News for 04 November 2013

All the news for Monday 4 November 2013


Black Sticks outclassed in Oceania Cup final

GLENN MCLEAN



SAFETY FIRST: Australia's Russell Ford tries to avoid the stick of Black Sticks player Cory Bennett during the Oceania Cup final. ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ

In theory, there are only three places separating the world ranked No 2 Australia side and the Black Sticks men.

In reality, the gap is wide. On the evidence of yesterday's Oceania Cup final, anyway.

Australia won 5-2 and had control for all but maybe the opening 10 minutes or so when the crowd of 2300 thought there might have been a chance of an upset.

Australia have won every Oceania Cup tournament since its inception in 1999 and it's easy to see why.

They cranked it up when they needed to, countered New Zealand's goals rapidly with their own, while they know how to take their chances.

It's something the Black Sticks need to do more if they are to start knocking over the top teams of world hockey.

Black Sticks coach Colin Batch acknowledged it after watching his side struggle to contain the men in gold for much of the second half.

The effort was there from the Black Sticks, they just couldn't match some of the world class touches the men from across the ditch produced.

"Australia played very well in the second half and they definitely outclassed us in that half," Batch said.

"I'm pleased we scored two goals in the end and if you look at the positives, we played very well in that first half for almost 15 minutes. We had them under the pump and we needed to score during that period.

"We can compete for parts of the game, we just have to be better when we are not playing so well."

Batch's theory might sound a bit backward but he was right, New Zealand have to shore up part of their reactionary defence, although stopping some of the class Australia produced might be near on impossible.

Steve Edwards scored a nice goal for New Zealand and Nick Haig grabbed a consolation but the result was never really in doubt.

On sheer weight of possession alone Australia could have scored more and it was only the great work of Black Sticks keeper Hamish McGregor that kept the score down.

In the third place playoff, Papau New Guinea beat Samoa 3-0, while the Samoa women's side prevailed 4-3 in a shootout against PNG.

AUSTRALIA 5 (Jacob Whetton 2, Jason Wilson, Russell Ford, Glenn Simpson goals) NEW ZEALAND 2 (Steven Edwards, Nick Haig goals). HT: 2-0.

Stuff



Sudden death shootout Black Sticks undoing

GLENN MCLEAN



SAVIOUR: Australia goalkeeper Rachael Lynch is swamped by her team-mates after making the match-winning save in the shootout of the Oceania Cup final in Stratford yesterday.

The pressure of a sudden death shootout proved too much for the Black Sticks women's side yesterday as they surrendered their Oceania Cup title to Australia.

After the scores were locked 2-2 at fulltime in the final, the teams went to the new-style shootout, which gives players eight seconds to score from the 25-metre line.

After the first round the teams were still locked 3-3, so it went to sudden death.

After Australia scored, New Zealand captain Kayla Sharland stepped up and converted her chance.

Australia took the lead again 5-4, but then Sam Charlton was unable to stand up Australia keeper Rachael Lynch, who shut down the New Zealander's space and saved her shot.

It was an all too familiar sight for Black Sticks coach Mark Hager, whose side fell to the same scenario at the London Olympics, beaten by the Netherlands in the semifinal, and at the World League Three tournament earlier this year.

It was also symbolic of the way the match went for the Black Sticks who were guilty of missing a number of clear chances in the first half.

"It's the one per cent that we talk about," a clearly frustrated Hager said.

"We had done well to fight back and get in front because we were chasing our tail a bit in the second half when they put some pressure on us and I don't think some of our girls stepped up today."

The Black Sticks made a slow start to the game at a packed TET Multi Sports Centre, as Australia opened the scoring inside five minutes through Jordyn Holzberger. Black Stick Sophie Cocks equalised, and Sharland gave them the lead in the 55th minute, but a slip in defensive concentration cost them and Australia equalised with eight minutes remaining through captain Madonna Blyth.

Hager was stern in his assessment, saying a number of players had to take a look at themselves if they wanted to continue to be a part of his programme.

"When it's tough and hard, you want them to stand up and unfortunately one or two didn't."

He said there were some positives, with the side fielding only seven Olympians, but it was clear he wanted more from his players.

Sharland was a bright light, saving her side on several occasions with some excellent reads in defence, while Krystal Forgesson also caused problems for the defence.

The missed chances will haunt some of them, however, and that will be hard to take before they regroup for their next assignment, the World League Four tournament in Argentina at the end of the month.

Before then Hager will be thinking about who are his best five for the pressure situation when sudden death eventuates.

"We work on it every training session and the girls talk about it, they do it, but what you can't simulate is the pressure," Hager said.

"I don't know how you simulate the pressure of the shootouts but I'll assess the ones we have been in and ask have I got the right personnel there?"

Sharland said the loss was a sad way to end what had been a productive week.

"We worked hard to get back in the game but to not be able to hold out was pretty frustrating," she said.

She also pointed to a lack of composure in the shootout.

"You have to be confident to take it, that's the first thing, and have a go. You have to back yourself. I think both sides had a lot of chances [before then] and I thought we got in behind them more than they got in behind us.

Stuff



India men & Belgium women qualify for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

Australian success at Oceania Cup confirms latest teams for The Hague



(Photo: FIH / Grant Treeby)

India men and Belgium women have become the latest teams to qualify for next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague (NED), the International Hockey Federation (FIH) can confirm.

Their participation in next year’s showpiece event – which takes place in the hugely impressive 15,000 capacity Kyocera Stadium between 31 May and 15 June 2014 – was sealed following the completion of the men’s and women’s Oceania Cup continental championships in Stratford, New Zealand on Sunday.

Like all of the continental championships, the big prize on offer for the winners of the men’s and women’s Oceania Cup tournaments was direct qualification to the World Cup.  However, with both Australian teams having already achieved World Cup qualification thanks to strong performances in the Hockey World League Semi Finals, the door was subsequently opened to the teams that finished outside the top three at the HWL Semi-Finals that had not yet qualified for the World Cup.

India men’s sixth place finish at the Rabobank HWL Semi Final in Rotterdam has proven to be enough for their participation, while the women of Belgium – sixth place finishers in the women’s competition in Rotterdam – have also been handed their ticket to the World Cup party.

A total of 22 teams (11 men / 11 women) have now qualified for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, with just two more places left to fill. The remaining berths will be taken by the winners of the rescheduled Men’s and Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, which takes place from 18-24 November in Nairobi, Kenya.

More information about the qualifiers and the qualifying process for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup can be found below.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup – Men’s Qualifiers

Netherlands: Hosts.
Germany: Continental Champions Europe
Argentina: Continental Champions Pan America
Korea: Continental Champions Asia
Australia: Continental Champions Oceania
England: 3rd place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru (MAS)
Belgium: 1st place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED)
New Zealand: 4th place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED) *
Spain: 5th place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED). **
Malaysia: 5th place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru (MAS) ***
India: 6th place – Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED) ****

* Netherlands finished third in the Hockey World League Semi-Final event in Rotterdam.  As they are already pre-qualified as the host, this means that the highest ranked fourth place finisher from both Semi-Final events earns direct qualification to the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. This place goes to New Zealand, who were fourth in Rotterdam and currently sit fifth in the FIH World Rankings.
** Spain qualified as second reserve courtesy of Germany’s victory in the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships. Spain (5th in Rotterdam) were named second reserve ahead of Malaysia (5th in Johor Bahru) courtesy of a superior placing in the FIH World Rankings.
*** Malaysia qualified as third reserve courtesy of Korea’s victory in the Asia Cup 2013.
**** India qualified as fourth reserve courtesy of Australia’s victory in the Oceania Cup 2013

World Cup Qualification - The Next Stage

The one remaining place at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup for men will be filled by the winner of the Africa Cup of Nations, which takes place from 18-24 November in Nairobi, Kenya.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup – Women’s Qualifiers.

Netherlands: Hosts
Germany:  Continental Champions Europe
Japan: Continental Champions Asia
Australia: Continental Champions Oceania
England: 2nd place – Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final,  London (ENG)
Argentina:  3rd place – Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final,  London (ENG)
Korea: 3rd place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED)
New Zealand: 4th place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED) *
China: 4th place – Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final, London (ENG) **
USA: 5th place – Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final, London (ENG) ***
Belgium: 6th place – Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Final, Rotterdam (NED) ****

* Netherlands finished second in the Hockey World League Semi-Final event in Rotterdam.  As they are already pre-qualified as the host, this means that the highest ranked fourth place finisher from both Semi-Final events earns direct qualification to the Rabobank Hockey World Cup. This place goes to New Zealand, who were fourth in Rotterdam and currently sit third in the FIH World Rankings.
** China qualified as first reserve courtesy of Germany’s victory in the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships.
*** With second reserves Japan and the already qualified Argentina winning the respective continental championships in Asia and Pan America, the World Cup ticket was handed to third reserves USA.
**** Belgium qualified as fourth reserve courtesy of Australia’s victory in the Oceania Cup 2013

World Cup Qualification - The Next Stage

The one remaining place at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup for women will be filled by the winner of the Africa Cup of Nations, which takes place from 18-24 November in Nairobi, Kenya.

FIH Media release



India qualify for Hockey World Cup as Aussies win Ocenia leg

NEW DELHI: Indian men's hockey team today officially qualified for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague (NED), according to the latest release issued by the FIH.

Their participation in next year's showpiece event - which takes place in the hugely impressive 15,000 capacity Kyocera Stadium between 31 May and 15 June 2014 - was sealed following the completion of the men's and women's Oceania Cup continental championships in Stratford, New Zealand on Sunday.

Like all of the continental championships, the big prize on offer for the winners of the men's and women's Oceania Cup tournaments was direct qualification to the World Cup.

However, with both Australian teams having already achieved World Cup qualification thanks to strong performances in the Hockey World League semi-finals, the door was subsequently opened to the teams that finished outside the top three at the HWL Semi-Finals that had not yet qualified for the World Cup.

India men's sixth place finish at the Rabobank HWL Semi Final in Rotterdam has proven to be enough for their participation, while the women of Belgium - sixth place finishers in the women's competition in Rotterdam - have also been handed their ticket to the World Cup party.

A total of 22 teams (11 men / 11 women) have now qualified for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, with just two more places left to fill. The remaining berths will be taken by the winners of the rescheduled Men's and Women's Africa Cup of Nations, which takes place from 18-24 November in Nairobi, Kenya.

Teams Netherlands: Hosts; Germany: Continental Champions Europe Argentina: Continental Champions Pan America; Korea: Continental Champions Asia; Australia: Continental Champions Oceania; England: 3rd place - Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru (MAS); Belgium: 1st place - Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED); New Zealand: 4th place - Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED); Spain: 5th place - Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED); Malaysia: 5th place - Hockey World League Semi-Final, Johor Bahru (MAS); India: 6th place - Hockey World League Semi-Final, Rotterdam (NED).

The Times of India



Indian men lose 1-2 to Japan in Asian Champions Trophy hockey

NEW DELHI: A young and inexperienced Indian men's hockey team slumped to its second consecutive defeat in the Asian Champions Trophy, losing 1-2 to hosts Japan at Kakamigahara today.

The Indian team, mainly made up of junior players, squandered a goal lead to go down fighting against the Japanese, who rode on two field goals from Yasuhiro Nakayama to post their second straight win in the tournament.

Gurjinder Singh gave India the lead in the 12th minute by converting a penalty stroke before Nakayama drew parity in the 23rd minute.

Nakayama scored the winner for Japan in the 54th minute with another field strike to dash India's hopes.

India, who had picked up 13 juniors in their squad of 18 in view of the Junior World Cup to be held here next month, had earlier lost 0-1 to China in their tournament opener at the Gifu-ken Green Stadium yesterday.

The Manpreet Singh-led Indian team will Oman in their next match on Tuesday.

The Times of India



Four goal Faizal gives Malaysia the win over Oman



Having lost their opening game 1-0 to Japan, Malaysia continued its poor performance in the 3rd edition of the Asian Champions Trophy despite edging Oman 5-3 in their second match at Kakamighara, Japan.

Such is their form that Malaysia were 2-1 down at one stage before getting the better of the world 36th ranked team. Though Malaysia led 3-2 at halftime, Oman drew level only for Malaysia to add two more with the fifth in the final minute of the match.

Coach Paul Revington had wanted his players to start the game off with the correct mindset and a positive and aggressive approach after Saturdays defeat against Japan courtesy of a goal two seconds from time.

"We are trying to find a balance between playing a slightly new formation, with a new group of players and with the aim of still getting results - and although the performance today was not really "smooth" - the result was there" said Revington.

"Oman are a very physical side and they defended well - in numbers - for large periods of the game.

"I was very pleased with this resilience today as they battled through a few challenging phases and ensured they came out on top. "

However that was not the case as Malaysia struggled in the early stages of the match. Only the individual heroics of Faizal Saari saved the blushed for Malaysia as he scored four goals with Marhan Jalil scoring the other.

On the defeat against the Japanese on Saturday, Revington described it as ridiculous and sickening.

"We are all naturally disappointed with the outcome of the game and the fact that we conceded a goal in the dying seconds again - this after we pushed so hard toward the end to score and win, " clarified Revington.

"I was very pleased with the attitude to keep attacking - however whether we attack in the 1st or 20th or 70th minute we expect to do so with the correct defensive shape behind.

"We continue to try a new formation and system and also with another new group of players - which has its risks. This group is confident enough to trust the coaching staff and brave enough to try something new in this type of environment.

"We are also aware that while we try new systems, try new players we must still perform and produce results. "

Malaysia will take on Pakistan in their next match on Tuesday.

Meanwhile the Malaysian women team lost their opening match 3-0 against Japan on Saturday while in the other match India outplayed China 4-2.

Results

Men

Saturday


Japan 1 Malaysia 0
Pakistan 8 Oman 0
China 2 India 0

Sunday

Malaysia 5 Oman 3
Pakistan 5 China 1
India 1 Japan 2

MalaysianHockey.com.my

 



Faizal stars for Malaysia

By Ajitpal Singh

FAIZAL Saari's double brace earned Malaysia a 5-3 win over minnows Oman for their first win in the Asian Champions Trophy in Kakamighara, Japan yesterday.

The under-strength Malaysians, who lost 1-0 to Japan on Saturday, struggled early in the match before finding their footing for the three points.

Paul Revington's side are without several regulars, who are preparing for next month's Junior World Cup in India, along with national captain Shahron Nabil, Baljit Singh and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Abd Jalil.

Malaysia will next play defending champions Pakistan tomorrow.

New Straits Times



Pakistan beat China 5-1

Pakistan are scheduled to play their next match against Malaysia tomorrow.


KARACHI: Defending champions Pakistan registered their second consecutive victory at the Asian Champions Trophy after trouncing China 5-1 in Kakamigahara, Japan yesterday, courtesy of a brace from Mohammad Imran.

The Chinese side that stunned India 2-0 on the opening day failed to reciprocate Saturday’s show and lacked skills to block the penalty-corners.

The greenshirts, on the other hand, continued their form of the 8-0 drubbing against Oman, and never let their neighbours settle.

Imran converted a couple of penalty corners to put Pakistan ahead. Rizwan Senior also hit the target in another penalty corner as Pakistan led 3-0 at the interval.

China netted their solitary goal trying to reduce Pakistan’s leeway, but Mohammad Dilber and Abdul Haseem Khan scored a goal each to seal the points.

Team head coach and manager Tahir Zaman warned the greenshirts of complacency following back-to-back wins.

“We managed a good start but consistency is a must,” Zaman told The Express Tribune from Kakamigahara. “The format of the event is tough and there is no room for complacency.”

Pakistan are scheduled to play their next match against Malaysia tomorrow.

Meanwhile, India lost 2-1 to Japan in their second match.

The Express Tribune



Pakistan beat China in Asian Hockey CT

TOKYO - Pakistan’s hockey team defeated China 5-1 in Asian Hockey Champions Trophy 2013 on Sunday. In other matches, India lose to Japan 2-1 while Malaysia beat Oman 5-3. Pakistan scored three goals in the first half, green shirts two more goals in the second half to claim the victory. Among goal scorers captain M Imran remained on the top with two goals while Rizwan Sr, Abdul Haseem Khan and M Dilbar scored one goal each.

Earlier, on Saturday Pakistan crushed Oman in a one sided match by scoring maximum of 8-0, captain of Pakistan hockey team, M Imran scored a hat trick in the match. Pakistan will play their third match on November 5 against Malaysia.

Furthermore, green shirts will face Japan on November 8 while the classified matches will be played on November 10 along with the matches for the 3rd and fourth position, followed by the final on the same day.

Pakistan are participating in the event as the defending champion of Asian Hockey Champions Trophy. National hockey team had won their first title in 2012 by beating their arch rivals India in the final.

RESULTS
Pakistan 5 China 1
Malaysia 5 Oman 3
Japan 2 India 1

The Nation



‘Olympians to return medals in protest’

ISLAMABAD  - Former Olympian Shahnaz Sheikh has said the Olympians have planned to go on protest in the coming days against the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) elections as they were not being held under an interim set-up.

Elections in 13 districts of Punjab and Sindh under the supervision of the PHF Election Commissioner have been completed. However the elections of all the two phases will be completed by Nov 15.

Talking to APP on Sunday, Shahnaz said we (Olympians) will gather in Islamabad to give back the medals which we had won in the past for Pakistan as we cannot see the game of hockey fading the country.

“I had appealed the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) and the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) to intervene in the matter and conduct the elections under a care taker or interim setup,” he added.

Shahnaz said if this was not possible than the PHF’s president should be nominated directly by the Patron-in-chief as per its constitution.

“The current PHF had hurt the hockey fraternity badly during the last five years and in order to conduct free and fair elections it was better to put in an interim setup,” he said. Shahnaz said it was our (ex-Olympians) national duty to highlight anything if we see is hurting or damaging the national game.

Shahnaz said if we (Olympians) got the chance to run the national game’s affairs then within the next couple of years we will build a formidable national team which will be able to earn victories in international events.

Speaking of the Hockey India (HI) decision of not to include any Pakistani players in the second edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) to be held in January-February next year, Shahnaz said we should organise our own country’s league as in this way all our national and domestic players will get a chance to improve their skills.

The Nation



Ventures rules hockey

Zanzeer Singh


Tevita King of Ventures is challenged by Terence Corrie of Stingers at Nadovu Park in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: JAI PRASAD

Fiji's champion hockey club Ventures showed its true class making a clean sweep of the Mates 25th anniversary tournament at Nadovu Park in Lautoka yesterday.

Ventures defended the titles in both the men's and women's divisions.

National rep Hector Smith Junior was the star for the Ventures men's team scoring the lone goal in the final against Stingers.

In the women's semi-final Ventures edged Marist 5-4 on penalty strokes.

Fiji Hockey Federation development officer Tai Smith said the focus would now shift to the matches against the touring Australia under-21 team next month.

She said they would be fielding many U18 players for the series against Australia.

"The matches against Australia will serve as our build-up to the 2014 Olympic Youth Games qualifiers in Vanuatu next March," Smith said.

"The Mates tournament was well organised. The most exciting thing was that the organisers invited the former players and administrators of Lautoka hockey for a social gathering on Saturday.

"We will now prepare for the Australian U21 team that will be here soon. We will also start our preparations for the Fiji U18 play-offs in Vanuatu.

Smith said the play-offs will serve as the qualifiers for the Nanjing Olympic Youth Games in China.

"We will be going to Vanuatu in March and have a good chance of qualifying," she said.

"The selection process is going. We hope to announce a 25 member training squad in the second week of December."

Results: Men's: 7th/8th Positions-Marist won by default against Rockefellers; 5th/6th Positions-Falcons won be default against Rebels; 3rd/4th Positions-Mates 4 Naidrodro 3; Semi-finals-Ventures 2 Mates 0, Stingers 2 Naidrodro 1; Final-Ventures 1 Stingers 0.

Women's: 5th/6th Positions-Stingers won by default against Mates; 3rd/4th Position- Mobees 4 Rebels 2; Semi-final-Ventures 10 Rebels 0, Marist 2 Mobees 0; Final-Ventures 5 Marist 4.

The Fiji Times



Cesan's OT winner lifts Princeton to 2-1 victory; UConn ends slate with win


Michelle Cesan's overtime goal was the difference in Princeton's win. Princeton Athletics

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Despite holding a 39-6 shot advantage, No. 9 Princeton needed a Michelle Cesan overtime goal to earn a 2-1 victory against Rider on Sunday afternoon to conclude the home half of the 2013 schedule.

After a scoreless first half, Rider got its first two shots of the match, both of which were stopped by Tiger goalkeeper Christina Maida, but Princeton sent the ball right back into the Bronc circle and was awarded a penalty corner.

Freshman Cat Caro picked up Teresa Benvenuti’s deflected shot off Prettyman’s pads to send in the go-ahead goal and extend her scoring streak to five consecutive games.

With time winding down, Rider took possession of the ball in the Tiger circle and employed its first real offensive swing. The Broncs capitalized on their third consecutive penalty corner with 14 seconds left in regulation to end Princeton’s chance of shutting out its weekend opponents.

On a day honoring the graduating senior class, it fittingly was a senior captain to send the class of 2014 off the home turf on a winning note. In only their second overtime game of the year, the Tigers took possession and this time never relinquished it. At 75:23 Cesan inserted Princeton’s 12th penalty corner, connecting with classmate Amanda Bird. Bird then dribbled the ball to the left side and passed it back to Cesan on the near post to tap in the game-winner.

Maida (4-1) concluded the day with two saves to Prettyman’s 17, as Princeton held a 19-3 on-goal shot advantage.

No. 8 Connecticut 3, Yale 0

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Freshman midfielder Anna Middendorf scored the first goal of her career and sophomore defender Roisin Upton netted two scores as Connecticut defeated Yale 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. With the win, UConn rounds out the regular season with a 15-4 overall record while the Bulldogs slip to 7-9 on the year.

UConn has now won at least 15 games 26 times in its 35 years of existence and has reached the 15-win mark in 12 consecutive seasons. The Huskies have now posted at least 15 wins for the 18th time in the past 20 years.

Connecticut also improved to 31-0 all-time versus Yale in a series that started in 1975.

The Huskies will now prepare to host the Big East tournament at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. UConn clinched a share of the Big East regular-season title for the 13th time in its history on Saturday and earned the No. 1 seed in next week’s tournament due to a goal differential tiebreaker. The Huskies will square-off against No. 4 seed Temple on Nov. 8 for the right to play for the championship on Nov. 10.

Middendorf’s first career goal came at the 8:58 mark after she took a feed from Anne Jeute and Chrissy Davidson on a penalty corner opportunity. Middendorf was able to convert on the game winner with a strike from the top of the circle.

Sophomore back Roisin Upton gave the Huskies some insurance when she was awarded a penalty stroke at the 29:18 mark and converted on the chance. Upton is now a perfect 2-2 on penalty strokes this year and she netted her 11th goal of the season with 4:44 remaining in regulation thanks to Davidson’s 11th assist of the year.

NCAA



Lynx Unstoppable at Futures Cup


Futures Cup 2013 Girls

The Mercia Lynx enjoyed a successful final day at the Futures Cup, coming out winners in both the Boys & Girls U18 competitions.

The first Final of the day came with the Girls, as the Mercia Lynx brushed aside the Saxon Tigers to win 3-1. In the Boys playoff for third place, the Pennine Pumas brought more misery to the Tigers as they claimed a 3-0 victory to gain revenge for their pool match defeat.

The Boys Final also saw a reverse from the pool matches as the Mercia Lynx got over their defeat two days prior against the Wessex Leopards to claim an impressive 3-2 victory. Pennine Pumas Girls followed in the footsteps of their Boys as they went onto claim third place, beating Wessex Leopards 2-1 thanks to a late goal.

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

England Hockey Board Media release