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News for 28 January 2015

All the news for Wednesday 28 January 2015

SA hockey women undone by Chile

JONATHAN COOK at Hartleyvale

South Africa's Candice Manuel of Western Province in between Chilean defenders Sofia Walbaum (left) and Constanza Palma during the series-deciding fourth Test at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Tuesday night. PHOTO BY MATT WITHERS (ACTION PIX)

The Investec South Africa women’s hockey team were upset 1-0 by underdogs Chile to tie the four-Test series 2-2 at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Tuesday night.

The result left one of the more astonishing series in a deadlock, yet the results suggest it should never have been so.

SA were comfortable winners of the first Test 4-2 last week and the outcome never appeared in much doubt. Then it was the Chileans who came out of the starting blocks against a relatively inexperienced, untried SA team in the second Test – when several senior players were rested for various reasons – and came out 2-0 winners.

At 1-1 in the series, the SA girls, more or less at full strength again amongst the squad here, blitzed Chile off the park 6-0 with two rampant phases that realised three goals either side of half-time, and each time those trio of strikes were scored inside six minutes of sheer mayhem.

Those second and third chukkas indicated exactly what this SA team is capable of.

Leading 2-1 in the series and determined not to lose it, the SA team started like a house on fire Tuesday, moving the ball beautifully around the park and threatened to overwhelm Chile the same way they did just 20-odd hours before, but there was one glaring problem – umpteen attacks broke down inside the attacking 23-metre area as well in the strike zone.

It is a maxim of sport that if you don’t take your chances it can come back at bite you – and so it proved, the impressive striker Manuela Urroz getting a tip-in off captain Camila Caram’s conventional hit at a penalty corner in the 52nd minute.

The last eight minute witnessed frenetic action but Chile emerged unscathed to retain their 1-0 lead to square the series 2-2.

SA will have to pick themselves up quickly, as they host Belgium Wednesday at 6.30pm.

SA Hockey Association media release

Big win a piece for Belgium and Netherlands

Belgium and the Netherlands have run up a big win a piece in their two-game series in South Africa this week as part of their warm-weather training camps.

In game one, the Belgians scored a 4-0 win over the Oranje with three first half goals laying the base. Dragons captain Felix Denayer scored twice while Gauthier Boccard and Maxime Plennevaux also on the mark.

But the Dutch responded in kind with a 6-1 win on Monday afternoon in Stellenbosch. Kampong’s Thierry Brinkman continued his fine start to his international career with a second goal this week while Robbert Kemperman added a double.

Mink van der Weerden, Valentin Verga and Diede van Puffelen got the others while Loick Luypaert got the consolation goal. The Dutch meet Ireland on Wednesday and Thursday while Belgium will play the Irish on Saturday and Sunday.

Ireland beat South Africa 5-4 on Monday evening in Hartleyvale with Dragons man Kyle Good scoring the winning goal with 14 seconds remaining.

Euro Hockey League media release

Beware the pitfalls in Belgium..

THERE was never a moment of doubt when Malaysia hammered Poland 8-0 to claim the World League Round Two gold medal at the Sengkang Stadium in Singapore on Sunday.

It was a totally different Malaysia, one which made very few mistakes at the back-line, but even in such a magical win, there were some grey areas which need urgent attention before the June WL Semi-finals in Belgium.

For, awaiting Malaysia in Belgium is a chance to play in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a feat last achieved in Sydney 2000.

Not wanting to silence the thunder or pull the rug from under the jubilant players and officials' feet, the truth is that Malaysia were well below par, physically, and also mentally which almost cost them the semi-finals match against Japan.

That match, which went into shoot-out after a 1-1 draw in regulation time, showed plenty of chinks in the Malaysian team.

The Japanese were much fitter, more motivated, and even though had only three chances, nailed the equaliser while Malaysia wasted more than 10 attempts after taking the early lead.

Missing sitters was a big problem in Singapore, as coach Tai Beng Hai's forward-line missed at least three sitters before scoring in almost all matches.

Even against Poland at least four open chances were wasted, especially by tournament top-scorer and  Player-of-the-Tournament Faizal Saari.

Faizal scored a total of 12 goals in six matches, but he also missed at least 12 open chances and his biggest problem is ballooning the ball over the bar even though the goalkeeper has been beaten.

The other forwards, Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin, Firhan Ashaari and Izwan Firdaus were also equally guilty of missing sitters, which they can't afford in the WL Semi-finals in Belgium.

At the back, Malaysia have the best defenders in Baljit Singh, Razie Rahim and goalkeepers S. Kumar and Roslan Jamaluddin -- all four played above par in every match, with Razie also delivering in the penalty corners.

The next move, according to team manager Datuk Nur Azmi Ahmad is to call 15 more players for joint training and then select the best for the Azlan Shah Cup in April  2-12 in Ipoh.

But it looks like the same 18 in Singapore would be the best bet to play against world champions Australia, Asian champions India; New Zealand, South Korea and Canada. South Africa are the other invited team, but have yet to confirm.

"The Azlan Shah Cup would be the best avenue to sharpen our strike-force, as it would be the last tournament before we head to Belgium," said Nur Azmi.

Beng Hai was moon-walking after the 8-0 hammering of Poland, but with consultant Neil Hawgood hanging around his neck like a noose.

When asked is he believed a local coach would be good enough to handle the team at the WL Semi-finals: "I have completed my task, and now it is up to the MHC (Malaysian Hockey Confederation) to decide on the next course of action regarding the coaching structure," said Beng Hai.

The MHC are in the midst of hiring Hawgood, and if the deal materializes, Beng Hai could find himself as team manager in Belgium.

Final standings
1 Malaysia – Qualified for Semi-Finals of Hockey World League
2 Poland – Qualified for Semi-Finals of Hockey World League
3 Japan – Qualified for Semi-Finals of Hockey World League
4 Oman
5 Ukraine
6 Bangladesh
7 Singapore
8 Mexico


Player of the Tournament: Faizal Saari (MAS)
Top Scorer: Faizal Saari (MAS) - 12 goals
Young Player of the Tournament: Shunya Miyazaki (JPN)
Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Takashi Yoshikawa (JPN)

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Five Indoor Debutants

Five make first Australian appearance in World Cup prep v South Africa

With the Australian women’s indoor hockey team in Europe preparing for the forthcoming Indoor World Cup in Leipzig (4-8 February), Team Manager Karen Seaman is providing a series of short updates exclusively for the Hockey Australia website.

The newest diary entry is nearest the top.

During the tournament we’ll have reports and photos from every match (men’s and women’s). For the details of the squad and the tournament fixture card visit our Australian Indoor team page.

Australia women’s indoor squad 2014/15
Tegan Boucher (VIC)
Kary Chau (VIC)
Clare Commerford (QLD)
Holly Evans (SA)
Ash Fey (QLD)
Kyah Gray (NSW)
Emma McLeish (NSW)
Kizzia Plumb (ACT)
Makaela Potts (NSW)
Emily Riordan (TAS)
Aleisha Smith (NSW)
Shelley Watson (ACT) 

27th January: Once again it was an early rise for breakfast and the team walk. After having a rest day yesterday the team was rejuvenated and keen to continue their World Cup preparations. Today we have had an hour and a half training session, short break and then a match against South Africa. This match for some of our players was their first recorded international cap. Congratulations Peta Sutherland, Makaela Potts, Kizziah Plumb, Kary Chau, and Ashlea Fey.

South Africa: Match 1
Australia 7-3 South Africa
AUS scorers: Kyah Grey (PC, FG), Kary Chau (FG), Tegan Boucher (FG, FG), Ashlea Fey (PC), Holly Evans (FG)

We have two more tests to play against South Africa in the coming days. We are hoping to continue our game improvement and positive progression in our World Cup preparations.

26th January: Australia Day! Happy Australia Day from Mannheim. Today the team had a rest day from travel, training and games. A leisurely breakfast and a spot of shopping was on the agenda for many of the players. For the off-field staff this gave us a chance to rejuvenate over a relaxing coffee or two.
Today we were heading to the Mannheimer Hockey Club for fun and laughs to celebrate Australia Day with a sausage sizzle, skits, games and Aussie Trivia. Michael McCann, former Olympian Golden Boy was our host for the day, manning the BBQ in the cold and sleet to ensure we had as an authentic Australia Day as possible. I’m sure this Australia Day celebration will be one remembered fondly for the many laughs and the hospitality shown to us by the Mannheimer Hockey Club.

25th January: Following breakfast the team went for their walk which proved a little dangerous due to the snow from the previous night and icy condition of the pavement. Undeterred by the cold we headed for the nearest undercover car park to be able to complete our morning walk on a more secure footing.

Today we were able to train at a first class facility – Mannheimer Hockey Club. On arrival at the club and while we waited for our hall to be available we watched some juniors playing. They were very excited to see our team dressed in the green and gold uniform, some of them joining our Assistant Coach Alex Lupton for some mini games and drills whilst the team commenced their warm-up. Today’s session was a solid and physical hit out with the girls working hard on elimination and defensive techniques.

We will be in Mannheim until we travel to Leipzig on the 30th January. Tomorrow being Australia Day the girls are looking forward to a sausage sizzle hosted by former Australian Olympian Michael McCann. This will be a chance for some fun and laughter prior to the next three days of training and games. Games are scheduled against South Africa on the 27th, 28th and 29th January.

24th January: Travel day. We started the day with a beautiful team photo taken on top of our hotel so that we had the Dom in the background. This was the first day that the team got to see snow. There was snow around the ground outside the hotel in Utrecht and our whole journey on the coach was hindered by snow. However, the team used their time productively bonding playing cards and engaging in fits of laughter.

23rd January: This was a rest day, which allowed the team to travel into Amsterdam and see the sights. Some of the girls chose to hire bicycles and ride around Amsterdam keeping their legs moving, while others walked around and did some shopping. It was an extremely cold day at minus 4 degrees in Amsterdam so the purchased items were jumpers, scarves and gloves.

22nd January: Walked in the morning at 10am and prepared for our second game against the Dutch. Once again we trained from 12-1pm to run through set plays prior to the game.
Our second game showed the improvement the team has made throughout our tour to date. We showed flow and better movement as well as enhancing our defensive capabilities.
This friendly was 2 x 20 minutes with the final score being 5 – 1 in favor of the Dutch. Tegan Boucher scored the Australian goal.

Following this game the two teams joined on the court for some friendly camaraderie and spurred each other on with an ‘abs workout’ led by the Dutch trainer. The two teams then shared a lovely lunch together and wished each other well for the World Cup.

21st January: Walked at 6.30am, an early rise and shine. Today was a training day where the team had two sessions. This enabled them to refine structures to assist in the preparation for the game against the Dutch on the next day.

To the enjoyment of a few of the local fire brigade, the team offered [Assistant Coach] Truey (John Trueman) to join a group of fireman in their indoor soccer game that was being played in between our training sessions. This meant Truey could have a run around but also the girls found it quite entertaining.

20th January: Another walk and a breakfast with an abundance of options for the team to choose from. We trained 12-1pm, a short break, then we commenced our first friendly match against the Netherlands. For many of our girls this was the first time they have played against such a quality team, the Dutch being the reigning European champions.

Our first friendly game against Netherlands was a 3 x 20 minute match. In the first 20 minutes the Australian girls held the Dutch to scoring only once from a penalty corner. Unfortunately, the defence was not able to maintain their solid structure in the following 20 minute periods. At completion of second period the score became 5-0. The Australian girls fought hard and were rewarded with a field goal to Kary Chau in the third period. Final score: 8-1 to the Netherlands.

19th January: Today was a travel day from Brussels to Utrecht, where we travelled by coach. We did have a mid-way stop and to the teams’ pleasant surprise we had lunch at a Le Place – the team was in heaven with the range of healthy and nutritious food that was available on a motorway. The common theme was that we should have these in Australia.

We arrived in the centre of Utrecht at the Apollo Hotel.

18th January:  The second day of the tri-nations. The structure of the day was similar to the previous, which is extremely beneficial as the time between games is similar to the format of the World Cup. This has enabled the team to be able to refine the order of the day to get the best out of the players.

Brussels Tri-Nations: Match 3
Australia 5-8 Belarus
AUS scorers: Shelley Watson (FG, FG), Ashlea Fey (FG, PC), Tegan Boucher (FG)

Brussels Tri-Nations: Match 4
Australia 3-4 Belgium
AUS scorers: Emma McLeish (FG), Ashlea Fea (PC), Holly Evans (FG)

Brussels Tri-Nations: Final Standings
1. Belarus
2. Australia
3. Belgium

17th January: The start of the Tri-nations. The day started with a team walk followed by breakfast and a team meeting. The team was excited to be playing their first games against Belarus and Belgium respectively. What a fantastic experience to not only put on the Australian uniform but for some debutants to sing the nation anthem and feel the emotion of representing your country.

Brussels Tri-Nations: Match 1
Australia 4-3 Belarus
AUS scorers: Ashlea Fey (PC), Emma McLeish (PC, FG), Shelley Watson (FG)

Brussels Tri-Nations: Match 2
Australia 4-3 Belgium
AUS scorers: Holly Evans (FG), Emma McLeish (FG), Tegan Boucher (FG), Kyah Gray (PC)

16th January: The day started with a team walk at 10am to assist with team preparation for the day. Stewart addressed the team about the training and playing structures that will be practiced for application. As this was our one and only training session prior to the commencement of the Tri-Nations it was vital that the team worked well on the court to ensure the best possible preparation for our games.

15th January: Today the girls arrived in Uccle, Brussels. On arrival the team was provided with a schedule of the upcoming day, to ensure they stayed awake they went for a team lunch and a walk to ensure jet lag would not pose to be an issue for the coming days. Most of the team chose to see the sights of Brussels and that evening an early three course dinner provided at the hotel. Following dinner, [coach] Stewart Fenton addressed the team in regards to the training and schedule for the next day.

Hockey Australia media release

Back on pitch in Poznan

Diary updates from the men's team as they prepare for the Indoor World Cup

With the Australian men’s indoor hockey team in Europe, preparing for the forthcoming Indoor World Cup in Leipzig (4-8 February), Team Manager Brent Deans is providing a series of short updates exclusively for the Hockey Australia website.

The newest diary entry is nearest the top.

During the tournament we’ll have reports and photos from every match (men’s and women’s). For the details of the squad and the tournament fixture card visit our Australian Indoor team page.

You can follow the team on Instragram at @indoorhockeyaus.

27th January: After the monster travel day on the 26th the guys had a bit of a sleep-in. Back into the routine today with a training session in the morning and a match in the evening against the University team, AWZ.

An 8:00am walk and stretch, breakfast, then off to training. The training hall is about 2km from where we are staying so some walked but most took a taxi. The weather isn't the best and with all the GK gear a taxi is a good option.

We had a really good training session with [coach] Anthony [Potter] continuing to work on game scenarios in a short time frame. The guys are enjoying the challenge and are improving each session.

Back to the Ibis for lunch and meetings. The focus of the meeting was discussion on the training and agreeing solutions.A short rest then back to the hall to play the University Club AWZ.

The University team is a strong young team who were runners-up in the National League so pretty handy opposition. It took us some time to get going, which is something we need to be aware of. AWZ jumped out to a two goal advantage, which was a reward for their speed of play, but once the guys got going we were able to dominate the game. During the game, Anthony was able to introduce some of the changes of play we had been practicing, the final result 9-2.

Out for dinner and rest, similar progam tomorrow.

26th January: Happy Australia Day. Today marked the end of our first training camp in Antwerp. We head to Poznan by train, yes by train – a journey of almost 1000km. From our experience last year with flights and luggage, the train is a good option.

Early start meant a 7:15 taxi into Antwerp in peak traffic and via a crash (not ours) but we all made it in time.

First train Antwerp to Brussels, pretty short journey. We took over the carriage with our luggage.
Second train Brussels to Cologne, two hours - managed to get all our luggage on no problem.
Third train Cologne to Berlin four and a half hours - a good journey apart from the dining car running out of food and change. The guys were a bit hungry.

Fourth train Berlin to Poznan three hours - the train wasn't too busy so the guys spread out.

We arrived in Poznan at 8:30pm and the Polish Federation's liaison person Klaudia was there to meet us and get us to the waiting bus. All good. Arrived at the accommodation, rooms sorted and everyone happy. Rest time training starts again tomorrow. Looks like the weather maybe closing in, lucky we are indoors.

25th January: A good night’s rest, up at 07:15…yes a sleep in! Off to training at 08:30. Focus again on the last eight minutes of the match the other day. The guys really got into it, solving the situation posed. Overall, a very good session. To finish, some attacking penalty corner practice with the local badminton group looking on, waiting their turn to use the hall.

Some food at the club and we must thank Marry for all her effort to keep the team well fed after training. Our thanks too to the Royal Antwerp HC for their support.

Back to the hotel, a quick change period and then a de-bref. The group reviewed the first leg of the program, Antwerp. A really good session to finish the first leg. A very good first camp with a lot of things to take into the next week at Poznan.

Train trip tomorrow Antwerp to Poznan.

24th January: After two long and physical days the guys were looking forward to a quiet day. Unfortunately, some hotel guest had other ideas, setting the fire alarm off at 4am, so most up and out of their rooms to see what was happening. Some just rolled over and slept.

06.54am up, walk and stretch, WOW it's snowing. Yep, greeted with a snow fall to add to the experience. Brecky and off to the training hall.

[Coach] Anthony [Potter] planned to train the last eight minutes from the Netherlands match where we conceded six goals. The guys really got into solving some of the areas that had been a problem and worked really well for the full session. Some food at the club and then back to the hotel, showers change and into a workshop. The workshop session was a continuation and the guys up-dated their KPIs and started to develop components of our performance culture. A really good session with everyone involved.
Then some free time for everyone. Most changed and headed into Antwerp to look around, some just relaxed at the hotel. All back early evening, dinner at a well-known local restaurant to finish the day

23rd January: Another early start with a two-hour drive to Almere to play our second match against the Netherlands. Really cold today, quite a bit of freezing fog on the drive. The sports centre is in an open industrial zone, we arrived in good time to relax before getting ready. Coach, Anthony Potter, had spent time through the night reviewing video and provided the guys with the framework for the match.

Following a good warm-up and team huddle the match started at quite a pace. In a turnaround from the first match, we were able to control the play and converted a number of chances, both attacking penalty corners and open play goals. The guys were playing with lots of energy and it took some nine minutes before the Dutch were awarded their first penalty corner, which the defence were able to deal with. The half time score was 5-1 Australia, which was a good reflection of the match.

At the break, Anthony again reinforced the detailed plan for the second half. The second half continued at a very good level and mid-way through the half the Netherlands began to pressure the ball. This pressure began to take its toll with Holland scoring five goals in an eight minute rush. A number of the chances they had were created by our play, which in the match de-brief was acknowledged. It was great to see a number of Aussie spectators supporting the team. They were keen to show their appreciation to both teams at the final whistle.

Following the match, the Dutch team hosted a lunch with both teams socialising in a positive relaxed manner. All fed and watered we piled into the mini buses for the journey home, lots of tired bodies but very up-beat about the improvement we had made in the second game.

Training, rest and free time tomorrow. Yep everyone is looking forward to some rest time.

22nd January: Up very early…6am. Another big day as we were to play our first match against the Dutch in Almere at 11.00am. The players were looking forward to the chance to face the Dutch team as this would really give us an indication of where we are in terms of our World Cup prep. After a good warm-up we were into the match. The increase in tempo was noticeable, which was expected, but the boys’ work rate matched that of the Dutch team. It took some seven minutes before the Dutch got a PC and from this a stroke to open the scoring.

The first half of play went to the Dutch who from their four penalty corners scored three. We had two corners with no goal. The second half continued at the same tempo with both sides having good opportunities. The half was even with two corners each; we scored from one while we were able to keep out both of the Netherlands’ efforts. The match finished 3-1 to the Netherlands but we were not too disappointed having improved our performance in the second half.  Again, another long drive back (two hours) with some very tired guys. [Coach] Anthony [Potter] was pleased and will have a workshop and video session tonight.  We play the Netherlands again tomorrow.

21st January: Early training sessions again. We are spending time working on getting used to the work load as well as playing together. And more work on attacking penalty corners (PCA) because we feel that the teams who are best with PCA will be successful at the World Cup. We took a break for lunch and a short rest before heading to the north of Holland to play Venlo HC. This club plays indoor hockey in the top Dutch division so it was a good progression for the team. The journey was about 1h40m so at least the boys could rest in the mini bus.

The club arranged for a youth match before ours, which provided for quite a good crowd that stayed on to watch our match. We continue to work on our basic game and although Venlo scoring a couple of early goals, we were able to increase our performance and gained the upper hand in the end. The match finished 8-3, a good result.

20th January: Early start for breakfast then into the mini buses and off to training at the Royal Antwerp Hockey Club who are hosting us. A third of the group is new to the team and even though they all knew each other it is quite different playing together. The training sessions involved working on basic skills just to get the guys back on the ball.

We had two training sessions, lunch, rest and then set off to Brussels to play a select team. A 50 minute drive at 5pm was pretty good!

The match was quite an adjustment for the guys. We were nowhere up to speed in the first half and struggled with the pace and pressure. The second half was much improved and we were very competitive in all areas. There were some very tried guys on the mini bus trip back. Day one had taken its toll.

19th January: All arrived in Antwerp, fit and ready to start the prep program. Coach Anthony Potter welcomed everyone and gave a short presentation outlining the key areas of the program leading to the Indoor World Cup. We then had a team dinner.

Hockey Australia media release

Brotherly bond

Ogilvie brothers prepare for 2015 Indoor World Cup in the green and gold

Making an Australian indoor team is an exciting and rare opportunity, and the three Ogilvie brothers from Wollongong, New South Wales will share a special bond at this year’s Indoor World Cup.

Brothers Flynn, Heath and Kurt are preparing to play in the green and gold alongside each other at this year’s Indoor World Cup, held in the home of indoor hockey, Leipzig, from 4-9 February.

Featuring 24 combined players in the men’s and women’s Australian indoor teams, the Ogilvie brothers will play side-by-side in the Australian men’s team, making them the first three brothers to represent Australia together in the men’s indoor team.

As far back as they can remember, the three brothers started indoor hockey at their own age of eight.  Playing for the University of Wollongong, it was a great summer alternative to outdoor hockey. Wollongong is widely known for its strong indoor culture in the Illawarra region.

“I began indoor [hockey] because there was, and still is, a strong indoor culture in the Illawarra region. It seemed an enjoyable way to learn new skills and to keep up my hockey fitness throughout the off season”, Kurt explains.

Switching from outdoor to indoor, Kookaburras’ 2014 debutant, Flynn Ogilvie and his older brother Heath, will embark on their first Indoor World Cup journey together in one week’s time.

“I have watched the previous two World Cups that Kurt was part of. I have aimed to play this level since watching him play in Vienna in 2007, when I was 15 years old. Finally my dream is becoming reality”, Heath says.

This year will be Kurt’s third Indoor World Cup. After playing his first tournament at 22 years old in Vienna in 2007, he was then selected in 2011 for his second World Cup, held in Poznan, Poland. Bringing a valuable mix of experience and skill to this year’s team, he believes he will benefit from the team’s youthful energy.

“I really enjoy playing alongside my two brothers. Once you’re out of junior hockey, age loses relevance. I think I really benefit from seeing their youthful energy both on and off the field, while I’d like to think maybe they benefit from my experience time-to-time.

“We have played a lot of indoor and outdoor hockey in the 'Gong, we have always gelled really well together.”

The youngest Ogilvie brother, Flynn pays credit to his older brothers Heath and Kurt for helping him develop into a much more experienced player over the past few years.

“It’s a great experience to play alongside my brothers. Kurt has so much experience from previous World Cups that he shares with me. He has helped me a lot through my hockey career both in indoor and outdoor hockey. There will be a special bond between the three of us out there on the pitch at the Indoor World Cup.”

The prestigious indoor tournament will feature the new five versus five format rather than the original six versus six, and will have the introduction of quarter-finals for the first time. With the defending champions Germany set to be favourites in the competition, Kurt shares the targets set for the Australian men’s team.

“The competition is going to be very strong. It will be interesting to see how the teams adapt to the new format for the first time. I expect the Germans to be red hot favourites however, below them is five or six European teams of similar strength to us. If we play well we can hopefully match our results with these teams.

“Our first goal is to make quarter-finals. To do this we need to win at least two pool matches. If we can finish in the top six it will be the best result for the Australian men’s team at an Indoor World Cup.”

With an atmosphere set to blow the roof off the stadium, Flynn and Heath share what they are most looking forward to.

“I’m very much looking forward to the atmosphere. Hearing from people that have previously been to the last few World Cups, they say the atmosphere is electric as the European nations live and breathe indoor hockey”, says Flynn.

“Pulling on the Australian kit for the first time at a major tournament is very exciting, as well as playing it on alongside my two brothers, which will be an unforgettable experience”, Heath adds.

With proud parents watching on from the sidelines, the Ogilvie brothers and their teammates have been busy focusing on their training in Europe, awaiting the much anticipated tournament in one week’s time.
Hockey Australia media release

The anatomy of an indoor hockey player

Just what skills and abilities does a player need to crack the indoor code?

(Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek)

In just over a week, some of the best indoor hockey players in the world are descending upon Leipzig, Germany, to contest the 2015 Indoor Hockey World Cup. Among the teams taking part are the regaining champions Germany, and in this article we hear from two of the stalwarts of the German men’s team. But first, a quick look at what it takes to be a good indoor hockey player.

The essential skills and abilities of an indoor hockey player mirror those of an outdoor player – speed, power, dexterity, flexibility and co-ordination. But what are the challenges of the indoor game that can sometimes catch the outdoor player unawares?

Anthony Potter, coach to the Australian women’s indoor side and a former indoor and outdoor international himself, said: “The skills of the indoor game and the outdoor game are wholly complementary, but I have to say it would be interesting if you had players who were over 160 centimetres tall.”

This point is due to the smaller playing area and the amount of quick twisting and turning that is required of the field players. An indoor pitch is a minimum of 18 metres wide by 36 metres long, which is nearly one third of the size of a regular outdoor playing field. Players need to be able to get into sprinting mode very quickly and turn sharply to avoid tackles. This is one of the reasons so many coaches see the indoor game as a great way to sharpen skills for the outdoor game.

The intensity of the game is another factor that can surprise players as they transition from one code to the other. Indoor hockey is very intensive and there are less breaks in the game, so players will find they are being asked to use their skills at a very high level, often while under intense physical pressure.

While the pitch size is smaller, so the teams have fewer players. There are four field players and a goalkeeper. The positions are less defined than in the outdoor game. Although players are classified as attack or defence, the speed of the game and the rapid turnover of possession means that no-one apart from the goalkeeper is always a defender or always an attacker. This calls for great understanding of tactics, another skill that complements the outdoor game.

Indoor hockey calls on players to develop their technical ability in skills such as pushing and deflecting the ball, and making low tackles. Once in the circle, the player can push, scoop or flick the ball – there is no hitting in the indoor game.

Captain of the German indoor team is Tobias Hauke, the FIH Player of the Year in 2013, and a player who was instrumental in Germany’s success at the 2007 Indoor Hockey World Cup. He says “Indoor hockey trains your basic skills very hard. You are under pressure to control the ball in a really small space against two or three opponents – that really helps with skill development.”

Tobias’s teammate and captain of the German outdoor team, Oliver Korn, says that indoor hockey is particularly good for developing two specific areas of the game. “Because there is less space, your reaction times and anticipation improves. Also, I find that my defensive skills, particularly in one-on-one situations, are better at the end of the indoor season.”

FIH site

Bankers, airmen clinch victories

Kashif Abbasi

RAWALPINDI: National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) won their respective matches in the Chief of Army Staff Challenge Hockey Cup at the Army Hockey Stadium here on Tuesday.

The bankers overcame Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) 4-1 while the airmen defeated Punjab 2-1.

“Things will be clearer on Wednesday after the match between NBP and Navy, at the moment I can only guess that PIA, Army Seniors and NBP have confirmed their places in the semi-finals,” Rana Mujahid, PHF secretary, told Dawn.

Meanwhile, SSGC captain Shakeel Abbasi said: “Organisers will have to check scoring points if Navy defeat NBP in the Wednesday’s match otherwise we have also booked our place in the semi-finals,” he said.

Tuesday’s first match was played between NBP and SSGC, which was convincingly won by the former.

The SSGC looked minnows without their captain Shakeel Abbasi, who could not take part in the match, while playing against the well-balanced side of the bankers.

“Due to groin injury, I could not participate in the match. I’m recovering and will play next matches,” Shakeel said.

SSGC forwards lacked coordination and their defenders also made several mistakes that resulted into their defeat.

Throughout the match, SSGC players failed to penetrate through the bankers’ defence and receive a penalty corner.

On the other side, NBP’s forwards including Arslan Qadir, Tousiq Arshad, Ali Shan and Dilber Hassan dominated the game by keeping control of the ball and attacking.

Dilber scored first goal for his team in the 13th minute. Ali Shan doubled the lead in the 33rd minute by scoring a goal on a long pass from Tousiq.

Five minutes later, he scored another goal for his team.

The NBP finished the first three quarters with 3-0 lead.

In the final quart, SSGC somehow made a comeback, but it was too late. Their forward Abbas Haider scored lone goal for his team in the 51st minute.

However, seven minutes later, NBP’s Ali Shan scored another goal for his team, finishing the match with the score of 4-1.

The second match of the day was played between PAF and Punjab.

It was a mere formality as both teams have already missed the chance to reach the semi-finals. However, they showed aggression in their game, making it an exciting encounter.

PAF forwards Shahbaz, Asif Raza and Fahid displayed artistry with sticks and made several attacks on Punjab’s defence.

Their efforts brought fruit in the 12th minute when their striker Samiullah scored their first goal.

Punjab’s forward Mohammad Adnan, through a beautiful field goal, equalised the score.

Then both teams played quality game and kept the ball rolling in both halves attacking each other.

At the very last minute of the third quart, PAF’s Mustaq managed to score their second goal on a penalty corner.

In the fourth and final quart, Punjab’s strikers made several efforts to equalise the score but PAF’s goalkeeper frustrated their attempts.

Wednesday’s fixtures: Army (Juniors) vs Wapda, Army (Seniors) vs PIA, Navy vs NBP.


Ali helps NBP thrash SSGC in COAS Hockey

Mohsin Ali

RAWALPINDI - Ali Shan’s brace helped National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) thrash Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) 4-1 to make their way for semi-finals of the 1st Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Challenge Hockey Cup 2015 being played here at Army Hockey Stadium.

In Pool-A encounter, PAF beat Punjab 2-1. The event is a joint venture of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and Army Sports Directorate (ASD). PHF president Chaudhry Akhtar Rasool, ASD Director Brig Jillani along with other PHF officials and dignitaries were also present on the occasion. SSGC suffered a body blow, as their one and only super star Olympian Shakeel Abbasi was out with groin injury, which took steam out of their line up and cost them dearly. Their place in the semifinals is also now on stake. SSGC seemed like minnows in their last pool match without experienced Abbasi. SSGC forwards lacked coordination and defenders were also oblivious.

NBP experienced line up, comprising of Tousiq, Arslan Qadir, Ali Shan and Dilber Hassan, exploited SSGC weaknesses to best of their abilities and kept control of the ball. The entire first three quarters were played in SSGC half. Dilber’s 13th minute field goal gave bankers well-deserving lead. Tousiq gave a long pass to Ali Shan near the D who dodged two defenders and beat the goalkeeper to score the second for the bankers in the 33rd minute. Atiq Arshad scored the third in the 38th minute. SSGC, however, awoke in the last quarter as Rizwan made sprint from his area skillfully carrying the ball and hit a cross, which was neatly deflected by Abbas Haider in the 51st minute but it was already too little too late situation for SSGC, who conceded another late goal in the dying moments of the match, as Ali completed his brace in the 59th minute when he netted NBP's fourth goal. Kamran Sharif and Haroon supervised the match.

The last match of the day, which was a meager formality for both teams, as they were already out of the semifinals race, was played between PAF and Punjab which was won by the former 2-1. Led by Saeed Shah, PAF forwards Shahbaz, Asif Raza and Fahad displayed their artistry with stick and made frequent in roads to disturb Punjab's sturdy defense.

Samiullah of PAF scored in the 12th minute of the first quarter to give his side lead, while Punjab's M Adnan leveled the score with a beautiful field goal in the 20th minute. Both teams played tirelessly to gain upper hand and launched a barrage of attacks on each other’s goal, the ball kept on rolling between the two halves at bullet's pace. Just at the dead end of the third quarter, PAF's Shahbaz, Saeed and Asif Gill made a combined move and succeeded in getting a penalty corner. Mushtaq made no mistake in striking the goal post in the 45th minute. The last quarter of the match was full of aggression and speed, as Punjab forwards made a couple of attempts but agile goalkeeper Qurban frustrated them with some brilliant goalkeeping.

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) will host a reception in the honour of national hockey team at 8pm at a local hotel. The party will be attended by hockey team players, PHF top brass, head coach Shahnaz Sheikh, Army top officials and other dignitaries. “We have arranged the diner to honor Pakistan hockey team for performing tremendously in the last six months.” Army (Juniors) will take on Wapda in the first match while Army (Seniors) will vie against PIA.

The Nation

COAS Hockey Cup: NBP, PAF register wins

KARACHI: NBP defeated SSGC and PAF beat Punjab to register victories on the sixth day of the first Chief of Army Staff Challenge Hockey Cup at the Army Hockey Stadium, Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

SSGC, in the absence of Shakeel Abbasi, their only international player, failed to pierce through the bankers’ defence, giving way to NBP’s experienced forwards to capitalise on their weakness and end the game at 4-1.

NBP’s Dilber Hussain scored a field goal in the 13th minute, while Ali Shan dodged two defenders to double the lead in the 33rd and Atiq Arshad scored the third through his 38th-minute field goal.

SSGC replied through a solitary goal in the 51st minute when Rizwan Ali hit a cross to Abbas Haider, which was successfully converted. However, NBP put one more in through Shan in the 59th minute to make it 4-1.

In the other match of the day, PAF’s Samiullah opened the scoring in the 12th minute before Muhammad Adnan levelled the score through his field goal eight minutes later. However, Muhammad Mushtaq struck the back of the net in the 45th minute through a penalty corner to hand PAF a 2-1 win.

In today’s fixtures, Army Juniors will play Wapda, Army Seniors will face PIA and NBP will go up against Navy.

The Express Tribune

National Bank, PAF register wins in COAS Challenge Hockey

ISLAMABAD: National Bank of Pakistan defeated Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) 4-1 and Pakistan Air Force (PAF) outplayed Punjab 2-1 in their respective matches of the 1st Chief of the Army Staff Challenge Hockey Cup at the Army Hockey Stadium in Rawalpindi on Tuesday. The event is a joint venture of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and the Army Sports Directorate.

Without the services Olympian Shakeel Abbasi, SSGC looked minnows in their last pool match. Their forwards lacked coordination and the defenders were too slow. Throughout the match they failed to penetrate the bankers’ defense and get any penalty corner. Tousiq Arshad, Arslan Qadir, Ali Shan and Dilber Hassan, the experienced forwards of the bankers, exploited this weakness and kept control of the ball in first three quarters. Dilber Hassan’s 13th minute field goal gave lead to the bankers. In the 33rd minute, Tousiq gave a long pass to Shan who dodged two defenders and sounded the board to score the second goal for the bankers. Atiq Arshad scored the third field goal in the 38th minute and finally Shan netted the fourth goal, his second, for the winners in the 59th minute. SSGC, however, awoke in the last quarter when Mohammad Rizwan made a lone sprint from his area skilfully carrying the ball and hit a cross which was neatly deflected by Abbas Haider. Kamran Sharif and Mohammad Haroon supervised the match.

The last match of the day was a formality for both teams but they demonstrated aggression in their game which made it an exciting encounter. Led by Saeed Shah, the PAF forwards Mohammad Shahbaz, Asif Raza and Mohammad Fahid displayed their artistry with stick and made frequent inroads to disturb the Punjab’s sturdy defense. Samiullah scored in the 12th minute of the match to give a goal lead to PAF. Eight minutes later Punjab’s Mohammad Adnan levelled the score with a beautiful field goal. After that both teams played tirelessly to gain lead and launched a number of attacks. The ball kept rolling between the two halves at a bullet’s pace. Just at the dead end of the third quarter, 45th minute, PAF’s Shahbaz, Saeed and Asif Gill made a combined move and succeeded in getting a penalty corner. Mushtaq made no mistake in striking the goal post. The last quarter of the match was full of aggression and speed. The Punjab forwards made a couple of attempts but agile goalkeeper Mohammad Qurban frustrated their hits. Mohammad Sohail and Mohammad Zahid supervised the match.

Today’s matches:

Army Juniors vs WAPDA
Army Seniors vs PIA
NBP vs Navy

The Daily Times

More Dutch names for India job

New Delhi - The race for the Indian hockey team’s coaching job is getting ‘Oranje’ with each passing day. After it was reported that Hockey India (HI) had shortlisted the names of Dutchmen Hans Jorritsma and Maurits Hendriks for the  position of head coach, it has now been learnt that the hockey federation has proposed the names of Dutch coaches Hans Streeder and Paul Van Ass to the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for the top job.

After the exit of Australian chief coach Terry Walsh, HI’s High-Performance Director from the Netherlands, Roelant Oltmans, had been entrusted with the task of identifying a new coach for the men’s hockey team and, interestingly, the names suggested by Oltmans to HI are of former Dutch greats.

Sports secretary Ajit Mohan Sharan and senior SAI officials have convened a meeting on February 9 to finalise the names.

Streeder and Hendriks have emerged as the top contenders for the post of chief coach. While Hendriks’s credentials as the inventor of present four-quarter hockey format and his impressive knowledge of modern hockey could well work in his favour, Streeder too has his nose ahead of his closest rival.

Streeder had assisted Oltmans during the 2008 Beijing Olympics when the latter was the head coach of the Netherlands men’s team.

HI has also forwarded the names of South Africa’s Fabian Gregory, New Zealand’s Anthony Mark Thornton and Canada’s Mathias Ahrens for the women’s team coaching job. The post fell vacant after coach Neil Hawgood refused to extend his contract with HI, which ended in December 2014. If sources are to be believed, Thornton’s name has emerged as a leading contender. He was the head coach of Australia’s U-21 men’s team.

The Tribune

Confident Ranchi Rays aim to post win against Dabang Mumbai

RANCHI: High on confidence after holding the defending champions Delhi Waveriders to a 2-2 draw in their last encounter, Ranchi Rays will look to go for an outright win when they take on Dabang Mumbai in their Hero Hockey India League match on Wednesday.

A win here will help the Rays (7 pts) share the top spot with Jaypee Punjab Warriors (12 pts) in the table, while the Dabangs will aspire to post their first triumph in the ongoing League.

The two teams had earlier also met once in the ongoing League, where Barry Middleton's brace had helped the Rays beat Mumbai team 2-1 on their home turf.

Come tomorrow, Ranchi Rays will be looking to repeat their last performance.

With some key players like Middleton, Manpreet Singh and Birendra Lakra in their line-up, the Ashley Jackson-led Ranchi Rays have been performing brilliantly in the League so far, and they would certainly step on to their home turf tomorrow with an aim to gain another five points from this match.

Equipped with an effective attack and a strong defence, the hosts will have an added advantage against the Dabangs with the home team fans cheering for them.

The Dabangs, on the other hand, will be hoping to put up a better show and ensure they don't replicate same errors of the previous games.

The newfangled Dabang Mumbai with players like the young Harmanpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Tom Boon and Matthew Swann in their ranks, have one of the finest teams in the League and if they play to their full potential, they can be a threat to the Rays.

Speaking on the eve of the match, Mumbai player Tom Boon said: "We have taken lessons from our last games and have been working to rectify them. I am sure the team will not repeat the mistakes in the forthcoming games and will play better in the rest of the tournament."

Coach Valentin Altenburg added: "We really have to get our defence together. Harmanpreet and Chinglensana have played really well in the last match and I look forward to similar performance from them in the upcoming games. I believe we can make a comeback in the next match."

Ranchi Rays vs Dabang Mumbai at 1900 hrs IST at Astroturf Hockey Stadium, Ranchi.

The Times of India

HIL played a big part in Indian hockey's resurgence: Dwyer

CHANDIGARH: Legendary Australian striker Jamie Dwyer feels Hockey India League (HIL) has played a "big part" in the resurgence of the game in India, a country which has a rich history of eight Olympic gold medals.

"The HIL has played a big part in the recent improvement of the Indian team. They (India) missed the Olympic berth in 2008 Beijing and had touched a low, but now they are getting better. The best I have seen them play in a long time was in Australia last year where they won the historic Test series," the 35-year-old Dwyer, who is currently captaining Jaypee Punjab Warriors in HIL, said on Tuesday.

Insisting that "consistency" was the biggest problem of the India team, Dwyer said things have now started to change.

"It was great for them to win the Asian Games (last year). I think it is a huge step for Indian hockey to beat teams like South Korea and Pakistan. They need to consistently beat those teams to compete with Belgium, Australia, Germany and Holland," the Australian said about India's recent performances.

Dwyer had words of praise for young midfielder Manpreet Singh.

"I think Manpreet has been the best player in India for over a year now. He is a quality player. He is a dangerous player in the midfield. He plays particularly good in HIL for Ranchi. I think he needs to play better when he plays overseas," he said.

Talking about next year's Rio Olympics, Dwyer feels it would be a tough contest but looking at their constant upward movement, one cannot rule out India's chances in the quadrennial event.

"Every game you play here (in Olympics) is really hard. There is not much difference between the top team and the bottom team. It's always very close," he said.

"India have got a chance. I am not sure who their coach is going to be and what sort of style they are going to play now, which could interrupt the team a little bit. But I think they have got a great squad and some very good players."

Meanwhile, Jaypee Punjab Warriors might have registered two wins and a draw from three games in the ongoing HIL so far, but Dwyer feels there is still lot of scope for improvement.

"First three games are always probably the toughest because the team just gets together. We are still gelling together as a team. We are happy with the two wins and a draw but we need to make lot of improvement in our game if we are serious about winning the title," Dwyer said.

Punjab Warriors drew their opening game against Dabang Mumbai and notched up back-to-back wins at their home turf in Mohali against Kalinga Lancers and Uttar Pradesh Wizards.

Dwyer admitted that the Uttar Pradesh Wizards dominated for a good part of the game yesterday.

"Yeah, they had the ball possession for long periods, that's for sure. Like I said it could have been fatigue because we played in Mumbai, then we travelled to Mohali and played back-to-back games. But at the end of the day we got a win and I rather play bad and win than play good and lose."

Dwyer also said that the youngsters were gaining a lot of exposure by rubbing shoulders with senior Indian and international players in the HIL.

"They are gaining a lot. We try to give them as much experience and knowledge as we possibly can. They are listening and learning a lot, that's for sure. In our team we have got lot of experience and we have got a great balance. There is good chemistry in the team. Hopefully, that reflects on to the field. I know everyone's learning, I am learning still, the younger guys are learning," he said.

The Australian legend also feels that playing along side players from India and other countries helps one to have a better insight into each other's strengths and weaknesses.

"Definitely, I am used to that because I have played five years in Holland. In hockey, Australia and Holland have had a big rivalry. After playing in this league in India, I now know the strengths and weaknesses of (SV) Sunil, Sandeep (Singh), Dharamvir (Singh) and other players. I am sure they do the same," Dwyer said.

On a different note, Dwyer is also excited about the upcoming cricket World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

"Everyone back home is excited about the World Cup. Australia has a good chance. South Africa and New Zealand will also be tough teams to beat," he said.

Asked about India's chances in the cricket World Cup, he said, "India, I am not too sure. They haven't been in real good form lately. But if (Virat) Kohli fires, then who knows, the game is on. I am looking forward to watching few games".

The Times of India

Tips for breaking into the hockey industry

Guest blog by Matt Bartell, Owner of Recruitment 4 Hockey

I am often asked about how to ‘get into the sports industry’. While many people see working in the sports industry as working at the likes of clubs in the professional football codes, here in Australia, and around the world, hockey is rapidly becoming an industry in its own right.

There was a time that in order to make a living in hockey you had to be a coach, or perhaps a physio. And while for many people those are still great ways to work in a sport they love, one look at the Hockey Australia jobs page shows that you don’t have to be a qualified coach or physio to forge a career in hockey.

As I write this there are advertisements online for remunerated roles as junior coordinators in the Gold Coast, paid player opportunities, and even the chance to join the Hockeyroos’ set-up as an Operations Manager. Elsewhere, Hockey Tasmania is on the look-out for a Communications and Marketing Coordinator, while the New South Wales Institute of Sport is seeking a Personal Excellence Advisor, working with hockey players amongst a range of athletes.

Recently, Hockey ACT recruited a Communications Coordinator and a Game Development Coordinator while Maryborough and District Hockey Association in Queensland advertised for a Development Officer.

For some, a move from recreational player to hockey professional is a dream come true! Read about the success Jordyn Wilson had in going from passionate weekend player to Regional Development Officer with Queensland Hockey and Gladstone Hockey Association.

So, here are my top five tips for breaking into the hockey industry:

• Know where to look
Recruitment 4 Hockey powers the Hockey Australia ‘Jobs in Hockey’ web page, giving you access to the top hockey jobs in Australia, including those mentioned above. It is refreshed daily, providing the most up to date view of the Australian hockey recruitment market. Recruitment 4 Hockey’s (R4H) own site is also currently advertising roles in Belgium, the USA, the UK, New Zealand, France and more.

• Volunteer and build your network
Sport offers many opportunities to get involved on a voluntary basis, whether it’s on major events, local competitions or in a club or association. While it won’t always be glamorous, volunteering will enhance your skills and knowledge, and help you meet new people. Embrace those new networks and utilise online tools like LinkedIn to stay connected.

• Understand your strengths
Understand where your skills lie and the types of roles you’re suited for and focus on those. Think about your professional background, education and any voluntary work you’ve done. Often people with lots of experience apply for junior and entry level roles just to get a foot in the door but recruiters will see through this tactic. Don’t undersell yourself.

And if you’re interested in a coaching role, attending courses, workshops and doing your HockeyEd coaching qualifications will give you the confidence to be a better coach.

• A knowledge of hockey is important for many roles, but not all of them
Doing the finances in a sports organisation is a lot like doing them in a printing firm or shop. You don’t need to know team tactics or hundreds of training drills to do it. The same could be said for other administrative roles, commercial and marketing positions too.

• First impressions count
Whether you are applying for a volunteer role or a full time job, in order to make a good first impression there are some things to consider when applying:
o Your cover letter is the first point of contact. Ensure you have given a great impression of who you are and what you will bring to the role.
o Ensure you have addressed the selection criteria in full.
o Have online résumés ready to attach. You can create multiple résumés on your R4H job seeker dashboard and attach them to your job application when applying online.
o Applying for a player role? Check out our useful tips on what some coaches are looking for.

Recruitment 4 Hockey offers hockey clubs, associations and organisations linked to the industry the chance to advertise their opportunities. Reach more people, promote your club and find the best candidates to fill your vacancy, from a full time CEO to volunteer coaching and playing roles.

For more information on the Hockey Australia Jobs in Hockey page or to find out about free job postings visit Recruitment 4 Hockey or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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