All the news for Monday 28 December 2015
Imran, Jawwad score hat-tricks as holders PIA win
A view of the match between National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and Pakistan Navy during the National Hockey Championship at the Hockey Club of Pakistan on Sunday.—Anis Hamdani/White Star
KARACHI: Two hat-tricks — one each by M. Imran and Kashif Jawwad — for their respective teams highlighted proceedings of the third day in the 62nd National Hockey Championship at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium on Sunday.
Imran scored three goals including one off penalty corner, in the 13th, 37th and 40th minutes as Pakistan Steel Mills whipped Customs 5-3 to register second straight victory in the pool B.
They have beaten Islamabad 5-0 in their group opener on Saturday.
Sultan Ashraf and Majid Khan netted one goal apiece to complete the team’s tally.
Customs, once considered a force to be reckoned with, made comeback in the match after conceding the opening goal when M. Qasim drew level two minutes later.
Customs again reduced the deficit to 3-4 when Junaid Manzoor and M. Mateen netted back-to-back goals in the 52nd and 53rd minutes but to no avail.
In the next match, Jawwad caught the eye as Port Qasim Authority (PQA) continued their winning spree bulldozing Sindh 7-0 in the group A encounter.
The PQA had blanked Higher Education Commission (HEC) 5-0 the other day.
Jawwad conjured up three goals in-a-row in the ninth, 21st and 24th minutes to register hat-trick, second of the day and fifth of the event so far.
Shakeel Abbasi scored twice while Nasir Shehzad and M. Atif netted once for the winners.
Sindh completely failed to match their opponents and remained at the receiving end for most of the time.
At the outset, reigning national champions PIA opened their account by getting the better of Railways 4-1 in the pool A clash with all the goals coming in the last two quarters.
Ihsanullah and M. Zubair shared four goals amongst themselves for the winners with the formers goals coming off penalty corners.
Khalid Ahmed scored the lone goal for the losers.
Formidable National Bank of Pakistan survived a scare when they humbled fighting Navy 4-2 in the pool A match.
The sailors shocked the bankers when Asad Aziz beat rival goal keeper on rebound off their first PC in the 21st minute.
Earlier, the bankers objected to the umpires decision of allowing PC and the matter was referred to the video referral analyst who allowed it.
The bankers retaliated and managed to score four goals – two coming off Bilal Qadir in 25th and 33rd minutes and one each through Akhtar Ali and Dilber Hasan in the 52nd and 54th minutes.
Earlier, when 1-2 down, the sailors made a couple of dangerous moves but failed to capitalise on them.
However, before the final hooter, they claimed their second PC in the 59th minute and Mohsin Sabir cashed it to reduce the deficit 2-4.
Meanwhile, rich tributes were paid to the late Sindh minister for sports Dr Mohammad Ali Shah with whose efforts the synthetic turf has been laid down at the HCP Stadium besides the one at Islah-Dr M. A. Shah Academy and some in the interior of Sindh.
Monday’s fixtures: PAF v Balochistan at 9.30am; Punjab v SSGC at 11.30am; Army v Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at 1.30pm; PTV v Islamabad at 3.30pm.
National Hockey Championship: Ahsanullah, Zubair down Railways
KARACHI: Ahsanullah and Muhammad Zubair scored two goals each to guide Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to a 4-1 win over Pakistan Railways in the National Hockey Championship at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium in Karachi on Sunday.
Ahsanullah converted two penalty corners to give PIA a 2-0 lead going into the final quarter. Mohammad Zubair then added two field goals in the dying minutes of the game to seal the win. Khalid Ahmed scored a consolation for Railways in the 58th minute.
In the second match, Mohammed Imran’s hat-trick helped Pakistan Steels defeat Customs 5-3. Imran opened the scoring in the 13th minute through a field goal. He followed that up by successfully converting a penalty corner in the 37th minute and completed his hat-trick by once again finding the net in the 40th.
Sultan Ashraf and Majid Khan were Pakistan Steel’s other goalscorers, while Zeeshan, Ali and Farrukh scored one each for Customs.
In the third match, PQA humiliated Sindh 7-0 as Kashif Jawad scored a hat-trick. Shakeel Abbasi added two more goals, while Nasir and Mohammed Atif scored one each to complete the rout.
In the last match, NBP came from a goal down to defeat Navy 4-2. Asad Aziz had given Navy the lead in the 21st minute before Bilal Qadir struck twice for NBP to give his side the lead. Akhtar Ali and Dilbar Hussain then netted two field goals in the 52nd and 54th minute respectively to seal the win, while Mohsin Sabir scored from a penalty corner in the 59th to get a consolation for his side.
The Express Tribune
PIA, Pakistan Steels, PQA and NBP score victories
KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Steels, Port Qasim Authority and National Bank of Pakistan won their respective matches on the second day of the 62nd National Hockey Championship at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium here on Sunday. PIA defeated Pakistan Railways 4-1, Steelmen downed Pakistan Customs 5-3, Port Qasim humbled Sindh 7-0 and NBP outplayed Pakistan Navy 4-2. In the opening match, Railways gave tough time to their superior opponents and frustrated many of their attempts in the first two quarters. In the third quarter, PIA’s Ahsanullah took control of the match through successful conversion of two penalty corners in the 34th and 36th minutes. Mohammad Zubair also showed form and scored two beautiful field goals in the 57th and 59th minutes respectively. Railways’s lone field goal was netted by Khalid Ahmed in the 58th minute.
Mohammad Imran’s hat-trick helped Steelmen down Customs in the second match. Imran scored a beautiful field goal in the 13th minute. He scored another goal on penalty corner in the 37th minute and completed his hat-trick in the 40th minute through a field goal. Sultan Ashraf and Majid Khan also netted a goal each in the 26th and 57th minutes respectively. The match between Port Qasim and Sindh proved a one sided affair. Kashif Jawwad scored a hat-trick through field goals in the 9th, 21st and 24th minutes. Shakeel Abbasi scored two field goals in the 46th and 56th minutes. Nasir Ahmad and Mohammad Atif scored a field goal each in the 34th and 58th minutes.
Though Navy took lead against start-studded NBP in the last match through a 21st minute goal of Asad Aziz on penalty corner yet they failed to maintain their grip in the contest. Bilal Qadir of NBP struck two field goals in the 25th and 33rd minutes to give his team lead. Later Akhtar Ali and Dilbar Hussain also netted two field goals in the 52nd and 54th minutes. The seamen tried hard in the last quarter to reduce the margin and partly succeeded scoring a goal in the 59th minute through Mohsin Sabir on a penalty corner.
The Daily Times
Ibrahim appointed as hockey head coach
KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), led by president Brig (retd) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar and secretary Shahbaz Senior, appointed Olympian Qamar Ibrahim as the new head coach of the national side on Sunday.
Shahbaz revealed that Ibrahim was selected to train the team for next year’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. The camp for the Azlan Shah Cup will take place after the South Asian Games (SAG) scheduled to be held from February 4 to February 16, 2016.
Along with Ibrahim, Olympian Abdul Hanif Khan has been selected as the team manager, while Dr Yousuf Baig and Irfan Sheikh have been selected as team doctor and physical trainer respectively.
“We have selected Ibrahim to prepare the senior team for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup,” Shahbaz told The Express Tribune. “The entire team management has been finalised and the next step would be to select the squad.”
Ibrahim is currently serving as the tournament manager of the National Hockey Championship and Shahbaz believes that Ibrahim’s involvement in the national championship would be beneficial in picking the best players.
“The selectors and coaches are present at the ongoing championship and will consider players performance from here, which will result in the selection of the best squad,” added Shahbaz.
Earlier, the PHF had announced that former captain Muhammad Saqlain would serve as head coach for Pakistan Whites — Pakistan hockey’s A team — at SAG, and Shahbaz revealed that the players travelling to India as part of Pakistan Whites would also be selected from the ongoing national championship.
“Pakistan Whites will have players who have not participated in international events which will increase their exposure and give us more players to select the team from,” he added. “Players participating in the national championship will be given preference in the team selection.”
The Express Tribune
Dhyanchand Academy defeat Central Railway for hockey title
NAGPUR: Dhyanchand Academy trounced DSA Central Railway 3-1 to clinch the title of the Gafoor Bhai Memorial Hockey tournament, organized by the Nagpur United Club, at the VHA ground on Sunday.
From the word go, Dhyanchand Academy dictated the terms. In the 11th minute, Aquib Rahim converted a penalty corner to give 1-0 lead. A couple of minutes later, Rahul Kalakoti doubled the lead as they led 2-0 at the half time.
After the change of ends, Amir Khan struck a brilliant field goal to swell the lead. Trailing by three goals, the railmen tried hard but poor finishing inside the circle undid all their efforts.
Chief guest Girish Gandhi and VHA president Radheshyam Sarda distributed the prizes. Sarda announced that the VHA will conduct festival hockey tournament every Sunday for next two months for sub juniors and seniors in both men and women sections. During the matches, VHA will also provide lunch to all the participating teams. For more details, interested can contact VHA office in the evening.
The Times of India
Ramnad boys learn latest European tricks in hockey
Hockey Academy Coach explains 50 of the tricks
D.J. Walter Scott
It was dream come true for the 150-odd local boys as they had the rare opportunity of learning the latest European techniques from Shiv Jagday, Hockey Academy Coach, International Hockey Federation (FIH), here on Sunday.
Mr. Jagday, who visited Chennai to coach coaches and physical education teachers from across Tamil Nadu from December 20 to 24, paid a two-day visit here.
He taught the latest techniques to the boys in the age group of 8 to 14 years, and 15 to 18 years at the Astro Turf hockey stadium at Seethakathi Sethupathi Sports Stadium complex on Saturday and Sunday.
Accompanied by former Olympian V.J. Philipps, Mr. Jagday focussed on all aspects of the game, from development of basic skills to the latest techniques adopted in turf courts, A. Chelladurai Abdullah, president of Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu, and secretary of District Hockey Association, said.
The court had been laid to international standards and had all the facilities to host international matches, Mr. Abdullah quoted Mr. Jagday as saying.
Mr. Jagday assured the association that he would recommend to Narinda Batra, president, Hockey India, to host Junior World Cup, scheduled for December next year, at the newly laid stadium.
‘Very much impressed’
“Mr. Jagday and Mr. Philipps were very impressed with the facilities and the interest shown by the boys and spent the two days with the boys, cutting short their sightseeing programmes,” Kizhavan Sethupathy, joint secretary of the association, said.
Mr. Jagday taught the boys 50 techniques, Mr. Abdullah said.
Mr. Phillip, who had played for the country for 12 years, said, “The stadium brought back memories of my matches played in Holland and Germany,” he told The Hindu .
Malaysian age-group hockey tournaments to run in different formats next year
by S. Ramaguru
KUALA LUMPUR: Next year’s age-group hockey tournaments – for boys and girls – will cease to be an 11-a-side affair.
The national Under-14 championships will now be a five-a-side event while the Under-16 tournament will be staged under the nine-a-side format.
Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) competitions committee chairman George Koshy said changing to the two formats would provide a bigger pool of players for the country.
“We need to change the Under-14 championships so that a 5s tournament can be introduced in Malaysia on a larger scale. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have already started the Hockey 5s tournament in a big way and the Youth Olympics is based on this concept.
“Even the Asian qualifiers for the Youth Olympics have been changed to Hockey 5s.”
“So we need to look at forming a team that is used to the 5s format.
“The states can now field two teams, giving us a bigger pool of players,” he added.
George said the game would also be more interesting to the fans.
“The game is faster in both the five-a-side and nine-a-side formats. We feel that once the states start using the system we can move forward at national level.”
The MHC have tentatively scheduled the Under-16 tournament to be held in March while the Under-14 tournament is scheduled for November.
The Star of Malaysia