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All the news for Wednesday 13 September 2017

Pakistan Development Squad in Easy 4-1 win over Oman

After a 2-2 draw in the opening match of the 5-match hockey series, Pakistan's Development Squad had their second consecutive win over the hosts Oman in the third tie at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex hockey ground in Muscat.

The visitors remained well in control of the proceedings and scored a goal in all the quarters.  Oman scored their only goal in the third quarter  to make it 1-3.
Development squad's defender Mubashar Ali was named Man of Match.

Pakistan Development Squad: 4 (AwaisuRehman, Aamir Ali, Shajeeh Ahmed & Mubashar Ali)
Oman: 1 (Basim Khatir Rajab)

After three matches, Pakistan Development Squad leads 2-0 in the five match series

Fourth match on Wednesday

PHF Media release

GTB Gold Cup: Punjab Police make winning retur

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Mumbai: Playing in Mumbai after almost a decade, Punjab Police, Jalandhar made a winning return as they ground out a hard-fought 1-0 win against Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Mumbai in an exciting Pool-A league match of the 13th PMC Bank-Guru Tegh Bahadur Gold Cup All India Hockey Tournament, played at the MHAL-Mahindra Stadium, Churchgate on Tuesday evening.

Sarvanjit Singh scored the decisive winning goal when he converted a penalty stroke in the 29th minute. Umpire Nishan J. Mohanty awarded Punjab Police the penalty stroke when BPCL defender Sukhman Singh blocked with his body Dupinder Deep Singh goalbound hit on the goalline.

Punjab cops with a couple of Olympians and former internationals in the ranks encountered quite a strong challenge from a depleted BPCL outfit, who were without several of their regular players who are currently in the Indian camp.

Earlier in the afternoon, skipper Deepak Thakur scored the opening two goals in leading Indian Oil, Mumbai to an overwhelming 7-1 win against Central Railway, Mumbai in a Pool-B league match.

The veteran Olympian Thakur showed that he has not lost his scoring touch with some clinical finishing. In the 11th minute Thakur at the top of the circle trapped Sukhjeet Singh’s pass from the right and with a firm reverse hit sent ball past Central goalkeeper Avadhut Solankar crashing to the boards. He was again on target 13 minutes later when he deftly deflected home a long hit from the left to double Indian Oil’s lead before Sunil Yadav converted a penalty stroke just before the half-time hooter to put Indian Oil in a comfortable position (3-0).

Central Railway looked to be a jaded lot and struggled to keep pace with the opposition and lacked fitness to play in the hot, humid conditions and caved in meekly.

Indian Oil continued in the same vein on resumption and in the 37th minute Roshan Minz scored the fourth off an assist from Thakur and six minutes later Sukhjeet with a lunging effort struck the fifth goal. Harpreet Singh from another field effort got the sixth goal for the oil major in the 61st minute before Central managed to get on the scoreboard with Rajendra Pawar squeezing the ball home from an acute angle in the netx minute. Prabhjot Singh another veteran Olympian tapped home from close Indian Oil’s seventh goal late in the match.


Pool-A: Punjab Police 1 (Sarvanjit Singh –PS) beat BPCL 0.

Pool-B: Indian Oil 7 (Deepak Thakur 11th, 24th, Sunil Yadav 35+1st-PS, Roshan Minz 37th, Sukhjeet Singh 43rd, Harpreet Singh 61st, Prabhjot Singh 68th) beat Central Railway 1 (Rajendra Pawar 67th).

Wednesday schedule:
2.30 pm: Indian Oil vs – MHAL President’s XI -- Pool-B
4.30 pm: BPCL vs South Central Railway – Pool-A.


Punjab Cops moving away from their 'rough' ways

Sudheendra Tripathi

MUMBAI: Memories of the ill-fated match between Punjab Police and Indian Airlines in the final of the Aga Khan tournament at Bombay Gymkhana in 1995 are still fresh in the minds of hockey lovers in the city. Punjab Police's towering defender Jagdev Singh had attacked former India captain Shakeel Ahmed, who had to be hospitalized with serious injuries. The final had to be stopped as players of both teams got into a scuffle and Punjab Police had to escape to safety with the Mumbai crowd getting involved. The crowd which had invaded the pitch vented their ire on the Punjab Police players.

A decade later in 2005, former India forward Deepak Thakur was at the receiving end of the Punjab Police players. This time around it was Kamalpreet Singh, also a former India international, who had seriously injured the star India forward who was part of the Indian Oil team in a Super League match of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh hockey tournament in New Delhi. Thakur had to be hospitalized following multiple injuries to his face and hands.

Following those two nasty incidents and a few more skirmishes here and there in between, Punjab Police had gained a notorious reputation of playing tough, aggressive and, mostly, violent hockey. As a result, organisers of hockey leagues around the country stopped inviting Punjab Police to their tournaments.

The trend, though, is on the verge of a change. And the man at the helm of that change is Surjit Singh, who has been the coach of Punjab Police for a decade now. Incidentally, Surjit, who is now an inspector, was part of the Punjab Police team that engaged in the brawl with the Indian Airlines players in the '95 Aga Khan final.

"It was our mistake," he admitted recalling the incident."What happened should definitely not have happened," he added.

On Tuesday, Punjab Police played their first competitive game in almost five years. They defeated Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited 1-0 in a Pool A game of the 13th edition of the PMC Bank-Guru Tegh Bahadur Gold Cup at the MHAL-Mahindra Stadium. And true to their intent, none of the Punjab Police players were booked. They played to the whistle and behaved impeccably on the field.

The last time they played a competitive tournament was five years back in Nainital. Sadly, despite winning the match 4-1, Punjab Police players got into a scuffle yet again and were banned from competitive hockey.

"This is the first tournament we are playing in five years," informed Surjit. "But from now, our aim will be to play clean, competitive hockey .We are in the process of dissociating ourselves from our reputation of exponents of `rough' hockey. Hockey India has also become very strict. The moment a player gets a few cards, the concerned player is summoned by Hockey India and is asked to explain his acts. The other big thing in changing the attitude of the players is the Hockey India League. If a player is banned then he is in danger of missing the Hockey India League. So yeah, these factors have contributed towards the change in our approach," Surjit explained.

The Punjab Police management is keen not only to remedy their damaged reputation, they are also focussed on once again becoming a force in hockey. The management have not only recruited fresh young talent, they have also offered them jobs. Among the new recruits, nine of them have been offered jobs of constables, four of the new recruits have been hired as sub-inspectors, while six of them have been offered jobs of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP).

In addition, India internationals Manpreet Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh have also joined the squad. Clearly, Punjab Police are moving in the right direction.

The Times of India

Watertown High School Field Hockey Team’s Unbeaten Streak Ends At 184

Winchester’s field hockey team celebrates after ending Watertown’s unbeaten streak, Sept. 11, 2017. (Image credit: Karen Dever-McGurl)

WINCHESTER (CBS) – One of the longest streaks you will ever see in sports anywhere is now over.

The Watertown High School field hockey team lost at Winchester Monday, 3-0, ending their unbeaten streak at an incredible 184 games.

Since 2009, they had won 124 games and tied 60 others, making it the longest unbeaten streak in the country.

It’s a record Watertown head coach Eileen Donahue is proud of.

“I want to give credit to all my teams, players and coaches in the past. We’re not trying to start another streak. We need to focus on our practice (Tuesday),” she told WBZ NewsRadio 1030.

Watertown’s field hockey team had gone more than 3,000 days without losing, winning eight consecutive state titles along the way.

CBS Boston

EHL to trial new points scoring system for 2017/18 season

©: Frank Uijlenbroek/world Sport Pics

The Euro Hockey League will trial a new points system for the upcoming season among a number of new innovations for the 2017/18 season.

The new points system will follow along the same lines at the Hockey India League with field goals and a penalty stroke goal that did not result from a penalty corner earning two points. Every penalty corner and every goal from a penalty stroke that came about from a penalty corner will earn one point.

The new scoring system
* For every Field Goal and a Penalty Stroke Goal scored in a match NOT resulting from a Penalty Corner = 2 Points
* For every Penalty Corner scored in a match = 1 Point
* For every goal scored from a Penalty Stroke resulting from a Penalty Corner situation = 1 Point
* In a shoot-out competition a goal from a direct Shoot-out and a Penalty Stroke = 1 Point

2nd match at KO16
In the second change to the EHL format, the losers of the eight KO16 matches will also play a second match (EHL ranking matches) in the same Easter weekend to determine which teams will be ranked joint ninth and joint 13th in the EHL.

All teams will therefore play two matches over the Easter weekend in Rotterdam with teams playing either on Friday and Sunday or on Saturday and Monday. In these four EHL ranking matches, there will be no video umpire.

Video umpire
During the matches where a Video Umpire is available (KO16 onwards), teams will have one video referral per match as per the FIH Regulations. During any shoot-out series, however, no Video Referral will be available. This means team and umpires may not ask the video umpire for a decision during any shoot-out series as there are three on-pitch umpires who can make a joint decision.

These three regulations apply only to EHL and will be implemented on a pilot basis for the 2017/18 season. The FIH has approved the changes and the EHL regulations will be updated in the upcoming weeks.

The first time these rules will come into force will be at the EHL ROUND1 in Barcelona from October 6-8, 2017 at the Pau Negre Stadium. There, 12 teams from 12 different countries will battle it out in four groups of three for a ticket to next Easter's KO16 in Rotterdam.

Euro Hockey League media release

Ford NHL LIVE on Facebook and YouTube

Photo: www.photosport.nz

Great news for hockey fans with the 2017 Ford National Hockey League medal games to be broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube.

The Women’s K Cup Final and Men’s Challenge Shield Final, along with respective bronze medal games will be streamed live simultaneously on the Hockey NZ Facebook page (facebook.com/hockeynz) and in full high definition on YouTube (youtube.com/user/TheBlackSticks).

Games will also be available to replay on demand immediately afterwards.

Everyone who likes the Hockey New Zealand Facebook page or has subscribed to the YouTube channel will be notified through the mobile app or website as soon as the broadcast goes live.

This year the Ford NHL will be played under a new format which puts greater emphasis on exciting high stakes matches.

The event encompasses nine days of action from 16-24 September at the National Hockey Stadium in Wellington, with the new structure aligning with the International Hockey Federation (FIH) model which sees New Zealand’s eight regions split into two pools ahead of a cross-over finals phase.

Pools have been classified based on last year’s placings with each team playing each of the other three sides to determine their seeding going into a must-win quarter final against a team from the other pool.

Reigning Challenge Shield (Men) winners Midlands and K Cup champions Canterbury Cats (Women) come into the tournament as the top seeded sides.

Single entry tickets will be available for purchase at the gate each day.

The 2017 Ford National Hockey League is proudly supported by Ford, Educare, Trilliant Trust, NZCT, Wellington City Council and Wellington Hockey.

CLICK HERE for more on the 2017 Ford National Hockey League



9:00am, Women’s Bronze Medal Match
11:00am, Men’s Bronze Medal Match
1:00pm, Women’s K Cup Final
3:00pm, Men’s Challenge Shield Final

Hockey New Zealand Media release

Dar Academy's Another Successful Dutch Tour

By Ijaz Chaudhry

Holland boasts world’s best domestic hockey structure. There are around 350,000 registered players and 400 turfs; some clubs have as many as eight synthetic turfs. All the clubs have a number of teams, starting from under-8 and going up to the veterans. The league runs for eight months.

Dar Hockey Academy, Pakistan’s finest hockey nursery, has been a frequent visitor to Holland for the training tours.

This August, Dar HA toured Holland for the fifth time. The previous visits proved fruitful as a number of academy colts later went on to gain selection for Pakistan’s national and age group teams.

Dar HA was handicapped as its five first choice players, who had assisted the Pakistan under 18 in winning the Australian under 18 title a few months back, were still in Australia playing for the various clubs in the domestic league of that country. 

The Dutch hockey season commences from September. The clubs’ sides especially the first teams were in the final preparation phase. Hence, in almost all the matches, the Dar HA had to face the first teams of the opponent club; it was Men vs Boys. 

The youngsters performed remarkably well.

Of the nine matches played, Dar HA won seven and lost only two.

One of the defeats came against Oranje-Rood, a leading club of Holland. The club is always studded with star players, from Holland as well as other countries. In 2016-17, they were runner up at the Euro Hockey League, equivalent to soccer's Champions League.

Against the Dar HA, Oranje-Rood outfit included four players who have appeared for the Netherlands national team with three other boasting age group selection for the country. Yet, the Dar HA boys fought well, losing 3-5.

Dar Hockey Academy has played more than 40 matches in this country over all these years.  On paper, this was their toughest opposition.

The other loss came against Klein Zwitserland. The club holds the record of winning the Dutch league for eight consecutive seasons besides winning the European Club championships a couple of times. Here too, the under 19 boys faced a formidable opposition which had the Dutch national goal keeper Laurens Buure. The side also included five players who have played for the Dutch national age group teams plus an Argentine who appeared for his country at the Junior World Cup last year.

The Lahore based academy matched the superior outfit. They were one goal down into the second half, and striving to get the equaliser. The hosts went two goals ahead via a disputed penalty corner and it ended 2-0. The vast experience of the Klein Zwitserland proved decisive.

A memorable encounter was witnessed against MEP at Boxtel.

The first five minutes, it was all MEP. They forced no less than four penalty corners. For a while, it seemed de ja vu; on their last tour in 2015, MEP had downed Dar HA 4-0. Displaying remarkable character, the youngsters managed to come out of this storm and it turned out to be an even constant thereafter; Dar HA emerged 1-0 winners in the end.

In fact, apart from a couple of big wins, the Dar HA victories were hard earned against strong oppositions.

It was learning all the way. One could decipher improvement in performance and confidence towards the latter stages of the tour.

Academy’s head coach Danish Kaleem (World Cup winner 1994) carried out effective substitutions during the crucial stages of matches and there were also visible changes in the strategy as per the situation.
There was learning of another sort as well. The visit coincided with 2017 Euro Hockey Nations Championship at Amsterdam’s Wagener stadium. The colts watched two high profile matches in wonderful atmosphere at the jam packed stadium. A few days later, after winning the match against Den Bosch, the Dar HA colts watched the exciting final of the Euro Nations between Holland and Belgium live on the big screen at the HC Den Bosch's club house.

As always, the Dar HA were the guests of MOP club based in the ‘hockey town’ of Vught near Eindhoven. And as always, they were looked after wonderfully well. Four of the nine games were at the home ground of MOP and the Dar HA got good support. There were snacks at the MOP club house after these ‘home’ games. On one of the rest days, the MOP arranged a friendly cricket match between Dar HA and the MOP cricket club which was followed by a lavish BBQ.
Kids are kids. The serious stuff of matches was interspersed with visits to, among other places, Scheveningen, the most popular beach resort of the Netherlands, and Efteling, one of the oldest theme parks in the world.

The Pakistani expats in the Netherlands came in good numbers for every match, often carrying the national flag. They also arranged a couple of excellent meals for the Dar HA. Pakistan's hockey great Saeed Khan (World Cup winner 1978 & 1982 and coach of the 1994 World Cup winning team) especially traveled from Paris to watch the match at Boxtel.

Pakistani ambassador in Holland, H.E Ms Iffat Gardezi witnessed the match against Klein Zwitserland at The Hague along with the embassy staff. The two teams were later dined at the ambassador’s residence.

After every match, the Dar HA presented high quality Pakistan manufactured hockey sticks to the best player of the other team. In addition, there were souvenirs and shields given to the umpires and the office bearers of the clubs.

Like the previous visits, the rough diamonds were polished and the good name of Pakistan enhanced.

Ijaz Chaudhry writes on hockey & other sports. For more about him and his work, visit: www.sportscorrespondent.info  


Hockey exposure

Paulini Ratulailai

FIJI national women's five-a-side hockey coach Allison Dutta says opportunities given to local players is aimed to expose them in the international competitions.

Dutta has short-listed 15 players for the trials as they prepare for the Inter-Continental Hockey 5-a-side tournament to held in Sydney in October.

"Out of the 15 players we have six players who represented Fiji in the South Pacific Games in 2015.

"We will cut down our squad to nine players before selecting the final five so we're urging our local players to make a stand for themselves," Dutta said.

"We're getting our national men's team to give us a run to test our fitness level and prepare us for that competition," Dutta said.

The Fiji Times

$13k for hockey

Pravin Narain

ORGANISERS of the 2017 Marist Eastgate Memorial Tournament received a sponsorship of $13,000 from the sponsors Geotech Drilling International at the Fijian National Hockey Centre in Suva yesterday.

The company also handed the new jerseys to the Marist men's team for the tournament.

Marist Hockey Club president Peni Sigabalavu said he was looking forward to a successful tournament.

"We thank Geotech Drilling International for their continued support towards the tournament as this is the 23rd year of the tournament," he said.

"This is the event we always look forward to and in terms of the preparation, everything is on track.

"We are getting teams from Cakudrove, Levuka, and Ba. We are happy that a good mix of teams are coming for the tournament and will give their best to win title at stake. We have also been given new jerseys by the Geotech Drilling International this year."

Geotech Drilling International managing director Gary Barnett said they were happy to be associated with the tournament over the past three years.

"This is our fourth year to sponsor the tournament and when I started off the first year and I had never sponsored hockey before and I really enjoyed watching the games over the four days and it grew from there," he said.

"Unfortunately, Marist has never won in the last four years and we are hoping to be lucky. The competition is very good that anybody can win it."

The tournament will be played from September 29 to October 1 at the National Hockey Centre in Suva.

The Fiji Times

Hannah Bond has made a strong first impression on Maryland field hockey’s backline

By Scott Gelman

Maryland field hockey defender Hannah Bond has started all five games as a freshman. (Photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics)

As the final seconds ran off the clock in Maryland field hockey's win against then-No. 9 Louisville on Sunday afternoon, Hannah Bond clenched her fist and joined the Terps in a postgame celebration near their own 23-meter line.

The freshman defender then made her way toward Maryland's sideline, as the Terps thanked the referees and Cardinals before reflecting on defeating their first ranked opponent this season. Despite the circumstances, it was a typical sequence for one of coach Missy Meharg's top young defensive players.

Bond has had notable success throughout her field hockey career, and to this point, that trend has continued. There are few stats to quantify it, but five games into No. 11 Maryland's season, Bond has anchored the backline, limiting opposing attackers with a presence that extends the length of the field.

"She does everything I ask her to," goalkeeper Sarah Holliday said. "She's always hustling back. I don't have a single complaint about her."

For Bond, who joined Meharg's Terps from England and has been playing field hockey since she was 7 years old, the preseason team building exercise Meharg organized provided an opportunity not only to earn her teammates' trust, but also to develop connections away from the pitch.

The Terps wore fleeces in a pool and were challenged not to allow the teammate next to them to drown. The second day's training was hockey-based. Since the activities, Bond has been thrust into a starting role, and her presence has been felt.

On several occasions against Towson and Louisville in the Terrapin Invitational last weekend, Bond intercepted passes, which seemingly contributed to Maryland's nine combined goals between both contests. Holliday and the Terps have praised her effort. But she views making plays as a responsibility.

"It is just where I feel I need to be on the field at that moment in time," Bond said. "We have a structure to how it should be around the back, but just by the communication of the other players around me, it lets me move around a bit more and fill in the holes or make those interceptions when necessary."

Bond admits she didn't know much about America and its culture before playing in College Park, perhaps making her early success more impressive. Her teammates, though, have facilitated the adjustment and changed that quickly.

The Oxted native has started all five matches this season, recording an assist in the process.

"It's my job to make the connections like pass in and pass out again, which you'll see having not played with them a lot it's quite tricky to make those connections straightaway," Bond said. "It's just nice to be able to keep developing with them."

Still, Bond's timely adjustment is likely the result of her extensive resume. She won gold medals at the 2016 U18 Futures Cup and 2016 U17 UK School games and has helped Maryland's defense slow opposing attackers.

Most recently, Louisville's leading scorer, Nicole Woods, was held off the board. For Bond, that has become the expectation.

The Diamondback

Penn State field hockey defeats Bucknell, stays unbeaten

Austin Kurtanich

Penn State Midfielder Maddie Morano (7) protects the ball during the game against Wake Forrest at the Penn State Field Hockey complex on Sunday Sep. 3, 2017. Penn State defeated Wake Forrest 6-0. Photo: Amanda Thieu

No. 2 Penn State did what it was supposed to do against an over-matched Bucknell squad.

The Nittany Lions dominated both facets of the game, defeated the Bison 5-1.

Bucknell held its own in the first half, holding Penn State to one goal and eight shots as it vied for the upset.

Maddie Morano notched the only Penn State goal of the first 35 minutes, scoring her first goal of the season about midway through the half.

Penn State picked up the intensity towards the closing moments of the first half, with four chances to score. None found the back of the cage.

The intesnity carried into the locker room and they came out strong after halftime. The Nittany Lions held onto their momentum for the duration of the game, as the Bison fell back on their heels.

In under two minutes after the start of the half the Nittany Lions were already celebrating a remarkable backhanded goal by Moira Putsch. The flood gates seemed to open after this.

Three minutes later Penn State found more success on a loose ball that was put away by Aurelia Meijer during penalty shot.

The Bisons seemed flustered, not having an answer to the Nittany Lion offense they began to attack the ball more aggressively.

This was the cause for another penalty shot resulting in a fourth Penn State goal scored by Gini Bramley

Bucknell called for a timeout after the fourth unanswered goal, and came out looking collected. They began a counter-attack as an answer to the in stride Penn State offense, and came away with a goal after recovering a loose ball in front of the net.

The Bison evened things out as the second half wore on, but the damage was done.

Penn State would score one more goal in a penalty shot and close the game with 21 shots on goal, compared to five from Bucknell.

The Daily Collegian

Field Hockey Escapes With Two More One-Goal Victories

By Bennett Gross

It hasn't been pretty, but the Red has started the season 4-0. Jason Ben Nathan / Sun Senior Photographer

After beginning the year with two 1-0 wins, Cornell field hockey continued its early winning streak by picking up two more one-goal victories over Vermont and Maine this past weekend.

The Red (4-0) has heavily relied on the goaltending tandem of sophomore Maddie Henry and senior Kelly Johnson. So far this season, the duo has only allowed a combined two goals through four games, and they have saved 92 percent of the shots they have faced.

“We have two starting caliber goalies, and we have been committed to playing both of them,” head coach Donna Hornibrook said. “They work really well together, they have been pushing each other and they have been really supportive of one another. I can’t say enough about how much they mean to this team.”

Their stellar play led the Ivy League to recognize Johnson as the league’s player of the week. Additionally, Henry earned a spot on the Ivy League Honor Roll.

“Our team defense has been great on all three lines, but our goalies have also been phenomenal,” senior captain Sam McILwrick said. “Both of them have played exceptionally well in our opening four games.”

“We came into this season with a lot fight, which was something that we were honestly lacking at some times last season,” added senior forward Katie Carlson. “So that was a huge starting point for us. We’ve been focusing on channeling the drive everyone has into creating smart plays and decisions in the moment because the energy and will to win people have can take over in tough competition.”

The pair’s impressive start has overshadowed the Red’s otherwise slow start on offense. Through its first four games, the squad has netted the ball only six times, half of which came in the win against Maine.

The team began the weekend with a 1-0 win on the road against Vermont (2-3). After a scoreless first half, senior forward Katie Carlson gave the Red the lead, and Cornell never looked back, holding on for its third consecutive victory.

The next day against Maine, Cornell stayed in Vermont and clinched its first top-25 win of the season by defeating the Black Bears in the neutral location.

“They’re consistently a really good team, and we finally scored some goals, so that was a pretty big win for us,” Hornibrook said. “Our defense has been able to bend but not break, which is a promising sign for us as we get closer to Ivy League play.”

The Red got out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by McILwrick and junior forward Isabel Siergiej. But the Black Bears did not go down without a fight.

Maine came roaring back with two goals of its own, both scored by junior Samantha Wagg. The two goals came within four minutes of one another.

Just after halftime, the Red took advantage via a Krysten Mayers goal, and Cornell hung on to yet another one-goal lead, outlasting No. 24 Maine.

“We struggled with our play in the first three games, but finally in the Maine game we played our way. We still have a lot of work to do, but we are happy to see that we are able to perform on game days,” McILwrick said.

In its next game Friday, the Red will host another top-25 team in Rutgers. Cornell will look to start the season 5-0 for the first time since 2009. Last season, the Scarlet Knights defeated the Red 4-2 in New Jersey. Cornell will then travel to Lafayette.

“It’s still early in the season, and we’ve had some moments where we have played exceptionally well, and some moments where we haven’t, but luckily we have been able to come away with wins our first four times out,” Hornibrook said. “We just want to continue to improve and develop — at this point, we aren’t too focused on who our opponent is, because we are mostly interested on how we can get better each game.”

The Cornell Daily Sun

Lynch Named In Change The Game Program

Ben Somerford

Hockey Australia today congratulates Hockeyroos goalkeeper Rachael Lynch on being announced as part of the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) Change The Game program.

Change The Game is an Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) program designed to enhance links between elite female athletes and corporate Australia.

BlueScope will partner the Change The Game 2017-18 program after a successful pilot in 2016-17.

Melbourne-born Lynch, 31, is one of 10 elite female athletes from nine different sports, who’ll be brought together with 10 business professionals for mutual learning and development opportunities over the next 12 months.

ASC CEO Kate Palmer said: “Change The Game is such an important program because it meets two of the ASC’s key objectives: promoting further growth of women’s sport and also enhancing the career pathway opportunities of our elite athletes.”

Change the Game athletes: Fiona Albert (Rowing), Alyce Burnett (Canoeing); Melissa Duncan (Athletics); Jessica Gallagher (Cycling); Belinda Hocking (Swimming); Rachael Lynch (Hockey); Lakeisha Patterson (Swimming); Ellyse Perry (Cricket); Rebecca Van Asch (Bowls); Jo Weston (Netball).

Hockey Australia media release

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