News for 23 April 2013

All the news for Tuesday 23 April 2013


Malaysia to rev up with China friendly and South Africa tour

KUALA LUMPUR: A five-match series with China in Kuala Lumpur and a tour of South Africa will be the final phase of preparation for the national hockey team prior to the FIH World League semi-final in Johor Baru from June 29-July 9.

The World League semi-final, involving eight teams, is a qualifier for next year’s World Cup.

World No. 1 Germany, England, South Korea, Pakistan and Malaysia have already confirmed their places. Three more teams will be finalised after the second round of the World League in early June.

The national team will only resume their training after the final of the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) which is slated for May 19.

The team will go to Johor Baru for a three day-stint once the training squad have been named.

Said national coach Paul Revington: “The matches with China will be held from May 21 until the end of the month.

“We hope to go off to Johannesburg on June 3. There are no other matches lined-up as I feel these matches will be sufficient for our purpose.”

Revington has been watching almost all the MHL matches to select the best available players. Last week, he held a training session for 15 players.

He hopes to bring in more players for the second session next week.

Besides the World League semi-final, the team are also preparing for the Asia Cup in Ipoh in August.

The Asia Cup is also a World Cup qualifier with the champions gaining an automatic berth.

If Malaysia fail to get among the top four in Johor Baru, then they must aim to win the Asia Cup.

Otherwise, they will miss another World Cup. Malaysia last featured in the World Cup in 2002. Then, they were automatic qualifiers by virtue of being the host nation.

The Star of Malaysia



Kate Walsh shows her class

By Graham Wilson



Kate Walsh with Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games

EVERY time Kate Walsh decides to move up a gear, defences seem to part.

There were a lot of good young players on show, but the Great Britain captain was a class apart at the Investec League play-offs as her club Reading gained revenge over Leicester for their defeat last year to take the national title.

Against Canterbury Walsh, 32, converted two penalty-corner goals in a 5-1 win.

She finished on crutches after being hit by a ball but still took part in the final.

She and her GB team-mate Alex Danson were the only two to score in the penalty shootout after the game finished 1-1.

Canterbury beat Surbiton 3-2 to take third place.

Olton kept their Premier Division  status and Beeston will be joining them.

Daily Express



Not easy to satisfy KLHC

PRIORITY: Coach now aims for fourth consecutive double

By REPORTS BY Fadhli Ishak



KLHC’s Wassem Ahmad (front) shields the ball as Maybank’s Shakeel Abassi closes in during their Premier Divison match at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang on Sunday.

AN eighth consecutive Malaysian Hockey League title is already in the bag, but Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) coach K. Dharmaraj insists that the team's appetite for more success remains as strong as ever.

Dharmaraj has assured the team will be relentless in their pursuit for a fourth double in a row when they begin their campaign in the TNB Cup next month.

KLHC, who only dropped points in a 3-3 draw with Tenaga Nasional this season, clinched the Premier Division title with two games to spare, thanks to a 4-2 win over second-placed Maybank on Sunday.

"I think we have shown in the league this season that we are always hungry for more success," said Dharmaraj.

"Although we had won it seven times before, the team showed an intense desire to be the best and add to our victories this year.

"We had a tough start when we lost six (national) players in the off-season and lost in the Charity Shield but we managed to rise to the occasion and recapture our winning touch.

"However, our job is not done yet and we will not be taking it easy any time soon as there is still the TNB Cup to defend.

"As far as we are concerned, it is a very important competition and we will be going all out to win it again this year."

Dharmaraj, who is also the National Juniors' coach, added that winning the league title was a confidence booster going into the TNB Cup but stressed that winning the competition will not be a straightforward affair.

"The league gets tougher and tougher every year with the quality of players continuing to improve, especially in terms of imports being brought in.

"This also means we will have to be as equally sharp in the TNB Cup as every team have a chance of winning it.

"We will be rotating players in our final league matches to give those injured a chance to recover and give others more playing time.

"However, our priority is still to win matches as we will use our two remaining games (in the league) to fine-tune the squad for the TNB Cup."

KLHC, who beat TNB 3-0 in the final last year, will play second-from-bottom UniKL in their next league match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Saturday.

New Straits Times



League champs KLHC now aiming for fifth double

By S. RAMAGURU



Evergreen: Chua Boon Huat is having a great season with KLHC.

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) will turn their attention to winning their fifth double after picking up the Premier Division crown in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).

The star-studded side, previously known as Ernst and Young, swept to their eighth straight league title with two matches to spare when they defeated Maybank 4-2 in Penang on Sunday.

KLHC led by national player and veteran Chua Boon Huat have 28 points after 10 matches in the seven-team league, nine more than second-placed Maybank. Tenaga Nasional are third on 18 points.

Said KLHC team manager George Koshy: “We are a little lucky to win the league title this time. The matches are getting tougher to win and all the teams have strength in depth. It is just unfortunate that they dropped points to allow us to wrap up the title earlier than expected.”

He added that KLHC, the 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 double champions, would use the remaining matches to iron out the flaws in the team.

“Our game is not perfect yet. There are many areas where work is needed. So it is important that we pay more attention to these areas and use the matches as a stepping stone for the overall title,” said Koshy.

Being the Premier Division champions, KLHC have been given a bye in the quarter-finals. The second-placed team will also proceed to the semi-finals.

Joining KLHC in the knockout stage from the Premier Division are Maybank, Tenaga, Sapura, Universiti Kuala Lumpur and Terengganu.

The focus this weekend will be on the battle for second place between Maybank and Tenaga. There is also an interesting battle at the other end of the table. Fourth-placed Sapura (14 points), fifth-placed Terengganu (10) and sixth-placed UniKL (10) are the teams involved in avoiding the drop to Division One.

Bottom side Nur Insafi, with only a point, will play in Division One next season.

The Star of Malaysia



Kovsies and Pukke top of the pops after days one and two

The first round of the inaugural South African Varsity Hockey series for women reaches a high point at the University of North West in Potchefstroom Monday when Maties tackle high-flying Kovsies live on SuperSport 5 at 4 pm before home side Pukke take on UJ live on SS5 at 5.30 pm.

Monday’s earlier matches feature UCT versus Tuks at 2.30 pm and Wits up against NMMU at the same time – Potch having the two side-by-side turfs.

The inaugural Varsity Hockey series for men is scheduled to take place next year.

The well-drilled Kovsies outplayed UCT 6-1 on day two, Sunday thanks to a brace by Lisa Hawker and contributions from nationally-capped strikers Izelle Lategan and Tanya Britz, while UCT got on the scoreboard through Stacey Morley-Jepson.

At the same time on the adjacent turf, Pukke were spurred on by their vociferous home crowd in beating Port Elizabeth’s NMMU 5-1.

The Port Elizabeth girls took an early lead through Keisha Arnold, but 100-plus capped SA striker Sulette Damons scored two goals in quick succession for Pukke before team-mates Carli Gericke and SA utility player Celia Evans made their mark.

Damons also scored a brace in her team’s 2-0 victory over Maties on Saturday, while the Stellenbosch team drew 1-1 against Tuks on Sunday, SA midfielder/defender Quanita Bobbs opening Maties’ account early in the match before Tuks hit back later through SA cap Kara Stella.

Sunday’s Johannesburg derby between UJ and Wits ended in a 2-1 victory for UJ. Witsie Demi du Toit scored her second goal of the competition, after she also contributed in the 1-1 draw against UCT on Saturday. UJ’s goals against Wits were scored by SA forward Bernadette Coston and Nika Nel.

RESULTS

Saturday - NWU-Puk 2 (Sulette Damons 2) Maties 0; Kovsies 4 (Izelle Lategan 3, Cornelle Botha) NMMU 0; Tuks 2 (Lisette du Plessis, Janie Porteous) UJ 1 (Georgina Crisp); UCT 1 (Stacey Morley-Jepson) Wits 1 (Demi du Toit).

Sunday - UJ 2 (Bernadette Coston, Nika Nel) Wits 1 (Demi du Toit); Maties 1 (Quanita Bobbs) Tuks 1 (Kara Stella); Kovsies 6 UCT 1; Pukke 5 NMMU 1.

MONDAY’S FIXTURES

22 April: 14:30: UCT vs Tuks; 14:30: Wits vs NMMU; 16:00 (live on SuperSport 5): Maties vs Kovsies; 17:30 (live on SuperSport 5): Pukke vs UJ.

Varsity Hockey then takes a break because of the SA U21 IPT in Durban, and resumes on 11 May at University of the Free State and the University of Johannesburg. It concludes on 19 and 20 May at the University of Pretoria.

* Information supplied by Varsity Sports.

SA Hockey Association media release



Wynne treble as Dames hammer Ventures

Nigel Simon


National foward Blair Wynne opened her account in fine style, netting a hat-trick to lead defending champions Notre Dame past Ventures 9-0 in their season opener of the T&T Hockey Board Women’s Championship Division at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Sunday.

After putting up stiff resistance for most of the first half, Ventures finally caved in to the pressure with Wynne scoring in the 33rd and 35th minutes for a 2-0 lead at the break.

Seven minutes into the second-half, Tamara De Nobriga made it 3-0 before Wynne completed her hat-trick two minutes later, followed by items from Tamia Roach (50th) and De Nobriga, her second in the 59th for a 6-0 advantage.

The Whiteman sisters, Nicole (63rd) and Stephanie (69th) along with Shantel Garcia (70th) then added one each to complete the one-sided contest.

The win saw the Dames joining Malvern and Shandy Carib Magnolias on three points but with a match in hand and superior goal-difference.

At the top of the table is Harvard Maritime Checkers with maximum six points after beating Malvern 5-0 and Paradise 3-1 in their two matches to date.

In the Men’s Championship Division, Kiel Murray’s 66th minute strike earned Paragon a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Notre Dame for its second win from as many matches.

The Dames, who were also beaten 2-1 by table leaders Defence Force on Saturday night went ahead in the 19th minute via an own goal from goalkeeper Jesse Thomas after a shot by Shaquille Daniel from outside the D went in off his gloves.

Eight minutes later Akim Toussaint scored his second of the season for Paragon to level the match at 1-1 before Murray’s third goal of the campaign proved vital with four minutes left in the contest.

Paragon now joins defending champions Petrotrin on six points, three behind Defence Force which has won its three matches to date.

Meanwhile, Carib continued to set the pace in the Mixed Veterans Division after blasting Petrotrin 6-1 led by a Randall Ramsammy hat-trick for its third straight win.

Ramsammy got his goals in the tenth, 17th and 30th minute for Carib while his brother Ronald Ramsammy (34th) and their cousin Kern Ramsammy (65th) added one each along with Kevin Adams (27th). For the Oilmen, Kurt Isaac got his team’s lone item in the 33rd.

Sunday’s results

Women’s Championship


Notre Dame 9 (Blair Wynne 33rd, 35th, 44th, Tamara De Nobriga 42nd, 59th, Tamia Roach 50th, Nicole Whiteman 63rd, Stephanie Whiteman 69th, Shantel Garcia 70th) vs Ventures 0

Men’s Championship

Paragon 2 (Akim Toussaint 27th, Kiel Murray 66th) vs Notre Dame 1 (Jesse Thomas own goal 19th)

Mixed Veterans:

Carib 5 (Randall Ramsammy 10th, 17th, 30th, Kevin Adams 27th, Ronald Ramsammy 34th, Kern Ramsammy 65th) vs Petrotrin 1 (Kurt Isaac 33rd)

Under-19 Girls:

Magnolias 6 (Brianna Govia 15th, 60th, Amie Olton 19th, Kaitlyn Olton 63rd, Sarah Olton 65th, Shanniah De Freitas 67th) vs Malvern 0

Under-19 Boys:

Notre Dame 5 (Shaquille Daniel 38th, 50th, Dillon Campbell 46th, Richie Alexander 52nd, Daniel Transcoso 58th) vs Shape 0

Upcoming matches

Today : Trinity Men:


Malvern vs Petrotrin, 8pm

Tomorrow: Trinity Women:


Checkers vs Notre Dame, 8pm

Thursday: Trinity Men:

QPCC vs Shape, 8pm

Friday: Mixed Veterans:

Defence Force vs Petrotrin, 7pm
Notre Dame vs Paragon, 8.45pm

The Trinidad Guardian



PHF signs MOU with Afghan Hockey Federation


Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Afghanistan Hockey Federation (AHF) to provide technical assistance in restructuring and reformation of the game in Afghanistan on modern lines, becoming the first country to lend support to the AHF.

Talking at a news conference along with PHF secretary M Asif Bajwa after the MoU signing ceremony held here at National Hockey Stadium on Monday, AHF secretary Mirwais Bahawi said: “It is a historic day in the history of Afghan hockey that the PHF will be providing them support to re-organise the game in our war-torn country.”

He said the game of hockey was not new to Afghanistan which participated in 1936 and 1940 Olympics and won fourth position in the former. Now they have started efforts with a renewed zeal to make it a game of masses in Afghanistan.

“The passion for hockey is ever-growing and youth is taking keen interest to take up hockey as a sport and we have around 500 to 600 hockey playing players,” said the AHF official.

“We are going through a tough time in the prevailing circumstances and Pakistan is the first country to support the cause of Afghan hockey for which we are very thankful to them. Pakistan has a glorious past in the game and its guidance to help reorganise the game will play a paramount role in the overall development of the game in Afghanistan,” added the AHF secretary.

To a query, the AHF Secretary replied: “No, there are no astro-turf on their grounds as Afghan youth was playing hockey on grassy fields or concrete surfaces and they are trying to lay synthetic turf to provide training their players on modern lines.”

According to the three-year MoU, the PHF will extend technical assistance in restructuring the game by helping them to setup hockey academies on the pattern of the academies functioning in major cities of Pakistan to polish the raw talent. The PHF will also give a donation of 100 hockey sticks and 100 balls to the AHF.

PHF secretary Asif Bajwa said that the three Afghan teams would visit Pakistan every year and the PHF would bear their expense. “We will be inviting their national team and two junior teams to undergo two-week training and activities every year in Pakistan,” he added.

He said the PHF was supporting the cause of hockey whenever and wherever its services were needed and they had signed an MOU with the Afghan hockey as a part of its development plan which was in line with the game development of International Hockey Federation (FIH).

“Our hockey academies have become role model in hockey playing countries and we will be introducing the same system in Afghanistan to organise the game on scientific lines,” said the PHF official.

To a query, he said: “The PHF will consider the request of the AHF to send its coaches to Afghanistan for imparting training when such a stage comes in due course of time.”

Bajwa said he was confident that in next five to six years, Afghan hockey would be on right track of progress with the cooperation of the PHF.

The Nation

 



Pakistan to develop hockey in Afghanistan


Several Afghan outfits, including their U16 side, will play domestic tournaments in Pakistan to assist Afghan players. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Following the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) footsteps, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has now taken an initiative to help their Afghan counterparts uplift the game in their country.

According to a senior PHF official, the federation signed a MoU yesterday with the Afghanistan Hockey Federation (AHF) that will see Pakistan help their neighbours in various aspects of the game.

As part of the agreement, several Afghan outfits, including their U16 side, will be permitted to play domestic tournaments in Pakistan, which will aid in raising the standard of Afghan players.

The PHF has also promised providing technical assistance in the restructuring and reformation of the game in Afghanistan on modern scientific lines.

In addition to that, Pakistan will also donate 100 sticks and as many balls to the AHF annually.

The Express Tribune



Pakistan offers hockey support to Afghanistan

LAHORE: Pakistan said on Monday it would help foster the development of field hockey in Afghanistan, hoping to replicate its success in supporting its war-ravaged neighbour's rise in cricket.

The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) promised to give Afghanistan a place in their domestic competitions and provide equipment, resources and technical assistance.

Since the Taliban's ouster in 2001, Pakistan has provided similar help to Afghan's cricketers which has seen them rise to one-day status in 2009 and qualify for back-to-back World Twenty20s in 2010 and 2012.

An "MoU was signed between PHF and Afghanistan Hockey Federation in which we have offered our professional support to the friendly country", the PHF said in a statement.

Afghanistan have competed in field hockey at regional level but the sport lags behind the popularity football and cricket enjoy in the country.

Cricket has overtaken football in recent years, helped by the return of refugees who learned the game in Pakistan after fleeing the Soviet invasion in 1979.

The PHF said it would help field hockey take root in Afghanistan.

"There is a provision of technical assistance in restructuring and reformation of the game of hockey in Afghanistan on modern scientific lines and we will do that through our resources," it said.

Pakistan have been a major force in field hockey, winning three Olympic titles and four world crowns, but have suffered a slump in recent years.

They are reigning Asian champions after winning the title in 2010 in China, despite dropping to their worst 12th finish in the World Cup (2010) and seventh in the Olympics in London last year.

Pakistan is one of the world's top hockey stick makers and the PHF said it would also donate 100 sticks and 100 balls to Afghanistan every year.

The Times of India



Jhelumlift Inter-district U-16 Hockey title

ISLAMABAD-Jhelumbecame the new Rawalpindi Division Inter-district U-16 Hockey champion after edging out hostsRawalpindi7-6 on penalties here at the Shahnaz Shaikh Hockey Stadium. 

The teams from Rawalpindi and Jhelum districts participated in the event which was organised by Sports Department CDGR.

The final remained locked at 1-1 in the full time so both the teams were awarded penalty strokes.Jhelum converted all the strokes while Rawalpindi missed the crucial last one which resulted in Jhelum becoming the crowned champions. 

Olympian Shahnaz Shaikh was the chief guest while Rawalpindi District Hockey Association president Aslam Paervaiz Kiyani, divisional secretary Zaheer Ahmed, PTA's Mubashir Khan, DO Sports Manzar Shah and others were also present there. Later, the chief guest distributed prizes among the winners.

The Nation



Karnataka enters QFs of 3rd Hockey India Sr Women National

LUCKNOW: Chaitra KC strcuk twice to help Karnataka enter the quarterfinals of the third Hockey India Senior Women National Hockey Championship, with a 2-1 win over Odisha here today.

For Karnataka, Chaitra (12th min, 22nd) found the target twice while Raina Yadav (26th) scored the lone goal for Odisha in a pool G match at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in the Guru Gobind Singh College here.

In the other match of the day, Mumbai Hockey Association Limited (MHA Ltd) troounced Rajasthan 12-1 in pool B.

Pratibha Sawant (21th, 30th, 39th, 62nd), Sarita Hanuman (10th, 26th, 49th), Jahanara Bano (28th, 48th), Afshan Basha (24th), Krishna Patel (61st) were the goalscorers for MHA Ltd, while Jaya Chouhan (46th) scored the only goal for Rajasthan.

In another pool B encounter, Haryana got a walkover from Bengal Hockey Association.

In pool F, Hockey Bhopal hammered Gujarat 19-0. Railways, meanwhile have already qualified for quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Spurthi H P scored four goals as Karnataka trounced hosts Tamil Nadu 9-0 to win the third Hockey India Sub-Junior Women National Championship (South Zone) at Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium in Egmore, Chennai today.

Karnataka, who led 4-0 at the half time, scored through Leelavathi (3rd min), Spurthi (8th, 33rd, 46th, 60th), Ramya A N (29th, 60th), Keerthana (49th) and an own goal (66th).

The Times of India