News for 23 March 2013

All the news for Saturday 23 March 2013


KLHC off to a flying start



Defending champions KL Hockey Club put the issue of the exodus of their star players behind them as they scored a convincing 5-0 win over UniKL in their opening match of the TNBMHL Premier Division at the National Hockey Stadium.

The win gives them the boost they need as they face favourites Tenaga Nasional Berhad in the Charity Shield this Sunday.

"It is always good to start off with a win and there is no denying that we have one eye on the match this Sunday. I am glad that those who played in the Azlan Shah showed no fatigue and paced themselves well. We took our chances well and the two early goals allowed us to play under no pressure," said KLHC manager George Koshy.

It took KLHC only three minutes to open accounts with Pakistani import Akhtar Ali finding the back of the net. A minute later Akhtar was on target to put his team 2-0 ahead in the opening 5 minutes.

It was a total dominance by KLHC after that with Australian Tim Deavin combining well with Mohd Razie Rahim in defence and Waseem Ahmad pulling the strings in midfield, ably supported by Mohd Shukri Mutalib.

The youngsters from UniKL gave it their best but were obvioulsy lacking in match temprement as KLHC held on to the ball and attacked in numbers. And KLHC also slowed down the pace of the match as they were conserving their energy for the match on Sunday, which will be a repeat of last year's final.

Razie then got onto the scoring chart, converting a penalty corner in the 20th minute to make it 3-0 for KLHC.

Chua Boon Huat added the fourth for KLHC in the 37th minute with Harvinder Singh extending it to 5-0 in the 61st minute.

"We lost to a better team and really the two quick goals at the start of the match affected our players as they were chasing the game after that," said UniKL manager Mohd Faiz Isa.

Official TNBMHL site



TNB held by Terengganu



Tenaga Nasional Berhad were held to a 4-4 draw by debutants Terengganu HT in the opening match of the 2013 season of the TNBMHL at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

It was a poor performance by both teams despite the eight goals as the two teams were obvioiusly affected with a large number of players having just got back from national duty in the Azlan Shah Cup last week.

The match between Sapura and Nur Insafi Warriors was called of in the 41st minute due to adverse weather conditions. And after waiting 45 minutes, the score stood with both teams awarded a point.

At the adjacent pitch, Uniten KPT defeated Sunday 20/30 3-1 after being a goal down at halftime in a Division One match.

"We made defensive errors and gifted them the goals. In our haste to attack, we left gaps in defence and they exploited them<' said TNB coach Nor Azlan Bakar.

"Its an area of concern and we need to find the right combination and settle down fast."

TNB forced two successive penalty corners in the 10th and 11th minutes but Faisal Saari failed to get his shot on target.

However TNB were not to be denied in the 13th minute when Terengganu's Mohd Shahrun Nabil deflected the ball past his own keeper Hazrul Faiz Ahmad Sobri to give TNB the lead.

In the 23rd minute TNB doubled the advantage as Faisal got his act right and converted a penalty corner to make it 2-0.

Terengganu could have reduced trhe deficit in the 29th minute but Mohd Ameerullah  Aziz was too hasty and shot wide with only keeper S. Kumar to beat. They however managed to get a goal back in the 30th minute when M. Sufi Ismat M. Rohul Amin found the target.

It was a recharged Terengganu that trooped onto the pitch in the second half and within the first six minutes after resumption, the east coast side took the lead.

Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil made it 3-2 in the 40th minute, picking up a rebound to slot past Kumar. And in the very next minute Fitri Saari put Terennganu in the lead, bursting in from the right to score from an acute angle.

Faisal however made it all square, scoring from TNB's fifth penalty corner in the 45th minute.

TNB failed to stop cleanly a penalty corner awarded to them in the 63rd minute and off the counter attack, Sobirin Ilias put the finishing touches to a rebound to give Terengganu a 4-3 lead with six minutes remaining.

But TNB refused to take it lying down and netted the equaliser through Muhammad Ramadhan Rosli two minutes later to share the spoils.

Sunday 20/30 took the lead in the 28th minute via P. Prabhakaran. But Uniten hit back in the second half with goals from M. Haniff Mohd Saidin ( 42nd minute), M. Faisal Kamaruddin (46th minute) and Mohd Sabri Mohammad (67th minute) to take all three points.

Results:

Premier Divisio
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TNB 4 Terengganu HT 4
Sapura 1 Nur Insafi Warriors 1

First Division

Sunday 20/30 1 Uniten KPT 3
MBI 2 Uitm 4
SSTMI  0 TNB Thunderbolts 6

Official TNBMHL site



Protest mars UITM win

Ipoh City Council (MBI) have submitted a formal protest following their 2-4 defeat at the hands of Uitm in their opening match in Division One at the Azlan Shah Stadium yesterday.

The protest, submitted by team manager Hakimi Abdul Hamid, together with the fee of RM700, was made at the end of the match and centres around the fact that their opponents had 12 players on the pitch until the 63rd minute of the match.

Just when the additional player came on to the itch was not stated in the protest and the MHL Technical Committee will deliberate on the protest on Sunday.

"We have received the protest and are studying the details. The Technical Officials and umpires will be called to the meeting to provide their explanation and we also invite an official from MBI as well," said MHC Competitions Executive Hashim Mohd Yusof.

Official TNBMHL site



KLHC sizzle, TNB struggle

By Ajitpal Singh


DEFENDING champions KL Hockey Club (KLHC) got off to a great start in the Malaysian Hockey League while Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) needed a late goal to salvage a draw in yesterday's Premier Division matches in Bukit Jalil.

KLHC, led by six foreign players, outplayed Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) 5-0 at National Hockey Stadium.

Pakistan international Akhtar Ali scored two quick goals in the third and fourth minutes before Razie Rahim extended KLHC's lead with a penalty corner conversion in the 20th minute.

Chua Boon Huat (37th) and Harvinder Singh (61st) completed the rout.

Despite taking a 2-0 lead after 25 minutes, TNB, last season's league runners-up, were held 4-4 by newcomers Terengganu in an earlier match.

TNB coach Nor Azlan Bakar said a point from the match was better than not earning anything.

"I am not too worried as this is only our first match. As we are still trying out combinations, I tested all the players today (yesterday). We need to improve defensively and minimise mistakes," said Nor Azlan at National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Terengganu coach Nik Rozemi Nik Mohamed, delighted with the draw, said: "I am using this tournament, mainly to prepare the juniors for next year's Malaysia Games.

"Apart from the eight seniors, the others are being groomed for the Malaysia Games. A point from this match is a good result as TNB are an established side. I packed my midfield after halftime and it made the difference," said Nik Rozemi.

Terengganu's Mohd Shahrun Nabil deflected the ball past his own goalkeeper Khairulnizam Ibrahim to give TNB the lead after 13 minutes before national striker Faizal Saari added a second in the 23rd minute.

Terengganu, however, reduced the deficit in the 30th minute through Sufi Ismat Rahul Amin before taking a 3-2 lead with goals from Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Jalil (40th) and Fitri Saari (41st).

TNB drew level through Faizal's penalty corner trademark flick but Sobirin Ilias regained Terengganu's lead in the 64th minute.

Muhammad Ramadhan Rosli salvaged a point for TNB when he rifled home from close range four minutes from time.

RESULTS -- Premier Division: Tenaga Nasional Berhad 4 Terengganu 4, Nur Insafi Warriors 1 Sapura 1, KLHC 5 UniKL 0.

Division One: SSTMI 0 TNB Thunderbolts 6, Ipoh-MBI 2 UiTM 4, Sunday 2030 KL 1 Uniten 3.

FIXTURES -- SATURDAY: Premier Division: Maybank v Terengganu (National Hockey Stadium, Pitch II; 6pm).

New Straits Times



Debutants Terengganu hold Tenaga as KLHC thrash UniKL

By K. RAJAN


KUALA LUMPUR: Debutants Terengganu started their Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) campaign in the Premier Division on a high – holding heavyweights Tenaga Nasional to a 4-4 draw at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Despite the high-scoring draw, neither team really played their best hockey as a large number of the players had just returned from national duty in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament in Ipoh last Sunday.

Terengganu scored four field goals through M. Sufi Ismat M. Rohul Amin (30th), Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Jalil (40th), Fitri Saari (41st) and Sobirin Ilias (64th).

Tenaga had earlier raced ahead when Terengganu’s skipper Mohd Shahrun Nabil scored an own goal in the 13th minute. Their other goals came through Faizal Saari’s converted penalty corner in the 23rd and 45th minutes and Mohd Ramadhan Rosli (66th).

Terengganu coach Nik Rozemi Nik Mohd was happy with his team’s efforts.

“We’re a new team ... so this is a good result,” he said. “I opted for more men in midfield in the second half to bolster our attack and we managed to take the lead.

“But we let in goals towards the end of the match and that’s something we need to work on.”

Tenaga coach Nor Azlan Bakar, meanwhile, said he didn’t mind dropping points “as the league still has a long way to go”.

In another match, last year’s double winners Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) lived up to their pedigree by thrashing UniKL 5-0 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The empathic win is just the perfect tonic for KLHC as they prepare to take on favourites Tenaga in the Charity Shield match tomorrow.

KLHC’s Pakistani signing Akhtar Ali hit a brace of field goals in the third and fourth minutes while skipper Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim converted a penalty corner in the 20th minute.

Strikers Chua Boon Huat and Harvinder Singh then scored a field goal each in the 37th and 61st minutes respectively.

The other Premier Division match between Nur Insafi and Sapura ended 1-1. Imran Muhammad’s field goal in the 28th minute put Sapura ahead but it was cancelled out by Azreen Rizal Nasir’s 35th minute field goal.

The Star of Malaysia



KL ready to rule Under-16 roost again, says coach Embaraj

BY ASHREENA PILLAI


PETALING JAYA: Defending champions KL will be out to stamp their dominance in the MHC-Milo-NSC Under-16 hockey championships once again, this time under new coach K. Embaraj when the tournament kicks off at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

Embaraj, who previously coached the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) side UniKL, will be looking to lend his expertise to the five-time champions who open their campaign against Perlis in an early match today.

Highly-tipped to lift the title again, KL are pooled in Group A alongside Terengganu, Negri Sembilan, Perak, Selangor and Sabah.

“We’re the defending champions, so there is pressure to win. KL have been champions for many years now, so of course we want to keep the streak going,” said Embaraj.

“We’re in a very interesting group. Terengganu have quite a strong side. Perak (in Group B) are also good. But we will not underestimate any of our opponents. We will take each match one at a time and our goal is to approach each game with the same mindset, to play our best, enjoy our hockey and win our games.

“I’ve inherited a good team. Most of the boys play in the junior league and also for the sports school, so they know how to play (good) hockey. We’ve just been working on sharpening key aspects of our play, working on our offence and defence and hopefully we can stick to the plan and play a solid game against Perlis.”

In other Group A matches, Terengganu will take on Sabah while Negri Sembilan squares off against Selangor. In Group B, last year’s runners-up Malacca will take on Perak while Penang face Pahang and Johor play Kelantan.

Meanwhile in the girls’ competition, Group A will see Kedah take on Perak while eight-placed finishers Pahang take on Negri. In Group B, last year’s losing semi-finalists Penang will take on Kelantan while KL will face Terengganu.

The Star of Malaysia



U.S. U-19 & U-17 Women's Teams depart for tour in Holland

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce the final Under-19 and Under-17 team roster that will represent the U.S. in a series of friendlies in Holland, March 22-30. University of California Berkeley’s Shellie Onstead will lead the U-17 team and Boston College’s Ainslee Lamb will guide the U-19 team. 

The selection process to be named to the U-19 and U-17 travel squads began last summer at the 2012 National Futures Championship and Futures Elite Championship. In total, 102 athletes were selected from both events to attend the Junior National Camp, presented by Longstreth, and held at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, July 9-12. At the camp, athletes received daily tactical sessions from some of the top field hockey coaches in the country, followed by test matches in the evening. 

From the Junior National Camp, a select number of athletes were invited to attend a winter training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Cali. Following the winter training camp, eighteen under-17 athletes and eighteen under-19 athletes were selected to represent the U.S. Junior National Squads on tour this year.

The following athletes have been selected to the U.S. Under-19 Holland Tour: Kristy Bernatchez, Carly Celkos, Anna Dessoye, Casey Dinardo, Annabeth Donovan, Jordyn Hamilton, Ashley Hoffman, Rebecca Holden, Alexa Mackintire, Gabrielle Major, Eryn McCoy, Emily McCoy, Jessica Newak, Alyssa Parker, Moria Putsch, Tara Vittese, Megan Anstotz, Shannon Johnson

The following athletes have been selected to the U.S. Under-17 Holland Tour: Kelsey Bing, Ashleigh Bitting, Austyn Cuneo, Danielle Duseau, Sarah Furey, Ainsley Gill, Linnea Gonzales, Rachel Hirsch, Laura Hurff, Kathryn McCarthy, Sophia Miller, Kasandra Morano, Madison Morano, Karlee Spirit, Samantha Steele, Kaitlin Trombetta, Casey Umstead, Charlotte Vaziri

USFHA media release



U.S. National Team Midfielder Kayla Bashore-Smedley retires from field hockey


Two-time Olympian Kayla Bashore-Smedley has announced her retirement from the National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team midfielder Kayla Bashore-Smedley has officially announced her retirement, bringing to an end a career that included two Olympic Games and 173 international caps for Team USA.

“Making the decision to retire was the single most difficult decision I have made so far in my life,” said Bashore-Smedley. “I love competing at the top level and giving that up was extremely hard. After meeting Craig Parnham, the decision was even harder. With the amount of talent on the team and Craig as a great new leader, we have so much potential to be successful in Rio. Even so, I am at that point in my life where it is time to move on to other things. It's bittersweet.”

The Shoemakersville, Pa. native was accustomed to the black and white patches of a soccer ball until the age of 15. In an untraditional story for a two-time field hockey Olympian, Bashore-Smedley picked up a field hockey stick for the first time as a freshman in high school. She was recruited to play at Indiana University and led the Hoosiers to their first NCAA tournament appearance and the program’s most successful season in history as a senior captain.

Bashore-Smedley made her debut with the National Team in the fall of 2005, wearing the Team USA jersey for the first time against Canada during a friendly test series in Virginia Beach, Va. 

Bashore-Smedley was a member of the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team roster as well as the 2006 World Cup Team and the 2010 World Cup Qualifying Team. She played in eleven career Olympic matches, scoring a goal against New Zealand in Team USA’s 4-1 victory at the 2008 Beijing Games. Bashore-Smedley competed at the 2007 Pan American Games and was named to the 2011 Pan American roster, but was removed from the team after suffering a head injury in an intra-squad scrimmage weeks prior to the Olympic qualification tournament.

“Kayla has been a remarkable competitor and she will continue to be an incredible ambassador for the sport," said Steve Locke, Executive Director of USA Field Hockey. “I admire her for her athletic prowess and willingness to give it her all in every competition. I know she will continue to do what she can to help grow the game and we at USA Field Hockey appreciate the years she has dedicated to representing her country on the international stage.”

“I feel truly blessed and grateful to have had the opportunity and experiences I did as a member of the U.S. National Team,” said Bashore-Smedley. “Without my family, none of this would have been remotely possible. I have met so many people, made so many friends and have seen the world all while playing the sport that I love.  It feels like not too long ago, I was in Virginia Beach and playing in my very first international match.  So many amazing memories and friends have been made between then and now that will forever be a part of me.” 

Following the London 2012 Olympic Games, Bashore-Smedley started a field hockey institute and began implementing field hockey into elementary schools in the Bay Area. She hopes to give young athletes the same opportunity to play that she had growing up.

“When kids have the chance to learn and be exposed to hockey at a younger age, they can master basic skills and really become spectacular players in their teens,” Bashore-Smedley said.  “I had the chance to play field hockey when I was 15 and almost missed out on the opportunity to play at a higher level. I just want to give kids the same opportunity to play because you never know how it might change their lives. Even if they don't become an Olympian, being a part of a team sport has so many benefits and helps build character, fitness and self-esteem.”

Bashore-Smedley said she isn’t sure what tomorrow will bring but she looks forward to growing roots in San Diego and starting the next big chapter in her life.

When asked what her next move will be, Bashore-Smedley enthusiastically responded “to stay still!” 

“While I do love traveling and being busy, my husband and I love San Diego and are looking forward to starting a family. I am open to a lot of possibilities an am excited to move on to life’s next big chapter.”

USFHA media release



December 13 - 15 2013 ALL-BOYS Indoor Hockey Tournament

Announcing the Dates for the First Ever US ALL-BOYS INDOOR Hockey Tournament. The tournament will take place December 13 - 15, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Primary age divisions will be U -12 and U -14.

Teams from Canada and Chile have expressed interest in taking part.

Individual players will be placed together onto appropriate teams.

Housing and meals may be at the USA Olympic Training Center.

An early bird individual registration fee of $ 75 USD is offered until August 1, 2013.
Individual registration fee of  $95 USD  is charged after Aug. 1.

USA Field Hockey membership required for US citizens. (Other age divisions may be added, as needed. )

The facility we are using has three full size, sport court surface, indoor hockey pitches, as well as a full size inside turf field.

In conjunction to the ALL-BOYS INDOR TOURNAMENT, Dita is hosting two additional activities at the same venue - An Adult Mixed Inside Turf Tournament.

Individuals accompanying boys to the All-Boys Indoor tournament are invited to participate as individuals or teams.  Fees will and memberships will apply. Ask for details.

There will also be a FREE FUNdamentals event for boys and girls.

DO YOU NEED ASSISTANCE PUTTING A TEAM TOGETHER OR INTRODUCING BOYS TO INDOOR HOCKEY?
DITA IS OFFERING INDOOR TRAINING STICKS, AT NO CHARGE, TO THOSE WHO WILL TEACH BOYS THE SPORT,
SO THEY MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE ALL-BOYS INDOOR HOCKEY TOURNAMENT.
LET ME KNOW HOW MANY BOYS YOU WANT TO TRAIN. The supply of sticks is limited.

Dita USA media release



Kelburne aiming to secure Division 1 title

Glynhill Hotel Kelburne can claim their ninth championship in a row this weekend if they can defeat challengers Grove Menzieshill and Grange in a mouth-watering double header in the Aberdeen Asset Management Division 1.

Six points for Mark Ralph’s side would clinch the crown, but they face two tricky ties. On Saturday, they are away to Grove Menzieshill at DISC (14.30), before travelling to Edinburgh on Sunday to take on Grange at Peffermill (14.00).

Looking forward to a pivotal weekend’s hockey, player-coach Ralph said, "At this point of the season, results are what matters. We will be looking to get maximum points and we know our toughest game will be against Grange after the game earlier in the season ended in a 3-3 draw. First and foremost we are focused on Menzieshill; they have improved a lot this season and we will give them our full attention."

For Grove Menzieshill, winning the title is mathematically possible, but remains a long shot when all the potential results and top of the table permutations are considered. The second European spot may well be a more realistic target. They also play PSL Team Sport Clydesdale at DISC on Sunday.

When asked about the possibilities of back to back wins at the weekend, Head Coach Chris Anderson replied, "The boys are looking forward to playing Kelburne. We will need to be at our very best to win against them, but it is possible. We will approach the game against Clydesdale differently but will treat them with the same respect as we will Kelburne."

Grange, meanwhile, will be watching Saturday’s results with keen interest, but knowing that they have to beat Kelburne on Sunday to have any chance of winning the league. Even then, other results need to go their way.

Head Coach Colin Clarke said, “The destination of the league title is firmly in Kelburne's hands, they have won it eight years in a row. All we are focusing on is Sunday's game and if it is a game to win the league we will treat it the same as any other game and focus on our processes. The result will take care of itself."

Elsewhere, Western Wildcats will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing their last two games. They face John McKnight’s PSL Team Sport Clydesdale on Saturday at Auchenhowie (13.30), who will be looking to leap frog them into fourth place. The Wildcats will then host AAM Gordonians on Sunday (Auchenhowie, 15.00) in a re-arranged fixture.

At the foot of the table, AAM Gordonians have been in good form lately by winning their last two games against Inverleith and Hillhead. If they can beat Watsonians away at Forrester High School (13.00), not only will they improve their chances of avoiding the play-offs, they will consign their opponents to Division 2 next season.

AMN Hillhead take on Inverleith (Sat, 14.25, Jordanhill School) and Watsonians (Sun, 13.00, Forrester Park School) in crucial encounters that will determine whether they finish in the play-off spot.

On Saturday, Highland face a tough test away to Falkirk GHG (14.15, Falkirk HS) knowing that a loss could leave them marooned at the bottom of Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 2 with only three matches left. The home side have promotion on their mind however, and a win could edge them a step closer to a play-off contest.

Aberdeen GSFP will be aiming to continue their winning streak of four in a row by beating McWhinney Uddingston for a second time this season and overhauling them in the table to move into third spot. The sides meet on Saturday at Holy Cross School (12.15).

Alpha Data Carnegie and Stepps HC go head to head at HMS Caledonia (14.30) where a win for either side would substantially reduce any lingering relegation fears.

On Sunday, CALA Edinburgh travel to Granite City Wanderers (15.00, Aberdeen Sports Village) with a win paramount in their battle to escape the drop. Dundee University and Glasgow University face off against each other at Riverside Park (13.30).

The battle for the title and promotion places in Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 3 is getting intense with the top five sides all within seven points of each other.

League leaders Erskine Stewart’s Melville may have the slightly easier tie of the day when they host seventh place Giffnock at Inverleith Playing Fields (17.00). Harris Academy can keep the pressure on the leaders with a win against Aberdeen University (11.30, DISC), while third plays fifth when FMGM Monarchs take on Perthshire (13.00, DISC).

Elsewhere, Waverley Inveresk Trinity travel to 2020 Renewables Greenock, Strathclyde University host Stirling Wanderers and Chapman Motherwell play Stirling University at home.

Please visit the Men's Aberdeen Asset Management National Leagues for all this weekend's league fixtures.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Merlins desperate to secure promotion this weekend

There are double headers in this weekend’s Aberdeen Asset Management National Division 1 fixture card.

Leaders Grove Menzieshill could take two giant leaps towards retaining their league crown if they can beat CALA Edinburgh away from home on Saturday (14.00 Meggetland) before taking on city rivals Dundee Wanderers in a local derby at DISC (14.30) on Sunday.

The battle for second place and the European qualification spot is a four-way fight; Edinburgh University could emerge from this weekend as favourites for the runners-up spot if they can overcome Dundee Wanderers and Milne Craig Clydesdale Western. No easy task.

Elsewhere, Glynhill Hotel Kelburne will try to get back to winning ways after losing 5-0 to Dundee Wanderers in their last match with back to back home victories against bottom place Inverleith and Western Wildcats (Sun, 15.00, Bellahouston).

Western Wildcats will be hoping to avoid the drop, in a three way fight with Grange EL and Inverleith, by beating Giffnock on Saturday (14.00, Hutcheson’s Grammar School). Grange EL will also be hoping to beat away side Giffnock on Sunday, to boost their chances of staying up.

Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 2


League leaders GHK will hope to get closer towards automatic promotion and continue their unbeaten run since October by defeating Granite City Wanderers (15.00, Anniesland). However the away side will be desperate to end their losing drought as they haven’t won a game since December.

The battle for the all-important second place and promotion playoff spot sees Borders Fjordhus Reivers host second place Watsonians at Tweedbank (13.00). However, the title challengers will be looking to keep the pressure on the league leaders with three points.

Meanwhile relegation battlers Waverley Inveresk Trinity have to record wins away to Hillhead (Sat, 12.30, Jordanhill School) and Granite City Wanderers (Sun, 13.30, Aberdeen Sports Village) if they are to have any chance of steering themselves away from relegation.

Haddington Ladies will be hoping to stay clear of a relegation fight with Waverley by beating seventh place Highland Ladies on Saturday (12.00, Aubigny Centre), whilst eighth place Glasgow University will have the same intentions as they face Erskine Stewarts Melville (13.00).

AAM Merlins Gordonians will be desperate for a victory against University of Strathclyde (12.30, Millerston) as a win would guarantee them promotion from Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 3.

However second place Dundee University will be hoping to keep the pace on Gordonians as they face Stirling Wanderers followed by a home game against University of Strathclyde (Sun.15.00, Riverside Park).

A local derby will take place as Aberdeen Ladies host Aberdeen University at Aberdeen Sports Village (15.00). The university side will be looking for another victory against Stirling Wanderers on Sunday, which could see them chase for second place. Bottom side Ayr will be hoping for their first win this season against Stirling University on Saturday (14.30, Canbusdoon).

Please visit the Women's Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division Page for full fixtures.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Army, Dames to defend Opening Day titles

Defence Force (men) and Notre Dame (women) will be confident of retaining their titles when the T&T Hockey Board flicks off its 2013 outdoor season, with the Opening Day tournament at St Mary’s College Ground, Serpentine Road, St Clair from 8 am to 5 pm tomorrow (Sunday).

This year’s edition of the tournament will feature all of the clubs affiliated with the local hockey federation with the exception of Paradise of Tobago, who are experiencing difficulties with regards to travelling to the island for the tournament.

Participating teams and groups
Women’s Open Division

Zone A: Notre Dame, Shandy Carib Magnolias, Malvern, Petrotrin, Police
Zone B: Paragon, Harvard Maritime Checkers, Ventures, Defence Force

Men’s Open Division
Zone C: Petrotrin, Defence Force, Notre Dame, Carib, Shape
Zone D: Paragon, Queen’s Park, Corona Fatima, Police

Tournament fixtures
Ground One

Men’s Open: Carib vs Shape, 9 am
Women’s Open: Paragon vs Defence Force, 9.15 am
Men’s Open: Defence Force vs Carib, 9.30 am
Women’s Open: Defence Force vs HM Checkers, 9.45 am
Women’s Open: Police vs Malvern, 10 am
Women’s Open: Petrotrin vs Notre Dame, 10.15 am
Men’s Open: Malvern vs Police, 10.30 am
Men’s Open: Shape vs Notre Dame, 10.45 am
Women’s Open: Malvern vs SC Magnolias, 11 am
Women’s Open: Ventures vs Paragon, 11.15 am
Men’s Open: Malvern vs Corona Fatima, 11.30 am
Women’s Open: SC Magnolias vs Notre Dame, 11.45 am

Ground Two
Men’s Open: Police vs Fatima, 9 am
Women’s Open: Petrotrin  vs Police, 9.15 am
Men’s Open: Queen’s Park vs Malvern, 9.30 am
Men’s Open: Notre dame vs Petrotrin, 9.45 am
Men’s Open: Queen’s Park vs Police, 10 am
Men’s Open: Defence Force vs Shape, 10.15 am
Women’s Open: Ventures vs Defence Force, 10.30 am
Men’s Open: Petrotrin vs Carib, 10.45 am
Men’s Open: Paragon vs Police, 11 am
Men’s Open: Petrotrin vs Shape, 11.15 pm
Women’s Open: Petrotrin vs Malvern, 11.30 am
Men’s Open: Queen’s Park vs Paragon, 11.45 am

Ground Three
Men’s Open: Notre Dame vs Defence Force, 9 am
Women’s Open: HM Checkers vs Ventures, 9.15 am
Women’s Open: Malvern vs Notre Dame, 9.30 am
Men’s Open: Fatima vs Paragon, 9.45 am
Wome: SC Magnolias vs Petrotrin, 10 am
Men’s Open: Paragon vs Malvern, 10.15 am
Women’s Open: SC Magnolias vs Police, 10.30 am
Women’s Open: Paragon vs HM Checkers, 10.45 pm
Men’s Open: Fatima vs Queen’s Park, 11 am
Women’s Open: Notre Dame vs Police, 11.15 am
Men’s Open: Carib vs Notre Dame, 11.30 am
Men’s Open: Defence Force vs Petrotrin, 11.45 am

Semifinals
Women’s Open

Winner Zone A vs Runner-up Zone B, 1 pm
Winner Zone B vs Runner-up Zone A, 1.45 pm

Men’s Open
Winner Zone C vs Runner-up Zone D, 1 pm
Winner of Zone D vs Runner-up Zone C

Third place matches, 3 pm.

Finals

Women’s Open, 3.30 pm
Men’s Open, 4.15 pm

The Trinidad Guardian



SA Hockey Association call for applicants to national posts for 2013-2016 cycle

The South African Hockey Association High Performance Sub Committee is calling for applications for the positions listed below for the 2013-2016 cycle.

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APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT


SA NATIONAL MEN’S TEAM

1. Coach

2. Trainer

3. Manager

4. Video Operator

5. National Selectors

Closing date for applications: 5 April 2013

SA NATIONAL WOMEN’S TEAM

1. Trainer

2. Manager

3. Video Operator

4. National Selectors

Closing date for applications:  5 April 2013

SA Hockey Association media release



Zakir Hussain Syed: Eminent sports analyst dies during walk in park

ISLAMABAD: Former director general of Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) and sports analyst Zakir Hussain Syed passed away on Thursday at Fatima Jinnah Park where he was on a routine evening walk. He was 73.

His funeral will be held on Friday at 2:30 pm at his ancestral town Kotli Amir Ali, Sialkot. He was awarded the President’s Medal for the Pride of Performance. He was the first recipient of such a highest honour in sports administration and management in the country.

Zakir Hussain was the first Pakistani chief executive of the PSB. As the youngest ever director general of the board, he came to this organisation as a virtually unknown commodity and left behind a legacy of success and brilliance.

The Express Tribune



Tributes pour in for Zakir Hussain Syed


Zakir Hussain Syed was 73.

KARACHI: Renowned sports administrator, commentator and sports analyst Zakir Hussain Syed passed away on Thursday evening in Islamabad after suffering cardiac arrest during a routine walk.

He was the first recipient of the President’s Pride of Performance Award in sports administration and management in the country.

As the youngest ever director general of the Pakistan Sports Board, Zakir came to this organisation as an unknown commodity and left behind a legacy.

In 1976, Zakir was instrumental in organising six major international tournaments in Pakistan in connection with the Quaid-i-Azam centenary celebrations, culminating in the grand 10-Nation Hockey competition played before a packed Gaddafi Stadium and a Mr Asia contest.

Zakir was one of the key figures behind the spectacular organisation of the SAF Games in Pakistan 1989.

Zakir also held the post of secretary and development manager of Asia with the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).

Former Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Tauqir Zia praised Zakir for his contribution.

“Zakir was a great gentleman who wanted the betterment of sports in Pakistan,” Zia told The Express Tribune. “He was a great analyst and commentator who played an active role in promotion of cricket while at the ACC.”

Saleem Asghar Mian, a former manager of the Pakistan cricket team and a friend of Zakir, said he knew Syed for 50 years.

“He was a humble person and a fine sports administrator,” Mian said. “The people who knew him will miss him very much.”

He added that Zakir was instrumental in getting the Pakistan Sports Complex built in Islamabad.

The Express Tribune

Zakir covered the Azlan  Shah Cup in Ipoh last week and sat next to me.  I have known him for a long time as he is quite a regular at the Azlan Shah Cup in recent years. He gave me his calling card and said if I ever was in Pakistan, do visit him and he will be glad to accommodate me. RIP my friend...

Jugjet Singh



RIP my friend



Zakir Hussain, the renowned sports journalist from Pakistan passed away yesterday

He was present at the Azlan Shah Cup last week and was looking his normal self, happy when Pakistan won a match and kept to himself when they lost. He was at the tournament until Thursday and left for Kuala Lumpur the next day.

Zakir was a legend when it came to writing about hockey and I had the pleasure of working alongside him during the last four Azlan Shah Cups.

He was particularly excited that the India v Pakistan series was on ( the decision to call off was done on Saturday only) and invited me to come for the Pakistan leg, promising to take me to Nankana Sahib and also requested me to stay at his house.

"It is time we had a major hockey event in Pakistan. It is safe to be there, trust me my friend. I assure you of your safety. Come and see for yourself," was what Zakir told me.

Former national coach Tai Beng Hai bumped into Zakir in the press room and paid tribute to him by saying that he was looking forward to what Zakir was going to write about the Azlan Shah Cup.

Zakir was a gentleman, takes a walk from his hotel, Fair Park to the Azlan Shah Stadium, never troubling anyone.

Together with his family we mourn his death and it is a tremendous loss for the hockey world.

Satwant Singh Dhaliwal