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Penn State Field Hockey Downs Northwestern in Shootout

Nittany Lions victorious in first of two games to be played this weekend in Virginia Beach



UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.  – The Penn State Nittany Lion field hockey team (1-1, 1-1 B1G) took down Northwestern (2-1, 2-1 B1G) this afternoon in a Big Ten contest. Head coach Char Morett-Curtiss' squad battled over 80:00 and through a shootout to beat the Wildcats 2-1 in a game played in Virginia Beach, Va.

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Maryland field hockey edges Ohio State, 2-0

Shane Connuck


Goalkeeper Noelle Frost mans her net during Maryland field hockey's 5-1 win over Michigan State on Oct. 25, 2019. Gabby Baniqued/The Diamondback)

Ohio State fired off countless shots against Maryland field hockey throughout Friday afternoon’s match. The Buckeyes constantly found the ball on their side, pressuring Terps’ goalkeeper Noelle Frost.

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Back pocket support for Ayanna



As we celebrate International Women's Day with a series of interviews from a cross the international community, this is an inspirational and heart-warming interview from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago.

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EHL confirm ABN AMRO FINAL4 schedule



The Euro Hockey League (EHL) and the European Hockey Federation (EHF) have confirmed the match schedule for the ABN AMRO EHL FINAL4 which will take place from April 3-5, 2021 at the Wagener Stadium in the Netherlands.

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Men’s National Program pursues success now and into the future

Identification and Carding Camp serves dual purpose



The countdown to Tokyo 2020 is on and with carding camp finished, the coaching staff, led by Pasha Gademan, will shift their focus to performance at the Olympic Games.

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SA Men’s hockey team start crowdfund with Matchkit to achieve Tokyo 2021 dream


Rising South African goalkeeper Siya Ntshulunga. Photo: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Men’s hockey team is pulling out all the stops to make their Tokyo 2021 Olympic dream a reality during a difficult financial climate for the federation. The team has been boosted by a partnership with award-winning platform, Matchkit.co, to further commercialise and grow their brand as they step up their preparation for the showpiece expected to be held in July this year.

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The Netherlands and Germany set for FIH Hockey Pro League clashes

By Michael Houston


Germany and The Netherlands are set to face off in four matches over the next two days ©Getty Images

The Netherlands and Germany are set for two double-headers in the men's and women's International Hockey Federation (FIH) Hockey Pro League over the next two days.

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2020 FIH Pro League (Women) - 6 March

Times GMT +1

6 Mar 2021    NED v GER (RR).  2 - 1
7 Mar 2021 14:00     NED v GER (RR)

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Pool Standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsSO WinSO LossLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 Netherlands 9 7 1 0 1 29 7 22 26
2 Argentina 8 5 1 0 2 23 12 11 17
3 New Zealand 8 4 0 2 2 19 14 5 14
4 Great Britain 8 2 2 1 2 10 10 0 11
5 Australia 6 1 1 1 2 6 9 -3 9
6 Belgium 9 1 1 2 5 10 21 -11 7
7 Germany 3 2 0 0 1 6 3 3 6
8 China 2 0 0 0 2 2 7 -5 0
9 United States 5 0 0 0 5 5 27 -22 0

USA v NED (26.01.2020) worth double points because of the match cancelled on 24.01.2020
AUS v GBR (01.02.2020) worth double points because of the match cancelled on 02.02.2020

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2020 FIH Pro League (Men) - 6 March

Times GMT+1

6 Mar 2021    NED v GER (RR). 2 - 4
7 Mar 2021 16:30     NED v GER (RR)

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Pool Standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsSO WinSO LossLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 Belgium 13 9 2 1 1 40 22 18 32
2 Netherlands 10 4 2 2 2 27 26 1 18
3 Australia 8 3 1 3 1 27 20 7 14
4 India 6 2 2 0 2 17 15 2 10
5 Germany 5 2 2 0 1 13 12 1 10
6 Argentina 8 2 1 2 3 22 24 -2 10
7 New Zealand 8 2 1 0 5 15 25 -10 8
8 Spain 10 2 0 1 7 21 32 -11 7
9 Great Britain 8 1 0 2 5 13 19 -6 5

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Hockey duo honoured to be ‘Share a Yarn’ ambassadors



Hockeyroo Mariah Williams and Australian Junior representative Renee Rockliff have been named ambassadors of the 2021 Australian Institute of Sport Share a Yarn program.

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Riley Donnelly is fulfilling her potential as a star for Maryland field hockey

Shane Connuck


Defender Riley Donnelly challenges for a ball during Maryland field hockey's 3-0 win over Iowa on Oct. 11, 2019. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

Maryland field hockey netted two goals en route to a shutout win in its season opener last week against Michigan State. Both of those goals were set up by strong passes from defender Riley Donnelly, leaving her with two points on the season.

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Weekend College Games: March 4 - 10


Photo Credit: Coker Athletics Media Relations, Lexie Nugent, Will Stumme, Bill Wood

More and more college teams are starting to get back to competition! This coming weekend and week's 42-game schedule (schedule subject to change) will be the most games played so far in 2020v2!

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States gear up for Hockey India Nationals to come up in Haryana

By K. ARUMUGAM



Age group State teams are gearing up for the forthcoming Hockey India National Championships, many of which could not be held last year due pandemic conditions. Sub-Jr Nationals, starting this week and next week are the first major domestic activity in India after the calamitous COVID-19.

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Good news for one of THT's Covid-positive trio

By Jugjet Singh


Shello Silverius (right), who tested positive for Covid-19, is now cleared to play. - NSTP/File pic

One player cleared to play, and two more to go. That's the encouraging news for the Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) on their three Covid-19 positive players yesterday.

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Hockey for life for this Master of the game



As a record 92 teams prepare for next week’s Vantage National Masters in Tauranga, North Harbour’s Brent Miller tells us why he’s still playing 64 years after he first picked up a stick and why he jokingly admits he’s still ultra-competitive.

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Postponement of Vantage Nationals Masters Tournament



Following the Government’s announcement this evening to move Auckland to Alert Level 3 and the rest of the country to Alert Level 2 for seven days from 6am tomorrow, Hockey New Zealand has made the tough decision to postpone the Vantage National Masters Tournament due to start tomorrow.

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British hockey trio sign for Dutch club HGC


Ollie Willars, Alan Forsyth and Zach Wallace will play in Holland for 2021/22 season PIC: HGC

English domestic hockey will lose one of its most potent forwards in recent years after Surbiton ace Alan Forsyth was announced as an HGC player next season.

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HGC land goal-machine as van Doren returns to Dragons



The transfer carousel has kicked off in earnest with HGC signing three Great Britain internationals while Loïc van Doren will return to KHC Dragons next season.

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Neha’s heartfelt thank you message


Photo credit: Hockey India

As people across the world prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March, we heard from members of the international hockey community from across all five hockey-playing continents. Via videoed messages to athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans, the five people – all prominent within the world of hockey – spoke with heartfelt honesty about the strong women who have proven influential and supportive to them throughout their hockey journeys.

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Hockey fans face Tokyo Olympics shut-out


The Oi Olympic Hockey Stadium is in the waterfront area of Tokyo Bay

Overseas hockey supporters face being barred from attending the Tokyo Olympics.

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Time To Let Go?

Ashley Morrison

Most of us have at some point in our lives been in a situation where we have had to let go. It may have been a sick pet, a bad job, or a partner. It can at times be heart-wrenching, but in most of those situations you know that you are doing the right thing, and that you will survive.

Fuchs ready for Dutch challenge



“It will be a tricky encounter,” says Germany’s long-serving striker Florian Fuchs as he prepares for a return to FIH Hockey Pro League action on 6 and 7 March – against the Netherlands and in the home of Dutch hockey, the iconic Wagener Stadium.

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Netherlands seek advantage over European rivals



When the Netherlands face Germany in the FIH Hockey Pro League on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March, they will be looking to continue their push for top place in the FIH Pro League table. The Dutch currently sit in second place in the league, behind Belgium, with four wins, four draws and just one loss. The Oranje, who are ranked at number two in the world, will also be looking for a confidence boost against a side that they will meet in pool A at the rescheduled Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as well as at the EuroHockey Championships.

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Indian women's hockey team ends Germany tour with 1-2 defeat

It was India's fourth defeat in as many matches as the team stayed winless in the tour.


The Indian side fought hard in the fourth quarter but couldn't avoid defeat.   -  Twitter @HockeyIndia

The Indian women's hockey team ended its tour of Germany with yet another defeat, going down 1-2 in the fourth and final match here on Thursday.

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Indian women put up a valiant fight but go down 2-1 to Germany

Indian eves have lost all four matches on their German trip

By Samrat Chakraborty



The Indian Women's hockey team suffered a 2-1 defeat against Germany in the fourth match of their Germany tour in Dusseldorf on Wednesday.

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Germany build for Pro League ties with fourth win over India



Germany’s women made it four wins in succession in their test series against world number nine India this week with Naomi Heyn and Charlotte Stapenhorst on the mark in Thursday’s 2-1 success.

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Red Lions win difficult victory against Great Britain



Belgium’s Red Lions faced Great Britain again today for their second test game of the week. After an outstanding performance, winning (5-1) on Tuesday under a pleasant sun, the question was whether they would perform equally well in the rain and the grey Belgian weather.

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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Afrihost

Hi 
 
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.
 
Regards
 
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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USA v NED (26.01.2020) worth double points because of the match cancelled on 24.01.2020
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