News for 30 October 2011

All the news for Sunday 30 October 2011

Argentina beats Canada to book Olympic spot

GUADALAJARA: Argentina's men's field hockey team qualified for the 2012 London Olympics on Saturday by defeating Canada 3-1 in the final of the Pan American Games.

It was the 10th consecutive time the two squads had met in the Pan Am Games final. Canada won in the 2007 final on penalty shots at Rio de Janeiro.

Scott Tupper gave Canada a 1-0 half-time lead but the South Americans answered in the second half with goals from Ignacio Bergner, Pedro Ibarra and Lucas Vila.

The News International


USA Men shutout Mexico, 6-0, finishing 5th

Ashley Meunier

GUADALAJARA, Mexico - After a narrow margin loss to the host nation on Monday, the USA Men’s National Team redeemed themselves with a shutout victory over Mexico this afternoon. Will Holt (Camarillo, CA) notched two goals and an assist en route to a 6-0 finale. Team USA secured a fifth place finish in the XVI Pan American Games and captured a spot in an Olympic qualifying tournament in early 2012.

“It is a little disappointing to come here with a goal of finishing in the top four and not achieve that,” said Pat Cota (San Francisco, CA). “We were a bit slow to get started, but are pleased with the quality of play in the final two matches.”

Team USA opened quickly with two goals in the first 12 minutes. Holt put USA on the boards first, finishing on a well executed penalty corner in the 2nd minute. Moritz Runzi (Boston, MA) was next in the scoring column, deflecting a perfect pass into the goal and giving USA an early two goal advantage. Team USA continued an offensive assault in the first half, eventually taking the lead 3-0 going into intermission.

“The third goal was extremely well executed,” said Head Coach Nick Conway. “Will sent a great ball to Tyler who had an unbelievable finish. To execute that task under pressure was a great accomplishment on their part.”

The scoring only continued for Team USA, adding an additional three goals before the end of the match. Tom Sheridan (Ridgewood, NJ) was brilliant in goal again today, stopping a barrage of shots by Mexico to run away with his second shutout of the tournament.

Jarred Martin (Albany, NY) and team captain Sean Harris (Moorpark, CA) both tallied a goal for Team USA late in the second half to lock in the win.

Although Team USA does not have a ticket in hand for London yet, they finished on an extremely high note with two shutout victories in the final two matches. And, with a fifth place finish, USA will look for an official invitation from the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for placement in an Olympic qualifying tournament in early 2012. 

The first of the Olympic Qualification Tournaments will be hosted by India in New Delhi from February 15-26 with six men’s and six women’s teams battling for a spot in the London 2012 Olympic Games. The next Olympic Qualification Tournament will take place one month later, from March 14-25, 2012 in Beerschot, Belgium. It will be followed by the third Olympic Qualification Tournament in Kakamigahara, Japan from April 25 - May 6, 2012. The trio of tournaments is the final opportunity for teams to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games with the winner of each men’s and women’s event earning a place in London.

The teams assigned to the qualification tournaments will not be released by the FIH in the very near future. Stay tuned, the USA Men's Olympic dream is still alive.

USFHA media release

USA women secure their place in London

First continental title for the United States

USA's Claire Laubach celebrates a big victory (Photo: FIH / Yan Huckendubler)

In a surprise upset, the USA women overcame the mighty Leonas to crown themselves Continental Champions and secure a place in London next year. Chile cruised past Canada for the bronze medal, Cuba edged Mexico for their best finish since 1999, and Trinidad&Tobago defeated Barbados for 7th place.

In a fiercely disputed final between classic continental rivals Argentina and USA, the Americans emerged as the winners after a strong and self-confident performance. Displaying superior determination, the US women, currently ranked 13th in the world, wrestled down the World number 1 and current World Champions Argentina, who are left without the Continental Champion title for the first time since 1987.

A 14th minute Paige Selenski goal after a gritty intial phase of the match set the USA on the path for success, and Shannon Taylor upped the ante only two minutes later to take the lead to two goals. Finding themselves on the unfamiliar side of the 2-0 scoreline, the Leonas stepped their game up and increased the pressure, which yielded a penalty corner goal at the hands of Noel Barrionuevo. However, relief was shortlived, as Katie O'Donnell restored the two goal lead with a penalty corner deflection in the final minute of the first half.

After the break, it was an all out battle for the top prize in the Americas, and an entertaining attacking game ensued. The goalkeepers at both ends had their hands full and produced superior performances to keep the scoreline from going up. It was once again penalty corner cannon Noel Barrionuevo scoring to keep Argentina hot on the heels of the USA, sinking a goal in the 42nd minute, but neither side could make it count after that until the 66th minute, when Michelle Vitesse scored a field goal to extend the US lead to two again. The clock ticked down the final minutes, and Argentina could do nothing to avoid the Continental Champion title which had been in their hand since 1987 uninterruptedly - and the all important direct qualification for the Olympic hockey tournament - slipping from their hands.

In the bronze medal match, Chile defeated Canada 3-0. Despite a worthy display from Canada, the Chileans were in good control of the game throughout the course of the match and finished the tournament in a well deserved 3rd place. Manuela Urroz first got the Chilean team on the scoreboard late in the first half, followed by their second by Daniela Caram in the 42nd minute. With a two goal lead, Chile dominated the match in the final 20 minutes, and added another through Daniela Infante for the final score of 3-0.

Mexico and Cuba met in the 5th place match, a closely disputed encounter with good performances from both sides. Goalless until late in the first half, the teams sunk one each through Mexico's captain Michel Navarro Hernandez and Cuba's Yuraima Vera Rojas in the final minutes, and Cuba even piled on another with less than a minute on the clock, when Marisbel Sierra Rosello coverted a penalty corner. Mexico came back level in the second half through another goal from their captain, and the game turned into a stalemate for much of the second half. However, Cuba avoided going into extra time with Sierra Rosello scoring her second of the day with only minutes to go, for Cuba to take fifth place.

In the first match of the day, Carribean opponents Barbados and Trinidad&Tobago had sparred over 7th place in the tournament, with Trinidad&Tobago coming out the 3-1 winner. T&T pulled ahead in the 24th minute through Blair Wynne, but Barbados pulled level less than a minute later through Charlia Warner. Kristin Thompson added another for T&T in the 29th, and Blair Wynne piled on their third with two minutes on the clock in the first half. In the second half, T&T kept up the pressure but the Barbadian defense stood strong. A series of penalty corners towards the end of the match gave Barbados a chance to score again, but they couldn't convert, leaving Trinidad&Tobago in 7th place.

FIH site

Kookaburras hitting their straps with demolition of Pakistan

With just over a month to go until the Champions Trophy the Kookaburras seem to be finding their form, with five unanswered second half goals demolishing Pakistan today with a 8-2 win in Bunbury.

NSW striker Kieran Govers was the star of the show, scoring three of Australia’s goals including the first of the game at the nine minute mark.

Great pressure from Simon Orchard only a minute later forced a penalty corner for the Kookaburras, with the variation resulting in Ford being alone next to the post and converting the Kookaburras second goal in as many minutes.

However Pakistan weren’t down for long, getting themselves back into the game only minutes later thanks to an accurate penalty corner flick to make it 2-1.

Orchard and Jamie Dwyer continued to work hard in the midfield which resulted in even more circle penetrations for the Kookaburras, with Glenn Simpson taking full advantage of the supply to score Australia’s third goal at the 22 minute mark.

Once again Pakistan responded only minutes later via another penalty corner to again reduce Australia’s margin to one goal.

The Kookaburras got off to the best possible start after half time, with Eddie Ockenden scoring only three minutes into the half to give the Kookaburras a more comfortable lead.

After a period of both teams having their share of possession the Kookaburras demonstrated exactly why they are the number one team in the world, putting their foot down to control the second half with Brent Dancer and Kieran Govers scoring twice more each to give the Kookaburras a well deserved win.

Kookaburras 8 Pakistan 2 (3-2 half time)
Goals – Aus Kieran Govers 9m FG/ 59m FG/ 68m FG, Aus Russell Ford 10m PC, Pak Sohail Abbas 13m PC/ 25m PC, Aus Glenn Simpson 22m FG, Aus Eddie Ockenden 38m PC, Aus Brent Dancer 53m PC/ 70m PC

Hockey Australia media release

Hockeyroos grow in confidence with another great win over China

The Hockeyroos have taken a strangle hold on their 6 test series against China, dominating China to claim the third match of the series 3-0 in Bunbury today.

The win is the Hockeyroos’ third straight win over China during the series and sees them undefeated to date during the series.

As they had done in both games to date during the series the Hockeyroos started the stronger of the two teams, doing the majority of their damage early after scoring three goals within the first 15 minutes.

Casey Eastham got things started early, earning a penalty corner which was eventually converted by young gun Georgia Nanscawen in her 50th international match.

The Hockeyroos continued to make the most of their momentum, earning another penalty corner only minutes after their first goal. Australia were again able to convert, with Anna Flanagan continuing to build her reputation as a world class penalty corner specialist and giving the Hockeyroos a 2-0 thanks to a straight flick.

With the Hockeyroos well in control of the game, it was Kate Hollywood who next stood up in her return series to the Hockeyroos team, converting Australia’s third penalty corner to make it 3-0 as the Hockeyroos looked dangerous.

China eventually worked themselves into the game and produced to genuine shots on goal and penalty corner opportunities towards the end of the first half, that could have got them back in the game of not for some great saves from goalkeeper Kate Hubble which ensured the Hockeyroos kept their 3-0 lead going into half time.

The Hockeyroos continued to push, having a number of great build ups and near chances, but goals proved to be harder to come by as the game went on.

Regardless, the hard work had already been done with the Hockeyroos claiming yet another win against the world number 4 team.

Hockeyroos coach Adam Commens said it was pleasing to beat a team China’s quality three games in a row.

“To beat a team of China’s quality three games in a row is a very good achievement, particularly when you consider the fact that we are using 36 players throughout this series and there have been so many changes made between games. I think it’s a testament to the depth of our squad. I think we performed well and our intensity in the first 20 minutes was great however our skill level and our structures dropped away after that. It was great to score those three early goals and continue to convert our penalty corners,” said Commens.

Hockeyroos 3 China 0
Goals – Georgia Nanscawen, Anna Flanagan, Kate Hollywood

Hockey Australia media release

Kookaburras solid against Pakistan

A late surge has seen the Kookaburras record a hard fought 3-1 over Pakistan in Busselton in their second game of the 3 Nations tournament involving Australia, Pakistan and India.

In a fairly even match, the Kookaburras got on the board early, with Jamie Dwyer giving them the lead at the 21 minute mark.

It took some time for Pakistan to get back in the game, drawing level at the 53 minute mark thanks to a penalty stroke. However the Kookaburras responded in the best possible way, with Jason Wilson scoring less than a minute later to regain the lead for the Kookaburras.

In form striker Glenn Turner gave the Kookaburras even further breathing space, scoring the Kookaburras third and final goal at the 60 minute mark to put the result beyond doubt.

Kookaburras 3 Pakistan 1

Goals – Aus Jamie Dwyer 21m FG, Pak Shakeel Abbasi 53m PS, Aus Jason Wilson 54m FG, Aus Glenn Turner 60m FG

Hockey Australia media release

Indian players suspended

s2h team

The news tricks in. It’s not a good news for India. Two key players Gurbaj Singh and Baljit Singh Chandi and captain Tushar Khandkar are suspended for different matches as a consequence of ugly incidents that marred the India-Pak match at Busselton, a suburb 250 kms away from Perth.

One Pakistan player is also suspended.

Indian team manager, David Johan, a localite and also team's fitness expert, suspended. India’s assistant coach Jugraj Singh, who was not sitting in the bench, and was away from playing area, too suspended for five matches. Its irony for Tushar Khandkar, the most sober player in the Indian team, to have been suspended. As per the captaqincy rotation policy being implemented here by coach Michael Nobbs, Tushar happens to be the one to lead the side on the fateful day.

For the first match in Busselton, Ignace was captain, and for the second match Tushar came in to replace him. Otherwise , the captain for the tour is Bharat Chetri.

Ironically, Chetri and Igance were not played against Pakistan, and the turn came to Tushar.

Note: There is no official communication so far here in Perth as to the suspension of players. However, reliable sources confirmed the news.

India hockey team players suspended

B Shrikant

Five members of the Indian contingent including Gurbaj Singh, Gurvinder Singh Chandi and Tushar Khandkar were suspended on Saturday for various durations for their role in the skirmish with Pakistani players in the three-Nation International Hockey Series at Busselton, in Australia on Friday.

Gurbaj Singh, who received two stitches on his head, has been suspended for three matches, Chandi for five while Khandkar will have to sit out one match in the second leg of the tournament at Bunbury, near Perth, from Monday. India will play Australia on Monday and meet archrivals Pakistan the next day. The final will be played on Thursday.

Tournament director Graham Napier also suspended the Indian team's assistant coach Jugraj Singh for five matches while exercise physiologist David John was penalised for one game, according to Hockey India sources. It was not clear how the organisers would implement the sentence against officials Jugraj and David John as both don't take the field.

Players from both the teams liberally used their fists and hockey sticks towards the end of the 3-3 draw on Friday after Gurbaj struck a Pakistani forward with his stick while trying to clear the ball. The umpire awarded a penalty corner but even as the Indian players were retreating, the Pakistanis led by skipper Shakeel Abbasi pounced on Gurbaj.

Unconfirmed reports said three Pakistani players were also punished for their involvement in the violence.

However, neither Hockey India nor the Indian contingent was sure how the organisers will enforce the five-match suspension as only three matches remain in the tournament. HI has asked the team management to take all steps to safeguard the team's interest and lodge an appeal if they feel it would affect players' participation in subsequent tournaments.

One good thing that came out of the incident was that the organisers have decided to get neutral umpires for the remaining matches.

Hindustan Times

Five Indian hockey team members suspended

BANGALORE: Five members of the hockey team copped suspensions after an on-field fracas during an India-Pakistan game at Busselton in Australia on Friday.

Midfielder Gurbaj Singh, forwards Gurvinder Singh Chandi and Tushar Khandker, assistant coach Jugraj Singh and the team's exercise physiologist David John, who was the stand-in manager, were handed bans by the tournament director Graham Napier after a hearing on Saturday.

While Gurbaj, who was apparently at the epicentre of it all, was suspended for three matches, Chandi and Jugraj were banned for five. Tushar and John got one each as was Pakistani skipper Shakeel Abbasi.

The trouble began on Friday with just 95 seconds to go for the match to end. Media reports suggested that Gurbaj hit a speeding Shafqat Rasool's leg as he tried to edge past him. Abbasi confronted Gurbaj even as a penalty corner was signalled in favour of Pakistan. Soon others joined the fracas, leading to frayed tempers and flailing arms. Pakistani media also suggested that one of the Indian players hit Muhammed Imran with a stick, triggering the violence.

Gurbaj sustained a cut in the head after being hit with a stick and required two stitches, it is learnt. Both teams decided not to continue with the match which ended in a 3-3 draw.

Chief coach Michael Nobbs was disappointed with the incident. "It was a disaster waiting to happen. It is disappointing to see the players being suspended. I don't know what happened but the Pakistan players were the ones who instigated our players," he said.

The Australian added that the incident had prompted the organizers to rope in neutral umpires for the second leg of the tri-nation tournament in Bunbury, which begins with India-Australia fixture on Sunday.

Rajpal has surgery

In another blow to India, Rajpal Singh had to be hospitalised after he complained of a severe stomach ache. He underwent surgery for appendicitis on Saturday.

The Times of India

Brawl on hockey pitch

Three Indian players, coach banned

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Three Indian hockey players along with assistant coach Yograj Singh had to face the heat of the Friday’s violent clash during a match of the tri-nation hockey series, when the tournament director Graham Napier banned them from the game. Napier also slapped one match ban on Pakistan captain Shakeel Abbasi, Indian skipper Tushar Khandekar and manager of the Indian hockey team. While Indian coach Yograj Singh and player Chandi have been banned for five matches, another Indian player Gurbaj has been banned for three matches and player Toshar banned for one match. Hockey ground of Busselton turned into battlefield when players of India and Pakistan entered into a bloody clash leading to injuries to players. The tussle began when Pakistan scored an equalizer in dyig minutes through a penalty-corner to earn a 3-3 draw. Reports said that Gurbaj had a fight with Pakistani players near the penalty corner and the fight grew grave to the extent of physical violence. 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.

The Daily Times

Indian hockey team to consider appealing against suspensions

BURNBURY: Stung by five suspensions after an ugly showdown with Pakistani players during a match, the Indian hockey team management will consider appealing against the penalty insisting that it was their arch-rivals who were at fault during the fracas.

Midfielder Gurbaj Singh, forwards Gurvinder Singh Chandi and Tushar Khandker, assistant coach Jugraj Singh and the team's exercise physiologist David John, who was the stand-in manager, were handed bans by tournament director Graham Napier after a hearing on Saturday.

While Gurbaj was suspended for three matches, Chandi and Jugraj were banned for five. Tushar and John got one-match suspensions each, while Pakistani skipper Shakeel Abbasi was also handed the same punishment.

But the Indians will decide on challenging the suspensions after being instructed by Hockey India.

"The team management will appeal against the suspensions. We have directed them to follow the procedure that is needed for the appeal," Hockey India secretary Narinder Batra said.

"As per the feedback that we have got from the team management, it was the Pakistani players who instigated the Indian players but they (the organisers) thought it is the Indians and have penalised the Indian players for the fracas," he explained.

"The team management has been asked to send a video clipping of the entire incident and we will have a look as to what actually happened," Batra said.

The incident happened during Friday's match between the two sides in the first leg of an ongoing series in Busselton.

The trouble began when just 95 seconds were left for the match to end.

Gurbaj reportedly hit Shafqat Rasool's leg as he tried to edge past him.

Abbasi confronted Gurbaj while a penalty corner was being given to Pakistan. Soon it became a full-fledged brawl with other players from both teams joining in.

Gurbaj sustained a cut in the head after being hit with a stick and required two stitches. Both teams decided not to continue with the match which ended in a 3-3 draw.

"It was a disaster waiting to happen. It is disappointing to see the players being suspended. I don't know what happened but the Pakistan players were the ones who instigated our players," chief coach Michael Nobbs had said after the incident.

The second leg of the tri-nation tournament will be played with India taking on Australia.

The Times of India

Hockey India needs to do lot of explaining

K Arumugam

Have you ever heard of a fitness man turning into manager?

How can a person hired for fitness purpose be made manager? Can anyone in Hockey India, which now governs hockey in the country, explain this? If they can explain this to the satisfaction of those who know hockey, it will nice.

I said to myself, oh god, when I saw Indian fitness expert David John sitting on the bench at Busselton – where India played first Australia and then the ill-fated Pakistan.

A bit of doubt whether he is really manager was cleared with the official documents made available to me at the small stadium office in Busselton hockey club stadium.

How can country depute its fitness man to a largely technical and administrative job such as Manager? This shows poorly of Hockey India.

AB Subbaiah was the manager for the Women’s team which came here. Why not somebody who knows hockey’s technical matters appointed for men? Obviously because, Hockey India’s CEO is here, a lady cannot function as Manager for men’s match, though in all practical purpose she is doing it off the field, staying and travelling with the team.

I really at loss to understand why a CEO should be doing a normal job on tour, but that is a subject we will leave it for time being.

Now, in the light of Indian players being suspended for Friday Busselton Burst, what role could a fitness man have played to diffuse the situation on the field, and then how effectively he could have argued our case in the Tournament Director’s meeting?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Only manager is authorised to enter the field for many purposes. That’s why world over competent, mature, technical people are put in for the job. Even many times the chief coach sits in the stands with video man or some other technical people, pass on the tips to Manager on the bench. On the other hand Pakistan has put well-known Olympian Kwaja Junaid at the Manager ‘s mantle, he attends all technical meeting and being suave, experienced, and veteran, he could have certainly put up his case with solid commonsense.

Even otherwise his handling of the team needs to e be understood. After the violent incident, he packed his team for a walk out. A job actually India should have done, instead one of our players was pleading with Pakistan not to leave the ground, even as our manager was grounded to the bench.

Within 10 minutes after the walkout, Pakistan team obliged the organizers to return and shake hands with other team, and go back without the game resumed.

This sequence of walkout and return is a master stroke, only an expert such as Kwaja can master. This gave at the outset an impression of ‘victim’ with loaded psychological advantage to his team in boardroom. He was at his best in his crisis management act, interacting with lot of people, having a smiling face, giving out words of wisdom etc. This type of PR is expected of him, and he did it to his best.

Our manager at that point of time was unseen.

All these happened even as Pak fitness man was looking after injured Rasool on the field, while oour fitness man was groping in dark with the new role of Manager.

I have not seen him interacting with the staff of other team or with the Technical bench, Tournament Director when all the hell broke out on Friday.

Poor fellow, he was doing some other’s job, and got suspended for that generosity, and malfeance.

Hockey India needs to do lot of explaining to the nation for the shame of more players suspended from its side.

The point here is, an Indian player injures the other in the course of the match, the other side come and attack him, even after the umpire found the Indian player wrong and punished him with a penalty corner award. The Indian was taken to hospital and then he is suspended!! So, he got punishment from players and officials!!!

Are there competent people out here in the Indian camp to protect the team and safeguard its interest?

Note: This was the subject matter we discussed while returning from Busselton after watching the Friday match. We had enough joke that time, obviously we were not expecting tough days for him

Futures Cup Day Three

Saxon Tigers girls listen to their coach at half time at the Futures Cup 2011

The Saxon Tigers U16 girls go into the final day of the Futures Cup Under 16 girls tournament in the box seats after a 4-0 win over the Pennine Pumas.  Genevieve Masters’ hat-trick came in the final quarter of an hour at Cannock as the Canterbury youngster added to an early goal from Surbiton’s Kuda Kamwaza.  Earlier in the morning two goals from Pascale Massey gave the Mercia Lynx their first win of the tournament.  The Bromsgrove pupil, who plays her club hockey for Worcester, got the Lynx off and running with a goal in the fifth minute and doubled her tally in the 23rd.  Havant’s Sophie Brigg pulled one back for the Wessex Leopards but the girls in blue could not find another and the Mercia Lynx won 2-1.

MERCIA LYNX     2     (2)     -     1     (1)     WESSEX LEOPARDS
Pascale Massey 5,23 (F,F)                                   Sophie Brigg 29 (F)

SAXON TIGERS     4     (1)     -     0     (0)     PENNINE PUMAS
Kuda Kamwaza 15 (F)                                   -
Genevieve Masters 57,66,68 (F,PS,F)                                    

U16 Girls     P     W     D     L     GF     GA     GD     Pts
1     Saxon Tigers     2     2     0     0     7     1     6     6
2     Pennine Pumas     2     1     0     1     4     4     0     3
3     Mercia Lynx     2     1     0     1     3     4     -1     3
4     Wessex Leopards     2     0     0     2     1     6     -5     0

The two matches in the Under 16 boys tournament could not have been more different in their outcomes as the Saxon Tigers scored an incredible eight goals in their 8-1 win over the Pennine Pumas before the Mercia Lynx and Wessex Leopards played out a goalless draw.  East Grinstead’s Christopher Norris and Canterbury’s Harry Roberts each scored twice in the first half, sandwiching Indian Gymkhana’s Karan Bamrah strike.  5-0 up at the A young Mercia Lynx boys player in action at the 2011 Futures Cupbreak the Tigers kept up the pressure with Samad Suleman and Robbie Oliver each netting penalty corners in the opening six minutes of the second half.  Ermysted’s pupil Josh Sykes, who plays his club hockey for Ben Rhydding, pulled one back for the Pennine Pumas in the 47th minute but Old Loughtonians’ William Godfrey added an eighth for the Tigers late on.  The result puts the Saxon Tigers into second place in a very tight table.  They sit one point behind the Mercia Lynx, who stay top thanks to the point earned against the Wessex Leopards.  With two draws the Leopards are third with the Pennine Pumas fourth going into the final day.

SAXON TIGERS     8     (5)     -     1     (0)     PENNINE PUMAS
Christopher Norris 8,32 (F,PC)                                   Josh Sykes 47 (F)
Harry Roberts 9,25 (F,F)                                    
Karan Bamrah 13 (F)                                    
Samad Suleman 36 (PC)                                    
Robbie Oliver 41 (PC)                                    
William Godfrey 64 (PC)                                    

MERCIA LYNX     0     (0)     -     0     (0)     WESSEX LEOPARDS
-                                   -

U16 Boys     P     W     D     L     GF     GA     GD     Pts
1     Mercia Lynx     2     1     1     0     1     0     1     4
2     Saxon Tigers     2     1     0     1     8     2     6     3
3     Wessex Leopards     2     0     2     0     4     4     0     2
4     Pennine Pumas     2     0     1     1     5     12     -7     1

Four penalty corner goals helped the Mercia Lynx to their first win in the Under 18 girls tournament as they beat the Pennine Pumas 4-0.  Belper and Oakham school athlete Kathryn Lane broke the deadlock midway through the first half and Leicester’s Elizabeth Honarmand made it 2-0 shortly before the break.  Reading’s Alice Freeman scored with a 40th minute penalty corner and Beeston’s Kim Leiper put the icing on the cake in the final minute.  The Wessex Leopards and the Saxon Tigers played out a thrilling 3-3 draw showing there is very little between the sides ahead of their Futures Cup Final meeting tomorrow.  The Leopards may have the edge going into that match however, after coming back from three goals down.  Canterbury pair Eliza Brett and Rebecca Weston each scored either side of a goal from Ipswich’s Hannah Martin as the Saxon Tigers went into half time in total control.  The Leopards’ second half fight back was monumental as they clawed their way into the match.  Leading by example, captain Rebecca Van-Berkel scored in the 43rd minute and her strike was followed up by a goal from Trojans’ Elizabeth Gittens.  And the comeback was complete when, three minutes later, Kirsty Hoskins of Team Bath Buccaneers struck to make it 3-3. The result leaves the Leopards on top of the table, ahead of the Tigers courtesy of having scored two goals more.  The two will meet in the final again tomorrow while the Mercia Lynx and Pennine Pumas play off for third place.

PENNINE PUMAS     0     (0)     -     4     (2)     MERCIA LYNX
-                                   Kathryn Lane 17 (PC)
Elizabeth Honarmand 20 (PC)
Alice Freeman 40 (PC)
Kim Leiper 69 (PC)

WESSEX LEOPARDS     3     (0)     -     3     (3)     SAXON TIGERS
Rebecca Van-Berkel 43 (F)                                   Eliza Brett 3 (F)
Elizabeth Gittens 56 (F)                                   Hannah Martin 12 (F)
Kirsty Hoskins 59 (F)                                   Rebecca Weston 18 (PC)

U18 Girls     P     W     D     L     GF     GA     GD     Pts
1     Wessex Leopards     3     2     1     0     10     4     6     7
2     Saxon Tigers     3     2     1     0     8     4     4     7
3     Mercia Lynx     3     1     0     2     4     4     0     3
4     Pennine Pumas     3     0     0     3     2     12     -10     0

In the Under 18 boys tournament the Saxon Tigers made it three wins from three to seal their place in Sunday’s final.  Holcombe’s Robert Field gave them the perfect start inside three minutes but King’s College pupil Tristan Marshall equalised midway through the first half.  Level at the break, it was the Saxon Tigers that took the initiative in the second period with goals from James Gall (Surbiton and Cranleigh) and Harrison Sellers (Bromley & Beckenham and Whitgift) sealing a 3-1 victory.  And the Tigers’ opponents in Sunday’s final will be the Mercia Lynx boys, who squeeze through into the final ahead of the Wessex Leopards on goal difference.  The Lynx, who qualify with a goal difference of five goals better, owe much to their 7-0 of the Pennine Pumas on Saturday.  It was a victory built on the foundations of host club Cannock as six of their seven goals came from the stick of a young Cannock player.  A hat-trick from Arjan Drayton Chana, another two from Tom Morris and one from Jack Middleton gave the home crowd much to cheer about while James Speke of Bridgnorth also added his name to the score sheet.   The defeat leaves the Pennine Pumas without a point going into their final match, the third place playoff, in which they will meet the Wessex Leopards, who beat them 3-1 in day one.

PENNINE PUMAS     0     (0)     -     7     (5)     MERCIA LYNX
-                                   Arjan Drayton Chana 3,31,65 (F,PC,F)
Tom Morris 7,22 (F,F)
Jack Middleton 28 (F)
James Speke 51 (F)

WESSEX LEOPARDS     1     (1)     -     3     (1)     SAXON TIGERS
Tristan Marshall 18 (F)                                   Robert Field 3 (F)
James Gall 45 (F)
Harrison Sellers 68 (PC)

U18 Boys     P     W     D     L     GF     GA     GD     Pts
1     Saxon Tigers     3     3     0     0     8     2     6     9
2     Mercia Lynx     3     1     1     1     11     6     5     4
3     Wessex Leopards     3     1     1     1     7     7     0     4
4     Pennine Pumas     3     0     0     3     1     12     -11     0

England Hockey Board Media release

Virginia upsets No. 6 Duke

Roundup: No. 10 UNH falls victim to late Albany charge

Virginia defeated No .6 Duke in penalty strokes 3-2. The Cavaliers collect their first conference win of the season. Virginia Athletics

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia (8-11, 1-4 ACC) upset No. 6 Duke (11-6, 2-3 ACC) 3-2 in penalty strokes Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Both teams scored once in the first half and once in the second half for a 2-2 tie. But neither scored in 30 minutes of overtime as Virginia went to a stroke-off for the first time this season.

The first three players from each team converted their strokes. After Duke's Tara Jennings shot wide left, Virginia's Elly Buckley converted, putting the Cavaliers up 4-3. Next up for the Blue Devils was Rhian Jones, and when she missed, the Cavaliers secured the victory.

In addition to Buckley's converted stroke, teammates Carissa Vittese, Jess Orrett and Chloe Pendlebury also made their strokes.

For the game, Duke outshot Virginia 28-7 and finished with 14 penalty corners to just three for the Cavaliers. Freshman goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone was sensational in the cage, posting with a career-high 14 saves.

No. 18 Albany 3, No. 10 New Hampshire 2
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Corrine McConville capitalized on penalty-stroke opportunity in the 62nd minute to give Albany a 3-2 victory against New Hampshire in America East Conference action Saturday on Senior Day.

The Great Danes tallied the lone goal in the first half with a tip-in from Katharina Helling coming off a long shot by Daphne Voormolen with under 10 minutes remaining. The goal was Helling's fifth on the season and Voormolen's seventh helper.

New Hampshire (14-4, 4-1AE) rebounded in the 45th minute as Melyssa Woods received a pass near the left post from Hayley Rausch to sneak past Albany goalkeeper Kristi Troch. Voormolen and Chantae Miller teamed up to give the Great Danes a 2-1 lead in the 48th minute when Miller's intended shot was received by Voormolen and tipped into the right corner. Play would remain neutral for the next six minutes and the Wildcats took a timeout to regroup. Joyce Kellie of New Hampshire notched the equalizer in the 55th minute with possession of the ball off a defenders stick.

Albany (13-6, 3-2 AE) was awarded a penalty stroke in the 62nd minute after a jostle in the crease. McConville would take the shot for the Great Danes and capitalize, giving Albany a 3-2 lead. The goal was McConville's 12th on the season as she has gone 4-for-5 on penalty strokes this season. Albany held the Wildcats shotless for the remainder of the game to give New Hampshire its first conference loss this season.