News for 19 February 2013

All the news for Tuesday 19 February 2013


Ireland overcome early scare from lively Bangladesh

China pick off neat victory over Oman; India crush Fiji



Bangladesh in action against Ireland (Photo: Cameraworx)

Hero Hockey World League Round 2 – Men's day one round up

Ireland – Bangladesh 5-2 (half-time: 3-2)


Ireland recovered from a sticky opening at the hands of a lively Bangladesh who initially belied their world ranking of 40 to give the green machine a major scare. They raced into a 2-0 lead when Mohammad Moinul Islam slid onto an excellent pass from Md Mosiur Rahman Mosiur from right back before Md Mamunur Rahman Chayan swept home a penalty corner. But the Irish recovered thanks to two close range efforts from Alan Sothern and a Chris Cargo rebound all in the space of 12 minutes to turn the tie their way before half-time. Shane O’Donoghue’s spectacular drag-flick 15 minutes from the end made the game a little safer while Sothern’s third goal was a delightful effort, touching home Eugene Magee’s right wing cross.

China – Oman 4-0 (half-time: 2-0)

Fielding 13 debutants, China started off the men’s World League competition with two goals in each half to see off a lively Oman side. Penalty corners were key for the Chinese, making up three quarters of their strikes as Yanjun Su got them up and running after 12 minutes and Tao Li doubled up before the break. Two minutes into the second half, skipper Mi Ji extended the margin before Oman had the best of their chances but Younis Ghabish Al Nofli and Anwar Jumman Saad were just off course. Wei Meng’s neat spin in mid-circle yielded the final goal with 12 minutes to go for a tidy start to proceedings.

India - Fiji  16-0 (half-time: 7-0)

India made no mistakes as their experience and all-round ability gave Fiji’s inexperienced crew a tough lesson. The hosts started in imperious fashion, rattling home five first half penalty corners with VR Raghunath leading the way to set up a large 7-0 lead at half-time and they scarcely slowed down in the second period. Adrian Lal did find the net for Fiji but his effort was ruled out for an earlier infringement while a penalty corner shot went wide from their fleeting chance. But India were unstoppable in their quest for a sweet 16 to start their tournament on the right note.

FIH site



Malaysia upset rankings against Russia

Big wins for top seeds Japan and India



Malaysia celebrate during their win over Russia (Photo: Cameraworx)

Hero Hockey World League Round 2 – women's day one round-up

Russia – Malaysia 1-3 (half-time: 0-1)


Malaysia produced a slight upset to the world rankings as they withstood plenty of Russian pressure in what could be a key result come the end of the tournament. Siti Rahmah Othman put the 22nd ranked side in front in the ninth minute from a neat penalty corner deflection but here side rode their luck thereafter. Ekaterina Shaburova’s penalty stroke flashed wide five minutes into the second half and Russia were rocked from the next attack when Noor Hasliza Mohamad Din chipped in. Tamara Ivanova’s corner goal gave Russia hope 12 minutes from time but, on the counter attack, Fazilla Sylvester Silin pounced for an insurance goal.

India – Kazakhstan 8-0 (half-time: 4-0)

Second seeds India made their statement of intent with four goals in each half overwhelming Kazakhstan with Jaspreet Kaur scoring a quartet of set piece goals. She started the run in the eighth minute before Rani netted a brilliant backhand shot, what would be the first of her three goals. Kaur’s second corner goal and another from Rani extended the lead to four at half-time. Two more corner goals and a final hooter penalty stroke from Kaur augmented Soundraya Yendala’s field goal for the magic eight.

Japan – Fiji 14-0 (half-time: 8-0)

Shiho Sakai top-scored for top seeds Japan as they ran out comfortable winners over Fiji to get their tournament off to the perfect star, seeing off Fiji. She started the goal-rush from the penalty spot just three minutes in before Aki Mitsuhashi added another couple by the 14th minute and from there, the Pacific islanders – the tournament low-rank at 59th in the world – had no way back.

FIH site



Indians make mincemeat of Fiji, Kazakhstan

MS Unnikrishnan


New Delhi - India walloped Fiji 16-0 to record the highest victory in the opening day of the Hockey World Group Round 2 men's matches at the National Stadium.

The match was a massacre of the innocents as the hosts went on a scoring spree, knocking up seven goals in the first half, converting seven penalty corners. The domination of hosts was evident from the fact that V.R.Raghunath (2) and Rupinder Pal Singh made no mistake with the first three penalty corners to put India 3-0 up with in the first 11 minutes.

Thereafter, it was a virtual goal-rush as Nithin Thimmaiah, Gurjinder Singh, Danish Mujtaba, and others struck in goal after goal to subdue the visitors, who were composed mostly players borne of Indian expatriate labours.

The men thus did better than the women, who had contend with just eight goals, despite forcing 13 penalty corners, though the men scored six goals off penalty corners.

Indian eves got off to a blazing start when they crushed Kazakhstan 8-0 in the Round 2 for women at the National Stadium.

India, who led by 4-0 at half time, totally dominated the match rendering the visiting ladies as mere spectators. The Kazakhstan goal fell in regular intervals, as India kept them under tremendous pressure through sustained attacks, which earned them 13 penalty corners and one penalty stroke. Jaspreet Kaur, who scored the first goal, converting a penalty corner in the seventh minute, accounted for three more, with her fourth goal coming off a penalty stroke.

Rani Ramphal scored three goals while Soundarya Yendala pulled off the other goal.

With their speed, accurate passing and ceaceless attacks, India were all over the visitors’ area, though their first penalty corner came only after seven minutes, and Jaspreet’s powerful sweep brooked no denial. Rani Ramphal struck the second goal with a reverse hit from the top of the dee while Jaspreet was once again on target, off the third penalty corner, to make it 3-0.

Rani’s indirect hit off the sixth penalty corner went in for the fourth goal before half time. Five minutes into the second half, Rani made use of a cross from the left to power the ball home while Soudarya found the mark from the ninth penalty corner for the sixth goal.

Jaspreet made a lightening field goal strike (7-0), and then after muffing three penalty corners, the hosts fired in the last goal off a penalty stroke, following the 13th penalty corner, with Jaspreet hitting in true and hard. However, Japan pummelled Fiji 14-0 while Malaysia stunned Russia 3-1and China beat Oman 4-0.

The Tribune



India pumps in 16 against hapless Fiji

Principal Correspondent



Easy outing: Mujtaba Danish celebrates his goal with S.V.Sunil as Mandeep Singh look on. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

India, as expected, registered a thumping win over Fiji on the opening day of the Round 2 men’s competition of the Hockey World League (HWL) at the National Stadium in New Delhi on Monday.

Before the start of the match, there was speculation as to whether India would be able to better its biggest-ever victory (24-1), recorded against the USA in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.

The 11th-ranked home team could not go past the long-standing mark, but was able to rout Fiji, placed 60 slots below it, 16-0 and captured three points.

Fiji warmed up with its ritualistic pre-match combative dance, akin to Haka performed by the New Zealand rugby team, and the Indian players applauded the visitors’ effort. However, on the pitch, the Indians were quite aggressive for their unfamiliar rivals.

Within the first five minutes, India was 2-0 with drag-flickers V.R. Raghunath and Rupinderpal Singh finding the target with consummate ease.

The host pressed hard from the right flank, with S.V. Sunil taking charge of most of the moves. The focus was on earning short corners and leaving the rest to the experts to enhance the lead.

Raghunath made it 3-0, forcing Fiji coach Hector Smith Sr. to replace goalkeeper Eric Niumata with Richard Eyre. But, it had little effect on the match.

Nithin Thimmaiah, debutant drag-flicker Gurjinder Singh, Danish Mujtaba and Rupinderpal shot home to give India a 7-0 lead at half-time.

India toyed with the Fiji defence to pump home nine more goals in the monotonous second period and refresh memories of the Olympic qualifier played last year at the same venue.

However, Fiji, which messed up a penalty corner and saw its only strike being disallowed, did not surrender meekly and put up a fight till the end.

The Hindu



Indian men play around with hapless Fiji

By Ritu Sejwal


NEW DELHI: There were hardly any supporters in the stands, but those who were present had enough to cheer for as Indian men's team outplayed Fiji 16-0 in their opening encounter of the Hockey World League on Monday.

VR Raghunath, Danish Mujtaba scored three goals each while Rupinder Pal Singh and Malak Singh added two goals each. Kothajit Singh, Manpreet Singh, Dharamvir Singh, Nithin Thimmaiah, Chinglensana and Gurjinder Singh added one each. Defender Rupinder Pal Singh was declared the man of the match.

The hosts start on a fast note and jumped to a 4-0 lead just 18 minutes into the game against a team which had to break financial barriers to participate in the tournament.

In the 21st minute, a penalty corner conversion by Gurjinder increased the lead to 5-0. Fiji defenders had no answer to the relentless Indian attacks as SV Sunil's pass from almost zero angle nine minutes later was well read and deflected in by Danish Mujtaba (28th minute).

The young Indian side controlled the match with ease and kept putting pressure on the rival defence. This earned India a penalty corner towards the end of the first half which was successfully converted. The second half was a pure goal-fest.

Ranked No. 70 in the world, Fiji struggled to penetrate the Indian defence. They did earn their only penalty corner just four minutes from the final hooter but failed to make it count.

Gurjinder and Malak were awarded Rs 1 lakh each by Hockey India for scoring a goal each on debut. Coach Michael Nobbs said on the victory: "We respect every team. I am happy we could maintain the pace displayed during the HIL."

In other matches, China beat Oman 4-0 and Ireland defeated Bangladesh 5-2.

Girls too have a ball

It rained penalty corners for the Indian women's hockey team on Monday. The hosts, who earned as many as 14 penalty corners, beat a lower-ranked Kazakhstan 8-0.

Jaspreet Kaur and Rani Rampal led the Indian charge with four and three goals respectively. Jaspreet opened India's tally in the eighth minute by converting a penalty corner. Seven minutes later Rani Rampal added another goal. Jaspreet later scored in the 21st, 54th and 70th minutes while Rani found the net in the 26th and 41st minutes. Soundarya Yendala fetched the other goal in the 48th minute.

India next face Malaysia, who beat a higher-ranked Russia 3-1. In another match, Japan thrashed Fiji 14-0.

The Times of India



Indian men demolish Fiji 16-0 in Hockey World League opener

NEW DELHI: It was rated as a contest between David and Goliath and it turned to be one as favourites India demolished minnows Fiji 16-0 in their opening match of the men's Hockey World League Round 2 at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand Stadium on Monday.

True to their tradition the Fijians started the match with a war cry but it didn't take too long for the Indians to silence the visitors.

The Indians were expected to win big and they didn't disappoint the sparse crowd, scoring goals at will against the hapless Fiji side.

India's domination and Fiji's misery can be gauged from the fact that as many as 10 players of the home team registered their names in the scoresheet.

Vice-captain V R Raghunath (4th minute, 11th, 41st) and Danish Mujtaba (28th, 38th, 59th) scored a hat-trick each for India, while Rupinder Pal Singh (5th, 35th) and debutant Malak Singh (51st, 63rd) scored two goals.

Nithin Thimmaih (18th), another debutant Gurjinder Singh (21st), Kothajit Singh (46th), Manpreet Singh (50th), Chinglesana Singh (53rd) and Dharamvir Singh (55th) also scored a goal each for the hosts.

The fancied Indians toyed with the Fiji defence from the word go with numerous raids, resulting in as many as seven goals in the first half and nine after the change of ends.

It took the hosts only four minutes to break the deadlock when Raghunath converted India's first penalty corner before Rupinder made it 2-0 a minute later, converting another set piece.

Raghunath was yet again in the thick of things when he converted another penalty corner in 11th minute to triple India's lead.

Seven minutes later, Thimmaiah scored a field goal before rival World Series Hockey-returned Gurjinder converted a penalty corner in the 21st to make the scoreline 5-0.

Danish scored from a field effort seven minutes later before Rupinder converted another penalty corner to see India go into the breather with a comfortable 7-0 lead.

The proceedings were no different after the breather as the Indians continued their goal-scoring spree with nine more strikes into the rival citadel -- eight of which came through field efforts while the other was scored by Raghunath from a short corner to register his hat-trick.

The Fijians did manage to earn a penalty corner just four minutes from the hooter but they lack the skill to execute the set piece.

After a rest day on Tuesday, India will play Oman in their second round-robin game on Wednesday.

Debutants Malak Singh and Gurjinder were awarded one lakh each by Hockey India for scoring goals in their maiden outing for the national team.

Meanwhile, in the earlier matches of the men's competition, China defeated Oman 4-0 while Ireland beat Bangladesh 5-2.

The Hockey World League is a qualifying event for next year's FIH World Cup to be held in Hague, The Netherlands.

India captain Sardar Singh said they achieved what they had planned to gain from the encounter.

"Our target was to play simple hockey and we stuck to that. It is always good to start a tournament with a big win," he said.

India's chief coach Michael Nobbs too was pleased with his wards performance.

"Fiji is not that bad, they have skillful players but we played very well today," he said.

Asked about the presence of three drag-flickers in the team in Raghunath, Rupinder and Gurjinder, Nobbs said: "There is a healthy competition among the drag-flickers and all are performing well."

The Times of India



FIJI led OUT!

It didn’t take long for the war cries to turn into a whimper as India hammered Fiji 16-0 in their opening match of the men’s Hockey World League Round 2 at the Major Dhyan Chand National stadium here on a chilly Monday night.

Fiji, the lowest ranked team in the tournament at 70, threatened the Indians with their familiar war cry Cibi, which is generally associated with their famous rugby team.

But soon the war cry turned into a whimper, as India crushed Fiji with their speed, power and accuracy.

The floodgates opened in the third minute with ace drag-flicker VK Raghunath striking from a penalty corner to give India a 1-0 lead. From there, it was no looking back for India, who slammed in seven goals in the first half.

As many as 10 Indians sounded the board with Raghunath and Danish Mujtaba scoring a hat-trick each.

Drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh and debutant Malak Singh struck a brace while Kothajit Singh, Manpreet Singh, Dharamvir Singh, Nitin Thimmaiah, Chingelensana Singh and another rookie Gurjinder Singh scored goals apiece.

The Fijians were no match for the Indians. The Indian defence was hardly tested and the only action goalkeeper PR Sreejesh faced was when Fiji were awarded their only penalty corner in the dying minutes of the game.

Stowatch: Men: India 16 (Raghunath 3rd, 11th, 41st; Rupinderpal 6th, 35th; N Thimmaiah 18th; Gurjinder 20th; D Mujtaba 29th, 39th, 59th; K Singh 47th; M Singh 50th; M Singh 51st, 62nd; C Singh 54th; D Singh 54th) bt Fiji 0; Women: India 8 (Jaspreet K 8th, 21st, 54th, 70th; R Rampal 15th, 26th,41st; S Yendala 48th) bt Kazakhstan 0

DNA



Sothern hattrick leads Ireland to win despite early scare

Ireland's World League 2 campaign began in earnest today with a 5-2 victory over Bangladesh in New Delhi, India. Andrew Meredith's Green Machine started the game brightly, maintaining good possession and forcing 2 short corners within the first 16 minutes, both of which resulted in acrobatic clearances on the goal line.  Despite Ireland's early good play the Green Machine were caught napping on an extremely quick counter-attack by Bangladesh in the 17th minute which was expertly tucked home by Islam following good play from Mosiur to give Bangladesh a shock 1-0 lead. Things went from bad to worse for Ireland as within 4 minutes the Bangladeshi's extended their lead to 2-0 following a penalty corner conversion from Chayan.

Ireland's response was almost instant though and within 3 minutes they had pulled their first goal back as Alan Sothern swooped to finish off a clever move involving Mitch Darling & Eugene Magee. It was the shot in the arm the Green Machine needed and within 7 minutes the game had swung back in Ireland's favour as Sothern again struck to make the score line 2-2 following good play from World League debutant Peter Brown. Ireland finished the first half in fine form and Chris Cargo, celebrating his 27th Birthday today put the icing on the first half comeback by edging Ireland 3-2 in front right before the break.

Ireland's second half performance was much improved but it still took some time to break down a resolute defense before the Green Machine could have the much needed breathing space they craved. A succession of penalty corners came and went before UCD man, Shane O'Donohue finally struck in the 55th minute to give Ireland the 4-2 advantage. Ireland continued to probe around the Bangladeshi defense and finally in the 66th minute, Pembroke Wanderers' Alan Sothern was able to notch his hattrick and put the game beyond doubt for the Green Machine. Sothern, deservedly named Man of the Match, took his third delightfully, finishing coolly following great play from Eugene Magee.

As the hooter went, there were no wild celebrations from the Ireland team. A tough start to their World League 2 campaign had been navigated successfully despite some bumps along the way and there is little doubt, Irish Coach Andrew Meredith will be looking forward to analyzing his team's performance today ahead of bigger tests vs. China & India in particular later in the week

The Green Machine will have a day of rest tomorrow before returning to action again on Wednesday for their second World League 2 game vs. Fiji at 10:30 am Irish time in New Delhi.

Ireland Starting XI: D Harte, Jackson, McCabe, Gormley, Watt, Cargo, Magee, McCandless, Darling, C Harte, O'Donoghue

WORLD LEAGUE 2, New Delhi, India

Ireland 5 (Sothern x3, Cargo, O'Donohue)
Bangladesh 2 (Islam, Chayan)


Irish Hockey Association media release



India and Japan dominate


ON A ROLL: Jaspreet Kaur (centre) scored four goals in India's thumping win over Kazakhstan. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

The Indian women’s hockey team was expected to win its first match of the Hockey World League Round 2 against Kazakhstan easily, but even it would not have expected such domination — an 8-0 verdict against the World No. 33, with almost the entire match being played in the Kazakh half.

India opened the goal-spree in the eighth minute through a penalty corner conversion by Jaspreet Kaur.

By the end of the first half, the home team had taken a 4-0 lead.

The first time the ball entered the Indian half was in the 28th minute, when Vera Domashneva ran a solo all the way from the Kazakh 25-yard line, only to see Symbat Sabazova fail to connect in front of the post.

That was Kazakhstan’s only chance in the first half.

The second half was no different, with India scoring at will and experimenting with its penalty corner executions.

India earned 10 penalty corners during the match, and converted five. The only positive for Kazakhstan in the game was its goalkeeper Guzal Bakhavaddin, who brought off a couple of penalty corner saves.

For India, ‘player of the match’ Jaspreet scored four goals, including the first penalty stroke of the competition, while Rani Rampal scored thrice and Soundarya Yendala got her name on the score sheet once.

India next plays Malaysia on Tuesday.

Earlier, tournament favourite Japan crushed Fiji 14-0 in the first match, scoring eight goals in the first half to make it a one-sided contest. As many as 10 different players scored for Japan. Shiho Sakai was adjudged ‘player of the match’ for her three goals.

In the day’s third contest for women, Malaysia scored a fighting 3-1 victory over higher-ranked Russia

The Hindu



Indian women thrash Kazakhstan 8-0 in World League opener


NEW DELHI: Jaspreet Kaur and Rani Rampal scored a hat-trick each to help Indian eves thrash minnows Kazakhstan 8-0 in their opening match of the Hockey World League Round 2 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Monday.

As expected, the 33rd-ranked Kazakh girls were no match for the 11th placed hosts, who controlled from game from start to finish and earned as many as 15 penalty corners as against none by their rivals.

India's defence was hardly troubled by the Kazakhs as they were constantly busy in thwarting the home team's forays into their attacking third.

The Indian eves scored four goals apiece in each half to make short work of their unfancied rivals.

Drag-flicker Jaspreet (8th minute, 21st, 54th, 70th) was star performer for India, scoring four goals alone including a hat-trick. She scored her first three goals from penalty corners while the fourth one came from a penalty stroke in the final minute of the game.

Rampal (15th minute, 26th, 41st,) was not to be left behind as the young striker also scored a hat-trick to help India's cause.

Soundarya Yendala also registered her name in the scoresheet, pouncing on a rebound in the 48th minute from one of the 15 short corners they earned in the match.

The Indian eves will take on Malaysia on Tuesday in their second round-robin game of the women's competition in HWL.

Meanwhile, in the earlier women's matches of the day, top-seeded Japan demolished Fiji 14-0, while Malaysia got the better of Russia 3-1.

India's chief coach Neil Hawgood was visibly satisfied with his wards' performance on Monday but said they can't afford to take Malaysia lightly on Tuesday.

"We thoroughly dominated the match but gave away a few soft turnovers. I am not worried about the fact that we didn't score enough through field attempts because it was such a match where we could get plenty of penalty corners" Hawgood said.

Asked about their next opponent, the Australian said:"Malaysia is a good team and in modern day hockey rankings hardly matters."

India captain Ritu Rani too agreed with her coach. "I am happy that the team did well but we could have scored more goals today," she added.

Meanwhile, Japan women's team smashed Fiji women 14-0 in the opening match of Hero Hockey World League Round 2. Japan's Shiho Sakai was adjudged Player-of-the-Match for scoring three brilliant goals.

Russia also suffered a 1-3 loss to Malaysia in another match.

The Times of India



Japan smash Fiji in the Hockey World League opener

NEW DELHI: Shiho Sakai struck thrice as Japan women's team trounced Fiji women 14-0 in the opening match of Hockey World League Round 2 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, on Monday.

The Japanese team scored as many as eight goals in the first half with Sakai putting her side on board in the ninth minute via a penalty shoot.

Three minutes later, captain Rika Komazawa scored second goal of the team through a penalty corner.

The Japanese team kept scoring goals at regular intervals as Komazawa scored her second goal in the 14th minute.

Japan's fourth goal was scored by Akiko Kato in the 17th minute, Miyuki Nakagawa scored fifth in 20th and Aya Ueda score sixth goal 28th minute.

The seventh and eighth goal of the first half came from two successive penalty corners by Kumi Banda in the 32nd minute and Sakai in the 34th minute of the game which helped Japan take a lead of 8-0.

In the 2nd half, Japan continued its attacking game and scored a total six goals to put the game out of Fiji's reach.

In the 37th minute, Kumi Banda scored the ninth goal of the game through a penalty corner. This was followed by a field goal (tenth goal) in the 43rd minute by Sachimi Iwao, (eleventh goal) by Aki Mitsuhashi in the 45th minute.

A penalty shoot in the 61st minute by Sakai gave Jpanm its 12th goal. The 13th and 14th goal of the match came through field goal by Ayaka Nishimura and Yuri Nagai respectively.

Sakai was adjudged Player-of-the-Match for scoring three brilliant goals.

The Times of India



Gutsy Malaysia overcomes Russia

The Malaysian women's team opened their campaign with a 3-1 win over Russia in the 2nd Round World League at the Dyan Chand Hockey Stadium in New Delhi.

The team, coaches by Mohd Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim upstaged a team ranked two spots higher then their 22 position in the Wprld Rankings with a gusty display coupled with intelligent defending and killer instinct when in attack.

Siti Rahman gave Malaysia the lead via a penalty corner set piece and Russia paid the price for missing a penalty stroke as Nor Hasliza doubled the advantage.

Though Russia reduced the deficit, Fazilla Slyvester Silin made sure of all the three points.

Quotes from Mohd Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim, coach Malaysia.

"The girls played well and according to our plan which was to absorb the pressure and hit them on the counter.

"The first goal gave us the added confidence and I am happy the way Nadia playing the fetch and carry role in midfield.

"Our defense played extremely well, avoiding giving away unnecessary fouls within the semi circle.

"It has been a tough few days as the weather took some getting used to and playing India at night in our next match will be a severe test of character."

Malaysia take on hosts India on Tuesday night.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



Winning start for women

By Jugjet Singh


THE Malaysian women's hockey team started Round Two of the World League in style when they beat Russia 3-1 in New Delhi, India, yesterday.

Ranked 22nd in the world, Malaysia beat the 20th-ranked Russians comprehensively, and the score line could have been much higher if not for some missed sitters.

Siti Rahmah Othman scored the opening goal off a penalty corner in the ninth minute before Noor Hasliza Ali widened the lead off a field goal in the 42nd.

Russia narrowed the gap off a Zhashkova Alexandra penalty corner in the 58th minute but in the 64th minute, Silin Fazilla Sylvester made it 3-1 from open play.

Malaysia's next match is against India today and it is expected to be a cracker with the winners moving closer to the third round tournament. The other teams in Malaysia's group are Kazakhstan, Fiji and Japan.

In the other match of the day Japan beat Fiji 14-0.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) competitions committee decided yesterday to allow Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) debutantes Terengganu to play in the Premier Division.

The decision was taken after Terengganu submitted a team list with eight seniors and one national junior.

The nine are Shahrun Nabil, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, Azlan Misron, Ismail Abu, Jivan Mohan, Ameerullah Aziz, Fitri Saari, Khairulnizam Ibrahim and junior Mohamed Hasrol.

However, it was not a concrete approval as the closing date for registration is March 2 and if Terengganu submit a different team list, they will have to play in the lower division.

The MHL starts on March 22 with the final slated for May 12. There are seven teams each in the Premier Division and Division One this season.

New Straits Times



Roaring start for Malaysian women in New Delhi

By AFTAR SINGH



In good form: Malaysian captain Nadia Abdul Rahman had an excellent outing against Russia yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian women’s hockey team got off to a flying start in Round Two of the World League tournament by upsetting Russia 3-1 at the Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in New Delhi.

The win has put the 22nd-ranked Malaysia on track for a top-two finish in the six-team competition and a place in the semi-finals.

The 20th ranked Russians went on the offensive from the start but it was Malaysia who took the lead off their first penalty corner in the ninth minute.

Skipper Nadia Abdul Rahman’s push was well deflected into goal by Siti Rahmah Othman. The goal boosted the national team’s performance as they created more chances as the game progressed. Malaysia lost 2-1 to Russia in the Champions Challenge II tournament in Kazan, Russia in 2010.

Malaysia kept up the pressure in the second half and doubled their scoreline in 42nd minute. Noor Hasliza Mohd collected a pass from Nurul Nabihah to slam the ball past Russia keeper Oxnan Serezhkina.

However, the Russian managed to reduce deficit off a penalty corner goal by Alexandra Zhashkova in the 58th minute.

Six minute later, from a counter attack, Malaysia scored their third goal through forward Fazilla Sylvester Silin to complete the rout. Goalkeeper Farah Ayuni Yahya was the toast of the Malaysian team with her numerous saves but ended up injured when she was hit on the knee by a Russian player in the last three minutes of the match.

National coach Mohd Nasihin Nubli praised his players for getting the better of the Russian team.

“It was a great start for us and my girls played well. Our plan of going for counter attacks worked well.

“The defenders also did well to stop the Russian forwards. We scored from the only penalty corner we received and missed few sitters in the first half,” said Nasihin, who hailed Ayuni for her effort.

“However, I am concern with Ayuni’s knee injury which needed three stitches. I hope she can recover in time to play against hosts India tomorrow.

“It would a tough match against top side India but we hope to create another surprise,” said Nasihin in a telephone interview.

Top seed Japan also got off to a winning start by thrashing Fiji 14-0.

Results & Fixtures

Japan 14 Fiji 0; Russia 1 Malaysia 3; India 8 Kazakhstan 0

Today’s matches

Fiji vs Russia (6.30pm), Japan vs Kazakhstan (8.30pm), India vs Malaysia (10.30pm)

All matches in Malaysian time

The Star of Malaysia



Victory for Scotland in Rome


Vikki Bunce

Goals from Scotland Captain Linda Clement and Vikki Bunce gave Scotland Women a 2-1 victory over Italy in Rome earlier today.

However, the Scots suffered injuries to Milne Craig Clydesdale Western pair Catriona Ralph and Morag McLellan and Scotland Head Coach Gordon Shepherd will be anxious that both players recover in time for the trip to Rio for the FIH World League next month.

Shepherd’s side had to battle back from being 1-0 down at half-time thanks to an 18th minute Italian strike. In the 42nd minute, Dundee Wanderers’ Vikki Bunce smashed the ball across goal towards the penalty spot, where Grove Menzieshill’s Linda Clement met the pass with a full length dive inside the circle to deflect the ball into the top right hand corner of the goal and level the scores at 1-1.


Linda Clement

Scotland continued to push forward and produced further chances with Clement coming closet to adding to the score. They eventually got their reward in the 61st minute from a penalty corner set-play, where the ball was manoeuvred to Bunce inside the circle and she rifled a low drive past the Italian goalkeeper to put her side into the lead at 2-1.

Considering the early injuries to key players to Ralph and McLellan, Shepherd was delighted with the team in the way they handled adversity. His side play Italy again tomorrow morning in their final warm up match before they depart to Rio for the FIH World League Round 2 next week

Scottish Hockey Union media release



International hockey retirements

Five English athletes announcement their retirement from international hockey



Crista Cullen in action for GB. Credit Ady Kerry, England Hockey.

Five members of the England and Great Britain hockey squads have today announced their retirements from international hockey. From the women’s squad, goalkeeper Beth Storry and penalty corner specialist Crista Cullen, both of whom won Olympic bronze at London 2012, have ended their international careers. And from the men’s squad, triple Olympian Ben Hawes, double Olympian Mark Pearn and Ken Forbes have announced their retirements from the very top level of the sport.

Thanking all five athletes for their contributions to the national team, England Hockey Performance Director Danny Kerry said: “Each of these athletes has in their own ways contributed massively to the national teams. The commitment they have each shown is testimony to their characters. We are very grateful for all they have given to the national teams and hockey in this country. I would personally like to wish them well with their future directions in life and I hope they will retain their links with us and the sport.”

For nearly a decade Crista Cullen, 27, has been one of the best known stars of the women’s game, representing her country at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. A feared penalty corner specialist, the Lincolnshire-born defender has been listed in the World All Stars Team three times - in 2006, 2007 and 2010 – and played a pivotal role in England’s rise up the world rankings. She bows out on the back of winning Olympic bronze at London 2012 where she finished joint top scorer with four goals. Fittingly, she found the back of the net in the last of her 171 international appearances, against New Zealand in Great Britain’s historic 3-1 victory. It was her 56th international strike.

A fierce competitor, Cullen helped England to a first ever World Cup bronze medal in 2010, the Commonwealth Games and Champions Trophy bronze medals in the same year, and four European Championship bronze medals in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011, In 2012, she helped Great Britain to the country’s best ever finish at a world level tournament – silver at the Champions Trophy.

Announcing her retirement from international hockey, Cullen said: “After much deliberation I have finally decided to hang up my stick. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who played their part in my international career, no matter how big or small. Together as a united squad we were able to be a part of something amazing, of which I am very proud and will remember fondly as I move forward in my new challenges. I have no doubts that the new programme will have same the passion, fight and desire as the last and would like to wish everyone the very best of luck, I will, of course, be watching with interest from afar."

Keen adventurer Cullen has returned to Kenya, where she spent much of her childhood, to pursue a Marketing and Sales Manager role for one of the leading security companies and exploring her deep passion for conservation, trying to do her part in helping fight the devastating massacre of elephants for ivory.

Capped 115 times for her country, Beth Storry, 34, competed for Great Britain at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and was a member of the GB side that won Champions Trophy silver in 2012. Her outstanding performances between the posts helped England win bronze medals at the 2007, 2009 and 2011 European Championships, a bronze medal at the 2010 Champions Trophy in Nottingham and a first ever World Cup medal, bronze, in 2010. Widely acknowledged as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, the Reading-born stopper was named in the 2010 World All Stars Team and picked up the annual Hockey Writers’ Club UK Women’s Player of the Year Award in 2008 following her performances at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Announcing her retirement from international hockey, Storry said: “Representing both England and Great Britain at hockey for the past seven years has been such an incredible honour. The past three years have been, without question, the best three of my life. If you had to ask me what my perfect job would be, then it would be playing hockey and being on the pitch or in the gym with my friends. To describe the programme and what it means to be part of it is impossible and something that you can't understand unless you have been part of it. I have some wonderful memories from the past years and I have been lucky enough to have made some incredible friends.”

Storry will continue to play hockey for Amsterdam H&BC, where she has moved from Investec Women’s Hockey League club Reading. A keen baker, Storry is hoping her next call up will be to the Great British Bake Off or its Dutch equivalent. Away from the hockey pitch, she has recently taken up a role with Nike in the Netherlands.

Another London 2012 Olympian, Ben Hawes, has also announced his decision to retire from international hockey after 227 appearances and 45 goals. Sussex-born Hawes, 32, will continue to play hockey for Wimbledon in Conference East of the Men’s Hockey League.

A former captain of the national team, triple Olympian Hawes led GB to fifth place at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was also part of the squad that finished ninth at the 2004 Games in Athens and finished fourth at London 2012, narrowly missing out on the bronze medal to Australia. Hawes retires as the longest standing member of the current England squad, having made his international debut in the summer of 2002. He was a member of the England side that triumphed at the European Championships in 2009, winning gold for the first time, and picked up medals at the 2003 European Championships (bronze) and Champions Trophy (silver).

Away from the hockey pitch, Hawes will resume his career as UK Partnerships Manager at Intercontinental Hotels Group and continue to serve on the British Olympic Association’s Athletes’ Commission.

Speaking about his retirement, Hawes said: “'I will look back at a career of 10+ years with many fond memories and experiences. Whilst I leave the international game with regrets over the way things finished in London I am able to appreciate my time as an international player and look back with pride on what we have achieved as a player group.”

The fourth of the retirees is Mark Pearn, who leaves international hockey after 246 appearances and 74 goals. The double Olympian returned to the England set-up in 2011 after a six year absence following retirement in 2005. He competed in England’s opening match of the 2011 European Championships but sustained a knee injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the tournament in which England won bronze. Pearn, 35, has represented his country at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, three European Championships (in 1999, 2003 and 2011, winning bronze on each occasion), two Commonwealth Games (1998, where England won bronze, and 2002) and five Champions Trophy tournaments (1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2011). He has twice been named UK Men’s Player of the Year by the Hockey Writers’ Club, winning the top prize in 2000 and 2011.

Announcing his retirement, Pearn said: “It has been an incredible honour to represent England and Great Britain at hockey since 1995 and I feel very fortunate to have been able to play for my country over such an extended period of time. Playing at Olympic Games, World Cups and Champions Trophies were highlights for me, but I enjoyed every opportunity to compete against the world's best players, teams and coaches. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me during this time, especially my family, my first coach John Law, and my current employers at Eagle House School and Wellington College, who supported my return to the international team in 2011.”

Now in his eighth season with Men’s Hockey League club East Grinstead, Pearn will carry on as player/coach of the Sussex side while continuing to work as a mathematics teacher and hockey coach at Eagle House School and Wellington College in Berkshire, where he has worked for the past four years.

The fifth retiree, Ken Forbes won 10 caps for England and Great Britain after making his debut for England at the Rabo Four Nations Cup in 2011 prior to the European Championships that same year. The former Surbiton defender, 34, holds dual nationality and previously played international hockey for South Africa, competing at the World Cup and Commonwealth Games in 2006.

Forbes said: “Playing hockey and more specifically playing international hockey has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. Since 2001 it’s been a pleasure to represent first South Africa and then England and Great Britain on the field of play. Playing for your country is a special achievement and one that I have always taken immense pride in. I’d like to thank my wife and family for the support given over many years. I’d also like to thank the coaches who invested time in developing me into an international player and my employers for the support over the last two years. Lastly I’d like to thank my team mates who made the long journey so enjoyable.”

Following retirement from international competition, Forbes is hoping to do more hockey coaching and find a new club in Singapore, where he is working for Henderson Global Investors.

England Hockey Board Media release



Rot-Weiss Köln win EuroHockey Club Champions Cup

German giants reclaim the title they last won in 2010



Rot-Weiss Köln, winners of the EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Cup. (Photo: European Hockey Federation)

Germany’s KHTC Rot-Weiss Köln have been crowned as winners of the BMW AutoLille EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Cup thanks to a string of brilliant performances in Lille (FRA) at the weekend.

Rot-Weiss powered to wins over Partille SC (4-2), Atlétic Terrassa (9-2), Racing Club de Bruxelles (4-1) and host club Lille MHC (12-1) to earn a place in Sunday’s Final. There, the Euro Hockey League hopefuls faced Racing Club for the second time in the weekend, with Köln producing another fine display to win 7-2.

The team started the final in sparkling fashion, with Christoph Menke giving his team the lead just seconds into the contest before Jan-Marco Montag, Andrin Rickli, Daniel Montag and Germany superstar Christopher Zeller fired home to give Köln a 5-0 lead at half-time. Belgian international Tom Boon pulled one back for Racing, but Rot-Weiss soon extended their advantage through former UHC Hamburg prodigy Marco Miltkau to effectively seal the win before Racing’s Kempf and Köln’s Daniel Montag wrapped up the scoring.

The result ensured that Köln reclaimed the title that they won in 2010, and will help them overcome the disappointment of being eliminated in the Quarter Final stages of the National Indoor Championships in Germany.

The Bronze medal game was contested between the hosts Lille MHC and Dinamo Yekaterinburg of Russia, with Dinamo taking a 4-3 victory.

Amsterdam H&BC’s Robert Tigges finished as the tournament top scorer, although his goals could not stop Amsterdam from finishing 7th and being relegated.

Final Ranking

1 KTHC Rot-Weiss Köln (GER) EuroHockey Champions
2 Racing Club de Bruxelles (BEL)
3 Dinamo Yekaterinburg (RUS)
4 Lille MHC (FRA)
5 Atlétic Terrassa (ESP)
6 Partille SC (SWE)
7 Amsterdam H&BC (NED) Relegated to EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Trophy 2014
8 Luzerner SC (SUI) Relegated to EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Trophy 2014

Awards
Top Scorer: Robert Tigges, Amsterdam H&BC

Best Goalkeeper: Niclas Franzen, Partille SC

Best Player: Marco Miltkau, KHTC Rot Weiss Köln

With 80 games in 4 venues over 3 days the EuroHockey Indoor Club Championships is without doubt the most intense weekend on the EHF calendar. More information about the EuroHockey Club tournaments can be found at www.eurohockey.org.

European Hockey Federation media release



Fund crunch may force Pakistan to skip Azlan Shah

KARACHI: Pakistan will not be able to send its national team for Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia next month and the junior team to Singapore unless the government released the promised funds, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has said.

PHF secretary, Asif Bajwa said that the financial position of the body was weak because the federal government had promised a grant of 100 million rupees which was yet to be released.

"The Punjab government had also promised us 30 million rupees which is yet to reach us," Bajwa said.

The PHF has survived mainly on government grants since Qasim Zia and Asif Bajwa took over as President and Secretary.

Zia, a former Olympian and a sitting member of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party government, has used his political clout to get around 850 million rupees by way of grants in the last five years.

Bajwa said in Pakistan, hockey being an amateur sport, survived mainly due to government grants.

"We have also supplemented our revenues by getting sponsorship but it is a expensive sport and we spend millions on one foreign trip. We are also not able to make more money because of the refusal of foreign teams to visit Pakistan because of security reasons," the former Olympian said.

Bajwa made it clear that the situation was a tight one for the federation and if grants were not received soon they might not able to send the senior team to the Azlan Shah tournament and junior team to Singapore for a Asian event.

"We are expecting the grant from the Punjab government in two or three days while we have written several times for the grant from the federal government."

Bajwa said the players were also uneasy and anxious because the cash prizes promised to them after winning the Asian Champions Trophy by the Prime Minister were yet to be given to them.

The Times of India



No one can take his place for granted

By S. RAMAGURU


KUALA LUMPUR: National players should not take their places in the national hockey team for granted.

National coach Paul Revington issued the stern warning and reminded the players that they will be accessed according to their performances in domestic competitions.

And that means the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) which starts on March 22 is a tournament which all aspiring national players must take part in and more importantly perform well.

“We will pick the best players from our current squad of 30 for the coming Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. But the training squad will undergo a review once the MHL gets under way. I will look at all the players (new and old) and then make a selection based on their performances.

“The MHL is the focal point in the selection process. There is no guarantee that the players in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup squad will retain their places. The players have to fight for their places and playing well in domestic meets is a must for me,” said Revington yesterday as the team enter their final phase of training for Ipoh.

The final selection of the 18 players for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is expected to be held on Feb 28. The team will then play two friendly matches against New Zealand on March 4 and 5 in Malacca. The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will be held in Ipoh from March 9-17.

There are three injured players in the list of 30. Nabil Fiqri is already back in training but faces an uphill task trying to get back into the final 18. The other two Izwan Firdaus and Hafifihafiz Hanafi are out they have yet to fully recover.

“There is no real issue with the injured players. We have several players like Faizal Saari and S. Kumar returning to the squad after their playing stint in India. Defender Baljit Singh who got married recently is also back with us. Like I said we will pick the best.”

For Revington the target this year is to try and qualify for the 2014 World Cup. He has two chances to do that.

The first is when the team play in the World League semi-finals in June (Johor Baru) and the other in the Asia Cup in August (Ipoh).

Revington also said that he feels there are not enough domestic tournaments for the players in Malaysia: “The current system of the MHL being played over three months is not enough. I would prefer if there are two such windows for the MHL each year. One in the beginning of the year and the other later. It would be ideal for the players to have good quality tournaments to earn a place in the national squad.

“Of course this is something that the association may want to look into for the future. I will be at the MHL to scout for players and the opportunity is open to all players to show what they have in order to make the cut for the training squad,” he said.

Revington, a South African, was the coach of the Ireland before taking up the coaching job here after the London Olympics. His long term target is to take Malaysia into the 2016 Olympics.

The Star of Malaysia



Terengganu to play in Premier



Terenganu have been allowed to play in the Premier Division of the forthcoming TNBMHL as they have managed to convince the Malaysian Hockey Confederation on the strength of their team by submitting a tentative list of players.

The MHC Competitions Committee were provided a list of players by Terengganu and they comprised of notable players who are members of the national team. Among the players are Shahrun Nabil, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, Azlan Misron, Ismail Abu, Jivan Mohan, Mohd Ameerullah, Fitri Saari, Khairulnizam Ibrahim and Mohd Hasrol.

"This is not something new as we have allowed UniKL and Yayasan NS have been allowed to play in the top flight in the past based on the players list as they have nine national squad players in the list," said MHC Competitions Committee Chairman M. Gobinathan after chairing a meeting.

"However this is not a blanket approval as the closing date for registration is March 2 and if we find that Terengganu has altered their list then they will have to play in the lower division. There are no two ways about this."

Gobinathan also said that the teams must register a minimum of 16 players by March 2 and will be given until March 15 to finalise their foreign imports that are limited to six per team.

"The teams may have several issues on getting the services of players and we have to be flexible on this aspect. Thus if they fail to get the foreign players by March 15, they can fill up the list with local players," added Gobinathan.

The TNBMHL will be played on a carnival basis with seven teams in the Premier Division having to play matches in Ipoh, Kuantan and Johor Baru, in addition to matches in Kuala Lumpur.

The seven teams in the Premier Division, played on an home and away format are defending champions KL Hockey Club, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Sapura, Maybank, Nur Insafi, UniKL and Terengganu.

As for the Division One, it will also comprise of seven teams, SSTMI, BJSS, Sunday 20/30, SSTMI Juniors, MBI Anderson, Uniten and Uitm.

"At the moment we have them playing a one round league but will discuss this with the team managers in a dialogue this friday on the possibility of them playing a home and away format as well so as to enable them to play more matches," added Gobinathan.

The MHL will commence on March 22 with the finals slated for May 12.a

TNBMHL Official site



Division Two champions KLSS draw favourites Thunderbolt

KUALA LUMPUR: Luck was certainly not on newly crowned Division Two champions KL Sports School’s (KLSS) side as they were drawn to meet the Division One champions and tournament favourites SSTMI-Thunderbolt in the quarter-finals of the MHC-MILO-NSC Junior Hockey League.

MSS Kelantan, the other team from Division Two, had an easier draw as they will face MBI-Anderson, who finished fourth in Division One.

KLSS won the Division two title on Sunday after beating MSS Kelantan 2-1 in the final.

Division One runners-up Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) have been drawn to meet SSTMI Juniors in what should be an easy match for them.

The other quarter-final match-up will pit Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) against Malacca High School.

UniKL and MBPJ are the two teams touted as possible contenders to stop Thunderbolt’s domination in the Junior League.

The duo will clash in the semis if they get through the quarter-finals.

The quarter-finals are scheduled to be played on Friday and Sunday while the semi-finals are slated for Feb 27 and March 1. The final will be held on March 3.

Thunderbolt won the double last year while the UniKL were runners-up on both occasions.

UniKL coach K. Embaraj said that it did not matter whom they played as the quarter-finals can be tricky if they do not take it seriously.

“We beat Malacca High School 4-1 in the preliminary round. But at this stage I am sure they will be better prepared. We have to plan this match over two games. So it will not be over until the second match. But we will go all out in both legs. We have to secure a comfortable cushion from the first leg,” he said.

Embaraj is confident his team will go through and he also sees MBPJ following suit.

“So there is a good chance that we will meet in the semis. MBPJ beat us by the odd goal in the league fixture and this will give us a chance to exact revenge. For now we will focused on the Malacca tie first,” he added.

The Star of Malaysia



Unlucky KL ready to fight

MILO CUP: Champs SSTMI drawn to meet city side in quarter-finals

By JUGJET SINGH


DIVISION Two champions Kuala Lumpur Sports School (KLSS) got the raw end of the Milo Cup draw when they were drawn to face Division One champions Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) in the quarter-finals of the Junior Hockey League which starts on Friday.

Division One runners-up Petaling Jaya City Council (PJCC), who drew Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School Juniors, should progress without much fuss, while UniKL Young Guns also have a relatively easy time against Malacca High School.

Division Two runners-up Kelantan are also expected to get the better of Anderson of Ipoh.

The first leg will be on Friday with the return leg to be played on Sunday.

PJCC team manager Zanal Abidin was happy with the draw, but having to travel for away matches bothered him.

"We are not worried about our opponents because we are ready for any team. Our main concern is having to travel for the away match, and being drawn to play in Taman Daya (Johor Baru) is very troublesome and tiring.

"Even though the draw to play SSTMI Juniors is good, we now we have to plan for the logistics to make sure fatigue does not come into the picture," said Zanal.

In the league, PJCC could only edge SSTMI Juniors 3-2 but Zanal's side have come a long way since.

As for KLSS, their semi-final as well as final hero Jagveen Singh is the man to watch in the quarter-finals after scoring five goals in the league.

Jagveen scored crucial goals in the Division Two semi-final win against Anderson Juniors (5-1) as well as the winning goal in the final against Kelantan (2-1) to hand his side their first JHL title in three attempts.

KLSS team manager Zainal Ariffin said: "It cannot get any tougher than this for us (playing the Division One champions) but we have to come to terms with it fast.

"The odds are stacked against us but we will give it our best shot as we have nothing to lose. The first leg will be vital as we cannot let them take a big lead to keep our hopes alive in the second leg."

First Leg (22 Feb): Tengku Mahkota Ismail SS v KL Sports School (Taman Daya, Johor Baru), Anderson v Kelantan (Azlan Shah Stadium), UniKL Young Guns v Malacca High School (National Stadium, Pitch 1), Petaling Jaya City Council v SSTMI Juniors (National Stadium, Pitch 2).

Second Leg (24 Feb): KL Sports School v Tengku Mahkota Ismail SS (Ministry of Education Stadium), Kelantan v Anderson (MPKT Stadium, Terengganu), Malacca High School v UniKL Young Guns (Bukit Serindit Stadium), SSTMI Juniors v Petaling Jaya CC (Taman Daya, Johor Baru).

(All matches at 5.00pm)

New Straits Times



Tickets on sale for EHL KO16 Amsterdam

Euro Hockey League gearing up for showpiece in Wagener Stadium



Amsterdam H&BC stars Taeke Taekema and Santi Freixa (Photo: Euro Hockey League / Frank Uijlenbroek)

The Euro Hockey League (EHL) and the European Hockey Federation (EHF) are pleased to announce that tickets for KO16 Amsterdam – the unique Easter event that sees Europe’s top 16 clubs battle over four days in a bid to secure a place at EHL Final Four –  are now available for purchase via the EHL’s online ticket sales site.

The tournament takes place between Friday 29th March and Monday 1st April 2013 in Amsterdam’s world famous Wagener Stadium, and will feature many of the world’s greatest players giving everything to keep alive their dream of becoming Euro Hockey League champions.

Online tickets will not only be cheaper than at the venue box office but will also guarantee entry for what will surely be a sell-out. We strongly recommend purchasing in advance to guarantee your entry into this stunning event.

Pricing for the KO16 matches which take on Friday and Saturday (KO16 / Round 2) begins at €17,50 for an adult ticket. Adult tickets on Sunday and Monday (KO8 / Quarter Finals) cost €14.00.  Four-day-passes (passepartouts) cost €52.00 for adults and €28.50 for kids.

The EHL has a special offer for U-16 hockey teams which are planning to attend the event. Teams can get 14 tickets for the price of 11, saving you money. A regular day ticket (all match days) for kids cost € 8.50 (6-16 years).

Please note that passepartouts and team tickets can only be purchased online.

The EHL ticketing website is available in six different languages: English, Dutch, German, Spanish, French and Italian.

Should you have any questions about your ticket order you can contact Paylogic either by phone or via email.

Phone: +31 (0)900 72 95 66 40 (€ 0,40 pm)
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The Paylogic customer service facility is available from Monday to Friday between 09.00 and 19.00hrs and on Saturday between 10.00 and 17.00 hrs.

More information on the EHL, the KO16 schedule, the participating teams and much more is available on www.ehlhockey.tv , the official website of the Euro Hockey League. 

KO16 Amsterdam – Match Schedule

Friday 29 March 2013


09.30 HTC Uhlenhorst Mülheim (GER) v Glynhill Hotel Kelburne (SCO)
12.00 KTHC Rot – Weiss Köln (GER) v Royal Leopold HC (BEL)
14.30 HC Rotterdam (NED) v Reading HC (ENG)
17.00 KHC Dragons (BEL) v Lisnagarvey HC (IRL)

Saturday 30 March 2013

09.30 Beeston HC (ENG) v East Grinstead (ENG)
12.00 HC Bloemendaal (NED) v Club de Campo de Madrid (ESP)
14.30 Atletic Terrassa (ESP) v Amsterdam H & BC (NED)
17.00 Waterloo Ducks (BEL) v Berliner HC (GER)

Sunday 31 March 2013

12.00 HTC Uhlenhorst Mülheim/Glynhill Hotel Kelburne v KTHC Rot – Weiss Köln/Royal Leopold HC
14.30 KHC Dragons/Lisnagarvey HC v HC Rotterdam/Reading HC

Monday 1 April 2013

12.00 Beeston HC/East Grinstead v HC Bloemendaal/Club de Campo de Madrid
14.30 Atletic Terrassa/Amsterdam H & BC v Waterloo Ducks/Berliner HC

Note: Match times and schedule subject to change due to the requirements of television or other factors as determined by EHL. All times are Central European Time (GMT +1).

Euro Hockey League Media Release



Maddie Hinch is mad for her shot at Rio

By Graham Wilson



Maddie-has-just-returned-from-England-s-Investec-Challenge-in-South-Africa

WITH the nickname ‘mad dog’, Maddie Hinch would seem to have the basic qualification to become England’s new No1 goalkeeper.

She has just returned from England’s Investec Challenge in South Africa with some more experience under her belt, and the Leicester keeper is very much looking forward to Rio in 2016.

“There is a long way to go and a lot of competition but of course my aim is Rio,” she said.

However, there was little she could do to stop a superbly taken 13th-minute goal from Canterbury’s South African international Jade Mayne in the top-of-the-table Investec League clash at Leicester on Sunday when the visitors kept up their unbeaten run and one-point lead over the champions with a 1-1 draw.

Leicester’s equaliser came six minutes later from Katie Long but they could not find the legs in a gritty second half to break down Canterbury.

Daily Express



Harrow Sports Announces New US Post-Collegiate Field Hockey Tournament

Denver, Colo. – Harrow Sports has announced they will host Harrow Cup, a new post-collegiate field hockey tournament to provide adult players a way to fill the void of competitive field hockey. Eight teams are expected to compete in the inaugural tournament.

"Offering post-collegiate players an opportunity to compete in an event of this magnitude will extend their hockey playing careers," said University of Maryland Head Field Hockey Coach, Missy Meharg. Too frequently NCAA players simply stop playing after college due to the lack of a structured post-college playing environment. My hope is that the Harrow Cup tournament will underscore the need for a semi-professional competitive league in the United States.”

With a $10,000 winner takes all cash prize, the Harrow Cup will be the highest paying field hockey tournament in America. Uniforms and equipment will be provided by Harrow Sports, free of charge. Registration will be open from February 15 until March 1. Players will be assigned to teams via Harrow Cup Draft on March 15.

“As a constant supporter of growing the game at all levels, Harrow is thrilled to be leading the charge in post-collegiate play. We believe this is currently the most under-served market in hockey and look forward to extending the careers of so many talented athletes.” said Alli Tanner, Harrow Field Hockey Brand Manager. 

The event is June 8-9 2013 at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

About Harrow Sports

Harrow Sports, Inc. is a leading marketer, manufacturer, and distributor of sporting goods and uniforms to the institutional and team sports market. Harrow’s lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey, and squash equipment lines, along with comprehensive apparel, bag, and footwear offerings are sold internationally and throughout America. Harrow is a devoted sponsor of USA Field Hockey and several NCAA programs.

USFHA media release