News for 08 April 2013

All the news for Monday 8 April 2013

Pakistan crowned champion of U16 Asia Cup

5-3 win over Bangladesh gives Pakistan the title

Pakistan celebrates their U16 Asia Cup title (Photo: Singapore Hockey Federation)

Pakistan are the champions of the 2nd Boys U16 Asia Cup 2013 after emerging triumphant in the final with a 5-3 victory over Bangladesh in front a capacity crowd of close to 1,000 supporters. In the end, the title came down to the two strongest teams throughout the four-day event and the final showed that the two were on par with one another.

The event was the official debut of the new Hockey 5 format and overall, it was a success with offense and speed ruling the action on the field.

In the first period, Pakistan’s quality clearly shone through as they scored two goals in just seven minutes.

However, Pakistan’s lead was cancelled out just minutes into the second period. Bangladesh earned a penalty and Pakistan were dealt a big blow when two of their players were given yellow cards. The bookings forced Pakistan to play with just three players for two minutes of play. Bangladesh converted their penalty and made use of their two-man advantage to level the score at 2-2.

After serving the stipulated two minutes, Pakistan welcomed back the full squad of five and put in a disciplined performance to see them through to a 5-3 win.

In other matches, Malaysia claimed bronze after beating Japan 2-1 in the 3rd and 4th Placing Match.

In the 5th and 6th Placing Match, it took a penalty shootout for Chinese-Taipei to clinch 5th spot. They beat Korea 1-0 on shootout after the match had ended 5-5.

Individual honours were also given out to three outstanding players.

Muhammad Atiq of Pakistan was named the Top Goalscorer with 20 goals to his name.

Mhommad Ashraful Islam of Bangladesh won the Player of the Tournament trophy while Malaysia’s Ammad Fahmi Azhar Ruddin earned the Goalkeeper of the Tournament award.

Singapore Hockey Federation

FIH site

Pakistan crowned champions in new format

By Fawad Hussain

The Pakistan U16 hockey side gave a good account of itself in the five-a-side format, registering thumping wins before dispatching off Bangladesh in the final. PHOTO: PHF

KARACHI: Pakistan colts proved their continental domination at the innovative five-a-side format when they clinched the second U16 Asia Cup, overcoming Bangladesh 5-3 in the final in Singapore yesterday.

The budding Pakistan players shined throughout the 10-nation event and remained unbeaten to stand on top of the podium.

However, victory did not come as easy for the Pakistan side. The team, which recorded easy wins over Chinese Taipei, Japan, Chinam Sri Lanka and Malaysia, had to face a stiff challenge from Bangladesh which also advanced to the final after recording heavy wins over their opponents.

But rising star Mohammad Atiq, who scored a flurry of goals earlier in the event, proved to be the difference with a crucial brace that gave his side the 5-3 win.

Sikandar Mustafa, Shan Irshad and Adeel Latif were the other scorers in the victory.

A big achievement: Butt

Meanwhile, Olympian Rehan Butt, coach of the U16 side, termed the triumph a big achievement.

“It wasn’t an easy challenge for the youngsters,” Butt told The Express Tribune from Singapore after the win.  “Considering their lack of international experience as compared to players from other teams, it’s a big achievement.”

He also praised the young side for showing their skills in the newly-introduced five-a-side pattern.

“Definitely, we were unsure of our team’s performance in the tournament since the new format was being played for the firs time. But the confidence and performance displayed is commendable. They have proved that there is a lot of talent present in the country.”

Butt added that the win will also help the young players in the traditional 11-a-side hockey as they progress from the U16 level.

“This pattern demands individual efforts which will definitely improve a player’s game. By playing on this pattern, which is very fast, the players can also lift their game for the regular style of hockey. I can foresee future Pakistan superstars with my assessment of players in this U16 team.”

Thumbs up to five-a-side hockey

Since it was the first time an official tournament was played on the pattern, Butt, who is also a seasoned Pakistan striker, gave a thumbs-up to the innovation.

“This pattern is like the Twenty20 format in cricket,” said the former captain. “It’s very exciting because of its pace. It demands more fitness and stamina. The altered rules have also made it an interesting format.”

The breakup of this pattern includes three sessions of 12 minutes with an interval of a couple of minutes in between.

The other big differences with the traditional hockey are the size of the pitch, which is 55m long x 41.70m wide — around half the size of a normal pitch.

The rules are simplified as compared to traditional hockey. There are no circles, teams may shoot from anywhere, there are no penalty corners and challenges replace penalty strokes. A challenge is effectively a one on one between an attacker and a defending goal-keeper.

The Express Tribune

Pakistan lift U-16 Asia Cup

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan won the Under-16 Asia Cup title by routing Bangladesh 5-3 in the final in Singapore on Sunday. According to information received from the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), Pakistan’s Muhammad Atiq, who enjoyed a goal spree throughout the tournament, scored two goals in the final. While Sikandar Mustafa, Shan Irshad and Adeel Latif scored one goal apiece. Pakistan won all their matches in the event.

The Daily Times

Hawes hat-trick help Wimbledon to win

Southgate's Dan Shingles

A hat-trick from Ben Hawes gave Wimbledon the advantage after the first round of games in the Men’s Hockey League promotion tournament as they beat Cardiff and UWIC 1-4.

It was Cardiff who took the lead through Mark Whatling after 12 minutes as he hit home from a penalty corner, but Richard Alexander equalised for Wimbledon just two minutes later. Hawes hit his first from a penalty stroke and added two more after the break to put his side in the driving seat.

Sheffield Hallam pulled off a great win against Premier Division outfit Southgate (including Dan Shingles, pictured) as they secured a 3-1 victory with goals from David Goodfield, Rhys Gowman and Phil Roper. They are now second on goal difference.

Investec Men’s Hockey League (April 7 2013):

Promotion Tournament: Southgate 0, Sheffield Hallam 3; Cardiff and UWIC 1, Wimbledon 4.

England Hockey Board Media release

Investec promotion battle produces tight start

Olton's Amy Hone

It’s tight at the top of the Investec Women’s promotion tournament as Olton and West Warwickshire and Buckingham both recorded 2-1 wins and are tied in first place.

A Mandy Gatherer brace gave Olton the win they were looking for against Beeston and as they played earlier in the day, went to top spot.

But in the later start, Buckingham matched Olton’s score line as they beat Harleston Magpies who came to the tournament after finishing top of the Conference North. Kitty Higgins and Jo Ellis scored the goals for Buckingham.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (April 7 2013):

Promotion Tournament: Beeston 1, Olton and West Warwickshire 2; Buckingham 2, Harleston Magpies 1.

England Hockey Board Media release

UniKL upset Terengganu as KLHC scrape past Sapura

KL Hockey Club edged Sapura 3-2 after coming from a goal down in a lacklustre display at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan this evening. And on the adjacent pitch, the woes of Terengganu HT continued when they were beaten 3-1 by unsung UniKL.

While KLHC will rejoice having retained their top spot at the halfway stage of the TNBMHL, they will surely be concerned at the sudden drop in form by some of their key players.

And as for UniKL, the win, their second in the MHL thus far will surely boost the confidence of the youngsters as they try to qualify for the quarterfinal stages.

"We played one of our worst matches thus far in the tournament and honestly we are lucky to walk away with full points. A few of our players opted to have an off day today and this is something we can ill-afford," said KLHC manager George Koshy.

"We need to play consistently and convert the chances created. There is no easy game in the MHL and this is a wake up call for my players that they just cannot afford to take any team lightly.

"All credit to Sapura, they really had us worried and it was composure and experience that won us the match today."

Sapura took the lead against the run of play as Azreen Rizal Nasir broke on the left, sending a teasing cross across the semi circle that was met sweetly by Mohammad azrul Hasbullah to turn into goal past a despairing dive by KLHC custodian Roslan Jamaluddin in the 6th minute.

And they could have extended their lead two minutes later when Faridzul Atiq Mohd went on a solo run but failed to get the better of Roslan.

KLHC had their first look at the Sapura goal in the 17th minute when Fareed Ahmad unleashed a reverse stick hit that flew inches wide of the upright. And that signalled their awakening.

But KLHC only found the equaliser in the 35th minute when Muhammad Imran sent in a powerful flick into the corner after KLHC had wasted three penalty corners in the 20th, 26th and 34th minutes.

Upon resunmption KLHC almost took the lead when Megat azrafiq Megat Termizi deflected the ball onto his own goalpost but it bounced clear to save the ex international blushes.

But they were playing better and were awarded a fifth penalty corner which Imran duly converted in the 48th minute to give KLHC the lead. Sapura tried to get back into the match but could not conjure a penalty corner despite some good work by Azreen and Izwan.

KLHC netted the third in the 54th minute with Chua Boon Huat nicely placed infront the keeper to deflect a Waseem Ahmad pass into goal. Khasif Ali converted a penalty corner in the 60th minute to reduce the deficit but could not capitalise on another two penalty corners in the 64th and 65th minutes to save a point for Sapura.

A hattrick by Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim spurred UniKL to the 3-1 win over Terengganu HT, who had a stellar cast of players but could not overcome the gritty youngsters from UniKL.

"It was a fantastic performance and I am really proud of the players. They showed what they are made off and never gave our opponents much space, always closing them down fast," said UniKL coach Arul Selvaraj.

"We hope to build from this and hopefully this will boost the confidence of the players."

Terengganu had two penalty corners in the 5th and 13th minutes but failed to capitalise. However UniKL made good of their penalty corners in the 18th and 22nd minutes, with Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim scoring on both occassions to give UniKL a 2-0 lead and take his personal tally in the MHL to six goals.

Terengganu pulled a goal back in the 40th minute when Jivan Mohan sent in a low flick that bounced off the keepers pad into goal. However Jivan could not repeat the feat despite two penalty corners in the 45th and 46th minutes.

But Faeez converted a penalty stroke in the 67th minute to give them all three points, and a move up the standings.

Unofficial MHL site

TNB snatch second spot

Tenaga Nasional B erhad wrested the second spot in the TNBMHL standings when they defeated Maybank 5-1 in an ill-tempered match at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan.

At the halfway stage of the MHL, the two teams are tied on 12 points with KL Hockey Club having a four point lead over TNB and Maybank. And TNB deserved the win despite the fact there were several questionable decisions that went against the Tigers.

The match was littered with stoppages and the players questioned just about every decision the umpires Iskandar Rashdan and R. Anbanathan made.

Maybank were awarded penalty cornerrs in the 17th and 27th minutes but could not make much headway while TNB were playing without direction in the first half despite having a lion share of possession.

The second half hardly was into the second minute when TNB were awarded a penalty stroke after umpire Iskandar Rashdan adjudged Muhammad Irfan to have stick checked Faisal Saari.

The national striker picked himself up to score despite the Maybank players having had a go at Iskandar.

Another two penalty corners for maybank in the 38th and 40th minutes saw TNB keeper S. Kumar in his element as he pulled of brilliant reflex saves to keep his team in the lead.

Faisal scored the second off apenalty corner in the 52nd minute and a minute later Mohd Firhan Ashaari scored to make it 3-0 for TNB. Firhan completed the rout with another goal in the 64th minute.

Amir farid scored TNB's fifth in the 70th minute but they conceded an own goal for a final score of 5-1.

Unofficial MHL site

Umpires under scrutiny

The TNBMHL has reached its halfway stage and the issue of umpiring is once again being raised by the participating teams. While the teams are being diplomatic in their views on the umpiring standard, the majority however are concerned on the training and knowledge as well as interpretation of rules by the umpires.

Thus they hope that the Malaysian Hockey Confederation will stop providing lip service and take drastic measures to ensure the umpires get the right kind of support to officiate in a manner befitting the MHL.

While the issue had been simmering over the past few weeks, it came to a boil in the matches in Kuantan as teams aremed with video clippings were seen confroting umpires and technical officials after matches.

In a nutshell, the team officials want MHC to help the umpires improve and also look into match appointments as what had been agreed earlier in the season was not implemented.

"While we understand the umpires are human and prone to making mistakes, we hope that they can be provided the proper training and guidance to improve their ability," said Sapura team manager S. Kuhan.

"As teams we can accept that they are prone to making mistakes as they have a split second to make a decision, but things like holding on to a whistle a bit longer to allow advantagea re things that should be perfected.

"I do hope that the MHC will look into this issue as it has been raised by teams every season and no proactive action is taken."

For KLHC manager George Koshy, he is baffled as to why decisions made by consensus in the team managers meeting on March 2 where the MHC Umpires Committee was represented has not been put into practice.

"It was decided that no umpire will officiate two consecutive matches of teams but strangely that has not been implemented. We did not ask for much and hope at least what was decided ought to be implemented," said Koshy.

"I have no issues with any umpires but the reason this was requested was to ensure the umpires are not placed under any pressure as well as it is barely 48 hours that they officiate two matches of the same team."

Maybank Manager Abdul Rahim Musa agreed with the views of Kuhan and Koshy and took the issue to anothera aspect.

"While looking at the umpiring aspect we also need to look at the soft part, which is the mental state of the umpires, and MHC needs to help them develop positive approach as well as build on their confidence," said Rahim.

"Honestly we have some good umpires that are of international standard but more needs to be done to equip them both in terms of umpiring knowledge and be mentally stronger and not intimidated by big names while officiating."

UniKL coach Arul Selvaraj had also raised the issue as to why MHC were not utilising the services of Amarjit Singh who is often appointed as Umpires manager for the International Hockey Federation. Arul had raised this matter with MHC Competition Committee Chairman M. Gobinathan a day before the MHL had commenced.

"We have in our midst a person of such calibere but he is not utilised in the domestic league. I do hope that the MHC will look into this positively as it will benefit all quarters," Arul had said then and received an acknlowledgemt from Gobinathan that this matters will be addressed.

But looking at how things are progressing, the clarion call for brining in foreign umpires will once again be heard soon if MHC opts to turn a deaf ear to the teams.

Unofficial MHL site

Near perfect first round   

TOP GUNS: KLHC looking good to stretch their advantage at next stage


KLHC’s Harvinder Singh in action against Sapura at the Kuantan Stadium yesterday.

DEFENDING champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) were made to sweat before edging Sapura 3-2 in a Malaysia Hockey League Premier Division match at the Kuantan Stadium yesterday.

KLHC completed the first round with only one blemish, a 3-3 draw against Tenaga Nasional, and look good to break free in the second round starting on Friday.

KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj said it was an important win, as they will start the second round against Sapura again.

"We let in a goal and had to chase for the win which resulted in unnecessary pressure in the last 10 minutes. However, I am happy that we did not drop points in this match as we will be playing Sapura again on Friday in the second leg.

"It was an important win, as I did not want to give Sapura an edge going into Friday," said Dharmaraj.

KLHC were given a scare in the sixth minute when Azrul Hasbullah connected a reverse stick cross to hand Sapura the lead, but Pakistan import Muhammad Imran put them level off a 35th minute penalty corner.

And two quick goals -- by Imran in the 48th minute and Chua Boon Huat in the 54th -- gave KLHC some breathing space.

Sapura's Khasif Ali converted a penalty corner in the 60th minute to reduce the margin but could not capitalise on two more penalty corners in the 64th and 65th minutes.

As for UniKL, they finally won their second match in mid-season when Noor Faeez Ibrahim scored in the 18th, 22nd and 67th minutes for his hat-trick. The Terengganu goal was scored by Jivan Mohan in the 40th minute.

"It was a fantastic performance and I am really proud of my players. They never gave our opponents much space, and we hope to build on this in the second round," said UniKL coach Arul Selvaraj.

Results -- Premier Division: Sapura 2 KLHC 3, Terengganu 1 UniKL 3, Tenaga 5 Maybank 1.

New Straits Times

Champs uneasy with lacklustre win, Faeez hits hat-trick for UniKL


No you don’t: Sapura’s Muhammad Zubair (left) in action against KLHC’s Timothy James Deavin during their Malaysia Hockey League match at Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan yesterday. — NIK NAIZI HUSIN / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Double champions KL Hockey Club (KLHC) came back from a goal down to edge Sapura 3-2 in a lacklustre display in their Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) match at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium in Kuantan yesterday.

On the adjacent pitch, the woes of debutants Terengganu continued when they were beaten 3-1 by unsung Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL).

KLHC lead the Premier Division standings with 16 points from five wins and a draw.

Although they can rejoice at retaining top spot at the halfway stage, they will surely be concerned with a sudden drop in form by some key players.

KLHC team manager George Koshy was annoyed with his team’s performance.

“We played one of our worst matches thus far in the league and honestly, we are lucky to walk away with full points. A few of our players opted to have an off-day today and this is something we can ill-afford,” said Koshy.

“We need to play consistently and convert the chances created. There is no easy game in the MHL and this is a wake-up call for my players that they cannot afford to take any team lightly.

“All credit to Sapura, they really had us worried and it was composure and experience that won us the match today,” said Koshy.

Sapura took the lead against the run of play in the sixth minute. Azreen Rizal Nasir’s cross was well-deflected into goal by Mohammad Azrul Hasbullah. KLHC pushed their forwards in search of goal and only found the equaliser in the 35th minute when Muhammad Imran sent in a powerful flick off their fourth penalty corner.

After the breather, Imran scored another penalty corner to give KLHC the lead in the 48th minute. KLHC increased their lead in the 54th minute. Waseem Ahmed’s pass was deflected into goal by Chua Boon Huat.

However, Khasif Ali converted a penalty corner in the 60th minute to reduce the deficit but could not capitalise on another two penalty corners in the 64th and 65th minutes to save a point for Sapura.

In another match, defender Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim was the hero for UniKL scoring a hat-trick to steer his team past Terengganu 3-1.

Faeez scored two penalty corner goals in the 18th and 22nd and converted a penalty stroke in the 67th minute.

Jivan Mohan scored the consolation goal for Terengganu in the 40th minute.

UniKL coach S. Arul Selvaraj praised his players for the win over fancied Terengganu.

“It was a fantastic performance and I am really proud of the players. They showed what they are made of and never gave our opponents much space, always closing them down fast. We hope to build on this and hopefully, this will boost the confidence of the players,” said Arul.

Meanwhile in the last match of the day, Tenaga Nasional outplayed Maybank 5-1 in an ill-tempered match. Although both teams are tied with 12 points, Tenaga are second with a better goal difference against the Tigers.

The Star of Malaysia

Irish Junior Cup Finals

Electric ireland Irish Junior Cup (Women)

Pembroke Wanderers 1 - 0 Lisnagarvey

Anna O Neill was the toast of Pembroke when her goal scored in the 30 minute was all that was between the sides.  In truth Pembroke were the stronger outfit and only for great goalkeeping by the Lsinagarvey keeper Leah Young the scoreline would have been so different.  Garvey did pile the pressure on in the final moments forcing a couple of late penalty corners but it was not their day.  Pembroke deservedly crowned 2013 champions a title they last held in 1998.

Irish Junior Cup (Men)

Monkstown 2 (Andy Ewington 2) - 1 Banbridge (Ross McCandless)

What a year its been for Monkstown Hockey club when today they added the irish Junior Cup to the Irish Senior Cup which they had won for the first time in 99 years a couple of weeks ago.  Andy Ewington was again the hero scoring the two goals in the 29 & 42m from penalty corner strikes.  Banbridge had opened the scoring when their drag flick specialist Scott McCandless scored in the 25m from a PC.

if Ewington was the Man of the Match in the Senior Cup for 'Town' then surely keeper Craig Ellis won the award in the IJC final.  He made numerous saves to keep his team in the game the final one in the dying minutes when Banbridge had forced a PC but he stood tall and denied McCandless his second. 

Irish Hockey Association media release

Four Nations weekends to be streamed live online

Hockey New Zealand has organised LIVE online coverage of selected Women's Four Nations games.

We know not everyone can make it in person to the games, so we have come together with N-Tech Limited to show eight games over two weekends live right here on our website.

The Women's Four Nations Tournament runs from April 10-21, with New Zealand, Argentina, Korea and USA all taking part.

Visit our Live Streaming page for the schedule of games to be streamed live

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Gregg Clark appointed junior men's hockey coach

NEW DELHI: Former South African Olympian Gregg Clark was on Sunday appointed the head coach of India's junior men's hockey side to prepare them for the World Cup to be held later this year.

Clark is also the chief coach of Ranchi Rhinos who won the title in the inaugural season of the Hockey India League.

The 42-year-old has had a seven-year coaching stint with the South African national side as well.

Clark will commence his assignment with the Indian side from April 13.

"After coaching Ranchi Rhinos in the inaugural season of HIL, I can say that Indian Hockey has very bright future. I look forward to working again with Baljeet Saini, who along with the other coaching staff have done a great job with the team to date," Clark said.

Clark has over 250 international caps and has represented South Africa in two World Cups in Sydney 1994 and Kuala Lumpur 2002, two Olympic Games, in Atlanta 1998 and Athens 2004.

On Clarke's appointment, Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra said, "Being the hosts of the Junior World Cup I think this is the best opportunity for India to achieve a top 3 finish."

"Hockey India has been looking for a candidate that not only has the experience of making players tactically and mentally stronger, but who can also consolidate the final preparations of the team. We are confident that Gregg Clark will provide a significant contribution to the existing coaching team for the junior men," he added.

The Times of India

Clark named junior National coach

Hockey India on Sunday named South African Gregg Clark as the chief coach of the junior men’s national team.

Clark, who coached the South African senior men’s team for seven years including the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, was also in charge of the title-winning Ranchi Rhinos in the inaugural edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) earlier this year.

Clark has initially been appointed for a period of one year though the contract can be renewed. The appointment has been made specifically with the junior World Cup in mind, which will be held in India in December this year.

Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra said: “We are confident that under the guidance of Gregg Clark and Baljit Singh Saini the Indian team will be well prepared for this event.”

As coach of the junior national side, Clark will again team up with Saini, who was part of the Rhinos staff as well and is currently in charge of the fitness camp for junior probables in Bangalore.

“It will be a good experience. We share a comfort level after the HIL and a lot of the boys in the probables were also part of the Ranchi side so it will be easy to work together,” Saini said.

Clark is optimistic of his tenure.

“After coaching Ranchi Rhinos, I can say that Indian hockey has a bright future. I look forward to working again with Baljit Saini,” Clark said.

Clark will join the ongoing camp from April 13.

The Hindu

Announcing The Canadian 2013 Women’s National Squad

Planning ahead with their sights firmly set on Rio 2016

Connor Meakin

Field Hockey Canada is pleased to announce the Women’s National Senior Squad for 2013. Upon completion of the March Selection Camp, WNT head coach Ian Rutledge remains optimistic with the outlook of the program in building towards The Rio 2016 Olympics.

The squad is split into three sections: The Women’s National Team (WNT), The Senior Development Squad (DS), and The Junior Development Squad (JDS). The staff will then select event and competition teams from these respective squads for the 2013 calendar and beyond.

Women's National Team

Jessica Barnett
Thea Culley
Marian Dickinson
Rachel Donohoe
Stephanie Gardiner
Kate Gillis
Hannah Haughn
Danielle Hennig
Angela Lancaster
Kathleen Leahy
Shanlee Johnston
Karli Johanssen
Lauren Logush
Caashia Karringten
Sara McManus
Jocelyn Mitchell
Abigail Raye
Maddie Secco
Natalie Sourisseau
Brienna Stairs
Kate Thompson
Kaelan Watson
Kaitlyn Williams
Kristine Wishart

Senior Development Squad

Alyssa Bull
Jessica Buttinger
Bea Francisco
Sarah Keglowitsch
Anna Kozniuk
Alex McCawley
Paige Norris
Emma Plasteras
Carolina Romeo
Holly Stewart
Amanda Woodcroft

Junior Development Squad

Ashley Kristen
Stephanie Norlander
Priya Randhawa
Sydney Veljacic
Sofia Walia

Coach Rutledge is wasting no time as training is already underway to prepare for a busy summer of tours and competition both locally and abroad. Competition begins in May as the WNT hosts Argentina U-21 for a three match test series in Vancouver, BC.

The squad then breaks into their respective provinces to compete at the FHC Senior National Championships, before travelling overseas to Ireland in mid June, and The United States in August. Through the tight schedule, the U-21 WNT also travels to Germany to compete in the Junior World Cup in late July.

The busy summer culminates in the Pan American Cup in September in Mendoza, Argentina. Congratulations to all the athletes involved!

Field Hockey Canada media release

Primary schools hockey starts

Rashneel Kumar

FIJI Hockey Federation president Doctor Robin Mitchell officially opened the Suva Primary Schools Hockey Association season at the National Hockey Centre in Laucala on Saturday.

Eight teams are part of this year's competition and Dr Mitchell has promised to help in the development of hockey at primary school level.

He said the federation would run coaching clinics for school coaches to broaden their knowledge on the sport.

Outgoing association president Tagici Tubanavau said they were looking forward to a tough season this year.

Only a few teams turned up to the opening round of competition yesterday and Tubanavau said more teams were expected next week.

"It's just the beginning of the season and we hope to have all participating schools in by next week," she said.

"Interested schools can still join us to help in the development of hockey at the grass roots level."

Nehru Memorial Primary, Veiuto Primary School and Marist Brothers' Primary are some regulars in the competition.


U10: MGM 4 NMPS 0; U12: MBPS 0 MGM 2, MGM 2 NMPS 0; U14: MBPS 0 MGM 2, MBPS O SMS 0.

The Fiji Times