News for 28 April 2013

All the news for Sunday 28 April 2013

Sharland and Wilson named best in the game

Both Wilson and Sharland were presented with the 2012 Player of the Year Award and acknowledged for their consistently exceptional performance throughout the year, especially during the London Olympics.

The Under-21 Player of the Year was handed to Dunedin drag flicker Kane Russell while hard working defender Sam Charlton collected the women’s equivalent.

A plumbing apprentice, Russell has worked his way into the Black Sticks over the last two years and is now regularly outclassing the opposition with his trademark drag flick.

Born and bred in Tauranga and studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in psychology and geography at Massey University, Sam Charlton wowed crowds at the London Olympics.

Head coach Mark Hager said that in the build-up to the Olympics “while others doubted themselves, Sam was working harder. She was willing to learn to become the best, and she delivered at the Olympics.”

During the AGM, Kevin Towns was inducted as a Hockey New Zealand Life Member. Towns has given 35 years of service to hockey as a player, coach of the men’s and women’s national teams, as a Hockey New Zealand high performance manager and has held various roles at his Sommerville Hockey Club in Auckland.

Canterbury Hockey Association Chair Sandra Pooch was presented with the Pakistan Trophy – which goes to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the administration of hockey in New Zealand.

Pooch has provided exceptional leadership to Canterbury Hockey over the past two years allowing the association to cope with the adversity and challenges it has faced.

Under her leadership, participation numbers have grown and Canterbury have won seven national age-group and premier 2012 titles. In addition, they have announced a solid financial result and developed a new home base at Nunweek Park with the build of a third turf and relocation of the Canterbury Hockey offices.

Other volunteers and administrators throughout the country were acknowledged for the contribution they make. Ten people received Bronze Awards for giving 15-19 years of service, two people received Silver Awards for 20-24 years of service and seven people were presented with Gold Awards for over 25 years of service.

“There are so many exceptional people in hockey that give endless hours to improving the sport and giving people the opportunity to play the game they love. These awards are about acknowledging them – they make the sport happen,” says Hockey New Zealand chief executive Hilary Poole.

Kelly Hudson and Nigel Iggo took out the 2012 Umpire of the Year award for the second year in a row and Lucy Townend and Bevan Nichol were awarded the Most Promising Umpires of the Year.

The awards evening also celebrated the Silver Anniversary of Hockey New Zealand, after the men’s and women’s form of the game merged in 1988 to form the New Zealand Hockey Federation.


Female player of the year

Kayla Sharland, Christchurch (Ford NHL team - Central)
Male player of the year
Nick Wilson, Palmerston North (Ford NHL team  - Central)
Female Under-21 player of the year
Sam Charlton, Tauranga (Ford NHL team – Midlands)
Male Under-21 player of the year
Kane Russell, Dunedin (Ford NHL team – Southern)


Female Umpire of the Year
Kelly Hudson, Tauranga
Male Umpire of the Year
Nigel Iggo, Canterbury
Most promising female umpire of the year
Lucy Townend, Palmerston North
Most promising male umpire of the year
Bevan Nichol, Hamilton


Hockey New Zealand Life Member
Kevin Towns, Auckland and Wellington
Bio: Kevin is described as a ‘quintessential hockey person.’ Born in 1948, he has lived and breathed hockey since the 1950’s. In that time he has been a successful player at a local, provincial and national level. A keen student of the game he has coached men and women at all levels since the mid 1970’s with considerable success. Notably, he took the Men’s team to a silver medal at the Manchester Commonwealth Games. Kevin has managed the national teams, been heavily involved in the Sommerville Hockey Club in various roles since 1975. He has coached both Wellington and Auckland teams and was also High Performance Manager at Hockey New Zealand. A thoughtful, loyal person with a real sense of fairness, generous with his time and ever so humble. Kevin has given a lifetime of exemplary service to hockey in New Zealand.

Pakistan Trophy - A person who has provided an outstanding contribution to the administration of hockey in New Zealand.
Sandra Pooch, Canterbury
Bio: Sandra has provided exceptional leadership as Chair to Canterbury Hockey over the past two years allowing the association to cope with the adversity and challenges it has faced since the loss of Porritt Park. Under her leadership the results have been outstanding, including:


  • A three per cent increase in its player base during 2011-2012.
  • Strong local competition has continued despite turf shortages
  • The development at Nunweek – two new turfs, and relocation of the administration offices.
  • The Hockey Academy South and the regional talent programme has been set up
  • Canterbury Hockey has had a solid financial result – operating surplus of the association of $126,000, before insurance proceeds.
  • In 2012 Canterbury won the following: Canterbury Cats won the Ford NHL, Under 18 A boys and girls, Under 15 B girls, Under 13 girls and boys, and Masters 55+ won.

Sandra is passionate about hockey in the region, can see the big picture and is able to take a consensus view to reach the best outcome.

Gold Award - For 25 years or more service to hockey
Maraea Casey, Buller
Carleen James, Buller
Deborah Forsyth, Buller
Kerry Dyson, Canterbury
David Annear, Manawatu
Shelley Mills, Manawatu
J David Attwood, South Canterbury

Silver Award - Between 20 and 24 years of service to hockey
Stephen Lawton, Manawatu
Lynne Whittaker, Tauranga

Bronze Awards - Between 15 and 19 years of service to hockey
Pamela Thompson, Canterbury
Warren Banks, Manawatu
Jackie Hutchins, Manawatu
David Tomlinson, Manawatu
Rosalie Winter, Nelson
Martin Glossop, Otago
Mark Greenfield, Otago
Paul Collins, Tauranga
Sue Furmage, Tauranga
Jo Luckin, Waikato.

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Investec Women's Knockout Finals Results

The Investec England Hockey Women's Vase, Trophy and Cup final were played on Saturday and the results were as follows.

Investec Women’s Vase

Guernsey     (0)     1     -     1     (0)     Oxted
Guernsey:De Vial, 43, F
Oxted: Lewis, 24, F
*Guernsey win on penalty strokes                        

Guernsey was crowned Investec Vase champions at Highfields Sports Club in blustery conditions. Amelia Lewis broke the deadlock in the 24th minute after a flowing run that was finished with aplomb. Despite goalmouth action for either team the score remained level. In the second half, Guernsey piled on the pressure and was rewarded with a 43rd minute equaliser through Michaela De Vial. The score finished level at full time and 15 minutes of golden goal extra time couldn’t separate the two either. And so to penalty strokes it went. Oxted missed all of their first three penalty strokes and with Guernsey having scored their first two, up stepped Dannie Jones to rifle home Guernsey’s third penalty stroke to the raptures of the Guernsey support.

Investec Women’s Trophy

Henley^     (0)     1     -     0     (0)     Sonning
Henley: Buckham, 72, F                        
^Henley wins on golden goal extra time                        

With rousing support for both sides, the Investec Trophy saw two local rivals go head to head in Henley and Sonning. Despite the looming black cloud, the game stayed mostly dry but both sides found it difficult to break the deadlock. In fact, the first half ended goalless and the second half did too, but not for the lack of the chances, indeed there were 14 unconverted penalty corners and a penalty stroke that was sent wide to keep the crowd on edge. Usually a cagey affair, golden goal extra time saw an immediate response from Henley with Jenny Buckham, in her last game prior to retiring, slotting home a 72nd minute winner to be crowned Investec Trophy Champions.

Investec Women's Cup

Clifton     (0)     1     -     2     (0)     Bowdon Hightown


Clifton: Sinton, 40, F 
Bowden Hightown: Hartley, 45, F, Cullen, 68, F

Two Investec Premier Division sides met in the final game on Saturday at the Investec Women’s Knockout Finals with Clifton and Bowdon Hightown locking horns in the Investec Cup Final. When the two sides met in league action both fixtures ended in a draw, so it was always going to be a tight fixture. After a goalless first half it was Clifton that broke the deadlock in the second through Liz Sinton. Bowdon Hightown, however, were quick to reply and levelled just five minutes later through Charlotte Hartley. Then, with the game seemingly headed for extra time, Sally Walton’s mazy dribble and insightful pass found Tina Cullen in space to strike a winner with just two minutes remaining to secure their 9th Investec Cup Final victory. 

England Hockey Board Media release


Dundee Wanderers closing in on Division 2 title

Dundee Wanderers are within touching distance of the Men’s Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 2 title after a vital 5-2 over Aberdeen GSFP today.

A win for the Taysiders in a local derby against lowly Dundee University tomorrow would clinch the league crown and confirm their promotion back to the top flight for season 2013/14.

Meanwhile, McWhinney Uddingston closed the gap on second place Falkirk GHG to four points after a 5-2 success away to St. Andrew’s University and their promotion play-off rivals slipping to a 4-2 defeat at Alpha Data Carnegie.

Should the Lanarkshire side win away to Aberdeen GSFP tomorrow, they will be within a point of Falkirk GHG with a game in hand.  Alpha Data Carnegie’s win propels them out of the relegation zone for now.

Granite City Wanderers moved up to sixth with a 7-2 win over relegated Highland.

Congratulations to Erskine Stewart’s Melville who are champions of Men’s Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 3 after their 6-3 win over Harris Academy today gave them an unassailable lead at the top of the division.

FMGM Monarchs took full advantage of their local rivals’ defeat with a 3-2 win away to Aberdeen University.

Monarchs are now three points clear in second place with a game in hand and look favourites at this stage to be joining Division 2 next season.

Elsewhere, Ayr consolidated their league position in fourth after an 8-4 victory over Perthshire.

In the bottom half of the table, Chapman Motherwell beat Stirling University 4-2, while Strathclyde University and 2020 Renewables Greenock shared the spoils after a 1-1 draw.

Please visit the Men's Aberdeen Asset Management National Leagues for today's results and the league standings.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

GHK have title destiny in their hands

The destination of the Women’s Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 2 title is now in the hands of GHK Ladies after their 3-3 draw against Watsonians today.

A point against Granite City Wanderers tomorrow would allow the Glasgow outfit to clinch the league crown on goal difference and secure promotion to Division 1 next season.

Watsonians will be waiting anxiously on the outcome and a loss for their close rivals would give them the title and automatic promotion.

Borders Fjordhus Rievers rounded off the league campaign in style with a convincing 6-1 home win over Granite City Wanderers, as did Erskine Stewart’s Melville, who beat relegated Waverley Inveresk Trinity by the same scoreline.

There were also goals aplenty in the Hillhead versus Highland contest, the Glasgow side running out 5-0 winners.

In Women’s Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 3, Stirling Wanderers moved a place up to sixth after a 1-1 draw away to Strathclyde University.

Bon Accord MBC defeated Ayr Ladies 2-1 away from home, while Stirling University finished off their season with a 2-0 win over Aberdeen Ladies.

In the Women's Championship Division, congratulations to Milne Craig Clydesdale Western II who are league champions.

Please visit the Women's Aberdeen Asset Management National Leagues for all the results and league standings.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

KLHC stay unbeaten

MHL: Champions fight back to tame UniKL

By Fadhli Ishak

UniKL’s Baljit Singh Charun Singh (left) and KLHC’s Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor fight for the ball in their match yesterday. Pic by Sairien Nafis

KUALA Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) overcame an early scare from UniKL before coming back to clinch a 4-2 win and emerge unbeaten in the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL) Premier Division this season.

UniKL were dominant in the first half at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil against a KLHC side missing Australian Timothy Deavin and Pakistani Waseem Ahmad due to suspension.

Their attacking efforts paid off and found themselves leading KLHC by a goal going into the break thanks to a penalty corner converted by Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim in the 28th minute.

UniKL, who lost 1-0 to Tenaga Nasional last week, looked on course for an upset victory when Muhd Syafiq Zulzairin netted just 10 minutes after the restart but it was not to be as KLHC proved why they recently clinched their eighth consecutive league title.

The league champions found an extra gear and reeled-off four quick goals from Harvinder Singh, Muhammad Najib Abu Hassan and Akthar Ali (two) in the final 20 minutes.

KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj said he was pleased with the character shown by his charges in their final league match this season.

"We had quite a heavy match yesterday (Friday) against Tenaga and the boys started a bit slowly as we were also missing some players due to injuries and suspension," said Dharmaraj.

"It is really good for team morale to finish the season unbeaten. The last time we managed to do it was in two years ago (2011)."

Meanwhile, UiTM clinched the Division One title with a dramatic 5-4 win over second-placed TNB Thunderbolts, also at the National Stadium yesterday. It is UiTM's second after having also won the title in 2009.

UiTM, whose only loss this season came in a 3-2 defeat to Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School, had lead Thunderbolts by only two points going into the final match.

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

New Straits Times

UITM are Division One Champs

UNIVERSITI TECHNOLOGY MARA (UiTM) secured the division one title of the TNB Malaysia Hockey League in thrilling fashion as they defeated TNB Thunderbolts 5-4 in the decider today.

UiTM who had a two point (28points) advantage at the top of the table over closest rivals Thunderbolts (26 points)only needed a draw to be crowned as champions but they never looked to take things easy as they went all out for the win.

UiTM who last picked up the division one title back in 2009 were by far the better team of the evening and were well deserved winners.

It was the table toppers who dominated the match from the opening whistle and it only took them five minutes to stamp their mark.

Mohamad Afify Mohd Rodzi tapped in from close range after a goal mouth scramble.

However the domination up front caught the UiTM defenders napping which eventually lead to a Thunderbolts equalizer.

Amir Zulkarnain Ahmad Robangi found the top corner from Thunderbolts first penalty corner off the game which came in the 13th minute.

But UiTM kept their composure and immediately restored their lead a minute later.

Muhammad Asraf Zulzali punished Thunderbolts with a well taken deflection after some sloppy defending.

Thunderbolts however pulled level once again in the 21st minute through Faheed Saifullah Shahrom Jamil.

The second half was as entertaining as the first with both teams going on the offense.

But it was UiTM who took the lead once again from their third penalty corner of the game in the 39th minute, Nor Nashriq Farhan Nor Azman got on the score sheet with a brilliant deflection of a set piece.

Thunderbolts fought back once again and found the equalizer in the 44th minute through Zulkarnain, but yet again they failed to keep their composure and immediately fell behind the following minute when Afify slotted home his second goal of the day for UiTM at the other end.

The excitement continued as Thunderbolts once again surged forward and found an equalizer through Mohd Fairuz Hamsani.

However, with five minutes left on the clock Ahmed Iqwan Shah Harun assured the title for UiTM as he finished off a quick counter attack.

At the adjacent pitch Premier Division champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) maintained their unbeaten run after coming from behind to defeat Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) 4-2.

KLCH completed their season with 11 wins and one draw from 12 matches and will now shift their attention to the TNB Cup.

UniKL surprisingly took the lead in the 25th minute courtesy of their top goal scorer Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim who netted his 11th goal of the season form a penalty corner.

Mohd Syafiq Zulzarin scored UniKL’s second in the 41st minute before the flood gates opened for KLHC.

KLHC picked up their goals through Harvinder Singh (49), Akhtar Ali (50, 61), and Muhammad Najib Abu Hassan (59)

Official MHL site

UiTM edge Thunderbolt to bag MHL Division One crown


Champions: UiTM players celebrating after winning the Malaysia Hockey League Division One title Friday. — RAYMOND OOI/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) edged TNB Thunderbolt 5-4 to capture the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) Division One title for the second time at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The varsity team, who won the Division One title in 2009, completed their fixtures with 31 points from 10 wins, a draw and one defeat.

Thunderbolt, who needed an outright win to clinch the title, finished second with 26 points from eight wins, two draws and two defeats.

UiTM received RM30,000 for winning the Division One title while runners-up Thunderbolt and third-placed Uniten-KPT pocketed RM20,000 and RM10,000 respectively.

UiTM and Thunderbolt will now go straight into the semi-finals of the Presidents Cup while the remaining four teams – Uniten-KPT, MBI, Sunday 2030 and Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) – will slug it out in the quarter-finals.

The quarter-final draw will be done today.

UiTM team manager Ahmad Tarmizy Mohamed praised his players for keeping their tempers in check despite the robust game.

“Thunderbolt played a robust game ... they hit my players after we took an early lead. My captain Izzwan (Mohd Salleh) has a cut on his forehead after being hit by a Thunderbolt player’s stick,” he said.

“But my boys stayed calm as our mission was to win the Division One title. We needed just a draw to win the league title but I’m happy they went for a win.”

Mohd Afify Mohd Rodzi scored a brace for UiTM in the fifth and 45th minutes. Mohd Asraf Zulzali (14th), Nor Nashriq Farhan Nor Azman (34th) and Ahmed Iqwan Shah Harun (65th) completed the scoring for the university team.

Amir Zulkarnain Ahmad Robangi (13th, 44th), Mohd Anwar Ali (21st) and Mohd Fairuz Hamsani (52nd) replied for Thunderbolt.

The Star of Malaysia

Star-studded Railways starts favourite

Uthra Ganesan

Star-studded Railways, boasting of the strongest line-up in Indian women’s hockey and made up almost entirely of national team players, is the favourite to retain the title in the National women’s hockey championship here.

After nine days of incessant matches and several one-sided contests, the competition has finally entered the knockout stage and Railways will be the first team to get into action when it takes on host Uttar Pradesh in the first quarterfinal on Sunday.

The match is scheduled for 6.30 a.m. and Railways will get to play at what is likely to be the coolest time of the day in this city, where the soaring temperature means even a match at 8 a.m. has players sweating.

With the likes of Jasjeet Kaur, Asunta Lakra and Joydeep Kaur among the senior players in the side and youngsters — Binita Xess, Apoorva Vishwakarma, Rosalin Dung Dung and Rosalind Ralte — making merry in goal-scoring, Railways will be the team to watch out for, yet again.

Even though 28 teams participated in the tournament here, the last eight remaining in the fray are on expected lines. Besides Railways, the other podium finishers from last year — runner-up Haryana and third-placed Jharkhand — are in the quarterfinals, pitted against relative lightweights Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Karnataka respectively.

The fourth quarterfinal will see Punjab take on Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy in what is likely to be the only close contest at this stage.

MPHA has come up as an important feeder line for the national team in recent times and several players in the Indian side, especially at the junior level, belong to the academy.

However, while Haryana is expected to sail into the semifinals, Jharkhand will do well to be wary of Karnataka.

Karnataka does not boast of any big names but most of its players belong to either the SAI centre in Bangalore or the State hockey academy and are talented.

The Hindu

Olympian Ashok Kumar, MP goalie Rathore injured in accident

BHOPAL: Olympian Ashok Kumar and Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy goalkeeper Amit Rathore were injured when the motorcycle on which they were travelling was hit by a Maruti car on Saturday.

The mishap took place near Sultania Hospital when Rathore was going to drop Ashok Dhyanchand at the Bhopal Railway Station from where he was to go to Jhansi, Madhya Pradesh Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare said in a statement.

Ashok Kumar, son of legendary Dhyanchand, suffered serious leg injuries while Rathore received minor injuries in his leg, it said.

Both were rushed to a local hospital where an operation was performed on Ashok Kumar's leg.

Sports Director Dr Shailendra Srivastava reached the hospital and enquired about their health.

The Times of India

Murray keeps Paragon hockeymen unbeaten

Kiel Murray scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season as Paragon battled past host Paradise 3-1 to join Defence Force at the top of the T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division standings yesterday.

Paragon entered the match at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Training Field, level on six points with defending champions Petrotrin and three behind Defence Force and were soon ahead in the 16th minute when Akim Toussaint fired in his third of the season which it took into the interval.

Ten minutes into the second half, Murray doubled the lead to 2-1 but with seven minutes left Clint Prescott pulled a goal back for Paradise, only for Murray to grab a second two minutes from the whistle to secure his team full points to go level with Defence Force which came up against Malvern last night at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, while Petrotrin came up against winless Corona Fatima.

In the Women’s Championship Division, Paragon was held to a 0-0 draw by Paradise in its season opener while front runners, Harvard Maritime Checkers went after its third win from as many matches versus Ventures last night as well.

Notre Dame, joining Malvern and Shandy Carib Magnolias are all level on three points.

Yesterday’s results

Women’s Championship

Paragon 0 vs Paradise 0

Men’s Championship

Paragon 3 (Kiel Murray 45th, 68th, Akim Toussaint 16th) vs Paradise 1 (Clint Prescott 63rd)

Trinity Men

Paradise 1 (Desmond Archer 31st) vs Paragon 1 (Barry Clarke 14th)

Under-19 Girls

Paragon 1 (Zene Henry 22nd) vs Paradise 0

Upcoming matches


Under-19 Girls: Magnolias vs Ventures, 1pm
Under-19 Boys: Fatima vs Shape, 2.30pm
Women’s Championship: Notre Dame vs malvern, 4.30 pm
Men’s Championship: Petrotrin vs Notre Dame, 6 pm
Mixed Veterans: Defence Force vs Paragon, 7.30 pm

The Trinidad Guardian