News for 20 March 2013

All the news for Wednesday 20 March 2013

Spain Men reveal World League training group

New coach Salva Indurain names 27 players in his first training squad

2012 Olympic Games (men), London (Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Salva Indurain, the recently appointed coach of Spain men, has revealed the 27 players that will begin preparations for the World League Round 3 competition that takes place in Rotterdam (NED) from 13-23 June. The competition serves as a qualifier for the 2014 FIH World Cup.

The list contains a number of Spanish hockey’s big names, including top goalkeeper Quico Cortes, outstanding defender Ramon Alegre, dangerous striker Santi Freixa, and the mercurial talent that is Edi Tubau.

As well as including these iconic stars of Spanish hockey, Indurain’s decision to name ten newcomers in his selection clearly shows that he is also looking very much to the future. The full squad can be found below.

1: Quico Cortés - Den Bosch (NED)
2:  Mario Fernández - Real Sociedad de Tenis Santander
3. Borja Zumalacárregui - Club Deportivo Complutense
4. Sergi Enrique - Atlétic Terrassa Hockey Club
5. Ramón Alegre - SV Kampong (NED)
6. Bosco Pérez-Pla - Club de Campo Villa de Madrid
7. Oriol Peremiquel - Atlétic Terrassa Hockey Club
8. Ramón Romeu - Club Egara
9. Fran Dinarés - Club Egara
10. Alejandro de Frutos - Club Deportivo Complutense
11. David Alegre - Real Club de Polo de Barcelona
12. Miquel Delás - Royal Antwerp HC (BEL)
13. Manel Terraza - Real Club de Polo de Barcelona
14. Andrés Mir - Club de Campo Villa de Madrid
15. Marc Sallés - Atlétic Terrassa Hockey Club
16. Salvador Piera - Real Club de Polo de Barcelona
17. Santiago Freixa - Amsterdam H&BC (NED)
18. Eduard Tubau - Club Egara
19. Roger Padrós - Real Club de Polo de Barcelona
20. Gabriel Dabanch - Royal Antwerp HC (BEL)
21. Roc Oliva - Amsterdam H&BC (NED)
22. Alex Casasayas - Real Club de Polo de Barcelona
23. Álvaro Iglesias - Club de Campo Villa de Madrid
24. Xavi Lleonart - Real Club de Polo de Barcelona
25. Vicens Ruiz - Club Egara
26. Marc Torrente - Atlétic Terrassa Hockey Club
27. Gonzalo Lasso - Club de Campo Villa de Madrid


Team Leader - Alejo Noblom
Coach - Salvador Indurain
Coach - Oriol Alcaraz.
Assistant Coach - Alejandro Siri.
Trainer - Ton Figuls.
Physiotherapist - Jaume March.
Medical Team - Dr. Gil Rodas & Dr. Joaquín Terricabras.
Videographer - Nacho Saládrigas.

Source: RFEH Media Release

FIH site

Princess Pro Series heading for thrilling climax


The annual Princess Pro Series is heading towards a thrilling climax after some closely fought matches at Hartleyvale in Cape Town over the weekend.

In both the men’s and women’s sections, any of the four teams could qualify for the final.

In the early women’s match, the Maidens and Eurolux Fireflies drew 1-1. Captain Cindy Brown gave the Fireflies the lead at half-time from a penalty corner, but the athletic former Investec South Africa forward Farah Fredericks sliced through the defence to equalise with 18 minutes remaining.

The match was decided on Princess Showdowns. Jess Pollock, who was later named Player of the Match for the Maidens, and Nichola Lourens converted their chances for the Maidens while the five Fireflies strikers were all off target. Suleka Brand won the pink socks award as Player of the Match for the Fireflies.

In the late match, a goal shortly before half-time by Daleen-Marie Steyn was all that separated the Jewel Africa All Stars from their opponents, Team Strikers. Although play flowed from end to end, the All Stars defence did well to close down the talented Candice Manuel.

The Strikers also exercised the wrong options when they had a few promising attacks as time ran out. New Investec South Africa midfielder Quanita Bobbs won the Player of the Match award for the All Stars, while Katie Winter took the honours for the Strikers.

There were past and present SA players on show in the men's ranks as well - and goals by the bucketful. Lungi Tsolekile scored twice with clever shots over the goalkeeper as the Printing Press Pharaohs ran out 4-2 winners over the Enriching Life Eagles.

Ben Wiley and Brad Venter also got their names onto the scoresheet for the Pharaohs, on their way to their second win. The Eagles mounted a late comeback with goals from Anthony Rimbault and Jaco Olivier.

Tsolekile was wearing the pink socks from the first round of matches, and the honour passed to team-mate Keenan Topley for this match, while AB Abrahams took the award for the Eagles.

The late match on the A field was a goal feast, as the Synsport Snipers bounced back from a first-round defeat to thrash the Strata Civils Serpents 8-2. The Snipers were soon into the lead after just six minutes as Wesley du Plessis drove the ball home after it had passed through a number of defenders. Soon afterwards Dave Agar had the misfortune of recording an own goal, a new innovation in the rules.

Pinpoint passing set up Vaughan Erasmus for the third goal before Agar pulled one back by scoring at the correct end of the field, but Jerome Turnbull made it 4-1 at the break.

The first 17 minutes of the second half were goalless, but five were to follow in the last 13 as Du Plessis added two to record a hat-trick, and Ross Chamberlain netted two of his own. Dayne Samboer had narrowed the gap to 5-2, but the Snipers piled on the misery with three goals in the last four minutes.

Round 2 results


Printing Press Pharaohs 4, Enriching Life Eagles 2
Synsport Snipers 8, Strata Civils Serpents 2

Log        P    W    L     F     A    GD    Pts
Pharaohs    2    2    0     8     2    +6    6
Snipers        2    1    1    10     4    -6    3
Eagles        2    1    1     4     6    -2    3
Serpents    2    0    2     2    12    -10    0


Maidens 1, Eurolux Fireflies 1 (Maidens won shoot-out 2-0)
Jewel Africa All Stars 1, Team Strikers 0

Log        P    W    L    F    A    GD    Pts

All Stars    2    2    0    7    4    +3    6
Fireflies    2    1    1    3    1    +2    3
Maidens        2    1    1    5    7    -2    3
Strikers    2    0    2    0    3    -3    0

SA Hockey Association media release

Princess Pro Series: Big weekend for Cape Town hockey


The Princess Pro Series comes to a climax this weekend. The tournament, comprising four composite teams of the best players in the province, reaches the finals this weekend.

There will still be much jostling for position between both the men and the women, with any of the four teams of either gender having the chance to reach the finals. The final pool matches will be played on Friday night at Hartleyvale, and the play-offs will take place at the same venue on Sunday.

In the women’s section, the Jewel Africa All Stars have won both their matches to date, while Team Strikers have lost both of theirs. However, with the other teams each having won one and lost one, the All Stars are still not assured of reaching the final, while the Strikers still have a chance to do so. All will depend on the results of the matches on Friday.

The same scenario also prevails with the men. The Printing Press Pharaohs top the log after two wins while the Strata Civils Servants have lost both theirs, but the final log positions are all up for grabs.

The final standings might well come down to goal difference, and the host of international and provincial players will be urging their teams on to reach the finals. The top two teams contest the final, while the remaining teams play out for third place.

Matches on Sunday will be preceded by the finals in the Princess Pro Junior Series, featuring the best of the U18 talent in the Western Province.

Programme for the weekend (all matches at Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium):



19h00 Enriching Life Eagles vs Strata Civils Serpents
20h30 Printing Press Pharaohs vs Synsport Snipers

19h00 Eurolux Fireflies vs Jewel Africa All Stars
20h30 Maidens v Team Strikers



16h00 3rd/4th place play-off
17h30 Final

14h30 3rd/4th place play-off
16h00 Final

Princess Pro Junior Series


12h30 5th/6th place play-off
13h30 3rd/4th place play-off
15h00 Final

12h00 5th/6th place play-off
13h00 3rd/4th place play-off
14h00 Final

SA Hockey Association media release

Men's & Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup Finals

This weekend sees the culmination of the Men's and Women's Irish Senior Cup campaigns as The National Hockey Stadium in UCD hosts the finals weekend.

The men begin proceedings on Saturday morning with Monkstown versus Three Rock Rovers at 10.30am, and Banbridge versus Pembroke Wanderers at 12.30pm. Monkstown will be hoping for a repeat of their Mills Cup victory over Three Rock Rovers on Saint Patrick's weekend, but will find a resilient Rovers seeking revenge. ‘Town will welcome the return of Richard Sykes, David Carson and Kyle Good after injury and illness ruled them out last week, whilst Pembroke will be hoping Alan Sothern can continue his rich vein of form in front of goal.  The second semi-final is a battle of the League Champions, with Ulster Champions Banbridge lining up against their Leinster counterparts Pembroke. Both teams will want to carry their League form into the Cup campaign. The men's final is at 1.15pm on Sunday.

On the ladies side, the first semi-final pits Railway Union against Ards at 3pm, with the second at 5pm when Ballymoney play UCD. Railway has already tasted cup success this year, winning the Jacqui Potter over Saint Patrick's weekend, but will face tough opponents from National Indoor Champions Ards. The final match of the day also promises to be a lively affair, with Leinster League Champions UCD playing on their home pitch against the resilient Ballymoney, a team who relish a cup game and so often rise to the occasion. The women's final is at 3.30pm on Sunday.

Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup Fixtures - National Hockey Stadium, UCD

Saturday 23rd March 2013

10:30 Men's Semi Final 1: Monkstown vs Three Rock Rovers
12:30 Men's Semi Final 2: Banbridge vs Pembroke Wanderers
15:00 Electric Ireland Women's Semi Final 1: Railway Union v Ards
17:00 Electric Ireland Women's Semi Final 2: Ballymoney v UCD

Sunday 24th March 2013

13:15 Irish Senior Cup Men's Final
15:30 Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup Women's Final

**Please note, Sunday's Finals will be streamed live on AerTV at **

Irish Hockey Association media release

TNBMHL - Preview - Focus on foreign players

The TNB Malaysian Hockey League for the 2013 season will commence this Friday and the focal point will not only be on debutants Terengganu HT, but also on the foreign players that have signed up to represent several teams in the Premier Division.

20 foreign players have signed up for various teams for the new season of MHL.

A total of 14 teams will battle it our for honours in the Premier and First Division of the TNBMHL that first made its debut in 1987.

It has grown steadily over the years and although at one stage only two teams - TNB and KLHC were seen dominating it, the competition is expected to be a level playing field following the exodus of players from KLHC as wella s the fact that many foreign players have since been engaged to boost the teams.

The bulk of the foreign players are from Pakistan, with one player from Australia also signing up to play in the TNBMHL.

Teams however failed to secure players from India due to the reluctance of Hockey India to release its current batch of national players and that their juniors are embarking on a Europe playing tour at the beginning of May.

KL Hockey Club, the defending champions for the League and TNB Cup have signed six foreign players, five from Pakistan and an Australian to replenish their squad that was hardest hit by debutants Terengganu HT who are know known as the Real madrid of malaysian Hockey.

Skipper of the Pakistan national team, Muhammad Imran who scored five goals in the Azlan Shah cup last week leads the cast that also comprises of the evergreen Waseem Ahmad, Fareed Ahmad, Muhammad Umar Bhutta and Akhtar Ali.

"It will be interesting playing for KLHC this time around as I played for Sapura last season. The MHL is an interesting league and there are no easy matches. I believe that we have a good team that is capable of defending the titles and I look forward to assisting my team to honours," said Imran.

Also signed up by KLHC is Australian Timothy James Deavin who is best known for his last second gaol against Korea at the Azlan Shah Cup that helped Australia avoid defeat against Korea in a match that ended in a 3-3 draw.

"This will actually be the first time I will be playing in Kuala Lumpur as in the past I played matches for Australia in Ipoh only. It will be a new experience for me and I intend to repay the faith of manager George Koshy but helping the club to honours. From what I understand it is a highly competetive league.

KLHC will hace the services of  three players who were named in the Azlan Shah XI to boost their chances with Deavin, Imran as well as Mohd Razie Rahim donning their colours.

Maybank is the other team that was on a recruitment drive and have secured the services of former Pakistan skipper Shakeel Abassi, Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Waqas and Shafqat Rasool, all from Pakistan.

"We have decided to opt for foreigners as most national players opt to play for either KLHC, TNB or Terengganu. And we are happy with those we have signed. It is now a question of getting them to play as a unit with our local players," said Maybank team manager Rahim Musa.

Shafqat, who was also named in the Azlan Shah XI is a prized buy looking at his performance at the Azlan Shah Cup. He displayed good skills and composure and is expected to wreck havoc in the opponents defence with Shakeel.

Also signing up foreign players is Sapura who have signed on Pakistan's Khasif Ali, Yasir Islam, Muhammad Zubair and India's Raja Veerachamy.

And rounding up the foreign intake is Nur Insafi Warriors who have secured the services of Nasir Ahmad, Abdul Asim Khan, Shazad Amir, Imran Muhammad, Hussain Muhammad Salman and Ateeq Muhammad, all from Pakistan.

Official TNBMHL site

KLHC coach Dharmaraj expects difficult task in opening two matches


Sweating it out: KLHC players during a training session at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil. — BRIAN MOH / The Star

PETALING JAYA: Defending champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club’s (KLHC) coach K. Dharmaraj is expecting a tough time in their opening two matches of the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) which starts on Friday.

KLHC will start their campaign against UniKL on Friday before playing the charity shield match against Tenaga Nasional on Sunday.

The double winners have lost six players to MHL’s Premier Division debutants Terengganu and have replaced them with five Pakistanis and an Australian but Dharmaraj still expects a difficult time.

Dharmaraj also pointed out the signing of the six internationals showed that the ambition of the club is to retain their MHL crowns.

Three of KLHC’s six signings – Australian Timothy Deavin and Pakistan duo Mohamed Imran and Fareed Ahmad – participated along with five other KLHC players in the recently concluded Sultan Azlan Shah Cup competition which ended on Sunday.

The other three Pakistan signings are Wassim Ahmed, Umar Bhutta and Akhtar Ali.

“I’m losing sleep over our first two matches ... the core players in my team are fatigued after playing in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup,” said Dharmaraj.

“We welcomed six new players to the team but we don’t have enough time to train and gel as a team. So winning the first two matches will be a bonus.”

KLHC were forced to look for foreign players after six of their national stars – Azlan Misron, Mohd Shahrun Nabil, Fitri Saari, Mohamed Amerullah Aziz, Ismail Abu and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin – left to join Terengganu.

“I won’t be surprised if we struggle this season ... losing six players who had been with us for six to seven years makes our title defence harder,” said Dharmaraj.

“My biggest worry is to get the team to gel quickly. I only expect the team to fire on all cylinders in the second round of the league.”

The Star of Malaysia

Malaysia on 2018 World Cup shortlist

By Jugjet Singh

THE International Hockey Federation (FIH) has shortlisted Malaysia as one of the possible hosts for the 2018 World Cup.

The other five are Australia, Belgium, England, India and New Zealand.

The expressions of interest received for the World Cup were part of the larger Event Assignment Process launched by FIH at its Congress in November 2012 to assign the unallocated events for the period of 2014 to 2018 before the end of this year.

Of the applicants shortlisted for the World Cup, Australia, England, India and Malaysia have the experience of hosting hockey's pinnacle event, with India having hosted the latest men's edition only three years ago.

Belgium and New Zealand are new to bidding to host the World Cup but have both successfully hosted international events in recent years, such as last year's Women's Olympic Qualifier and the Men's Champions Trophy 2011 respectively.

Both the men's and women's World Cups 2018 will feature an increased 16-nation field confirming the growing interest and development of the sport.

Next year's highly anticipated Rabobank Hockey World Cup scheduled for The Hague, Netherlands during the first two weeks of June, will see 12 men's and 12 women's teams compete in a joint tournament.

In the next step of the process, all Hockey World Cup applicants will receive detailed event and bidding documentation and participate in a one day workshop on May 7 in Lausanne to allow them to prepare their bids in advance of the Aug 31 submission deadline.

On Nov 8, the FIH will announce the hosts, venues and dates of the Hockey World Cups 2018.

New Straits Times

Malaysia among six countries making a bid to host 2018 World Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is among six countries making a bid to host the 2018 hockey World Cup. The others are Australia, India, New Zealand, England and Belgium.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed the bids from the six countries after their Executive Board meeting on Saturday.

New Zealand, Australia and Belgium are bidding for both the men’s and women’s World Cup while England is only seeking to host the women’s event.

Aside from interest in the World Cups, there were also enthusiastic responses for a number of other events, like the Junior World Cup in 2017 and a new type of “Champions Event” and in particular for the hockey World League semi-final events which will serve as the main Olympic qualifying event in 2015 and the World Cup qualifiers in 2017.

FIH President Leandro Negre said: “The high interest to be hosts by our member associations, especially for the World Cup, is extremely encouraging.”

Both the men’s and women’s Hockey World Cups in 2018 will feature an increased 16-team field. Next year’s highly anticipated Rabobank hockey World Cup, taking place in The Hague, Netherlands, during the first two weeks of June, will see 12 men’s and women’s teams compete in a tournament which will be held simultaneously.

Of the applicants shortlisted for the World Cup, Australia, England, India and Malaysia had previous experience hosting hockey’s pinnacle event, with India having hosted the men’s edition three years ago.

Belgium and new Zealand have not hosted the World Cup before but have organised other FIH level events.

Of the six countries making a bid, only Malaysia has organised the World Cup with a 16-team field in 2002.

All bidding countries will have to attend a one-day workshop on May 7 in Lausanne. The decision on the host country will be made on Nov 8.

The Star of Malaysia

KL aim to extend dominance in U-16 meet


PETALING JAYA: Defending champions Kuala Lumpur will have home ground advantage when they compete for the top prize and bragging rights in the MHC-Milo-NSC Under-16 hockey championships which kicks off on Saturday.

The tournament, to be held at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil from March 23-30, will see the boys and girls’ competition being held simultaneously for the first time.

The competition format for both the boys and girls remains the same as last year with a two-group round robin competition with the top two teams advancing to the semi-finals to fight for a spot in the finals on March 30 at the Ministry of Education Hockey Stadium in KL.

The boys’ competition will see 12 states in the fray for the ninth edition of the championship. Five-time champions KL are in Group A along with Terengganu, Negri Sembilan, Selangor, Sabah and Perlis. Group B will have Penang, Pahang, Perak, Johor Kelantan and last year’s runners up Malacca.

Since its inception in 2004, KL have won the title five consecutive times since 2008 and K. Embaraj’s side will be looking to extend their dominance with another win again.

Ten teams are in the fray for the girls’ competition. Last year’s runners-up Malacca and Sarawak will not feature in the tournament while Kelantan will return to the fold.

Defending champions Selangor have been drawn in Group A together with Kedah, Pahang, Negri Sembilan and Perak.

Last year’s semi-finalists Johor and Penang are pooled in Group B together with Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu, and Kelantan.

The Star of Malaysia

Hockey team’s disastrous show shocks ex-Olympians

KARACHI: Former Olympians and internationals expressed their shock and deepest concern on Monday over Pakistan hockey team’s disastrous show in the recently-concluded Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia where the greenshirts finished last among the six competing teams.

“Poor results in Azlan Shah Cup showed that our hockey is heading nowhere despite tall claims by PHF,” 1984 Los Angles gold medallist Ayaz Mahmood said.

“While the team performance is going down with each passing day, the PHF quite amazingly is expressing their satisfaction over it and setting up new targets. They should be realistic about it and admit that the team is performing poorly.”

“Without improving and strengthening our domestic hockey structure our hockey cannot be put back on track,” the former centre-half said.”

Ayaz advocated the launching of a 7-a-side floodlight hockey in order to attract youngsters to the game.

“Look at the progress of teams like Malaysia and South Korea. While they are going from strength to strength, our team is putting up a shameful show in international events,” he lamented.

He said it was wonderful to watch the highly exciting final between Australia and Malaysia where both teams displayed high level of skill and fitness.

Pakistan’s star forward of yesteryear Hasan Sardar was also critical of team’s show in Ipoh. “To be frank I was dismayed and shocked with such a pathetic show by Pakistan in Azlan Shah,” said Hasan.

“The junior players played poorly because they lacked the basics of the game. It appeared as if they were playing for an academy side and not representing Pakistan.”

Another Olympian Salim Sherwani said double defeat against arch-rival India was alarming and disappointing.

“India is an ordinary side which has been struggling for quite sometime, but we even failed to beat them in the tournament. Ok, ours was a young team without experienced players but finishing sixth in the event is shameful,” said Salim, a gold medal winner of 1984 Los Angles Olympics.

“Our goalkeeper Imran Shah also let us down in key games.”

Former International Jan Mohammad, who played two Champions Trophies for Pakistan in the eighties, said he was surprised with such a poor show by the team.

He called for increasing the base of national hockey and attracting youngsters towards the game.

“Hockey standards can be improved by creating job opportunities for younger players and providing incentives to students playing the sport in schools.”

He said some of the players representing Pakistan juniors have no jobs which is a big discouraging factor.



At the Nook, nothing is impossible

“As you’ll see to your right…”

The electric shrill of a buzz saw tore through a metal surface and Sam Beiler’s sentence.

Beiler, founder of Spooky Nook Sports, has set and upheld a high-tempo pace to complete the new Home of Hockey. And even during an update tour of the facility with Craig Parnham the head coach of the U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team, the momentum did not dip.

With hardhats intact, the tour rolled through the 17.5-acre building. The complex’s progress is undeniable. The tennis courts have been laid and coated with a final layer of fresh paint. The Clip n' Climb arena and climbing boulder are ready to be conquered. The smoothie bar has its counter polished and the dining area’s nutrition carousels are set-up. In a few short months, Beiler and his crew have checked numerous tasks off of their extensive to-do list.

“I was last here in December and it was just a bare, bare warehouse,” said Parnham. “To think of the progress they have made in the last 17 weeks is phenomenal. ”

The building’s edgy entrance, whose design was drafted by a local tattoo artist’s vision, opened its doors for the Nook’s first volleyball tournament "Irish Rumble" last weekend. In anticipation of the tournament the volleyball nets and scoreboards were installed on the volleyball and basketball courts. Although not open to the public, an estimated 3,000 people were in attendance at Nook’s first event.  It was an impressive first turnout for a building that only began renovation in November 2012.

“Sam and his team of experts have such an incredible amount of passion and dedication to finish the complex to meet such a high standard and that is what will make this training center world leading,” said Parnham.

Another big box left on Beiler’s to-do list is to capitalize on the eight pitches for elite field hockey play. Two water-based turf fields, one of which will be under a climate-controlled dome, and six additional artificial surfaces and over 700,000 square feet of indoor space are intended for completion in August 2013. While the Nook is on track to open in just a few short months, the objective to make the innovative facility as cunning edge as possible fuels Beiler and his team to push the creative envelope even further.  

“This is the chocolate factory, the Willy Wonka, of sport complexes,” said Beiler. “No idea is too big; no thought is too out there.”

Parnham, seeming to pick up on the energy the façade is already exuding, then asked if turf instead of carpet can be laid down in his office.

Beiler simply smiled and said, “At the Nook, nothing is impossible."

USFHA media release

US Regional High Performance series in Moorpark

Seventy-two U13 and U19 boys brought sheer intensity to the Regional High Performance series in Moorpark, Calif. March 16 - 17. The athletes grew in their skills and tactical knowledge throughout the games with guidance from elite coaches consisting of former Olympians, Men’s National Team athletes and coaches.

Ventura County Red Devils (VCRD) was coached by Ben Maruquin, Sean Harris, Mike Whitehead and Nick "Cherry" Gendreau. Bay Area High Performance - NorCal Sharks (BAHP) was coached by Steve Danielson and Pat Cota. San Diego High Performance (SDHP) was coached by Kevin Barber "KB."

VCRD and BAHP had two U13 teams in the 6 v 6 series. VCRD #2 recorded a win in the first morning game while BAHP #2 also secured a victory in an early match-up. The U13 continued into the afternoon with a victory from VCRD #1 winning the match and BAHP #1 beating out SDHP.

The U19 game was a hard fought battle against VCRD and BAHP. The excitement of the game didn’t dwindle even during the remaining few seconds on the clock with a score of 3 - 2 and a close win for BAHP.

No matter the teams’ outcomes, the Regional High Performance coaching staff enjoyed the two days of tough competition while growing the game.

"It's exciting to see Olympian Steve Danielson in charge and coaching the BAHP U19 team,” said Maruquin Assistant Coach of the Men’s National Team and 1996 Olympian. “With his limited buildup to this match competition in Moorpark, he and Pat Cota have come up with a very good team. The match finished 3 - 2 in VCRD's favor, but it could of went the other way if their strikers would have taken their chances. Kevin Barber has done a remarkable job in creating an elementary school program in the southern San Diego area.  With very limited resources he traveled North with a solid group of young players, SDHP is a reality in 2013!"

"This event pays testament to the growth of field hockey in the United States, particularly boys,” said Barber, Men’s National Team athlete. “It's competitions like this that turn boys teams into something you earn a spot on, rather than just joining.  Each player involved is responsible for pushing this sport in a positive direction. A direction that will raise the level of American field hockey for men!"

"The U19 team played a fast and exciting style of play,” said Danielson a 1996 Olympian. “Both teams displayed a competitive spirit that ended with VCRD up on the NorCal Sharks 3 - 2. The U13 age group was a great display of developing men's hockey in the USA. Experience levels range from two months of playing, to six years and under the age of 13 is great to see. The future of the men's high performance program is bright."

"Compared to last year, all teams on all levels displayed an improved tactical and individual skill during the matches,” said Gendreau, U21 Men’s Junior National Team athlete. “They really rose to the challenge of competing at a top level. Many times people use the phrase, ‘big fish in a little pond’ but by expanding the development area of California we are able to expand their skills as well.  Which is very promising for the future of the growth of these young high performance teams. And we look to what's in store for the next set of games we have coming up in April. It's also promising to see the parents getting so involved and putting in the time along with the coaches."

"This is a unique opportunity to bring over 70 male hockey players together and participate in a high performance environment,” said Cota, a retired Men’s National Team athlete. “By committing to think nationally and act regionally we are helping grow the game in California."

"Overall the local families enjoyed the weekend seeing boys play in a competitive regional match for the first time,” said Whitehead. “The home and away series will continue in April up in Stanford.  This should be a great contest, as both areas refine their skills and tactical play to make the matches very competitive. Male hockey in the USA is going to continue to grow with this regional competitive model."

"No matter what country you’re in, international results and performance begin regionally,” said Maruquin. “We are off to a very positive start in 2013. We are very thankful to Kevin Barber for starting a U12 high performance team in southern San Diego. Steve Danielson and Pat Cota bringing the Bay Area and Sacramento regions together and finally the VCRD coaching staff and all the parents who are supporting their sons in this terrific Olympic sport."

USFHA media release


Hockey Australia Chief Executive Mark Anderson set to be named CEO of Swimming Australia

Hockey Australia can confirm our understanding that Mark Anderson is the preferred candidate for the CEO position at Swimming Australia.

Mark is currently overseas undertaking a course at Harvard Business School that was scheduled many months ago.  Mark is still finalising details of his contract, but Hockey Australia had planned to make this announcement jointly with Swimming Australia next week.  Hockey Australia is disappointed that this news has leaked prior to the engagement being finalised, but wishes Mark the very best of success in his new role.

Mark has served as Chief Executive for Hockey Australia since November 2008 and has overseen the implementation of a new constitution and corporate strategic plan, the introduction of new Gold-level partnerships with Fortescue, Ausdrill and ANPHA, the hosting of three successful Champions Trophy hockey tournaments, the creation of the innovative Hockey 9’s tournament in Perth, a strengthening of relationships with key government and state/territory hockey partner organisations and an unprecedented period of financial stability.

Hockey Australia media release