News for 07 January 2012

All the news for Saturday 7 January 2012

Bell, Fortune inspire Parkites

Nigel Simon

Kadeem Fortune and Guyana’s Jerry Bell scored two goals each to lead national and Super Indoor champions, Queen’s Park to a 5-2 whipping of Notre Dame when the  ninth annual Ventures Invitational Indoor Hockey Tournament flicked off at the Woodbrook Youth Facility, O’Connor Street, Woodbrook on Thursday. Bell got his double in the seventh and 24th minute while Forrtune netted in the ninth and 29th for the Parkites who led 2-1 at the half-time interval in their Men’s Open Division encounter. Stefan Mouttet added the other  item for the winner’s in the 22nd minute while Aidan De Gannes (11th) and Isaac Marecheau (30th) got the Dames replies. In the other men’s match, Holland-based Wayne Legerton also helped himself to two goals in Petrotrin’s 3-1 defeat of his former club, Paragon. Legerton found the target in the tenth and 11th minute while Atiba Whittington chippedin witha 22nd minute field goal to cancel out Cogie Butler’s 31st minute goal. Defending champion, Defence Force is the other team in the men’s tournament.

Thompson silences Dames

Kristin Thompson and her Paragon team-mates made it a miserable opening day for Notre Dame as they came away with a 7-3 triumph in their Women’s Open Division curtain raiser. Thompson, who was voted as the T&T Hockey Board’s 2011 “Sportswoman of the Year” recently banged in he goals in the 13th, 115th, and 38th minutes. Zene Henry added two for Paragon in the 12th and 18th minutes while Kristin’s older sister, Danielle Thompson (ninth) and Alana Lewis (25th), the 2010 T&THB top player chipped in with one each. For the Dames, Kayla Brathwaite (19th), Blair Wynne (32nd) and Arielle du Quesnay (39th) got  one each. Ventures Green and VenturesWhite played to a 4-4  deadlock in the first women’s match. Canadian-based Goan Overseas Association (GOA), who won the women’s competition last year, are not defending their title. GOA, who have won the title on two occasions, cancelled their trip following the announcement of the State of Emergency in August. Both Open competitions carry a first prize of US$1,000 as well as a trophy. The runners-up get US$500 and third,  US$200. In the Veterans Divison, title-holde Defence Force held off a spirited challenge from Corona Fatima 6-5. For this year’s tournamet host club Ventures, in collaboration with Defence Force, are paying tribute to former national player Sgt George Sheldon Froix. Froix, an ardent hockey player, was shot and killed during a crossfire at a bar in Valencia on Christmas Eve. He was a member of the men’s Open and Veteran’s team which sucessfully competed at the Ventures tournament last year. He was also a member of the team which lost to Ontario United in the men’s final of the tournament in 2010. There will also be prizes for the Most Valuable Player, the Best Goalkeeper and the player scoring the most goals in each division, Open Men, Open  Women and Veterans.

Thursday’s Results

Men Open

Queen’s Park 5 (Jerry Bell 7th, 24th,Kadeem Fortune 9th, 29th, Stefan Mouttet 22nd) vs Notre Dame 2 (Aidan De Gannes 11th, Isaac Marecheau 30th)

Petrotrin 3 (Wayne Legeron 10th, 11th, Atiba Whittington  22nd) vs Paragon 1 (Cogie Butler 31st)

Women Open
Ventures Green 4 (Kristin AAAAbreu 115th, 30th, Emerald Piper 11th, Ornella Schneider 40th) vs Ventures White 4 (Yesenia Luces 9th, Tamia Roach 20th, 29th, Pauline Joseph 25th).

Paragon 7 (Kristin Thompson 13th, 15th, 38th, Zene Henry 12th, 18th, Danielle Thompson 9th, Alana Lewis 25th) vs Notre Dame 3 (Kayla Brathwaite 19th, Blair Wynne 32nd, Arielle du Quesnay 39th).

Defence Force 6 (P. Dijholte 3rd, 11th, Kirt Davis 26th, 29th, Gerard Ferguson 6th, Anton Reyes 19th) vs Fatima 5 (Selwyn King 22nd, 224th, 31st, 38th, Derek Le 39th)

The Trinidad Guardian

Huge weekend in Maxifuel Super Sixes Championships

It’s a huge weekend as the Maxifuel Super Sixes Championships returns and for the teams in the Premier Divisions there’s no hiding place with semi final places up for grabs and the threat of relegation looming at the bottom.

In the Men’s Maxifuel Super Sixes Premier Division defending Champions East Grinstead lead the way and they must be favourites for a semi final berth at Wembley Arena following the return of Great Britain stars Ashley Jackson, Barry Middleton, Glenn Kirkham and Mark Pearn.  The quartet bolsters an already impressive side that won three of its opening four matches.  Canterbury, Bowdon and Surbiton are currently in the box seats for a semi final place as they occupy positions two to four.  None of those three sides made it to last season’s semi finals.  Beeston, who made it all the way to the final last season before losing to East Grinstead, lead the charge to enter the top four.  Keep an eye on the Bees, whose weekend fixtures include matches against the bottom two – Sevenoaks and Harleston Magpies – and two of the top four; Canterbury and Surbiton.

Old Loughtonians and Reading were beaten semi finalists in front of 4500 fans at Wembley Arena last January and both will have ambitions to reach the Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals once again but need some excellent results in Loughborough this weekend.  Old Loughtonians welcome back Great Britain international teenager Harry Martin, who missed December’s first round while on international duty, while Reading have received a boost with Richard and Simon Mantell and Iain Mackay also back from Great Britain duty.  With just one win from their opening four games, Reading will need to keep one eye on Sevenoaks behind them.  The Kent side has the same number of points but sits just the wrong side of the relegation line on goal difference.  Sevenoaks and Harleston Magpies are both new to the division this season but will need to pick up points this weekend if they are to avoid a return to Maxifuel Super Sixes Division One for 2012-2013.

In the Women’s Maxifuel Super Sixes Premier Division at UWE in Bristol, defending champions Bowdon Hightown lead the charge for a semi final berth having won all four of their matches on the opening weekend in January.  This year’s women’s semi finals take place at Loughborough University next Saturday (14th January) and tickets are now on sale from the England Hockey Store.  The Cheshire side has Tina Cullen and Michelle Liptrot to thank for their lofty position with the pair contributing 14 of the team’s 18 goals so far.

Another indoor specialist, Slough, sits second with Sutton Coldfield third at the midway point.  Sutton Coldfield’s position owes much to an impressive victory over last season’s runners-up Reading, who face an uphill battle to make the semi finals with just one win from their opening four matches.  Canterbury lie fourth, inside the top four ahead of Leicester on goal difference after the pair drew a ten goal thriller in December.  Canterbury still have to play undefeated Bowdon Hightown this weekend while Leicester face two of the four teams above them, Slough and Sutton Coldfield, as well as the bottom two, Trojans and Harleston Magpies.

The Reading women find themselves in seventh going into the final weekend, four points off a semi final spot.  Last season the Berkshire side snuck into the semi finals on goal difference before going on to lose out on penalties in the showpiece final at Wembley Arena.  Reading faced a number of the top teams in December and three of their games this weekend are against the sides nearest them in the table; sixth placed Clifton, eighth placed Trojans and ninth placed Harleston Magpies.  Clifton’s task is a little more daunting but they sit in a similar position to Reading with matches against Sutton Coldfield and Canterbury as well the bottom two.  If Trojans and Harleston Magpies can pull of results against Reading and Clifton then they will give themselves a chance of avoiding the drop back down to Maxifuel Super Sixes Division One.

England Hockey Board Media release

Rupinderpal, Yuvraj injured

Sports Reporter

Injuries have ruled Rupinderpal Singh and Yuvraj Walmiki out of the Indian hockey camp that begins in New Delhi on Saturday, with the pair instead undergoing rehabilitation at the Sports Authority of India here in Bangalore.

Rupinderpal has a hairline fracture in the right femur bone, it was revealed, while Yuvraj is suffering from a hip injury. The two players were diagnosed last month and will not join the camp for at least a fortnight.

The Indian team is scheduled to play a five-Test series against South Africa in New Delhi, beginning on January 16, but Rupinderpal and Yuvraj are expected to be available to play only the final two of those.

“Their injuries are a bit of a concern for the Indian team,” team doctor Lt. Col. B.K. Nayak said. “They haven't practised with the squad and will not be able to do so for another fortnight.

“Rupinder and Yuvraj were advised six and four weeks rest respectively. However, they have been cleared to play in mid-January and I am confident they will recover in time. So far, they have been responding well to the rehabilitation programmes and we are continuously monitoring their progress.”

The Hindu

Injury worries for Indian team

The Bangalore phase of the national hockey preparatory camp for the Olympic Qualifiers came to a conclusion here on Friday with injuries to two key players -- Rupinderpal Singh and Yuvraj Walmiki -- causing concern ahead of the crucial tournament.

While the strapping defender Rupinder has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture of the right femur bone, wily forward Walmiki is nursing a hip injury.

Both the young players, who have been impressive in the last one year and are vital to India’s chances in the February 18-26 Olympic Qualifiers, were diagnosed with injuries in mid-December and have been under rehabilitation ever since.

“Their injuries are a bit of concern for the Indian team,” said team doctor Lt Col BK Nayak at the SAI campus. “They haven’t practised with the squad and will not be able to do so for another fortnight. Rupinder and Yuvraj were advised six and four weeks rest respectively. However, they have been cleared to play in mid-January and I am confident they should recover in time.

“So far, they have been responding well to the rehabilitation programmes and we are continuously monitoring their progress. India are scheduled to host South Africa in a five-match Test series and they should be able to play the last two.”

Meanwhile, the 40-odd probables were scheduled to leave for New Delhi on Saturday morning with the camp slated to start the next day in the national capital. Seven players from the current camp have been dropped while four have been recalled as preparations hit the final straight. Experienced midfielders VS Vinaya and Vikas Pillay and Kothajit Singh and Pradeep Mor will join camp in the national capital.

Kamaldeep Singh, Harpreet Singh, Gurbagh Singh, Jasjeet Singh, Prabhdeep Singh, Satvir Singh and Gurmail Singh are the players who have been dropped from the camp.

Coach Michael Nobbs and exercise physiologist David John, who flew home to Australia on December 23 for Christmas break, are expected to return on Saturday.

South Africa will arrive in New Delhi on January 16 for the five-match ‘test’ series which will serve as selection trials to finalise the squad for the Olympic Qualifiers.

The Times of India

Hardeep Grewal, the lucky charm of hockey team

Naveen Kalia

NEW PREM NAGAR: He played as central half for Indian hockey team in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, apart from many other major international hockey tournaments in which Indian team performed well. In other words, olympian Hardeep Singh Grewal had been the lucky charm of the team when he played hockey for India from year 1983 to 1990.

At the age of 50, Grewal still plays hockey on weekends at hockey ground in Punjab Agricultural University. He also visits Guru Nanak Dev Stadium for motivating budding players in their respective games. Grewal feels proud that he was part of the Indian team in Olympics that gave him great exposure and memorable moments of his life. He said they played under the captaincy of renowned Indian captain Zafar Iqbal and their team was 5th in the competition.

Olympian Hardeep Singh Grewal said the decade of 80s was very memorable for him, as after his participation in the Olympics in 1986, he played the World Hockey Cup in London, England, and Asian Hockey Cup in Seoul, North Korea, under the captaincy of Mohammad Shahid.

Resident of New Prem Nagar, Grewal said he played champions trophy for India twice, once in Perth, Australia, in 1985 and for the second time in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1986. Then came the wow moment when he played World Hockey Cup at Lahore in Pakistan in 1990. Grewal was fascinated by hockey ever since he was a child and started playing hockey at the age of 14 under the supervision of coach, Baldev Singh.

He was a student of Arya College, Ludhiana, and part of college team and participated in many inter-college and university-level competitions. He said he used to take fitness guidelines from Teja Singh Dhaliwal. Grewal lamented that hockey is losing sheen and the scenario has totally changed in Ludhiana, as the city does not has proper infrastructure for the game. He said when he was student, various schools and colleges had their own hockey teams but now there are very few institutions where this game is practiced. He said he used to play hockey on PAU Astroturf but now that the stadium is under renovation, he wants the work to end soon.

The Times of India

Record number of teams for 2012 season

A total of 25 teams confirmed their participation in the 2012 MHC-MILO-NSC Junior Hockey League when entries closed today for the tournament that will kick start on January 19.

This is a record as last year 24 teams participated in the tournament. The increase was expected as this year Sukma will be held and most teams will benefit from financing by their state governments.

From the 25 teams that entered, nine teams from Division One last season are participating again. They are: UniKL, SSTMI-Thunderbolt, BJSS, BJSS Juniors, SSTMI, MBPJ, MSP-Yayasan Pahang, Anderson and PHK-MSS Kelantan. The other team MBI Juniors has since merged with Anderson and will be known as MBI-Anderson.

Teams making  a return into the Division Two are: SMK Padang Midin, Politeknik KPT, MHS-MSSNM-MSN Melaka, MWSSWP-KLSS, Olak-PKT, SMK Dato Taha, MPBP-PHJ-MSSJ,. Those not entering this season are SSBP-WHPC, SMK Dato Sheikh Ahmad, MSS Perlis.

Among the debutants or making a return after sitting out a season are Tunas Pahang, Nur Insafi, MSSPP-USM Juniors, Anderson Juniors Sapura, KHA-MSNK and KHA Juniors.

The MHF Competitions Committee is now deliberating on the composition of the two Divisions as they will be promoting TBSS who were Division Two champs overall and MSSPP-USM Penang into Division One while determining if PHK-MSS Kelanatan retain their spot in Division One or are demoted as they finished last in Division One last season.

The pools for the two groups of Division Two will also be determined soon.


More teams taking part in MJHL


KUALA LUMPUR: A record 25 teams will take part in the Malaysia Junior Hockey League (MJHL) this year.

This is one more than last year as four new teams have entered the fray while three have pulled out. The newcomers are Sapura, Tunas Pahang, Kedah HA Juniors and KHA-MSN Kedah, who along with Nur Insafi, who are making a return to the MJHL, will play in Division Two.

Division One will have 10 teams, eight of them from last season. They are joined by Division Two champions SMK Tunku Besar of Tampin and runners-up MSS Penang-USM.

Ipoh City Council and MSS Kelantan were supposed to be demoted but only the latter took the drop. The Ipoh team have merged with Anderson and will remain in Division One.

The 15 teams in Division Two will be divided into two pools like last year. There will be seven teams in one group and eight in the other. The top two teams will advance to the crossover semi-finals.

The top six teams from Division One and the top two from Division Two will qualify for the knockout competition for the overall title.

The MJHL will start on Jan 19 and the target date for completion is March 25.

The league technical committee has decided that the top four teams will be seeded unlike the past where the quarter-final line-up is known in advance. The matchups will be decided through a draw.

Technical committee chairman Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohamed Ariff said they were happy with the turnout as the MJHL is an important development stage for the clubs.

“We will stay with the format used last year. The 10 teams in Division One will play a one round league while there will be two groups in the lower division. Eight teams will make the quarterfinals and it will be a home-and-away tie unlike last year where it was just a one off match,” he said.

This year’s MJHL will also see an increase of over 80% in prize money to RM145.500.

The only rule change is the introduction of the penalty shootout to replace the penalty flicks during the knockout stage in the event a match ends in a draw.

Division One

1. Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) - League champions
2. SSTMI-Thunderbolt (Overall champions)
3. Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS)
4. MBI-Anderson
5. Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)
6. MSP-Yaysan Pahang
7. SSTMI (Formerly Bandar Penawar Juniors)
8. BJSS Juniors
9. SMK Tunku Besar Tampin (Division Two Champions, promoted)
10. MSS Penang-USM (promoted)

Division Two

1. PHK-MSS Kelantan (demoted)
2. Old La Sallians Association of Klang (Olak)
4. Malacca High School
5. Polimas Kedah
6. Nur Insafi
7. Sapura (new)
8. Anderson Juniors
9. MSSPG-USM juniors
10. SMK Datuk Taha
11. SMK Padang Midin
12. Batu Pahat/MSN Johor
13. Tunas Pahang (new)
14. Kedah HA Juniors (new)
15. KHA-MSN Kedah (new)

Teams from last year not taking part

MSS Perlis
SMK Sheikh Ahmad Perlis
Matri Perlis (suspended)

The Star of Malaysia

EHB Board Member, Nick Chilton, has passed away.

Nick Chilton

It is with great sadness that we report that Nick Chilton, EHB Board member, passed away on Thursday 5th January in Guildford Hospital.

In addition to his role as Non Executive Director on the England Hockey Board, Nick was also a key member of the Southern Counties and Hampshire Hockey Association’s Management Board and part of the leadership team of the successful Haslemere Hockey Club.

A committed and enthusiastic hockey administrator, Nick’s larger than life personality and wise counsel will be missed by all in the hockey family who knew him and worked with him.

Our thoughts are with Nick’s family and friends at this sad time.

Funeral details will be posted when known.

England Hockey Board Media release