Pakistan eye semi-final spot after 4-3 win over Japan
By Nabil Tahir
Greenshirts maintain their hopes in ongoing Asian Men’s Champions Trophy. PHOTO COURTESY: AHF
KARACHI: Pakistan national hockey team moved closer to booking their berth for the semi-final of the Asian Men’s Champions Trophy tournament after claiming a crucial 4-3 win over Japan on Tuesday in Kuantan, Malaysia.
Bilal strikes twice as Pakistan beat Japan 4-3
KUANTAN (Malaysia): Defending champions Pakistan rode on two penalty corner goals from Muhammad Aleem Bilal to survive a scare and prevail 4-3 over Japan in the fourth Asian Champions Trophy hockey here on Tuesday.
Pakistan eye place in semis after beating Japan 4-3 in Asian Champions Trophy
Pakistan scored a narrow 4-3 win over Japan in the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament in Kuantan, Malaysia on Tuesday.
Thrustful India thrash China for a fluent 9-0 win
Akashdeep Singh, Chenglansana and Pardeep Mor celebrate a goal
Indian relished weak challenge offered by China and pumped in nine goals to nil to post an emphatic 9-0 win in their penultimate pool match of the 4th Asian Champions Trophy in Kuantan.
Rampant India outclass China 9-0
KUANTAN: India outclassed China 9-0 to stay in the hunt for the top spot in the round-robin league competition of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament here on Tuesday.
Any coach will be pleased with nine goals, says Oltmans
KUANTAN: Indian hockey team coach Roelant Oltmans was a happy man after his side coasted to a 9-0 victory over China in the preliminary league outing of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy on Tuesday.
Difficult, but not impossible
By Jugjet Singh
The plan is simple.
Malaysia need to beat India in the Asian Champions Trophy in Kuantan Wednesday to cement their top spot in the pool as this will pit them against the fourth placed team in the semi-finals.
Malaysia will have to keep it tight against India
by S. Ramaguru
KUANTAN: With the Malaysian forwards firing on all cylinders, the spotlight will fall on the midfielders and defenders when they take on Asian champions India in Wednesday’s Asian Champions Trophy match.
Exciting Malaysia match on the cards today
Malaysians throng the stadium in full measure. It’s a feature in Kuantan. The local matches are also suitably timed in the late evenings. The national team so far had full stands and full throats to support them. The team also did not disappoint. Three wins in three matches is not a common thing for Malaysian hockey known underperformance on global stage.
Points table interestingly poised
With just two action days to go, and four of the six teams in the fray finishing four of the five matches, the position of teams in the points table is getting suspenseful in the ongoing Asian Champions Trophy.
Ireland 1-2 Belgium
The second of the two tests with Belgium was played at the Waterloo Ducks club. Belgium got off to a flyer scoring in the opening minutes from a PC with a lovely reverse deflection. Irish keeper O Flanagan had to be at her best firstly saving from the penalty spot and then making a great reaction save to deflect high over the crossbar. Ireland were growing into the game with Lloyd forcing the Belgium keeper into a class save. The hard working press from Ireland was forcing a number of Belgium turnovers. Belgium though extended their lead but it was short lived with Zoe Wilson crashing home a PC to send the teams in at half time, the advantage with Belgium, and a 2-1 lead.
Winning start for England U21s in Valencia
England Head Coach Craig Keegan hailed his side’s “pleasing start” to the five nations tournament in Valencia. Two goals from Megan Crowson and a penalty corner from Erica Sanders steered Keegan’s England U21s to a comfortable 3-0 win over India in their opening match.
Indian hockey boys beat Germany, girls lose to England
VALENCIA: Drag-flicker Varun Kumar scored a brace to guide India to a 3-1 win over Germany in their opening game of the four-nation Invitational hockey tournament, here.
Indian eves post 3-2 win over Spain in 5-Nation Invitational hockey
VALENCIA: India's junior women team got the better of hosts Spain 3-2 in a keenly-fought contest at the 5-Nation Invitational hockey tournament.
Activity Buzz: Four Indian teams on foreign soils at the same time
As a mark of Indian hockey becoming vibrant and dynamic, four Indian teams are in action across three nations spreading in two continents. While Men’s national team is in Kuantan, crushing all rivals their distaff side is just 200 kms away in Singapore. India has fielded possible best teams in the respective men and women Asian Champions Trophy.
First HI 5-a-side Senior National Championships from today
Pune: The 1st Hockey India five-a-side Senior National Championship 2016 (Men and Women) will be held at the Shiv Chattrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi from today.
Changes to Kookaburras team for trans-Tasman & International Festival
Jake Whetton is unavailable for the Trans-Tasman series due to his wedding.
Changes have been made to the Kookaburras touring squad travelling to both the trans-Tasman series in Auckland, New Zealand as well as to the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne, Victoria.
No. 3 Maryland holds off No. 8 Virginia in ACC clash
The Terps picked up their third consecutive win over a top 10 opponent. Maryland Athletics
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The third-ranked Maryland field hockey team held off No. 8 Virginia 2-1 Tuesday afternoon to win its third straight game over a top 10 opponent. The Terrapins (14-3) have won seven straight games since the end of September.
Terps field hockey beats No. 8 Virginia, 2-1, for its third straight win over a top-10 foe
By Andy Kostka
Defender Carrie Hanks passes the ball to a teammate in Maryland's 2-1 win over UVA on Oct. 25, 2016. (Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)
Entering its game against No. 8 Virginia on Tuesday afternoon, the Maryland field hockey team was coming off back-to-back wins over top-10 opponents. The Terps won, 5-4, at then-No. 5 Penn State on Oct. 16 before delivering then-No. 1 Connecticut its first loss of the season on Sunday.
FIH confirms appointment of new CEO, Jason McCracken
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced that New Zealand’s Jason McCracken will take over as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in February 2017 following confirmation of his appointment today.
FIH credits India's London 2012 goal to Germany
CHANDIGARH: Not that it's new, but the International Hockey Federation (FIH) finds itself in fresh statistical mess. After the blooper that came to light at the men's Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) in Kuantan, Malaysia, it has now been learnt that the apex body had credited one of India's goal at the 2012 London Olympics to Germany's account. The worst part is it still shows as is on the FIH website. It all began with the statistical lapse reported by PTI earlier in the week, where the Tournament Management System (TMS) data compiled and circulated by FIH showed only 46 international matches played between India and Pakistan, ahead of the ACT game on Sunday.
Great Britain women shortlisted for Great Britain’s Choice Award
GB celebrate winning Olympic gold
The British Olympic Association (BOA) has released the nominees for the ‘Great Britain’s Choice Award’. The award is for the Olympian whose performance inspired them the most at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the online ballot is open.
Adidas, Grays, and Gryphon Hockey Dominated the Global Field Hockey Equipment Market in 2015 with 48% Share: Technavio
South Korea strengthen semifinal claim with 5-3 win over China in Asian Champions Trophy
KUANTAN (Malaysia): South Korea on Monday posted their first win in four outings in the Asian Champions Trophy hockey to keep in contention for a place in the semifinals of the six-nation tournament.
Lessons from Cikgu Shukri
By Jugjet Singh
CIKGU Shukri Mutalib has set his mind to lead Malaysia into another promising battle against India on Wednesday in the Asian Champions Trophy at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium.
Malaysia will keep their guard up against India and S. Korea
By S. Ramaguru
KUANTAN: It will be the moment of truth as leaders Malaysia gear up to face favourites India and the ever-potent South Korea in their final two round-robin matches at the Asian Champions Trophy.
We have to behave like professionals: Sreejesh
CHENNAI: India's 3-2 win against Pakistan in a round-robin encounter of the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy in Malaysia on Sunday was always going to be of huge significance given the intense rivalry that the two nations have historically shared. Considering the current climate of hostility between the neighbouring countries, India's victory was inevitably going to be savoured even more.
‘Not repeating mistakes is key', says hockey coach
By Nabil Tahir
Pakistan can ill-afford to make silly mistakes in their final two fixtures despite boasting a new flawless head-to-head record against both Japan and China. PHOTO COURTESY: AHF
KARACHI: Pakistan will have to cut down on their mistakes in the last two round robin matches if they are to qualify for the semi-finals of the ongoing Asian Champions Trophy in Malaysia, says the team’s head coach Khawaja Junaid.
India eye victories against China, Malaysia to top league stage
KUANTAN (Malaysia): On a high after their morale-boosting win over arch-rivals Pakistan, India now eye wins against China and hosts Malaysia on successive days to finish on top of the round-robin league stage of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament, here.
FIH throws major part of Indo-Pak hockey history into dustbin
KUANTAN (Malaysia): An India-Pakistan encounter on the hockey pitch is one of the most sought-after and intense rivalry, acknowledged and followed by millions but the world body (FIH) seems to think otherwise as it has placed into dustbin a majority of this history.
Ireland v Belgium Women
Ireland played the first of two International Fixtures against Belgium in Auderghem this evening. The teams last met in the final of an Invitation 4 nations in Dublin last August a game the Belgium’s won by 2-1
By Jugjet Singh
AUSTRALIA continue their good relations with Malaysia at the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) in Johor Bahru next week, but the hosts can expect nothing friendly about their visit this time around.
FIH confirms team allocation for Hockey World League Semi-Finals
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed which teams will be taking part in each of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals being played in England, Belgium and South Africa between June and July in 2017.
Rot Weiss the Christmas number one in Germany
Rot Weiss Köln are guaranteed the winter lead in Germany as they closed out the first half of the Bundesliga campaign with an emphatic 5-2 win over title rivals Mannheimer.
Four sides covered by one point in England
Two goals from Great Britain ace Ashley Jackson helped East Grinstead snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and beat league leaders Beeston 2-1 in the English Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.
Big wins for Grange and Western in National League
Uddingston v Edinburgh University
A successful weekend for Grange saw the club finish at the top of the table in Men’s National League Division 1.
Wazalendo, Telkom Orange win Sana Cup titles
By BRIAN YONGA
Telkom Orange players celebrate with the Sana Cup on October 23, 2016 at the Braeburn Mombasa International School.
Wazalendo and Telkom Orange on Sunday won the 2016 Sana hockey tournament men’s and women’s titles at the Braeburn Mombasa International School.
Maryland field hockey shut down the nation’s top scorer in its 2-1 win over UConn
By James Crabtree-Hannigan
Defender Courtney Deena sprints down the field in Maryland's 2-1 win against Connecticut on Oct. 23, 2016. (Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)
When Maryland field hockey coach Missy Meharg was beginning to review video of undefeated No. 1 Connecticut early in the week before the two squads met Sunday, one number stood out to her.
Cal field hockey suffers 2 more conference losses
By Lucy Schaefer
The Cal field hockey team has had an experimental few weekends trying to create solutions that mitigate its goalie injury issues. While the Bears have been creative, they have not necessarily been successful.
Presidential Candidate Profile: Ken Read
In the third of our articles introducing the candidates bidding to take on the role of FIH President, we profile Ken Read from Australia.
Presidential Candidate Profile: Dr Narinder Batra
Dr Narinder Batra has been a highly active Office Bearer of Hockey India since he took up the post of Treasurer in 2009. A year later, he became the Secretary General and was elected as President of the National Association in 2014.
Presidential Candidate Profile: David Balbirnie
With the vote for FIH President less than a month away, we profile International Hockey Federation (FIH) presidential candidate David Balbirnie from Ireland.
EHF Member of Honour, R.David Balbirnie, stands for FIH Presidential Election
Brussels: With the all important upcoming FIH elections now less than a month away, the EHF is very pleased to endorse our European candidates.
R. David Balbirnie's Vision as FIH President
R. David Balbirnie's Vision document as a candidate for Presidency International Hockey Federation (FIH) is available by clicking here.
Points from the document are below:
MY PRESIDENCY WILL ENSURE:
• That the FIH is open, transparent and provides good communications with all stakeholders
• That the Executive Board and professional staff are united and working in harmony for the benefit of you, the Member Associations
• Dynamic and accountable Presidency providing modern and open leadership
Our links with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) are critical and should be developed and enhanced. I would like to involve our former Olympic Athletes in this process. We should develop links with Special Olympics and The International Association of Sport. We also need to improve our relationships with our Continental Federations and Member Associations.
More and more of our hockey players are choosing to make their livelihood from the game. This is something that we should welcome and embrace. I would like to see a Players’ Association established to deal with matters such as career development, health and well-being, and fair contracts of employment.
World Hockey League concerns from the Continental Federations and Member Associations need to be debated and addressed. For the new League to be successful we must ensure that we have the full support of all of those involved.
World Cup will increase from 12 to 16 teams in 2018 – this is a very positive signal for smaller nations and there may be room for further expansion.
ParaHockey should be embraced and developed. We must be inclusive in our sport and encourage the widest possible participation.
We must protect Hockey’s reputation and this can only be achieved by being credible and acting responsibly – our actions must be sustainable. The FIH has grown and it is expected that it will grow further in the coming years, so the importance of having the correct operational structures has never been more critical. In order to manage this growth in our sport we need to have an independent review of our operational structures. At the heart of good governance is openness and strong communication.
The experience of hockey fans is critical to the successful expansion of the support. We are all aware that there has been a rapid change in media viewing habits. While television remains the dominant platform, increasingly the widespread use of digital media means that we must widen the core television experience with digital to satisfy today's needs. Mobile devices are currently the medium of choice for under 25s and we need to react to this and anticipate trends and developments in order to facilitate our fans who want to watch the sport. We need to take the sport to a much wider audience. We have so many powerful stories about the athletes and their achievements that can help us to market the sport globally.
By remaining at the forefront of media technology, the sport is in a much stronger position to attract key partners. A strong media product means we can attract the partners that are vital to our future. We know that if we get the product right that there are global and local partners ready to support hockey. It is vital that funding flows down to you the Member Associations to help with your development – producing a marketing plan that is ‘designed globally but delivered locally’.
Irish Hockey Association media release
National Men’s Head Coach
Hockey Australia is seeking to recruit a National Men’s Head Coach based in Perth to commence 1st January 2016.