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Kookaburras Champions Trophy Squad Announcement

By Holly MacNeil

Perth, WA – The Kookaburras team that will play at the Champions Trophy in London, the last major tournament before the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, was announced today.

The 18 man squad features high profile players including Tim Deavin, Simon Orchard and Eddie Ockenden; and also sees the return of veteran Glenn Turner who has been absent from competition so far this year.

Notably absent from the squad is captain Mark Knowles who will remain in Perth for the birth of his third child. A number of other athletes, including experienced trio Jamie Dwyer, Fergus Kavanagh and Matt Gohdes are rested as coach Graham Reid looks to manage the load on his athletes during a high intensity period of competition and training.

Tasmanian Josh Beltz has been selected for the squad in his first major international after stellar performances during the recent tournament against Great Britain.

Kookaburras Head Coach, Graham Reid said: “The Champions Trophy is being used to manage the load of a number of our players, and to provide the last opportunity for other players vying for Olympic selection.

“The objective of 2016 has been to get as many players as possible up to the level where they are in the mix for the team going to Rio.”

Friday June 10, AUS v GBR: 6pm BST / 1am AWST (Saturday 11) / 3am AEST (Saturday 11)
Saturday June 11, AUS v KOR: 6pm BST / 1am AWST (Sunday 12) / 3am AEST (Sunday 12)
Monday June 13, AUS v GER: 2pm BST / 9.00pm AWST / 11.00pm AEST
Tuesday June 14, AUS v BEL: 8pm BST / 3am AWST (Wednesday 15) / 5am AEST (Wednesday 15)
Thursday June 16, AUS v IND: 4pm BST / 11.00pm AWST / 1am AEST (Friday 17)
Friday June 17, TBC

Athlete (Hometown) Caps/Goals
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD) 75/15
Josh Beltz (Hobart, TAS) 9/2
Andrew Charter (Canberra, ACT) 110/0
Chris Ciriello (Melbourne, VIC) 186/114
Tom Craig (Lane Cove, NSW) 24/9
Matthew Dawson (Killarney Vale, NSW) 41/7
Tim Deavin (Launceston, TAS) 126/6
Blake Govers (Wollongong, NSW) 26/24
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT) 54/17
Tyler Lovell (Perth, WA) 66/0
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA) 88/33
Eddie Ockenden (Hobart, TAS) 272/64
Simon Orchard (Maitland, NSW) 197/56
Matthew Swann (Mackay, QLD) 135/6
Glenn Turner (Goulburn, NSW*) 124/90
Tristan White (Wollongong, NSW) 75/3
Dylan Wotherspoon (Murwillumbah, NSW*) 23/6
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA) 86/10

*Represents ACT
**Represents QLD

Hockey Australia media release

Kerry names squad for Netherlands matches

Danny Kerry, Great Britain Head Coach has named the 20 athletes who will travel to the Netherlands for two test matches against the World Champions this coming week. The matches will both take place at Athena Hockey Club, Amsterdam as both sides step up their preparations for the Hockey Champions Trophy and the Olympics.

The team depart today (30 May) with the first match of the series at 19:00 local time on 31 May and match two set for 1930 local time on 2 June.

There are returns to the squad for Laura Unsworth, Lily Owsley and Alex Danson who have all overcome recent injuries to take their places in the group.

There are some potential milestones for a number of players with St Albans forward Hannah Macleod in line to win her 50th cap for Great Britain. The Olympic Bronze medallist currently has 49 Great Britain appearances to her name. Defender Sam Quek is poised to win her 100th international cap (currently she has 99) whilst Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh needs just one goal to bring up her half century in international hockey.

The Netherlands, Coached by Alyson Annan are the current World and Olympic Champions and the FIH World No1 side. They are expected to have a squad of 24 players to choose from as they build towards the Hockey Champions Trophy where the two sides will meet again on 19 June.

Ahead of the series, Great Britain Coach Danny Kerry said:

“It is good to have Laura Unsworth, Alex Danson and Lily Owsley back after long periods of injury. It will be good to have competitive match play to help bring them up to match speed.”

“We will be using the two matches to look at two to three different combinations as we fine tune preparations for the Champions Trophy. The women have been excellent in their preparation for many months now and we’re looking forward to testing that against the number one ranked team in the world on their home soil.”

Full Squad for Netherland matches:

Name, Club

Giselle Ansley, Surbiton
Sophie Bray, East Grinstead
Crista Cullen, No Club
Alex Danson, Reading
Maddie Hinch (GK), Holcombe
Joie Leigh, Clifton
Kirsty Mackay (GK), East Grinstead
Hannah Macleod, St Albans
Emily Maguire, Holcombe
Shona McCallin, Holcombe
Lily Owsley, University of Birmingham
Sam Quek, Holcombe
Helen Richardson-Walsh, Reading
Kate Richardson-Walsh, Reading
Susannah Townsend, Canterbury
Georgie Twigg, Surbiton
Laura Unsworth, East Grinstead
Ellie Watton, St Albans
Hollie Webb, Surbiton
Nicola White, Holcombe

Great Britain Hockey media release

'How we can thrive without Aymar'

England v Argentina WCT 2010

Despite the absence of legendary Luciana Aymar, Argentina can shine at the Hockey Champions Trophy and in Rio this summer – that’s the verdict of coach Gabriel Minadeo.

Aymar retired in 2014, with the likes of Carla Rebecchi, Belen Succi and Noel Barrinuevo rising to the fore in her absence.

The London silver medallists come back to the capital in June, and Minadeo told Reuters his team can shine. “I think Argentina has potential and the players to be able to replace 'Lucha' with another gameplan.

"We're going to be able to show Argentina are a power without having 'Lucha.’ What she had was that she resolved things for you when they got complicated, with an individual move, pulling something out of the hat.

"[But] Argentina has forwards who hurt rival teams. They have a passing game that is improving and is very dynamic and I think that's essential in hockey.”

Argentina’s opening Champions Trophy game is against hosts Great Britain on Saturday 18th June at 2pm, and it promises to be a fantastic day on the Olympic Park. Weekends are always particularly attractive to families and this is no different with u18s seats from just £5!

Click here to see the FIH's full event page for the competition.

England Hockey Board Media release

Hockeyroos to feature in international hockey competition in Darwin

By Sally Brooks

Photo: The Hockeyroos hosted a skills development session for young players on Sunday. (ABC News: Sally Brooks)

Darwin is set to host its first international hockey tournament in more than 12 years, when four teams including Australia's Hockeyroos hit the turf on Tuesday.

The national women's team will compete against India, Japan and New Zealand from May 31 to June 4 at Marrara Hockey Stadium.

"We haven't had international hockey in Darwin now for over 12 years, so it's quite exciting that we have this opportunity, not just with two teams, but with four," Hockey NT chief executive Ian Harkness said.

Mr Harness said the tournament would attract thousands of Territory hockey fans.

"We are hopeful we'll have healthy numbers with a bigger crowd for the Saturday night final," he said.

Photo: Hockeyroo Brooke Peris is looking forward to playing in front of her home crowd. (ABC News: Sally Brooks)

The Hockeyroos arrived in Darwin on Sunday afternoon and hosted a skills training session at Marrara Hockey Stadium.

More than 180 young hockey players turned out for the "super clinic".

After the Darwin competition, the Hockeyroos will head to London for the Champions Trophy, before a 16-member squad is selected for the Olympic Games in Rio in August.

Among those hoping to be picked is Territorian Brooke Peris, 23, a cousin to Olympic Gold medallist Nova Peris.

"I'm very excited to play in front of my family and friends and you know it will be a whole new experience for me," she said.

"I'm just looking forward to the games coming up."


Black Sticks off to summer heat in Darwin

The New Zealand Black Sticks react during the test against Argentina. Photo / Getty Images

As winter starts to kick in, the women's Black Sticks are emphasising the need to stay familiar with the summer temperatures ahead of the Rio Olympics.

Despite a team of 18 taking part in this week's International Open in Darwin, the full national squad of 25 has travelled for a pre-tournament camp to get some training in the heat.

Assistant coach Sean Dancer says dealing with the temperature is a key part of their Olympic preparations.

He says heat's the big thing they want to work on, and nothing from the Kiwi summer compares with the heat they're facing at the moment.

Striker Petrea Webster is back to provide a key boost in the team's latest step.

Webster makes her comeback having missed the Hawke's Bay Cup due to a broken nose and concussion suffered in January.

Dancer says Webster's ready to return.

He says Webster's been good and back to her usual self creating lots of pressure.

New Zealand meets India to open its campaign at the tournament tomorrow, with Japan and hosts Australia also taking part.

Radio Sport

Funding pressures eases for men’s Ireland hockey side

Coach Craig Fulton’s side face Korea four times following completion of their first month of a full-time programme ahead of Rio Games

Stephen Findlater

Ireland head coach Craig Fulton: will hope funding news will help his players relax, knowing that their expenses will be covered. Photograph: Inpho

The Irish hockey public will get their first chance to see the men’s national side in action this summer on home turf when they play world number side Korea four times between Tuesday and Sunday.

They do so with the important news that over €160,000 to help fund their Olympic cause has already been secured with the gap to the required €225,000 total closing quickly.

Friday saw a hugely welcome €50,000 from the Olympic Council of Ireland while Ballsbridge énergie Fitness club were named series sponsor for the Korea games.

Coach Craig Fulton will hope these boosts will help his players relax, knowing that their expenses will be covered.

The side has just completed their first month of a full-time programme in order to compete at the Rio Games where each of their opponents are year-round, funded athletes.

While revenge is not foremost on the mind, Ireland’s men will hope to derive some satisfaction from their series with Korea this week in Dublin as part of their Olympic preparations.

The Asian side denied Ireland a place at the 2012 London Games in heart-breaking fashion with a critical goal just seven seconds to go in their final qualifier.

As such, there may be an extra level of intensity to these challenge matches. Korea are not Rio-bound but are in the midst of preparations for the Champions Trophy in London in two weeks time, their key tournament for 2016.

Fulton will have his full panel available for the series and will mix and match for each game with fans encouraged to avail of meet and greet sessions being run in tandem with the matches at the Merrion Fleet Arena in Glenageary.

The first game is on Tuesday at 7pm before meeting at the same time on Thursday. Saturday and Sunday’s games are at 2pm.

Irish Times

U-21 USMNT Finish Fourth at Jr. Pan Am Championship

Photo courtesy of PAHF

TORONTO, Canada - Despite taking an early lead, the U.S. U-21 Men's National team couldn't come away with the win yesterday as they came up short against a strong and powerful Chile team in the bronze medal match of the Junior Men's Pan American Championship. Team USA's finish earned them fourth overall in the tournament.

“I’m immensely proud of the effort of the men," said Rutger Wiese, U-21 USMNT Head Coach. "We had the lead for so long, I thought we were going to do it and O’Lari was exceptional in goal. In the end I think Chile’s physical superiority told and it was that which led to errors on our part. In international hockey it’s normally the team that makes the fewest errors that wins. That was Chile and we congratulate them.”

On a searing hot Toronto day, the game was always going to be a test for the young U-21 USMNT, but the way they attacked the game from the first whistle it was obvious that their mindset was that their final game of the tournament was going to see them bow out with nothing left to give.

As the game progressed through it’s early stages it was clear that Team USA's tactical plan was working. Taking away space for their more experienced opponents to play in not only frustrated Chile, it also created space for counter attacks. It was on one such counter that Amar Khokar (Valencia, Calif.) found a foot and won a penalty corner. With a fantastic corner conversion rate in the tournament for the U-21 USMNT, the Chileans were clearly worried. And as the ball shot into the bottom left corner from the stick of Sean Cicchi (Thousand Oaks Calif.), their fears were well founded. But even with the lead Team USA knew they couldn’t let up. They managed to hold on and go into the half a goal up – in no small part thanks to the brilliance of Nate O’Lari (Orange, Mass.) in goal for USA.

The second began much like the first ended. Chile pressed for an equalizer but the U-21 USMNT defense stood firm. Not only that, Team USA had a fabulous chance to extend their lead from Khokar’s wonderful skill, but Javieer Singh (Hayward, Calif.) couldn’t apply the finish at the back post. 2-0 would have put a whole new complexion on the game, but failure to convert the chance seemed to inspire Chile as they came back hard at the U-21 USMNT.

The more Chile pressed the more they began to find spaces. And as Team USA tired, the full senior internationals in the Chilean line-up had the ability to punish the slightest positional error. Quick fire goals put Chile ahead for the first time and now USA had to push forward, leaving themselves vulnerable at the back. Chile took full advantage with two more goals and despite the U-21 USMNT switching their goalkeeper for an extra outfield player, they couldn’t find a way back into the game. The final result was USA 1, CHI 4.

“To see how far this team has come in such a short space of time is remarkable," reflected Wiese on the overall tournament. "They have been completely focused on what we have been trying to achieve and have done all they possibly could have done while here in Toronto to achieve that. We have a young team and a number of these guys will be back to try again at the next tournament and I look forward to seeing them put what they have learned here at the Pan Ams into practice. From the perspective of all the coaching staff, they have been a pleasure to work with.”

The U.S. U-21 Men's National Team is extremely grateful for all the support they have received from The USA Field Hockey Men’s Foundation and Booster Club, families and friends of the players, and those who have also contributed to their RallyMe campaign.

USFHA media release

Egara win Spanish title after 15-year wait

Club Egara ended Real Club de Polo’s long reign as Spanish champions as Josep Romeu’s shoot-out goal finally ended a classic final battle in Madrid, played at great intensity from the start.

The defending champions were 2-0 up in jig-time with Lucas Vila and Matias Rey both scoring in the first nine minutes.

Egara fought back and were on the board when Eduardo Arbos scored to reduce the gap and, in the 32nd minute, Romeu fired home the equaliser.

From there, both sides had their chances with Álex Casasayas and Vincente Ruiz going close.

Mario Fernandez, later named goalkeeper of the tournament, made two big interventions, preventing a final result in normal time and the game went to a shoot-out. There, Egara held their nerve the better with Romeu scoring the crucial effort to give the Catalan club their first title in 15 years.

It acted as a suitable way for Edi Tubau who signed off his top level career with the man of the match crown.

Euro Hockey League media release

Rot Weiss eliminate Crefelder from playoff reckoning

Defending champions Rot-Weiss Köln, Harvestehuder THC and the UHC Hamburg have followed Mannheimer HC to the German championship playoffs on June 4 and 5.

Köln’s 4-2 win over Crefelder HTC was the crucial outcome of Sunday’s final round of matches as it mathematically helped HTHC and UHC confirm their place in the playoffs in spite of their 3-3 result.

Against Rot-Weiss, Crefeld got a 26th minute lead thanks to Patrick Schmidt with a close-range push to raise hopes they could snatch a playoff place.

But a spell of four goals in 14 minutes of action took the game out of their hands. Tom Grambusch equalised from a corner before Philipp Zeller, again from a corner, made it 2-1 just before half-time.

Alexander Schöllkopf got the next corner into the top right corner before Grambusch’s second goal stretched the lead to 4-1. Oskar Deecke got one back from a stroke but too late to affect the outcome.

That result meant that the Hamburg derby only decided who plays who in the playoffs but the 1,100 fans departed Voβburg having seen an entertaining encounter.

Michael Körper started and finished the scoring, making it 1-0 in the sixth minute before Moritz Polk and Moritz Fürste swapped the lead. Finn Köhler tied the game at 2-2 before Jonas Fürste scored a beauty to restore the lead.

Körper, however, nabbed the equaliser for 3-3. It means HTHC face Rot Weiss in the final four while UHC meet Mannheimer – who also drew 3-3 with TSV Mannheim – in the other semi-final.

Euro Hockey League media release

Faizal's Shaari's moment

By Jugjet Singh

FAIZAL Shaari's brace handed Terengganu their second Division One Razak Cup title last night, as Police went down 3-0 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil Sunday.

National player Faizal also won the top-scorers award with seven goals, and the man-of-the final award.

He was benched for indiscipline from playing international matches for six months by the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC), and his ban will be ending soon.

There was an electric atmosphere at the stadium, as Police brought in five bus-loads of recruits, while fans in four buses travelled from Terengganu to support their team.

A band, by police, kept made it into a carnival final, which was also witnessed by the former Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) deputy president Tan Sri P. Alagandra.

Terengganu menteri besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman, and Police Director of Management datuk Sri Zulkafli Abdullah were also on the stands.

Police played a tactical two quarters by slowing down the game and only moving up in counter attacks, while Terengganu's young players were made to run circles.

There was not a single penalty corner awarded to both the teams in two quarters, as the defenders played very clean hockey.

However, Police opened up the match right after the third quarter started, with overhead passes thrown by Razie Rahim. They won the first penalty corner in the 35th minute, but poor trapping saw the score remain 0-0.

The match opened up after that, and Terengganu won their first penalty corner in the 41st minute, and Faizal made it count with a top-of-the-net drag flick.

Faizal was the toast of Terengganu, as in the 52nd minute, his reverse stick shot made it 2-0 and handed his state only the second Division One title. The first was won in 2012. The third goal was scored by Akhimullah Anuar, 16, in the 57th minute.

"I am very proud of my players discipline, as they did not let the big match atmosphere rattle them. Thirteen of them are eligible to play in the Malaysia Games in Kuching, and this augurs well for the developmen of youth in the state," said Terengganu coach Sarjit Singh.

As for Police coach Gurmit Singh: "I am very proud of my players who rose from Division Two last season to become Division One silver medallists tonight.

"Even though it would have been nice to lift the title, but still, a silver is a very good reward for my players determination in this tournament."

In the men's Division Two final, Penang and Perlis played to a 4-4 draw, but Penang gained promotion by winning the shoot-out 3-2.

And Pahang, last in Division One, will play in the lower division next year.

For Penang, Jiwa Mohan (30th), Izwan Firdaus (42nd, 58th) and Hafizhuddin Zaidi (47th) delivered. The Perlis scorers were Najmi Farizal (35th, 49th), Azhad Akmal (36th) and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (39th).

Meanwhile, in the women's final, Pahang won the inaugural title when they hammered Armed Forces 4-0. The Pahang scorers were Nuraini Abdul Rashid (22nd, 47th), Noorain Arshad (23rd) and Wan Nor Faiezah (40th).

RESULTS: Division One: Division One Final: Terengganu 3 Police 0.

Division Two Final: Penang 4 Perlis 4 (Penang win shoot-out 3-2) .

Women's Final: Pahang 4 Armed Forces 0; Third-Fourth: Kuala Lumpur 2 Selangor 4; Fifth-Sixth: Malacca 1 Perak 1 (Perak win shoot-out 2-1); Seventh-Eighth: Terengganu 1 Johor 2; Ninth-10th: Sarawak 5 Penang 3; 11th-12th: Kedah 1 Sabah 1 (Sabah win shoot-out 4-2).

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Bad boy Faizal strikes as Terengganu sink Police for Razak Cup win

By Aftar Singh

Terengganu players and officials celebrate after winning the Razak Cup. - LOW BOON TAT / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Faizal Saari was the hero for Terengganu, scoring a brace in the 3-0 win over Police in the Division One final of the Razak Cup.

The forward, who was dropped from the national team because of indiscipline last year, was on target in the 41st and 52nd minutes at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday. It was Terengganu’s second title, having also won it in 2012.

Sixteen-year-old Muhamad Akhimullah Anuar Esook completed the rout in the 57th minute.

It was a day to remember for Faizal as he was named the final’s man of the match. He also won the top scorer award with seven goals.

Faizal Saari (right) celebrates after scoring for Terengganu. - LOW BOON TAT / The Star

There was never any doubt that Terengganu would emerge champions from the get-go.

The east coast side were always on the offensive, but Police goalkeeper Zaidi Ibrahim was in top form to deny them from scoring in the opening two quarters.

Terengganu, however, were not to be denied in the 41st minute. They earned their first penalty corner in the 41st minute and Faizal’s powerful high flick beat Zaidi all the way.

Terengganu kept up the pressure to score two more goals in the fourth quarter. Faizal put his name on the score-sheet again with a reverse stick goal in the 52nd minute.

And Terengganu did not have to wait long for goal No. 3 with Akhimullah scoring a field goal in the 57th minute.

Terengganu coach Sarjit Singh was full of praise for his players.

“I’m very proud of my players’ dedication and discipline, especially the youngsters. They did not let the big match atmosphere rattle them.

“It was good to win our second title despite Police giving us a good fight,” said Sarjit.

Police coach Gurmit Singh said they paid the price for not utilising their goal-scoring chances.

“But I’m still proud of my players. We were Division Two winners last season and now we are the Division One runners-up. And we lost only once (to Terengganu),” said Gurmit.

Penang clinched the Division Two title after beating Perlis 3-2 in a penalty shootout. Both sides were tied at 4-4 in regulation time.

Izwan Firdaus Ahmad Tajuddin (42nd and 57th), Jiwa Mohan (30th) and Muhd Hafizhuddin Zaidi (47th) scored for Penang. Muhd Najmi Farizal Jazlan (35th and 49th), Azhad Akmal Mohd Fahmi (36th) and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (39th) were on target for Perlis.

In the women’s final, Pahang outplayed Armed Forces 4-0 to emerge champions.

Nuraini Abdul Rashid scored a brace in the 22nd and 47th minutes. Noorain Mohd Arshad (23rd) and Wan Nor Faiezah Mohd Saiuti (40th) netted the other goals.

The Star of Malaysia

RAZAK CUP 2016: Pahang women win inaugural title

By Jugjet Singh

In the men's Division Two final, Penang and Perlis played to a 4-4 draw, but Penang gained promotion by winning the shoot-out 3-2.

And Johor, last in Division One, will play in the lower division next year.

For Penang, Jiwa Mohan (30th), Izwan Firdaus (42nd, 58th) and Hafizhuddin Zaidi (47th) delivered. The Perlis scorers were Najmi Farizal (35th, 49th), Azhad Akmal (36th) and Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin (39th).

Meanwhile, in the women's final, Pahang won the inaugural title when they hammered Armed Forces 4-0. The Pahang scorers were Nuraini Abdul Rashid (22nd, 47th), Noorain Arshad (23rd) and Wan Nor Faiezah (40th).

RESULTS: Division One: Division One Final: Terengganu v Police x.

Division Two Final: Penang 4 Perlis 4 (Penang win shoot-out 3-2) .

Women's Final: Pahang 4 Armed Forces 0; Third-Fourth: Kuala Lumpur 2 Selangor 4; Fifth-Sixth: Malacca 1 Perak 1 (Perak win shoot-out 2-1); Seventh-Eighth: Terengganu 1 Johor 2; Ninth-10th: Sarawak 5 Penang 3; 11th-12th: Kedah 1 Sabah 1 (Sabah win shoot-out 4-2).

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Rush’d to face Jolie Pitts in the women’ final while Team HFS take on the Bulldogs for men’s title

By Jawwad Qamar

The 45th edition of Cal Cup is set for two exciting finals on Memorial Day at Moorpark College. The women’s final between Rush’d and Jolie Pitts will take place first followed by men’s final between Team HFS and the Bulldogs.

Bulldog’s goalkeeper Andrew Zayac denying Amanpreet Sidhu of the Sharks in semifinal action on Sunday at Cal Cup 2016 - photo by Ned Dawson

In women’s first semifinal on Sunday, all it took was a first half goal by Kathryn Peterson to move Rush’d passed the Olympic Club into tomorrow’s final to play for $7,500 prize money. Both sides wasted a few scoring chances afterwards and played evenly rest of the way.

Olympic Club penalty corner attempt against Rush’d in semifinal on Sunday at Cal Cup 2016 - photo by Ned Dawson

It was a much easier affair for the veteran Jolie Pitts against Team Northwest as Andrea Earle scored in the first minute and Xanthe Travlos added to the lead with a minute before the end of first half. Daphne Voormolen scored on a penalty corner to put the game away for Pitts midway through the second half 3-0.

In the men’s first semifinal, Team HFS beat Surinder Lions 4-1 with all goals coming in the second half after an evenly played first period. Will Holt started the onslaught for HFS with a penalty corner goal and Jared Martin, Hugo Delgadillo and Nicholas Grendreau followed with field goals to make it 4-0 before Dilbag Singh bagged one for the Lions in the dying minutes for 4-1 final result.

The second semifinal between the Bulldogs and JDH Montauk Sharks turned out to be quite an entertaining show after an evenly played first half. Both goalkeepers, Andrew Zayac for the Bulldogs and Tommy Alexander for the Sharks, stood out as the game ended in a 2-2 in regulation. Shark took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Lucas Judge into the half. However, the Bulldogs responded on back to back goal five minutes into the second half by Troy Sutherland and Ajai Dhadwal to take a one goal lead. Luke Doerner levelled score at 2-2 for the Sharks at the 39th minute mark on a penalty corner. However, the shocker was the inability of the Australian veteran Doerner to convert penalty strokes as he blew a golden chance in the dying minutes by going wide while another penalty stroke attempt by Jason Tomlinson for Sharks, also in the last minute, was nicely saved by Zayac. The match went to penalty strokes and Doerner’s woes continued as his opening attempt again went wide. But the Sharks were lucky as Binh Hoang also missed for the Bulldogs. Rest of the strokes competition went even, ending in a 4-4 tie. In sudden death strokes, Dhadwal made his attempt for the Bulldogs and much to the delight of the crowd, Amanpreet Sidhu’s attempt for the Sharks hit the post sending the Bulldogs into jubilation and tomorrow’s final.

Troy Sutherland of Bulldogs celebrates after levelling score at 1-1 against the Sharks on Sunday at Cal Cup 2016 - photo by Ned Dawson

For results, schedules and directions to the venues, please visit www.calcup.com.

Fieldhockey.com Exclusive

Three Punjab teams in National U-18 Hockey Championship semis

Mohsin Ali

ISLAMABAD - Punjab Whites, KP Colours, Punjab Blues and Punjab Colours reached the semi-finals of the First National U-18 Hockey Championship on Sunday.

It was truly remarkable performance by the Punjab teams, as three teams from Punjab made it to the semi-finals.

It could have been all the four Punjab teams in the semis, if both KP teams were not playing against each other in the 4th and last quarter.

In the first quarterfinal, Punjab Colours outclassed Islamabad 4-0.

Punjab must blame them for not scoring in the first quarter despite enjoying complete dominance.

It took them 23 minutes to break the deadlock as M Ahmed scored the first goal on a rebound.

Faraz Ahmed scored the second goal 26th minute, Usman Janjua made it 3-0 in the 43rd minute and Hamid Ali scored in the dying moments of the 4th and last quarter to set the semi-final date with KP Colours to be played on Tuesday.

In the second quarterfinal, Punjab Blues beat Sindh Whites 3-0.

It was a highly dull match as both teams played at a very slow place and never looked like scoring.

M Mubasheer scored the first goal for Blues in the 47th minute on a penaty corner.

Farhan made it 2-0 in the 55th minute and Saqlain scored the third goal in the 60th minute.

In the third quarterfinal, one of the hot favourites to win the inaugural title, Punjab Whites hammered Punjab Greens 3-0.

After playing a dull first quarter, Whites finally put pressure and came thrice close to break the deadlock but outstanding goalkeeping from Greens goalie prevented them from scoring in the second quarter as well.

It was brilliant performance from centre forward Waqas Ali, who scored a brace and was also involved in the third goal as well, that the deadlock was finally broken in the 37th minute.

He made it 2-0 in the 50th minute and the score line was completed in the 58th minute when Zulqarnain scored the third goal.

In last quarterfinal, KP Colours were given a very close scare by KP Whites, who went down fighting 3-1.

The first quarter was played on a very fast pace and KP Whites kept Colours under pressure but neither team succeed to score.

It was completely different story in the second quarter.

KP Colours finally settled down in the match and started to show what was expected from them.

KP teams were enjoying tremendous crowd support, as Pakhtoons from not only twin cities but also from KP had arrived in quite a few numbers and it was festivity all around.

They were cheering for their favourite players.

Whites resistance finally ended when Zakir scored the goal of the tournament.

He, after dogging two defenders, put the ball from reverse stick into the net in the 24th minute.

Afraz scored the second goal in the 46th minute and Saad Ullah scored the third goal in the 47th minute.

Just when Whites were down and out, they were provided life line by Hamza Malik, who scored a stunner in the 52nd minute.

Whites went all out attacking in search of goals and launched barrage of attacks on Colours goal but it was out of skin goalkeeping by the Colours goalie, who saved at least half a dozen shots.

Whites had nine penalty corners in last 7 minutes of the match but they failed to score even on a single.

The Nation

U-18 hockey reaches semis

ISLAMABAD: Three teams from Punjab and one from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa moved into the semi-finals of the National Under-18 Hockey Championship after defeating their opponents on Sunday here at the Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium.

In the first match of the day, Punjab Colours outclassed Islamabad 4-0 with Mohammad Ahmed, Fraz Ahmed, Usman Janjua and Hamid Ali scoring one goal each for the winning side.

On the other hand, Punjab Blues overpowered Sindh 3-0 in the second quarter-final. Mohammad Mubashir, Saqlan and Farhan Ali scored one goal each for the winning team.

The third quarter-final saw Punjab Whites blank Punjab Greens 3-0 with Waqas Ali netting two goals for the winners. The other goal was scored by Zulqarnain.

Also, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Colours defeated Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Whites 3-1 in the last quarter-final.

Semi-finals will be played on Monday with the final being scheduled for Tuesday. Thirteen teams from across the country are taking part in the championship.


International Hockey Federation (FIH): Chief Executive Officer

The International Hockey Federation is Seeking a CEO based in Lausanne, Switzerland

Closes: 06 June 2016
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Sector: Federations & LOCs
Function: Board & Executive, CEO & Executive Levels
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: Full Time
Salary: Competitive


The International Hockey Federation (FIH), the world governing body for hockey, recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was founded in 1924 and today has 132 member National Associations and is responsible for the biggest hockey events in the world including the celebrated Hockey World Cup and the illustrious Champions Trophy.

An excellent opportunity awaits a candidate with 10-15 years of experience at a CEO or Senior Executive Director level, with a proven track record in implementation and delivery of a strategic plan. The candidate has the characteristics of an inspiring leader, strong business acumen, extensive knowledge of the Olympic sporting environment, is passionate about sport and dedicated to upholding the principles of dignity, integrity and good governance, and, last but not least, has a sense of humour. A full job description can be found attached.


In 2014 FIH launched an exciting 10-year strategy, the Hockey Revolution with the ambition to become “a global game that inspires the next generation”. To reach this ambition, we are looking for an energetic and dedicated CEO able to lead the FIH team of 35 staff in the task of implementing the strategy and engaging and empowering the hockey community.

The CEO will provide leadership and motivation to all employees and volunteers within hockey and will establish and maintain excellent relations with all stakeholders.

The role involves extensive travelling and all business of the FIH is conducted in English, other languages would be seen as an asset.

Key Responsibilities

    Implementation of the 10 Year Strategy – The Hockey Revolution
    Financial Management
    Upholding governance obligations
    Maintaining strategic relationships
    Operational Management

Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the FIH is led by an elected volunteer President and Executive Board made up of 16 members, including the CEO ex-officio.  The Board is fundamentally responsible for the governance of FIH (strategic direction) and the CEO for the operational implementation and running of FIH (implementing the strategic direction).  The Executive Board/CEO relationship is one of partnership, the EB relies on the CEO to deliver leadership to the organisation and the results required by the Board.

The FIH is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. We thank all applicants, but only those considered for the position will be contacted.

Please view the full specification.

Apply now

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