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Indian girls go down to Japan in U-18 Women's Asia Cup

BANGKOK: India's junior women's team went down to Japan 2-4 via shoot-out in the semi-final match at the 4th Women's U-18 Asia Cup today.

The two teams were locked at 1-1 after full time. India had a fantastic start to the game, scoring in the 5th minute after some brilliant interplay in their midfield. A deft cross from the right was met by Lalremsiami who reverse hit the ball into the goal to give India the lead.

From there on Japan slowly inched their way back into the game, building up play patiently. The Indian eves remained aggressive on the counter and played with speed to constantly blunt the Japanese attack, creating a few chances for themselves as well. The two teams went into the break with India leading 1-0.

In the second half, both teams settled into a slower pace, as the Indian eves controlled the possession, winning PCs while looking to penetrate into the Japanese defence.

They held solid at the back though, not letting Japan get a look in. However, Japan equalised in the 62nd minute via Tamura Ayana to send the game into a shootout.

Both teams scored off their first two attempts, before missing from the third. India missed their fourth attempt as Japan's final shooter converted the chance successfully. India went down 2-4 against Japan in the shoot-out.

The Times of India

Kookaburras 2017 Squad selected

23 athletes named

Holly MacNeil

Perth, Australia – Hockey Australia has today announced the 23-player men’s hockey squad that will form the core group of athletes as the Kookaburras look ahead to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Of the 23, nine are returning squad members who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games team, including Kookaburras veterans captain and four-time Olympian Mark Knowles, triple Olympian Eddie Ockenden and dual Olympian Matthew Swann.

The new look squad has been formed following on from the Kookaburras’ sixth place finish in Rio as newly appointed head coach Colin Batch and High Performance Director Toni Cumpston look to rebuild the squad heading towards the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The recent tours in New Zealand for the trans-Tasman Trophy, and at the International Festival of Hockey in Victoria also gave up-and-coming players the opportunity to prove their abilities, with three athletes - Aaron Kleinschmidt (age 26), Casey Hammond (22) and Ben Craig (23) - selected to the national squad based on their performances at these events.

Included in the 2017 squad for the first time, Craig from Lane Cove in New South Wales, will join younger brother Tom (21) who himself debuted for the Kookaburras in 2014.

Along with Hammond, two other athletes have been elevated to the senior national squad from the national development squad; Tasmanian Jeremy Edwards who has proven himself throughout the course of 2016 as he trained with the senior squad, and Kiran Arunasalam (21) of Victoria, who showed his ability at the recent Junior World Cup in Lucknow, India.

Kookaburras head coach Colin Batch said: “We’ve taken a long-term view with this selection, and it’s based upon building the team through the next four-year cycle so that we are successful at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

“I want to stress that we know it’s a hard line that has been taken with the 2017 squad selection, and some of the athletes who have missed out still have potential and may get called upon in the short term.

“However, we have gone with a squad who we think are talented individuals, and who will benefit from the development opportunities they can be given in the training environment with the national squad as we look to triumph in Tokyo.”

The squad will reconvene in Perth in March to begin training at the Perth Hockey Stadium where their schedule will include preparations for the International Hockey Open in Darwin in March, the World League semi-final in Johannesburg in July, the Oceania Cup in October, and the World League final in India in December subject to qualification.

Further athletes may be nominated to the men’s national squad in the new year once the team has begun training in Perth.

The Kookaburras’ full coaching team will be announced in the new year once interviews have taken place for the assistant coach position.

2017 Men’s Hockey Squad
Name (Hometown, State)
Kiran Arunasalam (Doncaster East, VIC)
Daniel Beale (Brisbane, QLD)
Joshua Beltz (Hobart, TAS)
Andrew Charter (Canberra, ACT)
Tom Craig (Lane Cove, NSW)
Ben Craig (Lane Cove, NSW)
Matthew Dawson (Killarney Vale, NSW)
Jeremy Edwards (Hobart, TAS)
Blake Govers (Wollongong, NSW)
Casey Hammond (Bundoora, VIC)
Jeremy Hayward (Darwin, NT)
Aaron Kleinschmidt (Melbourne, VIC)
Mark Knowles (Rockhampton, QLD)
Tyler Lovell (Perth, WA)
Trent Mitton (Perth, WA)
Edward Ockenden (Hobart, TAS)
Flynn Ogilvie (Wollongong, NSW)
Andrew Philpott (Melbourne, VIC)
Matthew Swann (Mackay, QLD)
Jacob Whetton (Brisbane, QLD)
Tristan White (Wollongong, NSW)
Dylan Wotherspoon (Murwillumbah, NSW) *plays for QLD
Aran Zalewski (Margaret River, WA)

Hockey Australia media release

Hockeyroos 2017 Squad named

23 athletes selected

Holly MacNeil

Perth, Australia – Hockey Australia has today announced the 23 player Australian women’s national hockey squad for 2017, which has been selected with the primary purpose of achieving success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Of the 23 chosen, twelve of the athletes played at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games including dual Olympian Emily Smith and goalkeeper Rachael Lynch; with Jordyn Holzberger, Kaitlin Nobbs, Madi Ratcliffe and Jocelyn Bartram moving up to the national senior squad from the national development squad.

Kaitlin Nobbs’ elevation to the senior squad comes after an outstanding performance at the recent Junior World Cup in Santiago, where Australia came away with the bronze medal; while Jordyn Holzberger impressed at the trans-Tasman Trophy and International Festival of Hockey.

Jocelyn Bartram has shown her ability throughout 2016 and joins the senior squad after a consistent year training with the national development squad in Perth while Madi Radcliffe had a successful two-year build up to the 2016 Junior World Cup which she was selected for, before missing out due to injury.

The new look squad has been created following on from the Hockeyroos’ sixth place finish in Rio as incoming head coach Paul Gaudoin and High Performance Director Toni Cumpston look to rebuild the squad heading towards the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Paul Gaudoin said: “The 2017 squad has been chosen as we look to develop the team that we believe will give us the best possible chance of success in Tokyo 2020.

“With some of our senior Hockeyroos taking time away from the sport, it has given us the chance to call some of our development team up to the national squad and give them the opportunity to further their development as a part of the centralised training program in Perth and perform within the squad.

“It’s an exciting time for the squad, as it always is at the beginning of a new Olympic cycle, and we’ll be looking at doing things a little differently so that we become a more flexible, versatile and unpredictable team.”

Noticeably absent from the squad are veterans Casey Sablowski and Jodie Kenny who announced post-Rio that they would be having a break from the sport, along with Anna Flanagan who announced in November that she would take some time away from hockey. Hockey Australia will continue to support these athletes during their time away from the sport.

The Hockeyroos will gather for their first training session as a new squad at the Perth Hockey Stadium in March where they will work towards the Hawkes Bay Cup, a tour in the USA, the World League semi-final in Brussels, the Oceania Cup in October and the World League final in Auckland, New Zealand in November should they qualify.

The Hockeyroos’ full coaching team will be announced in the new year once interviews have taken place for the assistant coach position.

2017 Women’s Hockey Squad
Name (Hometown, State)
Laura Barden (Kew, VIC)
Jocelyn Bartram (Albury, NSW)
Edwina Bone (Orange, NSW) *plays for ACT 
Jane-Anne Claxton (Adelaide, SA)
Kirstin Dwyer (Mackay, QLD)
Madison Fitzpatrick (Cabarita Beach, NSW) *plays for QLD 
Kate Hanna (Constitution Hill, NSW)
Jordyn Holzberger (Ipswich, QLD)
Stephanie Kershaw (Townsville, QLD)
Rachael Lynch (Warrandyte, VIC)
Karri McMahon (Berri, SA)
Georgina Morgan (Armidale, NSW)
Gabrielle Nance (Kingscliff, NSW) *plays for SA 
Georgia Nanscawen (Melbourne, VIC)
Kaitlin Nobbs (Newington, NSW)
Brooke Peris (Darwin, NT)
Madi Ratcliffe (Warrnambool, VIC)
Kathryn Slattery (South Stirling, WA)
Emily Smith (Crookwell, NSW)
Grace Stewart (Gerringong, NSW)
Renee Taylor (Everton Park, QLD)
Ashlee Wells Morwell, VIC)
Mariah Williams (Parkes, NSW)

Hockey Australia media release

Hero’s welcome

Anirudh Gupta

Parvinder Singh (C), who was part of the junior hockey World Cup winning squad, gets a grand welcome in Ferozepur. tribune photo

Ferozepur: A couple of days after India’s historic junior hockey World Cup win, Parvinder Singh, one of the team’s strikers, returned to Ferozepur to a hero’s welcome today.

Parvinder belongs to Sodhewala village, which is situated on the outskirts of the town. Parvinder, known as Pindi among his teammates, took up hockey at the age of 10 when he joined Baba Shershahwali academy here.

The academy’s coach, Manpreet Singh Rubal, said that Parvinder’s achievement will revive the sport’s legacy in the border town. Hundreds of the town’s youth, for whom Parvinder has become an icon, could be seen dancing in joy. “It’s a dream come true,” said Parvinder. “But I still feel it is a dream and not real.”

The Tribune

Why India's win doesn't mean the game is catching on in the country

By Sundeep Misra

The Indian team celebrates after winning the trophy for the second time. PTI

Kanwar Pal Singh Gill, once, fancied himself as the savior of Indian hockey. To give the devil his due, the national team won the 1998 Asian Games, the 2003 Asia Cup and the 2001 Junior World Cup under his regime. KPS had everything going for him – personality, cult status, a name that made sponsors pause enough to sign cheques. Yet, for all the love and attention that he showered on the senior team, his attention span towards re-working junior and inter-university hockey was as good as asking him to be a teetotaler for a day.

In 1997, when the Indian junior team was plodding their way to the team bus, having lost the Junior World Cup final 2-3 to Australia, KPS sat addressing a media press conference at the Milton Keynes Hockey Stadium. To a question on whether there should be a junior hockey league or a much more professional college hockey, his reply showed a mindset most Indian sports administrators suffer from – vertigo. The University Of Maryland Medical Center defines vertigo as, “the perception of motion when no movement is present.” Gill’s reply was: “There is no need for a league. Players are coming from all over the country to play hockey. It’s just a matter of time before we start winning at the top level.”

Four years later at Hobart, India won the Junior World Cup. But that in a way has always been low-lying fruit. Nobody addresses the issue of placings at the World Cup or the Olympics. Since 1980, either at the World Cup or the Olympics, India has never reached the semifinals. The simple math here is – the middle ground between winning a Junior World Cup and the Olympics or the World Cup is not being bridged.

In the euphoria that now follows the win at Lucknow, there is a good chance that Gill’s mistakes will be repeated. In a week or so, the victory over Belgium will be forgotten in a hail of laudatory quotes, the senior team will be back to training for another tournament and a new team will be assembled for the next junior World Cup. The media will write about Harjeet Singh’s humble background and that he comes from Kurali. But to use Harjeet’s fame as a World Cup winner and install an astro-turf at Kurali will not have any takers.

Forgotten are the universities and college where the sport is dying or extinct. Modern day sports analysts question whether thousands of players are required to create an Olympic gold medal winning team. They, of course, point to South Korea under Kim Sang-Ryul which picked up the silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. That Korean team was carved out from a group of 40 players; Korea probably had 100 odd serious players in the league.

Rajinder Singh Sr, who coached the junior team to the World Cup title in 2001 and also the 2003 Asia Cup title when India beat Pakistan in Kuala Lumpur, doesn’t believe there would be long-term benefits. “It will be forgotten in a week or so,” he says. “And the same system will be back. Nobody will spend time to use this win to create a lasting impact.” Rajinder, who was part of the 1980 Moscow Gold medal winning team and is also one of the very few to coach a school, Union Academy, to the Junior Nehru Cup title, believes neglect at the school and college level has virtually ended grass root level growth. “We as a nation always want to look from the top down but not the other way,” he explains. “In the last 25 years, has anybody prepared a blue-print on how to revive university hockey again? Yes, there is the Champions College tournament from the Nehru Hockey Society but where and who knows about the inter-university hockey that at one point was the only source of almost every Olympian who played for India.”

Things do change in the world of sport and in India, academies came in. “Of course, academies have done a good job,” says Rajinder. “And one must wonder that without these private academies where would Indian hockey be? But if you invest money into the college and university level, increase awareness and appoint the right people as coaches, Indian hockey would be back at the top.”

Mohammed Riaz, who played the 2000 Olympics, feels universities that are showing good results need turfs. “You cannot get away from the fact that the sport needs modern infrastructure and a proper science that is at work on a daily basis. We cannot be hostage to the four-year cycle of World Cup or the Olympics. This is a daily grind and we are not doing it.”

Riaz, in fact, says that quality players can be seen during the first and second year of college before they start off on their professional courses and the sport loses them. “I know so many good hockey players who left the sport,” he says. “Those are the players you need to tap, give scholarships so that they remain in the system and you have 100 quality players to choose from. Not just 30 or 35.”

Given his accomplishment of taking a school to the top, Rajinder believes the development of sports schools is a must. Every state must have a sports school with state-of-the-art infrastructure. “Bring a foreign coach and put him in charge of every sports school and see the development that will follow. Put 8-10 Indian coaches under him. Get every kid to study during the day and they play different disciplines early morning and evening.”

Rajinder believes in the organisation of talent. “You need to look at the system internally,” he says. “Rectify it from the inside and you will have an assembly line of players or champions in each discipline.” At the moment, it’s a kick and start policy. There are no top coaches in the country. The easy fix has always been to spend money on appointing coaches at the top but never adequately pay coaches at the bottom of the ladder. “By the way, all these players you see coming from below have been coached or not?” Rajinder asks. “But you start praising these very players after they start winning at the international level. Give the coaches some benefits at the lowest level and the system will be a lot happier.” Gurjant Singh who scored in the semifinals and final of the World Cup was a part of Sher e Punjab team that won the inaugural World Series Hockey tournament. Rajinder was the coach.

Some of hockey’s problems come from the sport itself. It’s complex and complicated. Fans at times, rather most of the time, don’t understand the ruling. That’s why penalty corners are popular. They are easy to understand and goals are followed by stadiums erupting. Hockey India needs to use the Junior World Cup win to spread the gospel of the sport. Rajinder is a little let down that he went to watch the final without an invitation from Hockey India. “But that’s not a problem,” he says. “There are bigger legends of the sport in this country and it would have been wonderful if the top 20-30 players had been invited, flown down for the final. Even the media would have been happy as they would have got reactions from Olympians who have reached the pinnacle of this sport.”

Horse racing was losing fan support in the United States of America; fans were dwindling as other sport attracted the new generation of smart-phone wielding fans. The Jockey Club, the governing body of horse racing commissioned McKinsey to compile a report. It was found that over half of all racing fans started following the sport before 1990, and the number of new fans the sport gained appeared to be outpaced by the number of those who die. Similar issues need to be tackled in India. The domestic league, HIL, needs to be taken to smaller towns; to ignite interest and keep the spark burning. Bhubaneshwar was a classic example of how infrastructure could create interest.

After all, we don’t want to wait another 15 years before India wins another Junior World Cup.


Air India gives measly cash awards to Harendra, Armaan

NEW DELHI: A struggling Air India on Thursday announced cash awards of meagre Rs 25,000 and Rs 10,000 for two of its employees - coach Harendra Singh and striker Armaan Qureshi - who were part of the historic Indian hockey team that won the Junior World Cup last week after a gap of 15 years.

Harendra, who is working as a senior manager in Air India, was the head coach of the Indian colts who defeated Belgium 2-1 in the final to lift the Junior Hockey World Cup in Lucknow last Sunday.

Armaan is a contractual employee and plays for Air India in the domestic circuit.

Announcing the cash awards, Air India Chairman and Managing Director, Ashwani Lohani said if the national carrier was in a good position financially, he would have rewarded the duo more for their accomplishments.

Promising to get the national carrier out of troubled waters, Lohani said he wants Air India to promote sports as it used to do in the past.

"I would like to congratulate both Harendra and Armaan for what they have achieved. It is a matter of pride for the Air India family. I would like to announce a small cash award of Rs 25,000 for Harendra and Rs 10,000 for Armaan from Air India's behalf," Lohani said during a felicitation ceremony here today.

"I would have liked to reward them more if not for our current position. But we pledge to work as a family and get Air India back on track," he added.

Asked if Air India is planning to regularize Armaan's job or considering a promotion for Harendra, Lohani gave a diplomatic reply.

"We have a policy o promote sports but we have to look at the matter. But definitely the matter will be under our active consideration," said Lohani, who is also the President of Air India Sports Promotion Board.

Air India also felicitated all-rounder Jayant Yadav, who impressed in his debut Test series against England recently.

Jayant is not directly associated with the Air India family but his father is a regular employee of the national carrier.

The Times of India

Reid appointed Amsterdam coach for 2017/18

AH&BC Amsterdam have moved quickly to confirm Graham Reid as their new coach for the 2017/18 following Dirk Loots’ decision to step down at the end of this season.

The 52-year-old from Australian recently stepped down as the boss of the Kookaburras in the wake of the Rio Olympics.

Speaking about the appointment, Amsterdam’s top hockey board member Fons Fonteijn said Reid’s “personality and experience is rare”.

He was Australian head coach from 2014 to 2016, moving up from the assistant’s role for the World Cup success in the Hague. On the playing front, he won an Olympic silver medal in Barcelona in 1992.

He also played in the Netherlands with Amsterdam from 1992 to 1994, becoming Hoofdklasse champion. In addition, Reid will act as a “coach of coaches” with Amsterdam.

“He will work with trainers and coaches assist in talent identification, development and specialized training,” Fonteijn added.

“The aspirations and expectations of the club are high. We want Amsterdam playing with style and power.

“Graham Reid is the perfect man for this. As a coach, he brings an authority, knowledge, experience and commitment to vertical-play and he will have an important role in the club."

Reid will also work with Dutch national coach Max Caldas as part of the oranje set-up on an assistant basis.

Euro Hockey League media release

Strathmore elbow out big boys, Orange just too good


Telkom Orange celebrate after winning the Kenya Hockey Union women’s Premier League title at City Park Stadium on December 4, 2016. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

The 2016 Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League went against the form book as Strathmore University Gladiators overcame the huge odds staked against them to clinch the title.

The students dethroned two-time champions and favourites Butali Sugar Warriors 3-0 on post-match penalties to claim their third title.

Strathmore University captain Francis Kariuki is lifted shoulder high by his teammates after their win over Butali Sugar Warriors in the KHU men's Premier League play-off final at the City Park Stadium on December 4, 2016. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |

Strathmore University players celebrate with the KHU men's Premier League trophy after they beat Butali Sugar Warriors in the play-off final at the City Park Stadium on December, 4, 2016. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Gladiators had beaten the 2013 champions Kenya Police in the semi-final enroute to the final. Police finished third while Greensharks settled for fourth place after losing 4-3 to the law enforcers in third place play-off.

In the women’s game, the status quo remained as Telkom Orange clinched a record 19th league title. They finished two points ahead of their archrivals Strathmore University Scorpions while newcomers Amira Sailors were placed third.


In the second-tier men’s league, Technical University of Kenya (TUK) were crowned champions and secured promotion to next season’s top-flight league while second placed Wazalendo Youth declined promotion.

It’s Gladiators’ triumph over the big two clubs that lit up the season. The league was played in a pool format as the union sought to save time after the season started late.  Strathmore, who were in Pool A finished second behind leaders Butali, who beat them 3-1 in the preliminary stage. In Pool B, Police finished ahead of Greensharks to book a date with Strathmore.

Strathmore scooped a double after defender Paul Omoreiba was voted the men’s player of the year in the Premier league. The defender struck the equaliser against Butali to send the contest to penalties.

Gladiators’ coach Meshack Senge said his charges are capable of repeating their heroics next season.

“We deserved to win the title. We beat the two best teams in the country. Our hard work and team spirit paid off,” said Senge.

“Next season Butali and Police would be baying for our blood, but if we remain consistent, we can defend our title,” he added.

Strathmore University coach Meshack Senge. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |NATION MEDIA GROUP

Next season, the league will be reverted to the home and away format. Teams are expected to play more matches.

Bay Club and Western Jaguars were relegated to the second-tier men’s league after finishing bottom of their respective pools.

In the women’s game, last year’s first runner-up Sliders finished a distant fifth behind United States International University of Africa (USIU-A) who were fourth.

The women’s league was also tightly contested. Orange, coached by Jos Openda, who were used to winning comfortably in previous seasons, secured the title in their final match.

Telkom Orange hockey players celebrate after they retained their Kenya Hockey Union women's Premier league title after a 4-0 win against Amira Sailors at City Park Hockey Stadium on November 13, 2016. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU

Telkom Orange celebrate after winning the Kenya Hockey Union women’s Premier League title at City Park Stadium on December 4, 2016. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |NATION MEDIA GROUP

Scorpions’ captain Yvonne Karanja won the Player of the Year Award while USIU-A Spartans’ midfielder Rhoda Kuria was voted the Most Improved Player with Kevin Omondi winning the men’s award. Willis Okeyo (nine goals) and Orange’s Jackline Mwangi (15 goals) bagged the Golden Sticks Award in the men’s and women’s category.


Focus now shifts to the Africa Cup of Club Championships set for City Park from January 7-15 next year.

Kenya will be represented by Orange, Sliders, Butali and Police. Orange have won the continental title eight times, Butali and Police will be looking for their maiden titles.

On the international front, the national teams failed to advance to the second round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers after they finished second at the World League One Series held in Accra Ghana from September 5-7 this year.

Daily Nation

PU win Pakistan Women’s HEC Inter Varsity Hockey Championship 

LAHORE: Punjab University won the 3rd All Pakistan HEC Inter University Women’s Hockey Championship scoring a hard earned 1-0 victory in the final against Lahore College for Women University at Johar Town Hockey Stadium here on Wednesday. In a thrilling final, which produced speedy moves by either sides, left winger Asra scored the golden goal for the winners.

As many as eight teams across the country participated in the event which was held under the aegis of Punjab University Women’s Sports Department. In the first semi final, Punjab University routed Karachi University 5-1 and in the second semi final Lahore College for Women University brushed aside Imperial University 3-1. Pakistan Hockey Federation secretary general Shahbaz Ahmad was the chief guest on the occasion and witnessed the match with keen interest. He also praised the standard of hockey demonstrated by both the finalists.

The Daily Times

Berkley, Murray inspire Scarborough sweep in Paradise tournament

Scarborough Secondary duo Nia Berkley and Jabari Murray won the girls and boys Most Valuable Player awards, respectively, on the opening day of the 20th annual Paradise Hockey Club tournament at the Scarborough Secondary School Auditorium, Shaw Park, on Thursday. PHOTO: SPORTSCORE TOBAGO

Nia Berkley and Jabari Murray inspired Scarborough Secondary school’s victory in both the girls and boys respective titles on the opening day of the 20th annual Paradise Hockey Club tournament in Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday.

Playing on their home field at the Scarborough Secondary’s Auditorium on Old Farm Road, Shaw Park, Tobago, the Scarborough teams played unbeaten in both divisions in a tournament sponsored by the Department of Sport of the Tobago House of Assembly, Blink/B Mobile, Digicel and the T&T Olympic Committee.

In the girls division Scarborough beat Bishops High A, 5-2, and Bishops High B 13-0 while among the boys Scarborough edged Bishops High A (7-5) and defeated Bishops High B (9-1).

Murray piloted the Scarborough squad, which included Steven Benjamin, David Roberts, Guari Small, Johansey Thomas, to victories scoring 10 goals and was named the boys’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) and top goal scorer.

The Scarborough girls were led by Berkley, who netted 10 goals and was voted the girls’ MVP. However, Shericka Tobias of Bishops HIgh A got the nod for top goal scorer with her tally of 11 goals.

Berkley teammates were Tiffany James, Lauren Ince, Asia Berkely, Phoebe Warner and Petra Lezama.



Girls Division:Nia Berkely (Scarborough Sec)

Boys Division: Jabari Murray (Scarborough Sec)

Best Attacker/Most Goals:

Girls: Shericka Tobias (Bishops High A )-11 goals

Boys: Jabari Murray (Scarborough Sec)-10 goals



Teams Played Win Lose Points

Scarborough 2 2 0 6

Bishops High A 2 1 1 3

Bishops High B 2 0 2 0


Teams P W L Pts

Scarborough 2 2 0 6

Bishops High A 2 1 1 3

Bishops High B 2 0 2 0



Scarborough Sec 5 vs Bishops High A 2

Bishops High A 7 vs Bishops High B 0

Scarborough Sec 13 vs Bishops High B 0


Scarborough Sec 7 vs Bishops High A 5

Bishops High A 17 vs Bishops High B 0

Scarborough Sec 9 vs Bishops High B 1



Bishops High A: Celeste Steele, Sherika Tobias, Laquinta Fabien, Netanya Powder.

Bishops High B: Shernese Williams, Moesha Toussaint, Maysa Lezama, Gabrielle Murray

Scarborough Sec: Tiffany James, Nia Berkely, Lauren Ince, Asia Berkely, Phoebe Warner, Petra Lezama


Bishops High A: Daylon George, Byron King, Codayn James, Crisron Andrews

Bishops High B: Afram Abanor, Messiah Walcott, Elijah Murray, Aidan Newallo

Scarborough Sec: Jabari Murray, Steven Benjamin, David Roberts, Guari Small, Johansey Thomas.

The Trinidad Guardian

Going for gold

Scottish Hockey’s Club Accreditation Programme, sponsored by Arthur J Gallacher, has awarded its first three Gold Level Clubs, and awarded its latest at Silver Level.

Congratulations to Western Wildcats, Quasar Hockey Club and Greenock Morton who become our very first Gold Level Clubs, with these clubs now able to access all the benefits that Gold Level Accreditation offers. Congratulations also to East Kilbride who has been become a silver level club. Well done to all volunteers involved in completing the accreditation process for their clubs.

These clubs have worked tirelessly to fulfil all of the requirements of Silver and Gold Levels along with implementing the processes and governance into their club environments.

The Accreditation Programme is part of Scottish Hockey’s commitment to building stronger clubs through formalising the work that clubs may already do and ensures that succession planning, workforce development and strong governance are at the forefront of club development. The programme also ensure the clubs are safe, well organised, and efficient with a focus on membership growth and retention.

The next closing date for clubs to achieve accreditation is Monday 27th March 2017. If you want more information on the programme or anything to do with club development please contact your local Regional Development Manager.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

International Hockey Federation signs long-term agreement to develop Para-Hockey

Former FIH President Leandro Negre with the five Continental Federation Presidents after signing the MoU Photo: Nitesh Sinha

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has agreed a long-term partnership with the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS) aimed at providing more opportunities to play Para-Hockey across the world.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by both organisations following extensive discussions and planning over the last few months.

This formalisation will see the development and implementation of strategies and programmes aimed at growing the discipline of Para-Hockey for persons with intellectual disability as part of the FIH’s continued drive to increase access to hockey at all levels and abilities, as part of the 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy.

Whilst plans to develop this discipline form the foundations of this agreement, FIH have committed to a number of measures relating to governance, regulation and administration. This will include the establishment of classification criteria as well as measures designed to manage anti-doping and corruption.

One of the immediate tasks will be the undertaking of a global audit to monitor participation figures in relation to this discipline. A concerted effort will also be made to promote Para-Hockey amongst FIH’s 137 National Associations and INAS’ 78 Member Organisations.

Once this discipline becomes further established internationally, it is the intention to integrate Para-Hockey events into the international hockey calendar, with a view to introducing Continental events and World Cups, another important step towards possible Paralympic Games inclusion in the future.

Speaking of this agreement, FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra said: “This is an exciting time for our sport and in particular Para-Hockey. The signing of this MoU with INAS outlines our commitment to the development and promotion of this discipline and provides yet another example of hockey’s inclusivity, a key component of our 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy.” He continued: “We look forward to working with INAS to create a solid structure aimed at increasing access to Para-Hockey over the coming years.”

Amaury Russo, INAS President added: “We are delighted to be working with FIH in the coming years. Signing this MoU is a significant step for both organisations and the sport of Para-Hockey. We know that there are thousands of people already engaged with this discipline and now, together with FIH, we can really push on with developing opportunities globally through a professionally structured, long-term strategy.”

Over the coming months further details about the development of Para-Hockey will be revealed through through FIH.ch and via FIH Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ParaHockey.

About International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS)

INAS is the International Federation for sport for athletes with an intellectual disability within the Paralympic movement and is the recognised member of the International Paralympic Committee.

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