News for 09 July 2013

All the news for Tuesday 9 July 2013

India sack Michael Nobbs as hockey coach

NEW DELHI: India's men's hockey coach Michael Nobbs was sacked after the team's series of dismal performances over the last 12 months.

The decision to sack the Australian was taken during a review meeting of the team's overall performance by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). Nobbs, who was appointed in June 2011, was removed with three years still remaining of his contract.

Hockey India (HI) secretary general Narinder Batra said that Nobbs, who is currently on a two-week leave, was sacked since the team was not progressing.

"We realised that the team was not progressing. SAI and HI felt that the team was stuck at one place and to move forward we are looking for new ideas, and so we decided to part ways with Nobbs," said Batra on Tuesday.

Under Nobbs, the team lost all its matches during the 2012 London Olympics and finished a disappointing last among the 12 competing teams. Last month, India were sixth in the FIH World League Round 3 tournament in Rotterdam.

Nobbs' biggest achievement was taking India, who had missed the Beijing Games for the first time in 80 years, back to the Olympics by winning the qualifier on home soil. The team also finished fourth during the 2012 Champions Trophy.

Hockey India (HI) high-performance manager Roelant Oltmans has been given the charge of the team. The Dutch legend is now in charge of the national camp in Bangalore.

"Oltmans will now have the dual role of high performance manager and chief coach till we get a new foreign coach," said Batra.

The Times of India

Nobbs welcomes Kaushik’s appointment

The proposed appointment of Maharaj Kishan Kaushik as assistant coach to the men’s hockey team may have triggered speculation on the future of chief coach Michael Nobbs, but the man himself has remained unperturbed.

On Monday, Nobbs spoke about the decision, saying he welcomed it and tried to put to rest any rumours of insecurity. “Kaushik is a great choice and I am really glad that he has been brought in,” Nobbs told The Hindu from Sydney.

“I have been trying for some time now to get him into the coaching programme and as part of the team, but what transpired earlier to him prohibited this from happening,” Nobbs said, indicating that the appointment was not a surprise. “I think he is a shining light in Indian hockey, especially in coaching. It’s a great move,” he added.

Kaushik had been forced to leave charge of the senior women’s team three years ago following allegations of sexual harassment. He was subsequently exonerated and given a clean chit by both the sports ministry and the federation inquiry committees. His name had earlier been proposed for the junior men’s team but Hockey India later expressed a desire to have him with the senior squad. The upcoming Asia Cup is likely to be his first assignment. Asked about India’s chances of qualifying for the World Cup, Nobbs was optimistic. “Of course, winning the Asia Cup would be perfect.

“But I think we should qualify as long as we finish well at the Asia Cup, based on our ranking. I am going through the results from the Hockey World League Round 3 tournament in Malaysia and I still need to confirm the exact situation,” he said. Kaushik, on the other hand, is happy with Nobbs’s words. “It’s a very good thing. I have always held that if the final aim is the same, then people can work together.

“There has been speculation on whether we will be able to work together, but I don’t see any problem,” he said.

The Hindu

SA Hockey players recovering well

The South African Hockey Association said in a statement Monday that national players Jonty Robinson and team captain Austin Smith are being closely monitored in hospital following their contracting Dengue Fever, a mosquito-borne illness, during the World League Semi-Final tournament in Johor Bahru, Malaysia last week.

“Austin and Jonty were transferred on Sunday to a hospital in Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia] and have settled in nicely,” said SA Hockey Association CEO Marissa Langeni.

“We felt the need to move them from Johor Bahru due to improved support from our various contacts in KL as well as the local medical staff. Our team doctor travelled with them and will remain with them until they are fit to travel.”

Smith and Robinson are having their blood count closely monitored and both are in good spirits. The duo will be released from hospital as soon as they have recovered.

SA Hockey Association media release

We must fight Euro teams more

By Jugjet Singh

MALAYSIA'S place in next year's World Cup, thanks to a qualification process that doesn't really make sense, is virtually assured but this is nothing to shout about.

The World League which ended in Johor Baru on Sunday showed that despite finishing fifth, Malaysia are light years behind the world's best.

In fact, if not for the 4-4 group stage draw and then 3-1 win over World No 5 Pakistan in the fifth-eighth classification playoff, the tournament could be deemed as a failure for Paul Revington's team.

Malaysia struggled against Japan in the fifth-placing match and could only beat them in a shoot-out, while the least said about their matches against Germany and England, the better.

Former Malaysian skipper and now juniors team manager Mirnawan Nawawi attributed the 6-0 drubbing by Germany to a lack of sparring.

"I feel the players were shocked to face the Germans as it has been quite some time since we played the World No 1. We used to meet them in the Azlan Shah Cup, but they have declined invitation for many editions now.

"And since we have not played in the World Cup, Olympics and Champions Trophy for more than a decade, we have not crossed swords with the Germans and that is why there was total collapse in the first 20 minutes," said Mirnawan.

On South Africa, he said:

"We were lucky to have played four test matches against the South Africans a week before the tournament.

"It gave us an insight into their game, and we managed to beat them 6-4."

Mirnawan feels Malaysia need to play more often against European sides.

"By finishing fifth, I believe strongly that Malaysia will play in the World Cup next year and that is why we need to play more with European sides.

"If not, we are going to get a drubbing again if we play against Spain, Belgium and Netherlands in the World Cup," said Mirnawan.

The national team are on a two-week break, before they assemble again for the Asia Cup in Ipoh, where they must beat South Korea, India, Pakistan and Japan for the sole confirmed ticket to the Netherlands.

New Straits Times

England World Cup bid

By Graham Wilson

Crutchley feels confident in his side heading into the European Championships next month

THE WORLD is opening up for England. As both men’s and women’s teams qualified for next year’s World Cup in The Hague, sports minister Hugh Robertson has given his backing to an England Hockey bid to host the 2018 women’s World Cup.

If successful, this will follow the 2015 hosting of the European Championships to be held at the new Olympic legacy facility at Eton Manor, Stratford.

England Hockey chief executive Sally Munday also confirmed the staging of the women’s Investec London Cup next year if the arena is ready in time.

Munday said: “We have had a look at the new stadium and it is going to be a fantastic venue. We cannot wait to get there.”

After the men took third place in the World League in Malaysia, fans will be able to see them in action against Olympic silver medallists Holland in three Tests at Wakefield from August 1-4.

Reading’s Nick Catlin said: “Malaysia is as tough as it gets, so it’s been a good experience for some of the new players.”

Coach Bobby Crutchley added: “This tournament has given us a much-needed confidence boost ahead of the European Championships next month.”

Daily Express

Quan Chan treble keeps Oilmen on pace

Nigel Simon

National midfielder Dwain Quan Chan scored a hat-trick as Petrotrin continued its chase for a fourth straight title in the T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division with a comprehensive 7-2 demolition of Paradise at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Saturday night.

Quan Chan got his first on the half-hour mark before he added two more in the 49th and 58th while fellow national player Atiba Whittington added a second-half brace, in the 41st and 55th minutes.

Out-of-favour national forward, Wayne Legerton was also on target in the 37th while Paradise also conceded an own goal as the Oilmen, who recently won the “Big-Four” crown pushed their points tally to 25 from nine matches, three more than Paragon.

For Paragon, Vernell Rivers and D. Clarke got two late consolation items, in the 66th and 70th minutes.

On Sunday, Paragon rallied past Malvern 3-2 with a goal each from its national duo Akim Toussaint and Cogie Butler as well as Syl Sinnette.

Teenager, Tariq Marcano, a member of the national youth team fired Malvern into a shock 23rd minute lead but Toussaint (31st) and Sinnette (34th) responded for Paragon to lead 2-1 at the half.

Fifteen minutes into the second-half Butler extended Paragon’s lead to 3-1 before his team conceded an own goal to hang on for a 3-2 win and three important points.

Third placed Defence Force, with 19 points from ten matches, suffered a second major setback in as many matches as it fell to Notre Da’e’s Edrich Francois 43rd minute goal to add to its similar 1-0 loss to Malvern in mid-week.

And in a high scoring contest on Sunday, Andrew Vieira scored two to lead Corona Fatima to a n entertaining 7-5 win over Paradise

Joseph, Lewis put Paragon women on top

Pauline Joseph and national women’s team captain Alana Lewis scored two goals each to lead recently crowned “Big-Four” champions, Paragon to a 7-1 hammering of Malvern in the Women’s Championship Division and top spot on the table.

Joseph struck very early in the first and second minutes while Lewis got her items in the ninth and 27th for Paragon while Keima Gardiner added the other in the 25th for a 5-0 lead at the break.

Former national captain Sherlan Cabralis pulled a goal back for the Malvernites three minutes after the re-start, however, national forward Kristin Thompson (56th) and Zene Henry (68th) add further items to seal a convincing victory for Paragon to climb to 18 points from eight matches, two ahead of defending champions Notre Dame which had its match against Ventures postponed and now has two matches in hand.

Former champions, Shandy Carib Magnolias kept its slim title hopes alive after a 6-0 thumping of Paradise to join idle Notre Dame on 16 points, but from nine matches.

Leading the way for Magnolias was ex-national standout Stacey Siu Butt with a fourth minute opener followed by a 26th minute penalty-stroke.

Elise Olton (11th pen), her sister, Amie Olton (55th) and Michelle Leotaud (50th) also contributed to Magnolias’ total against Paradise which also conceded an own-goal.


T&T Hockey Board:
Women’s Championship:

Magnolias 6 (Stacey Siu Butt 4th, 26th pen, Elise Olton 11th pen, own goal 34th, Michelle Leotaud 50th, Amie Olton 55th) vs Paradise 0
Paragon 7 (Pauline Joseph  1st, 2nd, Alana Lewis 9th, 27th, Keima Gardiner  25th, Kristin Thompson 56th, Zene Henry  68th) vs Malvern  1 (Sherlan Cabralis 38th)

Men’s Championship:
Petrotrin 7 (Dwain  Quan Chan 30th, 49th, 58th, Atiba Whittington 41st, 55th, Wayne Legerton  37th, Nave Roach own goal) vs Paradise 2 (Vernell Rivers 66th, D. Clarke 70th)
Fatima  7 (Andrew Vieira  12th, 47th, Colin Young 23rd pen, Shane  Newallo 35th, Jordan Vieira 44th, Dominic Jaikaransingh 55th, Dwight King 63rd) vs Paradise 5 (Nave Roach 14th, 30th, Jarel Thompson 28th, 67th, Vernell  Rivers 65th).
Paragon 3 (Akim Toussaint 31st, Syl Sinnette 34th, Cogie Butler 50th) vs Malvern  2  (Tariq Marcano 23rd, own goal 67th)
Notre Dame 1 (Edrich Francois 47th) vs Defence Force 0 

Trinity Women:
Malvern  4 (Daniella Cabralis 28th, Andrea Jackson 30th, Sherisse Crawford 54th, Khal Alexander 65th) vs Petrotrin 0

Under-19 Boys:
Notre Dame 8 (Justin Beharry 8th, 42nd, Aril Lewis 51st, 66th, Shaquille Edwards 68th,70th, Darnil Trancoso 22nd, Joshua Olton 46th).


Men’s Championship:

Teams    P    W    D    L    F    A    Pts
Petrotrin    9    8    1    0    39    14    25
Paragon    10    7    1    2    38    21    22
D/Force    10    6    1    3    32    13    19
QPCC    10    5    2    3    28    21    17
Notre Dame    10    5    1    4    23    15    16
Fatima    11    2    2    7    20    52    8
Malvern    11    2    1    8    16    32    7
Paradise    11    1    1    9    26    54    4

Women’s Championship:
Paragon    8    5    3    0    34    6    18
Notre Dame    6    5    1    0    26    8    16
Magnolias    9    5    1    3    25    14    16
Malvern    10    4    1    5    15    26    13
Checkers    7    2    4    1    10    8    10
Paradise    9    1    1    7    6    27    4
Ventures    7    0    1    6    5    32    1

Trinity Men:
QPCC    10    8    1    1    51    17    25
Malvern    10    7    1    2    35    10    22
Paragon    10    6    4    0    37    14    22
Paradise    9    6    1    2    32    19    19
Notre Dame    9    4    1    4    17    14    13
Police    7    2    1    4    9    23    7
Fatima    9    2    1    6    15    36    7
Petrotrin    7    2    0    5    23    32    6
Shape    8    2    0    6    22    51    6
D/Force    9    0    4    5    20    30    4
Carib    7    1    2    4    9    20    5

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    8    4    1    3    16    11    13
Paragon    6    2    2    2    10    12    8
Ventures    6    2    1    3    9    16    7
Police    8    1    1    6    6    22    4
Petrotrin    6    0    0    6    0    19    0

Mixed Veterans:
Malvern    8    7    1    0    29    9    22
QPCC    8    6    0    2    37    13    18
Carib    8    4    1    3    25    15    13
Police    6    3    1    2    10    12    10
Fatima    6    3    1    2    29    25    10
D/Force    6    2    2    2    30    16    8
Notre Dame    5    1    0    4    13    17    3
Petrotrin    7    1    0    6    8    50    3
Paragon    5    0    0    5    2    23    0

Under-19 Boys:
Notre Dame    6    5    0    1    37    8    15
Malvern    5    4    1    0    49    3    13
Paradise    6    2    3    3    14    7    9
Fatima    4    2    1    1    22    11    7
QPCC    5    2    1    2    15    11    7
Shape    5    0    0    5    1    47    0
Carib    5    0    0    5    0    53    0

Under-19 Girls:
Magnolias    4    4    0    0    32    0    12
Malvern    6    3    1    2    15    16    10
Notre Dame    5    3    0    2    31    8    9
Paragon    4    3    0    1    15    8    9
Paradise    5    0    1    4    1    5    1
Checkers    5    0    1    4    1    50    1
Ventures    1    0    1    0    3    3    1.

The Trinidad Guardian

Kenya Police thrashed Moshi Khalsa 5-1 in the finals to retain their Tanga Phoenix hockey tournament title


NAIROBI,KENYA:Star-studded Kenya Police thrashed Moshi Khalsa 5-1 in the finals to retain their Tanga Phoenix hockey tournament title at the weekend.

In what looked like a repeat of last year’s final, the Kenyans  dominated from the start with marksman Moses Cheplaiti putting the law enforcers up in the first minute after dribbling  past the entire Moshi defense.

Police dominated from the start with marksman Moses Cheplaiti putting the law enforcers up in the first minute after dribbling past the entire Moshi defense.

Felix Okoth scored in the 12th minute to boost their confidence as they charged on in a quest to retain their title.

Collings Songa hit the board three minutes into the breather to make it 3-0 before the halftime whistle.

Cheplaiti was at it again in the 56th minute as he scored a fantastic goal to improve their chances of securing a win.

The unstoppable Police matched on scoring their 5th goal in the 63rd minute through Samuel Wokila to seal the sweet victory for the men in uniform.

Gave it our best

“This year’s competition was tough unlike the previous tournaments but I’m glad we gave it our best and defended our title,” Police head coach Kenneth Kaunda told Fever Pitch.

“We will use the experience we have gained in the tournament to win all our premier league matches and take the title we lost last year,” he added.

Moshi Khalsa struggle throughout the match failing to contain the policemen however Ammar Aiymar scored a 36th minute consolation goal for the home side.

Last year Kenya Police beat Moshi Khalsa 2-1 to lift the coveted trophy.

Won in debut

Police have been the favourites of this tournament having participated in the event six times since their first invitation in 2008.

They won in their debut tournament and defended the title successful twice in 2009 and 2010.

However, in 2011, they finished runners up as the team travelled without seven key players who could not participate because they were with the national team.

Police qualified for the finals after beating El-Hilal of Tanzania 2-1 with goals from Songa in the 44th minute and Samuel Wokila in the in the 56th minute.

Bramwel Lijodi, a Kenyan playing for the Tanzanian side, scored the lone goal for El-Hilal.

It was a Khalsa derby in the second semi-final as Moshi Khalsa thrashed Dar es Salaam Khalsa to make it to the finals.

Kenya was represented by three teams in this year’s tournament. Mombasa Sports Club and Mvita XI did not make it past their group stages.

MSC was forced out of the tournament from pool ‘A’ by Tanzanian side El-Hilal, while Mvita XI was ousted from pool ‘B’ by DSM Khalsa also of Tanzania.

Kampala HC of Uganda and Lusaka HC of Zambia also found the going tough as they failed to go past their group stages.

The Standard Online

Ireland off to a flyer in Gasawa

Graham Shaw's Ireland U18 boys got off to a great start today in the EuroHockey U18 Championships with a resounding 8-2 win over Italy in Gasawa, Poland.

The Irish goals came couresty of two hattricks from Luke Madeley and Ben Campbell as well as individual goals from Gary Wilkinson & Mark Loughrey.

Ireland's second game of the tournament is tomorrow vs Wales and live streaming of the game is available at the following link (click here) from 12pm

Irish Hockey Association media release

Change to Ireland U18 Boys Euro Schedule

Following the withdrawal of Belarus from the EuroHockey u18 Boys Championships in Poland, a new match schedule has been produced. The remaining 6 teams will now play in one group with schedule as follows:

Monday 08th July

13.00 Ireland v Italy
15.00 Russia v Wales
17.00 Poland v Switzerland

Tuesday 09th July

13.00 Ireland v Wales
15.00 Russia v Switzerland
17.00 Poland v Italy

Thursday 11th July

13.00 Wales v Italy
15.00 Ireland v Switzerland
17.00 Russia v Poland

Saturday 13th July

12.00 Switzerland v Wales
14.00 Russia v Italy
16.00 Ireland v Poland

Sunday 14th July

11.30 Switzerland v Italy
13.30 Ireland v Russia
15.30 Poland v Wales

Everyone at Irish Hockey wishes the boys all the best of luck this week.

Irish Hockey Association media release