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Hockey Series hots up in Chile

South America's first Hockey Series Open competition is all set to get underway in Chile, in the hockey-loving city of Santiago.

The exciting event will see six men’s teams and six women’s teams from across the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) playing a round-robin contest to see who will qualify for the Hockey Series Finals and the opportunity to reach the Olympic Qualification Events – all taking place in 2019.

There will be fiercely contested matches in the men’s competition as some of the most promising squads at the lower end of the FIH Hero World Rankings will come together for a chance not just to embark on an Olympic odyssey but also the opportunity to gain valuable ranking points.

Brazil are the highest ranked participants, sitting at 26 in the FIH Hero World Rankings (WR), but behind them are an ambitious trio of teams in the shape of host nation Chile (WR:34), Venezuela (WR:43) and Uruguay (WR:46). All of these teams are more than capable of winning matches and taking one of the two top places that secures qualification to the next stage of the Hockey Series.

Peru at 58th in the world and the unranked Bolivia, will also be relishing the chance to get international experience against higher ranked rival nations and, as these events have shown, sometimes the lower ranked teams have been producing some real upsets and drama.

All six teams recently competed in the South American Games and, if that event was a clue to form, then Chile will be confident coming into this event. They beat all their rivals handsomely, losing in the final to Argentina by a solitary goal.

In the women’s event, as with the men’s event, the top two placed nations will progress to the next round.

Chile and Uruguay are the highest ranked teams and both have had recent experience of high level international competition. Uruguay qualified for the 2015 Hockey World League Semi-Finals and Chile repeated that feat in 2017.

Sitting at 16th in the world, Chile is a nation that has really embraced hockey development at all levels and that is showing in the performance of the national team. However, Uruguay (WR:24) has the most recent bragging rights as they finished ahead of Chile at the South American Games held in Bolivia, taking the silver medals behind Argentina. In the pool match stage of that competition, the two teams drew and the close rivalry that the two teams share is likely to continue to fascinate fans in Santiago too.

Brazil (WR:37) and Peru (WR:39) are two more closely matched sides. Brazil beat Peru at the South American Games by a 1-0 scoreline and Peru finished seventh in the event, which will have been a disappointment. Expect Patricio Martinez to have marshalled his squad to produce a better performance this time around.

The final two competing nations are Paraguay (WR:58) and Bolivia, who have yet to achieve a world ranking. The more experienced Paraguay side will be looking to overturn the rankings and build on some recent successes, including a win over Peru at the South American Games. Bolivia has a very inexperienced squad in terms of the number of international caps, but the players are experienced and will be determined to make their mark on this event.

The Hockey Series Open in Santiago starts on 18 September. All the matches will be streamed on the FIH YouTube channel.

Two men's teams and two women's teams will each qualify for one of three FIH Series Finals which will be played in 2019, offering berths into the Olympic Qualification Events.

Each of these FIH Series Finals will consist of eight teams and will take place throughout the world.


FIH site

Ockenden Full Of Praise For DIHO Opponents

Ben Somerford

Kookaburras co-captain Eddie Ockenden has raved about the quality of this week’s Darwin International Hockey Open (DIHO) which he says should get supporters excited.

World number one Australia will take on 2016 Rio Olympic gold medallists Argentina (world number two) as well recent Asian Games winners Japan (16th) and runners-up Malaysia (12th).

The Kookaburras commence DIHO on Tuesday against Malaysia from 7pm (ACST)/7:30pm (AEST), preceded by Argentina-Japan from 5:15pm (ACST)/5:45pm (AEST), which gates open from 4pm (local time).

“The Argentineans are so skilful,” Ockenden said. “They’ll lift the ball and do tricks.

“The Japanese players and the Malaysians are pretty similar. They’re quick and so good with their hands and so skilful.

“It’s incredible to watch. Everyone coming down would like it as well.”

Tasmanian veteran Ockenden said each of Australia’s opponents brought something different in terms of style which would excite fans too.

“They’ve just had their Asian Games with Japan and Malaysia in the final,” he said.

“We know they’re really good teams. They play differently and different to Argentina as well.

“It’s awesome for everybody to watch four really different teams play exciting hockey.

“It’s great for us to practice against three different teams.”

DIHO is important preparation for Australia’s 2018 World Cup defence which takes place in Bhubaneswar, India in November and December.

“Having good competition is crucial,” 31-year-old Ockenden said.

“Being in Australia we’re a little bit isolated so it’s hard to get quality games consistently.

“We have to make the most of these five games in Darwin. It’s fantastic to be here to prepare for the World Cup and play some great games against some really good opposition.”

Australia handed debuts to Jacob Anderson, Josh Simmonds and Jack Welch against Argentina in Sunday’s 1-0 warm-up win at Marrara Hockey Centre.

“The three boys were really good,” Ockenden said. “They’re quite young.

“It’s very difficult coming into an international game against the second-best team in the world in your first game.

“I debuted a long time ago but I certainly wasn’t in the position to do what they’re doing nowadays.

“It’s fantastic to see them contributing really well at a young age in their first games.”

Tickets are available for Tuesday’s game via Ticketbooth.com.au from $10 for children and $15 for adults. Follow @Kookaburras on Twitter for live commentary. The matches will not be streamed.

Kookaburras team for DIHO & Tests vs Argentina:
Athlete (City, State)
Jacob Anderson (Mackay, QLD)
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD)
Josh Beltz (Hobart, TAS)
Timothy Brand (Chatswood, NSW)
Andrew Charter (Canberra, ACT)
Tom Craig (Lane Cove, NSW)
Matthew Dawson (Killarney Vale, NSW)
Kieran Govers (Wollongong, NSW)
Jake Harvie (Dardanup, WA)
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT)
Tim Howard (Wakerley, QLD)
Tyler Lovell (Perth, WA)
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS)
Flynn Ogilvie (Wollongong, NSW)
Joshua Simmonds (Doncaster, VIC)
Matthew Swann (Mackay, QLD)
Corey Weyer (Biggera Waters, QLD)
Jack Welch (Hobart, TAS)
Dylan Wotherspoon (Murwillumbah, NSW) *Plays for QLD
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA)

Australia v Argentina Fixture (all fixtures in local time/ACST):
Sunday 16 September 7pm – Australia 1 Argentina 0

2018 DIHO Fixtures (all fixtures in local time/ACST):
Tuesday 18 September 5:15pm – Argentina v Japan
Tuesday 18 September 7pm – Australia v Malaysia
Wednesday 19 September 5:15pm – Malaysia v Japan
Wednesday 19 September 7pm – Argentina v Australia
Friday 21 September 5:15pm – Malaysia v Argentina
Friday 21 September 7pm – Australia v Japan
Saturday 22 September 5pm – 3rd Place Final
Saturday 22 September 7pm – 1st Place Final

Hockey Australia media release

Malaysia to play the World No.1 in Darwin opener

By Jugjet Singh

(File pix) Coach Amin Rahim's men will play Japan on Wednesday, and after a day’s rest, against Argentina. Pix by Owee Ah Chun

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will open accounts against World No 1 Australia in the Darwin International at the Marrara Hockey Stadium in Australia tomorrow.

Yesterday, Australia played a friendly against World No 2 Argentina and won 1-0, indicating a tough time for Malaysia as well as Japan who make up the quadrangular.

Coach Amin Rahim's men will play Japan on Wednesday, and after a day’s rest, against Argentina.

Malaysia left out six regulars from the Darwin International as some were recovering from injuries after the Asian Games while others were rested to let the bench prove themselves.

The six who stayed back to undergo rehabilitation were Sukri Abdul Mutalib, Faizal Saari, Marhan Jalil, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, Nabil Fiqri and S. Kumar.

And their replacements were goalkeeper Hafizuddin Othman, Najib Hassan, Ashran Hamsani, Ramadan Rosli, Haziq Samsul and Norsyafiq Sumantri.

The skipper's band was handed to Malaysia's No 1 penalty corner flicker Razie Rahim, as regular Shukri is on the rested list.

Razie, who last skippered Malaysia in this year's Azlan Shah Cup, said: "I have no problem with the armband, as I believe my teammates like Faiz (Helmi Jali) and Fitri (Shaari) will help me organise the players for this tournament.

"All I expect in return is for my teammates, especially the younger ones, to have a high level of confidence as we will be up against the best in the world," said Razie.

The match against Japan will be interesting, as the Asian Games champions beat Malaysia in a shootout recently in Jakarta.

Malaysia had taken a 5-2 lead, but Japan equalised at 6-6 and then handed Malaysia a painful defeat in the shootout to deny Razie and his teammates a historic Asian Games gold and an Olympic ticket that came with it.

New Straits Times

Capital Men remain undefeated in Ford NHL


Northland vs Auckland
Both teams came into this game looking to keep in touch with the leaders of the 2018 Ford NHL. Auckland was fought to put the demons of yesterday’s shootout loss behind them and started the game strongly scoring their first goal off a well worked penalty corner after 18 minutes. They then built on their lead through a Tyler Lench field goal. Northland kept fighting in the game and refused to let Auckland get away from them. They were rewarded for their efforts with goals in quick succession to Nicola McDonnell. In the final moments of the game Auckland secured the win with a clutch field goal from Maddison Dowe giving the team a much needed 4 points.
Final Score: Northland 2, Auckland 3.

Tiger Turf North Harbour vs John Turkington Forestry Central Mysticks
This top of the table clash proved to be a tight match where both teams constructed a number of opportunities. Neither team were able to break the deadlock during regular time. North Harbour took a two-goal lead early in the shootout and looked poised to secure the win until Central keeper Georgia Barnett pulled off some incredible saves to send the game to a sudden death. Central’s Emma Rainey scored the winning shootout goal. Both teams will be looking forward to their rest day before taking to the turf again on Wednesday.
Final Score: North Harbour 0, Central 0 (2-3 SO to Central)

Canterbury vs Bayleys Midlands
Despite their current placing on the table these two teams entered the match only one point apart. Both needed a win to help give themselves a better seeding for later parts of the competition. The first-half provided some great hockey but neither team were able to get on the board, leaving the game scoreless at half-time. Canterbury managed to score a field goal in the 38th minute from Hayley Cox. In the final minute of the game with Bayleys Midlands pushing hard for the win, Canterbury’s Jessie Anderson notched their second goal to secure the win.
Final Score: Canterbury 2, Midlands 0.

Southern vs Ricoh Capital Women
In the final game for the day, Southern took on the Ricoh Capital Women. These two teams were searching for their first regulation win of the week. Ricoh Capital Women scored the first goal of the day with a field goal to Maddi McLean in the 19th minute. Southern got the game back to level pegging in the 41st minute through Emily McNaughtan. The Ricoh Capital Women then pushed hard and scored in the 56th minute through Grace Seeley and then again in the last minute of the game through Madeline Simmonds. The win moves Ricoh Capital Women into 4th spot on the table heading into the second half of the competition.
Final Score: Southern 1, Capital 3.


Tiger Turf North Harbour vs Southern
This was an important game for both Tiger Turf North Harbour and Southern. North Harbour lost a close match to Ricoh Capital Cobras the day before and were needing to win this match to ensure they stayed among the top 3 on the table of the Ford NHL. Southern was looking for an improved performance and were pushing hard for their first campaign win. They got the start they needed when Dylan Thomas scored a field goal in the 13th minute. North Harbour responded, evening the game up through a Kalyan Jeram field goal. Cory Bennett then converted two drag flicks to make the score 3-1. In the 55th minute, Joseph Bartholomew added another goal to North Harbour’s tally, extending their lead further. Southern managed to score a late goal through Lachie Davidson where the score finished 4-2.
Final Score: North Habour 4, Southern 2.

Capital vs Bayleys Midlands
Ricoh Capital Cobras has been one of the form teams in the competition so far this year and were looking to produce another impressive performance. They came up against a Bayleys Midlands side who were desperate for a win. Midlands scored first when Maks Wyndham-Smith picked up a loose ball in the circle and slotted it home. Capital then tied the game up straight away with an Oliver Macintyre drag flick. At the half the teams were tied at 1-1. Capital managed to get on top in the game and produced two field goals to Sebastian Buddle and Daniel Harris in the second half to secure the win. The victory sees Capital remain undefeated and sets them up well for the rest of the week.
Final Score: Capital 3, Midlands 1.

Click here for the 2018 Ford NHL Women’s draw, results and standings.

Click here for the 2018 Ford NHL Men’s draw, results and standings.

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Canterbury maintain unbeaten NHL record with shoot-out win over Capital

Canterbury's Dominic Newman in action at the NHL on Sunday. RAGHAVAN VENUGOPAL/PHOTOSPORT

Canterbury remain atop the National Hockey League men's standings after a nervy shoot-out win over Capital.

Both teams came into Tuesday's match with identical three-from-three records and couldn't be separated in normal time as the match finished 2-2 at the National Hockey Stadium in Wellington.

Canterbury's Sam Lane must have thought he had won the game when scoring with two minutes to go, only for Daniel Harris to equalise in the final moments of the match.

Harris then went from hero to villain as he was the first to miss in the shoot-out, before team-mate Harry Miskimmin also failed to find the net.

Richard Bain missed Canterbury's fourth attempt after three successes, but it mattered little when Benedict van Woerkman missed Capital's fifth attempt.

The result means the two teams are separated by just one point at the top of the table after four matches.

In Tuesday's other games, Auckland beat Southern 2-0, while North Harbour beat Central in a shoot-out after their thrilling match ended 4-4 at fulltime, including a last-gasp equaliser from Central's Jason Peel.

There was no women's matches on Tuesday, but on Monday leaders North Harbour dropped their first points in a shoot-out loss to Central.

Canterbury moved into second after a 2-0 win over Midlands, while Capital and Auckland also picked up wins.



Tuesday results

Canterbury 2 (David Brydon 24', Sam Lane 58') Capital 2 (Oliver MacIntyre 8', Daniel Harris 60'). Canterbury won the shoot-out 3-2

North Harbour 4 (Cory Bennett 29' 49', Robbie Capizzi 39', Steven Edwards 46') Central 4 (Jordan Cohen 9', Shea McAleese 28', Hayden Phillips 46', Jason Peel 60'). Harbour won the shoot-out 3-2

Auckland 2 (Tarrant Hami-Jones 45', Hamish McGeorge 53') Southern 0

Standings: Canterbury 14, Capital 13, North Harbour 11*, Auckland 10*, Central 5, Midlands 4, Southern 0. *played one more game


Monday results

Auckland 3 (Phoebe Steele 18', Tyler Lench 31', Maddison Dowie 60') Northland 2 (Nicola McDonnell 47' 50')

Central 0 North Harbour 0. Central won shoot-out 3-2

Canterbury 2 (Hayley Cox 38', Jessie anderson 60') Midlands 0

Capital 3 (Maddi McLean 19', Grace Seeley 56', Madeleine Simmonds 60') Southern 1 (Emily McNaughton 41')

Standings: North Harbour 13, Canterbury 11, Central 10, Capital 7, Northland 6, Auckland 6, Midlands 6, Southern 0


Grunwald Poznan run up 14 goals in Polish league

WKS Grunwald Poznan got their Polish league season off to an emphatic start as they hammered HKS Siemianowiczanka 14-0 on opening day.

The goals were spread around with Szymon Hutek scoring a hat-trick while there were two goals each for 2000 Olympian Artur Mikula, Mikolaj Glowacki, Mikolaj Gumny and Pavel Bratkowski. Tomasz Dutkiewicz, Piotr Kozlowski and Ryszard Wiśniewski got the others.

From the start, they were the dominant force with Glowacki scoring via an individual action in the 11th minute, a beautiful rising shot that went in just under the crossbar.

Glowacki is the youngest player in a very experienced Grunwald side who embark on their 12th EHL campaign in October in Barcelona.

It started a run of five goals in the first half with another nine coming in the second period for a comfortable start.

Euro Hockey League media release

Holcombe raid Cheevers tournament to land title in Tyrone

Holcombe off their pre-season by claiming the Nigel Cheevers Memorial Tournament trophy for the second time with a defiant 4-0 victory over hosts Cookstown.

Cookstown had started the tournament with a 2-1 victory over Pembroke Wanderers on Saturday before Holcombe came from behind to beat the Dublin side 3-2 on Saturday evening in a brilliant game under the lights.

Cookstown’s side at the Nigel Cheevers tournament

This meant that it was winner-takes-all on Sunday afternoon as the Tyrone and Kent men met at Steelweld Park.

The first half was an evenly poised affair with both sides having chances and getting into good positions on the field.

Holcombe opened the scoring from the short corner set piece just into the second quarter when Robert Field lashed the ball into the bottom corner. Nick Bandurak almost made it 2-0 but Josh McCabe in the Cookstown goal made two excellent saves from his initial flick and from his point-blank follow-up.

McCabe was called into action soon thereafter when Field showed an amazing turn of speed on the deadball line to win a penalty corner. The Irish U21 keeper turned Field’s drag over the bar.

However, there was no saving the strike that put Holcombe 2-0 up. A great break down the right saw the ball spill to Bandurak and he rifled it home with an upright reverse seven minutes into the third quarter.

Field’s second goal made that strike look positively timid just two minutes later. He picked up the ball on the edge of the circle and thumped it past McCabe for 3-0.

And with five minutes remaining in Q3, Bandurak claimed his second, finishing off a fine attacking move by James Davies and Conor Caplan.

The Hook

English League set for restart

Surbiton 2018 MHL Champions

This weekend, 22-23 September, sees the start of the 2018-19 Men’s Hockey League and Investec Women’s Hockey League seasons. The first weekend sees matches in the Premier Divisions only. The Conferences start the following weekend, 29-30 September. Investec Women’s Hockey League champions Surbiton start their challenge for a sixth consecutive title with a trip to Slough on Saturday. The club are also of course Men’s Hockey League champions and their title defence begins with a home game against Wimbledon on Saturday evening.

The weekend’s fixtures can be found on the league pages of the website. You can also see details of pre-season player movements here, see Stats and Player Moves for listings. Use the drop down menus and select IWHL or MHL and Premier Divisions.

EHL Competitions Management System

England Hockey Board Media release

Goalkeeper Hinch to take break from international hockey

England and Great Britain goalkeeper Maddie Hinch is taking a break from international hockey.

Hinch made her international debut as a 19-year-old back in 2008, and has made a total of 133 appearances for England and Great Britain since then.

Since 2012 she has played in fifteen consecutive major international hockey events; winning gold at the Olympic games and European Championships, with further medal success at two Commonwealth Games.

Maddie said, “After a very intensive few years I feel the need to press the pause button on playing international hockey and take a break.

“I plan to take this time to recharge both physically and mentally, work on my game technically with Stichtsche HC and return in the best possible position for my teammates, the programme and my country.

“Hockey is in an amazing place in this country, as highlighted by this summer's world cup, and it has been such a whirlwind since gold in Rio. I will of course be following the team’s results closely and it will be very unusual for me watching from afar!

“I still very much have the goal of going to Tokyo 2020 with Team GB, if selected.”

Performance Director Ed Barney added, “We fully respect Maddie’s position and always look to support our athletes in the choices they feel are right for the team and them individually.

“Maddie believes her personal development is best served with a break from the international programme, and we will be in regular dialogue with her in the coming months.

“In the meantime this represents an excellent opportunity for our other goalkeepers to further develop their skillsets, and I look forward to them grasping the chance with both hands.”

England Hockey Board Media release

Maddie Hinch steps aside from international hockey – with Tokyo 2020 Olympics in mind

By Rod Gilmour

Maddie Hinch

Maddie Hinch, widely considered the world’s best goalkeeper, has ‘pressed pause’ on her international career.

The England women’s No 1 announced on Monday that she will be taking a break from the game, allowing the Dutch-based stopper to focus on her club commitments with Stitchtsche HC.

The 29-year-old’s decision will be a blow for Great Britain’s hopes in the Hockey Pro League, which launches in January and acts as an qualification route to their Olympic defence at Tokyo 2020.

However, the Pro League will also see the top nations travel extensively from January and June as world hockey chiefs look to strengthen the international game and Hinch’s decision may prove to be a wise one.

Hinch, 30 next month, has played 15 successive tournaments since 2012 and has accumulated 133 caps for England and Great Britain in that time.

She said: “After a very intensive few years, I feel the need to press the pause button on playing international hockey and take a break.

“I plan to take this time to recharge both physically and mentally, work on my game technically with Stitchtsche and return in the best possible position for my team-mates, the programme and my country.”

She admitted that it had been “such a whirlwind since gold in Rio” but said that she would return to fight for a squad berth at the Tokyo Games.

Hinch’s perennial No 2, Amy Tennant, will now be a leading candidate to take over goalkeeping duties at the upcoming Champions Trophy in China and Great Britain’s matches in the Hockey Pro League.

The Hockey Paper

Scottish Cup 2018/19 gets underway!

The first round of the Scottish Cup 2018/19 produced little in the way of shocks, although holders Edinburgh University were pushed into a penalty shoot-out to progress into the next round of the women`s Scottish Cup.

In the men`s competition the tie of the round saw Clydesdale see off Hillhead 3-2 in an all-National League 1 clash at Titwood. The home side had the better of the first half and were two ahead at the interval through a double from Struan Walker. Ross Jamieson pulled the score back to 2-1 with a deflection but the two goal cushion was restored by Clydesdale`s Dean Baber. With 15 minutes to go Mike Sherry scored for Hillhead from a penalty corner, but it was not enough to salvage the tie.

Western Wildcats shrugged off their shot-shy day against Kelburne in the league to put eight past Dunfermline Carnegie in the first round tie. The Wildcats were only one up at the interval but roared into action in the second half with seven more. Fraser Calder was top scorer with a hat-trick, the others came from Andrew McConnell, Owen Jenkins-Garcia, Rhury Smith, Fraser Moran and Rob Harwood.

Uddingston were also in goal-scoring form with a six-goal victory over Granite City Wanderers. Brad Hughes and Ben Wilson both scored twice while Jonjo Lavin and Andrew Lochrin completed the tally.

Grove Menzieshill showed the Stirling students little mercy with an 11-0 winning total. Albert Rowling was top scorer with four, there were two each for Chris Moon and Aidan McQuade while the tally was completed by Jamie Golden, Ollie James and Guy Rowson.

Men’s National League 2 leaders Dundee Wanderers shrugged off the challenge from Strathclyde University with a comfortable 7-1 victory, the highlight was a hat-trick by Gregor Pearson.

It was a curious change of fortunes in the Perthshire v St Andrews University tie, the day before the students triumphed 3-2 in a National League 2 encounter, but the cup tie ended 10-3 in favour of Perthshire, the highlight being a double hat-trick by Calum White.

There was almost an upset in the women`s competition at Titwood with Western Clydesdale`s second string holding Scottish champions to a 1-1 draw at the end of normal time, but the students recovered their composure to win the penalty shoot-out 4-2 to stagger into the next round.

Ella Watt was on target for Edinburgh.  Interestingly Western`s second string have a long history of success in this competition while at the same time Edinburgh were short of players for this encounter, even coach Sam Judge had to draft herself into the playing squad.

However, there was an upset in the all-Edinburgh derby when National League 2 CALA dumped Grange from the top league out of the competition with a 1-0 victory.

Wildcats had a potential tricky encounter in Aberdeen against top National League 2 outfit Aberdeen Standard Merlins Gordonians, but came away with a 2-0 win, courtesy of a double from Erin Stevens.

In an all-National League 1 clash Grove Menzieshill saw off Glasgow University 3-1 to progress to the next round, the scorers were Ellie Stott, Rhiannon Carr and Sam Sangster from a penalty corner.

National League 1’s Watsonians had little difficulty in disposing of Grove Menzieshill`s second string scoring 11 goals without reply, there were hat-tricks for both Nikki Stobie and Georgia Jones, Bethan Mann and Heather Tait got two each while Emily Newlands completed the scoring.

In the battle of the universities, Stirling triumphed 4-0 over Dundee. In the other ties there were victories for Stirling Wanderers, Edinburgh University`s third string, Aberdeen University and National League 1’s Dundee Wanderers.

GHK were beaten by Clydesdale Western at Titwood. Clydesdale got off to a great start and were 3-1 up at half time. Carly Bisset scored a straight strike from a short corner on the half time whistle to pull one back for GHK. Clydesdale scored early in the second before GHK finally got a grip of the game and had further shots on goal well saved by Jess Buchanan. A further goal for GHK from Lynsey Waddell came from a short corner, the ball was crossed in by Lucy Williamson and deflected back post. The strikes from Clydesdale came from Emma McGregor x2, Anna Hoolaghan and Georgia Smith.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

This is for my family: Manpreet

Aakanksha N Bhardwaj

Former India captain Manpreet Singh, who has been nominated for the Arjuna Award, is in all likelihood going to become only the second hockey player from Mithapur to win the prestigious award, after Olympian Pargat Singh.

Manpreet, who is attending the national camp in Bhubaneswar, dedicated the award to “my whole team and my family, who always supported me”. “I know the hardships I have faced, and wherever I have reached today, I can never forget my past,” said Manpreet. “My family’s struggles can never be forgotten. They have done a lot for me and have always given me the freedom to do whatever I want in my life.” 

The Tribune

South African Hockey Association invites applications for the role of SA Women’s Hockey Coach

The South African Hockey Association invites all interested coaches to apply for the position of South African Women’s Hockey Head Coach following the application process below.

Job Specifications for the Role

Basic Requirements

  •     Candidate must reside, or be able to obtain residency, in South Africa
  •     Candidate must be able to work within South Africa
  •     Candidate must have sound references

Minimum Requirements

  •     Candidate must have a recognised Coaching Qualification endorsed by their National Hockey Federation or the FIH.
  •     Relevant senior National or International Coaching Experience

Key Competencies and Requirements

  •     Candidate must have the competencies to work and conduct their duties within the context and systems of operation of the South African Hockey Association
  •     Candidate must have an understanding of, and competencies to work in, the current South African Hockey context and South African Sport context ensuring transformation and access for all players into the game.
  •     The candidate must be able to exhibit competency in strategic thinking and operation
  •     The candidate must be able to operate independently
  •     The candidate must possess people/personnel management skills
  •     Candidate must have a working knowledge of financial systems and policies around international sport teams.

NOTE: Applicants are to note that this is a volunteer position

    Applications to be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Application Submission Deadline – Thursday 04 October 2018
    The below application form MUST accompany all CV’s

SAHA Job Application Form

SA Hockey Association media release

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