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Hockey India suspends Punjab Police, PNB for on-field brawl

Indervir Grewal

Hockey India’s disciplinary committee today imposed three-month suspensions on Punjab Police and Punjab National Bank for last month’s on-field brawl during the final of the Nehru Hockey Tournament in New Delhi.

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Punjab Police and PNB players suspended

s2h team

New Delhi: The Hockey India Disciplinary Committee Meeting chaired by Bhola Nath Singh, who is also the Vice President of Hockey India, on Tuesday unanimously decided to suspend players from Punjab Armed Police for a period of 12-18 months while players from Punjab National Bank have been suspended for 6-12 months respectively following the recent violence that broke out during the Final of 56th Nehru Senior Hockey Tournament (Men) between Punjab Armed Police and Punjab National Bank, clearly violating the Hockey India/ Hockey India League Code of Conduct.

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Hockeyroo Amy Lawton named Emerging Athlete of the Year

Credit: Terry February Photography

Young hockey prodigy Amy Lawton has capped off a remarkable 12 months after winning the Emerging Athlete of the Year Award at the AIS Sport Performance Awards (#ASPAs) in Sydney tonight.

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FIH CEO Thierry Weil feels awarding consecutive Hockey World Cup hosting rights to India based purely on merit

New Delhi: The decision to award hosting rights of the men's hockey World Cup to India for the second consecutive time in 2023 was purely based on merit, world body (FIH) CEO Thierry Weil said on Tuesday.

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We can sell hockey better now: FIH chief

Sidney Kiran

Thierry Weil

No sport can be commercially successful if the supply is short. Hockey is an example of that. While it does have the World Cups, the Champions Trophy and appearances at Olympics, fans don’t get a regular dose of it to satiate their appetite. Disciplines like cricket, football, tennis and golf — to name a few — have action happening right throughout the year. But in hockey it's quite limited.

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FIH looks to India to break even in 2020 Pro League

Hockey India had pulled out of the 2019 edition but the men’s team would be rejoining in 2020.

Uthra Ganesan

The second edition of FIH Pro League would be kicking off in January and even though doubts remain on its long-term sustainability, the international body is confident.

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Billy Bakker calls on the Netherlands fans to become their‘12th’ player

The FIH Pro League second season gets underway in January 2020 after a hugely successful first edition. We caught up with the coaches and players from the participating teams as they prepare for the new look FIH Pro League season to get underway. In the following interview, Billy Bakker, the Netherlands’ men’s demon penalty corner specialist talks about the forthcoming season and what the FIH Pro League means to him and the team.

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Men's Junior AHF Cup 2019 - Day 6

Muscat (OMA)

10 Dec 2019     THA v CHN (Pool A)     0 - 3
10 Dec 2019     IRI v SRI (Pool A)         3 - 2
10 Dec 2019     OMA v TPE (Pool B)     4 - 1

Pool standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 China 3 3 0 0 11 2 9 9
2 Uzbekistan 3 2 1 0 7 3 4 7
3 Iran 4 1 1 2 5 8 -3 4
4 Sri Lanka 3 0 1 2 5 10 -5 1
5 Thailand 3 0 1 2 2 7 -5 1

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Thais pay the penalty

Quick reflexes: Malaysia goalkeeper Farah Ayuni Yahya saving a shot by Thailand’s Tikhamporn Sakhulpithak during the penalty shootout of the women’s indoor hockey final at the LB Centro Mall and Convention Centre yesterday.

BEFORE the team flew to South Luzon, Malaysia indoor hockey coach K. Dharmaraj put his girls through shootout training, having several penalty drills to make them sharp from the spot.

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Malaysian women's indoor hockey team defeat Thailand for gold


Coach for women's team is K. Dharmaraj (centre) - filepic

MANILA: With the leadership of coach Dharmaraj Abdullah, our women’s indoor hockey team have avenged their 2017 defeat at the hands of Thailand.

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Dharma's girls stage magnificent comeback

The national women’s team win gold after beating Thailand 2-0 in a penalty shootout yesterday.

THE Malaysian teams rose to the ocasion and delivered yesterday — winning two gold in indoor hockey at the Sea Games.

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SEA Games 2019 (Women) - Final

Laguna (PHI)

10 Dec 2019 17:30     THA v MAS (Final)     1 - 1 (1 - 0) (0 - 2 SO)

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SEA Games: Malaysian Men's indoor hockey team wins gold


MANILA: The men’s indoor hockey team have retained the gold they won in 2017 at the Philippines SEA Games.

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SEA Games 2019 (Men) - Final

Laguna (PHI)

10 Dec 2019      THA v MAS (Final)     1 - 3 (1 - 2)

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SPAR South Africa to wear Pink in standing against Gender Based Violence

In a combined initiative between SPAR and the South African Women’s Indoor Hockey team, the team will wear pink tonight (10 December 2019) in the final test against Ireland Indoor Hockey at the Bellville Velodrome. The 10 December is the final day of the 16 days of activism for No Violence against Women and Children and it is this same initiative that the team, along with title sponsor SPAR will be supporting.

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2019 Test matches RSA v IRL - 6th Test

Cape Town

10 Dec 2019     RSA v IRL     4 - 2
10 Dec 2019     RSA v IRL     6 - 2

South Africa win the series 6 - 0

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Malaysian Hockey legend Liew Khiam Hon overcame epilepsy to become a star

Kevin Davasagayam

Liew with his teammates and officials in the 70s.  Sunpix by the Asyraf Rasid

PETALING JAYA: Being diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age did not stop Liew Khiam Hon from realising his dream of representing the nation in hockey.

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New FIH Safeguarding Policy raises the bar when it comes to welfare within hockey

It should be a given fact that everyone involved in hockey, whether as a player, coach or official, should be able to enjoy the sport in a safe and respectful environment. Our stance on equality is ingrained in all that we do as a hockey community and now, a new safeguarding policy is ensuring that the value of respect towards others is also embedded in our sport’s culture.

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Early Christmas gifts for Greece and Slovenia

Greece and Slovenia are two nations where hockey is growing in both participation numbers and national profile. Now a generous gesture by one of the giants of European Hockey has given yet another boost to the sport in these two countries.

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Best yet to come, champs Butali warn opponents


Butali Sugar Warriors hockey team captain Kennedy Nyongesa (centre) leads teammates in celebrating winning Kenya Hockey Union men Premier League trophy on December 1, 2019 at City Park Stadium. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya men’s hockey Premier League champions Butali Sugar Warriors are planning recruitment especially in the midfield ahead of the new season as they warned opponents to brace up for even tougher battle.

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'Female coaches can break into men’s game,' says Buckingham's Zak Jones

Rod Gilmour

Buckingham Ladies are bucking the trend as a small club  Credit: Simon Parker

Buckingham coach Zak Jones says the growth of female hockey coaches at the top of the domestic scene is healthy for the sport and it won’t be long before more women are making inroads into the men’s game.

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Shona McCallin: The GB hockey star on her long battle with concussion

Exclusive interview: An innocuous shoulder to the side of her head left McCallin dazed, and what followed was a debilitating brain injury which left her housebound and fearing for her career

Lawrence Ostlere

Shona McCallin in action during the Rio Olympics in 2016 ( Getty )

The world of sport is beginning its own age of enlightenment when it comes to the dangers of concussion. It is a brain injury with a range of symptoms which can often go undetected, and we are still figuring out exactly how to manage its potential for harm. Rugby and the NFL are two sports which have drawn most of the focus while football continues to wrestle with the long-term impacts of heading a ball, but the reality is that no game is immune from concussion. Anyone, at any level, can get unlucky. 

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2020 Vantage Black Sticks Development Squads Named

The 2020 Vantage Black Sticks Development squads have been named, both sides see a great combination of youth and experience in what is going to be an incredibly important season for the program as they head into the FIH Hockey Pro League Season 2 and the 2020 Tokyo Games.

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New Zealand look for consistency in series two of FIH Hockey Pro League

The FIH Hockey Pro League second season gets underway in January 2020 after a hugely successful first edition. We caught up with the coaches and players from the participating teams as they prepare for the new look FIH Hockey Pro League season to get underway. In the following interview, Black Sticks captain Stacey Michelsen, who currently has 279 caps for New Zealand, talks about the forthcoming season and what the Hockey Pro League means to her and the team.

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Break the Thais and it’s double glory for indoor hockey team

THAILAND stand in Malaysia’s path for a double glory in indoor hockey after the men’s and women’s teams qualified for the respective finals in Laguna.

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SEA Games 2019 (Women) - Day 6

Laguna (PHI)

9 Dec 2019     THA v SGP (SF1)     4 - 0 (2 - 0)
9 Dec 2019      MAS v PHI (SF2)     16 - 0 (7 - 0)

Final Pool standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 Malaysia 4 3 1 0 30 2 28 10
2 Thailand 4 3 1 0 23 3 20 10
3 Singapore 4 1 1 2 4 16 -12 4
4 Philippines 4 1 0 3 4 24 -20 3
5 Cambodia 4 0 1 3 7 23 -16 1

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SEA Games 2019 (Men) - Day 6

Laguna (PHI)

9 Dec 2019     THA v SGP (SF1)     5 - 1 (2 - 0)
9 Dec 2019     MAS v MYA (SF2)     7 - 0 (3 - 0)

Final Pool standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 Malaysia 4 4 0 0 19 0 19 12
2 Thailand 4 2 1 1 10 4 6 7
3 Singapore 4 2 1 1 8 10 -2 7
4 Myanmar 4 1 0 3 6 14 -8 3
5 Philippines 4 0 0 4 2 17 -15 0

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2019 Indoor Test matches RSA v IRL (W) - 5th Test

Cape Town

10 Dec 2019     RSA v IRL     4 - 2

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SPAR South Africa make it 5 out of 5 against Ireland

Kara-Lee Botes in action for South Africa

The fifth test match of the Indoor Hockey International Series between SPAR South Africa and Ireland Indoor Hockey took place at the Belville Velodrome this morning. Being the only morning match of the series offered its own challenges for the two teams, but it promised to still be a good test match.

After a superb defensive block of the opening South African Penalty corner, Ireland created their first chance of the game, but Orla Patton ran out of space before setting up the finish. The opening five minutes produced few chances as both teams were tentatively working their way into the game. The Ireland press was noticeably working together as a unit more efficiently than in the previous games. A tactical first quarter ultimately ended with the score 0-0, a fairly uncommon occurrence in Indoor Hockey.

The second quarter began in much the same way with sustained periods of possession bur very few goal scoring opportunities, but with four minutes remaining in the quarter the SA ladies won a penalty corner. Although the initial attempt was charged down by Orla Patton, the retake was expertly finished by Kara Botes to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Botes and Johnson both had chances to make it 2-0 but were unable to find the back of the net as the Irish stood resolutely and the score remained that way at the half-time interlude.

The second half story seemed to be mimicking the first but at 5 minutes SA won a penalty corner and a slip to Jess Lardant looked destined for the net but for a timely intervention from Niamh Small. Kate McKenna then set up Sophie Barnwell on the break, but her touch was a bit too heavy and the chance was gone.  South Africa then created a chance for Kayla de Waal, but O’Brien denied her but gave away the PC. The resultant PC struck McKenna on the body, but with the ball going wide a PC call was given. South Africa made no mistake with this one as Botes fired in low and hard. 2-0 at the end of the third quarter.

In the final quarter Ireland looked to be creating their best break of the game but Kara Botes first broke the attack down before surging up the other end and converting her hat-trick with her first field goal of the series. Almost immediately from the start it was Ireland who created the next attack and Amy Benson finished pass Greyvenstein expertly for her first International Indoor Hockey goal. Jess O’Connor was next to deny an attack from Ireland with a wonderfully executed tackle before Robyn Johnson fired wide from a great Amy Greaves pass.

With three minutes remaining Ireland withdrew their keeper and SPAR South Africa immediately took advantage of it. Cindy Hack showed incredible hands to get through and teed it up for Robyn Johnson to finish into an empty net. The move did however pay dividends for Ireland when Amy Benson got her second of the game and of her International Indoor career.

The final score – SPAR South Africa 4-2 Ireland. The two teams take each other on again tonight at the Bellville Velodrome and that match will be streamed live on Digitv.co.za.

SPAR Test Series

Durban – Danville Park Girls High School
First Test - Wednesday 4 December – South Africa 2-1 Ireland
Second Test – Thursday 5 December – South Africa 2-1 Ireland

Cape Town – Bellville Velodrome
Third Test – Saturday 7 December – South Africa 5-0 Ireland
Fourth Test – Sunday 8 December – South Africa 6-1 Ireland
Fifth Test – Tuesday 10 December – South Africa 4-2 Ireland
Sixth Test – Tuesday 10 December – 19:00

SA Hockey Association media release

Lakers Hockey Club savour inaugural season in Premier League

By Washington Onyango

Lakers Hockey Club players celebrate after winning a past match in Kisumu. [Washington Onyango, Standard]

Lakers Hockey Club captain Linnah Baraza has told her teammates and supporters to enjoy their top-four finish in their debut season in the 2019 Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Women Premier League.

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3 Nations Invitational Tournament - Canberra (AUS) - Day 3

Under 21 Women.s Outdoor

5 Dec 2019     IND v AUS (RR)     1 - 1

Pool standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 India 2 1 1 0 3 1 2 4
2 New Zealand 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
3 Australia 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2 1

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USA Field Hockey Opens Recruitment Process for U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  USA Field Hockey has opened the recruitment process to fill the role of the U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach.


All interested applicants that met the required skills listed in the job description posted above are encouraged to apply.

USFHA media release

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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