News for 13 August 2013

All the news for Tuesday 13 August 2013

Trinidad & Tobago take a solid option on semi-final; USA laminate Uruguay

2013 Pan American Cup, Men – Brampton - Day 3

Yan Huckendubler, PAHF

Match 3 - Chile vs. Trinidad & Tobago: 1-5 (half-time: 0-3)

After the draw between Canada and Chile (2-2) the day before, both teams knew that today’s match could open the door to a semi-final berth. They started cautiously, trying not to expose themselves to an early goal, but Trinidad & Tobago were soon in control, opening the scoring in the 12th minute on a penalty-corner that did not seem to go according to plan but arrived to Akim Toussaint in front of the goal for an easy push in the empty net.

They doubled their tally on the next action by Mickell Pierre after a decisive penetration in the circle and Chile were suddenly facing a steep slope to come back in the game. They stepped up their tempo and became more dangerous, forcing a penalty-corner, but it was well defended by Andrey Rocke in the Trinidadian goal.

Chile became progressively frustrated and conceded another penalty-corner that was superbly converted by Akim Toussaint after a well-executed combination of passes. With a comfortable 3-0 lead, Trinidad & Tobago was well on control going into the break.

Chile started second period with more determination and earned two penalty-corners, but were unlucky to hit the post. Trinidad & Tobago weathered the storm calmly and suddenly surged forward again, scoring two quick field goals by their captain Dwain Quan Chan and Wayne Legerton, leaving the Chilean defense shaking their head and 5 goals down.

Chile had a series of penalty-corners, but it never clicked for them and they were cleared by the Trinidadian defense. They finally narrowed the wide gap by Jan Berczely with 11 minutes to go in the match, but it was too little too late and, with two Chilean players receiving yellow cards in the final miunutes, Trinidad & Tobago cruised to a solid win against a team ranked higher than them entering this competition.

With two wins in their bags, Trinidad & Tobago are in good position before their decisive match vs. Canada on Wednesday, while Chile will now have a tougher time to earn a semi-final berth, despite an easier last pool match vs. Brazil.

For more information and pictures of CHI vs. TTO, click here.

Match 2 - USA vs. Uruguay: 12-0 (half-time: 5-0)

This game was delayed from opening day because of the unfortunate travel delay to the Uruguayan Team. Both USA and Uruguay came into this match looking for their first points of the competition, USA having lost to Argentina (0-8) and Uruguay narrowly to Mexico (1-2). The USA started with a bang, stunning Uruguay with 2 goals by Christian Linney in the first 4 minutes of play!

After the initial burst of action, play settled in midfield. The USA had most of the ball possession but Uruguay got organized after their abysmal start and were keeping them at bay. They were however cleanly beaten again in the 18th minute after a decisive circle penetration by Pat Harris setting up Christian Linney for a hat-trick. This seemed to take some wind out the Uruguayan sails, and Kevin Barber was able to add a fourth goal after miscommunications between a defender and Jose Lasa in the Uruguayan goal.

Kevin Barber added another goal 3 minutes later, and the Uruguayan team, looking totally dejected, were facing an impossible task to come back in the match. USA started second period at full speed, scoring immediately by Christian Linney (his fourth of the match) and Pat Harris on penalty-corner to deepen the gap to 7 goals with still 33 minutes to play.

Christian Linney promptly scored his fifth goal of the match on a spectacular reverse stick shot. The Uruguayan seemed unable to get organized in defense and, with a storm brewing over Brampton, the USA kept scoring at regular interval to finish on the commanding 12-0 score (5 goals for Christian Linney and 4 for Pat Harris) against a disappointing Uruguayan team.

For more information and pictures of USA vs. URU, click here.

Schedule for Wednesday August 14:
9h00: Brazil vs. Chile
11h00: Mexico vs. USA
17h00: Argentina vs. Uruguay
19h00: Canada vs. Trinidad & Tobago

Pan American Hockey Federation

T&T hockey men whip Chile 5-1

..advance to Pan Am semifinals

Nigel Simon

Akim Toussaint scored two first-half goals as T&T “Calypso Stickmen” whipped Chile 5-1 for their second straight win in Pool B play at the fourth Pan American Cup, Brampton, Toronto, Canada, yesterday to seal a semifinal spot.

After a nervous opening by T&T during which goalkeeper Andrey Rocke had to make two early saves, the Calypso Stickmen went ahead wit a goal by Akim Toussaint in the 12th minute through a penalty-corner conversion and two minutes later, Mickell Pierre doubled the lead with a close range finish.

Seven minutes from the half, Toussaint capped off a cleverly worked penalty corner play to put T&T 3-0 ahead.

Eleven minutes into the second-half, Dwain Quan Chan extended T&T’s lead to 4-0 and within a minute substitute Wayne Legerton added a fifth item before Jan Berczely pulled a goal back for Chile in the 59th minute. With the win which avenged a 4-0 loss to the Chileans at the FIH World League Round Two, which was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earlier this year, T&T improved to maximum six points from two matches, two ahead of host Canada, which squandered a 2-0 lead in a 2-2 draw with Chile on Sunday night.

Speaking after the match, Toussaint said the team was delighted with the win as they entered the match with a game plan and stuck to it.

Today is a rest day in the tournament and when matches resume tomorrow, the 30th world ranked T&T with a best ever finish of fourth in 2004 also in Canada, will need only a draw against Canada to top the group and avoid Pan Am powerhouse Argentina, in the semifinals.

A win for Canada will relegate T&T, 5-2 winners over Brazil on Sunday, to second spot in the group. In yesterday’s other match, USA slammed Uruguay 12-0 for its first win in Pool A play after two matches, the same as Mexico while Argentina leads the group with maximum six points.

At the end of the pool round-robin series, the top two teams will advance to the cross-over semifinals while third and fourth go to semifinals for fifth to eighth spot ahead of the final playoffs for bronze and gold.

The winner of the tournament qualifies for next year’s Men's World Cup in The Hague, Holland while the top six teams qualify for the 2017 Men's Pan American Cup. Teams placed seventh and eight will play in the 2015 Men's Pan American Challenge.

Argentina, ranked tenth in the world has already qualified for the World Cup after their superb performance at the recent FIH World League semifinal in Johor, Malaysia, where they finished second to Germany, but ahead of England and Korea.

If, however, they win in Brampton, the runner-up would not benefit from an automatic World Cup berth.



Pool B: Chile 2 (Sven Richter 54th, Jose Zirpel 56th) vs Canada 2 (Matthew Guest 21st, Matthew Sormento 27th)


Pool A: USA 12 (Christian Linney 3rd, 4th, 18th, 36th, 40th, Pat Harris 37th, 47th, 59th, 63rd, Kevin Barber 24th, 27th, Parmeet Singh 43rd) vs Uruguay 0
Pool B: T&T 5 (Akim Toussaint 12th, 28th, Mickell Pierre 14th, Dwain Quan Chan 46th, Wayne Legerton 47th) vs Chile 1 (Jan Berczely 59th).

Tomorrow’s matches:

Pool A: Mexico vs USA, 11 am; Argentina vs Uruguay, 5 pm
Pool B: Brazil vs Chile, 9 am; Canada vs T&T, 7 pm

The Trinidad Guardian

Harris and Linney earn hat trick in US victory over Uruguay at the Pan American Cup

BRAMPTON, Ontario – Is there anything that would make your 100th cap a little bit more memorable?

“A win,” said Jon Ginolfi, without hesitation.

Well, this afternoon, Ginolfi and his teammates achieved just that. The U.S. Men’s National Team tallied five goals in the first half en route to a 12-0 shutout performance over Uruguay in the second match of pool play at the Pan American Cup in Brampton, Ontario. Patrick Harris (Moorpark, Cali.) and Christian Linney (San Diego, Cali.) earned a hat trick and two additional players were in the scoring column contributing to USA’s 12-nil result.

“We are happy with our performance today against Uruguay,” said head coach Chris Clements. “It was great to have a number of different players on the score sheet today. Our corners were executed pretty well and we were able to follow the game plan for the entire 70 minutes. We are now looking forward to playing Mexico in a couple of days.”

The U.S. came out confident and on attack, pressuring Uruguay’s goal from the starting whistle. Linney scored two quick goals in the third and fourth minute for an early advantage. Linney earned a hat trick when he lit up the scoreboard again in the 18th minute with a third field goal. Kevin Barber (Camarillo, Cali.) recorded two back-to-back goals to send the U.S. into the second half with a comfortable 5-0 lead.

“It took us one half to really get into the game but once we began playing simply and passing the ball around with speed, we were able to do what we wanted to,” said U.S. captain Patrick Harris.

The U.S. logged seven goals in the second half, and once again Linney was out quick scoring his fourth goal of the match less than a minute after play began. Harris scored his first of four penalty corner goals in the 37th minute. He struck again ten minutes later, and again in the 59th and 63rd minute. Linney tallied his fifth field goal of the match in the 40th minute and Paul Singh’s (Simi Valley, Cali.) name was added to the scoring column with a field goal in the 43rd minute.

“I think today’s win was good for us in building confidence going into the rest of the matches,” said Barber. “We had some frustrations after yesterday’s match against Argentina, so it was nice to go from frustrations to scoring goals.”

The U.S. will play their final pool play match against Mexico on Wednesday, August 13 at 11 a.m. ET. Semifinal action will be played on Thursday, August 15 with the final slated for Saturday, August 17. Mexico fell to Argentina in the Pan American Cup opener, 13-2. Mexico narrowly beat Uruguay 2-1 in their second pool play match.

“We played Mexico last November and we matched up well against them,” said Barber. “I think their team has gotten a lot stronger since then and there are a couple of players that are quick and skillful. We will try to use our momentum from this game and do our best to close to out pool play.”

At the age of 24, Ginolfi is the youngest player to achieve 100 caps with the U.S. Men’s National Team. He joins only a handful of Men’s National Team players in reaching this milestone, including current teammate Ian Scally (Thousand Oaks, Cali.).

“I’ve looked up to Jon for a long time,” said Barber. “I remember when I was 10 or 11 years old, I would always look up to him because he was so good at such an early age. I’m really proud of him. It is an awesome achievement to be the first player in the men’s program to earn 100 caps at the age of 24.”

“I congratulate Jon on being the youngest player ever to reach 100 caps for Team USA,” said Clements. “It is a fantastic achievement and I know he has many more matches in him.”

USFHA media release

India reveal hand ahead of 9th Men’s Asia Cup

World Cup qualification the big target for Sardar's men

Sardar Singh (Photo: FIH / Grant Treeby)

Iconic midfielder Sardar Singh has been named captain of a youthful Indian men's senior team that will compete in the 9th Men’s Asia Cup, which begins later this month in Ipoh (MAS). Hockey India (HI) confirmed the 18 player squad on that will compete in the competition on Sunday, with goalkeeper P R Sreejesh taking the vice captaincy role.

The 2013 Asia Cup is a crucial event for all teams involved, with qualification for the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup going to the side that claims the Gold medal.

According to various reports surfacing in India, four key strikers - Danish Mujtaba, S V Sunil, Gurwinder Singh Chandi and Akashdeep Singh - were ruled out of the competition due to injuries. The new-look forward line comprises Nithin Thimmaiah, Mandeep Singh, Malak Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Nikin Thimmaiah.

Hockey India selectors B.P. Govinda, R.P. Singh and Arjun Halappa, director high performance and interim chief coach Roelant Oltmans, coach M.K. Kaushik and scientific advisor Jason Konrath, along with government observer Harbinder Singh, selected the 18-member squad after trials at Bangalore's Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre July 25-27.

India is placed in Pool B with Korea, Bangladesh and Oman while Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan and Chinese-Taipei are placed in Pool A. India will open its campaign against Oman on 24 August 2013 followed by Korea on 26 August and Bangladesh on 28 August.

The complete 18 player squad can be found below.

1. P R  Sreejesh (Vice-Captain)
2. P T Rao

3.  V R Raghunath
4.  Rupinder Pal Singh
5.  Amit Rohidas
6.  Kothajit Singh
7.  Birendra Lakra
8.  Gurmail Singh

9.   Sardar Singh (Captain)
10.  Manpreet Singh
11.  Chinglensana Singh
12.  Dharamvir Singh
13.  S K Uthappa

14.  Ramandeep Singh
15.  Nithin Thimmaiah
16.  Mandeep Singh
17.  Malak Singh
18.  Nikin Thimmaiah

Hockey India media release

Asia Cup: Huge task ahead for India

S. Thyagarajan

Sardar Singh hits the ball towards goalmouth against Fiji, at the National Hockey stadium in New Delhi. File photo: Rajeev Bhatt

It is not easy to endorse the optimism of Roelant Oltmans about India’s chances in the forthcoming hockey Asia Cup. As the chief coach and motivator, the Dutchman, speaks the language he ought to. He is under tremendous pressure; his role unenviable at this juncture.

A pragmatic evaluation of the 18-member squad however clearly accentuates the apprehensions over India ascending the top of the podium, a must status to be in the next World Cup at The Hague.

Crippled by injuries to the top strikers — Akshadeep, Gurvinder Singh Chandi, Danish Mujtaba and S.S. Sunil — the frontline which usually determines the outcome of a match is in disarray and had to be recast in a compelling exercise amounting to be a gamble.

At best, it is now a motley assemblage of the left overs to carry out the task. While a careful study needs to be done why the injury list is getting enlarged each passing day, it is disheartening to face the reality that the best forwards are rendered hors de combat for the most significant event before the World Cup.

A cursory glance at the combination to battle it out at Ipoh from August 24 to September 1 shows an enormous bulge in the defence headed by the inimitable Sardar Singh.

That as many as 11 are to be seen as defenders illustrates this fact. Obviously, the team leans on the penalty corner strikers, Ravinderpal Singh and Raghunath.

Special focus

Notwithstanding the special focus on goal-keeping with a new coach roped in recently, the selectors could not replace the ageing P. T. Rao and the unpredictable Sreejesh. The limitations bring out a grave concern in this vital area.

The expertise of Birendra Lakra, the enterprise of Kothajit Singh and the efficiency of Uthappa should provide the succour to the all round proficiency of Sardar Singh. The role of Raghunath and Ravinderpal Singh in this layer will go a long way for smothering the pace and punch of the rival attacks.

A heartening feature is the youth content whose efficacy at this point remains in the realm of a guess. The attention will be riveted on the show of the Thimmiahs, Nithin and Nikhin, Malak Singh and Mandeep.

At a time when Asian hockey is perceptibly losing its identity with not a single country gaining a place in the World Cup till now, the Asia Cup assumes the contours of lottery with eight teams chasing one spot. Poignantly, the scenario is grim for Pakistan and India as one of them faces the prospect of staying out of the World Cup for the first time since the launch in 1971.

Without sounding pessimistic it must be portrayed that a failure to be part of the next World Cup will be tremendous embarrassment for India. The consequences could bring about the same tumult and convulsions that shook the nation after India missed the berth for the 2008 Olympics at Beijing.

India is approaching the Asia Cup praying for luck than anything. That is indisputable.

The Hindu

Greenshirts resume Asia Cup preparations

“The camp will continue at the same pace,” the coach told The Express Tribune. PHOTO: MEHMOOD QURESHI/EXPRESS/FILE

KARACHI: Pakistan team’s training camp for the upcoming Asia Cup resumed in full swing at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore after Eid holidays.

The greenshirts underwent training in three sessions yesterday with all the players present, according to coach Tahir Zaman.

“The camp will continue at the same pace,” the coach told The Express Tribune, before adding that the final squad was expected to be announced in a couple of days.

“We will most probably announce the squad on August 15.”

Seasoned goal-keeper Salman Akbar, who was recalled for the training camp, is likely to make the cut along with other senior players including Waseem Ahmed and Shakeel Abbasi.

The national team desperately needs to win the Asia Cup to qualify for next year’s World Cup — failure to do so will keep them away for the global tournament in the Netherlands.

The Express Tribune

Hockey India League appreciated globally in inaugural season: Leandro Negre

Negre was in New Delhi for the sixth Franchise workshop, which was attended by representatives from each of the five HIL franchises.

New Delhi:  It is just one season old but Hockey India League has drawn global appreciation and is important to revive the sport in the country, FIH President Leandro Negre said on Monday.

"The FIH is very clear about the importance of Hero HIL and that's why we have allotted a special window to it" said Negre

"After the inaugural season, the Hero Hockey India League is appreciated globally by everyone and I am hopeful that the league will prove to be a new milestone for the future of Indian Hockey," he added.

Negre was here for the sixth Franchise workshop, which was attended by representatives from each of the five HIL franchises.

In the workshop, HIL presented and shared its plans with all the franchises for the second Season of the event.

Negre and and Jons Hensel, Chairman European Hockey League (EHL), were the special guests for the workshop and shared their views about the league with the franchisee officials.

"Hero Hockey India League has gained the right momentum in the inaugural season and it has the potential to grow to a large scale in the coming years. All the Dutch players who played in the inaugural season of Hero HIL returned back with happy stories and rich experience," said Hensel.

Hockey India League Chairman Narinder Batra thanked Negre and Hensel for attending the workshop and sharing their vision.

"Hero HIL is putting in its best efforts to present a more spectacular League in 2014, and we obtain precious inputs in the workshop from our special guests and franchise members on which we will work in the coming days," said Batra.

During the workshop, the HIL's broadcasting partner Star Sports also made its presentation.

NDTV Sports

Hockeyroos in sights of new Narre Warren state hockey representative Monika Young

Michael Randall, Berwick Leader

Monika Young has just made the Victorian U14 state hockey team. Source: News Limited

TEEN Casey Hockey Club starlet Monika Young is on top of the world after being selected for the Victorian Under 14 State Team.

Part of a squad of 28 that was plucked from the recent Victorian State Championships, the ginger-haired star stood out for the Southern Sharks with her impressive skills, making the squad of 16.

She will now travel to Canberra for the Under 14 Invitational Tournament against ACT and NSW, from September 30.

"I was excited, it's the first state side I've ever made," Monika said.

A natural centre half, Young controls the game for the Cannons' Under 16 girls side, despite facing off against some players who are two years her senior.

The 14-year-old has hockey in her bloodstream - mum Fiona Young is a club legend, while brothers Stefan and Bryan are key members of the Cannons' finals bound Vic League 1 side.

Stefan took to Facebook to sing his sister's praises.

"Congratulations to my little sis Monika Young on making the Victorian hockey team," he wrote.

"She's a little champion, so proud of her."

Monika Young with brothers Bryan and Stefan. Source: News Limited

The trip to Canberra will cost her family in excess of $1100 for flights and uniform and she said she was grateful to her mum and dad Chris, who can always be found at the games supporting his family.

The Hillcrest Christian College Year 9 student has her sights set on a career in the police force, but it's her dream to one day wear the green and gold and become a Hockeyroo.

Herald Sun