News for 22 August 2013

All the news for Thursday 22 August 2013


England draw with Ireland to win place in men's European semi-finals

Semi-finals pit England against Belgium and Germany against Netherlands



England secured a draw to join the European semi-finals (Photo: EHF / Frank Uijlenbroek)

The last round of pool play at the men's competition at the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in Boom saw England hold Ireland to a draw to win their ticket to the semi-finals, while Belgium did the same against Spain. Germany defeated the Czech Republic to win their spot in the top four, and already certain semi-finalists Netherlands put down a big 12-0 win against Poland.

Ireland v England 2-2 (0-2)

The men's last day of pool play started with Ireland taking on England, with a chance to edge England out of the semi-finals with a win. However, it looked like it was already done and dusted for England after the first half, when England went into the break with a two-goal advantage with Tom Carson netting twice.

Ireland came back in the second half however with two penalty strokes, both converted by Shane O'Donoghue, and even had some last minute chance to snatch victory, but two critical saves from the English goalkeeper denied them and eventually, they ran out of time.

The draw had England join the already confirmed Netherlands as Pool B semi-finalists while Ireland will be playing for fifth place in Pool C.

Germany v Czech Republic 3-0 (2-0)

Next up were Germany and the Czech Republic with the pressure on the Olympic champions to win points.

Despite some fierce defending by the Czechs and outstanding work in the Czech goal by Filip Neusser, Germany marched through to a 3-0 win with goals from Mats Grambusch, Oskar Deecke and Marco Miltkau. The win put Germany in a relatively comfortable position to reach the semi-finals, but still meant they depended on the result of the game between Spain and Belgium, with the slim chance of a big win by Spain pushing them out.

Belgium – Spain 2-2 (1-0)

The third match of the day brough the second draw of the day and the tournament, with the one point enough to make Belgium pool winners to avoid the clash with their Dutch neighbours in the semi-finals.

Tom Boon put Belgium ahead after less then two minutes with a deflection, and the Red Lions, and the advantage stood until Pau Quemada levelled the scores with a penalty corner midway through the sceond half. Belgium regained the lead with ten minutes on the clock through Jérôme Truyens, but Spain replied almost immediately, fighting back with a goal from Edi Tubau.

Despite coming back from behind twice, that final step to the all-important winning goal eluded the Spanish, and they had to let Belgium pass them by on the way into the semi-finals. Spain will join Ireland, the Czech Republic and Poland in Pool C to play for fifth place.

Netherlands – Poland 12-0 (1-0)

The day concluded with the final pool play encounter, with a result that could not affect a table with all positions firmly locked into place.

In the first half, the Dutch struggled against a deep defending Polish side that stifled their efforts. Robert Kemperman was the only one to be able to find the net off a rebound.

After the break however, the Netherlands picked up steam and rushed to the tournament's only double-digit result. Robert Kemperman added three more to his name for a total of four goals in the match, Tim Jenniskens and Constantijn Jonker hit the mark twice each, and Valentin Verga, Jeroen Hertzberger, Seve van Ass and Billy Bakker each piled on one.

The semi-finals were thus confirmed as Netherlands against Germany and Belgium against England. The Czech Republic, Poland, Spain and Ireland will be playing for fifth place in Pool C, which will also determine the two teams that are relegated to the second flight of European competition for 2015.

Hockey Toghether - Euro ParaHockey Tournament

In addition to the four matches of the men's competition, the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships stadium today hosted the final of the Euro ParaHockey Tournament which was played under the slogan of "Hockey Toghether".

The second edition of this competition for players with intellectual disabilities was a great success, and saw the Italian National ParaHockey team win the laurels. EHF President Marijke Fleuren commented "With this ParaHockey tournament we want to emphasize that hockey is a family affair, so everyone should be involved in our sport. It is fantastic to see how enthuastic  the crowd was about the Para Hockey. Especially for the parents and family this brings a lot of satisfaction." The President also thanked all those involved in órganizing the event, saying "It is truly my honour and pleasure to thank everyone who made this possible, in particular Bea Uvin of the Belgian Hockey Federation, HC Victory and our own EHF Youth Panel, who really made this such a special event."

To follow the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in more detail, please visit www.trifinanceeurohockey2013.be or www.eurohockey.org.

FIH site



England Men through to EuroHockey Semi-Finals


England's defence stands strong as they hold Ireland to a 2-2 draw to reach the EuroHockey Semi-Finals

England are through to the semi-finals of the EuroHockey Championships following a nail-biting 2-2 draw against Ireland this morning. Tom Carson was England's hero with two goals for his side, but it was a real team effort to keep a determined Ireland from taking a victory.

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Ireland started the brighter side, creating an early chance, but it was England who got the first goal with just seven minutes on the clock. After some good build up play and a great run across the circle by David Condon he fired his shot towards goal, which Reading's Tom Carson deftly deflected in the air past David Harte in Ireland's goal. In the 19th minute England were back on the score sheet. This time a pass across the circle from Barry Middleton found Carson, who again was in a perfect spot and reacted quickly to slot the ball home to make it 2-0 at half-time.

Following the break, Ireland came out with a sense of purpose about their game and immediately put England on the back foot. Their reward came in the 51st minute when Shane O'Donoghue scored from a penalty stroke after Pinner was judged to have deliberately stopped the ball with the back of his stick. O'Donoghue made no mistakes with a clinical finish to pull one back for his side. Six minutes later, Ireland were back in the circle again and with no video referral England couldn't question the umpire's decision to give another penalty stroke. A second go for O'Donoghue and again he made no mistake against Pinner in England's goal.

At 2-2 England would still make it through to the semi-finals by the narrowest of margins having scored one more goal than Ireland in the tournament. Ireland had their chances and it was a nail-biting finish for England fans, but they hung on to take the point and progress to the semi-finals on Thursday when they will face Belgium at 19:30 (uk time).

Speaking after the game England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley, gave his thoughts on the performance, “I think the game was always going to be tight, and although there is a significant gap in the world rankings between us and Ireland [4th & 15th in the world respectively], we are a young team and are going through a rebuilding phase. We knew how strong this Irish side was going to be and we never underestimated them coming into the tournament, especially because it was such a significant game today.”

“In the second half we weren't good enough on the ball, we had chances and we should have passed it better, so that was frustrating for me. Having said that, I am delighted because we got the result we needed and we're through to the semi-finals. I said when I got the job it was going to be a tough few months and I knew we'd have a lot of up and downs, but I'm really proud of the players today, coming up against a very strong side and getting the resulted we needed."

Looking ahead to a semi-final on Friday, Crutchley added, "Our options are likely to be playing Belgium, who have played the best hockey of the tournament so far, or Olympic Champions Germany, who are past masters of getting through to this stage of the competition and always producing their best form in the games that count. So I don't think you'd pick to play either one, but we are delighted to be through to the semi-finals with this squad, and that was the first and most important objective for us." Spain could also still qualify for the final four.

England forward and goal scorer, Tom Carson, was asked about his contribution to the game, “Scoring goals is always good, I was fortunate the balls fell to me in the circle and that’s something we’ve been working on really hard in training, to get into those positions, so it’s great for it to come off today. But I couldn’t score the goals unless the right balls are fed in, so it’s definitely a team effort.”

IRELAND 2 (0)
Shane O'Donoghue 51, 57 (PS, PS)

ENGLAND 2 (2)
Tom Carson 7, 19 (FG, FG)

Click here to read the full match report.

England’s men have a rest day tomorrow before their semi-final on Thursday where they will face hosts Belgium at 19:30. The TriFinance EuroHockey Championships are being shown on the BBC Red Button, online and on iplayer.

England's women already know they will face tough opponents the Netherlands in their semi-final, tomorrow at 19:30 (UK time). It will be live on the BBC Red Button, BBC online and Eurosport.

For more information about the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships please visit the official website www.trifinanceeurohockey2013.be

England Hockey Board Media release



Ireland 2-2 England - Men's European Championships



Ireland's men drew 2-2 against England in their final pool match of the European Hockey Championships taking place in Boom, Belgium, but with goal difference in play Ireland still missed out on a semi-final spot and will now have to play out to grab the 5th spot - one above their ranking in this tournament.

Ireland (world ranking 15) were first out of the traps threatening the English (world ranking 4) defence early on securing a penalty corner on the four minute mark but Conor Harte's drag was well defended keeping the sides level. Just three minutes later it was England on the attack with Condon spinning into the circle to get a shot away which took a sneaky deflection en route thanks to Carson's stick to take the 1-0 lead.

The pacey affair ensued in end to end fashion but Carson proved the hit man once again when left alone in the circle he slapped home a mid high bouncing cross leaving David Harte in goals with little chance in the 19th minute. Ireland had a few chances to pull one back before the half time but a strong English defence team worked well to keep their sheet clean.

David Harte was tested early in the second half on his glove side thanks to Caitlin's snap shot before Ireland were back in attacking mode but Mikie Watt just couldn't get the shot away in the 42minute. Ireland were rewarded with a penalty corner opportunity in the 50th minute and a penalty stroke ensued. Ireland's marksman Shane O'Donoghue stepped up and coolly converted sending the keeper the wrong way making it Ireland 1-2 England in the 50th minute. Just seven minutes later O'Donoghue found himself stepping up to the penalty stroke spot once again this time going the opposite side scoring his brace to level the sides.

With thirteen minutes left the game intensified - England just needing the draw for a semi final spot but Ireland needing the win. Both sides had chances the majority of which fell to Ireland's Green Machine with plenty of sharp breath 'so close' moments. Despite a huge effort Ireland couldn't pin down the all important third goal winner and so will go into fight it out for places 5 through to 8 while England will join the top four in the semi finals.

Coach Meredith was clearly disappointed on missing out on the semi-final spot but encouraged by the competitiveness this team has shown against sides ranked much higher  "It is obviously a tremendously disappointing result. We were surprised that the English played so negatively, sitting so deep behind their own half line. But despite going 2-0 down in the first half we were controlling long periods and were ahead in all departments statistically. The elements that probably contributed to not getting the win involved both key areas in front of the goal and our effectiveness in those areas"

"None the less we continue to show improvement and both the strong performance against the Dutch (ranked 3) and the fact that we are disappointed at only drawing today's game against the English (ranked 4th) is a very encouraging sign from a very young and inexperienced team that is continuing to grow as an extremely competitive unit." He continued

Ireland will be back in action on Friday at 3pm and Sunday at 10am http://www.trifinanceeurohockey2013.be/index.php?websitestructid=296

IRELAND 2(0) Shane O'Donoghue x 2 PS -50m & 57m
ENGLAND 2 (2) Carson x 2 OP - 7m & 19m

Starting XI: HARTE David (GK); JACKSON John (Captain); BELL Jonny; CARGO Chris; MAGEE Eugene; CARUTH Peter; McCANDLESS Bruce;  HARTE Conor; BROWN Peter; O'DONOGHUE Shane; WATT Mikie.
Reserves: GORMLEY Ronan; COLE Stephen; SHIMMINS Kirk; DARLING Mitch; GOOD Kyle; FITZGERALD David; LOUGHREY Stuart

Irish Hockey Association media release



England men into last four of European Championships

By Mike Haymonds


TOM CARSON'S twin strikes were crucial as England's men qualified for the semi-finals with a 2-2 draw against Ireland at the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in Boom, Belgium.

The Reading forward is one of the newcomers in the England squad but his reactions were sharp as he first deflected home a shot by David Condon and then steered a cross by Barry Middleton past the Irish keeper.

England only needed a draw to make the last four and they looked on the way to better that with a two-goal lead at half-time.

Neither side gained clear superiority in the opening half but Carson's double in the seventh and 19th minutes was the difference between them.

The second half belonged to Ireland and their efforts were rewarded with goals from two penalty strokes in the 51st and 57th minutes, both converted by Shane O'Donoghue, with the second being hotly contested by England. However, having lost their only video referral allowed early in the game, they had no option to challenge.

As both sides strove for the winner, the atmosphere became charged, with England defender Iain Lewers prominent in denying his former Irish team-mates as his side came under increasing pressure in the final stages.

England coach Bobby Crutchley said: "I think the game was always going to be tight and, though there is a significant gap in the world rankings between us, we are a young team and are going through a rebuiding stage.

"We knew how strong this Irish side was going to be.

"I'm really proud of the players today, coming up against a very strong side and getting the result we needed."

Of his goals Carson said: "I was fortunate the balls fell to me in the circle and that is something we have been working on really hard in training.

"But I couldn't score the goals unless the right balls are fed to me."

England's semi-final opponents will be Belgium who have confirmed here their vastly improved form in recent years.

In today's (Thurs) women's semi-final England meet Olympic champions Netherlands who are in imperious form, having won their pool without conceding a goal.

Daily Express



FIH announces TriFinance EuroHockey Championships live streaming

Crunch matches from Boom will be broadcast on the FIH You Tube channel



(Photo: European Hockey Federation / Frank Uijlenbroek)

The FIH is excited to announce that it will be live streaming a number of key games in the final stages of the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships, the joint men’s and women’s event which is currently taking place in Boom, Belgium.

The FIH You Tube channel will be broadcasting a total of eight games between Thursday 22nd and Sunday 25th August, with the Semi Finals and medal matches all being shown. The move allows a global audience of millions to witness Europe’s finest international teams and players go head to head in a bid to win the trophies, with a places at next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague (NED) also being up for grabs.  

Full details about the matches being broadcast can be found below. All times listed are local (Central European Summer Time – UTC / GMT +2).

Please be aware that due to due to broadcast agreements, there will be some geo-blocking restrictions in place. This means that there are territories where the stream is unavailable.  The details can be found at the bottom of the page.

Live Streaming schedule – TriFinance EuroHockey Championships 2013
Thursday 22nd August 2013

Women’s Semi Final 1: Germany v Belgium – 1800
Women’s Semi Final 2: Netherlands v England – 2030

Friday 23rd August 2013
Men’s Semi Final 1: 1800
Men’s Semi Final 2: 2030

Saturday 24th August 2013
Women’s Bronze medal match: 1330
Women’s Final: 1600

Sunday 25th August 2013

Men’s Bronze medal match – 1330
Men’s Final – 1600

Geo-blocked countries: Belarus, England, Ireland, Scotland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

FIH site



Hockey Asia Cup 2013: Format and Schedule

India will look to scale the hockey summit in Asia once again and in the process earn themselves a place in the 2014 FIH World Cup as the 9th men's Asia Cup gets going on the astro-turf in Ipoh, Malaysia, from August 24.

India, World Cup winners in 1975, have lifted the Asia Cup twice in 2003 and 2007 while finishing runners up on four occasions in the history of the tournament that began in 1982. But fans back home will look at nothing less than a top finish on the podium this time with a World Cup qualification at stake for the continental champions from Asia.

India had a chance to qualify for the World Cup with a top three finish in the FIH Hockey World League semi-finals in Rotterdam. But the team returned with a poor fifth place in the event, which now leaves them with just one last chance in Ipoh to sneak into the 2014 World Cup to be held at The Hague, Netherlands.

Hockey Asia Cup 2013: Format and Schedule


File photo from a Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan. (Getty Images)

Format:

The eight-team competition will see teams divided into Pool A and B consisting four each. The top two finishers form each of the pool at the end of the league stage will face each other in the semis.

Schedule:

Pool A: Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan, Chinese-Taipei

Pool B: Korea, India, Bangladesh, Oman

Live Telecast: ESPN Star Sports

August 24, 2013

Match #1 - India vs Oman - 1335 IST

Match #2 - Pakistan vs Japan - 1535 IST

Match #3 - Malaysia vs Chinese-Taipei - 1735 IST

August 25, 2013

Match #4 - Korea vs Bangladesh - 1335 IST

Match #5 - Japan vs Chinese-Taipei - 1535 IST

Match #6 - Pakistan vs Malaysia - 1735 IST

August 26, 2013

Match #7 - Bangladesh vs Oman - 1535 IST

Match #8 - India vs Korea - 1735

August 27, 2013

Match #9 - Pakistan vs Chinese-Taipei - 1535 IST

Match #10 - Japan vs Malaysia - 1735 IST

August 28, 2013

Match #11 Korea vs Oman - 1535 IST

Match # 12 India vs Bangladesh - 1735 IST

August 29, 2013

Rest Day

August 30, 2013

Match #13 - 5th-8th position - 3rd in Pool A vs 4th in Pool B - 0535 IST

Match #14 - 5th-8th position - 3rd in Pool B vs 4th in Pool A - 0805 IST

Match #15 - Semifinal - A1 vs B2 - 1505 IST

Match #16 - Semifinal - B1 vs A2 - 1735 IST

August 31, 2013

Match #17 - 7th-8th position - Loser Match #13 vs Loser Match #14 - 1505 IST

Match #18 - 5th-6th position - Winner Match #13 vs Winner Match #14 - 1735 IST

September 1, 2013

Match #19 - 3rd-4th position - Loser Match #15 vs Loser Match #16 - 1505 IST

Match #20 - Final - Winner Match #15 vs Winner Match #16 - 1735 IST

IBNLive Sports



Cast complete as World Cup beckons

By Jugjet Singh


NATIONAL hockey coach Paul Revington named two midfielders yesterday to complete his Asia Cup cast, which will attempt to win Malaysia's maiden gold medal starting Saturday.

The coach had earlier named 16 players who took Malaysia to fifth place in the World League semi-finals in Johor Baru.

The two midfielders selected from the training pool were Jivan Mohan and Ramadan Rosli.

Malaysia have only won bronze medals in the Asia Cup but will be gunning for gold as the tournament also doubles up as a World Cup qualifier.

However, it looks like Malaysia have already qualified for the World Cup as the European Championship results so far are favouring Revington and his men.

Four teams have qualified for the World Cup from Europe -- Germany, England, Netherlands and Belgium -- and two of them made the semi-finals of the European Championships yesterday.

Netherlands and England qualified for the last four from Group B, and the three teams poised for the semis from Group A last night were Belgium, Germany and Spain.

It does not matter which two of the three make the semis from Group A and Malaysia will play in the World Cup in the Hague, Netherlands in 2014 after a hiatus of 12 years.

New Straits Times



Ramadan and Jivan get nod for Asia Cup

By AFTAR SINGH



The experienced Jivan Mohan (right) has been called up for the Asia Cup.

KUALA LUMPUR: Youngster Mohd Ramadan Rosli has earned the biggest break in his hockey career after being named for the Asia Cup, which begins at the Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh on Saturday.

The other player named in the 18-man team was experienced midfielder Jivan Mohan.

Forward Ramadan, Jivan and defender Azreen Rizal Nasir were the three players vying for the last two spots in the 18-man team as national coach Paul Revington had named 16 players two weeks ago.

The Kuala Lumpur-born Ramadan was a member of the Malaysian team who won the Junior Asia Cup in Malacca last year.

The 22-year-old has been included in the Asia Cup squad because of his versatility – he can play in midfield and attack.

Ramadan, who has been training with the national team since last year, was delighted to be making his debut in the Asia Cup.

“All my hard work in training has paid off. I want to thank coach Revington for having faith in me,” said Ramadan, who features for Tenaga Nasional in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).

“I also want to enjoy a memorable outing in the Asia Cup by getting my name on the score sheet.”

The 30-year-old Jivan, who skipped the playing tour of South Africa in June and the World League semi-finals in Johor Baru last month with a knee injury, is just glad to be back in the national team.

“I have fully recovered from the injury and my aim now is to help Malaysia win the Asia Cup and qualify for the World Cup (in The Hague, Holland) next year,” said the Police Inspector, who has represented Malaysia 162 times.

The Star of Malaysia



Pakistan recall veteran Waseem to beef up defence


Pakistan’s Waseem Ahmed (right) in action during the Sultan Azlan Shah cup match in October 2011.

KUALA LUMPUR: Pakistan have recalled seasoned campaigner Waseem Ahmed to beef up their defence for the Asia Cup, which begins on Saturday in Ipoh.

Pakistan know they must win the Asia Cup if they do not want to miss out on the World Cup for the first time since its inception in 1971.

Only the winner of the Asia Cup will qualify for next year’s World Cup in The Hague, Holland.

The green-shirted Pakistan, who are three-time Asia Cup champions (1982, 1985, 1989), have also included experienced goalkeeper Salman Akbar. He had been sidelined for almost two years.

Pakistan endured a disappointing outing in the World League semi-finals in Johor Baru last month, finishing seventh in the eight-nation tournament.

Pakistan skipper and defender Muhammad Imran claimed that they were let down by poor defence in Johor Baru, where they conceded 17 goals in six matches.

“I hope the return of Waseem, who has more than 300 international caps, and Salman will bring a significant improvement to our defence,” said Imran.

The 33-year-old Imran, however, admitted that it would be tough to win the Asia Cup.

“Teams like India, South Korea and Malaysia will be a big threat in the tournament. But we will give it a go,” said Imran.

Imran admitted that he would be shouldering a heavy responsibility in Ipoh as “besides marshalling the defence, I am also expected to get the goals from penalty corners set-pieces”.

“I netted four goals in World League semi-finals and I hope to score in every match in the Asia Cup,” said Imran.

The Star of Malaysia



Province and Southerns guarantee women's hockey IPT semi-final spots in PE

JONATHAN COOK in Port Elizabeth


Hockey heavyweights Western Province and Southern Gauteng cemented berths in the semi-finals of the SA Women’s Interprovincial Tournament Wednesday with emphatic wins on day two of pool competition.

Province, last year’s silver medallists, enjoyed a three-goal blitz in the first nine minutes to set up a superb 4-1 victory over last year’s bronze medallists Northern Blues, while defending champions Southern Gauteng were comfortable 4-1 winners over the willing but outgunned North West combination.

A gale force wind and driving rain made play extremely unpleasant in the evening, yet it did not stop a highly motivated Border from beating favourites Eastern Province 4-0 while in the midday game Free State worked very hard to beat winless KZN Coastal Raiders 1-0.

However, the elements did enough to postpone the late evening game, a B Section clash between SA Country Districts’ A and Eastern Province Settlers. This match will be played Thursday at a time and venue still to be determined.

Fighting for second spot behind WP in Pool B, the Free State clash with Northern Blues will be Thursday’s key encounter. With both teams on equal log points and each having a goal difference of zero, only victory will be enough to ensure Free State’s berth in the semi-finals, while a draw will be enough for Blues, who have a superior “goals for” margin of  three.

In the B Section, the unbeaten KZN Inland and Witwatersrand are guaranteed places in Friday’s semi-finals.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

A Section: Free State 1 KZN Coastal Raiders 0; Western Province 4 Northern Blues 1; Southern Gauteng 4 North West 1; Border 4 Eastern Province 4.

B Section: KZN Inland 5 KZN Mynahs 0; Witwatersrand 8 Southern Cape 0; SA Country Districts B 4 Mpumalanga 4; SA Country Districts A vs EP Settlers (Due to unplayable conditions, postponed to Thursday at a time and venue still to be determined).

THURSDAY FIXTURES
(KC March Astro unless stated)

A Section: Northern Blues vs Free State (12 pm); Western Province vs KZN Coastal Raiders (2 pm); Southern Gauteng vs Border (4 pm); Eastern Province vs North West (6 pm).

B Section: KZN Inland vs Mpumalanga (8 am); Southern Cape vs SA Country Districts A (10 am); KZN Mynahs vs  SA Country Districts B (Westering High School 2 pm); Witwatersrand vs EP Settlers (8 pm).

SA Hockey Association media release



Auckland men seize control of points table


Pictured: Auckland's Simon Egerton, courtesy www.photosport.co.nz

The Auckland men have consolidated top spot on the table after a 3-1 win over the Canterbury Cavaliers in a wet and windy Round 6 of the Ford National Hockey League at North Harbour Hockey Stadium today.

In the top of the table clash, defending champions Auckland dominated the game with a glut of possession inside the attacking quarter.

English international guest player Simon Egerton scored a double while Dwayne Rowsell put the icing on the cake for the Aucklanders, who are now clear leaders on 20 points.

Later in the day the Southern Dogs escaped with a 3-2 win over the Central Mavericks thanks to a stunning hat-trick from Black Sticks striker Hugo Inglis, who now leads the men’s top goal scorer table with nine goals from six games.

Midlands cruised to a straightforward 5-1 victory over Northland with a double to Nick Budgeon, while Abir Mukherjee, Craig Fowler, and Lincoln Churchill also made it onto the scoresheet.

After a rain delay, Capital stormed to a 3-0 win over North Harbour helped by a Stephen Jenness double and another to Matt L’Huillier.

On the women’s side of the draw, Midlands opened the day with a 3-1 win over the Central Mysticks with Renee Ashton continuing her fine goal scoring form at the tournament with a brace, and Sam Charlton added her side’s third.

Two goals from Alexandra Hunt helped Auckland past the Southern Storm 2-0, a result that has seen Auckland power to the top of the women’s table with 21 points.

Capital thumped Northland 6-1 with a brace from goal scoring machine Katarina O’Callaghan, along with other scorers Aniwaka Roberts, Jenna Anderson, Kelsey Smith and Carolina Welten.

In a rain affected match, the Canterbury Cats defeated North Harbour 3-2 thanks to two goals from Georgie Blackwood to wrap up the day’s play.

Round 7 of the Ford NHL gets underway from 11.30am tomorrow in the final round before Saturday’s semi-finals day.

CLICK HERE for full results, points tables and goal scorers

FORD NHL RESULTS
WEDNESDAY 21 AUGUST

MEN


AUCKLAND FURY 2: (Dwayne Rowsell, Simon Egerton 2)
CANTERBURY CAVALIERS 1: (Teun Rohof)

SOUTHERN DOGS 3: (Hugo Inglis 3)
CENTRAL MAVERICKS 2: (Shea McAleese, Regan Hughes)

BAYLEYS MIDLANDS 5: (Abir Mukherjee, Nick Budgeon 2, Craig Fowler, Lincoln Churchill)
MARSDEN COVE NORTHLAND 1: (Gauthier Boccard)

TRUST HOUSE CAPITAL 3: (Stephen Jenness 2, Matt L’Huillier)
NORTH HARBOUR 0

WOMEN

BAYLEYS MIDLANDS 3: (Renee Ashton 2, Sam Charlton)
CENTRAL MYSTICKS 1: (Ashlea Fey)

AUCKLAND FURY 2: (Alexandra Hunt 2)
SOUTHERN STORM 0

CANTERBURY CATS 3: (Georgie Blackwood 2, Own Goal)
NORTH HARBOUR 2: (Petrea Webster, Own Goal)

TRUST HOUSE CAPITAL 5: (Katarina O’Callaghan 2, Jenna Anderson, Kelsey Smith, Carolina Welten, Aniwaka Roberts)
MARK CROMIE HOLDEN NORTHLAND 1: (Carli Michelsen)

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Auckland teams top seeds for semi-finals


Photo: www.photosport.co.nz

The men’s and women’s semi-finalists for the Ford National Hockey League have been confirmed following Round 7 at North Harbour Hockey Stadium today.

On the men’s side, Auckland defeated Capital in a penalty shoot-out after the game was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation time.

The result killed off Capital’s semi-final hopes and ensured top seeding for Auckland, who will play fourth seeded Midlands after their 4-0 win over Central pushed North Harbour out of finals contention.

Auckland captain Arun Panchia said to finish top of the table after the round robin phase was a huge confidence boost going into the semis.

“We wanted to continue playing well and getting better every game, so today was important to us but we still need to get better,” he said.

“It’s a good confidence boost but we’re not looking too far ahead. We’ve set ourselves up well so we just need to kick on and get the job done.”

In Saturday’s second men’s semi-final, the Southern Dogs will take on the Canterbury Cavaliers.

Southern came away with a penalty shoot-out result over Northland today to hold on to second on the points table after Canterbury were defeated 1-2 by North Harbour.

The first women’s semi-final will be top seed Auckland facing off against Capital, after Auckland’s 1-0 win over North Harbour saw them leapfrog Canterbury into top spot.

The Canterbury Cats will play Midlands in the other women’s semi-final thanks to a 3-2 victory over Northland today.

The Ford NHL semi-finals day will be played at North Harbour on Saturday from 9.30am.

CLICK HERE to see the semi-finals day schedule

FORD NHL ROUND 7 RESULTS
THURSDAY 22 AUGUST


MEN

MARSDEN COVE NORTHLAND 2: (Alexandre de Paeuw, Allister Langridge)
SOUTHERN DOGS 2: (Eddie Ockenden, Hugo Inglis)
Southern won penalty shoot-out 5-4

AUCKLAND FURY 2: (Dwayne Rowsell, Simon Egerton)
TRUST HOUSE CAPITAL 2: (Matt L’Huillier, Stephen Jenness)
Auckland won penalty shoot-out 4-2

NORTH HARBOUR 2: (Cory Bennett, Jan Paterson)
CANTERBURY CAVALIERS 1: (Richard Bain)

BAYLEYS MIDLANDS 4: (Nick Budgeon, Andy Hayward, Jimmy Linehan, Luke Coxhead)
CENTRAL MAVERICKS 0

WOMEN

CENTRAL MYSTICKS 1: (Ashlea Fey)
SOUTHERN STORM 1: (Charlotte Henley)
Central won penalty shoot-out 2-1

CANTERBURY CATS 1: (Tenille Burnside)
TRUST HOUSE CAPITAL 1: (Kelsey Smith)
Canterbury won penalty shoot-out 4-2

BAYLEYS MIDLANDS 0: (Gemma Flynn, Renee Ashton, Su Arn Kwek)
MARK CROMIE HOLDEN NORTHLAND 0: (Charlotte Harrison, Jodie Nichol)

AUCKLAND FURY 1: (Katie Glynn)
NORTH HARBOUR 0

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Hockey NZ to stream Ford NHL finals live!


Photo: www.photosport.co.nz

Hockey New Zealand has confirmed both the men’s and women’s Ford National Hockey League finals this Sunday will be streamed live online.

For those unable to make it to North Harbour Hockey Stadium, full coverage will be available in association with N-Tech.

The women’s final will be played at 12.30pm this Sunday, followed by the men’s final at 3.10pm.

Come game day, live footage will be streamed through the links below.

CLICK HERE for livestreaming of the Ford NHL Women’s final

CLICK HERE for livestreaming of the Ford NHL Men’s final

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Burras' Junior World Cup Preparation continues

Four matches against Malaysia in Brisbane begin Sunday


Australia’s under 21 men’s hockey team, the Burras, continue their preparation for December’s Junior World Cup with four matches against their Malaysian counterparts in Brisbane starting this weekend.

The series at the Queensland State Hockey Centre offers an opportunity for the Junior World Cup training squad to compete together against one of the sides they may come up against in Delhi later in the year.

Burras coach Paul Gaudoin says the week-long camp is not only another opportunity for the young athletes to show what they can do but it gives the group valuable time to work on team dynamics and styles of play.

“We’ll be making our final selection for the Junior World Cup in mid-October, following the Australian Hockey League, so ahead of that, this gives us the chance to find out who will step up and show they want to be in the team,” said Gaudoin.

“While selection is one strand, the other priority is building and consolidating the concepts of how we want to play. Given that we operate as a decentralised squad and the guys come together for a short time before spending two or three months apart, we’ll be looking to fit in a lot in a short space of time.”

With final selection in October and the Junior World Cup taking place in December, the Head Coach says it’s vitally important to know as much as possible about everyone in the squad. “Without the luxury of having everyone together  in one location day-in, day-out, it’s at camps like this one where we get a good feel for not only the first 18 guys but also the next guys in line; those we might need to call upon later.”

This month’s training camp has been made possible thanks to the support of the Queensland Academy of Sport and Hockey Queensland and is the latest in a structured program of preparation for the Junior World Cup.

In June, the Burras undertook a two week tour to Europe, during which they played against the likes of the German and Dutch under 21 sides.  And a ‘super camp’ in Perth in July saw the Burras come together with their senior compatriots, the Kookaburras, and members of Australia’s men’s development squad for an intensive week of training and competition. Following the Australian Hockey League late next month, the final squad will be announced ahead of a two week training camp in Perth, WA, in November.

Australia U21 Men v Malaysia U21 Men
Queensland State Hockey Centre, Brisbane

Sunday 25 August – 5:30pm AEST
Monday 26 August – 5:00pm AEST
Wednesday 28 August – 2:00pm AEST
Thursday 29 August – 3:30pm AEST

Australia U21 Men’s Junior World Cup Program
23-30 August: Training Camp (Brisbane, Queensland)
27 September – 5 October: Australian Hockey League (Melbourne, Victoria)
w/c 7 October: Final squad selection for JWC
14-30 November (dates tbc): Training Camp (Perth, WA)
30 November: Squad departs for Delhi (Perth, WA)
5-16 December: Junior World Cup (Delhi, India)

Australia U21 Men’s Squad
Daniel Beale (Queensland)
Robert Bell (Queensland)
Simon Borger (Queensland)
Andrew Butturini (GK) (Queensland)
Ed Chittleborough (GK) (South Australia)
Tyler Cowley (Victoria)
Tom Craig (New South Wales)
Matthew Dawson (New South Wales)
Justin Douglas (Queensland)
Jack Elliott (New South Wales)
Will Gilmour (Victoria)
Blake Govers (New South Wales)
Casey Hammond (Victoria)
Jeremy Hayward (Northern Territory)
Cameron Joyce (South Australia)
Aaron Kershaw (New South Wales)
Matthew Lim (Western Australia)
Adam Luck (GK) (Northern Territory)
Luke Noblett (New South Wales)
Flynn Ogilvie (New South Wales)
Matthew Pembroke (Queensland)
Kane Posselt (Queensland)
Jayshaan Randhawa (Victoria)
Aidan Rintala (Queensland)
Daniel Robertson (Western Australia)
Byron Walton (Victoria)
Dylan Wotherspoon (Queensland)

Hockey Australia media release



Stepps Hockey Club celebrates centenary

“The very first minutes, written in pencil and still legible on a writing pad, aptly named "Challenge", states that at a meeting held in the Union Public Hall on 15th April 1913 "it was decided to form a hockey club in Stepps".”

100 years on, Stepps HC is taking time out of pre-season preparations to host what will be the largest event in the club’s history. A day of celebration is planned at the club’s current playing base at the AstroTurf pitch at Millerston - just along the road from Stepps.

All current members of the club (as well as a number of former players and invited guests) will be involved in matches during the day. The on-pitch festivities will conclude with a match between the Stepps 1st XI and a Scotland XI.

Whilst the men’s first team have been regulars in National League Division 2, the work carried out in the background of the club has been significant in recent years. Two years ago, the club established a 3rd team for youth development which plays in the West District leagues.

Last season, the 3rd team won their league and the 2nd team won the Regional League Division 2. Last season, the club also fielded a ladies team for the first time in many years. The club is growing and growing.

The youth section has also expanded, with Stepps well represented again in District sides and beyond at youth level. All this work is helping to make Stepps Hockey Club an integral part of local community life and will help to secure the future of the club.

The games on Saturday will likely see one of the largest crowds of recent seasons and anyone with an interest in Stepps Hockey Club, or just hockey in general, are welcome along to Millerston to witness the quality of hockey – as well as food and drink facilities – that we will have on offer.

The day will conclude with a spectacular dinner at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. With over 230 guests, it promises to be a great night with some fantastic speakers, great food and perhaps one or two drinks as well.

The list of thank you’s for the day are far too long to go into, but special mention must be paid to Argyle Consulting Ltd who are helping to sponsor the event and the University of Strathclyde for their continued support. This is not going to be an ordinary day in Stepps long history and as well as celebrating the past, it will put the club on a great footing looking ahead to many more successful years.

Estimated Match Schedule:

11:00AM – 11:55AM   Youth Development Match
12:00PM – 13:15PM   Stepps Ladies A v Stepps Ladies B
13:15PM – 14:30PM   Stepps Vets v Stepps 2s/3s
14:30PM – 16:30PM   Stepps 1st XI v Scotland XI

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Scottish Hockey Union media release



Confidential Whistle Blowing

The FIH, in accordance with its policy of transparency and good governance and particularly to endeavor to guard the sport against corruption, has established a “whistleblower” facility to receive information / reports on a basis which will remain confidential, and if necessary, anonymous.

Any emails sent to this address will be accessed only by the nominated members of the Risk and Compliance Committee, who are totally independent of the FIH Executive Board and Staff.

They will consider any report / complaint, and may refer it to the other members of that committee, and ensure that it is considered and, if appropriate, acted upon, although individuals who log matters onto the confidential email facility will not necessarily receive a direct reply.

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Kali Shumock of Liberty High School to continue her field hockey career at Boston University

Tom Hinkel



Moravian’s Dana Turner and Kali Shumock, right, of Liberty fight for the ball in August 2012 in Bethlehem. Shumock will play field hockey at Boston University. (Express-Times Photo | STEPHEN FLOOD)

Kali Shumock simply went with her instincts.

A standout three-sport athlete at Liberty High School, Shumock began drawing interest to play basketball from several Patriot League schools.

Coincidentally, the rising senior will continue her career in the Patriot League. However, instead of round ball, Shumock stuck with her first love -- field hockey.

Shumock has accepted a scholarship and made a verbal commitment to continue her field hockey career at Boston University in the fall of 2014. The Terriers and Loyola University Maryland become associate members of the Patriot League in most sports beginning this fall.

"I considered playing basketball in college, but I knew I wanted to play field hockey," said Shumock, who also participates in track and field in the spring. "I recently gave up club basketball to free me up to play more field hockey."

Shumock, an outstanding student who plans to major in kinesiology, chose Boston over Providence and Temple. She's thrilled to solidify her decision before her senior season.

"It allows me to focus on this season without any pressure behind my back," she said. "I can focus on team goals instead of on an individual basis."

Boston U. is under the direction of longtime coach Sally Starr, who's won 370 games and led the Terriers to 10 NCAA tournament appearances in 32 seasons.

"I met with her and the entire team," Shumock said. "They took me around and I really fell in love with the whole environment."

Shumock credits Liberty field hockey coach Mary Kate Omdahl and Phil Danaher, coach of the Allentown-based Mystic Hockey Club, for developing her career.

"I owe a lot to both of them," she said.

Danaher, she claims, also had a strong influence in getting her acquainted with BU.

"He knows a lot of coaches and they contacted him first," Shumock said. "I sent them my video and that's how we started communicating. I love how it's right in the middle of the city. There are a lot of colleges around there. I love the big campus feel."

Shumock, who plays midfield, scored a school-record 14 goals last season for the Hurricanes, who set a school mark with 13 wins and advanced to the Lehigh Valley Conference title game. She's a LVC first team All-Star and an Express-Times All-Area second team selection.

"I can't say enough about Kali's work ethic," said Danaher, who's also the head field hockey coach at Saucon Valley. "All I can do is set the table, but she's the one who ate dinner and stayed around for dessert. She's just done everything. She's got all the tools. Without a doubt she can play at that level."

Leigh Valley Live