All the news for Saturday 11 February 2017
Uttar Pradesh Wizards hold Kalinga Lancers 2-2 in a thriller
Lucknow, 10th February 2017: A 60th minute goal by Gonzalo Peillat ensured the home team Uttar Pradesh Wizards drew with Kalinga Lancers 2-2, denting the visitors chance of climbing back on top of the points table in a thriller of a game here at the Coal India Hockey India League on Friday.
It was a dramatic first quarter with the Uttar Pradesh Wizards, nudged by the support an energetic home crowd, got off to a rollicking start living up to the attack posed by Kalinga Lancers. Forward Akashdeep Singh, who has played a crucial role for Uttar Pradesh Wizards, showed class when he beat defender Amit Rohidas into the circle after a good assist by VR Raghunath to earn his team their first PC. However, the powerful drag flick by skipper Raghunath was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Andrew Charter.
But the Uttar Pradesh Wizards were quick to win another PC, thanks to the team work by Akashdeep and Ramandeep Singh, in the 15th minute and this time Raghunath was impressive with an inch-perfect flick that landed in the top centre of the net like lighting. The 1-0 lead, however, lasted only a couple of seconds with the visitors winning their first PC with less than six seconds to go for the quarter to end. This time it was Arthur van Doren who was guilty of a foul that eventually saw the German Moritz Fuerste convert the goal to equalize.
The visitors rallied back into the second quarter, getting off the block at a frenetic pace with their attack and it paid off with a PC earned in less than a minute into the quarter. PR Sreejesh, Uttar Pradesh Wizards’ experienced goalkeeper, dented Moritz plans of taking a lead as he padded the speeding ball of the German who took the flick again. Though the visitors won their third PC in this quarter, a miss-trap denied them yet another chance at taking the lead and ending the first half at 1-1.
Kalinga Lancers have a reputation of being incredible finishers with as many as 15 out of the 18 goals they have scored coming in the second half of the game in this season. But the Uttar Pradesh Wizards did well with their defence to contain the visitors, not allowing them to take lead. Arthur van Doren was particularly impressive as he denied the visitors an opportunity to score a field goal on more than one occasion.
It was a nerve-wracking final quarter, with both teams coming up with a thriller of a game. India’s No.1 goalkeeper Sreejesh continued to be impressive keeping the Kalinga Lancers at bay. It was evident the home team was desperate for the winners’ points that would secure their Semi Final spot as they were pushed to the bottom of the points table. But the Kalinga Lancers were resilient. Germany’s celebrated hockey star Moritz was incredible with his efforts when he converted a PC in the 51st minute after Lalit Upadhyay won his team this opportunity at taking a lead.
The game got dramatic in the dying minute when a video referral was upheld for the Uttar Pradesh Wizards fetching them a PC. A perfect injection by Agustin Mazzilli saw his Argentine teammate Gonzalo Peillat convert the goal to hand a 2-2 draw sending the dug-out and the stadium into jubilation.
Moritz Fuerste of Kalinga Lancers was awarded with a prize money of Rs 50,000 for scoring the Coal India Goal of the Match from Mr A.K . Chakraborty, Director Technical CMPDIL.
Ajay Yadav of Uttar Pradesh Wizards won the prize of Rs 25,000 for being the Hero Young Achiever of the Match from Mr. Dhanraj Pillay, Olympian.
The Airtel Most Entertaining Player of the Match was awarded to Lalit Upadhyay of Kalinga Lancers that came with a prize money of Rs 25,000 and presented by Dr. R.P. Singh, Director Sports, Government of Uttar Pradesh.
Moritz Fuerste of Kalinga Lancers was declared the Man of the Match and was awarded a prize money of Rs 50,000 by Mr. Abhijit Sarkar, Director, Uttar Pradesh Wizards.
On 11 February, Jaypee Punjab Warriors will take on Dabang Mumbai in Chandigarh at 1900hrs.
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UPW usurp celebration from Kalinga Lancers
An intelligent referral from Uttar Pradesh Wizards for deliberate breaking down of match at the stroke of hooter helped them snatch a draw from defeat against almost-won Kalinga Lancers today at the Dhyan Chand stadium, Lucknow, in Match No.19 of Hockey India League.
As the Kalinga were about to start their celebrations, a long across the field scoop reached a UP forward, but Pardeep Mor, who got injured moments ago, jumped full to deflect the ball on the air which bounced off the playing field, leading to deliberate breaking down of match, which onside umpire Deepak Joshi missed out and allowed the game continue.
Uttar Pradesh got the referral upheld by neutral umpire. Gonzala Peillat, top score of Rio Olympics, did not allow it go waste. Placed the ball to the right of Andrw Charter to usurp celebration.
Moritz Fuerste, who struck for second time in the match, both occasions spotting Sreejesh's weak spot of his right, wad declared Man of the Match, fourth time so far.
Thirty seconds before first quarter VR Raghunath made use of team's first penalty corner to give Uttar Pradesh Wizards 1-0 lead which survived hardly another 15 seconds. Mortiz Fuerste repeated Raghu act beating goalie Sreejesh on his right off a penalty corner (1-1). UPW had many chances to go up in the second quarter, but Akasheep Singh once and others twice failed before empty goalmouth, giving lucky escape for the visitors. Kalinga missed a penalty within a minute from second quarter start and then UPW too did not do well. The penalty pushed ball was not stopped properly, giving away a turn over by Chenglensana but Akasshdeep frittered away the chance with open goalmouth.
Peillat’s last-gasp goal keeps UP Wizards in the race
A successful referral as the hooter went, a penalty corner and Gonzalo Peillat finally coming good when it mattered the most helped Uttar Pradesh Wizards to stay in the race for a semifinal spot after drawing 2-2 against Kalinga Lancers here on Friday. All four goals came off penalty corners.
More importantly, it denied three extra points to the opposition and kept kept it from climbing to the top of the leaderboard and becoming the first team to all but seal a spot in the last four. Though UPW remains at the bottom of the table for now with KL placed second, the gap is narrowed.
Playing its first home game of the Hockey India League this season, UPW was all-out attacking but was thwarted repeatedly by Kalinga goalkeeper Andrew Charter. UPW was the first off the mark with captain VR Raghunath scoring from a penalty corner in the 15th minute. Seconds later, KL skipper Moritz Fuerste levelled in similar fashion and then put his team ahead through another PC.
Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Wouter Jolie were all guilty of missing easy chances even as Charter ensured nothing went past him in open play. At the other end, PR Sreejesh did the same for UPW, clearing attempts from Aran Zalewski and Dharamvir Singh to deny KL.
It took a long aerial scoop in the last two seconds and Pradeep Mor's unnecessary tackling of the ball that looked to be going out the backline for UPW to seek a foul and level scores.
On Saturday, Jaypee Punjab Warriors takes on Dabang Mumbai in a crucial clash that may well decide its continuation in the race for a semifinals spot.
A win for Mumbai, already sitting pretty on top of the table, would mean the team would most likely advance to its first ever semifinal in five editions.
The result: Uttar Pradesh Wizards 2 (VR Raghunath 1 PC, Gonzalo Peillat 1 PC) drew with Kalinga Lancers 2 (Moritz Fuerste 2 PCs).
Uttar Pradesh Wizards salvage late draw against Kalinga Lancers
Uttar Pradesh Wizards celebrate a late goal against Kalinga Lancers. Twitter/ @HockeyIndiaLeag
Lucknow: A last minute goal by Gonzalo Peillat helped Uttar Pradesh Wizards hold Kalinga Lancers to a 2-2 draw in a thrilling match of the Hockey India League in Lucknow on Friday.
Peillat struck the equaliser for Uttar Pradesh Wizards in the 60th minute as the match ended 2-2 draw and the two sides splitting points.
It was a dramatic first quarter with the Uttar Pradesh Wizards, nudged by the support of an energetic home crowd, got off to a rollicking start living up to the attack posed by Kalinga Lancers.
Forward Akashdeep Singh, who has played a crucial role for Uttar Pradesh Wizards, showed class when he beat defender Amit Rohidas into the circle after a good assist by VR Raghunath to earn his team's their first penalty corner.
However, the powerful drag-flick by skipper Raghunath was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Andrew Charter.
But the Uttar Pradesh Wizards were quick to win another penalty corner, thanks to the team work by Akashdeep and Ramandeep Singh, in the 15th minute and this time Raghunath was impressive with an inch-perfect flick that landed in the top centre of the net like a lighting.
The 1-0 lead, however, lasted only a couple of seconds with the visitors winning their first penalty corner with less than six seconds for the quarter to end. This time, it was Arthur van Doren who was guilty of a foul that eventually saw the German Moritz Fuerste convert the goal to equalise.
The visitors rallied back into the second quarter, getting off the block at a frenetic pace with their attack and it paid off with a penalty corner earned in less than a minute into the quarter.
PR Sreejesh, Uttar Pradesh Wizards' experienced goalkeeper, dented Moritz's plans of taking a lead as he padded the speeding ball of the German who took the flick again. Though the visitors won their third penalty corner in this quarter, a miss-trap denied them yet another chance at taking the lead and ending the first half at 1-1.
Kalinga Lancers have a reputation of being incredible finishers with as many as 15 out of the 18 goals they have scored coming in the second half of the game in this season.
But the Uttar Pradesh Wizards did well with their defence to contain the visitors, not allowing them to take the lead.
Arthur van Doren was particularly impressive as he denied the visitors an opportunity to score a field goal on more than one occasion.
It was a nerve-wracking final quarter. India's number one goalkeeper Sreejesh continued to be impressive keeping the Kalinga Lancers at bay. It was evident that the home team was desperate for the winners' points that would secure them a semifinal spot.
But the Kalinga Lancers were resilient. Germany star Moritz was incredible with his efforts when he converted a penalty corner in the 51st minute after Lalit Upadhyay won his team this opportunity at taking a lead.
The game got dramatic in the dying minute when a video referral was upheld for the Uttar Pradesh Wizards fetching them a penalty corner. A perfect injection by Agustin Mazzilli saw his Argentine teammate Gonzalo Peillat convert the goal in the 60th minute to hand a 2-2 draw, sending the dug-out and the stadium into jubilation.
Kerry announces squad to travel to South Africa
Danny Kerry, Head Coach of England Women’s team has named a squad of 22 players to travel to Cape Town and Stellenbosch to take on South Africa and Germany.
England will play two test matches against South Africa on 25 and 26 February before facing Germany on 1, 3 and 4 March in three unofficial practice matches.
As expected this early on in the new Olympic cycle there are a number of new faces making the trip, with as many as 11 players in line for senior England debuts. Emily Defroand, Kathryn Lane, Hannah Martin, Livy Paige, Ellie Rayer, Erica Sanders, Amy Tennant and Anna Toman are all set for their first senior international appearances. As well as those eight, Grace Balsdon, Sabbie Heesh and Suzy Petty could make their England debuts having already appeared for Great Britain.
Goalkeeper Tennant, who has previously represented England at U21 level, is currently playing in Germany for Grossflottbeker and is included as Maddie Hinch is unavailable as a result of club commitments.
The squad also features seven of the group who travelled to Rio for the Olympic Games in the summer where Great Britain won the gold medal. Giselle Ansley, Joie Leigh, Shona McCallin, Lily Owsley, Laura Unsworth, Ellie Watton and Hollie Webb all made the journey to the Olympic Games and will feature in the trip to South Africa.
Susie Gilbert takes on the Dutch defence
There are also recalls for Susie Gilbert, Zoe Shipperley and Surbiton duo Sarah Haycroft and Jo Hunter. Hunter last appeared for England back in 2013- in a series in South Africa and has impressed with her domestic form for the champions, forcing her way back into the international reckoning.
Danny Kerry told England Hockey:
“The programme is moving fast since its restart on January 9th. We have laid some good early foundations in other parts of the programme and we now start the very first steps in building and experimenting with how we are going to play. The matches will see us put out brand new combinations and explore new ways of playing based around the strengths of the new squad."
"Our rate of development, both as individuals and as a squad will continue to accelerate as we progress toward our summer tournaments and in the medium term towards London 2018."
"I’m expecting that both Germany and South Africa will potentially have more settled squads than us but the prospect of pitting our talents against that excites us. At the same time as we build our teamwork we will seek to do the same as a staff, putting in place good foundations for growth as a staff team to best support our playing team.”
Danny Kerry’s England side will be in action on home turf this summer as they face World Champions Netherlands in a one-off clash of champions. See the World No1 and World No2 collide at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Sunday 11 June. Tickets go on sale on 19 February and all the details are here.
Full Squad: Giselle Ansley, Emily Defroand, Sarah Haycroft, Sabbie Heesh, Jo Hunter, Hannah Martin, Hollie Webb (Surbiton), Grace Balsdon (Canterbury), Susie Gilbert (Reading), Kathryn Lane (Leicester), Joie Leigh (Clifton Robinsons), Shona McCallin, Ellie Watton (Holcombe), Lily Owsley, Livy Paige, Erica Sanders, Anna Toman, (University of Birmingham), Suzy Petty (Wimbledon), Ellie Rayer (Loughborough Students), Zoe Shipperley (Buckingham), Amy Tennant (Grossflottbeker), Laura Unsworth (East Grinstead).
England Hockey Board Media release
East Grinstead fly the flag for England
East Grinstead have their team talk at the Super 6s
East Grinstead will aim to put the disappointment of their Super 6s final defeat to Surbiton behind them as they travel to Austria to represent England in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup.
Grinstead, who had won the previous eight domestic indoor titles, had their stranglehold broken two weekends ago but with plenty of pedigree in the ranks they travel to Austria with high hopes.
Despite being without Great Britain star David Condon through injury, there is plenty of quality in their side. Double Olympian Nick Catlin brings his fast hands and incredible dribbling skills whilst Ross Stott’s ability in both attack and defence gives EG a great blend of steel and guile.
They have been drawn in the same pool as Dinamo Stroitel Ekaterinberg, the Russian outfit who they face first up, as well as Polish Side WKS Grunwald Poznan and Germany’s Uhlenhorst Mulheim, for whom Lukas Windfeder, Tobias Matania and Thilo Stralkowski will star.
The other pool contains Amsterdam, SPV Complutense of Spain, hosts SV Arminen and Sweidsh side Partille. The top two sides in each pool progress to the semi finals whilst the bottom two play off to avoid relegation. New English champions Surbiton will find out which competition they will compete in next season based on East Grinstead’s performance.
All the fixtures, results and standings can be found here.
There is a live stream of all the games available which can be found here.
England Hockey Board Media release
Mixed day for East Grinstead at European Indoor
East Grinstead have their team talk at the EuroHockey Indoor
It was a mixed day for East Grinstead in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Cup as their joy at a bright start with a win over Russian outfit Dinamo Stroitel Ekaterinburg in their first game was tempered by a heavy defeat at the hands of German side Uhlenhorst Mulheim. Reports of both game are below.
Dinamo Stroitel Ekaterinburg 4 (2)
Evgeny VAKHMISTROV 2, 5 (FG, FG)
Artem BORISOV 23 (PC)
Semen MATKOVSKIY 27 (PC)
East Grinstead 6 (3)
Ben ALLBERRY 16, 34 (FG, FG)
Ross STOTT 17 (FG)
Martin SCANLON 20 (FG)
Adam SECCULL 37 (PC)
Nick CATLIN 38 (FG)
The Russians got off to a good start in the opening game, going 2-0 up inside five minutes. East Grinstead got on the board in the 16th minute via Ben Allberry. They pressed hard to get the second, which came from a one on one which Ross Stott lifted over the goalkeeper and levelled the scores. The 3rd goal for EG came from a period of sustained possession, with the Russian defence under pressure. EG went into the half 3-2 up via Martin Scanlon.
Dinamo levelled via Artem Borisov early in the second halfand tehn the teams exchanged another goal apiece and it was 4-4 going into the final 5 minutes. Nick Catlin and Adam Seccull both found the net in the final three minutes ensuring the win, and the 5 points on offer.
Coach Richard Organ expressed his delight at the win saying “The Russians started really well going into a 2-0 lead. We adjusted our structures and played really well after that. It’s always good to win the first game of the tournament”
East Grinstead 2 (0)
Ross STOTT 22 (FG)
Adam SECCULL 39 (PC)
Uhlenhorst Mulheim 10 (8)
Benedikt FÜRK 2 (FG)
Timm HERZBRUCH 4, 16, 19, 23 (FG, FG, FG, FG)
Lukas WINDFEDER 8, 25 (FG, FG)
Thilo STRALKOWSKI 11 (FG)
Jan NITSCHKE 18 (FG)
Julius MEYER 20 (FG)
Timm Herzbruch helped himself to four goals as Uhlenhorst Mulheim gave East Grinstead a harsh lesson in indoor hockey.
Herzbruch struck a first-half hat-trick to add to goals from Benedikt Furk, Lukas Windfeder, Thilo Stralkowski, Jan Nitschke and Julius Meyer which put the Germans 8-0 up at the break.
East Grinstead rallied with second half goals from Ross Stott and Adam Seccull but Herbruch’s fourth and another for Windfeder ensured it finished 10-2 for the German side.
East Grinstead will now face WKS Grunwald Poznan tomorrow morning with a win vital to their chances of competing in the medal matches later in the competition.
All the fixtures, results and standings can be found here.
There is a live stream of all the games available which can be found here.
England Hockey Board Media release
Olympic Development Pipeline Catapults Three Athletes to 2017 USWNT Roster
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With dreams and aspirations to represent Team USA at the highest level, three athletes' began their journeys to the pinnacle of play years ago when each signed up for a Futures Trial. As one of the core launching points to channel talented athletes through the U.S. Women's National Team's Olympic Development Pipeline, USA Field Hockey's Futures Program provides the necessary resources and training to propel determined athletes to the international stage.
One of the two routes to the top of the Pipeline starts with the middle and high school athlete in Futures Academies. More than 5,000 athletes participate in Futures Academies each year where a thorough and comprehensive base level of skill is obtained during training sessions by some of the top coaches in the United States. This avenue is the one nearly all U.S. Women's National Team members and Olympians traveled when making their way to the top. At the conclusion of the Futures Academies, all athletes are invited to participate in the Regional Futures Tournament (RFT) in their respective region. From there the top athletes are selected to their Regional Teams for the U-16 and U-19 age divisions. The U-14 athletes selected move directly on the the National Futures Championship (NFC) and will play on mixed teams. The U-16 and U-19 Regional Teams will compete at the National Futures Championship together. The progression from the RFT to NFC regarding the Regional Teams is a newer concept that came into fruition in 2016.
Two of the three athletes recently named to the 2017 U.S. Women's National Team, and like the many before them, took this exact path. Lauren Moyer (York, Pa.) and Julia Young (Yorktown, Va.) both have impressive resumes that filter from the Futures Program.
Young first entered the Futures Program in 2008. Although she did not progress the first year she participated, she stuck with the process and the following year was selected for the National Futures Championship (NFC). Later in her playing career, she advanced at NFC where was selected for Futures Elite, Junior National Camp (JNC) and AAU Junior Olympic Games in 2011. At JNC, her mature style of play caught the eyes of selectors and she was named to the 2011-2012 U.S. U-17 Women's National Team. In 2012 and 2013, she competed at the Futures Elite Championship, a previous small division of the NFC. From her performance in 2013, she was selected to the U-19 JNC which eventually lead to her being named to the 2013-2014 U.S. U-19 Women's National Team roster.
"The Futures Program is important for those that want to develop their skills further and get started in the USA pipeline," added Young. "I started the Futures process in 7th grade and it was beneficial for me to be exposed to other field hockey players and coaches from around the country that bring different perspectives and styles than those that you would regularly experience. It also provides you the opportunity to be seen by college coaches and to be selected for the USA teams."
Moyer's resume is very similar to Young's although she didn't start the Futures Program until 2011. Advancing from RFT to NFC her first year participating, her performance at NFC earned her a ticket to the AAU Junior Olympic Games as well as Futures Elite. In 2012 and 2013 she competed in the Futures Elite Championship and it wasn't until her second year that she was selected for the U-19 Junior National Camp and her no-let-up playing demeanor earned her a spot on the 2013-2014 U.S. U-19 Women's National Team.
"The Futures Program gave me an awesome opportunity to connect with some amazing coaches and players, not just from my region but nationwide," commented Moyer.
Once Young and Moyer both graduated from high school and were not age-eligible to participate in the Futures Program, they turned their sights to the second route of the Pipeline progression, collegiate or post-collegiate athletes in High Performance Centers. This track is where Amanda Magadan (Randolph, N.J.) also made the most impact. Although she was signed up for a Futures Trial in 2012, she never actually participated in the Futures Program.
“I actually never participated in the Futures Program, but that was because I was new to the sport," said Magadan. "I think the Futures Program is tremendously beneficial in exposing young athletes to great competition, while also nurturing development. With my personal experience in the USA pipeline through the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team, even over one summer it was evident the upward growth and strides my team and I had made in terms of our field hockey development. I am certain that I would not be capable of making the USWNT without the training I received in the USA pipeline.”
Attending the same university, Young and Moyer have identical paths within the collegiate and post-collegiate progression. Both were selected to to the South High Performance Center in 2014 and were named to the South Regional Team that competed at the Women's National Championship. From their performance, they both were selected for the U-21 Junior National Camp and eventually named to the 2014-2015 U.S. U-21 Women's National Team. Repeating the process in 2015, they again competed at the Young Women's National Championship (renamed from the Women's National Championship), were selected for the U-21 Junior National Camp and picked for the U-21 USWNT.
That same year, Magadan followed the same path but within a different region. She participated in the Pennsylvania High Performance Center and was picked for the Pennsylvania Regional Team to compete at the Women's National Championship Team. From there she went to the U-21 Junior National Camp and was named to the 2014-2015 U-21 USWNT. Magadan switched to the New Jersey region High Performance Center in 2015 and advanced again to represent at the Young Women's National Championship. Here she was selected for the U-21 Junior National Camp and the U-21 USWNT.
The 2016 calendar was packed for the Magadan, Moyer and Young and the rest of the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team as they prepared for the Junior Women's Pan American Championship in March in Tacarigua, Trinidad & Tobago, the qualifying opportunity for the women's Hockey Junior World Cup. To prepare, the U-21 USWNT hosted Great Britain in early January and competed in two separate training camp weekends in February and early March where they scrimmaged college teams. After earning silver at the Junior Women's Pan American Championship, the team punched their ticket to the JWC. In late June the team also competed together at the Young Women's National Championship and took gold.
At the women's Hockey Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile, the 16 best women's junior teams came together and competed to make their mark on the international stage. Team USA landed in Pool A with Korea, The Netherlands and Zimbabwe, and after finishing second in the pool the met Pan American rivals and familiar opponents, Argentina, in the quarterfinals. Despite tremendous effort and the maximum amount of energy exerted from both teams, play never dulled during the match and after 70 minutes of hard-fought play Argentina came out on top and defeated the USA by a score of 2-0. This moved Team USA into the 5th-8th placement games where they met Belgium. While both teams had many chances, Belgium struck first and added another just before halftime while USA responded late and added a goal minutes before the final buzzer. The late effort push wasn't enough as the game finished with Team USA falling to Belgium 2-1. This put the U-21 USWNT in the 7th/8th place match against England. Being familiar opponents, as both teams competed in a friendly test match prior to the JWC, England capitalized on their chances to defeat USA by a score margin of 3-1.
"Amanda, Julia and Lauren are three of the players that I first selected for the U-21 team coming to the United States," said Janneke Schopman, USWNT Head Coach. "In the past few years, they have shown a continuous growth and intent to become the best player that they can be. In their last tournament for the juniors, the Junior World Cup, they were leading the team with their performance on the field which led me to believe that they are ready for the next step, the National Team. I'm excited to see them progress further!"
Following their performance the JWC, Schopman welcomed the three, well-deserving individuals the opportunity to represent the United States at the senior level of play. Magadan, Moyer and Young will participate in the USWNT’s centralized training program full-time at the Home of Hockey at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County, Pa. The three athletes will join Team USA after completing college in May.
Hometown: Randolph, N.J.
College: Lafayette College
Years in the Olympic Pipeline: 5 years (2012)
Previous accomplishments: Magadan was first named to the U.S. U-21 Women’s National Team roster in 2014 and contended and won silver at the 2016 women's Junior Pan American Championship in Trinidad & Tobago and compete at the 2016 women's Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile. She also accomplished a handful of accolades while at Lafayette College. She was named to the All-Patriot League Second-Team in 2014 and Preseason Patriot League Team, First-Team All Region, Patriot League Tournament Team and All-Patriot League First-Team in 2015. In 2016, she earned Third-Team All-American and First-Team All-Region honors and was named to the Preseason Patriot League Team. She captain Lafayette's team in both 2015 and 2016.She also earned Academic All-Patriot League recognition and the Arthur Ashe Scholar in 2016 while also being on the Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll three times.
“It is obviously exciting and such an honor to be selected to the U.S. Women's National Team," added Magadan. "It was overwhelming and unexpected, but I am looking forward to playing among the current USWNT members and developing as an individual. I still have a lot of growth ahead of me and look forward to progressing towards my full potential.”
Hometown: York, Pa.
College: University of North Carolina
Years in the Olympic Pipeline: 6 years (2011)
Previous accomplishments: Moyer was a member of the U.S. Women's National Junior Indoor Team from 2012-2014 and named to the U.S. U-19 Women's National Team in 2012. She was a member of the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team from 2014-2016 and won silver at the 2016 women's Junior Pan American Championship in Trinidad & Tobago and contended at the 2016 women's Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile. In college, Moyer and the Tar Heels advanced to the NCAA Division National Championship Final Four in all of her four years. They were also ACC Championship Runner-Ups in 2014 and 2016, and won the title in 2015. In 2016, she was also named to the All-ACC First Team, All-ACC Tournament Team, NCAA Division I All-Tournament Team, Longstreth/NFHCA All-South Region First Team and named a Longstreth/NFHCA All-American Third Team.
"It's such an honor to be named to the national team, and I'm extremely excited to get started on this journey," said Moyer.
Hometown: Yorktown, Va.
College: University of North Carolina
Years in the Olympic Pipeline: 9 years (2008)
Previous accomplishments: Young was first named to the U.S. U-17 Women's National Team in 2011 and the U.S. U-19 Women's National Team in 2013. Just a year later she was selected to the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team where within her two years she won silver at the 2016 women's Junior Pan American Championship in Trinidad & Tobago and contended at the 2016 women's Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile. Other accomplishments included being All-South Region Second-Team her sophomore year and All-South Region First Team, ACC First Team and Second-Team All-American her junior year. She also earned spots on the NCAA All-Tournament and ACC All-Tournament teams in her junior season. In her senior year, she repeated many of those honors being named to the All-South Region First Team, ACC First Team, NCAA All-Tournament Team, ACC All-Tournament Team and First-Team All-American.
She was also named the 2016 ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
"Being selected for the U.S. Women's National Team is an amazing feeling and is something I appreciate every day," said Young. "I began playing field hockey in the 4th grade and never would have thought growing up that I would be on the national team one day. It is a privilege to be selected and to have the opportunity to play with the current members of the team who work as hard as they do every single day. I'm thankful for the opportunity and excited to join full-time in May!"
USFHA media release
Disciplinary committee to decide Butt’s fate: PHF secretary
By Nabil Tahir
KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), on Thursday announced that they will be forming a disciplinary committee to take a decision against Imran Butt after the Pakistani goalkeeper blamed head coach Khawaja Junaid for trying to ruin his career and damaging the sport of hockey, revealed PHF Secretary Shahbaz Ahmed Sr.
In a short video message sent to media on Monday, Imran said: “Junaid has mentally tortured me by levelling baseless allegations of conceding the goals deliberately due to my association with the other countries’ federations. For the last six months, Junaid has been torturing me mentally and I will appeal to the PHF to remove him from coaching as he is destroying the national game and the players, too. I beg the PHF to remove such coach as he is the enemy of the players and the game.”
Shahbaz, while acknowledging Imran’s talent and his services to the country, said the goalkeeper has been temporarily dropped because he is currently unfit and due to his ‘baseless allegations’ against the coach.
“Imran is a great goalkeeper and he has always kept the country first. He is always available to represent the country but unfortunately he is currently unfit and sadly he made some baseless allegations against the head coach,” he said. “I have sent a letter to his department [PIA] asking for an explanation for his allegations. We will also be forming a five-member disciplinary committee which will decide what action needs to be taken against him.”
Shahbaz, while talking about the possible action to be taken against Butt, said: “This will be decided by the committee but actions can include a fine or ban for some matches.”
He added that Butt has not done something for which he should be banned for life. “We cannot finish his career for this offence. Currently he has submitted his medical reports which state that he is unfit, so he will be considered [for selection] after he is fit again,” he said.
Shahbaz further revealed that Butt won’t be considered for the upcoming tours to Australia and New Zealand. He also said that Pakistan national hockey team has been struggling to find a good goalkeeper for a long time. “Butt is the best goalkeeper we have and he is also the keeper of national champions PIA so we cannot forget him. He will always be on top of our priority list.”
The Express Tribune
Scottish Indoor U18 Inter Districts this weekend
Indoor inter districts u18
The U18 indoor boys and girls inter districts will be held at Bells Sports Centre this weekend.
Saturday will see Midlands defend their titles in both the boys’ and girls’ competitions. In last year’s U18 Boys event, wins over North (6-1), East (5-2) and West (5-4) resulted in a 100% record for Midland. West were runners-up.
The Girls event was again dominated by Midland, winning all three matches with successes against South (5-3), East (6-5) and West (3-2). West finished runners-up.
Who will win this year? Head along to Bells Sports Centre in Perth this Saturday to find out.
Saturday 11 February
10:15 – South v North (G)
11:30 – South v East (G)
12:15 – West v North (B)
13:00 – Midland v North (G)
13:45 – East v West (B)
14:30 – West v Midland (G)
15:15 – West v Midland (B)
16:00 – East v West (G)
10:15 – East v Midland (G)
11:30 – North v West (G)
12:15 – East v Midland (B)
13:00 – West v South (G)
13:45 – Midland v North (B)
14:30 – North v East (G)
15:15 – East v North (B)
16:00 – South v Midland (G)
Scottish Hockey Union media release
EHL Backstage: The two best known EHL Voices
TV Commentator Nick Irvine Talks with Stadium Announcer Howard Bentham.
Howard to Nick:
H: Is it true that you have seen and commentated on every EHL over the 10 years !
N: Yes, that’s absolutely right. It’s well over 300 games now and counting. Where have those first glorious ten years gone?
H: Why is the EHL so important to you and to hockey?
N: Well first and foremost hockey in Europe is a club based sport and the EHL is the pinnacle of club hockey. We often hear about ‘ grass roots ‘ being used to describe sports clubs but in hockey it runs deeper than that - I would say that our clubs are our bedrock. The EHL has been the sounding board for innovation and change and as such it has had a huge impact on the game worldwide with many EHL rules now embedded within the sport.
H: Why has the TV coverage been so good?
N: We have been really fortunate that we have Southfields on board as a shareholder in the EHL and throughout the ten years there has been a high level of consistency in personnel producing, directing, filming , editing etc to such an extent that all the crew are really stakeholders in the event and work long hours - sometimes in poor weather - to bring us all the drama and emotion of the sport. They are a great team to be a part of and have played a major role in the EHL success story.
H: It’s a European competition but I have heard you talk about it as a global event. How do you justify that claim?
N: Well firstly I would say look at the non - Europeans who have taken part in the EHL who have been attracted by the thought of being a part of it. Off the top of my head I can think of top players from Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Canada, Pakistan, Argentina ….. then we should consider the reach of our streaming and TV coverage which is impressive and growing. Already it is fair to say that our stars are as popular amongst hockey lovers in Mumbai and Buenos Aires as they are in Brussels and Berlin . The hockey family knows no barriers .
H: What changes have you seen over the ten years?
N: Well we’ve touched on rule changes but that aside I would say look at how our rounds are being hosted and supported. In the early years we were a little unsure quite what to expect from our hosts and they were unsure what to make of the EHL in fairness. Crowds were quite modest particularly in the first round and it had an ‘experimental’ feel to it all. Now things are very different. we are seeing much more interest in round one and the past two editions (Harvestehuder and Banbridge) have been really successful events with great home support and a warm welcome for visitors. Round 1 can be a great development tool and I hope that we will receive hosting bids from countries that we are yet to visit such as Russia, Scotland and Poland so that we can make our sport grow still further.
H: Finally Nick any chance of a tip for the Final 4 qualifiers?
N: Not a chance Howard! What I will say with confidence is that we will have a great few days in Eindhoven at the new home of Oranje Rood and that no one will have an easy passage into the Final Four at Dragons! I also predict a big hockey party in the stands!
Nick to Howard:
N: So Howard can you tell us a little bit about your role in the EHL?
H: Well basically my job as the stadium announcer is to inform everyone about whats going on, entertain and excite the crowd and then announce the teams and the goalscorer.It’s a mix of information and entertainment.
N: With so many games, sometimes four a day, and lots of names - sometimes tricky ones - how much preparation do you need to do?
H: Obviously before the event I read up as much as I can about who is playing and when and start to identify names who might be key players. With so many different nationalities involved its difficult but before games I try to speak to team managers, coaches, physios , even the players themselves to make an attempt to get close with pronunciations .
N: Why is the EHL such an exciting event to be involved in?
H: Well that’s an easy one to answer! Its because we have some of the best players in the world entertaining us. They are wearing club shirts rather than international ones but the quality is quite astonishing and never fails to deliver on the promise to entertain. The best goal I have ever seen , and I have played and watched a lot - was one by Florian Fuchs when he ran from inside his own half, past four players to score a fabulous goal.
N: So you played hockey yourself?
H: Yes, I played starting in1979 as a 13 year old in Bedford 5ths and it took me a couple of years to make it to the 1st XI . Then later on in the Midlands playing with Edgbaston and Bournville in the National League as a ‘keeper. I made over 120 appearances in the National League which is something I am proud of.
N: What makes a great crowd?
H : Numbers help of course! They come expecting to be entertained and have a great time but I think sometimes you are governed by what happens on the pitch. The players have to perform and entertain and they rarely let us down. We try to engage with them through music and my voice and the players often respond to the crowd’s enthusiasm - its a wonderful relationship between players and the crowd throughout the game.
N: Do you do similar roles in other sports?
H: I am very involved in World Badminton and I have done some Test Match cricket and some matches at the Rugby World Cup in England when I did the two Wembley games including a record crowd of 89267 for Ireland v Romania! 267 from Romania and the rest a sea of emerald green!
N: You sound very enthusiastic about the EHL but what is the worst part?
NH: I know we joke about it but its got to be the weather! We’ve had some shocking days - frozen pitches, rain and howling gales.
N: How did we first meet up?
H: Well I guess that goes back to the days that you were managing at Coventry and North Warwickshire and I was playing for Edgbaston. Then there would have been the days when you were commentating on Sky Sports in those national league magazine shows but I think the first time we really got to know each other would have been the fortnight of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002. That’s when we both realised that we really shouldn’t work together!
N: And how right we were!
Euro Hockey League media release