All the news for Wednesday 30 November 2016
India claim game one in Bendigo
Defeat Kookaburras 3 - 2
Australia took on India tonight in the first of a two-game test at the Bendigo Hockey Centre, with the visitors taking the game 3 – 2 after Yousaf Affan scored a double in the 19th minute putting the Kookaburras on the back foot.
Australia started well with two penalty corner attempts within the first four minutes, Chris Bausor going for the first and Jeremy Hayward for the second. India’s defence were on point, and blocked the attempts immediately.
India were next up with three minutes to go in the quarter, but the injection went long and they struggled to recover with the ball changing direction. The action-packed quarter saw another penalty corner opportunity for Australia, but going into quarter time the score remained nil - all.
India attacked with passion in the second quarter, with forward Yousaf Affan giving India the lead with a field goal at the 19th minute, only to double it with a second field goal seconds later. India continued to press, leaving the Kookaburras struggling to get the ball down to their attacking circle.
Coming back from the half time break and the Kookaburras had some chasing to do. In the 36th minute of play a scramble in the Australian circle and some team work from Daniel Beale and Matt Willis saw Willis get the Kookaburras on the board with a crafty field goal sneaking in past Akash Chikte.
With two minutes to go in the quarter Trent Mitton scored the equaliser with a field goal, but it wasn’t to be an even playing field for long. Indian captain Raghunath Vokkaliga came through to score a penalty corner and reclaim the lead for his team.
The final quarter saw the Kookaburras fighting to come back but it wasn’t to be, and India took out the first game of the test 3 – 2.
Kookaburras interim head coach Paul Gaudoin said: “I wasn’t satisfied with the performance at all. The performance corresponded to the result. We weren’t switched on, we had a lot of opportunities in the first half, we just couldn’t take them. They had four circle penetrations in the first half and we only had two. So really it just wasn’t good enough - we weren’t switched on and ready to play.
“Consistency at this level is what we’re chasing and that’s the challenge for a young group as well and we didn’t hit the mark today. The boys know that now, and we need to make sure we’re up for tomorrow.”
The Kookaburras and India have the second and final game in the test tomorrow at 6.30pm AEDT.
KOOKABURRAS 2 (0)
Matt Willis 36 (FG)
Trent Mitton 43 (FG)
INDIA 3 (2)
Yousaf Affan 19, 19 (FG, FG)
Raghunath Vokkaliga 44 (PC)
Kookaburras squad v India
Chris Bausor (Perth, WA) 22/2
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD) 95/16
Robert Bell (Brisbane, QLD) 6/0
Andrew Charter (Canberra, ACT) 121/0
Ben Craig (Lane Cove, NSW) 7/0
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT) 68/22
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA) 101/39
Flynn Ogilvie (Wollongong, NSW) 42/12
Josh Pollard (Melbourne, VIC) 8/0
Jake Whetton (Brisbane, QLD) 113/47
Tristan White (Wollongong, NSW) 85/6
Scott Boyde (Brisbane, QLD) 6/1
Matthew Dawson (Killarney Valley, NSW) 61/8
Casey Hammond (Bundoora, VIC) 7/0
Aaron Kleinschmidt (Melbourne, VIC) 8/2
Tristan White (Wollongong, NSW) 85/6
Matthew Willis (Tamworth, NSW) 15/2
Tristan Clemons (Bunbury, WA) 30/0
Hockey Australia media release
Affan Yousuf scores twice in India’s 3-2 win over Australia
NEW DELHI: Talented youngster Affan Yousuf slotted two huge goals during the first half and skipper VR Raghunath struck just seconds after Australia equalised in the third quarter, as the Indian men's hockey team claimed a 3-2 win over the world No 1 in the first of two Tests in Bendigo, Victoria on Tuesday.
The win came just days after the tourists claimed bronze in the Four Nations Invitational Tournament, and helped Raghunath's team extract revenge on hosts Australia who beat them 3-2 during that tournament. Overall, this was the 22nd time an Indian men's hockey team beat Australia, in 117 head-to-head matches.
Australia's goals came from shots from the field by Matthew Willis and Trent Mitton in the 36th and 43rd minutes, but Raghunath's penalty corner in the 44th minute put India ahead for good.
This was Affan's second stand-out performance this month, following on from his late goal during the nail-biting victory over Pakistan which won India the Men's Asian Champions Trophy in Malaysia. The 22-year-old struck twice in the 21st minute with two excellent field goals after the first quarter ended with the teams yet to score.
In the second half, Australia hit back through Willis and Mitton but Raghunath's goal ensured the deadlock was snapped quickly. The final quarter was a tense period in which defenders on both ends were made to scurry but India did enough to shut the door on Australia.
After scoring four goals during the ACT, Tuesday's performance against Australia was another feather in the car of Yousuf, who was born into hockey. His father Mohammed Yousuf, grandfather Khuda Dad and uncle Sameer Dad have each represented India.
The Kangaroos are the No 1 ranked hockey team in the world. In the span of ten days, they beat New Zealand to lift the Trans-Tasman Trophy in Auckland and the Four Nations in Melbourne. India are ranked sixth.
The second Test is on December 1.
The Times of India
India beat Australia 3-2 in thrilling tie
While Affan Yousuf scored two field goals (19th minute) in quick succession, dragflicker V R Raghunath netted the winner for India in the 44th minute.
Young striker Affan Yousuf scored a brace to guide Indian men's hockey team to a 3-2 win over world champions Australia in the opening match of the two-game series in Melbourne on Tuesday. While Yousuf scored two field goals (19th minute) in quick succession, dragflicker V R Raghunath netted the winner for India in the 44th minute. Australia's goals came from the sticks of Matthew Willis (36th) and Trent Mitton (43rd).
The Indians were quick to get off the blocks and controlled the proceedings early on. But despite several circle penetrations, both the teams failed to break the deadlock in the first quarter. Yousuf opened the scoring for India in the 19th minute with a wonderfully constructed field goal and then doubled his tally with another field strike in the very next move as India went into halftime firmly in control with a two goal cushion.
The second half witnessed a completely different picture as India looked happy to sit back, absorb the pressure and take Australia on the counter. Australia, on the other hand, were incisive and precise, and drew themselves level via goals from Willis (36th) and Mitton (43rd).
India, however, regained their lead a minute later from a penalty corner, which was dully converted by Raghunath. In the final quarter India adopted a cautious approach and managed to hold on to the lead to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The second match of the series will be played on Wednesday
Spain Take Opening Fixture Of Series Against Green Machine
Spain and Ireland sit side by side in the world rankings, 9th and 10th respectively, so this afternoon’s fixture in Terrassa was always going to be a tough battle. Head coach Craig Fulton had elected for a young squad with no fewer than 4 teenagers part of his panel balanced with the experience of David Harte as well as Mikie Watt who joined an exclusive club in earning his 200th cap for the Green Machine.
A tight first quarter saw no clear chances for either side. Both sides continued to grow into the game and in the 18th minute Albert Beltran gave the home side the lead from open play. 7 minutes later Spain were awarded their first penalty corner and Josep Romeu sent a powerful drag flick from the top of the circle into the corner of the goal, leaving the score at 2-0 at halftime.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first half with both teams enjoying periods of possession and the Green Machine building good spells of play. But it was Spain who struck again in the 40th minute, Alvaro Iglesias scoring from open play to give his side a 3-0 lead. As the third quarter wound down Beltran got his second to make it 4-0 which is how the result would remain.
The sides meet again on Thursday in Club Egara at 12pm (local time).
Spain 4 (Beltran x2, Romeu, Iglesias)
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
Ireland 0vs4 Spain 29/11/2016 at 15:00 (local time) in ATHC
Ireland vs Spain 1/12/2016 at 12:00 (local time) in Club Egara
Irish Hockey Association media release
Pakistan blames India after ouster from junior hockey World Cup
Pakistan Hockey Federation lashed out at the International Hockey Federation terming the world body's move as pre-planned.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has omitted Pakistan from the Junior World Cup to be held in Lucknow next month, prompting the country’s federation to blame India for the debacle.
According to the FIH, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) had failed to meet the official deadline for submitting the travel documents of its players.
The game’s world governing body announced Malaysia as a replacement for Pakistan in the tournament which will start on December 8 at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium.
“The FIH regrets that Pakistan’s men’s junior team will not be able to take part in this year’s Junior World Cup to be held in Uttar Pradesh even though they had officially qualified. The FIH’s decision follows considerable discussions with the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and requests for confirmation that they had the necessary arrangements in place to be able to participate in the event,” the FIH said.
“Visas had been applied for after the official deadline and no accommodation was confirmed within the set deadlines. Despite a number of correspondence and reminders,” a statement from the FIH added.
“The PHF was not able to show that their team would be able to travel to Lucknow for the event which begins in only a few days’ time. The FIH has substantial contractual obligations to its partners to deliver a full number of matches at the forthcoming Junior Hockey World Cup for men.”
The FIH said, “With the event starting in only a few days’ time, today (Tuesday) was the last possibility for FIH to ensure the quality of the event, with a full complement of 16 teams playing in Lucknow.”
The PHF, however, lashed out at the FIH, terming the world body’s move as “pre-planned”. PHF Secretary Shehbaz Ahmed shifted the blame to India.
“Pakistan did not delay any schedule obligation and it is all India’s fault to not issue visa to Pakistan’s delegation before deadline,” Ahmed was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper on Tuesday.
“Our government had timely issued No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for players to take part in the tournament, but it is sad that Pakistan will not be able to take part in the Junior Hockey World Cup. We had planned training camps for our players so how can we delay any schedule to jeopardise our participation,” he maintained.
“I had already seen it coming that this decision by FIH is going to go against Pakistan.”
Pakistan's ouster from Junior Hockey World Cup pre-planned: PHF
LAHORE: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has lashed out at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) move to bar the country from taking part in the Junior Hockey World Cup, terming it "pre-planned".
The FIH on Monday night issued a statement confirming Pakistan's inability to participate in the event in Lucknow from December 8.
It said that the Pakistani players had not submitted travel documents before the official deadline.
The FIH also named Malaysia as a replacement for Pakistan to take part in the tournament to be played at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium.
However, terming the move as "pre-planned", PHF Secretary Shehbaz Ahmed shifted the blame on India.
"Pakistan did not delay any schedule obligation and it is all India's fault to not issue visa to Pakistan's delegation before deadline," Ahmed was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.
"Our government had timely issued No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for players to take part in the tournament, but it is sad that Pakistan will not be able to take part in the Junior Hockey World Cup".
"We had planned training camps for our players so how can we delay any schedule to jeopardise our participation," he maintained.
"I had already seen it coming that this decision by FIH is going to go against Pakistan," Ahmed added.
The Times of India
Pak blames India after ouster from jr hockey World Cup
New Delhi/Lahore: The international hockey federation (FIH) has omitted Pakistan from the Junior World Cup to be held in Lucknow next month, prompting the country’s federation to blame India for the development. According to FIH, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) had failed to meet the official deadline for submitting the travel documents of its players.
PHF, however, lashed out at FIH, terming the world body’s move as “pre-planned”. PHF secretary Shahbaz Ahmed shifted the blame to India. Pakistan claims that it had issued NOCs to the team on November 19. “Pakistan did not delay any schedule obligation and it is all India’s fault to not issue visa to Pakistan’s delegation before the deadline,” Ahmed was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper on Tuesday. “Our government had timely issued the No Objection Certificates (NOCs) for the players to take part in the tournament.”
“We had planned training camps for our players so how can we delay any schedule to jeopardise our participation,” he added. “I had already seen it coming.”
Affan scores a brace as India beat Australia
Melbourne: Young striker Affan Yousuf scored a brace to guide the Indian men’s hockey team to a 3-2 win over Australia in the opening match of the two-game series here today. Yousuf scored two field goals (19th minute) in quick succession before Australia came back with goals from Matthew Willis (36th) and Trent Mitton (43rd). Drag-flicker VR Raghunath netted the winner for India in the 44th minute.
Meanwhile, David John of Australia was today officially appointed as the High Performance Director of Indian hockey.
The Times of India
Hockey Karnataka score over South Central Railway
Mumbai: Hockey Karnataka, Bengaluru struck a winner at the fag end to edge past South Central Railway, Secunderabad 2-1 in a Pool A league match of the 51st All India Bombay Gold Cup Hockey Tournament here today.
In the second match of the day, Punjab National Bank, Delhi, recent winners of the All India Surjit Singh Memorial Tournament, were made to work hard for their 2-1 win by a plucky Delhi XI in Pool C at the MHAL-Mahindra Stadium.
Punjab National Bank scored through Satinder Dalal in the 4th minute and Sumit Toppo in the 32nd minute, while Delhi XI got the lone goal through Sahil Gill in the 5th minute.
In the first match, the Bengaluru outfit's goalkeepers, Jagdeep Dalal and Mahan Gowda, made some brilliant saves to restrict the Railways men to just one goal.
The Railway side was dominant in the second session but was unable to beat the rival custodian even from clear scoring opportunities.
Karnataka forged ahead when Kunjappa tapped Rathan Muthanna's forward hit from the right side of the circle in the 34th minute.
The Railways outfit finally found success when Arjun Yadav, with a measured through pass, found Mayank James in the clear and the latter trapped the ball and coolly pushed past onrushing Karnataka custodian Gowda in the 60th minute.
The Railways men continued to press for another goal but wasted the chances that came their way and paid the price as Karnataka hit the target for the second time in the final minute.
Sahil Gill did well to deflect home Vijay Kumar Maurya's square pass from the right to help the Bengaluru side clinch a win. SSR NRB CM
The Times of India