All the news for Friday 20 April 2018
Spanish playoff places up for grabs with Atletic in last chance saloon
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There is a potential for three of the four Spanish playoff places to be filled this weekend in round 15 of the competition as Atletic Terrassa are in the last chance saloon against Real Club de Polo.
Polo are already assured of a top four finish, leading the way on 34 points despite a 1-1 home draw against Junior FC. Sergi Enrique’s goal put Junior in front before the in-form Max Plennevaux equalised in the closing phases.
It continues Junior’s excellent run of form that has seen them go unbeaten since November and gives them a great shot at a rare playoff.
They sit in third place and have eight points to spare over Ateltic but they do have a tough game on Saturday against fourth place Egara and another fixture against Club de Campo to come.
Campo’s title push was slowed when they had a surprise 3-3 draw at home against CD Terrassa with Leandro Tolini – who will head to La Gantoise in the Belgian league next year – needing to score a corner to tie the game up.
It means the Madrid club continue to trail Polo by three points with a potential final day showdown on the cards.
Club Egara are already assured of an EHL ticket for next season and they boosted their position last Sunday with a 5-1 win over SPV Complutense with Pau Quemada scoring a hat trick.
Atletic need to get a win over Polo and hope for a couple of sides above them to falter to give them a chance of closing the gap.
Euro Hockey League media release
German Liga top five covered by just five points
The top of the German league has become incredibly condensed with the top five covered by just five points in the wake of a series of close-run battles.
In the closing match of the weekend, last year’s champions Mannheimer HC drew 2-2 with Rot-Weiss Koln – the 2017 EHL champions – was a repeat of last year’s national final.
This time, Jan Fleckhaus gave Rot-Weiss the lead only for Timm Haase and Gonzalo Peillat to reverse the lead by the 47th minute. Christophe Ruhr’s goal four minutes later meant a share of the spoils.
Rot-Weiss also missed two penalty strokes in the process, something which was a cause for frustration afterwards.
"In my view, it was by far the best match from my team in 2018," said RWK coach André Henning. "Unfortunately we only got one goal in the first half of our superiority - at the break we should have led 3-0.
“MHC is already the most efficient team in the league. They scored two goals in their strongest phase - they did not have many more chances but our team has shown good morale [after that].”
It came a day after Rot-Weiss had drawn 3-3 with ninth placed TSV Mannheim, meaning they have five points out of their last possible 12 since the return to league action in 2018. Nonetheless, they remain top of the table but with a much smaller lead.
Uhlenhorst Mulheim moved up to second with a 1-1 draw against Mannheimer HC and then a 3-2 win over TSV Mannheim.
Harvestehuder THC were the big winners, beating Nurmeburg 5-2 and Munich SC 4-1, jumping into third place. Berliner HC are in fifth place following a mixed weekend but remain in the hunt for a playoff place.
Euro Hockey League media release
Hertzberger celebrates Dutch panel return with hat trick
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Jeroen Hertzberger celebrated his return to the Dutch international squad with a Thursday night hat trick for HC Rotterdam in a 3-3 draw with Den Bosch.
The 32-year-old trained with Max Caldas’s national panel this week for the first time since the 2016 Olympic Games following a superb season with his club, topping the goalscoring charts.
In the wake of Rio, Hertzberger and Rob van der Horst were surprise omissions from the panel for the 2017 games.
Speaking about his return, though, Caldas said: “I told Jeroen that he had to work with a number of parts of his game. Jeroen is great inside the circle. Outside the circle, for example, it was difficult to play with him. Jeroen has started working on this and we are very satisfied with the progress that he has made. As a reward, he is now part of the Dutch team again.”
He has previously scored 89 goals in 196 international matches and has 26 goals to his name this season in the Hoofdklasse.
“We have worked with new players in the past year and we are satisfied with the growth that these players have gone through and we have started to score more field goals,” Caldas added.
“But we think there is still room for improvement. Jeroen is very goal oriented and if we choose him for the Champions Trophy or the World Cup, he can help us with that.
"He, like everyone else, has to fight for his place. I recently talked to Jeroen about everything for four hours.”
Euro Hockey League media release
After CWG 2018 hockey blowout, performance director wants sports psychologist
The men’s hockey team floundered in the Commonwealth Games semifinal, missing penalty corners and rushing things up inside the circle to lose to lower-ranked New Zealand. England beat India 2-1 in the bronze playoff.
India's hockey team players sit dejected on the pitch after losing to England during their men's field hockey bronze medal match of the 2018 Gold Coast . AFP
India’s hockey teams went to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games confident of fighting for gold, only to botch the script and end up fourth.
The men’s team floundered in the semifinal, missing penalty corners and rushing things up inside the circle to lose to lower-ranked New Zealand. England beat India 2-1 in the bronze playoff. Execution was also a big issue as the women were walloped 6-0 by England in the bronze playoff.
However, Indian hockey’s high performance director, David John, blamed the players for succumbing to pressure. He now wants the federation to add another full-time member to the support staff – sports psychologist.
“The players failed to handle pressure at crucial junctures of the competition. It resulted in the teams returning empty-handed from the Games,” John said.
John was more disappointed with the men. “The men’s team was already under pressure. We lost to New Zealand in the semis and then in the bronze-medal match against England, missed scoring chances. Since things weren’t going their way, the team eventually wilted under pressure,” he said.
There is no dearth of experience or exposure trips for the teams. As per the HI website, winger SV Sunil has 228 India caps, forward Akashdeep Singh 146, defender and drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh has 188 while goalkeeper PR Sreejesh is a 177-game veteran. A succession of coaches has promised much, but the teams have often fallen short.
John said he would ask Hockey India to appoint a full-time sports psychologist. “We’ve been depending on part time guys to handle mental training. Taking into account the situation, we surely need a full-time person,” he said.
On the women’s squad, John said: “For bronze medal, against England, the forwardline failed to click. We had the chance to make a comeback in the third quarter, but poor finishing was a big setback.”
Next up will be the Asian Games. The national camp for the women’s team will begin on April 22. The men’s probables will assemble on April 27. John expects Sardar Singh and Ramandeep Singh -- both were dropped for CWG -- to be among the core group of players for Asian Games.
However, hectic schedule is a concern for the women’s team. “There is very little gap between the World Cup starting July 21 and the Asian Games beginning August 18,” he said.
The women will play in the Asian Champions Trophy in South Korea (May 13-20) and go on an exposure tour to Spain (June 10-19). The World Cup will be held in London (July 21-August 5).
The men’s team’s schedule is more staggered. It plays in the Champions Trophy (June 23-July 1) before the Asiad. The World Cup starts in Bhubaneswar on November 28.
Option to embrace indoor game a big decision for Hockey Ireland
Entering teams in the European Championships has funding implications
Ireland senior men’s coach, Craig Fulton. Photograph: Mervyn McClelland/Presseye/Inpho
Hockey Ireland has been unable to provide any more information other than the welcome news that they are pleased to announce that for the next Indoor European Championships in 2020 Ireland will be entering a senior men’s and women’s team. That leaves room for some talking points, things they should or will be thinking.
Funding is always an issue and as the game is to some degree self funded, especially at lower levels. Another layer of self funding at international level would put hockey more out of reach for young people who know that if they succeed in the game they cannot afford to thrive at international level because of the cost. This drum needs to be consistently banged.
The game must also decide if there should be two teams operating at the highest level, or, if the international players from the outdoor team will funnel into the indoor game and effectively play in two strands of international hockey.
That is the way it was for the last national team in the 1980s, when everyone on the indoor team also played on the outdoor team.
Hockey must decide if the 1980s model should apply or if specialist players will be developed in the same way as Rugby Sevens pick from different groups of athletes and use them accordingly in Olympic Games and Rugby World Cups.
The Czech Republic and Iran are among the top four-ranked world sides indoors, but are no great power houses outdoors.
The most important decision to be made is whether senior hockey should close down for eight weeks in the winter to give the indoor game its rightful prominence and a season of its own.
For too long it has scrambled along with no real focus or association support. To do well at international level and to climb back up towards the top of the ladder, the indoor game also needs a closed season and a dedicated venue.
Three Rock Rovers have flown the flag for the indoor game in recent years. Their coach Liam Canning was a prominent international player from the 1980s and a player with Avoca, who had success in Europe. In all of this Canning is a natural place to start.
The Irish Times
Scotland men’s hockey continues to fly in face of funding cuts
By Rod Gilmour
Funding, goes the dictionary, is when money is “made available for a particular purpose”.
In the case of Scotland men, Derek Forsyth’s side continue to produce purposeful tournament performances.
Yet they have done so in the face of a funding backlash, making a mockery of sportscotland’s decision to cut the team’s criteria by £100,000 for the 2015-2019 programme leading up to the Gold Coast.
Last summer, Scotland went unbeaten at the EuroHockey Championship II as they also clinched a top tier berth at the 2019 EuroHockey Championships.
Then, last week, the men’s side finished sixth at the Commonwealths, a best ever finish after seventh in Melbourne and eighth in Glasgow four years ago.
In between these two against the odds finishes, the part-time team spent only 10 days together.
“I hope the powers that be see the potential of the team and want to invest in the team,” Forsyth told THP.
“This is a great team and they deserve some investment as we continue to grow from the last 18 months.
“If we can get the extra money I think we can do a job in the A Division.”
Alan Forsyth celebrates scoring for Great Britain
Scotland now go back into World League 1 in September and a sound showing here would mean a World League 2 spot in early 2019.
Son Alan, continually one of the best players in the English Premier Division with Surbiton, scored against Malaysia in their 2-1 defeat.
As one of only two full-time athletes in the Scotland squad, along with captain Chris Grassick the pair are in the GB programme, he is fully aware of the sacrifices the rest of the team has made.
This has forced crowd funding initiatives (Back the Blue Sticks) for last summer’s World League campaign in London, as well as fundraising for a Five Nations event in Spain in January.
“We achieved the main goal of finishing above our ranking,” said Alan, 26.
“I know other teams had similar build ups but some are in different leagues. New Zealand obviously had a lot of time together, Wales have trained every weekend as they can drive to Cardiff, we just don’t have that opportunity unfortunately.
“So to finish sixth after 10 days together since August is absolutely fantastic from the effort we’ve put in. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
For Grassick, Scotland need to “keep building” as they continue to pull off the results needed.
“We’re a team on an upward curve, we’re back up among the best teams in Europe and I think we deserve to be there,” said Grassick.
And with the news that Pakistan decided to use Glasgow as their venue for home games when the FIH Pro League starts next year, the hope is that the competition will also be added into the Blue Sticks’ programme.
“We are excited by that,” said Derek. “The teams coming in to play will be looking for friendlies, so it’s a chance of playing some of the top nations in the world.
“It’s a good learning experience and I am hoping it will be part of our programme.”
The Hockey Paper
Three Dar Hockey Academy Boys in Nine Member Pakistan Team for Youth Olympics Qualifiers
By Ijaz Chaudhry
A nine member Pakistan team will compete at the Youth Olympics' Asian Qualifiers at Bangkok, Thailand starting from April 25.
The side includes as many as three Dar Hockey Academy boys: Awaia Rasheed (goal keeper), Zulqarnain and Hammad Anjum.
Awais Rasheed hails from Lahore while Zualqarnain is from Pir Mahal (district Toba Tek Singh) and Hammad Anjum comes from Chichawatni (district Sahiwal).
The Lahore based academy provides the outstation boys with boarding and lodging as well as schooling facilities.
Hammad Anjum has toured Australia with the Pakistan under 18 side. For Awais and Zulqarnain, it is their first Pakistan selection.
All the boys have benefited from Dar Academy's preparatory tours abroad.
Awais and Zulqarnain have toured Holland and Malaysia while Hammad accompanied them for the Malaysian visit in December 2016.
Ijaz Chaudhry writes on hockey & other sports. For more about him and his work, visit: www.sportscorrespondent.info
Youth Olympics: Tough for Malaysia
By Jugjet Singh
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian boys and girls hockey teams are expected to face a tough time qualifying for the under-18 Youth Olympics which will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Oct 6-18.
Both the teams will have to play in the final of the Hockey 5s tournament qualifier in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 25-29 to win a ticket to Argentina.
Yesterday, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) named both the squads and boys coach Wallace Tan as well as girls coach Yahya Atan admitted it will not be an easy tournament.
Played in a fast paced format of Five-a-Side, the Malaysian boys are in Group B with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Singapore, Taiwan and Cambodia.
The girls are in Group A with China, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Yahya feels China and Japan will be the main hurdles: "Malaysian girls have never qualified to play in the Youth Olympics and I expect the challenge to come from China and Japan who both qualified for the last Youth Olympics.
"I believe my charges are ready to give their best and make the grade," said the 63-year old veteran coach.
Boys coach Wallace Tan also said he expects a tough challenge from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
"This is a good tournament to gauge our players as they will be under tremendous pressure against some of the best teams in the region. Pakistan and Bangladesh, who have already qualified for the Youth Olympics, and are in our group and I expect the challenge to come from both of them.
"It will be tough, but my players are up to the challenge," said Wallace.
The boys will be led by Junior Hockey League top-scorer Akhimullah Anuar Esook, who has scored 14 goals so far to hand Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) Thunderbolts the League title.
MALAYSIA -- Boys: Hamiz Ahir (GK), Arif Syafie Ishak, Akhimullah Anuar Esook, Amirul Hamizan Azhar, Muhibuddin Moharam, Noor Firdauz Rosdi, Syarman Mat Tee, Kamaruzaman Kamarudin, Alfarico Lance Liau.
GIRLS: Siti Zalia Nasir (GK), Nur Atira Ismail, Nurmaizatul Hanim Syafi, Siti Nur Arfah Nor, Nor Asfarina Isahyifiqa Isahhidun, Siti Zulaika Hussin, Nur Fatin Fatiah Azman, Putri Nur Batrisyia Nornawawi, Elizaberth Epui Martin.
Group A: India, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand.
Group B: Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Singapore, Taiwan, Cambodia.
Group A: Malaysia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan.
Group B: South Korea, India, Thailand, Singapore.
Jugjet's World of Field Hockey
Syarman eyes Youth Olympics after MJHL victory
By Aftar Singh
Untiring effort: After his team SSTMI-Thunderbolt won the MJHL Division One title last week, Syarman Mat Tee’s next mission is to help Malaysia qualify for the Youth Olympics.
KUALA LUMPUR: Defender Syarman Mat Tee helped Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI)-Thunderbolt to win the Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) Division One last week.
And now the Kuala Terengganu lad wants to help Malaysia to finish tops in the Asian hockey qualifiers in Bangkok from April 25-29.
A total of 11 teams will feature in the tournament, played as a five-a-side format, and the top two teams will qualify for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina from Oct 6-18.
Malaysia are drawn in Group B with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Singapore, Taiwan and Cambodia while Group A comprises India, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and hosts Thailand.
The 17-year-old Syarman said that he is in high spirit and in top form after helping SSTMI-Thunderbolt lift the league title.
“But the main challenge for me is to help Malaysia qualify for the Youth Olympics. Malaysia have a fighting chance of finishing the top two in Bangkok to qualify for the Youth Olympics.
“We will play a five-a-side format game, which is different then the usual 11-a-side game. But we managed to adapt to it as we have been training since the MJHL (Malaysian Junior Hockey League) began in January,” said Syarman.
“We have a reliable team that can get the better of powerhouse teams such as India and Pakistan.
“The challenge will be on us as Malaysia failed to qualify for the last two Olympic Games,” said Syarman, who has represented Malaysia since he was 15.
He featured in the Four-nation Under-16 tournament in Mannheim, Germany in 2016 and last year he played in the six-nation Under-21 Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor Baru.
Besides Syarman, four other SSTMI-Thunderbolt players in the Youth Olympics Games training squad are Mohd Akhimullah Anuar Esook, Muhd Muhibuddin Moharam, Muhd Amirul Hamizan Azhar and Mohd Arif Syafie Ishak.
The inaugural Youth Olympics, which is for Under-18 players, was held in Singapore in 2010. Nanjing, China hosted the second Games in 2014.
The Star of Malaysia
MJHL: Division Two title battle begins..
By Jugjet Singh
KUALA LUMPUR: Six teams will battle for the Division Two Malaysian Junior Hockey League (MJHL) title beginning today with no clear favourites.
Division Two, 20 teams divided into three groups, will see the top two teams in each group battle in Group X and Group Y, with the champions playing in the final while the second placed teams play for the bronze.
The three teams in Group X are KL Vipers, MSSPP-PSHA Jnrs and MSSPP-PSHA while in Group Y are TBSS Tampin, Anderson PHA and MBMB Warriors.
KL Vipers are a new team, while last season the final was between SSTMI Juniors and Sabah Sports School Resilient. Sabah won 3-1, and both the teams gained promotion to Division One this year.
So, the six teams will not only be fighting for the Division Two title, but also promotion into the higher division next season.
From Division One, Old La Sallians Association of Klang (Olak) and Perlis Young Lions will be relegated to Division Two next season.
Friday: Division Two -- Group Y: Anderson PHA v MBMB Warriors (National Stadium Pitch II, 5pm); Group X: KL Vipers v MSSP-PSHA (National Stadium Pitch II, 7.15pm).
Saturday -- Division One: Pahang Thunderbolts v Anderson Thunderbolts (National Stadium Pitch, 5pm), Perlis Young Lions v SMKDBL-UniKL (Kangar, 5pm).
Division Two: Group X: MSSP-PSHA v KL Vipers (National Stadium Pitch II, 5pm); Group Y: TBSS Tampin v Anderson PHA (National Stadium Pitch II, 7.15pm).
Sunday -- Division One: SSTMI v Sabah SS Resilient (SSTMI, 5pm).
Tuesday: Old La Sallians Association of Klang v Sabah SS Resilient (Pandamaran, 5pm), PJCC Tigers v BJSS Thudnerbolts (PJCC Stadium, 5pm).
P W D L F A Pts
SSTMI THUNDER 9 8 1 0 49 4 25
ANDERSON THUNDER 8 6 1 1 21 8 19
PAHANG THUNDER 8 5 1 2 18 16 16
SMKDBL-UNIKL 8 5 0 3 20 16 15
BJSS THUNDER 8 4 2 2 34 13 14
PJCC TIGERS 8 3 2 3 17 17 11
SSTMI 8 2 1 5 12 22 7
SABAH RESILIENT 7 2 0 5 14 33 6
PERLIS 8 1 0 7 10 30 3
OLAK 8 0 0 8 7 43 0
Jugjet's World of Field Hockey
FIH Hockey Foundation appoints first Executive Director
Mike Joyce has returned to FIH as Executive Director of the Hockey Foundation
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the Foundation for the Development and Promotion of Hockey (The Hockey Foundation) has announced the appointment of Mike Joyce as its first Executive Director.
This appointment was made with the intention of creating a new strategy and fundraising activities to enhance the provisions of the Hockey Foundation and the development projects it will support.
The Hockey Foundation was constituted as a Swiss Foundation in 1985, with the aim of supporting the FIH in enhancing the quality of hockey worldwide.
Since 2012, when the FIH made a considerable financial contribution to the Hockey Foundation following the London 2012 Olympics, efforts have made to increase its activities and its independence.
Over the past few years, the Hockey Foundation has been focusing on expanding development programmes via the FIH Hockey Academy, whilst it has also been a key partner of The Hockey Museum.
The Hockey Foundation has also gone through the process of updating its statutes to enable a more dynamic structure and undertaken a feasibility study on the functioning and role of successful Foundations.
As a consequence, the current Foundation Board, led by President Leandro Negre and of which the FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra and the FIH CEO Thierry Weil are ex-officio members, came to the decision to appoint its first Executive Director.
Mike joins the Hockey Foundation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sports Department, where he has been responsible for the IOC’s relationship with over 50 recognised International Federations and organisations.
No stranger to the sport, Mike has previously held roles with the FIH, England Hockey and with hockey businesses in the private sector over the past 25 years.
Whist at the FIH from 2014 to 2016 he was responsible for establishing the FIH Hockey Academy and the Targeted Assistance Programme (TAP) for global development, as well as managing the relationship with Continental Federations.
In addition to his professional commitments, Mike has been an active hockey volunteer in a wide range of roles for over 30 years. As well as running a successful hockey camp social enterprise, he currently devotes time to coaching Stade Lausanne HC women and Switzerland Under-18 boys, together with the occasional run-around with Stade Lausanne HC veterans.
Speaking about his appointment, President of the Hockey Foundation, Leandro Negre said: “I am delighted that Mike will join the Hockey Foundation as its first Executive Director. He brings a wealth of institutional and private sector experience in relationship building, promotion and development. His experience within the Olympic Movement is of particular value to the Hockey Foundation and we have no doubt he will help drive the FIH’s commitment to make hockey a global game that inspires future generations.”
Speaking about his return to hockey, Mike said: “I am extremely excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to serve the global hockey family once again. I feel a real optimism and ambition from the Hockey Foundation Executive Board about what we can achieve together for the development and promotion of our amazing sport.”
Pacific Islands Progress
Hockey development is thriving in the Pacific islands Photo: Darren James/Tonga Hockey Federation
Hockey continues to develop apace and at all levels of participation in the South Pacific Islands of Tonga, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
There has been flurry of hockey activity in recent months at both international and domestic level across the islands.
Teams from Tonga, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu participated in the inaugural Intercontinental Hockey5s and are now preparing for the Oceania Youth Olympic Qualifiers later this year.
Both events are providing great opportunities for the players to experience international competition and pit their skills against teams from other countries.
In Vanuatu, at domestic level, the Havannah Hockey League, which took place at the hockey field at Wan Smol Bag, proved to be a hugely competitive affair.
Twelve teams took part in the twice weekly event, with nearly 100 players turning up at the pitch every Tuesday and Thursday.
Five Under 16 teams – three boys and two girl’s teams – competed in the league, alongside seven senior sides – comprising three women’s and four men’s teams.
The event, which ran for three months, will become an annual league and is run by the Vanuatu Hockey Federation.
The dual purpose of the league is to help prepare adult players for competition such as the Hockey5s, while the juniors will get practice ahead of the Hockey Youth Olympic qualifying event, which is taking place in Papua New Guinea.
The eventual winners of the adult league was the women’s team East Coast Sharks, while the Under-16 Boys League was won by Youth Ark 1 and the girls Under-16 League was won by 36 Girls.
Also in Vanuatu, a new programme is being put in place to help people with disabilities to learn hockey skills and become more active through the sport.
Meanwhile, in Tonga, hockey is being introduced to children at a very early age. A recent project has seen Tonga Hockey Development Officer Hiko Fungavaka and Australian volunteer Lewis Keane busy promoting hockey at the Wesleyan Church Primary School in Nuku’alofa. Heaps of children from the age of five to 11 took part in fun activities, training and a festival of hockey.
It was certainly young players who led the way in the Solomon Islands domestic league. The Colombo Club won the 2017 league with a 1-0 victory over Wantoks Hockey Club in the Grand Final.
The result was a surprise as Wantoks had been favourite to lift the trophy but Colombo Club, comprising Under-18 players who were using the league as preparation for the Youth Olympic Qualifiers, played magnificently in the final to snatch a win from their senior counterparts.
In the women’s league, it was Wantoks who prevailed after they beat Parrots 3-2 in an exciting final.
Whether it is school matches, club leagues or players preparing for international competition, there is a buzz and excitement around hockey on these remote islands that is infectious. It is also highly promising for the global development of our sport.
Projects such as these, which introduce sustainable hockey activities to diverse communities are very much aligned to the FIH 10-Year Hockey Revolution strategy. Much of the work in the Pacific Islands has been carried out in conjunction with, and supported by, the Oceania Hockey Federation and the FIH Targeted Assistance Programme (TAP).
By increasing the degree of professionalism amongst the organisations in Oceania it is hoped that this Programme will contribute to the FIH strategy's overall aim of making hockey a global game that inspires future generations.
For more information about hockey in the Pacific islands, contact the Oceania Hockey Federation.