Hockey India goes Dutch, selects Paul van Ass to coach men’s team
Written by Mihir Vasavda
Known to be a great motivator, Van Ass (left) likes his teams to play at breakneck speed.
Outspoken and controversial. Paul van Ass may be the complete opposite of Terry Walsh, but like the Australian the 54-year-old’s impeccable coaching record was reason enough for Hockey India (HI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) to appoint him as the chief coach of the men’s team on Friday.
Van Ass, Thornton named new hockey coaches
NEW DELHI: Paul van Ass, who spearheaded the Netherlands men's hockey team to the silver medal at the London Olympics three years ago, was named the chief coach of Indian men's hockey team on Friday.
Paul van Ass named men's hockey team coach, Anthony Thornton for women team
NEW DELHI: Former Dutch national team coach Paul van Ass was on Friday named as the new head coach of India's men's hockey team, ending three months of uncertainly after Australian Terry Walsh quit under controversial circumstances.
Paul van Ass, Thornton named coaches
Putting an end to speculations, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Friday announced Dutchman Paul van Ass and New Zealand’s Anthony Thornton as coaches of the National men’s and women’s hockey teams respectively.
Paul van Ass named Indian men’s field hockey coach
NEW DELHI: Former Dutch national coach Paul van Ass was on Friday named the new coach of the Indian men’s hockey team while New Zealand’s Anthony Thornton was made the coach of the women’s hockey team. The names were finalised at a special selection committee meeting headed by secretary sports Ajit Sharan, Hockey India (HI) president Narinder Batra, high performance director Roelant Oltmans, Olympian Harbinder Singh among other Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials.
An enduring conundrum of foreign coaches
The disgusting sequence of entry and exit of foreign coaches haunts Indian hockey for well over a decade now.
Warriors hammer Delhi
New Delhi - At a sparsely occupied Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, Punjab Warriors continued to dominate the third edition of the Hockey India League when they beat defending champions Delhi Waveriders 3-1 here on Friday.
Punjab rallies to win
ON TARGET Affan Yousuf is delighted after slotting in Punjab Warriors's third goal. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
Five minutes was all it took for Jaypee Punjab Warriors to turn the game around and register its third win in four games to stay on top of the table in the third edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) here on Friday.
Punjab Warriors stage fantastic fightback, beat Delhi Waveriders 3-1
NEW DELHI: Jaypee Punjab Warriors continued their impressive run and came from a goal down to beat defending champions Delhi Waveriders 3-1 and register their third consecutive win in the Hero Hockey India League here on Friday.
Kalinga Lancers eye revenge against UP Wizards
BHUBANESWAR: Kalinga Lancers will have revenge on their minds as they lock horns with Uttar Pradesh Wizards in a league match of the Hero Hockey India League (HIL) on Saturday.
Haryana hockey: Coaches, players raise questions
Chandigarh - How can an individual, all by herself, select a state hockey team, appoint herself as the coach, and then eventually go as the captain of the team to the National Games? Players and coaches from Haryana are up in arms and have questioned the Sports Minister and the sports secretary's role as mute spectators.
‘Support the national game or abolish it’
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan hockey team would not be able to participate in the all-important Olympic qualifiers if the bailout package is not released by the mid February.
Paucity of fund cripples development of hockey
ISLAMABAD: Hockey — the national game of the country — is seeking attention of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to stay alive.
Hockey team visits Army Public School
LAHORE: The Pakistan hockey team visited the Army Public School, Peshawar to express solidarity with its students, principal and staff.
PIA to lock horns with bankers in hockey final
RAWALPINDI: After winning their respective semi-finals, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) have advanced to the final of the Chief of Army Staff Challenge Cup.
PIA, NBP in COAS Hockey final
RAWALPINDI - Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) booked their places in the final of the First Chief of the Army Staff Challenge Hockey Cup 2015 after defeating their respective opponents in the semifinals played here at the Army Hockey Stadium Friday.
COAS Hockey Cup: PIA, NBP make their way into final
KARACHI: PIA and NBP made their way into the final of the first Chief of the Army Staff Challenge Hockey Cup, winning their respective semi-final matches at the Army Hockey Stadium in Rawalpindi yesterday.
Ken Pereira set to continue stellar career representing Canada
5 Days until 2015 Indoor World Cup
To get a sense of how long Ken Pereira has been playing field hockey at the international level, one need only look as far as his own interactions.
Men's World League Round 2 roster announced
Road to Olympic qualification begins on February 28 in San Diego
Field Hockey Canada has finalized the roster of athletes who will begin the road to 2016 Olympic qualification at the International Hockey Federation’s Men’s World League Round 2 in March.
Wake-up call for Thunder champions
By Jugjet Singh
THREE-TIME consecutive double winners Thunderbolts received an early wake-up call when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Petaling Jaya City Council (PJCC) in Division One of the MHC-MILO-NSC Junior Hockey League at the Bukit Jalil Stadium yesterday.
Thunderbolt silenced by MBPJ in Junior hockey league
By S. Ramaguru
SSTMI Thunderbolt's Muhammad Firdaus Omar (right) collide with MBPJ's Kamal Ridzuan Kamaruddin during the Malaysian Junior Hockey League match in Bukit Jalil on Friday. - SAMUEL ONG/ The STAR
KUALA LUMPUR: Over-confidence put paid to defending champions SSTMI-Thunderbolt’s attempt to win their third consecutive match when they were forced to share points with Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) after a 2-2 draw in a MHC-MILO-NSC Junior Hockey League match.
EuroHockey Championships to be broadcast live
England's Women walk out at Lee Valley 2014
England Hockey and the European Hockey Federation are delighted to announce that the BBC will broadcast the EuroHockey Championships 2015, which will be staged in London on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, on 21-30 August.
Dog days for Flanno
Hockeyroo superstar reveals her penchant for pooches
Anna Flanagan is a hockey superstar with a drag flick that sends shudders down the spines of the opposition’s defence but, during an interview while playing at the Champions Trophy in Mendoza, it emerged that the 23-year-old defender has a softer side.
Belgium come back to tie the series
JONATHAN COOK at Hartleyvale
SA captain and striker Sulette Damons in full flight during the fourth Test against Belgium at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Thursday. Belgium won 3-2 to tie the series 1-1. Photo credit ACTION PIX
It was the strangest of Test matches, the Investec South Africa women’s hockey team looking like champions in the opening 20 minutes to lead 2-0 before Belgium came back to dominate the rest of this fourth encounter of the six-match series at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Thursday night.
Ireland 0-5 Netherlands (Men)
The Green Machine played their final match against the Dutch today in Stellenbosch. The Netherlands, ranked 2nd in the world, got off to the better start but Ireland found their way into the game throughout the first quarter and the teams ended the period 0-0. Ireland’s defence held strong for much of the second quarter but a rapid Dutch counter attack earned Verga a goal. The Dutch built on this pressure and narrowly missed with a penalty corner, but just before the half time whistle blew Van Ass showed great skill along the end line and lifted the ball over the keeper to make it 2-0 at half time.
Budgies push Poland
Self-named Budgies, the men's indoor team, narrowly lose to Poles
With the Australian men’s indoor hockey team in Europe, preparing for the forthcoming Indoor World Cup in Leipzig (4-8 February), Team Manager Brent Deans is providing a series of short updates exclusively for the Hockey Australia website.
Williams thriving as Canada’s last and only line of defense
6 Days until 2015 Indoor World Cup
Of any position in any sport, goaltending might just be the one with the most pressure. To be the last line of defense comes with a lot of expectation. To be the only line of defense comes with a lot more.
Soyez names extended Spanish panel of 24
Spanish national team coach Fred Soyez has named a 24-player panel for a three-day training camp which runs from next Tuesday to Thursdays, working to a specific training plan ahead of their set-up for the World League next June in Argentina.
UP Wizards trounce Kalinga Lancers
Uttar Pradesh Wizards players celebrate a goal against Kalinga Lancers in Lucknow on Thursday. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
Uttar Pradesh Wizards trounced Kalinga Lancers 5-1 to register their first win in the third edition of the Hero Hockey India League (HIL) in Lucknow on Thursday.
Mark Knowles gets one match suspension
Jaypee Punjab Warriors will be without the services of its experienced midfielder Mark Knowles against Delhi Waveriders on Friday after the Australian was handed a one-match suspension for breaching the Hero Hockey India League (HIL) Code of Conduct.
Delhi Waveriders target maiden win
NEW DELHI: Defending champions Delhi Waveriders have made a sedate start to their campaign in the third edition of the Hero Hockey India League (HIL) with back-to-back draws, but they are expecting a change in fortunes when they play their first match on the home turf on Friday.
In Haryana, selector, coach, captain rolled into one
Chandigarh - Call it a problem of plenty, arbitrary selection, petty politics or favouritism. A women hockey player may be good enough to play for India or might have attended umpteen conditioning camps with the best in India but if she has to represent Haryana in National Games, she has to get over all the above hurdles to make it to the playing XI.
MJHL: Thunderbolts-PJCC thriller
By Jugjet Singh
JUNIOR Hockey League (JHL) table toppers Thunderbolts and Petaling Jaya City Council (PJCC) face-off in a thriller to claim the early Division One favourites tag at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil Friday.
Firdaus proving to be a key player for Thunderbolt in junior hockey league
By S. Ramaguru
Mohamed Firdaus Omar has scored six goals in two matches thus far in the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League.
KUALA LUMPUR: Mohamed Firdaus Omar is the player of the moment in the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League (MJHL).
League leaders to do battle royale in junior hockey league
By S. Ramaguru
Mohd Farhan Danial Zulzairin (in red) of MBPJ dribbling past BJSS players in their opening match of the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League. MBPJ won 3-0. – CHAN TAK KONG/The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Two unbeaten Division One teams will do battle to gain the upper hand in the MHC-Milo-NSC Junior Hockey League title run-up.
Selangor's Subahan nominated for Malaysian hockey supremo seat
By S. Ramaguru
Selangor Hockey Association (SHA) president Datuk Subahan Kamal was nominated to run for Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) presidency.
KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor Hockey Association (SHA) president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal is the first candidate to throw in the challenge to be the next head of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC).
PHF urges PM to have mercy on national game
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) officials and team management have urged Prime Minister to have some mercy on the national game and release special grant soon to gear up hockey which is back on track and capable of winning laurels for the country.
Men’s National Junior Squad
25 young athletes selected for 2015 men's National Junior Squad
Hockey Australia has announced its men’s National Junior Squad for 2015. The National Junior Squad will provide development opportunities for the 25 selected athletes to refine their hockey abilities in the build-up towards the 2016 Junior World Cup in India.
High Performance Director appointed
Andy Smith replaces Trish Heberle as Hockey Australia HPD
Andy Smith has been appointed as Hockey Australia’s new High Performance Director, replacing Trish Heberle, who left the role in November 2014.
FIH talk to the newly-crowned 2014 Goalkeeper of the Year Joyce Sombroek
What does it mean to you being voted Goalkeeper of the Year?
I’m extremely happy and I feel very honoured, especially considering all the other great goalkeepers that were nominated for this title. It’s the first time that I have received an individual award, which makes this particularly special for me.
From the Desk of an Intern
Throughout the year, USA Field Hockey offers opportunities to college students and graduates to gain professional growth within the Olympic movement. Our internships permit those qualified to add extra special lines to their resume that include add hands-on experience on national and international levels.
RIP Trevor Lorimer
It is with great sadness we learned this morning of the death of Trevor Lorimer. Trevor was a great supporter of Irish Hockey and held the role of Irish U16 Boys Manager for a number of years.
Best of the best move indoors
With the Indoor Hockey World Cup taking place in less than a month's time, we look at the development of the game and preview the showcase event.
Fast, furious and great entertainment, indoor hockey is the lesser-known relative of the outdoor game, but with the advent of the fourth Indoor World Cup in Leipzig, Germany, in February, the sport is making waves around the world.
Phil Hughes - a wake up call to the FIH?
By George Brink
As the sports world is reeling from the tragic death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes after being struck on the head by a bouncer, the question is, could this happen in Hockey and what are the FIH doing about it?