News for 12 November 2013

All the news for Tuesday 12 November 2013

Juniors beat Egypt in unfriendly friendly

By Jugjet Singh

THE Malaysian Juniors edged Egypt 3-2 in a friendly match which turned unfriendly with pushing and shoving at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jallil yesterday.

Egypt, who are down for a four-match tour, lost the first 2-0 and drew the second 3-3. The fourth will be played today.

Yesterday, the umpires had to defuse many situations which could have turned ugly as the Egyptians play a robust style of hockey.

All three Malaysian goals came off penalty corners with Zulhairi Hashim scoring a brace while Shahril Saabah got the winner.

The Juniors were blunt in field attempts as they failed to convert the numerous sitters that came their way.

Egypt are in Group A of the World Cup, where they have Belgium, Germany and Pakistan for company. Malaysia are in easier company with England, New Zealand and South Africa in Group D, and if they advance to the quarter-finals, their opponents are likely to be either the Netherlands or hosts India from Group C, which also has Canada and South Korea.

"The Egypt friendlies are being used to test 11 fringe players who are fighting for three more spots in the World Cup squad.

"I am giving less time to the 15 other regulars as I try and find the final three," said Malaysia coach K. Dharmaraj.

The Juniors will play two matches against the senior team after this, and have also lined up matches with Germany, Australia and France in New Delhi before they meet New Zealand on Dec 6 followed by matches against South Africa (Dec 8) and England ( Dec 9).

New Straits Times

Changes to SA hockey teams for Africa Cup


The South African Hockey Association has released the names of the players who are due to represent South Africa’s men’s and women’s national teams in the Africa Cup of Nations hockey tournament in Nairobi, Kenya from November 18 to 23.

The tournament, a 2014 Hockey World Cup qualifier event, was postponed from its original dates (September 26 to October 5) due to the terrorist attack in the east African city.

The Investec South Africa women’s hockey team sees one change from the side originally announced, with Northern Blues goalkeeper Phume Mbande replacing Southern Gauteng’s Sanani Mangisa, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon and has undergone surgery.

The SA men’s side sees two changes. Defenders Matt Guise-Brown (Northern Blues) and Andrew Cronje (Western Province) are replaced due to exam and work commitments respectively. Francois Pretorius of Northern Blues comes in for Guise-Brown and debutant Greg Last of KZN Coastal Raiders has been called up to replace double Olympian Cronje.

The men's and women's national teams that win the Africa Cup next week will qualify as the continent’s representatives at the 2014 Men’s and Women’s Hockey World Cup. The four-yearly showpiece is due to be held jointly in The Hague, Netherlands from May 31 to June 15 next year.

The SA teams are the reigning African champions, having won the last of the biannual events in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in September 2011.

The Africa Cup men’s and women’s tournaments will be played on a one-round league format with the top two teams playing in the respective finals next Saturday.

One major change is that Egypt’s men’s side, always SA’s biggest opponents for Africa supremacy, will now be playing in Nairobi. Egypt had withdrawn their team from the initial tournament that was due to start on September 26 due to political unrest in their country.

There will be four men’s teams at Nairobi’s City Park Stadium. They are South Africa, Egypt, Ghana and hosts Kenya. The four women’s teams are South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania.


SA Men:
Rassie Pieterse (Southern Gauteng), Jacque le Roux (Western Province), Rhett Halkett (vice-capt, WP), Francois Pretorius (Northern Blues), Greg Last (KZN Coastal Raiders), Jethro Eustice (SG), Dylan Swanepoel (WP), Mohamed Mea (KCR), Austin Smith (capt, WP),  Jonty Robinson (NB), Clint Panther (SG), Wade Paton (KCR), Taine Paton (KCR), Tim Drummond (KCR), Julian Hykes (SG), Geoff Abbott (KCR), Pierre de Voux (WP), Lloyd Norris-Jones (WP).

Investec SA Women: Hanli Hattingh (WP), Phume Mbande (NB), Lenise Marais (co-capt, KCR), Marcelle Keet (co-capt, Border), Lisa Deetlefs (SG), Illse Davids (WP), Celia Evans (North West), Shelley Russell (WP), Kaila Flemming (SG), Quanita Bobbs (WP), Sulette Damons (NW), Christine Roos (SG), Jade Mayne (WP), Bernie Coston (SG), Tanya Britz (Free State), Lilian du Plessis (NB), Izelle Lategan (FS), Kelly Madsen (KCR).

(SA times)


Mon, Nov 18: SA vs Kenya (11am)
Tues, Nov 19: SA vs Ghana (11am)
Thurs, Nov 21: SA vs Tanzania (9am)
Fri, Nov 22: Bronze medal match (12 pm)
Sat, Nov 23: Gold medal final (12pm)

Mon, Nov 18: SA vs Ghana (3pm)
Tues, Nov 19: SA vs Egypt (1pm)
Thurs, Nov 21: SA vs Kenya (3pm)
Fri, Nov 22: Bronze medal match (2.30pm)
Sat, Nov 23: Gold medal final (2.30pm)

SA Hockey Association media release

EHL trio riding high in Hoofdklasse

NETHERLANDS: Dutch Euro Hockey League representatives H.C. Rotterdam, Oranje Zwart and S.V. Kampong are showing fine form on home soil, occupying the top three places in the Hoofdklasse.

Top of the table Rotterdam powered to a 6-3 victory over Amsterdam on Sunday. Timmo Kranstauber and Jeffrey Thys both scored twice in the contest, with Jeroen Hertzberger and Björn Kellerman also getting on the score-sheet.

Mink van der Weerden scored a hat-trick of penalty corners to help Oranje Zwart sail to a 4-2 win over Hurley, with Gabriel Dabanch also contributing. Mink has now scored an incredible 22 goals in 11 Hoofdklasse matches this season.

Kampong were also winners on Sunday, claiming a fine away triumph over Laren. Goals from Thierry Brinkman (2), Philip Meulenbroek, Quirijn Caspers, Robbert Kemperman and Roderick Weusthof helped Kampong to a 6-3 win on the road.

League leaders Rotterdam have 27 points on the board, with OZ and Kampong two points adrift on 25. HGC (4th – 24 points), Amsterdam (5th – 23 points) and HC Bloemendaal (6th – 22 points) are still in touch with the leaders.

More information about the Hoofdklasse can be found on by clicking here.

Euro Hockey League media release

Susie Gilbert's equaliser helps Reading secure victory against Leicester rivals

By Graham Wilson

Sweet success for Reading's Susie who missed out on Olympics due to injury [GETTY]

SUSIE GILBERT scored the equalising goal as champions Reading came back from two goals down to then beat rivals Leicester 3-2 in the Investec League.

Midfielder Gilbert, who missed out on the Olympics after breaking both her thumbs in the build-up, is hoping her injuries are behind her as she looks at a 100th combined cap when she plays for England in the World League in Argentina at the end of the month.

The women’s game has received a big boost with England winning the bid to host the Champions Trophy in 2016 and the World Cup in 2018, to take place at the Lee Valley Olympic legacy stadium.

Daily Express

Glynhill Kelburne top the league

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 1

Hillheads run on the top spot has come to an end after a thrilling eight goal match against Western Wildcats, drawing 4-4. Wildcats came back from 2-1 down at half time to level with the surprising leaders of the league.

Hillhead have now dropped to second, one point behind new division leaders Glynhill Kelburne, who beat bottom side Dundee Wanderers 3-1. Glynhill Kelburne have an exceptional lead in goal tally compared to Hillhead due to their recent run of form.

Inverleith move up the table to eighth after a close 3-2 win over AAM Gordonians with the winning goal from Sean Stewart.

Mid table battle between sixth place PSL Team Sport Clydesdale who hosted Grange to draw 2-2.

Edinburgh University drew 2-2 with local rival Grove Menzieshill, the students have only eight points in the very congested bottom half of the table but did well to come back from 2-0 down at half time to secure a point.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 2

Uddingston showed why they are topping the league after a 9-0 away win against Glasgow University.

Close on their tails is second place Watsonians who won 5-1 away from home against ninth placed Granite City Wanderers.

Bottom side FMGM Monarchs failed to secure their first win as they travelled away to Stepps to loose 4-1.

Fourth place University of St Andrews won 4-2 against struggling CALA Edinburgh but couldn’t hold form as they lost against eighth place Alpha Data Carnegie 5-2 on Sunday.

Falkirk GHG put in a strong performance to beat third place Aberdeen GSFP by one goal, they were 1-1 at half time for it to end in a nail biting 4-3 thriller to Falkirk. This win for Falkirk has made up for their recent run of form and losing out to Aberdeen GSFP in the first game of the season.

Alpha Data Carnegie lost 2-0 to Erskine Stewart Melville and will be frustrated after they beat them earlier on in the season.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 3

Bottom side Ayr put in a bold performance to draw 1-1 with seventh place Strathclyde University, who won 7-2 over the besieged Stirling Wanderers on Sunday.

Highland went in confident to their match against Waverly Inveresk but at half time were 4-1 down, Jame Iredale completed his hat trick to bring it level to finish 4-4.

The two top teams faced each other this weekend with 2020 Renewables Greenock coming out on top with a 4-2 win over home side Perthshire.

Third place Harris academy FP travelled away to secure a 3-0 win over Stirling Wanderers.

Regional Leagues

Central Division 1

Grange II stay unbeaten after a 6-1 win over struggling Edinburgh University III. The students have only won one game this season so far and have a few tough matches ahead.

PSL Team Sport Clydesdale moved up to second place after back to back wins this weekend. They won 4-1 at home against mid table team Grange III followed by a close 3-2 away win over Kelburne Thompsons Cycles II.

Edinburgh University II are slowly working their way up the table after a delayed start and only have played seven games, they beat Inverleith II at home, 3-2.

Despite winning 5-4 against University of Stirling Hillhead II dropped to third while fourth place Kelburne Thompsons Cycles II beat bottom side Western Wildcats II 4-2.

Central Division 2

Second place Anchor won 5-2 against Erskine Stewart Melville FP II as they chase the league leaders Rottenrow Blue Sox.

Table toppers Rottenrow extend their lead after a 5-2 away win over PSL Team Sport Clydesdale III who drop to ninth.

At the other end of the table CALA Edinburgh II move up to eighth after a 1-0 win over struggling Alpha Data Carnegie II. Glasgow University II had a tough two matches this weekend, losing 4-2 to East Kilbride on Saturday.

Third place Uddingston II drew 3-3 with seventh place Watsonians while Clydeside beat Falkirk GHG II 5-0 moving them up to fifth.

North Division

The top teams battled it out for top spot this weekend with AAM Gordonians II staying top with a 1-1 draw with Grove Menzieshill II.

A good weekend of wins for both Aberdeen GSFP teams, as Aberdeen GDFP II travelled away to AAM Gordonians III to win by one goal, 4-3. Aberdeen GSFP III beat Granite City Wanderers 2-1.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Grove Menzieshill dominate the league with another clean sheet

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 1

League leaders Grove Menzieshill are dominating the league and remain unbeaten as they won 8-0 against seventh place GHK.

Milne Craig Clydesdale Western are close on the Edinburgh leader’s tail as they won 3-0 against Edinburgh University. Western are six points behind with a game in hand.

The young Edinburgh University team played local rivals Grange EL, after the loss to the Western ladies the day before the students wanted to prove a point and they did just that. They beat the bottom of the table team 6-0, which sees them move up to third.

Fourth place Dundee Wanderers travelled west to face Glynhill Kelburne and beat them 2-0 whilst at the other end of the division Western Wildcats lost 3-0 to CALA Edinburgh.

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 2

Hillhead move to the top of the table after a busy weekend of back to back wins against Haddington. After travelling away to the bottom side on Saturday winning 5-1, they played again on Sunday at home and secured a 5-0 win.

This weekend we saw a mid-table battle as Borders Fjordus Reivers welcoming Iverleith, the Edinburgh based side may be one place higher than the Borders but they lost out by one goal, 3-2 as the Borders close the gap between the two teams.

Second place AAM Gordonians got a 2-1 away win over seventh place Granite City Wanderers. University of Dundee lost to Erskine Stewart Melville 6-1 which is a much better score line than when they played at the start of the season.

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 3

A great first win for struggling Bon Accord MBC with a 2-1 win against fourth place Ayr, who played again on Sunday and drew 1-1 with Aberdeen.

University of St Andrews have yet to lose a match as they extend their goal tally as they win 4-0 against Aberdeen.

Bottom side University of Strathclyde managed to hold second place Stirling University to just a 1-0 loss.

Championship League


Top team Edinburgh University II beat Watsonians 4-2 in a rearranged fixture.


Stirling Wanderers were to face Milne Craig Clydesdale Western III but the match was called off due to weathered pitch.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Avtar honoured with World Sikh award

Kenya’s Avtar Singh Sohal, affectionately known as Tari, was honoured at the fourth World Sikh Awards which were held at the Hilton Hotel, London last night (9th November). His award was  in the sports category.

A veteran of six Olympic Games, Avtar, aged 75, has been involved in hockey all his life. After playing for City Primary School and Duke of Gloucester School in Nairobi, he was gained his first international cap for Kenya when he was selected to play against South Africa at the age of 19. Three years later he was selected for the Rome 1960 Olympic Games.

Since being appointed as the National Team captain in 1962 for a  Test series against Pakistan, he led for Kenya for a period of 10 years during which time Kenya were amongst the best teams in the World and they played India and Pakistan regularly, both home and away.

He captained his countries Olympic teams at Tokyo 1964, Mexico 1968 and Munich 1972 and was also captain at the 1st World Cup in Barcelona in 1971 where Kenya finished fourth, narrowly losing 1 – 2 after extra time to India in the semi-finals.

Tari was cited in the the 1984 Guinness Book of Records as: ‘Most International Appearances: Avtar Singh Sohal (b. 22 March 1938) represented Kenya 167 times between 1957 and 1972’

After retiring from playing, Tari took over coaching and was Kenya’s Coach from 1978 to 1988. He was the team coach at Los Angeles Olympic Games. In addition to Coaching, he took up Umpiring and was awarded his FIH international Umpires badge in 1980.

He was appointed on FIH’s Development and Coaching Committee in 1988 and was a Judge at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.

He was awarded the International Hockey Federation’s ‘Diploma of Merit’ for distinguished services rendered to the Hockey’s world governing body by Juan Angel Calzado, President of the International Hockey Federation, on 23 November 2000.

Tari is still active, currently being involved with Coaching Juniors in Kenya.

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We are moving in the right direction: Neil Hawgood

Chief Coach of Indian Women's Hockey team Neil Hawgood. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Coach Neil Hawgood is satisfied with the steady progress of the Indian women’s hockey team, which finished runner-up at the Asian Champions Trophy in Japan.

“We defeated some higher ranked teams, which is good. Our performance was consistent through the tournament,” he said, after the team returned from Kakamigahara with the silver medal.

This was the Indian women’s team’s third medal this year in major competitions, but Hawgood is cautious about not getting carried away.

“We need to take it one at a time, and our main target is to be the top team in Asia,” he said.

Making the final for the first time, India lost 1-0 to Japan.

“We beat China, and ran Korea and Japan close. India is 12th in the world while China is seventh and the other two are also in the top 10,” Hawgood said.

“We did well at the Asia Cup also, and I think we are moving in the right direction. The team has got the confidence that it can defeat a team ranked seventh consistently. The next step is to compete against and perform against teams ranked 1-6 in the world.”

Hawgood is now looking forward to the next big target, the 2014 Asian Games.

“That will be the most important assignment next because it holds a ticket to the Olympics. But there is a lot of hockey happening in the coming months,” he said.

“There is the Champions Challenge in April, and the Commonwealth Games in July. We will also possibly have a Europe tour.”

“We get back to training on November 19, and the next 2-3 months will be all about planning and training. We will hopefully have a clearer idea of how the team composition will look like for the year-end,” he said.

The Hindu

National body severs ties with Hockey Maharashtra

Joe Williams

It is official. Hockey Maharashtra (HM), which has been fighting for survival and has failed to meet the guidelines given by the Hockey India, has been been disaffiliated from the parent body.

The decision was taken at a meeting between Hockey India and Hockey Maharashtra in New Delhi on Monday.

Confirming the news, Hockey India general secretary Narendra Batra said, “Yes, Hockey Maharashtra has been disaffiliated. There are some technical reasons and we (HI) will have fresh election dates as soon as the differences are sorted out.”

Batra stated that it would take another 15 days. “I am sure by the end of this month we will have a set of new people holding the post of HM,” said Batra.

However, the HM officials are hoping that they can sort out the issues. “We are aware that the association has been disaffiliated, but HI has given us some time and we will sort it out,” said HM treasurer Manoj Bhore.

Bhore also stated that Arjuna awardee Rekha Bhide was reinstated as the president and things would be worked out and they will assume office soon.

On the other hand, Maharashtra Hockey Association secretary, Ikram Khan, welcomed the decision. “It is the right move and I appreciate the move taken by HI. Now, things will be in place,” he said.

MH president Bhide and secretary Kehar Singh were unavailable as their mobile phones were swtiched off.


Field Hockey Wins Final Game in OT

By Theo Levine

Sophomore Elizabeth Jacobson scored both of the Harvard field hockey team's goals to end the squad's season on a high note. Mandi Nyambi

When Harvard field hockey challenged Columbia in New York on Sunday afternoon, the Crimson struggled mightily for the first 64 minutes of the contest, but came back with a vengeance to finish off the season on a high note.

The Lions led for the vast majority of the match, seizing an early lead and holding on until there were just over five minutes left. From there, however, sophomore back Elizabeth Jacobson refused to go down quietly, seizing control of the game for Harvard, and helping the team earn a 2-1 win.

Following a two-on-one opportunity, junior forward Catriona McDonald passed the ball to the center to Jacobson, who beat Columbia goalkeeper Kimberly Pianucci with a shot into the left corner of the net to tie the score.

The game proceeded to finish regulation 1-1. Just two minutes into overtime, Jacobson found the back of the net again, this time assisted by freshman forward Marissa Balleza, finishing the Crimson’s season with a win on a single shot.

“We worked in practice this week on finishing our opportunities,” senior goalkeeper Jenn Hatfield said. “[Jacobson] got those opportunities from some great work by other players, like Cat McDonald, Caitlin Rea, and Marissa Balleza, and she did a tremendous job of finishing them.”

Balleza is Harvard’s leading scorer this season and will now finish the year tied with the most assists as well. Jacobson’s two goals brought her season total to six, tied for the second most on the Crimson’s roster. She also scored and notched an assist in the team’s last game, marking an impressive end to her sophomore season.

Columbia (6-11, 2-5) took the lead 23 minutes into the game, as junior back Lauren Skudalski got the ball off of a rebound from a save made by Hatfield, and put it in the back of the net. Hatfield finished with five saves for Harvard (8-9, 2-5 Ivy), only allowing the one goal.

Both of these teams have struggled this season, posting a combined 3-9 Ancient Eight record coming into the match. They will finish the season tied for sixth and seventh place in the conference.

Early in the contest, it looked like the Lions might jump out to an even bigger advantage than it did. By the time the first half came to a close, Columbia had been awarded 11 penalty corners while the Crimson had received just three.

However, the Lions proved mostly unable to capitalize on those opportunities. The team took 10 shots in the first half, but only four of them actually made it to Hatfield. On the other hand, Harvard took five shots in the half and each was stopped by Pianucci or Columbia defenders.

It was a similar story in the second half, though more in favor of the Crimson. Coming out of the break, Harvard managed to take seven shots, all on net, including the score by Jacobson. The Lions only managed to tally two shots on goal in the second period out of a total of four attempts.

“In the second half, we committed to really going for it and playing our style of hockey,” Hatfield said. “We went out with confidence that we could win the game and we did a great job of being resilient.”

Overall, the Crimson finished with 10 of its 13 shots making it to or past the goalkeeper, while Columbia only went 6-for-14. This was a major difference in the match, as Pianucci was forced to make 10 saves while Hatfield only had to make five to secure the victory.

It was an important win for Harvard as it helped the team to finish the season with a victory and a record just below .500. Last season, the Crimson finished with a 3-13 record, and the team has not had a winning record since 2004. Many of the key players this year have been underclassmen, however, so Harvard will look to continue to improve in the upcoming seasons.

“From last year we made a huge jump on our fitness, competitiveness and I am very happy that the hard work that everyone has put in paid off with wins this year,” Crimson coach Tjerk Van Herwaarden said. “We will continue to grow and work hard to have another improved season next year."

The Crimson

Meredith Tibbals of Rye among the Elite

Rye teen climbs closer to national field hockey team

by Nancy Haggerty

Rye's Meredith Tibbals was named this fall to the Futures Elite program run by USA Field Hockey. / Nancy Haggerty

RYE — She isn’t going to light up a stats page. She’s a defenseman, after all.

But Meredith Tibbals — all 5-foot-2 of her — has played large enough on the hockey field to attract not only the eyes of top collegiate programs, but also the national-team feeder program.

Meredith Tibbals of Rye is the only area player named to the Futures Elite field hockey program.

The 17-year-old Rye High School senior, who has participated in field hockey’s national Futures program since ninth grade, was recently selected for Futures Elite play.

It’s a big honor. The Futures program includes 5,000-plus players. But Tibbals is one of just 154 Elite players.

Tibbals’ mother, Elaine, laughs when recalling her daughter’s start in the sport. Elaine didn’t even know what field hockey was when her daughter joined Rye’s modified team in the seventh grade.

Ten states and countless car rides, practices, clinics and tournaments later, she knows field hockey.

It’s a year-round sport for Meredith, who upon joining Futures in ninth grade played so well at its regional tournament that year that she earned a spot in its national tournament. She has been chosen for nationals ever since.

Elite status identifies Tibbals in the U.S. system as “high performance,” said Lakeland field hockey coach Sharon Sarsen, who has had players from her highly successful program gain the honor.

Tibbals, though, is the only local player and one of only eight from New York this year to be named Elite, which is a rung below national-team level.

“She prides herself on her fitness level,” Rye coach Emily Fitzgerald said of Tibbals, who abandoned lacrosse for spring track as a sophomore to improve her hockey fitness. “Each year she has gotten stronger and stronger.”

One strength is her ability to make hard, smart passes out of the backfield, Fitzgerald said.

Sarsen describes her as “very quick and athletic,” and a hard worker.

The latter can’t be disputed. Tibbals has attended college clinics and camps, has practiced twice monthly from January to June with Futures the last three years, and also practices year-round with her New Jersey-based club team, the Spirit Eagles.

The past few Thanksgivings have been spent with her club at National Hockey Festivals in Arizona and Florida. She also plays with the Spirit Eagles in February’s Disney Field Hockey Showcase.

“We’ve definitely been up and down the coast the last couple of years,” Tibbals said.

The “we” includes her mom, dad David, and often her seventh-grade brother, Ian.

Spirit Eagles coach Bobby Issar describes Tibbals as a top-5 percent player in her age group nationally.

Many colleges, including multiple Ivy League schools, recruited her. Ultimately, she opted for Bowdoin, winner of three Division III national titles.

Tibbals credits the late Spirit Eagles coach, Vicky Geoffroy, who died in August, for making her a better, more confident player.

“She always believed in me and always said I could be recruited to colleges,” Tibbals said.

Still, she has been surprised by her own success.

“I always have believed that everything happens for a reason, but I never would have believed this would happen,” she said.

Issar, though, is hardly shocked.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if she started all four years (at Bowdoin),” Issar said. “She has the hockey intelligence of a collegiate player at this point. …

“Meredith is a sponge in terms of learning the game. … With her, speed and thinking make up for her lack of size.”

Kirpal Singh Bhardwaj

By Dil Bahra

It is with great sadness that I have learnt today that Olympian Kirpal Singh Bhardwaj sadly passed away on Sunday 10 November 2013 at 08.00am.

Kirpal represented Kenya at the Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968 Olympic Games and played for Sikh Union Nairobi from 1957 - 1969.

The funeral arrangements have not been finalised as I write.

The family would like as many as his hockey friends and people that he knew to attend his funeral which will be in Harrow/ Brent area of North London. Please do let others know.

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