News for 30 May 2013

All the news for Thursday 30 May 2013


Mid-Atlantic/South earns US Women's National Championship title

NORFOLK, Va. – Mid-Atlantic/South and Pennsylvania played for the championship title this afternoon on the final day of the Women’s National Championship at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. After seventy minutes of spirited, action packed field hockey, Mid-Atlantic/South came away with a 4-2 victory over Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania scored minutes after the match began, but Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.) who has been a leading goal scorer throughout the tournament, quickly evened the match in the 12th minute. Pennsylvania took the lead again in the 19th minute with a goal by Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.).

In the second half, SI’s Female College Athlete of the Year Loren Shealy (Chapel Hill, N.C.) recorded her first goal of the tournament and Michelle Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) finished off the scoring in the 44th minute for the 4-2 win.

Midwest/California finished fifth after a 4-2 victory over New England/North and New Jersey finished third with a 2-1 win over the Under-21’s.

Awards were given to athletes for outstanding individual tournament performances. Kasold and O’Donnell each scored five goals and were presented with the “Leading Goal Scorer” award. Mid-Atlantic/South’s Katelyn Falgowski (Landenburg, Pa.) earned “Player of the Final” and Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.) was awarded with “Player of the Tournament.”

U.S. head coach Craig Parnham will announce the athletes selected to the Women’s National Squad tomorrow.

USFHA media release



Bay Area High Performance earn Mens U20 Championship title at 2013 Cal Cup

MOORPARK, California – Not a single increment of energy was spared, withheld or confined during the men’s Under-20 National Championship round of the 2013 California Cup between Ventura County Red Devils (VCRD) and the Bay Area High Performance Norcal Sharks (BAHP). Through an entire match of relentless competition, BAHP came away victorious in a penalty shootout to earn first place at the tournament.

“The final match was one where neither team wanted to give an inch,” said U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Chris Clements. “The NorCal Sharks and Ventura County Red Devils have met a number of times prior to this event and all matches have been close. Tough competition provides experience in game management which is essential in player development. The final showed that opportunities taken in elite competition are where games are won and lost. Execution of the basic skills also allow for longer time spent in possession and a higher number of opportunities. Nerves were tested and execution under pressure was the result. It was a very successful week for all the regional programs involved and we look forward to further competition like this in the future.”

The match was played on the main water-based turf at Moorpark College in front of a packed crowd of supporters for both teams. As in previous matches between the two sides, both squads played a fast and aggressive match during the championship game. With the gold medal on the line, possession went back and forth with VCRD and BAHP having a number of opportunities without any results. BAHP was able to capitalize first in the 24th minute with a shot in the circle by Alex Cunningham (Germany) that was wide of the goal but deflected in by Amandip Sandhu (Sacramento, Cali.) putting the BAHP up 1 – 0.  In the 27th minute BAHP scored again with some nice possession by

Amarpreet Sindhu (San Jose, Cali.) who crossed the ball along the face of the goal finding Cunningham and putting the BAHP up 2 – 0.  With only a few minutes remaining in the half, VCRD was able to force a penalty corner with no time left but was unable to capitalize ending the half at 2 – 0.For the first 15 minutes of the second half both teams continued to push, with BAHP having most of the possession.  However VCRD was able to control the direction of the ball and in the 46th minute VCRD’s Nick Geandreau (Ventura, Cali.) played a long corner into the BAHP circle finding Josh Schindler for the goal and putting the VCRD within one goal from equalizing the match.  In the 57th minute VCRD forced another penalty corner that was played to the top for Gendreau, who drag flicked the ball right past the goalkeeper to equalize the match, 2 – 2, ending the game in a tie.  As a result both teams contended in a penalty shootout to decide the match.  BAHP scored four goals to VCRD’s two, making BAHP the U-20 National Champions and gold medal winners. And with that the 2013 Cal Cup is marked as another successful tournament with collaboration of the athletes, coaches and staff.

“After thorough planning and intense training elite competition is what tests you the best,” said Clements. “This week at the Cal Cup our U20 men received that. The competition was close and hard fought, technical, tactical, mental and physical aspects were developed and tested. We are thankful for the Cal Cup Committee aiding us in making the competition a reality. The level of play was very high and exciting for all involved. The regions are doing a fantastic job in developing our young players. Ben Maruquin, Sean Harris, Mike Whitehead, Steve Danielson, Pat Cota, Jote Atwal, Arvind Singh, Rutger Wiese, Chris Pothier all have done a fantastic job in elevating the level of play in their respective areas. We look forward to these regions developing further and providing more opportunities for the players to develop and be tested.”

All of the U-20 men’s athletes were evaluated by Clements and Assistant U.S. National Team Coach Ben Maruquin in hopes of being selected to the U.S. Men’s National squad. Clements will announce his final decision Wednesday for the U.S. U-17, U-20 and Senior National Squads.

USFHA media release



Malaysia notch another win over Liaoning after slow start

By AFTAR SINGH


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia came alive in the second half to beat China’s Liaoning club 4-2 in the second friendly match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

It was Malaysia’s second win over Liaoning, having won 2-1 on Tuesday.

In yesterday’s match, the national team played a pathetic first half. Powered by a number of Chinese national players, Liaoning took a 2-0 lead with goals by Sun Long and Don Yang.

The Malaysians, fortunately, stepped up their game after the breather with goals from Mohd Morhan Mohd Jalil (40th minute), Mohd Azammi Adabi (60th), Faizal Saari (61st and 65th).

National coach Paul Revington was disappointed with his team’s performance, especially in the first half.

“We had a slow start. We only played with a higher tempo after the break,” said the South African coach.

The four matches against Liaoning are part of Malaysia’s preparations for the World League semi-finals in Johor Baru from June 29-July 7.

Eight teams will feature in the league with the top four qualifying for next year’s World Cup in The Hague, Holland.

Malaysia’s third match against Liaoning will held tomorrow. The fourth is on Saturday.

The Star of Malaysia



Roggero & Retegui unveiled as Argentina coaches

Provisional squads also revealed ahead of World League events



(L-R) Sandra Isola (Vice President, CAH), Carlos Retegui (Coach, Argentina men), Anibal Fernandez (President, CAH) and Emanuel Roggero (Coach, Argentina women). (Photo: Confederación Argentina de Hockey )

The Confederación Argentina de Hockey (CAH) has confirmed that Emanuel Roggero (women) and Carlos Retegui (men) are the new head coaches of the national teams.  The two coaches were presented to the press earlier this week by recently elected CAH President Anibal Fernandez, who was accompanied by Vice President Sandra Isola and Secretary Mario Galliano.

Emanuel Roggero will oversee Las Leonas, the globally renowned women’s side that claimed the Silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  The hugely successful team from London was coached by newly-appointed men’s coach Carlos Retegui, a man who will be aiming to replicate his previous achievements in his new position. It is the second time that Retegui has coached the men’s national side, having guided the team to a Bronze medal at the 2008 FIH Champions Trophy in Rotterdam (NED). Like Retegui, Roggero also has an historical connection with his new team, having held the role of assistant coach to Gabriel Minadeo in 2005.

Roggero and Retegui are both former Argentine national team players and have been involved in many prestigious tournaments including World Cups, Olympics and Junior World Cups.

The two coaches are currently working with their respective player groups at the National Centre for High Performance Sport ahead of the upcoming World League Semi Final events. Argentina women will be competing in the Investec Hockey World League Semi Final in London, which takes place 22nd-30th June 2013. The men head to the Malaysian city of Johor Bahru for their World League Semi Final competition, and will be in action from 29th June to 7th July 2013. The provisional squads can be found below. These will be trimmed down to 18 player groups ahead of the respective events. 

Provisional Squad – Women
Luciana Aymar, Martina Cavallero, Macarena Rodríguez, Delfina Merino, Rosario Luchetti, Rocío Sánchez Moccia, Noel Barrionuevo, Laura Del Colle, Daniela Sruoga, Josefina Sruoga, Mariela Scarone, Carla Rebecchi, Silvina D´Elía, Florencia Mutio, Sofía Maccari, Gabriela Ludueña, Giselle Juárez, Victoria Zuloaga, Ana López Basavilbaso, Sofía Cesanelli, Laura Aladro, Belén Succi, Florencia Habif and Agustina Albertario. 

Provisional Squad – Men
Federico Bermejillo, Juan Manuel Vivaldi, Tomás Santiago, Matías Rey, Ignacio Bergner, Gonzalo Peillat, Lucas Argento, Leandro Tollini, Juan Gilardi, Nahuel Salis, Manuel Brunet, Pedro Ibarra, Juan Garreta, Matías Paredes, Lucas Rey, Lucas Rossi, Juan Martín López, Guido Barreiro, Facundo Callioni, Guillermo Schickendantz, Lucas Vila, Agustín Mazzilli, Joaquín Menini, Juan Cruz Agulleiro, Tomás Argento and Isidoro Ibarra.

Source material: CAH Media Release

FIH site

 



England Men set for World League Semi-Final


England newcomer Phil Roper takes part in a training match against Scotland in April 2013

Ahead of the World League Semi Final in Johor, Malaysia, England Men’s Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named a squad of 20 athletes who will fly out to Malaysia next month to prepare for the new FIH competition. The final 18 man squad will be announced closer to the event which runs from 29 June - 7 July.

The line-up sees six London 2012 Olympians returning to action, plus several other athletes who bring a wealth of experience to the squad. Alongside them, Crutchley has also named a number of less experienced athletes, three of whom will be looking to secure international debuts.

Back from a season playing for Dutch side HGC, England Captain Barry Middleton is ready for the new challenge ahead, “I am really looking forward to the tournament as it gives the squad a good chance to see where we stand right now in World Hockey. We have a new group with a good mix of youth and experience and there’s a real desire to get out there and challenge ourselves against the best sides in the world. It’s exciting to see the young talent we have coming through our development pathways.”

Alongside Middleton, Olympians Nick Catlin (Reading), Dan Fox (Hampstead & Westminster), Ashley Jackson (East Grinstead), Harry Martin (Beeston) and Richard Smith (Royal Racing Club Brussels) have all been named in the squad, which will face some strong opposition out in Malaysia.

England (FIH #4) have been drawn in Pool B and will face South Africa (FIH #12), Pakistan (FIH #5) and Malaysia (FIH #13) in the group phase of the tournament. South Africa and Pakistan are no strangers to the six London Olympians as they faced them last Summer in the group stages under the guise of Great Britain.

The results from those fixtures saw a dominant 4-1 win over Pakistan and a 2-2 draw with the team ranked twelfth in the world. Ashley Jackson will look to continue some of the same form he showed in those games, contributing four out of the six goals for Great Britain. England’s other opponents, Malaysia, will be on home turf and have enjoyed some good results against some of the best sides in the world, including a 3-3 draw with Great Britain at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup last May.

In the other Pool, Olympic Champions Germany (FIH #1) will face Korea (FIH #8), Argentina (FIH #10) and one additional team that will be named at the end of this week following the completion of the final World League Round 2 tournament in Russia.

Speaking about the selected squad and the tournament ahead, England Head Coach, Bobby Crutchley said, “We know this will be a tough environment to jump into, but it’s a challenge we’re relishing and we have some good young players coming into the team. We travel to Belgium and Germany over the next couple of weeks to play some practice matches so it will be great to gauge where we stand against two very good sides. The less experienced athletes are making progress in training, so it will be great to play these five matches before we head out to Malaysia.”

Two Olympians currently missing from the line-up are Rob Moore and Iain Lewers. Iain Lewers continues to be monitored as he recovers from surgery on his knee earlier this year. Rob Moore currently has work commitments and therefore will not make the trip to Malaysia.

England’s first game is against South Africa and will take place on Saturday 29 June at 13:00 (UK time). There will be live streaming of all the matches from the FIH website. Further information will be released closer to the tournament.

One week earlier England’s Women will be playing in the Investec World League Semi Final on home turf in London from 22-30 June 2013. Click here for more information about the event.

England Men’s Squad for World League Semi Final

Ben Arnold
James Bailey
Tom Carson
Nick Catlin
Darren Cheesman
David Condon
Adam Dixon
Dan Fox 
Mark Gleghorne
Michael Hoare
Ashley Jackson
Simon Mantell
Harry Martin
Barry Middleton
George Pinner
Phil Roper
Dan Shingles
Richard Smith
Henry Weir
Oliver Willars

Men’s World League Semi Final – match schedule

 

Date/Math #   Match            Time (UK)         Teams

June 29th, 2013

1                      Pool A              08:00                GER - ARG

2                      Pool A              10:00                KOR -

3                      Pool B              12:00                PAK - MAS

4                      Pool B              14:00                ENG - RSA

June 30th, 2013

5                      Pool A              08:00                ARG -

6                      Pool A              10:00                KOR - GER

7                      Pool B              12:00                PAK - ENG

8                      Pool B              14:00                RSA - MAS

July 2nd, 2013

9                      Pool A              08:00                GER -

10                     Pool A              10:00                ARG - KOR

11                     Pool B              12:00                ENG - MAS

12                     Pool B              14:00                RSA - PAK

July 4th, 2013

13                     Quarterfinal       07:45                1A - 4B

14                     Quarterfinal       10:00                2B - 3A

15                     Quarterfinal       12:15                2A - 3B

16                     Quarterfinal       14:30                1B - 4A

July 6th, 2013

17                     5-8 Placement   07:45                L13 - L14

18                     Semi-Final         12:15                W13 - W14

20                     Semi-Final         14:30                W15 - W16

July 7th, 2013

21                     7-8 Placement   07:45                L17 - L18

22                     5-6 Placement   10:00                W17 - W18

23                     3-4 Placement   12:15                L19 - L20

24                     Final                 14:30                W19 - W20

England Hockey Board Media release



NZ teams face a single vital game

By David Leggat


New Zealand are about to contest two tournaments in which they can lose all three pool games, and still win the events.

Confused? You're not alone, but that's the process in place for the two Black Sticks teams when they compete in the World League 3 tournament in Rotterdam next month.

The key for teams will be the fourth game they play. All eight teams in each event will go into quarter-finals using the crossover system, wherein the winners of pool A play the fourth-placed finishers in pool B.

The top three placegetters advance to the World League finals - in Tucuman, Argentina, for the women in November-December, and in Delhi for the men in January.

There's scope for an upset or two in Rotterdam and the attached risk of a team stealing a win in a one-off situation. Women's coach Mark Hager has reservations about the system.

"It's not a competition I totally agree with, but the bottom line is you've just got to win," he said.

The risk is players might feel the lifeline that game four brings could reduce the game-by-game intensity.

However Hager and men's coach Colin Batch are relaxed on that issue.

"We're international players, we're competitors and want to do as well as we can in each game," Batch said.

"We can turn that around quite easily. You focus on certain processes we want in place and if you're doing them consistently, results will follow."

Hager reckons it's more a matter for the coaches to be wary of than the players. "In the end, the quarter-final is the one match that means everything," he said.

"You want to play well so you keep momentum going but in the end, realistically, if we didn't win our first three we'd be saying to the girls, 'You know what, this game matters, it's just one game."'

The women fly to England on Saturday. They have three warm-up games against the English and a practice game against Japan once they reach Rotterdam.

A 19th player will travel with the group, Auckland midfielder Danielle Jones, to cover a couple of soft tissue injuries to Julia King and Cass Reid.

The men leave a day later and have two internationals against Spain, probably in Madrid, en route.

The tournaments start on June 13.

What lies ahead

* The men's Black Sticks (ranked No6) will play the Netherlands (3), Ireland (15) and India (11) in their World League 3 (semifinal) pool.

* The women's Black Sticks (3) face India (12), Germany (5) and Belgium (13) in their pool.

* The top three in each tournament in Rotterdam next month are guaranteed a place in the finals.

The New Zealand Herald



India men announce World League squad

Sardar Singh & VR Raghunath to lead the team in Rotterdam



2012 Men's FIH Road to London, Delhi (Final) - India vs. France (Photo: Fieldhockey.fr)

Hockey India has announced the senior men's team that will participate in the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, which takes place at Hockey Club Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 13-23 June 2013.

Hockey India Selectors Col. Balbir Singh, B P Govinda, High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans and Head Coach Michael Nobbs alongside Government Observer Harbinder Singh selected the list of 18 players during the meeting held on 17 May 2013. The squad will be captained by midfielder Sardar Singh (167 caps) while defender VR Raghunath (137 caps) will be the vice-captain.

Final preparations for the tournament are well underway, with a senior men's team training camp is currently taking place at Netaji Subhas Southern Centre (NSSC), Bangalore. The team will depart for Rotterdam on 5 June, and will face Ireland in their opening match of the tournament on 13 June 2013.

The Indian team qualified for the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final in February this year by winning the World League Round 2 tournament in Delhi. The FIH World League is a qualification tournament for the FIH Men’s World Cup 2014, a competition which takes place in The Hague (NED) from 31 May-15 June 2014.

India will compete in Pool B where they will face hosts nation The Netherlands, New Zealand and Ireland. Pool A contains Australia, Spain, Belgium and fourth team, which will be known after the conclusion of the FIH World League Round 2 competition currently taking place in Elektrostal, Russia.

List of the 18 players can be found below.

Goalkeepers

1. P R Sreejesh
2. P T Rao

Defenders

3. VR Raghunath (Vice-Captain)
4. Sandeep Singh
5. Rupinder Pal Singh
6. Harbir Singh Sandhu

Midfielders

7.  Birendra Lakra
8.  Sardar Singh (Captain)
9.  Manpreet Singh
10. Kothajit Singh
11. Gurmail Singh

Forwards

12. SV Sunil
13. Shivendra Singh
14. Chinglensana Singh
15. Nithin Thimmaiah
16. Dharamvir Singh
17. Akashdeep Singh
18. Mandeep Singh

Hockey India Media release



Indian team named for HWL Round 3

Shivendra Singh back for the first time since the Olympic Games debacle



Shivendra Singh. File photo: M. Vedhan

The Indian men’s team for the Hockey World League (HWL) Round 3 was named here on Wednesday. Barring one name, the rest are on expected lines. The exception was Shivendra Singh, named in the National side for the first time since the Olympics debacle.

The lanky forward was one of the seven senior players who were dropped after the London disaster, where India finished last among 12 teams. “It was very tough sitting out at that time. But the most important lesson I learnt was that you cannot have an ego if you have to fight for your place to represent the country,” Shivendra said.

Extra pressure

Being among the senior-most players, there was extra pressure on Shivendra to prove himself to a team management that had its long-term focus on youngsters. “What hurt after the Olympics was I being blamed individually in a team event. I have always given my best for the team.

“But I kept focus on my game and never thought that I was a senior who should be given special preference in selections. I was repeatedly named among the stand-byes during this period and that was very tough. My only target was to be among the best and compete hard but fair during training and force my way back,” he said.

Injuries did not help his cause as Shivendra was sidelined first with an ankle injury for more than two weeks. “When I came for the last camp, I had a long talk with the coach (Michael Nobbs). He said that he would love to have some experience in the team but for that, I had to prove my fitness and performance,” Shivendra added.

Sandeep recalled

Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh has also been named in the squad, led by Sardar Singh, after being part of the preparatory team that toured Europe recently. The HWL Round 3 will be played in Rotterdam from June 13 to 23.

The selectors agree. “Both Sandeep and Shivendra have managed to make a comeback on the basis of their performance and fitness. During the camp they proved they still have the fire to represent India,” a national selector said.

The team will miss the services of midfielder Danish Mujtaba and striker Gurvinder Singh Chandi because of injuries. While Chandi is suffering from an ankle injury, Mujtaba has a ligament tear.

The squad

Goalkeepers: P.R. Sreejesh, P.T. Rao.

Defenders: V.R. Raghunath, Sandeep Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Harbir Singh Sandhu.

Midfielders: Birendra Lakra, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Kothajit Singh, Gurmail Singh.

Forwards: S.V. Sunil, Shivendra Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Nithin Thimmaiah, Dharamvir Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh.

The Hindu



Sandeep, Shivendra return for World League Round 3

NEW DELHI: Senior drag-flicker Sandeep Singh and forward Shivendra Singh on Wednesday returned to the Indian men's hockey team for the FIH World League Round 3 (semifinals) to be held at Rotterdam, The Netherlands from June 13-23.

Sandeep, who was left out of the Indian squad for the FIH Hockey World League Round 2 held here earlier this year, made a comeback to the national side along with Shivendra, who last played for India in last year's London Olympics.

Sandeep, incidentally, was part of the Indian squad that went to The Netherlands in April for an invitational tour.

Sardar will continue to lead the 18-member squad while drag-flicker V R Raghunath has been named his deputy.

Notable absentees from the squad are midfielder Danish Mujtaba and Gurvinder Singh Chadi as both are injured. While Gurvinder continues to be in the sidelines because of a prolonged ankle injury, Danish is suffering from a ligament tear.

According to a statement from Hockey India, the squad was selected by HI selectors Balbir Singh, B P Govinda, chief coach Michael Nobbs, Roelant Oltmans (Director-High Performance) along with government observer Harbinder Singh during a meeting held on May 17.

The squad has two goal-keepers in P R Sreejesh and P T Rao, four defenders, five mid-fielders and seven forwards.

"Both Sandeep and Shivendra have managed to make a comeback sheerly on the basis of their performance and fitness. During the camp they have proved that they still have fire in their belly to represent India," a national selector said.

The senior men's team is currently based at the Netaji Subhas Southern Centre (NSSC), Bangalore where they are attending a national camp, which started on May 16, as final preparations for the upcoming tournament.

The team will depart for Rotterdam on June 5 and its opening match is scheduled against Ireland on June 13.

India is placed in pool B alongside the hosts, New Zealand and Ireland while Australia, Spain, Belgium and fourth team (to be known after the conclusion of the final tournament of FIH World League Round 2 on June 2) will form pool A.

India had qualified for the FIH World League Round-3 (semifinals) in February this year. The FIH World League is also the qualifier for the World Cup 2014 to be played in Hague, the Netherlands.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: P R Sreejesh, P T Rao.

Defenders: VR Raghunath (vice-captain), Sandeep Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Harbir Singh Sandhu.

Midfielders: Birendra Lakra, Sardar Singh (captain), Manpreet Singh, Kothajit Singh, Gurmail Singh.

Forwards: SV Sunil, Shivendra Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Nithin Thimmaiah, Dharamvir Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh.

The Times of India



TN, UP, Namdhari XI & Railways score big wins

PUNE: Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy pulled off a dominating 5-1 win over Chhattisgarh in their Pool B league match of the 3rd Hockey India Senior Men National Championship on Wednesday.

This is second consecutive win for Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy. Arman Quershi struck twice while Raju Singh (1), Sarfraj Khan (1) and Vikas Choudhary (1) scored a goal each. Prince Yadav (1) scored for Chhattisgarh at Major Dhyan Chand Polygrass Hockey Stadium, Prmpri in Pune.

In the other match of Pool B, Puducherry defeated Tripura 7-5. Puducherry for whom Tamilarasan A (3), Manthena Pradyumnavarma (2), Rajesh K (1) and Kamala Kanan N (1) scored, posted their first win while Tripura's reply came from Rehan Khan (2), Khursheed Ahmad (2) and Zafar Iqbal (1).

In Pool F, Namdhari XI trounced Jammu & Kashmir 10-1 in their first league match played at Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex.

For Namdhari XI, Gurpreet Singh topped the scorers list with three goals, followed by Gurvinder Singh (2), Karamjit Singh (1), Harpreet Singh (1), Didar Singh (1), Gurpreet Singh (1) and Sher Singh (1) while Rajinder Singh scored the only goal for Jammu & Kashmir who lost their second match in a row.

In the other match of Pool B, Puducherry defeated Tripura 7-5. Puducherry for whom Tamilarasan A (3), Manthena Pradyumnavarma (2), Rajesh K (1) and Kamala Kanan N (1) scored, thus posted their first win in their Pool while Tripura's reply came from Rehan Khan (2), Khursheed Ahmad (2) and Zafar Iqbal (1).

Railways brushed aside challenge of Sashastra Seema Bal 13-1 to register their second consecutive win in Pool F. Jasjeet Singh scored maximum number of 4 goals for Railways followed by Captain Sanjay Bir (3), Vinood Kumar Singh (2), Gagandeep Singh (2), Irshad Mirza (1) and Narad Bahadur (1) while Pankaj Nath Sharma scored the only goal for Sashastra Seema Bal who lost their second game in a row.

Last year's semi-finalist Haryana beat Mumbai Hockey Association Limited 5-3 in their Pool D league match. Haryana scored through Bharat Chikkara (2), Ranjeet (1), Jitender Saroha (1) and Jagwant (1) while Faheem Khan (2) and Dhananjay Mahadik (1) were on target for Mumbai Hockey Association Limited.

In the other match of Pool D, Uttar Pradesh defeated the hosts The Hockey Maharashtra 3-0. For Uttar Pradesh, Chandan Singh scored (2) and Siddartha (1) goal.

Tamil Nadu hammered Assam 8-2 in their league match of Pool H.

The Times of India



Clarke secures Army men a draw

Neil Clarke scored with the last play of the match as Defence Force a 3-3 draw with Corona Fatima in the T&T Hockey Board Trinity Men's Division at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, on Tuesday.

Fatima led 1-0 at the half thanks to a 25th-minute field goal from Andrew Vieira and four minutes after the resumption David Lee made it 2-0, but the “Teteron Boys” replied with two quick items in the Brian Burrows and an own goal in the 43rd and 48th, and looked set to take control of the match.

However, Vieira calmed the nerves of his Fatima teammates when he restored his team's advantage in the 50th for what seemed the certain match winner, until Clarke struck in the 70th minute.

In the Trinity Women’s Division, Malvern got first-half goals from Margaret Hinds and Oire Trotman to turn back Harvard Maritime Checkers 2-1.

Hinds fired the Malvernites ahead in the 21st and seven minutes later Trotman doubled the scoreline while teenager Michaellla Jones got a 66th-minute consolation for Checkers.

On Saturday, Charlene Williams, Nicole Aming and Wynette Campbell scored two goals each for Defence Force in an 8-0 blowout of Ventures.

​HOCKEY Results:

Saturday:
Trinity Women:

Defence Force 8 (Charlene Williams 12th, 29th, Nicole Aming 25th, 57th, Wynette Campbell 38th, 59th, Joanne Scipio 8th, Richelle Mitchell 23rd) vs Ventures 0

Monday:
Trinity Women:

Malvern 2 (Margaret Hinds 21st, Oire Trotman 28th) vs HM Checkers 1 (Michaella Jones 66th)

Tuesday:
Trinity Men:

Defence Force 3 (Brian Burrows 43rd, own goal 48th, Neil Clarke 70th) vs Fatima 3 (Andrew Vieira 25th, 50th, David Lee 39th)

The Trinidad Guardian



U15 sides in action at Inter-District event this weekend

The final Scottish youth inter-district event of the 2012/13 season will take place on Sunday 2 June, with teams from the U15 age group competing at Peffermill, Edinburgh.

In the girls’ competition, there will be two pools before the cross-over matches to determine final standings.

In Pool A, East, South and West Districts will play each other once, with the top two progressing to the semi-finals.

In Pool B, Highland, Midland, North and South-West Districts will also play each other once. The top two will progress to the semi-finals.

The third place team in each pool will play each other in a 5th/6th place play-off, while the losing semi-finalists will play a 3rd/4th place play-off.

The two winning semi-finalists will progress to the final to determine 1st and 2nd place.

In the boys’ competition, East, Highland, Midland, North and West will take part in a round-robin format, playing each other once to determine final pool standings.

Presentations will be at 16.05 for the boys’ event and 17.25 for the girls’ event.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Hockey and rugby given 2016 Games venues at Deodoro

By Karolos Grohmann



An aerial view of the Athletes' Park constructed for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes


ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Hockey and rugby will play their Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics competitions at the more remote Deodoro area of the city after organizers boosted the number of sports there to liven up what they say has now become a second Olympic park.

With hockey, initially set to be at the main Olympic park by the sea, forced to move to the Deodoro cluster, organizers said they were also placing Olympic debutants rugby sevens there, as well as some basketball preliminaries.

"For us it is quite important because we now have eight sports and 12 disciplines there," said Rio Games sports director Agberto Guimaraes. "For the first time there is a second Olympic park."

Guimaraes said as many as 50,000 people were expected to be within the Deodoro Olympic Park.

"We are much happier because it (Rio organizers) has added new team sports there," Kelly Fairweather, the CEO of the International Hockey Federation told Reuters.

Federation officials were initially unhappy about a move to Deodoro after having been told they would be in the main Olympic Park.

Fairweather said the addition of rugby and other sports such as BMX and hugely popular basketball added more value to the area.

"We are comfortable with this legacy. It is now a really good place," he said.

Rugby sevens was not part of Rio's bid file as it became an Olympic sport only in 2009, along with golf.

Deodoro will also host shooting competitions, modern pentathlon, equestrian, canoe slalom and fencing events.

Reuters




Provost Dru Marshall inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame


(Photo: University of Calgary 2013)

Shocked, surprised and humbled were three words Dru Marshall used to describe the feeling when she first got the call that she was being inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.

Marshall, the university’s provost and vice-president (academic), is one in a group of 10 notable Albertans being inducted today for their impact on sport — provincially, nationally and internationally.

“It’s amazing that you can be honoured for doing something you love,” says Marshall. “It’s really special that my former athletes and colleagues would see me as worthy of this kind of honour. Tonight’s induction will be a really emotional experience for me.”

With a coaching career that spanned more than 20 years, Marshall has had her share of intense victories and agonizing defeats. Through it all, her primary focus has been on people. “Rarely do you ever accomplish anything on your own,” she says. “As soon as you think you have, you’ve lost perspective.”

That statement rings as true today as it did when Marshall was an up-and-coming coach building a young field hockey team at the University of Alberta. Although Marshall’s role as a coach has transitioned from the field to the boardroom, her collection of coaching experiences had a big influence on her leadership style as an administrator.

“To me, leadership is all about maximizing an individual’s potential,” says Marshall. “That’s applicable whether you’re an athletic coach or an academic administrator.

“My athletes taught me the importance of collective leadership; that anyone at any time can become a leader and deliver the critical point that changes the way people think about things,” says Marshall. “Leadership isn’t about status, it’s about passion, personal drive and commitment.”

As she takes to the stage tonight in Red Deer, many of her former athletes and colleagues will be in attendance, including three athletes she trained who went on to make the 1988 and 1992 Canadian women’s field hockey teams that competed at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea and Barcelona, Spain.

“During my days as a coach we didn’t have field hockey experts, we created them out of good athletes that tried out for the team,” says Marshall. “It was always so meaningful to watch an athlete do something in a game that you never would have thought possible. It really showed diligence and dedication to see them transfer a skill learned in practice directly to the field in a game situation.”

Looking back, Marshall recalls an experience at a national coaches’ retreat when participants were asked to create their own personal mission statement. “Most of the coaches who attended the conference had a personal mission statement to win a national championship,” she says. “My mission statement was to create leaders.

“We had a great discussion about my mission statement after that exercise, as many participants wondered if I shouldn’t be concentrating more on results,” she adds. “But my belief has always been that if you focus on the process, the results will take care of themselves.”

Penny Werthner, dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology, has known Marshall for many years. “Dru Marshall has been, and continues to be, a true leader in both the world of sport and academics,” says Werthner.

“The emphasis she placed, as the national women’s field hockey coach, on leadership development, on playing the game ethically, and on creating a constant and challenging learning environment for the players, developed great women as well as skilled field hockey players.

“It is my honor to be a colleague and a friend. Dru is a brilliant and worthy inductee to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame.”

Dru Marshall on…

Winning bronze: “Bronze is a sign of a team’s true character; it represents those athletes who are able to come back after a devastating loss, and win. There are often more important lessons learned in loss than in victory.”

The importance of campus athletics: “Not everyone can play a sport, but it’s a really special experience for those who can. Athletes have a special responsibility as university ambassadors. They don’t always recognize or ask for that when they don their jersey, but it’s a role they fill. Athletics can be a door opener and a real spirit builder for an institution.”

Remaining physically active: “If I wasn’t physically active I’d be really ineffective as a leader. My workouts are my chance to get away and think about things differently. It’s part of who I am and how I manage stress.”

*This story originally appeard on the University of Calgary site and was written by Carly Moran.

Field Hockey Canada media release



Hockey for Heroes Tour: 2013.



It is fair to say The Top of the D is quite keen on hockey. If I could, I’d watch or play the game every day. I’m also pretty keen on people doing things for a good cause and helping others. Imagine if both could be combined somehow. That’d be fantastic, wouldn’t it? Well, as it happens, the Hockey for Heroes Tour fits just that bill.

The tour is the brainchild of two players, Carl Woods and Gary Ryder, both of whom have links to the armed forces. It features a 20 man squad of players from an assortment of clubs across England. Their plan is to tour the length and breadth of the country between 14 and 22 June playing club sides and the armed forces in an attempt to raise £20,000 for the Help the Heroes charity as well as building a strong network of contacts and friends to help with future events.

Woods told me: “I’m looking forward to being part of a unique experience and watching a small idea turn into a massive event. The fitness side of things will be the biggest problem (especially for me as I’m the oldest in the squad!) As you know hockey’s not a soft sport but our team is very competitive.”

He is right to highlight the physical demands. 23 games in eight days are a big ask for anyone. The quality of opposition too, is not to be sneezed at, as goalkeeper Robin Walker says: “I think we’ve got at least one tough game each day. We’re playing some clubs that have their 1st XI in National League such as Leek, Team Bath Buccaneers and Fareham as well as some other, very talented teams. The Army, Navy and RAF will never be easy games either.”

There are rumours that some of the clubs will be drafting in some special guest players, including Mark Pearn, who will reportedly turn out for former club Gloucester City. However, the Hockey for Heroes squad have their share of quality players, as Woods is keen to point out:


Adam Jordan

“Luckily enough we have a very talented squad ourselves so I’m confident we can give as good as we get. Tom Pickersgill (St. Albans HC) is a notable player and a penalty corner threat and Joel Forrester (Hertford HC) can find the net from anywhere in the D. I think our most recognisable player will be Adam Jordan from East Grinstead; he’s been involved with the Euro Hockey League for them this season and is a class act. We’ve got some pretty handy players.”

With a good squad at their disposal, Woods, who doubles as the team’s manager as well as playing has thrown the gauntlet down, declaring that Hockey for Heroes will win all the games. Walker is a little more reserved about the team’s chances. However he is determined to win at least one game in particular: “I’ll be looking forward to playing against Leeds HC as it’s my home team where I’m club captain. It’d be nice to get a win there!”  He added: “We’ll take each game as it comes and do our best. Obviously we’re looking to pick up as many wins as possible and score as many goals as we can, but spreading the word of what we’re doing is a lot more important.”

Woods is obviously excited for himself and his team, but is also aware the success of the tour is reliant on people outside the squad: “I’m hoping that as many people get involved in the event as possible. We want them to donate, come to watch the games with their families and generally promote the whole event as much as possible.” His goalkeeper echoed that sentiment: “We are trying to be as interactive as we can. We have the full schedule confirmed so we’d love to see as many faces at each venue as possible. I understand that quite a lot of the clubs are arranging socials such as Race Nights, BBQs etc. on the nights that we’re there. We have a tracker installed on our minibus so you can see exactly where we are, we have a Facebook page and Twitter account set up so people will be able to follow the progress of how we’re doing on the tour.”

Unquestionably, the Hockey for Heroes squad has their work cut out. What is effectively an entire season in around eight days, as well as travelling in the region of 800 miles is no mean feat. Woods’ final word on the tour sums it up neatly: “The most important thing to remember is that this is not just a few hockey clubs being involved in a charity event. This squad represents every hockey club in England.  We are just a small group of players acting on behalf of the “Hockey Family” and showing people what our sport can achieve when we put our resources together.”

So, feel free to get involved. Donate, go and watch a game or two, or send the boys a message on Facebook or Twitter to show your support. Towards the final few games, when the aches, pains, knocks and niggles have set in, they’ll really need the help.

You can find out more about the Hockey for Heroes tour by visiting their website here.

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