News for 01 May 2013

All the news for Wednesday 1 May 2013

Scotland presented with World League challenge in Paris

Michael Bremner

Scotland Men return to competitive international action next week when they participate in the FIH World League Round 2 in St Germain, Paris from May 6-12.

The Scots face Belgium, Canada, France, Poland and Portugal in a challenging pool qualification format, where four of the five teams are ranked higher than Scotland in the current FIH World Rankings.

The national side will need to hit the ground running with their first two matches coming against Canada and Belgium, seeded second and first in the pool respectively. To further compound the scale of the task ahead, only one team will qualify from this pool for Round 3, with the highest ranked runners-up from the four Round 2 competitions joining Round 3.

Discussing the competition and his side’s chances, Scotland Head Coach Derek Forsyth said, “Belgium are by far the best team there, they finished fifth at the Olympics recently, and are now challenging the top four [in the world]. They are the clear favourites [to win in Paris].

“France, Canada, Poland and Portugal are teams we are capable of beating. We have beaten Canada in the past on the day, it could go either way. They are a good team but hopefully we will challenge them.

“It will be difficult, but there is no reason why we can’t win those games. We’re looking to finish second and that is our target.”

Forsyth will look to the experience of players such as cap centurions Niall Stott, Iain Scholefield and Gareth Hall to lead the Scots on the pitch, while the likes of Gavin Byers and an in-form Alan Forsyth will bring a cutting edge to their attack.

Looking forward to the competition from a player’s perspective, Scotland and Great Britain U21 international Michael Bremner said, “It’s a really good opportunity to play against top international players and the teams we’re competing with are ranked higher than us. We will be able to test ourselves against these teams so we can progress and try to reach that level."

The FIH World League will also bring a personal milestone for Glynhill Hotel Kelburne’s William Marshall, who will win his 100th international cap against hosts France in the penultimate match. Beeston’s Gordon McIntyre will also pick up his 50th international cap in the final game against Portugal.

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


6th May, 15.30 (CET), Scotland v Canada, Stade Georges Lefevre, Paris

7th May, 13.00 (CET), Scotland v Belgium, Stade Georges Lefevre, Paris

9th May, 15.30 (CET), Scotland v Poland, Stade Georges Lefevre, Paris

11th May, 18.00 (CET), Scotland v France, Stade Georges Lefevre, Paris

12th May, 15.30 (CET), Scotland v Portugal, Stade Georges Lefevre, Paris

Scottish Hockey Union media release

New Zealand wins bid for 2013 Oceania Cup

Hockey New Zealand has won the rights to host the 2013 Oceania Cup which will see the Black Sticks Men and Women heading to Taranaki to take on Australia in October.

In a competitive bid process, Oceania Hockey Federation awarded it to Taranaki over other bidders in Australia due to the local support that Taranaki are offering to make the event a real success.

“We are absolutely delighted to have won the rights to host this. Trans-Tasman competitions always attract a lot of interest and the support we have had from the Taranaki community has been fantastic,” says chief executive Hilary Poole.

To be held from 28 October-3 November, both Black Sticks teams will play Australia in a three test series at the newly re-laid turf in Stratford. Other Pacific nations have also been invited with the draw to be finalised early June.

“Oceania Hockey has traditionally rotated this tournament between Hockey New Zealand and Hockey Australia. We are delighted that with the growth of hockey in the Pacific Island nations of Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu this has meant that we are looking for hosts who are able to provide a quality experience for a potentially larger tournament,” says Oceania Hockey Chairperson Pam Elgar.

“The competitive bid process provided Oceania Hockey Federation great choice between two quality bids. We are looking forward to seeing Stratford deliver a fantastic tournament and experience for all,” says Elgar.

Both Black Sticks teams aim to qualify for the 2014 World Cup by finishing in the top three at Rotterdam’s World League Round 3 in June. Their second opportunity to qualify would be by winning the Oceania Cup.

Hockey New Zealand has already established partnerships with the Stratford District Council, Sport Taranaki, TSB Community Trust, Taranaki Electrical Trust, Venture Taranaki and will work closely with Taranaki Hockey Association to make the event a reality.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for Stratford and Taranaki to get behind an international sporting event and something of this scale doesn’t come along very often. We are looking forward to the promotional opportunities that it provides,” says Stratford District Mayor Neil Volzke.

Stratford District Council chief executive Sue Davidson agrees it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Taranaki.

“Our community are strong supporters of the local game, so we know that they will get behind these international games,” says Davidson.

The Oceania Cup is held every two years, in 2011 it was hosted in Hobart and prior to that it was in Invercargill.

For the first time, this year Oceania Hockey had a competitive bid process to decide which country it would be hosted in.

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Taranaki to host hockey's Oceania Cup

Taranaki has won the hosting rights for the 2013 Oceania Cup, with the Black Sticks men and women to take on Australia and other Pacific nations in October.

Both the men's and women's teams will play best of three series against Australia from October 28 to November 3 at the newly re-laid turf in Stratford.

Other Pacific nations have also been invited with the draw to be finalised in early June.

"We are absolutely delighted to have won the rights to host this. Trans-Tasman competitions always attract a lot of interest and the support we have had from the Taranaki community has been fantastic," said Hockey New Zealand chief executive Hilary Poole. The Oceania Cup is held every two years, with Invercargill the last New Zealand city to host it in 2009. For the first time, this year Oceania Hockey had a competitive bid process to decide which country it would be hosted in.

Oceania Hockey chairperson Pam Elgar said the decision came down to two final bids, with Taranaki winning out.

"Oceania Hockey has traditionally rotated this tournament between Hockey New Zealand and Hockey Australia. We are delighted that with the growth of hockey in the Pacific Island nations of Fiji, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu this has meant that we are looking for hosts who are able to provide a quality experience for a potentially larger tournament."

Both Black Sticks teams will aim to qualify for the 2014 World Cup by finishing in the top three at Rotterdam's World League Round 3 in June. If they fail to do so, their second opportunity to qualify would be by winning the Oceania Cup.


Haryana ambushes Railways for title

Narinder slots home twice in a sensational 4-1 rout of the defending champion

Uthra Ganesan

The young Haryana side pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament in the final, thumping a star-studded Railways side to win the title. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

It was the biggest upset of the tournament, and it came in the final. Underdog Haryana thumped star-studded Railways 4-1 to win the National women’s hockey championship at the Guru Govind Singh Sports College here on Tuesday.

Railways appeared strangely subdued, misfiring throughout and unable to attack with precision or defend with purpose. Never before in recent times has one seen a Railways women’s team play with such lack of authority or planning.

Haryana was on the attack from the word go, knowing well that any display of weakness would be punished. Haryana came close to taking lead twice within the first five minutes but could not score.

In fact, it was Railways that opened the scoring, when Amadeep Kaur deflected the ball in after being put through by Jasjeet Kaur in the 15th minute. It was only the second time Railways broke through into the circle, and the defending champion finally looked like getting its rhythm back.

But Haryana was up to the task. Udita capitalised on a defensive lapse to lift the ball into the net at the stroke of half-time to level scores.

The second half was all about Haryana.

Railways boasts a line-up that is made up mostly of India team players, but none of them played as expected. Interestingly, most of the players from both sides belong to the Shahbad district of Haryana, and are familiar with each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

But, while the youngsters of the Haryana side backed themselves, having nothing to lose, Railways stuttered and failed.

Railways earned seven penalty corners post break but failed to score. Haryana goalkeeper Nancy blocked three of the shots and deflected the rest.

Haryana captain Harpreet — also a Railways recruit — marshalled the midfield effectively, passing brilliantly and managing to keep ball possession.

With the dangerous Jasjeet Kaur constantly marked by two players, blunting the Railways’ attack, Narinder put Haryana ahead in the 47th minute after being put through by Harpreet. Narinder then made it 3-1 two minutes later after being left unmarked on the left flank.

Bharti completed the tally in the 65th minute to effectively complete the rout.

“Even, we did not expect (victory by) such a big margin,” a beaming Haryana coach Azad Singh Malik said.

“We could not combine well, we played badly, what else can I say,” admitted a downcast Asunta Lakra, the senior-most player of Railways, adding that she has never been part of such a huge defeat in her 10 years with Railways.

In the classification match for third place, Jharkhand overcame a fighting Punjab to win 2-1. Jharkhand was expected to roll over Punjab but was as disjointed as Railways.

Sarita Lakra was impressive for Jharkhand with her accurate passing through gaps to create chances but the forwards were profligate, wasting chances by the dozen.

The results: Final: Haryana 4 (Narinder-2, Udita, Bharti) bt Railways 1 (Amandeep Kaur).

For third place: Jharkhand 2 (Ebha Kerketta, Basanti Kachhap) bt Punjab 1 (Sukhjit Kaur).

The Hindu


Haryana win 3rd Women National hockey championship

LUCKNOW: Haryana defeated Railways 4-1 to win the third Hockey India Senior Women National Championship at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in the Guru Gobind Singh Sports College on Tuesday.

Contrary to the final result, it was Railways whop scored their opening goal through Amandeep Kaur in the 15th minute.

After conceding an early goal, Haryana forwards played attacking game and built pressure on their opponents.

Their efforts bore fruit as Haryana scored through Udita (34th, 65th min) and Narinder (47th, 49th min) to seal the match in their favour.

Railways wasted numerous scoring chances as they failed to convert as many as 10 penalty corners.

Meanwhile, Jharkhand defeated Punjab 2-1 to finish third in the championship.

Jharkhand, who led 1-0 at the half time, scored through Ebha Kerketta in the 30th minute by converting a penalty corner.

In the 37th minute Basanti Kachhap scored another goal to help Jharkhand take a 2-0 lead.

Punjab managed to reduce the margin in the 46th minute through a penalty corner strike by Sukhjit Kaur.


Final: Haryana 4 (Udita 34, 65, Narinder 47, 49) beat Railways 1 (Amandeep Kaur 15).

3rd-4th place match: Jharkhand 2 (Ebha Kerketta 30, Basanti Kachhap 37) beat Punjab 1 (Sukhjit Kaur 46).

The Times of India

MPHA to face Haryana in junior women hockey final

NEW DELHI: Priyanka Wankhede scored five goals as Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy scored an easy 8-0 victory over Punjab to enter the final of the Junior Women National Championship at the Astroturf Hockey Academy in Ranchi on Tuesday.

Besides Wankhede, who struck in the 10th, 45th, 50th, 56th and 59th minute, the other scorers were Diksha Tiwari (19th), Reena Rathore (29th) and R Ramngaihzuali (47th).

In the final, Haryana will take on Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy while Jharkhand will play Punjab in the 3/4th position match.

Earlier, Haryana defeated Jharkhand 2-1 in the first semifinal. Reena Rani scored for Haryana in the 26th and 52nd minute while Etwari Mundu scored the lone goal for Jharkhand in the 53rd minute.


Semifinal 1: Haryana 2 (Reena Rani 26, 52) beat Jharkhand 1 (Etwari Mundu 53)

Semifinal 2: MPHA 8 (Priyanka Wankhede 10, 45, 50, 56, 59, Diksha Tiwari 19, Reena Rathore 29, R Ramngaihzuali 47) beat Punjab 0.

The Times of India

Hockey India names 18-member junior women's team for Scotland tour

NEW DELHI: Hockey India on Tuesday named an 18-member junior women's team which will embark on a tour to Scotland on Wednesday.

The tour, to be held from May 1-11, is seen as a preparation ahead of the junior women's World Cup to be played at Monchengladbach, Germany from July 27 to August 4 this year.

Hockey India selectors Balbir Singh, Syed Ali along with government observer Harbinder Singh selected squad after a selection trial recently held at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

During the tour, the Indian team will play five games against Scotland, starting May 3 in Glasgow.


Goalkeepers: Sanarik Chanu, Bigan Soy

Defenders: Pinky Devi, Jaspreet Kaur, Kiran Dahiya, Sandeep Kaur, Manjit Kaur, Ritusha Arya, Renuka Yadav

Mid-fielders: Navjot Kaur (Senior), Lily Chanu, Manmeet Kaur, Nikki Pradhan

Forwards: Punam Barla, Navneet Kaur, Jaswinder Kaur, Neha Goyal, Hardeep Kaur.

The Times of India

OZ, Bloemendaal & Rotterdam reach play-offs

NETHERLANDS: Oranje Zwart, HC Bloemendaal and H.C. Rotterdam have sealed their places in the end of season play-offs thanks to victories in the Hoofdklasse on Sunday. The play-offs will decide both the Dutch championship and also the qualifiers for next season's Euro Hockey League.

League leaders Oranje Zwart – who have lost just once this season – cruised to a 4-1 win over HGC to confirm their participation in the play-offs. Goof van der Kamp gave HGC an early lead before goals from Niek van der Schoot, Rob Reckers, Rashid Mehmood and Bob de Voogd ensured that all three points went to OZ.

EHL final Four hosts HC Bloemendaal continued their excellent run of form with a thumping 5-1 triumph over SCHC. Freek Martens and Chris Ciriello netted first half goals before Eby Kessing and Ronald Brouwer move the score to 4-0 after the break. SCHC’s Johannes Mooij pulled a goal back eight minutes from time, but Teun de Nooijer completed the scoring with an open play strike moments before the final whistle.

H.C. Rotterdam joined Oranje Zwart and Bloemendaal in the play-offs thanks to remarkable 7-6 victory over Schaerweijde. Goals from Timmo Kranstauber, Jeroen Hertzberger (3), Björn Kellerman, Nick Wilson and Bas Campbell helped Rotterdam establish a seemingly invincible 7-1 lead, but Schaerweijde netted five goals in the last 19 minutes to put the home club under great pressure before time eventually ran out.

The remaining play-off place will be filled by either Kampong or Amsterdam H&BC. Fourth placed Kampong – who were 3-0 winners against Voordaan at the weekend – currently sit three points ahead of EHL Final Four qualifiers Amsterdam, who kept alive their play-off hopes with a 3-2 victory away at Den Bosch. Amsterdam will need to defeat in-form Oranje Zwart on Sunday and hope that Kampong suffer defeat in their match against Laren if they are to have any chance of reaching the play-offs.

A full list of results from the weekend can be found below.

Results  - 28 April 2013
Bloemendaal 5-1 SCHC
Kampong 3-0 Voordaan
Pinoke 1-3 Laren
Den Bosch 2-3 Amsterdam
Rotterdam 7-6 Schaerweijde
Oranje Zwart 4-1 HGC

Hoofdklasse - Top Five
Ranking - Played - Won - Drawn - Lost – Points

1 - Oranje Zwart - 21 - 15 - 5 - 1 – 50
2 - Bloemendaal - 21 - 16 - 0 - 5 – 48
3 - Rotterdam - 21 - 15 - 3 - 3 – 48
4 - Kampong - 21 - 15 - 2 - 4 – 47
5 - Amsterdam - 21 - 14 - 2 - 5 – 44

Source material:

Euro Hockey League media release

Goals galore on day 3 of SA U21 men's and women's interprovincial tournaments

Results on day three of the SA U21 men’s and women’s interprovincial hockey tournaments in Pretoria and Durban respectively:


Free State (4) 6 (Dylan Swanepoel 3, Leon de Kock 2, Michael Baiden) Namibia (1) 1 (Penda Nambala)

WP Peninsula (1) 3 (Kyle Miller, Jordan Turnbull, Chad Conlon) Eastern Province (0) 1 (Curtis Samboer)

Western Province (4) 6 (Keenan Horne 3, Chris Fourie, Jaco Olivier, Matt Williams) KZN Inland (2) 5 (Mzamo Cele, Travis Hardnick 2, Damian Kimfley, Zamo Ngubo)

North West (1) 5 (Ignatius Malgraff 2, Cerezo Comerasamy, Ruan de Jong, Mathew Taberer) Kaspersky Wits 0

KZN Raiders (2) 5 (Davyn Keuter 3, Ryan Wallace, Ross Hetem) Kaspersky Southerns (2) 4 (Brynn Cleak, Matt Brown, James du Plessis, Own Goal)

Northern Blues (7) 15 (Dirk du Toit 2, Michael Marki, Stephen Cant 2, Emile Odendaal, Nic Berichon 2, Chris van der Burgh, Kewan Harries, Tim Guise-Brown, Ross Gonsalves, Andrew Buckley 2) Eastern Gauteng 0

(all played 3, goal difference, points)

Pool A: 1 Northern Blues (GD 30) 9 pts; 2 KZN Raiders (GD 15) 9 pts; 3 Kaspersky Southerns (GD 13) 6 pts; 4 North West (GD 2) 3 pts; 5 Eastern Gauteng (GD -21) 0 pts; 6 Kaspersky Wits (GD -24) 0 pts

Pool B: 1 Western Province (GD 15) 9 pts; 2 Free State (GD 6) 7 pts; 3 KZN Inland (GD 11) 6 pts; 4 WP Peninsula (GD 0) 4 pts; 5 Eastern Province (GD -4) 0 pts; 6 Namibia (GD -28) 0 pts


Western Province (0) 5 (Quanita Bobbs, Tarryn Glasby 2, Bronwyn Kretzman, Taryn Mallet) WP Peninsula 0

North West (2) 5 (Sinalo Jafte, Lenthea Kamffer, Own Goal, Schani Moore, Carli Gericke) Eastern Province (2) 2 (Talia Nomdoe, Tristian Schroder)

Free State (3) 7 (Izelle Lategan 2, Shevaun Botha, Cornelle Botha, Tanya Britz 2, Line Malan) Kaspersky Wits 0

Kaspersky Southerns (6) 9 (Catherine Morris 2, Ashleigh Tarr, Casey Cowell 2, Georgina Crisp 2, Claudette Nepgen 2) Eastern Gauteng 0

Northern Blues (2) 7 (Jacintha Jubb 5, Kylie Oosthuizen, Lilian du Plessis) KZN Inland (0) 1 (Chiree Coetzee)

KZN Raiders (0) 4 (Varetia Pillay, Amy Visagie, Stacey Hiron 2) Namibia 0

(all played 3, goal difference, points)

Pool A: 1 Western Province (GD 19) 9 pts; 2 Free State (GD 9) 6 pts; 3 Northern Blues (GD 6) 6 pts; 4 WP Peninsula (GD 0) 3 pts; 5 KZN Inland (GD -9) 3 pts; 6 Kaspersky Wits (GD -25) 0 pts

Pool B: 1 North West (GD 25) 9 pts; 2 Kaspersky Southerns (GD 15) 9 pts; 3 Eastern Province (GD 4) 6 pts; 4 KZN Raiders (GD 0) pts 3; 5 Namibia (GD -12) pts 0; 6 Eastern Gauteng (GD -32) 0 pts

* All the fixtures for both IPTs can be found on page 2 of the SAHA website.

SA Hockey Association media release

Major setback for Tenaga

MISSING OUT: Their striker-in-chief Faizal is big doubt for Terengganu clash due to injury

By Fadhli Ishak

TENAGA Nasional's hopes of securing a first leg win against Terengganu in their TNB Cup quarter-final clash received a blow after it was revealed that star striker Faizal Saari is likely to miss the match at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

Tenaga coach Nor Azlan Bakar said the penalty corner specialist, who is the team's top scorer with 12 goals this season, picked up an injury in Tenaga's final Premier Division match, also against Terengganu, last Sunday.

"Faizal injured his left knee in the game against Terengganu and has not been able to train since then," said Nor Azlan, whose side finished third in the league.

"He has been receiving treatment at the National Sports Institute today (yesterday) but we are not sure if he will be able to play tomorrow (today).

"We will make a final decision after consulting the relevant parties tomorrow morning.

"Although he has not been performing as well as he had in the past, Faizal is still one of our most consistent players and has scored at least one goal in each match this season."

Nor Azlan disclosed that Muhammad Shahril Saabah will likely take Faizal's place in the frontline should the latter miss the match.

Tenaga have already lost Mohamad Aminudin Mohd Zain for the match as he is sidelined with a lower calf injury.

Attacking woes aside, Nor Azlan added that the team will have to improve on their defending if they are to emerge victorious in what he expects to be two tough matches against Terengganu.

Tenaga drew 4-4 with the east coast side in the first round of the competition but managed a 4-3 win in the return leg last Sunday.

"We have had two tough matches with them this season and with them fast improving, we definitely need to be on top of our game to win," said Nor Azlan.

"We lost out on the league title due to a lack of consistency.

"We also need to improve on our defending as we have already let in 18 goals this season.

"We have good defenders, but we have to learn to adapt faster as the game keeps changing very quickly every season."

Tenaga will face Maybank in one semi-final should they emerge victorious against Terengganu.

The winner of the other quarter-final between Sapura and UniKL will play Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club in the other semi-final.

Both Maybank and Terengganu received byes to the semi-finals by virtue of their top-two finish.

FIXTURES -- Today -- TNB Cup q-finals: Sapura v UniKL (National Stadium II, 6pm), Tenaga Nasional v Terengganu (National Stadium II, 8pm).

Presidents Cup q-finals: Sunday 2030 v SSTMI (National Stadium I, 6pm), Uniten KPT v MBI (National Stadium II, 8pm).

Friday -- TNB Cup q-finals: TNB v Terengganu (National Stadium, II 6pm), Sapura v UniKL (National Stadium II, 8pm).

Presidents Cup q-finals: Uniten KPT v MBI (National Stadium I, 6pm), Sunday 2030 v SSTMI (National Stadium I, 8pm).

New Straits Times

Tenaga worried over porous backline

Doubtful: Tenaga’s top scorer Faizal Saari is nursing a knee injury and may not start against Terengganu today.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional are worried about their porous defence ahead of their Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) quarter-final, first-leg tie against debutants Terengganu at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

Tenaga, who finished third in the MHL, have conceded 18 goals in 12 matches.

The return leg matches will be played on Friday.

Tenaga coach Nor Azlan Bakar is at his wits end trying to figure out how experienced defenders like Mohd Madzli Ikmar, Mohd Amin Rahim and Mohd Sallehin Ghani, who have been playing together for many years in the league, still can’t combine as a unit.

“The defenders have been inconsistent and this is one reason we have lost matches.

“We are playing against Terengganu, who have the services of seven internationals. Any mistakes we make in the knockout stage will be costly,” said the former international.

Tenaga, who last won the overall title in 2009, drew 4-4 against Terengganu in the first round and won 4-3 in the second.

To make matters worse, Nor Azlan said that they might not have the services of top scorer Faizal Saari, who has netted 12 goals, for the first-leg as he is nursing a knee injury.

“Faizal is our key player and has been scoring regularly in every match ... we need him,” said Nor Azlan.

Meanwhile, Terengganu’s national defender Azlan Misron reckons that they can turn the tables on Tenaga in the knockout stage.

“Although Faizal is injured, there is a possibility that he might still play against us.

“We’ll mark him closely and also try not give away penalty corners,” said Azlan.

“We showed improvement in the second round matches and are combining well. We’ll go all out to reach the semi-finals.”

Azlan said that Terengganu would be without national forward Ismail Abu, who is down with a hamstring injury.

“He has only played in two of the 12 matches. We’ll have to rely on Tengku Ahmad (Tajuddin) to deliver the goals,” he said.

The Star of Malaysia

Joel Samuel van Huizen out to emulate father and grandpa’s feat


KUALA LUMPUR: Joel Samuel van Huizen (pic) comes from a proud family of hockey legends and the 20-year-old Sapura player is eager to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

The good news is that Project 2013 squad coach K. Dharmaraj has been impressed with his performance in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).

And Joel is set to be called up to join the Project’s training squad when the MHL ends on May 19. The squad are preparing for the Junior World Cup in Chandigarh, India, from Dec 5-16.

Joel’s grandfather, Lawrence van Huizen, is a former national player and also coached the national women’s hockey team.

Lawrence was also the assistant coach to the late Ho Koh Chai with the national men’s team for the 1975 World Cup here. Malaysia finished a creditable fourth in the tournament.

The 81-year-old Lawrence, who featured in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, has also contributed a lot towards developing hockey in Seremban by conducting free coaching for two schools – the St Paul Institution and Convent Secondary.

Joel’s father, Stephen, is also ex-international and former national men’s coach, who guided Malaysia to their first-ever silver medal in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.

Stephen also played for Malaysia in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

“I’m really proud of my dad and grandfather for their achievements ... they’ve definitely inspired me to train harder to be a national hockey player,” said Joel, who’s majoring in accounts at the Help University.

“I do feel the pressure because it’s not going to be easy to match their achievements.

“I want to be a national player like them. I’m not interested in coaching because I want to focus on my career in accounting. I hope to be called up for training with the Project squad as I want to play in the Junior World Cup.

“I was in the Project training squad in 2010 and went on a playing tour to India and Europe. But I’ve never represented Malaysia at the junior or senior level yet.

“I want to be the third generation player from my family to feature in the Olympics.”

Joel’s team, Sapura finished fourth in the Premier Division and will feature in the first leg of the quarter-finals against sixth-placed Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

The return leg will be on Friday.

Joel, who can play either in midfield or forward, expects a strong challenge from the varsity team.

“We played them twice in the league ... we won one (3-1) and lost the other (2-1). The pressure will be on us, as former champions, to get the better of UniKL in the quarter-finals,” said Joel.

The Star of Malaysia

Lahore win in U-16 National Hockey

LAHORE - Lahore scored second victory in the Motorway Police U-16 Hockey Championship routing FATA 13-1 here at the National Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.

In the other four matches, Mirpur Khas, Larkana, Swat and Quetta also marched ahead by beating their respective opponents.

Lahore finished the first half 8-0 and ended the second session 12-0 adding just one goal in the third session of the play. For Lahore, Rana Sohail scored three goals, Adeel two, Awaisur Rehman one and Arslan four goals. Mohsin scored only goal for Fata.

Mirpur Khas registered 2-0 triumph over Kohat, Larkana edged out Hyderabad 3-0, Swat demolished Sukkar 8-1 while Quetta defeated Mardan 2-1.

Today fixtures: Peshawar vs Multan, DI Khan vs Rawalpindi, Karachi vs Islamabad and Bahawalpur vs Bannu.

The Nation

USA Field Hockey announces teams competing at 2013 National Hockey Festival

196 U-16 and U-19 teams will compete on the pristine polo fields of the International Polo Club in Palm Beach County, Fla.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – During the week of Thanksgiving, passing the ball around the pitch has become as much of an anticipated tradition as passing the turkey around the table. Athletes and their family, coaches and umpires have marked their November calendars to travel to Palm Beach Co., Florida for USA Field Hockey’s National Hockey Festival, presented by CranBarry. Festival has become a tradition in the hockey community, growing into what is today the largest amateur field hockey event in the world. In total, 196 Under-16 and Under-19 teams in 28 pools will compete at the 2013 National Hockey Festival held on the pristine polo fields of the International Polo Club.

Last month all eligible clubs were identified and ranked in priority order from most to least affiliated Under-19 members. Clubs that met the eligibility requirements were notified of the online application process from April 15-19. During this period, all eligible member clubs could submit an application to register at least one team for Festival.

Today USA Field Hockey is excited to announce the clubs participating in the 2013 National Hockey Festival. Clubs are listed alphabetically below and a waiting list of ten U-16 and ten U-19 clubs follows.

Registration details will be sent out to participating clubs this week.

A & C Field Hockey Academy U-19
ADK U-19 U-19
Aim Field Hockey U-16 U-19
BCFHC U-19 U-16
Beach Premier U-19 U-16
Bison Field Hockey Club U-19
Bluegrass Premier U-19
Buffalo Hurricanes U-19 U-16
Cape Ann Coalition U-19 U-16
Capitol Pegasus U-19
Carolina All Stars Field Hockey Club U-19
Charlotte Field Hockey Club U-19
Cleveland Field Hockey Club U-19
CNY U-19
Coastal Clash U-19
Coyotes U-16 U-19
Cross-River Combo U-19
Delaware Sharks U-16
Delaware Shore Field Hockey, Inc. U-19
Denver Field Hockey Club U-19
East Coast Field Hockey U-19
East End Field Hockey U-19
Element Athletics (formerly IAS Select) U-19
Fairfield County United (FC United) U-19 U-16
FH Life U-19
Firestyx U-19
Florida United U-19
Focus Field Hockey U-19
Freedom HKY
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High Styx Field Hockey U-19 U-16
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Hollywood Field Hockey U-19
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Houston Hockey Club U-19
Howard Stampede U-19 U-16
HTC Field Hockey Club U-19 U-16
Hudson Valley U-19
IFHCK U-19 U-16
Impact U-19
Jackals U-19 U-16
Jersey Elite Field Hockey Academy U-16
Jersey Intensity Field Hockey LLC U-19 U-16
Kapow Hockey Klub U-19 U-16
Katahdin Field Hockey Club U-19
Key State Field Hockey Club LLC U-19
Lanco Premier U-19 U-19
Lasting Legacy U-19
Lead The Way U-19 U-16
Maine Majestix U-16 U-19
Majestx U-19
Marojoka Hockey Club U-19
Metro Boston Field Hockey Club U-19 U-16
Milwaukee Field Hockey Club U-19
Mulligan Field Hockey Club U-19
Mystic Hockey Club U-19 U-16
Mystx Field Hockey Club U-16 U-19
NC Tardevils U-19
New England Strikers Field Hockey Club U-16
New Heights U-19 U-16
Nook Hockey (formerly PennLanco) U-19 U-16
North Bay Hockey Club U-16
North East Elite U-19
North Shore Field Hockey Club U-19
NOVA Elite U-19
Oranje-Gottaloveit! U-19 U-16
PA Mavericks FH Club U-19 U-16
PA Power U-19
Philly Hockey Club LLC U-16
Pinnacle Field Hockey U-19 U-16
Pittsburgh Venom U-19
Polar Bears U-19 U-16
Poway Mystix U-19
Princeton Field Hockey Clubs U-19 U-16
Quicksilver CAts U-19
Quik Stix Elite U-19 U-16
Ram Field Hockey U-19
Rampage U-19 U-16
Rapid Fire Elite U-19
Reach Field Hockey Club U-19
Rebels U-19
Rush U-19
Saints FHC U-19 U-16
San Diego Flyers U-19
San Diego Hot Stix U-19
San Jose Fly Field Hockey Club U-19
Seacoast United U-19
Select Field Hockey of New England U-19
Shiv's Coaching Academy (SCA) U-19
Shore Byrds U-16
Shore Field Hockey U-19
Sick Hockey U-19
Souderton Strikers U-19
South Jersey Edge U-16 U-19
Southeast Storm U-19 U-16
Southern Maryland Eliminators U-19
Spark U-16 U-16
Spirit Eagles Field Hockey Club U-19
Spirit of USA U-19 U-16
State College Blue Lions U-19
Stealth Field Hockey U-16 U-19
Strong Island Field Hockey U-19 U-16
Surf & Sand FHC U-19
Sutter's Brigade
SV Festival U-19
Syracuse Surge U-19
TCOYO Hockey U-19 U-16
Team Golden Triangle U-19 U-16
Texas Pride U-19
The Edge Field Hockey Club U-16
The Gaels Field Hockey Club U-16
The Greene Turtle Fells Point FHC U-16
Tidewater U-19 U-16
TNT U-19 U-16
Top Dog Field Hockey U-19
Total Dutch Field Hockey U-19 U-16
True North U-19
Tsunami Field Hockey Club U-19
Typhoon Elite U-19
United Field Hockey Club U-19 U-16
Viper Field Hockey U-19 U-16
WC Eagles U-19 U-16
Washington Wolves U-19
Windy City Field Hockey U-19 U-16
Wizards Field Hockey Club U-16
Worcester County United Field Hockey Club U-19 U-16
WVFHC Adanacs U-19
Xcalibur FHC U-19 U-16

U16 Waitlist:
1. Sutter's Brigade
2. Lasting Legacy
3. Rapid Fire Elite
4. North East Elite
5. Katahdin Field Hockey Club
6. Typhoon Elite
7. Washington Wolves
8. Seacoast United
9. Milwaukee Field Hockey Club
10. Tsunami Field Hockey Club
U19 Waitlist:
1. Spirit Eagles Field Hockey Club
2. The Edge Field Hockey Club
3. True North
4. Sutter's Brigade
5. Texas Pride
6. WC Eagles
7. Xcalibur FHC
8. South Jersey Edge
9. Windy City Field Hockey
10. Lead The Way

USFHA media release

Hair today, gone tomorrow for Scottish hockey boys

Scotland Boys Leg Wax

Scotland U18 Boys held a slightly unconventional training session last Sunday at Clydesdale Hockey Club’s Titwood grounds in Glasgow.

In addition to the usual drills and fitness, 28 boys took part in a sponsored leg wax to raise funds for their upcoming trip to compete in the EuroHockey U18 Nations Championships in Vienna this July.

Scotland U18 Head Coach Graham Dunlop explained: “The boys have done incredibly well to qualify for the A division championships, but now we need to try and meet the cost of getting them out to Europe plus the week’s accommodation for the whole team, coaches and manager.”

Team captain Ed Greaves added: “Leg waxing seemed a fun way for us to raise some of the money we needed – though, judging by the screams, perhaps some of the lads didn’t think it was that funny at the time!”

Three staff from the Catriona Craig Bespoke Beauty Salon at 116B Nithsdale Road, Pollokshields kindly volunteered their services for the day to wax the hirsute hockey heroes’ legs.   In fact it wasn’t only legs that ended up being waxed, as Steve Foster, one of the U18 coaches, put his patriotism to the test by asking the ladies to wax a Scotland Saltire on his back.

To sweeten the pain, and add to the team funds, the Under 18 players’ parents had prepared an assortment of cakes and biscuits which were sold in the clubhouse during the training session.

Fundraising will continue in the run-up to the Championships, and any sponsorship from Scottish companies would be greatly appreciated by the team as they prepare to represent their country in Europe.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

De Nooijer aims for one last hurrah

HC Bloemendaal superstar Teun de Nooijer – a man considered by many to be one of the finest hockey players the world has ever seen – speaks to Euro Hockey League about his decision to retire and his dream of winning a second EHL title on home soil.

Euro Hockey League: Hi Teun, many thanks for talking to us. First of all, let’s talk about your decision to end your remarkable playing career. Even at 37, it must have been a very tough decision to step away from playing when you are clearly still in such great shape and playing incredible hockey.
Teun de Nooijer:
“It was a hard decision to make but it feels really good, actually. I started playing hockey at nine and the sport has become part of my rhythm, it is what I have done my whole life and now I am 37. It will be strange when the routine of going to training, preparing for matches, playing matches and all of the other things which are necessary to be good on the pitch has gone. I think I will need to create a new rhythm and routine for myself.”

EHL: Has it been an emotional decision to make?
“Well, not yet. I have quite a few matches in front of me, so at the moment I am carrying on as normal, preparing for matches in exactly the same ways as I always have. The next game is always the most important one. When the final whistle blows in my last match – when I realise that there is no “next match” to focus on – it might be emotional then but no, not at the moment. I’m just focussed on the end of our season and the big games that are going to come.”

EHL: Has Bloemendaal coach Russell Garcia tried to change your mind?!
“Ha ha! No, he hasn’t! I think he respects the decision of the player, although you might have to speak to Russell about that!”

EHL: You have played for Bloemendaal for over 20 years and won countless trophies in that time. The club clearly has a very special place in your heart. What would it mean to you to win your second Euro Hockey League title in front of your home fans?
“First of all it is unbelievable that we are in the Final Four. Bloemendaal has a great history in European club hockey, and in 2009 we managed to reach Final Four in Rotterdam and ended up winning the title. Now we have done it again, and to get the chance to play in front of our friends and family at Bloemendaal is really great. I feel a bit lucky that it is taking place at my club, not just because of the home advantage. It is possible that these games will be my last for Bloemendaal, which is an unbelievable scenario. I’m really happy about that, and I think that the whole club is.”   

EHL: So, looking at the event itself, Bloemendaal faces a stern Semi Final test from Dutch rivals Amsterdam H&BC, a team that you recently defeated away from home in the Hoofdklasse. Do you think that result will give Bloemendaal a psychological advantage?
“I don’t know. Of course we have the home advantage … the crowd will be a mass of orange, and it will be a great environment to play in. However, we struggled a little bit after the winter break and had some poor results, but played well at KO16 Amsterdam and have started to find some form again in the league. I think we are getting into a good flow, and that is always good when you are approaching the end of the season. We are feeling confident, and playing at home will certainly help us.”

EHL: What are your thoughts about Rot-Weiss Köln and KHC Dragons, the two other Euro Hockey League Semi Finalists?
“I think every team is really good. Köln have a lot of experience and many great players, and Dragons keep getting better and better. They are really coming up. I’m expecting all of the matches to be very close.”

EHL: We recently spoke to your former Bloemendaal team-mate Jamie Dwyer and asked him for his reaction to your retirement. This is what he said:  “I remember watching Teun for the first time in the 1994 World Cup in Sydney. Since then I have seen him become a truly brilliant player for Bloemendaal and for Holland. I'm fortunate enough to have played against him and even more fortunate to have played alongside him. I've learnt a lot from him both on and off the field, and he has been a role model for myself and a lot of sportsmen and sports women around the world. He is such a great guy on and off the field and he will be greatly missed by everyone. If I could say anything to Teun ahead of EHL Final Four 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 has been a privilege to play against and with you for so long.” What is your reaction to those comments?
: “Unbelievable … great words from a great friend. We played a lot together at Bloemendaal, which I really loved. I also played against him many times, including in the Olympic Final at Athens 2004 where Jamie scored the winning goal. He is such a good player, I think he has won five World Player of the Year titles now, which really says a lot about him. Those words really mean a lot to me, and he is a great friend of mine.”

EHL: Finally, once this season is all over, what is next for the great Teun de Nooijer?
“Two things, actually. I will be focussing on the youth players at Bloemendaal, helping to create an environment so that young talent can reach the potential that they have. I will be involved as a trainer, a coach and as someone who can look at the program to see if we are going in the right direction. As well as this, I will be continuing my work with the TDNA (Teun de Nooijer Academy), which has been up and running since 2007. That is also coaching and training, helping people and organisations to reach their full potential."

Euro Hockey League media release

Five minutes with … Jamie Dwyer

No plans to retire yet, says legendary Australian international

Jamie Dwyer (Photo: © Daniel Carson)

Olympic Gold medallist, world champion and five times FIH Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer speaks to FIH.CH about his experiences in the Hero Hockey India League, his love of the Hockey 5s format and looks ahead to the Kookaburras biggest tournament of the year, the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Final in Rotterdam.

FIH.CH: Hi Jamie, thanks for talking to us! You have been on something of an adventure since winning Bronze at the London 2012 Olympics.  It must have been quite an experience playing in the Hero Hockey India League. How was it for you?
“The HHIL was a great event. It was really well run and it had lots of interest from hockey lovers all around the world. The HHIL was a huge step for the growth of hockey in the future. It was an awesome experience and it was great to be a part of something like that.”

FIH.CH: You were recently involved in the Hockey 5s experiment which took place in Hong Kong. The reports coming back seemed very positive (to learn more, click here). What was your take on it?
“The Hockey 5s was a great experience. I was curious to see how it would go but after playing a few games and watching a few games I honestly believe that it should be introduced by the FIH as another format to our sport. It’s fun to play with lots of free flowing hockey and loads of goals. The spectators love it and in my opinion it would be a lot easier to televise.”

FIH.CH: Looking ahead to June, the Kookaburras will be competing in the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Finals in Rotterdam, a tournament which you must be greatly looking forward to! How are preparations coming along for that World Cup qualifying event, both personally and with the team?
“This is our biggest tournament for the year so we are really looking forward to it. Preparations are going well. We have a group of players playing overseas at the moment and the rest are in Perth training for this tournament. I'm looking forward to playing some international hockey again. Rotterdam is one of the best hockey stadiums in the world and I've got some great memories from there and I can't wait to get back there.”

FIH.CH: Finally, how many more years will we get to see the great Jamie Dwyer in action? Not planning on quitting any time soon, are you?!
“No, no plans on quitting yet! My body feels good, I'm mentally good and I still feel I can perform to the same standard that I have done over the last three years, which is great.”

Jamie Dwyer – Fact File

Achievements with the Kookaburras

Olympic Games
Gold    2004 Athens  
Bronze 2008 Beijing  
Bronze 2012 London 

World Cup
Gold    2010 New Delhi        
Silver   2006 Mönchengladbach       
Silver   2002 Kuala Lumpur  

Champions Trophy
Gold    2012 Melbourne        
Gold    2011 Auckland          
Gold    2010 Mönchengladbach       
Gold    2009 Melbourne        
Gold    2008 Rotterdam        
Gold    2005 Chennai
Silver   2007 Kuala Lumpur  
Silver   2003 Amstelveen      

Commonwealth Games
Gold    2010 Delhi     
Gold    2006 Melbourne        
Gold    2002 Melbourne        

Personal Achievements
Caps: 291
Goals: 185
FIH Player of the Year: 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2011
FIH Junior Player of the Year: 2002
Australian Player of the Year: 2009
Queensland Academy of Sport Athlete of the Year: 2010
Player of the Tournament: 2006 World Cup (Germany, Moenchengladbach)
Player of the Tournament: 2008 Champions Trophy (Holland, Rotterdam)
Player of the Tournament: 2010 Champions Trophy (Germany, Moenchgladbach)

Overseas club achievements
Dutch National Championship: Season 2009/10 (Hockey Club Bloemendaal)
Season 2008/09 (Hockey club Bloemendaal)
Season 2005/06 (Hockey club Bloemendaal)
Euro Hockey League Champion: Season: 2008/09 (Hockey club Bloemendaal)
(Jamie also played in national hockey competitions in Spain (2006/07 Royal Club de Polo, Barcelona) and India (Maratha Warriors 2007 / Jaypee Punjab Warriors 2013).

To learn more about Jamie Dwyer, please visit .

FIH site

FIH President Leandro Negre visits Dominican Republic

FIH President Leandro Negre with local Domincan hockey players

FIH President Leandro Negre recently concluded a trip to the Dominican Republic, where he met with officials from the Dominican Republic Hockey Federation and the country’s National Olympic Committee. Those that welcomed Mr. Negre include Sport Minister Dr. Jaie David Fernandez and the Notional Olympic Committee President Luis Mejia along with the Executive Board of the Dominican Hockey Federation.

While there, Mr. Negre got taste of hockey in the small country and sent back some photos to share with the hockey world. Enjoy a glimpse of hockey in another land.

FIH site