News for 07 October 2013

All the news for Monday 7 October 2013


Double AHL joy for Queensland

Men & women take the spoils in Australian Hockey League



Five times FIH Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer helped Queensland Blades win the men's AHL title. Queensland's women, the Scorchers, were also victorious. (Photo: FIH / Grant Treeby)

Queensland made a clean sweep of the 2013 Australian Hockey League, taking out the Grand Final matches of both the Men’s and Women’s competitions in a thrilling conclusion to the premier tournament at the weekend.

The AHL is the premier hockey competition in Australia, being a national championships contested by teams representing each of the country’s eight states and territories.  Each state team contains the finest players in the region, many of which are established members of Australia’s sensational Kookaburras team. It is widely regarded as one of the strongest and most competitive field hockey leagues in the world.

In the Women’s Grand Final - which was played in Hobart, Tasmania - the Queensland Scorchers went up against Western Australia in a nail-biting match, with both sides playing a tight game of end-to-end hockey.

With neither side able to put a point on the scoreboard, the match went to a penalty shoot out, which saw Queensland’s Jodie Schultz and Ashlea Fey score the crucial and only points of the match to lead Queensland to a 2-0 victory.

Congratulations must go to the Scorchers’ goal keeper, Audrey Smith, who played an exceptional game for her team.

In the Men’s Grand Final, the Queensland Blades took on the Victoria Vikings, with Queensland overwhelming the Vikings to take the spoils at the tournament in Melbourne, Victoria.

Five-time World Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer stepped up to score the first goal of the match for Queensland, however the Victorians quickly leveled with a point of their own.

Queensland’s Liam De Young and Jason Wilson each also put a point on the board for the Blades, and with no further goals from Victoria, the ever-impressive Blades won the match and the overall tournament with the final score of 3-1.

2013 marks the second consecutive year that the talented Queensland Blades have been awarded the Australian Hockey League Championship Cup.

Full details about an amazing Australia Hockey League season can be found on the Hockey Australia website by clicking here.

Hockey Queensland website



Beeston battle to fourth win as Euro Hockey League beckons


Harry Martin Beeston Oct 2013

BEESTON made it four from four to maintain their lead at the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division with a 3-2 win over Surbiton on Sunday.

James Blackwell swept the ball home for Beeston’s first 11 minutes in and Olympian Harry Martin (pictured) doubled the lead on 19 minutes.

Michael Watt pulled one back for the visitors but Gareth Hall scored Beeston’s third on 52 minutes. Alan Forsyth netted for Surbiton with ten minutes to go but Beeston held their nerve to take the points.

East Grinstead go second after a 3-2 win over hosts Hampstead and Westminster. Level at 2-2 with six minutes left, an own goal in the 64th minute decided the match. Paramveer Bhangu and Neil Hamilton were the scorers for Hampstead with Ricky Fraser and Mark Pearn on target for East Grinstead.

Cannock beat Canterbury 6-4 in an exciting clash game of the day. Cannock dominated the game early for the first hour with Nick Bandurak, Hardeep Singh Jawanda, Andrew Appleton and Pete Jackson all on target.

Michael Farrer hit back for Canterbury but Cannock went 5-1 up through an own goal.

Canterbury went for broke and pulled their keeper off, and the tactic worked as Liam Foster, Michael Farrer and Ali Bray all netted for Canterbury to make it 5-4. But a penalty stroke converted by Peter Jackson in the final minute put the game to bed.

Sheffield Hallam recorded their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Loughborough Students. Gareth Furlong scored twice and Gavin Byers was also on target for the Yorkshire side.

Second half goals from Jonty Clarke and Richard Mantell saw Reading beat Wimbledon 2-0.

Southgate still lead the NOW: Pensions Conference East after beating Richmond 3-1. A brace from Rick Gay and a goal from Simeon Bird helped them keep their 100 per cent start.

Goals from Tom Bachelor and Jack Curd handed leaders University of Durham a 2-1 win over Leek in the NOW: Pensions Conference North, allowing them to keep their 100 per cent record.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference West Cardiff and Met are still top despite only managing a draw against University of Birmingham. Mark Whatling and Robin Lovegrove were on target for the Welsh side.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (October 6 2013):

NOW: Pensions Men's Premier Division:
Beeston 3, Surbiton 2; Cannock 6, Canterbury 4; Hampstead and Westminster 2, East Grinstead 3; Loughborough Students 1, Sheffield Hallam 3; Wimbledon 0, Reading 2.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Brighton and Hove 1, St. Albans 2; Cambridge City 7, Oxted 1; Old Loughtonians 1, Bromley and Beckenham 1; Southgate 3, Richmond 1; Teddington 3, Holcombe 2.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North: Belper 1, Brooklands MU 2; Bowdon 3, Khalsa (Warks) 3; Deeside Ramblers 3, West Bridgford 3; Olton & West Warwicks 2, Wakefield 0; University of Durham 2, Leek 1.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference West: Cardiff & Met 2, University of Birmingham 2; Cheltenham 0, Fareham 3; Guildford 1, Isca 3; Havant 4, Indian Gymkhana 3; University of Exeter 3, Team Bath Buccaneers 0.

England Hockey Board Media release



Mink hits five as Oranje Zwart crush Amsterdam


Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek

NETHERLANDS: Oranje Zwart will go into the Euro Hockey League Round 1.1 event in Barcelona brimming with confidence thanks to a stunning 3-5 away victory over Amsterdam H&BC in the Hoofdklasse.

Although it was a brilliant all-round performance by the team who will compete against Kelburne (SCO) and WKS Grunwald Poznan (POL) in the Pau Negre stadium, the headlines were stolen by Netherlands international Mink van der Weerden, who scored all five of his team’s goals.

The drag-flicking defender netted in the 5th, 26th, 48th, 49th and 70th minutes to give OZ a superb victory in Amsterdam’s famous Wagener Stadium. 

Oranje Zwart currently sit second in the Hoofdklasse having won five of their six matches, ensuring that they will be heavy favourites to top Pool G in Barcelona this coming weekend.

H.C. Rotterdam and Kampong, the other two Dutch representatives in this year’s Euro Hockey League, were also winners at the weekend. Rotterdam hammered 2012-13 EHL champions HC Bloemendaal 5-1, with Björn Kellerman and Timmo Kranstauber both scoring twice. Kampong proved to be too good for Hurley, cruising to a 6-2 win with former Netherlands striker Roderick Weusthof scored four times in the contest. 

This weekend’s Round 1.1 event in Barcelona will feature a total of 12 teams competing in four pools, all hoping to secure one of eight available places at Easter’s thrilling KO16 event. A further 12 teams will be in action at Round 1.2 Lille, which takes place between Friday 25 and Sunday 27 October.

Tickets for both events are available for purchase right now. To purchase your tickets, click here!

Euro Hockey League media release



Beautiful Barcelona soaks up EHL promo event



As we reported last week, the Euro Hockey League and the Catalan Hockey Federation planned a fantastic promotional event in the famous Arc de Triomf district of Barcelona at the weekend. Well, we are pleased to say that the Saturday showpiece was a great success, with many locals and tourists getting a chance to sample what Hockey is all about in beautiful sunshine.

A terrific day included various demonstrations of the sport by the junior teams of RC Polo de Barcelona and Catalonia HC, while lots of kids were given their first ever hockey experience on the specially laid pitches in the famous Passeig Lluis Companys. The Catalan Hockey Federation supplied the sticks as youngsters of all ages were given a truly memorable chance to take up the game. Throughout the day, it was estimated that over 150 children were given their first exposure to the sport, an experience enjoyed by absolutely everyone present.

All of the participants and spectators at the event were given a special voucher for this coming weekend’s Euro Hockey League Round 1.1 tournament, which takes place at the Complex Esportiu Municipal Pau Negre-Parc del Migdia. The voucher allows standard Round 1.1 day ticket holders the chance to bring a child aged between 6 and 16 to the tournament completely free of charge. 

The Round 1.1 event features some of the EHL’s stand-out teams including Dutch giants Oranje Zwart, English champions Beeston, current German league leaders Harvestehuder and KHC Dragons, the Belgian outfit that claimed the EHL silver medal in 2012-13 season.

A total of 12 teams will compete in four pools, all hoping to secure one of eight available places at Easter’s thrilling KO16 event. A further 12 teams will be in action at Round 1.2 Lille, which takes place between Friday 25 and Sunday 27 October.

Tickets for both events are available for purchase right now. To purchase your tickets, click here!

Euro Hockey League media release



No. 1 UConn loses to No. 6 BC; No. 8 Cuse puts up big numbers


With the loss to Boston College, UConn’s regular-season winning streak at home ends at 19 games. Connecticut Athletics

No. 6 Boston College 4, No. 1 Connecticut 3

STORRS, Conn. – Three different Huskies scored and junior forward Anne Jeute dished-out two assists but it was not enough as No. 3 Connecticut dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 9 Boston College in overtime on Sunday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn.

With the loss, UConn’s regular-season winning streak at home ends at 19 games and the Huskies slip to 10-1 on the season.  The Eagles improve to 10-2.

The Huskies last regular-season loss at home came on September 18, 2011, coincidentally, to No. 8 Boston College. UConn downed BC last season 5-1 in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Junior BC midfielder Emma Plasteras scored three goals in this one, including the game-winner with 4:55 remaining in the first overtime period.  Ashleigh Sebia controlled a loose ball in the circle and dished to Plasteras who struck a shot by Sarah Mansfield and inside the post to clinch the BC upset.

The scoring was fast and furious early as the two squads combined for six goals in the game’s first 45:29.

UConn sophomore midfielder Sophie Bowden got UConn on the board at the 23:56 mark and knotted the score up after the Eagles had scored an early goal.  Jeute dribbled into the circle and found Bowden who nailed a shot inside the far post and past Leah Settipane.

Plasteras answered with her first of three goals at the 31:21 mark but the Huskies came right back and tied the score at 2-2 with Marie Elena Bolles’ sixth goal of the season.

With time winding down in the first half, Jeute once again created a scoring change and struck a shot that was saved by Settipane. However, the rebound was collected by Bolles who flicked it into Settipane’s pad again before controlling another rebound and finding the back of the net with her second attempt.

No. 3 North Carolina 4, California 0

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Third-ranked North Carolina scored twice in each half and played shutout defense to top visiting California 4-0 on Sunday afternoon in field hockey at Francis E. Henry Stadium.

The Tar Heels snapped a two-game losing streak, which included an overtime loss to No. 1 Maryland on Saturday, and improved to 9-2 on the season with the win. The Bears fell to 4-6.

Sophomore Nina Notman scored the gamewinner on a penalty corner in the fourth minute of play, assisted by graduate student Janne Grove and sophomore Emily Wold. The Tar Heels went up 2-0 just before halftime on another penalty corner. After Cal goalkeeper Courtney Hendrickson saved the initial Tar Heel shot, junior Loren Shealy grabbed the rebound and put it back for her fifth goal of the season.

In the second half, Carolina once again capitalized on a corner, with junior Samantha Travers scoring the goal, assisted by Shealy and Wold. The final goal of the game came from freshman Lauren Moyer, who took a pass from Wold to the right of the cage and sent a shot just inside the left post.

No. 5 Virginia 2, Albany 1

ALBANY, N.Y. – Fourth-ranked Virginia closed out its New York roadtrip with a 2-1 victory against No. 12 Albany.

With the victory, Virginia improved to 13-2. Albany fell to 10-2. Freshman Riley Tata scored her ninth goal of the season, tapping in a long pass from senior Chloe Pendlebury 19 minutes into the first half. The Cavaliers had a chance to extend the lead going into halftime after earning a penalty corner with 20 seconds left in the period. Junior Kelsey LeBlanc knocked in a loose ball that had deflected off the goalie’s pads after an initial shot by senior Carissa Vittese to give the Cavaliers the two-goal edge.

Albany, who outshot Virginia 8-3 in the second half, cut the lead to one, scoring on a short corner with 18 minutes left in the game.

Junior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone logged five saves. Senior Elly Buckley added to her ACC-leading defensive save tally, stopping an Albany shot in the first half for her fourth of the season.

No. 8 Syracuse 8, Monmouth 1

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Karlee Farr scored three goals and Sarah Kerly added two to lead No. 5 Syracuse (10-1) to a 8-1 victory vs. Monmouth (3-7) on Sunday afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The season-high offensive output extended the Orange’s home winning streak to 41-consecutive games, dating back to 2009.

In a game that Syracuse dominated throughout, outshooting the Hawks 32-5 the hat trick for the freshman Farr came one day after Leonie Geyer recorded one in the Orange’s 4-1 win vs. No. 4 Virginia, giving SU three three-goal games by three different players. Lauren Brooks had a hat trick vs. Kent State on Sept. 8.

Sophomore Jess Jecko made two saves in 51:54 in goal for the Orange before being relieved by freshman Rebecca Congel for the final 18:06. Hawks’ goalie Amanda Westerweller made 13 stops.

NCAA



Duke field hockey prevails in overtime

By Delaney King



Senior McKay Ross evened the contest for Duke before Cherry Seaborn's game-winner gave the Blue Devils a third overtime victory of the year. Khloe Kim / The Chronicle

Crunch time has been Duke's time in 2013.

Coming from behind in their third overtime game this season, the No. 7 Blue Devils pulled out yet another late win Friday night at Jack Katz Stadium, winning 2-1 against California.

“I’m really proud of the team’s mentality,” head coach Pam Bustin said. “They play smart, and they play with a certain will to win.”

After a 1-1 end to regulation, Duke battled through one overtime and into a second before graduate student Cherry Seaborn buried the golden goal, her fifth tally of the season.

The Duke offense had 12 shots knocked away by Golden Bear goalkeeper Courtney Hendrickson and failed to convert on any of its four penalty corners. But Seaborn's goal in the 93rd minute kept Duke's four-game win streak alive. Dribbling down the field and into the shooting circle, Seaborn fired a shot from 10 yards out that flew past Hendrickson and into the goal.

“I thought we worked hard from the start, which was brilliant,” Seaborn said. “We didn’t let our heads drop and obviously got the result at the end.”

Although Duke (9-2) had no shortage of scoring opportunities throughout regulation and the first overtime, the Golden Bears (4-5) were the first team on the scoreboard. After a scoreless first half, defender Clara Goni edged a shot past goalkeeper Lauren Blazing to give California a lead just seven minutes into the second period.

The Blue Devils mounted a quick response when Aileen Johnson had her shot deflected, but senior McKay Ross gathered up the rebound and sent it into the left corner of the net to even the score for Duke.

“I saw Aileen take a shot, and it bounced off the goalkeeper," Ross said. "I heard [the ball] hit the backboard, and I was like ‘wow, I got that,'” Ross said.

For the remainder of regulation and the entire first overtime, Duke continued its strong attack, keeping the ball on its offensive half of the field.

“We did have good control for a majority of the time,” Ross said. “It was a key part for us to just stay focused.”

Down-to-the-wire games have become a trend for this year's season, meaning the Blue Devils have had practice at maintaining momentum despite being down early. A week ago they came from behind to beat top-ranked North Carolina in another overtime win.

“You’ve just got to think of it as nil-nil, which is what we’ve been quite good at doing. We did this last week—we went two goals down against [North Carolina] and we managed to pull it back,” Seaborn said. “We’re a very focused group, and you’ve just got to think one stage at a time.”

Last season, the Blue Devils made it a habit of coming out on the wrong end of close results. At this point in the 2012 campaign, Duke had only won five games and was winless in conference play. This year, the team has already notched three wins against ranked opponents.

With a 3-0 record in overtime games, extended play may take its toll on the Blue Devil squad if it continues for the remainder of the season. The team has only one day to recover before facing No. 10 Wake Forest in their second conference game Sunday. The Blue Devils’ season will only get harder from there, as postseason play means shorter turnaround time between games.

“It’s not ideal, but it’s just the way it is.” Bustin said. “It could be this way come championship time at the end of the season, where you go along and you have a day off and you have to play the next day.”

The Chronicle



Cal field hockey falls flat at No. 3 North Carolina in a 4-0 wipeout

By Christian Legg



Cal field hockey gears up for weekend matches against top ranked teams

It was a David-and-Goliath matchup from the very start as the unranked Cal field hockey team (4-8, 1-2 NorPac) traveled to Chapel Hill to square off against the No. 3 North Carolina (9-2, 8-1 ACC). There was, however, no sign of divine intervention to be found, as Cal was beaten decidedly in a 4-0 rout to finish out its two-game road trip.

After taking only seven shots in an overtime loss to Duke, coach Shellie Onstead’s offense managed a dismal two shots against the powerful Tar Heels. The lack of offensive production appears to be in large part due to the absence of forward Andrea Earle, who was not in the starting lineup Sunday.

Earle is responsible for more than a quarter of the total shots and a third of the goals produced by Cal this season. Her presence was sorely missed, as the Tar Heels defense shut down any signs of an attack from the Bears’ offense.

North Carolina managed to expose every weakness in the Cal defense, pelting goalie Courtney Hendrickson with 40 shots. Hendrickson, in the barrage, did manage to set a school record for saves in a single match with 18, eclipsing her previous career high by six stops. This Herculean effort proved to be futile, as the Tar Heels established their dominance early and kept the Bears on the defensive for the majority of the match.

“(North Carolina) was concerned enough about us that they came at us pretty hard early and put a lot of pressure on the backfield,” Onstead said to Cal Athletics after the match. “It was a good game plan on their part, and we couldn’t get going. We had a hard time getting out of the backfield early, and it made it hard for us.”

Goals were scored by four different Tar Heels, two coming off of penalty corners. Midfielder Nina Notman and forward Loren Shealy — the two top scorers for North Carolina this season — each added a goal to their already impressive stat sheets. Midfielder Emily Wold had an assist and drove her season total up to 12 in what appeared to be little more than an exhibition of talent for a Tar Heels squad that competes in arguably the most competitive conference in collegiate field hockey.

While the Tar Heels were rolling, the Bears faced the same obstacle that has plagued their season: lack of offensive prowess. Cal has allowed 11 goals over four games and has been outshot 68-23 in its current three-game skid.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t put up a better game after Friday,” Onstead said to CalBears.com in reference to Cal’s near upset of juggernaut Duke just two days prior.

The Bears sit in third place in the NorPac West and will seek an opportunity to rebound against the struggling Yale next week in Berkeley. Onstead’s squad desperately needs a win  if it is to simply regain some of the confidence lost in the downturn.

Due to poor offensive play, the Bears are backed up deep into a corner, and they will need to come out fighting if there is any hope for them to recover what seems to be a lost season.

The Daily Californian



Royal approval for hockey 5's



The Hockey 5’s event staged by UPM Sports Academy in collobaration with Milo and Sports Unite received the royal thumbs up from Malaysian Hockey Confederation president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

A total of 12 teams took part in the event staged at the UPM Mini Turf and it is promoted actively by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

“This is a good start and I hope more such events will be held all over the country,” said Tengku Abdullah.

“We shall leave it to those interested to promote this event and MHC will also get the states to organise such events.”

Tengku Abdullah said that he was taking the hands on approach to determine the training program of the various national teams as well and a meeting of all coaches will be held on Monday.

“I want to listen directly to their plans and issues and find a way out. Next year is an important year for hockey.”

Results:

Special Awards (Boys)
Fairplay: 1MAS KL B
Best Player: Mohd Shafirul Akmal Saiful (1MAS KL A)
Best Goalkeeper: Mohd Amirul Aswad (1MAS KL A)
Top Scorer: Mohd Shafirul Akmal Saiful (1MAS KL A)

Special Awards (Girls)
Fairplay: Bukit Bandaraya Girls
Best Player: Kirandit Kaur  (Bukit Bandaraya Girls)
Best Goalkeeper: Ramayani Rosli ( Gombak Avengers)
Top Scorer: Norsyaza Afikah (Bukit Bandaraya Girls)

Boys

Final

1MAS KL A 4 1MAS KL B 0

3/4th Placing
Gombak Viper 3 Sebastari Boys 0

Girls

Final

SMK Bukit Bandaraya 3 Gombak Avengers 0

3/4th Placing

SMK Sri Pantai 1 Sebastari Girls 0

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



Nehru hockey poised for another leap

s2h team


With the golden jubilee of its flagship event – Senior Nehru Cup – unfolding this season, Delhi based Nehru Hockey Tournament Society, is poised to make quite a few steps to make its events popular, state of art with an eye on elusive eyeballs.

Nehru Senior Cup, founded in 1964 in celebration of India regaining the Olympic gold at Tokyo, is on an important milestone, as this year marks its golden jubilee.

Domestic tournaments are vital in keeping Indian hockey alive and kicking, offering platform for institutional teams to retain their identity, but somehow the traditional stronghold has come under stress quite often due to multiple factors, among them the new catch Leagues is one such.

undefined However, Kukoo Walia, Secretary of the Society says his management team is upto the task and will leave no stone unturned to keep the Nehru flag high by adopting to new vistas.

“We have as a first step vastly improved our website, and have our own social media page. For the first time, we are going to web-cast all the matches in our website, which includes Sub Junior (boys and Girls), Junior and Senior events. This is to reach out to not only Indian audiences but also to those diehard foreign fans ”.

“This is in addition to enhanced prize money to the tune of thirty to fifty percent. For instant, the Nehru Senior Cup winner will get Rs.4 lac this year against 2.5 last year, and such increment in every event we hold ”, he adds.

According to their website, the press conference to be held today at Hotel Royal Plaza will be stream alive.

Various important measures that the Society aims for, is expected to be announced there.

Its even first time we hold our press conference in a five star hotel, which in itself gives an idea of our future course, he signs off.

Stick2Hockey.com



Partnership brings hockey fans closer to action

Hockey New Zealand has partnered with SportsLink International, giving fans the chance to travel and watch international hockey without the hassle.

SportsLink International has been running tours to major hockey events around the world for many years, including every World Cup and Olympic Games.

Hockey New Zealand, along with local travel agent Business World Travel, has come together with SportsLink International to give fans unparalleled access to tickets, accommodation, special events and the opportunity to socialise with the Black Sticks teams.

SportsLink has packages on offer now for the 2014 Hockey World Cup in Netherlands, as well as December’s Men’s Junior World Cup.

From the 31 May – 15 June 2014, the best 12 men’s and women’s teams from around the world will descend on The Hague, Netherlands to challenge for the right to be crowned world champions.

There are selected accommodation options in the city centre of The Hague and options range from quality apartments to budget hotels, catering for a wide range of needs and budget.

A whole bay of tickets in prime viewing position along the sideline have been reserved so the tour group can sit and cheer the teams on together. There are options for those that wish to follow Black Sticks Men, Women, or for those die hard hockey fans - every match of the World Cup.

There is plenty more included in the packages, for all the details CLICK HERE

Hockey New Zealand Media release