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Men's Indoor Asia Cup Chonburi 2019 - Day 2 and 3
Chonburi (THA)


16 Jul 2019     KAZ v NEP (Pool B)     12 - 1 (6 - 0)
16 Jul 2019     IRI v BAN (Pool A)         8 - 0 (4 - 0)
16 Jul 2019     MAS v PHI (Pool A)         20 - 1 (9 - 0)
16 Jul 2019     UZB v SGP (Pool B)     2 - 1 (0 - 0)

17 Jul 2019     PHI v BAN (Pool A)         0 - 9 (0 - 6)
17 Jul 2019     SGP v NEP (Pool B)     15 - 1 (8 - 0)

Fixtures (GMT +7)

17 Jul 2019 16:00     TPE v KAZ (Pool B)
17 Jul 2019 18:40     THA v IRI (Pool A

18 Jul 2019 12:40     UZB v KAZ (Pool B)
18 Jul 2019 16:00     NEP v TPE (Pool B)
18 Jul 2019 17:20     MAS v IRI (Pool A)
18 Jul 2019 20:00     BAN v THA (Pool A)

Pool Standings

Pool A

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Malaysia 2 2 0 0 26 1 25 6
2 Thailand 1 1 0 0 10 1 9 3
3 Iran 1 1 0 0 8 0 8 3
4 Bangladesh 3 1 0 2 9 14 -5 3
5 Philippines 3 0 0 3 2 39 -37 0

Pool B

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Singapore 3 2 0 1 19 4 15 6
2 Uzbekistan 2 2 0 0 15 3 12 6
3 Kazakhstan 1 1 0 0 12 1 11 3
4 Chinese Taipei 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
5 Nepal 3 0 0 3 4 40 -36 0

FIH Match Centre

Women's Indoor Asia Cup Chonburi 2019 - Day 2 and 3
Chonburi (THA)


16 Jul 2019     KAZ v NEP (Pool A)     8 - 0 (4 - 0)
16 Jul 2019     UZB v PHI (Pool A)         11 - 0 (4 - 0)
16 Jul 2019     THA v TPE (Pool B)     8 - 0 (3 - 0)

17 Jul 2019     PHI v NEP (Pool A)         2 - 3 (1 - 1)
17 Jul 2019     TPE v SGP (Pool B)         4 - 0 (3 - 0)

Fixtures (GMT +7)

17 Jul 2019 17:20     IRI v KAZ (Pool A)
17 Jul 2019 20:00     MAS v THA (Pool B)

18 Jul 2019 11:20     UZB v KAZ (Pool A)
18 Jul 2019 14:00     NEP v IRI (Pool A)
18 Jul 2019 18:40     TPE v MAS (Pool B)

Pool Standings

Pool A

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Uzbekistan 2 2 0 0 20 0 20 6
2 Kazakhstan 1 1 0 0 8 0 8 3
3 Iran 1 1 0 0 5 0 5 3
4 Nepal 3 1 0 2 3 19 -16 3
5 Philippines 3 0 0 3 2 19 -17 0

Pool B

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Thailand 1 1 0 0 8 0 8 3
2 Malaysia 1 1 0 0 4 0 4 3
3 Chinese Taipei 2 1 0 1 4 8 -4 3
4 Singapore 2 0 0 2 0 8 -8 0

FIH Match Centre

Ireland fall 2-1 in last of three-match Scotland series

Anna O’Flanagan scored a consolation goal. Pic: Sinead Hingston

Ireland’s women fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Scotland in the last game of the three-match series at Stormont on Tuesday.

The Scots, coached by former Coleraine, Ulster Under 21 and South Africa striker Jen Wilson, were on the back foot for most of the game.

But they were more clinical in the circle, going 2-0 up with a goal in each half before Anna O’Flanagan’s late consolation strike.

Ireland were without World Cup silver medal-winning trio, Megan Frazer, and Chloe Watkins, both of whom appeared to be carrying injuries, along with the unavailable Lizzie Colvin.

However, the hosts, who had won the first two games 2-0 and 1-0, will be disappointed that they were unable to turn their superior possession into goals, despite having the bulk of the chances.

O’Flanagan went close early on when her shot on the open side was deflected over the crossbar and then Lena Tice had a shot taken off the line following the first penalty corner of the game in the sixth minute.

The Scots went ahead in the 22nd minute from their first set-piece as Lorna Cruikshank’s shot found the net. Five minutes later, Katie Mullan’s pass set up O’Flanagan but she fired wide and the chance was missed.

Three minutes after the long break, Roisin Upton, not for the first time, joined the attacking press and stole possession.

She passed swiftly to the unmarked Ali Meeke but, once again, the shot went wide of the far post and you got the feeling this wasn’t going to be Ireland’s day.

Four minutes later, Upton got in a shot from a set-piece but Scottish goalkeeper Amy Gibson got down well to save at full stretch.

Mullan then drove down the right flank and passed to O’Flanagan but her shot went narrowly wide of the target.

The roles were reversed shortly afterwards, this time Mullan failing to trouble Gibson after an O’Flanagan assist.

In the 49th minute, Ireland forced another corner and Bethany Barr’s effort, from Shirley McCay’s slap was acrobatically cleared by a Scottish defender.

With three minutes left, the Scots, who had soaked up a lot of pressure, broke to the other end of the pitch and Sarah Jamieson fired home on her backhand to double the lead.

Ireland took off Ayeisha McFerran in order to have 11 outfield players for the last few minutes and O’Flanagan netted a penalty corner rebound with 74 seconds left but it was too little, too late.

Women’s Senior international test
Ireland 1 (A O’Flanagan) Scotland 2 (L Cruikshank, S Jamieson)

The Hook

Scotland women beat Ireland in Stormont as Euros in Glasgow approach

Scotland women beat World Cup silver medalists Ireland 2-1 in Stormont in the last match of a three game contest. Lorna Cruickshank’s first goal for Scotland along with a strike by Sarah Jamieson gave the Tartan Hearts the win as they prepare for Women’s EuroHockey Championship II in Glasgow next month.

Top ten ranked Ireland are also deep into preparations for competing in the EuroHockey Championships in Antwerp. The previous meetings in the series between the two saw Ireland claim victory in close encounters. Scotland are missing several players including Charlotte Watson; Sarah Robertson and Amy Costello who are all playing for GB Women in Japan.

Ireland had a good start to the match but as the first quarter came to a close the Scots had reorganised and finished strongly. It saw them kick into the second quarter confidently, looking strong and put Ireland under pressure.

Scotland then took the lead half way through the second quarter when Lorna Cruickshank scored her first goal for Scotland. Jen Eadie flicked well at a penalty corner and Cruickshank touched the ball in to make it 1-0.

The third quarter saw the Scots put in a good defensive shift as the Irish pressured before a final quarter that went end-to-end.

Ireland took off their goalkeeper as they searched for an equaliser but with three minutes remaining Sarah Jamieson made the game safe when she made it 2-0. The Scots pressed the ball well and Jamieson was on hand to convert a deserved goal for her performances over the series.

Anna O’Flanagan pulled one back for Ireland in the last minute but it was Scotland’s day and they finished the series on a win with Women’s EuroHockey Championship II in Glasgow fast approaching.

Scotland Head Coach Jen Wilson said, “It’s a very pleasing way to finish the series and there were good performances all over the pitch. We pressed well, looked sharp and turned the good performance into a win. Now we can put in our final preparations for the Euros in Glasgow next month – we’re really excited for a home tournament.”

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Brown steps back from Irish panel ahead of Euros

By John Flack

Chloe Brown in action for Ireland in 2017. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Chloe Brown has pulled out of the Ireland women’s hockey squad which is preparing for the European Championship and the final stage of the qualifying process for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The former Ards player, who now lines out for English Premiership side East Grinstead, is unable to commit to the Euros in Belgium next month and  the intense build up to the two-legged Olympic eliminator, likely to be held in early November.

The Ireland squad will be going into a centralised training camp, for up to three  days a week, ahead of the Tokyo qualifier – against opposition still to be determined – which will decide whether Sean Dancer’s team can make it to a first Olympics.

The fact Brown is working (as a PE teacher) in England is thought to have been a crucial factor in her decision to make herself unavailable for selection.

The news comes as a disappointment for Ireland’s new head coach Dancer and even more so for Brown, who has suffered many disappointments in the past, having narrowly missed the cut for several tournaments.

In fact, of her 58 caps to date, only seven of them have been awarded in official events with the rest coming in friendlies.

The 25-year-old played in the 2015 second-tier Euros in Prague and the remainder of her tournament caps came in the recent FIH Hockey Series event in Banbridge when she was called up to replace the injured Megan Frazer for the last two matches.

Dancer said: “Chloe just feels that, at this time, it’s not quite right for her and I think it’s tied in with her work and the fact that she’s currently living in England.”

“So she feels she just can’t commit to the programme which is something different and, to me, it’s one for everyone to adapt to – the girls and Irish hockey.

“Certainly, it’s a loss to the group and it’s important that the player makes the decision herself and this was Chloe’s decision.

“We will support her as well as we can and the door is always open so, if things change in the future, she will be welcome back.”

The Hook

Cash-strapped Canadian women’s field hockey team has Olympics in sight

Cleve Dheensaw

Oak Bay High grad Maddie Secco and Team Canada leave for the Pan Am Games next week. Photograph By DARREN STONE, Times Colonist

With apologies to the Beatles, the Canadian national team’s largely self-funded dream of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has seen the team getting by with a little help from its friends.

But family and friends can’t help you on the pitch. That has all been done on the players’ talents alone. The team has now advanced through the first two rounds of Olympic qualifying. The last round in Valencia, Spain, was funded through $82,000 raised in an online crowd-sourcing campaign.

“It was humbling and very special to receive that support from across the country,” said veteran Canadian team player Maddie Secco, an Oak Bay High grad, who played NCAA in the Pac-12 for Stanford.

Canada will play in a best-of-three qualifier in the fall against a team to be determined with the winner advancing to Tokyo 2020. There is another avenue through the upcoming 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, with the gold-medallist advancing to the Tokyo Olympics.

Not only was the team cut off from Own the Podium national funding this year, ostensibly because only recent success is rewarded and the program hasn’t been to the Olympics since 1992, but head coach Giles Bonnet is funded by the national federation only through the end of the Pan Am Games and not through the fall’s Olympic qualifier.

Having to keep an eye on fundraising as well as the ball on the field, the team will hold a fundraiser and Pan Am Games send-off party Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Strathcona Hotel, in which supporters can meet the players and talk about all things field hockey and Olympics. Tickets are $30 adult and $15 students.

The team will break camp at UVic and head to Lima on Friday. The Pan Am Games begin next week.

“Thinking about our financial situation can be overwhelming but we can’t let it affect our play,” said rising 19-year-old Canadian player Anna Mollenhauer of Victoria, daughter of two-time Island field-hockey Olympian Nancy Charlton.

“We are aware of it but have to put it on the back-burner now and narrow our focus to the field from now until the fall. We feel we have a very good chance. It’s going to be an exciting couple of months,” added the UVic Vikes star, and 2018 U Sports player of the year.

Those thoughts were echoed by veteran Canadian team captain Kate Wright.

“Our favourite place is between the white lines on the pitch, but the fundraising part is, unfortunately, the reality for us,” said Wright, the daughter of former Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis.

“We have found so much support in Victoria that it has been jaw-dropping.”

Among the local groups stepping into the breach to support has been 94 Forward, which administers the legacy fund from the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games.

Wright said qualification for Tokyo 2020 would not only be gratifying for the veteran group that has worked so long and hard toward the dream of the Olympics, but also for the emerging players. She pointed to Mollenhauer, who was named top young player of the previous Olympic qualifying tournament in Valencia.

“Anna has quite a legend in her mom but is rounding seamlessly into her own,” said Wright.

“She is a quiet girl who plays a big game.”

The lineage helps. Mollenhauer’s mom Nancy is now co-manager of the national team.

“I’ve learned so much from my mother, both on and off the field, about hard work and commitment,” said SMUS-grad Mollenhauer.

SHORT CORNERS: James Kirpatrick of Victoria and the men’s national field hockey team has also advanced to the point of having two shots to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics — either by capturing gold at the Lima Pan Am Games or by winning a best-of-three series this fall against an opponent to be decided.

Times Colonist

WVC Field Hockey Trio Playing for USA on World Stage

Matt Bufano

Danielle Grega, Kat Sharkey and Anna Dessoye

The Wyoming Valley’s imprint on field hockey in the United States is as strong as ever.

It is much different, however, than 2016, when a record three local players represented the U.S. Women’s National Team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Larksville’s Kelsey Kolojejchick and Shavertown’s Paige Selenski have since retired, while the third member of that trio, Moosic’s Kat Sharkey, has gone from primarily playing forward to center midfield and forward.

“Throughout the last couple years since Rio, we’ve had a lot of turnover on the team, a lot of girls going in and out, a lot of retirements,” said Sharkey. “We just needed to shift some people around. As a forward, you do come back into the midfield a lot, so I think my coach just thought it would be a good fit positionally because we needed someone to play the center position.”

Sharkey has taken the change in stride, helping a new generation of forwards like Kingston’s Danielle Grega, 23, who is one of the team’s youngest players.

“She’s such a good role model and teammate,” Grega said of Sharkey. “I’m always taking note and asking her questions on whatever I can do to improve my game.”

The 29-year-old Sharkey knows what it’s like to be a rookie on the international stage, something she shares with teammates not only as a player, but as a leader.

Sharkey is the captain of the national team.

“Kat has an amazing work ethic,” said forward Anna Dessoye of Mountain Top. “She definitely leads by example. You see her work ethic and her hard work and you just want to match that.”

Sharkey is setting an example before this summer’s Pan American Games in Peru, where she’ll be joined by Grega and Dessoye, forming a new-look group of local players taking on the world.

Grega describes playing for the USA as “a dream come true,” one she couldn’t have imagined when she began playing field hockey at 11 or 12 years old.

“I think it was a pretty popular sport for girls to play at Valley West,” said Grega. “Anyone who played sports either played field hockey or soccer, most likely.”

Grega grew up playing field hockey, as well as soccer, basketball and softball.

As she learned field hockey from club coaches like Lauren Powley and Kim Barbacci, as well as Valley West coach Linda Fithian, it became clear Grega was quite good at field hockey, so good she could play it in college.

“As I got into high school, it was really obvious that there were so many scholarship opportunities for the sport, especially with our area being such a field hockey area,” said Grega. “At that point, club field hockey had gotten big and it was almost a yearlong sport.”

Grega played softball for the Spartans in the spring but quit the other sports besides field hockey.

Grega scored a team-high 18 goals for Valley West as a senior in 2013. She continued playing at Old Dominion, where the potential of representing Team USA became more real.

“In college, I kind of really found my passion for the sport and from there I always wanted to play at this level,” said Grega, who was named to the national team in July 2018. “It’s amazing to play with such amazing teammates and to go against some of the best players in the world.”

Those best players in the world recently beat up on the U.S. in the FIH Pro League season, where international No. 1 The Netherlands, No. 2 Australia, No. 3 Argentina and No. 5 Germany each defeated the 13th-ranked Americans twice.

There is room for improvement and the Americans will improve.

FIH Pro League was a positive experience, though, where players got more comfortable in their roles and also with their teammates during travel days like on daylong flights to Australia.

“My favorite was probably New Zealand,” Dessoye said. “Everything was super fresh — all the food was so fresh and the weather was beautiful and we stayed right on the beach, so that was awesome.”

Dessoye, 25, has been on the national team roster since January 2016.

While many of her friends from Crestwood High School and the University of Maryland are settling into 9-to-5-type jobs, Dessoye is living a far different life.

There’s only so few years when she’ll be able to compete at such a high level, Dessoye said, so she’s taking advantage of it while she has the chance.

“It’s definitely different than what a lot of my friends are doing ... but they totally understand and get it. It’s a totally different lifestyle,” said Dessoye. “It’s hard work, but super fun; like a dream job.”

Field hockey is essentially a full-time job for Dessoye, who recounts her weekly schedule that includes daily practices Monday through Friday at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa., mixing in a few gym sessions and double-practices along the way.

The downside includes going to bed at 8 p.m. during the week, Dessoye said, but the daily grind is all done with a purpose of maximizing everyone’s potential.

“Everyone here works so hard, so you have to work your hardest to keep up with them,” said Dessoye.

Playing for Team USA means a lot of time spent working on your craft, which Dessoye uses to perfect the sport’s basics — trapping the ball, shooting and receiving it, passing it on the move.

Grega is constantly focused on her attacking skills.

“Being ruthless in the circle and putting shots on goal; trying different skills out because obviously I’m going up against some of the best defenders in the world,” said Grega. “So you’ve got be a little creative at times.”

Team USA’s next major event is the Pan American Games, which run July 29 through Aug. 10 in Lima, Peru.

The USA won the 2015 Pan American Games, automatically clinching a berth in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The USA placed fifth at the Olympic Games, its best finish in 20 years.

Once again at this year’s Pan American Games, the goal is a first-place finish and entry into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Argentina is the top-ranked of the eight teams and the favorite.

Losing teams at the Pan American Games can still make the Olympic Games through other qualifying events.

“I think that our team has come so far in the past six months and I think we’re in such a good spot right now preparing for the Pan American Games,” said Sharkey. “It’s exciting.”

This is not the first time Sharkey’s been a team captain. She served the same role for Wyoming Seminary in high school and Princeton in college.

The unique challenge this time around, though, includes having teammates like 18-year-old Mackenzie Allessie, who’s 11 years younger than Sharkey.

“The age gap is definitely more dramatic than it was in college or high school,” said Sharkey. “But I think our team is very close and despite the years between us, our team gets along very well and I feel connected to all of them.”

The USA is sending 16 players plus two alternates to the Pan American Games.

Ten of the 16 players on the Pan American Games roster are Pennsylvanians, including Grega, Dessoye and Sharkey.

“Both Anna and Danielle are younger than me, so I didn’t have too much overlap with them in high school or college,” said Sharkey. “But it’s always nice having teammates from the area on your team.”

Content Courtesy of Matt Bufano / The Citizens’ Voice

USFHA media release

‘Adapting to different coaching styles not difficult’

Reid believes that our finishing and defending have to improve, says Manpreet Singh

Shreedutta Chidananda

Manpreet Singh. File Photo Credit: Biswaranjan Rout

Over the last five years, the Indian men’s hockey team has had Australian, Dutch and homegrown coaches in charge, with the frequent changes at the helm now a matter of routine.

When Graham Reid was appointed in April this year, he became the team’s third coach in less than 12 months, after Sjoerd Marijne and Harendra Singh. Adapting to varying coaching styles and philosophies may appear to be a tough task for players, but Manpreet Singh disagrees.

“It’s not difficult at all,” the Indian captain says.

“Whenever a [foreign] coach comes to India he tries to see what India’s best qualities are and he wants to retain them. So far, we’ve never found it hard to adjust to any coach. Because coaches adapt to the team they have; they don’t have one fixed style they impose on all teams. They always take their time and see what they have to do. It’s the same with Graham.”

Reid has sought to make the most of India’s attacking strengths while building on the defence, states Manpreet.

“Graham has been watching India for some time. He’s not trying to change much. He believes that our finishing and our defending have to improve. He sees that we are good at attacking and counter-attacking. We have quick forwards; so his idea is for us to move the ball forward as quickly as possible. The higher up the pitch we play, the better it is for us,” he says, after a training session at the SAI here.

Working with Reid has apparently been enjoyable. “He’s a friendly man,” says Manpreet. “He talks to all of us. He spends time with us off the field too.”

India will travel to Japan next month, for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Test Event, before preparing for the all-important Olympic qualifiers, to be played in October-November.

The identity of India’s opponent in the two-legged affair is not yet known but Manpreet is not worried.

“I know it’s a matter of qualifying for the Olympics but we shouldn’t come under pressure,” he says.


“We just want to play our best hockey. If we are at our best, we can beat any team in the world.

“We are not worried about who our opponent is going to be. No matter who we play, we are confident we can win.”

The Hindu

CTM Premier League opening weekend offers tantalising start

The fourth edition of the South African CTM Premier Hockey League gets underway on Thursday at the Randburg Astro with a few tantalising match ups, new look teams and of course some new coaches guiding the various teams. With world class coverage from SuperSport, the CTM PHL promises to raise the game once again.

The opening day offers supporters the tantalising prospect of repeats of the 2019 finals with first the Blyde River Bunters taking on the Madikwe Rangers before the Drakensberg Dragons play the two-time silver medallists the Addo Elephants. The early opportunity for the runners up of 2018 to get one up on their victors of the prior year is the definite highlight of the first day of action.

Another change in 2019 is that the opening weekend sees the double fixtures. With teams needing to hit the ground running it will be imperative for the experienced players to hit the ground running and the unknown factor that comes with the “New Generation” pool of players drafted offers an exciting prospect.

In the men’s tournament the Dragons feature four players from the successful FIH Hockey Series Finals in India and along with the signings of the experienced duo of Ignatius Malgraff and Miguel da Graca on paper they look a very tough team to beat. The Maropeng Cavemen, winners in 2016 and 2017, will look to try and reclaim their crown with addition of Dayaan Cassiem a major boost for them. The Golden Gate Gladiators will once again be the South African U21 side and it will be the first opportunity for Neville Rothman to see how his team will fare.

In the women’s tournament the Blyde River Bunters look a fantastic side already with Phumelela Mbande, Celia Evans, Marizen Marais and Izelle Verster featuring from the most recent Supergroup South Africa squad. With Marcelle Keet in charge they also have a fantastic coach who will look to continue her brilliant start as a head coach last year. The St. Lucia Lakers will be a massive threat with the superb spine of Erin Hunter, Kara Botes, Tegan Fourie, Lilian du Plessis and Quanita Bobbs. While you can also not right off Shaun Hulley’s Orange River Rafters, the 2017 champions, with Cheree Greyvenstein and Dirkie Chamberlain the outstanding names.

The 2019 CTM Premier Hockey league will be played over three weekends culminating in the final taking place on 4 August. For more information on the CTM Premier Hockey League you can follow on the website www.premierhockeyleague.co.za

SA Hockey Association media release

EuroHockey Junior Championship Men 2019 - Day 3
Valencia, Spain


16 Jul 2019 20:00     ESP v POL (Pool A)         6 - 1
16 Jul 2019 20:00     ENG v BEL (Pool A)     1 - 1

Fixtures (GMT +2)

17 Jul 2019 09:00     AUT v FRA (Pool B)
17 Jul 2019 11:15     GER v NED (Pool B)

18 Jul 2019 09:00     BEL v POL (Pool A)
18 Jul 2019 11:15     AUT v GER (Pool B)
18 Jul 2019 17:45     NED v FRA (Pool B)
18 Jul 2019 20:00     ESP v ENG (Pool A)

Pool Standings

Pool A

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Spain 2 2 0 0 8 1 7 6
2 England 2 1 1 0 7 3 4 4
3 Belgium 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 1
4 Poland 2 0 0 2 3 12 -9 0

Pool B

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Netherlands 1 1 0 0 10 0 10 3
2 Germany 1 1 0 0 9 1 8 3
3 France 1 0 0 1 1 9 -8 0
4 Austria 1 0 0 1 0 10 -10 0

FIH Match Centre

EuroHockey Junior Championship Women 2019 - Day 4
Valencia, Spain


16 Jul 2019     RUS v FRA (Pool A)     3 - 2
16 Jul 2019     BEL v BLR (Pool B)         1 - 1
16 Jul 2019     GER v ENG (Pool B)     3 - 1

Fixtures (GMT +2)

17 Jul 2019 17:45     NED v RUS (Pool A)
17 Jul 2019 20:00     IRL v ESP (Pool A)

18 Jul 2019 09:00     ENG v BLR (Pool B)
18 Jul 2019 11:15     BEL v GER (Pool B)
18 Jul 2019 17:45     ESP v NED (Pool A)
18 Jul 2019 20:00     FRA v IRL (Pool A)

Pool Standings

Pool A

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Netherlands 2 2 0 0 11 1 10 6
2 Spain 2 2 0 0 7 3 4 6
3 Russia 3 2 0 1 6 6 0 6
4 Ireland 2 0 0 2 1 6 -5 0
5 France 3 0 0 3 3 12 -9 0

Pool B

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Germany 2 2 0 0 7 2 5 6
2 Belgium 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
3 England 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2 1
4 Belarus 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 1

FIH Match Centre

Women defeated, men draw with Belgium in U21s Euros

Photo credit - Frank Uijlenbroek / World Sport Pics

Having seen both teams record positive results in their opening matches of the U21s European Championship, England’s men recorded an encouraging 1-1 draw against a talented Belgium side whilst the women’s team fell to a 3-1 defeat to Germany in their second day of action.

The women’s team were the first of the England sides to take to the field, coming against a strong German outfit that had defeated Belarus 4-1 in their previous game.

Germany opened the scoring within the first five minutes of the game as good wing play saw the ball flashed across goal where Maren Kiefer got a touch to take it into the roof of the net.

The lead was doubled just before the end of the first quarter as Naomi Heyn knocked the ball past Miriam Pritchard in goal following a driven pass into the D.

Finding themselves two down at the half-time break, England regrouped and went toe to toe with the German’s in the second-half as both sides battled to find the target.

Holly Munro’s strike on goal from a penalty corner was well stopped by the German goalkeeper as England looked to get themselves back in the game.

England were to be rewarded for their endeavour as Nicole Bowen got a decisive touch to divert the ball over the German ‘keeper following a well worked penalty corner routine with five minutes left on the clock to halve Germany’s lead.

However, whilst pressing for a late equaliser, England were caught on the counter-attack by a ruthless German side who added gloss to the final score by tucking the ball in with less than ten seconds remaining to end the game at 3-1.

Alex Malzer v GER U21s Euros

The men’s team faced a stern test coming against a powerful Belgium side and found themselves 1-0 down at half-time after Dylan Englebert’s field goal.

England rallied in the second-half and were able to restore parity with just over 15 minutes remaining as Zach Wallace scored his third goal in two games at the competition.

Wallace’s leveller ensured the final quarter would be a tense one as both teams pushed on to try and take maximum points, however, despite chances being created, neither side could find a way through to take the victory as the result remained 1-1 at the final whistle.

Next up, England’s women will face Belarus on Thursday 18th July at 8am BST whilst the men will take on Spain at 7pm BST on the same day.

England Hockey Board Media release

EuroHockey Junior Championship II (Men) 2019 - Day 3
Plzeň Litice, Czech Republic


16 Jul 2019     BLR v TUR (Pool A)     0 - 4
16 Jul 2019     CZE v IRL (Pool A)         0 - 8

Fixtures (GMT +2)

17 Jul 2019 11:15     SCO v ITA (Pool B)
17 Jul 2019 13:30     POR v RUS (Pool B)
17 Jul 2019 15:45     IRL v TUR (Pool A)
17 Jul 2019 18:00     BLR v CZE (Pool A)

Pool Standings

Pool A

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Ireland 2 2 0 0 11 1 10 6
2 Turkey 2 2 0 0 7 1 6 6
3 Belarus 2 0 0 2 1 7 -6 0
4 Czech Republic 2 0 0 2 1 11 -10 0

Pool B

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Scotland 2 2 0 0 11 3 8 6
2 Italy 2 1 0 1 8 4 4 3
3 Russia 2 1 0 1 6 7 -1 3
4 Portugal 2 0 0 2 1 12 -11 0

FIH Match Centre

Magic eight sees Under-21 men through to Euros semis

Ireland have won two from two in the Czech Republic

The Irish Under-21 men were in ruthless form as they smashed their Czech Republic hosts 8-0 in Litice to guarantee their safe passage through to the EuroHockey Junior Championships II semi-finals.

Matthew Crookshanks started the goal-rush in the 11th minute when he slapped home after Callum Robson teed him up with a quickly-taken free.

Mark Samuel made it two when he turned home at the near post from a right-wing attack, the first of four quickfire goals in the second quarter.

Conor Empey was head of the queue to add a third when Robson intercepted a long clearance on halfway and his speedy run made for a huge overload in the circle.

Robson smashed home his own goal in the 21st minute from a narrow angle and Ben Johnson stretched the lead to 5-0 before half-time.

The third quarter was scoreless but three further goals came in the last 10 minutes stretched out the victory to eight. Empey scored from the penalty spot, Crookshanks coolly finished off a pitch length counter-attack and Guy Sarratt whipped in a corner.

It moved Ireland top of the group on goal difference ahead of next opponents Turkey and they will stay there with a draw or better on Wednesday against (2.45pm, Litice).

Despite not playing, the women’s Under-21s, however, saw their chances of staying in the A division take a hit as Russia beat France.

Ireland are back in action on Wednesday but need to beat both Spain on Wednesday (7pm, Valencia) and France in their remaining group games to have any chance of beating the drop.

The Volvo Six Nations in Eindhoven returns to action, too, on Wednesday with Germany the opposition for the Irish Under-18 and 16 boys and girls.

Men’s Under-21 EuroHockey Championships II, Pool A: Ireland 8 (M Crookshanks 2, C Empey 2, M Samuel, C Robson, B Johnson, G Sarratt) Czech Republic 0

Wednesday fixtures


Under-21 EuroHockey Championships, Pool A: Ireland v Spain, Valencia, 7pm
Under-18 Girls: Ireland v Germany, 12.40pm, Eindhoven
Under-16 Girls: Ireland v Germany, 10.20am, Eindhoven


Under-21 EuroHockey Championships II, Pool A: Ireland v Turkey, Litice, 2.45pm
Under-18 Boys: Ireland v Germany, 2pm, Eindhoven
Under-16 Boys: Ireland v Germany, 3.40pm, Eindhoven

The Hook

EuroHockey Junior Championship II (Women) 2019 - Day 3
Alanya, Turkey


16 Jul 2019     POL v ITA (Pool A)         0 - 0
16 Jul 2019     UKR v TUR (Pool A)     7 - 1

17 Jul 2019     SCO v AUT (Pool B)     1 - 0
17 Jul 2019     WAL v CZE (Pool B)     2 - 0

Fixtures (GMT +3)

17 Jul 2019 15:45     UKR v POL (Pool A)
17 Jul 2019 18:00     ITA v TUR (Pool A)

Pool Standings

Pool A

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Ukraine 2 2 0 0 9 2 7 6
2 Turkey 2 1 0 1 2 7 -5 3
3 Italy 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1
4 Poland 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 1

Pool B

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Scotland 3 2 1 0 3 0 3 7
2 Wales 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 4
3 Czech Republic 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3
4 Austria 3 0 0 3 1 4 -3 0

FIH Match Centre

Grand Finalists Decided at Under-21’s Australian Championships

Zoe Lorenzin

The grand finalists at the Under-21’s Australian Championships in Lismore have been decided, with both the men’s and women’s gold-medal matches to be decided later today.

In the Women’s Under-21 Championship game, Victoria will take on Queensland at 1:20pm.

Victoria beat out Western Australia in the first preliminary final, coming back in the last quarter to score two penalty goals and finish ahead 2-1.

Queensland had an easier time in their preliminary final against South Australia, easily coming out on top 2-0, with a goal in each of the second and third quarters.

Victoria’s Emily Hamilton-Smith and Queensland’s Ruby Harris both sit atop the goal scoring table with five goals each.

With both teams finishing with three wins from three in their respective pools, the final should prove to be an exciting deciding match.

In the Men’s Under-21 final, Victoria will face off against New South Wales, to be played at 3:30pm.

In their thrilling preliminary final against Western Australia, Victoria took a comfortable lead early on, but two quick goals from Western Australia levelled the field at three-quarter time.

The last quarter was played in exciting style, with Western Australia scoring another two goals, forcing Victoria to fight for the win.

However, Victoria proved too dominant, scoring three final quarter goals and going on to win the match 5-4.

Victorian Patrick Coates starred on the field with three field goals and sits comfortably atop the leading goal scorers with 11 goals.

Meanwhile New South Wales easily won their preliminary final against South Australia, 6-1.

Despite scores sitting even at half time, NSW were never really challenged and scored another five goals in the second half to claim the win.

With NSW edging out Victoria in the Pool B competition, this final will be one to watch.

You can follow the matches and catch the results on Hockey Australia’s Twitter Page or at www.hockeyaustralia.altiusrt.com.

Hockey Australia would like to once again thank Destination NSW and Hockey NSW for their support in making this event possible.

Hockey Australia media release

Thornbury hockey club to fold unless coach can be found

By Huw Mabe

Thornbury Hockey Club in action last year

A South Gloucestershire hockey club in England is set to fold unless they can find a new coach by September.

Thornbury Juniors Hockey Club are in need of a coach to take training at the Castle School.

A post on the Castle School's Facebook page said: "Lots of our students play for Thornbury and it would be a real shame if this were to happen."

The team trains on Monday evenings during the winter and spring terms, and sometimes have matches on Sunday mornings.

Anyone interested should contact Miss Wichard, assistant head of PE at the Castle School, on 01454 862123.


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