News for 08 June 2013

All the news for Saturday 8 June 2013

Ford's 50th figures in five goal fightback

Victorian reaches half century of goals for the Kookaburras in win over Dutch

For the second time in three days the Kookaburras turned around an early deficit against the Netherlands to run out as 5-2 winners in Rotterdam as they prepare for the World League, which gets underway in one week.

Russell Ford’s 50th goal for Australia was one of the notable moments in a match that also featured a rare goal from Matthew Swann and saw captain Eddie Ockenden find the net. But it was 22 year-old Aran Zalewski who got the Aussies back on track after Jeroen Hertzberger’s opening goal for the hosts and Trent Mitton who rounded things off with 15 minutes remaining.

Head Coach Ric Charlesworth pointed again to the early Dutch goal, mirroring Wednesday’s first clash between the two sides. “We had a slow start and we went down again,” he said. “We had a good finish to the first half but the second half was pretty even. We’ll take the result.”

Australia found themselves behind in the 16th minute as Herzberger struck but WA-born Zalewski’s second goal for his country levelled things five minutes later. The goal energised the Kookaburra cause and soon after the visitors were ahead through captain Ockenden’s penalty corner. The Tasmanian’s goal, number 48 of his career, took him to within one of teammate Russell Ford but that changed when Ford converted a minute later for 3-1. Finishing clinically after good work from Matt Gohdes along the baseline it was the Victorian’s milestone 50th senior international goal.

After a commanding end to the first half for the Kookaburras, Jeroen Hertzberger’s second goal five minutes after the break threatened a Dutch fightback but Australia’s two goal cushion was restored from an unlikely source. Queenslander Matthew Swann was the man on hand to make it 4-2, netting just his third international goal in 90 appearances. And the Kookaburras were not done yet. In the 55th minute Rob Hammond’s well struck pass was superbly deflected by Trent Mitton to make it 5-2.

Speaking after the match, Russell Ford said, “It was another tough game. It’s always tough against the Dutch. We had the momentum in parts and were able to get a few goals on the board but there were times they were in control and we had to wrestle the game back. They scored first again so there are definitely things to learn from the game.”

The Kookaburras’ final opponent in their three match warm-up tour is Belgium. The impressive Belgians go into the match off the back of a series whitewash against England with Charlesworth fully aware of the threat they pose.

“Belgium will be a challenge,” said the Kookaburras coach. “They’ve just beaten England 5-2, 4-1 and 5-0; they’re pretty good scores. We play Belgium in our first match at the World League so there will be an added edge to Sunday’s match.”

The Kookaburras’ final warm-up match, against Belgium, takes place at Beerschot Hockey Club on Sunday. The match gets underway at 9:00pm AEST.



Jeroen Herzberger 16,40 (F,F)


Aran Zalewski 21 (F)
Eddie Ockenden 29 (PC)
Russell Ford 30 (F)
Matthew Swann 49 (F)
Trent Mitton 55 (F)

Kookaburras Squad v Netherlands, 7 June
(Listed alphabetically by surname)
Name (Hometown, State) Caps/Goals (updated)


Chris Ciriello (Melbourne, VIC) 112/58
Tristan Clemons (GK) (Bunbury, WA) 4/0
Tim Deavin (Launceston, TAS) 70/3
Matt Gohdes (Rockhampton, QLD) 73/20
Kieran Govers (Wollongong, NSW) 71/31
Rob Hammond (Townsville, QLD) 226/27
Fergus Kavanagh (Geraldton, WA) 163/14
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA) 41/14
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS) 180/48
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW) 121/39
Matthew Swann (Mackay, QLD) 90/3

Used Sub
Kiel Brown (Perth, WA) 131/3
Andrew Charter (GK) (Canberra, ACT) 42/0
Russell Ford (Eltham, VIC) 125/50
Mark Knowles (Rockhampton, QLD) 211/16
Glenn Simpson (Melbourne, VIC) 86/14
Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD) 33/10
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA) 13/2

Did Not Play
Joel Carroll (Darwin, NT) 83/2
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD) 295/186

Hockey Australia media release

SA men and Malaysia set for epic hockey battles in Potchefstroom this weekend

JONATHAN COOK in Potchefstroom

SA midfielder Jonty Robinson unleashes a trademark aerial pass during the 2-1 win over Malaysia.

WHILE head coach Charlie Pereira was delighted with the South Africa men’s hockey team’s heart-stopping 2-1 win over Malaysia in the first Test of the four-Test series at University of North West Hockey Centre on Thursday night, he knows that is just the opening salvo in what is shaping up to be a memorable clutch of international matches crammed into a frenetic six days.

The second Test is at 3 pm Saturday and the third Test is at 3 pm Sunday – both at North West University in Potchefstroom, while the fourth and final Test is at 7 pm Tuesday on the Randburg Hockey Stadium turf.

“What a win!” said the delighted former Southern Gauteng and SA player during team downtime Friday. "I was so relaxed before the game, which is very unusual for me before a Test match, but I have so much confidence in The Lads and I was so chuffed for them, especially as they had experienced such a tough national camp the week before [at the University of Johannesburg]."

Pereira added: “At one stage I thought maybe we had burnt The Lads too hard at camp but you could see it was fitness that enabled The Lads to push through right till the end.”

Indeed, Taine Paton scored the winner 17 seconds from full-time as SA poured on the pressure in search of victory in front of an excited crowd in a well-filled stadium. Earlier, Taine’s older brother, Wade, had made the score 1-1 from a penalty corner slip-left variation, this in response to Marhan Jalil’s series opener in the last minute of the first half.

“There is no doubt that Revs [Malaysia’s South African coach, the former Capetonian and SA men’s coach Paul Revington] will try to find ways to break us down and that is why it’s great to play in a series, as you get a chance to have another crack at the opposition soon after a win or defeat,” Pereira said.

The hockey-starved SA men’s team, an amateur group who last played a Test match three months ago in Brazil, had last played in a proper Test series in South Africa - or anywhere else for that matter - over 15 months ago, when they took on Great Britain in Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

The recent introduction of Mugg & Bean as a co-sponsor has, however, provided the players with a massive boost in self-worth as a team that is valued outside the confines of the hockey community.

In contrast, the full-time professionals from Malaysia had five international matches going into this series alone, and that is aside from their busy playing calendar as a team over the last six months.

Pereira admitted he was disappointed for The Lads having conceded a goal on half-time after they had dominated the first half, but was mightily impressed with the manner in which they stuck to their processes, which in turn gave The Lads due reward in the second half.

SA also won the penalty corner count 6-2 but were unable to score from the set-piece.

“We were a bit undercooked with our penalty corners but we have had so little time to practise them, and it’s a discipline that has to be trained relentlessly,” said Pereira.

It is anticipated that a sizeable contingent of the South Africa men’s hockey team’s Gauteng supporters – and those from further afield - are making the trip to Potch this weekend, not that The Lads need any further incentive to rectify that blip on the radar in the 3 pm second and third Tests at Potchefstroom’s impressive university hockey facility, ahead of the final showdown at what the players hope will be a packed Randburg Hockey Stadium come 7 pm on Tuesday.

SA Hockey Association media release

SA men’s hockey have their tails up


Johannesburg – The SA men’s hockey team will go into Saturday’s second Test against Malaysia with an extra air of confidence after their last-gasp 2-1 win in the first Test in Potchefstroom on Thursday.

And while SA coach Charlie Pereira was thrilled with the victory and the 1-0 series lead, he used Friday’s rest day to work on some problem areas which were exposed in Thursday showdown.

South Africans created, and then squandered, numerous scoring opportunities in the opening match, including five unsuccessful penalty corners, and gave away plenty of possession.

“We’re normally quite good on penalty corners but we missed the goals a couple of times there,” said Pereira.

“You want to hit the target. But we’re putting in the work. We know which areas to work on in the field and in our set pieces, so we are doing that and we can only get better.

“Our free hits outside the circle were also not good enough. We gave away ball in the first half from free hits and that’s a critical area – you’re in their danger zone and you want to make something good out of those.”

He said his team’s strategy going into Saturday’s second Test, would be to try and force the opposition into play wide.

“We don’t like them going down the middle, especially when they’re hitting 45 balls from pretty wide into the top of the D.

“It’s a dangerous ball, straight into a dangerous area so we have to work more on that and stop them from going directly to our goal.”

The South Africans had done plenty of homework on the Malaysian team ahead of the series, so there were no surprises in terms of their abilities.

“Their style is what we expected. They’re so skilful with the ball on their sticks with those little flips. You can’t afford to commit – they just flip the ball over your stick and off they go.

“We’ve watched quite a lot of their video footage and played them quite a few times in the past. I played them years ago as well, so there were no surprises.”

He praised his team’s attitude in coming back from a 1-0 deficit against a quality side to win the first Test.

The second Test takes place at the North West University Hockey Centre at 3pm on Saturday and the third at the same time and venue on Sunday. The fourth and final Test will be contested at the Randburg Hockey Stadium on Tuesday at 7pm

Independent Online

Late strikes sink Malaysia

By Jugjet Singh

MALAYSIA crumbled in the last seconds to hand South Africa a 2-1 victory in the first Test at the University of North West Hockey Centre in Potchefstroom on Thursday.

Marhan Jalil gave Malaysia the lead through a clinical finish 30 seconds from the half-time hooter but goals in the 59th minute by Wade Paton and the winner 17 seconds from the end by his younger brother Taine earned SA a thrilling victory in the first of the four-Test series.

The second Test is today, with the third tomorrow, and the final on Tuesday.

Malaysia are preparing for the World League Semi-finals which will start on June 29 in Johor Baru.

Malaysia will open their accounts against Pakistan, while the other teams in Group B are England and South Africa.

In Group A are World No 1 Germany, South Korea, Argentina and Japan.

All eight teams qualify for the quarter-finals, and advancing to the semi-finals will qualify Malaysia for the 2014 World Cup.

New Straits Times

Veteran Black Stick looking to pace herself

By David Leggat

Krystal Forgesson wants to compete in her third Olympic Games at Rio. Photo / Brett Phibbs

In certain sporting circles rotation is a dirty word. Not to Krystal Forgesson.

One of the senior players in New Zealand's squad for their World League 3 tournament starting in Rotterdam next Thursday, Forgesson has a dilemma.

At 30, and with 177 caps behind her, Forgesson would love to be around for a third Olympic tilt in Rio in 2016. However, she knows the clock is ticking. So ...

"I really like the idea of doing that," she said of players being rotated in and out of the less significant tournaments to help retain freshness.

"I've talked to Mark [coach Hager] a bit about doing that. Once you get a bit older injuries come and you're not recovering so quickly. It's about a policy of managing players."

However she's wary of taking a sabbatical from the game. The Auckland forward took five months off after the London Olympics last year.

"I found it quite hard to come back, training-wise, so I don't know if that's the best way to go."

Forgesson has talked to Hager about getting a heads up when he thinks time might be up for the hardworking attacker. Chances are it won't be coming any time soon.

She has a specific role in the front third of the field. Forgesson is the harasser of opposing defences, the player most adept at pressing opponents into mistakes.

"She brings a tenacity and hard-nosed attitude to the group," Hager said.

"The way she steals the ball off opponents is a real bonus, and when we don't play with her we lose our press because she really controls that."

Forgesson, who made her debut eight years ago, savours a role others might figure is just plain hard, unspectacular work.

"I tend to want to put them under pressure and force them to do something.

"Sometimes it's not been me winning the ball but the pressure I can put on that they turn the ball over further down the field. That is quite satisfying and I do like that part of the game."

Only the retired Suzie Muirhead (248 caps), teammate Emily Naylor (216), former defender Di Te Awa (183), and Naylor's co-captain Kayla Sharland (182) have played more times for New Zealand than Forgesson, who shares 177 with fellow attacker Charlotte Harrison.

"I don't think it matters too much," Forgesson said of numbers. "It's not what motivates me at the moment."

Goals? She's got 47, equal to retired Niniwa Roberts, one ahead of Harrison and trailing only Katie Glynn, with 64. Forgesson reckons her goalscoring has "plateaued" of late.

"I try and set them up these days. I was aware of Katie overtaking Niniwa and putting us to shame," she laughed.

"As you grow older you rely on your experience more. The girls are so quick you can't always compete in that regard.

"I think I do bring a lot to the team in terms of experience and reading the game."

Having Sharland, Naylor and Forgesson, the three senior figures, each operating in different lines on the field is an advantage. The Black Sticks, world No 3, should advance from the Rotterdam tournament to the finals in Argentina in December.

Forgesson likes the look of the squad and although there have been inconsistencies of late, reckons if they play up to their best they should progress.

The World Cup and Commonwealth Games next year are goals for her, which brings us back to Rio.

"At the moment I think no way, it's just too far away. I would really like to go there," Forgesson said of Rio. "But the game is becoming more and more professional in the time you have to put in and it is such a big commitment.

"But you don't want to regret anything," she added in a variation on the old line about sports people being a long time retired.

Provided her fitness stays strong, a tricky decision lies ahead for an integral member of the national team.

The New Zealand Herald


Note: The Black Sticks women lost 3 - 5 to England in the third and final training game at Bisham Abbey yesterday.

ENG: Danson 2' 48'(F,PC)
, Bray 63'(PC) , Unsworth 65'(PC), Ball 70'(F)
Punt 42'(PC), Blackwood 55', 58'(PC,F)PCs: ENG 6 (0/6) NZL 7 (0/7)

ENG: Heesh; Walton, Walsh, Webb, Quek; Ball, Unsworth, White; Bray, Danson, Watton.
SUBS: Mackay (36'), Long, Leigh, Townsend, Haycroft, Twigg, Elliott, Webb.
DNP: Gilbert, Macleod, Newton

NZL: Russell; Blackwood, Charlton, Flynn, Glynn, C Harrison, Hayward, King, Punt, Reid, Sharland.
SUBS: Rutherford (36'), Forgesson, Fremaux, Keddell, Michelsen, Naylor, Webster.

ENG GK (1st half) was Sabrina Heesh (Loughborough Students).

Information supplied by Mike Haymonds


Hockey India announces dates for HHIL 2014

Hero Hockey India League set to build on success of 2013 Edition

Ranchi Rhinos, the winners of the inaugural Hero Hockey India League. (Photo: Hero Hockey India League)

New Delhi -  After the resounding success of the inaugural season of the Hero Hockey India League, Hockey India today announced the dates for the 2014 Hero Hockey India League. The second edition of the tournament will be played from 23 January 2014 with the final on Sunday 23 February 2014.

Hero HIL 2013 saw more than 41 million fans in India watching the tournament and its reach was ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012. The inaugural season of Hero HIL was telecasted in 146 countries across the globe.

The largest marketing campaign for a hockey tournament saw record stadium walk ins and more than 500,000 fans liked the official facebook page of the Hero Hockey India League in the inaugural season.

The 2013 season was won by the Ranchi Rhinos in front of a packed stadium in Ranchi.

The league has reinvigorated the game of Hockey in India and provided financial security to the players. Players from 8 countries participated in the 2013 season of the Hero Hockey India League where they showcased their skills alongside the best talent in India.

The six franchise based teams will feature in the second edition of the Hero Hockey India League to make the battle more fiery. With the inclusion of one new team in the 2014 season, the Hero HIL promises to add a lot of energy, cut-throat competition and an exciting opportunity for the upcoming talent to leave their mark in this tournament.

Star Sports, Broadcast Partner of the Hero HIL will telecast live all the matches of the league.

Dr. Narinder Batra, Chairman Hero Hockey India League stated: “We are pleased to announce the dates for Hero Hockey India League 2014. After the enormous success in the inaugural season, we are expecting more spectacular hockey for the fans during Hero HIL 2014. We hope that the second season will see the toughest battles among the six teams.”

In the inaugural season, 70 top domestic players including the Indian national side as well as 50 international players who are part of the national squads of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, and Argentina played for the five teams.

Out of the total 120 players participating in the inaugural season of Hero Hockey India League, 60 were Olympians. The list includes winners of the prestigious FIH Player of the Year Award including. Jamie Dwyer (four times FIH Player of the Year in 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011), Teun De Nooijer (three times FIH Player of the Year in 2003, 2005, 2006) and Moritz Fuerste (FIH Player of the Year in 2012). Seven out of the top 10 FIH rated players played in the Hero HIL 2013.

Hero Hockey India League Partners
Hero MotoCorp
Star Sports

Hockey India Media Release

Second edition of HIL from January 23

NEW DELHI: The second edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) will be played from January 23 to February 23 next year.

A new team will be added to make it a six franchise based tournament, Hockey India announced today.

"We are pleased to announce the dates for Hero Hockey India League 2014. After the enormous success in the inaugural season, we are expecting more spectacular hockey for the fans during Hero HIL 2014. We hope that the second season will see the toughest battles among the six teams," Narinder Batra, chairman Hero Hockey India League said.

The inaugural edition, which was telecast in 146 countries across the globe, recorded more than 41 million viewership.

Star Sports, Broadcast Partner of the league, will telecast live all the matches of the league.

Ranchi Rhinos emerged winners in the inaugural season. In the first season, 70 top domestic players including the Indian national side as well as 50 international players who were part of the national squads of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, and Argentina played for the five teams.

The Times of India

HIL second edition to start from January 23

Hockey India on Friday announced the dates for the 2014 Hero Hockey India League (HIL). The second edition of the hockey league will be played from January 23, 2014, with the final sated for February 23.

The 2013 season was won by the Ranchi Rhinos in front of a packed stadium in Ranchi.

The six franchise-based teams will feature in the second edition of the league to make the battle more fiery. With the inclusion of one new team in the 2014 season, the HIL promises to add a lot of energy, cut-throat competition and an exciting opportunity for the upcoming talent to leave their mark in this tournament.

“We are pleased to announce the dates for Hero Hockey India League 2014. After the enormous success in the inaugural season, we are expecting more spectacular hockey for the fans during next season. We hope that the second season will see the toughest battles among the six teams,” said Narinder Batra, Chairman HIL.

The Hindu

Six teams for second Hockey India League

New Delhi - The second edition of the Hockey India League will be held from January 23 to February 23 next year, featuring six teams.

Ranchi Rhinos won the inaugural trophy in front of a packed stadium in Ranchi as the league was a hit with fans. Fifty foreign players from eight countries and 70 Indian players donned the jerseys of the five franchises. Among the players were 60 Olympians.

The Tribune

Karnataka, Jharkhand book quarterfinal berths

Karnataka and Jharkhand bagged the last two quarterfinal spots winning their final league matches at the third Hockey India Senior Men's National Championship. The championship is on at Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex and Major Dhyan Chand hockey stadium.

In the crucial Group C league match, Hockey Karnataka scored a hard-fought 4-2 win over Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) to make the cut for the last eight.

Both teams, SSCB and Karnataka played attacking, aggressive hockey. K Utthappa scored a field goal in the 17th minute followed by Mohan Muthana's right flick in the 23rd minute to let Karnataka take a 2-0 lead at half time. MG Ponnacha found the mark in the 39th minute to take Karnataka to 3-0. Johnny Jasrotia scored for SSCB in the 48th minute to reduce the margin, but MB Aiyyappa was on target in the 58th minute to take his team to a 4-1 lead. Ignace Tirkey pulled one back almost immediately but the Karnataka defence held strong as the team headed for an important victory.

Hockey Jharkhand, which had to win their last encounter, did so with gusto as they scored a 3-1 win over Hockey Himachal Pradesh to take the quarterfinal spot in Group E.

In an inconsequential match in Group C, Sports Authority of India cantered to a 22-1 win over Goa Hockey. Deepak Yadav was the star for the Sports Authority of India team as he pumped in five goals scoring in the 43rd, 50th, 59th, 68th and 69th minute. The rest of the team also got into the act as they pummelled the Goa team all through the 70 minutes.

Meanwhile, the line up for the quarterfinals was clear with Air India taking on Railways Sports Control Board. In the second quarterfinal, Haryana which made it from Group D on the basis of better goal difference edging out Andaman & Nicobar, will take on Chandigarh which also made it through with a better goal difference. Holders Punjab will take on Jharkhand in the third quarterfinal while Karnataka will take on Manipur in the fourth and final quarterfinal match.

Indian Express

Terengganu and KL to battle for boys’ U-18 crown


MALACCA: Favourites Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur set up a title showdown after packing off Selangor and Malacca respectively in the boys’ Under-18 of the National Schools (MSSM) hockey championships at the Bukit Serendit Hockey Stadium.

In yesterday’s semi-finals, Terengganu stayed on course to winning the title for the first time by hammering Selangor 6-1 while last year’s runners-up Kuala Lumpur had no problems ousting hosts Malacca 3-1.

Terengganu’s goals came courtesy of a brace by Luqman Nul Hakim Ahmad Shukran (second and 14th), Khairul Helmy Mohd Napi (26th), Nik Mohd Aiman Nik Rozemi (30th), Mohd Zainul Rusyaidi Ahmad Suhaimi (37th) and Muhd Shaiful Bakri Arzu (51st).

Ahmad Sarif Sulisdianto scored Selangor’s lone goal in the 58th minute.

In the other semi-final, Malacca thrived on the vocal support to put the fancied City boys on the backfoot in the first five minutes.

However, it was KL who went ahead in the sixth minute when Danial Asyraf Abdul Ghani slotted home a brilliant solo field goal.

Three minutes later, Muhd Firdaus Omar made it 1-1 for Malacca, who continued to threaten but were let down by poor finishing.

KL took advantage to score two quick goals through Muhd Farhan Zulzairan (53rd) and Danial (58th) for a 3-1 win.

The girls’ Under-18 final today will see defending champions Perak taking on Selan­gor.

Perak beat Sarawak 4-2 in a thrilling semi-final while Selangor edged Malacca 2-1.

Perak went 3-0 up against Sarawak by the 24th minute through Amirah Waklif Ramlee (second minute), Melati Sharudin (fifth) and Khairunnajwa Khairuddin (24th) and that took the fight out of the east Malaysian side.

Melati netted Perak’s fourth – and her second – in the 60th minute before Sarawak made the scoreline more respectable with goals from Leonney Suzye Roland (55th) and Vagressia Apang (64th).

The Star of Malaysia

Perak girls in final...

By Jugjet Singh

GIRLS' Under-18 defending champions Perak romped into the final when they beat Sarawak 4-2 in the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) tournament at the Bukit Serindit Stadium yesterday.

The Perak girls will now play Selangor for the title today. In the other semis, Selangor beat hosts Malacca 2-1.

The Perak goals were scored by Amirah Ramli (second), Melati Shahrudin (fifth, 60th) and Khairunnajwa Khairudin (24th),

And the Sarawak goals were scored by Vagressia Apang (55th) and Leonney Suzye (64th).

As for the Selangor girls, even though Malacca took the lead off Nur Aisyah Yaacob in the 49th minute, a sister act between Ellya Shahirah (50th) and Ellya Amanina (62nd) saw them grab the finals ticket.

RESULTS: Semi-finals: Boys’ Under-18: Terenggau 6 Selangor 1, Malacca 1 Kuala Lumpur 3.

Under-12: Terengganu 0 Kelantan 5, Sarawak 0 Perak 5.

Girls’ Under-18: Selangor 2 Malacca 1, Perak 4 Sarawak 2.

Under-12: Kuala Lumpur 1 Sabah 2, Selangor 0 Perak 3.

TODAY (Finals): Boys’ Under-18: Kuala Lumpur v Terengganu; Under-12: Kelantan v Perak.

Girls’ Under-18: Selangor v Perak; Under-12: Sabah v Perak.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Fijian Junior hockey

Zanzeer Singh

JUNIOR development is the main focus for the Lautoka Hockey Association this year.

A total of four teams are part of the Lautoka Hockey Association weekly competition.

The teams include Falcons Rage, Rockefellers, Mates and Falcons.

Lautoka hockey official Martin Coffin said they started their competition two weeks ago.

He said the third six-a-side tournament would be played today.

Coffin said they had introduced the abbreviated version to build interest in the sport.

"Once the teams attract more players then we will start will the full format. All the four teams in the competition are equally matched," Coffin said.

The Fiji TImes

Men's National Team Island-Bound

Set to host clinic and raise funds gearing up for Pan Ams

The Canadian men's field hockey team is venturing across the pond to host a one and a half our skills clinic and demonstration for the field hockey youth in Victoria. Recently, the Canadian contingency were shorted $900,000 in Own the Podium funding, forcing the men to re-direct their focus towards fundraising for the time being. You can help the men's team by donating below!


Canada's last Olympic appearance was at the 2008 Beijing Games, where the team finished 10th overall. Only two Canadians from that Olympic squad are still with the team including Tsawwassen's Mark Pearson, who grew up playing on the island in the Victoria Junior League, as well as Vancouver's Scott Tupper, also the captain of the team. The fresh-faced team is now looking towards the 2016 Rio Olympic Games but before that will have a number of hurdles to jump.

University of Victoria Vikes Sam Jones, Matt Sarmento and James Kirkpatrick, also the lone Victoria native, will be among the squad that will visit the island. The trio have re-located to the mainland for their summer training, while Sarmento picked up his first international cap at the World League Round 2 tournament hosted in early May in St. Germain, France. Jones and Kirkpatrick have been a part of the training squad preparing for a pair of upcoming Ontario-hosted tournaments.

From Aug. 11-17, Canada will compete in the Pan American men's cup, hosted in Brampton, Ont., and will return again in July 2015 when Toronto hosts the Pan American Games , which is also a direct qualifier for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The squad will be at UVic's field hockey pitch on Friday, June 21 from 5:30-7:00 pm to run their clinic and demo session. Players, parents and interested fans and coaches are all encouraged to attend for a suggested minimum donation of $25. No registration is required. In addition, donations will continue to be accepted online and fully tax receipted at:

Field Hockey Canada media release

England Hockey Mixed Finals' weekend

This weekend sees the end of the Senior KO Competitions for 2012/13 as the Mixed Trophy & Plate come to a conclusion with the Finals at Highfields Sports Club, home of Beeston HC.

Solihull Blossomfield return to the Plate Finals for the second year in a row and will hope for better fortune than last year where they finished fourth. They take on a Burton side who make their first appearance in the Mixed Plate finals since 2008 where they also finished fourth. The other Plate Semi Final features Havering who have experience of playing at the finals over the past few years having come runners-up in 2009 before winning the Plate a year later in 2010. Their opponents are Holcombe, who reach the finals for the first time.

The Mixed Trophy Semi Finals features four clubs who have been at this stage before. The first Semi Final comes between last season’s runners up West Herts as they take on Harleston Magpies who were victorious in 2004 and runners up in 2007. The second Semi Final and last match on Saturday features two teams who have been extremely successful in this competition in recent season. Holders Phoenix return to the finals weekend as they search for their fifth Mixed Trophy title and they take on Cannock, who were winners for the Trophy in 2011, 2008 and winners of the Plate in 2009.

Highfields is looking forward to welcoming the teams and supporters with their usual great hospitality and with good weather forecast the Griffalato ice cream bike will no doubt do a roaring trade.

To see the full schedule for the weekend, please see below. Results from the Mixed Finals will be tweeted on the England Hockey twitter account. You can follow this on-line using the link Results and scorers will also be displayed on the competitions section of the England Hockey website.

Saturday 8 June

0930 – Solihull Blossomfield v Burton (Plate SF 1)
1130 – Havering v Holcombe (Plate SF 2)
1330 – West Herts v Harleston Magpies (Trophy SF 1)
1530 – Phoenix v Cannock (Trophy SF 2)

Sunday 9 June

0930 – Plate 3/4 Play Off
1130 – Plate FINAL
1330 – Trophy 3/4 Play Off
1530 – Trophy FINAL

England Hockey Board Media release


Past vs Current Charity Game for Charlene's Project!

There seems no doubt that the sun will be shining in Lurgan come the 15th June, when a very special match will take place for a very special cause.

The 2003 Lurgan College All Ireland Kate Russell Cup winning team will reunite to play the school's recent 2013 winners of the same title. The event is being held in aid of Charlene's Project, and will raise money to ship hockey sticks, sports kit and other materials for distribution in Uganda.

Former Ulster player and member of the 2003 College cup winning team Kerry McCollum is organising the event.

"Most of the 2003 team have pretty much remained best friends and so it hasn't been too difficult getting them together. Many of us have not played hockey for some time so it could be a very interesting match!"

Also involved is Irish international Emma Clarke, who is looking forward to the game:

"The reunion hockey match is going to be a very special game, not only will it be a lot of fun to see us chasing the youngsters around the pitch but it will raise money for a very worthwhile charity that is close to many peoples' hearts. The Barr family are an inspiration and Charlene's Project allows people to get involved in making a real difference.

This particular fundraiser demonstrates how sport can build special friendships; a lot of the 2003 team still remain a special group of friends, where the strong foundations were built through hockey.

I am very much looking forward to flying back home to Lurgan to play in the game, to be reunited on the pitch with my close friends will be very exciting and playing alongside my sister once again is extra special. I am aware we are up against it with an array of talent in the current Lurgan College team, but we have experience on our side so we will hopefully give them a good run for their money!"

All monies raised will support Charlene's Project set up by Charlene Barr, who had cystic fibrosis and who managed to raise over £120,000 as she waited for a double lung transplant in the last year of her life. The Barr family from Dollingstown continued to keep Charlene's dream of building a school for children in Uganda alive after her death in October 2010. It enabled the building of Hidden Treasure Primary School in Mayo in Uganda where 250 children are now educated, clothed and fed.

Charlene was always a big hockey fan and her 3 sisters all played hockey for Lurgan Ladies and Lurgan College who recently lifted the All Ireland Kate Russell Cup for the third time, with Bethany, co-captain and Serena playing. Natalie, their older sister, now attends Liberty University in UISA and she captained Lurgan College in 2011 when the school also won the All Ireland Kate Russell.  Natalie is turning out for the 2003 team so she will be up against her sisters Bethany and Serena and the rest of the 2013 team.

All three of the late Charlene's sisters have received hockey scholarships from Liberty University in the US, so they all will be reunited on the hockey pitch in Virginia this fall. 20 of the Liberty University Hockey team from USA will join the Barr family in what they see as an Irish/American/Ugandan celebration. Hockey camps will run in the two schools Charlene's Project have supported and also on the one artificial pitch in Kampala where they anticipate having several hundred children wanting to play hockey. Thanks to the support of many in Ulster and Irish Hockey a large consignment of hockey equipment will also be brought for the children and to help with hockey development in the local schools.

The girls' father Dickie has been humbled by the support:

"The kids just loved the hockey last year when Natalie was out and the pleasure and joy the children got was wonderful. So many from hockey, sport, Church and the community have supported us and it will be brilliant working with both Hidden Treasure and Kahara Primary schools again this year. To have so many hockey players with us in Uganda will be immense"

"With such a big team going out this year it is a tremendous opportunity to show the Ugandan people the sort of support they have from Ireland and USA ."

"Personally as a family we have been overwhelmed and humbled by the support of all in Ulster and Irish Hockey who have supported the work of Charlene's Project. Over the last few months during IHL and at matches up and down the country people have been bringing us old sticks and kit for distribution in Uganda. We have ¾ tonne of stuff going out to be there for our arrival. We have also received a generous contribution of kit from IHA which we will distribute during hockey camps and in schools during the trip."

"Her charity Charlene's Project has continued to go from strength to strength and work is now well underway on Kahara Primary School which is due to be completed before the team visit this summer."

"Through this very special hockey match we hope to raise as much money as possible for Charlene's Project" said Barr.

"We would really appreciate the support of everyone to make this event successful. If anyone wants more information or is interested in making donations or sponsoring the match they can contact me via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ."

Last week an incredible 56 boxes and bags of hockey gear and equipment left for Uganda. For some pictures, click here for the Charlene's Project Facebook page...

Everyone at Irish Hockey wishes the Project and all those involved a safe journey and the very best of luck .

Irish Hockey Association media release

Kerugoya and Kapkolei hockey teams pooled together in Kenyan secondary schools championships

By Oscar Pilipili

Archrivals Kapkolei of Nakuru and Aberdare’s Kerugoya girls’ hockey teams are pooled together in term two ‘A’ National Secondary Schools Championships.

The Championships will be held at Nakuru High on June 17-23.

Kapkolei are defending champions while Kerugoya owns East African trophy.

According to draws released by Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA), Kapkolei and Kerugoya play their preliminary matches in Pool ‘A’ alongside Sinyolo of Lake Region and Mombasa’s Matuga.

Kapkolei and Kerugoya rivalry started when Kapkolei beat Kerugoya 1-0 in final played at Kakamega to dethrone the Aberdare team in 2011 edition of the games.

Former champions Misikhu start favourites in Pool ‘B’ that also features St Joseph’s of Metropolitan, Gategi of Northern and Nakuru’s second team Afraha.

Kamusinga presence

In the absence of great names like St Anthony’s and Kakamega who are both from Nzoia region, Friends School Kamusinga are likely to dominate boys’ hockey.

Kamusinga play their preliminary matches in Pool ‘A’ that also features Nakuru representatives Narok, Kangaru of Northern and Maseno of Lake region.

Pool B will see St Patrick’s Iten ( Nakuru 2), St Charles Lwanga (Mombasa), Mangu (Aberdare) and Nairobi School (Aberdare) fight for semi-finals tickets.

The Standard Online