News for 28 August 2013

All the news for Wednesday 28 August 2013


Pakistan beat ChineseTaipei 13-0 to top Group A



IPOH:  Pakistan topped Group A when they whipped Chinese Taipei 13-0 to complete their preliminary round matches unbeaten in the 9th Asia Cup at the Azlan Shah Stadium.

It was a mismatch right from the start although the Chinese Taipei team made a fight of it in the initial stages.

But once the goals started flowing there was no stopping the Pakistan goal machine.

Pakistan has already booked their berth to the semi-finals on Friday and they are in line to play the South Koreans in the cross over last four match-up.

The runner-up slot form the group will be decided between Malaysia and Japan, who play in a later match.

Shakeel Abbasi started the scoring in the 13th minute with the hit from the top of the bow. This was followed by a penalty corner goal from Muhammad Imran 10 minutes later while Muhammad Rizwan added the third in the 25th minute for a 3-0 first half lead.

With the match firmly under their control the Pakistan piled up the pressure and soon was on a eight-goal feast.

Abdul Haseem Khan struck a hattrick in the 53rd, 54th and 69th minutes. Imran had another goal in the 52nd minute.

Shafqat Rasool (38, 46) and Mohamed Rizwan (37) had a brace in the match while the other scorers include Muhammad Irfan ( 66), Muhammad Dilber (45)and Muhammad Toussiq (59).

Shafqat Rasool was named man-of-the-match.

Official Asia Cup site



Malaysia storm into the Asia Cup semi-final as group runners-up



IPOH: Malaysia overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Japan 4-2 in this Group A tie and qualify for the semi-finals of the Asia Cup at the Azlan Shah Stadium.

The Malaysians allowed the Japanese room and attack in the early stages of the match and this proved fatal as they scored two goals in a space of four minutes. But their pedigree showed and soon drew level before half time and then scored two late goals to make the last four. 

Malaysia went into the match knowing that a draw will take them through to the semi-final while the Japanese needed an outright win.

True to form the Japanese started off aggressively and soon had the Malaysians back pedalling in defence.

The Japanese earned their first penalty corner in the fourth minute and Toshiro Tashibana’s drag flick was deflected into goal by Mohamed Marhan Jalil.

And in the eight minute the Japanese were back in another counter attack and this time Kei Kawakami shot into goal from close range giving Malaysian goalkeeper S. Kumar no chance to save.

The Malaysians plodded along and soon took control of the match. Defender Mohamed Razie Rahim gave them a lifeline in the 14th minute when he slotted home the penalty corner.

Soon the Malaysians dominated the match and Mohamed Firhan Azhaari scored with a hefty shot from top D to level the proceedings.

The Malaysians also had four more penalty corners in the first half but it failed to get past the Japanese defence.

The second half was fully dominated by the Malaysians but they left it late to score their goals to earn the win.

The goal that broke the Japanese came in the 59th minute with Fazal Saari scoring from their seventh penalty corner.

And with four minutes on the watch Azlan Misron, the veteran midfielder, charged through the Japanese defence to slot home from close range. The Malaysians went through on a 4-2 margin win.

Defender Faiz Helmi Jali was named the man-of-the-match and he had the honour to receive his prize from the MHC president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Official Asia Cup site



Malaysia rallies to beat Japan

S. Thyagarajan


Malaysia, stunned by the suddenness of two goals in a space of 10 minutes, had to summon all its skill and wherewithal to score a 4-2 victory over Japan, the last goal surfacing four minutes from the end in a Pool A match of the Asia Cup hockey championship here on Tuesday. The teams were level 2-2 at half-time.

It was a pulsating contest in every sense of the term as the Japanese, touching top form in the first half, kept the Malaysians totally shackled. Even as the match was five minutes old came the lead for Japan.

A blinding deflection by Toshiro Tachibana off a penalty corner push by Nagaswa left goalkeeper Kumar Subramaniam bewildered by the pace and angle.

It took quite a while for the Malaysians to realise the tornado they were facing. Kei Kawakami slithered through for the second goal.

But, progressively, the home team gained control. The Japanese defenders and goalkeeper Akira denied the Malaysians any hint of success in penalty corners till Muhammad Razie came up with a scorcher to bring the match to life. A delectable reverse flick by Firhan Ashaari then brought Malaysia level before half-time.

It was even going for the major part of the second half when a draw looked very much on the cards. But Faisal Saari turned the trend with a fierce penalty corner and even before the cheers died down Aslan Misron increased the lead to 4-2. Malaysia finished its schedule with six points, behind Pakistan in Pool A. In all probability, it will face India in the semifinals on Friday.

Pakistan makes merry

Surviving a few tense moments in the early minutes when the ebullient Yuan Fan cut through alarmingly more than once, Pakistan converted the contest against Chinese Taipei into a target practice. The 13-0 win — 10 goals came in the second half — gave Pakistan its third successive victory in Pool A, which it tops with nine points.

High on confidence after beating defending champion Korea, India faces Bangladesh in its third match of Pool B on Wednesday. Assured of a semifinal spot with six points from two matches, India is all set to grab full points.

The results: Pool A: Pakistan 13 (Shakeel Abbasi, Muhammad Imran 2, Rizwan Muhammad 2, Shafqat Rasool 2, Dilber Muhammad, Haseem Khan 3, Taushiq Muhammad, Irfan Muhammad) beat Chinese Taipei 0.

Malaysia 4 (Muhammad Razie, Firhan Ashaari, Faisal Saari, Aslan Misron) beat Japan 2 (Toshiro Tachibana, Kei Kawakami).

Wednesday’s matches: Korea v Oman (3.35 p.m.); India v Bangladesh (5.35 p.m. IST).

The Hindu



Living dangerously

Malaysia come back from two goals down to beat Japan

By JUGJET SINGH



Malaysia’s Firhan Ashaari scored the equaliser against Japan. Pic by Supian Ahmad

MALAYSIA lived dangerously but came back from two goals down to beat Japan 4-2 for a spot in the semi-finals of the Asia Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh yesterday.

And their likely opponents will be India, who play Bangladesh today, as the three-time Asia Cup gold medallists are almost assured of a win.

"The fighting spirit was excellent against Japan, but we can't afford to play like this in the semi-finals.

"We must not give away easy goals if we want to win the Asia Cup for the first time," said Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Malaysia coach Paul Revington said: "We stayed focused, and calm, and that is what won us the match.

"In the semi-finals, we have a plan to beat India as the target set for my team is to win the first title."

Japan scored from their first shot at goal, when Malaysia bungled the five-yard rule and gave away a penalty corner in the fifth minute itself. Toshiro Tachibana's drag flick was deflected into goal, and the Japanese became bolder in their attacks.

It did not take long for Japan to score their second goal, in the eighth minute, and this time it was off a field attempt by Kei Kawakami.

The Malaysian team probably forgot that they needed only a draw in this match to advance to the semi-finals, and played sloppy hockey which allowed Japan to dominate opening play.

Fortunately, Razie Rahim started Malaysia's revival in the 13th minute when he scored Malaysia's first goal off the first penalty corner attempt.

And Firhan Ashaari's reverse stick drive in the 28th minute gave Malaysia the equaliser and breathing space to march into the dressing room with dignity.

The second half did not start well for the Malaysians as four minutes into play, Shukri Mutalib was benched with a yellow card for stopping a high ball (the new International Hockey Federation (FIH) rule was not used in the Asia Cup).

Goalkeeper Kumar pulled off stunning saves to keep Malaysia in the semis while Japan were more dangerous in the second half.

And in the 60th minute off their seventh penalty corner, Faizal Saari sent the 2,000-odd crowd into joy when he finally gave Malaaysia the lead with a sizzling grounder.

With seven minutes on the clock, Japan needed to score two goals to take Malaysia out of the semi-finals.

Perak-born Azlan Misron relieved the pressure on Malaysia when his diving shot in the 64th minute gave Malaysia a comfortable 4-2 win.

New Straits Times



Malaysia join Pakistan in semis of Asia Cup from Pool A

IPOH (Malaysia): Hosts Malaysia recovered from a two-goal deficit to beat a fighting Japan 4-2 while Pakistan mauled debutants Chinese Taipei 13-0 in final round matches of Pool A at the ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament on Tuesday.

By virtue of this win, Malaysia became the second team to qualify for the semifinals from Pool A. Pakistan had already sealed their place in the last-four stage ahead of Tuesday's inconsequential encounter.

With three wins from as many matches, Pakistan have topped Pool A with nine points, while Malaysia finished second with six.

In all likelihood, Pakistan will take on defending champions South Korea in the first semifinal on Friday, while Malaysia will face India in the other last-four match.

India are presently at the top of Pool B with two wins from as many games, while Korea are in the second place. The Indians play minnows Bangladesh in their final pool match on Wednesday, while Korea will be up against debutant Oman.

With both the teams in the fray for a semifinal berth, the second match of the day between Malaysia and Japan was expected to be an exciting encounter. It turned out to be one.

Malaysia were in for a rude shock early in the match as Japan were the first to seize the initiative when Toshiro Tachibana scored from their first penalty corner in the sixth minute, much to the disappointment of the home spectators gathered at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium.

Japan stunned Malaysia again two minutes later through a field goal from Kei Kawakami to quickly surge to a 2-0 lead.

But the Malaysians did not give up and worked relentlessly to claw their way back into the match.

Malaysia put the Japanese defence under continuous pressure and earned seven penalty corners, out of which five came in the first half. But their execution rate was poor.

Credit should also go to the Japanese defence and goalkeeper Akira Morishima who made some good saves.

The home side managed to reduce the margin in the 14th minute through a perfect penalty corner conversion by Muhammad Razie Abd Rahim.

Malaysia drew parity in the 28th minute through a field goal from Muhammad Firhan Ashaari to go into the breather locked at 2-2.

The Malaysians, however, came out all charged up after the breather and put pressure on the Japanese defence with persistent attacks.

But goals eluded them till the 60th minute when Faizal Saari converted another short corner to perfection before Azlan Misron took the match out of Japan's grasp, striking six minutes later with a field effort.

Meanwhile, in the opening match of the day, the Pakistanis toyed with Chinese Taipei defence, especially in the second half, and scored goals to notch up a thumping win.

For the winners, Abdul Hassem Khan (54th minute, 56th, 69th) scored three goals, captain Muhammad Imran (23rd, 53rd), Muhammad Rizwan (26th, 38th), Shafqat Rasool (39th, 47th) sounded the board twice each while veteran Shakeel Abbasi (13th), Muhammad Dilber (45th), Muhammad Tousiq (60th) and Muhammad Irfan (67th) scored one apiece.

Chinese Taipei turned out to be a complete mismatch for the formidable Pakistanis who, after a relatively quiet first half, stepped on the gas to entertain the sparse crowd with a goal-fest.

Coming out of the break with a comfortable 3-0 lead, the Pakistanis looked menacing in the second period and pumped in as many as 10 goals to lift their spirits ahead of the crucial semifinal tie.

The Pakistanis earned as many as 11 penalty corners in the match, out of which they utilised just four.

The Times of India



Pakistan romp Chinese Taipei 13-0

Malaysia join Pakistan in semis of Asia Cup from Pool A


IPOH - Hosts Malaysia recovered from a two-goal deficit to beat a fighting Japan 4-2 while Pakistan mauled debutants Chinese Taipei 13-0 in final round matches of Pool A at the ninth Asia Cup hockey tournament on Tuesday.

By virtue of this win, Malaysia became the second team to qualify for the semifinals from Pool A. Pakistan had already sealed their place in the last-four stage ahead of Tuesday's inconsequential encounter. With three wins from as many matches, Pakistan have topped Pool A with nine points, while Malaysia finished second with six. In all likelihood, Pakistan will take on defending champions South Korea in the first semifinal on Friday, while Malaysia will face India in the other last-four match. India are presently at the top of Pool B with two wins from as many games, while Korea are in the second place. The Indians play minnows Bangladesh in their final pool match on Wednesday, while Korea will be up against debutant Oman.

In the opening match of the day, the Pakistanis toyed with Chinese Taipei defence, especially in the second half, and scored goals to notch up a thumping win. For the winners, Abdul Hassem Khan (54th minute, 56th, 69th) scored three goals, captain Muhammad Imran (23rd, 53rd), Muhammad Rizwan (26th, 38th), Shafqat Rasool (39th, 47th) sounded the board twice each while veteran Shakeel Abbasi (13th), Muhammad Dilber (45th), Muhammad Tousiq (60th) and Muhammad Irfan (67th) scored one apiece.

Chinese Taipei turned out to be a complete mismatch for the formidable Pakistanis who, after a relatively quiet first half, stepped on the gas to entertain the sparse crowd with a goal-fest. Coming out of the break with a comfortable 3-0 lead, the Pakistanis looked menacing in the second period and pumped in as many as 10 goals to lift their spirits ahead of the crucial semifinal tie. The Pakistanis earned as many as 11 penalty corners in the match, out of which they utilised just four.

With both the teams in the fray for a semifinal berth, the second match of the day between Malaysia and Japan was expected to be an exciting encounter. It turned out to be one. Malaysia were in for a rude shock early in the match as Japan were the first to seize the initiative when Toshiro Tachibana scored from their first penalty corner in the sixth minute, much to the disappointment of the home spectators gathered at the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium. Japan stunned Malaysia again two minutes later through a field goal from Kei Kawakami to quickly surge to a 2-0 lead. But the Malaysians did not give up and worked relentlessly to claw their way back into the match. Malaysia put the Japanese defence under continuous pressure and earned seven penalty corners, out of which five came in the first half. But their execution rate was poor.

Credit should also go to the Japanese defence and goalkeeper Akira Morishima who made some good saves. The home side managed to reduce the margin in the 14th minute through a perfect penalty corner conversion by Muhammad Razie Abd Rahim. Malaysia drew parity in the 28th minute through a field goal from Muhammad Firhan Ashaari to go into the breather locked at 2-2. The Malaysians, however, came out all charged up after the breather and put pressure on the Japanese defence with persistent attacks.

But goals eluded them till the 60th minute when Faizal Saari converted another short corner to perfection before Azlan Misron took the match out of Japan's grasp, striking six minutes later with a field effort.

The Nation



Haseem scores hat-trick as Pakistan blow Chinese Taipei away 13-0


Abdul Haseem Khan (c) scored a hattrick in Pakistan's 13-0 win.

Pakistan proved way too strong for Chinese Taipei, formerly Taiwan, handing them a 13-0 thumping and sealing the top place in Group A of the 2013 Asia Cup.

The Greenshirts, who need to win the title to earn a spot in next year’s World Cup in the Netherlands, are likely to face South Korea in the semi-finals who are currently place number two in Group B.

Shakeel Abbasi started the rot for Chinese Taipei, dribbling past the defenders to finish a brilliant goal in the 13th minute before skipper Muhammad Imran sent his drag-flick clattering into goal ten minutes later.

Muhammad Rizwan also got on the score sheet through a field goal in the 26th minute as the stunned Chinese Taipei, players failed to cope with the pace of the game. Any hopes of a comeback by them were soon dashed by the Pakistani forwards, who added another two goals as soon as the second half got underway, Rizwan for his second and Shafqat Rasool for his first.

Goals from Muhammad Dilber (45) and another by Rasool (46) added to their opponents misery but the rampant Pakistani team were out for more. Imran’s second (52), a super hattrick by rising star Abdul Haseem Khan (54, 56, 69) and one each by Muhammad Tousiq and Muhammad Irfan added the final touches to what may have seemed like a never-ending nightmare to the Chinese Taipei, players.

The result gave Pakistan a perfect record in the group stages but Imran’s men will have to put all of this behind them when the semi-finals start. Japan, Malaysia and Chinese Taipei, have been harmless opponents but rest assured the lightning-fast Koreans will take some beating.

Pakistan’s veteran defender Waseem Ahmed said of his team’s performance, “The team is working really hard and if we can keep on doing the same thing throughout the tournament, I think our chances of becoming champions here and booking a spot in the World Cup is very bright.”

The semi-finals commence from August 30.

Dawn



Young star Mandeep shines for India

By AFTAR SINGH



India player Mandeep Singh (white) surpasing New Zealand player Couzins Dean in the Sultan Azlan Cup match in March. Mandeep has so far scored four goals in India's two Asia Cup matches.

IPOH: At 18 years old, Mandeep Singh has turned out to be the sensation of the Indian hockey team, outshining his more experienced seniors.

A product of the Surjit Hockey Academy in Jalandhar, the Punjab-born forward is a goal-poacher who has scored an amazing 11 goals in 17 matches.

In the ongoing Asia Cup, he has netted four goals in two matches.

The skinny player scored a hattrick against Oman in the Group B match, which India won 8-0.

Mandeep showed his maturity by scoring a goal against Asia Cup champions South Korea, which India won 2-0 to qualify for the semi-finals.

The teenager made his debut for the India national team in the World League second round in New Delhi in February after an excellent performance in the Indian Hockey League in January where he netted an incredible 10 goals in 13 matches for Ranchi Rhinos. He turned out to be the second highest scorer after India’s penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh, who tipped him by just one more goal.

The soft-spoken Mandeep, who scored four goals in the world league second round in New Delhi and three in the world league semi-finals in Rotterdam in June, said that his ambition is to be the top striker in Asia.

“Although I am only 18, I am not intimidated by older players,” said Mandeep.

“I have a hunger for scoring goals and I’m pleased with my scoring talent.

“My mission in the Asia Cup is to score in every match and help India win the tournament to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Holland,” he said.

India, which qualified for the semi-finals with two wins, are expected to beat winless Bangladesh Wednesday to top the group.

Their main rivals in the Asia Cup are Pakistan. If Pakistan win the Asia Cup then India’s hopes of featuring in the World Cup will be over for good.

Mandeep said that the Asia Cup is a very important assignment for them as India need a win to qualify for the World Cup.

“It will be a blow if we don’t qualify as we have been featuring in all editions of the World Cup since 1971,” said Mandeep, who will feature in the Junior World Cup in New Delhi in December, and the Sultan of Johor Cup, which is scheduled to run from Sept 21-29.

The Star of Malaysia



Egypt withdraw from hockey Africa Nations Cup

By ELIZABETH MBURUGU


Tournament favourites Egypt have pulled out of the hockey Africa Nations Cup tournament due to political unrest in their country.

This brings down the number of men’s teams that will compete at the continental contest to just six. Nairobi’s City Park Stadium will stage the ten-day tournament from September 26 to October 5.

Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) vice chairperson Ellyna Shiveka said the six countries that will enter men teams are South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Seychelles, Namibia and hosts Kenya. The women’s teams expected will be South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Namibia and Tanzania.

South Africa are the defending champions in both the men and women’s categories. A win in this tournament will earn the victors an automatic ticket to the hockey World Cup, which will be held in The Hague, Netherlands in 2014.

At the same time, Shiveka said the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has appointed four neutral umpires from Europe to officiate in the event.

Ivona Makar of Croatia and Violeta Eismayer of Austria have been selected to oversee  umpiring in the female fixtures while Sebastian Duterme of Belgium and Coen Van Bunge (Netherlands) will be in charge of the men’s matches as neutral umpires.

The tournament director is Ghanian Richard Akpokarie assisted by compatriot Ghanian Frank Oti Mensah serving as a technical officer.

Seven Kenyans have alsobeen appointed to officiate in the tournament. Davinder Singh and Dorothy Muga will assume the roles of technical officer. The second woman technical officer will be appointed later. Shiraz Yacub is the umpire’s manager while Tony Fernandes and Karen Ouma will be umpiring. Mohammed Khan and Esther Adolwa will be judges.

Kenya’s teams are in non-residential training at City Park stadium. However in a quest to better their chances of lifting the silverware, they  will have a three week residential session at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani just before the games start.

“The team will be at Kasarani for intense training. We are just waiting on the government to approve our budget. KHU is in talks with the government,” said Shiveka.

The local organising committee is making final preparations to ensure they host a successful tournament.

Men’s team coach Meshack Senge however, exuded confidence Kenya will do well. “We are training intensely and the boys are giving it their best. They are very committed, we want to win because we have the home advantage,” he said.

The Standard Online



Four A Section sides with 100% win records at BDO Men’s IPT

JONATHAN COOK in Cape Town



Western Province Peninsula's Mike Kruger (left) and Ross Gonsalves of South Africa U21 tussle for the ball as Jason Mulder looks on during the BDO Men's Interprovincial Hockey Tournament match which the SA juniors won 5-1 at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Tuesday. Photo: TERRY FEBRUARY

The third day of the BDO Men’s Interprovincial Hockey Tournament at a bitterly cold and windy Hartleyvale Stadium in Cape Town Tuesday saw Tuffy Western Province and Southern Gauteng in Pool A, and KZN Raiders and South Africa U21 in Pool B, maintain 100% win records.

In the early matches South Africa U21 recorded a 5-1 defeat of WP Peninsula after leading 3-0 at half-time, their goals going to Andrew Manson, Keenan Horne, Damian Kimfley, Grant Glutz and Ross Hetem. Pens scored through Vaughn Erasmus.

Head coach Darryn Gallagher’s lads are putting together a hatful of superbly constructed goals in this tournament, many of them being finished off in the nine-yard box. Kimfley’s was a magnificent finish, while at the other end goalkeeper Richard Curtis made an absolutely brilliant save that had class written all over it.

Reigning champs Southern Gauteng beat a committed North West 4-0 after leading 2-0 at half-time, the strikes courtesy of Owen Mvimbi (2), Clint Panther and Brandon Panther.

KZN Inland were on the receiving end in the late game, Tuffy Western Province running out 8-0 winners after leading 3-0 at half-time.

With a small pool of players to choose from, Inland - who suffered seven late withdrawals largely to injury but also to work and study commitments - were only able to come to tournament with 14 of a permitted 18 players and this meant WP’s rolling substitutes’ bench had seven players to Inland’s three. It was a massive advantage and so there was no surprise that four of the WP goals came in the last 11 minutes.

In the fifth minute a fine run by Robin Jones saw the Inland centre back a little aggrieved at a decision against him when he was in a good position.

In the eighth minute, the Haley brothers, strikers Ian and Craig, had half-chances from close-in for Tuffy Western Province during a hectic goalmouth skirmish, at the end of which Craig Haley was sent to the sin-bin for a short spell.

In the 11th minute WP won a penalty corner, a decision that displeased an Inland defender to the point where Olympic Games umpire Gary Simmonds pulled out his sin-bin cards again, and the upshot was attempts at goal by WP’s Matt Anderson and Warren Grobler against 10-man Inland before Matt Botha made certain with the third attempt (1-0).

At the other end Inland’s Matt Coombes was body-checked in the 23-metre area by Grobler and a PC ensued, which WP did well to repel.

In the 20th minute of a hotly-contested match, Lloyd Norris-Jones got in a shot that was rebuffed by Inland keeper Joel Barron but two minutes later WP skipper Andrew Cronje made no mistake on his way to a hat-trick with a powerful, low drag-flick penalty corner goal to Barron’s left that smashed into the backboard (2-0).

And Raaghib Fredericks nailed down WP’s claim on the match when he finished clinically in the 35th and last minute of the first half, this after Barron had made a good save hardly 30 seconds before.

Turning around 3-0 to the good, the in-form SA striker Lloyd Norris-Jones added the fourth goal in the 44th minute and midway through the half WP keeper Jacques le Roux did well to save twice from an Inland penalty corner.

With 11 minutes (59th) left Cuan Burton-Moore made it 5-0 from field play and Cronje added two more in the 64th and 68th minutes. Norris-Jones got his second goal in the 69th for an 8-0 final score.

KZN Raiders outplayed Northern Blues of Pretoria 4-1 after leading 3-0 at half-time.

The Raiders’ goalscorers were Geoff Abbott (sixth minute), Wade Paton (penalty stroke, 13th), Jarryd Jones (20th) and Taine Paton (44th) while Frankie Odendaal (penalty stroke, 47th)  got on the scoresheet for the Blues.

Moving the ball with pace and precision across the length and breadth of the pitch, the Raiders were able to carve out quality chances that were buried in the back of the net by the hungry goalscorers.

But that is not to say Raiders’ goals were not put under pressure at times and keeper Gowan Jones was forced to make a number of good saves.

One of the tournament’s more unusual goals started down the right and eventually saw Raiders’ hardworking, classy forward Mondli Dlamini brought down by Blues goalkeeper Alex Petzer as he was about to shoot.

Umpire Sean Rappaport immediately pointed to the penalty spot and banished Petzer to the sin-bin. Petzer duly went off, as well as another Blues player, who was substituted for Blues’ number two keeper Estiaan Kriek.

Up stepped the composed Wade Paton, the outstanding Raiders captain, who duly nailed the penalty stroke into the bottom-left corner past a helpless Kriek.

The Raiders, now with three wins from three starts, are certain to qualify for Friday’s semi-finals and the crunch match to see who finishes top of Pool B will be Wednesday’s clash with South Africa U21, who also have a 100% win record.

The key for Raiders has been to establish winning leads relatively early in the second halves of their matches, which has enabled coach Ryan Hack to rest some of his top players and give the less-experienced members of his team more game time in an unthreatening environment.

Free State beat Fain Eastern Province 2-1 in a hard-fought affair after leading 1-0 at half-time. The Free State goals went to Desmond de Koker and Kurt Hensberg, while captain Lyall Meyer replied for EP.

The KZN Mynahs losing streak continued when they lost 4-1 to Witwatersrand, despite the Durban side’s Kyle Thompson opening the scoring after 19 minutes. Wits came back to lead 2-2 at half-time. Wits’ four goals went to a Matt Povall hat-trick  with Jaryd Povall getting the fourth.

In the lower-tier B Section tournament, defending champs SA Country Districts under head coach Craig West got their campaign under way when they beat Namibia 5-1 after leading 3-0 at half-time. Matthew Wills nailed two penalty corners while Sean Mackenzie, Trevor Gower and Jesse Gonsalves got CD’s other goals with Etienne de Villiers replying for Namibia early in the second half.

The result has left Wednesday’s 2 pm fixture on Pitch B against the WP Disas - who have two wins from two starts - an intriguing prospect and one sure to test the tactical acumen of West and his rival mentor, Jamie Kroukamp.

WP Disas, the WP third side, beat EP Settlers 4-2.

TUESDAY RESULTS

A Section:
SA U21 5 WP Pens 1; Wits 4 KZN Mynahs 1; Free State 2 Fain EP 1; South Gauteng 4 North West 0; KZN Raiders 4 Northern Blues 1, Tuffy WP 8 KZN Inland 0.

B Section: WP Disas 4 EP Settlers 2; SA Country Districts 5 Namibia 1.

WEDNESDAY FIXTURES

Stadium

A Section: Wits vs Pens (10 am); Southerns vs KZN Inland (12 pm); SA U21 vs KZN Raiders (2 pm); Northern Blues vs KZN Mynahs (4 pm); Tuffy WP vs Free State (6 pm).

Pitch B
A Section: EP vs North West (11 am).
B Section: SACD vs WP Disas (2 pm); Border vs Namibia (4 pm).

SA Hockey Association media release



Women hockey player faces visa issue

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan women hockey team player Marrium Mansha’s participation in the upcoming Asian Women Hockey Challenge Cup is in jeopardy due to visa issues. The passports of 25 players and officials were sent to Thailand’s Embassy for visa process and all of them got visas except Marrium. The reason was her passport validity which is to expire on Jan 14 next year and according to Thailand visa rules, nobody will get visa unless minimum of six months left on expiry of passport. When contacted, team manager Parveen Sikander Gill said: “The relevant department assumed that the passport expiry date is June 30, 2014 that is the main reason this untoward incident occurred. We are trying to arrange urgent passport for her and the issue will be resolved amicably.”

The Nation



Hockeyroos pretty in pink for National Breast Cancer Foundation

Hockeyroos hand over cheque for $9000 and launch Ausdrill Pink Ladies Day 2013


Australia’s women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, were joined at training today by representatives from National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and Ausdrill as the reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallists presented NBCF with a cheque for $9092.05. The money was raised by the Hockeyroos and their major sponsor Ausdrill during a community engagement trip to Kalgoorlie in May.

The presentation also marked the announcement that the Ausdrill Pink Ladies Day will return to this year’s International Super Series Hockey 9s in Perth on Saturday 19 October. 

The event will see the Hockeyroos don specially made pink bodysuits for their match against world champions Argentina on the Saturday with fundraising activities hosted throughout the day. Fans attending the Hockey 9s are encouraged to get behind the cause by wearing something pink on the day.

Presenting the cheque, Hockeyroos captain Madonna Blyth said: “The Hockeyroos and National Breast Cancer Foundation have formed a strong bond over the past couple of years and it is a real honour to present NBCF with this cheque.

“I have experienced how breast cancer can impact upon families. My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer ten years ago but, fortunately, she is one of the luckier ones; she came through it.

While one in eight Australian women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, the more positive news is that there is a strong survival rate in this country. The fact that we can play a small part in this through raising funds for further research, screening and improved treatment is hugely important to the team.

“We thank everyone that put their hands in their pockets to donate money in Kalgoorlie, whether they made a gold coin donation, bought a raffle ticket or purchased a piece of Hockeyroos memorabilia in the auction. Thank you.

And Blyth said the Hockeyroos can’t wait to support the cause at the 2013 Ausdrill Pink Ladies Day, adding, “We’re thoroughly looking forward to supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation this year at Ausdrill Pink Ladies Day and hope to raise even more money. I’d urge everyone who comes to the International Super Series Hockey 9s to embrace the event and wear pink.”

Carole Renouf, CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, said: “The Hockeyroos have been fantastic ambassadors for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The money raised by Ausdrill and the Hockeyroos will help fund Australian-based research projects which are changing the future of breast cancer and breaking new ground every day.”

While five-year rates for breast cancer have increased dramatically since the Foundation’s inception, from 70 per cent of all those diagnosed in 1994 to nearly 90 per cent today, Ms Renouf says the National Breast Cancer Foundation is committed to ending deaths from breast cancer and beyond that, prevention and cure.

Ausdrill managing director Ron Sayers said: “It was an absolute pleasure for Ausdrill to be able to facilitate the Hockeyroos’ trip to Kalgoorlie and to help raise so much money for National Breast Cancer Foundation.  The partnership between Ausdrill, the Hockeyroos and NBCF is a strong one and I’m particularly pleased that, once again, Ausdrill Pink Ladies Day will be part of the International Super Series Hockey 9s as we continue to support this cause.”

Hockey Australia, the Hockeyroos and Ausdrill will support National Breast Cancer Foundation at Ausdrill Pink Ladies Day on Saturday 19 October at Perth Hockey Stadium.

A special Ausdrill Pink Ladies Day function will be hosted as part of the day, during which guests will be given the opportunity to meet members of the Hockeyroos team in the privacy of the hospitality suite, hear from invited speakers and enjoy a great day out while supporting National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Tickets for the Ausdrill Pink Ladies Day function are on sale for $99 now via the secure ticketing website or by calling 03 9947 9900.

General admission tickets to the International Super Series Hockey 9s are also available via Ticketmaster starting at $20 for adults.

Hockey Australia media release



Police story in police hockey!



The guardians of discipline and safety of citizens donned an undesirable role for a few minutes on Tuesday as the All India Police Hockey Championship witnessed some chaotic scenes before being brought under control by the cops themselves.

All hell broke loose during the Karnataka versus Uttar Pradesh game, the final match of Tuesday’s proceedings.

With both teams needing a victory to strengthen their quarterfinal chances, the sides engaged themselves in a keen tussle but things went out of control in the 14th minute.

Karnataka were awarded an own goal in the 14th minute after a shot from the striking circle deflected off a UP defender into the net. Claiming that the defender was just off the ‘D’, the UP cops protested vehemently but their appeal was turned down by umpire Anil Kumar.

However, the UP cops were not willing to accept the decision and showed their fighting skills that resulted in ugly scenes.

The UP team members surrounded umpire Anil as people from the technical desk stepped in in a bid to broker peace but to little avail.

The local policemen then entered the arena to put the house in order. After around 10 minutes of commotion, the UP cops relented, accepting the own goal decision before resuming play.

However, the incident seemed to take the gas out of UP as they eventually crashed to a 2-5 defeat.

Karnataka play their final group game against Haryana on Wednesday needing just a draw to seal a quarterfinal berth.

Haryana drew with West Bengal in another match.

Other results: West Bengal: 1 (Jugal Minz 28th) drew with Haryana: 1 (Sandeep Singh 5th); Andhra Pradesh: 4 (Ram Kiran 40th, Suresh K 44th, 45th, Rama Rao 56th) bt Jammu and Kashmir: 2 (Jaspreet Singh 48th, Sikander Pal 53rd); Jharkhand: 2 (Raja Suleman Tiru 39th, Soma Hemrom 59th) bt CISF: 1 (Mangra Munda 46th); Tripura: 3 (Dhotang Horo 23rd, Mitan Dey 25th, Mahanand Kindo 52nd) bt Odisha: 1 (Nilam Xaxo 57th); Tamil Nadu: 6 (Kannan 3rd, 5th, 14th, 16th, Rajesh Kanna 28th, Thivakaran 47th) bt Chandigarh: 0; CRPF: 5 (Roman 28th, Javed Khan 32nd, Malwinder Singh 53rd, 59th, Mukesh 54th) bt Maharashtra: 0; Karnataka: 5 (Venkatesh RK 11th, Own Goal 14th, Rajshekar VS 25th, 48th, Pradeep NB 52nd) bt Uttar Pradesh: 2 (Sajid Khan 40th, Manish Gupta 55th).

The Deccan Herald



Dar Ladies Hockey Team's Mombasa Tour Cancelled

By Mbonile Burton


THE Tanzania national ladies hockey team's plans of playing a series of trial matches in Mombasa, Kenya have been shelved, it has been learnt. The team had intended to go to Mombasa as part of preparations for the forthcoming Africa Nations Cup Hockey Championship slated for September 26 to October in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

The tournament is organized jointly by Kenya Hockey Union, Africa Hockey Federation (AHF) and the Federation of International Hockey (FIH). Assistant national coach Mnonda Magani confirmed to the 'Daily News' in Dar es Salaam yesterday the cancelation of the team's trip to Mombasa this month as earlier planned.

He said they are now working on possibilities of inviting the Mombasa Club ladies hockey team to Dar es Salaam to play friendly matches against the national team. "Lack of sufficient funds has prevented the team to travel to Mombasa where they could play friendly matches against the Kenya national team and Mombasa Club," he said.

"But we are looking for means to host Mombasa Club team here as we know it's very important to have trial matches before the Nairobi event," he added. The Tanzania Hockey Association (THA) recently claimed that they were looking for high profile international trials for the national ladies team against top African teams, possibly South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Zimbabwe ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Magani said the team, which is under head coach, Italian Valentina Quaranta are in good condition and gearing up for the tournament. The ladies are currently undergoing extensive offcamp training at the Karume Memorial Stadium in Dar es Salaam and Magani thanked the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) for allowing them to practice at their premises.

Tanzania will send only the ladies team to the Nairobi event thanks to Italian nongovernmental organisations Cooperazione Paesi Emergenti (COPE) and Tulime Onlus.

Italy Hockey Federation, Lion Club Savona, individual Italian players, Quantara's friends and well-wishers are also supporting the team. Magani said the national men's team are yet to secure sponsorship and may not travel to Nairobi.

The Africa Nations Cup serves as a qualifier for the World Cup Hockey Competition scheduled for 2014. The event was last held in Zimbabwe in 2011 where South Africa qualified after beating Egypt and Ghana in the men's and women's finals respectively.

All Africa



Four PAHF Umpires travel to the finals of Chinese Tournament

FIH appointed the Pan American umpires for the Finals



Daniel Lopez Ramos, German Montes de Oca, Carolina de la Fuente and Fernando Gomez on their way to China

Between August 29 and September 12, four umpires of the Pan American region will be in the finals of the Chinese National Tournament. The finals will be held in the city of Dalian, China. The prestigious championship of that country will have official participation Carolina de la Fuente, German Montes de Oca and Fernando Gomez from Argentina, plus the Uruguayan Daniel Lopez Ramos.

The first line PAHF umpires, were appointed by the FIH Umpiring Committee and will have the great responsibility to participate in the Finals.

Daniel Lopez Ramos and Fernando Gomez will also participate in the next World Junior in India, in December 2013.

Pan American Hockey Federation