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3rd Youth Olympic Games - Day 1
Buenos Aires (ARG)

Men's results

MAS 14 VAN 0
IND 10 BAN 0

Pool standings

Pool A

Rank Team Matches Goals  
Played Won Draw Lost For Against Diff Points
1 1 1 0 0 3
2 1 1 0 0 3
3 1 1 0 0 3
4 1 0 0 1 0
5 1 0 0 1 0
6 1 0 0 1 0

Pool B

Rank Team Matches Goals  
Played Won Draw Lost For Against Diff Points
1 1 1 0 0 3
2 1 1 0 0 3
3 1 1 0 0 3
4 1 0 0 1 0
5 1 0 0 1 0
6 1 0 0 1 0

Women's results

AUS 10 ZIM 0
ARG 21 VAN 0

Pool Standings

Women's Preliminary Round Pool A  Women's Preliminary Round Pool B

Rank Team Matches Goals  
Played Won Draw Lost For Against Diff Points
1 1 1 0 0 3
2 1 1 0 0 3
3 1 1 0 0 3
4 1 0 0 1 0
5 1 0 0 1 0
6 1 0 0 1 0

Pool B

Rank Team Matches Goals  
Played Won Draw Lost For Against Diff Points
1 1 1 0 0 3
2 1 1 0 0 3
3 1 0 1 0 1
3 1 0 1 0 1
5 1 0 0 1 0
6 1 0 0 1 0

Official Site

Hosts Argentina open YOG in style

Argentina delighted home fans with a big win on the opening day Photo: BAYOCOG

To the delight of thousands of home fans, Argentina women lit up the opening day of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) by earning the biggest win, 21-0, against Pacific Island opponents Vanuatu.

For all the day 1 results, click here.

Inspired by a coin toss by hockey legend Luciana Aymar, a Youth Olympic Games Ambassador, four goals each for Brisa Bruggesser and Maria Cerundolo, three hat-tricks for Josefina Rubenacker, Celina di Santo, and Gianella Palet, plus doubles from captain Victoria Miranda and Sofia Ramallo ensured all players in the squad, except the goalkeepers, scored in this Pool A victory.

YOG Ambassador and hockey legend Luciana Aymar witnessed Argentina men playing Zambia Photo: Buenos Aires 2018

Despite that big scoreline, the other two matches in Pool A were a lot closer, with South Africa and Uruguay playing out an exciting match, with the African nation edging their South American opponents 4-3. India also got off to a winning start as they defeated Austria 4-2.

Australia and China meanwhile earned big wins as they opened women's Pool B. Australia defeated Zimbabwe 10-0 while 2014 Youth Olympic Games champions China defeated Namibia 8-0. Despite Hockey5s usually being high scoring encounters, Poland and Mexico could not find any advantage as they played out a tense 1-1 draw.

In men's Pool A, Malaysia also racked up a big opening win, 14-0, also against Vanuatu, with Akhimullah Anuar scoring half of his teams goals. Elsewhere in the Pool, Poland and Mexico thrilled the thousands of spectators during a 6-3 win for Poland, with brothers Tomasz and Eryk Bembenek getting on the scoresheet. With the backing of home support, Argentina men also secured an opening win, and whilst Zambia will be pleased to have scored two goals against one of the medal contentenders, Argentina will be pleased to have scored six in their opening encounter.

Hockey proved a big hit with fans on the opening day in Buenos Aires Photo: Buenos Aires 2018

Pool B of the men's event saw Australia an India men win big. Oceania giants Australia opened with a 7-0 win against Kenya whilst India defeated Asian rivals Bangladesh 10-0, which included two goals each for Sudeep Chirmako, Rabichandra Moirangthem and captain Vivek Sagar Prasad. However it was the Canada versus Austria match that proved the most exciting, with Austria's Yannick MAtousek grabbing the winning goal in the 12th minute as the European nation edged their North American rivals.


FIH site

Winning Starts For Australia At Youth Olympics Hockey 5s

Ben Somerford

Australia’s men’s and women’s teams have both started with big wins at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in the Hockey 5s competition on Monday morning (AEDT).

Men’s reigning gold medallists Australia defeated Kenya 7-0 in their clash with Alistair Murray and James Collins both scoring doubles.

Lain Carr, Ben White and Miles Davis also hit the scoresheet as Australia turned a 3-0 half-time lead into a 7-0 triumph.

In the women’s competition, Australia knocked off Zimbabwe 10-0 with Courtney Schonell scoring four goals.

Amy Lawton, captain Morgan Mathison, Jolie Sertorio, Grace Young, Naomi Duncan and Maddison Smith all netted as Australia again converted a 3-0 half-time lead into a sizeable victory.

Australia are up against Bangladesh (4am AEDT) next in the men’s and Namibia in the women’s (1am AEDT).

Click here to view men’s report

Click here to view women’s report

For the first time ever, there will be 24/7 streaming Youth Olympic Games coverage through www.olympics.com.au/live-stream.

Australian Schedule (all times AEDT):
Men’s Hockey
Monday 8 October 1am – Australia v Kenya
Tuesday 9 October 4am – Australia v Bangladesh
Wednesday 10 October 1am – Australia v Canada
Thursday 11 October 7:45am – Australia v India
Friday 12 October 1:45am – Australia v Austria

Women’s Hockey
Monday 8 October 3:30am – Australia v Zimbabwe
Tuesday 9 October 1am – Australia v Namibia
Wednesday 10 October 5:30am – Australia v Poland
Thursday 11 October 12:15am – Australia v China
Friday 12 October 5:30am – Australia v Mexico

Selected Australian Teams:
Men’s Hockey
Lain Carr (18), Matcham, NSW
James Collins (18), Perth, WA
Miles Davis (17), Sydney NSW
Brad Marais (18), Melbourne VIC
Craig Marais (16), Melbourne, VIC
Alistair Murray (18), Tincurrin, WA
Jed Snowden (16), Melbourne, VIC
Christian Starkie (17), Perth, WA
Ben White (18), Blackburn, VIC

Women’s Hockey
Caitlin Cooper (17), Perth, WA
Naomi Duncan (16), Sydney, NSW
Amy Lawton (16), Emerald, VIC
Morgan Mathison (18), Gold Coast, QLD
Indianna Robertson (18), Bentleigh, VIC
Courtney Schonell (17), Narellan Vale, NSW
Jolie Sertorio (16), Peppermint Grove, WA
Maddison Smith (18), Albion Park, NSW
Grace Young (15), Yowie Bay, NSW

Hockey Australia media release

Indian women beat Austria 4-2 in Youth Olympics hockey

Buenos Aires - The Indian U-18 women’s hockey team defeated Austria 4-2 to make a positive start to their campaign at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games here.

India scored goals through Lalremsiami (4th, 17th minutes), skipper Salima Tete (5th) and Mumtaz Khan (16th) to register the victory on Sunday night.
For Austria, Sabrina Hruby (13th) and Laura Kern (20th) were the goal scorers.

The Indians started on an aggressive note and struck twice in the opening five minutes through vice-captain Lalremsiami and skipper Salima.
Austria made a strong comeback in the second period and pulled a goal back in the 13th minute through Sabrina.

But India restored their two-goal advantage three minutes later when Mumtaz found the back of the Austrian net.

Another goal by Lalremsiami in the 17th minute saw India extend their lead to 4-1 and maintain their pressure on the opponents.

Laura scored a consolation goal for Austria in the final minute to reduce the margin. India will play Uruguay in their next match.

In the Youth Olympics, field hockey is played in Hockey 5s format with a match duration of 20 minutes.

The Tribune

Vanuatu humbled

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian men's hockey team went on a rampage when they hammered Vanuatu 14-0 in the Third Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

Malaysia next play Mexico on Monday followed by Zambia on Tuesday and are expected to win by big margins as well.

Their only challenge at the group stage is expected to come from hosts Argentina on Wednesday, followed by Poland the next day.

Akhimullah Anuar Esook top-scored with seven goals (4th, 6th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 20th). Noor Firdaus Rosdi and Muhibuddin Moharam scored two each, while Amirul Hamizan Azahar, Arif Syafie Ishak and Syarman Mat Tee scored one each.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Kenya humiliated in Youth Olympic opener

Action between Kenya and Australia during the opening Pool "B" match of the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires on October 7, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY 

Kenya got a rude welcome at the Youth Olympic Games in men’s five-a-side hockey after being humiliated 7-0 by Australia in Buenos Aires on Sunday.

Kevin Lugalia’s charges soaked in goals from James Collins and Miles Davis, who sounded the boards twice each, with Lain Carr, Allistair Murray and Ben White contributing one apiece.

Lugalia attributed the humiliating loss to stage fright.

“We played well. We were punished on turnovers. The boys have to overcome stage fright. We remain positive that our next match will bring good tidings,” he told Nation Sport on phone.

Kenya, which is making its debut in men’s five-a-side field hockey at the Youth Olympics, was unlucky not to get on the score sheet.

Richard Wanganga, Robinson Omutekete, Brian Nyabuti, Edson Ndombi and Bryton Ndwati had their shots saved by goalkeeper Starkie Chris.

The Kenyans will meet Canada on Monday, India (Tuesday), Bangladesh (Thursday) and Austria in other Pool ‘B’ matches.

India opened its campaign by thrashing neighbours Bangladesh 10-0, while Canada suffered a narrow 3-2 beating at the hands of Austria.

Pool ‘A’ comprises of Argentina, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Vanuatu and Zambia. Malaysia hit Vanuatu 14-0 as Poland ran out 6-3 winners against Mexico. Hosts Argentina hammered Africa’s other representative Zambia 6-2.

The top four teams from the two pools will advance to quarter-finals. Teams which will finish group stage action in fifth place will face off in a 9/10 place playoff. Bottom-ranked sides will clash in a classification match to decide number 11 and 12 (last).

Daily Nation

2018 Sultan of Johor Cup - Day 2
Johor Bahru (MAS)

JPN v GBR (RR)     2 - 1
IND v NZL (RR)     7 - 1
AUS v MAS (RR)     6 - 1

Pool Standings

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 India 2 2 0 0 9 2 7 6
2 Japan 2 2 0 0 4 2 2 6
3 Australia 2 1 0 1 7 3 4 3
4 Great Britain 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 3
5 Malaysia 2 0 0 2 2 8 -6 0
6 New Zealand 2 0 0 2 3 10 -7 0

FIH Match Centre

Now Japan slay Britain

India hammer New Zealand 7-1

KUALA LUMPUR: Japan continued their giant killing spree in the Eighth Edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup when they beat silver medallist Britain 2-1 Sunday.

This hard fought win came at the back of a 2-1 victory over defending champions Australia at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru on Saturday.

Japan scored two early goals and then kept the 2015 champions at bay for the rest of the game.

Kosei Kawabe (10th) and Raiki Fujishima (29th) scored for Japan whilem the Britain goal was delivered by Stuart Rushmere (30th).

In another match, India hammered New Zealand 7-1 with goals from Prabhjot Singh (sixth), Shilanand Lakra (15th, 43rd), Harmanjit Singh (21st), Mohamed Faraz (23th), Abhishek (50th) and Mandeep Mor (60th).

The Kiwi consolation was scored by Sam Hiha in the 53rd minute.

Britain coach Jon Bleby gave credit to the Japanese for their good display.

“Japan is a good team and played very well. They took their chances and made sure their defensive play was up to mark.

“I must say that we too had a good game and was in the match at the fourth quarter to get the goals. But unfortunately, we failed to finish the moves we created,” he said. 

Japanese coach Hiroki Sakamoto said: "It was a good performance and we played much better than the first game (against Australia). Still, there are several areas for us to improve on. We want to keep the momentum going into the next match.

After a days rest, Japan will try and upset India.

RESULTS: Japan 2 Britain 1; India 7 New Zealand 1; Australia x Malaysia x.


TUESDAY: Australia v Britain (4.05pm); India v Japan (6.05pm); New Zealand v Malaysia (8.35pm).

NOTE: All matches at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium and telecast live over RTM.


              P  W  D  L  F  A  pts
INDIA         2  2  0  0  9  2  6
JAPAN         2  2  0  0  4  2  6
BRITAIN       2  1  0  1  4  3  3
MALAYSIA      1  0  0  1  1  2  0
AUSTRALIA     1  0  0  1  1  2  0
NEW ZEALAND   2  0  0  2  3  10 0

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Japan overcome GB at Sultan of Johor Cup

Great Britain’s U21 Men’s squad suffered their first defeat of the 2018 Sultan of Johor Cup as they fell short against Japan.

Stuart Rushmere’s goal, coming in slightly strange circumstances as Japan thought the half-time hooter had gone, had given his side hope.

That came after they fell behind to strikes from Yosuke Takahashi and Japan’s captain Raiki Fujishima.

There was plenty of attacking intent in the second half from Jon Bleby’s side, with Nick Park hitting the post, but they weren’t able to find the equaliser.

After beating reigning champions Australia with a last minute goal yesterday, Japan started on the front foot as Wataru Matsumoto forced Ollie Payne into a save after just 25 seconds.

However it took them until the 10th minute to open the scoring as Kosei Kawabe fooled two defenders with a brilliant turn in the circle before Takahashi lifted the ball over Payne.

Cameron Golden had Britain’s best chance of the first quarter, his shot flashing across the face of goal, while Gareth Griffiths had two chances in a minute during the second quarter but couldn’t score.

Fujishima then tucked a penalty stroke underneath James Mazarelo to double Japan’s lead in the 29th minute but Rushmere struck in bizarre circumstances moments later as Takumi Kitagawa celebrated stopping Eddie Way’s corner flick, not realising the ball was still alive, allowing the forward to score.

Golden then almost provided a sensational assist in the 35th minute, crossing the ball through his legs with his back to goal, but a diving Park could only find the woodwork, while at the other end Payne produced another save to keep out Ryota Takigami shortly after.

The Durham University ‘keeper was called into action once again just before the end of the quarter to keep out Matsumoto once again after a great run down the right by Kazuki Yoneda.

Way then came close from another corner but Yuri Arnould kept his effort out down low to his right and, despite employing a kicking back late on and having plenty of circle penetrations, GB just couldn’t break through a solid Japanese defence.

Next up for Great Britain is defending champions Australia on Tuesday 9 October at 09:05, a game you can watch here.

Japan 2 (2)
Takahashi (FG, 10); Fujishima (PS, 29)

Great Britain 1 (1)
Rushmere (PC, 30)

Starting XI: Payne (GK), Nurse, Draper, Oates, Turner, Griffiths, Ramshaw, Park, Way (C), Mackenzie, Scott

Subs: Mazarelo (GK), Buckle, West, Crowson, Russell, Golden, Rushmere

Great Britain Hockey media release

India hunt down Kiwis

Beat NZ 7-1 to climb to top of table

Prabhjot Singh celebrates with Harmanjit Singh after scoring India’s first goal. HI

Johor Bahru - The Indian junior men’s hockey team thrashed New Zealand 7-1 to register its second consecutive win at the 8th Sultan of Johor Cup here on Sunday.

Prabhjot Singh (6th minute), Shilanand Lakra (15th, 43rd), Harmanjit Singh (21st), Mohd Faraz (23rd), Abhishek (50th) and skipper Mandeep Mor (60th) scored for India. Sam Hiha pulled one back for New Zealand in the 53rd minute.

“This is the kind of hockey we want to see the boys play,” India coach Jude Felix said. “It was a complete game and we need to keep the momentum going. We will continue to take one game at a time and not worry whom we play next. We must improve our game and focus on each match,” he added.

India take on Japan in their third match on Tuesday. Japan continued their surprising run with an upset 2-1 win over Great Britain. With two consecutive wins, Japan are second in the table, behind India only on goal difference. Australia hammered hosts Malaysia 6-1 to climb to third, ahead of Britain on goal difference.

The Tribune

Burras Respond With Big Sultan Of Johor Cup Win

Ben Somerford

The Burras have bounced back from their shock opening loss to Japan at the 2018 Sultan of Johor Cup with a 6-1 win over hosts Malaysia at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium on Sunday night.

The Malaysians put up a fight in the first quarter but capitulated in the later stages to suffer a big defeat.

For the Australians, who are the defending champions, it was the right response to the indifferent form they showed in the earlier match.

Malaysia’s penalty corner defending left much to be desired although they had initially matched the Australians stride for stride.

Australians coach Chris O’Reilly said that he was pleased with the big win and hoped to see the improvement going to the other games.

“It was a good show as we played well all around. We took our chances well and the penalty corners were much better. Today they kept a tight control of the match,” he said.

Both teams had lost their opening games on Saturday and needed to win to keep their finals hopes alive.

Malaysian started well by pinning the Australians in deep defence. But they couldn’t make their strong start last.

Against the run of play, Australia scored a field goal in the eighth minute through Hayden Beltz.

In the second quarter, the Australians had more chances and managed to increase the lead in the 26th minute through Alec Rasmussen.

The Malaysians reduced the deficit in the 37th minute off a penalty corner variation taken by Mohamed Hasrin.

But the fightback ended soon enough.

Damon Steffens scored from a short corner in the 44th minute while Jake Staines also was on target in the 45th minute off another penalty corner.

The Malaysians conceded another two more goals, via the penalty corner set-piece moves in the 53rd and 54th minute.

Coby Green was on target for the fifth goal while Steffens added another goal to his tally.

Australia will play hosts Great Britain next on Tuesday from 7:05pm AEDT. Watch the game via this link.

Story by Satwant Dhaliwal via www.sultanjohorcup.com.my

Burras' 2018 Sultan of Johor Cup schedule:
Saturday 6 October 8:05pm (AEST) - Australia 1 Japan 2
Sunday 7 October 11:35pm (AEDT) - Australia 6 Malaysia 1
Tuesday 9 October 7:05pm (AEDT) - Australia v Great Britain
Wednesday 10 October 7:05pm (AEDT) - Australia v India
Friday 12 October 11:35pm (AEDT) - Australia v New Zealand
Saturday 13 October - Finals

Burras’ 2018 Sultan of Johor Cup team:
Cade Banditt (QLD)
Hayden Beltz (TAS)
Lachlan Busiko (SA)
Hayden Dillon (NSW)
Nathan Ephraums (VIC)
Matthew Finn (QLD)
Matthew Fisher (WA)
Liam Flynn (WA)
Coby Green (WA)
Niranjan Gupte (ACT)
Ehren Hazell (NSW)
Brayden King (WA)
Dylan Martin (NSW)
Daniel McBride (VIC)
Alec Rasmussen (WA)
Ben Staines (ACT)
Damon Steffens (VIC)
Blake Wotherspoon (QLD)

Hockey Australia media release

Humiliating Hammering

By Jugjet Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia failed to find their footing yet again, when they lost 6-1 to Australia in the Eighth Edition of the Sultan of Johor Cup Sunday.

The hosts had lost to India 2-1 on Saturday, and after a day's rest will play New Zealand on Tuesday.

Malaysia's solitary goal was scored by Haikal Hasrin in the 37th minute, while Australia's goals were scored by Hayden Beltz (eighth), Alec Rasmussen (26th), Damon Steffens (44th), Jake Staines (45th),  Coby Green (53rd) and Damon Steffens (54th).

In another match, Japan continued their giant killing spree when they beat silver medallist Britain 2-1.

This hard fought win came at the back of a 2-1 victory over defending champions Australia at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru on Saturday.

Japan scored two early goals and then kept the 2015 champions at bay for the rest of the game.

Kosei Kawabe (10th) and Raiki Fujishima (29th) scored for Japan whilem the Britain goal was delivered by Stuart Rushmere (30th).

India hammered New Zealand 7-1 with goals from Prabhjot Singh (sixth), Shilanand Lakra (15th, 43rd), Harmanjit Singh (21st), Mohamed Faraz (23th), Abhishek (50th) and Mandeep Mor (60th).

The Kiwi consolation was scored by Sam Hiha in the 53rd minute.

Britain coach Jon Bleby gave credit to the Japanese for their good display.

“Japan is a good team and played very well. They took their chances and made sure their defensive play was up to mark.

“I must say that we too had a good game and was in the match at the fourth quarter to get the goals. But unfortunately, we failed to finish the moves we created,” he said. 

Japanese coach Hiroki Sakamoto said: "It was a good performance and we played much better than the first game (against Australia). Still, there are several areas for us to improve on. We want to keep the momentum going into the next match.

After a days rest, Japan will try and upset India.

RESULTS: Japan 2 Britain 1; India 7 New Zealand 1; Australia 6 Malaysia 1.


TUESDAY: Australia v Britain (4.05pm); India v Japan (6.05pm); New Zealand v Malaysia (8.35pm).

NOTE: All matches at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium and telecast live over RTM.


              P  W  D  L  F  A  pts
INDIA         2  2  0  0  9  2  6
JAPAN         2  2  0  0  4  2  6
AUSTRALIA     2  1  0  1  7  3  3
BRITAIN       2  1  0  1  4  4  3
MALAYSIA      2  0  0  2  2  8  0
NEW ZEALAND   2  0  0  2  3  10 0

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

Australia steamroll past Malaysia in Sultan of Johor Cup hockey tournament

By Mohd Farhaan Shah

Malaysia's Muhammad Azrai Aizad (in blue) fights off Australia's Martin Dylan during the Sultan of Johor Cup 2018 at Taman Daya hockey stadium, Johor Baru. Pic by ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG/The Star

JOHOR BARU: Australia demolished Malaysia 1-6 to give the host nation their second straight defeat in the Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJ) 2018 hockey tournament.

Early in the first quarter, Malaysia was awarded two penalty corners but Nur Asraf Ishak failed to convert as Australia goalkeeper, Cade Banditt, easily blocked his shots.

Lack of concentration in Malaysia’s defence cost them dearly when Australia’s Hayden Beltz put his team in the lead through a field goal in the eighth minute to make it 0-1 in their match held at Taman Daya hockey stadium here on Sunday night (Oct 7).

The national youth players had no answer to the visitors' physical approach where Alec Rasmussen doubled his team’s lead in the 26th minute to make it 0-2 for Australia.

In the second half, Malaysia able to cut the deficit when Muhamad Haikal Hasrin pulled a goal back through a field goal in the 37th minute to make it 1-2.

Just when Nor Saiful Zaini Nasiruddin boys showed more urgency in their game, Damon Steffens restored Australia’s two-goal advantage through a penalty corner in the 44th minute to make it 1-3.

Australia then put the match beyond Malaysia when Jake Staines converted a penalty corner in the 45th minute for a healthy 1-4 lead.

The goals kept coming for the Aussie team as Coby Green put his name on the scoresheet when he converted a penalty corner in the 52nd minute to make it 1-5.

Steffens then scored his second goal of the match when he converted another penalty corner in the 53rd minute to make it 1-6.

The win is much needed for Australia who aim to defend the SOJ trophy after suffering a shock loss to Japan in their opening match while Malaysia must improve in their next game against New Zealand on Tuesday (Oct 9) if they want to finish the tournament in the top four.

In the other earlier matches, Japan continued their giant-killing streak when they defeated Great Britain 2-1 while India whipped New Zealand 7-1.

The Star of Malaysia

Austrian superstar Stanzl puts Oranje-Rood into KO16 ahead of Arminen

©: Frank Uijlenbroek / World Sport Pics

Pool A: HC Oranje-Rood 2 (B Stanzl 2) SV Arminen 1 (A Bele)
Two goals from Austrian superstar Benjamin Stanzl against his countrymen saw HC Oranje-Rood beat SV Arminen to secure top spot in Pool A and advance to the KO16 which they will host.

“It was not our best game,” Stanzl said after the game. “We created a lot of chances but it was still tight. They had a good chance at the end and it was never easy but I think we showed some good hockey.”

His goals both came as the last part of a team move, providing a simple touch but they are always enjoyable to score.

“Lucky me that I scored the two goals but they are some of the easier ones; EHL is always a highlight for us, even if it is the first round. These are international games and the big aim was the KO16 in Eindhoven.”

It also meant some bragging rights over one of his rivals who used to always get the better of his club in the Austrian league.

“When I was with Post, I didn’t play a lot against them at senior but we always lost. They were the big rivals and they did a good job for Austrian hockey.”

Stanzl volleyed home from close range in the first quarter for the opening goal following an excellent Thomas Briels run down the right baseline, flipping the ball over goalkeeper Michael Mantler.

But Arminen were not to be beaten easily and they duly fought back and got on the scoreboard via Alexander Bele when he finished off from the right of the circle.

Stanzl did restore the advantage before half-time with another tap-in for a 2-1 lead. They had many chances in the third and fourth quarter to extend the lead with Mantler’s goal peppered with shots but they could not move out of sight, meaning Arminen still had hope.

They needed a win, however, and when Pirmin Blaak kept out a penalty corner in the last two minutes, that appeared to be the end of their challenge.

Euro Hockey League media release

Mannheim cling on for 1-1 draw and their ticket to EHL KO16

©: Frank Uijlenbroek / World Sport Pics

Pool B: Mannheimer HC 1 (G Peillat) Wimbledon 1 (E Horler)
Mannheimer HC won through to the KO16 of the EHL as they held on for a gritty 1-1 draw that sends them through ahead of Wimbledon on goal difference from Pool B ROUND1.

It was a tough physical battle from the very start with numerous green cards throughout the first half as neither side was willing to relent at any stage.

Gonzalo Peillat’s powerful drag-flick gave the German club the half-time lead as he scored from the first of two corners before the break. They were grateful, though, to some brilliant defending from Teo Hinrichs to keep them ahead while Lucas Vila showed some beautiful touches but got little change from Michael Hoare and his dogged defensive team.

It set up a big second half with Wimbledon needing two goals to get in front. Their task almost got even tougher when Timm Haasse drew an amazing save from James Bailey. Peillat’s third corner chance was not stopped.

From there, Wimbledon tore into their attacks with Ben Arnold’s shot brilliantly saved by Lukas Stumpf in the 43rd minute. Ed Horler gave his side the lifeline with 12 minutes left following a swift baseline attack, calmly slotting home from the near post.

It set up a grandstand finish but Mannheim stayed calm and won through to the KO16 with Wimbledon finishing second in their group.

“It was a big battle," Gonzalo Peillat said afterwards. "Wimbledon are a very nice team but maybe we were a bit unlucky with the injury to Lucas [Vila] and our centre-back [Philipp Huber] but we defended pretty good in the end.

“In the first half, we were better and had our chances but couldn’t take the goals so in the end we had to suffer a little bit but we did a great job.

“Elektrostal was a little bit disorganised for us in the first half despite us having control of the game. But when we had our chances in the second half, we took them which was great. Today was a different game with both sides defending pretty well inside the circle. These kind of games are good for the fans and hockey in general.

“It was a great weekend for us and a huge step forward this season to push on in the EHL when maybe we were not good enough last season!”

Euro Hockey League media release

Five-star Leopold book their ticket to EHL KO16

©: Frank Uijlenbroek / World Sport Pics

Pool C: Royal Leopold 5 (G Baumgarten 2, T Degroote 2, K Russell) HC Minsk 0
Royal Leopold shook off a strong challenge from HC Minsk to book their place in the KO16, adding their second win to an initial 3-1 success over WKS Grunwald Poznan.

Indeed, the Belarus side had more of the game in the first quarter, taking the challenge to the Belgians as they chased a two-goal lead that could possibly send them through.

Indeed, had they a little more accuracy in the attacking zone, they might have gone ahead on a couple of occasions. Leo awoke from their Sunday morning slumber to some extent in the second quarter with Gaspard Baumgarten firing a warning shot, Iaroslav Hordey spectacularly tipping over the bar.

Illia Kryshchanovichk just missed out on an equaliser when he dived to tip in a speedy attack down the right while Tom Degroote saw another powerful shot tipped over the bar.

The breakthrough did eventually come in the second half when Kane Russell scored his third goal of the weekend from a penalty corner. Hordey continued to boot away saves in unorthodox fashion but he was unable to keep out Degroote in the final quarter when he rounded the keeper and shot home on his reverse.

Baumgarten then slipped in a third to make the result safe. Dimitri Cuvelier clattered the bar with another chance as they made Minsk feel the tiredness in their legs.

Baumgarten then walked in the fourth goal with less than two minutes to go and Degroote nailed a penalty stroke. It lifted them to 10 points in Pool C with WKS Grunwald Poznan second on six points and Minsk ending on one point in their debut EHL season.

"The first half was very complicated," said Tom Degroote told the Hockey Belgium website. “We did not manage our game well. Our coach, Robin Geens, made some strong points at half-time and we finally dared to play forward and develop our game.

“It was such a difference between the two halves. We must be much more consistent. This is played out in the head and that's really our focus for the next few weeks. This European weekend has done us the greatest good before playing four important matches in the Belgian league before the break."

Euro Hockey League media release

Junior fall two goals short of TRR despite 5-1 win over Racing

©: Frank Uijlenbroek / World Sport Pics

Pool D: Junior FC 5 (J Garcia, G Dabanch, A Gil, N Mari, L Garcia) Racing Club de France 1 (A Bellenger)
Junior FC’s goal chase came up two goals short as they could not find the total they needed to overhaul Three Rock Rovers on goal difference, sending the Irish side into the KO16 in front of them despite a 5-1 win over Racing Club de France.

It took them just 70 seconds to get off the mark as a ball was not cleared by the Racing defence and Javiar Garcia slotted the chance through the goalkeeper’s legs. It got the large local support buzzing.

Lukas Plochy went within centimetres of a second with a shot across the face of goal. The second goal came when the ball made its way across goal to the waiting Gaby Dabanch who was left with the simplest of tasks to tap in, 2-0 with very little time gone.

And they kept piling on the pressure, winning their first corner in the 22nd minute with Alex Gil whipping home a drag-flick to get halfway to their intended total.

Racing had one chance of note, coming from a breakway from a Junior corner, with Albert Perez taking a deflected cross on the chest and clearing to safety, keeping a 3-0 gap into the half-time break.

The third quarter was scoreless with Racing scrambling to every ball and holding the Sant Cugat tide at bay. That run of defiance nearly ended but for Antoine Croutte’s spectacular save from the second Junior corner.

But they did get their fourth in the 48th minute when Nil Mari rounded on a loose ball to thrash home. Junior committed an extra man forward after this and it left them open to counter-attacks, requiring a series of good saves from Perez while Amaury Bellenger shot wide a reverse from a great position.

Thibaut Fouquet, though, got a goal on the board for Racing with eight minutes to go when he volleyed home a rebound to reduce the deficit to 4-1. Lucas Garcia got another one for the Spanish side within a minute as they looked to get to their new target of seven.

They could not find them and Three Rock Rovers were the ones to profit, staying clear on goal difference to take their place in the KO16 for a third time.

Euro Hockey League media release

Mannheimer end Wimbledon hopes at Euro Hockey League

By The Hockey Paper

Wimbledon were pipped to an EHL last 16 spot PIC: World Sport Pics

For the fifth year in a row, the Euro Hockey League will field only one English team in the last 16 of Europe’s premier competition.

Wimbledon beat Mannheimer on their way to the last four in 2016/17 but the German outfit held on for a 1-1 result in Barcelona on Sunday and the draw they needed to top the group and advance to the last 16 at Easter.

Wimbledon, needing to beat Mannheimer, were aiming to reach the last 16 for the third time in four years and join Surbiton in the next knockout phase.

As it is, the last time England’s top flight enjoyed such luxuries came when Beeston, Reading and Surbiton qualified for the EHL KO16 in 2013/14.

Goalscorer Gonzalo Peillat told ehlhockey.tv: “It was a big battle; Wimbledon are a very nice team but maybe we were a bit unlucky with the injury to Lucas [Vila] and our centre-back [Philipp Huber] but we defended pretty good in the end.”

Spanish side Junior FC’s goal chase came up two goals short as they failed to overhaul Three Rock Rovers on goal difference, sending the Irish side into the KO16 despite a 5-1 win over Racing Club de France.

Three Rock’s late equalising goal on Saturday left Junior needing six goals without reply against the French side.

Two goals from Austrian Benjamin Stanzl against his countrymen saw HC Oranje-Rood beat SV Arminen to secure top spot in Pool A and advance to the KO16 which they will host.

The Hockey Paper

Three Rock Rovers into last 16 of the Euro Hockey League

Madeley’s late equaliser against Junior FC sees Irish club advance on goal difference

Stephen Findlater

Three Rock Rovers are through to the last 16 of the EHL which will take place next Easter in Eindhoven. Photograph: Laszlo Gezco/Inpho

With nerves frayed to their ends, Three Rock Rovers defied the rankings to top their Euro Hockey League group in Barcelona and advance to the last 16 of the competition, the club game’s elite tournament.

Four late goals on Friday in a 6-0 win over Racing Club de France ultimately proved hugely important as they went through on goal difference ahead of home side Junior FC.

Three Rock duly dug out a 1-1 draw with the Catalan side on Saturday afternoon right at the death when Luke Madeley scored the equaliser with 61 seconds to go.

Their second game in the 25 degree heat provided a remarkable moment for Madeley who had been trying to sub himself off due to exhaustion before the last chance presented itself.

He was a star turn throughout in front of Jamie Carr while midfielder Daragh Walsh was in golden form as conductor of the forward lines.

The draw left them playing the waiting game to see whether Junior could outdo their scoring tally against the French.

Indeed, there was an outside possibility of a shootout which meant six Three Rock players skipped their flight home for that eventuality and it looked a possibility as Junior went goal crazy early in their Sunday tie.

Three goals in the first 22 minutes had the Dubliners’ nerves in ribbons but Racing belatedly started making wonder saves.

At the base of their defence was Ali Haughton, a former Rover who is likely to rejoin the club in the new year after three years in Paris. He played a guiding hand which will earn him the odd pint on his return.

When Amaury Bellenger netted for Racing with eight minutes to go, it put the result out of reach of Junior who scrambled a 5-1 win, two goals shy of the target.

The outcome puts Three Rock through to the last 16 of the EHL which will take place next Easter in Eindhoven, making it three Euro trips this season – and sixth in two years – with their indoor side bound for Norway in February.

The Irish Times

Euro Hockey League: talking points as Three Rock Rovers prevail in Barcelona

Three Rock Rovers advanced to the EHL last 16 PIC: World Sport Pics

The Euro Hockey League provided plenty of entertainment as teams aimed for a last 16 place. Ulimately, it was the Irish side which left Barcelona with the plaudits

Key moment

With around one minute left of Three Rock’s second crucial match, Luke Madeley was feeling the heat. The Irish were 1-0 down and Madeley was approaching the bench trying to be subbed as they searched for a late goal. A late PC was awarded and Madeley stayed on. “I was pretty tired alright; I am not going to lie!” he said. “I just got myself back on and the lads were able to win that corner and I just did my job.” The draw – and Madeley’s goal – handed Three Rock an EHL lifeline.

Image of the weekend

Michelle Meister and Laurine Delforge became the first female umpires to officiate in the EHL at ROUND1 in Barcelona PIC: World Sport Pics

What they said

“You dream of playing in the EHL; it’s why you push so hard in the Irish league. When you get here, you have got to make the most of it.
Three Rock Rovers’ Luke Madeley

“Lucky me that I scored the two goals but they are some of the easier ones; EHL is always a highlight for us, even if it is the first round.”
Austria’s Oranje-Rood star Benjamin Stanzl against his countrymen SV Arminen

Performance of the weekend

Yes, it’s Three Rock Rovers again. They produced the biggest win by an Irish club in EHL history as they raced past Racing Club de France 6-0. It was 1-0 at the break and TRR’s Mitch Darling admitted that late goals “sugar coated” the result. But those crucial goals paved the way for their last 16 berth at the expense of Junior, the local hopes.
Skill sets

Staying to the last

With Three Rock playing both their matches on the opening two days and their pool going to the wire and Junior needing six to win through, there was one scenario which could have seen TRR’s players back on the field: a shoot out. According to the Irish Times, six players missed their flight and stayed put in Spain as Junior came close to the tracksuits being taken off.

The Hockey Paper

Reigning Champions Victoria Dominate AHL Openers

Ben Somerford

Victoria’s reigning Australian Hockey League (AHL) champions started their 2018 campaigns in both the men’s and women’s divisions emphatically with big wins in Darwin on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, the SA Suns and WA Thundersticks took the wins in two high-scoring encounters earlier on Sunday at Adelaide’s State Hockey Centre.

In the first game of the day, the Suns knocked off the WA Diamonds 3-2 after Leah Welstead scored the first-ever converted field goal during a PumpPlay, meaning it was worth three goals.

The Thundersticks produced a stirring comeback to knock off the SA Hotshots 5-3 in the later game in Adelaide, with Dane Gavranich netting all five goals after they trailed 3-0 after 41 minutes.

At Darwin’s Marrara Hockey Centre, the goals flowed for the Vics who capitalised on the new rule innovations introduced for the 2018 AHL, with numerous converted field goals.

The Vipers crushed the NT Pearls 13-0 with Hockeyroos forward Emily Hurtz scoring four goals, while Aisling Utri and Madi Ratcliffe grabbed three each at Marrara Hockey Centre.

The Vikings followed up in the later game with 12-4 win over the NT Stingers, after surprisingly falling behind early.

Victoria hit back emphatically with Andrew Scanlon, James Knee and Aaron Kleinschmidt all scoring trebles.

The result leaves Victoria top of the standings, ahead of next Saturday’s clash with WA at Melbourne’s State Netball and Hockey Centre. SA hosts NT at the State Hockey Centre on Saturday.

NT Pearls 0 Victoria Vipers 13 (Utri 7’, 42’, 42’, Brazel 7’, Hurtz 11’, 15’, 44’, 44’, Gravenall 30’, Ratcliffe 30’, 40’, 40’, Hammond 45’), Darwin

The reigning champions have started their title defence emphatically, crushing the Pearls in humid Darwin, racing away to a four-goal quarter-time lead.

Young forward Aisling Utri opened the scoring before Hockeyroo Lily Brazel converted a seventh minute penalty stroke.

Reigning AHL top scorer Emily Hurtz scored a quickfire double before the opening break, with Hannah Gravenall and Madi Ratcliffe adding further goals before half-time.

After 10 minutes of third quarter resistance, the Vics piled on the goals with Ratcliffe scoring a converted field goal, along with Utri and Hurtz.

Nicola Hammond rounded out the scoring, making it 13-0 before the final change, although she was denied from her conversion attempt.

NT Stingers 4 (Hullick 2’, Lockley 31’, 31’, Wallin 44’) Victoria Vikings 12 (Scanlon 4’, 9’, 30’, Knee 8’, 10’, 10’, Pollard 10’, 10’, Kleinschmidt 33’, 33’, 54’, Hendry 37’), Darwin

The hosts took a shock early lead when Jamie Hullick netted in the second minute, but the Vikings responded quickly and emphatically.

Andrew Scanlon equalised before James Knee made it 2-0. Scanlon added another in the ninth minute, with Knee scoring a converted field goal to make it 5-1.

Moments later Josh Pollard did the same to make it 7-1 at quarter-time.

The second quarter remained scoreless until Scanlon completed his hat-trick right on half-time, but NT hit back in the third when the experienced Adrian Lockley netted a converted field goal.

Kookaburras forward Aaron Kleinschmidt responded with his own converted field goal in the 33rd minute to make it 10-3.

Max Hendry (37’) and Kleinschmidt (54’) added further goals to round out a comprehensive win.

SA Suns 3 (Welstead 28' PP, 28') WA Diamonds 2 (Rogers-Uff 41', Tonkin 54'), Adelaide

The SA Suns edged the WA Diamonds 3-2 with SA Premier League Best and Fairest winner Welstead netting a converted field goal during her side's PumpPlay late in the first half.

Welstead raced into the D and fired in an angled shot which eluded everyone and went in at the far post. She wrong-footed WA keeper Aleisha Power to add the conversion to make it 3-0.

Sage Rogers-Uff and Shanea Tonkin scored second-half goals for WA but both missed their conversion attempts.

Rogers-Uff pulled one back in the 41st minute from point-blank range after a good run from Kathryn Slattery. SA keeper Ash Wells made a good low save to deny her from the conversion attempt.

Tonkin made it 3-2 with six minutes left when Wells couldn’t only parry Slattery’s shot. Wells pressured Tonkin well from the conversion attempt with the Diamond blazing over the top in a crucial play.

WA used their PumpPlay in the final five minutes but couldn’t find a winner.

SA Hotshots 3 (Hetem 3, 3', 41') WA Thundersticks 5 (Gavranich 42', 42', 59' PP, 59'), Adelaide

Gavranich netted five goals to give a WA side with six debutants a dramatic win over the Hotshots in Adelaide on Sunday afternoon.

WA were trailing 3-0 after Ross Hetem's third goal in the 41st minute, before a remarkable late rally with Gavranich converting two field goals and scoring in the Thundersticks' PumpPlay.

Hetem had opened the scoring when he dived in at the far post and steered a shot past Tyler Lovell in the third minute. He produced a clever dink from the conversion attempt to make it 2-0.

Hetem looked to seal the win with a close-range 41st minute strike but left the door open when he failed with his conversion attempt as Lovell stood up to another attempted lob.

Gavranich made him pay almost immediately, scoring with a close-range deflection from the restart which he coolly converted.

With WA taking their PumpPlay with five minutes to go, Gavranich netted a dramatic 59th minute winner forcing home from close-range after a low cross. Gavranich’s conversion added icing on the cake.

Hockey Australia media release

Women’s & Men’s Masters Australian Champions Decided

Ben Somerford

Saturday represented a massive day for Australian Masters Hockey with more than a dozen gold medal matches played in Bunbury in WA and Lismore in NSW.

The 2018 Women’s Masters Australian Championships wrapped up in Bunbury, with hosts WA claiming two titles on Saturday, while NSW won three titles and Queensland took home two.

Queensland triumphed in the last final on Bunbury Pitch 1 on Saturday afternoon, defeating Victoria 4-0 in the Women’s 35+ Division gold medal match.

Kylie O’Donohue scored a double for the Queenslanders, while Sarah Walton and Jessica Chad also netted.

WA defeated NSW 1-0 in Friday’s bronze medal match, while Victoria’s Rosie Ballard finished top scorer with six goals.

In the Women’s 40+ Division gold medal match, WA defeated Victoria 3-2 in a five-goal thriller where the visitors fought back from two goals down to level before Selena Corbitt’s 62nd minute winner.

In the Women’s 45+ Division decider, NSW were too strong for Queensland winning 3-0 after three first-half goals.

In the Women’s 50+ Division gold medal match, WA came from behind to beat Queensland 2-1 with Julie Waddell scoring a 59th minute winner.

In the Women’s 55+ Division decider, Queensland 1 got past Victoria 1-0 with Terri Read’s 57th minute goal splitting the sides.

In the Women’s 60+ Division gold medal match, NSW beat Victoria 1-0 in a shootout after a goalless draw with Sue Bessell the only player to convert.

In the Women’s 65+ Division final, NSW beat Victoria 3-1 in a shootout after a 1-1 draw with Blues keeper Maureen Massey helping her side to victory.

Meanwhile in Lismore, nine more Men’s Masters titles were decided on Friday and Saturday, with hosts NSW claiming four, Queensland taking two, while WA, SA and Victoria all claimed one each.

In the Men's 50+ Division final, WA knocked off Queensland 3-1 with the aid of three first-half goals.

In the Men's 50+/2 Division decider, Queensland 1 defeated NSW 2-0 on Friday.

In the Men's 55+ Division gold medal match, Queensland edged WA 2-1 after Ian Hoddinott's double.

In the Men's 55+ Division final, Victoria defeated NSW 4-3 in a shootout after a 1-1 draw.

In the Men's 60+ Division gold medal match, NSW got past WA 2-1 after goals from David Campbell and Clive Harrison.

In the Men's 60+/2 Division final, NSW beat Queensland 1 4-1 with Phil Adair scoring a brace.

In the Men's 65+ Division decider, NSW knocked off Queensland 1-0 thanks to Noel French's 59th minute winner.

In the Men's 70+ Division gold medal match, SA claimed their sole title with a 4-1 victory over Victoria with John Bullock scoring a double.

Finally in the Men's 75+ Division final, NSW defeated WA 2-1 with Peter Smith and Stuart Moane scoring early goals.

Hockey Australia media release

ROUND-UP: English Men's Hockey League

In-form Holcombe bagged another five goals as they defeated visitors Reading in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

The league top scorer Nick Bandurak scored another brace to take his tally for the campaign to eight – twice as many as the next player in the scoring tables.

He opened the scoring in the 15th minute from open play before adding his second via a penalty stroke in the 33rd.

Daniel Webster then added a third for the home side when he finished a chance from a penalty corner in the 42nd minute. Harry Trusler scored another shortly after when from open play, and Tom O’Keefe finished off the scoring in the 61st minute from open play.

Last season’s champions Surbiton produced a strong performance at East Grinstead, winning 4-0.

The first goal came in the fourth minute when James Royce tapped home from a penalty corner. Alan Forsyth then doubled Surbiton’s advantage in the 49th minute, finishing a chance from open play.

Arjan Drayton Chana gave his side a three-goal cushion when he scored from free play in the 57th minute, and Forsyth scored his second of the day in the 68th minute, finishing from open play to top off the win for the away side.

Elsewhere, Hampstead & Westminster won a close affair 2-1 at home to Beeston on Sunday.

Rupert Shipperley opened the scoring for Hampstead in the fifth minute when he scored from open play, and Matt Guise-Brown doubled the home side’s advantage in the 31st minute from a penalty corner.

Beeston hit back in the 44th minute when Chris Proctor scored from open play, although it was in vain as the home side held out to secure all three points.

Sevenoaks and Brooklands Manchester University played out a 1-1 draw to secure their first points of the campaign.

Brooklands took an early lead in the fourth minute when Peter Flanagan scored following a penalty corner.

Duncan Parnis scored the equalising goal for the home side in the 22nd minute when he bagged from open play to secure a share of the spoils.

Men’s Conference East

Brennan Alexander-Parker scored four goals as Cambridge City won 10-5 in a high scoring affair at home to Richmond in the Men’s Conference East.

Richmond opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Scott Wall finished from a penalty corner.

Ross Hayward then hit back for Cambridge, scoring two goals in quick succession from penalty corners in the 20th and 29th minute before Scott Gilmour scored in the 32nd minute.

Alexander-Parker added two open play goals on 34 and 35 minutes to leave the score at 5-1 going in to the break.

Jordan Hussell scored for Richmond via a penalty stroke as they looked to get back in the game.

Euan Gilmour scored a penalty stroke for Cambridge in the 39th minute before Richmond hit back again when Michael Batstone finished from open play in the 45th minute.

A flourish of late goals from both sides left the final score 10-5 at full time.

Elsewhere, Oxted won 3-2 at home against Canterbury and Brighton & Hove won a close affair 1-0 away at Southgate.

Teddington versus Old Georgians finished 3-3 and newly promoted City of Peterborough secured their first victory of the campaign as they won 4-2 at Old Loughtonians.

Men’s Conference West

Rufus McNaught-Barrington scored a hat-trick as the University of Bristol moved top of the table with a 3-2 victory at Chichester on Sunday.

Chichester took an early 2-0 lead when Alex Pendle scored from penalty corners in the 14th and 19th minutes.

McNaught-Barrington then hit back for the away side when he scored the first of his goals in the 20th minute following a penalty corner.

Bristol equalised shortly after the break when McNaught-Barrington scored again, this time from a field goal in the 38th minute.

McNaught-Barrington then finished off his hat-trick in the 68th minute via a penalty stroke to complete the comeback and snatch a dramatic victory.

Elsewhere, Olton and West Warwicks drew 2-2 at home to Cardiff and Met, while Havant produced a good performance at home to Isca winning 3-1.

Team Bath Buccaneers drew 2-2 at home to Oxford Hawks and the University of Birmingham secured their first win of the campaign, defeating Fareham 3-0 at home.

Men’s Conference North

Four teams managed to maintain a perfect start to the season this week in the Men’s North Conference.

The University of Durham held on to topple Belper 4-3. Max Van Laak completed a hat-trick four minutes from time to help Durham head the table.

Bowdon produced the highest scoring game with a 6-2 home win against Leeds. Two goals apiece from Oliver Stoddart and Thomas Ainsworth were the pick of the bunch.

The University of Nottingham beat Doncaster 3-0, while Sheffield Hallam won 2-1 over Alderley Edge.

Preston bounced back after a loss last time out with a win at Loughborough Students, with Julian Lopez scoring the only goal of the game in the seventh minute.


Men’s Hockey League

Premier Division: East Grinstead 0, Surbiton 4; Hampstead & Westminster 2, Beeston 1; Holcombe 5, Reading 0; Sevenoaks 1, Brooklands Manchester University 1.

Conference East: Cambridge City 10, Richmond 5; Old Loughtonians 2, City of Peterborough 4; Oxted 3, Canterbury 2; Southgate 0, Brighton & Hove 1; Teddington 3, Old Georgians 3.

Conference West: Chichester 2, University of Bristol 3; Havant 3, Isca 1; Olton & West Warwicks 2, Cardiff & Met 2; Team Bath Buccaneers 2, Oxford Hawks 2; University of Birmingham 3, Fareham 0.

Conference North: Bowdon 6, Leeds 2; Loughborough 0, Preston 1; Sheffield Hallam 2, Alderley Edge 1; University of Durham 4, Belper 3; University of Nottingham 3, Doncaster 0.

England Hockey Board Media release

National Bank lift CNS Hockey trophy

Lahore - National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) won the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) All-Pakistan Hockey Championship 2018 trophy after beating spirited Wapda in a penalty shootout after a full-time 4-4 draw here at the National Hockey Stadium on Sunday.

Vice Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat was the chief guest on the occasion and witnessed the match with keen interest. Also present on the occasion were Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) President Brig (R) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar, Secretary Shahbaz Ahmad Senior and officials of Punjab Hockey Association (PHA).

The finale presented an exciting duel between country's top two sides in front of a charged sizeable holiday crowd. Thrice National Bank went two goals ahead and each time Wapda reduced the margin to one. Eventually, with just two minutes left, Wapda made it 4-4 to send the match into shootout. Here again, it ended equal after five shoots had been taken by the each side. Finally, bankers won the final in an exciting manner in sudden death shootout.

The NBP made the initial inroads. In the 3rd minute, Bilal Qadir squandered a good chance with a poor shot. Four minutes later, he made amends by putting his side ahead with a good finish-off a fine move. Within two minutes, a banker forward was felled in the Wapda circle. The resulting penalty stroke was calmly converted by their captain Ammad Shakeel Butt, wrong footing the goalkeeper.

Having a never-say-die approach, Wapda reduced the margin in the 17th minute. A swift left side move culminated in Ajaz Ahmed flicking the ball in. But just three minutes later, the NBP restored the two goal advantage. A brilliant aerial ball covering more than 50 metres was collected well by Dilber near the Wapda circle and put it past the onrushing goalkeeper. It was 3-1 at half time in favour of the NBP.

The third quarter saw spectacular hockey at a fast pace. Just two minutes after the restart, an electrifying Wapda raid rattled the bankers' defence and Irfan Jr slotted in from a close range to make it 3-2. Pole to pole game ensued. Wapda, in particular, utilising both the wings, created some good chances but could not get the desired result because of the the rival custodian Mazhar and poor finishing. Bankers also had a few opportunities. In the 43rd minute, Abubakr made it 4-2 converting his side's first penalty corner with a perfect high flick.

Early in the last quarter, Wapda had a penalty stroke of their own. Lanky international Aleem Bilal flicked it to goal-keeper, making it as 4-3. Wapda also wasted four back-to-back penalty coroners. When they couldn’t make anything out of their seventh PC as well, it seemed all over.  NBP also made a few attacks, one of which saw a fast Wapda turn-over of which Shajeeh scored the equaliser in the 58th minute from a close range. It ended 4-4 and Shootout went out in favour of National Bank in the sudden death phase.

In a classification match for the third place, SNGPL beat sister teams SSGC 4-1. From SNGPL, M Farhan, Dawood, Suleman, Faisal Shah struck one goal apiece while the lone goal from Sui Southern came from M Rizwan Junior.

Later, chief guest Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat distributed the prizes among the winners and top performers. Winners National Bank earned Rs 500,000, runners-up Wapda received Rs 300,000, third position holders SNGPL got Rs 200,000, player of the tournament Rashid Mahmood (Navy) earned Rs 50,000 while top scorer Aleem Bilal (Wapda) and best goalkeeper Rana Umair (SNGPL) received Rs 25,000 each.

The Nation

Irish Men's EYHL Round Up

Three sides share top spot at the head of the men’s EY Hockey League after three games with the last two perfect records falling by the wayside and all clubs off the mark in terms of points.

Lisnagarvey won a classic Co Down derby against Banrbidge 5-4 with the young guns from Comber Road joining Bann at the head of the table on six points.
The hugely experienced Timmy Cockram provided a hat trick as Garvey turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead early in the second half to take the initiative. Four goals were shared in a wild six-minute period to extend the lead to 5-3 going into the final 10 minutes and the hosts held on for the win.

As such, Garvey move level with Bann and Pembroke who also lost their perfect record with a 2-1 home defeat to Annadale. The tie was locked at 0-0 after three quarters with Pembroke missing a stroke before Dale took the lead via Peter Caruth’s power-slap.

Keith O’Hare levelled instantly but the Ulster side nabbed the win when David Tremlett got on the end of a long corner cross.

Jack Haycock grabbed a point for Cookstown as his diving penalty corner rebound with seven minutes to go saw them share the points with reigning league champions Glenanne at Steelweld Park.

They led early thanks to Michael Kerr’s near post touch but fell behind to corner goals from Shannon Boucher and Jonny McCormack before Haycock’s intervention for 2-2.

In Cork, C of I made it two draws from three while YMCA got their first ever EYHL point. The Dubliners will regret, though, not making more of it having missed a stroke and letting a lead slip in the final quarter.

Gabriel de Grandis gave them a first half lead before Cork levelled through former YM man Stephen Parker. Grant Glutz made it 2-1 to the Y from their second penalty stroke of the day but Alex Deane scrambled in a second equaliser.

Three Rock Rovers and Monkstown’s match was deferred to October 18 due to Rovers' involvement in the Euro Hockey League in Barcelona where they beat Racing Club de France 6-0 and drew 1-1 with Junior FC.

EY Hockey League: Cookstown 2 (M Kerr, J Haycock) Glenanne 2 (J McCormack, S Boucher); Cork C of I 2 (A Deane, S Parker) YMCA 2 (G Glutz, G de Grandis); Lisnagarvey 5 (T Cockram 3, H Morris, T Chambers) Banbridge 4 (E Magee 2, J McKee, A Tinney); Pembroke 1 (K O’Hare) Annadale 2 (P Caruth, D Tremlett)

Next Saturday’s fixtures (October 13): Cork C of I v Annadale, 2.30pm, Garryduff; Banbridge v YMCA, 2.45pm, Havelock Park; Glenanne v Pembroke, 3pm, St Andrew’s; Three Rock Rovers v Lisnagarvey, 3pm, Grange Road; Monkstown v Cookstown, 4.15pm, Rathdown

Day three extended reports

Cookstown 2 (M Kerr, J Haycock) Glenanne 2 (J McCormack, S Boucher)

Jack Haycock grabbed a point for Cookstown as his diving penalty corner rebound with seven minutes to go saw them share the points with reigning league champions Glenanne at Steelweld Park.

The Co Tyrone side took the lead early in the second quarter when Stewart Wylie took in a long aerial on the left baseline high over his shoulder and proceeded to drive across the line before picking out Michael Kerr’s near post touch.

Shannon Boucher responded with a low corner shot for 1-1 but parity almost proved short-lived when Mark Crooks hit the post soon after, keeping it all square. The Dubliners did go in front for the first time when Jonny McCormack got his first goal for the club, touching home in front of Josh McCabe from a corner routine.

McCabe then kept his side in the running a couple of great stops, allowing his side a chance at getting the equaliser in the closing minutes, a corner rebound snapped up smartly by Haycock. The Glens remain the only unbeaten side with five points from nine so far but sit in fourth place overall.

Cork C of I 2 (A Deane, S Parker) YMCA 2 (G Glutz, G de Grandis)

Cork C of I came back from 2-1 down to record their second draw from three outings this season with YMCA earning their first ever point in the top tier. Thomas Chalumeau almost got on the end of Jonny Bruton’s good baseline run as  C of I made the better start, penning YM back with Alex Burns and Kevin O’Dea showing some nice skills.

YM did win the first two corners before the first quarter was out and they stepped up the pressure to have some golden chances in the second quarter. One such turnover led to a Gabriel de Grandis shot being put away for the only goal of the first half. They had a stroke to make it 2-0 but it was fired wide, leaving just the minimum in the difference at half-time.

C of I fought back in the second half, Chalumeau winning their first corner before Stephen Parker – against his former club – got a lovely touch after fine work from Bruton to make it 1-1.

The pendulum swung back YM’s way in the fourth quarter as a series of corners eventually hit a body on the line. Grant Glutz stepped up to score this time for 2-1. The lead lasted only three minutes, however, with Alex Deane scrambling in from a crash ball.

Both sides then had the ball in the net in a mad-cap closing phase for a would-be winner but both were chalked off, leaving the sides to settle for a point each.

Pembroke 1 (K O’Hare) Annadale 2 (P Caruth, D Tremlett)

Annadale got their first win of the EYHL season, ending Pembroke’s perfect start to the campaign with a gritty 2-1 win with all the goals coming in the final quarter.
Pembroke welcomed back Harry Spain and Cedric Mushiete in a tie that saw both sides win corners in the first quarter but were unable to make further inroads. The game cranked up a notch in the second half with Pembroke hitting a post and Mushiete skying the rebound while Pembroke saw two corners and a stroke saved.
Peter Caruth broke the deadlock in the fourth quarter with a power-slap but Pembroke replied immediately via a Keith O’Hare drag-flick with 12 minutes left.
But Dale were able to nick the win when they took a long corner which was crashed to the back post and tapped in by David Tremlett. Whether the ball moved five metres was discussed but the decision stood and Dale had their first win of the campaign.

Lisnagarvey 5 (T Cockram 3, H Morris, T Chambers) Banbridge 4 (E Magee 2, J McKee, A Tinney)

Lisnagarvey’s youngsters inflicted a first defeat of the season on Banbridge, joining them in a share of the lead in the men’s EYHL with three teams now on six points after three games.

The Comber Road side has put its trust in young guns like Harry Morris, Andy Edgar, Oliver Kidd, Troy Chambers and Johnny Lynch this season following the departure of four players to foreign shores and they are growing in confidence all the time.

They did fall behind the inside 22 minutes when Johnny McKee was on the mark but Garvey grabbed the next three goals to take the initiative either side of half-time. Morris levelled just before the break before Timmy Cockram – back after a year’s break – scored the first of his trio of goals from a corner. Chambers got the third goal for a 3-1 lead with 20 minutes to go.

Eugene Magee kept up his goal a game record early in the fourth quarter to get Bann back in the mix but, within a minute, Cockram had his second for 4-2.
Again, Bann fought back with another Magee goal but his former international team-mate netted his third, this one from play, with nine minutes to go – a fourth goal in six minutes between the sides. Alexander Tinney once more made the game live with four minutes left but Garvey held on for the victory.

Irish Hockey Association media release

Irish Women's EYHL Weekend Round Up

Pegasus and Loreto maintained their perfect starts to the women’s EY Hockey League season with strong wins in Dublin to lead the way in the division at this early stage.

For Pegs, they raided Serpentine Avenue for the points in a 4-2 win over Pembroke. They trailed 1-0 in the first quarter to a Katie-Jane Marshall goal but scored the next four to put the game out of sight with former Irish captain Alex Speers starting the ball rolling with their first and second goals.

It added to their opening day win over UCD and has them in great shape thus far.

They are joined on six points by reigning Champions Trophy holders Loreto who were too strong for newly promoted Muckross, running up a 5-0 win.

It took a while to break down their defence before Sarah Torrans – in a star performance – broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute. Clever corner moves allowed them to advance the scoring further with Mia Jennings and Niamh Small on the mark before Siofra O’Brien and Torrans completed the result.

Aine Connery had a debut to remember for Old Alex as she scored the only goal of their meeting with Cork Harlequins. It came just four minutes in and saw them record a 1-0 win, their first since joining the EYHL ranks.

Railway Union and Belfast Harlequins remain unbeaten following their 2-2 draw at Park Avenue. Railway built a strong first half lead with Kate Lloyd and Sarah Hawkshaw hitting the net but they were pegged by Zoe Wilson’s thunderous corner hit. Lucy Geddes got the equaliser in the second half, lifting both sides to four points.

UCD, meanwhile, got off the mark thanks to a Hannah McLoughlin goal with nine minutes to go as they beat Ards 1-0 away from home. It was her first appearance since moving from Loreto.

EY Hockey League results: Ard 0 UCD 1 (H McLoughlin); Cork Harlequins 0 Old Alex 1 (A Connery); Loreto 5 (S Torrans 2, M Jennings, S O’Brien, N Small) Muckross 0; Pembroke 2 (K-J Marshall, S Clarke) Pegasus 4 (A Speers 2, R Murdock, K Gourley); Railway Union 2 (K Lloyd, S Hawkshaw) Belfast Harlequins 2 (Z Wilson, L Geddes)

Next Saturday’s fixtures: Belfast Harlequins v Cork Harlequins, 1pm, Deramore Park; Pembroke v Railway Union, 2.30pm, Serpentine Avenue; UCD v Loreto, 2.50pm, Belfield; Muckross v Old Alex, 3.15pm, Muckross Park; Ards v Pegasus, 4pm, Londonderry Park

Women’s EY Hockey League – day two round-up

Pembroke 2 (K-J Marshall, S Clarke) Pegasus 4 (A Speers 2, R Murdock, K Gourley)

Pegasus continued their impressive start to the season with a 4-2 away win in Dublin with former Irish captain Alex Speers scoring twice.Pembroke took the lead just before the end of the first quarter with Katie-Jane Marshall finding the net from a corner in the 17th minute. Pegasus, though, soon turned things around with the next four goals, starting with Speers double in the 24th and 27th minute to give them a narrow half-time lead.Rachael Murdock put some daylight between the teams and the game was effectively put out of reach when Kate Gourley got her first of the season with 18 minutes to go. Sorcha Clarke netted her first since returning to Pembroke in the final quarter but the distance was too much to make up at this stage.

Ard 0 UCD 1 (H McLoughlin)

Hannah McLoughlin scored a debut goal for UCD to nick a 1-0 result at Ards who put it up to the reigning champions for long periods but have yet to break their scoring duck to date.In the first half, Naomi McKnight did well to save a couple of corners while Ards had a good amount of the ball with Alanah Doyle, Caroline Adams and Naomi Grundie to the fore. But UCD eventually forced home a corner with nine minutes to go to give them their first win of the campaign.

Railway Union 2 (K Lloyd, S Hawkshaw) Belfast Harlequins 2 (Z Wilson, L Geddes)

Belfast Harlequins fought back from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw at sunny Sandymount to continue their lively start to the season Two minutes into the first quarter, an interception by Kate Lloyd ended with her smashing home for a rare goal on her openside. The rest of the quarter was played at a high tempo with Railway having the best chance after great work by Lily Lloyd and Katie Fearon.Just after the start of the second quarter, Anna May Whelan gave a great through ball to Sarah Hawkshaw who struck in a sweet backhand for 2-0.Harlequins had two corners early in the 2nd quarter but these were well dealt with by Railway defenders but Zoe Wilson did get one back from their third with a straight strike. Harlequins started the third quarter strongly and were rewarded with a very well taken goal by Lucy Geddes in the opening minutes. They continued to pile on the pressure and had two corners but Railway held them out, leaving both sides on four points to date.

Loreto 5 (S Torrans 2, M Jennings, S O’Brien, N Small)

Muckross 0Loreto made it two wins from two with two clean sheets to boot as they gave Muckross something of a rude awakening of the quality at the top end of the EYHL at Grange Road. For half an hour, they kept the Beaufort hordes at bay until Sarah Torrans weighed in with a deflection from a Sarah Clarke corner strike.Mia Jennings popped up with the second moments later from a corner move for 2-0 at the big break and it remained that way until the final quarter. Yet another beautiful deflection was in the pipeline for the third, Grace McLoughlin this time sweeping for Niamh Small’s tip-in.

Torrans’ searing run and cross was turned in by Siofra O’Brien on the hour and the former concluded the scoring with 10 minutes to go with a cracking strike as soon as she crossed the circle’s white line.

Cork Harlequins 0 Old Alex 1 (A Connery)

Aine Connery’s goal four minutes into her Old Alex career provided the big impact for the Milltown side as the former international netted on debut for their first win since promotion to the EYHL.The Kilkenny woman missed the opening game of the season since her move from her hometown club but she made an immediate impact. From there, Quins had plenty of possession and attacking intent but could not find the end product, including a corner on the half-time hooter.

After an even third quarter, Quins upped the ante in the closing stages but Pam Smithwick stood firm in the closing minutes for a famous win.

Irish Hockey Association media release

Hillhead and Dundee Wanderers top the tables in Scottish National League 1

6 October 2018 at Glasgow Green. Scottish Hockey Division 1 match – Kelburne v Watsonians – photo by Duncan Gray

Hillhead and Dundee Wanderers are in pole position in the men`s and women`s National League 1 tables after this weekend’s action.

Hillhead are still at the top of the table courtesy of a 2-2 draw with rivals Edinburgh University at Peffermill.

The students seemed to be in control when Kevin Wong put them into a comfortable lead with a double. But back came the Glasgow side, Graeme Campbell pulled one back with a rebound at a penalty corner.

Then Jude Boselem scored the goal of the game when he lashed the ball into the top right corner of the net.

Elsewhere Clydesdale advanced their cause with a 2-0 win over bottom side Gordonians, once again Struan Walker was on target with both goals.

Western Wildcats returned to winning form with a five goal triumph over Watsonians at Auchenhowie. The home side moved into a two goal lead at the interval, Hamish Galt opened the scoring with a direct drag flick at a penalty corner and that was followed by a strike from Andrew McConnell.

Wildcats continued to devour the opposition with three open play strikes by Fraser Moran (2) and finally Rob Harwood.

Kelburne`s poor run of form continues, at Glasgow Green they fell 2-1 to Uddingston. It was 1-1 at the interval with Johnny Christie`s strike cancelled out by Brad Hughes. That is how it continued well into the second half, but with three minutes remaining the Aussie Hughes seal the points for the Lanarkshire side.

In the women`s National League 1 Dundee Wanderers continued their revival with a 3-2 win over rivals Clydesdale Western to open up a two point lead at the top.

The catalyst was a hat-trick from Scotland striker Emily Dark, which proved too much for the Western defence. Dark put the Taysiders two up at the interval, and they could have gone further ahead if Heather Elder had latched on to a pass from Charlotte Watson.

Wanderers continued to dominate, they wasted two penalty corners and Western`s keeper Jess Buchanan was called upon to make a couple of crucial saves to prevent a further deficit.

But in the final ten minutes the Titwood-based side stormed back into the contest with strikes by Millie Steiger and Lexi Sabatelli put Wanderers on the back foot. But up stepped Dark to seal the Dundonians` three ponts with another penalty corner conversion.

Wildcats purred into second spot in the division after a 3-1 win at Watsonians. The home side were the dominant feature in the opening exchanges and Mairi Shaw put them ahead in only three minutes. But by the interval the Wildcats were 2-1 in front, a double of brilliant penalty corner conversions by Catriona Booth proved to be the catalyst.

That scoreline continued until ten minutes from time when Rachel Bain made it 3-1 from a rebound after a goalmouth scramble.

Champions Edinburgh University moved up to third with a 7-2 win over Hillhead. The highlight was four goals from striker Zara Malseed, Sophie Maunder got two and Louise Campbell completed the scoring.

Grove Menzieshill also made up ground with a 3-0 win at Grange, Lucy Smith scored twice while Izzy Folan scored her debut goal to complete the scoring.

At the other end of the table GHK moved out of the danger zone with a single goal win over neighbours Glasgow University. The only goal of the game came from Katie Gardner who touched the ball in at the back post at a penalty corner.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Butali fall to Badgers as Police down Gladiators


Kenya Police's Oliver Echenje (left) dribbles past Parklands' Boniface Ndombi during their Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League match at City Park Stadium on August 12, 2018. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Butali Sugar Warriors crushed to a stunning 1-0 defeat to Parkroad Badgers as champions Kenya Police beat Strathmore 2-0 to uphold their surge to the top of men’s hockey Premier League at the City Park Stadium, Nairobi on Sunday.

Butali Sugar, who had on Saturday thumped Parklands 5-0 before meeting a waterloo against Parkroad, still top with 45 points despite the loss, while Police held on to second place with 42 points.

What is interesting is that Police have two matches at hand to go level with Butali Sugar and victory in both, will see them dislodge Butali from the top with a margin of three points.

Butali Sugar can now only hope and pray that the champions too will falter in their subsequent matches.

If the current status remain, then the final match of the league between Butali and Police shall determine the winner.

After a goalless first half, Parkroad, who were a joy to watch as they frustrated Butali with fast-paced touches and long crosses, claimed a penalty corner that Gordon Oduor stepped up to score in the third quarter.

It was a thriller as both sides wasted several penalty corners with both keepers- Linus Sang (Butali) and Allan Kasweka (Parkroad) making daring saves.

Butali, who have 15 wins from 17 outings, have now lost twice (to Police and Parkroad).

Police stretched their record to 14 wins out 15 outings albeit with one loss.

The victory pushed Parkroad off the relegation zone by one place as they moved to ninth place with 17 points.

Amos Barkibir struck through a field goal in the opening quarter, before Robert Masibo finished off for Police in the last quarter from a penalty corner.

“We changed our systems of play against Butali with more possession and speedy long crosses. We reduced hitting the ball forward,” said Parkroad skipper Jerry Kanah, who described the results as the greatest victory of the season.

“The loss has given our rivals Police the advantage of catching up or even go on top. We now must accept that pressure is now on us,” said Butali Sugar Warrior coach Dennis Owoka, who mourned the absence of his talisman Zack Aura.

“The defeat is a motivation enough to work even harder.”

Owoka said their final ball didn’t work since they lost six clear scoring positions.

“We lost over five penalty corners in the last two quarters,” said Owoka.

Daily Nation

No. 7 Penn State Field Hockey Shocks No. 2 Maryland 3-1 At Home

By Hope Damato

Shannon Soboslay | Onward State

No. 7 Penn State field hockey (9-3, 4-1 Big Ten) upset previously undefeated No. 2 Maryland (13-1, 4-1 Big Ten) in Happy Valley on Sunday.

Abby Myers, Anna Simon, and Moria Putsch contributed to the big win with one goal each. Penn State, who leads the NCAA in penalty corners per game with 9.27, had eight corners on the day.

Jenny Rizzo made seven saves in the full 70 minutes.

How It Happened

The game started out slow but both offenses were able to get some shots off as the half continued on.

Things started to pick up when leading goal scorer and freshman phoneme Anna Simon got a shot to find its mark. That 1-0 lead would have to wait for the Nittany Lions however, as the call was overturned and the score returned to 0-0.

The reversed call didn’t seem to faze Penn State. Junior Madison Morano found Myers by the goal post with 10:12 left to play in the first half. Myers used her stick skills to dance around the goalie and send the ball into the lower left corner, giving Penn State the first goal of the game and that 1-0 lead back.

Both teams put the pressure on for the rest of the half, but Penn State’s defense kept up its stellar play, leaving the Terrapins still scoreless at the end of the first half.

Simon came back to claim her goal with 18:52 left in the second half. On a corner, Putsch got the ball right to Simon and she launched a rocket, driving it past all the defenders and slamming right into the back of the net.

The Nittany Lions continued finding success with their corner opportunities. Putsch sent a well-hit ball to Aurelia Meijer at the top of the circle and guarded the post. Putsch then caught a rebound from Meijer and got it past the Maryland goalkeeper, giving Penn State a solid 3-0 lead.

Both sides traded shots and corners for the remainder of the match. The Terrapins got their chance when a penalty stroke was awarded to Maryland with 4:21 left. Defender Nike Lorenz shot to the lower right, passing Rizzo to give Maryland its only goal of the game.

It proved too little too late for the Terrapins as a last minute attack was beaten back. Rizzo made a big save to prevent a buzzer-beater goal as Penn State cruised to a 3-1 upset victory.

Player Of The Game

Moria Putsch | Senior | Forward

The senior had herself a goal and an assist on the day and was excellent at delivering the ball on corners.

What’s Next

The Nittany Lions will go on their last road trip of the year, stopping in Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes as conference play continues. The game will be on October 12 at 6 P.M.

Onward State

JMU field hockey defeats Drexel 6-2 for first CAA win

JMU field hockey snapped its four-game road losing streak with a 6-2 victory over Drexel. Trevor Cockburn | The Breeze

JMU field hockey scored a season-high six goals, defeating Drexel 6-2 on Sunday. Four of the Dukes’ six goals came in the first half. With the victory, the Dukes earned their first victory in conference play, improving to 1-1 in the CAA and 4-7 overall.

Sophomore midfielder Rachel Yeager scored in the fifth minute to give the Dukes an 1-0 lead. Drexel evened the game when junior midfielder Tess Horan found the back of the net in the 10th minute.

The Dukes retook the lead in the 11th minute, when senior defender Lindsay Gippe notched her first goal of the game. Yeager and freshman midfielder Courtney Lynch scored goals in the 12th minute and 33rd minute, respectively to give the Dukes a 4-1 lead that they would take into the half.

In the 38th minute, Gippe recorded her second goal on the day and her fifth goal of the season to make it 5-1. Drexel cut the lead to 5-2 when freshman forward Emily Owens in the 46th minute. It would remain 5-2 until sophomore midfielder Phoebe Large recorded her first goal of the season on a penalty stroke in the 63rd minute.

Sophomore Caitlin Nelson started in goal for the Dukes. She saved four shots and earned her fourth win of the season in the 6-2 victory. With the win, the Dukes snap a two-game losing streak and earn their first win on the road this season.

The Dukes face off against No. 25 Ohio State in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, at 4 p.m.

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