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News 27 May 2014

All the news for Tuesday 27 May 2014

Malaysia given a lesson in friendly

THE Malaysian hockey team received a 8-2 drubbing when World Cup hosts the Netherlands ran riot in a friendly at the Hague on Sunday.

Both the Malaysian goals were scored by Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, and the team have to brace for another onslaught when they face World No 1 Australia in the World Cup curtain raiser on Saturday.

Malaysia are in Group A, and there will be no easy matches as they also meet World No 5 Belgium (June 2), World No 4 England (June 5), World No 8 India (June 7) and World No 10 Spain (June 9).

Reigning Olympic champions Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Argentina and South Africa are in Group B.

Australia showed their class when they beat England 2-1 and 3-1 in their two friendlies.

The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) is looking for at least a 10th place finish, but coach K. Dharmaraj has set his sight on sixth out of the 12 teams in action.

New Straits Times

Malaysia humbled in hockey test match

By S. Ramaguru

The hockey test match between hosts Holland (orange) and Malaysia at the Kyocera Stadium at the Hague - venue of the World Cup which starts on Saturday. Malaysia lost the Sunday test 8-2. - AFP

KUALA LUMPUR: It was not a good start for Malaysia in their first match at the Kyocera Stadium, the main venue of the hockey World Cup Finals, in The Hague, Holland.

Playing in a practice match on Sunday night, Malaysia were whipped 8-2 by hosts Holland.

“The pitch is new and quite bumpy. It will take us some matches to get used to it. The match was useful as we tried out all our players. We also tried out different combinations. The Dutch were good and certainly in a different class from us. It was a good practice for the players,” said national coach K. Dharmaraj.

Dharmaraj added that they would have two more training sessions on the pitch before their opening match against Australia on May 31.

The Kyocera Stadium is one of the two venues used for the Finals. The other is the GreenFields Stadium.

Malaysia will play Australia and England at the Kyocera Stadium. Malaysia’s other three Group A matches against Belgium, India and Spain will be at the GreenFields Stadium.

The Kyocera Stadium is the home ground of Dutch Division One football side ADO Den Haag. The Dutch season ended on May 4 and the following day the stadium was handed over to the hockey organisers. Work then started in replacing the grass with an artificial turf.

And in a space of 2½ weeks, the stadium was up and ready with the artificial turf all laid and transformed from a football venue into a top-flight hockey competition.

“It is just amazing that this is actually a football stadium and the Dutch managed to get it ready for the World Cup. The pitch is new.

“Like all new surfaces, there will be a little problem adjusting to it. But it will be the same for all teams,” said Dharmaraj.

Work on building the temporary second stadium, GreenFields, started in the middle of March. The stadium was officially handed over to the organisers at the end of April.

The GreenFields Stadium, which is next to the Kyocera Stadium, has a capacity of 5,000.

The men’s and women’s World Cup are held simultaneously at the two venues. The GreenFields Stadium will host two matches a day while the Kyocera Stadium will stage four matches daily.

The Star of Malaysia

Milestone moments about to take place

4 days to go and we celebrate 4 magical moments take place in The Hague

Reaching a landmark in hockey caps is always a special moment. The first 50, 100, 150 caps are all special, but at this year's Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, there are some players who have represented their country a phenomenal number of times. The time, dedication and sacrifice necessary to make it as an elite athlete is enormous, and then the ability to keep consistently performing at that level over a number of years calls for incredible determination. Here are four people who may be reaching notable landmarks during their time at The Hague.


Casey Eastham, Australia

Australia's Casey Eastham enters the Hockey World Cup having just made the 200-cap mark. The two-time Olympian helped the Hockeyroos to a second-place finish at the World League Finals and was pivotal in the gold-medals wins at the 2013 World League Semi-Finals, 2012 Champions Challenge and 2010 Commonwealth Games.  


Tina Bachman, Germany

At 35-years-old, Germany's Tina Bachmann will boast 250 caps to her name during this World Cup. The three-time Olympian would love to add a World Cup title to her collection. After a two-year absence, the 2004 Olympic gold medallist returned to the international stage in 2013 and has continued to be defensive stalwart for Die Danas. 


Matias Paredes, Argentina

Argentina's Matias Paredes will also be able to boast 250 caps at this year’s World Cup. Matias began his international career in 2001 and has competed in the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. He was twice nominated as FIH Young Player of the Year.


Miao Lin, Umpire

About to earn the prestigious Golden Whistle award for her 100th international is umpire Miao Lin. The Chinese official began in 2005, became a member of the World Panel in 2013 and enters the 2014 World Cup with 98 internationals. With two Olympic games, six Champions Trophies and soon to be two World Cups under her belt, Miao Lin will become the 34th women’s official to earn the Golden Whistle. She will also be the first Chinese umpire, men’s or women’s, to receive the honour. 

FIH site

Panchia brings youthful firepower to Black Sticks

Auckland striker Jared Panchia is the youngest player in the Black Sticks Men’s team competing at the Hockey World Cup in The Hague.

At just 20 years of age Panchia is the youngest by two years, ahead of Southern defender Kane Russell (22).

But don’t mistake youth for inexperience – he has already played 33 tests and scored six goals for New Zealand since his debut in March 2013.

Panchia and Russell played for the Junior Black Sticks in December’s Junior World Cup, but will both now step up to international hockey’s greatest stage.

Alongside older brother Arun, Jared is also one of two sets of siblings playing for the Black Sticks at the World Cup along with Simon and Marcus Child.

“It’s really exciting and to have it in Holland will be an awesome experience and something I’ve been working towards my whole career,” he said.

“It’s a big honour, especially to play with all these guys. I watched them when I was younger and to be playing with them at the World Cup now is amazing.

“Every game I feel a lot better and it seems like I have more time now and am not so rushed. The main thing is just trying to improve every game.”

Panchia will be hunting goals up front with fellow strikers Simon Child, Blair Hilton, Marcus Child, Stephen Jenness and Hugo Inglis.

The Black Sticks Men play their first game at the World Cup against Korea on Monday 2 June at 3.30am (NZ time). All games are live on SKY Sport.

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Ramandeep’s injury reflects laxity in rules: Walsh

Harpreet Kaur Lamba

Young striker Ramandeep Singh’s exclusion from the Hockey World Cup following an injury — the 21-year old suffered a nasty blow during the team’s first practice game against Argentina at the Hague, Holland, on Sunday — has left India’s plans in disarray.

Chief coach Terry Walsh showed his displeasure, saying Sunday’s incident "clearly reflected the laxity in rules that allows players to implement the overhead skill with such reckless abandon".

Field hockey is one of the many sports that have adapted new rules in recent times to make the game faster and commercially more viable. But Walsh hinted that perhaps it was time to review those changes.

A scoop shot by Argentina’s Gonzalo Peillat hit Ramandeep on the right cheekbone, leaving him with three fractures. The 21-year old from Punjab underwent multiple surgeries at a hospital in the Hague, and will return to India for further treatment after two days.

Said Walsh from Holland, "It was no doubt an accident, but a clear reflection of the laxity in our rules...

"Unfortunately, Ramandeep was carelessly injured and has had surgery to repair a multi-fracture to his cheek bone. Although he was sipping tea when we saw him in hospital this evening, his eyes told the story very clearly. His courage is undoubtedly an inspiration to all of us.

"I am very saddened to see such an improved and key player missing from our lineup," said Walsh.

"A very disappointing moment for Ramandeep particularly and our World Cup preparations."

Lalit Upadhyay was named as a replacement and joined the squad in Holland on the day, but the 23-year old’s inexperience could be a disadvantage. Upadhyay will make his international debut at the May 31 to June 15 event.

Ramandeep said he was left devastated. "I had worked so hard to reach here, and this injury has left me heartbroken. It all happened so suddenly," he told this paper.

"I was chasing the Argentine defender when he suddenly went for a scoop shot and it hit me hard. It is very painful, but the fact that I will miss my first World Cup is hurting even more.

"Now, I want the team to do well. I will support the boys and have asked them to give their best," he said.

The Asian Age

I will give my 100% in World Cup: Lalit Upadhyay

NEW DELHI: A day after being hit on the face during a warm-up match against Argentina, striker Ramandeep Singh was on Monday released from the hospital in The Hague, where he was admitted for surgery after suffering multiple fractures of the cheek bone and damage to the eye socket.

The player, who has been advised complete rest by the doctors, will undergo a medical review on May 30, Hockey India (HI) said in a release.

Roelant Oltmans, team's high performance director, said he was hopeful of Ramandeep making comeback to the national side after four weeks of recovery period. Oltmans also expressed hope that Ramandeep's replacement in the squad, Lalit Upadhyay, would do well in the World Cup which is starting on May 31.

"Lalit is a young talented player and was also part of our squad on the tour of Europe last month. I am sure he will adjust to the climatic conditions here and will perform well in the tournament," he added.

Upadhyay joined the team on Monday afternoon. "Ramandeep's injury is a sad incident and a big blow for the team. I will give my best to live up to the expectations of the coaches and selectors," Upadhyay said.

"I would like to thank the selectors and Hockey India for imposing their faith in me and giving me this opportunity to represent the country in the World Cup.

This is a dream come true for any player across the world and I will give my 100 per cent," Upadhyay said.

Upadhyay played for the Kalinga Lancers during the second edition of the HIL and was selected as one of the 33 probables for the World Cup.

The Times of India

India’s tryst with World Cup

K Arumugam

Despite jointly putting forth the World Cup proposal to the conservative FIH, which took a decade to decide, both India and Pakistan became epicentre of controversies when the World Cup has just born.

The Bangladesh war, which India won decisively against Pakistan, turned out to be the root cause of all trouble between then hockey giants; hate speeches of leaders hogging the headlines.

Ultimately, the event had to be moved to Barcelona where Pakistan defeated India in the semis before the winning the gold.

India avenged the defeat two years later in Amsterdam, BP Govinda coming up with the winner in the semis against Pakistan, though India thereafter succumbed to the hosts in the final.

1975 number was allotted to India, but the change of guard in the Mumbai Hockey Association and the unseemingly hatred campaign launched by the Delhi lobby to host the event, led the event taken to a neutral place, Malaysia.

This humiliation did not matter for the Ajit Pal Singh led India, which won the Cup after a big gaffe in the semis, and then due to a controversial goal in the final. Losing Pakistan launched an unheard levels of accuasation on umpiring, the butt being the ethnic Indian officiating as umpire in the final.

So be it.

1978 World Cup, held after three years from Malaysia, did not prove any status to the defending champions, having lost humiliating defeats in the league.

India was billed to do well when it hosted the event at Cricket stadium in Mumbai, but Surjit Singh’s India failed to reach the finals.

Next World Cup was held five years later, a quixotic scheduling by the FIH, only to see the former giants India and Pakistan had to play both Asian Games and World Cup in short gap.

India, or for that matter any Asian Country should have seen to it the World Cup is not hosted in the Asian Games year, but the vision was not there.

Both India and Pakistan who for the first time failed to be in the final of the Asian Games at Seoul, had a nightmarish World Cup in England.

Tired and motivation less, Md. Shahid’s India finished last, Pakistan winning the 11th place decider.

Then the World Cup returned to Asia, this time to Pakistan, who donated the Cup in the first place.

India improved two position, with a win over Canada, while Pakistan ten position, losing the final only to the precision machine Bovelander. The Netherlands, converted two out of three penalty corners to win the hosts amidst a record 60k crowd.

Sydney number was a great leap for India. Trained by Cedric D’Souza and led by Jude Felix, India finished at fifth.

Its fortune would have been better had only its left-half Shakeel Ahamad not failed thrice penalty strokes, each in different game.

Indian hockey again went into recession at Utrecht, where, facing Netherlands and Germany in the first two outings, India proved to be a bundle of nerves. Neither did injured captain Dhanraj Pillay nor still-to-recover star striker Rajeev Misra, hero at the Junior World Cup at Milton Keyness a year ago, were threat to no team except to their own.

India was well placed with the likes of Japan, Korea, Malaysia in the 8-team Pool A in Malaysia in 2002, and in an Asian Games like environ, India was expected to do well, having been trained and team selected in Ipoh.

It was not to be.

India could barely draw Japan in the opener and then went on to lose to Malaysia and Korea, victory coming only against Cuba, around which KPS Gill and his depty K Jothikumaran have changed the coaching staff.

Sacking of Cedric D’Souza, man of Sydney World Cup, is unfortunately the lasting memory of India’s second Malaysian world cup.

A small town in Europe, Monchegladbach hosted the next number. Indian fate decided early on there. Within 36 hours India lost two matches, and thus went out of medal race. What really mattered to the Baskaran and Harendra duo is the goal that the hosts struck a couple of seconds left for the hooter. This win gave Germany 3-2 booster, a draw which was well on card would have given India a right push. India ultimately won only one match, that was against South Africa in the 11th place decider. By winning this, India qualified for the Champions Challenge.

FIH was generous later to allot the World Cup to India, latching on to the huge sum government of India was willing to spend in renovating National stadium and bearing cost of World Cup as a part of preparation for the Commonwealth Games.

Indian hockey team, that hogged the limelight in the run up to the home World Cup, with players en masse walking out of training camp in Pune, and the Ad-hoc Committee having no clue not only about the impending strike but also in crisis management, did create a flutter when the world assembled for the World Cup.

Spaniard Jose Brasa’s India kept up its record of not losing to Pakistan, and the opener was the kind of the opening any host nation would have liked to. India steamrolled Pakistan and surely set the new turf on Dhyan Chand stadium on fire.

Alas, it was the last win in Delhi.

India went on to lose every other match rather tamely, climaxing with Argentina, which scored three goals in the last ten minutes in the last match.

Captain Rajpal Singh, a pro-administration spokesperson, and the frank-speaking coach Brasa could not offer any valid reason for the Indian rout.

With this history in the background, India sets out to The Hague, with coaches and management striking low on the prospects – and even in setting target.


Wor1d Cup Review: 1971 to 1975


By S.Pervez Qaiser

The move to have a competition at the world level in addition to the Olympic tournament was first initiated in 1969. India and Pakistan jointly made a proposal to this effect at a council meeting of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in Paris on March 30.

The council appointed a commission of eight persons to study the proposal. It reported back to the council on October 26,1969 at Brussels with a recommendation that a 'World Cup' tournament be organised at intervals of every two years. This proposal was unanimously accepted and the same commission was asked to draft the corresponding plan. The commission's proposals in this connection were adopted by the council at a meeting in Brussels on April 12,1970. It was decided to hold the first ever World Cup tournament in 1971.

TROPHY: Originally, the World Cup design was conceived as a single piece in the form of a hockey stick to be fabricated in gold and silver. But later based a theme given by Lt General K.M.Azhar, then the president of Pakistan Hockey Federation, coupled with genius of its designer, Bashir Majid and skill of some of the most reputed artisans serving in the Corps of Electricals and Mechanical Engineers of Pakistan Army, the trophy took the beautiful shape that you now see. The gold and silver trophy stands on 120.85mm high blade base inlaid with ivory.

FIRST CHAMPION: The inaugural match in the World Cup was played between host Spain and Japan on October 15,1971 at Barcelona.

Pakistan became the first World Champion of the game beating Spain 1-0 in extra time. Khalid Mehmood was the captain of winning team. India beat Kenya 2-1 to take the third spot. Ten countries participated in the first edition of the World Cup.

As many as 67 goals were scored in 30 matches at an average of 2.23 goals per match. Pakistan 's penalty corner specialist Tanvir Dar topped the scoring list with eight goals.


Country P W D L GF GA Success%
1. Pakistan 6 4 1 1 14 9 75.00
2. Spain 6 3 1 2 6 4 58.33
3. India 6 5 - 1 8 3 83.33
4. Kenya 7 3 - 4 8 7 42.85
5. Holland 6 4 - 2 7 5 57.14
6. Germany 7 3 - 4 11 8 42.85
7. France 6 3 - 3 4 7 50.00
8. Australia 6 1 1 4 4 9 25.00
9. Japan 5 2 1 2 4 4 50.00
10. Argentina 5 - - 5 1 11 00.00


The second edition of World Cup Hockey was played at Amsterdam in 1973. Holland became the second country to win the World Cup after beating India via a tie breaker in the final. The two teams finished 2-2 after extra time. The Holland won the tie breaker 4-1 and the World Cup. Nico Spits was the captain of the Dutch team.

Twelve teams featured in this edition. Malaysia, New Zealand, England and Belgium made their first appearance. New Zealand took Australia’s place, having edged them out in the Oceania competition. The tournament was to see the rise of Europe and the fall of Asia in World hockey.

As in the first World Cup in 1971, India and Pakistan were destined to meet in the semi-finals. This time, however, the result was in India’s favour. Centre forward Bilimoga Puttaswamy Govinda dribbled through a host of defenders in the 62nd minute to beat Pakistani ‘keeper Munir Pervez and give India a place in the final.

In the other semi-final, the Netherlands beat West Germany 4-2 on penalty strokes after the teams were locked goalless at the end of extra-time.

The final between India and Holland was a classic. The Dutch were off to a whirlwind start within five minutes when their penalty-corner expert, Ties Kruize, converted one. India responded in similar fashion, with their own penalty-corner expert Surjeet Singh scoring twice. But Kruize equalized from another penalty corner. The match ended 2-2 after 70 minutes and extra-time was played.

With 31 seconds to go, India had a chance to clinch the title. They were awarded a penalty stroke. After much deliberation, it was decided that Govinda should take the stroke despite him having missed one in the 0-0 draw with West Germany in the league stage. He stepped up and pushed. Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Sikking brought off a remarkable save. Then came the tie-breaker. Govinda failed again, and so did Harcharan Singh. The Netherlands converted their first four strokes to win 4-2.

In the battle for third place, West Germany scraped past Pakistan 1-0.

The tournament will be remembered for Sikking’s goalkeeping. If Holland won the title, it was because of him. He was just too good in the tiebreakers, in the semi-final against West Germany and in the final against India.

As many as 127 goals were scored in 42 matches at 3.00 goals per match. Holland's Ties Kruize was the top scorer in the tournament, with 11 goals.


Country P W D L GF GA Success%
1. Holland 7 5 1 1 13 6 78.57
2. India 7 4 2 1 15 3 71.42
3. Germany 7 5 1 1 7 2 78.57
4. Pakistan 7 4 1 2 16 7 64.28
5. Spain 7 5 - 2 17 5 71.42
6. England 7 2 2 3 11 11 42.85
7. New Zealand 7 2 2 3 16 11 42.85
8. Belgium 7 2 - 5 9 20 29.57
9. Argentina 7 2 3 2 6 10 50.00
10. Japan 7 1 1 5 5 21 21.42
11.Malaysia 7 2 1 4 6 14 35.71
12. Kenya 7 - 2 5 6 17 14.28


The World Cup Hockey came to Asia for the first time and Malaysia had the honour of hosting it. This World Cup was played at Kuala Lumpur from March 1 to 15,1975.Australia, after having failed to make it to the previous edition of the tournament, were back, while Poland and Ghana made their first appearance in the competition.

Both India and Pakistan topped their pools. In their semi-finals, Pakistan were too good for Germany, winning 5-1 and thus exacting revenge for the 0-1 defeats in the 1972 Munich Olympics final and the 1973 World Cup bronze medal play-off.

The other semi-final was between India and Malaysia. Over 40,000 spectators turned up for the match, which was interrupted by heavy rain after only seven minutes of play and forced to be played again the next morning, March 14, before the final, which was held later in the day.

The teams were level 2-2 after full time In Extra time, India scored what turned out to be the match-winner. V J Philips tore down the right flank and sent across a precise shot, which Harcharan Singh trapped and sounded the boards.

The final between India and Pakistan was a thriller. It was Pakistan who took the lead, through inside right Zahid Sheikh, who finished off a pass from Islahuddin. Fullback Surjit Singh restored parity for India in the 25th minute of the second session from a penalty corner. Then Ashok Kumar scored the match-winner, pushing the ball home from a melee. The Pakistanis protested, contending that the ball had not crossed the goalline. Malaysian referee G Vijayanathan delayed his decision, but later awarded a goal. Later television replays confirmed that the ball had indeed crossed the goalline.

It was India’s first major crown since 1964, when they had won the Olympic gold at Tokyo. West Germany beat Malaysia 4-0 to finish third.

As many as 173 goals were scored in 42 matches at 4.11. Ties Kruize of Holland was the joint top scorer with Pakistan’s Manzoor-ul Hassan and S.Otulakowski of Poland with seven goals each.


Country P W D L GF GA Success%
1. India 7 5 1 1 19 8 78.57
2. Pakistan 7 4 2 1 20 9 71.42
3. Germany 7 4 1 2 18 14 64.28
4. Malaysia 7 2 2 3 7 10 42.85
5.Australia 7 4 2 1 24 7 71.42
6. England 7 3 1 3 18 18 50.00
7. New Zealand 7 3 1 3 7 12 50.00
8. Spain 7 2 1 4 10 16 35.71
9. Holland 7 3 1 3 17 10 50.00
10. Poland 7 2 1 4 12 18 35.71
11.Argentina 7 3 1 3 15 17 50.00
12. Ghana 7 - - 7 6 36 00.00


Michel Navarro’s hat trick leads to a Mexican repeat at Cal Cup – David Carter’s net tricks do the same for San Jose Khalsa

By Jawwad Qamar

A jubilant Mexico team with 2014 Cal Cup $5000 winners check, trophy and Gold medals - photo by Osman Khan

Moorpark, CA: After four long days of non-stop field hockey in the beautiful setting of Moorpark College, Cal Cup 2014 came to an end with two exciting finals resulting in two repeat winners and brilliant displays of skills on opposite ends of the field by two individuals; Michel Nallely Navarro Hernandez and David Carter.

Michel Navarro Hernandez started her 3 goal onslaught in the Women’s Super Division final on a two on one break with Aleexis Morales for 1-0 lead at the 12 minute mark. Soon after, Dani Hemeon responded for Caliwood on a penalty corner to level things at 1-1. Teammate Amy Kelsey gave the lead to Caliwood on a fine run from right at the 38 minute. However, Mexico came right back as Navaro Hernandez sored her second goal in the next minute, tapping a bouncing ball over the head of Caliwood goalkeeper, Halch Nourani much to the delight of Mexican fans and we’re levelled at 2-2. This seemed to put the Mexican offence into another gear with more frequent forays into the Caliwood circle. Alissa Campos threaded a needle through the middle to a streaking Navarro Hernandez for a breakaway goal at the 54th minute mark for a 3-2 lead and two minutes later Jazel Arieth Miranda added an insurance goal to make it 4-2 sealing the fate of 2013 runner-up’s once again to second place.

Mexico last won the tournament in 2011. The hat trick by Navarro Hernandez gave her a tournament leading 8 goals.

Earlier Jolie Pitts defeated Rick’s Chicks 3-0 for third place on the strength of 2 goals by Tiffany Snow.

Mexico: Beatriz Edith Guzman, Mitzi Mara Aguilera, Marlet Cristina Correa, Arely Castellanos, Karen Itzel Orozco, Leticia Ramirez, Daniela Estefania Orozco, Hector Ruiz Aide Martinez, Selma Astrid Flores, Jazel Arleth Salazar, Dafne Danae Carmona, Michel Nallely Navarro Hernandez, Jennifer Aida Valdes, Cindy Paola Correa, Paulina Campos, Montserrat Inguanzo (GK), Aleexis Morales, Ana Isabel Juarez

Caliwood: Courtney Hazy, Sydney Earle, Claire Dougherty, Deanna Kennedy, Andrea Earle, Erin Magill, Kelsey Amy, Jen Long, Monica Marrazzo, Kristen Lee, Jordan O’reilly, Clemence Couteau, Michaela Swensen, Dani Hemeon, Haleh Nourani (GK), Hannah Allison, Lisa Lohre

Umpires: Suzi Sutton (USA), Keely Dun (Canada)

In the Men’s Super Division final that followed, it was sweet revenge for San Jose Khalsa as they shut out the Bulldogs 2-0 thus avenging their pool play 4-2 loss from Friday. Amarpreet (Nanu) Sidhu scored late in the first half for a 1-0 lead and Scott Tupper added his goal late in the game to make it 2-0. However, it was once again David Carter’s heroics that made the difference and just like the semifinal, the acrobatic goalkeeper from Canada stood his ground stopping everything that was sent his way including 8 penalty corners consisting of numerous rebounds. And, just like the LA Tigers on Sunday, the Bulldogs had no answer for Carter’s brilliance. Khalsa last won this tournament in 2002.

LA Tigers took third place over Montauk Sharks with a 6-2 result thanks to 3 goals by Poka Montoyo Francisco and 2 goals bty Tyler Sundeen. Manny Martinez had the two goals for the Sharks.

San Jose Khalsa team with their $5000 winners share at Cal Cup 2014 - photo by Osman Khan

San Jose Khalsa:
Asavir S. Kalla, David Carter (GK), Harnek S. Sandhar, Harpreet S. Virdi, Mark Pearson, Nico Mawing, Amarpreet (Nanu) S. Sidhu, Kanwarpreet (Kam) S. Sidhu, Pedro Magalhaes, Ramandeep S. Sandhu, Richard Hildreth, Scott Tupper, Sunny S. Aujla, Tajinderjit (Tj) S. Bamrah, Paul Stahl

Jon Ginolfi, Binh Hoang, Brian Schledorn, Ryan Langford, Ruben Wyld, Tommy Hoang, Kevin Barber, Alan Scally, Ian Scally, Patrick Cota, Colin Scally, Shawn Nakamura, Todd Robinson, Andrew Zayac (GK), Ben Maruquin, Chris Vezina, Andrew Thomas, Lachlan Glen

Umpires: Gus Soteriades (USA), James Stewart (Australia)

Michel Nallely Navarro Hernandez and Scott Tupper shared the honors for the Ross Rutledge Award. Both finished the tournament with 8 goals each.

Congratulations to 2014 Cal Cup Tournament Committee and everyone involved for once again doing a superb job hosting this excellent international field hockey tournament despite all the challenges. This also includes providing an excellent team of international umpires under the leadership of Tony Morales of Spain for the Super Divisions. Veteran umpires Saleem Aaron (USA), Keely Dunn (Canada), Suzi Sutton (USA), Gus Soteriades (USA) were well supported by Benjamin Peters, Grant Hundley, Lance Sarabia (USA), Lelia Sacre, Meghan McClennan (Canada), James Stewart (Australia), Maria Querejeta (Argentina) and Jamar Springer (Barbados).

The 43nd edition of one of the oldest and largest the field hockey tournaments in the world, more popularly known as the Cal Cup, featured a record 152 teams from Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, and the USA, consisting of over 2,600 athletes competing in 14 divisions ranging from Mixed Under-8 to Men/Women Super Divisions at Moorpark College and Arroyo Vista Community Park. For the first time a team from Hawaii also competed at Cal Cup.

When asked if he is surprised that the Cal Cup is still going strong and getting bigger each year, Harris said; “the success of Cal Cup is a testament of everyone’s commitment, especially the tournament volunteers and the organizing committee.” The 78 year old tournament founder, who will be playing at the World Cup Masters next month, continued: “We had a record 152 teams entered this year and our aim is to grow this number to 200 teams in the near future. We have been talking to Moorpark College to see how they can accommodate us.”

For a complete list of all 2014 Cal Cup winners, final standings and Super Division Match Reports, please visit www.calcup.com.


Cal Cup Celebrates 43 Great Years

Hundreds of hockey fans stood still in the bleachers, pausing for a minute to remember the active duty military who gave the ultimate sacrifice representing the United States. Today Cal Cup 43 officially came to a close with a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner followed by the Men’s Super Division final. Over 275 games were played on thirteen fields over this Memorial Day weekend, with boys, girls, men, and women competing together in the state’s largest gathering of field hockey.

Teams, players, coaches, and umpires flew in from all over the world to participate this weekend, including a strong showing of Canadian teams and players, three young and agile teams from Taiwan, and four fierce teams from Mexico. The country’s 50th state was also represented, with a team from Honolulu competing in their first Cal Cup tournament, successfully bringing the true aloha spirit to the mainland.

Men’s National Team players were on hand to sign autographs on shirts, bags, sticks and even iPhone cases while chatting with young players and inspiring the next generation of Olympic athletes. Founder and President Tom Harris competed in his 43rd consecutive Cal Cup in the Mixed Social division, the only athlete to accomplish this amazing feat.

Large crowds gathered around the turf field to watch the intense competitive play in both the Men’s and Women’s Super Division, with the championship games being the pinnacle of the tournament. In the Women’s Super Division, Sonora Mexico defeated Caliwood to bring home the title, while in the Men’s Division SJ Khalsa defeated the Bulldogs to claim the championship cup. Complete results can be found on the Cal Cup website at www.calcup.com.

USA Field Hockey would like to congratulate the entire California Cup Organizing Committee on their hard work and dedication that resulted in yet another successful tournament. As vendors break down their booths, cars are loaded, and players show off their shiny medals and glistening bruises, next year’s tournament is already in the works and USA Field Hockey is sure to be there to experience the fun and witness Tom Harris compete for his 44th consecutive year.

USFHA media release

Coach Smith Names National Squad of 25.

The Ireland women’s hockey coach, Darren Smith, has today named a squad of 25 athletes that will make up the Green Army with a focus very much on the World League 2 in March 2015 (Dublin). The announcement comes after a year of match and player monitoring and just hours after an three day trial weekend completed at the National Hockey Stadium in UCD.

The squad sees some new faces stepping up, Chloe Brown, Vanessa Surgeoner and Yvonne O'Byrne move up from the Development Squad, keeper Ayeisha McFerran is back in after her inclusion in the recent January Spanish series and Champions Challenge I tournament. While both Hannah Mathews and Stella Davis are the new names in the Green Army, Mathews is selected on the back of her consistent IHL performances for Loreto while Davis, a mobile and aggressive keeper is included after impressing in club hockey and at the National training sessions over the last three months.

The selection of 25 comes after extensive observation of matches across the country which have included club, international, interprovincial and training sessions by selectors, Coach Smith explained "Selectors Arlene Boyles, Mary Logue, Graham Shaw and I have been running the ruler over the National Squad for over a year now. We took 26 athletes to Spain for a camp, broadened the training group especially over the October/November block and have been watching countless matches in the search for talent, while at the same time monitoring the form of current, past and potential squad members. We will continue to do this and especially in the coming months with the U16s, U18s and U21s programs training/playing"

Talking with passion about the newer faces on the squad Coach Smith was keen to congratulate them "Congratulations to Chloe Brown and Vanessa Surgeoner who both come off the back of solid club seasons with Ards and Pegasus respectively. They are very talented hockey players with room to develop even further. Yvonne O'Byrne is a fit and hungry player, she defends tough and brings a high work rate. We have been impressed with Yvonne especially in the National training environment. Hannah played well for Loreto Hockey Club in the Irish Hockey League. She also came to the national trials and delivered a work rate, basic skill set and determination that we were impressed with"

He went on to talk about the inclusion of the two young keepers "Ayeisha McFerran is an extremely talented keeper who is not only one for the future but in our opinion is delivering consistently high performances right now, with Stella we feel she had a good club season and has trained well with the National Squad over the past three months. She has speed, mobility and which we feel can be developed to an even higher level"

Selecting a national squad is never easy "Naming this squad has been extremely tough and in the players that have been left out for 2014 we know that there is quality. What we hope is that they will go back to their club environment and push again for selection in the future."

"I'm delighted for the new athletes as first selection is an exciting and rewarding time. I now encourage all 25 members to understand that this is just the beginning and we expect everyone within the Green Army environment to drive toward on field performance. Now the hard work begins with a full program through 2014 and into 2015"


 Emily Beatty (UCD)
 Chloe Brown (Ards)
 Naomi Carroll (Catholic Institute)
 Aine Connery (Hermes)
 Nicci Daly (Holcombe HC / Loreto)
 Stella Davis (Pembroke Wanderers)
 Kate Dillon (Railway Union)
 Deirdre Duke (UCD)
 Nikki Evans (UCD)
 Megan Frazer – Captain - (Holcombe HC / Ballymoney)
 Emma Gray – (Hermes)
 Hannah Matthews (Loreto)
 Shirley McCay (Old Alex)
 Ayeisha McFerran - (Randalstown)
 Ali Meeke (Loreto)
 Katie Mullan (UCD)
 Yvonne O'Byrne (Cork Harelquins)
 Anna O'Flanagan (UCD)
 Audrey O'Flynn (Hermes)
 Gillian Pinder (UCD)
 Cliodhna Sargent - Vice Captain - (Cork Harelquins)
 Emma Smyth (Railway Union)
 Alex Speers (Railway Union)
 Vanessa Surgeoner (Pegasus)
 Chloe Watkins (Club De Campo / UCD)


Lizzie Colvin remains on rehabilitation from ACL rupture.

Lisa Jacob has withdrawn from the Ireland hockey squad to pursue a career in rugby 7’s. Jacob's decision has been based on personal circumstances and the desire to try something new.



Thursday June 26th - Sunday June 29th

Women’s 3 nations Mori, Italy


· June 26th Ireland v Italy 17.30

· June 27th Ireland v Wales 17.30

+ 1 test v Italy

· June 29th Ireland v Italy 15.00


Saturday July 12th – Wednesday July 16th

Women's 4 Nations Ireland (Venue TBC)

· Saturday July 12th Ireland v New Zealand and Canada v Chile

· Sunday July 13th Ireland v Canada / New Zealand v Chile

· Tuesday July 15th Ireland v Chile / Canada v New Zealand

· Wednesday July 16th Classification Matches.


Wednesday August 13th – Thursday August 21st

Women's 2 x 3 Nations tournament Ireland (Dublin)

Countries: Ireland, Spain & France

· 13th August Spain v France

· 14th August Ireland v Spain

· 15th August Ireland v France

· 16th August Spain v France

· 17th August Ireland v Spain

· 18th August Ireland v France

· 19th August Spain v France

· 20th August Ireland v Spain

· 21st August Ireland v France

Sunday 21st September – Wednesday 24th September

Women's 3 Test Series Ireland v Italy, Ireland (Dublin)

· 21st September Ireland v Italy

· 22nd September Ireland v Italy

· 24th September Ireland v Italy

***All above fixtures are subject to change.

Irish Hockey Association media release

Wien set to play Arminen in Austrian final four

HC Wien completed the line-up for the Austrian Bundesliga's final four as their normal time 0-0 draw with Post SV saw them sneak into the semi-finals.

They did eventually lose in a penalty shoot-out but the extra point that comes with it was not enough for Post to overtake Wien in the battle for fourth spot and sets up a big date with regular season table-toppers SV Arminen.

Arminen, who represented Austria in the Euro Hockey League this season, were the stand-out teams in the regular season, winning nine out of their ten games.

The ninth of those wins came against Verifone WAC with a 5-4 success, leaving WAC in third place and set for a final four game against Navax. Goals from Daniel Frohlich, Dominic Uher, Patrick Schmidt and an own goal accounted for Arminen's 5-4 goals while Gregor Fujs, Julian Pehm and Mathias Popdera got the replies.

The semi-finals of the league in late June.

Euro Hockey League media release

Hockey India hints at delaying bilateral series

By Nabil Tahir

KARACHI: While the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) is trying its best to kick-start bilateral hockey series with India this year, Hockey India (HI) is hardly optimistic about the timing and feels it would be better to hold the event in 2015 between the two neighbouring nations.

“We will try our best to organise the series this year but it’s doubtful,” a top HI official told The Express Tribune. “I feel whatever happens will happen next year, as the new government needs time to settle down before taking such important decisions.”

Both the PHF and HI had decided to hold the series in March-April, but it was postponed later because of the delay in getting permission from their respective governments.

HI Secretary General Dr Narinder Batra then said that the body would request permission for the trip after the country’s new government was formed following the general elections in India.

On the other hand, PHF President Akhtar Rasool and Secretary Rana Mujahid announced separate dates for the bilateral series.

According to reports, Rasool said the Indian team would arrive in Lahore on June 19 for the three-match series, while Mujahid announced their counterparts would reach Karachi on June 30.

Despite repeated attempts, both officials could not be approached for their comments on HI’s stance.

The archrivals last played a bilateral hockey series in 2006, when each side hosted three matches each. Pakistan won three and lost one, while the remaining two were drawn.

The Express Tribune

FT content as Selangor bow out

FEDERAL Territories’ (FT) 100 per cent record in the Perlis Malaysia Games hockey competition came to an end after a 1-1 draw with Selangor yesterday but coach K. Embaraj was nevertheless happy with how his charges are coming into form as the business end of the tournament approaches.

Selangor, who lost their first two games to Malacca (3-0) and Negri Sembilan (5-3), opened the scoring in the sixth minute via a Nor Nashriq Farhan Azmin penalty corner and led until FT pulled level with a short corner deflection goal scored by Muhammad Syafiq Zulzairin five minutes from time.

Embaraj said : “They (Selangor) were playing under pressure as they could not afford a loss or a draw.

“They packed their defence after getting the goal but I am happy our boys’ found a way through. My players kept their composure and continued to create chances which is very important in any match.

“They have been progressing well but we do need to work on continuing to improve in various aspects to stay competitive.

“The tournament will get tougher and our last three group matches will be tough as Negri, Malacca and Penang are all strong hockey playing states.”

FT drubbed Sarawak 8-1 in their opening game and beat Kelantan 4-1 in their second Group B match. They will play Negri today and face Malacca and Penang on Thursday and Friday respectively.

The draw effectively ended Selangor’s hopes of making the knockout stages of the tournament. The state, which had won the National Under-21 title in December, had set a target of reaching the last four.

New Straits Times

There’s confusion over hockey match format at Sukma

By Aftar Singh

KANGAR: There seems to be confusion in the match format for the Sukma hockey games in Kangar.

According to tournament director Hashim Mohd Yusuf, team officials and players have complained that the hot and humid weather, with temperatures averaging 38°C, had affected their performance.

As such, the men’s and women’s matches which starts at 10.45am and 3pm, will now be played in four quarters instead of the usual two halves.

“To avoid any untoward incident, we have decided that the men’s and women’s matches will be played in four quarters.

“The format is similar to the one used in the Champions Challenge I tournament in Kuantan last month,” said Hashim.

Each quarter will last 17-and-a-half minutes with two minutes rest in between.

Hashim, however, added that matches starting at 7am, 8.45am and 4.45pm at State Sports Complex Hockey Turf and SMK Kuala Perlis Turf, will continue to be played in two halves of 35 minutes each.

But assistant tournament director Juriah Abdul Wahab Fenner, who is in charge of the women’s game, claimed she was not informed of the change in format for the affected matches.

“I will stick to format of two halves as the weather at SMK Kuala Perlis is not too hot,” said Juriah.

Players and team officials have also complained that there are no benches or chairs in the changing rooms at the State Sports Complex Hockey Turf.

The Star of Malaysia

Sharpe, Cabralis dent Magnolias hockey title bid

Nigel Simon

Former national standout, Penelope Sharpe and starlet Daniella Cabralis were on target within six second-half minutes of each other as Courts Malvern dented the title hopes of Shandy Carib Magnolias with a 2-0 beating at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua on Saturday.

Starting the day, two points behind leaders Paragon (19 points) with two matches left for each club, Magnolias needed to get full points against Malvern and in their final match with last year’s champions Notre Dame to have any chance of the crown.

However, after a 0-0 first-half, it was the Malvernites who went ahead via Sharpe in the 38th minute before Cabralis, the niece of former national captain Sherlan Cabralis got the insurance item in the 44th.

Last night, Paragon had a chance to clinch the title ahead of its final match with Notre Dame when they came up against Malvern as victory would have extended its advantage over Magnolias to five points with only a match left to play.

On Friday, Harvard Checkers and Ventures battled to a 2-2 draw in their women’s encounter and last night both teams were expected to face off again.

Meanwhile, national forward Shaquille Daniel scored in either half to lead Notre Dame past Paradise 4-0 to maintain a seven-point lead at the top of the Men’s Championship Division standings, yesterday (Sunday).

But it was Daniel’s fellow national team-mate Aiden De Gannes who got his team off and running as early as the fourth minute while Daniel got his first on the half-hour mark for a 2-0 cushion at the break.

Three minutes into the second-half, Daniel virtually sealed all three points for the Dames with his second of the match while Lorenzo Lodai added a fourth in the 55th.

With the win, its tenth from 13 matches, the Dames improved to 31 points, seven ahead of Queen’s Park with a match left to play while the latter has three.

On Saturday, the Parkites (24 points) had trimmed the Dames lead to four points with a 6-3 hammering of Paradise led by a late double from Jarryon Paul in the 58th and 60th.

Earlier on Nicholas Camacho (25th) and Shawn Lee Quay (30th) were on target for Queen’s Park to lead 2-0 at the break while Jordan Reynos (41st) and former national player Raphael Govia (47th) added items in the second-half for a 4-0 lead and certain of all three points.

For Paradise, Theron Stoute (55th), national midfielder Alan Henderson (65th) and Keston Alleyne (70th) got their replies

And on Friday, four-time time reigning champions Petrotrin without a chance of a fifth title put an end to the slim chances of Defence Force claiming the title with a 3-0 blanking thanks to a double from Atiba Whittington, in the 14th and 49th while his national team-mate Wayne Legerton added the other in the 51st.

Petrotrin now has 22 points from 13 matches in third spot while Defence Force stayed on 15 from nine matches, the same as Courts Malvern which has played two matches more.


Women’s Championship
Harvard Checkers 2 (Dara Ransome 20th, Sekayi Liburd 53rd) vs Ventures 2 (Karissa Wyke 15th, Yesenia Luces 56th)
Men’s Championship
Petrotrin 3 (Atiba Whittington 14th, 49th, Wayne Legerton 51st) vs Defence Force 0
Women’s Championship
Courts Malvern 2 (Penelope Sharpe 38th, Daniella Cabralis 44th) vs Shandy Carib Magnolias 0

Men’s Championship
QPCC 6 (Jarryon Paul 58th, 60th, Nicholas Camacho 25th, Shawn Lee Quay 30th, Jordan Reynos 41st, Raphael Govia 47th) vs Paradise 3 (Theron Stoute 55th, Alan Henderson 68th, Keston Alleyne 70th)
Men’s Championship
Notre Dame 4 (Shaquille Daniel 30th, 38th, Aiden De Gannes 4th, Lorenzo Lodai 55th) vs Paradise 0


Men’s Championship
Teams P W D L F A Pts
Notre Dame 13 10 1 2 39 16 31
QPCC 11 8 0 3 28 16 24
Petrotrin 13 7 1 5 33 21 22
Malvern 11 5 0 6 19 29 15
D/Force 9 5 0 4 20 23 15
Paragon 12 3 2 7 34 35 11
Paradise 10 2 1 7 17 30 7
Fatima 11 2 1 8 11 30 7

Women’s Championship
Paragon 8 6 1 1 16 7 19
Magnolias 9 5 2 2 27 14 17
Malvern 9 4 1 4 18 19 13
Notre Dame 8 3 3 2 23 17 12
Checkers 9 2 3 4 8 12 9
Ventures 9 0 2 7 10 33 2

Mixed Veterans
QPCC 7 6 0 1 55 9 18
Notre Dame 7 5 1 1 34 8 16
Fatima 7 4 0 3 46 37 12
Malvern 7 3 2 2 29 18 11
D/Force 6 3 0 3 32 34 9
Carib 5 2 1 2 13 13 7
Police 7 1 0 6 10 27 3
Shape 6 0 0 6 4 77 0

Trinity Men
QPCC 9 8 0 1 55 7 24
Paradise 7 7 0 0 22 3 21
Notre Dame 8 6 0 2 23 12 18
Paragon 9 5 1 3 29 20 16
Malvern 8 5 1 2 20 10 16
Fatima 9 4 0 5 15 20 12
Shape 8 3 0 5 13 28 9
Carib 8 1 0 7 5 27 3
Police 6 0 0 6 2 22 0
Petrotrin 8 0 0 8 3 38 0

Trinity Women
Magnolias 5 5 0 0 34 3 15
Paragon 6 4 1 1 12 4 13
Checkers 5 4 0 1 17 2 12
Ventures 7 3 1 3 7 10 10
Notre Dame 6 2 0 4 6 21 6
Police 7 1 2 4 7 24 5
Paradise 6 1 1 4 4 10 4
Malvern 6 1 1 4 12 25 4

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
Paradise 7 6 0 1 36 9 18
Malvern 5 5 0 0 86 3 15
Fatima 6 4 0 2 57 12 12
Shape 8 4 0 4 46 20 12
Notre Dame 8 4 0 4 21 33 12
Carib 7 1 0 6 6 68 3
Paragon 5 0 0 5 2 35 0
Raiders 7 0 0 7 1 114 0

The Trinidad Guardian

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