News for 18 October 2013

All the news for Friday 18 October 2013


Hockey 9s Day 1 Wrap

The Hockeyroos put on a dazzling second half to headline the first day of the International Super Series Hockey 9s in Perth. After leading 1-0 at half-time, the Australian women poured on seven second half goals to stun Malaysia 8-0.

Home crowd favorite Ashleigh Nelson netted a hat-trick as the Hockeyroos produced an irresistible ten minute burst that saw Jayde Taylor, Madonna Blyth, Brooke Peris, Casey Eastham and Claire Messent all score.

Argentina’s men dulled the Kookaburras opening salvo to share the spoils 4-all in an entertaining men’s affair. The match had it all with seven different goal scorers in the first half before committed defence, especially from Argentine goalkeeper Juan Vivaldi, shone in the second half.

The Australian men blitzed Argentina in an early barrage through Eddie Ockenden, Simon Orchard, Daniel Beale and Russell Ford. The Argentines closed to within 4-3 on the stroke of half-time with a penalty corner to Matias Paredes and then immediately after the break, an own goal set up the contest for a grand finish with thrills, spills and near misses.

Argentina’s women opened the International Super Series in fine style defeating Canada 4-1. Captain Luciana Aymar and Agustina Albertarrio were damaging throughout for Las Leonas scoring once in each half to demonstrate that they will be extremely tough to beat this week.

Canada rocked the crowd by dancing into Perth Hockey Stadium, embracing the Hockey 9s spirit before Aymar and Albertarrio put on a show of their own with reverse-stick goals in the first half and goals within a minute of each other in the second stanza to break out from their 2-1 half time advantage.

Pakistan are top of the men’s standings at the end of day one after securing a 5-3 victory in the last match against Malaysia. The Malaysians scored the quickest goal of the tournament through Nabil Fiqri in the first minute but the Green Shirts grabbed the lead in the 16th minute and didn’t relinquish it.

The 2-1 half-time Pakistan lead was made to stand as Muhammad Dilber scored twice, both in the last five minutes, to go with earlier efforts from Muhammad Arslan Qadir, Muhammad Umar Bhutta and Muhammad Salman Hussain.

Day two gets underway at 5:30pm AWST on Friday. The Kookaburras take on Malaysia in the men’s pool while Australia’s Hockeyroos face Canada’s women. Tickets are available on the gate. Gates open at 4:30pm AWST. Highlights of day 2 will be shown on ABC 1 and iview from 11:15pm (time is local across Australia but check your listings).

Women’s Competition
Argentina 4 def. Canada 1
Hockeyroos 8 def. Malaysia 0

Women’s Pool
1. Hockeyroos (3 pts)
2. Argentina (3 pts)
3. Canada (0 pts)
4. Malaysia (0 pts)

Men’s Competition
Kookaburras 4 draw Argentina 4
Pakistan 5 def. Malaysia 3

Men’s Pool
1. Pakistan (3 pts)
2. Argentina (1 pt)
3. Australia (1 pt)
4. Malaysia (0 pts)

Visit the Hockey 9s website at www.hockey9s.hockey.org.au.

Hockey Australia media release



Kookaburras and Argentina share the spoils

4-4 thriller as Argentina hit back


Argentina restricted Australia’s Kookaburras to a 4-all draw in the first men’s fixture at the International Super Series Hockey 9s. Australia opened the tournament with a scoring blitz before Argentina returned it with interest, as both sides had claims on taking the victory.

The Lions served it up to the home side and while their performance may have surprised the crowd, it didn’t catch Kookaburras co-captain Eddie Ockenden off-guard.

“They’re a pretty good team. We’ve played them a fair bit over the last 12 months, obviously played them at the Olympics and we drew.”

The 26 year old from Tasmania feels that Argentina will be a dangerous proposition in the Hockey 9s format.

“I think it suits them with their skillful forwards. [Argentina scored] good deflection goals, they have really skillful players and they showed it today,” he said.

Ockenden opened for the Kookaburras on two minutes, taking advantage of a goal mouth scramble.

The score ballooned to three-nil as the Australians hit Argentina with an early barrage. Simon Orchard got his first goal of the tournament and straight away Daniel Beale tapped into an open net after some excellent lead up work further upfield.

The action came thick and fast as fans of Hockey 9s have become accustomed to with five goals in 10 minutes.

Agustin Mazzilli helped steady Argentina with a bullet from the right across Australian goalkeeper Leon Hayward. A well-worked penalty corner presented Russell Ford with the perfect opportunity to maintain a three-goal lead for the Australians.

The Argentines found their feet and had the better of the first half finish. Guillermo Schickendantz closed the gap with his side’s second. Matias Paredes was waiting on the left hand post to deflect home with just seconds left from a penalty corner and the Australian lead had been closed down to 4-3.

There was no let-up from the visitors who drew level a minute after the resumption when the Kookaburras could only find the back of their own net from a Juan Martin Lopez strike.

Momentarily rocked, Australia forced quality saves from Juan Vivaldi twice as the contest intensified.

Both teams desperately searched for opportunities in order to break the deadlock with time ticking down. Argentina had some clean chances while Australia continued to press for an opening that was harder to find.

Vivaldi proved unpassable, despite the metre wider goals, and carried Argentina to a courageous draw, despite everything Australia threw at him.

KOOKABURRAS 4 (4)
Eddie Ockenden 2’ (F)
Simon Orchard 5’ (F)
Daniel Beale 6’ (F)
Russell Ford 7’ (PC)

ARGENTINA 4 (3)
Agustin Mazzilli 12’ (F)
Guillermo Schickendantz 14’ (F)
Matias Paredes 20’ (PC)
Own goal 21’ (F)

Hockey Australia media release



Eight is great for Hockeyroos at Hockey 9s

Home favourite Nelson hits hat-trick


It took a while for the Hockeyroos to find their scoring boots, but once they did they put Malaysia to the sword in their opening contest at the International Super Series Hockey 9s in Perth

“We didn’t use the space in the first half but that was something we addressed at half-time, so once we did that it worked well,” said Ashleigh Nelson, who bagged a hat-trick.

The game marked the Hockey 9s comeback for Kobie McGurk following her second knee reconstruction as she joined a Hockeyroos side which featured a mix of youth and experience.

Malaysia’s tactic of playing a solo striker high up the pitch paid dividends at first as the Hockeyroos struggled to break down a solid defence and risked getting caught on the break. However, relief from a frustrating opening spell came in the last minute of the first half when Nelson finished off a ping-pong encounter in the Malaysian circle.

The visiting goalkeeper proved a useful barrier to further progress from the Hockeyroos but three minutes into the second period Jayde Taylor made it 2-0 and then the goals came at a rate of one a minute until the Hockeyroos had racked up eight.

Nelson finished with three, and there were also contributions from captain Madonna Blyth, who netted a super shot from the top of the circle, and youngster Brooke Peris, who got the deftest of touches to make it 5-0.

The sixth came from Casey Eastham, while Claire Messent rounded off the scoring.

Anna Flanagan enjoyed her evening: “I think the format is great, it’s good for the crowd and it’s high scoring. It complements the traditional game – it’s not a replacement but it adds value.”

Malaysian coach Moho Bin Ibrahim was not too downhearted: “It is great to play against the top teams and we hope this will help us get to the next level. We will focus on tackling and marking in our next game,” he said.

HOCKEYROOS 8 (1)
Ashleigh Nelson 19, 28, 35 (F, F, F)
Jayde Taylor 26 (F)
Madonna Blyth 30 (F)
Brooke Peris 31 (F)
Casey Eastham 33 (F)
Claire Messent 36 (F)

MALAYSIA 0 (0)
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Hockey Australia media release



Malaysia go down to Pakistan in Super 9s

By Ghaz Ramli




Despite opening their campaign with a 5-3 defeat in the hands of Pakistan, Malaysia begin the International Super Series Hockey 9s at the Perth Hockey Stadium in Perth on a high.

"Obviously we are not happy with the results but the nine game is about angle and passing and we took too slow to understand," said Malaysian coach Paul Revington.

The South African however went on to praise his side for the improvement of play since reaching Western Australia after a 5-1 defeat in test with Argentina two days ago.

"We were reasonably happy with the performance in the first half but conceded two long corner goals," added Revington.

"We are in the phase of our training when we need this kind of matches especially with the new players in the team," he said.

Malaysia got off to a good start scoring in the opening seconds as Nabil Fiqri found the net.

The Pakistanis recovered from the early shock five minutes later as Arsian Qadir converted a penalty corner.

Umar Bhutta put Pakistan in the lead when he converted another penalty corner 10 minutes later.

The match tempo in the second half increased impressively as the produced a goal fest with both teams getting a goal each beginning with Pakistan's Salman Hussain (23rd min).

Captain Sharun Nabil made in 3-2 three minutes later.

Muhammad Dilber  extended Pakistan's lead in the 35th minute but the gap did not last long as Malaysia's Norhizzat Sumantri got on the scoresheet in the 36th minute.

As the Malaysian were strategising for an equaliser Pakistan cemented their win when Dilber registered his second of the night a minute before the buzzer to win 5-3.

With a usual target of winning the tournament,  Malaysians, which doesn't not have the service of star forward Faizal Saari, will face the Kookaburras next.

The Australians put on an impressive show as they drew 4-4 against the Argentina who will face Pakistan next.

Results

MEN

AUS 4 ARG 4
PAK 5 MAS 3

WOMEN

AUS 8 MAS 0
CAN 1 ARG 4

FIXTURE (18 Oct)
MEN

AUS V MAS
PAK V ART

WOMEN
ARG V MAS
AUS V CAN

Malaysian Hockey blogspot



New Dates for 2013 Africa Cup for Nations and Congress Announced

The African Hockey Federation has announced that the Africa Cup for Nations for both men and women will now take place in Nairobi during the period November 18-24, 2013. The AfHF Congress has been scheduled for Friday November 23, 2013. The African Hockey Federation re-opened the entries for participation to all National Associations once again setting a deadline of Friday October 18.

It is expected that Egypt which confirmed its eagerness to re-enter the competition will confirm their entry.

Meanwhile, all the National Association officials confirmed for the competitions are also due to confirm their availability to officiate during the new dates. The Africa Cup for Nations which was originally scheduled for late September was rescheduled to early October and later postponed due to the Nairobi Westgate Shopping Mall terror attack.

African Hockey Federation media release



Child, Edwards, McAleese back for Oceania Cup


Photo: www.photosport.co.nz

Head coach Colin Batch has named his team to take on world champions Australia as well as Samoa and Papua New Guinea at the Oceania Cup in Taranaki at the end of this month.

Simon Child and Steve Edwards return after a break from the team along with Shea McAleese who has recovered from injury. North Harbour players James Coughlan and Joe Bartholomew are also new additions since World League Three.

“We are all really looking forward to getting the competition underway, we are confident to play Australia and are looking forward to the challenge, it will be testing for us, but sets the scene for a big year of hockey in 2014,” said Batch.

“To have Simon, Steve [Edwards] and Shea back in the team is great. They are Olympians and bring a level of experience to the team that gives us that good balance.”

The Black Sticks Men come together next week for a National Squad camp at the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health Centre on the North Shore before travelling down to Stratford ahead of their first game which is against Papua New Guinea.

“With the whole squad together next week we will have some more tactical based trainings - with two squad games scheduled as well. This camp is really the start of our 2014 World Cup campaign and throughout the week we will set in place a number of things that we want to achieve over the next twelve months,” said Batch.

Andy Hayward, Nick Wilson, Shay Neal, Brad Shaw and Blair Hilton have not been named due to injury but are likely to be available for selection for the World League Final in January.

Junior Black Sticks George Muir and Kane Russell will continue to focus on their preparation for Junior World Cup in New Delhi from December 5-15.

Phil Burrows, Shea McAleese and Nick Haig are returning from Europe where they have been playing club hockey.

“The team have really been enjoying the training sessions recently and we are looking forward to the wider squad coming back together next week for the camp and then facing some strong competition at Oceania Cup.”

The Black Sticks Women’s team for Oceania Cup will be announced on Tuesday 22 October.

The Oceania Cup is from 30 October-3 November at the TET MultiSport Centre in Stratford.  The Black Sticks Men play Papua New Guinea at 3.30pm on Wednesday 30 October, Australia at 7.30pm on Thursday 31 October and Samoa at 2pm on Saturday 2 November with finals on Sunday. Tickets are selling fast, and can be purchased at www.ticketdirect.co.nz.

Black Sticks Men – Oceania Cup
TET MultiSports Centre, Stratford, Taranaki
30 Oct-3 Nov

 

Shirt

Name


Age

Caps

29

Hugo INGLIS

Southern

22

107

27

Stephen JENNESS

Capital

23

87

6

Simon CHILD

Auckland

25

179

1

James COUGHLAN

North Harbour

23

20

14

Jared PANCHIA

Auckland

19

18

25

Shea MCALEESE

Central

29

181

31

Steven EDWARDS

North Harbour

27

155

24

Arun PANCHIA

Auckland

24

110

18

Phil BURROWS

Capital

33

303

13

Marcus CHILD

Auckland

22

40

8

Dean COUZINS

Auckland

32

286

4

Nick HAIG

Canterbury

26

119

22

Blair TARRANT

Southern

23

81

2

Cory BENNETT

North Harbour

22

18

3

Joseph BARTHOLOMEW

North Harbour

25

16

19

Alex SHAW

Capital

23

27

16

Hamish MCGREGOR

Southern

25

19

20

Devon MANCHESTER

Auckland

23

15

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Returning players bolster Black Sticks

Three returning players have bolstered the Black Sticks men's team for the Oceania Cup in Taranaki at the end of this month.

Simon Child and Steve Edwards return after a break along with Shea McAleese who has recovered from injury, in the team named by coach Colin Batch to take on world champions Australia and Samoa and Papua New Guinea.

North Harbour players James Coughlan and Joe Bartholomew are also new additions since World League Three.

"We are all really looking forward to getting the competition underway, we are confident to play Australia and are looking forward to the challenge," Batch said.

"It will be testing for us, but sets the scene for a big year of hockey in 2014.

"To have Simon, Steve and Shea back in the team is great. They are Olympians and bring a level of experience to the team that gives us that good balance."

The Black Sticks come together next week for a national camp at the Millennium Institute of Sport and Health Centre on the North Shore before travelling down to Stratford ahead of their first game against Papua New Guinea.

"With the whole squad together next week we will have some more tactical based trainings - with two squad games scheduled as well," Batch said.

"This camp is really the start of our 2014 World Cup campaign and throughout the week we will set in place a number of things that we want to achieve over the next 12 months."

Andy Hayward, Nick Wilson, Shay Neal, Brad Shaw and Blair Hilton have not been named due to injury but are likely to be available for selection for the World League Final in January.

Junior Black Sticks George Muir and Kane Russell will continue to focus on the Junior World Cup in New Delhi from December 5-15.

Phil Burrows, McAleese and Nick Haig are returning from Europe where they have been playing club hockey.

"The team have really been enjoying the training sessions recently and we are looking forward to the wider squad coming back together next week for the camp and then facing some strong competition at Oceania Cup," the coach said.

The women's Black Sticks team for Oceania Cup will be named on Tuesday.

Stuff



Keep sticking it to Australia, says Simon Child

BRENDON EGAN


Black Sticks striker Simon Child wants his team to sustain their intensity in the second stanza against Australia for the upcoming Oceania Cup hockey series.

The New Zealand men's side has an awful recent record against the reigning World Cup champions, winning just one of their 16 contests over the past five years.

Child, who will be wearing the black shirt for the first time since December's Champions Trophy, after taking a break from international hockey, has tasted victory just once against Australia in his eight years with the team.

He said they were desperate to beat the Kookaburras on a consistent basis and felt they were slowly bridging the gap on their trans-Tasman rivals.

New Zealand traditionally matched it with the Australians in the first half, but after halftime, Child said they had been guilty of dropping their concentration and letting the game slip.

"They're a bloody good team and there's a reason why we haven't beaten them that often. We're getting closer and closer.

"They seem to have a knack to come out after halftime and bang a couple of goals in. Our biggest focus will be not falling asleep after the halftime break."

New Zealand have already booked their ticket to January's World League final in India, but will be looking to build up combinations and gain world hockey ranking points during the Oceania Cup in Stratford, which runs from October 30 to November 3. Hockey minnows Samoa and Papua New Guinea will also contest the four team tournament.

Child said the Oceania Cup was an important series for the Black Sticks as they headed into a busy 2014 international season, which would also include the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Champions Challenge.

"Aussie will be a really good test for us. It's going to be a good measure of where we are now and identify those things we need to work on ahead of next year."

The 25-year-old was relishing the chance to represent his country again after deciding to take time out from the international game. Hockey has been a huge part of Child's life since breaking into the national squad at the age of 16 and he said it was necessary to refresh from both a physical and mental standpoint.

In the early part of the year, he won the Dutch first division title with Rotterdam in his fifth season with the team, while also turning out for the Delhi Waveriders in the inaugural Indian hockey league competition.

Child has been concentrating on his studies over the past few months and is set to complete his Bachelor of Business at Massey University later this year.

"It's important to have a mental refreshment. My body is fine, but I came off a pretty heavy 2012. Next year, is going to be extremely busy with the World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

"I've been playing for eight years, but I'm only 25, so it's quite important to have a break."

Child missed the domestic national league for Auckland due to a foot injury, but has been back training for the past three weeks and declared himself good to go for the Oceania Cup.

During his break, he has kept in close contact with Black Sticks coach Colin Batch, who took over from Shane McLeod last September. Child played under Batch at the Champions Trophy in December and enjoyed his coaching style.

"He's a relaxed guy and he keeps you honest.

"Batchy is more of an old-school head. Rather than the processes, he's more worried about the overall picture and guys having the right attitude."

Stuff



ActivePost Small Sticks a hit in Taranaki



Taranaki school children put their hockey skills to the test at an ActivePost Small Sticks Festival Day held at Devon Hotel Park in New Plymouth today.

More than 300 children from four primary schools throughout Taranaki gave various ActivePost Small Sticks activities a go. Star Black Sticks player, Katie Glynn, was on hand to cheer the players on.

“I really enjoyed seeing our future Black Sticks show their abilities on the turf.

“I had heard all about how dedicated these kids are to hockey, and I wanted to give them a few tips, but they didn’t need them! The quality of their skills is impressive, especially for their age group.”

Taranaki Hockey organiser Tracy Collier said the strong turnout showed just how popular hockey was becoming.

“This is the first year we’ve been able to offer ActivePost Small Sticks and the kids just can’t seem to get enough of it.  More than 1,000 are participating this year and we’re looking to grow that next year.

“It’s a good sign of things to come for hockey in the region.  The sport’s never looked stronger.”

ActivePost Small Sticks is Hockey New Zealand’s junior hockey development programme. It is game-based and structured into four distinct activities – Fun Sticks, Mini Sticks, Kiwi Sticks and Kwik Sticks. Fun Sticks teaches children aged 4-6 the basic skills needed for any sport - ball skills, co-ordination, body position, player and space awareness. Children then progress through the remaining activities finishing with Kwik Sticks - where 12 and 13 year olds participate in full 11-a-side hockey matches.

Launched in 2011, more than 231 schools and almost 40,000 kids nationwide have participated in ActivePost Small Sticks. Hockey New Zealand wants to have 100,000 schools children participating by 2016.

ActivePost spokesperson, Nicola Airey, said that the programme’s hands-on focus was a proven winner with kids.

“As any parent or teacher will tell you, the best way to encourage kids to take up a sport is to just let them have a go. It means offering a wide range of opportunities for kids of all ages to try out any type of sport. That’s what ActivePost is setting out to do and we’re looking forward to helping even more kids find their passion for sport through initiatives like ActivePost Small Sticks.”

The ActivePost Small Sticks schools in Taranaki are: Fitzroy School, Matapu School, Moturoa School, Opunake Primary, Welbourn Primary, Vogletown Primary, Spotswood Primary School, Hawera Intermediate, Kaimata School, Bell Block School, Toko School, Mimi School.

The ActivePost Festival Day was held as part of Hockey New Zealand’s activities to promote the Oceania Cup, held in Stratford, Taranaki from 28 October – 3 November. Tickets are selling fast, to book tickets go to www.ticketdirect.co.nz.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Festival of Hockey coming to Hawke's Bay



Hawke’s Bay is to host a ‘Festival of Hockey’ with the announcement today of an additional tournament celebrating some of the best hockey in New Zealand, to run alongside the new international women’s hockey event in April next year.

Hawke’s Bay will also now play host to a six team men’s and women’s event with the Australian Country teams, the New Zealand National Seniors and will also include a Hawke’s Bay Senior Representative team in both men’s and women’s, with further team announcements yet to be made. 

This event will be played both at the new world-class facility at the Regional Sports Park in Hastings, and also at the Park Island turfs in Napier, creating a  truly Hawke’s Bay hockey festival.

“With work well underway on the new international turf at the Sports Park and confirmation of this additional tournament – it’s a hugely exciting time,” said Bruce Mactaggart,

“Hawke’s Bay truly will be the capital of hockey for nine days next year."

To further enhance the 2014 ‘Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey’ HBSEEC is also currently working with Hawke’s Bay Hockey to plan a regional school girls’ tournament to run in association with the Festival and further details on this will be announced shortly

“Hockey in Hawke’s Bay is a significant beneficiary of the vision and initiative of HBSEEC. The Festival will be a wonderful catalyst for showcasing our sport,” commented Iain Taylor, Chairman of Hawke’s Bay Hockey Association.

The Hawke’s Bay Sports Events and Education Consortium Incorporated (HBSEEC) who in partnership with Hockey New Zealand are promoting and managing the event, has appointed former U21 Rep and Hawke’s Bay Senior player David Nancarrow as Event Coordinator for the 2014 Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey.

“I am absolutely delighted to be involved in delivering and promoting the 2014 Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey . This event  will not only promote and foster the sport  in Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand  but lay the foundations for an annual International event  which will give opportunity to deliver multiple associated economic benefits to the region."

These new tournaments will run concurrently with the international women’s hockey event which will see the Black Sticks women playing some of the top hockey talent from around the world including Argentina, Australia, Korea, China and one team yet to be announced.

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Indian test for juniors

By Jugjet Singh


THE Malaysian juniors will take on India in a three-test series starting today at the Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium in New Delhi.

And while Malaysia are still in the midst of finalising their squad, the Dhyan Chand Stadium is also still undergoing maintenance work to make it match-fit.

"We trained at the second pitch in the morning, and it was in good condition, but pitch one looked a little bumpy and dirty," said Malaysian team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

Two players were included for the tour, while two from the Sultan of Johor Cup were rested.

Firhan Ashaari (injured) and Muhammad Azwar were left behind, while Dangerous Lee and Joel Samuel van Huizen will be tested in the test series.

The three matches will be played today, Sunday and Monday.

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

Malaysia last played India in the Sultan of Johor Cup, and drew 3-3 in the pool, and then lost 3-0 in the final.

"We might just meet India in the crossover (quarter-finals) and that is why these three matches are very important to our preparations.

"We also need to test the pitch, especially for penalty corner variations, and its better to get used to it now, than to arrive for the tournament and then find conditions not suitable for our penalty corner flickers during the first match," said Mirnawan.

Chief coach K. 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



Indian Oil, PSB in Surjit Hockey final

Rachna Khaira


Jalandhar - Indian Oil, Mumbai, finally gained entry into the finals by defeating Army XI in a thrilling semifinal match decided on penalty shootouts (11-10).

The match between the two teams was drawn (3-3) in the regulation time.

Prabhjot Singh of the Indian Oil hit the winning strike in the 11th shoot out to record his team‘s entry into the final. Army XI took lead in the 7th minute when S Arumugam scored a field goal. In the 10th minute, Indian Oil’s Roshan Minj scored the equalizer. In the 21st minute, Army XI took lead once again with field goal by Chandan Aind (2-1).

In the 28th minute, Army XI struck once again and this time D Muthanna scored (3-1). At half time Army XI was leading by 3-1. Punjab National Bank beat ONGC in the second semifinal. Indian eves won the Friendship Hockey Series as they won two matches and one match was drawn.

The Tribune



From hijab to hockey, Pak eves talk of love for game

Rajeev Bhaskar


Pakistani eves are enthusiastically joining the Indian bandwagon when it comes to playing hockey.

Aamna Meer, skipper of Pakistan's women hockey team, said: “Now, many girls have started playing the game and our national team has become strong. This can be gauged from our performance in the recently held Women Asia Challenge Cup in Bangkok, where we bagged the 4th position in the winners' tally.” The team was in Jalandhar to participate in Surjit Memorial Hockey Tournament.

“Though the sport is yet to gain ground at school level, nearly all colleges in Pakistan have constituted a woman hockey team and an inter-college tournament is held every year to promote it,” said Meer, who is also captain of the national hockey team.

On being asked if she or her teammates faced any problem in joining the sport in a country where women preferred to wear hijab (head covering worn in public by Muslim women), Meer said initially they struggled a lot, but with the support of their parents even society had recognised and accepted the role of women in sports.

“Initially, I wanted to join cricket. But when I gave a trial for hockey at my college, those selecting players praised the way I played. So, I joined the game and finally became my team's captain,” she said.

However, she rued that lack of sponsors for hockey as compared to cricket was still a major hindrance in pushing women players to their optimum best.

But, a few departments, including railways and WAPDA (power company), had come forward to promote women hockey by offering good jobs to players, she said.

Expressing her enthusiasm at her first visit to India, Meer, a student of the Lahore College for Women University, said: “It is so exciting to be in India. The hospitality we were extended by Punjabis is beyond expression.”

Nafeesa Anwar, vice-captain of the team, hails from Gojra district of Pakistan. Gojra has emerged as a hub of the country's hockey. Anwar said she started playing hockey in 2007 and did not face any difficulty in joining the stream despite society being conservative.

“My parents are very supportive and they only encouraged me to join hockey,” she said, adding that now they were proud of her as she had proved her mettle.

Usman Mohammed, coach of the visiting team, said: “These girls are all set to achieve new heights. I am confident that they will qualify for the upcoming Asian Games and World Cup as well.”

Chak de India boosts them up

Team's captain Aamna Meer said she usually watched “Chak de India”, starring Shahrukh Khan, for motivation. "Chak de is the favourite movie of all women hockey players. Before every key match, my team and I usually refresh the memories of this movie to chalk out our game strategy on ground,” she added.

Hindustan Times



World Cup the target for junior hockey team

Rohan Puri


NEW DELHI: Baljit Singh Saini, assistant coach of the Indian men's junior hockey team, said on Thursday that the youngsters have a lot of work to do despite winning the Sultan of Johor Cup.

"We beat some major teams in the Sultan of Johor Cup, but we cannot be complacent. Despite winning the tournament, we spotted certain shortcomings which we need to work on. Our penalty corner conversion rate wasn't so great," Saini said on the sidelines of the felicitation ceremony of the team which won the gold medal in Malaysia last month.

Cheques of Rs. 1 lakh were distributed to each player of the team and their chief coach, South African Gregg Clark, by Union sports minister Jitendra Singh. Six other members of the support staff were also given cheques of Rs. 50,000 each.

Saini said the Asian Champions Trophy in November would help the team prepare for the men's junior hockey World Cup which will be held here in December. "That will show us the areas we need to improve upon and also in identifying the best playing XI. World Cup is our main target," he added. Clark echoed his assistant's sentiments and said the Junior World Cup was the "big focus" for the team. "Asian national championship would be a good preparation for the big tournament. Every match would be a good test," he said.

Midfielder Harjeet Singh was awarded an additional cheque of rupees one lakh for winning the 'Most Promising Player of the Tournament Award' in the Sultan of Johor Cup.

Cash awards were also presented to the members of senior men's and women's team. V R Raghunath, P R Sreejesh and Ramandeep Singh of the men's team and goalkeeper Savita of the women's team were awarded one lakh each for their performance in different events. Another member of the senior women's team, Rani, was presented a trophy for completing 100 international caps.

Roelant Oltmans, the high performance director of the national teams, was also present at the event and expressed happiness over the hiring of Aussie Terry Walsh as the new coach of the senior team.

"I am happy that Terry is coming. I played a role in that as well. He is a good candidate... He is mature, has a lot of experience and can make this team better again."

Fund for hockey doubled

Meanwhile, Singh announced that the government has decided to double the allocated funds for training and setting up of new infrastructure for hockey in the country.

The Times of India



Sports Ministry doubles allocation funds for hockey

NEW DELHI: Elated with Junior men hockey team's performance at the recent Sultan Johar Cup, the Sports Minister Jitendra Singh today announced the Government's decision to allocate double funds for training and setting up of new infrastructure for hockey in the country.

"The government of India has doubled its allocation towards hockey training. We have got the best of coaches, best of performance director, foreign coaches. We are also setting up two new astro turfs in Bangalore," said Jitendra.

"We would also be setting up a new infrastructure for hockey all over the country," he added.

The Minister today felicitated the Indian junior men's hockey team by awarding a cheque of Rs one lakh to each of the 18 members and the head coach, Gregg Clark for winning 3rd Sultan Johar Cup tournament. The Minister also awarded each of the support staff a cheque of Rs 50,000.

"I am very proud because the team has brought the lost charm and legacy of hockey. The commitment of the young people, who have got laurels to the country...nobody could be more proud than me," said Jitendra.

He also informed that the ministry is on the verge of introducing a performance measurement system for all coaches so that their performances could be analysed.

"What new we have done this year is, we will be introducing performance measurement system for all coaches. We need to see what has been the performance of our coaches. If the coaches have done well then their term should be extended and if they are not doing well, we have to get somebody else," said the Minister.

There have been reports that the appointment of foreign coaches for nine disciplines is pending due to red tape with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) awaiting the sports ministry's approval for its recommendations.

Asked if the reason for the delay is because the Ministry is yet to appoint a new sports secretary to sign the files after P K Deb retired last month, Jitendra clarified, "No no, not really!"

The Times of India



India camp probables for Bombay Gold Cup hockey

MUMBAI: The 48th edition of the Bombay Gold Cup hockey tournament, revived after four years, has got a boost with the decision of Hockey India to release national campers for the 3rd Asian Champions Trophy to take part in the event scheduled here from October 20-27.

"Hockey India has decided to release the India players from the camp for the Asian championship in Japan to take part in the tournament," said Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd (MHAL) Secretary Ram Singh Rathor at a media conference today.

The Asian Champions Trophy for men and women is to be held at Kakamigahara, Japan, from November 1-10.

The Gold Cup will see eight outstation teams, including holders Army XI, and top four Super League teams being divided into four pools of three each with the toppers of each pool advancing to the semi-finals on October 26.

Army XI, Air India, Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum, Punjab and Sind Bank, SAIL, Hockey Bhopal and Punjab National Bank are the outstation teams which will take part along with local league champions Western Railway, Indian Navy, Central Railway and Union Bank of India.

According to Rathor, invitation had been sent to Indian Overseas Bank but they declined to take part due to prior commitments.

The organisers MHAL have not decided on the prize money as they are awaiting a final word from three sponsors whom they have approached, said Treasurer Bal Govind Chokhani.

"We have firm commitments from Bank of India, Union Bank and Bank of Baroda and are awaiting replies from Canara Bank, Punjab and Sind Bank and Dena Bank before deciding on the prize money schedule," he said.

Air India would clash with Navy to kick off the tournament on Sunday.

Pool A: Army XI, Hockey Bhopal, Western Railway. Pool B: Air India, Punjab and Sind Bank, Indian Navy Pool C: Indian Oil, Punjab National Bank, Central Railway Pool D: Bharat Petroleum, SAIL, Union Bank of Ind

The Times of India



Tough days ahead for Hockey Maharashtra

Mufeed Mahdi Rizvi


Currently under suspension, Hockey Maharashtra is fighting for survival. And if the guidelines given by Hockey India are meant to be followed then Hockey Maharashtra faces possible disaffiliation.

On Monday, when Hockey Maharashtra presents the minutes of its meeting before Hockey India's board, they will be keeping their fingers crossed in the hope they have fulfilled the demands of Hockey India's six-point guideline received by them.

The trouble for Hockey Maharashtra started when its members met and demoted president Rekha Bhide to the post of vice-president and appointed Vijay Khanna as president.

"There were a lot of complaints from various districts against her. She was also accused of discrimination against umpire Firoz Shaikh, who went to court saying she had sabotaged his career by removing him from the Junior Nationals held in Pune in 2011," an official from Hockey Maharashtra said on conditions of anonymity.

Bhide, too, moved court after being demoted. The court ruled in her favour. Finding its permanent member entangled in a court battle, Hockey India decided to suspend the body unless it resolved its issues.

"We met and discussed the issues on October 12 and will present our case before Hockey India on October 21. We will abide by the decision taken by the parent body," a Hockey Maharashtra member told Mirror.

Hockey Maharashtra secretary Kehar Singh added, "We are working to get the suspension revoked." Asked if Bhide attended the October 12 meeting, Kehar replied: "She's a non-entity. Being a government employee (Bhide works with Railways), she has to take a no objection certificate."

According to sources, Bhide may not have needed an NOC from her employer. "The rule says a government employee needs permission to contest polls. But was there an election ever held at Hockey Maharashtra? The body was appointed ad hoc by the Maharashtra Olympic Association. When she fights an election she may need to take permission then," a source, in the know of things, said.

If sources are to be believed, this may just open a can of worms for Singh. "Since Hockey India is a signatory of age and tenure guidelines, it will affect Singh. Under the age guidelines, a person above the age of 70 cannot contest polls. And if Hockey India decides to call fresh elections, Singh will be the first casualty," the source said.

The Times of India



Centre of attraction

Uthra Ganesan



Calorie conscious: Manpreet Singh enjoying his healthy meal at Chutney restaurant in New Delhi's Metropolitan Hotel. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.

From being the newest kid on the block in 2011 to becoming an indispensable part of the national hockey team, Manpreet Singh has come a long way in a short time

In his three years with the Indian hockey team, Manpreet Singh has undergone a transformation from being the naughtiest teenager to becoming one of the most intelligent, mature and responsible players in the side. It reflects in his looks too — the tattoos are hidden carefully, torn jeans and long hair are out, replaced by a formal shirt slung stylishly over branded jeans, carefully set hair and a pair of spectacles adding seriousness to his persona.

As a player, the biggest change came after his team, Ranchi Rhinos, won the inaugural Hockey India League earlier this year. That win put him in the limelight as a thinking player and made the kid from Jalandhar, a star in Ranchi. “Playing with my idol, German captain Moritz Fuerste, in HIL was a learning experience. That one month helped me grow several years as a player,” says the 21-year-old in a recent interview in New Delhi.

Starting at age 12, Manpreet’s leadership skills were tested for the first time when he was named skipper for the 2008 junior Asia Cup in Myanmar, which was also his international debut. He made his senior debut in the Asian Champions Trophy in 2011 and, a year later, made it to the Olympics squad. Since then, he has proved to be a natural leader, shouldering the responsibilities in the crucial position of a centre-half with ease and captaining the team in the absence of senior players.

“I am still learning. At the Sultan of Johor Cup recently (which India won), I had quite a few altercations with both the umpires and opposition players. I need to control my excitement and anger. I have tried to emulate Fuerste, who never got upset during the HIL. Or Sardar Singh, whom you never see fighting on the field,” he says.

The last one month has seen Manpreet make headlines again, this time off the field as well. After leading India to victory over hosts Malaysia in the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup, his relationship with Illi Najwa Saddique came out in the open, providing gossip for tabloids both in Malaysia and India.

“It is nothing. It was love at first sight, both our families know of it and are happy and we are confident of our relationship despite the distance. What’s so special? Don’t people fall in love all the time,” he asks.

Such interest in personal details are commonplace in Indian sports when it comes to cricketers, but rare for hockey players. Does he feel that he may just be on the cusp of bringing about a change in perception about hockey, that he may be the star the sport needs?

“I am not a star,” he declares, then adds with a laugh,” I don’t mind if I become one, though. See, I play my game hard but fair, I know my duties in the team and fulfil them and I learn something new every day. Anyone would like to be famous and be recognised by the public. But that will never be my priority,” he asserts.

What next? “Rio (Olympics). That’s the next target. London was a disaster and once is enough. There is a lot to do.

Hockey has given me everything, time for me to contribute to it now. Till then, marriage can wait,” he signs off.

The Hindu



Lille will be a learning experience, says Poznanska’s Zwierzchowski

At EHL Round 1.2 Lille, AZS Politechnika Poznańska of Poland will compete in Pool C, where they will face Belgian champions Waterloo Ducks and nine times European champions Uhlenhorst Mülheim of Germany.

To mark the occasion, ehlhockey.tv spoke with team manager Lukasz Zwierzchowski about how preparations were going ahead of their participation in the world’s finest club competition.

Euro Hockey League: What does it mean for your club to be participating in the EHL?
Lukasz Zwierzchowski:
“Firstly, we would like to tell people about the origins of our team name. AZS Politechnika Poznańska is linked with former EHL club KS Pocztowiec Poznań, who had some problems before being taken care of by Poznań University of Technology. So for our club it means a lot because playing in this tournament is a chance for people to get to know about this change.”

EHL: How are team preparations going for the event?
LZ:
“Our preparations for this tournament have been typical for an amateur club. It wasn't easy to collect all the team on the training and also we lost two really good players in Dariusz Rachwalski and Sebastian Władysiak, who have both gone to play in Austria. However, we started the Polish league with three wins from three games, collecting nine points.”

EHL: What are your thoughts about the teams that you will face in Round 1?
LZ:
“In my opinion, these teams are at the top level of European club hockey. We are full of respect for them, and in our matches against these teams we would like to show our skills and prove that we are also really good team with talented players.”

EHL: What are your aims and ambitions in this season's EHL?
LZ:
“It would be great for us to advance but all of us know that we are going to Lille to gain experience and to learn something that would help us qualify for this tournament also next year. We would like to wish good luck to all the teams competing.”

The Round 1.2 event in Lille 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. The tournament takes place between Friday 25 and Sunday 27 October, with live streaming for all matches at the event being available right here on ehlhockey.tv.

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

Euro Hockey League media release



EHL commentator Irvine reaches milestone



The Euro Hockey League offers its sincere congratulations to TV commentator Nick Irvine, who reached an incredible milestone during last weekend’s EHL Round 1.1 tournament in Barcelona.

Sunday’s Pool E meeting between Spanish giants Real Club de Polo de Barcelona and Surbiton of England was the 250th match in the history of the Euro Hockey League. Incredibly, Nick has been in the commentary hot-seat for all 250 matches, a quite remarkable achievement.

Nick is among a select group who have witnessed every single minute of Euro Hockey League action played to date, ensuring that he really is a genuine authority on this incredible tournament.

Congratulations once again, Nick – here's to the next 250!

Euro Hockey League media release



Reading men target top of the table


Reading's Richard Springham v Wimbledon 2013-14

READING will be looking to keep the pressure on at the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division when they entertain Hampstead and Westminster on Sunday.

Currently second on goal difference only, they face a stern test in Hampstead and Westminster, who moved up to fourth after a 3-2 win over Cannock last weekend.

With three teams level on 12 points at the top of the table, the next couple of weeks could prove crucial to all their title ambitions.

Having returned from competing in the Euro Hockey League last weekend, Beeston face a Canterbury side who moved up to sixth after beating Wimbledon last weekend. With a game in hand, Beeston will be aiming to preserve their 100 per cent record.

Current table toppers East Grinstead, who hammered Loughborough Students 8-1 last weekend, face Wimbledon on Sunday, while newly-promoted Sheffield Hallam play twice – at Beeston on Saturday, and then against fellow strugglers Cannock on Sunday.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference East, leaders Southgate will want to get back to winning ways after their first defeat of the season at the hands of St Albans. But a return to form won’t come easy - they host Holcombe who have a game in hand and may go top if they win.

University of Durham continue to dominate the NOW: Pensions Conference North and will hope to make it six wins from six as they host Khalsa. But with Bowdon breathing down their necks, they can’t afford to slip up.

Cardiff have the luxury of sitting atop the NOW: Pensions Men’s Conference West with a game in hand after their Euro Hockey League campaign last weekend. They take on bottom of the table Guildford, while second-placed Havant play University of Birmingham.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League

Saturday, October 19 2013

NOW: Pensions Premier Division

Sheffield Hallam v Beeston 13:30

Sunday, October 20 2013

NOW: Pensions Premier Division

Beeston v Canterbury 14:00
Cannock v Sheffield Hallam 14:00
Loughborough Students v Surbiton 14:00
Reading v Hampstead and Westminster 14:30
Wimbledon v East Grinstead 14:00

NOW: Pensions Conference East
Cambridge City v Brighton and Hove 12:30
Old Loughtonians v Oxted 14:30
Richmond v St Albans 13:30
Southgate v Holcombe 13:30
Teddington v Bromley & Beckenham 12:30

NOW: Pensions Conference North
Belper v West Bridgford 14:00
Bowdon v Leek 14:30
Deeside Ramblers v Wakefield 13:30
Olton & West Warwickshire v Brooklands MU 13:30
University of Durham v Khalsa 13:30

NOW: Pensions Conference West
Cardiff and Met v Guildford 13:00
Cheltenham v Isca 12:30
Havant v Univ of Birmingham 14:00
Team Bath Buccaneers v Fareham 13:00
University of Exeter v Indian Gymkhana 12:30

England Hockey Board Media release



Reading aim to preserve top spot


Reading women 2013-14

READING will be looking to hold on to top spot in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division when they play Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.

Second bottom of the table, Sutton Coldfield secured their first win last weekend, beating rock bottom Olton and West Warwickshire 6-1. But they face a Reading side who have scored the most and conceded the fewest goals so far, and will be a different proposition altogether.

After last weekend’s defeat to Beeston, Canterbury face Leicester as they bid to return to winning ways, while the Midlands side are still searching for consistency.

Bowdon Hightown could go above Clifton if they beat them on Saturday. Clifton have managed to hold on to third place for now, despite having a point deducted for fielding an incorrectly registered player. But Bowdon Hightown will have to be better than they were last weekend when they lost to University of Birmingham 4-0.

That was the first win of the season for the University of Birmingham, and they’ll look to repeat that form against this week’s opponents, Surbiton.

In the other game of the weekend, Olton and West Warwickshire will host Beeston.

It’s a top of the table clash in the Investec Women’s Conference West with unbeaten Buckingham facing second-placed Slough who they lead by three points.

Holcombe are in rampant form at the top of the Investec Women’s Conference East, and will want to add to their five wins from five games when they play Horsham on Saturday.

University of Durham have a slender lead at the top of the Investec Women’s Conference North. Whitley Bay and Tynemouth are just a point behind them but Durham will hope to make some breathing space with a result against Ben Rhydding.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, October 19 2013)

Investec Premier Division

Bowdon Hightown v Clifton 13:45
Leicester v Canterbury 12:30
Olton and West Warwickshire v Beeston 12:00
Reading v Sutton Coldfield 13:30
Surbiton v University of Birmingham 12:00

Investec Conference East
Chelmsford v Ipswich 14:00
East Grinstead v Wimbledon 13:30
Horsham v Holcombe 13:30
Old Loughtonians v St Albans 16:30
Sevenoaks v Harleston Magpies 14:00

Investec Conference North
Ben Rhydding v University of Durham 13:30
Boots v Stourport 12:30
Doncaster v Brooklands Poynton 12:00
Kendal v Wakefield 12:30
Loughborough Students v Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 12:30

Investec Conference West
Bristol Firebrands v Swansea City 11:30
Buckingham v Slough 12:00
Isca v Barnes 12:30
Oxford Hawks v Gloucester City 17:00
Trojans v Exe 12:00

England Hockey Board Media release



Unbeaten records on the line as Wildcats and Clydesdale clash in local derby

Scottish Hockey’s ‘Awesome October’ kicks off with undefeated PSL Team Sports Clydesdale playing Dundee Wanderers in Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 1 at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre on Saturday.

The two teams had contrasting fortunes last time out with the Glasgow side beating Edinburgh University 5-0, whilst Wanderers suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Inverleith.  This will be a massive test for Paul Dailly’s charges as they look to overturn their fortunes and defeat arguably Scotland’s in-form team.

In the second of Saturday’s ‘Awesome October’ fixtures, Glynhill Kelburne return to domestic action, following the EHL competition, against Gordonians, and will be keen to get back to winning ways against the unpredictable Aberdonians.

Mark Ralph’s side have had a slow start to the season and will be keen to get back to goal scoring form.  Gordonians, on the other hand, started promisingly with a win away to Dundee Wanderers and home draws against Inverleith and Grove Menzieshill.  They will be keen to regain that early form having failed to win in their last two matches.

Elsewhere, the season’s surprise package and current league leaders Hillhead clash with second placed Grove Menzieshill at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre (Pitch 2).

Hillhead will be looking to continue their new found form having left Aberdeen with a valuable three points last weekend.

Meanwhile, Chris Anderson’s will look to bounce back having surrendered a 3-2 lead away to Western Wildcats, leaving Auchenhowie pointless after a late Wildcats comeback.  The last time the two sides met the Taysiders were comfortable winners in Dundee.

Undefeated Western Wildcats travel to Peffermill to play free scoring Inverleith. Based on their league positions, Harry Dunlop’ side will start this match as favourites. However, recent results suggest that Inverleith are coming back into form with fourteen goals scored in their last two outings.

With the predatory threat of Auchenhowie pairing Scott McCartney and Joe Simpson, in addition to the set piece expertise of Inverleith’s Adam MacKenzie, this could be a high scoring affair.

The final match on Saturday sees Edinburgh University up against Grange.With one point separating the teams, a result for either side in this fixture would open up some breathing space at the foot of the table.

Grange were out of action last weekend so will be rested and raring to go as they look to reverse their poor start to the season.  Edinburgh University will look to their more senior players to take the initiative as they also aim to kick start a faltering start to their own league campaign.

On Sunday, the match of the day will see local rivals Western Wildcats and PSL Team Sport Clydesdale clash in the ‘Awesome October’ event at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

It is very hard to separate the two sides on paper, given their equally as impressive starts to the season.  Both teams took points off reigning champions Kelburne earlier in the season, a clear indication of their title credentials.  Wildcats are the front runners though, having only dropped two points thus far this season.  Is it too early to install the winner of this derby match as league favourites?

Hillhead and Inverleith will feature in the second men’s match on Sunday as part of the ‘Awesome October’ showcase.  Despite contrasting starts to the season, a rejuvenated Inverleith will prove a difficult challenge for a vastly improved Hillhead side.  Last time the two sides met, Hillhead were the winners by the odd goal in five.  A game there for the taking for both sides.

At the foot of the table Dundee Wanderers welcome Edinburgh University to Tayside.  With a win each so far this season, both teams will be focused on doubling their point tallies with a win in this crucial match.   With both teams guilty of leaking goals, this could be set to be another high scoring encounter.

Across the city, Grove Menzieshill host Kelburne in what promises to be a fiercely contested match as both teams look to continue their push up the league.  Last season Kelburne had the bragging rights beating their league rivals on their way to yet another league triumph.

However, the Dundonians had the last laugh though as they stunned Kelburne in a pulsating Scottish Cup Final victory in May.   A massive match for both sides if they are to be serious league contenders.

The final match of the double header weekend sees Grange travel to Aberdeen to face Gordonians.  Going into the weekend the teams are separated by a single point, however, Grange have two games in hand on their opponents.

Despite a shaky start to the season, Grange are showing signs of a recovery and should have enough quality to win, albeit against a well organised and combative Aberdeen side.

Please visit the Aberdeen Asset Management Men's National League for all the weekend's fixtures.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Grove Menzieshill and Clydesdale Western in top of the table contest

Undoubtedly, the match of the day in Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 1 is the top of the table clash between Milne Craig Clydesdale Western and Grove Menzieshill at Scottish Hockey’s ‘Awesome October’ event on Saturday.

With both teams in emphatic form early season, this will undoubtedly be the biggest test for two teams brimming with international talent.  As current champions, the away side will start as favourites, but will have to be at their very best to overcome a young and always improving Titwood outfit.

The following day both teams have arguably easier matches with the Glasgow side facing Glynhill Kelburne in the last of Sunday’s ‘Awesome October’ matches and Grove Menzieshill away to lowly Grange EL.

In the second women’s match at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre on Saturday, fifth plays sixth, with Glynhill Kelburne looking to make it two league wins in a row against GHK.  GHK will be looking to get back to winning ways and restore some pride after a heavy defeat last weekend at the hands of Milne Craig Clydesdale Western.

At the other end of the table Western Wildcats, on the back of a terrific defensive performance against Edinburgh University, travel to the capital on Saturday to face bottom of the league Watsonians.

Holding a slender two point advantage over their rivals, the Wildcats will be keen to add some attacking intent to what was a steely defensive rearguard last weekend. Early days, but a massive match for both sides as they look to move away from the bottom of the table.

Both teams have equally as important matches on the Sunday with Western Wildcats up against sixth placed GHK at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre as part of ‘Awesome October’ and Watsonians away to seventh placed CALA Edinburgh.

Dundee Wanderers face Edinburgh opponents on both days, with Grange EL visiting Tayside on the Saturday.  Despite two recent defeats against city rivals Grove Menzieshill and Milne Craig Clydesdale Western, Wanderers should still have enough quality to produce a win against Grange.

Sunday’s match will be a much sterner test of their qualities, however, as they face Edinburgh University who are yet to drop a point.  This will be Edinburgh University’s first match against any of last season’s top four placed sides.

A lackluster display last weekend away to Western Wildcats may give Wanderers the confidence to subdue their opponent’s striking options.  The students should face a less challenging opponent on the Saturday with CALA Edinburgh the latest team to be tested by Sam Judge’s emerging talents.

Please visit Aberdeen Asset Management Women's National League for all the weekend's fixtures.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Olton lifts Magnolias past Checkers

Elise Olton scored a double as defending champions Shandy Carib Magnolias held off Harvard Maritime Checkers 3-2 for a third straight win the the T&T Hockey Board Indoor Championship Women’s Open Division at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on Wednesday night.

Former national standout Stacey Siu Butt fired Magnolias ahead in the fifth minute and three minutes later Olton doubled her team’s lead which it took into the half.

Jeannette Clarke cut the lead in half for Checkers in the 27th minute butt Olton netted another in the 34th for a 3-1 advantage before national defender Kwylan Jagassar set up an interesting final five minutes with a second for Checkers, a few seconds later.

In the end, Magnolias managed to hang on for the win, carrying its points tally to maximum nine, three more than Paragon which has also played three matches.

Ventures is third with three points from a win and a loss while Checkers and Notre Dame, are without a point after two matches.

However, Petrotrin had winning streak halted at three matches after it came from behind three times in a 3-3 draw with Queen’s Park in the Men’s Open Division.

As early as the third minute Jordan Reynos fired the Parkites ahead but nine minutes later Solomon Eccles drew the Oilmen level, only for Dominic Young (13th) to restore Queen’s Park lead at 2-1 a minute later.

But the Oilmen responded again, this time through Brian Garcia a minute before the half to leave both clubs level at 2-2.

With four minutes left in the match, Kadeem Fortune scored what seemed a likely decider for the Parkites, but with a minute left in the match, Dwain Quan Chan rescued the Oilmen by earning his team a 3-3 draw to stay top with ten points from four matches, and within a point of cementing a semifinal spot as a top four finisher in the seven-team round-robin table.

The Parkites improved to seven points from three matches, one more than Paragon and Notre Dame while Defence Force kept its qualification hopes alive via a 10-4 hammering of Fatima led by hat-tricks from Marcus James, Shane Legerton and veteran Nicholas Wren.

Jordan Vieira also scored three for Fatima, in the loss, its third from as many outings.

Mixed Veterans:

Zone A:


Notre Dame 7 (Selwyn King 7th, 24th, Edrich Francois 9th, 21st, Sean Olton 14th, 16th, Scot Dopson 40th) vs Petrotrin 2 (Garth Baptiste 17th, 27th)

Zone B:

Malvern 2 (Shawn Alexander 11th, Anthony Marcano 23rd) vs Carib 1 (Kirth Adams 22nd)

Women’s Open:

Magnolias 3 (Elise Olton 8th, 34th, Stacey Siu Butt 5th) vs Checkers 2 (Jeannette Clarke 17th, Kwylan Jagassar 35th)

Men’s Open:

QPCC 3 (Jordan Reynos 3rd, Dominic Young 13th, Kadeem Fortune 10) vs Petrotrin 3 (Solomon Eccles 12th, Brian Garcia 19th, Dwain Quan Chan 39th)
Defence Force 10 (Marcus James 5th, 14th, 14th, Shane Legerton 7th, 8th, 40th, Nicholas Wren 19th, 21st, 22nd, Keshen Johnson 33rd) vs Fatima 4 (Jordan Vieira 26th, 35th, 40th, Quinn Clarke 30th)

The Trinidad Guardian



First Ever Winter Fundraising Ball to be Held at The Nook

Colorado Springs, Colo. – USA Field Hockey proudly announces the first ever Winter Ball Fundraising Dinner to be held at the new Home of Hockey, The Nook, in Lancaster, Pa. on the evening of December 14, 2013. The event will be held in honor of all those who have committed time and passion to the sport of field hockey and will celebrate this year’s many accomplishments.

The evening will kick-off with a cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m. and an elegant sit-down dinner immediately following. This once-in-a-lifetime event will include, but is not limited to, tours of the brand new facility, live entertainment, and a silent auction.

Event attendees will have the special opportunity to meet current U.S. Women’s National Team athletes and coaches, as well as Olympians, parents and a plethora of friends of field hockey.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit USA Field Hockey’s commitment to continually Grow the Game and develop all aspects of the sport from programs at the grassroots level through to our Olympic Team.

Be sure to regularly check www.usafieldhockey.com for more details about the upcoming Winter Ball and all things field hockey.

USFHA media release