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News for 17 December 2017

All the news for Sunday 17 December 2017

Fiji women's beaten in Oceania hockey final

Paulini Ratulailai

Fiji's Tiara Dutta and Japan's Kyoka Sasaki in action during the final of 2017 Oceania Challenge Cup at the National Hockey Centre yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

FIJI President XI women's hockey team was beaten 3-0 by Japan under-18 in the final of the 2017 Oceania Challenge Cup yesterday.

The senior women's team held Japan 0-0 in the first quarter but the visitors scored a goal to lead 1-0 at the end of the second quarter.

After the half time both teams showcased strong defence without scoring a goal in the third quarter, but the Fijian ladies couldn't keep up with the Japan team's speed scoring two goals in the last quarter.

Manager Myra Tora said the girls gave their all but the visitors came well prepared.

"It was unfortunate that some of the players couldn't make it due to commitments, but the girls really played well," she said.

"On the positive side they played well throughout the last few minutes of the game. The Japanese girls were fast in running and passing the ball and they followed their game plan well and that is one thing that we learnt."

In the last quarter the Fijian girls were tired as they tried to keep up with their opponents.

Tora said one of the challenges they faced was many players were injured.

"We have players with knee injuries and are recovering and some come and play because of their love for the sport. We haven't had much training together because of personal commitments and it is not easy, but apart from that the girls are trying their best. Hats off to the girls for a good outing throughout the week and now we shall enjoy the festive season and hope to make a comeback next season," she said.

The Fiji Times

National Hockey Championships: Gilgit-Baltistan, Police & SNGPL Victorious on Opening Day

64th National Hockey Championships were inaugurated at Sukkur by Syed Khurshid Shah, leader of the Opposition at the National Assembly.

President PHF, Brigadier (rtd) Khalid Khokhar and Secretary PHF, Shahbaz Ahmad were also present on the occasion.

The results of first four matches (received till the filing of this report):

Gilgit-Baltistan beat FATA 3-2
Gilgit-Baltistan: Abid, Imtiaz & M.Yousaf
FATA: Samiullah & Khushal

Police beat Port Qasim 2-1
Police: Imran Azhar & Arshad Ali
Port Qasim: Wasif Raza

SNGPL best HEC 5-2
SNGPL: Rana Waheed 2, Zahidullah, Dawood & Mohammad Asad
HEC: Mohammad Boota & Asher Tariq

Army drew Customs 1-1
Army: Abdul Jabbar
Customs: Salman Hussain

PHF Media release

Wimbledon and Team Bath make great start to Jaffa Super 6s

Wimbledon and Team Bath Buccaneers both kicked off their Jaffa Super 6s campaign with back-to-back wins on day one of the Men’s Premier Division at Bromsgrove School.

Wimbledon got off to a great start as they target a spot at the final on January 28 at the Copper Box Arena in London, running out 9-6 winners against defending champions Surbiton.

William Marshall struck four times for Surbiton but that was not enough to prevent Wimbledon taking the victory, 22-year-old England and Great Britain international Ed Horler hitting a hat trick and Steven Ebbers also scoring three.

Horler was far from finished there too - he scored five times in Wimbledon’s 6-5 triumph over Reading to end the day as leading scorer and send his side top on goal difference.

Team Bath are behind by just a single goal, Ben Mackey netting a hat-trick for them in a 5-3 victory over Loughborough Students in the opening game of the tournament.

The Buccaneers hold the best defensive record after day one, they backed up their opening victory with a 3-2 triumph over Brooklands MU, Cam Heald scoring twice.

Holcombe are also unbeaten after the opening day of competition, Nick Bandurak hitting a first half hat-trick to get them off and running with a 7-2 win over Loughborough.

They followed that by rescuing a point in a dramatic 5-5 draw against Sevenoaks in the final match of the day. David Smith hit a hat-trick for Sevenoaks who led 4-0 at the break but Holcombe rallied to earn a point in a pulsating game, Dan Webster also scoring three.

Defending champions Surbiton bounced back from their opening defeat with a 6-3 victory against last year’s beaten finalists East Grinstead, GB international Alan Forsyth scoring five times in that game.

East Grinstead had earlier been involved in the day’s highest scoring match as they ran out 9-7 winners over Sevenoaks.

Brooklands MU got their first three points on the board as David Flanagan scored five times in their 8-6 win over Reading, while England international and Reading captain Tom Carson scored a brace in that match and ended the day with four.

* For goalscorers and full competition details, including live updates click here

England Hockey Board Media release

Gordon's goals help East Grinstead top the table

Ruth Gordon and Bara Kavanova both scored three goals for East Grinstead to help them top the early Premier Division table on day one of the Jaffa Women’s Super 6s Championship at the Phoenix Sport and Leisure Centre in Telford.

Kavanova scored a hat-trick in their 9-1 victory over Holcombe on Saturday, while Gordon scored twice and GB Olympic ace Helen Richardson-Walsh also got on the scoresheet.

And in the day’s penultimate match against reigning champions Slough, Gordon was also on the scoresheet as they ran out 3-2 winners.

Last season’s runners-up Canterbury also won both their matches on day one, beating Sutton Coldfield 2-1 and Holcombe 5-4 with Hayley Turner being their sharpshooter with three goals.

Both East Grinstead and Canterbury will be satisfied with their day one performances which puts them in a great position as they target a spot at the Jaffa Super 6s Finals on Sunday, January 28, which are being held at the Copper Box Arena in London.

Bowdon Hightown are also unbeaten, but had to settle for a 3-3 draw with Leicester following a 5-1 win over Clifton Robinsons in their first match.

Former GB Olympic bronze medallist Sally Walton showed she is still a formidable force as she topped the scoring charts with five goals, three coming in the win over Clifton and two in the draw with Leicester.

Last season’s champions Slough got their day off to a good enough start with a 6-2 win over Reading, before losing out to East Grinstead. But they will be aiming to hit back on Sunday with four of their players having scored twice on day one – Mel Ball, Heather Batten, Charly Brydon and Georgie Whittaker.

Clifton Robinsons ran out 5-1 winners over Reading after having lost out to Bowdon Hightown with the scoreline, while Leicester had a frustrating day and finish with two draws having tied 4-4 with Sutton Coldfield as well as 3-3 with Bowdon Hightown.

Leicester’s Lauren Turner scored three goals, and will be looking to add more tomorrow.

* For goalscorers and full competition details, including live updates click here

England Hockey Board Media release

Glenanne four points clear in Irish league at Christmas

©: Adrian Boehm

Glenanne are the surprise runaway leaders in the Irish EY Hockey League which completed its pre-Christmas phase on Saturday afternoon with the Dublin club scoring a stunning 4-3 win over Pembroke.

They trailed 3-2 with three minutes to go only for Shane O’Donoghue to equalise from the penalty spot and then, with the last play of the game, Gary Shaw combined with his brother Richie to score the winning goal.

Early on, the Glens led in the second minute via Sam O’Connor only for Pembroke to swap the lead through Stephen Sweetnam and Alan Sothern. South African international Shannon Boucher made it 2-2 with nine minutes to go but Pembroke looked set for the win when Richard Lynch scooped in only for Glenanne to turn the game on its head.

They lead EHL-bound Three Rock Rovers by four points after 10 games. Rovers produced one of their best performances of the season to beat Lisnagarvey 3-1 away from home.

Matthew Nelson opened the scoring early on for Garvey before Ross Canning –fresh from playing with the World All-Stars at the PSi in South Africa – and Luke Madeley made it 2-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Madeley scored a late corner to complete the victory. They now look forward to a crucial meeting with Glenanne on January 20 in what could already be a league decider. Lisnagarvey are 10 points off first position but have two games in hand on the two clubs above them.

Euro Hockey League media release

Grove Menzieshill maintain perfect record in men’s Indoor National League 1

Photo by Duncan Gray

Grove Menzieshill continued the relentless drive towards their 21st men’s indoor National League 1 title with another six points from today`s back-to-back victories over bottom side Edinburgh University and city rivals Dundee Wanderers.

Grove Menzieshill maintained their perfect record with a 4-1 win over the Edinburgh students in their first outing of the day. The champions led 3-1 at the interval with strikes from Gavin Byers, Albert Rowling and veteran Ross McPherson, Callum White replied for the students at a penalty corner.

The only goal of the second half came three minutes from the end through Cameron Golden.

Against Wanderers the champions strolled into a 3-0 half-time lead through McPherson, Ben Cromar from a penalty corner and Byers. Although Fergus Sandison scored a couple for Wanderers in the second half, Grove Menzieshill`s three goal advantage was preserved by a double from Golden.

Dundee Wanderers` unbeaten record failed to survive their opening encounter with Hillhead, the Taysiders went down 5-3 to slip down the table.

Hillhead opened up a 2-1 lead at the interval through Ross Jamieson and David Gay, Jack Fullerton replied for the Dundonians. Early in the second half the Glasgow side advanced to 4-1 through Fraser Ward and Andrew Black although a spot conversion by Fergus Sandison brought the score back to 4-2. The points were finally sealed with a fifth goal from Andrew Hilton before Bobby Ralph notched a set piece consolation for Wanderers.

A hat-trick in either half was the foundation of Inverleith`s comfortable 10-3 win over Edinburgh University. Stuart Neave`s charges were well in command at the break with a 5-2 lead, Christie scored three while Aidan McCrossan and Murray Fotheringham got the others, Peter McKnight and Callum White were on target for the students.

Inverleith doubled their tally in the second half, Christie collected another hat-trick while Ewan Mackie picked up a double, Jack Jamieson got Edinburgh`s sole reply.

Inverleith contrived to make Wanderers` day worse with a 6-4 victory which pushed the Edinburgh side further up the table. Stuart Hatton and Christie again put the Edinburgh side two up before Fullerton pulled one back for the Taysiders just before the interval.

In the second half Inverleith raced into a 4-2 lead with a double from Kyle Taylor while Fergus Sandison scored a penalty corner for Wanderers. The Dundonians looked to have staged a spirited comeback with goals by Elliot Sandison and Callum Ross to tie the score at 4-4, but Inverleith took the three points with further goals from Hatton again and finally Aidan McCrossan for a two goal cushion.

Johnny Christie – Photo by Mark Pugh

Bromac Kelburne continued their winning sequence with a 7-5 victory over Grange. The Paisley side moved into a 4-2 half time lead through Chris Caldwell, Johnny Christie, Michael Bremner and Joss Cairns at a penalty corner, Jacob Tweedie and Frank Ryan scored for Grange.

Goals from Luke Cranney and Jono Hawley brought the scoreline back to 4-4 but Christie, Bremner and Caldwell moved the outdoor champions into an unassailable three goal lead, Ryan did manage a late consolation for the Edinburgh side.

Kelburne secured their hold on second spot following an 8-3 win over Hillhead in their second game of the day. The Paisley side strolled into a four goal lead by the break, Caldwell, Gary Maitles, Chris Nelson and Neil McIntyre were the scorers. Hillhead managed to pull two back through Euan Campbell and Ross Jamieson after the interval, but doubles from Cairns and Christie secured a comfortable victory despite a late strike by Hillhead`s Iain Hilton.

Clydesdale advanced their cause to joint third in the table with narrow victories over Grange and Edinburgh University. It was 1-1 against Grange in the opening encounter, Clydesdale`s Chris McFadden and Luke Cranney exchanged goals in the first half. The Glasgow side pulled away after the interval with a double from Dean Baber, Grange`s Frank Ryan scored a consolation with only a couple of minutes left but the points went West.

In the final game of the day Clydesdale had another narrow 6-5 win over Edinburgh University. It was only 3-2 to the Titwood side at the interval with Paddy Lonergan, Chris McFadden and Andrew Allan scoring, the students replied with a double by Callum White.

White completed his hat-trick for Edinburgh in the second half, but it was Clydesdale who took the points with further goals from Lonergan, McFadden and Allan.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Perak down Sabah in national Under-14 final

By Aftar Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: Perak exacted sweet revenge over Sabah to lift their second boys’ title at the National Under-14 Championships.

The silver state, the 2012 champions, beat the east Malaysian side 5-4 in a sudden-death penalty shootout after both teams drew 1-1 in regulation time at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Perak reached the 2015 final in Melaka, but lost 5-4 to Sabah in a penalty shootout after both teams ended the match with a 2-2 draw.

In yesterday’s match, Sabah grabbed the lead through Muhammad Daniel Hakim Yusaini off a penalty corner in the 25th minute.

But Perak managed to equalise in the 28th minute after Muhammad Yusuf Hakimi Shah Ahmad converted a penalty corner.

And the two teams again drew 2-2 in the first five penalties during the shootout.

Muhammad Amirul Hanif Mamat then emerged as the hero for Perak, netting the winner in the sudden-death shootout. He was named the final’s man of the match.

Perak team manager Mohd Salleh Mohd Sharif was overjoyed with the triumph.

“It has been a good year for Perak hockey. We won the boys’ national Under-16 in March and then the men’s Razak Cup last month. Now we beat Sabah to win the national Under-14 title.

“Our target was to finish in the top four but my players defied the odds to win the title. I must thank coaches Azmi Yahya and Mohd Akmal Faizal for steering the team to glory,” said Mohd Salleh.

In an earlier match, Penang edged Kuala Lumpur 1-0 in the final to win their first-ever girls’ crown.

Siti Nur Atikah Shaikh Maznan starred for Penang after converting a penalty corner in the 42nd minute.



Final: Perak 1 Sabah 1 (Perak win 5-4 in sudden death penalty shootout).
Third placing: Kuala Lumpur 0 Johor 0 (Johor win 2-1 in penalty shootout).
Fifth placing: Perlis 0 Pahang 0 (Pahang win 4-3 in penalty shootout).


Final: Penang 1 Kuala Lumpur 0.
Third placing: Melaka 2 Pahang 1.
Fifth placing: Terengganu 2 Selangor 2 (Selangor win 4-2 in penalty shootout).



Top scorer: Muhamad Luqman Fauzi (Kel) – 8 goals.
Best player of the tournament: Ronny Richard (Joh).
Man of the match (final): Muhammad Amirul Hanif Mamat (Prk).
Best goalkeeper: Muhammad Azlan Mohamad Ridwan (Prk).
Fairplay award: Kuala Lumpur.


Top scorer: J. Thibatharshini (Pah) – 11 goals.
Best player of the tournament: Allisya Yushira Badri (Pen).
Man of the match (final): Kirandeep Kaur (Kul).
Best goalkeeper: Nur Anis Erysha Zamri (Pen).
Fairplay award: Negri Sembilan

The Star of Malaysia

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