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‘A lot of talent’ in Hockeyroos Olympic team

Eight debutants, seven dual Olympians and one heading to her third Games. The Australian Olympic Committee has announced the Hockeyroos team for Tokyo 2020.

Among the 16 athletes named in the team, 28 year old Emily Chalker will compete at her third Games, while at the other end of the spectrum 19-year-old Amy Lawton will become the fourth youngest Hockeyroo to compete at an Olympics.

The team has a strong link to Olympic family traditions. Brooke Peris is the cousin to Olympic champion Nova Peris, and Kaitlin Nobbs following in the footsteps of her mother (Lee Capes - 1988 gold), father (Michael Nobbs - 1984) and uncle (Mark Hager - 1988, 1996 bronze) who all represented Australia at the Olympics.

26-year-old Steph Kershaw from Townsville was ecstatic to be named for her Olympic debut after a serious knee injury ruled her out of contention for Rio 2016.

“I’m over the moon and beyond excited,” Kershaw said. “It means everything to make this team. It’s obviously a different experience this time around, but I’m grateful for the opportunity and that the Olympics are still going ahead.”

“This Hockeyroos squad all have our common goal to win a gold medal. It’s a really talented group, so it will be awesome to see the kind of performances we can put out in Tokyo.”

Hockeyroos head coach Katrina Powell, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the team in 1996 and 2000, was excited at the potential of the athletes selected.

“There is a lot of talent in this group - a lot of potential, drive, enthusiasm and passion, so if we can harness all of that in what will be really tough conditions in Tokyo, you never know what can happen,” said Powell.

“There is some experience that both I and (Assistant Coach) Katie Allen can bring directly to the group. But everyone’s Olympic experience is different, so these players need to be themselves and be authentic.

“Given the matches we’ve just played against New Zealand and the different combinations we had on the field in each game, coupled with the team doing well is an indicator of how difficult it was to pick this team. To have those names on the sheet makes Tokyo very real and I’m really excited about the opportunity that’s ahead of us.”

The team will aim to build on a phenomenal Olympic record of three gold when they begin their campaign on 25 July against Spain.

Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team Ian Chesterman congratulated the athletes on today’s selection.

“Today is a fantastic recognition of the skill and resilience of these teams and players, and I congratulate them on making the Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo,” Mr Chesterman said.

“The Hockeyroos and Kookaburras hold a special place in Australia’s Olympic tradition and these players will continue to build on that rich legacy.

“Thank you to Hockey Australia, the coaching and support staff, and the families, friends and supporters who have been there every step of the way with each of these 16 athletes.”

The Hockey competition will run from 24 July – 6 August at Oi Hockey Stadium.

Find out more with full athlete Bios at www.olympics.com.au/games/tokyo-2020/team/

Hockey Australia media release

Australia selects women's hockey team for Tokyo 2020 but mystery player appeals omission

By Michael Houston

The Australian women's hockey team has been revealed ©Getty Images

Star goalkeeper Rachael Lynch is set to return after being named in Australia's 16-strong squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - but a mystery player has appealed the decision not to select them for the Games.

Lynch comes back into the squad having been removed from Hockey Australia's contract list in late 2020.

The goalkeeper and former captain Georgina Morgan were surprisingly axed from the 2021 list by then-coach Paul Gaudoin, who later resigned after a review into the women's set-up found it "dysfunctional".

Players threatened to strike following their omissions.

Both successfully appealed, but Morgan was also left out of the recent four-test series in New Zealand.

Lynch, who was named the International Hockey Federation Goalkeeper of the Year in 2019, was deemed in-form enough to warrant selection for her second Olympics.

The identity of the appealing player remains confidential.

If the player chooses to go ahead with the appeal after receiving feedback on why they were not selected, it will go to an appeals tribunal.

"One of the athletes is appealing their non nomination, which just goes to show how difficult it was to pick this team," said Australian women's team coach Katrina Powell, appointed to replace Gaudoin earlier this year.

"There were 27 players in the squad, we used 26 of them in New Zealand, and all performed well.

"It's the right of the athlete to appeal, we're respecting that, and then we'll go through the process."

Rachael Lynch has been included in the Australian Tokyo 2020 squad ©Getty Images

Hockey Australia has been in crisis following a series of allegations from past and present players against the women's team's hierarchy.

Accusations included bullying, homophobic behaviour and body shaming.

Two months prior to the release of the damning report, Hockey Australia high-performance manager Toni Cumpston quit before Gaudoin resigned.

Eight Olympic debutants are in the squad, including 19-year-old Amy Lawton, who is set to be the fourth youngest Australian hockey player in history at the Games.

Stephanie Kershaw makes the team for the first time after missing Rio 2016 due to injury.

Emily Chalker is to compete at her third Olympics, while seven others are to compete at their second.

Other players on the squad are: Edwina Bone, Jane Claxton, Savannah Fitzpatrick, Kate Jenner, Rosie Malone, Kaitlin Nobbs, Brooke Peris, Karri Somerville, Penny Squibb, Grace Stewart, Renee Taylor and Mariah Williams.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are set to take place from July 23 to August 8 following its postponement from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inside the Games

British-born talent makes Australia’s Hockeyroos Olympic squad

Amy Lawton will become fourth youngest Hockeyroo Olympian PIC: Hockey Australia

British-born rising star Amy Lawton has been named in the Hockeyroos squad for the Tokyo Games after the 19-year-old’s stellar decade rise through the ranks.

Lawton was born in Worthing, Sussex before moving to Australia aged seven. Ten years later, after representing her state in the Victorian under-12s team, she had made her debut for the Hockeyroos, aged 17, in a Pro League clash against the Black Sticks in April 2019.

Lawton, with 17 caps under her belt, is one of eight debutants travelling to Tokyo, while Lawton will become the fourth youngest Hockeyroos player to compete at an Olympic Games.

Stephanie Kershaw, 26, was named after injury ruled her out of contention for a first Rio Games. Rachael Lynch has been named as No.1 goalkeeper after she was controversially axed from the programme, while Edwina Bone is set to captain the squad.

Meanwhile, Kookaburras’ Eddie Ockenden will join greats such as Rechelle Hawkes, Jamie Dwyer, and Mark Knowles after being selected for his fourth Olympics.

Nine Australians will make their Olympic bow next month after the squad was announced in Perth on Monday, with co-captain Ockenden standing out.

The 34-year-old, who has 370 international caps, said: “It’s special and humbling to join those great hockey players who have represented Australia at four Olympics.

“It doesn’t feel like it’s my fourth – I’m still excited to make it and excited about the challenge and opportunity ahead.

Hockey Paper stat attack: Keeping in the family

The Australian teams continue Olympic family traditions, with Brooke Peris cousin to Olympic champion Nova Peris, and Kaitlin Nobbs following in the footsteps of her mother (Lee Capes – 1988 gold), father (Michael Nobbs – 1984) and uncle (Mark Hager – 1988, 1996 bronze) who all represented Australia at the Olympics. Michelle Hager (Mark’s wife) is also Capes’ sister (Nobb’s aunt) and was in the Seoul gold medal-winning team.

Australia Olympic hockey squads

Australia Hockeyroos: Edwina Bone, Emily Chalker, Jane Claxton, Savannah Fitzpatrick, Kate Jenner, Stephanie Kershaw, Amy Lawton, Rachael Lynch, Rosie Malone, Kaitlin Nobbs, Brooke Peris, Karri Somerville, Penny Squibb, Grace Stewart, Renee Taylor, Mariah Williams

Kookaburras: Daniel Beale, Tim Brand, Andrew Charter, Tom Craig, Matthew Dawson, Blake Govers, Jeremy Hayward, Tim Howard, Dylan Martin, Trent Mitton, Eddie Ockenden, Flynn Ogilvie, Lachlan Sharp, Joshua Simmonds, Jake Whetton, Aran Zalewski

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The Hockey Paper

Australia announce men's and women's hockey squads for Tokyo 2020

Kookaburras co-captain Eddie Ockenden joins an elite group by making his fourth Olympics while the Hockeyroos boast eight debutants alongside experienced veterans

The Australian Olympic Committee has today (14 June) named the 16-player men's and women's hockey squads that will represent Australia in Tokyo this summer.

Australian men's co-captain Eddie Ockenden will add his name to just a handful of Australian players including Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles, who've played at four Olympics Games. The Kookaburras, as the team is known, will see nine Olympic debutants while the other six players have past Games experience.

“It’s special and humbling to join those great hockey players who have represented Australia at four Olympics,” he told the Australian Olympic Committee. “It doesn’t feel like it’s my fourth - I’m still excited to make it and excited about the challenge and opportunity ahead.

Since making his international debut in 2006, Ockenden has earned 370 caps for Australia.

“We’ve got a good mix of experience and some great young guys coming through with plenty of enthusiasm, so we’ll be confident - we just have to make sure we’re playing our best when we get over there and when it gets to crunch time,” the Tasmanian-born player said.

The Kookaburras are one of Australia's most successful teams with the world no.1 side boasting nine Olympic medals (five bronze medals, three silver and a gold). Six of those medals - including their coveted Olympic gold at Athens 2004 - came during an illustrious two decades were they landed on podium every Games.

However, at Rio 2016, the team recorded their lowest finish since Rome 1960 (sixth place). While the inaugural Pro League season winners from 2019 want to return to the podium at Tokyo 2020, they're trying not to look to far ahead as they face host nation Japan in their first match.

“Being at our best when we need to be is what it’s all about,” said Kookaburra's head coach Colin Batch. “Our first aim is to qualify for the quarter-finals and we cannot underestimate that."

After a year without international competition, the Kookaburras made a 4-0 series sweep against New Zealand, who they will face in their group matches at Tokyo 2020 in 2021, during the Trans-Tasman Series.

Meanwhile, the Australian women's hockey squad, nicknamed the Hockeyroos, boast a squad that balances experience and youth with Emily Chalker set to compete in her third Games alongside seven players with Olympic experience. Eight players will make their Olympic debut including Kaitlin Nobbs, who comes from an Olympic family with her mother (Seoul 1988 gold), father (Los Angeles 1984) and uncle (Seoul 1988 and Atlanta 1996) all representing Australia.

Australia's most capped goalkeeper Rachael Lynch also made selection after originally being dropped from the national team in December 2020.

Head coach Katrina Powell, who replaced Paul Gaudoin after he stepped down from his role in March 2021, believes there is a lot to be excited about with today's squad announcement.

“There is a lot of talent in this group - a lot of potential, drive, enthusiasm and passion, so if we can harness all of that in what will be really tough conditions in Tokyo, you never know what can happen,” said the two-time Olympic champion.

The team will also be supported by the experience of Assistant Coach Katie Allen, who won gold at Sydney 2000 with the Hockeyroos - that was the last time they won a medal at Olympic level.

“Given the matches we’ve just played against New Zealand and the different combinations on the field in each game, coupled with the team doing well is an indicator of how difficult it was to pick this team. To have those names on the sheet makes Tokyo very real and I’m really excited about the opportunity that’s ahead of us,” Powell added.

Much like their male counterparts, the Hockeyroos also suffered their equal lowest finish at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 - also sixth place. The current world no. 4's have three Olympic gold medals to their name - Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000.

But if recent results are anything to go by, their win over New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman series earlier this month provides belief the Hockeyroos have the ability to push for their return to the podium.

“All of the games in the series were really tight so the fact that tonight was a must win in a finals type situation, it was really pleasing to see the character, determination and work ethic of the players to get the job done,” Powell told Hockey Australia after the win.

“We have been using the term that players were ‘picking up the baton’ from the ones that have passed it on from the game before, so the progress that has been made has shown that they are all on board with the way we want to play.”

The Kookaburra's are in Group A alongside Argentina, India, New Zealand, Spain and hosts Japan, while the Hockeyroos are in Group B with Argentina, People's Republic of China, New Zealand, Spain and Japan.

Both teams will continue their Olympic preparations with their double-header matches against New Zealand on 26-27 June in Perth. It is set to be the teams’ last on Australian soil before Tokyo 2020.

Hockey at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2021 will begin 24 July.

Olympic Channel

Want to pay tribute to COVID-19 warriors by winning medal in Tokyo: Manpreet

India have won eight Olympic gold medals in the past but their last top finish came way back in 1980 Moscow Games.

Manpreet Singh is delighted with the commitment and dedication being shown by each and every player in the ongoing selection trials at SAI Bengaluru centre. | File  

Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh says they will leave no stone unturned to end their four decade-long medal drought at the Tokyo Olympics and has vowed to dedicate the achievement to the country’s COVID-19 warriors.

Manpreet is determined to pay tribute to the country’s frontline workers by finishing on the podium in the Tokyo Games to be held from July 23 to August 8.

“As we work hard towards the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, we promise to fight all odds to win a medal for India,” he said.

Also read: Need to work hard and prove my worth for Tokyo selection: Lilima Minz

“And if we do get a medal, we would like to dedicate it to the true heroes of our country — the doctors and frontline workers who have worked tirelessly to heal our country through these tough times and saved millions of lives. Thank you, Jai Hind,” added Manpreet in a video released by Hockey India.

India have won eight Olympic gold medals in the past but their last top finish came way back in 1980 Moscow Games.

The skipper is delighted with the commitment and dedication being shown by each and every player in the ongoing selection trials at SAI Bengaluru centre.

“Everyone is pushing each other to give their best shot,” said Manpreet.

The Hindu

THE CTM Showdown to assist major men’s preparations.

The South African Hockey Association are pleased to announce the CTM Showdown between the South African Hockey Men and the SA U21 side. The CTM Showdown will take place this week at North West University in Potchefstroom as the two teams contest four matches to assist both with vital preparation.

The SA Hockey Men are obviously embarking on Tokyo in the next couple of weeks and are looking to continue an impressive run of form, that was started before the Covid pandemic struck. The team had a series victory over USA before an impressive draw with Germany. They returned to action with a 5-0 series win over Namibia before COVID restrictions denied them the chance of playing against Malaysia and potentially moving up in the world rankings.

For the SA U21 Men this is a massive relief after months of uncertainty and delays. The team lost out on the CTM Premier Hockey League and the U21 IPT over the past 18 months as a result of the pandemic. The rescheduled Junior Africa Cup of Nations takes place in Namibia in August, where the team have aspirations of qualifying for the Junior World Cup. The opportunity to have competitive action is something captain Guy Morgan is looking forward to.

“We are looking to get out there against our SA Men and offer them a good competition and tough battle. We are not just taking them on for the experience, we are wanting to compete and we will use this to prepare for our own qualifiers. We are extremely grateful to CTM and North West University for giving us this opportunity to prepare.”

SA U21 Head Coach Sihle Ntuli is also the assistant coach for the men’s Senior side and he is eagerly looking forward to the series, as he shared with Hockey the Podcast.

“For the first week as Head Coach I will be fully in the U21 camp. As I know a lot of the plans of the senior squad, it offers us a great opportunity to test them ahead of Tokyo. Thank you to Garreth and the team for the invitation and more importantly to CTM and Northwest University for their amazing support! We are looking to use this to grow, to learn and to develop on our goals.”

CTM have been a fantastic supporter of SA Hockey for a long time, including as title sponsor of the CTM Premier hockey League an event that created opportunities over the years for new talent to emerge at a high-performance level event. Their support of the Showdown offers yet another superb notch on an impressive sponsorship ladder.

Marissa Langeni, CEO of SA Hockey, thanked CTM for their continued support of South African Hockey.

“After a difficult year of hockey postponements and delays, it’s great to have CTM on board for the Showdown. CTM have been a leader in their support of SA Hockey over the past few years and we are immensely grateful for this. We look forward to a competitive series helping the Senior Mens team and the U21 Mens team with their Olympic preparation and the Junior Africa cup.”

The CTM Showdown will be four matches taking place on 16, 17, 19 & 20 June and will be streamed live streamed (Streaming details on the Facebook page). All games at 16:00.

SA Hockey Association media release

World record: eighth title in a row for the Orange under Annan

There is no end to the success series of the Orange Ladies. The victory in the European Championship final against Germany on Sunday (2-0) meant the eighth (!) international title in a row for the team of national coach Alyson Annan. With this, the Dutch women have equaled a world record.

2021-22 Junior & Senior U.S. Women’s National Indoor Teams Named

U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team Head Coach Jun Kentwell

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Following two different tryout weekends and a virtual/online submissions option, U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team Head Coach Jun Kentwell and coaching staff are pleased to name the 2021-22 Junior and Senior Indoor USWNT squads.

“I want to thank all the players who tried out for the Junior and Senior Indoor National Squads,” said Kentwell. “It was extremely pleasing to see so many young quality players who were interested in representing the USA Indoors. I also want to thank the many people who have continued to support the women’s indoor program.”

“The Development Squad and Women’s Squad has been training together as we work toward selecting the USA team to compete in the [Indoor Pan American Cup] (IPAC) at the end of June. Unfortunately, with the various competitive conflicts this spring we have not been able to bring all our players together as we would have liked. This has also affected our Junior Squad training. However, I have been pleased with how hard the players have been working when they could attend training and we are developing a competitive environment as we build toward the IPAC.”

The U-15 Indoor USWNT is full of fresh faces with only four returning to the squad from being named in 2019. Those athletes are Abigail Burnett (Zionsville, Pa.), Natalie Freeman (Ellicott City, Md.), Melea Weber (Macungie, Pa.) and Gia Whalen (Paoli, Pa.).

2021-22 U.S. U-15 Women’s National Indoor Team:

Ellen Almeida (West Chester, Pa.), Sarah Bednarek (Sweet Valley, Pa.), Abigail Burnett (Zionsville, Pa.), Alessia Cicuto (Raleigh, N.C.), Reese D’Ariano (West Chester, Pa.), Rylee Dennis (Chester Springs, Pa.), Sofia Ferri (Phoenixville, Pa.), Natalie Freeman (Ellicott City, Md.), Abigail Gerdeman (Chester Springs, Pa.), Rachel Herbine (Macungie, Pa.), Krista Lilienthal (Riverdale, N.J.), Ava Moore (Southampton, N.J.), Avery Pollock (Hummelstown, Pa.), Callie Rogers (Richmond, Va.), Riley Savage (Charlotte, N.C.), Hala Silverstein (Glenwood, Md.), Opal Sparling (Chester Springs, Pa.), Aubrey Turner (Downingtown, Pa.), Madeline Vasilios (Clarksville, Md.), Melea Weber (Macungie, Pa.), Gia Whalen (Paoli, Pa.)

Only four athletes named to the 2021-22 U.S. Women’s National Indoor Development Team were on the 2019 squad, in Annika Herbine (Macungie, Pa.), Megan Maransky (Blue Bell, Pa.), Josephine Palde (Schwenksville, Pa.) and Macy Szukics (Malvern, Pa.), but a handful transitioned or aged up from the junior team. Those athletes include Olivia Bent-Cole (Philadelphia, Pa.), Kennedy Cliggett (Warrington, Pa.), Logan Clouser (Bethlehem, Pa.), Margaret Jancerak (Denville, N.J.), Maggie Kondrath (Downingtown, Pa.), Daniela Mendez-Trendler (Reisterstown, Md.) and Madison Orsi (Downingtown, Pa.).

2021-22 U.S. Women’s National Indoor Development Team:

Olivia Bent-Cole (Philadelphia, Pa.), Kennedy Cliggett (Warrington, Pa.), Logan Clouser (Bethlehem, Pa.), Hailey Couch (Easton, Pa.), Annika Herbine (Macungie, Pa.), Margaret Jancerak (Denville, N.J.), Maggie Kondrath (Downingtown, Pa.), Megan Maransky (Blue Bell, Pa.), Daniela Mendez-Trendler (Reisterstown, Md.), Evelyn Murray (Virginia Beach, Va.), Madison Orsi (Downingtown, Pa.), Josephine Palde (Schwenksville, Pa.), Elizabeth Romano (New Vernon, N.J.), Jackie Stinger (Malvern, Pa.), Macy Szukics (Malvern, Pa.), Kylie Walbert (Leesburg, Va.)

Five athletes who competed at the 2018 Indoor Hockey World Cup in Berlin, Germany are returning to the senior women’s squad along with several players who have transitioned from the junior and development teams. Leading the squad with 34 international indoor caps is Ali Campbell (Boyertown, Pa.), who has been with the program since 2013. Goalkeeper Samantha Carlino (Lawrence Township, N.J.) and Madison Orobono (Macungie, Pa.) have all been key elements in the success of the program over the years.

Two athletes made the transition from the U.S. Women’s National Indoor Development Team in Ryleigh Heck (Berlin, N.J.) and Kelly Smith (Downingtown, Pa.). Alaina McVeigh (Lansdale, Pa.), the youngest rostered athlete at 16 years old, made the biggest jump going from the junior to the senior squad in just two years.

2021-22 U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team:

Ali Campbell (Boyertown, Pa.), Samantha Carlino (Kennett Square, Pa.), Sierra Espeland (Fredericksburg, Va.), Noelle Frost (Glenwood, Md.), Ryleigh Heck (Berlin, N.J.), Alaina McVeigh (Lansdale, Pa.), Madison Orobono (Macungie, Pa.), Sabrina Rhodes (Middletown, Del.), Hope Rose (Dauphin, Pa.), Ashley Sessa (Schwenksville, Pa.), Kelly Smith (Downingtown, Pa.), Kasey Tapman (Pasadena, Md.), Rayne Wright (Bethlehem, Pa.), Elizabeth Yeager (Rye, N.Y.), Corinne Zanolli (Newtown Square, Pa.)

Training for both the Junior and Senior Indoor USWNT have taken place since mid-May. Final selections for the 12-person roster for the 2021 Indoor Pan American Cup taking place June 25 through 27 at The Training Center in Spring City, Pa. will be made from the senior squad at a later date.

USFHA media release

Kirandeep excels in sports and studies

By Jugjet Singh

Kirandeep Kaur scored 9As in the recent SPM examinations. - NSTP file pic

THE Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) are really proud of national women's junior player, Kirandeep Kaur who scored 9As in the recent SPM examinations.

Kirandeep is currently training, with online instructions, to play in the women's Junior Asia Cup, scheduled for August in Kakamigahara, Japan.

Kirandeep, who trained and studied at the same time during the Covid-19 pandemic, also aspires to play in the Junior World Cup qualifier.

"MHC are very proud of Kirandeep and we hope her achievements will spur more non-Malays to take up hockey as she has shown that studies and sports can mix, and both should be taken up seriously," said MHC president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal.

Kirandeep scored her first international goal when she was 14, in the World Series at Singapore's Seng Kang Stadium in 2018.

She was fielded by coach K. Dharmaraj in the Jakarta Asian Games when she was only 16.

"I will give her a personal contribution of RM2,000 for her sterling achievement.

"I hope she will make the Junior Asia Cup squad and also score big in the tournament," said Subahan.

China, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Uzbekistan have all agreed to the new dates for the twice-postponed women's tournament.

National women's coach Nasihin Nubli will have to motivate his charges to finish in the top three in the JAC, while coach Wallace Tan's men need to only make the semi-finals to qualify for the Junior World Cup.

New Straits Times

EHL Cup 2021 draw and fixture schedule confirmed

The EHL Cup 2021 draw was made at the Wagener Stadium this week at the EuroHockey Championships with the match-ups confirmed for the event in late September and early October.

In addition to the draw, the match schedule for the competitions – which will take place in KHC Dragons for the men and UHC Hamburg for the women – was also confirmed with each club set to play two games with vital EHL Ranking Table points up for grabs.

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For the women’s EHL Cup 2021, the seedings for the four-team competition were already determined with top seed and hosts UHC Hamburg up against fourth-ranked HC Minsk. Second-ranked Surbiton will face Irish side Pegasus.

In the men’s competition, there are 16 teams in total taking part in the competition in Brasschaat with each team contesting a KO16 match and then playing either a KO8 fixture or a classification match.

The first set of eight teams will play their two games on Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1. Scotland’s Grange HC have been pitted against SV Arminen with the winner coming up against the victor between Russia’s Dinamo Elektrostal and SV Kampong.

Dutch newcomers HC ’s-Hertogenbosch are up against Saint Germain with La Gantoise – another debutant – facing Club de Campo in this section of the draw.

In the second tranche of fixture on Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3, Belarus champions HC Minsk are up against Irish side Three Rock Rovers with Mannheimer HC and Hampstead & Westminster.

The final section of the draw features Russia’s Dinamo-Ak Bars – the new name for Dinamo Kazan – who will face 2017 champions Rot-Weiss Köln. Their section is an enticing one which also includes hosts KHC Dragons against English champions Surbiton.Ticket information and broadcast details will be announced in due course.

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EHL Cup 2021             Match schedule Men – draft (30 September – 3 October 2021, KHC Dragons (BEL))

Thursday 30 September

M1       12.45h             pitch 1 KO16                           KO16Grange HC – SV Arminen
M2       15.00h             pitch 1 KO16                           KO16Dinamo Elektrostal – SV Kampong
M3       17.15h             pitch 1 KO16                           KO16HC ‘s-Hertogenbosch – Saint-Germain HC
M4       19.30h             pitch 1 KO16                           KO16 Gantoise HC – Club de Campo

Friday 1 October

M5       12.45h             pitch 1 Ranking match            Loser M1 – Loser M2
M6       15.00h             pitch 1 KO8                             Winner M1 – Winner M2
M7       17.15h             pitch 1 Ranking match            Loser M3 – Loser M4
M8       19.30h             pitch 1 KO8                             Winner M3 – Winner M4

Saturday 2 October

M9       09.30h             pitch 1 KO16                           KO16HC Minsk – Three Rock Rovers
M10     11.45h             pitch 1 KO16                           KO16Mannheimer HC – Hampstead & Westminster
M11     14.00h             pitch 1 KO16                           KO16Dinamo-Ak Bars – Rot-Weiss Köln
M12     16.15h             pitch 1 KO16                           KO16 KHC Dragons – Surbiton HC

Sunday 3 October

M13     09.30h             pitch 1 Ranking match            Loser M10 – Loser M9
M14     11.45h             pitch 1 KO8                             Winner M10 – Winner M9
M15     14.00h             pitch 1 Ranking match            Loser M11 – Loser M12
M16     16.15h             pitch 1 KO8                             Winner M11 – Winner M12

EHL Cup 2021             Women           (2-3 October 2021 at UHC Hamburg (GER))

Saturday 2 October   

M1       12.00h             pitch 1                         Women SF1     Surbiton HC – Pegasus HC
M2       14.15h             pitch 1                         Women SF2    UHC Hamburg – HC Minsk

Sunday 3 October      

M3       11.00h             pitch 1                         3rd/4th game    Loser SF2 – Loser SF1
M4       13.15h             pitch 1                         1st/2nd place    Winner SF2 – Winner SF1

** Note: Match times and schedule subject to change due to the requirements of television or other factors as determined by EHL.

Euro Hockey League media release

Old rivalries ignited in new Ford National Hockey Championships

Hockey New Zealand is delighted to welcome to the national calendar the new Ford National Hockey Championships which will see our best Association-based teams striving to be crowned at each level.

Following the cancellation of last year’s representative tournaments due to Covid-19, the Ford National Hockey Championships will ignite the rivalries of old and new in a week-long competition from 12-18 September in Tauranga.

The championships will see a tiered approach with three tiers in both the men’s and women’s competitions. These tiers will allow Associations to have like-for-like competition but also strive for promotion with promotion/relegation occurring between the tiers. The Ford NHC also allow players to stick their hand up for national selection.

The Associations involved in each tier will be confirmed in coming weeks as we build towards an exciting celebration of our game in mid-September.

Keep up to date about the Ford National Hockey Championships here.

Under-18s action in Hamilton and Wellington next month

After a Covid-enforced break of two years since the last National Under-18s, next month’s Vantage National Under-18 Tournaments will feature the return of an Association-based competition.

The National Under-18s are now the first age-group tournament opportunities for players, umpires, coaches and manages to stick their hands up on the national stage.

The National Under-18 Women’s Tournament will see 21 Association teams descend on Wellington to compete for the Amanda Hooper Memorial Trophy. The National Under-18 Men’s Tournament in Hamilton will feature 20 Association teams competing for the Paul Ackerley Memorial Trophy.

Both events will run from 11-17 July with the draw available here. For those who can’t make it to Wellington or Hamilton, results are available via Altiusrt here.

Dates confirmed for 2022 National Masters

Hockey New Zealand in conjunction with Tauranga Hockey Association and Tauranga City Council are pleased to announce that the 2022 National Masters Tournament will be held from Sunday 20 February to Saturday 26 February.

The tournament has been moved a week earlier than this year’s scheduled dates to avoid a clash with the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup at the neighbouring Bay Oval.

The change of date will ensure full access to the hockey facility including the village green area and a fully operational third turf.

After the postponement of the 2021 National Masters Tournament due to a change in Covid-19 alert levels, Tauranga is pleased to be able to welcome back the more than 1500 participants from 90-plus teams who registered for this year’s event.

Hockey New Zealand Media release

CNS All Pakistan Hockey Tournament from August 1

LAHORE   -  The 3rd Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) All Pakistan Hockey Tournament under the auspices of Naval Sports Directorate will be played at Abdul Sattar Hockey Stadium Karachi from August 1 to 8.

Top eight teams among the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) rankings will participate in the event, said a press release issued here on Monday.

Defending champions National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) will be looking to retain the title.

The PHF will appoint the competent team of technical officers and umpires in the mega event.

The PHF has issued invitations and instructions to the top eight outfits to participate in the event. Teams have been instructed to confirm their participation before June 18. In case if any of these sides fails to confirm the entry within the stipulated time, a replacement team will be added instead.

The best arrangements will be made by the Naval Sports Directorate to make the event successful.

The Nation

Six Tar Heels Earn All-ACC Academic Field Hockey Honors

By: UNC Athletic Communications

Bryn Boylan (6) and Erin Matson (1) were among six Tar Heels named to the All-ACC Academic Team.

Six Tar Heel field hockey players have added another honor to an already successful school year.  Bryn Boylan, Erin Matson, Abby Pitcairn, Meredith Sholder, Eva Smolenaars and Cassie Sumfest have been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team, announced Monday by the league.
All were part of NCAA and ACC championship teams over the past year, when the Tar Heels finished 19-1.
Boylan, who graduated in May, majored in media and journalism. A midfielder/forward from Doylestown, Pa., she scored six goals, including three game-winners, in 2020-21.
Matson, a rising senior who is majoring in media and journalism, is a forward from Chadds Ford, Pa. She recently was announced as the winner of the Honda Sport Award for field hockey for the second year in a row.
Pitcairn, a rising senior who is majoring in biology, is a midfielder from Pittsburgh, Pa. The winner of the 2019 Elite 90 Award, she played in all 20 games last season and finished with six assists.
Sholder, also a rising senior and biology major, is a forward/midfielder from Alburtis, Pa. She finished the season with three goals and three assists and earned first-team All-South Region honors.
Smolenaars, a media and journalism major returning for a fifth season, is a midfielder from Weert, the Netherlands. She earned first-team All-ACC and All-South Region honors in 2020-21.
Sumfest, who has finished her business administration degree and will begin graduate school in the fall, is a midfielder from Lewisburg, Pa. She started all 20 games in 2020-21, totaling 14 points on six goals and two assists.
The six Tar Heels are among 38 conference standouts to earn the honor, which takes into account both academic and athletic performance during the 2020-21 season.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one's academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.
2020-21 All-ACC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Jonna Kennedy, Boston College

2020-21 All-ACC Field Hockey Academic Team
Sky Caron, Boston College, Jr.; Management & Leadership
Jonna Kennedy, Boston College, Jr.; Applied Psychology
Jaime Natale, Boston College, Sr.; Communication
Elizabeth Warner, Boston College; Sr.; Political Science
Darcy Bourne, Duke, Fr.; Undecided
Lexi Davidson, Duke, Sr.; Sociology
Caroline Hanan, Duke, Jr.; Neuroscience
Eva Nunnink, Duke, Gr.; Master of Management
Lily Posternak, Duke, Sr.; Sociology
Alli Bitting, Louisville; Sr.; Sports Administration
Emilia Kaczmarczyk, Louisville; So.; Sociology
Julie Kouizjer, Louisville, So.; Marketing
Mercedes Pastor, Louisville, Sr.; Industrial Engineering
Aimee Plumb, Louisville, Fr.; Psychology
Meghan Schneider, Louisville, Sr.; Biology
Charlotte Van Oirschot, Louisville, Fr.; Psychology
Bryn Boylan, North Carolina, Sr.; Media & Journalism
Erin Matson, North Carolina, Jr.; Media & Journalism
Abby Pitcairn, North Carolina; Jr.; Biology
Meredith Sholder, North Carolina, Jr.; Biology
Eva Smolenaars, North Carolina, Sr.; Media & Journalism
Cassie Sumfest North Carolina; Jr.; Business Administration
Hailey Bitters, Syracuse; So.; Nutrition
Claire Cook, Syracuse, Sr.; Human Development & Family Science
Pleun Lammers, Syracuse; So.; Psychology
Florine Van Boetzelaer, Syracuse, Fr.; Undeclared
Eveline Van Den Nieurwenhof, Syracuse, Fr.; Undeclared
Amber Ezechiels, Virginia, Jr.; Economics
Adele Iacobucci, Virginia, So.; Media Studies
Laura Janssen, So., Virginia; Undeclared
Annie McDonough, Virginia, Jr.; Cognitive Science
Rachel Robinson, Virginia; Sr.; Kinesiology
Grace Delmotte, Wake Forest, Fr.; Undeclared
Natalie Friedman, Wake Forest, So.; Economics
Tori Glaister, Wake Forest, Fr.; Undeclared
Meike Lanckohr, Wake Forest, So.; Undeclared
Hannah Maxwell, Wake Forest, So.; Undeclared
Laia Vancells, Wake Forest, Jr.; Biochemistry/French

Go Heels

Massachusetts Field Hockey Welcomes Assistant Coach Roxy Coetzee-Turner

Fifteen-year coaching veteran joins Minutewomen staff ahead of 2021 season

AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts field hockey and head coach Barb Weinberg announced on Monday that Roxy Coetzee-Turner has joined the program as assistant coach. Coetzee-Turner brings 15 years of coaching experience to the Minutewomen, having most recently spent the 2019 season in a similar role at Amherst College.
"I'm very excited to welcome Roxy to our staff," said Weinberg. "Roxy brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience at the highest levels to our program. She has tremendous hockey knowledge and a strong ability in player development. Most of all, Roxy fits well with the growth mindset we embrace on and off the pitch at UMass. I can't wait for her to get started working with our team."
With Coetzee-Turner on staff, Amherst College had two NFHCA All-Region honorees in 2019 as Sophia Kaplan and Beth Williamson both had standout seasons on the backline. The duo also collected NESCAC All-Conference accolades in a league consistently regarded among the best in NCAA Division III.
Coetzee-Turner arrived with the Mammoths following six years in South Africa at St. Mary's School, Waverley. She served as the Director of Field Hockey, the head coach of the school's top field hockey team, and as a sports conditioning specialist.
"It's an honor to join UMass field hockey and I thank both Barb Weinberg and director of athletics Ryan Bamford for this opportunity," said Coetzee-Turner. "There is a great, talented group of players at UMass and with preseason right around the corner, I am looking forward to getting on the pitch and helping them develop both as players and people."
In her role at St. Mary's, Coetzee-Turner was responsible for managing all aspects of field hockey, managing 12 coaches across 14 teams and over 300 student-athletes. She also formed the school's field hockey curriculum and plan for development. As sports conditioning specialist, she led the physical program for field hockey, tennis, squash and basketball student-athletes.
Before moving into the director role, Coetzee-Turner was an assistant to St. Mary's field hockey for three seasons, under former South Africa national team coach Ros Howell. During this time, the program sent multiple players forward to the national team level.
A South Africa Hockey Association Level 2-certified coach, Coetzee-Turner also served as head coach with the Southern Gauteng Hockey Association's U18 team.
Coetzee-Turner was a member of the South Africa national field hockey team from 2008-12, as well as a two-time captain and three-time member of the South African U21 Team. In 2008, she was named University of Johannesburg Sportswoman of the Year. She frequently competes in triathlons and qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2018.
Coetzee-Turner earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Psychology from the University of Johannesburg in 2009 and holds a Master's degree in Sports Management from Ulster University at Belfast (2012). She also earned a diploma in Exercise Science from the Health and Fitness Professional Academy (HFPA) in 2013.

UMass Athletics media release

Allistar "Ally" Fredricks

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our Executive Board Member Allistar "Ally" Fredericks from a cardiac arrest.

Ally was an Atlanta 1996 Olympian and a legend of the game bringing hope to many. He will fondly be remembered as a champion and crusader of hockey development, growing the game, harnessing new talent and creating opportunities for young upcoming players.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Fredericks Family at this difficult time. Heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and the extended hockey family.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.

SA Hockey Association social media release

RIP Allistar Fredericks

It with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Allistar Grant Fredericks.

Ally died of cardiac arrest in the early hours of the morning.

He will be sorely missed by many.

Ally was a hockey legend. MHSRIP.

Alistar Fredericks (2 September 1971 - 15 June 2021) was a South African former field hockey player who competed in the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics. And the first person of colour to represent the SA men’s hockey team post SA sports unification.

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