News for 13 November 2013

All the news for Wednesday 13 November 2013


Morale high in camp ahead of Cup of Nations

By BRIAN YONGA



Kenya national hockey team player George Mutira in action during a training session on September 23, 2013 at City Park Stadium. Morale is high in the Kenyan camp ahead of the Africa Hockey Federation Africa Cup of Nations which kicks off in Nairobi on Monday. CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Morale is high in the Kenyan camp ahead of the Africa Hockey Federation Africa Cup of Nations which kicks off in Nairobi on Monday.

The tournament, which has been postponed twice, will be held at Nairobi’s City Park Stadium.

The national men’s team is camping at the City Park Stadium under the guidance of coach Meshack Senge.

Senge remains optimistic that his team will clinch a ticket to the World Cup.

Egypt, favourites South Africa, Ghana and Tanzania  will grace the event. Winner in the men and women’s competitions will seal a ticket to the June 2014 World Cup set in The Hague, Netherlands.

The teams will play against each other in a round-robin format, with the top two teams meeting in the final to decide Africa’s sole representative at the World Cup, Egypt, who had earlier pulled out of the tournament in September, will be the first team to arrive in the country on Friday.

MAJOR BOOST

Senge’s team got a major boost after key players whose participation was still unclear finally reported to camp. Italy-based Kenyan international, Barnabas Odhiambo joined the team on Friday after been released by his club HC Superbha.

Senge also expressed delight after experienced Frank Wanangwe reported to camp despite job commitments. Wanangwe, who plays for Kisumu Simba, is expected to partner Odhiambo and Brian Musasia in midfield.

But Kenya will miss the services of prolific striker Zack Aura who is out with job commitments, but Senge believes he has strikers capable of delivering.

“Of course Aura is a brilliant player, but we have other players who can score goals and win matches for us,” he said Tuesday.

Kenya will rely on George Mutira, Moses Cheplaiti and Davies Wanagwe for goals. Moses Cheplaiti of Kenya Police has been in fine form for his club, helping them to top the Premier league standings. Kenya will play Egypt in their first game on Monday.

Men’s team: Linus Sang, James Kayieko, Kenneth Nyongesa, Wilson Birir, Richard Saina, Constant Wakhura, Brian Saina, Maxwell Wakhungu, Willis Okeyo, Allan Inungu, Leon Magomere, Francis Esikuri, Brian Musasia, Frank Wanangwe, Davis Wanangwe, George Mutira, Moses Cheplaiti, Barnabas Odhiambo. Coach: Meshack Senge, Assistant: Inderjit Matharu, Team Manager- Geofrey Bila.
conditioning coach-Cyrus Kanyi.

Daily Nation



Twigg on target as Britain beat Germany in Mannheim


2012 HOCKEY Great Britain's Alex Danson (C) celebrates with teammate Nicola White (#28), Helen Richardson (2-L) and Georgie Twigg after scoring the team's third goal against South Korea

Olympic bronze medallist Georgie Twigg was on target as Great Britain beat Germany in the first of three capped matches in Mannheim ahead of England's World League Final campaign.

Twigg, part of the British women's hockey team that won bronze at London 2012 last summer, completed the scoring as head coach Jason Lee's troops got the better of Germany 3-1.

Scot Susie Townsend and Steph Elliott scored within six minutes of each other at the start of the second half before Hannah Kruger pulled one back for Germany and Twigg made the result certain.

Head coach Lee has taken a relatively inexperienced Britain squad out to Mannheim with England set to begin their World League Final campaign against Korea in Argentina on November 30.

Yahoo Eurosport



GB Women in Mannheim for three-match series



Georgie Twigg playing for GB

Before the Argentina World League Final, Head Coach Jason Lee has taken a relatively inexperienced Great Britain squad out to Mannheim, Germany to play three capped matches.

These matches will provide Lee an opportunity to see athletes from the wider training squad, including three from Scotland and will also offer several players a chance to face Germany before they meet them in England colours in the World League Final which starts on 30 November.

Match 2 - Tuesday 12 November

Germany 3 (2)

Franzisca Hauke 28,31 (F,F)
Eva Frank 59 (F)

Great Britain 1 (0)
Susie Gilbert 68 (F)

The second game of the series saw a reverse in yesterday's scoreline as Germany came back strongly to beat Great Britain 3-1. Hauke was on target twice in the first half with two quick goals before half-time to give her side the lead going into the break.

Germany made it 3-0 in the 59th minute through Eva Frank which put the game beyond Great Britain. However, captain for the match, Susie Gilbert (Reading) put her stamp on the game scoring in the final two minutes from open play to mirror yesterday's score line.

Congratulations to Sabbie Heesh (Loughborough Students) who made her international debut in Great Britain's goal.

Great Britain's final match to decide who will take the series is at 12:30 (UK time) tomorrow.

You can see all of the fixtures for this series and full squad information by visiting our International Results page.

England Hockey Board Media release

 



World League Hockeyroos

Adam Commens says squad confidence is high ahead of Finals


The Hockeyroos squad for the forthcoming World League Finals in Argentina has been announced by Hockey Australia with Australian fans able to watch the Hockeyroos' matches on ABC.

Head Coach Adam Commens has named his 18-athlete squad for the showpiece tournament of the year, which features the world’s top eight women’s teams. There are two changes to the side that reclaimed the Oceania Cup ten days ago. Re-joining the Hockeyroos having missed out on the tournament in New Zealand are Teneal Attard (QLD) and Karri McMahon (SA) (pictured below right). Jordyn Holzberger and Mathilda Carmichael are the two athletes to miss out.

Vastly experienced double Olympian Attard (pictured above) hasn’t played for Australia since helping the Hockeyroos to clinch a 2014 World Cup spot and overcome England to win gold at the World League Semi-Final tournament in London in June. She returns after recovering from a hamstring injury sustained in Queensland’s opening match at the Australian Hockey League in September.

The majority of the squad that picked up gold in London will make the trip to Tucumán; Kate Jenner (NSW), Brooke Peris (NT) and Ashlee Wells (VIC) are the three athletes for whom the World League Finals will provide a first taste of international hockey’s newest competition.

Speaking as the team was announced, Head Coach Adam Commens said, “I’m pleased that we welcome back Teneal Attard and Karri McMahon. Teneal hasn’t played a lot of hockey since her injury but she is one of our most experienced midfielders and had a great World League tournament in London. Karri has just completed an intensive physical training block to get her in the position to perform in the heat of Tucumán. She was a key player in our defence at the World League Semi-Final and has had a heavy year having also played at the Junior World Cup. We’ve been carefully managing her load to ensure she is ready for this tournament.”

The World League Finals will pitch the Hockeyroos against World Champions and hosts Argentina, Oceania Cup rivals and world number three New Zealand, and Beijing Olympic silver medallists China in Pool B. Pool A contains Olympic Champions the Netherlands, European gold and silver medallists Germany and England, and Korea. All eight teams qualified for the Finals, which runs from 30 November until 8 December, via one of two Semi-Final tournaments earlier in the year.

Since the start of 2013 the Hockeyroos have recorded victories over Argentina, Germany, England, New Zealand, China and Korea, and Commens believes his side is one of the form teams in world hockey.

Speaking about his hopes for the tournament, Commens said, “The World League Finals represent an important opportunity for us to climb the world rankings. There are a lot of points on offer and, by its very nature, we’re competing against the best teams - those sides around us in the rankings.

“We’ve demonstrated in the last six months that ours is a team on the up and when we play our best hockey we’re competitive with the very best nations. Our first objective is to reach the semi-finals and I believe that if we can do that we are well placed to push on from there and reach the final. Our results against the other top teams this year have been good and give us confidence. As a team we’ve been consistently progressing and when you’ve won the World League Semi-Final, as we did, you can rightly say you’re one of the top nations in the world.”

Australia will also be represented by three members of the officiating team in Argentina. South Australian Rosie Stern has been appointed as Tournament Director, overseeing the competition in its entirety, while Minka Woolley from Tasmania is one of two Umpires Managers at the event. She, along with a Dutch colleague, will oversee and assist 11 umpires including Lisa Roach from New South Wales.

The Hockeyroos squad departs for the World League Finals on 20 November.

Hockeyroos squad for World League Finals
Athlete (Hometown)

Teneal Attard (Mackay, QLD)
Madonna Blyth (Brisbane, QLD)
Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT)
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA)
Casey Eastham (Albion Park, NSW)
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT)
Kate Jenner (Tamworth, NSW)
Kirstin Johnson (Mackay, QLD)
Rachael Lynch (Melbourne, VIC)
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA)
Claire Messent (Melbourne, VIC)
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA)
Georgie Parker (Adelaide, SA)
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT)
Jodie Schulz (Wamuran, QLD)
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW)
Ashlee Wells (Moe, VIC)
Kellie White (Crookwell, NSW)

Hockeyroos fixtures at World League Finals
(dates and times organised by Australian East Coast times)
Date – Time AEDT – Local time - Fixture

1-Dec - 11:00 (AEDT) - 21:00 (local, 30 Nov) - Pool B: Hockeyroos v Argentina
2-Dec - 08:30 (AEDT) - 18:30 (local, 1 Dec) - Pool B: Hockeyroos v China
4-Dec  - 08:30 (AEDT) - 18:30 (local, 3 Dec) - Pool B: Hockeyroos v New Zealand
5-Dec  - TBC - World League: Quarter Final
7-Dec  - TBC - World League: Semi Finals/crossover
8-Dec  - TBC - World League: Medal/Classification matches

Hockey Australia media release



Charlesworth WAIS 'Legend"

Coach elevated to Western Australia Hall of Champions legend status




Kookaburras Head Coach Ric Charlesworth has, once again, been honoured at the West Australian Institute of Sport's WAIS Awards.

Already a member of the WAIS Hall of Champions, Ric was elevated to the highest level of sporting accolade in Western Australian sport with 'legend' status bestowed upon him at the 2013 WAIS Awards.

Powerfully-built and possessing brilliant speed and lateral movement, he was an explosive inside-forward that in his prime was rated the best player in the world.

He was selected for the five Olympic Games from 1972 to 1988, though Australia missed the 1980 Games in Moscow because of political pressure. He bought home an Olympic medal (silver) from the 1978 Games in Montreal.

Ric played in six Champions Trophy tournaments from 1980 to 1988, winning gold medals in 1983 and 1985. He also contested four World Cup tournaments from 1975 to 1986.

The highlight of his playing career came in 1986 when Australia won the World Cup in London. He was the leading goalscorer of the tournament, voted best player and named in the World XI for the fifth time.

As a coach, he led the Hockeyroos to back-to-back gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, with World Cup crowns in 1994 and 1998 and the inaugural Commonwealth Games hockey gold medal in 1998. His all conquering Hockeyroos also stood on the top step of the podium at four Champions Trophy tournaments, in 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999.

Since 2009, Ric has been Head Coach of the Kookaburras, leading them to World Cup glory (2010), Olympic Games bronze (2012), four Champions Trophy gold medals (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and the Commonwealth Games gold medal (2010).

Hockey Australia media release



Hero to be title sponsor of Junior Hockey World Cup

NEW DELHI: Two-wheeler manufacturing giant Hero Motocorp Limited on Tuesday announced its association with the Junior Hockey World Cup, to be held here next month, as the title sponsor.

Hero Motocorp Ltd. is an FIH Partner and the Title Sponsor for all FIH events taking place in India until the end of 2015.

The Hero Junior Hockey World Cup will see 16 junior (Under-21) international teams fight it out for the title at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here from December 6 to 15.

Pawan Munjal, managing director & chief executive officer, Hero MotoCorp said, "It is indeed a privilege to be associated with the Hockey Junior World Cup. This is also in keeping with our long-term commitment to promote Hockey in the country.

"Nurturing the youth plays a pivotal role towards building world-class teams and we hope our support can help drive the growth of hockey in India and around the world. I wish all the participating teams the very best and look forward to seeing some great performance from these future stars of world hockey," Munjal said in a release.

FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather, said, "The Junior World Cup is an extremely important event for FIH. It puts the spotlight firmly on the future stars of the game, providing some of the finest young talents in the world with the perfect opportunity to make a name for themselves in a world class sporting environment.

We are delighted to have Hero Motorcorp as a Global Partner and the Title Sponsor for the Junior World Cup and other upcoming FIH Major Events in India, including the World League Finals in January."

The Times of India



FUNdamental Field Hockey shares the sport in New York City

Thanks to the North East Field Hockey Association (NEFHA), thirty five physical education professionals from the Bronx, N.Y. met last week to encounter an unknown sport for the first time --field hockey. They embraced the sport head on and focused on the rules, skills, and overall mission of the game. The two hour session demonstrated a glimpse of what their students would be participating in. The physical education teachers displayed interest and truly demonstrated the passion of learning within their educational system.

The USA Field Hockey Sport Development team aims to continue working with NEFHA to progress the sport into an after school program for children in New York City. The program called CHAMPS was implemented into the middle school sports and fitness league as an initiative of the New York City Department of Education. The program promotes student physical activity during the critical years of middle school. The name, CHAMPS derives from the initials for the five characteristics that describe the participants: Cooperative, Healthy, Active, Motivated and Positive Students.

“Our mission as the Sport Development team is to create, educate and advocate for anyone who wants to play the sport,” said Courtney Tavener, USA Field Hockey’s Sport Development Coordinator. “The diverse ethnic and cultural makeup of New York City’s populace makes it an impeccable venue to explore.”

“I wanted to use the FUNdamental Field Hockey program as a platform to continue developing field hockey in New York City because there are not many public schools or organizations that offer the sport to our inner-city youth,” said USA Field Hockey Umpire, Jozann Jackson.  “Additionally, in the United States, as opposed to the rest of the world, field hockey is predominately regarded as a sport for women. Together, we want to change that stereotype.”

“What excited me about FUNdamental Feld Hockeywas the equipment and support from USA Field Hockey,” said Katherine Vera, NEFHA board member “There are many schools and community organizations at this time that have low budgets for team sports. When Harrow Sports paired up with FUNdamental Field Hockey, they provided opportunity. Through the program, schools and communities now have access to field hockey equipment and an amazing, intuitive curriculum that makes it easy for anyone to pick up field hockey and teach it to kids.”

“This sport has given me so much in life, and the best way I can give back to the sport is to teach and coach adults and youth,” said Jackson.

“Playing field hockey was so important to my development as I was growing up,” said Vera.  “It gave me self-confidence, a sense of teamwork, and the desire to work hard at something. To be given the opportunity to offer kids that same experience is incredibly rewarding.”

“It has been an extremely gratifying process working with Kat, Jozann and NEFHA,” said Tavener. “Without their help and devotion to the game, the sport would not be spreading across the inner city. Together we will cultivate field hockey through CHAMPS, FUNdamental Field Hockey programs and other avenues in hopes of generating enough interest to implement the sport into the educational system.”

FUNdamental Field Hockey is a USA Field Hockey youth development initiative that inspires participation and exposes the sport of field hockey to thousands of boys and girls by providing free equipment and emphasizing fun physical activity. For more information on the program and how you can get involved, visit usafieldhockey.com. To find a program near you, click here.

USFHA media release



Mary Eyre: 1923-2013

It is with great sadness that England Hockey reports the death of Mary Eyre, MBE, who died in hospital on Thursday 7 November aged 89.

Mary was one of the greats of women’s hockey in the mid 20th Century; not only did she play for England 16 times between 1945 and 1951, scoring 17 goals, but she was also a long standing international umpire, West President, coach, teacher and administrator. Awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to sport, Mary always got a great deal of enjoyment out of helping people get the most out of sport.

Her many years of service to Cheltenham, East Gloucester HC, Gloucestershire, the West and AEWHA are remembered fondly by those she worked with. Mary came from a sporting family, both her mother and aunt also played hockey for England, and she also played cricket to representative level and tennis at the Wimbledon Championships.

A funeral service will be held at 12.30pm on Wednesday 20 November at St Mary’s Church, Mill Street, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL52 3BQ. An obituary and further details of the day will be posted on the Gloucestershire HA website as soon as they are available.

England Hockey Board Media release