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News 03 March 2014

All the news for Monday 3 March 2014

EG go top as Beeston draw with Canterbury

East Grinstead's Ashley Jackson

East Grinstead stormed to the top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey Premier Division with a resounding 7-0 win over Wimbledon.

Mark Gleghorne and Ashley Jackson (pictured) scored two each as their team took full advantage of Beeston’s draw against Canterbury.

Canterbury fought back from two goals down to earn a draw against Beeston, who began the day at the head of the table.

It was only the fourth time that Beeston have dropped points this season, although they looked to be set for a 12th victory after Sam Ward and then Ben Arnold had put them in front.

But Canterbury, with an eye on the play-offs, battled back and Kwan Browne reduced the arrears on 52 minutes, sweeping home from open play.

Then with five minutes remaining, Michael Farrer nicked a point for Canterbury, finding the net from a penalty corner.

Alan Forsyth kept Surbiton in the play-off hunt with a four-goal haul in their 8-2 win over Loughborough Students. The result sees Loughborough drop to the bottom of the league.

There was a big game at the wrong end of the table with Sheffield Hallam facing third from bottom Cannock.

Hallam got off to a great start, leading by goals from David Goodfield and Liam Ansall at the break. But goals from Arjan Drayton Chana and Peter Jackson squared the scores and it ended 2-2.

Chris Cargo and Chris Newman led the goal-scoring for Reading who inflicted a 5-0 defeat on Hampstead and Westminster.

The top two sides in the Now: Pensions Conference East played on Saturday and it saw Southgate beat Holcombe 4-3 and take their place at the top. Rick Gay was the star of the show with a brace.

Brooklands Manchester University won a competitive game against Olton and West Warwickshire in the NOW: Pensions Conference North. The 5-4 result sees them hold top spot.

Goals came from Rupert Shipperley and Jack Pritchard were enough for Cardiff to stay top of the NOW: Pensions Conference West. They beat Guildford 2-0.

League Finals Weekend

The winners of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League and the Investec Women’s Hockey League will be crowned over two action-packed weekends at Reading Hockey Club in April. The top four Premier Division teams qualify for their respective finals weekends, laying off against each other to be crowned league champions.

The men’s finals will take place on the 5-6 April while the women will battle it out a week later from 12-13 April. Tickets are now available to purchase for both weekends, please visit www.englandhockey.co.uk/tickets

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, March 1 2014):

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Holcombe 3, Southgate 4.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, March 2 2014):

NOW: Pensions Premier Division: Canterbury 2, Beeston 2; Sheffield Hallam 2, Cannock 2; East Grinstead 7, Wimbledon 0; Hampstead and Westminster 0, Reading 5; Surbiton 8, Loughborough Students 2.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Oxted 2, Old Loughtonians 0; Brighton and Hove 0, Cambridge City 5; Bromley and Beckenham 3, Teddington 3; St Albans 1, Richmond 2.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North: West Bridgford 4, Belper 3; Brooklands Manchester University 5, Olton and West Warwickshire 4; Wakefield 3, Deeside ramblers 0; Leek 0, Bowdon 6; Khalsa 2,University of Durham 2.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference West: Guildford 0, Cardiff and Met 2; isca 4, Cheltenham 1; University of Birmingham 3, Havant 2; Indian Gymkhana 1, University of Exeter 7; Fareham 1, Team Bath Buccaneers 6.

England Hockey Board Media release

Gangpur register fourth win in hockey nationals

LUCKNOW: Hockey Gangpur, Odisha thrashed Tripura 9-0 in Pool C to register their fourth consecutive win in the fourth Hockey India Senior Men National Championship, at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, on Sunday.

Gangpur, Odisha took an early lead in the ninth minute through a field goal scored by Ashish Anmol Minz.

Ashish struck four goals in the match, while William Xalxo scored three goals and Banamali Xess and Roshan Minz scored one goal each.

Hockey Gangpur, Odisha is heading the pool table with 12 points from four matches.

Earlier, N Sellamuthu struck three goals to give Puducherry their first win in the championship when they beat Assam 11-1 in another Pool C league match.

Other scorers for Puducherry were M Harikrishnan and N Kamalakannan, who scored two goals each while R Aravindn, S Sivaganesh, V Karthikeyan and G Senthilkumar contributed a goal each. Vinod Kumar Mishra scored Assam's lone goal.

In Pool D, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) defeated Kerala 2-1.

Nimhas Khokha and Amaritvir Singh struck one goal each for CRPF, while Joshan George scored the only goal for Kerala.

Results: Pool C: Puducherry 11 N Sellamuthu (16th, 25th, 57th minutes), M Harikrishnan (28th, 67th), N Kamalakannan (5th, 40th), R Aravindn (53rd), S Sivaganesh (32nd), V Karthikeyan (59th) and G Senthilkumar (43rd) vs Assam 1 Vinod Kumar Mishra (58th).

Hockey Gangpur, Odisha 9 Ashish Anmol Minz (9th, 32nd, 59th, 62nd), William Xalxo (24th, 34th, 44th), Banamali Xess (68th) and Roshan Minz (50th) vs Tripura 0.

Pool D: CRPF 2 Nimhas Khkha (27th) and Amaritvir Singh (56th) vs Kerala 1 Joshan George (22nd).

The Times of India

UniKL book q-final berth

MILO CUP: PJCC next for the Young Guns who put Politeknik-KPM in the shade


UNIKL Young Guns beat Politeknik-KPM 2-0 in the second leg of the Milo Cup quarter-finals to sail into the semi-finals on a 5-3 aggregate.

UniKL will now play Petaling Jaya City Council in the semi-final first leg on Wednesday. PJCC beat Bukit Jalil Sports School 4-0 yesterday for an 8-1 aggregate. 

The other semi-final will be between Olak-PKT and SSTMI Thunderbolts.

Olak lost 2-0 to Malacca High School yesterday but advanced 4-3 on aggregate,  while Division One champions SSTMI Thunderbolts blasted MSP Pahang 14-2 for a 22-2 aggregate.

UniKL played well in patches but will need to raise their game against PJCC if they harbour hopes of making  the final.

"It was yet another scrappy display and meeting PJCC has me worried as they are a team of fighters and can make it difficult for us," said UniKL team manager Mohamed Faiz Isa.

"We need to play more consistently and make use of the chances as it will be tough against PJCC.  The first leg is vital to determine our progress."

UniKL took the lead in the ninth minute through  Shafirul Aqmal with  the second goal  scored by Rahimi Iskandar Baharom whose  solo effort failed to beat KPM keeper Ridzwan Azmi, but connected  the rebound to send a reverse stick shot sailing into goal in the 32nd minute to make it 2-0.

PJCC, who had a 4-1 lead from the first leg, never let off the pressure and scored four more goals yesterday through Emir Afzan Amir (16th, 38th), Abdul Halim Jalil (40th) and Nor Ikhwan Nor Rahman (61st).

Meanwhile, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) yesterday accepted Ipoh City Council as the 11th team for Division One of the Malaysia Hockey League which starts on March 13.

The decision to accept Ipoh was done a day after entries closed. There will be nine teams in the women's Division One, which will start on March 16.

RESULTS -- Q-finals return leg: Bukit Jalil Sports School 0 Petaling Jaya City Council 4 (PJCC win  8-1 on aggregate); Politeknik-KPM 0 UniKL Young Guns 2 (UniKL 5-2);  MSP Pahang 2 SSTMI  Thunderbolts 14 (Thunderbolts  22-2); Olak-PKT 0 Malacca High  School 2 (Olak-PKT  4-3).

S-Finals, first leg (Wednesday): SSTMI Thunderbolts v Olak-PKT; UniKL Young Guns v Petaling Jaya City Council.

Second leg (Friday): Olak-PKT v SSTMI Thunderbolts; Petaling Jaya City Council v UniKL Young Guns.

New Straits Times

UniKL storm into semis, Olak scrape through

By S. Ramaguru

BJSS player Abdul Khaliq Hamirin (left) hits the ball pass MBPJ's Mohd Nur Amin Zulkipli during their Malaysia Junior Hockey League quarter-final match at National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday. - IZRAFFIQ ALIAS/ The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Former champions Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) found their form in time to storm into the semi-finals of the MHC-Milo-NSC Malaysian Junior Hockey League.

Having edged Division Two champions Politeknik Johor in the 3-2 in the quarter-finals first leg on Friday, UniKL strolled to a 2-0 win at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday for a 5-2 aggregate.

Mohamed Shahfirul Aqmal gave UniKL the lead after nine minutes and Mohamed Rahimi Iskandar, who netted twice in the first leg, scored the second in the 31st minute.

UniKL team manager Mohamed Faiz Isa was delighted with the players’ performance.

“We were better than them and today the players showed the right attitude. In a number of matches previously, we gave our opponents too much space. We have made the semi-finals and I am glad the players took up the challenge and made the cut,” said Mohamed Faiz.

Politeknik team manager Mohamed Rafi Solaiman said their defence proved to be the weakest link.

“The loss of our skipper Lukman Nul Hakim due to suspension was sorely felt. Some of our defenders were also carrying light injuries and that could have affected them.

“But we are not taking anything away from UniKL. They took their chances well, but we too had our fair share of chances,” added Mohamed Rafi.

UniKL, a former league and overall champions, will play Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) in the first leg of the semi-finals on Wednesday. The return leg is slated for Friday.

MBPJ, 4-1 winners over Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) on Friday, were in an uncompromising mood as they won the return leg 4-0 for an 8-1 aggregate. Mohamed Emir Afzan (16th and 38th minutes), Abdul Halim Jalil (40th) and Mohamed Nor Ikhwan (61st) were the scorers.

Defending champions SSTMI-Thunderbolt qualified for the last four with a whopping 22-2 aggregate win over MSP Pahang Juniors. Yesterday, they cruised to a 14-2 win.

Thunderbolt will face Old La Sallians Association of Klang (Olak)-PKT in the last four. Olak, a former champion, nearly paid the price for under-estimating Malacca High School when they went down 0-2 in the second leg.

Having won 4-1 in the first leg, Olak scraped into the semi-finals on a 4-3 aggregate.

The Star of Malaysia

Grassick and Coultas selected for Great Britain matches against France

Chris Grassick in action against Wales in the Euros

Scotland pair Dan Coultas and Chris Grassick have both been selected in the Great Britain Men's squad to face France on 5 & 6 March.

From 4-6 March England and GB Men's Head Coach Bobby Crutchley will take the GB men's squad will travel out to Lille, France for training along with two capped matches against the French squad.

The men will travel to the CREPS (the Centre of Resources, Expertise and Sporting Performance) de Wattignies in Lille, France, and they'll be straight into training to make the most of their few days there before their first match the following day.

Great Britain Men's Head Coach Bobby Crutchley takes his squad to Lille for training along with two capped matches against the French squad at the CREPS (the Centre of Resources, Expertise and Sporting Performance) de Wattignies.

The two Scottish internationals will both earn their first caps this week, a fantastic achievement.

For more information please visit the Great Britain Hockey website.

Great Britain Men

Ben Arnold - Beeston
James Bailey (GK) - Reading
David Beckett - Cannock
Alastair Brogdon - Wimbledon
Andy Bull - East Grinstead
Tom Carson - Reading
Nick Catlin - Reading
Darren Cheesman - Reading
David Condon - East Grinstead
Dan Coultas - Holcombe
Dan Fox - Holcombe
Chris Grassick - Surbiton
Michael Hoare - Wimbledon
Phil Roper - Wimbledon
Patrick Smith (GK) - Cannock
Henry Weir - Wimbledon
Tim Whiteman - Beeston
Ollie Willars - Beeston

Scottish Hockey Union media release

The Junior Revs

Paul and Sandy Revington have been blessed with the arrival of twin babies that were delivered this morning.

Sandy is doing fine and the babies, a boy and girl have been named Max and Pippa respectively.

The boy weighed 2.8kg and the girl 2.4kg.

Malaysian Hockey blogspot

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