News for 17 August 2013

All the news for Saturday 17 August 2013

T&T stickmen chase Pan American bronze meets USA in playoff

T&T’s country’s senior men’s hockey team will be going after their best ever finish at a Pan American Cup, when they tackle rivals USA for the bronze medal from 4.30 pm in Brampton, Toronto, Canada, today. In two previous appearances of the tournament which is now in its fourth edition, T&T had finishes of fourth in 2004 in London, Canada, and fifth four years ago in Santiago, Chile, while the Americans were runner-up to Canada in Chile after a seventh placed finish in Canada 2004 and fifth in Cuba, 2000. Today, though, both teams will enter the bronze medal contest on the back of contrasting semifinal defeats with T&T going under to regional powerhouse Argentina 8-0 while USA fell 1-0 to host Canada.

Despite the heavy loss to the world tenth ranked South Americans, the Darren Cowie-led “Calypso Stickmen” will be brimming with confidence for the clash with USA, which it defeated 4-3 on penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw in the FIH World League Round Two encounter back on March 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Back then the Glen “Fido” Francis-coached T&T team was without the experienced England-based 35-year-old Kwandwane Browne, who has played 291 matches for the national team , 27-year-old Kiel Murry (58 caps) and 29-year-old Wayne Legerton who has made 87 appearances for T&T. When both teams last met at the Pan American Cup in 2009, USA came from 3-1 down to earn a 4-3 triumph.

The local squad ranked 30th in the world and seeded seventh for the competition will also be eager to end a two match losing streak, after starting off with impressive 5-2 and 5-1 victories over Brazil and Chile respectively, which was followed by the 3-1 loss to Canada in its Pool B decider, and the whipping by the Argentines. USA, on the other hand was blasted by Argentina 8-0 as well but rebounded to beat Uruguay 12-0 and Mexico 3-2 for second spot in Pool B ahead of its narrow semifinal loss to North American neighbours, Canada. In today’s final, Canada will put its title on the line against 2004 winner Argentina with the champions qualifying 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 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.  In today’s two early matches, Brazil and Uruguay clash for seventh spot from 9 am, while Chile tangles with Mexico for fifth.

Pan Am Hockey Cup Results


Fifth to eight semifinals:

Mexico 3 (Francisco Aguilar 46th, 64th, 67th) vs Brazil 2 (Matheus Borges 20th, 28th)
Chile 14 (Vincente Martin 19th, 37th, 50th, Martin Rodriguez 6th, 33rd, 46th, Alexis Berczely 28th, 61st, Thomas Krussig 65th, 70th, Jaime Zarhi 20th, Nicolas Renz 42nd, Raimundo Valenzuela 50th, Sven Richter 56th) vs Uruguay 0

Argentina 8 (Gonzalo Peillat 29th, 34th, 63rd, Lucas Rey 39th, Lucas Vila 45th, Guillermo Schickendantz 52nd, Juan Aguilleiro 52nd, Leandro Tolini 55th) vs T&T 0
Canada 1 (Sukhi Panesar 10th) vs USA 0

Today’s playoff matches:
Seventh: Brazil vs Uruguay, 9 am
Fifth: Mexico vs Chile, 11.30 am
Third: T&T vs USA, 4.30 pm
Final: Argentina vs Canada, 7 pm

The Trinidad Guardian

Infostrada Sports at the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships

Infostrada Sports – the leading full service sport and media company – will produce the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships on behalf of the event's local organising committee (LOC).

From 17 to 25 August, the biggest hockey event ever held in Belgium will take place at Braxgata H.C. in Boom, Belgium. The top 8 European women's and men's national teams will contest in 40 matches over 9 days for the European title. Germany (men) and the Netherlands (women) are the defending champions.

Infostrada Sports is responsible for the broadcast production of the European Championships and Mediapro, the leading technical services supplier to the audiovisual sector, will provide all technical support for the broadcast of the event on various media platforms. This support consists of providing a High Definition OB Van equipped with 12 cameras of the ultimate technical standard. In addition, Mediapro will handle the coordination and distribution of the delivery of the games' signals to the broadcast partners around the world.

The full production is led by Infostrada Sports' TV director Danny Melger.

In addition Infostrada Sports, Mediapro and Sports Exposure are the joint rights holder of the event. Mediapro, together with Muy Manero, is in charge of the global sales of the media rights. Sports Exposure is responsible for the delivery and advertising sales on the European market of all the LED boarding and the big video walls. Pitch side LED boarding is a big innovation in hockey.

Danny Menken, CEO Infostrada Sports said: "We are delighted that the event's local organising committee has chosen Infostrada Sports as their production partner. Infostrada Sports is highly experienced in the area of fieldhockey productions. As one of the shareholders of the Euro Hockey League (EHL) we are responsible for the innovative video production of this biggest European club competition. I am convinced that together with our partners Mediapro and Sports Exposure we will successfully complete this project. It will be a true television spectacle."

Marijke Fleuren, President of the European Hockey Federation said: "As the final hours approach until the first whistle being blown at the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships, at Braxgata HC, the EHF feels very reassured that Infostrada Sports are at the TV 'helm'. There is no doubt that with their EHL experience and a very professional crew they will produce excellent TV pictures for viewers worldwide. In addition, the players can rest assured that the TV director will get the best possible angles for the Video Umpire in the OB truck to ensure that any referrals are dealt with in a prompt and fair way. With such a confidence in our team of umpires and in the TV crew, we are, for the first time ever in hockey, using open microphones in the stadium during video referrals. This will mean that spectators will be able to listen to the question being asked to the VM and to his or her answer! Another innovation is, that through Sports Exposure, we are using pitch side LED Boarding, yet another first for hockey. We know that the quality of our athletes and their efforts on the field is deserving of the 'look and feel' of the most popular professional worldwide sports. These are indeed exciting times for all of us in the European Hockey Federation."

European Hockey Federation media release

England hockey captain Kate Walsh eyes glory after pain of London Olympics

By Radhika Sanghani

All smiles: Kate Middleton congratulates Team GB's hockey team for winning a bronze in last year's London Olympics. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

The London Olympics were not quite what Kate Walsh had dreamed of. She was left in agony after breaking her jaw and, even more painfully, was yet again unable to win gold with her Great Britain hockey side.

Their bronze – the first podium finish for the women’s side for 20 years – was the fifth of her career and if there is one thing that still drives her it is the hunt for that elusive gold.

With the European Hockey Championships starting on Saturday in Antwerp she has her chance, this time with England, to break the drought. If anyone can lead the women’s team to victory, it is Walsh and if she fails it will not be through a lack of courage.

The 33-year-old was hit in the face in the opening match of the Olympics, but straight after having surgery she donned a protective mask and was back out leading her team in their fourth match.

She had nerve injections before playing games so she could not feel her jaw, but recovered without pain-reducing steroids, to avoid drug-testing issues.

After the Olympics, she rejected an option for further surgery because it would take her out of training. Instead, she “cranked open” her mouth over a period of nine weeks by chewing on wooden lollipops until she was able to eat solid food again.

“I missed two games,” she says. “I watched the Korea game on television when I was in hospital. I’d never felt so calm in my whole life because I knew we were going to win.

“It spurred me on to want to get out of hospital. I just wanted to get straight back out there. You think, ‘Let’s just do this and play’, but everyone around you is like, ‘Oh my God, what are you doing?’ I think my family thought, ‘Well if she wants to go out and there and play, she’s going to do it anyway’.”

Walsh made an astonishing recovery and quickly rose to fame. She wore her hood up to hide her swollen face as she walked around the athletes’ village. “I don’t like being the centre of attention,” she explains, but the ploy was not entirely successful. Hockey fan Kate Middleton sent her a handwritten note and Sir Chris Hoy wished her well.

“I got a bit star-struck,” she recalls. “I just stared at Chris Hoy – he must have thought I looked like a complete freak.”

Walsh went on to inspire the team to a 3-1 victory over New Zealand in the bronze medal play-off, the first podium finish for Britain’s women’s hockey team in 20 years.

“I have five bronze medals,” she says. “But it’s still the elusive gold. Maybe that’s why I’m still playing; maybe it’s what I’m still searching for.”

Her team are on track for another medal at this year’s championships in Antwerp but if they don’t come first this year, Walsh says, “I will smile and clap the other medallists and put the medal in a row with my other five and hope the next one will be a different colour”.

It is not only the broken jaw that has proved a setback in the search for gold. Her team lost their funding and were forced back to work for seven months until they began training again in April. She started a 9-5 job in PR and trained whenever she could.

“It was a bit strange because I was writing press releases and some of the sports journalists were like, ‘Aren’t you Kate Walsh’?” she says. “Being a full-time athlete, you’re physically tired and mentally tired, but in a work environment it’s much more mental because you’re actually sitting all day. That’s hard to get yourself accustomed to.”

Her stint of working without hockey has only made her more determined to lead her team to European success and she is not ready to retire. “If I feel like I want to do it, and I’m physically strong enough to do it, I will,” she says. “I might still be playing when I’m old and grey.”

The Telegraph

Three named for two remaining spots

By Jugjet Singh

MALAYSIAN hockey chief coach Paul Revington yesterday named three players for the two remaining berths in the Asia Cup team, as he wanted to utilise home ground advantage to the maximum.

The tournament, in Ipoh from Aug 24-Sept 1, also doubles up as a World Cup Qualifier with only the champions making the grade.

The South African had earlier named 16 players, all of whom played in the World League in Johor Baru, and left two spots vacant -- one of which belonged to the late Chua Boon Huat.

Yesterday, after completing a five-day training stint at the tournament venue, he named Azreen Rizal, Jivan Mohan and Ramadhan Rosli as the probables.

"We completed our training camp in Ipoh where the full squad attended and worked very hard together," said Revington.

"We are playing at home and therefore want to make full use of this small advantage by naming the final two positions in the Asia Cup team as late as possible.

"We will name the two players after completion of the warm-up game against India on Aug 21."

South Korea might be the only Asian team qualifying for the World Cup before the start of the Asia Cup, depending on the Pan American Cup final between Argentina and Canada on Saturday.

If Argentina, who have already qualified for the World Cup, win the Pan American Cup, World League fourth placed South Korea will be handed the ticket to the Hague, Netherlands World Cup next year.

After Korea, the ball moves to Spain's court and they need to be among the semi-finalists in the Euro Championships from Aug 17-25 for Malaysia's turn to appear in the Oceania Cup list.

Malaysian team manager George Koshy, however, wants to live the World Cup dream by becoming Asia Cup champions for the first time.

"When we failed to make the semi-finals of the World League, it became crystal clear to us that we had two options to qualify for the World Cup -- either hope and pray that the teams that qualified via the World League (except Asia of course) will become continent champions or we needed to win the Asia Cup.

"Although the former will ease the pressure on the team, the latter is what the team is striving for. So, we must utilise home ground advantage to qualify and live our World Cup dream."

For the record, Malaysia have only touched bronze in the Asia Cup.

However, the current qualification structure is much kinder to teams like Malaysia.

"The current qualification structure is so much fairer to teams like ours as compared to having to play in qualifying tournaments where only a single team qualify," said George Koshy.

And with South Korea looking the best bet to be qualifiers before the Asia Cup, the others -- Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Japan, Taiwan, Bangladesh and Oman -- will be in an intense battle in Ipoh for the gold medal.

New Straits Times

Last 2 spots on Malaysia's Asia Cup team yet to be filled


Jivan Mohan (left) will be vying for one of the last two spots in the Asia Cup team. Also hoping to be included are Mohd Ramadhan Rosli and Azreen Rizal.

KUALA LUMPUR: The national team were supposed to name their final two players for the Asia Cup Friday but have instead delayed it until after the friendly against India on Tuesday.

But, at least, the team management have trimmed the number of choices from nine to three.

So, it will be left to Azreen Rizal, Jivan Mohan and Mohd Ramadhan Rosli to fight for the last two spots.

Initially, nine players were in contention for the two slots when the 16 players were named on Aug 6.

But Mohd Amin Rahim and Meor Mohd Azuan were ruled out with injuries.

That left Azreen, Jivan, Mohd Ramadhan, Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin, Khairulnizam Ibrahin, Mohd Azammi Adabi and Norhizzat Sumantri fighting for the two slots.

But now that Azreen, Jivan and Mohd Ramadhan are in the running, the other four have been named as non-travelling players in the team.

Malaysia have lined up two matches prior to the Asia Cup, where they are in Group A with Pakistan, Japan and Taiwan.

The tournament will be held in Ipoh from Aug 24-Sept 1.

Apart from the match against India, Malaysia will play against Oman on Thursday as their final practice game.

Malaysia will open their campaign against Taiwan on Aug 24.

Group B comprises India, South Korea, Bangladesh and Oman.

National coach Paul Revington said Friday that they could delay naming the squad as Malaysia had homeground advantage.

“All our players attended the training session in Ipoh, which ended on Thursday, and we’re happy with the commitment shown by them,” he said.

“As we hold a slight advantage by playing at home, we felt that the selection can be held over to the final week of preparations.

“We have shortlisted three players and two will be selected after the friendly against India.”

The players are now back in KL and will return to Ipoh on Tuesday.

The Star of Malaysia

Faizal to Debut in Bundesliga

Faizal Saari will be making his debut in the German Hockey League in September.

And he joins a list of Malaysian players to oly their trade in the Bundesliga that will run from Seotember till November.

Faizal will don the colours of Berlin HC and leave after the Asia Cup and is exoectedly to feature prominently in the 16 matches that will run till November.

In 1997 there were five olayers who played in the German League, namely S.Kuhan and Kerpal Singh ( Limburg HC ), Nor Azlan Bakar and Chairil Anwar Abdul Aziz ( Frankfurt 1880 ) and R.Shankar ( Safo HC ).

In addition the late Chua Boon Huat turned out for Red White Munich in 2005.

"It is indeed a privilage to be considered to play in the German League. No doubt the exposure there will help me improve my game," said Faizal who played in the Australian League and the Indian Hockey League.

"I have secured the necessary release from the MHC and my employers and look forward to thr three month stint.

*My focus at the moment is to help the national team secure a berth in the World Cup."

National coach Paul Revington is helping Faizal with the nitty gritty part of his trio like finalising the negotiations and making the travel arrangenents.

"I have no issues of releasing him to play in the German League. I am currently helping him with his contract and other arrangements," said Revington.

*I hope more players will get a chance to play overseas and currently the window of the German league best suits our plans.

"There are a couple of players that should be playing overseas and we hope they too can secure places."

The stint for Faizal was made possible by Philip Stahr who played fot UniKL in the Malaysian Hockey League.

It is sad though that MHC have failed to get more players to ply their trade overseas thus making the grand pland outlined by Tengku Abdullah a mere pledge and nothing more then talk.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot

Under-pressure India leave for Asia Cup

NEW DELHI: Well aware that it is their last chance to qualify for next year's World Cup, the Indian men's hockey team on Friday left for Ipoh, Malaysia to participate in the eight-nation Asia Cup to be held from August 24 to September 1.

Plagued by injuries, India were forced to field a young but depleted 18-member squad under inspirational Sardar Singh for the Asia Cup.

With four key strikers -- Danish Mujtaba, SV Sunil, Gurwinder Singh Chandi and Akashdeep Singh -- ruled out of the tournament due to injuries, India's forwardline is in shambles.

In Ramandeep Singh and Nikin Thimmaiah, the Indian forwardline has two debutants. Other strikers - Nithin Thimmaiah, Mandeep Singh and Malak Singh too do not have much experience under their belt.

Defender Amit Rohidas is the other new entrant in the Asia Cup-bound team. Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh has been named as Sardar's deputy in place of dragflicker VR Raghunath.

The list of injuries has made India's road much tougher in the Asia Cup, a tournament which they need to win to qualify for 2014 World Cup at The Hague, Netherlands.

And with not a single Asian country managing to secure a World Cup ticket yet, it would be a Herculean task for India to finish at the top of the podium.

For the eight-time Olympic champion India and neighbours Pakistan, the Asia Cup is a do-or-die tournament as one of them faces the prospect of missing out on a World Cup berth for the first time since the launch of the tournament in 1971.

To add to it, the failure to qualify for the World Cup will be a big embarrassment for the Indians who will be desperate to avoid the 2008 Beijing Olympics debacle.

However, the road to the semifinals should not be much of a problem for the Indians. India are placed in a relatively easy Pool B along side Korea, Bangladesh and Oman while Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan and Chinese-Taipei complete the Pool A line-up.

India will open its campaign against Oman on August 24 followed by matches against Korea (August 26) and Bangladesh (August 28).

India's interim coach Roelant Oltmans is fully aware about the pressure, but the Dutchman is confident about the team's performance.

"I'll be responsible for the team's performance but at the same time I'm confident also," Oltmans said before departing for Ipoh.

"We have prepared ourselves in the best possible manner in the short period of time we had. We can assure all that we will give our 100 per cent every single minute and in every single game we play.

"We will deliver, there is no doubt about it. The boys are working very hard and I am confident that it is the right team to be there," he added.

The Times of India


Three new faces in Indian national hockey team

Hindol Basu

CHANDIGARH: Injuries to some senior players of the Indian men's hockey team have proved to be a blessing in disguise for three young hockey players from the region.

The trio - Ramandeep Singh, Malak Singh and Mandeep Singh - have received a call to the national team for the first time. While, Ramandeep and Mandeep both are from Punjab, Malak hails from Sirsa, Haryana.

Star midfielder Sardar Singh will be leading the Indian side in Ipoh, Malaysia to participate in the 9th Asia Cup hockey tournament from August 24 to September 1.

20-year-old Ramandeep, a resident of Amritsar, is the first from the holy city to make it to the national hockey team. Coached by Olympian Balwiner Shammi the striker plays for Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the Hockey India League (HIL) and is a trainee of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Hockey Academy.

Currently at the pre-tournament camp going on in Delhi's Dhyanchand National Stadium, Ramandeep was ecstatic when TOI broke the news to him.

"It was my dream to represent the national team and now it has come true. I am thankful to the almighty, my parents and coach Balwinder Shammi who have been with me during difficult times," Ramandeep said, adding that his consistent performance in the HIL caught the selectors' attention.

"I had a good season during the Hockey India League with the Punjab Warriors and that helped me gain a spot in the team," the player who is employed by the Punjab and Sind Bank, reflected.

Another player from the Punjab Warriors, Mandeep Singh, who hails from Jalandhar was also selected in the Indian team.

Once again, a forward Mandeep trains at the Surjeet Hockey Academy in Jalandhar and impressed one and all during the Hockey India League, scoring a brilliant solo-run-goal during the semifinals against the Delhi Waveriders.

All but 18, Mandeep feels the national team exposure will help him hone his skills.

"This is a welcome break for me. I wasn't expecting a call from the selectors so soon. I am young and there are many things about the game to learn. I hope a stint with Roelant Oltmans (chief coach of the Indian hockey team) will help me improve my skills with the ball," the youngster added.

The last one of the three, Malak Singh comes from Sirsa, Haryana and played for the Ranchi Rhinos in the HIL. A Western Railways employee, Malak is a tenacious and plucky forward whose forays into the 'D' are famous in Indian hockey circles.

The 20-year-old hopes to make full use of the opportunity presented by the selectors to him. "The injuries (to senior players) have opened up a window for us and I hope to contribute to the team in the best possible way. It's a god-send opportunity for me," said Malak.

The Times of India

Auckland women take revenge over Canterbury


After losing the 2012 final to Canterbury, the Auckland women took revenge with a 4-2 win over the Cats in Round 3 of the Ford National Hockey League at North Harbour Hockey Stadium today.

In today’s clash of the favourites, Canterbury played impressive hockey for most of the game but struggled to score goals.

Auckland on the other hand were in devastating form, with Krystal Forgesson scoring a double to seal the result. The win sees Auckland consolidate second spot on the table (9 points) behind undefeated Capital (12 points).

Earlier in the day, two goals from Michaela Curtis pulled the Central Mysticks to a 2-0 victory over Northland women in the opening game.

Meanwhile, Capital stamped their authority with a tight 1-0 result against Midlands which has seen them the team beat for the rest of the tournament with three wins from three games and an impressive goal differential of 11 goals scored and just one against.

As the rain pelted down the North Harbour women were able to battle to a 2-0 win over Southern in the last women’s game of the day.

On the men’s side of the draw, the day’s premier game Southern v Auckland was postponed due to heavy rain and flooded turfs. The game will be played out later in the week during a rest day.

Earlier in the day the Midlands men secured a hard fought 2-1 win over Capital, helped by two Andy Hayward penalty corner drag flicks. Jacob Smith scored Capital’s only goal.

Canterbury rolled Northland 5-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Isaac Staples and a double from Nick Haig. The Cavaliers dominated the full 70 minutes and could have put more goals on the board, the result keeping Northland cemented to the bottom of the table.

North Harbour completed the day for the men with a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory over Central Mavericks. With the game goalless for most of the game, two late goals for each side forced the game to a shoot-out in which Harbour were clear winners.

Round 4 gets underway at 10.30am tomorrow with Central v Northland men before Auckland v Capital women at 11.00am.



BAYLEYS MIDLANDS 2: (Andy Hayward 2)

CANTERBURY CAVALIERS 5: (Isaac Staples 3, Nick Haig 2)

CENTRAL 1: (Joe Reardon)
NORTH HARBOUR 1: (Cory Bennett)
North Harbour won penalty shoot-out

Game postponed due to heavy rain


CENTRAL MYSTICKS 2: (Michaela Curtis 2)

TRUST HOUSE CAPITAL 1: (Katarina O’Callaghan)

AUCKLAND 4: (Krystal Forgesson 2, Melissa Simpson, Alexandra Hunt)
CANTERBURY CATS 2: (Libby Masefield, Anna Wetherall)

NORTH HARBOUR 2: (Erin Goad, Holly Evans)

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Double header treat for fans

By David Leggat

Tom Wickham is back for a second season with Auckland. Photo / Greg Bowker

It was not planned that way, but today is finals repeat day in the National League at North Harbour.

Defending champions Canterbury square off against the K Cup beaten finalists of 12 months ago, Auckland; about an hour later, Auckland will play Southern in the men's third round - replaying last year's Challenge Shield final, which Auckland won 2-1.

A neat piece of timing will therefore give spectators a double treat.

Auckland's men have suffered a blow, with the loss for the remainder of the NHL of Black Sticks striker Simon Child. A bad foot injury has ruled him out, however Auckland coach James Strong has brought Australian attacking midfielder Tom Wickham back as second import, alongside English international Simon Egerton.

Wickham scored the winning goal in last year's final for Auckland.

"Obviously Simon [Child] is one of the alltime best New Zealand forwards and any side is going to miss him," Grant said. "But we had contingency plans in place and bringing Tom over was one of them."

Wickham, who made his international debut for the Kookaburras against Korea in May, is looking forward to reuniting with the Auckland squad.

Throw in a shared title in 2011 against Central, when the final was snowed off - Egerton was in the Central team that year - and Auckland are chasing a third straight crown.

"The hunger is still there for the boys. You've got to have a little bit of the mentality of having that pressure and wanting to back it up again," Wickham said.

Attacker Egerton, Manchester-born and a City fan in the soccer stronghold of England's north rates the NHL standard.

"This year there's a lot more imports coming in and the standard is a lot higher than two years ago. I knew the standard was going to be good and that's why I jumped at the chance to do it again," Egerton said.

North Harbour women will chase wins against two other sides still seeking their first points, Southern and Central; North Harbour men play Central, then a grudge clash with Auckland.

All teams have seven matches in the next nine days.

NHL weekend schedule (North Harbour)

Men: Third round, today: Midlands v Capital, 11am; Northland v Canterbury, 1pm; Central v North Harbour, 3pm; Auckland v Southern, 5pm

Fourth round, tomorrow: Central v Northland, 10.30am; Auckland v North Harbour, 12.30pm; Capital v Canterbury, 2.30pm; Midlands v Southern, 4.30pm

Women: Third round, today: Central v Northland, 10.30am; Midlands v Capital, 12.30pm; Auckland v Canterbury, 2.30pm; Southern v North Harbour, 4.30pm

Fourth round, tomorrow: Auckland v Capital, 11am; Canterbury v Northland, 1pm; Midlands v Southern, 3pm; Central v North Harbour, 5pm.

Points after two rounds: Men: Auckland, Southern 8, Capital, Canterbury, North Harbour, Midlands all 4, Central and Northland 0.

Women: Capital, Canterbury 8, Midlands 6, Auckland 5, Northland 4, Central, North Harbour, Southern 0.

The New Zealand Herald

Police engage Exchequers in Ghana hockey league

Police Ladies Hockey team showed amazing form against Ark Ladies in last week’s 3-0 bashing but it is unclear whether their male colleagues can replicate the same form against Exchequers of the Bank of Ghana in tomorrow’s epic clash in the Dwadifo Adanfo Hockey League in Accra.

The Police teams have been exciting this season but they still remain ‘dark horses’ to lift the trophy as Trustees and Golden Sticks ride high.

Exchequers will have to fight a bit harder against a side which is energetic and hungry for success. The ‘men in black’, who are mostly new recruits, would want to prove to their superiors that they did not make a mistake by employing them.

But Exchequers could be party spoilers as they always rise to the occasion when the stakes are high.

Also on the bill is a clash between the two top teams, Trustees and Golden Sticks, while NDK are tipped to stretch their lead in the seniors’ division with a win against Veterans.

After last week’s 8-0 win against Veterans, SAPHOLDA face one of their toughest games against Multistix while Ark Boys face off with Real Ambassadors and Legonites versus Tema Manhean in the juniors’ division.

Tomorrow’s league matches would be preceded by the semi-final matches of the Beige Capital-sponsored knockout competition today.

Reformers play Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Extinguishers clash with Police in the Ladies division while Reformers’ men face off with GRA men.


First-Ever All-Boys Indoor Tournament to hit Colorado Terrain

Although extreme snowboarders and skiers stake major claim on Colorado’s winter landscape of unfolding snow, this December boys from across the nation are about to turn the traditional mountain town into field hockey territory.

Dita and USA Field Hockey are sending out an exclusive invitation to boys and males field hockey players to take part of history at the first-ever All-Boys Indoor Hockey Tournament on  December 13 - 15, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The tournament will be broken down into three age categories:  youth, intermediate, and high school and up. Prior established indoor teams are encouraged to attend. Individual players will be placed together onto appropriate teams.

Friday, December 13 until noon Saturday, December 14 a full scale clinic and training program will take place. High-skilled players will begin play on Saturday morning. Athletes will be sorted into the most appropriate skills and age levels.  Even players who have little or no indoor hockey experience will be given intensive coaching, preparing them to participate by 1 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday afternoon and evening games will take place on three sport court surfaces.  The tournament will finish on Sunday by 4 p.m.  As a special bonus national coaches and field hockey Olympians will be in attendance.

An individual registration fee of $75 is offered until October 1, 2013 but will increase to $95 after that date.Player lodging will be provided Friday and Saturday, and as well as a family-style banquet on Friday night, are included in the fee. Family members may attend the banquet for a small fee. Boys should bring a sleeping bag, toiletries and towel while hotel information will be provided to accompanying family members. Special rates are available at the tournament hotel, Quality Inn & Suites - Garden of the Gods.

For registration forms please email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

More tournament details can be viewed here:

USFHA media release