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News for 27 October 2022

All the news for Thursday 27 October 2022

2022 Sultan of Johor Cup - 27 October
Johor, Malaysia

All times GMT +8

26 Oct 2022 16:05     IND v AUS (RR)     5 - 5
26 Oct 2022 18:05     MAS v GBR (RR)   2 - 4
26 Oct 2022 20:35     RSA v JPN (RR)     0 - 1

27 Oct 2022 is a rest day

28 Oct 2022 16:05     GBR v IND (RR)
28 Oct 2022 18:05     MAS v JPN (RR)
28 Oct 2022 20:35     AUS v RSA (RR)

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Pool standings

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India ready for stormy time

By Jugjet Singh

India’s Sudeep Chirmako in action against Japan during the Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru on October 25, 2022. -NSTP/NUR AISYAH MAZALAN

JOHOR BARU: India came prepared to upgrade their Sultan of Johor Cup silver to gold, and left nothing to chance, even the monsoon rains at the Taman Daya Stadium.

India play out 5-5 draw with Oz

India's Angad Bir Singh and Australia's Trent Symss in action. hi

The Indian junior men’s hockey team scored a last-minute goal to play out a thrilling 5-5 draw against Australia and occupy the second spot in the standings of the Sultan of Johor Cup here today.

Malaysia beaten by Britain in SoJC

By Jugjet Singh

Malaysia’s losing streak in hockey’s Sultan of Johor Cup (SoJC) continued with a 4-2 loss to Britain at the Taman Daya Stadium today. -NSTP/NUR AISYAH MAZALAN

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's losing streak in hockey's Sultan of Johor Cup (SoJC) continued with a 4-2 loss to Britain at the Taman Daya Stadium today.

Great Britain Sit Third In Pool After Win Over Malaysia

Great Britain's young men's are taking part in the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia, and are looking to defend the trophy they won the last time the event took place in 2019.

Japan edge South Africa to leave tournament wide open

South Africa knew ahead of the start against a tough Japan side that a victory would move them into second and give the country an amazing opportunity to sneak into the final at our first ever Sultan of Johor Cup. The tournament is a great preparation event for the Junior African Championship in Egypt in March where teams will look to qualify for the FIH Hockey Junior World Cup 2023 in Malaysia.

O-60 Men Conclude Pool Play at 2022 WMH World Cup in Tokyo

TOKYO, Japan - The U.S. O-60 Men's Masters Team concludes pool play at the 2022 World Masters Hockey (WMH) World Cup in Tokyo, Japan, while the O-65 Men have one more pool game.

WMH Masters Hockey World Cup - Tokyo

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FIH Pro League: Indian Men Must Settle for Nothing But A Convincing Win Over New Zealand!

The Harmanpreet Singh-captained Indian men’s hockey team must settle for ‘nothing but a convincing win’ over New Zealand in their 2022-23 FIH Pro League opener at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. Handed the captain armband from regular skipper Manpreet Singh for the first four games of the 2022-23 edition, the Punjab lad would be keen to set a new performance benchmark not just as a player but as a leader of the group.

Goal is to qualify for Pro League: Indian women's hockey coach Schopman

The Indian hockey team is looking at the upcoming FIH Women's Nations Cup to qualify for the next season of Pro League.

Indian women's hockey team coach Janneke Schopman (Source: Hockey India) B

The Indian hockey team is looking at the upcoming FIH Women's Nations Cup to qualify for the next season of Pro League, which according to chief coach Janneke Schopman will provide her side quality preparation for next year's Asian Games and 2024 Paris Olympics.

Campaign to create buzz ahead of Hockey WC

A quiz titled ‘Sundagarh Hockey Quiz’ has also started.

ROURKELA: For the uninitiated, tribal-dominated Sundargarh district, known as cradle of hockey has not only produced nearly 75 junior and senior international players, the Rourkela-based Panposh Sports Hostel (PSH) alone accounts for 67 including 10 of seven hockey Olympians from Sundargarh. Few know that Peter Tirkey was the first from Sundargarh to participate in the junior World Cup.

Preview – NSW Pride v Brisbane Blaze

Things are starting to heat up as teams try to cement their place or stay in contention for an all important top four finals spot as the Sultana Bran Hockey One League enters Round 5.

‘Sticks to bring the thunder in final home clash

The Perth Thundersticks teams set to compete in the franchise’s final home match of the Sultana Bran Hockey One season have been announced, with WA’s elite hockey sides ready to tackle the Tassie Tigers head on this Saturday at Perth Hockey Stadium at Curtin University.

Emerging stars driving Thundersticks success

The young stars of the Perth Thundersticks have made a massive impact on the pitch to begin the 2022 Sultana Bran Hockey One League campaign.

New National Championship Framework to be introduced

An update to the age categories of two national events to create a clearer pathway headlines a new National Championship Framework to be adopted by Hockey Australia (HA) from 2024 onwards.

SCHC make big statement in Hoofdklasse

SCHC will look to carry through their incredible form into their tie against HDM on Saturday (15.30 CET)  following their marquee win over AH&BC Amsterdam last Sunday.

Belper Women Regroup in the Vitality Conference Midlands Following a Tough Year

Rod Gilmour of The Hockey Paper speaks to Belper women as they regroup in the Vitality Conference Midlands following a tough year

How Guildford’s state school programme is shining example to other hockey clubs

Matthew Johns speaks to former international Dan Fox on an outreach programme making serious headway

Guildford Hockey Club is aiming for every school child in the borough to try the sport

Dan Fox is on a mission. By hook or by crook, the GB Olympian and now director of hockey at Guildford HC wants every school kid to try hockey in the club’s borough. “A connection with local people is really important to sustain what we’re doing,” he says.

No. 2 Maryland field hockey shuts out No. 5 Virginia, 2-0

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Maura Verleg prepares to shoot during No. 7 Maryland field hockey's 2-1 loss to No. 1 Iowa on Oct. 3, 2021. (Joe Ryan/The Diamondback)

Missy Meharg said her defense was outplayed after No. 2 Maryland field hockey’s loss to Penn State Friday, its second defeat of the season.

Field Hockey Drops Home Finale Against Nationally Ranked Duke

Lancers wrap up home play; prepare for Saturday's season finale

FARMVILLE, Va.- The Longwood Lancers fell to the Duke Blue Devils in their home finale on Wednesday.

No. 14 ODU Field Hockey Hosts Liberty In Final Regular Season Match

NORFOLK, VA – The No. 14 Old Dominion Field Hockey team will finish it's regular season schedule when they host No. 16 Liberty on Friday at 1 p.m.

No. 21 Field Hockey Hosts Two Ranked Opponents this Weekend

RU Welcomes No. 3 Penn State (Friday, 3 pm, BTN) and No. 19 James Madison (Sunday, 1 pm, Senior Day)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - No. 21 Rutgers field hockey is back home this weekend to finish the regular season with a pair of top 25 matchups. The Scarlet Knights will host No. 3 Penn State on Friday at 3 p.m. a BTN broadcast that will mark the third straight national TV game for the squad. Sunday, RU welcomes No. 19 James Madison on Sunday at 1 p.m., prior to which the program will celebrate Senior Day. On Friday, RU will also honor their favorite professors by recognizing them in the pregame walkout.

Field hockey ends season with Kent State and Saint Francis on the road

By: Jack Kizer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —  Bellarmine field hockey approaches its final two matches of the season this weekend with a road trip to Kent State and Saint Francis.

FIH launches its first “Hockey Manager” game with GTG

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is delighted to announce the launch of “FIH Hockey Manager”, a game developed by its partner Gold Town Games (GTG) that is available for downloading on Google Play and the Apple App Store, for free!

International Hockey Federation ventures into mobile gaming

By Ali Iveson

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is venturing into mobile gaming and has launched the title FIH Hockey Manager along with Gold Town Games (GTG).

Manzoorul Hassan Stadium- Pakistan army`s gift to Nation

By Ijaz Chaudhry

Manzoor ul Hassan (at the stadium), It is a Dream Come True

Sports form an essential part of soldiers’ routine the world over, not only for physical fitness but also to inculcate competitive spirit among them.  

Pakistan army`s officers and men have excelled in many sports and brought laurels to the country.

Talking of hockey - country`s national game- the contribution of the armed forces in this part of the world dates back to the pre partition days. Colonel A.I.S. Dara was a member of the gold medal winning British India team of the 1936 Olympic. He later captained Pakistan at country`s maiden appearance at the Olympics, in 1948.  Pakistan hockey`s early major successes owed a lot to the players from the army. Two names stand out. Brigadier Hameedi who played in four Olympics (last as the captain of Pakistan`s first gold medal winning side of 1960). Brigadier M.H.Atif also appeared in four Olympics (1952 – 1964, when he captained the side).  Both later served Pakistan hockey in the roles of national team`s manager as well as the secretary of the Pakistan Hockey Federation. Atif in particular achieved great glories: managed Pakistan team to golds at the 1968 and 1984 Olympics as well as the 1982 World Cup.

Hockey is widely played among the forces at all the levels.  Most of the Pak army units have their own hockey teams. Going upwards, regular inter brigade, inter division and inter corps championships are held. Then the army team participates in the inter services tournament.

Recently, a hockey stadium has been built in the Lahore cantonment. The ‘Manzoorul Hassan Hockey Stadium’ is named after one of Pakistan`s greatest hockey players.

The scribe rang Manzoorul Hassan to congratulate him for this honour. He said, “Kindly visit the stadium.”    One was awestruck- not a stadium but a hockey complex spread over a very large area. There is a main pitch as well as a mini pitch both with the synthetic turfs and floodlights. The smaller ground is meant for individual training such as penalty corner drag flicks, penalty strokes, goal keeping, etc.

There are international standard changing rooms for players, media room, office, VIP lounge, car parking, etc.  Good seating facilities for spectators: presently for around 1,000 with the provision to add more.

A hockey academy`s building is also complete within the premises which is again an excellent facility with gym, recreation room, dining room, kitchen, etc.  It can accommodate 25 to 30 boys.

Legendary right full back Manzoorul Hassan played for Pakistan from 1973-1982, and also captained the national team. One of the finest defenders the world has seen, ‘The Great Wall’ was also an excellent penalty corner expert and scored over 100 international goals. During his illustrious career he won gold at the World Cup (1982), Asian Games (1974, 1978 & 1982) & Asia Cup (1982), silver (1975 World Cup) and bronze (1976 Olympics). Also coached the national team (1988-1991) and (1995-96): silver (1990 World Cup) and gold (Asia Cup 1989 & Asian Games 1990).

“I am presently living a retired life in Lahore Cantonment. In late 2020, the captain of army`s Lahore corps team approached me with the request to coach his side for the army inter corps championship. 

I readily agreed and supervised the training for around three months. The Lahore corps team won the army hockey championship 2021”.

It was during this period that Manzoorul Hassan felt the need of a proper hockey stadium with the synthetic turf in Lahore cantonment.

“Team could only practice at the synthetic turfs available at the national hockey stadium and Johar Town stadium. It was very difficult to get time as local clubs and academies already had their slots.  Then there were the national teams` camps. “

His proposal was appreciated but a suitable venue had to be suggested.

“Here I must mention Brigadier Tahir Butt, a former hockey player who also attended Pakistan juniors camp. He was posted in Lahore at the time and played a major role in convincing the powers that be and also in selecting the suitable site. Located at the main road which traverses through a major part of both the city and the cantonment, it is also very close to the multipurpose Ayub stadium. Corps Commander Lahore Lt General Abdul Aziz agreed and forwarded the proposal to the COAS who approved it.”

Work started in February this year and finished in October. Usually such setups in the cantonments are named after the officers and men of the armed forces.

“I was deeply humbled and greatly honoured when the COAS General Qamar Bajwa, at the concluding ceremony of the COAS Inter Club Championships in July, announced the naming of the new stadium after me”.

He has ambitious plans associated with the Manzoorul Hassan stadium.

“For the academy, in the first phase 70-80 boys below the age of 18 will be scouted from all over Pakistan. The selectors will hold trials at a number of places, starting from North. To ensure maximum participation of aspiring youngsters, the exercise will not be confined to the provincial capitals. Trials are also planned at other cities, big and small, especially those with rich hockey tradition.

Next, another selection committee will have a look at the youngsters over three day final trials in Lahore.

Finally, 25 – 30 boys will be named for the academy.  They will be provided with boarding and lodging, paid monthly stipend and given free education at the army schools.

The Corp Commander Lahore is ex officio President of Defence Housing Authority Lahore. DHA Lahore will be bearing most of the running expenses of the stadium as well as that of the academy. The academy’s team will participate in the domestic tournaments as the Defence Hockey Club.”

Many hockey facilities in the country have deteriorated not only due to poor maintenance but also because of  little usage, a reflection of general public`s diminished interest in hockey.

“The resources of the 4 Corps as well as that of the DHA will be available. Hence maintenance will not be an issue. It is bound to be a busy hockey centre. The academy boys will be in action almost every day. Then the army units’ teams of Lahore will utilize this facility. Coaching camps for the students of the army schools will be conducted.  We have already planned to hold a tournament in November/December featuring top eight academies of the country.

You will be surprised to know that apart from the National hockey stadium, this is the only facility in Lahore which fulfills all the requirements to hold official international matches. Hosting international events in future is very much possible”.   

Manzoorul Hassan hockey stadium is Pakistan army`s gift to our national game. Easily among the best hockey facilities of the country, it promises to play a major role in revitalizing hockey in country`s second largest city especially in its huge cantonment.

And the academy could become a source of quality players for the national team.           

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


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