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Celebrating the stars behind the scenes on International Volunteer Day

On International Volunteer Day, we celebrate people from across the globe who selflessly give their service in the administration and promotion of hockey. From board members and committee chairs to coaches and umpires; from admin workers to the youngest ball patrol boy or girl – have all gone above and beyond to make our sport the very best experience it can be for all participants.


Youth hockey in Kenya gets a developmental boost

The month of November provided a bright spark for hockey, especially youth hockey, in Kenya, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Kenya hockey community, the Dutch Kenya Youth Hockey Development Foundation and a delegation from Johan Cruyff college (Netherlands) that included a training programme for the Kenyan youth and a workshop for the youth hockey coaches of Kenya.

Dar Academy Stages Hi-Tech Inter school Hockey Tournament

By Ijaz Chaudhry

Lahore’s Dar Hockey Academy is easily the best hockey nursery in Pakistan. Being run through private sponsors since 2006, with boys scouted from all over the country, the academy is the conveyer belt of quality players; several have donned the national shirt.

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Clydesdale head the division but Watsonians and Wildcats are also unbeaten

Clydesdale Western head the women`s division 1 table with wins over Edinburgh CALA, Dundee Wanderers and finally Edinburgh University, but they have played a game more over Watsonians and Wildcats who won their two games.

Ousted champions Blazers now chase Africa Club ticket

By Washington Onyango

USIU’s Lyn Mwangi in action against Blazers at City Park. [Kelly Ayodi, Standard]

After missing out on the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) women’s Premier League title, Blazers Hockey Club now aim at finishing second this season.

Ireland miss golden opportunity in European Indoor Championship III

Ireland men’s indoor hockey team went into their final match against Italy with the chance to win the European Indoor Championship III in Athienou, Cyprus over the weekend, but it wasn’t to be as Brinsley Powell’s men couldn’t unlock the Italian defence.

Former star men's hockey player Phil Burrows named as Black Sticks women's coach

Phil Burrows on the sidelines as coach of Hockey Club Melbourne last month. Morgan Hancock/Getty Images

Former Black Sticks men’s star Phil Burrows is the new coach of the New Zealand women’s hockey side.

Black Sticks Icon appointed as Women's Head Coach

Hockey New Zealand (HNZ) is proud to announce that Phil Burrows has been appointed as the Vantage Black Sticks women head coach.

Setup of Hockeyroos 2023 squad with an eye on Paris

An initial 17 athletes have been named in next year’s Hockeyroos squad as Head Coach Katrina Powell looks to utilise and make the most of the increasing pool of Australian women’s hockey talent.

2023 Hockey World Cup Trophy tour kickstarts

Hockey World Cup Trophy

The trophy tour of the 2023 Men's FIH Hockey World Cup was kick-started on Monday with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik handing over the trophy to Hockey India president Dilip Tirkey.

Former Pakistan captain believes Indian hockey team has everything to become world champions

Harmanpreet Singh is the world's best drag-flicker right now, but the gulf in class with the others in the Indian team is worrying. (HI) By PTI

Former Pakistan hockey captain Tahir Zaman believes India can reclaim the World Cup title after a hiatus of 47 years if they can handle the pressure of being the hosts and playing consistent games.

Men’s Pro League: Reigning Champions Netherlands Hope to Blaze Away at Santiago del Estero

Going by their own lofty standards it was much much more than just a ‘disappointment’ for the Netherlands men’s hockey team at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, where they failed to reach the semifinals losing to Australia in the quarterfinal – it was the first time in 37 years that the Dutch had faltered in making it to the last-four stage at the Olympics (at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics they had finished 6th).

A nightmare for Malaysia at Nations Cup

By Jugjet Singh

A bad 1-0 start against South Korea, a 3-0 hammering by Ireland in the semi-finals, and then a massive 4-0 defeat to South Korea in the bronze battle sum up coach Arul Selvaraj’s outing. -Pic courtesy of MHC

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian hockey team will return from a bruising Nations Cup on the proverbial "crutches" after suffering a humbling experience in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Growing Stature of South Africa with FIH Nations Cup Glory!

It wasn’t a near-perfect situation to be in for the South African men’s hockey team when they headed into the inaugural FIH Nations Cup in their backyard at Potchefstroom- the country’s long-standing coach Garreth Ewing had stepped down after the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup campaign and there were reservations about how the national side would perform under newly-appointed interim coach Cheslyn Gie.

2022 Test matches RSA v ITA (W)

Valencia, Spain

All times GMT +1

5 Dec 2022 17:30     RSA v ITA     1 - 1
7 Dec 2022 16:30     RSA v ITA    

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A glut of goals with Inverleith and Western men unbeaten on the opening day indoors

In the opening round of matches in the Scottish Men’s Indoor National league 1 Grove Menzieshill showed their intent on the title with the inclusion of some old favourites: Ross McPherson, Olly James, Gavin Byers and Gavin Tomlinson, and an even older management of Bruce Cuthill in the coaching role, and Billy McPherson as manager… and they opened with a 9-2 win over Grange.

EuroHockey Indoor Championship III 2022 (W) - Final

Bratislava, Slovakia

4 Dec 2022 08:30     POR v ITA (Pool A)         1 - 4
4 Dec 2022 11:00     SVK v POR (Pool A)       3 - 2
4 Dec 2022 13:30     ITA v SVK (Pool A)         1 - 0
4 Dec 2022 16:00     ITA v SVK (Final)            1 - 1 (2 - 1 SO)

Final Pool standings

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EuroHockey Indoor Championship III 2022 (M) - Final

Athienou, Cyprus

4 Dec 2022 10:15     GRE v SRB (Pool A)     0 - 3
4 Dec 2022 11:30     IRL v ITA (Pool A)         1 - 6
4 Dec 2022 13:00     DEN v CYP (Pool A)     7 - 1

Final Pool standings

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Australian Men’s team announced for 2023 Indoor Hockey World Cup

The Men’s Indoor Hockey Team that will represent Australia at the sixth edition of the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup from 5-11 February 2023 in Pretoria, South Africa has been announced.

Plenty of Positives for India Despite the 1-4 Test Series Loss to Australia

Beating Australia in a Test series in their backyard was always going to be a daunting task for any side let alone India – at the end of it, India can take pride from the fact that they were able to win a Test match and avoid a whitewash against the world number one side. The fact that India held their own Australia without their wheels entirely coming off should be enough indication that they are learning their lessons from the 1-7 and 0-7 defeats at the hands of the Kookaburras in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Top 10 take aways of India-Australia Test Series


During the 2010 World Cup, the then Foreign Minister of Australia (Stephen Smith) and Human Resources Minister of India (Kapil Sibal), jointly unveiled a trophy called Ajit Pal – Charlesworth Trophy. It was meant to be given to winners of any bilateral series between the two hockey powers. However, we did not hear about it beyond that day. But the Series continued, both teams met often in the last decade. The tradition peaked this month with the 5-Match Series that was completed today at Adelaide.

India suffer 4-5 defeat against Australia in fifth hockey Test, lose series 1-4

India had lost 4-5 and 4-7 in the first two Tests before winning the next match 4-3. The visitors lost the fourth game 1-5.

India lose hockey Test series against Australia. Image credit: Twitter/@Kookaburras

India suffered a 4-5 defeat at the hands of Australia in the fifth and final hockey Test to lose the series 1-4 in Adelaide on Sunday.

Australia take Test honours over India in key Hockey World Cup prep

India and Australia battle it out in Adelaide

It ended as it started as Australia showed they will be a force to be reckoned with at next month’s World Cup after a 5-4 win in the fifth and final match of the series against India in Adelaide.

Kookaburras end India series with another goal fest in Adelaide

The Kookaburras showed they will be a force to be reckoned with at next month’s World Cup after a 5-4 win in the fifth and final match of the series against India at MATE Stadium in Adelaide.

Pakistan beat Canada, finish seventh in eight-team Nations Cup

Pakistan looked in solid touch against 14th-ranked Canada


Pakistan ended Nations Cup in South Africa on a winning note after they beat Canada 5-4 in the 7th or 8th position match on Sunday.

Korea destroy Malaysia 4-0 in Nations Cup

By Jugjet Singh

Malaysia (in yellow) and South Korea in action in today's Nations Cup bronze playoff in Potchefstroom, South Africa. - Pic courtesy of FIH

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia were soundly hammered in the Nations Cup bronze battle, as South Korea sailed away to a 4-0 win at Potchefstroom, South Africa today.

Ireland miss out on qualification after defeat

Ireland were frustrated as they fell to a 4-3 defeat in the Nations Cup final in South Africa

Ireland missed out on qualification to the FIH Pro League after a 4-3 defeat by South Africa in the final of the Nations Cup in Potchefstroom.

South Africa take the title in inaugural hockey men’s Nations Cup

South Africa celebrate winning the final match of the FIH Hockey Nations Cup 2022 against Ireland at North West University in Potchefstroom on December 4 2022.
Image: Nathier Sulaiman/Gallo Images

A Dayaan Cassiem masterclass led South Africa to victory over Ireland in the thrilling final of the inaugural FIH Hockey Men’s Nations Cup South Africa 2022, securing qualification into the 2023-24 FIH Hockey Pro League for the hosts.

South Africa seal Pro League spot over Ireland

Dayaan Cassiem celebates for South Africa in Nations Cup PIC: WORLDSPORTPICS

It took a final quarter penalty stroke to separate Ireland and South Africa in a pulsating FIH Nations Cup final as the hosts delighted the home crowd in Potchefstroom – and the Cassiem brothers once again notching another brilliant storyline in their rising status in hockey.

Heartbreak for Ireland as they falter at final hurdle

It took a final quarter penalty stroke to separate Ireland and South Africa in a pulsating FIH Hockey Nations Cup final that didn’t go Ireland’s way in Potchefstroom this afternoon. Ireland had almost double the shots on goal that South Africa did, but it was the cutting edge that the Irish were missing while the hosts were clinical in this high-stakes match.

Glory for South Africa at the Inaugural FIH Hockey Nations Cup

After six days of action at the North West University, Ireland and South Africa were the last two standing with an opportunity to win the inaugural FIH Hockey Nations Cup and earn an invite to the FIH Hockey Pro League for 2023/24.

Captain Cassiem inspires South Africa to the title in the inaugural FIH Hockey Men’s Nations Cup

A Dayaan Cassiem masterclass leads South Africa to victory over Ireland in the thrilling final of the inaugural FIH Hockey Men’s Nations Cup South Africa 2022, securing qualification into the FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24 season for the hosts.

FIH Hockey Men's Nations Cup South Africa 2022


4 Dec 2022 08:30     CAN v PAK (7th - 8th)     4 - 5
4 Dec 2022 10:45     FRA v JPN (5th - 6th)      2 - 2 (4 - 2 SO)
4 Dec 2022 13:00     MAS v KOR (3rd - 4th)    0 - 4
4 Dec 2022 15:15     IRL v RSA (Final)             3 - 4

Final Standings

1. South Africa - Promoted to 23/24 Pro League
2. Ireland
3. Korea
4. Malaysia
5. France
6 Japan
7. Pakistan
8. Canada

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RIP, my friend

By Avtar Bhurji OLY

Allen Mayo (l) and good friend Avtar Burji OLY (R)

Allen Mayo, a very good friend for the last 45 years is no more.

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Tokyo 1964 Olympian, Amar Singh Mangat passes away

by Dil Bahra

Amar Singh Mangat

Amar Singh Mangat, who represented Kenya at Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, died in Calgary, Canada on Wednesday 28 September 2022. He was aged 87.

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England Men win thriller against France and England Women vs China goes to a penalty shootout

By Rob Wheeler

The first home games for England Hockey of the 2021/22 FIH Pro League were played at Lee Valley and they did not disappoint with a dramatic late winner from Sam Ward for the men against France and the women facing China in a match that went to a penalty shootout.

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SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge

Northern KZN Regional Ferrum Hoërskool: Saturday 26 February

Finally, we can play! Ferrum Hoërskool’s First Hockey XI is excited to host the first tournament of the 2022 SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge 2022 on Saturday 26 February. Pictured here are the team’s Andiswa Mduli (Vice-Captain), Marlene Combrink (Captain) and Clarisse Whitehead (Vice-Captain), gearing up to welcome eight teams for the Northern KZN Regional. Photo by Dean Bond

The first of the ten regionals for the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge kicks off on Saturday 26 February in Newcastle where Ferrum Hoërskool hosts eight teams for the Northern KZN Regional.

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Inaugural Men’s World Cup - Barcelona 1971

By Shahid Khan

The triumphant Khalid Mahmood holding the World Cup

This month marks exactly half a century since the first Men’s Hockey World Cup tournament which took place from 15th to 24th October 1971 in Barcelona.

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Fifty years ago – when Kenya made it to the semi-finals of Barcelona World Cup

by Dil Bahra

Kenya’s Captain Avtar Singh Sohal leading his team at the opening ceremony of the first World Cup
in Barcelona in 1971. Photo: Avtar Singh Sohal collection.

The idea of holding a Hockey World Cup had come from India and Pakistan, then the two dominant nations in international hockey, in early 1969.

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Ernest Wall OBE (1924 – 2020)

by Dil Bahra

Ernest Wall OBE
It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of Ernest ‘Ernie’ Wall on Sunday November 15, 2020 at Windyhall Care Home, Ayr in Scotland. He was aged 95.

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Hockey Legend Balbir Singh Senior remembered

by Dil Bahra

Leandro Negre, Dil Bahra and Balbir Senior at FIH function London 2012 Olympics

I first met Balbir Singh Senior at the Champions Trophy in Amstelveen, Netherlands in 1982. I was with a group who had earlier gone to the Bombay World Cup in that year. Whilst we sat down in the lounge after the match, having our drinks, Balbir, who was the coach of the Indian team at that tournament, was passing through the lounge on his way out. He noticed our group and came over to talk to us.

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Kenya Sikh hockey players remember Legend Jack Simonian in London

by Dil Bahra

Former Kenya and Sikh Union Club Nairobi players celebrated the Life of their former colleague, Jack Simonian at an invite only event held at Indian Gymkhana Club London on Sunday 15 March 2020.

Although the evolving situation of coronavirus prevented many from attending, the event organisers decided to carry on. Suzie, Jack’s daughter, who was due to fly from Sardina, Italy especially for this event was one of those who was unable to attend following Government advice.

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I have done exactly that 3 times with no effect (once with Nick Laming in attendance).
The Vumatel team have been in 3 times. The first time they arrived without any equipment to test the connection.. I sent them away to come back with their own testing equipment/computer. The computer they arrived back with had a 100Mb/s Ethernet port so was entirely inadequate to carry out the tests. They then got someone in with a MacBook and a dongle to plug in an Ethernet cable. The dongle didn’t work. The second time they came round again and again with a computer inadequate for the task. They came round yesterday again and again their equipment was not up to the task. They have replaced my CPE twice. Yesterday they blamed the slow speed first on congestion and then on the broken WACS cable and then claimed there was a break in SEACOM as well. I don’t know how this affects a Speedtest connection between my property and your offices (I test to the Afrihost servers), but bullshit doesn’t baffle brain in this house.
I have also discovered that the wireless router you supply as standard for a 1Gb/s connection - the DLink DIR 825 AC1200 will not broadcast faster than marginally over 800Mb/s on the 5Ghz channel meaning that Afrihost do not and cannot fulfill the 1Gb/s line speed they offer, only 80% of that speed. As that is the case do you mind if I only pay 80% of the price seeing that is the maximum you supply. The standard supplied CAT5e cable is only just capable of 1Gb/s which means it is only just up to the job. I have replaced that with a CAT6 cable at my expense and have ordered an AC2600 wireless router again at my expense just to try and cover your inadequate supplied equipment. Why must I do this?
I have also discovered that although support tickets are your 24/7 support option they carry the lowest priority as evidenced by your response times of over 1 week on this ticket. The Whatsapp support waiting times have ranged from 45 minutes to almost 3 hours, which is again wholly inadequate and that although you have an 0800 free support line, you do not advertise this anywhere leaving customers to hang on wasting their money on your inadequate support response times by phone. 
I have had enough of Afrihost and their partner Vumtel and would like this resolved within 2 days, which will have long passed by the time you read this.
George Brink


A tribute to Jack Simonian, one of Kenya’s best all round Sportsman in the sixties

by Dil Bahra

Jack Simonian 1970

John Levon (Jack) Simonian who was the East African motor cycling, motor rally and track Champion and who represented Kenya at hockey at three Olympic Games passed away in Sydney, Australia on Monday 23 December 2019. He was aged 84.

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Memories of a very special friend.

George Brink

I first met Jack Simonian through umpiring hockey at Rugby Hockey club in Warwickshire. In typical Jack fashion he never let on his Hockey pedigree, so it was with complete surprise when umpiring a game together a few years later some know-it-all player disagreed with a decision Jack made by claiming he had played in Premier League so he knew Jack was wrong. Quite calmly Jack said, "I've been to three Olympics so I know I'm right". Needless to say the player was put firmly in his place, but my mouth fell open at this statement as I had never suspected he was an Olympian let alone a triple Olympian, Jack was so unassuming.

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Review of a Hockey NOVEL

By Ijaz Chaudhry

When one thinks of sports books, it is the biographies, coverage of some event, record books, coaching manuals, etc. Sports Novels (fiction) are uncommon.

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Nirpal (Rodu) Singh Bharaj (1958 – 2018)

Nirpal (Rodu) Singh Bharaj (1958 – 2018)

by Dil Bahra

Rodu Bharaj doing what he enjoyed most – Koroga for his friends

Nirpal Singh Bharaj, fondly known as Rodu, a hockey personality both in Kenya and London died suddenly on Friday, May 25. He had just turned 60.

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Jagjit Singh Kular (1942 - 2017)

by Dil Bahra

Jagjit at Mexico 1968 Olympic Games

Jagjit Singh Kular who represented Kenya at Mexico 1968 and Munich 1972 Olympic Games passed away in Toronto, Canada on Monday 12 June 2017. He was aged 75.

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Jasbinder (Jas) Singh Chana (1970 - 2017)

by Dil Bahra

Jasbinder (Jas) Singh Chana, the talented hockey player, who played for England U21 and represented the country at the Junior Hockey World Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia in 1989 died on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 following a short illness. He was aged 46.

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Stats Speak: Asian Champions Trophy winner India in down under

By B.G.Joshi (Sehore-Bhopal, India)

Asian Champions Trophy winner Indian men and women will open their campaign in Melbourne Hockey Festival on November 23 against hosts Australia. Indian men (World Ranking 6) team will face Kookaburras (World Ranking 1) in 4-nations tournament league match, while Indian women (World Ranking 12) will challenge Hockeyroos (World Ranking 4) in first test of 3-match series. Statistical highlights are:

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Journalist Patrick Rowley receives British Empire Medal for Services to Hockey

Patrick Rowley (BEM) receives his British Empire Medal Award at the Tower of London by the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.   Left to Right:  Lord-Lieutenant of London, Mr Kenneth Olisa OBE, Elizabeth Rowley (wife), Patrick Rowley BEM, Alison Heeks (nee ROWLEY his daughter)   and  Constable General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CBE ADC

International sports journalist Patrick Rowley received the British Empire Medal for services to Hockey at a ceremony held at The Tower of London on Friday 4 November.

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Patrick Rowley awarded British Empire Medal

Patrick Rowley, arguably the best known hockey journalist there is has been rewarded for his outstanding services to hockey with the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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Patrick Rowley honoured

Pat Rowley. Photo: Hockey Writers Club

When I started Fieldhockey.com 20 years ago one of the first journalists to support and encourage my efforts was the English writer Pat Rowley, I am utterly delighted to report that Pat has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Hockey in the Queen's Birthday Honours list released today.

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Alex Danson - Player of the Tournament

By Dil Bahra

Alex Danson displaying why she won Player of the Tournament. Photo: Koen Suyk

There have been a few great action photos in our sport of hockey over the years but this photo by Dutch photographer Koen Suyk tops them all. Koen, a photographer for over 40 years has covered seven Olympic Games and states that Sports photography is his great love, with hockey, golf and tennis as his specialties.

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Egbert Carmo Fernandes (1941 – 2014)

by Dil Bahra

Kenya Hockey Team on tour of India, April 1964 Back Row (L - R): Surjeet Singh Jnr,; Saude George; Anthony Vaz; Amar Singh Mangat; Egbert Fernandes; Sang Singh; Edgar Fernandes; Jack Simonian; Jagnandan Singh. Sitting (L - R): Hardev Singh; Hilary Fernandes (V.Capt,); Hardial Singh (Coach); Anthony D'Souza (Manager); Sukdev Singh (Asst Manager); Avtar Singh (Capt.); Alu Mendonca. Ground (L – R): Santokh Singh; Arif Khan; Silu Fernandes; Leslie Pinto; Reynolds D'Souza.

Kenya’s triple hockey Olympian, Egbert Carmo Fernandes, died in Canberra, Australia on 6 November 2014.  He was aged 73.

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12 Punjab Warriors players? Judge for yourself

These screen grabs are from The Official YouTube stream. Note the running time of the video in the bottom left. This covers a pan from 2:47:27 - 2:47:30. Punjab Warriors are in blue.

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Ijaz Chaudhry writes on hockey & other sports. For more about him and his work, visit: www.sportscorrespondent.info

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