Coaches chart glory in unknown sphere
Limited players on the field, shorter playing area and also shorter periods of play times provide earnest coaches their space to chart their own glory. Yes, we are talking about about hockey's new avtar HOCKEY 5's. The Asian Youth Olympic Qualifier that has just started in Bangkok's Rang Sit complex TODAY will provide new stars and new vistas. That is not going to be just players but also coaches, for many of whom Hockey 5's is a news challenge, unknown territory and an area that confuses and confronts their traditional areas of knowledge.
Indian hockey team coach Sjoerd Marijne under scanner after medal-less Commonwealth Games campaign
The Indian hockey team, coached by Sjoerd Marijne, lost the bronze medal playoff against England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.
The Sjoerd Marijne (C) coached Indian hockey team returned empty handed from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.(AFP)
The Indian men’s hockey team’s medal-less and rudder-less Commonwealth Games performance has brought chief coach Sjoerd Marijne under the scanner with Hockey India scheduling a performance review meeting later this week.
Players unhappy with Marijne’s selection
Bengaluru: For the first time in 12 years, the Indian men’s hockey team returned from a Commonwealth Games without a medal. A fourth-place finish coming from a team which had trained hard and was confident of a podium finish was disappointing.
Hockey players say lack of matches before CWG 2018 cause for poor show
India had fielded a relatively young team, with several regulars like Sardar Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Birendra Lakra dropped in favour of younger players.
It is learnt that Hockey India is upset with the erratic performance of the men’s team, which failed to qualify for the final for the first time since 2010. (Source: PTI)
IN the dock after a disappointing fourth-place finish at the Commonwealth Games, senior players have told Hockey India that the team would not have looked disjointed had they played together in a few matches before reaching Gold Coast.
Tour of Poland: Pakistan junior hockey team training camp for Poland begins on April 27
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan junior hockey team will be put through a training camp here at the Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium from April 27 to prepare for their tour to Poland in July this year. The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has called up 41 players to report on April 27 at the Allama Iqbal Hostel of the Pakistan Sports Board in Islamabad. The main emphasis during the camp will be on physical conditioning for tours abroad in near future for which negotiations are going on. A spokesman for the PHF said Tuesday that special effort was being made to groom juniors players. He added Olympians Kamran Ashraf and Qamar Ibrahim would supervise the training camp and the selected team would be sent to Poland to participate in a four-nation championship. “The PHF is in talks with the concerned authorities and hope the tour will go through,” he concluded.
MJHL: Bukit Jalil Sports School fifth
By Jugjet Singh
KUALA LUMPUR: Pioneer Sports School Bukit Jalil Thunderbolts lost 4-3 to Petaling Jaya City Council (PJCC) in their final Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) Division one match to end fifth on the standings.
MBPJ roar back to upstage BJSS in nail-biting clash
By Aftar Singh
KUALA LUMPUR: Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) Tigers turned on the power in the last two quarters to come back from two goals down to beat Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS)-Thunderbolt 4-3 in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) Division One match.
New stars on the rise in Varsity Hockey 2018
Golden boys and new kids on the block will be brandishing their skills at South Africa's Varsity Hockey, as the competitors look to knock UJ off their throne.
Exciting Varsity Hockey season expected
Eight of the 18 South African players who attended the 2018 Commonwealth Games played Varsity Hockey showing the role Varsity Hockey plays in development in South African Hockey.
JOHANNESBURG - Men’s varsity hockey returns at the beginning of May with various additions being made to the tournament to excite fans and players alike.
No Special Treatment For Kumar – Subahan Kamal
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president, Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal stressed that national goalkeeper S. Kumar who is now free to return to the national squad will not be given any special treatment.
International Field Hockey Tournament Dates Set for 47th California Cup
MOORPARK, Calif. - For the past 46 years, the prestige international field hockey tournament, California Cup, has been revered as the world's most trusted and engaging event with athletes traveling from all over the globe. With an unwavering commitment by the proud Founder Tom Harris that was established in 1972 has grown to be an extensive history in the story of the oldest team sports in the world.
Tasmania Hockey calls on Government to back state team in new-look national league
By Chris Rowbottom
Hockey Tasmania needs financial support to play a team in the new-look national league. (Supplied: Hockey Tasmania)
Hockey Tasmania has issued an eleventh-hour plea to the State Government for funding in order to secure a place in the new-look Australian Hockey League.
Disciplinary decision on FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra
The FIH Replacement Disciplinary Commissioner has concluded a disciplinary proceeding against the President of the FIH, Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, regarding a Facebook post on 19 June 2017 on his personal account in which English law enforcement authorities were accused of acting in an inappropriate manner in relation to the summoning of Indian player Sardar Singh during the Hero Hockey World League Semi-Final London 2017. Dr Batra regrets his actions and has publicly apologised for his emotional statement.
Narinder Batra given written warning by world hockey over Facebook post
By Richard Bright
The International Hockey Federation has handed Dr Narinder Batra, the world governing body’s president, a written warning following a disciplinary proceeding relating to a social media post last summer.
Tributes paid to ‘inspirational’ Devon hockey player and teacher
By The Hockey Paper
Maggie Fasey, pictured centrally with headband, playing the game she loved
Tributes have poured in for an “inspirational” hockey player and teacher who died after collapsing on the pitch playing for her beloved club in Devon.
Hoofdklasse top four confirmed as Oranje-Rood join Kampong, Bloemendaal and Amsterdam
Olympic legacy fuels World Cup development boost
The London 2012 Olympics sparked an increase in hockey participation Photo: IOC
The legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games is evident across many sports but where hockey is concerned the legacy is being taken to the next level with the upcoming Vitality Women’s Hockey World Cup London 2018.
Belgium will be world, Olympic hockey champions by 2024, claims president
By The Hockey Paper
Belgium’s Arthur Van Doren won 2017 FIH men’s player of the year and rising star
Marc Coudron, president of the Royal Belgian Hockey Association, has boldly predicted that the Red Lions will become European, world and Olympic champions by 2024, with the women’s side, the Red Panthers, completing a similar path four years later.
Veteran keeper Kumar can play for Malaysia in Asian Games
By Lim Teik Huat
Getting the nod: S. Kumar (left) shaking hands with lawyer Jadadish Chandra as Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal looks on during a press conference in Bukit Jalil yesterday. — Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s long serving goalkeeper S. Kumar has been given a reprieve and will be allowed to play in the Indonesia Asian Games in August.
Defence Force, Paragon top UWI indoor hockey tourney
Shane Legerton of Defence Force and Kristin Thompson of Paragon were the toast of their respective teams enroute to claiming the men and women Open titles in the three-day University of the West Indies Invitational Indoor Hockey Tournament at the UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre SPEC, St Augustine on Sunday night.
Scottish National League 1 Championship to enter final week
Gary Maitles flies through the air to score for Kelburne – photo by Duncan Gray
The destiny of the first division titles will have to wait until next weekend, both Bromac Kelburne and Edinburgh University have a two-point lead at the top of the men`s and women`s League table respectively, but the celebrations will have to endure for another week.
Scottish U16 Club Cup Victory for GHK and Grange
Photo by Mark Pugh
A terrific day of youth hockey at the U16 Club Cup saw GHK win the girls’ cup and Grange win the boys’ competition.
The opening match of the Under 16’s Club Cup was the Boys was on Pitch 1 which saw Inverleith get off to a good start with a win over Western Wildcats. There was a minute’s applause before the match for Julian Coyle who sadly passed away. The opening goal went to Western Wildcats and it came after good pressure from Inverleith. But a long ball from Wildcats was finished off in style. Inverleith’s equaliser was a cracking top corner goal by Charlie Jack just before half time. Jack gave Inverleith the lead with a reverse strike before another reverse strike to make it 3-1. Jack scored his fourth of the match after he pounced on a good save by Wildcats keeper to finish.
The second match was all play with Highland v Inverleith equally as strongminded to gain victory. This was seen firstly by the Highland side, with captain Ian McFadden scoring from a penalty corner, bringing the score to 1-0 in the first 3 minutes. However, Inverleith fought back a minute later with Charlie Jack striking right into the back of the net. Highland scored their second goal, this time Aidan McCann bringing the game to 1-2 as the Hooter goes for half time. The second half saw plenty of actions, goals were just cutting too short, with defence staying strong on both side. It was not till the 29th minute that saw Inverleith score the equaliser with another shot from Charlie Jack, bringing the scoreboard to a draw, ending the game 2-2.
From the opening minutes, it was clear Highland v Western Wildcats was going to be an interesting Club Cup match to watch. 4 minutes in saw captain Ian McFadden perform a drag flick, scoring right into the goal. The second goal for the Highland team came on the 19th minute with Alastair Douglas dribbling right into the D, striking with a reverse stick. Western Wildcats did not take this performance well and fought back, with a great strike from a penalty corner bringing the game to 2-1 to Highland. The Wildcats proceeded to keep fighting scoring with 40 seconds left on the clock. With the final few seconds counting down, Highland gained a corner right on the hooter. Everyone was on their toes at this point, both equally determined to win, Highland strike, however the keeper had a fantastic save keeping the score even and finishing the game in a 2-2 draw.
Pitch 2 saw this action unravel between the two Edinburgh sides, Grange and Watsonians. Grange managed to gain a penalty corner in the first 10 minutes with Lucas Grubb striking straight and bringing Grange into a 1-0 lead. It did not take long for a second penalty corner to be gained for Grange, this time Captain Jamie Croll bringing the team into a 2-0 lead. Watsonians started to show fight, gaining a goal for the side by Ted Porter, however this was not enough for the Watsonians, ending the game 2-1 to Grange.
In the final few games of the day, Grange stepped up and played Perthshire on Pitch 1. In the opening minutes, it was clear that Grange were determined to win this match, with Lucas Grubb striking from a penalty corner bringing the game to 1-0. The game tired throughout, with chances from both teams on goals, however just falling short or wide, causing the score to remain 1-0, going into half time. However, this game quickly picked up pace in the final 10 minutes with goals from Grange’s Oliver Paterson, David Macrae and Max Bargeton, finishing the game for a 4-0 victory for Grange.
The final game of the day was Perthshire v Watsonians. The game started slow, with great defence from both sides, leading the score at half time as 0-0. However, the action really kicked off in the second half, with Watsons stepping up to the plate in the 23rd minute with Andrew Hill scoring a belter of a shot, straight into the goal. Perthshire did not take this goal lightly with them fighting back in the final few minutes of the game with Evan Johnston bring in the goal, bring the end score of the match to a 1-1 draw.
The battle for the Club Cup win was on for the two Edinburgh rivals, Grange v CALA. With many shots on goal, the keepers were proving difficult to get past for both sides. Both teams stayed focused and held strong defences, resulting in 0-0 at half time. The second half saw the play stronger than before, however it was the commitment of the goalkeepers that was making it unsuccessful goal wise for both sides. A very good match, the score ending in a 0-0 draw.
Grange v GHK, from the get go was one filled with action and strong determination. Ellie Mackenzie started off the action with the opening goal of the match, bringing Grange into a 1-0 lead. The game was back and forth, with both teams having a chance of goal and just falling wide, however it was the second half which saw all the action. Just after half time saw a short corner for GHK, allowing Lucy Williamson to step up and strike a fantastic shot, straight into the goal. Grange fought back with Emma Fraser beating the goalie in a one-on-one play, scoring right into the back of the net. GHK showed their strong determination on the 29th minute, with Lucy Williamson against striking the ball into the D, with Anna Smith finishing it off, taking the overall score to this game a 2-2 draw.
Fjordhus Reivers v Watsonians was destined to see both teams come out fighting and put on a show for Club Cup victory. There was strikes for both side however, the keepers were quick on their toes and were not letting any goals pass them. This proved difficult for both teams who ended the first half goalless. The scoreboard remained the same in the second half, with plenty of chances but a strong defence on both sides. A lot of skills were displayed, however it just wasn’t enough and the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
Victory was declared for Watsonians in their battle against Clydesdale with a 3-0 win. The opening goal was in the first 4 minutes, with a cracking shot for Emily Simmers, quickly followed in the 8th minute with Heather Taylor getting it right, bring the score to 2-0. Clydesdale tried to fight back but it was Watsonians who managed to keep their cool, with Rhona Craig scoring the final goal of the match on the 25th minute. Overall, a great game for Watsonians.
Clydesdale provided great pressure however, Erin Lawrence, goalkeeper to Fjordhus Reivers provided great keeping denying entry into their goal. Holly Shepherd brought in the first goal of the game, 8 minutes in with a fantastic strike from top D. There was a great build up throughout this game with a cross in, and Molly Turnbull scoring from deflection. By half time, the score sat at 2-0 to the Fjordhus Reivers, however they came out determined to gain more goals for their scoreboard. This proved the case as the 22nd minute saw Meghan Campbell score a fantastic shot on her reverse stick, going straight into the net. The final goal came two minutes later, with a fantastic drive into the D and crossed to Molly Turnbull who executed the goal perfectly and admirable. This brought the overall success of the game to a 4-0 victory for Fjordhus Reivers.
There was an intense atmosphere between GHK and CALA going into the deciding final match, as there can only be one winner for Club Cup 2018. GHK strike in the opening 4 minutes with a solo run from Ava Smith, passing multiple players to lift the ball past the keeper, scoring a flawless shot. CALA fought back a minute later with a great goal from Ellie Rutherford. As the second half started, the intensity was at an all-time high with the score sat at 1-1. However, a short corner for GHK saw Lucy Williamson strike straight from the top D, bringing the game to 2-1 and an overall win for GHK making them the winners of the tournament.
Scottish Hockey Union media release
Coach Lokman: I want my players to get a victory over MBPJ
By Aftar Singh
KUALA LUMPUR: Former champions Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS)-Thunderbolt’s target was to finish in the top three in the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL).
HA Appoints New Manager - High Performance Unit
Hockey Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Adam Crane to the position as Manager - High Performance Unit.
This Pakistan hockey hero broke Indian hearts on the field, now he wants India to help in heart transplant
Mansoor Ahmed Former Pakistan field hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed being treated at a hospital in Karachi
Pakistan's World Cup winning field hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed Monday reached out to India for help in securing a heart transplant -- despite years of breaking his rivals' "hearts on the field".
Olympians accuse PHF officeholders of embezzlement, exceeding their constitutional term
In a letter written to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Hockey Federation (FIH), four former hockey players have accused the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) officeholders of financial embezzlement and continuing to stay in power despite being "defunct".
Late update Saturday 14 April
Faced with the dilemma of watching the Men's Bronze Medal game between Inda and England, I'm sorry, but Hockey won out. The update will happen at 11:00 GMT
Update delay 7 April 2018
My apologies for the slight delay in updating the site today. There is obviously a lot of CWG News and getting it into some sort of logical order is taking time. I should be finished by about 11:00 GMT