News for 17 January 2012

All the news for Tuesday 17 Jamuary 2012


Women huff and puffs for 2-1; men majestic 4-0

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Indian men and women posted contrasting victories today at the historic Major Dhyan Chand National stadium.

Asunta Lakra's girls huffed and puffed before emerging victors against Azerbaijan (2-1). Yesterday, they won the first match 3-0.

Little later in the day, Indian men romped home a fluent 4-0 victory over South Africa.

Shivender Singh scored first and then Indian posted two more goals to change the side with a one-sided 3-0.

In the second half, where the Africans showed more vigour and vitality, Indian added one more.

Debutant SK Uthappa scored the only goal of the second half.

Earlier, Ritu Rani set the course for the hosts early in the proceedings (18th min), but within five minutes India conceded a goal too. Gyeonga Kim was the scorer. After the change over of sides the issue of winner was decided with a goal from Saba Anjum (41st min).

Men's scorers

15th Min: Shivender Singh FG
24th Min: Birendra Lakra
28th Min: Sardar Singh
29th Min: SK Utthappa

Stick2Hockey.com



India thrashes South Africa

Y. B. Sarangi


India thrashed South Africa 4-0 with an energetic performance to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match hockey Test series at the National Stadium here on Monday.

The host gave a good account of its improved fitness by playing a fast and entertaining first half, in which Shivendra Singh (15th), Birendra Lakra (24th) and Sardar Singh (28th) shot home to give India a 3-0 lead at half-time. S.K. Uthappa (53rd) completed the tally in the second half.

S.V. Sunil, Tushar Khandker and K. Chinglesana Singh constantly troubled the South African defenders. Shivendra hit the target off a Manpreet Singh pass to put India ahead. The host increased the lead through Lakra, who tapped in a precise cross from Chinglesana on the left. Sardar, who occasionally moved up from his mid-field position to bring an element of surprise, scored a rare goal. Sunil, who sparkled with his fiery raids, was the architect of the third strike. From the right, he launched a quick shot into the circle and in no time Khandker deflected it to an unmarked Sardar to complete the formalities. The home team lost its coordination a little bit after the change of ends and struggled to finish off moves. However, Uthappa scored off a fine V.S. Vinaya cross from outside the circle to record the lone success of the second half.

The defence had some testing times, but goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh made some fabulous saves to deny the South Africans any goal.

India's chief coach Michael Nobbs praised Sunil and youngsters — defender Harbir Singh and Uthappa — for their showing.

“We made a lot of mistakes in the second half. We could have scored six or seven more goals,” Nobbs summed up the team's performance.

The result: India 4 (Shivendra Singh, Birendra Lakra, Sardar Singh, S.K. Uthappa) bt South Africa 0.

The Hindu



Scrappy India beat South Africa 4-0

Biswajyoti Brahma


NEW DELHI: The scoreline was flattering, the performance was not.

Playing an all-out attacking game, India blanked an out-of-sorts South Africa 4-0 in the first hockey Test at the National Stadium on Monday.

India were unfortunate not to have scored a few more and also lucky not to have conceded any. If the scoreline suggests a one-sided affair, it was more due to the rusty display by the South Africans.

South Africa, who had given a tough time to India during the Champions Challenge tournament two months back at home, came here with very little practice which was evident from the way they played.

India sealed the contest the in the first half itself with three field goals through Shivendra Singh (18th mt), Birendra Lakra (24th) and captain Sardar Singh (28th). Debutant SK Uthappa rounded off the tally with another field goal in the 53rd minute.

The hosts started on a positive note creating several opportunities in the first 15 minutes of the match. In fact, some of the moves should have ended in goals. They continued to make more inroads into the rival defence, but missed out on inflating the scoreline due to poor finishing. In the second half, their performance dipped as they made more and more mistakes. "It was a match where both the teams made silly mistakes," coach Michael Nobbs admitted after the match.

Despite the ordinary show, India can take heart from the way SV Sunil and Tushar Khandker performed in tandem, the form of Sardar Singh, the performance of some young players including debutant Uthappa and defender Harbir Singh and goalie PR Sreejesh. "Sunil is a class act, but he has to be more thorough," said the coach suggesting that there was scope of improvement.

The Times of India



India blank South Africa 4-0 in first Test

NEW DELHI: India kicked off their preparations for next month's Olympic qualifiers in style thrashing South Africa 4-0 in the first hockey Test on Monday.

The Indians scored three goals in the first half through Shivendra Singh (15th minute), Birendra Lakra (24th), Sardara Singh (28th), while the last one came from the stick of debutant SK Uthappa (53rd) after the change of ends.

With the Olympic qualifiers just a month away, India's chief coach Michael Nobbs utilized the match to test his combination and bench strength and fielded two debutants - Harbir Singh and Uthappa - in the starting line-up.

Nobbs also did not field his first choice goalkeeper and regular skipper Bharat Chettri and instead played PR Sreejesh in first Test of the five-match series at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

From the onset, it seemed that the instructions were quite clear from Nobbs as the Indians went for all out attacking.

Nobbs' strategy paid rich dividends in the first half as the home team created more chances than their opponents and managed to breach South Africa's defence on three occasions.

The heartening fact was that all the conversions were field goals. South Africa too created a few opportunities in the first 35 minutes but their forward line lacked intent and purpose.

India, on the other hand, played fast hockey and utilised both the flanks to build their attacks.

The Indians pressed hard from the beginning and got their first scoring chance as early as in the fourth minute but for Chingelsana Singh, who shot wide from a close range.

India also earned two penalty corners in the first half but squandered both. While V Raghunath, who failed to stop Sarvanjit Singh's push, was the offender on the first occasion, it took a brilliant save from South Africa goalkeeper Erasmns Pieterse to deny Sandeep Singh in the next.

But it did not take long for India to break the deadlock when Shivendra Singh slammed the ball on to the top right of South Africa's goal in the 15th minute after receiving a pass from Manpreet Singh, whose clever interception set the scoring chance for the home team.

Birendra Lakra then doubled the scoreline for India in the 24th minute after he was beautifully set up by a one-two from Chingelsana and S V Sunil from the left flank.

The Indians made it 3-0 -minutes four minutes later when captain Sardar Singh slotted home the ball after he was set up by S V Sunil's solo run from the right.

If India went full throttle in the first half, they lacked intensity after the breather which was quite evidently visible from the eventual scoreline.

The South Africans, on the other hand, came out with purpose in the second period and created quite a few scoring chances but once again poor finishing let them down.

The Indians, however, managed to find the back of the South Africa net once in the second half, thanks to a brilliant stick work by debutant Uthappa in the 53rd minute.

Credit should also go to India's goalkeeper Sreejesh, who played a key role in keeping a clean slate for the hosts.

South Africa earned two penalty corners in a span of four minutes in the concluding stages of the second half, but on both the occasions, a brilliant Sreejesh came to his side's rescue.

India coach Nobbs was happy with the result of the match but said the performance of his wards dropped as the match progressed.

"We had a good first half. We created plenty of chances and scored three goals but both we were sloppy as the game went on.

"We could have scored more goals but in the end the match practice was really important for us," he said in the post-match press conference.

He was full of praise for young full back Harbir Singh and Uthappa, who made their debuts today.

"Harbir played a solid game. Uthappa too was impressive. But we will keep on changing our team combination because we want to give everyone the opportunity to show their talent," Nobbs insisted.

Meanwhile, South Africa coach Gregg Clark has blamed lack of practice responsible for his side's poor performance today, but warned India of a tough challenge in the remaining four matches.

"We haven't played a lot of hockey since the Champions Challenge I tournament (last year). We had very few training sessions which was evident in our game today.

"We made sloppy errors and gave India soft balls. We were rusty today but we are going to make them work hard (in the remaining matches)," Clarke said.

"We created chances but we lacked in finishing, otherwise the match could have been lot closer."

The second Test between the two sides will be played at the same venue on Tuesday.

The Times of India



India start in style

Uthra G Chaturvedi


When stand-in captain Sardar Singh tapped in India’s third goal in the 28th minute, it was the first against his name in almost four years. But more than anything else, it only proved why the hardworking 25-year-old remains the heart of this Indian hockey team that seeks a ticket for the London Olympics.

On Monday, India beat South Africa 4-0 in the first of their five-match series and though the rustiness was evident in both teams, the Indians seem to be finally coming to terms with the all-out attacking game that coach Michael Nobbs has been advocating since taking charge last year. Sardar, making himself available near the left post to finish the move that SV Sunil started on the right flank, was only an affirmation of the same philosophy.

Nobbs said after the match that the scoreline does not indicate the full story, and he was right. The number of clear chances that India squandered outnumbered the ones that counted two to one. With two debutants earning their India caps in the match — full-back Harbir Singh and striker SK Uthappa — the Indians stepped on the gas straight away and the first chance came in the 4th minute when Chinglensana, playing only his second international tournament, shot out from close range.

Thereafter, it was all about India, who would have been completely outplayed had the field of play been all about physical strength. That Nobbs and trainer David John have been insisting on the Indians having to beef up is old news; but their first international competition at home since Nobbs took over only highlighted how much is yet to be done on that front. On the other hand, the fitness of the team has definitely gone up, not withstanding the absence of several key members from this series due to injuries, and since skills were an equally important part of the game, the Indians came out tops.

Shivendra Singh seems to have recovered his hunger for goals, He opened the scoring in the 15th minute, finding himself in front of an open goal. Nine minutes later, Chinglensana combined with Uthappa before passing to Birendra Lakra on the right, who made no mistake in calmly slotting the ball in. Sardar then made it 3-0 at the break, with a little help from Shivendra. In between, he was the omnipresent figure all across the field, creating moves and finding openings that appeared to be present only for him.

On their part, the South Africans did manage to get almost everything right on counterattacks, except scoring. Every time Julian Hykes or Lloyd Norris-Jones entered the Indian circle, they appeared dangerous, only to shoot wide or be thwarted by an impressive PR Sreejesh under the bar. “We took a lot of shots from the wrong angles today and failed to covert,” coach Gregg Clark admitted after the match.

Towards the end of the match, Uthappa scored his first international goal. Getting the ball from VS Vinaya — himself making a return to the national team after more than two years — he dodged past a couple of defenders to enter the striking circle to power a shot through a host of defenders.

However, concerns remain. Despite the goals scored and chances created upfront, India failed to convert any of their penalty corners and that, Nobbs admitted, needed working. However, given the opposition India may face in the Olympic qualifiers in exactly a month, four more games at this level would only be a good thing.

Women labour to second win

The Indian women’s team, meanwhile, continued its profligate ways, wasting seven penalty corners against a resurgent Azerbaijan in their second game before managing a 2-1 victory. Ritu Rani opened the scoring in the 18 th minute before Gyeonga Kim leveled five minutes later. Saba Anjum scored the winner post break but coach CR Kumar remains concerned. “Azerbaijan play fast and an European style of hockey, and this series will give us good practice for the qualifiers,” Kumar said.

Indian Express



India men thump South Africa, Nobbs stays unimpressed

Navneet Singh


On a cold Monday evening, the India men's hockey team started the five-match series against South Africa on a scorching note, scoring an emphatic 4-0 win at the National Stadium.

But the result was irrelevant to national chief coach Michael Nobbs. The players, according to him, made mistakes, and some of them were silly.

Shivendra Singh opened the scoring in the 21st minute, followed by Birendra Lakra in the 26th minute. Defender Sardar Singh slotted home the third goal in the 28th minute. The last goal came in the 53rd minute through SK Uthappa.

Nobbs made a note of the "lack of sustained effort" in the second session. "Penetration was poor inside the circle, we need to improve that," said the Australian on the missed chances in the last 30 minutes.

The visitors were left ruing the missed chances. "We gave some soft balls to India," said coach Gregg Clark. "Had we not missed them (chances), the result would have been close," he added.

Improved show


After losing the opening contest 0-3 on Sunday, Azerbaijan gave a better display on Monday. After trailing by a goal, the visitors not only came back strongly, but also exposed chinks in the Indian defence. The shortcomings would worry the team management, which has the tough task of guiding the team through the qualifying rounds before hoping for a ticket to the London Olympics.

It was apparent that the India girls need to work on penalty corner conversion and fitness. They missed four penalty corners and had Saba Anjum not converted the fifth in the 41st minute, which gave India a 2-1 winning lead, the score-line would have remained 1-1.

Coach, CR Kumar, admitted to the deficiencies, but said the focus was to peak in the Olympic qualifier next month.

Hindustan Times



Nobbs happy with India's 4-0 win over South Africa

NEW DELHI: Eight-time Olympic champions India warmed up for next month's Olympic qualifiers with a clinical 4-0 win over South Africa in the first of the five-match Test series at the Major Dhyanchand National Stadium on Monday.

India were in the attacking mode right from the start and led 3-0 at the break with strikes from Shivendra Singh (15th minute), Birendra Lakra (24th) and Sardara Singh (28th). SK Uthappa struck on debut to complete the scoreline in the 53rd minute.

India coach Michael Nobbs was pleased with the performance of two debutants, Uthappa and Harbir Singh.

The Australian also rested India captain and first choice goalkeeper Bharat Chettri for the match as P Sreejesh took his place under the bar. Sreejesh had a good day stopping the two penalty corners that came South Africa's way in the second half.

Nobbs' new combination paid rich dividends and the Australian said there would be more changes in the second game here Tuesday. Nobbs will be trying out all the 44 probables during the five-match series.

Nobbs, though was happy with the result, said the scoreline was not important.

"We had a good first half. We created plenty of chances and scored three goals but we were sloppy as the game went on. For me the scoreline is not important in this series. We could have scored more goals but in the end the match practice was really important for us," he said.

Nobbs was all praise for Harbir Singh and Uthappa.

"Harbir played a solid game. Uthappa too was impressive. But we will keep on changing our team combination because we want to give everyone the opportunity to show their talent," Nobbs said.

Earlier in the day, the women's team won 2-1 for their second successive win over Azerbaijan in the second of the four Tests.

Ritu Rani gave India the lead in the 18th minute and five minutes later Gyeonga Kim fired the equaliser and both the team went into break locked at 1-1.

A deflection off India captain Ashunta Lakra was cleverly nudged by Saba Anjum for the winner in the 40th minute.

The Times of India



Second win for Indian women

Principal Correspondent


India managed only a 2-1 win against Azerbaijan despite adopting a more attacking approach in the second of the four-match women's hockey Test series at the National Stadium here on Monday.

Ritu Rani (18th) and Saba Anjum (41st) found the target for the home side, while Gyeonga Kim (23rd) led the fight for the visiting team.

Injuries to some players forced coach C.R. Kumar to alter his plan and introduce a few changes in the team for today's match. Younger legs made a marked difference as the midfield and the forward-line showed good combination to make umpteen raids on the rival citadel. Asunta Lakra and Kirandeep initiated the moves while Poonam Rani, Ritu Rani and Vandana Agarwal made the invasions.

First blood

India drew first blood after a series of fine moves from the left as Ritu scored from a scramble.

The visitors drew level five minutes later when Taejeong Han took the ball on the left to pass it to Kim for a well-timed deflection.

The host found it difficult to get the winner as Azerbaijan packed its defence and closed the gaps. Besides, some indecision in taking shots inside the circle was also responsible for the narrow margin of victory.

The absence of corner specialist Jaspreet, who missed the second half due to an injury, also contributed to India's poor showing in penalty corner conversion. The host wasted as many as seven short corners.

However, it was a well-planned penalty corner which broke the deadlock. Asunta launched a slapshot and Saba cleverly deflected it to the top of the net six minutes after the break.

Meanwhile, one of the prominent strikers, Rani Rampal, fractured a finger and missed a major part of the match.

The result: India 2 (Ritu Rani, Saba Anjum) bt Azerbaijan 1 (Gyeonga Kim).

The Hindu



India women beat Azerbaijan 2-1 to go 2-0 up in Test series

NEW DELHI: Indian women eked out a 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan in the second Test match to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Monday.

The hosts, ranked 13th in the world, played a fast paced game and repeatedly attacked the opponent citadel from the left flank in the first half. They scored through Ritu Rani (18th minute) and Saba Anjum (41th).

The 15th ranked Azerbaijan side tried to match up with their Indian counterpart, played better than Sunday and created lots of chances, but could manage only one goal through Gyeonga Kim (23rd).

After losing 0-3 in the first Test, Azerbaijan started off with an aggressive approach but it was India who drew the first blood at the 18th minute through a field goal by Ritu.

The visitors were quick to bring up the equaliser within a space of five minutes with Gyeonga Kim finding the goal post after being set up by Taejeong Han as both the teams went into the lemon break locked at 1-1.

The Indians were sharp and agile in the field and earned as many as eight penalty corners with two being in the first half but they lacked penetration.

In the 41st minute, India earned their sixth penalty corner and skipper Asunta Lakra took the strike with Saba Anjum deflecting it inside the post to give the home team a 2-1 lead.

In comparison to India, Azerbaijan could manage just one penalty corner in the 54th minute but squandered. India could have had more goals to their name but their performance suffered after Jaspreet Kaur hurt his back during warm-up and didn't play in the second half of the match.

The third Test between the two sides will be played on Wednesday.

India women's hockey coach CR Kumar said his girls were more agile and played better hockey but admitted penetration was a problem.

"We had good receiving skills and I am happy with the agility and pace of the game but penetration is a problem. We fared poorly in converting the penalty corners," Kumar said.

"We couldn't play the same team as many couldn't recover from injuries and we replaced them with others today.

"Also Jaspreet had a low back pain after she fell down during the warm-up, it also affected our performance as she didn't play the second half. But it's okay because our priority is the Olympic qualifiers," he added.

Kumar also praised Azerbaijan for playing better hockey on Monday.

"They played better hockey today. They have a very European style of play, there goalkeeper was very good and their defense was also good. They crowded the goal mouth, so penetration became difficult and we had to try out new ways," he added.

The Times of India



Ritu, Saba shine as India beat Azerbaijan 2-1


NEW DELHI: Ritu Rani and Saba Anjum, who watched the team play from the visitor's gallery on Sunday, got into the thick of action on Monday and led India to a 2-1 win over a strong-looking Azerbaijan in the second tie of the four-test series at the Major Dhyan Chand National stadium.

Even as injury niggles decided to stick to the Indian camp, the players upped the pace to earn a deserving win. "The girls played better today -- first touch and receiving was not a problem but penetration remained a concern area," coach C R Kumar said.

"We changed a few players due to injuries. Currently, we are at 60-70 percent of the desired fitness level, and the plan is to peak during the qualifiers," the coach added.

Jaspreet Kaur and Rani were two new additions to the already long list of injured players. Jaspreet picked up an injury when she collided with goalkeeper Savitha during a warm-up session and did not play in the second half while Rani got hurt when an opponent's stick hit her left hand. "Rani is on her way to the hospital and we are suspecting a fracture," Kumar said

Indian earned as many as eight penalty corners. "They (Azerbaijan) play European style of hockey. The video analysis showed that the mouth of the goal post was cluttered and our players could not spot the deflections," Kumar said praising the defence of the visitors. India now lead the series 2-0.

The Times of India



Delhi Test Series on Television

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There is a good news. The ongoing international test series for Korbonn mobile Cup will be telecast Live from Wednesday

National telecaster Doordarsan Sport channel will show deferred live of both Indian men and women matches played today at MDC national stadium.

Timings

Tonight (16th Jan) 9-30: Women
Tonight (16th Jan): 11.30: Men

The Live Telecast starts from tomorrow (Tuesday) for Men at 17 hrs.

When the series resume on Wednesday -- tomorrow is rest day for women -- all the matches will be telecast Live by Doordarsan.

Telecast Timings

Men

17 January 2012 - 2nd Test Match at 1700 hrs
18 January 2012 - 3rd Test Match at 1700hrs
20 January 2012 - 4th Test Match at 1700hrs
22 January 2012 - 5th Test Match at 1430hrs

Women
18 January 2012 - 3rd Test Match at 1500hrs
19 January 2012 - 4th Test Match at 1500hrs

With a title sponsor and the Live on board, things seem to fall in line for Hockey India, though a bit late in the day.

Stick2Hockey.com



Hockeyroos defeat USA in Game 2

The Hockeyroos attained a 1-0 victory in Game two of their four match series against the USA in San Diego on Sunday.

In what was Kobie McGurk's 150th cap for her country, the Hockeyroos dominated proceedings in the first half achieving 15 circle penetrations and 9 shots on goal. Only outstanding goalkeeping by the USA keeper halted the Hockeyroos from a comprehensive half time lead.

With scores level at half time, the Hockeyroos came out in the second half and lifted another gear, continuing to penetrate the USA circle and have shots on goal. The pressure became too much for the USA with the Hockeyroos securing a breakthrough in the 40th minute through Victorian striker Georgia Nanscawen. Nanscawen pounced on a defensive error by the USA defenders and took a shot to the corner of the goals, passing the USA goalkeeper.

Casey Eastham was again instrumental in the midfield, with 150th game player McGurk and Captain Madonna Blyth also staring in the second match. The Hockeyroos can seal the series win with a victory in the third match which begins tomorrow.

Hockeyroos 1 def USA 0 (Half time 0-0)

Hockey Australia media release



SA women’s hockey team need to step up a gear

There is no doubt that Investec South Africa women’s hockey team head coach Giles Bonnet will be looking for a marked improvement when the second of the five-Test  Investec International Series against Spain takes place at 7 pm Tuesday at Randburg Hockey Stadium.

World number 12 South Africa missed a hatful of chances against the Spaniards in the 1-1 draw on Sunday and their cause won’t be helped by the unavailability of debutant goalscorer Lauren Penny, who scored the equaliser four minutes from time.

Penny could not get leave from her job in England for Tuesday and Thursday’s second and third Tests, which both take place at 7 pm at Randburg, and flew back to London straight after her memorable debut match.

However, the England-based striker will be back for this Saturday and Sunday’s fourth and fifth Tests against world number 11 Spain, which both start at 2 pm at Randburg.

While Bonnet was pleased with Penny’s goal and the way she successfully negotiated her first Test match, he was not impressed with the overall performance of the team.

“There were too many turnovers, too many mistakes and you can’t expect to win matches on that basis,” said the Amsterdam-based Bonnet.

The 5 pm curtain-raiser sees a SA senior invitation side meet an SA junior invitation team at 5 pm. Tickets at the gate cost R20.

SA Hockey Association media release



Kerry Williams replaces Vikki Bunce in GB squad

Leicester’s Kerry Williams has been called up to the Great Britain women’s squad as a replacement for Dundee Wanderers’ Vikki Bunce for the forthcoming Cordoba Four Nations tournament in Argentina.

The 25 year old forward replaced Scotland international Bunce as the squad prepared to fly out to Argentina at the weekend with Bunce ruled out with a foot injury.  Williams, whose Leicester team has qualified for the Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals at Wembley Arena at the end of the month, takes Bunce’s place for the tournament featuring Argentina, Korea and New Zealand from 18-22 January.

Vikki Bunce was not an original member of Great Britain’s squad for the Champions Trophy, which follows the Cordoba Four Nations from 28 January to 5 February, and as such Great Britain’s Champions Trophy squad is unaffected.

Following the Champions Trophy, Great Britain’s women will have two major events in the UK to look forward to.  The first, the Olympic Test Event, takes place at the Olympic Park from 2-6 May 2012 and will feature Great Britain in action against other top sides yet to be announced.  After that, just seven weeks before the start of the Olympic Games, British hockey fans will have the chance to see the team in action at the Investec London Cup.  Running from 5-10 June 2012, the Investec London Cup will be held in Chiswick, West London, at the University of Westminster’s Quintin Hogg Memorial Park.  Further details about both events will be released in the coming months.

Cordoba Four Nations Fixtures
Date – UK Time – Local Time – Fixture

Wednesday 18 January 2012 – 22:30 – 19:30 – Great Britain v Korea
Wednesday 18 January 2012 – 01:00* – 22:00 – Argentina v New Zealand
Thursday 19 January 2012 – 22:30 – 19:30 – New Zealand v Korea
Thursday 19 January 2012 – 01:00* – 22:00 – Great Britain v Argentina
Saturday 21 January 2012 – 20:00 – 17:00 – New Zealand v Great Britain
Saturday 21 January 2012 – 22:30 – 19:30 – Argentina v Korea
Sunday 22 January 2012 – 20:00 – 17:00 – Bronze medal match
Sunday 22 January 2012 – 22:30 – 19:30 – Final
* = following day

FIH Champions Trophy – Great Britain fixtures, 28 January – 5 February 2012
Date – UK Time – Local Time – Pool

Saturday 28 January 2012 – 18:00 – 15:00 – Pool A – Great Britain v Japan
Sunday 29 January 2012 – 18:00 – 15:00 – Pool A – Great Britain v Netherlands
Tuesday 31 January 2012 – 18:00 – 15:00 – Pool A – China v Great Britain
Thursday 2 February 2012 – tbc – tbc – Quarter Final
Friday 3 February 2012 – tbc – tbc – possible 5th-8th playoff
Saturday 4 February 2012 – tbc – tbc – possible Semi Final
Sunday 5 February 2012 – tbc – tbc – classification/medal matches

Great Britain Women’s Squad for Cordoba Four Nations, 18-22 January 2012
Name (Club) Position [Home Nation] Great Britain Caps/Great Britain Goals - Home Nation Caps/Home Nation Goals - Age

Ashleigh Ball (Slough) Midfielder [England] 8/1 - 48/1 - 25
Laura Bartlett (Reading) Forward [Scotland] 26/4 - 57/#    23
Crista Cullen (Leicester) Defender [England] 58/15 - 92/24 - 26
Alex Danson (Reading) Forward [England] 39/15 - 123/29 - 26
Susie Gilbert (University of Birmingham) Midfielder [England] 25/2 - 40/5 - 22
Rebecca Herbert (Leicester) Forward [England] 21/3 - 67/8 - 25
Emily Maguire (Reading) Defender [Scotland] 11/0 - 71/# - 24
Dilly Newton (EuroCanterbury) Defender [England] 3/0 - 0/0 - 22
Anne Panter (Leicester) Defender [England] 36/1 - 51/3 - 27
Helen Richardson (Reading) Midfielder [England] 67/4 - 146/22 - 30
Natalie Seymour (EuroCanterbury) Defender [England] 11/0 - 51/0 - 25
Beth Storry (Reading) Goalkeeper [England] 23/0 - 71/0 - 33
Sarah Thomas (No Club) Forward [Wales] 44/5 - 69/# - 30
Laura Unsworth (Loughborough Students) Defender [England] 13/1 - 47/0 - 23
Abi Walker (EuroCanterbury) Goalkeeper [Scotland] 14/0 - 65/0 - 29
Kate Walsh (Reading) Defender [England] 89/8 - 184/31 - 31
Nicola White (Slough) Forward [England] 15/0 - 44/4 - 23
Kerry Williams (Leicester) Forward [England] 19/1 - 61/1 - 25

Great Britain Hockey media release



Revington Announces Squad for Alicante, Spain

Irish National Men's Coach Paul Revington, has today announced a squad of 24 who will travel to Alicante, Spain for warm weather training and three matches against the Dutch.

This camp and series of matches is just one part of an intense programme (which was announced last week) for Ireland as they continue to prepare for the FIH Olympic Qualifiers taking place in Dublin next March.

Ireland Squad, Alicanted, Spain
16th - 25th January


David Ames (Beeston)
Johnny Bell (Lisnagarvey)
Peter Blakeney (Three Rock Rovers)
Chris Cargo (Reading)
Peter Caruth (Annadale)
Tim Cockram (Lisnagarvey)
David Cole (Monkstown)
Mitch Darling (SCHC)
David Fitzgerald (Monkstown)
Paul Gleghorne (Instonians)
Ronan Gormley (Club de Campo)
Conor Harte (SCHC)
David Harte (SCHC)
Ian Hughes (Cookstown)
John Jackson (Braxgata)
John Jerymn (Cork C of I)
Stuart Loughrey (Loughborough Students)
Jason Lynch (Royal Racing Club Brussels)
Eugene Magee (Dragons)
Geoff McCabe (R.S. Tenis)
Andy McConnell (Hurley)
Shane O'Donoghue (UCD)
Gareth Watkins (Monkstown)
Michael Watt (R.S. Tenis)

Unavailable for selection:
Joe Brennan (injury)
Bruce McCandless (injury)
Ian Sloan (exams)
Iain Walker (injury)

Match Schedule
20/01/2012 Ireland v Netherlands 15.00 Alicante
22/01/2012 Ireland v Netherlands 15.00 Alicante
24/01/2012 Ireland v Netherlands TBC Alicante

Irish Hockey Association media release



Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals Line-up

The line-up is complete for hockey’s Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals, which take place at London’s Wembley Arena on Sunday 29 January.  Following Saturday’s semi finals, Reading and Leicester’s women’s teams have qualified for their final, joining the men’s teams of East Grinstead, Bowdon, Beeston and Reading at hockey’s showpiece indoor event.

Last season’s runners-up Reading beat their 2011 conquerors and defending Champions Bowdon Hightown 3-2 in Loughborough on Saturday evening and they will be joined in the women’s final by Leicester, the 2010 Champions, who won a thrilling match with Sutton Coldfield 7-3.

The Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals is hockey’s thrilling, skilful six-a-side indoor showpiece event where goals are guaranteed in action-packed, lightning-quick 20 minute halves.  It is hockey’s biggest domestic event this side of the 2012 Olympic Games and will see Great Britain’s Olympic hockey stars playing for their club sides to win the national title and the right to represent England in Europe’s premier club competition.

As well as the women's final, Wembley Arena will play host to the men's semi finals and the final, plus international player autograph signings and top family entertainment.

Maxifuel Super Sixes Fixtures

Men’s Semi Final 1: East Grinstead v Reading
Men’s Semi Final 2: Bowdon v Beeston
Women’s Final: Reading v Leicester
Men’s Final: Winner of Men’s Semi Final 1 v Winner of Men’s Semi Final 2

The winners of the Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals will go on to represent England in Europe next season. Having won last year’s men’s and women’s titles, East Grinstead will travel to Hamburg in February to compete in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Championships while Bowdon Hightown will travel to Prague for the EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy.

England Hockey Board Media release



Inverleith and Strathallan triumph in U18 Indoor Cup finals

INVERLEITH CLAIM THE TITLE

Inverleith were crowned  under 18 champions when they beat Hutchesons` Grammar School 7-2 in the final of the U18 Girls' Indoor Cup at Bells Sports Centre in Perth.

The heroine of the occasion was undoubtedly Sarah Jamieson who scored five goals, Eilidh Thomson and Emma McGregor got the others.

The Edinburgh side were also in fine scoring form in the semi-final by beating Granite City Wanderers 5-2, McGregor and Thomson both scored twice while Lynsay Cakette got the other, Emily Watson got both consolations for the Aberdonians.

Paige Denholm was the catalyst with two goals in Hutchesons` 3-1 win over Glasgow Academy in the other semi-final, Jennifer Eadie getting the other.  The Academy`s sole counter came from Gillian Hamilton.

Earlier in the day Inverleith topped pool A, but only by a single goal from Glasgow Academy.   The head to head ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw, Jamieson was again on form with a double while Elspeth Couper did the same for Glasgow.  The Edinburgh side went on to beat Kelso High School 7-2, McGregor scoring a hat-trick while Laura Page picked up a double.  Glasgow Academy also beat Kelso 4-1 with Alison Beattie getting two goals.

Hutchesons` won pool B after a 3-3 draw with Strathallan, followed by a narrow 2-1 win over Granite City Wanderers, Helena McKlevie and Paige Denholm getting the goals.   In the other match the Aberdonians scored a 3-1 victory over Strathallan, Morven Duff notching two goals.

In the other placing matches, Granite City Wanderers picked up bronze with a 4-3 win over Glasgow Academy while Strathallan finished fifth after seeing off Kelso 4-1.

STRATHALLAN SEAL VICTORY IN BOYS COMPETITION

A second half goal from Alistair Wood gave Strathallan a 2-1 victory over Watsonians in the final of the boys' U18 Indoor Scottish Cup at Bells Sports Centre in Perth.  Jack Burton gave Strathallan the lead in 15 minutes but Watsonians had quickly equalised through Danny Kane just before the interval.

Strathallan just shaded their semi-final 4-3 against VWS Dundee Wanderers, the scorers were Eric Wand, Tom Elder, Christian Goldkline and Wood again.  Stuart Nickerson scored the winner from the spot to give Watsonians a 4-3 win over Kelburne in a penalty shoot-out after the sides were deadlocked at 4-4 in normal time.  Kane got two for the Edinburgh side with the others coming from Danny Prentice and Phil Bryans while Jason Cairns scored twice for the Paisley side.

Both Strathallan and Watsonians emerged as the top two from pool B with the former taking the head to head by 2-0, Alistair Wood and Burton were on target. Thereafter Strathallan beat Greaves Clydesdale 2-1 only to lose by a single goal to Aberdeen Grammar School.  Watsonians just made the semi-final having scored one more goal than Clydesdale after the sides drew 3-3 in their pool match, Kane notched two while Bryans got the other for the Edinburgh side.  Earlier Watsonians had beaten Aberdeen 4-1, Kane and Prentice getting two each.

Kelburne won pool A in style with straight wins over Gordonians (2-0), Dundee Wanderers (2-1) and CALA Edinburgh (3-1).  The other qualifier was Wanderers, the Taysiders also saw off Gordonians (2-0) and CALA (3-2).

Kelburne picked up the bronze with a 6-1 win over Dundee Wanderers, Clydesdale fifth place after seeing off Aberdeen 7-1 and Gordonians just shaded seventh after a narrow 5-4 victory over CALA Edinburgh.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Malacca earn wrath of AHF

By Jugjet Singh


JUNIOR Asia Cup hosts Malacca will have to get their house in order fast as the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) is unhappy with their lackadaisical attitude.

Malacca won the bid early last year to host the event, but have yet to start any work on improving their venue as required by the AHF.

The tournament is scheduled for May 3-13 and the additional facilities recommended by the AHF are providing two more changing rooms, media room, and making changes to the grandstand at the main pitch.

The Junior Asia Cup also doubles up as a qualifier for the 2013 Junior World Cup, and the Malaysian Project 2013 squad are  tipped to make the cut with ease.

Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) deputy president Datuk Nur Azmi Ahmad, however, is confident that the hosts will complete the work on time.

"We will be calling  a meeting with the state government soon to ensure that the specifications required by the AHF are met. There is also the option of moving the tournament to Kuala Lumpur but let's not consider that option yet," said Nur Azmi.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian seniors finally showed some zest in the third friendly against China on Sunday and, hopefully, they will keep the momentum going in the remaining two friendlies.

Malaysia lost the first two friendlies 2-1 and 4-1 before making a 4-2 winning comeback on Sunday.

China are down to play five friendly matches with the national seniors, and one against the Project 2013 side which the tourists lost 6-2.

The next two matches are scheduled for today and tomorrow at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Malaysia are preparing for the Dublin Olympic Qualifiers on March 10-18 where they will be up against South Korea, Ireland, Ukraine, Chile and Russia.

Only the gold medallist advance to the London Olympics.

New Straits Times



Malacca may lose Junior Asia Cup host job if facilities not ready

By S. RAMAGURU


KUALA LUMPUR: Malacca may lose the host job for the May 3-13 Junior Asia Cup if they cannot get necessary facilities at the Malacca Municipal Council Stadium in Bukit Serendit ready for the tournament.

The turf at both the stadiums in Bukit Serendit are in very good condition but the facilities are still incomplete.

When Malacca bid for the job they had guaranteed that the grandstand roof would be put up, and two more dressing rooms and a media room be added.

The state government had promised the Malacca Hockey Association that the facilities would be ready in time for the tournament but, until today, work has not started.

Malaysian Hockey Confe­deration (MHC) senior vice-president Datuk Nur Azmi Ahmed said yesterday they are confident the facilities would be up in time.

“But, for now, we are unable to give an assurance as these facilities are to be built by the state government.

“The Junior Asia Cup will be the first international hockey tournament to be held in Malacca and we don’t want to lose it. There is still time for the state government to get the stadium ready,” said Nur Azmi.

Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) officials will be making an inspection of the venue to see if it adheres to what was promised in the bid paper.

AHF secretary general Tan Sri P. Alagendra said no date has been set for the visit.

“Of course we need to make the visit soon as there must be enough time to change the venue if the facilities are not up to mark,” he said.

The National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil will be an alternative if Malacca fail to meet the deadline.

The facilities at Bukit Jalil are in place and both stadiums have new pitches.

The Junior Asia Cup is an important meet in the AHF calendar as it also doubles up as a qualifier for the 2013 Junior World Cup in New Delhi.

Asia are assured four places in the Finals.

Since India are already in as the hosts, the top three finishers in the Junior Asia Cup will qualify for the Finals.

So far 10 teams – Malaysia, India, Pakistan, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Taiwan – have confirmed entry.

Nur Azmi said that they are hoping two more will enter to make the event a 12-team affair.

“We are still waiting for other teams to show interest.

“I am confident we will be able to get two more to play here.”

The Star of Malaysia



No Thunderbolt-UniKL clash to mark start of MJHL

KUALA LUMPUR: There will not be a clash between overall champions Thunderbolt and league champions Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) to mark the start of the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League (MJHL) on Thursday.

That fixture did not go down well with the teams who lodged a protest during the team managers’ meeting on Saturday.

The technical committee decided to take another look at the fixtures and make some changes.

The schedule for the first weekend has been revised and the new fixtures list will be sent to the teams later in the week.

The technical committee secretary, Hashim Mohamed Yusof, said in an e-mail that the changes were a result of the protest at the team managers’ meeting.

“As the MJHL will kick off on Thursday, we are sending the teams just the first week’s fixtures,” he said.

“The remaining fixtures will be ready soon. We have also taken note of the managers’ sentiments at the meeting on Saturday,” he said.

One reason why the team managers are unhappy with the fixtures is that the committee had gone against their own ruling which dates back to 2003.

That year, two sports school teams (Malaysia Sports School senior and junior teams) met in a match where the result turned out to be what the senior team needed to win the title.

The organising committee then decided that teams from the same school or association must play first in future leagues to prevent them from ‘fixing’ a result.

That ruling had since been followed until this year’s fixtures list came out.

The revised fixtures ensure that teams from the same school and association will play first.

Thunderbolt will now play SSTMI Juniors instead of UniKL. In Division One, Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) will face BJSS Juniors while the Kedah HA team take on the KHA-MSK team in Division Two.

The revised fixtures will come as a relief for the two champions who are eyeing the double this year.

For the past two years, their clashes had been the last of the preliminary round and they had turned out to be title deciders.

The Star of Malaysia



MJHL teams to get feel of new blue pitch


Attention to detail: (From left) DBI-Anderson hockey team manager Azahari Effendy Abd Rahim, assistant coach Mohd Nizam Mohd Hashim, assistant manager Whinisten David and coach Dalbir Singh inspecting the new blue turf at the Sultan Azlan Shah hockey Stadium in Ipoh yesterday. — SAIFUL BAHRI / The Star

PETALING JAYA: Teams playing in the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League will be among the first in Malaysia to get a feel of the newly- laid blue pitch at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh.

The pitch is similar to that which will be used in the London Olympics in July.

The pitch in Ipoh is only the third of its kind in the world, with the first being the one at the Olympic Park in London.

Pakistan was the second country to have a blue pitch in Lahore. Some of the friendly matches between Pakistan and China last month were played on that surface.

The pitch in Ipoh was laid by Edel Grass and is called the Triple T System.

The playing surface is blue while the lines are white, with pink surface outside the playing area.

DBI-Anderson assistant team manager Whinisten David said the pitch would give the players a different experience.

“It was completed only recently and was supposed to be ready in time for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. But that tournament has been postponed to May.

“However, we organised a six-team tournament last week and six of the Division One teams took part in the exercise,” he said.

In that tournament, Bukit Jalil Sports School emerged champions when they defeated DBI-Anderson 5-3 in the final.

Tunku Besar Sports School of Tampin finished third after beating MSS Penang-USM team 3-2.

The other two teams that competed in the tourney were Anderson Juniors and BJSS Juniors.

The first two teams that will play on the blue pitch in the MJHL are Division Two outfits Anderson Juniors and MSS Kelantan on Thursday.

On Friday, DBI-Anderson and MSS Penang-USM will contest a Division One match, followed by MSS Kelantan against Negri Sembilan Project team on Saturday.

The Star of Malaysia



Former Negri hockey player jailed

MALACCA: A former hockey player for the Negri Sembilan team and a friend were sentenced to four years' jail by the Sessions Court here today for robbing a senior citizen more than two years ago.

Judge Abu Bakar Katar ordered the sentence on K.G Chandrasegaran and B.R Vinneshwaran, who pleaded guilty to the charge.

They are to serve the sentence from today.

Chandrasegaran, 23, and Vinneshwaran, 22, were jointly charged with robbing one Ang Kim Hua, 58, of a gold chain, RM8,500 and a Nokia 2630 handphone at a workers' quarters at Hutan Percha, Alor Gajah, about 1.50pm on Aug 6, 2009.

They are charged under Section 394 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 34, which carries an imprisonment for up to 20 years and liable to fine or whipping, upon conviction.

In mitigation, lawyer T. Samidurai, representing Chandrasegaran and Vinneshwaran, said both his clients were remorse and promised to repeat their mistake.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Ifa Sirrhu Samsudin prosecuted.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Oops. I am sure they meant that they "promised not to repeat their mistake!"

 



Sachin Tendulkar should seek Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand

KORBA: Indian hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand's son Ashok Kumar on Monday said that cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar should set an example of magnanimity by seeking Bharat Ratna for his late father.

Talking to reporters after the conclusion of a hockey tourney, Ashok said, "Even today, world over my father Dhyan Chand is famous as the magician of hockey. The whole country is proud of him and Tendulkar should show large-heartedness and demand a Bharat Ratna for my father."

"Tendulkar himself has not sought the award for himself," he added.

Talking about the status of hockey in the country, the former India player regretted that the sport was suffering because of the rift between Hockey India and the Indian Hockey Federation and nepotism was growing.

He further said that there were not enough astro-turfs in the country.

The Times of India