News for 01 October 2013

All the news for Tuesday 1 October 2013


Indian coach excited about Johor Bahru victory

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Victorious Indian coach is in particular is excited about his wards while his Malaysian counterpart blamed players of being emotional on the turf, thus losing the grip on the game.

As India romped home a thrilling 3-0 win over the hosts last night at Johor Bahru, Indian coach Gregg Clark expressed extreme happiness on the outcome. Gregg Clark: "I am super-duper excited with the way our team has played today. I think we should have got more goals in the second half, but still a win in the finals is always an important thing.

Our defense played extremely well, and so did the goalkeeper Harjot Singh. Keeping a clean sheet in the final is again very exciting. A big win like this, of course, gives us a lot of boost for the upcoming junior world cup.

There are always many areas of improvement, and now we will sit together, analyze the videos and will try to fill in the gaps.

However, Malaysian coach Dharmaraja, while appreciating superior Indians recollected the last pool match to compare the results.

"India played extremely well today. We played well in the previous matches, but today, they outplayed us. They have a strong bench strength, and this Indian side is as good as the senior Malaysian team. I think our boys got a little too emotional during the match, and they should have focused at the game rather than arguing with the umpires again and again.

Stick2Hockey.com



Killer instinct needed

By JUGJET SINGH


LACKING: Mental strength and lethal finishing are areas that need attention

THE bubble burst at the wrong moment, and one defeat saw Malaysia finish second in the Sultan of Johor Cup on Sunday.

However, none of the more than 10,000 fans who turned up looked like they were disappointed with the Malaysian performance, as the stadium remained packed long after the final whistle and the fans waited until the fireworks display before dispersing.

"I congratulate the team for reaching the final, but in the same breath, would like to caution the coaching-set up that we have very little time left before the Junior World Cup, and there are two areas that need to be looked into seriously.

"One is mental strength and the other, the killer instinct to make sure sitters and penalty corners are not wasted," said Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Malaysia did well to beat Argentina 4-2, South Korea 5-1, Pakistan 4-2, England 3-1 and draw 3-3 with India in the pool matches.

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

"I agree we are still only 80 per cent ready for the Junior World Cup, as the penalty corner conversions and scoring rate are well below our expectations.

"I still have time to rectify both and by the time the World Cup starts, the team will be ready to push for the top four positions," said Juniors coach K. Dharmaraj.

"We believe the team have the capabilities to finish among the top-five in the world, and it is not a difficult target that we have set for them," said Tengku Abdullah.

The most outstanding Malaysian player in Johor Baru was Hafizuddin Othman, who rose from the ranks and overtook two other goalkeepers to become the No 1.

However, top-scorer Shahril Saabah and his teammates need to check their temperament if they want to finish in the top five in New Delhi.

"My players failed to check their temper and picked up unnecessary yellow and green cards in the final.

"Against a world class side like India, who I believe have the players to win the World Cup this year, one can't afford to pick up cards and be down to 10 or nine players.

"We were punished for that and I need to work on their ability to handle pressure and not cause the team to suffer in the end," said Dharmaraj.

Team manager K. Gobinathan also needs to keep cool as he was often getting himself into trouble with his sideline antics, even encroaching the pitch in the second half against India on Sunday to confront the umpires for flashing cards to the Malaysian players.

New Straits Times



Tengku Abdullah: Focus on mental strength and killer instinct

by Aftar Singh


JOHOR BARU: The National Juniors still lack the mental strength and killer instinct.

Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHF) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah made this observation after watching the juniors go down 3-0 to India in the Sultan of Johor Cup final match at the Taman Daya Stadium on Sunday.

“I congratulate the team for reaching the final, but there’s very little time left before the Junior World Cup begins (in New Delhi in December).

“The coaches need to focus on two important areas. One is the mental side and other is the killer instinct to make sure sitters and penalty corners are not wasted,” said Tengku Abdullah.

Malaysia did well to reach the final here with four wins and a draw. They beat Argentina (4-2), South Korea (5-1), Pakistan (4-2) and England (3-1) and drew 3-3 with India.

For Tengku Abdullah, he has set a top five target for the team in New Delhi.

“After watching them play in the final, I still have faith in the team to achieve the target,” said Tengku Abdullah.

Coach K. Dharmaraj believes he still has time to whip his team into a cohesive and powerful unit.

“The players are only 80% ready for the Junior World Cup. We still need to work on our penalty corners. We will rectify all our weaknesses by the time the World Cup starts. By then, we should be ready to push for the top five finish,” said Dharmaraj.

Dharmaraj, however, was annoyed with his players’ performance in the final.

“The players picked up unnecessary yellow cards for failing to check their temper and it contributed to our loss.

“When you play a world class team like India, you can’t afford to pick up cards and be down to 10 or nine players.

“We were punished for that. We need to teach the players how to handle pressure and not lose their temper,” said Dharmaraj.

The Star of Malaysia



Johor Cup winner Manpreet winning hearts on and off the field

Jaspreet Sahni,



Johor Cup winner Manpreet winning hearts on and off the field Manpreet Singh with his girlfriend Illi Najwa Saddique in the stands after winning the Sultan of Johor Cup. (Photo: @CaptainRMasita)

New Delhi: The captain of India's junior men's hockey team, Manpreet Singh, is living a dream at the moment. After being asked to lead the team at the 3rd Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia, the 21-year-old repaid selectors' faith in him by taking the team all the way to lift the trophy.

Manpreet made his foray into hockey in 2005 when he joined the Olympian Surjit Singh Hockey Academy in Jalandhar and in just three years' time was leading the junior national side during his international debut at the Junior Asia Cup in Myanmar.

In another three years, in 2011, Manpreet made it to the senior national squad during the Asian Champions Trophy in Ordos, China, which India won. He hasn't looked back since then and has been a regular member of the team.

The midfielder is employed with the Indian Overseas Bank, Chennai, and after his watershed moment in Johor Bahru is now concentrating on the FIH Junior World Cup to be held at New Delhi in December this year.

But on Saturday, during the Johor Cup final victory, the man from Mithapur, Punjab, was not just the cynosure of hockey fans. There was someone special in the stands who had her eyes glued to the man shooting instructions and India's final goal. Her name is Illi Najwa Saddique.

Illi, a student in Malaysia, and Manpreet met during last year's Johor Cup, and it was love at first sight. "We met last year [in Malaysia]," Manpreet had told IBNLive before leaving for Malaysia. When asked if both have disclosed their relationship to their families, Manpreet said, "Yes, and they have given their consent." Illi has already been to Punjab and met Manpreet's parents.

But 21 is too young to get married, especially when Manpreet has a long hockey career in front of him and big tournaments lined up December onward. Manpreet concurs. "I am fully focused on my career as of now as I want to play the Junior World Cup as well as the senior World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games next year, and then prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympics," he said.

Besides his good looks and nifty stick-work, a tattoo on Manpreet's leg catches attention instantaneously. The tattoo, which Manpreet got made by a friend in Mumbai, says 'Korean'. When asked about the story behind it, Manpreet explained: "That's my nickname."

"When I was a kid playing hockey back in Mithapur, my naturally spiked hair caught my friends' fancy. They felt my hair gave me the look of a Korean, who have similar hair. Since then, this name has stayed with me and my childhood friends call me by it.
The Manpreet-led Indian team stayed unbeaten on their way to winning the Johor Cup, beating England, Argentina, Pakistan and South Korea, before drawing the league match against Malaysia, who India beat in the final to lift the trophy.

Twenty-one may sound young to become the victim of cupid's arrow, but Manpreet, alias 'Korean', seems to be well in control - both on and off the field.

IBNLive Sports



Spectacular event coming to Hawke's Bay


Fleet footed Anita Punt in full flight

Hawke’s Bay will host a new international women’s hockey event in April next year which will showcase the sport, increase fans and attract people to the region like never before.

The Black Sticks Women will play Australia, Argentina, Korea and China at the new world-class hockey turf at Sports Park Hawke’s Bay which is due to be complete in early March 2014.  One further team is still to be announced.

‘It’s a real coup that Hawke’s Bay will be hosting an international event of this scale. The commitment is to build it into a regular destination event where international and domestic visitors are coming to the region not only for the world-class hockey – but to experience everything special that Hawke’s Bay has to offer,” says chair of Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park Trust Lawrence Yule.

The event was secured in part due to the $2million commitment from the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council for the development of a hockey turf at Sports Park Hawke’s Bay.

“We have seen a real growth in hockey over the last few years in the region. This turf will not only become the home of an amazing international event, it will also be a fantastic facility for the community,” says Yule.

The Hawke’s Bay region has become synonymous with hockey after a group of business leaders and philanthropists came together in 2011 to support the Black Sticks on their journey to the 2012 London Olympics. The partnership has already helped increase hockey participation in the region.

It is from this partnership that the entity called Hawke’s Bay Sports Events and Education Consortium Incorporated (HBSEEC) was formed.  In partnership with Hockey New Zealand, HBSEEC will be responsible for promoting and managing the event.

“We know how passionate the Hawke’s Bay community is about hockey, they will back this 100% and make it a success.  The aim is for this event to become a regular landmark invitational tournament where the world’s top women’s teams want to come and compete every year,” said Hockey New Zealand’s General Manager Events Ian Francis.

“Events are a fantastic way of showcasing our sport to the wider community and increasing our profile – developing a successful annual event is a key part of Hockey New Zealand’s strategic plan, so it is exciting that this event is in development,” says Francis.

Black Sticks Women’s coach Mark Hager will be using this tournament as part of the Black Sticks build-up to the World Cup in Holland in May and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Black Sticks add tournament to schedule

By David Leggat


Photo / Getty Images.

New Zealand's women's hockey team have another tournament on their schedule as they prepare for next year's World Cup.

In April Hawkes Bay will host a high calibre round robin tournament involving the world No 3 Black Sticks along with top ranked nations Argentina (No 2), Australia (No 6), China (No 7) and Korea (No 8), plus one other nation still to be confirmed.

The event is expected to become an annual fixture on Hockey New Zealand's calendar. The inaugural tournament should also prove a a valuable addition for the women who are eyeing a strong performance at the World Cup in The Hague from May 31 and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July-August.

''We have seen a real growth in hockey over the last few years in the region," Hawkes Bay Regional Sports Park Trust chairman Lawrence Yule said.

''This turf will not only become the home of an amazing international event, it will also be a fantastic facility for the community."

HNZ's general manager of events Ian Francis said developing a successful annual event ''is a key part of Hockey New Zealand's strategic plan''.

Both the Black Sticks teams will compete at the World League finals in December-January.

The men are then lined up for the Champions Challenge tournament in Malaysia from April 26, but the women had a gap in their programme. Not any more.

The New Zealand Herald



Hockey tournament for Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay will christen their new hockey facility with an international women's event in April next year.

The Black Sticks' women will play Australia, Argentina, Korea and China at the new world-class hockey turf at Sports Park Hawke's Bay which is due to be completed in early March 2014. One further team is still to be announced.

Hawke's Bay Regional Sports Park Trust chair Lawrence Yule said it would be an exciting time for the region.

''It's a real coup that Hawke's Bay will be hosting an international event of this scale. The commitment is to build it into a regular destination event where international and domestic visitors are coming to the region not only for the world-class hockey.''

The event was secured in part due to the $2million commitment from the Hawke's Bay Regional Council for the development of a hockey turf at Sports Park Hawke's Bay.

The Hawke's Bay region has become synonymous with hockey after a group of business leaders and philanthropists came together in 2011 to support the Black Sticks on their journey to the 2012 London Olympics. The partnership has already helped increase hockey participation there.

In partnership with Hockey New Zealand, HBSEEC will be responsible for promoting and managing the event.

Black Sticks women's coach Mark Hager will be using this tournament as part of the Black Sticks' build-up to the World Cup in Holland in May and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

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Frances Block umpired her 100th international match

Rebecca Kanter




In the 2013 Women’s Pan American Cup final, Frances Block (England) umpired her 100th international match. Frances was appointed to the 2013 Women’s Pan American Cup as a neutral umpire. This tournament marks her second appointment as a neutral umpire for the Pan American Hockey Federation, the first being at the 2009 Women’s Pan American Cup in Bermuda.

PAHF did an interview Frances Block about this accomplishment and umpiring in general:

What was it like umpiring in your 100th international match at the 2013 Women’s Pan American Cup?

Amazing. Very special moment to not just have your 100th match, but it be the final of a tournament and in that final is Argentina in Argentina. It’s a very lucky once in a lifetime experience.

What has been your most memorable umpiring moment?

Everything to do with the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Why?

One of many special moments was the cheer I received every time my name and country was announced at the start of the match because of being an umpire from Great Britain.

Why do you umpire?

For the challenge. To play a part in a level of hockey I would never be involved in as a player. To meet people from all around the world. To enjoy being a part of the great sport of hockey.

What has been special about being a neutral umpire for the PAHF?

To meet new people from a different part of the world. To enjoy the challenge of umpiring teams I do not usually meet. And to bring my experience to umpires in PAHF to help in any I can.

How did you get started in umpiring?

I did a lot of junior referring and umpiring qualifications when I was at school because my Dad encouraged me to follow in his footsteps. Then I played hockey and other sports until I had a car accident in 1996. From that point on, I couldn’t play hockey and so my teammates at my club suggested would I like to umpire their match next week. And that’s how it all started.

Advice for new or upcoming umpires?

To persevere. To listen to the feedback you receive. Develop a strong sense of self belief. And be the most mentally and physically prepared you can possibly be for each match. Then enjoy every experience you encounter.

Any special thanks you would like to give?

Special thank you to: Julia Gill, who I miss dearly; Jan Hadfield; Jane Nockolds; Peter Stiven; and all my colleagues at the NPUA.

I would also like to thank the following associations:
- Sussex HUA
- South HUA
- NPUA
- England Hockey
- Great Britain Hockey

Pan American Hockey Federation media release



EHL trio victorious in Hoofdklasse


Euro Hockey League / Frank Uijlenbroek

NETHERLANDS: It was a good weekend for the Dutch teams who will compete in the upcoming edition of the Euro Hockey League, with Rotterdam, Kampong and Oranje Zwart all recording fine wins in the Hoofdklasse.

Jeroen Hertzberger netted twice to help H.C. Rotterdam snatch all three points away from home thanks to a 3-0 win at Tilburg. Hertzberger netted a first half field goal before adding a second from a penalty corner shortly after the break. Former KHC Dragons star Jeffrey Thys completed the scoring in the 53rd minute.

Oranje Zwart were in imperious form at home, powering to a 6-0 victory over Laren. Spanish international Gabriel Dabanch scored a hat-trick, with Rob Reckers (2) and Mink van der Weerden also on target.

Kampong were also big scorers this weekend, cruising to a 6-1 win away at Schaerweijde. Eric Bouwens, Robbert Kemperman, Sjoert de Wert, Thierry Brinkman (2) and Constantijn Jonker netted the goals for the EHL hopefuls.

Elsewhere in the league, HGC defeated Pinoke 3-1 while Amsterdam hammered Hurley 7-1. 2012-13 EHL champions HC Bloemendaal were also winners, crushing Den Bosch 7-0, with Belgian goal-machine Tom Boon scoring four times.

Amsterdam H&BC and HGC currently sit at the top of the league table on 13 points, one point clear of Oranje Zwart. Kampong sit fourth ahead of fifth placed Bloemendaal and H.C. Rotterdam in sixth, although all three teams have nine points and are separated only on goal difference.

Euro Hockey League media release

 



Harvestehuder top Bundesliga table


Christopher Zeller, Rot-Weiss Koln. Euro Hockey League / Frank Uijlenbroek.

GERMANY: Euro Hockey League newcomers Harvestehuder are currently sitting proudly at the top of the table thanks in part to a wonderful away victory over second placed Krefeld at the weekend.

Goals from Nicholas Spooner (2), Joakim Björkman and Michael Körper helped the visiting team overturn an early Krefelder goal from Ronan Gormley and win the match 4-1.

However, Harvestehuder’s weekend was tainted by Sunday’s 2-2 dray against Gladbach, a team currently rooted to the bottom of the table. The draw earned Gladbach their first point of the season.

EHL regulars Rot-Weiss Köln claimed two victories on the road at the weekend, defeating Alster 2-1 away crushing SW Neuss 4-1. Neuss came into the match full of confidence following a 6-2 victory over EHL competitors Uhlenhorst Mülheim on Friday, but goals from Christopher Zeller (2 goals - pictured), Moritz Trompertz and Christoph Menke ensured that RWK claimed all three points.

Uhlenhorst Mülheim’s fortunes imrpoved on Sunday when a Thilo Stralkowski hat-trick helped his team storm to a 5-2 away win over Alster. 

Following the weekend results, Harvestehude currently top the table with 16 points, one point clear of Krefeld and Mannheim. Fellow EHL representatives Rot-Weiss Köln (13 points) are and Uhlenhorst Mülheim (8 points) are in fourth and seventh place respectively.

More information about Germany’s Hockey Liga can be found by clicking here.

Bundesliga results – 27-29 September

27 September
SW Neuss v Mülheim 6:2 (3:1

28 September
Gladbach v UHC Hamburg 1:8 (0:1)
Krefeld v Harvestehude 1:4 (1:2)
Alster v RW Köln 1:2 (1:0)
Berliner HC v Mannheim HC 0:2 (0:0)

29 September
BW Berlin v Mannheim HC 0:3 (0:2)
Krefeld v UHC Hamburg 4:1 (2:0)
Alster v Mülheim 2:5 (1:1)
Gladbach v Harvestehude 2:2 (2:1)
SW Neuss v RW Köln 1:4 (1:2)

Euro Hockey League media release



Edinburgh Uni secure first win of the season

Aberdeen Asset Management National Men’s League Division 1


The Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League was in full swing this weekend, with teams battling it out for those vital points. Edinburgh University got their first win of the season this weekend over bottom of the table Inverleith, running out 4-2 victors.

There were close games all round, with top of the table Grove Menzieshill drawing 3-3 with PSL Team Sports Clydesdale. Western Wildcats came from 2-0 down to come back and grab a point off Grange, with the final score being 2-2.

AAM Gordonians move up the table to fourth with a 4-1 win against Dundee Wanderers.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 2

At the foot of the table FMGM Monarchs played twice this weekend but sadly not succeeding in gaining any points to help them move up the division. On Saturday they lost 5-1 to Granite City Wanderers and on Sunday lost 3-1 to Aberdeen GSFP.

Top of the table Watsonians travelled away and fought hard to maintain their current position with a 4-3 win against Alpha Data Carnegie. However Stepps carried on their campaign to be top dogs with a solid 6-0 win against CALA Edinburgh, goals coming from a wide range of players; D.Norris, D.Glass, D.Hitchon, A.Peock, A.Paterson, A.Ross.

Glasgow University lost their first game of the season away from home but put up a good fight against Aberdeen GSFPto lose only 4-3. Erskine Stewart’s Melville beat fourth position Uddingston 3-2 and Falkirk GHG drew with St Andrews University 1-1.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 3

It was goals galore at Forthbank with bottom of the league Ayr, who are yet to win a match, losing 6-4 to Stirling Wanderers. Wanderers move up the table to third.

Two teams started their season this weekend with University of Strathclyde coming away with a point, in a close game against Giffnock, drawing 4-4. However Aberdeen University just missed out on a point by losing 4-3 to Highland resulting in them dropping to second from bottom. Harris Academy FP drew 2-2 with Perthshire and Dundee University also drew 3-3 against 2020 Renewables Greenock.

Regional League

Central Division 1


Inverleith put in a marathon performance this weekend playing on both days, travelling to Clydesdale II to lose 6-1 but redeeming themselves on Sunday with a close 4-3 win against Edinburgh University III.

The top two teams fought it out this weekend but Grange II kept their 100% record with a 3-1 win against Hillhead II. Edinburgh University II won their first game of the season with an astounding 5-1 against Western Wildcats II.  Stepps II lost 2-1 to Grange III and Thomsons Cycles Kelburne II won 3-1 against Stirling University II.

Division 2

Anchor moved to top of the table with a 3-1 win over Alpha Data Carnegie II and Rottenrow Blue Sox won 6-1 away from home, beating Falkirk who are yet to win a match. Clydesdale III won 5-0 against Livingston West Lothian and mid table teams GHK drew 2-2 with Erskine Stewarts Melville II.

Midland/ North Division

Grove Menzieshill II had a great weekend beating Aberdeen GS III 8-0 at home to move them third in the league.  AAM Gordonians II won 6-3 to Aberdeen GS II and Aberdeen University lost to AAM Gordonians III 3-0.

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League

There were only two games played this weekend due to the U16 & U18 Girls Inter-District tournament being played over the weekend. In Aberdeen Asset Management National Women’s League Division 2 Glasgow University and AAM Merlins Gordonians drew 1-1. In In Aberdeen Asset Management National Women’s League Division 3 Aberdeen lost to St Andrews University 1-0.

Please visit the competitions section for all results and league tables.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



sportscotland puts record levels of investment into Commonwealth Games sports in run-up to Glasgow 2014

sportscotland has today published its four-year investment figures for the 17 Commonwealth Games sports for the Glasgow 2014 cycle.

The figures reveal that during 2011-15 sportscotland’s investment into the 17 sports increased by 23.46 per cent to over £38 million compared to 2007-11, when it was under £31 million.

Scottish Hockey's investment has increased by 4%; in 2007-11 it received £3.5m, and will receive £3.6m from 2011-15.

The announcement comes as sportscotland Chair Louise Martin, Chief Executive Stewart Harris, and Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, met senior representatives from the Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport at the new Glasgow National Hockey Centre to discuss their readiness for Glasgow 2014, ensuring our athletes are fully prepared and ready to help Team Scotland have its best ever Commonwealth Games.

This record investment has helped ensure that the athletes in Team Scotland will be the best ever prepared in the history of the Commonwealth Games, and better equips the sports to deal with the anticipated membership rises and demands on the sports as a consequence of Glasgow 2014.

sportscotland, the national agency for sport, is financed by the Scottish Government and National Lottery. During the last financial year, 2012/13, its budget was £80,344,000. The Scottish Government accounted for £49,336,000 (61.4%) of its investment, with the remaining £31,008,000 (38.6%) coming from the National Lottery.

As well as helping with the preparation in the run-up to the Games, the additional investment into the sports assists the governing bodies with their capacity building and planning for the post-Games period.

sportscotland works closely with all 17 Commonwealth Games sports on governance to underpin their performance and development strategies, and the increase of seven million pounds over the four-year Glasgow cycle to £38 million augments this process.

Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said:

“Our four-year investment into the 17 Glasgow Games sports has risen to over £38 million thanks to Scottish Government and National Lottery funding, which is a significant increase compared to the previous four-year cycle leading up to the Delhi Games.

“sportscotland is putting record levels of investment into the 17 Commonwealth Games sports, and this allows the governing bodies to work with key local partners to increase capacity and cope with the expected growth from Glasgow 2014.

“By increasing investment levels into the sports by more than 23 per cent, we are playing a significant role in ensuring that the athletes who will be selected for Team Scotland will be the best ever prepared at a Games.

“It also allows the sports to enhance their governance, which underpins their performance and development strategies.”

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said:

“Record levels of investment are being put into Commonwealth Games sports in Scotland - an extra seven million pounds for next year.

“We are committed to delivering a meaningful, lasting legacy from the Games in 2014.  This additional investment will ensure our sports clubs, volunteers, and coaches are well prepared to cope with the anticipated interest in sport in 2014 and beyond.

“Last year was fantastic for Scottish sport but this must not be the high-tide mark.  The Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport are going from strength to strength and I now expect to see the most prepared, most organised and most successful Team Scotland ready for the 2014.”

Jon Doig, Commonwealth Games Scotland Chief Executive, said:

“Commonwealth Games Scotland has strongly supported the case for additional investment in the Glasgow 2014 Games cycle.

“We are delighted to see the result of this additional investment in performance sport bearing dividends in terms of athlete performances in 2013, with many athletes reaching Commonwealth Games selection standards.

“This augurs well for 2014 when Team Scotland hopes to have its biggest and most successful team ever at the Games, making the whole of Scotland proud.”

Scottish Hockey Union media release