News for 06 June 2013

All the news for Thursday 6 June 2013


Strong second half sees off Netherlands

Kookaburras rally to come from behind in first World League warm-up


Three second half goals from Russell Ford (VIC), Jamie Dwyer (QLD) and Chris Cirello (VIC) saw the Kookaburras come from behind to beat the Netherlands 3-1 in their first official practice match ahead of the Hockey World League semi-final in Rotterdam.

The Australian men rallied after suffering an early set-back as the Dutch took the lead in the fourth minute, albeit with the aid of a deflection off an Australian stick.

Head Coach Ric Charlesworth admitted afterwards that the opening exchanges had been “scrappy”, saying, “We were pretty scrappy but we’ve only been here a few days. We have recently got our full squad together and we rested [Matthew] Swann and [Kieran] Govers. It was a scrappy game, our skills were not as good as they should be and we trailed at half time, but we were better in the second half.”

Mark Knowles was handed the honour of captaining Australia in his adoptive hometown just days after winning the league title in his final match for Dutch club HC Rotterdam.

Despite not forcing an equaliser in the opening period, the Kookaburras came out with renewed impetus after the break. Russell Ford levelled things shortly after half time as he converted well following a pass from Jamie Dwyer. And five-time World Player of the Year Dwyer, playing in his 295th match for the Kookaburras, made it 2-1 ten minutes into the second half as he lashed home a first time rebound.

The Dutch had half chances of their own but it was Chris Ciriello who put the game beyond doubt with just over ten minutes of the match remaining. The powerful Melburnian was recently part of the Bloemendaal side that took the Euro Hockey League title and he made no mistake to fire in Australia’s third with a low flick from a penalty corner.

Speaking after the match, goalkeeper Tristan Clemons, who came off the bench at half time, said: “I’d played the Dutch with Australia A last year but this was a totally different game. It was a good game to play in, particularly at their home ground with their supporters.”

Referring to Australia’s golden goal victory over the Netherlands at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne last December, Clemons added, “I think they had some fire in their belly from what happened at the Champions Trophy.”

The match was the first of three warm-up fixtures for the Kookaburras who take on the Netherlands again on Friday (10:00pm AEST) and Belgium on Sunday (9:00pm AEST) in preparation for their assault on the World League semi-final. The tournament, which is a World Cup qualification event, begins in Rotterdam on 13 June with the Kookaburras’ first match against Belgium on Friday 14 June (7:00pm AEST).

AUSTRALIA (MEN) WORLD LEAGUE WARM-UP TOUR

NETHERLANDS 1 (1)

Own Goal 4 (OG)

KOOKABURRAS 3 (0)
Russell Ford 38 (F)
Jamie Dwyer 45 (F)
Chris Ciriello 57 (PC)

Kookaburras Squad v Netherlands, 5 June
(Listed alphabetically by surname)
Name (Hometown, State) Caps/Goals (updated)

Started

Kiel Brown (Perth, WA) 130/3
Joel Carroll (Darwin, NT) 83/2
Andrew Charter (GK) (Canberra, ACT) 41/0
Tim Deavin (Launceston, TAS) 69/3
Russell Ford (Eltham, VIC) 124/49
Rob Hammond (Townsville, QLD) 225/27
Fergus Kavanagh (Geraldton, WA) 162/14
Mark Knowles (Rockhampton, QLD) 210/16
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW) 120/39
Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD) 32/10
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA) 12/1

Used Sub
Chris Ciriello (Melbourne, VIC) 111/58
Tristan Clemons (GK) (Bunbury, WA) 3/0
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD) 295/186
Matt Gohdes (Rockhampton, QLD) 72/20
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA) 40/13
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS) 179/47
Glenn Simpson (Melbourne, VIC) 85/14

Did Not Play
Kieran Govers (Wollongong, NSW) 70/31
Matthew Swann (Mackay, QLD) 89/2

Hockey Australia media release



U21 Burras begin Euro tour with big win

Club side Kahlenberger on end of 8-3 result


Australia’s U21 men’s side, the Burras, got their European tour up and running in emphatic style as they ran out 8-3 victors over German club side Kahlenberger. A Cameron Joyce (SA) hat-trick and Daniel Beale’s (QLD) double were complemented by strikes from Justin Douglas (QLD) and Tyler Cowley (VIC), and an own goal by the Germans.

The margin of victory could, perhaps, have been even greater had the Burras fully capitalised on a host of good opportunities in the first half but despite their energetic start they went in level 1-1 at half time. A more clinical second half, however, settled any lingering concerns. Joyce’s three penalty corner goals showed the Burras’ threat while there were good performances from Matt Dawson (NSW), Kane Posselt (QLD) and Dylan Wotherspoon (QLD).

The Burras next fixture is likely to be a much tougher assignment against the Germany U21 men’s team in the early hours of Friday morning. The match gets underway at 1:00am AEST. The Burras will also face the Belgian and Dutch U21 sides between now and 14 June.

The European tour provides the Burras with valuable preparation for the Junior World Cup in India at the end of the year.

Burras team v Kahlenberger
(Listed in alphabetical order by surname)

Started

Daniel Beale (QLD); Robert Bell (QLD); Andrew Butturini (GK) (QLD); Matthew Dawson (NSW); Justin Douglas (QLD); Casey Hammond (VIC); Aaron Kershaw (NSW); Kane Posselt (QLD); Matthew Pembroke (QLD); Jayshaan Randhawa (VIC); Dylan Wotherspoon (QLD)

Substitute Used
Ed Chittleborough (GK) (SA); Tyler Cowley (VIC); Cameron Joyce (SA); Matthew Lim (WA); Luke Noblett (NSW)

Did Not Play
Simon Borger (QLD); Will Gilmour (VIC); Blake Govers (NSW); Jeremy Hayward (NT)

Hockey Australia media release



Mark Knowles, Rotterdam man

Aussie star on winning the Hoofdklasse with World League host club Rotterdam



Mark Knowles. Picture from his Twitter account

Fresh from winning the Dutch Hoofdklasse championship with Rotterdam, Mark Knowles spoke to Charlotte Vlek after joining up with the Kookaburras in his adopted home city ahead of the World League.

“Winning the championship was amazing,” says Knowles, who says the past season with Rotterdam will be his last. “I have wanted to do this for a while at Rotterdam, this is my fifth season and we have been very close each year. To finally do it this year was a perfect end for me. I’m going to miss playing here a lot, that’s why I have kept coming back. I love the lifestyle; I love how the hockey is played and how it’s taken by the audience. The people at Rotterdam and other clubs treated me so well. So yeah, it’s a nice way to end the season here and then stay with the Australian team, they’re my two favourite teams!”

After the celebrations with his club team, Mark didn’t have to travel far to meet his Aussie teammates as the Hockey World League will be held at his home ground in Rotterdam.

“It’s definitely a home tournament for me and it’s the best hockey field in the world. The World League is going to be tough because there are two or three top teams in each group. We have to play Belgium who are really emerging, so we have been watching them very seriously. We have also had great battles for years against Spain and along with the French it is a very tough group.

“We have a really strong team. There haven’t been many changes made since the Olympics and the Champions Trophy in Melbourne. From what I have seen in training this week the boys are in good form. Hopefully, we will qualify for the semi-finals and the top three to qualify for the World Cup. That is our biggest goal.”

Despite his intention to call time on his spell with Rotterdam, 29 year old Mark’s got his eyes firmly set on the future, starting with the World League and, following that, a return to the Queensland Blades side for the AHL later in the year.

And the good news for Kookaburras fans… he’s got Rio in his sights!

He explains, “I haven’t made any decisions yet but I’m at an age where I think I’m good enough to play through to Rio and barring injuries or things like that, hopefully I can.”

Keep up to date with Mark on Twitter at @knowlesy09.

Hockey Australia media release



Black Sticks beat England


Black Stick Anita Punt in action. Photo / Christine Cornege

New Zealand have won their second game against England in their leadup programme ahead of the World League 3 tournament this month.

The third-ranked Black Sticks followed the 4-4 draw at Bisham Abbey 24 hours earlier with a 2-1 win early today.

Midfielder Anita Punt and attacker Sian Fremeaux scored New Zealand's goals. England led 1-0 at halftime.

The third and final match against world No 4 England is late tomorrow night before New Zealand head to Rotterdam for the tournament to decide the qualifiers for the world final in Argentina in December.

The New Zealand Herald



Burrows poised to reach 300 mark at worlds


MILESTONE: Phil Burrows is set to become the first Kiwi to reach 300 international caps. Photosport

Black Sticks stalwart Phil Burrows is about to become the first New Zealand hockey player to reach 300 international caps.

Currently at 295 games, barring any misfortune he will join the exclusive ‘300 club' during the World League tournament in Rotterdam, starting next Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Wellingtonian debuted for the Black Sticks against Great Britain in 2000 as a 19-year-old.

He is the country's leading goalscorer with 137 goals to his name.

The only current player who comes close to him in terms of experience is captain Dean Couzins, currently on 278 caps.

Burrows says notching up 300 games will be a special moment.

"To be perfectly honest, I wouldn't mind at all playing another 100," he said.

Burrows's career highlights are his debut game, a Commonwealth Games silver medal in 2002 and attending his first Olympic Games [Athens 2004] where he finished as the tournament's top goal scorer.

Burrows is renowned for his speed and fitness on the turf and his straight talking off it.

So what's the secret to his longevity?

"The first and most important I think is my love of the game," he said. "Fun on and off the field plays a huge part but a healthy lifestyle, gym work, running and stretching are all important.

"The fact that I can live, play and train as a professional athlete in Europe plays a massive part in my longevity with the Black Sticks."

Burrows rates Australia, the Netherlands and Germany as his toughest opponents.

As the game has evolved over time, so too has his approach.

He has become more focused on aerial skills as European teams increasingly turn to lifting skills to eliminate defenders.

When he finally puts down his stick, Burrows hopes to be remembered "as a player who works the hardest on the pitch but also has great skill".

The Black Sticks face Netherlands, India and Ireland during pool play at the World League before they progress to the cross-over playoffs.

The tournament will run from June 12-26.

Stuff



Black Sticks brothers sharing world stage



For Auckland brothers Arun and Jared Panchia, spending time together has taken on a whole new meaning.

Arun, who made his Black Sticks debut in 2009 and has played over 100 tests, has recently been joined in the team by younger brother Jared who debuted alongside his brother at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup earlier this year.

Arun, 24 and Jared, 19 are both playing together again for their country at the upcoming World League Semi-Final in Rotterdam.

The Panchia pair are thoroughly enjoying their time together on the hockey turf and admit they push each other to become better players.

“It’s pretty cool to be able to play together. I never really played with Jared growing up being a bit older but definitely playing at Azlan Shah was a highlight of my career. Hopefully we’ll play many more games together,” said Arun.

“For me to debut with Arun was quite cool and good for the family. He was always there to help me out so I didn’t feel under too much pressure because he was looking out for me,” added Jared.

The brothers come from a big hockey family – their mum used to play, dad has done a lot of coaching, younger brother Daniel was in the New Zealand U18 squad last year and sister Angela currently plays for Southern.

Other than the occasional tense Playstation battle, they insist there’s no sibling rivalry and being that they both play different positions (Arun in the midfield, Jared at striker) they both help each other develop in different areas.

“I think my strengths are more based around speed and passing whereas I think Jared is more of an eliminator and goal scorer. It would be great to have Jared’s skills in my position but I try to utilise my skills a bit more,” said Arun.

“I guess you could say we push each other quite a bit. Luckily were playing different positions so Jared’s not going to push me out!”

Jared was only 15 years old when Arun made his Black Sticks debut, but took inspiration from watching his brother play at the highest level.

“I’ve always watched him growing up and we went over as a family in 2009 to watch his debut. I’ve learnt a lot and even being able to ask him for any advice is really helpful,” Jared said.

“Just seeing him play at that level made me want to get there and be a part of it. I’m pretty stoked to be here now and am determined to work hard to keep a spot in the team.”

CLICK HERE for Arun’s full player profile

CLICK HERE for Jared’s full player profile

CLICK HERE for more information on the Black Sticks at the World League Semi-Final

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Magee withdraws from World League Semi-Finals through injury



Ireland Men's record caps holder Eugene Magee has unfortunately had to withdraw from Ireland's World League Semi-Final squad announced last Friday. Magee pulled up in the last training session of last week's camp with a  knee complaint. Following an MRI scan of his knee, Magee was seen by two specialists on Friday at the Sports Surgery Clinic in Santry, Dublin.

The scan showed some cartilage damage at the front of his knee, which initially requires two full weeks of rest , followed by a review to see if further treatment is necessary. The experienced Chris Cargo of Reading Hockey Club in England has been called up to the squad as Magee's replacement.

Speaking to hockey.ie Coach Andrew Meredith said " Eugene's injury is unfortunate, but is something that we have had a chat about, and decided to manage the injury now, and make sure that we avoid having any long term consequences of rushing him back to a competitive environment. Obviously he is extremely disappointed, missing an opportunity to play against some of the world's best individuals is exactly the sort of challenge that someone with Eugene's experience and tenacity relishes, and there is no question as one of the leadership group he will be missed during this tournament."

Meredith continued "Chris Cargo, who was very unfortunate to narrowly miss original selection, will enter as his replacement in a direct Midfielder for Midfielder swap. As a reflection on our increasing depth, we are very fortunate to be able call on someone who is approaching his 70th cap, and who brings a skill set and the sort of experience and energy to the dynamic of our midfield, that we are certainly looking for as a group moving into this tournament."

Everyone at Irish Hockey wishes Eugene a speedy recovery.

Irish Hockey Association media release



SA vs Malaysia - Fascinating battle of skills and wills in first hockey Test

JONATHAN COOK in Potchefstroom



SA captain Austin Smith: Photo: STANISLAS BROCHIER

South Africa men’s hockey team captain Austin Smith is expecting Malaysia to play their trademark fast, counter-attacking hockey when the tourists tackle the lads in green and gold in the first Test match at University of North West Hockey Centre in Potchefstroom Thursday.

The 5 pm start will see SA facing a technically skilled team that get a lot of players behind the ball before launching their lightning counters off turnover ball.

Smith, however, believes SA have got the game plan to beat them. “We’ve watched a lot of video, know what their skills are, and the test will be whether we are good enough at this point, not having trained together that much, to counter that,” said the team leader in between training sessions Wednesday.

The skipper has played under former SA head coach Paul Revington, now heading up the Malaysia brains trust, and knows that his former mentor pays a lot of attention to detail. “As the series goes on, Revs has the ability to analyse what we are doing and he knows the South African style. Having said that, we are embarking on a new structure, so it will be quite knew to Revs as to what we are trying to do.”

Smith likes the vibe in the SA squad but admits that the lads are somewhat underdone. “We are not anywhere near as prepared as we would like to be. Ideally last week [national camp in Johannesburg] would have been to train with a smaller squad but it is good that we exposed a lot of players to the national set-up, it’s good when you start a new phase to do that.

“This [four-Test] series is preparation for the World League semi-finals [from June 29 to July 7 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia] so I am not expecting us to peak this week as we are looking at the bigger picture, and the first two Tests will be quite difficult, but I have never played a single Test for South Africa not looking to win in every game and that is the same for all the team.”

Malaysia head coach Revington, a former director of hockey at UNW in Potch, said his new country’s rising star can be ascribed to a large extent at getting the players to believe in their strengths and what they are capable of, but he expects SA to present a stiff challenge.

“I am expecting strong opposition,” said Revington after morning training Tuesday, the day after the team had arrived. “South Africa have got a good group of players, there is depth to their squad and they have good coaches.”

The respective game plans will be crucial to the outcome and it also depends on which team plays closest to their potential. Added spice is that both are in Pool B in the World League semis.

At UNW Hockey Centre in Potchefstroom, Thursday’s first Test is at 5 pm, while Saturday and Sunday’s second and third Tests are both at 3 pm. The fourth and final Test is at Randburg Hockey Stadium at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 11.

TEAMS

South Africa (from) – Goalkeepers: Rassie Pieterse (Southern Gauteng), Jacque le Roux (Western Province), Gowan Jones (KZN Coastal Raiders). Defenders: Francois Pretorius (Northern Blues), Ashlin Freddy (WP), Rhett Halkett (WP, vice-capt), Ricky West (SG), Lance Louw (SG), Jethro Eustice (SG). Midfielders: Austin Smith (WP, capt), Jonty Robinson (NB), Clint Panther (SG), Wade Paton (KCR), Taine Paton (KCR), Tim Drummond (KCR), Nic Gonsalves (SG), Taylor Dart (SG). Strikers: Julian Hykes (SG), Craig Haley (WP), Matt Botha (WP), Pierre de Voux (WP), Miguel da Graca (SG).

Malaysia (from) - Goalkeepers: Kairulnizam Ibrahim, Roslan Jamaluddin. Defenders: Ahmad Kazamirul, Azlan Misron, Baljit Singh, Sukri Mutalib, Izad Hakimi, Razie Rahim. Midfielders: Faiz Helmi, Meor Muhamad Azuan, Fitri Saari, Shahrun Nabil, Azammi Adabi, Marhan Jalil, Nabil Fiqri Mohamed Noor. Strikers: Chua Boon Huat, Faizal Saari, Izwan Firdaus, Firhan Ashaari, Tengku Ahmad Tajudin.

SA Hockey Association media release



Rot-Weiss Köln crowned Champions of Germany



GERMANY: Rot-Weiss Köln recovered from the disappointment of a fourth place finish in this season’s Euro Hockey League by claiming the German championship thanks to two stunning victories at the weekend.

On Saturday, Köln – who scraped into the play-offs by finishing fourth in the regular league competition – sealed their place in the championship final by recording a remarkable 4-1 triumph over top-ranked Harvestehuder THC. Ace marksman Christopher Zeller opened the scoring with a 23rd minute penalty corner before Marco Miltkau doubled the advantage shortly after the half time break. Harvestehuder reduced the deficit when they forced an own goal in the 58th minute, but Jan-Marco Montag and a second from Miltkau gave Köln a truly outstanding result against a team that were unquestionably the dominant force in the league this season.

Köln continued their impressive form in the tournament final where they faced Mannheimer conquerors Uhlenhorst Mülheim, a team that they defeated in the Quarter Finals of this season’s Euro Hockey League.  Rot-Weiss opened up a 2-0 lead thanks to strikes from Daniel Montag and Marco Miltkau before Ole Keusgen dragged Uhlenhorst back into the match with a neat penalty corner deflection in the 28th minute. The scores were level five minutes after the break with Tobias Matania netted with a low drag-flick, but a close range goal from Köln’s Arnaud Becuwe eleven minutes from time proved to be the match and championship winner.

It was an emotional moment for Rot-Weiss Köln and Germany goalkeeper Max Weinhold, who brought the curtain down on an exceptional playing career with a national title. Weinhold was also named goalkeeper of the finals, while club and international team-mate Köln Philipp Zeller was named best player.

The women’s title in Germany went to Berliner HC, who overcame UHC Hamburg 3-2 thanks to a golden goal from Jana Gonnermann.

Video highlights of the men’s and women’s finals are available on the Hockey Liga website. More information can be found by clicking here.

Hockey-Liga Final Four Championship Play-Offs – Results

Semi Finals
Harvestehuder THC – Rot-Weiss Köln 1:4 (0:1)
Uhlenhorst Mülheim – Mannheimer HC 3:2 GG (2:2, 2:1)

Final
Rot-Weiss Köln – Uhlenhorst Mülheim 3:2 (2:1)

Euro Hockey League media release



Ulster test for Scotland U16 Girls

Scotland U16 Girls will travel to Jordanstown in Northern Ireland this week to play Ulster in three friendly matches from 7-9 June.

Head Coach Bill Robson has selected a development group to travel across the Irish Sea, with many of the players included in his squad likely to continue at this age group next season.

“The vast majority of the players included in this squad will continue onto next season at U16 age group so these games are about presenting an opportunity for the players to experience hockey at this level and in tournament conditions”, said Robson.

“Results are not the primary focus for the games against Ulster”, stated Robson. “It is about progression and development as players, whilst also giving them a challenging level of performance to aspire to. It will be a testing three games against Ulster but I expect the group to embrace the opportunity to play a good standard of opponent.”

Scotland U16 Girls: Christine Chau (St Margaret's & Bon Accord MBC), Julia Stenhouse (Aberdeen Grammar School & Aberdeen GSFP), Robin Robeson (George Heriot’s & CALA Edinburgh), Hanna McKie (Mary Erskine School & CALA Edinburgh), Anna Logan (Loretto & CALA Edinburgh), Lucy Gray (George Watson’s College & Watsonians), Emily Cross (Mary Erskine School & CALA Edinburgh), Ella Watt (George Watson’s College & Inverleith), Isla Cubitt (Dollar Academy & Stirling Wanderers), Nina Mearns (Strathallan School & Grove Menzieshill), Elanor Skinner (Glenalmond College), Katie Stott (Kilgraston School & Grove Menzieshill), Milly Merry (Robert Gordon’s College & Merlin Gordonians), Kirsty Miller (Berwickshire High & Watsonians), Leia McKinnon (Earlston & Borders Fjordhus Rievers), Julie Lonergan (St Ninian’s & Clydesdale Western), Maddie Cleat (St Columba’s & Greenock), Marie Kolasinski (St. Aloysius & Giffnock).

Match Schedule:

7th June, 19.30, Scotland U16G v Ulster

8th June, 14.00, Scotland U16G v Ulster

9th June, 11.00, Scotland U16G v Ulster

Scottish Hockey Union media release



SSCB, Jharkhand, Odisha notch up victories

PUNE: Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), Hockey Jharkhand and Hockey Odisha won their respective league round matches in contrasting styles on Wednesday at the 3rd Hockey India Senior Men National Championship.

In a group E match, SSCB notched up their third win in three matches, outplaying Sports Authority of India 6-1.

Hockey Jharkhand scored a resounding 12-2 win over Bengal Hockey Association with Divakar Ram scoring a hat trick, while Hockey Odisha edged out Comptroller & Auditor General 3-2 in a close encounter.

Jharkhand and Odisha will take on each other on Thursday for a place in the last eight.

In Group A, Association of Indian universities received a walkover against Hockey Arunachal.

Thursday's Fixture: Pimpri Chinchwad Ground: Group A - Hockey Punjab V/S Hockey Delhi 7.00AM; Group C - Hockey Karnataka V/S Hockey Bihar 8.30AM; Group E - Hockey Himachal Pradesh V/S Comptroller & Auditor General 2.30PM and Hockey Jharkhand V/S Hockey Odisha 4.00PM.

Balewadi Ground: Group G - Hockey Uttarakhand V/S Hockey Kerala 2.30PM and Hockey Manipur V/S Hockey Andhra Pradesh 4.00PM.

The Times of India

 



Third win for Services

Pune - Services registered their third win by defeating Sports Authority of India 6-1 in a Group C match of the third Hockey India senior men's National championship here Wednesday.

Two goals apiece by Lovepreet Singh and Sanwar Ali after early strikes by Armugam and Siraju AP featured in Services' easy win while SAI replied through Neeraj.

In Group E, Hockey Jharkhand scored a resounding 12-2 win over Bengal Hockey Association, with penalty corner specialist Divakar Ram scoring thrice. In another match, Hockey Odisha edged out Comptroller and Auditor General 3-2.

Jharkhand and Odisha will take on each other Thursday to decide who will move into the last eight from the group.

The results (league):

Group C: Services Sports Control Board 6 (S Arumugam 5min; Siraju AP 19min; Lovepreet Singh 37,67min; Sanwar Ali 50,51min) beatSports Authority of India 1 (Neeraj 38min). Group E: Hockey Jharkhand 12 (Own goal 1min; Divakar Ram 6,14,37min; Anil Xaxa 12,49min; Roshan Minz 20min;Shashi Topno 47min; Banmali Xess 53min; Welson Minz 58min; Amarjeet Ekka 62min; Arvind Kunjur 65min) beatBengal Hockey Association 2 (Md Riyazuddin 33min; Vrinder Singh 34min); Hockey Odisha 3 (Deepak Ekka 50,67min; own goal 51min) beat Comptroller and Auditor General 2 (Tribeni Prasad 44min; own goal 54min).

News Track India



Haryana thrash Mizoram 16-1 in Junior Men National Championship

NEW DELHI: Haryana registered their second consecutive victory in Pool C after thrashing Mizoram 16-1 in the 3rd Hockey India Junior Men National Championship at Motilal Nehru Sports Complex, Rai in Sonepat on Wednesday.

The hosts scored through Nikhil Saroha (4, 67, 70 min), Satinder (14, 31, 33 min), Sahil (18, 45, 66 min), Sunil (18, 45, 66 min), Mohit (43, 49 min), Lovepreet (40 min), besides a own goal in 52 minute.

For Mizoram, Lalhmangaihzuala (55 min) scored the lone goal.

In another Pool C match, Chhattisgarh edged past Bengal 5-2.

In Pool G, Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy hammered Assam 13-2. MPHA scored through Manish Gurung (3 min), Abhay Yadav (8, 45 min), Arman Qureshi (9, 29, 38, 40, 46 min) and Mohd Nizamuddin (17, 27, 48, 53, 60 min), while Bidyut Damari (20 min) and Rajesh Boro (21 min) netted the ball for Assam.

In the other match of Pool G, Bihar routed Uttarakhand 3-2.

Odisha beat Jammu & Kashmir 18-0 in their Pool B league match. The goal scorers for Odisha were Alok Barla (12, 14, 34 min), Anand Lakra (15, 69 min), Teophil Kujur (24 min), Alsem Lakra (30, 33, 40, 46, 60, 64 min), Deepak Lugun (43 min), Nilam Sanjeep Xess (49 min), Kunjan Toppo (52 min) and Sunil Ekka (53, 59, 70 min).

Fixtures:

Pool A: Kerala vs Mumbai Hockey Association Limted (0630hrs) and Punjab vs Jharkhand (0800hrs).

Pool C: Bengal vs Mizoram (0930hrs) and Haryana vs Chhattisgarh (1700hrs).

Pool E: Rajasthan vs Sports Authority of India (1400hrs) and Karnataka vs Manipur (1530hrs).

The Times of India



Hockey transfers: No checks, balances

Mihir Vasavda


Players from Karnataka turning up for Andaman & Nicobar Islands; Services athletes representing Mumbai and a Mumbaikar playing for Namdhari XI. At the ongoing Hockey India senior national championships in Pune players are trying to squeeze into a team, even if it is not their state side, at the first available opportunity.

One of the primary objectives of the nationals is to gauge the standard of the sport in each state.

It gives a picture of the talent pool at the country's disposal and is often used as a springboard for a player to graduate to the national team core group.

However, the current state of affairs presents a very distorted picture.

The tussle between Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation means that the some very basic administrative duties have been ignored. The concept of player registration, which helps keep a record of and tab on inter-state transfers no longer exists.

So Yuvraj Walmiki, for instance, who should ideally be playing for Mumbai, ended up representing Namdhari — whose presence in the nationals is debatable — even though he does not have any connection to the team he played for.

A popular argument in favour of this is since there is no written rule that bars a player from playing for a state where he is not domiciled, there is no reason to stop him from doing so.

But a conservative approach is that it hampers the growth of local talent. This is not a recent trend. Like other sports, player trading has been a part of hockey for decades but the only difference now is that there are no checks and balances in place.

In the past, those players who are not the first-choice for a state team got a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the association concerned and was free to play for a team of his choice.

Indian Express



Terengganu sail into last eight

By Jugjet Singh


TERENGGANU Under-18 boys and girls powered into the quarter-finals of the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) at the Bukit Serendit Stadium in Malacca yesterday.

The boys beat Perlis 3-2 for maximum six points to top Group A while the girls beat Kedah 5-0.

Defending champions in both Under-18 boys and girls, Perak, also made the quarter-finals.

RESULTS: Boys' Under-18 -- Group A: Perlis 2 Terengganu 3; Group B: Johor 0 Sabah 2, Putrajaya 0 Kuala Lumpur 11; Group C: Pahang 3 Kedah 3, Penang 2 Selangor 3; Group D: Negri x Sarawak x, Kelantan x Malacca x.

Under-12 -- Group A: Perlis 0 Kuala Lumpur 5; Group B: Terengganu 2 Negri Sembilan 0; Group C: Sarawak 0 Sabah 2, Johor 0 Kelantan 5; Group D: Pahang 1 Kedah 1, Selangor 0 Perak 1.

Girls' Under-18 -- Group A: Kedah 0 Terengganu 5; Group B: Kelantan 1 Sarawak 1; Group C: Kuala Lumpur 1 Selangor 4, Johor 3 Perlis 0; Group D: Negri 2 Sabah 1, Pahang 2 Penang 2.

Under-12 -- Group A: Kelantan 0 Sabah 3; Group B: Pahang 1 Negri Sembilan 3; Group C: Penang 2 Kedah 0, Malacca 0 Kuala Lumpur 0; Group D: Johor 0 Terengganu 2, Perlis 0 Sarawak 2.

TODAY: Quarter-finals -- Under-12: Terengganu v KL, Malacca v Sarawak, Perak v Negri, Kelantan v Selangor.

Girls' Under-18: Terengganu v Selangor, Penang v Malacca, Johor v Perak, Sarawak v Negri

Under-12: KL v Sarawak, Sabah v Negri, Terengganu v Selangor, Perak v Malacca.

New Straits Times



Terengganu toil for victory, KL stroll past Putrajaya

MALACCA: Fancied Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur checked into the boys’ Under-18 quarter-finals of the National Schools (MSSM) hockey championships in contrasting styles.

The east coast side laboured to a slim 3-2 win over Perlis in Group A while KL whipped Putrajaya 11-0 in Group B in the final round of matches at the Bukit Serendit Sta­dium.

Terengganu opened accounts in the 35th minute through Mohd Zainul Rusyadi Suhaimi but Perlis drew level six minutes later through Muhd Faiz Basri’s penalty corner conversion.

The east coast side restored their lead in the 46th minute through Luqman Ahmad Shunkara but, again, Perlis drew level through Mohd Fazri Ismail (51st). Nik Mohd Aiman then turned hero for Te­­r­engganu, scoring the winner in the 65th minute.

Four-goal hero Danial Asyraf Abdul Ghani was the toast for KL against Putrajaya. He scored in the first, second, ninth and 57th minutes. Nor Syafik Sumantri (7th, 24th) and Muhd Shafiral Aqmal (17th, 32nd) struck a brace each while Jonathan Banti (41st), Jagveen Singh (46th) and Muhd Aiman Nazaruddin (15th) rounded off the scoring.

It was KL’s third win in as many matches following earlier wins over Johor (6-1) and Sabah (5-1).

The Star of Malaysia



Prof Fida Inter-hockey Championship

LAHORE - The 3rd edition of Prof Syed Fida Hussain Shah PHF Inter-academy Hockey Championship will be played from June 17 to 29 at Iqbal Khan Hockey Stadium Abbottabad under the aegis of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF). “Altogether 10 PHF academies working across the country will take part in the event,” said PHF spokesman here on Wednesday. The participating academies are PHF Lahore Academy, Sialkot Academy, Faisalabad Academy, Bahawalpur Academy, Gojra Academy, Karachi-1 Academy, Karachi-2 Academy, Quetta Academy, Abbottabad Academy and Bannu Academy. He said PHF has appointed a number of technical officials for the smooth conduct of the event. Tournament director will Syed M Zahir Shah while assistant tournament director M Usman. The tournament officers are Inamur Rehman and M Mudassar.

The Nation



Post Collegiate HARROWines featuring Liz Sanders

As part of USA Field Hockey's Post- Collegiate HARROWines series, staff member Kait Mitchell catches up with Team Captain Liz Sanders for a quick Q & A.

As the back and forth chatter continued to flow during  the 2013 Harrow Cup draft conference call, Sanders made conventional strategizing of x’s and o’s look like mere child’s play. Mulling over hours of accumulated research on two illuminated MacBooks Sanders repeatedly glanced over at a whiteboard of meticulous handmade notes in a carnival of colors.  As the Harrow team captain of the Vipers and an ambassador of post-collegiate play, Sanders doesn’t take her responsibility lightly.

Sanders enters her third year as the volunteer assistant coach at Indiana University after spending six seasons as an assistant coach at Ball State University. In addition, she currently runs the adult field hockey club in the Bloomington area, Head to Toe Field Hockey. Sanders has dedicated her spare minutes to give the Midwest community more opportunities to play high-level field hockey. They say where your heart lies you invest your time. If this is true, it's easy to see where Sanders' passion is rooted. 

USA Field Hockey: How did you select your team?

LS: I have been managing Head to Toe field hockey for about five years on my own and playing with the league for even longer. So from there, I pulled a lot of friends and registered contacts off the cuff but that wasn’t enough. Generally speaking, the captains went after the same people. I don’t have any fantasy football experience and was naïve to this sort of draft process. I reached out to a few people including those who participate in fantasy football and got a valuable piece of advice that helped shape my team. I was told to explore and research as many players as possible. 

USA Field Hockey: What are you most looking forward to this weekend?

LS: The real answer is winning. [Laughs] That’s just how I’m wired. But honestly I’m anxious for this weekend. I can’t say enough great things about Harrow Cup. From an outside perspective the idea was just chatter at first. But as it started becoming a reality and understanding all of the resources that are being used with really unknown returns, it’s amazing.  It is a tremendous honor to be a captain and to play a part in all of this.

USA Field Hockey: What will you do with your share of the prize if your team wins?

LS: We as a team have talked about giving back somehow. We’re not mandating that as a group but as an individual I will give back to some youth organization.

USA Field Hockey: As a player and a coach is there a certain motto or mantra you have held onto for motivation?

LS: The player in me is intrinsically motivated. I want our team to win and contribute. As a captain, I recognize I have a diverse team of those in their 40’s to those who just graduated. When it comes to motivating them I had to consider what’s too much. For the three weeks leading up to the Cup I would search Google and find a quote that hits me hard and send it their way. This week’s quote is from an unknown author:  ‘Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.’ I used those quotes to encourage everyone to pick up a stick and keep their training up.

USA Field Hockey: Why is post-collegiate play important to you?

LS: So many people say, ‘Liz, this tournament is made for you.’ This is the type of opportunity I’ve been waiting to compete in and wished for, for so long. There is nothing more I love than to play hockey but not everyone wants to play at an international level or has the option to with a family, graduate school or wherever they are in life. Unlike top countries, in the U.S. we lack in making strides in growing our post- collegiate game. But with a tournament like Harrow Cup we’re getting there. I don’t know if I can put into words how excited, how thrilled I am to be a part of this movement. 

USFHA media release



Barwick, Pritchard named in Queen’s Honours



Pat Barwick and Corinne Pritchard have been recognised for their services to hockey in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The pair have been tireless members of the hockey community for many years and have been named as Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Pat has made a tremendous contribution to the sport of hockey both at regional and national level and is hugely respected throughout the hockey community in New Zealand. Pat has been a Hockey New Zealand Life Member since 2004 which recognises at least 20 years of services to hockey.

In June 2010 Pat was recognised by the University of Otago’s Physical Education School, in their hall of fame. Pat was one of only six inductees for 2010. Pat’s nomination came in respect of her life long involvement and achievement in hockey as both a player and coach. In particular, it was for some ground breaking work in the Physical Education area being the first woman HOD in a co-ed school in New Zealand, not to mention her working strongly in the promotion of women in sport and mentoring female coaches in hockey especially.

Pat was also a representative in the New Zealand National Women’s hockey team in 1971, 1973, 1975 and then again from 1977 to 1980.

Corrine Prichard has made a valuable contribution to the development of umpiring and sports administration both in New Zealand and internationally from 1979 through to 2006 through her many roles with Hockey New Zealand.  During this time she was responsible for taking the organization from its amateur roots to a modern sporting organisation.

Corinne's main focus was in the area of umpiring and officiating, although she undertook many roles including events management and tournament administration.

Corrine was instrumental in establishing for the first time, a pathway for umpires and structures around accreditation, examinations and assessment. As a result, there are many NZ umpires and officials who have benefited from, and still do benefit from Corrine's early work. In addition to her Hockey NZ activities, Corinne also was active, and a respected member of a number of FIH committees. Her presence on these committees helped put NZ officials on the map and our current group of international umpires can be grateful to Corrine for her contributions to the international community

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Hockey for Heroes tour



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