News for 02 May 2013

All the news for Thursday 2 May 2013


Kenya to host continental hockey championships

By ERICK OCHIENG’


International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the African Hockey Federation (AFHF) have given Kenya the rights to host this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

African teams will use the continental championships to be staged at City Park stadium, Nairobi on September 26-October 6, as qualifiers for the World Cup in the Netherlands in June next year.

The event will see only top teams in the men and women’s categories qualify for the World Cup.

“Initially, the Africa Cup was awarded to Egypt with Kenya and South Africa as standbys, but with political tension in Egypt, the Egyptian Hockey Federation decided to withdraw their candidature and the FIH and AFHF gave Kenya the permission to hold it,” said Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) chairman Resham Bains at a press conference, in Nairobi, yesterday.

The local hockey federation boss said it is a great honour for Kenya to host a tournament of such magnitude.

“We have already presented our budget to the National Olympic Committee-Kenya and the Sports Ministry. We need Sh40 million to comfortably host the continental championships,” Bains said.

KHU officials have said the country’s leagues will commence on May 11 with 13 teams in the men’s Premier, 17 in the men’s National and nine in the women’s National leagues.

League winners will qualify for the Africa Club Championships to be hosted by Ghana between November and December.

KHU said the league will begin later in the year since the federation wants all the teams to pay their fees and other pending monies owed the federation.

KHU revealed floodlights will be utilised to play night matches to shorten the league. Even though the federation is looking for a title sponsor for the league, it is grateful that pay TV station SuperSport has come on board to broadcast live some of their matches this season.

KHU is also due to hold its elections, probably this month, depending on the approval of their constitution by the Sports Kenya interim committee.

Since its inception in 1960 KHU has for the first time unveiled its logo, a player celebrating a goal in the background of Kenya flag colours that has been conveyed to AFHF and FIH.

Tina Okulo, who was the eventual winner of the new logo, was presented with Sh20,000 by the federation which will soon launch its official website.

The Standard Online



Black Sticks hot shots heading to Stratford

GLENN MCLEAN


Stratford has pulled off a sporting coup with the announcement yesterday that the 2013 Oceania Cup will be played in the central Taranaki town.

With a district population of little more than 9000, Stratford's brash bid to attract the world champion Australian men's side, Australian women, and the Black Sticks men and women in a three-test series raised eyebrows when it was announced in September.

The dream turned into reality for Stratford District Council, Sport Taranaki, TSB Community Trust, Taranaki Electricity Trust, Venture Taranaki and Taranaki Hockey Association when the Oceania Hockey Federation announced the tournament venue.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for Stratford and Taranaki to get behind an international sporting event. Something of this scale doesn't come along very often," Stratford District Mayor Neil Volzke said.

"We are looking forward to the promotional opportunities that it provides."

Stratford saw off several other bidders from New Zealand before the Oceania Hockey Federation decided the tournament would be played on this side of the Tasman.

The Oceania Cup will be played from October 28 to November 3.

There is a chance it could feature more teams after several Pacific nations received invitations to compete.

"Oceania Hockey has traditionally rotated this tournament between Hockey New Zealand and Hockey Australia," Oceania Hockey chairwoman Pam Elgar said.

"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.

"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," Elgar said.

The involvement of the smaller Pacific nations is likely to be known by the end of the month.

The Black Sticks will aim to qualify for the 2014 World Cup by finishing in the top three at Rotterdam's World League round three in June. Their second opportunity to qualify would be by winning the Oceania Cup.

Stratford District Council chief executive Sue Davidson said there were still logistical issues to work through.

Temporary seating needs to be trucked in to provide an acceptable crowd capacity.

Plans are almost under way to ensure the TET Stadium tennis courts can be used as practice facilities for the teams.

A Hockey New Zealand spokeswoman said negotiations were underway for the matches to be televised but an agreement had yet to be finalised.

The Oceania Cup is held every two years - in 2011 it was hosted in Hobart and before that in Invercargill.

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

The last time a hockey test was played in Taranaki was 1963 when the New Zealand men's side hosted Australia.

Stuff



Close race for semi-final berths in the SA U21 IPTs in Pretoria and Durban

Results and logs after day four of the SA U21 men’s and women’s interprovincial hockey tournaments in Pretoria and Durban respectively:

RESULTS

Men


Eastern Province (5) 10 (Jason Bigara, Winchester Scott, Kevin Carrol, Curtis Samboer 3, Kyle-Dean Davidson, Libongo Vatyi 2, Chad Cairncross) Namibia 0

Western Province (0) 2 (Own Goal, Dylan Swanepoel) WP Peninsula (1) 1 (Rushin October)

Kaspersky Southerns (3) 5 (Taylor Dart, William van de Velde, Brynn Cleak, Gerald Mpopo, Johan Smit) Kaspersky Wits (1) 1 (Tebogo Tsiloane)

North West (1) 5 (Ignatius Malgraff 2, Own Goal, Cerezo Comerasamy, Mathew Taberer) Eastern Gauteng 0

KZN Inland (3) 3 (Damian Kimfley 2, Philip Smerdon) Free State (2) 3 (CJ van Wyk, Michael Baiden, Daryll Sutherland)

Northern Blues (2) 2 (Emile Odendaal, Own Goal) KZN Raiders 0

MEN’S LOGS
(all played 4, goal difference, points)

Pool A: 1 Northern Blues (GD 32) 12 pts; 2 Kaspersky Southerns (GD 17) 9 pts; 3 KZN Raiders (GD 13) 9 pts; 4 North West (GD 7) 6 pts; 5 Eastern Gauteng (GD -26) 0 pts; 6 Kaspersky Wits (GD -28) 0 pts

Pool B: 1 Western Province (GD 16) 12 pts; 2 Free State (GD 6) 8 pts; 3 KZN Inland (GD 11) 7 pts; 4 WP Peninsula (GD -1) 4 pts; 5 Eastern Province (GD 6) 3 pts; 6 Namibia (GD -38) 0 pts

Women

Free State (1) 4 (Tanya Britz 2, Marizen Marais, Nicole Walraven) WP Peninsula (0) 1 (Ruby Tlhapane)

Kaspersky Southerns (1) 2 (Georgina Crisp, Catherine Morris) Eastern Province (0) 2 (Toni Marks, Tristian Schroder)

Northern Blues (1) 2 (Lilian du Plessis, Jacintha Jubb) Kaspersky Wits 0

Namibia (4) 8 (Nicola Heathcote, Jocelle Deysel, Anri Krugel, Marcia Venter 2, Marian Laubscher, Own Goal 2) Eastern Gauteng 0

Western Province (4) 7 (Jenead Brodell 3, Quanita Bobbs, Tarryn Glasby 2, Bronwyn Kretzman) KZN Inland (0) 1 (Ros Flint)

North West (0) 2 (Tiffanie Jones, Sinalo Jafte) KZN Raiders 0

WOMEN’S LOGS
(all played 4, goal difference, points)

Pool A: 1 Western Province (GD 25) 12 pts; 2 Free State (GD 12) 9 pts; 3 Northern Blues (GD 8) 9 pts; 4 WP Peninsula (GD -3) 3 pts; 5 KZN Inland (GD -15) 3 pts; 6 Kaspersky Wits (GD -27) 0 pts

Pool B: 1 North West (GD 27) 12 pts; 2 Kaspersky Southerns (GD 15) 10 pts; 3 Eastern Province (GD 4) 7 pts; 4 KZN Raiders (GD -2) 3 pts; 5 Namibia (GD -4) 3 pts; 6 Eastern Gauteng (GD -40) 0 pts

SA Hockey Association media release



Huge Time Freight SA Masters hockey tournament comes to Pietermaritzburg

JONATHAN COOK


Over 1000 hockey players have descended on the KwaZulu-Natal capital for three days of fun with old friends and former rivals in one of the biggest events of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

The Time Freight South African Masters will take place on nine hockey turfs and grass pitches in Pietermaritzburg from Thursday to Saturday and brings together 66 men’s and women’s provincial teams from all over South Africa as well as Namibia and Zimbabwe.

There are 43 men’s teams and 23 women’s sides in this mega-event, with the criteria being that the men’s players have to be a minimum 35 years of age and the women a minimum 32 years of age.

The men will play in seven pools with six teams in each pool, with one pool having an extra team. The women will play in four pools with six in each pool, while one pool will have five teams.

Approximately 170 matches will be played over the three days with the action starting at 8 am at some venues and finishing as late as 8 pm at other venues.

The matches will be played at the University of KZN Greenfields Turf as well as their grass pitches, the AB Jackson Greenfields Turf, Hilton College, PMB Girls’ High School (GHS), Maritzburg College, The Wykeham Collegiate, Epworth, St John’s and Collegians Club.

There is only a winner in the men’s and women’s Colts division and in this competition the likes of former South Africa players in the legendary Mike Cullen, goalkeeper Gregor Meier, defender Grant von Mayer in the KZN Colts team, as well as the likes of former SA player Kevin Chree of Eastern Province Colts can be seen in action. The older players do not play in a competition format.

There is an added incentive for the players as squads will be picked with the hope of sending approximately six South African teams to the World Masters tournament next year.

The World Masters will coincide with the men’s and women’s 2014 Hockey World Cups taking place at the same time and in the same city, The Hague, in The Netherlands.

SA Hockey Association media release



Sapura edge UniKL, Sunday 2030 on a roll



Sapura took a slim lead in the first leg of the quarterfinal match against UniKL in the TNB Cup while Sunday 2030 romped to an effortless win over SSTMI for the President's Cup at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Sapura edged UniKL 3-2 in an exciting tie that saw the MHL's top scorers, Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim of UniKL and Khasif Ali of Sapura continue their neck to neck battle as both scored a brace to take their tally to 15.

But Sapura could well end up rueing the slim win as they had chances to kill off the tie, especially after taking a 2-0 lead but failed to capitalise, allowing uniKL to finish stronger tonight.

"We had the game within our grasp but did not finish it off and that is a reason to be concerned. UniKL played well and took their chances well but we will be better prepared in the return leg," said Sapura coach Tai Beng Hai.

Sapura took an early lead as Khasif Ali relayed his penalty corner attempt to Muhammad Zubair, catching the entire UniKL defence flatfooted as the deflection sailed into goal in the 4th minute.

UniKL were awarded penalty corners in the 20th and 24th minutes, but the normally reliable Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim could not find a way past Sapura keeper Mohd Hairi Abdul Rahman.

UniKL were denied a clear penalty stroke by umpire P. Puvalagan in the 26th minute when the attempt by Faeez clearly hit the defender on the foot. That somewhat affected the composure of the UniKL side as they went on to concede a second goal, this time Khasif sending a low flick through the pads of UniKL keeper Shahrul Azaddin Auskarzie in the 34th minute.

At halftime Sapura led 2-0.

Faeez pulled a goal back in the 50th minute from a penalty corner but Khasif put his team ahead nine minutes later. Just when Sapura thought they held a healthy lead for the second leg, Faeez struck again five minutes from time for a crucial goal that kept the tie very much alive.

"We were dominant in the first ahlf but could not put our chances away. It was a good fightback and the players believed in themselves to keep this tie alive. There is everything to play for on Friday and we intend to tighten up in defence and take them to the distance," said UniKL coach Arul Selvaraj.

"We just gave them too much space in the first half and need to take the cahnces we create. Our penalty corners is one area we will work on over the next 48 hours as its clear open chances will be far a few in a match like this."

Meanwhile in the President's Cup quarterfinal Sunday 2030 defeated Sekolah Sukan Tengku Mahkota Ismail 5-2 to hold a commendable lead going in Friday's second leg.

Sunday 2030 went ahead in the 2nd minute through Craig Joseph Fernandez but SSTMI were soon level through the efforts of Zulaniq Adib Abdul Razak in the 15th minute.

Sunday 2030 then raced to a 4-1 lead with goals from Kavalpreet Singh (17th minute), G. Sasitheran ( 48th minute) and P. Prabhakaran ( 52nd minute). Although SSTMI pulled a goal back through Muhammad Firdaus Musa ( 61st minute), Sunday 2030 put the issue beyond doubt in the 65th minute Prabhakaran.

Official MHL site



TNB stuggle

Tenaga Nasional Berhad used the oldest trick in the book, that ace striker Faisal Saari was doubtful for their quarterfinal tie against Terengganu HT in the TNB Cup.

But Faisal showed no effects of the injury to score two goals to give TNB a slight 3-2 edge in the match at the National Hockey stadium. Infact the two goals has now put him within a goal of the leading scorers, Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim (UniKL) and Khasif Ali ( Sapura).

It was Terengganu that took the lead through Mohd Ameerullah Aziz in the 24th minute. And by that time TNB had squandered four penalty corners, in the 17th, 18th, 20th and 21st minutes. Thus it came as no surprise that the East Coast side took the lead.

TNB and Faisal finally got their act right a minute before halftime as Faisal fired home their sixth penalty corner of the match.

Mohd Azammi Abadi put TNB 2-1 ahead in the 47th minute before faisal slotted home in the 60th minute to give them 3-1 lead. However Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tg Jalil gave Terengganu some hope in the second leg scoring their second a minute later.

In the President Cup quarterfinal, MBI defeated Uniten KPT 3-2.

The Ipoh side took a 2-0 lead through Mohd Haris Fadila Zulkifli (3rd minute), and Syed Syafiq Syed Cholan ( 13th minute). But Uniten pulled a goal back in the 35th minute Razlee Amree Mustafar.

MBI pulled ahead 3-1 through the efforts of Arshad Repikh Ali in the 57th minute only for Ahmad Termidzi Ismail to reduce the deficit in the 62nd minute for a final score of 3-2 in favour of the Ipoh side.

Official MHL site



Wake-up call for favourites

By Fadhli Ishak


BOTH Sapura and Tenaga Nasional survived gritty fightbacks from UniKL and Terengganu to emerge 3-2 winners in the first leg of their respective TNB Cup quarter-final matches at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Sapura, who finished fourth in the Premier Division, looked on track for a dominating performance after Muhammad Zubair deflected into the net from a Khasif Ali penalty corner attempt only four minutes into the match.

UniKL were awarded two penalty corners in the 20th and 24th minutes but team topscorer Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim failed to convert either.

UniKL were left to rue their missed chances when a calm and collected Khasif got on the scoresheet with a low flick past keeper Shahrul Azaddin Auskarzie in the 34th minute to give Sapura a 2-0 lead going into the break.

Faeez finally found his scoring touch and pulled one back for his side with a penalty corner in the 50th minute only for Khasif to get his second of the match nine minutes later.

Faeez, however, kept UniKL in the running for a second leg comeback when he scored a second penalty corner five minutes before time.

Sapura coach Tai Beng Hai said he was satisfied with the result but stressed that his charges need to be fully focused to emerge victorious in the second leg tomorrow.

"As you would expect from a first leg match it was a tight game with both sides being quite cautious," said the former national coach.

"I am satisfied with how the boys did. We have a slight advantage now but have to really take our chances well and kill the game on Friday (tomorrow).

UniKL coach Arul Selvaraj said: "I am a bit disappointed with my players as they did not move very well today (yesterday)".

"We could have taken the match today if we did (move better), however, it is only a one goal lead for them and we will do our best to get the win in the second leg.

Despite carrying a left knee injury sustained in Tenaga's final league match last Sunday, star striker Faizal Saari was deemed fit to start and played a key role in his sides' slender victory.

Terengganu opened the scoring in the 24th minute thanks to a Mohd Amerrullah Abdul Aziz field goal but were soon brought level when Faizal, playing with a heavily strapped left knee, converted a penalty corner a minute before the break.

Tenaga added to their tally in the 47th minute with a well taken effort from Muhammad Azammi Adabi and a second goal from Faizal in the 61st minute to take a 3-1 lead.

Terengganu, however, kept their second leg hopes alive when Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abdul Jalil scored with a field goal just a minute later.

RESULTS -- TNB Cup q-finals, 1st leg: Sapura 3 UniKL 2, Tenaga Nasional 3 Terengganu 2.

Presidents Cup q-finals, 1st leg: Sunday 2030 5 SSTMI 2, MBI 3 Uniten KPT 2.

Tomorrow -- 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



Sapura and Tenaga hold advantage after narrow first-leg wins

By AFTAR SINGH



On the losing side: UniKL’s Meor Mohd Azuan Hassan in action against Sapura yesterday. — S.S. KANESAN / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The two TNB Cup quarter-final matches are finely poised after yesterday’s first-leg ties at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Sapura and Tenaga Nasional hold the advantage, having edged Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) and Terengganu 3-2 respectively.

Sapura can thank their Pakistani imports – Muhammad Zubair and Khasif Ali – for the slim win.

First, it was Muhammad Zubair who put them ahead off their first penalty corner in the fourth minute.

UniKL should have equalised in the 26th minute but were denied a clear penalty stroke by umpire P. Puvalaganin when a penalty corner drag flick by Mohd Noor Faeez Ibrahim hit the foot of defender Megat Azrafiq Megat Termizi in front of the goalmouth.

The umpire blew for another penalty corner, which Noor Faeez failed to convert.

Sapura, who finished fourth in the Premier Division, doubled the score in the 34th minute when Khasif sent a low flick past UniKL goalkeeper Shahrul Azaddin Auskarzie.

Undaunted, UniKL reduced the deficit after the break, thanks to a penalty-corner goal by Noor Faeez in the 50th minute.

Khasif then socred his second – and the team’s third – goal in the 59th minute off yet another penalty corner.

Just when Sapura thought it was game over, Noor Faeez struck again five minutes from time from another penalty corner.

Sapura coach Tai Beng Hai was unhappy with his team for not finishing off UniKL.

“UniKL played well and took their chances but we’ll be better prepared in the return leg,” said Beng Hai.

UniKL coach S. Arulselvaraj too was annoyed with his team for not putting their chances away.

“But it was a goodfight back and the players believed in themselves to keep this tie alive,” said Arul.

“There’s still everything to play for on Friday ... we intend to tighten up our defence.”

In the other quarter-final, Mohd Amerullah Abdul Aziz scored from close range to give debutants Terengganu a shock lead in the 24th minute.

But Tenaga, who won the TNB Cup in 2009, levelled the score 10 minutes later through forward Faizal Saari’s penalty-corner flick.

Tenaga came back after the breather refreshed and began to pile on the pressure on Terengganu.

Their move paid off when Mohd Azammi Adabi scored from close range in the 47th minute. Faizal was on target again to score his second in the 60th minute to take his tally to 14 goals.

But hardly a minute later, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin narrowed the score with a field goal.

The Star of Malaysia



Time for MHC to start looking for sponsors


M. Gobinathan: ‘We have to postpone the tournament because Kuala Lumpur were not willing to host them.’

KUALA LUMPUR: The annual men’s and women’s National Under-21 hockey tournaments, scheduled to be held here from May 21-30, have been postponed indefinitely – and it’s most probably because the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) can ill-afford to bear the organisational costs.

States hosting a local tournament are supposed to get a grant of RM35,000 from MHC, who also provide a subsidy of RM5,000 to each competing state.

So, that means the MHC were supposed to give KL RM70,000 to host both the men’s and women’s National Under-21 tournaments. On top of that, they also need to give a RM5,000 subsidy to each state who are taking part.

In total, it would cost MHC at least RM150,000 to help KL host both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

But it looks like MHC don’t have the money to give to the state to host the tournaments.

How are MHC going to help develop hockey in the country if they can’t help the states host local tournaments?

And the best part is the MHC are trying to put the blame on the states.

MHC competitions committee chairman M. Gobinathan had this to say when commenting on the postponement: “We have to postpone the tournament because Kuala Lumpur were not willing to host them.

“The other states are also not willing to host the two tournaments,” said Gobinathan, who is also the vice-president of MHC.

Perlis were supposed to host both the men’s and women’s Under-21 tournaments but declined the job last month due to financial constraints.

MHC then approached the Kuala Lumpur HA, with the same result.

But the fact remains that MHC are the main culprits here. They shouldn’t blame the states. The states are willing to host the tournaments but they need financial assistance from the national body.

Anyway, this isn’t the first time such an incident has happened.

Last month, the Raja Norashikin Cup (for women,) scheduled in Kuala Lumpur, was also postponed due to similar problems.

Perhaps, it’s time the MHC started looking for sponsors ... and fast. Otherwise, more tournaments risk being put on the backburner.

The Star of Malaysia



A crying shame

It is said that two national hockey tournaments have to be called off and it had to be related to money, or the lack of it.

The Raja Noora Ashikin Cup, which is akin to the men's version of the Tun Razak Cup was not held in April and is said to have been moved to June.

And the National Under 21 Tournament, scheduled for May 21 to May 30 has suffered the same fate, postponed to a yet to be determined date.

What is most ironic is that both the events were pencilled in the MHC Calendar that was released last December and the failure to hold these two tournaments as scheduled is indeed a big blow to the MHC Competitions Committee.

No one within the MHC was prepared to talk on the reasons as to why the two tournaments have been wiped off the radar and the states too are bewildered on such an action as they were only notified today about the Under 21 postponement.

It is learnt that the state affiliates have turned down the hosting job for national tournaments as the MHC did not want to increase the hosting fee of RM35,000 per tournament. Although states will receive RM70,000 as hosting fee, they will need to host both the men's and women's tournaments, thus placing a severe financial burden on the states.

This is due to the fact that the cost of paying allowances, transportation and accommodation for tournament officials alone come to RM28,000 and the balance of RM7,000 is hardly enough to cover stadium rental and providing of refreshments as well as organizational costs.

Thus states declined to bid for hosting of tournaments and even though Perlis had initially bid for the National Under 21 Tournament, they pulled out after the increase in subsidies for hosting was rejected at the recent MHC Council Meeting.

With problems even arising with the host broadcaster in the telecast of matches in the ongoing TNBMHL, the future looks bleak unless concrete decisions are made to salvage the Organising of such tournaments so as to keep hockey relevant in the country.

Even the MHL has not seen any changes, supposedly to increase its popularity, despite the competition being keener.

The fact that the Competitions Committee opted not to include the 45 secon regulation for penalty corners when FIH has indicated that the rule will be included in the World League Semis in June, the decision could prove costly to our national team.

But alas when egos take precedence then working together, wither Malaysian Hockey...

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



Scotland U18 Girls squad selected for EuroHockey Championship II

Scotland U18 Girls have announced their squad for the EuroHockey U18 Nations Championship II in Santander, Spain in July.

The players will work towards the tournament in July with a busy training schedule in Scotland, as well as a series of warm up games against the Czech Republic in Prague in June.

Scotland U18 Girls Head Coach Colin Clarke said, “The selection of the U18 squad for the European Championships has been an extremely challenging one due to the quality of the training squad and this decision is testament to the hard work all of the girls have put in over recent months.”

Scotland U18 Girls Team Manager Louise McIntyre noted that, “The girls recently performed exceptionally well during the Four Nations tournament in Lilleshall during Easter, winning the bronze medal,  before going on to beat Wales twice in early April.

"The girls are now looking to build on these strong performances and continue the hard work in the lead up to the Europeans. It has not been an easy task selecting the final squad and we congratulate all those who have been successful."
Scotland U18 Girls Squad: Megan Inch (Grove Menzieshill & Strathallan School), Rowan Sinclair (CALA Edinburgh & Mary Esrkine School), Waverley Miller (Watsonians & George Watson’s College), Emily Newlands (Borders Fjordhus Reivers & Selkirk High School), Susan Graham (Grove Menzieshill & High School of Dundee), Katie Hibbert (Granite City Wanderers & Robert Gordon’s College), Kerry-Anne Hastings (CALA Edinburgh & Mary Erskine School), Alison Eadie (Clydesdale Western & Hutchesons’ Grammar School), Maisie Morris (Kelvinside Academy & GHK), Laura Page (Albany University), Kirsten Peters (CALA Edinburgh & George Watson’s College), Jennifer Mathieson (Clydesdale Western & Craigholme), Jennifer Eadie (Clydesdale Western & Hutchesons’ Grammar School), Jessica Ross (Dundee Wanderers & Morgan Academy), Millie Brown (CALA Edinburgh & Fettes College), Claire Hill (Watsonians and Kelso High School), Fiona Burnet (Clydesdale Western & Lomond School), Emma McGregor (Inverleith & Firrhill High School).
Travelling Reserves: Fiona MacKay (Hillhead Ladies & Jordanhill), Emma Stewart (Clydesdale Western & Lomond School), Zoe Sinclair (Kelburne & Wellington), Katie Robertson (Grove Menzieshill & Kilgraston).

Scotland U18 Girls Squad: Megan Inch (Grove Menzieshill & Strathallan School), Rowan Sinclair (CALA Edinburgh & Mary Esrkine School), Waverley Miller (Watsonians & George Watson’s College), Emily Newlands (Borders Fjordhus Reivers & Selkirk High School), Susan Graham (Grove Menzieshill & High School of Dundee), Katie Hibbert (Granite City Wanderers & Robert Gordon’s College), Kerry-Anne Hastings (CALA Edinburgh & Mary Erskine School), Alison Eadie (Clydesdale Western & Hutchesons’ Grammar School), Maisie Morris (Kelvinside Academy & GHK), Laura Page (Albany University), Kirsten Peters (CALA Edinburgh & George Watson’s College), Jennifer Mathieson (Clydesdale Western & Craigholme), Jennifer Eadie (Clydesdale Western & Hutchesons’ Grammar School), Jessica Ross (Dundee Wanderers & Morgan Academy), Millie Brown (CALA Edinburgh & Fettes College), Claire Hill (Watsonians and Kelso High School), Fiona Burnet (Clydesdale Western & Lomond School), Emma McGregor (Inverleith & Firrhill High School).

Non-Travelling Reserves: Fiona MacKay (Hillhead Ladies & Jordanhill), Emma Stewart (Clydesdale Western & Lomond School), Zoe Sinclair (Kelburne & Wellington), Katie Robertson (Grove Menzieshill & Kilgraston).

Scottish Hockey Union media release



India hockey colts camp begins in Bangalore on Wednesday

BANGALORE: The preparatory camp of the Indian colts ahead of the junior men's hockey World Cup, to be held in New Delhi later this year, commenced at the SAI centre on Wednesday.

The camp will be monitored by newly appointed coach of the junior men's hockey team Gregg Clark.

A total of 37 core probables will be attecding the camp, which will conclude on May 20.

The FIH junior men's World Cup will be held at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi from December 6-15.

List of core probables:

Goalkeepers: Keshav Dutt, Sushant Tirkey, Harjot Singh. Defenders: Sukhmanjit Singh, Sampath Kumar, Gagandeep Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Gaganpreet Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Surender Kumar, Suresh Toppo, Jatinder Singh, Rocky Lochab, Amit Rohidas.

Midfielders: Harjit Singh, Devender Valmiki, Satbir Singh, Lalit Upadhyay, Ramandeep Singh, Imran Khan, Stanli Minz, Arman Quershi, Baljit Singh, Paredeep Mor.

Forwards: Tarandeep Singh, Malak Singh, Sukhdev Singh, Gurpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Amir Khan, Talwinder Singh, Affan Yousuf, Amon Mirash Tirkey, Siddharth Shankar Roy, Rana Pratap, Prabhdeep Singh, P L Thimmanna.

The Times of India



New Heights and FC United top leader boards at US Regional Outdoor Club League

It was another beautiful spring day for the second weekend of the Regional Outdoor Club League (ROCL) Region 6. The intensity level on the fields and sidelines are increasing as teams watch the standing boards and seek out the teams to beat.

Most of the games played on Sunday, April 28 were in the Under-16 division due to the Region 6 Under-19 Regional Club Championship (RCC) being held simultaneously.

In the ROCL U-16 division, it looks like there will be a tight race for the top. After the first weekend, Jersey Intensity, Total Dutch and New Heights topped the leader board. However, New Heights now stands on top with Jersey Intensity and Total Dutch close behind in second and third position, respectively. New Heights posted a 3-1 win over Jersey Intensity and a 2-1 win over Total Dutch. FC United and Spirit Eagles remain in fourth and fifth place respectively for the second week in a row.

In the U-19 division, FC United dominated competition posting two shutouts to move into first place. Total Dutch is in second place and only one game behind FC United with one less game played to date. South Jersey Edge and Jersey Intensity are close behind in third and fourth place with seven (7) points each, and New Heights and Impact with six (6) points. Every team has four to seven more games left to be played so there is plenty of room for movement in the standings.

The next weekend of competition is May 5, to be held at Princeton University. All games will be in the U-19 division as some of the U-16 clubs are competing in their RCC. Best of luck to all clubs playing in the RCC and we’re looking forward to more exciting competition at the ROCL.

USFHA media release



Huge uptake for ActivePost Small Sticks



The 2013 ActivePost Small Sticks programme is underway and there are 166 schools nationwide that are now signed up to take part this year.

Hockey New Zealand is thrilled that there have been 82 new schools and 17,186 new children register to take part in the programme since January.

Photographed above is Pieta Bouma, a Year 8 student at Ngahinapouri School. She was lucky enough to be one of the 10 students that were invited to warm down with the Black Sticks during their Four Nations Tournament in Hamilton.

Pieta will be playing in the 2nd XI in the ActivePost Kwik Sticks module on a Friday night in Hamilton.

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

The aim of the ActivePost Small Sticks In-School programme is to build a hockey legacy in targeted schools, getting children interested and hooked on hockey.

It is also about the association building strong relationships between the school, the club and the coaches.

The ActivePost Small Sticks In-School 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, recruitment material to help engage children and their parents.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Tanzania: Dar Re-Introduces Schools Hockey Programme

By Mbonile Burton


THE Dar es Salaam Region Hockey Association (DRHA) has re-introduced Secondary Schools Development Programme, aimed at promoting the sport from the grassroots level.

DRHA secretary Mnonda Magani told the 'Daily News' that the programme was initiated a month ago by the association in collaboration with former Italian lady hockey player, Valentina Quoroute. He said the programme has officially started at Makongo Secondary School in Dar es Salaam and will spread to other schools in the city in the near future.

"I can confirm that Secondary Schools Hockey programme has already started. Initially, we have started with Makongo Secondary School, but plans are under way to spread to other schools in the city," he said.

Magani said the programme will provide a platform for both boys and girls to take and develop their career in the sport. However, just in its first day, Magani expressed his frustrations following poor response from girls.

"Response from girls has not met our expectations but we are still optimistic that things will change for better soon," he said. Bad response from girls might also disappoint Italian Quoroute, who recently called for women and girls in the country to take on the game seriously.

Speaking to the 'Daily News' early in February, Quoroute, who is a former Italian national team member, said that she would like to see young girls and women battling it out in the local league. She said that Tanzania is endowed with talented players, who only need to be identified and supported to develop their career.

This was the fact why she decided to team up with the DRHA and introduced schools' programme. This will be the second time that the game is being introduced to schools in Dar es Salaam. It was introduced for the first time in the late 90s.

"We first introduced the game to schools in 1990s in which Makongo had a strong and competitive team that took part in several national tournaments. Most of the youths from the team are now employed by Tanzania Prisons," Magani said.

Tanzania Daily News