News for 28 May 2013

All the news for Tuesday 28 May 2013


Japan, Austria and Russia dominate their openers

Dmitry Azarov's hattrick makes him match winner for the hosts



Match winner Dmitry Azarov celebrated a hattrick (Photo: FIH / Dmitry Ryazhski)

On Day 1 of the Hockey World League Round 2 event in Elektrostal, Japan collected a must-win against Ukraine, Austria put down a strong performance for three points against the Czech, and Russia sailed past Egypt on three goals by man of the match Dmitry Azarov.

Japan and Austria thus top the table after the first round of matches, followed by the Russian hosts, while Egypt, Czech Republic and Ukraine constitute the lower half of the field.

At the start of the day, the first match in Elektrostal paired top-seeded Japan (16) with the event's lowest-ranked team, Ukraine, the current world number 27.

Japan started off with a fair amount of pressure and dominated the early part of the game, gaining an early lead through a double-hit by Shinji Kawauchi but soon found more resistance in the ranks of their Ukrainian opponents who denied them any further progress unil halftime.

After the break, Ukraine even started to create a few chances of their own, but they could not keep Koshi Yamabe and Manabu Hatakeyama from slipping two more goals past them. A penalty corner finally provided Artem Ozerskyi with the right opportunity in the 64th minute, scoring Ukraine's first goal of the match, but it ws too little too late.

Manabu Hatakeyama piled on the fifth goal for Japan with two minutes on the clock for a 5-1 final score and the top-seeds first clear tournament win.

The second match paired neighbours Czech Republic and Austria. After a fairly even start, Austria soon emerged as the more aggressive and dangerous team, applying more pressure and acting more decisively.

Nonetheless, it took them almost half an hour to put one past the fiercely fighting Czech, as Michael Körper made good use of a hotly contested penalty stroke for his first goal of the day, which was swiftly followed by a tip-in goal from Dominik Monghy for a 2-0 halftime lead for the Austrians.

In the second half, Austria continued to dominated the proceedings, and despite a few chances for the Czech, Austria's victory was never in grave danger. Team captain Benny Stanzl added a penalty corner conversion in the 41st minute before Michael Körper piled on his second of the day with minutes on the clock for the 4-0 final score.

After a colorful opening ceremony, the day ended with the encounter between the Russian hosts and Egypt. Despite putting up a passionate fight, the Egyptians were outnumbered, and could not do much but limit the damage as penalty corner ace Dmitry Azarov led his team to victory with a set piece triple.

Two goals before halftime set the tone, and a latecomer minutes before the end of the match completed the trio of goals that keeps the hometeam in the running for the elusive tickets to next month's Hockey World League Semi-Finals.

To follow the developments at the World League Round 2 event in Elektrostal for the rest of the week, check our website www.fih.ch, follow us on Twitter @FIH_Hockey and @World_League1, or watch the Russian Hockey Federation's livestream at worldleague.mohockey.ru!

FIH site



Game #1 - CANADA U21 vs. ARGENTINA U21

Exciting opener at UBC's Wright Field sets strong tone for 4-game series.



Photo: Paul Winstanley

Canada's top U21 side took to the field on Sunday night for the highly anticipated series opener vs. their U21 rivals, Argentina. This would be a rematch from last September's Pan-American final, where Argentina squeeked-out a 3-2 win over the young Canadian side. Before the game, Canada's senior team ran a clinic for juniors from the Hawks FHC, which was very well attended, and ensured that there was a healthy crowd out to watch under some dark, stormy clouds.

Early-on, the Argentinian's asserted control over the game, pushing Canada back into deep defence for long periods of time. Content to play patient, measured hockey, the experienced Argetinian backfield was able to calmly swing the ball into wide channels, and attack the Canadian defence mercilessly. A standout defensive performance not only by Canada's goalkeeper Lauren Logush, but also Sara McManus and Rachel Donohoe, ensured that wave after wave of creative Argentinian attacking hockey went unrewarded. While not creating too many quality scoring opportunities in the first half, the young Canadian side slowly gained in confidence through some impressive individual efforts from Maddie Secco and newcomer Stephanie Norlander from West Vancouver FHC. Argentina was however able to eventually score on a well taken penalty corner, and went into the halftime break with a 1-0 lead over Canada.

Despite not having played a game since their Pan American final in September, Canada's first half performance was a strong indication of the depth of talent in this young team. Early jitters and unforced errors slowly were eliminated towards the end of the first half, and Canada looked ready to contest the match more evenly in the second frame.

Whatever was said in the halftime huddle clearly worked in favour of Canada, as they quickly started to gain momentum over the match. Now sharing longer periods of ball possession in the Argentinian half, Canada created numerous chances through Ashley Kristen, Holly Stewart, and Norlander. Some superb individual efforts in midfield from Secco and Natalie Sourisseau meant that Canada's wide attacking channels opened-up and gave them more room to attack the Argentinian circle. Their efforts were eventually rewarded, when Natalie Sourisseau sent an absolute rocket of a flick into the top shelf on a well-earned penalty corner, to the delight of the home crowd. With roughly ten minutes to play, Canada was now on even terms at 1-1.

The last ten minutes were a fantastic exhibition of hockey. Both coaches clearly were looking for the win, and the game opened-up into a run-and-gun affair with numerous attacking opportunities for both sides. As the pace picked-up, Canada was caught-out of position inside their own D, and a bad tackle led to a penalty stroke being awarded. Argentina made no mistake, and buried it for the 2-1 winning goal.

As time ran out, Argentina took home a deserved 2-1 win over Canada. Some standout individual performances on both sides were seen. This should be a fantastic series, if Game #1 was any indication of what is to come.

Game #2 of the series goes Monday at 1:30pm - UBC Wright Field. Thanks again to PAUL WINSTANLEY for some stunning pictures from today's match.

Field Hockey Canada media release



The Rumble At Rutledge - A Great Success


Photo: Paul Winstanley

On Friday (May 24th), West Vancouver FHC hosted Game #3 between Argentina's U21 Team and Canada's Senior Squad. After trading wins during Game #1 and Game #2, the "Rumble At Rutledge" was guaranteed to be a great battle between some of the best players on the continent. Both teams also enjoyed a cheering crowd, well in excess of 1000 people. Local Argentinian fans also lined the spectators area, dressed in baby-blue and waving their national flag.

The game was a fierce tactical battle, with the play ebbing and flowing both ways. Argentina's backfield had a dominating performance for the entire 70-minute match, swinging the ball from side-to-side, challenging Canada's defensive resolve. Some fantastic individual efforts by Gomes and Habif (#5 & #8 respectively) from Argentina delighted the crowd on numerous occasions. While the first half of play was dominated by quality Argentinian attack, Canada's defense held strong, and only gave up an early goal on a defensive miscommunication. Argentina were the aggressors throughout the first half, dominating possession and creating numerical advanatages in attack. Canada relied on some clever counter-attack play to generate most of their offence, and were unfortunate on numerous occasions not to find an equalizing goal.

At halftime, 100+ younsters from West Vancouver FHC took to the field, and played mini-hockey, as both teams discussed tactics and took a well deserved break from the action.

The second half was far more even in possession, with both teams creating quality scoring chances. The local crowd was treated to some fantastic, high speed end-to-end play. Newcomer Stephanie Norlander had a superb debut for Canada, as did veterans Kate Gillis, Abi Raye, and Rachel Donohoe. Argentina added a 2nd goal on a brilliant passing sequence, eventually breaking-down the Canadian defence.

The game ended 2-0 for Argentina. An exhibition shoot-out provided a fantastic finish to an exciting 3-game series between these two squads.

After the game, players signed autographs for the local youngsters for over 45-minutes, and greeted local fans and supporters. This was a fitting end to such an exciting series of games.

A special thank you to West Vancouver FHC, for hosting another memorable event. And a HUGE thank you to PAUL WINSTANLEY for providing a fantastic set of images!

Field Hockey Canada media release



Ryan Sundeen’s three goals give LA Tigers first Cal Cup title while Jolie Pitts repeat

By Jawwad Qamar



LA Tigers receive $5000 winners check from 2013 Cal Cup Tournament Chair, Billie Ahluwalia - photo by Jag Reyatt

Moorpark, CA: After four long days of non-stop field hockey under perfect weather conditions in the beautiful setting of Moorpark College, LA Tigers and Jolie Pitts emerged as the big winners of the 2013 California Cup tournament on Memorial Day. Both teams received the $5,000 prize money for the Super Division titles at the 42nd edition of this premier international field hockey tournament.

The Tigers defeated SBDS Sports Academy from Sacramento 4-1 thanks to three goals by Ryan Sundeen. In a rematch of pool play, when both teams played to a 2-2 tie, Sundeen scored the first two goals and the last one. Rob Short was the other scorer for LA, getting his goal on a penalty stroke. Jags Gill scored the lone goal for the Sports Academy. A much better game was expected from the Sacramento team. However, after an aggressive start, they began to fall apart when they felt a few umpire decisions went against them. They had plenty of chances but failed to convert them and started to play dirty. Which is a shame as this could have been a great final. It didn’t end there as a number of Sports Academy players directed abusive language towards the umpires after the match ended.

Two time champions Camarillo Cougars took third place over Mexico on goals by Andy Thornton and Will Holt.


A jubilant Jolie Pitts team with their $5000 winners share at Cal Cup 2013 - photo by Jag Reyatt

Earlier in the women’s final Jolie Pitts prevailed over Caliwood 2-1. Veteran Jesse Gey’s shot from the right of the circle in the 14th minute gave the defending champions a 1-0 lead. A deflection into her own goal by a Caliwood defender on a ball from outside the circle in the second half made it 2-0 for Jolie Pitts. A poorly attempted penalty stroke by Gey and a few other missed chance by her teammates kept it a two goal margin that was later reduced to one goal as Jennifer Rose broke the ice for Caliwood.

Ricks Chicks easily defeated Alberta FHC for third place on goals by Alex Zeringue, Liz Sanders and Molly Powers.

Ryan Sundeen’s brother Tyler won the Ross Rutledge award for being the top goal scorer with six goals in the entire Super Division.

Congratulations to 2013 Cal Cup Tournament Committee and everyone involved for once again doing a superb job hosting this excellent international field hockey tournament despite all the challenges. This also includes providing an excellent team of international umpires under the leadership of Sumesh Putra of Canada for the Super Divisions. Veteran umpires Saleem Aaron (USA), Adrian Robledo (Argentina), Neil Smith, (UK) were well supported by Benjamin Peters, Grant Hundley, Joost Douwes, Lance Sarabia (USA), Lelia Sacre (Canada), Alisha Williams (Australia) and Jamar Springer (Barbados).

The 42nd edition of one of the oldest and largest the field hockey tournaments in the world, more popularly known as the Cal Cup, featured a record 150 teams from Canada, England, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, and the USA, consisting of over 2,600 athletes competing in 13 divisions ranging from Mixed Under-8 to Men/Women Super Divisions at Moorpark College and Arroyo Vista Community Park.

For a complete list of all 2013 Cal Cup winners, final standings and Super Division Match Reports, please visit www.calcup.net.

Fieldhockey.com Exclusive



Days away from announcing Regional Champion and U.S. Women’s National Squad

Days are dwindling at the Women's National Championship in Norfolk, Va. and U.S. head coach Craig Parnham is only days away from announcing U.S. Women's National Squad

NORFOLK, Va. – May 27, 2013 – 6:00 a.m. wake up call.

6:30 a.m. shakedown (a.k.a a heart rate spike.)

7 a.m. breakfast.

7:45 a.m. depart for the field.

8:00 a.m. go over last minute game plan details.

8:15 a.m. on field warm-up.

9:00 a.m. game time.

10:30 a.m. cool down and treatments.

11:00 a.m. lunch.

Back to the field at noon to watch the remaining matches.

6:00 p.m. dinner.

7:00 p.m. meetings and video.

10 p.m. bed.

The following recap is a typical day in the life of a Women’s National Championship athlete. And if you are AmandaFleischut, add studying in to the mix. Now repeat by six. Seems exhausting to read, let alone complete, right? But when the prize at the end of it all is an invitation to join Team USA, athletes will do whatever it takes.

On day four of the Women’s National Championship in Norfolk, Va., the temperature outside was not the only thing heating up. Pennsylvania moved up in the standings and is now leading the pack with 10-points. New Jersey earned their second victory of the tournament and could make a comeback with two matches still to be played at Old Dominion University.

After a scoreless first half, All McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.) scored the only goal of the match on a penalty stroke in the 50th minute to put Pennsylvania up 1-0 over Mid-Atlantic/South. In the final minutes, Mid-Atlantic/South pulled their goalkeeper to add an extra attacking player but unfortunately the risky move did not pay off. 

Although Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.) put New England/North on the board first in the 5th minute, Midwest/California came back in the second half to earn a 3-1 victory. Torrie Albini (Escondido, Cali.) evened the match at 1-1 on a penalty corner in the 43rd minute. Meghan Beamesderfer (Iowa City, Iowa) added a second goal for Midwest/California to take the lead, 2-1, in the 55th minute. And Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larksville, Pa.) added a security goal with less than seven minutes remaining in the match. The 3-1 victory over New England/North was California’s first of the tournament.

Kelsey Byrne (Wayne, Pa.) wasted no time putting New Jersey on the board, scoring in the 1st minute of play. The rest of the half saw a lot of action but no reward. Bryne’s goal sent team New Jersey into halftime with a one goal advantage over the Under-21’s. Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, Va.) tallied a second goal for New Jersey in the 48th minute on a penalty stroke. Today’s 2-0 victory over the Under-21’s puts New Jersey in fourth place with 6-points, but not far off from Under-21’s and Mid-Atlantic/South who sit in second and third place, respectively, with 7-points apiece.

The schedule for tomorrow is as follows: At 9:00 a.m. Pennsylvania takes on Under-21’s, at 11:00 a.m. Mid Atlantic / South faces Midwest / California and at 1:00 p.m. New Jersey goes up against New England / North.

USA Field Hockey is only days away from announcing the Regional Champions and the 2013-14 U.S. Women’s National Squad. Stay tuned.

All matches are 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



SI’s Female College Athlete of the Year competes at Women’s National Championship


North Carolina’s Loren Shealy is playing on team Mid-Atlantic/South at USA Field Hockey’s National Team selection tournament

Loren Shealy gives the term student-athlete an entire new meaning.

In late spring, Sports Illustrated (SI) set out to find two college athletes of the year, a man and a woman. In search of the perfect well-rounded collegiate student-athlete, they found University of North Carolina (UNC) rising junior field hockey forward Loren Shealy.

Last week, one day before Shealy and her Mid-Atlantic/South teammates took the pitch for their first match at USA Field Hockey’s Women’s National Championship event in Norfolk, Va.,

Shealy got the news that she had won SI’s Female College Athlete of the Year. Not always an ace in the classroom or on the field hockey pitch, Shealy proves hard work and dedication often equals success.

Usafieldhockey.com caught up with Shealy at the Women’s National Championship for a quick interview about being named the SI female college athlete of the year and what’s next for the shining young UNC scholar athlete. 

USA Field Hockey: When did you start playing field hockey and how did you get involved in the sport?

LS: I started playing field hockey in 5th grade in my PE class and then played for the Charlotte Country Day School in middle school and high school.

USA Field Hockey: Have you always been a star in the classroom and on the hockey pitch?

LS: I haven't always been a star in the classroom. I was an average student at the beginning of high school. It was my sophomore year when I really stepped up to the plate and started to take my school work really seriously. I have inherited my drive from my parents who have always encouraged me to give my all in everything I do.

USA Field Hockey: Has anyone been influential this year that helped you achieve this honor?

LS: My boyfriend David Walden has really helped me achieve this honor this year. He has been a constant stream of support and encouragement as I have juggled so many different things throughout the fall and spring.

USA Field Hockey: When you were told you were a nominee for the SI College Athlete of the Year award – what went through your head?

LS: My thought was this is such an awesome opportunity for the exposure of field hockey in the United States.

USA Field Hockey: When you heard the news that you had won – how did you react?

LS: My reaction was shock. I never thought it would be me. 

USA Field Hockey: How do you balance being a Division I athlete and a 4.0 student at the University of North Carolina?

LS: The way that I balance being a student-athlete is just plain old time management. But that sometimes entails the decision to go to the library on a Saturday or working when I’d rather be watching television.

USA Field Hockey: For younger athletes watching all the publicity on you and now wanting to follow in your footsteps – what words of advice do you have for them?

LS: Don't be afraid to set high goals and do everything you can to achieve them. If you put your mind to something and give it 100% anything is possible. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and achieve things you never thought you would be able to. When i started to look at playing field hockey in college I thought I was going to play DIII, playing DI seemed like a stretch, but I put myself out there and in front of a lot of coaches and ended up getting an offer to play at the University of North Carolina.

USA Field Hockey: Last summer you spent six weeks in Vietnam teaching physics and tennis to children. Now that school is out for summer – do you have any big plans before returning to UNC for preseason?

LS: I am actually interning this summer out in San Francisco, California. I’ll be moving out there next week and embarking on a two month adventure working for a hedge fund. And I will be training for this upcoming season of course!!

USA Field Hockey: What are your goals for the next two years as you look to finish off your collegiate field hockey career and graduate with a business administration degree from UNC?

LS: I have a lot of goals over the next two years, both personally and for my team. Personally I want to continue to excel in the classroom and I want to step up as a leader on my team at UNC. In terms of team, I would love to win a national championship and another ACC championship. But most importantly, I want to make sure that we continue to improve as a team and don't settle for where we are- when we step on the field to practice, train, or play we have to give 110% every day to achieve this goal.

USA Field Hockey: Where do you see yourself 5-10 years down the road?

LS: I have no idea where I will be 5-10 years from now. The only thing that I know is that I will take the lessons I have learned from field hockey (like teamwork, leadership, and communication) to help me wherever I go.

Shealy has been selected to compete at the Women's National Championship the last two years (2012, 2013), which features the top 108 athletes in the country contending for a spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team roster.

USFHA media release

 



Fortune earns Parkites ‘Big-Four’ spot

Nigel Simon


Kadeem Fortune scored a second-half double as Queen’s Park came from a goal down to beat Paragon 3–2 in a key T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Saturday night to cement a “Big-Four” spot.

Going into the match, Paragon, the reigning “Big-Four” champions, was already certain of qualifying for next month’s tournament with 13 points from five matches, the same as fellow qualifiers Defence Force, while three-team defending league champions Petrotrin led with 16.

However, the Parkites had ten points from five matches, one more than Notre Dame which came up against Corona Fatima afterwards.

Needing a win to be certain of qualification Queen’s Park got off to the worst possible start by conceding an own goal in the third minute before Guyana’s Jerezano Bell equalised four minutes before then half.

On the resumption, both teams created a few openings before Fortune handed the Parkites the lead in the 55th and added a second for a 3–1 advantage three minutes later.

Paragon then pressed forward with the hope of getting back into the match and was rewarded with a 69th field goal from Joel Bodkin, but it came too late to deny the Parkites, the much needed victory.

In the night’s final match, national player Shaquille Daniel registered his first hat-trick of the campaign to lead Notre Dame to a resounding 6–0 thrashing of Corona Fatima.

Daniel, the son of Olympic rifle shooter and former national hockey player, Roger Daniel got his goals in the third, 52nd and 63rd minutes while Aidan De Gannes (46th), Darnil Trancoso (64th) and Tobias Ottley (67th) added one each in the win to improve to 12 points from their seven first round matches, but still short of earning a “Big-Four” spot.

The race for a “Big-Four” women’s place in still wide open with defending league champions, Notre Dame, with maximum 12 points from four matches, the only qualifier so far.

Second on the table is Malvern with nine points from six matches, Paragon and Harvard Maritime Checkers with eight points each, followed by Shandy Carib Magnolias, a further point behind.

Results

T&THB results:

SUNDAY
Trinity Men:

QPCC 6 (Gary Chin 25th, 29th, 41st, 57th, Jerezano Bell 37th, S. Lucas 66th) vs Notre Dame 2 (Joshua Olton 33rd, Lorenzo  Lodai 70th)
Paragon 4 (Kayode De Peza, Ryan Cowie, Keston Williams, Richard Roach) vs Defence Force 2 (Anthony Morales, Brian Burrows)
Police 2 (Mark Balkaransingh, Roger Chin) vs Carib 0

Trinity Women:
Magnolias 5 (Michelle Leotaud 5th, Saarah Olton 43rd, Tracey Lee 55th, Samantha Olton 58th, Gayle-Ann Nieves 62nd) vs Police 1 (own goal 21st)
Checkers 1 (Michaella Jones 69th) vs Paragon 0

SATURDAY
Men’s Championship:

Notre Dame 6 (Shaquille Daniel 3rd, 52nd, 63rd, Aidan De Gannes 46th, Darnil Trancoso 64th, Tobias Ottley 67th) vs Fatima 0
QPCC 3 (Kadeem Fortune 55th, 58th, Jerezano Bell 31st) vs Paragon 2 (own goal 3rd, Joel Bodkin 69th)

The Trinidad Guardian



HI Nationals from today

Thirty-eight teams will feature in the third Hockey India senior National men’s hockey championship to be played at two venues in Pune, Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex, Balewadi, and Major Dhyan Chand stadium, Pimpri from May 28-June 10.

The groupings: Pool ‘A’: Hockey Punjab, Hockey Delhi, Hockey Gujarat, Association of Indian Universities, Hockey Arunachal.

Pool ‘B’: Air India Sports Promotion Board, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Hockey Puducherry, Tripura Hockey, Chattisgarh Hockey.

Pool ‘C’: Hockey Karnataka, Services Sports Control Board, Hockey Bihar, Goans Hockey, Sports Authority of India. Pool ‘D’: Hockey Haryana, Uttar Pradesh Hockey, Hockey Maharashtra, Hockey Andaman & Nicobar, Mumbai Hockey Association.

Pool ‘E’: Hockey Jharkhand, Hockey Odisha, Hockey Himachal Pradesh, Bengal Hockey Association, Comptroller and Auditor General.

Pool ‘F’: Railway Sports Promotion Board, Hockey Bhopal, Sashastra Seema Bal, Hockey Jammu and Kashmir, Namdhari XI. Pool ‘G’: Manipur Hockey, Hockey Andhra Pradesh, Hockey Uttarakhand, Hockey Kerala. Pool ‘H’: Hockey Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh Olympic Association, Hockey Assam, Hockey Rajasthan.

The Hindu



Senior Men's National Championship to begin tomorrow

Senior Men's National Championship 2013 will be played at Pune, Maharashtra from 28 May-10 June 2013.

The 38-teams event, to be played on league cum knockout basis, at two turfs, Major Dhyan Chand Polygrass Hockey Stadium Pimpri and Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex in Pune, will see four new teams including Comptroller and Auditor General, Sports Authority of India, Mumbai Hockey Association Limited and Namdhari XI.

Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy and Tripura in Pool B will the inaugural match. The final match will be played on 10 June 2013.

The 38 teams are divided into eight pools. Defending Champions Punjab have been drawn in Pool A with Delhi, Association of Indian Universities, Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh.

Hockey India selectors and Government Observer will be watching the performance of all the players to select the probables for future camps.

The pools are:

Pool A: Punjab, Delhi, Association of Indian Universities, Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh

Pool B: Air India, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Puducherry, Tripura and Chhattisgarh

Pool C: Karnataka, Services Sports Control Board, Bihar, Goa and Sports Authority of India

Pool D:Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, The Hockey Maharashtra, Andaman & Nicobar and Mumbai Hockey Association Limited

Pool E: Jharkhand, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Bengal and Comptroller & Auditor General

Pool F:Railways, Hockey Bhopal, Sashastra Seema Bal, Jammu & Kashmir and Namdhari XI

Pool G: Manipur, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Kerala

Pool H: Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Assam and Rajasthan

Fixture Day-1 (Tuesday 28 May 2013)

Matches at Major Dhyan Chand Polygrass Hockey Stadium Pimpri

Pool B: Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy vs Tripura (0700hrs), Air India vs Puducherry (0830hrs)

Pool D: Uttar Pradesh vs Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd (1430hrs), The Hockey Maharashtra vs Andaman & Nicobar (1600hrs)

Matches at Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex

Pool F: Railways vs Jammu & Kashmir (0700hrs), Hockey Bhopal vs Sashastra Seema Bal (1430hrs)

Pool H: Chandigarh vs Rajasthan (1600hrs)

Stick2Hockey.com



Thirty-eight teams to compete in 3rd Senior Men's Hockey Nationals

PUNE: A total of 38 teams will vie for top honours in the third edition of the Hockey India Senior Men's National Championship which will be held in Pune from May 28 to June 10.

The tournament will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis at the Major Dhyan Chand Polygrass Hockey Stadium, Pimpri and Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex in Pune.

Four new teams, including Comptroller and Auditor General, Sports Authority of India, Mumbai Hockey Association Limited and Namdhari XI, will compete in this edition of the tournament.

The inaugural match of the event will be played between Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy (MPHA) and Tripura.

All the 38 teams are divided into eight pools. Defending champions Punjab have been drawn in Pool A along side Delhi, Association of Indian Universities, Gujarat and Arunachal Pradesh.

Hockey India selectors and Government Observer will be closely following the performances of all the players to select the probables for future national camps.

Hockey India will provide host Hockey Maharashtra a grant of Rs 20 Lakh for organising the championship.

Pools:

Pool A: Punjab, Delhi, Gujarat, Association of Indian Universities and Arunachal Pradesh.

Pool B: Air India, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy, Puducherry, Tripura and Chhattisgarh.

Pool C: Karnataka, Services Sports Control Board, Bihar, Goa and Sports Authority of India.

Pool D: Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Hockey Maharashtra, Andaman and Nicobar and Mumbai Hockey Association Limited.

Pool E: Jharkhand, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Bengal and Comptroller and Auditor General.

Pool F: Railways, Hockey Bhopal, Sashastra Seema Bal, Jammu & Kashmir and Namdhari XI.

Pool G: Manipur, Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Kerala.

Pool H: Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Assam and Rajasthan.

The Times of India



Hockey India holds pre-national hockey camp

Tushar Tere


VADODARA: The pre-national camp for the senior (men) and junior (men) was recently held at SRP Group ground in the city.

The camp began on May 11 and ended on May 25 at the ground located opposite Auxilium Convent School. The camp was organized by Hockey India (HI) for the hockey nationals that will be organized at Pune and Haryana.

Several hockey aspirants from the city turned up for the camp and are hoping to be selected for the national camp. Those selected in the national camp may make it to the national team.

The city has produced several talented hockey players in the past. A night hockey tournament too was organized in the city to promote the national game.

The tournament received good response. HI too intends to give opportunity to young hockey aspirants from the city.

The Times of India



Haryana win 3rd sub-junior women National Hockey Championship

NEW DELHI: Haryana defeated Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy 3-2 in the final of the 3rd Hockey India Sub-Junior Women National Championship at the Aish Bagh Hockey Stadium in Bhopal on Monday.

The goal scorers for Haryana were Sonika (3 min), Ritu (35 min) and Navneet Kaur (49 min) while Karishma (4 min) and Neelu (24 min) were on target for Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy.

Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy failed to defend the title. Earlier, Jharkhand defeated Chandigarh 2-1 to claim the third position.

For Jharkhand, Reshma struck in the 28th minute from a goalmouth scramble following a left wing move and in the 46th minute Divya Dung Dung converted a penalty corner before counterpart Saroj scored in the 64th minute via a penalty corner.

In the men's category, Punjab defeated Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy 1-0 in a hard-fought match to claim the third position.

Punjab took the lead in the 30th minute through a penalty corner converted by Arvinder Singh.

The Times of India



Maha hockey unit infighting leaves players in a fix

Navneet Singh


During the recently concluded sub-junior zonal hockey tournament in Mumbai, two sets of teams turned up to represent Maharashtra. One was headed by the secretary-general of Hockey Maharashtra, Kehar Singh, and the other by its president, Rekha Bhinde.

Obviously, one set of boys and girls was not allowed to participate.

Fingers are being pointed at the national body, Hockey India (HI). “If the federation is turning its back on the mess in the state body, it is clear that they are supporting Kehar Singh,” said Bhinde. Kehar, who is getting HI's support, is more than 80 years old.

In turmoil

The Maharashtra body is in turmoil for the last 12 months and no district competition has been organised. Budding players, a majority of them school-going, are already feeling the brunt.

“We’re trying to resolve the dispute,” said Mariamma Koshy, HI president. She, however, wasn't sure how long will the dispute linger on. "We are working on it," she told HT from Kerala.

All this infighting has had a deep impact on the players who were not allowed to compete. “It’s strange such things happen. We were just thrown out of the competition for no fault of ours," said Komal Shinde, a player from Sangli. Komal was not the only 15-year-old who was affected. "As tempers flared, all the girls got scared," Komal added.

Similar problems

Players selected by the Bhinde group faced similar problems during the 2011-12 edition of the junior nationals. Bhinde, a former international and an Arjuna Awardee said, "I had apprised the federation of the issue, but nothing happened."

But Kehar remains unperturbed. "We had conducted trials and selected those who were present," he said.

He blamed Bhinde for the mess, saying she should quit. "We will not accept her," he added.

Bhinde's fault, it is learnt, lies in keeping a tab on the accounts. In fact, She had to seek court intervention to remain in the association.

With officials fighting to dislodge each other, building a strong team is the last thing on their mind.

Hindustan Times



Hockey players decide to boycott all events

National hockey players have decided to boycott all the tournaments and leagues under the present committee of Bangladesh Hockey Federation for indefinite period as the federation did not "fulfill their demands", reports UNB.

National forward Russell Mahmud Jimmy disclosed the decision on behalf of the players while he was talking to reporters at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium Monday afternoon.

President of Hockey Players' Welfare Association and former hockey player Russell Khan Bappi and Captain of the national hockey team Zahid Hossain also spoke on the occasion.

Jimmy said they have come up with the decision after Hockey Federation general secretary Khawja Rahmatullh declined to consider their three-point demand Monday.

The player's demands include written guarantee of players' inter-club transfer formalities on schedule (July 2-4); no club to be allowed to form its team only with BKSP players and reduction of foreign players' quota to three, Jimmy added.

Immediately after the players' decision was known, Hockey Federation general secretary Khawja Rahmatullah told the reporters that he is not the right person to consider the players' demands. It will depend the league committee decision, he said.

Earlier, the hockey players boycotted the national training camp for Asia Cup scheduled to start this month demanding announcement of players' transfer schedule for the league.

The Hockey Federation general secretary hoped that the national players will serve national interests as the national hockey team is scheduled to take part in Asia Cup Hockey next August.

The Financial Express



Two more spots left for Sultan of Johor Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: Only three foreign teams have confirmed entry for the third Sultan of Johor Cup, which is scheduled to be held at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium from Sept 21-29.

The teams are India, Pakistan and England.

Johor HA and organising secretary Manjit Majid Abdullah said that they are now waiting for replies from Australia, Argentina, South Africa and Belgium but only two teams will be selected for the tournament.

Manjit said only six teams will be involved.

“We had invited additional teams as some had indicated that they might not come. The closing date is June 16. Australia and told us that they will make a final decision by next week,” he said.

In the first tournament in 2011, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, India and Pakistan were the participants. Last year South Korea was replaced by Germany.

The Koreans are ready to come but Manjit said that they have put them on the reserve list for the moment.

Malaysia were the inaugural winners while debutants Germany won the second edition.

This year’s tournament will see most of the team parading their best players as it will serve as preparation for the Junior World Cup in December.

“All the invited teams have already qualified for the Junior World Cup.

As such teams will use this tournament as a tune-up the Junior World Cup. Thus we are likely to see the teams coming with their best players,” said Manjit.

Meanwhile, the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru, will get additional seats in time for the FIH World League semi-final which will be held from June 29-July 7.

Manjit said that they will try and maintain the same seat capacity for the Sultan of Johor Cup.

“We are expecting crowds of 8,000 to 10,000 for the matches and as such extra seats have to be put up.

“It is a temporary arrangements for now but we are planning to have a permanent seats later,” he said.

The FIH World League semi-final is a qualifier for the 2014 World Cup.

The teams that will be playing in Johor Baru are Germany, England, Pakistan, South Korea, Malaysia, South Africa, Argentina and a qualifier from the World League Round Two tournament in Kazan, Russia next month.

The Star of Malaysia



Cold-hearted truth for Malaysia

Vigneshn Kumar


KUALA LUMPUR - THE national Under-16 team were soundly beaten in the Four Nation Tournament in Mannhiem, Germany last week.

Malaysia lost 4-3 to Germany, 6-2 to Holland and 3-0 to Belgium to finish last. Holland were champions followed by Belgium and Germany.

“This is one of our worst performance,” said coach S. Prakash, who blamed the below par performance on the weather.

“The boys could not adapt to the cold weather,” he said.

“But the team have learnt a lot and we must look at the positive side.”

Prakash said the boys will be playing for their respective states in the inter state hockey tournament (MSSM) in Melaka next week.

The coach, however, said he was unaware of the exorbitant expenditure on flight tickets to Germany.

The Malaysian Hockey Federation had spent around RM30,000 more on tickets as reported by Mailsports earlier this month.

Malay Mail