News for 29 July 2013

All the news for Monday 29 July 2013

Netherlands win 5-1 over USA, Korea defeat Ghana

Netherlands celebrate their second win, Korea stay in the running for the quarter-finals

The match between Netherlands and USA finished 5-1. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Pool A at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach saw Korea book a 9-0 win over Ghana with the Netherlands defeating the US girls 5-1. The Dutch girls are leading the pool, Korea are second, USA third, Ghana fourth.

Korea v Ghana 9-0 (6-0)

The match between Korea and Ghana saw a curious concentration of goals around the beginning and end of each half. It started off with a blitz, as Korea scored three goals in the first five minutes. After every goal, a Korean player picked up the ball to rush back to the center line, seemingly in an attempt to beat the highest score in the tournament.

However, after the initial triple of goals, Korea relented slightly, and Ghana adapted to the higher pace, managing to hold their Asian counterparts for a good while until goals by Cheon Eun Bi and Lee Yuri late in the first half pushed the scoreline up to 5-0. In the last minute, an unfortunate own goal was added, as Ghanaian goalkeeper Joana Adjei touched a long ball into the circle before letting it go it hit the net.

In the second half, a scorefree half hour was bookended by goals from Kim Hyun Ji, Kang Jina and Song Bo Ram for a 9-0 final scoreline. Kim Hyun Ji's gal completed her hattrick for the day, with all three goals stemming from penalty corners.

Throughout the match, Korea were the technically and physically superior team, but Ghana displayed excellent spirit and exceptional resilience, staying in the game until the very end. The Junior World Cup debutantes even managed to create a few good scoring opportunities towards the end of the match that almost yielded their first ever Junior World Cup goal, but it wasn't to be today.

Korea thus booked a convincing win that keeps them in the running for a quarter-final place in pool A, but they have to face the Netherlands in Tuesday's match while direct competitor USA will play Ghana.

Netherlands v USA 5-1 (3-0)

The Netherlands set sails for the quarter-finals at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup after defeating the USA 5-1 in their second pool match. The Dutch girls are leading Pool A having six points after two matches. USA stay on three points being third.

The reigning U21 World Champions started promising with top scorer Lieke van Wijk hammering in a penalty corner after two minutes of play. In the middle of the first half van Wijk doubled the Dutch lead when she converted a penalty stroke which was awarded after an US defender’s foot had touched the ball on the goalline.

The next goal came off a brilliant attack from Samantha Saxton winning possession at the top of the circle and firing the ball into the goal. The match went into halftime with a result of 3-0 in favour of the Netherlands.

The second half saw van Wijk making her third goal in this match. The Dutch defender also extended her lead in the tournament top-scorers list. The 19-year-old has scored eight goals so far. The US girls pulled one back when Tara Vittese deflected the ball into the goal on a penalty corner.

In the last minute of the match, Marloes Keetels scored from another penalty corner making the final result 5-1 in favour of the current title holders.

Voices after the match:

Raoul Ehren, Dutch coach: “I’m happy that we scored five goals. The USA are a very good team. They made it very difficult for us to create our chances. We played USA twice in our preparation, one match was drawn. So the girls were very motivated.”

Steve Jennings, coach USA: “The Netherlands are a pretty good team, they played very well. I was actually happy with a huge part of the game, we played very well for large segments. We just have to learn to be better at some defending moments and being able to score some important goals. Our main objective is to put us in a position in the top half of the draw.”

FIH site

South Africa stun Argentina, China celebrate a narrow win

Leoncitas drew 3-3 with South Africa, China defeat Canada 2-1

South Africa held Argentina to a 3-3 draw (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

In the second round of matches in Pool B, South Africa pulled off another last minute equalizer to keep the pool open and hold on to their chance of making the quarter-finals. China’s Gu Bingfeng struck late to secure a 2-1 win over Canada at Women’s ERGO Junior World Cup. Canada’s quarter-final chances are over after suffering their second defeat in this pool.

Argentina v South Africa 3-3 (3-2)

Getting the day underway on Pitch 2 at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, the Argentinean Leoncitas received a rude early morning awakening when they found themselves a goal down after only two minutes. South Africa had won a penalty corner on their first attack, and a variation allowed Nicole Walraven at the left post to make it count.

Argentina weren't flustered however, and put down a concerted effort dominating play for large stretches. The equalizer came after a few minutes, when Agustina Albertario capped off an attack with a superb reverse stick effort from the top of the circle. Maria Granatto piled on a second withn two minutes, and it looked like the South Americans might pull away from there.

However, South Africa stepped up their defense and showed gritty determination to stay in the game. Fighting the fast-paced attacks of the Leoncitas every step of the way. They contained the danger and were even able to score again, against the run of play, when Suléke Brand scooped the ball across the line after a penalty corner dissolved into a slightly chaotic crowded circle. Agustina Albertario then scored her second late in the first half to restore the advantage for Argentina, and the teams went into halftime at 3-2 for Argentina.

After the re-start, Argentina tried to secure their lead by adding another goal, but their efforts lacked spark and their South African counterparts showed no intention to relent their efforts. Much of the second half turned into a deadlock, with the two teams cancelling out each other's efforts, until the girls in green and gold pulled off a late goal similar to the one that secured them a point in yesterday's encounter with China.

Tanya Britz scored a goal from open play with 4 minutes on the clock to level the scores, and South Africa launched into a last minute rush that saw them win three opportunities to bag three points, but in the end, they couldn't make it happen. The draw nonetheless keeps Pool B wide open ahead of the last round of pool play.

Voices after the match:

Santiago Capurro, Coach Argentina: "It was a very hard game, we started not that good. It was also a very important game, but we had some mental problems. In three or four situations we had difficulties and South Africa used them to score."

Lindsey Wright, Coach South Africa: "First of all, I think Argentina is a fantastic hockey team, they show such flair and ability and I think my team had to really, really fight to compete with them today. But that is not taking anything away from my team, it's an incredible achievement for them. It's a point we never thought we could get, and it is a point we love to take but our most important match is against Canada because we need to try and finish it off properly now but in any case I am incredibly proud of our team and the characteristics they show and they showed every color in the flag. Our strength is what comes from the heart. We knew if we played with the passion that we always have within South Africans and for the reason we're playing for, we can bring it back from a 3:1 or a 2:1 deficit. That doesn't frighten us, we will play. There are some strong characters in our team that bring good qualities to the team in those moments and we gave ourselves some chances, and we could have even won this match today. These are the moments that we should really try and finish it off, but once again, I am incredibly proud that we took a point off the World Champions!"

China v Canada 2-1 (0-0)

China’s Gu Bingfeng struck late to secure a 2-1 win over Canada at Women’s ERGO Junior World Cup. Thanks to today’s victory China keep their chances open for a spot in Thursday’s quarter-finals. Canada’s quarter-final chances are over after suffering their second defeat in Pool B.

The crowd did not see any goals in the first half. Both teams also wasted several penalty corners that left it goalless at the break.

China entered the second half with high energy. Their first attack led to a penalty corner which was neatly taken by Liu Yuyue to open the scoring. Canada were urgent to reclaim pride and won five penalty corners within a few minutes.

Caashia Karrigten got the final touch on a Karli Johansen shot to bring the scores level. This was Canada’s first goal in this tournament. After equalising, Canada became the dominant side in this encounter but failed to capitalize on their chances.

However, China scored against the run of play with 83 seconds remaining in the match. China had won another penalty corner which was duly converted by Gu Bingfeng securing a narrow win over Canada. 

Voices after the match

Xu Dong Guo, coach China: “We were still very exhausted from yesterday’s match because all our players are very young. Today, it was tough playing against a very good team like Canada. I hope we can go further in this tournament. Our next match is against Argentina who are very strong. We will try our best to win it.”

Ian Rutledge, coach Canada: “We are happy with our overall performance today, but of course the outcome is disappointing. We had eleven penalty corners but, unfortunately, couldn’t convert most of them.  We had a lot of scoring opportunities to win this match over and over again. We still have a lot to play for. South Africa is a tough opponent but we want to make sure to finish off the pool-play with a win.”

FIH site

Jillaroos beat Russia 6-0 to top Pool C, India surprise New Zealand

Australia celebrated an easy win, New Zealand cave in to well-playing Junior Eves

Australia produced a solid 6-0 win over Russia (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Australia cruised to the top of Pool C after celebrating an easy 6-0 win over Russia at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach. While Australia, New Zealand and India are vying for the quarter-final spots, Russia’s chances are over after suffering their second defeat.

New Zealand v India 0-2 (0-0)

Pool C kicked off today New Zealand taking on India. In a hotly contested match, the two equal opponents didn't give each other much room, and scenes in front of the goal were few and far between. The first 35 minutes had the two teams cancel each other out, but the intensity of the encounter intensified towards the end of the first half, and further after the re-start.

A barrage of yellow cards left much of the second half was played with at least one of the two teams a player short, but neither team could make a difference when the other team was incomplete.

India ended up the better-off team with two second half goals as Manjit Kaur sunk the first from a crowded circle and Vandana Katariya doubled the lead a few minutes later with a brilliant reverse stick shot from the edge of the circle.

New Zealand could not come back from this blow, and continued to struggle to create danger. The clock ticked down for India to take a victory that was celebrated in style by a small but vocal group of Indian supporters.

This win keeps India in the running for a place in the quarter-finals, on equal points with New Zealand before the last round of matches in Pool C which sees India face Russia, while old Oceania rivals Australia and New Zealand will meet in the other encounter.

Voices after the match:

Neil Hawgood, coach India: "Yesterday's performance was better although we have lost."

Chris Leslie, coach New Zealand: "It might be hard to beat Australia but we have to beat them to have a chance on making the quarter-finals."

Australia v Russia 6-0 (5-0)

Australia deserved their 6-0 victory over Russia, dominating play throughout the match.Madison Fitzpatrick scored an early penalty corner goal before Murphy Allendorf doubled the lead. Goals from Kathryn Slattery, Fitzpatrick and today’s team captain Emily Smith secured a convincing 5-0 halftime score.

In the second half Viktoriia Alexandrina replaced Olga Chugunova in the Russian goal. The Jillaroos attacked with passion and purpose but Alexandrina made a few tremendous saves to keep the score at 5-0. However, Fitzpatrick eventually defeated the Russian goalkeeper when scoring from another penalty corner in 52nd minute. 16 year-old Fitzpatrick, contributing three goals today, is the youngest member in the Jillaroo squad.

Russia, who are yet to score in this tournament, won a single penalty corner with 21 minutes remaining on the clock. Australia’s defence was reduced to three defenders after Jane Claxton was sent back for breaking early. Russia provided a variation but struggled to control the ball in the important moments.    

Voices after the match:

Despite this win, Australian coach Craig Victory wasn't very happy with his team's performance: "We were really flat today. I think intensity wasn't there, movement ahead the ball wasn't there, ballspeed wasn't there, we are capable a lot more. So it's a little bit disappointing in that respect. We are looking forward to Tuesday's game against New Zealand."

FIH site

England score big numbers, all square between Germany and Spain

Belgium concede eight goals to England, Spain held host nation to a 2-2 draw

England celebrate their big win over Belgium (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Well recovered from yesterday's disappointingly clear loss to Spain, England went all out today, defeating Belgium 8-1 to stay in the battle for the quarter-final places in Pool D. The encounter between the unbeaten teams from Germany and Spain finished tied 2-2 at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup. Germany remain top of the pool, followed by Spain.

England v Belgium 8-1 (5-0)

After Olivia Chilton opened the scoring for England as early as the sixth minute, Belgium contained the better organized and more disciplined English side for twenty minutes, but had to concede four goalsin the last ten minutes of the first half. Emily Defroand and Shona McCallin scored from open play, while Josie Inverdale and Hannah Martin coverted penalty corners.

The second half continued much like the first, with England keeping a firm grip on the proceedings, and Olivia Chilton opening the scoring only a few minutes into the action. Long stretches kept play in the Belgian half of the field, and the Red Cheetahs could not really challenged the technically and physically superior English.

A penalty corner deflection by Axelle Wouters in the 53rd minute yielded what was to be the Belgians' only goal of the match but England chased it with another goal of theirs, as Emily Defroand sunk her second of the day less than two minutes later. Stephanie Addison completed the final score with a late goal from open play in the 64th minute.

With this victory, England stay in the running for a quarter-final ticket, while Belgium have to let go of their hopes to finish in the top eight.

Voices after the match:

Craig Keegan, England coach: "I'm very pleased with the result. Today we were much stronger in defence. The quarter-finals are now very achievable."

Shane McLeod, Belgium coach: "I think we didn't fight like yesterday. It is a very young squad and it is good to work with them."

Germany v Spain 2-2 (1-1)

The encounter between the unbeaten teams from Germany and Spain finished tied 2-2 at Women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup. Germany remain top of the pool, followed by Spain.

Host nation Germany could rely on their fans offering them a noisy welcome in Mönchengladbach’s Hockeypark. The C-Unit appreciated the support they received and scored an early goal thanks to Sabine Knüpfer who pushed the ball over the line in a crowded circle.

Afterwards Spain created a promising scoring opportunity but failed to convert when Julia Pons’ shot missed the empty goal. Anissa Korth could have doubled Germany’s lead when taking a penalty stroke. The flick was good but Spain’s goalkeeper Mariona Girabent managed to deflect the ball at the crossbar.

However, the Spanish team went for the equalizer and forced three penalty corners in a row midway through the first half. The third attempt was eventually put away by captain Berta Bonastre to level the score 1-1 at halftime.

After the break, Germany entered the pitch with great determination. It only took them six minutes to score their second goal. Darja Möllenberg linked well with Marilena Krauß who deflected Möllenberg’s pass into the goal. Spain equalised once more with Carola Salvatella placing her shot in the German goal.

Voice after the match:

Marc Herbert, German coach: "Of course we would have liked to win today, but this is a world cup. We have a young and hungry team. Now we will focus on Tuesday's match against England."

FIH site

South Africa hockey girls spring surprises at Junior World Cup in Germany


SA senior and U21 striker Tanya Britz. Photo: PLATE PICTURES

The South Africa U21 women’s hockey team pulled off another surprise result at the 2013 Women’s Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany Sunday when they drew 3-3 with 2009 JWC silver medallists Argentina.

On Saturday, SA drew 3-3 with China and in both matches they showed fighting spirit in coming back with late equalisers.

Although there are no junior world rankings, the senior world rankings are usually an accurate guide and SA at 11th in the world are punching above their weight in sharing the points with world number two Argentina and world number seven China.

With the top two teams from the four-team Pool B going through to Tuesday’s quarter-finals in this 16-team competition, Argentina, China South Africa are battling for those two berths and it will come down to the results of Tuesday’s final round of Pool Matches.

SA meet world number 23 Canada 30 minutes before Argentina face China, so the Chinese and Argentines will know what they have to do in the last half-hour once the SA/Canada match is over.

As things currently stand, Argentina, who beat Canada 4-0 on day one, have four points with a goal difference of four, China have four points with a GD of one (the Chinese scored late against Canada for a 2-1 win Sunday), while SA have two points with a GD of nought. Canada’s two losses mean their quarter-final hopes are over.

The FIH reports that the Argentinean Leoncitas (Little Lionesses) were a goal down after only two minutes, as South Africa had won a penalty corner on their first attack and a variation allowed Nicole Walraven at the left post to make it count (1-0).

The equaliser came after a few minutes through Agustina Albertario’s superb reverse-stick effort from the top of the circle (1-1). Maria Granatto scored within two minutes and at 2-1 up Argentina looked good.

However, South Africa showed gritty determination to stay in the game, fighting the fast-paced attacks of the Leoncitas every step of the way. They contained the danger and against the run of play Suléke Brand equalised after a goalmouth scramble (2-2). Agustina Albertario then scored her second goal late in the first half to give Argentina a 3-2 lead at half-time.

After the re-start, Argentina piled on the pressure but were contained by a determined SA until Tanya Britz scored a goal from open play with four minutes left to level the scores. South Africa launched into a last-minute rush that saw them win three opportunities to bag three points, but Argentina survived.

“I don’t think anyone would have expected us to compete with such a quality team,” said SA team manager Charmaine Koekemoer. “Our defenders absorbed pressure that they have never experienced before.”

Pool B results: Argentina 4 Canada 0; SA 3 China 3; Argentina 3 SA 3; China 2 Canada 1.

There is live streaming of selected matches on and the SA vs China match is at

SA U21 team: Bronwyn Kretzmann, Erin Hunter, Nicole la Fleur, Quanita Bobbs, Sherry King, Suléke Brand, Taryn Mallett (vice-capt), Tarryn Glasby (all Western Province); Izelle Lategan (capt), Liné Malan, Tanya Britz, Nicole Walraven (all Free State); Jacinta Jubb, Lilian du Plessis, Phume Mbande (all Northern Blues); Tiffany Jones (North West); Toni Marks (Eastern Province); Nika Nel (Southern Gauteng).

SA Hockey Association media release

Madison Fitz-Hat-Trick - Jillaroos rock Russia

Captain Emily Smith joins the celebrations with a goal on her 21st birthday

A hat-trick from Madison Fitzpatrick was central to the Jillaroos' 6-0 victory over Russia on day two of the Ergo Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach on Sunday. The Queenslander struck three times while teammates Murphy Allendorf (QLD), Kathyrn Slattery (WA) and birthday girl Emily Smith (NSW) also inked their names on the score sheet.

The Jillaroos moved to the top of Pool C with the result following India’s 2-0 victory over New Zealand in the other match in the group.

And while the six goal margin of victory was as comprehensive as might be imagined, it may well have been larger but for the performance of the substitute Russian goalkeeper Viktoriia Alexandrina, who played a critical role in thwarting Australia efforts throughout the second half.

A thoroughly professional first 35 minutes put the outcome beyond doubt by half time. Things began brightly for the Jillaroos, for whom Madison Fitzpatrick opened the scoring in the second minute from an early penalty corner. Another set piece six minutes later presented Murphy Allendorf with a golden opportunity to make it 2-0, which she dispatched clinically.

Having taken control the Jillaroos were afforded plenty of time on the ball and soon made it 3-0 through Kathyrn Slattery. Slattery’s goal teed up a devastating ten minute spell in which Fitzpatrick bagged her second before Emily Smith – named as captain for the day on her 21st birthday – made it 5-0 at half time. It was just reward for Smith, an Olympian from London 2012, who had been involved in the build-up to Fitzpatrick’s second goal having won the penalty corner from which she converted.

The second half began not as the one-way traffic witnessed in the first half but with Russia taking the game to Australia, winning a brace of penalty corners, which the Aussie defence defended well.

When Fitzpatrick completed her hat-trick to make it 6-0 midway through the second period it looked as though it might be the first of several more. However, a combination of stout Russian defending and opportunities passed up meant it finished 6-0.

The result takes Australia to the top of Pool C. They sit three points clear of rivals New Zealand and India heading into Tuesday’s final round of pool fixtures where victory or a draw would guarantee top spot going into the quarter finals. The top two sides in Pool C will face the top two from Pool D, which contains hosts Germany, Spain, Belgium and England.


Jillaroos 6 (5)

Madison Fitzpatrick 2,31,52 (PC, PC,PC)
Murphy Allendorf 8 (PC)
Kathryn Slattery 25 (F)
Emily Smith 35 (F)

Russia 0 (0)

Pool C Standings (after two matches each)
1. Australia (6pts)
2. New Zealand (3pts)
3. India (3pts)
4. Russia (0pts)

Jillaroos squad v Russia

Lily Brazel (Newington, NSW)
Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW)
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA)
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, QLD)
Kate Gilmore (Red Hill, ACT)
Jordyn Holzberger (Ipswich, Queensland)
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA)
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW)
Amelia Spence (Taroona, TAS)
Kathryn Slattery (Como, WA)
Audrey Smith (GK) (Wynnum, QLD)

Substitute Used
Murphy Allendorf (Mount Gravatt, QLD)
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT)
Nina Khoury (Newtown, NSW)
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT)
Jade Warrender (Orange, NSW)

Substitute Not Used
Elizabeth Duguid (GK) (Darwin, NT)
Georgia Nanscawen (Melbourne, VIC)

Hockey Australia media release

Junior Black Sticks face Aussies in critical game

The Junior Black Sticks Women lost 2-0 against India last night in their second game of the 2013 Junior World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany.

In what was a hotly contested match, the New Zealanders were hoping to secure a second win after beating Russia 10-0 in their opener.

The Kiwis now have to win against Australia in their final pool game tomorrow (at 7.30pm NZ time) to have a chance of making the quarter-finals.

In last night’s game, the two equal opponents didn't give each other much room, and scenes in front of the goal were few and far between. The first 35 minutes had both sides cancel each other out, but the encounter intensified towards the end of the first half, and even further after the re-start.

A barrage of yellow cards meant much of the second half was played with at least one of the two teams a player short, but neither team could make a difference when the other was a player down.

India ended up the better-off with two second half goals as Manjit Kaur sunk the first from a crowded circle and Vandana Katariya doubled the lead a few minutes later with a brilliant reverse stick shot from the edge of the circle.

The Junior Black Sticks could not come back and the clock ticked down to give India the victory.

New Zealand and India are now on equal points with Australia sitting at the top of the table after beating Russia 6-0 overnight. India remain in quarter-final contention and will face Russia tomorrow.

The Junior Black Sticks are part of the Owen G Glenn Future Black Sticks Programme which offers international competition, training camps and quality coaching experience to the next generation of Black Sticks.

Fulltime: 2-0 India
Halftime: 0-0

Indian goal scorers: Manjit Kaur, Vandana Katariya

Hockey New Zealand Media release

U.S. Women’s Under-21 National Team remains relentless during Netherlands' attack

Team USA fell to the Netherlands 5-1 during pool play

MONCHENGLADBACH, Germany - Despite the cooler temperatures in Germany, competition only heated up at the Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach’s Hockeypark Stadium. The U.S. Women’s Under-21 National Team’s second round of Pool A play was against the Netherlands, a team with comparable tournament accolades of previous USA competitor Korea, having been crowned Junior World Cup Champions in 1997 and in 2009. Although a display of relentless performance, USA earned one lone goal to Netherlands five. Netherlands captain Renske Siersema scored off of a straight shot during a penalty corner in the first two minutes of the game, setting a high tempo tone for the duration of the match, a pace which Team USA challenged and met.

“I think we’re all not pleased with our opening minutes but then we got into the flow of the game and actually played on the front foot,” said Steve Jennings Women’s U-21 National Team head coach. "The key for us is to learn how to do that without conceding and then really keep the game in our hands instead of having the feeling like you’re going uphill.”

Siersema managed another goal after a penalty stroke against USA keeper Samantha Carlino (Kennett Square, Pa.) with a strong aerial to the left pocket just out of the goalie’s reach. The Netherlands scored three more times two of which were on corners. Netherlands Samantha Saxton lit up the scoreboard with a reverse chip in the 28th minute while Siersema tallied her third goal in the 42th minute.  Throughout the game, Team USA held a staunch defensive line and tightened up play as the match progressed, intercepting and creating combinations that lead to a USA goal in the 45th minute. Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.) deflected a solid pass from teammate Teresa Benvenuti (Morristown, N.J.) on a corner to give USA a goal. Team USA built another number of scoring opportunities but couldn’t quite capitalize in the attack circle. Marloes Keetels rounded out the game with Netherlands' last goal in the 70th minute.

“I thought to our credit we never played to the score line,” said Jennings. “We played the game and I think that helped us establish some great passing patterns, excellent attack and some opportunities to get goals in the second half that were close but just not quite there.”

“We were feeling out the phases of the game and when we were given the opportunity to be really aggressive we took it,” said USA Captain Laura Gebhart. “We all started stepping up as a team and it was all just getting a better read on our opponents to counter their play. There are a lot of growing points in this match, for instance taking care of possession and just having those support passes all around the ball. This was a great game for that and we want to take what we learned from this game and bring it into our next match.”

Team USA will finish pool play against Ghana on July 30. The quarterfinals will be played on Thursday, August 1, the semi-finals on August 2 and the gold and bronze medal match on August 4.

USFHA media release

Indian girls score 1st win in Junior WC, beat Kiwis 2-0

MONCHENGLADBACH: Indian girls kept their quarterfinal hopes alive in the Junior hockey World Cup with a 2-0 win over New Zealand, riding on Manjit Kaur and Vandana Kataria's strikes in the second half, on Sunday.

After a humiliating 1-6 drubbing in the first match against Australia, the Indian girls did a much better job on Sunday.

After a barren first half, Manjit opened the scoring for India in the 45th minute with a field goal. Vandana doubled the lead six minutes later and that stayed with India till the end of the match.

India's next opponent in Pool C are Russia, who have lost both their matches so far, while Australia lock horns with New Zealand on Tuesday.

Australia are on top of the table with six points from two wins, while New Zealand and India have three points each but Kiwis are placed second due to better goal difference.

Top two teams from the group will qualify for the quarterfinals.

The Times of India

England in emphatic first win

ENGLAND Under-21 woman notched up their first win of the ERGO Junior World Cup in Germany with an emphatic 8-1 demolition of Belgium in Monchengladbach on Sunday afternoon.

Olivia Chilton and Emily Defroand led the way with two goals each, but it was an all-round team performance which gave England a much-needed victory, coming just 24 hours after they had been beaten by five goals in their opening match of the tournament.

“It was a fantastic result,” said Head Coach Craig Keegan. “It was largely a similar performance to yesterday, but with small adjustments defensively -  better organised and less naïve. There was a real hunger and desire going forwards demonstrated by having six different goal scorers.

“It now sets up an excellent opportunity where a win against Germany will progress us to the quarter final.”

Chilton got England off the mark with a sixth minute strike from open play, and Emily Defroand doubled their lead on 25 minutes, again from open play.

Captain Shona McCallin made it three on 26 minutes, before Josie Inverdale scored from a penalty corner on 32 minutes, firing home from the top of the D via a Belgian stick.

Hannah Martin scored right on the stroke of half time from a penalty corner, Fran Tew having fired in for Martin to deflect home, and Chilton’s second goal came seven minutes into the second half.

The Belgians pulled a goal back on 53 minutes from a penalty corner, but England’s goal machine continued with Defroand bagging her second on 53 minutes, before Stephanie Addison completed the scoring with a 64th minute open play goal.

With a rest day on Monday, England return to action on Tuesday when they take on Germany.

England (5) 8

Olivia Chilton 6 42 (F, PC)
Emily Defroand 25 53 (F, F)
Shona McCallin 26 (F)
Josie Inverdale 32 (PC)
Hannah Martin 35 (PC)
Stephanie Addison 64 (F)

Belgium (0) 1

Anne-Sophie Weyns 53 (PC)

England Hockey Board Media release

England beat Ireland in ERGO Hamburg Masters

Nick Catlin

England finished their ERGO Hamburg Masters campaign with a 3-2 win over Ireland – a welcome confidence booster going into next week’s NOW: Pensions Nations Cup in Wakefield. The result left them with a third-place finish overall in the tournament.

After England went into half time with a deserved 1-0 lead, Ireland twice equalised in the second half to leave the sides at 2-2 before Nick Catlin got the winner, to give England a much-needed win following defeats by the Netherlands and Germany. England will have learnt a lot from the tournament, which forms a major part of their preparation for the upcoming EuroHockey Championships in August.

Head Coach Bobby Crutchley reflected on the team’s performance both in the match and the tournament: “I was pleased we got the win. We made it harder than we should have done but we dominated possession for some periods of the game so we should be happy with that. At times we were a touch sloppy in possession but we battled well against a tough Irish side. Generally our hockey in this tournament has been below par but I think if we sharpen up in the final third we will score more goals.”

England’s first goal came through Tom Carson after a cross pass from David Condon was deflected, leaving Carson to tap in the opening goal of the match. England’s lead at half time was a fair reflection of a first half in which they were the dominant team.

After the break Ireland’s equaliser came on 48 minutes when the ball was passed to Kyle Good, who at 12 yards out had time and space to pick his spot. However three minutes later England were back in front after good work from Alastair Brogdon on the left, with Darren Cheesman deflecting Brogdon’s cross high into the net.

Shortly after his goal, Cheesman was given a controversial green card and Ireland capitalised on the extra man advantage by again equalising, this time with Conor Harte flicking home a penalty corner to score despite Barry Middleton’s attempt to keep the ball out.

With five minutes left, England got the winner from their fifth penalty corner of the match. After a mistrapped ball at the top of the circle, Nick Catlin popped the ball over the number one runner’s stick and smashed home to give England the result they wanted.

Germany won the tournament overall on goal difference, after they drew 2-2 with the Netherlands later in the day, with both sides looking strong ahead of next month’s EuroHockey Championships.

Kyle Good 48 (FG)
Conor Harte 56 (PC)

Tom Carson 25 (FG)
Darren Cheesman 51 (FG)
Nick Catlin 65 (PC)

England Hockey Board Media release

Ireland narrowly defeated by England in Hamburg

Andrew Meredith's Green Machine finished off their Hamburg Masters today with a narrow 3-2 defeat to England.

Ireland's Men Green Machine lost their final match 3-2 to England at the Hamburg Masters in what can only be described as a 'pulsating' game, in from of a large crowd of adoptive supporters. Both teams were evenly matched in all departments with England having a slight advantage on possession in the first half but with chances for both teams going begging.

They opened the score in the 25-min when Carson netted from close range after a goal mouth scramble. Half Time Ireland 0 - England 1

Ireland upped their tempo in the second half with Watt coming close on a number of occasions with reverse stick shots. Ireland drew level 1-1on 48 minute when Jackson pinpointed for a deflected goal low in into the corner of the net.  England quickly responded in similar fashion with Cheesman deflecting high past David Fitzgerald to make 2-1. In the 54th minute Ireland had successive penalty corners with Conor Harte converting at the second attempt to make it 2-2.

England secured victory in the 64-min when Catlin drove home a hard shot from second phase penalty corner play.

Commenting on the match, Manager Peter Jackson said " This has been an invaluable tournament in preparation for the Europeans.  We have all bonded well, we have learnt a lot especially the younger players who have had their first taste of Senior International Hockey.  We have gained respect from all sides for our playing spirit and determination which is fit for purpose on and off the pitch".

Prior to the match, Ireland's Bruce McCandless was honoured for his 50th cap in a green jersey.

Hamburg Masters, Germany

England 3
(Carson, Cheesman, Catlin)

Ireland 2 (Jackson, C. Harte)

Hamburg Masters Results

25th July 2013 Ireland 0-6 Germany
25th July 2013 England 1-6 The Netherlands

27th July 2013 Ireland 0-4 The Netherlands
27th July 2013 England 1-6 Germany

28th July 2013 Ireland 2-3 England
28th July 2013 Germany 2-2 The Netherlands

*Germany win the Hamburg Masters on goal difference

Irish Hockey Association media release

Senior Scots squads lose out to Belgium and Spain

In a fast moving game both teams created strong scoring opportunities, and Nikki Kidd came closest to opening the scoring in the early stages with a fierce shot at goal that the Belgian goalkeeper did well to keep out.

Belgium took the lead in the 15th minute when a lovely driven reverse hit into the circle was coolly deflected past Scotland goalkeeper Amy Gibson.

Belgium continued to press forward and they went further ahead from a penalty corner. Scotland failed to pressure the strike and Anouk en Raes hit a beautiful strike low and hard past Gibson to make it 2-0.

The Scots pressed hard to get back into the game after half time but after another penalty corner, Belgium went further ahead at 3-0 when en Raes got her second.

The players' heads did not drop and they pulled a goal back at 3-1 through a powerful strike from Cat Ralph. Then Amy Brodie scored from a tight angle with only minutes left on the clock to finish the match at 3-2.

Despite two defeats, Scotland Senior Women Head Coach Gordon Shepherd was pleased with the weekend's work against strong opposition, “I thought we looked very strong towards the end of each match. We created lots of nice hockey and we are progressing nicely for the Europeans next month", said Shepherd.

Meanwhile, Scotland Senior Men went down 5-0 to Spain in Barcelona this morning.

Alex Casasayas got the opening goal from a penalty corner in the 14th minute before Xavi Lleonart doubled the lead at 2-0 three minutes later.

In the 18th minute, Gabriel Dabanch made it 3-0 to give the home side a very strong foothold in the game.

Dabanch grabbed his second goal of the game in the 46th minute from a penalty corner, before Salva Piera rounded off the scoring at 5-0 in the 66th minute.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Scotland U18 Boys retain place in top European competition

(photo credit: Norbert Gruner)

Scotland U18 Boys have retained their place in the EuroHockey U18 Championship after finishing sixth in the final tournament standings ahead of Austria and France, who were relegated.

Despite a 5-0 loss to Belgium today, including a hat-trick for Alexandre van Lindhoudt and a double for Cedric Struyf, the Scots had already secured their place in the Championship in 2015 following Austria's defeat at the hands of France in the first match of the day.

This is a great result for Scotland U18 Boys and the players, coaches and team management are congratulated on their achievement.

Please visit the EuroHockey website for results and final standings from the EuroHockey U18 Championship in Vienna.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

England narrowly miss Bronze

A last-minute goal from the Netherlands saw them snatch the Bronze medal away from England Under-18s as their third/fourth play-off match ended 2-3 at the EuroHockey Youth Championships in Vienna on Sunday.

Trailing at half time, England had battled back bravely to level the match despite intense 40 degree heat, but conceded a late goal to dash their hopes of a medal.

Both teams took their time getting up to speed, perhaps still jaded from semi-final defeats on Saturday, but the first goal came from a turnover of possession in England’s half. The Dutch counter attacked quickly and had a three v two overlap, and used the extra player to good effect to create a tap in for Robin Den Boer at the far post.

England responded immediately and won a penalty corner, but the shot from Ruiz was saved.

The Dutch had a penalty corner of their own on 25 minutes after a defensive lapse, and a good save from Dan Darby set up a counter attack from which England nearly scored.

A Dutch foot made contact with the ball in the circle which earned England a penalty corner, but as the ball was quickly returned to the injector he missed the ball and the chance went begging.

At the start of the second half the Dutch nearly extended their lead, but for a last ditch tackle from Elliot Smith. England created their best chance of the game so far when full-back Liam Samford carried the ball forward into the Dutch circle, but his rising shot narrowly missed the top corner of the goal.

England won a penalty corner on 43 minutes when a good receive under pressure led to a shot from James Gall being blocked, but the resulting penalty corner was deflected wide of the goal.

England finally got back on level terms on the 48th minute when a free hit outside the circle was moved wide, and the cross by James Gall was met with a diving deflection from Tom Poustie who scored in the bottom corner. But the Netherlands retook the lead three minutes later with Jasper Luijkx scoring from open play.

A breakaway by James Albery found Oliver Nail at the top of the circle, who carried the ball strongly and tried to round the goalkeeper, but he was taken out by the keeper and a penalty stroke was awarded which James Albery converted on 57 minutes to level the game again.

The Dutch won a corner on the 62nd minute which was dealt with comfortably by Ellis-Phillips with a good clearing save. But with a minute and a half to go the Netherlands built up down the left hand side and overloaded the baseline. They then slipped the ball back across the face of goal for Boris Burkhardt to score.

England’s Head Coach Jody Paul said afterwards: “I’m very proud of the way the team battled until the end in very difficult conditions. The team were completely committed to the cause and we’re obviously bitterly disappointed to lose in such fashion.

“For some of these players this will be their last opportunity to play in this age group, and through the course of the programme they have shown a willingness to learn and improve and to challenge themselves, and are much better players for it.”

England (0) 2

Tom Poustie 48 (F)
James Albery 57 (PS)

Netherlands (1) 3

Robin Den Boer 14 (F)
Jasper Luijkx 51 (F)
Boris Burkhardt 69 (F)

England Hockey Board Media release

Last minute heartbreak for juniors

By Jugjet Singh

THE Malaysian juniors lost to European junior champions Belgium 3-2 after letting in a last minute penalty corner at the Denetage Hockey Club in Antwerp on Saturday.

The juniors are on a nine-match tour of Europe to prepare for the Junior World Cup in New Delhi in December.

The score was 2-2 with one minute left on the clock when Malaysia gave away a penalty corner which was duly tucked in to hand Belgium a win in the first of the three-match series.

However, it was a good show from coach K. Dharmaraj's boys as they went to Europe without five of their stalwarts (Faiz Helmi, Izad Hakimi, Fitri Saari, Firhan Ashaari and Meor Azuan) who are in training with the senior side for the Asia Cup in Ipoh next month.

As for Belgium, they were without two of their best as they are in training with the senior side for the European Championships, which also doubles up as a World Cup Qualifier.

The Malaysian goals were scored by Syamim Yusof off a penalty corner rebound in the third minute, and Zulhairi Hashim off a 38th minute penalty corner.

The Belgians scored in the 12th, 34th and 69th minutes.

"We started aggressively knowing that Belgium are the best in Europe at the moment, and forced a penalty corner in the third minute. Zulhairi's flick was saved but Syamin cooly tucked the ball in to give Malaysia the lead.

"And off our third penalty corner (Malaysia had a total of five while Belgium had eight), Zullhairi flicked low to place the ball between the goalkeeper and the post for the equaliser," said team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

"Overall it was an encouraging display as we could have won but failed to convert a 66th minute penalty corner and then let in a last minute goal instead.

"We play another two matches against Belgium before moving to England for another three, and the players know they must win both to steal the series from the European champs," said Mirnawan.

Before Belgium, the juniors were in Poland where they whipped the Polish juniors 7-0 and 8-2 but lost 3-0 to the senior side.

New Straits Times

National juniors suffer defeat to Belgium


KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian national hockey juniors, now on a tour of Europe, went down 2-3 to Belgium in their opening friendly at the Denetage Hockey Club in Antwerp on Saturday.

Mohamed Syamin Yusof and Mohamed Zulhairi Hashim were on target for Malaysia, who have lined up three matches against the Belgians.

With the defeat, the Malaysians’ now have a two-win and two-loss record. Earlier in a three-match series in Poland, the Malaysians won twice against one defeat.

Team manager Mirnawan Nawawi said that Rezduan Jaafar, who was injured in Poland, returned to action against the Belgians.

“Belgium did not field two of their senior players as they are training for the European Championship. Overall, our team put up a very encouraging performance. The only complaint is that penalty conversion is still a problem – as it was in Poland.

“Just before the Belgians scored their winning goal, we failed to convert a penalty corner in the 66th minute. That could have saved the match or even give us a win.

“Our flickers need to learn to score goals when it matters most as this can change the course of the game,” added Mirnawan.

The Malaysians had a total of five penalty corners while the Belgians had eight.

The Star of Malaysia

Punjab emerges champion

Principal Correspondent

Punjab edged out UP 4-3 to win the Alchemist Federation Cup final. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Punjab edged out Uttar Pradesh via a penalty shootout to claim the title in the Alchemist Federation Cup hockey tournament at the Shivaji Stadium here on Sunday.

In a keenly fought final match, the two teams were tied 1-1 after the regulation period.

In the shootout, Punjab beat Uttar Pradesh 4-3 to bag the winner’s cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh.

Uttar Pradesh managed a penalty corner in the 32nd minute, but Diwakar Ram’s flick was padded away by Punjab goalkeeper Amandeep Singh.

Punjab had a fabulous opportunity to take a lead when Parvinder Singh was brought down inside the Uttar Pradesh circle and the umpire pointed to the spot. However, Varun Kumar’s shot hit the right post.

Soon after, Uttar Pradesh earned a penalty corner due to the effort of its hardworking forwards and Diwakar executed a powerful low flick to stun Punjab.

Six minutes later, Rajin Kandulna launched a reverse flick to put a loose ball into the Uttar Pradesh net.

Punjab, consisting mostly of college students, mounted pressure and gathered four more short corners, but it did not have a concrete plan to make the most of these.

In the shootout, when Punjab was leading 4-3, Amandeep Singh hit it wide to give Uttar Pradesh a last chance.

However, Sarabjit Singh bungled his chance as the Punjab camp erupted in joy.

“Uttar Pradesh had some experienced players. So, we had five players in the midfield for the first 20 minutes. Later, when the game opened up, we attacked,” said Punjab coach M.P. Singh.

The result: Punjab 1 (Rajin Kandulna 51) bt Uttar Pradesh 1 (Diwakar Ram 45) via tie-breaker [Punjab 4 (Ajay Kumar, Lakhwinder Singh, Parvinder Singh, Ajit Pandit), Uttar Pradesh 3 (Jagwant Singh, Pramod Kumar, Diwakar Ram)].

Individual awards: Man-of-the-final: Rajin Kandulna (Punjab), Man-of-the-tournament: Diwakar Ram (Uttar Pradesh), Best goalkeeper: Amandeep Singh (Punjab), Best defender: Deepak Beijwad (Karnataka), Best forward: Ajit Pandit (Punjab).

The Hindu

Punjab overcome UP in shootout to win hockey meet

NEW DELHI: Punjab edged past Uttar Pradesh in a penalty shootout to win the 2013 edition of the Alchemist IHF Federation Cup at the Shivaji Stadium on Sunday.

Both sides were tied 1-1 at the end of full time and the game was decided by penalty shootout. Punjab won 5-4.

Both sides fought very hard and there was little between the two sides to choose.

At half time the match was evenly poised as both sides failed to find the back of the net.

UP took the lead in the 45th minute though a penalty corner goal from Diwakar Ram. But Punjab was quick to reply, scoring the equaliser in the 51st minute through a Rajin Khandulna goal.

For Punjab Ajay Kumar, Parvinder Singh, Lakhwinder Singh and Ajit Pandit converted their respective penalty strokes, whereas Amandeep Singh missed his shot.

Pratinder Singh and Sarabjit Singh missed their penalty strokes for UP and this cost them the title. Jagwant Singh, Pramod Kumar and Diwakar Ram found the net in the shootout.

The Times of India

Mind your language! Hockey coach's plan evokes mixed response

Siddharth Saxena

In the 1982 film Namak Halal, a fresh-off-the-boat Amitabh Bachchan, looking for a lobby manager's job in a plush city hotel, hilariously holds forth on the merits of speaking English. In the now-famous 'English is a very funny language' discourse, he highlights the miscommunication between Test batsmen Vijay Merchant and Vijay Hazare which almost resulted in a run-out, and how the Pakistanis Wasim Raja and Wasim Bari were not so lucky.

Nearly three decades on, it is perhaps this unfair perception of the sub-continent's historical unease with the world language that moved Indian hockey's high performance director Roelant Oltmans, himself a Dutch, to recently prescribe English-learning classes for Indian players, right from the grassroots level.

Oltmans is of the view that English is the language of world hockey and proficiency at it makes it easier for hinterland players to comprehend tactics better in a high-coordination sport such as hockey.

Yet, while many across the sporting spectrum agree that English-language skills enable a degree of social mobility, many are puzzled whether it can actually help enhance the skill and technique of a player at all.

"In the 1960s and 70s, not many players knew English," recalls a hockey old-timer. "At restaurants during foreign tours, if one player ordered Chicken Roast and the waiter went on to the others at the table, all you'd hear is 'The same, the same, the same...'. We have come a long way from there, but that does not mean that conversing fluently in a particular language would in any way help in enhancing your skills as a player. You may be able to discuss tactics freely and confidently, but that's about it," he says. "There is the universal language of sport which comes with instinct, which comes with bonding with players for years together. By instinct you know, where to find your left-out or where the inside-right would be. You don't even need to speak out aloud for that," he adds.

Is Oltmans' idea lost in translation already? At 59, the Dutchman is one of the foremost thinkers in the game and it is possible that there could be a deep-lying rationale to this proposal that we are failing to read. The issue seems one of enforced exclusivity instead. How many from Oltmans' home team know English at all? "The South Koreans are a very good team and anybody can guess, they didn't have to resort to learning English to get where they are today," says the ex-Olympian, adding, "Tactics-wise alone, Indian hockey has far greater issues to address - like developing strength to hold off opponents while screening, or developing the new strokes in the game today. To pay attention to sub-plots as learning English would be taking away from the main ills. We would be over-complicating hockey."

The issue of an Indian sportsman, a common global language and mainstream acceptance has always been a historically peculiar one. For one, Indian sport is only now becoming an urban phenomenon. For over half a century, Bangla was the language of India's club football, domestic hockey had Punjabi while the army relied on bursts of Hindi to get the message across to its athletes, boxers and other sportsmen. Today, rapid changes in the way Indian sport is played, presented and received has brought about a transformation.

The T20 Indian Premier League, for instance, has enabled the mofussil cricketer to rub shoulders with the global stars of the game. Watching a Parwinder Awana exchange ideas with Adam Gilchrist on the pitch and trade high-fives later was unthinkable till recently. "Gilly-pa speaks really fast and in a strange accent, but soon I was able to follow. Now there is no problem," says Awana.

"In any case, cricketing technique has its own language. That was never going to pose a problem. Anything which Darren Lehman said and I couldn't follow, we always have our local coaching staff. I'd always go up to (WV) Raman sir to help sort it out," says the 27-year-old bowler from Ghaziabad's Harola village.

But IPL's sense of social inclusion is short-lived, the mobility remaining restricted to sponsor launches and after-parties. It is unlikely 'Gilly-pa' and Awana would informally share a beer afterwards in true Aussie style.

Syed Rahim Nabi has no such illusions. Smart, confident, intelligent and extremely eloquent, Nabi has never let his poor grasp of English come in the way of his footballing success. He has always managed to hold his own among the Bhaichung Bhutias and Sunil Chhetris and the growing influx of urban, cosmopolitan English-speaking Indian footballers in the past decade. "Do you think they can ask Leo Messi to learn English, so that he can get by in life and his sport?" he asks.

"I remember when Diego Maradona had come to Kolkata in December 2008 and I shook hands with him, we spoke to each other and we understood each other too. But he was speaking in Spanish and I spoke in mine," he says. "Jab tak pairon mein khel hai, humko kisi aur language ki zaroorat nahi hai (As long as we have the skills and the game for us, there is no need to know any other language)," he adds.

An allround player of speed and quality, Nabi always forms part of every coach's plans. The lack of English has never posed a problem with the foreign ones. "(Bob) Houghton sir had this very strange accent, very different from the other Englishmen that I had met. It was difficult initially, but I managed by asking the coaching staff - Savio (Medeira) sir and (Marcus) Pacheco sir - later. Very soon, I was sending feedback and clearing my doubts through them, almost on a one-on-one basis."

Olympic archer Rahul Banerjee feels it works best if the foreign coach learns the local language. "The South Korean coaches are much in demand the world over. But we have seen that the Korean coach for the Spanish team has learnt to speak in Spanish. Similarly, the Korean working in Malaysia learnt Malaysian. I feel they can communicate better that way.

"We worked for so long with the Korean coach Chae Woong Lim at the centre in Jamshedpur, but for most part we relied on sign language alone and we were able to follow. During his decade-long stay in India, he did learn a bit of English, though it took almost around the same time that it took our tribal archers too," says Banerjee.

Recently appointed National coach Lim admitted that his proficiency in English was still being some time away. "The vocabulary of archery is limited. I have no problem when it comes to my coaching duties. It is only outside that I encounter difficulties," the South Korean told a newspaper recently.

Lim's problem is similar to many of the non-English speaking foreign coaches in India. "Knowing English helps, but it is more important to know technique," says Emzar Makharadze, India's Greco-Roman wrestling coach from Kazakhstan. "In any case I have five Indian coaches with me. I know their English and they know mine," he says, adding that psychology and understanding of the wrestler's mind were more important than learning a language.

Cuba's Blas Iglesias Fernandez, the first foreign coach to be awarded the Dronacharya Award, admits to knowing "thoda thoda, zyaada nahin Hindi" after spending nearly two decades training India's national boxers. "The maximum technical words in boxing are in English, but our boys know them. In training, those are among the first thing we teach them," says Fernandez.

But while he says that a working knowledge of English does helps in competitions abroad, it can be a double-edged sword, says the wily 57-year-old. "Imagine a boxing world when there are no secrets," he chuckles, "From ringside you scream, 'Hit him above the left eye,' and everyone in the arena knows what you want your boxer to do. It'll always be better to say, 'Uske aankhn key upar mar.'"

Makharadze still has the last word. "Many coaches may know English. But not all know coaching."

The Times of India