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News for 24 December 2017

All the news for Sunday 24 December 2017

NAVY Shocks PIA at the Nationals

In what was the biggest upset of the 64th National Hockey Championships in Sukkur till now,unfancied NAVY defeated PIA 1-0 in the Super Round, late Friday.

PIA are not only the three time defending champions but also the most successful team in thehistory of  Pakistan's national championships- having lifted the trophy 28 times.

Mohammad Sabir scored the only goal of the match. PIA's experienced side failed to equalise.

When the match ended, the NAVY's contingent erupted in wild celebrations.

On Saturday, WAPDA, a top contender for the title, riding on a hat trick by Aleem Bilal, downed the young Fauji Fertilizers Company 3-1. Awaisur Rahman was the lone scorer for the FFC.

PHF Media release

Bloemendaal’s Bovendeert earns a return to Dutch national side

©: World Sport Pics

HC Bloemendaal’s Roel Bovendeert us one of the eye-catching names in the Dutch panel named by Max Caldas for their January trip to Australia.

The 25-year-old returns to the Dutch selection having been out of action long term with the Oranje, primarily through injury. He made his debut back in 2013 and earned 12 caps, scoring four goals but he missed out on Rio 2016 when he was in a group of four players withdrawn from the training panel before suffering his injuries.

He is rewarded for a good first half of the season with Bloemendaal, helping the club to second in the Hookdklasse and advancing them through to the KO16 of the EHL.

He is among a number of notable names in the panel along with Pinoke schoolboy Derck de Vilder and Almere’s Terrance Pieters who were part of the European Junior Championship winning side.

Bob de Voogd, Jorrit Croon and Jonas de Gus are other returnees who had remained at home for the Hockey World League final in India. Mink van der Weerden sustained an injury in India and his involvement in Australia is dependent on whether he recovers suitable in time.

The trip is part of the Netherlands preparations for the last ever Champions Trophy which will take place this summer in Breda.

SV Kampong’s Sander de Wijn has withdrawn from the panel until August. His club mates Lars Balk, Martijn Havenga and Bjorn Kellerman and Bloemendaal’s Thierry Brinkman, Floris Wortelboer and Glenn Schuurman also make the panel.

Euro Hockey League media release

Hockeyroos Highlights For 2017

Ben Somerford

The Hockeyroos had an eventful year as they moved on from missing out on a medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, finishing 2017 ranked fifth in the world and with some silverware too.

Here we take a look at the highlights from the calendar year…

5. Hockeyroos clean sweep over Japan

Australia played their first games in Adelaide in a decade when they took on Japan in a three-match Test series in November at Gepps Cross. The Hockeyroos won all three matches, including a thrilling 8-1 triumph in the final match in front of a bumper crowd on a sunny Saturday. Australia scored 15 goals and only conceded three across the series.

4. Emily Smith named captain

In mid-September, Hockeyroos coach Paul Gaudoin announced 25-year-old forward Emily Smith as the side’s new skipper, taking over on a permanent basis from Madonna Blyth who retired after the Rio Olympics. Smith’s appointment was another element of the new era, affectionately known as the #Roovolution, for the young Hockeyroos group.

3. Georgia Nanscawen’s 200th game

The long-serving Hockeyroos midfielder reached the significant milestone in Australia’s second game at the World League Semi-Final against hosts Belgium. The Rio Olympian and 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, who opted to take a break from hockey later in the year, helped the side to an impressive 1-0 win.

2. Hockeyroos qualify for 2018 World Cup

In June-July, Australia enjoyed a strong World League Semi-Final pool stage, with three wins from four games to top their group, before a quarter-final loss to China meant they missed out on qualifying for November’s Final. However in the classification games the Hockeyroos thrashed Belgium 5-1 and then Italy 3-1 to secure their spot at next year’s World Cup in London, taking the consolation of finishing fifth in the process.

1. Hockeyroos win Oceania Cup

Australia claimed their third consecutive Oceania title with an exciting 2-0 win over New Zealand in the final in Sydney, with first-half goals from Jane Claxton and Kristina Bates settling the contest in October, having previously won both of their group games. The triumph lifted Australia above NZ on the rankings temporarily, before the Black Sticks leapfrogged them again at the World League Final which the Hockeyroos missed out on.

Hockey Australia media release

Hockey camp raises hope for future

Participants in the QPCC hockey camp go through drills during the final day yesterday.

Several of T&T’s hockey players, past and present, were at the Queen’s Park Oval this week for a junior camp.

It was led by Darren Cowie, the head coach of Queen’s Park Cricket Club’s hockey section and the assistant coach of the men’s senior team.

Scores of children showed up the week before Christmas to get tips and train with some of the country’s best players. Stacy Siu Butt, the former T&T female player, was also in the mix, helping with drills and passing on her knowledge.

The first camp of its kind started during this year’s mid-year vacation and now the organisers are trying to evolve it into every vacation period that comes along. Cowie told Guardian Media Sports at the closing of the camp on Friday that the numbers have kept growing since the first camp.

As Cowie and his colleagues continue preparations for the Indoor Hockey World Cup in February, he says it’s important that not only the young players are part of this experience, but also the journey to the World Cup is used to inspire young players to strive to make a World Cup of their own one day.

He said, “In my thinking, this kind of gives us a type of exposure to build the sport, by qualifying for the World Cup and now going to play in the World Cup, these youngsters knowing that they could reach that stage gives them that type of impetus to develop more into the sport. Seeing them develop day in, day out, learning new skills, it will give them that type of drive that they need to get better every day.”

Though it’s Christmas vacation, Cowie said the young players were totally focused on the task at hand. “They are fully focused. This is the final day of camp. It’s all about fun right now. They’ve gone through a lot of the basics and have learnt a lot of new skills.

“What we are really trying to leave is solidifying those skills they have learnt but also making it fun as much as possible so they could come back and enjoy it even more,” Cowie said.

The Trinidad Guardian

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