News for 19 December 2013

All the news for Thursday 19 December 2013


FIH unveils plans for 2nd edition of Hockey World League

Venues, dates & teams announced for Rounds 1 & 2



(Photo: FIH / Grant Treeby)

The inaugural edition of the Hockey World League – the action packed competition which provided every hockey-playing nation on earth with the opportunity to go all the way to the Hockey World Cup – does not draw to a close until the middle of January, when Men’s HWL Final event takes place in New Delhi, India. However, that has not stopped the International Hockey Federation (FIH) from declaring its plans for the second edition of the tournament, with the Round 1 events scheduled to take place between July and October 2014.

The FIH can reveal that the Round 1 phase – for teams ranked 17 and above in the FIH World Rankings – will take in incredible locations such as Jamaica (men & women), Singapore (men), Croatia (men), Lithuania (women), Bangladesh (men), Czech Republic (men & women), Zimbabwe (men & women),  Portugal (Men), Mexico (men & women), Oman (men) and Fiji (men and women). Further details about each event and the competing nations can be found below.

As well as the Round 1 locations, the FIH has also announced the venues, dates and teams for the Round 2 events, which will be played between January and March 2015. Men’s tournaments have been allocated to Lancaster (USA), Singapore and Cape Town (South Africa), with women’s events going to Montevideo (Uruguay), Ranchi (India) and Valencia (Spain). As well as the qualifying teams from Round 1, Round 2 will also feature the sides placed from 9-16 in the current FIH World Rankings. Details about the competing teams for each event can be found below. 

A total of 63 men’s and women’s teams competed in the Round 1 events of the inaugural Hockey World League. That marker is certain be eclipsed in the upcoming Round 1 events, as the Hockey World League continues to play a crucial role in the global growth of the game.

Various nations are expected to make their Hockey World League debuts in Round 1, including Brunei, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. The dream for these and every team that competes in the Hockey World League is to achieve qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, an objective which can be realised in Round 3 of the competition.

“We are greatly looking forward to the second edition of the Hockey World League, especially after the many successes of the first edition”, said FIH President Leandro Negre. “The tournament really is shining a spotlight on hockey in every corner of the globe, and the likely increase in participating teams for the upcoming events shows that our sport is continuing to grow on a truly global level. We are convinced that this tournament will continue to go from strength to strength, aiding the development of hockey throughout the world.”

More information about the locations, dates and teams that will compete in the upcoming Hockey World League Round 1 and Round 2 events can be found below, with complete details being announced over the coming months.

HOCKEY WORLD LEAGUE – ROUND 1 EVENTS

What: Men & Women’s Hockey World League Round 1
Where: Kingston, Jamaica

When: 1-6 July 2014
Teams: Men – Jamaica, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela. Women – Jamaica, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela.
Number of available R2 qualification places: 1 men / 1 women.

What: Women’s Hockey World League Round 1
Where: Singapore

When: 1-6 July 2014
Teams: Singapore, Afghanistan, Brunei, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan.
Number of available R2 qualification places: 4

What: Men’s Hockey World League Round 1
Where: Sveti Ivan Zelina, Croatia

When: 1-6 July 2014
Teams: Men – Croatia, Bulgaria, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey.
Number of available R2 qualification places: 2

What: Women’s Hockey World League Round 1
Where: Siauliai, Lithuania

When: 11-13 July 2014
Teams: Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Ukraine.
Number of available R2 qualification places: 3

What: Men’s Hockey World League Round 1
Where: Dhaka, Bangladesh

When: 2-7 September 2014
Teams: Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Brunei, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan.
Number of available R2 qualification places: 2 

What: Men & Women’s Hockey World League Round 1
Where: Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

When: 2-7 September 2014
Teams: Men – Czech Republic, Armenia, Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine. Women – Czech Republic, Austria, France, Turkey.
Number of available R2 qualification places: 2 men / 3 women.

What: Men & Women’s Hockey World League Round 1
Where: Harare, Zimbabwe

When: 5-7 September 2014
Teams: Men – Zimbabwe, Egypt, Namibia, Nigeria. Women – Zimbabwe, Namibia, Nigeria.
Number of available R2 qualification places: 1 men / 1 women.

What: Men Hockey World League Round 1
Where: Lousada, Portugal

When: 9-14 September 2014
Teams: Portugal, Austria, Gibraltar, Italy, Morocco.
Number of available R2 qualification places: 2

What: Men & Women’s Hockey World League Round 1
Where: Veracruz, Mexico

When: 9-14 September 2014
Teams: Men – Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru. Women – Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Paraguay, Peru.
Number of available R2 qualification places: 2 men / 2 women.

What: Men Hockey World League Round 1
Where: Muscat, Oman

When: 3-5 October 2014
Teams: Oman, Azerbaijan, Iran, Qatar.
Number of available R2 qualification places: 1

What: Men & Women’s Hockey World League Round 1 events
Where: Fiji

When:
Teams:
Number of available R2 qualification places: 1 men / 1 women.

Note: The number of qualifiers from the Round 1 events to Round 2 is subject to the actual final participation numbers of each event. 

HOCKEY WORLD LEAGUE – ROUND 2 EVENTS

What: Men’s Hockey World League Round 2
Where: Singapore

When: 17-25 January 2015
Teams: Malaysia, Japan, Poland, Singapore plus: 
- the top two finishers from the R1 event in Bangladesh
- the team that finishes 1st at the R1 event in Oceania
- the team that finishes 2nd at the R1 event in Portugal.

What: Women’s Hockey World League Round 2
Where: Montevideo, Uruguay

When: 17-25 January 2015
Teams: Ireland, Azerbaijan, Uruguay plus:
- the team that finishes 1st at the R1 event in Czech Republic
- the team that finishes 2nd at the R1 event in Mexico
- the team that finishes 2nd at the R1 event in Jamaica
- the team that finishes 1st at the R1 event in Zimbabwe

What: Men’s Hockey World League Round 2
Where: Lancaster, USA

When: 25 February – 8th March 2015
Teams: USA, Canada, Ireland plus: 
- the team that finishes 1st at the R1 event in Portugal
- the team that finishes 1st at the R1 event in Croatia
- the top two finishers from the R1 event in Mexico
- the team that finishes 1st at the R1 event in Jamaica

What: Women’s Hockey World League Round 2
Where: Ranchi, India

When: 7-15 March 2015
Teams: India, Chile, Russia plus:
- the top four finishers from the R1 event in Singapore
- the team that finishes 1st at the R1 event in Oceania

What: Men’s Hockey World League Round 2
Where: Cape Town, South Africa

When: 7-15 March 2015
Teams: South Africa, France, China plus:
- the team that finishes 1st at the R1 event in Oman
- the top two finisher from the R1 event in Czech Republic
- the team that finishes 1st at the R1 event in Zimbabwe
- the team that finishes 2nd at the R1 event in Croatia

What: Women’s Hockey World League Round 2
Where: Valencia, Spain

When: 14-22 March 2015
Teams: Spain, Italy plus:
- the team that finishes 1st at the R1 event in Mexico
- the top three finishers from the R1 event in Lithuania
- the 2nd and 3rd placed teams from the R1 event in Czech Republic

QUALIFICATION FOR ROUND 3 / SEMI FINAL STAGES: The three highest finishers from each of the men’s Round 2 events will qualify for the Round 3 / Semi Final stages of the Hockey World League. On the women’s side, the two highest finishers from each of the Round 2 events will qualify for the Round 3 / Semi Final stages. They will be joined in Round 3 by the highest ranked of the third place finishers from Round 2 and Belgium, who will host one of the Round 3 events.

About the Hockey World League

The Hockey World League is an action packed competition giving every hockey-playing nation a chance to go all the way to the Hockey World Cup and the Olympics.

Composed of four rounds and played over two years, the schedule alternately coincides with the build-up to the World Cup and to the Olympics, providing more than half of the entry tickets for both. Beyond a mere qualifier, the Hockey World League shines a spotlight on the sport in all corners of the globe, producing exciting and elite level hockey while also providing a strong commercial opportunity for the sport.

Typified by its “Make Your Mark” slogan, the Hockey World League invites every hockey playing nation to take part. It allows even the smallest ones to dream of writing their own chapter in hockey’s history books. It builds heroes as fresh talent bursts onto the scene. Established nations feel the heat as rising superpowers threaten to install a new world order.

FIH site



Changes to Black Sticks Women's line-up




Black Sticks head coach Mark Hager has named a significantly different side for the upcoming USA Tournament in February, making it clear that positions are still up for grabs ahead of the 2014 World Cup in June.

The seven changes from the recent World League Final team include seniors Emily Naylor and Bianca Russell re-joining the team, young striker’s Michaela Curtis and Sian Fremaux having the call-up and Stacey Michelsen, Aniwaka Roberts and Rose Keddell all returning from injury.

“The team for the World Cup certainly isn’t set in stone and this tournament is a chance to give others a chance to prove themselves. We need to improve our performance and be more consistent if we want to win medals at pinnacle events,” says Hager.

The USA Tournament will see the Black Sticks take on the United States and England from 6-20 February as part of their preparation ahead of their pinnacle event of the year – the FIH 2014 World Cup in Holland in June.

“We are trying to get as much game time as possible before the World Cup. That is our key event for the year and if we want to be competitive against the top nations, we have to play those teams more,” says Hager.

Star players Stacey Michelsen injured herself in April this year and it has been a long road to recovery.  Whether she makes this tour will be dependent on her taking a fitness test at the end of January.

The Black Sticks finished fifth at the World League Final in Argentina earlier this month after winning their final game against China 1-0. 

All National Squad players have individualised strength and conditioning programmes over the Christmas period but are taking a break from the turf, picking up sticks again at the end of January.

2013 Black Sticks Women’s – USA Team

 

13

Sam CHARLTON

Midlands

Defender/Midfielder

22

73

17

Sophie COCKS

Canterbury

Striker/Midfielder

19

13

14

Michaela CURTIS

Central

Striker

20

9

19

Rhiannon DENNISON

North Harbour

Defender

20

17

3

Krystal FORGESSON

Auckland

Midfielder/Striker

31

196

22

Gemma FLYNN

Midlands

Midfielder/Striker

23

154

25

Sian FREMAUX

Canterbury

Midfielder/Striker

21

21

10

Amelia GIBSON

Canterbury

Goalkeeper

22

21

24

Rose KEDDELL

Midland

Defender/Midfielder

19

30

4

Olivia MERRY

Canterbury

Striker

21

27

31

Stacey MICHELSEN

Northland

Midfielder/Defender

22

127

2

Emily NAYLOR

Central

Midfielder/Defender

27

225

9

Brooke NEAL

Midlands

Defender

21

12

32

Anita PUNT

Capital

Midfielder

26

141

7

Aniwaka ROBERTS

Capital

Defender/Midfielder

24

19

30

Bianca RUSSELL

North Harbour

Goalkeeper

35

63

1

Kayla SHARLAND

Central

Midfielder

28

200

16

Liz THOMPSON

Auckland

Defender

19

12

6

Petrea WEBSTER

North Harbour

Striker/Midfielder

25

47

Hockey New Zealand Media release



Men in final

THE national men's hockey team qualified for the final with one match to spare when they overwhelmed Singapore 6-0 at Theinphyu Stadium in Naypyitaw yesterday. Malaysia could have won by a bigger margin if not for the humidity.

Dangerous Lee was the toast of the team with a brace in the 19th and 26th minutes for his team's third successive win.

Coach Tai Beng Hai said his team have achieved their first target of reaching the final.

"It is important that my players do not get injured in tomorrow's (today) final round-robin match with Myanmar. We played well but could have scored more. It was humid," said Beng Hai.

"I am happy with the progress made by my younger players. Our impressive wins here prove we are the best team in the tournament." The hockey final is on Saturday.

New Straits Times



Dangerous leads hockey team victory over Singapore

YANGON: Forward Dangerous Lee scored a brace to steer Malaysia to trounce neighbours Singapore 6-0 in the men’s hockey match.

It was Malaysia’s third consecutive win and they have qualified for the final despite still having one group match left against hosts Myanmar on Thursday.

Malaysia hammered Thailand and Vietnam with the identical score of 13-0 early in the week.

On Wednesday, the 21-year-old Dangerous from Sarawak gave Malaysia the lead in the 19th minute and he was on target again in the 26th minute.

Tengku Ahmad Tajudin (24th), Dedy Ariyadi Jumaidi (52nd), Amir Farid Fuzi Ahmad (63rd) and Ramadan Rosli (70) netted the other goals.

Team manager Lailin Abu Hassan said that they should have no problem beating Myanmar on Friday to complete the round robin fixtures.

“We should face Singapore in the final on Saturday as they have only lost once in three matches.

“I believe Singapore will beat Thailand tomorrow to finish runners-up in the Games,” said the former international.

The Star of Malaysia



Perak to meet Selangor in U-21 hockey final

By Ashreena Pillai



Perak's keeper M. Amirul Abdul Halim blocks a shot by Kuala Lumpur's Ahmad Iqwan Shah Harun during their MHC Under-21 semi-final match on Dec 18, 2013.

KUALA LUMPUR: Perak pulled off a stunning 3-2 win over Kuala Lumpur to check into the final of the MHC Under-21 hockey tournament at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

KL, unbeaten in the group matches, found themselves 1-0 down when Muhammad Akmal Mohd Tajuddin scored a field goal for Perak in the 30th minute.

Akmal added a second from a penalty corner in the 47th minute before Azril Misron found the net with a brilliant field goal in the 55th minute.

Although KL staged a late fightback, with goals from Muhammad Amirol Aideed Arshad (62nd) and an own goal by Perak (65th), it proved too little, too late.

Perak will now take on Selangor, who overcame Penang 4-2, in the title showdown on Thursday.

The second semi-final saw Selangor take a 4-0 lead with goals by Faridzul Afiq Mohd (13th minute) and captain Amir Zlkarnain Ahmad Robagi (17th, 41st and 46th).

Penang got one back in the 48th minute, courtesy of an own goal, before Mohd Rahimi Iskandar scored off a penalty corner setpiece in the 67th minute.

Both the finalists finished as group runners-up and Perak coach Manjit Singh said Thursday’s final could go either way.

“It’s going to be tough. It’s 50-50, we have an equal chance just like them. I think the winner will be the team who listen to instructions, make good use of their chances at goal and make fewer mistakes,” said Manjit.

Selangor had big wins against Kedah (8-0) and Perlis (7-0) in the group stages while Perak blitzed Kelantan 13-2, Pahang 10-0, Penang 6-2 and Sabah 5-0.

“We’ll go all out. Simple as that. We’ll just bulldoze our way through... And we’ll do it for Selangor,” said Selangor’s team manager Zainal Abidin.

KL and Penang will play in the 3rd and 4th placing playoff on Thursday. 

The Star of Malaysia



Need to develop youth, says Terry Walsh

Harpreet Kaur Lamba


India’s 10th-place finish at the Junior Hockey World Cup has evoked a lot of criticism, but senior coach Terry Walsh says it is “time to identify the correct problems” to help develop Indian hockey.

“May be we are looking in the wrong direction when we seek solutions,” said Walsh, as he witnessed the juniors in action in New Delhi.

“We are all focused on this particular tournament. And the reality is that tomorrow we will be focused on another event, and yet another one after that. But what are we doing about it?”

Walsh, who took over the senior national team two months ago, said the country needed a development programme to prosper in world hockey.

“My assessment, having been here a very short time, is that we need to collectively figure out a programme which develops our youth at a significantly higher level, which can match up to the other nations.”

For this, Walsh has identified three key areas: Educating coaches, tournament management and developing a player at the psychological and physiological levels.

“I think we have to develop our youngsters at a far higher level than what they are right now. They have to be able to cope with pressure, be able to match their opponents physiologically because skills cannot come into play until these components are in place.

“You can put the nicest game plan together, but if your physiology and psychology falter, it is completely gone.”

India crumbled under pressure at the junior event that concluded on Sunday, and Walsh said it gave the think-tank an insight into what was going wrong.

“We lacked quality performance. From my perspective, it was very disappointing but not uncommon in Indian hockey. That is the issue that we need to work on and get a solution moving on towards the future.

“In successful hockey playing nations, we see a lot of work being done on a player’s physiology and psychology from the age of eight to 18. And we have to fix it here.

“These problems have been surfacing and re-occurring for many, many years. And the solution does not lie in training a team or a group. These issues are addressed in the development programmes that don’t exist at this point of time.

“There are many, many parts to it. There are many academies-cum-sport groups in this country, but the fabric of the whole complexity of this is not close knit. We are aiming at a programme that brings collectively top players into the system.”

The Asian Age



PHF seek financial scoop; Olympians dribble


PHF eyes to revolutionise hockey but former Olympians feel the current set-up features the same tried-and-tested officials. PHOTO: RIAZ AHMED / FILE EXPRESS

KARACHI: Like a drought of favourable results for the Pakistan hockey team, the game’s governing body is also facing a huge financial crunch, bringing its day-to-day affairs close to a halt.

The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) that saw a new set-up last month after the elections, is lacking funds even to pay salaries for this month. According to the PHF, they need an immediate ‘bail-out package’.

Amid the prevailing circumstances, the federation headed by President Akhtar Rasool – also the ruling party PML-N’s leader – is preparing an extensive plan to revolutionise the national sport.

The plan that is expected to be sent to the government soon will require Rs500m annually, a senior PHF official told The Express Tribune.



“PHF wants to focus on schools, colleges and universities. The proposal also includes a programme for jobs assistance to players and promoting departmental hockey.”

The official added that the federation is not going to neglect the domestic hockey base either.

“The PHF is also aiming to bring significant improvements in the domestic structure besides providing advanced training to junior and senior teams. We are hoping a positive response from the government following the initial meeting.”

PHF’s demand justified: Ibrahim

Meanwhile, former Olympian Qamar Ibrahim has backed the federation’s demand of annual allocation of funds.

“It’s the right thinking,” said the former player.

“Pakistan’s hockey desperately needs funds. The proposal is appropriate if implemented effectively.”

Ibrahim added that the previous regime, which reportedly received funds of Rs800m during its tenure, had failed to produce any positive results.

Olympians to protest outside parliament

Past hockey greats will assemble outside the Parliament House on Thursday to demand an interim set-up.

These include Islahuddin Siddiqui, Shehnaz Sheikh, Samiullah Khan, Ayaz Mehmood, Qamar Zia and Naveed Alam.

Samiullah said that no breakthrough can be expected from the same officials who ruined hockey in the last five years.

“Today we are ninth in the ranking,” he said. “This is not a new set-up as both the president and secretary (Rana Mujahid) were the part of last set-up in key positions.”

The Express Tribune



IMCG G 6-1/4 win Girls School Hockey

ISLAMABAD - Islamabad Model College for Girls (IMCG) G 6-1/4 lifted the Federal Board Inter-directorate Girls School Hockey Championship 2013 title here at Naseer Bunda International Hockey Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex on Wednesday. IMCG lifted the title by securing 10 points while IMCG F-6/1 were second with eight points and IMCG I-9/1 third with five points. On the second and last day of the event, IMCG G 6-1/4 managed to win all their matches and in the last match, they edged out IMCG F-6/1 by 1-0. The winning goal was scored by Anila. Earlier, IMCG F-6/1 managed to win four matches in a row, but lost the crucial encounter to settle for runners-up spot while IMCG I-9/1 managed to win two matches, drawn one and lost two matches, thus took five points to finish the third.

The Nation