News for 19 May 2013

All the news for Sunday 19 May 2013


Ireland defeated by Olympic Champions Germany but share series

In the second of the the two test series Germany defeated Ireland by 5-2. Three German goals in a 4 minute spell either side of half time was the difference between the sides. Germany took an early lead when they were awarded a penalty stroke in the 11m with Seekers converting from the spot. The next period was evenly matched with both sides creating chances but no further goals. It looked as if Germany would take a narrow 1-0 lead as the half concluded but instead 2 quick goals in the dying minutes from open play Rurher in 33m and Deeke in 34 had Ireland 3-0 down an uphill challenge for the second half.

Germany started the second half as they finished the first with Grambusch making it 4-0 in 36m. Mikey Watt got a goal back with a field goal in 41 mins to make it 4-1. GER made it 5-1 on 53 mins with a penalty corner by Windfeder. Kyle Good finished the scoring in 66th min to make final score 5-2 to GER.  Ireland head home this evening after sharing the series and with Germany.

Ireland 2 (Watt,Good)
Germany 5 (Seekers, Rurher, Deeke, Grambusch, Windfeder)

Starting XI: Fitzgerald, Harte C, Lorimer, Gormley, Jackson, Maguire, McConnell, Bruton, Caruth, Watt, Cockram.

Bench (all used) Dowds, Good, O'Donoghue, Cargo, Bell & Buser.

Non Playing: D Harte, Magee, Sothern.

Irish Hockey Association media release



De Nooijer’s dream lives on


Teun de Nooijer's delight. Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek

Teun de Nooijer’s dream of winning the Euro Hockey League in his last ever playing season remains alive and kicking after his HC Bloemendaal team reached the tournament final courtesy of a penalty shoot-out victory against Amsterdam H&BC.  The win means that the host club will play Belgium’s KHC Dragons, also winners on penalties in their Semi Final clash with Rot-Weiss Köln, in a mouth-watering final on Sunday.

The Dragons versus Köln match was a truly extraordinary game which really could have gone either way, but it was the Belgians who grabbed the win in dramatic style. Normal time finished with the scores locked at 3-3, before Dragons took the lead for the first time in the match at the start of the second period of extra time. However, Germany’s double Olympic gold medallist Christopher Zeller took the game into a penalty shoot-out with an overtime penalty corner. The first eight penalties were converted before Köln’s Benjamin Wess fired over the bar, with Dragons captain Jeffrey Thys making no mistake by scoring the winning penalty to send his team into tomorrow’s final.  KHC Dragons star Felix Denayer was named man of the match, presented by ABN AMRO.

In the second Semi Final, Bloemendaal were forced to overcome a two goal deficit before earning their place in the final. A brilliant double strike from Amsterdam’s Mirco Pruijser certainly dampened the festivities of the passionate home fans ahead of half time, but goals in the third and fourth quarters from Ebby Kessing and Australian international Fergus Kavanagh dragged Bloemendaal kicking and screaming back into the game.  Man of the Match Wouter Jolie scored the winning penalty in the shootout, sparking wild celebrations from his team-mates and a large section of the 5000-strong crowd that enjoyed a tense and hard fought contest.

Sunday will feature three key matches as the European club season reaches its climax. The first match of the day - EHL's Bronze medal match between Rot-Weiss Köln and Amsterdam H&BC - takes place at 1015 (CET). That game is followed at 1245 by the Final of the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup, which sees HC‘s Hertogenbosch and Laren MHC meet in an all-Dutch encounter. The final of the Euro Hockey League takes place at 1515, with KHC Dragons and HC Bloemendaal fighting it out to lift one the most sought after piece of silverware in men's club hockey - the Alain Danet Trophy.

The EHL will be providing full coverage of the event, with live streaming and complete tournament information being available on www.ehlhockey.tv and through the Smartphone App. The women's EHCCC Final will be streamed live on the Euro Hockey League You Tube Channel. The EHL social media coverage will also be extensive, allowing fans to interact through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It promises to be a fantastic day.

Euro Hockey League media release



Penalty drama as Dragons defeat Köln


Dragons reach the EHL Final

Belgium’s KHC Dragons have sealed their place in the Euro Hockey League final thanks to stunning penalty shoot-out victory over Rot-Weiss Köln of Germany.  It is the first time in the competition’s six year history that a team from Belgium has reached the final of Europe’s pioneering club competition.

Normal time in an a truly extraordinary game finished with the scores tied at 3-3, before Dragons took the lead for the first time in the match at the start of the second period of extra time. However, Germany’s double Olympic gold medallist Christopher Zeller took the game into a penalty shoot-out with an overtime penalty corner. The first eight penalties were converted before Köln’s Benni Wess fired over the bar, with Dragons captain Jeffrey Thys making no mistake by scoring the winning penalty to send his team into tomorrow’s final. Dragons’ Felix Denayer was named man of the match, presented by ABN AMRO.

A mammoth crowd turned out to watch the first match of the day, and they were certainly not disappointed with what they witnessed. The first quarter was evenly contested, with both teams having periods of dominance. However, the best of the chances in the opening stages certainly went the way of Rot-Weiss Köln. Former Germany international midfielder Tibor Weissenborn went close to giving Köln the lead when he crashed a reverse stick strike into the pads of Dragons’ keeper Manu Leroy before the German outfit established a 1-0 lead at the end of the quarter. Christoph Menke was the scorer, capitalising on a defensive error from Loick Luypaert before firing in from a tight angle.

Köln doubled their advantage early in the second quarter thanks to a penalty stroke from Christopher Zeller, who dispatched a low effort to leave Dragons facing a mountain to climb. The penalty stroke was awarded when the lively Christoph Menke was foul by Manu Leroy.

Conceding a second goal seemed to spark Dragons into life, and they stepped up their game considerably towards the end of the half and could easily have pulled themselves level were it not for some top class saves from Max Weinhold. However, the Germany Olympian could do absolutely nothing about the goal which gave the Belgians a real lifeline on the stroke of half time. Weinhold pulled off a smart save from Loick Lupaert’s initial penalty corner flick, but talismanic Dragons’ captain Jeffrey Thys thumped home the rebound to give his side the perfect boost ahead of the break.

The Belgians were absolutely superb in the third quarter, and began to dominate their illustrious rivals from Germany.  The Dragons came close to tying the scores on numerous occasions, but Köln’s Weinhold continued to proving himself as a tough man to beat. Eventually though, the equaliser arrived thanks to a stunning reverse stick shot from Matthew Cobbart, who lashed home in glorious style following a brilliant interception from man of the match Felix Denayer.  

Köln thought that they had won the game four minutes from the end of the match when Andrin Rickli weaved his way through the Dragons defence before chipping a reverse stick shot into the roof of the net with only four minutes remaining. However, Dragons showed yet again that they never know when they are beaten, and tied forced extra time thanks to a fierce open play strike from Thierry Stumpe.

Following a hugely entertaining but ultimately goal-less first period of extra time, it was Dragons who grabbed the initiative when Denayer brilliantly guided a deflection into the roof of the net. Amazingly, Christopher Zeller stepped up to the mark to send an overtime penalty corner rocketing into the bottom left corner, ensuring that this match would be decided by penalties.

Both sides showed supreme confidence in front of goal in the penalty shootout, rattling the score along to 4-4 in rapid time before the decisive miss arrived. Benni Wess was the unfortunate player, with Dragons’ star Jeffrey Thys showing great composure to slam home the winning goal with a glorious reverse stick shot.

Man of the Match, Presented by ABN AMRO: Felix Denayer – KHC Dragons.

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



Cram hat-trick puts Clydesale Western in pole position


Holly Cram

Milne Craig Clydesdale Western find themselves in a strong position to gain promotion from the EuroHockey Club Champions Challenge II after they recorded their second success of the competition today with an excellent 6-0 win against ASKÖ Hockeyclub Wels of Austria.

Neil Menzies’ side are now guaranteed a place in the promotion pool and will look to strengthen their position further when they take on SK Slavia Praha in their final Pool A match tomorrow (13.00 CET).

The Glasgow side broke the deadlock early in proceedings courtesy of an Anna-Mae Morton strike in the fifth minute to make it 1-0 before Scotland striker Holly Cram doubled her side’s lead to 2-0 from a penalty corner in the 11th minute.  Cram then grabbed her second goal of the game in the 22nd minute to make it 3-0.

Shortly after the interval, Morton notched her second goal in the 38th minute to make it 4-0 and ten minutes later it was 5-0 when Gillian Green registered on the score-sheet in the 48th minute.

Cram rounded off the scoring two minutes later, securing her hat-trick in the process, to make the final scoreline 6-0.

Meanwhile, Grove Menzieshill’s promotion aspirations lie in the balance after a 1-1 draw against Belgian side Royal Wellington THC in their second match of the EuroHockey Club Champions Challenge I in Catania today.

Captain Ailsa Wyllie put the Scottish champions 1-0 up in the 27th minute from open play, but the Belgians equalised shortly after half-time through a 41st minute penalty corner strike from Jill Boon.


Ailsa Wylie

Charlotte Jones’ side now have to win against hosts HC Universitario Catania A.S.D. in their final Pool B match tomorrow (17.45 CET) and hope that Irish side UCD LHC can beat Royal Wellington if they are to have any chance of keeping their promotion challenge alive.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Sapura edge Tigers to end up third



Sapura edged Maybank 2-1 to take thid spot in the TNBMHL TNB Cup at the national Hockey stadium in Bukit Jalil tonight. The win assured Sapura of RM40,000 as prize money with the Tigers taking home RM30,000.

Sapura opened scoring through Khasif Ali in the 33rd minute but he must be kicking himself for squandering six other penalty corners as that would have given him a good chance to bag the top goal scorers title. Khasif has now scored 18 goals with TNB's Faisal Saari on 17 with a game in hand.

Maybank equalised at the stroke of halftime via Shafqat Rassol but Sapura edged home with Izwan Firdaus Ahmad Tajuddin netting the winner in the 49th minute.

Official MHL site



Sunday end up third



TNBMHL Division One League debutants Sunday 2030 Kuala Lumpur secured a third place finish in the President Cup after defeating Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh 3-1 in the 3rd and 4th place play-offs today.

The victory also assured Sunday 2030 KL a healthy RM 10,000 in prize money while MBI walk away with RM 5,000.

It was the league debutants who stamped their mark early in the game, Adrian Richard Arputhan Doss sent a powerful hit past MBI keeper Mior Mohd Shaifful Ismail from their first penalty corner of the game in the 5th minute.

Both sides had an even share of possession form there on but failed to orchestrate any clear chance on goal.

However, MBI found the telling equalizer just before half time when Mohd Haris Fedila Zulkafli slotted home from a penalty corner set piece in the 35th minute.

Just five minutes after the breather, Sunday 2030 KL took the lead once again as former national forward Prabahkaran Periyathamby sneaked in a goal from an acute.

Regan Krishnan made sure of a Sunday 2030 KL victory when he found the net from a penalty corner in the 58th minute.

Official MHL site



Izwan steers Sapura to third place

KUALA LUMPUR: National player Izwan Firdaus scored a 49th-minute winner to steer Sapura to third overall placing in the Premier Division of the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).

Sapura defeated Maybank 2-1 at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil and collected RM40,000.

The Tigers, runners-up in the league, settled for RM30,000.

Kahsif Ali opened the scoring for Sapura with a penalty corner flick in the 33rd minute to take his tally to 18.

Maybank equalised in the 35th minute through Shafqat Rasool but failed to shine in the second half, allowing Sapura to troop off as winners.

For Kashif, there’s another RM2,000 awaiting him if Tenaga Nasional’s Faizal Saari does not score in the final against KLHC. Faizal has 17 goals thus far and is eyeing his third consecutive top scorer’s award.

Sunday 2030 won the third placing match in Division One after defeating MBI 3-1.

MHL debutants Sunday 2030 received RM10,000 for their efforts while MBI picked up RM5,000.

The Star of Malaysia



Sunday 2030 finish third

MALAYSIA Hockey League (MHL) Division One debutants Sunday 2030 claimed a third place finish in the President's Cup when they beat Ipoh Ciy Council 3-1 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

And in the TNB Cup battle for bronze, Sapura beat Maybank 2-1 for the third spot.

Sunday 2030 pocketed RM10,000 in prize money while MBI received RM5,000.

As for Sapura, they received RM40,00 while Maybank took home RM30,000.

Adrian Richard Arputhan gave Sunday 2030 the lead off a fifth minute penalty corner while the other goals were scored by P. Prabahkaran (40th) and K. Regan (58th).

The Sapura goals were scored by Khasif Ali (33rd), which took his tally to 18, and Mohamed Izzat (35th).

Maybank's goal was scored by Shafqat Rasol (49th).

RESULTS (Third-Fourth): President's Cup -- Ipoh City Council 1 Sunday 2030 3; TNB Cup -- Maybank 1 Sapura 2.

TODAY (Finals): President's Cup -- UiTM v TNB Thunderbolts (6pm); TNB Cup -- Kuala Lumpur HC v Tenaga Nasional (8pm).

Matches at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

New Straits Times



A noble cause by UniKL



UNIKL Hockey Club and the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) yesterday officially teamed-up to save a dying breed in hockey -- goalkeepers.

From the days of Khairuddin Zainal in the 1975 Kuala Lumpur World Cup, right until the present No 1 S. Kumar, national goalkeepers have helped keep Malaysia among the top 15 countries in the world.

However, the supply chain of caliber goalkeepers has almost dried up, and that is why UniKL and MHC started a specialised training programe yesterday.



Led by former national keeper and current national and juniors goalkeeper coach M. Nadarajah, the trainings will be held every Saturday.

Yesterday, about 20 goalkeepers from ages 10-16 turned up for the official launch which also saw Kumar, former national goalkeeper Nasihin Nubli, national coach Paul Revington and his assistant Arul Selvaraj making their presence felt.



"We used to have some of the best goalkeepers in the world at one time, but today, even Malaysia Hockey League sides are finding it difficult to secure good goalkeepers.

"And when Kumar and Roslan (Jamaluddin) retire in the near future, the gap between them and those who are likely to fill their shoes is just too wide.

"That is why, with the help of UniKL and MHC, I hope to train young goalkeepers with the basics so that when they move up to the club and then national levels, they will easily fit in and there is no need to hire foreign goalkeepers for the MHL," said Nadarajah.



Nadarajah, Kumar and Roslan will head for the Netherlands, for the second time, on Monday to undergo specialised goalkeepers training under Martijn Drijver.

The first was in November last year: "In Netherlands Roslan and I learned how too combine the Asian and European style in our last training. And it did help improve our game, so we are looking forward to the second stint," said Kumar.







Kumar, from Tampin Negri Sembilan, then parted his knowledge with some of the young aspirants, who later lined-up for photo shoots with him.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



Time for a world-class keeper

CLINIC: MHC and UniKL team up to unearth new talent through a specialised training programme


UNIKL Hockey Club and the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) yesterday officially teamed-up to save a dying breed in hockey -- goalkeepers.

From the days of Khairuddin Zainal in the 1975 Kuala Lumpur World Cup, right until the present No 1 S. Kumar, national goalkeepers have helped keep Malaysia among the top 15 countries in the world.

However, the supply chain of caliber goalkeepers has almost dried up, and that is why UniKL and MHC started a specialised training programme yesterday.

Led by former national keeper and current national and juniors goalkeeper coach M. Nadarajah, the trainings will be held every Saturday.

Yesterday, about 20 goalkeepers from ages 10-16 turned up for the official launch which also saw Kumar, former national goalkeeper Nasihin Nubli, national coach Paul Revington and his assistant Arul Selvaraj making their presence felt.

"We used to have some of the best goalkeepers in the world at one time, but today, even Malaysia Hockey League sides are finding it difficult to secure good goalkeepers.

"And when Kumad and Roslan (Jamaluddin) retire in the near future, the gap between them and those who are likely to fill their shoes is just too wide.

"That is why, with the help of UniKL and MHC, I hope to train young goalkeepers with the basics so that when they move up to the club and then national levels, they will easily fit in and there is no need to hire foreign goalkeepers for the MHL," said Nadarajah.

Nadarajah, Kumar and Roslan will head for the Netherlands, for the second time, on Monday to undergo specialised goalkeepers training under Martijn Drijver.

The first was in November last year: "In Netherlands Roslan and I learned how too combine the Asian and European style in our last training. And it did help improve our game, so we are looking forward to the second stint," said Kumar.

Kumar, from Tampin Negri Sembilan, then parted his knowledge with some of the young aspirants, who later lined-up for photo shoots with him.

New Straits Times



Training for young goalkeepers


Proper guidance: National goalkeeper S. Kumar (left) training a lower age group player during a goalkeeping programme yesterday. — RAYMOND OOI / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: A goalkeeping programme for the lower age group finally got under way, thanks to Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) and several national coaches.

The programme, organised with the help of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC), is aimed at teaching young goalkeepers the proper training methods and techniques.

Fifteen youngsters were yesterday put through their paces by national goalkeeping coach M. Nadarajan, who is assisted by Mohd Nasihin Nubli.

Present at yesterday’s launch were national coaches Paul Revington and A. Arulselvaraj.

Nadarajan admitted that there were no proper coaching methods at the lower age group level for goalkeepers.

“By the time the goalkeepers come in for special attention they are already 16 or 18 years old. It’s too late to teach them new techniques,” he said.

“With UniKl’s help, we are able to provide vital coaching for kids aged 10 to 12. I believe that in the long term, we will find good goalkeepers coming through the ranks.”

The former national goalkeeper and UniKL have managed to rope in current goalkeepers from the national men’s and women’s teams to help out with the programme, which is open to all children (boys and girls) aged between 10 and 13.

It will be held every Saturday at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The Star of Malaysia



Kumar: Pakistani players are livewire of KLHC

By S. RAMAGURU


KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional goalkeeper S. Kumar believes that the Pakistani connection in the KLHC side will be their biggest threat in the final for the Premier Division overall title at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

And the national No. 1 goalkeeper reckons that stopping them will go a long ways towards winning the match.

KLHC and Tenaga Nasional are meeting in the overall final for the third in a row, with KLHC having been the more dominant team in recent years. Both teams also go into the final having won 12 titles each since the MHL’s inception in 1987.

For Kumar, the records are just statistics and “I’d rather worry about this one final for now”.

“Just like KLHC, we too want to win the final and regain the overall title. It’ll be tough and both teams have enough top level material to get the job done,” he said.

“How we perform on match day will be the key. Like I said, their Pakistani players are the livewire of the team.”

This is the first time that KLHC will be fielding foreigners in their team.

Akhtar Ali is their top goal poacher with 14 goals. He is closely followed by compatriot Mohamed Imran (12) and Mohamed Umar Bhutta (9). The fourth Pakistani, Waseem Ahmad, has scored just once but he is more adept at setting up goals.

They have another Pakistani in Fareed Ahmad and Australian midfielder Timothy Deavin.

“I don’t know what strategy the coaches will come up with but we need to give some special attention to these foreign players. The final can be a touch-and-go affair and any mistakes made will be punished. I’m going to do my best to stop them but it has to be a team effort,” said Kumar.

But it’s not like Tenaga do have aces up their sleeves either. They have an all-local outfit, with Faizal Saari the key player.

His ability to score field and penalty corner goals makes him their stand-out player. His 17 goals have put him in a good position to win the top scorer’s award as well.

But there are many others who just as prolific that it’s not easy to pick a match winner in the Tenaga side.

One thing Tenaga need to do is get their team playing as a cohesive unit. If they can do that, then they’ll be quite a handful.

After a slow start to the season, Tenaga have picked up steam in the knockout stage.

“Yes, we have been playing better in the knockout stage. If we can keep it up and score, then there is a good chance for us to win the title,” said Kumar, who took some time out yesterday to help train some young goalkeepers under the MHC-UniKL goalkeepers’ development programme.

But make no mistake, he is focused on the final today and nothing will stand in his way as he seeks to regain the overall title.

The Star of Malaysia



Dames blank Paradise 3-0

...keep Big-Four hopes alive

Nigel Simon


Three different players were on target as Notre Dame blanked host Paradise 3-0 in the T&T Hockey Board Men's Championships Division at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Training Ground, Bacolet yesterday. Edrich Francois opened the scoring as early as the seventh minute for the Dames while Nigel Providence made it 2-0 on the brink of half-time before Tobias Ottley added the other, two minutes from the end.

The win was the third from six matches for the Dames to join Queen’s Park on nine points, however the latter has two matches in hand in the race for the fourth and final “Big-Four” playoff spot which will be determined at the end of the first round. At the top of the eight-team standings is three-time reigning champion Petrotrin with maximum 15 points, two ahead of Defence Force and Paragon. In the Women's Championship Division, Notre Dame picked up three more points without breaking a sweat. This after they were awarded their match against Paradise yesterday at Bacolet by default.

The Dames now have maximum 12 points from their four matches, four ahead Paragon which was held to a 1-1 draw by Harvard Maritime Checkers (seven points) on Friday night at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua. For Paragon which had a chance to go top for at least 24 hours, Pauline Joseph scored the go-ahead goal only for Shernice Cato to earn Checkers, third with seven points, a draw, Paradise moved into sole possession of second spot in the Trinity Men’s Division after a 1-0 win over Notre Dame thanks to Jeron Thomspon’s 37th minute goal.

Paradise’s victory, its fourth in six matches pushed its points 13, two behind unbeaten joint leaders Queen’s Park and Malvern, and one ahead of Notre Dame.

In another Trinity match, Patrick Taitt and Leroy Sookdeo scored for Shape to pip Carib, 2-1 and pick up its first points of the season after four matches. David Legall got the goal for Carib, now second from bottom of the 11-team table with one point from four matches.

T&THB results
Friday
Women’s Championship

Paragon 1 (Pauline Joseph) vs Checkers 1 (Shernice Cato)

Mixed Veterans
Fatima 4 (Dean Nieves 2, Colin Young, Rolph Nathaniel) vs QPCC 2 (Gary Chin, Wendell Newallo)

Yesterday
Men’s Championship

Notre Dame 3 (Edrich Francois 7th, Nigel Providence 34th, Tobias Ottley 68th) vs Paradise 0

Women’s Championship
Notre Dame 3 vs Paradise 0 - by default

Under-19 Boys
Notre Dame 2 (Shaquille Daniel 15th, Joshua Olton 68th) vs Paradise 1 (Shaundelle Felix 48th)

Trinity Men
Paradise 1 (Jeron Thompson 37th) vs Notre Dame 0
Shape 2 (Patrick Taitt, Leroy Sookdeo) vs Carib 1 (David Legall)

The Trinidad Guardian



State’s nod to be sought for relocating district’s sole hockey field

Following the acquisition of a portion of Maharaja’s College ground for the Kochi metro, the district administration has decided to take up with the State government the demand for the relocation of the college’s hockey field and allocation of funds for an Astroturf.

This was after district hockey administrators and former players met District Collector P.I. Sheikh Pareeth on Saturday and raised the issue of the possible loss of Ernakulam’s only full-length hockey field.

On Friday, Hockey Ernakulam had launched a signature campaign to demand relocation of the field and financial assistance to lay an Astroturf.

The acquisition of about 13.50 cents on the southern end of the college ground for a metro station is likely to take away half of the hockey field. Hockey Ernakulam has demanded the relocation of the field to the western end of the ground near the college hostel.

They have also demanded that Rs.3 crore of the Rs.7 crore compensation be set apart to lay an Astroturf.

“Funds from the compensation cannot be allotted without the State government’s consent,” said Mr. Pareeth, who is the chairman of Maharaja’s college development committee.

Sunil D. Emmatty, former captain of the Kerala hockey team, said the talks helped being to the collector’s notice that land to be acquired was not lying abandoned, but was an actively used hockey field.

P.T. Sellen, head of the Physical Education Department of the college, said an Astroturf, complete with flood lights, had to be set up after the relocation. He said this could easily done if Rs.5.50 crore was earmarked from the compensation amount.

“It’s just a fraction of the huge investment being made for the metro. If the proposal materialises, it will be big asset to the State’s sports infrastructure,” he said.

The Thottakkat Royal Family had allocated 16.50 acres to the college during its golden jubilee in 1925 when lack of space earmarked for a playground threatened to deprive the college of the Madras University affiliation.

The land was given on the condition that it would be used as a playground and nothing be constructed that blocked the view of the ground from M.G. Road, said Mr. Emmatty.

“When a portion of the ground is acquired, the compensation should be used to restore sports facilities and not to set up a library or hostel as being planned in some quarters,” he said.

T. Narayanan, a member of the Thottakkat Family, who retired as the head of the Chemistry Department of the college, said the lost land would have to be replaced. Acquisition of land for Kochi metro was understandable, but it was equally important to have playgrounds, he said.

The Hindu