News for 09 Septembert 2013

All the news for Monday 9 September 2013


Charlton looking for Oceania Cup glory


Photo: www.photosport.co.nz

After a hugely successful Ford National Hockey League campaign, Samantha Charlton is excited about the prospect of playing in her first ever Oceania Cup.

Charlton has been in hot form recently, helping her Midlands team to an emphatic 5-0 win over Capital in the NHL final to take home the K-Cup for the first time.

The 21-year-old defender/midfielder played brilliantly throughout the tournament and was the clear winner of the MVP trophy.

“It’s pretty cool, you never expect to win an award like that. The standard at NHL was really high this year with a lot of players who stood out and played well, so I’m really privileged and proud to win MVP,” she said.

Charlton made her Black Sticks debut against Australia as a teenager in 2010, but hasn’t had a chance to play the old rivals much since then.

With the 2014 National Squads soon to be named, she is hoping her name will be in the mix again to play Australia, Samoa and Papua New Guinea at the Oceania Cup in Stratford from 30 October - 3 November.

“I debuted against Australia in 2010 but since then have only played them once, so I’m really looking forward to playing them again.

“It’s going to be pretty tough and Australia recently won their round of the World League so they’re obviously in a really good place and are strong at the moment. You’ve got the Pacific nations there as well and I haven’t played them either so that’ll be a new challenge.

“We beat Australia at the Olympics but it was a pretty scrappy performance and everyone was nervous at the start of the tournament. This time around we’re all focussed on putting in a high quality game against them.”

With the Black Sticks Women and Men having already qualified for the 2014 Hockey World Cup, the competition will still be fierce with valuable world ranking points on offer.

The Black Sticks Women open their Oceania Cup tournament against Australia at 5.30pm on Wednesday 30 October at the TET MultiSports Centre.

CLICK HERE for more on the Oceania Cup, including draw and ticket information

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Parnham announces Pan American Cup roster

Team USA will aim to qualify for the World Cup


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - U.S. Women’s National Team head coach, Craig Parnham, has announced the 18-player roster that will compete at the 2013 Pan American Cup in Mendoza, Argentina, September 21-28. The U.S. squad comprised of experienced and skilled athletes is eager to challenge the international competition.

"Since the World League 3 in England this past June, the squad has been training together at Penn State University while the hockey facilities at The Nook are being completed,” said U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach, Craig Parnham. “The biggest impact since World League 3 is having the group together for sustained training blocks. This has allowed for both physical and technical improvements.”

Team USA is currently in its final stages of preparation for the Pan American Cup training at Penn State University. They will move to the Home of Hockey on September 11 before departing for Mendoza on Sunday, September 15. The Pan Am Cup Winners will receive automatic qualification to the 2014 World Cup to be hosted in The Hague, Netherlands. The U.S. will aim to qualify after missing out on the opportunity to compete in the 2010 World Cup following a 3-1 loss to Korea in the finals of the World Cup Qualifying event. The U.S. finished 6th at the 2006 World Cup in Madrid, Spain.

The U.S. has been placed in Pool B, along with Chile, Mexico and Uruguay. Team USA opens their qualifying quest against Mexico on September 21, 2:30pm ET. Next up, the team faces Chile on September 22, 2:30pm ET and then Uruguay on September 24, 5pm ET. The semi-finals are scheduled for September 26 and the finals on September 28.

“I have been pleased with the progress of the group over the last few weeks,” said Parnham. “Everyone has worked extremely hard and it is always unfortunate that not every player can be selected. The strength of the squad ensures we have competition for tours."

The top six teams qualify for the 2017 Women’s Pan American Cup. The teams placed 7th and 8th will play in the 2015 Women’s Pan American Challenge. 

The U.S. Women’s Team has won silver at the 2009, 2004 and 2001 Pan American Cups. Team USA has been second each year to the No. 2 team in the world and Pan American foe, Argentina.

“We travel to the Pan American Cup with confidence that the squad is well prepared for the challenge that lies ahead,” said Parnham.

Follow Team USA in Mendoza on Twitter @USAFieldHockey for live results and the latest updates. Visit the Pan American Cup event page on usafieldhockey.com.

Pan American Cup Roster:  Meghan Beamesderfer (Iowa City, Ia.), Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.) Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.), Katelyn Falgowski (Landenburg, Pa.), Stefanie Fee (Virginia Beach, Va.), Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Jackie Kinzter (Robesonia, Pa.), Kelsey Kolojejchick (Larsville, Pa.), Jamie Montgomery (Lewisburg, Pa.), Katie O’Donnell (Blue Bell, Pa.), Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.), Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.), Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.), Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, De.), Shannon Taylor (Midlothian, Va.)  Alesha Widdall (Whitney Point, N.Y.), Jill Witmer (Lancaster, Pa.).

USFHA media release



Bolles scores in overtime to lift UConn against Penn State


Chloe Hunnable scored her second goal of the season Sunday against Penn State. Connecticut Athletics

No. 1 North Carolina 3, No. 13 Iowa 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa – North Carolina emerged from the ACC-Big Ten Challenge undefeated after a 3-1 win against No. 13 Iowa, the host team, Sunday at Grant Field. The Tar Heels are now 4-0 on the season, while Iowa fell to 3-1.

Junior Loren Shealy scored what would prove to be the game winner just 1:05 into the action, on an assist from sophomore Emily Wold. After watching UNC’s opponent score first in two of the season’s first three games, a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard was a welcome sight for UNC head coach Karen Shelton.

UNC went up 2-0 following a goal from junior Charlotte Craddock with 15:08 on the clock. She gathered the rebound of her own saved shot and shot again for the goal, her second in as many games of action this fall (Craddock missed the first two games of the season with a pulled leg muscle). UNC had 11 shots in the first half, and Iowa made eight saves, including one defensive save by Karli Johansen.

In the 41st minute of play, Iowa closed within one when Dani Hemeon scored on a corner, one of three the Hawkeyes drew on Sunday. The remainder of the half played out at 2-1 until UNC got its 11th corner just as the clock ran out. With no time remaining, junior Abby Frey grabbed the rebound after a save and scored to make the final 3-1 Carolina.

No. 2 Maryland 8, No. 17 Drexel 3

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –  Maryland cruised past No. 17 Drexel, 8-3 on Sunday in its home opener at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. Six Terrapins (4-0) scored in the match and 21 saw action as the Terps handled the Dragons (2-2).

Senior Jill Witmer got the scoring started when she slung a hard shot from the top left of the circle into the net five minutes in. Junior Maxine Fluharty notched an assist on the play.

Less than two minutes later, junior Katie Gerzabek brought the ball all the way in from the right side and scored herself for a 2-0 lead. Just more than three minutes after she scored, Witmer made it 3-0 with a behind the back shot off a rebound.

Drexel called timeout after it went down by three, then turned up the pressure. Three minutes after the timeout, the Dragons were awarded a penalty corner and Lindsay McArdle scored to get them on the board. Three minutes after that, Christina Conrad cut the Terps’ lead to one with a shot from just five yards out.

With 10 minutes left in the half, sophomore Sarah Sprink scored her first goal of the day off a penalty corner setup by Witmer and senior Hayley Turner to make it a two-goal lead for the Terps.

Freshman Mieke Hayn pushed Maryland’s lead back to three 30 seconds before halftime when she was able to get it behind Drexel’s goalie off a rebound. The Terrapins led 5-2 at the break.

No. 4 Connecticut 4, No. 6 Penn State 3 (OT)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Sophomore midfielder Roisin Upton scored the first two goals of her career and senior Marie Elena Bolles added her second score of the season in overtime to propel Connecticut to a 4-3 overtime victory against No. 6 Penn State on Sunday afternoon in University Park, Pa. With the win, the Huskies improve to 3-0 on the season while the Nittany Lions slip to 1-3.

The Huskies are now 18-16 all-time against Penn State and have won eight in a row against the Nittany Lions, including four consecutive in Happy Valley. Connecticut’s last loss to Penn State came in 2006.

UConn is now 18-7 in its previous 25 games against ranked teams, including 2-0 this season.

Senior All-American goaltender Sarah Mansfield made one of her 10 saves to thwart a Penn State penalty corner opportunity early in the first overtime session. The Huskies were opportunistic and turned it into a scoring chance of their own. Junior forward Anne Jeute led the break and dished to Bolles, who redirected it into the back of the net for the 13th game-winner in her career.

The Huskies struck first when Hunnable scored her second goal of the season at the 11:04 mark. After earning a penalty corner, Hunnable struck a shot from the top of the circle and by Kylie Licata. Penn State was able to restore parity when Whitney Redding slipped one past Sarah Mansfield.

However, the tie was short lived as Roisin Upton delivered the lead back to the Huskies with the first goal of her career. Upton took a feed from Hunnable in the circle and drilled a shot into the back of the net, reclaiming a 2-1 lead for UConn.

The Nittany Lions were able to knot it up at two goals apiece after Taylor Herold found the back of the net 13 minutes into the second half, but Upton’s second goal gave the Huskies a 3-2 edge that would be wiped away after Herold’s second goal of the game with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.

No. 5 Syracuse 6, Kent State 2

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Junior forward Lauren Brooks scored three goals to lead No. 5 Syracuse (4-0) to a 6-2 victory versus Kent State at Michigan State’s Ralph Young Field. Sarah Kerly, Lindsey Nerbonne and Tayler Evans all scored their first goals for the Orange in the win.

Brooks’ hat trick, the first of her career, gives her a team-leading six on the season and 20 for her career. It is the most goals in a game by a Syracuse player since Leonie Geyer scored four and Heather Susek had three goals in a 12-0 win vs. Vermont on Oct. 16, 2011.

The Golden Flashes took the early 1-0 lead just 4:41 into the contest when Karleigh Carlin scored from four yards out, but head coach Ange Bradley’s Orange would go on to score five in a row to take control and put the game out of reach.

Brooks put SU on the board in the 29th minute with a fantastic diving effort off an Emma Russell pass to tie the game, 1-1. The assist was the sophomore Russell’s third of the season.

After the game went into halftime tied 1-1, the Orange took control early in the second half with three goals in a 7:15 span. Kerly, a graduate student from England, gave Syracuse the lead in the 42nd minute when she scored her first SU goal, converting a diving shot at close range off an Alyssa Manley pass. A little more than a minute later, Brooks scored her second goal off a Geyer assist, making it 3-1. Brooks then completed the hat trick in the 49th minute when she scored off another Manley assist to make it 4-1.

Nerbonne made it a 5-1 game in the 54th minute when she scored the first goal of her career of the first career assist by freshman Kat Huber.

After Kent State scored its second goal in the 58th minute by Sabrina Binder, Evans scored the first goal of her SU career in the 59th minute when she found the back of the net off a deflection, closing the scoring at 6-2.

No. 7 Virginia 5, No. 8 Old Dominion 3

NORFOLK, Va. – Virginia earned its second victory of the season against a top-10 team, defeating No. 8 Old Dominion 5-3 on Sunday in Norfolk, Va.

Freshman Caleigh Foust followed up her three-goal performance in the victory at Yale on Friday with her second career hat trick, scoring three goals, including the game-winner, against the Monarchs. Elly Buckley scored the other two goals and also logged her second defensive save of the season.

Virginia took a 3-0 lead after scoring three goals in a span of 1:38, beginning with a Foust tap in of a rebound off the ODU goalie’s pads 4:48 into the game. Buckley followed with a goal at 6:18 and another at 6:25 to spot UVa to a three-goal lead. The Monarchs scored two goals to close out the second half, making it a 3-2 game at the break.

Foust cleaned up another deflection off the goalie’s pads four minutes into the second half to increase the UVa advantage to 4-2. The Monarchs scored with five minutes left in the game, but an empty-net score by Foust with just more than a minute remaining sealed the victory for the Cavaliers.

No. 10 Duke 3, Rutgers 2 (2OT)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Graduate student Cherry Seaborn fired a goal on a breakaway run in the 88th minute to lift 10th-ranked Duke  to a 3-2 double-overtime victory against Rutgers Sunday afternoon at the Scarlet Knights’ Bauer Track and Field/Field Hockey Complex. Seaborn’s game-winner broke a stalemate that lasted nearly 75 minutes, sending the Blue Devils to the win in their first overtime contest of the 2013 season.

The beginning of the first sudden-victory period saw the Duke offense control the tempo, as the unit registered nine shots and two penalty corners within the first 10 minutes of play. Despite the barrage of shots from the visiting squad, the score remained locked at 2-2, forcing a second overtime.

Seaborn took off on a breakaway about three minutes into the second overtime, notching her third goal of the season in dramatic fashion. Her performance capped a balanced attacking effort by the Blue Devils, which outshot Rutgers by a 35-6 margin.

Duke got on the board early in the contest, as junior midfielder Abby Beltrani registered her first goal of the season on a rebound shot at the 29:00 mark. The Scarlet Knights answered a little more than a minute later on an unassisted tally by Ashpal Bhogal before senior forward Emmie Le Marchand scored for the second time in as many days to put the Blue Devils back up by one.

Le Marchand’s goal in the 10th minute pushed her career points total to 100, making her the 11th Blue Devil in program history to top the century mark.

Rutgers tied the game again in the 13th minute, with Nicole Imbriaco providing the response on a baseline feed from Katie Champion. Duke continued to attack the cage, out-shooting the Scarlet Knights 11-3 by the end of the period, but the score remained 2-2 at halftime.

NCAA



Field hockey pulls away from Drexel, 8-3, to cap perfect weekend

Terps also defeat Old Dominion, 3-0, on Friday

by Paul Pierre-Louis




The Terrapins field hockey team had an ideal start Sunday afternoon against Drexel. The Terps scored three goals in the first 10 minutes and were dominating the Dragons.

So Drexel coach Denise Zelenak called a timeout to allow her players to regroup. And after the short break, the Dragons clawed back into the game with two goals in a three-minute span to pull within one.

But the Terps eventually rallied to cap an undefeated weekend with an 8-3 win over the Dragons at Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex after defeating No. 8 Old Dominion, 3-0, on Friday.

“[Drexel] had two shots on goal [and] two goals, so that was pretty awesome of them,” defender Sarah Sprink said. “But then we came back to our strengths.”

The Terps (4-0) took the lead over Drexel (2-2) in the fifth minute with forward Jill Witmer’s goal. While facing away from the goal cage, she whipped a turnaround shot, which deflected off Maxine Fluharty’s raised stick and past Drexel goalkeeper Jantien Gunter.

The Terps doubled the lead two minutes later through forward Katie Gerzabek, who ran alongside the right side of the endline and sneaked the ball through Gunter’s near post. Witmer added the team’s third in the 10th minute with a behind-the-back shot from the left side of the shooting circle.

But the momentum swung in Drexel’s favor following the timeout.

“They gained some energy,” coach Missy Meharg said. “I think we’ll take a look at that breakdown and see just what happened. I didn’t see anything tactically different in what they did.”

Though nothing appeared to change in Drexel’s offense, the Dragons found success. On Drexel’s first penalty corner, forward Lindsay McArdle received a pass on the top left corner of the circle, then slung a shot that banged off the bottom of the goal cage.

The Dragons started to find ways to get into scoring position. Three minutes after Drexel’s first goal, the ball skipped to midfielder Christina Conrad during a scramble in the middle of the Terps’ circle, and she slapped it in to cut the lead to one.

The Terps slowly regained control of the match, however, and Sprink scored in the 25th minute to provide the team with some insurance. Forward Mieke Hayn added another goal in the final minute of the half to make it 5-2.

“We just played the game we were planning on [playing] without having in mind that they might tie the game,” Sprink said. “We were confident that we could own the game again.”

At the start of the second period, the game became one-sided again. The Terps scored three unanswered goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half. Sprink scored off a penalty corner again for her second of the game, and goals from forwards Shelby Sydnor and Welma Luus extended the Terps’ lead to 8-2. Dragons midfielder Meghan Plank scored the final goal of the game in the 69th minute.

While goals poured in for the Terps on Sunday, their game against Old Dominion on Friday was a cagier encounter. The Monarchs had significant spells of pressure in the second half, but the Terps prevented them from scoring to earn the shutout.

“I would say that Old Dominion is a little bit more formidable,” Meharg said. “I think the statistics showed that.”

The Monarchs and the Terps both took eight shots in the second half, while Terps goalkeeper Natalie Hunter made seven saves in that time to preserve the team’s lead. In the end, Hunter’s performance, along with two first-half goals from midfielder Anna Dessoye and a third from defender Ali McEvoy in the second period, lifted the team the to a win.

“Of course, I get adrenaline rushes when the ball is down my end,” Hunter said. “But I try to stay as calm as possible.”

The Terps fended off Drexel the same way Sunday during the Dragons’ two-goal run. Though the team will look to prevent those lackluster sequences for this weekend’s games against Columbia and Miami (Ohio), the Terps were pleased with how they maintained their poise.

“I thought we were exceptional,” Meharg said. “Hockey is a funny game. … You might play the whole game on attack, and you got to be ready for those big breaks.”

The Diamondback



Lady Monarchs rally, lose to Virginia

NORFOLK | Old Dominion spotted Virginia to a three-goal lead, but came back to make a game of it before falling 5-3 to the No. 7 Cavaliers in a top 10 field hockey match-up Sunday.

The eighth-ranked Lady Monarchs (1-3) trailed early when Teisha King scored at 19:21 and Sarah Breen followed at 26:42 with her first of two goals, cutting the margin to 3-2.

Caleigh Foust gave U.Va. some breathing room with her second goal at 38:52 then finished off her hat trick at 68:51.

Megan Hept (Hickory) made seven saves for the Lady Monarchs, who travel to Chapel Hill Friday to play No. 1 North Carolina.

The Virginian Pilot



Field Hockey Scores Just Once in Pair of Opening Weekend Losses

By Ty Aderhold and Jacob W. Lynch, CRIMSON STAFF WRITERS



The Harvard field hockey team hoped for a turnaround in 2013. But after a 3-0 loss at No. 14 UMass Friday night and a 2-1 defeat in the home opener against Bryant Sunday, the Crimson is 0-2. Harvard had not gone winless in its opening weekend since 2006. Mark Kelsey

After a 3-13 campaign last year, the Harvard field hockey team dropped its first two games of this season under second-year coach Tjerk van Herwaarden.

The Crimson lost its season opener Friday night at Richard F. Garber Field in Amherst, Mass., against No. 14 Massachusetts before falling to Bryant on Sunday in its home opener.

BRYANT 2, HARVARD 1.

After an opening game loss to Massachusetts, Harvard (0-2) scored early against Bryant (3-1) as it looked for its first win of the season. But, the team was unable to hold on, losing 2-1 in a game that came down to the last play.

Less than three minutes into the game, freshman Marisa Balleza had a shot ricochet off the post, allowing fellow freshman Sarah Finnemore to rebound the shot for her first collegiate goal.

“It was pretty exciting,” Finnemore said. “Actually four of the players on Bryant, including the goalie, were on my team in high school so that was a fun way to score my first goal.”

But Bryant chipped away at the Crimson’s lead, scoring off a penalty corner in the 27th minute.

Harvard’s defense was able to limit Bryants’ opportunities inside the scoring area, holding Bryant to eight shots but in the 54th minute the Bulldogs scored again off a penalty corner.

The Crimson continued to get opportunities until the end of the game, culminating with a penalty corner as time expired. Harvard got one free play, until the ball left the scoring area, but was unable to convert.

Play ended on a controversial kicking penalty call, where it appeared the goalie kick-saved the ball, but Harvard was called for the penalty.

“The official didn’t think [it happened that way], so you win some and you lose some,” Herwaarden said. “It was an unfortunate game. We got fifteen shots on goal, which is high for us since we are not an offensive powerhouse.”

MASSACHUSETTS 3, HARVARD 0

Harvard started its season Friday night against No. 14 Massachusetts (4-0). The Crimson did not register a shot until the 37th minute of the game and failed to record a shot on goal all night in a 3-0 loss to the Minutewomen.

The UMass offense took 12 shots and received nine corners in the first half. Though senior goalie Jenn Hatfield had six saves in the first stanza, it was not enough to keep the Minutewomen off the board as Massachusetts scored twice off of corners in the span of six minutes.

Junior back Lauren Allymohamed started the scoring for the Minutewomen in the 25th minute off an assist from freshman midfielder Charlotte Vereist. In the 31st minute, sophomore midfielder Brooke Sabia made the score 2-0 in favor of Massachusetts.

“Playing a tough opponent early on really exposes your weaknesses and shows you what you need to work on,” junior forward Noel Painter said. “We came in with the mentality of trying to upset them and start off the season strong, and though it didn’t work out we saw a lot of stuff in the game film that we can work on moving forward.”

Harvard came out stronger in the second half and immediately received back-to-back shots from Balleza and junior forward Kaitlyn Boudah.

The increased presence of the Crimson’s attack would have no effect in the outcome of the game however, and the Minutewomen put the game away in the 69th minute with a goal from freshman forward Izzie Delario.

Harvard’s offense finished the night with only four shots, and two of those occurred in the final 10 minutes with the game out of reach. Balleza led the Crimson with two shots in her first collegiate action.

Harvard’s defense allowed Massachusetts 20 shots, but Hatfield came up big time after time on her way to nine saves on the night in only the third start of her career.

“Jenn Hatfield really stepped up in the goal,” sophomore back Elizabeth Jacobson said. “She had to face a lot of corners and she made some huge stops.”

The Crimson



Blunt KL make slow start

By Jugjet Singh


KUALA Lumpur started their Razak Cup Division One campaign on a rusty note when they could only beat Penang 3-1 at the Kuantan Stadium yesterday.

The 19-time champions were blunt in penalty corners as they could only score one rebound off the handful that came their way.

"Not a very bright start as the team were a little rusty in attack and also in penalty corners. We had many more chances to increase the score but failed," said Kuala Lumpur coach K. Rajan.

However, Rajan is not overly worried with the slow start in Group B.

"I am confident that as the tournament progresses, my team will become better with each match as we aim to win our 20th title in Kuantan," said Rajan.

The KL goals were scored by Nor Syafiq Sumantri (third minute) and Harvinder Singh (16th, 60th).

Penang's goal was scored by Azren Rizal in the sixth minute.

In another Group B match, hosts Pahang fell 3-2 to Perak. The Perak goals were scored by Harmeet Singh (15th), Harris Fadilla (29th) and Hafifi Hafiz (66th).

Robert Alcantara (30th) and Ahmad Kazamirul (38th) scored for Pahang.

RESULTS -- Division One A: Terengganu 4 Johor 5, Malacca 1 Negri Sembilan 2; Group B: Perak 3 Pahang 2, Kuala Lumpur 3 Penang 1.

TODAY -- Division One A: Malacca v Johor (8pm, Pitch I), Negri Sembilan v Terengganu (8pm, Pitch II).

Division Two: Kedah v Armed Forces (4pm, Pitch I), Perlis v Sabah (6pm, Pitch I), Selangor v Police (6pm, Pitch II).

New Straits Times



Perak upset hosts Pahang in Razak Cup opener

By AFTAR SINGH



Penang’s Jiwa Mohan (left) clears the ball during their 3-1 defeat to KL in the Razak Cup at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium yesterday. — S. S. KANESAN / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Perak got off to good start in the 51st edition of the Razak Cup hockey tournament, beating Pahang 3-2 in a Division One Group B match at the Wisma Belia Stadium in Kuantan on Sunday.

Harmeet Singh gave Perak the lead off a penalty corner in the 15th minute. Perak then made it 2-0 in the 29th through Mohd Hariss Fadilla.

A minute later, Pahang, the runners-up last year, narrowed the deficit with a field goal by former international Robert Alcantra.

After the breather, Pahang equalised in the 38th minute off a penalty corner goal taken by Ahmad Kazamirul Nasaruddin.

Both teams then went all out to get the winning goal and it was Perak who scored in the 66th minute through Hafifihafiz Hanafi off a penalty corner.

In another Group B match, 19-time champions Kuala Lumpur defeated Penang 3-1.

Nor Syafiq Sumantri (third) and Harvinder Singh (16th and 60th) scored for KL while Azren Rizal was on target for Penang in the sixth minute.

KL coach K. Rajan said his team were a bit rusty in attack and they failed to make the penalty corners count.

“But I am not too worried. I believe we will get better as the tournament progresses. Our aim is to win our 20th title in Kuantan,” said Rajan.

The Star of Malaysia



T. T. Brothers sponsor Prampram hockey gala in Ghana

Beverage distributors, T. T. Brothers, have given the maiden Prampram Homowo Hockey Gala a lifeline with a GHc 2,000 cheque presentation plus different kinds of products as the one-day competition pushes off today at the Anglican Park at Prampram.

The request for sponsorship was said to have come to the company quite late but because the gala was to commemorate the one celebration of the passing of Ghana’s President John Evans Atta Mills, T. T. Brothers had to dole out its ‘widow’s mite.’

The company has, however, promised to give full sponsorship to what would become an annual competition from next year to honour the late president posthumously.

Former First Lady, Ernestina Naadu Mills, would be joined by former Youth and Sports Minister, E. T. Mensah, as special guests in Prampram.

The two, who hails from Prampram, are expected to add colour and panache to the competition being put together by an aspiring MP for the area, Lengi Chawe-Nartey, under the patronage of the Greater Accra Hockey Association.

Late President Mills was one-time Ghana’s finest hockey player and it was under his presidency that Ghana had its first ever and only hockey stadium.

It would feature five of the senior clubs in the Greater Accra Hockey League, Veterans, Citizens International, NDK Financiers, Mulstistix and SAPHOLDA.

The teams arrived last night and were housed by the owners of Sea Lane Hotel in Prampram and would be expected to join former Minister of State, Dr Nii Noi Ashong, in Kpon after the gala for a special Homowo party.

GhanaWeb