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2018 Asian Games - Day 6
Jakarta (INA)

Men's results for 24 August    

Pool B     10:00     OMA - THA     2 - 0
Pool B     12:00     BAN - MAS     0 - 7
Pool A     14:00     INA - KOR     0 - 15
Pool B     16:00     KAZ - PAK     0 - 16
Pool A     18:00     SRI - HKG     4 - 1
Pool A     20:00     JPN - IND     0 - 8

Pool Standings

Pool A

  Played Won Draw Lost GD Points
India 3 3 0 0 51 9
Korea 3 3 0 0 34 9
Japan 3 2 0 1 5 6
Sri Lanka 3 1 0 2 -16 3
Indonesia 3 0 0 3 -34 0
Hong Kong China 3 0 0 3 -40 0

Pool B

  Played Won Draw Lost GD Points
Pakistan 3 3 0 0 36 9
Malaysia 3 3 0 0 31 9
Bangladesh 3 2 0 1 -1 6
Oman 3 1 0 2 -9 3
Thailand 3 0 0 3 -22 0
Kazakhstan 3 0 0 3 -35 0

Asian Hockey Federation media release

Veteran goalie S. Kumar earns 300th cap in win over Bangladesh

By Azidan Nahar and Azlan Muhammad Zain

S. Kumar celebrated earning his 300th cap for the national side by helping the Speedy Tigers to record a third win in a row in their Group B match against Bangladesh at the Asian Games in Jakarta earlier today (Friday).--fotoBERNAMA

JAKARTA: Hockey goalkeeper S. Kumar marked his 300th international appearance by helping Malaysia beat Bangladesh 7-0 today.

It was Malaysia’s third consecutive win in the ongoing Asian Games.

“This (300 caps) only applies to official matches. I believe it would be more if unofficial matches were taken into count,” said Kumar.

“This is a boost for me and my team to continue our hunt for the Asian Games gold medal,” said Kumar..

Azlan Misron, with 350 appearances, is the most capped Malaysian player.

“I will keep going and not limit my playing time... as long as I am needed and have the strength to perform at a high level.”

Earlier, Kumar helped the national team defeat Thailand (10-0) and Kazakhstan (16-2) in Group B. Malaysia’s remaing matches are against Oman and Pakistan.

New Straits Times

Keeper Kumar keeps clean sheet as he joins exclusive 300-cap club

NATIONAL hockey team goalkeeper S. Kumar (pic) has joined the exclusive 300-capclub in style as he kept his second clean slate in the Indonesia Asiad.

The Tampin-born Kumar was barely tested as the Malaysians thrashed Bangladesh 7-0 in their third Group B match at the Gelora Bung Karno Hockey Stadium.

Malaysia, who dominated the match, scored through Mohd Razie Rahim (17th minute, 22nd), Mohd Amirol Aideed Mohd Arshad (27th), Faizal Saari (30th), Joel Van Huizen (37th), Nabil Fiqri Mohd Noor (43rd) and Mohd Firhan Ashari (59th).

The most capped Malaysian hockey player is Azlan Misron with 350, followed by the late Chua Boon Huat (337), S. Kuhan (330), Nor Saiful Zaini (329) and Minarwan Nawawi (327).

Kumar is also now among the highest-capped goalkeepers in the world.

Pakistan’s 1994 World Cup-winning hockey goalkeeper Mansoor Ahmed has 338 caps.

Kumar said he will continue to play for the national team as long as his services are needed.

“It’s not easy for a goalkeeper to reach 300 caps compared to outfield players. I have unofficially played in more than 300 matches and I’m glad to reach this milestone in my career,” said Kumar.

“This is a morale booster for me in the Asian Games, which we aim to win. I have made a lot of sacrifices and achieved a lot in the 20 years I have played for the team and I hope to continue giving my best to the team.”

Commenting on the win over minnows Bangladesh, Kumar said his teammates have done well and are looking forward to keeping the winning momentum going in the top-of-the-group clash against Pakistan tomorrow.

“In the first two games, I didn’t have any touches compared to this game and I know that I’m in good shape here. I also have been doing extra training even in the room to keep me on track.

“We have three wins in the group now and in the next game against Pakistan, we want to finish top of the group and get a good draw in the semi-finals.”

The Star of Malaysia

Asian Games hockey: Pakistan decimate Kazakhstan 16-0

By Nabil Tahir

COMPLETE PERFORMANCE: Pakistan improved their previous two performances of 10-0 victories against Thailand and Oman with a 16-0 drubbing of minnows Kazakhstan. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan hockey team beat Kazakhstan 16-0 in their third Pool B match of the ongoing Asian Games in Jakarta.

Men in Green, who bagged 10-0 win each against Thailand and Oman in their first two matches, made sure they decimated their opponents from the word go.

Mohammad Toseeq found the net four times, while Mahmood Abu Bakar also scored a hat-trick for Pakistan.

Ali Rizwan, Shan Ali and Muhammad Umar Bhutta scored a brace each to add to the score.

Ali Mubashar, Muhammad Dilber, Muhammad Atiq also scored one goal each for Pakistan.

“We have won all three matches and haven’t conceded any goal but Malaysia is another team which is on a winning streak and they will be tough to face,” skipper Muhammad Rizwan senior told The Express Tribune.

He added that the team needs to stay composed to beat Malaysia. “Till now we are in full shape, form and in coordination. If we keep playing like this, then we can win the match against Malaysia. They are one of the top teams of the competition, if we beat them then that will increase our chances to win the gold medal,” he said.

Pakistan will next face Malaysia on August 26, before facing Bangladesh on August 28 to complete their Pool B matches.

One more win for the Men in Green will mean they qualify for the semi-finals of the Asian Games hockey event, scheduled to take place on August 30, with the final to be played on September 1.

The Express Tribune

Pakistan thump Kazakhstan 16-0 in third consecutive hockey win

Pakistan's Irfan Mahnood (L) and Kazakhstan's Yermek Tashkeyev (R) compete for the ball during the Men's hockey pool B match between Kazakhstan and Pakistan at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on 24 August

The Pakistan national hockey team on Friday registered their third consecutive win of the 2018 Asian Games, completely outclassing a hapless Kazakhstan side 16-0 at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Sports Complex in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The green shirts won their first two matches of the games against Thailand and Oman 10-0.

After leading 6-0 at half time, the Green shirts poured in 10 goals in the next 30 minutes.

Nine goals came through open play, five via penalty corners and two through penalty strokes. The scorers in the match were Tauseeq Arshad (4), Abubakr Mahmood (3), Ali Shan (2), Rizwan Sr (2), Umar Bhutta (2), Dilber, Atiq Arshad and Mubashar Ali.

World No. 13 Pakistan will next be up against 12th ranked Malaysia on August 26.

Both sides have won each of their three matches with convincing margins. Pakistan leads the pool because of a better goal difference.


Pakistan rout Kazakhstan 16-0

JAKARTA - Pakistan beat Kazakhstan 16-0 in their third Pool B match of the ongoing Asian Games on Friday at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Sports Complex, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Men in Green, who bagged 10-0 win each against Thailand and Oman in their first two matches, made sure they decimated their opponents from the word go.

They completely outclassed a hapless Kazakhstan side with collective efforts and kept them under persistent punishment with the addition of goals one after another.

After leading 6-0 at the half time, the green shirts poured in ten goals in the next 30 minutes. Nine goals came through open play, five via penalty corners and two through penalty strokes.

Mohammad Toseeq found the net four times, while Mahmood Abu Bakar also scored a hat-trick for Pakistan.

Ali Rizwan, Shan Ali and Muhammad Umar Bhutta scored a brace each to add to the score.

Ali Mubashar, Muhammad Dilber, Muhammad Atiq also scored one goal each for Pakistan.

“We have won all three matches and haven’t conceded any goal but Malaysia is another team which is on a winning streak and they will be tough to face,” skipper Muhammad Rizwan senior said.

He added that the team needs to stay composed to beat Malaysia. “Till now we are in full shape, form and in coordination. If we keep playing like this, then we can win the match against Malaysia. They are one of the top teams of the competition, if we beat them then that will increase our chances to win the gold medal,” he said. World No 13 Pakistan will enter a serious part of competition of the Games when they will be playing their next match against 12th ranked Malaysia on August 26. Both the sides have won all their three matches till now, and with convincing margins. Pakistan lead the pool because of better goal difference. Their last outing would be against Bangladesh on August 28 to complete their Pool B matches.

One more win for the Men in Green will mean they qualify for the semi-finals of the Asian Games hockey event, scheduled to take place on August 30, with the final to be played on September 1.

The Nation

India equals its 1958 record against Japan

s2h Team

Facing first hard challenger in the ongoing Asian Games in Jakarta, India again showcased a flawless hockey to crush Japan 8-0. It was 60 years ago that India defeated the Japanese with the identical score when hockey was introduced in hockey at Japan's capital in 1958, and almost all teams were new to the new environment.

Despite the overall supremacy by India over the years, the Japanese did not allow India much headway thereafter. The 60-year record stood test of time, as Japan showed vast improvement over the years. Even in the 2010 edition, it was a close affair (3-2), and then both did not meet in the last edition.

India earlier defeated Indonesia 17-0 before making another record of sort against hapless Hong Kong (26-0).

With three wins in as many as matches India ensures its semifinal berth majestically.

India started the game on a brisk note, with SV Sunil striking in a melee in the 7th minute. Five minutes later Dilpreet Singh struck from close quarter. Rupinder struck first of his two goals of the day a minute after first quarter. Both sides changed sides with 3-0 on scorebaord.

Mandeep Singh (11th Min), Rupinder Pal Singh 38th min, Akashdeep Singh 46th minute, and then a minute later Vivek too entered his name on the scoreboard.

The last goal of the match was struck three miutes before the final hooter.

"Had we known such record, perhaps we would have gone for another one to break it, said a player jovially after the match"'

Chief coach Harendra Singh did not respond to post match briefing.

However, Japan coach Siegfried Aikman attributed the defeat of his side to extreme fitness and skill levels of their rival today. He said so in his social media page.


India steamrollers Japan

The defending champion reaches the 50-goal mark

Uthra Ganesan

On the mark: Rupinder Pal hit a brace in the big win. Photo Credit: AFP

The Indian men completed a half-century of goals in their third game of the tournament, winning 8-0 against a clueless Japan in Pool A with an intensity that took everyone by surprise on Friday. This is the first time India has crossed 50 goals in the competition ever.

India was expected to win but not expected to come so hard at an opposition that was the first serious competition after two easy outings.

Coach Harendra Singh had said the Asian Games began for him from this game but going by the way the Indians attacked and disrupted Japan, he might well wait for Korea in the next game to get a true idea about his boys’ potential.


Almost the entire game was played in the Japan half. Mandeep Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh scored a brace each while Vivek Prasad, Akashdeep Singh, S.V. Sunil and Dilpreet Singh scored one each.

The only chance Japan had was in the ninth minute of the game when, caught by surprise by an overhead ball to Kenta Tanaka, the Indians had to chase the striker all across the length of the field. He did try to wrong-foot the goalkeeper but P.R. Sreejesh was up to the task and parried the ball with his pads.

Other than that, it was all India, up 3-0 at half-time. The pace of the game saw Japan left scrambling to find a semblance of structure in its game but by the time it stabilised, it was all over.

The Hindu

Indian men's hockey team beat Japan 8-0 in another goal fest

Indian men's hockey team Indian players during their men''s hockey match against Japan, at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta on Friday , PTI

Defending champions India continued their goal-scoring spree and spanked Japan 8 0 to register their third consecutive win in the men's hockey competition at the Asian Games on Friday.

The holders have so far scored 51 goals in three matches after demolishing Indonesia 17-0 and registering a record 26-0 win over Hong Kong China in their previous two Pool A games.

Drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh (17th, 37th minutes) and Mandeep Singh (32nd, 56th) struck twice while SV Sunil (7th), Dilpreet Singh (12th), Akashdeep Singh (45th) and Vivek Sagar Prasad (47th) also registered their names in the score sheet.

India conceded only one penalty corner in the 48th minute of the match but Japan, ranked 16th, wasted the opportunity.

World no. 5 India will next play Korea, ranked 14th, on Sunday before completing their pool engagement against Sri Lanka.

"I am not happy with the scoreline. We missed a lot of chances and that is not acceptable in a tournament like this," said India's chief coach Harendra Singh.

Rupinder, who has been scoring consistently in this tournament after making a comeback from a hamstring injury, said he was pleased with the way he was shaping up for the big matches ahead.

"The injury part was disappointing. I just returned a month back after rehab. I feel strong, the coaches and the teammates have helped. Scoring gives me confidence and it will surely help in bigger matches," said the drag-flicker.

Rupinder said they used the match as an opportunity to fine-tune their basics and found out that there was still "room for improvement."

"There were a lot of mistakes. The mentality is to score (heavy) in each game. We are fitter and we are working on speed," he said.

India started on a bright note and attacked the Japanese goal in numbers from the onset.

India's first charge came as early as the second minute but Dilpreet's deflection from a Surender Kumar's cross went wide.

The defending champions though did not have to wait much to get on board as Akashdeep fed Sunil with a reverse hit pass and the experienced striker easily found the back of the net.

Then Dilpreet, waiting in front of the goal post, sent the ball in with a fierce reverse hit to double the lead, five minutes later.

The Indian team missed out on converting a penalty corner before Japan made its first real attempt but could not execute. It was Kenta Tanaka, who fired one in from the right but an alert Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh blocked the shot.

Going into the second quarter, India had a 2-0 cushion and it became 3-0 when Rupinder converted a penalty corer in the 17th minute.

Japan kept fighting and foiled India's two more attempts thereafter.

India missed out on a penalty corner chance early in the third quarter but two minutes after the change of ends Amit Rohidas set it up for Mandeep, who pushed the ball in from close range past the Japanese goalie Takashi Yoshikawa to make it 4-0.

India got a penalty stroke when Vivek was obstructed inside the circle by a Japanese defender and Rupinder made no mistake in converting from the spot as India took a commanding 5-0 lead.

India kept Japan under the pump, earning their fifth penalty corner soon but failed to convert as Rupinder's flick was blocked by the Japanese custodian.

Daily News & Analysis

We are a strong team, you will see

s2h Team

Man Jae Jung

He stands like ramrod. Eyes sparkling. Even as he sweeps away beads of sweat, it doesn't give an idea he has just played six minutes of game, the body must aching. No. He was fresh, he was patient as well. The match may be against Indonesia, whom his team crushed for 15 goals, but the Koreans did not relax all through while getting those goals. Perhaps to match India's tally that was two more than what the Koreans could ultimately manage, they tried very hard to add the last five goals as the match was closing in on.

Those tries, sprints and shrills were easily forgotton as Man Jae Jung prepares for the match of the Pool, obviously against defending champions India.

That the match is being awaited with awe may be gleaned from the fact that he becomes serious when questions were asked on India, eyebrows narrowing, body slightly bending, and keen ears to your voice.

This was after initial discussion went on stereotypes. "That is going to be an important match". We have some days left four us to prepare, we will prepare well for the important match."

But when pointed question was asked, he proportionately became serious in response. Even given discount he faced for replying in English, it took more time now for answer.

India is a good team, we are also good.

When asked about Indian strength of penalty corner conversion, he could take the names Rupinder Pal Singh and Harmanpreet Singh. "They are good, we will defend well if we give away penalty corners'.

When reminded him of recent Korea's loses to India in HWL, Asia Cup, Asian Champions Trophy, he was not perturbed.

"We are definitely not down. In this tournament we are strong", Pat came reply.

Before signing off, he said solid: "You will see here, we are a strong team'.

The midfielder undoubtedly sends a message to Indians who seem to be under the sun after two great victories.

If there is a man who will make the difference between losing and winning team, that will be this professional with an MNC.


Asian Games Women Hockey: India needs draw against South Korea to top the pool  

B.G.Joshi (Sehore-Bhopal, India)

Lalremsiami from Mizoram (India) have emerged dependable striker, she scored 13 goals in 32 matches played so far.

Japan-China and India-South Korea matches will determine who will play whom in semifinals on Aug 29.

In London World Cup (Jul-Aug 2018) Indian team stood first in defence.All eyes on opportunist scorers Lalremsiami (India), Park MinYun(Korea),Gu Bing Feng(China)and Aki  Yamada(Japan). Here are statistical highlights of India-South Korea (women):















In  Asian Games







Last 10







Last played in Donghae City (South Korea) Asian Champions Trophy Final in May 2018, South Korea wins 1-0.


National women's hockey team need big win

By Azidan Nahar and Azlan Muhammad Zain

The national women’s hockey team want to register a win by a big margin when they take on Taiwan tomorrow (Saturday). BERNAMA photo

JAKARTA: The national women’s hockey team want to register a win by a big margin when they take on Taiwan tomorrow (Saturday).

This is because they want to finish as one of the top two teams in the group and therefore advance to the semi-finals after they managed to hold China to a 2-2 draw yesterday (Thursday).

"The number of goals we are able to score will be vital if at all we and China were to fall to Japan.

"So we need to go all out for a big win and score as many goals as possible when we play Taiwan tomorrow (Saturday),” said coach K. Dharmaraj Abdullah.

Taiwan have a leaky defense after suffering heavy defeats to Japan (11-0) and China (9-0).

Malaysia almost cause an upset yesterday (Thursday) when they played China in their second Group A match, however the World No 11 ranked team managed to bounce back and level the score after falling behind to goals from Hanis Nadia Onn.

Malaysia are now third in Group A just behind China with a difference of only one goal while Japan top the group after winning both their matches so far.

New Straits Times

Pakistan stand in Malaysia's way

By Azidan Nahar, Azlan Muhammad Zain

Malaysia's Joel Samuel Van Huizen (L) and Thailand's Borirak Harapan fight for the ball during the men's hockey pool B match between Malaysia and Thailand at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 22, 2018. Photo Credit: PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP

JAKARTA: The real battle starts on Sunday for the national men’s hockey team at the Asian Games when they play former champions Pakistan in a Group B match.

Stephen Van Huizen’s side have had it easy so far with wins over Kazakhstan (16-2), Thailand (10-0) and Bangladesh (7-0), and a victory over Pakistan will assure the World No 12 top spot in their group.

It is expected to be a fiery affair as both teams want to avoid finishing runners-up in the group. The second place team in the pool are expected to face World No 5 India, who are Group A favourites, in the semi-finals

“We are taking one match at a time. A win over Pakistan will assure us top spot but if it ends in a draw then the group winners will be decided on goal difference,” said Van Huizen.

Malaysia and Pakistan are tied on nine points with the latter at the top on goal difference.

World No 13 Pakistan, who have not conceded, have netted 36 times compared to Malaysia’s 33 goals.

If the match ends in a draw, then the final round of matches on Tuesday will be crucial.

Malaysia take on Oman while Pakistan play Bangladesh in their final fixture

“Our players are ready and focused for this difficult match,” Van Huizen added.

The gold medallists will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games,

New Straits Times

Hockey Series Open - Vilnius 2018 (Women) - Day 4
Vilnius (LTU)

Result for 24 August 2018

UKR v TUR (RR)     5 - 1

Pool Standing

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Ukraine 3 3 0 0 8 1 7 9
2 Czech Republic 2 2 0 0 11 3 8 6
3 Wales 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 3
4 Lithuania 2 0 0 2 2 6 -4 0
5 Turkey 3 0 0 3 2 13 -11 0

FIH Match Centre

2018 Test Matches: POR v SUI (M) 1st test
Lousada (POR)

23 Aug 2018     POR v SUI     3 - 0

FIH Match Centre

Loren Shealy Formally Announces Retirement from USWNT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Women's National Team will be without one more familiar face. Today, midfielder Loren Shealy (Charlotte, N.C.) has officially announced her retirement from the program. Shealy joined the USWNT in 2015 and appeared in 52 international caps for Team USA.

“Shealy was a player who was always willing to do what was needed,” said Janneke Schopman, USWNT Head Coach. “Starting as a forward she made the transition to the midfield where she would play the role the team needed her to play. She always worked hard, had a great shot and an ability to be at the right spot in the circle at the right time.”

A North Carolina native, Shealy fell in love with the game in middle school, seeing comparisons in field hockey to her first sport love, golf, but in a team oriented setting. She wove her way through the Futures Program before moving on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2011, and helped lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA Final Four and Finals twice each. She also earned the prestigious Sports Illustrated College Athlete of the Year for the 2012-13 season.

After joining the USWNT in 2015, she appeared in test series matches against England and Japan. She also appeared in the series against Canada and Chile in 2016, the Hawke’s Bay Cup and International Festival of Hockey in 2017. She was a member of the USWNT that claimed bronze at the 2017 women’s Pan American Cup and gold in the FIH Hockey world League Semifinals in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Among all her appearances in the red, white and blue, nothing beat playing in front of the home crowd at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa.

“Getting to play at home in Lancaster, in front of a great crowd was always a highlight,” added Shealy. There is nothing like singing the national anthem, under the lights and in front of a huge home crowd. I will also really miss the little things, moments in practice and just hanging out with my teammates all over the world.”

Shealy recently accepted a position in New York City. She would also like to thank her family friends, teammates, coaches and everyone that has supported her over the years.

“This experience was made possible by so many people pouring their time and energy into investing in me as both a player and person since I was young,” said Shealy. “Thank you for your unwavering support and constant encouragement.”

USA Field Hockey would like to wish Shealy all the best in her future endeavors!

USFHA media release

Woods' Reflection on Vitality Hockey Women's Hockey World Cup

Jean DePlacido, The Salem News

Nicole Woods will never forget her first World Cup experience. The Beverly resident went to London, England with her USA field hockey teammates, and although the results weren’t what they had hoped for, the thrill of playing before thousands of cheering fans is something they will cherish.

“It was insane,” said Woods, who is spending her time off from training hiking in Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah. “I was in the Junior World Cup, but this one was a thousand times different. When we played England there were 10,000 people there, and almost all of them were cheering for the home team.

“I always look to see where my mother (Betsy Woods) is sitting, but I couldn’t find her because our parents were seated way up high in the stadium. I’ve never played in front of half the number of people there that day, but I wasn’t totally in awe because we had watched England play a game a few days before so we had a sense of what the atmosphere was going to be like.”

The United States tied England and India, but lost to Ireland and didn’t make it out of pool play to advance to crossover games.

“In the end it didn’t go the way we expected, but we felt very good after tying England because they were ranked very high,” the former Louisville University star said. “If we hadn’t picked up a point that time things would have gone downhill even faster. As it was, we were pretty disappointed.

“There were three days off between each game so we had some time to see London. On the first and third day we had some really hard practices with a lot of running and lifting, but on the second day we could do some site seeing.”

Woods said the team was staying only 20 minutes outside the city, and she went to see London Bridge and the Shakespeare Globe Theatre.

“I’m an English literature nerd so I had to see that,” Woods said. “We were in a good location right next to a big mall where you could get anything you needed including a good cup of coffee. After we tied again on a Sunday World Cup organizers offered us the chance to stay through Wednesday’s games. Some people had family there, who had flown in so they stayed, but my Mom had already left. I really wanted to get home at that point.”

Woods was hoping Ireland might win it all, and the No. 16 ranked squad almost did pull off the big upset. After beating the USA the Irish team went all the way to the finals before losing to the defending champ Netherlands. The goalkeeper for Ireland Ayeisha McFerran was Woods teammate at Louisville where she posted a stingy 1.91 goals against average for the Cards last season.

“Ayeisha was named best goalkeeper of the whole tournament, and I’m not at all surprised because I played with her for three years,” said Woods. “This tournament really showed off her talent. Ireland didn’t qualify in South Africa and had to wait until there was an upset that allowed them to get in. I was on the bus with her when she got the news Ireland was in. That country hadn’t gone to the World Cup in several years (2002), and I’m very happy for her.”

Next up for the USA team is the Four Nations International Tournament in Osaka, Japan on September 12-16. Japan, Australia, Argentina, and the United States will compete.

“We go back on Monday, August 27, and players that are picked to go will be announced after we’ve been practicing a while,” said Woods. “It’s basically the same system they used to decide which ones would go to the World Cup.

“‘I’m in Moab, Utah now by the Grand Canyon, after hiking in Idaho and Jackson, Wyoming. It’s the first time I’ve ever done it, and way harder than I expected. Believe it or not it’s’almost harder going downhill than climbing up because you are so sore by then. You go up to get to the top, and it’s beautiful, but all the while you know you have to get back down.

“The scenery is something else, and I’ve never been to any of these places before. It’s so cool, and now I’m excited to see more of our country. You don’t realize there are places like this right here in America. I’d love to do a hiking trip again; it’s such a great way to really get to see everything.”

USFHA media release

Top PAHF performance comes from the 'third team'

2018 Women's World Cup in London

Sarah Juggins, for PAHF

2018 World Cup - PAHF Officials. Photo: Laurine Delforge

The Pan American Hockey Federation presence at the Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup in London was spearheaded by two groups who had very good reason to be viewing the event with huge anticipation. Las Leonas have been building their team since a below par performance at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and head coach Agustin Corradini would have been looking for a good showing from this team. A medal was definitely a realistic aim for the team ranked at number three in the world.

Also heading to London with their hopes high was USA. Ranked seventh in the world, with a Hockey World League Semi-Final title to their name, the USA were hoping to emulate or better their best ever World Cup performance – a bronze in 1994.

In the event, neither side did itself justice. USA seemed to be strangled by their own ambitions, playing with little of the attacking, aggressive and confident attitude that they have brought to previous performances. Argentina too, approached each game in their usual intense and passionate manner but just failed to deliver. That said, the Argentina team were part of one of the best international hockey matches that has been seen recently in their 3-2 loss to Germany in the pool round. Yes, a loss, but when they look back, the team cannot fail to recognise that they played their part in a great advertisement for the exhilaration and skill that women's team sports can provide.

At the end of the pool rounds, USA had failed to make the quarter finals as they finished at the bottom of a group. Instead, Pool B was topped by the most unlikely of competitors, Ireland, who had come to London as the second lowest ranked team in the competition. USA's failure to beat Ireland, India or England meant they didn't get a second shot at the glory they experienced in the Hague four years earlier, where they performed their own underdog heroics. Speaking after the game a disappointed Janneke Schopman said there were many things to be looked at throughout the USA's performances in London, including her own approach. A devastated Melissa Gonzalez, who might just have played her final major international for her country said: "It just didn't happen for us this time. We couldn't have worked any harder or put any more effort in, but something just didn't click. It wasn't to be our time."

Argentina made it through the pool stages, finishing second in their group. which meant an encounter with New Zealand in the cross-over matches. Las Leonas sent the Black Sticks home early, winning that match easily. The result set up an encounter with Pool D winners Australia.

Neutral observers would probably have favoured Argentina in the contest. They had endured tougher matches in the pool stages and so were already battle-hardened. Australia had looked okay without looking menacing in their pool games. At the national anthem, Argentina's goalkeeper Belen Succi was just one of a number of players singing with raw emotion and the tears coursed down her face as she gathered her helmet and headed for the goal.

The hundreds of Leonas' fans in the crowd turned London into Buenos Aires for the next 60 minutes but their side could not break down the Hockeyroos defence. As the game went to sudden death, one Argentinian journalist turned to another and muttered "We are no good at shoot-out." And so it proved.

Australia's goal-keeper Rachael Lynch was in great form and her field players were able to hold their nerve to take the win and break Argentina's hearts.

And so the PAHF representatives left standing at the end of the quarter finals were to be found wearing the electric blue of the 'third team'. On the technical bench, two of the six technical officers – responsible for the smooth running of the event, including all the minute-by-minute statistics and assessing the action on the pitch– were Lorena Rinaldini from Argentina and Rene Zelkin from USA.

Of the 15 umpires, four hailed from PAHF national associations: Carolina de la Fuente (Argentina), Irene Presenqui (Argentina), Ayanna McClean (Trinidad and Tobago)and Maggie Giddens (USA).

We spoke to two of the third team as they reflected back on an amazing experience that has to be one of the highlights of a hockey umpire's career.

For Maggie Giddens, the 2018 Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup will always hold a special place in her memories as she umpired her 100th senior international at the event, thus earning the coveted Golden Whistle. "The first highlight that comes to mind straight away is walking to the venue for the first day of matches," says the vivacious American. "Seeing the crowd queuing to get into the venue and the stands starting to fill is a moment I'll never forget. In that moment it became very real that the World Cup is here and how much of an honor it was to be a part of it, the chills I felt in that moment were unreal.”

"The other, obvious highlight I have to mention is receiving my Golden Whistle. Umpiring 100 international matches is exciting in itself but to be with my colleagues at a World Cup to celebrate was magical. I've known most of the other umpires since 2009 or 2010 and their friendships mean the world to me. Tournaments would not be the same without the awesome people involved so to reflect on 100 matches with some of my favorite umpires is something I will never forget.”

"The third team had a great tournament and I am thankful and grateful to have been a part of it. We were a close group who celebrated each other and our performances. Every umpire wants to be on the pitch but at an event at this level it is important to have a beginner's mind and take every opportunity to learn from your colleagues and study the game and the teams. Gaining experience and taking everything in will prepare all of us for the next big one, go Third Team!”

When it comes to team work, the officials had it nailed at this World Cup. Walking into the hotel the officials were staying at and you would encounter groups of umpires laughing and chatting over a coffee; group fitness sessions were fun as well as challenging; the use of video clips to help develop umpiring skills was well-received; and there was even a smashing of all cultural barriers when the officials took part in a spontaneous cricket match. McClean's laughter as she describes Gidden's initial bemusement at the complex game is infectious. This was the World Cup when the officials took centre stage… in a very good way.

Of course, for any tournament to work, the optimum conditions for athletes and officials has to be in place and for Ayanna McClean, the organisers in London had it nailed. "The organization team for the tournament was excellent. They went above and beyond. Prior to the event, we got all the information we needed in a timely fashion and during the event, they were on top of everything including any last minute requests. England Hockey were great hosts and the "Hockey Makers" (the army of volunteers who worked at the event) truly added another level of professionalism to the event. Always friendly, always helpful and they brought a great atmosphere to the occasion.”

"The presentation of the sport was also far above any I have ever experienced in my career. This being my first World Cup I was excited to see and be a part of the highest level of hockey. The presentation of the game as a world class show was definitely displayed. BT Sports and their crew put on a great showing from the television side of things."

Of course, all the organisation is the world would not have made the event a success of the hockey had not been up to scratch, but as McClean points out: "the hockey itself was quite spectacular. It was truly a tournament of the underdogs."

Ireland and Spain making it to the semi-finals, alongside hockey powerhouses Australia and Netherlands, added a whole new dimension to the World Cup and for McClean, this is a sign that the sport is really growing. However, like so many people, the dominating team remains the Netherlands, and as the Trinidad and Tobago umpire says: "The Dutch provided a magnificent showcase of hockey."

The 2018 World Cup really did have it all. There was the heartbreak of early exits, the drama of the shoot out, the pressure of the cross-over matches, the excitement of a full stadium. And ask any of the players at the end of this two week hockey spectacular and they might just reply that the third team also put in a quite magnificent performance.

Pan American Hockey Federation media release

CTM Premier Hockey League 2018 profiling the Women’s final four

The group stages are complete, and we have lost two of our teams. Ahead of this weekend’s semi-finals we look at the four finalists in order of league position.

Italtile Orange River Rafters (1st – 15 points)
Coach: Shaun Hulley
Captain: Sulette Damons
Previous Best PHL Finish: Champions in 2017

Luche Klaasen. Photo: Sean Burke

The Rafters made history when they became the first team in CTM Premier Hockey League history to win all five group games. In the opening weekend it was about outscoring opposition, while in the second weekend it was about out defending others. The 2017 champions have Lerato Mahlangu in fine goal scoring form, while Sulette Damons and Donna Small continue to impress. It’s a relatively young side with half the team 21 or younger but they have shown their willingness to fight for each other. Although there have been some individual moments of brilliance their journey to the top has been one about team dynamic more than individual brilliance.

The coaches view – Shaun Hulley

“We have had a superb tournament and it’s been great to see the team fighting for each other. We pride ourselves on the team ethic and culture we have developed. The players know that whether they have SA Hockey experience or are just a youngster breaking through, they all have an important role in the team and they have all done their part!”

Tivoli Taps Blyde River Bunters (2nd – 12 points)
Coach: Marcelle Keet
Captain: Phumelela Mbande
Previous Best PHL Finish: Champions in 2016

Phumelela Mbande. Photo: Sean Burke

The Bunters have an incredible CTM Premier Hockey League history with 15 wins in 19 games over the three seasons. In goals they have the finest keeper in the country in Phumelela Mbande and conceding only three goals in the five games so far. Izelle Verster, Jessica De Bruyn-Smith and Elmien Marais have been critical to that form and it’s been the top scorer in the tournament Carmen Smith who has separated them from the others.

The coaches view – Marcelle Keet

“It’s been the most incredible experience moving into the coaching team and working with a wonderful bunch of ladies. I think the final four are so evenly matched that it could be anyone’s weekend, but we are obviously hoping that it will be us! We have a good day of training planned and we can’t wait for the weekend!”

Private Property St. Lucia Lakers (3rd – 9 points)
Coach: Inky Zondi
Captain: Erin Hunter
Previous Best PHL Finish: Runners-up in 2017

Erin Hunter in action for the Private Property St. Lucia Lakers. Photo: Sean Burke

In Erin Hunter and Kara-lee Botes they have undoubtedly got the centre back pairing of the tournament, while Tegan Fourie has proven that she is lethal when given the opportunity. There is a lot to like about the way Inky coaches his teams as they have been defensive masterclasses throughout the tournament. Having lost to the Bunters last weekend they will need big performances from the likes of Shelley Jones, Stephanie Baxter, Ayanga Baleni and the aforementioned trio to topple the 2016 champions.

The coaches view – Inky Zondi

“It’s been a really good tournament for us. We were fantastic in the opening four games and maybe took the foot off the throttle in our final game against the Bunters. We know we won’t be doing the same on Saturday. We will be working on our execution of our strategies and looking to build on the defensive work of our team”

Top T Madikwe Rangers (4th – 7 points)
Coach: Bevan Bennet
Captain: Lisa-Marie Deetlefs
Previous Best PHL Finish:  Runners-up in 2016

Sylvia van Jaarsveldt. Photo: Sean Burke

The Rangers had to wait until the final game of the group stage to confirm their spot in the final four, but when offered the opportunity it was taken by Kristen Paton with both hands. Unfortunately for Bevan Bennett, Kristen is not available this weekend as she is playing hockey in Europe. If they are to cause an upset in beating the Rafters they will need Lisa-Marie Deetlefs to leave from the front, while Sylvia van Jaarsveldt offers goals and Nomnikelo Veto creates opportunities regularly with her off-the-ball movement.

The coaches view – Bevan Bennet

“It’s been a superb experience of getting together with a new group of players and seeing how we have progressed over the two weekends so far. We are really optimistic that if we stick to our plans and processes we can offer a good surprise this weekend and improve on our 2016 position.”

CTM PHL Women’s Semi-Finals

Saturday 25 August

10:00 – Tivoli Taps Blyde River Bunters vs. Private Property St. Lucia Lakers
Previous Results
PHL 2018 Group Stage – Bunters 2-0 Lakers
PHL 2017 Group Stage – Bunters 3-1 Lakers
PHL 2016 Semi-Final – Bunters 2-0 Lakers
PHL 2016 Group Stage – Bunters 0-1 Lakers

14:00 – Top T Madikwe Rangers vs. Italtile Orange River Rafters
Previous Results
PHL 2018 Group Stage – Rangers 1-3 Rafters
PHL 2017 Group Stage – Rangers 1-2 Rafters
PHL 2016 Group Stage – Rangers 3-0 Rafters

SA Hockey Association media release

Warriors seek to break away from Police


Kenya Police's Robert Masibo (right) vies for the ball with Butali Sugar Warriors' George Mutira (left) during their Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League match at the City Park Stadium on June 17, 2018. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Former champions Butali Sugar Warriors have an opportunity to break away when they meet Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCA-U) in men’s hockey Premier League that resumes this weekend at City Park Stadium, Nairobi.

The Warriors and defending champions Kenya Police, who are not in action this weekend, share the top spot with 30 points each but Warriors enjoy a better goal difference.

Warriors will take on KCA-U, whom they beat 2-1 in the first leg, on Sunday at 5pm.

Before meeting Warriors, KCA-U, who are placed seventh in the log with 13 points, will battle Parkroad Badgers on Saturday at 6pm.

Also on Sunday, Badgers will take on Parklands Sports Club at 1pm before another edge-seater between three times champion Strathmore Gladiators and Greensharks at 3pm.

Meshack Senge’s Gladiators will be hoping for another bounty hunt after they crushed Greensharks 5-1 in the first leg.

Warriors will begin the second leg encounters without defenders Nickson Amadi, Robert Amadi and Rashid Saidi.

Nickson is serving a three-match ban after he got a straight red card, Robert is injured while Saidi has work commitments.

Butali coach Dennis Owoka will also be without fast-rising striker Derrick Kuloba, who is tied down with examinations.

However, skipper Kenneth Nyongesa and Constant Wakhura have what it takes in defence with talisman George Mutira and Vincent Odhiambo leading their attack.

From their 11 outings, Warriors and Police have 10 wins and one loss each.

However, Warriors have scored 33 goals only conceding seven for a goal difference of 26. The men in blue have also scored 33 but have conceded 14.

Warriors team manager Kamal Sembi predicted the title chase could go down to the last match against Police on December 9. Police gunned down Butali 3-0 in the first leg.

“We have wiped out the dust from the defeat to focus on a good end to the second leg. “We need to maintain the momentum.”

Senge said even though they overwhelmed Greensharks in the first leg, their game on Sunday might provide a different approach.

“This is a fresh game but we hope for better results than the first leg,” said Senge, who is keeping his fingers crossed as he assess injured offensive midfielder Francis Kariuki and defender Adam Muhambi.

“We shall access them until Saturday to see if they will have recovered,” said Senge.

Fixtures (All matches at City Park)


National League-men: UON v Daystar (12pm), Karate Axiom v Wazalendo Youth (2pm)
Super League-men: MMU v. Wazalendo Masters (4pm)
Premier League-men: KCA-U v. Parkroad Badgers (6pm).


Super League-women: MMU v. Wolverines (9am)
National League-men: Parkroad Tigers v. Gorilla (11am)
Premier League-men: Parklands SC v. Parkroad Badgers (1pm); Greensharks v. Strathmore (3pm); Butali v. KCA-U (5pm).

Daily Nation

Bucks to Brussels to push her Irish senior hopes

Emma Buckley is moving from Cork Harlequins to Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles for this season. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Emma Buckley is hoping a move to Belgium to play with Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles can help her push to become a central player for the Irish women’s senior team.

The Cork Harlequins was part of the wider Green Army panel of 28 but was omitted once the World Cup squad was reduced this summer with Ayeisha McFerran – the eventual goalkeeper of the tournament – and Grace O’Flanagan taking the net-minding places.

She has decided to “focus solely on hockey”, signing a one-year contract this season. She recently completed a course in sports nutrition but will put on hold further studies for the time being.

“After hearing so much positive feedback from other senior internationals playing in other European countries, it was something I wanted to try,” she told The Hook.

“I looked at various options of studying while playing hockey but I decided I wanted to focus solely on hockey. I will be training full-time at Royal Racing and can spend each day focusing on improving my game. When I am not training, I will be coaching club under-age teams, going to French and volunteering.”

She joins an ambitious Racing club – who feature fellow Munster player Conor Harte in the men’s team – who have signed several Belgian and Spanish internationals for this campaign, including Anouk Raes and Jill Boon from Wellington.

The club is coached by Xavier Reckinger, a legendary player with the Red Lions who is now also coach of the German senior women’s side.

And the 20-year-old Buckley is hopeful it will progress her Irish hopes having earned seven senior caps to date.

“I would hope that training daily and playing matches week-in, week-out with senior international players from several countries will better equip me for playing at international level.

“My aim is to analyse each area of my game and to come up with a plan to improve each area using the knowledge of the staff in the Irish set-up and at Racing.

“My main concern [about the move] was that I did not jeopardise my involvement with the Irish senior and underage teams. Once Irish coaches were satisfied with the standard I would be training at, along with being made available for Irish national training sessions and games, should I be asked to attend, then I was happy to sign!”

Buckley has had a busy summer, working with the senior panel and then linking up with the Irish Under-23 side for their tournament in Antwerp. She admits it was tough for her to be “cut” from the World Cup squad at a late stage but says the experience this summer will stand to her.

“I would like to think I’ve always had and always will have a massive hunger to train hard and learn as much as I can. Being cut from the World Cup squad right at the end was a heart-wrenching experience.

“But being involved within the squad for as long as I was, was fantastic. Once the final squad was announced, I was delighted for those who made it and I was 100 percent behind them. They were going to London to represent all of us – the whole squad, the whole country.

Buckley clears during a match against UCD last season. Pic: Adrian Boehm

“Thankfully, I didn’t have any time to consider the ‘what ifs’ of my own situation. I re-joined the Irish Under-23s and traveled to Antwerp to play in an international tournament. We had some ups and downs in terms of results but it was fantastic to get the experience of playing against countries that we normally don’t play against at that level as India and Canada.”

From there, she went on holiday but the “first priority” was to get to an Irish bar to get the World Cup matches on the screen.

“I never shouted so much at a TV screen. The girls were incredible; I felt so proud of them, writing history.”

Buckley has initially signed for one year, keeping her options open for what happens next, adding: “If it goes well and I enjoy the experience, then there is no reason why I wouldn’t stay for longer.”

Racing start their season with an away date against Royal Leopold on September 2.

The Hook

Maryland field hockey wins 3-0 against Pacific in first game of season

By Lila Bromberg

Head coach Missy Meharg speaks with defender Sophie Giezeman on the sideline during Maryland's 2-1 win against Penn State on Oct. 15, 2017. (Marquise McKine/The Diamondback)

After over 16 minutes of play, the contest between Maryland field hockey and Pacific Stockton remained scoreless.

The No. 4 Terps, according to Preseason National Coaches Poll, needed a spark in their first game of the season, and one of its newest members stepped up.

Defender Nike Lorenz notched a goal on a pass from forward Madison Maguire on a penalty corner opportunity.

A little over two minutes later, Lorenz found the back of the net again off assists from Maguire and midfielder Kelee Lepage. The goal, which also came off of a penalty corner, was reviewed for several minutes, but Maryland's 2-0 lead stood.

Lorenz scored again seven minutes later, assisted by forward Mayv Clune, giving herself a hat trick before the end of the first half and the Terps a 3-0 lead.

"She's one of the best drag flickers in the world," coach Missy Meharg said. "It's super for all the players around her, certainly the whole momentum…It was definitely a plug in our field that we needed some experience in and Maryland was just super fortunate that we were her selection on where to study."

The junior was a late addition to coach Missy Meharg's squad this year. She previously played for the German National Team, with whom she won a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics. Lorenz also led her club team to seven German Championships and was named the Best Young Player at the World League Semifinals in 2017.

And Lorenz is meshing with the team nicely. She said hearing her teammates' cheering for her from the sidelines and getting their positive feedback has helped her transition.

"She's phenomenal," Maguire said. "Her coming in and all her knowledge and background of hockey is going to help us so much. Yeah, she's a newcomer, but I think she's going to step up and become one of our main players."

Despite having 25 shots, Maryland didn't score again, riding Lorenz's contributions to victory. Pacific Stockton's Marlise Van Tonder had 10 saves.

The Terp defense held the Tigers to just two shots throughout the game.

With its first win of the season under its belt, Maryland continues on its West Coast road trip with a game against California on Sunday at 3pm.

And Meharg said she can already see her team improving.

"In the 70 minutes we grew and grew and grew, and we finished playing the best hockey tonight," Meharg said. "And that's all you can hope for for your opener."

The Diamondback

UMaine field hockey team opens with convincing win

Larry Mahoney

New Zealand native Casey Crowley (from left) and Australians Samantha Wagg and Emily Hindle all contributed in Maine's 9-1 victory over Holy Cross on Friday in Orono with Wagg scoring three goals, Crowley adding a goal and Hindle recording an assist.

Senior All-America East back Samantha Wagg from Melbourne, Australia, collected her first career hat trick, scoring all three goals in a span of 12:41 in the first half, to lead the 25th-ranked University of Maine field hockey team to a season-opening 9-1 win over Holy Cross in Orono on Friday.

Wagg’s goals, which upped her career total to 27, followed a goal by Holy Cross’ Emily Loprete that had made it 2-1.

Seniors Libby Riedl and Casey Crowley, sophomore Brooke Sulinski and freshman Nina Keur added second-half goals. It was Old Town native Sulinski’s first career goal.

Riedl and sophomore Hana Davis had staked UMaine to a 2-0 lead.

Crowley had three assists to go with her goal. Brittany Smith and Ella Mosky each contributed two assists with Emily Hindle and Cassandra Mascarenhas collecting one each.

Mia Borley didn’t have to make a save but Mascarenhas was credited with a defensive save.

Madeline Alderfer had an assist for the Crusaders and Marcia LaPlante made 19 saves.

UMaine attempted 36 shots to Holy Cross’ four.

University of Maine Black Bear Sports

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