News for 26 May 2013

All the news for Sunday 26 May 2013

Junior Black Sticks Women win series

Olivia Merry, courtesy

The Junior Black Sticks Women (Under-21s) have won their five-game series against the Korea U21 Women.

Saturday’s 2-2 draw at North Harbour Hockey Stadium was enough to clinch the series for the Junior Black Sticks who finished with two wins, two draws and one loss.

The Kiwis were first to score in game five with Canterbury’s Olivia Merry delivering the opening blow.

Sophie Cocks scored the Junior Black Sticks’ second goal but Korea twice came from behind to hold on for the draw.

Head coach Chris Leslie is pleased with his side’s performance throughout the series, which was used as a warm-up opportunity ahead of the Women’s Junior World Cup in Germany in July.

“It has been a fantastic series. We didn’t have this sort of series leading into the last Junior World Cup. It has been a selection series as well so a great test for our players to see how they match against top opposition,” Leslie said.

“Players have been a bit nervous about selection I guess but they’ve put it out there and I’m confident we’ll come away with a pretty good side for the Junior World Cup.”

The final Junior Black Sticks Women’s team of 18 players for the Junior World Cup will be announced this coming week.

For the full schedule of games and results CLICK HERE

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Indian Juniors start Europe tour on a winning note

Indian junior boys, led by Amit Rohidas, have started their Europe tour with a win over the hosts Belgium on Friday.

In a hard fought match, India emerged 4-3.

This tour is a test case for many junior stars who returned to national side after being sidelined for WSH participation.

They include Devinder Walmiki, Gurjinder Singh, Lalit Upadhyaya and others.

The team was trained at Bangalore SAI Facility for about a month before embarking on the 3-Nation Europe tour.

This is also first tour and international assignment for South African import, National coach Gregg Clark.

India will play two more test matches in Belgium before moving to Netherlands.

South Africa Test matches will be the final selection


Happy coach: Paul Revington said the players’ total commitment and fitness level was good.

KUALA LUMPUR: The national hockey team will play Test matches with South Africa next month as part of their preparations for the FIH World League semi-finals in Johor Baru from June 29-July 7.

The four-match Test series will begin in Johannesburg on June 2.

National coach Paul Revington said the Test matches would be the final selection ground for the World League semi-finals.

“We will name the final squad on our return from South Africa. We have four matches with them and it will be a good test for the players. They are also in our group for the World League semi-finals but there is no problem in playing them during the training phase.

“The group matches are not that important. It is the first cross-over match that is crucial to all the teams. A win in the first knockout match will decide if we make the semi-finals of the tournament. We will have to prepare with that match in mind and then plan ahead for the others,” he said yesterday.

Malaysia are in Group B with England, Pakistan and South Africa. Group A consists of Germany, Argentina, South Korea and another team, which will come from a qualifier to be played in Russia early next month.

Revington was smiling from ear to ear after putting his players through the paces in a four-day training camp in Johor Baru. The team returned to Kuala Lumpur on Friday. It was the first training session for the team after the completion of the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).

“The players came with total commitment and their fitness level was good. It bodes well for the team,” he added.

Next week the Malaysians will play four matches with the visiting Liaoning provincial team from China. The matches will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

It is the first two matches that is going to be crucial for the 26-player training squad. Revington is going to use the two matches to pick his squad for the South African trip.

And those who make that trip will be the front-runners to be named in the final squad for the World League semi-finals.

“I plan to use all the players in the matches with the Chinese team. We will be able to name our team for South Africa after the second match. Initially, we were down to play five matches but the National Juniors have taken up the other slot to play against them,” said Revington.

Before competing in the tournament in Johor Baru, Revington’s team will play Germany in a friendly on June 26.

The Star of Malaysia

Byers winner gives Grove Menzieshill Scottish Cup success

Grove Menzieshill SC Winners

Grove Menzieshill won the Men’s Arthur McKay Scottish Cup with a dramatic 4-3 win over defending champions Glynhill Hotel Kelburne at Peffermill today.

A last minute goal from Scotland international Gavin Byers sent Chris Anderson’s side and their supporters into raptures as they won the trophy for the first time since 1989.

The match got off to a blistering start with three goals inside the first five minutes; Grove Menzieshill’s Paul Martin opened the scoring inside ninety seconds before Kelburne’s Jonny Christie found an equaliser immediately following the re-start to make it 1-1 in the second minute.

Two minutes later the Paisley side were awarded a penalty corner for a foot infringement inside the circle.  Scott Sutherland stepped up to unleash a fierce drive past Andrew Ross to make it 2-1 and give Kelburne the lead for the first time in the match.

In the 12th minute however, Anderson’s side were back on level terms when Oliver James’ tidy finish evaded Mark Fulton’s dive and the ball nestled in the back of the net to produce a 2-2 scoreline.

Kelburne then went close to re-taking the lead on two occasions; Mark Ralph’s penalty corner drive flashed just wide of the target before a neat one-two between the Christie brothers saw the ball skewed past the right hand post.

In the 26th minute, Ross Stott made space for himself on the edge of the circle and his shot-come-cross narrowly failed to make a connection with Martin’s stick right in front of goal.

Three minutes later, Ross made a great save from Jack McKenzie to keep the score at 2-2 and it proved crucial; just before half-time, Gavin Byers dived brilliantly to divert a low ball into the top right hand corner past Fulton to make it 3-2 in the 33rd minute.

Following the start of the second half, it was Kelburne who looked the hungrier and they got themselves back on parity in the 43rd minute when Jonny Christie found Lee Morton in space and his dink over Ross found the top left hand corner of the goal to give his side the equalising goal at 3-3.

Opportunities fell to both sides to find a fourth goal; Michael Christie just missed the target with a reverse stick and Jonny Christie’s deft deflection went just over the bar for Kelburne, and Fulton produced a magnificent save from Martin to deny the Taysiders.

With the match seemingly destined for running penalties, Grove Menzieshill mustered the final ounces of energy to produce a blistering counter-attack which saw Byers bearing down on Fulton in a one-on-one situation. The Scotland midfielder kept his composure to slam the ball past Fulton to net the winning goal and enable Grove Menzieshill to take the trophy back to Tayside for the first time in 24 years with a 4-3 victory.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Clydesdale Western claim Scottish Cup with inspired comeback

MCC Western Scottish Cup Cat Ralph

Milne Craig Clydesdale Western staged an excellent second half comeback against Edinburgh University to claim the Women’s Arthur McKay Scottish Cup with a thrilling 5-4 win over the students at Peffermill today.

The Titwood side took the lead in the 17th minute when international midfielder Nicki Skrastin’s reverse stick shot was parried into the air by the university’s goalkeeper Nicola Cochrane, only for the ball to fall behind the shot-stopper and over the line to make it 1-0.

Edinburgh University came storming back three minutes later only to be foiled by a goal-line clearance by Cat Ralph following Nikki Kidd’s penalty corner strike.

MCC Western Scottish Cup

However, two goals inside three minutes for Edinburgh University gave them a 2-1 lead at the half-time interval; Camilla Lyttle’s dive to deflect the ball past Kirstin Stobo made it 1-1 in the 29th minute before Kidd turned home Louise Campbell’s cross at the back post in the 32nd minute.

Three minutes after the re-start, the students extended their lead at 3-1 when Campbell and Kidd combined again to give the Scotland international her second goal of the game in the 38th minute.

Clydesdale Western came roaring back into the contest only a minute later when Ralph thundered a penalty corner strike past Cochrane to bring them back into the game at 2-3. Skrastin then went close to an equalising goal when her swivel and shot narrowly missed the target.

Nonetheless, the Glasgow side were not to be thwarted for long and they were awarded a penalty stroke in the 48th minute, which Ralph dispatched with aplomb to make it 3-3 and get her side back on level terms.

With the Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1 runners-up in the ascendency, they took the lead in the 52nd minute when striker Holly Cram connected with Ali Howie’s cross inside the circle to deflect the ball past Cochrane for a 4-3 advantage.

In the 59th minute, Neil Menzies’ side were awarded another penalty stroke and this time Susan McGilveray stepped up to give her side a 5-3 lead.

Edinburgh University narrowed the lead to one goal only a minute later when player-coach Sam Judge finished smartly, making it 5-4 and setting up a tense finale.

However, it was Clydesdale Western who finished the stronger team and Ralph was denied a sixth goal and a hat-trick by Cochrane in the 65th minute. Nevertheless her side held out to record a famous victory and take the Scottish Cup back to Titwood.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Esrkine Stewart's Melville and Hillhead win plate competitions

ESM Plate Winenrs

Erskine Stewart’s Melville FP and Hillhead were the winners of the Arthur McKay Scottish Plate competitions at Peffermill today.

The Former Pupils claimed the Women’s Scottish Plate with a 2-0 win on penalties against Watsonians after the two sides had finished level at 1-1 following 70 minutes.

Jordana Emerson had given Erskine Stewart’s Melville a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute following a penalty corner set-play. However, Nikki Stobie netted an equaliser for Watsonians in the 49th minute when she struck the ball sweetly past Anna Kellner.

Special mention should be made for Kellner, who continued to deny and frustrate her opponents with a string of outstanding saves in the second half.

With the full-time 1-1, the match went to running penalties, where Kellner was the heroine, saving all Watsonians’ attempts. Claire Hill and Tutu Osifodunrin got the vital strikes for Erskine Stewart’s Melville as they claimed the Plate completion.

Hillhead Plate winners

In the Men's Scottish Plate Final, Hillhead were too strong for Aberdeen GSFP as they ran out 7-2 winners.

Andrew Black opened the scoring in the seventh minute to make it 1-1 before Ewan Campell extended the lead to 2-0 in the 26th minute. Jamie Lynch-Small then gave the Glasgow side a commanding half-time lead with a third goal in the 33rd minute.

Nonetheless, the Aberdonians came back into the contest with tqo quickfire goals shortly after the interval; Rich Wright got his first goal of the game in the 36th minute to make it 3-1 before he finished off a great move in the 44th minute to get within a goal of Hillhead at 3-2.

However, Hillhead's experince shone through as the closed the game out with four goals; Andrew Duke made it 4-2 in the 52nd minute, before Campbell got his second goal in the 60th minute.

A second goal for Lynch-Small in the 67th minute and Iain Hilton strike in the 68th minute made the final score 7-2.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Pakistan U-21 hockey squad named

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Saturday announced national under-21 squad for the Europe tour as part of its efforts to provide maximum exposure to the young players before the Junior World Cup which takes place in India from Dec 5 to 16.

“Our team will tour Europe from June 1 to 16 to play matches against strong sides of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium,” national junior team’s manager and chief coach Rana Mujahid told a news briefing at the Pakistan Sports Complex.

Mohammad Umar Bhutta will lead the team while Syed Kashif Shah will be the vice-captain.

Speaking about the importance of the tour as a stepping stone to the Junior World Cup, Mujahid said: “The tour to Europe is a great opportunity for us. It will provide invaluable experience to our boys.”

Squad: Mohammad Umar Bhutta (captain), Syed Kashif Shah (vice-captain), Mazhar Abbas, Amin Yousuf, Mohammad Khalid, Mohammad Faisal Qadir, Mohammad Rizwan Junior, Mohammad Tousiq, Tasawar Abbas, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Mohammad Kashif Javed, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Dilber, Ali Shan, Mohammad Suleman, Mohammad Umair, Mohammad Rizwan, Hafiz Rizwan Ali.

Officials: Rana Mujahid (manager/chief coach), Anjum Saeed (coach), Danish Kaleem (coach), Asad Abbas (physician), Syed Abuzar Umrao (video analyst).


Lacnor team to take part in Nottingham hockey tournament

All set to fly: Members of the Lacnor hockey team pose for a group photograph. Photo - Supplied

Dubai: Lacnor Hockey Club, Dubai, will take part in the field hockey tournament, conducted by the Sikh Union (Nottingham) Hockey Club, which will be held on June 1 and 2 at the Highfields Sports Club, University Boulevard, Nottingham.

The matches will be played on the water based astro and the sand based pitch and eighteen teams will take part in the prestigious tournament.

Lacnor Hockey Club is one of the most famous hockey club's in Dubai with most players are from the United Sports Club, Thalessery, have participated in different international tournaments across the world for the last six years.

LHC, had toured Nottingham in 2008, when they were the league champions here in Dubai. Last year, they had participated in Afnorth Hockey tournament in Holland, and were the champions by beating Nato German Regime team, which was organised by Nato.

In 2011 LHC, participated in a hockey tournament held in Holland which was organised in Drachten and emerged as the runners up.

In 2010, LHC participated in UTSC hockey tournament held in Oman. Lacnor, Dubai had always shown tremendous interest for hockey and had recruited around 150 hockey players.

The team is now set to fly to Nottingham with plenty of hope and the spirit of hockey high. The Oman wing of United Sports Club, Thalessery send their best wishes to the Lacnor hockey team.

Times of Oman