News for 25 April 2013

All the news for Thursday 25 April 2013

High octane Hockeyroos win series opener

Nelson (2), Blyth & Messent on target as Australia hit back

Claire Messent (No. 23) celebrates her goal

A high intensity performance from the Hockeyroos handed Adam Commens’ side victory in the first of four matches against Korea in Perth. Four second half goals, including two from Western Australian Ashleigh Nelson, turned around a half time deficit in exciting fashion. Returning captain Madonna Blyth (QLD) scored Australia’s third with Claire Messent (VIC) rounding things off late on.

Speaking afterwards, Commens was pleased with how the Hockeyroos took control to fight back. “I thought we played a high energy game and created enough chances in the first half,” he said. “It was our sustained pressure in that half that led to our second half performance when the game opened up.”

The Hockeyroos handed Jane Claxton (SA) and Brooke Peris (NT) their competitive international debuts and Commens was pleased with their performances, adding: “I was particularly pleased with our two debutants who I thought did well. We learnt a lot today, but we’ll need to be tighter in defence if we are to compete with the best in the world.”

Australia’s up-tempo start offered early chances to Peris and New South Wales forward Emily Smith but despite the opportunities it was the visitors that took the lead ten minutes before the break. Cutting in from the right, Korean captain Park Mi Hyun rifled a stunning shot beyond goalkeeper Rachael Lynch, who had earlier pulled off an important save from Kim Da Rae. 

Canberra-born Anna Flanagan looked lively for Australia from penalty corners, whistling an early second half effort millimetres over the crossbar but it was WA’s Ashleigh Nelson that pulled the Hockeyroos level in the 41st minute. Reacting quickest, Nelson connected to fire home on the rebound after Flanagan’s initial penalty corner struck a Korean foot.

Nelson doubled her tally to put the Hockeyroos ahead in the 47th minute with the aid of a deflection and captain Madonna Blyth extended Australia’s lead soon after with a well struck shot. Moments earlier, at the other end, Lynch in the Australian goal had shown all of her reflexes to tip the ball over the top.

Kim Young Ran looked to have set up a tense finale with a low penalty corner strike just over ten minutes from time but Claire Messent’s goal with seven minutes remaining was enough to settle things despite a series of late penalty corners at both ends.

The Hockeyroos and Korea meet again on Thursday at 5:30pm WST at Perth Hockey Stadium. The match will also be streamed live on the Hockey Australia website at

Hockey Australia media release

World League Round 2 teams for France announced

Six teams set to battle for a Semi-Final spot

John-John Dohmen hopes to lead Belgium to the World League Semi-Finals

The World League will resume action after a month layoff when the men take to the field in St. Germain, France in Round 2 action. The stakes are high for the six competing teams with a ticket to the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in June on the line. Today, the participating teams announced their line-ups that will do battle in the Paris suburb.

The ninth-ranked Belgium men are bringing their most experienced squad to the tournament with eight players with more than 100 caps each.  Captain John-John Dohmen brings the most experience of any player at the event with 222 caps to his credit. Belgium has been busy with their Spring preparations and is in action this week with games against Round 2 opponents Poland and France.

Looking to challenge Belgium for the top spot at the week-long event is 14th-ranked Canada. The Canadians have had a rough go in their most recent FIH outings, finishing in sixth and eighth place in their last two Champions Challenge 1 outings. But with the bye to Round 2 thanks to their World Ranking, Canada will look to stay in the hunt for berth the World League Semi-Finals and will rely largely on the leadership of captain Scott Tupper.

The middle of the pack is a tight race between 17th-ranked France, which could easily pull off an upset and finish in the top two. Also in the hunt are 19th-ranked Poland and 23rd-ranked Scotland. Cinderella Portugal may look to be well out of the race, but their Round 1 opponents learned the hard way not to take the plucky competitors lightly.

The Hockey World League Round 2 tournament will begin on May 6th in St. Germain, France.

For all the information on the tournament, click here

To view the team lists, click here

FIH site

Scotland World League preparations continue against England

Jamie Cachia

Scotland travel south to Lillieshall this weekend for two warm-up internationals against England on 27 & 28 April, as Derek Forsyth’s side continue their preparations for the FIH World League Round 2 competition in Paris next month.

The Scots recorded two wins (3-2, 6-0) against an experimental Belgian side in Waterloo last weekend, but a near full-strength England will present a much stiffer test for the players.

Eugene Connolly, Scotland Team Manager, said, “The games against England are ideal for our preparations for the FIH World League in Paris. We’re playing against real quality opposition and whilst we expect hard games, if we play like we did against Belgium last week, we’re confident that players can challenge England.

“England are under a new coach in the form of Bobby Crutchley so I’m sure he will be eager to watch his players in action. We expect to face the same England squad that will play the Netherlands later this week.”

Jamie Cachia is available and returns to the fold after playing for Sheffield in last week’s English promotion play-offs, while Forsyth is waiting on the outcome of injury assessments to Gareth Hall, Russell Anderson and Cammy Fraser.

“Jamie Cachia returns to the side after playing for Sheffield in last week’s domestic play-offs in England so we’re delighted to have him back”, said Connolly. “Gareth Hall, Russell Anderson and Cammy Fraser have slight niggles so we will wait on the outcome of their injury assessments before finalising the travelling party.”

Scotland Men: Jamie Cachia (Sheffield Hallam), Ian Moodie (Western Wildcats), Allan Dick (Holcolme), William Marshall, Alan Forsyth, Michael Bremner (all Glynhill Hotel Kelburne), Ross Stott, Gavin Byers (both Grove Menzieshill), Chris Grassick, Nick Parkes (both Surbiton), Dan Coultas (Cannock), Niall Stott (East Grinstead), Gordon McIntyre (Beeston), Iain Scholefield (Qui Vive), Wei Adams (Royal Penguins), Callum Duke (Edinburgh University).

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Ducks, Rats & Dragons qualify for EHL 2013-14

The Waterloo Ducks celebrate

BELGIUM: Waterloo Ducks have been crowned as the champions of Belgium thanks to 4-1 win over Racing Club de Bruxelles in the second game of the end of season play-offs. It was also a good weekend for Euro Hockey League Semi Finalists KHC Dragons, who battled past Royal Leopold in the third place play-off to join Waterloo and Bruxelles in the 2013-14 Edition of the EHL.

The first match between the Ducks and the Racing Rats was played on Saturday (20th April) and finished with the scores locked at 3-3. However, Waterloo were the dominant force in Sunday’s second play-off game and sealed the title with an impressive victory.

Waterloo’s Gauthier Boccard opened the match scoring when he fired home from a tight angle before Racing pulled themselves level thanks to a stunning reverse stick strike from Cedric Charlier. However, goals from John-John Dohmen, Alexandre de Saedeleer and Maxime Capelle gave Waterloo their fourth national title.

"I am extremely pleased,” said Waterloo Ducks coach Shane McLeod shortly after the game. “My team has shown great mental strength throughout this season. They have worked hard to achieve this, so it is well deserved."

Highlights of Waterloo’s two matches against Racing can be found on Waterloo Ducks’ official website,

KHC Dragons were forced to overcome a strong challenge from Royal Leopold before eventually sealing their place in next season’s Euro Hockey League. Saturday’s meeting between the two teams finished 3-3, although Dragons stepped up their game considerably on Sunday to run out 5-1 winners.

Current Euro Hockey League top scorer Loick Luypaert opened the scoring for Dragons with a penalty corner before Maurice Dubois and Mathew Cobbaert made it 3-0 ahead of the half time break. Dragons captain Jeffrey Thys added a fourth shortly after the interval, but Argentina international Lucas Rossi pulled a goal back for Leopold midway through the period. However, the result was put beyond all doubt when Florent van Aubel made the score 5-1 to guarantee a fourth successive Euro Hockey League season for the Dragons.

KHC Dragons face Rot-Weiss Köln of Germany in the Semi Finals of the Euro Hockey League. The two teams go head-to-head at Bloemendaal on Saturday 18th May, with the winner facing either HC Bloemendaal (NED) or Amsterdam H&BC (NED) in the tournament Final, which takes place on Sunday 19th May. Tickets for the event can be purchased in the Tickets section of, the official website of the Euro Hockey League.

Belgian Hockey Finals

Championship Play-Off

Match 1: Waterloo Ducks 3-3 Racing Club de Bruxelles
Match 2: Racing Club de Bruxelles 1-4 Waterloo Ducks

Third place play-off (EHL Qualifier)
Match 1: Royal Leopold 3-3 KHC Dragons
Match 2: KHC Dragons 5-1 Royal Leopold

EHL Qualifiers from Belgium: Waterloo Ducks, Racing Club de Bruxelles & KHC Dragons

Euro Hockey League media release

IHL Round 5 Previews

A highly anticipated final weekend of pool matches takes place on Saturday, with 6 of 8 places in the final's weekend still up for grabs. On the men's side Monkstown and Banbridge gained certain qualification in round 4, leaving the remaining semi-finalists to be decided in the final pool games this weekend. For the ladies, it's all to play for as 8 teams still have a chance to progress. Most will be hoping for other clubs to do them favours and hope for high scoring games elsewhere. All games in each pool are being played at the same time on Saturday so no doubt phones will be busy come the final whistle. It promises to be an exciting final round so get down to support your team in their efforts to make the Finals at Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club on 4th May 2013

Men's IHL Round 5

Monkstown progress to the final's weekend in Three Rock Rovers with a game to spare after their narrow 2-1 victory over Cookstown in round 4. They face a travelling Annadale side who are desperate for maximum points and will hope that Pembroke can pick up a win against Cookstown. It will be a tough task for ‘Broke as hosts Cookstown will be difficult to beat at home. However, with top-goalscorer Al Sothern amongst their ranks it is not an impossible task. Pembroke will need a high scoring victory and also hope that Annadale lose to Monkstown to have any chance of progression.

Instonians and Cork Harlequins battle it out to avoid the wooden spoon in Pool A, Harlequins needing a 3 goal winning margin to get off the bottom. ‘Quins keeper Chris Daunt is unavailable this weekend so they welcome promising 16-year old Jack Ryan into the fold to make his first team debut. They will be hoping for a confidence boost ahead of their impending European venture to Vienna.

Banbridge are the second team guaranteed a place in the final's weekend, and they face a Glenanne side with little to play for other than getting off bottom place. Steven Dowds is in fine goal-scoring form so Glenanne will need to be aware of his drag flicking abilities come Saturday. The two sides met at the same time last year (IHL Round 5) also in Glenanne Park with Glenanne winning 4-0. The circumstances for that game were remarkably similar with Glenanne already out of the competition and Banbridge still in contention. The loss to Lisnagarvey last weekend means Glenanne will finish with their lowest ever IHL points total.

Lisnagarvey and YMCA travel to Cookstown in what promises to be a cracker in Coolnafranky, with both sides looking to book their place in the semi-finals. A losing bonus point would be enough for ‘Garvey, whilst YM need to win by 6 goals to progress, a tough task by all accounts.

Fourth place Cork C of I play fifth place Railway Union in Cork, with both teams little to play for in the final round of their respective IHL campaigns.

Electric Ireland Women's IHL Round 5

Pool A is an incredibly close affair going into the final round as only 5 points separate the top four sides. Loreto need a victory over Ulster Elks at Mossley to guarantee their spot in the semis. Elks have been struggling with injuries of late but will be hoping to end on a positive note and dent Loreto's chances of progression.

Hermes travel to Park Avenue knowing that only victory will give them a chance of making it to the final four.  As it stands Hermes lie in 4th position on 9 points but can get to 13 with victory against Railway and if Pegasus fail to win in Limerick against Catholic Institute then Hermes would qualify either on points or Goal difference. A Railway victory would see them qualify but a losing bonus point will not be enough for the Park Avenue side as Hermes goal difference would be enough to put them through.  Railway welcome back Alex Speers after missing last weekend's game for a family wedding. Hermes will hope that Jacob and O'Flynn continue their fine scoring form as the game looks poised to be a cracker.

Catholic Institute have a very difficult assignment this weekend against Pegasus after picking up three injuries last weekend in Dublin and others not available due to exams. It has been a difficult campaign for Institute who have managed to play some high-quality hockey against some of the best sides Ireland has to offer.

Pool B is equally as close as again only 5 points separate the top 4 sides. Realistically UCD cannot be caught by anyone other than Ballymoney due to their superior goal difference. If UCD can beat Ballymoney and deny them a losing bonus point then Ards will know maximum points from their game against Lurgan will see them through. If ‘Money were to gain a losing bonus point, however, they would most likely progress on goal difference.

Old Alex has an outside chance of making the final 4, needing results to go their way in the other pool games. Their only hope of progression will be if Lurgan beat Ards, UCD put a few past Ballymoney and Alex themselves put a few past Cork Harlequins. It is a tough ask but anything can happen on the day so they will push hard for the win and hope for the best elsewhere.

Irish Hockey Association media release

SA Masters Hockey Tournament to be held in Pietermaritzburg

Image courtesy of Tina Phillips /

The SA Masters Hockey Tournament will be hosted across several venues in Pietermaritzburg from 1 to 4 May 2013, and will provide the opportunity for 67 of South Africa's best hockey teams to showcase their skill and compete for the title of SA Masters.

The event's main field will be located at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, while other academic institutions, including The Wykham Collegiate and Maritzburg College, will also host matches. Over the years, this tournament has become a key fixture on the Masters Hockey calendar, encouraging intense competition and producing hockey of exceptionally high standards.

Chairman of the local organising committee, Joyce Smith, is "delighted with the support that the tournament has received from its sponsors", and is "particularly grateful to Time Freight having the vision that inspired this event".

Time Freight's support of this event is a reflection of its sport sponsorship policy, which recognises that the dedication and teamwork required to be a great athlete is similar to that required to run a successful business and deliver outstanding service.

A healthy, focused and balanced lifestyle

According to Etienne van Ravesteyn, the company's CEO: "Time Freight believes that sport and business go hand-in-hand to achieve a healthy, focused and balanced lifestyle," and that "sport and sporting role models contribute greatly to the community and influence the way people think and behave". With these sentiments in mind, Time Freight's sponsorship of the SA Masters Hockey Tournament could not be more fitting.

Alongside the sporting prowess that will be on show at the event, there will be many other facilities on hand to ensure that spectators and participants alike are well looked after. The tournament will feature a Chill Zone hosted by its official beer, Castle Lite, where food vendors will also cater to the crowds, while the players themselves will be kept refreshed by official water sponsors Aquelle. In order to provide the best possible care for the tournament's teams, there will also be an on-site physiotherapy marquee.

The tournament is set to be a truly nationwide event, drawing competitors from all around the country as well as Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Indian eves defeat HC Rotterdam 4-3 in warm-up game

NEW DELHI: Ritu Rani scored twice as India defeated Hockey Club Rotterdam 4-3 in their first game played in Rottterdam, today.

According to information received here, Poonam Rani scored first goal for India in the 8th minute. HC Rotterdam tried to reduce the margin in the 13th minute through field goal.

In the 19th and 23rd minute, home team struck twice to build pressure on India.

In the second half of the game, India, showing appreciable fluency and purpose, applied pressure on the home.

A field goal scored by Ritu Rani in the 51st minute helped India to reduce the margin.

In the 57th minute a field goal scored by Namita Toppo helped India to level the score.

India stepped up the pressure and scored a winning goal in the 62nd minute with the penalty stroke converted by Ritu Rani.

This tour is regarding the preparations of the Indian Women Hockey team for the FIH Women Hockey World League Round- 3(Semi-finals) to be played at Rotterdam, Netherlands from 13-23 June 2013. India will now play their next game against the National Team in Utrecht, Netherlands.

The Times of India

Bihar, MHA Ltd register big wins in women's nationals

NEW DELHI: Bihar's Aprajita Kumari struck five goals, including a hat-trick, to guide her side to an emphatic 9-0 win over Jammu & Kashmir in a pool D league match of the 3rd Hockey India Senior Women National Hockey Championship.

Besides Aprajita Kumari (13, 19, 43, 51, 65 minutes), Antu Kumari (56, 59 min), Poonam Giri (10 min) and Manji Pandey (68) scored for Bihar, at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow.

In a pool B encounter, Mumbai Hockey Association Limited (MHA Ltd) routed Bengal 13-0.

Scorers for MHA Ltd were Jahanara Bano (12, 23, 26, 36, 47 minutes), Sarita Hanuman (14, 32, 41, 43 min), Tanaz Mohammed (15, 62 min), Pratibha Sawant (8 min) and Krishna Patel (27 min).

Sport Authority of India (SAI) beat Hockey Bhopal 4-2 in a pool F match.

Ranjita Sanasam (15 min), Anima Soreng (33 min), Sushma Tiru (43 min), Kulwinder Kaur (53 min) were the goal scorers for SAI while Hockey Bhopal scored through Chanda Gupta (2 min), Deepika Sharma (14 min).

The Times of India

Beng Hai wants consistency

Sapura have been blowing hot and cold in the TNB Malaysian Hockey League. And while they failed to maintain consistency in the Premier League, coach Tai Beng Hai is hoping for a change of fortunes in the TNB Cup that will take off next week.

Wary of the fact that consistency is the key factor in the knockout stage, Beng Hai will be working on several aspects of his team over the next week and hopes that they changes will be visible in the league matches this weekend.

Sapura had a great outing last weekend in Penang as they defeated Tenaga Nasional Berhad ( 3-2) and Terengganu HT (3-1). And this week they will take on Nur Insafi Warriors on Friday before wrapping up the league fixtures against Maybank on Sunday.

"We need to be consistent and that is where we have failed. It is not a case of playing badly but we just cannot put the finishing touches to the chances we created," lamented Beng Hai.

"Infact if you look at the results, we have given teams like KLHC, Maybank and TNB a tough time but against weaker sides we have faltered. And this has to change if we are to progress."

Sapura have scored a total of 24 goals, out of which 13 are by Pakistani import Khasif Ali. And while Beng Hai is grateful of his contributions, the former national coach hopes that other players also do their bit for the team by finding the back of the net.

In the knockout stage, Sapura will have to play either UniKL or Terengganu HT, assuming they finish in the fourth spot of the league standings. The format provides a bye for the top two teams into the semis while the other four teams play a two legged quarterfinal for a place in the semis. The draw will be held after the last league match on Sunday.

"This year the MHL is far more competitive thaen what it was before. The influx of foreign players plus the movement of some national players between the clubs has no doubt attributed to this happening," said Beng Hai.

"Hence there has not been anything that can be considered an easy game as teams need to be on their toes in every match. And for the knockout stage we have to be more clinical in our finishing and shore up our defence.

And while KLHC have already clinched the Premier Division title, the fight for the Division one title is going down to the wire. Two teams, Uitm and TNB Thunderbolts can win the league title.

Uitm are currently topping the table with 25 points while Thunderbolts are 2 points behind. And if the two teams win their matches against their opponents , ironically both play against Bukit Jalil Sports School then their match on Saturday will determine the league champion.

Official MHL site

Waseem: Malaysian tourney not as competitive as European leagues


KUALA LUMPUR: Hockey nomad Waseem Ahmed says that the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) is not as competitive and challenging as the European leagues in Germany and Holland.

The Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) centre-half, who is featuring in the MHL for a second straight year, is set to make his debut in the Australian Hockey League for Melbourne Club next month.

“Playing in the MHL is a good experience for me but the local league here is not competitive compared to the European leagues,” said the 36-year-old former Pakistani skipper.

“Only three teams – KLHC, Tenaga Nasional and Maybank – are strong in the MHL. The other four teams have to work much harder to improve their standards before they can pose a strong challenge to the others.

“It’s fun and enjoyable playing in the MHL as there isn’t much pressure compared to the Dutch and German leagues where all the teams are equally strong.

“But I believe that the MHL is fast developing into a strong league with the presence of foreign imports.

“The MHL needs to have more foreign players from other parts of the world to make it more competitive and interesting.”

Waseem played for Harvestehude Club in Germany for two seasons from 2002 before joining Rotterdam Club in the Dutch League for five years from 2004.

He also played in the Indian League in 2011 before making his debut in the MHL with Nur Insafi last year.

Wassem, who has featured in four World Cups (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) and three Olympics (2000, 2004, 2012), is confident that he can play just as well as during his younger days despite his age.

“I’m happy to have been called up for national training in Pakistan next month ... but I might not attend training as I’m looking forward to making my debut in the Australian League,” said the father of two girls.

“It’s an honour for me to play for Melbourne Club and I don’t want to throw away the chance.”

Wassem, who played an instrumental role in helping KLHC retain the league title, now aims to steer the club to their fifth double.

The Star of Malaysia


MHC not releasing six for World Student Games

Bigger assignment: Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Abdul Jalil (right) is required to represent Malaysia in the World League semi-finals.

KUALA LUMPUR: Six national hockey players studying in local universities will not be allowed to feature in the World Student Games in Kazan, Russia, from July 7-15.

The six are Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim, Mohd Sukri Abdul Mutalib, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, Nabil Fiqri Mohd Nor, Mohd Faiz Helmi Jali and Mohd Fitri Saari.

Twelve teams – Malaysia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Poland, South Africa, Ukraine and hosts Russia – will feature in the World Student Games.

This is the first time that Malaysia are featuring in hockey in the Games.

Malaysian Hockey Confede-ration (MHC) secretary Johari Aziz said that the services of the six players were needed in the national team, whose priority is the World League semi-finals in Johor Baru from June 29-July 7.

“The tournament in Johor is very important as it offers teams a chance to qualify for next year’s World Cup in The Hague, Holland,” said Johari.

“We want the national players to focus on the World League semi-finals ... we can send other players to the World Student Games.”

Eight teams will feature in the World League semi-finals and the top four will qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Besides 13th-ranked Malaysia, the other teams are world No. 1 Germany, England, Argentina, South Korea, Pakistan, South Africa and one more team that will be decided later.

Malaysia last qualified on merit for the World Cup in 1998 in Utrecht, Holland and they last featured in the 2002 edition when Kuala Lumpur was the host.

If Malaysia fail to finish in the top four in Johor, they’ll have another chance to qualify for the World Cup – by triumphing in the Asia Cup, to be held in Ipoh in August.

The Star of Malaysia

Karen O'Neill departs Field Hockey Canada to join the Canadian Paralympic Committee

O'Neill worked tirelessly to unite the field hockey community across the country

Photo: Wilfred Lach

On April 24, 2013 it was announced, Karen O'Neill will step down as CEO of Field Hockey Canada (FHC) to become the newly appointed CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) based in Ottawa, effective June 3, 2013.  Karen has been involved with Field Hockey Canada since 2009, and during her tenure she has been part of enormous growth and restructuring of the organization.

She leaves Field Hockey Canada to join the CPC having been involved in numerous national sports organizations at a variety of levels, including her role as CEO of the Commonwealth Games from 1997 to 2004. Karen has also been a part of the Canadian Paralympic sports movement as a member of the Canadian Paralympic Committee Board of Directors for 8 years; she was former Executive Director of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association and the Chef de Mission for the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.  She also worked from 2004 to 2009 with Paralympian Rick Hansen as the Chief Operating Officer of the Rick Hansen Foundation in Vancouver.

“Karen has made a tremendous contribution to field hockey in Canada over the last three and a half years,” said Ian Baggot, Chair of Field Hockey Canada.  “She has been instrumental in helping us shape our high performance, long term athlete development and organizational strategy.  This foundation will position the organization well as we move into the latter part of this cycle towards the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014; Pan/ Parapan Am Games in Toronto, 2015; and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio, 2016”.

On behalf of Field Hockey Canada and the community we wish Karen well in her upcoming role and thank her for her enormous contribution and leadership. 

Field Hockey Canada media release

George Compston - RIP

The Irish Hockey Association have today learned of the sad passing of George Compston, Honorary Life Member of the IHA and former National Senior Mens Team Manager.

George was Manager for 106 International Matches over a 9 year period from 1989-1997.  He worked alongside then coach Cees Koppelaar for the 9 years taking in the World Cup in 1990, European Championships in 1991 & 1995 and also Olympic and World Cup Qualifcation Tournaments.

On behalf of the Irish Hockey community we express our deepest sympathy & sincere condolences to his wife Marge, their two sons and all of George's extended family & friends.


Irish Hockey Association media release