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M'sian hockey legend Lawrence Van Huizen dies at 89



KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia lost hockey legend Lawrence Joseph Van Huizen (pic) after the former Olympian and ex-national coach died at the Seremban Hospital at 4.30am Saturday (Aug 17). He was 89.

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32 teams to do battle at Hockey Festival


CSOS' Chetwyn Henry (right) challenging YMCA's Neraj Mason for the ball. (Picture courtesy the Barbados Hockey Federation.)

THE Barbados Hockey Festival will see 32 teams competing this year.

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Pakistan clear to play int’l hockey again

Once Pakistan hockey starts settling down and producing results, it will jump at the considerable pace in FIH rankings, says Brig (R) Khokhar

Mohsin Ali



ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) President Brig (R) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar has confirmed that the federation has paid the first installment of the fine imposed on it by FIH and now national hockey team is clear to play international events, including Olympics qualifiers.

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FIH launches “Gift of Hockey” campaign


AHF CEO Tayyab Ikram, Her Royal Highness Princess Takamado and FIH CEO Thierry Weil at the opening ceremony

Tokyo, Japan: A little less than a year before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and on the occasion of the start of the Ready Steady Tokyo hockey test event in the brand-new Oi Hockey Stadium, FIH today launched “Gift of Hockey”, the official campaign of hockey’s world governing body ahead of the hockey Olympic tournaments.

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Indian hockey talent pool larger than ever, says former defender V.R. Raghunath


File Photo: Former Indian defender V. R. Raghunath is happy to see emerging young hockey players competing for a place in India's core group.   -  R. Ragu

Former India hockey player V. R. Raghunath says a strong domestic circuit has created a big pool of talented players, who are competing hard to make it to the national squad.

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Indian men, women begin Olympic Test Event


Mandeep Singh , Hockey India Twitter handle

After securing their place in the FIH Olympic qualifiers by winning their respective FIH Series Finals, both the men and women Indian hockey teams will start their Olympic Test Event campaigns in Tokyo at the Oi Hockey Stadium on Saturday.

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Hockey test event provides India coach Graham Reid with chance to instil faith and belief in team

Sundeep Misra


The Olympic Test event will give coach Graham Ried to instil faith and belief in a team which does not lack talent or finesse. Image courtesy: Twitter @rupinderbob3

It's that time in an Olympic circuit when the focus bounces back onto the national hockey team as they train and aim for yet another tilt at the Games. It's a year away. And India still need to clear the one last qualifying hurdle left. But assuming they do - chances are more than less - the men's team will have first-hand knowledge of the stadium and conditions when they play the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Conditions and turf do matter but, in a sport, where the surface is largely similar for pace and bounce, an intrinsic team quality needs to stand out rather than knowledge of synthetic carpets and weather patterns.

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Hockeyroos ready for Olympic precursor

Nic Kerber



The Hockeyroos will open their Tokyo Test Event campaign against China tomorrow (Saturday 17 August) at Oi Stadium, the official hockey venue for next year’s Olympic Games.

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Indian men take on Malaysia

The women’s team will play host Japan


Right mix: The experience of S.V. Sunil will help Ashish Topno, who is making his debut. 

The Indian men’s hockey team will open its campaign against nemesis Malaysia while their female counterparts will take on hosts Japan in the Olympic Test event here on Saturday.

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Gurjit Kaur's double helps Indian eves down Japan 2-1 in Olympic test event

With the teams having played each other frequently in the past couple of years, they understood each other’s tactics well and it made for a tightly-contested game.


The Indian Eves register a comfortable victory over Japan in the Olympic Test Event.   -  Twitter/Hockey India

The Indian women’s hockey team started its campaign in the Olympic test event with a resilient 2-1 victory over host Japan on Saturday.

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Ready Steady Tokyo Hockey (Women) - Day 1

Tokyo (JPN)

Results

7 Aug 2019 11:45     IND v JPN (RR)     2 - 1
17 Aug 2019 12:15     AUS v CHN (RR)     2 - 3

Fixtures (GMT +9)

18 Aug 2019 09:30     IND v AUS (RR)
18 Aug 2019 10:00     CHN v JPN (RR)

Pool Standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 China 1 1 0 0 3 2 1 3
2 India 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
3 Australia 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0
4 Japan 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1  

FIH Match Centre

Ready Steady Tokyo Hockey (Men) - Day 1

Tokyo (JPN)

Fixtures (GMT +9)

17 Aug 2019 18:30     IND v MAS (RR)     6 - 0
17 Aug 2019 19:00     NZL v JPN (RR)     4 - 3

Pool Standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 India 1 1 0 0 6 0 6 3
2 New Zealand 1 1 0 0 4 3 1 3
3 Japan 1 0 0 1 3 4 -1 0
4 Malaysia 1 0 0 1 0 6 -6 0

FIH Match Centre

Tokyo 2020 test event series to continue with hockey competition

By Matthew Smith


The hockey test event for Tokyo 2020 takes place this week ©Getty Images

The stadium, infrastructure and organisation for hockey at the 2020 Olympic Games will be put under the microscope this week as part of the Ready Steady Tokyo series of test events.

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Campbell Thomson announced as Scotland men’s back of shirt sponsor



The Scotland men’s hockey squad has received a boost as Scottish Hockey announces Campbell Thomson as the team’s new back of shirt sponsor. The independent financial advice firm has come on board in a three-year contract to support Scotland men in the coming years.

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How do the EuroHockey Championships relate to Olympic qualification?


Miraitowa, mascot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

The EuroHockey Championships in Belgium mark the start of the qualification process for the 2020 Olympic Games.

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World Cup pain is England catalyst, says Pearne-Webb

The Hockey Paper


England’s Hollie Peane-Webb scores against Holland in 2017. Photo: Simon Parker

England captain Hollie Pearne-Webb says last summer’s World Cup disappointment is the “fuel” needed for the European Hockey Championships – and to ensure Tokyo Olympic qualification is guaranteed.

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Belfius EuroHockey Championship (Women) 2019 - Day 1

Antwerp, Belgium

Fixtures (GMT +2)

17 Aug 2019 18:00     ESP v RUS (Pool A)     1 - 0
17 Aug 2019 20:30     NED v BEL (Pool A)     1 -1

Live streaming via http://www.eurohockeytv.org

Pool Standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 Spain 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
2 Belgium 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
2 Netherlands 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
4 Russia 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

FIH Match Centre

Belfius EuroHockey Championship (Men) 2019 - Day 2

Antwerp, Belgium

Result

16 Aug 2019     BEL v ESP (Pool A)     5 - 0

Fixtures (GMT +2)

17 Aug 2019 11:15     ENG v WAL (Pool A)     2 - 2
17 Aug 2019 13:30     GER v SCO (Pool B)     9 - 0
17 Aug 2019 15:45     NED v IRL (Pool B)       5 - 1

Live streaming via http://www.eurohockeytv.org

Pool Standings

Pool A

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 Belgium 1 1 0 0 5 0 5 3
2 England 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
2 Wales 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
4 Spain 1 0 0 1 0 5 -5 0

Pool B

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 Germany 1 1 0 0 9 0 9 3
2 Netherlands 1 1 0 0 5 1 4 3
3 Ireland 1 0 0 1 1 5 -4 0
4 Scotland 1 0 0 1 0 9 -9 0

FIH Match Centre

Kenyans fall to Zimbabwe in Olympic qualifiers

By Washington Onyango


Hockey coachJ Meshack Senge in the field at citypark. ON 18/08/14 [ PHOTO: JENIPHER WACHIE]

Kenyan hockey teams suffered defeats to Zimbabwe as the Africa Field Hockey 2020 Olympic qualifiers entered Day Three yesterday at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

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African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 (Women) - Day 6

Stellenbosch (RSA)

Fixtures (GMT +2)

17 Aug 2019 09:00     NAM v GHA (RR)     0 - 3
17 Aug 2019 15:00     RSA v KEN (RR)     3 - 0

Live streaming on https://www.facebook.com/ShoOTTSA

Pool Standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 South Africa 3 3 0 0 10 0 10 9
2 Ghana 3 2 1 0 7 2 5 7
3 Kenya 4 1 1 2 2 6 -4 4
4 Zimbabwe 3 1 0 2 3 5 -2 3
5 Namibia 3 0 0 3 0 9 -9 0

FIH Match Centre

African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 (Men) - Day 6

Stellenbosch (RSA)

Fixtures (GMT +2)

17 Aug 2019 11:00     ZIM v NAM (RR)       2 - 2
17 Aug 2019 13:00     GHA v EGY (RR)     1 - 3
17 Aug 2019 17:00     RSA v KEN (RR)     4 - 0

Live streaming on https://www.facebook.com/ShoOTTSA

Pool Standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 South Africa 4 4 0 0 25 2 23 12
2 Egypt 4 4 0 0 22 4 18 12
3 Ghana 4 2 0 2 8 15 -7 6
4 Zimbabwe 4 1 1 2 5 19 -14 4
5 Namibia 4 0 1 3 5 14 -9 1
6 Kenya 4 0 0 4 6 17 -11 0

FIH Match Centre

Time To Cut Your Cloth

Ashley Morrison

The African Hockey Championships are under way in Cape Town. On the line is a place at the Tokyo Olympics for what should have been the eight men’s and seven women’s teams.

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Pakistan's Dar Hockey Academy began their European tour with a 7-2 win over Holland's MOP HC at Vught.

By Ijaz Chaudhry

Vught, Holland: - Dar Hockey Academy celebrated Pakistan's independence day on Wednesday at the MOP club, their hosts on all the six tours of Holland.

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Swapping sticks for shovels in the Philippines



International hockey players swapped hockey sticks for rakes and shovels to help in a massive clean up of the coastline in their country.

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Grand Masters to play on Tokyo Olympic pitches at 2020 Masters World Cup


Scotland's Over 60 Grand Masters

World Masters Hockey, the new, single governing body for Masters Hockey from O35 upwards, has confirmed that the 2020 World Cup for O60, O65, O70, O75 and Trophy Tournament for men will be held in Tokyo at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games hockey stadium.

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Yahya finds field solution to women’s indoor hockey team

By TAN MING WAI



KUALA LUMPUR: National women’s indoor hockey coach Yahya Atan (pic) has called for reinforcements ahead of the Philippines SEA Games from Nov 30-Dec 11.

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Dharmaraj's 'high five' in Europe

By Jugjet Singh

FIVE out of the 12 Malaysian women’s hockey players heading to European clubs, will be new faces as coach K. Dharmaraj’s charges spread their wings.

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Midfielder Nabil’s back - but he will now man the backline

By AFTAR SINGH



KUALA LUMPUR: Seasoned campaigner Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor (pic) is relieved to be back in the national hockey team after a lapse of eight months.

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For Graham Reid, adjusting to culture is ensuring that no player fears him: Manpreet Singh

By Rutvick Mehta


Manpreet Singh India captain Manpreet Singh says that from now on, whether they play against an easier team like Japan or heavyweights in Australia, their mindset will be the same

One of the aspects often overlooked in Hockey India's much-cherished hire-and-fire policy with coaches is how every time players have to adjust to the new boss that comes in.

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India hockey team feels the heat in Tokyo

With a severe heatwave across Japan, the weather remained topmost in the mind of the men’s team chief coach Graham Reid.

B Shrikant


File photo of India hockey coach Graham Reid.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
 
A severe heatwave across Japan has already seen deaths and forced Tokyo Olympic organisers to cut events short. So, as the Indian hockey teams gear up for a first-hand feel of the conditions Japan’s capital has to offer one year ahead of the 2020 Games, the weather remained topmost in the mind of the men’s team chief coach Graham Reid.

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Vantage Black Sticks Men prepare for busy finish to 2019



The Vantage Black Sticks Men will return to action against the world number 16 ranked Japan Men. The series in Tokyo will be played at the Olympic Stadium on the new Polytan GT playing surface which has been prepared more than a year out from the opening of the Olympic Games.

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Could you take on the Paddling Pool Challenge?

BBC Sport Wales invites the Welsh men's hockey team to take on the Paddling Pool Challenge ahead of the 2019 EuroHockey Championships.

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Apprentice Dancer looks to get one over former master as Green Army face down England


Irish coach Sean Dancer during a team talk against Italy. Pic: Billy Pollock

New Irish coach Sean Dancer says there will be a “couple of tricks up our sleeve” when the Green Army take on England and his long-time mentor on Sunday in his first world ranking game in charge.

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England captain Hollie Pearne-Webb feeling pressure

By David McDaid


Hollie Pearne-Webb of England. England women won just three of 16 matches in the recent FIH Pro League

Olympic gold medallist Hollie Pearne-Webb admits the pressure is on her England team to secure Great Britain's place at next year's Tokyo Games.

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Blood, sweat and tears: Jackson eye still on the prize after 250 caps as sixth Euro campaigns beckon


John Jackson receiving his 250th cap from his father Peter earlier this summer. Pic: Andrew McKibbin

“I’ve just got to be grateful Bruce has a such a soft forehead!”

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Ice cool Ashley Jackson has ‘nothing to prove’ in bid for Olympic hockey glory

By Rod Gilmour


Ashley Jackson looks for the next pass PIC: WORLDSPORTPICS

For a sport which oozes gender parity compared to others, there is an undoubted media profile mismatch when it comes to the Great Britain men’s side. The behemoth created by the GB women’s gold, and then last summer’s women’s World Cup, continues to leave the men firmly in the media shadows.

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Belgium men ‘can win Grand Slam’ by 2024



Hockey Belgium president Marc Coudron says there is “no pressure” in his prediction that the nation can win a clean sweep of men’s major titles by 2024 – with the women’s side following suit.

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Belfius EuroHockey Championship (Men) 2019 - Day 1

Antwerp, Belgium

Fixtures (GMT +2)

16 Aug 2019 20:30     BEL v ESP (Pool A)

Live streaming via http://www.eurohockeytv.org

FIH Match Centre

Zim hockey teams receive a glimmer of hope

Sikhumbuzo Moyo


Tendayi Maredza

ZIMBABWE hockey teams’ road to Tokyo qualifiers received a glimmer of hope yesterday when both the men and ladies’ teams registered morale-boosting victories against Kenya in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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Egypt and South Africa pull ahead on day 3 in Stellenbosch


Nikki Veto (R) and Izelle Verster Picture - Eunice Visagie

After three days of action South Africa and Egypt have surged ahead of the pack in the Men’s tournament at the African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 event, while SuperGroup South Africa are the only team with a 100%-win record after three days of action.

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African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 (Women) - Day 5

Stellenbosch (RSA)

Results

15 Aug 2019     KEN v ZIM (RR)     0 - 2
15 Aug 2019     NAM v RSA (RR)     0 - 5

16 August is a rest day

Pool Standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 South Africa 2 2 0 0 7 0 7 6
2 Ghana 2 1 1 0 4 2 2 4
3 Kenya 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1 4
4 Zimbabwe 3 1 0 2 3 5 -2 3
5 Namibia 2 0 0 2 0 6 -6 0

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African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 (Men) - Day 5

Stellenbosch (RSA)

Results

15 Aug 2019     KEN v ZIM (RR)     2 - 3
15 Aug 2019     NAM v EGY (RR)     1 - 6
15 Aug 2019     GHA v RSA (RR)     1 - 9

16 August is a rest day

Pool Standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 South Africa 3 3 0 0 21 2 19 9
2 Egypt 3 3 0 0 19 3 16 9
3 Ghana 3 2 0 1 7 12 -5 6
4 Zimbabwe 3 1 0 2 3 17 -14 3
5 Kenya 3 0 0 3 6 13 -7 0
6 Namibia 3 0 0 3 3 12 -9 0

FIH Match Centre

Running late Monday 29 July

Events have conspired to make today's update run late. It should be up in 45 minutes

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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