News for 08 May 2013

All the news for Wednesday 8 may 2013


Belgium, Canada and France earn second victory

2013 World League Round 2, Saint-Germain – Men – Day 2

Yan Huckendubler



World League Round 2, Saint-Germain - Canada vs. Poland (Photo: marineandrieux)

Belgium cruised to a second comfortable victory against Scotland (7-1); Canada came back from a one-goal deficit to win a hard-fought and important encounter against Poland (3-1); France also collected a win, but cannot be happy with the many chances they wasted before beating Portugal (6-0). Teams are now split in a group with 3 wins (Belgium, France and Canada) and another group with 3 losses (Poland, Scotland and Portugal).

Belgium vs. Scotland: 7-1 (half-time: 4-1)

Day 2 of World League Round 2 in Saint-Germain started under bright sunshine, a welcomed change from the rain on opening day. Both teams showed up in an attacking mood; Scotland immediately pushed back Belgium on their heels and forced two penalty-corners. Their options generated good shots but were well defended. The Scots kept pressing high to try and prevent their more experienced opponents to develop their game, however Belgium progressively took control of play, passing the ball away from the Scottish press.

Belgium opened the scoring in the 10th minute, Sebastien Dockier managing to propel high in goal a messy ball bouncing in the circle. He doubled his tally on the next action and the Scots were suddenly facing a 2-goal deficit and a steep road ahead. Belgium were unsuccessful on a series of penalty-corner, but Florent Van Aubel increased the gap to 3-0 in the 20th minute, taking more wind out of the Scottish sail.

Scotland never gave up and were rewarded in the final minutes of the period, with Callum Duke at the conclusion of a swift movement penetrating the circle on the right. But there was still enough time for Tom Boon to add a penalty-corner on the buzzer and half-time was reached on a 4-1 score reflecting well the period.

Belgium continued on their momentum and Loïck Luypaert scored early with a powerful penalty-corner flick high over the head of the defenders. Tom Boon followed suit soon after with a flick perfectly positioned in the top corner of the goal, leaving absolutely no chance to Allan Dick in the Scottish goal for that match.

With time passing, the Scots seemed to feel the effect of their hard match against Canada the day before and play was mostly confined in their half of the pitch. They however defended well, showing good individual technic under pressure and keeping the Belgian attackers at bay. In the final minute, they took advantage of a lack of focus in the Belgian ranks and had a few desperate attempts that came close, but the score did not change until the dying seconds when Tanguy Cosyns pushed the score to 7-1.

Belgium earned their second win of the competition, leaving Scotland with 2 losses.

For more information and pictures of BEL vs. SCO, click here.

Canada vs. Poland: 3-1 (half-time: 0-1)

Canada and Poland had met 4 times in official competitions in the last year and their confrontations have always been tight affairs decided by one goal. This match promised to be similar, both teams starting at full speed and trading blow for blow. The first real chance was for Poland after a long run by Dariusz Rachwalski, but Dave Carter stood tall in the Canadian goal to thwart the attack. Canada also had a good chance after a patient buildup but the ball eluded the stick of Gabriel Ho-Garcia alone in front of the Polish keeper.

Neither team could take control of play and action was swinging wildly from end to end, much to the pleasure of the crowd enjoying the show (and the sun). Canada earned a penalty-corner after 20 minute of play, but Gordon Johnston’s low flick was well saved by Arkadiusz Matuszak in the Polish goal. Soon after, Poland exploited well a lost ball by the Canadian defense and Mateusz Hulboj scored after avoiding the Canadian keeper waiting for him at the top of the circle.

Canada started to play with more urgency and had another chance on penalty-corner but their fancy option was countered by the Polish defense. They dominated the end of period but to no avail and the Poles kept their narrow 1-goal lead into the break.

Second period started on the same pattern, an intense and balanced battle. Canada had a couple of chances by Richard Hildreth and Matt Guest, but no cigar until the 47th minute when a penalty-corner evolved in a penalty-stoke, dutifully converted by Scott Tupper. The Canadians doubled their tally on the next action, Mark Pearson deflecting in goal Tupper’s low flick on penalty-corner. The match had changed in a few minutes and the Poles were now the ones fighting the uphill battle.

Canada needed to weather a period of intense Polish domination before increasing their lead by Iain Smythe, on hand to conclude a swift counter-attack with a deflection under the nose of the Polish keeper. The match lost momentum after some confusion when the Polish goalkeeper Arkadiusz Matuszak received a yellow card on a penalty-corner, and Canada cruised to their second win of the competition, leaving Poland dejected with their 2 losses.

For more information and pictures of CAN vs. POL, click here.

Portugal vs France: 0-6 (half-time: 0-2)

Played on a beautiful sunny end of afternoon in front of a cheerful crowd of local fans, the last match of the day started at a relaxed pace, with France probably confident of the end result and Portugal still feeling the effect of their hard match against Belgium the night before.

France had a wake-up call when a Portuguese attacker left alone in the circle just missed the ball in front of Matthias Dierckens in goal, and they started to play with more purpose. After a missed opportunity on penalty-corner, France opened their tally in the 15th minute… courtesy of an own goal from a Portuguese defender. France scrambled a number of penalty-corners before Matthieu Durchon, left alone in the circle, finally propelled the ball in goal. 

However, despite totally dominating the proceedings, Les Bleus were not playing with any urgency. They pushed up the pace in the final minutes of the period but, despite two balls rolling tantalizingly on the Portuguese goal line, the score was still 0-2 going into the break.

Second period was going along the same pattern, with France pilling up the missed opportunities and the crowd becoming impatient, until Lucas Sevestre slotted a good strike on a penalty-corner in the 45th minute, giving France a more reasonable 3-goal cushion.

The floodgates finally opened with ten minutes left in the match, and France pushed the score to 0-6 with goals form Lucas Sevestre (his 2nd), Arnaud Becuwe and Matthieu Durchon (also his 2nd of the match). The win keeps them in the lead pack of the competition, but they cannot be happy with the incredible number of opportunities they wasted along the way.

For more information and pictures of POR vs. FRA, click here.

Schedule for Thursday May 9:
13h00: Portugal vs. Canada
15h30: Poland vs. Scotland
18h00: France vs. Belgium

FIH site

 



Scots go down to Belgium in Paris



Despite an encouraging performance, Scotland Men lost 7-1 to tournament favourites Belgium in the second match of the FIH World League Round 2 competition earlier today.

Two goals each for Sebastien Dockier and Tom Boon, added to strikes from Florent van Aubel, Loick Luypaert and Tanguy Cosyns leaves the Scots searching for their first points of the competition. Edinburgh University’s Callum Duke got the national side’s consolation goal.

Scotland Team Manager Eugene Connolly said, “We played very well for sixty-five minutes of the game and it was two lapses of concentration either side of half time and right at the death that produced a scoreline that wasn’t really reflective of the play.

“Callum Duke scored an excellent goal after two one-two’s with Ian Moodie so there were pleasing aspects from today’s game. That said, we’re obviously disappointed but Belgium are a very good side.

“We face Poland now on Thursday and we’re optimistic of getting points on the board having beaten them recently.”

Scotland found themselves two goals down early on in the match as Sebastien Dockier’s quick-fire double (10’, 11’) gave the Belgians a 2-0 lead.

Belgium extended their advantage in the 20th minute when Florent van Aubel scored from open play to make it 3-0.

The Scots pulled one back shortly before half-time when Edinburgh University’s Callum Duke pounced at the end of a Scottish move into the right of the circle to finish past Jeremy Gucassoff and make it 3-1 in the 33rd minute.  The joy was short-lived however, as Tim Boon finished off a penalty corner set-play to make it 4-1 right on half-time.

Shortly after the re-start, Belgium made it 5-1 when Loick Luypaert fired the ball into the roof of the net from a penalty corner in the 38th minute, before Boon claimed his second goal of the game in the 43rd minute when his penalty corner strike flew into the top corner of Allan Dick’s goal.

Scotland came close to grabbing a second goal in the latter stages of the match but Belgium had the last say when Tanguy Cosyns struck right on the full-time hooter to round off the scoring at 7-1 in the 70th minute.

Scotland play Poland next on Thursday 9 May at 2.30pm BST.

Please visit the FIH World League Round 2 website for news, reports, photos, fixtures, results and standings.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Ford fightback helps Kookaburras share the spoils

Willis' first international goal seals the deal




Two Russell Ford (VIC) strikes and a first goal for his country from Matt Willis (NSW) helped the Kookaburras fight back twice for a 3-3 draw against Korea in the third of four Tests in Perth, WA, on Tuesday.

In wet conditions, Australia found themselves behind early in the match but equalised through Ford’s well placed shot in the 11th minute. An own goal against the run of play courtesy of the pads of goalkeeper George Bazeley put Korea back in front at the break and the Kookaburras found themselves two goals down soon after the restart through Lee Seung Hoon’s tomahawk. But Ford’s second strike following good work by Trent Mitton down the left and Willis’ sweep home earned the Kookaburras a share of the spoils. And it could have been more had a late penalty corner been successfully converted.

Head Coach Ric Charlesworth praised his side’s comeback afterwards but expressed his disappointment at the way they had conceded goals. “Korea started the match with lots of energy and we were perhaps a bit off the pace,” he said. “We allowed them to score three very soft goals from the few chances they had but we persisted, got ourselves back into it and could have won it. It was a resilient effort to get back into it from being two goals down midway through the first half. They were hanging on in the end.”

Australia’s first equaliser came after Tom Wickham’s shot was initially saved by the Korean goalkeeper and Ford converted confidently as the ball fell to him in the middle of the circle. But against the run of play Korea went back in front before half time. Despite being a man down following a temporary suspension handed out to Kim Young Jin a fortunate deflection put the visitors 2-1 ahead. A pass deep in behind the Kookaburras’ backline was deflected towards goal and goalkeeper George Bazeley was unfortunate to see the ball settle in the goal via his pads.

Things got worse when Lee Seung Hoon made it 3-1 shortly after the break but Australia’s patience paid off as they worked their way back into the match, firstly through Ford’s second and then through Willis’ swept effort. After netting a hat-trick on Sunday, WA’s Trent Mitton turned provider for Ford’s neat finish with just over 15 minutes remaining to give Australia hope. And with three minutes left on the clock good work from Glenn Turner, this time along the right baseline, presented Willis with the opportunity to sweep home from eight metres out. Tamworth’s Willis, who only made his senior international debut on Friday, kept his cool, slotting home inside the near post.

With time running out the Kookaburras were awarded a late penalty corner but Matt Gohdes shot was deflected high and wide.

Double goal scorer Russell Ford admitted afterwards, “We want to win every game we play. We probably had a few lapses that cost us but on a positive note we fought back from two goals down at one stage. We stuck to our game plan and even had some chances at the end there.

“Three-all is probably a fair result. They’re a strong team, a well drilled team. They run hard, they don’t miss many passes and have a good corner battery.”

The fourth match of the four game series takes place on Thursday, 9 May, at 5:25pm WST.  All four matches in the series are being live streamed on the Hockey Australia website at www.hockey.org.au.

AUSTRALIA (MEN) v KOREA SERIES

KOOKABURRAS 3 (1)

Russell Ford 11,54 (F,F)
Matt Willis 67 (F)

KOREA                 3 (2)
Yoon Sung Hoon 3 (F)
Own Goal 28 (OG)
Lee Jung Jin 40 (F)

Kookaburras Squad v Korea, 7 May
(Listed alphabetically by surname)

Started

Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD), Jeremy Edwards (Hobart, TAS), Matt Gohdes (Rockhampton, QLD), Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA), Tim Deavin (Launceston, TAS), Glenn Simpson (Melbourne, VIC), Josh Miller (Goulburn, NSW), Chris Bausor (Perth, WA), Trent Mitton (Perth, WA), George Bazeley (Melbourne, VIC), Andrew Philpott (Melbourne, VIC)

Used Sub
Glenn Turner (Goulburn, NSW), Tom Wickham (Adelaide, SA), Russell Ford (Eltham, VIC), Nick Budgeon (Launceston, TAS), Matthew Willis (Tamworth, NSW), Kiel Brown (Toowoomba, QLD), Tristan Clemons (Bunbury, WA)

Did Not Play
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD), Joel Carroll (Darwin, NT), Andrew Charter (Canberra, ACT), Liam De Young (Brisbane, QLD), Rob Hammond (Townsville, QLD), Tyler Lovell (Perth, WA), Dan Mirecki (Melbourne, VIC), Jacob Whetton (Brisbane, QLD), Jason Wilson (Kingscliff, QLD)

Hockey Australia media release



India defeat Holland 2-0

NEW DELHI: VR Raghunath and SV Sunil scored a goal apiece as the Indian men's hockey team defeated the hosts, Netherlands, 2-0 in a match played on Tuesday.

After a goalless first half, India opened their account when vice-captain Raghunath scored in the 55th minute. India held on to the lead before Sunil's 67th minute strike put them on course for a well-deserved win.

India were touring Netherlands as a part of their preparations for the FIH Men's Hockey World League Round-3 (semifinal) which will be played at Rotterdam, Netherlands from June 13 to 23. India will play its next match on May 9.

The Times of India



Raghunath, Sunil score in India's 2-0 win over Netherlands

NEW DELHI: Indian team began its preparations for the FIH Men's Hockey World League semifinals with a 2-0 win over hosts Netherlands on Tuesday.

After a goalless half, India scored its opening goal through vice-captain VR Raghunath in the 55th minute.

In the 67th minute SV Sunil doubled the lead, which the side maintained till the end. India play their next match against the hosts on Thursday.

The third round (semifinals) of the Hockey World League will be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and this tour will help the side understand the conditions there.

The event will be held from June 13-23.

The Times of India



Karnataka to host National Hockey Championship

BANGALORE: After a three-year interval, the much-diluted senior men's National Hockey Championship for the Rangaswamy Cup will commence on Wednesday with defending champions Mumbai taking on hosts Karnataka in the opening fixture.

The week-long tournament that concludes on May 16, will see zonal winners Punjab (North), Mumbai (West), Karnataka (South), Jharkhand (East), Uttar Pradesh (Central) and Manipur (North-East) playing one another on a single league basis followed by classification matches for positions 1-4.

The zonal system returns with the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) attempting to make the event more competitive while doing away with farcical one-sided games besides cutting down on duration and by extension the costs of hosting some 20-plus teams, of which barely half-a-dozen can boast of a hockey pedigree.

In the past few decades, the IHF had experimented with various formats, one of them being the current zonal system that was subsequently discarded when the smaller teams complained of lack of exposure and opportunity to play the top sides, thus stunting development.

The World Series Hockey, launched amidst considerable hoopla in 2012, was thought to replace the National Championship that in any case had lost much of its lustre since it was not conducted on an annual basis as during the salad days of Indian hockey.

Inadequate sponsorship and shoe-string budgets have forced the IHF to revert to the compact zonal system. Despite the constraints, the Karnataka State Hockey Association was contemplating cash awards in a welcome departure from tradition.

The Times of India



Trans-Tasman Masters underway despite rain



The Trans-Tasman Masters Challenge got underway today at North Harbour Hockey Stadium with eleven teams from both New Zealand and Australia taking part.

Six games were played today and it is all tied up with two draws, two wins and two losses. However, five games have been rescheduled for Friday due to the wet weather conditions and flooding on the turf.

There are age divisions from 35+ to 60+ in both the men's and women’s categories, with each team playing three tests over the four days.

As well as each team wanting to win their respective division, there is also the Trans-Tasman Trophy up for grabs. New Zealand has only won it twice since the tournament started in 2000 and they are keen to claim it back from Australia.

“Because of the Trans-Tasman rivalry and the competitive nature of this tournament, there are some really close games, it is always a fantastic event.  It gives those playing Masters the chance to compete internationally and test themselves in their respective age-group, which is great,” says Masters Council administrator Graham Jackson.

This year, there are two former Black Sticks playing – Richard Redfearn (1992) and Paula Enoka (2001-2003).

One of the New Zealand teams hoping to come out on top is the Womens 40+ who won the gold medal at the inaugural 2012 International Masters World Cup.

For results from today’s games click here.

The draw will be updated tomorrow evening once it is clear what games from the first two days of competition need to be rescheduled.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Amsterdam miss out on Hoofdklasse play-offs


THE NETHERLANDS: Euro Hockey League Final Four qualifiers Amsterdam H&BC have failed in their bid to reach the Play-Offs of the Dutch Hoofdklasse.

KO16 hosts Amsterdam - who face Final Four hosts HC Bloemendaal in the EHL Semi Finals on 18th May - went into Sunday's home match against table-toppers Oranje Zwart desperately needing both a win and for fourth placed Kampong to slip up in their potentially tricky away fixture at Laren.

However, Amsterdam's 4-6 defeat at the hands of OZ confirmed that Kampong - who recorded an emphatic 2-6 win at Laren - would join Oranje Zwart, HC Bloemendaal and H.C. Rotterdam in the end of season Championship Play-Offs.

It may have been a sad day for Amsterdam but it was a truly memorable one for Oranje Zwart, who sealed a first place finish in the Hoofdklasse and therefore claimed the first ticket to next season's Euro Hockey League tournament. HC Bloemendaal, H.C. Rotterdam and Laren will battle it out in the Play-Offs for the two remaining Dutch berths for EHL 2013-2014.

HC Bloemendaal continued their excellent run of form with a thumping 4-7 away victory over Schaerweijde. Two field goals from Rogier Hofman gave Bloemendaal a 2-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes before Matt L'Huillier and Mark Noe levelled the scores. However, a four goal burst from Chris Ciriello (2), Teun de Nooijer and Roel Bovendeert established a 6-2 advantage for Bloemendaal, although Lloyd Norris-Jones and Thijn Knetemann reduced the deficit shortly before Hofman completed the scoring and his hat-trick six minutes from the end of the match.

A full list of scores from the Hoofdklasse can be found below.

Hoofdklasse Results - Sunday 5 May 2013
HGC 1-0 Pinoké
Amsterdam 4-6 Oranje Zwart
Schaerweijde 4-7 Bloemendaal
Laren 2-6 Kampong
SCHC 1-1 Den Bosch
Voordaan 2-4 HC Rotterdam

Standings - Top 5
Team - Played  - Won - Drawn - Lost - Pts

1.Oranje Zwart - 22 - 16 - 5 - 1 - 53
2.Bloemendaal - 22 - 17 - 0 - 5 - 51
3.Rotterdam - 22 - 16 - 3 - 3 - 51
4.Kampong - 22 - 16 - 2 - 4 - 50
5.Amsterdam - 22 - 14 - 2 - 6 - 44

Top Scorers
Name - Team - Total - FG - PC - PS

Jeroen Hertzberger - Rotterdam - 23 - 10 - 12 - 1
Roderick Weusthof - Kampong - 23 - 7 - 11 - 5
Constantine Jonker - Kampong - 19 - 18 - 1 - 0
Matt L'Huillier - Schaerweijde - 19 - 1 - 18 - 0
Justin Reid-Ross - Pinoké - 18 - 3 - 14 - 1
Chris Ciriello - Bloemendaal - 18 - 0 - 16 - 2
Billy Bakker - Amsterdam - 17 - 17 - 0 - 0
Mink van der Weerden - Oranje Zwart - 15 - 0 - 13 - 2

Play-Off qualifiers: Oranje Zwart, HC Bloemendaal, HC Rotterdam & Kampong. The play-offs begin on 9 May 2013.

Euro Hockey League media release



Surbiton Win Men's Cup


Surbiton were crowned winners of the England Hockey Men's Cup for the first time in their history with a 3-1 victory over Hampstead & Westminster. Lewes defeated Guernsey on Golden Goal in the Men's Trophy with Winchester getting the better of Ashbourne in the Men's Vase.

Men's Cup Final

HAMPSTEAD & WESTMINSTER (1) 1 - 3 (2) SURBITON

Hampstead & Westminster: David Edmonds 3 (F)
Surbiton: James Royce 16 (PC), James Hamlyn 22 (F), Rob Schilling 65 (F)

It was Hampstead & Westminster who broke first after a fine counter attack which saw a smart free hit played quickly to the right where the ball was crossed for David Edmunds to delicately lift the ball over the advancing Surbiton keeper. Neither team were able to get a grip on the game in the earlier stages, although Surbiton did come close to levelling with a Rob Schilling shot that went narrowly over the bar.

However, Surbiton were soon on level terms from their first Penalty Corner of the game which saw James Royce send an unstoppable shot into the right of the goal. By this stage, Surbiton were in control of the game and it wasn’t long until they were in front when James Hamlyn was found in plenty of space to hit a powerful shot under the keeper after good work from Johnny Ruiz. It was nearly three just a minute later when James Tindall hit the outside of the post and with Surbiton unable to convert other chances, the score remained 2-1 at the break.

This was a welcome break for Hampstead who looked a different team in the second half and could have levelled if it wasn’t for a fantastic double save from Surbiton keeper David Kettle from a penalty corner. There was little to choose between the two sides in the second half but Hampstead’s hopes of finding an equaliser were dashed five minutes from time when a free hit from Ben Tibble found Rob Schilling in space in the D who finished on the reverse. Hampstead had the opportunity to get back into the game and went close but were unable to find the net and Surbiton saw the game through to the end to become champions.

Men's Trophy Final

GUERNSEY (1) 2 - 3 (1) LEWES

Guernsey: Matt Watson 32 (F), Drew Clark 59 (PC)
Lewes: Ole Callf 29 (F), Alex Warner 65 (PC), Chris Marchant 75 (F)

Lewes broke Guernsey hearts to win the Men’s Trophy in dramatic style on Golden Goal. Lewes had the first chance of the game on two minutes when a shot across goal was unable to find a touch. Guernsey broke from this and had the first Penalty Corner which was well saved by the keeper following a goal mouth scramble. Guernsey then continued to take control of the match but were unable to find a way past an in form Rory Jervis in the Lewes goal, with Whalley, Watson and Kitching going close for Guernsey. They were then made to pay for the misses as Lewes struck first through a superb reverse shot high into the net from Ole Callf. They couldn’t hold onto the lead for long though and Guernsey were soon on level terms when Matt Watson bundled the ball home after good play from Rick Dijxhoorn.

The second half saw much of the same with Guernsey unable to take advantage of their dominance and they saw a Penalty Corner cleared off the line on 41 minutes. Lewes started to get a grip on the game and they could have taken the lead on 45 minutes when a defensive error gifted a chance to Lewes which brought a good save out of Nick Robilliard. However, it was Guernsey that went ahead on 59 minutes when Drew Clark converted from a Penalty Corner. There were chances to increase this lead but Lewes got back into the game five minutes from time through Alex Warner. With no more goals, the game went into extra time.

By this stage Lewes looked the slightly more likely to grab a winner with Guernsey looking deflated, and that’s what happened five minutes in when Chris Marchant, who had just returned to the pitch after a suspension, struck from the edge of the D to claim victory.

Men's Vase Final

WINCHESTER (1) 2 - 1 (1) ASHBOURNE

Winchester: Stuart Tognarelli 4,62 (PC,F)
Ashbourne: Chris Beastall 23 (F)

Winchester narrowly won the Men’s Vase thanks to a 2-1 victory over Ashbourne. They got off to the perfect start and took the lead after just four minutes when Stuart Tognarelli struck a low penalty corner into the left of the goal. Winchester then dominated the next stages but found Ashbourne keeper Chris Burton in fantastic form as he made a string of fine saves to keep his side at bay. These saves proved to be vital as Ashbourne got back into the game on 23 minutes when Chris Beastall struck an unstoppable shot on his reverse past the Winchester keeper.

Winchester regained control of the game towards the end of the first half but were unable to convert any of their penalty corners. However, the best chance fell to Ashbourne when another well struck Chris Beastall shot only avoided the net by hitting a team mate on the line which signalled the end of the first half.

The second half started as the first did with Winchester having the best of the earlier play but they were unable to break through. Both sides went down to ten men but neither team were able to take advantage and the scores remained the same until eight minutes before the end when Tognarelli scored his second of the match to seal the victory for Winchester.

England Hockey Board Media release

 



Petrotrin slips past Army hockeymen


Paragon’s Alanna Lewis, right, and Daniella Martin of Malvern battle for the ball as Danielle Cabralis looks on during their T&T Hockey Board Women’s Championship clash at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Saturday. Paragon won 6-0. Photo: Anthony Harris

Nicholas Grant and Evan Farrell were both on target as Petrotrin edged Defence Force 2-1 in thier top-of-the-table T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division encounter at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Saturday for a three point lead.

Both clubs entered the match level on 12 points from four matches, the same as reigning “Big-Four” champions, Paragon who won on Saturday.

After an evenly-matched opening period national player Grant fired the Oilmen ahead in the 26th minute which his team took into the interval. Farrell made it 2-0, eight minutes into the second-half, only for former national captain, Nicholas Wren to cut the lead in half, three minutes later.

In the end, the Oilmen, the league champions for the past three seasons managed to hold onto the narrow lead for their fifth win from as many outings and 15 points, three more than Defence Force and Paragon, which has a match in hand.

Notre Dame also maintained a 100 per cent winning record in the Women’s Championship Division, with a come-from-behind 3-1 whipping of previously unbeaten Harvard Maritime Checkers led by a double from prolific national women’s team forward Blair Wynne.

Checkers, winners, of their previous two matches, 2-0 and 3-1 over Malvern and Paradise respectively, looked on course for a third win of the season when Fiona Le Blanc netted the opener in the 28th minute which they took into the break.

Three minutes after the restart, Wynne got her first to get the Dames even and then fired in the go-ahead item two minutes later while Tamia Roach added an insurance item on the stroke of full-time.

The win for the Dames, which follows previous victories against Ventures (9-0) and Malvern (6-3) carry their points tally to maximum nine, three ahead of Checkers while Paragon and Paradise are next with four points each.

Long-time rivals, Shandy Carib Magnolias and Malvern, both have three points from two and four matches respectively, while Ventures is winless.

T&T HB results

Sunday’s results

Men’s Championship:


Petrotrin 2 (Nicholas Grant 26th, Evan Farrell 43rd) vs Defence Force 1 (Nicholas Wren 46th)

Women’s Championship:

Notre Dame 3 (Blair Wynne 38th, 40th, Tamia Roach 70th) vs HM Checkers 1 (Fiona Le Blanc 28th)

Under-19 Girls:

Malvern 2 (Mia Mitchell 13th, Khailicia Alexander 35th) vs HM Checkers 0

The Trinidad Guardian



Lahore lift National U-16 Hockey title



Lahore clinched the 2nd Motorway Police National U-16 Hockey title after beating Sialkot 5-3 in a penalty shoot in the final here at National Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.

Lahore overcame spirited Sialkot with much labour as the first half ended in a 1-0 in favour of Sialkot.Lahore leveled at 1-1 before the close of the second session and the match ended in a 2-2 draw at the full time. Both the teams exhibited a higher brand of quality hockey and lively moves were seen. The fortune of the match changed hand in hand.Lahore demonstrated better conversion skills and accuracy in the penalty shoot out to win a thrilling battle. For Lahore, the main contributors were Shan (two goals), Rana Sohail (one) and captain Afsar Yaqoob (one goal). Faizan scored one goal for the losers in sixth minute while Ali Raza and captain Nohaiz Zahid Malik also added one.

Faisalabad routed Multan 8-2 in a classification match for the third place. The winners led the first half 4-1 and the second 7-2, scoring goals at regular intervals with agility and anticipation. Sohail hammered superb fours goals for Faisalabad while Dawood contributed three and Abu Bakar added one. For the losers, M Adnan and Qaiser Zaman hit one goal each.

Pakistan Hockey Federation president Qasim Zia was the chief guest at the occasion and witnessed the final match with keen interest. PHF secretary M Asif Bajwa, tournament director Olympian Tahir Zaman and a number of former hockey Olympians were also present there.

At the end, Qasim Zia gave away the trophies and prizes to the players and the officials.

The Nation



sportscotland Athlete Personal Awards allows senior women to go full-time


Ailsa Wylie

Scotland Women will train full-time in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games thanks to funding from the sportscotland Athlete Personal Awards (SAPAs) scheme.

The £60,000 investment from sportscotland will enable the squad, of approximately 20 players, to focus on an intense training schedule as they aim to maximise their chances of landing a medal in Glasgow.

To help them achieve their Games targets, 62 high performance athletes are receiving individual awards, and coupled with team awards for hockey, cycling, and badminton, the total investment for the second round of SAPAs is £456,917.

Starting in June this year, the women’s hockey squad will train five days a week for three months, and, although investment details for next year are still to be finalised, sportscotland’s expectation is that the squad will take up another period of full-time training immediately prior to the Games.

Mike Whittingham, Director of High Performance at the sportscotland institute of sport, explained that backing the team in this way is vital to ensure the athletes are the best prepared they have ever been to perform on the world stage.

He said: “Scotland women’s hockey team have been improving their world ranking year on year, but if they are to continue to develop and win consistently at this level we need to allow them to train and compete on a level playing field with the likes of Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa, and India.

“All of these teams receive athlete personal awards to enable them to balance work and sport in order to compete at the highest level.

“The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow presents a fantastic opportunity for Scotland to win a women’s team medal and with the right coaching and support team in place, as well as increased contact time with the coaches, hopefully the players will deliver.”

The team funding will allow Scottish Hockey to deliver an increased skills development programme, increased tactical programme, and supervised squad strength and conditioning programmes through the sportscotland institute of sport.

Callum McLeod, Performance Manager for Scottish Hockey, said:

“Year on year, we have been increasing the demands placed on our Scotland players in order to meet the targets we set ourselves.

“As a result, the players need more time to balance their hockey commitments with their work, education, and life in general.

“The sportscotland Athlete Personal Awards will enable the players included in our senior women’s squad to place more focus on their training and performances on the field.

“We’d like to thank sportscotland for this great opportunity, and also the employers and institutes of further and higher education for their cooperation in helping us to deliver this programme over the next two years.”

Scotland player Ailsa Wyllie, who has won 100 caps, added:

“To have received this backing from sportscotland will help the team immeasurably as we aim to get on the podium in Glasgow.

“The whole squad is committed to the full-time training programme and we can’t wait for it to get started.

“This investment will help ensure that we are the best prepared we have ever been going into a major championship, and with the passionate home crowd behind us too it will give us a massive chance to realise our goal.”

The sportscotland high performance awards (SAPA) were established as a three-year initiative specifically targeted at potential medal-winning athletes for Glasgow 2014, covering financial years 2011/12, 2012/13, and 2013/14. This initiative is one of many planned to make a difference to our Scottish athletes as they prepare for a home soil Commonwealth Games in 2014 in Glasgow.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Meredith announces squad for series against Germany

Irish Senior Men's Coach Andrew Meredith has named a 20-man squad for the upcoming test matches vs Germany in Heilbronn & Mannheim on the 16th, 17th & 18th of May 2013 in preparation for FIH World League 3 in Rotterdam from 13th - 23rd June.

Meredith has had a busy month taking in each round of the Irish Hockey League including last weekend's finals at Three Rock Rovers and his squad for this test series includes a number of players who excelled in that tournament alongside a large European Club based Irish contingent.

Speaking to hockey.ie Irish Coach Andrew Meredith said ‘" I think both the players group and the staff, are all extremely excited about everybody getting back together, and to begin the hard work towards reaching our goal of World Cup qualification.  The camp that begins tomorrow marks the beginning of our World league 3 preparation program and the squad that has been selected will be the first opportunity to combine players who are playing in the final matches of their club competition, and those local based players which have performed in the recent IHL competition.  Unfortunately there are a number of players unavailable in the period of May due to both exams and work, which presents the opportunity to facilitate bringing some players from outside of the teams that were selected in Argentina, and India in the last 5 months, and give them the opportunity to present performances that will increase the possibility for selection.  Obviously playing the Olympic champions and current number World number 1 presents its own challenges, but we will come away knowing where the group is at in regards to fitness and technical standards, and where exactly in the team process we sit, and how far we have to go, to enable us to get everything right and peak at the right time in Rotterdam"

Bell, Jonny (Lisnagarvey)
Bruton, Jonny (YMCA)
Buser, Daniel (Lisnagarvey)
Cargo, Chris (Reading - England)
Caruth, Peter (Braxgata - Belgium)
Cole, Stephen (Monkstown)
Cockram, Timmy (Lisnagarvey)
Dowds, Stephen (Banbridge)
Fitzgerald, David (Monkstown)
Gormley, Ronan (Krefeld - Germany)
Harte, Conor (SCHC - Holland)
Harte, David (Kampong - Holland)
Jackson, John (Braxgata - Belgium)
Lorimer, James (Lisnagarvey)
Magee, Eugene (Krefeld - Germany)
Maguire, Phelie (THC Hurley - Holland)
McConnell, Andy (THC Hurley - Holland)
O'Donoghue, Shane (UCD)
Sothern, Alan (Pembroke Wanderers)
Watt, Michael (SCHC - Holland)

Reserves

Carson, David (Monkstown)
Lynch, Jason (Krefeld - Germany)

Schedule

16th May 2013 Germany v Ireland (Mannheim)
17th May 2013 Germany v Ireland (Heilbronn)
18th May 2013 Germany v Ireland (Mannheim)

Irish Hockey Association media release



Maybank aim to end 14 year wait


The last time Maybank defeated Tenaga Nasional Berhad in the knock out stage of the MHL was in the 1999 season. But they went on to lose the final against Bank Simpanan Nasional. And prior to that Maybank won the double in 1994 and the overall title in 1995.

Ironically both Maybank and TNB are the pioneers of the MHL,  as the two clubs have never missed out on any edition since the MHL was introduced to replace the Champions Club tournament in 1987.

But for Maybank coach Wallace Tan, dwelling or living in the past is the last thing on his mind as he plots to overcome TNB in the two leg semis that will be held on Friday and Sunday.

"It is going to be really tough match as TNB have been our nemesis in the MHL for many a years. They have time and again denied us a place in the final and I think this time around it will be no different," said the wily Wallace who is known for being a crafty tactician.

"Though the honours were even in the league matches, we should not read much into this as TNB are a great side once they get into the momentum and one could see the devastation they can cause once they get going."

Maybank have four Pakistani players that have given them the cutting edge over other teams in the MHL. The four are Muhammad Irfan, Shakeel Abbasi, Muhammad Waqas and Shafqat Rasool.

While Shakeel and Waqas have been grabbing the limelight, it is the astute creativity of Shafqat that has prised open many a defence in the league and he is expected to play a key role.

"We have a team that relies on working together and as such that will be our weapon against TNB. We need to remain composed and not let them dictate play in order to keep the tie alive," said Maybank skipper Hairul Nizam Abdul

"Th players are all in the right spirit to face TNB this time around and we hope to raise our game to be able to challenge them and make the final next week."

As for TNB, their performance has improved, evident from their second half display against Terengganu HT in the second leg quarterfinal match where they went on to score five goals to book a place in the semis.

"We are lighting up and once we are fully charged then there is no stopping us. Hopefully my team will not suffer from any more blackouts." said TNB coach Nor Azlan Bakar in jest.

"The team is fully aware of what they need to do on the pitch but at times we put ourselves under undue pressure on the pitch. This has got to change as we have players that can deliver."

TNB have been relying heavily on Faisal Saari for goals and others like Amir Farid, Firhan Ashaari and Azammi Abadi have to start delivering should the former champions want to make the final.

For TNB skipper Mohd Amin Rahim, it really does not matter who scores as long as the job gets done. Amin used to be the ace penalty corner striker for TNB but has since been relegated to being their third choice with Faisal as the numero uno and youngster Mohd Shahril Saabah in number two.

"Seriously it does not affect my game as its a team effort and as long as TNB wins I am happy. I have to marshall the defence and keep a close watch on the Pakistanis as they are really dangerous, especially when counter attacking," said Amin.

Official MHL site



Walking on a tight rope



Several players will be walking on a tight rope in the semi finals of the TNB Cup, the first leg of which will be held at the National Hockey Stadium at Bukit Jalil this Friday.

The semis will pit defending champions and the TNBMHL League Champions KL Hockey club against Sapura while the other semis will be between Maybank and Tenaga Nasional Berhad.

It is Sapura and TNB that have players on the verge of suspensions, as a mere green card in the first leg semis on Friday could well see them sit out of the second leg on Sunday. And there is even a possibility that some players could well miss out playing in the final scheduled for next Sunday.

Players of the watch list from Sapura are Megat Azrafiq Megat Termizi ( 4 demerit points) and Indian import Raja Veerachamy ( 6 demerit points). As for TNB thise who risk suspensions are Mohd Madzli Ikmar Mohd Nor ( 4 demerit points) and Muhammad Firhan Ashaari ( 6 demerit points). A player is suspended for one match if he accumulates 8 demerit points.

"Of course from the perspective as an opponent coach, I will hope that their players are suspended. But from a neutral perspective I hope that all players get to play matches as the tournament is about having the best players on the pitch at the crucial stages," said KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj.

"To be fair MHC has done well by scraping the cards from the league stages and to ask for more will not be fair. But maybe some form of mechanism should be figured out in future since teams get byes in the knockout stages."

For Maybank coach Wallace Tan, focussing on the plight of opponents is the least on his mind as he believes that players are capable of avoiding picking up unnecessary cards if the play fair.

And obviously Wallace speaks from experience as two of his most senior players, Jiwa Mohan and Muhammad Irfan were on the verge of suspension in the final week matches had they picked up a green card, but went through four matches without doing so.

"I think all it takes is restrain and a composed approach when on the pitch. That ius the key to it. I am not thinking much into this card thing though it could hand us an added advantage," said Wallace.

Official MHL site



Bankers look to short-circuit Tenaga

CLOSE ENCOUNTER: Maybank aim to come out on top against inconsistent rivals

By Fadhli Ishak



Team captains (from left) Maybank’s Hairul Nizam Ab Rani, Sapura’s Azrin Rizal Nasir, KLHC’s Mohd Razie Rahim and TNB’s Mohd Amin Rahim holding the TNB Cup after a press conference yesterday. Pic by Hasriyasyah Sabudin

MAYBANK coach Wallace Tan will be taking a cautious approach in their much anticipated TNB Cup semi-final first-leg encounter against Tenaga National at the National Hockey Stadium on Friday.

Wallace said that Tenaga, despite being inconsistent in the league this year, are a team that command respect, especially after their 5-1 drubbing of Terengganu in the second-leg of the quarter-finals last week.

Maybank had lost 5-1 to Tenaga in the first round of the league this year but won 4-3 in the return. Maybank, however, pipped Tenaga to second spot in the league which had earned them a bye straight to the semi-finals of the TNB Cup.

"Tenaga are a quality team who have a long list of national players in their ranks. Based on our recent matches against them, I am expecting it to be very close," said Wallace.

"I think Tenaga have proved they are on form now after their win against Terengganu and will likely be as dangerous against us.

"People have talked about us relying on our foreign players but I believe to win a match, it must be a team effort and in this case (against Tenaga) the whole team must put in a concerted effort to be successful.

"What is important is that we leave the match still in the running (and not lose badly) to clinch a spot in the final when we enter the second leg on Sunday."

Wallace added that his charges still need to improve in both their attack and defence to stand a chance of making the final.

The last time Maybank beat Tenaga in the semi-finals of the TNB Cup was in 1999.

"We have been increasing the intensity of our training sessions to keep the boys sharp as we have not competed since the end of the league," Wallace disclosed.

"I am happy with our finishing so far this season but we can still improve on penalty corners which is important as we need to makes our chances count."

Meanwhile, Tenaga coach Nor Azlan Bakar said he hoped his team will be able to back up their win against Terengganu with another solid performance on Friday.

"We have been a lot like electricity this season. When we are 'on' all is well but when we are 'off', we have struggled. Hopefully we will not 'blackout' against Maybank," he said in jest.

"As I have said before, Maybank have been our close rivals for a long time and I expect this to be another tough match."

The other semi-final, which will also be held at the National Hockey Stadium on Friday, will see league champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club play Sapura.

New Straits Times



Maybank skipper Hairul eyes first title before he quits

By AFTAR SINGH



Veteran: Maybank skipper Hairul Nizam Abdul Rani (right) is making his fourth appearance in the semi-finals.

KUALA LUMPUR: Maybank skipper Hairul Nizam Abdul Rani has one last mission before he calls it quits.

The 33-year-old Perak-born has played for the Tigers for 12 years but has never won a single title in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).

And Hairul plans to end that spell this season.

Maybank are through to the semi-finals where they face Tenaga Nasional. The first leg is on Friday with the return leg on Sunday.

“It has been my dream to help Maybank win titles in the MHL. Unfortunately, we failed to do well in the knockout stage in all my years playing for them,” said Hairul, who joined Maybank in 2001.

“This season could be my last in the MHL. And before I quit, I want to help Maybank reach the final and win the overall Cup,” added Hairul.

For the record, Maybank’s last success was the league title title in 1995. The last time Maybank won the overall crown was in 1994.

To add to Hairul’s pain, he has yet to feature in the overall final. Maybank were ousted in the semi-finals on three occasions – 2004, 2011 and 2012.

“This will be my fourth appearance in the semi-finals. I dearly hope to clear this hurdle,” said Hairul, who played football for Perak in the President’s Cup and FAM Cup in 1999 before switching to hockey two years later.

In the league, Maybank finished second while Tenaga were placed third. The Tigers were thrashed 5-1 by Tenaga in the first round but they bounced back to win 4-3 in the second round.

“Tenaga are an experienced team. They also have skilful forward Faizal (Saari). He has scored 16 goals so far and is deadly with his penalty-corner flicks.

“He is the dangerman and we have to mark him closely.

“We also cannot afford to give away penalty corners cheaply,” said Hairul.

The Star of Malaysia



Spain-based duo believe women's league is vital

MALAYSIAN National players Siti Amarina Ruhani and Fazilla Sylvester have both made their presence known in Spanish hockey and are hoping more inroads will be made to help others follow in their footsteps.

The duo, whose performances this year helped Castelldefels Hockey Club secure promotion to the Spanish Women's League One next season, believe setting up a women's league in Malaysia will be vital in order to develop more quality players capable of representing the country.

Despite having a top-class men's league featuring some of the best players in the world in Malaysia, the women's equivalent has yet to take flight.

"I believe we should have at least one women's hockey league to help with development in Malaysia," said Siti, who plays in central defence.

"I am really looking forward to it (having a Malaysian League) as it would help produce more talented players," said Fazilla, who has scored 25 goals for Castelldefels this season.

"It would be a great idea as it will provide a positive competitive environment which will also improve the quality of hockey for the Malaysian team."

The duo will soon be returning to Malaysia to complete their studies but are hoping more local players will get the chance to play abroad either with Castelldefels or other European clubs.

Siti and Fazilla were signed by the club at the start of the 2012-2013 season by coach Juan Manuel Mas Ortiz alongside Spain's former Olympic players Esther Termens and Lara Domenech.

New Straits Times



Sihle Ntuli going places in hockey

by Jonathan Cook



KZN Inland U21 women's hockey team coach Sihle Ntuli with captain Lana Kruger (left) and vice-captain Amy Greaves at Queensmead in Durban last week. (Photo: Lynn Walraven)

A hockey player and coach on the up and up in South Africa is 24 year old University of KwaZulu-Natal marketing and media student Sihle Ntuli. FIH.CH's Africa correspondent Jon Cook reports about an talented and ambitious young man who is making big waves.

Fresh from piloting the KwaZulu-Natal Inland Under-21 team to sixth place at the South African National Championship at Queensmead Hockey Stadium in Durban – an improvement of five places on last year – the former South Africa U18 striker who now plays for the KZN Inland senior team spoke about his career and aspirations.

“My goal as a player is to make the SA senior side and I’m trying to make a breakthrough at the next opportunity”, says the Thomas More College product who made the SA U21 team first year out of school, as a 19-year-old against Pakistan U21 in Durban.

A desire to pursue his studies brought the twice winner of the National Senior Championship with the KZN Coastal Raiders 80 kilometres up the N3 highway to Pietermaritzburg, where he was third-top goalscorer at the 2012 SA Seniors in his debut season for KZN Inland.

“I started playing hockey aged seven as it was very similar tactically to football, I sport I really enjoy, and it is also an exceptionally skilful game that always poses challenges no matter how long you have been playing with stick and ball.”

But that’s not the only arrow in the striker’s quiver.

“I am also very ambitious as a coach. If not playing, I still want to be around the pitch,” says the former director of hockey at St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls in Kloof, just outside Durban, who has a prestigious SA National Level Two coaching qualification. “What I love about coaching is the satisfaction of seeing the growth in the players and teams I work with,” says Ntuli, who has also plied his trade as a player and coach in Europe.

The man with a natural affinity for goalscoring who has played striker throughout his young career, now turns out for the UKZN Pietermaritzburg first team and coaches the UKZN women’s side.

A non-travelling reserve for the SA U21 team that played at the 2007 Junior World Cup in Malaysia and Singapore, Ntuli coached the KZN Coastal Raiders U18 girls’ team and the Raiders U18 boys’ team during the 2010/2011 seasons and his passion for the game sets the perfect platform for a long and distinguished career both on the field and on the sidelines.

Durban’s loss is undoubtedly the KwaZulu-Natal capital’s gain.

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FIH site



Balloting for GHana's Bajfreight Hockey Gala tomorrow

Twenty-three teams in three categories will go into a ballot tomorrow for their respective pairings as the maiden two-day Bajfreight Hockey Gala pushes off on Friday at the National Hockey Stadium.

The balloting coincides with the Annual General Meeting of the Greater Accra Hockey Association (GAHA) at which members and club representatives would be expected to make an input and agree on modalities for the gala, as well as the league scheduled for next week.

Although prizes are yet to be agreed on, hockey clubs would, for the first time, receive prize money just as outstanding players at an awards gala night which follows the coronation on Saturday to be graced by Joe Biney, Chief Executive of the sponsors, Bajfreight and Logistics.

The Tema-based freight forwarding company is reviving the hockey gala after a three years’ absence to the tune of GH¢20,000, the biggest ever sponsorship package for the gala.

According to GAHA, all the preliminary matches would be played on Friday and the semi-final and final matches played on Saturday.

SAPHOLDA, Trustees, CEPS and La, league champions in the seniors, men, women, and juniors respectively are leading the pack in what is expected to be tough encounters.

But it would not be a straight battle for these favourites because previous champions such as Golden Sticks, Exchequers and CEPS (men), including Extinguishers of Ghana Fire Service and Reformers of Ghana Prisons Service would mount a strong challenge for the ultimate prize.

There could also be surprises in the seniors and the juniors competitions as well where Citizens International, Multistix, as well as Tema Manhean look very strong.

GhanaWeb



Former Malaysia right-half Johari passes away



KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s hockey fraternity lost another member, Johari Chua, who passed away due to blood cancer on Monday.

Johari, born as Chua Eng Wah, was 76. He came from a family of hockey players. Two of his brothers – defender Eng Cheng and forward Eng Kim – played for Malaysia at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He also had another brother Eng Chye, who played for Malaya against Pakistan and India in the mid 1950s.

Johari, a right-half, was best remembered for helping Malaysia win the bronze medal for the first time in the 1962 Asian Games. He later went on to coach the Malaysian women’s team. Under him, Malaysia won the SEA Games gold medal in Jakarta in 1987 and in Kuala Lumpur in 1989.

Former international Datuk R. Yogeswaran said he was sad to learn of Johari’s demise.

“I played alongside him in the Asian Games in 1962 and he was close to his team-mates. He always took care of his team-mates,” recalled Yogeswaran, a former national coach and team manager.

Yogeswaran also revealed that Johari became a grandfather on Monday but passed away later in the day.

Lau Sau Foong, a former skipper of the national women’s team, also paid tribute to Johari.

“He coached the national women’s team from 1987-89. He was soft spoken but strict. And we used to call him coach Jo. To him, fitness was vital in sports and we were successful at the SEA Games,” said Sau Foong.

The Star of Malaysia



Alan Hardham, Hockey Australia Life Member

Hockey Australia was saddened to learn of the passing of Life Member Alan Hardham on Monday, 6 May, aged 91.

Alan, who lived in Merimbula, NSW, became a Life Member in 1978 following 21 dedicated years as treasurer of the Australian Hockey Association.

As a player, he played hockey for East Malvern (now Toorak East Malvern) and MCC in Melbourne.

Here he is fondly remembered by Dr Robert Grogan, who was introduced to hockey by Alan.

“Alan grew up in Malvern near Central Park and went to Melbourne Grammar where he learned to play hockey. He was a long term goalie for East Malvern, and represented Victoria in the 1950s.

“He coached an underage East Malvern team in the 50s and I 'played' a game or two for them when I was about eight because they were short. He took me to some MCC games in 1961 when they played in Fawkner Park, as he was asked to keep an eye on their goalie, Geoff Burt. The following year he suggested that I play in the newly formed junior team. He took me along to the 'olds and bolds' team in the afternoons, and I played parts of games with them.

“My mother was not convinced that hockey would be a long term hobby for me, so I began with a stick given to me by Alan, and my shin pads were old copies of the Readers Digest! Alan also gave my parents advice, I think, about my academic life and future prospects. My memories are of conversations that I would not be present at, but overhear from the kitchen.

“His wife, Lettie (Letitia) was a real lady and homemaker.”

Hockey Australia sends its condolences to Alan’s family and friends.

Hockey Australia media release