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Spotlight on: Germany women

2013 European champions Germany – known as Die Danas – are always serious title contenders in every event in which they compete, something that will be no different in Rosario.

The current group is young, exciting and blessed with a number of exceptionally talented individuals. Although Germany’s squad for the Argentina Hockey World League Final had yet to be announced at the time of writing, Head Coach Jamilon Mülders has plenty of world class players available for selection including versatile midfielders Janne Müller-Wieland and Katharina Otte, as well as inspirational defenders Julia Müller and Nina Hasselmann.

Müller, Otte and Müller-Wieland are key figures of the leadership group implemented by Head Coach Mülders, with Hannah Krüger, Anne Schröder, Luisa Steindor and Franzisca Hauke – younger sister of Germany men’s superstar Tobias Hauke – also being members.

The 2004 Olympic champions took the bronze medal at the Unibet EuroHockey Championship 2015 in London over the summer, and will once again be targeting a podium finish in Rosario as they build towards next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Nickname: Die Danas

Key player: Julia Müller. An outstanding defender with masses of world level experience, Müller is one of the most consistently excellent performers for Die Danas. She is is a double Olympian, having competed at the Beijing 2008 (4th) and London 2012 (7th) Games, and played a pivotal role in Germany’s gold medal success at the TriFinance EuroHockey Nations Championship in 2013.

Notable honours
Olympic Gold medallists (2004)
2x Olympic Silver medallists (1984, 1992)
World Cup Gold medallists (1976, 1981)
2x EuroHockey Nations Champions (2007, 2013)
Champions Trophy Gold medallists (2006).
3rd place – Valencia Hockey World League Semi-Final (2015)
Bronze medallists – Unibet EuroHockey Championships (2015)

Additional information: Germany booked their ticket to the Argentina Hockey World League Final with a third place finish at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Valencia, where they defeated Argentina’s Las Leonas in a shoot-out. It is Germany’s second consecutive appearance in the Hockey World League Final, having competed in the 2012-13 Final where they finished in seventh place. Despite that disappointment, their stunning form in qualifying for that event – and subsequently at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 – certainly grabbed everyone’s attention. They achieved a remarkable first place finish at the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, defeating host nation and world number one Netherlands, the team that eventually went on to win the inaugural Hockey World League title.

FIH site

Indian men's hockey team rises two spots to sixth in FIH chart

Indian Hockey team during the practice session at Sports Authority of India ( SAI ) in Bengaluru on Wednesday. (TOI Bangalore)

NEW DELHI: The Indian men's hockey team jumped two places to occupy sixth place in the latest FIH rankings on the back of its good showing in the the Hockey World League Semi-Finals.

Asian Games champions India leapfrogged Belgium (three places down to seventh) and New Zealand (now eighth from seventh) while England and Argentina moved up one spot each to fourth and fifth respectively.

There's no change in the men's top three countries, with Australia, the Netherlands and Germany ranked first, second and third. In the women's rankings, India remained at 13th while Olympic and World champions the Netherlands stayed at the top. Australia followed by Argentina make up the top three.

The rankings were confirmed following the conclusion of the African Hockey Championships 2015.

The Times of India

Women team for Argentina Tour announced

Bhubaneshwar: An 18-member Indian Senior women squad for the international matches to be played in Argentina from 18th – 30th November 2015, announced.

The team will be led by experienced campaigner Ritu Rani with Deepika her deputy.

This is first international outing for Andrew Hawgood who has been roped in last fortnight, for his second stint with the national women's team'.

“The team has been practicing together since the camp started. We believe in putting excessive emphasis on team work and the new team of Coaches and Support Staff are working hard to increase the work rate of each player. We have an experienced Captain and she knows how to lead by example. The qualifications for the Olympics have been a boost and we will be playing in similar conditions to that of Rio which will give us advantage in our Olympic campaign. I have full faith in the girls and I hope we will put up a good show together,” said Neil Andrew Hawgood, Chief Coach, Indian women’s hockey team.

The team
1. Savita
2. Rajani Etimarpu

3. Sunita Lakra
4. Deepika (Vice Captain)
5. Susila Chanu Pukhrmbam
6. Jaspreet Kaur
7. Deep Grace Ekka

8. Renuka Yadav
9. Ritu Rani (Captain)
10. Lilima Minz
11. Navjot Kaur
12. Monika
13. Namita Toppo

14. Navneet Kaur
15. Rani
16. Poonam Rani
17. Vandana Kataria
18. Anuradha Devi Thokchom


Hockey India announces women's team for Argentina tour

BHUBANESWAR: Hockey India on Saturday announced an 18-member Indian senior women's team for the international matches to be played in Argentina from November 18-30.

The squad announced during the on-going national camp here will be led by experienced campaigner Ritu Rani. Deepika has been named vice-captain of the team.

The Indian women's team has been on a high this year, winning the second round of the Hockey World League earlier this year in Delhi. The team gained fifth position in the Hockey World League Round 3 by virtue of which they qualified for Rio Olympics for the first time in 36 years.

"The team has been practicing together since the camp started. We believe in putting emphasis on team work and the new team of coaches and support staff are working hard to increase the work rate of each player," chief coach of Indian women's hockey team Neil Andrew Hawgood said.

"We have an experienced captain and she knows how to lead by example. The qualifications for the Olympics have been a boost and we will be playing in similar conditions to that of Rio which will give us advantage in our Olympic campaign. I have full faith in the girls and I hope we will put up a good show together," said Hawgood.

Hockey India President Narinder Dhruv Batra said, "The girls have showcased what they are capable of with their recent achievements. Qualifying for the Olympics for the first time in 36 years is by itself a huge testimony to their hunger to succeed and capabilities. I am hopeful that we are up for some exciting results in the months to come."

The Squad:

Goalkeepers: Savita, Rajani Etimarpu

Defenders: Sunita Lakra, Deepika (vice-captain), Susila Chanu Pukhrmbam, Jaspreet Kaur, Deep Grace Ekka

Midfielders: Renuka Yadav, Ritu Rani (captain), Lilima Minz, Navjot Kaur, Monika, Namita Toppo

Forwards: Navneet Kaur, Rani, Poonam Rani, Vandana Kataria, Anuradha Devi Thokchom.

The Times of India

Van Gent named strategic coach of hockey team

Indian hockey team players seen during a training camp.

Sardar Singh-led side will meet Australia in a three-match test series starting from Nov 19 and will participate in the HWL Final from Nov. 27.

Hockey India on Saturday confirmed the appointment of Dutchman Roger van Gent as the strategic coach for the men’s national team till the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Van Gent will be joining the coaching staff for the Indian men’s hockey team and will be assisting High Performance director and chief coach Roelant Oltmans to work towards the much awaited Hero Hockey World League (HWL) Final to start later this month and for the Olympics.

Van Gent embarked on his coaching career after securing the International Hockey Federation (FIH) high performance coaching qualification in 2000. Ever since then he has worked with various domestic teams in the Netherlands.

He himself has been a part of the first men’s team of a club, MEP in Boxtel, in the head division of Netherlands for a decade (1978-88).

As a FIH high performance coach, he added to the staff of the Kenyan men’s team in 2007.

“Roger’s track record speaks for him and I am happy that he is coming on board in the coaching staff for the Indian’s men’s hockey team. He has strong strategic experience and I am sure his inputs will help the team and Roelant in bridging the gaps and work towards a successful campaign for the upcoming Hero HWL Final and the 2016 Rio Olympics,” HI secretary general Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad said in a release.

The Indian team is currently training at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Bengaluru.

The Sardar Singh-led side will meet Australia in a three-match test series starting from November 19 and will participate in the HWL Final from November 27.

The Hindu

Hockey India appoints strategic coach for men's team

NEW DELHI: Hockey India announced the appointment of Roger Van Gent as the strategic coach for the Indian men's team for the Hockey World League Finals next month and next year's Rio Olympics.

Roger will join the coaching staff of the Indian men's hockey team and assist High Performance Director and Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans.

Van Gent, a Dutch citizen by nationality, embarked on his coaching career after securing FIH high performance coaching qualification in 2000. Since then he has worked with various domestic teams in the Netherlands.

He himself has been a part of the first team of a club, MEP in Boxtel, in the head division of the Netherlands for a decade (1978-88).

"Roger's track record speaks for him and I am happy that he is coming on board in the coaching staff for men's hockey team. He has strong strategic experience and I am sure his inputs will help the team and Roelant in bridging the gaps and work towards a successful campaign for the upcoming Hockey World League and 2016 Rio Olympics," Hockey India Secretary General Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad said.

The Indian team is currently training at the SAI centre in Bengaluru and is schedule to take on Australia in a three match Test series starting from November 19 before the Hero Hockey World League Final from November 27.

The Times of India

Pakistan young guns face stiff challenge in Junior Asia Cup

Anwar Zuberi

KARACHI: After finishing at the bottom among six teams in the fifth Sultan of Johor Cup at Johor Bahru last month, Pakistan junior hockey team travels to Malaysia again this week to compete in the eighth Junior Asia Cup which gets into action at Kuantan from Nov 14.

The event has gained significance as three teams other than India will earn a ticket for the next year’s junior World Cup. India has already qualified for the junior world event as host.

Eight teams are set to compete for honours in the Malaysian event. They have been equally drawn into two groups.

Group A comprises India, Malaysia, Japan and China while the group B include South Korea, Pakistan, Oman and Bangladesh.

According to draws, three-time former champions Pakistan face Bangladesh in the opener on Nov 14. The greenshirts play their second match against South Korea the next day. Pakistan round off their group matches when they meet Oman on Nov 17.

The quarter-finals will be played on Nov 19 followed by semi-finals on Nov 21. The final and classification matches will be played on Nov 22.


Nov 14: South Korea v Oman, Pakistan v Bangladesh, Malaysia v China, India v Japan.

Nov 15: Oman v Bangladesh, Pakistan v South Korea, China v Japan, Malaysia v India.

Nov 16: Rest day

Nov 17: South Korea v Bangladesh, Oman v Pakistan, India v China, Japan v Malaysia.

Nov 18: Rest day.

Nov 19: Quarter-finals. Ist pool A v 4th pool D, 2nd pool B v 3rd pool A, 2nd pool A v 3rd pool B, 1st pool B v 4th pool A.

Nov 20: Rest day

Nov 21: Classification matches (5th to 8th positions) loser match 13 v loser match 14, loser match 15 v loser match 16. Semi-finals: Winner match 13 v winner match 14, winner match 15 v winner match 16.

Nov 22: Classification matches 7th-8th position loser match 17th-18th, 5th-6th position winner match 17th-18th, 3rd4th positions loser match 19th-20th, final winner match 19th-20th.


Sanders rescues University of Birmingham

Erica Sanders in action against Clifton. Credit Andy Smith

ERICA Sanders scored four second half goals to haul the University of Birmingham back from two down and claim a dramatic 4-2 victory at home to Clifton in the Investec Women’s Premier Division on Saturday.

The league leaders fell behind early to a goal from Claire Thomas and were further adrift when Aileen Davis netted for Clifton early in the second half.

But Sanders came to the rescue, hitting three goals in seven minutes and a fourth at the last minute to keep the hosts two points clear.

Surbiton stay second after they won 5-0 away at Holcombe thanks to goals from Giselle Ansley, Charlotte Calnan, Abi Robinson and two from Jo Hunter to leave Holcombe fifth.

Fi Farley scored a hat-trick as Buckingham looked to register their first win of the season, but she was matched by Leicester’s Liz George who also got three as the side’s played out a 3-3 draw.

Reading needed three second half goals from Rose Winter, Kate Richardson-Walsh and Sophie Shakespeare to see off Bowdon Hightown 3-0 and record their first league win of the season.

Elsewhere, Alice Brown’s late goal was enough to see off East Grinstead as Canterbury won 1-0. The result keeps Canterbury in touch at the top of the table, sitting in third.

Investec Conference North

Wakefield remain at the head of the Investec Conference North table after a 4-2 victory over Belper. Gwen Smith, Hannah Norman, Rosie Tootell and Heather Stafford scored the goals to claim another three points.

Ben Rhydding blasted to a fantastic 7-0 win over Liverpool Sefton and Jo Ellis was in top form, scoring four of their goals. They are now up to third in the table.

Springfields moved off the bottom of the table with their first win of the season, a 3-1 victory over Whitley Bay and Tynemouth courtesy of a Rachel Greenwood brace.

University of Durham hold onto second after a 2-1 win over Loughborough Students and Beeston played out a thrilling 4-4 draw with Brooklands Poynton. Sophie Robinson scored twice for Beeston and Helen Turner also scored a brace for the opposition.

Investec Conference West

Vicki Woolford scored a hat-trick to fire Sutton Coldfield to a 7-1 win at home to Gloucester City and keep them top of the Investec Women’s West Conference.

Emma McCabe scored twice for the league leaders whilst Susan Wood and Sarah Parkinson-Mills each scored one, as Gloucester were made to settle for a consolation goal by Gemma Baber-Williams.

Swansea City kept pace with the leaders with a 2-0 win at home to Bristol Firebrands thanks to goals from Abi Welsford and Sophie Clayton, whilst Stourport moved into third with a 2-0 win away the University of Bristol.

Becky Odlin scored a hat-trick for Oxford Hawks as they won 3-0 away at Olton and West Warwicks, whilst Trojans and Isca shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.

Investec Conference East

Slough continue to dominate the Investec Conference East and they were in fantastic form as they scored nine without reply against Chelmsford. Amy Sheehan was instrumental in the win, scoring a hat-trick.

Cambridge City couldn’t keep the pressure up at the top as they played out a 2-2 draw with Harleston Magpies. Cambridge were 2-1 down with the clock running down but a penalty stroke converted in the 66th minute by Vicki Franks handed them a point.

St Albans, facing Hampstead and Westminster, also drew 2-2 and a Harriet Naismith double guided Wimbledon to a 3-0 win over Ipswich, and Sevenoaks beat Maidenhead by the same scoreline.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 7 2015):

Investec Women's Premier Division: Holcombe 0, Surbiton 5; Buckingham 3, Leicester 3; University of Birmingham 4, Clifton 2; East Grinstead 0, Canterbury 1; Bowdon Hightown 0, Reading 3.

Investec Women's Conference East: Cambridge City 2, Harleston Magpies 2; St Albans 2, Hampstead and Westminster 2; Slough 9, Chelmsford 0; Ipswich 0, Wimbledon 3; Sevenoaks 3, Maidenhead 0.

Investec Women's Conference North: Belper 2, Wakefield 4; Beeston 4, Brooklands Poynton 4; Loughborough Students 1, University of Durham 2; Liverpool Sefton 0, Ben Rhydding 7; Springfields 3, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1.

Investec Women's Conference West: Swansea City 2, Bristol Firebrands 0; Trojans 2, Isca 2; Olton and West Warwicks 0, Oxford Hawks 3; University of Bristol 0, Stourport 2; Sutton Coldfield 7, Gloucester City 1.

England Hockey Board Media release

Scorpions sting Falcons to recapture number two spot


Shadrack Ruto of Kenyatta University (left) celebrates his goal against Simba Union during their Kenya Hockey Union men's premier league match at the City Park Stadium on November 7, 2015. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |

Strathmore University Scorpions moved back into second place in the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) women’s national league after thrashing Daystar University Falcons 5-1 in a league match played at City Park Stadium, Nairobi on Saturday.

In another match played at the same venue, Daystar beat University of Nairobi 1-0 in a men’s national league match.

Two goals from Mitchelle Achieng set last season’s runners-up on their way while Gilly Okumu, Angela Mayaka and Linda Ayodi also got their names on the scoresheet. Naomi Gichuhi got a consolation goal for Falcons but it was too late.

Scorpions manager Fred Oracha included the trio of skipper Carol Njoki, Yvonne Karanja and Gilly Okumu in the line-up following their exploits with the national team at the Africa Cup of Nations cum 2016 Olympic qualifiers last month. The trio was instrumental in the team’s victory and the university side’s good run. Scorpions were 8-0 winners in the reverse fixture played in the first leg.

Scorpions wasted no time attacking from the onset and were ahead after two minutes with their first chance of the game when Achieng scored a field goal after firing past Daystar keeper Alice Wanjiru, having been put through by Karanja.

Okumu was a handful to the Falcons defence with her marauding runs and link-up with winger Yvonne Karanja, doubling the lead in the 13th minute with a brilliant field goal.

This link-up play continued to trouble the Daystar defence as the half went along with only Wanjiru’s heroics in goal keeping Scorpions at bay.

Achieng was however not to be denied as she sounded the board after 21 minutes, set up by Karanja to find the bottom left corner for a 3-0 lead at the break.

Scorpions continued to attack and defender Angela Mayaka got her name on the scoresheet in the 49th minute after she finished off a Karanja short corner.

Falcons created chances and were rewarded with a consolation goal three minutes to time when Naomi Gichuhi escaped from her marker to score past Scorpions keeper Dorothy Mutuku who, until this point, had been a spectator in the match.

Linda Ayodi scored a beauty a minute to full time with a reverse back stick goal to condemn Daystar to their seventh defeat of the season.

“The score does not reflect the number of chances we created in this match but we are glad we got the three points and we’ll now focus on our next match,” Oracha said.

Daily Nation

Thompson fires Paragon women to final

Nigel Simon

Danielle Thompson of Paragon, left, battles with Police’s Suzette Pierre for the ball in their T&T Hockey Board Indoor Championship Trinity women semifinal at the Woodbrook Youth Facility, Hamilton-Holder Street, yesterday. Paragon won 2-0. Photo: Anthony Harris

National forward had a beaver trick as Paragon outgunned Courts Malvern 7-3 to move within one win of repeating as T&T Hockey Board Indoor Championship Women’s Open Division champions yesterday.

Playing in the first women’s semifinal at the Woodbrook Youth Facility, Hamilton-Holder Street, Thompson scored in the fifth, 18th, 23rd and 35th minutes for Paragon which led 3-2 at the half.

Keima Gardiner added a double in the first and 34th minutes, and national captain Alanna Lewis the other for Paragon, winners of all five matches it has played. Former national standouts and captains, Nicole Aming (17th & 24th) and Sherlan Cabralis (3rd), were on target for Malvern which kept it close for a while at 3-4 before falling away.

In the final today from 5pm, Paragon will face Ventures after it earned a come-from-behind 2-1 triumph against Harvard Checkers with Arielle Cowie and Rose-Ann Reyes cancelling out Patrice Padmore’s third minute opener.

The Men’s Open semifinals were also contested last night with round-robin winners Paragon against Petrotrin and Notre Dame versus reigning champion Queen’s Park ahead of today’s third place and final.

Today will also see the Girls and Boys Under-19 finals as well as the Trinity men and women and Mixed Veterans.

Yesterday results: Semifinals:
Trinity Women
Paragon 2 (Kelly Francis 22nd, Danielle Thompson 26th) vs Police 0
SC Magnolias 5 vs Harvard Checkers 0 - by default

Trinity Men:
Carib 7 (Jael St Louis 18th, 21st, 23rd, 24th, Edwin Christmas 14th, 29th, Dylan Francis 4th) vs Shape 3 (Lyndel Byer 26th, 30th, John Hernandez 7th)
QPCC 4 (Raphael Govia 3rd, 12th, 20th, 29th) vs Paragon 2 (Isaiah Scott 26th, Saleem Clapham 28th)

Mixed Veterans:
QPCC 6 (Raphael Govia 4th, 10th, 19th, 19th, Claire Dos Santos 20th, 24th) vs Malvern 0
Fatima 2 (Cristina Abreu 2nd, 15th) vs Notre Dame 0

Women’s Open:
Paragon 7 (Kristin Thompson 5th, 18th, 23rd, 35th, Keima Gardiner 1st, 34th, Alanna Lewis 40th) vs Malvern 3 (Nicole Aming 17th, 24th, Sherlan Cabralis 3rd)
Ventures 2 (Arielle Cowie 19th, Rose-Ann Reyes 20th) vs Harvard Checkers 1 (Patrice Padmore 3rd)

Today: Third place playoffs: Mixed Veterans: Courts Malvern vs Notre Dame, 9 am
Women’s Open: Malvern vs Harvard Checkers, 10 am

Men’s Open: Paragon/Petrotrin loser vs Notre Dame/QPCC loser, 11 am

The Trinidad Guardian

Under-14: Selangor v KL girls final

By Jugjet Singh

SELANGOR Girls beat Singapore 3-0 to set up a date with Kuala Lumpur in the final of the National Under-14tournament in Malacca yesterday.

In the Boys final, Selangor and Perak will battle for gold. Last year's boys champion Pahang were bundled out of the knock-out stage, while girls champions Sabah will play for the bronze with Singapore.

Yesterday, Nur Aisyah Fadzinu was the toast of Selangor as she nailed a hat-trick of field goals in the 18th, 25th and 44th minutes to take her tally to five and second on the top-scorers list.

RESULTS: Boys' Round Two: Group X: Malacca 3 Penang 1; Group Y: Johor 3 Selangor 3.

Girls' Round Two: Group X: Singapore 0 Selangor 3 ; Group Y: Malacca 1 Sabah 6.

TODAY:  BOYS'   Final: Sabah v Perak (MBMB Pitch 1, 5pm); Third-Fourth: Malacca v  Johor (MBMB, Pitch II, 3pm).

GIRLS' Final: Kuala Lumpur v Selangor (MBMB Pitch II, 4.45pm); Third-Fourth: SIngapore v Sabah (MBMB Pitch I, 3pm)

Note: All matches in Malacca

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