News for 12 April 2013

All the news for Friday 12 April 2013


Black Sticks beat Olympic silver medallists 2-1



It was a much better performance from the Black Sticks who played with confidence and created many opportunities with Charlotte Harrison and Katie Glynn both scoring goals.

“I’m much happier tonight! We did the basics better, were more disciplined and we played for each other. I felt like last night we played as individuals, whereas tonight was much more of a team performance,” says head coach Mark Hager.

“There are some young players in this team and they are learning as we play each game. Now the challenge is to maintain that performance and play with consistency throughout the rest of the tournament,” says Hager.

He says there is no doubting that the USA will be a tough side when they play them on Saturday after tomorrow’s rest day. “We have a lot of respect for the work effort of the USA team, they never give up. So it will definitely be a tough game,” says Hager.

Tonight’s first half goals came in the second quarter of the game came when Martina Cavallero did a dramatic dive and on a tight angle hit it low to the keeper’s right.  New Zealand equalised when local player Harrison scored her second field goal of the tournament.

Argentina had the chance to take the lead just before half time when they were awarded a penalty corner, but New Zealand successfully cleared it.

Early on in the second half, both teams had ample opportunity including a cracking shot from Sian Fremaux, a good set up by Glynn and penalty corners were awarded for both teams, but neither could convert.

In the final ten minutes, the Black Sticks attacked with confidence. They continued to put pressure on Argentina until they were eventually awarded a penalty corner and a clever variation led to Glynn finding the back of the net.

Argentina has brought across a full strength team for the Four Nations with the majority of players silver medallists from the London Olympics. Star player Luciana Aymar (seven times FIH world player of the year) is not due to play until the weekend having only just arrived in New Zealand today.

The Four Nations is an important tournament for the national selectors, who are all in attendance, and using it as an opportunity to test New Zealand’s young talent against some top international teams.

Following this tournament, a side will be selected for the FIH World League Semi-Final which is to be held in Rotterdam in June and is the new qualification event for the 2014 World Cup.

In the earlier game, the USA got away to a flying start when Torrie Albini scored from a penalty corner in the opening minute. Korea got the equaliser in the 29th minute when Ok Ju Kim scored from a penalty corner variation.

Although USA had the lion’s share of possession in the second half, when Korea got the ball they were explosive down the side and at times had USA scrambling in defence. It wasn’t until the 64th minute that Lara Parsley, playing only her second international, put one away and secured a win for her side.

The Black Sticks will play their final game against the USA at 3pm tomorrow, before the play offs on Sunday. Korea will play Argentina in the earlier game at 1pm tomorrow. All weekend games during the Four Nations will be streamed live right here on the Hockey New Zealand website.

Next week, the teams will play the second tournament in Hamilton and Tauranga. There are live score updates from all games on Twitter @blacksticks.

RESULTS
USA 2 (Torrie Albini, Lara Parsley) Korea 1 (Ok Ju Kim). HT: 1-1
NZ 2 (Charlotte Harrison, Katie Glynn) Argentina 1 (Martina Cavallero) HT: 1-1

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks boosted by return of Sharland

By Steven Holloway


The New Zealand women's hockey team will be boosted by the return of captain Kayla Sharland when they take on the United States in their final group match tomorrow. Photo / Getty Images.

The New Zealand women's hockey team will be boosted by the return of captain Kayla Sharland when they take on the United States in their final group match of the Four Nations tournament in Whangarei tomorrow.

After a self-imposed break from the rigors of international hockey, the 176-cap international is tonight flying from Christchurch to Auckland, and will tomorrow play for the Black Sticks for the first time since the London Olympics.

The Black Sticks impressed with a win over Olympic silver medallists Argentina last night after an opening loss to Korea and will be further bolstered by a fully recharged and energetic Sharland tomorrow.

The 26-year old had always planned on returning to the international scene but felt that now was the right time, with the qualification series for the 2014 World Cup looming in June.

"I did enjoy my time off but I'm at the stage now where I'm ready to get back into it," she said.

"Probably a couple of months ago I wasn't, but I think for me personally the timing was spot on.

"I wouldn't want to be going back into it if I wasn't excited, so I'm ready to give it my best shot, it might not be pretty but I'm hoping I can do something to help out."

Sharland missed the first two games of the series due to her work commitments as a territories sales manager for DB Breweries, but is fighting fit for tomorrow's game.

"I'm feeling the best I have ever felt since I did my ACL in 2006, so that's positive and reinforced how I probably needed that break to refresh and get my body right."

A win for the Black Sticks tomorrow will lock up a spot for them in the final on Sunday but Sharland is wary of the USA threat.

"The USA are a strong side. They've had a few changes but still have a core group of good players who were at London. They also have a new coach so may have a new structure. I will be watching a lot of video tonight before tomorrow's game."

There have been a lot of changes to the Black Sticks since Sharland last played but she met the majority of the new faces at an induction camp before the team flew out to Argentina in February.

"There have been a lot of changes since the Olympics, a lot of people unavailable and a few changes here and there. I wouldn't say I know them all really well but I've met most of them by now."

The New Zealand national selectors are using the Four Nations tournament as an opportunity to test the countries best young talent against some of the top international sides in the world.

And those who impress will book a spot on the plane to Rotterdam in June, where the Black Sticks will play in the FIH World League Semi-Final, which is the new qualification event for the 2014 World Cup.

The New Zealand Herald



Black Sticks women rebound to beat Argentina


SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES: Charlotte Harrison celebrates her goal in the Black Sticks' 2-1 victory over Argentina at the Four Nations tournament. Photosport

The Black Sticks gained a meritorious 2-1 win against Olympic silver medallists Argentina in their second game of the Four Nations at the ITM Hockey Centre in Whangarei tonight.

New Zealand produced a more impressive effort to bounce back after losing their tournament opener 4-3 against Korea.

Argentina has brought across a full strength team for the Four Nations with the majority of players from their London Olympics squad. However star player Luciana Aymar (seven-time FIH world player of the year) is not due to play until the weekend having arrived in New Zealand only today.

The Black Sticks who played with confidence and created many opportunities with goals from Charlotte Harrison and Katie Glynn.

“I'm much happier tonight! We did the basics better, were more disciplined and we played for each other. I felt like last night we played as individuals, whereas tonight was much more of a team performance,” said head coach Mark Hager.

“There are some young players in this team and they are learning as we play each game. Now the challenge is to maintain that performance and play with consistency throughout the rest of the tournament,” says Hager.

He says there is no doubting that the USA will be a tough side when they play them on Saturday after tomorrow's rest day.

“We have a lot of respect for the work effort of the USA team, they never give up. So it will definitely be a tough game,” says Hager.

The first half goals came in the second quarter when Martina Cavallero dived dramatically and on a tight angle, hit it low to the keeper's right. New Zealand equalised when local player Harrison scored her second field goal of the tournament.

Argentina had the chance to take the lead just before half time when they were awarded a penalty corner, but New Zealand successfully cleared it.

Early on in the second half, both teams had ample opportunity including a cracking shot from Canterbury's Sian Fremaux, after a good set up by Glynn and penalty corners were awarded for both teams, but neither could convert.

In the final ten minutes, the Black Sticks attacked and continued to pressure Argentina until they were awarded a penalty corner and a clever variation led to Glynn finding the back of the net.

The Four Nations is an important tournament for the national selectors using it as an opportunity to test New Zealand's young talent against some top international teams. Following this tournament, a side will be selected for the FIH World League Semi-Final which is to be held in Rotterdam in June and is the qualification event for the 2014 World Cup.

In the earlier game, the USA accounted for Korea 2-1. The Americans made a flying start when Torrie Albini scored from a penalty corner in the opening minute. Korea got the equaliser in the 29th minute when Ok Ju Kim scored from a penalty corner variation.

Although USA dominated possession in the second half, when Korea got the ball they were explosive down the side and at times had USA scrambling. It wasn't until the 64th minute that Lara Parsley, playing only her second international, put one away and secured a win for her side.

The Black Sticks will play their final game against the USA at 3pm tomorrow, before the playoffs on Sunday. Korea will play Argentina in the earlier game at 1pm.

RESULTS

New Zealand 2 (Charlotte Harrison, Katie Glynn) Argentina 1 (Martina Cavallero). HT: 1-1

USA 2 (Torrie Albini, Lara Parsley) Korea 1 (Ok Ju Kim). HT: 1-1

Stuff



U.S. Women’s National Team tops No. 8 Korea, 2-1, at Four Nations Tournament

Team USA posted a 2-1 victory in the second match of the Four Nations in New Zealand


WHANGAREI, New Zealand – April 11, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned a 2-1 win against No. 8 Korea as striker Torrie Albini (Escondido, Cali.) opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and midfielder Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.) nabbed a goal in the 66th minute to seal the victory. The first of two Four Nations tournaments in New Zealand featuring Argentina, Korea, New Zealand and the United States kicked off on April 10. The U.S. will play their final match against New Zealand on Saturday, April 13 before the playoffs on Sunday, April 14. Both weekend matches will be streamed live on the Hockey New Zealand website. 

"I am pleased to get a result tonight,” head coach Craig Parnham said. “It was a good performance to negate a very strong Korean team and restrict them to limited chances. This Four Nations is providing invaluable exposure for a young group to see three very different styles of international hockey."

The U.S. opened strong on attack and applied immediate pressure. Albini used her strength to send the ball past Korea’s goalkeeper on a U.S. penalty corner in the 2nd minute. The early 1-0 lead gave Team USA an increased boost of energy. Korea capitalized in the 31st minute with a penalty corner goal to draw the match 1-1 at the end of the first half.

Nikki Parsley (Milford, Del.) is already making an immediate impact in her first tournament with Team USA, carrying the ball to the top of the circle and taking a shot on goal late in the second half. Dawson deflected Parsley’s ball into the net, scoring the game-winning goal in the 66th minute.

"It is very rewarding to get this result,” said U.S. National Team defender Stefanie Fee. “We have been working hard and it's nice for our young group to achieve a victory against such a strong side."

The U.S. roster features thirteen athletes with less than 10 caps, including five collegiate athletes who made their debut with Team USA in the opening match on April 10 against Argentina.

Team USA will face New Zealand in their final match on Saturday, April 13 before the playoffs on Sunday, April 14. New Zealand has a 1-1 record in the tournament, defeating Argentina 2-1 and falling to Korea 4-3. Both weekend matches will be streamed live on the Hockey New Zealand website. 

USFHA media release



EHL Rankings Table Updated



Following the completion of the KO16 and KO8 phases of the Euro Hockey League, the European Hockey Federation has updated the EHL Ranking Table.

The Table uses a points system to determine the number of clubs each nation will be supplying to the next edition of the competition, and is updated shortly after the end of each Euro Hockey League event. The nations ranked 1-4 at the end of the club season will each supply three teams to the 2013-14 tournament, with those ranked 5-8 supplying two teams and one team coming from each of the nations placed 9-12.

Although the nations occupying the top four positions remain the same, the results from the EHL event in Amsterdam have generated some movement. Rot-Weiss Köln’s qualification for EHL Final Four has helped Germany move into second place, forcing England into third. It was also a good weekend for Belgium, which is now joint third with England thanks to KHC Dragons reaching the Semi Finals.  There has been no movement in the 5-8 or 9-12 ranking sections, with all the nations maintaining the position that they held following November’s update of the Ranking Table.

EHL Rankings (April 2013)

Nations currently ranked 1-4 (3 teams each for EHL 2013-14)
1: The Netherlands
2: Germany
=3: Belgium
=3: England

Nations currently ranked 5-8 (2 teams each for EHL 2013-14)
5: Spain
6: Russia
7: France
8: Scotland

Nations currently ranked 9-12 (1 team each for EHL 2013-14)
9: Ireland
10: Poland
11: Austria
12: Belarus

To see the current EHL Ranking Table, please click here. The table will be updated for the final time following the completion of the EHL Final Four event in Bloemendaal.

For more information about how the EHL Rankings Table works, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



Final places up for grabs in Men's Arthur McKay Scottish Cup

The semi-finals of the Men’s Arthur McKay Scottish Cup are the focus of the men’s domestic schedule this weekend with both matches taking place at Peffermill.

In the first semi-final (12.00), Inverleith clash with Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1 adversaries Grove Menzieshill. The Edinburgh side overcame city rivals Grange 4-2 in the quarter-finals but Chris Anderson’s side, who defeated Dundee Wanderers to reach the last four, will not be easy opponents.

In the second semi-final (14.00), defending champions Glynhill Hotel Kelburne take on Western Wildcats for a place in the final on 25th May. The two sides met only last week in a league fixture at Auchenhowie, with a 1-1 draw providing Vishal Marwaha’s side with confidence going into Saturday’s fixture.

Meanwhile, the league campaign continues for the sides in Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 2 and 3 this weekend.

On Saturday, Division 2 leaders Dundee Wanderers can maintain their advantage at the top of the table with a win away to sixth place Stepps (15.30, Millerston).

The Taysiders will also have a close interest in the outcome of the fixture between promotion rivals McWhinney Uddingston and Falkirk GHG (16.30, Auchenhowie). A win for Uddingston would take them within a point of their opponents in second place with a game in hand.

Aberdeen GSFP can retain their interest in the second place play-off spot with an away victory over relegation threatened Alpha Data Carnegie (12.00, HMS Caledonia).

On Sunday, bottom of the division Highland desperately need a positive outcome away to Falkirk GHG (14.30, Linlithgow Academy), while CALA Edinburgh can also boost their chances of staving off the threat of relegation at home to McWhinney Uddingston (14.00, Meggetland) but they face a daunting task against an in-form opponent.

In the day’s other Division 2 fixtures, Stepps travel to St. Andrew’s University (13.30, St.Andrew’s University), while Granite City Wanderers are at home to Glasgow University (12.00, Aberdeen Sports Village).

There is a full calendar of fixtures in Men’s Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 3 this weekend.

First plays third when Erskine Stewart’s Melville travel west to play Ayr in a top of the table contest (14.00, Cambusdoon); with a win for the leaders taking them one step closer to a title win.

However, a victory for Ayr would close the gap at the top of the league and second place Harris Academy could also take advantage if they defeat Aberdeen University at home on Sunday (12.00, DISC).

FMGM Monarchs and Perthshire are also within range of the second place promotion spot; Monarchs travel to Glasgow to face Giffnock while Perthshire are at home to Aberdeen University (13.00, Kilgraston School).

In the bottom half of Division 3, 2020 Renewables Greenock take on Stirling Wanderers (14.00, Inverclyde Academy), Stirling University host Waverley Inveresk Trinity, and Chapman Motherwell travel to Strathclyde University.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Grove Menzieshill on the verge of title win

Grove Menzieshill can clinch the Women’s Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1 title on Saturday if they win their top of the table clash against rivals Milne Craig Clydesdale Western (15.30, Titwood).

The Dundee side and defending champions sit top of the division with a perfect 100% win record and with two games to go, Charlotte Jones’ side are within touching distance of retaining their title in comprehensive fashion.

However, a win for the Titwood outfit on Saturday would delay the title celebrations and strengthen their grip on second place and the European qualification spot. They also take on CALA Edinburgh on Sunday (15.30, Titwood).

Meanwhile, fourth plays fifth with Dundee Wanderers away to CALA Edinburgh (14.00, Meggetland).

In the bottom half of the table, it couldn’t be closer between the five teams in the battle to avoid relegation and the play-off spot. Only four points separate sixth to tenth and this weekend’s matches will be crucial.

The crunch match is between bottom two sides Western Wildcats and Inverleith on Saturday (15.00, Auchenhowie), where a win for the Wildcats would place them four points clear of their opponents. Grange EL and Glynhill Hotel Kelburne also go head-to-head (13.00, Peffermill) with three points vital to both sides’ ambition to climb the league ladder.

On Sunday, Inverleith take on local rivals Grange EL (16.00, Peffermill), while Glynhill Hotel Kelburne are away to Giffnock (14.00, Hutchesons’ Grammar).

The four-way fight for promotion at the top of Women’s Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 2 continues on Saturday.

Erskine Stewart’s Melville can reduce the gap on second place GHK Ladies to three points when both sides clash in a significant contest (12.00, Anniesland), while leaders Watsonians can maintain their lead at the top of the division if they can overcome Highland (13.30, Bught Park).

Hillhead Ladies will need to record an away win to Haddington (12.00, Aubigny Centre) if they are to stay in the hunt for promotion.

In Women’s Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 3, title winners AAM Merlins Gordonians and second place Dundee University are promoted to Division 2.

The students play their final game against Stirling University on Sunday (14.30, Gannochy Sports Centre) and will be looking to round off their season with an away win.

In the other games, Stirling Wanderers are at home to Aberdeen Ladies (13.30, Forthbank) on Saturday while Bon Accord travel to St.Andrew’s to take on the university (12.00, St.Andrew’s University).

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

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Teams gearing up for U18 Scottish Cup & Plate finale

The U18 Boys and Girls Scottish Cup and Plate competitions reach a finale this Sunday at Peffermill, Edinburgh with four trophies up for grabs.

Kelburne, Inverleith, Strathallan and Watsonians are the four teams who will contest the U18 Boys Scottish Cup competition on Sunday.

In the first semi-final (11.15) Strathallan and Inverleith go head-to-head for a slot in the final, while west meets east as Kelburne clash with Watsonians in the second semi-final (12.30).

Meanwhile, in the U18 Boys Scottish Plate, Clydesdale, Gordonians and Perthshire will play a three-way round robin on pitch 2 to determine the winners of the competition.

In the U18 Girls Scottish Cup, the first semi-final features an Edinburgh derby between CALA Edinburgh and Inverleith (10.00) after which Strathallan face Watsonians (11.15) for a place in the final.

The U18 Girls Scottish Plate final between Dunfermline and Clydesdale gets underway at 15.15.

For more information about the fixture timings and venue for the competitions this Sunday, please visit the Youth Competition page download the U18 Scottish Cup and Plate schedule.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



No holding back for KLHC

MHL: Leaders vow to widen lead against chasing pack

By JUGJET SINGH


KUALA Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) will be looking to strengthen their grip on the Premier Division when they play Sapura today in the Malaysia Hockey League.

The second round begins this weekend and leaders KLHC, who could only edge Sapura 3-2 last Sunday, are looking for a better showing.

"My players put themselves under unnecessary pressure by letting in a first minute goal, and then there were some silly mistakes which saw Sapura almost snatch a draw last weekend.

"However, I am confident that the second meeting will not be the same as we aim to pull further ahead to defend our league title," said KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj.

The double champions have only dropped points in the 3-3 draw against Tenaga Nasional in the first round, and are four clear of chasing Tenaga and Maybank who have 12 points each.

Sapura are fourth in the standings with eight points after an erratic first roundy.

The MHL this season is much more competitive with the inclusion of a big pool of foreign players, mainly from Pakistan, while the national players are also keenly watched by coach Paul Revington as they have two important assignments.

The semi-finals of the World League from June 29-July 7 in Johor and the Asia Cup from Aug 24-Sept 1 in Ipoh are both qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.

After the MHL ends, Revington's men will play six matches against China starting on May 19 and the coach has also plans for a one-week tour of South Africa in early June.

In the World League, Malaysia, ranked No 13, are in Group A with World No 1 Germany, South Korea (eighth) and the champions from round two of the World League.

In Group B are England (fourth) and Pakistan (fifth) while two more will be decided after Round Two of the World League.

In the Asia Cup, Malaysia are in Group A with Pakistan, Japan and Taiwan, while in Group B are South Korea, India, Oman and Bangladesh.

Today -- Premier Division: KLHC v Sapura (National Stadium I, 6pm), UniKL v Terengganu (National Stadium II, 6pm), Nur Insafi v Tenaga (National Stadium II, 8pm).

Division One: Ipoh City Council v TNB Thunderbolts (Azlan Shah Stadium, 6pm).

New Straits Times



MHL second round begins with KLHC in the drivers’ seat

By S. RAMAGURU



Anxious moment: Sapura players (in blue) and KLHC contesting their Malaysian Hockey League first round match in Kuantan on April 7. They will renew their rivalry in the second round beginning today.

KUALA LUMPUR: The second round of the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) starts today with the seven teams battling on two fronts.

While the top four teams will seek to consolidate their places, the three bottom teams will be fighting to avoid being wooden spoonists – and miss the cut for the knockout stage.

Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) lead the standings with 16 points – a four-point advantage over second placed Tenaga Nasional and Maybank. Sapura, on eight points, are fourth.

Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) with six points, Terengganu (four points) and Nur Insafi (one point) make up the bottom half.

With not much separating the teams, the positions may change quickly after one or two matches into the second round.

“In the past, the title race was rather predictable at the halfway mark. But not this year,” said Sapura team manager S. Kuhan, who has experienced similar predicament on numerous occasions during his playing days.

“The real battle for us starts today when we play against KLHC. A draw or a win will give us a chance to get among the top three while a loss will set us fall further back in the title race. We know that each match is crucial and there’s no room for mistakes.

“We had some mixed results in the first round. We need to improve to be among the top teams.”

Kuhan said that Sapura, who had two wins, two draws and two defeats in the first round, needed to collect another eight points this time.

“I don’t want to set any targets for the team but we are certainly looking for an improved showing,” he said.

Sapura’s Pakistani import Kashif Ali has been in fine form and is the joint top scorer with Faizal Saari with eight goals.

Former champions Tenaga National are also looking to redeem themselves in the second round.

Tenaga coach Nor Azlan Bakar expects his team to be more prepared this time.

“In the first round, we weren’t sure what to expect from the teams, especially those who had hired foreign players. But we’ve played against all six teams and have a good idea how they stack up. We’re still in with a chance for the title and we aim to do just that,” he said.

Tenaga are one of three teams without any foreign players – although they do have the bulk of the national players – and are seen by many as potential champions. The other teams without foreign signings are UniKL and Terengganu.

Nor Azlan also said that while they have an aye on current leaders KLHC, “we also have to keep track of joint second placed Maybank”.

“We are ahead of Maybank on goal difference. Any slip-up could prove fatal as the Tigers are breathing down our neck,” he said.

“But this will only make us more competitive and not become complacent.”

An interesting weekend awaits the teams.

The Star of Malaysia



Clarke leads Parkites

Nigel Simon



Melissa Pascal of Ventures tries to move the ball upfield under pressure from Shandy Carib Magnolias’ Racquel Dowden in their T&T Hockey Board Women’s Championship Division match at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Saturday. Magnolias won 5-0. Photo: Anthony Harris

Zachary Clarke and Nicholas Camacho scored hat-tricks as Queen’s Park routed Corona Fatima 11-1 for its second straight win in the T&T Hockey Board Trinity Men’s Division at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Wednesday night.

Clarke fired in the opener for the Parkites in the first minute and added further items in the fourth and ninth minutes, while Nicholas Camacho got his treble in the seventh, 18th and 21st in the lopsided victory.

For the Parkites, Gary Chin (13th) and Robert Wyatt (23rd) also scored, before Colin Young got one back for Fatima a minute later to trail 8-1 at the half.

Six minutes before the interval, Jordie O’Brien made it 9-1 for the Parkites, while Wyatt (51st), and Mark Ayen (70th) rounded off the scoring for Queen’s Park.

With the victory, the Parkites, which spanked Police 5-1 in its opener, moved to the top of the round-robin table with maximum six points from two matches, the same as Malvern, which blasted Shape 9-0 on Monday led by a hat-trick from Teague Marcano (57th, 63rd, 70th) and braces from Kyle Cowie (13th, 55th) and Anthony Marcano (45th, 49th).

On Tuesday, Defence Force and Carib picked up their first points of the campaign in an entertaining 3-2 draw with Aaron Mc Kenzie (66th, 67th) scoring two late items to earn the “Teteron Boys” a point.

Edwin Christmas had earlier scored twice for Carib in the fourth and 37th minute, while teammate Randall Ramsammy added the other for a 3-1 lead minutes into the second half. Brian Burrows netted Defence Force’s opener in the 16th.

Also on Wednesday, Shaniah De Freitas (34th), Gabby Permell (41st) and Michelle Leoutaud (60th) were all on target for Shandy Carib Magnolias in a 3-0 shutout of rivals Ventures.

Magnolias now have six points from its two matches, level with Notre Dame, which has played a match more, while Defence Force is next with four points.

On Tuesday, Tamia Roach scored two late first-half items in the 26th and 32nd minutes for the Dames in its 5-2 whipping of Malvern.

Sherry-Ann Woodruffe (38th), Nicole Whiteman (45th) and Vanessa Chewitt (54th) also found the back of the net for the Dames to cancel out Teresa Lezama’s 23rd-minute strike and in the 53rd by Rachel Davis.

Former national duo Kecia Hosein and Mindy Charles secured a first win for Maritime Harvard Checkers 2-0 on Police on Monday.

Tonight, two matches are scheduled in the Mixed Veterans Division from 7 pm, with Carib facing Fatima followed by defending champions Queen’s Park against Paragon at 8.45 pm.

Meanwhile, the T&T senior men’s hockey team has embarked on a journey to drastically improve their overall physical fitness in order to compete with and surpass their international rivals in the hockey arena.

This plan is being made possible through Sports Company of Trinidad & Tobago’s Elite Development and Performance Unit which is based at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

The senior men’s hockey squad, which recently participated in a second round FIH World Hockey League qualifiers in Brazil, is preparing for the Pan American Cup to be held in Canada in August.

Results

Trinity Division:

Monday:

Women


Checkers 2 (Kecia Hosein 8th, Mindy Charles 18th) vs Police 0

Men

Malvern 9 (Kyle Cowie 13th, 55th, Anthony Marcano 45th, 49th, Teague Marcano 57th, 63rd, 70th, Aaron Chance 20th, Kristian Emmanuel 28th) vs Shape 0

Tuesday:

Women


Notre Dame 5 (Tamia Roach 26th, 32nd, Sherry-Ann Woodruffe 38th, Nicole Whiteman 45th, Vanesssa Chewitt 54th) vs Malvern 2 (Teresa Lezama 12th, Rachel Davis 53rd)

Men


Defence Force 3 (Aaron Mc Kenzie 66th, 67th, Brian Burrows 16th) vs Carib 3 (Edwin Christmas 4th, 37th, Randall Ramsammy 4th)

Wednesday:

Women


Magnolias 3 (Shaniah De Freitas 34th, Gabby Permell 41st, Michelle Leoutaud 60th) vs Ventures 0

Men

QPCC 11 (Zachary Clarke 1st, 4th, 9th, Nicholas Camacho 7th, 18th, 21st, Robert Wyatt 23rd, 51st, Gary Chin 13th, Jordie O’Brien 29th, Mark Ayen 70th) vs Fatima 1 (Colin Young 24th)

The Trinidad Guardian



Junior team’s hockey camp in full swing

KARACHI: Pakistan junior team coach Anjum Saeed was satisfied with the progress being made at the ongoing training camp ahead of the Europe tour.

The camp, underway at the National Stadium, Lahore since last week, is featuring over 30 players.

Pakistan will play at least nine matches against Germany, Belgium and Holland during the tour in June.

Saeed said all players except Umar Bhutta, who is busy with the Malaysian league, are attending the camp.

Bhutta represented the senior team at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and is expected to join the camp on April 22.

“The camp is going smoothly,” Saeed told The Express Tribune. “It’s being held daily featuring two sessions with a day’s break after three days.

“In the morning session, we are focusing on players’ fitness with physical training. The probables are given training on the field including match practice in the evening. We are targeting every aspect of the game to bring about an overall improvement.”

The Express Tribune


Dar Academy Boys Shine in Pakistan’s Victory at the Under 16 Asia Cup

By Ijaz Chaudhry

Pakistan’s finest colts’ factory, the Dar Hockey Academy now covers the whole spectrum. Established in late 2006 in Lahore, the academy products started figuring in Pakistan’s age group sides in 2009; there has been no looking back. Since then, no national age group side has left the country’s shores without representation from the Dar HA.

The year gone by saw two boys, Khalid Bhatti and Salman Hussain, gaining the ultimate recognition: the duo won full international caps for Pakistan. Salman, in fact, has appeared in the last two tournaments, Asian Champions Trophy (2012) and Sultan Azlan Shah Cup (2013).

A few days back, Pakistan lifted the under 16 Asia Cup in Singapore defeating Bangladesh in the final. No surprise, the 10 member team which appeared in this tournament, played on the 5 a side format, had two Dar HA boys, Sikander Mustafa and Adeel Latif.

Pakistan won all their six matches. The games were played over three sessions of 12 minutes each on a pitch around half the size of a normal pitch. There were no circles, shooting allowed from anywhere, no penalty corners and ‘challenges’ replacing penalty strokes. A challenge is effectively a one on one between an attacker and the defending goal keeper.

The academy boys distinguished themselves in the final with both scoring a goal apiece in Pakistan’s 5-3 victory against Bangladesh in the final.

They have been getting training at the academy for last few years.

The boys have also made tours with the Dar HA colts’ teams to Germany, Holland and Belgium.

Sikander tells, “It was the first selection for any Pakistan team for both of us. But having played in Europe with the Dar HA teams, there was no such thing as the pressure of playing in the maiden international competition. The academy has provided us with quality experience as during the visits to top European hockey nations, we played against very strong teams often featuring boys elder to us."  

“All that proved handy at Singapore especially in the knock out stages. The semi-final was very vital as the two finalists were assured of qualifying for the next year’s youth Olympics in China. We were not overawed and defeated a very good Malaysian side. Then we came across Bangladesh, the surprise package, in the final. There was a reasonable crowd in the ground and we prevailed 5-3 in a keenly contested match.”

"For my first ever selection for the national team, I owe a lot to the Dar HA for providing me with all the facilities, excellent training and competitive exposure both in Pakistan and abroad. I hope to win more national selections in the coming days."

Ijaz Chaudhry writes on hockey and other sports. For more about him and his work, visit: http://www.sportscorrespondent.info/

Fieldhockey.com exclusive



Maths riddles, English lessons await top players

Navneet Singh


India's national hockey teams are as much a repository of cultural diversity as they are for a dominant skill -- dribbling.

But the next time you meet the country's top hockey players, chances are that they could all be speaking in one language -- English. And don't be

surprised if you find members of the national squad busy solving simple mathematical problems off the pitch.

Thrust on rudimentary education is high on the priority list of the recommendations renowned Dutch hockey expert Roelant Oltmans will be making to the national federation for boosting the players' decision-making abilities in the heat of competition.

Beyond skills

The Dutch legend, appointed the high performance director by Hockey India to oversee the senior and junior national teams insists Indian players will have to set their sights beyond honing their skills if they are to succeed in their bid to regain their lost glory.

"Top players are not able to communicate properly due to the language barrier. It has an adverse effect on the performance of the team," Oltmans told HT.

Modern hockey is not just confined to excellent ball skills, which several top Indian players have in plenty, but a comprehensive development is required to perform consistently at the highest level.

"There is no doubt Indians are excellent in basic ball skills, but due to a lack of proper measures to exercise the brain in the camps, the players are not able to make quick decisions during matches," said Oltmans on his observations in the last few weeks.

Skills may help win a few matches, but that alone won't take the team far in the long run, he said.

Oltmans is appalled at a lack of programme to nurture talent in India. "At the moment India has two teams --- U-21 and seniors. But all leading nations have teams starting from U-16. There is a huge gap," he said.

This is evident from the absence of quality replacements for top players. "If five or six players quit the team, it would take a long time to fill the gap," he added.

He wants more academies to be opened across the country and a proper structure to establish to develop the U-16 team.

"If all the academies have proper curriculum and structured programme, there would be a uniform pattern of training. Along with hockey, education would also be a key part of the development."

Sweeping changes

Oltmans also hinted at a 'change of staff' for the national teams. The current level of fitness and skills can take India teams only to a certain level, but to compete against the world's best like Australia, Germany and Netherlands, a proper system will have to be followed.

"People who would not agree with the new proposal might have to quit," he said.

Roelant is compiling his observations and would submit a detailed report to the federation.

Hindustan Times



Every Match, Every Player on Record

Hockey Australia History Project offers fans complete record of national teams and players


For the first time in the history of Australian hockey, participants, the media and hockey fans can explore every international match ever played by the country’s iconic Hockeyroos and Kookaburras and track the international careers of their hockey heroes.

The ground breaking Hockey Australia History Project is the result of more than five years’ painstaking work by former Australian coach Richard Aggiss and historian John Sanders, who are now looking for feedback from the hockey community.

Since 2008, with the support of individuals and institutions from across the country and beyond, the pair has put on record the result of every official match ever played by the Hockeyroos and the Kookaburras and the names of every athlete to have had the privilege of pulling on the green and gold of Australia.

Now, ahead of the Hockeyroos’ and Kookburras’ test series against Korea beginning later this month, the records are available to view on the Hockey Australia website.

Since 1914, 462 women have been selected to represent the Hockeyroos in 985 tests with the current crop of talented stars likely to play in the 1000th Hockeyroos match later this year. The Hockeyroos’ record stands at 643 victories, 149 draws and 193 defeats. In the process they have scored 2645 goals and conceded 1172.

Since 1922, 397 Kookaburras have played 1153 matches, winning 761, drawing 181 and losing 211. In the process they have scored 3707 goals and conceded only 1731.

During the research some fascinating and entertaining stories have emerged.

The 1939 Australian women’s team was already on board ship in Adelaide bound for the 4th IFWHA Tournament (later to become the World Cup) in Bournemouth, UK, before learning that the tournament was cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II.

In Ahmedabad in 1962, Julian Pearce, who normally played at half back, took Don Smart’s place on the left wing and scored four goals. As he came off the field he offered to give Don any tips he might like on how to play left-wing.

The Australian Women’s Team, playing in Ceylon on the way to the 1959 7th IFWHA Tournament, played in ‘bloomers’ rather than their heavier uniform skirts due to the heat, reasoning that it was “OK if they all looked the same!”

Explaining the origins of the project, Richard Aggiss, the 215th athlete to represent the Kookaburras, said, “When I began working in television as an expert commentator I found that the specific information I needed for commentary was not available, or was on another website, so I set about remedying the situation.”

John Sanders continued, “I was at the club bar when Richard mentioned his intention to compile a history of Australian hockey and suggested I join him. The more I engaged in the project the more determined I was to help complete a record of our international hockey representatives and their achievements.”

As Hockey Australia Chief Executive Mark Anderson explains the Hockey Australia History Project will greatly strengthen what is already a proud history for the sport in Australia. “What Richard and John have led with a large group of contributors is tremendous and should be commended,” he said. “Their dedication and attention to detail has been critical to the success of the project and on behalf of everyone involved in hockey in Australia I want to thank them. The records provide a fascinating insight into the wonderful history of our teams.

“In creating our future it is always important to remember the past and understand our position within the sport. As such, this project will have great relevance for our current players. I know that our current Hockeyroos and Kookaburras and future debutants will greatly appreciate knowing where they stand across our sport’s long and proud history and will be proud recipients of their individual player number when we get to this point in the very near future.”

Ric Charlesworth, Kookaburras coach and the 225th man to represent the team, said: “The History Project is an important initiative as it cements the records of our game since its inception. Past and present players will find it of interest and the records of the past, which have always been the goals of the present players, will be underlined and followed enthusiastically.”

There are still several pieces of the jigsaw to slot into place with the authors of the project looking for further information about a number of players, such as their first and given names. Why not take a look through the fascinating records and if you think you can help please contact Richard and John directly on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Hockey Australia History Project Data

1. History Project Data Information (PDF)

2. Hockeyroos Match Record (Excel)

3. Hockeyroos Player Numbers (Excel)

4. Hockeyroos Players by Team (Excel)

5. Women's Blue Riband Players by Year (Excel)

6. Kookaburras Match Record (Excel)

7. Kookaburras Player Numbers (Excel)

8. Kookaburras Players by Team (Excel)

Hockey Australia media release