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News for 09 November 2015

All the news for Monday 9 November 2015

HGC go top in the Hoofdklasse

HGC replaced Amsterdam at the top of the Dutch Hoofdklasse thanks to their 4-2 win over Voordaan allied to resurgent Bloemendaal’s 2-1 success against the previous table-toppers.

For HGC, they were made to work hard as Bram Weers had given the Groenekan side a 2-1 lead after 18 minutes but Jorrit Croon had the game level at half-time.

Second half goals from Yorick van der Vis and Gonzalo Peillat’s 60th minute corner won the day to see them move into pole position.

At Bloemendaal, Wouter Jolie’s corner hit earned the win in the 65th minute. Valentin Verga had given Amsterdam a first half lead before Glenn Schuurman turned the tide with an equaliser before Jolie grabbed the win.

For the fifth game in a row, Kampong ended the day winless as they finished 0-0 with Den Bosch and drop to seventh place in the rankings.

Hurley continued their fine form as they recorded a 2-1 win over Schaerweijde with Stijn Jolie grabbing a last minute winner. Pinoké beat SCHC 4-1 with former East Grinstead man Andy Bull  and Joost van de Vijfeijken netting twice.

Joep de Mol was the unlikely match winner for Oranje Zwart at Rotterdam in their 2-1 win. Caspar van Dijk gave OZ the perfect start with a second minute opening goal before Jeroen Hertzberger levelled with 20 minutes to go. They move up to second place after 11 rounds of matches.

Euro Hockey League media release

UHC and Harvestehuder tie as league enters winter break

UHC Hamburg and Harvestehuder THC drew 3-3 in the final round of games in the German league before the winter break to end the opening half of the season in fifth and fourth place, respectively.

Florian Fuchs opened the scoring for UHC very early on from a corner only for Englishman David Goodfield to level the game in the eight minute. Almost immediately, Tim-Oliver Linsmeier made it 2-1 to HTHC and Tobias Hauke stretched out a 3-1 lead with a goal in the 18th minute.

But UHC were back in range quickly via Niklas Bruns, reducing the half-time gap to 3-2 and Moritz Fuerste earned the draw in the 62nd minute.

Speaking afterwards, UHC coach Kais al Saadi said afterwards: “We have played a great second half and dominated a good side. If it was 5-3 for us, no one would complain. Unfortunately, we could turn out turn chances into goals.”

His HTHC counterpart Christoph Bechmann saw it similarly but said: "At 3-2, we had a tremendous chance for 4-2 and then we would probably win the game too!

“But, at the end, UHC stormed forward so we will take the point. Winter in fourth place is great for our new team. We can play better than we have shown in the last two games, especially after the break.”

Rot Weiss Köln missed out on the chance to go top as they fell to in-form Krefeld, falling to their first defeat of the season. Felix Klein’s pair of goals helped Krefeld win 3-1 with Niklas Wellen scoring another late in the game to see his side move up to third place.

Mannheim remain in first place as a result of Rot Weiss’s loss for the next few months.

Euro Hockey League media release

Holcombe beat leaders Surbiton

Holcombe’s Gareth Andrew celebrates the first of two goals scored by him in his side’s 3-1 win over Surbiton. Credit hockeyimages.co.uk

Surbiton’s perfect start to the season was ended as they were beaten 3-1 at Holcombe in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Nick Catlin and Gareth Andrew put second-placed Holcombe two goals in front before the break, but Rupert Shipperley halved the deficit early in the second half.

However Holcombe hit back almost immediately with Andrew grabbing his second of the game to move the home side to within a point of Surbiton at the top.

Peter Flanagan scored a hat-trick as Brooklands Manchester University fought back to draw 3-3 at home to Cannock.

The visitors led three times thanks to two goals from Tom Morris and one from Hardeep Jawanda but were denied in the last minute as Flanagan completed his treble.

At the bottom, Canterbury are still awaiting their first points of the season after they were narrowly edged out in a 4-3 defeat away at East Grinstead.

Ross Gilham-Jones scored twice for bottom side Canterbury with Wei Adams also on target, but goals from Joe Naughalty, Adam Seccull, Sam Driver and Glenn Kirkham were enough to give East Grinstead the points.

Reading won 2-1 away at Wimbledon with two goals from Richard Mantell cancelling out James Jewell’s strike, whilst Hampstead and Westminster won 2-1 at home to Beeston thanks to goals from Richard Alexander and Alex Jakeman.

Conference West

Cardiff and Met are still at the top of the Conference West after recording a 2-0 win over Indian Gymkhana. Both their goals came in the second half with Jimmy Devney and Luke Hawker finding the target.

The University of Birmingham moved up to second place after beating the team above them, Cheltenham. Sam French and Adam Harriman scored their goals.

Guildford moved off the foot of the table with a second victory of the season, a 3-1 win over Team Bath Buccaneers. James Ferguson, Chris Boot and Mohammad Rahman scored their goals.

Fareham beat the University of Exeter 1-0 courtesy of a Danny Rawlings goal and Chichester Priory Park played out a 3-3 draw with Isca.

Conference North

Loughborough Students made it seven wins from eight games in the Conference North to retain top spot, beating struggling Preston 5-1. Luke Taylor was their star of the show, scoring a hat-trick.

The University of Durham stay second on goal difference after a Charlie Stubbings goal guided them to a 1-0 win over Wakefield.

Bowdon kept the pressure on Durham with a 3-1 win over Deeside Ramblers and Doncaster moved into fourth with a 3-2 win away to Olton and West Warwicks.

Propping up the table, Lichfield gained their first point of the season with a 0-0 draw against Sheffield Hallam.

Conference East

Richmond lost their unbeaten record at the top of the Men’s Hockey League East Conference as they were beaten 2-1 away at Oxted.

Dylan Thomas and Robert Durling had Oxted two up inside the opening ten minutes, and they held on to beat the league leaders despite Charlie Ellison’s second half goal.

That defeat allowed Cambridge City to cut the gap at the top to three points with a 4-2 win at home to West Herts, whilst Southgate are level on points in third after they put in a strong second half performance to beat winless Harleston Magpies 5-2.

Elsewhere Bromley and Beckenham were 4-1 winners away at Teddington and Sevenoaks beat Brighton and Hove 2-1.

Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, November 8 2015):

Premier Division: Wimbledon 1, Reading 2; Brooklands Manchester University 3, Cannock 3; Hampstead and Westminster 2, Beeston 1; Holcombe 3, Surbiton 1; East Grinstead 4, Canterbury 3.

Conference West: Cheltenham 0, University of Birmingham 2; University of Exeter 0, Fareham 1; Chichester Priory Park 3, Isca 3; Guildford 3, Team Bath Buccaneers 1; Indian Gymkhana 0, Cardiff and Met 2.

Conference North: Olton and West Warwicks 2, Doncaster 3; Sheffield Hallam 0, Lichfield 0; Deeside Ramblers 1, Bowdon 3; Preston 1, Loughborough Students 5; Wakefield 0, University of Durham 1.

Conference East: Teddington 1, Bromley and Beckenham 4; Oxted 2, Richmond 1; Brighton and Hove 1, Sevenoaks 2; Cambridge City 4, West Herts 2; Harleston Magpies 2, Southgate 5.

England Hockey Board Media release

Womens EY Hockey League Week 4 Round Up

Credit: Rowland White/Press Eye

Hermes stand alone at the top of the EY Hockey League rankings for the first time after their two nearest rivals – Railway Union and Ulster Elks – both drew in round four of the competition.
For Railway, they were indebted to Cecelia Joyce’s late goal four minutes from the final whistle to keep their unbeaten record alive, earning them a 1-1 tie at Ards after they had trailed for a long time to Amy Benson’s goal.
That ended their perfect record in the competition while the Elks also saw their 100% record broken away from home on a 1-1 scoreline. They had led 1-0 against UCD at Belfield via Canadian star Anna Kozniuk but Irish international Deirdre Duke levelled the game in the second half.
Those results allowed Hermes to move two points ahead at the top of the rankings as they recorded their second win in seven days against Greenfields – the first meeting was in the Irish Senior Cup – by a comfortable margin. Anna O’Flanagan extended her record to nine goals in two games and 14 in total this season with a hat trick in the 8-1 success.
Pembroke moved into the top half of the division thanks to Amy-Kate Trevor’s crucial goal against her former club UCC to earn a 3-2 victory at the Mardyke.
Orla Macken and Sarah Clarke had given the Dubliners a 2-0 advantage at half-time before the students fought back but Trevor’s first goal for the club kept them out of range.
Olivia Roycroft played a key role for Cork Harlequins as they saw off Pegasus to move into the top half of the table with their second win. She netted twice, including her side’s crucial third goal, in a 4-2 win in which Miriam Crowley and Rachel Hobbs were also on the mark.
EY Hockey League: Cork Harlequins 4 (O Roycroft 2, M Crowley,  R Hobbs) Pegasus 2 S Ferris, A Speers); Ards 1 (A Benson) Railway Union 1 (C Joyce); Hermes 8 (A O’Flanagan 3, C Watkins 2, N Carroll 2, N Evans) Greenfields 1 (Gilligan); UCC 2 (S Browner, A McGrath) Pembroke 3 (O Macken, S Clarke, A-K Trevor); UCD 1 (D Duke) Ulster Elks 1 (A Kozniuk)

Extended match reports

Ards 1 (Amy Benson) Railway Union 1 (Cecelia Joyce)

Cecelia Joyce’s goal four minutes from time kept Railway Union’s unbeaten record in tact at Ards though their perfect start to the season came to a close from a tightly contested battle.
The Ulster Premier champions made the best of a cagey opening quarter to hit the front in the 11th minute when, on the counter-attack, Tamara Macleod produced an incisive ball through to Amy Benson who beat the goalkeeper at the second attempt.
Ards shaded the second quarter, too, and won the game’s first corner but saw shouts for a second goal ruled out when their first strike was deemed high by the umpires.
It remained tight until the final quarter when Railway really upped the tempo and threw everything into attack. They duly won a series of corners, one of which was excellently charged down by Sara Alexander. The second, a clever exchange at the top of the circle, was eventually intercepted by Chloe Brown.
But Railway kept plugging away and got their reward from a swift counter-attack move from Joyce. Both sides had their chances to win the points in a mad-cap last few minutes but none could net, leaving the sides to share the spoils.

Hermes 8 (Anna O’Flanagan 3, Naomi Carroll 2, Chloe Watkins 2, Nikki Evans) Greenfields 1 (Rebecca Gilligan)

Hermes’ second victory over Greenfields in the last seven days in Booterstown saw them eke out the first lead at the top of the women’s EY Hockey League, the only side left with a 100% record.
Having scored six goals last week in the Irish Senior Cup, Anna O’Flanagan was once again the scorer in chief with a hat trick. Chloe Watkins got Hermes up and running from the penalty spot in the 12th minute. She added a second in the 18th minute from a penalty corner before O’Flanagan fired in two goals in a minute while Nikkie Evans’ classy finish made it 5-0 at the break.
Greenfields got their first goal of the EYHL campaign after some nice work with Rebecca Gilligan finishing. But O’Flanagan completed her hat trick in the 42nd minute when she deflected in a Watkins’ strike.
Greenfields keeper, Sinead Collins, was in outstanding form throughout and make a string of superlative saves but she was unable to keep out a pair of Naomi Carroll goals in the closing quarter, earning Hermes – who handed EYHL debuts to teenagers Liz Murphy and Lara Grehan – an 8-1 win.

Cork Harlequins 4 (Olivia Roycroft 2, Miriam Crowley, Rachel Hobbs) Pegasus 2 (Suzanne Ferris, Alex Speers)

Cork Harlequins moved into the top half of the women’s EY Hockey League table as goals from Olivia Roycroft and Rachel Hobbs in the final quarter saw them see off Pegasus 4-2 at Farmer’s Cross.
They did trail early on, though, as Suzanne Ferris put Pegasus in front after eight minutes. From a quickly take free just outside the 23m, the former international applied an excellent deflection for a 1-0 advantage.
Quins swapped the lead by half-time. Roycroft equalised in the 18th minute when Cliodhna Sargent’s free found its way to the former underage international who controlled well and slipped the ball home on her reverse.
Three minutes later, Pegasus did well to shut down a corner chance but were unable to clear their lines. It led to a slap across the face of goal by Hobbs which drew a touch from Miriam Crowley which ramped into the roof of the goal.
Roles were reversed in the third quarter with Pegasus dominating the play with Alex Speers and Vanessa Surgeoner driving the Ulster side on. They won their first penalty corner early on and eventually got an equaliser in the 39th minute when a ball looped over the defence and dropped in front of Alex Speers. She smashed home for 2-2.
It left the tie perfectly poised going into the final phase which went end to end. Roycroft restored the lead when she combined beautifully with Sargent for 3-2.
Pegasus came roaring back and were close to another equaliser from Ferris but for a brilliant Emma Buckley stop and, pushing forward, they were stung in the dying seconds.
Hobbs broke up the right flank and, after some nice interplay with Yvonne O’Byrne, shot home into the bottom corner for 4-2.
UCD 1 (Deirdre Duke) Ulster Elks 1 (Anna Kozniuk)

Ulster Elks lost their perfect record as they drew 1-1 with student rivals UCD at Belfield in their fourth EY Hockey League match of the season. The Elks did get off to a dream start after persistent pressure led to a trio of penalty corners.
Canadian Anna Kozniuk capitalised when she popped in a rebound for an early lead. Indeed, it might have been even better but for some top stops from Natasha Cooke in the UCD goal.
From there, the hosts grew more into the game and created some good chances of their own with centre mid Gillian Pinder pulling the strings and Katie Mullan going close from their first penalty corner.
Deirdre Duke levelled in the third quarter when she showed great determination to dive full length on to a rebound to make it 1-1.
Rebecca Barry went close to reasserting the Elks’ advantage when she was set through one on one after a ball broke past the last defender. Cooke again did well to protect her goal and the chance went wide under pressure.
Into the final quarter, UCD showed great patience in their build-up play and created the better of the chances of a winner. Duke again went close with a shot that pinged the right post.
The Elks started to send the ball long to cause danger of their own but no further goals accrued, leaving both sides to settle for the draw.
UCC 2 (Antonia McGrath, Sarah Browner) Pembroke 3 (Orla Macken, Sarah Clarke, Amy-Kate Trevor)

Amy-Kate Trevor came back to haunt her alma mater as she scored the crucial goal in five to hand Pembroke their second win of the women’s EY Hockey League season, lifting them to fourth place in the rankings.
That made it 3-1 to Pembroke and while UCC did get another goal back, it was too late for them to grab a result from this tie at the Mardyke. Earlier on, Orla Macken and Sarah Clarke had given Pembroke a great start as they built a 2-0 half-time lead.
Sarah Browner, however, got the Cork side back in contention when she finished off good work from Emily Reidy and Alex O’Grady to give them a sniff of a result.
Trevor’s goal, however, left them with a mountain to climb. Antonia McGrath reduced the deficit with a counter-attack goal but it was too late to affect the outcome of the tie.

Irish Hockey Association media release

Mens EY Hockey League Week 4 Round Up

Monkstown and Cork C of I’s perfect records both came to an end on Saturday afternoon in round four of the EY Hockey League. It leaves four sides covered by just a single point at the head of the table.
Town have the slight edge thanks to their 0-0 draw with Three Rock Rovers at Grange Road from a side dominated by defences with precious few chances for either side despite an array of attacking talent on display.
For C of I, they succumbed 4-2 to Lisnagarvey on home turf to drop into a three-way share of second place. Garvey won the tie thanks to a superb opening quarter that saw them build a three-goal advantage with Daniel Nelson, Timmy Cockram and Andy Williamson all snagging early goals.
CI fought back via Philip Brownlow and Simon Wolfe but Sean Murray’s solo goal ensured the Hillsborough side returned north with all three points in the bag.
Stephen Dowds was the Banbridge hero as he struck twice in the closing five minute against Pembroke to swap a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 win. The result lifts them up to nine points, level with Cork C of I and Lisnagarvey.
Earlier on, Pembroke had rode out plenty of pressure to forge a narrow lead courtesy of Patrick Good and Alan Sothern’s corner strike early in the fourth quarter.
James Dick’s four first half goals inspired Railway Union to a second successive victory, moving them into the top half of the table with a stunning 7-3 win over Cookstown at Steelweld Park. He helped the Dubliners build a 4-1 half-time lead before a pair of Mark English goals extended the advantage out further.
Glenanne moved off the bottom of the table with their first win of the campaign, swapping places with Annadale thanks to a 3-1. After an early exchange of goals, Sam O’Connor and Stu Ronan scored in the second half to earn the points for the Tallaght side.
EY Hockey League results: Cookstown 3 (S Todd, P Thompson, S Smyth) Railway Union 7 (J Dick 4, M English 2, R Forrest); Cork C of I 2 (P Brownlow, S Wolfe) Lisnagarvey 4 (D Nelson, A Williamson, S Murray, T Cockram); Three Rock Rovers 0 Monkstown 0; Banbridge 3 (S Dowds 2, O Magee) Pembroke 2 (P Good, A Sothern); Glenanne 3 (S Boucher, S Ronan, S O’Connor) Annadale 1 (C Roberts)
Round four – extended match reports

Cookstown 3 (Simon Todd, Paul Thompson, Stuart Smyth) Railway Union 7 (James Dick 4, Mark English 2, Richard Forrest)

James Dick’s incredible four-goal burst in the opening quarter saw Railway Union perfectly set for their second win in succession in the men’s EY Hockey League, winning a spectacular 7-3 battle at Steelweld Park.
The Australian netted twice in the first 12 minutes, sweeping home the first from around the penalty spot from a baseline cross. He then doubled up from a corner move for a strong opening salvo.
His hat trick was complete in the 22nd minute from open play before Cookstown got on the board via Simon Todd, latching on to a long ball from the back. Dick, however, stretched the lead out to 4-1 with the final play of the first half.
Mark English stretched the lead further for the Dubliners two minutes into the second half. Paul Thompson finished off a Todd square pass to give some hope to the Co Tyrone side only for Railway to sweep through their defences with some cunning one-touch hockey, leading to Richard Forrest’s finish at the back post.
Stuart Smyth got a consolation goal early in the fourth quarter but English closed out the win with the goal of the game when he picked the ball up out side before superbly chipping over Ian Hughes with the most deft of reverse-stick lobs.
Cork C of I 2 (Phil Brownlow, Simon Wolfe) Lisnagarvey 4 (Daniel Nelson, Andy Williamson, Sean Murray, Timmy Cockram)

Lisnagarvey scored an important 4-2 win over Cork C of I at Garryduff to close the gap significantly on the leaders, moving into a share of second place in the early season table.
Played in bright sunshine in front of a good crowd, the visitors made the early running and found themselves in front in the fifth minute when a speculative ball into the CI circle was mis-trapped. Andy Williamson pounced and finished from close range past a helpless Billy Lynch.
Three minutes later they doubled their lead when from the first penalty corner; Timmy Cockram scored from a bullet flick high into the roof of the net. It was 3-0 soon after with Daniel Nelson applying a peach of a deflection to a crash ball.
The home side came more into the game in the second quarter and got on the board in the 21st minute when Philip Brownlow finished from close range. Simon Wolfe went to close to adding another but just failed to connect from Alec Moffett’s reverse-stick cross, leaving it 3-1 to Garvey at half-time.
Wolfe, though, did have his side back within range early in the second half when a clever John Jermyn crossfield overhead was controlled by Philip Smith and his cross was well finished.
But, just two minutes later, the Hillsborough side restored their two goal wedge. It came via a mazy run from Sean Murray who beat several defenders before slotting past Lynch.

CI made most of the running after that but Garvey keeper John Tormey was rarely troubled as his side soaked up possession and continued to threaten on the break, going on to record their third win from four outings.
Banbridge 3 (Stephen Dowds 2, Owen Magee) Pembroke 2 (Patrick Good, Alan Sothern)

Stephen Dowds late penalty corner double snatched the points for Banbridge in dramatic fashion from a high quality tussle at Havelock Park, lifting the Co Down side into a share of second place after four rounds of matches.

In an even opening, Bann created the first couple of chances before Pembroke won a pair of corners that Gareth Lennox did well to save. From a double-chance, Eugene Magee saw his sharp chance denied by Mark Ingram.

The second quarter began with Bann pushing hard to open the scoring with Owen Magee making some great attacking runs. He won a corner which Matthew Bell dragged at goal only for Ingram to save once again.

Owen Magee broke the deadlock from another corner with a clinical finish. Pembroke responded instantly with Alan Sothern’s clever pass finding Patrick Good who finished for 1-1 at half-time.

It remained that way for the third quarter despite Frazer Mills causing plenty of problems while Dowds and Neil Gilmore also caused problems.

Pembroke rode those punches and were in front for the first time early in the final stanza when Alan Sothern scored from a corner for 2-1. This spurred Bann on and they were back on terms with five minutes to go when Dowds dispatched a set piece goal.

He got another chance soon after and duly obliged with a roofed flick past Ingram for 3-2.
Three Rock Rovers 0 Monkstown 0

Monkstown’s perfect record in the men’s EY Hockey League came to an end as they were held 0-0 by Three Rock Rovers at Grange Road in a tie dominated by strong defences.
Indeed, clear chances were at an absolute premium with only one corner a piece and precious few clean shots on goal for either side. For Town, Stephen and Lee Cole provided the impetus while a buzzing Luke Chadwick and Jody Hosking were the central figure for a hard-working Rovers, often breaking forward from midfield at pace.
From the pick of Rovers’ chances, Dylan Shirley was denied in the second quarter while Ross Canning’s shot later on ricocheted onto the post off David Fitzgerald.
They were half-chances, though. Town upped the pressure and held about 65% of possession but struggled to get much change from Luke Madeley, David Kane and Mark Samuel. Despite the draw, Monkstown now have a one-point lead at the top of the table.
Glenanne 3 (Shannon Boucher, Sam O’Connor, Stu Ronan) Annadale 1 (Connor Roberts)

Glenanne got their first win of the national league campaign, rising off the bottom rung of the table as they got the better of Annadale 3-1 in Tallaght.
Shannon Boucher’s early corner gave them a great start but Dale took little time to equalise as they created an overload down the right wing and Connor Roberts finished past Lukasz Domachowski from close range.   
The Glens, though, continued to make the better chances as time wore on with Jonny Moore making a couple of smart saves to keep parity going into the big break.
Annadale was playing extremely tightly in defence under the stewardship of former Irish skipper David Smyth while Peter McKibbin was also notable in keeping the Glens at bay.
But the hosts eventually did get their goal when Sam O’Connor scored from a smartly taken corner for 2-1. Annadale replied in kind with a couple of corner but Domachowski stood tall before Stuart Ronan put daylight between the teams with a sharp effort that got the Glens over the line.

Irish Hockey Association media release

Pakistan face an uphill task in Malaysia

KARACHI: After finishing at the bottom among six teams in the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup at Johor Bahru last month, Pakistan junior hockey team will travel to Malaysia again this week to compete in the 8th Junior Asia Cup which gets into action at Kuantan from November 14.

The event has gained significance as three teams other than India will earn a ticket for the next year's Junior World Cup. India have already qualified for the Junior World Cup as hosts.

Eight teams are set to compete for honours in the Malaysian event. They have been equally drawn into two groups. Group A comprises India, Malaysia, Japan and China while the group B includes South Korea, Pakistan, Oman and Bangladesh.

According to draws, three-time former champions Pakistan face Bangladesh in the opener on November 14. The greenshirts play their second match against South Korea the next day.

Pakistan round off their group matches when they meet Oman on November 17.

The quarterfinals will be played on November 19 followed by semi-finals on November 21.

The final and classification matches will be played on November 22.


Nov 14: South Korea vs Oman, Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Malaysia vs China, India vs Japan.

Nov 15: Oman vs Bangladesh, Pakistan vs South Korea, China vs Japan, Malaysia vs India.

Nov 16: Rest day

Nov 17: South Korea vs Bangladesh, Oman vs Pakistan, India vs China, Japan vs Malaysia.

Nov 18: Rest day

Nov 19: Quarter-finals. Ist Pool A v 4th Pool D, 2nd Pool B vs 3rd Pool A, 2nd Pool A vs 3rd Pool B, Ist Pool B vs 4th Pool A.

Nov 20: Rest day

Nov 21: Classification matches (5th to 8th positions) loser match 13 vs loser match 14, loser match 15 vs loser match 16.

Semi-finals: winner match 13 vs winner match 14, winner match 15 vs winner match 16.

Nov 22: Classification matches (7th-8th position) loser match 17th-18th (5th-6th position) winner match 17th-18th. (3rd-4th position) loser match 19th-20th. (Final) winner match 19th-20th.

The Daily Times

NCAA Tournament Preview

For all the college hockey heads out there, championship season can be a little confusing when looking at different National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Divisions. Whether you’re trying to remember how many teams get to dance, how the teams are selected or just staying up-to-date with championship changes, we have created an article that prepares you for the upcoming month.






Division I:






In Division I teams are selected to the NCAA Division I tournament as an automatic qualifier or as an at-large bid. The tournament will contain 16 teams.






The championship for Division I will be a little different than previous years. This year, there are 10 conferences who will receive an automatic bid for the 2015 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship:






American East Conference, Atlantic 10 Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East Conference, Big Ten Conference, Colonial Athletic Association, The Ivy League, Metro Athletic Conference, Mid-American Conference and Patriot League






There will then be eight at-large selections. The selection committee looks at the following primary criteria for the at-large bids:




  1. Win-loss record
  2. Strength of schedule
  3. Eligibility and availability of student-athletes for NCAA championships
  4. Rating Percentage Index (RPI)- a calculation of winning percentage (25%), opponents’ average winning percentage (50%) and the opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage (25%)
  5. Head-to-head
  6. Results against common opponents
  7.  Secondary criteria is as follows if a tie exists in primary criteria: Late-season performance in last seven games, including conference tournament play (strength and results)
  8. Significant wins and losses




Play in games will occur between the four lowest automatic qualification teams.






The selection show will be on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 10 p.m. EST. The play-in games will be on Wednesday, November 11 and the first- and second-rounds will be on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. The NCAA semifinals will be played on Friday, November  20 with the championship on Sunday, November 22. 






Division II:






In a Division with only 31 teams, only six teams get to make it to the Big Dance. The selection show for the NCAA Division II Championships will be on Monday, November 9 at 1 p.m. EST. The NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship National Committee selects and seeds three teams from the two regions (the East Region and the Atlantic Region). The No. 1 seed receives a bye while the No. 2 and No. 3 seed play on Saturday, November 14. The NCAA semifinals are on Friday, November 20 and the NCAA Final will be on Sunday, November 22.






The selection requirements for the National Committee are as follows:




  1. A team must have an overall win-loss record of .500 or better
  2. Teams must play a minimum of six in-region games in order to be selected to the championship




Criteria for Selection:






Required Selection Criteria:




  1. Availability of student-athletes
  2. Application of nullification
  3. In-region winning percentage
  4. Division II winning percentage
  5. Division II strength of schedule
  6. Division II head-to-head competition
  7. Results versus Division II common opponents




Sport-specific Criteria:




  1. Late-season performance
  2. Performance indicator (PI)
  3. Rating percentage index (RPI)


 East Region Schools:     Atlantic Region: 
 Adelphi University        Bellarmine University
 American International College     Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
 Assumption College      East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
 Bentley University       Indiana University of Pennsylvania
 Dowling College      Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
 Franklin Pierce University     Limestone College
 Long Island University/LIU Post     Lindenwood University
 Mercy College          Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
 Merrimack College    Mercyhurst University
 Pace University    Millersville University of Pennsylvania
 Saint Anselm College     Newberry College
 Saint Michael’s College    Seton Hill University of Pennsylvania
 Southern Connecticut State University    Shippensburg University 
 Southern New Hampshire University    Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
 Stonehill College     West Chester University of Pennsylvania
 Saint Thomas Aquinas     









Division III:





The selections for the NCAA Division III Tournament will be released at approximately 10:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 8, on NCAA.com. First-round competition will begin Wednesday, November 11, second-round competition will be held Saturday, November 14, and third-round competition on Sunday, November 15. The NCAA semifinals will be on Saturday, November 21, and the NCAA championship game on Sunday, November 22.






An important factor in making it to the Big Dance in Division III is winning your conference championship. There are 19 conferences in Division III that receive an automatic bid to the tournament for their conference tournament champion. The conferences are:






Capital Athletic Conference
Centennial Conference
Colonial States Athletic Conference
Commonwealth Coast Conference
Empire 8
Great Northeast Athletic Conference
Landmark Conference
Liberty League
Little East Conference
Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth
Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom
New England Collegiate Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference
New Jersey Athletic Conference
North Atlantic Conference
North Coast Athletic Conference
Old Dominion Athletic Conference
State University of New York Athletic Conference






After giving a bid to each of those conferences, one bid is then given to Pool B. Pool B consists of independent schools and schools that belong to conferences that do not meet the requirements for an automatic bid.




Then, the four remaining bids are given to Pool C. Pool C is made up schools from the automatic qualifying conferences who did not win their conference championships, and the remaining teams from Pool B.

USFHA media release

Under 14: Sabah boys win maiden title

By Jugjet Singh

KUALA LUMPUR Girls' edged Selangor 3-2 to lift the National Under-14 hockey tournament title in Malacca yesterday.

And in the Boys' tournament, Sabah and  Perak ended locked 2-2 after regulation time, and in the shoot out Sabah claimed their maiden Under-14 title by beating Perak 5-4.

During regulation time, the Sabah goals were scored by Nasrul Syahkhir (24th) and Granson Noel(63rd), while the Perak goals were scored by Afiq Iqbal (31st) and Afsraf Iqbal in the 69th minute to take the match to shoot out.

Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) Technical Director Terry Walsh was impresed with the boys standard, but not the girls.

"I watched some of the matches, and for an Under-14 tournament, the boys were quite impressive especially playes from Sabah. But the same can't be said abut the girls," said Walsh.

Results:  BOYS'   Final: Sabah 2 Perak 2 (Sabah win shoot out 5-4); Third-Fourth: Malacca 1 Johor 4.

GIRLS' Final: Kuala Lumpur  3 Selangor 2 ; Third-Fourth: SIngapore 2 Sabah 4.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

There’s a new Kookaburra in town

Help name the new Kookaburras mascot to win great prizes

The Kookaburras warmly welcomed a new face to the team in Perth.

We need your help to name our new Kookaburras mascot. Watch the video below and enter our competition to win a signed Kookaburras shirt, a visit from the mascot and a bulk hockey pack.


Hockey Australia media release

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