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News for 23 December 2017

All the news for Saturday 23 December 2017

Super Round starts at the Nationals

It was the first day of the Super Round at the 64th National Hockey Championships in Sukkur.

From the 16 departmental teams and eight provincial sides, in the 'Premier Round' 10 teams have made it to the 'Super Round'.

Two Super Round Pools:

Pool A
Fauji Fertilizer Company

Pool B
National Bank of Pakistan
Sui Southern Gas Company Limited
Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The newly raised FFC, making their debut at the nationals, have impressed everyone anddeservedly made it to the Super Round.

ZTBL, another new team, didnt qualify for the Super Round but their overall
performance was good.

-The two inexperienced provincial sides Punjab and KPK suffered big defeats on the opening day of the Super Round against star studded WAPDA and National Bank respectively.

WAPDA overwhelmed Punjab 10-0
Ajaz Ahmed had a hat trick while Muhammad Imran scored a brace.
Aleem Bilal, Irfan jr, Khizer Akhtar, Tasawwar Abbas and Bilal scored a goal apiece.

National Bank had an even bigger 14-0 win over KPK
Both Bilal Qadir and Aamir Ali made hat tricks while Atique Arshad, Dilber and Arslan Qadir scored two goals each.  Shan Irshad amd Atif Mushtaq netted once.

Third match between the two sister organisations Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and Sui Southern Gas Company was a thriller.

SNGPL, comprising mostly of young upcoming players,  fought bravely till end against SSGC who have services of a number of senior and junior internationals, but lost 2-3.
SSGC: Mubashar 2, Rizwan Ali
SNGPL: Rana Waheed & Zahidullah

PHF Media release

Dar Hockey Academy's Massive Presence at the Nationals

By Ijaz Chaudhry

Dar Hockey Academy is presently the biggest hockey nursery of Pakistan.

The Lahore based academy, with players from different parts of the country, had a sizable representation in Pakistan's all the national teams which participated in the international tournaments recently.

Pakistan's national team at International Festival of Hockey in Melbourne, Australia (November):
Three Players
Pakistan Development squad for 5 match series in Oman (September): Three Players
Pakistan Under 18 team in Australia: Six Players

This depicts that Dar HA is a conveyor belt churning quality players all the time.

The colts are given high quality coaching at home. The academy teams regularly tour abroad mostly the leading European hockey nations to get international competition.

Then the scouts are always on lookout for talented youngsters.

Hence, the supply line remains intact.

There is no surprise that as many as 34 Dar HA boys are in action for 10 teams at the 64th National Championships at Sukkur.

They include players who have donned international blazer for Pakistan's senior and age group teams as well as up and coming lads some of them making their maiden appearance at the National Championships.

Dar Academy boys at the 64th National Championships: 

Customs: Nine
National Bank of Pakistan: Four
Sui Southern Gas Company: Four
ZTBL: Four
Railways: Three
Punjab: Three
Fauji Fertiliser Company: Two
Navy: Two
Army: One

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


Umpire Giddens to Represent USA Officials at Womens Indoor Hockey World Cup

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The FIH women’s Indoor Hockey World Cup is just around the corner. While the U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team eagerly prepares for their first World Cup appearance, they will not be the only representatives of the red, white and blue in February in Berlin, Germany.

USA Field Hockey would like to congratulate umpire Maggie Giddens, who was assigned to the women’s Indoor Hockey World Cup by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Giddens, who was promoted to the FIH World Development Panel this past August, has a multitude of international assignments since beginning as an umpire in 2006.

“I am thrilled to be appointed to the fifth Indoor World Cup,” said Giddens. “It is an honor to represent USA and the Pan American Hockey Federation on the world stage. The indoor game is very exciting, technical and fast. I look forward to the variety of styles of play and the challenges that come with it. Germany is the heart of indoor hockey so it will be an amazing atmosphere to umpire in and experience. I am thankful for this opportunity and the support from my family, friends and hockey family. I am also looking forward to watching and supporting the U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team.”

The Wilmington, Del. native will stay busy on the international circuit in 2018 as she was also one of two USA officials selected for the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in London, England this coming July.

USFHA media release

7th Annual Junior Premier Indoor League Set to Kick Off this Weekend

USA'S Junior Premier Hockey (JPH) is pleased to announce the 7th annual Junior Premier Indoor League (JPIL), set to kick off on December 23, 2017.

The Junior Premier Indoor League is an invitation only event. All clubs in each division were identified and invited to participate based on performance at the 2017 National Indoor Tournament (NIT), presented by YOLO Sportswear, or based on performance at the 2017 JPIL in accordance with our Invitation Criteria.

The 2018 JPIL will be held over six dates for each division. U-16 and U-19 clubs will play all their dates in 2018 at the 422 Sportsplex in Pottstown, Pa. The U-14 division will begin their competition this weekend, December 23 at 422 Sportsplex with their rest of their dates split amongst three venues: 422 Sportsplex, (Pottstown, Pa.), Marple Sports Arena (Broomall, Pa.) and Camp Hill Sports (Camp Hill, Pa.).

U-16 & U-19 Divisions:

All competition dates at 422 Sportsplex

Sat., January 6
Mon., January 15
Sat., January 27
Sat., February 3
Sat., February 10
Sat., February 17 – Championships

U-14 Division:

Sat., December 23 @ 422 Sportsplex
Sat., December 30 @ 422 Sportsplex
Sun., January 7 @ Marple Sports Arena
Sat., January 13 @ 422 Sportsplex
Sat., January 27 @ Camp Hill Sports
Sat., February 10 @ Camp Hill Sports – Championships

We are now pleased to announce that the following clubs have accepted our invitation and will be participating in the 2018 Junior Premier Indoor League:

U-14 Division:

Central Penn FH (Dillsburg, Pa.), Field Hockey Club of Connecticut (Fairfield, Conn.), Freedom HKY (Annapolis, Ms.), FSC (Mechanicsville, Pa.), H2O (Phoenix, Md.), High Styx FH (Bernville, Pa.), Horizon FHC (Wallingford, Pa.), Jersey Intensity FH (Monmouth Beach, N.J.), Mystx FHC (Feasterville, Pa.), Oranje-Gottaloveit (Millsboro, Del.), Rapid Fire Elite (Edison, N.J.), Shore Byrds (Delmar, Del.), SPark (Severna Park, Md.), Strong Island FH (Farmingville, N.Y.), Uprise FHC, (Moorestown, N.J.), Vipers FHC (Limerick, Pa.),  Xcalibur FHC (Elverson, Pa.)

U-16 Division:

Central Penn FH (Dillsburg, Pa.), Freedom HKY (Annapolis, Md.), FSC (Mechanicsville, Pa.), Jersey Intensity FH (Monmouth Beach, N.J.), Mystx FHC (Feasterville, Pa.), Shore Byrds (Delmar, Del.), SPark (Severna Park, Md.), The Gaels FHC (Severna Park, Md.), Total Dutch FH (Somerset, N.J.), Uprise FHC, (Moorestown, N.J.), Xcalibur FHC (Elverson, Pa.)

U-19 Division:

Freedom HKY (Annapolis, Md.), FSC (Mechanicsville, Pa.), H2O (Phoenix, Md.), Hudson Valley (Putnam Valley, N.Y.), Jersey Intensity FH (Monmouth Beach, N.J.), Mystx FHC (Feasterville, Pa.), Oranje-Gottaloveit (Millsboro, Del.), Philly Hockey Club (Philadelphia, Pa.), SPark (Severna Park, Md.), The Gaels FHC (Severna Park, Md.), Vipers FHC (Limerick, Pa.), Xcalibur FHC (Elverson, Pa.)

“Hudson Valley is honored to participate in the 7th consecutive JPIL season! The Junior Premier Indoor League provides challenging competition and exposes us to the newest tactics and techniques in the game of Indoor. Nigel and Rachael have created a league where some of the country's best coaches, players, officials and support staff constantly give their best efforts. Everyone is committed to the league and it is worth the time and distance traveled! We are excited to return for the 2018 edition!” – Sharon Sarsen, Hudson Valley FHC

Complete details of the schedule, results, venues, directions and other information can be found on the JPH website by clicking here.

Clubs interested in participating in any of our Junior Premier Hockey leagues (JPIL / JPOL) should visit their web site for details, or contact Rachael Bloemker or Nigel Traverso.

Those of you interested in being a sponsor or supporter of this event or any of our other JPH events, can contact Bloemker or Traverso directly or visit their website, JuniorPremierHockey.com/sponsors/ for additional details. Your support is greatly needed and appreciated!

JPH thank you for your consideration and continued support and may the best clubs win!

Good luck to all participants!  Don’t forget to follow them on social media @JrPremierHockey and tag them using #JPIL2018

Content Courtesy of JPH

USFHA media release

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