News for 17 September 2013

All the news for Tuesday 17 September 2013


Super September: Four World Cup spots up for grabs

Direct qualification on offer to continental champions of Asia (women), Pan America (women) and Africa (men & women)



Host nation Argentina will be in action at the Pan American Cup in Mendoza. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

In terms of qualification for next year’s sensational Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands, the last few months have been seriously busy. 

However, there is still plenty more to come.

A total of eighteen teams are already certain to play their part at 2014’s mammoth men’s and women’s event, with the final six spots being filled between now and early November. Four of those berths will be occupied over the next three weeks, with direct World Cup qualification on offer to the winners of continental championships in Asia (women), Pan America (women) and Africa (men and women).

The Asian and Pan American continental championships get underway this Saturday (21 September) with events taking place in Malaysia and Argentina, while the African Cup of Nations begins next Thursday (26 September) in Kenya. 

The Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur will play host to the eighth edition of the Women’s Asia Cup, a tournament which will feature China, Korea, Japan, India, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei. For more information, click here.

On the other side of the world, eight teams will be battling it out at the Pan American Cup in Mendoza, Argentina, with USA, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, and Luciana Aymar’s Argentina all gunning for glory. For more information, click here.

Next week’s men’s and women’s Africa Cup of Nations tournaments take place at Nairobi’s City Park Stadium and will run from 26 September until 6 October. Africa’s finest will battle it out in a bid to grab a place at the showpiece event in The Hague’s breath-taking Kyocera Stadium. For more information, click here.

A full list of qualifiers for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 will be known after the conclusion of the men’s and women’s Oceania Cup, which take place late October / early November. 

To see exactly who has qualified so far and how they got there, click the links below.

World Cup Qualification explained - Men

World Cup Qualification explained - Women

FIH site



RM500,000 boost for Malaysian women.


Semai Ria Chief Executive Officer Lim Ee Keong (second from right) and MHC deputy president Noora Ashikin.

THE Malaysian women’s hockey team received a  RM500,000 boost yesterday from construction development  company Semai Ria ahead of the Asia Cup challenge starting  on Saturday.

The tournament, to be played at the National Hockey  Stadium in Bukit Jalil, also offers the champion a berth to the  Women’s World Cup next year in the Netherlands.

Present at hand to receive the cheque was Malaysian  Hockey Confederation (MHC) deputy president Raja Puan Sri  Datuk Noora Ashikin Raja Abdullah.


Coach Nasihin Nubli with his angels.

“We will be hosting the Asia Cup (seniors) for the first time,  and that itself is a milestone for women’s hockey in the  country. The team used to be a whipping side many years  ago, but today, we can hold our heads high as we have even  made the grade to play in the Asian Champions Trophy this  year,” said Noora Ashikin.

Eight teams will feature in the tournament and Malaysia  are in Group A with defending champions China, India and  Hong Kong.

Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Kazakhstan are in Group  B.

China and South Korea have qualified for the World Cup via  the Women’s World League.

“We have set a target of playing in the semi-finals of the  Asia Cup, and I believe it is achievable after all the hard work  put in by the players and coaching staff,” said Noora  Ashikin.

Semai Ria Chief Executive Officer Lim Ee Keong said: “We  hope that our sponsorship will spur the women’s hockey  team to perform beyond their capabilities. The men have  qualified for the World Cup, and We hope the women will  emulate the men as well.”

However, Malaysia will find the going tough in the Eight  Edition of the Asia Cup as Korea have won three titles in 1985,  1993 and 1990; China twice 1989 and 2009; while India won  it in 2004 and Japan in 2007.

The best placing for Malaysia was third in 1985.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey



Tanzania: Hockey Tuning Up for Africa Nations Cup

By Mbonile Burton


NATIONAL ladies hockey team assistant coach Mnonda Magani has vowed to correct some mistake shown during trials against visiting Mombasa Club in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.

The team is currently preparing for the forthcoming Africa Nations Cup Hockey Championship slated for September 26 to October 5 in Nairobi, Kenya. "The ladies are undergoing intensive training in the city and they turn up for two sessions -- morning and afternoon - daily so as to gain more techniques, speed and stamina," said Magani.

Under head coach, Italian Valentina Quaranta, and Magani the ladies played three trial matches against the Mombasa outfit, drawing 1-1 twice and losing the other. Magani said the international trials were the first for his team against women's sides since it was introduced six months ago so they were not easy for them, but they seemed to progress with each match.

"You know it was the first time we got a match against a women's side; we used to play with local men's teams because apart from the national squad, we lack women's hockey teams in the country," he said.

All Africa



Malaysia targets top spot

Having been set a target of winning the 3rd Sultan of Johor Cup by the Malaysian Hockey Confederation, the National Juniors are ready to deliver when the tournament gets underway this Sunday at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru.

Six nations – Pakistan, India, South Korea, England and Argentina will participate in the week long tournament that will serve as a final testing ground for the teams heading towards the Junior World Cup, which will be played in New Delhi from 6th to 15th December.

Malaysia emerged as Champions in the inaugural tournament in 2011 but finished as wooden spoonists last year.

“I will not look at the target as some kind of pressure on the team but rather as a challenge for the players to develop a winning mentality heading towards the Junior World cup,” said team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

‘We will take it one match at a time but at the same time we must also realize that both England and Pakistan who are in the same pool as us in the Junior World Cup will pay particular attention to us.

“Thus I expect a cat and mouse scenario in Johor Baru and all teams will not reveal their actual strength.

“Thus the philosophy of winning one match at a time will help the players develop the confidence and meet the target set.”

The juniors have already started training in Johor Baru and will play a friendly match against India this Friday.

The Malaysian team will also be playing their Indian counterparts in a three match series in October according to Mirnawan.

“We have managed to secure three matches against the Indian Juniors on October 22, 23 and 25 at the Dyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi which will be the tournament venue for the Junior World Cup,” said Mirnawan.

“It is important for the players to get a feel of the venue and thus we are grateful to Hockey India for their approval in playing the matches there.

“With Egypt using Malaysia for a training camp in November, we may play two matches against them.”

Mirnawan added that they would name three more players at the end of the Sultan Johor Cup to add to the present 20 they have for the final stages of preparation heading towards the Junior World Cup.

Official Sultan of Johor Cup site



Olympian Umar Bhutta to lead Pakistan juniors at Sultan of Johor Cup

Invitational tournament a vital work-out ahead of December's Junior World Cup in New Delhi, India



Umar Bhutta, seen here in action at the London 2012 Olympics, will lead Pakistan's junior team at the invitational Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

London 2012 Olympian Umar Bhutta has been named captain of the Pakistan junior team that will compete in the Sultan of Johor Cup Invitational hockey tournament.

The competition takes place in the Malaysian city of Johor Bahru from 22-29 September, with teams using the event as a vital work-out ahead of the December's Junior World Cup in New Delhi, India. The 18-member squad was announced by the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) during a training camp overseen by head coach Rana Mujahid Ali.

“The Johor Bahru tournament is an ideal chance for us to examine the real strength of our players before going to India for the [Junior] World Cup,” Mujahid said. “In Malaysia, our team will also face England and Argentina for the first time which will give them experience to test their muscles against these non-Asian teams.”

Full details about the Sultan of Johor Cup - which features Korea, Pakistan, England, India, Malaysia and Argentina - can be found on the official tournament website by clicking here.

Pakistan Squad - Sultan of Johor Cup

Mazhar Abbas, Amin Yousuf, Mohammad Khalid, Mohammad Umar Bhutta (captain), Syed Kashif Shah (vice-captain), Mohammad Faisal Qadir, Mohammad Rizwan Jr, Mohammad Tousiq, Mohammad Kashif Javed, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Zohaib Ashraf, Muhammad Umair, Mohammad Dilber, Ali Shan, Mohammad Suleman, Arslan Qadir, Ahmed Zubair, Ayub Ali.

Officials: Rana Mujahid Ali (head coach), Mohammad Danish Kaleem, Anjum Saeed (coaches), Mubashir Mohsin (doctor), Syed Abuzar Umrao (video analyst).

Official Sultan of Johor Cup site



Title will do nicely

By Jugjet Singh


NATIONAL juniors coach K. Dharmaraj has set his eyes on the Sultan of Johor Cup title, as he finally has his full squad for the assault at the Taman Daya Stadium on Sept 22-29.

Malaysia were the inaugural champions in 2011, but finished bottom last year, and with the Junior World Cup just around the corner, Dharmaraj wants the title as an early boost.

Malaysia are in Group D of the Junior World Cup -- in New Delhi on Dec 6-15 -- together with Pakistan, England and South Africa.

In Johor, England, Pakistan, India, Argentina and South Korea stand in Malaysia's way for the title.

"I believe with the inclusion of the four players who were with the senior side, the team have the potential to win the title again.

"And with England and Pakistan in our World Cup group, it is time we win morale boosters on home soil," said Dharmaraj.

South Africa were also supposed to play in Johor, but pulled out due to lack of funds.

The four who played in the Asia Cup with the senior side are Fitri Saari, Faiz Jali Helmi, Izad Hakimi and Firhan Ashaari.

Even though Malaysia will parade their best, India and Pakistan are expected to be the teams to beat.

"Looking at the team list, Pakistan will be fielding the same side which we beat in the final of the Junior Asia Cup, while India also have many players who have seen action with the senior side in recent major tournaments.

"But that is a challenge we gladly accept, because my players need to beat both these two teams to prepare for the Junior World Cup semi-finals target," said Dharmaraj.

New Straits Times



Manzoorul Hasan named head coach of junior hockey team

Staff Report


LAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation on Monday appointed former Olympian Manzoorul Hasan as the head coach of the junior hockey team besides bringing back Tahir Zaman to his original position of the junior team’s consultant after his unsuccessful stint as coach of the senior team in the Asia Cup where Pakistan failed to qualify for the World Cup. “After my appointment as secretary of the PHF, I have left the assignment of the head coach of the junior and Manzoor has been given the responsibility based on his expertise as a former coach,” said Rana Mujahid Ali, PHF secretary general, while addressing a news conference here.

He said Manzoor’s appointment was made in consultation with PHF president Qasim Zia and other officials who gave their nod to benefit from the experience of the former Olympian till the Junior World Cup in India later this year. “We have come up with a right combination of Manzoor and Tahir and we are confident that they would be able to groom the junior team on most modern lines to produce encouraging results in the World Cup,” he maintained.

The newly appointed secretary said that in the wake of recent decisions taken by the PHF there was no justification to impose ad-hoc on the national hockey federation. “PHF secretary general Muhammad Asif Bajwa has already resigned and PHF chief Qasim has also announced not to contest the coming elections of the PHF. And in view of the reforms being made to improve the working of the PHF, there is no reason to put the PHF under ad-hoc arrangements,” he added. To a question, he said the PHF was fully committed that its national side take part in the Commonwealth Games being held next year in England. “And whatever course of action will be decided by the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) to ensure the participation of the team will be acceptable to the PHF.”

He said if due to any reason the team failed to feature in the Commonwealth Games then its responsibility would not be on the PHF which was following all the directions of the Government in this regard.” Mujahid said efforts would be made to ensure the visit of a foreign team ahead of the team’s participation in the Junior World Cup. “At the moment we are in a process of inviting many countries including Malaysia to visit Pakistan.” Answering a question, he said discussions were underway with the Indian hockey counterparts to revive the bilateral hockey series between the two neighboring countries.

The Daily Times



Setback for Pakistan hockey as team denied entry into CWG

Mohammad Yaqoob


LAHORE: After the disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2014 FIH World Cup, Pakistan hockey suffered another blow on Monday when the national team failed to get entry into next year’s Commonwealth Games.

This after the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) could not send expression of interest to the Games organising committee, despite having been granted extension twice.

Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) president Arif Hasan told Dawn that a letter from the organising committee of the Commonwealth Games was received on Monday in which they refused to grant further extension to the PHF to send the expression of interest for participation.

“The POA gave every chance to the PHF to send their expression of interest but they were getting the instructions from the government which doesn’t play an effective role in such cases,” Arif said.

Arif added that Pakistan would be sending a contingent for other sports as the country had a good chance to qualify in some team and individual disciplines.

The PHF, which depends on the financial resources of the federal government, decided to follow its instructions and ignored the invitation through the Arif Hasan-led POA.

The government, meanwhile, recognises another body of the national Olympic association led by Akram Sahi. Sahi’s body, though, has no affiliation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The two parallel bodies have been involved in a power struggle and the dispute is yet to be resolved.

Failure to make it to Glasgow is another setback for hockey after the national team finished third in last month’s Asia Cup.

Pakistan needed to win the Asia Cup in order to make next year’s World Cup which will be held in the Netherlands.

Earlier on Monday, new PHF secretary Rana Mujahid had said that if Pakistan fail to participate in next year’s Commonwealth Games, the government should be held responsible.

Rana Mujahid was elected as secretary following the resignation of Asif Bajwa in the aftermath of Pakistan’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

“The PHF wants to take part in the Commonwealth Games and is following government instructions to get entry into the event therefore if we fail to participate, the government should be held responsible,” Rana Mujahid said at a press conference held here to announce Manzoor-ul-Hasan Senior as the new head coach of the national junior team.

Rana Mujahid was previously in-charge of the junior team affairs.

“Every player has a desire to feature in mega events such as the Commonwealth Games and we also expect our team to win a medal,” he added.

“The PHF has already written letters to the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) to take up the matter regarding the entry of national team in the Games and they have to solve the issues, including of war between the two groups for the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA).

“If the PSB asks us not to take part in the Commonwealth Games, we will follow it but again that will be the decision of the government.”

Recently, inter-provincial minister in his summary to the prime minister recommended ad hoc on the PHF.

Rana Mujahid, though, said it was unnecessary as the PHF had already announced the election schedule which runs from Oct 25 to Nov 25 and Minister for Information Pervaiz Rashid had already been appointed Election Commissioner.

“When [previous secretary] Asif Bajwa has already resigned and with president Qasim Zia deciding not to contest the next elections, then there is no need for any ad hoc as change through a democratic system will be more constitutional,” he said.

With Rana Mujahid being elected as PHF secretary, Manzoor has been tasked with the job of leading the junior team at the Sultan of Johor Cup which starts in Malaysia from Sept 23.

Rana Mujahid announced that national team coach Tahir Zaman will also travel to Malaysia with the junior team as consultant.

Manzoor informed that he himself had approached the PHF for the job.

“I took this responsibility as a challenge and I’ve set myself a target of forming a team capable of winning the FIH Junior World Cup [which will take place in India from Dec 6],” Manzoor said.

“Time isn’t on my side but I know what I have to do. Coaches like Danish Kaleem and Anjum Saeed have been working with this team for the last three years, so, I am hopeful that after meeting with them we will be able to prepare an effective strategy.”

Reminiscing on his track record, he added: “I prepared that Pakistan team in three years — which had finished 11th in the 1986 World Cup 1986 — that played in the final of the 1990 World Cup.”

Despite having been away from the game for almost a decade due to his posting in Saudia Arabia as PIA station manager, Manzoor said hockey hadn’t changed much in that span except for changes in the off-side and the penalty-corner rule.

“The pace of the game has changed but the basic rules are the same,” he said. “And I haven’t been out of touch with the game in the last ten years as I followed news of the hockey team through television and newspapers.”

Dawn



IOB has it easy; Army struggles

S. Thyagarajan



With SCR putting up grim resistance, it was the elegance and efficiency of Ignace Tirkey (extreme right) that brought Army XI two goals and a comfortable victory. Photo: M. Vedhan

The focus shifted to spotting the semifinalists in the MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament, even as the Army XI and IOB notched up wins on Monday in Pool A.

While the Army XI struggled — the 4-1 margin may not mirror this fact — against South Central Railway, IOB had it easy against CAG, winning 6-1 to finish its pool engagements with nine points.

It is quite likely that three teams — IOC, IOB and Army XI — may fight it out for the two slots from Pool A.

Until the last quarter of the second half, Army was hardly assured of full points from this encounter. The SCR defenders, including goal-keeper Srinivas exhibited admirable resilience.

Even on the frontline, there were a couple of dangerous movements by Poonacha. A splendid deflection by Mayank James from a long pass brought SCR on par, with a fighting chance to force a draw or even a win.

The one man who scuttled SCR’s hopes was former international Ignace Tirkey. His best years are behind him. Yet, there was elegance and efficiency in his workouts, and that proved decisive. Not only did he score twice in a penalty corner sequence, he was also the tower of strength in the mid-field. His passes were aesthetically pleasing and decidedly astute, keeping forwards Bopanna and Bushan Kujur on the move.

Had SCR maintained the tempo after James’s goal the script could have been different. However, Shyam Kumar fumbled in front of the goal, and a couple crosses went awry. After Tirkey slotted home the second goal, the Army team took control and never let relinquinshed it till the final whistle.

Army XI has a key match against the leader of the Pool A, IOC, on Wednesday.

IOB required a big victory to enhance its goal aggregate. But CAG yielded no quarter.

The start was electrifying with Adam Sinclair bringing up the lead with a stinging shot. Midway through, Vinod Rayar widened the margin, and IOB managed to add four more in the second half while conceding one.

The results: Pool A: Army XI 4 (Ignace Tirkey-2, C.U. Bopanna, Euazer Lakra) bt South Central Railway 1 (Mayank James). IOB 6 (Adam Sinclair, Vinod Rayar 2, Shanmugam, Muthuselvan-2) bt CAG 1(Navneet Swarankar).

The Hindu



Union Bank upend Customs' Gold Cup chances

MUMBAI: "It was a bad loss," said Lincoln Taites, Mumbai Customs goalkeeper, visibly shaken up after his team went down 3-4 against promoted side Union Bank of India in a Mumbai Magicians-Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd-conducted Super League match at Churchgate's Mahindra Stadium on Monday.

Taites couldn't believe it nor was he willing to come to terms with the shocking defeat, which also jeopardized their chances of direct qualification (top four finishers in the Super League would automatically qualify) into the Bombay Gold Cup to be played in October.

Customs, though, have only themselves to blame. They paid the price for taking their opponents lightly. Despite scoring in the opening minute, they allowed Union Bank to draw level soon. In fact, Union Bank, who were without the services of some their regulars, did well to quickly jump into a 3-1 lead and put their fancied opponents under tremendous pressure.

Customs then pulled one back through Joshua Versaonkar in the 57th minute and Jayesh Jadhav helped them draw parity just four minutes later. But a missed penalty stroke by Jadhav finally did them in. After UBI goalkeeper Sudhir Dixit made the save, JP Kusha scored the match winner three minutes from time to seal the match and three points for UBI.

"For me the missed penalty was the turning point. Had they scored, we would have had to play catch-up in the last couple of minutes. And when a team is down, it is under tremendous pressure. I am not too sure if we could have comeback and drawn level. But I am happy with the three points and the final result," said Deepak Joshi, Union Bank's coach who doubles up as a player.

Earlier, leaders Western Railway consolidated their position at the top after their fluent 6-1 victory against Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers (RCF). The scores were level 1-all at the end of the first half.

Results: Western Railway 6 (Vinod Kumar 4th min, 61st, Jay Karan 43rd, 51st, Ashish Pal 49th, Mohd Irshad Mirza 70th) bt Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers 1 (Manpreet Singh 29th); Union Bank of India 4 (Deepak Bijwad 8th, Vikram Singh 40th, Rubin Kedari 47th, J P Kusha 67th) bt Mumbai Customs 3 (Deepak Yadav 2nd, Joshua Versaonkar 57th, Jayesh Jadhav 61st).

The Times of India



Dons' tough start

By Graham Wilson



Ben Marsden has been director of hockey at Wimbledon for eight years [GETTY]

BEING based opposite the tennis arenas of Wimbledon has its bonuses.

The prime one for the sports club there is the money they take from car parking fees during the Wimbledon Championships.

The money goes to capital projects at the club, which has fine facilities, including grass tennis courts, squash courts and two artificial pitches.

“The money all goes back into these projects and it is an expensive club to run,” said Beijing Olympian Ben Marsden, 33, who has been Wimbledon’s director of hockey for eight years. Under his consistent guidance and by attaining sponsors such as Zipcar and some big-game players, he has led them finally to the NOW: Pensions premier division, where they suffered a 3-1 defeat by Beeston in their opening match.

“We are an ambitious club, but we have to be realistic, so maybe we can finish mid-table,” said Marsden.

Daily Express



H.C. Rotterdam win clash of the Euro giants


Rotterdam captain Jeroen Hertzberger. Euro Hockey League / Frank Uijlenbroek

THE NETHERLANDS: H.C. Rotterdam met Euro Hockey League rivals Kampong in the Dutch Hoofdklasse at the weekend, with Jeroen Hertzberger’s men taking a hard-earned 2-1 victory.

Kampong’s Martijn Havenga gave the visitors the lead with a 19th minute penalty corner before Jeffrey Thys, Rotterdam’s big summer signing from Belgium’s KHC Dragons, restored parity four minutes from the break with another penalty corner. The winning goal came in the 49th minute from Rotterdam captain Jeroen Hertzberger, who netted the third penalty corner of the game to give his side all three points.

Fellow EHL competitors Oranje Zwart were also in action but did not get the result that they were looking for, going down 4-3 away at 2011 EHL champions HGC. Mink van der Weerden, Gabriel Dabanch and Fareed Ahmed were all on target for OZ, but two goals from Englishman Simon Edgerton ensured that HGC claimed the spoils.

After two rounds of matches, HGC and 2013 EHL champions HC Bloemendaal – who claimed a 2-3 win at Laren thanks to goals from Tom Boon, Rogier Hofman and Roel Bovendeert – are the only teams with 100% win records. More information about the Dutch Hoofdklasse can be found on www.hockey.nl

Euro Hockey League media release



NDK reclaim Ghana hockey title

Hockey ‘landlords’, NDK Financiers, reclaimed the Dwadifo Adanfo Seniors’ league title last Saturday at the National Hockey Stadium courtesy a 2-0 win over Multistix to temporarily end SAPHOLDA’s dream of dominating the league for five years.

Newcomers, SAPHOLDA, took charge of the seniors league in their first two years but were cut to size in their third year as NDK bounced back to take what they claimed rightfully belonged to them.

It took the magic of smallish Rudolf Sowah, whose brilliant two goals, leapfrogged NDK to the summit on the last day of the league as they won the title with 19 points, a point ahead of SAPHOLDA, with Multistix and Citizens following in that order.

Both NDK and Multistix fielded their strongest squad but NDK appeared the hungrier side for the title and despite SAPHOLDA’s 7-1 thrashing of Citizens, it did not stop the Financiers from lifting the trophy.

After observing a minute’s silence for Nora Ahadjie, wife of the playmaker of NDK, Emmanuel Ahadjie, who died last Tuesday, NDK burst into action with series of raids and deservedly fetched the opener through Sowah in the seventh minute and later added another on 42nd minute to end the game.

Ironically, the loss of Ahadjie’s wife, instead of demoralising the players, rather galvanised them as they played with an amazing energy. A planned celebration has been put on hold until after the burial of Nora later in the month

But the league title in the A-league (both male and female) would be determined after October 11 with two matches remaining. The two matches have been put on hold to enable the senior national teams (male and female) to travel to Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday for the Hockey Cup of Nations.

GhanaWeb



Jade Warrender leaves Hockeyroos program

21 year old defender leaves centralised program to return to New South Wales


Hockeyroo Jade Warrender has announced her decision to leave the AIS Hockey Women’s High Performance Program immediately.

Warrender, from Orange (NSW), informed Hockeyroos’ management and teammates of her decision to leave the centralised training program in Perth following a period of personal reflection and discussions with coaching staff.

Explaining her decision, she said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time with the girls. This has been a very difficult personal decision to make but I feel like I need to take a break to refresh and re-evaluate and to rediscover my passion for hockey.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the staff at the AIS for assisting me in every way possible during my time here. I am incredibly grateful for the time and energy they have put into developing me as a player and supporting my return from my knee reconstruction.”

The 21 year old defender has battled to recover from a series of injuries including two knee reconstructions, the second of which ruled her out of contention for the London Olympic Games in 2012. More recently, in June, Warrender was replaced in the squad on the eve of the World League in London after tearing her hamstring in the build-up to the tournament that the Hockeyroos went on to win.

Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens said: “Jade is an extremely talented athlete who has made an excellent contribution to the Hockeyroos, particularly over the last 18 months. While it’s disappointing that she has had to battle with injuries over two of the last three and a half years it’s understandable that under such circumstances these events take their toll. Hopefully a break at this time will help Jade regain her passion for the game and allow her to try to re-establish herself as an influential Hockeyroo sometime in the future.”

Since making her senior international debut against Germany in February 2011 aged 18, Warrender has gone on to make 43 appearances for Australia. She was a member of the side that took part in the 2011 Champions Trophy and most recently played for the Australian Under 21 team, the Jillaroos, at the Junior World Cup in August after recovering from the hamstring tear that kept her out of the World League.

Warrender will return to New South Wales where she intends to carry on her training to become a secondary school PE teacher and continue with hockey at the New South Wales Institute of Sport.

Hockey Australia media release



Field hockey upsets defending national champion Princeton



UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State field hockey team produced a huge 4-3 victory over No. 3 Princeton on Sunday (Sept. 15), snapping the defending NCAA national champions 17-match winning streak.

Head coach Charlene Morett said was proud of how the team played.

"We played an awesome first half and had some great moments to begin the first and second halves," said Morett. "After we took the lead I thought we dug in and showed a lot of grit and determination in the second half to close out the game. I am really proud of this team."

Brittany Grzywacz (Collegeville, Pa.) and Taylor Herold (Fredericksburg, Pa.) produced the Lions' two first half goals and Herold and Ashtin Klingler (Selinsgrove, Pa.) added two more in the second to give the Blue and White just enough to come away with the big win.

After playing a great game midweek against Lock Haven, the Nittany Lions were primed to face the Tigers. Grzywacz put Penn State on the board first for the second-straight game. The senior received a penalty corner pass from Whitney Reddig (Lititz, Pa.) and fired past the Princeton keeper to give PSU an early 1-0 lead. The goal was Grzywacz's third of the season.

The opening goal seemed to inspire the rest of the Blue and White offense. Less than 10 minutes after scoring their first goal, the Nittany Lions doubled their lead in the 16th minute when Herold cut through the Tigers' defense and beat the keeper one-on-one. With the goal, Herold grabbed the team lead for goals on the season with four.

Princeton immediately called a timeout after Penn State's second goal to regain its composure. The Tigers played more aggressively out of the timeout and started putting pressure on the Nittany Lions' back line.

With just three minutes left in the first half, the hosts got on the board and cut the Penn State lead to 2-1. The host's Julia Reinprecht received a pass from Allison Evans and scored on a reverse shot to draw Princeton within one. The goal ended Kylie Licata's (Mountain Top, Pa.) streak of 101 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal.

Along with the lead on the scoreboard, the Nittany Lions were also on top of the statistical categories after the first 35 minutes of action. Penn State attempted eight shots to the Tigers' six and three penalty corners to Princeton's one. The two goals were the most Princeton allowed a team to score in the first half since its NCAA Quarterfinal match against Virginia in 2012.

Coming out of the halftime break, the Penn State attack blitzed Princeton for two goals in the opening four minutes, with both goals coming in the 39th minute.

Herold struck again for Penn State's third goal, coming off a penalty corner set up by Reddig and Lauren Purvis (Maple Glen, Pa.). The goal marks the juniors first multi-goal game of the season and fifth of her career.

Within the minute of PSU's third goal, Klingler added another, building the Lion lead to three at 4-1. The senior entered the right side of the circle and beat the Princeton keeper to stretch the lead to three. The goal was Klingler's third of the season and second in as many games.

With the winning streak on the line, the defending national champions battled back. The Tigers scored back-to-back goals within five minutes to draw within one of Penn State with 13 minutes left in the match, making the score 4-3.

The Blue and White dug in and played great defense to close out the final minutes and escape New Jersey with a huge 4-3 win.

"This is a big win for us," stated Morett. "Princeton is a top 10 team, and being able to come away with a win over the defending national champions is always special."

The four PSU goals are the most the squad has scored all season and the win over the Tigers is the first since winning a 3-2 overtime match on October 29, 2010. The victory also marks the Lions' first defeat of a top five team since the 2012 season-opening win over No. 3 Old Dominion.

With the victory, the Blue and White levels its record at 3-3 on the season. The Nittany Lions return home to host the University of Delaware at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. The match will be played at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex. 

Penn State News



New champs at Paragon 5s tourney

The gloomy skies couldn’t dampen the spirits of the nation’s young hockey enthusiasts on the final day of Paragon Hockey 5s Youth Indoor Tournament.

The three-day event culminated on Sunday with Queens Royal College, Ventures Hockey Club and Corona Fatima being crowned champs in their respective categories.

The first final saw St Mary’s College (CIC) and South East Port of Spain locked in a tight battle with both teams scoring back to back goals. However CIC broke the deadlock in the dying minutes to earn the bronze medal with a 3-2 victory.

Shandy Carib Magnolias dominated the women’s third place final as they defeated Malvern Sports Club 2-1. The men’s third place encounter saw Malvern Sports Club and Paragon Hockey Club play to a 1-1 draw before a nail-biting penalty shootout, which Malvern won 2-1.

The final of the schools division was expected to be intense and exciting as both Queens Royal College and Fatima College boast of junior and senior national players. The Royalians boast of Shaquille Daniel, Jordan Reynos and national goalie Kwesi Emmanuel while Fatima was supported by the skillful Marcano brothers of Teague and Tariq. However, the QRC boys capitalised early, defended tightly and sealed the number one spot with a 2-0 victory.

The ladies’ final saw an excited aggressive Ventures ladies team defeat a weary-looking Paragon team 2-1. Ventures opened the scoring in the first half with a shot from Kristin Abreu, who also added another in the second half.

Paragon, the 2011 champs who lacked the skill of national striker Zene Henry and junior defender Lisa Smith, got their consolation item from Gabrielle Thompson in the final seconds of the game.

Corona Fatima and QPCC took the field for a rematch of the 2011 final. The highly competitive match began with quick passes, near misses, aggressive tackles and excellent stick work.

Cade Lus Sue put QPCC on the scoreboard with a quick strike in the fifth minute. A few minutes later Jordan Vieira rocked the net to level the score before the half. The majority of the second half continued scoreless before Shaquille Daniel’s last-minute solo effort propelled Fatima to the top with a 2-1 win.

Results & Awards

Results

Semifinals

Paragon Hockey Club 5 vs Malvern Sports Club 0
Ventures Hockey Club 5 vs Shandy Carib Magnolias 0
Corona Fatima 3 vs Paragon Hockey Club 1
Malvern Sports Club 0 vs QPCC 3

3rd/4th Place Schools (male):
St Mary’s College 3 vs South East POS 2
3rd/4th Place (female):
Shandy Carib Magnolias 2 vs Malvern Sports Club 1
3rd/4th Place (male):
Malvern Sports Club 1 vs Paragon Hockey Club 1 (Malvern Sports Club 3 vs Paragon Hockey Club 2 after penalty shootout)

Finals
Schools final (male):

Fatima College 0 vs QRC 2
Club final (female):
Paragon Hockey Club 1 vs Ventures Hockey Club 2
Club final (male):
Corona Fatima 2 vs QPCC 1

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Schools

MVP: Shaquille Daniel—Queens Royal College
Most Goals: Tariq Marcano—seven goals—Fatima College

Clubs

Most Promising Player:

• Female: Shaniah Trotman
• Male: Kelon Skerritt

Most Goals:
• Female: Kristin Abreu—ten goals—Ventures Hockey Club
• Male: Teague Marcano and Tariq Marcano—six goals—Malvern Sports Club

Best Attacker:
• Female: Kristin Abreu—Ventures Hockey Club
• Male: Jordan Vieira—Corona Fatima

Best Defender:
• Female: Jade Piper—Ventures Hockey Club
• Male: Mark Ayen QPCC

Best Goalkeeper:
• Female: Sarah Thomas—Ventures Hockey Club
• Male: Kevin George QPCC

MVP:
• Female: Kristin Abreu—Ventures Hockey Club,
• Male: Jordan Vieira—Corona Fatima

Starting 5 All Star Female team: Sarah Thomas—Goalkeeper (Ventures Hockey Club), Jade Piper—Defender (Ventures Hockey Club), Anya Sealy—Defender (Ventures Hockey Club), Gabrielle Thompson—Attacker (Paragon Hockey Club) and Kristin Abreu—Attacker (Ventures Hockey Club).

Starting 5 All Star Male team: Kevin George—Goalkeeper (QPCC), Quinn Clarke—Defender (Corona Fatima), Mark Ayen—Defender (QPCC), Jordan Vieira—Attacker (Corona Fatima) and Shaquille Daniel—Attacker (Corona Fatima).

The Trinidad Guardian



Former hockey Olympian Jack Britto passes away



LAHORE: Former Olympian Jack Britto, 87 years old, who represented Pakistan hockey team in the Helsinski Olympic Games 1952, passed away in London on Sunday (September 15, 2013). Jack was an outstanding forward, right-half and played his hockey on the hallowed grounds of St. Patrick’s High School which had the rare distinction of producing some of the best-known hockey stalwarts of his time and the sub-continent. Britto had excellent stick work and was a skilful dribbler and one of the best ‘goal shooters’ in the game. From 1954 onwards, Britto played for Malawi and later became coach to the Malawi hockey team. He lived the rest of his life in England. May his soul rest in peace.

The Daily Times