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Elisabeth Shellenberger, international field hockey player, coach and umpire, dies at 98

by Bonnie L. Cook


Courtesy of the Shellenberger Family

Elisabeth Shellenberger, 98, of Philadelphia, a standout player, coach, and official whose ongoing dedication to field hockey helped establish it as a national and international sport, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, of respiratory failure at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown.

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Angela Durnin named as Non-Executive Director



England Hockey is delighted to announce that the Board has co-opted Angela Durnin as a Non-Executive Director to fill the role vacated by Mike Stoddard on his election as President.

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Legendary Openda quits coaching role at Blazers

By AGNES MAKHANDIA


Telkom Kenya women's hockey team coach Jos Openda gives instructions to players during a training session on April 17, 2019 at City Park Stadium. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Jos Openda is hoping he will not go back on his word as he steps aside from a permanent coaching role at Kenya Hockey Union women’s Premier League side Blazers this season.

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50 years of Kelburne Hockey Club

HARRY COLES



There’s a big 50th birthday party coming up for Kelburne as they celebrate with a dinner and ceilidh, sponsored by Bromac Ltd, on Saturday 1 February at the Glynhill Hotel.

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Semi-final places up for grabs in Scottish men’s Indoor National League 1

The quest for a place in the semi-finals of this year`s men’s National League 1 indoor championship is a fascinating scenario in Pool A with only three points separating all four sides, while Pool B is on more traditional lines with Grove Menzieshill (9 points) and Dundee Wanderers (6 points) in good positions to advance.

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Hockey coaches' turn to be grilled

By Jugjet Singh


Roelant Oltmans oversees the Malaysian players’ training at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

THE Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) yesterday “interviewed” their men’s and women’s coaches to find out what went right and what went wrong in their Olympic qualifying quests.

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Coach Arul has to mug to keep UniKL top

By T. AVINESHWARAN

PETALING JAYA: Just like Tenaga Nasional, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) are on an inspired run in the Malaysia Hockey League, with both teams having won all their five matches and separated only by goal difference.

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Experience no issue for Irish women’s indoor side for Euro return



Experience is no prerequisite this weekend in Bratislava as Ireland’s women return to European action for the first time since their sixth place finish in the top tier back in 1990.

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Hockey Wales Senior Women Announce EuroHockey Indoor Squad.

This weekend sees the Welsh Women’s indoor squad travel to Croatia to compete in the EuroHockey Indoor Championship II.

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P.R. Sreejesh: Sometimes, I hurl abuses to remove frustration

P.R. Sreejesh has found a strange way to switch from negative mode and get back the positive feel after conceding a goal.

Stan Rayan


P. R. Sreejesh believes his game and style of thinking have changed with time.   -  Special Arrangement

P.R. Sreejesh has found a strange way to switch from negative mode and get back the positive feel after conceding a goal. And it’s not something you'd like to hear.

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Dynamic Striker, Olympian Sharkey Hangs Up Stick from USWNT


Photo : George Brink

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Whenever the U.S. Women’s National Team was in the heat of battle over the last decade, an iconic number 24 of the red, white and blue could be frequently seen leading the charge on offense. After nine years and 176 international appearances, USWNT captain and Rio 2016 Olympian Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.) has formally announced her retirement from the team.

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FIH Hockey Pro League: USA-Netherlands to be played in one match



As a mark of respect for, and to pay tribute to, US National Teams Manager Larry Amar, who passed away this week whilst with the US Women’s Team, and also to provide support to the US team at this particularly painful time, the International Hockey Federation (FIH), USA Field Hockey and the Dutch Hockey Association (KNHB) have jointly decided to cancel the first match of the upcoming FIH Hockey Pro League double-header between USA and the Netherlands initially scheduled on Friday 24 January, at Karen Shelton Stadium, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Great Britain’s Men & Women Aiding Australia Bushfire Recovery



GB Hockey’s men and women are looking to help Australia recover from the devastating bushfires that have devastated parts of the country.

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Kenny’s natural knack of the drag flick

By Adam Clifford.



Walk through any hockey centre in Australia and you’ll undoubtedly spot several players practicing their drag flicking skills, hoping to be the Hockeyroos or Kookaburras’ next penalty corner attacking weapon.

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Consistency key for Hockeyroos on eve of Pro League opener



The Hockeyroos’ 2020 campaign begins tomorrow when they take on Belgium in the first of back-to-back FIH Pro League matches at the Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre.

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Eddie ready for big year ahead



Australia’s Eddie Ockenden is an attacking midfielder with three Olympic Games under his belt. With more than 350 caps to his name, he is also one of the Kookaburra’s longest serving players. But, as he enters his 12th season as an international, his enthusiasm burns as brightly as ever as he reflects on a good year in 2019 and an exciting 12 months ahead.

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Hayward set to reach 150

By Adam Clifford


With his athleticism and power, it’s not difficult to imagine Jeremy Hayward bounding off the half back line starring in the AFL.

“I often wonder if I would be able to make it into the AFL and play football for a living.”

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Swann preparing to lace up for game 200



Matthew Swann will become just the twentieth Australian men’s player to reach the 200 game milestone when he runs out for the Kookaburras against world number two Belgium on Sunday.

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Australia and Belgium set for hockey showdown and top bragging rights

By Richard Bright



Belgium, the men’s world and European champions, open their FIH Pro League account this weekend gunning for revenge against Australia – and the world No. 1 spot.

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Kookaburras keen for early Belgium blockbuster



The Kookaburras are itching to launch into their highly anticipated FIH Pro League opener against the team they defeated in last year’s grand final of the new global competition.

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Australia ready for tricky encounter with Red Lions



The first season of the FIH Hockey Pro League was a successful one for the Kookaburras. They won the inaugural competition, beating Belgium 3-2 in an exciting Grand Final, after storming to the top of the league with 10 wins during the season.

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2020 FIH Pro League (Women) - This weekend

24 Jan 2020     USA v NED (RR) Cancelled in memory of Larry Amar, USWNT Assistant coach who died this week
25 Jan 2020 16:00 (GMT +11)     AUS v BEL (RR) Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney
26 Jan 2020 14:00 (GMT -5)     USA v NED (RR) Karen Shelton Stadium Chapel Hill, North Carolina    
26 Jan 2020 15:00 (GMT +11)     AUS v BEL (RR) Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney

Live streaming and full game replay on https://fih.live (May be Geo blocked if there is TV coverage)

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2020 FIH Pro League (Men) - This weekend

24 Jan 2020 11:00 (GMT +1)    ESP v GER (RR)  Estadio Betero, Valencia
25 Jan 2020 13:00 (GMT +1)    ESP v GER (RR)  Estadio Betero, Valencia
25 Jan 2020 18:30 (GMT +11)    AUS v BEL (RR) Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney
26 Jan 2020 17:30 (GMT +11)    AUS v BEL (RR)  Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney

Live streaming and full game replay on https://fih.live (May be Geo blocked if there is TV coverage)

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Four sides promoted in Jaffa Super 6s Division 2 final weekend



The league stages of the England Hockey Men’s and Women’s Division Two Jaffa Super 6s concluded at the weekend with teams fighting over two places to gain promotion to Division One for 2020-21 season.

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Kumar saves Tenaga

By T. AVINESHWARAN and JOEL ROBERT


Under siege: Tenaga’s Norsyafiq Sumantri (centre) is surrounded by Terengganu players at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. — By S.S. KANESAN/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: With the focus being placed more on the strikers and drag flickers, not many realise the efforts made by the man manning the goalposts.

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TNB turn on the power to zap THT

By K.M. Boopathy


Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) maintained their fiery start to the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) with an assured 4-2 win over Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday. -NSTP/ZULFADHLI ZULKIFLI

TENAGA Nasional Berhad (TNB) maintained their fiery start to the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) with an assured 4-2 win over Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

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Rani Rampal: Playing higher-ranked teams important for Olympics preparation

Indian women's hockey team captain Rani Rampal stressed on the importance of facing higher-ranked team ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


Rani Rampal will lead Indian women's hockey team in the tour of New Zealand where it will face the host and Great Britian in a tri-nation tournament.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Impressive performance against higher-ranked New Zealand and Great Britain in upcoming matches will be good preparation in an Olympic year, Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani said on Wednesday.

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2020 FIH Pro League (Women) - This weekend

24 Jan 2020 14:00 (GMT -5)     USA v NED (RR) Karen Shelton Stadium Chapel Hill, North Carolina
25 Jan 2020 16:00 (GMT +11)     AUS v BEL (RR) Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney
26 Jan 2020 14:00 (GMT -5)     USA v NED (RR) Karen Shelton Stadium Chapel Hill, North Carolina    
26 Jan 2020 15:00 (GMT +11)     AUS v BEL (RR) Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney

Live streaming and full game replay on https://fih.live (May be Geo blocked if there is TV coverage)

FIH Match Centre

2020 FIH Pro League (Men) - This weekend

24 Jan 2020 11:00 (GMT +1)    ESP v GER (RR)  Estadio Betero, Valencia
25 Jan 2020 13:00 (GMT +1)    ESP v GER (RR)  Estadio Betero, Valencia
25 Jan 2020 18:30 (GMT +11)    AUS v BEL (RR) Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney
26 Jan 2020 17:30 (GMT +11)    AUS v BEL (RR)  Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney

Live streaming and full game replay on https://fih.live (May be Geo blocked if there is TV coverage)

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2020 Test match FRA vs WAL (W)

Antibes (FRA), Senior Womens Outdoor

22 Jan 2020     FRA v WAL     2 - 2 (1 - 2 SO)

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2020 Test matches CHI v CAN (M)

Senior Mens Outdoor

22 Jan 2020 20:00     CHI v CAN     2 - 3

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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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Sites

   

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

The Hockey Paper

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- Go - The Times of India
- Go - The Telegraph
- Go - Stick2Hockey.com
- Go - The Trinidad Guardian
- Go - The Nation
- Go - Field Hockey Canada media release
- Go - USFHA media release
- Go - NCAA
- Go - Stuff
- Go - The New Zealand Herald
- Go - Hockey New Zealand Media release
- Go - Hockey Asia
- Go - Indian Express
- Go - Daily News & Analysis
- Go - The Telegraph, India
- Go - The Tribune
- Go - Hindustan Times
- Go - The Asian Age
- Go - The Hindu
- Go - Firstpost
- Go - Hockey Australia media release
Sultana Bran Hockey One League Media release
- Go - FIH site
Official FIH Pro League Site
- Go - FIH Match Centre
Inside the Games
- Go - GhanaWeb
- Go - The New Vision
- Go - Daily Nation
- Go - The Standard Digital
-- Go - SA Hockey Association media release
- Go - Independent Online
- Go - The Express Tribune
- Go - Dawn
- Go - The News International
- Go - The Daily Times
- Go - The Nation
- Go - Malay Mail
- Go - New Straits Times
- Go - The Star of Malaysia
- Go - Malaysian Hockey blogspot
- Go - Jugjet's World of Field Hockey
- Go - The Hook
- Go - Irish Hockey Association media release
- Go - The Irish Times
- Go - BBC Sport
- Go - Sportstar
- Go - Gulf Times
Go - Daily Express
Go - The Hockey Paper
- England Hockey Board Media release
- Great Britain Hockey media release
- Scottish Hockey Union media release
- Hockey Wales media release
- Hockey Association Malta media release
- Euro Hockey League media release
- Fédération Française de Hockey media release
- Pan American Hockey Federation media release
- Go - The Diamondback
- Go - The Daily Tar Heel

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