News for 29 May 2013

All the news for Wednesday 29 May 2013

Top seeds stay on top

Russia secure important points with win against Austria

(Photo: FIH / Dmitry Ryazhski)

The second round of matches in Elektrostal saw Japan and Russia confirm their roles as top seeds with wins against Egypt and Austria respectively, while Ukraine recorded a celebrated victory against much higher ranked Czech Republic.

Day 2 at the World League Round 2 in Elektrostal started with the encounter between Ukraine and Czech Republic today, with both teams keen to secure their first points after yesterday's defeats. The first half of the match was an intense battle between evenly matched opponents. The ball moved back and forth in midfield but scoring opportunities were few and far between.

Towards the end of the first half, the Czechs seemed to start gaining momentum, and play slowly shifting into the Ukrainian half of the field more. However, the whistle sounded before the Czech could make it count, and after the re-start, it was the Ukrainians who came back better. In the 47th minute. Artem Ozerskyi capitalized on a ball across the circle and put Ukraine on the scoreboard, a fact that seemed to inspire his team who continued to play to win.

In the final minutes of the match, it looked like the Czech were going to force a shoot-out, but they just couldn't make their opportunities count, and the elated Ukrainians walked off the field with a victory in their pockets.

In their second encounter of the event, Japan dominated the proceedings from the beginning despite valiant efforts by Egypt. Three goals in the first half laid the foundation to a solid win despite a weaker second half.

It was Ryohei Kawakami who set the Japanese en route to victory with a tap-in in the 9th minute, followed swiftly by a goal by Heita Yoshihara midway through the first half. Finally, Manabu Hatakeyama piled on a penalty corner after the first 35 minutes had ended for a comfortable 3-0 halftime lead.

After the break, Egypt returned with renewed resolve however and started making their mark on the game. A penalty stroke midway through the second half, converted by Hamada Atef, got Egypt onto the scoreboard, but Japan protected their lead with experience and calm.

The match threatened to get intense towards the end as Egypt grew anxious to avoid the looming defeat but the Africans eventually could not force the missing goals and the match ended with a 3-1 win for Japan.

The nailbiter of the day came at the end, when Russia took on Austria in a hotly disputed clash. The home team gained an early advantage when Nikolay Yankin took advantage of a misunderstanding in the Austrian defense to open the scoring in the 6th minute, but Austria's Michi Körper responded less than five minutes later with a cracking penalty corner flick for the 1-1.

An open battle between equal opponents ensued, with chances at either end, and it was the Russians who pulled ahead again when Nikolay Komarov slapped a ball across the circle into the boards. With a great solo run and goal in the dying seconds of the first half, Dmitry Azarov subsequently extended the lead to 3-1.

In the second half, Austria came out blazing, chasing the elusive goal to narrow the gap. After 20 minutes, Michael Körper brought them back within striking distance with another penalty corner goal, but veteran Alexander Platonov  re-stored the two goal lead little later, pushing the ball over the line in a crowded circle.

The match ended with a 4-2 win for Russia, designating Russia the crown prince of the tournament for the time being, and complicating Austria's dream of challenging Japan for the elusive spot in the 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, follow us on Twitter @FIH_Hockey and @World_League1, or watch the Russian Hockey Federation's livestream at!

FIH site

Summer 2013 event schedules released

Junior World Cup and Hockey World League Semi-Finals published

The FIH today announced the schedule for three of its major Summer 2013 events. The schedule for the two men’s Hockey World League Semi-Finals and the schedule for the Hockey Junior World Cup were recently finalized. The trio of events joins the two women’s Hockey World League Semi-Finals as the key events of summer.

The women’s Hockey Junior World Cup will be held in Mönchengladbach, Germany from July 27-August 4 with a 16-team field. The Junior World Cup is held once every four years and is for nearly every player in the event, the first major international competition of their career. The 16 teams will be split into four pool of four teams each. Following the preliminary round robin, teams will either move into a placement round for the bottom eight finishers or onto a quarterfinal, semi-final and final round. In total, every team is guaranteed six games.

Pool A will feature the Netherlands, Korea, USA and Ghana. Pool B includes Argentina, China, South Africa and Canada. In Pool C, New Zealand, Australia, India and Russia will compete and rounding out the field is England, Germany, Belgium and Spain in a competitive Pool D.

To view the Hockey Junior World Cup Women’s Schedule click here

The men’s Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final in Rotterdam will take place from June 13-23. It will be held in conjunction with the women’s semi-final tournament and will feature eight men’s team fighting for both a spot in the 2014 Hockey World Cup and the Hockey World League final round. Host Netherlands will be joined by Australia, Spain, Belgium, New Zealand, India, Ireland and a team that will be qualified following the conclusion of this week’s Round 2 tournament in Russia.

To view the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final Men’s Schedule in Rotterdam click here

The other men’s Hockey World League Semi-Final will be held in Johor, Malaysia from June 29-July 7 and will include Germany, Korea, Argentina, England, Pakistan, South Africa, host Malaysia and one additional team that will be named next week after the Round 2 tournaments are complete.

To view the Hockey World League Semi-Final Men’s Schedule in Johor click here

FIH site

Spain men announce provisional World League squad

21 players to gather for training camp ahead of final selection

2012 Olympic Games (men), London (Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)

Spanish national men’s coach Salva Indurain has named a 21 player squad to take part in a training camp ahead of next month's Rabobank Hockey World League tournament in Rotterdam. The group will be trimmed down to 18 players ahead of the team’s participation in that event, which is a qualifier for next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup, which takes place in The Hague.

The named players can be found below.

Goalkeepers: Quico Cortes (Den Bosch) and Mario Fernandez (RS Tennis).
Defenders: Andrés Mir (Club de Campo), Bosco Perez-Pla (Club de Campo), Oriol Peremiquel (Atlètic Terrassa), Ramon Alegre ( SV Kampong), Ramon Romeu (Club Egara), Sergi Enrique (Atlètic Terrassa).
Midfielders: David Alegre (RC Polo), Manel Terraza (RC Polo), Marc Salles (Atlètic Terrassa), Miki Delàs (Royal Antwerp), Salva Piera (RC Polo), Vincenc Ruiz (Club Egara).
Forwards: Alex Casasayas (RC Polo), Edi Tubau (Club Egara), Gabriel Dabanch (Royal Antwerp), Roc Oliva (Amsterdam H&BC) Roger Padrós (RC Polo), Santi Freixa (Amsterdam H&BC), Xavi Lleonart (RC Polo).

The technical staff for the tournament is headed by head coach Indurain, with Alejo Noblom (team leader), Oriol Alcaraz (coach), Alejandro Siri (assistant coach), Ton Figuls (trainer), Jaume March (physiotherapist ) and Nacho Saladrigas (camcorder) all taking important roles within the group.

Speaking to RFEH.ES, the official website of the Royal Spanish Hockey Federation, Mr Indurain explained that there is still a chance for those not selected to feature in upcoming events such as the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships, which takes place in Antwerp (BEL) in August. "Right now, these are the players who are the fittest and I am convinced that they are the ones who have to compete”, continued Mr Indurain.

Following final selection, the team will head to Rotterdam on 10th June with the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Final competition beginning on 13th June. Spain’s first match in the tournament takes place on June 14th, although their opponents are yet to be confirmed. 

The RFEH have announced that Spain will play three test matches ahead of the competition. On 6th and 8th June, the team will play New Zealand before facing The Netherlands on 11th June. 

The men’s Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final in Rotterdam will take place from June 13-23. It will be held in conjunction with the women’s semi-final tournament and will feature eight men’s team fighting for both a spot in the 2014 Hockey World Cup and the Hockey World League final round. Host Netherlands will be joined by Australia, Spain, Belgium, New Zealand, India, Ireland and a team that will be qualified following the conclusion of this week’s Round 2 tournament in Russia.

To view the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final Men’s Schedule in Rotterdam click here

FIH site

Smith names Electric Ireland Women's Squad

Electric Ireland Irish Women's Coach Darren Smith has named a strong squad for summer training camps and upcoming test matches vs. Scotland & South Africa prior to the Green Army's participation in TriFinance EuroHockey Championships 2013 from August 17th - 25th  in Belgium. The Irish coach has selected his panel following extensive review of the Electric Ireland Irish Senior Squad International performances in 2012 & recently in Valencia at World League 2 as well as throughout this seasons hectic Irish Hockey League Schedule.

Smith's squad includes some new and returning faces with Lizzie Colvin, Deirdre Duke and Gillian Pinder all returning to the squad following education commitments abroad while uncapped UCD midfielder Emily Beatty joins up with the Green Army officially for the first time.

Megan Frazer of Ballymoney returns from finishing her college degree at University of Maryland and will be fully assessed over the June period while training & playing with the squad. Six players are also included in a development squad that will have the opportunity to train with the team over the course of the summer.

Speaking to Darren Smith said "I am looking forward to the summer and the opportunity to work closely with both the squads as we prepare for the European Championships in Belgium.  There are some new players included which will provide additional competition for places as we aim towards Rio 2016. I am excited to see how well they will fit into the style of play that we will adopt in the coming years. We have some good challenges coming up against Scotland, South Africa, Wales, Germany & Canada and these will provide the perfect environment to work with the team in developing our game."

Smith continued ‘With competition for places in the squad so high and the opportunity to integrate some new players into the squad, it unfortunately means that hard decisions are made around other more established players. In particular, experienced International players like Cliodhna Sargent, Sinead McCarthy, Miriam Crowley & Aine Connery who have been fantastic servants to the Green Army and Irish Hockey have missed out on this occasion. As with any performance based decisions, we never close the door on any player returning in the future.'

Ireland will play Scotland & South Africa in Edinburgh on 10th/11th June and will also have additional test matches vs Wales, Germany & Canada later in the Summer with specific match squad details to be published in due course.

Electric Ireland Irish Women's Squad 2013

1. Niamh Atcheler (UCD)
2. Emily Beatty (UCD)
3. Naomi Carroll (Catholic Institute)
4. Lizzie Colvin (Loreto)
5. Nicci Daly (Loreto)
6. Kate Dillon (Railway Union)
7. Deirdre Duke (UCD)
8. Nikki Evans (UCD)
9. Brenda Flannery (UCD)
10. Megan Frazer (Ballymoney)
11. Emma Gray (Hermes)
12. Nicola Gray (UCD)
13. Michelle Harvey (Pegasus)
14. Lisa Jacob (Hermes)
15. Shirley McCay (Old Alex)
16. Ali Meeke (Loreto)
17. Katie Mullan (UCD)
18. Audrey O'Flynn (Hermes)
19. Anna O'Flanagan (UCD)
20. Grace O'Flanagan (Railway Union)
21. Gillian Pinder (Hermes)
22. Niamh Small (Loreto)
23. Pamela Smithwick (Old Alex)
24. Emma Smyth (Railway Union)
25. Alex Speers, (Railway Union)
26. Nikki Symmons (Loreto)
27. Chloe Watkins (UCD)

Electric Ireland Irish Women's Development Squad 2013

1. Chloe Brown (Ards)
2. Erika Hinkson (Old Alex)
3. Zara Delany (Railway Union)
4. Kate Lloyd (Railway Union)
5. Vanessa Surgeoner (Pegasus)
6. Sammy-Jo Greer (Ballymoney)

Electric Ireland Irish Women's Squad to play Scotland/South Africa on  11th & 12th  June 2013

1. Niamh Atcheler (UCD)
2. Naomi Carroll (Catholic Institute)
3. Kate Dillon (Railway Union)
4. Deirdre Duke (UCD)
5. Megan Frazer (Ballymoney)
6. Nicola Gray (UCD)
7. Michelle Harvey (Pegasus)
8. Lisa Jacob (Hermes)
9. Shirley McCay (Old Alex)
10. Audrey O'Flynn (Hermes)
11. Anna O'Flanagan (UCD)
12. Gillian Pinder (Hermes)
13. Niamh Small (Loreto)
14. Pamela Smithwick (Old Alex)
15. Emma Smyth (Railway Union)
16. Alex Speers (Railway Union)
17. Chloe Watkins (UCD)

Key Dates

10th June 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women vs Scotland (Edinburgh)

11th June 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women vs South Africa (Edinburgh)

22nd June 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women vs Canada (Dublin)

23rd June 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women vs Canada (Dublin)

25th June 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women vs Canada (Dublin)

1st July 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women vs Wales (Belfast)

2nd July 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women vs Scotland (Belfast)

4th July 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women vs Scotland (Belfast)

5th July 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women vs Scotland (Belfast)

8th July 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women vs Germany (Dusseldorf)

9th July 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women vs Germany (Dusseldorf)

19th July 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women Training Camp (Ireland)

26th July 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women Training Camp (Ireland)

9th August 2013: Electric Ireland Irish Senior Women Training Camp (Ireland)

17th - 25th August 2013 TriFinance EuroHockey Championships, Boom, Belgium

17th Ireland Vs Holland
18th Ireland Vs Belarus
20th Ireland Vs Belgium

Irish Hockey Association media release

Bloemendaal beaten as Kampong claim EHL berth

THE NETHERLANDS: SV Kampong will be making their Euro Hockey League debut next season after sealing third place in the Hoodklasse Play-Offs. The Utrecht-based team overcame newly crowned EHL champions HC Bloemendaal 4-0 and 2-1 to guarantee their place in the prestigious European competition, joining the already qualified Oranje Zwart and H.C. Rotterdam.

Kampong were in rampant form during their first play-off match against Bloemendaal, surging to a 3-0 half time lead thanks to goals from Robbert Kemperman and Pieter Wiegman (2) before Constantijn Jonker added a fourth in the second half. The second match was a much closer affair, with Bloemendaal’s Chris Ciriello cancelling out an early strike from Kampong’s ace marksman Roderick Weusthof. However, a last minute penalty corner from Jonker grabbed a dramatic victory for Kampong, confirming their first ever qualification for the Euro Hockey League. 

The results mean that HC Bloemdendaal have become the third successive EHL champion unable to defend their title through failure to qualify, following in the footsteps of HGC (NED - 2011) and UHC Hamburg (GER - 2012). 

In other news from The Netherlands, the winner of the Dutch championship is still undetermined after finalists H.C. Rotterdam and Oranje Zwart won a game each in the best of three play-offs.

H.C. Rotterdam grabbed a 2-0 victory in the first game thanks to a penalty corner from Steve Edwards and an open play strike from Björn Kellerman. However, Oranje Zwart hit back in game two, sneaking a 3-2 win courtesy of an extra time goal from Rob Reckers.

With both teams earning a win, a third and final match has been brought into play. The title will be decided when the two teams meet on Sunday 2nd July.

Hoofdklasse Play offs

24 May – Match Day 1
3-4 play-off: H.C. Rotterdam 2-0 Oranje Zwart
1-2 play-off: Kampong 4-0 HC Bloemendaal

26 May – Match Day 2
3-4 play-off: Bloemendaal 1-2 Kampong
1-2 play-off: Oranje Zwart 3-2 H.C. Rotterdam

2 June – Match Day 3
1-2 play-off: Oranje Zwart v H.C. Rotterdam

Euro Hockey League media release

Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic/South contend for title in US Women’s National Championship final

NORFOLK, Va. – Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic/South today secured their spot in the final at the Women’s National Championship in Norfolk, Va. The final, slated for 1:00 p.m. tomorrow at Old Dominion University’s Powhatan Sports Complex, will be a rematch between the two teams that met on Monday and an opportunity for vengeance for Mid-Atlantic/South who fell 1-0 to Pennsylvania.

Today, Pennsylvania scored three goals in the first half en route to a 6-3 victory over the Under-21’s, while Mid-Atlantic/South produced a 5-0 shutout performance against Midwest/California.

“I thought there were very tight moments that could have gone either way, but it was great to see our team push through against great competition,” said Pennsylvania head coach Denise Zelenak. “The things that we have talked about and we have been developing game-to-game are being achieved. It is exciting to be in first place and I am really proud of our team.”

“I thought we were clinical in the circle,” said Mid-Atlantic/South head coach Grant Fulton. “We haven’t scored five goals all tournament and I am happy to keep a clean sheet. I am very happy for the girls who have worked very hard. It was a tough road but we managed to do enough and make the final.”

Ali McEvoy (Gilbertsville, Pa.) opened the scoring for Pennsylvania in the 5th minute on a textbook penalty stroke to the upper left corner of the cage. Teresa Benvenuti (Morristown, N.J.) equalized in the 12th minute with a goal scored on a penalty corner. Rachel Sumfest (Lewisburg, Pa.) recorded a second goal for Pennsylvania in the 25th minute and McEvoy tallied her second goal of the match, again on a penalty stroke, in the 29th minute to give Pennsylvania a two goal advantage heading into the second half.

Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.) scored in the 39th minute for Pennsylvania but Benvenuti quickly followed with a goal in the 45th minute, keeping the goal deficit at two. Minutes later Emily Wold (Freehold, N.J.) put a goal on the board to close the gap, 4-3. However, Genna Kovar (Hampton Bays, N.Y.) recorded two back-to-back goals in the 62nd and 66th minute putting Pennsylvania up 6-3 as the clock ran down to zero.

Mid-Atlantic/South’s 5-0 shutout win over Midwest/California started with the Vittese sisters. Carissa Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) scored early on a penalty corner and Michelle Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) recorded a goal of her own minutes later. Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.) recorded a third goal for Mid-Atlantic/South early in the second half and Michelle Vittese locked in her second goal of the match in the 41st minute. Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md.) finished off Mid-Atlantic/South’s scoring streak in the 70th minute.

Fulton says tomorrow’s matchup against Pennsylvania will be a tough, physical battle but a challenge his team is ready for. 

“We learned a few things from our first encounter with Pennsylvania and we are hoping to execute in the final.”

The final match of the day between New Jersey and New England/North finished in a 2-2 draw. Julia Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.) scored for New Jersey in the 21st minute but Kim Young (Sidney, N.Y.) evened the match at 1-1 before the end of the first half. Isabella Delario (Rehoboth Beach, Del.) put New England/North up by one goal in the 65th minute but Meredith Long (Ocean City, N.J.) once again evened the match 2-2 on a penalty corner after time had expired.

New Jersey will face the Under-21 team at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow and battle for a third place finish. New Jersey has won three consecutive Regional Champions titles at the Women’s National Championship (2010, 2011, 2012). New England/North will face Midwest/California for fifth place at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow.

USFHA media release

With nationals ending, U.S. field hockey squad will be chosen

By Lee Tolliver

Kelsey Smither, playing for the U21 team, blocks a shot on goal during a regional tournament at Old Dominion University on May 25, 2013. (Vicki Cronis-Nohe | The Virginian-Pilot)

NORFOLK The L.R. Hill Sports Complex at Old Dominion features a long balcony that leads to the field hockey press box.

The area provides a bird’s eye view of competition, and it’s been a perfect perch for the new U.S. women’s coach to watch his future play out.

Since last week, Craig Parnham has watched 108 players compete in the USA Field Hockey Women’s National Championship. Today he’ll watch the six teams – including the U21 squad – in placement matches.

Competition starts at 9 a.m. for fifth place, followed by third place at 11 a.m. and the championship match at 1 p.m.

“This has been a wonderful opportunity here in Norfolk, with all the players here,” said Parnham, who played for England in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and coached the women’s team in the 2008 and 2012 Games.

“What we have at the moment is really good spirit and enthusiasm.”

Parnham and a group of assistants have been evaluating the field – which includes former local standouts Kelsey and Katelyn Smither (both Lakeland), Casey DiNardo (Cox) and Stephanie Fee (Cox) – and will decide on the top 24 within “24 to 48 hours.”

“We have a competition soon and have to get on with things,” he said. “So there is no need to waste time.”

Parnham, who took over the U.S. team in February, is enjoying the newness of his relationship with the national-team candidates.

“None of these players are on my immediate radar and there is no history to my decisions,” the 40-year-old said. “It’s quite a luxurious position at the moment.”

Once his team is in place, Parnham and USA Field Hockey will move their base of operations from San Diego to a new complex in Lancaster, Pa. Prior to San Diego the team was based in Virginia Beach.

“The Northeast is a hotbed of hockey, and it makes sense to take the team there where the team can be inspiring to the next generation of players,” Parnham said. “It’s an exciting new beginning and a wonderful facility. Southern California is a wonderful place to train, but ... ”

Once in its new home, the team will host a series against Canada and begin working toward making the 2016 Olympics.

“It is a very hard environment, with great teams around the world,” Parnham said. “We need a group of players who commit to the program. We need to provide a good system that allows them to train and gain support. It will take effort, work and dedication. There are technical areas we need to address. We need to travel and compete, and expose players to a variety of styles.

“It’s a real challenge for us.”

And the first big step will be taken after today.

“We’re excited about what comes next,” he said.

The Virginian Pilot

Strong team named for Women's Junior World Cup

Olivia Merry in action, courtesy

Junior Black Sticks Women’s head coach Chris Leslie has named a talented team of 18 players for the Junior World Cup in July.

The wider squad was narrowed down following the recent five-test series against the Korea Under-21s, which was used for selection purposes. The Junior Black Sticks won the series with two wins, two draws and one loss.

The Junior Black Sticks depart New Zealand on July 19th and play two warm-ups against USA and England ahead of the Women’s Junior World Cup which starts in Germany on July 27th.

Leslie said the series against Korea was perfectly placed on the calendar as a build-up to world hockey’s premier age group event.

“It was pleasing to win the series but more impressive was the quality of play we showed throughout. It was an incredibly difficult job for our selectors because all players put their hands up during the series,” he said.

“Against quality opposition like Korea it was a true test for our players and was a good measure of where we’re currently at.

“We just need to work on putting together consistent performances and if we can do that we will be very competitive at the Junior World Cup.”

The team of 18 features eight players who are currently in the Black Sticks squad (Jenny Storey, Brooke Neal, Rosie Keddell, Julia King, Cass Reid, Sian Fremaux, Olivia Merry and Michaela Curtis) as well as Georgia Barnett who is in the Development Squad.

Several of those players are set to travel to Rotterdam with the Black Sticks for the World League Semi-Final, a trip that Leslie sees as a brilliant tune-up before they travel to the Junior World Cup.

“We’re very blessed to have several Black Sticks squad members in our team and those who are playing at World League will gain some amazing experience.

“At the end of the day they will be playing against the world’s best teams and world’s best players at World League so that will make them better players for us at the Junior World Cup.”

The draw for the Women’s Junior World Cup has not yet been finalised but it is likely the Junior Black Sticks will be joined by Australia, India and Russia in pool play.

The Men’s Junior World Cup runs from December 6th-15th in India. The Junior Black Sticks Men’s squad of 30 players will compete for final team spots over the next few months.

You can help support the Junior Black Sticks Men and Women by purchasing a 2013/14 Black Sticks calendar for just $25. All profits go to help fund the players to get to the Junior World Cup.

In addition, the Hockey Foundation in association with Craigs Investment Partners and Hockey New Zealand are planning a Gala Dinner to raise funds for the junior campaigns. Click here to find out more






Georgia Barnett



Sarah Matthews



Jenny Storey   



Brooke Neal



Elizabeth Thompson   



Kim Tanner    



Danielle Sutherland   



Rachel McCann



Rosie Keddell             



Julia King



Cass Reid        



Rhiannon Dennison    

North Harbour           


Sian Fremaux


Midfield /Striker

Erin Goad

North Harbour           


Phillipa Symes



Olivia Merry  



Michaela Curtis



Sophie Cocks



Melissa Harris (Canterbury) Goalkeeper
Genevieve Macilquham (Capital) Defender
Tessa Jopp (Southern) Midfield
Melissa Simpson (Auckland) Midfield/Striker

Brearna Wiig (Southern) Goalkeeper
Katherine van Woerkom (Capital) Defender
Victoria Methven (Auckland) Defender
Alexandra Tully (Capital) Midfield
Kate McCaw (North Harbour) Midfield
Kelsey Smith (Capital) Midfield/Striker
Su Arn Kwek (Auckland) Midfield/Striker
Paige Lane (Southern) Striker

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Hamilton pair eyeing junior hockey world cup

Sibling rivalry pays off as pair get call up


IN THE FAMILY: Nic, L, and Zac Woods have been named in the Junior Black Sticks squad. BEN CURRAN

For Hamilton brothers Nic and Zac Woods, sibling rivalry looks to have paid off after the pair recently earned a call up to the Junior Black Sticks squad.

Their superb form at the National Under 21 Tournament earlier this month warranted their selection in the side as the brothers were the only two representatives from the Midlands region named.

It will be older brother Zac’s third year in the team, while for Nic the experience is all relatively new to him with this being the first time he has been selected into the side.

‘‘It’s such a privilege just to be able to put on the silver fern again. It just means all the trainings will start to pick up again, more intense,’’  Zac, the 20 year old midfielder said.

The duo were thrilled to be picked but both know the hard work and training will continue to grow in the upcoming months.

Nic who plays as a defender, is still a student at Hamilton Boys’ High School said his selection into the Junior Black Sticks alongside his brother made the experience all the more better and it’s a feeling shared by Zac also.

‘‘It’s exciting times especially getting in [the squad] with my brother,’’ the 17 year old Nic said.

The brothers know now that selection is just one more step on their journey to competing at the men’s Junior World Cup in December.

But with no development and selection camps until after the National Hockey League (NHL) season is complete, Nic and Zac are unsure of what plans will be made as part of the build up to the World Cup but remain focused on making the final squad to head over to India.

‘‘At the moment it’s a 30 man squad and it will get trimmed down to maybe 18 at a selection camp.’’ Zac said.

The brothers have long enjoyed spurring each other on since they first started in the sport as children, then progressing through to Hamilton Boys’ and now playing their club hockey for the Fraser Tech men’s premier team.

‘‘We’ve always had a rivalry type of stuff as you would with brothers but it’s always been cool playing in the same team like Fraser Tech,’’ Nic said.

It’s this competitive nature between the two that will hopefully launch them onto higher representative honours in the future.

Although with the Junior World Cup still months away the competitve hockey season continues for the Woods brothers as preparations begin to take shape.

Zac aims to line up for the Midlands men’s team in the NHL, as for Nic he’ll be in action for the Midlands under 18s with the national tournament scheduled in mid-July in Hamilton.


Hockey player at centre of fight faces ban


Avon premier men's hockey player Peter Walker will learn his fate on Friday after an ugly incident in Avon's 4-1 loss to Carlton Redcliffs on Saturday.

A clearly frustrated Walker, the Avon goalkeeper, threw a series of punches at both his own team-mates and opposition in a club hockey game on Saturday after the final whistle. He was eventually tackled by his own brother.

A judicial hearing will take place tomorrow night and Walker faces a maximum penalty of a lifetime ban, though The Press has been told there are mitigating factors surrounding the incident. A lifetime ban has never been given before.

Canterbury Hockey chief executive Rod Templeton said he was confident Walker would receive an adequate sentence.

"There is no doubt as to the seriousness of the incident and the need to make sure that there is an appropriate punishment."

Walker has been given an automatic one-game suspension while the matter is dealt with, and will not play this weekend.


Railways, UP, Air India start on winning note

PUNE: Railways, Uttar Pradesh and Air India, among others, started their campaigns on the opening day of the 3rd Hockey India Senior Men's National Championship on a winning note on Tuesday.

Also posting wins at the Shiv Chattrapati sports complex and Major Dhyan Chand Hockey stadium were Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy and Hockey Bhopal.

Sanjay Bir and B Horo scored five goals each as Railways thrashed Jammu & Kashmir 20-1 in their Pool F league match.

Railways scored through Sanjay Bir (2, 56, 63, 66, 68 min), Jagandeep Singh (9 min), B Horo (11, 17, 40, 43, 61 min, Jasjeet Singh (19, 26, 44min), Gurpreet Singh (27 min), Niyaz Rahim (34 min), Ram Prakash (35 min), Irshad Mirza (59 min) and Vinod Kumar Singh (67, 69min) while Sikander Pal Singh (12 min) scored the only goal for Jammu & Kashmir.

In the other game in Pool F, Hockey Bhopal defeated Sashastra Seema Bal 12-5. Hockey Bhopal scored through Irfan Ali (1, 38min), Mayank Jemef (6, 36min), Shadab Khan (10, 48min), Neubeem Rehman (31, 69min), Osaf UR-Rehman (33min), Azam Baig (55min) and Imran Yusuf (62,65min) while Gunamuni Singh (7, 63min), Romi Kumar Singh (11min), Surchanrda Singh (18min) and Kanta Singh (54min) scored for Sashastra Seema Bal.

Chandigarh defeated Rajasthan 18-0 in their Pool H league match. Harmanpreet scored seven goals for Chandigarh.

In the other match in Pool D, Uttar Pradesh beat Mumbai Hockey Association Limited 2-1. Laxmishankar Yadav (19 min) and Imran Khan (29 min) scored for Uttar Pradesh while Tyran Pereira scored the only goal for the Mumbai Hockey Association Limited.

Air India defeated Puducherry 11-2 while Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy beat Tripura 16-1.

The Times of India

Korean style for Project squad

By Jugjet Singh

THE Project 2013 squad will receive lessons in South Korean hockey starting tomorrow as coach K. Dharmaraj prepares them for the Junior World Cup in December.

With about 180 days left to the New Delhi Junior World Cup on Dec 6-15, Dharmaraj wants to give his fringe players a chance to cement their spots, or make way for others.

"We are taking 18 players for the Korean tour where they will play eight to nine matches with the objective of strengthening the bench.

"I have left behind some of the regulars, and added many from the training pool to give them a chance to play some gruelling matches to prove themselves," said Dharmaraj.

During the tour, Dharmaraj's charges will play against the Korean juniors, the Korean National Sports University sides and the Armed Forces.

Malaysia qualified for the Junior World Cup when they won the Junior Asia Cup in Malacca last year.

The other sides that have qualified are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Spain, Egypt, France, Germany, India, South Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.

"The Korean tour will attempt to strengthen the substitutes while the regulars will rest after playing in the just concluded Malaysia Hockey League," said Dharmaraj.

The squad: Hazrul Faiz, Hafizuddin Othman, Najib Abu Hassan, Nor Azarul Rahman, Rashid Baharom, Kavin Kartik, Azwar Rahman, Hafiz Zainol, Nor Aqmal Gaffar, Shazril Irwan, Dangerous Lee, Haziq Samsul, Syafiq Zulzairin, Zulhairi Hashim, Aminudin Zain, Syamim Yusof, Azri Hassan, Shahril Saabah.

New Straits Times

Voi Secondary to host County championships


Claudia Charo (left) of St. John’s Girls High School battles for the ball with Florence Thoya (right) from Gilore Secondary School in one of the hockey matches during last year’s Term Two B ball games in Kwale County. St. Johns won 4-1. PHOTO/GIDEON MAUNDU  NATION

Mwagogo secondary from Taita county take on Hongwe from Lamu in the opening Boys’ hockey group A match as the Mombasa Regional Games get underway at Voi Secondary School in Taita Taveta County Wednesday.

The week-long championships, which will be used to gauge the Mombasa Region teams for the National Term Two A Games to be held in Nakuru next month, will see Shimo la Tewa square it out with Mariakani, while, in another group A match, Mwanjama, also from Taita, will have a date with Mkongani Secondary from Kwale.

In the girls matches, Mlamba, from Taita, take on Mpeketoni Secondary from Lamu  while Kajembe High from Mombasa County  take on  Samburu High in a group A match.

Hockey thrill

In Group  B, which has only three teams, hosts Shimbo (Taita) tackle St John’s Kaloleni, as defending champions, Shimba Hills, from Kwale engage Shimbo later in the day.

Most entertaining perhaps will be the hockey boys’ matches which will have Kenyatta High School, Mwatate, take on Mariakani Secondary from Kilifi in the opening group A match  while Dr Agggrey from Taita face off with Shimba Hills from kwale.

In the girls’ category opening matches, Bura from Taita  take on Matuga girls from  Kwale while Murray Girls square it out with St Charles Lwanga.

Mombasa Secondary Schools Regional Games secretary, Twaha Mwatsahu, said Rugby matches will be played  at Wundanyi stadium  while hockey will be at the Voi Stadium.

Handball, decathlon and heptathlon, he said will be held at Voi Secondary which will also accommodate the girls, while the boys will be accommodated at St Batholomew Secondary.

Rugby players, however, will stay at Dr Aggrey High School in Wundanyi due to its proximity to the game’s venue.

Daily Nation

NDK gun down Citizens, Trustees in Ghana League

NDK Financiers recorded one of the highest scorelines in the second week matches of the Dwadifo Adanfo Hockey League last Saturday, thrashing Citizens International 6-1 in the seniors’ category while Trustees and Golden Sticks held on to their leads at the summit in the amateur category table.

Parading their strongest squad yet, excluding Oko Nikoi Dzani though, NDK put up a fearsome second half performance scoring four after netting twice in the first half.

Daniel Laryea scored his first ever hat-trick as Noi Annang, Richard Attipoe and Sowah Rudolf all registered their names on the score sheet.

The defeat was quite embarrassing for Citizens International who made Ghana proud recently in South Africa in an international tournament.

Indeed, they were hapless on the day as NDK, which have been inconsistent lately, vented their spleen on them.

Trustees and Golden Sticks had a good day and maintained their hold atop the table after beating Police and GRA respectively.

Trustees won 2-1 against Police while Golden Sticks deepened the woes of GRA, also known as CEPS, by beating them 2-1.

GRA/CEPS have failed to impress since the league pushed off and were off colour during the gala.

There were wins for Exchequers who trounced Reformers 3-1 and Multistix who beat Veterans 2-1.

Extinguishers of the Ghana Fire Service thrashed Veterans Ladies 8-0, Tema Youth defeated Ark Boys 1-0 while La lost 1-5 to Real Ambassadors.