News for 09 June 2013

All the news for Sunday 9 June 2013

Captain Fantastic inspires determined SA hockey men to victory

JONATHAN COOK in Potchefstroom

South Africa's new sponsors Mugg & Bean must be delighted that the team is sitting on two wins out of two under the new banner. Superb South Africa men’s hockey team captain Austin Smith netted a hat-trick of penalty corners for the lads in green and gold to win a gripping second Test 3-1 at University of North West Hockey Centre in Potchefstroom Saturday after the scores had been locked 1-1 at half-time.

Smith was the heart of his team’s hard-fought win as he worked tirelessly from an unusually deep position to inspire his team to an unbeatable 2-0 lead in this four-Test series, this after South Africa had won the thrilling first Test 2-1 on Thursday evening.

The third Test takes place at 3 pm Sunday in Potchefstroom with the fourth Test at 7 pm in Randburg on Tuesday.

Smith’s first goal came in the 34th minute - a minute before half-time - for SA to draw level 1-1 at the changeover, this after Malaysia’s Faizal Saari had opened the scoring with a potent PC drag-flick in the 15th minute.

Smith’s second and third PC strikes came in the 54th and 70th minutes, the latter on full-time.

The PCs were shared 5-5 in a match that could have gone either way, but SA made their chances count. Indeed, SA had six PCs in the first Test without success and turned that disappointing statistic around with a 60% strike rate in the second encounter – an outstanding return.

SA went into the match without number one goalkeeper Rassie Pieterse (rested); vice-captain Rhett Halkett and fellow defender Ashlin Freddy – both missing their second consecutive Test matches due to injury; Tim Drummond (injured); while one of the first Test’s standout players, Clinton Panther (university exam) was replaced by his older brother, Brandon Panther, a new cap. Another Test debutant was striker Matt Botha while Taylor Dart won his second cap after coming into the first Test team just before the warm-up after medical advice had forced the last-minute withdrawal of Freddy.

The Malaysia line-up remained much the same.

For Malaysia, the likes of Nabil Fiqri, Faiz Helmi as well as the irrepressible Saari were thorns in the side of the SA defenders at various stages of the match and it must be said that the final scoreline was somewhat flattering. Smith admitted as much after the match while Malaysia head coach Paul Revington said the difference was that SA took their chances.

There was much “chat” between the teams and player after player was banished to the sin-bin after a slew of heavy tackles, body checks and sundry other misdemeanours, SA down to nine men at one stage.

All the SA players stood out in this match at one stage or another, and the victory was a triumph of true grit in the face of a highly motivated opponent.


– Goalkeepers: Gowan Jones (KZN Coastal Raiders), Jacque le Roux (Western Province). Defenders: Francois Pretorius (Northern Blues), Ricky West (SG), Lance Louw (SG), Jethro Eustice (SG). Midfielders: Austin Smith (WP, capt), Jonty Robinson (NB), Wade Paton (KCR), Taine Paton (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), Brandon Panther.

MALAYSIA - 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

Bright start for Hockeyroos in Europe

Anna Flanagan penalty corner equaliser richly deserved

The Hockeyroos began their World League warm-up tour to Europe with a spirited 1-1 draw against Belgium on Saturday. Anna Flanagan was the Hockeyroos heroine, netting a penalty corner two minutes after Belgium had taken the lead just over midway through the second half.

Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens, who previously coached the Belgian national men’s team, was pleased with how his team began the match and said there’s more to come from his side. “We had quite a good first half,” he said. “It was a tough battle against an improving team and we created lots of chances. Belgium played well in the second half, which made it much more even and the draw was probably a fair indication of that.

“We can play better and it’s given us stuff to work on against Germany [Australia play an unofficial practice match against Germany on Sunday] but it’s a reasonable start against a very competitive team. The girls were playing against a European side for the first time in five or six months, which will take some getting used to again.”

Edwina Bone (ACT) and Jane Claxton (SA), both of whom made their senior international debuts in April, were handed the opportunity to face Belgium, while for Madonna Blyth, the match was the 249th of her Hockeyroos career, taking her to within one of the magic 250. Despite a training mishap that left her with five stitches above her left eyebrow, Jodie Schulz started.

Having created a number of opportunities to score in the first half the Hockeyroos were, perhaps, unfortunate to go in level 0-0 at the break. But, it was an improved Belgium that broke the deadlock with 13 minutes remaining, Emilie Sinia applying the finish. The deficit did not last long, however, and Flanagan’s well executed penalty corner two minutes later earned Australia’s women a deserved share of the spoils.

The Hockeyroos will now embark on a series of unofficial practice matches against the likes of Germany, the Netherlands, England and China ahead of their quest for World Cup qualification, which begins with their first World League match on 22 June.



Emilie Sinia 57 (F)

Anna Flanagan 59 (PC)

Hockey Australia

World League set to enter new phase

2014 World Cup qualification up for grabs at Semi Final events

On Thursday 13th June, the Hockey World League enters a new phase when the first of the Semi Finals tournaments gets underway at H.C. Rotterdam in The Netherlands. The Semi Finals act as qualifying competitions for the men's and women's Rabobank Hockey World Cup, which takes place in The Hague (NED) in the summer of 2014.

So, what do teams have to do to seal a place at that showpiece event? To help answer this question, the FIH has put together a few lines explaining the qualification criteria.

Qualification criteria - Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

The following men’s and women’s teams will qualify for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

The hosts (Netherlands)
The 5 Continental Champions
The 6 highest ranked teams from the Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2013 who have not qualified as host or Continental Champions (this will be 7 if Netherlands is European Champion).

For the Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2013 this means that

The teams that finish in the top three places of each semi-final will automatically have qualified regardless of where they finish in their respective Continental Championship.

If Netherlands finish in the top three places in their semi-final(s) this automatically opens up another qualification place to the team that has the highest world ranking that finishes 4th in the semi-finals.

The 6 (7) highest placed teams in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals 2013 not qualified as host or Continental Champion will qualify. These places will only become known after the Continental Championships.

Where the last place available is shared between teams that finish in the same position in the two semi-final tournaments, the team to qualify will be that which has the highest FIH World Ranking current at the time of the completion of the latter of those two tournaments.

For more information about the Qualification System for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, please click here.

FIH site

Air India, Karnataka among last four

Pune: Holders Punjab will take on Karnataka while Air India face Haryana in the semifinals of the third Hockey India senior men's National Championship.

In the quarter finals played Saturday, Air India snatched a 5-4 win over Railways Sports Control Board, Punjab trounced Jharkhand 6-0, Karnataka scored a 4-2 win over a fighting Manipur and Haryana defeated Chandigarh 4-1.

In one of the closest matches of the day, Air India scored two goals within a span of 21 minutes through Somanna Pradhan and skipper Vinaya Swamy, but Gagandeep Singh scored a scorcher for the Railways in the 27th minute to reduce the deficit to 1-2.

Air India fired two more goals through Joga Singh in the 30th minute and Arjun Halappa in the 35th to lead 4-1. However, Railways came back strongly with B. Horo scoring a right flick goal in the 37th followed by a strike by skipper Sanjay Bir in the 41st and then Jassjeet Singh converting a penalty corner in the 43rd minute to level the scores.

Watched by their coach Dhanraj Pillay, Air India's Somanna Pradhan scored a goal after a fumble by the Railways defender in the 60th minute to wrap up the match.

In another interesting match, Karnataka proved too strong for the Manipur. B.S. Bidappa converted a penalty corner for Karnataka in the 13th minute. Manipur forward M. Amarjit who made valiant bid to breach Karnataka defence almost immediately, but was foiled.

In the 17th minute, M.G. Ponacha's attempt was saved by Manipur goalkeeper A. Himat, but in the 19th, Nikin Thimmaih scored off a reverse pass by Mohan Muthanna to make the score 2-0.

In the second half, Manipur struck back in the 37th minute when K. Suresh scored a solo goal to reduce the margin. However, in the 41st minute, a swift move by M.B. Aiyappa helped Karnataka take a 3-1 lead followed by a M.G. Poonacha hit which struck defender K. Suresh and moved into the Manipur goal to give Karnataka a 4-1 lead.

Manipur continued to fight despite the reverses and in the 65th minute, N. Ganendrajit scored, but Karnataka managed to hang on to their two-goal advantage to enter the semi-finals.

Hockey Punjab outplayed Jharkhand as Sarvanjit Singh, Gurjinder Singh, skipper Ravipal Singh and Inderjeet Singh scored a goal each while former international Deepak Thakur slammed a couple to round off an easy outing.

Hockey Haryana came from being 0-1 down to oust Chandigarh. Mandeep Antil, Shivdeep, Jagwant and Hansraj scored for the winners while Lakhwinder Singh scored the lone goal for Chandigarh.

The results (quarter-finals):

Air India 5 (Somanna Pradhan 5, 60; Vinaya Swamy 21; Joga Singh 30; Arjun Halappa 35) beat RSCB 4 (Gagandeep Singh 27; B. Horo 37; Sanjay Bir 41; Jassjeet Singh 43).

Karnataka 4 (B.S. Bidappa 13; Nikin Thimmaiah 19; M.B. Aiyappa 41; M.G. Poonacha 48) beat Manipur 2 (K. Suresh 37; N. Ganendrajit 65).

Hockey Punjab 6 (Sarvanjit Singh 19; Gurjinder Singh 26; Ravipal Singh 31; Inderjeet Singh 32; Deepak Thakur 58,63 ) beat Jharkhand 0.

Hockey Haryana 4 (Mandeep Antil 35, Shivdeep 37; Jagwant 47; Hansraj 48) beat Chandigarh 1 (Lakhwinder Singh 12).

NDTV Sports

Holders Punjab in Senior Hockey Nationals semifinals

PUNE: Defending champions Punjab thrashed Jharkhand 6-0 to advance to the semifinals of the 3rd Hockey India Senior Men's National Championship on Saturday.

Haryana, Karnataka and Air India also entered the last four stage with wins in their quarterfinal matches.

In the semifinals to be played on Sunday, last year's runners-up Air India take on Haryana while Punjab clash with Karnataka.

Punjab dominated the proceedings in their quarterfinal match played at Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex and scored at regular intervals.

Deepak Thakur scored two goals while Sarvanjit Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Ravi Pal Singh and Inderjeet Singh found the target once.

Air India, on the other hand, scored a hard-fought 5-4 win over Railways at Major Dhyan Chand Polygrass Hockey Stadium at Pimpri.

Haryana defeated Chandigarh 4-1 after conceding an early goal. Chandigarh, who led 1-0 at half time, lost their rhythm in the second half which allowed their opponents to score four goals.

Mandeep Antil, Shivdeep, Jagwant and Hansraj scored a goal each for Haryana. Chandigarh were unable to build on the early break as they committed far too many errors in their defence to allow Haryana to gain the upper hand.

In the last quarterfinal match of the day, Karnataka scored twice in each half to overcome Manipur 4-2.

Times of India

Senior Men Nationals: Semifinalists spotted

Air India-Haryana and Punjab-Karnataka semifinals in the Men National Championship 2013
New Delhi, 8 May 2013: Air India, Haryana, Punjab and Karnataka entered the semi-finals of the 3rd Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2013.

In the semi-finals to be played on Sunday 9 June 2013, last year’s runners-up Air India take on Haryana while Defending Champion Punjab will clash with Karnataka.

Last year’s runners-up Air India scored a hard-fought 5-4 win against Railways to win the first quarter-final match played at Major Dhyan Chand Polygrass Hockey Stadium, Pimpri in Pune today. Air India who led 4-1 at the half time looked quite confident but their opponents Railways tried to make a comeback scoring three consecutive goals in the second half.

In the second quarter-final, Haryana defeated Chandigarh 4-1 after conceding an early goal. Chandigarh who led 1-0 at the half time, lost its rhythm and flow in the second half which allowed their opposition to score four goals. Mandeep Antil, Shivdeep, Jagwant and Hansraj scored a goal each for Haryana. Chandigarh were unable to build on the early break as they committed far too many errors in their defence to allow Haryana to gain the upper hand.

Defending champion Punjab muscled past Jharkhand 6-0 in the third quarter-final played at Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex today.

Punjab dominated the proceedings and scored at regular intervals. Deepak Thakur scored two goals for Punjab followed by Sarvanjit Singh, Gurjinder Singh, Ravi Pal Singh and Inderjeet Singh a goal each.

In the last quarter-final, Karnataka scored twice in each half to overcome Manipur 4-2.

Quarter-final 1: Air India 5 (Pradhan Somanna 6, 60, Swamy Vinaya 21, Joga Singh 32, Arjun Halappa 35) beat Railways 4 (Gagandeep Singh 27, B Horo 37, Sanjay Bir 41, Jasjeet Singh 43)

Quarter-final 2: Haryana 4 (Mandeep Antil 35, Shivdeep 37, Jagwant 47, Hansraj 48) beat Chandigarh 1 (Lakhwinder Singh 12)

Quarter-final 3: Punjab 6 (Sarvanjit Singh 19, Gurjinder Singh 26, Ravi Pal Singh 31, Inderjeet Singh 32, Deepak Thakur 58, 63) beat Jharkhand 0

Quarter-final 4: Karnataka 4 (B S Bidappa 13, Nikkin Thimmaiah 30, M B Aiyappa 41, M G Poonacha 48) beat Manipur 2 (K Suresh 37, N Gandndrajit 65)

Fixture for Sunday 9 June 2013

Semi-final 1- Air India vs Haryana (1300hrs)

Semi-final 2- Punjab vs Karnataka (1530hrs)

Nairobi Simba prey on USIU


Kenyan Champions Nairobi Simba take on title rivals United States International University-Africa (USIU-A) in a men’s Premier League hockey match at City Park this afternoon.

Nairobi Simba launched their title defence a fortnight ago with a hard-fought 3-3 draw with Greensharks after rallying from 1-3 down.

“Of course you expect some problems in the first match where we were trying different combinations but we should now get the rhythm as the season progresses,” said Nairobi Simba team manager, Kalpesh Solanki, adding that the standards of officiating are still poor.

“The authorities must address that especially when the season is still fresh. We can’t have umpires succumbing to outside intimidation,” he said.

Eyes on Asian players

Nairobi Simba, who have acquired two former Strathmore University players this season - Fidelis Okello and Emmanuel Kongin - are still keen on signing Strathmore University centre, Brian Musasia.

Nairobi Simba are also targeting at least four players from either Pakistan or India to strengthen their defence and forward line this season.

Okello played against Greensharks but Kongin, who stayed out, will also not play Sunday.

Solanki said they are targeting to bring the four foreign players later in the season depending on how the league will run.

“We will really require them during the Africa Club championships in December in Ghana,” said Solanki.

“We just can’t sign the foreign players now when we are not sure if the league will run for six months as scheduled.”

Daily Nation

KL fight back to deny Terengganu the boys’ U-18 title


Sweet taste of success: Kuala Lumpur players and team officials celebrate after they beat Terengganu 4-1 in the boys’ Under-18 final Saturday. — A. MALEX YAHAYA / The Star

MALACCA: Kuala Lumpur came back from a goal down to crush favourites Terengganu 4-1 for the boys’ Under-18 title in the National Schools (MSSM) hockey championships at the Bukit Serendit Hockey Stadium.

The City boys, trailing 1-0 at half-time, turned up the heat after the break to blast four goals against a jaded Terengganu side.

The win also made up for KL’s runners-up finish behind Perak in Ipoh last year.

KL and Terengganu started cautiously yesterday before the action picked up in the 27th minute when Khairul Helmy Mohd Napi punished a ball-watching KL defence to crack home the opening goal off a penalty corner set-piece.

Inspired by Nor Syafiq Sumantri, who deservingly won the Player of the Tournament award, KL upped the tempo after the break to score three goals in a 15-minute spell from the 41st minute.

Muhd Zulhaswan Hashim struck two penalty corner goals in the 41st and 56th minutes, with Muhd Nur Faiz Mahmad Rosli’s brilliant solo effort sandwiched in between.

KL made it 4-1 in the final minute with a Muhd Farhan Danial Zulzarin field goal.

There was more good news for the Klang Valley when Selangor bagged the girls’ Under-18 title with a 2-1 golden goal win over defending champions Perak after both teams were tied 1-1 in regulation time.

Skipper Ellya Fateha Ellias was the heroine for Selangor when she scored the 77th-minute golden goal.

Perak opened accounts in the 38th minute through Khairunnajwa Khairuddin before Ellya’s younger sister, Ellya Amanina, popped up with the equaliser just three minutes before time.

Sabah created history by becoming the first East Malaysian state to capture an MSSM title when they beat Perak 3-2 in the girls’ Under-12 final.

Perak took the boys’ Under-12 title after beating Kelantan 2-0.

Star of Malaysia

Sideline Champs: Abusive supporters the ugly side of sport

By Russell Blackstock , Susan Edmunds

Abusive spectators in New Zealand are following the example of hostile crowds in other parts of the world, says Olympic hockey star Shea McAleese.

He doesn't think it is part of the Kiwi psyche to heckle from the sidelines, but it is something that has recently crept in from overseas.

The worst abuse he has encountered was in Europe, where he was spat on and sworn at while playing in Belgium.

He says such hostile conditions are a nightmare.

"The crowds absolutely abuse the shit out of you."

McAleese says it infuriates him but fires him up even more to win.

"I never mind getting yelled at, I can still focus," he says. "But I didn't enjoy getting spat at. I wanted to get my stick and wrap it around someone's face."

In New Zealand, 5 per cent of hockey umpires and coaches report seeing supporters spit at players or officials, according to the Herald on Sunday survey this week.

Bigger problems in hockey are supporters swearing at those on the turf (68 per cent), abuse and ridicule (49 per cent) and threats (32 per cent).

When McAleese went to watch soccer games in Europe, he would watch the opposition teams and fans being ushered into grounds under security surveillance and not leaving until the rest of the stadium was cleared.

"It was way different, it was something I was quite surprised at," he says.

After six years abroad, McAleese returned to New Zealand and was shocked to discover abuse was happening here, too.

"Coaching a club side on Sunday, people on the sideline were giving the opposition shit. I thought 'why do you do it?'

"I spoke to them afterwards and told them to cut it out. Karma is a bitch of a thing. You have to be a bit more humble in the way you do things."

He says media coverage of sport might have something to do with the change in behaviour because fans are encouraged to be fiercely loyal. "Everyone is getting told to get in behind one team, you can't be a multiple supporter.

"It is different to when I was growing up."

McAleese believes New Zealanders need to focus on celebrating what makes us a great sporting nation - an ability to play fair without the sort of anger and viciousness that plagues sports such as football elsewhere.

"Our own identity is important. I don't think we should follow other countries. At the Rugby World Cup, I sat beside Ireland and Aussie supporters, there was banter without any hostility. I don't want it to become like sports in other countries where the fans have to be segregated."

McAleese says he is happy to be an ambassador for the Herald on Sunday's Sideline Champs campaign because it is important to reinforce the message that everyone needs to be treated with respect.

However, two weekends ago that respect spectacularly broke down when violence erupted at a premier hockey competition in Canterbury.

Avon goalkeeper Peter Walker was handed a nine-week ban when he threw a series of punches aimed at his own teammates and opposition after losing a match with league leaders Carlton-Redcliffs. Walker was eventually restrained by his brother Kevin, who tackled him.

Such incidents are rare, according to Hockey NZ chief executive Hilary Poole. She puts much of this down to the game being split evenly between males and females.

"Having girls and boys playing hockey means we have a lot of parent volunteers. It makes for a very family-oriented atmosphere," she says.

"We work very hard at educating parents, volunteer coaches and umpires about the rules and this helps keep sideline friction down. Quality officiating is key to good behaviour."

Although Poole is pleased with the sport's good reputation, she says Hockey NZ is conducting a major review of its code of conduct. "We don't always get it right and we can't afford to be complacent."

New Zealand Herald

Viewpoint: The art and soul of Hockey?

by Steve Jaspa

We so often refer affectionately to the “hockey family” with its wonderful characteristics that we believe make the game unique.

But whilst we are bound together by a great game, its culture and ethos the hockey family has a rich tapestry of wonderful qualities.

Approximately 9 years ago, Leandro Negre, now President of the FIH, organised an art exhibition to mark the 80th birthday of the FIH. The theme was “Hockey Sticks” and how they could be decorated or used to express a variety of emotions. A wonderful idea which produced some innovative thinking.

Has the time come for the artists, musicians and authors in the hockey family to exhibit their works again?

Should this be done simultaneously with next year’s Congress – the 90th Anniversary of the FIH?

Can these works of art or creative pieces be used to help fund hockey in disadvantaged communities or to help hockey people who have fallen upon hard times?

Does the hockey family have any formal charity structures? Should we have a hockey museum or gallery combined with a “Hall of Fame”?

One thing is for sure hockey people have kind hearts and are always willing to step forward to help.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on these questions!

Perhaps you can let us know of hockey artists, sculptors, authors, poets and musicians and we can start a process including networking so that we can appreciate the incredible talent that abounds!

Steve Jaspan is the Chairman of the FIH High Performance and Coaching Advisory Panel. The South African native contributes a monthly column to the FIH website called Viewpoint.

FIH Site