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News 29 January 2014

All the news for Wednesday 29 January 2014

Belgium level six-Test series with 2-0 win in second Test


As predicted, world number 12 Belgium were far better than in Sunday’s 6-0 first Test defeat by the world number 11 Investec South Africa women’s hockey team but few would have anticipated a 2-0 victory by the Europeans in Tuesday night’s second Test.

But two-zip it was to a Belgian line-up that featured four changes, Manon Simons getting a brace of field goals in the 61st and 65th minutes in her first match of the six-Test series at Hartleyvale Hockey Stadium.

With the series now 1-1, Wednesday’s 7pm third Test has the prospect of plenty of fireworks.

The first half was a very open affair with both sides able to carve out goalscoring opportunities, Shelley Russell and Marsha Cox setting up SA’s first penalty corner in the opening minute, but both Quanita Bobbs (drag-flick) and Sulette Damons (rebound) had their efforts blocked.

SA’s second PC came and went, while at the other end keeper Phume Mbande did well to smother a Jill Boon attempt. In the 16th minute, Kathleen Taylor freed up Celia Evans but keeper Aisling D’Hooghe was alert to the danger - and the end-to-end action continued when Mbande stopped the Belgians’ first PC, a conventional hit by Stephanie de Groof.

SA striker Dirkie Chamberlain and Cox both got shots away as the goalmouth action continued unabated, while Boon had her third attempt of the contest sail over the crossbar.

One minute from half-time, Stephanie van de Borre, Louise Versavel and Alix Gerniers combined beautifully to earn the Belgians’ second PC, which led to a third that Mbande glanced away with the left glove from Anne-Sophie Scheemaekere’s fluid drag-flick.

SA had a great opportunity four minutes after the re-start when Celia Evans won the ball in the 23-metre area and fed Damons, but the shot/pass went wide of the far post.

In the 51st a square ball across the width of the field from Lisa Deetlefs and a long ball down the right by Nicolene Terblanche almost unlocked the dogged Belgian defence, but the reds held firm, as did the SA defence from the Europeans’ fourth PC, while Mbande made two fine saves in quick succession a little later.

The Belgians were not to be denied, however, and Simons opened the scoring when she made no mistake with nine minutes left (61st).

Four minutes later (65th) Simons added her second with a superb first-time strike after Mbande’s initial save had resulted in the ball rebounding into the goalscorer’s arc.

South Africa’s world record Test match goalscorer Pietie Coetzee (illness) has missed both Belgium Tests but should be back for the third, which starts 7pm Wednesday. Kaila Flemming, in for Marcelle Manson, was the only change to the SA team that drummed Belgium 6-0 in the Sunday’s first Test.

Belgium made four changes, De Scheemaekere, Emilie Sinia, Axelle Wouters and Simons coming in for Louise Cavenaille, Erica Coppey, captain Charlotte de Vos and Maureen Beernaert. Barbara Nelen took over the captaincy.

Star-studded Dutch Hoofdklasse team Amsterdam HC, who are enjoying a training camp in the Western Cape during the European mid-season break, beat an off-season Western Province Invitation team 10-1 in the curtain-raiser.

(all at Hartleyvale)
3rd Test Wednesday (7pm)
Thursday – Men’s international friendly: WP Invitation vs Amsterdam HC
4th Test Friday (7pm)
5th Test Sunday (4pm)
6th Test Monday, 3 Feb (7pm)

SA Hockey Association media release

Hockeyroos SA tour continues

Hockeyroos lose narrowly in practice match against Olympic champ Dutch

The Hockeyroos went down narrowly 2-1 in the first of four uncapped practice matches against the Netherlands in South Africa overnight.

Emily Smith netted for the Aussie women who had come from behind to level before losing a second goal just before half time. Rose Drost and Merel de Blaey scored for the Olympic champions, who beat the Hockeyroos in the final of the World League in Argentina last month.

The remaining practice games take place on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Hockey Australia media release

Punjab Everywhere Kalinga Nowhere

s2h team

New franchise Kalinga Lancers was not given breathing space by the visiting Jaipee Punjab Warriors on Match 5 of the Hero Hockey India League, that was played at the picturesque newly built Kalinga International hockey stadium in Bhubneswar.

Even before the cheers of the huge crowd tied down, Dharamvir Singh, who was ultimately declared Man of the Match, struck early blow to start what became a blitzkrieg later.

Thereafter, within next 30 minutes Jamie Dwyer's team came out with four more goals to go for lemon time in a relaxed mood of 5-0. Kalinga was rusty, and lacked co-ordination in its methods of attack or defence, which helped Punjab's cause very much.

Gagandeep and Ramon Algre were prominent for Kalinga, while Punjab showed good game throught.

Chief coach Terry Walsh changed goalie Tristan after 15 minutes, gave Harjot Singh another 15 minutes, but they were let down by poor defence to back them.

Change of side saw some thrilling moments for Kalinga when Gonzalo Peillat struck two successive goals off two successive penalty corners, and the hopes of great revival expected by the die-hard fans of the home side.

However, Punjab did not panic, slowed down the pace, and got the situation retrieved to register a thumping 7-3 win.

This is Punjab's third match in four days, and second win after losing the opener to Delhi on 25th.

Expectedly all the three awards given after the match went to the victorious side.

Jamie Dwyer was declared 'Scorer of the best goal'.

Sandeep Singh got Yes Garv award while Dharamvir walked away with Man of the Match award, which probably should have gone to Peillat.


Warriors thrash Kalinga Lancers

Jaypee Punjab Warriors continued its good form, thrashing Kalinga Lancers 7-3, in their Hero Hockey India League match at the Kalinga Stadium here on Tuesday.

The new franchise, coached by Terry Walsh, had no answer to the marauding Warriors.

After a spectacular opening ceremony that had everything to keep the capacity crowd glued to the seats, the match was a big letdown in terms of quality as it lacked pace normally associated with big games.

Inexperience to the fore

The inexperience of the Lancers was to the fore. A weak defence, non-existent midfield and lack of thrustful forwards did the new team in.

There was absolutely no understanding between the players and the Lancers’ discomfiture gave all the advantage to Warriors, who made most of the openings count.

Dharamvir strikes

The Warriors began the scoring in the fifth minute through Man-of-the-Match Dharamvir Singh’s opportunistic goal after two Lancers defenders failed to clear the ball.

The winner struck four times in the second quarter, with goals coming from Lucas Rey, Sandeep Singh (both penalty corners), Affan Yousuf and Simon Orchard.

After the break, Lancers bounced back when Argentine sensation Gonzalo Peillat pulled one back with drag-flick off a penalty corner within three minutes of the start.

Two minutes later, Sandeep scored his second off a penalty corner.

Peillat was at it again with another penalty-corner conversion.

But, the best goal of the day was scored by Aussie international Jamie Dwyer, who whacked the ball in after Lancers’ goalkeeper blocked Robert Hammond’s flick to make it 7-2.

Ten minutes before the final hooter, Mandeep Antil made it 7-3 for the Lancers.

This was Warriors’ second win in three matches.

The team now has 11 points.

The result:

Jaypee Punjab Warriors 7 (Dharamvir Singh, Lucas Rey, Sandeep Singh (2), Affan Yousuf, Simon Orchard and Jamie Dwyer) bt Kalinga Lancers 3 (Gonzalo Peillat (2) and Mandeep Antil).

The Hindu

Warriors drub debutants Lancers 7-3

Sambuddha Chakraborty

BHUBANESWAR: If Kalinga Lancers' confidence was sky high before the match, there is no doubt that the team's morale would have suffered after a 7-3 drubbing at the hands of the Punjab Warriors at the Kalinga hockey stadium on Tuesday.

On the eve of the encounter, Lancers coach Terry Walsh had stressed on the importance of a good show by the defenders. Unfortunately, his wards failed to execute that.

From the onset the Punjab Warriors looked the better of the two sides, as they regularly threatened the Lancers citadel. Probing deep into the Lancers area the Warriors got their first goal through 'man of the match' Dharamvir Singh.

The presence of chief minister Naveen Patnaik failed to inspire the Prabodh Tirkey-led side as they conceded a second goal through the penalty corner in the first quarter. Prabodh, looking to surmount a challenge against the rampaging Warriors in the midfield was often left stranded as the Warriors ran riot.

The co-ordination of Kalinga full backs, Gonzalo Peillat and Ramon Allegre, left a lot to be desired as Jamie Dwyer's team upped the ante and maintained their sustained aggression against the hosts.

Ryan Archibald and Russell Ford tried to revive the non-existent midfield of the Lancers but to no avail as India discard Sandeep Singh scored a brace from penalty corners to seal the fate of the encounter. The sheer strength and speed of Sandeep's flick resulted in a torn net after his second goal.

Lancers were trailing 0-5 at half time and the writing was on the wall. Lancers mentor Dilip Tirkey cut a forlorn figure even as Peillat converted two penalty corners to give some respectability to the score line. Mandeep Antil turned a cross into the Punjab net as Lancers looked to reduce the margin of defeat.

The Times of India

Mumbai Magicians brace for UP Wizards

Ehtesham Hasan

MUMBAI: In what promises to be a spellbinding affair, Mumbai Magicians (MM) will take on UP Wizards (UPW) in a Hockey India League game at the Mahindra Stadium on Wednesday.

Magicians, who had a disastrous first season, where they lost 11 games out of the 12 played, are looking to turn the corner this time round.

For starters, the management has revamped the side, making as many as 11 changes to the squad that played last year. The move has given the MK Kaushik-coached side (in for Rick Charlesworth) a stable look although they have stumbled at the first block, yet again.

MM lost its season opener to Punjab Warriors (5-3) at Mohali the other day. Yet, there were lot of positives to be taken for the Glenn Turner-led team that had the strong Punjab side gasping at one stage when they led 3-2 only to run out of steam in the closing stages.

Mark Gleghorne, Ravipal Singh and VS Vinaya had sounded the board before Punjab clawed back into the game.

"We made small errors in defense. We need to focus on that and rectify those mistakes," said goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.

"We have worked on tightening our defense and hope not to repeat the same mistakes," said coach Kaushik, who got a tad emotional returning to his one-time home ground.

"I've played most of my hockey here when I turned out for Tatas (1975-88). It's a nice feeling to be back home. Whatever I am today is because of Mumbai and Tata Sports Club. I went on to represent India because of my performances here." the 58-year-old said.

MM will see their experienced striker Prabhjot Singh Sr sit out of the game as the 32-year-old is serving a three-month ban imposed by the Hockey India for disciplinary issues during the Surjit Hockey Tournament in October last year.

"I would love to play, but cannot due to the ban. This venue is lucky for me and I remember delighting fans with goals here, but this time I will have to watch from the sidelines," the former India captain said.

Captain Turner, who has tasted success as a striker for Australia, admitted that the momentum would be with the Wizards, who stunned last year's winner Ranchi Rhino in the first game.

"This game is going to be very tough. We won a game against them last year, the other one was close. The game will be tough as they will be coming in with lot of confidence. But hopefully we'll come back with a lot of fight," said Turner

UPW captain VR Ragunath wasn't reading too much into the win against Rhinos.

"It's a new day tomorrow and a new match for us. After our win against Ranchi Rhinos, we would be playing with a positive mind. We will stick to our strength and would try not to make the errors that we made in our first game," he said.

The Wizards are being coached by Roelant Oltmans, who is Hockey India's high performance director. The team has three foreign imports apart from four new Indian players this season.

The Times of India

Mumbai Magicians take on UP Wizards

Dabur Mumbai Magicians play host to Uttar Pradesh Wizards in a Hero Hockey India League 2014 tie at the Mahindra stadium. Australian forward Glenn Turner is named Mumbai skipper for Wednesday’s night game. India spearhead Prabhjot Singh will sit out in view of a three-month ban in force following a fracas at the Surjit Singh Hockey Tournament in 2013.

“I would love to play, but cannot due to the ban. This venue is lucky for me and remember delighting fans with goals here, but this time I will have to watch from the sidelines,” said the one-time India captain.

Mumbai Magicians have began on a losing note, going down 3-5 to Punjab Warriors in the first away tie in HIL second season. Goalkeeper P. Sreejesh reasoned that first-match blues was the reason for defensive mistakes. Olympian M.K. Kaushik, team coach appointed in place of Ric Charlesworth, said: “It is a new team and new set-up, but getting players to work together is priority. We will try to avoid last season’s lapses.”

Uttar Pradesh Wizards skipper, V. Raghunath, said: “We would be playing with a positive mindset, following our win against Ranchi Rhinos. We will stick to our strength and try to rectify mistakes made in our first game. It is a new day and a new match for us.” The Wizards stunned the defending champion Ranchi 3-2 in an away game, with drag flicker Raghunath on target one time.

Kaushik, a member of the national coaching panel as assistant to head coach Terry Walsh, talked about hockey experience in Mumbai with Tata SC. “Whatever I am today is because of Mumbai and Tata Sports Club. I went on to represent India because of my performances here.”

The Hindu

Man of the match Kumar shines in Indian league

By Aftar Singh

S. Kumar dons national colours in a match against Japan in 2011. He is now the first choice goalkeeper for Uttra Pradesh Wizards in the month-long Hockey India League.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian National goalkeeper S. Kumar was the toast of the Hockey India League when he was named the man of the match after putting up a sizzling performance to steer Uttar Pradesh Wizards to upset defending champions Ranchi Rhinos 3-2 in the opening match.

For his efforts, the Tampin-born player received 25,000 rupee (RM1,324).

Kumar failed to cement a spot for the Wizards in the inaugural edition last year, as he was only fielded in one match throughout the month-long tournament.

However this season, head coach Roelant Oltmans of Holland fielded the Malaysian number one keeper in the opening match on Sunday and he did not disappoint.

The 34-year-old Kumar, who has 208 international caps, said in a telephone interview on Tuesday that he was happy to start as the first choice keeper in the league.

“Last year, I only played one match in the entire league. I thank coach Oltmans for having faith in me.

“I never thought I would be named the man of the match. It has inspired me to play even better in the other league matches,” said Kumar, who was named Asia’s best player in 2010.

He is confident he will benefit from playing in the league, which has attracted world class players from all over the world.

“My mission now is to help Uttar Pradesh Wizards reach the final after finishing third last season,” said Kumar, who also plays for Tenaga Nasional in the Malaysian Hockey League (MHL).

Five teams featured in the Hockey India League last year. This year, there are six teams in the fray.

Two other Malaysian players are also featuring in the league. Forward Faizal Saari and defender Mohd Razie Abdul Rahim are both playing for Mumbai Magicians, under Australian coach Ric Charlesworth.

The Magicians lost their opening match 5-3 to Punjab Warriors on Sunday.

The Star of Malaysia

Kumar shines in India

MALAYSIAN No 1 and Asia's best goalkeeper S. Kumar was named as the man-of-the-match for Uttar Pradesh Wizards when his heroics saw his side beat defending champions Ranchi Rhinos 3-2 in the opening match of the Hockey India League (HIL) on Sunday.

The Wizards, who finished third in the inaugural HIL last year, twice came from a goal down to shock the home team.

Kumar, 34, failed to cement a spot for the Wizards in its inaugural edition last year, as he was only fielded in one match throughout the month long tournament.

However this time around, head coach Roelant Oltmans gave the Malaysian the go ahead in their opening match and he did not disappoint.

The other Malaysian players in the HIL are Radzi Rahim and Faizal Saari who are with the Dabur Mumbai Magicians team.

New Straits Times

Cheapest HIL semis, final tickets cost Rs 100

NEW DELHI: Fans will be able to see the Hockey India League (HIL) semifinals and final matches for just Rs 100 ($1.60/95p) as the ticket sales for both days commenced Monday.

The semifinals and final are scheduled Feb 22 and 23, respectively, in Ranchi and the tickets can be booked online at www.ticketgenie.in.

The price of the general ticket is Rs 100 while for VIP seating it is Rs 200. These rates are applicable for the North Stand (Block B) and East Stand (Block C and D) of the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium while the tickets for West Stand - upper floor are being sold for Rs 200 for the semis and Rs 300 for the final.

"HIL 2014 is being organized with a motto to promote hockey across levels and to take the excitement of all fans to the next level. So we decided to keep it at a low price, enabling the crowd to enjoy the league and cheer for their states," said HIL chairman Narinder Batra.

The six-team month-long tournament starts with the Jaypee Punjab Warriors vs Delhi Wave Riders match at Mohali on January 25.

The Times of India

Hockey India League

Watch the Hockey India League on Fox Sports and online

Jamie "Singh" Dwyer in action for the Jaypee Punjab Warriors against the Dheli Waveriders. Photo Courtesy of Hockey India League

The Hockey India League is well and truly underway with the Jaypee Punjab Warriors – the side containing seven Kookaburras stars – topping the table having played three matches.

Newcomers Kalinga Lancers, who have Kiel Brown, Russell Ford, Tristan Clemons, Glenn Simpson and Aran Zalewski in their ranks, made their HIL debut on Tuesday going down to Dwyer, Knowles, Govers and co of the Warriors 7-3.

Delhi Waveriders’ three Kookaburras (Jason Wilson, Matt Gohdes and Tristan White) got off to a winning start with Wilson netting twice in an opening night 3-1 win over the Jaypee Punjab Warriors.

The Dabur Mumbai Magicians are still looking for their first win but have played just one game as Matthew Butturini, Joel Carroll, Tim Deavin, Trent Mitton and Glenn Turner went down 5-3 to the Warriors.

The Uttar Pradesh Wizards won their opening match against last year’s champions, Ranchi Rhinos, 3-2. The Rhinos should have had HIL winner Fergus Kavanagh in their ranks again this season but a back injury ruled him out of the second edition of the Hockey India League. Goalkeeper George Bazeley and Tasmanian Eddie Ockenden play for the Uttar Pradesh Wizards alongside former Kookaburras Luke Doerner.

The competition runs until 23 February.

Fans in Australia can watch a match every day on delay on Fox Sports. Live online streaming is available through Star Sports, the new broadcast partner of the International Hockey Federation.

For news, fixtures and result from the HIL visit league.hockeyindia.org.

Hockey Australia media release

Dutch hockey legend sets sights on football

Harpreet Kaur Lamba

Hockey legend Teun de Nooijer of the Netherlands is the most decorated player in the sport. Twice Olympic champion, once World Cup winner, thrice World Player of the Year, a world record 453 caps (219 goals) and 18 illustrious years on the turf.

There seemed nothing more for the legendary attacker to achieve when he retired after the 2012 London Olympic Games, but he stunned his fans recently, swapping hockey for football. De Nooijer made a rare shift, taking up the role of a manager with a football club in Holland earlier this month.

"It gives me an opportunity to do something new. It is quite challenging and a different sport, but I feel it’s good to step out of your zone and have a look at what life has in store," de Nooijer told this newspaper from Lucknow, where he is playing for Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the Hockey India League-2.

The 37-year-old de Nooijer has signed up with Alkmaar Club -- popularly known as the AZ Club -- and will join them on March 1.

For tips and suggestions, he is looking up to coach and Indian hockey’s high performance manager Roelant Oltmans, who has the experience of managing a football club.

"I grew up in Egmond and I went to school in the Alkmaar and Bergen region. So, it is very familiar to me.

"Yes, I will sure ask Roelant about what I could do to make it a successful stint," said de Nooijer.

He however, is not too worried about not having played football at the professional level. "It is not exactly like Premier League football, where the managers play a huge role. We have a coach and I will be essentially a manager.

"About not playing football... I am looking to draw experience and knowledge from my hockey career. And as long as the players are good at their jobs, all will be taken care of."

His first love though remains hockey, and de Nooijer is enjoying his time with the Wizards. "The HIL is very different from the Dutch league, which runs for many months and gives one time to acclimatise and bond.

"Here you get just one month to put everything together, mix all the ingredients and show it on the field.

"Also, the Indian culture is different making it a quite a challenge. It is really entertaining and fast-paced and we enjoy it."

The Asian Age

Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Finals preview

There’s only five days to go to until indoor hockey returns to Wembley Arena.

Having battled to the finals via an action packed league programme, the best indoor club teams in the country will go up against each other at Wembley Arena on Sunday 2 February 2014 to see who will be crowned Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Champions.

This year the change to 5-a-side has seen more goals than ever before as the thrilling indoor format of hockey goes from strength to strength. As well as hockey, the finals day will see numerous activities for adults and children alike, including the Maxinutrition Hockey Bungee Challenge and autograph signings with international stars who are playing for their club teams.

Squad lists and further team information, including quotes are available on the attached ‘Meet the teams’ PDFs.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at a discounted price if bought in advance. Click here for more information.



East Grinstead cruised to Finals Day by winning every one of their eight fixtures, although that included tight 8-6 and 8-7 victories over Reading and Canterbury respectively. Reading bounced back to comfortably win their remaining seven games – a hard-fought 7-6 win over Canterbury aside – to claim second place. Canterbury, despite those losses to Reading and East Grinstead on the opening weekend, were well-placed to make it through to finals day come the final weekend but a 9-6 loss to Sevenoaks left them needing a victory in a winner-takes-all match against Beeston – no easy task.

Holcombe endured a difficult start to their campaign, winning only one of their first four matches, and they rode an emotional rollercoaster during the final weekend that left them needing a win over bottom side Doncaster to go through on goal difference. A tense 5-4 victory, thanks to a hat-trick from captain Richard Lane, meant they did just enough to progress.


Bowdon Hightown kicked off their campaign with a 3-3 draw against East Grinstead, the only points they dropped en route to Wembley. After a 6-2 triumph over Harleston Magpies, a 4-2 win over Slough allowed Hightown to pip all their opponents to the top spot and claim a semi-final match up against Canterbury, which ultimately saw Hightown emerge victorious after a nail-biting shoot-out.

Despite losing their opening match, Reading recorded three resounding victories to put them in a great position at the tournament’s midway point, and they made no mistake in the final round of matches as they breezed into the semis with 8-0 and 10-3 wins over Sutton Coldfield and Olton & West Warwicks respectively.

England Hockey Board Media release

Tupper, Gillis named 2013 Players of the Year

Scott Tupper and Ian Baggott Kate Gillis and Ian Baggott

In recognition of their hard work and determination, Field Hockey Canada recently presented several of the national program athletes with special honours. The celebration brought together players and staff from the men’s and women’s national programs to acknowledge their outstanding achievements throughout the past year.

Players of the Year

Scott Tupper and Kate Gillis were named Field Hockey Canada’s Players of the Year for 2013.

Scott consistently performs at a high level in every game, showcasing his passion and desire to achieve success, not only for himself but for the team. Scott has transformed his game over the past year, with his short corner flick often determining the outcome of games.

A standout player both on and off the field, Kate was recognized for embodying the values of the team and establishing herself as a natural leader of the group. Kate’s approach to the game lifts and inspires all around her to keep chasing and hunting, and she’s quickly establishing herself as a world-class player on the international stage.

Taking their inspiration from Hollywood’s current awards season, the coaching staff prepared an Oscar-worthy way to announce the recipients:

The awards were presented by Ian Baggott, President of Field Hockey Canada.

Goal Scorers of the Year

Thea Culley and Ian Baggott

Thea Culley and Karli Johansen were co-recipients of the title of Goal Scorers of the Year for the women’s program. Thea scored six goals in 11 games throughout 2013 – her last two goals coming in the 2-1 win over Chile for the bronze medal at the 2013 Pan American Championships. Karli scored six goals in seven matches, including a hat-trick against Ireland.

In addition to his Player of the Year honour, Scott Tupper also took home the Goal Scorer of the Year, with 11 goals in 12 games.

PAHF Elite Teams

During the evening, the six Canadian recipients of the Pan American Hockey Federation’s Elite Team honours were presented with their certificates on behalf of PAHF. The Elite Team is named every two years, recognizing the top players in the Pan American region.

Field Hockey Canada media release

Vacancy: NTIS Head Coach

Northern Territory Institute of Sport is recruiting a Head Hockey Coach

Northern Territory Institute of Sport in conjunction with  Hockey Northern Territory and Hockey Australia invites interested coaches to apply for a position of NTIS Head Hockey Coach.

Primary Objective
The NTIS Hockey Program supports Hockey Australia (HA) delivering on Australia’s Winning Edge (AWE) performance outcomes and is run in partnership with HA and Hockey NT (HNT).  As part of this, the NTIS Hockey Coach plays a key role in the identification, selection and development of talented athletes and coaches across the NT.

Key Responsibilities

    Manage the strategic development of the NTIS Hockey and underpinning HNT Academy Programs including all related planning, delivery, resource utilisation and key partnerships.
    Provide high quality coaching and tailor the provision of individualised, long-term, holistic athlete development programs to NTIS scholarship holders in line with HA expectations and requirements. Some representative level team coaching may be required each year.
    Develop, implement and support the coaching of structured high performance training programs for HNT Academy athletes and oversee the development of other hockey coaches involved in NTIS and HNT programs.
    Measure, monitor and evaluate the development and performance of NTIS scholarship holders, HNT Academy athletes and identified hockey coaches, and report on outcomes to stakeholders.
    Provide leadership, strategic advice and support to HNT in the area of high performance generally, through active participation on the High Performance Committee, and specifically in areas relating to talented athlete identification and development, and coach education.

Selection CriteriaEssential

    Current National Coach Accreditation Scheme recognition as an Advanced Level Hockey Coach, or working towards achieving it within 12 months.
    Proven ability to strategically develop and manage a program or work area inclusive of planning, reporting, administration of resources and budgets.
    A record of successful and innovative hockey coaching, particularly in regard to progressing the development of talented young athletes, as evidenced by their success at high levels of competition.
    Demonstrated knowledge of the application of contemporary coaching, and coach education, techniques and practices at an advanced level, as well as proven ability to integrate the sport sciences and modern coaching methods to improve athlete performance.
    Demonstrated leadership and high level communication skills with proven ability to build effective cooperative working relationships, influence behavioural change, and deliver high quality education programs.
    An ability to interact with people of different cultures and to gain an ‘Ochre Card’ through a Working With Children Check.


  • Knowledge of HA national alignment and direction including AWE targets.
    Experience in public speaking and dealing with the media.

More information and how to apply

For more information and how to apply, view the job advertisement on the Recruitment 4 Hockey website. Recruitment 4 Hockey is the preferred supplier of recruitment services to Hockey Australia.

Click here to go straight to the job advertisement for NTIS Hockey Head Coach.

Hockey Australia media release


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