News for 20 November 2013

All the news for Wednesday 20 November 2013


South Africa close in on final berth at Africa Cup for Nations

Women’s tournament remains close as RSA held by Ghana



(Photo: LuValiatti )

The race to land the final two places at next summer’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague (NED) continued on Tuesday with the second day of action at the Africa Cup for Nations continental championship in Nairobi, Kenya.

South Africa closed in on place in the competition final with a comprehensive 6-1 win over Egypt, although Ghana have made the women’s tournament extremely interesting thanks to a 1-1 draw with South Africa.

South Africa men were simply sensational in their clash against Egypt, a team who many felt could be serious challengers to RSA’s title ambitions.  A field goal from Taine Paton was enough to give South Africa a narrow advantage going into half time, but a three goal burst between the 42nd and 47th minutes from Lloyd Norris-Jones (2) and captain Austin Smith opened up a 4-0 lead. Smith struck again in the 59th minute before Pierre de Voux made it 6-0 four minutes later. Egypt grabbed a consolation goal in the 68th minute through Hassan Mohamed, but it did little to hide what was an emphatic South African win.

Also in the men’s competition, Kenya moved up to second in the league table courtesy of a 2-0 win over Ghana. Second half goals from Wanangwe Davis and Constant Wakhura proved to be enough to ensure that home favourites claimed all the points.

Ghana began their match against South Africa sitting at the top of the women’s league table, and a 1-1 draw ensured that they finished the day in exactly the same position. South Africa made the first impression on the scoreboard in the 26th minute through a Cecilia Evans penalty corner. However, an open play strike from Elizabeth Opoku gave Ghana a share of the spoils and very much keeps them in the hunt for a place at the summer spectacular event in The Hague.

In the other women’s match, host nation Kenya recorded a stunning 13-1 win over Tanzania. The home fans were given a real treat in a match which saw nine different Kenyan players getting their names on the score-sheet, with Pauline Amutebi netting a hat-trick in the rout.

The Africa Cup for Nations tournament takes a rest day on Wednesday, with the action resuming on Thursday.

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2013 Africa Cup For Nations – Day 2 Results.

 

Men
Egypt 1-6 South Africa
Kenya 2-0 Ghana

TEAM

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTs

RSA

2

2

0

0

12

3

9

6

KEN

2

1

0

1

4

3

1

3

EGY

2

1

0

1

4

8

-4

3

GHA

2

0

0

2

2

8

-6

0






Women
Kenya 13-1 Tanzania 
South Africa 1-1 Ghana

TEAM

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

PTs

GHA

2

1

1

0

19

1

18

4

RSA

2

1

1

0

4

2

2

4

KEN

2

1

0

1

14

4

12

3

TAN

2

0

0

2

1

31

-30

0

FIH site



SA hockey men win well while SA hockey women held to draw

A superb  South Africa men's hockey team beat a hardworking but outplayed Egypt 6-1 after leading 1-0 at half-time on match day two of the Africa Cup of Nations hockey tournament in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday.

SA scored three goals from three penalty corners, two to captain Austin Smith and one to Lloyd Norris-Jones, who followed up after Smith had sent a drag-flick thudding into the crossbar.

Norris-Jones also scored a field goal, as did Taine Paton and Pierre de Voux.

Egypt got a consolation goal at the death through Hassan Mohamed.

SA now have two wins from two matches, having beaten Ghana 6-2 on Monday. They play Kenya at 3 pm (SA time) Thursday.

The SA men are now through to Saturday's 2.30 pm (SA time) final and are likely to meet old foes Egypt again in a match in which the winners book a ticket at the 2014 Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands from May 31.

The Investec SA women's hockey team were held to a draw for the first time by Ghana, the score 1-1 at the final whistle in what was SA captain Marcelle Keet's 100th match for her country.

Head coach Fabian Gregory's SA side earned 16 penalty corners and also created numerous chances in field play but Ghana battled tenaciously throughout, relying on breakaways to set up their limited goalscoring opportunities.

SA did score one goal from a penalty corner, though, when Celia Evans reacted quickly at another untidy set-piece play in the 26th minute to slot the ball home. The never-say-die Ghana striker Elizabeth Opoku epitomised the determination of the underdogs when she held on to score a fine opportunist goal in the 52nd minute.

SA, who beat Kenya 3-1 on Monday, are virtually certain of playing in Saturday's 12 noon (SA time) women's final, as they play minnows Tanzania in their final round-robin match at 9 am SA time Thursday. Ghana are likely to be their opponents in the women's gold medal match, which books the winners a berth at the World Cup in The Hague.

Both men's and women's World Cups take place at the same venue and on the same dates next year.

SA Hockey Association media release



Ray of hope as host team secure first win in the hockey Africa Nations Cup

By ELIZABETH MBURUGU



Kenya hockey team players celebrate one of the goals against Tanzania at City Park Stadium yesterday. Kenya beat Tanzania 13-1 in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament. [PHOTO: JENIPHER WACHIE/STANDARD]

Kenya women team put its campaign to clinch the hockey Africa Cup of Nations silverware back on track when they thumped Tanzania 13-1 on the second day of the tournament at the Nairobi’s City Park Stadium.

After going down 3-1 to defending champions South Africa on the first day on Monday, Kenya needed no inspiration to raise their game and claim the positive result and will only need a win against second seeded Ghana to finish in the top two places and qualify for the finals.

In yesterday’s match, Kenya showed their prowess as they overwhelmed Tanzania 13-1 to earn three vital points. The hosts failed to utilise many opportunities that came their way, thus limiting the number of goals in the match.

However, team captain Betsy Ommala, who had a good game, was still pleased with the scoreline.

“Our main objective was to win and earn three vital points, we are now focusing on our next match,” she said.

Margret Rotich opened the score for the hosts two minutes into play netting a fantastic field goal benefitting from a Pauline Amutebi back pass.

Three minutes later Amutebi beat the Tanzanian defence to slot in a second for the host. Assistant captain Lilian Aura  added a third to the tally in the 11th minute.

Kenya, however took their feet off the pedal and allowed Tanzanian to control the game  until the 26th minute when Anita Agunda put Kenya four up. Ommala converted a penalty corner in the 35th minute to put the score at 5-0 at the breather.

The second half saw Kenya put up a hard fight and their efforts bore fruit in the 38th minute when Barbara Simiyu scored after she was set up by Flavian Mutiva. Rotich was at it again in the 49th minute  claiming a field goal after Jacqueline Jow had done the donkey work to creat the goal.

Jow aaded her second goal of the tournament in the 50th minute as Caroline Guchu made it 9-0 a minute later.

Audrey Omaido scored twice in the 53rd and 57th minute while Amutebi scored in the 65th and 65th to seal the victory.

Tanzania got their consolation goal through an own goal deflected in by Benazir Omotto.  Tanzanian team coach Valentina Quantara was full of praise for her squad saying they put up a hard fight.

“They played well. this is our first time to play at the international level,” she said.

The Kenyan girls have a hard task ahead against Ghana tomorrow. Ghana held defending champions South Africa to 1-1 draw on Monday. South Africa went up in the 26th minute through Cecilia Evans penalty corner.  Elizabeth Opuku of Ghana dribbled past the South African defence beating goalkeeper Phumelela Mbande to equalize in the 52nd minute.

On Monday, South Africa’s men team beat Ghana 6-2 in their opening match.

The Standard Online



Kenya’s hockey Cup of Nations hunt dealt a blow

By ELIZABETH MBURUGU




KENYA: Hosts Kenya started their campaign in the hockey Africa Cup of Nations on a sour note with both men and women teams losing their opener matches at Nairobi’s City Park Stadium yesterday.

The Kenya men’s team went down 3-2 to Egypt while the women side were routed 3-1 by the defending champions South Africa.

This puts a big hurdle in Kenya’s quest to make its maiden show at the World Cup in The Hague in 2014. Only the winners of the men and women teams will secure the ticket to the global hockey fiesta.

The men’s match against giants Egypt started off well with Kenya sitting back and utelising the counter attack system. However, this approach did not bare fruits as the home team failed to break through the Pharaoh’s defence.

The Egyptians capitalised on Kenya’s failure to under pressure.

Superb play, however, from Brian Sana prolonged Kenya’s resilience clearing the ball off the line to deny the Pharaohs a chance to take the lead. Three minutes later the Egyptians were at it again but team captain Richard Birir came to the rescue.

The Egyptians broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute through a Mohamed Ragab field goal, which gave them a 1-0 advantage at the breather.

Kenya came into the second half rejuvenated and their efforts paid off in the 49th minute through Moses Cheplaiti who levelled the scores.

Ragab was not done yet tormenting Kenya’s defence line and in the 52nd minute he silenced the fans to restore Egypt’s lead capitalising on poor judgment from goalkeeper Linus Kipkemboi.

George Mutira pulled one back in the 61st minute to level the score. Kenya put up a hard fight but were given a rough ride by the Egyptians.

In the dying minutes, it seemed like the game was headed for a draw. However, the Egyptians snatched victory in the 69th minute through a Mohamed Ramadan field goal to deflect Kenya’s fighting spirit.

Head coach Meshack Senge said the team will work on its defence and hopes to win the remaining matches to make the finals.

“We had a bad start conceding soft goals. Poor judgment cost us the game,” he said. “We still have a chance to correct our mistakes in our next matches.”

In the women’s match, Kenya got off well and took the lead just five minutes into the game through a Jacqueline Jow field goal.

The first half saw a very determined Kenyan side that was not ready to let go off the lead. They contained the South Africans defending very well.

The visitors however, took the game to Kenya’s side  and worked relentlessly. Their efforts were rewarded in the 34th minute with Jade Mayne scoring a fantastic field goal to level the score.

With their title on the line Lilian Du Plessis scored a second in the 53rd minute to putting the defending champions in the lead. Tanya Britz sealed the victory in the 61st minute to strengthen South Africa’s hopes of retaining the title.

Kenya’s coach Fidelis Kimanzi was still optimistic that  his charges will win the remaining matches.

“We will put up a fight in the remaining matches. It is still in our hands, we can change the course,” he said.

The Standard Online



The 2013 NCAA Semifinal Stage is Set

Over the weekend, colleges across the country fought to stay alive in the NCAA tournament dance. Twelve teams across the three divisions will still be practicing this week in preparation for the biggest stage in collegiate sports, the NCAA Final Four.

Division I

Maryland, the number one seed earned their spot in the NCAA Division I Final Four in -bold fashion. The Terps opened NCAA play by defeating number. 18 ranked American University by a score of 4-1. Maryland went on to defeat reigning 2012 National Champion, Princeton, in the Elite Eight by a score of 3-2. The Terps advance to their sixth consecutive national semifinal game and their sixteenth under coach Missy Meharg. Two of the three Maryland goals were recorded by the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and U.S. National Team athlete, Jill Witmer.

Duke Field Hockey is headed to the NCAA semifinals as an attacking entity. The number.four Blue Devils encountered the University of New Hampshire in the first round of competition. The squad moved past the Wild Cats 6-1 and then went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts in the second round 4-1 earning their ticket to Norfolk.

The University of Connecticut enters the semifinal match up by first defeating Boston College 2-1 in an overtime thriller in the Sweet Sixteen. The Boston College Eagles tied the game with less than four minutes in regulation but the Huskies capitalized on a corner opportunity in the opening minutes of overtime. UConn then met Michigan State in the second round. Michigan State earned their Elite Eight appearance by upsetting number two Syracuse 2-1 but UConn ended the Spartans winning streak by defeating the squad 3-1.     

North Carolina, ranked number three, topped Delaware 6-2 and Wake Forest 5-2 to advance to semifinal play. For the fifth consecutive year and the eighteenth appearance in program history, the Tar Heels advance to the Final Four. UNC is one of the three Atlantic Coast Conference teams who have advanced to the semifinals.

Maryland and Duke will meet in the first match held at the L.R. Hill Complex in Norfolk, Va. at 2 p.m. on November 22. The UNC and UConn match will follow at 4:45 p.m.

Division II

Number two ranked Millersville shutout the reigning 2012 National Champion, West Chester,  with a 1-0 decision. The Marauders improved to 19-2 on the season and advance for the first time in school history to play in the NCAA Division II semifinals at the National Training Center The squad is set to meet the South region’s number one ranked team, Shippensburg University, on November 22 at 3:30 p.m. in Virginia Beach, Va.

Merrimack stunned number two seed Stonehill midway through the first sudden-victory period as the third ranked Warriors won 4-3 in overtime. The win marks the third consecutive semifinal appearance for Merrimack. The Warriors will face North region number one Long Island on November 22 at 12:30 p.m.  

Division III

Salisbury punched their ticket to the program’s twelfth semifinal game as they attained a 4-1 victory against Wellesley in the Division III third round. Salisbury will take on Skidmore on November 22 at 2 p.m. in Virginia Beach, Va. who defeated Middlebury 3-2. Skidmore ended Middlebury’s nine-game winning streak and earned the programs third semifinal appearance, the most recent coming in 2010.

Christopher Newport earned their first trip to the national semifinals as they edged Catholic 1-0. Newport will match up against Bowdoin on November 22 at 11a.m. in Virginia Beach, Va. Bowdoin enters the semifinals as veterans as the program has earned seven trips to the national semifinals in nine years. The Polar Bears advanced after upsetting top-seeded Montclair State 1-0.

Old Dominion University will host the Division I Semifinals on November 22 at the L.R. Hill Complex in Norfolk, Va. The Division II and III Semifinals will be held on November 22 at the USA Field Hockey National Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va. All three divisions will compete on November 24 at Old Dominion for each NCAA Championship Final match.

For further tournament updates regarding all collegiate divisions, check usafieldhockey.com and ncaa.com

USFHA media release



Third-generation of Van Huizen hopes to make the cut

by Aftar Singh


Joel Samuel van Huizen (right) in a file photo. He's hoping to be picked for the Junior World Cup to continue his family's hockey tradition.

KUALA LUMPUR: National juniors coach K. Dharmaraj has named 15 players for next month’s Junior World Cup in New Delhi.

He will name another three from the 26-strong training squad on Thursday.

Utility player Joel Samuel van Huizen from Kuala Lumpur is keeping his fingers crossed that he will be one of the 18 players named for the tournament, which begins on Dec 6.

The 21-year-old Joel, who can play as a midfielder as well as a striker, wants to continue the hockey affair in his family.

He wants to follow in the footsteps of his dad Stephen, who played in the 1979 Junior World Cup in Paris, and grandfather Lawrence who featured for Malaysia in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Stephen was also the national senior team captain and represented Malaysia in the 1982 World Cup and 1984 Los Angeles Olympics before becoming the national coach in the 1990s

It would be a dream come true for Joel if he wins a place in the Junior World Cup squad.

“I have never played for the national juniors in a tournament, although I participated in three tours this year - Europe in July, Australia in August and India last month,” said Joel.

“I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will make the cut. Winning a place in the Junior World Cup team will be the best achievement for me as a hockey player.

“It will be a proud moment for me and my family as I will be the third generation to play in the Junior World Cup,” said Joel, who is the second of three siblings.

Sixteen teams will feature in the Junior World Cup and Malaysia will open their Group D campaign against New Zealand on Dec 6.

Malaysia’s other matches are against South Africa on Dec 7 and England on Dec 9.

The final is slated for Dec 16.

Malaysia will depart for New Delhi on Dec 1 and will play a friendly match against world champions Germany on Dec 3.

The Star of Malaysia



Terengganu come good against Kelantan

By Zainuddin Muhammad


TERENGGANU made amends for their first day slip-up against Pahang by thrashing Kelantan 5-1 on the second day of the MHC-Milo-NSC Under-14 Hockey Championships in Kuala Terengganu yesterday.

With Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said watching from the stands, Terengganu took the lead in the sixth minute through Wan Rifqi Wan Muhammad's field goal before captain Ameer Aiman added two more in the 12th and 14th minutes.

Alif Izham then made it 4-0 with a solo effort in the 26th minute before Muhammad Rahimi Rosley converted a penalty corner in the 33rd.

Kelantan managed to pound in their consolation goal five minutes later through Muhammad Noor Hafizru.

Terengganu coach Nik Mohd Azuan Nik Muhammad said his boys responded well from Monday's 3-1 defeat to Pahang to keep alive their hopes of making the semi-finals from Group B.

"To be fair to the boys, they did not have enough time to train together before the competition and it showed during the Pahang game. But I have no reason to worry anymore after seeing them playing as a team today (yesterday) against Kelantan.

"However, we still have a long way to go with four more group matches so we need to be at our best again when taking on Negri Sembilan tomorrow (today)," he said.

Kelantan manager Khairosliza Md Ros admitted that his team's chances of making the semi-final were fading fast after suffering two successive defeats.

"We were not too concerned when we went down 3-2 to Selangor as we played a good game and could have secured at least a draw if not for Selangor's late goal. But we fell apart against Terengganu especially in the first half, and even though the boys tried to rally in the second half, it was a little too late.

"Now I am afraid we are facing a steep uphill task to meet the target of qualifying for the knockout stage," said Khairosliza.

RESULTS -- Boys' Group A: Kuala Lumpur 2 Perlis 0, Kedah 1 Sabah 3; Group B: Johore 1 Malacca 1.

Girls' Group A: Kuala Lumpur 5 Malacca 1; Group B: Negri Sembilan 2 Kedah 0, Selangor 7 Johore 0.

TODAY -- Boys' Group A: Penang v Kuala Lumpur, Perak v Kedah, Sabah v Perlis; Group B: Selangor v Johor, Kelantan v Malacca, Terengganu v Negri Sembilan.

Girls' Group A: Sarawak v Kedah; Group B: Kelantan v Kedah, Penang v Selangor, Negri Sembilan v Johore.

New Straits Times



Trinidad & Tobago hosts FIH Level 2 Coaching Course conducted by Kwan Browne

19 coaches in attendance from Trinidad, Tobago and Guyana

Nigel Providence, PAHF




Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago : The Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board (TTHB), in conjunction with the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC), through funding from the Olympic Solidarity Commission, successfully hosted a FIH Level 2 Field Hockey Coaching course from 31st October - 4th November, 2013 at the National Hockey Centre, Eastern Regional Sports Complex, Trinidad.

This course was conducted by former captain of the Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Hockey team and England Hockey League's 2012-2013 Performance Coach of the year, Kwandwane Browne. The course recorded 19 coaches in attendance - 15 from Trinidad, 2 from Tobago and 2 from Guyana. It involved coaches learning and implementing various techniques and tactics beyond an introductory level and learning how to apply them to tactical play and the coaching of teams.

Kwandwane Browne has been the coach of England Hockey League (EHL) Men’s Premiership team, Canterbury Hockey Club for the last 5 years. Canterbury Premiership team is presently 5th in the EHL standings. In a brief interview Kwan indicated that he felt and saw the passion of quite a few of the coaches and it gave him great pride and comfort to know that there is a real desire for progress in the Caribbean region.

Pan American Hockey Federation media release



HIL’s new franchise Kalinga Lancers launched

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the second edition of the Hockey India League (HIL), Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today formally launched Kalinga lancers, the latest franchise to join the tournament.

Patnaik also unveiled Kalinga Lancers’ logo and jersey for the members of the Odisha team. The Lancers would be the sixth team in the tournament which is scheduled to start from January 23 next year.

Former India captain Dilip Tirkey is the chief mentor and advisor of the team, while Terry Walsh has been named as the coach.

The Tribune



Confer Bharat Ratna to Dhyan Chand: HIL chief Batra

BHUBANESWAR: Demand for honouring Dhyan Chand with Bharat Ratna got louder on Tuesday with Hockey India League asking the government to confer the country's highest civilian award to the hockey wizard.

"We welcome the Bharat Ratna for Sachin Tendulkar. We will be happy if the government of India also announces the name of Dhyan Chand for the highest civilian award," HIL chairman and Hockey India secretary general Narendra Batra said.

"As chairman of HIL, I will take up the matter with the ministry of sports soon," Batra, who was here for launching of Kalinga Lancers, the sixth franchisee in the the second edition of HIL, said.

HIL vice-president Pratap Satpathy said that Dhyan Chand was the greatest hockey player of all times and he was instrumental in taking India in international sport map.

"We are not opposed to the Bharat Ratna for (Sachin) Tendulkar. But, it would be injustice if Dhyan Chand is not conferred with the highest civilian award," he said.

The Times of India



Swabi Inter District Hockey Championship from January 5

SWABI: Swabi Inter District Hockey Championship will be commencing from January 5 2013 here at the Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed Sports Complex.

This was stated by President Hassan Bacha while talking to APP here on Tuesday.

He said all the registered clubs with District Hockey Association Swabi will be eligible to take part in the Championship.

He said out of the Championship a team will be selected to represent District Swabi in the forthcoming Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inter District Hockey Championship to be played from January 15 2013.

Hassan Bacha lauded the efforts of the Pakistan Hockey Federation for holding transparent scrutiny of the clubs followed by conducting free and fair election.

He advised those clubs in the opposition to come and joint hand for the promotion of hockey in the province.

Hassan Bacha termed competitive exposure vital for the promotion of hockey for this purpose he requested the office bearers of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Hockey Association to hold tournaments at district and provincial levels.

He also congratulated Muhammad Saeed Khan Captain (Retd) Saeed Khan and Syed Zahir Shah for their election as Chairman President and Secretary General of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Hockey Association respectively.

The News International



Find your perfect hockey job

Hockey Australia launches Jobs in Hockey with Recruitment 4 Hockey


Hockey Australia has revamped its online offering to clubs, associations, schools and individuals with the launch of a new Jobs in Hockey page in partnership with Recruitment 4 Hockey, the global hockey recruitment website.

Through the Hockey Australia website individuals can now search for roles in Australia including coaching and development positions, administrative careers, sports science, sports medicine, volunteering and playing opportunities.

Recruiting clubs and organisations will benefit from being able to post their hockey jobs to the Hockey Australia website for the first time, increasing their exposure and casting the net wider in the search for top talent to fill their vacancies.

The new service is managed and provided by Recruitment 4 Hockey. The agreement sees recruiting organisations benefiting from significant savings on their recruitment costs. All volunteer and unpaid positions are free of charge while those organisations recruiting for a salaried/paid positions will benefit from a significant discount if posted through the Hockey Australia website.

Lawrence West, General Manager Media & Communications at Hockey Australia, said: “This is a significant step forward in what we can offer the Australian hockey community. The hockey industry in Australia is thriving and there are some outstanding opportunities to work in hockey right across the country in both paid and voluntary capacities.

“The team at Recruitment 4 Hockey is incredibly knowledgeable and I am looking forward to working with them for the benefit of hockey across Australia.”

As part of the arrangement, Recruitment 4 Hockey has become the preferred supplier of recruitment services to Hockey Australia.

Matt Bartell, owner of Recruitment 4 Hockey, said: “We are excited about the affiliation between Hockey Australia and Recruitment 4 Hockey. Together we can support the Australian Hockey community in finding the right people for their vacancies.”

To search for opportunities or to post a vacancy visit the Jobs in Hockey page.

Find out more about Recruitment 4 Hockey at www.recruitment4hockey.com.

Hockey Australia media release