News for 06 April 2013

All the news for Saturday 6 April 2013


Women's Hockey World League Semi-Final Schedules announced

England and the Netherlands set to host June events


LAUSANNE, Switzerland – The FIH announced today the match schedules for two women’s Hockey World League Semi-Final tournaments. The first semi-final will be played in Rotterdam, Netherlands from June 13-23. The second of the women’s events will be held in London, England from June 22-30.

Rotterdam Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final Schedule

London Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final Schedule


Both tournaments will have eight teams each. Four of the teams at each of the events were automatically qualified thanks to holding a top-eight spot in the FIH World Ranking. The other remaining teams in the two tournaments have qualified for the semi-finals after playing in earlier rounds of the Hockey World League. Of the 16 teams, the Belgian women are the only team that played in both Round 1 and Round 2 to arrive in the semi-finals.

The tournament in Rotterdam will most prominently feature current World #1 and defending Olympic Champions Netherlands. They will be joined by a competitive field that includes Korea, Japan and Chile in Pool A along with New Zealand, Germany, India and Belgium in Pool B.

The London semi-final tournament will begin the same weekend as the Rotterdam finale. Host England will play in Pool B and will be joined by Australia, South Africa and Spain. Meanwhile, Pool B will feature Argentina, China, USA and Italy.

For all 16 participating teams, the stakes are high at the World League Semi-Finals as the two events will serve as a qualifier for the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands. It is not yet defined how many teams from each of the two semi-finals will make it through to the World Cup as that is largely dependent on the Continental Championships. Needless to say, teams will be eager to finish as high as possible to increase their chance to go to The Hague.

The men’s Hockey World League Semi-Final tournaments will feature a similar format and will also be played in early summer. However, with two Round 2 tournaments yet to be played, the schedules for the two events in Rotterdam and Johor, Malaysia will be announced at a later date.

FIH site



Meredith's Green Machine Rotterdam bound for World League Semi's

The IHA this week received confirmation from the FIH of the details of the FIH World League Semi-Finals which Andrew Meredith's Mens Team will feature in Rotterdam in June this year. Ireland's ‘Green Machine' qualified for the FIH World League Semi-Finals following exceptional performances in India at FIH World League 2 in February. Ireland finished second in the group behind hosts India who only narrowly beat the Green Machine 3-2 in a tight affair in New Delhi and the two sides may get the opportunity to face each other yet again in the Semi-Finals.

Ireland will travel to Rotterdam, Holland from 13th - 23rd June 2013 for their World League Semi-Finals where they are pooled into a group of four teams initially with three of  Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, India or  two other yet to be determined qualifiers i.e. the winner of the upcoming World League 2 tournament in France and the highest ranked second place team from the French or Russia World League 2 competition.

The other World League 2 Semi Finals will take place a week later in Johor Bahru in Malaysia and will feature Germany, England, Pakistan, Korea, Argentina, South Africa, Malaysia and the winner of the Russian hosted World League 2 tournament.

Ireland Coach Andrew Meredith's preparations for World League Semi-Finals are well underway already and will include the Irish coach and his staff attending and analysing the first three rounds of the Irish Hockey League action which begins this weekend before naming a 24 man squad (+ four reserves) for the World League Semi-Finals on 15th April 2013.

Details of tickets and full match schedules for the World League Semi Finals will be announced following completion of the on-going World League 2 tournaments.

For more information on the FIH World League competition in general visit http://www.fih.ch/files/competitions/banners/120326%20World%20League%20Explained.pdf

Irish Hockey Association media release



Indian women opens HWL R3 against New Zealand

Indian women, a perennial under achievers, will move to a bigger stage in search of gaining some global recognition with the oncoming of Hockey World League Semifinal league that starts in Rotterdam early June.

Indian girls will open the campaign with a match against regular tormentor New Zealand on June 13th, followed by matches agaisnt Belgium and Germany.

This will be followed by Quarterfinal league match on June 18th.

Semifinals will be held on 20th followed by ranking and final matches on 22nd.

The Schedule

13th June: Vs New Zealand
14th June: Vs Belgium
16th June: Vs Germany
18th June: Quarterfinals
20th June: Semifinals and Ranking
13th June: Final and rankings
Indian team camp has been going on in Delhi with as many as 35 probables. This team is likely to visit Europe in preparation for the prestigious tournament, which is a qualifier for the next World Cup.

Stick2Hockey.com



Camp for FIH World League Round 3 to start on 6 April in Bangalore

New Delhi - In preparations for the FIH World League Round 3 to be held at Rotterdam, Netherlands from 13-23 June 2013, the training camp of the senior men core probables will commence at Netaji Subhas Southern Centre (NSSC), Bangalore from 6 April and continues till 26 April 2013.

India qualified for the FIH World League Round 3 in February this year by winning all the matches of Hero Hockey World League Round 2 tournament held at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. FIH World League Round 3 is also a qualifier for the World Cup 2014 to be held at The Hague, Netherlands.

The 34 senior men core probables will be part of the preparatory camp starting from Saturday 6 April 2013.

The List of Probables is as under:

Goalkeepers:

1. PR Sreejesh
2. PT Rao
3. Sreenivasa Rao Katharu
4. Nanak Singh

Defenders:
5. VR Raghunath
6. Sandeep Singh
7. Rupinder Pal Singh
8. Harbir Singh Sandhu
9. Amit Rohidas
10. Sampath Kumar Maylaram

Midfielders:
11. Sardar Singh
12. Kothajit Singh
13. Birendra Lakra
14. Manpreet Singh
15. MB Aiyappa
16. Pardeep Mor
17. Gurmail Singh
18. Vivek Dhar

Forwards:
19. SV Sunil
20. Gurvinder Singh Chandi
21. Chinglensana Singh
22. Shivendra Singh
23. Danish Mujtaba
24. SK Uthappa
25. Pradhan Sommanna
26. Nithin Thimmaiah
27. Yuvraj Walmiki
28. Dharamvir Singh
29. Akashdeep Singh
30. MG Poonacha
31. Prabhdeep Singh
32. PL Thimmanna
33. Sukhdev Singh
34. Gurpreet Singh

Stick2Hockey.com



H.C. Bloemendaal will be the host of the EHL Final Four



H.C. Bloemendaal will be the host of the final round on the 18th & 19th of May 2013

The hockey club of three times FIH World Player of the Year Teun de Nooijer, H.C. Bloemendaal, will be the last host of the EHL season for 2012/2013. During the Final Four, the last four matches will be played in order to determine who will the Euro Hockey League Champions 2012/2013. KHC Dragons (BEL), KTHC Rot-Weiss Köln (GER), hosts of the KO16, Amsterdam H&BC (NED) and H.C. Bloemendaal (NED) will go head to head to determine the  champion.

After the thrilling four days of KO16 held in Amsterdam over Easter, the Final Four promises to be an even more exciting and sensational event with some of the world’s greatest players giving their all to achieve their dream of winning the greatest prize in club hockey.

As seen at KO16, the innovative spirit of EHL, which has long been seen as hockey’s leading light, will be fully represented at the Final Four. With the umpires having a camera attached to their body for the first time during KO16, EHL takes top hockey, and sports in general, to a new level. EHL will continue this streak of innovations during the Final Four.

Also, it is hard to forget about Teun de Nooijer, H.C. Bloemendaal’s top player and three times FIH World Player of the Year who will be playing his last game at EHL’s finale weekend. Bloemendaal won the EHL in 2009 with De Nooijer, and no doubt they wish to repeat that success this year.

The semi-final matches will be played on Saturday May 18th;. These games will decide which teams are in the Final and which are in the 3rd / 4th Play-off. The final matches will be played on Sunday May 19th.

We are delighted to also announce that between the 3rd/4th Play-off and the EHL Final, the finale of the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup for Women 2013 (EHCCC) will be played. The finalist are the two Dutch power-house teams: Laren (LMHC) and HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Don’t miss out on the last weekend of this sensational European hockey tournament!

To witness the action live, you can buy tickets at: www.ehlhockey.tv. On the newly launched website you can also view the action via live stream. The website is built in a way which makes it available for anyone, anywhere and on every possible device. There is also an EHL app. With this application users can follow the tournament live and completely free of charge on their iOS or Android device. Hockey fans are able to watch the latest news, match details, pre-match line-ups, ratings, highlights, summaries and live matches, either on the website or on the app. The NOS will broadcast the Final at 3.15 PM on Sunday.

When: Saturday May 18th – Sunday May 19th

Where: H.C. Bloemendaal, Aelbertsbergweg 3, Bloemendaal

Euro Hockey League media release



Pakistan cruise into U16 Asia Cup semis

KARACHI: Pakistan cruised into the semi-finals of the five-a-side U16 Asia Cup after registering their third successive win in Singapore yesterday.

The colts, who trounced Chinese Taipei 16-1 in their opening game of the 10-nation tournament, dispatched off China 18-1 before beating Japan 7-4, according to information provided by the Pakistan Hockey Federation.

Mohammad Atiq blasted a double hat-trick in the game against China, while Shan Irshad scored four goals. Captain Nohaiz Zahid Malik also scored his second hat-trick of the event with Junaid Kamal, Adeel Latif, Mubashar, Junaid Manzoor and Sikandar Mustafa scoring a goal apiece.

However, Japan were able to put up a fight before Pakistan, tipped as the favourites, prevailed in their third match of the tournament.

The team plays their last group game followed by their semi-final today.

The Express Tribune



Pakistan score two victories to enter semis in Singapore

Staff Report


LAHORE: Pakistan scored two victories in the 2nd Under-16 Hockey Asia Cup against China and Japan on Friday in Singapore and moved into the semifinals of the event. In the most exciting version of hockey at a shorter arena, Pakistan gave a hockey lesson to China with 18-1 thrashing, posting their second successive victory against the same outfit in the event. Pakistan demolished their opponents with persistent raiding and accurate passing inside the circle and scored goals one after the other. Pakistan scorers were Muhammad Atiq (6 goals), Shan Irshad (4 goals), Nohaiz Zahid Malik (3 goals), Junaid Kamal (1 goal), Adeel Latif (1 goal), Mohammad Mubashar (1 goal), Junaid Manzoor (1 goal) and Sikandar Mustafa (1 goal).

Pakistan later collected a fine 7-4 win over Japan to record their third victory in a row in two-days in the competition. The scorers were Muhammad Atiq (2 goals), Shan Irshad (1 goal), Sikandar Mustafa (1 goal), Adeel Latif (1 goal), Junaid Kamal (1 goal) and Junaid Manzoor (1 goal).

The Daily Times



Pakistan score two wins in U-16 Asia Cup


LAHORE - The Pakistan U-16 boys hockey team registered two victories in the 2nd U-16 Asia Cup Hockey against China and Japan on Friday in Singapore and advanced to the semi-finals of the event. Pakistan team gave a hockey lesson to China with 18-1 thrashing win, posting their second successive victory against the same outfit in the event. Pakistan demolished the opponents with persistent raiding and accurate passing inside the circle and scored goals one after another. M Atiq hammered six goals for Pakistan while Shan Irshad added four, Nohaiz Zahid Malik three and Junaid Kamal, Adeel Latif, Mubashar, Junaid Manzoor and Sikandar Mustafa hit one goal each.  Pakistan team collected a fine 7-4 win over Japan to record their third victory in a row in two-days in the competition. Fixtures: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka at 6am; first semi-final at 3:30pm.

The Nation



KLHC rout Terengganu as Maybank survive scare




It was to be the match of the week, but ended up being a mis-match as defending champions KL Hockey club humiliated cash rich Terengganu HT at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan.

KLHC walked away not only winning the match 5-0 and collecting all three points, but they also showed six of their former players now donning Terengganu colours that they made a wrong choice.

Such was KLHC's domination of the match that they were awarded 11 penalty corners to Terengganu's one. But their area of concern will be the fact that they only scored two goals from penalty corners, a poor satistic given the fact that they have the likes of Muhammad Imran and Mohd Razie Rahim, aces in that department.

"It was a good win and as I alway state, the three points is imprtant. It was no different today and the players duly delivered. Our performance is on an upward trend and I hope the players will be able to keep this momentum when we play Sapura on Sunday," said KLHC manager George Koshy.

The teams hardly broke into a sweat that KLHC took the lead. Off their first attack they were awarded a penalty corner and Pakistani import Muhammad Imran sent a powerful that went past Terengganu keeper Khairulnizam Ibrahim before he could bat an eye-lid and the defending champions were 1-0 up in the 2nd minute itself.

But Terengganu almost scored in the 12th minute when Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil's deflection was palmed away but an alert KLHC custodian Roslan Jamaluddin.

It was all KLHC after that as Terengganu HT were lacking in ideas on how to break through the KLHC defence which was well marshalled by Mohd Razie rahim and Tim Deavin.

Try as they did, Fitri Saari and Mohd Shahrun Nabil could not get the engine room clicking and it was Waseem Ahmad who sprayed passes from midfield together with Chua Boon Huat who was relishing a more central role.

Though KLHC were awarded another two penalty corners in the 18th and 29th minutes, they failed to capitalise. But their domination paved the way for more goals as Muhammad Umar Bhutta scored in the 31st minute to make it 2-0 for the city side.

Terengganu were left reeling as Mohd Syamim Mohd Yusof scored KLHC's third in the 34th minute and the East Coast side trooped off the pitch at halftime, shaking their heads in disbelief.

KLHC did not ease off and scored two goals in the opening five minutes of the second half. Umar Bhutta made it 4-0 with a superb hit from an acute angle. Akhtar Ali then got onto the scoring charts in the 40th minute when he had the final touch to a well worked penalty corner that had the Terengganu defenders chasing shadows.

With a 5-0 lead, KLHC plyed out the rest of the match, clearly showing that they are the team to beat.

On the adjacent pitch, second placed Maybank defeated Nur Insafi Warriors 6-3 but were givebn a fright as the Penang side fought back from 3-1 down to level it at one stage.

But two own goals conceded by Nur Insafi cost them a point.

Nur Insafi had the better exchanges in the opening ten minutes and even forced two penalty corners but could not break the deadlock. And Maybank took advantage by converting their second penalty corner in the 14th minute, Zulhairi Hashim finding the back of the net to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

The bankers then extended their lead in the 21st minute, thanks to an own goal conceded by Nur Insafi in a goal mouth melee. However the Penang side soon reduced the deficit with Abdul Asim Khan finding the back of the net in the 24th minute.

Maybank got back their two goal buffer in the 32nd minute through the efforts of Amirullah Zainol.

Nur Insafi showed tremendous spirit as they made it 3-3 with goals from Imran Muhammad (40th minute) and Ateeq Muhgammad ( 45th minute). However Shafqat Rasool nudged Maybank ahead in the 51st minute before another own goal by Nur Insafi's Shahzad Aamir in the 56th minute gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead.

Muhammad Waqas made it 6-3 in 58th minute to make it safe for the bankers.

Unofficial MHL site



Sapura move to third spot




Sapura moved into third spot of the TNB Malaysian hockey league when they defeated a gutsy UniKL 3-1 at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan tonight. The win gave Sapura eight points, two more then Tenaga Nasional Berhad who have a game in hand.

It was a well deserved win for sapura who employed the right tactics by allowing uniKL come at them before breaking out to hit their opponents on the counter.

The youngsters from UniKL played with commitment and passion but severely lacked composure. And they made several errors in defence that virtually handed the goals to Sapura on a platter.

The early exchanges were even as both the teams tried to take control of the midfield. In the opening 10 minutes both teams hardly had a ny foray into the semi circle.

UniKL was playing with better composure and did not lose possession of the ball as easily as they did in their previous matches. But they had lapses in defence, especially on their left and from one such occassion, Azreen Rizal Nasir sent in a reverse stick cross that was met sweetly by a diving Mohd Razali Mohd Zulkifli to give Sapura the lead in the 21st minute.

The rest of the first half was spent with uniKL trying to break through Sapura's defence but to no avail and the two teams trooped off after a rather drab first half with Sapura leading 1-0.

UniKL played with more vigour in the opening minutes of the second half and were duly rewarded as they were awarded a penalty corner in the 41st minute. Skipper Mohd noor Faeez Ibrahim's attempted was palmed out by Sapura keeper Mohd Hairi Abdul Rahman but Dedy Aryadi Jumaidi sent the rebound into the net and UniKL were level.

Once again their tendency to play to their opponents pace caught up with UniKL as they conceded a penalty corner two minutes later which Khasif Ali uly tucked away to give Sapura a 2-1 lead.

Sapura punished UniKL's defensive frailities yet again in the 53rd minute as Muhammad Zubair ghosted in from the left to score and Sapura celebrated a two goal lead.

They held on to collect all three points and sit in third spot in the standings, albeit for the next 24 hours as TNB are expected to claim back the spot as they should win over bottom placed Nur Insafi tomorrow (Saturday).

Unofficial MHL site

 



KLHC show their class

Champions thump Terengganu as Maybank punish Nur Insafi

By JUGJET SINGH

(Today is Jugjet Singh's birthday. We wish him many happy returns of the day)


KLHC’s Wassem Ahmad (left) and Terengganu’s Shahrun Nabil fight for the ball in their Premier League match yesterday. KLHC won 5-0.

DOUBLE champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) demolished Terengganu 5-0 to stamp their mark in the Premier Division of the Malaysia Hockey League at the Kuantan Stadium yesterday.

And at the adjacent pitch, Maybank overshadowed the leaders with a 6-3 win over Nur Insafi, to trail KLHC by a point.

KLHC were expected to face a tough time against Terengganu, who had pinched six of their players in a signing binge, but it turned out to be a washout.

The defending champions' Pakistan signings again proved their worth when Muhammad Imran made the ball sing for him in a first minute penalty corner while Muhammad Umar Bhutta made it 2-0 in the 31st minute.

Mohamed Syamim then scored just before the hooter to give KLHC a healthy lead, and a minute into the restart, Umar Bhutta made it 4-0. Pakistan import Akhtar Ali (40th) completed the demolition.

Maybank had a tougher fight in the first half, but two own goals by Nur Insafi players and goals from Zulhairi Hashim (14th), Amirullah Zainol (32nd), Shafqat Rasool (51st), and Muhammad Waqas (58th) saw them win comfortably.

The Nur Insafi goals were scored by Abdul Asim Khan (24th), Imran Muhammad (40th) and Ateeq Muhammad (45th).

"It was a very satisfying win as my players dominated most of the match and never allowed Terengganu to recover after taking the first minute lead.

"We still hold the lead, and after a day's rest, we will meet Sapura and I believe today's (yesterday's) momentum would be carried onto that game as well as we are looking for a win before starting the second round," said KLHC team manager George Koshy.

New Straits Times



Reigning champs KLHC hand cash-rich Terengganu a lesson in hockey

By AFTAR SINGH


KUALA LUMPUR: There is no stopping defending champions KL Hockey Club from dominating the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) as they humiliated cash-rich Terengganu 5-0 at Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan.

KLHC not only collect full points but they also showed six of their former players now donning Terengganu colours that they made a wrong choice.

The KL team dominated the match as they were awarded 11 penalty corners to Terengganu’s one. But the double champions only scored twice from penalty corners.

KLHC still lead the standings with 13 points from four wins and a draw.

“It was a good win and as I always state, the three points are important. It was no different today and the players duly delivered.

“Our performance is on an upward trend and I hope the players will be able to keep this momentum when we play Sapura on Sunday (tomorrow),” said KLHC team manager George Koshy.

KLHC drew the first blood as early as the second minute off a penalty corner converted by Pakistani import Muhammad Imran.

They doubled up the score in the 31st minute through another Pakistani import Muhammad Umar Bhutta and hardly three minutes later, Mohd Syamim Mohd Yusof made it 3-0.

KLHC did not ease off and scored two goals in the opening five minutes of the second half through Umar Bhutta (36th min) before Akhtar Ali (40th min) completed the rout with a fifth goal.

With the impressive win, KLHC are the team to beat in the MHL.

On the adjacent pitch, second-placed Maybank defeated Nur Insafi Warriors 6-3 but they were given a fright as the Penang side fought back from 3-1 down to level terms at one stage.

But two own goals conceded by Nur Insafi cost them a point.

Mohd Zulhairi Hashim gave the Tigers the lead in the 14th minute and they extended the lead with an own goal by an unlucky Nur Insafi player in the 21st minute.

However, the Penang side soon reduced the deficit with Abdul Asim Khan finding the back of the net in the 24th minute.

Maybank got back their two-goal buffer in the 32nd minute through the efforts of Amirullah Zainol.

Nur Insafi showed tremendous spirit as they made it 3-3 with goals from Imran Muhammad (40th) and Ateeq Muhgammad (45th) minutes.

However, Shafqat Rasool nudged Maybank ahead in the 51st minute before another own goal by Nur Insafi’s Shahzad Aamir in the 56th minute gave the Tigers a 5-3 lead.

Muhammad Waqas made it 6-3 in 58th minute to secure their fourth win in five matches.

The Star of Malaysia



Nur Saiful hopes struggling Tenaga can bounce back


KUALA LUMPUR: Former champions Tenaga Nasional have not lived up to expectations thus far in the Malaysia Hockey league (MHL).

Tenaga, who last won the league title in 2003, are third in the standings with six points from one win and three draws.

And to make matters worse, they will play two matches in a space of 24 hours – against Nur Insafi today and Maybank tomorrow.

And they cannot afford to drop any more points if they harbour hopes of winning the league title.

It is a must-win situation for Tenaga as a defeat to Maybank in particular could well set them seven points behind the leading pack and that will make it difficult to overcome given their inconsistency thus far.

“Playing two matches back-to-back is never easy, what more against Maybank on Sunday.

“They have been somewhat of a bogey team to us in the MHL and, this time around, are stronger than usual,” said Tenaga assistant team manager Nor Saiful Zaini.

“The problem that we face in Tenaga is inexperience and the players tend to let their feelings dictate play. It’s important that they do not lose sight of the fact that Maybank can punish us if we play without thinking. We have created chances, but we lack finishing and, at the same time, our players tend to be hasty.

“Hopefully, it will be a more polished display this time around and we aim to return from Kuantan with six points,” added the former Mala—ysian skipper and ex-Olympian.

Tenaga will be banking on national forward Mohd Faizal Saari, who was twice top scorer in the MHL. he scored 20 goals last year and 19 in 2011.

The 23-year-old Faizal has scored six goals in the four matches and will be marked closely by Nur Insafi and Maybank.

S. Kumar, who was named the best goalkeeper in the last month’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, also needs to buck up as he has conceded 11 goals in four matches.

The Star of Malaysia

 



Scotland U18 squads face Wales this weekend

Scotland U18 Boys and Girls will continue their preparations for forthcoming European competitions this summer when they play Wales in two internationals at Forthbank, Stirling this weekend (5 & 6 April).

Elanor Cormack, Scotland U18 Boys Manager, said, “The matches against Wales are our first competitive outings this season in preparation for the EuroHockey Youth Nations Championship in Vienna this summer. We also have matches against Ulster and British Universities coming up as we build towards the competition in July.

“We’ve selected newer members of the U18 squad for these games to allow the coaches to view these players as we consider selection for Europe later in the year. Of course, we also want to win these matches and will be preparing the players to do so.”

Following a bronze medal finish at last weekend’s Four Nations tournament against England, Germany and the Netherlands, Scotland U18 Girls will continue their build-up to the EuroHockey Youth Nations Championship II against their Welsh counterparts.

Colin Clarke, Scotland U18 Girls Head Coach, said, “The games are an excellent opportunity for the squad to play together and put our ideas and skills into practice against an A Division side. The games against Wales are always competitive and I expect these to continue in that vein.

“Results are not the objective in these matches it is all about our processes and how the girls learn and have the confidence to express themselves in international competition. Our target is to create individual decision makers within a cohesive group and these games will enable the coaches to assess where we are on our development pathway.”

Match Schedule:

5th April 14.30 Scotland U18 Boys vs. Wales, Forthbank, Stirling

5th April 16.00 Scotland U18 Girls vs. Wales, Forthbank, Stirling

6th April 16.00 Scotland U18 Girls vs. Wales, Forthbank, Stirling

6th April 18.00 Scotland U18 Boys vs. Wales, Forthbank, Stirling

Scotland U18 Boys: Ewan Campbell (Strathallan School), Steven McIlravey (Harris Academy FP), Ross Morrison (Grange), Murray Collins (Hutchesons’ Grammar & PSL Team Sport Clydesdale), Danny Cain (George Watson’s College  & Watsonians), Craig Graham (Dean Close & Gloucester City), Patrick Christie (Edinburgh Academy & CALA Edinburgh), Phil Bryans (George Watson’s College  & Watsonians), Gordon Amour (Glasgow School of Sport & PSL Team Sport Clydesdale), Angus Robb (Loretto & Grange), Joe McConnell (Western Wildcats), Robbie Shepherdson (Royal High School & Grange), Jack McAllister (Glasgow School of Sport & Glynhill Hotel Kelburne), John McCluskey (Loretto & CALA Edinburgh), Fergus Sandison (Glenalmond & Dundee Wanderers),  Murdo Elwis (Grange), Hamish Imrie (Fettes College & Grange), John Reid (Jordanhill School & Hillhead), Lee Morton (Glasgow School of Sport & Glynhill Hotel Kelburne), Ed Greaves (Glasgow School of Sport & Glynhll Hotel Kelburne), Jack McKenzie (Glasgow School of Sport & Glynhill Hotel Kelburne), Andy Duff (Glasgow School of Sport & Glynhill Hotel Kelburne).

Scotland U18 Girls: Megan Inch (Strathallan School & Grove Menzieshill), Rowan Sinclair (Mary Erskine School & CALA Edinburgh), Emma Stewart (Lomond Academy & Milne Craig Clydesdale Western), Susan Graham (Dundee High School & Grove Menzieshill), Alison Eadie (Hutchesons’ Grammar & Milne Craig Clydesdale Western), Ailsa Small (George Watson’s College & CALA Edinburgh), Catriona McLellan (George Watson’s College & Watsonians), Katie Hibbert (Robert Gordon’s College & Granite City Wanderers), Zoe Sinclair (Wellington High School & Ayr Ladies), Jenny Eadie (Hutchesons’ Grammar & Milne Craig Clydesdale Western), Maisie Morris (Kelvinside Academy & GHK), Katie Robertson (Kilgraston & Grove Menzieshill), Christina Farrar (Strathallan School & Grove Menzieshill), Eilidh Thomson (George Watson’s College & Inverleith), Millie Brown (Fettes College & CALA Edinburgh), Jessica Ross (Morgan Academy & Dundee Wanderers), Claire Hill (Kelso High School & Watsonians), Emma McGregor (Firhill High School & Inverleith).

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Scotland U18 sides record Welsh victories in Stirling

Scotland’s U18 squads came out on top against their Welsh counterparts at Forthbank today with both sides gaining wins in the Stirling sunshine.

Scotland U18 Boys 6-0 Wales

Scotland U18 Boys recorded a comprehensive 6-0 win over Wales in the first match of the day, with the goals being shared amongst skipper Ed Greaves, John Reid, Aedan McCrossan, Hamish Imrie, Murdo Elwis and Andrew Duff.

Following his side’s victory, Scotland U18 Head Coach Graham Dunlop said, “Six nil in an international match is always good and if someone said to me before the match we’d score six I would have taken that.

“It’s a good result but the boys can play better and there will be a different set of players lining up tomorrow so other boys will come in and get their chance.”

Scotland U18 Captain Ed Greaves said, “We’re pretty happy with that and it’s the first time that the boys have played together. They all put their heart and soul into the match, which you can see when we win six nil. It doesn’t often happen as a Scotland player so we’re all delighted.”

It was Wales who made the early chances in the opening stages of the match; in the tenth minute a cross from the left hand side flashed across the face of goal with Rhodri Furlong’s effort skewing wide of Ewan Campbell’s goal. Moreover, the Welsh had the ball in the net in the 14th minute but Furlong’s strike was chalked off for being outside the circle.

Scotland came into the game in the 19th minute when Fergus Sandison cut through the midfield and got off a shot that was smartly saved by the Wales goalkeeper. However, the Scots were not to be denied for much longer when Hamish Imrie’s shot was well saved only for the ball to fall to Ed Greaves at the back post and he lashed the ball into the goal to give his side a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute.

Wales were then awarded a penalty flick in the 28th minute but Campbell pulled off an excellent save low to his right to deny Furlong once again and keep his side in front.

It paid off two minutes later when Scotland doubled their lead courtesy of a brilliant slide and strike by John Reid into the roof of the next to make it 2-0 in the 30th minute.

With the half-time scoreline at 2-0, Dunlop’s charges came out for the second half with more menace to their play. In the 47th minute, a well worked penalty corner set-piece led to Aedan McCrossan sliding the ball low and hard into the right hand corner of the goal to make it 3-0.

The home side then survived four penalty corner attempts by the Welsh before Reid and Greaves both came close to a fourth Scotland goal.

In the 60th minute, the Scots put the game beyond their opponents when Imrie struck an excellent shot from the right hand of the circle past the despairing dive of the goalkeeper.

Two goals in the last three minutes of the match completed a 6-0 win; Murdo Elwis’ back post finish in the 68th minute made it 5-0 before Andrew Duff rounded off the scoring at 6-0 with an easy tap-in in the 70th minute after the Welsh went to eleven outfield players.

Scotland U18 Girls 1-0 Wales

Meanwhile, Scotland U18 Girls edged a tight contest against their Welsh counterparts with a 1-0 win. Emma McGregor got the goal for the national side.

Following the match, Scotland U18 Girls Assistant Coach Mark Ralph said, “It was a good performance. This is the first time a few of the players have played together so there are obviously a few things to work on. We need to keep improving and work on various things in training and the match tomorrow.

“We’ll approach the game slightly differently tomorrow but we’re focussing the processes rather than the results as we prepare for Europe. We’ve got some targets and this weekend is about preparing and working towards them.”

In a game of few goal-scoring opportunities, Scotland opened their account in the third minute when Emma McGregor darted in from the left hand side of circle to slip the ball past the Welsh goalkeeper to make it 1-0.

With no real attempts on goal in the remainder of the first half, the two sides contested a tight affair with defences coming out on top.

However, Scotland gained a penalty corner early in the second half and Susan Graham’s attempt on goal was well saved by the Welsh ‘keeper. Wales responded with a penalty corner in the 48th minute but the Scots defended well and the danger cleared.

Defences again came to fore for most of the second half, but Graham did force a double save from in the 65th minute before the two sides played out the match to finish 1-0.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Dundee rivals go head-to-head in Men's Arthur McKay Scottish Cup

The quarter-finals of the Men's Arthur McKay Scottish Cup commence this weekend, which will see the last eight compete for a place in the semi-finals.

Inverleith are already through to the last four of the competition following a superb 4-2 victory over Grange in last night's Edinburgh derby. They will face the winners of the Tayside derby between Dundee Wanderers and Grove Menzieshill.

Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 2 title favourites Dundee Wanderers will be hoping to show they have what it takes to compete against Division 1 opposition when they take on local rivals Grove Menzieshill.

When asked about their opponents and chances of getting to the semi-finals, Grove Menzieshill Head Coach Chris Anderson said, “They [Dundee Wanderers] have dominated their league and should be confident going into the game, we will give them due respect.

We have also had a good season and can draw on these experiences to help us on Saturday. As it is a cup game there is no room for error and no second chances. The squad are confident and we believe we can win the game. We certainly have the quality and depth in the squad to do so.”

Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1 teams AAM Gordonians and Western Wildcats will also battle it out for a semi-final berth. Both teams are yet to play each other outdoors this season, which could call for an unpredictable and exciting spectacle.

In the other side of the draw, Watsonians are up against a touch challenge when they play defending champions Glynhill Hotel Kelburne.

Please visit the Men's Arthur McKay Scottish Cup page for the quarter and semi-final draws and dates.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Semi-final places up for grabs in Women's Arthur McKay Scottish Cup

The Women’s Arthur McKay Scottish Cup quarter-final games will take place on Sunday, which will see the last eight become the last four.

In a mirror image of the men's draw, local rivals Dundee Wanderers and Grove Menzieshill will fight it out for a place in the semi-finals. Both sides won convincingly in the previous rounds, keeping clean sheets against their opponents. However this game will prove to be extremely tough for both Wanderers and Grove, as both sides will have to be at their best if they want to make it to the semi-finals.

Looking forward to the match, Dundee Wanderers play-maker Vikki Bunce said, “Games against Grove are always challenging, we respect them as a team and are aware of their strengths. We have strengths too and are working hard to compete with the top teams in the league.

This weekend in the cup will be no different, we will focus on our game plan and work on areas we feel we can improve on. In terms of prep for this game, nothing will be different. We are working on the same themes and will continue to do so, building for remaining games in the league and, hopefully, stay in the cup.”

CALA Edinburgh have arguably been one of the most impressive teams in the cup this year, following 0-10 and 0-9 away victories against Watsonians A and Aberdeen Ladies. They will host Grange EL. The away side will be looking to maintain their confidence, after securing their first league win this year against Giffnock at the weekend.

Hillhead Ladies will be looking to upset home side and Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1 giants Milne Craig Clydesdale Western to guarantee a place in the last 4. Hillhead will not let their opponent’s league one status dampen their confidence, as they disposed of Division 1 side Giffnock 1-0 in the last round.

Inverleith Ladies face a challenge to overcome Edinburgh University. The students ran out 5-0 winners in the league earlier this season and an upset may be against the odds.

Please visit the Women's Arthur McKay Scottish Cup page for the quarter and semi-final draws and dates.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Line up Confirmed for Men's Hockey League Finals


Beeston

Regardless of the weather, the temperature is sure to rise at Reading Hockey Club next weekend when England’s top hockey stars will compete against their rivals for the coveted Premier League title, a place in Europe and the chance for promotion.

Click here to book your tickets to the end of season finale; with eight fantastic matches of top quality hockey taking place over two days, it's sure to be an action packed weekend. Save money with a family ticket or a weekend pass - only available if you book in advance!

Men's Hockey League Finals Weekend
Saturday 13 - Sunday 14 April


The Men's Hockey League Finals Weekend sees the top four sides in the Premier Division battle against each other in two semi finals. The grand final takes place the following day and determines which team will be crowned Men's Hockey League champions, also guaranteeing a place in Europe.

Premier Division 1st - Beeston
Premier Division 2nd - Surbiton
Premier Division 3rd - Canterbury
Premier Division 4th - Reading

Alongside the Men's Hockey League Finals sit the Play-Offs, which will also be competed for over the weekend. Here the three Conference Division winners, along with the ninth placed team in the Premier Division, play a round robin tournament. The top two teams will win promotion to the Premier Division for the 2013-14 season, whilst the other two teams will remain in the Conference Divisions.

Men's Hockey League Play-Offs line-up
Conference East Champions - Wimbledon
Conference North Champions - Sheffield Hallam
Conference West Champions - Cardiff & UWIC
Premier Division 9th place - Southgate

Men’s Hockey League Finals Weekend Line-Up

Saturday 13 April

11:00 - Men’s Hockey League Play-Off Match 3
Wimbledon v Southgate
13:00 - Men’s Hockey League Play-Off Match 4
Sheffield Hallam v Cardiff & UWIC
15:15 - Men’s Hockey League Semi-Final 1
Beeston v Reading
17:30 - Men’s Hockey League Semi-Final 2
Surbiton v Canterbury

Sunday 14 April
10:00 - Men’s Hockey League Play-Off Match 5
Cardiff & UWIC v Southgate
12:00 - Men’s Hockey League Play-Off Match 6
Wimbledon v Sheffield Hallam
14:45 - Men’s Hockey League 3rd v 4th
17:15 - Men’s Hockey League Final

This Sunday sees the first two matches in the Play-Offs being played at Cannock HC

13:00 - Men’s Hockey League Play-Off Match 1
Southgate v Sheffield Hallam
15:00 – Men’s Hockey League Play-Off Match 2
Cardiff & UWIC v Wimbledon

England Hockey Board Media release



Showpiece event: Leicester's Final Showdown


Canterbury v. Leicester

After inclement weather and the small matter of a trip to Europe, Leicester will finally get to play their last home game of the season tomorrow as they take on Slough at 12.30pm at Leicester Grammar School.

Already confirmed as Investec Women’s League Finalists, Leicester will be looking to finish off their season in style. A win or a draw would see the Midlands side clinch top spot in the division and secure their place in Europe next year.

At the other end of the table, Slough have already sealed their fate of playing Investec Conference hockey next year, however they will be looking to go out on a high as the Berkshire side head down a division for the first time since the league was started in 1989.

Traditionally this has always been hotly contested fixture and there is a long standing rivalry between the two sides as they have often found themselves battling it out for league titles and European qualification.

Alongside the hockey there will also be a mini Fun Zone for the kids, and all tickets bought online or on the door will get you a free Pukka Pie and drink!

Tickets available to purchase on the gate: £5 for adults and £2 for children U16.

England Hockey Board Media release



Paragon crushes Fatima 6-1

Barry Clarke scored a hat-trick as Paragon flicked off its campaign in the T&T Hockey Board Men’s Trinity Division with a resounding 6-1 crushing of Corona Fatima at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Thursday night.

Clarke got his goals in the 18th, 25th, and 53rd minute while teammates Chester Sealey (12th, 70th) and Salim Clapham (69th) added the others after Mark Nieves had briefly made the score 4-1 when he scored for Fatima in the 56th minute.

With the win, Paragon joined Malvern, Petrotrin and Queen’s Park on three points each from one match, three behind Notre Dame, which has a maximum six points after beating Police 2-0 with Nigel Alexis and Chad Pedro on target, followed by a 1-0 result over Carib thanks to Danil Trancoso’s 41st-minute strike.

Also on Thursday, Cheryl John (63rd), Carol Wynn-Whiteman (65th) and Tamia Roach (68th) all scored late for Notre Dame to pull off a 3-0 shutout of Ventures in the Trinity Women’s Division.

It was the first win in two attempts for the Dames, after they were blanked 5-0 by Shandy Carib Magnolias in their opener with Gayle-Ann Nieves scoring a double, and Gabby Permell, Danielle Granado and Raquel Dowden one each.

Today, matches in the Under-19 boys and girls as well as the Championship Divisions will flick off while Trinity matches continue from 11 am.

Results

Trinity Division

March 25:

Women


Paragon 5 (Therese Sobers 13th, 28th, Kelli Francis 26th, Lisa Smith 50th, June Packeria 56th) vs Defence Force 5 (Nicole Aming 15th, 24th, 31st, 38th, 65th)

Men:


Notre Dame 2 (Nigel Alexis 14th, Chad Pedro 47th) vs Police 0

March 26:

Women:


Malvern 3 (Khailia Alexander 5th, Andrea Jackson 2) vs Police 0

Men:


Malvern 3 (Teague Marcano 38th, 68th, Kreistien Emmanuel 58th) vs Fatima 1 (Michael Durity 5th)

March 27:

Women:


Magnolias 5 (Gayle-Ann Nieves 41st, 61st, Gabby Permell 8th, Daniella Granado 27th, Racquel Dowden 53rd) vs Notre Dame 0

Men:

Petrotrin 5 (Kimesly Noel 35th, 43rd, Wayne Legerton 48th, Josh Wall 57th, Ron Alexander 67th) vs Defence Force 2 (Mc Alister Estrada 16th, Brian Burrows 38th)

Tuesday:

Women:


Defence Force 2 (Wynette Campbell 35th, Charlene Williams 52nd) vs Checkers 1 (Marianna Mata 17th)

Men:

Notre Dame 1 (Danil Trancoso 41st) vs Carib 0

Wednesday:

Women:


Paragon 0 vs Police 0

Men:

Queen’s Park 5 (Nicholas Camacho 21st, 24th, 48th, 55th, Gary Chin 68th) vs Police 1 (Jamal Collins 66th)

Thursday:

Women:


Notre Dame 3 (Chery John 63rd, Carol Wynn-Whiteman 65th Tamia Roach 68th) vs Ventures 0

Men:

Paragon 6 (Barry Clarke 18th, 25th, 53rd, Chester Sealey 12th, 70th, Salim Clapham 69th) vs Fatima 1 (Mark Nieves 56th)

The Trinidad Guardian



Clements to select 2013-14 Men's National Teams at California Cup

The California Cup will serve as a selection opportunity to the U.S. Men's National Team as well as the U17 and U20 Junior Teams

From a young age we watched our sports idols dive, drive and dodge behind the glass of a television screen in pure awe. Their posters were in pristine condition hung in a place of honor in our rooms. The privilege to represent something bigger than yourself, your hometown, your state, your nation, keeps us fixated on Team USA’s next move.

Four days.

Four days, that’s the amount of time men from across the country are allotted at the California Cup in Moorpark, Calif. for the opportunity to become their own heroes. Here, these athletes are presented with the chance to be selected as a member of the Senior Men’s National Team as well as the Men’s U17 and U20 Junior National Teams. Following Cal Cup, the U17 and U20 athletes selected will have the opportunity to participate in a two-day training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Cali. in June. 

"We are constantly looking for great players and fresh talent to prove they have what it takes to compete internationally,” said Chris Clements, U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach. “Cal Cup is an excellent opportunity to showcase an athlete’s skills in such a way that it can take them to the next level of play.”

The California Cup, also known as Cal Cup, is a tournament held on the campus of Moorpark College near Los Angeles in Southern California. What started out as a tournament with only six men's teams in 1972 has expanded to an annual event that gathers over 140 teams and nearly 2,000 athletes ranging in age over Memorial Day weekend. Tom Harris, a dedicated field hockey enthusiast and creator of the tournament, is entering his 41st year of heading Cal Cup. Individuals and teams are welcomed to register up until Sunday, April 7. The divisions consist of Super Men, Competitive Men as well as U20, U16 and U14 Boys. Once the tournament commences, Clements and his staff will be assessing the games and selecting top athletes to extend the ultimate invitation.

“Those that are selected to the Senior Men’s National Team will participate in the centralized training program as well as preparation events leading up to the Pan American Cup, including a tour to Australia as well as a series against Argentina on home turf,” said Clements.

The squad will be announced on May 30.

For more information or to sign up as an individual or team please go to http://calcup.net.

USFHA media release



Hockey receives timely boost

Rashnel Kumar


THE Fiji Hockey Federation received a major boost towards it weekly business house competition following Morris Hedstrom's $3000 worth of voucher donation earlier this week.

Federation development officer Tai Smith said this would boost the level of competition which takes place every Thursdays at the National Hockey Centre in Laucala.

She said the initial goal of the business house competition was to encourage more people into hockey.

"However, now, the competition has been recognised as a team bonding exercise for companies and more importantly it offers everyone the opportunity to get some exercise into their daily routines and fight off non-communicable diseases," Smith added.

"The donation will definitely make the competition more rewarding for the teams and their members."

Smith said as part of their social responsibility, Fiji Hockey was intending on holding more competitions to contribute towards building a healthy nation.

"I had hoped to have the Ministry of Health on board as I wanted to have players participate in Blood Drives and perhaps even a weight loss competition for the competition periods.

"Incentives would now be possible with this kind sponsorship from MH."

Results (from games on Thursday)

Team UN 4 Goodman Fielder 1, FMF 5 Grid 0, Oceanic Comm 0 WBC 8, Aliz Pacific 2 Fiji TV 3, FBC 5 ANZ 2, Celtrock 2 Chow 6

The Fiji Times



Shahnaz Shaikh Hockey Stadium to get astro-turf soon


ISLAMABAD - Olympian Shahnaz Shaikh on Friday said the laying down of astro-turf at Shahnaz Shaikh Hockey Stadium, Municipal High School would start soon as all the paper work and other minor issues had been resolved.

Talking with The Nation on Friday, Shahnaz said: “I have detailed meeting with DCO Rawalpindi Saqib Zafar in which DSO Manzar Shah was also present. Inter Provincial Coordination has written a letter to the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) in which they have asked the hockey federation to recommend cities where the astro-turf should be laid down.

“PHF is willing to also lay down an astro-turf in Rawalpindi, as the turf in Shahnaz Shaikh Stadium will be laid down by provincial government, so the federal government will install turf in Rawalpindi Cantt,” he added.

“We have contacted Station Commander Brig Nasrullah Kiyani to acquire land for District Hockey Association (DHA) to construct a hockey stadium in this regard. He has assured his all-out support in this regard and the search for suitable peace of land has already been started,” Shahnaz concluded.

The Nation