News for 23 February 2013

All the news for Saturday 23 February 2013

Dramatic tie leaves India and Japan locked on top

Three teams still in the hunt for World League top spot

Stephen Findlater

India and Japan played out a thrilling 2-2 draw before the latter won on penalties (Photo: Cameraworx)

Women’s Hero Hockey World League Round Two 2013, day four round-up

India – Japan 2-2 (half-time: 0-2), Japan claim winning draw 3-2 on penalties

Japan drew level with India at the top of the women’s Hero Hockey World League Round Two 2013 by virtue of a winning draw in the final game of day four in Delhi. It leaves it all to play for on the final day of the competition with both sides locked on ten points each, just one clear of Malaysia. The Japanese claimed two points for the second game running in a dramatic penalty shoot-out as captain Rika Komazawa once again was the heroine.

But India remain on top of the table by virtue of having won more games in the competition to date and so will win the competition on Sunday if they beat Russia. That outcome came as a result of an incredible late charge from India earned them their penalty reprieve as they scored twice between the 62nd and 64th minute to bring the tie level after Japan had looked the winners for the vast majority of the game.

They started like a house on fire, drawing an incredible save from Yogita Bali in the third minute when she got a brilliant palm to Yuri Nagai’s flicked effort after originally saving a reverse stick shot from the top. It went dangerous, though, and Shiho Sakai nailed her fifth goal of the tournament with a powerful low push from the ensuing penalty corner.

Bali was drawn into further saves from Miyuki Nakagawa on two occasions before Japan moved 2-0 up as half-time neared. It was from the set-piece again, this time Kumi Banda’s sweep was turned in on the right post by Akiko Ota. It was no less than they deserved for a dominant first half but India responded well in the second stanza. Rani drew the best from Ryoko Oie, using her shoulder to deny a sharp effort. The game was opening up markedly at this stage as the hosts sought to keep their tournament hopes on track.

And they got a lifeline when a diving Soundraya Yendala latched onto Jaspreet Kaur’s corner move. That was with eight minutes to go and moments later the game was level, this time Rani’s reverse-stick cross was brilliantly turned in from close to the flick spot by Napa Barla.

It earned them a point but they were not able to reinforce that comeback with a bonus point as Japan held their nerve, moving 2-0 up in the shoot-out and thought they won in the fourth round only for Akiko Kato’s effort to be ruled out. No matter, Komazawa scored her side’s next penalty to finally seal the deal, 3-2 in the shoot-out setting up a fascinating final day of the competition.

Malaysia – Fiji 12-0 (half-time: 4-0)

Malaysia recorded their third win from four games to remain very much in with a chance of finishing in the top two of the women’s Hero Hockey World League Round Two and possible qualification for round three as they got the better of Fiji.

They were scarcely troubled in this tie as Nadia Abdul Rahman was in exceptional form, first in midfield and then down the right wing. After just 30 seconds, her side showed their intent, Rahman’s switch to Kannagi Arumugam bouncing off the post. They went ahead in the sixth minute when Fazilla Sylvester Silin finished off from Nobaini Hashim’s cross. Rahman netted the second before two goals from Nor Azlin Sumantri completed the first half scoring.

After the break, Rahman completed her hat trick while Siti Noor Amarina Ruhani also scored three times. Sylvester Silin, Juliani Mohamad Din and Siti Rahmah Othman also weighed in for a comprehensive victory.

Kazakhstan – Russia 1-8 (half-time: 0-2)

Russia picked up their second win of the women’s Hero Hockey World League Round Two 2013 to keep alive their outside chances of potentially breaking into the top two of the tournament in Delhi.

They produced a superb second half performance to see off near neighbours Kazakhstan in the opening game of day four of the competition. It augmented two in the first half, the opener coming from Alina Krasnoperova’s excellent deflection, her fourth goal of the competition, from the top of the circle to Tamara Ivanova’s powerful crash ball.

Ekaterina Shaburova’s through the legs, back post effort doubled the difference by half-time and another great touch, this time from Kristina Shumilina extended the margin to three. The Kazakhs got some respite when Natalya Sazontova ran down the left wing and crossed for Vera Domashneva to finish off.

But Russia were relentless in the closing phases, scoring five more. Daria Vasileva cracked home a corner hit, Ivanova reversed in the goal of the game before nabbing her personal second goal before Evgenia Sorokina and Shaburova completed the rout.

FIH site

Japan downs India

Uthra Ganesan

India's Vandana Kataria and Japan's Kumi Banda tussle for the ball. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Indian women snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in their toughest match of the Hockey World League round two, losing 5-4 to the higher-ranked Japan.

The match went into penalty shootout after the teams were locked 2-2 at full time.

However, despite the loss, India remains on top of the table by virtue of more outright wins.

India has won three games in regulation time while Japan has won only two. India and Japan are tied on 10 points each while Malaysia is on nine.

For almost 60 minutes of the game, India was restricted to its own half.

Japan was far superior in the second half too, and hardly gave India any space to move with tight marking. Skipper Ritu Rani was again the only player who managed to create space but her efforts were nullified. It was finally Ritu who helped create India’s fifth penalty corner. Jaspreet Kaur’s grounded hit was deflected in by Soundarya Yendala. A minute later, Rani Rampal’s free hit was deflected in by Anupa Barla.

In penalties, Roselin Dung Dung and Soundarya Yendala were on target while Chanchan Devi, Ritu Rani and Vandana Katariya missed for India.

Mazuki Arai, Yuri Nagai and Rika Komazawa scored for Japan while Akiko Ota and Akiko Kato missed.

Other results: Russia 8 (Ekaterina Shaburova 3, Alina Krasnoperova, Kristina Shumilina, Vera Domashneva, Daria Vasileva, Evgenia Sorokina) bt Kazakhstan 1 (Natalya Sazontova); Malaysia 12 (Siti Noor Amarina Ruhani 3, Nadia Abdul Rahman 3, Silin Fazilla Sylvester 2, Nor Azlin Sumantri 2, Siti Rahmah Othman, Juliani Mohamad Din) bt Fiji 0.

The Hindu

Late surge give India a point against Japan

A three minute blitzkrieg that saw Indians striking a brace of goal gave India a point, enable them to maintain the top spot in the points table despite losing the match against Japan today in the fourth match.

India was taken aback by a stunner of a goal by Japan in the fourth minute and then four minutes before the half time Japan again converted its second penalty corner to send jitters in the Indian team.

However, in an otherwise dull day for the Indians, Soundarya Yandala dived to her right to connect a Jaspreet’s penalty corner push to inject life in the game (2-1) in the 62nd minute. Two minutes later, Anupa Barla struck to bring the score on par.

In the ensued one-to-one face off with goalie, Indians did badly losing first three attempts, Chanchan Devi, Vnadana and Ritu missing out while despite missing the third and fourth face off, Japan won the tie as it won the first two and the fifth.

As per the new rules, the drawn teams gets one point each and the winner in the tie-break another point.

Therefore India got one point, and the visitors two points.

India however continues to top the points table, as it has a win more than Japan’s two. Both teams have 10 points each.

Earlier, India could have wrapped up the tie in its favour had it used the chances it created. India got, fr instance, four penalty corners in the last moments of first half, but the process was not up to the mark.

Eves lose plot in shootout

Ninth-ranked Japan outplayed India 3-2 (2-2) in the most closely-contested match of the Women’s Hockey World League Round 2 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Friday.

With both sides locked 2-2 at full-time, the match went into the shootout. Japan collected three points after edging past India 3-2 in the shootout. Mazuki Arai, Yuri Nagai and skipper Rika Komazawa scored goals quite easily for Japan whereas Soundarya Yendala and Rani scored for India.

Chanchan Devi Thokchom, captain Ritu Rani and Vandana Katariya failed to get past the Japanese goalie Ryoko Oie and missed their chances.

Earlier, Japan dominated the first half of the match and scored two goals to take the lead. Shiho Sakai and Akiko Ota both converted penalty corners in the 4th and 31st minute respectively.

India came back strongly after the breather and equalised within 30 minutes, courtesy Soundarya Yendala’s successful penalty corner conversion and Anupa Barla’s field goal.

Indian eves kept attacking the Japanese half. However, the Japanese defenders restricted the scoreline to 2-2 at full-time and both the teams headed for penalty shootout.

Stopwatch: India 2 (S Yendala 62nd, A Barla 65th) lost to Japan 2 (S Sakai 4th, A Ota 31st) via penalty shootout (2-3)


Indian women slip in shootout against Japan

By Ritu Sejwal

NEW DELHI: The Indian women were tested for the first time in the Hero World Hockey League and went down 2-3 in the penalty shootout after holding a higher-ranked Japan 2-2 in regulation time at the Major Dhyan Chand National stadium on Friday.

Trailing by two goals for most duration of the match, the hosts clawed their way back into the encounter making it 2-2 at the final hooter. However, the Japanese girls held their nerve to prevail. Japan are now tied with India at the top of the table with 10 points each. Malaysia, who scored a 12-0 win over Fiji, are placed third with nine points.

Soundarya Yendala and Rani Rampal scored while Chanchan Devi, captain Ritu Rani and Vandana Katariya were off target for India in the shootout. Mazuki Arai, Yuri Nagai and captain Rika Komazawa scored for Japan.

After a tight match earlier in the tournament against Russia, which too had gone to the shootout, Japan went in against India with the intent to dominate, which they did after taking the lead in just the fourth minute when Shiho Sakai converted a penalty corner.

The Japanese forwards created another chance minutes later but Indian defender Deep Grace Ekka made a timely clearance. Japan kept attacking putting the Indian defence under tremendous pressure.

The hosts continued to struggle with basics like trapping and kept losing the ball which made teh job of Japan easier. To make things worse, a foul by Jaspreet Kaur in the 31st minute gave the Japanese the opportunity to make it 2-0 through Akiko Ota.

India recovered towards the end of the first half and stretched the Japanese defence with relentless counter-attacks. They enforced four penalty corners but failed to make them count.

The second half saw the hosts in a better light. They looked more organised but still had to wait to get their first goal in the 62nd minute when Yendala's deflection completed a penalty corner attempt. Three minutes later, Anupa Barla scored the equaliser. However, the shootout ended the resistance.

"Two defensive errors gave Japan their goals. We put them under a lot of pressure in the second half, which is encouraging," India's Australian coach Neil Hawgood said later.

The Times of India

Japan beat India 3-2 via penalty shootout

NEW DELHI: Indian women suffered a narrow 2-3 defeat against higher-ranked Japan via penalty shootout in the women's competition of the Hero Hockey World League at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on Friday.

In their biggest match of the tournament, the Indian women were pushed on the backfoot right from the start by the Japanese but the hosts came from behind in the fag end of the match to draw parity and take the game to the penalty shootout.

However, India failed to impress in the penalty shootout with Chanchan Devi Thokchom, skipper Ritu Rani and Vandana Katariya missing in the first three chances, whereas Mazuki Ari and Yuri Nagai found the target for Japan to go 2-0 up.

Soundarya Yendala and Rani scored in the last two chances, while Akiko Kato's goal was disallowed and with captain Rika Komazawa slotting home in the last attempt, it was all over for India as they succumbed to their first defeat in the tournament.

India and Japan are now tied at 10 points with two and three wins from four matches, while Malaysia are placed third in the table with nine points.

Earlier, Shiho Sakai (4th minute) and Akiko (31st) scored for Japan in the first half to go into the break with a 2-0 lead. However, India came back quite dramatically in the dying moments with two quick goals through Soundarya Yendala (62nd) and Anupa Barla (65th).

Japan went on an attacking mode right from the start and drew the first blood when Shiho flicked home in the fourth minute without much ado following a penalty corner. The Japanese eves continued to dominate and kept infiltrating the Indian D. Indian custodian Yogita Bali came up with some good saves to keep the visitors at bay.

The Indians could not pose any threat to the Japanese goalie early on. It was only in the final 10 minutes that the hosts stepped on the gas and made a few inroads in Japanese D but it didn't resulted into any goal.

Four minute from half time, Jaspreet Kaur's wrong tackle inside the D handed over a penalty corner to Japan, who didn't make any mistake and scored through Akiko Ota when they tried out a variation.

Two minute later, India got two successive penalty corner opportunities but the hosts squandered both the chances. At the stroke halftime, India were awarded a couple of more opportunities but the hosts failed again to go into the breather 0-2 behind.

In the first half, Jaspreet Kaur and Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam were shown the green card.

Japan earned their third PC five minutes into the second half but the Indian defence was up for the job. Though the hosts showed little more intent after the breather, their sorry state continued as they found it difficult to penetrate the rival defence.

The visitors earned consecutive penalty corners in the 58th minute but Indian defence kept the rivals at bay.

Eight minutes from the hooter, India came back into the match with two quick goals with Soundarya and Anupa being the scorers.

In the 62nd minute, India earned a PC after Japan's Emi Nishikori committed a foul and this time the hosts didn't make any mistake as Soundarya deflected home a grounded hit from Jaspreet.

Three minute later, Anupa brought up the much-needed equaliser when she deflected Rani Ramphal's hit inside the D following a free hit.

"We played well in patches. Two bad errors gave them two goals. In the second half, we increased the tempo and they also got under pressure. The next match will be the grand final now," India coach Neil Hawgood said.

After a rest day on Saturday, India take on Russia while Japan will lock horns with Malaysia and Kazakhstan will face Fijji on Sunday.

In other matches of the day, Russian women's team thrashed Kazakhstan 7-1 in a one-sided match.

Alina Krasnoperova (11th min), Ekaterina Shaburova (25th), Kristina Shumilina (39th), Daria Vasileva (50th), Tamara Ivanova (52nd & 59th) and Evgenia Sorokina (64th) scored for Russia.

Vera Domashneva scored the consolation goal for Kazakhstan in 41st minute.

In another one-sided match, Malaysia mauled minnows Fiji 12-0.

Fazilla Sylvester Silin (6th & 58th), Nadia Abdul (11th, 40th & 68th), Nor Azlin Sumantri (15th & 33rd), Siti Rahmah Othman (43rd), Siti Noor Amarina (44th, 66th & 69th) and Din Juliani Mohamad (53rd) scored for Malaysia.

The Times of India

Fiji hit for a dozen

Malaysia recorded their third win from four games to remain very much in with a chance of finishing in the top two of the women’s Hero Hockey World League Round Two and possible qualification for round three as they got the better of Fiji.

They were scarcely troubled in this tie as Nadia Abdul Rahman was in exceptional form, first in midfield and then down the right wing.

After just 30 seconds, her side showed their intent, Nadia's switch to Kannagi Arumugam bouncing off the post.

They went ahead in the sixth minute when Fazilla Sylvester Silin finished off from Nobaini Hashim’s cross. Nadia scored the second before two goals from Nor Azlin Sumantri completed the first half scoring.

After the break, Nadia completed her hat trick while Siti Noor Amarina Ruhani also scored three times. Fazilla, Juliani Mohamad Din and Siti Rahmah Othman also weighed in for a comprehensive victory.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot

Mas women hammer Fiji 12-0!

THE Malaysian women's hockey team beat Fiji 12-0 for a total of nine points in Round Two of the World League in New Delhi, India, yesterday.

The women now only need to beat Japan tomorrow to cement their spot in the semi-finals of the World League, which offers a ticket to the World Cup.

Malaysia had already beaten Russia 3-1 and Kazakhstan 3-1, while their only blemish was a 3-0 defeat to India.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Fiji Hockey Teams: Low on rank but high on morale

Shashank Gupta

It’s not easy being the minnows of any tournament; get thrashed by big margin every game, and still maintain composure, waiting their day to make a mark.

Fiji’s national hockey outfits here in Delhi for the Hockey World League are in such a predicament, and if the going ons are any indication, they are on right track, even getting clap from people of other nationalities.

“We are here to make it happen,” says Sainiana Hicks, assistant-manager with the Fiji squad.

And what does Sainiana and a few other women officials do to ‘make it happen’?

They clap, cheer, encourage and just four of these women are enough to outsmart the rest of the public present at the National Stadium, New Delhi.

The heartening performance by 71-ranked Men’s team of Fiji and 59-ranked Women’s team -- both are the lowest ranked teams in Men’s and Women’s category respectively -- at the ongoing Hero Hockey World League Round, at New Delhi has earned them appreciation from none other than FIH President Leonardo Negre.

When the Men’s team scored their first goal of the tournament, the President gave a wide smile and clapped for them.

It’s not easy for the Fiji players and the officials either.

Shelling out close to 10000 Fiji Dollars (About INR 3 lacs to play here, to cover their own expenses, going out to person-to-person to gather that much money, is not what you expect when you play a sport for the country. But that is what the passion for Hockey is all about in a country which has a base of about 200 Men and 150 odd Women Hockey players, primarily hailing from Suva, the capital of Fiji and just one synthetic turf to boot.

“We are unknown, unheard of but still we are trying things game after game. In each of the first two games we tried something different, today’s no different. We will go back to see what mistakes we committed and correct on that,” tells the Fijian coach Andrew Smith.

Well, that almost every coach says, isn’t it? Interestingly, what ‘different’ is Fiji team is trying is showing out on the pitch.

Fiji’s Men and Women, both, in their respective encounters on Thursday, bagged the ‘Man of the Match’ awards, handed over to them by Leonardo Negre himself.

Susana Mudunatagi, the goalkeeper of the Women’s team won the award for her outstanding performance against India and Adrian Smith won it for the match against China. Not to be forgotten is the fact that India beat Fiji Men 10-0 and China beat Fiji Women 4-1. And what is that different thing which the Fijians are trying?

The coach Smith says, “We go to the roof of our hotel for our morning runs. Previously, we were using the basement for the same but then the generator wasn’t helping us.Back in Fiji, we drink water directly from rivers. Here the food and water is not of our style but that hasn’t bothered us at all. We all love India and the experience of playing here.”

It doesn’t end here.

One of their main players is injured but the coach is confident that the team will get better in the next matches.

“When we came here we came here to win the tournament. Our performance will get better in the rest of the two games. We are here to send back a strong message, back home,” says the gutsy coach of the Fiji’s Men’s team.

Successful FIH-HI Coaching Course concludes in New Delhi

The coaching course participants pose with FIH President Leandro Negre, Tayyab Ikram and Hockey India's Dr. Narinder Batra. (Photo: Hockey India)

New Delhi, 22 February 2013: The seven-day FIH-Hockey India High Performance Coaching Course concluded today at New Delhi. Total 27 coaches from across the country participated in the second part of this programme being run by International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Hockey India.

FIH Master Coach Mr. Tayyab Ikram and FIH Grade 1 Coach Siegfried Aikman conducted this course from 16 to 22 February 2013.

At the conclusion of the course Mr. Tayyab Ikram said that it was a considerable progress made by Indian coaches and he is confident that coaches would be able to practice High performance information in their practical environments.

Hockey India Secretary General Dr. Narinder Batra thanked International Hockey Federation (FIH) for conducting the second edition of this course in India. “This course will really help our coaches to enhance their coaching skills and understand new developments in international level of coaching. I am sure that they will bring all these learnings into practice when they return to coaching players and teams” said Dr. Batra.

He further added that this programme will continue under the supervision of FIH for coming three years to complete its first phase.

In the week-long coaching course 27 participants were able to analyse the matches of Hero Hockey World League Round 2 in New Delhi. Former internationals including Baljeet Saini (Coach, Jr National Men’s Hockey Team and Ranchi Rhinos), BJ Kariappa, Dr AK Bansal (Coach, Delhi Waveriders HHIL Team), and Sandeep Sangwan were also among the participants.

FIH site

FIH-HI High Performance coaching course concludes

NEW DELHI: Twenty five coaches from across India, including former internationals AK Bansal and Baljeet Saini, participated in the seven-day FIH-Hockey India High Performance coaching course which concluded on Friday.

During the course, which was held from February 16 to 22, FIH successfully launched Webinar, a new coaching development tool. The first-of-its-kind FIH Coaching Webinar course included all the participants present during the course.

In the week-long coaching course, which was conducted by master coach Tayyab Ikram and grade 1 coach Siegfried Aikman, the participants watched the matches of the ongoing Hero Hockey World League Round 2 and did analyses of those games.

Former internationals including Dr AK Bansal (Coach, Delhi Waveriders), Baljeet Saini (Coach, Jr National Men's Hockey Team and Ranchi Rhinos), BJ Kariappa and Sandeep Sangwan were also among the participants.

"This is an effective way for coaches to learn and develop. With minimal time and money investment, the participants can gain vast knowledge," FIH President Leandro Negre said.

Ikram addressed the group of coaches via webcam and was supported with various video clips to enhance the learning experience.

The Webinar also promotes a transfer of knowledge as it was demonstrated how Games Analysis can be conducted by sharing footage on line. The successful launch also observed the interactive tools to discuss High performance coaching contents.

Ikram said that besides its global approach FIH would like to reach 200 coaches in India as trial by the end of this year and introduce this concept throughout India via webinar where coaches in groups could participate from different parts of India at the same time.

"This course will really help our coaches to enhance their coaching skills and understand new developments in international level of coaching. I am sure that they will bring all these learnings into practice when they return to coaching players and teams," said HI secretary general Dr Narinder Batra.

The Times of India

Belarus confirm squad for World League in Valencia

Coach Kagramanyan targets a place in World League Round 3

The Belarus national team (Photo: Belarus Hockey Federation)

Belarus women’s coach Samvel Kagramanyan has revealed the team that will compete in next week’s World League Round 2 event in Valencia, Spain. The tournament takes place between Monday 25 February and Sunday 3rd March, and will feature Ireland (FIH World Ranking 14), Spain (15) Italy (17), Belarus (21) and Czech Republic (37).  The two highest finishers in the Round Robin tournament will qualify for Round 3 of the World League.

The tactician is confident that his team will perform well and learn from the experience, but admitted to being disappointed about being unable to bring a full quota of 18 players to the competition.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, Mr Kagramanyan said: "Today, this is the best team. Julia Kurganskaya, one of the best midfielders from the Ritm-Azot club, has left the national team as she will soon become a mother. This is one of the reasons why we could not bring 18 players to Spain, and arrive with a short roster of 16 players. Many of our competitors are in the best condition for this tournament, so we can only hope that the experience and commitment of our players will help us.”

The team arrived in Valencia earlier this week and took part in a friendly match against a university team from Australia on Wednesday, emerging as 4-1 winners from the contest. This weekend the team will play a university team from The Netherlands as they continue their preparation for the start of the World League Round 2 tournament on Monday. 

Belarus will play Italy in their first match of the tournament. The two teams met on the final day of the World League Round 1 event in Prague, where Belarus emerged as 2-1 winners to finish top of the Round Robin tournament and seal their place in Round 2.

"Italy is a well-known opponent, we often meet at international tournaments”, continued coach Kagramanyan. “A recent meeting finished 1-1. If we manage to beat the Italians and the players from Ireland, I think that 90% of the work will be done.”

Belarus team for World League Round 2 in Valencia.

Khristsina KIBKOVA (HC Victoria Smolevichi)
Alena CHEPIKAVA (HC Victoria Smolevichi)
Volha KHAMKO (HC Ritm-Azot Grodno)
Natallia STSIFUTKINA (HC Ritm-Azot Grodno)
Maryia HALINOUSKAYA (HC Ritm-Azot Grodno)
Alesia PIOTUKH (C - HC Victoria Smolevichi)
Ryta BATURA (HC Victoria Smolevichi)
Yuliya MIKHEICHYK (HC Victoria Smolevichi)
Nadzeya SILITSKAYA (HC Ritm-Azot Grodno)
Nastassia SYRAYEZHKA (HC Victoria Smolevichi)
Krestsina KULINKOVICH (HC Victoria Smolevichi)
Maryna PAKHANAVA (HC Victoria Smolevichi)
Hanna DAKUTOVICH (HC Ritm-Azot Grodno)
Maryna NAVITSKAYA (GK - HC Victoria Smolevichi).

Source Material: Belarus Hockey Federation

FIH site

Women's European indoor season nears climax

Final EuroHockey Indoor weekend of 2013 starts today

Marijke Fleuren with 2012 winning captain Natasha Keller (Photo: European Hockey Federation)

Three divisions of the women's EuroHockey Indoor Club Championships started today in Lille, Wettingen and Lisbon today (Friday 22nd February).  These tournaments will bring the curtain down on the 2013 EuroHockey Indoor season.

The Champions Cup tournament started in 1990 and has been totally dominated by German teams since that time. Rüsselsheimer RK were winners of the competition from 1994 through to 2006, an incredible record unlikely to be beaten as the Bundesliga competition has become even more competitive with the Champions varying over the years since then. KTHC Rot-Weiss Koln come in as hot favourites in Vienna, but HC Ritm-Azot Grodno from Belarus took the Germans to penalties in the final in 2012, so will be looking for some sporting revenge, and perhaps a Gold medal.

You can follow a LIVE twitter feed: @svarminen - Event hashtag #EHICVienna

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Fridays games:



KTHC Rot-Weiss Koln


Gintra Strekte Uni HC



Club de Campo


Leicester HC



HC Ritm-Azot Grodno


SV Arminen





SK Slavia Praha



Gintra Strekte Uni HC


Leicester HC



Club de Campo


KTHC Rot-Weiss Koln



SV Arminen


Sk Slavia Praha





HC Ritm-Azot Grodno

In addition, we are delighted to have the Trophy division being hosted by Rot Weiss Wettingen, a team that missed out on promotion last year by the narrowest of margins. A -2 goal difference was the difference between them and the girls from Bowdon, England. who took the promotion slot.  They will be only too aware that in this competition each and every goal is essential, even keeping the down the scores and gaining the bonus losing point can make a difference on the final day!

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MSC Sumchanka


Slagelse HC



HF Lorenzoni


HC Dinamo Elektrostal



Grove Menzieshill HC


Cambrai HC



HC Rotweiss Wettingen


HK Zrinjevac



Slagelse HC


HC Dinamo Elektrostal



HF Lorenzoni


MSC Sumchanka



Cambria HC


HK Zrinjevac



HC Rotweiss Wettingen


Grove Menzieshill HC

And finally we are delighted to have the Challenge Division being hosted by C.F.Belenenses, it's their first time hosting a EuroHockey event, so we wish them well, we know that they have been working hard to be prepared to host this wonderful event in Lisbon, and have invited the local schools to enjoy the wonderful sport that is Indoor Hockey! A hectic schedule with one pool of 7 teams, that's 21 games over the 3 days.

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and their Facebook page is:





CF Belenenses


Howardian LHC




Ards LHC


Abant Izzet Baysal University


Royal Evere White Star HC


Partille SC


Howardian LHC




CF Belenenses


Abant Izzet Baysal University


Ards Ladies HC


Partille SC


Royal Evere White Star HC

The EHF would like to wish all the teams the very best of luck on the court and hope they enjoy the efforts of their hosts off the court! The EHF President re-iterated the message she passed to the men's captains 'A special word to the team captains - We except respect from all of your team, especially in your role as captain: be the leader your team deserves and make the game even quicker by being the only one who speaks to the umpire!'

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Tough opening day for Leicester

The opening day of the EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup saw Leicester lose their opening match narrowly by just 1-0 to Spanish side Club de Campo before losing to Ginta Strekta of Lithuania 3-1 in the afternoon.

Despite conceding to the Spanish before the break, the 2012 Maxifuel Super Sixes Champions couldn't find a way past the solid defence.

Against Gintra Strekte, Leciester were behind after seven minutes but it remained 1-0 at the break and the Pukkas were well in with a chance. But midway through the second half they conceded a second and a third soon after. They withdrew goalkeeper Maddie Hinch in an effort to battle back but ultimately went down 3-1; Kerry Williams bagging the late goal for the Pukkas from a penalty corner.

Next up for Leicester is the tournament favourites, Rot-Weiss Koln, who won their opening matches 7-1 and 5-2 on Friday. That match gets underway at 08:00 GMT on Saturday.

Follow the tournament on the official tournament website.

On Twitter, follow @svarminen for live match tweets or use the hashtag #EHICVienna.

BBC Leicester’s Ian Stringer is with the team in Vienna and you can listen to his reports on BBC Radio Leicester and find out more on the BBC website.

Earlier this week, Vanessa Hawkins gave us her take on Leicester's European campaign...

Leicester Ladies go into this weekend’s EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup in Vienna with a real sense of occasion. Two years ago the East Midlands club competed in the second tier of the European competition and they got a real taste for it. On that occasion however they missed out on promotion by the narrowest of margins on goal difference to Scottish side Dundee Wanderers.

Just last weekend, East Grinstead’s men took the title at the EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy tournament in the same venue and while a similar result in the top tier of the women’s competition might seem unlikely given the strength of the Germans, the girls in orange are thoroughly looking forward to the challenge ahead.

Leicester’s Vanessa Hawkins told the England Hockey website: “The team is feeling confident of putting on a good show, if not a little apprehensive. We’re very excited to playing in this prestigious tournament. We had a positive indoor season topping the Maxifuel Super Sixes Premier Division table, and although we didn’t make it to the final this year we learnt a lot from our playoff semi final defeat.”

As Hawkins points out, no club from outside of Germany has ever won the European women’s indoor title and it’s hard to look beyond them as favourites in Vienna.  “We feel Rot-Weiss Koln will be the team to beat this weekend. They have a lot of pressure on their shoulders as a non-German club has never won this competition. We’re looking forward to facing them in our third pool match.” 

Leicester face the Germans in the first match on Saturday morning (08:00 GMT). By that stage the East Midlands side will have faced Spain's Club de Campo (Friday, 10:40 GMT) and Gintra Strekte Uni of Lithuania (14:30 GMT) and will know exactly what’s required of them. Good results in their opening fixtures would give them the opportunity to progress to the top four pool, Pool C. Teams in Pool D, which will feature the sides finishing third and fourth in their opening pools, will play off to avoid the drop.

The Leicester skipper identifies the returning goalkeeper Maddie Hinch as key to her side’s hope. Hinch has recently returned from South Africa, where she attracted the plaudits for a string of good performances for England at the Investec Challenge. “Maddie Hinch is a key player for us,” admitted Hawkins. “Her speed, agility and natural talent as a goalkeeper resonate to the indoor game, allowing her to dominate the defensive circle.  Nic White (pictured) and Katie Long are also lively players, creating opportunities and causing trouble in attack. And our England indoor stars Kerry Williams and Hannah Smith are really the backbone of our defence.”

But it’s not all about the big names. In Carmen Simpson, Jo Hunter and Josie Inverdale the Pukkas, as they’re known, have three talented stars of the future who will be called upon to play their part in Austria.

And Hawkins acknowledges the support of the team’s sponsors who have helped back the club in its European campaign. “We’ve had great support from the likes of Pukka Pies, Grays, Precision Training and local businesses in Leicester,” says Hawkins. “Without all of this we wouldn’t be able to achieve what we do. And the media too has been superb. Ian Stringer from BBC Leicester is travelling with the team and will be reporting on each game.”

Follow Leicester’s European indoor campaign via the SV Arminen website.

England Hockey Board Media release

Grove Menzieshill face European relegation fight

Grove Menzieshill will face a relegation battle in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy following defeats at the hands of Cambrai HC and Rott-Weiss Wettingen in Switzerland today.

The Dundonians will definitely contest the relegation pool alongside HK Zrinjevac and the two bottom sides from Pool A after losing 5-1 to the French champions in their opening game of the tournament before succumbing to a 5-0 loss by the Swiss hosts in the final match of today's session.

Charlotte Jones' side found themselves on the back-foot inside four minutes when Camille Druart opening the scoring for Cambrai before Justine Blondel (16') and Camille (19'), this time from a penalty corner, gave the French side a 3-0 half-time lead.

Louise Baxter gave her side some hope in the 25th minute when she pulled one back for Grove Menzieshill but two goals from Alix Perrocheau (27', 37') settled the contest at 5-1 come full-time.

In their second match, a tight first half saw Grove Menzieshill trail by a single goal at half-time, with Elena Trosh giving Rott-Weiss Wettingen a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute.

However, four goals in eleven second half minutes gave the home side a comfortable 5-0 win at full-time; Tamara Tosch doubled the lead in the 29th minute and Karin Bugmann notched a goal from a penalty corner in the 35th minute to make it 3-0, before two penalty corner strikes from captain Stefanie Walti (37', 40') rounded off the scoring at 5-0.

For a full round-up of scores and pool standings in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy, please visit the EuroHockey website.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Wanderers target top five spot

Vikki Bunce vs. GM 2012 Cup Final

Dundee Wanderers face an important double header this weekend in Women’s Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1.

The Dundonians face Inverleith Ladies at Forthbank tonight (19.30) and then travel to Glasgow to play Western Wildcats at Auchenhowie tomorrow afternoon (15.00).

Significantly, they can leapfrog Giffnock into the top five of the league if they can muster positive results from their two matches.

In Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 2, second place Granite City Wanderers face a tough fixture against promotion rivals Watsonians at Aberdeen Sports Village (13.30).

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw the last time they met in the league and both sides will want to keep leaders GHK in their sights with a victory tomorrow. Meanwhile, GHK can extend maintain their position at the top of the table if they can record a win away Borders Fjordhus Rievers at Tweedbank (14.30).

At the bottom, relegation threatened Haddington Ladies and Waverley Inveresk Trinity go head-to-head at the Augbigny Centre (12.00). A win for the East Lothian side would extend the points difference to six and leave the Bangholm side a mountain to climb in their attempts to escape the drop.

Elsewhere, Erskine Stewart’s Melville could climb into the promotion spots if they can notch up a win away to Highland at Bught Park (13.30) and other results go their way, while Glasgow University take on city rivals Hillhead Ladies at Garscube (13.00).

AAM Merlins Gordonians are the runaway leaders in Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 3 and will be aiming to extend their winning run to eleven matches away to Dundee University at Riverside Park (15.00).

Stirling University can stay in contention for promotion with a home win against Bon Accord MBC at Gannochy Sports Centre (12.30), while Stirling Wanderers can stay with the promotion chasing pack with an away win over St.Andrew’s University (12.00). Similarly, Aberdeen University have the same aim when they play bottom side Ayr at Aberdeen Sports Village (15.00).

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Top two go head to head in Division 1 battle

Alan Forsyth, Kelburne

Pick of the day’s fixtures in the Men’s Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1 is undoubtedly the top of the table clash between Glynhill Hotel Kelburne and Grange at Bellahouston on Saturday.

Both sides are deadlocked on 21 points, with Colin Clarke’s side having played a game more. For the Edinburgh outfit, it is a must-win match as the Paisley pace-setters look likely to run away with the league title once again.

For Kelburne, they are looking to stretch their 100% win record record in the league to eight matches and will look to the likes of Scotland and Great Britain U21 striker Alan Forsyth, top scorer with 15 goals this season, and Johnny Christie to spearhead the attack.

Meanwhile, Western Wildcats can secure their place in the top five of the league for the post-split when they play second from bottom AAM Gordonians at Auchenhowie (12.00). Vishal Marwaha’s side need a point against the Aberdonians tomorrow to confirm their spot, consigning PSL Team Sport Clydesdale to the bottom five.

AMN Hillhead could put some distance between themselves and second from bottom AAM Gordonians, but will have their work cut out against Chris Anderson’s Grove Menzieshill side, who could move into second place if results elsewhere go their way.  The two sides meet at Jordanhill at 14.25.

In Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 2, leaders Dundee Wanderers could extend their lead to eleven points at the top of the division if they can overcome second place Falkirk GHG at Dawson Park (11.30).

At the bottom, CALA Edinburgh will aim to pull themselves out of the relegation places when they play rivals Dundee University at Riverside Park (13.30), while Highland could find themselves marooned at the bottom if they lose out to third place Glasgow University at Garscube (14.30).

Fresh from the European excursion to Athens, McWhinney Uddingston are aiming to move back into contention for promotion when they are away from home to Granite City Wanderers at Aberdeen Sports Village (12.00).

Finally, Stepps play Aberdeen GSFP at Millerston (15.30) and Alpha Data Carnegie are at home to St.Andrew’s University at HMS Caledonia (14.30).

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Pakistan hockey team to be named today

Staff Report

LAHORE: Pakistan hockey team will be named on Saturday (today), who will take part in the 22nd Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament to be played in Ipoh, Malaysia from March 9-17. “Pakistan hockey players are attending a training camp at National Hockey Stadium and the selection will be made on the recommendation of the team management,” said a spokesman for the Pakistan Hockey Federation on Friday. Manager and head coach of the team Akhtar Rasool Chaudhary will announce the final line-up.

The Daily Times

Dar HA distributes equipment

LAHORE - Dar Hockey Academy (HA) distributed modern hockey equipment received from Holland among the players of the PHF hockey academy here on Friday.

Test cricketer Wahab Riaz was the chief guest at the ceremony where the equipment was distributed among the young players at the outer ground of National Hockey Stadium. Dar Hockey Academy president and former Olympian Tauqeer Dar was also present along with coaches of the academy.

A full container of hockey equipment was sent to Dar Academy by Flying Dutch veteran hockey team which toured Pakistan last December as a sign of goodwill to further cement sports relations between the two countries. The equipment includes hockey shoes, small goal posts, track suits, goalkeepers full kit, sticks, protective gears and allied stuff being used by players during practice and matches.

“In the first phase, we have distributed pairs of shoes and other equipment to the players of the PHF academy and in the second phase, we will be distributing it among the deserving players and academies throughout the country,” said Taqueer. He said during their visit to Pakistan, the Dutch veteran team promised to send hockey equipment and a desso turf for Dar Academy for the revival of hockey at grass root level.

He said Dar Academy will provide equipment to hockey clubs and academies which are working at early level for the cause of hockey.

He said a full goalkeepers’ kit was presented to veteran Olympians and former Pakistan captain Wasim Ahmed for his academy at Vehari. “The Dutch team will also be providing a desso turf which will be laid at the outer ground of national stadium whose plastic surface has worn out.”

“We are thankful to the Dutch team for their generous contribution for the further uplift of hockey. This gesture will be long remembered in history of Pakistan hockey as never before such a heavy strength of hockey equipment was provided to any academy,” he added.

He said Dar academy had signed a playing agreement with the PHF academy which under both the academies would play two practice matches in a week in order to improve their game. Showing a good gesture, Wahab Riaz also gifted 36 international standard hockey balls to Dar hockey, he concluded.

The Nation

PJCC handed shock defeat

Petaling Jaya City Council were defeated by SSTMI Juniors in the only shock result in the first leg of the MILO Cup matches played this evening. And it could have been worse for PJCC as they were down 4-1 at one stage before reducing the margin of defeat to just one, and that keeps their hopes alive in the return leg.

In Johor Baru, their senior side, SSTMI defeated second division champions, KL Sports School 4-0, rendering the second leg a mere formality. And at the National Hockey Stadium, UniKL Young Guns hammered Malacca High School 7-0.

The young SSTMI side played above themselves and got their goals via Firdaus Musa (17th), Danial Asyraf (40th, 44th) and Luqman Nur Hakim (49th)

PJCC scored through Hafify Rodzi (30th), 58th og, Shahiram Zali (65th) and need to play better in the second leg or lose out on a place in the semis.

SSTMI coach Wan Roslan Wan Rahman could not have asked for a better show from his charges as they attempt to win a second succesive double.

"Considering that KLSS completed their Division Two fixtures without dropping points, we expected to have a tough time against them.However, my players took control of the match from the start, and with a four-goal cushion, the return leg would be much easier to play," said Wan Roslan.

SSTMI opened scoring in the 13th minute through Azril Misron.  Ahmad Ashraf Alias (33rd), Azwar Abdul Rahman, (38th) Hafiz Seleman (54th) completed rthe rout.

UniKL Young Guns were in mean mood as they hammered Malacca High School 7-0and are virtually in the semis.

Haziq Samsul (2nd, 67th minutes), Syafiq Zulzairin (30thminute), Rafizul Ezry (42nd minute), Norsyafiq Sumantri (50th minute), Hafifi Elkan (62nd minute) and Syafiq Zulzairin (64th minute) were on target for UniKL.

"Winning by a big scoreline now allows us to rest some players for the second leg as we have to play three matches over five days next week. It was a decent enough performance but we could have played better and used the space better," said UniKL manager Mohd Faiz Is

In Ipoh, MBI-Anderson showed their class be defating PHK-MSS Kelantan 5-1 and are safe bets to move into the semis.


Petaling Jaya Municipal Council 3 SSTMI Juniors 4

UniKL Young Guns 7 Malacca High School 0

SSTMI 4 KL Sports School 0

MBI Anderson  5 PHK-MSS Kelantan 1

Fixtures (Sunday)

SSMTI Juniors v PJCC - 5.00pm - Taman Daya JB

Malacca High School v UniKL Young Guns - Stadium MPMBB

KL Sports School v SSTMI Juniors - MOE Stadium, Pantai

PHK-MSS Kelantan v MBI Anderson - Stadium MPKT, Terengganu

Unofficial MJHL site


FIRST LEG: Champions edge closer to semi-finals, Juniors shock PJCC

LEAGUE champions Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) virtually sealed their semi-final spot when they hammered Kuala Lumpur Sports School 4-0 in the first leg quarter-finals of the Milo Cup yesterday.The upset of the day was claimed by Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School Juniors who beat Division One runners-up Petaling Jaya City Council 4-3.

UniKL Young Guns were also in a mean mood as they whitewashed Malacca High School 7-0 to make the return leg on Sunday a mere formality.

In the other quarter-final, Anderson of Ipoh beat Division Two runners-up Kelantan 5-1.

SSTMI coach Wan Roslan Wan Rahman could not have asked for a better show from his charges: "Considering that KLSS completed their Division Two fixtures without losing, we expected to have a tough time against them.

"However, my players took control of the match from the start, and with a four-goal cushion, the return leg will be much easier to play."

The double champions have claimed one silverware, and are heading towards the Milo Cup on a steady note.

"It was a small step towards our goal of retaining the Milo Cup, and hopefully, the players continue this momentum in the semis as well as the final," said Wan Roslan.

SSTMI got their goals off Azril Misron (13), Ahmad Ashraf Alias (33rd), Azwar Abdul Rahman (38th) and Hafiz Seleman (54th).

As for UniKL Young Guns, their seven were scored by Haziq Samsul (second, 67th), Syafiq Zulzairin (30th), Rafizul Ezry (42nd), Norsyafiq Sumantri (50th), Hafifi Elkan (62nd), Syafiq Zulzairin (64th).

As for SSTMI Juniors, Firdaus Musa (17th), Danial Asyraf (40th, 44th), Luqman Nur Hakim (49th) caused the upset, while PJCC narrowed the gap for a shot at the return leg via Hafify Rodzi (30th), Shahiram Zali (65th) and an own goal in the 58th minute.

RESULTS -- Q-finals, 1st leg: Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School 4 KL Sports School 0; Anderson 5 Kelantan 1; UniKL Young Guns 7 Malacca High School 0; Petaling Jaya CC 3 SSTMI Juniors 4.

TOMORROW -- Q-finals, 2nd leg: KL Sports School v Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (Ministry of Education, 5pm); Kelantan v Anderson (Terengganu, 5pm); Malacca High School v UniKL Young Guns (Bukit Serindit, 5pm); SSTMI Juniors v Petaling Jaya CC (Taman Daya, 5pm).

New Straits Times

KZN Inland to defend SA indoor hockey titles in their home province


SA men's head coach for Rio, Charlie Pereira, will not be with his triple champion KZN Inland side at the upcoming SA Men's Indoor Hockey Interprovincial Tournament in Pietermaritzburg. Photo: TERRY FEBRUARY

THE KwaZulu-Natal Inland indoor hockey selectors have named competitive provincial teams to contest for top titles in the upcoming U21 and senior interprovincial tournaments.

First up will be the KZN Inland U21 men’s and women’s teams, who will take part in the U21 Festival in Durban on Sunday.

Then it’s the turn of the senior KZN Inland men’s and women’s teams to participate in the South African Indoor Hockey Interprovincial Tournament (IPT) from next Thursday to Saturday in Pietermaritzburg.

KZN Inland, the undisputed best indoor hockey province in South Africa, will be defending both the SA men’s and SA women’s titles won in Cape Town last year.

The Inland men will be without victorious head coach Charlie Pereira, who has led the lads to a hat-trick of titles in the last three years including last year's epic win against Western Province in Cape Town, as the former SA star has been elevated to head coach of the SA men's outdoor team that will be doing battle in World League Round 2 in Rio, Brazil from Wednesday.

However, the lads have in Ayden Shrives a veteran of multiple SA indoor title wins with Inland and his experience will be invaluable when things get tight on the court.

Fiercely competitive, international outdoor umpire Shrives is at his best in the red-hot battle zone that can erupt  in the close confines of an indoor court and that priceless asset will be crucial in guiding Inland's exciting side when the going gets rough.

The men’s side also have the big, burly underrated striker Gavin Jelly as a wildcard who can create havoc in opposition defences and he will once again prove to be a handful for his markers, allowing team-mates to exploit the spaces.

The Inland ladies shocked everyone but head coach Brian Edwards, manager Janet Edwards and selection convenor Jean Rose by winning the SA women's title last year when they shocked the fancied KZN Coastal Raiders under coach Lennie Botha in an epic tournament.

The legendary Brian Edwards, the former Springbok captain - and Springbok men's and women's coach - is one of, if not the, most tactically astute coaches in SA hockey history and his skill in guiding a no-name brand team will be crucial to the Inland girls' fortunes.

Meanwhile, the University of KZN Hockey Club's mini-hockey and academy hockey programmes are building their numbers of young participants.

Situated at UKZNHC’s clubhouse and splendid Greenfields hockey turf in the Peter Booysen Sports Park off Golf Road in Scottsville, the mini-hockey and academy programmes began three years ago and have grown further in this the new 2013 season.

Schoolchildren from the ages of six to 12 are in the mini-hockey programme with boys and girls from age 12 to 18 in the academy hockey programme under the guidance of experienced, accredited coaches under the supervision of UKZN head coach Fabian Gregory, who is the current Investec South African women’s hockey team assistant coach.

For more information contact either UKZN Hockey’s Reggie Smith at  082 578 0840  and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Karen Volmink at  082 064 8537  and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone the office at  033 260 5936 .



U21 A:
Tandy Goba, Le Neal Jackson, Steve Griffin, Sibusiso Ngubane, Zamo Ngubo, Damian Kimfley, Zaid Pillay, Cameron Redmead, Dumi Mncwango, Cameron Taylor.

U21 B: Jonathan Ogden, Timothy Blake, Devon O’Brien, Reuben Edgecombe, Andrew Tilbury, Rylan Henning, Phillip Smerdon, J Reynolds, Jubs Zondi.

Senior A: Rohn Barron, Ian Griffiths, Justin Domleo, Chris Oldnall, Matthew Redmead, Robin Jones, Devon van der Merwe, Gavin Jelley, Ayden Shrives, Cameron Redmead.

Senior B: Chris McCathie, Anton Mduli, Le Neal Jackson, Sibusiso Ngubane, Zamo Ngubo, James Thomas, Dumi Mncwango, Damian Kimfley, Zaid Pillay, Steve Griffin.


U21: Amy Greaves, Lana Kruger, Confidence Mashau, Vicki Jonker, Kirsty Camons, Caitlyn Seegers, Ros Flint, Nadia Stella.

Senior A: Taryn de Winnaar, Nadia Stella, Ros Flint, Eloise Miskey, Vicki Jonker, Tracy Bestall, Tracy Martens, Kirsty Camons, Amy Greaves, Lana Kruger.

Senior B: Megan Woodburn, Ashton Botes, Sian Eustice, Vee Lumley, Sam Scott, Annemi Janse van Rensburg, Heather O’Neill, Caitlyn Seegers, Kirsty Scott, Confidence Mashau.

SA Hockey Association media release