News for 17 July 2013

All the news for Wednesday 17 July 2013


Irish Coach Announces Squad for Hamburg Masters



Irish Men's Coach Andrew Meredith has today named his squad for the Hamburg Masters taking place in Germany from 25th July to 28th July 2013. The Irish coach has selected his panel for the Four Nations Tournament that includes Germany, England & The Netherlands and will be used to prepare the team ahead of the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in Belgium in August.

Speaking to hockey.ie, Irish Coach Andrew Meredith said "The Hamburg Masters is a very prestigious tournament. It's an excellent opportunity to test ourselves against 3 of the top nations in the world, in addition to providing a great vehicle  to build experience in an extremely high quality, competitive environment for some of the younger members involved in the program."

Irish Senior Men's team

1. David HARTE (Kampong)
2. David FITZGERALD (Monkstown)
3. Jonny BELL (Lisnagarvey)
4. Matthew BELL (Banbridge)
5. Conor HARTE (SCHC)
6. John JACKSON (Braxgata)
7. James LORIMER (Lisnagarvey)
8. Peter BROWN (Banbridge)
9. Chris CARGO (Reading Hockey Club)
10. Stephen COLE (Monkstown)
11. Bruce McCANDLESS (Banbridge)
12. Shane O'DONOGHUE (UCD)
13. Mitch DARLING (Three Rock Rovers)
14. Kyle GOOD (Monkstown)
15. Alan SOTHERN (Pembroke Wanderers)
16. Michael WATT (SCHC)
17. David CARSON (Monkstown)
18. Phelie MAGUIRE (THC Hurley)

Hamburg Masters Fixtures

25th July 2013              Ireland v Germany (15:00 local time)
27th July 2013              Ireland v The Netherlands (14:00 local time)
28th July 2013              Ireland v England (12:00 local time)

Irish Hockey Association media release



Scotland U18 Boys aiming to retain European status


Scotland U18 Boys

Scotland U18 Boys will compete against the best young international teams the continent has to offer when they participate in the EuroHockey U18 Championship in Vienna, Austria from 22-28 July.

The Scots will face Germany, France and Spain in a challenging Pool B grouping. Hosts Austria, Belgium, England and the Netherlands make up the teams competing in Pool A.

The target for Head Coach Graham Dunlop and his players is to retain their status in the competition for 2015, while focussing on the development of their skills and performance levels for the future.

“The target is to stay up. There are key games against France and then the cross-over matches that will be critical to our success”, said Dunlop. “The game against Germany will be an opportunity for the boys to play against a top class team and develop our game.

“Preparations have been limited; we’ve not had as many international games as we would have liked and have had to play our U21s and senior women to get pitch time. Thankfully, the weather has been great recently and this has given boys some idea what it'll be like in Vienna.

“The mood in the squad is good and the players are excited and can’t wait to get started. They know exactly what they are up against and how tough it will be, but it’s where we want to be.

“Hopefully we can develop as many players as possible and bring them up a level so we can give Graham Moodie as many players for next year’s U21 programme as we can. As much as the aim is to stay up, we want to try and develop players for future years and produce higher standards.”

Scotland U18 Boys: Grant Scott (Gordonians), Ross Morrison (Grange), Fraser Henderson (Taunton Vale & Millfield School), Angus Robb (Grange & Loretto), Fergus Sandison (Dundee Wanderers & Glenalmond), Jack McKenzie (Kelburne & Glasgow School of Sport), Ed Greaves (Kelburne), John McCluskey (CALA Edinburgh & Loretto), Jamie Wong (Gordonians), Patrick Christie (CALA Edinburgh & Edinburgh Academy), Lee Morton (Kelburne & Glasgow School of Sport), Aedan McCrossan (Edinburgh University), Robbie Shepherdson (Grange & Royal High School), Joe McConnell (Western Wildcats & Douglas Academy), Gordon Amour (Clydesdale & Glasgow School of Sport), Jack McAllister (Kelburne & Glasgow School of Sport, Murray Collins (Clydesdale & Hutchesons’ Grammar), Danny Cain (Watsonians & George Watson’s College).

Please visit the EuroHockey website for more information about fixtures, match schedule and pools.

The Scotland U18 Boys performance programme is supported by the People's Postcode Trust



Scottish Hockey Union media release




Revington: Forget past for better future..

PAUL Revington wants to put the past five months in cold storage, as he looks forward to working hand-in-glove with his coaching staff to hand Malaysia the Asia Cup gold medal.

At a meet-the-press session yesterday, the South African attributed his decision to quit, then return to the fold, to culture shock.

"I had a fantastic working relationship with the coaching set-up here until the Champions Challenge (in Argentina last December) but after that, like in any marriage, problem after problem arose for the next five months.

"I never experienced such situations when coaching South Africa and then Ireland. So it came as a culture shock and the fact that something that should have been resolved in about three weeks took five months, was also a major bane for me," said Revington.

And now that the 'marriage' is back on track, he did not want to dwell on the past.

"To do that (talk about those who gave him problems), will only make the problem bigger. And now that all the matters have been put to rest, I again look forward to working with the other coaches and officials, and win the Asia Cup gold in Ipoh," said Revington.

He also pledged to see through his contract, which will expire in 13 months. The South African was hired in August last year after Malaysia failed in their bid to qualify for the Olympics in Dublin.

"I will not leave, no matter what happens until I see through my contract, as I am much wiser to the coaching scenario here. The focus will be fully on the job at hand, and if any problems arise along the way, I now have a better understanding on how to solve it.

The contract is for two years, with another option to renew for another two years.

In the Asia Cup, on Aug 24-Sept 1 in Ipoh, Malaysia are in Group A with Taiwan, Pakistan and Japan, while Group B consists of South Korea, India, Bangladesh and Oman.

None of the Asian teams have qualified for the World Cup and so, the single ticket in Ipoh will see an intense battle.

As for Malaysia the coach, like always, has a winning mentality which will hopefully rub onto his charges in the next few weeks.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey



I have no intention to stay longer with team: Tahir

LAHORE - The newly-appointed coach of Pakistan hockey team Tahir Zaman has made it clear that he did not have intentions to stay longer with the team and his only objective was to deliver in a professional way to help team qualify for the Asia Cup.

"I have no desire to stay longer for years and what so ever time I spend with the team. I will be endeavouring to inspire it to excel to a higher level utilizing all the energies and skills of team members," he said here on Tuesday.

Tahir, an FIH master coach, said he has accepted the coaching of the team as ‘a challenge’ in the line of a national duty and he will not be shifting the responsibility of the results achieved during the Asia Cup.

He said Pakistan would be playing the Asia Cup from August 24 in Ipoh, Malaysia and it was the last chance for the green shirts to qualify for the next year World Cup in Holland after their shameful seventh position finish during the recently concluded World Hockey League in Malaysia, out of eight team contest.

“It is not an ideal situation for any one (coach) and even at this stage if you hire world top notch hockey coaches, they will not be able to turn the sagging fortune of the team in three weeks available time ahead of the Asia Cup,” he said and added: “My aim is to rejuvenate the team in professional ways, working on its gray areas of penalty corner drills, a fragile defence and drawing up combination at specialized positions and by that way we can expect a good show from our players in the Cup.”

Tahir sounded confident when asked about his plans to turn a demoralized side into a confident looking combination saying “lifting the team out of gloom from its low position in the hockey league and then helping the players to reunite themselves and to strive for excellence are my top priorities in order to bring improvement in the team for its campaign in the Asia Cup," he maintained.  The former Olympian said Pak threw away an ideal chance to qualify for the World Cup with its dismal show in the World Hockey League and now the team is on a brink of a cliffhanger for having just one chance to win the Asia Cup and to qualify for the World Cup.

“I have not lost faith in the players, still I believe that they can atone for their previous fault and they can help the team to qualify for the World Cup provided they play to their full strength and energy with a undying approach not to give up in any circumstances," he said the coach.  He pointed out that South Korea and Malaysia which beat Pakistan in the Hockey league are the biggest threats in addition to the arch rivals India who are always a tough rival to beat.

"It is not a rosy picture for us and we are in a tight situation where there is no way out for us but to go all out for a win fully focusing on every match setting aside what happened in the recent past," he added.  He said the presence of chief manager Akhtar Rasool will be an added advantage for him and he will be working under his able guidance learning from his vast experience

The Nation



Asia Cup: Seniors retained in preliminary squad

By Fawad Hussain



If Pakistan fail to lift the Asia Cup, it will be the first time the Greenshirts will miss out playing at the World Cup. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: The national hockey team management has hinted it will not make wholesale changes for the Asia Cup as it retained all the senior players in its 25-man preliminary squad for the all-important tournament.

Four-time champions Pakistan are on the verge of missing the World Cup for the first time; only a title-winning triumph in next month’s Asia Cup could ensure a place for the Greenshirts in next year’s world event in the Netherlands.

According to coach Tahir Zaman, the best available lot will be taken to Malaysia for the crucial tournament that starts from August 24.

In a positive development, seasoned campaigner Waseem Ahmed has been named in the preliminary squad after he missed the Hockey World League (HWL) due to an accident. Shakeel Abbasi, Mohammad Imran and Irfan Senior have been retained as well. Rashid Mehmood and Fareed Ahmed have also recovered from their respective injuries in time to be named for the Asia Cup squad.

The management extended the tally of goal-keepers, adding the junior team’s Mazhar Abbas to the pool that included Imran Shah and Imran Butt.

The players will assemble in Lahore on July 21 for the training camp to prepare for the tournament.

Teamwork key to success: coach

Zaman said an overall improvement was needed in the team which he will work on during the training camp.

“We’ll emphasise on bringing efficacy in short-corners, attacks and goal-keeping,” the coach told The Express Tribune.

“Fitness is definitely the key as modern hockey cannot be played without it. My main aim is to teach players about structured and disciplined hockey.

“What I observed as a consultant during the HWL is that we played well in patches but consistency was missing. I am attempting to make players efficient throughout the game even if the camp has to be extended.”

Zaman, a qualified International Hockey Federation (FIH) coach, added that there was also a need to stress the importance of team work.

“We are still depending on individuals but I will try to bring coordination among them which is vital.”

Hanif ready to tussle with PHF

With the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) already facing the wrath of former Olympians, sacked Hanif  Khan is also set to launch a tirade against the federation on his removal as coach of the national team.

The Olympian said his removal was a result of a conspiracy against him.

“I will reveal the truth at a press conference tomorrow [today]. The PHF officials are not working for the progress of the game, they only care about their vested interest,” he said.

Hanif is also likely to join the campaign of anti-PHF Olympians for the removal of the current officials as he was invited by his former teammates for the purpose.

The Express Tribune



PHF invites 25 players for Asia Cup training

LAHORE - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Tuesday invited 25 players for attending the training camp from July 21 here for the build up of the team to take part in the 9th Men’s Asia Cup being played from August 24 in Ipoh, Malaysia.

The camp will be established at National Stadium under the supervision of chief manager Akhtar Rasool Chaudhary and coach Tahir Zaman.

The 25 players who will attend the camp are Imran Butt, Imran Shah, Mazhar Abbas, M Imran, M Irfan, M Ateeq, Kashif Ali, Khalid Bhatti, Rizwan Junior, M Tousiq, Waseem Ahmed, Rashid Mahmood, Fareed Ahmed, Aamir Shahzad, Waqas Sharif, Shafqat Rasool, Zohaib Ashraf, Abdul Haseem Khan, Rizwan Senior, Shakeel Abbasi, Ali Shan, M Umar Bhutta, M Dilber, M Zubair and M Salman Hussain.

The Nation



Are foreign coaches to be blamed, asks Michael Nobbs

Chander Shekhar Luthra



Michael Nobbs

Former hockey coach hints health is not the only reason for his resignation.

If you think that deteriorating health forced Indian hockey coach Michael Nobbs to call it quits abruptly last week, think again!

Well, health is certainly a reason but the snub by Hockey India’s (HI) top officials, including the secretary general NK Batra, also must have played a part in the decision.

The appointment of legendary Dutch coach Roelant Oltmans as the high performance director early this year cannot be ignored as a hint that could have forced Nobbs to make up his mind even before the Indian national team failed to qualify for the FIH World League Stage III at Rotterdam last month.

“Well, it was obvious that HI top bosses were only interacting with Oltmans because he is the man who has to implement his ideas for obvious reasons. A coach is always busy, travelling and coaching the team 24x7,” was how Nobbs tried to reason it out.

Nobbs’s medical prescription displays digits of 180/110 under his blood pressure column but a good rest would have taken care of that. Nobbs is clearly not in a mood to create any controversy but the way he was snubbed by HI over the last three months, has left India’s most successful foreign coach till date to part on a “sombre” note.

“Oltmans has put in a good programme for the future. The Dutch coach has publically said that India need six to eight years to fix the problem and everyone has accepted that,” said Nobbs, who got only two years at the top.

Nobbs is in the Capital to meet his employer Sports Authority of India’s director general on Wednesday and to settle his pending $27,000 dues as per his contract.

“I want to go back as quickly as possible and take complete rest for next two to three months as has been prescribed by my doctor before taking a call on my future course of action,” added the visibly tired Australian.

When probed whether he and Oltmans were on the same page regarding the future course of Indian hockey, Nobbs’ nodded but it did not certainly convey a “yes”.

“We finished where our ranking put us (sixth) in FIH World. We had many foreign coaches that have all been quite successful. Suddenly when they come to India and these are the results they have. Is it their fault?” asks the outgoing coach.

“It’s simply the system here. India has had 30 years to fix these problems. What has the results been in last 30 years. Is there anything to be excited about?”

“I am hopeful we will be able to do well by the next Olympic Games,” he added.

Does that mean India will have to wait till the 2020 Olympics to produce good results?

“Not really, if we follow the programme we laid down in last two years. But the HI and public have accepted Oltmans statement. Are you all ready to give him that much time? Remember, you (HI and SAI) all employed him for that only,” said Nobbs sarcastically.

The change in coach may well bring in the change of style in Indian hockey. But Nobbs is convinced that India cannot think of going back to the subcontinental style of hockey (5-3-2-1) because it could be disastrous.

“I think making the team play the Indian style of attacking hockey would be a disaster. We’ve been losing by narrow margins recently against world’s top teams. If we play with Indian style, we will be murdered 10-0 or even worse. We should be adopting Australian or Dutch style (read European style) in order to progress,” said Nobbs.

Nobbs said that he has some happy memories of the team and players. “There was not a single bad incident during my tenure. All players backed me completely. And Sardar Singh (captain) was a good friend,” he added.

DNA



Asia Cup win on top of Oltmans's mind

BANGALORE: Roelant Oltmans is a man in a hurry. A high performance director and coach who would prefer to work 48 hours in a day. Handed the unenviable task of preparing the men's national team for the Asia Cup hockey tournament next month in Ipoh, he has sought realistic expectations from the nation, total dedication from the squad and nothing less than a triumph in the continental tournament.

With very little time at his disposal, he said he would whittle the number of probables down to a more manageable 25 in two weeks before getting cracking with the Asia Cup core.

Excerpts:

You have your task cut out for Asia Cup.

The next six weeks will be important. We will have to work without distractions. It is a long time ago that the Indian men's team won a tournament. So our focus from Day One is to have the best possible performance at the Asia Cup. The group is big right now. In about two weeks' time we will reduce it and give that team the last four weeks to prepare.

Is it a new beginning?

Everybody starts from scratch. It's up to them to convince us. We will make a few changes, make it a little bit different. We will play a little different than we have done before but I am looking for a fresh flow in the team. Skill-wise too, we have to do a number of things. The atmosphere is good and the boys are hungry and eager. I spoke to a few of them and they are keen on doing well. But they have to improve, that's clear. We did the physical tests today - we had a certain minimum target and we are just above that at the moment. In two-three weeks' time we will raise that.

Have you set targets for the team?

I've made one thing clear. We're going there to win the Asia Cup. We're not even talking about the World Cup. The World Cup is next year; it is of no interest at the moment. I can't control winning or losing but I can prepare my team in the best possible way such that we have the highest chance of winning. I can't promise anyone that we will win. But everyone in the country will see that the boys will work their hearts out every single minute - whether in practice or the real game.

Will there be a change in style?

We always talk about Australian, European, Korean styles. I don't know what that is. We are Indians. We will play in a way that uses the strengths of the Indian players. It doesn't have anything to do with Australia or Europe. It is our own way of playing. India is India, not Holland or Germany or Australia. And that's what we'll prove.

Indian expectations are always high...

You have to be realistic. We go to a major tournament and you already think you're coming back with the medal. Ridiculous. We're No. 12 in the world. In the last 40 years, India hasn't won anything. Even in Rotterdam, we were ranked sixth and we finished sixth. I don't think we'll win such a tournament now. In future, we will, 100%. But understand it takes some time.

The Times of India



Roelant Oltmans eyes Asian honour


Roelant Oltmans

Bengaluru: With the threat of losing out on a World Cup berth for the first-time ever, the national hockey campers began preparations for the Asia Cup in earnest, at the SAI, South Centre on Tuesday. The continental event will be held from August 24 to September 1 at Ipoh, Malaysia.

With Hockey India’s high performance director Roelant Oltmans at the helm as the interim chief coach, there seems to be a fresh spark among the boys.

“These six weeks are going to be very important, we will work without distractions. It is a long time since the Indian men’s team won a tournament. So our focus is to have the best possible performance at the Asia Cup,” Oltmans said.

“The group is big right now, in about two weeks we will reduce it and give that team the last four weeks to prepare,” the Dutchman said.

The Asian Age



Specialist goalkeeping coach for hockey team

BANGALORE: Hockey India's search for a new coach may have gotten tougher. High performance director Roelant Oltmans has made it clear that the hot seat will go to a coach who will continue with the patterns established after the exit of Michael Nobbs.

"During discussions, we will tell potential coaches that this is what we did in the last couple of months and this is the way we will continue. Those with a completely different approach are probably not the right persons to coach the Indian team," Oltmans said.

The Dutchman also said the men's team would get a specialist goalkeeping coach for the Asia Cup. "The final details are being worked out. By the first week of August we will have a specialist to work with our goalkeeper for the last part of our preparations for the Asia Cup," he said.

Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra too confirmed to agencies that they were on the lookout for a foreign expert on a short-term basis.

Three candidates have been shortlisted but South Africa's David Staniforth is the front-runner for the job. A two-time medallist in the Champions Challenge event, Staniforth was the goalkeeping coach and video analyst of inaugural HIL winners Ranchi Rhinos, agencies reported.

Oltmans pointed out that the focus would also be on junior goalkeepers. Once appointed, the specialist would work until the Junior World Cup to be held in New Delhi in December.

The Times of India



English tutors for Indian hockey players!

V Narayan Swamy


BANGALORE: A remarkable turn of phrase may well dictate a hockey player's fortunes as much as his turn of speed if Hockey India's high performance director Roelant Oltmans has his way.

In a first-of-its-kind move that is hoped will change the way Indians respond to foreign coaches and game situations abroad, Oltmans's long-term plan to improve the game in India will necessarily include English teachers working on players right from the junior academies to the national teams.

Language skills will help them understand and express themselves better, he feels. Language barriers have racked the country's athletes for long with foreign coaches unable to get their ideas across effectively. Interpreters haven't been able to get the point across either with a lot lost in translation. Whether it was Gerhard Rach, Ric Charlesworth, Jose Brasa or Michael Nobbs, the dangers of improper communication were always there. Hence this move that plans to bring the coach and pupil closer.

Says Oltmans: "I believe it's necessary for our players to improve their understanding of English. It's not only because you need to interact with a foreign coach sometimes but also if you want to communicate with foreign players."

Oltmans pointed to an instance at the World League semifinals in the Netherlands recently where the Indian team found it difficult to put its point across to the umpire after seeking a video referral. "We had a situation in Rotterdam where the umpires did not understand why we had asked for a referral. Even if you want to ask for a referral, you have to make sure people understand you properly. It is important to make your question clear," he said.

Stressing that the language of the hockey world is English, the Dutchman said the exercise would help in personality development. "We need to do this to improve our performance. Players should not feel shy to speak the language. When you are training 4-5 hours a day, it is not difficult to have an hour of English lessons."

The English lessons are likely to begin after the Asia Cup as Oltmans felt he did not have enough time to focus on any aspect other than the game now. "In this camp, we will explain to the players our ideas, get them translated properly and ask them whether they really understood what we are saying."

The Times of India



Dhanraj Pillay: A magician with a hockey stick

Sajal K Patra



Dhanraj Pillay

Forever uncompromising, the former Indian hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay was born on the 16th of July 1968 at Khadki, a small town near Pune, which is not known to many.

Pillay, a magician with a hockey stick, is unarguably one of the best forwards to have taken the field of hockey for the country. At the age of 21, Pillay made his debut in international hockey in 1989 when he represented the nation in the Allwyn Asia Cup in New Delhi.

Born in a Tamil family, Pillay took up the sport at a very young age and started playing in the Ordnance Factory staff colony where his father was a groundsman.

The talented boy idolised the style of legendary forward Mohammad Shahid while playing in the soft and muddy surface of OFK ground where he enhanced his skills and learnt the art of stick work with broken ones.

Pillay credits all his success to his mother, who encouraged him right from his young age even when the family was going through a tough phase financially. There were even times where they would not know what to do for their next meal.

In his career spanning over 15 years, Dharaj Pillay has scored the most number goals for India although the Indian Hockey Federation did not keep official statistics for the goals he scored.

He remains the only player to have represented the country on four different occasions in the Olympics along with four World Cups and four Champions Trophy appearances.

India won the Asian Games (1998) and Asia Cup (2003) under his captaincy and he became the only Indian player to feature in the World Eleven side during the 1994 World Cup at Sydney.

Pillay has received the highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for the year 1999-2000 and was awarded the Padma Shri, a civilian award in 2000.

One of the greats of the game, Pillay now plans to open a hockey academy where he can nurture young talent from the grass root level and give something back to the sport which has made him a national hero. Pillay wants to inspire a million people to take up the sport which is in dire straits at the moment.

Always known as a rebel, Pillay vented his wrath against the Hockey Management for an improper reception and non-payment of match-fees after the triumph at the Bangkok Asiad. He had to pay a heavy price for it as he was left out from the Indian team after the incident.

Whatever said and done, Dhanraj Pillay will be forever remembered for his graceful stick work, which can entice a hockey lover to go miles and watch him play.

Deccan Chronicle



Gala Dinner raises more than $50k for the Junior Black Sticks


Click here to see all the photos from the night. (Photos courtesy of Sue Shepherd)

The Hockey Foundation has raised more than $50,000 for the Junior Black Sticks Men and Women ahead of the 2013 Junior World Cup at a glitzy gala dinner in Auckland.

Over 300 people attended the Craigs Investment Partners Junior Black Sticks Gala Dinner held at the Langham Hotel two weeks ago, and with 34 auction items up for grabs throughout the evening there was incredible support from the hockey community and business leaders.

The generous spirit of the hockey community and the entertainment throughout made it a very special evening.

Junior Black Stick Jared Panchia attended and said it was humbling to meet in person some of the sponsors and the generous individuals that support the teams.

“A lot of the Junior Black Sticks are studying and it is often our parents we rely on for financial support for the various tournaments we attend. It is just awesome that people out there are willing to help and support us – it means a lot,” says Panchia.

Gold medallists Arthur Parkin, Greg Dayman and Ramesh Patel shared their stories of the 1976 Olympics and there was also a panel interview with Junior Black Sticks Erin Goad, Rose Keddell and George Muir which gave the audience an insight into the Junior World Cup campaigns.



Another highlight of the evening were the two superb performances from Mike Chunn’s music organisation Play it Strange. Singing duo Little Rumours opened the evening and later on students from Nga Kakano School entertained with the new official song for the New Zealand team ahead of 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.



Hockey Foundation Chairman Jon Tanner spoke about the Foundation’s purpose and launched the Future Black Sticks Supporters Club, an initiative which aims to attract a group of donors which will help reduce the costs for athletes on their journey towards the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

With 100 per cent of the donation going directly towards reducing the programme costs for athletes, the club will help lessen the financial burden and support players in realising their full potential without the financial stress of playing at the top level.

“We seek the support of those who have a passion for the game, of those who believe in what Hockey New Zealand is doing, and of those who are able and willing to give back through an annual donation.

“Making a contribution as a donor and building a successful foundation, that enables Hockey New Zealand to build and sustain a world class high performance  programme, we believe will enhance the opportunity for our current players to win on the world stage and will be a legacy for all that follow,” said Tanner. To read more about the Supporters Club, click here.

Tanner also spoke about the incredibly generous contribution Sir Owen Glenn has made to the Hockey Foundation as a Founding Patron and his ongoing support of the Sir Owen Glenn Future Black Sticks Programme.



The women’s Junior World Cup team leave on Friday with the World Cup from 27 July-4 August in Germany. The Junior Black Sticks Men will compete in India from the 6-15 December.

Background

In 2011, the Sir Owen Glenn Future Black Sticks Programme was formed. The Future Black Sticks Programme is comprised of national U18 and U21 squad selections for men and women. The programme is a key component of Hockey New Zealand’s high performance programme as it produces the next generation of Black Sticks. The programme includes training and development camps, quality coaching and individualised programmes and international competition.

The Hockey Foundation is a charitable trust that aims to promote and support participation in hockey in New Zealand throughout the community. The Foundation is also working on several fundraising initiatives to support those athletes attending the 2013 Junior World Cup. The more money that is able to be raised by the Foundation, the less the financial burden will be for these athletes and their families this year. The Foundation is extremely appreciative for the ongoing support of Sir Owen Glenn, the Founding Patron of the trust. 

Click here to view the Junior Black Sticks Men’s squad list
Click here to view the Junior Black Sticks Women’s team list

Argentina’s Luciana Aymar signed shirt up for auction

Luciana Aymar signed a shirt and gifted it to the Hockey Foundation as a fundraiser for the Junior Black Sticks and it is available to purchase here on our online auction.

Playing for Argentina, four times Olympic medallist, Luciana Aymar is the only player to have been awarded Player of the Year by the International Hockey Federation seven times.

Compared to footballer Diego Maradona for her magical dribbling skills, she is an absolute sensation in Argentina and idolised by hockey players the world over. It has been professionally framed and is an absolute prized possession for any hockey fan!

Click here to view the auction item.

A big thanks!

The Hockey Foundation would like to thank the sponsors that helped make this evening such a great success - Craigs Investment Partners, Business World Travel, Sileni, Fuji Xerox and Millennium Hotels.

The Foundation would also like to say a big thanks to all those people who donated money and placed bids, your generous support has helped New Zealand’s young and talented athletes get one step closer to realising their dream.

Hockey New Zealand Media release