News for 08 October 2013

All the news for Tuesday 8 October 2013

Hockeyroos squad named for Hockey 9s

Home favourites return from injury as Hockeyroos prepare for busy few months

Author: Lawrence West/Tuesday, 8 October 2013/Categories: Hockey Australia News
Announcing his Hockeyroos squad for next week’s International Super Series and Tests against World Champions Argentina, Head Coach Adam Commens says he will use the contests to set his side up for the forthcoming Oceania Cup and World League Finals.

Commens today named his squad for the innovative 9-a-side International Super Series, which gets underway at Perth Hockey Stadium a week on Thursday and will be shown on ABC 1.

Kobie McGurk

Amongst a host of star names in the 18-athlete squad, three of the Hockeyroos’ London Olympians are set to return with Jade Close (NSW), Kobie McGurk and Jayde Taylor (both WA) included. For McGurk and Taylor, selection marks a welcome conclusion to lengthy spells sidelined through injury.

Neither of the WA pair has played for the Hockeyroos since the London Olympic Games more than 12 months ago with McGurk (right) having undergone a knee reconstruction to repair damage to her anterior cruciate ligament and Taylor (below left) only just returning from foot surgery.  

In all, 11 of the squad were members of the Hockeyroos side that triumphed at the World League semi-final tournament in London in June, qualifying Australia for a place at the 2014 World Cup and November’s World League Finals in Tucumán, Argentina.

Jayde Taylor

World Young Player of the Year Anna Flanagan (ACT), captain and two-time Olympian Madonna Blyth (QLD), WA home favourite Ashleigh Nelson (WA) and former World Young Player of the Year Casey Eastham (NSW) are all included, as are Edwina Bone (ACT), Jane Claxton (SA), Kirstin Johnson (QLD), Rachael Lynch (VIC), Claire Messent (VIC), Jodie Schulz (QLD) and Georgie Parker (SA).

Rebecca Reuter and U21 Jillaroos goalkeeper Audrey Smith join the squad on the back of a successful Australian Hockey League campaign with Queensland Scorchers, while Smith’s Junior World Cup teammate Brooke Peris (NT) and South Australia’s Bianca Joyce are also named.

In preparation for next week’s tournament, the Hockeyroos will face World Champions and Olympic silver medallists Argentina in three full tests. Northern Territory’s Australian U21 goalkeeper Elizabeth Duguid will join up with the squad for the Argentina tests.

Announcing the squad, Hockeyroos Head Coach Adam Commens said, “We’ve named a side that we know will be competitive and it’s pleasing to be able to give an opportunity to several players that haven’t had much of a chance in 2013 so far, such as Kobie McGurk and Jayde Taylor who are coming back from long term injuries.

“We’re entering a very busy phase of competition and we’re looking to prepare our players to peak at both the Oceania Cup and the World League Finals, which is something that has to be carefully planned.  The International Super Series and the Argentina Tests form an important element of our preparation for those tournaments.”

Highlighting the opportunity the Series offers athletes to showcase themselves against some of the world’s top sides, Commens said, “We’ve seen in the past how the International Super Series can offer athletes an opportunity to stake a claim. If you look at Eddie Bone, she made her breakthrough in the Hockey 9s last year and has become more of a regular part of our squad this year. Rebecca Reuter did well last year, too, and we want to give her a chance in the 11-a-side Tests against Argentina this time.”

A four day festival of hockey, this year’s International Super Series Hockey 9s will provide something for every member of the family, including a Fans’ Fun Zone where younger visitors will be able to pick up a Hookin2Hockey stick and give the sport a go. And there will be plenty of opportunities to meet the stars of the show, Australia’s Olympian hockey heroes, with the chance to pose for a photo with members of the Hockeyroos team.

Tickets for the International Super Series are on sale, starting at just $10 for concessions and $20 for adults. Visit or Ticketmaster to buy.

Hockeyroos squad for International Super Series Hockey 9s

17-20 October 2013, Perth, WA
Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT)
Madonna Blyth (Brisbane, QLD)
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA)
Jade Close (Wagga Wagga, NSW)
Casey Eastham (Albion Park, NSW)
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT)
Kirstin Johnson (Mackay, QLD)
Bianca Joyce (Balaklava, SA)
Rachael Lynch (GK) (Melbourne, VIC)
Kobie McGurk (Willetton, WA)
Claire Messent (Melbourne, VIC)
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA)
Georgie Parker (Adelaide, SA)
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT)
Rebecca Reuter (Brisbane, QLD)
Jodie Schulz (Wamuran, QLD)
Audrey Smith (GK) (Wynnum, QLD)
Jayde Taylor (Bunbury, WA)
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Additional athlete for three Test series v Argentina
12, 14, 15 October 2013, Perth, WA
Elizabeth Duguid (GK) (Darwin, NT)

Hockeyroos v Argentina
12-15 October 2013, Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth, WA

Fixtures – International Super Series Hockey 9s
17-20 October 2013, Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth, WA
Thursday 17 October

5:30pm AWST / 8:30pm AEDT – Argentina (w) v Canada (w)
6:25pm AWST / 9:25pm AEDT – Hockeyroos (w) v Malaysia (w)
7:20pm AWST / 10:20pm AEDT – Kookaburras (m) v Argentina (m)
8:15pm AWST / 11:15pm AEDT – Pakistan (m) v Malaysia (m)

Friday 18 October
5:30pm AWST / 8:30pm AEDT – Argentina (w) v Malaysia (w)
6:25pm AWST / 9:25pm AEDT – Kookaburras (m) v Malaysia (m)
7:20pm AWST / 10:20pm AEDT – Hockeyroos (w) v Canada (w)
8:15pm AWST / 11:15pm AEDT – Pakistan (m) v Argentina (m)

Saturday 19 October - Ausdrill Pink Ladies Day
12:20pm AWST / 3:20pm AEDT – Canada (w) v Malaysia (w)
1:15pm AWST / 4:15pm AEDT – Hockeyroos (w) v Argentina (w)
2:05pm AWST / 5:05pm AEDT – Pakistan (m) v Kookaburras (m)
3:00pm AWST / 6:00pm AEDT – Argentina (m) v Malaysia (m)

Sunday 20 October
10:30am AWST / 1:30pm AEDT – Men’s 3rd v 4th 
11:40am AWST / 2:40pm AEDT – Women’s 3rd v 4th
12:50pm AWST / 3:50pm AEDT – Women’s Final
2:00pm AWST / 5:00pm AEDT – Men’s Final

Hockey Australia media release

Simon Child poised for Black Sticks return


It’s been almost a year since he played for the Black Sticks, but striker Simon Child is set to get back in action at the Oceania Cup at the end of the month.

The 25-year-old last represented his country at the Champions Trophy in December 2012 and played in the Hockey India League and for European club Rotterdam earlier this year before deciding to take a break from the National Squad.

If he is named in the Black Sticks team of 18 players, Child will go up against Australia, Samoa and Papua New Guinea at the Oceania Cup in Stratford from 30 October - 3 November.

Having been in the National Squad since he was 16 years old, Child felt some time away from the game would help him refresh physically and mentally ahead of a huge year of competition in 2014.

“It’s been a while, it certainly doesn’t feel like a year but I’m looking forward to playing again and it’s been nice to be back in the team environment and see some of the new guys who have been selected,” he said.

“It’s always important to have a bit of a break and take a back seat, after a while playing all the time can catch up with you.

“To be able to have a break and a mental refresher more than anything has been nice. I think anyone who wants to prolong their career needs a break here and there.”

While the Black Sticks have already qualified for the World Cup, the Oceania Cup still offers valuable world ranking points as well as trans-Tasman bragging rights.

Next year sees a heavy schedule for the Black Sticks Men with the World Cup, Commonwealth Games, World League Round 4 and Champions Challenge highlighting the action.

In the meantime Child is looking forward to heading to Stratford, which sees its first taste of international hockey in 50 years.

“I quite enjoy travelling to the small associations. I remember playing some test matches in Palmerston North and Hawke’s Bay and we got a great turn out.

“I know the Taranaki community are pretty excited about the Black Sticks coming down and playing some international hockey. It’s great TET [Taranaki Electricity Trust] have got in behind it with their support as well – it’s a world class facility down there so it will be fun.”

About Oceania Cup

The Oceania Cup is being held at the TET MultiSports Centre in Stratford from 30 October-3 November. The Black Sticks Men and Women will take on Australia, Papua New Guinea and Samoa.

Tickets are available at

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Mannheim HC move top of Bundesliga

GERMANY: Mannheim HC are the new leaders of the Bundesliga thanks to a brace of victories at the weekend. On Saturday, Mannheim defeated De Club an der Alster 2-1 before powering to a 4-0 victory over SW Neuss.

Mannheim’s strong performances saw them leap-frog previous leaders Harvestehuder, who will be in action during this weekend’s Euro Hockey League Round 1.1 event in Barcelona. Harvestehuder fell to a 3-0 home defeat against Blau Weiss Berlin, but recovered on Sunday by defeatin Berliner HC 4-3. Bundesliga top scorer Michael Körper scored twice in the victory, ensuring that he will come into the Euro Hockey League full of confidence.

Fellow Euro Hockey League representatives Rot-Weiss Köln and Uhlenhorst Mülheim both recorded two wins at the weekend. Köln crushed Gladbach 6-2 before a late Benni Wess goal helped the team to a 3-2 victory over Krefeld on Sunday. Mülheim were winners against the same teams, defeating Krefeld (3-2) and Gladbach 5-1. 

More information about Germany’s Bundesliga can be found by clicking here

Euro Hockey League media release

Harvestehuder “good for a surprise” says captain Borchard

This weekend, Harvestehuder THC of Germany will be one of four teams making their Euro Hockey League debut in the Round 1.1 tournament in Barcelona, where they will face Cardiff & Met (WAL) and Beeston HC (ENG) in Pool D. To mark the occasion, spoke with Harvestehuder team captain Christopher Borchard about how preparations were going ahead of their first crack at the world’s finest club competition. 

Euro Hockey League: What does it mean for your club to be participating in the EHL?
Christopher Borchard: “For our club, participation in the Euro Hockey League for the first time is a really big matter. Our traditional hockey club has made a few successful appearances in the older European competitions and we are proud to build on those earlier achievements. Our team and the whole club is really looking forward to play in the biggest competition in European hockey.”

EHL: So, how are team preparations going for the events?
CB: “The first round of the EHL competition in mid-October will be in the middle of our games in the Bundesliga. Almost every weekend we have two league games, which is tough. Our team started well into the national season and we will try to use our self-confidence to make a good start to the EHL as well. We try to keep up our physical and mental strength, training hard every week with the goal to improve our game-play step by step. The week before the EHL competition takes place our preparation on our opponents will be short and to the point.”

EHL: What are your thoughts about the teams that you will face in Round 1?
CB: “First of all we are really looking forward to facing both teams in the first round and expect hard games as well. For us, Cardiff HC is a complete unknown, but we expect a physically strong team which will be dedicated to win. Beeston HC is an experienced EHL club which has high quality and good international players. They have started well this season, so for us Beeston are the favourites to win Pool D, but a win against Beeston is certainly possible.”

EHL: What are your aims and ambitions in this season's EHL?
CB: “As a newcomer we have to get used to the speed and different game-play of international hockey. Our ambition is to use the new experience to improve ourselves. Our first aim is to qualify for the next round and be part of EHL KO16. Then we will see what might come as a next step. But we also think that our team is also good for a surprise in this season.”

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

Richard Smith faces up to World Cup blow

By Graham Wilson

Richard Smith has injured his knee and could miss next year's World Cup [PA]

RICHARD SMITH, the 2012 London Olympian, faces surgery on his left knee which could cost him his England place at next year’s World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

Defender Smith, one of England’s penalty corner options and a Rio prospect, has just joined NOW: Pensions League side Hampstead & Westminster but he said: “The cartilage has gone in the knee.

“We are still trying to nail the best solution for it.

“It is a massive blow and very disappointing. I have to do the right thing for the long term. It could be nine months to a lot longer.”

For the moment, Smith is offering his guidance at the Hampstead club, who lost 3-2 to East Grinstead through a late own-goal on Sunday.

Beeston beat Surbiton 3-2 and both clubs now head to Barcelona to compete in the first round of the Euro League.

Canterbury ladies beat Sutton Coldfield 4-0 to keep their 100 per cent record in the Investec League.

Daily Express

Awesome October line-up revealed

Scottish Hockey today released the line-up for the second of its National League Big Weekend events.

'Awesome October' will take place at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre on 19 & 20 October.

Featuring the top clubs from both Men's and Women's Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 1, there will be top of the table clashes, local derbies and basement battles aplenty over the weekend.

Entry is FREE OF CHARGE for all spectators attending the event.

En Croute will provide on-site catering for spectators, including the sale of teas, coffees, soft drinks, tasty meals and snacks.

You can download the Awesome October poster/flyer to promote the event to your club members, friends and family.

You can also download the Awesome October poster image to share on Facebook and Twitter

Come down to Glasgow National Hockey Centre for a great value day out with your friends or family and watch some of Scotland's top players in action.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

THOREX to sponsor Nehru Cup this year

K Arumugam

“Am not used to public art of speaking. But, for me, it is suffice to say that hockey needs corporate support to come out of its sluggish phase, and we at Torex are happy to associate with the brand called Nehru Hockey, which has its own history and tradition as that of our national game itself”.

Thus spoke Duggal, CEO of Chandigarh based Torque pharmaceuticals, which produces TOREX brand of products, a company that has come to title sponsor the Nehru Hockey Society’s flagship event, Senior Nehru Cup, this year.

Incidentally, this year marks the Golden jubilee of the senior cup, which is culmination of chain of other age group tournaments that dot the sporting horizon of Delhi in October-November each year, a tradition that started in 1964 and goes on unstinted even now, quite contrast to Indian hockey which had passed through many lean patches and sometimes even halted.

Duggal was correct when he said it was for the first time that a private corporate came to be Nehru Cup’s sponsor. Till now public sector giants like ONGC pitched in.

So, it’s a big tonic for the financially constrained Society if not palm in pain times.

PS Chhatwal, the Managing Director of Torque pharmaceutical private Ltd, elaborated in a statement, while appreciating Nehru Society for its vital role in promoting young hockey talent, further elaborated:

‘Hockey is a fast game. It’s a game full of excitement and energy. Any move, any minute may change the game. The thrill and positivity of this game is overwhelming and dazzling. To inculcate these qualities in our lives, we wish to promote this game and restore it to its unparalled glorious past’.

The statement is all about brand identify of both the game and their products that ranges from herbal health care to cosmetics.

The quantum of sponsorship was not disclosed but the subsequent announcements largely bear out that it is fairly good, as it evident from doubling prize monies for each category of tournament. The highlight of which is Rs.5 lac to the Senior Nehru Cup winners which was just half of it last year.

However, the management of Nehru Society seemed happier on the impact of Nehru Society on national scale.

Elaborated Kukoo Walia, the Secretary, of the Society: 'Each state’s education department conducts pre-Nehru Cup tournament involving schools of the whole state, and the winner is sponsored by the Department to play in our Under-15 and Under-17 tournaments'.

"Last week Maharashtra Minister for sports, while inaugurating one such tournament at Kolhapur assured the district that his government will shortly initiate moves to set up a synthetic turf in the district stadium”, he let the audience know of it in the press conference held at Royal Plaza hotel in New Delhi.

About 40 schools took part in the Sainik School Pre-Nehru Cup, out of which Bijapur won the honour to come to Delhi for our Cup", said the beaming secretary.

“We get sponsors for senior Nehru cup, but not much for the age group categories which in fact is backbone of our program. However, we resolve to hold on to the age group tournaments as it really serves the broader perspective and objective of our Society”, said Kukoo Walia.

Fittingly enough, the Nehru Society, in collaboration with New Delhi Municipal Committee (NDMC) will form what is now believed to be the Nehru-NDMC Hockey Academy.

Though no firm details were made, it is gathered that the Academy will be to utilize the Shivaji stadium turf that the NDMC owns at the central Delhi.

"The Chairman of NDMC Jalal Srivastava will be the chief guest tomorrow for the Under -15 Girls tournament, which is held under floodlights. Perhaps, we will be able to throw much more light on the Academy tomorrow through him," felt Kukoo Walia on a specific querry from the press.

At the start of the event, three captains of medal winning school teams of recently held Nehru Dhyan Chand Sports Day Cup were presented with their certificates.

Abhisek Rana (Govt. Boys Sr. Sec. School Begumpur, Gold), Kishore Arya (GBSSS, Saket, Silver) and Vikas Awasti (GBSSS Saket Junior, Bronze), all below 15 years presented a fresh look amidst the vastly elder-crowd.

Two foreign teams, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, will be part of Under-21 Boys tournament.

At the beginning of the press conference, a power point presentation was made to highlight past achievements of the Society, which included vintage images of Cup presentation ceremonies, where past Presidents and Prime Ministers seemed to be regular chief guests.

One discordant note in an otherwise meaningful and thoughtful function is presence of a leading public school’s principal on the dais, whose school does not have a hockey team!

Prize money doubled for Senior Nehru Hockey meet

New Delhi: The winners` prize money for the 50th Senior Nehru Hockey Tournament has been doubled to Rs 5 lakh, attracting some of the country`s top teams for the competition that will be held in the capital from November 14 to 25.

Matches will be held at the Shivaji Stadium.

Sixteen teams will be competing in the tournament where the winners prize money will be Rs 5 lakh. Last year the winner got Rs 2.5 lakh, amount the runner-up of this edition will get.

The third runner-up will get richer by Rs 1 lakh while the fourth best team will be awarded Rs 50,000. The prize money has been hiked as it is the golden jubilee for the tournament that started way back in 1964. For the first time in the history of the tournament, there will be live streaming of all the matches.

The 20th Nehru Girls Hockey Tournament will be held form October 8-14. The 31st Nehru Sub-Junior Tournament for Boys will be held from October 18-30, with a total of 29 teams participating in the event. Prize money is 2,18,000.

The Steelbird International 42nd Nehru Junior Hockey Tournament will be organised form October 30-November 14 with a prize money of Rs 1,98,000.

It was also announced during the launch today that an academy will soon be set up here by the Nehru Hockey Society in collaboration with NDMC.

Former India player Harendra Singh will be the chief coach of the academy and he will be assisted by two more coaches.

Zee News

PHF invites Malaysia’s junior team for three-match series

By Fawad Hussain

KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has contacted its Malaysian counterpart in a bid to revive international matches in the country, targeting a junior series next month.

PHF Secretary Rana Mujahid confirmed to The Express Tribune that an invitation has been sent to the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) to send its junior squad for a three-match series in Lahore.

Mujahid said that reviving international hockey in Pakistan at the earliest is not only among his top priorities but is also necessary for bringing the national sport back on track.

“The revival of international hockey and strengthening the domestic set-up are my priorities,” he said.

“To realise this goal, the first step we took was asking Malaysia to send their junior team. The plan is to hold a three-match series against them next month in Lahore.”

The secretary said the initial response from the Malaysian body was positive.

“They welcomed the invitation and have asked for a complete plan which we then forwarded to them. The PHF has pledged complete accommodation and transportation apart from ensuring strict security for the touring team.”

The former Olympian hoped the MHC will agree to send the team. “The MHC is yet to take a final decision but we are optimistic and looking forward to host them.

“Lahore recently hosted the AFC U16 Championship qualifiers and the Asian U19 Rugby Championship with success. The achievement has proved that Pakistan is a safe place for international teams.”

The PHF had suffered a setback in its bid to stage an international event in April 2011 when it had to scrap a tri-nation event plan at the eleventh hour following a late withdrawal by India and Malaysia.

Mujahid further said the PHF was also aiming to invite India if the tour of Malaysia’s junior team goes as planned.

“The revival of bilateral series between Pakistan and India is symbolic for the promotion of sports in the region.”

Team for Perth to be named on October 10

The training camp for Pakistan’s probables continued in Lahore for the preparation of the Nine-a-side International Super Series and the Asian Champions Trophy.

According to camp commandant Tahir Zaman, the teams for both events will be named separately. He added that the team for the Nine-a-side tournament will be announced on October 10.

The tournament will be held in Perth from October 17-25 after which the greenshirts are scheduled to play a few matches against Australia and Argentina before featuring at the Asian Champions Trophy in Japan early next month.

The Express Tribune