News for 15 October 2013

All the news for Tuesday 15 October 2013


Hockeyroos beat World Champs Argentina

Kirsten Johnson, Claire Messent & Ashleigh Nelson on target for Aussie women


Hockeyroos ace Ashleigh Nelson netted Australia’s vital third goal in a 3-2 win over World Champions Argentina in the second of three Tests in Perth on Monday evening. The 26 year old West Australian’s goal earned the Hockeyroos their first win over Argentina since April 2011, when she again was the winning scorer in a 1-0 win in Sydney.

The Hockeyroos hit the ground running with three goals inside the opening quarter of the match, with Argentina’s Carla Rebecchi retaliating just once before the break before setting up a tense finish with a late goal from close range.

Adam Commens, Hockeyroos Head Coach, was pleased with the result and how his side had improved on their first Test performance. “It was a really positive performance,” said Commens. “I thought the girls made good progress from the first game to the second. We executed circle play very well, particularly in the first half. I thought we coped with the challenge that Argentina threw at us; we knew that they were going to come at us hard and they did but we created some chances of our own. We were probably unlucky not to score a couple of times in the second half. It was a really positive performance and great to get a win against the word number two side.”

Queenslander Kirsten Johnson’s second minute penalty corner goal gave the Australian women the perfect start and things got even better ten minutes later when Melbourne’s Claire Messent converted a team move for 2-0.

A good save prevented Australia from going further ahead a minute later and from it Argentina broke upfield to where Rebecchi halved the deficit, finishing from close range. The Hockeyroos refused to back off, however, and when Nelson fired home low into the bottom corner with her back to goal in the 17th minute the two goal margin was restored.

That’s how it stayed until late in the second half, in part thanks to good defending from a series of Argentinian penalty corners and a number of point blank saves from goalkeeper Rachael Lynch. The Hockeyroos themselves had chances, including a penalty corner that was tipped over the crossbar, before Rebecchi lifted the ball high into the goal from close range to set up a tight finish.

Commens added,  “It was great to expose a number of new players and tonight we saw them adapt to the speed of the game. I was really pleased with how we progressed from game one to game two and will be looking to make a similar progression to game three.”

The Hockeyroos’ third and final Test against Argentina takes place on Tuesday at 7pm AWST / 10pm AEDT. 

The Hockeyroos and Argentina are two of four women’s teams taking part in the International Super Series Hockey 9s starting Thursday. Tickets and information about the event is available on www.hockey9s.hockey.org.au.

Tickets for the International Super Series are on sale starting at just $10 for concessions and $20 for adults. Visit www.hockey9s.hockey.org.au or Ticketmaster to buy.

The tournament will also be shown on ABC 1 and iview in Australia and the Australia Network in the Asia Pacific region. Click here for broadcast information.

HOCKEYROOS v ARGENTINA – TEST 2 OF 3

HOCKEYROOS   3 (3)

Kirsten Johnson 2 (PC)
Claire Messent 12 (F)
Ashleigh Nelson 17 (F)

ARGENTINA   2 (1)
Carla Rebecchi 13,68 (F,F)

Hockeyroos squad for Argentina test series
12-15 October 2013, Perth, WA
Alphabetical by surname
Athlete (Hometown) Caps/Goals

Started

Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT) 11/0
Madonna Blyth (Brisbane, QLD) 257/61
Jade Close (Wagga Wagga, NSW) 74/12
Casey Eastham (Albion Park, NSW) 174/41
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT) 95/15
Kirstin Johnson (Mackay, QLD) 19/2
Rachael Lynch (GK) (Melbourne, VIC) 87/0
Kobie McGurk (Collie, WA) 187/8
Claire Messent (Melbourne, VIC) 63/16
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 4/0
Jodie Schulz (Wamuran, QLD) 78/37

Substitute Used
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA) 12/0
Bianca Joyce (Balaklava, SA) 35/1
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA) 119/46
Georgie Parker (Adelaide, SA) 37/3
Rebecca Reuter (Brisbane, QLD) 2/0
Jayde Taylor (Bunbury, WA) 75/1

Did Not Play
Elizabeth Duguid (GK) (Darwin, NT) 1/0
Audrey Smith (GK) (Wynnum, QLD) 0/0

Remaining Fixtures – Hockeyroos v Argentina
12-15 October 2013, Perth Hockey Stadium, Perth, WA
Tuesday 15 October
7:00pm AWST / 10:00pm AEDT – Hockeyroos v Argentina

Spectators wishing to see the final Test between the Hockeyroos and Argentina should be in possession of a valid ticket to the International Super Series Hockey 9s. For those without a valid ticket for the International Super Series Hockey 9s, there will be a $5 charge upon entry.

Hockey Australia media release



Burras U21 Junior World Cup squad

18 athletes named for December's tournament in New Delhi


Hockey Australia has announced the Burras under 21 men’s squad for December’s Junior World Cup in New Delhi, India.

The Junior World Cup is the most prestigious tournament in age group hockey and features the world’s top 16 nations. Australia’s men have been drawn in Pool B of the opening phase, alongside Argentina, France and Spain. A top-two finish in the pool is required to progress to the quarter finals.

Announcing the 18 athlete squad, Burras Head Coach Paul Gaudoin explained Australia’s side is a well-balanced one: “It’s an even group. We’ve got good defenders, a settled midfield and strong strikers, as well as some good flickers, too.”

Making the squad are seven members of the Burras squad that picked up gold at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney at the start of the year. South Australian Cameron Joyce and Victorian Will Gilmour both found the net four times in Sydney, while Edward Chittleborough, Matthew Dawson, Casey Hammond, Aaron Kershaw and Flynn Ogilvie were also part of the victorious squad.

The selection follows an extensive process that has seen a larger training squad take part in camps across the country, participate in a ‘super camp’ with senior Kookaburras athletes in Perth and compete in Europe and Asia. Athletes were also observed at the Be The Influence U21 National Championships, in their home state institutes and academies, and at the Australian Hockey League.

Explaining the process, Burras Head Coach Paul Gaudoin said that current form has also played a key part in the selectors’ decisions: “This has been an extensive selection process taking place over a number of years. Our decentralised program means we’ve had camps right across the country and we’ve been reliant on the states to get the athletes ready. Some of these athletes have been looking towards this point since 2010. It has been a very difficult decision and form has played a big part, which the players always knew would be the case; they needed to perform at the business end.

“I commend our State Institute and Academy of Sport National Training Centre coaches for the support they’ve given this program. They’ve done a great job in preparing the guys for this.”

While their senior counterparts, the Kookaburras, have extensive experience of playing on the Indian sub-continent, for Gaudoin’s younger charges the Junior World Cup in New Delhi will be a new experience.

“It’s hard to prepare for playing in India,” said Gaudoin. “It’s a high quality facility with a good turf but the environment is very different to what the athletes will be used to. The noise will be terrific and the crowds are highly passionate and very partisan. It will be important that everyone pays particular attention to making sure they stay fit and healthy, too. We’ve had a couple of tournaments in Malaysia over the past few years and those will certainly have helped a little bit in preparing to play in Asia.”

The team’s campaign and preparations have been boosted by funding from the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA).

The additional financial support has enabled Hockey Australia to enhance the international competition experience of its athletes. It has contributed to the athletes’ attendance at the Junior World Cup and a variety of different activities as part of the program leading up to the tournament including tours to Europe and Asia.

Australian Commonwealth Games Association CEO Perry Crosswhite AM said, “Men’s hockey has been a consistently high performer at the Commonwealth Games, winning gold on each of the four occasions it has featured since 1998. The Australian Junior Commonwealth Games Squad (AJCGS) program is about ensuring continued success by giving the next generation important competition experience.”

The Junior World Cup squad will come together in Perth in mid-November where they will play two matches against New Zealand’s Junior Black Sticks on 28 and 29 November before departing for India on 1 December.

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Burras U21 men’s squad for Junior World Cup
6-15 December 2013, New Delhi, India
(Alphabetical by surname)

Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD)
Robert Bell (Brisbane  QLD)
Andrew Butturini (GK) (Burringbar, QLD)
Edward Chittleborough (GK) (Blackwood, SA)
Tyler Cowley (South Morang, VIC)
Matthew Dawson (Central Coast, NSW)
Justin Douglas (Townsville, QLD)
Will Gilmour (Melbourne, VIC)
Casey Hammond (Melbourne, VIC)
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT)
Cameron Joyce (Port Pirie, SA)
Aaron Kershaw (Goulburn, NSW)
Frank Main (Perth, WA)
Luke Noblett (Sydney, NSW)
Flynn Ogilvie (Woonona, NSW)
Kane Posselt (Atherton, QLD)
Jayshaan Randhawa (Eltham, VIC)
Dylan Wotherspoon (Mulwillumbah, QLD)

Burras’ Fixtures, Junior World Cup
(all times are local in New Delhi)

Friday 6 December – 14:00 – Burras v Argentina (Pool B)
Saturday 7 December – 14:00 – Burras v Spain (Pool B)
Monday 9 December – 16:00 – Burras v France (Pool B)
Thursday 12 December – tbc – Quarter  Final or 9-16 classification
Friday 13 December – tbc – Semi Final or 5-8 classification
Saturday 14 December – tbc – 9-16 classification
Sunday 15 December – tbc – Medal matches or 5-8 classification

Hockey Australia media release



Beeston can sting, says Graham Griffiths

By Sean Cotter



Griffiths would like to see an English team break Dutch-German domination in hockey [PA]

BEESTON manager Graham Griffiths believes English clubs can break the Dutch-German domination in Europe this season.

The Bees beat Cardiff & Met 3-1 while Surbiton saw off the Austrians of SV Arminen 5-0 in their opening matches of the Euro League in Barcelona at the weekend. That was enough to put them into the KO last-16 phase, albeit in second place in their pool. However, with Reading still to play their first round in Lille in two weeks, Griffiths said: “I don’t care who wins it, as long as one of the English clubs does.

“I do fancy one of us this time round.”

Daily Express



Hillhead are top of the table

Weekend round up

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 1


Hillhead top the table after a well fought 2-1 win over AAM Gordonians, with Ewan Campbell scoring two for the Glaswegians.

Inverleith move up to eighth with a great 8-1 result over bottom of the table Dundee Wanderers. Scottish international Adam Mackenzie scored four for the Purple Robes.

Western Wildcats secured a narrow win 4-3 over Grove Menzieshill, and Harry Dunlop’s side are still undefeated and will hope to keep it that way.

PSL Team Sport Clydesdale move up to third after beating struggling Edinburgh University 5-0.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 2

Edinburgh based team Watsonians stay undefeated after an epic win of 14-0 against bottom FMGM Monarchs.

Uddingston kept up their goal spree with an 8-1 away win over Alpha Data Carnegie, the south Lanarkshire club may be lying second in the division but have a staggering goal difference after only six matches.

University of St Andrews gained three points with a 5-1 win over fellow student based team Glasgow University.

A mid table battle saw Falkirk GHG come back from 3-0 down to hold third place Stepps to a 4-4 draw.

More hurt for CALA Edinburgh who faced their sixth loss of the season against Granite City Wanderers losing 3-1 to the Aberdeen based side.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 3

2020 Renewables Greenock stay undefeated and top of the table after a 3-1 win over Harris Academy FP.

University of Dundee stay close on their tails and move up the second with two games in hand after beating Waverley Inveresk Trinity 5-1.

University of Strathclyde welcomed northerners Highland for a close match, with both teams coming away with a point, drawing 2-2.

Giffnock moved up to third after a 4-2 away win at Stirling Wanderers.

Regional Leagues Central Division 1

Five wins out of five for Grange II, as they beat their third XI 7-0 this weekend. Bottom of the division Edinburgh University III secured one point with a 3-3 home draw against Hillhead II.

Second place PSL Team Sport Clydesdale II put six past Western Wildcats II which leaves them second from bottom.

University of Stirling scraped a 4-3 win over Inverleith II.

Central Division 2

Rottenrow Blue Sox move to top spot after a 4-1 win over CALA Edinburgh II, and the Glasgow based club are yet to lose a match. Anchor have climbed to second place after a 2-2 draw against Clydeside.

PSL Team Sport Clydesale III put in a confident performance to rise to seventh with a 4-1 win over fifth place Watsonians II.

Uddingston II are fourth and are yet to lose a match as they secured a solid 3-1 home win against Erskine Stewart Melville II.

North Division

AAM Gordonains II keep up there 100% win record with a 3-1 over their third team and stay top of the division. Aberdeen GSFP II also beat their third team 3-1 and Granite City Wanderers II beat bottom ADTI Aberdeen University IIs 3-1.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



100% win record for Grove Menzieshill

Weekend round up

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 1


Leaders Grove Menzieshill continued their fine form in the league, defeating city rivals Dundee Wanderers 7-0, making it six wins from six games so far this season.

However Milne Craig Clydesdale Western stay close on their heels after rattling up a staggering 12-0 score line against GHK.

Bottom of the division Watsonians put in a brave performance against mid table Kelburne, but the struggling team could not hold on to their 4-1 lead at halftime and a penalty stroke tipped the balance in the end with the final score 5-4 to the visitors. Emma Barlow secured a hat trick for the Paisley based team.

Edinburgh University keep their 100% win record with a 1-0 win over Western Wildcats and Grange EL drew 3-3 at home against CALA Edinburgh.

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 2

Hillhead made it four wins out of four after travelling away to Border Fjordhus Reivers and winning 4-0. Table toppers AAM Merlins Gordonians secured a 2-1 win over Haddington to stay top of the division.

At the other end of the table, Glasgow University have yet to have a win this season after a close 1-1 draw with Granite City Wanderers.

Erskine Stewart’s Melville beat Inverleith 2-0.

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 3

Second place Waverley Inveresk Trinity put a stunning seven goals past University of Strathclyde at Bangholm on Saturday. The student based team didn’t have much luck the following day, with the University of St Andrews dominating play resulting in an 11-0 win for the Fifers.

Ayr won their first match of the season with a 1-0 win against ADTI Aberdeen University and Bon Accord MBC drew 1-1 with Aberdeen.

Championship League West Division

At the bottom end of the division Giffnock took a heavy hit losing 14-0 at home to Kelburne II.

In contrast Milne Craig Clydesdale Western II, who have their 100% record maintained that after an 8-0 win over second in the table Glasgow Accies.

Milne Craig Clydesdale Western III beat Stirling wanderers 5-3.

East Division

Edinburgh University III played their IIs and gave them a good game only losing 1-0 to the top team in the division.

CALA Edinburgh II who sit at the bottom put in a brave performance and managed to hold Grove Menzieshill A to a 3-3 draw.

A close game at Forrester High where Grange EL move to third with a 1-0 win over Watsonians A.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

 



A chance to test Dhyan Chand venue

By Jugjet Singh



Joel Samuel van Huizen (in white) will be fielded in the national juniors’ three-test series against India.

THE national juniors will get a chance to play at the Junior World Cup venue when they head for New Delhi tomorrow for a three-test series with the hosts.

The series will be played at the Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium, which is the venue for the Junior World Cup on Dec 6-15.

The three tests will be played on Oct 18, 20 and 21, and coach K. Dharmaraj will make two changes from his silver-winning Sultan of Johor Cup side.

Firhan Ashaari, who is injured, and Muhammad Azwar will be left behind, while Dangerous Lee and Joel Samuel van Huizen will be tested at the series.

"Even though we received the cold shoulder from India coach (South African Gregg Clark) regarding the status of the team which will play against us in the three tests, I am still happy with the chance to play at the World Cup venue as it will give my players a feel of the artificial pitch.

"This will be really beneficial for the penalty corner battery, as the flicker, stopper and pusher will know what to expect from the Dyan Chand artificial pitch," said Dharmaraj.

India are expected to send their junior squad to the Asian Champions Trophy in Kakamigahara, Japan, on Nov 2-10 and might field a mixed side for the tests against Malaysia.

"Since India's juniors are in training now for the Asian Champions Trophy, Gregg is unlikely to field his strongest side against Malaysia as we might play them in the quarter-finals of the World Cup," said Dharmaraj.

Malaysia are in Group D of the Junior World Cup with England, New Zealand and South Africa. And in the last-eight crossover, if Malaysia finish among the top-two in their group, they are likely to meet either the Netherlands or hosts India.

Dharmaraj will name his final squad by Nov 18 and the team will leave for the Junior World Cup on Dec 1.

New Straits Times



Walsh to be Indian men’s hockey coach


A file photo of Terry Walsh (left) who is to be appointed as the coach of the Indian men's hockey team.

Australian Terry Walsh is set to be appointed as head coach of the Indian men’s hockey team after the Sports Authority of India recommended his name to the Sports Ministry.

SAI Director General Jiji Thomson told PTI here on Monday that Walsh’s name has been forwarded to the Sports Ministry and his appointment will be cleared in a week’s time.

Thomson said the SAI has recommended a monthly salary of Australian dollar 12,000 for Walsh, who was part of Australia’s silver-winning team in 1976 Montreal Olympics.

“Walsh’s name has been recommended to the Sports Ministry by SAI. His CV impressed us the most. We have fixed his remuneration at Aus. Dollar 12,000. It’s now up to the Ministry to take a call on his appointment. May be, in a week’s time, his appointment would be cleared,” Thomson said.

“Nobbs was getting Australian Dollar 11,000 and Walsh has been offered a thousand more than him,” he added.

Former Australia and Holland coach Walsh was the front-runner for the top job but there were indications earlier that Oltmans, who was the interim coach after Australian Nobbs resigned in July, would be made the permanent coach.

However, the SAI DG said Oltmans will continue to discharge his duty as the High Performance Director.

“Oltmans will remain the High Performance Director,” said Thomson.

It was also learnt that Walsh’s name was recommended by Oltmans on his return from Europe after a holiday break.

Walsh was last seen in the role of Technical Director of USA Hockey. He left the position at the end of last year.

The Hindu



Terry Walsh to take over as Indian men's hockey head coach

NEW DELHI: The Indian men's hockey team's chief coach's post, lying vacant for almost three months, is going to be filled soon —by yet another Australian. Former striker and renowned coach Terry Walsh is all set to occupy the post after the Sports Authority of India (SAI) recommended his name to the sports ministry for approval. Walsh will replace country mate Michael Nobbs.

After the ministry's green signal, the Australian will be given his appointment letter in a day or two, SAI director general Jiji Thomson said. Once appointed, Walsh's contract would run till 2016 with periodic review of his performance once every three months. Walsh is recognized as a Master Coach by the International Hockey Federation (FIH),

The post was lying vacant after Nobbs resigned in July on health grounds. Thomson said the Australian would be getting Aus $ 12,500 (Rs 7.2 lakh approx) as remuneration per month, which is Aus $ 1500 more than what Nobbs got.

A member of the 1986 World Cup winning Australian team, Walsh was one of the four candidates whose names were shortlisted to take up the job and the Australian's name was recommended taking into account his credentials as a player and a coach, Thomson told TOI. The SAI DG confirmed that there was no Indian in the race. "A standing committee comprising top SAI and sports ministry officials has decided in Walsh's favour. His name has been sent to the ministry for its approval," he said.

The former Australian coach would be the fourth foreigner to be appointed to the post, after Germany's Gerhard Rach, Spain's Jose Brasa and Australia's Nobbs. Interestingly, all the three former coaches had to quit before completing their contract term, though for different reasons.

Following Nobb's departure, Hockey India's high performance manager Roelant Oltmans had taken charge of the team.

The 59-year-old Walsh was a member of the Olympic silver-medal winning Australian team in 1976 and later coached the national team to a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Games. He served as head coach of the Australian men's team from 1997-2000.

The Times of India



Sukhjit scores four as Indian eves take lead

Rachna Khaira


Jalandhar - Helped by Sukhjit kaur’s four first-half goals, Punjab XI (India) thrashed Punjab XI (Pakistan) 7-2 in the first match of the tri-match series between the two teams in the 30th Servo Indian Oil Surjit Hockey tournament at the Olympian Surjit hockey stadium on Monday.

Punjab (India) girls took the lead quickly into the match when Navjeet Kaur scored but Pakistan girls equalised within five minutes with the goal from Asma Ashraf.

Thereafter, like a magical spell, Sukhjit kaur scored four goals in a row (22nd, 24th, 27th and 30th minutes) to take the Indian girls up 5-1.

In the second half, the Indians conceded a self goal, when defender Ramandeep Kaur accidentaly deflected the ball into her own goal in the 41st minute. But Gurwant kaur (52nd minute) and Ramandeep (56th minute) completed the rout for the home team.

Army XI, Indian Oil enter semis

Army XI became the first team to enter the semifinals as they topped pool B with 6 points after a 5-2 win over Mumbai XI, while Indian Oil, Mumbai, defeated Indian Air Force, Delhi, 5-2 in their pool A match to make it to the last four.

The army men took the lead through Milan Muthappa. Milan doubled the lead in the next minute before Vishva Thakur made it 3-0 from a penalty corner.

In the other match, Deepak Thakur (34th, 57th, 67th) scored a hat-trick to lead Indian Oil past the Indian Air Force (both at three points each) in a must win match to progress from their pool.

The Tribune



PHF announces election schedule for new term

KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) announced its election schedule for the term 2014-18 yesterday.

A PHF media release said it was a unanimous decision by the executive board to conduct the elections from October 25-November 25. The board’s 26th meeting was held yesterday in Lahore.

As per the schedule, the elections will be held from November 21-25, after the elections of provincial associations that will run from November 16-20.

President of Lahore Press Club Mohammad Arshad Ansari, who will be the Chief Election Commissioner, announced the schedule for the district associations yesterday.

The elections schedule for Punjab (October 25-November 15), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (November 4-15), Sindh (November 5-15), Balochistan (November 8-15), Gilgit-Baltistan (November 13), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (November 13-14), Fata (November 5-6), and Islamabad (November 12) was released.

The Express Tribune




Nancy Stevens becomes NCAA’s all-time wins leader

By Jackson Mitchell



UConn field hockey coach Nancy Stevens became the NCAA Division I all-time wins leader on Friday with a 6-0 victory over No. 14 Louisville at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs. The Huskies also defeated Boston University on Sunday, giving Stevens 563 career wins. PATRICK GOSSELIN/The Daily Campus

The No. 4 UConn field hockey team (12-1) captured two home wins this weekend, defeating No. 14 Louisville 6-0 Friday night and besting Boston University 5-1 on Sunday.

Friday’s win earned UConn head coach Nancy Stevens her 562nd career victory and the title of all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history, surpassing former record-holder and Old Dominion head coach Beth Anders. Stevens is currently in her 35th year at the helm of the UConn field hockey program, having taken the job in 1990 after seven seasons at Northwestern.

“I read a quote by Pearl S. Buck and it was, ‘If you have joy in your work you found the fountain of youth,’” Stevens said, “and I think that most coaches would agree that when things are going well and you love what you are doing, it really doesn’t seem like work because you enjoy it so much and it keeps you young.”

Under Stevens, the Huskies have made eight trips to the NCAA Tournament semifinal, as well as 20 appearances in the quarterfinal.

Senior forward Marie Elena Bolles and junior forward Chloe Hunnable each scored their 100th career points, both reaching career milestones.

“Over 40 years of field hockey at UConn and here today I believe there have been 14 players that have reached that threshold,” Stevens said. “So to have two, and in the same year, that’s a terrific accomplishment and a terrific achievement for both of them. We couldn’t be more proud of their accomplishments.”

The win over Louisville gave the Huskies their 11th of the season coming off of a tough overtime loss to Boston College on Oct. 6. The team remains undefeated in the Big East with a 3-0 conference record.

“Our goal every year never changes: its to win the conference regular season title and win the conference tournament so that you get the automatic bid,” Stevens said. “Right now we are in a good position and obviously we have Georgetown, Old Dominion and Temple remaining, but our goal is to win the regular season title. We host the conference championship and our goal is to be the No. 1 seed.”

UConn outshot Louisville 19-8 and had three penalty corners to the Cardinals’ five. Goal-scorers for the Huskies were senior forward Anne Jeute and Marie Elena Bolles, who each chipped in a pair of goals in the contest, Hunnable and freshman forward Montana Fleming. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield posted her fifth shutout of the season.

The team carried its momentum over to Sunday, besting the Boston University Terriers (8-5) to cap off the undefeated weekend.

“BU came to us with eight wins and they are well coached. It took us a while to figure them out, and in the second half we were able to string a lot more passes together and generate more offense,” Stevens said.

The Terriers gave UConn a tight first half of play, with the Huskies unable to score until the 34th minute of the game. Hunnable put the Huskies on the board after sending home a pass from sophomore midfielder Roisin Upton, who had four points on the day.

“It was a close game in the first half and in the second half we really rose to the occasion,” Stevens said. “Sometimes you have to wear the other team down and I think we were able to do that as the game went along. We have good team speed and terrifically fast players, so it just took a while to wear them down a bit and then we were able to create goal scoring opportunities.”

UConn went on to score four goals in the second half, holding Boston University to a shutout until the 67th minute of regulation, when the Terriers chipped in their lone score of the contest as time expired.

UConn will travel to Washington, D.C. this weekend for games against Big East opponent Georgetown (2-11) on Friday, Oct. 18 and American University (8-4) on Sunday, Oct. 20.

The Daily Campus



Connecticut coach Stevens sets all-time record for wins with No. 562 on Fri.


Nancy Stevens, center, has been head coach of the Huskies since 1990. Connecticut Athletics

STORRS, Conn. – With Friday’s 6-0 victory against No. 14 Louisville, Connecticut head coach Nancy Stevens became the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I history.  Stevens, who entered the season as the winningest active coach in the NCAA, now sports a career record of 562-172-24 in her 35th year, for a winning percentage of .758.

Stevens supplants former Old Dominion coach Beth Anders as the sport’s all-time winner.  Anders finished her career with a record of 561-136-7 in 30 seasons.

Stevens, who spent seven seasons at Northwestern before coming to UConn in 1990, has led her teams to eight appearances in the NCAA semifinal and 20 trips to the NCAA quarterfinal.

A 2007 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee, she has led the Huskies to 24 Big East championships and has been honored as the league’s coach of the year seven times.

A graduate of West Chester, Stevens was inducted into her alma mater’s hall of fame in 2003 and was inducted into the Connecticut Field Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006.

NCAA



The 2015 ALL-BOYS INTERNATIONAL INDOOR HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

The Intention of hosting the First ALL BOYS INDOOR HOCKEY TOURNAMENT was to provide an incentive for boys to play field hockey.  There are few opportunities for boys to play with other boys in a tournament situation.  By creating an event where boys from all over the USA could come together to play, we had hoped to spark interest and increase visibility for the boys and men who play.

In an effort to stir interest, we opened the tournament to other hockey playing nations, notably Canada and South Africa, who had planned to each send several teams.

This would have been a rare opportunity for USA, Canadian, and South African boys not on their national teams to meet and compete, sharing their interest and skills, and enthusiasm.

Sadly, we are informing our friends in Canada and South Africa that the event will be postponed until January 2015.

The total number USA boys registering did not reach critical mass sufficient to host a worthwhile indoor tournament.  There will be no tournament this year.

The 2015 ALL-BOYS INTERNATIONAL INDOOR HOCKEY TOURNAMENT, sponsored by Dita, will be held at the end of January.  A cap of eight teams in each of the following age divisions will be invited: Under 12, U 14, U 16, and U 18.

Once the first three slots in each division are filled by USA players, we will accept application from Canadian, Mexican, South African, Dutch, Australian, and Chilean boys teams. Age divisions without a minimum three USA teams will be eliminated.

We are also willing to accept bids for hosting the tournament at other locations within the USA, should interest and large numbers of players justify the move from the venue of the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center facility.

The goal remains the same, to provide an event that helps answer to question:

Where can boys play hockey?

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Kate Richardson-Walsh named member of the EOC Athletes' Commission


Kate Richardson-Walsh

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) elects ten athletes to the Athletes' Commission in the run-up to an Olympics, and England and GB star Kate Richardson Walsh has been named as one of the honoured few.

The idea behind the Commission is to see that the opinions and rights of the athletes remain considered as the preparations and decisions are made for the next Olympic Games. Since 2001 there have been four elections, one for each Olympics, all to make sure that the 'athletes' voice' is heard.

Kate has been in the England and GB teams since 1999, and has captained England and GB  since 2003. At London 2012 she captained the Great Britain team to bronze medal glory, and this year Kate has been a two-time silver medallist, coming second with the England team at the Investec World League Semi Final in Chiswick, the next round of which will be this December in Argentina, and at EuroHockey2013 in Belgium. Kate also serves on the Athletes' Commission for the British Olympic Association.

After the announcement Kate said “It is an honour to be selected for such a unique role, and an incredible opportunity to be able to represent my fellow athletes in something that has played such an important role in our lives.

“The London 2012 Olympics was phenomenal for both myself and the rest of Team GB. My role on the Athlete Commission allows me to use my experiences to ensure future games are run to the same quality as London, if not better”.

Source: Team GB

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