All the news for Wednesday 29 October 2014
Hockey World League Round 2 Qualification Update
With just one final Hockey World League Round 1 event remaining which will take place in Fiji, in December 2014 for both the men and women’s teams, heads are already turning to Round 2 and the line-ups for these tournaments.
All teams who were victorious in their Round 1 event have automatically qualified for Round 2 which kicks off in January with the first event in Singapore, finishing in Dublin at the end of March 2015.
Following a number of withdrawals from various Round 1 events, FIH’s Competitions Committee at their recent meeting (September 2014) reviewed the number of qualification places to Round 2 from each of the various Round 1 events.
In respect of the women’s events, the Committee decided that there would be no change from those originally advised from their September 2013 meeting. However, there was an additional place available in Round 2 as a result of the earlier decision by FIH’s Executive Board to award one of the 2015 Hockey World League Semi-Finals to Spain. Therefore the Competitions Committee decided that this newly available place should be allocated to the highest World Ranked team (as of 26 September 2014) which finished immediately below the last qualified team* in the event in which they participated. This place has been offered to Poland.
In the men’s category, in addition to the automatic qualifiers, and the various winners of the Round 1 events, Switzerland and the Czech Republic who finished second in their respective tournaments have been awarded qualification places for Round 2. The three other places available were awarded using the same principle as above, for allocating the vacant women’s places, and this resulted in Oman, Ukraine and Italy also being offered places in Round 2.
Below is the line up’s, dates and locations for Round 2 and keep an eye on fih.ch for the results of the final Round 1 tournament in Fiji – who will win those last two coveted places in Round 2?
* ‘last qualified team’ shall include the only qualified team in a tournament where only one team qualified automatically.
Men Round 2
Bangladesh / Japan / Malaysia / Oman / Poland / Singapore / Ukraine + 1 to be confirmed from HWL R1 Fiji 2014
28 Feb – 5 March
San Diego, USA
Austria / Canada / Chile / Ireland / Italy / Russia / Trinidad & Tobago / USA
7 – 15 March
Cape Town, South Africa
Azerbaijan / Belarus / China / Czech Republic / Egypt / France / South Africa / Switzerland
Women Round 2
Azerbaijan / Dominican Republic / France / Italy / Kenya / Mexico / Trinidad & Tobago / Uruguay
New Delhi, India
India / Kazakhstan / Malaysia / Poland / Russia / Sri Lanka / Thailand + 1 to be confirmed from HWL R1 Fiji Dec 2014
14 – 22 March
Austria / Belarus/ Canada / Chile / Turkey / Ireland / Lithuania / Ukraine
KLHC aim for strong start
MALAYSIA Hockey League Premier Division double champions Kuala Lumpur HC (KLHC) will be looking for a positive start when they take on Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in the TNB-MHL Charity Shield match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.
Despite their phenomenal dominance in recent years, KLHC, the four-time back-to-back double champions, are more comfortable heading into this new season wearing the underdog tag.
Having lost two key players in the form of Australia’s Tim Deavin and Pakistan’s national skipper Muhammad Imran due to national commitments, coach Dharma Raj will now be hoping for a strong showing from the likes of 20-year-old Australians, Harrison Page and Matthew Mallinson, and Pakistanis Akhtar Ali, Waseem Ahmad, Fareed Ahmad and Muhammad Imran.
While the current format ensures that all six teams will progress to the knockout stages, KLHC’s Harvinder Singh stressed that his team must not take anything for granted.
“We always play to win and that is how we are approaching the upcoming match against TNB. Although our preparations have not gone as smoothly as we would have liked it to (due to the late arrivals of the foreign players), I am confident we will get better as the season progresses,” said the 25-year-old player.
Meanwhile, TNB have opted to stick with their ‘no foreign players’ policy and will be relying on top local players such as Marhan Mohd Jalil, Faiz Helmi Jali, Ramadan Rosli and Shahril Saabah to guide the side to victory.
And despite losing the services of Faizal Saari and Mohd Firhan Ashaari to THT, assistant team manager Adam Izamry insists that TNB will eye for a place in the final this year.
"Our biggest challenge right now is to ensure that our players are able to adapt to the game plan and structure. Our players have not been given enough time to train together due to their commitments in the junior and senior team,” Adam revealed.
FIXTURE — Today: Charity Shield: KLHC v Maybank (6pm; National Hockey Stadium).
New Straits Times
The mind games have begun in Malaysia Hockey League
by S. Ramaguru
Last year's Malaysia Hockey League double champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Talk about being modest.
Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) have won the double in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) – the Premier Division and overall titles – for the last four years.
This year, they have six foreign players to lead their charge.
Yet, they feel that they have a mountain to climb to keep the four-year run going.
KLHC have four Pakistanis – Waseem Ahmad, Akhtar Ali, Fareed Ahmad and Mohamed Imran – and two Australians – Harrison Page and Matthew Mallinson – in their ranks.
They also have local stars like Mohd Razie Rahim, Ahmad Kazamirul Nasruddin, Mohd Syamin Yusof, Mohd Shukri Mutalib, Mohd Azri Hassan, Nabil Fiqri Mohd Nor and goalkeeper Roslan Jamaluddin.
So, why the pessimism?
“Perhaps, it’s due to the fact that the other teams have improved with more quality players in their ranks,” said KLHC team manager George Koshy.
“Terengganu, for one, are the team to watch this year.
“We will be happy if we do not end up last in the league. I have to admit that our foreign signings are not as good this year. So, it will be a tough season.”
KLHC start their MHL campaign on Wednesday in the Charity Shield match against last year’s double runners-up Tenaga Nasional at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Last year, both teams began the season in the Charity Shield as well, with Tenaga winning the penalty shootout 3-2 after both teams were tied at 2-2 in regulation time.
So, are Tenaga buying KLHC’s story?
“Make no mistake, KLHC are title contenders,” said Tenaga assistant team manager Adam Izamy Idrus, whose team will feature an all-local line-up.
“What makes them stand out is their ability to recruit quality players over the years and the players’ ability to adapt to different playing conditions. That sort of experience you cannot buy.”
“Ours is a blend young and senior players ... but they have not gelled yet as a unit. We are hoping that the opening match will help us settle down and set us on the right track.”
Tenaga will count on national players S. Kumar, Mohd Madzli Ikmar, Mohd Rahim Amin and Mohd Sallehin Ghani to lead their charge.
They have also other national players – like Mohd Marhan Jalil, Fail Helmi, Mohd Ramadan Rosli, Mohd Izad Hakimi, Mohd Shahril Saabah and Norhizzat Sumantri – in their ranks.
This year, only six teams will feature in the Premier Division. The other four teams are Maybank, Terengganu, UniKL and Sapura.
The Star of Malaysia
HTHC join front-runners in German league
Harvestehuder THC produced an excellent 2-0 win over Rot-Weiss Köln to end the first half of the German league season in a three-way tie for top spot after 11 rounds of matches.
Late goals from Daniel von Drachenfels and a Michael Korper penalty corner saw the reigning champions land the result, adding to a 5-1 win on Saturday against Munich SC.
The competition switches indoor now for the winter with the top of the table superbly poised with Harvestehuder, Rot-Weiss and UHC Hamburg – Germany’s three EHL qualifiers – all on 25 points.
Before Sunday’s loss, Rot-Weiss won on Saturday against Blau-Weiss Berlin with goals from Christoph Menke, Philipp Zeller, Marco Miltkau and Tom Grambusch in a 4-2 scoreline.
UHC lost to Crefelder on Saturday before bouncing back with a 7-2 success against Düsseldorf with Philip Witte netting twice on Sunday.
Uhlenhorst Mulheim complete the top four just a point back thanks to their win over Club an der Alster while Berliner HC will also fancy their chances. They are five points off the pace but have a game in hand in the most tightly fought league in Europe.
Euro Hockey League media release
Racing and St Germain through to Top Six
France’s EHL representatives this season, Racing Club and St Germain, have both qualified for the Top Six competition following their performances to date in the men’s elite competition.
St Germain, with five wins from seven games to date in Pool A, were already virtually through to the second phase of the competition. They copper-fastened that place with an exciting 8-4 win over Valenciennes last Sunday.
They will be joined in the next phase by CA Montrouge and Wattignies.
Racing, meanwhile, edged out Le Touquet 2-1 to confirm that they will contest the Top Six. They fell behind 1-0 but were back on terms when Jean-David Koch shot home and they moved ahead in the second half with Jules Francotte and Koch combining.
They can confirm top spot in Pool B when they meet Stade Francais in their final preliminary match on Sunday. Lille will join them in the next phase while the final place in the Top Six will be fought out between Jean Bouin and Le Touquet over the next two weeks.
Euro Hockey League media release
Polo and Atletic play out lively draw
RC Polo de Barcelona and Atletic Terrassa shared the spoils on round five of the Spanish Honour Division with nothing to separate the sides last week at Can Salas.
It meant Polo dropped points for the first time this season as Carlos Cuenca’s side were unable to break down the Terrassa defence with both Oriol Fabregas and Marc Calzada making a number of saves to record a 0-0 draw.
The biggest chance came in the third quarter when Fabregas conceded a penalty stroke but redeemed himself with a save from Jordi Carrerra. The final quarter went from end-to-end but neither could break through.
Elsewhere, Club Egara had a 4-3 win over SPV Complutense while Club de Campo beat CD Terrassa 6-2 to move within a point of top placed Polo with Atletic in fourth.
Euro Hockey League media release
Goal scoring a big issue for Black Sticks women
SERIES LOSS: Gemma Flynn of the Black Sticks contests possession with Lauren Pheiffer of the US. Photosport
Black Sticks women's hockey coach Mark Hager is becoming increasingly concerned by the team's goal scoring struggles.
In New Zealand's 3-2 series loss to the United States, the Black Sticks struggled to find the back of the net, scoring just six goals.
During Sunday's decider in the Wairarapa, New Zealand had 15 shots on goal, but struck only once through Gemma Flynn in the 3-1 loss.
New Zealand created enough chances during the six-game series, which featured a draw in the opening test.
Hager said they needed to be more ruthless when they had decent goal scoring opportunities. "It's been a weakness of ours for a while. Even in London [at the 2012 Olympics], we didn't convert too many field goals. It's a key work on. We need to develop it . . .
"Our inability to score goals is letting us down at the moment."
The Black Sticks' attacking firepower will be boosted for their three-game series against Australia, in Wellington, from November 15-18.
Experienced midfielder Stacey Michelsen will be back after missing the US series to focus on her legal studies. Canterbury midfielder Jordan Grant could also return after failing a fitness test, having been injured in the national league.
Hager said their accuracy in front of goal would be a major emphasis leading into the Australian series and Champions Trophy tournament in Argentina from November 29 to December 7.
"Goal-scoring is always a work-on, even if it's going well. As we discussed with the players. It needs to be individual ownership. If players want to get better, they need to go away and practise themselves."
Star striker Katie Glynn is not expected to feature for New Zealand again this year as she battles a persistent knee injury.
Glynn has not featured since the Commonwealth Games and Hager said it would be foolish to rush her back.
Canterbury goalkeeper Amelia Gibson will also be sidelined for the remainder of 2014 after breaking her collarbone in training during the US series.
It is a bitter blow for Gibson after replacing the recently retired Bianca Russell in the Black Sticks squad.
Hager always expected a tough hitout against an improving US side, who finished fourth at this year's World Cup.
New Zealand fielded a relatively youthful squad, with Shiloh Gloyn, Erin Goad and Kathryn Henry all debuting.
"I'm not too perturbed. I think it was a good opportunity for the younger ones to learn and develop and understand what it takes.
"Hopefully, it helps us in the future."
Defenders Sam Charlton, Brooke Neal and Liz Thompson all stood out during the US games, while Anita Punt and Sophie Cocks were consistent in their play.
Young goalkeeper Georgia Barnett also drew praise from Hager.
The Black Sticks were without two of their best players - former co-captains Kayla Whitelock and Emily Naylor - who are taking a temporary break from the international game.
They had both registered their interest in playing at the 2016 Rio Olympics and could be wearing black again next year.
"They may be available to us over the next eight to nine months," Hager said.
"They've been playing 10 or 11 years and given their all to the country.
"We're more than happy to give them a bit of a break."
Meanwhile, New Zealand men's defender Richard Petherick, who played 98 tests, announced his international retirement yesterday.
The Midlands player debuted in 2005 and represented New Zealand at two World Cups (Germany 2006, India 2010), and the 2012 London Olympics.
Veteran Kayla Whitelock to have time out
Former captain of the Black Sticks, Kayla Whitelock was back in Palmerston North last week letting her family, friends, coach Mark Hager and Black Sticks team mates know she is pregnant.
The Black Stick who debuted 11 years ago and has 229 caps to her name, is taking time out over the next year to start a family but has made it clear that she is not ready to hang up the stick just yet.
"It's very exciting for us both and it's been great being back here with friends and family for the week," said Kayla.
"I'm going to have a year off, at this stage the plan is to play at the 2015 Ford National Hockey League and then re-asses after that. The Rio Olympics is always in the back of my mind, but we need to see how things go over the next 12 months."
Married to Crusaders flanker George Whitelock, the couple moved to Japan following the Glasgow Commonwealth Games where George has been playing for the Panasonic Wild Knights.
"George and I are both enjoying our time in Japan and the team has a great family environment."
Coach Mark Hager said the team was thrilled to hear the news and wished them both all the best over the coming months.
The couple are spending a week travelling in the USA, before returning to Japan.
Hockey New Zealand Media release
National camp begins at HCP today
KARACHI: National hockey camp in preparation for the Champions Trophy swings into action at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium on Wednesday.
Chief coach former Olympian Shahnaz Shaikh arrived here on Tuesday to supervise the camp.
“Players have also started reaching here from the upcountry. The probables will go through a physical drill from 6.30am to 9am and match practice from 3.00pm to 5.30pm,” Shahnaz told Dawn.
The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has invited 38 probables at the camp for the selection of team for Champions Trophy tournament which is being organised in Bhubaneswar, India, from Dec 6 to 14.
Qasim Zia nominated again for FIH post
LAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has again nominated its former president Qasim Zia as a candidate for one of the three vacant posts of the Executive Board of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), which will be filled up in its upcoming meetings in the Moroccan city of Casablanca from Friday.
PHF secretary Rana Mujahid said Qasim’s nomination had been retained for the election and hopefully he would be successful to retain his place for a second term.
Mujahid and PHF president Akhtar Rasool are leaving for Morocco on Wednesday, while Qasim has already left.
Earlier, the Asian Hockey Federation will also be held on Thursday in which a calendar of activities will be finalised.
Surjit Singh tournament: Pakistan fielding two teams for India event
KARACHI: Two teams from Pakistan are set to participate in the 31st Surjit Singh Hockey Tournament starting October 29 at the Olympian Surjit Singh Polytan Turf in Burlton Park, Jalandhar, India.
Punjab XI from Lahore and the Rest of Pakistan Women will compete in the men’s and women’s events respectively. The former will be pitted against 11 Indian clubs, while the women’s competition will see Pakistan compete against four Indian clubs.
The final squads for both the teams were announced on Monday after trials were conducted in the presence of the two-member selection committee headed by Anjum Saeed – also the manager of Punjab XI – with member Danish Kaleem, and head coach Tariq Sheikh.
“The teams have been announced and the players received their visas from the Indian Ministry on October 26,” Saeed told The Express Tribune. “The team will leave once the Indian Ministry gives the green light after finalising all the security arrangements.”
The women’s side has been training for the tournament since September 24 and is fully prepared to take on its opponents. “The girls have prepared well for the event and are excited to play against the Indian clubs and win the competition,” said the coach.
According to organisers, Pakistan are deemed the main attraction of the tournament as many take a keen interest in watching arch-rivals compete against each other.
The Express Tribune
The 2014 Futures Cup is here
From Thursday of this week, the crème de la crème of up and coming talent will gather at Chase Park, Cannock for this year’s Futures Cup Competition. With 16 teams of both male and female players across the under 16 and under 18 age groups all ready to do battle, it promises to be a great showcase of what the future holds and a fantastic spectacle for the supporters and players alike.
“This is the chance of them to be on show with all the best players in the country for their age group. The national coaches will be there so they can give them an idea of what they can do. The coaches will know some of the players but there is also that element of surprise where someone might have a really strong tournament and we might find a gem we hadn’t previously seen.“ says Darren Cheesman, the assistant coach of the Saxon Tigers U18s.
Cheesman a player who has himself played at international level is keen to pass on his experience to the next generation:
“All of the boys here are trying to play senior international hockey. As someone who has played at that level I know what the standards and expectations are. A lot of coaches are taught how to coach which is great but I think I can add the ability to coach as well as my experience of playing to give them the tiny little details that might give them the advantage and might just add something extra to their game.”
As the Southgate forward rightly says, part of what Futures Cup is about is preparing the players for what senior international level might be like. With so many games in a short amount of time it’s a step up in intensity and a glimpse into the punishing schedule the likes of Barry Middleton and Alex Danson face in the England senior squads. Despite this challenge, the Saxon Tigers Assistant Coach sees it as a rewarding experience for both the players and coaches alike:
“The players we’ve got have some unbelievable skills. They’re great to work with and with them you can talk about the finer details. You can explain to them the 1% that will take them from outstanding to exceptional. To see them learning so quickly really blows my mind. To be part of their journey and hopefully play a role in them playing for the senior national team in the future is a fantastic opportunity for me.”
Sara Walker, England Hockey’s Single System National Manager echoes that enthusiasm, saying:
“There are exciting times ahead for our Futures Cup players. I hope our young talent will have a great few days and take away some strong learning experiences. Huge thanks to all those that help make this event so special and good luck to all the players.”
With the stage now set, it is time for the stars of the future to step up and take their chance to shine, maybe even taking another step on the path to being the next Ashley Jackson or Kate Richardson-Walsh.
Now entering its sixth year, the Futures Cup will once again be held at Cannock Hockey Club in Staffordshire from Thursday 30th October – Sunday 2nd November. There is no entry fee to watch the tournament but spectators should be aware that there is a parking charge of £3 per day or £5 for the tournament.
Click here to view the players who will be on show at the Futures Cup.
England Hockey Board Media release
Have no intention to blackmail Hockey India or Sports Authority of India: Terry Walsh
Disgruntled hockey head coach shoots off letter to Batra and Thomson, saying that's not the way he operates
Three days after Hockey India (HI) president Narinder Batra said head coach Terry Walsh cannot "blackmail" them, the Australian has been taken aback.
In a letter addressed to Batra on Tuesday, a copy of which is with dna, the Australian hit back, saying he has no intention of attempting to blackmail anyone.
Batra had told this paper on Saturday that HI will not put up with Walsh's unreasonable demands — 120 days of paid leave among others — and that "if he thinks India is a milking cow, he is wrong".
In the letter, Walsh stated that he was taken aback by those comments. "Please be assured that I have no intention of attempting to blackmail or coerce Hockey India or the Sports Authority of India into taking positions or decisions which they do not wish to take and are not in the best interests of hockey. That is not the way I operate and I would take strong issue with those who assert otherwise," Walsh wrote.
On the issue of him staying away from India, the former Olympian said he had never asked for 120 days. "What I have said is that I need to spend more time at home if that was practical and possible, while not losing sight of the needs of the national programme. I believe that any future arrangements would, as SAI suggests, incorporate a mutually agreed number of paid working days in Australia," he said.
SAI director-general Jiji Thomson said the body employs as many as 32 coaches and that SAI can't make an exception for Walsh.
"I do not seek to set myself apart from other coaches. What I seek is an empathetic understanding of my personal circumstances and the unique position which is coach of India," Walsh said.
Another issue Batra mentioned was Walsh's desire to get three compatriots — David Hatt for greater sports network, Steve Smith for political interface and Bruce Elliott for sports science/sports medicine — on board. Walsh had also told this paper it was important that the budget and supply by the government for hockey was directly accessible to the high-performance group.
"...I have long maintained that the national team would be best served with a more efficient funding model and a more contemporary structure for its high-performance program. I believe that to change this requires some degree of external assessment and evaluation.
"At no stage have I maintained that substantial funds be directed to certain individuals. What I have done is provide SAI with the names of some people who have the necessary skills to assist if it is decided to go in that direction. Many others in the sporting world have these capacities. I believe that, at least in part, this has received a degree of acceptance. If people of this ilk were to be involved it would only be as a result of proper process in accordance with best administrative practices. Whether I continue in this coaching role or not, I believe these steps need to be taken for the long-term benefit of the national team," Walsh said.
Walsh added that he was not demanding immediate solution to all the issues. "That would be improper and imprudent. However all the issues which have been recently raised have been aired on several occasions over the past 12 months," he said.
Walsh explains his stand
Terry Walsh (left) and Sardar Singh.
Hockey coach Terry Walsh has expressed his reservations at the recent reactions to his decision to resign from the post.
“Please be assured that I have no intention of coercing Hockey India, or the Sports Authority of India, into taking positions or decisions which they do not wish to take, and are not in the best interests of hockey. That is not the way I operate and I would take strong issue with those who assert otherwise,” Walsh said in a letter to Hockey India president N.K. Batra and SAI DG Jiji Thomson.
“Over the past 12 months I have given you my views on a range of subjects which have been again raised in recent times.
“I have long maintained that the national team would be best served with a more-efficient funding model and a more-contemporary structure for its high-performance programme. I believe that to change this requires some degree of external assessment and evaluation.
“This is consistent with your decision to appoint foreign coaches (myself and Roelant Oltmans) to oversee and change the manner in which the national team competes on the international stage,” Walsh asserted.
Countering the reports, Walsh continued, “At no stage have I maintained that substantial funds be directed to certain individuals. What I have done is provide SAI with the names of some people who have the necessary skills to assist if it is decided to go in that direction.
“Many others in the sporting world have these capacities. I believe that at least in part; this has received a degree of acceptance. If people of this ilk were to be involved, it would only be as a result of proper process in accordance with best administrative practices. Whether I continue in this coaching role or not, I believe these steps need to be taken for the long-term benefit of the national team.”
On the issue of time away from the team, Walsh said, “With particular reference to my request for more time being spent by me in my home city, I would reiterate that I’ve never asked for 120 days out of India. What I have said is that I need to spend more time at home. I believe that any future arrangements would, as SAI suggests, incorporate a mutually-agreed number of paid working days in Australia.”
Field Hockey Canada announces complete inaugural Hall of Fame class
Eight inductees to be honoured in two celebratory events
Field Hockey Canada has announced the complete list of inductees to its inaugural Hall of Fame class.
For their outstanding accomplishments and tireless dedication to the sport of field hockey in Canada, four Eastern Canadian inductees, Patrick Burrows, Sharon Creelman, Dr. Sue Neill, and Dr. Marina van der Merwe join inductees from the West, Dr. Harry Warren, Nancy Mollenhauer, Paul “Bubli” Chohan, and Sumesh Putra as the Hall of Fame’s first class.
Each of the eight inductees are outstanding and accomplished individuals, who have had a profound impact on field hockey in Canada.
Patrick Burrows - Athlete
One of the longest serving athletes on the Men’s National Team, Patrick’s international career spanned almost twenty years at the senior level. During this time during the eighties and nineties, Burrows competed in two Olympic Games (1984 and 1988), three World Cups of Hockey (1986, 1990, 1998), and three Pan American Games (1983, 1987, 1995). With his wealth of experience and talent, Burrows led Canada to two gold and one silver medal at the Pan American Games. He retired after 224 senior international caps, which is among the Top 10 in Men’s National Team history.
Sharon Creelman - Athlete
As one of Canada’s most decorated international athletes, Sharon was part of the Women’s National Team “dynasty” through the eighties. A member of the Senior National Team for twelve years from 1982-94 and team captain from 1987 to 1994, her career featured 139 senior international caps and many international highlights. Among the competitions in which she participated were three Olympic Games (1984, 1988, and 1992), four World Cups (1983, 1986, 1990, and 1994), and two Pan American Games (1987 and 1991). Sharon’s distinguished career included silver and bronze medals at the World Cup, and a silver and bronze at the Pan American Games.
Dr. Sue Neill - Builder
Sue Neill’s name is synonymous with the development of field hockey in Canada and internationally over the past several decades. As President of the Canadian Women's Field Hockey Association from 1972-82, Sue was instrumental in the development of the women’s game both here at home and abroad. She was coach of the Women’s National Team in 1974. Sue has also served as a member of the Executive Board of the International Hockey Federation (FIH). She was elected to the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) Board of Directors in 1983, where she stayed for 28 years, only stepping down in 2011 when she was named a PAHF Honorary Life Member.
Dr. Marina van der Merwe - Builder
Marina van der Merwe has had as big a hand as anyone in the development of women’s field hockey in Canada since the seventies. A longtime Canadian University field hockey coach who presided over six silver medals, and two bronze at the National level, the South African-born coach is best known for being at the helm of Canada’s Women’s National Team dynasty in the eighties. She coached the national team for twenty years from 1976-96 and produced a perennial international powerhouse. Marina’s developed some of the best Canadian field hockey players of all time and her teams qualified for every major international competition in the eighties, including three Olympic Games (1984, 1988, 1992), and captured a silver medal at the 1983 World Cup.
For bios of the inductees to be honoured in Vancouver, who were announced earlier in October, click here.
The eight inductees will be celebrated at two regional events, the first, honouring the Western Canadian inductees, in Vancouver in November; the second, honouring the inductees from the East, next summer in conjunction with the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
The creation of the Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame along with its accompanying events could not be possible without the continued support from our partners at the Canadian Olympic Committee.
Field Hockey Canada media release