News for 05 November 2013

All the news for Tuesday 5 November 2013

Indian women thrash Malaysia

New Delhi - The Indian Women Hockey registered their second consecutive win in the 3rd Women’s Asian Champions Trophy to book their berth for the final.

India overcome Malaysia 5-1 in their second match played at Kakamigahara, Japan today.

Malaysia took the lead in the 15th minute through skipper Nadia Abdul Rahman via a penalty corner. India hit back strong in the 24th minute as Poonam Rani converted a penalty corner. Both the teams were locked at 1-1 at half time.

India dominated the second half of the game and played incredible attacking hockey, scoring four goals through Namita Toppo (44th minute), Ritu Rani (52nd minute), Amandeep Kaur (54th minute) and Deep Grace Ekka (65th minute).

Earlier, India defeated China 4-2 in their opening match of the tournament.

India will now take on Japan on 7 November 2013 before playing final on 9th November.

In the other match of the day, Japan defeated China 5-1 to book their place in the final against India.

Hockey India Media Release

Indian women crush Malaysia 5-1 to enter Asian Champions Trophy final

NEW DELHI: Indian women continued their impressive show at the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) hockey tournament as they spanked Malaysia 5-1 to secure their place in the summit clash of the event at Kakamigahara, Japan on Monday.

After being locked 1-1 at half time, India scored four field goals after the changeover to register their second consecutive win in the four-team women's competition.

India, who stunned higher-ranked China 4-2 in their tournament opener, will take on hosts Japan on Thursday in their last round-robin match, which will also be a dress rehearsal ahead of Saturday's final.

With two wins from as many games, Japan also sealed their place in the final of the women's event. Japan on Monday defeated China 5-1 in another match.

Against Malaysia on Monday, the Indian girls were slow to get off the blocks.

It was Malaysia who took lead in the 15th minute through a penalty corner conversion by skipper Nadia Abdul Rahman.

But India hit back nine minutes later when Poonam Rani (24th) converted a penalty corner to level the scores.

In the second half, it was India all the way as Neil Hawgood's girls displayed incredible attacking hockey to run away with the match.

Namita Toppo (44th minute), Ritu Rani (52nd), Amandeep Kaur (54th) and Deep Grace Ekka (65th) scored for India to take the game out of Malaysia's reach.

The Times of India

A good effort by Malaysian girls

The Malaysian women team succumbed to their second defeat in the Asian Champions Trophy, this time going down 5-1 to India at Kakamigahara.

They had lost 3-0 to Japan in their opening match last Saturday and it was a far better performance against India as Malaysia took the lead in the 15th minute through skipper Nadia Abdul Rahman via a penalty corner.

India hit back in the 24th minute as Poonam Rani scored, also off a penalty corner. India went on the offensive in the second half, netting for more goals through the efforts of T. Namita (44th minute), Ritu Rani (52nd minute), Amandeep Kaur ( 54th minute and Teresa Grace ( 65th minute).

“We played well in the first half as the players showed good composure and tight marking kept the Indian forwards at bay,” said coach Mohd Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim.

“But the tactical discipline was not there in the second and that coupled with the fact that we were victims of poor umpiring with two gifted goals to the Indians took the fight out of the team.

“We play China next and will also play them in the match to decide the bronze and that is what we are really aiming for.”

In another match Japan defeated China 5-1 to book their place in the final against India.

A must win for Malaysia

Malaysia needs to defeat Pakistan to stay in the hunt for a place in the Asian Champions Trophy final.

But it will take a huge effort from them to overome current table toppers Pakistan whom they face today (Tuesday).

Malaysia were beaten 1-0 by hosts Japan in their opening match on Saturday and followed that up with an inspid performance against lowly Oman, winning 5-3 after Oman had taken the lead at one stage.

National coach Paul Revington when contacted  in Kakamigahara admitted that it will be tough against Pakistan whom they defeated for bronze in the Australia Super 9’s last month.

Pakistan eye win over Malaysia today

KARACHI: Defending champions Pakistan are eyeing a third successive win as they meet Malaysia today in an ‘important’ fixture of the Asian Champions Trophy in Kakamigahara, Japan.

The greenshirts are currently leading the table in the six-nation event with victories over Oman (8-0) and China (5-1).

They are followed by Japan with two wins with a lesser goal difference. Malaysia are third on the table while last year’s finalists India have lost both their opening matches.

Pakistan’s head coach and manager Tahir Zaman termed the match crucial, claiming his team will virtually reach the final if it manages to overcome Malaysia.“It will be a tough match,” Zaman told The Express Tribune from  Kakamigahara.

“So far, the performance from this young side is satisfying and a victory over Malaysia will further boost our confidence”.

After the third match, the greenshirts will face India and Japan in their last league matches.

Meanwhile, captain Mohammad Imran is satisfied over team’s performance against Oman and China.

“The positive thing is that we are also scoring field goals besides converting the penalty-corners,” said Imran.

However, he said the toughest test in the tournament will be against Malaysia.

“Malaysia have become a strong side and are among the top Asian teams. We’ll have to give our best and avoid mistakes to score a win against them.”

The Express Tribune

Netherlands women target Gold in Tucuman

Caldas reveals team ahead of Argentina Hockey World League Final

Netherlands star Eva de Goede will be in action at the Argentina Hockey World League Final in San Miguel de Tucumán. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Netherlands coach Max Caldas has revealed the group of player which he hopes will become the first ever winners of the Hockey World League when they compete in the Finals tournament in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina later this month.

The group contains the usual big names including sensational goal-scorer Kim Lammers, classy attackers Eva de Goede and Ellen Hoog as well as inspirational captain and penalty corner star Maartje Paumen, a player who was voted World Player of the Year for both 2011 and 2012.

Lidewij Welten makes a welcome return to the group, although Sabine Mol and Valerie Magis are notable absentees.

Coach Caldas has also named a two reserves, with Marel de Blaey (29 caps) and Malou Pheninckx (14 caps) being the players on standby. The full squad can be found below.

The reigning Olympic champions have been drawn into Pool A for the Argentina Hockey World League Final tournament, with the opponents being Germany, England and Korea ahead of the Quarter Final stages. Pool B contains hosts Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and China. The full playing schedule for the event can be seen by clicking here.

The Argentina Hockey World League Final for women takes place from 30 November – 8 December 2013, with the men’s Final tournament taking place early next year in New Delhi, India. All matches from the tournaments will be streamed live on the FIH YouTube Channel, ensuring that you will not miss out on any of the action.


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Willemijn Bos



Larensche M.H.C.

Frederique Derkx



M.H.C. Oranje-Zwart

Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel




Roos Drost




Margot van Geffen



H.C. 's-Hertogenbosch

Eva de Goede



Amsterdamsche H. & B.C.

Ellen Hoog



Amsterdamsche H. & B.C.

Marloes Keetels



H.C. 's-Hertogenbosch

Kim Lammers



Larensche M.H.C.

Caia van Maasakker




Kitty van Male



Amsterdamsche H. & B.C.

Larissa Meijer (GK)



M.H.C. Oranje-Zwart

Maartje Paumen (C)



H.C. 's-Hertogenbosch

Jacky Schoenaker



Amsterdamsche H. & B.C.

Joyce Sombroek (GK)



Larensche M.H.C.

Maria Verschoor



Amsterdamsche H. & B.C.

Xan de Waard



S.V. Kampong

Lidewij Welten



H.C. 's-Hertogenbosch

FIH site

England squad named for World League Final

England women's squad at the 2013 Eurohockey Championships

Ahead of the Argentina Hockey World League Final in San Miguel de Tucumán, England Head Coach Jason Lee has named his squad of 18 athletes who will compete from 30 November – 8 December.

The squad contains only one change from that which brought home a European silver medal this summer. After recovering from a thumb injury, which kept her out of the European squad, forward Sophie Bray has been called back into the squad. Surbiton’s Sarah Haycroft is the athlete who misses out on this occasion. After suffering ligament damage to her ankle during the semi-final of the EuroHockey Championships Sally Walton is also named in the squad.

England Head Coach Jason Lee reflected on the summer’s success and the competition for a spot in the final 18: “The squad is largely unchanged from that which competed at the Investec World League Semi Final and the Europeans during the summer where the group performed really well, gaining silvers on both occasions. There is certainly a lot of competition for places from the wider squad so the selection was extremely competitive.”

He added a note of concern, commenting: “A number of the players are coming back from injury so we may have to change the selection in the coming weeks if any start to struggle with form or fitness. The squad have been training very hard over recent months and this bodes well for a great showing in Argentina.”

England Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh added: “We’re looking forward to continuing the momentum we’ve built throughout 2013 and are excited to take on the world's best at Argentina Hockey World League Final.”

England have been drawn in Pool A, alongside Olympic Champions the Netherlands, European Champions Germany and world number eight side Korea. The Pool will no doubt pose some tough challenges from all teams, but on paper England’s biggest threat will come from the Netherlands. The world number one side will be looking for revenge after the last time they met when England clinched victory in the EuroHockey Championships Semi-Final. Following the victory they met fellow Pool A rivals Germany who they agonisingly lost to in a penalty shoot out in the Final. England’s other opponents, Korea, might be the lowest ranked side in the pool, but after finishing third in their World League Semi Final with a victory over number three side New Zealand they are sure to be no push-over.

In the other Pool, hosts Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and China will battle it out for top spot to ensure a favourable Quarter-Final match against Pool A opponents.

England play in the opening match of the Argentina Hockey World League Final against Korea on 30 November at 12:00 (UK time). All matches will be streamed live on the FIH YouTube Channel. For more information about the World League Final fixtures and scheduling, click here.

Before the Argentina Hockey World League Final, Head Coach Jason Lee will take a relatively inexperienced Great Britain squad out to Germany from Sunday 10 – Wednesday 13 November to play three capped matches. The matches will provide Lee with an opportunity to see athletes from the wider training squad, including three from Scotland. The matches will be capped and there will be one press release following the three games. The squad can be seen here, along with the fixtures.

England Women’s Squad for the Argentina Hockey World League Final, 30 November - 8 December 2014
Name - Current Club - Position

Giselle Ansley - Surbiton - Defender
Ashleigh Ball - Slough - Midfielder
Sophie Bray - MOP (NED) - Forward
Alex Danson - Reading - Forward
Susie Gilbert – Reading - Midfielder
Maddie Hinch - Holcombe - Goalkeeper
Kirsty Mackay - Bowdon Hightown - Goalkeeper
Hannah Macleod - Leicester - Forward
Lily Owsley - University of Birmingham - Forward
Sam Quek - Reading - Defender
Helen Richardson-Walsh - Reading - Midfielder
Susie Townsend - Reading - Midfielder
Georgie Twigg – Surbiton - Midfielder
Laura Unsworth - Holcombe - Defender
Kate Richardson-Walsh – Reading - Defender
Sally Walton - Wakefield* - Defender
Hollie Webb – Surbiton - Defender
Nicola White - Leicester - Forward

England Hockey Board Media release

Alex Danson in need of passport to attend World League Final in Argentina

By Graham Wilson

Alex Danson has had difficulty with obtaining her passport due to moving house [GETTY]

ALEX DANSON is set to make her 200th international appearance in the World League Final in Argentina starting at the end of the month – if she gets her passport.

Danson, Reading’s Olympic bronze medallist, has recently moved to a new-build home and Her Majesty’s Office has had trouble locating her.

“I’ve been really efficient, honest,” said the Investec League premier division top scorer with 11 goals.

“But for some reason they are having trouble getting it to me.

“I want to play in Argentina, and, hopefully, this tournament will be one to remember.”

England play Olympic champions Holland, European champions Germany and Korea while in the other pool are Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and China.

Daily Express

Women’s World Cup 2018 – bid announcement

Before the Argentina Hockey World League Final reaches us the excitement is building ahead of the announcement about who will host the Women’s World Cup 2018. England and New Zealand are the two countries in the running and we will find out who’s been successful on Thursday evening at 19:30 (UK time).

England Hockey Board Media release

Rotterdam stay top as Hertzberger bags treble

NETHERLANDS: H.C. Rotterdam maintained the fine form that they showed in the recent Euro Hockey League first round courtesy of a high scoring but narrow away success over Hurley on Sunday.

Team captain and all time EHL top scorer Jeroen Hertzberger netted a hat-trick in the 4-5 win, with Björn Kellerman and Hidde Turkstra also on target to maintain Rotterdam’s place at the top of the Hoofdklasse.

The result put Rotterdam onto 24 points, one point ahead of Amsterdam and two clear of EHL rivals and KO16-Final-Four hosts Oranje Zwart in the league table.

OZ were also winners on the road, powering to a superb 3-8 triumph over Schaerweijde, with Mink van der Weerden bagging four goals. Gabriel Dabanch (2), Bob de Voogd and Niek van der Schoot added goals to an impressive tally. 

Kampong, the third of the Dutch EHL contingent, sit fifth on 19 points after a 5-0 victory over Pinoke. Five different players made their mark on the score-sheet, with Contantijn Jonker, Thierry Brinkman, Floris de Ridder, Roderick Weusthof and Robbert Kemperman getting the goals.

More information about the Hoofdklasse can be found on

Euro Hockey League media release

Zeller’s Köln gain ground on Liga frontrunners

GERMANY: Rot-Weiss Köln produced two outstanding performances at the weekend to defeat the top two teams in the Bundesliga, powering to wins over UHC Hamburg and Harvestehuder THC.

Christopher Zeller – a player who did not feature for Köln during EHL Round 1 – was at the heart of the action, scoring four goals to help his team gain ground on the league’s front-runners.

On Saturday, Rot-Weiss stormed to a 5-3 win over triple Euro Hockey League winners UHC Hamburg, a team placed second in the league going into the match. Goals from Tom Grambusch, Mats Grambusch, Zeller (2) and Benni Wess proved to be enough for a hugely impressive victory.

Zeller was the star of the show in Sunday’s triumph over league leaders Harvestehuder, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win.

The results moved Rot-Weiss onto 28 points, Harvestehuder (33 pts), UHC Hamburg (31) and Mannheim (30) ahead of them.

More information about Germany’s Bundesliga can be found on

Euro Hockey League media release

T-Birds capture third straight national field hockey title

By Ali Lee

Victorious UBC Thunderbirds shortly after defeating Victoria Vikes 4-1 to win the 2013 Field Hockey Canada-CIS national championship in Victoria. Photograph by: Rich Lam , UBC

VICTORIA (CIS) – The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds continued their making of history winning their 15th McCrae Cup after defeating hosts the Victoria Vikes 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at the 2013 Field Hockey Canada-CIS national championship in Victoria.

The T-Birds are the first school to ever win three straight national titles after wins in 2012 and 2011.

This is the tenth CIS final that featured Victoria and UBC with the Championship-winning 'Birds now holding a 7-3 advantage in the rivalry series. This is also the 21st appearance for both teams in the gold-medal game while UBC now hold the record with 15 national titles. Victoria and Toronto are currently tied for second with 11 CIS banners.

In a high-paced, exciting match up the Thunderbirds came away with the win thanks to two goals from former CIS Rookie of the Year Hannah Haughn. Rachel Donohoe and Sara McManus also capitalized, while midfielder Abigail Raye was named the Championship MVP following the game.

Fifth-year Kyla Kirby led the Vikes to an admirable performance that saw them break the T-Birds shutout with a late goal in the 6\4th minute from Amanda Kurinaowicz. Vikes keeper Sheriden Goodmanson posted several saves in the game and was rewarded as the only goalie named to the tournament eleven.

The Vikes came out of the gate early earning their lone first-half penalty corner in the sixth minute of play. Unable to capitalize the T-Birds were back the other way in continual waves.

UBC continued the strength of their corner execution capitalizing on their first chance in the 12th minute. A set play that faked through the legs of Miranda Mann left Sophie Huijskens a free sweep shot. Haughn got a stick on it at the far post to give the visiting 'Birds the 1-0 lead.

In the 18th minute the T-Birds were again with a penalty corner opportunity and Rachel Donohoe made no mistake with a deceptive sweep that went straight in to the bottom left corner.

The Vikes did well to disrupt midfield play but were unable to handle the speed and craftiness that the T-Birds brought from internationally experienced Kate Gillis, Haughn, Raye and Sourisseau. UBC sat on a 3-0 lead entering the break.

In the second half there was a lot of back-and-forth action, emotion and competitiveness on the pitch. Yellow card cautions were shown as both teams continued to compete until the final horn. The Vikes silenced the T-birds in the 64th minute on a well-executed back-hand shot by leading Vikes scorer Kurianowicz to keep the game within two.

In the 64th minute McManus, also named a tournament all-star, lifted the Thunderbirds back up by three converting on a penalty stroke. The call came after Alanna Macdonald made a diving tackle on Gillis inside the circle.

Moments later the Vikes celebrated what they thought was an own-goal off a hard hit from outside the 23-meter area. Several Vikes including the bench celebrated thinking the ball deflected went in off a T-Birds foot but it remained a UBC 15-meter hit.

Just as time was about to expire the Vikes mustered up three back-to-back corners and despite having their whole team on the circle were unable to capitalize. The Thunderbirds celebrated the win with five players named to the tournament all-star list including Caitlin Evans, Mann, McManus, Raye, and Sourisseau. For the Vikes honours went to keeper Goodmanson, Kirby and gritty midfielder Kathleen Leahy.

Also named to the list were Guelph's Erin Houle and Amy Wise, as well as Waterloo's Ally Kocukov. Waterloo was honoured with the R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award following the tournament.

Championship MVP: Abigail Raye, UBC
R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: University of Waterloo

Tournament All-Stars:

Caitlin Evans, UBC
Miranda Mann, UBC
Sara McManus, UBC
Abigail Raye, UBC
Natalie Sourisseau, UBC
Sheridan Goodmanson, Victoria
Kyla Kirby, Victoria
Kathleen Leahy, Victoria
Erin Houle, Guelph
Amy Wise, Guelph
Ally Kocukov, Waterloo

Official championship website:


VIC: 0-1: 1
UBC: 2-2: 4

First half

UBC: Hannah Haughn (5), 12th minute
UBC: Rachel Donohoe (1), 18th minute

Second Half

UBC: Hannah Haughn (6), 42nd minute
VIC: Amanda Kurianowicz (4), 60th minute
UBC: Sara McManus (3), 64th minute


VIC: Sheriden Goodmanson (L, 70:00, 4 GA, 2-2)
UBC: Bea Francisco (W, 70:00, 1 GA, 4-0)

Players of the game

VIC: Kyla Kirby (Victoria, BC)
UBC: Sara McManus (Delta, BC)


Round-robin standings


1. UBC 3 3 0 0 21 3 9
2. Victoria 3 1 1 0 8 4 6
3. Guelph 3 1 2 0 6 10 3
4. Waterloo 3 0 3 0 0 19 0

NOTE: 3 points for a win and 1 point for a tie.

16:30 Game 1: UBC 10, Waterloo 0
18:30 Game 2: Victoria 3, Guelph 0
16:30 Game 3: UBC 7, Guelph 1
18:30 Game 4: Victoria 3, Waterloo 0
13:00 Game 5: Guelph 5, Waterloo 0
15:00 Game 6: UBC 4, Victoria 2
13:00 Bronze medal: Guelph 6, Waterloo 0
15:00 Championship final: UBC 4, Victoria 1

Vancouver Sun

Cornell Loses to the Tigers, Preps for Battle Against Green


After a loss, Cornell field hockey heads into next weekend looking to secure a victory against the Green. LEA GEORGE / SUN STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The field hockey team’s face-off against Princeton did not end in Cornell’s favor. The Princeton Tigers, whose record is 12-4, scored a quick two goals early in the second half that Cornell, whose record is 9-7, could not overcome. The Red lost with Princeton earning a shutout and a score of 4-0.

“Princeton is an excellent team and one of the stronger programs in the country. I was pleased with our showing in the first half as it was a tight match and we generated some solid opportunities, particularly in penalty corners, but we were not able to capitalize,” head coach Donna Hornibrook said. “We were not able to keep possession of the ball, and over the long haul that caught up to us as energy required to defend took its toll.”

Both teams started out the game competitively. The first half consisted of back-and-forth ball play with senior captain goalie Carolyn Horner making six saves. Unfortunately, as the first half neared its 22nd minute, the Tigers midfielders had the opportunity to shoot and got the ball past Horner.

As the first half came to an end, senior back Mallory Bannon defended the Red and made a huge save with just 13 seconds left of the half.

The Red went into the second half down, 1-0. Quick back-to-back goals by the Princeton Tigers midfielders Kelsey Byrne and Michelle Cesan took a toll on the Red’s confidence. It also took much of the Red’s energy to defend its goal, which also affected its play.

The Tigers dominated the second half with a shot advantage of 26-6 and a corner edge of 8-4. With a last second goal by Princeton, the game ended with an overall score of 4-0 in Princeton’s favor: its third shutout of the season.

“We started off the first half fairly strong and held them at a 1-0 lead. The second half is where our play went down hill. There were many factors that contributed to us allowing them to score the goals, and they definitely outplayed us,” senior midfielder/forward Hannah Balleza said. “We know we are capable of beating a team like Princeton, but unfortunately we did not make the necessary changes that would have allowed it to be a much closer game.”

Though the Red lost the game overall, Horner had a great game, ending with 13 saves.

The Red’s past two losses against Syracuse and Princeton will not stop it or affect its tenacity to win, players say. Instead, it has pushed the Red to make changes to its play that will allow the team to be victorious in its last game of the season against Dartmouth College, whose record is 7-9, Saturday at the Chase AstroTurf Field.

“We are using this game (against Princeton) as a learning experience and will come after Dartmouth with even more motivation to win our last game of the season,” Balleza said.

The Red is prepring throughout the week to face the Green strongly.

“We have made progress and played some solid field hockey recently, with the exception of the second half versus Princeton. We are looking to finish the season strong on Saturday,” Hornibrook said.

The Cornell Daily Sun

MHS Hockey League proves to be a success story

The Hockey League organised by the Malacca High School has proven that where the state hockey associations fail, those with passion for the sport can succeed if given the opportunity.

The six team league is almost at its tailed and provides opportunity for scores of players to play the sport in Malacca, once well known for producing a line of players to don national colours.

From the likes of Chin Boon Ghee, the late Razak Leman, Wallace Tan, the Tam brothers 0 Chiew seng and Kam Seng, right to Mirnawan Nawawi, Ariffin Ghani, to the late Chua Boon Hyat and Nor Azlan Bakar, there can be no doubt that talents were not born but were created with Malacca hosting a number of domestic and national tournaments.

Thus the efforts of the Malacca High School needs to be applauded and this website will carry news and updates of the Hockey League and pays tribute to those behind it.