News for 16 November 2013

All the news for Saturday 16 November 2013


Stopover in Chile important for Black Sticks

By David Leggat



Liz Thompson. Photo / Christine Cornege

A week in Chile is shaping as an important stopover for the Black Sticks en route to their World League final in Argentina.

Since finishing fourth at the World League semifinals in Rotterdam in June, New Zealand have had just the four Oceania Cup games in Stratford.

Even though Chile, ranked No18, aren't likely to trouble New Zealand on the scoreboard, the chance to get three more games together in Santiago will be beneficial.

The trio who made their first appearances in the Oceania Cup, Auckland defender Liz Thompson, Canterbury attacker Sophie Cocks and Midlands defender Brooke Neal, have retained their places in the squad of 18, shorn of experience through injury and personal reasons.

Senior striker Katie Glynn and classy midfielder Stacey Michelson are recovering from knee injuries, defender Emily Naylor is unavailable and Aniwaka Roberts completes a quartet who boast 489 internationals.

New Zealand, in pool B, face world No2 Argentina, No6 Australia - who beat them in a penalty shootout to win the Oceania Cup final - and No7 China, with world No1 the Netherlands, England, Germany and Korea in pool A.

Ranking points are on offer in Tucuman to help determine pools for next June's World Cup in The Hague.

New Zealand face a busy year with a Four Nations tournament in Pennsylvania in February, a six-nation event to kick off what is expected to be an annual tournament in Hawkes Bay, and the World Cup followed by the Commonwealth Games in July.

Half the team travels to Chile tomorrow, the rest on Monday.

The New Zealand Herald



Dedy gets call-up for senior hockey team

by S. Ramaguru



Dedy Ariyadi (centre) in a file photo. He has been called up to join the senior hockey team going on a tour of South Korea next week.

KUALA LUMPUR: Youngster Dedy Ariyadi will get a taste of action with the senior hockey team when Malaysia go on a tour of South Korea from Nov 21-Dec 2.

Dedy, 22, is the only new face in the team as the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) made five changes to the side that played in the recent Asian Champions Trophy in Japan.

The other four players back in the team are Baljit Singh, Amir Farid, Roslan Jamaluddin and Jivan Mohan. They replace Ismail Abu, Izwan Firdaus, S. Kumar, Megat Azrafiq and Azreen Rizal.

National team manager George Koshy said Friday the tour would be the last assignment for the team.

“There is the Myanmar SEA Games next month but it will be a mixed team of seniors and juniors. After the tour, the team will take a break and return to camp around Jan 6. We will name the new team in the first week of January,” he added.

George also said seven players from the team would be “rested” from the SEA Games.

“All the other players in the training squad can vie for a place in the Games team,” added George.

The six who have been exempted from the Games are S. Kumar, Mohamed Razie Rahim, Mohamed Shukri Mutalib, Nabil Fiqri Mohamed, Mohamed Marhan Mohamed Jalil and Faizal Saari.

“This six have played in too many tournaments and national coach Paul Revington wants them to have complete rest. We still have a big pool of senior players to choose from for the Games. On top of that, we will also pick players from the junior squad who have been dropped from the Junior World Cup squad.

“It is for the SEA Games team management to decide on the composition of the team,” said George.

During the Korean tour the team are slated to play at least five matches with their senior counterparts.

“Chances are we may end up playing more matches as the Koreans have requested for additional matches. That is all right with us but we must look at our schedule to see how to fit their other matches in. This tour is basically the last chance for the fringe players to try and make the team for the 2014 training programme,” said George.

The team have five major assignments next year – the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup (March), Champions Challenge I (April), World Cup (June), Commonwealth Games (July) and the Asian Games (September).

The team for the South Korean Tour:

Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin, Amir Farid, Amirullah Zainol, Azlan Misron, Dedy Ariyadi, Engku Abdul Malek, Jivan Mohan, Baljit Singh, Khairulnizam Ibrahim, Roslan Jamaluddin, Mohamed Madzli Ikmar, Mohd Azammi Adabi, Mohd Ramadan Rosli, Mohamed Shukri Muitalib, Mohamed Marhan Mohamed Jalil, Nabil Fiqri Mohamed Nor, Mohamed Razie Rahim, Faizal Saari.

The Star of Malaysia



Uddingston excel at the top

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 2


Uddingston top the table on 30 points and with a game in hand, they welcome third place Aberdeen GSFP, these two teams met at the start of the season with Uddingston taking the victory with a substantial 8-1 win.

There is a mid-table battle this Saturday with Erskine Stewart Melville FP welcoming Stepps, only two points separate these two, with the Glaswegians taking the three points earlier in the season by one goal.

Besieged bottom side FMGM Monarchs travel away to a steady Falkirk GHG, Falkirk have only won one match at home so far and will want to get all three points of this struggling side.

After a hard fort match against fourth place University of St Andrews last weekend but missing out on those vital points tenth place CALA Edinburgh travel away to take on second place Watsonians. Watsonians won 6-1 when they met earlier in the season and have only lost one match it will be a tough game for CALA this weekend.

Granite City Wanderers drop to ninth after losing out to a strong Watsonian side last weekend, they take on struggling Glasgow University who have only won one game so far.

University of St Andrews welcome Alpha Data Carnegie, then on Sunday the top team Uddingston face Glasgow University.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 3


A tough weekend for bottom side Ayr as they take on undefeated 2020 Renewables Greenock this Saturday. The first game of the season saw a 5-2 loss at Ayr, but after the league leaders run of form they are the team to beat.

Eighth place Giffnock face a double header at home this weekend, firstly they welcome third place Harris Academy FP followed by ninth place ADTI Aberdeen University. They will be hoping to pick up points from both these matches.

Second place Perthshire failed to tarnish Greenocks record with a 4-2 loss last weekend, they hope to redeem themselves with a win against Highland on Saturday.

University of Strathclyde moved up to seventh after a picking up points in both their matches last weekend, they welcome fourth University of Dundee. Waverly Inveresk Trinity play ADTI Aberdeen University.

Regional

Central Division 1


PSL Team Sport Clydesdale II move up to second after winning both their matches last weekend, they travel away to Stepps who have recently found form winning their last two matches.

Top team Grange II face bottom side Western Wildcats II, Wildcats have only won one match which was earlier on in the season and lost to the top side 6-0 at the start, it will be a tough game for them this weekend.

Mid table side Grange III welcome third placed Hillhead II, who have taken points from their last four matches and after their 6-0 win over Grange III at the start of the season they will be confident of another win.

University of Stirling welcome Edinburgh University II whilst struggling Edinburgh University III face sixth place Inverleith II.

Central Division 2

Top of the table clash this weekend, where high flyers Rottenrow Blue Sox face second place Anchor, who will be looking to tarnish the blue soxs unbeaten record.

Struggling Glasgow University II face seventh place Watsonians II, the students were unlucky not to take any points from last weekend’s away fixture to fourth place East Kilbride. Watsonians started the season well but have lost vital points in recent weeks.

At the bottom end of the table Alpha Data Carnegie II have a tough weekend ahead as they face third place Uddingston II who have only lost one game so far.

After last weekend’s 6-1 win over bottom of the table GHK travel away to Clydeside, there is only one point between these teams so expect a close score line.

CALA Edinburgh II travel away to bottom side Livingston & West Lothian who are not having a great season as they are without any points on the table.

Fourth place East Kilbride go away to Erskine Stewart Melville II and Falkirk GHG face PSL Team Sport Clydesdale III.

North Division

Bottom side ADTI Aberdeen University II welcome second place Grove Menzieshill II, who will want the three points to go top of the league.

AAM Gordonians II who are the current league leaders face Aberdeen GSFP III whilst Aberdeen GSFP II are at home to third place Granite City Wanderers II.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Bottom table fight for Haddington and Uni Dundee

Aberdeen Asset Managment Women's National League Division 2


Hillhead ladies top the table after a double win last weekend, they face seventh place Granite City Wanderers at home. Wanderers have been unlucky in their last few games taking one goal defeats, and only taking one point away from bottom place Haddington. They will have to play their best if they want to take a point from the Hillhead ladies.

We see a mid-table battle between Glasgow University and Borders Fjordhus Reivers, there may be seven points separating the two teams but the students have two games in hand and if they bring their best to the day they could get a point or more from this weekend’s fixture.

At the bottom of the table eighth place University of Dundee take on struggling Haddington, both teams desperate for points, the students will be hoping for a repeat performance from earlier on in the season claiming their only win.

Second place AAM Gordonians travel away to fourth place Inverleith, last time these two met the Aberdeen based team came away with the win but Inverleith have had a great run and will want to redeem their loss to Borders Fjordhus from last weekend.

Aberdeen Asset Managment Women's National League Division 3

Top team University of St Andrews travel away to struggling Bon Accord. After securing their first win last weekend over Ayr, their heads will be held high even ahead of this tough match against the league leaders.

Bottom place University of Strathclyde take on ADTI Aberdeen University at home, these two met last weekend with the Aberdeen students coming away with an 8-0 win helping them move up the table to fourth.

Ayrs loss to bottom side Bon Accord last weekend dropped them to fifth and will be wanting to redeem themselves this weekend but face a tough match against third place Waverly Trinity Inveresk. They drew 1-1 at the start of the season so both teams will be eager to get the full three points this time around.

Second place Stirling University make the journey north to play Aberdeen, the students have managed to get points of everyone below them in the table so far this season and after three consecutive wins sixth place Aberdeen may struggle against this top side.

Championship Leagues

Division 1


This weekend we see the start of the new league where the top three of East and West divisions merge to make the new division 1.

Milne Craig Clydesdale Western II toped the West division with eight wins out of eight, they face CALA Edinburgh II at home who were second in the East Division.

Edinburgh University II who only dropped one game in the East division they play Glasgow Accies while Milne Craig Clydesdale Western III welcome Grove Menzieshill A.

Division 2

Only two games this weekend where the bottom half the leagues make up this new division. Grange EL II take on Edinburgh University III, then on Sunday Stirling Wanderers play Watsonians A.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Checkers, Army stun Magnolias’ favourites

Harvard Maritime Checkers women and Defence Force men booked places in the final of the Shandy Carib Magnolias Indoor Hockey Tournament, after their respective upset wins over much-fancied Magnolias and Queen’s Park CC at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, T&T on Thursday night.

In the women’s Open, Checkers, which won two of its matches and qualified for the semifinals on the final day of preliminary round, took a 1-0 lead via Reyah Richardson in the 12th minute. Two minutes later, Brianna Govia drew Magnolias level for a 1-1 half-time score.

Four minutes after the restart, Patrice Padmore regained the lead for Checkers and six minutes later, Christabella George-Ford made it 3-1 for the winner.

Within a minute, Govia got her second of the match to reduce the deficit to 3-2 but that was as close as Magnolias came, as they fell to a first defeat in five matches, and a costly one at that.

In the final, Checkers will face Paragon which hammered Notre Dame 12-3, led by six goals from Zene Henry and two each from Alanna Lewis and Pauline Joseph.

The Parkites did not go down without a fight as they went under to Defence Force, 7-6 in extra-time, after both teams had battled to a 6-6 draw at the end of the 40 minutes full-time.

The hero for the “Teteron Boys” was national player Javon Woodward, who scored a 48th minute goal, after Marcus James got a hat-trick in regulation-time which was cancelled out by Dominic Young, who also got a treble for the Parkites.

Defence Force will now face Paragon, which outgunned Notre Dame 7-5 inspired by Akim Toussaint who scored a beaver-trick. The tournament was expected to conclude last night with a top prize of US$1,000 each for the winners.

Results

Women
Paragon 12 (Zene Henry 3rd, 22nd, 34th, 37th, 39th, 40th, Alanna Lewis 4th, 17th, Pauline Joseph 7th, 29th, Keima Gardiner 9th, Arielle Williams 14th) vs Notre Dame 3 (Blair Wynne 21st, 31st, Tamia Roach 22nd)
Checkers 3 (Reyah Richardson 12th, Patrice Padmore 24th, Christabella George-Ford 30th) vs Magnolias 2 (Brianna Govia 14th, 32nd)

Men
Paragon 7 (Akim Toussaint 4th, 24th, 34th, 38th, Wayne Legerton 28th, 32nd, Cogie Butler 3rd, Ryan Cowie 15th) vs Notre Dame 5 (Shaquille Daniel 3rd, 31st, Aidan De Gannes 20th, 31st, Solomon Eccles 2nd)
Defence Force 7 (Marcus James 1st, 7th, 32nd, Nicholas Wren 5th, Keshon Johnson 25th, Gerard Ferguson 31st, Javon Woodward 48th) vs QPCC 6 (Dominic Young 10th, 13th, 37th,  Shawn Lee Quay 2nd, Stefan Mouttet 20th, Jerazeno Bell 24th)

Veterans
Third place

Malvern 5 (Shawn Alexander 21st, 27th, 30th, Korey Barnett 14th, Gary Hercules 25th) vs Fatima 1 (Lawrence Mc Master 22nd)

The Trinidad Guardian



Field Hockey Faces BC in NCAA Tournament

By Kenneth Best



The Huskies gathered to celebrate the 2013 Big East Field Hockey Championship after defeating Old Dominion 1-0 in overtime at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex. (Steve Slade ’89 (SFA) for UConn)

UConn’s No. 4 ranked field hockey team will face No. 11 Boston College on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship in Syracuse, N.Y.

Hall of Fame head coach Nancy Steven’s team earned the automatic bid to the tournament last weekend by winning the Big East Tournament Championship in dramatic fashion with a 1-0 overtime victory over No. 7 Old Dominion at the George J. Sherman Family-Sports Complex.


Chloe Hunnable ’15 (CLAS), left, and Marie Elena Bowles ’14 (NUR) after combining for the winning goal in the Huskies’ 1-0 overtime victory for the Big East Championship. (Steve Slade ’89 (SFA) for UConn)

After playing to a scoreless tie in regulation, Marie Elena Bolles ’14 (NUR) started a fast break toward the left side of the ODU goal and flipped a pass to Chloe Hunnable ’15 (CLAS), who sent the ball into the cage just 63 seconds into the overtime, triggering a celebration.

The winner of the UConn vs. BC game will face either No. 2 Syracuse or the winner of the opening round game between Miami (Ohio) and Michigan State on Sunday at 2 p.m. with a berth to the NCAA National Semifinal on the line.

UConn Today



Claude Gibbon Mitchell – the oldest surviving hockey Springbok

(9 September 1920 - 2 November 2013)



Claude Mitchell, the oldest surviving Springbok hockey player, passed away recently.

Claude Mitchell, South Africa’s oldest surviving hockey Springbok, passed away in Pietermaritzburg last week at the age of 93 years.

Born in 1920, in Colenso, the son of a schoolmaster, Claude first made the Natal hockey team at the tender age of 16 years, despite not playing his hockey in the major centres of Durban or Pietermaritzburg.

From the age of 17 years he was a regular member of the Natal hockey team, including the triumphant 1938 team that won the Interprovincial Tournament in Salisbury (now Harare).

The war years intervened and in 1940 he sailed up the coast to Mombasa with the Royal Natal Carbineers on the troopship HMS Devonshire.

He saw action in Abyssinia, Egypt and Italy. He was badly wounded at the battle of Monte Casino. He recovered from his severe wounds and saw further action in the front lines until the end of World War 2.

On his return to Pietermaritzburg he joined the Natal Provincial Administration in its accounting department while studying accounting through UNISA. His career with the NPA lasted until he retired in 1983, after serving as Deputy Provincial Accountant for many years.

Claude married Jean Park in 1948 and they raised six children while developing their beautiful garden in Clarendon. Jean was a well-known gardener, floral artist and gardening columnist for The Witness for decades.

Claude represented Pietermaritzburg in inter-town soccer and cricket matches in the late 1940s, while a key member of the Pirates Soccer Club and Zingari Cricket Club.

He captained the (Pietermaritzburg) Wanderers Club’s first hockey team, which swept the boards in Natal from 1947 to 1956.

Well-known cricketers Jackie McGlew and Roy McLean and a host of Springbok hockey players including James Finnie, Andy Stewart, Dean and Fawcett Bestall, and Paddy Dobson played in this Wanderers team.

Claude’s name is synonymous with the hockey history of Pietermaritzburg, Natal and South Africa. He was a Springbok hockey player from 1948 to 1953 despite the severe WW2 injuries to his left hand, which left him short of a few fingers.

He was vice-captain of the Springbok hockey team in all four tests in 1951 against the British and Irish side, and captain of the 1953 team that was to tour Kenya. Unfortunately that tour was cancelled due to the activities of the Mau Mau.

Claude is survived by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Compiled by the Mitchell family

SA Hockey Association media release