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Black Sticks snatch late winner over Argentina

Photo: Hernan Pablo Barrios

A goal in the last minute from Kirsten Pearce has given the Black Sticks Women a 3-2 win over hosts Argentina in Mar del Plata.

It was a complete team performance from the Kiwis in warm and humid conditions, coming off a narrow 1-0 loss on Friday.

Striker Sophie Cocks opened the scoring in the seventh minute after slotting a shot into goal from a penalty corner deflection.

The Black Sticks carried their lead into halftime before Delfina Merino drew Argentina level four minutes into the third quarter.

Petrea Webster gave New Zealand the advantage again soon after thanks to a well-executed reverse stick shot.

Argentina equalised once again right on three quarter time before Pearce hammered home the winner from a deflection with just 37 seconds remaining on the clock.

Head coach Mark Hager said it was an impressive team performance with some top quality hockey on both sides of the ball.

“We definitely had the better of the first half and it was pleasing that we were able to find the game winner after Argentina tied the game up at 2-2,” he said.

“Throughout this series we have been pretty consistent which has been a real focus for us, and we now go into game four looking to continue our momentum.”

With the six test series poised at one win, one loss and a draw, the Black Sticks are in action again at 11:00am tomorrow morning (NZ time).

The Argentina series serves as an important part of the team’s build-up to the Hawke’s Bay Cup in April, FIH Champions Trophy in June and Rio Olympic Games in August.

BLACK STICKS 3: (Sophie Cocks, Petrea Webster, Kirsten Pearce)
ARGENTINA 2: (Delfina Merino, Maria Granatto)
Halftime: Black Sticks 1-0

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Women's Black Sticks level series with Argentina

By David Leggat

Sam Charlton of the Black Sticks.

New Zealand have levelled their six-game series with Argentina after a 3-2 victory in game three in Mar del Plata today.

Having had a 2-2 draw and a 1-0 loss, the women's Black Sticks squared the ledger with three games remaining courtesy of a deflection by Kirsten Pearce in the final minute.

The fourth-ranked New Zealanders were 1-0 and 2-1 up in the match against the world's second best nation, before Pearce's late strike.

Petrea Webster and Sophie Cocks got the earlier New Zealand goals.

''We haven't won a game like this for a while, particularly against a top team, so it's quite pleasing," coach Mark Hager said.

''I thought our first half was very good tonight. In the second half they dominated a lot more than us. Our basics let us down and our structure.

''But there were pleasing signs throughout the game. It's good competition for places and that's one of the good headaches the selectors are having.

''So many players are putting up their hands for a place in Rio."

Game four in the six-game series is on Monday.

The New Zealand Herald

Tough decisions upcoming for women's Black Sticks

By David Leggat

Stacey Michelsen in action against Argentina. Photo / File

Mark Hager knows a headache is starting to develop, but it's one he'll accept as the Rio Olympics approach.

His women's Black Sticks, ranked fourth, beat world No 2 Argentina 3-2 in game three of their six-game series in Mar del Plata today to level the series, after a draw and loss in the earlier games.

But he's liking what he's seeing from his players, who are hugely incentivised by the imminent naming of the 16-strong squad to compete at the Olympics.

"So many players are putting up their hands for a place in Rio," head coach Hager said today.

A handul of senior players are missing from the tour, notably first choice goalkeeper Sally Rutherford and pocket rocket midfielder Anita Punt. However the plan was to give a range of players a chance to show their capabilities.

"It's about giving some opportunities to players, and they've deserved it I might say," Hager said.

"They've performed pretty well so far in the three games. That's the good thing; we've got such good competition among the girls, they're pushing each other really hard. They are good friends but competitive and driving each other to be better, which is pleasing."

Hager knows heartache is around the corner for some players but better to have to make those decisions than scratch around and try to find sufficient quality to produce a competitive squad for Rio.

Long time captain Kayla Whitelock is coming right, Hager said. She has been out for over a year since the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and having her first baby.

"She's played the three games so far and is still finding her feet a bit in the tempo of the game. But she showed some good signs today.

"She gives us that strength to hold the ball and produce good quality passes," he said.

Whitelock is being used in a more advanced position on the field than in previous seasons. That's partly to give more stability up front and help create goalscoring chances, but also is a show of faith in the defensive players.

''We're getting more confident with the people in the back half, like Sam Charlton, Pipa Hayward, Ella Gunson and Emily Naylor. Add in Stacey Michelsen, Liz Thompson and Brooke Neal and we've got some really good quality players there," Hager said.

Petrea Webster, Sophie Cocks and Kirsten Pearce, with a deflection in the final minute, got New Zealand's goals.

Game four in the series is on Monday, also in Mar del Plata.

The New Zealand Herald

Sibbald, De Voux score goals for SA against Germany

South Africa’s third quarter play in the first test against Germany in the Private Property Summer Series at Hartleyvale showed what the national men’s team is capable of.

The scoreboard said 6-2 for Germany. Rhett Halkett and his men did put up a stellar performance though and the score does not give justice to the display of the 15th ranked South Africans against the two time Olympic Champions.

Germany took the lead early on with a goal from Oliver Korn in the first few minutes of the match. The South African defence settled down quickly though and kept the German attackers out of goal until the last three minutes of the second quarter when Jonas Gomoll and Korn scored two quick goals to give the visitors a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Whatever was said at halftime worked, because it was a fired-up local team that ran unto the field and really put the visitors under pressure. Soon the German captain had to tell his teammates to keep calm under the constant attack from the South Africans. Daniel Sibbald gave South Africa something to cheer about and when Pierre de Voux scored a few minutes later the crowd was also fired-up.

The South African effort was somewhat undone when Lukas Windfeder scored from a penalty corner shortly before the end of the quarter. And when Germany got a penalty converted by Gomoll and Jan Philipp Rabente scored the sixth goal, the game was all but over with few minutes left.

Captain Halkett had mixed emotions afterwards. “I think it was good for us to draw a line in sand to see where we stand against one of the best teams. We now must go forward though and not backwards. I’m proud of how the guys played, but also really unhappy with the score. We need to manage the critical phases of the game with more street smarts and composure.”

Coach Fabian Gregory added: “We need to be more consistent. We made some really critical errors at crucial times of the match. We did some really good work, but we need to be more consistent.”

Tomorrow there are two matches at Hartleyvale. The South African women take on Scotland at 16:00, while SA men’s team will play Germany in the second of three tests.

SA Hockey Association media release

Double Olympic Games champs Germany make sure

Double reigning Olympic Games champions Germany, who are looking to make it a hat-trick of titles in the men's event in Rio this year, wrapped up the three-Test series against South Africa with a match to spare at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Saturday night.

The star-studded Germans, who beat the SA men 6-2 in the first Test Friday, led 3-0 at half-time in the second Test Saturday.

SA’s lone goal came 10 minutes from the end via Wade Paton at a penalty corner. German superstars Moritz Furste, Florian Fuchs and Tobias Hauke got on the scoresheet with the other goals going to Jonas Gomoll, Marco Miltkau and Pilt Arnold.

The third and final Test in the men's section of the Private Property Summer Series is at 6pm Monday.

SA Hockey Association media release

SA ran riot with Scotland

The victory was somewhat expected, but it is the way in which the South African women’s hockey team won the match against Scotland that made for the real excitement.

South Africa won the test match in the Private Property Summer Series at Hartleyvale by 8-1. The home team is ranked 11th in the world so a victory over 17th placed Scotland might for some be a given, but it was the total domination in three quarters of play that showed the South African superiority.

The first quarter was like a war of attrition and there was nothing separating the two teams after 15 minutes. When Dirkie Chamberlain got the scoreboard ticking in the 18th minute though, there was no stopping Nicolene Terblanche and her team. Goals by Candice Manual and Tarryn Glasby followed before halftime to make the score 3-0 in the favour of the home team. It was Glasby’s first goal for her country in only her second test match. She made her debut on Wednesday against Scotland in the first match of the series of three against Scotland.

Lisa-Marie Deetlefs, Chamberlain (penalty), Nicole Walraven, Tanya Britz and Tony Marks also scored goals to ensure a dominating victory.

It is not like Scotland had no chances to score, but the visitors could find no way through the South African defensive wall. They had a handful of penalty corners – at one stage three in a row – and it was thanks to one of these that they finally got on the scoreboard when Rebecca Condie scored with less than 20 seconds left in the match.

While the South African defence with Deetlefs leading the charge was rock solid, the Scottish defence looked shaky against the attacking prowess of Chamberlain and company.

 The last match in the series against Scotland is on Sunday at 18:00. The Private Property Summer Series will come to an end with two tests against Germany on Friday and Saturday at Bishops and Stellenbosch respectively.

SA Hockey Association media release

Indian women's hockey team loses 0-3 to Germany

STELLENBOSCH (South Africa): Indian women's hockey team lost 0-3 to Germany to slump to their first defeat in their tour to South Africa.

The first period of the match started with both the teams moving cautiously in order to understand each other's game plan.

Both India and Germany concentrated on maintaining ball possession and a lot of the game was played in the mid-field.

The Indian eves came out with more attacking intent in the second period and in the process earned a penalty corner in but they failed to capitalise on the opportunity.

The Germans finally broke the deadlock in the final minutes of the second quarter through a field goal from Lydia Haase.

Germany doubled their lead in the third quarter through another field goal by Pia-Sophie Oldhafer before making the scoreline 3-0 through a penalty corner conversion by Julia Muller in the fourth and final 15 minutes of the game.

India will again play Germany in their next match of the tour later on Sunday.

The Times of India

Surbiton close gap as Birmingham lose

Surbiton celebrate the opener. Credit Andy Smith

Surbiton moved to within one point of the University of Birmingham at the top of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after a 2-0 win over East Grinstead.

Rebecca Middleton and Olivia Chilton were both on target in the first half to give Reading a 2-0 victory as Birmingham slipped to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Reading.

It’s only their second loss of the season and the game was decided by a single goal with Sophie Shakespeare slotting home for Reading after 45 minutes.

Holcombe boosted their chances of securing a play-off spot after a 3-1 win against bottom-of the table Buckingham put them level on points with fourth-placed East Grinstead.

Buckingham took an early lead when Lauren Thomas fired in from a penalty corner in the third minute but Leah Wilkinson levelled for Holcombe and Steph Elliott put them 2-1 in front on the stroke of half time. Leigh Maasdorp secured the points with a third with ten minutes left.

Canterbury stay third after a goal in each half saw them defeat Clifton 2-0. Alice Brown put them ahead on 10 minutes before Lauren Piper doubled their advantage after the break.

In the game between Bowdon Hightown and Leicester, goals from Sally Walton and Lily Wolstenholme gave Bowdon Hightown a 2-0 win after Walton missed a penalty stroke.

Investec Women's Conference East

Cambridge City made the most of a rare Slough defeat to close the gap at the top of the Investec Conference East to nine points.

Slough still top the division despite a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Hampstead and Westminster with Joyce Esser hitting a brace and Jasmine Clark also on target.

Cambridge enjoyed a 5-0 win over Maidenhead with Jo Ellis, Samantha Skelton, Ellie Harrison, Tess Howard and Lucy Holder scoring.

Harleston Magpies beat Ipswich 4-1 and Sevenoaks played out a 3-3 draw with Chelmsford. Wimbledon beat St Albans 1-0.

Investec Women's Conference North

Wakefield are four points clear at the top of the Investec Conference North after a 3-1 win over Belper. Rosie Tootell, Heather Stafford and Cat Horn all scored for Wakefield with Sally Goodman having given Belper the lead.

Loughborough Students took a 4-0 win over the University of Durham and Beeston moved up to second as a Rebecca Walker goal saw them beat Brooklands Poynton 1-0.

Ben Rhydding beat Springfields 2-0 away from home and a single goal from Rowan Rochester was enough to hand Whitley Bay and Tynemouth a 1-0 win over Liverpool Sefton.

Investec Women's Conference West

The University of Bristol are relegated from the Investec Conference West after losing 3-2 to city rivals Bristol Firebrands. Abi Porter scored the winning goal on 65 minutes.

With just one win and three points, they can no longer catch Olton and West Warwicks. Olton managed to pick up a point on their travels, drawing 2-2 with second in the table Stourport.

That means that Sutton Coldfield have a three-point lead at the top after a 3-2 win over Isca. Sarah Parkinson-Mills was the star of the show, scoring twice. Gloucester City beat Trojans 3-1 and Oxford Hawks drew 1-1 with Swansea City.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Saturday, February 27 2016):

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

Investec Women's Conference East: Hampstead and Westminster 3, Slough 0; Sevenoaks 3, Chelmsford 3; Maidenhead 0, Cambridge City 5; Wimbledon 1, St Albans 0; Harleston Magpies 4, Ipswich 1.

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

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

England Hockey Board Media release

No-show Mvita XI hand Butali Sugar Warriors free points


Billy Mollah of Butali Sugar Warriors clears the ball during their Kenya Hockey Union Premier League match against Nairobi Sikh Union at City Park Stadium on January 24, 2016. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |   NATION MEDIA GROUP

Champions Butali Sugar Warriors were on Saturday handed a walkover after their opponents Mvita XI failed to turn up for their Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) men's premier league match at the City Park Stadium.

This saw the lakeside club earn three points and five goals aiding their chances of winning a second successive title. The result characterised a day of walkovers with two matches also failing to take place with teams failing to show up.

Bottom-placed Mombasa Sports Club also failed to show up for their men's premier league match against United States International University of Africa (USIU-A) while in the men's national league, Mount Kenya University (MKU) did not honour their encounter against Technical University of Kenya (TUK).

Butali coach Cliffe Okello expressed his disappointment at the turn of events calling on KHU to take action against teams that fail to honour their matches.

"They knew in advance that they were to play us this weekend and it is therefore disappointing they did not show up. We were looking forward to play and win,” Okello told Sunday Nation Sport.

"We wait to see what action the Union will take against Mvita. Walkovers undermine the quality of the league, this should not be allowed."

Butali are due to face Mombasa Sports Club Sunday morning while USIU play Mvita. In the only match that was played, Karate Axiom drew 1-1 with Kabarak University in a men's national league encounter at City Park.

Duncan Kibet gave the university side the lead in the opening minute before Axiom levelled through Azad Asah three minutes later.

Daily Nation

Anderson-BJSS clash for Div II title in junior hockey league

PETALING JAYA: Anderson-Thunderbolts and Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) Juniors will be out to settle old scores when they clash in the Division Two final of the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.

Both teams played to a 2-2 stalemate in their Group B clash on Feb 13 and they finished with identical 16 points after five matches but Anderson were crowned group champions on better goal difference.

Although Anderson and BJSS Juniors have qualified to play in Division One next year, BJSS Juniors coach Tun Mohamed Shahriman Mohammad Suhaimi wants his side to be secure the bragging rights as Division Two champions.

“The final is anyone’s game... both teams know each other well so it will be a tough game,” said Shahriman.

“Our plan is to avoid making mistakes and be ready to pounce on Anderson’s mistakes. To achieve this, our players need to maintain discipline at all times.

“This final will be an emotional match so I have also told the players to keep their cool. I believe the team that keep their emotions in check will be the winners,” he added.

The Star of Malaysia

Phillip leads D/Martin Boys to hockey title

A penalty-corner strike from eventual tournament Most Valuable Player, Shawn Phillip was enough for Diego Martin Boys RC “B” to pip Good Shepherd Anglican 1–0 in the T&T Hockey Board and Youth Committee Primary School Outdoor Boys final on Friday.

Playing in the final match of the one-day tournament on a hot and humid afternoon at the National Hockey Centre, Tacarigua, Phillip scored to hand his team victory while his team-mates kept Akiel Calliste, the tournament’s top scorer with 11 goals, quiet at the opposite end of the field.

Both finalist had booked their spot in the title match in convincing fashion, with Diego Martin Boys RC crushing Arima Centenary 4–0, and Shepherd Anglican hammering Maloney Government, 5–0.

It was evident that Diego Martin RC “B” meant business from the start of the day as they swept all comers Atwell’s (5–0), D’Abadie (2–0) and Maloney Government (2–0) for maximum nine points in Pool B, while Maloney Government took second ahead D’Abadie by the slimmest of goal-difference, one goal, after both teams ended with four points.

In their pool matches, Maloney trounced Atwell’s 3–0 and drew 1–1 with D’Abadie, who whipped Atwell’s 3–1 in their other match.

Good Shepherd was much more lethal in Pool A, securing wins over Diego Martin RC “A” (4–0), Arima Centenary (3–0), St Joseph (2–1) and St Ann’s (5–0) for maximum 12 points, three ahead of Arima Centenary, which defeated Diego Martin RC “A” (2–0), St Joseph (1–0) and St Ann’s (7–0).

Arima Centenary took third spot with a 2–1 win over Maloney Government. The girls decider was a closer affair as Mucurapo Girls “B” captured the crown by virtue of a 2–1 penalty shoot-out defeat of Maloney Government after both teams had battled to a 0–0 draw.

Top goal scorers Amoraya Sahadeo and Hayley Gopaul scored the decisive penalties for Mucurapo Girls “B”. Sahadeo was also voted as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. The third-placed playoff was also decided in a penalty shoot-out with Arima Centenary edging Mucurapo Girls “B”, 1–0, after both teams also failed to find the target in regulation time.

In the semifinals, Mucurapo Girls “B” overpowered Arima Centenary 4–0 while Maloney Government exacted  revenge on Mucurapo Girls “A”, 1–0. Earlier on, in the round-robin group phase, Mucurapo Girls “B” topped the four-team round-robin stage with a maximum nine points after beating Arima Centenary (3–1), Maloney Government (2–0) and its first string team, Mucurapo Girls “A”, 1–0

Mucurapo Girls “A” was second with four points after it drew goalless with Arima Centenary and Maloney Government (1–0) in its other pool matches, while Maloney Government pipped Arima Centenary 1–0 to avoid the cellar-spot. Next on the agenda for schools will be the Secondary Schools’ Under-16 and Under-20 Outdoor Hockey tournaments set to take place on March 10 and 11 at Tacarigua.

The Trinidad Guardian

Ramanathapuram gets modern hockey stadium

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa inaugurated the new AstroTurf hockey stadium through video conferencing in Ramanathapuram on Saturday.

The ‘blue and pink’ AstroTurf hockey stadium, a first of its kind facility in south India established at the Sethupathi Sports Stadium complex here, was inaugurated on Saturday much to the joy of hockey lovers in the district.

Four months after the facility, matching the international standards was completed in October last, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa declared open the stadium through video conferencing in the presence of Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare S. Sundararaj, Collector S. Natarajan and president of Hockey unit of Tamil Nadu A. Chelladurai Abdullah.

“We are happy we have created the facility in this backward district,” Mr. Abdullah, who is the secretary of the district hockey association, said. It was a matter of pride that the new stadium had won the International Hockey Federation (FIH) accreditation for hosting international tournaments, he said. After the France-based laboratory, one of FIH’s accredited laboratories, inspected the stadium in October last and submitted its report, the FIH issued the certification in November last, he said.

To begin with, the Tamil Nadu senior Inter-district hockey tournament, scheduled to be held in the first week of March would be hosted in the new stadium, he said. The stadium had been established at a cost of Rs. 5.94 crore. Velu Manickam Group contributed Rs. 50 lakh, the Syed Ammal Trust Rs. 35 lakh and Dr. Arvind Raj Rs. 10 lakh, he said.

Besdides, the association, in coordination with former Collector K. Nanthakumar, had collected Rs. 28.50 lakh from the general public, including Rs. 5 lakh chipped in by Chennaiyin Football Club, he said. The remainder contributed by the district administration under the ‘Namakku Name’ scheme, Mr. Abdullah said.

He said the AstroTurf with 15 mm shock pad underneath was laid by Delhi-based Shiv Naresh Sports, a kit partner of Hockey India. The sprinklers, imported from Italy, could wet the entire ground with 50,000 litters of water in less than 12 minutes, he said. The stadium had two galleries with facilities to accommodate about 1,000 spectators, he said.

Shiv Jagday, Hockey Academy Coach, FIH and former Olympian V J Phillip who visited the stadium in November last were impressed by the facility. “The stadium brought back memories of the matches I had played in Holland and Germany,” Mr. Phillip, who had played for the country for 12 years, had said.

The Hindu

MHC: We've cleared 93 per cent of our debts

By Jugjet Singh

Subahan (right). Pic by Utusan Malaysia.

THE Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) held their fifth Executive Board meting in Malacca Saturday, and announced that they have cleared 93 percent out of their RM2.6 million inherited from the previous regime.

Former president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah left the huge amount for incoming president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal to clear, and team-work saw the MHC back in the black.

Subahan and his team took over in May last year: "We are happy to announce that the MHC has managed to clear 93 per cent of our debt in such a short time and are looking forward to implementing more development and other programmes with the help of our sponsors," said MHC CEO K. Logan Raj.

The other topics discussed at the EB meeting were the progress of the National teams as well as 1Mas Development programme.

"The target is to get back into the Olympics and also the senior and junior World Cups. Numerous programmes are under way towards achieving these dreams," said Logan.

The MHC are also on a 'campaign' to get closer to their state reps, and that is why the meeting was meld in Malacca. Two matches between the senior and development teams were also held recently in Malacca and Seremban to move away from centralising everything in Kuala Lumpur.

Meanwhile, the Division Two Round Two final between Anderson Thunderbolts and BJSS Thunderbolts is expected to go to the wire today.

Both teams, as well as third-and fourth place play off teams Sabah Sports School  and Perlis Young Lions Juniors, have qualified for the TNB CUP two-leg quarter-finals on March 4.

The four teams which qualified from Division One are SSTMI Thunderbolts, SSP-MSP Thunderbolts, BJSS Thunderbolts and UniKL Young Guns.

Anderson team manager Saiyuti Samad said: "We have already achieved our aims of playing in Division One next year and also qualifying for the TNB Cup, and now our new targets are to win the Division Two play off and then attempt an upset in the TNB Cup quarter-finals."

But Perlis Young Lions Juniors are a gritty side as they beat favourites TBSS Tampin 4-3 in the group stages of the play off by displaying sheer determination.

SUNDAY: JHL Division Two play-off: Final -- Anderson Thunderbolts v BJSS Juniors (7pm); Third-Fourth: Sabah Sports School v Perlis Young Lions Juniors (5pm).

Note: Both matches at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Mr. Mark St. Hill installed as New Barbados Hockey President

Barbados Hockey Federation

Mark St. Hill, Barbados   

Mr. Mark St. Hill has been duly installed as the new President of the Barbados Hockey Federation Inc. at its Annual General Meeting last night, at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Gymnasium. Mr. St. Hill, a former Barbados national and Combermere School Old Scholar's goalkeeper, made a successful bid for the post of President, succeeding former President David E. Rouse.

In his first address to the membership, Mr. St. Hill stated that while he has entered relatively blindly into the office, he has done so out of his love for the sport and to return the dues he owes to Barbados Hockey. He went on to state that there are a number of items that the (Hockey) Federation has to get right, inclusive of solid governance and transparency.

With a professional background in banking as the current Managing Director of Retail, Business and International Banking at FirstCaribbean International Bank, he stressed that given the contracted economy and the prohibitive financial position (of the Hockey Federation), there will be some very hard decisions to make, where a clear road-map for the sport will need to be charted.

The new President outlined his top-three targets for Barbados Hockey as first, positioning the sport back to its former popularity and position as a top local sport, acknowledging Cricket and Football as the dominant local sports, by decentralizing and promoting a recognizable Hockey brand. Next, establishing revenue sustainability and making the Barbados International Hockey Festival a top priority, and lastly, maintaining and improving Barbados' international ranking in the English-speaking Caribbean.

He assured the members present that all of their comments regarding Barbados Hockey were extremely important and emphasized the ultimate goal of growing the youth and junior progammes and promoting development, all while bringing Barbados Hockey "back to basics".  

Other elected Directors include new comer Dr. Kristina Hinds-Harrison in the post of Female Vice-President, Mr. George Bennett, a past president himself, returning as Assistant Secretary, immediate past president Mr David Rouse will now serve as Male Vice-President and Ms. Leslie Austin, Mr. Jason Robinson, Mr. Bradley Harris and Mr. Justin Taitt all successfully returning as Directors.

The Presidential, Officer and Director terms of the Barbados Hockey Federation are normally for two years.

Pan American Hockey Federation media release

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