News for 21 April 2013

All the news for Sunday 21 April 2013

Black Sticks to play Argentina in Four Nations final

Katie Glynn in the wet. Photo:

In abysmal conditions at Blake Park in Tauranga – and after the game being suspended and rescheduled - the Black Sticks Women have pulled off a 5-1 win against Korea to make tomorrow’s Four Nations final.

Katie Glynn was the star of the night slotting home four goals, including a penalty stroke. The fifth goal was a field goal from Canterbury’s Olivia Merry.

“It was a fantastic effort from Katie, it is great when a striker finds form in a game, and she was the game maker today,” says assistant coach Greg Nicol.

“It is definitely pleasing to have made both Four Nations finals, but we need to go out tomorrow and put in our best performance. We have to learn to be consistent when it comes to winning the big games,” says Nicol.

“Tomorrow is another opportunity to play a top side in a crucial game. We can’t be on the back foot against Argentina, as long as we play with good intensity and keep our defensive structure it should be a good game,” says Nicol.

During the New Zealand game, the rain pelted down from the starting whistle and it took only ten minutes for play to be stopped and moved to the second turf at Blake Park. Korea were the first to score – a field goal through Seul Ki Cheon - but shortly after going 1-0 up, the second turf flooded and play was stopped.

With flooding subsiding and the rain easing, the game resumed at 6.30pm after players had gone back to their hotel to warm up and refuel.

The Kiwis played with real urgency when they took to the field the second time, knowing they needed a draw if they were to make the finals.

“In the first half, we weren’t in control but after the break we played smarter, with more intensity. Even though it was a wet pitch, I thought we played to the conditions really well and there was really great energy from the players – a great team effort,” says assistant coach Greg Nicol.

USA and Argentina managed to get through their game before the heavy rain began. Argentina scored early on through Delfina Merino and it took till the last minute for USA’s Rachel Dawson to equalise – a result that the young tenth ranked side will be pleased with.

The Black Sticks win means they will play Argentina in the final while Korea and USA will play for the bronze.

Due to tonight’s game being rescheduled, tomorrows bronze medal match will start later at 3pm and the gold medal final will start at 5pm.

Replays of today’s games, and both matches tomorrow will be streamed LIVE here on the Hockey New Zealand website.

New Zealand 5 (Katie Glynn x4, Olivia Merry) Korea 1 (Seul Ki Cheon). HT: 2-1 to NZ.
Argentina 1 (Delfina Merino) USA 1 (Rachel Dawson). HT: 1-0 to Argentina 

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Win in wet was worth wait

By Peter White

New Zealand 5
South Korea 1

The Black Sticks will play Argentina in the final of the women's Four Nations series today after a game of hockey that lasted over four hours - thanks to the violently wet weather.

The first internationals to be played on the new turfs at the Tauranga Hockey Centre at Mount Maunganui were badly affected by severe rain storms that lashed the area and the Black Sticks crucial match with Korea was stopped after 25 minutes because of water pooling on the turf with South Korea leading 1-0.

At that stage, the decision was taken to award the match to Korea if the weather did not clear. However, the players waited three hours before resuming the match at 6.30pm and the Black Sticks dominated from the restart. Captain Katie Glynn scored twice in the 10 minutes before the break to give her team a psychologically damaging 2-1 lead and, within 10 minutes of the second spell, Glynn scored another two to build a commanding 4-1 lead.

The fourth was from a controversial stroke awarded against the Korean goalkeeper after she made contact outside the circle.

Olivier Merry knocked in a fifth before the end to finish off the Koreans 5-1. They contributed to an intense match and had as many chances to be singing in the rain as the Black Sticks - but they could not convert.

In the early game yesterday, Argentina were surprisingly held 1-1 by the United States who had lost all their previous games in the series.

Argentina completely dominated the first half and when they scored just before halftime it seemed inevitable they would win in a canter. But the US fought hard and tied the game 1-1 with a well-taken goal from their only penalty corner of the match.

Today's play-off for third and fourth between Korea and the US is at 3pm with the final between the Black Sticks and Argentina at 5pm.

The New Zealand Herald

Black Sticks trounce Korea after rain lets up

SPLISH SPLASH: New Zealand's Emily Naylor strikes the ball during a heavy downpour in the Black Sticks' 5-1 victory over Korea. Photosport

An inexperienced women's Black Sticks squad face Olympic silver medallists Argentina tomorrow in the final of a four-team tournament in Tauranga.

Beating Korea 5-1 in a heavily rain-affected match today, which had to be delayed for over an hour halfway through, New Zealand came back from 1-0 down to be comfortable winners.

Seul Ki Cheon got the Korean goal in the first half before play was stopped due to heavy rain.

The match was in danger of being abandoned, with a secondary playing surface already a late change just before the start, and the rain continuing to fall.

Fortunately, with an abandoned game leaving Korea with a default win and a ticket to the final, the skies relented for the Black Sticks and they duly took the opportunity. Top New Zealand striker Katie Glynn found four goals after the restart and the rout was completed with a goal from Olivia Merry.

The final is scheduled to begin at 3.30pm today, preceded by the third-place playoff between the USA and Korea.

New Zealand 5 (Katie Glynn 4, Olivia Merry) Korea 1 (Seul Ki Cheon). HT: 0-1.


Fraser strike gives Scotland the edge against Belgium select

Gavin Byers

Scotland Men got their preparations for the forthcoming FIH World League Round 2 campaign off to an encouraging start with a 3-2 win over an experimental Belgium side in Waterloo earlier today.

Two own goals and a Cammy Fraser strike gave Derek Forsyth’s squad the win. The two sides will meet again tomorrow for a second friendly match.

Commenting on today’s win, Scotland Team Manager Eugene Connolly said, “While it wasn’t a full-strength Belgium today, overall it was an excellent performance by the team with lots of positives to take forward. We will do some video work this afternoon to analyse the guys’ performance and then hopefully we can build on today to get another win against them tomorrow.

“It was good to see Gavin Sommerville back in goal and Nicky Parkes playing his first senior match, and we look forward to rounding off a positive weekend tomorrow.”

The Belgians opening the scoring in the 23rd minute from a penalty corner to make it 1-0, only for the Scots to equalise only three minutes later when the ball was deflected into the net off a Belgian defender at the back post to put the game back on parity at 1-1.

With the scores level at half-time, Scotland took the lead at 2-1 in the 57th minute when Grange’s Cammy Fraser finished from open play.

Six minutes later, they extended their lead at 3-1 when Kelburne’s Michael Bremner flashed a strike into the circle where the ball was deflected off a Belgian defender into the net from Grove Menzieshill midfielder Gavin Byers’ intervention.

Belgium pulled one back two minutes from time from a penalty corner but the Scots held out to take a 3-2 victory at full-time.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Cup holders Grove Menzieshill ousted by Edinburgh Uni in semi-final shoot-out

Edinburgh University shocked defending champions Grove Menzieshill in the Women’s Arthur McKay Scottish Cup semi-finals at Peffermill today to reach this year's final.

The capital outfit beat the holders 6-5 on penalties after a 2-2 draw at the end of regulation time.

It means that the Women’s Scottish Cup competition will have a new name on the trophy for the first time in several years after Sam Judge’s side broke the Dundonians’ stranglehold on the cup.

The students advance to the final on Saturday 25 May, where they will play Milne Craig Clydesdale Western, who narrowly overcame CALA Edinburgh 1-0 in today’s other semi-final.

In the Women’s Arthur McKay Scottish Plate semi-finals, Esrkine Stewart’s Melville FP edged past local rivals Grange EL A by a slim 1-0 margin.

The former pupils will play another local derby in the plate final after Watsonians defeated Glasgow Accies 6-2 in the day’s second semi-final.

Meanwhile, Waverley Inveresk Trinity look likely to be relegated from Women’s Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 2 after they lost 3-0 at home to fellow strugglers Glasgow University at Bangholm today.

The students now face a massive match against relegation rivals Haddington Ladies tomorrow.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Gordonians left sweating on Hillhead result

Western Wildcats signed off their Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1 campaign with a 4-3 win over AAM Gordonians at Auchenhowie today.

The result means that Gordonians will be anxiously waiting on the outcome of Hillhead’s encounter with Inverleith tomorrow.

The Glasgow side need to win by two clear goals tomorrow, anything less than that margin would enable the Aberdonians to avoid the play-off on goals scored.

In Men’s Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 2, CALA Edinburgh took a large step towards safety with a 2-1 victory at home to Glasgow University this afternoon. The capital outfit are now five points clear of second bottom Alpha Data Carnegie.

McWhinney Uddingston moved within four points of second place Falkirk GHG after a 4-2 win over Stepps.

Meanwhile, Strathclyde University rattled home ten goals against Stirling Wanderers in a 10-1 win in Men’s Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 3 today.

Finally, there was an epic penalty shoot-out contest in the Men’s Arthur McKay Scottish Plate semi-final between Hillhead and Granite City Wanderers today.

Following an entertaining 3-3 draw, the two sides contested a lengthy battle in the penalty deciders, which eventually saw Keith Joss’ side run out 16-15 winners to reach the final next month.

They will play Aberdeen GSFP after the Aberdonians triumphed 1-0 against Erskine Stewart's Melville FP

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Leicester beat Surbiton in semi final

Leicester's Maddie Hinch is congratulated by Julia Karwatzky v Surbiton

Leicester produced a dramatic fight back to secure their place in the final of the Investec Women’s Hockey League with a penalty shuffle shootout win over Surbiton.

The game was 2-2 at the end of time and neither side could find a winner in silver goal extra time so it went down to a nerve-racking shuffle.

Before the shootout drama, Emma Batten opened the scoring inside the first minute of the game after deflecting Vicky Bryant’s shot into the Leicester goal.

Amy Bryant doubled the lead with a neat reverse stick shot from a penalty corner.

But Leicester still looked dangerous and mounted a strong comeback as Jo Hunter showed some fantastic skill in the build up to Emma Clarke’s goal.

Then, with a corner taken after the half time buzzer, Julia Karwatzky produced a superb strike to equalise going into the break.

As hard as they tried, neither side could find a winner and so it all came down to the shootout.

Julia Karwatzky, Vanessa Hawkins and Nicola White hit the net for Leicester as they went through 3-2.

White said afterwards: “It was a feisty game, we got off to a slow start and allowed Surbiton to go two goals up, but we got into our stride and fought back. We didn’t give up and managed to force extra time.

“It was a really even battle and a gutsy team performance. Matches like these just go to show there’s so little difference between the top four sides in the Premier Division.

“We’ll be watching the next game with interest to see who our opponents will be in the final.”

England Hockey Board Media release

Reading beat Canterbury to make Investec Final

Lucy Hyams Kate Walsh, Canterbury v Reading

Kate Walsh scored twice as Reading won through to the final of the Investec Women’s Hockey League with a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Canterbury.

Susie Gilbert opened the scoring early on as her shot found the roof of the net in the 17th minute.

Kate Walsh opened her account soon after, hitting a superb drag flick shot over the keeper from a penalty corner.

And it was Walsh who put Reading within touching distance of a final showdown with Leicester as she thumped home from a penalty corner yet again.

She played a neat one-two before collecting the ball in and lashing home a precise strike.

Canterbury were still fighting and on 46 minutes, they finally got off the mark as a corner resulted in a Mel Clewlow shot ricocheting off a Reading stick on its way to the net.

But Reading soon restored the three-goal lead as some excellent build up play cut the Canterbury defence wide open and Ellie Cockburn applied the finish to make it 4-1.

Desperate to get back on the goal trail, Canterbury introduced a kicking back and Alex Danson ruthlessly exploited the gap at the back, knocking the ball into an open net to make it 5-1 and end the game as a contest.

Emma Thomas, Reading captain, said: “it’s fantastic to get the result today and even better to seal the place in Europe for next season. It was hard work but I think all three sides had a tough day.

“We’re looking forward to playing Leicester in the final tomorrow. The crowd has been fantastic today and it’s great to have the home support again.”

England Hockey Board Media release

Olton beat Harleston 2-0

Harleston v Olton, Lucilla Parkes and Naomi James

Olton and West Warwickshire made it two wins from two as a superb strike from Lucilla Parkes sealed a 2-0 win over Harleston Magpies.

Olton are now in a strong position going into the final day of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Play-Offs, sitting at the top of the pool on six points.

It was a closely contested game with both sides enjoying periods of dominance but it was Olton that took their chances.

The first goal came after 12 minutes and helped settle Olton’s nerves. A Vicky Hopkins shot hit from outside the D struck the pads of the Harleston goalkeeper and instead of bouncing back out, it took a wicked deflection and spun into the goal.

With just one goal in it at the break, there was still everything to play for. The highlight of the game came five minutes into the second half as Lucilla Parkes took control of the ball before pounding a rocket of a strike towards the goal. Her shot hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced over the line to make it 0-2.

Although Magpies created chances and kept the ball well at times, they just couldn’t score the goal they needed to get themselves back into it and the game ended 2-0 to the Investec Premier Division side.

Olton captain Naomi James said: “It was a hard fought game today. We would have preferred to have put in a better performance. But it paid off in the end, we got the result we wanted and what a fantastic individual goal from Lucilla.

“Now we look forward to tomorrow and to making sure we put in an improved performance against Buckingham.”

England Hockey Board Media release

Beeston beat Buckingham to set up tense finale

Buckingham's Sam Sandham and Beeston's Holly Webb

Beeston kept their hopes of promotion to the Investec Hockey Premier Division as they beat Buckingham 3-0 in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Play-Offs.

Buckingham have been on an unbelievable run, finishing top of the Investec Conference West without tasting defeat once in the regular season.

Coming off the back of a defeat to Olton and West Warwickshire, Beeston took the lead when Nikki Ward opened the scoring on 34 minutes, tucking the ball home on the break.

Buckingham were having lots of possession and were looking a threat but it was Beeston who scored again just four minutes later as the prolific Sophie Robinson pounced with a simple tap in.

Although they were two down at the break, Buckingham still carried a threat. But their hopes of taking a second win in the play-offs were extinguished when Beeston’s Meg Byas cracked a superb volley from a penalty corner with seven minutes remaining.

Beeston captain Holly Webb (pictured, right, with Buckingham's Sam Sandham) said: “It was a really good team performance today. We all know our strengths in the side and we played today exactly as we needed to.

“We’ve got a fantastic team and club and with our men’s team already in the Premier Division, that’s where we want to be too.”

England Hockey Board Media release

Big win for Australian Masters over Western opponent

Emoni Narawa

THE Australian Master hammered the Western Masters hockey team 12-0 at the National Hockey Centre on Friday night.

After being wounded by their 2-1 loss to the Fiji High Performance team on Thursday, the visitors bounced back in style to end their tour on a winning note.

The Aussies dominated play throughout the game. The Western team had to include Suva players after failing to make the numbers to play.

Fiji women's hockey coach and former national rep Shaun Corrie who was one of the Suva -based players that featured for the Western Masters said it was a great experience to play against an overseas team.

"The match was awesome despite the score. I even lost count of the scores and I think they got us by 12-0 in the match," he said.

"It was a good learning experience though for most of us. Despite playing players that are over 35 years old, they gave us that competitive game and we are happy to gain exposure from that.

"I believe everyone enjoyed their game," Corrie added.

The Fiji Times

Sapura on a roll in MHL

Sapura registered their second win within 24 hours when they defeated Terengganu HT 3-1 in the TNB Malaysian Hockey League match at the USM Stadium in Penang this evening.

The win took their points tally to 14, just a point behind Tenaga Nasional berhad who are on 15 points but with a game in hand as they have played 9 matches as opposed to Sapura who have played a match more.

For the East Coast side, their woes continue, especially in the penalty corner department as they were awarded a total of 8 penalty corners but failed to score from any.

It was a lacklustre first half as both teams were obviously affected by the humid conditions and could not play free flowing hockey. Play was largely centered around the midfield area and there was hardly any real danger posed to the opponents goal, with the exception of penalty corners.

Terengganu were awarded three penalty corners, in the 11th, 12th and 29th but once again their lack of having a penalty corner specilist stood out like a sore thumb.

It was however the same for Sapura as Khasif Ali, the tournaments leading scorer, who also fired blanks despite being presented with two opportunities in the 21st and 32nd minutes.

But the game came alive in the opening minutes of the second half.

Sapura took the lead in the 39th minute through Faridzul Afiq Mohammad. But hardly had the cheers died down when Terengganu wewre on level terms as Ismail Abu scored in the 41st minute.

Khasif got his act right in the fourth penalty corner of Sapura in the 59th minute to give Sapura a 2-1 lead before Faridzul Afiq popped up to make it 3-1 in favour Sapura in the 61st minute.

Terengganu forced three consecutive penalty corners in 63rd,64th and 65th minutes but failed to find the equaliser.

Official MHL site

Sapura on a roll

By Fadhli Ishak

SAPURA consolidated their superb win over Tenaga Nasional on Friday with an equally impressive 3-1 triumph over Terengganu in the Malaysian Hockey League Premier Division at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang yesterday.

The first half was a case of missed opportunities for both sides. Terengganu had their fair share of chances when they were awarded three penalty corners but failed to convert any.

It was the same story for Sapura as they too squandered scoring opportunities presented by two penalty corners in the 21st and 32nd minutes to see both sides enter the break tied 0-0.

The match, however, came to life in the second half when Sapura took the lead in the 39th minute through Faridzul Afiq Mohammad but soon found themselves back on level terms when Terengganu's Ismail Abu found the back of the net just two minutes later.

Sapura's penalty corner specialist Khasif Ali, however, found his touch at the right time when he converted in the 59th minute to give his side the lead.

Faridzul Afiq then made it 3-1 for his side with he sneaked a field goal in the 61st minute.

With 14 points in the bag, the result saw Sapura close the gap with third placed TNB, who are on 15 points but have a game in hand.

Sapura coach Tai Beng Hai said he was delighted that his charges managed to neutralise the threat of Terengganu's dangerous counter attacks.

"It was quite a close game but we managed to take our chances when they came and as a result, managed to get the win," said the former national coach.

"On paper, I believe they are a stronger side than us as they have many national players.

"However, we managed to mark their key players and avoided being punished by their strong counter attacks."

The attention will now turn to the match between Maybank and KLHC today as a win for the latter will see them seal the title.

Today -- Premier Division: Maybank v KLHC (4pm), UniKL v TNB (6pm), Terengganu v Nur Insfai (8pm). (Matches at Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang)

Division One: Sunday 2030 v Uniten (National Stadium II, 6pm), TNB Thunderbolts v SSTMI (National Stadium II, 8pm), MBI vs BJSS (Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh, 6pm).

New Straits Times

Sapura keep third placing hopes alive after second straight victory


Two-goal hero: Sapura’s Faridzul Afiq Mohd.

GEORGE TOWN: Penang proved to be a happy hunting ground for Sapura as they claimed their second straight Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) win at the USM Hockey Stadium yesterday.

A day after beating third-placed Tenaga Nasional 3-2 in the Premier Division, fourth-placed Sapura powered their way to a 3-1 win over Terengganu to close the gap on Tenaga to one point.

Victory, however, did not come easy for Sapura.

They only managed to break the deadlock in the 39th minute when Faridzul Afiq Mohd tucked home Raja Veerachamy’s pass.

The joy was shortlived for Sapura. Terengganu came charging back to equalise in the 41st minute when Ismail Abu finished off a cross with a neat deflected shot past Sapura goalkeeper Mohd Hairi Abdul Rahman.

Pakistan’s Kashif Ali then came to Sapura’s rescue. He hit home a penalty corner in the 59th minute for a 2-1 lead.

Faridzul put his name on the score sheet again in the 61st minute to give Sapura a convincing win.

The Star of Malaysia

Deepika makes a comeback in the Indian team

Shashank Gupta

Veteran player Deepika makes a comeback to Indian team as she is included in the Rottardam bound Indian team announced today.

Senior Women Hockey Team departs for Rotterdam in preparation for FIH Women World League Round 3(Semi-finals)

Indian Senior Women Hockey Team left for Rotterdam, Netherlands on Saturday morning from New Delhi to play friendlies against The Netherlands teams.

This team will play five matches at Rotterdam from 22-29 April, including one against National Dutch team and four against Dutch Club teams.

Indian team has qualified for the FIH World League Round-3(Semi-finals) in February this year. FIH World League is also qualifier for the World Cup 2014 to be played in Hague, Netherland.

The team
1. Savita
2. Rajni Etimarpu

3. Deep Grace Ekka
4. Kirandeep Kaur
5. Deepika
6. Namita Toppo
7. Sushila Chanu
8. M N Ponnamma
9. Sunita Lakra

10. Ritu Rani
11. Monika
12. Vandana Katariya
13. Lilima Minz

14. Soundarya Yendala
15. Rashmi Singh
16. Anupa Barla
17. Rani
18. Poonam Rani

Indian women's hockey team leaves for a preparatory tour of Rotterdam

NEW DELH: A 18-member Indian women's hockey team on Saturday left for Rotterdam to prepare itself for the FIH Hockey World League Round-3 (semifinals) to be held from June 13-23 this year.

The Indian women will play five matches at Rotterdam, including one against Dutch national side and four against club teams, from April 22-29.

The Indian team has qualified for the FIH World League Round-3 (semifinals), to be held at Rotterdam, in February this year.

The FIH World League also serves as a qualifier for the 2014 World Cup to be played in Hague, The Netherlands.


Goalkeepers: Savita, Rajni Etimarpu.

Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Kirandeep Kaur, Deepika, Namita Toppo, Sushila Chanu, M N Ponnamma, Sunita Lakra.

Midfielders: Ritu Rani, Monika, Vandana Katariya, Lilima Minz.

Forwards: Soundarya Yendala, Rashmi Singh, Anupa Barla, Rani, Poonam Rani.

The Times of India

Railways spank Uttarakhand 19-0 in Sr Women's National hockey

LUCKNOW: Riding on Binita Xess's four goals, defending champion Railways spanked Uttarakhand 19-0 in a Pool A league match of the third Hockey India Senior Women National Hockey Championship at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium on Saturday.

Goal scores for Railways were Binita Xess (10th minute, 23rd, 41st, 42nd), Amandeep Kaur (1st, 11th, 39th), Jasjeet Kaur (20th, 37th), Apoorva V (24th, 32nd), Rosalin Dung Dung (45th, 64th), Joydeep Kaur (6th), Ramneek Kaur (22nd), Rosalind L Ralte (10th), Asunta Lakra (50th), Preety S Kiro (53rd) and Laurenua Kerketta (60th).

In another match of the day, Jharkhand thrashed Kerala 16-0 in Pool C.

For Jharkhand the goal scorers were Sabnam Lakra (9th, 46th, 58th, 63rd, 66th), Kanti Pradhan (32nd, 49th, 55th, 57th), Nisha Rani Aind (14th, 29th), Sarita Lakra (53rd, 67th), Shilwanti Minjur (3rd) and Punita Minz (60th).

In the third match of the day, Odisha outclassed Tripura 19-0 in Pool G.

The scorers for Odisha were Raina Yadav (6th, 10th, 37th, 48th), Mariana Kanjur (12th, 15th, 44th), Ashim Kanchan Barla (16th, 47th, 56th), Priyanka Ekka (49th, 55th, 59th), Sarojini Ekka (28th, 38th), Sarojini Ekka (3rd, 49th), Rashmita Minz (24th) and Punam Minz (58th).

In the other match of the day, Chitra KC struck six goals to help Karnataka register an emphatic 12-2 win over Himachal Pradesh in Pool G.

Meanwhile, in the 3rd Hockey India Junior Women National Championship held at Ranchi, Uttar Pradesh demolished Tripura 26-0 in Pool G.

Siddhi Singh and Srishti Singh scored seven goals each for UP.

In another match, Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd defeated Hockey Bhopal 5-0.

MHA Ltd scored through Jemima Monterio (36th, 63rd), Ambareen Shaikh (50th), Yogita Pasi (66th) and Bhagyashree Agarwal (70th).


Pool C: MHA Ltd 5 (Jemima Monterio 36, 63, Ambareen Shaikh 50, Yogita Pasi 66 and Bhagyashree Agarwal 70) beat Hockey Bhopal 0.

Pool G: Uttar Pradesh 26 (Kavita Mauryay 2, 29, 64 Siddhi Singh 4, 5, 7, 16, 22,46, 51, Srishti Singh 10, 15, 28, 30, 32, 39,44,Komal Sahni 12, 17,48, 56, 59, 60 Chand Singh 27,Shreya Singh 50, 56) beat Tripura 0.

The Times of India

Oilmen drill Paradise 5-3 in Bacolet

Nigel Simon

Five different players were on target as defending champions of the T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division battled past host Paradise 5-3 at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Training Field, Bacolet, yesterday.

For Petrotrin, which whipped Malvern 4-1 in its title-defence opener on April 6, the national quartet of Atiba Whittington, Evan Farrell, Triston Grant and Dwain Quan Chan were all among the goals as well as Jonathan Williams while Arthur Patrick, Nave Roach and Vernell Rivers got Paradise replies.

With the win, Petrotrin moved to maximum six points from two matches, the same as Defence Force which leads the points table on goal-difference after clobbering Corona Fatima 6-0 in its opener followed by a 5-1 whipping of Paradise at Bacolet, a week ago.

National midfielder Marcus James scored a goal in each half for Defence Force while Nicholas Wren, Mickell Pierre and Brian Burrows chipped in with the others for the “Teteron Stickmen” to cancel out Dwayne John’s lone reply for Paradise.

Also at Bacolet, yesterday, Harvard Maritime Checkers made it two wins from as many matches to head the standings, via a 3-1 defeat of Paradise in their Women’s Championship Division encounter.

Mindy Charles got the opener for the visiting St James-based Checkers after which national youth and senior team forward got the other followed by an own-goal while Brandy Leith netted Paradise’s lone item. (NS)



Men’s Championship

Petrotrin 5 (Atiba Whittington, Evan Farrell, Triston Grant, Jonathan Williams, Dwain Quan Chan) vs Paradise 3 (Arthur Patrick, Nave Roach, Vernell Rivers)

Women’s Championship

Checkers 3 (Mindy Charles, Brittney Hingh, own goal) vs Paradise 1 (Brandy Leith)

Trinity Men

Paradise 8 (Desmond Archer 3, Omari Brathwaite 2, Nave Roach, Theron Stoute, Kareem Alfred) vs Petrotrin 5 (Wayne Legerton 4, Arthur Duncan).

The Trinidad Guardian