News for 11 May 2013

All the news for Saturday 11 May 2013


KLHC hold the edge as do Uitm



Though the scoreline shows that KL Hockey Club holding a 3-1 lead at the end of the TNB Cup, in reality the place in the final is still up for grabs. And in the President's Cup, Uitm held off Sunday 2030 for a slim 2-1 advantage.

The KLHC v Sapura match lacked the excitement that was expected from a match between the two teams and in the end KLHC will probably be regretting not taking advantage of the chances they created.

"Though we dominated proceedings, we failed to convert the chances that came our way. A two goal lead in modern hockey is nothing as the whole momentum can change in the second leg," said KLHC manager George Koshy.

"Having the lion share of possession means nothing as we really should have added a few more goals as we had seven penalty corners and converted only two.

"It is still an open match in the second leg and for us its back to the drawing board as we need to ensure that we do not blow this two goal lead. Conceding the first goal was a sin and we were fortunate to have drawn level before halftime."

KLHC suffered an early setback, but bounced back just before the half-time to tie Sapura at 1-1. In a drab first half of the first leg semi-finals, Sapura took the lead in the 24th minute when Joel Samuel van Huizen dribbled past three players and sent a  shot into the top of the roof.

However, KLHC came back into the picture seven minutes later when Mohd Razie Rahim scored from a penalty corner attempt. KLHC had two earlier penalty corners in the 15th and 31st minutes, while Sapura did not have any for the first 35 minutes.

Just two minutes after the breather, KLHC took the lead as Akhtar Ali scored. And Chua Boon Huat made sure of the win deflecting in a penalty corner set piece in the 55th minute.

"We made several errors in defence and they capitalised on it. It all boils down to composure and hitting them on the counter yielded result as we scored the opening goal but then opted to defend too deep," said Sapura manager S. Kuhan.

"But the tie is still alive and we need to believe in our ability in order to get a positive result on Sunday. We should really have created some penalty corners as that could have helped our cause."

In the Division One semi-finals, UiTM edged Sunday 2030 2-1.

Sunday opened scoring through by Adrian Richard (ninth), while hile the UiTM goals were scored by Muhsin Hamsani (12th, 35th)..

RESULTS -- Semi-finals First Leg: Premier Division

Sapura 1 KLHC 3

Maybank x Tenaga x.

Division One:

TNB Thunderbolts x Ipoh CC x,

Sunday 2030 1 UiTM 2

SUNDAY:

Semi-finals Second Leg:

Premier Division


Tenaga v Maybank v (6pm)

KLHC v Sapura (8pm).

Division One


Ipoh CC v TNB Thunderbolts (6pm),

UiTM v Sunday 2030 (8pm).

All matches at Pitch I and II of National

Stadium Bukit Jalil.

Official MHL site



TNB have a foot in the final



Tenaga Nasional Berhad put a huge dent in the aspirations of Maybank and put one foot in the final of the TNB Cup when they defeated the Tigers 6-2 at the National Hockey Stadium.

And in the President's Cup TNB Thunderbolts scored a convincing 6-3 win over Ipoh City Council and look safe for a place in the final.

It is curtains for Maybank as there is no way that TNB will concede four goals without reply and for TNB, they can start planning for the final where they are likely to be playing KLHC.

Maybank suffered from some rater harsh umpiring decisions and that largely affected their game as the umpires awarded penalty corners for some good dives by the TNB players.

TNB opened scoring in the 8th minute through Izad Hakimi Jamaluddin and went 2-0 ahead with Shahril Saabah converting a penalty corner. Maybank pulled one back through an own goal as Mohd Aminuddin Mohd Zain turned the ball past S.Kumar in the TNB goal in the 21st minute.

However Firhan Ashaari scored a gem of a goal to give TNB the goal goal lead in the 27th minute before the pint sized Faiz Helmi darted in from the blind side to deflect the ball in for TNB's fourth in the 55th minute.

And Faiz put the issue beyond doubt by scoring the fifth in the 63rd minute, before Shahril scored his second and TNB's sixth four minutes from time leaving Maybank with a mountain to climb in the return leg.

Shakeel Abbasi scored in the final minute for face saving gaol for maybank in what can be considered a rout.

Official MHL site



Tenaga sixer against Maybank

TNB CUP: KLHC also take comfortable 3-1 lead in first leg semi-final

By Jugjet Singh



Tim Deavin of KLHC in action against a Sapura player in their TNB Cup first leg semi-final at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. KLHC won 3-1.

TNB Cup champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) edged Sapura 3-1 in the first leg semi-finals at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

But in the other semi-final first leg, Tenaga hammered Maybank 6-2 to virtually book their final spot, making the return leg an uphill battle for the Tigers.

However, it was KLHC who suffered an early setback, only to bounce back just before half-time to tie Sapura at 1-1.

In a drab semi-final, Sapura took the lead in the 24th minute when Joel Samuel dribbled past three players and shot to the top of the roof.

KLHC came back into the picture seven minutes later when Razie Rahim scored from a penalty corner attempt.

KLHC only had two penalty corners on the 15th and 31st minutes, while Sapura did not have any for the first 35 minutes.

After the breather, Pakistan import Akhtar Ali broke the deadlock with an early field attempt in the 37th minute.

And Chua Boon Huat gave KLHC a better cushion for the return leg on Sunday with a penalty corner deflection goal in the 55th minute to make it 3-1.

And the score remained until the final hooter.

"We made several errors in defence and KLHC capitalised on it, but we still have a fighting chance in the return leg.

"We scored the early goal on the counter but then opted to defend too deep and paid the price," said Sapura manager S. Kuhan.

"But the tie is still alive and we need to believe in our ability in order to get a positive result on Sunday.

"We should really have created some penalty corners as that could have helped our cause, as none came our way."

In the other semi-final, the Tenaga goals were scored by Izat Hakimi (eighth), Shahril Saabah (17th, 66th), Firhan Ashaari (27th) and Faiz Helmi (55th, 63rd).

An own goal by Tenaga's Aminuddin Zain in the 21st minute and a field goal from Shakeel Abbasi in the 70th minute narrowed the gap for Maybank.

RESULTS - semi-finals first leg: TNB Cup - Sapura 1 KLHC 3, Maybank 2 Tenaga 6.

President's Cup: TNB Thunderbolts 6 Ipoh CC 3, Sunday 2030 1 UiTM 2.

SUNDAY: semi-finals second leg: TNB Cup - Tenaga v Maybank (6pm), KLHC v Sapura (8pm).

President's Cup: Ipoh CC v TNB Thunderbolts (6pm), UiTM v Sunday 2030 (8pm).

All matches at Pitch I and II of National Stadium Bukit Jalil.

New Straits Times



Champs KLHC set to take on Tenaga for hockey title

By S. RAMAGURU



Up for grabs: KLHC’s Kelvinder Singh (centre) and a Sapura player goes for the ball at the National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions KLHC and Tenaga Nasional stayed on course to set up a showdown for the Premier Division overall title in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) after taking comfortable leads in the semi-finals at the National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

KLHC defeated Sapura 3-1 with a strong second half performance while Tenaga Nasional found it a little easier against Maybank winning 6-2 in the first leg.

Tenaga scored their goals through Mohamed Izzat Hakimi, Mohamed Shahril Saabah and Firhan Azhaari in the eight, 16th and 27th minutes respectively while Maybank’s goal in the 21st minute was an own goal by Mohamed Aminuddin Zain.

Faiz Helmy Jalil scored a brace in the 54th and 63rd minutes while Shahril was also on target in the 67th minute to give Tenaga a well-deserved cushion for the return leg.

Maybank managed to reduced the deficit in the 70th minute through Shakeel Abassi.

Premier Division champions KLHC were made to slog before pulling through against Sapura.

A casual performance in the first half saw them allowing Sapura to score and keep pace with them. Only a concerted effort in the second half allowed them to romp home easy winners.

The champions earned a penalty corner in the 20th minute and a chance to take the lead but the attempt failed. Four minutes later, Sapura, in a quick counter attack scored and took the lead.

It came from the field play with an unmarked Joel van Huizen slamming the ball high into the net.

KLHC, however, came back into the match with the second penalty corner of the first half. Mohamed Razie Rahim scored with the drag flick.

In the second half KLHC started strongly and scored just two minutes into the restart. This time it was a field attempt from Pakistani Akhtar Ali. KLHC kept up the attack and another two more penalty corners followed.

The attempt in the 55th minute bore fruit with Chua Boon Huat scoring off a deflection from close range.

KLHC then dominated the match and only some good goalkeeping by Mohamed Hairi Rahman kept the score down.

KLHC team manager George Koshy said they have a better picture of their game after yesterday’s first leg.

“The first half was bad in that we took it easy and were playing well below our pace. That goal from Sapura can be termed as a wake-up call and it got the team back on their feet in the second half. That is how we need to perform,” he said.

Sapura’s top scorer Khasif Ali (17 goals) did not have a chance to score as they did not earn any penalty corners.

Sapura team manager Louis Gregory agreed that they have a tough task in the second leg but will try and overcome the two-goal deficit.

“We made it difficult in the second half and the players also looked tired. We should have capitalised on the first half lead but could not hold them back,” he said.

The Star of Malaysia



Holland tour helped us identify weaknesses: Sardar

NEW DELHI: Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh says the recent tour of the Netherlands has helped the team identify its weaknesses ahead of the World League Round III to be held next month.

"It was a good tour and Roelant Oltmans, Indian Hockey's director high performance, made it sure that we got to play against best clubs. We have learnt a lot on this tour. In fact we have identified our weaknesses and now will work harder on them," said the veteran midfielder.

After beating the Netherlands 2-0 in the first match of the tour, India notched up their second consecutive win over the hosts in Rotterdam. Before that they also played five matches against top Dutch clubs and won two of them while one match was draw.

The tour was part of the preparations for the FIH Men's Hockey World League Round III (Semifinal) to be played at Rotterdam from June 13-23.

Apart from India, the Netherlands, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and Ireland will take part in this round where three or four quota place will be decided for the finals.

"We defeated the Netherlands after a long time and this enhanced our confidence level. We also played against top Dutch clubs which included several top international players. We tried to match them in aggression and pace," he said.

Sardar also said that video analysis after every match helped the team immensely.

"We used to have one hour video analysis after every match where we got to know about our shortcomings as individuals and as a unit. It helped us to perform better match after match," he said.

Sardar said that team has to work hard to match its tough opponents in World League Round III.

"This team has several young players who are learning from experience. The most important thing is they are implementing the strategy on field but still there is scope for improvement," said the captain.

"All our players and fit and raring to go. Coaches have used the substitution so well that everyone got to enough chance to play and fatigue factor is also not there," he added.

On his nomination for the Khel Ratna award, he said honours such as these are motivating.

"Obviously I am very happy to be nominated from Hockey India. I always try to do my best for country. Awards and recognition inspire every athlete to work harder and perform better," he said.

The Times of India



Jharkhand prevails over Manipur

Ashwin Achal



Manipur's Bidyakumar (left) and Jharkhand's Deepak Soreng in action. Photo: G.P. Sampath Kumar

In a match which oscillated between freakish and sublime, Jharkhand held off Manipur to open its 64th Senior National hockey championship with a 4-2 victory here on Friday.

After the first-half stuttered to a close, the game came alive after the restart, with Manipur taking the lead.

A wild hit into the Jharkhand box from the half-line deflected off the stick of a defender, and flew past the Jharkhand custodian. An own-goal was awarded, amidst protest from the East-Zone champion.

Jharkhand pulled level just two minutes later, when Deepak Soreng turned his marker inside-out, and finished with a ferocious reverse-flick.

Then, in the 57th minute, Manipur’s T.H. Herojit took the ball to the corner, and smashed the ball across goal.

The optimistic attempt met a defender’s stick, and beat the goalkeeper Ritesh Dung Dung from an impossibly acute angle.

The third own-goal of the match helped Jharkhand restore parity once again.

With five minutes to go, Jharkhand’s Adnan Wasim grabbed the opportunity to make a run down the middle.

A quick pass found Rabindra Kujur, who beat his marker and scored at the far post.

A few minutes later, a give-and-go move between James Purty and Suman Tirkey gave the latter room in the ‘D’.

Tirkey pulled the trigger to ensure three points for his team.

The result:

Jharkhand 4 (Deepak Soreng, Rabindra Kujur, Suman Tirkey, OG) bt Manipur 2 (OG, OG).

The Hindu



Late goals help Jharkhand win in national hockey

BANGALORE: Jharkhand made a winning start as they vanquished Manipur 4-2 to pick up full points in the 64th senior National Men's Hockey Championship for the Rangaswamy Cup on Friday.

In the only match of the day, the first-half proved barren, but the action-packed second session saw Jharkhand, twice in arrears after conceding two own goals, scrambling home with two late strikes.

After the break, Manipur received a lucky own goal in the 37th minute as the ball was deflected to the boards by one of the Jharkhand defenders.

However, Jharkhand equalised in the 39th minute through a field goal by Deepak Soreng. Both the teams had equal exchanges and had a few threatening shots at the goal, but the rival goalkeepers were up to the task.

Manipur again took a lead in the 56th minute through another own goal, this time the ball shot from outside the circle touched by the Jharkhand goalkeeper.

Jharkhand restored parity in the very next minute again through an own goal as the ball was deflected into the own goal by one of the Manipur team defenders.

In the last 10 minutes, Jharkhand took complete control and dominated the proceedings to score twice in the 65th and 69th minutes through Rabindra Kujur and Suman Tirkey, both finding the mark with shots from top of the circle.

Saturday's fixtures: Punjab vs Uttar Pradesh (12.30 pm); Manipur vs Karnataka (2.30 pm); Jharkhand vs Mumbai (4.30 pm).

The Times of India



Notre Dame whip Fatima hockey men

Three different players were on target to lead Notre Dame to a 3-1 whipping of Corona Fatima in the T&T Hockey Board’s Men’s Trinity Division at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Thursday. The Dames took the lead on the stroke of half time through a Kenny Kantaralli field goal to lead 1-0 at the interval before Richie Alexander and Chad Pedro added second-half items in the 52nd and 61st minutes respectively, for a comfortable 3-0 advantage. However, with two minutes left in the match, Dev Lum Kit got a consolation item for Fatima, but it was too little too late to stop another defeat this season.

Two days earlier, Roger Chin’s second goal of the match earned Police an entertaining 3-3 draw with rivals Defence Force. Chin had fired the lawmen into a 24th minute lead while his brother Ryan Chin made it 2-0 seven minutes later as Police looked on course for an easy win. But the second half was a complete turnaround as Brian Burrows fired three straight goals for Defence Force in the 47th, 60th, and 69th minute to put his team on the verge of what seemed an unlikely three points until Roger struck his second item in the final minute for a 3-3 draw. On Wednesday in the lone Trinity Women’s Division contest, Harvard Maritime Checkers and Shandy Carib Magnolias ended 0-0.

RESULTS

TUESDAY

Trinity Men:
Defence Force 3 (Brian Burrows 47th,
60th, 69th) vs Police 3 (Roger Chin 24th, 70th, Ryan Chin 31st)

WEDNESDAY:
Trinity Women:
HM Checkers 0 vs SC Magnolias 0

THURSDAY:
Notre Dame 3 (Kenny Kantarali 30th,
Richie Alexander 52nd, Chad Pedro 61st) vs Fatima 1 (Dev Lum Kit 68th)

WEEKEND FIXTURES:
Today:
Venue: Dwight Yorke Stadium, Training Field, Bacolet:
Men’s Championship: Fatima vs Paradise, 8.30 am
Women’s Championship: Magnolias vs Paradise, 10.15 am
Trinity Men: Paradise vs Fatima, noon

Under-19 Girls: Magnolias vs Paradise, 1.45 pm

Under-19 Boys: Fatima vs Paradise, 3 pm
Venue: National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua:
Under-19 Girls: Notre Dame vs Paragon, 11.30 am
Trinity Women: Defence Force vs Petrotrin, 2.30 pm
Men’s Championship: QPCC vs Malvern,4.30 pm
Women’s Championship: Paragon vs Ventures, 6 pm
Men’s Championship: Paragon vs Defence Force, 7.30 pm

TOMORROW:
Under-19 Girls: Magnolias vs Paragon, 1 pm
Trinity Men: Shape vs Police, 2.30 pm

Trinity Women: Police vs Petrotrin, 4.30 pm
Trinity Men: QPCC vs Petrotrin, 6 pm
Trinity Men: Paragon vs Carib, 7.30 pm

The Trinidad Guardian



Junior Black Sticks World Cup squads named



The Men's and Women's Junior Black Sticks squads have been named for the respective Junior World Cups later this year.

Squads were finalised at the conclusion of the National U21 Tournament in Whangarei on Saturday afternoon.

The Women’s Junior World Cup is being held from 27 July – 4 August in Germany and the Men’s is in India from the 6-15 December.

2013 JUNIOR BLACKSTICKS MEN'S SQUAD

Brennan Alexander-Parker (North Harbour) STRIKER
Martin Atkinson (Central) STRIKER
Robert Creffier (Auckland) STRIKER
Nick Elder (Southern) MIDFIELD
Glen Eyres (Central) MIDFIELD
Trevor Garrett (Canterbury) STRIKER
Sam Greaney (Central) GOALKEEPER
Alexander Hannon (Canterbury) STRIKER
Angus Haslett (Canterbury) DEFENDER
William Hayde (Canterbury) STRIKER
Craig Jones (North Harbour) DEFENDER
Richard Joyce (North Harbour) GOALKEEPER
Scott Kearney (Capital) DEFENDER
Kim Kingstone (Auckland) MIDFIELD
Sanjay Lala (North Harbour) DEFENDER
Trent Lett (Capital) DEFENDER
Oliver MacIntyre (Southern) DEFENDER
Harry Miskimmin (Capital) MIDFIELD
Jeremy Morris (Southern) STRIKER
George Muir (North Harbour) MIDFIELD
Jared Panchia (Auckland) MIDFIELD
Robert Paterson (Southern) MIDFIELD
Ben Radovonich (Auckland) SRIKER/MIDFIELD
Michael Ritchie (Auckland) STRIKER
Kane Russell (Southern) DEFENDER
Ben Smith (Canterbury) GOALKEEPER
Trent Summers (Canterbury) DEFENDER
Benedict Ian Woerkom (Capital) STRIKER
Zac Woods (Midlands) MIDFIELD
Nicholas Woods (Midlands) DEFENDER

2013 JUNIOR WORLD CUP WOMEN'S SQUAD

Georgia Barnett (Central) Goal Keeper
Sarah Matthews (Auckland) Goal Keeper
Melissa Harris (Canterbury) Goal Keeper
Jenny Storey (Canterbury) Defender
Brooke Neal (Midlands) Defender
Genevieve Macilquham (Capital) Defender
Elizabeth Thompson (Auckland) Defender
Kim Tanner (Midlands) Defender
Danielle Sutherland (Auckland) Midfield
Tessa Jopp (Southern) Midfield
Rachel McCann (Canterbury) Midfield
Rosie Keddell (Midlands) Midfield
Julia King (Auckland) Midfield
Sian Fremaux (Canterbury) Midfield
Cass Reid (Canterbury) Midfield
Rhiannon Dennison (North Harbour) Midfield
Melissa Simpson (Auckland) Midfield/Striker
Erin Goad (North Harbour) Midfield/Striker
Phillipa Symes (Southern) Striker
Olivia Merry (Canterbury) Striker
Michaela Curtis (Central) Striker
Sophie Cocks (Canterbury) Striker

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Six cracks at capable Koreans ideal to hone Black Stick game

By David Leggat


It didn't happen on Colin Batch's watch, but he knows the recent history of his New Zealand team against Korea.

On July 30, the opening day of the London Olympic competition, the Black Sticks were fancied to kick off their programme on the right note against Korea. Optimism was high.

They lost 2-0. From there, the campaign never got off the ground, and they finished ninth.

The two countries start a six-test series at Rangitoto College on Tuesday as part of the build-up for what is effectively the World League semifinal in Rotterdam next month.

They've met once since the Olympics, New Zealand winning 3-0 at the Azlan Shah tournament in Ipoh, Malaysia, in March.

Former Australian international Batch replaced Shane McLeod as national coach in November and acknowledged his squad remains "a work in progress".

They were seventh at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne in December, split two internationals in Malaysia and were fourth at the Azlan Shah.

That team had just three players aged over 23. This squad of 23 is bolstered by five players returning from the professional leagues in Europe, including 292-cap veteran Phil Burrows, although it lacks classy young attackers Nick Wilson and Simon Child who, with experienced international Steven Edwards, are contracted to the Rotterdam club.

Batch, 55, is a pragmatist. He'll cast his eye over his entire squad during the Korean series with the World League 3 in mind. He knows not everything will go New Zealand's way, but there's a bigger picture in play.

"I'll be playing players to find out if they're capable of playing at World League 3, and when you do that you don't always get the result you want," he said. "We're not going to play our best team all the time.

"I know we're not going to win the series 6-0. Korea are a very good side and if we win two or three games, that would be good progress."

Batch knows New Zealand have good young talent coming through, the latest uncapped North Harbour player George Muir, a Herald Future Stars of Sport winner last month. His job is to sift out the best, and blend them with the experienced core of players he has to produce a highly competitive squad in Rotterdam.

Korea, at No 8 ranked two spots behind New Zealand, arrive with four internationals against world No 2 Australia in Perth this week as build-up, losing the rubber 2-1 with one drawn.

Batch rates the Koreans a strong defensive outfit, good on the counter-attack and blessed with some real pace coming forward.

Because of the logistical difficulties of attracting the better European teams to New Zealand, the Koreans are welcome and regular visitors. They have played here 11 times since February 2011, the Black Sticks winning five and losing four.

Six straight tests against the same opponents isn't ideal, but among the upsides is the chance to experiment with different styles, knowing what type of tactical approach you're likely to confront.

Batch wants to develop a structure that is suited to, and brings out the best in, his players.

"You can spend a lot of time analysing the opposition, or get on and improve your own game ...

"The ideal time to do it is in a series like that. You don't want to play the same way all the time because you'll retard your learning capability, and I want a very flexible team."

The New Zealand Herald



Announcing The Women’s National Team Roster For The Ireland Tour

Congratulations to the 19 selected

Connor Meakin


Field Hockey Canada is pleased to announce the Women’s National Team (WNT) roster for their Ireland tour in June. The tour is the first under new coach Ian Rutledge and also marks the first major international matches for the WNT’s new Olympic Cycle.

TEAM CANADA

Lauren Logush
Kaitlyn Williams
Jessica Barnett
Rachel Donohoe
Karli Johansen
Angela Lancaster
Kathleen Leahy
Sara McManus
Kaelan Watson
Stephanie Gardiner
Danielle Hennig
Hannah Haughn
Abigail Raye
Natalie Sourisseau
Thea Culley
Marian Dickinson
Kate Gillis
Maddie Secco
Brienna Stairs

STAFF

Head Coach: Ian Rutledge
Assistant Coach: Krista Thompson
Video Analyst: Stefanie Sloboda
GM – HP: Gene Muller

Touring Ireland represents a perfect opportunity to assess where the WNT are at – while also providing the foundation for the upcoming Rio campaign. The WNT will play against Ireland, Scotland, and Wales through the 17 day tour. Ireland (currently ranked 14th by the FIH) provides a great benchmark to measure the team’s recent progress, while Scotland and Wales allow the WNT to get familiar with two teams competing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games next year.

You’ll notice an injection of youth into the squad, with eight players from the Junior World Cup Squad making selection. There are also a number of athletes set to earn their first international caps in Ireland.

The WNT will be coming off a four match test series vs. Argentina U21 in Vancouver (May 26-30) as well as Senior Nationals (June 11-16).
WNT Summer Schedule

May 20 - 25: Training Camp for Argentina U21 Series
May 26 - 30: Four Match Series vs Argentina U21 (Matches 26, 27, 29, 30 May)
June 11 - 16: Senior Nationals
June 16 - July 3: Ireland Tour - Senior Team (7 matches)
July 22 - 4 August: 2013 Junior World Cup - Germany
September 2 - 8: USA Away Series (4 matches)
September 21 - 29: 2013 Pan Am Cup, Mendoza, Argentina

Stay tuned for more updates around the WNT’s busy summer including the upcoming Argentina Series at the end of May.

Field Hockey Canada media release



Philipp Zeller suspended for EHL Semi Final



It has been confirmed that Rot-Weiss Köln defender Philipp Zeller has been given a one match suspension in accordance with Euro Hockey League Regulations. The suspension is a result of the two yellow cards and a red card shown to Zeller during Köln’s EHL Quarter Final victory over Uhlenhorst Mülheim.

As is their right, Rot-Weiss Köln lodged an appeal against the decision under Regulation D.12 of the EHL Regulations.  An Appeal Panel appointed by the European Hockey Federation (EHF) pursuant to EHL Regulations, and consisting of Martin Gotheridge, Stuart Margetson and Vincenzo Vitale, met by telephone conference on 7th May 2013 to consider the appeal.

In summary, the club’s appeal on behalf of Mr. Zeller was rejected on the basis that:

(1) It is not for an Appeal Panel to seek to review the decision of the match umpires (which decisions are, under the Regulations, incapable of Protest).

(2) The Tournament Director had in his Briefing to Team Managers made it abundantly clear that two yellow cards in a match (in circumstances such as applied here) would lead to the second card becoming a red card.

(3) It is clear that, contrary to the clubs contentions, the TD, in reaching his decision, took into account Mr. Zeller’s previous good disciplinary record. This is confirmed in his written Notice of his decision and in his note of the hearing.

After serving his suspension, Philipp Zeller will be free to participate in Rot-Weiss Köln’s next match, which will either be the Euro Hockey League Final or the Third Place Play-Off.

To read the summary of the Disciplinary Hearing, please click here.

To read the summary of the Jury of Appeal Decision, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



Best is yet to come, says Nick Irvine



Euro Hockey League commentator Nick Irvine has witnessed every single EHL match that has taken place since the competition was launched way back in October 2007. Over six seasons, “the voice of the EHL” has commentated on a staggering 236 Euro Hockey League matches, a figure which will be increased to 240 come the completion of the tournament final on Sunday 19th May 2013.

In an exclusive interview with EHLHOCKEY.TV, Nick Irvine chats about EHL Final Four, the competing teams and the impending retirement of HC Bloemendaal legend Teun de Nooijer, a player greatly admired by the globally respected commentator. 

EHL: Hi Nick, thanks for talking to us! EHL Final Four at Bloemendaal is fast approaching and it promises to be a hugely exciting event. Are you looking forward to it?
Nick Irvine:
“Who isn’t? It’s been a smashing season of EHL action already and I have sneaking suspicion that we have got the best still to come in front of packed stands at the beautiful setting of HC Bloemendaal.”

EHL: We are now just four games away from knowing the winner of this season's Euro Hockey League. How do you rate the teams that are competing in this year's Final Four?
Nick Irvine:
“We have got four special squads through. The Dragons will wave the Belgian flag proudly as ever and will want to take the step to the next level by winning their semi- final. Barring their way will be Rot-Weiss Köln who, as with all the German clubs at this level, will be well organised and ultra-competitive. Then it’s the double-Dutch affair with Amsterdam facing our Bloemendaal hosts. Amsterdam have missed out on next season’s EHL by failing to qualify for the Hoofdklasse play-offs. That will be hurting and Amsterdam will need to bring all that pain into their semi-final if they are going to bow out in style. Bloemendaal will be confident having beaten Amsterdam in the run-up to the week-end but will carry the weight of hosting responsibility on their shoulders which is never easy.”

EHL: Any predictions about who might win it?
Nick Irvine:
“I am a commentator rather than a gambling man or predictor of fortunes but one thing that I am confident in predicting is that we will all be winners simply by witnessing these four top sides battling it out in a competition that everyone has taken to their hearts.”

EHL: You are known for being one of a very small group of people who has witnessed every minute of every Euro Hockey League match that has taken place since the competition was introduced in October 2007. By our reckoning, the tournament final on Sunday 19th May will be your 240th live EHL commentary, which is 16,800 minutes of EHL action, which doesn't even include extra time and penalties!  What is your reaction to those stats, and can you pick a favourite game from the 236 that you have witnessed to date?
Nick Irvine:
“I am grateful to you for doing the mathematics for me! I have sat down on a number of occasions to do the same thing but it has always defeated me! My reaction is a simple one; I am the luckiest man in the world!  The EHL has provided huge entertainment from the first whistle back in 2007. I am both lucky and privileged and I hope that it is a position that I will never take for granted. I believe that I am the only person who has seen every match in every season, every goal, every save, every video referral, every everything!

“And as for the best of the 236 ? Impossible for me to say. To survive in this arena I have developed the capacity to forget, almost immediately, the matches that have preceded the one I am about to do. You could ask me to tell you about a game played only an hour earlier and I would struggle to give you much! It’s odd I know but it works for me. For now I am looking forward to games 237 and 238!”

EHL: You are also known as being a great admirer of Bloemendaal legend Teun de Nooijer, a player who will be retiring from the game at the end of the season. You must be sad to see him go. Where do you place him in the list of great players that have graced the game?
Nick Irvine:
“Yes, I am a huge fan of Teun’s and I will be sad to see him go in many ways. I have seen so many great players since I began commentating in 1988 and plenty before that too! The list is huge but I reserve a very top tier for those who are just that little bit more special and who therefore deserve the highest accolade. On that tier are very few but they must all, for me, have the facets of an entertainer, an ambassador for hockey and have enjoyed a career that has endured. Teun is on that tier as, to me, he epitomises all that is good about the game and those that play it. If you were charged with inventing a hockey player to compete at the highest level and to promote the sport you would build another Teun de Nooijer! He is an all -time great and would have won respect from any generation. Have you ever met anyone who didn’t enjoy watching Teun play?”

EHL: Finally, if you were going to give one reason why people should go to Bloemendaal for EHL Final Four, what would it be?
Nick Irvine:
“One reason? Emotion. It is going to be another action packed and hugely exciting weekend but this one will be fuelled with the emotion of Teun’s last European appearance and on his home turf too! If you have seen him play over the years go along to say Thank you and Good-bye – if you haven’t seen the maestro perform this is one of your very last chances! It’s going to be another great EHL showcase – guaranteed!”

Euro Hockey League media release



Hillhead and Uddingston in play-off decider


Hillhead (Photo Credit: Hillhead Hockey Club)

A place in Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1 is on the line this weekend as AMN Hillhead and McWhinney Uddingston prepare to do battle in the Division 1/2 play-off at Peffermill on Sunday (13.30).

Hillhead will start as favourites being the Division 1 side but Uddingston are one of the form teams in Scotland having won ten out of eleven games in Division 2 since the resumption of the outdoor campaign in February.

Looking forward to the match, Hillhead Head Coach Keith Joss is in confident mood, “Although our last Division One game was around four weeks ago, we have been preparing for this play-off with training and practice matches in the lead up to Sunday.

“We’re confident that our experience of playing in the top division will count in our favour and we will play to our own game plan and strengths. We’re confident of a positive outcome against Uddingston.

“We’ll also have a good support through and should we win on Sunday, we have the basis to build towards next season with some potentially exciting developments on the horizon.”

While Uddingson captain Nairn Scobie was keen to pay respect towards their opponents on Sunday, he believes that his side has a chance of upsetting the odds, “Hillhead are a strong club with a good mixture of youth and experienced players who have been playing in Division One for a few years. They've also got a very experienced coach in Keith Joss”, said Scobie.

“However, we've played Hillhead once this year already in a friendly and won that match. I also watched them when it became clear they would be the playoff team. They have some fantastic players and are well organised but I'm confident we can cause them problems.

“I think it's fair to say we are the underdogs mainly because we are a team coming from Division Two and Hillhead have played in Division one for many years. I'm confident we can get the result we want but we're not under any illusions that it'll take a big performance.

“Our form in the second half of the season has been second to none. We've gone unbeaten in the league, only drawing one game, taking 31 points from 33 available. The only game we lost was in the Scottish Cup to Western Wildcats who are a top Division One team.


Nairn Scobie (Photo Credit: Uddingston Hockey Club)

The match gets underway at 13.30 at Peffermill, Edinburgh and with a good crowd expected, the occasion will hopefully live up to the billing.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Season bursts into life with derby

By AYUMBA AYODI



Lucy Wanjku of Strathmore University charges under presure from Audrey Omaido of Telkom during their Top 8 match at City Park Stadium on April 1st 2013.PHOTO/MOHAMMED AMIN

Telkom Orange and Sliders, regarded Kenya’s most accomplished women’s hockey teams, face off in the national hockey league season-opening match at the City Park Stadium, Nairobi.

Strathmore, who have for the last two years finished second behind Telkom, get their season rolling against newcomers Mount Kenya University. All the women’s matches will be played tomorrow.

Telkom received a major boost in their quest for their 15th consecutive league title yesterday when their sponsors Telkom Kenya Limited renewed their sponsorship to the team to the tune of Sh7.4m for the new season.

While presenting the cheque to Telkom coach, Jos Openda, Chief Executive Officer, Mickael Ghossein, said Orange will continue supporting and nurturing new talent in the team that has maintained a winning trend in the local league for the last 14 years.

Bolstered attack and defence

Openda, who praised the sponsors for supporting them to win six continental titles, said he has recruited to bolster attack and defence.

The team has recruited experienced Terry Masibo (defence/mid-field) from the disbanded Blue Eaglets, and Jane Ofula (forward and midfield) from Mombasa Sports Club. Also joining Telkom is former Kerugoya Girls forward, Margaret Kinuthia, and defender Belinda Ombata from Moi University.

The opener will also mark the return of mid-fielder Glennis Namasake and striker Margaret Rotich, who had taken sabbaticals last season.

“I have focused on strengthening the defence and striking forces since these are the areas that had challenges when we reclaimed the Africa Club Championship title last year in Zimbabwe,” said Openda. “Our intentions are obvious: retain both the local and continental crowns.”

Sliders, who haven’t won the title since 1998, have gone for Nana Barasa and Ndombela Sikwata from Kenyatta University, and June Kangogo and Terry Onyango of Vikings, as well as the unattached Christabel Aliero.

Strathmore have gor some reserve energy, having signed defenders Juliet Wachira (Kenyatta University), Elizabeth Ngombo (St Joseph, Mombasa) and mid-fielder, Nerica Kuguru (Sliders).

The 2009/2010 men’s Premier League champions, Strathmore University, will be fighting to regain their footing when they meet Parkroad today.

Fixtures: (All macthes at City Park) Today - Men’s National - UoN  v  MKU (2pm); Men’s Premier - Strathmore v Parkroad (4pm). Tomorrow - Men’s National - Parklands v NYS (9am); Women’s National - Strathmore v (11am);  Men’s National - Wazalendo Youth v Technical University (1pm); Women’s National - Orange  v Sliders (3pm); Men’s Premier - Wazalendo v Karate Axiom (5pm)

Daily Nation



Games begin as Nairobi schools shun hockey

By OSCAR PILIPILI


Nairobi boys’ hockey coordinator Ken Bunyasi observed that shifting of hockey from Term One to Term Two ‘A’ has forced leading private schools to skip the contest.

Schools that have stayed away this season include former National and Nairobi champions Hillcrest Secondary School, Premier Academy, Brookhouse School and Oshwal Academy.

According to Bunyasi, the said schools opted to skip the competition because their co-curriculum calendar for term two does not feature hockey.

“The changes in hockey dates have lowered the standards of the competition in Nairobi because top schools are not participating,” said Bunyasi.

Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) effected changes to their games’ program that saw hockey moved from term one to two.

But following concerns raised by stakeholders including sponsors Brookside Dairy over the changes, KSSSA have agreed to return hockey to its original term one date as from next year.

At the same time, the last preliminary matches in hockey  will be played today at Moi Nairobi (girls) and Lenana (boys).

Girls’ hockey committee chairman Japheth Akweri said the preliminary round of the female category ends with 12 fixtures on schedule.

“We expect the fixtures to be very competitive because teams are chasing remaining two slots to play in semis,” Akweri told FeverPitch in Nairobi yesterday.

Group ‘A’ frontrunners Moi Nairobi and Mt Laverna who tops Pool ‘B’ have already claimed two of the four semi-finals slots.

Moi Nairobi leads their pool with 18 points while Mt Laverna tops their group with 15 points.

Former national champs Pangani in Pool ‘B’ have three fixtures to honour and are drawn against Kianda (9am), Mt Laverna (1.30pm) and Parklands Arya (3.30pm).

Moi Nairobi meet Kenya High (10am) and Buru Buru (12.30pm) in their final group matches.

The top four teams in boys’ category are Lenana, Nairobi School, Upper Hill and Moi Forces Academy. Ultimate winners earn a berth to represent Nairobi in Metropolitan Games.

The Standard Online



‘Three astro turfs to be laid at Karachi, Larkana, Sukkur’

Anwar Zuberi



-Photo by Sara Faruqi

KARACHI: Special assistant to caretaker Sindh Chief Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Islahuddin Siddiqui, has said that the proposed annual sports budget for the fiscal 2013-2014 has been substantially raised from Rs556 million to Rs1.2 billion which is expected to bring a positive change and boost sport activities in the province.

He revealed this information while addressing his first press conference at Karachi Gymkhana on Thursday after assuming the charge about a month ago. He was flanked by provincial secretary for sports, Siddiq Memon and provincial secretary for youth affairs, Riaz Ahmed Memon.

The former hockey Olympian, who returned after a whirlwind tour of interior Sindh, disclosed that three hockey grounds equipped with astro turfs will be commissioned later this month or early June.

Elaborating, he said, the base for laying the astro turfs at Khoro Stadium, Larkana, Railway Stadium Sukkur and hockey stadium in North Nazimabad, Karachi, were ready and the turfs will be laid soon.

He said the blue synthetic turf to be laid at North Nazimabad stadium was on way to the Karachi port and is expected to give a new lease of life to the national game after getting installed.

Islah said upon completion, he will hand over the Larkana and Sukkur grounds to the respective Divisional Commissioners who will form a committee which among others include a nominee of provincial sports department to run the show.

Referring his visit to Sukkur, Islah said a huge multi-purpose stadium, spread over 42 acres, was coming up fast and when complete, it will be Sindh’s biggest sports complex and second after Islamabad’s Jinnah Stadium which will go a long way in promoting sports.

He issued on the spot instructions to engineers to fill the project’s plinth which was four feet below the ground level.

He went on to say that another three hockey stadiums at Khairpur, Nawabshah and Thatta were in the pipeline and will be completed in future.

He said it was his endeavour to provide maximum facilities to the youth who are our future.

Islahuddin also spelt out a number of ongoing and future schemes which are being carried out under sports and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Youth Development Programme.

At the outset, he paid rich tributes to late Dr Mohammad Ali Shah, who left an indelible mark during his five-year stint as Sindh Sports Minister.

He also prayed for the early recovery of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who is nursing head injuries at a hospital in Lahore.

Dawn