News for 01 April 2013

All the news for Monday 1 April 2013


Rot-Weiss & Dragons reach EHL Semi Finals

Germany’s Rot-Weiss Köln and KHC Dragons of Belgium overcame the respective challenges of Uhlenhorst Mülheim and Reading HC to reach the Semi Finals of the Euro Hockey League on dramatic and hugely exciting third day in Amsterdam.  

Rot-Weiss Köln became the first team to qualify for May’s Final Four competition thanks to a Silver Goal victory over compatriots Mülheim. The winning goal in a magnificent and fiercely contested match came from the stick of double Olympic Gold medallist Benni Wess, who guided home a pass from man of the match Christopher Zeller with less than a minute remaining in the first period of extra time.  Rot-Weiss Köln – who lost Philipp Zeller late in the game due to a red card – will play either Beeston HC (ENG) or HC Bloemendaal (NED) in the Semi Finals, two sides who face each other tomorrow at the Wagener Stadium.

In the second Quarter Final, KHC Dragons powered to an impressive 5-1 victory over England’s Reading HC, sealing their place in the Semi Finals. Goals from Maurice Dubois (2), Florent van Aubel, man of the match Jeffrey Thys and Loick Luypaert ended Reading’s interest in the competition and confirmed Dragons’ place in the last four.  Dragons will face either Amsterdam H&BC (NED) or Berliner HC (GER) at the EHL Final Four event, which takes place in May at a venue yet to be confirmed. 

The remaining Quarter Finals will take place on Easter Monday, which is the final day of competition in Amstelveen. The action begins at 12.00 (GMT +1) when Beeston HC of England take on Teun de Nooijer’s Bloemendaal (NED). The final game of the tournament will be at 14.30, with Amsterdam H&BC of The Netherlands going head-to-head with Germany’s Berliner for a place in the Final Four.

More information about all the games including video highlights of all the matches can be found at, the official website of the Euro Hockey League.

Euro Hockey League media release

Reading lose to Dragons in EHL KO8

Reading HC v KHC Dragons EHL Simon Mantell

KHC Dragons of Belgium powered to a 5-1 victory over England’s Reading HC, sealing their place in the Semi Finals of this season’s Euro Hockey League. Goals from Maurice Dubois (2), Florent van Aubel, man of the match Jeffrey Thys and Loick Luypaert ended Reading’s interest in the competition and confirmed Dragons place in the last four.

EHL Review:

The other result of the day saw Rot-Weiss Köln beat German rivals Uhlenhorst Mülheim 3-2. Dragons will face either Amsterdam H&BC (NED) or Berliner HC (GER) at the EHL Final four event, which takes place in May at a venue yet to be confirmed.

Dragons were in sensational form throughout the contest, and were deserving winners against a team that they have faced no less than four times in the last three EHL seasons.  It took them just seven minutes to open the scoring against their English opponents, with Maurice Dubois clipping a reverse stick volley into the net following a fine save from Reading keeper James Bailey.

Dobois was clearly thrilled with his first ever goal in the Euro Hockey League, but he would not have to wait long for his and Dragons’ second, which arrived a minute after the quarter time break. The youngster produced a tidy close range finish when the Reading defence failed to effectively deal with a speculative pass into the circle from the right.

Conceding a second goal seemed to spark Reading into life, with Darren Cheesman and Simon Mantell looking particularly threatening for the team from England. However, Dragons always looked capable of adding to their tally, with Mathew Cobbaert and Jeffrey Thys going close before half time.

Dragons added a third goal to their collection early in the third quarter through Florent van Aubel, but Reading hit back with a goal of their own when Christopher Newman guided home a defence splitting pass from Harry Slater to make the score 3-1.

Reading gave it absolutely everything in the final quarter, but their efforts proved to be in vain when the brilliant Jeffrey Thys scored a fine slap-shot before Loick Luypaert put the icing on the cake with a blistering penalty corner to make the score 5-1. It was a seriously high-quality display from Dragons, who have proved once again that they are serious challengers in the race to win the 2012-13 edition of the Euro hockey League.

Man of the match: Jeffrey Thys (KHC Dragons)

England Hockey Board Media release

German defeats for England boys

England Under-16 Boys dominated the opening 20 minutes of their game against Germany and built a two-goal lead, but they conceded goals at key moments and the game slipped from their grasp as they lost 2-6 in the in the Easter Four Nations Tournament in Valencia on Easter Sunday.

Andrew Oxburgh burst down the right hand side before rounding the keeper and pushing the ball into the net with just four minutes on the clock to get England off to the perfect start.

Then, on 12 minutes, Rhys Smith doubled the advantage as he set off on a mazy 40-yard run with the ball, beating four opposition players before slipping the ball under the keeper to cap a great goal.

England could have scored more in the opening period as they imposed themselves impressively. But the Germans were handed a lifeline as Timm Herzbruch tucked away a penalty stroke and then Johannes Grosse hit the equaliser.

Herzbruch then bagged his second just before the break and an own goal just after the restart made it 2-4 to Germany and knocked the stuffing out of England a little.

But the English pressed forward and were still in it up until the final ten minutes when Germany got their fifth and sixth goals.

Despite the loss, England are much-improved and feel as though they are making good progress.

“They have shown that they can compete at this level, we now need to show a little more attention to the details and carry on progressing. We will look forward to our game against the Netherlands with this in mind,” said head coach Charlie Bannister.

England will now face the Netherlands in their final game.

* England Under-18 Boys will play hosts Spain in the 3rd/4th play-off match on Easter Monday after they were beaten 3-1 by Germany in the Easter Four Nations Tournament in Valencia on Sunday.

The squad battled well and were level with their rivals early in the second half, but Germany captain Tom Grambusch completed a hat-trick of goals to sink English hopes of victory.

“It was a tough game against a very strong German team,” said Head Coach Jon Bleby. “Our team showed plenty of fight and character, especially in the second half but there were many details in attack and defence we needed to improve on today in order to truly compete.”

Germany started well but England got more tactically astute as the game went on and competed evenly.

But at the end of the half England conceded several penalty corners and the pressure finally told with Germany taking the lead through Grambusch on 35 minutes.

In the second half England soaked up a spell of Germany pressure in the opening two minutes, with goalkeeper Caelan Dillon on good form, and they got back into the game on 44 minutes through Chris Proctor, who cut inside from the right blank and scored with a powerful back hand shot into the top left of the goal.

However, Germany retook the lead 15 minutes later from a penalty stroke, awarded after an England defender had fouled an attacker, and they made it 3-1 two minutes later, Grambusch again scoring from a penalty corner with a straight flick into the bottom left corner.

Monday’s clash with Spain is at 11am BST (12noon local time).

England Hockey Board Media release

England girls face Scottish Challenge

England U16 Girls-Megan Dowthwaite

England Under-16 Girls will face Scotland in the 3rd/4th place play-off after losing 1-5 to Germany in the Easter Four Nations Tournament at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire on Easter Sunday.

The tournament has been a first taste of international competition for the girls and has presented them with a challenge which they are rising to admirably.

“The girls stuck to the game plan but just lost out to the physicality of the German side,” said Head Coach Marc Bourhill.

England played well in patches and showed real progress in their learning, implementing much of what they practiced in training.

But Germany are a very difficult team to deal with and they took the lead through Alisa Vivot on nine minutes after she slotted home from a penalty corner.

But England showed their resilience and came back at their opponents on 21 minutes after the ball found its way into the D from a penalty corner and Meg Dowthwaite (pictured) deflected it into the goal.

Nine minutes later, the Germans took the lead through Lara Birkner and Juliane Grashoff made it 1-3 before the break.

Although Germany went on to score two more goals in the second half, the England girls will have learned a lot and will look to take the positives from this performance, as well as the invaluable experience they have gained into their showdown against the Scots.

* England under 18 girls faced a stiff test against Germany Germany in the Easter Four Nations Tournament at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire on Easter Sunday and knew they had to win if they were to progress to the final against the Netherlands.

But despite a spirited fight back in the second half, they were unable to get the result they needed and will now face Scotland in the third/fourth play-off tomorrow.

It was a shaky start to the game for England as Germany exerted pressure on their defence for long periods.

England held out for 21 minutes but were then undone by a well-worked attack. Just three minutes later they found themselves two goals down as their opponents continued to put them on the back foot.

After the break, England looked a different side and threatened Germany with some excellent pressure.

Their backline eventually gave way and with 44 minutes on the clock, the ball was slipped to Rebecca Walker from a penalty corner and she produced a neat finish with a reverse stick strike into the top corner.

With just one goal now separating the sides, England went hunting for an equaliser. But a momentary lapse in concentration at the back allowed the Germans to stretch their lead to 1-3 and it looked to be a long way back.

But the English did have further chances to get back into the game with Megan Crowson finding herself one-on-one on a couple of occasions. However, she found the keeper in superb form and couldn’t find a way past.

With seven minutes left on the clock, Germany finally killed the game off with their fourth from a penalty corner.

Head coach Andy Bradshaw said: “We had to take more risks in the second half to try and get back into the game and at 1-2 we had chances.

“The most frustrating thing is that a couple of the goals that we conceded were avoidable. It was poor defending as a team.

“We defended so well yesterday and today we didn’t, that’s what we need to sharpen up on, we need to do it two games on the trot.

“But we will pick ourselves up and hopefully take a win against Scotland tomorrow.”

England Hockey Board Media release

Germany defeat Scottish youngsters

Scotland U16 and U18 Girls played their second matches in the Four Nations at Lillieshall today, as both teams were beaten by Germany.

Scotland U16 Girls managed to keep Germany at bay for most of the first half, the Germans leading by two goals to nil at half time.

Germany then took advantage of a depleted Scotland side, due to injuries to a couple of key players. The Germans went on to score a further seven goals, resulting in a 9-0 victory.

Despite the loss, Scotland U16 Girls Coach Bill Robson was still happy with the teams’ performance, “I felt we defended well in the first half and stuck to the game plan, which was one of containment rather than being adventurous. In the second half we were depleted by injury and got tired. However I’m extremely proud of the girls’ efforts and looking forward to our next game.”

Later in the day, Scotland U18 Girls also suffered defeat against their German opponents.

Following the match, Scotland U18 Girls Head Coach Colin Clarke said, “Today was an interesting game as we competed well in the first half and both teams had chances to score. The second, we under performed and the first eight minutes proved costly as we didn't deal with the pressure Germany put us under. This is an excellent opportunity for the girls to learn and challenge themselves to work to develop processes to combat these situations."

Germany opened the scoring in the 17th minute through open play. The Scots held their own in the first half, showing excellent signs of resistance to keep Germany from scoring a second.

Unfortunately Scotland’s solid defence was penetrated again, as Germany scored another just a few minutes in to the second half, followed by a third goal in the 42nd minute through a short corner.

Germany then went on to score another two goals, in the 60th and 70th minute, to finish the game with a 5-0 win.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

KLHC slam seven past the Warriors

KL Hockey Club gave its manager George Koshy a wonderful Good Friday and Easter as they consolidated their position at the top of the TNBMHL Premier Division with a thumping 7-0 win over Nur Insafi Warriors at the National Hockey Stadium.

The win gives them 10 points from four outings and just a point behind are Maybank who defeated UniKL 4-1 in a match played on the adjacent pitch.

"It was a good weekend and what matters is the six points. Performance wise there are still several areas that we need to work on but the pleasing thing is that the fringe players also gave a good account of themselves. We now look forward to the next weekend where we are playing in Kuantan and hope to return with maximum points," said KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj.

The defending champions seem to be over confident and their approach was best illustrated with them muffing two penalty corners they were awarded in the 6th and 16th minutes. They seem to lack ideas to penetrate the Nur Insafi defence who were clearly parking the bus in defence.

KLHC opened scoring in the 22nd minute through Tim Deavin who celebrated Easter with his first goal of the tournament. Umar Bhutta linked up well with Tim on the right and the australian's reverse stick attempt slipped inbetween the pads of Nur Insafi keeper Nasir Ahmad.

Harvinder Singh doubled the advantage in the 29th minute, nipping in from the left, going past the keeper and slotting in to give KLHC a 2-0 advantage.

Upon resumption KLHC went 3-0 ahead with Umar Bhutta finishing off from an acute angle after Chua Boon Huat made a hash of things with only the keeper to beat in the 40th minutre. And KLHC were on cruise mode.

Nabil Fiqri Mohd Nor made it 4-0 in the 49th minute and Muhammad imran stepped up to convert KLHC's fourth penalty corner in the 53rd minute to make it 5-0. Imran made it 6-0 in the 58th minute before his pass found a lurking Muhammad Najib Abu Hassan who deflected in the seventh goal in the 61st minute.

On the adjacent pitch, UniKL had a great start as they took only six minutes to go into the lead thanks to Mohd Noor faeez Ibrahim. However the UniKL players then started getting irritated with several questionable calls by the match officials and this allowed Maybank back into the match with Muhammad irfan converting a penalty corner in the 23rd minute to make it 1-1.

Two goals in a space of two minutes gave the Tigers a healthy lead going into halftime. Shafqat Rasool scored in the 33rd minute before Muhammad Waqas closed the first half with a goal from a penalty corner.

UniKL had six penalty corners in the match but just could not find a way to reduce the deficit. And Dick Cheny Walli, a Sabahan, made his presence count as he made it 4-1 for Maybank to complete a miserable weekend for UniKL.

"UniKL key players have to cut making costly mistakes if UniKL wants to do well this season. It was the same case against TNB on Friday," lamented UniKL coach Arul Selvaraj.

Unofficial MHL site

Sapura shock Terangganu

Sapura pulled the rug from beneath Terengganu HT by coming for a goal down twice in the match to take all three points with a 4-2 win in the TNBMHL Premier Division at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

It was their first win having drawn two matches ( Nur Insafi and TNB) and lost the other to Maybank. And the fact that the win came barely 24 hours after having held Tenaga nasional Berhad to a 2-2 draw was more commendable.

Terengganu forced an early penalty corner, in the 2nd minute but skipper Mohd Shahrun Nabil failed to stop the ball cleanly. But they kept pushing forward and were eventually rewarded in the 8th minute as Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil steered the ball past Sapura keeper Mohd hairi Abdul Rahman  from close range after fine work by Fitri Saari on the right.

Two penalty corners for terengganu went wasted as Fitri failed to put enough power behind his flick in the first and Nor Hafiq Abdul Ghaffar muffed the second in the 10th and 11th minutes respectively.

Sapura were on level terms in the 13th minute as Khasif Ali's penalty corner deflected off Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin's stick past his own keeper, Hazrul Faiz Ahmad Sobri to make it one a piece. They could have taken the lead in the 19th minute when off their second penalty corner, Khasif relayed the ball to a diving Mohammad zubair who saw his deflection come off the upright.

Terengganu had defensive frailities and almost paid the price on several occassions, thanks to some fine defensive work by Azlan misron and Shahrun while upfront Ismail Abu was playing listlessly.

Hardly was the second half into its second minute that Terengganu HT went into the lead, this time Nor Hafiq sending his penalty corner flick into the roof of the Sapura goal.

But the tide turned in the in the space of two minutes. Joel Samuel van Huizen put Sapura on level terms in the 46th minute and a minute later Sapura took the lead via Faridzul Afiq Mohd. And Terennganu panicked.

Muhammad Zubair extended Sapura's lead to 4-2 by netting in the 53rd minute and everything was going wrong for Terengganu whose defence was in shambles and midfield virtually non existent.

Terengganu had nine penalty corners in the match, and their weakness in this department was sorely exposed as they only had one goal to show from it.

Unofficial MHL site

KLHC make Nur Insafi look second rate

KUALA Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) consolidated their position at the top of the Premier Division when they thrashed Nur Insafi 7-0 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

The win took their tally to 10 points in the Malaysia Hockey League, while Maybank closed the gap with nine points after they beat UniKL 4-1. KLHC opened the scoring with an opportunist goal from Australian Timothy James in the 22nd minute, and increased the lead in the 29th through the effort of Harvinder Singh.

After the breather, Pakistani Umar Bhutta increased the lead in the 40th minute before Nabil Fiqri made it 4-0 with a field attempt nine minutes later.

Muhammad Imran then continued the rout by scoring KLHC's fifth goal off penalty corner attempt.

Imran scored his second and KLHC's sixth in th 58th before Najib Abu Hassan (61st) nailed the last goal.

"It looks like Maybank have some good Pakistan buys and even though we beat them 4-3 in the first round we can't take them lightly in the second round as they are improving with every match," said KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj.

On the adjacent pitch, UniKL took an early lead through Noor Faeez Ibrahim in the sixth minute, but Maybank hit back with three goals before the break.

Pakistan import Muhammad Imran started the fightback with a penalty corner goal in the 23rd minute, before Shafqat Rasool gave them the lead in the 33rd minute. Muhammad Waqas made it 3-1 in the 35th. And Maybank's Dick Cheny, from Sabah, then scored the fourth in the 66th minute to complete UniKL's misery.

"We have to cut down on the costly mistakes in the remaining matches for UniKL to salvage their season. It was the same script against Tenaga (lost 4-2) and we can't afford to drop more points," said UniKL coach Arul Selvaraj.

RESULTS -- Premier Division: KLHC 7 Nur Insafi 0, Maybank 4 UniKL 1, Terengganu 2 Sapura 4.

New Straits Times

KLHC keep up winning ways in grand style


KUALA LUMPUR: Double champions KL Hockey Club kept their Premier Division title-run firmly in grip when they secured a third win after trouncing Nur Insafi 7-0 in a Malaysia Hockey League match at the National Hockey Stadium.

But Maybank kept pace after beating Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) 4-1 on the adjacent pitch to move into second place.

KLHC lead with 10 points after four matches while Maybank are just one point off them.

The KLHC-Nur Insafi game was a mismatch right from the start although both sides had six foreign players each. KL started off slowly but dominated with better co-ordinated attacks. The first goal came in the 22nd minute with Australian import Timothy Deavin’s field goal.

Seven minutes later, Harvinder Singh added the second goal for KLHC 2-0 at half-time.

KLHC were back to plunder with Pakistan skipper Mohamed Imran’s brace from the penalty corner in the 53rd and 58th minutes. The other scorers were Mohamed Umar Bhutta (40th minute), Nabil Fiqri Mohamed Nor (49th) and Mohamed Najib Abu Hassan (61st).

At the other pitch, Maybank returned from a one–goal deficit to beat UniKl 4-1.

UniKL took an early lead off Noor Faeez Ibrahim in the sixth minute, but Maybank hit back with three goals before the break to seize control. It was the Tigers’ Pakistani imports that made the difference.

Imran started the fightback with a penalty-corner goal in the 23rd minute and this was followed by a field attempt by Shafqat Rasool, which gave them the lead.

Mohamed Waqas added the third goal in the 35th minute and Maybank were in a comfortable position to dictate second half play. Then, Sabahan Dick Cheny Walli scored the fourth in the 66th minute to complete UniKL’s misery.

The Star of Malaysia

Under-16s were nothing to shout about

By Jugjet Singh

NATIONAL Juniors coach K. Dharmaraj did not spot any exciting talent in the just concluded National Under-16 as most of the players were just above average.

Perak and Malacca upset the form book to reach the final with the Silver State taking the title with an edgy 2-1 win on Saturday.

"I watched for myself and also spoke to some coaches, and the consensus was that there were no exciting talent to draft into the juniors training squad.

"Previously, one could see at least one or two players who could walk into the juniors side in a year's time, but there were none this year," said Dharmaraj.

The Junior World Cup coach pointed out that there were no one in the mould of Faizal Saari, Fitri Saari or Firhan Ashaari in this edition. "These were some of the outstanding players in age-group tournaments a few years back, and are now making their names at the national and senior club levels," he said.

Twelve teams competed in the tournament but Kelantan given the boot midway because they staged a walkout when playing against Malacca.

There were 12 teams with 18 players in each side, and from a total pool of 216 players, the grassroots report card was damning.

New Straits Times

Heartbreak, drama and triumphant boys from the North


PETALING JAYA: The MHC-MILO-NSC Under-16 hockey championships had almost everything you could ask for – heartbreak, drama and a new champion crowned.

After five consecutive titles since 2008, Kuala Lumpur’s stronghold on the championships was finally broken.

KL, the only team to remain undefeated and with the highest goals scored – 23 in the group stages, were highly fancied to take the trophy again. However, their undoing came in the semi-finals at the hands of surprise-package Malacca who stunned the defending champions 2-1 courtesy of a golden goal in extra-time.

Their exit meant that the championships will crown a new champion for the first time in six years. While a credible Malacca side gave a good fight, it was Perak who came out on top with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in the final at the Ministry of Education Stadium in Bangsar on Saturday.

Touted to be one of the teams to watch, Perak were not going to rest on their laurels after coming close in years past, making the final in 2010 only to lose 4-2 to KL. They finished third in 2011 and narrowly missing out on the semi-finals last year after failing to qualify from the group stages.

So, what made the difference this time? Hunger. Pure and simple. And not just hunger for success but pangs to prove their worth, their ability and show the country that the boys from the North can hit it just as well, just as hard - and win.

While they may not have had the spotless record of KL with four wins and one draw going into the semi-finals, the boys in yellow made up for that with determination, tenacity, discipline and heart and surely, that was enough to see them win the title in the end.

On the other side of the coin, fiery Kelantan staged a walk-out during their Group B match against Negri Sembilan on Tuesday as team manager Jefrizin Mohamad said that the umpires kept making wrong decisions during the game.

It’s disheartening to see this take place in an Under-16 tournament. As young boys they should not be encouraged to walk out of matches. If a decision goes against you, accept it, move on and try harder. Keyword: try.

Athletes should wear their colours with pride. There is nothing wrong with losing. It’s just how it is.But should you think about giving up, then consider shedding the jersey as well.

The Star of Malaysia

Wynberg and Maritzburg College in showdown


(Today is Jon Cook's birthday. We would like to wish him many happy returns of the day)

Undoubtedly the match to approach with much relish on the third and final day of the Nomads Hockey Festival on Papes Astro and the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf Monday is that between host school Maritzburg College and Wynberg of Cape Town.

This enticing encounter takes place at 9.50 am at the Papes pitch on the Maritzburg College campus and it could go either way.

Maritzburg College are celebrating their 150th birthday and the Nomads Hockey Festival plays an integral role in their 150th Winter Sports Festival.

On Saturday, Wynberg beat Pretoria Boys’ High School 4-1 in the morning and St Johns College, Johannesburg, 3-1 in the afternoon.

Sunday, the Capetonians beat top UK hockey school Millfield 6-3 in a match where their tactics of using a high press worked a treat. Then in the afternoon Wynberg accounted for King Edward VII School (KES) 3-0.

No less than 16 goals in four matches with just five against indicates the dominance and in their coaching staff Wynberg have two experienced men in Anton Grobler and analyst Jamie Kroukamp, while goalkeeper and captain Rob McKinley has been an inspiration to his team.

Ryan Crow and Migyle Stevens have been a rich source of goals but it has been the all-round skill, strength on and off the ball, and sheer will to win of the Wynberg lads that has stood out.

College, under coach Guy Elliott and captain Jorgen Wikstrom, put in a great performance to beat the talented Millfield side 3-0 on Saturday morning before an unconvincing 1-0 win over Grey High School of Port Elizabeth in the afternoon.

Sunday morning, College were involved in an exciting 2-2 draw with traditional rivals Selborne College of East London before beating St John’s College 3-1 after lunch.

College, like Wynberg, place much store in looking to turn over opposition ball and punish the adversary with counter-attacks at pace. Defence is not a word that sits easily in their lexicon, it’s more a case of stifling the ball carrier’s passing options and pouncing on the inevitable mistake.

The two goalkeepers are also key, as aside from McKinley’s skill in the Wynberg goalmouth, College stopper Siya Nolutshungu is in the form of his life.

Of course, this is not the only match on the final day, and much can be expected from the rest.

Papes: 7.30 St Johns vs Selborne; 8.40 Jeppe vs Grey; 9.50 Maritzburg College vs Wynberg; 11.00 Millfield vs Pretoria Boys' High.
AB Jackson: 7.30 St Andrews vs Michaelhouse; 8.40 King Edward VII School (KES) vs Hilton College.

Maritzburg College 150th Anniversary Festival media release

Nomads Hockey Festival Day 1 Match Reports


Game 1: Grey High School (1) 1 Michaelhouse 0

An evenly matched affair, the winner was scored by dangerous Grey striker Tando Mtshixa from close range off a well-worked move in the 21st minute.

Michaelhouse had four penalty corners but coach Andrew Brown’s side could not bury the chances.

Both keepers were superb, Michaelhouse’s Joe Coyne and Grey’s Richard Nesbitt pulling off some stunning saves from close range.

Individual skills of quality were exhibited by the players, House’s Luke Stevens and Grey captain Devon Clarke just two of them, while Michaelhouse’s Dom Pretorius and Jason Marshall were prominent upfront.

Game 2: Maritzburg College (0) 3 Millfield 0

A hard-fought first half, top UK school Millfield were fortunate to come away with the score goalless as College carved out a number of gilt-edged opportunities.

A Tevin Kok snapshot in the ninth minute set the tone but dangerous Millfield striker Ed Horler brought a superb glove save from College goalkeeper Siya Nolutshungu six minutes later.

The tussle for possession was intense and Nolutshungu made some fine saves, while in the dying seconds Amkelwe Letuka won the first penalty corner, College captain Jorgen Wikstrom’s power drag-flick was brilliantly palmed away by the Millfield keeper.

Turning around 0-0 it was College who prevailed in the second half, although the dynamic Horler and a save on the goalline indicated that Millfield had their chances.

But it was College who put them away, an own goal the outcome of a beautifully-constructed set-up in the 29th minute (1-0); Wikstrom making no mistake in the 38th minute from the red, black and white’s second PC (2-0), and penalty corner injector Bandile Kunene slapping in at the near post from their fourth PC in the 41st minute after College had botched the initial tactic (3-0).

With the matches 25 minutes each way, Millfield had a mountain to climb but it was not to be.

Game 3: St Johns (2) 3 St Andrews (Bloemfontein) 0

Walter Pfaff opened the scoring in the ninth minute off the third St Johns College (Johannesburg) penalty corner. A minute later Josh Hooper scored a field goal before St Johns earned two more PCs by the time the half-time whistle blew.

After the changeover St Johns continued to dominate and two more PC goals were the outcome, one of which was netted by captain Kyle Lion-Cachet for the 3-0 final result.

Game 4: Wynberg (3) 4 Pretoria Boys’ High 1

Wynberg took their chances, PBHS were disappointing in the amount of ball they gave away and their inability to convert their opportunities. New Maritzburg College headmaster Chris Luman, a Wynberg Old Boy,  commented that Wynberg’s goalkeeper and captain Rob McKinley had a very good game. The Cape side’s goals came from Migyle Stevens and Ryan Crowe before Daelon Campbell pulled one back for PBHS.

Stevens restored Wynberg’s two-goal cushion on the half-time whistle in this format of two halves of 25-minutes apiece before Michael Harebottle made the game safe five minutes from the end.

Game 5: Selborne 0 King Edward VII School (KES) 0

No score in a match that produced some constructive hockey from which goalscoring chances were not taken.

Game 6: Jeppe (2) 3 Hilton (1) 2

In a robust yet enjoyable tussle in which Julian Yeats (Hilton) and Karabo Mogotsi (Jeppe) were the standout players, Jeppe led 2-1 at half-time through goals from captain Craig Bekker and Sebastian Green while the Hiltonians replied via the stick of Gareth Obery.

Kamla Ramburuth-Hurt restored Jeppe’s two-goal margin before Luke Pannell pulled one back for Hilton two minutes from time.

Game 7: KES (0) 1 Michaelhouse (0) 1

Chris Wilkinson netted a field goal 10 minutes after half-time before Dom Pretorius left the final score 1-1 with his 47th minute field goal.

Game 8: Maritzburg College (0) 1 Grey High 0

College captain Jorgen Wikstrom nailed the winner with a well-taken goal two minutes after half-time in an exciting match that was evenly contested.

Grey didn’t make the most of their goalscoring opportunities while at the same time the College lads defended like Trojans. It was a tight game and College were not able to dominate, as is their custom.

Game 9: Hilton (3) 4 St Andrews 0

Hilton started with a bang and went 2-0 up inside nine minutes through a brace of field goals by Stewart Campbell-Gillies - and these early goals underscored the black-and-whites’ dominance.

Captain Michael Salgado added another in the 19th minute while St Andrews’ Sinclair Marais will no doubt reflect ruefully on missing out in his one-on-one with the keeper three minutes after half-time.

Hilton’s Jason Dunbar put the result beyond question with his field goal two minutes from full-time, this after team-mate Luke Pannell had hit the post a couple of minutes earlier.

Former SA player and national director of coaching Jock Coombes, the Hilton coach, said that better disciplines and structure allowed for more control of the game and the creation of goalscoring chances.

Game 10: Jeppe High (1) 1 Millfield (0) 1

The leading UK hockey school went down 1-0 in the fifth minute when Seb Green scored from Jeppe’s single penalty corner of the match. To their credit, Millfield never looked back and were finally rewarded when the outstanding striker Ed Horler levelled matters from a PC 12 minutes after half-time.

Millfield had nine other PCs which didn’t yield results, while one-on-one and open-goal chances also came and went.

Game 11: Selborne (2) 3 Pretoria Boys’ High (0) 2

Selborne College and Pretoria Boys’ High were involved in a five-goal humdinger that nevertheless saw the East London lads lead from the outset and control much of the game.

A 14th-minute field goal from Damon Thompson set Selborne up and a minute later an Alex Penhall penalty-corner goal made it 2-0.

PBHS got on the scoresheet after half-time through field goals from Fabio Dearling and Llewellyn Strydom that set the Selborne fans’ hearts a-flutter, but another Penhall PC made certain that the honours went to East London. 

Game 12: Wynberg (1) 3 St Johns 0

Wynberg won a solid, tough game 3-0 in a match played in good spirit, Migyle Stevens getting a brace of field goals, one in each half, and Michael Harebottle nailing a penalty corner for 3-0 a good 12 minutes from the end.

Maritzburg College 150th Anniversary Festival media release

Nomads Hockey Festival Day 2 Wrap


Arguably the most exciting, crowd-pleasing match on day two of the Nomads Hockey Festival at Maritzburg College Sunday was the opening match between the very strong Wynberg team and leading UK hockey school Midfield, which the impressive Capetonians won 6-3 after leading 2-1 at half-time.

This, “the dawn patrol match” at 7.30 am was a thrill-a-minute affair. In the opening 10 seconds Wynberg turned the ball over and the prolific striker Ryan Crowe knifed through the left channel virtually untouched to score a great goal (1-0).

With the match barely four minutes old, the Capetonians came agonisingly close to scoring twice more in this hockey festival that forms part of Maritzburg College's 150th Winter Sports Festival and 150th anniversary birthday celebrations.

In the sixth minute Millfield won a penalty corner but Wynberg’s brilliant goalkeeper and captain Rob McKinley made a stunning save from the stick of possibly the striker of the tournament, Millfield’s Ed Horler.

Horler had a goal disallowed soon after before Wynberg almost added another. But the tall lad made no mistake from Millfield’s second PC and the score was 1-1 after 10 minutes.

Wynberg’s alert Crowe restored his team’s lead four minutes later and 2-1 was the score at half-time.

Four minutes after the changeover the Millfield bench erupted when Horler brought parity to the scoresheet with Millfield’s sixth PC, his drag-flick soaring into the net (2-2).

From the re-start Crowe finished off a beautiful Wynberg move for his hat-trick inside 35 minutes.

At 3-2 to the good, Wynberg cranked up the pressure that their high press was putting on the Millfield defence, but the feisty Englishmen brought the score to 3-3 with Ben Stone’s goal.

From that point, though, it was Wynberg’s game as Quintin Dreyer, Michael Harebottle and Tim Welsh ensured a superb 6-3 victory.

Other day 2 results in brief: Grey 4 KES 1; Hilton 4 St Johns 1; Maritzburg College 2 Selborne 2; PBHS 1 Michaelhouse 1; Jeppe 3 St Andrew’s 1; Wynberg 3 KES 0; Grey 1 Hilton 1; Maritzburg College 3 St Johns 1; Selborne 2 Millfield 1; PBHS 4 St Andrews 0; Jeppe 1 Michaelhouse 0.

Maritzburg College 150th Anniversary Festival media release

Five-a-side hockey: Pakistan excited over new format

KARACHI: Head coach Tahir Zaman said he was hopeful of the side gaining valuable experience as Pakistan gear up for the new five-a-side U16 Asia Cup, adding that the event will help hone the players’ individual skills.

The U16 Asia Cup will be played in Singapore from April 4 to 7, featuring as many as 10 teams from around the continent.

It will be the first time that any official tournament will be played on a five-a-side pattern. The fixture of this format includes three sessions of 12 minutes with an interval of a couple of minutes in between.

Pakistan are tipped as favourites among the teams placed in Pool A that features Japan, China, Sri Lanka and Chinese Taipei. The other pool includes Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh and Kazakhstan.

Zaman, a former Olympian who is at the helm of mentoring the colts’ campaign, said the players will learn a lot from the tournament.

“We are excited about the new format,” the chief coach told The Express Tribune on the eve of the team’s departure. “If this format is persisted with, it will be good for teams like Pakistan and India because it suits our style of hockey. There will be improvement for players in areas of defence and attack because there will be a lot of reliance on individuals.

“The players worked really hard in the training camp and I am confident that will reflect on the field.”

Pakistan open their campaign on April 4 against Chinese Taipei.

The Express Tribune

WSH put hockey on right path

Mihir Vasavda

Quite often, players unwittingly, and unfortunately, become pawns when two factions are locked in a power struggle to govern a sport. So it didn't come as a surprise when Hockey India (HI) slapped a ban on the players who took part in the World Series Hockey (WSH), a tournament conducted by its rival Indian Hockey Federation (IHF).

However, in a rare gesture, HI has picked nine 'rebels' for the junior World Cup preparatory camp. While the inclusion of these skilful youngsters enhances the quality of the junior team, it casts a long shadow on the future of WSH.

The unofficial word is, like the ill-fated Indian Cricket League, WSH may not take place again. It is learnt that the franchisees are struggling to just stay afloat.

In fact, the huge costs involved in managing the teams forced the organisers to reduce the number of teams from eight in the first season to seven for the second. The players are yet to receive full payment and it's not just they who are turning their backs on the tournament. A few key officials from co-organisers Nimbus Sport, including COO Yannick Colaco, have quit as well.

Nimbus and IHF are waiting for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to take a final call on the governing body in the country before deciding on the future of WSH. Unfortunately for them, the FIH has made its allegiance clear by publicly backing HI.

Just like with the ICL, the WSH triggered a few good changes in Indian hockey; not to forget it compelled Hockey India to start a league (HIL) of its own. Crucially, it acted as a springboard for young players to make an impression on the big stage. Talented players like Affan Yousuf, Amir Khan and Lalit Upadhyay, among many others, stood out with their performances amidst players of international repute.

Although successful, the HIL did not have the emergence of fresh faces — those who could immediately be inducted into the national team programme — the way WSH did. A reason enough for their rebels to be reintroduced into the national system.

Indian Express

Qatar Hockey League begins on April 5

Doha: The Qatar National Hockey League will begin from April 5, the Qatar Hockey Association (QHA) announced here yesterday.

Three matches will be played on the opening day of the championship which is contested byseven clubs namely: Shabab Qatar, Mesaieed Hockey Club, Doha Hockey Club 1, Doha Hockey Club 2, Wanderers Hockey Qatar, United Hockey Qatar and Gateway Hockey Club.

Gateway Hockey Club won the title last year to end Wanderers reign of three years.

This year’s edition of the tournament will be played on a single-leg round-robin basis with the top team qualifying for the May 24 final.On the same day the play-off for the third place will take place  said QHA.

All the matches of the league will be played on Friday’s at Al Rayyan Stadium.

The Peninsula