News for 19 July 2013

All the news for Friday 19 July 2013

Now it’s semi-finals time for hockey festival’s top guns

JONATHAN COOK at Hartleyvale

The weather might have turned cold but the hockey remained hot, hot and even hotter on day two of the Cape Town Under-18 International Schools/Clubs Hockey Festival at the Hartleyvale, Western Province Cricket Club, University of Cape Town and Stellenberg High School pitches Thursday.

While there were no less than 142 goals on day one on Wednesday, with 25 wins and five draws in the 30 matches played, there were 26 victories and just four draws in Thursday’s 30 matches, with a total of 135 goals being scored.

There were some pulsating encounters on Thursday that drew widespread applause from the plentiful spectators who braved the wet, rain and cold conditions to support their teams - and the outcome of the remarkable 30 matches on the day revealed who would be the semi-finalists (boys’ competition) and in some cases the likely semi-finalists (girls’ competition) on Friday.

There are 12 more Group-stage matches Friday, made up of four boys’ matches and eight girls’ fixtures to make up the total of 72 Group matches, and many will have a bearing on Friday afternoon’s playoffs in the lower levels of the competition, although at the apex of the event the semi-finalists are certain in the boys’ competition.

Stellenberg as winners of Group A in the girls’ competition are already in the semi-finals with the three other semi-finalists not 100% decided yet, but certain to be established by 11.30 am Friday.

In the girls’ competition there is a virtual quarter-final at 9.45 am Friday at Western Province Cricket Club Pitch A when Zimbabwe’s Chisipite School take on Pretoria Girls’ High in a winner-takes-all Group B decider.

Chisipite head the goal difference count 8-7 at this stage so a draw will suffice on the GD rule to take them through to meet Group A winners Stellenberg in the first girls’ semi-final at 2 pm Friday at Hartleyvale Stadium.

The second girls’ semi-final will see almost-certain Group C winners Windhoek High School against 99%-certain Group D victors Somerset College at 3.30 pm at Hartleyvale Stadium.

The first boys’ semi-final on Friday sees Group A winners Rondebosch against Group B winners Wynberg in a mouthwatering Cape Town derby match at 11.30 am at Hartleyvale Stadium. The second boys’ semi-final sees Group C winners Kennemer Lyceum of the Netherlands against Group D champs Paul Roos at 11.30 am at Western Province Cricket Club Pitch A.

Entrance is free.

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Group A: Rondebosch 7 Potchefstroom Gim 0; Rondebosch 3 Stellenberg 0; New South Wales Bushrangers 2 Potchefstroom Gim 1.

Group B: Wynberg 4 Paarl Gim 1; DF Malan 5 Windhoek Gim 0; Wynberg 6 DF Malan 0.

Group C: Outeniqua 2 Pinelands 2; Kennemer Lyceum 6 Somerset College 0; Pinelands 2 Paarl Boys 2; Kennemer 1 Outeniqua 1.

Group D: Paul Roos 4 Pearson 0; Como Secondary College 2 Parel Vallei 1; Pearson 5 Huguenot 2; Paul Roos 6 Como Secondary 1.

(Played 3 unless stated)

Group A: Rondebosch 9 pts; NSW Bushrangers 6 pts; Potch Gim 3 pts; Stellenberg 0 pts.

Group B: Wynberg 9 pts; Paarl Gim 6 pts; DF Malan 3 pts; Windhoek Gim 0 pts.

Group C: Kennemer (Played 4) 8 pts; Paarl Boys 4 pts; Outeniqua 3 pts; Pinelands 3 pts; Somerset 1 pt.

Group D: Paul Roos (Played 4) 12 pts; Como Sec 6 pts; Parel Vallei 3 pts; Pearson 3 pts; Huguenot 0 pts.


Group A: New South Wales Bushrangers 2 Potchefstroom Gim 0; Outeniqua 1 Pinelands 0; NSW Bushrangers 3 Pinelands 0; Stellenberg 6 Potchefstroom 1.

Group B: Pretoria Girls’ High 4 Pates Grammar 0; Chisipite 6 Pates Grammar 1; Pretoria Girls’ High 2 Rhenish 1; Parel Vallei 2 Rhenish 2.

Group C: Windhoek High 8 Como Secondary College 0; Bloemhof 5 Como Secondary 0; Pearson 2 St Cyprians 0; Bloemhof 4 St Cyprians 0.

Group D: Bellville 2 Bancroft 1; Somerset College 4 Paarl Gim 2; Bellville 6 Windhoek Gim 0; Paarl Gim 6 Bancroft 0.

(Played 3 unless stated)

Group A: Stellenberg 9 pts; NSW Bushrangers (Played 4) 9 pts; Outeniqua 3 pts; Pinelands 1 pt; Potch Gim 1 pt.

Group B: Chisipite 9 pts; Pretoria Girls’ High 9 pts; Rhenish (Played 4) 2 pts; Pates Grammar 1 pt; Parel Vallei 1 pt.

Cape Town Under-18 International Schools/Club Hockey Festival Media release

Rebooting Kumar

By Jugjet Singh

S. KUMAR, who is regarded as Asia's best goalkeeper, had a bad time in the recent World League in Johor Baru, where Malaysia let in a whopping 20 goals in six matches.

The worst was a 6-0 drubbing by Germany in the World League quarter-finals, with seven shots at goal in the first 18 minutes of the match.

Then there were four goals conceded in the 4-4 draw aginst Pakistan, and four in the 6-4 win over South Africa.

Now goalkeeper coach M. Nadarajah is working on getting Kumar back to his best in the Asia Cup on Aug 24-Sept 1 in Ipoh.

"The statistics are damning, but taking a closer look, most of the goals against Malaysia came off rebounds from Kumar, and even though they looked like soft goals, it is always difficult to predict where a rebound try will head in the heat of play.

"However, Kumar is not one to give in easily, and that is why he started training earlier than the 10-day break given to the national team after Johor," said Nadarajah, a former national goalkeeper himself.

The stakes are high in the Asia Cup as only the champions advance to the World Cup.

And with none of the Asian teams having made the grade on merit, South Korea, India, Pakistan and Japan will be firing on all cylinders.

"I will intensify penalty corner training for Kumar and Roslan (Jamaluddin) as India and Pakistan normally do the damage via drag flicks.

"It is important for the goalkeepers, as well as the penalty corner runners, to be at their best in Ipoh, so that there will not be too much of a pressure on the forwards to keep chasing for goals," said Nadarajah.

And even though second choice goalkeeper Roslan did not see any action in Johor Baru, Nadarajah believes he is just a step behind Kumar.

"There is very little that separates Kumar from Roslan and there is a healthy competition between the duo in training and this keeps both of them on their toes.

"I believe if the goalkeeping department and the back-line play at a higher level than in Johor Baru, our forwardline will have no problem winning matches for Malaysia."

In the Asia Cup, Malaysia are in Group A with Taiwan, Pakistan and Japan, while Group B consists of South Korea, India, Bangladesh and Oman.

New Straits Times

Kookaburra Des Abbott Retires

NT star calls time on international career after 111 appearances and 61 goals

Darwin-born Des Abbott has announced his retirement from international hockey after making 111 appearances for the Kookaburras. The prolific forward informed coach Ric Charlesworth of his decision on Thursday, calling time on an international career that has seen him win an Olympic bronze medal, and World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold.

The 27 year old scored 61 times in his 111 outings, including six at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where his goals helped Australia to the bronze medal ahead of the Netherlands. He was the first athlete to win the prestigious Northern Territory Sportsperson of the Year Award three times but was left disappointed after injury forced his withdrawal from the Kookaburras squad for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. At the time, Charlesworth called it “the most difficult thing I’ve had to do in my time [as coach].” The past year has seen Abbott undergo surgery on his knee and endure a lengthy period of rehabilitation.

Since making his debut in 2007, Abbott has represented Australia at the Olympic Games, World Cup, Commonwealth Games, four Champions Trophy tournaments and the Oceania Cup. In 2010, he was named in the International Hockey Federation’s World All Star team for the year alongside Kookaburras teammates Jamie Dwyer and Eddie Ockenden, and coach Ric Charlesworth.

Explaining what it has meant to represent his country, Abbott said, “I never thought I’d play for Australia so to play more than 100 games has been incredible. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Kookaburra; it’s something I’ll treasure forever. I’ve been around the world going to so many amazing places and I just want to thank everyone who has been a part of helping me experience everything.”

Paying tribute to Abbott, Ric Charlesworth said, “I’m saddened to lose him because he has been such a brilliant player. We’re diminished by losing him.

“He has been one of the most brilliant players of the past decade in my view. Unfortunately, because of his injuries, we haven’t seen enough of him but his record is better than a goal every two games, which puts him among the highest level for strikers.

“All along he was pretty special. He scored brilliant goals and he’s a brilliant passer of the ball in the circle with terrific vision. He won the corner we scored from in the World Cup Final in 2010; he gave us a target.”

Although he has announced his retirement from international hockey, Abbott isn’t hanging up his stick completely. He’ll continue to play club hockey in Perth while concentrating on his career with the water corporation. He hopes to return home to his family and friends in Darwin in the future. 

Des Abbott’s Kookaburras career

January 2007 – Makes senior international debut for Australia against the Netherlands

June 2008 – Helps Australia to the gold medal at the Champions Trophy, his first. Scores in the final against Spain as Kookaburras win 4-1

August 2008 – Scores six goals to help Kookaburras to Olympic bronze medal in Beijing

March 2009 – Wins Northern Territory Sportsperson of the Year Award for the first time

December 2009 – Scores in the final as Kookaburras beat Germany 5-3 to win Champions Trophy in Melbourne

March 2010 – Wins World Cup with Kookaburras in Delhi. Scores four times in the tournament

August 2010 – Scores in Champions Trophy final, helping Kookaburras to 4-0 win over England

October 2010 – Wins Commonwealth Games gold medal, beating India in the final

December 2010 – Named in FIH World All Star Team 2010

March 2011 – Wins Northern Territory Sportsperson of the Year Award for the second time

December 2011 – Helps Kookaburras to fourth consecutive Champions Trophy gold medal

March 2012 – Wins Northern Territory Sportsperson of the Year Award for the third time

July 2012 – Misses out on London 2012 Olympic Games through knee injury

July 2013 – Announces international retirement

Hockey Australia media release

Strong Australia side set for JWC

Five current Hockeyroos named in Jillaroos Junior World Cup group

The 2013 Jillaroos squad. (Photo: Hockey Australia / Dan Carson)

From 27 July until 4 August the Jillaroos, Australia's under 21 women's squad, will compete against the world's best for the Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

The group contains five members of the Hockeyroos squad that won the recent Hockey World League Semi Final tournament in London, England. Jane Claxton, Karri McMahon, Georgia Nanscawen, Emily Smith and 2012 FIH Young Player of the Year Anna Flanagan all named in an Australia team which will almost certainly be amongst the top challengers for the title.

The 20 athlete squad below will take part in the pre-tournament practice matches against Germany, Korea and the Netherlands. The squad will be reduced from 20 athletes to 18 for the Junior World Cup.

Murphy Allendorf (Mount Gravatt, QLD)
Lily Brazel (Newington, NSW)
Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW)
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA)
Jacqui Day (Mountain Creek, QLD)
Elizabeth Duguid (Darwin, NT)
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, QLD)
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT)
Kate Gilmore (Red Hill, ACT)
Jordyn Holzberger (Ipswich, Queensland)
Nina Khoury (Newtown, NSW)
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA)
Georgia Nanscawen (Melbourne, VIC)
Hayley Padget (Hurstbridge, VIC)
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT)
Kathryn Slattery (Como, WA)
Audrey Smith (Wynnum, QLD)
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW)
Amelia Spence (Taroona, TAS)
Jade Warrender (Orange, NSW)

What is the Junior World Cup?

The Junior World Cup is the equivalent of its senior counterpart, for players aged 21 and under. It sees the best 16 countries battle it out to be crowned World Champions.

The teams are split into four pools of four teams each. Following the preliminary round robin, teams will either move into a placement round for the bottom eight finishers or onto a quarter-final, semi-final and final round. The Australian women will face New Zealand, India and Russia in Pool C. The Jillaroos finished fifth at the last Junior World Cup four years ago in Boston, beating this year’s hosts Germany in a playoff.

The team’s campaign and preparations have been boosted by funding from the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA).

The additional financial support has enabled Hockey Australia to enhance the international competition experience of its athletes. It has contributed to the athletes’ attendance at the Junior World Cup and a variety of different activities as part of the program leading up to the tournament, including the Junior World Cup qualifier and the team’s recent tour to Japan.

Hockey Australia media release


Ghana could miss out on Hockey Junior World Cup

Ghana could cancel their trip to Germany for the International Hockey Federation Women’s Junior World Cup in Monchengladbach due to the lack of funds.

The Ghana Hockey Association is still waiting for the Ministry of Youth and Sports to release a sum of $138,000 to enable them facilitate their trip.

Ghana’s contingent had planned to leave Accra on Tuesday July 24, three days before their opening match against highly-rated The Netherlands in Group A where they will also play USA and Korea Republic.

“We usually go through a process which we have done that and the budget is with the Ministry of Finance but they are not able to get the signatures on and we are also trying to get the Ministry to assist us in raising the funds but we are been told there is no money,” said Vivian Dugblor , Secretary for the Ghana Hockey Association

"Where we are now if we are not able to get the Ministry of Finance to release the money or Sports Ministry to support us in a way then it means we cannot participate in the Tournament,” she lamented.

The International Hockey Federation Women’s World Cup will be played from July 27 to August 4.


Scotland step up to face Belgium in final European warm-up

Ali Howie vs SA

Scotland Women will play two final warm-up internationals against Belgium from 27-28 July in Wellington as they enter their final preparations before taking part in the EuroHockey Nations Championship next month.

Scotland Women Head Coach Gordon Shepherd is keen to ensure that he has appraised all of his playing options programme ahead of the European competition.

“The squad selection for the European Championship is certainly not clear cut or finalised and these games against Belgium will give the players the opportunity to test themselves against a very good opponent”, said Shepherd.

Merlins Gordonians goalkeeper Siobhan Cowie comes into the squad of eighteen players travelling to the continent next week and will potentially win her first senior international cap.

Belgium, meanwhile, are also preparing for the EuroHockey Nations Championship on home soil next month and will offer a demanding level of competition and performance requirements to the Scots.

“The Belgians have just played Holland and will be playing Germany this weekend, so they are building up towards competing in Boom as well and will present a tough challenge next weekend”, continued Shepherd.

“A number of players will get the chance to perform and put forward a good case for squad selection next month.

“Once we come back from Belgium, we go into a concentrated period of training sessions in the lead up to the Europeans, so the intensity is certainly increasing as we prepare for this important competition.”

Scotland Women: Amy Gibson (Milne Craig Clydesdale Western), Siobhan Cowie (Merlins Gordonians), Vikki Bunce (Dundee Wanderers), Ali Bell (Grove Menzieshill), Cat Ralph (Milne Craig Clydesdale Western), Sam Judge (Edinburgh University), Holly Cram (Milne Craig Clydesdale Western), Linda Clement (Grove Menzieshill), Becky Ward (Dundee Wanderers), Leigh Fawcett (Grove Menzieshill), Becky Merchant (Edinburgh University), Nikki Kidd (Edinburgh University), Susan McGilveray (Milne Craig Clydesdale Western), Alison Howie (Milne Craig Clydesdale Western), Emily Maguire (Reading), Amy Brodie (CALA Edinburgh), Nikki Lloyd (Sevenoaks), Morag McLellan (Milne Craig Clydesdale Western).

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Canada Men’s Squad Hosts Brazil

Brazil travels to Vancouver to play a series of matches ahead of the 2013 Pan American Cup. The Canadian Men’s Squad will rotate different rosters through the seven games including the Pan American Team and Junior Team.

The games should provide a great opportunity develop the young talent coming through the junior ranks. At the same time, the Men’s Pan Am Team gets to tighten things up during their final preparations for the Pan American Cup in Brampton. This tournament also serves as last chance to qualify for the 2013 World Cup.

The Men’s Team is also hosting a pre-game clinic at Rutledge on July 28 where you can expect demo’s autographs, and tons of fun!

Canada Pan Am Team vs. Brazil

Match #1: Sat July 27, 6pm at Tamanawis

Match #2: Sun July 28, 7pm at Rutledge Field *Pregame clinic

Canada Squad vs. Brazil

Match #1: Mon July 29, 7pm at Wright Field

Match #2: Tues July 30, 7pm at Wright Field

Match #3 Wed July 31, 7pm at Wright Field

Canada Juniors vs. Brazil

Match #1: Fri Aug 2, 7pm at Wright Field

Match #2: Sat Aug 3, 4pm at Tamanawis

Follow along @FieldHockeyCan for the latest scores and updates!

Field Hockey Canada media release

Draw confirmed for Oceania Cup in Taranaki

The Black Sticks Men and Women will face Australia, Samoa and Papua New Guinea in the Oceania Cup in Taranaki from the 30 October to the 3 November.

The Oceania Hockey Federation has approved the draw that will see four matches played every day across the four days of the tournament, with Friday scheduled as a rest day.

Trans-Tasman rivalry will be strong with the Black Sticks Women looking to retain their 2011 Oceania Cup title while the Black Sticks Men will take on World Champions Australia for a chance at Oceania Cup victory.

The women’s final will be played at 2pm and the men’s final will be at 4.30pm on Sunday 3 November.

To ensure you don’t miss out on tickets, you can get the presale offer on the 5 August by subscribing to Hockey New Zealand’s Inner Circle Newsletter here on our home page. Tickets will go on public sale on the 19th August on
All games will be played at the TET Multisports Event Centre in Stratford.

The Oceania Cup is one of the five Continental Championships which is played every two years as part of the FIH qualification process for the World Cup and Olympic Games. With Australia and New Zealand’s Men’s and Women’s teams already qualified for next year’s World Cup, it will be ranking points and the chance to take home the Oceania Cup that all teams will be playing for.

The last time either of the Black Sticks teams played in Taranaki was in 1963 when the men played Australia in New Plymouth and lost 2-3.
2013 Oceania Cup, 30 October – 3 November




Wednesday 30 October


Papua New Guinea vs Samoa Women



Australia vs Samoa Men



New Zealand vs Papua New Guinea Men



New Zealand vs Australia Women




Thursday 31 October


Papua New Guinea vs Samoa Men



Australia vs Samoa Women



New Zealand vs Papua New Guinea Women



New Zealand vs Australia Men




Friday 1 November

Rest day


Saturday 2 November


Australia vs Papua New Guinea Women



Australia vs Papua New Guinea Men



Samoa vs New Zealand Women



Samoa vs New Zealand Men




Sunday 3 November


3 v 4 Play-off Women



3 v 4 Play-off Men



1 v 2 Final Women



1 v 2 Final Men

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Oceania hockey schedule released

The Black Sticks will look to snatch the Oceania crown from the Australians

New Zealand and Australia are expected to dominate the Oceania Cup men's and women's hockey tournament in Taranaki following confirmation of the schedule.

The Black Sticks will face Australia and international minnows Samoa and Papua New Guinea in both men's and women's round-robin matches at Stratford from October 30, with the trans-Tasman rivals favoured to meet in both finals on November 3.

The biennial tournament is traditionally used as a qualifying event for either the World Cup or Olympic Games the following year.

However, the New Zealand and Australian men's and women's teams have all qualified for next year's World Cup already, leaving just ranking points at stake.

The Kiwi women are seeking to defend their title, while the men's side will look to snatch the Oceania crown off the world champion Australians.

3 News

Southern intent on going one better

By Alistair McMurran

Last year, Southern finished runner-up to Auckland after the national final went to extra time.

Southern has five Black Sticks - Hugo Inglis, Blair Tarrant, Kane Russell, Hamish McGregor and Nick Ross - in its team this year, as well as leading Australians Eddie Ockenden and Brent Garske.

Inglis (22), who played in the London Olympics last year and has been in the Black Sticks for the past four years, is studying finance at the Massey Campus in Auckland.

''My immediate goal is to win the Challenge Shield with the Southern team,'' the striker said.

Inglis missed last year's national tournament because of the Olympics and his professional commitments in Holland.

''It is always special to represent the region you grew up in,'' he said.

Inglis gave Otago hockey players hope when he broke into the national team four years ago.

''Hopefully, we can see more players from Otago making it,'' he said.

Russell (21), a defender, did not make the Olympics but is now in the national squad.

He was in last year's Southern team and is confident Southern can win the Challenge Shield at this year's tournament in North Harbour.

''This is the strongest team I've ever played with for Southern,'' Russell said.

''The boys are pretty hungry after finishing runner-up last year. We are looking to go one better.''

It is the eighth year Dave Ross has coached the Southern team.

''It is good to see guys like Hugo and Kane come up through the age-group ranks, make the Black Sticks, and still want to come back and play for Southern,'' Ross said.

''Even though they have gone up north for varsity and jobs, they are excited about coming back and playing for us.

''This is the strongest team that Southern has ever put on paper. It should be better than last year's team.

''But the standard of the opposition is going to be a notch up, as well. It is going to be wide open. We are capable of winning it but we will need to play at our best.''

Five members of the team played in the Southern under-18 team that made the national final and lost to North Harbour five years ago.

The squad also includes younger players such as Nick Elder, Callum Bailey, Ollie McIntyre and Jeremy Morris, who have come through the age-group ranks and are now playing for the New Zealand juniors.

There are also stalwart players such as Chris Ashton, Jason Dungey and Richard Storey,who have been long-term members of the Southern squad.

Southern men
Hockey squad

Chris Ashton (captain), Callum Bailey, James Bishop, Jason Dungey, Nick Elder, Hugo Inglis, Hamish McGregor, Ollie McIntyre, Jeremy Morris, James Nation, Eddie Ockenden, Nick Ross, Kane Russell, Richard Storey, Blair Tarrant, Brent Garske, Jono Spence, Sanjay Patel. Coach, Dave Ross. Manager, Ron Hutton

Otago Daily Times

Lautoka hosts tournament

Pays tribute to Pioneer of Fiji Hockey

Zanzeer Singh

THE Lautoka Hockey Association will hold a tournament at Nadovu this weekend to honour the late Aloesi Johns, one of the pioneers of women's hockey in the district and country.

The two-day tournament will be played on the State of Origin concept allowing the participants to represent their first district team, home district team or the district team where their parents hail from.

Lautoka Hockey Association executive Martin Coffin said Johns developed hockey in Lautoka representing the district and the country.

"She helped establish Lautoka women's hockey and took the team to the top," Coffin said.

"With her input several ladies went on to represent Fiji.

"She was a good administrator and ensured that all hockey paperwork was all in order. She is a legend for Lautoka hockey."

Teams that will be play are Suva, Sigatoka, Lautoka A, Lautoka B, Nadi A and Nadi B.

"We are still looking for sponsorship," Coffin said.

"We are calling on all pioneers of Lautoka hockey and fans to come and support this event which is in memory of a great lady.

"There are many more people who have given a lot to this sport in Lautoka like Norman Campbell, Godfrey Eastgate, Hartley Eastgate, Harry Rounds, Pate Johnson and John Ho."

The Fiji Times

Hanif lashes out at PHF after sacking

KARACHI: Pakistan's sacked hockey coach Hanif Khan is seething after being made the scapegoat for the national team's poor performance in the recent World Hockey League held in Malaysia where it failed to secure a qualifying place in the next World Cup.

The Pakistan Hockey Federation this week sacked Hanif while retaining former captain Akhtar Rasool as manager and head coach and appointing former Olympian Tahir Zaman to the team management as coach.

Hanif's sacking was on the cards after reports that he was unhappy with the manner in which his powers had been curtailed and Tahir Zaman, who is coaching consultant with the PHF, was sent to Malaysia and interfered in team meetings, selection matters and planning ahead of matches.

"I say today that no self respecting person will ever associate himself with hockey in this country again after the way the federation has managed things in the last few years," Hanif said.

"We need to learn a lot from how hockey is being managed in other Asian countries particularly in Malaysia, China and Japan. This federation needs to learn how to respect its former players," he complained.

The former Olympian said he had tried his best with the team since being appointed the coach last year.

"But I knew things were wrong when all of a sudden Tahir Zaman was brought into the picture by the PHF and Akhtar Rasool also started giving him importance," he said.

Meanwhile, the PHF has recalled its senior players for the Asia Cup training camp and there are also indications that veteran goalkeeper Salman Akbar might be drafted back into the side after some very poor performances from the current two goalkeepers in the national team Imran Shah and Imran Butt.

The players invited for the training camp include: Imran Butt, Imran Shah, Mazhar Abbas, Muhammad Imran, Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Ateeq, Kashif Ali, Khalid Bhatti, Rizwan Junior, Muhammad Tousiq, Waseem Ahmed, Rashid Mahmood, Fareed Ahmed, Aamir Shahzad, Waqas Sharif, Shafqat Rasool, Zohaib Ashraf, Abdul Haseem Khan, Rizwan Senior, Shakeel Abbasi, Ali Shan, Muhammad Umar Bhutta, Muhammad Dilber, Muhammad Zubair and Muhammad Salman Hussain.

The Times of India

Staniforth is goalkeeping coach, analyst

NEW DELHI: Hockey India on Thursday announced the appointment of former South African custodian Dave Staniforth as the strategic analyst and goalkeeping coach of the senior as well as junior men's teams.

The 37-year-old Staniforth worked as the goalkeeping coach of the South African national side for three years. He also worked in the same position with Riverside Hockey Club and Dave Staniforth Academy, HI said in a release. He also holds an FIH Certificate in International Goalkeeper Coaching and has done two other coaching courses - Irish Hockey Association Level 1 and English Hockey Association Level 2.

As a player, Staniforth played in 65 international matches and represented South Africa in the 2004 Athens Olympics and several other international tournaments. "I am very happy with my new role with the Indian men's teams and really look forward to preparing the goalkeepers for the busy hockey schedule ahead," Staniforth said.

The Times of India

Dhananjay Mahadik appointed video analyst of Indian hockey team

HI secretary general Narinder Batra welcomed Mahadik's appointment saying that in modern hockey video analysis is an essential element to get a complete biomechanical feedback of performance which serves as a valuable resource in player's development.

New Delhi:  Hockey India (HI) on Thursday announced the appointment of former India international Dhananjay Mahadik as video analyst of the men's national team.

Mahadik, with 64 international caps, represented India in the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi, 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, 2009 Champions Challenge I in Argentina, 2010 Asian Games in China, 2006 South Asian Games in Sri Lanka and Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia (2010 and 2011).

"I am excited to be a part of the national coaching set-up. Asia Cup is a very important tournament for us and we have to win it to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. It will be a good experience for me to work under highly experienced Roelant Oltmans and M.K. Kaushik. I have played with many of the current player's of the Indian team and will try to guide them with the best of my knowledge," said Mahadik, who was also the video analyst of the Delhi Waveriders during the Hockey India League.

HI secretary general Narinder Batra welcomed Mahadik's appointment saying that in modern hockey video analysis is an essential element to get a complete biomechanical feedback of performance which serves as a valuable resource in player's development.

NDTV Sports

HI farewell for Nobbs

NEW DELHI: Outgoing hockey coach Michael Nobbs will be given a farewell by Hockey India (HI) at Patiala on Saturday. Nobbs is leaving for Patiala's National Institute of Sports (NIS) on Friday and will stay back till his contract expires next month.

"Hockey India will be organizing a farewell ceremony for hockey coach Nobbs on Saturday," Sports Authority of India's director general Jiji Thomson said here on Thursday. "Nobbs has a contract with us till next month so we decided that we might as well utilize his services. We are sending him to Patiala where he will teach those under the hockey diploma programme and SAI's hockey coaches the finer aspects of the game," Thomson added.

The Times of India

HI to give Michael Nobbs send-off on Saturday

NEW DELHI: India's outgoing chief coach Michael Nobbs will be given a send-off by Hockey India (HI) in Patiala on Saturday, Jiji Thomson, the director general of Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Thursday.

Nobbs, whose contract officially ends at the end of this month, is leaving for Patiala's National Institute of Sports (NIS) on Friday.

Once there he will be conducting coaching classes for "students and hockey coaches".

"As per the contract we have to give him one month's time. So we are sending him to Patiala where he will teach the students and hockey coaches the finer aspects of the game. On 20th he will be given a send-off in Patiala by Hockey India," Thomson said.

Nobbs returned to India on Monday to settle his dues with the SAI.

The Australian's contract was prematurely terminated last week after a series of dismal performances over the last 12 months, including a last-place finish at the London Olympics last August.

The Times of India

Suit filed seeking conduct of polls to Tamil Nadu hockey unit

CHENNAI: An application has been filed in a local civil court seeking to hold elections to the state unit of the hockey association and conduct it under the supervision of a neutral observer.

The XIII Assistant City Civil Court, admitting the suit filed by the Ramanathapuram District Hockey Association, has ordered issue of notice to the Tamil Nadu hockey unit which is affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Olympic Association.

It was submitted that instead of holding the mandatory 24 inter-district tournaments during the last four years, the state forum had held only four tournaments.

The suit said the general body meeting convened on March 31, 2012 for the purpose of announcing elections was called off summarily on the ground that the Hockey India observer had not come.

Now, a similar meeting is planned for August 4 at Tiruchirappallli. The petitioner-association said this time as well the office-bearers might come out with some excuses not to conduct the poll involving 29 district associations.

The suit wanted a fair and just election, to be observed by a person nominated by the courts.

The Times of India

O’Rourke Named Assistant Field Hockey Coach

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND, Va. – Richmond field hockey head coach Gina Lucido announced the hiring of Kristen O’Rourke to the Spider staff. O’Rourke served as a volunteer assistant for the past three seasons with the Spiders.

"Richmond Field Hockey is quite fortunate to have Kristen O’Rourke become a full-time staff member,” commented Lucido. “Her loyalty and investment in the Richmond program is unparalleled.  For the past three years Kristen has volunteered with the team and shaped our goalkeeping group into an elite force.  Kristen is a praiseworthy example of perseverance and relentless service to our spider family.  I am so blessed she has remained with the program and reaped the reward of all her hard work.”

Throughout her three seasons as a volunteer, O’Rourke helped guide the Spiders to the 2011 Atlantic 10 Championship, a berth in the NCAA Tournament and the 2012 Atlantic 10 Regular Season title.

“I am absolutely honored to continue on here at the University of Richmond,” commented O’Rourke. “It is the culture that breeds and attracts the most incredible people to be a part of this program. My time spent working with Spider Hockey has paid back immensely and I cannot wait to have the means to be able to fully dive in and leave a greater mark on the program.”

O'Rourke has mentored All-American goalkeeper Anna Zarkoski for the past two seasons. Zarkoski was named a Third-Team All-American by and a First-Team Longstreth/NFHCA All-South Region pick in 2011, and most recently was selected to the U.S. National Developmental squad in the spring of 2012. Zarkoski also played in the Junior Pan Am Games with Team USA.

O'Rourke is a 2010 graduate of James Madison, where she played goalkeeper for the Dukes and served as team captain as a senior.

While at JMU, the Williamsburg, Va., native was a member of three-straight CAA Championship teams (2006-08). As a junior O'Rourke was a member of a defense that finished the season with 11 shutouts, ranking second all-time at James Madison.

She contributed to a team that finished first in the nation in goals against average and shutouts per game in 2008. The JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete was a USA Field Hockey Futures Regional Selector and Coach.

O'Rourke also runs numerous goalkeeping clinics and team tournaments through her own company called Next Level by KO – a premier field hockey goalkeeping training company for those who want to take their performances to the next level.

Courtesy:Richmond Athletics

Richmond Spiders

FIH leaps into the Future

Tournament Management System (TMS) opens new era for hockey

(Photo: Adrian Boehm)

A new era of results management has dawned for the FIH as it successfully launched a new Tournament Management System in Rotterdam, London and Johor at the recently concluded Hockey World League Semi-Final tournaments.

The system is an online solution that allows the technical table to manage a match from start to finish. For technical officials it means a streamlined workflow that will enable them to do their job of managing matches more efficiently. For the fans it means that information from games will be available in real time on the website.

The biggest feature of the new system is the database behind the game action. Every goal, every card and every cap will now have a centralized location where it will be collected for instant information on all players and officials.

"It is another positive step forward for the FIH," said CEO Kelly Fairweather. "We can give our fans real time scoring while collecting all the valuable information on our athletes, helping to enhance their profile both within hockey and the Olympic movement."

Following the World League Semi-Final tournaments, the system will be improved to incorporate feedback from the tournament officials. In time for the upcoming Junior World Cup Hockey World League Round 4 tournaments, additional features will be added as the system evolves.

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