News for 26 April 2013

All the news for Friday 26 April 2013

Late penalty levels Hockeyroos series


Korea come from behind to win and level series

Korea were victorious in their second test match against the Hockeyroos. (Photo: Hockey Australia / Dan Carson)

A late penalty stroke consigned Australia’s Hockeyroos to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Korea in Perth on Thursday, levelling the series at one game each with two matches still to play. Madonna Blyth gave the girls in green and gold the perfect start as she fired home the rebound on a penalty corner in the second minute but Korean captain Park My Hyun levelled midway through the first half.

Despite winning a series of second half penalty corners and forcing Korea into deep defending at times Australia could not find a way through.  And the match turned with just five minutes remaining when Kim Young Ran fired her penalty stroke into the top left corner to complete the Korean comeback. 

After the match, Head Coach Adam Commens said: “We made a good start to the game and should’ve been 2-0 up inside the first ten minutes. We made some positional and structural changes tonight that worked well at times but not so well at others. It is disappointing we didn’t take the chance to progress but we learnt more tonight about Korea and some of our own players.”

Commens handed Edwina Bone (ACT) her first appearance for the Hockeyroos while Emily Smith took to the field for her country for the 50th time.

No sooner had the game begun than Australia won a penalty corner. With Anna Flanagan’s initial effort blocked and a subsequent rebound also cleared from in front of goal, Blyth stepped up to confidently sweep the ball high into the net to put the Hockeyroos 1-0 ahead.

Both sides traded penalty corners in the opening quarter of an hour before Smith came close to capping her 50th appearance with a goal, deflecting a pass towards goal only to see goalkeeper Lee Sin Hye anticipate it well. 

Korea’s equaliser midway through the half was another good example of individual flair from captain Park Mi Hyun. Collecting a long, defence splitting pass at the top of the circle the forward rounded Ashlee Wells before knocking the ball home into the unguarded net.

After the break early penalty corners came and went before Wells pulled off a good save from Park Ki Ju’s powerful shot at full stretch. Anna Flanagan then saw her penalty corner flick gloved away by Lee Sin Hye. Further chances fell to Jade Close and Georgia Nanscawen but incredibly the Korean goal was not breached.

Defending a breakaway Korean counter attack Australia conceded a penalty stroke with five minutes remaining and Kim Young Ran’s cool execution high to her left gave Wells little chance to make the save. The goal spurred the Hockeyroos into action again as they piled on the pressure at the other end. A moment of uncertainty in the Korean circle offered the home fans hope of a late equaliser but the Korean defence scrambled the ball clear and hung on to win 2-1.

Commenting on Australia’s opportunities at penalty corners, Commens added: “We’re struggling to trap the ball and that’s something we need to improve.”

The Hockeyroos and Korea meet again on Saturday at 2:00pm WST at Perth Hockey Stadium. The match will also be streamed live on the Hockey Australia website here.



Madonna Blyth 2 (PC)

KOREA 2 (1)
Park Mi Hyun 19 (F)
Kim Young Ran 66 (PS)

Hockeyroos Squad v Korea, 25 April
(Listed alphabetically by surname)


Teneal Attard (Mackay, QLD), Madonna Blyth (Brisbane, QLD), Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT), Kate Jenner (Tamworth, NSW), Bianca Joyce (nee Greenshields) (Balaklava, SA), Karri McMahon (Townsvillle, SA), Georgia Nanscawen (Melbourne, VIC), Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA), Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW), Ashlee Wells (GK) (Moe, VIC), Kellie White (Crookwell, NSW)

Used Sub
Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT), Jade Close (Wagga Wagga, NSW), Kirstin Johnson (Mackay, QLD), Claire Messent  (Berwick, VIC), Georgie Parker (Adelaide, SA), Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT),

Did Not Play
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA), Toni Cronk (GK) (Sydney, NSW), Rachael Lynch (GK) (Melbourne, VIC), Mariah Williams (Parkes, NSW)

Hockey Australia media release

Black Sticks Women primed for World League

Sian Fremaux in action (

A strong combination of youth and experience will feature for the Black Sticks Women at FIH World League Round 3 in June.

Head coach Mark Hager today named 18 players for the competition in Rotterdam, Netherlands which acts as a virtual semi-final scenario for the World League.

World League Round 3 is split into two eight-team competitions with one in Rotterdam and the other to be played in London.

The top four teams from each competition qualify for World League Round 4, to be played in Argentina in December. The top three countries also gain automatic qualification for next year’s Hockey World Cup.

The New Zealand team includes eight players with more than 100 international caps, along with four Under 21 representatives. The average age of the side is 23.

Hager has selected his side based on recent performances and is confident the diversity within the group is a major strength.

"We have a nice mix of youth and experience in this side. The younger players complement those with more experience and they all work together really well,” Hager said.

“Obviously we will be looking for a strong finish at the tournament to make sure we qualify for the 2014 World Cup and World League Round 4. We certainly have the talent in this team to come away with a positive result.

“There are several players who have developed over the last six months and continue to perform well. Petrea Webster and Cass Reid in particular provide added vitality into our midfield line, complementing seasoned campaigners Gemma Flynn and Anita Punt.”

Another young player who has been named in the team is 20-year-old Sian Fremaux who recently won top goal scorer at the first Four Nations tournament in Whangarei.

Fremaux said she was excited to be named in the team and is looking forward to working hard and trying to cement her spot.

“I’m so excited to be given the opportunity to take part in the competition. Being with the rest of the team under Mark Hager and Greg Nicol has lifted my game and I’ve really grown in the programme,” she said.

“Being in the environment is a great learning experience and every day I learn something new, especially from the older girls who are a wealth of knowledge. I’m really looking forward to World League Round 3 and will be giving it my all.”

The Black Sticks depart New Zealand June 1st and will play three tests against England before heading to Netherlands for World League Round 3.

WORLD LEAGUE ROUND 3 (semi-finals phase)
Top four from each tournament qualify for World League Round 4

Competition 1
Rotterdam, Netherlands
June 13-23

Teams: Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany, Korea, Japan, India, Belgium, Chile

Competition 2
London, England
June 22-30

Teams: England, Argentina, China, Australia, South Africa, USA, Italy, Spain

CLICK HERE for more detail on how the FIH World League works

Black Sticks Women’s Team
World League Round 3 - Rotterdam
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Hockey New Zealand Media release

Black Sticks primed for World League

It may be their first experience at a brand new tournament, but New Zealand women's hockey coach Mark Hager opted for the tried and true in his team selection today.

The Black Sticks will get their first taste of the new World League when they travel to Netherlands for an eight-team tournament in June, with spots on the line for both the final round of that competition and next year's World Cup.

With those sorts of stakes, it is perhaps of little surprise that Hager has gone largely for players he knows and trusts in his 18-strong squad. Eight members of the team have more than 100 international caps, while no one has played fewer than 10 matches.

That's not to suggest the side is light on youthful exuberance, however. With as many teenagers (two) as players who have had their 30th birthday, the average age of the group heading to Rotterdam is just 23.

That blend of battle-hardened players still in their early 20s is desirable for any coach, and Hager was confident the diversity within the group was a major strength.

"We have a nice mix of youth and experience in this side,'' he said. ``The younger players complement those with more experience and they all work together really well.''

If they continue to do so, the Black Sticks will be confident of qualifying for a couple of major tournaments. With the inaugural World League split into stages and the heavyweights entering only at round three, play in Rotterdam - with another competition taking place in London - will be a virtual semifinal scenario.

Joining New Zealand in the Netherlands will be the hosts, as well as fellow hockey heavyweights Germany. With the top four qualifying for the fourth round and the first three making the World Cup, the Black Sticks will be aiming to edge Korea, Japan, India, Belgium and Chile for the latter goal.

"Obviously we will be looking for a strong finish at the tournament to make sure we qualify for the 2014 World Cup and World League round four,'' Hager said. ``We certainly have the talent in this team to come away with a positive result.''

Hager's team boasts four under-21 representatives, including Sian Fremaux who was recently top scorer at the first four nations tournament in Whangarei.

Fremaux, 20, said she was excited to be named in the team and was looking forward to trying to cement her spot.

"I'm so excited to be given the opportunity to take part in the competition,'' she said.

"Being in the environment is a great learning experience and every day I learn something new, especially from the older girls who are a wealth of knowledge.''

The Black Sticks depart New Zealand on June 1 and will play three tests against England before heading to Netherlands.


Black Sticks squad: Bridget Blackwood, Sam Charlton, Gemma Flynn, Krystal Forgesson, Sian Fremaux, Katie Glynn, Charlotte Harrison, Pippa Hayward, Rose Keddell, Julia King, Stacey Michelsen, Emily Naylor, Anita Punt, Cassandra Reid, Bianca Russell, Sally Rutherford, Kayla Sharland, Petrea Webster.

The New Zealand Herald

Youth and experience the key for Black Sticks

GOING IN HEAD-ON: New Zealand's Charlotte Harrison challenges USA's Caitlin Van Sickle for the ball during their match at the Four Nations tournament in Hamilton. Photosport

The Black Sticks women's squad will feature a strong combination of youth and experience when they head to the World League round three in June.

Head coach Mark Hager today named 18 players for the competition in Rotterdam, Netherlands which acts as a virtual semi-final scenario for the World League.

Round three is split into two eight-team competitions with one in Rotterdam and the other to be played in London.

New Zealand's group includes the hosts, Germany, Korea, Japan, India, Belgium and Chile.

The top four teams from each competition qualify for round four, to be played in Argentina in December. The top three countries also gain automatic qualification for next year's world cup.

The New Zealand team includes eight players with more than 100 international caps, along with four under-21 representatives. The average age of the side is 23.

"Obviously we will be looking for a strong finish at the tournament to make sure we qualify for the 2014 World Cup and World League round 4," said Hager. "We certainly have the talent in this team to come away with a positive result.

"There are several players who have developed over the last six months and continue to perform well. Petrea Webster and Cass Reid in particular provide added vitality into our midfield line, complementing seasoned campaigners Gemma Flynn and Anita Punt."

The Black Sticks depart New Zealand June 1 and will play three tests against England before heading to the Netherlands.

Black Sticks squad: Bridget Blackwood, Sam Charlton, Gemma Flynn, Krystal Forgesson, Sian Fremaux, Katie Glynn, Charlotte Harrison, Pippa Hayward, Rose Keddell, Julia King, Stacey Michelsen, Emily Naylor, Anita Punt, Cassandra Reid, Bianca Russell, Sally Rutherford, Kayla Sharland, Petrea Webster.


Power up, TNB urged

By Fadhli Ishak

TENAGA Nasional (TNB) manager Nor Saiful Zaini wants his charges to be more decisive in front of goal in their two remaining Malaysian Hockey League matches as they chase a second-placed finish in the Premier Division this weekend.

Nor Saiful said the team are in a must win situation and need to collect full points from their games against champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey League (KLHC) today and Terengganu on Sunday, if they are to have a legitimate shot at finishing second.

TNB, currently in third on 18 points , trail second placed Maybank by a single point while Sapura are fourth on 14 points. All three teams have two games to play.

"A lot depends on what happens in the other matches as well but we definitely want to match our performance in the league last year (second) and secure a bye for the quarter-finals of the TNB Cup next week," said Nor Saiful.

"However, it is a tricky situation for us as although we are chasing second place, we could still end up fourth if things do not go our way."

Nor Saiful added that he did not expect beating KLHC to be any easier despite KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj hinting he may field a second string team in their remaining matches.

"We should not be thinking about what other teams are going to do as it would be dangerous to do so. We just need to focus on winning one game at a time."

TNB scored a timely 1-0 win over UniKL last week after suffering back-to-back losses to Sapura (3-2) and Maybank (4-3) in their previous matches.

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

Division One: TNB Thunderbolts v BJSS (National Stadium I, 8pm).

New Straits Times

Tenaga’s tale of missed chances


KUALA LUMPUR: With the title all wrapped up, the attention is now on the fight for the runners-up spot in the Premier Division of the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).

Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) have already been declared champions after picking up an unassailable 28 points – with two matches to go. The preliminary round comes to an end on Sunday.

The race to finish second is a straight fight between Maybank (19pts) and Tenaga Nasional (18pts).

Tenaga stand-in manager Nor Saiful Zaini believes that his team could have been higher up the standings if not for his players’ poor finishing.

This is ironic, actually, as Tenaga do have prolific goal-getters in the likes of Faizal Saari and Mohd Amin Rahim.

Tenaga have scored 30 goals and shipped in 19 at the other end.

But Nor Saiful feels that they should have scored more goals.

“We’ve created plenty of chances but we’ve not been clinical.

“Our defeats have been very close ... if we had taken our chances, we would have done much better,” he said.

“That’s why I need the players to stand up and be counted this weekend. We need full points to finish in the top two.”

Tenaga play KLHC today and meet Terengganu on Sunday while Maybank face Terengganu today and Sapura two days later.

Nor Saiful, however, has not ruled out fourth-placed Sapura (14pts) from pipping them to the third spot.

“It’s vital to finish second as it will allow us to be seeded for the knockout stage. The top two teams will receive a bye in the quarter-finals,” he said.

Teams who finish third and below will not have much of a rest as the quarter-finals start on Wednesday.

The Star of Malaysia

Rajasthan win in 3rd Hockey India Senior Women Nationals

NEW DELHI: Five goals from Sonu helped Rajasthan thrash Bengal 9-2 in a Pool B league match of the 3rd Hockey India Senior Women National Championships on Thursday.

The goal scorers for Rajasthan were Sonu (17th, 21st, 50th, 58th, 64th minutes), Jaya Chouhan (19th, 52nd) and Prabhjot Kaur (61st, 69th).

For Bengal, the scorers were Archana Kumari Tewari (5th) and Rubi Khatun (39th).

In Pool H, Assam beat Delhi 5-2 while Chandigarh defeated Bhopal 4-0 in Pool F.

The Times of India

EHL 2013-14: Date changes confirmed by EHF

The European Hockey Federation has announced that there is a change to the format of the Euro Hockey League Rounds 2-5 and EuroHockey Club Champions Cup for 2014.

Due to the scheduling of the men's and women's Hockey World Cup - which takes place from 31 May to 15 June 2014 in The Hague - it was agreed that both the EHL and EHCCC competitions will be played through to a conclusion during Easter 2014.

The EHF is currently in the process of finalizing the format and schedule, but the agreed dates are as followed:

16-21 April 2014: EHL (men) Rounds 2,3 4 and 5 (including The Final).
18-21 April 2014: EHCCC  (women) All Rounds (including The Final).

Please note that the EHL Rounds 1.1 and 1.2 will take place on the already published dates:

11-13 October 2013: Euro Hockey League Round 1.1
25-27 October 2013: Euro Hockey League Round 1.2

The venues for the Round 1 tournaments will be confirmed in the coming months.

European Hockey Federation media release

Send Teun out in style, says legend Dwyer

In an exclusive interview, five times FIH Player of the Year and former HC Bloemendaal star Jamie Dwyer speaks to EHLHOCKEY.TV about the upcoming Final Four event, his memories of winning the competition in 2009 and the retirement of former team-mate and great friend Teun de Nooijer. 

EURO HOCKEY LEAGUE: Hi Jamie, many thanks for talking to Euro Hockey League! As you know, this year's EHL Final Four event is taking place at HC Bloemendaal, a club you represented for a number of years both in the Hoofdklasse and the EHL. Will you be following the action at home in Australia?
“I will definitely be following the action. Hopefully it will be shown live on TV here in Australia, but if not I will follow it on the internet. There are four really good teams in the finals this year and I'm curious to see who will come out on top. Obviously I hope Bloemendaal win because of my time there and the amount of good friends I have in the team. I really want them to send Teun out in style, like he deserves.”

EHL: A trio of Aussies - Chris Ciriello, Matty Swann and Fergus Kavanagh - have been outstanding performers for Bloemendaal this season. Did you recommend the club to them? It must be pleasing for you to see some more Kookaburras wearing the famous orange shirt.
“I did recommend the club to them, yes. I was treated brilliantly while I was there. The team is the best club team in the world so I can only speak highly of the club. I knew that the Aussies would have a great time and learn from their players.”

EHL: Your great friend and former Bloemendaal team-mate Teun de Nooijer has announced that he will be retiring from the game at the end of the season. You and Teun are widely considered to be the greatest players of your generation. From one great to another, do you have a message for him ahead of his European finale in Bloemendaal?
“I remember watching Teun for the first time in the 1994 World Cup in Sydney. Since then I have seen him become a brilliant player for Bloemendaal and for Holland. I'm fortunate enough to have played against him and even more fortunate to play alongside him. I've learnt a lot from Teun, on and off the field, and he has been a role model for myself and a lot of sportsmen and sportswomen around the world. He is such a great guy both on and off the field and he will be greatly missed by everyone. If I could say anything to Teun it would be this: play the same as you have for the past 20 years and you'll be just fine! Thanks for contributing so much to hockey. It’s been a privilege to play against and with you for so long.”

EHL: You were lucky enough to win the Euro Hockey League with Bloemendaal in 2009, being among the scorers in the now legendary 5-4 victory over Moritz Fürste's UHC Hamburg. That must have been a pretty special experience!  How much can you remember of that epic game and the day in general?
“That was a very special moment in my career. Playing in Rotterdam with half the stadium packed with UHC supporters and the other half with Bloemendaal supporters … the atmosphere was electric. The game was very entertaining and the EHL was something that I always wanted to win.”

EHL: Finally, do you have any intentions to come back to play in Europe before you hang up your stick? It would be great to have you back in the Euro Hockey League!
“At this stage I would say that it’s unlikely, but never say never. Playing for Bloemendaal is amazing and playing in the EHL is special but the chances of me returning are pretty slim.”

Euro Hockey League media release

Bridging the Gap

Suzanne Albanese, a physical education teacher at Our Lady of Sorrows School in Mercer County, N.J., has developed a passion for guiding students to active lifestyles.  As a field hockey umpire since 1995 and as a University of Delaware hockey alum, Albanese entwined her favored sport into her courses.

“I’ve been teaching for seven years and I always incorporate two units of field hockey into the syllabus – indoor and outdoor,” said Albanese.

Although unfamiliar to some of the students, the gap from questioning to craving is soon filled in.

“By the end of the units, the kids tell me that they want to play all year long.”

Because Our Lady of Sorrows was selected as a host site for USA Field Hockey’s FUNdamental Field Hockey program, the school was awarded with hockey equipment to grow the game. Running off of the enthusiasm of her students and vigor for the sport, Albanese took a bold move.

She began handing out flyers.

As an umpire for the 2013 National Indoor Tournament in Richmond, Va. Albanese wanted to see if any of her students would be interested in playing in the competition.

“I need to go,” said 10-year-old Nick Wilke to his parents. The freckled-faced fifth grader was introduced to field hockey by Albanese three years ago and steadily began to improve his stick skills as a forward.

The flyer also fell into the hands of sixth-grader Henry Kelly who was eager to apply what he learned in gym class into a real game.  A forward as well, Kelly wanted to explore the sport on another level. 

And with that, Albanese, Kelly and Wilke left after school a day before the tournament  - packing the car with an ump whistle, shin guards and pure excitement. Kelly and Wilke were on the roster for the U16 Boys Kung Fu squad.

“The parents were just so supportive and entrusting. It was a wonderful leap of faith - to do something that is so different from the norm than traditional sports,” said Albanese.

The tournament for the newbies started out strong – with Kelly scoring his first goal in his first game and Wilke securing an assist in his second match. With each game, the boys’ confidence and ball control grew. Both were eager to learn more and improve. Kelly recognized and adjusted the distance between himself and his guard. Wilke had perfected his timing for a dynamite block tackle. The boys kept progressing with each of the team’s victories until they wound up on the ceremony stage with a first place medal around their necks.

“Everything about the tournament was just amazing,” said Kelly. “This was a real once and a lifetime opportunity.”

From that weekend on, the boys shared something in common with their newly bought hockey sticks – they were hooked. 

“I don’t think the boys have put down their sticks from the first game,” said Albanese. “I was told Nick was practicing in the living room before bed and his mother had to wrestle stick out of his hands.”

Sporting grins brighter than the medals that were displayed around their necks Kelly and Wilke came into school wearing their accomplishment with pride – even when a few whispers began to spread.

“Oh some of the kids were saying field hockey is for girls,” said Albanese. “What do you call them - sour grapes? Well there were quite a few sour ones in the group. You could tell they wanted medals too but were taking it out the boys.”

Albanese strategized. The next day, she brought in her 16-year-old son James to bring those whispers to a mute. With stick in hand, James weaved throughout the gym floor, showing off the arsenal he learned from his club team while enlightening the class that boys have a place in field hockey.

“This isn’t just a blonde-haired girl in a ponytail type of game,” said Albanese. “We need both genders to play if we want to expand the sport.  We need to change the way people think.”

Although change to this measure takes time, Albanese may be on to something much, much bigger than a spontaneous road trip. The proof is the question Wilke posed to his mother after only a taste of the sport.

“So where around here can I play field hockey?”

USFHA media release

Phoebe Willis and her St. Baldrick's journey

By Chelsea Shine

Perhaps one of the most difficult times in a division I student-athlete’s career is when their final season comes to an end. Without practice, games and post-season workouts, many athletes find themselves looking for things to do in the last few months before they become official alumni. Phoebe Willis found St. Baldricks.

Willis, a four-year member of the field hockey team, has been heavily involved in the UVa and Charlottesville communities throughout her four years. She served as Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a committee made up of student-athletes who serve as a liaison between student-athletes and the athletics department and administration. “I got involved in SAAC my first-year because it directly affects me and my teammates and it’s something that’s important to me.” In April 2012, Willis became a member of the Class of 2013 Trustees. Serving on the class giving committee, she has been active in planning events and reaching out to groups around grounds to engage and educate fourth-years on ways to give back to the University. “I wanted to be on this committee because the class giving campaign is the first chance our class will have to be able to give back and become donors. Because I really enjoyed my time at UVa, it’s a great way to make UVa better and leave your mark.”

In November 2012, at the end of her final field hockey season, Willis decided she wanted to continue to be a part of something special. “Once field hockey was over, I realized how much I enjoyed being a part of a team and now I was looking to be a part of something bigger than just me. I found St. Baldrick's and decided to make it a personal challenge. I set a goal to raise $25,000.” The St. Baldrick's Foundation, a childhood cancer charity that funds research to help find cures for kids with cancer, is where Willis decided she wanted to invest her time—and her hair. After committing to the cause in late November, Willis began her fundraising efforts as she looked forward to March, when she would have her head shaved in honor of children who are diagnosed with cancer.

Then she met Travis, a 12 year old boy who was diagnosed with leukemia. Willis spent a day with Travis and his family at the Virginia Commonwealth University Children’s Center where Travis undergoes chemotherapy each month. After watching what he went through, Willis was very humbled and motivated. “Meeting Travis gave me a personal link to this cause and it really motivated me to up my fundraising efforts. But it’s not just about the money, I realized at that point it is about spreading the word on childhood cancer, what it is and how it affects kids,” Willis said.

On March 21, 2013, after months of reaching out to family, friends, local businesses and anyone who wanted to help, Willis found herself at the Biltmore, a local restaurant in Charlottesville that hosted the St. Baldrick's event, where she prepared to have her own head shaved. “Everyone who was with me was so nervous, but that just made me calmer,” Willis said. “I knew this moment would come when I decided to support this cause so I was ready for it.” With 100 others who shaved their heads that same night for St. Baldrick's, Willis recalls what it was like: “I remember feeling so overwhelmed having all these people around supporting me, and when Travis and his family showed up, I got very emotional. Every time you talk about cancer, it has a negative connotation, but this event really turned cancer on its head and made it a positive time.”

A few weeks after the event, Willis has adjusted to her “new do” and doesn’t mind the many inquiries she gets each day about her new look. “It doesn’t bother me at all when people ask to touch my head, it makes for a great conversation starter!” Willis says eventually she’ll grow her hair out, but for now she’s going to enjoy trying out some fun hairdos. Willis has raised over $14,500 and will continue her fundraising efforts through December 31, 2013 in hopes to reach her goal of $25,000 to help fund research to find a cure for childhood cancer.

However, in the midst of all she’s involved in, Willis has realized that it is each opportunity and experience along the way that has empowered her to do the next thing. “While my St. Baldrick's journey is something I am very proud of, there is no way I would be who I am today without passing my first field hockey fitness test, becoming a support member of the Honor Committee, joining the Class of Trustees, and even traveling to Honduras to volunteer at an orphanage as part of an alternative spring break trip,” Willis said. She expressed her gratitude for those who have made her time at UVa possible. “I have had an experience that is unlike any other. I was on a team with a lot of successful student-athletes and that drove me to get better every day. Uncompromised Excellence is not just something that student-athletes say, but they really embody it. All the things that make it possible to be a student and an athlete wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the donors. I am so grateful. It’s one of the best things that has happened in my life so far.”

To learn more about St. Baldrick's visit

USFHA media release

FIH bans Ghana from hosting competitions

Hockey Tournament 12.2002

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has banned Ghana from hosting global competitions until the deteriorated National Hockey Stadium is fixed.

Ghana would continue to be overlooked for hosting international competitions after the FIH ranked the plush National Hockey Stadium unworthy to host events due to the declined synthetic turf at the heart of the arena.

GNA Sports can confirm that the stadium built in 2009 when Ghana won the rights to host the African Hockey Federation (AfHF) African Cup for Nations (men and women) is reeling under poor maintenance due to contractual issues with pitch layers, Edel Grass BV.

The Dutch contractors have refused to carry out their mandated maintenance owing to the non-payment of an outstanding bill of 73,334.51 Euros.

This, according to investigations by GNA Sports, is made up of withheld taxes of €61,234.51, and an amount of €12,100 for approving testing report from FIH Testing Laboratory.

The development has irked Edel Grass BV, who under Article 4.4.2 of the contract signed with government had a tax-free clause, with the amount withheld as tax deemed unknowingly done.

The amount has remained outstanding since 2009, influencing Edel Grass BV’s decision to halt their maintenance and repair mandate until the 73,334.51 Euros is redeemed.

Since 2011, the turf and facilities which need specialised annual repairs have been neglected due to the impasse with the warranty period for repairs fast ticking away.

The construction of the pitch cost Ghana €830,000.


Darwin hockey player Karl Berry dies after snake bite

Karl Berry

A TERRITORY hockey player has tragically died after being bitten by a venomous snake at Marrara Stadium.

Commerce-Pints Hockey Club A-grade captain Karl Berry, 26, picked up what he thought was a python so he could remove it from the hockey complex because children were training nearby.

He then went for a 2km run.

It is understood he later collapsed.

But St John Ambulance operations manager Craig Garraway said when paramedics arrived Mr Berry was conscious.
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"How sad for his family and friends, but he has died maybe in place of an innocent child, and was trying to protect the community. How proud you should feel, I know this doesn't replace your loss, but a hero non the less."
"For 10 to 15 minutes we tried to figure out what he had been doing and he mentioned he had removed a snake and put it into bushes," Mr Garraway told the NT News.

"I think he thought it was a python."

But he said when paramedics looked at the bite mark, it was more consistent with a bite from a venomous species.

The NT News understands the snake was a juvenile brown snake.

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FULL COVERAGE of this tragedy for the hockey community - and tributes to Karl Berry - in Saturday's NT News

NT News

Karl Berry, 26, Commerce-Pints Hockey Club

Hockey Australia is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Karl Berry, 26, from the Commerce-Pints Hockey Club in the Northern Territory on. We send our sincere condolences to Karl’s family and friends, to Commerce-Pints Hockey Club and to the NT hockey community. Our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time.

Hockey Australia has offered to support Hockey NT in any way that it may require in the coming days and weeks.

A minute's silence will be held at 1:55pm WST on Saturday prior to the Hockeyroos' match against Korea at Perth Hockey Stadium.

Mark Anderson, Chief Executive, Hockey Australia

The Darwin hockey community is in mourning over the death of 26 year old hockey player and umpire, Karl Berry.

The thoughts of everyone in the hockey community are with Karl’s family and friends and the Commerce-Pints Hockey club.

Karl and his family were and still are active members of the Territory hockey community.  Karl was captain of the Commerce-Pints A grade men’s team and an A grade umpire.

At this stage it appears that Karl collapsed and hit his head while jogging after having handled a snake in the Marrara Hockey Centre and releasing it into the surrounding bush area outside of the stadium. At the request of Hockey NT, officers from Parks and Wildlife have attended the Marrara Hockey Centre. A minute’s silence will be held before each senior game this weekend and players will wear black arm bands in memory of Karl Berry’s passing.

Baden Sharp, Executive Officer, Hockey NT

Hockey Australia media release

Hockey player dies after snake bite

An eastern brown snake is photographed in the Sydney suburb of Terrey Hills in 2012. Hockey player Karl Berry has died after being bitten by a brown snake that he picked up. File photo: AFP

Sydney - A hockey player has died in Australia after being bitten by a snake that he picked up - a rare fatality despite the country being home to the 10 deadliest species on the planet.

Karl Berry, 26, reportedly grabbed the deadly brown snake near a training field in the Northern Territory on Tuesday, believing it was a harmless python, and threw it into some bushes to keep it away from children playing nearby.

He then went for a run, not realising it had bitten him on the finger, before collapsing, the Northern Territory News said on Friday.

St John ambulance spokesperson Craig Garraway said Berry was conscious when emergency workers arrived.

“We found a male who had just been on a two-kilometre run, feeling quite unwell,” he said.

“After some discussion and investigation we became aware he had picked up a snake off the hockey field and it had actually bitten him on the finger.”

Berry later died in hospital.

According to official estimates, there are about 3 000 snake-bite cases in Australia every year, with between 300 and 500 requiring anti-venom treatment. Only an average of two a year prove fatal.

Australia is home to 20 of the world's 25 most venomous snakes, including the entire top 10

Independent Online

NT hockey player dies after snake bite

A talented Northern Territory hockey player has died after he mistook a deadly snake for a python.

Karl Berry, 26, was bitten when he picked up the snake to remove it from the Commerce-Pints Hockey Club complex in Darwin.

St John Ambulance operations manager Craig Garraway told the NT News Mr Berry had thought the snake was a python.

He said when paramedics arrived, Mr Berry was conscious and told them about the snake.

"For 10 to 15 minutes we tried to figure out what he had been doing and he mentioned he had removed a snake off the hockey field and put it into bushes," Mr Garraway told the NT News.

But Mr Garraway said paramedics who examined the bite mark believed the snake was poisonous.

The paper said it was believed to have been a young brown snake.

Mr Berry was the club's A-grade captain.

Nine News

Viewpoint: Are the leaves turning?

By Steve Jaspan

“I see leaves of green, red roses too ... What a wonderful world ...”  I can hear Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong singing.

I can also remember the words of “Desiderata” fundamentally saying that despite all the imperfections around you, savour the wonderful world you live in.

But it is a world of remarkable ironies and realities.

In a world where Lance Armstrong and Tiger Wood’s errors or misdemeanours are emblazoned in “the media” and travel like wildfires on social networks there is no privacy and sharp divisions of supporters and detractors.  Have Tiger’s misdemeanours been washed away because he is back at Number 1?  So what has this all got to do with hockey.  The digital age has engulfed us and I believe we need balance and some perspective, whilst reaffirming our core values.

I have always been proud and impressed that hockey people, who sacrifice so much in a game in which volunteers have been the backbone of the sport’s administration, are generally decent, helpful and compassionate.  The fact that the game is not awash with money has resulted in players and administrators generally following parallel interests, studies and careers to help sustain their hobby – hockey.

Having this extra string to your bow has invariably made hockey people interesting, diverse and resourceful.  A strong sense of community prevails amongst the hockey family.

But there are sports such as cricket and soccer where money and betting or match-fixing have tarnished the game.  In cricket, the Indian Professional League (IPL) has spawned more money and media attention than contemplated – with serious concerns of a loss of balance and undue influence.  The “beautiful game” is  also affected by recent allegations of match fixing and ongoing scandals, as well as authoritarian administration.

After the amazing success of the inaugural Hero Hockey India League how do we predict and manage its potential influence on the game of hockey at large?

Can we keep the balance as more money, media attention and possibly betting become realities in a game in which our players and officials are starting to earn significant amounts of money?

Have we opened Pandora’s Box or are we at last waking up to the realities of sport in the 21st Century?

One thing is for sure - we need to be one step ahead because of the rapid changes and trends in this wonderful world.

Steve Jaspan is  the Chairman of the FIH High Performance and Coaching Advisory Panel. The South African native contributes a monthly column to the FIH website called Viewpoint.

FIH site

Hockeyweekly celebrates fifth anniversary

Netherlands-based free weekly publication reaches landmark

Hockeyweekly Editor-in-chief Edwin Alblas celebrates the newspaper's 5th anniversary with Maartje Paumen and Max Caldas (Photo: Hockeyweekly)

Congratulations to Hockeyweekly, the Netherlands-based free hockey newspaper which today celebrates its fifth anniversary.

The publication is a unique source of hockey news in The Netherlands, being the only free of charge hockey journal that appears on a weekly basis. Each edition of the newspaper is made available in every hockey club throughout The Netherlands, and has been a remarkable success story. The magazine is also available online via, which allows people from outside of The Netherlands to follow their latest stories.

Speaking of his appreciation of the publication, Jan Albers, President of the Royal Dutch Hockey Federation (KNHB) and member of the FIH Executive Board said: ‘This hockey newspaper is for everybody and enriches hockey in The Netherlands. May I wish you many more years ahead.”

As well as the kind words from Mr Albers, the newspaper also received birthday wishes from many of the world’s most iconic players, including Moritz Fürste, Teun de Nooijer, Naomi van As and Jamie Dwyer.

To mark the occasion, Editor in Chief Edwin Alblas took part in a small “Champagne Celebration” with Max Caldas and Maartje Paumen, the respective coach and captain of The Netherlands women. They two sporting icons adorn the front cover of this week’s anniversary publication.

The FIH would like to congratulate Hockeyweekly on a terrific first five years.

FIH site

NB Hockeyweekly is also available as an Apple App from the iTunes store.