All the news for Saturday 21 October 2017
Teams gear up for final Super 4s challenge in Hero Asia Cup 2017
Indian team Chief Coach says Super 4s is an ideal format which not only offers more exposure at the top level but also tests the players against pressure situations
Dhaka (Bangladesh) - Even as hockey fans around the world gear up for yet another exciting India Vs Pakistan encounter on Saturday here at the Hero Asia Cup 2017 Super 4s stage, Indian team Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne stated that his team will be focused on improving their performance from their previous outing where they beat them 3-1 in the Pool stage. “We were happy with the win against Pakistan in our previous match but we know we can perform better. On Saturday, we will go into the match focusing on our structure and stick to the game plan we have against Pakistan,” expressed the 43-year-old Dutchman.
Though India are on top of the table with four points from one draw and one win, Malaysia are close second with three points from their win against Pakistan, while Korea have two points from two draws and Pakistan are at No.4 with one point. Yet, the Pool is open for any of these teams to make the final spot. “Because the stage is open for anybody to make the final, it is exciting to the last moment. As a coach I want my players to perform under pressure and this is the best way to create that scenario. For us, at this moment, it is a lot important to play top international matches because we can raise our level,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Coach Farhat Khan expressed that his team, especially their forward line, needs to go all-out against India if they want to be in the final. “We not just need to win against India but we need to win with a big margin (at least 3 goals) so we make the final by the virtue of goal difference. But it is going to be easier said than done because I am not happy with how our forwards have performed in this tournament. We have missed many opportunities in the circle and against India we cannot misfire,” asserted the Coach.
Malaysian Coach Stephen van Huizen, on the other hand, stated that his team must look at winning against Korea instead of settling for a draw. “We must win the match against Korea and there’s no other option for us. We can’t afford a draw because then we will have to depend on the match between India and Pakistan and I don’t want to rely on another team to see us through the final,” expressed Huizen.
Korea meanwhile must muster a win if they want to make the final and attempt to seal their Odisha Men’s World Cup 2018 spot. With two draws in the Super 4s against India and Pakistan respectively, Korea have shown spirited performance by testing their opponents with top-level defence. Should they pull off a win tomorrow, then they stand a great chance to make the final. “We don’t want to get distracted with our previous matches results. I am happy with the team’s spirit as they played two back-to-back matches in difficult conditions. We hope to play the world cup but for now want to do well against Malaysia,” said Korean Coach Shin Seok Kyo.
Asian Hockey Federation media release
India eyes summit clash
Recent past suggests that it should have it easy against a struggling Pakistan
Potent strike-force: S.V. Sunil and the others who constitute India’s forwardline have impressed and the money would be on them to come good against Pakistan. Photo Credit: PTI
High on confidence following an impressive string of performances, an in-form India would look to maintain its unbeaten run when it takes on Pakistan in its third and final Super 4 match of the 10th men’s Asia Cup here on Saturday.
Going by recent form and domination, India, the top-ranked side in the tournament, will start as overwhelming favourites against the world ranked 13 Pakistan.
In the recent past India has completely dominated Pakistan and the Manpreet Singh-led side would look to continue its stranglehold.
Barring the 1-1 draw against Korea in its first Super 4 match, India has been in red hot form in the tournament. It has scored some beautiful field goals and displayed what it is best known for, one-touch attacking hockey. The Korea match served as a wake-up call for the Indians, who are playing their maiden tournament under new chief coach Sjoerd Marijne.
They came out all guns blazing against the ever- impressive Malaysia in their second Super 4 match on Thursday. India sits atop the table in the Super 4 stage with four points from a win and a draw, followed by Malaysia (3), Korea (2) and Pakistan (1) from two games each.
And on Saturday a draw would be enough for India to seal a place in Sunday’s summit clash as it enjoys a better goal difference than any other side.
But it would be easier said than done considering that Pakistan has nothing to lose and would be keen to prove a point. Pakistan not only would have to beat India by a big margin to stand a chance of qualifying for the final but will also to pray that other results go its way.
With one foot in the final, the Indians cannot afford to take Pakistan lightly. Irrespective of current form, the result of any India-Pakistan hockey encounter depends on how well the teams handle pressure and emotions on the turf.
What has been the hallmark for India in this tournament is the performance of its forwardline. Strikers Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, S.V. Sunil, Lalit Upadhyay and the young Gujrant Singh have been terrific.
The Indian midfield has been marshalled well by skipper Manpreet Singh and Chinglensana Singh, while veteran Sardar Singh has done exceedingly well as the central defender.
Meanwhile in the other Super 4 game of the day, Korea will face Malaysia.
India take on Pakistan with eye on final in Hockey Asia Cup
LAHORE - Arch-rivals India will take on Pakistan today (Saturday) in the Asia Cup 2017 Super 4s stage with their eyes on the final of the event.
Indian team head coach Sjoerd Marijne said his team would be focused on improving their performance from the previous outing where they beat Pakistan 3-1 in the pool stage. “We were happy with the win against Pakistan in our previous match but we know we can perform better. Today (Saturday), we will go into the match focusing on our structure and stick to the game plan we have against Pakistan,” expressed the 43-year-old Dutchman.
“Though India are on top of the table with four points from one draw and one win, Malaysia are close second with three points from their win against Pakistan, while Korea have two points from two draws and Pakistan are at No 4 with one point. Yet, the Pool is open for any of these teams to make the final spot.
“Because the stage is open for anybody to make the final, it is exciting to the last moment. As a coach I want my players to perform under pressure and this is the best way to create that scenario. For us, at this moment, it is a lot important to play top international matches because we can raise our level,” he added.
Pakistan team head coach Farhat Khan has urged the team members to go for a rare guard action to beat the arch-rivals India. He said his team, especially their forward line, needs to go all-out against India if they want to be in the final.
“We not just need to win against India but we need to win with a big margin (at least 3 goals) so we make the final by the virtue of goal difference. But it is going to be easier said than done because I am not happy with how our forwards have performed in this tournament. We have missed many opportunities in the circle and against India we cannot misfire,” he added.
Malaysian Coach Stephen van Huizen, on the other hand, stated that his team must look at winning against South Korea instead of settling for a draw in their next game. “We must win the match against Korea and there’s no other option for us. We can’t afford a draw because then we will have to depend on the match between India and Pakistan and I don’t want to rely on another team to see us through the final,” expressed Huizen.
South Korea, meanwhile, must muster a win if they want to make the final and attempt to seal their Odisha Men’s World Cup 2018 spot. With two draws in the Super 4s against India and Pakistan respectively, Korea have shown spirited performance by testing their opponents with top-level defence. Should they pull off a win tomorrow, then they stand a great chance to make the final. “We don’t want to get distracted with our previous matches results. I am happy with the team’s spirit as they played two back-to-back matches in difficult conditions. We hope to play the world cup but for now want to do well against Malaysia,” said Korean Coach Shin Seok Kyo.
Pakistan face India in high octane Super-4 game today
Defending champions South Korea take on Malaysia
KARACHI: As hockey fans around the world gear up for yet another exciting India vs Pakistan encounter on Saturday (today) at the 2017 Men’s Asia Cup Hockey Tournament Super-4 stage in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Indian team chief coach Sjoerd Marijne stated Friday that his team would be focused on improving their performance from their previous outing where they beat them 3-1 in the Pool stage. “We were happy with the win against Pakistan in our previous match but we know we can perform better. On Saturday, we will go into the match focusing on our structure and stick to the game plan we have against Pakistan,” said the 43-year-old Dutchman.
Though India are on top of the table with four points from one draw and one win, Malaysia are close second with three points from their win against Pakistan, while South Korea have two points from two draws and Pakistan are at No.4 with one point. Yet, the Pool is open for any of these teams to make the final spot. “Because the stage is open for anybody to make the final, it is exciting to the last moment. As a coach I want my players to perform under pressure and this is the best way to create that scenario. For us, at this moment, it is a lot important to play top international matches because we can raise our level,” he added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan coach Farhat Khan expressed that his team, especially their forward line, needed to go all-out against India if they want to be in the final. “We not just need to win against India but we need to win with a big margin (at least 3 goals) so we make the final by the virtue of goal difference. But it is going to be easier said than done because I am not happy with how our forwards have performed in this tournament. We have missed many opportunities in the circle and against India we cannot misfire,” asserted the coach.
Malaysian coach Stephen van Huizen, on the other hand, stated that his team must look at winning against Korea instead of settling for a draw. “We must win the match against Korea and there’s no other option for us. We can’t afford a draw because then we will have to depend on the match between India and Pakistan and I don’t want to rely on another team to see us through the final,” expressed Huizen.
Korea, meanwhile, must muster a win if they want to make the final and attempt to seal their Men’s World Cup 2018 spot. With two draws in the Super-4 against India and Pakistan respectively, Korea have shown spirited performance by testing their opponents with top-level defence. Should they pull off a win today, then they stand a great chance to make the final. “We don’t want to get distracted with our previous matches results. I am happy with the team’s spirit as they played two back-to-back matches in difficult conditions. We hope to play the world cup but for now want to do well against Malaysia,” said Korean coach Shin Seok Kyo.
The Daily Times
A day before Asia Cup showdown, S Korea reveal they are all too familiar with Msian team
By Jugjet Singh
DHAKA: South Korean coach Shin Seok Kyo is not only able to name the entire Malaysian team, he can also spell out their names correctly.
A former Korean national player, Shin has vast international exposure, and has so far planned almost perfect games to hold Pakistan and India to 1-1 draws in the Asia Cup round robin.
Now, he needs three points against Malaysia to qualify for the final and keep his team's World Cup campaign alive.
India, Pakistan and Malaysia have less pressure – as they have qualified for the 2018 World Cup. Korea needs the gold to play in Bhubaneswar, India, next year.
And after coming back from behind to hold Pakistan, Shin said: "I am happy to see my players overcome their physical exhaustion and remain on track for the final.
"It would have been better if we won the match, but we will continue to remain focused for our next match against Malaysia to reach the final.”
When asked about Malaysia, Shin said: "Fitri Shaari, Faizal Shaari, Razie Rahim... I know all of them. We have good memories playing in the Azlan Shah (stadium) in Ipoh. Yes, very good memories in Ipoh.
"These players are fast and dangerous. This looks like the best Malaysian team (assembled) in many years, but we have a mission to accomplish.
"We need to play in the World Cup, and we have to beat Malaysia first. There is no other choice," said Shin.
New Straits Times
Faizal Saari struck Men's Asia Cup's 1300th goal
Faizal Saari of Malaysia may not be aware of the kind of statistical milestone one of his goals in the ongoing Dhaka Asia Cup has made, and how because of that his name will be etched in the pages of Asia Cup history evergreen. Malaysian match against Oman on the last day of Preliminary Round of Dhaka Asia Cup thus is important.
The talented forward’s 27th minute field goal against Oman is Asia Cup’s 1300th goal.
It took 211 matches for the milestone to occur.
So far the Asia Cup competition in its entirety has produced 1338 goals with six more matches to go.
Only twice, total goals in a single edition did not cross one hundredth mark, the Dhaka edition will thankfully cross the double-digit tomorrow.
The ongoing Dhaka Asia Cup has seen 99 goals so far in 18 matches, and it remains to be seen who will strike the 100th goal. The first goal of Saturday’s match will have the label.
India’s Harmanpreet Singh is leading Indian scorer’s list. So far Sukhbir Grewal, Rajpal Singh, Tushar Khandker, Mandeep Singh, V Raghunath, Rupinder Pal Singh have scored a total of six goals individually in an Asia Cup edition.
Prabhjot Singh’s 14 goals that he obtained in Chennai ten years ago is the highest individual score for India, followed by Md Naim’s 12 (Dhaka, 1985).
After second Action Day of Super 4s and Classification rounds, 64 field have been struck, 30 through penalty corners while just five from strokes.
Harmanpreet Singh's 35th minute Penalty Corner conversion goal against Japan in the Dhaka Opener is India's 250th goal.
Re-igniting a passion for hockey in Bangladesh
Hosting events has been key to inspiring success in Bangladesh Photo: Bangladesh Hockey Federation
At this moment in time, the Moulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh is hosting the men’s Hero Asia Cup 2017, a qualifying event for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup, Bhubaneswar 2018. The Bangladesh Hockey Federation hopes that this hockey showcase will inspire a new generation of talented sports stars to pick up their sticks.
The Hero Asia Cup is taking place from 11-22 October and will see the top men's Asian teams competing for qualification status plus the continental title.
It is a big deal to be hosting this event as Sadeque Abdus, Secretary General of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) knows all too well.
"We last hosted the Asia Cup in 1985, so there is a huge amount of excitement among hockey supporters in Bangladesh and the surrounding Asian nations at this event being played in Dhaka again," says Abdus. "Back then, 50,000 spectators watched the final, it was a fantastic occasion."
If you go back even further in the 20th century, to a pre-partition India, then the region that is Bangladesh was a hotbed of hockey talent. This, says Abdus, has sadly not been the case for the past few decades as cricket has cemented its place as the number one sport. But hockey is fighting back.
"We cannot hope to compete with cricket at the moment,’ says Abdus, "the top players are all paid very well to play cricket and our national players are still amateur."
That said, the BHF has been instrumental in helping top players find jobs so that they can play hockey, train and work for employers sympathetic to the demands of elite sport. It is same within the Federation. Abdus says none of the Committee or Board are paid to serve their sport, but with most of the Board former international players, they have a deep passion for the game and are determined to raise its profile.
"We last hosted the Asia Cup in 1985...Back then, 50,000 spectators watched the final, it was a fantastic occasion."
Sadeque Abdus, Secretary General of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation
Hosting international events is one way that the sport has been able to get itself into the limelight. "Every day we are getting stories into the media about the Asia Cup," says Abdus. "We have had members of the national team visiting schools; members of the 1985 team have been giving talks and the national jersey was recently revealed at a media event."
Bangladesh has already proven itself a good host to international teams. In March of this year, the BHF hosted one of the Hockey World League Round Two events, with teams from Malaysia, Ghana, Fiji and Oman among those who enjoyed Bangladesh hospitality.
"We have definitely learned a lot along the way," says Abdus, chuckling as he recalls a number of pre-tournament panics when things such as the electronic scoreboard didn’t appear until the last minute. The installation of floodlights into the National Stadium just one week before the start of the Hero Asia Cup has added a new dimension to Bangladesh’s hockey offering. While there are just two artificial turfs in the country at the moment, the light upgrade – the result of partnership work between FIH, BHF and the Bangladesh Government – is a sign that the government is prepared to invest in the sport.
There are additional ambitious plans to have a number of new pitches laid in the next few years. Abdus has a huge drive and passion for the sport that he graced, first as an international and then as an administrator, and through his work and that of his fellow BHF members, this former hockey hotbed is slowly re-heating.
For more information about hockey in Bangladesh, visit the BHF Facebook Page.
Further information about hockey in Asia can be found on the Asia Hockey Federation website.
United States Tops Table, Face Argentina in Final. Canada take on Uruguay in Bronze. Womens Indoor Pan Am Cup
Trinidad & Tobago thump Barbados to Play for Fifth Place
2017 Indoor Pan American Cup - Canada vs USA. Photo: Yan Huckendubler
Argentina 3 v Uruguay 2
The final day of pool matches at the Womens Pan Am cup started with 4 teams able to make the finals including both Argentina and Uruguay. The teams last met in the semi finals of the 2014 edition of this competition where Argentina edged Uruguay in a shootout.
The start was exciting for Uruguay as Maria Teresa Viana Ache opened the scoring in the second minute with a quick strike after a run up the right side. The lead was erased quickly when Carina Guzman scored the from field play. Maria Narvaez then found an opening at the top of the circle and struck the mesh to put Argentina into the lead. Uruguay called a timeout to make adjustments in hopes of breaking up the flowing passing game of Argentina.
A yellow card to Uruguays Camila de Maria provided an opportunity for Argentina to extend their lead and they did just that with a corner option that Emma Yanzi smartly popped into the goal.
Uruguay increased the pressure in the second half. A spectacular penalty corner strike by deMaria hit the roof of the goal to close the gap. Argentina’s Narvaez had two chances in quick succession, both turned aside by Rosanna Paselle in the Uruguayan goal.
With three minutes to play Uruguay had a penalty corner saved on the line by Mara Paz that would prove to be their final chance at goal. Argentina hold to win 3-2 and clinch a place in the finals.
Trinidad & Tobago 11 v Barbados 4
A match between Caribbean rivals started out quickly with Ayanna Wilson giving Barbados the early lead with a mesmerising run through the Trinidad & Tobago defence. Not to be outdone Kristin Thompson responded just 2 minutes later to pull even. TTO proceeded to show their class as the half went on and built a 7-1 lead by half.
The second half provided some consolation for the Bajans as they scored three goals for their efforts, but in the end TTO spread their scoring amongst 8 players to win 11-4.
Canada 1 v United States 4
The final women’s pool match featured North American rivals Canada and the United States. Canada would need to win by an improbably large goal margin to qualify for the finals. These teams met in the semi finals of the 2014 Indoor PanAm Cup with Canada winning 5-0.
The teams were evenly balanced in the first half. Bot teams missing on two penalty corner attempts. This all changed when Ali Campbell continued her amazing prowess on penalty corners to put the USA in the lead. Not to be outdone, Alison Lee countered with a corner strike of her own to even the match. Canada got caught in transition and conceded a penalty corner at the end of the half. Campbell made no mistake and scored her 17th goal of the competition to put her team in the lead.
The second half had both teams pressing forward with increased intensity. With Angela Lancaster off with a green card Campbell executed another prolific strike from the penalty corner to give the United States an insurance goal. This was followed up by a thrilling run by Mary Beth Barnham to put the game out of reach for Canada. The USA with a perfect 6-0 record will play in the Gold Medal match tomorrow against Argentina, while Canada will take on Uruguay for the Bronze.
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Pan American Hockey Federation media release
Trinidad & Tobago with Stunning Comeback to Knock Canada out. Mens Indoor Pan Am Cup
Argentina defeat Guyana to earn spot in final.
2017 Indoor Pan American Cup - Canada vs Trinidad & Tobago. Photo: Yan Huckendubler
Canada 5 v Trinidad & Tobago 7
Defending champions Canada went into their final pool match with Trinidad & Tobago needing a 4 goal margin to earn their sport in the final. This would not be an easy task against the undefeated TTO team.
Their campaign started well with Micah Teixeira scoring on an early corner layoff. TTO failed to execute a penalty corner and then found themselves short a player as Aidan de Gannes was called for drilling. Canada pressed but couldn’t take advantage. Another card, this time a yellow to Jordan Viera put TTO in a bind, Gurtej Dhaliwal got a jump in the circle and earned a penalty stroke that was swiftly converted by Jonathan Roberts.
TTO briefly enjoyed a man advantage and a nice defensive play by Teixeira prevented any damage. Soon enough De Gannes earned a penalty corner that TTO again failed to stop at the top of the circle. Canada continued to press and then after a few passes in the circle Jonathan Roberts was able to pop Canada’s third goal home.
Opening the second half Canada earned their first 4 goal advantage of the match. Lyle Fernandes with a top mesh goal that stymied Ron Alexander in the TTO goal. Canada conceded two penalty corners for physical play and on the second one TTO connected and earned a penalty stroke, dutifully converted by Jordan Reynolds. This ignited the TTO team as they followed up with 2 goals from James Marcus in the same minute. TTO changed the script of this match in 45 seconds. They also got their penalty corner working as Soloman Eccles converted from the top to bring them equal.
Trinidad & Tobago were not finished, Jordan Viera found himself at the end of a series of passes and blasted the ball into the backboard for their first lead of the match. With the finals all but out of reach Canada played for pride and tied the match up with a corner goal by Devohn Teixeira. This didn’t break the TTO momentum as they scored two more in the final minutes to close out the match 7-5. Trinidad will take their undefeated record into the finals tomorrow against Argentina.
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Barbados 4 v Mexico 2
Both Barbados and Mexico were without points at the beginning of the match and independent of the result would be repeating this match for 5th place tomorrow. Mexico got out to the start they wanted with sharp goals by Christhopher Vigueras and Alan Baas. Barbados claimed one back by Che Warner to close out the first half.
Warner tallied again early in the second to erase the Mexico lead. Dave Cox added one from the field to pull Barbados ahead for the first time. Mexico had many chances to equalize in the final minutes but weren’t able to get the ball past Keenan Knight in the Bajan goal. An insurance goal by Neil Franklin gave Barbados the victory 4-2
Argentina 3 v Guyana 1
The final pool match of the competition had Guyana facing Argentina. Guyana needed a large goal difference to make it into the finals. They pressed for extended periods but couldn’t get good positioning to score. Led by Joaquin Gonzalez at the back Argentina methodically moved the ball around the field and despite several incursions into the Guyanese circle they couldn’t score. It took till the final minute after a Guyana giveaway for Argentina to earn a penalty corner that Juan Eleicegui finished emphatically putting his team up by one at the half.
Guyana pressured in the second half with a strong penalty corner shot by Jason de Santos saved by Francisco Demonte. Demonte smothered another opportunity moments later to rebuke Guyana again. It wouldn’t be long before Argentina regained their footing. After a scramble in the Guyanese circle Alfredo Sosa popped the ball into the goal to give Argentina a 2-0 margin.
The home crowd was finally rewarded for their patience as their captain Robert France struck a loose ball into the top of the goal to half the deficit. Argentina responded quickly with Gonzalez sounding the backboard to put Argentina into the drivers seat. Guyana pulled their goalkeeper with five minutes remaining in hopes of pulling even, but Demonte was up for the challenge. Argentina finish with a 3-1 margin and a place in the finals.
Pan American Hockey Federation media release
Indoor USWNT Stays Perfect Sailing Into IPAC Final
Image courtesy of Yan Huckendubler/PAHF
GEORGETOWN, Guyana - The U.S. Women's National Indoor Team punched their ticket into the 2017 women's Indoor Pan American Cup final following a 4-1 win over FIH Hero Indoor World Ranked No. 9 Canada. The win keeps USA undefeated in the tournament as they prepare for a rematch against No. 13 Argentina. The winner of the match will clinch a spot in the FIH Indoor World Cup this coming February in Berlin, Germany.
Goalkeeper Samantha Carlino (Kennett Square, Pa.) pulled off a series of fine saves as both squads battled evenly in the early stages of the game. Canada and USA traded penalty corners before Ali Campbell (Boyertown, Pa.) broke the deadlock putting the USA up 1-0 in the 15th minute. Captain Alison Lee tied the game for Canada with the team's next penalty corner in the 18th minute. With time running out in the first half, Campbell stepped up to convert USA’s next penalty corner, giving USA the 2-1 lead heading into the break.
The tactical game continued in the second half with both teams going close. The score remained at 2-1 in favor of USA until the 31st minute when Campbell completed the hat-trick, converting on a penalty corner to give USA the 3-1 advantage. USA defended well while killing off a 2-minute yellow card issued to Sammy Popper (Blue Bell, Pa.) before Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.) scored to close out the game with just over two minutes remaining. Paityn Wirth (Thompsontown, Pa.) battled her way out of a double team on the left board, passed to Barham who rounded a defender and placed the ball past the Canadian goalkeeper Kathryn Williams for the 4-1 win.
“I was pleased with how we defended today," said Jun Kentwell, Indoor USWNT Head Coach. "This was a difficult game. We need to see our outlet passes a little earlier.”
The Indoor USWNT will face No. 13 Argentina tomorrow at 5:35 p.m. ET in the championship game. For more information about the 2017 women’s Indoor Pan American Cup, including event schedule, results and live stream, visit the IPAC Event Page. #IPAC2017
Goal Scoring Summary:
Team Minute Player Action Score
USA 15 #5 Campbell PC 1 - 0
CAN 18 #5 Lee PC 1 - 1
USA 20 #5 Campbell PC 2 - 1
USA 31 #5 Campbell PC 3 - 1
USA 38 #3 Barnham FG 4 - 1
USFHA media release
T&T, Argentina clash for Worlds spot today
T&T Calypso Stickmen will come up against Argentina from 7 pm tonight at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, in Georgetown, Guyana for a spot at the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup in Berlin, Germany next February.
This after the Solomon Eccle-led T&T squad stormed back from a 0-4 deficit to defeat defending champions Canada 7-5 in its final round-robin match at the Indoor Pan American Cup Men’s Tournament, yesterday.
Needing only a draw or avoid defeat by eight clear goals to get to the final, T&T, unbeaten in its four previous matches found itself down 0-3 at the half-time with Micah Teixeira scoring for the Canadians as early as the second minute through a penalty, followed by a double from Jonathan Roberts, in the 14th, another penalty and in the 19th minute.
Three minutes into the second-half, Canada needing to get five more goals without allowing T&T to get on the board went further ahead courtesy Lyle Fernandes for a 4-0 advantage.
However, the match then swung in T&T’s favour in the 27th minute when Jordan Reynos scored from the penalty-spot followed by two other quick strikes from Marcus James within seconds for a 4-3 deficit.
Eccles then drew T&T level in the 29th minute while Jordan Vieira completed the turn-around with a 31st minute field goal for the first lead at 5-4.
Devohn Teixeira responded for the now deflated Canadians in the 34th to level the match at 5-5, but T&T would finish the stronger of both teams with goals from Mickell Pierre in the 38th and Akim Toussaint, a minute later to pull off the unlikely win for a perfect 5-0 record and maximum 15 points, six ahead of Argentina and Canada.
Today’s meeting with Argentina will be the second of the competition for T&T, who won 5-2 on Monday’s opening night of competition.
However, the Argentines with a goal-difference of plus-17 were virtually assured of a spot in the final and they came up against Guyana in their final match last night and just needed a draw or to avoid a defeat by three goals to take second spot ahead of Canada which ended with nine points, and a goal-difference of plus-14.
In Thursday’s late matches, Canada out-gunned Guyana 8-5 and Argentina whipped Barbados 7-1 while Barbados and Mexico met in the other match last night.
Stickwomen spank Bajans 11-4
The trio of Krizia Layne, Brittney Hingh and Arielle Williams helped themselves to two goals each as T&T Calypso Stickwomen spanked Barbados 11-4 to end in fifth spot at the conclusion of the round-robin stage of the Women Indoor Pan American Cup seven-team series at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Guyana yesterday.
The winless Barbadians surprised T&T and took a second minute lead via a field goal from Ayanna Wilson, but it only seemed to sprung T&T into life with Kristin Thompson scoring the equaliser in the fourth minute followed by items from Krizia Layne (ninth), Savannah De Freitas (11th), Brittney Hingh (12th), Zene Henry (14th), Layne again in the 18th, and Arielle Williams on the stroke of half-time for a 7-1 advantage.
Within three minutes of the restart Hingh got her second of the match and the team’s eighth before the Barbadians mounted a fightback with three goals without reply courtesy Cher King (24th), Tammisha Small (28th) and Katrina Downes, also in the 28th trail 8-4. However, that was as close as the Bajans got as Williams netted her second of the match in he 30th to extend T&T’s lead to 9-1 followed by Shaniah De Freitas (34th) and Blair Wynne (37th) with their first strikes of the match to complete the 11-4 mauling.
It was the second win on the trot for the Jerazeno Bell-coached T&T women to end with a 2-4 record and six points in fifth spot for a place in today’s fifth placed playoff against the winners of last night’s sixth placed battle between winless Barbados and Guyana from 11.55 am.
Canada with a 4-2 record faces Uruguay (3-3) for bronze from 2.45 pm. This after USA swept aside Guyana 7-1 followed by a 4-1 defeat of 4-1 Canada yesterday to end with a perfect 6-0 round-robin record and maximum 18 points, three more than Argentina (5-1).
Fifth spot playoff: T&T vs Guyana/Barbados winner, 11.55 am
Third spot playoff: Canada vs Uruguay, 2.45 pm
Finals: USA vs Argentina, 5.35 pm
Fifth spot playoff: Mexico vs Barbados, 1.20 pm
Third spot playoff: Guyana vs Canada, 4.10 pm
Finals: T&T vs Argentina, 7 pm
The Trinidad Guardian
Egypt set to host Africa Cup of Nations 2017
African men’s and women’s Continental Championships begin in Ismailia this weekend
Egypt's Ahmed Ezz was an influential figure at the Hockey World League in South Africa earlier this year. Credit: FIH / Getty Images / Jan Kruger
Ismailia, Egypt: With the men’s Hero Asia Cup currently being played in Bangladesh and hot on the heels of Australia’s double success in the men’s and women’s Oceania Cup, a busy period of Continental Championships continues when the men’s and women’s Africa Cup of Nations get underway in the Egyptian city of Ismailia on Sunday 22 October.
As with all of the Continental Championships, the competition winners will be guaranteed places at next year’s Hockey World Cup events in London (women) and India (men), ensuring that there is more than just continental pride at stake in Egypt.
None of the six teams that are competing in the men’s event have achieved qualification for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 as yet, adding extra spice to a competition that is always be fierce and fascinating.
Host nation Egypt (FIH Hero World Ranking: 19) came closest to booking a ticket to India by finishing eighth at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Johannesburg, South Africa earlier this year. It was one place better than continental rivals South Africa (WR: 15) managed to achieve, but South Africa's higher placement in the FIH Hero World Rankings suggests that the seven times African champions could make it eight in a row.
The meeting between the two teams at the Hockey World League Semi-Final earlier this year was won by Egypt, who claimed a morale boosting 2-1 victory over their great rivals thanks to a double strike from Houssam Ghobran. The Egyptian side improved game on game in Johannesburg, with veteran central defensive giant Ahmed Ezz proving to be a pivotal figure. Although Egypt had not revealed their squad for the competition at the time of writing, they will certainly be determined to build on the solid foundations laid in South Africa earlier this year.
While South Africa and Egypt will understandably be seen as the favourites to secure the required top two finish in the league phase to reach the competition final, their respective paths to the championship match will be far from straightforward. Ghana (WR: 36) and Kenya (WR: 37) have both achieved Africa Cup of Nations medals in recent years, with Kenya having claimed bronze both in 2013 and 2015 ahead of Ghana. However, the likely presence of ace Ghanian goalscorer Johnny Botsio - who scored an incredible 13 goals in six matches to finish top scorer at the Hockey World League Round 2 event in Dhaka back in March - will surely boost their hopes of challenging for the top prizes.
The men’s line-up is completed by Nigeria (WR: 55) and Zambia (currently unranked), with Nigeria having finished in fourth position at four past Africa Cup events and will be hoping that they can finally secure a place on the podium this time around.
On the women’s side, South Africa (WR: 13) will be seen as clear favourites to secure a seventh consecutive Africa Cup of Nations title. In terms of the FIH Hero World Rankings, Ghana (WR: 32) are the most likely challengers to a South African team that has already claimed their place at next year’s Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 courtesy of their superb fifth place finish at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Johannesburg. The squad has been strengthened by the return to action of London 2012 Olympian Dirkie Chamberlain following an lengthy injury lay-off, but the team coached by Sheldon Rostron - who is doubling up in Egypt by also overseeing the South Africa men’s team - will certainly not be taking anything for granted.
Ghana have finished runners up to South Africa on each of the four most recent editions of the competition, and during that period have shown clear signs that the gap is narrowing. The 2005 and 2009 finals were convincing wins for South Africa, but in 2013 only one goal separated the two sides with the score finishing 3-2. Although South Africa claimed a 3-0 win in the final of the 2015 edition on home soil in Johannesburg, Ghana will feel that their own title ambitions are not without merit.
Kenya (WR: 42) are also in with a decent shout of getting amongst the medals in Egypt. Despite their relative lack of experience - team captain Lilian Aura is the most capped player in the team with 41 senior international appearances - they have claimed the bronze medal at the two most recent editions of the competition and took silver at the 1998 competition in Zimbabwe. Nigeria (WR: 62) are chasing their first medal since 2009, where they claimed bronze, while unranked nations Egypt and Zambia enter the competition as unknown quantities who will be keen to make a big impression at the event.
Six matches will take place on Sunday 22 October. In the men’s competition, South Africa will play Zambia with Ghana versus Kenya and Egypt versus Nigeria also in action. The women’s matches feature Zambia taking on Ghana, Nigeria playing Egypt and Kenya facing South Africa.
You can keep track of all the fixtures and results from the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 events by clicking the links below.
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SA men's and women's hockey teams to share a coach at Afcon
Ockert de Villiers
South Africa celebrate after scoring against Ireland in the 2017 Hockey World League Women quarter finals in July. Photo: Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix
JOHANNESBURG - Sheldon Rostron is not only a coach but also a keen juggler as he will lead both the men’s and women’s teams to the African Hockey Cup of Nations in Egypt starting on Sunday.
He has been the head coach for the women’s side since Giles Bonnet resigned in 2014 and in August took up the reins as an interim mentor to the embattled men’s team.
“I enjoy the challenge, it is obviously a lot of work that has to go in to be able to prepare two teams,” Rostron said.
“Working with the two different groups has been quite a bit of learning and a nice experience and it would begreat to be able to be successful with both sides.”
The men’s side should receive most of Rostron’s attention as they aim to qualify for the Hockey World Cup in India towards the end of the year.
“The demand is obviously a bit heavier on the men,” Rostron said.
“That approach is focussed on how we go about dealing with the teams and making sure we get into the important playoff matches.”
The women’s team have already earned their place for their World Cup tournament in London after finishing fifth at the recent World Hockey League Semi-Finals hosted in South Africa.
Rostron’s has had an impressive run with the women; winning the African Cup of Nations in 2015, the World League semi-final in Spain in 2015, before qualifying the side for the World Cup.
While the dual role is a first in South African hockey, it is something that has been tried elsewhere when Carlos Retegui led both the Argentine men and women’s sides to bronze medals at the 2014 Hockey World Cup.
Rostron has five sessions between the teams alternating between three and two during their pre-tournament camp.
His focus with the women’s team is to gain as many points as possible on the world rankings.
“By doing that we fix some of the damage that was created of not going to the Olympic Games and it also helps us to set a platform for next year where we can break through the top-10 at the world cup.”
History favours both teams as the women will be looking to claim their ninth African title while the men are going after their eighth continental prize. The tournament will take place in Ismailia, Egypt from October 19 to 29.
The men open their account against Zambia, before taking on Nigeria, Ghana hosts Egypt and Kenya. The women will also get their tournament underway on Sunday playing Kenya before taking on Nigeria, Zambia, Egypt and Ghana.
India-Japan opener once again
Captain Sagar Prasad is on the left with forward Vikas Antil
Another India-Japan opener await Indian hockey fans. Like in the ongoing Dhaka Asia Cup where the two Asian teams met in the opener, they will open again in a major international outing. The seventh Sultan of Johor will see them in the opener on coming Sunday.
After Japan, India will face off host Malaysia the next day in the third match of the day.
Third match for India will involve USA on 25th Oct
The next day, that is on 26th, India will open day of action against Australia, which is billed as the hottest, which will test India’s mettle.
India will meet Great Britain on 28th after a rest day.
India is depending champions. India has sent a new junior team with Sagar as captain.
India won the Cup last year before winning the Junior World Cup in Lucknow later.
Seven Athletes Added To Women’s National Development Squad
Hockey Australia today confirms seven athletes have been added to the Women’s National Development Squad.
Queensland’s Jodie Kenny, Victoria’s Emily Hurtz and Sophie Taylor, ACT’s Naomi Evans, Anna Flanagan and Laura Gray and WA’s Roos Broek have been added to the National Development Squad by the National Senior Women’s Selection Panel.
National Development Squad players remain decentralised but receive Hockey Australia support and resources through the state institutes and NTC coaches.
Hockeyroos head coach Paul Gaudoin said: “We’ve got the capacity to include players at the moment and we’re in the early phase of the Tokyo cycle, so this helps to broaden our understanding of the athletes.
“These seven athletes have the potential to make an impact in the short-term and potentially the long-term.”
Kenny, Hurtz and Flanagan are all former Hockeyroos who have spent time outside of the set-up recently for differing reasons.
Kenny hasn’t played for the Hockeyroos since last year’s Olympics where she scored her 100th international goal. The 30-year-old took a break from international hockey to start a family after the Rio Games.
The 186-time Hockeyroo, who scored a memorable late equaliser in the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal match, wasn’t part of Queensland’s team at this year’s AHL but helped the Scorchers win the title in 2016.
Hurtz, who has 85 caps and 30 international goals to her name, hasn’t played for Australia since the 2014 World Cup.
The forward helped Victoria win the 2017 AHL in Perth and has been the tournament’s top scorer the past three years.
Flanagan, who has 171 caps and 34 international goals, hasn’t represented Australia since November 2016.
The 25-year-old defender competed at the Australian Hockey League (AHL) earlier this month for ACT, having earned a visiting athlete scholarship to be part of the Hockeyroos set-up in August.
Victorian defender and 2016 Junior World Cup member Taylor, ACT strikers Evans and Gray and WA striker Broek all competed recently at the AHL in Perth in front of the selectors.
“We haven’t seen Jodie Kenny play but we feel with her history it’s worth giving her an opportunity,” Gaudoin said.
“Emily Hurtz was outstanding again at the AHL, scoring seven goals, and is very keen to be back amongst it.
“We’re pleased to give Anna Flanagan an opportunity to be back in the program and we’ll see how she progresses.
“As well as Sophie, Naomi, Laura and Roos, they’ve all put their hand up and are excited about the opportunity this brings.”
Women’s National Development Squad 2017
Murphy Allendorf (QLD)
Lily Brazel (NSW) *plays for VIC
Roos Broek (WA)
Kalindi Commerford (ACT)
Naomi Evans (ACT)
Savannah Fitzpatrick (NSW) *plays for QLD
Anna Flanagan (ACT)
Kyra Flynn (WA)
Laura Gray (ACT)
Greta Hayes (NSW)
Emily Hurtz (VIC)
Jodie Kenny (QLD)
Ambrosia Malone (QLD)
Hayley Padget (VIC)
Mikaela Patterson (NSW)
Meg Pearce (VIC)
Aleisha Power (WA)
Teagan Richards (QLD)
Sam Snow (VIC)
Penny Squibb (WA)
Sophie Taylor (VIC)
Hockey Australia media release
Testing weekend at the top of National League 1
Grange play Kelburne this weekend. Photo by Duncan Gray
It is due to be a testing weekend for the sides at the apex of National League 1, Bromac Kelburne travel to Fettes to take on rivals Grange in the men`s competition while Wildcats venture to Titwood for a similar appointment against Milne Craig Clydesdale Western in the women`s.
There is a three-way tie at the top of the men`s National League 1 involving champions Bromac Kelburne, Western Wildcats and Grange, but that is unlikely to survive this weekend`s confrontations.
Grange entertain Kelburne at Fettes while Harry Dunlop`s Wildcats travel across Glasgow to take on a Clydesdale outfit that have won their last three league fixtures.
Pundits have frequently foreseen the demise of the Kelburne hegemony, but 13 years on the Paisley side are still at the top, although over the years Grange have come the closest to breaking the monopoly.
There is still a lot of water to flow under the bridge until the final denouement – only five games have been played – yet a Grange victory on Saturday would certainly give the Edinburgh side a prod in the right direction. This time last year Grange did just that with a 2-1 victory at Fettes, but yet they fell at the final hurdle.
However, it would appear that the champions have found a piece of true form, according to coach Gordon Shepherd after last weekend`s 6-1 win over Dundee Wanderers.
“I was extremely pleased with our domination of Wanderers on Saturday past and for the first time this season we really clicked and created many chances, and it really should have been double the score. What was even more pleasing was that we did this with five players missing.”
The importance of Kelburne`s renowned goal-scoring exploits – they have found the net 22 time in their five games – is not the issue for Shepherd.
“So firepower is not the issue…it’s the all round game that matters. We will have to defend well against Grange.
“They are a good team and desperate to not be the ‘nearly’ team again so they will be focused and dangerous. We respect them and we are all looking forward to the game.”
This is not an easy one to predict, there is likely to be little in it at the end of the contest, it will undoubtedly come down to the better, or luckier, team on the day.
Kelburne have a big game this weekend. Photo by Mark Pugh
There is a new spring to the Western Wildcats` step, last weekend they were twice behind in the second half against Grange, but refused to be tamed and finished with a well-earned 3-3 draw.
Over the last three games the Wildcats goal machine has amassed 14 goals with developing striker Andrew McConnell claiming five of them.
However, after losing fairly heavily to Grange and Kelburne in their opening fixtures of the season Clydesdale, under new coach Callum McLeod, have galloped into the top four with victories over Edinburgh University, Uddingston and last weekend Inverleith.
“We had a tough start to the season which I think has prepared us well for the last three games.
“Given Western’s results we will have to step up our game again and be more clinical in the circle whilst keeping things much tighter defensively, if we are to get a result. The players have given 100% in every game so far and I’m sure Saturday will be no different.”
The Titwood outfit certainly have players who can find the net, the likes of Ciaran Crawford who has moved back to Clydesdale after a couple of seasons with Grove Menzieshill, Chris McFadden from penalty corners and youngster Struan Walker.
The Titwood confrontation could be an intriguing contest and Wildcats may not have it all their own way, especially with the vociferous home support.
Elsewhere, Grove Menzieshill will move back into the top four if they can inflict another defeat on Inverleith, and if Clydesdale falter.
Edinburgh University may now be finding a bit of form if their 5-1 win over Hillhead last weekend is anything to go by, that could be bad news for a Dundee Wanderers outfit with only a single win out of five appearances.
If Hillhead are to move off the bottom reaches of the league, then three points from their home game with Uddingston will be the start coach Mark Ralph is looking for.
The safe money might be on the National League 1 sides winning through Sunday`s second round of the Scottish Cup, but there are two all top flight clashes. League form would suggest that Grove Menzieshill may feel confident to see off Uddingston on Tayside and Wildcats do likewise against Hillhead, but the one-off cup tie is a leveller and matches are up for grabs. These matches could go either way.
Western Wildcats play Clydesdale Western this weekend. Photo by Duncan Gray
Kaz Cuthbert`s Western Wildcats pack have their first real test of the Women`s National League 1 campaign when they travel to Titwood to face Milne Craig Clydesdale Western.
The Wildcats are purring along nicely, they are in pole position in the table with five wins in as many outings.
Cuthbert has the low down: “The perfect record comes down to a very solid defensive base that won`t be easily broken.
“We have a very determined squad of girls who are continuing to create numerous opportunities which allow us to score the goals.”
There is no doubting Cuthbert`s boast regarding the rear guard, keeper Danni McMurray has only picked the ball out of the net twice in the five league games to date.
However, Western are traditionally one of the top teams in the land, so in many respects Saturday`s contest is the first real test of the Wildcats` resolve.
Wildcats certainly knocked Western out of the Scottish Cup earlier in the season, but that was at Auchenhowie and following a penalty shoot-out, the result in normal time was 1-1, so Cuthbert`s charges will have to go one better if they hope to take the three points.
Wildcats` player/coach is far from fazed by the Titwood occasion. “We take one game at a time, so we will approach Saturday as we have done every other game, confident in our game plan and knowing we have the ability to beat anybody.”
Western have slipped a little from grace recently, a seven-goal thumping by Edinburgh University was followed by a 1-1 draw at home to Watsonians, the result is that Derek Forsyth`s talented squad have fallen out of the top four.
Perhaps these setbacks might just be the tonic needed to get the Titwood-based club back on the rails – something that Cuthbert will be aware of.
The other game of the day sees champions Edinburgh University make the trip to Tayside to take on fourth-placed Dundee Wanderers. The latter`s form against the better teams in the division is a little variable, a 3-3 draw with Grove Menzieshill on the opening day was a good result, but they were outmatched for much of their confrontation with Wildcats and fell 2-1 in the end.
Wanderers host Edinburgh Uni this weekend. Photo by Duncan Gray
Despite losing to Grove Menzieshill a few weeks ago, the Edinburgh students are still very much in with a shout of retaining their crown, but they do need to take the three points from their visit to Tayside.
Sam Judge`s squad have notched up 24 goals in their five league games with Laura Swanson, Sophie Maunder, Hanna McKie and others showing a lethal touch in the circle.
But it is Grove Menzieshill`s Scotland striker Sarah Jamieson who is demonstrating her prowess in front of goal – ten strikes in five games is excellent shooting – she will be missing at Watsonians as she’s on international duty.
The Edinburgh side have already made their mark this season, none more so than last weekend with a 1-1 draw with Western, and they could give second placed Grove Menzieshill a run for their money.
The bottom four sides all play each other – Hillhead take on GHK while Grange are at home to Kelburne – so a couple of teams could start to emerge out of the relegation zone.
Top flight sides Wildcats, Edinburgh University and Dundee Wanderers will be looking to see themselves safely through to the third round of the Scottish Cup, but Grove Menzieshill and Hillhead might have an interesting time on Sunday.
Grove Menzieshill are away to Watsonians for the second time over the weekend – perhaps not so easy to secure back-to-back league and cup results.
Hillhead, in the lower reaches of the first division, entertain Merlins Gordonians from the top of the second, always an intriguing affair.
Scottish Hockey Union media release
Glenanne face another tester after spectacular start to men’s EYHL
Railway Union’s Fergal Keaveney gets away from Clontarf’s Cain Cooney in the Irish Senior Cup last Sunday. Pic: Deryck Vincent
Following their spectacular start to the season, Glenanne have another big test as they are playing their third away tie our of four, bringing their perfect record to Serpentine Avenue and the challenge of Pembroke.
It is one of five well-matched EY Hockey League games, which could give a much better grounding on how all 10 teams will fare this season.
South African international Shannon Boucher missed their Rovers’ tie last weekend but could be named in the panel. For Pembroke, Wesley Bronwnlow is back in contention for a side who have had a mixed bag to date with the need to tighten up a defence that has been the second most porous in the first three weeks.
Alan Sothern’s six goals – two in each game – has kept them in contention in each game so far, earning a win, a draw and a loss. Pembroke did the double over the Glens last season and so this tie could give an indication of how fortunes have developed for the greens or if the Dublin 4 side are in a position to challenge for a top four spot.
Three Rock host Lisnagarvey in a repeat of last season’s EY Champions Trophy semi-final. Last season’s win for Rovers against Garvey in the corresponding league fixture was a breakthrough moment for the Grange Road side, marking for many the first time they had beaten the Hillsborough side.
This time around, they will continue to be without Luke Madeley, Ravin Nair and Jamie Carr and so will hope their adjusted defensive line-up can gel.
Since their last meeting, Garvey have also undergone changes with Paul Gleghorne, Steven Arbuthnot and Timmy Cockram not around for their recent ties while Michael Robson moved to Crefelder HC.
As such, there are plenty of changes for two sides sitting on six points, Garvey with impressive, high-scoring wins over Pembroke and Monkstown on their record with Sean Murray and Matthew Nelson scoring some spectacular goals.
Banbridge will look to bounce back after their Irish Senior Cup exit at the hands of Lisnagarvey. On the plus side, they have Eugene Magee back in their line-up for their trip to Dublin to take on Monkstown.
Town have a slightly remodeled defence this season with Matteo Romoli and Keith Kenning linking up with Gavin Groves while Cian Speers has made a comeback this term into the first team after a while away with Trinity and then playing more socially down the divisions.
Cork C of I will hope that Storm Brian does not strike too hard as they welcome Railway Union for their fourth successive home game of the campaign.
Railway travel with no goals and no points on their card for the campaign to date but they have found Garryduff a happy hunting ground in recent seasons, the Sandymount side winning on their last two visits, including a 4-1 win in February.
The two promoted sides – Cookstown and Annadale – have plenty of recent history with the Co Tyrone side winning the Ulster Premier league last season but lost the EYHL promotion playoff tie, sending them into the wildcard match with UCD.
Since promotion, both are waiting for their first victory with Dale on one point and Cookstown seeking their first.
“The match against Dale is huge – both sides will know that,” said Cookstown captain, Jon Ames. “A win will propel the victor up to mid-table and will give them the bragging rights and a good bit of confidence going forward.
“Much like last season in the Ulster Premier, it has the makings of a very tight and edgy affair. The margins between us have always been pretty fine and that means the pressure will be on.”
One game is on the card in Leinster Division One with Clontarf facing Avoca at Mount Temple while there is a quartet of Neville Cup ties on the agenda.
In Munster, the big game of the weekend has already been called off with The Mardyke closed as a result of Storm Brian meaning UCC and Bandon’s game will not go ahead.
Men’s fixtures (all Saturday)
EY Hockey League: Cookstown v Annadale, 2.30pm, Steelweld Park; Cork C of I v Railway Union, 2.30pm, Garryduff; Monkstown v Banbridge, 2.30pm, Merrion Fleet Arena; Pembroke v Glenanne, 2.30pm, Serpentine Avenue; Three Rock Rovers v Lisnagarvey, 3.30pm, Grange Road
Leinster Division 1: Clontarf v Avoca, 12.30pm, Mount Temple
Munster Division 1: UCC v Bandon – postponed; Ashton v Harlequins, 12.15pm, Ashton School
Neville Cup, second round
Saturday: Dublin University v Rathgar, 1pm, Santry Avenue; YMCA v Corinthian, 1.45pm, Wesley College; Dublin North v Kilkenny, 2pm, NSC; UCD v Weston, 1pm, Belfield
Sunday: Portrane v Glenanne, 2pm, Donabate
Tuesday: Pembroke v Monkstown, 8pm, Serpentine Avenue
Thursday: Three Rock Rovers v Avoca, 8pm, Grange Road
Greensharks too hot for Parkroad, Wazalendo leapfrog Butali
By BRIAN YONGA
Chase Amira's Jedidah Zawadi (right) goes past Kenyatta University's Grace Wangare during their Kenya Hockey Union women Premier League match on October 20, 2017 at City Park Stadium in Nairobi. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Greensharks secured a 2-0 win over Parkroad Badgers in a Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League match at the City Park Stadium.
Goals from Leon Magomere and Chris Wokila gave Sharks all the three points.
The win saw Sharks move to 37 points, 12 points behind runaway leaders Kenya Police who top with 49 points.
Earlier, Wazalendo dislodged Butali Sugar Warriors from third place after they beat Parklands 2-1 in another men’s top flight encounter at the same venue.
Stanley Chege scored what proved to be the winning goal after 17 minutes.
Wazalendo had taken the lead after seven minutes as Job Omondi sounded the board from an Elly Mwanzi short corner. However, Parklands levelled a minute later through Chumila Kavere’s field goal.
In the women’s Premier League, a brace from Yvonne Madowo gave Amira Sailors a 2-0 win over Kenyatta University Titans at the same venue.
Madowo struck in the 17th and 58th minutes to hand her side the three points and their second win of the second leg campaign. The win took Sailors to third in the log with 27 points, four behind second placed United States International University of Africa.
Sharks coach Ben Owaga was impressed with the result but called on his team to be more clinical in front of goal.
“We should have buried this match early on but I am glad the chances we missed did not come to haunt us,” Owaga told Nation Sport.
Parkroad started brilliantly but were undone by lapses in defence as Sharks picked them out in the 19th minute following a short corner.
Magomere’s shot deflected off a Badgers defender wrong footing Allan Agesa in goal.
Shakrs continued to see more of the ball and were more adventurous than their opponents who lacked the killer instinct in the opponents circle.
Sharks eventually made the points safe five minutes to the end as Wokila’s well taken shot put the game beyond Badgers, who remain fifth on the log.
“We were poor in most departments and made it too easy for them. We have got to be better than this if we want to finish higher this season,” Badgers coach Cyrus Kanyi said.
Wazalendo are now on 35 points, two more than former champions Butali, who are yet to play a match in this second leg campaign. Wazalendo coach Fidhelis Kimanzi wants his charges to aim for a top two finish.
“Parklands are a strong side and we really had to dig deep for the three points and I hope this resilience can work for us in the coming matches,” Kimanzi said.
U18 and U16 Girls Head Coaches Announced
Hockey Ireland would like to announce the appointment of Gareth Grundie to the position of Head Coach for U18 girls and Brendon Carolan as head coach to the U16 girls with immediate effect.
Both coaches will be in attendance at this weekend's interpros in Ulster.
U18 Girls will play in European Championships in Santander in July 2018, whilst the U16 girls will plan in an invitation 6 nations in Ireland, also in July.
Irish Hockey Association media release
PHF & Saeed Khan Refute Woman Hockey Player's Allegation
Addressing a crowded press conference at the National Hockey Stadium, Lahore, Saeed Khan, head coach of Pakistan women's hockey team, and Mrs Tanzeela Aamer Cheema, secretary PHF women wing, completely refuted the allegations levelled by a woman hockey player on Mr Khan.
Syeda Sadia, who couldn't gain selection in the Pakistan team for the forthcoming Women's Asia Challenge in Brunei, had alleged that Saeed Khan harassed and assaulted her on the night of October 8 after an argument.
Mrs Cheema said that she was herself present that night along with a couple of other women officials.
"It was an official dinner in honour of the newly selected team for the Brunei event, team was announced only a day before".
"Syeda Sadia, who was a part of the Pakistan team for the last international event, AHF Cup November 2016, in Thailand, couldnt win selection this time. I regard this as the sole reason for her outburst.
We have also dropped another player Iqra Javed who had supported Saeeda's totally false allegations.
Iqra is a close friend of Saeeda and they hail from the same place.
There cant be any compromise on discipline.
I have recommended PHF to impose a life ban on Olympian Usman, former assistant coach of the women team, as there had been a lot of complaints and reports about him over the years."
She praised Saeed Khan's efforts as the women team's coach.
"It was under Saeed Khan's tutelage that the Pakistan women team had its greatest success when they finished fourth at the Asian Hockey Federation Cup in November 2016. We are hopeful for good results this time as well".
When asked, if women wing is going to appoint some committee to probe the incident, Mrs Tanzeela replied, "there is no need for any committee since I was myself present that evening at the National Hockey Stadium".
She also thanked Lt General Aamer Riaz, Corps Commander Lahore, for holding a reception for the women team at his HQ and announcing a cash award of Rs 2.5 million rupees for them".
Saeed Khan thanked the media for its responsible behaviour regarding this matter.
"As a player ,I have been a twice World Cup winner and also coached Pakistan's World Cup winning team of 1994. I have always enjoyed good reputation. During the camp, among other things, I told the trainees that all of you won't make the team. Take the non selection in a good spirit."
When asked if he feels demoralised as a result of this incident ? Saeed Khan replied, "Not at all. Though the incident did effect our last minute preparations but the entire squad, team and officials, are hopeful for podium finish in Brunei."
Team manager, Lt Col (R) Ahmed Nawaz added, "I have known Saeed Khan since childhood. He has always been a gentleman throughout his life. We created a very homely atmosphere during the camp but you cant rule out miscreants."
PHF Media release