Games Gold medal

With an inspiring performance that will go down in the history books, the USA Women’s National Team upset the tournament favorites and reigning world champions, Argentina, 4-2. With the win, USA claims their first ever Pan American gold medal and earns an automatic Olympic berth.

“This is for all the past players of USA Field Hockey,” said team captain Lauren Crandall. “Every single one of them was with us tonight and we are just glad that we could represent our country well.”

USA took all three of their opportunities in the first half with some clinical finishing and then produced a level of hockey that stunned the world’s top ranked team in a momentous victory.

Following a cautious start on the 14th minute, the game was broken wide open with a single handed effort from Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa) who showed deft stick handling to penetrate the circle and center a dangerous cross past the stranded Argentinian goalkeeper Maria Succi.

If that wasn’t enough to fuel the growing belief in the Americans, two minutes later Team USA had further reward from their confident opening with Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, VA) on hand to beat Succi to the ball. Taylor slide the ball Succi’s attempted clearance and into the goal for an improbably 2-0 lead over the world champions.

The two goal cushion was shortlived as Las Leones drove forward and earned a penalty corner which was finished by Maria Barrioneuvo with a low flick to Jackie Kintzer’s (Robesonia, Pa) left.

The tournament’s top two teams exchanged end to end attacks with USA showing they were not to be intimidated by the No. 1 world ranked team that has dominated world hockey in recent years.

Michelle Vittese (Woodbury, NJ) was keeping the world’s greatest player Lucian Aymer in check to a degree that she was not her usual threat. Selenski showed her growing international pedigree and was outstanding at the other end relieving pressure and creating scoring opportunities, while the experience and leadership from captain Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa) and Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, VA) in defense snuffed out attack after attack.

As half time approached, Argentina won their third penalty corner of the half and had the opportunity to wipe out the unexpected USA lead. But Kintzer, having an incredible game in goal prevented a tie, and with slick controlled movement the ball was moved to the other end of the pitch and the tables had turned with USA winning a short corner as the clock wound down.

The corner practiced with countless reps at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA came together like a dream with Claire Laubach (Centreville, VA) as the decoy, the ball pushed wide right to Rachel Dawson (Berlin, NJ), who took her time, and sliced the defense with a precision pass to unmarked Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa) at the post. O’Donnell gleefully swept the ball into the net for an improbably 3-1 half time lead.

As the second half began, USA may have expected the Argentinians to produce some of the blistering hockey they have become renowned for but it was Team USA who played with composure and growing poise forcing the Argentinians into mistakes and limiting their attacking opportunities.

But, the pressure inevitably came and a second goal for Las Leones was scored seven minutes into the half again from a Barrionuevo penalty corner.

With the lead reduced to a single goal, Team USA stepped up another level and put in the performance of their lives. With Head Coach Lee Bodimeade, masterfully controlling from the sidelines, and the minutes ticking by it was the USA was the stronger side.

With Pan Am Gold and London 2012 Olympic qualification on the line, USA was not to be denied. Vittese, who was outstanding throughout, worked her way into the circle and threaded a magical shot inside the right hand post and the USA had a 4-2 lead with 5 minutes left on the clock.

The strong contingent of fans chanted the joyful “USA, USA” as the final whistle blew and the team celebrated a victory that thrusts USA into the top tier of world hockey.

“We have made history today by getting a bid to the Olympics,” said O’Donnell. “I don’t think anyone on this field thought that we would ever lose this match and that was the most important we had going for us. We had so much trust in each other and knew we would come out on top.”

USFHA media release

U.S. field hockey stuns Argentina

Last minute stand in keeper Jackie Kintzer is overjoyed.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The U.S. women's field hockey team is packing its bags for next year's London Olympics.

In what was probably the biggest victory in U.S. field hockey history, the Americans scored a stunning 4-2 victory over defending world champion Argentina on Friday in the gold medal game at the Pan American Games.

"We've never been in this position before, and we've made history," said Katie O'Donnell, whose penalty goal in the 35th minute gave the Americans a 3-1 lead. "I've never felt anything like this before in my life."

The victory automatically qualifies the U.S. for the London Games, and leaves Argentina scrambling next year to win a spot in pre-Olympic qualifying.

"Right now this team is in pain," said Luciana Aymar, considered to be the best player in the world. "The United States is not at our level, but they have improved a lot. These things happen to all teams."

Argentina has won the world title twice, including last year, while Aymar is a seven-time recipient of the game's world player of the year award. Las Leonas, as the team is known in Spanish, had never lost a game in Pan American play since the sport was included in 1987. The U.S. is ranked 13th.

After the win, the American women stood with their arms on each other's shoulders on the medal podium, and then raised joined hands to the sky when the United States was announced as the winner.

Aymar, meanwhile, wiped away tears, put her hand to her forehead and then stared at the ground. Eventually, she crossed her arms across her chest, the posture assumed by almost the entire team. A few stood with hands on hips, openly disgusted.

The Americans shocked Argentina with two early goals. Paige Selenski scored in the 12th minute and Shannon Taylor added another in the 15th. Maria Barrionuevo scored on a penalty corner in the 18th for Argentina, but O'Donnell made it 3-1.

Barrionuevo scored her second on a penalty in the 42nd before Michelle Vittese secured the win with a goal in the 66th.

"In our minds we never had the lead, it was always 0-0," U.S. captain Lauren Crandall said. "We were always fighting, always working. Argentina is capable of scoring three goals in a minute. We stayed focused to the end -- well let's say the last 5 seconds."

Crandall has been to London before, and she said her parents -- Amy and Tim Crandall of Doylestown, Penn. -- were already looking to book a hotel room just seconds after the match ended.

"I can guarantee you my mom is doing it right now," she said. "They are probably blowing up my phone right now."

The United States finished eighth at the 2008 Olympics, but Australian-born coach Lee Bodimeade figures this bunch could contend.

"Our goal is a medal in London," he said. "Now that we've beaten the world's No. 1 team, well, by definition we've got a chance."

The Americans play the South Americans several times a year, and in February the United States lost to Argentina 3-2 in the Four Nations tournament in Mendoza, Argentina.

"We play Argentina so often," Bodimeade said, "and we've been beaten often enough by them to know what works and what doesn't."

USFHA site

Team USA reacts to gold and Olympic qualification

Ashley Meunier

Team USA responds to the historical victory over Argentina to claim their first ever Pan American gold medal and qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. Members of the victorious Pan Am Games gold medal team can next be seen at the National Hockey Festival and at the NCAA Final Four. More information to follow.

“We have made history today by getting a bid to the Olympics,” said Katie O’Donnell. “I don’t think anyone on this field thought that we would ever lose this match and that was the most important we had going for us. We had so much trust in each other and knew we would come out on top.”

“Our athletes have done an incredible job on the field and have been superbly prepared by our coaching and support staff, who are the best in the world,” said Steve Locke, USA Field Hockey Executive Director. “We have also received magnificent support by Scott Blackmun and the United States Olympic Committee. Now we are focused on getting on an Olympic medal.”

Going up against the world’s No. 1 ranked team brings about such a challenge,” said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade. “To have our team come up today with the score line we did is pretty good evidence of the group we have on hand.”

We asked about filling the shoes of injured Amy Tran at the last minute, Kintzer commented, “it is part of my job. I had to be ready to come here if they needed me and they needed me. I just came and did what they asked me today.”

When asked if she thought the team could beat the No. 1 world ranked team, Kintzer commented, “you always have a chance, always. We have been training for this moment since January. Actually, even before January.  We knew we could win if we did what we needed to do and we got it done today”

“Argentina is an amazing competitor,” said Lauren Crandall. “They are they No. 1 team in the world. They came out tonight and gave us a really good match. In our minds we never had the lead. It was always 0-0. We were always fighting and continued to work hard until the end. It wasn’t until that last horn blew that it really hit and we knew we had won.”

“This is for all the past players of USA Field Hockey,” said Crandall. “Every single one of them was with us tonight and we are just glad that we could represent our country well.”

When asked if she has ever been to London, Crandall commented, "I have been to London. But the only year I really wanted to go was in 2012."

USFHA media release

Fourth place finish for Canadian Women at Pan American Games

Team Canada suffers tough 0 - 3 loss to Chile

2011 Pan American Games : Oct 28 Photo: Yan Huckendubler

"Obviously it was a really disappointing game,” says Team Captain Katie Baker.  “I don't think we played the way we wanted to today.  It's really disappointing, but at the end of the day we still have another chance to qualify for the Olympics.  So we've got to keep working hard.”

"We were a bit flat today,” says Head Coach Louis Mendonca.  “We never really got to do our full thing.  Chile had four opportunities and they converted on three.  We struggled – I’m not sure whether it was the big stage or our focus. We have high expectations now.  The girls are quite disappointed because expectations weren't met.  I'm sure we can move on - all is not lost.  We'll now go home, regroup, and prepare for the Olympic Qualifier.  The sun will come up tomorrow.”

Field Hockey Canada media release

Free for all at Busselton as India-Pak players lose temper

K Arumugam

This was the worst ever off-play on turf, fight between India and Pakistan. Tension was mounting after Pakistan came strong in the second half, and then Sohail converting a penalty corner (3-1). He again struck one (61st min) off half a dozen penalty corners he got in the second half. There was let up in the Pakistan attack, as Indians almost clueless to hold on, control speed, or go on attacking mode. It was captain Shakeel Abbasi who brought the score parity (65th min).

The match till then was excellently going, the sparse 500 odd people enjoying the most.

The last five minutes are going to be tense, and the game was heading for a Cologne CT type of finish.

The incident that sparked free for all occurred when the clock showed 1.35 minutes left for the hooter.

Till the proceeding did not show any symptom of what was in store. Strictly speaking, the match witnessed just two green cards, one to Fareed Ahmed in the 40th minute another one was served on Waqas Muhammad earlier in the first half (16th min).

undefined The quiet match turned into a battlefield in the last minute.

Hardworking Shafqat Rasool was speeding to the circle, getting a pass from Shakeel Abbasi who was closely following Shafqat.

Gurbaj, who has been a revelation here in Australia, swung his stick to clear the ball hardly a foot away from the top-right of the circle. It not only cleared the ball but also hit hard the right leg of Shafqat, who had to fall on writhing in pain. Indian umpire Bhupinder Singh rightly signaled a penalty corner.

As Gurbaj just turned and appeared moving towards the top circle line, three players at a time bounced on him, clearly it was Shakeel Abbasi who was in uncontrollable rage at that point of time.

It led to free for all.

Who hit whom is difficult to tell, as both teams gathered and started shouldering, pushing, exchanging blows, even as officials and well meaning players were quick to enter the field and try to separate the players. It went on for 2,3 minute. Even as one thought the things were settled down, again there was scuffle. It was clearly seen Manpreet Singh, easily the youngest and leanest in the lot, was put in hardship by two Pak players, attempt of Danish to separate them yielding little result.

So, it was a worst scene.

What counts here is, once the competent authority on the field, umpire, punished the player for the act, and signaled a penalty corner, teams should have taken it in a right spirit. It was not.

The game stopped for about half an hour. Pakistan team refused to continue the match. They walked out of the pitch. Rajpal Singh who had a long discussion with Shakeel Abbasi minutes ago, pleaded with Pakistan players not to go. He was seen requesting the Pakistan players even as they were trooping out in troves.

About ten minutes later, the Pakistan team entered the field much to the applaud of the crowd. They did not play, the ball not rolled. They stood there for about a minute and then shook hands. The officials announced the match is over!

Richard Charlesworth who witnessed the match from the balcony-like spectator gallery felt once the umpire punished Gurbaj others have no business to attack each other.

“Gurbaj does this. I know for sure. But the umpire noticed him and gave a penalty corner. Then other players have no business to attack”, he said.

undefined “We did disservice to the game, such things bring bad name to the country’ , said a senior member of Indian team.

Affable Manager Kwaja Muhammad appeared very balanced when he specifically said the following to

“Tension mounts when India – Pakistan play. Incidents of today’s nature is not the first time, nor going to be the last. Better let us all understand, its game, whatever happened we will forget it. India won the first half, we won the second half, that’s all’.

“Indian chief coach Michael Nobbs blamed it almost on poor umpiring. “Over all the standard of umpiring is poor, it has to be better”.

Note: is in possession of the video of the incident

India squander lead to draw against Pakistan in a heated match

BUSSELTON: India squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 against arch-rivals Pakistan in an ill-tempered match of the double leg tri-nation hockey tournament on Friday.

Veteran drag-flicker Sohail Abbas struck twice for Pakistan in the 46th and 64th minutes while captain Shakeel Abbasi scored the equaliser a minute later after India had taken what seemed to be an unassailable 3-0 lead at the breather.

For India, Tushar Khandkar, Danish Mujtaba and Rupinder Pal Singh scored in the violent-marred match which was stopped one minute and 35 seconds before the end of regulation time due to ugly incidents on the field involving players of both sides.

Despite one minute and 35 seconds remaining in the clock, the drawn result of the thrilling match stand as the two teams decided to stop the match after a half-an-hour stoppage.

India were clearly the better side in the first half with numerous attacks on the Pakistani citadel.

Immediately after a Danish Mujtaba's hit was palmed away by Pakistan goalie Imran Shah, Khandar put India ahead in the fifth minute. He latched on to a cross from the right and gently tapped in an aerial ball into the net.

This fifth minute goal added venom to Pakistan attack but the Indian defence, manned by VR Raghunath and Manjit and ably assisted by Sardar Singh, withstood the pressure.

Mujtaba then doubled the lead for India before Rupinder, who a minute ago missed a sitter, came good in the 27th minute to consolidate the lead as Michael Nobbs' boys went to the lemon break 3-0 ahead.

Pakistan bounced back in style in the second half with veteran Abbasi rising to the occasion to rescue his side with two goals and then captain Abbasi restoring parity five minutes from the hooter.

In the closing stages of the match, a hard tackle by an Indian player resulted in a scuffle between the two teams.

The incident forced the match to be stopped for about half-an-hour. Even though the two teams returned to the turf later, they agreed not to resume the match.

Tournament Director Girhme Napier said it was a fair decision.

This is the last match of the first leg, the teams now move to Burnbury, 150 kms from Perth.

The Times of India

Pakistan hold India 3-3 in tri-series hockey

Pakistan and India are former Olympic hockey champions. —File photo by AFP

BUSSELTON : Arch-rivals Pakistan and India in the first leg of the tri-series hockey tournament played 3-3 draw on Friday.

Veteran Sohail Abbas struck twice for Pakistan in 46th and 64th minutes, while captain Shakeel Abbasi scored the equaliser, after India had taken what seemed to be an unassailable 3-0 lead at the start with goals from Tushar Khandekar, Danish Mujtaba and Rupinder Pal Singh.

The match was stopped for a few minutes before the end of regulation time due to ugly incidents on the field involving players of both teams.

India were better side in the first half. Immediately after a Danish Mujtaba hit was palmed away by Pakistan goalkeeper Imran Shah, Khandekar put India ahead in the fifth minute.

This fifth minute setback added venom to Pakistan’s attack, but Indian defence, manned by VR Raghunath and Manjit, and ably assisted by Sardar Singh, withstood the pressure.

Danish then doubled India’s lead before Rupinder, who a minute earlier missed a sitter, came good in the 27th minute to see Michael Nobbs’ boys go 3-0 up at half-time.

But Pakistan hit back in style in the second half with veteran Sohail scoring twice and then captain Shakeel getting the equaliser just before play was halted.

In the closing stages of the match, a hard tackle by an Indian player resulted in a scuffle between the two teams.

The incident forced the match to be stopped for few minutes, and even though the teams returned to the turf later, they agreed not to resume play.

Earlier, on Thursday, Australia beat Pakistan 3-1. The winners scored their first goal in the first half.

But the green-shirts managed to pull equaliser early in the second half when captain Shakeel Abbasi made no mistake to convert a penalty shootout.

However, Australia displayed their supremacy when they scored two late goals to eventually record a formidable 3-1 triumph.


Futures Cup Day Two

Saxon Tigers U16 (yellow) v Mercia Lynx U16 action from the 2011 Futures Cup

In the opening matches of the Under 16 girls tournament there were wins for the Saxon Tigers and Pennine Pumas, with both teams helped on their way by double strikes.  In the day’s early match, the Saxon Tigers came from behind to beat the Mercia Lynx girls 3-1.  Wallingford’s Briony Hearn had given the Lynx the lead midway through the half but two goals from the Tigers’ captain Megan Crowson and one from Canterbury’s Catherine Parker sealed victory.

The Pennine Pumas pounced early against the Wessex Leopards in the second of the Under 16 girls matches.  City of York’s Eleanor Martin got her side off to a dream start with Beth Cordukes adding a second before the break.  Cordukes, of Kirby Lonsdale, netted her second after half time to make it 3-0 before Tori Wensley, who plays her hockey for Sheffield Hallam, made it 4-0.  The result puts the Pumas on top of the table after one match.

SAXON TIGERS     3     (1)     -     1     (1)     MERCIA LYNX
Megan Crowson 24, 50 (FG, PC)                                   Briony Hearn 18 (FG)
Catherine Parker 50 (FG)                                     

PENNINE PUMAS     4     (2)     -     0     (0)     WESSEX LEOPARDS
Eleanor Martin 7 (F)                                   -
Beth Cordukes 27,44 (F,F)                                    
Tori Wensley 64 (F)                                     

U16 Girls     P     W     D     L     GF     GA     GD     Pts
1     Pennine Pumas     1     1     0     0     4     0     4     3
2     Saxon Tigers     1     1     0     0     3     1     2     3
3     Mercia Lynx     1     0     0     1     1     3     -2     0
4     Wessex Leopards     1     0     0     1     0     4     -4     0

In the Under 16 boys tournament, there was no doubting the match of the day as the Pennine Pumas and Wessex Leopards played out an incredible 4-4 draw.  A hat-trick from the Leopards’ William Seward from Marlborough looked as if it was going to be enough when he scored the Leopards’ fourth to go 4-3 up with five minutes to go but Ben Rhydding’s Josh Sykes struck the equaliser with a last minute penalty corner.  Woking’s Matthew Ming scored the Leopards’ other goal, while Guy Mills, Elliot Dowley and birthday boy Tom Sorsby all got on the score sheet for the Pennine Pumas.

There might have been fewer goals in the other match but a 1-0 win for the Mercia Lynx puts them top overnight. Worcester’s Daniel Ferrier bagged the game’s only goal and all three points for the boys in red.

PENNINE PUMAS     4     (1)     -     4     (1)     WESSEX LEOPARDS
Guy Mills 30 (PC)                                   William Seward 11, 41 65 (F, F, PC)
Elliot Dowley 37 (F)                                   Matthew Ming (F)
Tom Sorsby 58 (F)                                    
Josh Sykes 69 (PC)                                     

SAXON TIGERS     0     (0)     -     1     (1)     MERCIA LYNX
-                                   Daniel Ferrier 38 (F)

U16 Boys     P     W     D     L     GF     GA     GD     Pts
1     Mercia Lynx     1     1     0     0     1     0     1     3
2     Pennine Pumas     1     0     1     0     4     4     0     1
3     Wessex Leopards     1     0     1     0     4     4     0     1
4     Saxon Tigers     1     0     0     1     0     1     -1     0

Wessex Leopards U16 boys in action against the Pennine Pumas U16 boys at the 2011 Futures Cup

The Saxon Tigers Under 18 girls made it two wins from two as they defeated the Pennine Pumas on Friday. Sevenoaks’ Lucy Wood got things going with a 13th minute goal but St Mary’s student Eleanor James equalised soon after. As the sides swapped goals, Hannah Martin put the Tigers back in front with a 23rd minute penalty corner; it was the second goal in as many days for the young Ipswich player. Five minutes after the break, Lily Elliot, another of Sevenoaks’ young stars made it 3-1 with a penalty corner.

Despite the Tigers’ victory, they’re still second on goal difference behind the Wessex Leopards after Rebecca Van-Berkel’s double secured all three points against the Mercia Lynx girls.  The Leopards captain, who plays her club hockey for Trojans in Southampton, struck penalty corners either side of half time in the 2-0 victory.

SAXON TIGERS      3     (2)     -     1     (1)     PENNINE PUMAS
Lucy Wood 13 (F)                                   Eleanor James 17 (PC)
Hannah Martin 23 (PC)                                    
Lily Elliott 40 (PC)                                    

MERCIA LYNX     0     (0)     -     2     (1)     WESSEX LEOPARDS
-                                   Rebecca Van-Berkel 30,41 (PC,PC)

U18 Girls     P     W     D     L     GF     GA     GD     Pts
1     Wessex Leopards     2     2     0     0     7     1     6     6
2     Saxon Tigers     2     2     0     0     5     1     4     6
3     Mercia Lynx     2     0     0     2     0     4     -4     0
4     Pennine Pumas     2     0     0     2     2     8     -6     0

In the Under 18 boys tournament, there was little to prize apart the Mercia Lynx and Wessex Leopards boys as they drew a six goal thriller 3-3.  Cirencester’s Tom Groombridge set the Leopards on their way and Ed Matts of Team Bath Buccs made it 2-0 in the 21st minute.  But the Leopards couldn’t hold on as the Mercia Lynx boys roared back with goals from Tom Morris (Cannock) and James Speke (Bridgnorth) before the break.  All square at the start of the second half, Morris bagged another to put the Lynx ahead for the first time but another Team Bath Buccaneers player, Tom Alsop, made it 3-3.

In the second match of the day in the Under 18 boys tournament, the Saxon Tigers beat the Pennine Pumas 2-0 to go top outright.  Holcombe’s Robert Field scored from open play 20 minutes in and it remained 1-0 until 14 minutes from the end when East Grinstead’s Luke Taylor, a pupil at Whitgift School, made it 2-0 from a penalty corner.

MERCIA LYNX     3     (2)     -     3     (2)     WESSEX LEOPARDS
Tom Morris 29,39 (F,PC)                                   Tom Groombridge 16 (F)
James Speke 33 (F)                                   Ed Matts 21 (F)
Tom Alsop 53 (PC)

SAXON TIGERS     2     (1)     -     0     (0)     PENNINE PUMAS
Robert Field 20 (F)                                   -
Luke Taylor 56 (PC)                                    

U18 Boys     P     W     D     L     GF     GA     GD     Pts
1     Saxon Tigers     2     2     0     0     5     1     4     6
2     Wessex Leopards     2     1     1     0     6     4     2     4
3     Mercia Lynx     2     0     1     1     4     6     -2     1
4     Pennine Pumas     2     0     0     2     1     5     -4     0

Saturday sees the final pool matches in the girls and boys under 18 tournaments with places in Sunday’s final at stake.

England Hockey Board Media release

How F1 pulled off in India while the FIH could not in India?

K Arumugam

The Big Day of Indian Sports is just a day away. India will be proud to join the biggies in the world sports tomorrow.

The Budh International Circuit, located in the suburb of Delhi, will witness India’s First ever Formula 1 race

The Authorities in the world of car racing have done it. They found that a vibrant and popular sport such as Formula 1 cannot miss out an emerging superpower like India.

The same way the Federation Internationale de Hockey (FIH) thought in the late 2000s with regard to the globalization and commercialization of field hockey sport.

The onerous task of laying the track, testing events and other related ones were held in clock wise precision, so we have tomorrow the great F1 on our soils.

In terms of preparation, investment, getting approvals from various government agencies, the task before the F1 people were huge, very huge compared to hockey.

Yet within two years’ time all the tasks have been accomplished without much fuss. So, we are today on the edge of excitement waiting for the D-Day, and there is an Indian team, till recently known as Force India, now Sahara Force India.

Sahara, as we all know, is one of the leading promoters of Indian sports, their involvement includes sponsorship of both men and women senior and junior national hockey teams.

We are not interested here to talk about Sahara but the saga of FIH and India which almost flopped while F1 is set to take off. The success of which may change the sports scenario in the country.

When the more complex and more capital intensive sport like F1 can easily take place, why could not somewhat low profile and less commercilised sport like hockey go on high despite the fact the world governing body wanted it in India.

Why F1 is successful in India, and why the FIH failed?

When India can host World Cup, Commonwealth Games and why not a small and inconsequential tournament like Champions Trophy?

Not only that, all the FIH proposals aiming at Indian hockey development is now on the verge of collapse. Why so? Where do things go wrong?

Here lies the lesson. The professionalism of both the global body and the host. While in F1’s case there has been an excellent synergy between the world body and the promoter here, it was not so with respect to hockey.

The F1 bosses came to India, met same Suresh Kalmadi, whom FIH considered a messiah not long ago, and wanted to have the F1 done with the collaboration of Indian Olympic Association. Within six months, they found the IOA is not a body they can do business with. They went private. The promoter of today’s F1 is a private body not the IOA.

This is exactly the difference. Whatever name you take, IOA or Hockey India, IHF or whatever, the people who control these bodies are not professionals, they call themselves honorary officials, who by acts of omission and commission do disservice to the sports. So, F1 people understood the dynamics of Indian sports, which should be obvious to anybody who work with Indian sports officials even for short time.

The FIH went overboard first and allotted many tournaments for a four-year cycle. They now start withdrawing one by one. The main reason why FIH’s thinking, though very solid on basics and concept, failed was in implementation.

The FIH could have adopted the F1 model, which is about working with private people and get things done. They had men and money power too.

The FIH on the other hand got into the politics. It wanted to micro-manage things. It wanted to control from small things to big ones. By all means it got into petty politics of Indian sports which it could neither dictate nor mature enough to accept.

The FIH definitely took sides openly, picking and choosing persons on its whim and fancy. And it also wittingly or unwittingly interfered in the legal battles. This made the Sports Ministry a hapless onlooker.

When a competition came for it in the form of World Series Hockey, with legal experts and money power, the FIH panicked. Its reaction to WSH was laughable. Instead of tackling it with matching program (when ICL came the BCCI came out with much better version called IPL, and it worked), it came out with Hitler type Sanctioned and Unsanctioned events.

Its here the FIH’s otherwise meaningful India policy took a turn for worse. FIH need not have desired to control a domestic tournament in an another country.

The WSH, despite its name, is a domestic affair. The FIH should have ignored it. It did not, instead it started what could be termed as blackmailing what with withdrawing tournaments which it allotted on its own.

Thus, it made itself a butt of joke. Allotting and re-allotting tournaments is FIH’s right. And its prestige. By going overboard one day, and then regretting later on another day, these vagaries do not behove FIH of a global body.

The FIH should look at F1 bosses who kept amateurish organizations at a distance while giving impetus to their sports. They respected their sport, did not use it as a mean to achieve something else.

That is professionalism which somewhat definitely the FIH lacked in its dealing with India. It should have left internal matters of India to India and stuck to its sports. Then its thoughts would have taken shape, as much as F1's.

Penny wise pound foolish

That will be the correct phrase to describe the antics of national hockkey coach Tai Beng Hai and his merry men in the coaching and administrative set up.

For his decision not to let Faisal saari and Firhan Ashaari play for the Project 2013 side in the forthcoming inaugural Sultan of Johor Cup is downright silly and aimed at protecting his own interest rather then the nation.

Let us just flashback to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi last year. The coach then was Stephen van Huizen ( who is current the National Team Coaching Co-ordinator). Almost the first team was sent to compete at the Commonwealth Games and some two weeks later left to play in the Asian Games where they finished with a silver medal.

And forward to the situation today that Beng Hai is in. He contends that the players will not be prepared to play in the Champions Challenge in South Africa that commences on November 26. And for the record the national team leaves on November 20 for Johannesburg and will play two friendly matches against South Africa and India leading up to the tournament.

So the argument of conditioning and state of preparedness Mr. Tai is thrown out of the window.

In a meeting held on September 26 at the NSC, the Project 2013 squads request to have Faisal play at least three matches in the tournament was flatly denied by Beng Hai. And the situation is getting abd as now Firhan is also denied a release to play.

Now while Beng Hai has been given a top 5 target, the Project 2013 squad have been given a top two target by the MHF or rather MHC President.

But does the President or was he made to be aware that the best players will not be at Johor Baru representing the juniors? So how is it that you set a top four finish at the Asian Champions Trophy when we were ranked second at the Asian Games but now chose to set a much higher target for a team taht is being handicapped by none other then Beng Hai?

Are the two teams supposed to work alongside and not sabotage the attempts of the other? Is that not what it is supposed to be.

On top of that some have claimed that they "Found", "discovered" Faisal Saari. But records show otherwise.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot

No. 7 Michigan clinches Big Ten title

Roundup: No. 1 Old Dominion, No. 9 Stanford earn shutout wins

No. 7 Michigan won its second consecutive Big Ten regular-season title by beating Indiana 4-2. Michigan Athletics

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- No. 7 Michigan captured its fourth outright Big Ten regular-season title and eighth overall with a 4-2 win against Indiana on Friday at Ocker Field. With the win, Michigan earned the top seed in the upcoming 2011 Big Ten Tournament and a bye in the first round of play.

The Maize and Blue fell behind the Hoosiers in the 16th minute when Audra Heilman connected from the center of the circle for her fifth goal of the season. Michigan tied the game six minutes later as freshman Emy Guttman took a pass from sophomore Ainsley McCallister on the left post and beat IU keeper Viki Green for her 11th goal of the year. The two teams went into the half deadlocked with Michigan having a 7-3 shot advantage and a 3-1 lead on penalty corners.

Michigan came out of the locker room and scored 26 seconds into the second half. Sophomore Rachael Mack's shot from the right side of the goal went in with an assist to fifth-year senior Eileen Brandes. It was Mack's team-leading 12th goal of the year.

Michigan took a 3-1 lead at 51:04 when freshman Aline Fobe took a direct corner from freshman Leslie Smith and buried a shot into the right corner of the goal. Indiana cut the Wolverine lead to one goal at 59:05 on a deflection from Jaclyn Zamudio, but Michigan answered with an insurance goal at 65:32 as senior Jess Allen scored her second goal of the season on a Brandes assist.

No. 1 Old Dominion 2, William & Mary 0
NORFOLK, Va. -- No. 1 Old Dominion got first-half goals from Stephanie Kratzer and Danielle Clutter for a 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association victory against William & Mary (6-11, 1-7) on Friday. ODU finishes the CAA regular season 8-0.

The victory gives ODU a 2-0 lead and 20 total points in the Optima Health Challenge which is a year-long competition between ODU and William & Mary. The winning school gets 10 points for every victory against the other.

The Lady Monarchs' opening score came 14:43 into the match as Clutter scored on an assist from Kathryn Kirk. About six minutes later Rebecca Condie found Stephanie Kratzer for the second goal.

The Lady Monarchs outshot the Tribe 15-2 as Devon Seifert picked up her seventh shutout of the season.

No. 5 Syracuse 3, Villanova 2
PHILADELPHIA -- After Villanova tied the score at two with 3:40 left in the second half, Heather Susek scored her conference-tying 16th goal of the season just 18 seconds later to lift Syracuse (15-3, 5-1) to a 3-2 win against the Wildcats on Friday. The win secures the Orange the No. 2 seed in next weekend’s Big East Tournament.

Syracuse outshot the Wildcats 18-6 for the game, while Villanova generated eight corners to SU’s five.

The Orange came out in the first half outshooting Villanova 8-3, including seven shots on goal. SU got on the board midway through the half as Lauren Brooks collected her second goal of the season off a shot from the left wing that deflected off Wildcat goalkeeper Megan Goelz.

The Wildcats continued their luck in penalty corners ten minutes into the second half, and tied the score at one when Leah High deflected a shot from Kristen Davila into the back of the cage.

Senior Martina Loncarica put SU back on top with 13:11 left in regulation when she took a pass from Jordan Page and sent a backhand shot from the left wing past Goelz for the score. Minutes later, Loncarica was issued a yellow card, forcing the Orange to play one-man down for five minutes.

No. 9 Stanford 5, UC Davis 0
STANFORD, Calif. -- No. 9 Stanford posted its third consecutvie win and fourth shutout of the year on Friday, routing UC Davis 5-0 to close out conference play with an undefeated record.

The Cardinal received goals from five different players, and thoroughly dominated the game with a commanding advantage 21-2 shot edge, including a 12-0 cushion over the final 35 minutes.

Becky Dru opened the scoring with her team-leading 13th goal in the 11th minute, scoring unassisted following a penalty corner. Dru has now scored 13 goals in each of her first three seasons, giving her 39 for her career. Dru's goal acted as the game-winner.