News for 28 February 2013

All the news for Thursday 28 February 2013


South Africa, Argentina & Chile win in Rio

Two big scores & one close contest on Day 1 of Men's WLR2



Action from South Africa's match against Brazil on the opening day of World League Round 2 in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: LuValiatti )

There were two big scores and a tightly contested match in the opening day’s three matches at the World League Round 2 event at the Deodoro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday.

South Africa cruised to a 9-0 victory over Brazil while Argentina dominated Trinidad & Tobago 9-2. The final match of the day was a closely fought match between USA and Chile, with Chile recording a 1-0 win over their north American rivals. 

SOUTH AFRICA vs BRAZIL

The South African men’s hockey team got their World League Round 2 campaign off to a great start at the Deodoro in Rio de Janeiro Wednesday when they beat host nation Brazil 9-0 after leading 6-0 at half-time.

Clint Panther nailed a hat-trick (34th, 35th and 67th minutes) with Lloyd Norris-Jones getting a brace (32nd and 61st minutes) and Craig Haley (second minute), Austin Smith (penalty corner 11th minute), Taine Paton (25th minute) and Ricky West (51st minute PC) adding the rest.

World number 12 SA got on the scoresheet early, which took the pressure off, but the second half started badly for the Africans, who gave away possession too easily.

SA had a good start to the tournament but there is lots of work to do if they are to topple tournament favourites Argentina, the world number 10.

World 33 Brazil tried very hard but were unable to keep possession long enough to present a genuine threat.

Captain Ernst Onnes worked valiantly to rally his Brazilian troops in blue and despite the scoreline goalkeeper Thiago Bomfim made several fine saves.

ARGENTINA vs TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

The second match between Argentina and a willing number 34 in the world in Trinidad and Tobago was also relatively one-sided but there must surely be concern for the men from the Pampas as to the lack of concentration that allowed the West Indians to score twice in the final 15 minutes without reply.

The comfortable 5-0 half-time scoreline culminated in a 9-2 final score.

Seven Argentine players got on the scoresheet, which is testimony to their “total hockey” game with players interchangeable and adept everywhere on the park and in every situation.

Seven of the nine goals were from field play with Gonzalo Peillat getting both penalty corners – in the 44th and 51st minutes.

Augustin Mazzilli opened the scoring from field play in the 10th minute and from that point it was one-way traffic for the most part of this entertaining clash – entertaining not because of the scoreline but because of the individual and collective skill sets on display, despite the intense heat and energy-sapping humidity.

Enrique Paredes scored Argentina’s third goal in the 21st minute, and Lucas Vila got one of his own in the 52nd minute – his side’s last goal with a quarter of the match to go. The rest of Argentina’s goals came from a brace apiece by the fabulously talented Rodrigo Vila - with strikes in the 18th and  22ndminutes, as well as Guillermo Schickendantz (25th and 36th minutes).

But the real surprise was T&T finishing strongly after trailing 9-0. Christopher Scipio netted a field goal in the 57th minute and Atiba Whittington did the same in the 66th minute.

USA vs CHILE

This was cup final stuff, such was the ferociousness of the intensity out there in the afternoon match, which was thankfully cooler than the earlier temperatures.

No quarter was asked or given in this battle of north and south America and several players will have the bumps and bruises to prove it, and it was a good thing that experienced umpires Peter Wright of South Africa and London 2012 Olympic Games official Roel van Eert were given this match to look after.

Goalmouth action was overshadowed by the battle for possession in the engine room of the midfield and such was the intensity of the challenges there were too many turnovers for either coaches’ comfort.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 50th minute when Fernando Fernandes scored from inside the six-yard box to put Chile ahead.

With nine minutes left livewire USA attacking midfielder Jonathan Ginolfi suffered the mortification of seeing his backhand pile-driver smash into the post and stay out.

For the USA it was not to be ... but they will be back.

Argentina face Brazil Thursday in the opening game, with SA and the USA sandwiched in between Chile and Trinidad & Tobago.

FIH site



SA hockey men clinical in rout of Brazil in hot, humid Rio

JONATHAN COOK in Rio de Janeiro



Striker Pierre de Voux at close quarters with Brazil's captain Ernst Onnes during South Africa's 9-0 win in World League Round 2 action at the Deodoro in Rio de Janeiro Wednesday.

The South African men’s hockey team got their World League Round 2 campaign off to a great start at the Deodoro in Rio de Janeiro Wednesday when they beat host nation Brazil 9-0 after leading 6-0 at half-time.

Clint Panther nailed a hat-trick (34th, 35th and 67th minutes) with Lloyd Norris-Jones getting a brace (32nd and 61st minutes) and Craig Haley (second minute), Austin Smith (penalty corner 11th minute), Taine Paton (25th minute) and Ricky West (51st minute PC) adding the rest.

“We got on the scoresheet early which meant there was no pressure on us,” said SA head coach Charlie Pereira.

“The lads kept their structure, which is important when you play the stronger sides, our shape was good, but we must be aware of the counter-attack, the second half we started badly, didn’t manage the turnover well, gave away soft passes.”

Pereira said he is trying to change the mental approach, in terms of maintaining the playing pattern for the full 70 minutes, and if it’s 6-0 at half-time the team must go out after half-time and look for 12-0.

“We must attack the lead, mustn’t drop off.”

Pereira is looking forward to the second match, against the USA, which kicks off at 4 pm SA time Thursday.

“They are more structured than Brazil, it will be a more thorough examination, and we want to have a full go.”

SA captain Rhett Halkett was outstanding in his first match leading the team.

“The lads made it easy for me, we had a good start to the tournament but there is lots of work to do, as we set high standards for ourselves,” the skipper said.

“Team spirit is phenomenal and we will be up for it against the USA. It was pleasing to see how we came back after a flat start to the second half and I was proud of the way we stuck in three goals to finish well.”

SA goalkeeper Rassie Pieterse was impressed with the way his defence ensured he had a quiet game. “I am chuffed that we were able to lock them out, we have been talking a lot about our defensive structures and setting up a platform for the lads up front.”

Hat-trick hero Panther dealt with the slippery pitch very well. “It’s a question of slowing your game down, getting your feet right, your base right, and if we keep our disciplines and ensure the basics are sound we will challenge the USA strongly.”

SA Hockey Association media release



Argentina scolds ‘Calypso Stickmen’ 9-2 in World League

T&T senior men’s hockey squad suffered its first loss in four international matches, going under to recently crowned South American champion and world tenth-ranked Argentina 9-2 in their opening match of the Second Round of FIH World Hockey League at the Deodoro Field Hockey Centre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday.

Led by 28-year-old Darren Cowie, the world 34th-ranked T&T squad entered the match as underdogs despite topping its four-team first round series against 25th ranked Chile, Barbados and Venezuela with maximum nine points after 2-1, 3-1 and 9-2 victories respectively on home soil at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, last November. The Argentines, meanwhile, were pre-match favourites having captured the South American Championship with victory a 4-3 over Chile in the final in Santiago, Chile, led by top scorer Lucas Villa and Player of the Tournament Guillermo Schickendantz at the start of the month.

The South American champions, who dominated their continental opponents beating Peru (19-0), Paraguay (19-1), Brazil (10-1), Chile (6-0) and Uruguay (11-0) for an impressive maximum 15-point haul in the round robin, while scoring 65 goals with two against, seemed to have picked up from where they left off in Santiago with Augustin Mazzilli firing past T&T goalkeeper Andrey Rocke after only ten minutes for a 1-0 lead.

Eight minutes later, Rodrigo Nicolas Vila made it 2-0 Argentina while Matias Enrique Paredes (21st) and Vila again, a minute later, netted in quick succession for a commanding 4-0 lead before Schickendantz added his name to the scoresheet in the 25th for a 5-0 cushion at the half.

A minute into the second-half, the Argentines, who displayed great individual and collective skill sets on display despite the intense heat and energy-sapping humidity, resumed their goal spree with Schickendantz netting his second of the match followed by a quick brace from Gonzalo Peillat in the 44th and 51st and one from Lucas Martin Vila in the 52nd to push their advantage to 9-0.

However, the T&T men who were enjoying brief moments of possession as they dealt with the absence of key player England-based Kwandwane Browne due to club commitments and the quartet of Shaquille Daniel, Fire Service recruit Kiel Murray, Alan Henderson and Andrew Vieira due to work and school duties did not drop their heads and eventually got on the scoreboard via Christopher Scipio in the 57th minute to avoid being blanked out, and four minutes from the end of the 70th minute contest, Atiba Whittington got another for T&T past goalkeeper Juan Manuel Vivaldi.

Today, from 2.30 pm, Cowie and his teammates will be hoping for an improved showing and perhaps a win when they tackle 25th ranked Chile, which it defeated on home soil three months ago while Argentina and Brazil flick off from 8 am and South Africa and USA, two hours later.

Yesterday, Chile eked out a 1-0 win over the Americans with a 50th minute winner from Fernando Fernandes in the bruising contest which left a few players with bumps and bruises to prove it.

USA was unlucky not to earn a draw as with nine minutes left livewire USA attacking midfielder Jonathan Ginolfi suffered the mortification of seeing his backhand piledriver smash into the post and stay out.

In yesterday’s opening match which featured T&T umpire N’Ku Davis, world 12th-ranked South African got its campaign off to a great start when it beat host nation Brazil 9-0 after leading 6-0 at half-time.

Clint Panther nailed a hat-trick (34th, 35th and 67th minutes) with Lloyd Norris-Jones getting a brace (32nd and 61st minutes) and Craig Haley, Austin Smith, Taine Paton, and Ricky West adding the rest.

At the end of the six-team round-robin series the top two teams will automatically advance to World League Round Three to be held in July/August.

Tournament results:
Yesterday:

• South Africa 9 (Clint Panther 34th, 35th, 67th, Lloyd Norris-Jones 32nd, 61st, Craig Haley 2nd, Austin Smith 11th, Taine Paton 25th, Ricky West 51st) vs Brazil 0
• Argentina 9 (Rodrigo Vila 18th, 22nd, Guillermo Schickendantz 25th, 36th, Gonzalo Peillat 44th, 51st, Augustin Mazzilli 10th, Matias Enrique Paredes 21st, Lucas Vila 52nd) vs T&T 2 (Christopher Scipio 57th, Atiba Whittington 66th)
• Chile 1 (Fernando Fernandes 50th) vs USA 0

Remaining schedule:
Today:

Argentina vs Brazil, 8 am
South Africa vs USA, 10 am
T&T vs Chile, 2.30 pm

Saturday:
USA vs Brazil, 8 am
T&T vs South Africa, 10 am
Chile vs Argentina,
2.30 pm

Sunday:
USA vs T&T, 8 am
South Africa vs Argentina, 10 am
Brazil vs Chile, 12.30 pm

Tuesday:
Chile vs South Africa, 8 am
Argentina vs USA, 10 am
Brazil vs T&T, 2.30 pm.

The Trinidad Guardian



U.S. Men fall 1-0 to Chile in opening match of World League Round 2

Despite a convincing performance, Chile defeats the U.S. 1-0 with a goal in the 50th minute


RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The U.S. Men’s Field Hockey Team opened their World League Round 2 campaign against Chile this afternoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the host city of the 2016 Olympic Games. Despite a solid performance and numerous scoring opportunities, the U.S. fell 1-0 to the No. 25 world ranked team.

“I thought we controlled the match very well, had a lot of possession and moved the ball up the field with ease,” said head coach Chris Clements. “We were very successful when we created pressure and forced the ball in to the circle, however, we were just a little tentative in our final attacking movements towards the goal. This will be an area we will look to improve on in the upcoming matches.”

The U.S. earned a penalty corner in the seventh minute and again in the 22nd minute but both opportunities by Pat Harris (Moorpark, Cali.) were shut down by Chile’s goalkeeper. The match remained scoreless at the end of the first half, with Team USA looking like the stronger side.

“I thought we dominated throughout most of the match against Chile,” Harris said. “What let us down today was decision making, especially in critical moments.”

A defensive error in the 50th minute resulted in a field goal for Chile, putting the U.S. down 1-0. Harris was strong through the midfield, creating opportunities on attack and Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, Cali.) formed chances for the U.S. in the circle. With nine minutes remaining, Jon Ginolfi (Moorpark, Cali.) fired a shot on goal that unluckily struck the post. Unfortunately time ran out for the U.S. and the final result was in favor of Chile, 1-0.

Johnny Orozco (Ventura, Cali.) and Kanwarpreet Sidhu (San Jose, Cali.) picked up their first cap with the U.S. Men’s National Team. In spite of nerves, Orozco and Sidhu’s had a fantastic first performance according to Clements.

“We now have eight men with only a handful of caps, so that’s nearly 50% of our team,” Clements said. “I thought Johnny and Kanwarpreet did a fantastic job and earned their position on the squad and in this tournament. The other players who have only played in a few games before today also played very well. We are a young squad, but we have high expectations to perform at a high level and I think everyone definitely did that today.”

Harris recalls when he earned his first cap with the national team back in 2000.

“It was 13 years ago in Cuba at an America’s Cup against Mexico,” Harris said. “We won and I scored a goal.”

He recalled the details of his first international competition vividly. It is a special moment in a player’s career.

“I think it is difficult to play in your first international competition,” said Harris. “There are a lot of nerves and unnecessary pressure you put on yourself because you don’t want to let the team down. I think Johnny and Kanwarpreet played well and didn’t show that today was their first career cap with the national team.”

The U.S. will face South Africa tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. local time. South Africa is ranked No. 12 in the world and finished 11th at the 2012 London Olympic Games. They cruised to a 9-0 victory today over Brazil while Argentina topped Trinidad and Tobago 9-2. Clements says they have done their homework and are prepared to face their opponent tomorrow.

“We had a practice match against South Africa last week so we have an understanding of their style of play. The goal for us in this tournament is to improve every match and tomorrow will be a good test for us,” said Clements.

“The match tomorrow is going to be a challenging one,” Harris said. “We need to limit our turnovers and play a very basic game. South Africa has great basic skills and good ball speed so it will certainly be a tough match.”

USFHA media release



Hockeyroos Crowned Australian Women’s ‘Team of the Century’

A Gala Ball Dinner Victory for Hockey




Hockey Australia is proud to announce the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games gold medal winning Hockeyroos, Australian Women’s ‘Team of the Century’ at tonight’s ‘Centenary of Canberra Sportswomen’s Ball’ conducted at The Great Hall, Parliament House in Canberra.

It was a memorable night for hockey, claiming the glamorous team award and producing ten nominees for Top 100 Australian Sportswomen of All Time.

The 2000 team comprised of three publically nominated athletes in the ‘Top 100 Australian Sportswomen of All Time’ category. This included 3-time Olympic gold medalist Rechelle Hawkes OAM, 2-time Olympic gold medalist and Hockeyroos all-time leading goal scorer Alyson Annan OAM and Hockeyroos games record holder Nikki Hudson OAM, who was in attendance on the night.

Hockeyroos Captain and 3-time Olympic Games gold medallist Rechelle Hawkes was overwhelmed after hearing the news of the team’s success tonight.

“We had a really successful eight period between 1993 and 2000 and winning a gold medal at a home Olympic Games was icing on the cake for this elite group of players. It’s a tremendous feeling having the 2000 team recognised for such a prestigious award. We all put in a lot of hard work and energy during those years, so I think I can speak on behalf of the whole team when I say we will hold this award deer to our hearts,” Hawkes said.

Australian Federal Sports Minister, the Honorable Kate Lundy presented the ‘Team of the Century’ award to Hockey Australia Chief Executive, Mark Anderson and gold medalist, Nikki Hudson OAM who spoke on behalf of the athletes.

Hockey Australia Chief Executive said, “this Hockeyroos team and others in this era were not only successful but also became role models for our sport. There is no doubt that the Hockeyroos of this era left a lasting legacy for our sport. They inspired a nation with the gold medal and there is no doubt that they also inspired the next generation of players. Thirteen years later, over half our players in club competition are females, reinforcing the tremendous impact that this team has had on our sport,” Anderson said.

The mastermind behind the success of the Hockeyroos gold medal streak during the 90’s was Australian sporting legend, Ric Charlesworth who was unable to attend on the night.

Charlesworth coached the Hockeyroos from 1993-2000, winning every major tournament during this period. The record run included two Olympic gold medals (1996 & 2000), four Champions Trophies (1993, 95, 97 & 99) and two World Cups (1994 & 1998).

Whilst unable to attend on the night Charlesworth was pleased that the team’s performances had been acknowledged in this significant manner. He reflected on the memorable years and the 2000 Olympic team which Australian sport lovers will never forget.

"When I began coaching the team I became aware of their talent and believed we had the ability to challenge for the major prizes.

No coach can succeed and no team will win at elite level without gifted and driven players and the Hockeyroos in the 90s had an abundance of talent in their athleticism, game sense and skill alongside a great work ethic and high ambition. 

I did not believe we could attain the sustained heights we did until after our first four years and Olympic success in Atlanta, 1996. To win the major tournament every year for eight years consecutively was indeed extraordinary. The coincidence of great athletes and an outstanding off field team made it possible.

Some may be surprised when I say the most outstanding quality of the team was their humility. It underpinned a search for continuous improvement and a diligent approach to training and a disciplined life off the field…this humility assured the team's sustained success. It was exemplified in an attitude which said there is more to do…we can get better."

In the prestigious Top 100 Sportswoman of All Time category, 8-time gold medal winning swimmer Dawn Fraser was awarded the top gong, being crowned the greatest female sport person of all time.

Of hockey's 10 nominees, Rechelle Hawkes was named the 7th greatest sportswoman of all time, while goal scoring machine Alyson Annan voted as the 25th greatest of all time.

Liane Tooth, Nova Peris and Nikki Hudson made it into the Top 100 but in no particular order.

Hockey Australia would like to thank Sports Hydrant for organising a tremendous celebration of women’s sport in Australia.

Australia's Top 100 Sportswomen of All Time

1. Dawn Fraser (Swimming)
2. Betty Cuthbert (Athletics)
3. Layne Beachley (Surfing)
4. Margaret Court (Tennis)
5. Lauren Jackson (Basketball)
6. Heather McKay (Squash)
7. Rechelle Hawkes (Hockey)
8. Shirley Strickland (Athletics)
9. Anna Meares (Cycling)
10. Cathy Freeman (Athletics)
11. Karrie Webb (Golf)
12. Liz Ellis (Netball)
13. Elizabeth Kosmala (Shooting - Paralympics)
14. Belinda Clark (Cricket)
15. Louise Sauvage (Wheelchair Athletics)
16. Julie Murray (Soccer)
17. Shane Gould (Swimming)
18. Susie O'Neil (Swimming)
19. Evonne Goolagong (Tennis)
20. Sharelle McMahon (Netball)
21. Betty Wilson (Cricket)
22. Marjorie Jackson-Nelson (Athletics)
23. Cheryl Salisbury (Soccer)
24. Sally Pearson (Athletics)
25. Alyson Annan (Hockey)

The remaining 75 in no particular order:

Emma Snowsill, Lydia Lassila, Chantelle Newbery, Nova Peris, Amanda Sparks, Anna Segal, Carmen Marton, Carol Cooke, Christine Murray, Eloise Amberger, Emily Seebohm, Jessica Trengove, Jodi Willis-Roberts, Julie Corletto, Kim Crow, Kristy Judd, Leah Percy, Liane Tooth, Louise Winchester, Maddison Elliott, Megan Marcks, Mirinda Carfrae, Natalie Porter, Sharni Williams, Alicia Coutts, Alisa Camplin, Anne Sargeant, Annette Kellerman, Bev Francis, Caroline Buchanan, Cindy-Lu Fitzpatrick, Debbie Flintoff-King, Debbie Watson, Deborah Acason, Decima Norman, Ellyse Perry, Fanny Durack, Gillian Rolton, Glynis Nunn, Heidi Wittesch, Jacqueline Freney, Jacqui Cooper, Jayme Richardson-Paris, Jessica Palmer, Jessicah Schipper, Julie Dolan, Karen Rolton, Kate Gynther, Kathryn Watt, Kay Cottee, Kerri Pottharst, Kirstie Marshall, Lauren Mitchell, Lauren Burns, Leanne Tander, Libby Trickett, Liesl Tesch, Lisa Sthalekar, Loudy Wiggins, Michele Timms, Michelle Martin, Natalie Cook, Nikki Hudson, Pam Burridge, Petria Thomas, Raelene Boyle, Sally Fitzgibbons, Sam Stosur, Shannon McFerran, Simone Wearne, Stephanie Gillmore, Susie Ramadan, Torah Bright, Tracey Wickham, Zali Steggall.

Hockey Australia media release



Black Sticks strive for consistency

By David Leggat



Gemma Flynn of the Black Sticks. Photo / Getty Images.

Consistency is the buzz word from Black Sticks women's coach Mark Hager.

And his players get the chance to show they can back up a strong display when they face formidable Argentina in the fourth of the five-game series in Rosario tomorrow.

Having lost the first international 4-1, drawn the second 1-1, New Zealand pulled off a cracking 4-1 win in the third game, leaving former Australian star Hager delighted, but also trying to keep a sober philosophy about the success.

He knows that prodding a tiger can produce a fierce response, especially for Argentine players outplayed in front of their own fans.

"We don't want the win to be a one-off," he said from Rosario. "We're trying to get consistency in our performance. Tomorrow is not going to be easy. Argentina don't lose that often."

Argentina were Olympic silver medallists in London last year and at No 2 are ranked one spot higher than New Zealand, who finished fourth at the Games. However Argentina have been difficult opponents down the years for the Black Sticks.

New Zealand have beaten the South American powerhouse just three times in 21 meetings over the last 10 years, against 15 losses.

The Black Sticks used a changed in style yesterday, pressing harder producing more one-on-one situations, which seemed to suit. And Hager pointed out, as if to re-emphasise the need to regroup and at least maintain their standards for the last two games, that Argentina were without two senior players, including hockey's best player, Luciana Aymar, for yesterday's match.

The New Zealanders have an experienced leadership group of seasoned internationals Stacey Michelson, Gemma Flynn, Katie Glynn and Anita Punt, plus a core of up and comers.

"Our regions are producing pretty good programmes and our young players are riding the crest of a wave from the Olympics," Hager said.

"They've come in at a good time. We've kept a lot of senior players in the group and they're helping the young ones coming through."

The New Zealand Herald



Junior Black Sticks underway at the World Cup Qualifier


Kane Russell. Photo courtesy www.photosport.co.nz

The Junior Black Sticks Men beat Papua New Guinea 15-0, while the women lost 3-1 against Australia in the first games of their respective Junior World Cup Qualifiers in the Gold Coast.

The Women are playing three tests against Australia, and the men play games against Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Australia with the top two qualifying for the 2013 Junior World Cups.

Samoa and Papua New Guinea withdrew on the women’s side, allowing the Kiwi women automatic qualification along with Australia. Regardless, a tournament win for the Kiwis (men and women) will result in an easier pool at the Junior World Cup.

Junior Black Sticks Men’s coach Grant Edwards said although the men had a very convincing win, he thinks there is room for improvement.

“It was a big scoreline, but our execution and tackling skills were poor and we failed to hold the ball for long periods of time, there was a lot of turnover,” said Edwards.

“The accuracy of our passing, increasing our ball speed, and our defensive structures need to be improved if we are to stop the fast attack from the Australians,” said Edwards.

In the women’s game, Phillipa Symes scored a field goal making it 1-1 at half time before the Australians got the better of the second half winning 3-1.

Assuming the men qualify, both coaches will be using the National Under-21 Tournament as a final opportunity to select their team for the Junior World Cup.

The two women’s teams that qualify will face Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, England, Spain, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Korea, Netherlands, South Africa and United States at the Junior World Cup to be held in Mönchengladbach, Germany in July.

While the two men’s teams that qualify will face Argentina, Belgium, Canada, England, Spain, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan and South Africa at the Junior World Cup likely to be held  in India in December.

RESULTS
Junior Black Sticks Men
New Zealand 15
(Michael Ritchie x3, Robert Creffier, Benedict van Woerkom x2, Kane Russell x4, Zac Woods, Ben Radovonich x2, George Muir x2) Papua New Guinea 0. Half time 7-0.

Junior Black Sticks Women
Australia 3, New Zealand 1 (Phillipa Symes). Half time 1-1.

Match Schedule, Junior World Cup Qualifier (Gold Coast), NZ Time
Women’s schedule

7pm, Friday 1 March – Australia
3pm, Sunday 3 March – Play-offs

Men’s schedule
7pm, Thursday 28 Feb - Australia
3pm, Saturday 2 March – Vanuatu
From 1pm, Sunday 3 March – Play-offs

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Bobby Crutchley named England men's coach


Bobby Crutchley

England Hockey is delighted to announce that, following a comprehensive external recruitment process, Bobby Crutchley has been appointed to the role of head coach of the England men’s team. Crutchley, 42, has been an assistant coach to the senior men’s programme since 2005 and was part of the Great Britain coaching staff at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. He succeeds Jason Lee who was recently appointed as head coach of the senior women’s squad.

As Head Coach of the men’s programme, Crutchley will be responsible for the selection, preparation, coaching and performance of the England and GB teams and senior national squad, and the teams’ results in international competitions. The position will see the former Bath Buccaneers and University of Bath coach lead the programme for the 2013-2016 Olympic cycle taking in the 2013 and 2015 European Championships, the World Cup and Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. His first major tournament in charge will be the FIH Hockey World League semi final in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, from 29 June – 7 July.

Danny Kerry, England Hockey Performance Director, said: “I am really excited about Bobby’s appointment. Fundamentally he believes in the athletes and the programme we have and that is the key building block for success. Bobby demonstrated not just an in-depth understanding of the challenges that come with this leadership position but also a genuine insight into what needs to and can happen. The insight that our coaches have to coaching and leading at this highest of levels, I believe, are a competitive edge that will stand us in good stead over the coming years. I look forward to working with Bobby and feel the programme and team is in the most capable and ambitious of hands.”

Speaking after being appointed, Crutchley said: “As someone who has a strong passion for coaching and for hockey in Great Britain, I am absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity.

“With personnel changes, following the London Olympics, there will be significant challenges, particularly in the short term. However, I am confident that the team can evolve to continue to challenge for medals at the highest level.”

Sally Munday, England Hockey Chief Executive, said: “I am absolutely delighted to see Bobby progress into the Head Coach role. He has been an excellent assistant coach and through the recruitment process has demonstrated that he has the knowledge and skills to step up to leading the men’s programme.  Bobby’s ambition reflects our values and his passion for English and British success shines through.”

During his time as assistant to Jason Lee, Crutchley helped coach England through their rise up the world rankings from 11th to their current standing of fourth. He was in the dugout when England won the European Championship title for the first time in 2009 and the silver medal at the Champions Trophy the following year, England’s best ever result on the world stage. England finished just outside the medals at the 2010 World Cup, coming fourth, before another European medal followed – bronze - in 2011. He coached the Great Britain men’s team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing in which GB finished fifth and at London 2012 where the host nation narrowly missed out on a medal to Australia.

Crutchley has been involved in coaching the national teams since 1997, first as a consultant, then as Assistant Coach to the senior women’s squad from 2003 until 2004 before joining Jason Lee’s men’s coaching team in 2005. In 2002 and 2007 he served as Head Coach to the U21 England men, taking on the same role with the Great Britain U21 men at the 2007 and 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

Off the pitch, he successfully completed UK Sport’s Elite Coach Programme in 2010 and more recently, following the London 2012 Olympic Games, completed his Masters degree in Sports Coaching at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN).

As a player, Crutchley represented his country 80 times and was a member of the first England men’s team to compete in hockey at the Commonwealth Games, where he picked up a bronze medal in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. He played for England at the 1994 World Cup and 1999 Champions Trophy, and for Great Britain at the 1994 edition of the Champions Trophy. In 1996, he was named UK Hockey Writers’ UK Player of the Year. He retired from playing international hockey in 1999.

A high scoring forward, Crutchley, from the Wirral, began his playing career at Neston before moving south to play for Hounslow in the national league. A spell in Australia followed with Canberra before he returned to the UK to play for Cannock, sandwiching a short stint in Milan at Cernusco. A well known goal threat, Crutchley topped the goal scoring charts in England, Australia and Italy during his playing career.

He began his coaching career in Sheffield, where he coached from 1991-1993 after completing his course in business studies at Sheffield City Polytechnic. He continued to coach throughout his playing career and following his retirement from international hockey, took the opportunity to lead Bath Buccaneers and Bath University’s hockey clubs.

With Bobby Crutchley and Jason Lee confirmed as the head coaches of the senior men’s and women’s programmes, a further announcement concerning the appointments of their assistant coaches will be made in early March.



Bobby Crutchley Profile
Born 24 May 1970, Wirral

First started playing hockey with his brothers at the side of a hockey pitch in Neston while watching their father play

Attended Calday Grange Grammar School, Wirral

Studied business studies at Sheffield City Polytechnic (now Sheffield Hallam University) with further studies completed at the University of Chester and University of Central Lancashire

1988 – Playing for Neston HC, qualified for the inaugural National League

1990 – Neston HC promoted to National League Division 1

1990 – Neston HC won Division 2 League Cup, beating St Albans in the final

1991-1993 – Coached Sheffield HC during which time they won the North Premier league and qualified for the National League through the playoffs

1993 – Won the National League and Hockey Association Men’s Cup with Hounslow

1994 – Competed for England at the Champions Trophy finishing sixth

1994 – Competed for England at the World Cup in Sydney, finishing sixth

1996 – Won the National League with Cannock

1996 – Named UK Player of the Year by the Hockey Writers’ Club

1998 – Won the National League and Hockey Association Men’s Cup with Cannock

1999 - Won the National League with Cannock

1999 – Competed for England at the Champions Trophy finishing fifth

1999 – Retired from international hockey

1999-2005 – Coached Bath Buccaneers HC during which time the team won West Premier League and qualified for the National League through the playoffs

2002 – Appointed Head Coach to England U21 men’s squad

2003 – Appointed Assistant Coach to senior England women’s squad

2005 – Appointed Assistant Coach to the senior England men’s squad

2006 – England finishes fifth at the World Cup in Monchengladbach, the team’s highest finish since the 1990 competition

2007 – England finishes fifth at the European Championships in Manchester

2007 – Head Coach to the England U21 men and GB U21 men, winning silver at Australian Youth Olympic Festival with Great Britain U21s

2008 – Great Britain qualifies for 2008 Olympic Games after historic 2-1 victory over India in Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Chile

2008 – Great Britain finishes fifth at the Olympic Games in Beijing, four places higher than their ranking at the time

2009 – England wins the European Championship title with a stunning 5-3 victory over Germany

2010 – England finish fourth at the World Cup, a best finish since 1986, losing out to the Netherlands in the bronze medal match. World Cup campaign includes first win over arch rivals Australia since 1975

2010 – England wins Champions Trophy silver medal, the country’s first ever Champions Trophy medal

2011 – England wins European bronze medal beating Belgium on golden goal

2012- Great Britain’s men finish fourth at the London 2012 Olympic Games – in line with their world ranking - missing out on a medal after defeat to World Champions Australia.

England Hockey Board Media release



UNIKL and SSTMI virtually in Final



UniKL Young Guns and Tengku Mahkota Ismail have virtually booked their spots in Sunday's MILO Cup final after scoring emphatic victories in the first leg semi finals this evening.

UniKL put six goals past SSTMI Juniors at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil while at the Taman Daya Stadium, SSTMI hammered MBI-Anderson 8-0.

With such big margin of victories, it renders the second leg this Friday as purely academic and the two teams will be meeting for the fourth consecutive time for the MILO Cup with SSTMI holding a 2-1 advantage.

UniKL took  the lead in the 14th minute as Hafif Elkan converted a penalty corner in the 14th minute. After squandering three penalty corners, Syafiq Zulzairin made it count off the fifth penalty corner by tucking away the rebound in the 17th minute.

Hafif then cooly converted a penalty stroke awarded by umpire Eric Koh in the 28th minute for a comfortable halftime lead at halftime.

UniKL did not ease off and added goals from Norsyafiq Sumantri in the 43rd minute before Hafif (59th) and Syafiq (61st) completed the rout.

At the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru,  SSTMI got their goals through Mohamed Amiruddin (13th), Amirul Aidid (17th, 41st), Shaaril Saabah (27th), Zizie Azwan(35th)  Mohd Hafiz Selemen (45th,50th), and M. Najib Abu Hassan (68th minute)

Results:

SSTMI 8 MBI Anderson 0

UniKL Young Guns 6 SSTMI Juniors 0

Unofficial MJHL site



Big two bare fangs

MILO CUP: SSTMI, UniKL virtually through to final


By JUGJET SINGH



(From left) SSTMI Juniors’ Aiman Zahari and Firdaus Musa close in on UniKL’s Azrul Hasbullah in their match at the National Stadium yesterday.


UNIKL Young Guns and Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) have virtually sealed a date in the final of the Junior Hockey League Milo Cup after convincing wins in the first leg semi-finals yesterday.

UniKL hammered SSTMI Juniors 6-0 at the National Hockey Stadium, while SSTMI whitewashed Anderson 8-0 at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru.

The return leg semi-finals will be played tomorrow, but it would be purely academic as both UniKL and SSTMI are poised to meet in their fourth consecutive Milo Cup final.

UniKL got their goals off Hafif Elkan (14th, 28th, 59th), Syafiq Zulzairin (17th, 61st) and Syafiq Sumantri (43rd).

As for SSTMI, their goals were scored by Mohamed Amiruddin (13th), Amirul Aidid (17th, 41st), Shaaril Saabah (27th), Zizie Azwan (35th), Hafiz Seleman (45th, 50th) and Najib Abu Hassan (68th).

"I'm very happy with the big win and it is surely a boost for us as my players have picked up the pace in the knock-out stages.

"There was good team effort in both the quarter-finals as well as today (yesterday) and that is what I am looking for from my players," said UniKL coach K. Embaraj.

RESULTS -- Semi-finals (1st leg): Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School 8 Andersons 0; UniKL 6 SSTMI Juniors 0.

Tomorrow -- Semi-finals (2nd leg): Andersons v Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (Azlan Shah Stadium, 5pm); SSTMI Juniors v UniKL (Taman Daya, 5pm).

New Straits Times



UniKL and Thunderbolt virtually in final after thumping wins

By AFTAR SINGH



UniKL’s Meor Muhamad Azuan Hasan tries to get past two SSTMI Juniors players during their MJHL first-leg semi-finals match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. —FAIHAN GHANI / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) and double champions Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI)-Thunderbolt are virtually through to the final after thumping first-leg wins in the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League semi-finals.

Yesterday, UniKL trounced SSTMI Juniors 6-0 at the National Hockey Stadium while Thunderbolt exacted sweet revenge by hammering MBI-Anderson 8-0 at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru.

The return-leg matches will be played tomorrow but everything points to a fourth UniKL-Thunderbolt showdown.

Mohd Hafif Elkan Nordin starred for UniKL with a hat-trick in the 14th, 28th and 59th minutes. Mohd Syafiq Zulzairin chipped in with a brace in the 25th and 61st minutes to take his goal tally to 12.

Norsyafiq Sumantri scored UniKL’s other goal in the 43rd minute.

Thunderbolt, who lost 3-2 to MBI-Anderson in a league match, went on the offensive right from the word go to get their goals through Mohd Amirul Aided (17th, 41st), Mohd Hafiz Selemen (45th, 50th), Mohd Amiruddin Amirul Aided (13th), Mohd Shahril Saabah (27th), Zizie Azwan (35th) and Najib Abu Hassan (68th).

UniKL coach K. Embaraj was delighted with his team’s performance.

“We played much better than in the league match. We need to continue playing at a fast tempo in the return-leg,” he said.

“Although we won by half a dozen goals, we must not take our foot off the pedal.”

UniKL, however, will not have the services of forward Mohd Azrul Hasbullah in the return leg after he collected a yellow card yesterday.

“My players must avoid getting any more cards in the next match as we need all our key players for the final,” said Embaraj.

The Star of Malaysia



FIH president says there is no match-fixing in hockey

KUALA LUMPUR: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) claim that hockey is free from match-fixing — but not doping.

“Hockey is safe and hockey is clean. It is the selling point of the sport. It’s the cleanest sport,” said FIH president Leandro Negre, who is here for a two-day visit.

“However, there is the possibility of doping among individuals who use drugs, in social, but not in international matches.”

Negre, who was in New Delhi for the second round of the men’s and women’s World League which ended on Sunday, said that it had been a big success.

“For the first time, we get to watch lower ranked teams like Fiji and Oman featuring in an international tournament. And that’s good for the sport.” he said.

“It was also good to see Bangladesh (world No. 40) upset 18th-ranked China 3-2 in the competition.”

He said that FIH’s ultimate goal was to make Asia a powerhouse in hockey.

“Besides Europe, the only other continent good in hockey is Asia ... we want the sport to grow in every part of Asia,” he said.

Negre confirmed that the number of teams for the 2018 World Cup has been increased to 16 from the present 12.

Next year’s World Cup in The Hague, Holland, will remain at 12.

The Star of Malaysia



Hockey paid the price

Mihir Vasavda


BY their own admission, Tuesday's showdown between Hockey India (HI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials over who picks the tab for airfares for the Azlan Shah Cup-bound team was a case of one trying to show the other who's the boss.

No one emerged a winner from this unnecessary war of words but the apathy and mistrust that continues to plague Indian sport came to the fore yet again. If the government fails to sanction a particular tour, shouldn't it be the duty of the national body to take care of the team's interests?

The incident came as a bad advertisement for both parties involved. Over the last few years, the government has done enough to ensure that athletes' interests are safeguarded and money isn't a deterrent anymore. Hockey, too, has never before been in better health, financially. The national team has three major sponsors at the moment, a rarity for the sport. The government too had earmarked a substantial amount for hockey.

Moreover, the money that Hockey India League injected into the sport and its subsequent success helped changing the manner in which hockey was perceived.

So, at a time when we were talking about providing players with world-class equipment and facilities, to fight over an issue as petty as airfares is bemusing. SAI claimed that HI had already overshot their budget considerably (according to a figure provided by them, HI had spent Rs 11.77 crore whereas they had been allocated Rs 5.5 crore) and had been ordered to spend carefully. HI's contention was that the government was retaliating on 'expected lines' after it made a police complaint against a SAI employee.

The altercation has kicked up a cloud of mistrust and highlighted the ego-problems among the officials. For the overall betterment of Indian sport, all the stakeholders need to work in tandem and think on the same page and also refrain from brinkmanship and arbitrary threats of pulling out from important tournaments.

The Indian Express



Touseeq out from Azlan Shah team

LAHORE - Pakistan hockey team suffered a blow ahead of Azlan Shah Hockey Cup when centre half M Touseeq Arshad was ruled out for three months following a back injury.

Talking to the reporters here on Wednesday, head coach Akhtar Rasool Chaudhary said: “It is a big setback for us that Touseeq got that serious nature injury during team’s final preparations for the event.” He said Kashif Shah had replaced the injured centre half. “An MRI revealed a serious injury in Touseeq’s back and the doctors have advised him three months rest after which a final evaluation will be made regarding his recovery.”

The head coach said Kashif was the best choice among the standby players and it was hoped that he would fill the void demonstrating a higher level of game during his responsibilities as a half line player. He said injuries were the part of the game and such things happened on and off. He rejected the notion that Touseeq absence would weaken the defence saying the management would work on this aspect.

Touseeq termed his injury ‘unfortunate and at wrong time’. “Injury was beyond my control but certainly I am very much upset with it. I will make a comeback after getting full recovery from the injury which will keep me away from hockey for three months.”

Kashif said he would put in extraordinary efforts to justify his inclusion in the side. “It is going to be a tough event as the world’s best teams are taking part and I will do my best to deliver for the team.”

The Nation



PHF chief Qasim Zia calls on PM



ISLAMABAD President Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Qasim Zia called on Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf at PM House Tuesday afternoon.The PHF chief briefed the Prime Minister on the affairs of the PHF and discussed future plans chalked out to promote hockey in the country. The Prime Minister directed the PHF president to focus on promoting the national game and work for welfare of the game and the players. The Prime Minister said sports were the most effective tool to positively utilise the energy of youth. He said his government had done a lot for promotion of healthy activities like sports in the last five years.

The Nation



Great lessons learnt

Mereseini Marau In New Delhi, India


National hockey coaches Hector Smith Sr and Shaun Corrie will go back and assess their performances here in India hoping things will go a step up.

After losing their games but putting up a good performance, the two coaches felt that a lot needed to be done in order to prepare the teams for international outings in the future.

Smith Sr is suggesting that an elite group of players be chosen.

The appointment of Australian Brent Livermore, who plays for Bengali Tigers, as a high performance officer, is the beginning.

Smith Sr said the Hero Hockey World League Round 2 gave them an insight on what international hockey was all about and also showed them their weaknesses.

"When we played in the Round 2, we played with teams mostly from Asia and Asian hockey is power hockey, it is totally different from the games we've been playing back home.

"Our style of hockey we play is more open just like rugby."

Smith Sr, who watched all the big matches during the tournament, said sitting in the stand had taught him so many things that his team would adopt.

He said the elite group would at least give them an idea on the team they were preparing.

Corrie said playing at the tournament showed that his team had the capabilities of competing at the elite level. "We had the most minimal resources available but we managed to play good games though we didn't win," he said. "The other teams are made up of professional players and here we are competing against them."

Smith and Corrie thanked everyone back home who supported them all the way even though they were winless. The teams had the opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal on Monday. They were to depart New Delhi early this morning and arrive at Nadi tomorrow morning.

The Fiji Times



Shyam Lal College thrash SRCC 5-0 to win Shyam Lal memorial hockey tournament

NEW DELHI: Riding on captain Vishesh's brilliant hat-trick and a fine brace by Anil Chauhan hosts Shyam Lal College trounced Sri Ram College of Commerce 5-0 to win the third edition of Padmashree Shyam Lal Memorial invitational hockey tournament.

Shyam Lal College boys started from the word go as they maintained their supremacy over their opponents all through the action-packed final played at the Shyam Lal College ground on Wednesday.

Devendra Rana and Ravi Verma of Shyam Lal College were named man of the tournament and player of the final respectively.

Earlier on Tuesday, Vivekanand College claimed the women's title of the tourney after topping the league which was being played on round-robin basis.

According to convenor VS Jaggi, Vivekanand College's Jyoti has been rewarded with the best player trophy in the women's section.

Chief guest JP Agarwal, Member of Parliament, awarded trophies and mementos to the winners and runner-up teams.

Dronacharya awardee hockey coach AK Bansal also graced the occasion to boost the morale of the upcoming players.

The Times of India