News for 04 June 2013

All the news for Tuesday 4 April 2013

In form Belgium too strong for England in first match

Dan Shingles in action for NOW Pensions England against Scotland

As part of England’s preparation for their World League Semi Final in Malaysia at the end of the month they played their first of three warm-up games against Belgium in Antwerp.

The home side, ranked ninth in the world, dominated the first half of play with four goals inside 36 minutes. England did pull two goals back in the second half through Darren Cheesman and Dan Fox, but a fifth goal from Belgium in the 47th minute cemented the home win.

Speaking after the game England Head Coach, Bobby Crutchley said, “We were far too slow out of the blocks today, however after a poor start I thought we picked ourselves up well in the second half and enjoyed the majority of possession. I hope we can now carry this into our games tomorrow and Thursday.”

Reading’s Tom Carson made his international debut in the first of a three match series.

Belgium came into the game high in confidence and fresh from their first place finish at last month’s World League Round 2 tournament in Saint-Germain, France.

John-John Dohmen was first player to get his name on the match sheet in the 13th minute and with momentum firmly on their side they showed no signs of slowing down with two more goals coming inside the first 35 minutes of play. Felix Denayer made it 2-0 for the home side 10 minutes after the first goal and Dohmen cemented the lead shortly before the half-time whistle to register his brace and give a three goal cushion going into the break.

A three goal deficit was a less than ideal start, but England made it even harder for themselves one minute into the second half when they conceded a penalty corner. The initial shot was not cleared, allowing Jerome Dekeyser to chase the ball down and deflect it back high into Pinner’s goal to make it 4-0.

Not to be kept on the defensive, England started pushing back, and in the 40th minute a strong cross by Hampstead & Westminster’s Dan Fox allowed Reading’s Darren Cheesman to deflect the ball in past the Belgian keeper with a reverse stick to pull one goal back. Four minutes later another surge from the visitors saw Fox score his first England goal, pouncing on a loose ball and hammering it home from 10 yards out, beating the Belgian goalkeeper at the near post.

Sensing that Belgium were on the back foot, England pushed hard for a third goal only to be hit on the counter attack in the 47th minute by Cedric Charlier to restore the three goal cushion. England worked hard to reduce the deficit, but were unfortunately unable to turn fruitful circle possession into goal scoring opportunities.

England’s next game against Belgium takes place tomorrow at 19:00 UK time.

John-John Dohmen 13, 30 (FG, FG)
Felix Denayer 23 (FG)
Jerome Dekeyser 36 (PC)
Cedric Charlier 47 (FG)

ENGLAND  2 (0)
Darren Cheesman 40 (FG)
Dan Fox 44 (FG)

Belgium v England Squad

Tom Carson – Reading – Forward
Nick Catlin – Reading – Midfielder/Forward
Adam Dixon – Beeston – Midfielder/Defender
Dan Fox – Hampstead & Westminster – Defender
Michael Hoare – Beeston – Defender
Ashley Jackson – East Grinstead – Midfielder
Simon Mantell – Reading – Forward
Barry Middleton – Holcombe – Midfielder
George Pinner – Beeston – Goalkeeper
Dan Shingles – Southgate – Midfielder
Oliver Willars – Beeston – Defender

Substitutes used
Ben Arnold – Beeston - Forward
Andy Bull – Loughborough Students – Defender
Darren Cheesman – Reading – Forward
Mark Gleghorne – East Grinstead – Forward
Harry Martin – Beeston – Midfielder
Henry Weir – Loughborough Students – Defender

Did not play
James Bailey – Reading – Goalkeeper
David Condon – Loughborough Students – Midfielder
Phil Roper – Sheffield Hallam – Forward

England Hockey Board Media release

English lose first Belguim Test

Bobby Crutchley's England team ran into an in-form Belguim side

BOBBY CRUTCHLEY’S new-look England squad came up against a Belgium side firing on all cylinders yesterday as they lost the first of three Tests 5-2.

Belgium, who have recently just won their world league event, were four goals up before Reading’s Darren Cheesman scored in the 40th minute and Hampstead’s Dan Fox hit home his first England goal four minutes later.

Daily Express

Tarrant called up as late cover for Black Sticks

Blair Tarrant is a late addition to the Black Sticks Men’s team for the World League Semi-Final in Rotterdam following an injury to Kane Russell.

The 23-year-old Southern defender has joined the Black Sticks in Europe after Russell was ruled out late last week with a broken thumb. Russell is currently in a cast and will not recover in time for the tournament.

Tarrant played all six games during New Zealand’s recent test series against Korea.

Capital striker Jacob Smith has also been added to travel with the team as 19th man for additional injury cover.

The Black Sticks’ final schedule for the World League Semi-Final has now been re-released following World League Round 2 in Elektrostal, Russia. Results there saw France earn a spot at the Semi-Final, where they will slot into Pool A.

Pool A consists of Australia, Spain, Belgium and France while Pool B includes New Zealand, Netherlands, India and Ireland.

CLICK HERE for the Black Sticks Men and Women’s World League Semi-Final team lists and schedules

Hockey New Zealand Media release

H.C. Rotterdam claim Dutch championship

THE NETHERLANDS: H.C. Rotterdam will go into next season’s Euro Hockey League as the top ranked team from The Netherlands after claiming the Dutch Hoofdklasse title on Sunday. The team captained by Jeroen Hertzberger claimed a 3-2 win over Oranje Zwart in the third and final play-off match, which was brought into play after both sides each claimed a win in the two previous fixtures.

Oranje Zwart drew first blood in the contest when Rob Reckers fired home in the 28th minute, before New Zealand striker Simon Child pulled Rotterdam level just after the half time break. Niek van der Schoot re-established the lead for OZ’s in the 49th minute, but Timmo Kranstauber tied the scores eight minutes from the end of the game. The decisive goal in both the match and the championship arrived in the 64th minute through Bas Campbell, who scored from open play to give Rotterdam a victory that their players will never forget. 

The result earned H.C. Rotterdam their first ever national title, giving their hugely talented squad a massive boost in confidence going into next season’s Euro Hockey League. Rotterdam have always been strong performers in the EHL, having claimed one Silver and three Bronze medals in the competition to date. However, next season they will be determined that it is their name being engraved on the Alain Danet Trophy.

Euro Hockey League qualifiers from The Netherlands
1: H.C. Rotterdam (Champions)
2: Oranje Zwart (Runners-up)
3: Kampong (Third place)

Euro Hockey League media release

Big wins for Association of Indian Universities and Karnataka

PUNE: Association of Indian Universities and Karnataka registered victories in their respective league matches in the 3rd Hockey India Senior Men National Championship at Major Dhyan Chand Polygrass Hockey Stadium, Pimpri on Monday.

Association of Indian Universities thrashed Gujarat 19-1 in their Pool A league match.

Razin Kandulana (4, 8, 17, 18, 23 min) scored five goals, Manjinder Singh (12, 55), Gurjant Singh (14, 42), Hardeep Singh (27, 68), Jaskaran Singh (50, 65), Ramandeep Singh( 57, 64) netted two each, while Gurpreet Singh (5 min), Ravisher Singh (27 min), Satinder Dalal (33 min), Jaswinder Singh (54 min) hit the net once each.

For Gujarat, Ankit Thakur (46 min) scored the lone goal. In Pool C, Karnataka hammered Goa 20-0. Karnataka scored through MG Poonacha (5, 53, 57 min), Bidappa B S (8, 63 min), Nikkin Thimmaiah (13, 20 min), Muddappa M K (14, 39, 61, 62 min), Mohan Muthanna (26, 31 min), MB Aiyappa (43, 49 min), SK Uthappa (44, 67, 69 min), Somanna K M (66 min) and Rafeeq S M (70 min).

In another Pool C match, Services Sports Control Board thrashed Bihar 11-0. Services Sports Control Board scored through Sanwar Ali (4, 39, 59 min), S Arumugam (11, 23 min), S Raju (19, 25 min), Johnny Jasrotia (34, 62 min) and Ignace Tirkey (65, 69 min).

In Pool E, Odisha defeated Himachal Pradesh 7-1, while Jharkhand beat Comptroller & Auditor General 5-1.

In Pool G, Manipur routed Uttarakhand 10-0. Fixture for tomorrow: Pool A: Punjab vs Association of Indian Universities (0700hrs) and Delhi vs Gujarat (0830hrs).

Pool C: Karnataka vs Sports Authority of India (1430hrs) and Bihar vs Goa (1600hrs).

Pool E: Himachal Pradesh vs Bengal (0700hrs) Pool G: Manipur vs Kerala (1430hrs) and Andhra Pradesh vs Uttarakhand (1600hrs).

The Times of India

Punjab, SAI, Karnataka start campaign on winning note

NEW DELHI: Punjab, Sports Authority of India and Karnataka started their campaign on a winning note in the 3rd Hockey India Junior Men National Championship on Monday.

Punjab defeated Kerala 13-0 in their opening league match in pool A. Punjab scored through Parvinder Singh (7, 13 51, 53, 59 min), Gaganpreet Singh (23, 44), Harsahib Singh (32), Gurinder Singh (38), Vikramjit Singh (46), Ajit Pandit (50), Gujrant Singh (63) and Lovepreet Singh (66).

In the other pool A match, Jharkhand beat Mumbai Hockey Association Limited 3-0. Jharkhand scored through Sumanta (41), Rahul (66) and Sanjay (69).

Sports Authority of India beat Manipur 11-1 in their pool E league match. Sandeep Kumar Singh scored six goals for SAI.

In the other pool E match, Karnataka registered their first win as they defeated Rajasthan 13-0. Karnataka scored through Jitender (7, 52, 56), Sanjib (14), Shreyash (18, 38), Shaik Adil (31), Rakesh (33, 54, 59), Shesha Gowda (24, 38), Suras Singh (49) and Anjaneya (65).

In Pool G, Assam beat Bihar 6-1. Results Pool A - Punjab 13 (Parvinder Singh 7, 13 51, 53, 59, Gaganpreet Singh 23, 44,Harsahib Singh 32, Gurinder Singh 38, Vikramjit Singh 46, Ajit Pandit 50, Gujrant Singh 63, Lovepreet Singh 66) beat Kerala 0 Jharkhand 3 (Sumanta Hemrom 41, Rahul 66, Sanjay 69) beat Mumbai Hockey Association Limited 0 Pool E - Sports Authority of India 11 (Sandeep Kumar Singh 4, 18, 27, 42, 43, 49, Saurabh Kumar Singh 28, Manpreet 59, own goal 60, Navdeep Singh 65) beat Manipur 1 (Bronson Singh 15) Karnataka 13 (Jitender 7, 52, 56, Sanjib 14, Shreyash 18, 38, Shaik Adil 31, Rakesh 33, 54, 59, Shesha Gowda 24, 38, Suras Singh 49, Anjaneya 65) beat Rajasthan 0 Pool G - Assam 6 (Rajesh Boro 1, Balin Boro 24, Ritu Raj Boro 32, 33, 56, Bidyut Diamari 48) beat Bihar 1 (Anwarullah Shah 6).

The Times of India

Mandeep: Looking forward to meet Floris Evers

Tazeen Qureshy

Ranchi Rhino’s star player and upcoming hockey hero, Mandeep Singh has already booked his berth in the senior team for the upcoming World Hockey League Round 3. From his debut in the junior Asia Cup last year, to his debut in the senior team this year, ‘Baby-India’ is looking forward for an impressive tour to Netherlands.

Right after returning from Azlan Shah Cup, till last month, you were training as a part of Junior India camp. In fact, you skipped the last few days of the junior camp due to your examination. Was it a surprise call to the senior squad?

Certainly, it was a surprise. When I applied for taking leave for my exams, Saini sir (Baljit Singh Saini) asked me to return soon as I had to join the seniors. But, he did not mention about selection in the squad for WHL Round 3. It came as a complete surprise.

You made your senior debut in WHL Round 2. WHL Round 3 is your second major senior tournament considering that Indian side had sent a development team in Azlan Shah. So, how special is WHL for you?

Of course, it is very special. I remember that in WHL Round 2, I was pretty nervous on how to go about the game. I used to keep thinking how to take a shot, how to make the right movements, etc. But today, with guidance of my coach and seniors, I have developed confidence.

Your performance in Round 2 was not very impressive. You just managed to score just a single goal and your HIL form was missing. What is your target for Round 3?

Undoubtedly, I want to improve my game. I look forward to score a lot of goals. Plus, I have been discussing about my game with Sardar Singh and Raghunath. I hope Round 3 will be a success.

Talking about the teams, some of the big hockey playing nations are participating this time. How much pressure does it add?

No wonder, it is going to be a tough competition. But, we have been practicing well. We had a great camp. Let’s hope that we deliver accordingly.

Finally, a player from any other country you are keenly looking at this WHL?

My Ranchi Rhinos buddy and Netherlands’s Floris Evers. It will be nice to meet him after long.

Perak sign in with classy wins

By Jugjet Singh

DEFENDING champions Perak got off to an impressive start in their quest to retain the Boys' and Girls' Under-18 Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) hockey titles at the Bukit Serindit Stadium in Malacca yesterday.

In the Boys' Under-18, Perak hammered Perlis 8-1, while their girls hit Perlis 3-0 in their opening matches.

RESULTS -- Boys' Under-18 Group A: Perak 8 Perlis 1; Group B: Kuala Lumpur 6 Johor 1, Sabah 4 Putrajaya 0; Group C: Selangor 4 Pahang 0; Group D: Malacca 3 Negri 3.

Today -- Group A: Terengganu v Perak; Group B: Sabah v Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya v Johor; Group C: Selangor v Kedah, Pahang v Penang.

RESULTS -- Girls' Under-18 Group A: Perak 3 Kedah 0; Group B: Malacca 1 Kelantan 0; Group C: Perlis 1 Kuala Lumpur 5, Selangor 1 Johor 2; Group D: Sabah 1 Pahang 3, Penang 6 Negri 0.

Today -- Group A: Terengganu v Perak; Group B: Sarawak v Malacca; Group C: Selangor v Perlis, Johor v Kuala Lumpur; Group D: Penang v Sabah, Negri v Pahang.

RESULTS -- Boys' Under-12 Group A: Kuala Lumpur 1 Malacca 5; Group B: Penang 1 Terengganu 2; Group C: Sabah 3 Johor 2, Kelantan 0 Sarawak 2; Group D: Perak 4 Pahang 1, Kedah 0 Selangor 3.

Today -- Group A: Malacca v Perlis; Group B: Negri v Penang; Group C: Kelantan v Sabah, Sarawak v Johor; Group D: Perak v Kedah, Pahang v Selangor.

RESULTS -- Girls' Under-12 Group A: Selangor 3 Kelantan 1; Group B: Perak 2 Pahang 0; Group C: Kuala Lumpur 3 Penang 2, Kedah 1 Malacca 2; Group D: Terengganu 5 Perlis 0, Sarawak 1 Johor 0.

Today -- Group A: Sabah v Selangor; Group B: Negri v Perak; Group C: Kedah v Kuala Lumpur, Malacca v Penang; Group D: Perlis v Johor, Terengganu v Sarawak.

New Straits Times

Hockey champs get off to flying starts

By Percy D’Cruz

MALACCA: Defending boys’ and girls’ Under-18 champions Perak got off to flying starts – beating Perlis 8-1 and Kedah 3-0 respectively – on the opening day of the National Schools (MSSM) hockey championships at the Bukit Serendit Hockey Stadium.

Mohd Zulhamizan Awang Abas bagged a hat-trick for the Perak boys’ team with goals in the fifth, eighth and 69th minutes. Perak’s other goals in the thumping win over Perlis came from Mohd Ashran Hamsani (7th, 55th), S. Deavandran (22nd), Abdul Rauf Mohd Nazri (3lst) and Mohd Luokman Hakimi (51st).

Perlis got their consolation through Mohd Aswadi Ridzuan in the 58th minute.

The Star of Malaysia

Matuga Girls in ‘Group of Death’


Matuga Girls’ hockey players celebrate after beating St John’s Girls 4-0 in Mombasa region schools hockey final at Voi Secondary on Sunday to emerge champions. Matuga won 4-0. PHOTO/GEORGE MAUNDU

Newly-crowned Mombasa region secondary schools girls’ hockey champions Matuga Girls have every reason to worry after they were placed  in a tough group ‘A’ of the national secondary school games that kick off in Nakuru from June 17.

According to the draw released by Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association National Vice-chairman Rodgers Siasa  Mwafungo, Matuga faces East Africa schools’ defending champions Kerugoya Girls from  Abadare  region, Sinyolo from Lake region  and national champions Kapkoilei from Nakuru.

Tall order

It will be a tall order for Matuga, who are making a comeback at the national scene after a three-year absence after trouncing St John’s Kaloleni 4-0 in the Mombasa region finals in Voi at the weekend.

Pool ‘B’ has Afraha Girls from Nakuru region, Gategi from Northern, St Cecilia Misikhu from Nzoia  and St Joseph Kibwezi from Metropolitan region.

“We  are in a tough group, but we have beefed up our technical bench to ensure we match the national standards,” Matuga Girls principal, Mwanahamisi Omar, said.

Matuga celebrated by slaughtering four goats after they were crowned queens in Mombasa.

“We  have been partying but we’ll embark on serious training on Monday (yesterday). I believe the girls will succeed,” said Madam Omar.

Boys’ handball will see Abadare region’s Mang’u, Metropolitan’s Makongeni Secondary, Lake region’s Maseno School and Mombasa’s Shimo La Tewa battle in group ‘A’ while group B has Northern’s Kathungi, Nakuru’s Laboret Boys, Garrisa and Nzoia region’s Kimilili Boys.

Other fixtures: Girls’ handball: Pool ‘A’ Moi Girls Kamusinga (Nzoia region), Mombasa region, Northern region (Kirigara) and Garrisa region. Pool ‘B’: Abadares (Gataragwa), Nakuru region (St Francis Cheptarit Girls), Metropolitan (Matuu Memorial), and Lake region (Sega Girls).

Boys’ hockey: Pool A: Nakuru region (St Patrick Iten), Nzoia (Friend’s School Kamusinga), Northern (Kangaru) and Lake Region (Maseno School).Group ‘B’:  Nakuru two (Narok Boys) Mombasa region (St Charles Lwanga), Abadares (Mang’u High), Metropolitan (Nairobi School).

Girls’ hockey: Group ‘A’: Nakuru one, Abadares (Kerugoya Girls), Lake region (Sinyolo) and  Mombasa region (Matuga Girls). Group ‘B’:  Nakuru two (AFraha Secondary), Northern (Kathungi), Nzoia (St Cecila Misikhu)  and Metropolitan (St Joseph Kibwezi Girls).

Daily Nation

Nation's largest sport complex Nook Sports opens

MANHEIM, Pa. - June 3, 2013 - For the new roster of 30 U.S. Women’s National Team athletes the feeling of coming home is perhaps sweeter than a sugar-infused, Amish-baked whoopie pie. By the end of summer, Craig Parnham, U.S. Women’s Head Coach, along with the nation’s most prestigious field hockey competitors are heading to the East Coast to plant roots in Lancaster, Pa. soil at Spooky Nook Sports, the grand new Home of Hockey.  

"This new facility promises to be an aspiration venue for the whole hockey community," said Parnham. "Not only will it be home of our elite programs in which athletes will have access to world class facilities and support services, it will also allow the next generation of hockey players, coaches and officials to share in the environment and take inspiration from it."

Spooky Nook Sports’ doors were officially opened June 3, 2013.  This modernly innovative sports complex is more than 700,000 square feet indoor sports and entertainment as well as 50 acres of outdoor space located less than 20 minutes from downtown Lancaster. Central Pennsylvania is widely known as Amish Country across the United States but today Lancaster has a new attraction, Spooky Nook Sports, the largest sports, entertainment and events complex in the entire country.

At the entrance to this expansive facility stands a 30-foot rock wall complete with an arch, boulder and crack climbing on the right side. On the left side is Clip N' Climb, a unique climbing experience which may thrill even the bravest adults. There are 10 full-length basketball/volleyball hardwood courts, six tennis courts surfaced in the same material as the U.S Open, AstroTurf ® fields for a variety of sports including soccer, futsal, field hockey, dodge ball and more. A full-sized baseball diamond infield, eight batting cages and pitching lanes offer training for baseball and softball players.

The fitness center overlooks the basketball and tennis courts and includes elliptical machines, free-weights, a cycling studio with a projection screen, group fitness classes, personal trainers, child watch and locker rooms.  The sports performance center area overlooks the tennis courts. This professional level strength and conditioning room includes five dual-sided power racks, two jammers, kettle balls, dumb bells and additional functional training equipment.

Spooky Nook offers a vast sport court area that may be used for a multitude of sports including but not limited to basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, futsal, martial arts, fencing, pickle ball, handball, and many other sports.

In addition to sports, the facility offers meetings, events, and team building opportunities. The Nook already accommodated several private events during the soft opening phase, which began in March. These events included the Irish Rumble volleyball tournament, the Lancaster Mennonite Prom, and the Women's Expo hosted by Business Women's magazine.

"Spooky Nook Sports has something for everyone,” said Marketing Coordinator, Stephanie Jordan.  “We are a filled with every sport imaginable however; we want to bring entertainment and events to the community as well.  We hope our facility helps to build the local economy, brings patrons to area businesses and draws tourists to Lancaster County.”

USFHA media release