All the news for Tuesday 23 March 2010
Indian women lose 3rd Test against Japan
NEW DELHI: The Indian women's hockey team lost their third consecutive match against Japan, going down 0-3 at Gifu Green Stadium in Kakamigahara on Monday.
Japan thus took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four match series, according to reports received.
The home team won the first two matches with margins of 3-0 and 4-1, respectively.
India will play their last match on Wednesday before going to Shanghai where they will play a three-match Test against Asian champions China.
The Times of India
Indian eves outplayed in third Test
Japan inflicted another defeat to the touring Indian women's team in the third hockey Test at Gifu Green Stadium, Kakamigahara.
The Japanese won by a convincing 3-0 margin and thus clinched the four-match series.
They won the first two Tests 3-0 and 4-1.
India will play their last match on Wednesday at the same venue before going to Shanghai, where they will play three Tests against Asian champions China, a Hockey India release said.
This twin tour is in preparation for the Womens World Cup to be held at Rosario, Argentina in August-September this year.
India to get more tournaments
Chennai: The FIH has decided in principle to allot one major tournament (men or women) to India for the next four years.
This was among the several decisions taken during the two-day meeting of the Executive Board in New Delhi.
While expressing its appreciation for the conduct of the World Cup, the meeting debated on the strategic planning and governance of the federation.
The main discussion centred on evolving a new structure of the executive, and the recommendations are to be presented for ratification at the next Congress in Montreux (Switzerland) in November. It was agreed to reduce the size of the Executive Board.
The other issues related to designing the means to triple the gross revenue of the FIH between 2010 and 2016, raise the profile of the sport across the globe, enhance and rationalise the competition schedules, narrow down the performance gap between the top-level playing nations and the rest, and to strengthen governance and co-ordination for the FIH. The proposal to conduct a World Series from 2012 will be submitted to the EB at the next meeting in July this year.
One event for men and women every year in India
One of the major decisions of the Executive Board that met after the recent World Cup in Delhi pertains to India. The FIH has decided to allot one major international tournament for each men and women every year to India, and this is likely to be carried out for immediate four years.
The FIH hopes to garner as much commercial and television benefits out of these tournaments.
Now it is to be seen which tournament India would get, as rationalization of existing tournaments are also beind underway.
Meanwhile, the FIH leadership satisfied with Hero Honda FIH World Cup
The Executive Board of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Board met in New Delh, India on 14 and 15 March 2010 at the end of a very good Hero Honda FIH World Cup. The Board was very pleased with the World Cup tournament.
The main agenda item of these fruitful meetings was on a new structure of the Executive Board to be presented at the next FIH Congress to be held in November 2010 in Montreux, Switzerland. The agreed structure calls for a reduction in the size of the Executive Board in order to focus on the strategy policy and direction of the FIH.
The Board also adopted the FIH Strategic Plan 2010 – 2016 and the five strategic priorities, i.e.
To triple FIH gross revenues in the period 2010 – 2016
To raise the profile of the FIH and of hockey worldwide
To enhance and rationalise the international competition schedule
To close the performance gap between top level playing nations and the rest by raising the world-wide level of play
To strengthen governance and coordination structures for the FIH and for hockey
The discussion on establishing a World Series competition as of 2012 progressed and proposals from committees of the FIH will be presented to the Executive Board at the next meeting in July 2010.
The Board also agreed in principle to allocate one tournament for men or women per year to India for the next four years and the FIH hopes to attract commercial and Television interest in these events.
The Board received reports from all FIH committees and Continental groups on the ongoing work within the FIH and as it relates to the new strategic plan.
FIH to allocate one tournament to India every year
NEW DELHI: Lured by commercial success of the just-concluded men's World Cup, the International Hockey Federation has decided to allot one world-level tournament to India every year for next fours years.
The FIH took the decision in its Executive Board meeting in New Delhi last week after the conclusion of the World Cup.
"The FIH Board agreed in principle to allocate one tournament for men or women per year to India for the next four years and the FIH hopes to attract commercial and Television interest in these events," the international body said.
"The Executive Board of FIH Board met in New Delhi on March 14 and 15 March at the end of a very good FIH World Cup. The Board was very pleased with the World Cup tournament," it said.
During a media summit earlier this month, FIH had accepted that India contributed a major chunk of revenue earned by the world body, which came mainly from television.
The decision, however, did not come as a surprise as FIH marketing manager Steven Morris had earlier declared that looking at the commercial success of the World Cup, India would be an integral part of international body's effort to lift the profile of hockey in the world.
Interestingly, during the World Cup, FIH president Leandro Negre said India would also host the inaugural World Cup of clubs in December this year and the international federation had even roped in an Indian sponsor for the event.
FIH Executive Board had also discussed the probability of starting a World Series competition from 2012 and a final call in this regard would be taken after studying the proposals from various committees during its next meeting in July, the statement said.
"The main agenda item of these fruitful meetings was on a new structure of the Executive Board to be presented at the next FIH Congress to be held in November 2010 in Montreux, Switzerland. The agreed structure calls for a reduction in the size of the Executive Board in order to focus on the strategy policy and direction of the FIH," the release added.
The Times of India
India to host world-level tournament every year
New Delhi: Pleased by the commercial success of the recently-concluded men’s World Cup in the capital, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Monday decided to allot one world-level tournament to India every year for the next fours years.
The FIH took the decision in its executive board meeting in New Delhi last week after the conclusion of the World Cup.
“The FIH Board agreed in principle to allocate one tournament for men or women per year to India for the next four years and the FIH hopes to attract commercial and television interest in these events,” the international body said in a statement on Monday.
“The executive board of FIH met in New Delhi on March 14 and 15 at the end of a very good Hero Honda FIH World Cup. The board was very pleased with the World Cup tournament,” it said.
During a media summit here earlier this month, the FIH had accepted that India contributed a major chunk of revenue earned by the world body, which came mainly from television.
The decision, however, did not come as a surprise as FIH marketing manager Steven Morris had earlier declared that looking at the commercial success of the World Cup, India would be an integral part of international body’s effort to lift the profile of hockey in the world.
Indian women lose again
Meanwhile, the Indian women’s hockey team suffered their third successive defeat as hosts Japan took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-match test series at Gifu Green Stadium, Kakamigahara, on Monday. India lost 0-3.
Japan won the first two matches 3-0 and 4-1 respectively.
The Asian Age
Affiliates taking advantage of toothless AHF
PAKISTAN and South Korea gave a sucker punch to the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) when they withdrew from the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy, which was scheduled to be held in Ipoh on April 13-18.
The AHF, left with only China and Malaysia, decided to hide its tail between its legs and postpone the event which was supposedly being organised to elevate the standard of Asian teams.
Pakistan, who have four World Cup titles under their belt, finished last in the recent New Delhi World Cup and the entire team as well as the management resigned in shame.
South Korea finished sixth, and then decided that they had had enough of hockey and withdrew from the Asia Cup.
Both the teams know for a fact that the tournament does not carry any ranking points, and is also not a qualifier, so they did not think twice before pulling out.
They also know that the AHF will not punish them, as the Asian body needs the two giants when elections come a calling.
However, the withdrawals have left the Malaysian team high and dry, and now they will have to keep on training for another month and wait for the Azlan Shah Cup, also in Ipoh, on May 6-16.
Interestingly, Pakistan and South Korea are also among the seven confirmed teams for the Azlan Shah Cup. The others are world champions Australia, India, Malaysia, Egypt and China.
And a check with the MHF revealed that Pakistan and South Korea have not backed out of the Azlan Shah Cup, as of yesterday.
The reason? Both the teams will be punished by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) if they pull out of the Azlan Shah Cup, which is a sanctioned tournament.
Therein lies the fault which saw Asia take a free fall in the World Cup, and only had two teams who qualified on merit, while India played as hosts.
The top five in the world saw one Oceania and four European teams in Germany, England, the Netherlands and Spain.
Australia are in a class of their own, and even with little help Down Under, they seem to flourish by sending their players to compete in the European League.
And the European teams, with borders touching one another, enjoy a good time competing among themselves and are consistently improving with England the team to watch in the London 2012 Olympics.
The AHF planned and then tried to execute a noble idea when it came up with the Asian Champions Trophy so that its members can have another tournament to improve themselves.
But it looks like some are not interested in helping struggling countries like Malaysia and China, and that is why they take the easy way out, knowing well that the AHF does not have the clout to punish them.
New Straits Times
Final is KL's initial target
By Jugjet Singh
KUALA Lumpur have set their sight on playing in the final of the 48th edition of the Razak Cup starting in Kuantan tomorrow.
KL, who beat Johor 6-3 for the bronze last year, have secured five national players, including the best penalty corner flicker in the country, Amin Rahim.
"We did not do well last year, but I am confident that we have a well balanced side and should be able to reach the Division One final and take matters from there," said KL coach Nor Saiful Zaini.
Division One will be led by defending champions Malacca, who beat Project 2013 2-1 in the final last year.
This year, the Project boys and national players have been released to play for their respective states.
"The national players only broke camp last week so I will only have them for training tonight (last night) but it should not be a problem as most of them are experienced and should adapt well," said Nor Saiful, a former Malaysian skipper.
The Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) made the Razak Cup more interesting this year when it ruled that each team must have at least four Under-21 players.
All four must wear special armbands, and two of them must be on the pitch at any given time.
"I will include two Under-16 players (KL won the national Under-16 title in Sabah on Sunday) and another two schoolboys to meet the MHF quota.
"This is a good ruling as players will be exposed to the Razak Cup at a young age," said Nor Saiful.
MHF provides a grant of RM5,000 for each team while the Division One prize money is RM10,000 for the champions, RM7,000 for the runners-up and RM5,000 for third place.
In Division Two, the pay-out is RM5,000, RM3,000 and RM2,000.
Division One: Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Perak, Penang, Negri Sembilan, Armed Forces.
Division Two -- Group A: Singapore, Kedah, Kelantan, Police, Sabah; Group B: Selangor, Brunei, Pahang, Perlis, Terengganu.
Fixtures: Tomorrow -- Division One: Negri v Perak (5pm), KL v Malacca (6.30pm), Forces v Johor (8.30pm); Division Two: Brunei v Pahang (4.30pm).
Matches at Kuantan Stadium Pitch I and II.
New Straits Times
Teams cry foul over tight Razak Cup schedule
By S. RAMAGURU
KUALA LUMPUR: The teams taking part in the Razak Cup competition, which starts in Kuantan tomorrow, want the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) to shorten the duration of the tournament by two days.
Many said there were too many rest days and cited financial reasons for wanting the 12-day tournament to be shortened to just 10 days.
Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association (KLHA) secretary V. Rajamanickam said he had written to the MHF but had yet to receive a reply from the secretariat.
Many state affiliates are not willing to raise the matter directly with the MHF for fear of being blacklisted.
“What is the rationale of having 12 days and giving the teams too many breaks? Some get as many as four days’ rest before their matches,” said one state HA official.
“In some cases, teams will rest for two days and then play three days in a row. The fixtures do not make sense at all.”
Another state secretary said that the MHF was clueless on the technical aspects of running a tournament.
“Drawing up the fixtures is a basic thing and they can’t even get it right. Sure, the dates had been fixed earlier but can’t they make the changes once the teams had confirmed their entries?,” he said.
To prove his point, he said that in Division One, Johor, Malacca, Perak and Penang would have to play three matches in a row with at least five rest days in total.
Negri Sembilan, for example, will play tomorrow and on Thursday and then enjoy three days’ rest before playing their next three matches in a row.
There will be no matches on Sunday as there will be an official dinner for all the participants.
In Division Two, Pahang will play on the opening day against Brunei and then rest for two days before taking on Terengganu.
Pahang then have four days’ rest before facing Selangor on April 1, followed by their last group match the next day against Perlis.
If Pahang make the semi-finals, they will play on April 3 while the final is slated for the next day.
“What kind of a fixture is this? I really hope MHF will draw up another one at the team managers’ meeting on Tuesday,” said the state secretary.
A total of 17 teams will compete in the Razak Cup, including Brunei and Singapore.
The teams in Division One are defending champions Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Johor, Penang, Armed Forces and Negri Sembilan.
In Division Two, Group A comprises Singapore, Kedah, Kelantan, Police and Sabah and Group B consists of Selangor, Brunei, Pahang, Perlis and Terengganu.
The Star of Malaysia
Olton & West Warwicks and Reading consigned Bowdon Hightown and Clifton, respectively, to a relegation play-off place showdown on the last day of the regular season.
Olton came out on top of Bowdon Hightown in a 4-2 win with a superior second half display after the two sides entered halftime locked in a 1-1 deadlock. Fay Nash had put Hightown into the lead in the 40th minute only for hopes to be dashed as Olton went on to score three goals in the space of thirteen minutes through Naomi James, Emma Rochlin and Rachel Walker. Clifton’s destiny was settled as early as the 29th minute when Alex Danson netted Reading’s second goal of the game, a lead which remained until the final whistle.
Leicester put six unanswered goals, two apiece from GB internationals Chloe Rogers and Rebecca Herbert, past relegated Trojans to record their sixteenth win of the season whilst Slough claimed a 2-0 win at home over Brooklands Poynton; goals from Louise Bevan and Natalie Bell. Canterbury moved up into fourth place, usurping their defeated opponents, University of Birmingham. It was a convincing victory for the Kent side, leading 3-1 at the half, the second produced the same score line as the game ended 6-2 with Canterbury recording six different goal scorers. University of Birmingham fell outside of the play-off spots as a result of Olton’s win.
Surbiton slipped from second place into third as a result of their 3-2 loss at Reading. Tim Pinnock brought the away side to within a goal with six minutes remaining on the clock, but they were unable to draw level and Reading, instead, claimed their twelfth win of the season.
Beeston secured their play-off berth on Saturday after a 3-1 win home win over Bowdon. Chris Borrett had opened the scoring for the visitors in the 6th minute, but the home side rallied and their reward was Jamie Parker’s 19th minute equaliser. Stephen Lawrence and Martin Jones put the game beyond doubt in the second half to wrap up the victory. Loughborough Students’ narrow 3-4 loss to East Grinstead means they need to secure a win away at local rivals Beeston next week in order to lock up a play-off place. East Grinstead moved up into second thanks to the win.
Despite losing at home to Exeter University – only their second win of the season – Cannock were assured of Premier Division hockey next season as a result of Hampstead & Westminster’s 1-0 win at Brooklands MU. The Manchester based side, therefore, enter the play-offs for the second time in two seasons having been promoted from the Conference North last season. Hampstead, meanwhile, remain in the hunt for the final play-off place needing a win at home against Reading and the Loughborough v Beeston result to go their way.
Canterbury, two points clear at the top of Men’s Conference East, make the short trip to in-form Holcombe, who have taken eight points from twelve, on Sunday knowing that a win will seal the championship and a place in the promotion play-offs. Old Loughtonians travel to Oxted in the hope that they can secure a win and that Holcombe obtain a draw or win, as they possess a superior goal difference that would be enough to snatch the title at the finish line. Indian Gymkhana, currently occupying the relegation play-off spot, has been deducted two points for fielding an ineligible player by the England Hockey League Committee subject to appeal. That may affect the relegation battle with Bromley & Beckenham and Chelmsford after the two teams lost at the weekend whilst Indian Gymkhana claimed a 3-3 draw at home against Sevenoaks with Rajinder Bansal equalising with just two minutes remaining.
Ipswich and Sevenoaks both won on Sunday to remain level on points at the top of Women’s Conference East. Ipswich won a close encounter with Harleston Magpies 1-0, Annika Broster the lone scorer, whilst Sevenoaks held onto a 3-1 halftime lead to win 3-2 at home against St. Albans. Ipswich travel to Old Loughtonians in possession of a superior goal difference (+5) looking for a win for the title whilst Sevenoaks make the trip to Harleston Magpies. A win for Sevenoaks and a slip up at Luxborough Lane could see the team that has trailed Ipswich for the majority of the season pipping the title on the line. At the bottom, Northampton Saints’ 3-1 loss at Cambridge City confirmed their relegation from the EHL. That result also moved Cambridge City out of the relegation play-off place and into seventh at the expense of Southgate who lost at home to Horsham 2-0.
Men’s Conference North champions Deeside Ramblers fell to a 2-1 loss at Barford Tigers, an important result for Barford who moved three points clear of Sheffield University Bankers and the relegation play-off place. Belper confirmed their safety at the expense of Sheffield University Bankers in a 3-0 win; Daniel Mills rounded the scoring in the 70th minute with a penalty stroke. Barford Tigers host Belper and Sheffield University Bankers host Doncaster on the final day of the season.
Durham University moved a step closer to capturing their second Women’s Conference North title in as many years after a 6-1 home win over Doncaster. They make the short trip to local Wearside rivals Sunderland on Saturday knowing a draw will wrap up the championship. Sutton Coldfield’s 2-1 win over Beeston keeps them just three points behind with the same goal difference as Durham. Should Durham fail to win at Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield could seize the title with a win at home against Loughborough Students. Liverpool Sefton and Sheffield Hallam are unable to achieve safety, at the bottom of the table, in the regular season and must now play out the final weekend to battle to avoid automatic relegation and claim a place in the relegation play-offs. Liverpool Sefton travel to Doncaster needing a win to stand any chance of avoiding the drop; Sheffield Hallam, meanwhile, need a win at home against Bradford Wakefield to guarantee a place in the relegation play-offs.
Men’s Conference West Champions Team Bath Buccaneers were presented with their trophy and medals on Saturday prior to their matchup with Whitchurch. In a close fought encounter, Team Bath showed no signs of letting up in their 4-2 victory to open the gap at the top to twenty points. Plymouth Marjon were relegated on Sunday following a 4-7 loss at home against Havant. The win for Havant means they are now safe from the drop. Bournville, current occupants of the relegation play-off spot, face top of the league Team Bath Buccaneers at home on Sunday needing a win to try and avoid relegation after they lost 1-0 at Stourport. University of Birmingham lost 4-2 at Fareham and remain a point above Bournville with a home tie against seventh place Old Georgians, who sit just a point above Birmingham after a 1-1 draw with Guildford, on Sunday. Stourport’s win at Bournville moved them up into fifth, three points ahead of the relegation play-off spot, a point at Havant, away would ensure their safety.
Cannock and Barnes HE remain tied at the top of Women’s Conference West with just the last fixture of the season remaining. Cannock’s 4-0 win over Stained increased their goal difference advantage in first, and they host fifth placed Firebrands, in their quest for the championship. Barnes HE secured a 1-0 win over Buckingham which appeared a tight affair, with Leanne Ryan scoring the winning goal in the 63rd minute. Barnes HE host Staines on Sunday hoping that Cannock stumble and they get a result. Aldridge and Bournemouth contested a 1-1 draw, a result that helped neither side. Swansea’s 4-2 win over Exe, resulted in the relegation of Bournemouth and dropped Aldridge into the relegation play-off place on goal difference, whilst Swansea moved up into eighth. Aldridge travel to Team Bath Buccaneers and Swansea host Buckingham as the pressure hots up to avoid relegation.
It’s been an incredibly tight season across the EHL with so many relegation places and championship spots still up for grabs heading into the final day of the season. All games are scheduled for a start of 2pm in line with the regulations, so it’s all to play for on the wire as players, coaches, and supporters alike feel the pressure of that final fixture.
England Hockey Board Media release
Browne’s Canterbury nears English title
T&T men’s hockey team captain, Kwandwane Browne netted his 21st goal of the season as Canterbury blanked Southgate 4-0 to close in on the England Hockey League Men’s Conference East crown on Saturday. Going into its match at home, Canterbury held a two-point lead over Old Loughtonians with two matches left to play for both clubs.
Andrew Sutherland calmed the nerves of the Canterbury players when he scored from a penalty corner in the 16th minute and two minutes later, Browne fired in his item from identical play for his joint league-high 21st goal and a 2-0 cushion. Two minutes before the interval, Danny Laslett made it 3-0 while Michael Farrer rounded off the scoring with a 39th minute penalty-corner goal.
With the win, Canterbury which also has three other T&T internationals on its roster in Mickel Pierre, Matthew Tang Nian and Evans Pierre-Farrell climbed to 46 points, two points more than Old Loughtonians which swept past Chelmsford 6-1, yesterday. Sunday’s final round of matches will see Canterbury away to fourth placed Holcombe while Old Loughtonians tackles Oxted. In another Conference East match on Saturday, Indian Gymkhana, the team of T&T’s Terrence Baptiste battled to a 3-3 draw with Sevenoaks to remain, second from bottom on the ten-team table.
In Conference West, T&T’s Allan Henderson and his Guildford team-mates played drew 1-1 with Old Georgians. The point earned improved Guildford to 24 points, two behind second placed Whitchurch, who went under to champions, Team Bath Buccaneers (46 points), 4-2. (NS)
The Trinidad Guardian
Nieves fires Magnolias back on track
Gayle-Ann Nieves registered a hat-trick as reigning champions Carib Magnolias got its campaign back on track with an 8-1 mauling of host Paradise in the T&T Hockey Board Women’s Championship Division at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Training Field, Bacolet, on Saturday. Coming off a shock 2-1 loss to Harvard Maritime Checkers a week earlier, Magnolias, led by Nieves’ treble in the third, 47th and 67th minute made light work of its opponents.
Arielle Du Quesnay and team captain Stacey Siu Butt chipped in with two goals while Tamara De Nobriga got the other for Magnolias. Kellese Graham got Paradise’s consolation in the 52nd minute. The win pushed Magnolias to 15 points from six matches, five ahead of Checkers which has a match in hand.
At the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, Blair Wynn was the heroine for Notre Dame with a 49th minute winner to see her club past struggling Ventures, 3-2.
Tamia Roach put Ventures ahead after only 11 minutes but Wynn drew the Dames level in the 22nd minute for a 1-1 score at the interval. Eight minutes into the second-half, teenager Dana De Gannes handed the Dames the lead for the first time, but Melissa Favrod-Coune replied for Ventures within four minutes, only for Wynn to seize all three points for her club, two minutes later. In the Men’s Championship Division, Jordan Vieira’s 69th minute goal secured Corona Fatima’s first points of the season after three matches, in a 2-1 triumph against Paradise at Bacolet.
Jev Phillips gave Paradise a 17th minute advantage which it looked like holding onto until Derek Lee 65th minute goal drew Fatima level and then Vieira’s winner, four minutes later. Daryll Hume earned a point for Stag Malvern men against Defence Force when he scored nine minute from the end to cancel out Edison O’Brien 35thminute field goal at Tacarigua. The “Teteron Boys” now have ten points from five matches, five adrift of the unbeaten leaders Queen’s Park while Malvern has four points from four matches.
Notre Dame 8 (Aiden Gregoire 7th, Selwyn King 24th, 48th, Kenneth Whiteman 38th, 64th, Fitz Brathwaite 44th, 46th, John Lewis 62nd) vs Paragon 2 (Shawn Leonce 22nd, Sherbert Mc Kie 60th).
QPCC 8 (Raphael Govia 18th, 69th, Azad Ali 25th, Gary Griffith 26th, 33rd, Gary Chin 55th, Robert Mouttet 67th, 70th) vs Shape 2 (John Chuck 52nd, Cheryl Jones 61st)
Notre Dame 1 (Dillon Mason 51st) vs Shape 0
Fatima 7 (Dominic Jaikaransingh 7th, 21st, Andrew Vieira 16th, 19th, Jordan Vieira 27th, Ramon Campo 43rd, Ishmael Campbell 52nd) vs Paradise 0.
(Brittany Navarro 34th, Brianna Govia 68th) vs Paradise 1 (Chade Sheppard 8th).
Malvern 3 (Jamela Leonce 39th, 54th, 64th) vs Paragon 0.
Malvern 5 (Anthony Marcano 15th, 25th, Jadel Poon-Lewis 54th, Albert Marcano 63rd, Teriq Marcano 65th) vs Paragon 1 (Lawrence Thomas 66th).
Notre Dame 3 (Blair Wynn 22nd, 49th, Dana De Gannes 43rd) vs Ventures 2 (Tamia Roach 12th, Melisaa Favrod-Coune 47th).
(Arielle Du Quesnay 2nd, 29th, Gayle Ann Nieves 3rd, 47th, 67th, Stacey Siu Butt 43rd, 45th, Tamara De Nobriga 48th) vs Paradise 1 (Kellese Graham 52nd).
(Derek Lee 65th, Jordan Vieira 69th) vs Paradise 1 (Jev Phillips 17th).
Defence Force 1 (Edison O’Brien 35th) vs Malvern 1 (Daryll Hume 61st).
The Trinidad Guardian
PHF will not accept players’ resignation
By Mohammad Yaqoob
LAHORE: Indicating no action against the players and requesting them to withdraw their resignation, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) president Qasim Zia has said lack of match practice against European countries was main reason behind Pakistan’s poor performance at the World Cup.
Addressing a hurriedly called press conference after meeting renowned Olympians at his office here on Monday, the PHF president said: “The PHF will not accept the resignation of the players. The new selection committee will consider every player for selection after ensuring their form and fitness.”
The entire national team had tendered its resignation after finishing at the 12th spot in the World Cup held in New Delhi.
Performance of senior players like Sohail Abbas, Wasim Ahmad and Rehan Butt remained below par at the event.
The PHF president said unfortunately the circumstances did not allow the players to play enough matches against strong teams of Europe and that was a major handicap in the World Cup.
“We could play only a short series against England and two matches against Holland, the two toughest teams of Europe, before playing the World Cup, but it was not enough,” he said.
“The PHF will now try utmost to arrange maximum number of matches against European teams and Australia to give proper chance to the players to improve their skill,” he said.
On one hand no country is ready to play in Pakistan due to prevailing security situation and on the other the European teams seem reluctant to invite Asian countries because of the declining standard of the game in the continent.
Qasim said he was consulting former Olympians to put the game back on the right track.
He added that he would like to welcome all greats including Islahuddin, Shahnaz Sheikh, Samiullah and others to come forward and join hands for the betterment of the game in the country.
When reminded that senior Olympians had already given their suggestion to remove Asif Bajwa as secretary, the PHF president said the secretary could only be removed through a no-confidence move by the Congress since it was an elected seat.
However, Qasim said giving dual job to Asif Bajwa (PHF secretary and manager of the team) did not deliver and that experience would not be repeated in future.
“No official will be dealing with two jobs in the PHF,” he said.
Qasim reminded the reporters that two members of the previous Executive Board –– Islah and Shahbaz Senior –– had not opposed the proposal of giving the role of manager to Asif Bajwa when it was tabled. In fact, he said, Shahbaz had supported it, but now he was opposing it.
He said he was in contact with Islah and others and wanted to have their input.
He said he did not receive any report from Shahnaz Sheikh so far on the World Cup matches.
He said the new selection committee and the team management would be announced soon after establishing the Executive Board.
He said though it had been decided in principle to hire a foreign coach for the team, the new Executive Board would discuss this matter in detail to take a final decision.
He said his target was still the 2010 Asian Games and the PHF had the abilities to raise a strong team for that event.
Prominent who met Qasim were Asad Malik, Manzoor Junior and Khawaja Junaid.
Lack of match exposure contributed to team’s defeat: Qasim Zia
LAHORE - President,Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF),Qasim Zia has said that lack of match exposure against European teams was one of the key reason of Pak team’s pathetic show in recently concluded World Cup in New Delhi.“ Unfortunately the circumstances did not provide our team the opportunity to play enough matches against the strong teams of Europe and I firmly believe it was the main cause of our teams poor finish at 12th place in the mega event “,he said at a press conference here on Monday after meeting with a group of former Olympians at National hockey stadium.
He admitted that Europeans and Australia are the master of the game because of their superior planning,prime fitness and brilliance and teams which played against them displayed a better level of game compared to Pakistan.
“Our preparations for the Cup included only a two match series against England and a similar assignment against Holland which were not enough“,he asserted.
“Europeans are the power house of hockey in today’s hockey and without playing a good number of matches, Pakistan could not raise a strong team”,said the PHF chief.
He said because of decline of Asian hockey, European nations are reluctant to invite them to play in their own back yard.
“Pakistan hockey at home also suffered owing to security concerns as top teams refused to visit Pakistan in recent years which deprived our players from rubbing shoulders with worlds best players “,said Qasim Zia.
PHF Chief said he was consulting the former Olympians to put the game back on right track and he would welcome useful suggestions from former greets including Shahbaz Sr, Islah-ud-Din, Shahnaz Sheikh and Sami Ullah.
“It is time to contribute collective efforts and I will accept any good suggestion for the cause of hockey“,he said.
Asked but they all the senior Olympians were demanding the removal of PHF secretary Asif Bajwa, the PHF president reminded that only Congress could sack the secretary since it was elected seat.
“The entire nation is emphasizing the implementation of the Constitution and the PHF also has a Constitution which gives ways how to sack any elected person”,he said.
He said the new selection committee and the team management would be announced soon after constituting the Executive Board.
He said the resignation of the national team members would not be accepted and the new selection committee would watch the performance and fitness of every player to take decision whether they were capable for the selection or not.
He said though it had been decided in principle to hire a foreign coach for the team, the new Executive Board would discuss this matter in detail to take a final decision.
He said foreign assistant coach Wouter contract had been suspended, which was ending in December this year. He said the new executive board would also take a decision in this regard.
Associated Press of Pakistan
Pak's Olympic winning captain blames ex-Olympians at PHF for game's downfall
LAHORE: Pakistan's former Olympic winning hockey captain Manzoor Junior has blamed ex-Olympians associated with the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) for the decline of the game in the country.
"It is unfortunate that these Olympians, who served the PHF and team management in different capacities for such a long time, are now coming up with all these negative statements after Pakistan's dismal 12th place in the World Cup. It is a fact that they are the ones responsible for the present hockey crisis," the Daily Times quoted Manzoor, as saying.
Manzoor pointed out that former Olympic stars didn't do anything for hockey's development at the grass route level in Pakistan during their 26-year rule, and their short-term measures have led to hockey's overall destruction.
"The present hockey crisis is the outcome of the over two-decade absence of hockey activities at the early level, which was badly ignored for the youth to lose interest in hockey, our national sport," he said.
"I don't believe in criticism for the sake of criticism. They (former Olympians) should rather come forward with useful suggestions to lend support to the PHF in this time of crisis," he added.
While Manzoor expressed shock at Pakistan's dismal performance in the World Cup, he insisted that constructive efforts to revive the game would bring back Pakistan's lost glory.
"But instead of keeping the PHF under fire through this negative propaganda campaign, they should concentrate of making collective efforts for the revival of the game," he said.
‘Just an observation, not an order'
BANGALORE: “It is just an observation by the court and not an order. The order is the dismissal of Mr N. Krishna's plea alone,” said KSHA's lawyer, when asked about the court order asking Karnataka Olympic Association (KOA) to form an ad hoc committee to run the game in accordance with the guidelines of Hockey India.
“I'm yet to see the court order and have just the synopsis of the same with me,” said K. Krishnamurthy, secretary of the KSHA. “Where is the need of an ad hoc committee when the very same KOA has forwarded the list of office bearers (nine names with designation as per the stipulation) and was accepted along with 30 other units and four boards / institutional teams by the parent body,” he added.
On Sunday the Bangalore Sessions court had entrusted Karnataka Olympic Association (KOA) to form an ad hoc committee of Hockey Karnataka. It may be recalled that Karnataka State Hockey Association (KSHA) and Karnataka State Women's Hockey Association after their respective general bodies had decided to form a united body and the same was sent to Hockey India on September 30. But subsequently they claimed to have ‘lost' it and another copy was sent on October 24.
The amalgamated body with R.K. Shetty as President, Mrs. Radha Murthy (Sr Vice President), Mrs. Rukmini Ramachandran, M.B. Aiyappa and S. Nicholas (all Vice Presidents), K. Krishnamurthy (Secretary), A.B. Palangappa and Kamala Srinivasan (Jt Secretaries) and Mrs Gayathri Murthy (Treasurer) was sent well in time for affiliation.
“This present imbroglio baffles me,” said Krishnamurthy.
“I am surprised with these developments. I need to go through the order to react,” said Shetty.
Kamusinga hammer Kibabii to lift regional hockey title
By Joel Okwayo
Friends School Kamusinga hammered Kibabii High School 6-1 to emerge winners of the Western Lower Regional Secondary Schools Boys Hockey championship.
Kamusinga had beaten Terimi Boys 4-1 in the semi finals, while Kibabii sailed for the finals after whitewashing Sigalame boys from Samia District 2-0.
The Western Lower region brings together schools from Busia, Samia, Teso, Bungoma and Lugari districts.
Western Provincial Secondary Schools Sports Association Chairman Nobert Wangalwa and secretary Kennedy Mukhwana said teams from Lower Region would meet their counterparts from Upper Region next weekend. Wangalwa said the provincial events would be staged at Kamusinga grounds next weekend.
He explained that hosting arrangements and inspection of the fields would be carried out on Thursday.
The Upper Region, which comprises teams from Butere, Mumias, Vihiga, Hamisi, Emuhaya and Kakamega District, was also concluded over the weekend with Musingu thrashing Vihiga 7-0 to emerge the victors.
Musingu sailed into finals after beating Lubinu boys 2-1, while Vihiga disappointed Mukumu boys with a 2-0 win.
The events, played at Kakamega High School, saw St Peters Mumias wallop Malava boys 3-0 before they lost to Musingu in the preliminaries.
In girls’ hockey, Moi Girls Kamusinga edged Lugulu 1-0 to carry the title in a match played at Kamusinga Boys School. Cardinal Otunga Girls lost 2-1 to Kamusinga in the semis, while Lugulu proceeded to the finals after beating Eluuya Girls 3-1.
In the Upper region, Mukumu Girls High School carried the day after thrashing Mudavadi Girls 7-0 in the finals played at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology grounds.
Mukumu had beaten Kaimosi Girls High School 3-1 in the semis, while Mudavadi punished Koyonzo Girls 4-0.
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