News for 14 June 2013

All the news for Friday 14 June 2013


Double Draw for Men's Debut in Rotterdam

World League Semi-Final men's games end in ties



Ireland and India locked horns in an epic 4-4 draw (Photo: Grant Treeby)

Netherlands – New Zealand 3-3 (1-2 halftime)

Much like their female counterparts, the Dutch men had their hands full today in their Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final debut, and like the women, they were able to salvage a point from the outing in a 3-3 draw against #6 New Zealand.

Jeroen Hertzberger opened the scoring with a penalty stroke goal in the 19th minute. It was a mirror start to the women, who also netted a first-half penalty stroke. But unlike the women’s game, the New Zealand men had an immediate response when Hug Inglis struck with a field goal a minute later. Inglis gave the Black Sticks the 2-1 lead three minutes before the break when he deflected a shot from Phil Burrows from nearly midfield.

The game could have gone either way when the second half started as it was a see-saw battle in the first ten minutes of the stanza. But the tide turned in New Zealand’s favor when Jacob Smith was in an ideal position in the slot and got a perfect pass to complete the play for the 3-1 lead.

Herzberger got the Dutch within striking distance when he put in a short corner goal with 15 minutes left in regulation and just over two minutes later, a field goal from Valentin Verga pulled the hosts even with New Zealand, setting up a grand showdown in the last 10 minutes. The grand showdown turned more into a slow simmer as the both teams were out of gas and had to settle for the 3-3 draw.

Tomorrow Pool A springs into action as Spain will take on France, while Australia meets Belgium. All four men’s team that played today are idle tomorrow. Saturday will feature all eight men’s team in action in a men’s-only day of action in Rotterdam.

India – Ireland 4-4 (1-2 halftime)

Only four World Ranking points separate India (11th) and Ireland (15th) and it was clear in today’s men’s Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final opener that the teams were very much equal as they played to a hard-fought 4-4 draw. The second half turned into a wild west shootout as the teams matched each other blow for blow in the entertaining match.

A Singh opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a great shot from the top of the D, but it was quickly answered by an even more spectacular goal when Ala Sothern dribbled the ball to-and-fro in the circle and put on a series of moves that led to a stunning 1-1 equalizer.

Ireland’s Paul Gelghorne scored the go-ahead goal before the halftime hooter to give the Irish the small 2-1 advantage at the break. India mounted its comeback in the second sparked by R.P. Singh fired in a hard short corner shot to even the game at 2. S. Singh followed-up with the 3-2 goal with a point blank tip in to give the Indians the lead.

But Ireland was not finished. With 12 minutes left in regulation, Conor Harte put in Ireland’s first short corner of the game to tie things for the third time. Andrew McConnell put in the 4-3 goal for the Irish with 6:30 left in regulation on a breakaway play. Unfortunately for India, goaltender Sreejesh was badly shaken up on the play and had to leave the field on a stretcher.

But with all the cards on the table, India came storming back, yet again. This time with a penalty corner goal from R.P. Singh with 4:27 left in regulation. The goal would be the last offense that either of the two exhausted teams could muster as they both left with a point apiece for their efforts.

FIH site



Dutch Settle for Draw; Rest of Top Seeds Roll

Rotterdam World League Semi-Finals Day 1 in the books



It was a bittersweet thank you to the crowd for the Dutch women's team - a 1-1 draw was below expectations for the host (Photo: Grant Treeby)

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Netherlands – Japan 1-1 (1-0 halftime)

On the surface, it seemed World #1 and host Netherlands was having no problem in their opening game of the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final as they controlled all aspects of the game against #9 Japan. But the one thing the Dutch could not do was convert their many opportunities into goals and in the end, the failure to convert cost them the win as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Despite some good chances throughout the first half, it wasn’t until the 28th minute that the hosts got onto the scoreboard. Captain Maartje Paumen stepped up and easily scored on a penalty stroke to give the Dutch the 1-0 lead.

The score stayed locked at 1-0 through much of the second half, despite some early penalty corner chances for the Netherlands. But the Dutch failure to capitalize on their chances came back to haunt them late in the game when Japan's Akane Shibata put in the equalizer with a spinning move in the D to tie the game at one.

With the pressure suddenly on the Netherlands to convert one of the their many chances, the last 10 minutes was more frenzied, but ultimately, they had to settle for the 1-1 draw and learning the hard lesson that it’s not shots on goal that count, it’s goals.

Korea – Chile 0-2 (2-1 halftime)

Chile entered the Rabobank Hockey World League as the long-shot team, weighing in at #18 in the FIH World Ranking and one of the surprise entries to make it through to the third round. But today against #8 Korea, the Chileans played like they belonged among the world’s elite.

It wasn’t until Eun Bi Cheon put in a pretty back-handed goal in the 62nd minute that Korea was able to secure the win and the three points. Until that point, Chile had the Koreans on the ropes and even held the lead for a good portion of the game.

Francisca Vidaurre gave her team the lead two minutes into the second half after a strong first-half performance left the teams in a 0-0 deadlock. The advantage stood for nearly 15 minutes until Jong Eun Kim streaked through the slot and scored a picture-perfect game-tying goal. It looked like Chile could at least hang on for the tie, but Cheon put an end to those dreams as her goal with seven minutes left was the death blow for the upset hope.

Germany – Belgium 3-0 (2-0 halftime)

Belgium has been the Cinderella of the Hockey World League, making it to the Semi-Finals all the way from Round 1, but today the clock inched a little closer to midnight as Germany cruised in a 3-0 win.

To be fair to Belgium, the first 10 minutes they were in control of the game, setting a good pace and dominating ball possession. But German captain Julia Müller scored a in the 18th minute to stun Belgians and throw their entire game into disarray. After Müller’s goal the tide changed as the Germans played with a cool confidence and slowly chipped away at Belgium.

Tina Bachmann doubled the lead with a clear penalty stroke shot six minutes after the initial strike, making it 2-0 at the break. In the end, it was an own goal in the 42ndminute that sealed the Belgian’s fate as Germany earned the clear 3-0 win.

Germany and New Zealand, both unbeaten will meet tomorrow, while Belgium faces India, which is also winless thus far.

New Zealand – India 7-0 (4-0 halftime)

The New Zealand women easily passed their first test at the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final with a 7-0 drubbing over India. New Zealand entered the tournament as the second-highest ranked squad in the eight-team field and the top team in Group B. They had no problem against 12th-ranked India, which was simply overpowered by the Kiwis.

New Zealand jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half without the aid of single short corner tally. Charlotte Harrison got things started nine minutes into action and a few minutes later, India dug the hole deeper with an own-goal to double the lead. Katie Glynn and Sian Fremaux added one goal apiece to close the first-half scoring.

Glynn and Harrison each added a second goal in the second half, while Krystal Forgesson shot in her first of the game to bring the final to 7-0. With the exception of the own goal, all of the New Zealand goals came from the field in the impressive offensive show.

Next up for New Zealand is Germany, while India will look to regroup against Belgium.

FIH site

 



Black Sticks Men draw opener with Netherlands


Hugo Inglis is congratulated by team mates after scoring against the Netherlands. Photo: www.photosport.co.nz

The Black Sticks Men have come away with a 3-3 draw against hosts Netherlands in their opening game at the World League Semi-Final in Rotterdam this morning (NZ time).

After Netherlands scored first, the Black Sticks netted three unanswered goals to go up 3-1 before the Dutch responded late in the second half to salvage a draw.

Hugo Inglis had an outstanding game up front and scored a double with Jacob Smith knocking in New Zealand’s third. Phil Burrows was also a stand-out player for the Kiwis, setting up several scoring opportunities.

The draw sees both sides take away one point each, with Ireland and India also on one point in Pool B after drawing 4-4 earlier in the day.

Black Sticks head coach Colin Batch said while it would have been great to hold on for the win, to come away with a draw against the world’s number three side and London 2012 silver medallists was a pleasing start.

“It was a good result for us and shows that we are continuing to improve. We’ve had a tough time with injuries but the way the guys prepared for the match is a real credit to them,” Batch said.

“I thought there were several players who played their best game for New Zealand today so overall it was an outstanding effort.

“Having said that it is just one game in the tournament and we will need to go away now and prepare for what will be a tough game against Ireland who also had a good game today.”

Things started Netherland’s way with the Black Sticks reduced to 10 men just seconds into the game with a yellow card given to Stephen Jenness for a diving back tackle.

And while the host nation enjoyed a large amount of possession in the first half, the Black Sticks scrambled well on defence and held structure in the midfield.

The Dutch were first to score in the 19th minute thanks to a penalty stroke for a shot at goal that struck Dean Couzins in shoulder as the last line of defence. Jeroen Hertzberger drove the stroke into the left corner past goalkeeper Hamish McGregor.

Just one minute later the Black Sticks delivered an equaliser with Burrows driving a ball into the circle and Inglis putting in a sprawling dive on the reverse stick to deflect the ball into goal.

Just out from halftime it was the combo of Burrows and Inglis who featured again, this time Burrows catching Netherlands off-guard with a quick free hit into the circle which Inglis again guided into goal.

McGregor played well throughout the game in goal, and came to the fore in the 42nd minute when Netherlands won the first penalty corner of the match. Hertzberger put a great shot on goal but McGregor put on an equally terrific right footed save.

Capital striker Smith slapped in New Zealand’s third goal in the 46th minute with the Black Sticks on track for an upset win.

But Netherlands weren’t done there, and scored two more goals in a frenetic final 10 minutes.

The Black Sticks Men play their second pool game against Ireland on Saturday night at 7:30pm (NZ time), which will be broadcast live on SKY Sport 3.

The top three men’s and women’s teams from the World League Semi-Final automatically qualify for the 2014 Hockey World Cup, although it is possible to earn qualification at the tournament with a lower ranking. New Zealand can still qualify in other ways as well, with the next opportunity coming at the Oceania Cup in Taranaki this October.

RESULT:

Black Sticks 3: (Hugo Inglis 2, Jacob Smith)
Netherlands 3: (Jeroen Hertzberger 2, Valentin Verga)
Halftime: Black Sticks 2-1

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks Women trounce India 7-0 in opener


Charlotte Harrison celebrates scoring against India. Photo courtesy of photosport.co.nz

The Black Sticks Women have won the opening game of the World League Semi Final tonight in the most comprehensive fashion, beating India 7-0 and dominating in all areas of the game.

The statistics highlighted what a comprehensive performance it was for the Kiwis – they had 62 circle penetrations, 15 shots on goals and 64% of the possession.

“At the end of the day a win is a win, but the reality is that our next opponent [Germany] is going to be significantly stronger so we can’t be complacent. A key area we need to improve is our decision making when we have the ball in the circle – and turning those opportunities into goals,” says head coach Mark Hager.

“It definitely helped that we have recently played India, every time you play a team you learn things about the side,” says Hager.

It was the perfect start to the World League for New Zealand with constant pressure resulting in a 4-0 lead at half time. Charlotte Harrison got on the scoreboard first and then the Kiwis stretched their lead to 2-0 eight minutes later thanks to an own goal.

North Harbour’s Petrea Webster almost scored a third soon after but it was well blocked by the Indian keeper. Controlling the ball and playing with confidence, Webster’s chance was one of many opportunities that the Black Sticks created.

In the 26th minute, Katie Glynn got a soft touch to the ball in the circle and with her back to the goal, she cleverly deflected it between her legs and it rolled passed the keeper.

Even with a three goal lead, the Black Sticks continued to run hard and were unstoppable, turning over the ball and creating space in the circle to make the most of their chances. With three minutes left on the clock in the first half, Harrison set up another goal which was deflected in by Sian Fremaux.

New Zealand almost added another to the scoreboard right on half time after converting their only penalty corner of the game, but the decision was overturned by the video umpire.

In the second half, the fifth goal came when Punt crossed to Harrison who didn’t hesitant to put her body on the line, diving into position to tap it in. Moments later, Harrison and Glynn helped set up a nice goal for Krystal Forgesson who was waiting patiently in position.

In the 69th minute, Glynn got her second goal, rattling the backboard after she received a great cross from Punt.

There is no doubting it was a convincing first up win for the Black Sticks but their focus now turns to their big game coming up against fifth ranked Germany on Saturday at 1.30am (NZ time). The game is LIVE on Sky Sport 2 and is also replayed at 6am. The Black Sticks Men play the Dutch at 6am tomorrow – this is also live on Sky Sport 2.

The top three teams from the World League Semi-Final automatically qualify for the 2014 Hockey World Cup, although it is possible to earn qualification at the tournament with a lower ranking.  New Zealand will also have a chance to qualify at the Oceania Cup in Taranaki this October.

RESULTS
New Zealand 7 (Charlotte Harrison 2, Own goal, Katie Glynn x2, Sian Fremaux, Krystal Forgesson) India 0. HT: 4-0

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Encouraging start to World League campaign

By David Leggat


New Zealand coach Mark Hager wants more efficiency out of his attack after kicking off the World League semifinal tournament with a 7-0 dumping of India in Rotterdam.

While happy to have got under way on the right foot against the 12th-ranked Indians, Hager saw his side squander more attacking chances than he'd have liked.

The third-ranked Black Sticks had 15 shots on India's goal from 62 circle penetrations. On other days against tougher opponents, that could prove costly.

"We were okay, we weren't very clinical in the attacking third, just wasted a few opportunities and we've got to learn to be better than that against better opposition," Hager said.

That will happen early on Saturday morning (NZT) when New Zealand play the world No 5 Germans, who have won three and drawn one of their last four games against the Black Sticks.

Senior striker Katie Glynn scored twice, with other goals coming from Charlotte Harrison, Krystal Forgesson and Sian Fremeaux, along with two own goals by the hapless Indian defence.

New Zealand had a sloppy spell early in the second half, India hit a post and had a penalty corner before the game's normal transmission of waves of New Zealand attacks resumed.

There was the odd defensive slipup which would have been punished by better teams.

"Sometimes you get a little over-confident and a bit slack when you have that much attack and we got a bit lazy with some of our marking," Hager said.

He's also gearing up for playing the tournament without influential and experienced midfielder Stacey Michelsen, ruled out by a torn knee ligament.

"She's the backbone of the defence and attack and is so good with the ball and gives us go-forward play. It is a big hole but we've got to learn to cope without players like Stacey when these injuries happen."

Germany's leadup form has been ordinary. They've been tonked by the strong Dutch side 10-2 and 5-1 by Australia.

New Zealand's third group game is against world No 13 Belgium late on Sunday night (NZT).

The New Zealand Herald



Black Sticks draw with Netherlands

By David Leggat


A 3-3 draw with the strong Dutch team gave New Zealand a solid start to their World League semifinal tournament in Rotterdam today.

Indeed the sixth-ranked Black Sticks, playing a few hours after the national women' team thumped India 7-0, led 3-1 early in the second half, despite being dominated in terms of possession and scoring opportunities.

However the Netherlands ended strongly and diligent work by the defence, including goalkeeper Hamish McGregor, was required to keep the point.

Striker Hugo Inglis scored twice in the first half, with Jacob Smith nudging the third goal in early in the second half from close range.

Jeroen Hertzberger scored twice for the third-ranked Netherlands before Valentin Verga got the equaliser late on.

"When you're 3-1 up you want to go on and win the game," Black Sticks captain Dean Couzins said.

"But back to 3-3 the Dutch had quite a lot of momentum. After that period we're pretty pleased with the draw."

New Zealand play Ireland in their second game on Saturday night. Ireland kicked off their Pool B play with a 4-4 draw against India.

The New Zealand Herald



Netherlands snatch draw against Black Sticks

BRENDON EGAN


A win and a draw have given New Zealand's hockey teams a successful start to the World League semifinal games in Rotterdam this morning (NZT).

While the women beat India 7-0, the Netherlands rallied from two goals down early in the second half, to fight back and grab a 3-all draw with the Black Sticks men.

The Dutch, who won silver at last year's Olympic Games in London and are ranked third in the world, were heavily favoured leading into the game, in front of their home crowd.

They appeared to be in major trouble early in the second half, however, when Black Sticks' striker Jacob Smith scored 15 minutes into the half, after a great earlier run down the baseline from Shay Neal to give New Zealand a 3-1 lead.

The Netherlands are one of the best men's hockey sides in the world for a reason, and began to drag themselves back into the contest.

Jeroen Hertzberger grabbed his second goal of the game, with 15 minutes remaining, firing in a deadly penalty corner shot that left New Zealand goalkeeper Hamish McGregor with no chance.

They were back on level terms shortly after, when Valentin Verga netted in a goalmouth scramble.

With momentum on their side, the Netherlands pushed for the winning goal and finished strongly. They had several chances to clinch the match, but were denied by McGregor and some stoic Black Stick defence.

The Netherlands had 12 shots on goal, compared to just three from New Zealand, but failed to take advantage of their chances in the goal circle.

New Zealand got off to a terrible start to the game when Stephen Jenness was shown a yellow card and given five minutes in the sinbin after tackling a Dutch attacker from behind.

The Netherlands dominated the first half, enjoying 77 per cent of the possession and the better opportunities on attack, but they were unable to translate it into goals.

It was the Black Sticks, who went into halftime with a 2-1 lead, courtesy of two excellent deflection goals from striker Hugo Inglis.

Hertzberger opened the scoring for the Netherlands, after his team was awarded a penalty stroke when Black Sticks' captain Dean Couzins was adjudged to have stopped a goalbound shot with his shoulder.

Inglis then showed lightning quick reflexes with both his goals being deflected in close to the net. The first came from a pass into the goal from Phil Burrows, and the second happened in similar circumstances, when a vicious Burrows' free hit was tapped in by the young Dunedin striker.

After the game, Couzins said he was disappointed the Black Sticks were unable to hold on to their two-goal lead, but believed a draw against the Dutch was a positive way to start the tournament.

The Black Sticks women started their World League semifinal campaign in convincing fashion, with a 7-0 triumph over India.

New Zealand scored four first-half goals, with the first two coming from Indian own-goals.

After a quiet start to the second half, New Zealand struck the back of the net three more times, to cap off a pleasing first game.

Katie Glynn scored twice for New Zealand, with Charlotte Harrison, Krystal Forgesson and Sian Fremaux also getting on the scoresheet.

Tomorrow, the women are back in action against Germany, while the men take on Ireland.

The World League semifinal tournament is an important one, with places up for grabs at the final tournament in Argentina in December, and spots at next year's World Cup also on the line.

Stuff



Ireland draw with India in eight goal thriller

A pulsating 70 minutes of hockey in a breezy Rotterdam today saw Ireland Senior men come within minutes of a famous victory over World number eleven side India. Both sides played free-flowing attacking hockey but it will be the men in green who will come away from the game feeling aggrieved after conceding so late in the game.

Ireland started brightly but India provided their usual silky close-knit skills to soak up any pressure. A diving reverse stick cross from Sunil forced David Harte into action in the 7th minute, and minutes later a diving Good sent the ball just wide on the back post from a Caruth cross. Good again came close with a fine reverse stick effort in the 12th minute, forcing the save from Parattu Raveendran. Cargo forced a further save from Raveendran but just as Ireland were finding their rhythm a crash ball in the 21th minute found Akashdeep whose first touch left him with space to fire an unstoppable shot past Harte.

Four minutes later the Green machine were back on level terms after some patient build up play around the back found Sothern in the circle, where he fooled his marker with a slick right to left drag and coolly slotted the ball past the oncoming keeper. Harte saved a Sandeep Singh drag flick in the 29th minute, which led to Ireland counter-attacking with pace, and they deservedly took the lead when a diving Gleghorne nipped in to finish on his reverse in front of goal. Half time Ireland 2 India 1.

India unsurprisingly came firing out of the blocks at the start of the second half, forcing Irish turnovers in their defensive 25. With five minutes gone they won their second corner of the game, and Rupinderpal stepped up from the back to fire a drag flick low to Harte's left, with the post man left with no chance.

Two minutes later Ireland won a corner of their own, but a shot from the right from Caruth was deflected high and wide by the Indian defender. India continued with their onslaught of crash balls into the circle, and in the 47th minute went 3-2 up when Shivendra ghosted his marker and deflected a cross past Harte.

Al Sothern forced a great save from a drag flick in the 50th minute, and seconds later Manpreet was left in an acre of space on the left hand side but skewed the ball well wide. Harte came to the rescue in the 53rd minute racing out to block a first time effort from Nithin, and a good spell of Irish possession and patience led to Michael Watt earning the Green Machine their third corner of the game. This time Conor Harte stepped up to slot the ball home, again low to the keeper's left. 3-3 with 13 to go.

With goals galore the pace of the game slowed slightly, but not for long as a quick break away phase involving Al Sothern found Timmy Cockram free on the left, who crossed to a diving McConnell, leaving the keeper with no chance. Without doubt the best goal of the game, Sothern and Cockram showing poise on the ball and McConnell having the grit and determination to provide height and a sublime finish.

Two minutes later however, the Irish conceded a soft corner when the ball was raised into an Indian forward. The flicking power of Rupinderpal again proved decisive, as he slotted home high to Harte's left. A video referral followed as Gormley argued the ball was raised dangerously, but an inconclusive decision meant their complaints were in vain.

Two minutes from time another referral was called after it appeared Peter Caruth was tripped in the circle, but once again no clear decision was made, much to the grievances of the Irish players.

The game finished 4-4, and Ireland whilst will be disappointed not to have come away the three points, they can take many positives from some sterling performances against a team ranked four places above them.

Next up for the Green Machine are New Zealand on Saturday at 8.30am local time.

World League 3, Rotterdam, Holland.

Ireland 4 (Sothern, Gleghorne, Harte, McConnell)

India 4 (Rupinderpal x2, Akashdeep, Shivendra)

Irish Hockey Association media release



Ireland hockey team left frustrated after video umpire allows India equaliser

Stephen Findlater



Ireland’s Andy McConnell: his sublime goal put Ireland 4-3 up with less than seven minutes on the clock

Ireland’s tempestuous affair with the video referral system came to pass once more as they were left frustrated in their opening World League round three tie, drawing 4-4 with world number 11 side India.

Twice in the closing five minutes of the tie, Ireland went upstairs to protest decisions only for the response to come back that “no decision was possible”, calls which ultimately worked against Ireland to deny them victory.

In March 2012, their Olympic hopes went up in smoke seven seconds from the end of their qualification final against Korea, the decision crucially seeing them fall 3-2.

The magnitude of these decisions was not in the same bracket but it did add to the feeling of an opportunity lost, especially after Andy McConnell’s sublime goal put Ireland 4-3 up with less than seven minutes on the clock.

Prior to that, Ireland overcame a rocky start to lead 2-1 at half-time with Alan Sothern’s delightful solo goal and a scrappy effort from Paul Gleghorne cancelled out Akashdeep Singh’s 15th-minute strike.

India replied in kind at the start of the second period with Rupinder Pal Singh whipping home a drag and birthday boy Shivendra Singh touching home VR Raghunath’s long ball for a 3-2 lead.

Conor Harte levelled from a penalty corner before McConnell created and completed an excellent team goal. He stole the ball on his own 22 before following up and sliding in ahead of PR Sreejesh after passes through Sothern and Timmy Cockram.

Rupinder levelled almost immediately but Ireland were seething that it stood, believing it should have been called dangerous by the video umpire.

He deemed the footage inconclusive as he did when Peter Caruth – impeccable throughout – appeared to be tripped at the far end soon after.

The response was the same and Ireland, ranked four places below India, were forced to settle for a draw.

The Irish Times



Indian men settles for 4-4 draw

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In an evenly played encounter, India survived anxious moments before sharing points equally with fighting Ireland in the opening match of the Round 3 of Hockey World League.

India took lead twice, but the Irish, fast on feet and perfect in finish, did not allow those momentary luxuries to last. They were even leading 4-3 at 64th minute when Rupinder converted a penalty corner to bring parity.

Its Akashdeep Singh, who gave India the lead early in the first half, but two subsequent goals by the Meredith's boys, Alan Sothern and Paul Gleghorne, ended up 1-2 at half time.

On change of sides, Rupinder Sigh -- he played most part compared to Sandeep Singh -- made use of second penalty corner to level the score (2-2).

Shivender Singh, today's birthday boy, deflected in style a long, straight midfield through pass to give India again lead (3-2), but ten minutes later when Raghu and Gurmail messes up an easy clearance on the rival's D edge, Irish got their first PC and Conor Harte left the score gap even out. It was in the 57th minute. Within six minutes, Andrew McConnel struck the goal of the match, which left goalie Sreejesh flabbergasted; he trapped a diagonal from 25-yard.

And then Rupinder equalized in the 66th minute (4-4). India passed out the rest of time with lot of difficulty as the Irish easily made number of penetration in to the circle in that spell.

Over all its a good game, with the edge going to Irish.

Stick2Hockey.com



Rupinderpal helps India eke out 4-4 draw against Ireland

ROTTERDAM: Rupinderpal Singh scored two goals as India survived a scare before eking out a 4-4 draw against lower-ranked Ireland in a hard-fought Pool B match in the men's competition of the FIH World League Round 3, on Thursday.

Rupinderpal (40th, 66th minute) converted two penalty corners in the second half to save India the blushes after Akashdeep Singh (21st) and Shivendra Singh (47th) scored two field goals.

For Ireland, Alan Sothern (25th), Paul Gleghorne (30th), Andrew McConnell (64th) scored three field goals while the other came from a penalty corner conversion by Conor Harte in the 57th minute.

Even though India (11) are ranked four places higher than Ireland (15) in the world rankings, it didn't really show in their game today.

The defensive line has been their perennial problem and the area once again came to hound India against the Irish, who looked impressive and threatening in the entire 70 minutes.

There was clear lack of co-ordination between the Indian mid-field and forward line, at least in the opening half, and they were also guilty of giving away the ball far more easily to their opponents.

The Indians, however, surged ahead in the 21st minute when Akashdeep trapped a cross from Mandeep and slammed home a winner with a fierce hit from top of the circle.

India's joy, however, remained short-lived as Ireland drew parity four minutes later when Sothern scooped over a charging Indian goalie P R Sreejesh after some fine stick work on the left flank.

India soon got their first penalty corner but Sandeep Singh flick was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper David Harte.

Ireland rubbed salt on India's wounds in the 30th minute when Gleghorne scored to give his side a 2-1 lead.

The Indian defence was yet again caught napping by Ireland's fast attacking moves as an unmarked Gleghorne scored from close range.

The Indians, however, came out with more purpose and looked far more organised in the second half.

The break seemed to have worked wonders for India as Rupinderpal drew parity just five minutes into the second half converting their second penalty corner.

Veteran striker Shivendra Singh, who made a comeback to the Indian team here after the London Olympics, then celebrated his birthday in style, beautifully deflecting home a diagonal pass from V R Raghunath in the 47th minute to give India a 3-2 lead.

But the Irishmen were in no mood to be bogged down by the twin strikes as they fought back strongly.

First, Harte utilised one of their four penalty corners and then a diving McConnell tapped in to brighten the prospect of an upset win over India.

But it was not to be as Rupinderpal came to India's rescue two minutes later, converting India's third penalty corner with a high flick to the left of Irish custodian Harte.

India will play hosts The Netherlands in their next match on Saturday, while Ireland will be up against New Zealand.

The Times of India



Erratic India unequal to New Zealand, goes down 0-7.

Indians would not have liked to start their campaign with a 0-7 drubbing by rival who was till a couple of years were just an equal side, but the fragile nature of Indian women came to the fore today in the opening match of the much talked about Hockey World League Round 3 at Rotterdam.

Ritu Rani's girls played a patchy game and were error prone, leaving New Zealand to have a field day on the field of play, that too at will. Sharper in shooting and meticulous in moves, NZ did not allow India to bounce back anytime in the match.

India conceded, surprisingly, three self goals (though offcially only one), after that the Kiwis came on their own with spectacular field goals.

New Zealand led India 4-0 at half time, and then added three more in the next half.

Despite contesting successfully a goal award against them, India had to finish first half at 0-4, as New Zealand built up good moves, and matched it with goals.

India earned only a penalty corner which was also proved abortive as the shot could not be taken due to faulty stop, and with that had to counter two fast counter attacks.

India played well only the first 10.12 minutes of second half. In that spell, a Chanchan Devi’s good forehand seemed to have given Indian a consolation goal, which would have otherwise too changed the gear and fortune of the game, but it did not survive NZ referral.

The ball was considered rising.

Earlier, the ball found home in the 35th minute after the first penalty corner drill, but the Indians successfully contested it on referral.

These details are academic, as the fact is Indian women were woefully underprepared and unequal to New Zealand.

Indians were initially error prone, conceded goals due to their own mistakes, and once the mistakes went on the Kiwis grew in stature and punished each mistake of Indian with a goal.

Stick2Hockey.com



Poor start for Indian eves in FIH World League R3

ROTTERDAM: India women's hockey team made a horrific start to their campaign in the FIH World League Round 3 as they were mauled 0-7 by higher-ranked New Zealand in the opening match of Pool B, on Thursday.

Ranked third in the world, New Zealand entered the tournament as the second-highest ranked squad in the eight-team field and the top team in Pool B. And expectedly, the Black Sticks had no problem against the 12th-ranked Indians, who looked completely out of sorts.

The Indians though looked impressive in the initial few minutes of the game, they lost their way as the game progressed.

Charlotte Harrison got things started eight minutes into action with a field goal and a few minutes later the Indians dug the hole deeper with an own-goal to double New Zealand's lead.

Katie Glynn (26th minute) and Sian Fremaux (31st) added a goal each through field efforts to go into the breather with a comfortable 4-0 lead.

The second half was no different as New Zealand continued their attacking game and pumped in three more goals to hand India a humiliating defeat.

Harrison (52nd) and Glynn (69th) scored two more goals in the second half, while Krystal Forgesson also shot in her first of the game in the 53rd minute to complete the rout.

With the exception of the own goal, all of the New Zealand goals came from field efforts.

The Indians eves, however, have a chance to get their campaign back on track as they take on 13th-ranked Belgium tomorrow, while New Zealand will up against Germany.

The Times of India



Kookaburras name final 18 for World League

Whetton and Zalewski unfortunate pair to miss out


Hockey Australia has submitted its final 18-athlete Kookaburras squad for the Rabobank Hockey World League in Rotterdam. The newest tournament in the international hockey calendar, the Hockey World League is Australia’s first opportunity to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, where they will be looking to defend their title.

A 20-strong group has been preparing for the tournament with a European tour encompassing warm-up fixtures against the Netherlands and Belgium. But with competition regulations requiring teams to nominate a squad of 18, Queenslander Jake Whetton and Aran Zalewski of WA are the unfortunate pair missing out on selection.

The Kookaburras’ campaign begins tonight, Friday, at 7pm Eastern time, when they take on Belgium in their opening match. The match can be seen live on Fox Sports 2 and repeated again at 9am AEST on Saturday on Fox Sports 1.

Their second game, against Spain, takes place at 7:30pm Eastern time on Saturday before the pool phase wraps up on Monday with a match against France (8:30pm Eastern time).

Every Kookaburras match will be streamed live via YouTube. Find the streaming at www.hockey.org.au. Highlights of the matches will also be available.

Kookaburras Fixtures
Friday 14 June – 7pm AEST – Kookaburras v Belgium
Saturday 15 June – 7:30pm AEST – Kookaburras v Spain
Monday 17 June – 8:30pm AEST – Kookaburras v France
Wednesday 19 June – tbc – Quarter-finals
Friday 21 June – tbc – Semi-finals/classification
Sunday 23 June – tbc – Medal matches/classification

Kookaburras Squad for Rabobank Hockey World League
Rotterdam, Netherlands, 13-23 June 2013
Name (Hometown, State) Caps/Goals (updated)

Kiel Brown (Perth, WA) 132/3
Joel Carroll (Darwin, NT) 84/2
Andrew Charter (GK) (Canberra, ACT) 43/0
Chris Ciriello (Melbourne, VIC) 113/58
Tristan Clemons (GK) (Bunbury, WA) 7/0
Tim Deavin (Launceston, TAS) 71/3
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD) 296/186
Russell Ford (Eltham, VIC) 125/50
Matt Gohdes (Rockhampton, QLD) 74/20
Kieran Govers (Wollongong, NSW) 72/31
Rob Hammond (Townsville, QLD) 227/27
Fergus Kavanagh (Geraldton, WA) 163/14
Mark Knowles (Rockhampton, QLD) 212/17
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA) 42/14
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS) 181/49
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW) 122/39
Glenn Simpson (Melbourne, VIC) 87/14
Matthew Swann (Mackay, QLD) 91/3

Hockey Australia media release



SA Men's Hockey team for World League Semi-Finals in Malaysia

JONATHAN COOK



SA midfielder and London 2012 Olympian Jonty Robinson. Photo: MARCEL SIGG

The South African Hockey Association released the names Thursday of the South Africa men’s hockey team that will do battle in the World League semi-finals, which take place from June 29 to July 7 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

The SA team will be captained by Western Province’s Austin Smith, the Mugg & Bean Player of the Series in South Africa’s 3-0 triumph over Malaysia in the four Test matches that ended at a packed Randburg Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.

Smith’s WP team-mate Rhett Halkett is vice-captain in a team of 18 that includes seven players from Southern Gauteng, five from WP, four from KZN Coastal Raiders and two from Northern Blues.

The team has London 2012 Olympians in Jonty Robinson, Clint Panther, Taine Paton and Wade Paton, Tim Drummond, Rassie Pieterse, Lance Louw, Halkett, Smith, Julian Hykes and Lloyd Norris-Jones.

SA head coach Charlie Pereira said that choosing the final 18 from the talent available was extremely tough.

“There were lads who came very close but as always somebody is going to miss out,” said Pereira.

The coach said practice games in Malaysia were in the process of being arranged and at this stage the possibilities included Argentina, Japan and Malaysia U21.

World number 12 South Africa fly out to Malaysia on June 20 and Pereira said the lads would have a week to acclimatise before the tournament got under way.

In Pool B, SA meet world number four England on June 29, world number 13 Malaysia on June 30 and world number five Pakistan on July 2. All the SA matches start at 3 pm (SA time).

The teams in Pool A are world number one Germany, world number eight Korea, world number 10 Argentina and world number 16 Japan.

SOUTH AFRICA

Goalkeepers:
Rassie Pieterse (Southern Gauteng), Gowan Jones (KZN Coastal Raiders).

Defenders: Austin Smith (capt, Western Province), Francois Pretorius (Northern Blues), Rhett Halkett (vice-capt, WP), Lance Louw (SG), Jethro Eustice (SG).

Midfielders: Jonty Robinson (NB), Clint Panther (SG), Wade Paton (KCR), Tim Drummond (KCR), Nick Gonsalves (SG), Taine Paton (KCR).

Strikers: Julian Hykes (SG), Craig Haley (WP), Pierre de Voux (WP), Miguel da Graca (SG), Lloyd Norris-Jones (WP).

Team staff - Charlie Pereira (Head Coach), Bartel Berkhout (Technical Advisor), Pierre le Roux (Trainer), Moabi Malebye (Trainer/Video Analyst), Robin van Ginkel (Conditioning Coach), Megyn Robertson (Physiotherapist), Martin van Staden (Manager), Jamie Kroukamp (Video Analyst).

SA Hockey Association media release



Lily Owsley in fast lane

By Graham Wilson



Lily Owsley is focussing on hockey

LILY OWSLEY can run the 800metres in 2.09.95 – speed that is going to count in partnership with the darling of England’s forward line, Alex Danson.

Clifton College student Owsley, who is still taking her A-Levels, has been named in coach Jason Lee’s new squad along with eight of the Olympic bronze medallists for the World Cup qualifier event, starting against South Africa in Chiswick, London, on June 22.

The 18-year-old came second in the Under-19 schools’ athletics championships last year but also scored five goals at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival for Great Britain Under-21s .

“I was called up to the seniors in March and was terrified,” she said. “But they are all great. It was sad having to give up athletics, I wasn’t far off a World Cup qualifying time.

“Hockey is fun, a team environment, whereas in athletics you are on your own.”

Daily Express



U21 Burras sign off Euro tour with a win

Result means six wins and one defeat from seven


Match 7: Burras 3-2 Netherlands U21

The Burras signed off their European tour with a 3-2 win over the Netherlands, completing a good week for the team with three victories in three games over the Dutch. It was the Burras’ fifth straight victory and sees them finish the tour with six wins and one defeat from their seven matches.

A significantly improved performance helped the Burras to the win with Justin Douglas opening the scoring early in the first half. While the Dutch did get a goal back it was the Burras ahead at half time thanks to Jeremy Hayward’s bullet penalty corner into the roof of the net. Blake Govers’ goal midway through the second half sealed the result for the Australian U21s, although the Netherlands did grab one of their own from a penalty corner.

The tour has provided the team with a considerable amount of learning, particularly in how to play against strong European teams, such as those they’re likely to face at December’s Junior World Cup in India.

Off the pitch, it has also been a tour to remember with three of the squad celebrating their 21st birthdays while in Europe. Happy Birthday to Simon Borger, Cameron Joyce and Kane Posselt (pictured left to right below), who each received a stylish watch to mark the occasion.



Match 6: Burras 4-3 Netherlands U21

Blake Govers made it two goals in two games for the Burras as he was one of four scorers in the Australian U21 men’s second match against the Netherlands. Kane Posselt, Simon Borger and Tyler Cowley were the other three Australians on the score sheet in a 4-3 win over the Dutch.

However, it was, perhaps, a slightly fortuitous victory in a scrappy match that was decided by a Dutch own goal, ultimately credited to Cowley. Australia found themselves 2-0 down with 26 minutes of the first half played but two goals in quick succession before half time, from Posselt and Govers, looked to have levelled things going into the break. The Netherlands, though, had other ideas and a penalty corner strike on the stroke of half time restored their lead.

Borger’s equaliser for 3-3 came five minutes after half time before Cowley’s effort was deflected in off a Dutch defender to earn the Burras the victory.

The Burras have one final match against the Netherlands as they conclude their tour of Europe on Friday. 

Burras team v Netherlands U21
(Listed in alphabetical order by surname)

Started

Daniel Beale (QLD); Simon Borger (QLD); Ed Chittleborough (GK) (SA); Will Gilmour (VIC); Blake Govers (NSW); Jeremy Hayward (NT); Casey Hammond (VIC); Aaron Kershaw (NSW); Luke Noblett (NSW); Jayshaan Randhawa (VIC);Dylan Wotherspoon (QLD);

Substitutes
Robert Bell (QLD); Andrew Butturini (GK) (QLD); Tyler Cowley (VIC); Matthew Dawson (NSW); Justin Douglas (QLD); Cameron Joyce (SA); Kane Posselt (QLD);

Did Not Play
Matthew Pembroke (QLD); Matthew Lim (WA);

Match 5: Burras 2-1 Netherlands U21

The U21 Burras notched up their fourth win in five European tour matches with a narrow 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in Eindhoven. Despite falling behind to an early Dutch goal, the Burras rallied with two second half strikes from Blake Govers and Cameron Joyce, for whom it was his sixth goal of the tour.

The European trip is an essential component of the Burras’ preparation for the Junior World Cup and the first of three games against the Netherlands U21 men saw the Australians gain more valuable experience against one of the leading contenders for medals come December.

The narrow victory was a good outcome given that, at times, the Burras found it harder to maintain meaningful possession than previously against the likes of Belgium and Germany. A solid performance from goalkeeper Andrew Butturini was one of the key components of the result.

Having fallen behind in the tenth minute, the Burras went in 1-0 down at the break but Govers’ goal three minutes after half time levelled things and Joyce’s penalty corner goal five minutes from the end sealed a late win.

The two sides will meet twice more this week before the Burras’ European tour concludes.

Burras team v Netherlands U21
(Listed in alphabetical order by surname)

Started

Daniel Beale (QLD); Simon Borger (QLD); Andrew Butturini (GK) (QLD); Matthew Dawson (NSW); Will Gilmour (VIC); Blake Govers (NSW); Jeremy Hayward (NT); Aaron Kershaw (NSW); Luke Noblett (NSW); Kane Posselt (QLD); Dylan Wotherspoon (QLD);

Substitutes
Robert Bell (QLD); Ed Chittleborough (GK) (SA); Tyler Cowley (VIC); Justin Douglas (QLD); Casey Hammond (VIC); Cameron Joyce (SA); Jayshaan Randhawa (VIC);

Did Not Play
Matthew Pembroke (QLD); Matthew Lim (WA);

Match 4: Burras 4-2 Belgium U21

The Burras added the scalp of their Belgian U21 counterparts to their European tour successes on Sunday with a confident 4-2 win. A Cameron Joyce (SA) double and one from Matthew Dawson (NSW) helped the Australian U21 men to a 3-1 half time lead before Justin Douglas’s (QLD) strike midway through the second period put the game beyond Belgium, who netted a late consolation second.

In an example of the squad working better together as the tour progresses, it was a more composed performance with the Burras controlling much of the play throughout, creating better opportunities and converting 50% of their six penalty corners they won. 

The Burras now travel to Eindhoven where they will play three matches against the Netherlands’ U21 men.

Burras team v Belgium U21
(Listed in alphabetical order by surname)

Started

Daniel Beale (QLD); Robert Bell (QLD); Andrew Butturini (GK) (QLD); Matthew Dawson (NSW); Justin Douglas (QLD); Will Gilmour (VIC); Casey Hammond (VIC); Jeremy Hayward (NT); Luke Noblett (NSW); Jayshaan Randhawa (VIC); Dylan Wotherspoon (QLD);

Substitutes
Ed Chittleborough (GK) (SA); Tyler Cowley (VIC); Cameron Joyce (SA); Aaron Kershaw (NSW); Matthew Pembroke (QLD); Kane Posselt (QLD);

Did Not Play
Matthew Lim (WA); Simon Borger (QLD); Blake Govers (NSW)

Match 3: Burras 2-0 Germany U21

Australia’s under 21 men, the Burras, put their previous defeat behind them to record a 2-0 victory over Germany’s U21 men thanks to a significantly improved performance in game three of their European tour.

Queensland’s Dylan Wotherspoon was again on target for the Burras, giving the Australian men the lead shortly after the half time restart, and Matthew Dawson of New South Wales made sure of the win with a successful penalty stroke in the final minute.

The Burras’ earned the result on the back of good work through the midfield and an improved physical presence, matching and beating their German opponents throughout. Daniel Beale (QLD), Justin Douglas (QLD), Jayshaa Randhawa (VIC) and Jeremy Hayward (NT) were among the stand out performers on the day.

Burras team v Germany U21
(Listed in alphabetical order by surname)

Started

Daniel Beale (QLD); Robert Bell (QLD); Andrew Butturini (GK) (QLD); Matthew Dawson (NSW); Justin Douglas (QLD); Will Gilmour (VIC); Casey Hammond (VIC); Jeremy Hayward (NT); Aaron Kershaw (NSW); Luke Noblett (NSW); Jayshaan Randhawa (VIC); Dylan Wotherspoon (QLD)

Substitutes
Ed Chittleborough (GK) (SA); Tyler Cowley (VIC); Cameron Joyce (SA); Matthew Pembroke (QLD); Kane Posselt (QLD)

Did Not Play
Matthew Lim (WA); Simon Borger (QLD); Blake Govers (NSW)

Match 2: Burras 1-4 Germany U21

The Burras suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of their German U21 counterparts on Thursday in the second match of their seven game European tour. The tour is a vital component of the team’s preparation for the Junior World Cup in India later in the year.

Following an even first period, Australia found themselves 1-0 down at half time but were undone by the fast counter-attacking of the Germans after the break. The hosts, whose U21 team won the 2009 Junior World Cup, struck in the 40th, 51st and 60th minutes before Queenslander Dylan Wotherspoon fired home the Burras’ consolation in the final minute.

The Burras created a number of opportunities to score, most notably from four penalty corners, but they were unable to capitalise.

The two sides meet again at 02:30am on Saturday, 6:30pm Friday in Germany.

Burras team v Germany U21
(Listed in alphabetical order by surname)

Started

Ed Chittleborough (GK) (SA); Daniel Beale (QLD); Robert Bell (QLD); Matthew Dawson (NSW); Tyler Cowley (VIC); Cameron Joyce (SA); Luke Noblett (NSW); Matthew Pembroke (QLD); Kane Posselt (QLD); Jayshaan Randhawa (VIC); Dylan Wotherspoon (QLD)

Substitutes
Andrew Butturini (GK) (QLD); Justin Douglas (QLD); Matthew Lim (WA); Casey Hammond (VIC); Jeremy Hayward (NT); Aaron Kershaw (NSW)

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

Match 1: Burras 8-3 Kahlenberger

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

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

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

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

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

Started

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

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

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

Hockey Australia media release



Star-studded line-up for De Nooijer farewell matches



We recently reported that during the Hockey World League competition in Rotterdam the KNHB would be putting on special farewell matches in honour of Teun de Nooijer, the legendary Dutch international who has just retired following success with HC Bloemendaal in this season’s Euro Hockey League.

The “Let’s Celebrate Teun” matches will feature three truly exceptional squads; one world team and two Dutch sides which feature some of the many great players that played alongside De Nooijer between 1994 and 2012. 

The World Team contains many superstars of years gone by, including Bloemendaal coach and Great Britain Olympic gold medallists Russell Garcia (pictured, left), Germany’s 2002 FIH World Player of the Year Michael Green, 2008 FIH Player of the Year Pol Amat of Spain and Pakistan’s Shahbaz Ahmed, a player who is widely regarded as one of hockey's greatest ever talents. Five times FIH Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer has also been named on the list, but his participation is dependent largely on Australia’s success during the HWL event.

The Dutch formations are equally impressive, with iconic players such as Floris Jan Bovelander, Stephan Veen, Marc Delissen, Piet-Hein Geeris, Bram Lomans, Jacques Brinkman and Jeroen Delmee amongst the line-up.  The full team lists can be found below.

These special matches take place at 14.30 CET on Sunday 23rd June, the final day of action the Hockey World League Semi Final event in Rotterdam.

The world team
Simon Mason - Great Britain - Keeper
Ramon Jufresa - Spain - Keeper
Max Caldas - Argentina - Defender
Michael Green - Germany - Defender
Shahbaz Ahmed - Pakistan - Midfielder
Christian Blunck - Germany - Midfielder
Russell Garcia - Great Britain - Midfielder
Tibor Weissenborn - Germany - Midfielder
Matthias Witthaus - Germany - Midfielder
Pol Amat - Spain - Attacker
Juan Escarré - Spain - Attacker
Jong Ho Seo - South Korea - Attacker
Jamie Dwyer ** - Australia - Attacker

Terry Walsh - Australia - Coach

Dutch Team I
Ronald Jansen - Keeper
Erik-Jan de Rooij - Keeper
Floris Jan Bovelander - Defender
Rogier van 't Hek - Defender
Erik Jazet - Defender
Wouter van Pelt - Defender
Diederik van Weel - Defender
Leo Klein Gebbink - Midfielder
Marc Delissen - Midfielder
Eby Kessing - Midfielder
Stephan Veen - Midfielder
Jaap Derk Buma - Attacker
Piet-Hein Geeris - Attacker
Taco van den Honert - Attacker
Karel Klaver - Attacker
Tycho van Meer - Attacker

Roelant Oltmans - Coach
Maurits Hendriks - Assistant coach
Aad Ouborg - Manager  

Dutch Team A
Guus Vogels - Keeper
Geert-Jan Derikx - Defender
Bram Lomans - Defender
Taeke Taekema - Defender
Sander van der Weide - Defender
Peter Windt - Defender
Jacques Brinkman - Midfielder
Jeroen Delmée - Midfielder
Laurence Docherty - Midfielder
Floris Evers - Midfielder
Matthijs Brouwer - Attacker
Ronald Brouwer - Attacker
Marten Eikelboom - Attacker
Nick Meijer - Attacker
Rob Reckers - Attacker
Remco van Wijk - Attacker

Michel van den HeuvelCoach
Maarten van HeeswijkManager

** Jamie Dwyer factor is if he does not play the final of the RHWL

Euro Hockey League media release



Canadian Senior Nationals Day Two

BC continues to dominate with the U21s and Ontario contesting for pool placement




Game 5: British Columbia vs. Guyana 14-0 (6-0)

With the first game of the morning, the Western powerhouse showed their dominance over Guyana in a convincing 14-0 fashion. An own goal that came from a Dani Hennig cross opened the scoring in the opening minute of play. Following, Natalie Sourisseau sparked a series of dangerous attacks, potting one of her own and nicely setting up Poonam Sandhu for the next.BC continued to pour on the offensive pressure, testing Guyana's keeper Nathalie Hing. The BC side grabbed a 6-0 lead entering the break.

In the second half, BC continued to maintain possession, moving the ball around the back field and being patient with their attack. Hannah Haughn opened up the second-frame scoring, eliminating a defender on her reception and finishing with a well struck back hand shot. Shanlee Johnson followed up with a straight strike on a penalty corner to give the BC side an 8-0 advantage.

Guyana improved their structure by creating a lot of forward and midfield interchange and leaning on center midfielder and Mississauga native Leigh Sandison. The BC team proved their strength and continued on as both Sandhu and Haughn tallied three goals, while six others contributed. With the 14-0 victory, BC moves to the top of the standings with six points.

Goal Scorers

BC: Poonam Sandhu (3), Hannah Haughn (3), Steph Gardiner (2), Crystal Poland (1), Dani Hennig (1), Nat Sourisseau (1), Shanlee Johnston (1), Emma Mackie (1)

Game 6: Ontario vs. Alberta 9-1 (6-0)

The Ontario senior team picked up their second win of the tournament with a comfortable 9-1 victory over Alberta. In only the 3rd minute of play, Brienne Stairs finished on a penalty corner to give the home side the lead. Three other Ontario players found the back of the net, including two from Fiona Downey, to push the scoreline to six entering the break.

Team Canada's Krissy Wishart and Kate Gillis led the charge in the midfield for Ontario, where they were neutralized by Alberta's Marian Dickinson. Dickinson was the lone goal scorer for Alberta, finishing on a penalty stroke in the 55th minute. Stairs and Wishart picked up an additional goal before the end of the game to give Ontario the 9-1 victory. Ontario are now tied in pool play with BC with two wins and six points in the tournament.

Goal Scorers

ONT: Brienne Stairs (3), Fiona Downey (3), Katelynn Roganowicz (1), Anna Easty (1), Kaelan Watson (1), Krissy Wishart (1)

ALB: Marian Dickinson (1)

Game 7: British Columbia vs. Ontario U23 3-1 (2-0)

The BC side came out firing for their second game of the day but Ontario goalkeeper Emily Corbett was up for the challenge, making a series of saves in the opening minutes. Stephanie Gardner broke the deadlock in the 16th minute. Ontario had speed up front applying pressure to the BC back field but Crystal Poland slotted in a cracker of a goal to give BC the 2-0 edge entering the break.

Ontario's Alison Lee made several solid tackles and was the key distributor for the home side, while Adrienne and Erin Houle were the speedsters up front doing most of the damage.

In the second half, the BC side relaxed a little, giving Ontario an opportunity to capitalize on the counter attack. The pressure up front paid off as Tegan Stairs did all the hard work on the right side of the circle and floated a pass across the goalmouth to a diving Erin Houle. Houle slid with perfect timing to deflect the ball past BC keeper Kaitlyn Williams and cut the lead to one.

Moments later Stairs was in a similar situation and almost found Houle again at the far post but Houle couldn't connect. The BC side regrouped and reset their structure allowing Poland to pick off an Ontario outlet pass on the right side. Poland powered her way to the top of the circle and with ease hit a well-struck back hand shot to give BC the 3-1 final scoreline.

Goal Scorers

BC: Crystal Poland (2), Steph Gardiner (1)

ONT U23: Erin Houle (1)

Game 8: CAN U21 vs. Ontario 2-1


Full game report for game 8 is forthcoming.

Field Hockey Canada media release



Double trouble: Jersey Intensity U16 & U19 crowned JPOL champions

This past weekend we brought the curtains down on the 1st Annual US Junior Premier Outdoor League which was a huge success for everyone involved.

After seven league days of competitive field hockey, we can truly say that the benefits can be seen by all. The improvement of game quality from the first game on April 14 to the championship games on June 9  was very commendable and can be attributed to the commitment of the players, parents and coaches alike.

The Under-16 Championship play-offs were held at Princeton University were the crowd witnessed three intense games decided by the penalty shoot outs to decide a winner.  One of these games included the Championship match between the number one ranked favorite, New Heights vs. the number three underdogs, Jersey Intensity FH. The game began with an early goal from New Heights and ended with a late goal from Jersey Intensity. At the end regulation, the game was tied at 2-2. Jersey Intensity FH won the shoot out 3-2 to be crowned the JPOL–R6 U-16 Champions. The team was presented with the Challenge Trophy.

Templar Field Hockey Group MVP was awarded to Nikki Profita, Jersey Intensity FH.

A few miles away at Rutgers University’s Bauer Track and Field, the U-19’s were battling it out for the rights to raise the beautiful Challenge Trophy. A lot of good hockey was played, with some brilliant goals and spectacular goal tending throughout the day. The passion and excitement could be heard from the coaches and benches as they instructed and encouraged their players to the very end.

The Championship game was between the #1 ranked favorites and only undefeated club in pool play, Jersey Intensity FH, against a very strong FC United team. After taking an early two-goal lead in the first half, Jersey Intensity saw FC United answer right back with two goals of their own to tie the match 2-2 at the end of the first half.

In the second half, with the temperature reaching over 90 degrees on the turf, Jersey Intensity FH’s full bench was able to send in fresh legs every five minutes, thus taking advantage of their much-tired counterparts and scoring two more goals that FC United could not answer. At the sound of the horn signaling the end of the match, Jersey Intensity was celebrating this hard fought victory with a final score of 4-2.

Templar Field Hockey Group MVP was awarded to Bridget Miles, Jersey Intensity FH.

The initial and continued success of this League would not be possible without the support of others who we would like to recognize:

Special thanks to USA Field Hockey for sanctioning and supporting this event, and to its staff for posting and updating the results on their website;

Special mention to USA Field Hockey’s Board of Directors member Anthony Gulotta, for assisting with the Awards presentation and for his continued support of this event;

To Steve Horgan, Director of Umpiring at USA Field Hockey for selecting and assigning the Umpires and Managers, Dean Wenrich and Nora Boyer, to this event and to all the umpires who gave of their time and talents to be part of this inaugural season;

To the Technical Staff headed by Taylor Smallwood and supported by Ken Veerasawmy and Kimberley Scott.

We appreciate all your commitment and support for this event and hope you will continue to make yourselves available when called upon in 2014.

We also want to give recognition to the college and university coaches who took the time to be present and hope that you were pleased with the level of competition. Those in attendance represented the following establishments:

Brown University, Connecticut College, Drew University, Fairfield University, Princeton University, Rider University, Rutgers University and The College of New Jersey.

Last but not least a special thanks to our host sites, Princeton University and Rutgers University, and to Kristen Holmes-Winn and Meredith Long, the head coaches of both these fine programs, for giving us access to these two great facilities to host this event. We hope that you were pleased and will welcome us back next year.

On behalf of the League Organizers, Rachael Bloemker Milne and Nigel Traverso, we would like to thank the clubs, players, coaches, umpires, technical staff and both Princeton University and Rutgers University. Thank you for your hard work, commitment, support and cooperation in making this inaugural event a huge success.

Congratulations to Jersey Intensity FH the 2013 JPOL Champions in both the U-16 & U-19 Divisions and to all the Clubs for your participation! For all results and final ranking, please log on to our website at www.juniorpremierhockey.com

Good Luck to all of our Region 6 representatives at the National Club Championship in July!

USFHA media release



African Hockey Federation announces new project manager

AHF appoints Marc-Olivier Thirion to “ground-breaking” role


The African Hockey Federation is delighted to announce the appointment of Marc-Olivier Thirion as its first project manager.

Age 29, Marco, as he is commonly known, holds joint French and German citizenship and has been based in Nairobi for the past three years where he has worked as a programme manager at a sports centre, project manager in a sports organisation and sports manager for a sports distribution company. Prior to that he worked in Mali and has travelled extensively in Africa, Europe and Asia.

He holds an MA degree in Social Sciences and a Bachelor degree in Sports Management. He has also coached athletics, as well as being involved in soccer and hockey development programmes.

In addition to French and German, he speaks English and Swahili fluently.

Seif Ahmed, President of the AFHF, in announcing this ground-breaking appointment said: ‘We received over 70 applications and Marco will bring a maturity to this job well beyond his age. His multi-linguism and experience in working in parts of Africa, combined with his academic and practical experience, make him highly suitable in helping us address important goals including hockey development in francophone countries. We are excited about this appointment and wish Marco all the best in this challenging role.’

Marco responded: ‘I was very keen to apply for this position when advertised and became convinced during the interviewing process that this was the sort of role that I have been working towards. I believe that together with the AFHF executive board I can play a part in helping African hockey take some giant strides forward.’

Marco will formally commence duties on 15th July 2013.

African Hockey Federation Media Release



U.S. Department of State Welcomes Female Pakistani Field Hockey Athletes on the 41st Anniversary of Title IX

The Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative aims to increase the number of women and girls involved in sports. From June 17- 27, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) will bring ten teenage field hockey players and two female coaches from Pakistan to the United States for an international sports exchange. This program builds on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world.

Their time in the United States aligns with the 41st anniversary of Title IX, the landmark U.S. law, which afforded opportunity and equality for American women in sports and education. The lessons of Title IX will help young athletes increase the number of women and girls who participate in all aspects of sports worldwide.

These high school athletes will play field hockey with their American counterparts in Washington D.C. where they will work with their peers on developing teamwork, health, and leadership skills. They will also travel to North Carolina to participate in field hockey clinics, activities on sports and disability rights, and community volunteerism at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

The Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative is comprised of three pillars: Sports Envoys (American athletes who travel overseas); Sports Visitors (youth athletes and coaches who travel to the United States); and the cornerstone of the initiative, the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program.

U.S. Department of State media release