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News for 30 March 2015

All the news for Monday 30 March 2015

Carroll out injured

Uncapped Victorian Tim Cross replaces NT's Carroll for Azlan Shah

London Olympian, Joel Carroll in action for the Kookaburras

Kookaburras defender Joel Carroll has been ruled out of the team’s forthcoming Sultan Azlan Shah Cup campaign in Ipoh, Malaysia, after suffering a hamstring injury in training.

The London Olympian has been replaced in the squad by newcomer Tim Cross. The 24 year-old Victorian defender was named in Hockey Australia’s men’s national development squad in December after impressing at the 2014 Australian Hockey League and a subsequent assessment camp in Perth. He will make his international debut in the six team invitational tournament.

The Kookaburras begin their campaign against Canada next Saturday.

Kookaburras squad for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
Ipoh (MAS), 5-12 April 2015
Name (Hometown/State) Caps/Goals
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD) 44/8
Nick Budgeon (Hobart, TAS) 28/12
Tristan Clemons (Ferndale, WA) 10/0
Tim Cross (Eaglemont, VIC) 0/0
Matthew Dawson (Central Coast, NSW) 10/0
Jamie Dwyer (Rockhampton, QLD) 321/206
Matt Gohdes (Rockhampton, QLD) 110/32
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT) 27/10
Leon Hayward (Darwin, NT) 2/0
Mark Knowles (Rockhampton, QLD) 245/20
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA) 62/19
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS) 231/58
Glenn Simpson (Melbourne, VIC) 118/21
Glenn Turner (Goulburn, NSW) 112/79
Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD) 78/33
Tristan White (Wollongong, NSW) 44/3
Dylan Wotherspoon (Murwillumbah, QLD) 4/0
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA) 46/4

Kookaburras’ Sultan Azlan Shah fixtures
Sunday 5 April – Kookaburras v Canada – 6:30pm AEST
Monday 6 April – Kookaburras v Malaysia – 10:30pm AEST
Wednesday 8 April – Kookaburras v Korea – 8:30pm AEST
Thursday 9 April – Kookaburras v New Zealand – 8:30pm AEST
Saturday 11 April – Kookaburras v India– 6:00pm AEST
Sunday 12 April – Final– 10:30pm AEST
Sultan Azlan Shah competing teams
Australia (World ranking #1)
Canada (#14)
Korea (#8)
India (#9)
Malaysia (#12)
New Zealand (#7)

Hockey Australia media release

Dutch trio in good form ahead of EHL KO16

Bloemendaal, Kampong and Oranje Zwart all warmed up for the Euro Hockey League with victories in the Dutch Hoofdklasse as they beat Hurley, Tilburg and Schaerweijde respectively.

For Bloemendaal, Tom Boon became the league’s top scorer on 27 goals when he score three of his side’s 6-0 goals with Roel Bovendeert, Daniel Aarts and Rogier Hofman also netting.

OZ beat Tilburg 3-1 with Mink van der Weerden scoring the first and last goals of the game. Bob de Voogd made it 2-0 after 25 minutes before Jan Maarten Tacke got one back for Tilbug. Van der Weerden’s penalty stroke, though, settled matters with three minutes to go.

Constantijn Jonker’s single goal was enough for Kampong at Schaerweijde, scoring 11 minutes from the end fo keep his side in the running for top spot.

Santi Freixa struck with two minutes to go to help Amsterdam produce a memorable win against HGC.

They trailed 2-1 with five minutes to go but Justin Reid-Ross’s corner goal tied things up before Freixa nicked the winner to keep Amsterdam in the top four and drop HGC four points off the playoff places.

Rotterdam remain third thanks to a 2-1 win over Pinoké while Den Bosch defeated Push 3-0.

Euro Hockey League media release

Newton's law as Slough beat Wakefield

Action from the play-off match between Slough and Wakefield, Mar 29 2015. Credit Andy Smith

A hat-trick from Philipa Newton helped Slough win 3-0 over Wakefield and make a great start to their bid for top-flight hockey in the Investec Women’s Promotion Tournament.

Sunday’s win puts Slough top of the early table, although Buckingham are level following their 4-3 win over East Grinstead.

Goals from Jess Bloom, Zoe Shipperley and Leanne Grimsley helped Buckingham go three-nil up just before half time.

East Grinstead pulled one back through Heather Batten just before the whistle, and after Kitty Higgins and Alice Pyrgos had traded goals to make it 4-2, Batten bagged her second to narrow the gap and ensure an anxious final seven minutes.

And in the relegation play-offs, Bristol Firebrands took a step towards avoiding the drop when they beat Horsham 2-1 with goals from Georgie Field and Miranda Caillard, the latter in the final minute.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Sunday, March 29 2015):

Investec Women’s Promotion Tournament: Buckingham 4, East Grinstead 3; Slough 3, Wakefield 0.

Investec Women’s Relegation Play-offs: Horsham 1, Bristol Firebrands 2.

England Hockey Board Media release

Canterbury blast past Bath

Liam Sanford of Team Bath Buccaneers and Canterbury’s Wei Adams, March 29 2015. Credit Andy Smith.

Canterbury gave their hopes of top-flight survival a boost when they beat Team Bath Buccaneers 7-1 in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Promotion Tournament at Cannock on Sunday.

Four goals from Craig Boyne helped them secure a big win which puts them ahead of Holcombe in the four-team table. Other Canterbury goals came from Harry Roberts, Thomas Richford and Kwan Browne.

Holcombe beat Bowdon 4-3 in their match, with Gareth Andrew scoring twice and others coming from James Stedman and Stephane Vehrle-Smith.

Mike Shaw scored twice and Simon Egerton once for Bowdon, but it wasn’t enough.

And in the relegation play-offs, Teddington won 5-4 against Leek in a dramatic match which saw four goals in the final four minutes.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Sunday, March 29 2015):

NOW: Pensions Men's Promotion Tournament: Holcombe 4, Bowdon 3; Team Bath Buccaneers 1, Canterbury 7.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Relegation Play-Offs: Leek 4, Teddington 5.

England Hockey Board Media release

Scottish Cup & Plate Semi-Finals round-up

Grange ended Grove Menzieshill's cup run with a 4-1 win in Glasgow. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

Glasgow National Hockey Centre played host to a dramatic day of hockey in the Men's and Women's Scottish Cup & Plate semi-finals today.

Grange will have the chance to clinch back-to-back Scottish Cup successes after a 4-1 win over Grove Menzieshill in the Men's Scottish Cup semi-final.

Grove Menzieshill had taken a 24th minute lead through Gavin Byers which they took into half-time.

However, Michael Fenelon put Grange back on level terms in the 40th minute, before two penalty corners from Rob Barr put the Stags 3-1 up.

John McCluskey completed the scoring with the fourth goal in the 58th minute.

Edinburgh University reached the Men's final after a narrow 1-0 win over AAM Gordonians in the second of the Men's Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Gordon Amour was the match winner, striking a penalty corner low into the goal to take the students to the final.

Edinburgh University are into the Scottish Cup final after a 1-0 win over Gordonians. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

Grove Menzieshill upset Edinburgh University's hopes of claiming a league and cup double with a 3-2 win in the Women's Scottish Cup semi-final.

Grove Menzieshill players celebrate the winning goal from Danielle Johnston. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

Captain Camilla Lyttle gave the university side a 1-0 advantage from a penalty corner in the 14th minute before Louise Carroll equalised for Grove Menzieshill three minutes before half-time.

The Taysiders went 2-1 up in the 46th minute, Ali Bell getting on the scoresheet from open play.

Grove Menzieshill's Ali Bell scored her side's second goal. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

Heather Lang pulled the two sides level at 2-2 in the 50th minute.

A counter-attack from Grove Menzieshill in the 65th minute led to the winning goal, Carroll playing a long pass from inside her own half, Bell picking up on the left to cross to the back post where Danielle Johnston's out-stretched dive turned the ball into the net.

In the second Women's Scottish Cup semi-final, Milne Craig Clydesdale Western eased into the final with a 5-0 win over Erskine Stewart's Melville FP.

Fiona Bruce's penalty corner strike in the 13th minute broke the deadlock before Nicki Skrastin made it 2-0 shortly before half-time.

Clydesdale Western sailed to 5-0 win over Erskine Stewart's Melville. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

Millie Brown put Clydesdale Western out of sight at 3-0 four minutes after the interval after scoring from a penalty corner set piece.

Jennifer Eadie and Gillian Green wrapped up the win for the Titwood outfit, Eadie scoring from a penalty corner in the 48th minute before Gilman's goal in the 60th minute made it 5-0.

Falkirk GHG won a dramatic Men's Scottish Plate semi-final against Aberdeen Grammar School FP, surviving a comeback by the Aberdonians who were 3-0 down at one stage, with a 4-3 victory.

Falkirk GHG won a dramatic Plate semi-final against Aberdeen Grammar School FP. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

Cameron Scott gave Falkirk the lead in the 29th minute from a penalty corner, before Gordon Yeudall and Scott added a further two goals either side of half-time to leave Falkirk cruising at 3-0.

However, goals from Alex Morrison, John Dargie and Andy Macallan dramatically pulled the former pupils back into the contest at 3-3.

Nevertheless, Liam Watt ensured Falkirk's progress to the final with a 64th minute goal.

In the second Men's Scottish Plate semi-final, Clydesdale swept Granite City Wanderers aside with a 6-1 success.

Clydesdale eased into the Plate final with a 6-1 win over Granite City Wanderers: Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

First half goals from Andrew Allan, Michael McKenzie and James Nairn put the Titwood outfit 3-0 up at the break.

Second half strikes from Scott Lindsay, Michael Cockburn, and Fraser Hirst left Clydesdale with a 6-0 lead ten minutes from full-time, only for Alan Thom to pull one back for Granite City Wanderers a minute from time.

Dundee Wanderers cruised into the Women's Scottish Plate Final courtesy of a 5-0 win over Grange EL.

Ashley Bunce opened the scoring midway through the first half with a penalty corner to give the Taysiders a 1-0 lead they kept until half-time.

Rebecca Murray doubled Wanderers' advantage in the 48th minute, before Heather Elder made it 3-0 four minuted later.

Scotland international Vikki Bunce notched the fourth for Wanderers before Elder grabbed her second goal of the match two minutes from time to finish off the scoring at 5-0.

Vikki Bunce was on target as Dundee Wanderers defeated Grange EL to reach the Scottish Plate final. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

Edinburgh University III made light work of their Women's Scottish Plate semi-final against Stirling Wanderers, running out comfortable 5-0 winners.

Hannah Giebus scored a quick-fire double from penalty corners in the 25th and 28th minutes to give the students a 2-0 lead.

Alice MacArthur made it 3-0 from open play in the 29th minute to give University a 3-0 advantage at half-time.

Grace Seeley notched the fourth goal in the 56th minute before MacArthur rounded off the scoring two minutes from time with a fifth goal.

Edinburgh University III's reached the Plate final with a win over Stirling Wanderers. Photo Credit: Duncan Gray

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Germany set the bar for Scots in Cologne

Scotland U18W's trip to Cologne for two matches against European heavyweights Germany proved to be a significant learning experience for the players ahead of the U18 Nations Championship in Spain this summer.

Head Coach Justine Allen said, "We came to Germany to test ourselves against some of the best players in Europe in the age group and we will come away having learnt a lot about what it takes to perform at European A Division level. This is just the beginning."

A great display in the first match saw the Scots narrowly beaten 3-2

Germany scored in the fifth minute, and Scottish goalkeeper Erin Gilchrist made a fine save 10 minutes later from a penalty stroke to prevent the Germans doubling their lead.

Tess Hannah equalised for Scotland in the 20th minute from a penalty corner to leave the score 1-1 at half time.

However, Germany restored their advantage in the 50th minute and extended their lead to 3-1 sixty seconds later. Laura Swanson then scored Scotland's second goal from a penalty stroke five minutes from full-time.

A disappointing second match was the result against a fired up German side. Despite the 11-0 scoreline the Scottish girls worked tirelessly until the final whistle. There were some strong individual performances from Ellie Hutcheson and Laura Swanson.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Nat U16: Pahang Boys lift maiden title

By Jugjet Singh

PAHANG lifted their first Boys' National Under-16 title when they beat Malacca 2-0 at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

The Pahang goals were scored by Mohamed Kamil (seventh) and Mohamed Idris (55th).

In the Girls final, Selangor edged Kuala Lumpur 1-0 and the star of the day was P. Revathi, who scored a penalty corner goal in the 32nd minute.

"I am very proud of my girls who played good hockey in the entire tournament to become champions in this age-group tournament. There are some very good players in this team and this augurs well for the future of women's hockey in the country," Mohamed Jadwi.

Selangor girls won all five of their Group B matches by scoring 21 goals and only let in four. For the record, it was match winner Revathi's first goal of the tournament.

RESULTS: Boys' Final: Malacca 0 Pahang 2; Third-Fourth: Perak 3 Johor 1.

Girls' Final: Selangor 1 Kuala Lumpur 0; Third-Fourth: Penang 4 Kedah 2.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Pahang lift junior hockey title

By Aftar Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: Pahang lifted the boys’ title in the 1MAS-Milo National Under-16 hockey tournament for the first time when they beat Malacca 2-0 in the final.

Mohd Kamil, who scored in the 1-0 semi-final win over Johor, gave Pahang the lead with a field goal after seven minutes.

Mohd Idris Mohamed doubled the tally by converting a penalty corner in the 55th minute.

Pahang coach Mohd Sufian Mohamed praised his team for their fighting spirit.

“My players took their chances well. We took an early lead to put the pressure on Malacca. I am happy we won the title for the first time,” said Sufian.

In the girls’ final, P. Revathi starred for Selangor in the 1-0 win over neighbours Kuala Lumpur.

She was on target from a penalty corner in the 32nd minute to give Selangor their seventh straight win.

Said Selangor coach Mohd Jadwi: “It was a good achievement, winning all our matches. It’s kudos to the players for an excellent performance.”

The Star of Malaysia

Moi, Lenana return to national hockey stage

By Elizabeth Mburugu

Moi Girls' Hockey player Kassandra Dacha, right, dribble ball past Talya Herd of Hillcrest, left, Nairobi county Hockey champions against Hillcrest during the Nairobi County Secondary Schools Association games at City Park Stadium on Sunday, March 15th, 2015. PHOTO/ JONAH ONYANGO.

Moi Girls Nairobi and Lenana School will return to the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association hockey nationals after a two-year absence. Moi trounced Mt Larvena, also of Nairobi, 3-0, while Lenana beat Tala Boys of Machakos County 2-1 to be crowned Metropolitan champions and seal their places at the nationals.

Moi edged out defending champions St Joseph's Kibwezi of Makueni County 1-0 in their semis to book a finals date with Mt Larvena. Sarah Achungo's goal in the second half was enough to end Kibwezi's title retention mission.

Moi head coach Olubayi Amai was pleased at their first goal of the year. "I'm very pleased the girls stuck to our plans, we now shift focus to the big task in the nationals."

Achungo scored a field goal in the 18th minute to give Moi the lead, Mercy Cherono hit the board twice in the 34th and in the 37th minutes to give Moi a convincing victory.

Olubayi noted that the battle at the nationals will not be a walk in the park as it brings together the best from all regions. His sentiments were echoed by Achungo who, however, said they will not be intimidated but will play their hearts out for better results.

"We will not fear any of our opponents, our aim is to play our best and register good results. We desire a top-four finish and will strive to make it happen," Achungo told FeverPitch.

While it was an easy sail for the girls, it was tough in the boys' encounter as Lenana fought hard against resilient Tala Boys to win in penalty shoot-outs after the game ended in a barren draw.

Lenana coach Victor Okune said they failed to score because of their system of play, which relies on a lone striker.

"We rely on one striker but in this game it worked against us because our main man Ernest Macharia was injured during the warm up. We had to change our plans, which was not easy for the boys."

In cross country, Riruta Central of Nairobi County dominated both the boys and girls events with brothers Andrew Lorot and Edwin Kibet finishing in the first and second positions in the 8km boys' race. Lorot clocked 24:46.01 ahead of Kibet (24:52.06) and Alfred Soit also from Riruta in 24:56.27.

In girls' 6km race, Winfred Mutule of Riruta Central won in 20:57.03 ahead of Victoria Mwikali of Ngoleni School, Machakos County (21:14.36) and Celliphine Cheptoek (Riruta) in 21:24.07.

The Standard Online

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