Mohd Hafiz chuffed in making Malaysian hockey team to Australia
By Aftar Singh
Maybank's Muhammad Hafiz Zainol (right) in action against TNB during their Malaysia Hockey League match at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil last year. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Forward Mohd Hafiz Zainol is one lucky youngster.
The 22-year-old was called up for national training just three weeks ago. And on Wednesday, he was among the 20 players named for the two-week playing tour of Perth.
Junior Euro Hockey League set for April 3
The EHL, in association with ABN AMRO, will host a special Junior EHL at HC Bloemendaal on Friday, 3 April with four of the best youth clubs from the continent set to battle it out for the title.
Birmingham Uni face leaders Surbiton
Univ of Birmingham's Abi Porter tracks Leicester's Kerry Whitehead, Sept 13 2014, credit Andy Smith
AFTER narrowly losing to league leaders Surbiton last weekend, the University of Birmingham continue their push for a play-off spot when they host rivals Holcombe in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.
Stockport claim U18 Girls' National Schools title
Stockport take the 2015 U18 Girls' Championships
National Schools Championships for Girls
4th Queen’s, Taunton
The final day of the Girls’ U18 Schools Championships saw another team with their name on the trophy for the first time as Stockport Grammar School defeated Cranleigh 1-0 in the final. The only goal of the game came from Lauren Hunt in the second minute after Stockport won a penalty corner. Cranleigh looked for the equaliser, but couldn’t find a way past Maya Gordon in Stockport’s goal and the Manchester side hung on to take the 2015 title.
Repton crowned U16 Champions for first time
Repton win 2015 U16 Girls' Schools Championships
National Schools Championships for Girls
2nd St. George’s
3rd Grammar School at Leeds [GSAL]
The final day of the Girls’ U16 Schools Championships saw Repton take the U16 title for the first time with a comfortable 4-1 victory over St. George’s. Hannah Davey and Esme Burge scored a brace apiece and with three of the goals coming inside 18 minutes the damage was already done before the half-time hooter sounded. In the third/fourth play-off GSAL clinched third place with a dramatic 6-5 victory on penalty strokes after the game finished 1-1 at full-time.
No risks with drag-flicks
“Wild reverse hits during play are more dangerous than a penalty corner attempt. Experienced forwards have control, so when they attempt to whack the ball in, it is a controlled shot. The danger to players defending at the goalmouth comes from hits by players at the lower levels,” says Floris Jan Bovelander in a chat with Nandakumar Marar.
The Dutch hero in his prime…Floris Bovelander takes a penalty corner in a match against Argentina during the 1990 World Cup. Bovelander had set off a penalty corner revolution of sorts with his thundering shots to the boards.THE HINDU PHOTO LIBRARY
Floris Jan Bovelander believes moments such as the penalty corners are necessary to infuse life into hockey. The penalty corner specialists are counted as assets, while each save made by the goalkeeper is a cause for celebration in the goalmouth and the dugout.
A good year for Ellen
While Ellen Hoog may allow herself just a few seconds to reflect upon a hugely successful year, her focus is now on the future… and it is looking very orange
For the Netherlands midfielder Ellen Hoog, 2014 was a good year. Over the course of 12 months, the 28-year-old was voted Best Player of the Tournament at the Hockey World Cup, became Amsterdam’s Sports Woman of the Year and then took the title, FIH Player of the Year. Currently, her trophy cabinet includes two Olympic Gold medals, two World Cup wins and a Hockey World League title, and she is now eyeing up a third Olympic gold in Rio 2016.
Ulster hockey chief: I had to resign over all-Ireland proposals
By Graham Hamilton
Stuart Macdonnell's resignation highlights the apparent differences that are starting to envelope Irish and Ulster hockey
Ulster Hockey - currently engaged in a consultation process with the Irish Hockey Association, the other provinces and its own clubs over the introduction of a full all-Ireland league set-up next season - has been rocked by news that the vice-chairman of their Management Board has quit his post as a result of those very talks.
HIL-2015: Eclipsed by World Cup Fever
Submerged in the avalanche of words that formed as the countdown for the cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in every sphere of the media, it is no surprise the third edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) sailed through a prosaic phase.
Hockey India League 2015
By B G Joshi
The final results and tables from the HHIL2015
Mixed fortunes for English sides in Europe
Abi Harper and Emily Maguire celebrate a goal for Reading
With the outdoor season now back in full swing it means the curtain has come down on the indoor campaigns for another year. With the domestic finals done and dusted at the end of January, attention turned to East Grinstead and Reading, England’s two representatives in the European Indoor competitions.
How KHU bungled Rio qualifiers
By BRIAN YONGA
The national women’s hockey team at City Park after winning the World League One Series at City Park Stadium on September 7. They had a disastrous outing in Montevideo, Uruguay, last week. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP
It was meant to be a golden opportunity for the national women’s hockey team to battle it out with the world’s best in the quest for an Olympic spot. Sadly, it turned out to be a disaster.
National hockey ‘keeper Kumar is one busy bee
By Aftar Singh
National hockey team goalkeeper S. Kumar in action during the World Cup match against Belgium at The Hague, Holland last year. - Filepic
KUALA LUMPUR: Goalkeeper S. Kumar just can’t seem to get enough of playing in the Hockey India League (HIL).
Another high performance from Powell
Double gold medallist joins coaching elite, as FIH pushes for more top level female coaches.
(Photo: Hockey Australia )
Katrina Powell has always pushed herself, two Olympic gold medals is testament to that. And now the former Hockeyroo is leading by example as she works her way to the top ranks of hockey coaching, with the ultimate aim of coaching a senior international team.
Best of the best move indoors
With the Indoor Hockey World Cup taking place in less than a month's time, we look at the development of the game and preview the showcase event.
Fast, furious and great entertainment, indoor hockey is the lesser-known relative of the outdoor game, but with the advent of the fourth Indoor World Cup in Leipzig, Germany, in February, the sport is making waves around the world.
Phil Hughes - a wake up call to the FIH?
By George Brink
As the sports world is reeling from the tragic death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes after being struck on the head by a bouncer, the question is, could this happen in Hockey and what are the FIH doing about it?