News for 24 May 2013

All the news for Friday 24 May 2013


Junior Black Sticks Women fall to Korea


Pictured: Brooke Neal, courtesy www.photosport.co.nz


The Junior Black Sticks Women (Under-21s) are resolute after being beaten 4-2 by the Korea U21 Women at Papatoetoe Sports Centre this afternoon.

After a level first half with one goal to each side, the Koreans edged away after the break and scored another three times to create a significant buffer.

Southern’s Phillipa Symes scored the home side’s opening goal with Erin Goad finding the back of the net with just minutes remaining in the match.

After a draw and two wins earlier in the series, Junior Black Sticks Women’s head coach Chris Leslie sees the loss as a good learning curve.

“I didn’t think we played as well as we had leading into this match. The Koreans came out fired up after a few losses and I’m not sure we handled it so well, he said.

“It’s a great test to see how we react to those situations, at the Junior World Cup we could face the same thing so it’s nice to have some experience.

“When you’re winning everything is rosy so a loss today will bring us back into line and realise we’ve got work to do. We still want to win the series so it’s game on tomorrow.”

The Junior Black Sticks Women play the final game of their series at North Harbour Hockey Stadium tomorrow morning at 9:30am.

The five test series is a warm-up opportunity for the Junior Black Sticks Women ahead of the Women’s Junior World Cup in Germany in July.

For the full schedule of games CLICK HERE

Junior Black Sticks Women 2: (Phillipa Symes, Erin Goad)
Korea U21 Women 4: (Eu Ji Choi (2), So Ri Nam, Ye Sol Cha)
Halftime: 1-1

Hockey New Zealand Media release



A record 150 teams for an action packed Memorial Day weekend of field hockey at California Cup

By Jawwad Qamar



Camarillo Cougars looking to cash in at Cal Cup for third straight title

Moorpark, CA: The 2013 California Cup International Hockey Tournament begins today with the start of competition in the Super Divisions at Moorpark College where both men and women will be competing for the winner take all $5,000 first prize.

A record 150 teams from six nations will compete in 13 divisions ranging from Mixed Under-8 to Men/Women Super Divisions at the Moorpark College and Arroyo Vista Park venues from May 24-27. The 42nd edition of the tournament more popularly known as the Cal Cup will feature over 2,600 players and the games will start at 7 a.m. and end around 7:30 p.m.

The inaugural tournament in 1971 included only six teams and Cal Cup has continuously grown ever since, attracting teams from all over the globe. This year teams from USA, Canada and Mexico will be joined by teams from England, Singapore, and Taiwan. In addition, players from all major field hockey loving nations will be displaying their skills for various teams.

Defending champions Camarillo Cougars are once again the favorites for the Men’s Super Division crown, going for a “threepeat.” However, they are likely to get a run for their money from Montauk Sharks, a team from New York with an international cast. First time visitors, the Clubhouse Casuals from Singapore with a number of players from the UK are also expected to be in the running for the men’s title.

In the Women’s Super Division, Jolie Pitts will be defending their title against a strong outfit of British Combined Services and the local team Monarcas.

Cal Cup is the premier invitational field hockey tournament held annually in the United States under the auspices the Field Hockey Federation and California Cup Organizing Committee. In addition to $5,000 top prize in the Super Divisions, every player in the top three teams of each division will receive Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals.

For schedule and directions to the venues, please visit www.calcup.net.

Fieldhockey.com Exclusive



Mens U20 Championship begins first day of Cal Cup by setting high precedent

MOORPARK, Cali. – Under-20 men’s teams East Coast High Performance (ECHP) and Ventura County Red Devils (VCRD) came out of the gates swinging, setting an incredibly high precedent yesterday on the first day of the 2013 California Cup in Moorpark, Cali. Utilizing every minute and inch in a back and forth game, the final buzzer sounded the conclusion of the match in a 3-3 draw.

“Yesterday’s start to the tournament could not have gone any better,” said U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Chris Clements. “The performance of the players across the park was impressive. The East Coast team created a deserved lead in the first half however Ventura set out on an improved performance in the second period to even the match. Kenny Patrone (Sewell, NJ) was the stand out player of the match for the East Coast High Performance Team.”

The VCRD and ECHP played the first match yesterday at the annual Cal Cup tournament. The teams have been preparing for the event the past few months, and looked ready and eager to play based on their warm ups.

VCRD was the first to score in the 3rd minute by Josh Schindler (Ventura, Cali.) off a nice hard hit baseline pass from Jake Stone (Camarillo, Cali.) for an amazing deflection. The two teams swapped possession for a good 10 minutes, until Patrone of the ECHP carried the ball into the VCRD defense circle, passed to Stuart Kentwell (Spring City, PA) who then slide the ball into the scoring area where Tom McCarthy (East Windsor, CT) played the rebound past the goalkeeper to equalize the game in the 14th minute.   ECHP secured another goal off a quick counterattack with a finesse shot by Ben Kerestan (Greensburg, PA) putting ECHP ahead by one. A few minutes later, Patrone weaved his way down the middle of the VCRD half and went uncontested for the goal.  Making the score 3 – 1 at half, in favor of the ECHP.

Going into second half, VCRD seem to have some of their challenges fixed and appeared to be back in the game.  The two teams battled for a majority of the second half with the pressure on VCRD to put goals on the board and negate any further from the ECHP.  With continued persistence by VCRD, and improvement from the first half, VCRD scored their second goal in the 67th minute by Schindler, his second of the match.  With less than three minutes remaining, VCRD was pushing to equalize the match and in the 69th minute they received a penalty corner and scored off the option by Nick “Cherry” Gendreau (Ventura, Cali.). With less than a minute remaining VCRD forced a final penalty corner.  With the clock expired, VCRD played the penalty corner but was unable to come away with the win despite a well fought match.

“We are very happy with our performance yesterday,” said ECHP Head Coach, Rutger Wiese. “Obviously we have some areas to improve but for our team it was just great being able to compete for a long time with such a quality side as Ventura County. We like to be a bit more consistent in our overall individual play as well as team performance. We are looking to grow and work as a team as the tournament progresses.”

“We're lucky to draw,” said VCRD Head Coach Sean Harris. “A player is weak when they choose to dribble continually and the team is even weaker for letting it happen. The concept is easy, but the execution is challenging.”

With the tournament’s commencement Clements and Assistant U.S. National Team Coach Ben Maruquin will be assessing the men’s U-20 games and selecting top athletes to extend the ultimate invitation of becoming a part of U.S. Men’s National Team. Clements will make his final decision on Thursday, May 30, a day the selected Senior, U-20 and U-17 men hope to achieve new heights.

“Yesterday was an exciting start to the tournament and one which shows the development of the regions is where the future lies for the growth of the game and the strength of the men's program,” said Clements.

Today’s Cal Cup matches include East Coast vs Bay Area 3:00 p.m. EST and Bay Area vs VCRD 9:00 p.m. EST.

USFHA media release



Top field hockey talent takes field for opening day of Women’s National Championship

Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. hosts the week-long selection opportunity


NORFOLK, Va. – The top field hockey athletes in the country took the field today for opening day of the 2013 Women’s National Championship event on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. The week-long selection tournament will crown one team Regional Champions, but far more importantly determine the 2013-14 U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team. 

U.S. head coach Craig Parnham is assessing the pool of players on a level playing field for the first time since taking the role as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team back in February.

“It is great to see all the players in one venue,” said Parnham. “This is the first time I have had that opportunity and it helps when assessing players on a level playing field. The quality of play has been good and I think it will improve through the week as the teams start to understand and play the system and become more familiar with each other.”

Pennsylvania put up an impressive performance over New Jersey, shutting out the reigning champions 3-0 in the first match of the day. Neither teams were able to capitalize on opportunities inside the circle in the first thirty-five minutes, however, Pennsylvania wasted no time lighting up the scoreboard in the second half. Rachel Sumfest (Lewisburg, Pa.) recorded Pennsylvania’s first goal in the 41st minute. Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.) scored on a penalty corner in the 52nd minute and Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.) finished the scoring with a field goal in the 62nd minute.

Pennsylvania’s head coach Denise Zelenak called the match-up a “tight rivalry.” “It was a very high tempo, intense match,” said Zelenak. “Putting the first goal in gave us some room to relax and focus tactically and we were able to capitalize on some opportunities.”

The Mid-Atlantic/South team has a wealth of experience on their roster, featuring four Olympians, including one two-time Olympian. Their expertise helped guide the Mid-Atlantic/South team to their first victory of the tournament over New England/North. Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.) opened the scoring in the 18th minute followed by Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, Del.) in the 25th minute. Mid-Atlantic/South had a comfortable two goal lead heading into the second half.

Kim Young (Sydney, N.Y.) put New England/North on the board in the 40th minute, but a second goal by Kasold sealed the 3-1 victory for the Mid-Atlantic/South team.

The final match-up of the day was between Midwest/California and the Under-21 team. The U21’s unleashed an offensive barrage against Midwest/California, scoring four first half goals en route to an impressive 6-1 victory. Heather Morris (Pottstown, Pa.), Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.), Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Alyssa Chilliano (Phoenixville, Pa.), Marie Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) and Teresa Benvenuti (Morristown, N.J.) contributed one goal apiece. Torrie Albini (Escondido, Cali.) scored Midwest/California’s lone goal of the match.

“I think it was an important first day for us to come out and try to work together and develop a rhythm,” said U21 head coach Steve Jennings. “I thought the first two goals early on really settled us and we really tried to play together. We trusted each other and were aggressive in never backing down. I am really proud of the effort of the team today.”

The Women’s National Championship is also serving as a selection camp for the Junior World Cup team, held in Germany, July 27-August 4. Jennings said this event is a critical phase in identifying the right players for the World Cup event and having everyone play together at this event, even though it is not the final team, is an important part in developing rhythm and chemistry. 

The competition continues tomorrow beginning at 9:00 a.m. with Pennsylvania taking on Midwest/California, followed by New Jersey vs Mid-Atlantic/South at 11:00 a.m. and the final match at 1:00 p.m. featuring New England/North. All matches will be played at Powhatan Sports Complex on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more Women’s National Championship coverage, checkout usafieldhockey.com and @USAFieldHockey for tournament updates, results and features.

USFHA media release



US Women's National Championship rule variations

In the days following the conclusion of the Women’s National Championship, USA Field Hockey will announce the 2013-14 U.S. Women’s National Team as well as the team set to compete at the upcoming International Hockey Federation’s World League Semi Final in London.

At the World League Semi Final, the International Hockey Federation will implement the following variations to the rules of hockey and the FIH has granted USA Field Hockey special permission to play these variations at the Women’s National Championship event only. Please note that these variations are not being adopted for use at any other USA Field Hockey event.

The first variation is as follows:

Players may play the ball above shoulder height provided that it is not dangerous or leading to danger.

The current rule states that players must not play the ball with any part of the stick when the ball is above shoulder height except that defenders are permitted to use the stick to stop or deflect a shot at goal at any height.

The second variation is as follows:

After the award of a penalty corner, the teams will be placed on a 45 second clock in which the penalty corner must be inserted before the expiring of the 45 seconds. Any breach of this rule by either the attack or defense will result in a misconduct card issued to the captain of the offending team.

Again, please note that these variations are not being considered for any other USA Field Hockey event and should not be played with at any level.

USFHA media release



Six home games highlight competitive field hockey schedule

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Priding itself on consistently holding one of the strongest and most competitive schedules in the nation, the Penn State field hockey team and head coach Charlene Morett have announced the 2013 fall schedule. The Nittany Lions will host six contests at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex, as well as face eight opponents that competed in the 2012 NCAA Field Hockey Tournament, including reigning champion Princeton.

Coming off one of the most impressive seasons in program history, with the Lions ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation heading into the NCAA Tournament, Penn State will go to work defending the Big Ten regular season and the Big Ten Tournament titles. Big Ten Coach of the Year Morett and her squad captured their first outright conference title since 2008 and second consecutive tournament championship, earning an automatic berth to the 2013 National Tournament. After moving past Albany in the first round, the Lions fell to Syracuse after a physical battle in the quarterfinals.

This year’s Big Ten Tournament will be held in Columbus, Ohio, which is slated to begin on Nov. 7. The Lions, boasting the 2012 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in Kelsey Amy and the 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in returning senior Brittany Grzywacz, hope to post back-to-back-to-back championships. The Lions will kick off the 2013 conference season on Sept. 22 at Indiana, and will go on to host three Big Ten contests over the duration of the season.

Following a scrimmage against NCAA Tournament Semifinalist Maryland on Aug. 23, Penn State will open its schedule with contests at Old Dominion and Virginia on Aug. 30 and 31, respectively. Last season, the Lions opened with a 2-0 record for the first time since 2007, topping the No. 3 Monarchs 5-3 and the No. 9 Cavaliers 3-2.

The 2013 home schedule will open with Temple on Sept. 6, followed by rival Connecticut on Sept. 8. Penn State looks to seek revenge after falling in a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Huskies, who advanced to the NCAA Semifinals last season. The Lions have not posted a win over UConn since 2006. From there, PSU will head to instate foe Lock Haven on Sept. 11 before traveling to defending NCAA Champion Princeton on Sept. 15. The Tigers defeated No. 1 seeded North Carolina, 3-2, in the championship game, and posted a 3-2 overtime victory over the Lions during the regular season.

Penn State will play a slew of non-conference contests in lieu of the Big Ten opener against Indiana, hosting Delaware on Sept. 20 and traveling to NCAA Tournament qualifier Lafayette and Miami of Ohio on Sept. 22 and 28, respectively. The Lions will then host back-to-back conference opponents, with Northwestern traveling to Happy Valley on Oct. 5 and Ohio State taking to the field on Oct. 11. A non-conference battle with Bucknell on Oct. 13 will precede the final home contest of the 2013 season, with Michigan State visiting University Park on Oct. 19.

Continuing Big Ten action, Penn State will head to Iowa City, Iowa on Oct. 25 to face the Hawkeyes, with the squad taking on U.C. Davis on Oct. 26, as well, to complete the weekend road trip. The Lions’ final regular season contest will be against Big Ten foe Michigan, meeting for the first time on Nov. 1 since the Wolverines dropped their second consecutive conference tournament championship game to Penn State.

Besides defending both its Big Ten titles, the Penn State will look to make itsJeff 29th program appearance at the NCAA Tournament. Penn State has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in nine of the past 11 years, making five quarterfinal appearances, one semifinals appearance and one appearance as a NCAA Finalist in 2007. In the history of the field hockey program, the Lions have made seven semifinal appearances and two Championship game appearances. Penn State's overall record in NCAA Tournament play is 23-32 for the fourth-highest total of tournament games played to date.

Penn State News



New Heights and Jersey Intensity sit on top of leader board at end of pool play

After the sixth league date of the Regional Outdoor Club League, the final round of pool play concluded and the clubs that will be competing in the Championship knockout series have been decided. In a round-robin format, every team played each other over a period of eight weeks during six competition dates. 

In the U-16 division, there were two undefeated clubs. New Heights and FC United who are ranked first and second and are heading into the Championship knockout series as the all-out favorites. For the last playoff spot of eighth place, G-Force narrowly beat out Princeton FHC. Both teams have seven points, however, G-Force broke the tie with one more win than Princeton HC which was the second tie breaker according to tournament rules. 

In the U-19 Division the only undefeated club was Jersey Intensify FH who won six games and drew three goals. With excellent goal tending and consistent play each week, they are heading into the championship knockout series as the favorites. However, South Jersey Edge, FC United and Total Dutch will surely be standing in the way as all of these teams demonstrated a high level of consistent play throughout the league.

The competitive nature of the inaugural premier outdoor league is reflected in the results as 35 percent of the games played in both divisions ended in a tie and four of the eight clubs heading to the Championship conceded an average of one goal or less per game. We may be preparing ourselves for a low scoring, yet severely competitive Championship series.

On Sunday, June 9 the U-16 Championship will be held at Princeton University and the U-19 Championship at Rutgers University on the universities’ water-base turf. We thank both universities for allowing us the use of these fine facilities and hope we can continue this relationship for years to come for the benefit of the kids and the growth of the sport of field hockey.

We hope to see everyone on June 9 showing your support for the Junior Premier Outdoor League and your favorite club on this Championship weekend where the first ever JPOL winners in both the U-16 and U-19 Divisions will be presented with the Junior Premier Hockey Challenge Trophies.

Up-to-date results can always be found on our Junior Premier Hockey website www.juniorpremierhockey.com.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you on Sunday, June 9!

USFHA media release



Seniors recalled for Hockey World League

By Fawad Hussain



Shakeel Abbasi, rested for the Azlan Shah Cup, has been included in the probables list after the PHF thought the team needed experienced players. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation’s (PHF) team management has recalled seasoned players Shakeel Abbasi and Waseem Ahmed as it announced a 26-man probables list for next month’s Hockey World League (HWL).

The team management, headed by Akhtar Rasool, had ‘rested’ five seniors including Kashif Shah, Rashid Mehmood and Rizwan Senior for the Azlan Shah Cup to give younger players a chance. However, a last-place finish at the event convinced the PHF to recall the seasoned campaigners.

Meanwhile, five junior players, currently attending a training camp, were not named but will be included in the list of probables after the Europe tour ending June 16. These include Tasawar Abbas, Mohammad Dilbar, Irfan Junior, Mohammad Tauseeq and Ali Shan.

Pakistan will be up against home side Malaysia, Germany, England, and South Korea in the HWL that will be played from June 29 to July 7 in Johor Bahru. The event will also serve as the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in the Netherlands.

Pakistan will need experience: Hanif

Coach Hanif Khan signalled selection for the recalled seniors subject to their fitness.

“Their return strengthens the team,” Hanif told The Express Tribune. “Pakistan will need experience in the HWL as it will be an important tournament before the World Cup. We want stability till the World Cup and we will not make a lot changes barring inevitable reasons.”

Meanwhile, the PHF announced the training schedule for the tournament with the first phase starting from May 29 in Abbottabad.

Probables include Imran Shah, Imran Butt, Mohammad Imran, M Rizwan Senior, Fareed Ahmed, Mehmood, Mohammad Waqas, Shafqat Rasool, Abdul Haseem Khan, Muhammad Ateeq, Waseem Ahmed, Mohammad Kashif Ali, Abbasi, Mohammad Irfan, M Salman Hussain, Talal Khalid, Syed Sibtain Raza, Aamir Shahzad, Mohammad Imran Junior, Muzammil Ishaq Bhatti, Kashif Ali, Arslan Qadir, Mohammad Zubair, Zohaib Ashraf, Yasir Shabbir, Ayub Ali.

The Express Tribune



World Hockey League: PHF names 26 probable for training camp

Staff Report


LAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Thursday announced 26 players who will attend a training camp from May 29 in Abbottabad in preparation for the World Hockey League to be played from June 29 at Johar Bahru in Malaysia. The players will report to Akhtar Rasool Chaudhary, manager and camp commandant.

Probable:

Imran Shah, Imran Butt, Muhammad Imran, Mohammad Rizwan Senior, Fareed Ahmed, Rashid Mehmood, Muhammad Waqas, Shafqat Rasool, Abdul Haseem Khan, Muhammad Ateeq, Waseem Ahmed, Muhammad Kashif Ali, Shakeel Abbasi, Muhammad Irfan, Mohammad Salman Hussain, Talal Khalid, Syed Sibtain Raza, Aamir Shehzad, Muhammad Imran Junior, Muzammil Ishaq Bhatti, Kashif Ali, Arslan Qadir, Muhammad Zubair, Zohaib Ashraf, Yasir Shabbir and Ayub Ali.

The Daily Times



Arthur McKay Scottish Cup Final Preview - Kelburne


Willie Marshall of Glynhill Hotel Kelburne in yellow

With the Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1 title in the bag for a ninth season running, Glynhill Hotel Kelburne are aiming to continue re-writing the history books by achieving back-to-back double winning seasons with a successful defence of the Men's Arthur McKay Scottish Cup on Saturday 25 May.

Following a dramatic last minute winner from Scotland and Great Britain U21 international Alan Forsyth in last season’s final against Grange, the Paisley outfit return to Peffermill this weekend for a showpiece finale against Division 1 rivals Grove Menzieshill.

The objective is clear; to try and retain their crown and add to an ever-growing list of club honours.

“We’re now going for back-to-back doubles and I think it would mean a tremendous amount to Kelburne”, said Kelburne Manager and President Harry Coles.

“We won the league and Scottish Cup last season and there are very few opportunities you get in a lifetime to achieve back-to-back doubles. So it’s a very important game to Kelburne and hopefully we can come away having achieved that feat.

“The league is always the priority for Kelburne but we always want to win the cup if at all possible. It’s a big ask for any club to achieve both in one season but certainly we’ll be going all out to achieve that aim.”

Kelburne will start the match as favourites, particularly as they’ve achieved two wins over Chris Anderson’s side in the league this season; a 4-0 win at Bellahoustan last November was followed up with a 2-0 away win at DISC in the final match of the 2012/13 campaign.

“We played them [Grove Menzieshill] a few weeks ago in the final match of the season, which we won, but to be fair to the two teams we were both missing a few big players so I don’t think that that particular game will have an effect on this one”, continued Coles.

“I feel that given our good form this season that we should have the upper hand in attack but they are very capable of scoring a few goals themselves so we will need to have our ‘A’ game on show to come away with the silverware at the end of the day.”

The confidence that Coles exhibits is reflected in the manner of his players, and rightly so given that they have gone an entire domestic season unbeaten and also reached the last 16 of the EHL in continental competition. Not to mention that the champions have scored a bucketful of goals on the road to the final, a fantastic forty-nine goals in four rounds, with none conceded.

“I think we’re always confident of trying to keep a clean sheet”, said Kelburne captain and goalkeeper Mark Fulton.


Mark Fulton hold aloft the cup for Kelburne

“They [Grove Menzieshill] are a good side, they’ve got a good short corner routine but I think one of the reasons we didn’t concede against them this season is that we’ve defended well as a team so we’ll go into this game with that sort of intensity. It’s a team game and the guys have been fantastic defensively this season and it’s something that we work on lot on in training.

“We always try to score more goals that the other teams so as long as we score one more goal that the opposition, that’s the main thing. Doesn’t matter who we play against, we always set out to win the game. We’ll be attacking and as long as we score goals, we’re confident we’ll get the result”, concluded the Paisley shot-stopper.

Scotland international and Kelburne defender William Marshall also echoed the thoughts of his captain as he looked forward to this weekend’s contest.

“Every game that Kelburne have gone into, maybe over the last six years, I think we’ve been favourites in both the league and cup”, said Marshall.

“Our record in both competitions shows that we deserve to be favourites and we go into the final with a positive attitude to the game.

“Our record against Grove Menzieshill is also good. I think it will be a hard game; they’ve got good players and are difficult to break down.  However, I think the attacking prowess we have far exceeds anyone in the league so I think it will also be a tough game for them. I think we’ll come out on top in the end.”

Mark Fulton, Mark Ralph, Ian Horsfield, Adam Bain, Michael Christie, Ross McIntyre, Scott Sutherland, William Marshall, Alan Forsyth, Jonny Christie, David Forsyth, Michael Nicol, Ed Greaves, Jack McKenzie, Jack McAllister (probably line-up).

Glynhill Hotel Kelburne


Road to the Final:

Last 32: Glynhill Hotel Kelburne 15-0 Alpha Data Carnegie

Last 16: Waverley Inveresk Trinity 0-20 Glynhill Hotel Kelburne

QF: Glynhill Hotel Kelburne 5-0 Watsonians

SF: Western Wildcats 0-9 Glynhill Hotel Kelburne

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Dames stop Police to regain Trinity lead

Tamia Roach and Chantel Garcia both scored second-half goals to lead Notre Dame to a 2-1 win over Police to reclaim top spot in the T&T Hockey Board Trinity Women Division at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Wednesday night.

After a 0-0 in the first 35 minutes, Roach netted the go-ahead item for the Dames in the 41st while Chantel Garcia made it 2-0 ten minutes later.

With ten minutes left on the clock, Michelle Edwards cut the lead in the half, but that was as close as the “Law Women” came as the Dames held on for the win to move to 15 points seven matches, two ahead of Shandy Carib Magnolias, which got a double from Saarah Olton to slip past Defence Force by a similar 2-1 margin on Monday.

Olton got her goals in the 34th and 48th minutes after former national captain Nicole Aming had fired Defence Force into a 25th minute lead.

With the loss, Defence Force stayed third with Harvard Maritime Checkers, both with ten points from six and five matches played, respectively.

In the Trinity Men’s Division, Malvern has a perfect 18 points from six matches at the top of the table followed by Queen’s Park with 15, Paragon with 14, Paradise with 13 and Notre Dame, fifth with 12 points from seven matches.

Last night, the men’s Trinity Division continued with Fatima facing Petrotrin while today, two matches are on schedule in the Mixed Veterans Division from 7 pm.

In the opener, table leader Carib, with 12 points from five matches, faces Defence Force, one of three clubs on six points while Paragon and Petrotrin, both without a point, meet from 8.45 pm.

T&THB upcoming matches:

Today:


Mixed Veterans
Carib vs Defence Force, 7 pm
Paragon vs Petrotrin, 8.45 pm

Tomorrow:

Venue: Dwight Yorke Stadium, Training Field
Men’s Championship: Paradise vs Malvern, 8 am
Women’s Championship: Paradise vs Malvern, 10 am
Trinity Men: Paradise vs Malvern, 11.30 am
Under-19 Girls: Paradise vs Malvern, 1 pm
Under-19 Boys: Paradise vs Malvern, 2.45 pm
Venue: National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua
Under-19 Boys: QPCC vs Fatima, 11.30 am
Trinity Women: Petrotrin vs Notre Dame, 1 pm
Trinity Women: Ventures vs Defence Force, 2.30 pm
Men’s Championship: Paragon vs QPCC, 4.15 pm
Women’s Championship: Paragon vs Magnolias, 6 pm
Men’s Championship: Notre Dame vs Fatima, 7.30 pm

Sunday:

Venue: National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua
Trinity Men: QPCC vs Notre Dame, 1 pm
Trinity Women: Police vs Magnolias, 2.30 pm
Trinity Women: Checkers vs Paragon, 4.30 pm
Trinity Men: Paragon vs Defence Force, 6 pm
Trinity Men: Carib vs Police, 7.30 pm?

The Trinidad Guardian



Haryana and Jharkhand in last four

The women’s teams from Haryana and Jharkhand strolled into the semifinals of the sub-junior National hockey championships on Thursday.

Haryana registered its third consecutive win of the tournament, defeating Jharkhand 5-1 in a Pool B encounter at the SAI Centre here. However, despite the loss, Jharkhand advanced to the knockout stage, finishing second in the group by virtue of a better goal difference against other teams in its group.

In another Pool B match, Aishwarya Chavan scored twice for Maharashtra to register a 2-1 victory over Andhra Pradesh.

The results: Women: Pool A: Chandigarh 7 (Anjali 3, Saroj 2, Manisha, Poonam) bt Karnataka 0; MPHA 2 (Anuja Singh, Suman) bt Odisha 0; Pool B: Haryana 5 (Ritu, Manpreet, Navpreet, Nidhi, Sonika) bt Jharkhand 1 (Nisha Rani); Maharashtra 2 (Aishwarya Chavan 2) bt Andhra Pradesh 1 (Spandana Bokam).

Men: Pool A: Jharkhand 6 (Mahendra Topno, Amit Bhengra, Deepak 2, Joseph Nag, Budu Tuti) bt Maharashtra 3 (Ajinkya Jadhav, Sumit Prasad 2); Pool B: Chandigarh 11 (Harmeet Singh 4, Mandeep Mor 3, Harkirat Singh, Milanpreet Singh, Harjat Singh, Gurjeet Singh) bt Tamil Nadu 0.

The Hindu



Haryana, Jharkhand women enter semis of Sub-Jr National hockey

Bhopal: Haryana and Jharkhand eves entered the semi-finals of the third Hockey India Sub-Junior Men and Women National Championship (Final) 2013 at SAI Centre, here on Thursday.

Haryana registered their third consecutive win when they defeated Jharkhand 5-1 in a pool B match.

The goal scorers for Haryana were Ritu (53rd minute), Manpreet (60th), Navpreet (61st), Nidhi (69th) and Sonika (70th) while Nisha Rani (44th ) scored the only goal for Jharkhand.

On the basis of goal difference with other teams in pool B, Jharkhand have also qualified for the semi-finals.

In the other pool B match, Aishwarya Chavan scored twice to help Hockey Maharashtra register a 2-1 victory over Andhra Pradesh.

Chandigarh women registered easy 7-0 win over Karnataka in a pool A match.

Out of the two matches played in the tournament, Karnataka have failed to win a single match. Anjali scored maximum number of three goals for Chandigarh followed by Saroj (2), Manisha (1) and Poonam (1).

In another pool A game, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy beat Odisha 2-0. MPHA scored through Anuja Singh (6th) and Suman (56th).

In the men`s competition, Jharkhand defeated Hockey Maharashtra 6-3 in pool A. Jharkhand scored through Mahendra Topno (9th), Amit Bhengra (27th), Deepak (56th, 64th), Joseph Nag (63rd) and Budu Tuti (69th) while Ajinkya Jadhav (49th) and Sumit Prasad (59th, 61st) were on target for Hockey Maharashtra.

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EHF creates "Hall of Fame"

Natascha Keller, Teun de Nooijer & Santi Freixa first inductees




Since its foundation in 1969, the European Hockey Federation (EHF) has always valued its players with Best Player, Most Valuable Player and Best Goalkeeper awards at all of our Tournaments. However in recent years, as the players, coaches and umpires have performed better, given more, developed themselves through their actions on and off the field of play, we feel that it is now time to honour those very special people that are involved on the field in hockey. The idea of a Hall of Fame, a place (albeit a virtual one) where people can admire, enjoy and revel in the achievements of the greatest in our sport.

The EHF Hall of Fame is our way of honouring and highlighting some of the most significant figures in European Hockey. The inaugural inductees into the EHF Hall of Fame are all International Senior players, have all consistently displayed high levels of sportsmanship, and have had a deep and meaningful impact in hockey on and off the pitch.

The official launch of the EHF Hall of Fame will take place during the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in Boom, BEL on the 23rd – 24th August, 2013. At this time, an induction ceremony  will be held for the inaugural, founding inductees are:

Natascha Keller (GER)

Santi Freixa (ESP)

Teun de Nooijer (NED)


Natascha Keller is one of the world’s most celebrated female hockey players . As a member of one of hockey’s most illustrious families, she has carved out a name on her own and has played over  400 games for her native Germany, making her one of the most capped players in her country. She has won one Olympic Gold medal, in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and was Germany’s Flag bearer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.


Santi Freixa. Photo: Euro Hockey League

Santi Freixa is an FIH Young Player of the Year award recipient and is the captain of the Spanish team. He helped the Spanish national team to an Olympic Silver medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. As well as being a sensational hockey player, Santi has displayed some incredible drive and commitment in his foundation ‘Stick for India’ which provides an education for the children of Anantapur region, in addition to providing them with an opportunity to develop their hockey skills.

Teun de Nooijer  has recently announced his retirement after a stellar career that has seen him win two Olympic gold medals (1996 and 2000), two Olympic silver medals (2004 and 2012), one European Cup (2001), two EHL gold medals (2009 and 2013) and a staggering 9 national championships with his team, HC Bloemendaal. Teun has inspired a generation of young hockey players with his skill, determination and simply his love of playing hockey. He is rightfully one of the most recognizable names in hockey.

The EHF Hall of Fame will be a virtual one, held on our website www.eurohockey.org. We will be releasing further details about the EHF Hall of Fame in due course, including how individuals can be nominated for future induction.

European Hockey Federation media release



Robin D’Abreo appointed as National Women’s Program Assistant Coach

Field Hockey Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Robin D’Abreo as the National Women’s Program Assistant Coach.  Effective immediately, he will move from his role as Field Hockey Canada’s (FHC) Director, Sport Development to join their High Performance team. D’Abreo’s appointment marks FHC’s commitment to strengthening the coaching staff to support the success of the national team programs.

A member of Canada’s National Men’s Team for over 13 years, upon retirement he began his coaching career.  D’Abreo has held a wide variety of positions including: National Women’s Team Assistant Coach (2005-2010), U-17 Women’s National Team Head Coach (2009-2010) and BC Provincial Development Coach including the U-16, U-18 and U-19 (2005-2010).  Prior to becoming Director, Sport Development, D’Abreo was Head Coach, Men’s National Team (2010-2012).

“Robin has coached a broad spectrum of women’s field hockey provincially and nationally for nearly a decade. An experienced Canadian national team member with a great passion for the sport combined with his strong leadership skills and coaching abilities, he will play an integral role in achieving the ambitious goals the women’s program have set for the next cycle leading up to 2016,” said Gene Muller, General Manager, High Performance and National Teams. “Robin’s move into high performance is a winning mix which highlights our efforts to restructure our programs to find the best people to develop the best players”.  

D’Abreo’s first competition will be the Argentina U-21 series (May 22 to 30).  Following the series, the U-21 team will focus on training leading up to the Women’s 2013 Junior World Cup to be held from July 27-August 4, 2013 in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

Robin D’Abreo will work closely with Ian Rutledge, newly appointed Head Coach of the Women’s National Team, to build strong teams for the 2013 Junior World Cup in Germany, Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, and the Pan Am Games, Toronto 2015 and Rio 2016.

Field Hockey Canada media release



Important to keep age-group events going, says Zolkples

By S. RAMAGURU




KUALA LUMPUR: The National Sports Council (NSC) are not in favour of age-group events being scrapped.

NSC director general Datuk Zolkples Embong (pic) said that these age group events were part of the games’ development and were used to unearth new talents as well as acting as a feeder ground for the national teams.

“Why set a date for an event and then cancel it? It will not benefit the sport. If it has to do with finance, then efforts must be increased to find the fundings,” he said yesterday.

The Malaysian Hockey Confede-ration (MHC) are on the verge of scrapping the Under-21 meet this year due to financial problems.

The MHC competitions committee will meet soon to decide on the matter. The tournament was initially scheduled to be held this month.

The Under-21 tournament has been on the MHC’s calendar since the early 1980s. Then, in 1994, the event was held alternatively with Sukma, which is also an Under-21 event.

“I would ask the MHC to reconsider their position on Under-21 tournament. Like I said, age group tournaments are important for the development of the game,” he said.

“How do you encourage children to take up sports if you do not hold competitions for them?”

The NSC have funded a lot of MHC’s age group tournaments and still continue to do so.

Another hockey meet that’s been given scant attention in recent years is the Champions Schools tournament.

The MHC scrapped the tournament four years ago before holding one in 2011.

This year’s tournament is slated for Dec 14-22.

Zolkples said that the MHC might have to review their program- mes and take another look at their calendar to see how they can continue carrying out their programmes.

“Cancelling an event is easy. But it would be better to look at how to carry on rather than take the easy way out,” he said.

The Star of Malaysia