News for 14 May 2013

All the news for Tuesday 14 May 2013


Bejiwad scores twice as Karnataka beats Jharkhand

Ashwin Achal



UNSTOPPABLE FORCE: Penalty-corner specialist Deepak Bejiwad (right) delivered yet again for Karnataka, his brace against Jharkhand taking his tally to six conversions in four matches. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

When the umpire awards a penalty corner to Karnataka, the opposition fears the worst. Deepak Bejiwad, once again, put away two attempts to power Karnataka to a 3-1 victory over Jharkhand in the 64th Senior National hockey championship here on Monday.

With six conversions in four matches, Bejiwad has been instrumental in Karnataka’s ascent to the top of the league standings. Two points separate the top-three teams, Karnataka, Mumbai and Punjab, in their fight to reach the final of the Rangaswamy Cup.

The captain, with the aid of Mohammed Naeemuddin and stopper, Bijju Yirkal, scored the first goal in the 21st minute.

Jharkhand’s Deepak Soreng then pulled one back for his team, before N.S. Rajesh put his team ahead with a goal of class.

A pass from Vinayak Bejiwad reached Rajesh, who trapped the ball at the top of the ‘D’. As the goalkeeper strode off his line to cut off the angles, Rajesh neatly executed a lob. It took a few seconds for the ball to enter the goal: the emphasis was on placement, rather than power.

A few minutes later, Bejiwad stepped up to take a penalty corner with his trusted accomplices.

The push, the stop and the shoot played in perfect harmony, and the match was sealed.

The result: Karnataka 3 (Deepak Bejiwad 2, N.S. Rajesh) bt Jharkhand 1 (Deepak Soreng).

The Hindu

 



OZ & Rotterdam reach Hoofdklasse Final


Oranje Zwart celebrate. Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek

Oranje Zwart and H.C. Rotterdam will contest the Dutch championship Final after overcoming the respective challenges of Kampong and HC Bloemendaal in the Hoofdklasse Play-Off Semi Finals.

Oranje Zwart – who recently secured their place in next season’s Euro Hockey League competition by virtue of their first place finish in the regular Hoofdklasse season – fell to a surprise 4-1 defeat against Kampong in the first leg which took place on Thursday (9th May). However, OZ bounced back to take the second game 3-2 and produced a rampant 4-0 performance in the decisive third match to seal their place in the Final. Rob Reckers scored twice in the rout, with Pakistan international Muhammad Rizwan and Paul Maas also getting their names on the score-sheet.

Oranje Zwart’s opponents in the play-off final will be H.C. Rotterdam, who recorded two landmark victories over EHL Final Four hosts HC Bloemendaal. Rotterdam won the first match on penalties after normal time finished with the scores locked at 1-1. However, Jeroen Hertzberger’s men produced a sparkling performance in the second match, powering to a 4-1 away victory to not only reach the competition final but also guarantee their participation in next season’s Euro Hockey League. New Zealand international Simon Child was the star of the show, netting three of Rotterdam’s four goals on the day. The result ended Teun de Nooijer’s hopes of winning the Hoofdklasse in his final season, but his career can still end on a high if Bloemendaal win the Euro Hockey League title this weekend.

Although Oranje Zwart and H.C. Rotterdam will be fighting it out for the Dutch title, the domestic season is far from over for Bloemendaal and Kampong. The two sides will battle for third place in the coming weeks, with the winner taking the one remaining ticket for next season’s Euro Hockey League.

Hoofdklasse Play-Off Results

9th May 2013
Kampong 4-1 Oranje Zwart
H.C. Rotterdam 1-1 HC Bloemendaal
(Rotterdam win on penalties)

11th May 2013
HC Bloemendaal 1-4 H.C. Rotterdam
Oranje Zwart 3-2 Kampong

12th May 2013
Oranje Zwart 4-0 Kampong

Euro Hockey League media release



Köln close in on Hockey Liga Play-Offs




Rot-Weiss Köln have all but guaranteed their participation in Germany’s Hockey Liga Play-Offs thanks to two stunning away victories at the weekend.   

On Saturday, the Euro Hockey League Final Four qualifiers – who face Belgium’s KHC Dragons in the EHL Semi Finals this weekend – battled their way past current league leaders Harvestehuder THC, before producing another heroic performance to defeat UHC Hamburg on Sunday.

A 64th minute penalty corner winner from Christopher Zeller gave Rot-Weiss Köln the perfect start to their weekend, earning his side a 4-3 triumph over Harvestehuder. It was Zeller’s second goal of the match, with Daniel Montag also netting twice in a crucial win. UHC Hamburg were also winners on Saturday, edging their way past high flying Uhlenhorst Mülheim 4-3, ensuring that there was plenty riding on Sunday’s meeting between UHC and Köln in Hamburg. 

Rot-Weiss drew first blood in the contest thanks to a penalty corner from team captain Jan-Marco Montag, but strikes either side of half time from UHC stars Florian Fuchs (FG 34m) and Patrick Breitenstein (PS 42m) gave the triple Euro Hockey League champions the initiative. However, goals from Alexander Schöllkopf and former UHC striker Marco Miltkau gave Köln the victory, completing a fantastic six point haul away from home against top class opposition.

The double success leaves Rot-Weiss three points clear of UHC with a better goal difference as well as a game in hand. Köln need just one point from their remaining two matches – against eighth placed Berliner HC and bottom of the table Frankfurt 80 – to guarantee a spot in the play-offs. However, their vastly superior points and goal difference tallies mean that it is entirely possible for them to lose both matches and still claim a crucial top four finish.

A full list of results from last weekend’s Hockeyliga competition can be found below.

In-form Rot-Weiss Köln face KHC Dragons of Belgium in the Semi Finals of the Euro Hockey League. The two teams go head-to-head at Bloemendaal on Saturday 18th May, with the winner facing either HC Bloemendaal (NED) or Amsterdam H&BC (NED) in the tournament Final, which takes place on Sunday 19th May. Tickets for the event can be purchased in the Tickets section of www.ehlhockey.tv, the official website of the Euro Hockey League.

Latest results - Hockey Liga
11 May 2013

Düsseldorfer HC - Berliner HC 1:7 (0:3)
UHC Hamburg - Uhlenhorst Mülheim 4:3 (2:3)
Harvestehuder THC - Rot-Weiss Köln 3:4 (1:2)
Nürnberger HTC - Gladbacher HTC 7:3 (1:0)
SC Frankfurt 1880 - Club an der Alster 2:3 (1:1)
Mannheimer HC - Crefelder HTC 4:3 (1:2)

12 May 2013
UHC Hamburg - Rot-Weiss Köln 2:3 (1:1)
Berliner HC - SC Frankfurt 1880 3:1 (1:0)

Hockey Liga Table – Top 5
Club – Pl – W – D – L – GF:GA – Diff - PTS

1.Harvestehuder THC – 21 – 13 – 5 – 3 – 75:41 – 34 – 44
2.Uhlenhorst Mülheim – 21 – 13 – 3 – 5 – 73:47 – 26 – 42
3.Mannheimer HC – 21 – 13 – 3 – 5 – 63:42 – 21 – 42
4.Rot-Weiss Köln – 20 – 12 – 4 – 4 – 71:40 – 31 – 40
5.UHC Hamburg – 21 – 12 – 1 – 8 – 67:50 – 17 – 37

Top four teams will qualify for Hockey Liga play-offs.

Euro Hockey League media release

 



High stakes as KLHC and Tenaga aim to make history

By S. RAMAGURU


KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) and Tenaga Nasional clash for the overal Premier Division title this weekend knowing that one of them will finally be crowned the undisputed kings of local hockey.

KLHC and Tenaga have won 12 titles each and whoever wins the final at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday will hold the record of having the most number of titles.

So, can KLHC – who bagged their 12th trophy in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) when they won the Premier Division title last month – continue their domination?

Or, can Tenaga – whose 12th trophy came way back in 2009 – stop KLHC and revive their fortunes?

Besides aiming for a record 13th trophy, KLHC also are eyeing their fourth double. They were double champions from 2010 to 2012.

In the semi-finals, KLHC thumped Sapura 11-1 on aggregate while Tenaga beat Maybank 6-4 over the two legs.

For the record, this will be third straight final between the two teams.

And it will also be a showdown between a KLHC team inspired by six foreigners and a Tenaga side brimming with local talents.

KLHC used to be an all-local outfit comprising national players until six of them left to join Terengganu this season. Thus, for the first time, in came six foreigners – Akhtar Ali, Waseem Ahmad, Fareed Ahmad, Mohamed Imran, Mohamed Umar Bhutta and Timothy Deavin. They blended in seamlessly and helped KLHC to the Premier Division crown.

Tenaga, meanwhile, have always relied on local players since the inception of the MHL in 1987. Their plus point is in their ability to attract national players and those from the junior ranks.

Individually, KLHC have the better team and have learnt to play well as a unit. Their ability to score under pressure has seen them win matches. At this stage, it is difficult to find a weakness in the team ... unless they take a casual approach to the game or become over-confident.

Even Tenaga coach Nor Azlan Bakar admitted that KLHC are the overwhelming favourites.

He should know as he is familiar with KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj’s style of play. After all, they are both coaching the Project 2013 squad.

“It will be a close match and I have to make sure my players are in the right frame of mind for the final,” said Nor Azlan.

“We have the talent but our biggest problem is our poor finishing. Against KLHC, every miss could come back to haunt us. They have several players who can get the goals and their penalty corner battery is second to none.

“We’re focused on winning the overall title ... our target was to win at least one title this year.”

Tenaga’s Faizal Saari is the joint leading scorer in the MHL with Sapura’s Khasif Ali with 17 goals. But KLHC have top goal-getters in Mohamed Imran, Akhtar Ali, Chua Boon Huat and Mohamed Umar.

The battle lines have been clearly drawn. Now, bring on the teams!

The Star of Malaysia



Revington selects five more players but trims national squad


S. Kumar: Off to a training stint in Amsterdam.

KUALA LUMPUR: The national hockey team management have dropped nine players and added five new ones as they trimmed the training squad from 30 to 26.

The nine dropped were Mohamed Noor Faeez (UniKL), Amir Farid Ahmad Fuzi (Tenaga), Hafifihafiz Hanafi (Maybank), Jiwa Mohan (Maybank), Mohd Sallehin Ghani (Tenaga), Mohd Syamim Mohd Yusof (KLHC), Mohd Amerullah Aziz (Terengganu), Shahrin Mohammad (Maybank) and Ismail Abu (Terengganu).

Ismail was omitted as he will be undergoing rehab for a leg injury and the team management will monitor his progress.

The five new players in the training squad are Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin (KLHC), Azreen Rizal Nasir (Sapura), Khairulnizam Ibrahim (Tenaga), Meor Mohamed Azuan (UniKL) and Mohamed Firhan Azhaari (Tenaga).

The 26 players will shoulder the burden of taking Malaysia back into the World Cup in 2014.

Their two assignments – both qualifiers for the 2014 Finals – are the World League semi-finals in Johor Baru in June and the Asia Cup in Ipoh in August.

“This is the training squad we will use to pick the teams for the World League and Asia Cup. Qualification for the World Cup remains the target,” said national coach Paul Revington yesterday.

“But we’ll take it one tournament at a time.

“The squad will assemble on May 21 and we’ll have a three-day camp in Johor Baru.

“Then, our two goalkeepers – S. Kumar and Roslan jamaluddin – will go to Amsterdam for a stint from May 21-28.”

The team will play five matches against the visiting Lioaning Province team from China from May 26-June 1 before leaving for South Africa on June 2 to play four matches against club sides there.

The final 20 players for the Johor Baru assignment will be named when they return from South Africa.

The Star of Malaysia



Kookaburras call on Olympic experience

Squad announced for European Tour and Hockey World League


World Champions the Kookaburras will welcome back seven Olympians as they get their 2014 World Cup qualification campaign underway in Europe next month. The newest tournament in the international hockey calendar, the Hockey World League is Australia’s first opportunity to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

The Kookaburras name a 20-strong squad for the tour to Europe, which also includes two test matches against the Netherlands and one against rising stars Belgium. From the 20, an 18 man squad will be selected for the World League. To be assured of a place at the World Cup, the Kookaburras must finish in the top three of the Rabobank Hockey World League competition in Rotterdam. 

Following the successful series victory over Korea in Perth, which concluded last week, the Australian men are bolstered by the return of three-times Olympian Mark Knowles (QLD), double Olympians Fergus Kavanagh (WA) and Eddie Ockenden (TAS), and London 2012 bronze medal winners Chris Ciriello (VIC), Matthew Swann (QLD), Simon Orchard (NSW) and Kieran Govers (NSW).

They are joined by five times World Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer (QLD), who could be in line to make his 300th appearance for the Kookaburras during the tour, and six other members of the London Olympic squad. 

Following his performances as part of the team’s record breaking seventh Sultan Azlan Shah campaign in March and the recent Korean series, Aran Zalewski (WA) will make the trip as will goalkeeper Tristan Clemons (WA) after impressing in Perth.

Between them, Trent Mitton (WA) and Russell Ford (VIC) scored seven goals against Korea and both will have the opportunity to add to their respective tallies in Europe.

Explaining his selection, Coach Ric Charlesworth said: “This is what we think is our best team at the moment. It hasn’t been an easy selection because a lot of players have performed well recently. Aran Zalewski and Tristan Clemons have been included because of their recent form; Trent Mitton and Jake Whetton are consolidating their places in our squad and we’re able to call on a number of players that haven’t been available to us because they’ve been playing in Europe.”

The Kookaburras enter the World League at the semi-final stage in Rotterdam alongside several of the world’s other leading nations. Qualification for the tournament, which runs from 13-23 June, is still in progress but Australia will certainly be joined in Pool A by world number seven Spain. The remaining two places in the pool are yet to be allocated. In Pool B, the Netherlands and New Zealand are confirmed with two more teams to qualify.

The Kookaburras depart for Europe on Thursday 30 May and will play the three warm up Tests against the Netherlands and Belgium prior to their first World League fixture on Friday 14 June.

Kookaburras Squad for European Tour and Rabobank Hockey World League
30 May – 23 June 2013

(Listed alphabetically by surname)


Kiel Brown (Perth, WA)
Joel Carroll (Darwin, NT)
Andrew Charter (GK) (Canberra, ACT)
Chris Ciriello (Melbourne, VIC)
Tristan Clemons (GK) (Bunbury, WA)
Tim Deavin (Launceston, TAS)
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD)
Russell Ford (Eltham, VIC)
Matt Gohdes (Rockhampton, QLD)
Kieran Govers (Wollongong, NSW)
Rob Hammond (Townsville, QLD)
Fergus Kavanagh (Geraldton, WA)
Mark Knowles (Rockhampton, QLD)
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA)
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS)
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW)
Glenn Simpson (Melbourne, VIC)
Matthew Swann (Mackay, QLD)
Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD)
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA)

Kookaburras’ Fixtures
Kookaburras’ Preparatory Test Matches
Wednesday 5 June v Netherlands, Rotterdam
Friday 7 June v Netherlands, Rotterdam
Sunday 9 June v Belgium, Antwerp

Kookaburras’ Rabobank Hockey World League Fixtures
Friday 14 June – Pool A Fixture
Saturday 15 June – Pool A Fixture
Monday 17 June – Pool A Fixture
Wednesday 19 June – Quarter Final
Friday 21 June – Semi Final/Classification
Sunday 23 June – Medal Matches/Classification

About the Hockey World League

The FIH World League is a new competition that started in 2012 and is played every two years. Beginning with the FIH World Cup 2014, the World League will be used to decide which teams will qualify alongside the Continental Champions and Hosts (subject to IOC approval for the Olympic Games) for future Olympic Games and FIH World Cups.

The Hockey World League has four rounds, running from August 2012 to February 2014. Each round acts as a qualifier for the next giving every team the potential to go all the way to the final.

The top three from each of the semi-final competitions will qualify for the 2014 World Cup in The Hague. The two host cities for the men’s semi-finals are Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Johor (Malaysia). The host cities for the women’s semi-finals are Rotterdam (Netherlands) and London (England).

Hockey Australia media release



Women’s Junior World Cup: Squad of 20 for final SA selection phase

A squad of 20 South African U21 players have been selected to take part in the final selection phase for the South Africa U21 team that will compete in the 2013 Women’s Junior World Cup.

The Africa continent’s junior champions will be based in Amsterdam from July 6 for an intensive preparation phase ahead of the Junior World Cup finals from July 27 to August 4 in Monchengladbach, Germany.

SA U21 SELECTION SQUAD

P Mbande (Northern Blues), A van Deventer (North West), N Walraven (Free State), T Mallett (Western Province), E Hunter (WP), N Nel (Southern Gauteng), B Kretzmann (WP), S King (WP), I Lategan (FS), Q Bobbs (WP), C Botha (FS), S Brand (WP), T Britz (FS), L du Plessis (NB), T Jones (NW), T Marx (Eastern Province), T Glasby (WP), J Jubb (NB), L Malan (FS), S Baxter (NW).

SA Hockey Association media release



Barry Middleton on road to Holcombe

By Graham Wilson



Middleton will return to England to continue his club hockey

BARRY MIDDLETON, the Great Britain and England captain, has returned from the Dutch club HGC and will play down a league for Kent side Holcombe next season.

The ambitious Medway club lost out on a promotion chance to the top flight after being beaten to the East Conference title by Wimbledon on goal difference. This time they want to make sure. Why the move?

Middleton said: “Obviously, the money makes a difference. I have been a professional hockey player for the last few years in Holland and Germany and there are not many clubs in England that can help out this way. I also know a few of the guys there. I have played with Gareth Carr and Danny Hall at East Grinstead and Richard Lane, their captain, when I was at Cannock. I wasn’t sure at first but the coach, Julian Halls, told me of his plans and I would like to help to do something special and bring a team through.”

Middleton is in the centralised training programme at Bisham preparing for England’s World League bid in Malaysia next month.

Daily Express



Hockey competition promotes good health

Rashneel Kumar


THE Fiji Hockey Federation is hoping to partner with the Ministry of Health in their annual Business House competition.

Following the success of this year's event sponsored by Morris Hedstrom, federation development officer Tai Smith said they were looking forward to holding a bigger tournament next season.

Chow, led by Ram Bajekal, was crowned the 2013 Business House tournament winner at the National Hockey Centre in Laucala two weeks ago. The side defeated FMF 3-0 in a close tussle.

In presenting the trophies, Smith thanked the individual organisations for supporting their workers in getting involved in activities that could help promote healthy living.

"Next season we hope to get the Ministry of Health involved where we will conduct health tests for diabetes, blood pressure and others and have a combined team weigh-in at the beginning, midway and at the end of the competition for a weight loss competition," she said.

Results: MH Business House Champions Season 1 - Chow, MH Business House Cup Runners Up - FMF, MH Plate Champions - Team UN, MH Plate Runners Up - Fiji TV, MH Bowl Champions - Westpac Banking Corporation, MH Bowl Runners Up - Goodman Fielder,

MH Shield Champions - Celtrock Holdings, MH Shield Runners Up - Grid Security, The FHF Cup - Fiji Broadcasting Commission; Team of the Season - Celtrock Holdings, Most Valuable Player - Womens Division - Mel Atalifo- FBC, Most Valuable Player - Mens Division - Apenisa Vucago- Fiji TV, Top Goal Scorer - Women's Division - Senikau Matata - FMF, Top Goal Scorer - Men's Division - Kuna Sabaratnam

The Fiji Times



Former Hockey Queensland General Manager Embarks on Fundraising Venture

Garry West-Bail embarks on major fundraising venture in Vietnam




Former Hockey Queensland General Manager Garry West-Bail (16 years at the helm) is about to embark on a major fundraising venture to support disadvantaged youth in Vietnam.

Garry explains -

Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam war sparked my interest in that country and its people. My research over a number of years saw me visit Vietnam for the first time in 1987. Since then I have been back many times.

The history, the culture, the people connect me to this wonderful country. My last trip in 2011 saw me volunteer at a Hanoi orphanage, a confronting and challenging experience.

In all my visits, my readings and understanding of the country, I knew I wanted to give of myself to the people of Vietnam. Many happenings, including the study of the Vietnam language has seen me decide to commit to a fundraising project in support of KOTO. (www.koto.com.au).

My drive and indeed respect for the Vietnam culture and people will see me run and bike ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, a distance of 1000 kms. The trip will take 10 days; running 25 kms and riding 75 kms on average per day.

I have chosen KOTO as the recipient of the funds from the project because of its commitment to supporting and enhancing the development of hundreds of Vietnamese teenagers who are from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds.

For more information, please visit my website runkotorun.com.

Hockey Australia media release