News for 07 November 2013

All the news for Thursday 7 November 2013


Pakistan remain unbeaten to date in Japan



JAPAN: Pakistan beat India 5-4 in the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy on Thursday at Kakamigahara, Japan to reach the final of the event.

In a thrilling match the scores were level at 2-2 at half-time but Pakistan managed to score 3 more in the second half where as India could mange just 2.

This keenly contested match was pakistan’s penultimate league match and the green shirts will play their last league match against Japan on Friday.

Pakistan has won all its league matches so far.

The News International



Pakistan in charge at Asian Champions Trophy

Asia’s best men's & women's teams fighting for the titles in Kakamigahara



Shafqat Rasool netted Pakistan's winner against Malaysia to keep his team top of the table at the Asian Champions Trophy in Kakamigahara, Japan. (Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek)

Defending champions Pakistan have made a cracking start to the men’s Asian Champions Trophy tournament in Kakamigahara, Japan, winning their opening three matches to sit at the top of the six-team pool table.

The Greenshirts have been in fine form against Asia’s finest, powering to triumphs over Oman (8-0), China (5-1) and Malaysia (1-0). The Malaysia victory came courtesy of a last minute penalty corner effort from vice-captain Shafqat Rasool and almost certainly puts Pakistan in the tournament final.

A successful Asian Champions Trophy tournament would be a huge step in the right direction for a Pakistan team keen to rebuild after failing to qualify for next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands.  

China and host nation Japan both have six points and sit in second and third places respectively. Malaysia and a promising but inexperienced India team occupy the fourth and fifth places, with each side having collected three points. Oman have not picked up a point and are rooted to the bottom of the table. The big game on Thursday (7 December) is undoubtedly the meeting between front-runners India and perennial rivals India.

In the women’s competition – which is certain to have a new champion after title holders Korea decided not to participate – India and pre-event favourites Japan have started the brightest, winning both of their opening matches to sit at the top of the league table ahead of the currently pointless China and Malaysia. India are top of the table on goal difference following triumphs over China (4-2) and Malaysia (5-1), while Japan were also comfortable winners against the same opponents. India and Japan go head to head on Thursday (7 November), with the winner certain to go top of the table.

The tournament will be in action until Sunday (10 November). You can keep track of the results from the event on the website of the Japan Hockey Association (http://www.en.hockey.or.jp) or on the tournament’s Facebook page by visiting https://www.facebook.com/act.kakamigahara2013

FIH site



Shot stopper

Uthra Ganesan



Goalie at the table: P.R. Sreejesh at Shraman, Hotel Ashok in New Delhi. Photo: S. Subramanium

The same adamant streak that propelled Indian hockey goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh to success is what makes him an unfussy eater too

Parattu Raveendran Sreejesh never wanted to play hockey. He wanted to be an athlete, like everyone else who plays any kind of sport in Kerala. As a kid, he started training as a sprinter but was just not fast enough.

He then moved to long jump and even flirted with volleyball before his coach at GV Raja Sports School, Trivandrum, told him to try goalkeeping for the school team. That was in Class VIII. Today, he is the best goalkeeper in the country and among the top ones in the world.

“My strength and my weakness is the same — my stubbornness to excel once I have made a choice. It helps me adjust to everything but also keeps me agitated, trying to get better,” says the 27-year-old from Ernakulam.

And so he is fine with whatever he gets to eat on tours, regardless of the taste buds, as long as it helps him stay fit and perform well on the field. “In places like Australia, we make do with pizzas or sandwiches or salads; same in Europe.”

He reasons, “Even though a lot of countries now claim to have Indian restaurants, it is too much of a hassle to look for one in an unknown city. And the food, more often than not, is not the kind of Indian we are used to. So, better to make do with the local stuff.”

At Shraman in Hotel Ashok, where we meet for lunch, he has to choose from a range of vegetarian fare that includes mainly rich cuisine. Sreejesh knows he has to be careful but allows himself this mini cheat-treat. “The present camp is just for conditioning and we do not have any major assignments coming up this year. So I can let go just a little,” he laughs as he settles for a paan patta chaat — an unusual combination of fried betel leaves with curd and spices.

“I am not a fussy eater. Give me my sambhar-rice any day over any of the fancy stuff at restaurants,” Sreejesh says. His penchant for betel leaves — a constant in most homes down South — is apparent in his choice of drink as well — paan ka sharbat.

It’s not just about adjusting to what’s available. Having played at the top level for quite a few years now, Sreejesh insists healthy food is now part of the subconscious for most players.

“When Jose Brasa came as coach, he brought Jesus Pallares as the trainer. Jesus was the one who first made us realise that eating properly was a science. It is not just about quantity or quality of food but also the type. Then David John came (with Michael Nobbs) and he took it further. The last one, Jason, added to their efforts,” he explains.

“The basic idea was the same — build muscles, increase stamina and strength and add flexibility and agility. If you compare our physiques now with three years ago, you will see the difference.”

His own favourite food, before he joined the Indian team, was tapioca and fish curry. “We call it kappa in Kerala. Sambhar-rice was routine fare so this was what I really loved. Now, of course, sambhar-rice itself is a luxury,” he adds wistfully.

His wife Aneeshya, he says, cooks excellent beef but he hardly gets to eat much at home. And with the menu here consisting mainly of Rajasthani vegetarian food, he settles for Jodhpuri paneer (it looks like chicken in gravy, he chuckles, much to the shock of the attendant) and Rajasthani papad mangoori ki sabzi, accompanied by spicy Bikaneri paratha. He knows he should avoid too much of spice but is confident enough of burning it off during the day’s evening training.

Having been in the shadows of senior goalkeepers for a large part of his career — despite having been part of the Indian team for more than six years Sreejesh came into prominence only after the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy in 2011, when he saved two penalty strokes in the final — the lanky Malayali is fiercely possessive of his spot in the team.

“I have promised myself I will never let my weight go over 83kg. Every time I lose weight, my reflexes improve vastly, but I need enough strength as well. I will never compromise on it. It has taken me so long to reach here, someone has to really push me off to take this spot,” he asserts.

The desserts arrive — phirni and shahi tukda — and Sreejesh tucks in happily. “Eat well, for you live only once. But don’t live to eat. Like everything else in life, there has to be a balance. Otherwise you will score an own goal,” he signs off on a philosophical note.

The Hindu



Kenya hockey queens vow to dethrone South Africa

By ELIZABETH MBURUGU


With 13 days remaining before the long awaited hockey Africa Cup of Nations cum World Cup qualifier kicks off in Nairobi, Kenya’s finest ladies are ready to grab top honours.

City Park stadium will be a battle ground from November 18 to 24. The home queens have vowed to fight tooth and nail to dethrone South Africa.

They are intensely training and are ready to put up a spectacular performance.

According to the National Women’s Team Assistant Tactician Wycliffe Ongori, his charges are fully prepared to battle it out with their opponents in search of continental glory.

“We are ready for the task ahead of us, everyone is committed and we will put up a hard fight,” he said.

The team has been training for over six month now following the postponement of the event that was earlier set for the September 25 to October 5 after the terror attack at Westgate Mall.

“The postponement had a negative impact on us and we lost momentum but we have bounced back. The team is in high spirits and we are going for nothing less than victory,” he added.

The team has been playing a series of friendly matches, the most recent one resulting in the 6-0 thumping of Sliders over the weekend.

Attacking midfielder Pauline Naise is also confident her team will do well.

“We will win gold. That’s what Kenya should expect from us,” she said.

She also raised concern over lack of international exposure for the team but insisted they were good enough to beat their opponents.

Good training

“We never play international matches but that should not be a reason to worry. We have undergone good training and we are ready to play,” she added.

Continental hockey bigwigs like Nigeria and Egypt withdrew their participation citing different reasons with the latter citing  lack of training time after the political uprising in the North African country.

Namibia and Seychelles also pulled out of the tournament while Zimbabwe had not shown interest.

South Africa are defending champions in both categories and hosts Kenya have vowed to dethrone them.

Ghana will send a men and women’s team while Tanzania whose ladies were already in the country when the tournament was rescheduled are also expected.

The ladies who finished second in the Olympic qualifiers behind South Africa in Bulawayo Zimbabwe will be on a revenge mission.

They suffered a 5-0 defeat to their old foes South Africa and will be seeking to redeem themselves on home soil.

“We lost to South Africa but this is the only opportunity we have to beat them and prove that we are good enough,” national team goalkeeper Josephine Ataro said.

“We had problems with our defence but we have worked on it and we are determined to win.”

The teams are currently on a non residential training and will join camp later.

The Standard Online



Australian National women's squads

Athletes named in 2014 national senior, development & junior squads




The 2014 national senior squad, women’s national development squad and women’s national junior squad have been selected by Head Coach Adam Commens and his coaching team.

Ahead of a busy year, 23 athletes will make up the senior squad with a further eight in the development group. National Junior Coach Craig Victory will oversee a 27-athlete junior squad.

Following her senior international debut earlier this year, Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT) makes the step up to the senior squad having begun 2013 as a development squad athlete. Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT) and Mathilda Carmichael (Willoughby, NSW), who alongside Bone recently helped the Hockeyroos to their first Oceania Cup title since 2005, both make the step up from the national junior squad to the Hockeyroos.

The national development and national junior squads will continue to play a critical role in supporting the senior squad, providing athletes with exposure to international hockey and development opportunities as part of a pathway into the senior group. Athletes from these supporting squads are not precluded from being called up to the Hockeyroos squad at a later date.

The 2014 national junior squad has been extended to incorporate athletes in the under 23 age group, allowing a broader range of athletes to continue their development when they might otherwise have fallen outside of the traditional under 21 age bracket.

The Hockeyroos’ exciting year begins later this month with the Finals of the FIH World League taking place in Tucuman, Argentina. Australia’s women have been drawn in Pool B alongside hosts and World Champions Argentina, trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand and 2008 Olympic Games silver medallists China. Pool A contains 2012 Olympic Champions the Netherlands, European Champions Germany, European silver medallists England and Korea.

Tournaments in South Africa and New Zealand in the first quarter of 2014 will form a key part of the Hockeyroos’ preparation for the World Cup, which takes place in The Hague from the end of May. And, just over a month after the conclusion of the World Cup, a return trip to Europe is in store for the Australian women’s team as part of Team Australia for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

2014 National Senior Squad
Teneal Attard (QLD)
Madonna Blyth (QLD)
Edwina Bone (ACT)
Mathilda Carmichael (NSW)
Jane Claxton (SA)
Casey Eastham (NSW)
Anna Flanagan (ACT)
Jordyn Holzberger (QLD)
Kate Jenner (NSW)
Kirstin Johnson (QLD)
Rachael Lynch (VIC)
Kobie McGurk (WA)
Karri McMahon (SA)
Claire Messent (VIC)
Georgia Nanscawen (VIC)
Ashleigh Nelson (WA)
Georgina Parker (SA)
Brooke Peris (NT)
Jodie Schulz (QLD)
Emily Smith (NSW)
Jayde Taylor (WA)
Ashlee Wells (VIC)
Kellie White (NSW)

2014 National Development Squad
Jocelyn Bartram (NSW)
Jade Close (NSW)
Kate Denning (WA)
Elizabeth Duguid (NT)
Jill Dwyer (QLD)
Emily Hurtz (NSW)
Rebecca Reuter (QLD)
Kathryn Slattery (WA)

2014 National Junior Squad
Murphy Allendorf (QLD)
Laura Barden (VIC)
Lily Brazel (NSW)
Jenna Cartwright (ACT)
Jacqui Day (QLD)
Naomi Evans (ACT)
Ashlea Fey (QLD)
Madison Fitzpatrick (QLD)
Kyra Flynn (WA)
Rachael Frusher (WA)
Kate Gilmour (ACT)
Kyah Gray (NSW)
Emily Grist (SA)
Kazzia Lammon (QLD)
Jasmine Larosa (QLD)
Georgina Morgan (NSW)
Gabrielle Nance (SA)
Grace O'Hanlon (QLD)
Hayley Padget (VIC)
Meg Pearce (VIC)
Audrey Smith (QLD)
Madeleine Smith (QLD)
Samantha Snow (VIC)
Amelia Spence (TAS)
Penny Squibb (WA)
Jamie Stone (QLD)
Mariah Williams (NSW)

Hockey Australia media release



Paragon cops Super Indoor women’s crown

Nigel Simon


Zene Henry and Arielle Williams scored two goals each as Paragon overcame a 2-1 half-time deficit to edge Shandy Carib Magnolias 4-3. With the win they took the T&T Hockey Board’s Super Indoor Championship Women’s Open Division crown at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, on Sunday.

Going into the match, Paragon led the four-team standings with maximum six points from two victories over national outdoor and indoor champions Notre Dame (7-1) and Ventures (4-3) while Magnolias had four points after a 3-3 draw with Ventures and a 13-4 demolition of the Dames.

Needing to win, Magnolias got the perfect start via a Brianna Govia fourth-minute goal; but Henry drew Paragon level a minute before the interval, only for former national standout Stacey Siu Butt to regain the lead for Magnolias on the stroke of half-time.

Five minutes after the resumption Williams got Paragon level for the second time in the tightly-contested match and a minute later she got her second followed by Henry’s second in the 30th for a 4-2 cushion.

Faced with the task of scoring three goals in 10 minutes to deny Paragon the title, Magnolias pressed but could only muster one more item through Govia, her tournament-high eighth goal, four minutes from the end; thus, coming up short in its bid to deny Paragon a deserved crown with maximum nine points.

The Men’s Open four-team tournament was also decided in the final round of matches with Shawn Lee Quay’s beaver-trick sealing an 11-7 victory for Queen’s Park over national outdoor champions, Petrotrin.

Former national captain, Nicholas Wren led from the front with a hat-trick to carry his tournament tally to 10 as Defence Force outplayed Malvern 6-2 to lift the Mixed Veterans Division title.

Results

Friday

Mixed Veterans


Defence Force 9 (Nicholas Wren 5th, 9th, 20th, 27th, 29th, Anthony Morales 11th, 17th, Neil Lashley 4th, Kirth Davis 27th) vs Fatima 5 (Lawrence Mc Master 19th, 30th, Alan Young 11th, Sean Nieves 25th, Derek Lee 29th)
Notre Dame 5 (Sean Olton 9th 12th, 14th, 17th, 21st) vs Malvern 4 (Anthony Marcano 6th, 8th, Rigel Gomes 29th, Cecile Wren 30th)

Women’s Open

Ventures 3 (Cristina Abreu 1st, 36th, Yesenia Luces 8th) vs Magnolias 3 (Brianna Govia 17th, 37th, Elise Olton 30th)

Men’s Open

QPCC 6 (Jordan Reynos 9th, 24th, Kadeem Fortune 20th, 33rd, Shawn Lee Quay 27th, Nicholas Camacho 30th) vs Notre Dame 4 (Shaquille Daniel 36th, 40th, Chad Pedro 18th, Darren Cowie 22nd)

Sunday

Men’s Open


Paragon 10 (Kiel Murray 9th, 32nd, 39th, Cogie Butler 3rd, 31st, Akim Toussaint 5th, 20th, Sheldon Mc Kellar 15th, Syl Sinnette 29th, Jabari Perez 40th) vs Notre Dame 3 (Joshua Olton 5th, Shaquille Daniel 8th, Keith De Peza 28th)
QPCC 4 (Kadeem Fortune 9th, Jerazeno Bell 11th, Dominic Young 23rd, Jordan Reynos 40th) vs Paragon 3 (Akim Toussaint 28th, 29th, Syl Sinnette 29th)
Petrotrin 8 (Evan Farrell 3rd, 5th, 39th, Atiba Whittington 23rd, 32nd, 40th, Dwain Quan Chan 14th, Wayne Legerton 20th) vs Notre Dame 7 (Shaquille Daniel 6th, 21st, 25th, 38th, Keith De Peza 12th, Aidan De Gannes 21st, Darren Cowie 27th)
QPCC 11 (Shawn Lee Quay 3rd, 16th, 17th, 35th, Stephan Mouttet 23rd, 24th, 24th, Nicholas Camacho 9th, Dominic Young 21st, Cade Lue Sue 31st, Jordan Reynos 40th) vs Petrotrin 7 (Dwain Quan Chan 1st, 20th, 29th, Wayne Legerton 26th, 28th, Atiba Whittington 18th, Evan Farrell 36th)

Women’s Open

Notre Dame 5 (Blair Wynne 20th, 36th, 39th, Carol Wynn-Whiteman 35th, 38th) vs Ventures 5 (Yesenia Luces 11th, 22nd, 24th, Kristin Abreu 27th, 30th)
Paragon 4 (Zene Henry 19th, 30th, Arielle Williams 25th, 26th) vs Magnolias 3 (Brianna Govia 4th, 20th, Stacey Siu But 36th)
Magnolias 13 (Brianna Govia 8th, 16th, 26th, 35th, Amie Olton 11th, 29th, 37th, Samantha Olton 30th, 33rd, 36th, Mika Ella Tang 7th, 13th, Savannah De Freitas 20th) vs Notre Dame 4 (Tonia-Marie James 2nd, 33rd, Carol Wynn-Whiteman 22nd, Blair Wynne 23rd)
Paragon 4 (Alanna Lewis 5th, 34th, Keima Gardiner 17th, 19th) vs Ventures 3 (Yesenia Luces 26th, 40th, Cristina Abreu 30th)

Mixed Veterans

Fatima 2 (Colin Young 3rd, Derek Lee 28th) vs Notre Dame 1 (Edrich Francois 1st)
Defence Force 6 (Nicholas Wren12th, 13th, 24th, Neil Lashley 7th, Roger Daniel 8th, Kirth Davis 25th) vs Malvern 2 (Charles Carter 10th, Kory Barnett 21st)

Standings

Men’s Open

Teams P W D L F A Pts


QPCC 3 3 0 0 21 14 9
Paragon 3 2 0 1 24 17 6
Petrotrin 3 1 0 2 25 29 3
N Dame 3 0 0 3 14 24 0

Women’s Open

Paragon 3 3 0 0 15 7 9
Magnolias 3 1 1 1 19 11 4
Ventures 3 0 2 1 11 12 2
N Dame 3 0 1 2 10 25 1

Mixed Veterans

D Force 3 3 0 0 24 11 9
Malvern 3 1 0 2 11 13 3
N Dame 3 1 0 2 10 15 3
Fatima 3 1 0 2 9 15 3

The Trinidad Guardian



Smooth Organisation Caps off International Masters Hockey Event in Hong Kong

By Bill Cox,



Mark Kake playing for Hong Kong trying to find his way past two South Korean players during their final match of the Masters Hockey Asian Cup 2013, in Hong Kong on Saturday Nov 2, 2013. The Hong Kong team won the Senior Masters Cup. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

Superb organization and smooth running of the Masters Hockey Asian Cup 2013 was accomplished by the Hong Kong Hockey Association and its experienced and dedicated volunteers and officials that took place at Happy Valley and the HK Football Club from Tuesday Oct 29 to Sunday Nov 3.

Welcome cocktails, the tournament schedule, the umpire team, website updates, tournament dinner and the final presentations all ran like clockwork.

This international FIH and IMHA approved tournament attracted Senior Masters and Grand masters men’s teams from Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Hong Kong. A Grand Masters Alliance team also competed, but they were not part of the international tournament.

Japan showed their winning capability at Grand Masters level by a clear margin, winning all of their matches. Malaysia were runners up.

In the Senior Masters the Hong Kong team knew before their last game that they needed to win their match against Korea by a clear seven goals. In the event they won 11-1 to edge Malaysia into second place on goal difference.

The women’s competition was not a true international as only two teams took part. South Korea and Hong Kong played two matches, which were a pleasure to watch. The Hong Kong team struggled a bit faced with an accomplished Korean team composed of seven silver medallists from the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

The Koreans played with all the attributes you would expect from such an illustrious group. They were also so happy and engaging both on and off the field and played with immense composure. Hong Kong did not quite have the matching skills and were beaten 10-0 in both matches.

Masters Asian Cup origin

Jimmy Keir who has been in Hong Kong since 1962 explained some of the tournament background to the Epoch Times.

“I played hockey in India and then here in Hong Kong. In 1981 I was a manager and player that took a Hong Kong team down to Perth, Australia,” said Keir.

“We had no idea what veteran’s hockey was about.

“When we were greeted by the Australians they said thank heavens you have come because now with Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong making the fourth team we can call ourselves an International. And that is how the Masters was started.

“Since then it has developed and recently we have been playing in different countries every year,” he continued.

“Now we have got the Senior Masters [over 50’s], the Grand Masters [over 60’s] and we have the Ladies Veterans [over 35], and so it has grown.

“The last time we had the tournament here we had teams all the way from England, Scotland, Europe, etc … ”.

The Masters Hockey Asian Cup was first played in Singapore in 2011 and this is only the second tournament.

“I believe Malaysia is very keen to host the next tournament in 2015 and it will be a ‘back room’ tournament with New Zealand, Australia and Singapore,” Keir explained.

Next Matches

A full program of Premier Division matches is planned for this coming weekend.

The Epoch Times



Olympians Pull Crowds to Hong Kong Hockey Premier League

By Bill Cox



Sohail Abbas world goal scoring record holder performing for Punjab-A in the Hong Kong Hockey Association Premier Division. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

The star players for Punjab-A brought out the crowds for the Hong Kong Hockey Association Premier matches played at Happy Valley on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon Oct 27.

With King’s Park Hockey Ground now closed for resurfacing there was a full day of Premier Hockey at the Valley ground starting at 10.45 and going through to 5.30 in the afternoon. But it was the 2.15pm game that a lot of people came to watch to see how the newly arrived Olympic stars would perform.

Although Punjab were not playing their normal fast flashy hockey, to which we have become accustomed, no one was disappointed with the newcomers who showed some wonderful skills. What a great opportunity it was to see three Olympians in action here in Hong Kong.

But it was Canadian Olympian Sukhwinder Singh Gabbar that was the most impressive in the match. Playing up front he showed some great dribbling skills and some sharp shooting to end the match with a tally of two goals including one astonishing shot from an almost impossibly narrow angle.

Waseem Ahmad was solid in the midfield and also scored twice, blasting the ball past the goalie.

Sohail Abbas, playing in his normal defensive position, also impressed with his tackling and distribution skills. But people were a little disappointed that he did not convert from the two short corner opportunities presented.

It will of course take a little time for the team to meld together. Still a 4-1 win was a satisfactory win for Punjab.

KCC-A put up a good performance and were in no way overawed. Keeping Punjab down to four goals needed a lot of tackling and determination and KCC showed plenty of this—their goalie Kelson Wong did a great job in keeping out some sharp shots on goal.

Wong discussed the Punjab attack with the Epoch Times after the game.

“I tried to watch a few videos of Sahail before he got here. As we predicted, it depends whether they have a good injector [penalty corner taker] and a good trapper. They have a good flicker, but they did not have the things before that.

“In the first and only flick he had against me, I think he was just trying to see how I am and what I would do and maybe hope to creep in down the middle.

“I am glad we didn’t concede more short corners I guess. I am glad I got a clean sheet against him,” said Wong.

“In the first goal by Sukhwinder, I guess I was not warmed up well enough, not focussed enough. The second one was a screamer. I did not even see the ball as it went in. But that is the quality that you expect from an Olympian.

“I think our [KCC’s] consistency is getting better over the course of the season. Today we played 65 minutes of good hockey. We just got tired towards the end and we have one or two injuries and a couple out for business.”

Other Matches

Shaheen-A beat Elite-A 5-0 in the first match of the day, but it was by no means as one-sided as the score suggests. Elite played well particularly in the early stages of the match and kept the score down to 1-0 at half time, but gradually Shaheen-A got on top and came away worthy winners.

Valley-A, although under a fair amount of pressure, put up a good performance against Khalsa-A scoring first to a loud cheer from their supporters. Valley battled hard—being urged on by their coach Mark Kake—and although they lost 3-1, it was an exciting game that showed great spirit and determination.

KNS were delighted to record their first win in the Premier Division by beating a depleted PAK-A side 7-3, which lifted them off the bottom of the table.

Meanwhile at the Football Club ground, it was Hong Kong Football Club (HKFC) against Singh Sabha Sports Club (SSSC) with SSSC-A playing HKFC-B and SSSC-B against HKFC-A. Both ‘A’ teams came out on top with similar results: SSSC-A won 9-2; while HKFC-A won their match 10-0.

Standings

After four rounds the leaders are beginning to emerge: HKFC-A and Punjab-A are leading with 12-points; Khalsa-A and Shaheen-A both on 10-points; while SSSC-A have 9-points, but have played an extra match; Valley-A and SSSC-B are next in line on 6-points.

It will be interesting to see how the teams come out after having a week’s break from matches and if they have further refined some strategies now that they know their opponents better. The league will return with a full program on Nov 10.

The Epoch Times




Coca Cola Thank You Fund Gives IHA 10K



The Irish Hockey Association is delighted to announce that it has received a €10,000 award from the Coca Cola Thank You fund. The fund supports projects that contribute to the promotion of healthy lifestyles in the community.

IHA development officers designed an innovative programme called H3, or Healthy Heart Hockey. The development programme focuses on promoting an active lifestyle within the community, with hockey as the underlying theme. It is aimed at teenagers and adults and includes an introduction to Quick Hockey, a modified version of the sport, as well as nutritional and lifestyle information.

The award was presented to RDO Phil Oakley and CEO Mike Heskin at an event in the National Sports’ Campus at Abbotstown today.

Speaking afterward, RDO Phil Oakley said “we are delighted to receive this award from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund. This gives us a huge opportunity to make a positive difference within the community and further develop the sport across the country.”      

Irish Hockey Association media release