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News 22 September 2014

All the news for Monday 22 September 2014

Asian Games Results Day 3

China 1 Malaysia 0 (W)
Japan 14 Hong Kong 0 (W)
India 3 Thailand 0 (W)
Korea 11 Khazakstan 0 (W)

17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014 Official site

Indian men thrash Sri Lanka 8-0 in hockey

S. Thyagarajan

Indian hockey team during a practice session.   

In its quest for the third gold medal at the Asian Games, India crossed the first hurdle without much ado, and expectedly so, against Sri Lanka in pool B on Sunday. But, it was not a day as insipid as the opening day when there was a deluge of goals making some contests look like a farce.

There were, however, definite indications of the competition getting intensified when judged against the background of the tenacity and fortitude displayed by Bangladesh against Malaysia and China that gave the defending champion Pakistan a lot to think about.

India looked consciously committed to controlling the pace at a sober level without being overtly flashy. The players settled down to a fine rhythm rather than needlessly accelerating to stretch their strength.

A neat deflection by Nikkin Thimmiah put the team ahead after which Rupinderpal (penalty stroke) and Raghunath (penalty corner) increased the lead in the first quarter.

Impressive goals

There were also impressive goals by Chingelsana from the top of the circle, a deft finish by Ramandeep Singh when the second quarter ended. India progressively dominated the match to finish with a handsome 8-0 victory.

Coach Terry Walsh was a bit hesitant to give a good chit to the players and said that the team had to work hard ahead.

The coach was also concerned about the injury that Chandi sustained and hoped that he would be fit for the next match.

For those statistically minded, India has maintained a clean slate against Sri Lanka winning all its 28 matches so far and all the five played in the Asian Games.

China matched its famous rival without a trace of hesitation but it was the class and calibre of Abdul Hassem Khan and Dilbar Muhammad that saved the day for Pakistan.

At one point it looked as though all the euphoria after the 14-0 win against Sri Lanka would vanish. Such was the authority and adeptness of the Chinese goalkeeper, Xu Rui that the Pakistanis felt they were up against a wall.

Pakistan coach Shahnaz Sheikh was generous in his praise for the Chinese goalkeeper. With six points in the kitty, he was looking forward to the India-Pakistan clash on September 25.

That Bangladesh was a transformed side today was confirmed from the way it handled the pressure from Malaysia to keep the score board 1-1 till the end of the third quarter. Only in the last quarter did Malaysia managed to find a few gaps for a creditable 5-1 tally.

The results:

Pool A: Malaysia 5 (Muhammad Razie 2, Abdulla Nibil, Jalil Muhamad, Ahmed Rajuddin) bt Bangladesh 1 (Krishno Kumar Das).

Pakistan 2 (Abdul Hassem Khan, Dilbar Muhammad) bt China 0.

Korea 12 (Lee Namyung 2, Yoo Sungwon, You Hyosik 2, Kang Moonkyo, Hyun Heyseung, Kim Seong Kyn, Jong Jang Hyun 3, Nam Hynwoo 2) bt Singapore 0.

Pool B: India 8 (Rupinderpal Singh 3, Raghunath, Chingelsana, Ramandeep Singh 2, Nikkin Thimmiah) bt Sri Lanka 0.

Monday’s matches (IST):

Women: Pool A: China v Malaysia (9.30 a.m.), India v Thailand (1.30 p.m.).

Pool B: Japan v Hong Kong-China (11.30 a.m.); Korea v Kazaksthan (3.30 p.m.).

The Hindu

Indian men thrash Sri Lanka 8-0 in hockey

INCHEON: The Indian men's hockey team started its campaign in the 17th Asian Games on a rousing note, blanking Sri Lanka 8-0 with Rupinderpal Singh scoring a hat-trick on Sunday.

Rupinderpal pumped in three goals in the 12th, 45th and 46th minute, while Ramandeep Singh found the net in the 28th and 59th minute.

There were also goals for Danish Mujtaba, Kangujam Chinglensana Singh and Raghunath Ramachandra at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium.

Mujtaba gave India the lead in as early as the sixth minute of the pool B match.

Rupinderpal then converted a penalty stroke to put India 2-0 ahead.

Raghunath Ramachandra made it 3-0 for the former champions in the 13th minute, helping India enjoy complete control in the first quarter.

As per the new rule, the duration of the game has been reduced from 70 to 60 minutes, with four quarters of 15 minutes each.

Six minutes into the second quarter, Kangujam Chinglensana Singh scored a brilliant field goal to make it 4-0, as India completely dominated proceedings in the middle.

That was followed by Ramandeep making it 5-0 in favour of India. He scored one more time in the game, just before final hooter.

Before that though, Rupinder added to his tally by scoring in a span of one minute.

The Times of India

Pakistan tame China 2-0 to record second successive win

Malaysia down Bangladesh 5-2, India thrash Sri Lanka 8-0; South Korea crush Singapore 12-0

By Muhammad Ali

INCHEON: After routing Sri Lanka 14-0 in the first game, Pakistan humbled China 2-0 in their second match of the 17th Asian Games Men’s Hockey Tournament at Seonhak Stadium here on Sunday. In other matches of the day, Malaysia downed Bangladesh 5-2, India thrashed Sri Lanka 8-0 and South Korea crushed minnows Singapore 12-0.

The victory against China was crucial for moving closer towards claiming gold and retaining the title won by the greenshirts four years ago in Guangzhou. Pakistan’s Abdul Haseem Khan opened the account for the winners in the 12th minute of the third quarter after first two quarters remained goalless due to China’s good defence and tactics. However, Muhammad Dilber sealed the fate of the rivals when he netted a brilliant filed goal in the fourth and last quarter of the contest. The first two quarters saw China dominating the game and making it difficult for Pakistan to score. They attacked the danger zone of the greenshirts a number of times and missed two penalty corners that would have changed the complexion of the match. The amazing thing was that the greenshirts never looked tired in the entire match while their rivals seemed drained out in the last two quarters. And that was time when Pakistan struck twice to humble China and claim their second successive victory.

Chinese coach Yuxiang Cui was all praise for Pakistan in his post match press conference. “We were beaten by a better side. Pakistan played a superior game. We missed a couple of opportunities and Pakistan were much stronger than us,” maintained Cui. To a question, he said China’s penalty corner conversion was not that bad but they missed some chances which could have put more pressure on Pakistan. “Penalty corner conversion is not our weak area. Lack of international exposure was the reason that we were not able to score goals,” he lamented.

Pakistan head coach Shahnaz Shiekh said Pakistan missed atleast three sure goals. “I was expecting Pakistan would beat China by altleast by 5 or 6 goals margin. But we missed three sure goals,” he added. Regarding Pakistan’s goal margin wins, he said quality of hockey between Sri Lanka and China was different. Shahnaz said Pakistan took advantage of China’s tiredness in the last two quarters and won the match. “For me the man of the match was Dilber who scored the winner in the last quarter . In 2006, I was the coach when Pakistan lost to China. Today my team avenged that defeat.”

In upcoming games, Pakistan will be facing a stiff challenge from hosts South Korea, archrivals India and Malaysia. Pakistan will be playing their showpiece encounter against India on September 25 which is expected to decide the fate of the Pool B standings. Pakistan are drawn in Pool B along with India, China, Sri Lanka and Oman while Pool A consists of Bangladesh, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. The greenshirts will play Oman in their last pool game on September 27.

To a question regarding match against India, Shahnaz said he had surprise weapons in his armory to be used against the archrivals, which can not be divulged right now. “I know that India match is very crucial and important for us. I have a surprise package for them. That secret weapon will be used against India.” Shahnaz said India would be under pressure and not Pakistan. “India will be under psychological pressure and not the greenshirts,” maintained a confident Shahnaz.

The field hockey competition is being played under a new format introduced in a bid to make the game faster. Four 15-minute quarters have replaced the previous format of two 35-minute halves, bringing coaches and game management more into focus. The new system has been tested in friendly matches and tournaments, but the blue turf at the Seonhok Stadium is seeing it for the first time in the international arena. Pakistan are the most successful team in the Asian Games history. Pakistan’s records at Asian level are unmatchable. Pakistan have won the Asian Games gold medal eight times: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1990 and 2010; this is also the highest number of times a country have come first. They have also won 02 silver and 03 bronze medals.

Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) President Lt Gen (r) Syed Arif Hasan, POA Director General Muhammad Khalid Mahmood, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) President Akhtar Rasool, PHF Secretary General Rana Mujahid Ali, Hockey Chief Selector Islahuddin Siddiqui and hundreds of Pakistanis residing in Seoul and Incheon also watched the match and cheered their team by waving the Pakistan flags.

The Daily Times

Pakistan thump China 2-0 in Asian Games hockey

By Moshin Ali

ISLAMABAD- Defending champion Pakistan hockey team continued their brilliant show in the Asian Games men's hockey, as they thumped China 2-0 in the second Group-B match played at Seonhak Hockey Stadium, Incheon Sunday.

The match against China started at very high pace. Chinese goalkeeper and defenders played very well and denied the green shirts from taking early lead. Pakistan team should have scored at least two goals in the first two quarters, as it makes no sense of keeping the possession without taking advantage.

The green shirts managed to break the persistent deadlock in the 42nd minute, when Abdul Haseem Khan scored a beautiful field goal. The third quarter ended with green shirts leading 1-0. After 13 minutes, the second goal was converted in the 55th minute, as M Dilber scored the goal.

Talking to The Nation, head coach Shahnaz Sheikh said: “Although the green shirts did manage to win with utmost ease and comfort, yet I am not convinced with the score line, we should have scored at least half a dozen goals. “One thing is quite satisfactory for me and my entire supporting staff, that after two games, we didn't concede a single goal, a feat which is quite heartening, as in the recent past, the green shirts had scored very few goals and conceded lot more.”

“We dominated the entire four quarters of the match, but despite lime share of possession and enjoying complete dominance, our strikers failed to capitalize in the first two quarters, which is quite disturbing and I would give top attention on that particular issue and ensure no such repetitions in the next match, to be played against arch-rivals India on 25th,” he added.

“Now, we are at the top of the group with two wins, six points and scored 16 goals, while conceded not a single goal, while India is at No 2, with one win out of one and China is occupying the third spot with three points, losing one and also winning one. India has better goal scoring average, as they played just one match against Sri Lanka, winning it 8-0.”

“Now we have three days before the crunch match against India. We will prepare very hard for the next three days and try to win this particular match, as win in this match will boost the team’s morale. On September 27, we will play last group match against Oman. I am quite optimistic boys are in great spirits and hungry to win more and more. It is our request to entire nation to remember hockey team in their prayers,” Shahnaz concluded.

The Nation

Dilber-inspired Pakistan overcome China 2-0

INCHEON: Mohammed Dilber scored a goal and helped set up the other as Pakistan claimed a vital 2-0 victory over China in their Asian Games hockey match at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium on Sunday.

Inspired by teenage winger Dilber, Pakistan scored in the third and fourth quarter after China’s goalkeeper Xu Rui had kept the Greenshirts at bay in the opening two quarters.

“Dilber displayed excellent stick work,” Pakistan had-coach Shahnaz Sheikh said at the post-match press conference. “We did remarkably well in the last two quarters to change the course of the game.”

Shahnaz, however, wasn’t too pleased with his side’s profligacy in front of goal.

“We could’ve won by a bigger margin of five or six goals but the missed opportunities put us under pressure,” Shahnaz, whose side had romped to a 14-0 win over Sri Lanka in their pool ‘B’ opener on Saturday, added. “China are a fighting unit and at a different level than Sri Lanka.”

Pakistan were put under early pressure by the Chinese with Imran Butt forced into a block barely five minutes in.

They settled down in the second quarter but Umar and Mohammad Waqas were guilty of missing good chances.

Pakistan’s only penalty corner came in the 40th minute but Mohammad Imran’s scoop went wide, adding to their frustration.

Abdul Haseem Khan, however, eased their nerves two minutes later when he scored from a brilliant running cross from the left wing by Dilber.

Dilber then put the seal on their victory when he banged in the second with his smart reverse flick giving Xu no chance. Shakeel Abbasi could’ve made it 3-0 three minutes from the hooter but Xu stood firm.

“We played well in the first two periods but Pakistan showed their experience,” China’s head-coach Gui Yingbiao said.

Pakistan’s next match on Thursday is against arch-rivals India, who trounced the Sri Lankans 8-0 in the other pool match on Sunday, and they will go into that clash in high spirits as they sit atop the pool on goal difference.


Pakistan hockey retains winning form

Pakistan will next play against India on Thursday, who face Oman on Tuesday before the highly anticipated match against the Greenshirts. PHOTO: FILE AFP

KARACHI: It was another stroll in the park for Pakistan hockey when Haseem Khan and Muhammad Dilber scored a goal apiece to lead the team towards another victory at the Asian Games, beating China 2-0 on Sunday.

The Greenshirts had trampled Sri Lanka 14-0 a day earlier in their opening match.

“The two wins have taken the teams’ confidence to a high level, but we still need to focus on some areas before facing India,” captain Muhammad Imran told The Express Tribune from Korea.

Pakistan will now face archrivals India in their third Group B match on Thursday and then will play against Oman the following day.

“We will work on our gameplay, as we missed several chances to score more goals today [Sunday], something we can’t afford in our encounter with India,” added Imran.

In other matches, India won 8-0 against Sri Lanka, South Korea defeated Singapore 12-0 and Malaysia overcame Bangladesh 5-1.

The Express Tribune

Malaysia hockey boys labour to Bangladesh win

The Malaysian hockey players celebrate their 5-1 win over Bangladesh in Pool A at the Incheon Asian Games on Sunday. - KAMARUL ARIFFIN/ The STAR

INCHEON: The Malaysia hockey team are famous for making life difficult for themselves.

They did that again, this time in the 5-1 win over Bangladesh in a Group A match at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium.

The Malaysians should have wrapped up the win early on in the match. But for 45 minutes the scoreboard read 1-1 despite Malaysia in complete control.

Then realising that time was slowly running out, they came alive for a convincing win.

After the hard-earned 8-2 win over Singapore on Saturday, Malaysia now have six points and just a win away from a semi-final place.

But with Sunday’s huff-and-puff performance they will find South Korea and Japan, the other two teams in Group A, more than a handful.

National interim coach A. Arulselvaraj was again unhappy with the team’s performance.

“Once again the players were too casual in their moves. We knew we would win this match. I don’t know why they made a mess of it.

“But what I am pleased about is that they did not give up and got the job done in the end. This shows the character of the players and their passion to succeed,” he said.

The match kicked off with the Bangladeshis parking the bus in front of goal.

Malaysia’s opening goal came in the 20th minute when Mohamed Razie Rahim scored from their third penalty corner. Malaysia had another eight penalty corners in the first two quarters, but they were thwarted by in-form Bangladesh goalkeeper Assim Gope.

Bangladesh made Malaysia pay for their profligacy in the 30th minute. Hassan Jubair dribbled into the D unchecked and he crossed for Krishno Kumar Das to slot the ball past Malaysia goalkeeper S. Kumar.

Despite repeated calls from the bench to open up play, the Malaysians continued to play the ball down the middle of the park which was easily dealt with by the Bangladeshis.

There was a huge sigh of relief when Mohamed Marhan Jalil scored the second goal in the 46th minute. Then Izwan Firdaus (52nd), Mohamed Shahrun Nabil (56th) and Razie (60th) completed the scoring.

Overall, the statistics showed Malaysia had 12 penalty corners and 23 attempts at goal. In comparison, Bangladesh had four shots at goal and no penalty corners.

The Malaysians, the bronze medallists at the Guangzhou Asiad in 2010, will play hosts South Korea next on Thursday.

The Star of Malaysia

Team can do better, says Arul

Malaysia's Muhammad Razie Abd Rahim (third from right) celebrates with teammates after scoring against Bangladesh yesterday

NATIONAL hockey interim coach Arul Selvaraj was far from happy with Malaysia’s display yesterday after the national team waited until the final quarter to slam in four goals in a 5-1 win over Bangladesh at the Asian Games.

Bangladesh held 2010 runners-up Malaysia 1-1 for three quarters in the Group A match before wilting under pressure at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium.

“Overall I am not happy with the performance but at least we achieved our objective of winning the first two matches,” said Arul, referring to Malaysia’s 8-2 win over Singapore on Saturday.

“Now we need to either draw or beat South Korea (on Thursday) to confirm our place in the semi-finals.

“Although the players have not shown their true form yet, at least they are back enjoying playing hockey after what happened at the Commonwealth Games.”

Malaysia had 12 penalty corners but only scored from three including the opener by Razie Rahim in the 20th minute.

Bangladesh then stunned Malaysia with the equaliser 10 minutes later through a field goal by Krishno Kumar Das.

After making no headway in the third quarter, the floodgates opened in the 46th minute with a Marhan Jalil goal before Izwan Firdaus Ahmad Tajuddin (52nd), Shahrun Nabil Abdullah (59th) and Razie (60th), the last from penalty corners, padded the score.

Razie, who scored a hat-trick against Singapore, now has five goals to his name.

New Straits Times

Indian women start campaign in women's hockey on Monday

The Indian women's hockey squad is commencing its Asian Games campaign in Incheon on Monday, hoping to get into the medal bracket once again when they take on Thailand in their Group A opener at the Soenhak Stadium.

India are pooled with three-time defending champions China, Malaysia and Thailand and are expected to win the matches against the last two teams which will ensure their berth in the semis, their first aim.

With vice captain Deepika at the helm of defense and captain Ritu Rani guiding the others from midfield, it is being hoped that forwards Rani, Poonam Rani, Vandana Katariya and Navjot Kaur would be speedy and thrustful to break open rival defense and create opportunities to score.

Thailand may not be a top team but the Indians need a big win under their belt to start their run in the tournament on an emphatic note. India had thrashed their South East Asian rivals 13-0 when they last met four years ago in the Games at Guangzhou, China.

Chief coach Neil Hawgood said that all the players were eager to start on a winning note after a sound build-up to the tournament.

"The girls are looking forward to starting the competition after being here now for seven days and are very keen to play the first match and start it with a win. We have had a good build-up here and are ready to start with a strong performance against Thailand.

"The aim is to build pressure on the opponents from the start of the game and keep scoring which will force them to play defensive."

Captain Ritu Rani also emphasised one the need to start with a victory.

"We are excited and confident. We will win and will look at continuing the form in all the matches during the tournament. We are confident of reaching the finals and that is our aim as of now. I am looking at drag-flicker Jaspreet Kaur to give us the edge over the opponents with her brilliant penalty corner conversions."

After Monday, India take on title favourites China on September 24 before finishing their league phase with a match against Malaysia on September 26.


Juliani’s absence a blow to Malaysia’s women hockey team

INCHEON: Malaysia have been dealt a big blow as defender Juliani Mohamed Din has been ruled out of Monday’s opening women’s hockey Group A match against three-time defending champions China at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium.

“Even playing with our best players, it will be tough against China. But with Juliani out we will have to do some reshuffling at the back,” said national coach Mohamed Nasihin Nubli.

Malaysia have a psychological edge over China, having won – 1-0 and 3-1 – at the Asian Champions Trophy in Kakamigahara, Japan, last December.

Nasihin, however, downplayed the two victories.

“That’s no guide to the current form of the Chinese team. At that time, they only had five senior players in the team. They have come to Incheon with their strongest team. China have included 13 players from the team that finished sixth in the World Cup in June.

“This tournament is an Olympic qualifying meet and the Chinese are not going to take it easy.

“There is no need to kid ourselves. We can park the bus but it will take a lot of determination and discipline to chalk up a result.

“We will play our best and use the game as preparation for the ties against India and Thailand,” said Nasihin.

The Malaysians are ranked fifth in Asia and their target is to make the semi-finals. Malaysia’s biggest threat is India and they will play each other on Friday.

Malaysia’s match against Thailand is on Wednesday.

The Star of Malaysia

Pierre out ‘Calypso Stickmen’ qualifiers

Nigel Simon

Interim national men’s hockey Raphael Govia will have to do without the services of another key player in Mickel Pierre for the International Hockey Federation (FIH) World League First Round qualifying tournament in Kingston, Jamaica from September 30 to October 5.

This after Pierre of Defence Force was forced to withdraw from the team due to work committments, paving the way for Petrotrin forward Wayne Legerton to make a return. In addition to Pierre, the T&T team had already been hit by the unavailability of England-based captain Kwandwane Browne and Dillet Gilkes due to clubs committments in England as well as former vice-captain Dwain Quan Chan, due to work commitments at Petrotrin.

In Jamaica, T&T, the reigning Caribbean champions will battle with host Jamaica, Barbados, Dominican Republic and Venezuela in a round-robin series at the end of which the winner will secure the lone spot available to the Second Round in Chula Vista, California, next year (February 28 - March 8).

Govia, who has was appointed to the position due to the unavailability of men’s coach Glen “Fido” Francis and Andrew Wilson, of English club, Canterbury had a first session with the team on Wednesday and looking ahead to the tournament said the players were working very hard.

A player/coach at local club, Queen’s Park, Govia will be faced with the task of returning the locals to winning ways after a tough Commonwealth Games campaign where it ended tenth following a 2-0 at the hands of Wales in their playoff.

Earlier in their round-robin group phase, T&T was also beaten by England (6-1), New Zealand (8-0) and Canada (3-1) before recording a first ever win at the Games, 4-2 over the higher ranked Malaysia.

T&T will train on Wednesday from 11am to 2pm, and Thursday from 6pm to 8.30 pm at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua before leaving on Saturday.


Andrey Rocke (goalkeeper), Karlos Stephen (goalkeeper), Darren Cowie (captain), Aidan De Gannes (vice-captain), Akim Toussaint, Wayne Legerton, Solomon Eccles, Michael II 'Otis' O'Connor, Jordan Reynos, Stefan Mouttet, Nicholas 'Triston' Grant, Ishmael Campbell, Shaquille Daniel, Marcus James, Shane Legerton, Kristien Emmanuel, Kiel Murray, Tariq Marcano.
Technical staff: Raphael Govia (interim coach), Kirth David (manager), Cindy Martin-Faustin (head of delegation), Zynul Khan (doctor), Karielle De Bique (physiotherapist), Nicholas Baldeosingh (IT technician)
The Trinidad Guardian

YMCC & UWA 2014 Western Australia premiers

Dwyer saves YMCC while University of WA win on penalty strokes

Image: Daniel Carson DC Images

YMCC are back-to-back Premiers after defeating University of WA 2-1 in the Melville Toyota League Grand Final over the weekend.

Five times FIH World Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer, proved why he is one of the best players in world hockey after scoring two crucial goals, including a spectacular goal in the dying seconds of extra time to decide the premiership.

University of WA took a 1-0 lead into the break courtesy of Grant Schubert. The former Kookaburra forward was on hand to pick up a rebound from a short corner and duly tucked the ball home to take the advantage.

In a similar vein to UWA’s goal, Jamie Dwyer was on hand to pick up the rebound from UWA's keeper Hamish Coates' save in the second half to level the scores, resulting in extra time.

YMCC’s captain Andrew Jacobs said it was an amazing feeling to win back-to-back premierships.

“It’s a pretty rare opportunity to play in one grand final. To win back to back premierships is a pretty unique feeling.

“As the score line shows it was a very tight game with either sides having opportunities to win."

To read the full match report visit Hockey Western Australia's website here.

Men's full time score
University of WA: 1
Grant Schubert

Jamie Dwyer (2)

UWA clinch Women's title

University of WA have clinched the 2014 Women’s Melville Toyota League Premiership on penalty strokes, after neither side could be split at the conclusion of extra time on the weekend.

A late leveller from Jodie Kenny forced the contest into extra time for the second year in a row; the Hockeyroos defender cancelling out Pirates Katy Symons first half strike.

UWA’s shot stopper Paige Collins pulled out two superb saves when the game went to penalty strokes to give the green and blue army their 14th Premiership.

Collins relished the opportunity during the much dreaded penalty strokes, denying both Pirates Captain Kate Denning and Kyra Flynn from the spot. UWA were clinical themselves, Holly White, Jodie Kenny and Tania Perpoli all fired their shots on target. Shelly Liddelow delayed the celebrations when her shot went wide trying to place it in the inside post. Jenna Woolven stepped up and coolly slotted from the spot.

Speaking after the dramatic win, Captain Tania Perpoli said, “For the UWA it’s been a pretty tough learning year for us. It’s been a brand new group for us so as much as we love the rivalry with Pirates who were going for 3 in a row, I think we’re just happy to win as a club and build upon what we’ve been building all season long.

“We held it together out there and as the game went on and we kept building. We could feel that goal coming in the last few minutes.”

To read the full match report visit Hockey Western Australia's website here.

Women's full time score

Curtin Trinity Pirates: 1
Katy Symons

University of WA: 1*
Jodie Kenny

*University of WA win 4-2 on penalty strokes

Penalty Stokes
Curtin Trinity Pirates
Kate Denning – miss 0-1
Penny Squibb – goal 1-2
Kyra Flynn – miss 1-3
Erin Flynn – goal 2-3

University of WA
Holly White – goal 1-0
Jodie Kenny – goal 2-0
Tania Perpoli – goal 3-1
Shelly Liddelow – miss 3-1
Jeen Woolven – goal 4-2

Content: Hockey Western Australia

Hockey Australia media release

Quemada shoots Leuven top in Belgium

Leuven moved top of the Belgian honour division with a 7-2 win over Braxgata  with the club’s EHL hero Pau Quemada scoring twice in the victory.

They led 4-0 in the first half with Guillermo Garcia and Tom de Groote both scoring twice while Pilou Maraites was also on the mark.

The win saw Leuven move ahead of Leopold after round four of the competition as reigning champions Waterloo Ducks clocked a 5-2 win.

John-John Dohmen and Gauthier Boccard goals countered an Agustin Mazzilli effort for a 2-1 lead in the first half before goals from Gilles Jacob (2) and Maxime Bertrand completed the win. The Ducks  move into the top half with the win.

Dragons swept to a 5-0 win over bottom placed Wellington with Jeffrey Thys scoring a hat trick while Irish international Shane O’Donoghue and Thibaud van der Putten completing the rout.

Daring remain unbeaten as they saw off Antwerp 2-1 with Tanguy Cosyns scoring both goals for the EHL-bound side.

Another Irish player, Brian Doherty, scored two goals as Beerschot beat Oree 6-0 while Herakles inflicted a 5-3 win over Racing Club de Bruxelles.

Euro Hockey League media release

English top duo maintain 100pc records

Beeston and East Grinstead are in a group of four unbeaten sides in the NOW: Pensions English men’s Premier Division over the weekend following their wins over Wimbledon and Reading, respectively.

East Grinstead had to stage a late comeback to keep their record intact. Although they drew first blood through Ashley Jackson, goals from Ben Boon and Jack Clee gave Reading a 2-1 lead.

However, East Grinstead soon responded and a brace from Mark Gleghorne as well as goals from Glenn Kirkham and Tony Wilson saw them run out 5-2 victors.

Beeston top the division on goal difference having recorded their second win with a 3-1 result against Wimbledon. Tim Whiteman, Samuel Ward (pictured) and Adam Dixon were on target for Beeston after Phillip Ball had given Wimbledon an early lead.

Elsewhere, Hampstead are Surbiton are the other two unbeaten sides. Matt Daly smashed home a penalty corner in each half to help Surbiton to a 3-1 win on the road at newly promoted Southgate.

New Zealander Andrew Hayward’s hat-trick led Hampstead and Westminster to a 5-1 win over Canterbury in their second game of the season.

Euro Hockey League media release

Daly double helps Surbiton to victory

Matt Daly of Surbiton and Richard Mantell battle it out. Credit Tim Reder

Matt Daly smashed home a penalty corner in each half to help Surbiton to a 3-1 win on the road at Southgate as they made it two wins from two games in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

With Daly (pictured) hitting his first on 20 minutes, Southgate levelled through Giulio Ferrini six minutes later. But a second from Daly and a last-minute goal from Alan Forsyth sealed the win for the visitors.

Hotshot Andrew Hayward’s hat-trick led Hampstead and Westminster to a 5-1 win over Canterbury in their second game of the season.

Opening his account in the 13th minute, Hayward converted three of his side’s four penalty corners. Richard Hildreth and David Mclean scored the other goals for Hampstead. Harry Roberts found the target for Canterbury but with just seven minutes of the game left.

Hampstead are Surbiton are two of four sides unbeaten after two games, the others being Beeston and East Grinstead.

East Grinstead had to stage a late comeback to keep their record intact. Although they drew first blood through Ashley Jackson, goals from Ben Boon and Jack Clee gave Reading a 2-1 lead.

However, East Grinstead soon responded and a brace from Mark Gleghorne as well as goals from Glenn Kirkham and Tony Wilson saw them run out 5-2 victors.

Beeston top the division on goal difference having recorded their second win with a 3-1 result against Wimbledon.

Tim Whiteman, Samuel Ward and Adam Dixon were on target for Beeston after Phillip Ball had given Wimbledon an early lead.

Cannock and Brooklands Manchester University both picked up their first point of the season as the two sides drew 3-3 on Saturday.

Brooklands were leading 3-1 going into the final ten minutes as goals from Peter Flanagan, Stefan Ray-Hills and Aiden Khares gave them the lead.

Rob Farrington’s goal just before the break had kept Cannock in it though and late goals from Farrington and Peter Jackson made sure they took a share of the spoils.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East

Gareth Andrew scored twice as Holcombe swept past Bromley and Beckenham to stay on top of the NOW: Pensions Men’s Conference East.

James Kitcherside and Stephane Vehrle-Smith scored the other goals in a comprehensive 4-0 victory for the home side.

Newly-promoted Chichester Priory Park have made an impact and also made it two wins from two, prevailing 4-2 over Richmond. Alex Salmon, Matt Cox, Connor Mclaughlin and Luke Emmett scored for the winners with Charlie Ellison getting a consolation brace for Richmond.

The other three games in the division all ended 4-1. Dan Webster fired in a second half hat-trick as West Herts beat Old Loughtonians 4-1.

Dan Hore hit two as Brighton and Hove ran out 4-1 winners over Cambridge City. Sam Chilvers and Stephen Player scored their other goals.

Teddington also won 4-1 with two Andrew Pett goals leading the way to victory against Oxted.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North

Wakefield got their first points of the season as a Greg Moorhouse hat-trick saw them beat Olton and West Warwicks 4-1. Dan Berry was the other player to score for Wakefield with Chris Armstrong finding the net for Olton.

Sheffield Hallam made it six points from two games with a 4-0 win over Deeside Ramblers. A brace from David Goodfield and strikes from David Smith and Liam Ansell completed the job. Deeside are one of two sides in the division still without a point.

The other pointless side are Belper who, despite taking a 2-1 lead, lost 4-2 to Doncaster.

Joe Morrison opened the scoring after just three minutes for the South Yorkshire side but goals from Ben Walton and Sam Dixon saw Belper turn the game around. But second half goals from Harry Bailey, Matt Gibson and Jonathan Redfern saw Doncaster leave with the points.

Loughborough Students also had to come from behind to keep their 100 per cent record. Ed Horler and Robbie Stephenson cancelled out Matthew Murphy’s goal as they beat University of Durham 2-1.

Leek and Bowdon drew 2-2 in the other game. Goals from Thomas Ainsworth and Simon Egerton made it 2-0 to Bowdon inside seven minutes but they couldn’t find another and Daniel O’Neill and Richard Cordon punished them by scoring twice late on.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference West

Cardiff have made a strong start to the new NOW: Pensions Men’s Conference West season and in their second game, they beat Indian Gymkhana 8-0.

James Carson and Rhys Gowman bagged a brace each as Henry Eriksson, Dan Kyriakides, Matthew Pacey and Liam Brignull scored the rest.

Team Bath Buccaneers are the only other side in the division with a perfect record, beating Fareham 3-1. Two goals from Tim Davenport and another from Liam Sandford won it for the home team.

Barford Tigers were the other winners of the day, beating Guildford 3-2 thanks to goals from Harjinder Sandhu, Muhammed Salman Hussain and Mandeep Johal.

University of Birmingham drew 1-1 with Cheltenham, Patrick Mcdowell striking for Birmingham and Luke Cole responding for Cheltenham.

Whitchurch and University of Exeter also drew 1-1. Hassan Noor opened the scoring just after the break and Edward Matts equalised for Exeter five minutes later.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, September 20 2014):

NOW: Pensions Premier Division: Cannock 3, Brooklands Manchester University 3.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, September 21 2014):

NOW: Pensions Premier Division: Hampstead and Westminster 5, Canterbury 1; Wimbledon 1, Beeston 3; Southgate 1, Surbiton 3; Reading 2, East Grinstead 5.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference East: Cambridge City 1, Brighton and Hove 4; Oxted 1, Teddington 4; Bromley and Beckenham 0, Holcombe 4; Chichester Priory Park 4, Richmond 2; Old Loughtonians 1, West Herts 4.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference North: Belper 2, Doncaster 4; Deeside Ramblers 0, Sheffield Hallam 4; Wakefield 4, Olton and West Warwicks 1; Leek 2, Bowdon 2; Loughborough Students 2, University of Durham 1.

NOW: Pensions Men's Conference West: University of Birmingham 1, Cheltenham 1; Whitchurch 1, University of Exeter 1; Team Bath Buccaneers 3, Fareham 1; Barford Tigers 3, Guildford 2; Indian Gymkhana 0, Cardiff and Met 8.

England Hockey Board Media release

Police and Scorpions secure wins in hockey league

By Elizabeth Mburugu

Kenya Police play against Nakuru Sikh at City Park Stadium. [PHOTO:JENIPHER WACHIE/STANDARD]

Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Premier League defending champions Kenya Police and Africa women silver medalists Strathmore University’s Scorpions registered crucial wins in their respective categories at the City Park yesterday.

Police trounced Nakuru Sikh 5-0 while Strathmore Scorpions thrashed Multimedia University 14-1 in the only women’s match of the weekend. It was Police’s first victory of the season after they fell 1-0 to Greensharks in their opener.

Nelson Ochieng, a former Police player now with the Police told Feverpitch they had made crucial changes to their system of play coming into the match.

“We changed our strategies and it worked for us, for instance we worked on our set pieces and that resulted in our three goals, which were scored through penalty corners,” he said.

Ochieng said he was happy his former club had gained a promotion to the premier. “I am happy that Nakuru is now in top flight hockey. My talent was nurtured at the club and being in the highest league in the country will open chances for upcoming players who are currently at the club.”

Dictate pace

Police started on a high, attacking, and almost went up in the first minute when Moses Cheplaiti almost converted a corner. In the 15th minute Cheplaiti converted a short corner to take the lead.

Nakuru almost levelled the score 11 minutes later, after Billy Ochieng sent a cross to Dennis Barasa but he shot wide with only goalkeeper James Kayieko to beat. It was 1-0 at half time.

Police midfielder Willis Okeyo made it two in the 46th minute sending the ball home past Nakuru goalkeeper Dennis Mageto. Two minutes later defender Brian Saina made it three for the champions. Nakuru had chances but they did not take them.

The champions were determined to earn a more convincing victory and their fourth goal came in the 52nd through Felix Okoth. Okeyo was at it again three minutes later, blasting past Mageto to seal the victory.

Gilly Okumu scored four goals as Strathmore floored Multimedia 14-1. Doreen Hongo scored a hat trick while Damaris Namulanda hit a brace.

In another game, Wazalendo beat Mvita XI 3-1 in Mombasa.

The Standard Online

Ventures, Stingers rule Marist Eastgate tournament

Arin Kumar

Stingers hockey team after winning the women's title at the Marist Eastgate Memorial tournament yesterday. Picture: ARIN KUMAR

THE Ventures men's side successfully defended the Marist Eastgate Memorial Hockey tournament title for the sixth successive year yesterday.

The side defeated Seals 5-0 in the final of the Geotech Drilling-sponsored event at the Fiji National Hockey Centre yesterday.

A brace of goals from Adrian Smith and Tevita King and a stroke from James Saqacala allowed the side to romp to an emphatic victory.

Team captain Leevan Dutta commended his players on a well-deserved victory saying their hard work had paid off.

"We played really well not only in the final but throughout the tournament," he said.

"We did our basics right and that is why we are able to be in control."

Meanwhile, a new champion was crowned in the women's competition when Stingers beat Marist 1-0 in the final.

Defending women's champions Ventures were bundled out in the semi-finals.

Marist Hockey Club official Martin Fong said the tournament was a huge success and it would not have been possible without the support of the sponsors.

The Fiji Times

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