Welcome to the Fieldhockey.com Archives

Daily Hockey news updated @ 10:00 GMT

News for 11 October 2016

All the news for Tuesday 11 October 2016

Chile wins 2016 Men’s South American Championship and Hockey World League Round 1 in Chiclayo, Peru

2016 South American Championship & World League R1 (field hockey) – Chiclayo, Peru – 09 Oct 2016 - Chile vs. Paraguay. Photo: Talia Vargas - PanAm Hockey

Chile beats Paraguay with a shut-out to finish with zero goals against in the tournament; Vargas has game winner against Uruguay; and host Peru beat Ecuador on the last day of the Men’s South American Championship / Hockey World League Round 1. Chile will advance to the FIH Hockey World League Round 2 to be held in Tacarigua, Trinidad & Tobago from the 25th of March until the 2nd of April, 2017.


Goalkeeper of the tournament: Lincoln PALACIOS of Ecuador, presented by Mr. David Ruiz, Member of the Organizing Committee for FIH Hockey World League Round 1, Chiclayo

Top scorer: Cristian VARGAS of Venezuela, presented by Mr. Gianni Delucchi, President of Peruvian Hockey Federation

Player of the tournament: Andy ADRIAN of Venezuela, presented by Mr. Leandro Negre, President of International Hockey Federation

Junior player of the tournament: Lincoln PALACIOS (GK) of Ecuador, presented by Mr. Leandro Negre, President of International Hockey Federation

Fair play of the tournament by PAHF: Ecuador, presented by Ms. Reyah Richardson, Tournament Director

Final standings:

Please also check the Pan American Hockey Federation’s website for the Men’s competition for match and award photos and post-match interviews and more: http://www.panamhockey.org/en/competitions-53-2016-south-american-championships-men-

On the final day of the Men’s Competition, the first match-up was between Venezuela and Uruguay; then Chile and Paraguay played; and then host Peru met Ecuador for the final match of the tournament

Peru-Ecuador (10-0)

The Men’s competition ended with a match between host Peru and Ecuador. Peru immediately rushed into their attacking circle. With the strong play of Captain and keeper Lincoln Palacios, Ecuador played strong defense to prevent Peru from scoring until the 9th minute when Fabrizio Corno scored. Two minutes later, Peru’s Sebastian Dennison made the score Peru 2, Ecuador 0. Meanwhile, the home crowd was going crazy and a band kept playing loudly from the stands. Peru continued to dominate possession and keep play in their attacking half. After a lot of attacking pressure, Corno then broke through the tough Ecuador defense in the 30th minute to put his team ahead by three goals. A minute later, Dennison also scored again to make the score Peru 4, Ecuador 0. In the 33rd minute, Peru earned a penalty corner. Ecuador did a great job on defense to keep Peru from capitalizing off the penalty corner. Thus, the score at halftime remained Peru 4, Ecuador 0.

The second half started with Peru back on attack. Peru immediately earned a penalty corner that Sebastian Dennison converted with a hard flick to put his team ahead by five goals. The band kept playing loudly in the crowd. A minute later, Peru’s Miguel Rivera was able to come up with the ball on a penalty corner and push in a goal to make it Peru 6, Ecuador 0. Sebastian Dennison nearly had another goal 41st minute, but Palacios made a huge save to deny Dennison’s shot. Despite Palacios’ strong efforts, Peru’s Mauricio Del Valle did find the back of the net in the 43rd minute.

With 25 minutes remaining in the match, starting keeper Palacios was substituted for reserve Bryan Ormaza. Miguel Rivera then quickly scored on Ormaza to make the score Peru 8, Ecuador 0. Ecuador continued to play strongly and have good positioning to keep Peru from scoring another quick goal. Eventually, Peru made it back down into their attacking circle and Ormaza stopped two hard shots by Rivera. Ecuador was then able to regain possession and keep play in the midfield. Again, eventually, Peru was able to get the ball back into their attacking circle and Diego Talavera put in a tough shot just past Ormaza towards the goal post to make it a nine goal lead for his team. Ecuador with Ormaza then played strong defense to hold off two more penalty corners by Peru late in the second half. About ten minutes later, Talavera scored again to make it Peru 10, Ecuador 0. With the win, Peru finished in fifth place and Ecuador in sixth place, respectively.

Chile-Paraguay (5-0)

Chile ran onto attack to start the match against Paraguay, earning a penalty corner in the third minute of the match. Chile had trouble executing the penalty corner, but play remained near Chile’s attacking circle. In the 8th minute, Chile’s Ignacio Contardo hit in a hard reverse shot from the top of the circle to give his team the lead. Play remained in Chile’s attacking half. In the 13th minute, Paraguay had their first possession in their attacking circle when Paraguay’s Juan Benegas collected an aerial pass in front of goal. Chile’s keeper Adrian Henriquez made the save and regained possession as Chile ran back into their attacking circle. Two minutes later, Chile earned another penalty corner, but again could not get a shot off the penalty corner play.

For the next ten minutes play remained in the midfield. Then, in the 25th minute, Chile was awarded their third penalty corner. The penalty corner drag flick by Axel Richter found the back of the net, making the score Chile 2, Paraguay 0. Chile kept pressuring on attack, but Paraguay’s defenders, especially Enrique Gimenez did a good job of holding Chile without another scoring opportunity until the 31st minute when Chile earned two more penalty corners. Paraguay’s keeper Hugo Lopez blocked the penalty corner shots. Chile earned another penalty corner as time expired in the first half. Lopez saved the initial shot, another flick by Axel Richter, but Diego Ordoñez collected the rebound and scored to make it Chile 3, Paraguay at the break

The second half of the match started with Paraguay quickly on attack. Benegas took a hard shot, but reserve keeper Sebastian Valdes made the kick save. Chile then rushed with the ball into their attacking circle earning a penalty corner in the first minutes of the second half. Axel Richter put in another penalty corner drag flick to make the score Chile 4, Paraguay 0. Chile continued to dominate possession, but Paraguay did a good job of forcing the play into their attacking half. As a result, midway through the second half, Paraguay had much more possession near their attacking circle than they did in the first half. In the 62nd minute, Chile had a penalty corner that was one of their first scorning opportunities since the beginning of the half. Chile’s Juan Amoroso put in the penalty corner shot to put his team ahead by five goals. Behind Gimenez and Lopez, Paraguay continued to play extremely strong defense to prevent Chile from scoring again in the match despite very strong attacking pressure. Thus, the final score of the match remained Chile 5, Paraguay 0.

Venezuela-Uruguay (2-1)

Under the hot sun, the match between Venezuela and Uruguay started off very fast paced. A few minutes into the match, Venezuela had the first scoring opportunity. Cristian Vargas sent a cross in front of goal to Javier Ramos, but Uruguay’s keeper Sebastian Cadenasso came out to make the save. Uruguay’s Patricio Draper and Gabriel Lopez played strong defense to hold off more attacking pressure by Venezuela. In the tenth minute, Venezuela earned the first penalty corner of the match. Cadenasso saved the penalty corner flick by Venezuela’s Captain Andy Adrian to keep the match scoreless. Uruguay had their first shot on goal of the match in the 15th minute, but keeper Junior Benitez was able to kick the ball away; a minute later, Uruguay had another shot just barely miss the goal cage.

Both teams kept trading possession for much of the first half. Venezuela, however, was able to keep play mostly in their attacking half. The intensity of the match increased as the match progressed. In the 29th minute, Adrian was awarded a green card. Two minutes later, Uruguay was able to earn their firs penalty corner of the match, but Venezuela’s defense blocked up the play. Venezuela then regained possession and Vargas had a shot on goal go wide. Uruguay’s Gonzalo Martinoni played very strong center defense to quiet Venezuela on attack for the remaining few minutes of the first half. Thus, the match remained scoreless at halftime.

The second half started with Venezuela dominating possession and each team having a couple of scoring opportunities just miss the goal. Each time Uruguay regained possession to go on attack Venezuela’s Jose Oropeza and Simon Rojas played strong defense all over the field to prevent Uruguay from re-entering their attacking circle. In the 41st minute, Adrian scored the first goal of the match to give his team the lead. Following the goal by Venezuela, both teams continue to battle with intensity for possession and the pace of the match increased. In the 48th minute, Uruguay’s persistence to try to beat Venezuela to attack paid off as Uruguay’s Alexis Lopez sent a fast shot into goal to tie the match. Soon after, Vargas was back on attack with a good position in front of the goal for a shot, but Uruguay’s Cadenasso made a diving stick save to knock the ball from Vargas. Cadenasso then saved another shot by Vargas to keep the match tied.

In the 54th minute, Venezuela earned their penalty corner of the second half. Uruguay’s defense rushed out fast on the corner to prevent Venezuela from taking a penalty corner shot. Six minutes later Uruguay earned their first penalty corners of the second half. Due to Venezuela’s strong defense, Uruguay could not execute their penalty corners and Oropeza came up with possession for Venezuela. Soon after, Venezuela earned another penalty corner, but the push out went far outside the circle. Venezuela kept up their attacking pressure and Vargas blasted in a shot in the 69th minute to regain the lead for Venezuela. Uruguay had a good chance to tie the match in the final seconds, but the shot just missed the goal and went off the endline.

Pan American Hockey Federation media release

Uruguay women and Chile men triumph at Hockey World League in Peru

Uruguay women and Chile men were on top form at the Hockey World League Round 1 events in Chiclayo, Peru, with both sides finishing with maximum points to top the tables and confirm their respective places in Round 2 of the Hockey World League.

Uruguay (FIH Hero World Ranking: 23) produced a virtually flawless performance in the women’s competition to claim four wins from four matches, scoring 19 times without conceding on their way to a first place finish and a safe passage through to Round 2 of the Hockey World League. However, they were pushed hard by top ranked Chile (WR: 22), with their meeting on the final day of the event proving to be decisive.

Both Uruguay and Chile came into their head-to-head with a maximum of nine points under their respective belts, but Chile’s superior goal difference meant that a draw would be good enough for them to take the event title.

Like Uruguay, the Chilean defence had not been breached in their previous encounters, cruising to comfortable 8-0 victories over Peru (WR: 65), Brazil (WR: 41) and Paraguay (WR: 54).

Remarkably, it was the Uruguayans who won both the match and the competition, with Maria Teresa Viana Ache scoring the crucial goal in the 36th minute to give her side a 1-0 win over their marginally higher-ranked opponents.

Although disappointed by the second place finish, there were plenty of positives for the Chileans to take away from the competition, not least their guaranteed qualification for Hockey World League Round 2.

As well as producing strong performances in Chiclayo, 21-year-old striker Francisca Tala marked herself as a player with a very bright future by finishing as top scorer with six goals, three clear of her nearest challenger. Brazil finished behind Uruguay and Chile in third place, with Paraguay fourth and hosts Peru fifth.

Chile may have just fallen short in the women’s competition, but their male counterparts certainly did not.

The team placed 25th in the FIH Hero World Rankings were on blistering form in Chiclayo, powering to five straight victories with 44 goals scored and none conceded to reach HWL Round 2 in style.

Chile’s toughest opponent proved to be 47th ranked Venezuela, but goals from Ricardo Achondo and Axel Richter earned the Chileans a 2-0 victory which would eventually force the rapidly improving Venezuelans into a second place finish at the event.

Chile did well to contain Venezuela’s free-scoring striker Cristian Vargas, who went into the contest having netted a total of ten goals in his two previous matches, with the 20-year-old collecting a four-goal haul against Paraguay (WR: 63) before hitting six against Ecuador.

Following defeat to Chile, Vargas scored in both of his team’s remaining matches, against Peru (WR: 80) and Uruguay (WR: 46), to finish as the competition's top scorer with 12 goals.

Uruguay finished the competition in third place, with Paraguay, host nation Peru and Ecuador in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

The competitions in Peru also doubled up as the South American Championships.

Fast-paced and action-packed, the Hockey World League is the tournament that gives hockey fans the chance to see their team go all the way to the World Cup and Olympics. Composed of four rounds and played over two years, the Hockey World League shines a spotlight on the sport around the world. Even the smallest hockey-playing nations have the opportunity to write their own chapter in hockey’s history books. More information about the Hockey World League and the upcoming events can be found by clicking here.

Hockey World League Round 1 / South American Championships
Chiclayo, Peru.

Individual Awards

Goalkeeper of the tournament: Lincoln Palacios – Ecuador
Top scorer: Cristian Vargas – Venezuela (12 goals)
Player of the tournament: Andy Adrian - Venezuela
Junior player of the tournament: Lincoln Palacios - Ecuador

Goalkeeper of the tournament: Andrea Gomes Bernardes - Brazil
Top scorer: Francisca Tala – Chile (6 goals)
Player of the tournament: Camila Caram - Chile
Junior player of the tournament: Teska Tujit (GK) - Brazil

FIH site

Pakistan seniors beat junors 2-1 in 3rd match; won series 2-0

It was the last of the three trial matches .

Seniors' Probables won the second match yesterday after the Under 21 Probables had held them to a draw in the first encounter. So both the sides had everything to play for at the National Hockey Stadium, Lahore.

Seniors applied the early pressure and the ball mostly remained in the juniors' half during the first five minutes.

However, in the 7th minute, juniors' captain Dilber controlled a loose ball deep in the opponents' territory. After a good run, he sensibly drew the lone defender in the circle before slipping the ball to Mohsin Sabir, who put his team ahead with a flat top of the circle reverse push.

That upped the tempo and good pole to pole game was witnessed. The under 21 boys were more penetrative. Nevertheless, it was the senior striker Ejaz who had an excellent opportunity to equalise just two minutes before the conclusion of the first quarter of 15th minutes, but he hit out.

During the second quarter, the seniors had the better of the exchanges. They had chances in the open play and also earned two penalty corners but the goal eluded them. Juniors' best opportunity came courtesy a goal keeping blunder.

The seniors' short stopper let go a ball from outside the circle but juniors' Samiuallah, in an excellent position just close to the goal, failed to put  it in.
Half time: Seniors: 0 Juniors: 1

Juniors were first off the blocks when the second half commenced. Two scoring opportunities were wasted. Thereafter, it was mostly seniors' show as they dominated the proceedings. Three more penalty corners couldn't be availed.

So seniors were still in the arrears when the last quarter started. They persisted with well coordinated moves and the equaliser arrived in the 50th minute. A fine Haseem Khan cross from right was availed by Arsalan Qadir whose top of the circle shot didnt give goal keeper any chance.  Now, the seniors earnestly searched for the winner and  finally got it through their sixth penalty corner,  the last of the evening. Again, it was Arsalan Qadir, who applied the final touch off an indirect drill, for his, as well as the seniors, second goal of the day.

It was hard earned but deserving victory for the seniors.

Full time: Pakistan Seniors: 2  Pakistan Juniors: 1

Seniors won the series by two matches to nil, with one match ending in a draw. The under 21 boys also deserve credit to give the more experienced opponents a run for their money.

PHF Media release

Green Army Set For Series In Belgium & Scotland

Graham Shaw, Head Coach of Ireland women’s hockey team, today announced his two panels for the squads’ upcoming trips to Belgium and Scotland.

With the domestic season under-way and the Cup competitions about to commence, the international squads are beginning their preparation for an exceptionally busy 2017 that could see both senior international teams competing in 4 major international tournaments each. The Green Army begin 2017 at World League 2 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia from 14–22 January. Before they depart for Malaysia they will play a match series against Belgium in Auderghem and Waterloo Ducks, and against Scotland in Glasgow.

Speaking about the approaching match series’ Shaw said “The upcoming series gives us the perfect opportunity to have a look at that full squad with WL2 coming up in Malaysia.

We have introduced some new faces to the Green Army and they will get the opportunity to put down their marker within the group.

2017 will provide 3 major competitions with a possible 4th later in the year. We have looked forward to this year since the disappointment of missing out on Rio. The squad is very competitive and working very hard to have a successful year in 2017”.

Belgium Match Series

· Monday 24thOctober 7pm (local time) Belgium v Ireland at Auderghem
· Tuesday 25th October 7pm (local time) Belgium v Ireland at Waterloo Ducks


1. Grace O Flanagan (GK) – Railway Union
2. Clodagh Cassin (GK) - UCD
3. Elena Tice - UCD
4. Gillian Pinder - UCD
5. Lizzie Colvin - Loreto
6. Robyn Chambers - Pegasus
7. Naomi Carroll – Cork Harlequins
8. Katie Mullan - UCD
9. Ruth Maguire – Pegasus
10. Yvonne O Byrne – Cork Harlequins
11. Nicola Evans – Hermes Monkstown
12. Hannah Matthews - Loreto
13. Rebecca Barry – Cork Harlequins
14. Emily Beatty – Dragons, Belgium
15. Kate Lloyd – Dragons, Belgium
16. Sinead Loughran Munchner SC, Germany
17. Megan Frazer – Mannheimer, Germany
18. Zoe Wilson – Harvestehuder, Germany

Scotland Match Series

· Sunday 6th November Scotland v Ireland 5pm Glasgow Green
· Tuesday 8th November Scotland v Ireland 12.30 Glasgow Green
· Wednesday 9th November Scotland v Ireland 12.30 Glasgow Green


1. Grace O Flanagan (GK) – Railway Union
2. Clodagh Cassin (GK) - UCD
3. Elena Tice - UCD
4. Gillian Pinder - UCD
5. Katie Mullan - UCD
6. Ruth Maguire – Pegasus
7. Yvonne O Byrne – Cork Harlequins
8. Nicola Evans – Hermes Monkstown
9. Jessica McMaster- Queens University
10. Rebecca Barry – Cork Harlequins
11. Cliodhna Sargent – Cork Harlequins
12. Chloe Brown – Ards
13. Shirley McCay – Ulster Elks
14. Nicola Daly – Muckross
15. Jessica McGirr – Loreto
16. Ellen Curran – Hermes / Monkstown
17. Chloe Watkins – Hermes / Monkstown
18. Emma Russell – UCD
19. Ali Meeke – Loreto
20. Hannah Matthews - Loreto
21. Megan Frazer – Mannheimer, Germany
22. Zoe Wilson – Harvestehuder, Germany
23. Emily Beatty – Dragons, Belgium
24. Sinead Loughran- Munchner SC, Germany

Irish Hockey Association media release

Australian Junior World Cup Squad Announcement

18 athletes selected for WC in Chile

Holly MacNeil

The team for the women’s Junior World Cup which will take place in Santiago, Chile in November has been announced. A team of 18 has been selected by Head Coach Tim White and the national selection panel.

Head Coach Tim White said: “The team selected for the Junior World Cup is a talented group of young athletes. It provides flexibility across a range of lines and there's a mix of experienced players at this level along with some exciting new talent. It's a skilful and athletic group and we now look forward to working hard over the next 6 weeks to prepare as well as we can for the tournament.

”Obviously it was a very difficult selection process given the number of talented athletes we have in the under 21’s age group, however we have looked at performances from across the year and feel that the athletes we have chosen are the ones who will give us the best chance of success at the Junior World Cup.”

Athletes have been assessed across the year including at the National Futures Camp, the Junior World Cup qualification camp and the Junior World Cup Qualifier on the Gold Coast, the Under 21 Australian Championships in Sydney in April, the National Training Centre Challenge in Canberra in May, the National U/21’s England tour, and most recently at the Australian Hockey League which took place in Perth over the weekend.

The team will depart for Santiago on Sunday, 20 November.

2016 Women’s National Junior Squad
Name (Home town / suburb)
Laura Gray (Goulburn, NSW)*ACTAS scholarship holder
Kate Hanna (Constitution Hill, NSW)
Greta Hayes Maroubra, NSW)
Rene Hunter (Wentworth Point, NSW)
Kaitlin Nobbs (Newington, NSW)
Mikaela Patterson (Blackbutt, NSW)
Grace Stewart (Gerrigong, NSW)
Mariah Williams (Parkes, NSW)
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita, NSW)
Rebecca Greiner (Bundaberg, QLD)
Ambrosia Malone (Molendinar, QLD)
Renee Taylor (Bundaberg, QLD)
Kristina Bates (Port Melbourne, VIC)
Madi Ratcliffe (Warrnambool, VIC)
Sophie Taylor (Camberwell, VIC)
Aleisha Power (Clackline, WA)
Karri Somerville (Kensington, WA)
Georgia Wilson (Mahogany Creek, WA)

Hockey Australia media release

FIH has no concerns over Pakistan playing in India

Jaspreet Sahni

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) is waiting for its government's directives on participation in the men's junior hockey World Cup in India, but the International Hockey Federation (FIH) isn't losing sleep over Pakistan's participation in the tournament to be played in Lucknow from December 8-18. Tensions escalated between the neighbouring countries after 17 Indian soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack, followed by India carrying out surgical strikes on Pakistan soil. But FIH said it "has no concerns" about any country's participation in the 16-team event.

"FIH has no concerns in regard to any participating nation in the Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup and we understand that there are no restrictions on the participation of any nation in the event," Danny Parker, FIH's Communications and Digital Manager, told TOI.

Pakistan is among those participating nations which need to apply for Indian visas 60 days in advance. Parker said Hockey India (HI) had already intimated the PHF about it. "Hockey India has asked Pakistan to submit their applications according to this deadline," Parker said. Pakistan has missed the deadline and HI has not yet received any communication from its counterpart.

"If they (PHF) haven't (applied for visa yet), they are already in default," HI president Narinder Batra told TOI. "We followed the standard protocol about getting clearances from our sports ministry, foreign ministry and home ministry around two months ago," Batra added.

"We won't play Pakistan in a bilateral series until they apologise for their players' behaviour at the 2015 Champions Trophy in Bhubaneshwar," the HI president reiterated his stance. "But that's not the case with FIH or AHF (Asian Hockey Federation) tournaments. These are ranking events, and we will also be playing them in the Asian Champions Trophy in Malaysia this month."

Security of the teams is the responsibility of local government and sports director of UP government, RP Singh, said the state's police will ensure that. "There won't be any problem. Proper security will be ensured for every participating team. We will soon have a meeting with the UP government on the tournament," Singh said.

The Times of India

Abdo’s Cardiff and Welsh hockey moving on up

While progression to the EHL KO16 proved just out of reach for Cardiff & Met, coach Walid Abdo says ROUND1 was another big step in the right direction for Welsh hockey.

They recorded the country’s first win in the EHL on Friday with a 5-0 win over SG Amsicora ASD before producing a creditable performance in a 3-1 loss to three-time champions UHC Hamburg.

And Abdo said he was “really pleased with the way we performed and the way we reacted. We just played the teams in front of us, not the EHL itself.”

He said that it was a far cry from the games they play on a regular basis in the Conference West in the second tier of English hockey.

“We will gain valuable experience from this because the league we play in, we are not going to play someone like Hamburg. We can take that forward and pressurise other teams with the way we played.

“There’s moments when UHC move the ball and drive forward, you can see the difference between our league compared to them when they had some superb moments.

“But I thought we could compete physically and, if we handled key moments a bit better, there were the crucial things we have to learn from, especially in the top third where they were very clinical, and that’s where we have to get better and hopefully give them a tougher task in a few years time.”

With Ben Carless’s late goal against UHC, Cardiff & Met earned a losing bonus point. It could prove their chances of retaining a place for Wales, once again, in the EHL for next season.

“Getting points to secure our place for next year was the plan. If we can come back again, there will be more experience and more ability to hold on to our players. If we can get into the Premiership, that will add to our club further.”

And Abdo says it will help Welsh hockey – in the wake of their recent victory at World League Round 1 – to continue their recent upward progression.

“There’s no coincidence that having 11 players with Cardiff & Met, playing together week in, week out and then going to Wales. The guys are enhancing that; they are fit and hungry.

“The Under-16s, 18s and development teams are all pushing in the right direction from the Hockey Wales directives and its going really well and the next couple of years could be an exciting time for Welsh hockey.”

Euro Hockey League media release

So close for Kelburne in the EHL

It was so close and yet so far for Bromac Kelburne in the Euro Hockey League (EHL); the Scottish champions needed only a draw against Spanish side Atletic Terrassa to progress to the knock-out stages for only the third time, but they came up short in a 3-2 tense tussle in Banbridge.

The Paisley side did themselves proud by coming so close and Terrassa certainly know they were taken to the wire by Kelburne, but in the end it is the Spanish who progress.

In the end Kelburne only finished a point behind Terrassa in the table, but the six points gained should be enough to keep Scotland in the elite EHL next season.

Terrassa drew first blood; their penalty corner shot was illegally stopped on the line by Craig Morton and Jorge Carrera beat Rory Kerr from the spot.

Within a few seconds the Scots were back on level terms, German import Jonas Nommensen sent a low drag flick into the net at their first set piece.

The rest of the first half was one-way traffic towards the Kelburne goal, but the Scots defended stoutly, giving the Spanish few actual chances, and were still on track for qualification.

The damage was done in the first three minutes of the second half - Jan Malgosa slipped the ball past Kerr when his defence failed to clear their lines, then Oriol Bach pushed the ball past Chris Nelson on the line following a goalmouth scramble to open a crucial two-goal lead.

The Scottish champions refused to give up, at a penalty corner Nommensen`s shot his a defender on the line and Josh Cairns stepped up to slot the ball home from the spot to bring the Scots to within a goal from glory.

Play became scrappy with so much at stake; a couple of chances fell to Iain Scholefield and Cairns from a penalty corner, but the Spaniards held out and started their celebrations.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

No. 2 Duke edges No. 12 Princeton in OT

Duke Athletics

Duke rebounded against Princeton after suffering a tough loss on Friday. Duke Athletics

Junior back Alyssa Chillano put away a penalty stroke in the 79th minute to lift second-ranked Duke over No. 12 Princeton, 2-1, in overtime Sunday. After dropping their first ACC contest of the season Friday at No. 4 Syracuse, the Blue Devils demonstrated resiliency against the Tigers to improve to 11-2 on the year.

Chillano registered both tallies as Duke moved to 8-2 against ranked opponents.

Junior back Sarah Furey contributed a key tackle inside the Duke circle that set up the squad’s best scoring opportunity of the overtime period. Graduate student Aisling Naughton fought her way into the circle on the other end, and her attempted shot drew the penalty stroke for the Blue Devils. Chillano sent the ball into the top left corner for her second overtime game-winner of the season.

The Tigers (7-5) held the edge in shots and corners during the first 35 minutes of play, but Duke capitalized on a lone corner opportunity toward the end of the half. Chillano fired home her ninth goal of the season on assists by freshman Margaux Paolino and junior Ashley Kristen to put the Blue Devils in front.

Duke maintained its strong presence on the defensive end in the second period, neutralizing a pair of dangerous situations in front of the cage. Princeton put a ball into the back of the cage but saw the goal disallowed on a dangerous play. However, the Tigers were able to break through on their next trip up the field when Sophia Tornetta corralled a rebound and put it back to even the match in the 54th minute.

The Blue Devils pushed forward in response to the Princeton tally, with Chillano and senior Heather Morris sending shots just wide of the cage. Duke controlled possession in the waning minutes but the clock expired with the score at 1-1.

Both teams drew penalty corners minutes into overtime, but goalkeepers Sammi Steele and Grace Baylis were there to make stops. Steele and Baylis were credited with one save each on the afternoon.

For the contest, the Blue Devils held a 9-7 advantage in shots after outshooting Princeton 7-4 over the final 43 minutes. The Tigers totaled five penalty corners to four by Duke.

The Blue Devils continue their road swing next weekend, traveling to Wake Forest Friday, Oct. 14 and Old Dominion Sunday, Oct. 16.


Indoor Rule Changes

David Condon in action for East Grinstead at the EuroHockey Indoor Championships

The FIH have published the new Rules of Indoor Hockey, which will take effect internationally from 1 January 2017, but National Associations have discretion to decide the date of implementation at national level.  England Hockey have decided to introduce the new Rules across all indoor hockey in England with effect from 1 November 2016 to allow all of this seasons competitions and leagues to be played under the new rules and regulations.

There are a number of changes to the Indoor Rules and we have highlighted the “major” rule changes below. All rule changes are available in the new Indoor Rules of Hockey and can be identified by the changes having a vertical line in the left margin of the page next to the amended text.

Major Changes

7.4 – This sees the introduction of the new style "long corners" indoor. So, if the ball crosses the backline without a goal being scored after it has been played unintentionally by a defender, or deflected by a goalkeeper or player with goalkeeping privileges (PwGKP), play is re-started by an attacker with the ball on the centre-line and in line with where it crossed the back-line. The normal procedures for taking a free push apply.

9.17 – This introduces the guidance that if the ball hits PC protective gear that has been carelessly discarded by a defender after a PC, play is restarted with either a free hit to the attack, if the item is on the pitch outside the circle, or a PC, if the item is inside the circle.

13.2 – This rule has been amended to clarify what procedures apply for attacking free pushes taken in the half that the team is attacking, bringing the Indoor Rules into alignment with the 2015 Outdoor Rules concerning attacking free hits within the 23m area. Specifically, amended Rule 13.2e clarifies that when taking a free hit in the half that they are attacking the attacking team must ensure that the ball travels at least 3m, or be touched by a defender, before being played into circle; or that the ball must travel 3m before hitting the sideboard and rebounding into the circle.

13.8e – This change makes it clear that the player defending a penalty stroke (PS) cannot move their feet once the whistle has been blown to start the PS until the attacker actually plays the ball.

14.1.b & 14.1.c – This introduces the one minute suspension for a green card into the Rules, meaning that it is no longer necessary for this to be specified in relevant tournament / competition regulations and that it must be applied in indoor hockey at all levels.

An electronic copy of the FIH Indoor Rules of Hockey 2017 can be found by clicking here

England Hockey Board Media release

Clubs Growing Their Own Umpires

Umpire Andy Mair

With the new season firmly upon us, clubs are welcoming new and returning members back into league and recreational hockey at a rapid rate. The growth in this area has a knock on effects for the merry band of umpires that support the league and club fixtures.

England Hockey’s Club Umpire Developer programme has been in place for the past 2 years and this is starting to show benefits in clubs up and down the country, supporting their umpires who operate at club level.

One club where this has been embraced is Sonning HC. With a goal of having a “pool” of over 100 volunteers within the club to umpire games, they are well on their way to their target. We spoke to Club Umpire Liaison Officer Chad Bosman, who commented;

“We operate a club pool system, where teams provide umpires for other teams within the club for fixtures on a weekly basis. When I joined the club 2 years ago, it was not uncommon for volunteers to umpire 3 or 4 matches on a Saturday. This detracted from the “social” reason so many of these volunteers came to hockey, they wanted to interact with the players and their friends after a game over a drink in the club house.

It’s been a tough 2 years of promoting this pool system to the team captains, however now they appreciate the need for the teams to help other teams in the club with umpires to allow them to play their matches. When I joined, we had only 20 willing volunteers to umpire matches over the course of the season. We now have over 60 and have planned another umpire course (out of demand from the members) in January to grow this number to nearer 80. My goal for the end of the season is to have over 100 individuals willing to umpire at least 2 games a season from next season.

The Level 1 Umpire Courses are great as they provide practical training on the pitch, as well as the theory behind how we should be umpiring matches. We hold umpire social evenings twice a season where we all get together to help each other by sharing stories, getting consensus on how rules are interpreted and give something back to these volunteers within the club. Add in the support from a few people who have gone through the Club Umpire Developer training and we are in a great position to support the club growing and our members to allow them to play on a weekly basis in a fair and safe environment.”

England Hockey Board Media release

Import decreases of Pak hockey stick brands as ties between India-Pakistan deteriorate

By Raghav Ohri

When I checked with my counterpart in Pakistan, he advised me to return the consignment,” Sharma said.

NEW DELHI:The terrorist attack in Uri and India’s surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in response has had an adverse impact on Sachin. No, not Tendulkar, but a Pakistani brand of hockey stick popular among Indian players.

Apprehensive of the mounting tension between the two nations, manufacturers in the sports goods hub of Jalandhar in Punjab have significantly lowered imports of Sachin and other brands of hockey sticks from Pakistan.

Reason: they are wary of losing money, fearing a further deterioration in ties between the neighbours. ET spoke to representatives of sports goods companies based in Jalandhar who shared their apprehensions stemming from the tension between India and Pakistan.

Hockey sticks are more or less the only product that Indian sports makers import from the neighbouring country. Pakistan specialises in manufacturing composite hockey sticks made of more new-age materials than the wood of old.

Even though a few units were set up in Jalandhar to do this a few months ago, the quality of locally made sticks is considered inferior to those made in Pakistan.

Pakistani sticks superior

While Sachin leads the pack, brands such as Malik and Ehsaan are also imported from Pakistan. “The quality of Pakistani composite sticks is far superior. They specialise in the technology and use three chief elements, namely glass fibre, carbon and Kevlar,” said Sidhanth Agarwal of Sanjana Enterprises.

The rising tension poses a challenge. “No businessman would want to risk his money,” Agarwal said. “The entire amount has to be paid upfront and with the current tension we are apprehensive of any blowback. As a result, we are treading cautiously and have pulled out temporarily from importing the hockey sticks.” The numbers vary according to demand.

“Some import 2,000 to 4,000 (sticks) per month while others even go up to 60,000 sticks on a monthly basis,” he said.

Extra scrutiny

Rahul Sharma of Rai and Co said such imports were also attracting extra scrutiny. “Earlier this week, I received a consignment (of sticks from Pakistan) which (led to) a number of queries by bank officials.

We were informed that there is some incomplete documentation which has raised eyebrows,” Sharma told ET. He added that the additional level of checking was on account of the tension between the two countries.

“When I checked with my counterpart in Pakistan, he advised me to return the consignment,” Sharma said.

One of the manufacturers told ET that Sachin was a brand named after the son of the manufacturer, a Hindu who lives in Sialkot. It’s been popular for the past two years because of its superior quality.

Businessmen fear that commercial links could become a casualty in the current environment. “What if the government decides to call off trade ties with Pakistan?” said Aman Chopra of Shant Overseas.

“The businessmen — who have to pay the entire amount in advance — will suffer huge losses. The general sentiment is to wait and watch the situation. The businessmen in Pakistan are good people but the situation is such that nobody wants to take a chance.”

Chopra’s company does not import hockey sticks but he’s aware of the prevailing situation in the sports market in Jalandhar.

The Economic Times

Farewell, Aman: Malaysia's hockey Olympian dies at 85

By Jugjet Singh

One of Malaysia's first hockey Olympians Aman Ullah Karim passed away on Sunday. He scored for Malaysia against Great Britain during the 1956 Melbourne Games. NSTP pix

He was among the first batch of hockey players from the Federation of Malaya who represented the country in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics where he scored a total of eight goals.

And the man who played alongside him in Melbourne, Tan Sri P. Alagendra, was beyond grief as all his team-mates have now left him.

"Oh! No... the two of us were the last remaining members of the squad and now Aman has also left," grieved Alagendra.

"Before joining national training, he was Perak's top striker and his darting runs from the left had no answers from the defenders," remembered Alagendra, 86.

Alagendra, who retired as Selangor Chief Police officer, said: "We encountered many difficulties travelling to Melbourne those days, but Aman was always a helping hand. He was a bit quiet and unassuming, but with the ball and stick, he tore the defence apart with ease."

And among the notable goals he scored in 1956 were the two against Australia, but Malaya still lost 3-2.

Aman was a terror in his days, and his school-mate at the Government English School, Tapah, remembers well his mentor and hero.

Datuk R. Yogeswaran, coach of the famous 1975 World Cup team, remembers him well as he received a hockey stick from Aman.

"He was my senior in school, and I used to look up to him as my mentor and hero those days because he was such a terror in Perak. One day, after training, he gave me his hockey stick, which was one of my best moments with him," said Yogeswaran.

Aman later moved to Anderson School.

Yoges also remembers him as one of the best left inside in the country in his days.

"He was referred to as 'half of the Perak strikers' for his speed and when he moved into the semi-circle, the defenders and goalkeeper used to panic," said Yoges.

Aman was an all-rounder as he played cricket, golf and tennis as well.

"After the Melbourne Olympics, he started playing golf and was active at Kelab Golf Negara Subang.

"In the first game against Great Britain, Malaya drew 2-2 and Aman was one of the scorers. In the end he scored a total of eight goals for the nation in our maiden Olympics," said Yogeswaran.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Former Olympic hockey player Aminullah dies

By K. Rajan

PETALING JAYA: Former national hockey player Aminullah Karim has passed away.

Aminullah, who was in Malaya’s first-ever Olympic team for the 1956 Melbourne Games, died at the age of 85 on Sunday.

Aminullah was born in Tapah, Perak. He received his education at the Government English School (GES) in Tapah before moving to the Anderson High School in Ipoh.

Former national coach Datuk R. Yogeswaran described Aminullah as an “exceptional man”.

“He was my senior in school and was an idol because he was a phenomenal player in Perak. I remember watching him play. Once he even presented me with his hockey stick,” said Yogeswaran.

“I have so much respect for him. He’s one of the greatest players ever to represent the country.”

Wilfred Vias, one of Aminullah’s good friends and former Johor team-mate in the 1950s, said he was shocked to hear his close friend’s death.

“He was the best inside left in the country in his heydays. In 1955, we were in the Johor team which won the quadrangular involving Negri Sembilan, Selangor and Malacca in 1955,” said Vias, who was the team’s skipper.

The Star of Malaysia

Brother Jesbir: A passionate sports official

by Jugjet Singh

JESBIR ... Holding card with I love Tolley (Punjabi slang for Tanjung Tualang)

SERGEANT JESBIR SINGH S/O MOKHTAR SINGH (101575), a passionate member of Sarawak hockey and cricket, passed away Monday.

His last assignment with hockey was during the Sarawak Malaysia Games in August where he was the recorder for the men's and women's finals.

Originally from Tanjung Tualang Sikh Settlement in Perak, Jesbir joined the force when he was 20 years old and has been stationed in Sarawak for the past 32 years.

"I never wanted to leave Perak and cried when I was posted to Sarawak after I finished my police training. But after 32 years, Sarawak has given me everything and I will cry if I am posted back to Malaysia," said Jesbir to this scribe when we met during the Malaysia Games.

Rest In Peace my brother, will miss you.... Had a fantastic time with you for 20 days during the Malaysia Games.

RESIDENCE: No 605 Lorong Kedandi 1, Tabuan Jaya. Kuching.

CREMATION: Expected to be on 12/10/2016 at the Buddhist Village, Jalan Seniawan, Bau.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Fieldhockey.com uses cookies to assist with navigating between pages. Please leave the site if you disagree with this policy.
Copyright remains with the credited source or author