News for 17 October 2013

All the news for Thursday 17 October 2013


U21 Men in Mannheim, Germany


U21 Men Celebrate

England's U21 Men are in Mannheim, Germany until 17 October, for a series of three matches against the home German side while training for the upcoming Hero Hockey Junior World Cup in New Delhi, India in December.

The Hero Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 will be held from the 6 to 15 December, where the best U21 teams in the world will be playing in New Delhi, India. England are placed in Pool D along with New Zealand, South Africa and Malaysia, while Germany are in Pool A.

Match 1 - England (0) 0-4 (2) Germany

The England squad's first match against the home side had them on the attack from the off, but the German team were more than up to the challenge and scored from a penalty corner in the first three minutes of play. 15 minutes later the German side were able to work their way into the English circle to tap in the ball and leave the score 2-0. England defended well for the rest of the half, but were unable to level the playing field before the break.

The second half was played with only 14 players on the England side due to illness and injury leaving players with long stretches on the pitch, and the Germans were able to take advantage of the available space ten minutes in to run down the pitch to send a reverse stick shot across the goalkeeper and into the goal. Another succesful penalty corner sent Germany up 4-0, a score they were able to hold on to until the final whistle.

England U21 Head Coach Jon Bleby said after the game "There were periods of the games where our core skills were of a high quality and we competed on an even basis, but the lesson is that we need to be more consistent for longer periods in a game of this quality".

England Hockey Board Media release



NZ keen to tangle with hosts at pinnacle event

By David Leggat



Stacey Michelsen of the New Zealand Black Sticks.

Far from preferring to avoid the formidable hosts in pool play, Black Sticks coach Mark Hager is relishing the prospect of tackling Argentina at the World League finals from the end of next month.

World No 3 New Zealand have drawn China, Olympic silver medallists Argentina and Australia in their pool at the eight-team tournament. The option as pool top seed would have been Olympic champions the Netherlands, and Hager is happy with the outcome.

"They will be tough at home but the best part about playing in Argentina is playing in their pool where you get the crowds, the excitement and the atmosphere," Hager said. Pool B games will be played at night and are sure to attract far more spectators than the pool A games earlier in the day.

The return of their quality goalkeeper Maria Belen Succi further strengthens the hosts, who beat Australia 2-1 in a three-test series in Perth this week. China could be a surprise, too.

"We haven't seen them since the Olympics so we're not sure where they're at.

They've got a new coach and had some retirements so they're a bit of an unknown for us," Hager said.

The Black Sticks haven't played Australia since beating them 1-0 at the Olympics, but both teams will get a good read on each other when they contest the Oceania Cup in Taranaki this month.

Hager is due to name his Oceania Cup squad next week

The New Zealand Herald



Oilmen drill Malvern for third win

Nigel Simon


Evan Farrell helped himself to a second hat-trick in three matches as defending champion Petrotrin blasted Malvern 9-1 for its third win on the trot in the Men’s Open Division of the T&T Hockey Board Indoor Championships at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on Monday night.

Farrell, who netted a treble in his team’s opening 4-3 defeat of Notre Dame, got his goals in the eighth, 18th and 33rd minute while fellow national player Atiba Whittington and former international Brian Garcia added two each against Malvern.

Dwain Quan Chan and Triston Grant, two other national standouts in the Oilmen line-up, chipped in with one each while former T&T international and senior women’s team coach Anthony Marcano got the lone reply for Malvern, which is yet to pick up a point in three matches.

Petrotrin is all alone at the top of the table with maximum nine points and has matches left against Queen’s Park, Paragon and Defence Force after Paragon slipped to its first loss, 3-5, at the hands of Notre Dame.

...Govia treble quiets stubborn Paragon

Teenager Brianna Govia was the heroine for Shandy Carib Magnolias scoring a hat-trick in a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Paragon in a clash of unbeaten teams.

National captain Alanna Lewis fired Paragon ahead inside the first minute but Mika Ella Tang equalised for Magnolias four minutes later. The in-form Keima Gardiner restored Paragon’s lead at 2-1 in the 14th minute which it took into the half.

Six minutes after the restart Gardiner got her second of the match to extend Paragon’s lead to 3-1 but within seconds veteran Stacey Siu Butt replied for Magnolias before Govia netted a quick double in the 32nd and 35th for a team to go ahead for the first time at 4-3.

Despite being a player short due to the cautioning of Pauline Joseph, Paragon drew level in the entertaining fixture through national defender Avion Ashton, who along with Lewis played the entire match for her club.

However, Govia was not done yet and after robbing Lewis of the ball, she slammed home the decisive item in the 38th minute for her team to earn a 5-4 win, their second straight for six points, to level with Paragon which has played a match more.

Monday’s results

Men’s Open:

Petrotrin 9 (Evan Farrell 8th, 18th, 33rd, Atiba Whittington 23rd, 31st, Brian Garcia 23rd, 33rd, Dwain Quan Chan 29th Triston Grant 40th) vs Malvern 1 (Anthony Marcano 23rd)
Notre Dame 5 vs Paragon 3

Women’s Open:
Magnolias 5 (Brianna Govia 32nd, 35th, 38th, Mika Ella Tang 5th, Stacey Siu Butt 26th) vs Paragon 4 (Alanna Lewis 1st, Keima Gardiner 14th, 26th, Avion Ashton  36th)

Mixed Veterans:
Fatima 8 vs Police 5

The Trinidad Guardian



Walsh can take India forward but needs time

Indervir Grewal


Chandigarh - After much deliberation and negotiation, Hockey India has appointed the much needed chief coach for the Indian men’s team. And with 2014 being an important year, jam-packed with top international tournaments including the World Cup, the appointment of Australian Terry Walsh could not have come at a better time.

Even though it has taken HI almost three months to replace Michael Nobbs, the appointment of Walsh, who has a glowing track record as chief coach of teams such as Australia and Holland, can be seen as a step in the right direction.

“In the morning when I read the news, I was pleased. Knowing his track record, both as a player and as a coach, I am very pleased with his appointment,” said former international Hardeep Singh Grewal, who has played against Walsh, and remembers him as an excellent striker with enviable skills. “In the striking circle he was deadly and was a very skilful player overall. Even as a coach he has been very successful, so I am confident he will have success with the Indian team as well,” added the former India center-half.

The 1984 Olympian added that being from the Australian system, which is a mix of Asian and European hockey with great stress on skill, Walsh would be perfect for the team. But he added that the Australian should be given time.

“The expectations for next year should be reasonable. Even the top coaches need time to make any kind of lasting change and achieve success, and especially in India, where the whole system needs changing.”

The issue has been long in contention, and former players and expert minds have been continuously calling for a change in the system.

Michael Nobbs had also, in an interview to The Tribune in July, said that changing coaches was not going to make a big difference until the system was changed. He had said that for improvement in the longer run, the system needed to incorporate modern methods of coaching and training.

Aware of the challenges ahead, Walsh, after being confirmed, had said: “The opportunity to head the Indian coaching team is extremely humbling. Coaching India must be regarded as the greatest challenge in the hockey world...I look forward to it.”

With so much on the line in the next year – the World League finals, World Cup, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Champions Trophy – it’s a prospect that every hockey fan in India will also be looking forward to.

The Tribune



Hero HIL Mini Players Auction to be held on 18 November 2013

New Delhi, 16 October 2013: The Hero Hockey India League Mini Players Auction/ Closed Bid will take place at Hotel The Lalit in New Delhi on November 18, nearly two months ahead of the second season of Hero HIL.

Hockey India Secretary General and Hero Hockey India League Chairman Dr. Narinder Batra said the Mini Players Auction/Closed Bid would give the franchisees the chance to buy new players to replace permanent withdrawals and complete their squads for the coming season. “The base prices for the players vary from $ 2,600 to $ 25,000,” he said.

“With the inclusion of a new team in HIL 2014, we can expect more spectacular hockey this time. The second season will be an exciting opportunity for the young and coming talent to leave its mark on this tournament,” Dr. Batra said. “We are sure Hero HIL 2014 will build on the massive landmark that the inaugural edition was.”

Nearly 154 players from India and overseas have made themselves available for the Hero HIL Mini Players Auction/Closed Bid. In the inaugural season, 70 top domestic players including the Indian national side as well as 50 international players who are part of the national squads of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, and Argentina played for the five teams.

Of the 120 players who played in the inaugural Hero Hockey India League, 60 were Olympians. The list includes winners of the prestigious FIH Player of the Year Award including. Jamie Dwyer (2004, 2009, 2010, 2011), Teun de Nooijer (2003, 2005, 2006) and Moritz Fuerste (2012). Seven of the top 10 FIH rated players played in the Hero HIL 2013.

More than 41 million fans in India along with 29 million international fans watched the inaugural tournament, its reach was ahead of the UEFA Euro 2012. The inaugural season, won by the Ranchi Rhinos, was telecast in 146 countries. The largest marketing campaign for a hockey tournament saw record stadium walk ins and more than half a million fans liked the official Facebook page.

Star Sports, Broadcast Partner of the Hero HIL will telecast live all the matches. The second edition of the world’s most exciting and innovative hockey league will be played from January 23, 2014 with the final being scheduled for Sunday, February 23, 2014.

Stick2Hockey.com



Shahnaz urges PM to appoint ad-hoc on PHF

Mohsin Ali


RAWALPINDI - Olympian Shahnaz Shaikh Tuesday termed the announcement of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) of conducting elections through partial persons illegal and against the constitution of the federation and Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) charter.

Talking to The Nation, Shahnaz said: “A neutral body should be appointed to hold the PHF elections as most of the persons in the current body appointed to conduct elections process are PHF employees while executive board meeting was conducted without the approval of the council members.” He said as per Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) sports policy, district coordinators appointed District Sports Officer as representatives to conduct elections, but none of the DSOs were nominated for the process. “How is it possible that sitting secretary Rana Mujahid, who was banned by POA for 10 years, can issue statement in this regard. The IOC-backed POA must take notice of the prevailing situation and take strict action against Rana Mujahid.

“We strongly appreciate Perviaz Rasheed's gesture of not accepting the role of election commissioner to conduct the PHF election, as the entire process is being done in dubious circumstances,” he added.

“Same persons were at the helm of affairs of the PHF for the past five years or so, now they want again to contest the elections. They have destroyed hockey and brought shame for the country during the past five years. Now how is it possible they, all of a sudden, can change the fast declining fortunes of the national game? They are trying to befool masses and nothing else and also lack direction and qualities to take hockey to the same heights which it was in our era,” the ex-Olympian stated.

“They must immediately announce neutral persons to conduct the election process ethically and legally. They are bound to follow the rules and regulations in true letter and spirit,” he maintained.

Shahnaz said: “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has immediately taken action against Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) soon after becoming its patron and appointed a five-member ad-hoc committee to run its affairs. The situation is PCB is far better than that in the PHF. So we Olympians including Islauddin, Samiullah, Sameer Hussain, Qamar Zia, Qamar Ibrahim, Naveed Alam, Ayaz and I, strongly appeal to PM, who is also the patron of the PHF, to take serious notice of the worst performance of the PHF. We are quite hopeful that the PM will surely look into the matter and appoint an ad-hoc on the PHF to hold the elections of the federation’s in a fair and transparent way.”

The former Olympian said Asian Games would be held next year and the green shirts had to play qualifiers for the 2016 Brazilian Olympics. “Masses have already suffered a lot at the hands of these incumbent persons and they will not tolerate any such repeat of things. I have received number of calls from across the country from former hockey players and fans who want me to express their feelings and made it clear that if things continue to go in the same direction, we will be left with no other option but to seek courts’ help to streamline the PHF affairs,” he added.

“If such thing happens and people finally decide that enough is enough and seek courts’ help, it will not be in anyone's favour and will send a very negative signal to the international community. So it is my humble request to the PM to look into the affairs of the PHF before it's too late,” Shahnaz concluded.

The Nation



Inaugural matches in Asuncion, Paraguay

Eleven clubs participated in the tournament

Stella Arrom, Asociación Paraguaya de Hockey




Inaugural matches of the 2013 First Official Hockey Tournament were organized by the Paraguayan Hockey Federation on October 12 and 13, 2013. Eleven clubs, with U16, U21 and senior teams (men) and first division (women) participated in the tournament. The matches were played in the new sand pitch managed by the National Sports Secretary en Asuncion.

Pan American Hockey Federation



Hockey 4 All Receives a ‘Helping Hand' from SPAR

Olympic hero Katie Taylor presents local Meath organisation with funding from SPAR 50th Anniversary bursary



Aine Coogan IHA Inclusion Group, Katie Taylor, Dwyne Hill

Local retailer SPAR today announced Hockey 4 All as a recipient of its ‘Helping Hand Community Fund', a nationwide campaign aimed at supporting stand out community groups and clubs. Patron of the fund and Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor was on hand at the gala event in the Gibson Hotel in Dublin to congratulate Hockey 4 All on their success. The €50,000 ‘SPAR Helping Hand Community Fund' was launched earlier this year as part of the brand's celebration of its 50th anniversary in Ireland.

Funding recipients have been selected on the basis of their contribution to their local communities in addition to their need for additional financial support. Accepting the funding on behalf of Hockey 4 All, Navan Hockey Clubs Dwyne Hill said: "We are delighted to accept this funding which recognises our role in the local community and which will go a long way in helping us to provide this worthwhile service. We would like to thank SPAR for their generosity and all those who voted for us as part of the process.

Katie Taylor, patron of the ‘SPAR Helping Hand Community Fund' said:  "I'm delighted to be here today, and to be patron of these fantastic and well-deserved awards.  Hockey 4 All are obviously a cornerstone of their local community and that's what the ‘SPAR Helping Hand Community Fund' awards are all about." Willie O'Byrne, Managing Director, BWG Foods, (owners and operators of the SPAR brand in Ireland) said: "As a local retailer, with a presence in nearly every town and city across Ireland, we place a big emphasis on giving something back to the communities whose citizens support our retailers. At an individual level our local retailers support and sponsor community initiatives on an ongoing basis and in this, our 50th year, we wanted to go one step further. Today we recognise Hockey 4 All for their service to the local community; they are a deserved recipient of this funding and we congratulate them on the important role they play locally. "Hockey 4 All is the first hockey group for children with disabilities in Ireland.  Set up this year by Navan  Hockey Club the team, aged six to 18, has  players with various disabilities.

The SPAR ‘Helping Hand Community Fund' was awarded to clubs and groups across Ireland under five categories: Children & Youth; Community Services & Support; Heritage & Environment; Sport & Leisure; and Arts & Culture

Irish Hockey Association media release