News for 11 March 2013

All the news for Monday 11 March 2013


USA and Chile join World League Semi-Finals

Last two women's teams qualify for the big show in June

Craig Madden



The United States women's team celebrates their World League Round 2 title in Rio (Photo: Lu Valiatti)

Chile may have lost today's battle against Scotland in a 3-2 shootout loss, but they definitely won the war as the one-point performance was enough for the South American nation to secure their spot in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals. Joining Chile in Round 3 will be the United States, who fulfilled their 10th world ranking and tournament favourite tag by finishing in pole position in the second round of the World League in Rio de Janeiro with a comfortable 6-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago in their final pool matchwhich won the Rio Round 2 tournament after securing a straight forward 6-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago today.

United States 6, Trinidad & Tobago 0

Top seeds United States secured their place in round three of the World League with a 6-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago in the opening game of the day.

Any pressure on the favourites was quickly dispelled in three minutes when Claire Laubach found the net with a precise drag flick at the opening penalty corner. The Americans proceeded to dominate the flow of the game and only poor finishing failed to add to the score, that is until 23 minutes when Lauren Pfeiffer doubled their score with a reverse stick finish.

Towards the end of the first half the Americans added another two goals, the first came from a penalty corner strike by Katie O`Donnell that seemed to elude the goalkeeper, three minutes later a shot towards the back post was deflected into the net by Torrie Albini for a 4-0 interval lead.

The second half was virtually one-way traffic towards the Trinidad goal, but the fifth strike was delayed until 52 minutes, Jill Witmer intercepted a Trinidad back pass, she raced into the circle, rounded the keeper, and rolled the ball into the empty net. The Americans completed their scoring two minutes later with a straight strike at a penalty corner by Claire Laubach, and then played out the remainder of the contest.

Scotland - Chile 3-2   (Scotland won 3-2 in penalty shootout)

This clash was billed as the crucial game of the day, it was winner take all for the Scots while Chile could afford a draw to proceed to the third round draw.   The game finished 2-2 and it was the Chileans who celebrated their progress to the next round. The Scots won the resulting penalty shoot-out 3-2 but it was little consolation for only drawing in normal time. Prior to the match there were presentations to Linda Clement and Vikki Bunce on their 200th and 150 international cap respectively.

There were chances to both sides in the early exchanges, the best fell to Scotland when Catriona Ralph`s penalty corner shot was saved on the line by a defender. But it was Chile who took the decisive lead at a penalty corner when Camila Caram fired home a low shot past the Scotland keeper.  

The Scots were left with a mountain to climb by the clinical finishing of the Chileans, Paula Infante went on a solo run and Agustina Venegas  deflected her shot past Gibson for the second goal. The Scots through caution to the wind after this setback and in 50 minutes pulled one back, a pass from the right by Linda Clement found Nikki Kidd in space and she lashed the ball into the roof of the net.  

The game opened out and there were penalty corner chances at both end as the minutes ticked away. But with three minutes left Scotland won a further penalty corner and in the resulting set piece Kidd drove a low flick into the bottom corner of the net.

Shepherd then went for a last throw of the dice by replacing keeper Gibson with an additional outfield player, but the Chileans calmly played out the final three minutes.  The Scots won an additional point by winning the resulting penalty shoot-out 3-2.  

Chile and Scotland finished level on 10 points apiece, but the former take second spot on a greater number of victories.

Uruguay 4, Brazil 0

In the first half all four goals for Uruguay were scored from penalty corners as they reached a commanding 4-0 advantage at the interval. The first came in six minutes, Maria Isabel Olaso`s shot was deflected past the goalkeeper by a defender. It took Uruguay to 25 minutes to increase their lead, at another set piece Ana Karina Bisignano found the net with a direct shot.

A few minutes later Uruguay increased their tally to three, Bisignano was again on target at the set piece and just before the interval Olaso scored her own second with another strike that beat the Brazilian goalkeeper. Brazil were rarely seen as an attacking force, they did win a penalty corner but it was never stopped properly.

Mercedes Coates missed a gilt-edged chance for Uruguay in the opening three minutes, thereafter Uruguay were very much in control but no further goals. Brazil did have some pressure towards the Uruguay goal but no clear-cut chances emerged. Uruguay had two further penalty corner chances to increase their lead but both efforts were blocked. The second half finished goalless, but Uruguay finished with three consecutive victories while hosts Brazil were left without a point for the whole tournament.

FIH site



The U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team advances to World League Round 3


Team USA finishes first at World League Round 2 after defeating Trinidad and Tobago 6-0

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team will advance to World League Round 3 after an authoritative 6-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago this morning at the International Hockey Federation’s World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Team USA finished with a near-perfect record, defeating Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and Trinidad and Tobago and drawing Scotland in regulation. Today five different players scored, including a goal by Claire Laubach (Centreville, Va.) just 90 seconds into the match on a penalty corner.

“I am very happy with the way the results panned out,” said head coach Craig Parnham. “This is really an important stage for us as it is the start of the new journey. I had limited time with the group prior to the tournament so it was really crucial we got through this week and did what we needed to do which was qualify. The work starts now and there is a lot of work technically and tactically we need to address but what is really encouraging is the group of players here have a real willingness and commitment to learn and develop.”

Laubach initiated the scoring for the U.S. on a penalty corner three minutes after the start of the match. Lauren Pfeiffer (Mount Laurel, N.J.) was next, capitalizing in front of the net with a field goal in the 23rd. Alesha Widdall replaced Jackie Kintzer (Robesonia, Pa.) in goal nine minutes before halftime.

Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) and Torrie Albini (Escondido, Cali.) each added one goal apiece before finishing the first half with a 4-0 lead over Trinidad and Tobago. Jill Witmer (Lancaster, Pa.) scored the first goal of her national team career early in the second half and Laubach logged her second goal of the match on a penalty corner in the 54th minute.

“Our goal was to come here and qualify for World League Round 3 and we got the job done,” said captain Lauren Crandall. “It was a team effort throughout the entire tournament.”

World League Round 3 will be Team USA’s first opportunity to qualify for the 2014 World Cup that will be held in London, England, June 22-30, 2013. For Crandall, qualifying for the World Cup is a big goal she would like to cross off her list this summer.

“Personally I have only watched a World Cup. I sat out of the 2006 World Cup so for me, it was a big goal of mine to qualify here for World League Round 3 and now our focus will be on advancing to the World Cup,” said Crandall. 

Chile finished second and will also automatically be advancing to World League Round 3. The International Hockey Federation will announce the teams joining Team USA in London this summer for World League Round 3 next week. 

USFHA media release



Heartache for Scotland in Rio


Scotland captain Linda Clement won her 200th cap against Chile, credit: Pedro Montiero

Scotland missed out on qualification for Round 3 for the FIH World League after today's 2-2 draw with Chile in Rio.

Two goals from Nikki Kidd had brought Scotland back from two goals down against the Chileans. But a 2-2 draw at full-time meant that Chile progressed having won more games than Scotland in the competition overall.

Scotland won the resulting penalty shoot-out 3-2 to take two bonus points but it is USA and Chile who qualify for the next round.

Prior to the game there were presentations to Linda Clement and Vikki Bunce for their 200th and 150th international caps respectively, both fantastic achievements.

The game opened brightly with chances at both ends and Nikki Kidd had a good effort saved by the goalkeeper, while Chile had two shots just wide of the target. A good flowing move between Kidd and Sam Judge in the circle led to the Edinburgh University striker’s reverse stick shot narrowly missing the outstretched stick of Clement.

In the 10th minute, the Scots won their first penalty corner through the persistence of Ali Howie, but Catriona Ralph`s strike was saved on the line by a defender.   Gordon Shepherd`s charges played with plenty of character but they just could not find the net.

It was therefore a cruel blow when the Chileans took the lead five minutes from the interval. At their first penalty corner Camila Caram fired a powerful low strike that was just too strong for Amy Gibson in the Scotland goal. The Scots finished the half the stronger side and a couple of chances were created but the danger was cleared by the composed Chilean defence to leave the national side 1-0 down at half time.

Shortly after the interval, Scotland were left with a mountain to climb by the clinical finishing of the Chileans. Paula Infante went on a solo run and Agustina Venegas deflected her shot past Gibson for the second goal.

The Scots through caution to the wind after this setback and pulled one back in the 50th minute; a pass from the right by Linda Clement found Kidd  in space and she lashed the ball into the roof of the net.


Scotland star Vikki Bunce won her 150th cap against Chile, credit: Pedro Montiero

The game opened out and there were penalty corner chances at both end as the minutes ticked away.  But with three minutes left Scotland won a further penalty corner through the tenacity of Nicola Skrastin, and in the resulting set piece Kidd drove a low flick into the bottom corner of the net for the equaliser.

Shepherd then went for a last throw of the dice by replacing keeper Gibson with an additional outfield player, but the Chileans calmly played out the final three minutes.

The Scot won an additional point in the resulting penalty shoot-out - Kidd, Bunce and Kareena Marshall were on target - a result that guaranteed Scotland third place in the final rankings.

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



T&TStickwomen fifth

The national women’s hockey team was trounced 6-0 by USA yesterday, to end the six-team second round qualifiers of the FIH World Hockey League in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in fifth spot.

With the win, USA secured its place in round three of the World League as winners with 13 points. They were joined by Chile.

Any pressure on the Americans going into the match was quickly dispelled in three minutes when Claire Laubach found the net with a precise drag flick at the opening penalty corner past T&T goalkeeper Jeneille Carrington.

USA dominated the game and after 23 minutes, Lauren Pfeiffer doubled their score.

Towards the end of the first-half they added another two goals, a penalty corner strike by Katie O’Donnell that seemed to elude the goalkeeper and three minutes later a shot towards the back post was deflected into the net by Torrie Albini for a 4-0 interval lead.

The second-half was virtually one-way traffic towards the T&T goal, but the fifth strike was delayed until 52 minutes when Jill Witmer intercepted a back pass, raced into the circle, rounded Carrington, and rolled the ball into the empty net. The Americans completed their scoring two minutes later with a straight strike at a penalty corner by Claire Laubach.

The Chileans lost yesterday’s battle against Scotland in a 3-2 shootout, after a 2-2 draw at full-time but the one-point performance was enough for them to secure their spot in the semifinals.

The results meant Chile and Scotland both finished level on ten points apiece, but the former took second spot on a greater number of victories, three to two while Uruguay followed up its shock 2-1 beating of Scotland with a 4-0 shut-out of Brazil for fourth spot with nine points.

Results

USA 6 (Claire Laubach 3rd, 54th, Lauren Pfeiffer 23rd, Katie O’Donnell 31st, Torrie Albini 35th, Jill Witmer 52nd) vs T&T 0
Chile 2 (Camila Caram 30th, Agustin Vanegas 42nd) vs Scotland 1 (Vikki Bunce 48th, Nikki Kidd 67th)—Scotland won 3-2 on penalty shoot-out
Uruguay 4 (Maria Isabel Olaso 6th, 34th, Ana Karina Bisignano 25th, 29th) vs Brazil 0

Saturday results:
T&T 3 (Avion Ashton 15th, Blair Wynne 22nd, Krizia Layne 70th) vs Brazil 1 (Patrice Boos 47th)
USA 2 (Emily Wold 40th, Melissa Gonzales 65th) vs Chile 1 (Camilla Caram 68th)
Uruguay 2 (Janine Stanley 28th, Ana Lucia de Maria 51st) vs Scotland 1 (Linda Clement 55th)

Standings

Teams P W WD LD L F A Pts
USA 5 4 0 1 0 18 2 13
Chile 5 3 0 1 1 16 5 10
Scotland 5 2 2 0 1 18 5 10
Uruguay 5 3 0 0 2 12 7 9
T&T 5 1 0 0 4 4 26 3
Brazil 5 0 0 0 5 2 25 0

The Trinidad Guardian



Women’s Hockey World League Semi-Final Groups Confirmed

16 teams head to Rotterdam and London with World Cup Dreams


Following the last of the women’s Hockey World League Round 2 tournaments which ended yesterday in Rio, the FIH today announced the line-ups for the two women’s Hockey World League Semi-Final tournaments to be held in Rotterdam and London in June.

The Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final tournament in Rotterdam will be held from June 13-23 in conjunction with the men’s Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final tournament.  Four teams were already qualified for the event based on their FIH World Ranking and will be joined by four teams that qualified through the earlier rounds of the Hockey World League.

The teams playing in Rotterdam are: Host Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany, Korea, Japan, India, Belgium and Chile. The Dutch enter the tournament as the top-ranked team in the FIH World Ranking. New Zealand, Germany and Korea were also automatically qualified for the Semi-Finals thanks to their top-eight spot in the FIH World Ranking.

Chile is the lowest-ranked team of the group, weighing in at #18 in the FIH World Ranking. They became the last team to qualify for the Semi-Finals after finishing in second place on Sunday in the Round 2 tournament in Rio. Belgium is the only team in the Rotterdam event to play in both the Hockey World League Round 1 and Round 2 tournaments.

In addition to naming the teams, the groups, based on the FIH World Ranking, are also known for Rotterdam and are as follows.

 

Pool A Pool B
Netherlands New Zealand
Korea Germany
Japan India
Chile Belgium

The second of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals tournaments will be held in London from June 22-30. The teams that will play in the Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final tournament are: Argentina, England, Australia, China, USA, South Africa, Spain and Italy.  The Argentina women are the highest-ranked team in the London Semi-Final, currently holding down the second spot in the FIH World Ranking. England, Australia and China join Argentina as the teams that were automatically qualified for the Semi-Finals.

On the other end of the group, Italy made headlines by winning its Hockey World League Round 2 tournament, despite entering the event as the third-seeded team. There, they finished ahead of Spain, which they could meet again in the London Semi-Finals. South Africa hosted and won its Hockey World League Round 2 tournament, while the Americans qualified for London through a Round 2 tournament victory in Brazil.

The groups for London are:

Pool A Pool B
Argentina England
China Australia
USA South Africa
Italy Spain

Tickets for the London Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final and can be ordered here
Tickets for the Rotterdam Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final can be ordered as of mid-March here

FIH Media release



Australia hammer Pakistan



Australia hammered Pakistan 6-0 in a display of clinical finishing at the Azlan Shah Hockey Stadium today.

It was a huge margin of victory, eclipsed by the Aussies 7-0 win at the London Olympics last year.

"Though it is an impressive scoreline, our performance is still not up to mark and we need to do better," said Australian coach Ric Charlesworth.

"The finishing was good I admit but we must not look into the result and say we are better then Pakistan as scorelines are at times close and they did not have some key players in defence and that makes a whole lot of difference.

"We are up against Malaysia next and they are an experienced side and I expect a close match. They have things going for them as they get to play matches at 8.00pm and the crowd is amazing as well."

Australia took a 3-0 lead in the opening 17 minutes and that virtually snuffed the fight out of Pakistan.

Australia took the lead in the 8th minute through Daniel Mirecki who picked up a loose ball in the semi circle to smash it home with the Pakistan defenders caught flat footed, with keeper Imran Butt out of position.

And in the very next minute Matt Ghodes placed the ball into the corner of the Pakistani goal when all were expecting him to make a pass.

It was to get worse for Pakistan as they conceded a third in the 17th minute, this time Jacob Whetton ghosted in behind the defence to deflect a pass from Matt Ghodes into the roof of the net, as Imran looked on in despair.

A minute before the halftime hooter, Australia netted their fourth, with Whetton getting his stick onto a long ball out of defence to steer it past Imran.



At halftime Australia led 4-0.

Daniel Beale made it 5-0 in the 45th minute, getting the final touch from a penalty corner attempt by Nicholas Budgeon.

Pakistan were a beaten side and it showed as the players kept looking at the clock, hoping for an end to their misery.

Nicholas converted a penalty corner in the 61st minute to make it 6-0.

"Imran had a poor game in goal and it was the same in the first match. So we have to make changes against India and the goalkeeper will be one of them," said Pakistan coach Akhtar Rasool.

"No excuses as we lost to a better team and our defence was a let down as we gave them too much space and respect."

Official Sultan Azlan Shah Cup site



Koreans notch up first win



Korea defeated India 2-1 to register their first win in the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh this evening.

Both the teams had lost their opening matches, with India going down 4-3 at the hands of Australia while Korea were beaten 3-2 via a final minute goal by Malaysia.

Thus it was vital for both teams to get a win to put their challenge back on track. And the Koreans looked the more determined side in the opening half.

However India lifted their game after the breather but paid the price for failing to take their chances.

"We played well but did not get the desired result. But I expect the team to improve and correct the mistakes they are doing" said Indian team manager Roelant Oltmans.

"We were at sea in the first half but had a better second half and the fact that we had six penalty corners while conceding none outlines our domination in the second half.

"The tournament is far from over and playing Pakistan in our next game requires some planning as they have experienced players."

The Koreans dominated proceedings and the agile Indian custodian PR Sreejest kept them at bay, making some saves that were almost impossible.

Korea made it count from their second penalty corner as Nam Hyun Woo relayed the ball to the right for Kang Moon Kweon to deflect it into the roof of the India goal in the 29th minute.

Although Korea were awarded two more penalty corner in the closing minutes of the first half, they could not add to their tally.

India were on level terms four minutes upon resumption, thanks to some great work by Mndeep Singh on the right who evaded two defenders before setting up Malak Singh to tap into an empty goal.

Though India were awarded two penalty corners, Rupinder Pal Singh failed to make them count.

And they paid the price for it as a long hit by Jung Man Jae was met by a lurking Kang whose deft touch caught Sreejesh for Korea to lead 2-1.

Though India had a penalty corner in the 64th minute, Rupinder Pal failed to find the mark.

Official Sultan Azlan Shah Cup site



Malaysia polish off Kiwis



Malaysia defied world rankings to defeat New Zealand 2-1 in the Sultan Azlan Cup this evening to maintain a perfect start to the tournament.

The Kiwis are ranked sixth in the FIH current rankings with Malaysia a lowly 13th, but Malaysia upstaged their rivals with a display that had guts, courage and tactical discipline.

Malaysia edged Korea 3-2 in their opening match on Saturday and the win today gives them six points and second spot in the standings as the tournament takes a day's break on Monday.

It was a nervous start form Malaysia as Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin's second minute cross went a begging as a sliding Faisal Saari failed to connect it home.

There were a few more chances after that, but poor finishing denied Malaysian an early lead.

And after 10 minutes, the Kiwis finally came out from their own half only to be denied by S. Kumar who made some diving saves on field attempts.

As the clock ticked away towards half-time, the most hardworking player on the Malaysian side was Baljit Singh, who defended his semi-circle like a lion.

The biggest cheer came in the 25th minute, when Tengku Ahnad Tajuddin's attempt found Chua Boon Huat's stick, but the ball tricked out inches wide.

New Zealand won heir second penalty corner in the 30th minute, and this time Marhan Jalil charged to deny the Kiwis.

Malaysia opened scoring in the 40th minute when Marhan charged down the right and squared the ball to Chua, who had the presence of mind to flick the ball into the roof of the net.

Malaysia has umpire Harsha Vardhan Gandham of India to thank for playing a good advantage as he had signaled for a penalty corner but followed through the whistling to award a goal.

Four minutes later a deflection by Tengku Ahmad hit Andy Hayward and sailed into goal, catching New Zealand keeper Devon Manchester on the wrong foot.

And the stadium erupted with joy as Malaysia were on their way to victory.

Arun Panchia had the ball in the net in the 53rd minute but was adjudged by umpire John Wright of South Africa to have fouled Baljit Singh.

New Zealand reduced the deficit in the 65th minute as Shay Neal dived full length to turn in a pass from Andy Hayward of their second penalty corner.

But Malaysia kept their composure to register their second win.

Official Sultan Azlan Shah Cup site



Kiwis squashed

By JUGJET SINGH



Malaysia’s Jivan Mohan (right) and a New Zealand player tussle for the ball during an Azlan Shah Cup match at the Azlan Shah Stadium yesterday.

MALAYSIA, ranked 13th in the world, scalped sixth-ranked New Zealand 2-1 for a famous victory in the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh yesterday,

However, even with six points from two matches, Malaysia did not impress in both the wins against South Korea and New Zealand.

They will face World No 2 Australia tomorrow, and if they continue playing like this, coach Paul Revington's men will be in for a hiding.

"I always expect my players to win when they enter the pitch regardless of whom they are playing and so far, the players have not let down my expectations of them," said Malaysia coach Paul Revington.

However, Revington was unhappy with the way his men played in the second half.

"We were in control of the attack after scoring the two goals, and had chances to make it 3-0 and even 4-0 but did not take it. That is an area that needs improving," said Revington.

Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, who scored his first of the tournament, was just glad that he could help his mates:

"It was a wonderful feeling to score that goal and help my teammates win the match. Now that we have two wins, we will be looking to continue this momentum in the remaining matches," he said.

It was another nervous start for Malaysia as Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin's second minute cross went a begging as a sliding Faizal Saari failed to connect it home.

There were a few more chances after that, but poor finishing denied Malaysia an early lead.

And after 10 minutes, the Kiwis finally came out from their own half only to be denied by S. Kumar who made some diving saves on field attempts, and also palmed away their first penalty corner.

As the clock ticked towards half-time, the most hardworking player on the Malaysian side was Baljit Singh, who defended his semi-circle like a lion.

The biggest cheer came in the 25th minute, when Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin's try found Chua Boon Huat's stick, but the ball whizzed out centimetres wide.

New Zealand won heir second penalty corner in the 30th minute, and this time Marhan Jalil charges to deny the Kiwis.

At half-time, it was 2-0 for New Zealand as far as penalty corners were concerned.

Malaysia started the second half looking crisp as Faizal Saari almost cracks the Kiwi side-board with a powerful shot.

And after a series of concerted attacks, 11-time Azlan Shah Cup veteran Chua Boon Huat opens scoring with a super field attempt in the 40th minute, and that was the signal needed by Malaysia to push harder.

Four minutes later, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin makes it count with a top of the circle shot, and Malaysia went on an attack mode after that and won their first penalty corner of the match in the 48th minute, but failed to increase the lead.

But after taking a 2-0 lead, Malaysia started playing like novices, even though the Kiwis look like they were ready to get onto their bus and head back to the team hotel.

New Zealand scored their first goal off their second penalty corner in the 65th minute when Shay Neal scored a simple set-piece, but Malaysia did just enough in the remaining minutes to secure three valuable points.

New Straits Times



Malaysia beat New Zealand for their second straight win

By S. RAMAGURU



Out of my way: Malaysia’s Mohd Shahrun Nabil Abdullah (right) tussling for the ball with New Zealand’s Nick Ross during their Sultan Azlan Shah Cup match in Ipoh last night. — SAIFUL BAHRI / The Star

IPOH: Veteran Chua Boon Huat scored again as Malaysia recorded their second straight win in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after a 2-1 triumph over defending champions New Zealand at the Azlan Shah Stadium here last night.

The Malaysians, who were 3-2 winners over South Korea in their opening match on Saturday, retained the same line-up. There were few scoring chances in the first half. The Kiwis earned two penalty corners but failed to make them count.

Malaysia started off strongly after the breather and it paid dividends. Boon Huat, who scored two goals against the Koreans, ended the deadlock with a field goal in the 40th minute.

It did not take Malaysia long to get the second goal. Four minutes later, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin slammed home from the top of the D to give the Kiwis a mountain to climb.

To their credit, the Kiwis refused to give up. They came close a couple of times but Malaysian goalkeeper S. Kumar was up to the task. But Kumar was finally beaten in the 65th minute by Shay Neal. New Zealand continued to press forward but Malaysia held on to go second in the standings behind world champions Australia on goal difference.

Malaysia’s coach Paul Revington was in a passive mood despite a second win in the tournament.

“It is good to have won back-to-back matches although we were under a lot of pressure in the second half. It was a good match as it allowed us to try out some tactics and it also proved that the players can maintain their form in successive games.

“But there is still a lot of work to be done and keeping up the consistency is one of it. There are still some aspects we have to work on like the offensive and defensive penalty corners. Generally the performance was good and gaining full points at this stage is a good start to the tournament,” said Revington.

Yesterday, Australia were victorious again – whipping Pakistan 6-0. The Australians, who struggled to down India 4-3 on Saturday, surged to a comfortable 4-0 half-time lead with Daniel Mirecki (eighth minute), Matt Gohdes (9th) and Jacob Whetton (17th and 34th).

Two more goals by Daniel Beale (45th) and Nichalas Budgeon (61st) gave Australia the biggest win in the tournament thus far.

Australian coach Ric Charlesworth was happy with his team’s performance.

He, however, felt that the opening win was a much better effort.

“But then you take any win you can against the Pakistanis. It is good to see our players make good use of the chances. We also scored a couple of penalty corner goals and that was good,” said Charlesworth.

Pakistan chief coach Akhtar Rasool attributed the defeat to the early misses in the game.

“But I guess the players were tired and the humidity got to them. The Australians were just better today and they made good use of their chances,” said Akhtar.

In another match, South Korea registered their first win by beating India 2-1.

Defender Kang Moon-kweon was the hero for the Koreans, scoring a brace in the 29th and 60th minutes. India’s goal came through Malak Singh in the 39th minute.

The Star of Malaysia



Tough loss for Black Sticks at Azlan Shah



The Black Sticks Men remain winless at the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament after going down 2-1 to Malaysia in front of a vocal home crowd.

Despite a world ranking of 13th, the Malaysians now have two wins from two games after defeating Korea in their opening match.

The Black Sticks were straight onto defence as the game got underway with Malaysia creating several scoring chances but lacking the execution to deliver.

As the first half wore on New Zealand seemed to find a rhythm but was repelled by the opposition defence and the match went into halftime locked up nil-all.

Malaysia broke the deadlock in the 40th minute when Chua Boon Huat flicked the ball into the top of the net after receiving a great pass into the circle.

Just four minutes later a deflection by Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin bounced off Andy Hayward and past Devon Manchester in goal to put the Kiwis two goals behind.

Jared Panchia looked to have scored in the 53rd minute but was called back by umpire John Wright of South Africa for a foul on his defender.

The Black Sticks finally had some luck in the 65th minute with Shay Neal pulling off a stunning full body dive to deflect in Hayward’s pass from the side’s second penalty corner of the game.

New Zealand lifted in intensity over the final 10 minutes in search of an equalising goal, but Malaysia’s defence rallied and remained strong.

The Black Sticks will use Monday’s rest day to reassess their tactics before heading into a must-win against Korea at 9pm (NZ time) on Tuesday. The game is live on SKY Sport 3.

New Zealand 1 (Shay Neal)
Malaysia 2 (Chua Boon Huat, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin)
Halftime: 0-0

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks downed by Malaysia

FRED WOODCOCK



ANOTHER LOSS: The Black Sticks have suffered their second successive loss in Malaysia. JASON OXENHAM/Fairfax NZ

Defending champions New Zealand have suffered their second successive loss at the Sultan Azlan Shah men’s hockey tournament after being downed 2-1 by hosts Malaysia this morning (NZT).

Malaysia, at No 13 ranked seven places below the Black Sticks, were the dominant team throughout the match and deserved the spoils, though the young New Zealand side missing several experienced players went close to snatching an equaliser.

The hosts created several chances without executing in a scoreless first half, but they broke the deadlock five minutes into the second stanza when Chua Boon Huat scored his third goal of the tournament. He flicked the ball into the top of the net when it fell to him after a good pass into the circle.

Just four minutes later a deflection by Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin bounced off defender Andy Hayward and past Devon Manchester in goal to put the Kiwis two goals behind.

The Black Sticks finally had some luck in the 65th minute with Shay Neal pulling off a full body dive to deflect in Hayward’s pass from the side’s second penalty corner of the game.

Jared Panchia found the back of the net but the goal was disallowed for a foul, and despite a lift in intensity and a late rally, New Zealand couldn’t find an equaliser.

Malaysia now have two wins from two having beaten Korea in their opening match, while New Zealand have two losses, following a first-up 4-3 defeat to Pakistan.

Black Sticks coach Colin Batch is using the tournament as a development tool, with just three players in the 18-man squad over the age of 23.

Their next match is against Korea at 9pm tomorrow (NZT).

Stuff



Insipid Pakistan thrashed by Australia in Azlan Shah Cup


Australia were 4-0 at half-time. -File photo by AFP

IPOH: World champions Australia put on a strong showing Sunday to whip Pakistan 6-0 in the second match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup.

South Korea secured their first win when they defeated India 2-1 in a closely fought match, while host Malaysia kept up their winning ways to defeat defending champions New Zealand 2-1.

In a show of clinical finishing, which was helped by an insipid Pakistan team, Australia, aiming for a seventh cup title, had little trouble collecting full points to lead the standings after two days.

The world number two took the lead through Daniel Mirecki, and Matt Gohdes increased the gap with another field goal.

Goalkeeper Imran Butt proved to be a bundle of nerves. It got worse for the Pakistanis as the Australians rang up another two goals by Jacob Whetton for a 4-0 first half lead.

Daniel Beale and then Nick Budgeon completed the rout, the latter with a penalty corner goal.

Pakistan chief coach Akhtar Rasool said the players were tired and worn down by the humidity in the Southeast Asian nation. He added Butt might be replaced by Imran Shah.

“We can only improve, and hopefully the rest day (Monday) will do the team some good,” he said.

Australia’s coach Ric Charlesworth downplayed the rival’s thrashing.

Australia already beat India on Saturday.

“Beating Pakistan at any time is a welcome moment,” he said. “The big score is not that big a deal as it can happen in an international match. The next minute you may end up losing to the same team.”

Meanwhile, Kang Moon-Kweon scored twice for South Korea, while India earned their goal via Malak Singh.

India went on to waste six penalty corners in the second half through poor execution and good defending by the Koreans.

In the last match of the day, the goals came from Malaysia’s Chua Boon Huat and Ahmad Tajuddin Jalil, although the Kiwis pulled a goal back through Shay Neal.

Malaysia now rank second with six points, like the Australians, having won both their games, ahead of South Korea and Pakistan. India and New Zealand have no points so far.

The tournament ends next Sunday.

Dawn



Australia beats Pakistan 6-0 in Azlan Shah Cup match



Australia beat Pakistan 6-0 in a one-sided contest of the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup at IPOH in Malaysia on Sunday.

Australia got off to a flying start, scoring three goals in the opening 17 minutes of the match. The first goal was scored in the 8th minute when Daniel Mirecki picked up a loose ball in a semi-circle to smash it home with the Pakistan defenders caught flat footed.

In the very next minute, Matt Ghodes placed the ball into the corner of the Pakistani goal.

Australia scored their third in the 17th minute and the fourth a minute before the halftime.

The last two goals were scored using penalty corners in the 45th and 61st minute respectively.

On Saturday, Pakistan had beaten New Zealand 4-3 in the opening game.

The Nation



Australia hammer Pakistan 6-0


Shakeel Abbasi of Pakistan (R) fights for the ball with Kieren Govers of Australia (L) during their Pool B match at the Men's Hockey Champions Trophy tournament in Melbourne on December 4, 2012. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

Australia hammered Pakistan 6-0 in a clean sweep win at the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup in Malaysia on Sunday, reported Azlan Shah’s official website.

Australia got off to a good start by scoring the first three goals in the opening 17 minutes of the match.

The first goal was scored in the 8th minute when Daniel Mirecki picked up a loose ball in a semi-circle to smash it home with the Pakistan defenders caught flat footed.

In the very next minute, Matt Ghodes placed the ball into the corner of the Pakistani goal.

Australia scored their third in the 17th minute and the fourth a minute before the halftime.

The last two goals were scored using penalty corners in the 45th and 61st minute respectively.

Pakistan had beaten New Zealand 4-3 in the opening match of the cup on Saturday.

Pakistan had secured the bronze medal in the 2012 Champions Trophy before winning the Asian Champions Trophy, while last year’s Azlan Shah Cup was won by New Zealand.

The Express Tribune



Pakistan eye place in final despite Australia mauling

By Fawad Hussain


KARACHI: Pakistan chief hockey coach Akhtar Rasool believed his side was still on course to secure a berth in the final of the Azlan Shah Cup despite a huge defeat to Australia in Ipoh, Malaysia yesterday.

After overcoming defending champions New Zealand 4-3 in their opening game, the greenshirts endured a sharp dip in performance as Australia thrashed them 6-0 in their second game.

However, despite the embarrassing loss, Rasool remained calm and said he was hopeful of the team’s resurgence in the remaining games.

“We lost to a team that was better than us in all departments,” Rasool told The Express Tribune from Ipoh.

“Australia dominated us throughout the match and outclassed us.

“We tested four new players in the game and the weather was also very hot and humid. The youngsters took a lot of pressure while playing against the Aussies and they also failed to cope with the weather.

“But these reasons are hardly acceptable and the team will have to make significant improvement in the remaining matches.”

Defenders, forwards disappoint management

Rasool said the scoreline could have been better had the forwards availed easy opportunities.

“We failed to score on open chances at least thrice against Australia. The strikers had missed chances against New Zealand as well.

“Our defence also struggled in these matches. The goalkeeper (Imran Butt) conceded goals which could have been blocked.”

However, the coach said he was undeterred by the defeat, saying the team would bounce back in the remaining three games.

“Despite the inexperience, our players have it in them to make a comeback. The event is still open. We have a good chance of advancing to the finals if we perform well against India, South Korea and Malaysia. We will work together on our mistakes and hopefully the team will return with an improved show.”

Pakistan will meet arch-rivals India in their next match tomorrow after a rest day today.

The 7-0 pummeling at the hands of Australia last year in the London Olympics was repeated in an almost identical fashion in yesterday’s 6-0 loss.

The game presented a seemingly stark mismatch between the two opponents as Australia took control right from the beginning.

The first session was a nightmare for Pakistan as they conceded four goals in the opening half and were already 3-0 down in the 17th minute.

Australia added two more goals in the final session to seal the 6-0 triumph with ease.

Jacob Whetton struck a brace while Daniel Mirecki, Matt Ghodes, Daniel Beale and Nicholas Budgeon scored a goal each.

The Express Tribune



Australia spank Pakistan 6-0 in Azlan Shah Cup

IPOH ( Malaysia): Australia brightened their chances of making the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after crushing Pakistan 6-0 for their second consecutive win in the tournament, on Sunday.

Australia proved too hot for Pakistan to handle as the world champions scored through Daniel Mirecki (8th minute), Matt Gohdes (9th minute), Jacob Whetton (19th, 34th minute) in the first half.

In the second half, two penalty corner conversions by Daniel Beale and Nicholas Budgeon in the 45th and 60th minutes respectively sealed the fate of the Asian giants.

With wins over India and Pakistan, the Hockeyroos are well on course to seal a place in the final on March 17.

In the match, Australia began on an aggressive note, scoring twice in the space of two minutes and went up 4-0 by half time.

In a fast-paced game, Australia drew the first blood in the 8th minute after an aborted penalty corner scoring a field goal through Mirecki, who made good use of the opportunity arising out of a defence lapse.

Pakistan goalkeeper Imran Butt, who did well to block the penalty corner a minute before, was reduced to mute spectator this time.

In the very next minute, Gohdes made it 2-0 for Australia after being put in possession by a short pass from Robet Hammond.

Jolted by the double reverse, Pakistan slowed down the game and in the 15th minute, a solo attack from the middle saw Muhammad Wagas on a fast run and he took a shot as soon as he entered the circle but the Aussie goalie was up to the mark thwarting with ease.

However, Australia pumped one more in the 19th minute following a quick counter-attack where Whetton made no mistake after the initial spadework was done by Aran Zalewski.

He went on to increase the margin to 4-0 a minute before half-time, deflecting a long cross into the goal from near the spot.

Australia continued to dominate the game in the second half and in the process earned five penalty corners to add to the one before the cross-over.

In the 45th minute, a push by Ghodes was perfectly set up by Tristan White and Nicholas Budgeon's flick was deflected into the goal by Beale.

After wasting two more short corners, Nicholas sent a sizzling flick into the net in the 60th minute to brook no answer from the rival golie.

The Times of India



India concede late goal to go down 1-2 against South Korea

IPOH (Malaysia): A defensive lapse towards the end cost India dear as they went down 1-2 against South Korea to suffer their second consecutive defeat in the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey tournament, on Sunday.

After their spirited fight in the 3-4 defeat against the Australians, much was expected from the Indians but they disappointed as they were outplayed in the first half by the Koreans who led 1-0 through a goal from Kang Moon Kweon.

The Indians though regrouped in the second session and found the equaliser in the 39th minute with Malak Singh finding the target.

The goal spurred the young Indians, mostly the hopefuls of the Junior World Cup later this year, as they kept the Korean defence busy with numerous raids but conceded a goal which was result of a lapse in concentration.

Kweon scored his second goal of the match 10 minutes before the hooter via a deflection off a long hit from outside the 25 yards with at least three Indian defenders caught napping.

After this loss, the Indians will find it difficult to qualify for the final in the six-team tournament. Two top teams from the round-robin league will play in the final.

In the first half, India sat deep and looked for chances in counter-attack but they failed to get any. Michael Nobbs' boys could not get a single shot on the target in the first session.

As the match wore on, the nippy Koreans took control of the game as they got five penalty corners in the opening session as against none by the Indians.

Goalkeeper P Sreejesh continued his superb form in the Indian goal after his fine show against the Australians on Saturday. But for Sreejesh, the Korean scoreline in the first half would have been much more.

Sreejesh made a fine save in the 23rd minute off a Korean penalty corner as he dived full length to his right, deflecting the shot off Nam Hyun Woo for a long corner.

Korea took the lead in the 29th minute from their third penalty corner. Instead of taking a direct shot, the Koreans attempted a variation and Kweon found the net.

India came back strongly in the second session and equalised in the 39th minute with Malak Singh finding the target from a Mandeep Singh spadework.

Mandeep broke through the left side of the Korean defence and his low cross from near the touchline went past the Korean goalie and an onrushing Malak slammed the ball home for his second goal of the tournament.

India gained strength after the equaliser and they almost went ahead in the 44th minute but Akashdeep Singh took a long time to take a shot, allowing the Korean goalkeeper to reach to the ball. The subsequent penalty corner, the first for India in the match, could not be converted.

Mandeep was at the thick of things again in the 48th minute off a move initiated by his captain Danish Mujtaba, which resulted to India earning their second penalty corner. But Korean goalkeeper Lee Myung Ho denied India the lead with an outstanding save.

Indian attack continued persistently and they earned their third penalty corner in the 55th minute and two more in succession but wasted both with Rupinder Pal Singh failing to find the target.

A defensive lapse in the 60th minute cost India the match as Kweon deflected a long hit from outside the 25 yards mark into goal. Three Indian defenders watched the ball going past them without reacting.

India got their fifth penalty corner in the 65th minute after a Satbir Singh strike hit the post. To the dismay of the Indians, Rupinder's drag-flick hit the post and went away.

India play arch rivals Pakistan in their third round-robin league match on Tuesday.

The Times of India



Inexperience cost us the match, says coach Michael Nobbs

IPOH: After India went down 1-2 to South Korea, chief hockey coach Michael Nobbs said that his wards don't deserve to win after failing to utilise six penalty corners in the match on Sunday.

"A team that failed to utilise six penalty corners does not deserve to win. Indians dominated more but sadly it was another day when the inexperienced cost us the match. Koreans made good use of opportunities," Nobbs said.

Nobbs said that drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh needs to be more accurate in the conversions and on Sunday his efforts had the sting but lacked direction.

Indian team manager Roelant Oltman said that the side has to learn from the mistakes.

About Tuesday's clash with Pakistan, Oltman said that Pakistan is much higher ranked than India and it will be another hard day for the team.

Korean coach, Shin Seok Kyo said that though India dominated initially, his team which is a full strength one, rallied well and used the flanks effectively to trace out the Indian defence.

He also praised the Korean defence for not giving enough room to Rupinder in the penalty corner kicks.

The Times of India



Veteran Huat, a rare breed of Malaysian player

IPOH: Veteran Chua Boon Huat, a rare breed of Malaysian player to have figured in all major hockey events since making his international debut in 1999, was the cynosure of all eyes on day one of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament.

The 33-year-old, with 321 appearances is the highest capped player for Malaysia, having first played in the 1999 edition of the tournament before being dropped from the national side in 2009.

Huat, who sports a handsome little ponytail, said he was happy to have played his part in his team's win over Korea, striking two crucial goals at the death.

For Huat, it was a satisfying moment as it helped the team to start the event on a winning note. Having figured in World Cup, Olympics, Champions Trophy, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Asia Cup, Huat said he feels free of the pressure factor with nothing more to prove.

Huat is pleased that Malaysia is back on the World stage after missing out the last two World Cups and Olympics.

The Malacca-born was skipper of the 2001 national junior team which figured in the World Cup in Hobart. Save for the post of goalkeeping, Huat has played in all positions in his long, distinguished career.

Huat, happy to man the forward slot in the present edition, owed his recall to the national team to coach Paul Revingon and yesterday's twin strikes was his way of saying thanks to the confidence reposed on him.

Huat hopes to be around for some more time though, aware that at 33, he is not getting younger and has to make room for the youngsters.

Having figured in two finals for Malaysia in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, in 2007 and 2009 - with Malaysia losing both - Huat has every reason to feel that it could be third time lucky for him and his team.

The Times of India



Sharland to return for four nations

By Michael Brown


New Zealand Black Sticks captain Kayla Sharland at the 2012 Olympics. File photo / Brett Phibbs

The New Zealand women's hockey side will be boosted by the return of captain Kayla Sharland when they host back-to-back four nations tournaments next month.

The Black Sticks will welcome Argentina, Korea and the United States to these shores for the tournaments, a format that allows coach Mark Hager the opportunity to expose players and fine tune his strongest side.

That will certainly include Sharland, with the stalwart returning after an extended break following the London Olympics.

"I'm really excited to be getting back into it,'' she said. "There have been lots of changes to the team since the Olympics so it is pleasing to see that they have been progressing so well - it's just good to see a new bunch of players wanting to put their stamp on hockey in New Zealand.''

Sharland missed this month's tour to Argentina, where her team came agonisingly close to earning a series victory against the South Americans.

The Black Sticks will be looking forward to turning the tables on the side that edged them in the five-game series, though Hager warned Argentina would be just as keen to repeat the result.

"They will be wanting the win as much as us,'' he said. "Our goal is to play in both finals - it will be a good indicator to see how we are tracking ahead of the World League and to play some top quality teams.''

The World League is the new qualification tournament for the 2014 World Cup and will be played in Amsterdam from in June. With an eye on that tournament, Hager has named two separate squads for the quad tournaments as he seeks to build depth in his side.

"We have a strong squad and some good young talent coming through - naming two teams means we can develop depth and look at who is playing consistently well throughout the tournament.''

The tournaments will see 16 games played in eight days in Whangarei, Hamilton and Tauranga.

Black Sticks women's team for the four nations tournament in Whangarei from April 10-14:

Bridget Blackwood, Sam Charlton, Krystal Forgesson, Sian Fremaux, Katie Glynn, Charlotte Harrison, Pippa Hayward, Rose Keddell, Julia King, Stacey Michelsen, Emily Naylor, Anita Punt, Cassandra Reid, Aniwaka Roberts, Bianca Russell, Sally Rutherford, Kayla Sharland, Petrea Webster.

Black Sticks women's team for the four nations tournament in Hamilton and Tauranga from April 17-21:

Bridget Blackwood, Sam Charlton, Michaela Curtis, Gemma Flynn, Amelia Gibson, Katie Glynn, Charlotte Harrison, Pippa Hayward, Rose Keddell, Julia King, Olivia Merry, Stacey Michelsen, Emily Naylor, Anita Punt, Cassandra Reid, Aniwaka Roberts, Sally Rutherford, Kayla Sharland.

The New Zealand Herald



Kayla Sharland to return for Black Sticks


BACK IN ACTION: Black Sticks' captain Kayla Sharland will return to the team in April after taking a break. PAUL GILHAM/ Getty

Black Sticks women's captain Kayla Sharland will return to the national side for the first round of the Four Nations tournament in April.

After taking an extended break following the London Olympics, Sharland returns to the fold as part of one of two squads named for the tournament.

The back-to-back format, which sees round one take place in Whangarei from April 10-14 and round two in Hamilton and Tauranga from April 17-21, means coach Mark Hager is able to fine tune ahead of the World League 3 in June.

"We have a strong squad and some good young talent coming through - naming two teams means we can develop depth and look at who is playing consistently well throughout the tournament. We want players to really work hard to earn a spot in the team," said Hager.

The Black Sticks will play Argentina, Korea and the United States in both rounds of the tournament.

Sharland started training on turf three weeks ago and is excited to start playing again, while working full time in Christchurch, .

"There have been lots of changes to the team since the Olympics so it is pleasing to see that they have been progressing so well - it's just good to see a new bunch of players wanting to put their stamp on hockey in New Zealand."

After only just losing the series against world number two Argentina at the start of this month, the Black Sticks are keen to get a win on home soil.

"They will be wanting the win as much as us! Our goal is to play in both finals - it will be a good indicator to see how we are tracking ahead of the World League and to play some top quality teams," said Hager.

Krystal Forgesson is unavailable for the second tournament due to work commitments.

Following the Four Nations, the Black Sticks will play three matches against England before the World League in Amsterdam in June. The World League is the new qualification tournament for the 2014 World Cup and will be played in from June 12-23.

Black Sticks women's team:

Round one: Bridget Blackwood, Sam Charlton, Krystal Forgesson, Sian Fremaux, Katie Glynn, Charlotte Harrison, Pippa Hayward, Rose Keddell, Julia King, Stacey Michelsen, Emily Naylor, Anita Punt, Cassandra Reid, Aniwaka Roberts, Bianca Russell, Sally Rutherford, Kayla Sharland, Petrea Webster.

Round two: Bridget Blackwood, Sam Charlton, Michaela Curtis, Gemma Flynn, Amelia Gibson, Katie Glynn, Charlotte Harrison, Pippa Hayward, Rose Keddell, Julia King, Olivia Merry, Stacey Michelsen, Emily Naylor, Anita Punt, Cassandra Reid, Aniwaka Roberts, Sally Rutherford.

Stuff



Emphatic win for Beeston in Men's Premier Division clash


Peter Flanagan of Brooklands

Beeston are 14 points ahead of Surbiton at the top of the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division thanks to a stunning 6-0 win over struggling Southgate.

Simon Egerton put the visitors ahead after 11 minutes and Southgate just couldn’t respond, leaking five more goals.

Southgate are now second from bottom and need to put a run together to pull themselves out of danger.

The whole league is very tight below Beeston and it’s anybody’s guess as to who might claim those other three play-off spots with only three points separating Surbiton in second and East Grinstead in sixth.

Surbiton didn’t do their chances any harm with a 5-2 win away to fellow play-off hopefuls Reading. Richard Springham had blasted the home side ahead inside six minutes but Surbiton turned the game on its head, James Gall leading the scoring with a brace.

Cannock had the chance to go second as they faced Hampstead and Westminster but after falling 0-1 down within two minutes, they went on to lose 1-2. Will Naylor hit both the goals for the visitors.

Canterbury are the team that are keeping Cannock out of the top four but they only keep them at bay on goal difference after losing 2-3 to East Grinstead - Andy Piper scoring the winner.

At the bottom of the table, Peter Flanagan (pictured) earned a victory for Brooklands MU with two goals against Loughborough Students in a 3-2 win.

Cardiff and UWIC hold their lead at the head of the Conference West thanks to a 3-1 win over Cheltenham although they are looking over their shoulder at University of Exeter who are just one point behind.

In the Conference East, Chris Gregg was on target twice as Wimbledon edged a 3-2 win over Old Loughtonians. They only lead by the narrowest of margins though, having 23 in the goal difference column compared Holcombe’s 22.

Bowdon are still favourites to finish top in the Conference North despite being held to a 4-4 draw by University of Durham.

Men’s Hockey League (March 8 2013):

Conference West:
Cardiff and UWIC 3, Whitchurch 1.

Men’s Hockey League (March 9 2013):

Conference North:
University of Durham 5, Wakefield 1.

Men’s Hockey League (March 10 2013):

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

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

Conference North: Leek 1, Olton and west Warwickshire 1; Belper 1, Doncaster 1; Wakefield 2, Khalsa 2; Bowdon 4, University of Durham 4. Sheffield Hallam v Preston postponed.

Conference West:
Guildford 1, Team Bath Buccaneers 1; University of Exeter 4, Whitchurch 2; Cardiff and UWIC 3, Cheltenham 1; Fareham 1, University of Birmingham 6; Bristol Firebrands 0, Havant 8.

England Hockey Board Media release