News for 02 November 2013

All the news for Saturday 2 November 2013


TET Black Sticks Men & Women set for finals


Pictured: Rose Keddell, courtesy Daniel Carson

The TET Black Sticks Men and Women will both play Australia in tomorrow’s Oceania Cup finals at the TET MultiSports Centre in Stratford, Taranaki.

The Black Sticks Women play the Hockeyroos at 2.00pm while the Black Sticks Men face the Kookaburras in the men’s final at 4.30pm. Both games will be live streamed on the Hockey New Zealand website (www.hockeynz.co.nz).

When the teams met Australia during the round robin phase, the Black Sticks Women won 3-2 while the men fought hard but were defeated 3-1.

Women’s head coach Mark Hager is looking forward to the challenge of a rematch against the side’s trans-Tasman rivals.

“They’re a class side and they’ll be fired up for a bit of revenge after the last game. I’d expect them to play a bit better now that they’re settled into the time zone so it will be a close clash,” Hager said.

“In our first game against Australia our defensive outletting was poor so that’s been a key focus for us and we need to make sure we get more return out of our passes to create more penetration up front.”

Meanwhile men’s head coach Colin Batch has taken plenty away from yesterday’s loss to the Kookaburras ahead of tomorrow’s rematch.

“We were a bit disappointed with yesterday’s result and we know we can play a lot better. We face a team that has had some success and they will build on yesterday as well so we need to be even better with our defence.

“It’s a one-off game so anything can happen. I’m sure the crowd and whoever is watching online will enjoy the match.”

In today’s games, both New Zealand sides recorded big wins over Samoa.

The Black Sticks Women sealed a 26-0 result with 12 different players scoring goals. Canterbury striker Olivia Merry put four past the keeper while Anita Punt, Rose Keddell, Gemma Flynn and Julia King all scored hat-tricks.

In the day’s final match the Black Sticks Men overcame Samoa 25-0 with 14 players getting onto the scorecard. Simon Child and Phil Burrows both recorded hat-tricks while five others scored two goals each.

Taranaki Electricity Trust (TET) is the naming rights sponsor of the Black Sticks Men and Women for the 2013 Oceania Cup. Visit www.taranakielectrictytrust.co.nz for more information.

OCEANIA CUP RESULTS
SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER

MEN


TET Black Sticks 25: (Phil Burrows 3, Simon Child 3, Dean Couzins 2, Hugo Inglis 2, Blair Hilton 2, Steve Edwards 2, Jared Panchia 2, Shea McAleese 2, Stephen Jenness 2, Joe Bartholomew, Cory Bennett, Marcus Child, Blair Tarrant, Nick Haig)
Samoa 0
Halftime: Black Sticks 12-0

Australia: 16
Papua New Guinea: 0

Halftime: Australia 7-0

WOMEN

TET Black Sticks 26: (Olivia Merry 4, Rose Keddell 3, Anita Punt 3, Gemma Flynn 3, Julia King 3, Sam Charlton 2, Petrea Webster 2, Krystal Forgesson 2, Sophie Cocks, Liz Thompson, Bridget Blackwood, Kayla Sharland)
Samoa 0
Halftime: Black Sticks 13-0

Australia: 26
Papua New Guinea: 0

Halftime: Australia 16-0

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Dwyer hits 200

Jamie Dwyer's double strike in win over PNG brings up 200th goal



Photo courtesy of Dan Carson/DC Images.

Jamie Dwyer’s 200th goal for the Kookaburras was the highlight of a 16-0 win over Papua New Guinea at the Oceania Cup on Saturday morning as the Australian men completed their preliminary matches ahead of tomorrow’s final.

Matthew Butturini (NSW) scored a hat-trick of penalty corners while there was a double for his New South Wales colleague Simon Orchard. Victorian pair Russell Ford and Chris Ciriello also both struck twice, as did Glenn Turner (ACT) and Queenslander Dwyer, Australia’s third most capped Kookaburra.

Eddie Ockenden took one step closer to becoming the first Tasmanian man to score 50 times for his country, bagging his 49th against Papua New Guinea. Jason Wilson and Jake Whetton also found the target while goalkeeper Andrew Charter reached a half century of appearances.

On Sunday, the Kookaburras will meet New Zealand in the contest for the Oceania Cup title and a maximum haul of world ranking points.

Kookaburras coach Graham Reid said afterwards that the attention was now firmly on Sunday’s showdown. “All the focus is on tomorrow’s game. We had to play the game today, obviously, but we’re now looking forward to the match against New Zealand. We’ve got lots of video to watch.”

Speaking about the final, Reid added, “I don’t expect it to be much different to Friday’s game [when the Kookaburras won 3-1]. I expect it’ll be tough and not as open as the last game - finals tend to be that way. I think we’ll see better basic skills from both teams now that we’ve all had the chance to get used to the new surface.”

Acknowledging Dwyer’s 200th strike for his country, Reid said, “He’s a fantastic player and it’s a fantastic milestone. But the Kookaburras aren’t about milestones and he would be the first to say that it’s about the team.”

Butturini’s first got the Kookaburras off to the races after four minutes with Dwyer clocking his 199th strike just before half time. The five times World Player of Year brought up the magic 200 midway through the second half. Glenn Turner’s late double signed off proceedings.

The Kookaburras meet New Zealand in tomorrow’s final at 2:30pm AEDT / 11:30 AWST. The match will be streamed live via the Hockey New Zealand website at www.hockeynz.co.nz.

Oceania Cup 2013, Stratford, New Zealand
Match Report

KOOKABURRAS 16 (7)

Matthew Butturini 4,21,62 (PC,PC,PC)
Jason Wilson 7 (F)
Russell Ford 10,40 (F,F)
Chris Ciriello 14,54 (PC,PC)
Simon Orchard 15,42 (F,F)
Jamie Dwyer 32,52 (F,F)
Jake Whetton 43 (F)
Eddie Ockenden 53 (F)
Glenn Turner 63,68 (F,PC)

Papua New Guinea 0 (0)
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Kookaburras squad v New Zealand
Started

Matthew Butturini (Murwillumbah, NSW) 88/18
Andrew Charter (GK) (Canberra, ACT) 50/0
Liam De Young (c) (Brisbane, QLD) 289/34
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD) 307/200
Rob Hammond (Townville, QLD) 235/28
Fergus Kavanagh (Geraldton, WA) 172/14
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS) 189/49
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW) 130/43
Glenn Turner (Goulburn, ACT) 95/73
Jason Wilson (Kingscliff, QLD) 89/32
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA) 16/2

Substitutes Used
Chris Ciriello (Melbourne, VIC) 121/68
Russell Ford (Eltham, VIC) 134/62
Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD) 36/14
Glenn Simpson (Melbourne, VIC) 95/18
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD) 13/4
Tyler Lovell (GK) (Perth, WA) 7/0
Andrew Philpott (Melbourne, VIC) 8/1

Ladder
1. Kookaburras (9pts, 3 games)
2. New Zealand (3pts, 2 games)
3. Papa New Guinea (3pts, 3 games)
4. Samoa (0pts, 2 games)

Hockey Australia media release



Hockeyroos look to final

Women beat PNG 26-0 ahead of New Zealand final. Commens confident to face world #3



Photo courtesy of Dan Carson/DC Images.

The Hockeyroos completed their preliminary matches at the Oceania Cup with a 26-0 victory over Papua New Guinea in Stratford on Saturday morning. Australia’s women will now face rivals and hosts New Zealand in Sunday’s final at 12:00pm AEDT.

Despite illness sweeping through the squad this week,  Head Coach Adam Commens is confident the Hockeyroos can challenge New Zealand for the full haul of ranking points tomorrow.

“We’ve had seven or eight athletes, maybe more, sick over the past few days so under the circumstances it’s been a good effort. Today, we moved the ball around nicely and played in the team structures we aimed to,” he said.

With World Cup qualification assured, the Final is an opportunity to take the maximum haul of ranking points as the sixth-placed Hockeyroos look to rise up the global standings. “Tomorrow’s the important match,” said Commens. “From the first game [which the Hockeyroos narrowly lost 3-2] we’ve got confidence that we can more than match the world number three side. It will be a real challenge for our group to overcome the setbacks we’ve had through the stomach bug but we’re ready to raise our game.”

Ashleigh Nelson (WA) led the way with six goals for the Hockeyroos while Kellie White (NSW) followed up with five. Georgie Parker (SA) hit four and there were braces from Claire Messent (VIC), Jodie Schulz (QLD) and Brooke Peris (NT). Jordyn Holzbeger (QLD), Casey Eastham (NSW) and Jane Claxotn (SA) also found the target while two own goals completed the tally.

New South Wales pair Emily Smith and Mathilda Carmichael missed the match through illness.

The Hockeyroos match against New Zealand on Sunday will be live streamed via the Hockey New Zealand website.

Visit our Oceania Cup page to follow the entire tournament.

Oceania Cup, Stratford, New Zealand
Match Report


HOCKEYROOS 26 (16)
Jordyn Holzberger 4 (F)
Claire Messent 8,35 (F,F)
Ashleigh Nelson 10,11,19,21,34,43 (F,F,F,PC,F,F)
Kellie White 13,16,26,32,43 (F,F,F,F,F)
Georgie Parker 15,31,40,49 (F,F,F,F)
Own Goal 26,33 (OG,OG)
Casey Eastham 38 (F)
Jodie Schulz 45,62 (PC,PC)
Brooke Peris 56,58 (F,F)
Jane Claxton 70 (F)

Papua New Guinea 0 (0)
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Hockeyroos squad v Papua New Guinea

Started

Madonna Blyth (C) (Brisbane, QLD) 260/63
Casey Eastham (Albion Park, NSW) 179/44
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT) 99/18
Jordyn Holzberger (Ipswich, QLD) 30/2
Kate Jenner (Tamworth, NSW) 71/1
Kirstin Johnson (Mackay, QLD) 23/2
Rachael Lynch (Melbourne, VIC) 88/0
Georgie Parker (Adelaide, SA) 41/8
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) 10/4
Jodie Schulz (Wamuran, QLD) 82/41
Kellie White (Crookwell, NSW) 52/17

Substitutes Used
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA) 124/58
Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT) 15/1
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA) 16/2
Claire Messent (Melbourne, VIC) 66/19

Unused Substitutes / Did Not Play
Ashlee Wells (GK) (Moe, VIC) 20/0
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW) 62/23
Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW) 4/0

Ladders
Women’s Oceania Cup

1. New Zealand (6 pts, 2 games)
2. Hockeyroos (6 pts, 3 games)
3. Papua New Guinea (3 pts, 3 games)
4. Samoa (0 pts, 2 games)

Hockey Australia media release

 



Women's Black Sticks breeze past Samoa

By Daniel RIchardson



It was never likely to be close and it certainly wasn't as the women's Black Sticks hammered Samoa 26-0 in hockey's Oceania Cup in Stratford this afternoon. Photo / Daniel Carson.

It was never likely to be close and it certainly wasn't as the women's Black Sticks hammered Samoa 26-0 in hockey's Oceania Cup in Stratford this afternoon.

The victory confirmed what everybody has known all week that New Zealand will play Australia in tomorrow's decider.

Samoa, the world No 60, rarely threatened the world No 3 Black Sticks in a game that resembled little more than an organised training run.

A raft of players got on the score sheet and when the home side had a 13-0 lead by halftime in sunny, albeit windy, conditions at the TET MultiSports Centre, the result was never in question.

During these light hit-outs against the Pacific Island sides, the Black Sticks strive to work on holding possession, linking passes together and their execution in the front third.

They were fairly clinical in front of goal and added another 13 goals in the second spell as the romp continued.

Black Sticks defender Emily Naylor, the team's most-capped player, sat out the game with illness but will be fit for tomorrow's final against Australia.

The Black Sticks beat Australia 3-2 during pool play on Thursday, so tomorrow's decider promises to be a tightly-contested affair.

Earlier today, the Australian women beat Papua New Guinea 26-0, while the Kookaburras eased past PNG's men's team 16-0 in the 10am encounter.

The men's Black Sticks were due to play Samoa at 2pm today.

The New Zealand Herald



Trans-Tasman clashes in hockey finals

TONY BIRD IN STRATFORD



Australian Robert Hammond hitches a ride on Black Sticks player Hugo Inglis. ROBERT CHARLES/Fairfax NZ

Black Sticks men's coach Colin Batch believes his side is on the improve and ready to test the Aussies in the Oceania Cup hockey final in Stratford tomorrow.

The New Zealand team outclassed the hapless Samoa XI scoring 25 unaswered goals in their final pool game of the tournament in Stratford yesterday afternoon.

The Black Sticks lost 3-1 to the Kookaburras in a patchy performance on Friday. Today the Black Sticks gave the chance to turn that result around.

Batch used yesterday's blow out to help hone his team's skills heading into tomorrow's final and after a slow start got what he wanted to see.

"I didn't think we started well. We were a little bit scrappy early," Batch said.

"What we were trying to do was focus on our passing and better connection on the ball and as the game went on I think we did that better and better so from that point of view I think we did improve and did that fairly well.

Batch is hopeful rather than confident his team can turn Friday's result around today to add to his team's ranking points.

"There's a lot we can still improve on and I'm sure we can do that tomorrow," he said."It's a one off game so anything can happen."

Earlier in the afternoon, The Black Sticks women cemented a spot in tomorrow's final against Australia.

The women dominated from the start to maintain their unbeaten record in three pool games when sealing a 26-0 win.

Samoa tried hard and to their credit never gave up and were rewarded by making the odd break into the circle.

Olivia Merry slotted slotting four goals, with Rose Keddell, Anita Punt, Gemma Flynn and Julia King helping themselves to three each.

"We were really concentrating on our basic skills," said captain Kayla Sharland after the game.

The Black Sticks were missing Emily Naylor for the game who was unwell, but is expected to be available for the final.Sharland is expecting a tough battle against the Hockeyroos.

"When we met in the first game of the tournament [Black Sticks winning 3-2] both teams didn't play as well as they would have liked," the captain said. "Since then we've been concentrating on a few things and I'm sure they have as well, so it's going to be a big battle."

In the other game of the day Australia took on Papua New Guinea. The Kookaburras didn't have things all their own way in the first half scoring seven goals and appeared sluggish.

That change after the break and  the Aussies put their foot on the pedal and thumped their opposition 26-0 victory.

Australia captain Jamie Dwyer was disappointed with his team's first half performance.

"We played pretty poor and our basic skills were not up to scratch,"he said. "It's hard in games like this because you wan't to get something out of it other than bashing goals in all the time.

"In the second half we decided to lift the tempo a lot and I thought it was a lot better second half and hopefully we can take a bit of that second half into tomorrow's final."

The Black Sticks women play at 2pm, while the Black Sticks men face the Kookaburras in the men's final at 4.30pm. 

Stuff



Samoan routs await Black Sticks as they prepare for finals with Australians

By Daniel Richardson


New Zealand's men's and women's hockey sides will probably be more concerned with how many passes they can complete than the final scores from their respective outings against Samoa today at the Oceania Cup in Stratford.

While it's all well and good to promote hockey to the Pacific Island sides, the gulf in talent between New Zealand and Australia compared with the Island nations in the Oceania Cup is vast. Racking up huge scores has been common this week and today's games will be no different.

The Australian women and men were due to play Papua New Guinea but with New Zealand and Australia all but guaranteed to meet each other in tomorrow's finals, today's games will serve as a warm-up.

Black Sticks midfielder Phil Burrows, a veteran of more than 300 internationals, said there were a couple of objectives his side wanted to achieve during today's expected rout.

"Just connections; making sure that we are not slacking off, keeping our standards high," the 33-year-old said.

"It's a tough game to play because if you slack off people are giving you a hard time, but if you go too hard you're getting stick for that as well.

"So it's just one of those games where you need to put in a good team performance and make sure everyone's getting touches and getting a good vibe for Sunday."

Yesterday, the men's Black Sticks were defeated 3-1 by world No2-ranked Australians despite leading in the 15th minute through Blair Hilton.

But the Kiwis leaked three goals during the ensuing 17 minutes as the Kookaburras settled the argument by halftime.

Neither side could find a goal in the second spell as the intensity dropped.

"We notably had a drop-off in communication out there," Burrows said.

"You could see a bit of fatigue kicking in and I think we just had a five- to 10-minute period of ... we didn't give up, but, we kind of thought 'we are under the pump here' and we just kind of backed off and backed off.

"We need to be more positive like we were in the second half," he added.

The New Zealand Herald



Samoa's Strickland a true veteran

By Daniel Richardson


When thumbing through the media pack at the Oceania Cup this week, one date of birth jumps out at you: 27/02/1954.

It belongs to that of Samoa's reserve goalkeeper Louis Strickland, who at 59 is still playing international hockey.

Samoa are the definition of a sporting minnow when it comes to hockey given their ranking of 72 of 75 international teams, and they were given a stark reminder of the challenges they face this week.

They opened the four-team Oceania Cup in Stratford with a 32-0 loss to world No 2 Australia on Wednesday and went down 4-1 to Papua New Guinea on Thursday.

Strickland, who first played hockey in the 1970s, was yet to get on the turf at the TET MultiSports Centre, with Moira Lealo being employed in goal, but said he wanted a chance to play during the weekend.

Samoa were due to round out pool play against New Zealand this afternoon (sat) and they will likely meet PNG again tomorrow in the tournament's playoff for third and fourth.

Strickland's attendance at the tournament is remarkable given his age.

The veteran was involved with the national side during the 1980s but when the team fell off the international radar he turned his focus to playing squash.

When Samoa returned to international hockey around 2007, Strickland was recruited by a friend to be the treasurer of the Samoa Hockey Federation, which led to his return to playing.

Strickland was also probably a useful man to pick up as the treasurer given he is a senior finance officer for Polynesian Airlines, a company he has worked for since 1974.

Normally a defender for his club side, Scouts, Strickland has been forced in to goal by a lack of keepers in Samoa.

"Because when we started, we didn't have masks, we didn't have full goalie's gear," Strickland said.

"And I said 'okay, give it to me'."

Age is no barrier for keeping fit either.

"If I've got nothing to do, I play squash," he said. "I have my mountain-bike. I do my riding mostly on Sunday, between two and four, when the sun's very hot."

Hockey is a minor sport in Samoa and Strickland said they recently celebrated their 1000th registered player in the country _ they only boasted 400 a few years back.

Playing in this week's tournament has been a tough ask for the Pacific Island teams given Australia and New Zealand are much stronger, and you could question whether it serves their development to be flogged by 20 or 30 goals.

"It's very hard to play on a grass field in Samoa then come and play on AstroTurf with only three or four days to practice then try and challenge these teams," Strickland said.

"We want to learn as much as we can. We brought a lot of young players so we can build them up for the future."

The New Zealand Herald



‘Odisha Lancers’ to be sixth team in HIL

A franchise promoted by Odisha-based public sector units will participate in the Hockey India League’s 2014 season.

A high-level meeting chaired by Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi here on Thursday decided to form a Special Purpose Vehicle which will hold a franchise in HIL apart from promoting other sports in the State.

Mahanandi Coalfields Limited, a central sector coal PSU, and Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO), will come together with having share of 50 per cent each for the SPV. The team titled ‘Odisha Lancers’ under the SPV, which will be the franchise in HIL, will take part in the tournament.

“At present, there are five teams playing in the HIL. A team from Odisha will be the sixth team in the league. Professional panels to be recruited by SPV will work out other details,” said Mr. Majhi after the meeting.

A core team comprising Dillip Tirkey, former Indian cricket captain, and Lazarus Barla, the present coach of India junior hockey, would prepare strategies on players’ acquisition for the league. Each team can acquire 10 foreign players and 14 Indian players.

List of players

Eight players from Odisha, who are now playing under different franchises, are Prabodh Tirkey, Subodh Tirkey, Dipsan Tirkey, Sanjeev Dung Dung, Anand Lakra, David Minz, Manjit Kulu and Dipak Kishore Ekka.

However, the franchise from Odisha would request inclusion of four new players in the list so that these players could be acquired for local flavour. These players are Birendra Lakra, Dinesh Ekka, Roshan Minz and Bikash Toppo.

“The formation of SPV heralds a new era in Odisha sports. We plan to offer scholarship and health insurance to sportsperson through new arrangement. If matches of HIL are played in Bhubaneswar, it will encourage budding hockey players to take the sport as career,” said Dilip Tirkey, who is also BJD Rajya Sabha member.

The Hindu



‘PHF must ensure Asian Games participation’

By Our Correspondent


KARACHI: Expressing concern over the uncertainty of Pakistan’s participation at the Asian Games next year, Olympian Islahuddin Siddiqui has urged the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to ensure the national team’s inclusion in the event.

According to the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA), the PHF had failed to respond to repeated reminders seeking confirmation of the team’s participation for the event in South Korea.

Earlier, a similar stand-off had cost the greenshirts their participation at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“The PHF must abstain from politics and think about the welfare of hockey,” Islah told The Express Tribune. “Pakistan will be the defending champions in the Asian Games; they must feature in the competition. It is the federation’s failure that our participation is in jeopardy.”

The former captain added that apart from unavoidable tournaments, the team should avoid ‘unnecessary competitions’ like Super Series Hockey 9s or the Asian Champions Trophy.

“Such tours may serve as joyrides but it is not in the interest of the team.”

Pakistan to meet Oman in opener

The greenshirts will take on Oman in their opening match of the Asian Champions Trophy today in Kakamigahara, Japan where they will be defending the title that they won last year in Doha.

The six-team event also includes China, Malaysia and India besides the hosts.

The Express Tribune



Top two jostle for league position

Only a point separates the top two sides in Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 2; leaders Watsonians welcome fourth place University of St.Andrews, who arrive at Tipperlin in good form after two wins last weekend, while second place Uddingston face Granite City Wanderers.

The Lanarkshire outfit are in the midst of a great run of form with six consecutive wins and will fancy their chances of chalking up another success against Wanderers.

Third place Aberdeen GSFP travel with confidence to Stepps having lost only one match this season and the home side will need a good performance to upset the form guide.

A capital derby features CALA Edinburgh and Erskine Stewart’s Melville FP with both teams eager to pick up points, while at the bottom of the division FMGM Monarchs are in need of points against Alpha Data Carnegie.

Struggling Glasgow University face two matches this weekend with an away fixture against Falkirk GHG, who have suffered recently against the top sides in the league, and are looking to get back to winning ways. On Sunday, the students welcome Granite City Wanderers.

In Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 3 2020 Renewables Greenock are having a brilliant season and are yet to lose a match so far. They will be hoping to extend their lead as they face seventh place University of Strathclyde, who are having a mixed season.

Perthshire’s stunning double win last weekend saw them move up to second and could face a challenging match as they travel away to Waverley Inveresk Trinity. The Edinburgh based team have started to find form despite a close loss to the league leaders last weekend.

At the foot of the table, Stirling Wanderers take on ADTI Aberdeen University with both sides on the same points after just one win to their name. Both teams will be fighting for that win so expect a tense match.

Third place University of Dundee face Harris Academy FP, with the students unbeaten in the league so far. If they keep up their consistent good run of form they will slowly move up the table and challenge 2020 Renewables Greenock. There is also a mid-table battle in prospect between eighth place Giffnock and Highland.

Regional League

Central Division 1


Grange II remain unbeaten and top of the league; on Saturday they go away to fifth place Inverleith who suffered a large defeat at the hands of Thomson Cycles Kelburne last week. They have played some of their best hockey at home and will be hoping for the same as they will need to play out of their skins to challenge the top team.

Struggling Edinburgh University III seemed to have a good run of form only losing by one goal in their previous two matches. If they can finish strong the student led team may be able to get a point or more off Thomson Cycles Kelburne.

Bottom side Western Wildcats II have only three points on the board, they face ninth place Stepps who secured only their second win of the season last weekend and will hope to slowly move up the table with a result this weekend.

University of Stirling face a challenging weekend as they welcome third place PSL Team Sport Clydesdale II and second place Hillhead welcome Edinburgh University II.

Central Division 2

Table toppers Rottenrow Blue Sox’s goal tally has been stretched above the rest after a goal-spree resulting in eighteen goals last weekend. They welcome fifth place Clydeside who had a strong start to the season but have drawn or lost their past four matches and will be searching for their start of the season form.

At the other end of the table bottom Livingston & West Lothian welcome Falkirk II who are only one place above them in the table. Both teams are having a difficult season so will be desperate to take points off one another.

Struggling Glasgow University II face a challenging match against second place Anchor this weekend. Anchor will want the points to stay within distance of Rottenrow, while the student based team lost badly last weekend and it’s going to be a hard match for them.

East Kilbride welcome Watsonians II, both teams up in the top end of the table, a hard one to call, it could go either way.

GHK go away to lower team Alpha Data Carnegie II, Uddingston II host CALA Edinburgh II and PSL Team Sport Clydesdale III face Erskine Stewart Melville FP II.

North Division

Only one game this weekend, between second place Grove Menzieshill II welcoming bottom place ADTI Aberdeen University II.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Hillhead Ladies looking to maintain pressure on leaders

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 2


Hillhead are sitting very comfortably in second place with a game in hand as it is very tight at the top of the table. They welcome Erskine Stewart Melville FP who lost to the Glasgow based team by one goal earlier on in the season, it will be a close match between these two sides.

League leaders AAM Merlins Gordonians face mid table team Borders Fjordhus, who have won three and lost three. There was one goal in it when they played each other last time, if the southerners put out a strong performance it will be another close match and could snatch a point.

Struggling University of Dundee face fellow student led team Glasgow University, both sitting low in the division and will desperately want points off each other to progress further.

At the end of the table ninth place Haddington play Granite City Wanderers, Wanderers beat them 3-2 last time, so expect a close match as they both fight for the points.

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 3

Not many matches this weekend as third place Stirling University play ADTI Aberdeen University. There are only three points between the two student based teams and it ended it in a draw last time they played.

Bottom side University of Strathclyde face the top of the table, University of St Andrews, last time these two faced each other the east coast team won very comfortably 11-0, and they will be wanting a repeat performance.

Championship League

West Division


Top side Milne Craig Clydesdale Western II travel away to Stirling Wanderers who started poorly to the season but have won their last two matches, it will still be a challenge for the Wanderers after loosing 7-0 earlier in the season to the league leaders.

Glasgow Accies had a great start to the season but in recent weeks have only picked up one point from four matches. They face Kelburne II, when these teams last met the Accies dominated and won 8-1, they will be hoping for the same performance if they can find that form again.  Milne Craig Clydesdale Western III play Giffnock in a friendly.

East Division

Edinburgh University II have a game in hand and are topping the league, they face CALA Edinburgh II who are second and five points behind the top team. Last time these two met the students won by one goal.

Bottom side Edinburgh University III welcome Grange EL, it ended in a 1-1 draw when they played each other earlier in the season so it will be a close match this weekend.

Grove Menzieshill A play Watsonians A which ended in a draw in the latter part of the season, Menzieshill A have had a stronger season where as Watsonians will be wanting the points to move up the table.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Saxon Tigers and Mercia Lynx lead the way


Futures Cup 2013 Boys

The Saxon Tigers & Mercia Lynx enjoy a fine day at the Futures Cup, as between them they lead all four groups in the Boys & Girls U16/U18 Competitions.

The Mercia Lynx started the day brightly with a 3-0 victory in the Girls U18s, followed with victories for the Boys U18s and Boys U16. The U16s were held to a 1-1 draw by the Pumas in the last match of the day.

The Saxon Tigers got the better of Wessex Leopards overall, despite Leopards narrowly winning the first game of the day in the Boys U18s. Tigers Girls U18 made up for this, with another narrow win before the Girls U16s shared the points in a 2-2 draw. The final game of the day saw Tigers Boys U16 come from behind to win 5-2.

For all Day One’s action, including results, tables and scorers, visit www.englandhockey.co.uk/futurescup

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Futures Cup Day 2


Futures Cup 2013 Girls

The Pennine Pumas Girl’s were on fine form on Day 2 of the Futures Cup, with both their U16s and U18s recording victories over the Saxon Tigers.

The U18s started the day with a 3-1 victory, which was followed by arguably the most exciting game of the tournament so far as the U16s were pegged back to 3-3 having been 3-0 up. However, a goal in the dying seconds saw them run out 4-3 winners.

In the Boys, Tigers exacted revenge on the Pumas as they won both of their matches, with the U18s winning 4-2 and U16s 8-1.

The Mercia Lynx enjoyed another good day, winning three out of their four matches against the Wessex Leopards. The U18 girls sit top of their league with two wins from two, with the U16 Girls also top on goal difference.

We are all set for an exciting final day in the U16 competition. In the Girls, technically all teams are still in with a shot of winning the competition, with Lynx and Pumas in the driving seat, sitting joint top of the table. In the Boys, Tigers take on Lynx in a winner takes all final match. With both boasting a 100% record, Tigers are in a better position only requiring a draw, whereas Lynx need the win to top the table.

Click here to see photos of all the action from Day 1 of the Futures Cup. For all Day Two’s action, including results, tables and scorers, visit www.englandhockey.co.uk/futurescup

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Michigan spoils No. 6 Penn St.'s perfect Big Ten record with overtime win


Rachael Mack scored the game-winning goal for Michigan.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior captain Rachael Mack scored the game-winning goal 8:10 into the overtime period to lift Michigan  to a 2-1 upset victory against No. 6 Penn State on Friday afternoon at Phyllis Ocker Field. The win against Penn State, which was previously unbeaten in Big Ten play, is the third against a ranked foe this season for the Wolverines.

It was Mack's second overtime game winner in four matches and again came from Lauren Hauge, who initiated the attack with a rush up the right side of the field. She dribbled the ball into the circle and hammered a hard, low shot on goal, and Mack got her stick on it in front of the net, tipping it into the lower left corner at the 78:10 mark.

Michigan led the majority of the contest, before the Nittany Lions evened the score with just 3:11 remaining in regulation play. PSU's Jacqueline Kenney fed the ball up and into the circle from the right side, and Lauren Purvis rifled a low shot to the backboard to force overtime.

The Wolverines largely controlled the first half, outshooting PSU 7-4 in the frame. Senior Michelle Roberts put UM on the board early, taking advantage of a scrum in front of the net to swoop in and bang the loose ball in at 6:58. It was Roberts' third goal of the season.

PSU responded to the early UM goal with a corner opportunity, but fifth-year senior Haley Jones turned away back-to-back shots on goal, stopping the direct shot on the turf before blocking the rebound up high. Jones was strong in the Wolverine cage, posting seven saves in the contest.

No. 5 Old Dominion 1, Rutgers 0

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Old Dominion (12-6, 6-1) defeated Rutgers (9-8, 2-5) by a 1-0 final on Friday afternoon. The win lifts ODU to at least a share of the Big East title and is the Lady Monarchs 11th win in a row to complete the regular season.

“I am really pleased with our mentality today,” ODU head coach Andrew Griffiths said. “Rutgers’ goalkeeper played very well and we stayed aggressive and composed and found a way to score. And as we pushed forward we did a great job of keeping defensive structure – we only conceded three shots in the game, and none in the second half. Tremendous defensive effort.”

Old Dominion began the first half on the offensive attack, outshooting the Scarlet Knights 14-3. Despite the shot advantage the Lady Monarchs could not find the back of the net. ODU goalkeeper Megan Hept made all three of her saves in the first half and ODU had a 6-1 penalty corner advantage by halftime.

In the second half, ODU would not allow one shot and did not allow a penalty corner. The Lady Monarchs received an offensive spark from Katy Fuhrman after Kelsey Smither led the charge to the goal and Fuhrman rebounded the initial shot and scored her third goal of the season.

ODU outshot Rutgers by a 23-3 tally and had nine penalty corners to the Scarlet Knights one. ODU goalkeeper Megan Hept made three saves and earned her 12th win and seventh shutout on the season. Rutgers goalkeeper Shevaun Hayes made 13 saves and fell to a 9-8 record on the year.

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