News for 25 December 2013

All the news for Wednesday 25 December 2013

Happy Holidays!

Best wishes in the festive season from FIH

The FIH would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season and a successful start to 2014. We hope that you all have the chance to enjoy time with friends and family.

2013 has been a remarkable year which has produced some incredible international hockey events, and 2014 is set to be even better. The year kicks off with the men's Hero Hockey World League Final in New Delhi, India (10-18 January), before attention switches to the build up Champions Challenge events in Glasgow (SCO) and Kuantan (MAS) ahead of the showpiece Rabobank Hockey World Cup (31 May-15 June) in The Hague, Netherlands.

We look forward to bringing you all of the action, and hope that you enjoy it as much as we will.

During the holiday season, the FIH offices will be closed and the FIH website will remain idle. We will be back up and running early in what promises to be a sensational 2014.

See you in the new year!

FIH site

Merry Christmas from the Black Sticks!

A very merry Christmas to all our awesome fans and supporters from the Black Sticks Men and Women!

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Merry Christmas from HA

Information about Hockey Australia Christmas office closures & upcoming events

It has been another outstanding year for Australian hockey and once again, nationally, the hockey community has come together with enthusiasm and dedication to make hockey happen.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for the part you've played in making 2013 such a great year for hockey. Whether you're a player, coach, umpire, official, volunteer, parent taxi service, sponsor, partner or simply a fan, thank you!

Fear not, however. It won’t be long until it all begins again...

Men's World League Finals
From 10 January, ABC will be showing coverage of the Kookaburras’ World League Finals campaign. Be sure to check out the Watch page for more details.

Indoor National Championships
January 2nd marks the start of the Indoor National Championships, beginning with the men's and women's open championships in Wollongong, NSW. From 7-10 January the U21 championships take place in Brisbane, QLD. Follow the tournaments via our National Indoor Championships page.

From everyone at Hockey Australia, thank you for your support throughout 2013. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Please note, the Hockey Australia Melbourne office and Hockey Australia High Performance Unit in Perth ill be closed for the festive period from Friday 20 December until 9am local time on Monday 6 January.

Hockey Australia media release

Merry Christmas from the National Hockey Museum

Hockey Museum - hockey game 1892

As we wind down for Christmas, we're passing on the good wishes of the National Hockey Museum as they head into the new year.

Over the last few months the Museum has continued to develop at a pace. Almost two years since they first set up shop, they have now received over 180 different hockey collections (from one or two items to the very large), and have over 1200 books in the Library with 680 different titles. We have complete sets of magazines such as Hockey Field, Hockey World and Hockey Digest, but we are still looking for the odd missing editions to make up extra sets (see website for missing copies).

These publications are proving to be a mine of information when they're answering the increasing number of enquiries, such as 'have you got a photo of my uncle who played for England?'. They’ve staged two major displays in the last six months; one at the Investec Cup in June and our second Open Day at the Museum in October. The display at the Chiswick event was very well received and they had visits from many of the participating teams, the FIH and the Sports Minister (see various reports on the website) as well as many, many spectators from around the world. At the Open Day they were able to feature some fascinating new displays.

The origins of the County Championship made a great story and they've continued their ‘Hockey Greats’ series, this time featuring Maggie Souyave. Maggie played her first international match in 1974 and went on to represent England & GB 120 times, winning a gold medal in the World Cup as a player then a gold in the European indoor as coach. Maggie still works for England Hockey as a performance analyst – a fantastic 40 year career at club, county, territorial and national levels. You can find full details on the NHM website, and you can read the full Hockey Museum newsletter by downloading it from the bottom of this page.

Thank you to all who have supported them so generously, and they look forward to welcoming you at the Museum in 2014. Merry Christmas from all at the Museum.

National Hockey Museum Newsletter Dec 2013 (518.82kB)

National Hockey Museum media release

Asia, here we come

By Ashreena Pillai

The victorious women's hockey team which won gold in the recently concluded Myanmar SEA Games, aims to be among the top four nation's in Asia next year. - BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia can now look forward to breaking the stranglehold of the top four teams – China, South Korea, Japan and India – in women’s hockey in Asia.

Senior vice-president of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) Dr Shamala Subramaniam firmly believes it is a possibility following the rousing gold-medal performance at the just concluded SEA Games in Myanmar, where the team created a world record by thrashing Cambodia 36-0 in a group match.

They went on to beat Thailand 6-1 in the final, and in the process scored a total of 72 goals from six matches. 

She said the team have progressed steadily under national coach Mohd Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim and are now set to make headway in 2014.

“It’s always been a four-team show in Asian women’s hockey with China, South Korea, Japan and India the main players. But we feel it’s time we mount a serious initiative to break into that top-four bracket and make our presence felt in Asia,” said Shamala.

World No. 21 Malaysia are the highest ranked team from the Southeast Asia region but are fifth in Asia behind world No. 7 China, South Korea (No. 8), Japan (No. 9) and India (No. 13).

Malaysia will get the chance to gauge where they really stand against the four Asian giants at next September’s 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Malaysia’s best finish at the Games was in 1982 in New Delhi where they earned a bronze. They finished fourth in Seoul four years later but went on a 20-year hiatus before making a return to the Games in 2006 in Doha where they finished fifth. Malaysia also finished fifth at the last edition in 2010 in Guangzhou, China.

Malaysia also finished fifth at the recent Women’s Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

“Our target is to achieve a semi-final finish at the Asian Games and we’ll be using the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July to prepare for the Asiad. We want to break the fifth-place barrier and I truly believe we can do it if we can carry on the momentum we have built up this year,” said Shamala.

Besides that, Shamala said that young talents Surizan Awang Noh, 19, and Fatin Shafika Mohd Shukri ,18, have galvanized the squad.

“Surizan and Fatin Shafika, who have come into the side recently, have really motivated the squad. It was Surizan’s goal against China in the Asian Champions Trophy (in November) that made the players realise that they can match the top teams. That and their performance at the SEA Games have put them in good stead for the future.”

The Star of Malaysia

Barbados looking for Head Coaches for Men and Women Teams

Deadline: January 24, 2014

The Barbados Hockey Federation Inc. (BHF) is looking to fill the positions of High Performance Head Coach Men and High Performance Head Coach Women.

Status: Voluntary
Location: Barbados
Duration: 6 months – 12 months
Supervisor: Board of Directors, Barbados Hockey Federation

Two positions are available for the posts of Men's High Performance Head Coach and Women's High Performance Head Coach. The High Performance Head Coaches will be responsible for organizing the Field Hockey programs for the National Men's/Women's Teams. The Head Coaches will assist with conducting practices, motivating players, and instructing players in game strategies and techniques required for excellence at the international level.

Key Responsibilities
The Head Coaches will be solely responsible and accountable for the direction and success of the Senior Men's/Women's National Teams and Programs. The successful candidates must have proven ability and experience in developing a high performance training environment and programs. Key responsibilities will include:


  • Responsibility for the development and oversight of the Men’s/Women's Senior National Programs within the framework of the Barbados Hockey Federation's High Performance Strategy.
  • Responsibility for the leadership and development of a high performance culture within the Men’s/Women's Senior National Programs.
  • Responsibility for the Men's/Women's Senior National Team program management including annual planning, assessment of strategic opportunities and program implementation.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities Required)
Personal requirements to be submitted or required prior to commencement are:

  • Valid Drivers Permit
  • Valid Passport
  • Valid US Visa and the ability to qualify for international travel
  • Pass a criminal record check

The below Technical Requirements are to be submitted along with the application for the position:

  • A demonstrated, proven record of coaching excellence at the national junior and national senior levels and extensive experience in club development, preferably at the elite level.
  • A minimum certification of PAHF (Pan American Hockey Federation) Certified Coach or PAHF Level 2 Certification or its equivalent is required. If this requirement is not satisfied at the time of application, the applicants must have commenced the PAHF Certified Coach, PAHF Level 2, or equivalent program and will be required to prepare a written plan for the completion of certification requirements. Consideration will be given to persons with national coaching experience within the last 2 years.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter & resume with at least two coaching references by January 24, 2014 to:

Barbados Hockey Federation Inc.,
C/O Barbados Olympic Association Inc.,
Olympic Centre, Garfield Sobers Sports Complex,
Wildey, St. Michael,
Barbados, BB 15094

Emailed applications and queries can be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pan American Hockey Federation media release