News for 07 March 2013

All the news for Thursday 7 March 2013

USA, Chile & Scotland win again in WL Round 2

Scotland top the table on goal difference at the end of Day 2 in Rio

Chile women (Photo: FIH / Antonio Carlos)

For the second day in a row, the three favourites for promotion recorded comfortable victories at the women’s World League Round 2 event in Rio de Janeiro. The USA overcame a spirited Uruguay side 3-0, Chile saw off Trinidad & Tobago 6-0, while Scotland recorded the highest total of the day with a 7-0 victory over host nation Brazil.

USA 3-0 Uruguay

Tournament favourites United States were 3-0 winners against Uruguay in their second pool match of the competition, but they were made to work hard for their victory by a spirited team. 

The South Americans opened brightly with two early penalty corners, but USA soon took control of affairs although they found the Uruguay defence a difficult nut to crack, wasting four penalty corners chances.  However, at their fifth set piece came the breakthrough, the shot by Rachel Dawson was cleverly deflected past the goalkeeper at the far post by Katie Reinprecht.

For the remainder of the first half USA pushed hard for a second goal but were frustrated by the impressive Uruguayan defence.

Wave after wave of USA attacks pounded the Uruguay back line, but the North Americans failed to create any clear chance of note. Just as it looked as if the USA were going to be restricted to a single goal, a foul by the goalkeeper donated the Americans a penalty stroke, and Lauren Pfeiffer calmly sent the ball high past Rossana Passele.

The icing on the cake came in the final two minutes, when a good move found USA striker Emily Wold in space and her low shot eluded the keeper.

Chile 6-0 Trinidad & Tobago

It was a bit of a stroll in the sun for Chile who scored six times without reply against Trinidad & Tobago to continue their perfect start to the tournament.

Chile took the lead after just three minutes when Carolina Garcia received the ball at the top of the circle, charged towards the goal and lifted the ball past the goalkeeper. Chile continued to play most of the game in the Trinidad half, although the West Indians did have some isolated chances of their own.

With five minutes to the interval Chile doubled their lead. The Trinidad goalkeeper blocked the initial shot but the rebound fell to Mariana de Jesus Lagos who lifted the ball high into the net.   The third goal came a minute later when captain Javiera Vilagra`s shot found the net off a defender`s stick.

The result was sealed within six minutes of the restart, and again it was the Chilean captain who was on target with a powerful shot past the keeper after a driving run into the circle. Chile`s momentum was briefly upset by facial injuries to Catalina Barahona and Sofia Filipek, although the latter quickly returned to the action. 

As Trinidad tired the Chileans added a couple of late strikes from Paula Infante. The first came from a penalty corner rebound before a blistering shot from the left of the circle completed the match scoring.

Brazil 0-7 Scotland

Scotland recorded their second win of the tournament with a comfortable 7-0 win over host Brazil, a result that keeps them at the top of the pool on goal difference from USA and Chile.

The Scots should perhaps have been further ahead than 2-0 at the interval, but were guilty of missing several chances including 12 penalty corners.   

The opening goal came in the eighth minute of the match, with the ever-dangerous Ali Bell creating an opening down the right before slipping the ball to Vikki Bunce who fired a low shot under the goalkeeper.

With six minutes left in the first half the Scots finally made their second breakthrough at a set piece; Kareena Marshall`s shot at goal was brilliantly deflected into the roof of the net by Linda Clement.  

The goals flowed thick and fast in the second half as the Brazilians visibly tired. Bunce slotted home her second and Scotland’s third after a great move involving Ailsa Wyllie and Sam Judge before Aileen Davis rattled home a direct penalty corner strike to make the score 4-0.

In the closing minutes Scotland scored three more from Holly Cram, Clement again and finally Ali Bell.

FIH site

Brazilians not a tough nut to crack

(Scotland captain Linda Clement, left, celebrates one of her two goals with team-mate Ali Bell, right. Credit: Pedro Monteiro)

Goals from captain Linda Clement (2), Vikki Bunce (2), Holly Cram, Aileen Davies and Ali Bell gave Scotland a convincing 7-0 win over hosts Brazil in today’s FIH World League Round 2 contest in Rio.

The national side now sit top of the pool standings on six points, ahead of rivals Chile and USA on goal difference, and now face a crucial contest against the Americans tomorrow (14.00 GMT).

(Scotland & Dundee Wanderers' star Vikki Bunce grabbed a double against Brazil. Credit: Pedro Monteiro)

The opening goal for Scotland came in the eighth minute when the ever-dangerous Ali Bell created an opening down the right and slipped the ball to Dundee Wanderers’ Vikki Bunce, who fired a low shot under the Brazilian goalkeeper to make it 1-0.

Wave after wave of Scottish attacks followed but a series of missed chances frustrated Gordon Shepherd’s side. A move involving Bell and Seven Oaks’ Nikki Lloyd ended with Milne Craig Clydesdale Western’s Holly Cram missing the target and a number of penalty corners failed to come to fruition. Edinburgh University’s Nikki Kidd’s effort was well-saved and Susan McGilveray’s reverse stick effort was mysteriously disallowed by the umpires.

With six minutes left in the first half, the Scots finally made their second breakthrough at a set piece as Giffnock defender Kareena Marshall's shot at goal was brilliantly deflected into the roof of the net by Scotland captain Linda Clement. Scotland then had four late penalty corners, but could not add to their lead at the interval to leave the half-time score at 2-0.

The goals then flowed in the second half as the Brazilians visibly tired. A penetrating move up the left by Grove Menzieshill’s Ailsa Wyllie fed the ball to Edinburgh University’s Sam Judge, who unselfishly rolled the ball on to Bunce and she had the easy task of slotting the ball into the net for 3-0.  Three minutes later, the fourth goal came from Aileen Davies’ direct strike at a penalty corner.

The avalanche continued when a Kidd cross from the left was deflected home by Cram to make it 5-0. Clement might have got another but her outstretched stick just missed the cross from Catriona Ralph. However, the sixth goal was only delayed a few minutes; Bell collected a misplaced pass out of defence, passed it on to Clement who rolled the ball into the net for her second goal of the game.

The final strike was a team effort involving McGilveray, Ralph and Bunce to leave Bell to slot the ball home for the seventh.

(Scotland & Grove Menzieshill's Ali Bell took her goalscoring tally in the FIH World League Round 2 to three against Brazil. Credit: Pedro Monteiro)

Scotland`s next outing is tomorrow and the critical clash against the United States, ranked 10th in the world. The outcome will go a long way to deciding if Gordon Shepherd`s charges are to finish in a top two place and thereby qualify for round three of the World League.

In the earlier games today, favourites USA against struggled to break through resolute defending but eventually came out 3-0 winners over a spirited Uruguay side.  In the second pool match Chile also retained their perfect record with a comfortable 6-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago.

Please visit the FIH World League Round 2 website for more information on the match schedule, results and pool standings.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

U.S. Women win second straight against Uruguay

Team USA secures 3-0 win on second day of competition at World League Round 2

RIO DE JANERIO, BRAZIL – March 6, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team overcame hot and humid conditions again today to post their second shutout win at the International Hockey Federation’s World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Team USA scored once in the first half and twice in the second to secure a 3-0 victory against Uruguay.

“It was really important that we got a result today,” said head coach Craig Parnham. “Uruguay has had some good results in recent months and as you could see from today’s performance, they are organized in their defensive structures, have a pretty solid group and play well together. It is pleasing for us to have played two matches and won two matches. There is still some work for us to do but I am thrilled that the players have given it 100% in these difficult conditions and they are doing a great job.”

Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.) opened the scoring in the 21st with a sneaky slip from Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.). Despite six penalty corners in the first half, the U.S. was only able to find the back of the net once, mainly credited to Uruguay’s defense. Returning from halftime with a one goal advantage, Team USA continued to dominate for extended periods and were rewarded with two goals and a slew of close opportunities.

Lauren Pfeiffer (Mount Laurel, N.J.) made the score 2-0 in the 59th minute on a penalty stroke and Emily Wold (Freehold, N.J.) scored the first goal of her national team career with a shot from the top of the circle in the 67th minute. Wold, the 18-year-old attending the University of North Carolina, competed in her first international competition with the national team on Monday against Brazil.

Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) says that the team is coping pretty well with the extremely hot and humid playing conditions and that besides subbing more frequently and a shortened warm-up, Team USA is not changing their style of play.

“It is definitely extremely hot and similar to summers on the east coast with humidity and temperatures around 100 degrees on the turf,” O’Donnell said. “Coming off our winter season, these temperatures are not what we are accustomed to. Overall I think we are coping pretty well. All the teams here are playing in similar conditions so we are all in the same boat.”

The U.S. is back in action against Scotland tomorrow, a team Parnham is overly familiar with. Parnham was the head coach of Scotland Hockey’s under-21 men’s squad and the assistant coach for the senior men’s team from January 2005 through May 2007. He is familiar with the players and their preferred style of play.

“Scotland will play a different game than what we saw today,” Parnham said. “They will create different threats in different areas and we just need to prepared for that. We have a bit of an advantage playing in the early match today while they have the later game. I am absolutely sure the girls will be up for the challenge and ready for this next matchup.”

USFHA media release

Chile too hot for T&T hockey women

Nigel Simon

T&T’s women’s hockey team remained winless and at the bottom of the six-team table with host Brazil, after a second straight loss in the second round qualifiers of the FIH World Hockey League at the Deodoro Field Hockey Centre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday.

Following a 7-0 drubbing by world 19th-ranked Scotland on Monday, the “Calypso Stickwomen,” ranked 27th in the world were hopeful of a much improved performance against their Pan American rivals.

However, 18th-ranked Chile, 2-0 winners over Uruguay in its opener, was in no mood to play second fiddle and took the lead through Carolina Garcia after only three minutes while Mariana Lagos doubled its advantage in the 16th for a 2-0 lead while Javiera Vilagra made it 3-0 six minutes before the interval.

Six minutes into the second half, Vilagra got her second of the match as the South Americans put the match beyond doubt before Paula Infante added two late items in the 67th and 68th to complete a commanding 6-0 triumph.

With the win, Chile joined USA and Scotland at the top of the standings with six points each after two matches, while Uruguay, Brazil and T&T remained without a point.

In the day’s other match, USA downed Uruguay 3-0, while Scotland continued its free scoring, blitzing Brazil 7-0.

Today, the Alanna Lewis-captained “Calypso Stickwomen” will have revenge on their minds when they meet Uruguay from 2.30 pm.

It will be the second meeting between the two countries in five months, after Uruguay won their November 12, 2012 Round One qualifying meeting in T&T, 2-0 enroute to finishing second behind unbeaten Canada while the locals were third with three wins and two defeats.

Chile and Brazil will flick off the day’s action from 8 am followed by Scotland and USA, two hours later, in a key contest which could go a long way in determining top spot.

At the end of the six-team round-robin series on Sunday, the two highest finishers will secure places in round three.

Yesterday’s results:

USA 3 (Katie Reinprecht 21st, Lauren Pfeiffer 60th, Emily Wold 68th) vs Uruguay 0
Chile 6 (Javiera Vilagra 29th, 41st, Paula Infante 67th, 68th, Carolina Garcia 3rd, Mariana Lagos 16th) vs T&T 0
Scotland 7 (Vikki Bunce 8th, 40th, Linda Clement 30th, 61st, Aileen Davis 43rd, Holly Cram 51st, Alison Bell 65th) vs Brazil 0

Current standings:

Teams    P    W    D    L    F    A    Pts
Scotland    2    2    0    0    14    0    6
USA    2    2    0    0    9    0    6
Chile    2    2    0    0    8    0    6
Uruguay    2    0    0    2    0    5    0
Brazil    2    0    0    2    0    13    0
T&T    2    0    0    2    0    13    0

Remaining fixtures:


Brazil vs Chile, 8 am
Scotland vs USA, 10 am
T&T vs Uruguay, 2.30 pm

T&T vs Brazil, 8 am
Chile vs USA, 10 am
Uruguay vs Scotland, 2.30 pm

Sunday March 10:
USA vs T&T, 8 am
Scotland vs Chile, 10 am
Uruguay vs Brazil, 12 noon

The Trinidad Guardian

Azlan Shah Cup Preview: New Zealand

New Zealand surprised every participating nation last year in the Azlan Shah Cup with a rare display that gave them the crown.

A solitary goal against Argentina in the final got them the coveted title. It was their first Azlan Shah triumph since they participated. and the Chronicler won’t hesitate to describe such is typical of New Zealand.

They get at the rivals, catch them unawares and offer no elbow to recover and recuperate. Any peep into their hockey history would vouch safe exactly that.

New Zealand was never billed in the top when  12 teams lined up for top honours in the 1976 Olympics, where synthetic turf was introduced.

Despite drawing first two matches, it won the last two matches which counted, the semifinal and final against Netherlands (2-1) and Australia (1-0), respectively.

That one goal of Tony Ineson may be bigger in proportion and heavier in merriment,  compared to Andy Haywards’, whose lone strike ensured first ever Azlan Shah Cup for them last year, but times have changed.

New Zealand does not live on past; its one nation that strives hard to  improvise things, and is getting reward on both men and women fronts.

However, Australian import Colin Batch, chief coach of The Kiwis, chose to bring a youthful outfit for this year. He perhaps had no choice as some key players had to be in Europe to fulfill their commitments. New Zealand team is led by experienced Dean Couzins.

"We are here with a relatively young and untested side with the matches against Malaysia the first we have played this year," said coach Colin Batch when met in Malacca.

"But do not write us off as I am impressed with the performance of the players. We are in a transition period, something that every team goes through post Olympics.

"There are some exciting youngsters in the squad that are out to prove their ability. And this bodes well for hockey in New Zealand.

Batch has taken the opportunity to give several up and coming players valuable experience ahead of key tournaments later this year.

"We are coming off an extremely positive training camp with a number of new players performing well who certainly deserve their place in the team," he said.

"The camp was a really encouraging gauge of where everyone is at and I am impressed with the quality of young talent we have coming through. Tournament experience is a crucial part of developing future success and Azlan Shah will be another step forward in that plan."

Cory Bennett and Nick Ross are set to make their Black Sticks debuts while Isaac Staples has been included after an impressive showing at the recent national training camp.

Ross continues a family tradition, with father Dave a former Black Stick and sister Courtney in the Junior Black Sticks wider squad.

Batch will look upon the likes of Andy Hayward, Stephen Jenness, Arun Panchia, Hugo Iglis to guide the youngsters.

Most of the Kiwi players turned out to be stars in India last month when they figured for the successful Ranchi Rhinos (gold) and Delhi Waverirders (silver) in the Hockey India League.

There is hope they will be so in Ipoh too.

Official Azlan Shah Cup site

All systems go for hosts

BLAST OFF: Coach Revington confident Malaysia can do well in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup


National coach Paul Revington believes his side can win every match in Ipoh.

WITH an eye on next year's World Cup, Malaysia, who have not qualified for the big event since 2002, will use the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, which starts on Saturday, to prepare for two major assignments this year.

The World League (Round 3), scheduled for June 29-July 7 in Johor Baru and the Asian Cup on Aug 24-Sept 1 in Ipoh, are qualifying tournaments for the World Cup in the Netherlands.

Malaysia, Germany, England, Pakistan and South Korea and three yet-to-be-decided teams in the World League will vie for four qualifying spots while the champions in the Asian Cup will also earn a ticket.

In his third assignment as national coach, South African Paul Revington hopes his team will make an impact on the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup for an early boost ahead of the two assignments.

Under Revington, Malaysia finished a respectable fourth in the Champions Challenge I event and third in the Asian Champions Trophy, both last year.

The coach used mixed-and-match squads and tested different strategies in those tournaments.

The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will comprise the hosts, defending champions New Zealand, India, Pakistan, South Korea and Australia.

The teams have named mixed squads as they, too, are preparing for the World Cup qualifying tournaments while some are using it to test players ahead of the Junior World Cup in India on Dec 6-15.

Malaysia, who have yet to win the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, finished sixth of seven teams last year and occupied bottom position in 2011.

The team finished runners-up in 1985, 2007 and 2009.

Revington has set a difficult but achievable target for his team.

"I believe we can win every match in Ipoh," said Revington recently.

Baljit Singh and Nor Izzat Sumantri have been included in the 18-member squad following their impressive performances in the 3-2 win over the Kiwis in Malacca on Tuesday.

Ismail Abu (injured) and Amir Farid, who were fighting for the remaining two slots in the team, have been omitted.

India, the five-time champions, are using the tournament for development purposes and have named mostly juniors while Pakistan have left out fever-struck Waseem Ahmad and the injured Shakeel Abbasi.

New Zealand will be led by the experienced Dean Couzins along with Andy Hayward, Stephen Jenness, Arun Panchia, and Hugo Iglis while South Korea, the defending Asian Cup champions, have named a formidable squad.

Rob Hammond, 26, will lead Australia, comprising mostly inexperienced players.

The Malaysian squad: S. Kumar, Roslan Jamaluddin, Razie Rahim, Azlan Misron, Baljit Singh, Jivan Mohan, Faisal Saari, Faiz Helmi, Chua Boon Huat, Sukri Mutalib, Izad Hakimi, Fitri Saari, Shahrun Nabil, Azammi Adabi, Marhan Jalil, Nabil Fiqri, Tengku Ahmad Tajudin, Nor Izzat Sumantri.

New Straits Times

Hardworking Baljit picked for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament


KUALA LUMPUR: Baljit Singh Charun (pic) will get to play in his hometown after all.

The 27-year-old hardworking defender, who had to have nine stitches to his upper lips after being hit during a friendly against New Zealand on Monday, has been named for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup which begins in Ipoh on Saturday.

Midfielder Norhizzat Sumantri, who featured in the Junior Asia Cup in Malacca last year, has also been included in the final squad of 18 for the tournament.

National coach Paul Revington named 16 players for the tournament last Thursday, leaving four players to fight it out for the remaining two spots.

Veteran defender Mohd Amin Rahim and young forward Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi were dropped after failing to impress in the two friendlies against New Zealand in Malacca.

Malaysia lost the first friendly 3-2 on Monday but bounced back to win the second by the same scoreline the next day.

National assistant coach S. Arulselvaraj said that although Baljit played in only one friendly, “he did enough to prove that he deserves a place in the tournament”.

“Baljit is a hardworking player and always gives his best in tournaments. We’ve also named Norhizzat as he too played well in the two friendlies,” said Arul.

The 22-year-old Norhizzat from Klang also played in the tournament last year and has 10 caps to his credit.

Baljit, who got married last month, was happy to be named for the tournament.

“I will not allow my injury to affect my performance,” vowed Baljit.

Malaysia will open their campaign against South Korea on Saturday. Their other matches are against New Zealand (on Sunday), Australia (Tuesday), Pakistan (March 14) and India (March 16).

The final and classification matches are on March 17.

Malaysia's squad

S. Kumar, Roslan Jamaluddin, Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim, Azlan Misron, Baljit Singh Charun, Jivan Mohan, Faizal Saari, Faiz Helmi Jali, Chua Boon Huat, Mohd Sukri Abdul Mutalib, Mohd Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin, Mohd Fitri Saari, Mohd Shahrun Nabil Abdullah (capt), Mohd Azammi Adabi, Mohd Marhan Mohd Jalil, Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Abdul Jalil, Norhizzat Sumantri.

The Star of Malaysia

New Delhi named host of two major FIH events

Hero Hockey World League Finals and Hero Hockey Junior World Cup confirmed

India will be the site of two upcoming major FIH events (Photo: Hockey India)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The FIH announced today the official hosts and dates for two of its upcoming top events. New Delhi, India will play host to the men’s tournaments for both the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup and the Hero Hockey World League Finals.

The Hero Hockey Junior World Cup will be held from December 6-15 and it will be followed by the Hero Hockey World League Finals from January 10-18.

The Hero Hockey Junior World Cup is held once every four years and will feature the top 16 men’s junior teams battling for the supreme title. Meanwhile the Hero Hockey World League Finals is the culmination of a two-year odyssey for the Hockey World League that has seen more than 60 men’s national teams play through four rounds of competition for the ultimate prize of becoming the inaugural Hockey World League Champion.

“I can think of no better venue for our inaugural Hockey World League final tournament than India,” said FIH President Leandro Negre. “With this event we are bringing the future of hockey to a country that has one of the richest traditions in our sport. It is sure to be an action packed tournament.”

Negre continued, “The Junior World Cup is one of the gems in our event calendar. We get the see the future of hockey on display. When looking through past athletes that have competed in the Junior World Cup, it reads as a who’s who in international hockey.”

Once again Hero Motocorp will have a big influence on both tournaments. The two-wheel giant will be the title sponsor of both events, giving both events increased visibility and stature in India and around the globe.

The full line-up of teams for both events will be known once all of the qualification tournaments are completed, For the Hero Hockey World League Finals, the teams will be known following the Hockey World League Semi-Final tournaments in the Netherlands and Malaysia this June.

For the Hero Hockey Junior World Cup, the last of the 16 teams was just named when Australia won the Junior Oceania Cup. Confirmed in the field are: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada England, Spain, Egypt, France, Germany India, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand Pakistan and South Africa.

FIH site

New Delhi to host Junior Hockey World Cup from Dec 6-15

LAUSANNE (Switzerland): New Delhi's Major Dhyan Chand Stadium will play host to the men's Hero Hockey Junior World Cup from December 6-15, the International Hockey Federation said on Wednesday.

Apart from Junior World Cup, the Indian capital will also host the men's Hero Hockey World League Finals from January 10-18 next year.

The Junior World Cup is held once in every four years and will feature the top 16 men's junior teams.

Besides hosts India, other participating nations in the Junior World Cup are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada England, Spain, Egypt, France, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand Pakistan and South Africa.

The participating teams for the Hero Hockey World League Finals will be known after the Hockey World League semifinal tournaments to be held in the Netherlands and Malaysia in June.

"The Junior World Cup is one of the gems in our event calendar. We get the see the future of hockey on display. When looking through past athletes that have competed in the Junior World Cup, it reads as a who's who in international hockey," FIH president Leandro Negre said in a statement.

Talking about the Hero Hockey World League Finals, Negre said: "I can think of no better venue for our inaugural Hockey World League final tournament than India

"With this event we are bringing the future of hockey to a country that has one of the richest traditions in our sport."

The Times of India

Canterbury men take on East Grinstead

Canterbury men celebrate

AFTER a mid-season run of bad results, Canterbury are hoping to maintain their push for a spot in the play-offs when they play host to East Grinstead in the Men’s Hockey League on Sunday.

Canterbury lost just one of their first seven matches and were second in the early table. But after beating East Grinstead 4-2 in November, their form took a beating as they were victorious in just one of their next seven league matches.

But despite that run they remain third in the table, and a 3-0 win over Hampstead has given them renewed impetus.

“We’re confident at the moment,” said Canterbury manager David Stevens. “We had a bad mid-season run, and we have given away a few too many goals. But we were pleased to keep a clean sheet against Hampstead and Westminster.

“The big clubs with GB players in their squads had a slow start to the season, but have all come strong. We will focus on the way we play and what we can do, but we’re obviously aware of some of the individuals East Grinstead have in their team.”

For their part, East Grinstead cannot afford to slip up if they’re to maintain their quest to break into the top four and qualify for the end of season play-offs.

Elsewhere, Reading play host to Surbiton, with both sides still very much in the mix for the end of season competition.

Leaders Beeston – who suffered a shock 5-1 defeat at Surbiton last weekend – will want to bounce back with a home game against strugglers Southgate.

Brooklands Manchester University host Loughborough Students, while Hampstead and Westminster go to Cannock.

In the Conference West, second-placed Guildford entertain Team Bath Buccaneers who are fourth. Both teams harbour hopes of catching leaders University of Exeter, who play host to Whitchurch.

Leaders Wimbledon entertain Old Loughtonians in the Conference East, while Holcombe – second only on goal difference – go to Teddington.

And in the Conference North, leaders Bowdon could clinch top spot when they take on third-placed University of Durham. But Sheffield Hallam will be aiming to keep alive their hopes of representing the North in the promotion play-offs when they host Preston.

Men’s Hockey League (Friday, March 8 2013)

Conference West

Cardiff & UWIC v Whitchurch 20:00

Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, March 9 2013)

Conference North
University of Durham v Wakefield 15:30

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, March 10 2013)

Premier Division
Reading v Surbiton 12:30
Canterbury v East Grinstead 12:45
Beeston v Southgate 14:00
Brooklands MU v Loughborough Students 14:00
Cannock v Hampstead & Westminster 14:30

Conference East
Cambridge City v Bromley & Beckenham 12:30
City of Peterborough v Oxted 12:30
Teddington v Holcombe 12:30
Richmond v Indian Gymkhana 13:30
Wimbledon v Old Loughtonians 13:30

Conference North
Sheffield Hallam v Preston 13:30
Belper v Doncaster 14:00
Bowdon v Univ of Durham 14:00
Leek v Olton & West Warwicks 14:00
Wakefield v Khalsa (Warks) 14:00

Conference West
Guildford v Team Bath Buccaneers 12:00
Univ of Exeter v Whitchurch 12:30
Cardiff & UWIC v Cheltenham 13:00
Fareham v Univ of Birmingham 13:30
Bristol Firebrands v Havant 14:00

England Hockey Board Media release

Bowdon set for Investec Premier Division clash with Reading

Sally Walton, Bowdon

BOWDON Hightown take on high-flying Reading on Saturday as the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division continues to build to a thrilling culmination.

Reading’s narrow win over Leicester last weekend saw them move up to second spot in the table, while Bowdon Hightown lie fifth, narrowly outside a top four finish which will see them reach the end of season play-offs and a shot at the title.

But Bowdon Hightown are under no illusions about the size of the challenge ahead of them.

“If you look at Reading in the league table and their run of results, it’s obviously going to be tough,” said manager Dieter Hill.

“We’re still aiming to reach the play-offs, and if we can take something out of the game against Reading that will be great.

“After this we’ve got Sutton Coldfield and Clifton, and if things go according to form we should be in the top four.

“But facing Reading is a tough challenge for anyone. It will be a great experience for some of our players to play at a great club like Reading with six or seven Olympic medallists. It’s a learning curve and we’re looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile, Leicester will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat with a double header weekend – Sutton Coldfield on Saturday and Surbiton on Sunday – both at their Leicester Grammar School base.

Fourth-placed Surbiton also face two games in two days, as they tackle play-off rivals Clifton on Saturday before the Leicester clash.

For all three teams, their fortunes this weekend could prove vital to their play-off aspirations. While seemingly too far back, two Clifton wins could spark a late challenge.

Top of the table Canterbury travel to University of Birmingham on Saturday, while in other Premier Division action Olton and West Warwickshire entertain Slough in a match that is vital to both team’s hopes of avoiding relegation.

University of Durham face a crucial weekend of action in the Investec Conference North.

Currently second and three points behind leaders Beeston, they play host to Wakefield Bradford on Saturday and then go to Whitley Bay and Tynemouth on Sunday.

And in the Investec Conference East, second-placed Ipswich travel to third-placed Sevenoaks as they both bid to catch leaders Harleston Magpies, who play Old Loughtonians.

Investec Conference West’s bottom side Taunton Vale could be relegated this weekend if they lose to unbeaten title winners Buckingham and Staines pick up points at home to Isca University.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, March 9 2013)

Investec Premier Division
Olton & West Warwicks v Slough 12:00
Univ of Birmingham v Canterbury 12:30
Leicester v Sutton Coldfield 12:30
Reading v Bowdon Hightown 13:30
Surbiton v Clifton 14:00

Investec Conference East
Harleston Magpies v Old Loughtonians 12:30
Sevenoaks v Ipswich 13:30
Chelmsford v Horsham 14:00
Bromley & Beckenham v Oxford Hawks 14:00
St Albans v Wimbledon 14:15

Investec Conference North
Brooklands Poynton v Cannock 12:00
Univ of Durham v Wakefield Bradford 12:00
Beeston v Doncaster 12:00
Loughborough Students v Liverpool Sefton 12:30
Ben Rhydding v Whitley Bay & Tynemouth 13:30

Investec Conference West
Barnes Hounslow Ealing v Swansea City 12:00
Buckingham v Taunton Vale 12:00
Gloucester City v Bristol Firebrands 12:00
Stourport v Trojans 12:00
Staines v Isca University 13:30

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Sunday, March 10 2013)

Investec Premier Division
Leicester v Surbiton 12:30

Investec Conference North

Whitley Bay & Tynemouth v Univ of Durham 11:30

England Hockey Board Media release

Ranjit Hockey Cup to start tomorrow

The seventh annual Oriental Bank Maharaja Ranjit Singh hockey tournament will be held at the Shivaji Stadium in New Delhi here from March 8 to 16.

In all 13 teams are expected to participate which include top notch domestic teams like Air India, Punjab and Sind Bank, Army XI, Indian Oil Corporation, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Punjab National Bank, Indian Air Force, Corps of Signals, EME Jalandhar, SRC, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), State Bank of India (SBI) Bhopal and Delhi Electric Supply Undertaking (DESU).

Army XI is the defending champions, they defeated Punjab and Sind Bank in 2011 -- when the tournament was held last time- and pocketed Rs.1.25 lacs

PSB got Rs.75,000

HJS Chimni, World Cup gold medalist, is the Organizing Secretary of the tournament

MIT field hockey team receives academic accolades

Recorded the highest grade point average in Division III and had 11 student-athletes earn a spot on the National Academic Squad

Mindy Brauer, Dept. of Athletics, Physical Education & Recreation

The 2012 MIT field hockey team. Photo:

The MIT field hockey team recorded the highest grade point average in Division III and had 11 student-athletes earn a spot on the National Academic Squad, with five being named Scholars of Distinction, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced this week.

The Engineers compiled a 3.56 GPA on a 4.0 scale, besting Ramapo College, Wesleyan University, Richard Stockton College and Simmons College, to earn their 11th straight National Academic Team Award. This award is given to those institutions that achieve a minimum 3.0 team GPA during the 2012 fall semester. Among all field hockey programs, MIT finished second in the nation to the Division I squad from Central Michigan University. To be eligible for the National Academic Squad, student-athletes must have achieved a cumulative 3.30 GPA through the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year.

This year, the NFHCA established the Scholar of Distinction program, which recognizes student-athletes with a 3.9 GPA or higher. Senior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.); junior Maddy Wharton (Swarthmore, Pa.); and sophomores Elizabeth Dethy (Morristown, N.J.), Sarah Fay (South Hadley, Mass.) and Caitlin Mackey (San Diego, Calif.) represented MIT on this list. The Engineers had the second-highest total across all three divisions, as they were the runner-up to NEWMAC foe WPI, which produced six selections.

McShane and fellow senior Michelle Dion (Lunenburg, Mass.) earned their third straight selection, while Wharton and junior Michelle Teplensky (Somers, N.Y.) received their second award. Dethy, Fay and Mackey, along with senior Kimberly Barker (Camden, N.Y.) and sophomores Diane Kim (Acton, Mass.), Jenna Klein (Parma, Ohio) and K.K. Wopat (Edwardsville, Ill.) were first-time honorees.

During its 2012 campaign, MIT compiled a record of 17-3, clinched its third NEWMAC title in four years and reached the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship. Head coach Cheryl Silva was tabbed for NFHCA New England East Region Coach of the Year accolades for the second time in her career, while McShane became the first player in program history to be a four-time All-America honoree. Wharton also picked up All-America plaudits as Teplensky and junior Erin Kenney (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) earned spots on the NFHCA New England East All-Region Team.

MIT News


The "What Is That Boy Holding?" Project

Establishing a fact and using it to Grow the Sport.

Guys play indoor and field hockey, always have.

The problem is that even within the sport, few realize that boys and men have played for a very long time and continue to play. Outside the sport, well, we hope to change that.

On March 1, 2013, 100 boys and men who play, coach, umpire were documented holding field hockey sticks, in individual portraits.

Find out what you can do to help give Boys the opportunity to play Original Hockey!

This project is sponsored by Dita.

First synthetic hockey pitch unveiled in Paraguay

High hopes that new surface will trigger growth in player numbers

The Paraguay women's national team with President Federico Franco Gomez. (Photo: Asociación Paraguaya de Hockey)

Hockey in Paraguay received a huge boost last month when the country’s first ever purpose built synthetic pitch was officially opened on 16th February. The ribbon was cut by Dr. Frederico Franco Gomez, President of the Republic of Paraguay , who along with other dignitaries walked under a bridge of hockey sticks before being the first person to hit a ball on the new surface. 

The opening ceremony was marked by music from the Sonidos de Cateura Orchestra, which brought a carnival atmosphere to the event with their renditions of folk music and the national anthem.

Representatives from the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) were quick to praise the Board of the Paraguayan Association of Hockey, presenting them with a commemorative plaque made of bronze in recognition of all of their efforts to get this pitch built. It is hoped that the surface will inspire a whole new generation to fall in love with the sport and trigger an exponential growth in player numbers. 

Coincidentally, the date chosen to open the new surface marked the 22nd anniversary of one of Paraguay’s finest moments in hockey, when the women’s team won the Silver medal at the South American Championships. 

More information about this story can be found by clicking here (External Link – Pan American Hockey Federation)

FIH site

Fiona Boyce and Claire Messent off to Top Gear Festival Sydney

Top Gear Festival Sydney: 9-10 March 2013

Hockeyroos stars Fiona Boyce and Claire Messent will take on fellow sports stars and celebrities in a car racing challenge far away from any hockey pitch.

The two Hockeyroos stars will compete in the MyPlates Star in a Reasonably Priced Car challenge against Australian Cricket legend and Channel Nine Commentator Michael Slater, Socceroos Legend Mark Bosnich, Beijing Olympic Gold Medallist Steve Hooker and Musician Brian McFadden.

Fiona and Claire will drive the Lexus CR200h at 10:15am on Sunday morning on the South Circuit at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Top Gear Festival Highlight Features:

1. The fastest Aussie female on the planet, Olympic gold emdallist Sally Pearson will race on foot against Top Gear Host Jeremy Clarkson in a Supercar.

2. Retired Australian Motorcycling great Casey Stoner will race Australian F1 great Mark Webber and V8 Supercar Champions Jamie Whincup

Top Gear Festival Schedule:

Follow all the action on Twitter @TGFSydney

Follow Fiona Boyce’s weekend via @Fi_Boyce

Hockey Australia media release