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USFHA media release
Black Sticks outclassed by Argentina in Match 2
Roused by a large contingent of Argentineans in the crowd the Argentinean Women’s team beat the Black Sticks Women by 6 goals to nil at the Tauranga Hockey Centre today (Friday 2).
The Black Sticks women just couldn’t keep up with the pace of the more experienced Argentinean side and were down 3-0 at halftime.
Argentina opened the scoring in the 5th minute with a goal to Macarena Rodriguez from a penalty corner followed 7 minutes later by a goal to Josefina Sruoga also from a penalty corner.
The final goal prior to half time went to the Argentinean captain Alejandra Gulla with a good deflection past the goalkeeper Beth Jurgeleit from an initial hit from outside the circle.
In the second half although the Black Sticks had a few chances on goal the Argentinean’s outplayed them and put away three more goals.
The Argentinean’s scored four of their six goals from penalty corners today proving how influential that set piece can be.
Coach Mark Hager said that the Black Sticks were totally outclassed by a more experienced and senior team.
The final game to be played in Tauranga tomorrow (Saturday 3.) will prove to be the decider with the series now level at one game apiece.
Hockey New Zealand Media release
Second test brings Kiwis back to Earth
Argentina 6 New Zealand 0
By Terry Maddaford
Riding a high after their encouraging win against the world's second-ranked Argentinians on Wednesday, the Blacks Sticks women's hockey team were handed a harsh lesson yesterday - thumped in the second test in Tauranga.
Three goals in each half paved the way for the visitors' comprehensive win which tied the three-test series at 1-1 following New Zealand's outstanding 3-1 victory - their first win over the South Americans since 2000 - in Hamilton less than 48 hours earlier.
Argentina arrived in New Zealand after a 2-1 test series (with the fourth test drawn) win over Australia.
"We were totally outclassed today," said Black Sticks coach Mark Hager. "They are, obviously, an older and more experienced team and that showed."
Argentina made the most of their chances at penalty corners with four of their six goals scored from such set plays. They converted four of eight while the Black Sticks failed to score from their only short corner.
Goals to Macarena Rodriguez and Josefina Sruoga - both from penalty corners - had the visitors 2-0 ahead after just 12 minutes. Before halftime captain Alejandra Gulla scored from open play for 3-0.
The Black Sticks created some half chances in the second half but failed to convert as Argentina counter-attacked well to score another three.
"We were brought back to Earth," said Hager. "They [Argentina] were angry after the loss in Hamilton and came out determined to make amends. They really celebrated after the win which shows what it meant for them.
"We got over-awed and looked tired. It was a vastly different tempo than we showed in Hamilton. We were not fit enough to match what they threw at us. It is a work in progress and it showed some of our players were underdone.
"We have to get our fitness levels up if we are to match the top teams," said Hager. "The Argentinians out-muscled us and we cracked.
"But, the good thing is we can still win the series. They gave us a hockey lesson but we are still in it.
"The players have accepted they were out-played and have to step up. They are pretty gutted but they also accept that's what international sport is all about."
Hager has called in some lesser experienced players to cover for the players still involved in club hockey in Europe and while that experience is invaluable he wants to see more. They will not have a better chance than in today's deciding third test, also in Tauranga (at 1pm).
The New Zealand Herald
Argentina level women's hockey series
ROAD-BLOCK: New Zealand's Gemma Flynn collides with an Argentinian opponent during the second test in Mt Maunganui. Argentina levelled the three-game series with a 6-0 shutout. Photosport
Argentina levelled the three-test women's hockey series with a thumping 6-0 win over New Zealand in the second match at Tauranga today.
Smarting from the 3-1 defeat in the opening test at Hamilton on Wednesday, Argentina, the world No2, were firing on all cylinders today, overpowering New Zealand with their speed and skills.
Cheered on by a large contingent of Argentineans at the match, the visitors dished out a lesson in high speed hockey and needed just five minutes to get the scoreboard ticking.
Macarena Rodriguez and Josefina Sruoga scored from penalty corners to have Argentina 2-0 by the 12th minute.
Argentinean captain Alejandra Gulla then beat goalkeeper Beth Jurgeleit with a good deflection off a hit from outside the circle in the 17th minute.
No more goals were scored as New Zealand defended grimly for the rest of the half.
But no sooner had they caught their breaths, they were under the hammer again from the start of the second half and went 4-0 down in the 36th minute with Gulla getting her second.
Rosario Luchetti and Maria D'Elia got the other goals for Argentina in the 46th and 54th minutes respectively.
Coach Mark Hager said that the Black Sticks were totally outclassed by a more experienced and senior team.
His team had been outplayed in the midfield and did not cope with that.
The final test will be played tomorrow also at Tauranga.
Black Sticks lose series 2 - 1
The Black Sticks Women went down 2:0 to Argentina in Tauranga today (Saturday 3). With this result Argentina take out the three match series 2 games to 1 after losing the first match to the Black Sticks in Hamilton on Wednesday night before coming back and beating the Black Sticks comprehensively yesterday.
Argentina scored in the 11th and 42nd minute with two well taken field goals to Marcela Casale and Captain Alejandra Gulla.
The Black Sticks were much more competitive today and put the Argentine defence under pressure on numerous occasions.
New Zealand were awarded a penalty stroke in the 57th minute but Kate Mahon put the ball wide of the right post.
Bianca Russell had a good game in goal for the Black Sticks today and was called upon numerous times throughout the match.
Coach Mark Hager said that it was a very beneficial series and allowed him the opportunity to give his more inexperienced players valuable match time.
The Black Sticks next international competition will be a home test series in May against the Indian Women’s team before the major tournaments of the year, Champions Trophy, World Cup and the Commonwealth Games.
Hockey New Zealand Media release
Argentina take women's hockey series decider
STICK ATTACK: Argentina's Maria Barrionuevo is challenged in a tackle by the Black Sticks' Charlotte Harrison during the three-test series decider in Tauranga. Photosport
New Zealand coach Mark Hager emerged satisfied but wary that improvements are needed after his team lost the deciding women's hockey test 2-0 against Argentina in Tauranga today.
World No 2 Argentina won the series 2-1, rebounding from a 1-3 loss to the ninth-ranked Black Sticks in Hamilton on Wednesday with a 6-0 triumph in Tauranga yesterday and today's result, which was a far tighter fixture.
Hager showed his team some home truths in a brutal video session last night and that reaped rewards today as the young New Zealand team pressed harder on defence and were opened up just twice, by Marcela Casale and captain Alejandra Gulla in the 11th and 42nd minutes.
"We held them a little bit today and limited their scoring opportunities although we probably didn't have too many of our own in the first half," Hager told NZPA.
"Second half we pressed a little bit harder and could have been 2-1 down with about 10 minutes to play which could have changed the way the game finished."
Defender Kate Mahon failed to convert a penalty stroke in the 57th minute and the visitors held on to maintain their hold over New Zealand over the past decade.
"They're probably missing five players, like us. You'd have to say they've still ahead of us," Hager said.
"They found our weaknesses quite quickly and we conceded two soft goals today.
"The last two games, we were quite inconsistent and only played well in small patches."
Hager singled out goalkeeper Beth Jurgeleit and midfielder Ella Gunson for praise, particularly following their efforts in the first test.
With several leading Black Sticks plying their trade at club level in Europe, Hager was forced to pick several fringe candidates this week and for the lost series against Australia in February.
That was beneficial to him in terms of developing depth and identifying talent as he eyes a home series against India in May followed by three major tournaments in the second half of the year - the Champions Trophy in Nottingham, the World Cup in Argentina and the Commonwealth Games in India.
Chinese whitwash for Indian girls
China beat India 2-1 in the third and concluding Women's Test Match at Shanghai today thus making a clean sweep in the series.
They led 2-0 at half time with goals from Wang Men Gyu (4th min penalty corner) and Zhao Yu Diao (34th min) while Saba Anjum reduced the margin for India (67th min).
Both teams earned two penalty corners each.
India have thus concluded their seven match twin series against Japan and China in their preparation programme for the Women's World Cup to be played at Argentina in August - September this year to be followed by the Commonwealth and Asian Games at Delhi and Guangzhao respectively.
Hockey Indian Media release
India eves go down 1-2 to China in last hockey Test
NEW DELHI: India lost their last hockey match 1-2 as China completed a clean sweep in the three-match women's series that ended in Shanghai Friday.
According to information received here, China led led 2-0 at half time with goals from Wang Men Gyu (4th) and Zhao Yu Diao (34th). Saba Anjum (67th) reduced the margin for India three minutes before the hooter.
India ended their seven-match twin series against Japan and China in their preparation programme for the Women's World Cup in August, which would be followed by the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in Delhi and Guangzhao respectively.
The Times of India
Hat-trick of defeats for India eves
The Indian women’s hockey team completed their hat-trick of defeats when they went down 2-1 to Asian giants China in the third and concluding test match in Shanghai. China led 2-0 at half-time after Wang Men Gyu scored from a fourth-minute penalty corner and Zhao Yu Diao sounded the board in the 34th minute. Saba Anjum reduced the margin for India in the 67th minute but that was not enough to avert the team’s third successive defeat.
Michel van den Heuvel no longer Dutch national team coach
The Dutch Hockey Federation (KNHB) and Michel van den Heuvel jointly decided to terminate Van den Heuvel’s job as men’s national team coach.
The reason that Van den Heuvel leaves earlier than expected was the difference in views between the two parties in the next steps to be taken to prepare the team for the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2014 FIH World Cup.
The KNHB stated that it fully respects the competences of Van den Heuvel and the work he has done in the past ten years in different roles.
The KHHB hopes to present a new coach by 1 June 2010.
Big names reach Quarter Finals at KO16 Rotterdam
Benjamin Wess is congratulated by Rot Weiss Koln team-mate Christopher Zeller for his goal against Pembroke Wanderers © EHL / Frank Uijlenbroek
The first day of KO16 Rotterdam – the Euro Hockey League’s unique four day knock-out tournament – saw its fair share of top class action, with some big name players making an impact for their respective club teams.
In the first match of the day, Belgium’s KHC Leuven surged into the Quarter Finals of the Euro Hockey League thanks to a 1-3 victory over Beeston of England. It was an incredible result for Leuven, who had lost 3-0 to the Englishmen in the Pool phase earlier in the year. The win has sealed a place in the Euro Hockey League Semi Finals, where they will face either Amsterdam H&BC or East Grinstead on Sunday. Irishman Phelie Maguire scored a crucial goal for the Belgians, with Argentina international Juane Garreta and Patrice Houssein also finding the target.
Spain’s Real Club de Polo de Barcelona defeated Reading HC 2-1 in the second game of the day, avenging the 1-0 defeat that they suffered at the hands of the Englishmen at the same point of last year’s competition. International superstars Matthias Witthaus (Germany) and Pau Quemada (Spain) scored important goals for RC Polo, while Reading netted a solitary second half strike from England striker Jonty Clarke. The win gives RC Polo a Quarter Final clash against Rot-Weiss Köln (GER) who were victorious later in the day against Ireland’s Pembroke Wanderers.
The day’s third match saw Amsterdam H&BC come from behind on two occasions to record a 3-2 victory over England’s East Grinstead. South African international Gareth Carr had twice given Grinstead the lead from a penalty corner and a penalty stroke, but goals from Taeke Taekema, Valentin Verga and Don Prins were enough for Amsterdam to set up a Quarter Final meeting with Belgium’s KHC Leuven. East Grinstead’s exit from the EHL meant that all three of the English representatives in the competition were eliminated in the first three games of KO16 Rotterdam.
A Man-of-the-Match goalkeeping performance from David Harte was not enough to deny Christopher Zeller’s Rot-Weiss Köln a place in the Quarter Finals, with the German giants running out 3-0 winners. Goals from Philipp Zeller, Benjamin Wess and Christopher Zeller were enough to seal victory in a match that was far closer than many would have predicted. The result has set up a mouth-watering meeting between Rot-Weiss Köln and RC Polo Barcelona of Spain, who defeated England’s Reading HC earlier in the day.
Day 2 of KO16 Rotterdam will see the remaining Round 2 matches taking place, with many big name teams and players taking to the field. Xavi Ribas’ Atlétic Terrassa will aim to secure their place in the quarter finals by defeating Polish champions WKS Grunwald Poznan at 09.30 (CEST), with the winner facing either Pol Amat’s Club Egara or host club H.C. Rotterdam, who face each other at 12.00noon. The other two fixtures involve the two previous winners of the Euro Hockey League, with reigning champions HC Bloemendaal (NED) – a team featuring Jamie Dwyer and Teun de Nooijer – looking to defeat Germany’s Der Club an der Alster at 14.30hrs, before 2008 winners UHC Hamburg (GER) face Waterloo Ducks of Belgium at 17.00hrs.
You can follow all of the action from KO16 Rotterdam on the Euro Hockey League website, with coverage including a free live stream of all the matches and all the latest news. Highlights of each match will be uploaded onto the website each evening. For more information, visit www.ehlhockey.tv.
Euro Hockey League media release
Perak edge KL in thriller
EIGHTEEN-time champions Kuala Lumpur took Perak to the wire before falling 3-2 in a dress rehearsal of tomorrow's Razak Cup final in Kuantan yesterday.
The Division One match was purely academic, as both teams had already qualified for the final before entering the pitch, but that did not stop them from pushing themselves to the final minute.
Perak took the lead off a Hairul Nizam penalty corner in the 17th minute only to see KL draw level with a Mahinder Singh field goal.
Hafifi Hafiz gave Perak the lead again in the 62nd minute, but KL equalised three minutes later off Amin Rahim.
But Perak kept up the pressure and the winner was delivered in the 70th minute by Noor Khairul Azrain.
"It was an excellent warm-up for the explosive final showdown," said Perak coach Manjit Singh.
And even though both sides played cautiously, the prelude to the final indicated that there are no clear favourites to lift the title.
In Division Two, Pahang whipped Perlis 7-2 and will play Police in the semi-finals today.
RESULTS -- Division One: Armed Forces 3 Negri 2, Perak 3 Kuala Lumpur 2, Penang 1 Malacca 0.
Division Two: Brunei 0 Terengganu 7, Pahang 7 Perlis 2.
TODAY -- Division Two semi-finals: Singapore v Terengganu (5pm), Pahang v Police (7pm).
Both matches at Kuantan Stadium Pitch I.
New Straits Times
Khairul confident Perak will end 18-year title drought
By AFTAR SINGH
KUANTAN: Perak forward Mohd Noor Khairul Azrain is on the roll in the Razak Cup hockey tournament and he has scored six goals in six Division One matches.
The 21-year-old scored the winning goal in Perak’s 3-2 win over Kuala Lumpur in the last round-robin match at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium yesterday. And Perak will go into the final against KL tomorrow with a 100% win record.
In the match of academic interest yesterday, Hairul Nizam Abdul Rani gave Perak the lead off a penalty corner in the 17th minute. But KL equalised through Mahinder Singh in the 28th minute.
Perak regained the lead in the 62nd minute with a field goal by Hafifihafiz Hanafi.
Three minutes later, KL levelled the score again with a penalty corner goal by Mohd Amin Rahim. And Khairul scored the winner for Perak in the last minute of the match.
Mohd Amin also has six goals to his credit and he is in the running for the top scorer’s award together with Khairul.
Khairul said that his biggest challenge in the tournament was to score in the final and help Perak lift the title.
“We came very close to winning the title in Kuantan in 2007 but were beaten by Johor in a penalty shoot-out. We have a well balanced side this time and I believe we can end our 18-year title drought,” he said.
Perak last won the title in Terengganu in 1992.
Khairul, who featured in the Junior World Cup Finals in Johor Baru last year, added that they had to tread with caution in the final.
“KL have six national players and they definitely want to live up to their top billing.
“The final will be a totally different ball game. KL are fast on the counter attack and we cannot afford to let our guard down,” he said.
The Star of Malaysia
Ismail steers Pahang to a place in Division Two semis
KUANTAN: Former national forward Ismail Abu was the toast for Pahang, scoring four goals to steer his team to a thumping 7-2 win over Perlis in a Group B match at the Wisma Belia Hockey Stadium here yesterday to book a place in the Division Two semi-finals of the Razak Cup hockey tournament.
Pahang topped the group and will play against Group A runners-up Police today for a place in the final.
Terengganu pipped Selangor to a place in the semi-finals from Group B on better goal difference with a 7-0 rout of Brunei. They will play against Singapore in the other semi-final.
Pahang skipper Ismail scored the goals in the 18th, 44th, 57th and 62nd minutes.
The other goals were scored by Mohd Sufian Mohamed (30th, 68th) and Mohd Hafizul Akmal Mohd Hatta (63rd).
National forward Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin scored both the goals for Perlis in the ninth and 48th minutes.
Pahang coach Izwan Suhardi Selamat said that his boys made use of their chances well.
“We just needed a draw but my players went on the offensive from the first whistle to register this big win. I am really happy with their performance,” he said.
“However, my players are tired as they played two matches in two days.
“I hope they will rise to the occasion and get the better of Police tomorrow. Our mission is to win the Division Two title.”
Terengganu, who needed to score four goals against Brunei to qualify for the semi-finals, scored their goals through national forward Faisal Saari (6th, 59th), Mohd Firhan Ashari (24th, 42nd), Shahrin Mohamed (2nd), Mohd Hasrul Zari (27th) and Tuan Abdul Walid Tuan Aziz (62nd).
The Star of Malaysia
National hockey starts on Saturday with bizarre format
By Shazad Ali
KARACHI: Ten teams will be in action in a farcical national hockey championship which will be played on “single league” at worn-out Hockey Club of Pakistan pitch from Saturday.
The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), which is beleaguered after 12th-spot finish by Pakistan at recently-concluded 12-team World Cup in New Delhi, has come up with a bizarre format for the national championship which is the premier event of the game.
Although it will called “national championship” each team will play nine matches and the winner will be decided on points basis instead of knock-out stages on which tournaments are played to decide the winners.
Interestingly, the so-called national championship will be for players who are under 30 years of age. The step has been taken with the objective to promote and encourage younger players which will help PHF hunt young blood for the future.
But strangely, the PHF will be allowing all the ageing Pakistan players such as penalty corner specialist Sohail Abbas, half-back Waseem Ahmad who gave pathetic performances at the World Cup despite being considered world class players.
While sacked Pakistan coach Shahid Ali Khan had categorically said it was the senior team members who let the nation down at the World Cup, its seems PHF has once again opted to bank on over-the-hill veterans for the forthcoming events.
Another factor will be the absence of provincial teams, making the 14-day event an all-department competition because of strange format and policies on the PHF.
The participating teams are, PIA, NBP, HBL, KESC, Wapda, Port Qasim Authority, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Air Force, and SSGC.
The event, which has become a farce before its start, has also lost its significance since it will be played on a surface which is not suitable for a top-level hockey competition. The pitch at the Hockey Club of Pakistan is not only uneven at several places, but also muddy which has been posing injury problems to the players since it was laid in 2004 December.
The PHF has opted to hold the event after postponing it last year because of the preparation for the World Cup.
Wapda v Army at 1.30pm; Navy v PIA at 3.00pm; NBP v PAF at 4.30pm.
PIA aim for hat-trick as National Hockey begins today
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will be looking to complete a hat-trick of titles when the 57th National Hockey Championship will get underway here at the Hockey Club of Pakistan Stadium from Saturday (today).
PIA emerged victorious in the last two editions of the prestigious event and are once again counted among the favourites for the crown this year.
Most of the country’s star players will be featuring in the tournament which will also serve as national trials ahead of next month’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia. National selectors will pick 30 odd players for a preparatory camp after the National Championship.
The spotlight will be on top players like drag flick ace Sohail Abbas, Waseem Ahmed, Rehan Butt and Shakeel Abbasi.
The event’s organisers have decided to bar players above the age of 30 in a bid to encourage competing teams to field youngsters in the National Championship.
The News International
First women’s hockey academy launched
LAHORE: Pakistan’s first women’s hockey academy was launched at the National Hockey Stadium here on Friday. Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) president Qasim Zia inaugurated the academy. Initially, 30 players will attend the academy to be run by PHF women’s wing. “Later the number of participants will be increased to 50,” a spokesman for the PHF said. Olympian Zahid Sharif will be the coach while Zaibunnisa and Razia Malik will assist him. “Players born after January 1, 1992 are eligible for attending the academy,” added the spokesman. Qasim congratulated PHF women’s wing secretary Tanzeela Amir Cheema for establishing the academy and said that this would help in promoting Pakistan women’s hockey in the world. “The PHF will also give full support to this academy and more academies will also be formed in other cities of the country,” Qasim added. PHF general secretary Muhammad Asif Bajwa and Olympian Zahid Sharif were also present on the occasion.
The Daily Times
Guyana ends T&T U-19 hockey winning streak
T&T’s Mark Ayen, playing as a guest player for Guyana, scored the lone goal on Thursday as the visitors ended T&T’s winning streak, in the Tri-Nation Under-19 Boys’ Invitational Tournament, hosted by the T&T Hockey Board at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua.
Ayen, the St Mary’s College player, scored against the T&T boys in the 33rd minute. Earlier on Thursday, senior national player Aidan De Gannes registered another pair of goals as T&T slammed Barbados 5-1.
It was the second win in as many matches for T&T, after its 4-0 win over Guyana on Wednesday led by two goals from De Gannes and one each by Pedro and Lincoln Bacchus. Today, the tournament ends with T&T meeting Barbados from 8.30 am and Barbados playing Guyana at 4.30 pm.
Thursday’s U-19 Boys Invitation Hockey Results:
T&T 5 (Aidan De Gannes 5th, 40th, Shaquille Edwards 8th, Dylan Mason 43rd, Chad Pedro 60th) v Barbados 1 (Akeem Rudder 30th). Guyana XI 1 (Mark Ayen 33rd) v T&T 0.
The Trinidad Guardian
T&T wins hockey opener
National senior team player Aidan De Gannes scored two goals as host T&T and visiting Barbados both recorded wins over a Guyana XI, in a Tr-Nation Under-19 Boys’ Invitational Hockey Tournament hosted by the T&T Hockey Board on Wednesday. In the first match at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, Chad Pedro fired T&T into a1-0 lead in the 25th minute before De Gannes netted in the 27th and 32nd minute for a 3-0 cushion at the interval.
Lincoln Bacchus then added a fourth item on the stroke of full-time for T&T. Four hours later at the same venue, the Barbadians, playing in cooler conditions proved more ruthless in front of goal to slam the Guyanese 6-1 led by a hat-trick from Akeem Rudder.
T&T 4 (Aidan De Gannes 27th, 32nd, Chad Pedro 25th, Lincoln Bacchus 70th) vs Guyana XI 0.
Barbados 6 (Akeem Rudder 4th, 43rd, 46th, Shakeel Wharton 15th, 23rd, Che Roach 28th) vs Guyana XI 1 (Mark Ayen 67th).
The Trinidad Guardian
SH (Rourkela) is champion
VISAKHAPATNAM: State Sports Hostel (Rourkela) won the second Vizag Steel Cup invitation hockey tournament, beating Jindal Steel Plant (Chhattisgarh) 3-0 in the final at the Port stadium here on Friday.
Centre-forward A. Minz put the team ahead in the seventh minute with a fine solo. Sports Hostel could not add on to its tally as Jindal Steel Plant recovered quickly and gave its opponent a tough fight till the breather.
A penalty corner conversion three minutes after half-time by Stanley Victor Minz saw Sports Hostel gain a psychological advantage over its rival. The team forced another penalty corner in the 59th minute which Bikash Kuzur converted to complete the tally.
Victor Minz was adjudged ‘player of the tournament.'
Y. Manohar, Director (Personnel) of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, was the chief guest and gave away the winner's trophy. Former Olympian N. Mukesh Kumar presented the runner-up trophy.