News for 11 February 2013

All the news for Monday 11 February 2013


Stirring SA second half not enough

JONATHAN COOK in Cape Town



Investec SA striker Jade Mayne on attack in the Investec Challenge final against The Netherlands.. Photo: PLATE PICTURES

The question on everyone's lips amongst the flag-waving South African supporters at the final of the Investec Challenge in Cape Town Sunday was - could the world number 11 Investec South African women's hockey team beat London 2012 Olympic Games gold medallists and world number one team The Netherlands for the first time in 10 years.

It was not to be but South Africa made their fans proud at a packed Hartleyvale Stadium with a stirring performance that produced two top-notch goals in an excellent second half.

At half-time the Dutch were 2-0 up through goals from Roos Drost (7th minute) and the fabulous Kitty van Male (23rd) but the scoreline did not reflect the tremendous fight the SA team put up and world record goalscorer Pietie Coetzee - on a number of occasions – and Jade Mayne came close to getting on the scoresheet had it not been for the presence of the world’s best shot stopper, Joyce Sombroek, in The Netherlands’ goals.

After the changeover a revitalised SA scored five minutes into the second half (40th minute) from their second successive penalty corner when Lisa Deetlefs slapped in the rebound (2-0).

SA put enormous pressure on the Dutch for a sustained period, but midway through the second half the world’s best team - devastating on the counter-attack - came back at pace and outstanding forward Maria Verschoor beat excellent SA keeper Sanani Mangisa from close for 3-1 in the 55th minute.

But this exciting gold medal match of end-to-end action was not over yet, and four minutes later (59th minute) Celia Evans shook off a heavy tackle on the right flank and made ground under much pressure before firing in a cross to Mayne who was lurking near the left post and the Western Province striker made no mistake from inside the six-yard box (3-2).

Thoughts of SA being able to draw level and force the match into golden goal extra-time were not to be, however, as Mangisa palmed a Paumen screamer over the crossbar – not for the first time – before Charlotte Vega scored a soft goal with seven seconds left (70th minute) for the 4-2 final scoreline.

Both sides had shots pulled off the goalline – Laura Nunnink doing it for the Dutch from a Coetzee penalty corner and SA co-captain Lenise Marais the same from a Dutch drag-flick PC.

SA co-captain Marsha Marescia and Tarryn Bright got through a mountain of work in midfield but on both sides it was a magnificent team effort that produced a marvellous spectacle of international women’s hockey at its best.

SA Hockey Star Shelley Russell out of final

The Investec South African women's hockey team went into Sunday's 2 pm final of the Investec Challenge at Hartleyvale Stadium in Cape Town without one of their best players, attacking midfielder and double Olympian Shelley Russell.

Russell, Who flew back to London, has contractual obligations with her English club. And the upshot is that world number one and London 2012 Olympic Games champions The Netherlands didn't have one of South Africa's most potent weapons to contend with.

Investec Challenge leading goalscorer and top player: Maartje Paumen (The Netherlands – 10 goals).

SA Hockey Association media release



Bronze medals for England after stunning fightback

England’s women battle back twice against Australia before winning on penalties



England women celebrate winning the bronze medal at the 2013 Investec Challenge in Cape Town

England’s women won the bronze medal at the Investec Challenge in Cape Town on Sunday after fighting back twice to take Australia’s ‘Hockeyroos’ to a penalty shoot out. A 2-2 draw after 70 minutes sent the match to golden goal extra time but the deadlock remained and Leicester goalkeeper Maddie Hinch was England’s heroine, saving from Casey Eastham and Jodie Schulz. Prior to the shoot-out, England had rallied from being a goal behind at the break to equalise early in the second half through MOP’s Sophie Bray, only to find themselves behind again. But a well taken penalty stroke by Reading’s Susie Gilbert two minutes from full time sent the match all the way to its nail biting conclusion.

The game marked England’s best result of the tournament following defeats in the pool stage matches and to the Dutch in Saturday’s semi final and afterwards Team Leader Karen Brown said: “In patches today we played some really nice hockey and what was probably most pleasing is that we kept battling throughout the entire match.  It was hot today and physically demanding. I thought Hollie Webb, Laura Unsworth, Nic White, Sophie Bray and Beckie Herbert all played particularly well.”

England fell behind in the tenth minute to Fiona Boyce’s opener for the Australians and despite a period of good English pressure it remained 1-0 until shortly after the break when Sophie Bray grabbed England’s first equaliser. The strike was the 22 year old’s second of the tournament and she did well to capitalise on a call of ‘advantage’ from the umpire. Having had the ball played up into her, the English forward carried on before striking an excellent reverse stick strike from the top of the circle.

But having levelled England were behind again eight minutes later when Kirstin Johnson made it 2-1 to Australia. Showing the determination to succeed that has built up over the course of the tournament England refused to lie down, forcing the Australians back late on and winning a series of penalty corners. And if was from one such set piece that England struck again. From a drag flick by Loughborough Students’ Giselle Ansley England were awarded a penalty stroke after her effort hit the Australian player on the line. With just two minutes of the 70 remaining, co-captain Susie Gilbert stepped up to confidently score from the penalty spot to make it 2-2.

Golden goal extra time came and went with little to separate the sides and so the match went to penalties. Maddie Hinch in the England goal saved well from Casey Eastham and co-captain Laura Unsworth gave England the early impetus, converting her effort. Sarah Haycroft saw her shot saved while Australia converted the next two, as did Gilbert and Bray, before Hinch again saved, this time from Schultz.

The victory meant England take the bronze medal at the Investec Challenge with Australia having to settle for fourth place, despite finishing second to the Netherlands in the pool stage. England will return home following the conclusion of the tournament between the Dutch and the hosts South Africa.

ENGLAND 2* (0)

Sophie Bray 44 (F)                  
Susie Gilbert 68 (PS)               

AUSTRALIA 2 (1)

Fiona Boyce 10 (F)                  
Kirstin Johnson 52 (F)              

*ENG win 3-2 after penalties

ENGLAND TEAM v AUSTRALIA

Name (Club)

Started


Maddie Hinch (GK) (Leicester)
Sophie Bray (MOP (NED))
Susie Gilbert (co-capt) (Reading)
Sarah Haycroft (Surbiton)
Jo Leigh (Clifton)
Dilly Newton (Canterbury)
Sam Quek (Reading)
Laura Unsworth (co-capt) (Loughborough Students)
Hollie Webb (Beeston)
Ellie Watton (Beeston)
Nic White (Leicester)

Substitute Used

Giselle Ansley (Loughborough Students)
Steph Elliott (University of Durham)
Beckie Herbert (Pinoke (NED))
Jo Hunter (Leicester)
Susannah Townsend (Canterbury)
Lauren Turner (HDM (NED))

Did Not Play

Kirsty Mackay (GK) (Bowdon Hightown)

INVESTEC CHALLENGE FIXTURES & RESULTS

Monday 4 February


18:00 local time - 16:00 GMT - Australia v Netherlands – 2-2
20:00 local time - 18:00 GMT - South Africa v England – 4-1

Tuesday 5 February

18:00 local time - 16:00 GMT - Netherlands v England – 4-1
20:00 local time - 18:00 GMT - South Africa v Australia – 1-1

Wednesday 6 February - Rest Day

Thursday 7 February


18:00 local time - 16:00 GMT - Australia v England - 3-1
20:00 local time - 18:00 GMT - South Africa v Netherlands - 1-3

Friday 8 February
- Rest Day

Saturday 9 February

15:00 local time - 13:00 GMT - Semi Final 1: Netherlands v England - 3-0
17:00 local time - 15:00 GMT - Semi Final 2: Australia v South Africa – 1-2

Sunday 10 February

12:00 local time - 10:00 GMT - Bronze medal match – England v Australia 2-2 (England win 3-2 APS)
14:00 local time - 12:00 GMT - Gold medal match – Netherlands v South Africa 4-2

INVESTEC CHALLENGE FINAL STANDINGS

1. Netherlands
2. South Africa
3. England
4. Australia

INVESTEC CHALLENGE FINAL POOL STANDINGS

Full standings on the attached
1. Netherlands (7 pts, 3 matches)
2. Australia (5 pt, 3 matches)
3. South Africa (4 pts, 3 matches)
4. England (0 pts, 3 matches)

England Hockey Board Media release



A Nail Biting Finish to a Classic Ashes Battle

England defeat Hockeyroos in penalty shoot out


World number 4 England defeated world number 6, the Hockeyroos in the bronze medal match at Harteyvale Stadium today in Cape Town.

The hard fought match pitched Ashes rivals against one another for the third time in 10 days. The Hockeyroos had defeated England 3-1 in the previous two clashes.

The Investec Challenge tournament in South Africa is the first International event for the Hockeyroos in 2013.

Head Coach Adam Commens used this tournament to provide eight London Olympians continued exposure to the world’s best teams and give an opportunity to younger and less experienced members of the 2013 National Squad a taste for international hockey at the top level.

Commens is confident his group is on the path to success, adding that “there has been some very positive signs from this team and we once again exposed some promising players.”

A dominant first half by the Hockeyroos begun with a magnificent field goal from Fiona Boyce in the 24th minute. Continued pressure and controlling runs down the right provided the Hockeyroos with plenty of opportunities but failed to capitalise again before the half time break (1-0).

A slow start to the second half cost the Hockeyroos their lead with England equalising in the 44th minute through Georgie Parker (1-1).

A quick response from international tournament debutant Kirsten Johnson gave the Hockeyroos the lead again in the 52nd minute (2-1).

In the final ten minutes of the match, England pressed hard and attacked the Hockeyroos goal on numerous occasions. However, it was the Hockeyroos who failed to close the game out with 7 minutes to go, missing two penalty corner shots.

England’s press paid off in the 68th minute, earning a penalty stroke. The decision would cost the Hockeyroos their lead and leave scores tied 2-all at full time (2-2).

A fast and furious extra time saw both teams give everything they had to take home the bronze medal, but to no avail. A failure to find a golden goal winner meant the bronze medal match would head to a penalty shoot-out and provide the crowd with the excitement they came to see.

In a tense finish, England’s steadiness under pressure secured the team victory and the Investec Challenge bronze medal.

There are plenty of positives to take out of the Hockeyroos tour of South Africa and Commens adds that “today’s penalty shoot-out was another great learning experience and we will take a lot from it going into the World League 3 tournament in July.”

The Hockeyroos fly home to Perth in the coming days and prepare for international matches in April.

Australian Under 21 players (Jillaroos) Anna Flanagan, Jordyn Holzeberger and Georgia Nanscawen have two weeks to prepare for the Oceania Junior World Cup Qualifiers in the Gold Coast.

Hockeyroos 2 defeated by England 2 (4-5 penalty shoot-out)
Goals: Hockeyroos: Fiona Boyce (24th FG) & Kirsten Johnson (52m FG)
England: Georgie Parker (44m FG) & Susie Gilbert (68m PS)

Hockey Australia media release



Ireland fall to Malaysia in opener

Ireland arrived in Kuala Lumpur yesterday evening as they fine tune their preparations for the World League in Delhi from 18th/24th February. The 3 test series against Malaysia  will offer top class oposition against the team they had defeated in golden goal to win the Bronze Medal at the Champions Challenge in Argentina last December. 

Straight from the tip off Malaysia were on fire and from their first attack finished courtesy of field goal from Chua Boon Chat in the opening minute. The first penalty corner of the game went to Malaysia in the 4m but was well defended.  Ireland won their first corner moments later and Eugene Magee fired home the equaliser.  Malaysia had two further PC’s in 11 & 19 minutes but again Ireland defence held strong.  From their fourth PC in the 29m Malaysia took the lead courtesy of Mohamad Sukri Abdul Mutalib and forced their final PC of the half in the 34m which was saved

Ireland had their second PC of the game in the 45m but was well defended. Malaysia scored their 3rd goal from open play in the 47m by Izat Sumantri.  Ireland were reduced to 10m when Mikey Watt got a yellow card and shortly afterwards in the 55m Azlan Misron made it 4-1 from open play.  Ireland finished strongly with Shane O Donoghue scoring in the 69m.  Congrats to Banbridge's Peter Brown who came on to earn his first cap in the 7th minute of the game.

Ireland will play their 2nd of the 3 test series v Malaysia at 11am Irish time tomorrow Monday 11th February with the final game at 11am on Wednesday.

Starting XI - D.Harte, J.Jackson, R.Gormley, C.Harte, B.McCandless, C.Cargo, E.Magee, G.McCabe, M.Watt, S.O'Donoghue, M.Darling

Subs: D.Fitzgerald, P.Gleghorne, S.Loughery, P.Maguire, P.Brown, D.Carson, A.Sothern.

Malaysia 4 (Boon Chat, Mohamad Sukri, Izat Sumantri, Azlan Misron)

Ireland 2 (Eugene Magee, Shane O Donoghue)

Irish Hockey Association media release



Ranchi Rhinos crowned HIL champions


The Ranchi Rhinos squad that won the inaugural Hockey India League on Sunday. Photo: Manob Chowdhury

anchi Rhinos came from a goal down to beat Delhi Waveriders 2-1 and win the inaugural Hockey India League (HIL) in a thrilling summit clash at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium on Sunday.

The Rhinos were trailing for most part of the match after Simon Child gave Delhi the lead in the 25th minute.

But the Ranchi outfit never gave up and displayed tremendous fighting spirit to score through Austin Smith (55th) before Manpreet Singh (63rd) scored a late winner for the home team.

Earlier in the day, Uttar Pradesh Wizards rode on captain V.R. Raghunath’s four goals, including a hat-trick, to finish third, defeating Jaypee Punjab Warriors 4-3 in the bronze medal play-off match.

The match started on an aggressive note with both the teams adopting an attacking approach but it was the Rhinos who dominated the early exchanges with more penetrations inside the rival circle.

The Waveriders, however, picked up their game in the second quarter and scored against the run of play in the 25th minute through Simon Child to silence the capacity crowd.

An opportunistic Child slammed the ball into the right corner of the Ranchi post after picking up a loose ball inside the ‘D’.

The Rhinos got an opportunity to draw parity in the 32nd minute when they earned their first penalty corner, but skipper Moritz Fuerste’s low flick was saved by an alert Nicolas Jacobi at the Delhi goal.

Leading by a goal, the Waveriders started the second-half on a positive note and soon managed to earn three penalty corners in succession but Rupinder Pal Singh wasted all the three with Ranchi goalkeeper Fransico Cortes coming to his side’s rescue on two occasions.

The Rhinos were unlucky not to have levelled the scoreline just before the end of the third quarter. Their star forward Mandeep Singh missed a sitter from close range after he was set up by Fuerste.

The Rhinos made continuous inroads into the rival citadel in search of the equaliser and their consistent pressure finally paid off in the 55th minute when Smith brought the hosts on level terms.

Smith beautifully executed a variation with a grounded flick from the Ranchi’s third penalty corner after earning the set piece following a successful referral appeal. After managing to equalise, the Rhinos went for the killer blow, which rocked the Delhi defence.

After holding on to most part of the game, the Waveriders’ backline started to buckle under Ranchi’s consistent pressure and in the process made a mistake, which cost them the title.

Ranchi earned another penalty corner in the 63rd minute and Manpreet scored from a rebound after Ashley Jackson’s initial flick was saved.

With time running out, Delhi pressed hard for an all-important equaliser but it was not to be as the Rhinos’ defence were up to the task.

Ranchi’s young forward Mandeep Singh won the most promising player of the tournament.

Waveriders skipper Sardar Singh was adjudged player of the tournament.

Besides the trophy, champions Ranchi Rhinos pocketed Rs. 2.5 crore, while runners-up Delhi Waveriders took home Rs. 1.25 crore. Third-placed Uttar Pradesh Wizards got richer by Rs. 75 lakhs.

The Hindu



Rhinos ride the wave to HIL title triumph

By Arnab Lall Seal


RANCHI: The Sunday night sky was well lit up with fireworks as home boys Ranchi Rhinos defeated Delhi Waveriders 2-1 to win the inaugural Hockey India League.

Manpreet Singh scored the decisive goal for Rhinos after Austin Smith and Simon Child scored one each for Rhinos and Waveriders respectively.

Waveriders were the clear favourites going into the final but Rhinos turned the tables as the jam-packed stadium celebrated. Waveriders were in the lead till the 55th minute but they were just not good enough when it mattered most.

On the other hand, Rhinos, who failed to win a single match against Waveriders in the league stages, were brilliant in the final quarter and grabbed the chances that came their way.

It was a dream start by Waveriders as Child scored six minutes into the second quarter to take the lead and silence the crowd.

Matt Gohdes' hit from the edge of the circle took a deflection and Child, who was at the right place at the right time, flicked it past Rhinos custodian Francisco Cortes. The Ranchi franchisee players went up in protest but did not take the referral.

But with the crowd charging them on, Rhinos were in no mood to give up and Smith equalized for the home side from a penalty corner with 13 minutes to go to the final hooter.

It was a decisive dummy by Ashley Jackson that had the defenders confused and Smith smashed it into the bottom right corner of the net.

It was a decisive penalty corner that Rhinos won after they challenged the umpire's decision following an infringement on Mandeep Singh by Rupinder Pal Singh.

With time running out, Rhinos went on the offensive and won themselves another penalty corner six minutes from the final hooter.

Nicolas Jacobi made a good save after Ashley Jackson took the shot but the rebound went straight to Manpreet, who smashed it in without any hesitation.

The first quarter was played at a brisk pace with Rhinos looking more dangerous. But none of their moves resulted in any goals for the homes side.

Moritz Fuerste made a number of impressive runs but he was stopped by Sardar Singh & Co just outside the D.

Kothajit Singh tried to team up with Nick Wilson and put pressure on Waveriders but they were off target. However, Ranchi Rhinos had the last laugh.

The Times of India



Anti-climax for Delhi, allows Rhinos their glory

Delhi took the early lead in the 25th minute and then failed to enhance despite creating numerous chances. And then its mainstay at the back Rupinder Pal Singh cooked them in.

Most expected team thus ended up as the losers on a day which saw good hockey all around. When everything was in Delhi’s command, Rupinder Pal, its main defender did the blunder.

He took his own sweet time to clear the ball in front of his own circle, when he was all alone with the ball. He was causal, but not Mandeep Singh who snatched it and spurted into the circle. Rupinder applied his stick on other, conceded a penalty corner. DWs referral did not stand. The game changed here.

Delhi team, which played like a lion among lambs from the Day One, caved in then on. Usually alert goalie Nicolas Jacobi let the first push go home below his body in the penalty corner drill, and then the Rhinos, egged on by full stands, smelt success. The scene before that was different.

In the third quarter, Delhi had ample chances to enhance its lead. Rupinder Pal Singh chose to be on his low. He messed up all three attempts with same tries.

He missed all the three penalty corners in that spell, his tries lacking in any innovation. When Imran Khan conceded a penalty corner near the backline moments later, Moritz Furste took the shot, ball got deflected, Jacobi turned quickly and fell to prevent the rebound on the right, but the ball rolling in front him was spotted by ever-green, ever-alert Manpreet Singh. He whacked it, and did not mistake with it.

That was the goal that ended Delhi’s deserving dream.

Earlier, Simon Child caught a loose ball from Matt Ghodes on the right and hit like a tennis shot, the ball into the cage between George Beseley and the right post. In the dying moments, Akash Singh got a chance, but let it go with a slack approach. Sardar Singh was named Player of the Tournament while Mandeep Singh got the Promising Player of the award, each carrying Rs.20 lacs.

AWARDS
Hero Goal of the Day: Manpreet Singh
Man-of-the-Match: Mauritz Furtse
WINNERS (Prize Money Rs 2,50,00,000/-): Ranchi Rhinos
RUNNERS-UP (Prize Money: Rs 1,25,00,000/-): Delhi Waveriders
Third Place (Prize Money: Rs 75,00,000/-): Uttar Pradesh Wizards
Fair-Play Award: Ranchi Rhinos
Hero Player of the Tournament (Rs 25,00,000/-): Sardar Singh v ‘Ponty Chadha Trophy’ for Upcoming Player of the Tournament (Rs 20,00,000/-): Mandeep Singh
‘Airtel Award’ for Most Goals in the Tournament (Rs 10,00,000/-): Delhi Waveriders

Stick2Hockey.com



Ranchi Rhinos stun Delhi Waveriders to clinch title

Ranchi Rhinos defeated Delhi Waveriders 2-1 in a cracker of a game to win the first Hero Hockey India League at Birsa Munda Astroturf Hockey Stadium here Sunday.

After Simon Child put the Waveriders ahead, Austin Smith drew the hosts level through a drag flick, before Manpreet Singh's winner in the final quarter sealed the title for the hosts, who were supported by a packed capacity crowd.

Rhinos won the battle of the best two teams in the league, which was followed by wild celebrations.

The game was played at a good pace at the start, but none of the team was able to maintain possession for long periods. It was more of an end to end stuff, with neither of the goalie really being threatened in the first quarter.

Rhinos skipper Mauritz Fuertse and star forward Mandeep Singh made some good moves, but were not able to create a clear goal-scoring opportunity. At the other end, Sardar Singh and Oskar Deecke tried to be creative, but the Rhinos defence could handle it comfortably.

Both teams were careful with their defending, and adopted a defensive approach. The complexion of the game changed mid-way into the second quarter, with Simon Child scoring the opening goal of the match for Waveriders. Matt Gohdes did the hard work in the right flank before Child collected the loose ball, and hit a cricket like straight drive past the Rhinos goalkeeper Cortes to open Waveriders' account. The pace and quality of the game went up after the first goal.

Rhinos were much more aggressive after conceding the opening goal, and earned a penalty corner seven minutes later. Fuertse struck a powerful low hit to Waveriders' goalie Nicolas Jacobi right, which the latter cleared with his right leg.

The third quarter also saw Rhinos trying to apply pressure, with not much success. At the other end, Waveriders earned a hat-trick of penalty corners. Rupinder Pal Singh's first drag flick was saved by Cortes, but the rebound was too high, resulting in another PC. Second one hit the rusher's leg, while third was again well saved by Cortes.

Three minutes later, Rhinos earned their second penalty corner of the evening. Ashley Jackson's drag flick was deflected wide by a Waveriders' defender, and once again Jacobi was not even tested.

Towards the end of the third quarter, Justin Reid-Ross had a half chance, but he ended up mis-hitting a bouncing ball inside the Waveriders' D, as the ball went high and to the right of the goal-post.

Rhinos' best chance of the third quarter came in the last minute, when Furtse sent a hard hit into the Waveriders' D. Mandeep, standing to the right of the goal-post tried to deflect the ball into the goal, with only Jacobi to beat, but ended up guiding the ball wide.

Rhinos eventually drew level early in the final quarter. Mandeep was brought down inside the Waveriders' D, resulting into a penalty corner for the hosts. Rhinos tried a variation, where Ashley Jackson played a dummy, before Austin Smith slotted home the drag flick, giving Jacobi no chance.

With a little over seven minutes to go for the normal time to end, Jackson made a superb run into the Waveriders' circle, before passing the ball to Manpreet.

Manpreet took the ball close to the goalpost, before putting it to a defendera¿s foot, earning the home side yet another penalty corner. And although the drag flick was well saved, the rebound went to Manpreet, who smacked the ball past Jacobi, who dived a little too early, to put Rhinos 2-1 ahead.

DNA



Raghunath helps UP Wizards take bronze

By Arnab Lall Seal


RANCHI: VR Raghunath led from the front to earn UP Wizards an unlikely 4-3 win against Punjab Warriors in the play-off for the third place on Sunday.

Raghunath slammed home four times as the Wizards came from behind to beat Punjab through golden goal to claim the bronze.

The turnaround in Wizards' fortunes came in the second half of the game after the Warriors were took 3-0 lead with goals from Mark Knowles, SV Sunil and Ranjit Singh.

Warriors took the lead two minutes into the game when Mark Knowles scored from a penalty corner. Five minutes later, the Punjab franchise doubled the lead when they scored from the second penalty of the match. Knowles, after receiving the push, passed it on to SV Sunil who put it past the rival goalkeeper Bazeley.

Warriors extended their lead when Ranjit Singh scored two minutes into the second half.

But after that, it was Wizards' show with Raghunath taking control. He scored three goals, all from penalty corners, to take the match in to the extra time.

The Times of India



50% PC Conversion, a hundred percent Raghunath


He was billed as defender. He did that job too. But he was seen more on rival 25-yard area, setting p goals. He was rough and tough. Tackled Jamie Dwyer bodily and got a green card suspension. His team was trailing by 0-3 till the 40th minute.

Any lesser mortal would have given up. Captain VR Raghunath, whose selling prize surprised everyone including himself, proved his worth.

He then started the best of comebacks the ongoing Hockey India League witnessed. What an occasion he chose to showcase his class in another area of the game – Penalty Corner conversion.

He converted 50 percent of penalty corners his team got today in the bronze medal match. undefined

A 0-3 scoreline was turned upside down to 4-3, the last goal coming through a disputed award of penalty corner – and which decision of the umpires were not disputed today.

Against a team that failed to convert any of the seven penalty corners, today conceded four goals in the space of next 45 minutes, including 15 minutes of extra time.

Raghunath, never hailed so far in the HIL as the team flopped often before struggling to make it to the semis – thanks to that 1-0 win over Magicians – today turned in a heroic performance to give his team the respect, the bronze, the fat cheque of Rs. 75 lac.

Striking four goals against the goalie of stature as Jaap Stockmann will surely turn out to be career highlights of the great player.

Ragunath was fittingly declared Hero Goal of the Match and also won the Man of the Match.

4 MIN- Mark Knowles 1-0
8 MIN- SV Sunil 2-0
39 MIN- Ranjit Singh 3-0
42 MIN- V Raghunath 3-1
62 MIN- V Raghunath 3-2
64 MIN-V-Raghunath 3-3
85 MIN-V Raghunath 3-4 (Golden Goal)

Stick2Hockey.com



Raghunath fires UP to 3rd

Captain V R Raghunath led from the front, scoring four goals including a hat-trick, to help Uttar Pradesh Wizards claim the third spot in the Hockey India League with a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Punjab Warriors.

Raghunath single-handedly spoiled Punjab's party with individual brilliance as he converted four penalty corners to ensure the win for the Wizards' after they were down 0-3 till the 39th minute.

The Warriors, however, were the better side on display, at least in the opening half, as they controlled the proceedings from the start.

Mark Knowles (4th minute), SV Sunil (8th) and Ranjit Singh (39th) scored early for the Warriors.

But riding on Raghunath’s (42nd, 62nd, 64th, 85th) penalty corner conversions, the Wizards made a strong comeback in the second half to not level the scoreline.

However, it was the Warriors who dominated the early exchanges and broke the deadlock just four minutes into the game through Knowles. The Warriors doubled their lead four minutes later through a diving Sunil who deflected in from a penalty corner.

The UP team went for the referral but it went against them. Ranjit then made the scoreline 3-0 Warriors through a field effort.

Raghunath pulled one back for the Wizards in the 42nd minute from a penalty corner.

Trailing 1-3, the Wizards pressed hard for goals thereafter and it took two brilliant corner conversions from Raghunath in three minutes to draw parity and take match into extra time. In the two extra time periods of seven-and-a-half minutes the teams did not give an inch to the other. The Wizards earned a penalty corner in the final minute and Raghunath made no mistake.

The Tribune



Hampstead hold Beeston to a draw


Sam Dixon, Beeston

Hampstead and Westminster produced a shock result as they held runaway leaders Beeston to a 1-1 draw in the Men’s Premier Division on Sunday.

Hotshot Sam Dixon had put Beeston ahead, but Tom Kavanagh pounced early in the second half to tie the game.

After winning the Maxifuel Super Sixes Championship, East Grinstead were hoping to take their indoor form outdoors on their return to league action.

But it didn’t go their way for the first 44 minutes, as Brooklands went two up through Nick Giles and Peter Flanagan. However, spurred on by a Glenn Kirkham penalty corner in the 49th minute, East Grinstead turned things round and ran out 2-5 victors.

Loughborough Students moved to within three points of second-placed Canterbury after beating them 6-5.

Loughborough looked home and dry as they led 6-3 with seven minutes remaining. But Canterbury brought on a kicking back and it nearly paid off when goals from Liam Foster and Nat Joy left them just one shy of their opponents.

Cannock still occupy the fourth play-off spot despite losing 2-1 to Reading - although they only have a point over both Reading and Surbiton.

Surbiton faced strugglers Southgate and eased to a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Tom Merchant and James Tindall.

Bowdon still top the EHL Men’s Conference North after a routine 2-0 win over Wakefield. Sheffield Hallam cemented their top four status with a stunning 6-1 win over Khalsa as Phil Roper hit three goals from penalty corners in the last 13 minutes.

In the Conference East, Holcombe still lead after a 6-1 demolition of Cambridge City. After racing to a three goal lead inside 10 minutes, James Steadman went on to hit a hat-trick.

Guildford are the new leaders of the Conference West on goal difference after a 3-0 win over Cheltenham as Cardiff could only muster a 2-2 draw University of Birmingham.

Men’s Hockey League (February 10 2013):

Premier Division: Beeston 1, Hampstead and Westminster 1; Brooklands MU 2, East Grinstead 5; Loughborough Students MHC 6, Canterbury 5; Reading 2, Cannock 1; Surbiton 3, Southgate 0.

Conference East: City of Peterborough 3, Old Loughtonians 2; Holcombe 6, Cambridge City 1; Indian Gymkhana 4, Oxted 3; Richmond 3, Wimbledon 5; Teddington 3, Bromley and Beckenham 2.

Conference North: Bowdon 2, Wakefield 0; Doncaster 1, University of Durham 4; Khalsa (Warks) 1, Sheffield Hallam 6; Leek 1, Belper 1; Olton & West Warwicks 3, Preston 0.

Conference West: Guildford 3, Cheltenham 1; Team Bath Buccaneers 1, Havant 0; University of Birmingham 2, Cardiff & UWIC 2; University of Exeter 3, Fareham 1; Whitchurch 2, Bristol Firebrands 1.

England Hockey Board Media release



Italian Hockey Player Urges Women's Teams

By Mbonile Burton


ITALIAN hockey player Valentina Queroute has expressed her dismay over lack of women's hockey teams in Tanzania and has challenged the country's women and girls to take on the game seriously.

Speaking to the 'Daily News' over the weekend, Queroute said she would like to see Tanzanian women taking part in the sport as their men counterparts. The Dar es Salaam-based former Italian national team member, Quoroute, believes Tanzania is blessed with talented players and only need someone to identify and support them.

"I'm a hockey player, since I came to Tanzania I have neither seen women nor girls practice the game. I want to see this changed," she said. Queroute said she has already introduced the idea to the Dar es Salaam Region Hockey Association (DRHA).

The absence of female teams means Queroute has no option but mingle with male players in training. But it is the fact that she cannot compete in tournaments, like the ongoing Mapinduzi tournament, that makes her angrier. Nonetheless, DRHA have started working on Queroute's idea, as revealed by the association's Secretary Mnonda Magani.

"Plans are underway to introduce the game at school level where girls will have the chance to practice," said Magani adding that for the start they have earmarked Lugalo Primary and Makongo Secondary schools all in the city, as their starting point. Magani thanked Queroute for her passion towards the game and her willingness to support.

He said that Queroute also donated some sports gear that would help them when they embark on schools programmes. Magani, however, warned that they will still need more support to run the programme smoothly. Hockey is a family of sports in which two teams play against each other by trying to maneuver a ball or a puck into the opponent's goal using a hockey stick.

Field hockey, in this case, is played on gravel, natural grass, sand-based or waterbased artificial turf, with a small, hard ball. The game is popular among both males and females in many parts of the world, particularly in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In most countries, the game is played between single- sex sides, although they can be mixed-sex.

Tanzania Daily News



Anita Punt wins 100 and 200 metre sprints


Track star: Black Stick and sprinter Anita Punt, foreground, turns on the speed in the 100m at Porritt Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday. Mark Taylor/FAIRFAX NZ

Black Sticks hockey player Anita Punt has continued her dream run in her first taste of sprinting this season, winning the 100 and 200 metres at the Porritt Classic in Hamilton.

Coming on top of some solid hockey training in the morning she headed in Molly Florence in both events clocking impressive, even though they were wind assisted, times of 11.72s and 23.95s.

"It's a good new experience, I'm enjoying it so far and it was great to get the wins today, with better times, I wanted to get under 12 (for the 100m) so I was happy with that," said Punt. "I have battled with the starts up to now, I got a better start today so I could pull out a better time," she added.

"Everything is improving slowly, I'm trying to do hockey as well so it's a bit hard to fit the two in but I'm managing it okay at the moment. I'm off to Argentina for a week and a half for hockey so I'll wait until I get back and see how I'm feeling and decide whether I do the nationals. I'd like to do them but we'll just see what happens," said Punt.

National Sprint champion Joseph Millar overcame a slow start to pull off the 100m in 10.57s after having earlier won the 200m in 21.41s.

Three times Olympian Stuart Farquhar was reasonably happy with his opening javelin throw of the season of 78.28m. The 12 times national champion and Delhi Commonwealth Games silver medallist managed to get in one good throw.

"Not knowing where I'm sort of at, maybe it was alright. I was a bit jaded for the first four throws," said Farquhar.

His best throw is 86.31m and he requires a throw of 83.50m for selection to the world championships in Moscow in August.

"My training's been good it's just I haven't done any high end speed stuff so I'm really like losing the javelin point and all the technical stuff on speed. I've got a lot of power so it's going to come in the next sort of month or so, it's not a worry I'm really happy with it," he added.

London Olympian Sarah Cowley won the high jump on a count back from Emma Sutherland both clearing 1.80m with Elizabeth Lamb third reaching 1.75m.

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