News for 06 Septembert 2013

All the news for Friday 6 September 2013

Legend Aymar named in Argentina Pan Am squad

Seven times FIH Player of the Year looks set to play on until Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

She may be 36, but it would seem that Argentina attacking ace Luciana Aymar has no plans to hang up her stick just yet. The seven times FIH Player of the Year has just been named in the Leonas squad that will compete in the Pan American Cup, which takes place in Mendoza, Argentina later this month.  

Aymar’s inclusion is not only clear evidence that Argentina have set their sights firmly on winning the Pan American Cup, but also strongly suggests that she may well play on until next summer’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.

As well as Aymar, the squad contains no fewer than 12 of the team that won the Silver medal at last year’s London 2012 Olympic Games, with four players having been central figures in the U-21 squad that also grabbed Silver at the recent Ergo Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany. The complete Argentina squad for the Pan Am Cup can be found below.

Luciana Aymar is one of Argentina’s most famous sportswomen and widely considered to be amongst the very finest to have played the game. Her speed, skill and ability to ghost past players with relative ease has made her arguably the most feared player of her generation, with Argentine media sources often comparing her natural talent to that of footballing icon and compatriot Diego Maradona. For this reason she has earned the nicknames "La Maga", "El Diego" and "La Maradona del hockey".

Complete information about the women’s Pan American Cup in Mendoza can be found on the PAHF website by clicking here.

Argentina Squad - Women’s Pan American Cup 2013
Luciana Aymar
Rosario Luchetti
Belén Succi
Florencia Mutio
Macarena Rodríguez
Silvina D´Elía
Mariana Rossi
Mariela Scarone
Florencia Habif
Rocío Sánchez Moccia
Daniela Sruoga
Carla Rebecchi
Martina Cavallero
Agustina Albertario
Pilar Romang
Julia Gómez Fantasia
Noel Barrionuevo
Delfina Merino

Coach: Emanuel Roggero
Assistant coaches: María Paz Ferrari and Jorge Lombi
Physical trainer: Manuel Ferro
Kinesiologist: Patricia Fioroni
Video team: Pablo Altube / Facundo Juárez
Team manager: Mariana González Oliva

FIH site

Indoor Hockey: FIH publishes 2013 Rule Book

Pioneering changes including player reduction from six to five came into effect on 1 September 2013

(Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

The FIH has today published the Rules of Indoor Hockey 2013, which came into effect on 1 September 2013. As previously reported, the most significant change to the rulebook is the reduction of the maximum number of players allowed on the pitch from six to five per team (Rule 2.1).

The decision to decrease the number of players is a bold step forward by the FIH, and is in line with the FIH’s strategic vision of enhancing and evolving rules and formats to maintain hockey’s position as one of the most progressive sports on the Olympic Programme. More information about this rule change can be found by clicking here.

Aside from the reduction in the number of players, it is also important to note that, unlike the traditional 11-a-side format, there will be no own goal in Indoor Hockey. The majority of the other changes to the indoor game are either alignments with the Rules of Outdoor Hockey, simplifications, clarifications or reinforcements of existing Indoor Rules, including the following:


  • Rules 2.3f & g: Adjustments to the substitution rules, whereby time will not be stopped for any goalkeeper substitution
  • Rule 5.2: Removal of the requirement that a time out cannot be called in the last two minutes of each half
  • Rule 6.5a: Adjustment to where a bully may be taken, such that ‘A bully is taken close to the location of the ball when play was stopped but not within 9 metres of the back-line and not within 3 metres of the circle’
  • Rule 9.12: The Rule remains as ‘Field players must not play the ball while lying on the pitch or with a knee, arm or hand on the pitch other than the hand holding the stick’

The following further Rules changes, amendments, additional guidance and/or Umpire Briefing updates are included:

  • Umpires should recognise and interrupt play, with a bully re-start, when the ball is either trapped between players’ sticks or it becomes unintentionally trapped against the side-boards
  • Deliberately trapping the ball against side-boards should be viewed as an offence, and penalised accordingly
  • ‘Drilling’ (the act of playing the ball deliberately and hard into an opponent’s stick, feet or hands with associated risk of injury when a player is in a ‘set’ position) and ‘spinning’ (whereby a players collects, turns and tries to play the ball deliberately through a defending player who is either close to the attacker or is trying to play the ball) should be more specifically dealt with either by a new Rule or reinforcement of the existing dangerous play Rule, including the provision of possible personal penalties for offending players
  • Umpires should be reminded that obstruction still exists, with particular emphasis on limiting time spent in situations where the ball becomes ‘trapped’ in the corners of the pitch (particularly towards the end of matches), with the player in possession effectively shielding the ball such that an opponent is prevented from being able to play it. Interventions by the Umpires will make teams aware that this type of play or tactic is of no benefit to them

Rule 13.2e & f

In line with the Rules of Outdoor Hockey 2013 free hit changes, the following requirements have been removed:

  • ‘if the player taking the free push is the next player to play the ball, the actions of taking the free push and of next playing the ball must be two separate actions’
  • ‘before another player of the team which took the free push is allowed to play the ball, the ball must move at least 1 metre’

Pitch and Equipment Specifications

The stick specification are brought into line with those in the Rules of Outdoor Hockey 2013 in terms of the allowed bow, i.e. the specifications that were notified to all of the stick manufacturers well in advance of the proposed changes, so new sticks on the market should be fully compliant.

The Rules of Indoor Hockey 2013 booklets are being printed at present and it is anticipated that they will be available to all National Associations and Continental Federations in the next two weeks.

To download a copy of the Rules of Indoor Hockey 2013, please click here.

To order a printed copy of the Rule Book, please click here.

FIH site

Give youngsters a chance, says Dharmaraj

By Jugjet Singh

THE latest edition of the Razak Cup starts in Kuantan today, with the buildup being marred by the usual player-hunting and pinching, no thanks to a talent pool that can't cater to all teams.

And this has peeved national juniors coach K. Dharmaraj, who feels teams should just go with their youth, and not recall old hands when there is not enough talent available.

"My hockey career started in the Razak Cup when I was 16 years old, thanks to the vision of my late coach Razak Leman.

"He was brave enough to take teenagers to the tournament, and even though Malacca did not win, the real winner turned out to be the country as many young players from this squad were noticed, and broke into the junior squad and national B team, and eventually played for the country," said Dharmaraj.

The timing of the Razak Cup also makes no sense, as the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) has scheduled it right after the Asia Cup, and in two weeks the juniors will be involved in the Sultan of Johor Cup.

"Luckily, I named my 18 players for the Sultan of Johor Cup early and blocked them from playing in the Razak Cup for fear of injury and fatigue.

"It was also a move to give other players, especially the young ones, a chance to represent their states but it is sad that some of them are going to rely on players who can't even make the MHL (Malaysia Hockey League) teams.

"Sure, the old hands can keep the tournament running but young players will inject hope for a better future. We need state administrators who are brave enough to field their youth sides, as this is what the Razak Cup should be about.

"Give the youngsters a break. At least the officials can then be proud of helping hockey, and can consider themselves as being part of the success of the national team when they do well," said Dharmaraj.

Division Two, with six teams, starts today, while Division One begins on Sunday.

Division One -- Group A: Terengganu, Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan; Group B: Perak, Pahang, Kuala Lumpur, Penang.

Division Two: Armed Forces, Selangor, Police, Sabah, Kedah, Perlis.

New Straits Times

Qasim Zia accepts responsibility for Asia Cup flop

Mohammad Yaqoob

The president of the Pakistan Hockey Federation widely tipped quitting his post in the backdrop of Pakistan’s failure. -File Photo

LAHORE: While accepting responsibility for the national squad’s failure in the recently concluded Asia Cup, president of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Qasim Zia on Wednesday said he would think about his future after heading the PHF Executive Board meeting on Sept 11.

“If any critic asks what facilities our players missed during their preparations [for the Asia Cup], I would welcome the query. In fact, the PHF arranged every possible facility for them. Still, being the PHF president, I equally share the responsibility for the defeat in the Asia Cup,” Qasim said while talking to Dawn.

“The Executive Board meeting will review the performance of the entire national team in the Asia Cup and after listening to the officials of the team management, a consensus [on future line of action] will be developed and then I will be in a position to decide about my future,” added Qasim, widely tipped to quit his PHF post in the backdrop of Pakistan’s flop at the Asia Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia.

The Mohammad Imran-led green-shirts, after losing the Asia Cup semi-final to defending champions South Korea (1-2), who went on to retain the continental title, also failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup to be held in the Netherlands.

Pakistan then overpowered Malaysia 3-1 in the third-place play-off to claim bronze medal.

Qasim also tried to defend the team’s show in Ipoh.

“Like the whole nation, we are also disappointed over the Ipoh failure, but I want to emphasise that our team played impressively and only one match which we lost by a narrow margin of one goal changed the entire scenario,” he regretted.

“We defeated Malaysia twice [in the Asia Cup], and also won against Japan and Chinese Taipei convincingly. We conceded just four goals [in the whole event], out of which three came through penalty-corners and only one through field effort; all this shows the strength of our defence line,” the PHF chief remarked.

Qasim was all praise for newly inducted coach Tahir Zaman, saying: “Tahir’s coaching techniques made the difference in our players’ game. Unfortunately, he could get only one month with the national team before the Asia Cup.”

The PHF president admitted that by missing a relatively easier chance to qualify for the World Cup earlier in the World Hockey League (WHL) the pressure of must-win situation (to make the World Cup) in the Asia Cup was tough to handle. “But even then the boys fought well in Ipoh to defy that pressure.”

He also hailed the performance of veteran goalkeeper Salman Akbar, underlining his agile work under the bar.

Salman was inducted into the Ipoh-bound squad at the 11th hour after almost three years in wilderness as head coach Akhtar Rasool and Tahir were not satisfied with the performance of two other goalkeepers — Imran Shah and Imran Butt — during these three years.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan team returned to Lahore from Ipoh late on Tuesday night.

Talking to reporters, PHF secretary Asif Bajwa said he had no intention to resign, endorsing Qasim’s views that the team played well throughout the Asia Cup.

“In the semi-final against South Korea, we had most of the ball possession; our players launched several attacks against the rivals but unfortunately we failed to capitalise on those chances in the circle,” Akhtar stated.

Meanwhile, the 25th meeting of the PHF Executive Board will be held on Sept 11 at the National Hockey Stadium, in which the performance of the national team will be reviewed and remedial measures will be discussed. The Executive Board will also discuss the upcoming PHF elections, due in December.


2013 US College Season Preview

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Summer may be winding down, but things are just starting to heat up on the turf for collegiate field hockey teams across the country.  With two-a-days over and classes back in session, many teams kicked off their 2013 season last weekend. This season is sure to hold a lot of excitement with many changes across Division I field hockey conferences and intense competition across Division II and III.

The 2013 Penn Monto/NFHCA Pre-Season Rankings are in and always a subject of discussion among the field hockey community. With five of the top ten ranked schools in the Pre-Season Poll hailing from the ACC, the conference is guaranteed to thrill. North Carolina finds themselves perched at number one yet again with Maryland close behind at number two. Syracuse secured the number five slot, while UVA and Duke hold down the seven and ten spots for the ACC. 2013 is also truly a commencement year for the ACC as it marks the beginning year for the Syracuse Orange and the ending year for the Maryland Terps as a part of the conference.

Currently ranked third in the nation, the Princeton Tigers of the Ivy League will look to defend their 2012 National Title. The University of Connecticut from the Big East rounds out the top five with the number four slot in the nation. 2013 marks the inaugural season for perennial powerhouse ODU with the Big East as they look to climb the rankings from their current 8th place seating. This season also marks the last chance for Louisville and Rutgers to make a run at glory in the Big East before they move onto the ACC and Big 10 next year, respectively. The Big 10 is represented by the Penn State Nittany Lions at number six and the Michigan Wolverines at number nine. The Lady Lions surely intend to keep the Big 10 title in State College.

Division II games mostly begin this upcoming weekend. West Chester hopes to make a hat trick of National Championships this season, as they are ranked number one under the direction of 2012 Dita/NFHCA National Coach of the Year, Amy Cohen. Shippensburg is knocking closely at their door in the number two spot. The Bloomsburg Huskies, currently ranked third, have won seven championships between 2002 and 2010 and are hungry for the sweet taste of National Championship victory once again. The Millersville Marauders, number four, and the Merrimack Warriors, number five, both intend to improve on last year’s success and prove their talents against the top three teams again this year.

Division III contests went underway beginning last weekend. The Tufts Jumbos, currently ranked as the top D III team in the nation, hope to make National Championships a habit and hold onto their title this year. They are led by Tina McDavitt, Dita/NFHCA 2012 National Coach of the Year for Division III. The Montclair State Red Hawks, slotted at number two, are vying to surpass last season’s successes as the national champion runner-up and knock off the reigning titleholders. Last year’s NESCAC champions, the Middlebury Panthers, have found themselves in the number three spot with Bowdoin close behind at number four. Bowdoin is proudly home to the National Championship trophies of 2007 and 2008. Closing out the top five, Salisbury University has already kicked off their season with two wins and hopes to move their way up the rankings as the season progresses.

For the most up-to-date high school, college, and international field hockey information, be sure to regularly check 

USFHA media release

Field hockey set for home-opening weekend

Junior Taylor Herold paced Penn State with four points as the Nittany Lions split a pair of road games to open the season. Image:

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- No. 6 Penn State returns to the Penn State Field Hockey Complex to open its home schedule against Temple and UConn after finishing its first weekend of play with a 1-1 record against two Top-10 teams on the road. The Nittany Lions host Temple at 6 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 6) and No. 4 Connecticut at noon on Sunday (Sept. 8).

There will be a number of festivities put on by the field hockey program for the opening home weekend. At Friday's match there will be a "Tweet Your Seat" and a halftime contest that will give fans a chance to win prizes. Every Friday home match this season will be "Dollar Dog Night" where all fans can purchase hotdogs for one dollar apiece.

On Sunday the Nittany Lion mascot will be in attendance to get the fans fired up for the clash against No. 4 UConn. There also will be a free 30-minute field hockey clinic put on by the team following the match. Participants in the clinic are encouraged to bring their own sticks.

All fans are reminded that Penn State has a new no bag policy that will be enforced at every Penn State home event throughout the year. One clear plastic one-gallon bag per person is the only bag permitted at all Penn State home events. Also, fans are encouraged to park in the East Deck parking lot for Friday's match against Temple.

The Nittany Lions came out of its tough opening weekend road trip with a 1-1 split. In the opener, Penn State used a second-half flurry of goals to defeat No. 8 Old Dominion by a score of 3-1. The Lions trailed 1-0 at the halftime break before Taylor Herold (Fredericksburg, Va.) notched the first Penn State goal of the season. Minutes later Brittany Grzywacz (Collegeville, Pa.) put the Nittany Lions on top with a goal off a penalty corner. Ashtin Klingler (Selinsgrove, Pa.) added a third goal to cement the Penn State win at 3-1. The Blue and White scored all three goals in a span of eight minutes in the second half.

After winning the opener, the team traveled to Charlottesville, Va. to play No. 7 UVA. The Nittany Lions trailed the hosts at the half and then leveled the score at 1-1 in the second for the second consecutive match. Despite the comeback attempt, the Cavaliers added three goals of their own in the final stanza to win by a final of 4-2. Grzywacz and Herold had the two PSU goals, while Laura Gebhart (Mount Joy, Pa.) picked up two assists, pushing the junior's season total to four through two matches.

Penn State Athletics

UBI down but not out yet

Sudheendra Tripathi

MUMBAI: Union Bank of India, first timers in the Mumbai Magicians-Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd-conducted Super Division hockey League, received a rather unsympathetic reception at the MHAL's Churchgate facility on Thursday. They were handed a 5-3 drubbing by former champions Western Railway.

But Thursday's big defeat notwithstanding, the young bank men are supremely confident of a bright future in the city's premier league.

They have been given a go ahead to recruit enterprising hockey stars, who could lend stability to the team and help them take on heavyweights with authority.

"We have been haggling with the management to recruit players for a long time. The last time they recruited was way back in the 80's . But now we have a chairman in DK Sarkar, who is extremely pro sport.

"So when we presented our case in front of the Union Bank board, they were very forthcoming and encouraging . They have given us a go ahead to recruit enterprising sportspersons and very soon we will formally recruit.

"We have, as a matter of fact, identified a few possible candidates but after relevant procedures, we will be able to unveil our new recruits," Deepak Joshi, secretary of Union Bank's hockey team said.

Presently, Union Bank have a few talented players - goalkeeper Sudhir Dixit, who played in the World Series Hockey for Mumbai Mariners, Ruben Kedari, Siddharth Patil both of whom are promising youngsters waiting in the wings to be recruited soon.

The Times of India

HI inducts Hockey Gangpur (Odisha) as associate member

NEW DELHI: Hockey India on Thursday inducted newly-formed Hockey Gangpur (Odisha), a body set up by former international players, as an associate member.

HI now has 17 associate members, 27 affiliated members and two state Olympic association members.

With this inclusion, Hockey Gangpur (Odisha) can take part in all the National Championships to be conducted by HI in future.

Gangpur and its surrounding areas have produced numerous Olympians and international players and now with the entry of Hockey Gangpur (Odisha) in the mainstream, it will help in the further development of sport in the tribal areas.

"Many players including Dilip Tirkey, Ignace Tirkey, Prabodh Tirkey, Michael Kindo, Lazarus Barla and Subhadra Pradhan have played at international level from the Gangpur region and the entry of Hockey Gangpur (Odisha) would play a major role in promoting and developing hockey in the tribal areas of Gangpur," HI secretary general Narinder Batra said in a statement.

"We are hopeful that three-time Olympian and former captain Dilip Tirkey who is the president of Hockey Gangpur (Odisha) and its other members who are former international players can help the development of more talent in their region."

Dilip Tirkey, a Rajya Sabha member, is the president while Debashish Gouda is the general secretary of Hockey Gangpur (Odisha).

The Times of India

Momentum Namibia Dishes Out to Hockey

By Otniel Hembapu

Windhoek — Momentum Namibia yesterday once again reaffirmed its commitment to hockey development when it sponsored the Namibia Hockey Union (NHU) with N$100 000 to host the 3rd edition of the annual Momentum National Schools Hockey Challenge.

The schools open tournament, which caters for U/14,U/16 and U/18 teams, will take place on September 12-14 at the Doc Jubber hockey fields in Windhoek, where more than 300 players from more than 25 teams from across the country will be expected to grill each other in the 3-day event.

Speaking at a brief handing over ceremony, Momentum Namibia CEO Etienne Brits emphasised that the N$100 000 sponsorship for hosting the tournament is in line with Momentum Namibia's philosophy of partnering with organizations such as NHU that can assist their company in meeting its promise of delivering financial wellness to sport bodies through creating a platform where athletes can excel and achieve their purpose and desired goals.

"One of our long term visions for hockey in Namibia is to see the expansion of schools hockey in the various regions, while also increasing the level of competitiveness across all age groups," added Brits.

Laurie Howard, speaking on behalf of NHU expressed sincere appreciation for Momentum Namibia's continued support and highlighted the importance of the tournament in terms of growing the sport of hockey, while also unearthing raw talent. "Players that have represented Namibia in South Africa or further abroad will this year not be eligible to participate in the tournament but will be taking up ambassadorial roles to assist the aspiring youngsters with skills and other related necessities that will benefit the local community at large," said Howard.

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