News for 30 April 2013

All the news for Tuesday 30 April 2013


Kerketta brace puts Railways in final

Haryana gets past Punjab in the other semifinal

Uthra Ganesan



In a tightly contested match, Railways’ Laurenua Kerketta (second from right) defied the Jharkhand defence to score twice in the space of five minutes. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

The final of the National women’s hockey championship here on Tuesday will be a repeat of last year’s, with champion Railways taking on Haryana.

In the semifinals on Monday, the star-studded Railways managed to struggle past Jharkhand 2-1 while Haryana outplayed Punjab 3-1 at the Guru Govind Singh Sports College.

However, the two games were of contrasting nature.

The game between Jharkhand and Railways, as expected, was a close affair.

Despite the presence of several India players in the side, Railways struggled to find momentum and was guilty of missing several chances.

The sturdy Jharkhand defence only added to its problems. The first sign of things going wrong came when Jasjeet Kaur’s drag-flick off the team’s first penalty corner rebounded off the crossbar.

This came soon after Rosalin Dung Dung had failed to connect a cross in front of the goal. Despite the big names, Railways was on the back foot.

Jharkhand, on the other hand, played with purpose, and was faster, attacking more and creating chances. It had only its own errors to blame, however, missing open chances to score in the first 15 minutes.

Railways got its first goal in the 30th minute when Laurenua Kerketta slotted the ball in from close range. Four minutes later, she was again in the thick of things, taking two shots before scoring as Jharkhand suffered a rare defensive lapse.

Railways came out an improved side in the second half, but so did Jharkhand, the latter creating three penalty corners but failing to convert any.

It finally managed to pull one back through Punita Minz at the stroke of time but it was too late by then.

The difference between the two teams was experience. Railways, with the likes of veterans Asunta Lakra, Joydeep Kaur and Jasjeet Kaur in its ranks, managed to get a grip on its game after the initial stutter while Jharkhand, trailing by two goals, only ended up committing more mistakes.

The three Railways players proved why they are still among the best in the country — Lakra, in particular, was the chief architect of the victory, controlling the midfield effectively and managing ball distribution intelligently.

The second game was a dull affair. Haryana was the better team, but neither side matched the pace and skills seen in the first match.

After a goalless first half, Haryana scored three quick goals to take a comfortable lead.

Punjab reduced the margin with a goal from Lalremruati, but that was it.

The final looks all set to be a one-sided affair going Railways’ way, while Jharkhand, decidedly better than finalist Haryana, will consider itself unlucky to have missed out on making the final only because it ran into a better side in the semifinals.

The results: Semifinals: Railways 2 (Laurenua Kerketta-2) bt Jharkhand 1 (Punita Minz); Haryana 3 (Narinder, Reena Devi, Udita) bt Punjab 1 (Lalremruati 52).

The Hindu



Haryana to face Railways in final

NEW DELHI: Defending champions Railways and last year's runners-up Haryana entered into the final of the 3rd Hockey India Senior Women National Championship after winning their respective semifinal ties on Monday.

While Haryana scored a comprehensive 3-1 win over Punjab, Railways beat Jharkhand 2-1 at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in the Guru Gobind Singh Sports College in Lucknow.

After playing a goal-less half, Haryana forwards showcased their skills to take an upper hand in the second half.

Narinder scored the opening goal for Haryana in the 37th minute by converting a penalty corner, while Reena Devi hit the net in the 46th minute.

Three minutes later Udita scored another goal to give Haryana a 3-0 lead.

Punjab reduced the margin in the 52nd minute through Lalremruati.

Earlier, in the other semifinal match, Laurenua Kerketta scored two goals in the 30th and 34th minute for Railways.

Railways looked a better unit with a lot of composure, while Jharkhand committed errors that put them on the defensive for most part of the match before Punita Minz scored a lone goal in the last minute of the game.

The Times of India



Lots of goals on day two of SA U21 men's and women's IPTs


Free State captain Izelle lategan (left) and Nosipha Nkwanyana of KZN Inland compete for the ball during Monday's SA U21 Interprovincial Hockey Tournament match at Queensmead in Durban. Photo: GAVIN NEL

Results on day two of the South African U21 Men’s and Women’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournaments in Pretoria and Durban respectively.

Women

North West (3) 5 (Tiffanie Jones 2, Carli Gericke, Carissa Vorster, Lenthea Kamffer) Namibia 0

Western Province (0) 3 (Jenead Brodell, Quanita Bobbs 2) Northern Blues (1) 1 (Jacintha Jubb)

Eastern Province (2) 6 (Dayna Barlow, Toni Marks 2, Leigh Paulsen, Rebecca Pope, Elan van Vught) Eastern Gauteng 0

WP Peninsula (4) 7 (Kaira Day, Ashleigh Ratcliffe 4, Micaela Diedericks, Karla Peterson, Keren Dugmore) Kaspersky Wits (Gauteng) 0

Free State (3) 4 (Nicole Walraven, Maria Wessels, Tanya Britz, Izelle Lategan) KZN Inland 0

Kaspersky Southerns (Gauteng) (1) 4 (Kerry Trebble, Georgina Crisp, Ane Kilian, Nika Nel) KZN Coastal Raiders (1) 1 (Petti Yorke)

Men

Kaspersky Southerns (Gauteng) (7) 12 (Keegan Kieck, James du Plessis, Brynn Cleak 3, Johan Smit 3, Gerald Mpopo, Jaryd Powell, Caleb Martin, Thabang Dikgale) Eastern Gauteng 0

Western Province (5) 13 (Matt Williams, Dayne Samboer 2, Rob Edwards, Marc Fourie 2, Jaco Olivier 2, Keenan Horne, James Drummond 3, Chris Fourie) Namibia 0

Free State (0) 1 (Dylan Swanepoel) Eastern Province 0

KZN Inland (2) 4 (Damian Kimfley 3, Dumi Mncwango) WP Peninsula (1) 2 (Chad Conlon, Jordan Turnbull)

KZN Coastal Raiders (3) 5 (Davyn Keuter 2, Marco Lopes, Mohammed Mea, Dayne Naidoo) Kaspersky Wits (Gauteng) 0

Northern Blues (3) 4 (Nic Berichon, Andrew Buckley 2, Grant Glutz) North West (2) 3 (Ruan de Jong, Sinoxolo Mbekeni, Ignatius Malgraff)

SA Hockey Association media release



Köln suffer frustrating weekend in Hockeyliga



GERMANY: Euro Hockey League Final Four qualifiers Rot-Weiss Köln endured a frustrating weekend in the Hockeyliga, claiming a solitary point from their respective away matches against Nürnberg HTC and Mannheim HC.  The results leave Rot-Weiss sitting just outside the play-off places in fifth, one point behind fourth placed Krefeld.

On Saturday, Köln – who face Belgium’s KHC Dragons in the EHL Semi Finals – fell to a surprise 3-0 defeat against league strugglers Nürnberg HTC. Goals from Peter Kohl and Christopher Wesley (2) proved to be enough for a comfortable Nürnberg victory against a severely weakened Köln, who were without the considerable talents of Christopher Zeller, Tibor Weissenborn, Leon Willemsen, Marco Miltkau and Arnaud Becuwe.

Köln produced a vastly improved performance in Sunday’s match at third placed Mannheim HC. A goal either side of half time from team captain Jan-Marco Montag gave Rot-Weiss a 2-1 lead after an early strike from Tomas Prochazka. However, a field goal from Nicolas Emmerling eight minutes from time ensured that the points would be shared.

"This was an absolutely unsatisfactory weekend for us, but it is still in our hands to qualify for the finals”, said Rot-Weiss Köln coach Stefan Kermas following Sunday’s draw against Mannheim.  “Now we must get back on track when we play Berliner HC next weekend."

Harvestehude are still sitting pretty at the top of the table, leading Uhlenhorst Mülheim (2nd) and Mannheim HC (3rd) by four points. Krefeld are in fourth, closely followed by Rot-Weiss Köln and in-form UHC Hamburg, who are separated only on goal difference. UHC Hamburg, the three times Euro Hockey League champions, claimed six points at the weekend thanks to impressive victories over Gladbacher (5:2) and Krefeld (3:2). A full list of results can be found below, with more information about the competition available at http://www.hockeyliga.de/

Rot-Weiss Köln face KHC Dragons of Belgium 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 www.ehlhockey.tv, the official website of the Euro Hockey League.

Hockeyliga Results

27 April 2013

Berliner HC-Krefeld  3:2 (3:0)
Mülheim-Alster  4:2 (0:1)
Nürnberg HTC-RW Köln  3:0 (0:0)
UHC Hamburg-Gladbach  5:2 (3:0)
Düsseld. HC-Harvestehude   1:6 (0:3)
Mannheim HC-Frankfurt 80  3:0 (1:0)

28 April 2013
Berliner HC-Gladbach  8:1 (4:1)
Düsseld. HC-Alster  3:5 (0:2)
Mülheim-Harvestehude  4:4 (2:1)
Nürnberg HTC-Frankfurt 80  4:3 (2:0)
UHC Hamburg-Krefeld  3:2 (1:1)
Mannheim HC-RW Köln  2:2 (1:1)
Hockeyliga Table (28 April 2013)

Ranking – Goals For – Goals Against – Points
1. Harvestehude – 67 – 33 – 40
2. Mülheim – 61 – 39 – 36
3. Mannheim HC – 54 – 35 – 36
4. Krefeld – 55 – 40 – 32
5. RW Köln – 57 – 34 – 31
6. UHC Hamburg – 55 – 44 – 31
7. Alster – 55 – 55 – 28
8. Berliner HC – 42 – 39 – 21
9. Nürnberg HTC – 37 – 46 – 18
10. Gladbach – 43 – 68 – 17
11. Düsseld. HC – 20 – 58 – 7
12. Frankfurt 80 – 21 – 76 – 4

Euro Hockey League media release



Ashley Jackson on the up

By Andrew Elliott



Ashley Jackson is thinking to the future


ASHLEY JACKSON has put Olympic disappointments behind him as he concentrates on what he says will be a bright future for Great Britain and England.

GB’s men finished fourth in London last year. But now Jackson, 25, is revitalised by the announcement of a centralised 30-man England squad ahead of the World League semi-fi nals in Malaysia at the end of June.

He said: “Changes are being made and it’s very exciting. We want to win medals and major tournaments all the way through to Rio 2016.”

Daily Express



James fires D/Force to fourth straight win

Nigel Simon



Notre Dame’s Chad Jose Pedro, right, tries to elude Mickell Pierre of Defence Force during their T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship match at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Saturday April 19. Defence Force won 2-1. Photo: Anthony Harris.

T&T international Marcus James scored his second consecutive brace as Defence Force blanked Malvern 3-0 for its fourth straight win from as many matches in the T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Saturday.

With Paragon securing a third win from as many outings, 3-1 over Paradise earlier in the day, the onus was on the “Teteron Men” to regain sole possession of top spot.

However, Malvern made it very difficult and only fell behind on the stroke of half-time when James got his first while two minutes into the second-half, Neil Lashley made it 2-0 before James got his second and the team’s third in the 53rd minute to complete the comfortable victory and push their points tally to maximum 12 points, the same as Petrotrin while Paragon is third with nine point.

On Saturday, Petrotrin clobbered Corona Fatima 8-2 and followed it up with a hard fought 3-2 triumph over Notre Dame less than 24 hours later.

For the Oilmen, the prolific Wayne Legerton banged in a hat-trick, in the 12th, 16th, 49th, and 70th minutes while Triston Grant added a pair of goals, in the 13th and 65th minutes against Fatima.

Anthony Duncan (sixth) and Kingsley Noel, two minutes from the end were the other Petrotrin players on target to cancel out Ishmael Campbell (44th) and Colin Young’s (59th) replies for winless Fatima.

And against the Dames, Grant (57th) and Legerton (62nd) scored after their opponents had conceded an own goal in the 14th.

The Dames, meanwhile got their items through Tobias Ottley, in the 17th to level the match at 1-1 and in the final minute from national player, Aidan De Gannes.

In the lone Women’s Championship Division, title-holders Notre Dame joined Harvard Maritime Checkers at the top of the table with maximum six points after two matches following its 6-3 thrashing of Malvern.

Senior national women’s team duo, Dana-Lee De Gannes (3rd, 27th) and Blair Wynne (5th, 66th) both scored two goals each for the Dames while Nicole Whiteman and Tamara De Nobriga chipped in with one apiece.

Malvern, which was coming off a morale boosting 1-0 win over rivals Shandy Carib Magnolias got its goals off the stick of national defender, Teresa Lezama (35th), Kherdine Gonsalves (52nd) and another national standout, Oire Trotman, nine minute from the end.

With the loss, Malvern stayed level with Magnolias and Paragon with three points each, but its rivals both have matches in hand.

Monday April 22:

Trinity Women:


Defence Force 5 (Nicole Aming 37th, 61st, 65th, 68th, Summer Hector 29th) vs Police

Tuesday April 23:

Trinity Men:


Malvern 5 (Kyle Cowie 41st, 60th, David Francois 62nd, Teague Marcano 14th, Jacques Poon-Lewis 70th) vs Petrotrin 1 (Roger Duncan 64th)

Wednesday April 24:

Checkers 3 (Dara Ransome 56th, 57th, Mindy Charles 62nd) vs Notre Dame 2 (Nicole Whiteman 3rd, 5th)

Thursday April 25:

QPCC 11 (Nicholas Camacho 9th, 58th, 66th, 68th, Andre Hall 3rd, 61st, Stefan Luces 25th, 30th, Cade Lue Sue 33rd, Jerry Bell 57th, Paul Weekes 69th) vs Shape 1 (Daniel Byer 7th)

Friday April 26th:

Mixed Veterans:


Defence Force 11 (Nicholas Wren 26th, 28th, 69th, Brian Burrows 50th, 52nd, Richelle Mitchell 56th, 59th, Anthony Morales 3rd, Kirth Davis 21st, Neil Lashley 23rd, Neil Lezama 54th) vs Petrotrin 1 (K. Issac 25th)

Saturday:

Men’s Championship:


Petrotrin 8 (Wayne Legerton 12th, 16th, 49th, 70th, Triston Grant 13th, 65th, Anthony Duncan 6th, Noel Kingsley 68th) vs Fatima 2 (Ishmael Campbell 44th, Colin Young 59th)
Defence Force 3 (Marcus James 35th, 53rd, Neil Lashley 37th) vs Malvern 0

Sunday April 28:

Under-19 Boys:


Fatima 11 (Michael Gonzalves 27th, 41st, 50th, Michael Durity 35th, 46th, 60th, Che Modeste 24th, 39th,Marcus Pascall 9th, Joshua Nieves 22nd, Jordan Vieira 28th) vs Shape 0

Women’s Championship:

Notre Dame 6 (Dana-Lee De Gannes 3rd, 37th, Blair Wynne 5th, 66th, Nicole Whiteman 26th, Tamara De Nobriga 55th) vs Malvern 3 (Teresa Lezama 35th, Kherdine Gonzalves 52nd, Oire Trotman 61st)

Men’s Championship:

Petrotrin 3 (own goal 14th, Triston Grant 57th, Wayne Legerton 62nd) vs Notre Dame 2 (Tobias Ottley 17th, Aidan De Gannes 70th)

Upcoming matches:

Today (Tuesday):


Trinity Men: Malvern vs Carib, 8pm

Wednesday May 1:

Trinity Women: Malvern vs Ventures, 8pm

Thursday:

Trinity Men: Paragon vs Petrotrin, 8pm

Friday:

Mixed Veterans:


Malvern vs Carib, 7pm
Defence Force vs Fatima, 8.45pm

The Trinidad Guardian



Beng Hai demands consistency

By Fadhli Ishak


SAPURA coach Tai Beng Hai has stressed that his misfiring players have to raise their game if they are to overcome a dangerous UniKL in the TNB Cup quarter-finals.

Beng Hai, whose team finished fourth in the Premier Division, said playing UniKL over two legs will be a tricky affair with the young guns out to earn their stripes.

Sapura had notched a 3-1 win over UniKL in the first round of the league but lost the return 2-1.

"Compared to playing in the league, the TNB Cup places a different kind of pressure on players as we do not have another chance to redeem ourselves if we lose," said the former national coach. "In terms of players, I believe we have a slight advantage in experience.

"However, despite UniKL being quite a young team, we cannot afford to take them lightly as they are hungry for success and have a lot to prove. They are also willing to work very hard in a match."

Beng Hai added that his players, who lost to Maybank (4-2) and Nur Insafi (4-3) in their final two league matches last week, will have to be more consistent if they are to advance to the next round.

"We have been quite inconsistent this season. We had taken the lead in our last two matches but could not hang on for the win."

"It will not be an easy match. The boys will really have to improve on that (consistency) and be fully focused for the full 70 minutes if we are to win this."

The winners will play league champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club in the semi-finals next week. The winners of the other quarter-final between Tenaga Nasional and Terengganu will face league runners-up Maybank in the last four.

KLHC and Maybank received byes into the semi-finals by virtue of their top-two finish.

New Straits Times



Tenaga and Sapura favourites to clear last eight

KUALA LUMPUR: Former champions Tenaga Nasional and Sapura loom as favourites in the Premier Division quarter-finals for the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) overall title.

But their indifferent form during the preliminary round has made them wary of the threat pos­ed by sixth-placed Universiti Kuala Lumpur (Uni­KL) and fifth-placed Terengganu respectively.

In tomorrow’s quarter-finals, fourth-placed Sapura will clash with UniKL while third-placed Tenaga take on Terengganu.

Sapura team manager Louis Gregory lamented about the team’s inconsistency during the league campaign.

“One minute we play like champions, then we play like novices the next moment. We do have good material with a blend of young players with experienced stars. But when it comes to chalking up results, we are not there yet,” he said.

In the preliminary round, Sapura defeated UniKL 3-1 in the first round but lost 1-2 in the return match.

Louis believes the team’s biggest problem is the lack of leadership.

“We don’t have a player in the mould of S. Kuhan to rally the team and get them moving when the chips are down. Individually, they are fine,” he said.

Sapura have three Pakistanis – Kashif Ali (pic), Mohamed Zubbair and Yasir Islam – and one Indian – Raja Veerachamy – as their guest players. Kashif has scored 13 goals and will be relied upon to provide the goals.

But UniKL are no pushovers despite not having any guest players. Former national junior skipper Mohamed Noor Faeez Ibrahim is gaining in confidence with his penalty corner flicks and is joint top scorer with Kashif on 13 goals.

UniKL coach A. Arulselvaraj reckons that they have an even chance of reaching the semi-finals.

“At the knockout stage, it is anybody’s game. Your have to plan for two matches and every chance you get is crucial. Noor Faeez is flicking well and there is no reason why he cannot continue with his fine form,” he said.

Tenaga are desperate to win the overall title after failing to land the league crown. Like Sapura, they face inconsistency problems although they have a star-studded line-up.

Terengganu team manager Mohamed Saberi Salleh believes that they can capitalise on Tenaga’s yo-yo form.

“Our players are settling in slowly. We started off badly but picked up steam towards the end of the league. We must keep the momentum going and take our chances. We drew with them in the first round but lost 3-4 in the return match on Sunday.

“We are confident of taking the fight to them and play well. It is our first season and we just want to go as far as possible,” said Mohamed Saberi.

Awaiting the two quarter-final winners are champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club and runners-up Maybank in the semi-finals.

The Star of Malaysia



Host of players in the running for top scorer award

By S. RAMAGURU



Stiff fight: Mohamed Noor Faeez Ibrahim (left) of Universiti Kuala Lumpur is the joint top scorer with Kashif Ali of Sapura with 13 goals each. Below: Faizal Saari, on 12 goals, is eager to win the award for the third year in a row.

KUALA LUMPUR: With only five matches left in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL), the fight for the top scorer award has turned into a tight race.

Sapura’s Pakistani ace Khasif Ali and Mohamed Noor Faeez Ibrahim of Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) lead the charge with 13 goals.

One goal behind them are Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club’s Akhtar Ali and Tenaga Nasional’s Faizal Saari, the winner of the award the last two seasons. And hot on their heels is Pakistan’s top penalty corner flicker Mohamed Imran, who plays for KLHC.

The winner of the award stands to gain RM2,000 and Faizal is gunning for a hat-trick. But he needs to start scoring again as his scoring prowess has tapered off after a good start.

Kashif, playing in his fourth season in the MHL, has shown he can be a deadly flicker after taking over as Sapura’s main flicker. Before joining Sapura, he was with Nur Insafi for three seasons.

“I have been able to score more goals this season as I’m now the main flicker. It is good to see competition as it will help me do better. But for now our focus is on making sure the team win all the matches,” said Kashif.

Mohamed Noor is the skipper of the Project 2013 team the last two years. He was also the leading scorer in the Sultan of Johor Cup in 2011 and skippered the team to the title. Last year, he was also skipper of the team who won the Junior Asia Cup. He has had a slow start to the season but has regained his confidence.

Said UniKL coach A. Arulselvaraj: “Mohamed Noor is playing better and on target with his flicks. We are banking on him to get us past Sapura in the quarter-finals,” he said.

With Kashif and Noor Faeez going head-to-head in the last eight, one of the players will drop out of the race. That means that players whose team make the semi-final stage stand a better chance of winning the award.

The leading scorers

13: Kashif Ali (Sapura), Mohamed Noor Faeez (UniKL).

12: Akhtar Ali (KLHC), Faizal Saari (Tenaga Nasional).

10: Mohamed Imran (KLHC).

8: Mohamed Umar Bhutta (KLHC).

7: Shakeel Abassi (Maybank), Mohamed Irfan (Maybank), Mohamed Waqas (Maybank), Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (Terengganu).

The Star of Malaysia



Thornton conducts try-outs for U.S. Indoor Men’s Squad

Andrew Thornton, U.S. Men’s National Indoor coach, has announced two open try-outs for selection to the 2013-14 U.S. Men’s National Indoor Team. Try-outs will be held in Moorpark, Cali., Tuesday, May 28 and Spring City, Pa., Saturday, June 15.

Selected athletes will participate in domestic and European competition and will have the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the 2014 Pan American Indoor Cup. The Pan American Indoor Cup serves as a qualifier for the next Indoor World Cup to be held in Germany in 2015.

2013 TRY-OUT DETAILS

West Coast

Tuesday, May 28 from 3.30 – 7.30 p.m. at Chaparral Middle School, 280 Poindexter Ave, Moorpark, Cali.

East Coast

Saturday, June 15 from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Training Center, 88 Wells Rd, Spring City, Pa.

USFHA media release



USA Field Hockey announces Men’s Over-50 Squad for European Masters Open

The roster features 10 members from the 2012 Over-45 U.S. Men's Masters World Cup Team


USA Field Hockey today announced the Men’s Over-50 squad that will represent the U.S. at the European Masters Open, August 10-18 at the Lisnagarvey Hockey Club in Northern Ireland. The tournament is being organized as an open event to allow non-European nations to participate. Currently ten countries are planning to compete in the Over-40, Over-45, Over-50 and Over-55 age groups, including England, Scotland, Spain, The Netherlands, South Africa, Italy and hosts Ireland.

The following athletes have been named to the 18-man travel roster for the European Masters Open:  Mike Coleman (Corona, Cali.), Phil Danaher (Tatamy, Pa.), Andrew Dunning (Retford, UK), Neville Gardner (Bethlehem, Pa.), Simon Gray (Sacramento, Cali.), Richard Hayden (Ashburn, Va.), Dieter Hillert (Encinitas, Cali.), Peter Jones (Stamford, Conn.), John Michalak (Camarillo, Cali.), Steve Pany (Schnecksville, Pa.), Warren Prestwich (Baltimore, Md.), Curtis Sherk (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Brian Spencer (Los Angeles, Cali.), Morgan Stebbins (Garrison, N.Y.), John Twaalfhoven (Netherlands), Ian Wagge (Phoenix, Ariz.), Don Warner (Henrico, Va.), Amjad Zia (Nottingham, UK)

Ten members named to the European Masters Open roster also represented the U.S. at the International Hockey Federation’s inaugural Masters World Cup in Great Britain last summer.

The team will be coached by Peter Jones, head coach of the Men’s O-45 Masters World Cup Team and former head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Indoor Team. Todd Koch will be the manager on tour for the team.

USFHA media release



Post-Collegiate HARROWines featuring Jesse Gey



As part of USA Field Hockey's Post- Collegiate HARROWines series, staff member Kait Mitchell catches up 2008 Olympian Jesse Gey for a quick Q & A.

Jesse Gey, a 2008 University of North Carolina grad, a former National Team player, a 2008 Olympian and a 2011 Pan American Games gold medalist, is about to ink another accomplishment onto her resume. As the captain of team Tembo of the 2013 Harrow Cup, Jesse is pulling from her vast credentials to make an impact as gigantic as the team’s mascot. 

KM: You reached the zenith of field hockey by competing on the U.S. National Team. How is this opportunity of being chosen as a Harrow Cup captain compare to your extensive list of accolades?

JG:
It’s a different kind of pressure. When I was competing on the U.S. National Team there was more of a personal pressure. You’re performing under a microscope. Now with the Harrow Cup and being a captain there’s a pressure to please the group and make the right decisions that will work best for the team. 

KM: You selected the team name "Tembo" which is Swahili for elephant. Is there a personal connection there?

JG:
I’m a big fan of elephants, so naturally when given the opportunity to choose a team name I picked it. Last weekend I flew to Colorado to see my former UNC and Harrow Cup teammate, Alli Tanner to design our uniforms. All I got to say is we’re going to be looking pretty fly.

KM: What was your strategy for selecting your team?

JG:
This was very difficult. Lots of preparation went into my selection. It was important to do a lot of research and make sure some of the “sleepers” or the not so popular names were given fair attention. I also reached out to outside sources and different college coaches for their input. 

KM: What has training been like with everyone so spread out?

JG:
We have an email chain going and a few of the girls have been attending open plays. Next week half of us are actually attending an open play day at Temple University. It’s good core group to have out there.

KM:  To you, why is it important to encourage post-collegiate hockey?

JG:
Personally, I’ve been lucky to be able to continue playing after college with the national team. For most, their last game in college is the final time they ever really play. That’s just sad. It’s important we continue to grow the sport after our college days.

KM: What will you do with your slice of the pie if your team wins the 2013 Harrow Cup?

JG:
Buy an airplane ticket somewhere or pay my bills.

KM: While browsing over your UNC Field Hockey bio I stumbled upon one of your little-known talents – dancing. You know, $10,000 is a big reason to bust a move. Any chance we’ll see you dance if you’re victorious?

JG:
Not even a question. Yes, I’ll be dancing. You’ll probably see a Jesse original called the “jump rope.” It’s like the motion of jumping rope but with a little extra style. So keep an eye out for that.

USFHA media release



Small Sticks making big noise

Peter White



FUN TIMES: The Small Sticks programme is making hockey fun for kids to play. FUN TIMES: The Small Sticks programme is making hockey fun for kids to play. Petrina Martelli

ActivePost Small Sticks is Hockey New Zealand's nationally branded junior programme, designed to attract children aged 4-13 into hockey and foster a love of the sport.

In just two years, Small Sticks has proven extremely popular with children, schools and clubs. Last year more than 20,000 children completed Small Sticks courses in 84 schools nationwide.

Hockey NZ aims to have 100,000 Small Sticks in 500 schools by 2017.

In Tauranga, eight primary schools have joined up to Small Sticks - Otumoetai, Katikati, Pongakawa, Greenpark, Bethlehem, Fairhaven, Omanu and Papamoa - with 1600 kids involved in the programme.

Tauranga resident and Coaching and Development Manager for Hockey NZ, Brad Jensen, says the programme is designed so that every child can succeed at their own pace.

"It is the future of the game. Hockey has always gone into schools and done taster sessions or one-off sessions, and the Small Sticks requires cooperation between the schools and the hockey association," said Jensen.

"Hopefully it is picked up by the teachers and the parents and they become hockey schools."

The Small Sticks programme is made up of four different modules. Fun Sticks - for Year 1 and 2 (under 6), Mini Sticks - for Year 3 and 4 (under 9 starting on 1/8 field), Kiwi Sticks - for Year 5 and 6 (under 11) and Kwik Sticks - full field 11-a-side hockey.

The aim of the programme is to get children interested and hooked on hockey. It is also about the association building strong relationships between the school, the club and the coaches.

The programme includes the teacher being trained, a minimum of four coaching session in school time with an accredited coach, a resource kit for the school to use after the programme is finished, a festival day at the completion of the programme and recruitment material to help engage children and their parents.

Bay of Plenty Times



Aníbal Fernández voted new Argentinean Hockey President


FIH Executive Board Member Sandra Isola with new Argentina Hockey President Anibal Fernandez (Photo: Argentina Hockey Confederation)

The Federal Senator for the Province of Buenos Aires, Dr. Aníbal Fernández won Saturday’s presidential elections, held in the context of the annual ordinary General Assembly of the Argentinean Hockey Confederation, with a unanimous vote and will hold the highest office until 2017. Sandra Isola from Salta, who is also an FIH Executive Board Member, was elected first Vice-President.

Fernández was quoted as saying “We face the need to make a serious transformation happen in Argentinean hockey. And we will give our all because we are convinced of what we are trying to do,” after his election.

During the Assembly, in which 30 of the 31 entities which are currently actively affiliated to the Argentinean Confederation were represented, the previous President of the CAH, Dr. Daniel Marcellini presented his irrefutable resignation and retreated from the room together with his supporters at the start of the elections. Faced with this scenario, the delegates present continued the Assembly under the transitory presidency of until-then Treasurer Sandra Isola, and unanimously elected Aníbal Fernández.

The electoral proceedings were monitored by observers of the General Inspection of Justice, as well as clerks and lawyers of the Argentinean Confederation of Hockey.

The new Executive Board of the Argentinean Hockey Confederation:

President: Aníbal Fernández

1st Vice-President: Sandra Isola

2nd Vice-President: Juan Marcelo Weinbender

3rd Vice-President: Luis Paiola

Secretary: Mario Galliano

Treasurer: Luis Ventura

Deputy Secretary: Graciela Molina

Deputy Treasurer: Carlos Nuñez

FIH site