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Women’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2016 begins Thursday

Numerous Olympians on show as hockey's next generation aim to make their mark

This Thursday (24 November), the women’s Junior Hockey World Cup gets underway in the Chilean capital city of Santiago.

Sixteen of the best young women’s teams in the world will compete for the title at the vast multi-sport Club Deportivo Manquehue complex, which plays host to ten days of high speed action featuring the next generation of global hockey stars.

With four teams fighting it out for two available quarter-final places in each of the four pools, every single match has meaning and one slip-up could prove costly. Here is a look at the teams competing in each pool.

Pool A: Netherlands, USA, Korea, Zimbabwe

The Netherlands are bidding for a third consecutive Hockey Junior World Cup title, following on from their successes in 2013 and 2009. The side is much changed from that which became European champions in 2014, with only team captain Maartje Krekelaar, goalkeepers Josine Koning and Anne Veenendaal, Fabiene Roosen and Charlotte Adegeest remaining. Krekelaar, Koning, Pien Sanders, Frederique Matla and Joosje Burg were all members of the Den Bosch team that became European club champions earlier this year.

The USA produced a strong showing at the Junior Pan America Cup in Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago earlier this year, finishing second to Argentina to seal a ticket to Santiago. Striker Gabrielle Major and young midfielder Erin Matson both scored eight times at that event, contributing 16 goals to USA’s impressive tally of 40. The team is coached by former Dutch international Janneke Schopman, who as a player won Olympic gold at the Beijing 2008 Games and will take over as Head Coach of USA women in January 2017.

Korea booked their ticket to the Hockey Junior World Cup with a third place finish at the Junior Asia Cup 2015, which was played in Changzhou, China. The team earned a 3-2 victory over India in the bronze medal match, scoring twice in the final four minutes to secure their place in Santiago. One of those scorers was Cho Hyejin, who will captain the team in Chile.

A second place finish behind South Africa at the Junior African Cup in Windhoek, Namibia earlier this year earned Zimbabwe a return to the Hockey Junior World Cup for the first time since 2005. Their qualification was sealed thanks to a 2-1 win over Namibia in the semi-final, with Kelly Diplock and team captain Stephanie Campbell helping their team over-turn a 1-0 deficit to confirm their appearance in Santiago.

Pool B: Argentina, Germany, Japan, France

The Junior Pan American Champions and 2013 Junior World Cup silver medallists arrive in Santiago with a strong squad and will surely be amongst the front runners for the title. The team were dominant at the Junior Pan Am event earlier this year, defeating USA 6-0 in the competition final. Star striker Maria Granatto and midfielders Maria Ortiz and Lucina von der Heyde, the team captain, have all represented Las Leonas, Argentina’s senior women’s team, on numerous occasions.

Germany finished second behind Netherlands at the European Junior Nations Championships 2014 in Waterloo, Belgium to qualify for the Junior World Cup. A second place finish behind Spain at the recent 5 Nations Invitational event in Valencia, Spain suggests that they are in confident mood. Julia Meffert, Elisa Gräve, Hannah Gablac and Annelotte Ziehm all scored twice at that event, and will be looking to continue their good scoring form in Santiago.

They might be competing in their first ever Hockey Junior World Cup, but Japan’s second place at the Junior Asia Cup 2015 shows that they should not be underestimated. They were outstanding at the event in Changzhou, with host nation China needing a shoot-out to defeat the impressive Japanese in the competition final. Team captain Yu Asai and attacker Motomi Kawamura were both members of the ‘Cherry Blossoms’ team that competed in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

France qualified for their second Hockey Junior World Cup with a sixth place finish at the European Junior Nations Championships 2014. The current squad contains 12 players who represented a youthful France senior women at the Hockey World League Round 1 event on home soil in Douai, where the side finished in third place.

Pool C: Australia, England, South Africa, Chile

At the start of the year a trio of victories against New Zealand in the Oceania Junior Cup saw Australia’s ‘Jillaroos’ crowned as continental champions. Numerous members of the junior squad have represented the senior women’s team such as Renee Taylor, Madison Fitzpatrick and Mariah Williams, with the latter having over 50 caps and a member of the Hockeyroos squad that finished sixth at Rio 2016. Talented striker Grace Stewart is another Olympian from Rio, and has the potential to be one of the stars of the tournament.

A bronze medal at the European Junior Nations Championships 2014 sealed England’s ticket to the Hockey Junior World Cup, where they will be aiming to better the fourth place finishes of 2009 and 2013. The team is coached by Craig Keegan, Assistant Coach to the Great Britain women’s team that won Olympic gold at Rio 2016. University of Birmingham player Erica Sanders is the current top scorer in the elite Investec Women’s Hockey League, and will be looking to continue her excellent form in Chile.

South Africa
South Africa have competed in every women’s Hockey Junior World Cup since 1997, and made it six in a row by becoming continental champions at the Junior African Cup 2016 in Windhoek, Namibia in March of this year. The team were in rampant form at that event, winning all five of their matches without conceding a goal and defeating Zimbabwe 10-0 in the competition final. A number of players are already involved with the senior side, including Tarryn Glasby, Marizen Marais and goalkeeper Marlise van Tonder.

Host nation Chile produced some solid performances at the Junior Pan America Cup 2016, winning four of their six matches including the bronze medal game against Canada. Sofia Machedo, Kim Jacob and Paula Valdivia, who each scored in the 3-0 victory over the Canadians, have all been selected for the World Cup, as has team captain Denise Krimerman, who recently helped Chile’s senior women claim a second place finish at the Hockey World League Round 1 event in Chiclayo, Peru.

Pool D: New Zealand, China, Spain, Belgium

New Zealand
Head Coach Sean Dancer, Assistant Coach to the Black Sticks women since 2014, has targeted a top eight finish and describes the group as “full of confidence to put in a strong performance.” Defender and senior international Maddison Dowe captains the team, being joined by three other members of the Black Sticks development squad: Stephanie Dickins, Tessa Jopp and Phoebe Steele.

The champions of Asia bring a strong side to Santiago that features two Olympians from Rio 2016. 19-year-old attacker Zhang Jinrong has played over 50 times for China’s senior women’s team, while U-21 captain Ou Zixia is a terrific defender who keeps her back-line well organised at all times. Both players were members of the China team that finished 12th at the Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

Spain arrive at the Hockey Junior World Cup in Santiago in excellent form, having recently won the 5 Nations Invitational event in Valencia. The team is coached by Englishman Adrian Lock, who guided Spain’s women to an eighth place finish at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Two Olympians from Rio will be back in South America for the Junior World Cup, with midfielder Lucia Jimenez and striker Begona Garcia bringing extra quality to a very talented group.

A fifth place finish at the European Junior Nations Championships 2014 on home soil in Waterloo secured Belgium’s safe passage through to the Hockey Junior World Cup in Santiago. The team recently claimed a creditable third place at the 5 Nations Junior Invitational competition in Valencia, where Joanne Peeters and Stephanie Vanden Borre both scored twice. The team is coached by Xavier Reckinger, who as a player represented Belgium at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.

You can keep track of all of the latest news from the event on www.fih.ch and via FIH’s social media channels using the hashtags #HJWC2016 and #RockTheJuniors.

FIH site

Upbeat Black Sticks men get wealth of experience back for quad series in Melbourne

Clay Wilson

Vastly experienced defender Shea McAleese returns to the fold for the Black Sticks in Melbourne this week. ANDY JACKSON/FAIRFAX NZ

The New Zealand men's hockey team welcomes back almost 800 caps of international experience for a quadrangular series with Australia, India and Malaysia in Melbourne this week.

Black Sticks head coach Colin Batch has made five changes to the young and inexperienced 18-man squad which showed plenty of promise in a 2-1 series defeat to Australia in Auckland last week.

That squad featured eight debutants and just two players who took part in the Rio Olympics earlier this year, with the 14 others either completing club commitments in Europe, resting, injured or retired since the dramatic last-second loss to Germany in the quarterfinals of the Games in Brazil.

Four of those players in defenders Shea McAleese and Kane Russell, midfielder Arun Panchia and striker Hugo Inglis return for the International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne, while striker Jared Panchia also comes back into the fold.

Their inclusion comes at the expense of four players who debuted against Australia last week - David Brydon, Bradley Read, Sam Lane and Dominic Newman - and another youngster in Leo Mitai-Wells.

Batch said the trans-Tasman series, where New Zealand won the final game 2-1 for their first home victory against Australia in 50 years, had provided a good stepping stone to this week's quad series.

"Playing consistently has been a big focus for us, and we haven't always been able to do that but we did that pretty well at Trans-Tasman," he said.

"We go to Melbourne determined to put together good performances in four games and certainly we are out there to win.

"It will be great to welcome back five players, four who have been playing in Europe, so they will be in good match form and we look forward to what they will add to the group."

One element they undoubtedly bring is experience.

McAleese, who will take over captaincy duties from Nick Haig, has 239 Black Sticks appearances, while Arun Panchia (201), Inglis (182), Russell (87) and Jared Panchia (51) are also very familiar with the international game.

Of those that were in the Olympic squad still to return, captain Simon Child and Nick Wilson are resting, Blair Tarrant, Shay Neal and Blair Hilton have all been playing in Europe, Nic Woods is joining the Kiwi squad for the upcoming Junior World Cup, Devon Manchester and Hayden Phillips are injured and Ryan Archibald and Brad Shaw have retired.

World No 8 New Zealand open their campaign in Melbourne on Wednesday against 14th-ranked Malaysia, who the Black Sticks had two normal-time draws with at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in April this year.

The Kiwis face world No 1 hosts Australia on Thursday and sixth-ranked India on Saturday, before final placings are decided on Sunday.


New Zealand squad: Martin Atkinson, Cory Bennett, James Coughlan, Robert Creffier, George Enersen, Nick Haig, Hugo Inglis, Stephen Jenness, Richard Joyce, Kim Kingstone, Shea McAleese (c), Harry Miskimmin, Arun Panchia, Jared Panchia, Matt Rees-Gibbs, Nick Ross, Kane Russell, Jacob Smith.

New Zealand games (NZ times):

Wednesday, November 23: vs Malaysia, 6pm
Thursday,November 24: vs Australia, 10pm
Saturday, November 26: vs India, 7pm
Sunday, November 27 (finals day): Bronze playoff, 6pm; Gold playoff 8.30pm


Stats Speak: Asian Champions Trophy winner India in down under

By B.G.Joshi (Sehore-Bhopal, India)

Asian Champions Trophy winner Indian men and women will open their campaign in Melbourne Hockey Festival on November 23 against hosts Australia. Indian men (World Ranking 6) team will face Kookaburras (World Ranking 1) in 4-nations tournament league match, while Indian women (World Ranking 12) will challenge Hockeyroos (World Ranking 4) in first test of 3-match series. Statistical highlights are:

A: Indian Men
Till date 1613 matches played, won 887, drew 260 and lost 466.
Played against 60 teams, most versus arch rivals Pakistan. India records with Pakistan are:  Played-167, wins- 55, drew -30, lost -82.
In Melbourne it will be India’s 209th international tournament since inception in 1928 Amsterdam Olympics. So far India won 51 tournaments.
On Australian Soil India had played  24 tournaments comprising 2 Olympics(1956,2000), 1 World Cup(1994),2 Champions Trophy (1985,2012), 2 Esanda Cup(1979,1982) and 17 Invitations Tourneys. India became triumphant in Melbourne Olympics (1956), Perth (2000) and Sydney (2003) quadrangular tourneys.
Played 139 test series vs. 30 countries won 89, drew 18 and lost 32. Against Australia India played 6 test series, won once in 2014 only.

B: Indian Women
Till date 692 matches played, won 271, drew 115 and lost 306.
Played against 53 teams, most versus arch rivals Japan. India records with Japan  are:
Total-61, wins- 12, drew -17, lost -32.
Played 49 test series vs. 23 countries won 19, drew 5 and lost 25. Against Australia India played 4 test series, won once in 1967 only.
Head to head India-Australia women: Played-38, Indian wins-4, Australian wins-28, Drawn-6.

Clydesdale Western on fire, and big win for Wildcats in Scottish National League

In the prevailing frosty conditions that resulted in many games being postponed over the weekend, Milne Craig Clydesdale Western were the team on fire with a 14-0 victory over bottom side CALA Edinburgh on Sunday.

The result keeps the Titwood side in pole position, now three points in front of next weekend`s opponents Grove Menzieshill along with a vastly superior goal difference.

In the win there were hat-tricks for Scotland strikers Fiona Bruce and Jen Eadie, while Emma McGregor and Lucy Lanigan both scored twice. The other goals came from Heather Lang, Lexi Sabatelli along with Ali and Heather Howie.

Western Wildcats moved alongside Edinburgh University in the top four with a 2-0 win over Erskine Stewart`s Melville at Auchenhowie, Emma Johnston scored from open play while Kaz Cuthbert got the other from a penalty corner.

The Wildcats have now earned 16 points, twelve ahead of Dundee Wanderers who sit in fifth. Both Western Wildcats and Edinburgh University are two points shy of Grove Menzieshill in second place, who also have a game in hand.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Green Machine To Face Spain In 2 Match Series

In their first international fixtures since the Rio Olympic Games, the Green Machine will face world number 9 Spain in a 2 match series in Terrassa. The teams sit side by side in the world ranking as Ireland have jumped up to 10th in the world for the first time. Head Coach Craig Fulton has opted for a young squad but not one without experience as David Harte takes his place in goal while Jonny Bell and Paul Gleghorne will ably marshal the defence.

Ireland vs Spain 29/11/2016 at 16:30 (local time) in ATHC
Ireland vs Spain 1/12/2016 at 12:00 (local time) in Club Egara


1.Jonny Bell –Lisnagarvey- Defender
2.Matt Bell -Banbridge- Defender
3.Lee Cole –Monkstown- Defender
4.Stuart Loughrey -H & W- Defender
5.Paul Gleghorne –Lisnagarvey- Defender
6.Keith O`Hare -Pembroke- Defender
7.Jamie Wright –Banbridge- Midfield
8.Drew Carlisle -Banbridge- Midfield
9.Neal Glassey –Lisnagarvey- Midfield
10.Michael Robson -Annadale- Midfield
11.Sean Murray –Lisnagarvey- Midfield
12.Luke Chadwick -Voordaan- Midfield
13.Michael Watt -H&W- Forward
14. Johnny McKee –Banbridge- Forward
15.Mathew Nelson -Lisnagarvey- Forward
16. Julian Dale -C of I- Forward
17.Owen Magee -Banbridge- Forward
18Jeremy Duncan –UCD- Forward.
19.David Harte -Kampong- GK
20 .Jamie Carr -Three Rock- GK

Non Travelling Reserves :

32.Sam O’Connor- Glennane- Defender
33.Luke Madeley -Three Rock- Defender
25. Mark Ingram –Pembroke- GK
30. James Lorimer –Lisnagarvey- Defender

Irish Hockey Association media release

Jonny Caren Adds 3 Players To U21 Training Panel

After some great performances during this weekends U18 Interprovincials and throughout this seasons EY Men’s Hockey League, Coach Jonny Caren has added 3 players to his Irish U21 training panel in preparation towards the European Junior Championships in Valencia, August 2017.

Daniel Nelson has impressed during this seasons EY Hockey League as one of Lisnagarvey’s dynamic forwards.

After some standout performances during Irish Schools competition and the U18 Interprovincials tournament in Belfast last weekend, Alexander Tinney (Ulster) and Ben Walker (Leinster) have also been added to the training panel.

Speaking about the panel, Caren said “Now that the main competitions for underage players in Ireland is over, in the Subway Irish Schoolboys and Junior Interprovincials, it is now time to launch the Irish U21 program in preparation towards the European Championships in August. I am extremely excited to work with this very talented group of players and seeing how they develop over this next year towards representing their country at the Europeans and hopefully towards becoming future senior internationals working towards Tokyo 2020 and beyond.”

Name Club Province
Philip Brownlow Cork C of I Munster
Alex Burns Cork C of I Munster
Geoff Cole Monkstown Leinster
Richard Couse Glenanne Leinster
Matthew Crookshanks Annadale Ulster
Julian Dale Cork C of I Munster
Ziggy De Boe Agnew Monkstown Leinster
Conor Empey Three Rock Rovers Leinster
Ryan Getty Lisnagarvey Ulster
Samuel Grace UCC Munster
John Guilfoyle Monkstown Leinster
Jazze Henry UCD Leinster
Sam Hyland Monkstown Leinster
Luke Madeley Three Rock Rovers Leinster
Kyle Marshall Banbridge Ulster
David Mawhinny YMCA Leinster
Scott McCabe Lisnagarvey Ulster
Johnny McKee Banbridge Ulster
Peter McKibben Lisnagarvey Ulster
Mark McNellis Lisnagarvey Ulster
Sean Murray Lisnagarvey Ulster
Matthew Nelson Lisnagarvey Ulster
David Nolan UCD Leinster
Keith O Hare Pembroke Wanderers Leinster
David Rae Kilkeel Ulster
Callum Robson Annadale Ulster
Jack Ryan Pembroke Wanderers Leinster
Guy Sarratt Monkstown Leinster
Darragh Walsh Three Rock Rovers Leinster
Simon Wolfe Cork C of I Munster
Daniel Nelson Lisnagarvey Ulster
Alexander Tinney Raphoe Ulster
Ben Walker Three Rock Rovers Leinster
**Ben Bradley (GK) Pembroke Wanderers Leinster
**Jamie Carr (GK) Three Rock Rovers Leinster
**Peter Coulter (GK) Cork C of I Munster
**Stephen Dawson (GK) UCD Leinster
**Max Maguire (GK) Monkstown Leinster
**James Milliken (GK) Lisnagarvey Ulster
**Conor Robinson (GK) Bandon Munster
**Luke Roleston (GK) Banbridge Ulster

** There will be a separate Goal Keeper day of which 4 of the above will be named into the U21 Training Panel for the Euros

Irish Hockey Association media release

Hockey India League 2017: Schedule announced

New Delhi: Defending Champions Jaypee Punjab Warriors' home ground Chandigarh will host the semifinals and medal matches of the fifth Hockey India League, the schedule of which has been announced. The fifth season of the Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) will be in Jan-Feb next year. Last year this phase was conducted in Ranchi. The fifth edition will commence two months from now and will span over a month, between 21st January to 26th February 2017.

The Coal India HIL has hosted four successful seasons already, and each edition has seen Champions from different cities and franchises indicating a level playing field for the tournament.

The opening game of the 5th edition will be held in Mumbai, between the host team Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays. The match will follow the opening ceremony.

The Finals weekend as is tradition will be hosted at the defending Champions home ground, in this case the Jaypee Punjab Warriors stadium at Chandigarh.

The Coal India HIL 2016 closed bid for the 2017 season took place on the 16th November earlier this month.

Gurbaj Singh was the first player to go in the bid for USD 99,000 to Ranchi Rays. Among the foreign players it was the German forward, Christopher Ruhr who went to Ranchi Rays, securing their second player at USD 75,000. Other notable bids were for Tom Craig (Kalinga Lancers), Robert van der Horst (Jaypee Punjab Warriors) and Seve Van Ass (Uttar Pradesh Wizards).

Over the past two seasons, the Hockey India League has regularly increased the prize money for the tournament, and keeping up with the trend, last year saw the highest purse in hockey with over Rs. 5.8 crores in the pool.

The season will be broadcast live on Star Sports and live streamed on Hotstar.com.


Defending champ Sabah cruise to second round in Under-14 hockey

by S. Ramaguru

Negri Sembilan's Muhammad Afiq Zainidar and Johor's Muhammad Fitri Zulfadhli fight for the ball during their MHC-1MAS-Milo Under-14 hockey championships at KL Hockey Stadium. – M. AZHAR ARIF / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Defending champions Sabah hardly broke a sweat as they stormed into the boys’ second round of the MHC-1MAS-Milo Under-14 hockey championships.

Sabah were 4-1 winners over Kelantan at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium on Monday to head Group A with nine points from three matches.

The second place is likely to be taken up Kuala Lumpur who have six points. KL and Sabah will clash in their last group match on Wednesday.

It took Sabah just 10 minutes to clinch all the points. Noor Izzul Rahman opened the scoring in the eighth minute. Four minutes later, Mohamed Salman Sudirman made it 2-0. Mohamed Izaz Afdhaal (15th) and Ahmad Amza Masri (18th) were the other scorers.

Kelantan’s consolation goal was scored by Mohamed Aliff Aizat Azi in the 42nd minute.

Sabah team manager Avtar Singh Bal was pleased they reached the second round with a match to spare.

“We will not let up as we want to improve with each match. I don’t want the players to take it easy and become complacent. There are tougher matches ahead before we can think of retaining the title,” said Avtar.

Malacca kept up their chase for a second-round berth by edging Terengganu 1-0 in Group C. Mohamed Zulhilmi Yazid was the hero, converting a penalty corner in the 41st minute.

The battle to reach the next round is still wide open.

Malacca lead with six points from three matches. Johor, who had earlier whipped Malacca 4-0, dropped to second on five points after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Negri Sembilan. Negri are still contention as they are third on four points.

In the girls’ category, Kuala Lumpur jeopardised their chances of retaining the title after they could only manage a 1-1 draw with Kedah in Group A.

Kedah stunned KL by taking an eighth-minute lead through a field goal by Nur Safawati Najwa Fadzil. Nur Marlieyana Khalid earned KL, who were beaten 1-0 by Perak in their opening match, a point by netting the equaliser in the 10th minute.

KL’s fate now hinges on their last group match against Malacca on Wednesday.

Perak, who beat Malacca 2-1 on Monday, lead with six points and are assured of a place in the second round. The other berth is wide open with Malacca second on three points followed by KL with a point.

In Group B, Penang reached the second round after edging Pahang 2-1 for their second win.

Pahang and Selangor will clash on Tuesday to decide who progress to the next round.

The Star of Malaysia

Dar Hockey Academy starts Malaysian tour with impressive 7-3 win

Dar Academy's Awais scoring a goal

Pakistan’s Dar Hockey academy played its first match of the Malaysian tour at the famous Azlan Shah hockey stadium in Ipoh.

The match was against the formidable Anderson School which has been the biggest hockey nursery in Perak state. A number of players from the school have represented the Malaysian national team.

The Anderson school’s team for this match included boys who are part of the present Malaysian under 18 squad.

Hence, a good match was expected.

Though, the score line suggests a runaway victory for the Dar HA but it was only 4-3 in favour of the Pakistani side when the last quarter of the 60 minute game began.

Dar HA twice went ahead in the first half through beautiful field goals by Awais and Wasim Akram, who both incidentally finished with individual hat tricks. But the Malaysians twice equalised through wonderful penalty corner variations. However, Dar academy had the better of the exchanges but some miserable finishing let them down. It was probably due to the very fast turf.

In the third quarter, Dar HA upped the gear and scored two more goals to make it 4-2. When it seemed the Lahore based academy would be the easy winner in the end, the resolute Anderson school reduced the margin again with a PC conversion.

The last quarter saw Dar HA in full flow. Despite wasting a number of sitters, they added three more goals. The seventh was their only PC conversion of the evening out of the six set pieces earned.

Dar Hockey Academy 7:  Scorers: Wasim Akram 3, Awais 3 and Usman 1
Anderson School 3: Matali, Jaswinder Singh & Ahmed Nazmi

Janet Ellis inducted in Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame

Janet Ellis is presented her Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame award by Women’s National Team captain Kate Gillis (left) and Field Hockey Canada Chair Ian Baggott (right) on July 9, 2016 in Vancouver. Photo Field Hockey Canada

Former PAHF Honorary Treasurer and Competitions Committee member Janet Ellis was inducted in the Field Hockey Canada Hall of Fame as a builder. Janet Ellis is one of the most distinguished technical officials in Canadian history.

Janet grew up on Prince Edward Island, where she was introduced to the sport while at High School in Charlottetown. She began her field hockey journey as a player and went on to play for Dalhousie University and the University of P.E.I.

After finishing school, she became the President of P.E.I. Field Hockey, thus beginning her administrative field hockey career.

Ellis had her first international opportunity as a technical official in 1989 and quickly worked her way up the ranks. She than became a member of the Pan American Hockey Federation Competitions Committee.

Ellis was appointed to her first Olympic Games in 2000 in Sydney, Australia where she was the assistant tournament director.

The 2nd Olympic appointment came in 2004 at the Athens Games where she was given the tournament director position.

In 2008, Ellis got her 3rd Olympic appointment as she was again appointed tournament director for the Beijing games.

Janet’s 4th, and final, Olympic Appointment came in 2012 as she was assistant tournament director for the London Olympics.

One of her greatest achievements was being appointed as the tournament director for two games in a row. Something that had not been done before.

Ellis states that her greatest field hockey memories involve meeting and working wither colleagues from around the world.

Congratulations to Janet Ellis on her induction into the Field Hockey Canada Hall-of-Fame.

    2000 Olympic Games – Sydney, Australia (Assistant Tournament Director, Women)
    2004 Olympic Games – Athens, Greece (Tournament Director, Women)
    2008 Olympic Games – Beijing, China (Tournament Director, Women)
    2012 Olympic Games – London, England (Assistant Tournament Director, Women)

Pan American Hockey Federation media release

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