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Canadian women finish successful U.K. Tour with 4-0 win over Wales

Shaheed Devji

Poonam Sandhu (#24) in Game 1 vs Wales - May 4, 2014 Photo: Peter Smith

After an opening game loss to world no.3 England, the Canadian Women’s National Team went undefeated in four straight games and finished their U.K. Tour with a dominant 4-0 shutout victory over Wales, Wednesday in Cardiff.

Canada finishes its U.K. tour with a record of 2W-2D-1L, with both wins and one draw coming against Wales, and the other draw against England.

“It was a great way to finish an invaluable tour with both a positive performance and a positive result,” says Women’s National Team head coach Ian Rutledge.

“Particularly pleasing was the way in which we displayed considerable reilsinece in both trying conditions and against a determined opposition.”

In the final match, Canada got out to an early lead as in the second minute Brienne Stairs (Kitchener, Ont.) converted a rebound from a Karli Johansen (North Vancouver, B.C.) drag flick to make it 1-0.

Before the half was out, after an impressive build up from the Canadian back four, opened up the middle of the pitch for Poonam Sandhu (Vancouver, B.C.) who took a great shot to beat Welsh keeper Rose Thomas and mad it 2-0 in the eighteenth minute.

In the second half the Canadian attacked continued with Sara McManus (Tsawwassen, B.C.) and Kate Gillis (Kingston, Ont.) teaming up to find an overlapping Hannah Haughn (North Vancouver, B.C.), who’s pass was deflected into the goal by Stairs for her second of the game to give Canada a 3-0 lead in the fortieth minute.

Veteran Thea Culley (Rossland, B.C.) got Canada’s fourth goal of the game in the fifty-second minute when she found herself on the positive end of Gillis’ cross.

“The girls stuck to their roles and our patience on the ball allowed us to erode the Welsh defensive foundations,” says Rutledge. “The combination play on attack was impressive and it was great to see a lot of the offensive work we have been focusing on this tour come together.”

The women now return home to Canada to focus on preparation for the Commonwealth Games. A final Games roster will be named in June, before the team heads to Ireland in July for a pre-Games tour prior to making its way to Scotland for the competition at the end of July.

Field Hockey Canada media release

Jayde Taylor called up

Teneal Attard ruled out of World Cup through injury

A change has been made to the Hockeyroos squad previously announced for the forthcoming World Cup in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Having failed to recover from the stress reaction injury in her lower leg that kept her out of last month’s Hawke’s Bay Festival in New Zealand, two time World Cup defender Teneal Attard (Mackay, QLD) has been withdrawn from the squad. West Australian Jayde Taylor (Bunbury, WA) has been selected as her replacement.

Taylor, 29, was a member of the Hockeyroos squad at the 2010 World Cup in Rosario and represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2012 Olympic Games. She has returned to action after a 16 month lay-off from a foot injury.

The Hockeyroos depart for pre-tournament preparation matches in Europe on Monday, 12 May.

Revised Hockeyroos squad for the Rabobank World Cup
31 May – 15 June 2014, The Hague, Netherlands

Athlete (Hometown, State) Caps/Goals [Age]
Madonna Blyth (Brisbane, QLD) 277/65 [28]
Edwina Bone (Evatt, ACT) 36/1 [26]
Jane Claxton (Adelaide, SA) 37/3 [21]
Kirstin Dwyer (Mackay, QLD) 44/2 [25]
Casey Eastham (South Coast, NSW) 199/44 [25]
Anna Flanagan (Canberra, ACT) 120/20 [22]
Emily Hurtz (Camden, NSW) 74/28 [24]
Kate Jenner (Tamworth, NSW) 91/1 [23]
Jodie Kenny (Wamuran, QLD) 102/50 [26]
Rachael Lynch (Warrandyte, VIC) 102/0 [27]
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA) 35/4 [22]
Georgia Nanscawen (Melbourne, VIC) 120/22 [21]
Ashleigh Nelson (Wagin, WA) 144/61 [27]
Georgie Parker (Berri, SA) 52/13 [25]
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW) 82/32 [21]
Jayde Taylor (Bunbury, WA) 90/1 [29]
Ashlee Wells (Morwell, VIC) 30/0 [24]
Kellie White (Crookwell, NSW) 72/24 [22]

World Cup arrangements & match schedule
12 May – Depart for Europe
15 May – Four nations tournament: match 1 v England, Bremen (GER)
17 May – Four nations tournament: match 2 v Japan, Bremen (GER)
18 May – Four nations tournament: match 3 v Germany, Bremen (GER)
20 May – Hockeyroos v Belgium, Test match, Antwerp (BEL)
25-28 May – Unofficial practice matches v Argentina, China and USA
31 May – Hockeyroos v Korea, 10:30pm AEST / 8:30pm AWST
2 June – Hockeyroos v Japan, 6:30pm AWST / 4:30pm AWST
5 June – Hockeyroos v Belgium, 6:30pm AWST / 4:30pm AWST
7 June – Hockeyroos v Netherlands, 3:45am AEST (8 June) / 1:45am AWST (8 June)
9 June – Hockeyroos v New Zealand, 6:30pm AEST / 4:30pm AWST
12 June – TBC – Semi Finals
13 June – TBC – Classification Matches
14 June – TBC – Medal matches & classification matches

Hockey Australia media release

Making sure it all goes like clockwork

Adrienne Lijs is one of the many people working behind the scenes to ensure the Rabobank Hockey World Cup runs smoothly.

Sarah Juggins

Have you ever wondered who makes sure that the clock works, or that the teams are wearing colours that do not clash? Just who does provide the statistics on numbers of penalty corners or the minute a goal was scored? Well, working behind the scenes are a whole team of technical officials and judges. We speak to 38-year-old Adrienne Lijs, who is just 24 days from stepping up to judge her first World Cup.

What pathway have you followed to reach the heights of World Cup judge?

In May 2005 my own club Amsterdam asked me to assist on the secretarial activities for the officials at the European Club Championship for men. In July 2010 I was asked to act as a local judge during an invitation Four Nations tournament. Afterwards I did the U18 European Championship in Utrecht and the U21 European Championship in Den Bosch. In 2012 I received my first appointment from EHF for the EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Trophy Women where I was appointed as a judge and then the EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy Women (May 2013 Antwerp/Belgium) where I acted as a Technical Official. I was then surprised to be appointed for the Hockey World League Round 3 in Rotterdam.  Last February I went to the EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Cup Women (Cambrai/France) and in July I will be present at the U21 European Championship in Waterloo/Belgium.

What is your playing background?

I started playing hockey when I was eight years old and I was always in the first or second team at my club. I then played club hockey at the highest level in the Netherlands. By that time (1992) I had also started my umpire career.  And in April 2013 I umpired my last official match.

What do you enjoy about judging?

I like to be engaged with a hockey match in a different way than only as a player, umpire, coach or manager.  As a judge you are a time keeper or you take care of the match statistics. This requires a totally different way of watching a hockey match. In the meantime you work with people from different countries and cultures which I find very excited and valuable for my own development as an official and as a human being.

Can you explain how the judge interacts with the other officials?

During a match the appointed judges will assist the Technical Officers with time keeping, gathering statistics and managing the scoreboard. Officials work together during the matches but also behind the scenes. 

We discuss what happened during the day or what we can expect in following matches. We also support the Technical Director on issues such as preparing the appointments, what colours the teams should wear, stick checks, passport control and many other things that helps the game run smoothly.

What are your feelings about being appointed as a World Cup judge?

I feel very excited! The FIH countdown really brings it home. I keep receiving more and more information about the tournament and all the events that will take place around this tournament, that makes me realise that the tournament is coming closer and closer. 

At the end of the World Cup, what will tell you that it has been a success?

For me the World Cup has been a success when I can say that I gained a lot of experiences, have seen awesome contests, have experienced the emotion of sports where joy and happiness meet tears of sorrow and had a lot of fun with many people around. So when the tournament has finished people will still ask me "Why are you smiling so much?  You shine!"

FIH site

HI to felicitate living legends of 1975 WC winning team

The victorious 1975 World Cup Indian hockey team. Hockey India on Wednesday decided to felicitate the living legends from the team on May 14.  The Hindu Archive

Continuing with its initiative of recognising the efforts of players who have brought laurels to the country, Hockey India (HI) will felicitate the greats, who won the only World Cup for India on May 14, 1975, at Kuala Lumpur .

Besides felicitating the players, HI will also announce the Indian squad for the upcoming FIH World Cup to be held in The Hague, Netherlands from May 31 to June 15.

Hockey India has invited all 13 living members of the 1975 World Cup winning team in the capital, where they will be presented with a token one-time payment of Rs. 1,75,000 each.

Speaking on the occasion Narinder Batra, Secretary General, Hockey India said, “It’s a great honour for us to felicitate the legends who made us proud of being the Champion Holders of the 1975 World Cup. These initiatives are an effort to make the present team believe that they too can do what their seniors have achieved in the past.”

HI started the initiative of felicitating players in 2012, when all the living Olympic gold medallists were invited and presented one-ime payment of Rs. 2 lakh, on the occasion of wishing the then Indian squad, which was representing the country during the London Olympics that year.

And now as the present squad is all set to compete in the FIH World Cup, HI has invited the members of only team to have won the prestigious Cup, to come and wish the team before they leave for The Hague.

The lists of invitees include Ajit Pal Singh, who captained and led the team to victory during the 1975 World Cup. To his credit, he has represented India in the prestigious tournament on three occasions -- 1971 World Cup, Barcelona wherein the ream bagged the bronze and 1973 World Cup, Amsterdam where they bought back the silver.

He was also a part of two Olympics Games in Mexico 1968 (bronze) and 1972 (bronze). He won the Arjuna Award in 1970 and Padamshree in 1992 for his contribution to the sport.

Ashok Kumar, son of legendary late Major Dhyan Chand, is the first of two Indians who represented the country in four World Cup tournaments, including Barcelona 1971 (bronze), 1973 Amsterdam (silver), Kuala Lumpur 1975 (gold) and Buenos Aires 1978.

He was also instrumental in scoring the winning goal for India against Pakistan in the finals of the 1975 World Cup.

Ashok Kumar also participated in the two Olympic Games in Munich 1972 (bronze) and Montreal 1976.

Others to be felicitated are defender Mohd Aslam Sher Khan, Brig. Harcharan Singh VSM, Leslie Fernandez, Varinder Singh, Ashok Diwan, Michael Kindo, B P Govinda, Brig. HJS Chimni, V J Phillips, Onkar Singh, Kaliah P E.

The Hindu

HI cracks down on erring players, officials

The disciplinary committee of Hockey India, on Tuesday, decided to impose sanctions on various teams, individual players and officials for breach of code of conduct during recent domestic tournaments.

Taking a serious view of assault and misbehaviour by the Rajnandgaon XI team during the first all-India VHA-Nagpur Gold Cup, the committee imposed a 12-month ban on team manager Koshor Diwar and one of the players, Rahul Yadav, with effect from May 6, 2014.

The incident happened on April 23 during a game against SEC Railways, when Yadav assaulted an opposition player, while Diwar repeatedly used foul language and walked his team off the field.

The two will also be on probation for a year after the ban is completed.

A six-month ban was also imposed on the other 15 members of the team.

In another incident, Hockey Bhopal general secretary Jalaluddin Rizvi was warned and put on one-year probation for publicly criticising tournament regulations during the fourth Hockey India junior women’s national championship in Mysore.

Tournament director Davinder Bhatia was also put on probation for being unfairly biased against international umpire Anupama Puchimanda.

The guilty can appeal to the Athletes Dispute & Grievance Redressal Committee within 30 days.

The Hindu

Shahnaz demands replacement of camp absentees

Mohsin Ali

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan hockey team head coach Shahnaz Shaikh has demanded the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to provide replacement of five players, who have taken leave from the camp.

Talking to The Nation on Wednesday, Shahnaz said: “Goalkeeper Imran Butt is going through different medical tests. Doctor will check his reports on May 11 and then treatment process will start. Ali Shan is carrying hamstring injury well before the start of the training camp and he is advised two-week rest. Khaild Bhatti is also fighting with disease and he is likely to remain absent for two to three weeks. Under these circumstances, I have requested the PHF to send four players mainly for defense purposes. Another young lad Bilal of Bannu has left camp due to family issue.”

“It is a very good learning experience for majority of youngsters. I promise they will be given fair chance, but as defending champions and keeping in mind Olympics, I have to take tough and bold decisions. Seniors will be given preference, but juniors will also be given chance. I have made long-term plans and as the juniors are the future of Pakistan hockey, they will ultimately replace seniors in due course of time. I just want to give juniors more and more time to play and learn from seniors’ experience,” he added.

“I am quite satisfied with the players’ progress and I have decided to permanently stay at the PSB hostel to keep a close check on all the affairs. I want to give players complete mental and physical relief which will help them in producing satisfactory results and also lift standard of Pakistan hockey,” he asserted. “I have accepted the coaching challenge, just because I believe in my abilities and I have complete faith in players’ strength. I will not disappoint the nation and soon, we will start getting the desired results,” Shahnaz concluded.

The Nation

Dames regain hockey lead from Parkites

Nigel Simon

National duo, Shaquille Daniel and Ishmael Campbell scored first-half penalty-corner goals as Notre Dame held off Fatima 2-1 to regain top spot from Queen’s Park in the race for the T&T Hockey Board Men’s Championship Division crown on Saturday. Daniel fired his team ahead in the 21st minute and a minute before the half-time whistle Campbell made it 2-0 for a comfortable lead. Nine minutes into the second-half, Jordan Vieira pulled a goal back for Fatima, but the Dames managed to hold on for the valuable three points to push their tally to 19 from eight matches, one ahead of the Parkites while four-time defending champions, Petrotrin has 13 from eight matches in third.

...Women clobber Ventures

The trio of Dana-Lee De Gannes, Vanessa Chewitt and former national captain, Carol Wynn-Whiteman all scored two goals each as defending champions of the Women’s Championship Division, Notre Dame rebounded from a 4-1 loss to Courts Malvern by clobbering Ventures 8-0 on Sunday. De Gannes got her goals in the seventh and 61st, Chewitt in the 33rd and 65th and Wynn-Whiteman, in the 44th and 55th, while Blair Wynne (57th) and Kayla Brathwaite (69th) added one each in the lopsided victory to carry their points tally to 11 from seven matches, the same as Shandy Carib Magnolias which has played a match less and two behind Paragon. However, Harvard Checkers’ Kwylan Jaggassar netted the lone goal in her team’s 1-0 upset of Magnolias, its first win in five matches for four points. Two days earlier, Checkers and Notre Dame had battled to a 1-1 draw with Sekayi Liburd and Wynne on target for their respective clubs.

T&THB Standings

Men’s Championship:
Teams P W D L F A Pts
Notre Dame 8 6 1 1 26 13 19
QPCC 7 6 0 1 17 6 18
Petrotrin 8 4 1 3 20 15 13
Malvern 7 3 0 4 10 22 9
Paradise 5 2 1 2 8 7 7
Paragon 8 1 2 5 24 23 5
Fatima 9 1 1 7 8 25 4
D/Force 2 1 0 1 7 9 3

Women’s Championship:
Paragon 6 4 1 1 13 7 13
Magnolias 6 3 2 1 15 7 11
Notre Dame 7 3 2 2 22 16 11
Malvern 6 3 1 2 14 12 10
Checkers 5 1 1 3 3 7 4
Ventures 5 0 1 4 5 15 1

Trinity Men’s Division:
QPCC 9 8 0 1 55 7 24
Paradise 6 6 0 0 18 3 18
Notre Dame 8 6 0 2 23 12 18
Malvern 8 5 1 2 20 10 16
Paragon 9 5 1 3 29 20 16
Fatima 9 4 0 5 15 20 12
Shape 8 3 0 5 13 28 9
Carib 7 1 0 6 5 23 3
Police 6 0 0 6 2 22 0
Petrotrin 8 0 0 8 3 38 0

Trinity Women’s Division:
Paragon 6 4 1 1 12 4 13
Magnolias 4 4 0 0 27 1 12
Checkers 5 4 0 1 17 2 12
Ventures 6 2 1 3 5 9 7
Notre Dame 5 2 0 3 3 15 6
Police 7 1 2 4 7 24 5
Paradise 6 1 1 4 4 10 4
Malvern 3 0 1 2 3 13 1

Mixed Veterans:
Notre Dame 7 5 1 1 34 8 16
QPCC 6 5 0 1 48 8 15
Fatima 7 4 0 3 46 37 12
Malvern 5 2 2 1 24 10 8
Carib 5 2 1 2 13 13 7
D/Force 5 2 0 3 27 31 6
Police 5 1 0 4 6 18 3
Shape 6 0 0 6 4 77 0

Under-19 Girls:
Magnolias 3 3 0 0 22 0 9
Notre Dame 3 3 0 0 11 6 9
Paragon 4 2 1 1 12 5 7
Malvern 5 2 1 2 23 19 7
Checkers 6 2 1 3 7 16 7
Ventures 4 1 1 2 12 5 4
Raiders 5 0 0 5 0 36 0

Under-19 Boys:
QPCC 7 6 0 1 52 11 18
Malvern 4 4 0 0 73 3 12
Shape 7 4 0 3 46 19 12
Fatima 5 3 0 2 48 12 9
Paradise 4 3 0 1 15 8 9
Notre Dame 6 3 0 3 18 26 9
Carib 6 1 0 5 5 61 3
Paragon 3 0 0 3 2 19 0
Raiders 6 0 0 6 1 101 0

The Trinidad Guardian

Crafting coaches through the FIH Hockey Academy

Champions Challenge 1 provides opportune stage to jumpstart FIH Hockey Academy

It is highly recognised that there are many good practices of coach education around the world; however, opportunities to access a high standard of education is not consistent. This month, the FIH Hockey Academy launched its first stage of the newly-formed Educator Workforce programme. During the Champions Challenge 1, in Glasgow, Scotland, nominated Coaches took part in a series of courses that included Trainer training and Coach Educator training, while several participants were involved in a pilot of the FIH Hockey Academy Coach Level 1 Award.

To put it simply, there are athletes who are coached on a regular basis by coaches, but who coaches the coaches?

The FIH Hockey Academy, in partnership with the World Academy of Sport, is focused on delivering a simplified education pathway for people who want to pursue coaching, officiating or management at a higher level. Continental and National federations are encouraged to adopt this framework allowing for a global movement of education.

Following the first Educator Workforce programme launch in Glasgow, the FIH Hockey Academy officially certified four Trainers and 13 Coach Educators, while 22 Scottish candidates were the first recipients of the new FIH Hockey Academy Coach Level 1 Award. The FIH Hockey Academy Educator Workforce defines three levels – a Trainer, who trains Educators; an Educator, who educates coaches or officials; and a Coach, who coaches athletes.

There is plenty of opportunity for any hockey enthusiast to get on board with the FIH Hockey Academy. Whether you are a player, fan, official, parent or just interested in learning more about hockey, there is a starting point for you. The first step is to enter into the START Hockey online programme, which is available to anyone at no cost. Through a series of web modules, registrants can learn about the sport of hockey including the rules, equipment, field of play and much more.

From there, you pick your path and can enter one of three development pathways – coaching, officiating or management – and the next steps include a mix of online and face-to-face education.

This multi-faceted academy is set to revolutionise hockey education around the world, while empowering any federation to follow a recognised certification program. Like any growing athlete, the FIH Hockey Academy will continue to develop over the coming months and will include further Coaching levels for the development of officials and managers. 

For more information on the FIH Hockey Academy or how you can join START Hockey visit the official website at: http://www.fih-hockey.academy

FIH site

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