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News for 10 November 2015

All the news for Tuesday 10 November 2015

Lyon miss chance to close gap to RCF

Lyon were unable to close the gap to Racing Club de France as they fell to a surprise 5-3 loss to Le Touquet, leaving them five points behind with a game extra played.

They did start well, scoring the first three goals of the game in the first quarter with Guillaume Pin continuing his scoring streak with an early hat trick.

But, from nowhere, Le Touquet stormed back into contention. By half-time, they had already recovered the gap and, playing on the counter-attack, they scored two more in the second half with Olivier Cohen ending with three and Belgian midfielder Henri Cavenaille scoring twice.

It means RCF are ever more secure despite their match with Paris Jean Bouin being played on Wednesday evening.

Lille won 2-1 at Montrouge. Francois Xavier Laffineur scored an early corner and then added another for a 2-0 half-time lead. Montrouge attacked regularly, though, and were back in the mix with a beuatiful finish from French forward Clement Baccar. It made for a tense finish to the game but Lille held on for the win.

St Germain beat Wattignies in the other game and strengthen their place in the top four of the division.

Euro Hockey League media release

Lee Valley in sight for last eight

Clifton celebrate scoring at Lee Valley

Bowdon Hightown roared into the quarter finals of the Investec Women’s Cup this past weekend with an 8-0 demolition of Boots.
The Seahorses who last won this competition in 2012-13 led 2-0 at the break but a devastating second half blitz took them well out of the reach of their opponents. Sally Walton stole the show, striking four goals whilst there were further goals from Nat Wray, Tina Cullen, Lisa Garbutt and Jane Donnelly.

Hightown’s opponents in the next round will be fellow Investec Premier Division outfit Holcombe. The Kent side were also big winners on Sunday, putting Staines to the sword by bagging seven goals without reply. Jess Brooker showed her prowess in front of goal with a hat-trick whilst Kim Leiper, Leigh Maasdorp, Harriet Alexander and Rhianna Campbell notched the other strikes.

Barnes, who slayed the might of Surbiton in the last round continued their fantastic cup run. Teddy Middlebrook’s 18th minute goal was enough for them to claim the scalp of Investec Conference East side Chelmsford. Barnes will hope for yet more cup heroics in the quarter finals, taking on as they do, Conference North outfit Brooklands Poynton. Ellen Lockhart’s 35th minute penalty corner did the damage as Poynton edged out Stourport, taking the tie 1-0.

Buckingham put aside their league woes to continue their march towards the finals at Lee Valley. They defeated 2013-14 finalists Hampstead and Westminster. Phoebe Richards supplied a brace before Rebecca Heywood added a third. Ami Askew’s 70th minute goal for the visitors was too little, too late.

Awaiting Buckingham in the next round will be Ben Rhydding who won an action-packed game against Loughborough Students. Tanisha Janzen gave the hosts the lead and although Ellie Tait’s goal ensured it was level at the break, two goals in ten minutes from Jo Ellis and Laura Smith put Rhydding in the ascendancy before Rachel Doherty’s penalty corner six minutes from time hammered the final nail in the Students’ coffin. Madeleine Newlyn struck back in the 70th minute but it proved to be a mere consolation.

The last quarter final tie will be an all Premier Division affair as Clifton welcome leaders University of Birmingham. The Premier Division’s pace-setters showed their strength as a brace from Hannah Martin and a goal five minutes from time by Amelia Andrew saw off a stern test from Beeston. Meanwhile Clifton overcame East Grinstead despite falling behind to a Zoe Burrell goal in the 15th minute. Goals three minutes before the break and three minutes after the interval from Claire Thomas and Aileen Davies turned the game on its head before Els Mansell made the match safe in the 47th minute.

With just two games to go before a place in the showpiece final, the race for the Investec Women’s Cup is getting down to the business end of the competition. Who will make it all the way on the Road to Lee Valley?

For all the cup draws and results to date in the competition click here.

England Hockey Board Media release

England's Kate Richardson-Walsh put club before country by guiding Reading to victory

Kate Richardson-Walsh put club hockey with Reading ahead of England GETTY

CAPTAIN Kate Richardson-Walsh never normally lets anyone down on England's behalf.

But this weekend she put club before country and missed collecting a 'team of the year' title to make sure she played in struggling Reading's relegation clash against Bowdon Hightown in the Investec League.

Walsh, who has been hampered by a niggling back injury since leading England to European Championship glory at the Olympic Park in the summer, scored in the 3-0 win, Reading's first victory in eight games taking them off the bottom and keeping them in touch with the mid-table clubs.

Richardson-Walsh lifting the European Championship trophy after leading England to glory. GETTY

One player for the future among a host at league leaders University of Birmingham is Erica Sanders, who hit four goals as the students came back from two down to win 4-2 against Clifton.

Surbiton's women crushed Holcombe 5-0 but their men's leaders lost for the first time to the England stars of Holcombe 3-1, with Gareth Andrew scoring twice. Only a point separates the two at the top.

Hightown's Sally Walton, the London Olympic bronze medallist who has pulled out of the running to Rio, scored four goals on Sunday as they swept past Boots 8-0 in the England Cup third round.

Daily Express

Elegant Orange lasses turn KU into fruit juice


Sandra Vodoti of USIU Ccentrer) in clash with Telekom Orange goalkeeper Joseph Ataro as defenders Jackline Atieno and Judy Apiyo fight for the ball in their final match of the Agnelo De Souza hockey tournament in Mombasa on 18 October 2015. Telkom Orange began their second leg campaign of the KHU Women’s National League with a 4-0 win over Kenyatta University Titans at City Park Stadium, Nairobi, on Sunday. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Defending champions Telkom Orange began their second leg campaign of the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Women’s National League with a 4-0 win over Kenyatta University (KU) Titans in at City Park Stadium, Nairobi, on Sunday.

United States International University-Africa (USIU) Spartans thrashed Mount Kenya University 9-0 in an earlier league match at the venue.

The last two matches of the day — between Kenya Police and Wazalendo and Chase Sailors versus Impala — were called off due to mechanical problems with the water pump.


Titans kept out Orange in the first half but were undone in the second by a brace from veteran striker Jackline Mwangi and a goal each from defender Terry Juma and Jane Ofula.

Orange, who won the reverse fixture 6-0 in the first leg, were made to toil for the three points by a sprited Titans side that played their hearts out.

Much as she was happy with the victory, Orange assistant coach Josephine Ataro praised Titans.

“We did not expect them to be so determined; they threw everything at us and fought for every ball,” Ataro said. “We need to improve on our short corners because we did not make use of them. “We expect a tough second leg.”

Titans matched Orange in the first half, defending bravely with the champions looking for goals in the fast match.

Their best chance came on the half-hour mark when Barbara Simiyu’s deflected shot hit the post.

Orange midfielders Caroline Guchu and Audrey Omaido tried desperately to create chances for their strikers but were met with a Titans wall.

For all their defensive play, Titans won a short corner but failed to utilise it.


Orange upped the tempo in the second half and took the lead in the 43rd minute when Mwangi, who scored a hat-trick in the reverse fixture, bundled the ball home to give her team the lead.

She added her second of the match seven minutes later with another field goal as the Titans defence was carved open with a swift Orange attack.

Juma finished off an Omaido short corner, firing past Titans keeper Seline Auma, before Okumu scored  from a re-bound shot to make it 4-0 nine minutes to the whistle.

“In the first half, we had players behind the ball and that made it difficult for them,” Titans captain Prudence Wasilwa said. “After the break we attacked, and that left spaces behind which Orange used to punish us.”

Beatrice Mbugua and Sandra Vodoti scored twice each for Spartans as they put MKU to the sword as Mauwa Williams, Beatrice Wekesa, Rachael Njogu and Rhoda Kuira also scored.

In Saturday’s late matches, Parkroad hammered Parklands 6-0 while KU Vultures upset 2012 champions Sikh Union Nairobi 2-0 in the Men’s Premier League with a brace from Shadrack Ruto.

Daily Nation

League champions Orange too good for Titans

By Elizabeth Mburugu

Orange Tracy Karanja and Strathmore Yvonne Wanjiku fight for the ball when they played Vaisakhi Tournament 2015. Orange won 5-0. ON 27/04/15 PHOTO: JENIPHER WACHIE

Orange Telkom continued with their winning ways as they defeated Kenyatta University (KU) Titans 4-0 to keep their unbeaten record intact.

United States International University of Africa (USIU-A) Spartans were also on the list of the day’s winners when they pumped nine goals past Mount Kenya University.

Orange assistant coach Josephine Ataro said despite the win, her players needed to improve on their penalty corners and also acknowledged that KU had improved.

“We are having challenges converting the penalty corners. This is an area we need to work on for better results in our subsequent matches,” Ataro said.

Orange, who are the 17-time national champions, are using the league matches to prepare for their continental title defence, which calls for extra work if they intend to retain the African trophy. Orange tried to break the KU defence in the first half with no success, as both teams headed to the locker-room even.

The Titans were not ready to go down easily and played defensively thwarting all efforts made by the Africa queens. However, a change of play in the second half saw them surge forward, which left some gaps that veteran Jackline Mwangi utilised to break the deadlock in the 43rd minute as Orange led 1-0.
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Seven minutes later, Mwangi scored another field goal after KU’s goalkeeper failed to clear Audrey Omaido’s shot. Terry Juma converted a penalty corner in the 54th minute to give Orange a 3-0 lead, while youngster Maureen Okumu scored a field goal in the 61st minute to give Orange the 4-0 conquest.

KU’s captain Prudence Wasilwa said they had played well, despite the loss.

“We played well today and we kept them at bay. We lost 6-0 to them in the first leg. so today’s score line shows we have improved,” Wasilwa said.

In the USIU-A, MKU tie, Beatrice Mbugua, Sandra Vodoti and Rhoda Kuira scored a brace each, while Racheal Njogu, Mauwa Williams and Beatrice Wekesa also scored past MKU goalkeeper Shirley Liavuli.

Shadrack Ruto heroics gave men’s premier league debutants KU Vultures a deserved 2-0 win over 2012 champions Nairobi Sikh Union. Ruto, who has been instrumental in the Vultures’ run this season, tormented Sikh’s defence, scoring in the 34th and 64th minutes.

Sikh struggled without key player Allan Iningu, who was injured during their Olympic qualifying match against Egypt. The win marks a positive start to the second leg for the students, who are aiming to finish in the top eight spot.

In another premier league encounter, Andrew Kamau and Cyrus Kanyi scored a brace as Parkroad defeated Parklands Sports Club 6-0.

The Standard Online

Telkom Orange's Wangeci leads league with 16 goals


Telkom Oranges' Jackline Wangeci controls the ball during the National Women league match against Vikings at City park hockey stadium on April 2015. Wangeci leads the league with 16 goals. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Telkom Orange striker Jackline Wangeci continues to lead the score charts in the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) women’s National League after hitting a brace at the weekend to take her season’s tally to 16 goals.

The veteran player’s two goals, together with those from Maureen Okumu and Terry Juma, saw Orange win 4-0 over Kenyatta University for the defending champions move eight points clear at the top as the second leg got under way.

The burly forward has already passed the mark set by last season’s top scorer,  Strathmore Scorpions’ Gilly Okumu, who netted 10 league goal despite the league being played in a pool format.


With the league reverting to a home-and-away format this season, Wangeci looks certain to cross the 20-goal mark as her team chases an unprecedented 18th league crown.

“I am not worried about the records or putting any targets on myself because, at the end of the day, what matters is helping the team to win,” Wangeci told Nation Sport. “Even if I don’t score but we win, I’ll be glad.”

The striker, who was not picked for last month’s Africa Cup of Nations, has already helped Orange to win two titles this season — Vaisakhi tournament and Heroes Cup — but maintains defending the league title and next month’s Africa Club Championship are at the top of her priority list.

“We are eager to defend both titles but we know we must be on top of our game if we are to repeat that feat,” she added.

Orange’s victory saw them move to 30 points from 10 matches, maintaining their 100 per cent record.

Scorpions are placed second with 22 points after their 5-1 triumph over Daystar Falcons on Saturday while Sliders, who were not in action this weekend, remain in third place, also on 22 points.

USIU Spartans moved into fourth place with 16 points after their emphatic 9-0 win over Mount Kenya University. Vikings round up the top five positions, also on 16 points.

At the bottom of the table is MKU with a single point.

Daily Nation

Raipur international hockey stadium inaugurated

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Monday inaugurated an International Hockey Stadium, named after Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

The stadium, with world-class amenities, was built in four months at a cost of nearly Rs.18 crore. At the function, the chief minister announced that a life-size statue of Sardar Patel will be erected at the entrance of the stadium.

The venue will host the Hockey World League (HWL) Final from November 27 to December 6. Host nation India along with Olympic champions Germany, defending champions Netherlands and Argentina have been clubbed together in Pool B while World Champions Australia, Great Britain, Belgium and Canada have been grouped in Pool A of the prestigious year-ending tourney.

At the function, Raman Singh felicitated nine international hockey players of the state for their significant contribution in development of hockey in the state. Ex-Olympian Vincent Lakra, Shokh Gaffar, Saba Anjum, Neeta Dumre, Tanvir Jamaan, Renuka Rajput, Renuka Yadav, Mrinal Choubey and Balwinder Kaur were felicitated.

Also, Raman Singh gave away certificates to 10 sportspersons for their excellent performance in 2014. This included Shakuntala Patel for netball, Anju Joshi for basketball, Asita Dohre, Swami Vishwakarma, Indu Nishad, Munni Dewangan, Sheela Dewangan for fencing, Radha Yadav for swimming (Paralympics) and Rohan Santiago and Dilip Vishwakarma for soft tennis.

Chief Minister also honoured nearly 150 hockey players from various districts of the state.

The Times of India

Pakistan juniors all set to make impact in Asia Cup: Tahir Zaman

LAHORE: Head coach of the Pakistan junior hockey team, former Olympian Tahir Zaman hopes that the team will perform well in the Asia Cup in order to qualify for the Junior World Cup.

“We have put in a lot of efforts to overcome the team’s weak areas at the training camp and I expect a much better display of quality hockey from the team in the event,” Tahir said prior to the squad’s departure for Malaysia here on Monday.

The Asia Cup will be played from Nov 14-22 and the other teams in Pakistan’s pool are South Korea, Oman and Bangladesh.

He said the team had worked well on their shortcomings which were noticed during Sultan of Johar Junior hockey tournament, adding special emphasis had been laid on improving the players’ technique and stamina.

“As a part of its preparations the junior team played four matches against Pakistan ‘A’ which helped improve the level of the game which will help them warm up for the Asia Cup,” he asserted. “I hope the team will live up to the expectations to qualify for the Junior World Cup. We will be playing every match with determination and will not be underestimating any opposition.”

Captain Ammad Butt said the team were in good form and the players were eager to throw a decent challenge to competing teams in the event.

“The team management worked on overcoming the players’ individual weaknesses during the camp training and the team is fully capable of winning the event now.”

He said the team had set stiff targets for the event and first they will be aiming to get position in their own pool.

Squad: Mohammad Talal Khalid, Ali Hyder, Mubashir Ali, Mohammad Atif, Abu Bakr Mahmood, Ammad Butt. Junaid Kamal, Mohammad Adnan, Mohammad Qasim and Faizan, Shan Arshad, Azfar Yaqoob, Mohammad Dilber, Rana Sohail, Bilal Qadir, Mohammad Adnan, Mohsin Sabir.

Team officials: Tahir Zaman (head coach), Zeeshan Asrhaf and Mohammad Irfan (coaches), Brig Khalid Mukhtar (manager) .


Future Black Sticks named for Australia tour

Pictured: Matt Rees-Gibbs, courtesy www.photosport.co.nz

Future Black Sticks Men’s head coach Bryce Collins has named a talented team ahead of a five test series against their Australian counterparts.

The Future Black Sticks side (Under 23s) includes players who had a strong Ford National Hockey League and is led by National Squad member Matt Rees-Gibbs (Midlands).

New Zealand will play an Australian U23 team five times from 21-27 November at the National Hockey Centre in Canberra.

It’s an important series in the lead up to next year’s Junior World Cup, and also provides a high quality development opportunity for the next tier of potential Black Sticks.

Collins said the series gives players exposure to top class international competition which will help build depth for the Black Sticks going forward.

The series also shows the strengthening connection between New Zealand and Australia, with more international competition at all age groups lifting the strength of Oceania hockey.

One additional player will be named later this week to replace Central’s Rob Creffier, who was to be named in the team but had been withdrawn due to a broken finger.

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