News for 10 June 2013

All the news for Monday 10 June 2013


SA striker Julian Hykes clinches series with equaliser 8 seconds from time

First series win under new team sponsor Mugg & Bean's banner

JONATHAN COOK in Potchefstroom



Pierre de Voux (far left) scores SA's third goal in the 4-4 draw at University of North West Sunday. Photo: MARIO VAN DE WALL

The South Africa men’s hockey team came back from a 3-0 deficit to draw 4-4 with Malaysia in the third Test at University of North West Hockey Centre in Potchefstroom Sunday and clinched the series 2-0 with one to play.

SA had won the first Test 2-1 and the second Test 3-1 at UNWHC, while Malaysia desperately needed a win to give themselves a chance of levelling the series in the fourth and final clash at 7 pm Tuesday at Randburg Hockey Stadium.

Julian Hykes made the all-important equaliser for 4-4 with just eight seconds left in the match.

South Africa’s penalty corners were poor – just one of the six brought success - while a host of great combination plays were undone in field play when the final pass went astray just metres from goal.

In the first half Malaysia made the most of what came their way and went into the half-time break with a 2-0 lead. Against the run of play Fitri Saari worked some magic up the left-hand baseline with exquisite stickwork to set up Izwan Firdaus for the opening goal in the 27th minute, Malaysia having scored first in all three Test matches.

Two minutes later Malaysia stole away again and Faiz Helmi conjured up a fine piece of skill to open the way for Chua Boon Huat and it was 2-0 by the 29th minute.

In the first half, two of South Africa’s three penalty corners were botched at the stage of trapping the injection pass, while the only one on target saw captain Austin Smith’s effort glanced safely away by goalkeeper Rozlan Jamaluddin.

Three minutes after the break SA won a fourth PC but again it was fluffed and five minutes later Razie Abdul Rahim went on an unchallenged solo run to smash the ball from the top of the strike zone into the net for 3-0 after 43 minutes. Two minutes later, in the 45th, SA midfielder Taine Paton showed presence of mind to catch the Malaysian defenders unawares and finished with a cracking shot into the backboard for 3-1.

However, SA continued to miss gilt-edged chances in the goal zone, but they got it right in the 59th minute when Matt Botha’s assist was buried by Pierre de Voux for 3-2. SA’s fifth PC followed soon after and Ricky West’s effort was blocked by keeper Jamaluddin. Then in the 63rd minute Smith sent a stunning drag-flick from SA’s sixth PC high into the net for 3-3 with seven minutes left. Two minutes later (65th) Tengku Ahmad Tajudin dived for a fine deflection goal and Malaysia were 4-3 up.

Three minutes from full-time Smith made a courageous run-in from the left channel and Hykes’ reverse-stick snapshot cannoned into the near post and stayed out. Then with eight seconds left Taine Paton made a courageous incursion from the same channel and got off a shot, which Hykes deflected into the net for a 4-4 draw and a series win for SA with one to play.

SA went into the match with Jacques le Roux the starting keeper, number one goalkeeper Rassie Pieterse on the bench and Gowan Jones sitting this one out. Vice-captain Rhett Halkett and fellow defender Ashlin Freddy, who both missed the first two Test matches due to injury, returned; Tim Drummond was still injured; Clint Panther was back after writing university exams on Saturday and his older brother, Brandon Panther, a new cap on Saturday, was rested, as was Nick Gonsalves. The Malaysia line-up remained much the same.

TEAMS

SOUTH AFRICA
– Goalkeepers: Jacque le Roux (Western Province), Rassie Pieterse (Southern Gauteng). Defenders: Francois Pretorius (Northern Blues), Ricky West (SG), Austin Smith (WP, capt), Rhett Halkett (WP, vice-capt), Jethro Eustice (SG), Ashwin Freddy (WP). Midfielders: Jonty Robinson (NB), Wade Paton (KZN Coastal Raiders), Taine Paton (KCR), Clinton Panther (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



SA men clinch hockey Test series with nail-biting match

By Karien Jonkheere


The South African men's hockey team has scored a goal eight seconds from time to secure a 4-4 draw with Malaysia in the third Test of their series.

With the result, the hosts clinched the series 2-0 with one match left to play at the University of North West Hockey Centre in Potchefstroom on Sunday.

South Africa came back from a 2-0 half-time deficit to draw the match in the dying stages of the encounter. Malaysia desperately needed a win to give themselves a chance of levelling the series in the fourth and final clash on Tuesday at the Randburg Hockey Stadium.

South Africa's penalty corners were poor – just one of the six brought success – while a host of great combination plays were undone in field play when the final pass went astray just metres from goal.

Against the run of play, the visitors through Fitri Saari worked some magic up the left-hand baseline with exquisite stickwork to set up Izwan Firdaus for the opening goal in the 27th minute, Malaysia having scored first in all three Test matches.

Two minutes later, Malaysia stole away again and Faiz Helmi conjured up a fine piece of skill to open the way for Chua Boon Huat and it was 2-0 by the 29th minute.

Running solo

Eight minutes after the break, Razie Abdul Rahim went on an unchallenged solo run to smash the ball from the top of the strike zone into the net for 3-0 after 43 minutes in favour of Malaysia.

In the 45th minute, South Africa midfielder Taine Paton showed presence of mind to catch the Malaysian defenders unawares and finished with a cracking shot into the backboard for a 3-1 scoreline.

In the 59th minute Matt Botha's assist was buried by Pierre de Voux for to make the score 3-2.

Captain Austin Smith sent a stunning drag-flick from South Africa's sixth penalty corner high into the net for 3-3 with seven minutes left.

Two minutes later Malaysia captain Shahrun Nabil dived for a fine deflection goal and Malaysia were 4-3 up.

With eight seconds left, Taine Paton made a courageous incursion from the same channel and got off a shot, which Hykes deflected into the net for a 4-4 draw and a series win for South Africa with one to play.

Mail & Guardian



SA women’s hockey team in World Hockey League semi-final in London

South Africa heads to Scotland before playing for a place in the 2014 World Cup at the Investec World League semi-finals in London this month

By Shannon Clark


The South African women’s hockey team embarks on a tour of Scotland and England this week that will culminate in the Investec World Hockey League semi-finals in London.

In preparation for the competition the South African squad have just completed a three week camp in China and there is a possibility that they will play in a training match against Argentina when they arrive in London.

The Scotland leg of the tour is set to begin on 11 June and will feature a one-off test match against Ireland. This will be followed by a four-test series against Scotland in Edinburgh from 13 t0 18 June.

The team will leave for London on 19 June ahead of the semi-final which will take place at the University of Westminster Sports Ground in Chiswick from 22 to 30 June.

The tournament will be split into two sections. Pool A will see Argentina, China, the USA and Italy play while Pool B will feature the hosts England against Australia, South Africa and Spain.

The first eight-country World League semi-final will be played in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 13 to 23 June and features current world number one and defending Olympic champions The Netherlands plus Korea, Japan and Chile along with New Zealand, Germany, India and Belgium.

For all 16 participating teams in the two World League semi-finals, the stakes are high as the top four teams in each event will go through to the eight-team World League finals in Argentina in December.

The two World League semi-finals will also serve as a qualifier for the 2014 World Cup in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The International Hockey Federation has stated that it is not yet definite how many teams from each of the two semi-finals will make it through to the World Cup as that is largely dependent on the Continental Championships. “Needless to say, teams will be eager to finish as high as possible to increase their chances to go to The Hague.”

Ticket prices start at £5 for juniors and £15 for adults and these will enable buyers to watch four world class matches throughout the day.

South Africa’s First Round Match Schedule:

Saturday 22 June 7pm:  England v South Africa
Sunday 23 June 7.30pm: South Africa v Spain
Tuesday 25 June 5.30pm: South Africa v Australia

The quarter finals and finals will be played from 27 to 30 June.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketzonestore.co.uk or via the Investec World League Ticketing Hotline on 08444 99 32 22.

The South African



Kookaburras draw Belgian dress rehearsal

Teams share the spoils ahead of World League opener on Friday


In an entertaining dress rehearsal for their opening match of next week’s World League competition in Rotterdam, the Kookaburras and Belgium drew 2-2 in Antwerp on Sunday. Mark Knowles gave the Australians the lead from the penalty spot in the ninth minute but the Kookaburras found themselves pegged back shortly after half time through Felix Denayer’s penalty corner.  Eddie Ockenden struck his 49th Kookaburras goal to restore the lead but Belgium snatched a share of the spoils with just three minutes remaining, Florent van Aubel applying the finish.

After the match, Kookaburras assistant coach Graham Reid echoed Ric Charlesworth’s comments from earlier in the week when he acknowledged the threat posed by the Belgians, who finished fifth at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. “They’re a very good team,” admitted Reid. “They are probably the big movers in world hockey at the moment and they’ve created havoc recently with wins against some of the big teams, so it was useful to see where we are in relation to them.”

Reid added, “We had some good play and some good ball movement but we didn’t make enough of our opportunities. We didn’t create enough of the quality opportunities and most of those we did create we didn’t put away. We played their goalkeeper into great form, unfortunately.”

It was the Kookaburras’ final World League warm-up match following two victories over the Netherlands. Five times World Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer returned to the line-up, bringing him to within four matches of his 300th international appearance.

Things began positively for the Australian men who took the lead in the ninth minute as Mark Knowles (QLD) kept his cool to convert a penalty stroke following a check on Matt Gohdes as he broke through on goal.

Glenn Simpson and Matthew Swann both tested the Belgian goalkeeper in the first half but it was Belgium that struck next, Felix Denayer striking the equaliser five minutes into the second period.

Tasmanian Eddie Ockenden restored the Australian lead with 13 minutes remaining when he deflected Rob Hammond’s shot from the top of the circle but Florent van Aubel earned Belgium the draw three minutes from full time. 

The Kookaburras and Belgium will meet again at 7:00pm AEST on Friday in their opening tie at the World League. The Kookaburras will be looking for a strong start in a pool that also features Spain and France. With a win-or-bust quarter final at stake following the conclusion of the pool phase, getting off to a competitive start will be important.

AUSTRALIA (MEN) WORLD LEAGUE WARM-UP TOUR

BELGIUM 2 (0)

Felix Denayer 40 (PC)
Florent van Aubel 67 (F)

KOOKABURRAS 2 (1)
Mark Knowles 9 (PS)
Eddie Ockenden 57 (F)

Kookaburras Squad v Netherlands, 9 June
(Listed alphabetically by surname)
Name (Hometown, State) Caps/Goals (updated)


Started
Joel Carroll (Darwin, NT) 84/2
Andrew Charter (GK) (Canberra, ACT) 43/0
Chris Ciriello (Melbourne, VIC) 113/58
Tim Deavin (Launceston, TAS) 71/3
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD) 296/186
Kieran Govers (Wollongong, NSW) 72/31
Rob Hammond (Townsville, QLD) 227/27
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA) 42/14
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS) 181/49
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW) 122/39
Matthew Swann (Mackay, QLD) 91/3

Used Sub
Kiel Brown (Perth, WA) 132/3
Tristan Clemons (GK) (Bunbury, WA) 5/0
Matt Gohdes (Rockhampton, QLD) 74/20
Mark Knowles (Rockhampton, QLD) 212/17
Glenn Simpson (Melbourne, VIC) 87/14
Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD) 34/10
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA) 14/2

Did Not Play
Fergus Kavanagh (Geraldton, WA) 163/14
Russell Ford (Eltham, VIC) 125/50

Hockey Australia media release



U.S. head coach Craig Parnham names World League Semi-Final roster

Team USA will aim to advance to World League Finals and qualify for World Cup


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. head coach Craig Parnham has announced the 18-player roster for the International Hockey Federation’s World League Semi-Final in London, England, June 22-30. The roster features a strong balance of experience and youth with 12 Olympians, including four two-time Olympians as well as three collegiate student-athletes from the University of Maryland, University of North Carolina and Princeton University.

“The squad is a nice balance of youth and experience,” said Parnham. “There is a great spirit with the group and we are looking forward to the challenge of the World League Semi-Finals.”

Team USA is undergoing its final preparations for the World League Semi-Final at Rutgers University and is set to depart for London Saturday, June 15. The U.S. will aim to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, an event they missed out on in 2010 after suffering a 3-1 loss to Korea in the finals of their World Cup qualifying event.  The U.S. finished 6th at the 2006 World Cup in Madrid, Spain.

The U.S. has been placed in Pool A, along with No. 2 Argentina, No. 7 China, and No. 17 Italy. Pool B is made up of No. 4 England, No. 6 Australia, No. 11 South Africa, and No. 15 Spain. Team USA will open their World Cup qualifying campaign against Pan American rivals and 2012 Olympic silver medalists, Argentina, on June 22. Next up, the U.S. faces Italy on June 23 and China on June 25, with the quarterfinals slated for June 27, semi-finals scheduled for June 29 and the finals on June 30.

“We will aim to finish as high as possible, with the immediate challenge of qualifying for the World Cup,” said Parnham. “Our focus will be a game by game approach. The crucial game will be the quarterfinal which will determine whether a team progresses through to the top four places.”

Beginning next Thursday, June 13, the first World League Semi-Final will commence in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This World League Semi-Final will feature Korea, Japan, Chile, New Zealand, Germany, India, Belgium and host The Netherlands.

The top four teams from both World League Semi-Final events will advance to the eight-team World League Finals in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina in December.

The U.S. qualified for the World League Semi-Final after a successful World League Round 2 campaign in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in early March. Team USA finished with a near-perfect record, defeating Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and Trinidad and Tobago and drawing Scotland in regulation.

The International Hockey Federation will live stream both World League Semi-Final events on the FIH YouTube channel.

Follow Team USA in London on Twitter @USAFieldHockey for live results and the latest news and updates. Visit the World League Semi-Final event page on usafieldhockey.com.

The following athletes have been named to the World League Semi-Final Team: Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.) Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.), Katelyn Falgowski (Landenburg, Pa.), Stefanie Fee (Virginia Beach, Va.), Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Jackie Kinzter (Robesonia, Pa.), Jamie Montgomery (Lewisburg, Pa.), Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, Va.), Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.), Julia Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.), Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.), Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.), Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, Va.) Michelle Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Alesha Widdall (Whitney Point, N.Y.), Jill Witmer (Lancaster, Pa.) Emily Wold (Freehold, N.J.)

USFHA media release



Post Collegiate HARROWines featuring Jamie Montgomery

As part of USA Field Hockey's Post- Collegiate HARROWines series, staff member Kait Mitchell catches up with U.S. Women's National Team athlete and assistant Bucknell University coach Jamie Montgomery for a quick Q & A.

Let it be known, Jamie Montgomery has some unfinished business left to attend to at Temple University.

Before she was named an assistant field hockey coach at Bucknell University in the summer of 2009, Montgomery took a graduate assistant coaching position at Temple where she earned her master's degree in urban education. And in her role as an assistant with the Owls, Montgomery fulfilled a number of duties including coordinating practice and game schedules, recruiting, fundraising and travel in addition to on-field coaching. Now the 2006 Wake Forest University grad is back – putting down her coaches’ cap and picking up a player’s passion as the Harrow Cup captain of team Tomahawk.

As a brand new addition to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster and as an athlete for the International Hockey Federation’s World League Semi-Final in London, England, Montgomery is ready to bring it to Temple’s Geasey field… again.

KM: What’s it like coming back again to Temple University? Do you feel you have grown as a coach and a player since your graduate assistant coaching position in Philly?
JM:
I’m really excited to come back to Temple. It has always blown me away – just from the number of fans and support in the area but also locally it’s a big hockey community. It’s not just the hockey folks either that come to games to watch. People with no real connection to the sport drop by to checkout a game.

KM: I’m sure finding out you were selected as a Harrow Cup Captain was beyond thrilling. Another ginormous selection honor you were a part of was being named to the 2013-2014 U.S. Women’s National Team roster. What was your initial reaction to hearing you made the team? Who did you tell first?
JM:
I actually received the email while driving back to work at Bucknell. Don't worry, I was at a gas station when I checked my email. I try my best to follow a no texting while driving policy. The first person I called was my husband so we could share a little bit of excitement together.

KM: Are you involved in the Harrow Challenge which is hosted at Bucknell University this month?
JM:
I volunteered to play and help organize teams. The whole concept is a really great idea. Sandra Cook, who is a Harrow Cup teammate of mine, offered up Bucknell as venue. For those who weren’t selected with the draft this is still an opportunity to play.

KM: How did you select your team?
JM
: A major part of my strategy was finding friends. You want one or two on your team that you know. Similar to pick-up hockey it’s a challenge for people to gel really fast. So I tried looking for people who have played together. I went that direction so the name game goes a bit easier. If everyone still lived at home it would be easier but we’re dealing with the working world and everyone is much more spread out.

KM: What will you do with your share of the prize if your team wins?
JM: To be honest, I’ll probably use it to pay for my hotel and pay for other expenses used for the trip. After that I’ll take the extra and have a good night on the town which probably would include a celebratory drink.

KM: Why is post-collegiate play important to you?
JM: The toughest part about an athlete’s college career is only by your senior year do you see how much the sport meant to you and how far you’ve come. You’ve trained for four years, showcasing yourself, showcasing your team and just like that it comes to an end. Post-collegiate play gives us more to look forward to. It truly grows the game. I want to send a big thank you to Harrow Sports for creating the Harrow Cup. Alli Tanner executed the idea really quickly and really successfully. Huge thanks to her and her staff. 

USFHA media release



Punjab to meet Air India in the Natioanals' final

New Delhi - Punjab posted an emphatic 5-2 victory over seemingly hapless Karnataka to enter the successive final of the Senior Men National Championship played at Major Dhyan Chand Polygrass Hockey Stadium in Pune today.

In Monday’s final Defending Champion Punjab will take on Air India while Haryana will face Karnataka in the ¾ position match.

Thankfully, DD sports channel will be telecasting the final (17.30 hrs).

Leading 3-2 at the half time, Punjab scored through Deepak Thakur (10, 22 min), Gurjinder Singh (17 min0, Sarvanjit Singh (45 min) and Vikramjit Singh (58 min) while M K Muddappa (7 min) and Nikkin Thimmaiah (29 min) scored for Karnataka.

Punjab looked the better drilled outfit with a lot of character and composure while Karnataka committed far too many errors which put them on the defensive for the second half of the game.

Last year’s runners-up Air India defeated Haryana 7-3 in the first semi-final match. Air India who led 4-1 at the half time scored through Affan Yousuf (5, 43 min), Vikram Pillay (15 min), Prabodh Tirkey (28 min), Sameer Dad (31 min), Joga Singh (37 min) and Arjun Halappa (68 min) while Mandeep Antil (10 min), Hansraj (53 min) and Jitender Saroha (60 min) scored for Haryana.

Scoring an early goal through Affan Yousuf in the 5th minute, Air India stepped up the pressure on the opponents. Haryana failed to maintain composure under pressure in a game.

Results

Semi-Final 1- Air India 7 (Affan Yousuf 5, 43, Vikram Pillay 15, Prabodh Tirkey 28, Sameer Dad 31, Joga Singh 37, Arjun Halappa 68) beat Haryana 3 (Mandeep Antil 10, Hansraj 53, Jitender Saroha 60)

Semi-Final 2- Punjab 5 (Deepak Thakur 10, 22, Gurjinder Singh 17, Sarvanjit Singh 45, Vikramjit Singh 58) beat Karnataka 2 (M K Muddappa 7, Nikkin Thimmaiah 29)

Fixture for Monday, 10 June 2013

¾ Position- Haryana vs Karnataka (1400 hrs)

Final- Punjab vs Air India (1730hrs)

Stick2Hockey.com



Hockey India inducts Vidarbha Hockey Association in its fold

NEW DELHI: Hockey India (HI) inducted Vidarbha Hockey Association as an associate member on Sunday.

Hockey India now has twelve associate members, with 29 affiliated members and two other state Olympic Association members.

With this inclusion, Vidarbha Hockey Association can take part in all the National Championships to be conducted by Hockey India in future.

"I welcome Vidarbha Hockey Association for their entry into Hockey India as an associate member. Vidharba Hockey Association who have their own hockey grounds, need to make best use of their facilities and produce more and more players. Hockey India will give its full support to them for the development of the sport in their area," Narinder Batra, HI secretary general, said.

"I am hopeful that Vidarbha Hockey Association will put in its best efforts to promote the game at grass-root level by organising more and more tournaments in Nagpur and nearby areas," he added.

The Times of India



KL and Selangor steal the limelight at MSSM hockey tourney

By PERCY D’CRUZ


MALACA: Klang Valley rivals Kuala Lumpur and Selangor can walk tall after bagging five of the individual awards to add to their victories in the boys’ and girls’ Under-18 categories at the end of the six-day National Schools (MSSM) hockey championships at the Bukit Serendit Hockey Stadium on Saturday.

KL beat favourites Terengganu 4-1 in the boys’ final while Selangor downed defending champions Perak 2-1 in the girls’ final in the Under-18 categories.

Perak were the next best with four awards overall while Sabah created history by being the first east Malaysian state to capture a MSSM title when they beat Perak 3-2 in the girls’ Under-12 final.

On top of that their Under-12 skipper Kerismah Kauran captured the Best Player of the Tournament in that age group while their goalkeeper Adrian Andy Albert was voted the Best Goalkeeper in the boys’ Under-18 category.

Kuala Lumpur’s Nor Syafiq Sumantri was judged as the Player of the Tournament in the boys’ Under-18 division while their Nur Syaaza Afiqah Safawi snapped up the girls’ Under-12 Top Scorer’s award with a five-goal tally.

Selangor’s Ellya Shahirah Ellias took back home the Top Scorer’s award in the girls Under-18 division with seven goals to her credit while team-mate Sazaumira Mohd Ismail bagged the Best Goalkeeper award.

The Star of Malaysia



Checkers seal ‘Big-Four’ spot

Harvard Maritime Checkers sealed a spot in next week’s T&T Hockey Board Women’s Championship Division “Big-Four” after a 1-1 draw with Ventures at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Thursday night.

The St James-based club went ahead in the 28th minute through Mindy Charles but with 12 minutes left on the clock, Ohio State University’s Arielle Cowie drew Ventures level to earn Ventures its first point at the end of the first round.

With the point earned, Checkers improved to nine points from its six matches, the same as Malvern, but with a much better goal-difference of plus-two to the Malvernites, minus-six. Shandy Carib Magnolias has seven and a match left to play against defending champion and table leader Notre Dame, which has 13 points, from 7 pm tonight. Second placed Paragon with 12 points is also certain of a “Big-Four” spot.

The men’s “Big-Four” line-up is already set with three-time reigning league champion, Petrotrin (19 points), Defence Force (16) and Queen’s Park and defending champion Paragon, both on 13, the qualifiers. In the Trinity Division, three different players were on target to lead Paragon past Police 3-1 and into second spot. Salim Clapham (21st) and Barry Clarke (35th) put Paragon ahead 2-0 at the half, while Mohammed Elias added a third in the 63rd minute before Cordelle Hoyte got a 68th consolation for Police.

The win carried Paragon to 21 points from nine matches, three behind Queen’s Park while Malvern is third with 19 and Paradise, fourth, three points behind; Police remained sixth. On Wednesday, in a top-of-the-table clash, Queen’s Park got a 44th minute winner from Gary Chin to edge Malvern, 2-1. Damien Bright fired the Parkites ahead in the 11th minute, but four minutes into the second-half, Jason Clarke drew Malvern level, only for Chin to get the decisive item five minutes later.

Meanwhile, the visiting Houghton College women’s field hockey team, out of the USA, will come up against the senior national women’s team, Checkers and Malvern in a four-team mini-tournament today from 10 am at Tacarigua. Earlier this week, some members of the visiting team and coaches hosted various primary schools at the National Hockey Centre in a day of fun-filled activities.

Results:

Thursday:
Trinity Men:

Paragon 3 (Salim Clapham 21st, Barry Clarke 35th, Mohammed Elias 63rd) vs Police 1 (Cordelle Hoyte 68th)

Women’s Championship:
Checkers 1 (Mindy Charles 28th) vs Ventures 1 (Arielle Cowie 58th)

Wednesday:
Trinity Men:

QPCC 2 (Damien Bright 11th, Gary Chin 44th) vs Malvern 1 (Jason Clarke 39th)

Current standings:
Men’s Championship:
Teams    P    W        D    L    F    A    Pts

Petrotrin    7    6    1    0    28    11    19
D/Force    7    5    1    1    28    10    16
QPCC    7    4    1    2    23    14    13
Paragon    7    4    1    2    24    16    13
Notre Dame    7    4    0    3    19    9    12
Malvern    7    1    1    5    8    21    4
Fatima    7    0    2    5    7    39    2
Paradise    7    0    1    6    13    30    1

Women’s Championship:
Notre Dame    5    4    1    0    22    5    13
Paragon    6    3    3    0    20    4    12
Checkers    6    2    3    1    10    8    9
Malvern    6    3    0    3    9    15    9
Magnolias    5    2    1    2    10    8    7
Paradise    6    1    1    4    4    9    4
Ventures    6    0    1    5    3    29    1

Trinity Men:
QPCC    9    8    0    1    50    16    24
Paragon    9    6    3    0    36    13    21
Malvern    9    6    1    2    29    10    19
Paradise    7    5    1    1    24    14    16
Notre Dame    8    3    1    4    13    13    10
Police    5    2    1    2    8    10    7
Fatima    9    2    1    6    15    36    7
Petrotrin    7    2    0    5    23    32    6
D/Force    9    0    4    5    20    30    4
Shape    5    1    0    4    12    40    3
Carib    6    0    2    4    6    18    2

Trinity Women:
Magnolias    6    5    1    0    17    3    16
Notre Dame    7    5    0    2    22    15    15
D/Force    7    4    1    2    28    12    13
Checkers    7    4    1    2    11    6    13
Malvern    7    3    1    3    12    11    10
Paragon    6    2    2    2    10    12    8
Ventures    5    1    1    3    6    16    4
Police    7    0    1    6    3    22    1
Petrotrin    3    0    0    3    0    9    0

Mixed Veterans:
Carib    6    4    1    1    24    8    13
QPCC    4    3    0    1    22    6    9
D/Force    4    2    2    0    28    11    8
Police    4    2    1    1    8    9    7
Malvern    2    2    0    0    9    1    6
Fatima    4    2    0    2    22    21    6
Notre Dame    4    1    0    3    11    12    3
Petrotrin    6    1    0    5    8    46    3
Paragon    4    0    0    4    2    20    0

Under-19 Boys:
Notre Dame    4    3    0    1    13    7    9
Malvern    3    2    1    0    27    2    7
Fatima    3    2    1    0    21    2    7
QPCC    4    2    1    1    14    8    7
Paradise    4    0    3    1    6    7    3
Carib    2    0    0    2    0    11    0
Shape    4    0    0    4    1    45    0

Under-19 Girls:
Magnolias    4    4    0    0    32    0    12
Notre Dame    5    3    0    2    31    8    9
Malvern    5    3    0    2    12    13    9
Paragon    3    2    0    1    7    8    6
Paradise    5    0    1    4    1    5    1
Checkers    4    0    1    3    1    42    1
Ventures    0    0    0    0    0    0    0

The Trinidad Guardian



Roaring Simba leave USIU reeling

By AYUMBA AYODI



Nairobi Simba’s George Mutira (left) battles for the ball with USIU’s Isaac Kamau during their men’s hockey Premier League match at Nairobi’s City Park Stadium on June 10, 2013. PHOTO | MOHAMMED AMIN

Champions Nairobi Simba Union braved a stiff assault from United States International University-Africa (USIU-A), squeezing a slim 1-0 victory to go second in the men’s hockey Premier League.

Asif Shah scored field goal in the third minute after connecting with a deflected ball from the left as Nairobi Simba needed to clip the varsity students.

There after, it was an end-to-end battle as both sides wasted a myriad of chances.

“We should have done better with our missed chances,” said Nairobi Simba defender Inderjit ‘Coolly’ Matharu. “Not that our players are bad or we haven’t had good a training session. It was just one of those bad days in office.”

Nevertheless, Nairobi Simba, who drew 3-3 with Greensharks in their season-opening match a fortnight ago, now have four points as leaders Wazalendo but are second on inferior goal aggregate.

Meanwhile, Nakuru started their men’s National League campaign in style, harvesting a maximum six points to share the spoils with two other teams at the top of the league. Nakuru humbled newcomers Homa Bay 2-0 before edging out the University of Nairobi 1-0 at Nairobi’s City Park Stadium.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nakuru and Parklands Sports Club all have won their two opening matches to collect six points each. However, JKUAT are top on a better aggregate followed by Nakuru and Parklands.

JKUAT squandered their chances of stretching their lead when they lost 0-1 to Multimedia University on Sunday as Daystar and Mount Kenya battled to a 1-1 draw.

Fixtures:

Saturday, City Park:


Premier Men: MSC  v Western Jaguars  (2pm); USIU  v Strathmore (6pm).

National Women: USIU-A v MSC (4pm).

Sunday:

National Women: MSC v KU (9am).

National Men: Multimedia v NYS (3pm);  KU v Technical Uni (5pm);

Premier Men: Kenya Police  v Western Jaguars (11am); Greensharks v MSC (1pm).

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