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Olympic Champions Argentina blank Canada to defend Pan American Cup title

2017 Pan American Cups - August 4-13

Ali Baggott

Pan American Champions: Argentina   

Argentina successfully defended their 2013 Pan American Cup title with a 2-0 victory over Canada. The victory marks the third title for the World No. 1 Los Leones, while this is the fourth time Canada, ranked 11th, has finished second at this event. Ignacio Ortiz and Lucas Vila scored the first half goals, while Canadian keeper David Carter minimized the damage done by the Olympic champions.

In typical Pan American Cup final fashion Argentina’s crafty offence was quickly at work but they were matched well by a stingy Canadian defence led by keeper Carter. Ignacio Ortiz caught the Canadian defence by surprise utilizing his shifty skills along the baseline and popping in a ball over Carter for a 1 -0 lead for Los Leones. From there Canada did well to stymie the many, many runs into the Canadian end zone with patient stick work and strong tackles from Scott Tupper, Gordon Johnstone and Brandon Pereira. 

Argentina’s Juan Lopez had a blast from the top of the circle steered away by Carter’s left glove, while moments later a back-hand shot by Gonzalo Peillat was saved by Carter’s sliding pads. Keegan Pereira created Canada’s first real free-play chance as he sent a cross-field pass to Brendan Bissett but the shot was blocked at the top of the circle.

Agustin Mazzilli ran the show for the second quarter with numerous dangerous runs into the circle forcing Carter to make a stick save on one and air dribbling a ball and shooting just over the Canadian goal. In the 25th minute Lucas Vila’s spin at the top of the circle allowed him space to quickly release a shot that fired through traffic for a 2-0 Argentina lead.

The intensity of the match was at its highest in the third quarter. Argentina defender Juan Gilardi was issued a yellow card in the 40th minute in his attempt to stop a streaking Floris van Son, while minutes later Vila was sent off with a green. Canada jumped on the advantage and generated two penalty corners. The first, a flick from Tupper, was saved well by the kicker of Argentina keeper Juan Vivaldi. Canada’s second attempt, this time from Johnstone, was blocked well by Lucas Rossi.

In the 49th minute van Son danced his way into the Argentina circle but his shot was saved by Vivaldi. The bouncing rebound was batted just wide by Canadian Brad Logan. Van Son had another back-hand attempt in the dying minutes of the game but it was superbly blocked by Santiago Tarazona. Canada pulled Carter in desperation to score but Ortiz and Vila’s first-half strikes were enough to lift the reigning champions to a 2-0 victory.

Following the match Argentina’s Matias Paredes was named the best player, while Carter was named the top goal keeper of the tournament. Paredes and Peillat shared the top goal scorer award, each with seven goals, and Trinidad and Tobago’s Tariq Marcano was named the tournament’s best junior (under 21) player.

The final match was also the 100th international match for umpire Peter Wright who becomes just the third male from South Africa to reach this Golden Whistle milestone after his brother John Wright and Deon Nel.

2017 Men’s Pan American Cup Major Awards

Top Player: Matias Paredes (Argentina)
Top Junior Player: Tariq Marcano (Trinidad and Tobago)
Top Goalkeeper: David Carter (Canada)
Top Goal Scorers: Gonzalo Peillat (Argentina), Matias Paredes (Argentina)

2017 Men’s Pan American Cup Final Placings
1. Argentina
2. Canada
3. USA
4. Trinidad and Tobago
5. Brazil
6. Chile
7. Mexico
8. Venezuela

Pan American Hockey Federation media release

USA earn bronze medal on home soil after 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago

2017 Pan American Cups - August 4-13

Ali Baggott

2017 Pan American Cup - 3rd place - Trinidad & Tobago vs. USA   

Poised to finish with a medal in front of their home crowd the USA men came out with their offensive cylinders firing. In the opening five minutes USA had three chances from each of Will Holt, Amardeep Khokhar and Deegan Huisman but none of the attempts forced a save from Trinidad and Tobago keeper Andrey Rocke. Harris picked up a bouncing ball outside the circle and showed good stick skills in the air to keep the ball moving as he weaved through a wave of red defenders only to have hit shot denied by Rocke. Trinidad and Tobago’s first chance came in the 12th minute when captain Akim Toussaint blasted a ball across the goalmouth but Marcus Pascal couldn’t get a stick on it.

A scoreless opening quarter was resolved in the 19th minute thanks to the tremendous efforts of Tyler Sundeen. Following a good defensive tackle at the top of his circle, Sundeen used his speed to manoeuver through four Trinidad and Tobago defenders through midfield only to send his pass on the run to a wide open Harris. Harris drew Rocke out of net and slipped the ball back perfectly for Sundeen to one-time into the mesh for a 1-0 USA lead. Sean Cicchi doubled the USA’s lead in the 22nd minute as his sweep shot on a back bass from Khokhar sent the crowd into fits. A long run by Toussaint earned Trinidad and Tobago their first penalty corner late in the second quarter but Lyndell Byer couldn’t make the trap at the top. USA enjoyed the majority of the possession and chances in the opening half that remained 2-0.

USA kept up the pressure in the second half but Rocke stood tall in goal denying a clear take from Sundeen followed by two-straight penalty corners. In the 39th minute Khokhar was taken to the ground on route to deflecting a ball and a penalty stroke was awarded. Holt misconnected and his shot was an easy save for Rocke. Trinidad and Tobago had some strong runs through midfield thanks to the leadership of Kwan Browne but the USA defence of Aki Kaeppeler and Mohan Gandhi were too effective on the perimeter of their circle.

Mid-way through the final quarter tournament officials were forced to issue a stoppage due to inclement weather. A two-hour storm delay brought the teams back on the pitch for just over eight minute of play. Trinidad and Tobago appeared slightly revived with the extra rest time but despite all of their attack were unable to capitalize. USA skipper Harris had an open strike on an empty net after Trinidad and Tobago pulled their goalie but his shot rang off the post. Holt provided the assurance in the final seconds of play, scoring on the unattended goal to give USA a 3-0 victory and the 2017 Pan American Cup bronze medal. Despite the loss the top-4 finish was still important for Trinidad and Tobago’s world ranking points as they eye a spot on the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Pan American Hockey Federation media release

Canada’s Men take home silver at the 2017 Pan American Cup

Kori Sidaway

Midfielder John Smythe battles for the ball with an Argentinian player in the final match of the 2017 Pan American Cup.(Yan Huckendubler/PAHF)

Despite a strong performance from David Carter, named 2017 Pan American Cup goalkeeper of the tournament, the Men’s National team were defeated by the world’s number one team and reigning Olympic champions, Argentina, by a score of 2-0 in the finals.

Their matchup was a repeat of the 2013 Men’s Pan American Cup Final, which Argentina won 4-0, and Argentina adds this year’s Pan Am Cup title to their 2004 and 2013 championships.

Argentina came out strong in the first half, forcing Carter to make numerous high pressure saves, but it was a turnover in the fourth minute that saw Argentina make it initially onto the scoreboard, capitalizing on the opportunity with a diving deflection that got past Carter.

“It was a really tough match for us,” Carter said following the game. “We came out a bit slow, when you’re facing a team that’s as good and as classy as Argentina – world’s number one, they were just so much sharper in their skills than us in the first quarter and we got behind the 8-ball.”

The first half saw more of the same, with some fleeting chances for the Men’s National team, but mistakes on turnovers, botched penalty corners (for both teams), left it up to Carter in the back to save the team from a barrage of Argentinian shots.

In the 25th minute, Argentina managed to get one through off an incredibly quick one timer shot, with Carter having no time for a view, leaving Argentina to double their lead 2-0.

The second half kicked off with new vigour. Carter said that the team came out and “played with that Canadian grit that we’re known for, upped the physicality a little bit and never quit.”

So, Canada was back, recharged and more aggressive. Brad Logan came out early with a deep pass going just wide of the post and Keegan Pereira worked his way into the Argentinian circle. But Argentina came back to see Carter again all over the net working for Canada’s Men to remain in the game.

As Canada was showing their strength, Argentina rose to the physical challenge and play got increasingly scrappy, escalating to a yellow card moment following an Argentinian player intentionally snatching Canadian forward Floris van Son’s stick out of his hands has he was beating him on the ball.

Van Son wasn’t stopped by the drama of the game, and worked up and down the field both defensively and offensively for Canada’s men. A couple of Canadian flicks off penalty corners were denied as Canada knocked on Argentina’s door, making their solid mark in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter saw chances from both sides, Floris van Son seeing the majority of them for Canada, but all were deflected or denied disappointingly, by Argentinian players.

In the last two minutes of the game, Canada took the risk of pulling goalkeeper Carter for the extra attacking man. But, as the final seconds disappeared off the clock, Argentina took the 2017 Cup, and the win, 2-0.

Moving forward, Interim Head Coach Paul Bundy said the team is going to take notes from their third quarter today. “We’re going to be a little more aggressive in the way we play. We’re not going to be on the back foot…so we’ll be looking to score goals.”

Also chatting post game, Carter eluded to the ambitious future of the Canadian Men’s team. “It’s been a long time since we’ve beat Argentina,” Carter said, “it’s a rivalry that eventually we’re going to get one…”

Until then, Canada’s Men earned a well-deserved 2017 Pan American Cup silver medal and continued their record of appearing in every final of the Pan American Cup since it’s start.

Team USA earned bronze after they finished the tournament winning their last game versus Trinidad and Tobago.

Catch Canada’s Women play in their bronze medal match tomorrow, August 13th at 1:00pm PT/4:00pm ET when they play a rematch with Team USA

Field Hockey Canada media release

USMNT Wins PAC Bronze on Home Turf Against Familiar Foe

Image courtesy of Mark Palczewski

LANCASTER, Pa. –  The stage was set on a cloudy Saturday afternoon at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa. for a rematch of the 2013 bronze medal game of the men’s Pan American Cup (PAC) between the USA and Trinidad and Tobago. Although the red, white and blue finished fourth four years ago to the same opponent, USA prevailed by a final score of 3-0 on home turf to secure their second medal in tournament history.

The two teams also recently squared off in March at the FIH Hockey World League Round 2 Quarterfinals in Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago, where USA prevailed 3-2 in a shootout victory. USA went on to secure bronze in that event as well marking two medals in eight months since USMNT Head Coach Rutger Wiese took over the program.

It was a feat that left Wiese without words in the moments following the victory.

“We came so far… so far from January when we started with a new staff [and] new team,” admitted Wiese. “We are not used to winning, so to pull off two tournaments like this where we won three games, we tied one and we lost one, and the loss and tie came from No. 11 [Canada] and the Olympic Champion [Argentina].”

USA took possession early passing around the backfield trying to set up an initial offensive prowess, which formed in to an aerial ball and backhanded shot attempt in the 3rd minute. USA took two more shots on net moments later but were denied both times. The squads exchanged possessions and scoring chances for much of the quarter after the early USA barrage, but neither side could translate onto the scoreboard as the first quarter came to a close.

Trinidad and Tobago pressed first to open the second quarter but were met by a swift USA defense that prevented circle penetration. Still with possession they managed a shot on net which USA goalkeeper Brandon Karess (Allentown, Pa.) made the save on. The save helped set up a break downfield for USA, and a few smart passes later set up a sweeping score by Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, Calif.) in the 19th minute. Trinidad and Tobago pushed forward after the reset but a hard tackle in front of the net by the USA defense turned away the opportunity. USA countered back the other way and after a missed shot on goal, netted their second score of the contest courtesy of Sean Cicchi (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) on a sweep into the roof of the goal to make it 2-0. Trinidad and Tobago earned the first penalty corner of the game moments later but was chance was mistrapped. USA took over possession for the majority of the remaining time until the halftime horn sounded.

To open the third quarter, USA sprung into the circle twhere a lifted shot by Sundeen was swatted away by goalkeeper Andrey Rocke. Trinidad and Tobago’s defense was tested again minutes later as USA retained pressure with multiple shots on net. Rocke remained strong in back-to-back USA penalty corners and a penalty stroke chance, turning the ball away each time. Still down two, Trinidad and Tobago rallied a final chance before the quarter ended but was denied by USA's defense.

In the final 15 minutes, Trinidad and Tobago were warded off early on two offensive chances. On the other side of the pitch, Rocke continued to be a wall against USA. Play was suspended in the 52nd minute due to weather and despite the long delay, intensity was immediate the moment the reset whistle blew. Still down by two goals at the 56th minute, Trinidad and Tobago pulled Rocke for a kicking back. USA quickly recovered possession and pressed into the circle with a wide shot and Trinidad and Tobago responded with two shots that could not break through the USA defense. In the final minute, USA regained control and rang a shot off the post, but were able to pocket a third score with 14 seconds remaining in regulation. At the final whistle, it was all smiles from the bench as the scoreboard read USA 3, Trinidad and Tobago, 0.

“Feels good,” commented Karess, following the shutout victory. “Two bronze in a year is a good start. It’s hard work from our coaching staff, trainers and every single guy on this team. We’ve pushed for it starting in this new direction and new leadership. We’re getting there.”

“I’m glad it happened on home turf because everyone can see now what we are trying to achieve,” added Wiese. “It’s a start, but we are going back to the training field we’ll be a better team next and the year after.”

The U.S. Women’s National Team hopes to echo the success of their male counterparts tomorrow, Sunday, August 13 at 4 p.m. ET in the bronze medal game against Canada. For more information about the 2017 Pan American Cups, including event schedule, results, ticket information and live stream, visit the PAC Event Page on usafieldhockey.com. All Team USA games are broadcast on PCN. #PAC2017 #CaptureTheCup

USFHA media release

Golden Whistle for South Africa's Peter Wright

The final match was also the 100th international match for umpire Peter Wright who becomes just the third male from South Africa to reach this Golden Whistle milestone after his brother John Wright and Deon Nel. South African women Marelise de Klerk and Michelle Joubert have also earned this distinction with John Wright and Marelise de Klerk being two of only 4 umpires to officiate at over 200 Internationals.

Pan American Hockey Federation media release

Scotland win Men’s EuroHockey Championship II in Glasgow

Scotland m Euros 2017 winners

Scotland men won EuroHockey Championship II in Glasgow in a tremendous 2-1 victory over Wales. Scotland had already gained promotion to the top division of European hockey but took the top prize in the tournament in front of a full house in Glasgow.

It was a nervy opening from both sides, and a highly tactical one. Jamie Wong was picking up good positions for the Scots and Lee Morton looked dangerous on the ball.

The first opportunity fell for Wales and it came at a penalty corner – an area where Wales can be deadly. This time Tommy Alexander got down low to his right to save before blocking the rebound.

In the second quarter the match swung in Wales’ favour. A penalty corner was awarded and James Carson slammed it low into the bottom right corner to make it 1-0.

Wales were playing great hockey and the Scots were struggling to break them down.

It looked like Wales had struck a second when a crash ball into the D was deflected into the net but it was chopped off and Scotland survived.

Within seconds Scotland went on the offensive and won their first penalty corner but Kenny Bain`s powerful strike unfortunately cannoned off the bar. In the resulting scramble another set piece was awarded, this time Bain`s flick was saved on the line by Daniel Kyriakides to prevent the equaliser.

Celebrations Scotland Euros 2017 winners

The dramatic comeback started only three minutes into the final quarter, at another penalty corner Willie Marshall`s low drag flick was half stopped by a defender but the ball still found its way into the back of the net.

The Scots` tails were now up, Forsyth had a chance for the lead but his reverse stick effort flew just wide of the target.

But the Scots were not to be denied the ultimate reward, Forsyth was again given the ball in space in the Welsh circle, he needed no further invitation and the Surbiton striker lashed the ball into the net for a 2-1 lead.

A hero now emerged at the other end of the pitch as the Welsh now pressed to get back into the contest, Scots keeper David Forrester, on at half time, produced several telling saves to keep his side in front.

In a desperate attempt to save the contest the Welsh coach replaced his goalkeeper with an additional outfield player but the Scots held on. In the final seconds Bain almost made it 3-1 with a breakaway but he was blocked at the top of the circle.

Fittingly Alan Forsyth won both the top goal scorer and player of the tournament while Tommy Alexander took the top goalkeeper award.

Scotland’s winning goal scorer Alan Forsyth said, “We made it hard for ourselves again but we knew if we played our game we would win the match. When the ball came to me I just decided to hit it as hard as I could. It was one of the best feeling of my life when it went in. Amazing.”

Scotland Captain Chris Grassick said, “This is an amazing feeling. We got what we came for but to get five wins from five is really special. We have a great squad and a great team behind us, and today’s crowd was absolutely amazing.”

Photos by Duncan Gray and Mark Pugh

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Over-45 women shine on Masters Euros opening days

The Irish Over-55s celebrate their victory.

Ireland O-45 women began their European championships against Wales in Tilburg on Friday evening with a 4-0 victory as several Irish masters teams started their campaigns

Ireland O-45 women began their European championships against Wales in Tilburg on Friday evening. The previous encounter in the home nations had been a close affair so Ireland expected a tough game.

The tone was set in the opening exchanges as Ireland pressed effectively, moving the ball quickly to pressurise the Welsh defence. From one such move down the right, Ann Young jinked into the circle and from the ensuing pass, Hazel Agar crossed to Nichola Thompson to convert the opening goal at the far post.

Into the second quarter and once again Ireland found a way down the right, into the circle and an almost carbon copy goal for Fiona Nestor at the far post; 2-0 up at half time, Ireland started the second half in search of further goals.

Thompson ghosted into the circle and her shot was deflected past the keeper into the net by Ashling Schutte for a third goal. By now, Ireland were firmly in control of the game and in the latter stages of the final quarter Clodagh McMoreland-Lynch converted a sweet penalty corner strike for Ireland’s fourth goal. The Irish defence held firm throughout, not giving an inch.

Elsewhere, the Irish Over-45 men also beat Wales with Trevor Dagg equalising the tie at 1-1 early in the second half from a corner. They fell behind for a second time but Robbie Ryan levelled again at 2-2 with 20 minutes to go before Stephen Magee snagged the winner with nine minutes left.

In their second game, they had led 2-0 against Germany on Saturday via a pair of Neil Cooke penalty corners but the Honamas showed typical German spirit to strike three times in the closing quarter to swing the result their way, 3-2.

At men’s Over-55s level, Keith Jess’s second half goal was not enough to turn the tide in a 3-1 defeat to the hosting Netherlands. They lost 6-0 to England on day two.

The Irish Over-40s women ran up a 7-0 victory over Italy with Mary-Rose Roche scoring a hat trick.

The Over-55s had a nice 2-1 win v Scotland with Pat Stewart and Maggie Hunter on the scoresheet while the 50s had an excellent 1-1 draw with England; captain Linda Jenkinson was the scorer.

Masters European Championships
Women’s O-45s: Ireland 4 (Nichola Thompson 15, Fiona Nestor 24, Ashling Schutte 46, Clodagh McMoreland- Lynch 62) Wales 0
Women O-40s: Ireland 7 (M-R Roche 3, N Patterson 2, F Connery, F Walshe) Italy 0
Women’s O-55s: Ireland 2 (P Stewart, M Hunter) Scotland 1
Women’s O-50s: Ireland 1 (L Jenkinson) England 1
Men’s O-45s: Ireland 3 (Trevor Dagg, Robbie Ryan, Stephen Magee) Wales 2; Ireland 2 (N Cooke 2) Germany 3
Men’s O55s: Ireland 1 (Keith Jess) Netherlands 3; Ireland 0 England 0

The Hook

SA women's hockey has had to overcome major obstacles


Roisin Upton of Ireland challenges Jade Mayne of South Africa during 2017 Hockey World League Women Quarter Final 3 game between South Africa and Irelandat Wits Hockey Fields in Parktown. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG – Shelley Russell doesn’t downplay the significance of qualifying for next year’s Women’s Hockey World Cup.

The SA Women’s hockey player knows that blood, sweat and tears were shed by her teammates on the road to qualification for next year’s London spectacle.

“Our ladies are all amateurs, competing against fully professional countries, so the work and sacrifices that we have to put into our qualifying efforts cannot be downplayed,” Russell says.

The team ensured they would be travelling to London in July next year after they secured a 3-0 win against Ireland at the FIH Hockey World League semi-finals.

But Russell and her teammates have had their backs against the wall for the past year. Having being denied the opportunity to compete at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the team has been forced to cover significant ground in its attempt to qualify for next year’s spectacle in London.

“Many of the girls make work career sacrifices for the opportunity of competing against the best in the world, on the greatest sporting stage of them all.

“Some of us are fortunate enough to have experienced participation in the Olympics, but others have been denied that privilege when they have ‘bust a gut’ to become eligible.

“The reality of us losing a valuable opportunity to earn world ranking points at the Olympics left us unfortunately dropping in world rankings. We’ve been in a catch-up situation ever since.”

The 30-year-old says missing out on competing at the Rio Olympics had made their task of qualifying for the World Cup much harder.

“We had precious little international exposure during 2016, and leading up to the tournament in 2017, so we had very little opportunity to work together as a squad.

South Africa and Ireland players shaking hands during 2017 Hockey World League Women Quarter Final 3 game between South Africa and Ireland at Wits Hockey Field in Parktown. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

“We had a pretty intense week of preparation in Joburg just prior to the World Cup qualifiers, but to be truthful, we were ‘ring-rusty’, off the pace, and took too long to find each other.”

But still, the team will be heading in to the World Cup with “high aspirations”.

“We have the capability of beating any of the top sides in the world, on our day,” she says.

“Realistically, it will be a tall order to pull off a World Cup victory, but that won’t prevent us from giving it the best shot that we have.”

Russell and her teammates don’t get paid a salary to represent South Africa in hockey, and neither do they have full-time hockey programmes.

“Where other countries have the edge on us is from full-time hockey programmes, all year round, and the players receiving professional income to be able to play hockey full-time.

“I think one of our downfalls is that when we are able to get together as a squad, usually before a big tour or tournament, the training is extremely intense and taxing on our bodies, resulting in some niggling injuries creeping in, resulting in some members of the team going into those tournaments in less than peak physical condition.”

Team coach Sheldon Rostron has faith. “They have the potential to do very well. However, they would need a full-time training structure throughout the year to really make their mark in the World Cup.

“The reality is that we compete against fully professional teams. We play against players that play on an international level weekly and train daily. Until we have a process like them, we will only compete and keep striving for better.”

His players have to work and often take unpaid leave to take part in events or camps.

“It’s sad to see how our players have to struggle to do what they love but also to represent their country.

“We often plead with organisations to assist us and to see the time away as sponsorship and investing experiences in the individual. The team is involved in the Investec hockey academy “where we work with the youth around the country.”

Independent Online

PHF shortlists 38 players in dubious fashion

Mohsin Ali

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Hockey Federation chief selector Hassan Sardar has shortlisted 38 players for the next phase of national camp for the Asia Cup Hockey Tournament after two-days trials were held at Army Hockey Stadium, Rawalpindi.

The entire exercise was conducted in highly dubious manner as first not a single day competitive hockey was played during the two-week long camp conducted at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium. Around 64 players were invited, 13 were sent home sighting fitness issues while the main focus was given on lectures and not on improving ground skills as Naseer Bunda Stadium Astroturf was in shambles and federation was fully aware of the fact. It was more a joy-ride to accommodate coaches and others rather than working on building a solid team. The federation also kept the media from trials to include players of their own choice. It makes no sense of just giving lectures to players through a junior instructor, who doesn’t know the ABC of hockey but due to his close links with PHF President Brig (R) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar, he managed to get release orders from the PSB to enjoy perks and privileges and international tours. It is high time DG PSB should take notice and call back Nasruallah Rana and ensure he performs duties which are required from him.

The Federation must also involve stakeholders rather than hiding facts from them. Ever since Brig Khokhar and Shahbaz Senior had taken over, they never bothered to inform about income and expenditures and on what grounds they are hiring an army of officials. The one who speaks against federation is given some kind of role to silence critics. If government wanted these type of results, then what was wrong in continuing with Olympians Akhtar Rasool and Rana Mujahid as they had played hockey and won medals for country. Olympians had demanded government to take strict action against present management and make accounts public.

Following players have been asked to report on 16th afternoon at Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium, Karachi.

GOALKEEPERS: Mazhar Abbas, Amjad Ali, Waleed Akhtar and Hafiz Ali Umair

FULLBACKS: M Irfan, Aleem Bilal, Atif Mushtaq, Hassan Anwar, Mubashar Ali and Syed Kashif Shah

HALFBACKS: Ammad Shakeel Butt, M.Rizwan Jr, Saleem Nazim, Abu Bakar Mahmood, Faisal Qadir, Saran bin Qamar, Rashid Mahmood, Tasawar Abbas, Ali Hassan Faraz and Junaid Kamal,

FORWARDS: Shan Irshad, M Irfan Jr, Arsalan Qadir, Umar Bhutta, Azfar Yaqoob, Aamir Ali, Abdul Haseem Khan, Muhammad Dilber, Karim Khan, M Rizwan Sr, Rizwan Ali, Muhammad Naveed, Atiq Arshad, Ejaz Ahmad, Ali Shan, Bilal Qadir, Khizar Akhtar and Qamar Bukhari.

The Nation

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