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Men's Indoor Asia Cup Chonburi 2019 - Day 3 and 4
Chonburi (THA)


17 Jul 2019     PHI v BAN (Pool A)         0 - 9 (0 - 6)
17 Jul 2019     SGP v NEP (Pool B)     15 - 1 (8 - 0)
17 Jul 2019     TPE v KAZ (Pool B)         1 - 10 (1 - 6)
17 Jul 2019     THA v IRI (Pool A)         2 - 7 (1 - 5)

18 Jul 2019     UZB v KAZ (Pool B)     1 - 4 (1 - 1)

Fixtures (GMT +7)

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)

19 Jul 2019 11:20     TPE v UZB (Pool B)
19 Jul 2019 14:00     IRI v PHI (Pool A)
19 Jul 2019 17:20     KAZ v SGP (Pool B)
19 Jul 2019 20:00     THA v MAS (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 Iran 2 2 0 0 15 2 13 6
3 Thailand 2 1 0 1 12 8 4 3
4 Bangladesh 3 1 0 2 9 14 -5 3
5 Philippines 3 0 0 3 2 39 -37  

Pool B

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Kazakhstan 3 3 0 0 26 3 23 9
2 Singapore 3 2 0 1 19 4 15 6
3 Uzbekistan 3 2 0 1 16 7 9 6
4 Chinese Taipei 2 0 0 2 2 13 -11 0
5 Nepal 3 0 0 3 4 40 -36 0

FIH Match Centre

Bangladesh get maiden win in Indoor Hockey Asia Cup, beat Philippines 9-0

Mainul Islam Kaushik stole the show in the side's historic win as he struck a total of six goals, including five in the first half where Bangladesh led 6-0

Bangladesh's Russel Mahmud Jimmy in action during their Indoor Asia Cup Hockey match against Philippines in Thailand Wednesday AFC

Bangladesh clinched their first ever win in the Indoor Hockey Asia Cup in style after handing Philippines a colossal defeat of 9-0 in their third match in Chon Buri, Thailand Wednesday.

This is the first time Bangladesh are taking part in the six-a-side indoor format of Asia Cup but it was not a smooth journey at the beginning as they conceded a total of 14 goals without scoring any during their defeats in the first two matches against favorites Iran and Malaysia.

Mainul Islam Kaushik stole the show in the side's historic win as he struck a total of six goals, including five in the first half where Bangladesh led 6-0.

Russel Mahmud Jimmy netted a brace while Ashraful Islam added the other from a penalty corner.

With the win, Bangladesh kept their hope alive of playing the 5th or 7th-place deciding match after they conclude their group stage campaign against host Thailand at the same venue Thursday.

Dhaka Tribune

Women's Indoor Asia Cup Chonburi 2019 - Day 3 and 4
Chonburi (THA)


17 Jul 2019     PHI v NEP (Pool A)         2 - 3 (1 - 1)
17 Jul 2019     TPE v SGP (Pool B)         4 - 0 (3 - 0)
17 Jul 2019     IRI v KAZ (Pool A)         0 - 6 (0 - 3)
17 Jul 2019     MAS v THA (Pool B)     1 - 2 (0 - 2)

18 Jul 2019 11:20     UZB v KAZ (Pool A)     2 - 7 (0 - 2)

Fixtures (GMT +7)

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

19 Jul 2019 12:40     IRI v UZB (Pool A)
19 Jul 2019 16:00     KAZ v PHI (Pool A)
19 Jul 2019 18:40     THA v SGP (Pool B)

Pool Standings

Pool A

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Kazakhstan 3 3 0 0 21 2 19 9
2 Uzbekistan 3 2 0 1 22 7 15 6
3 Iran 3 2 0 1 10 7 3 6
4 Nepal 4 1 0 3 4 24 -20 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 2 2 0 0 10 1 9 6
2 Malaysia 2 1 0 1 5 2 3 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

Fixtures released for African Road to Tokyo Event

The fixtures for the African Road to Tokyo Event in Stellenbosch from the 12-18 August have been released today. The tournament which will decide who Africa’s representative at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 will be, so there is more than enough carrot ahead of the horse.

The opening game of the entire tournament, which features both the men’s and women’s tournaments, will see the Ghanaian women take on the ever-improving Zimbabwean side. Ghana are the second highest ranked nation at the tournament and will look to at a minimum to match their silver medal in the previous event. The two teams are in Pool B along with Uganda and Namibia who are looking to build on their showing in Spain at the FIH Open Series Finals.

For South African fans watching International hockey in Stellenbosch for the first time in a very long time, their first taste of the home favourites and defending champions will be when Supergroup South Africa take on the Nigerian women at 18:00 on the opening night. They will not have to wait long for the second serving as the South African Men will be in action on the same night against Nigeria as well. Both teams will be looking to get one back for Bafana Bafana at the recent AFCON.

The Supergroup South African women will be joined in pool B by Nigeria and Kenya with the top two teams progressing to the semi-finals on Saturday. The SA Hockey Men will be in Pool A alongside Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, while arch rivals Egypt headline Pool B along with Namibia, Zimbabwe and Uganda. Egypt will be heavily fancied to triumph in Pool B and know that this is their last realistic Olympic hope after their disappointing showing in FIH Hockey Series Final in France.

For coaches Garreth Ewing and Robin van Ginkel the tournament offers their first opportunities to lead their teams in competitive tournaments on home soil and will hope for the kind of support that was seen in 2017 at the FIH World League Semi-Finals in Johannesburg.

With the African Hockey game continuing to grow its fantastic to see an improved entry take on and the opportunity to develop more countries into competitive hockey. Ultimately the goal of the tournament, however, is in the name. Its all about the Road to Tokyo and on the 18 August one Men’s and one Women’s side will have earned their right to the Tokyo Olympic Games.

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SA Hockey Association media release

South African Hockey partner up with Tac Pulse

The South African Hockey Association are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with Tac Pulse as a sponsor for the CTM Premier Hockey League and the African Road to Tokyo Event in Stellenbosch.

As part of the sponsorship Tac Pulse will provide paramedical support to both events ensuring rapid medical intervention in the event of an injury to any of the players. Going a step further Tac Pulse have also agreed to have an ambulance available as well as a gazebo set up in case any members of the public require support.

With player and fan safety of optimum importance, the South African Hockey Association are delighted to have Tac Pulse Emergency Response Services on board. SA Hockey Association head of events, Josie Milella expressed her delight:

“We are delighted to welcome Tac Pulse on board. The safety of our players, coaches, officials and fans is of paramount importance and Tac Pulse Emergency Services bring a level of quality that allows us to rest easy. Now that they are protecting the bodies, we can focus on the hockey!”

For more information on Tac Pulse and their services offered, check out their website at https://www.tac-pulse.co.za/home/

SA Hockey Association media release

EuroHockey Junior Championship Men 2019 - Day 4
Valencia, Spain


17 Jul 2019     AUT v FRA (Pool B)     1 - 6
17 Jul 2019      GER v NED (Pool B)     1 - 2

Fixtures (GMT +2)

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 2 2 0 0 12 1 11 6
2 Germany 2 1 0 1 10 3 7 3
3 France 2 1 0 1 7 10 -3 3
4 Austria 2 0 0 2 1 16 -15  

FIH Match Centre

EuroHockey Junior Championship Women 2019 - Day 5
Valencia, Spain


17 Jul 2019     NED v RUS (Pool A)     9 - 0
17 Jul 2019     IRL v ESP (Pool A)         0 - 4

Fixtures (GMT +2)

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 3 3 0 0 20 1 19 9
2 Spain 3 3 0 0 11 3 8 9
3 Russia 4 2 0 2 6 15 -9 6
4 France 3 0 0 3 3 12 -9 0
5 Ireland 3 0 0 3 1 10 -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  

FIH Match Centre

Junior Green Army set for drop after loss to Spain

The Junior Green Army’s outside hopes of escaping the bottom three of the EuroHockey Junior Championships came to an end at the hands of the hosts as they fell 4-0 in Valencia.

Given the odd tournament format created by the extra team, it was always going to be a tough task with the bottom two in this five-team pool unable to escape the drop.

As such, the opening 1-0 defeat to Russia was the critical blow and while Ireland battled hard against the Dutch and the Spaniards, that late sucker-punch will provide the defining moment.

In their must-win date against an accomplished home side, Ireland carried the fight in the early stages with Michelle Barry and Niamh Carey’s neat interchanges earned a couple of corners, the latter of which saw Caitlin Sherin’s power-shot well blocked.

But the momentum was sucked out of them when Spain were awarded a hotly contested penalty stroke in the 14th minute for what looked a light enough stick-tackle at the edge of the circle. Laura Barrios converted and Ireland were chasing the game.

Isabel Zaldua’s powerful shot from their first corner gave the Spaniards an even big head start and they stayed two clear when Clara Perez somehow kept out Michelle Carey’s reverse with Barry lurking.

Spain, though, were the side playing with confidence and Liz Murphy needed to be on her game to keep out a volley of shots early in the second half.

Faint hope was extinguished, however, when Barrios struck the third with a rasping reverse in the 43rd minute.

Ireland went for broke in the last 15 minutes, going to 11 outfielders, but it looked to have backfired when Spain won a stroke. Murphy came back on and duly got a fingertip to keep out Barrios from the spot. Jane Kilpatrick saved another off the line with a ridiculous pick over her head.

The extra player did give overloads to win some corners but Spain took advantage of the lack of pads with nine minutes to go when Sara Barrios wriggled free and nudged the ball over the line for 4-0.

It means the top two semi-final places are out of reach while Russia are safe in third in the group and will playoff for fifth and sixth over the weekend.

As such, it will be a big job for the side to bounce back for two, possibly three, remaining games this week.

Ireland and Thursday opponents France – who are also relegated already – will play to decide who finishes fourth and fifth in the group.  The winner goes into the seventh-place playoff on Sunday, the loser will meet Belarus on Saturday in a game that decides who joins the seventh-eighth place playoff.

Women’s EuroHockey Junior Championships Pool A

Ireland 0 Spain 4 (L Barrios 2, I Zaldua, S Barrios)

Ireland: L Murphy, J Kilpatrick, K Fearon, S O’Brien, E Getty, L Foley, N Carey, H McLoughlin, C Perdue, E Markey, E Curran

Subs: J McMaster, M Carey, E Reid, C Hamill, M Barry, C Sherin, H Humphreys

Spain: C Perez, S Barrios, J Strappato, E Forte, F Amundson, C Amundson, P Alvarez, C Badia, P Fernandez, C Pineda

Subs: I Zaldua, L Bruguera, C Rodriguez, A Barba, B Agullo, L Vidosa, C Badia.

Pool standings (games played): 1. Netherlands (3) 9pts (+19) 2. Spain (3) 9ts (+8) 3. Russia (4) 6pts (-9) 4. France (3) 0pts (-9) 5. Ireland (3) 0pts (-9)

Thursday: Ireland v France, 7pm, Valencia

The Hook

EuroHockey Junior Championship II (Men) 2019 -  Day 4
Plzeň Litice, Czech Republic


17 Jul 2019     SCO v ITA (Pool B)         2 - 3
17 Jul 2019     POR v RUS (Pool B)     1 - 9
17 Jul 2019      IRL v TUR (Pool A)         7 - 1
17 Jul 2019     BLR v CZE (Pool A)         4 - 2

Fixtures (GMT +2)

19 Jul 2019 10:15     BLR v ITA (Pool C)
19 Jul 2019 12:30     CZE v POR (Pool C)
19 Jul 2019 14:45     IRL v SCO (Semi Final 1)
19 Jul 2019 17:00     RUS v TUR (Semi Final 2)

Pool Standings

Pool A

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Ireland 3 3 0 0 18 2 16 9
2 Turkey 3 2 0 1 8 8 0 6
3 Belarus 3 1 0 2 5 9 -4 3
4 Czech Republic 3 0 0 3 3 15 -12 0

Pool B

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Russia 3 2 0 1 15 8 7 6
2 Scotland 3 2 0 1 13 6 7 6
3 Italy 3 2 0 1 11 6 5 6
4 Portugal 3 0 0 3 2 21 -19 0

FIH Match Centre

Sarratt’s perfect hat-trick underpins big Irish win

Guy Sarratt’s perfect hat trick saw Ireland’s Under-21 easily top their EuroHockey Junior Championships II group with a 7-1 win over Turkey in Plzen Litice.

He netted from a penalty corner, a penalty stroke and from play as Denis Pritchard’s side continue to grow into the tournament, running up 18 goals in their three games to date.

David Mawhinney touched in the first goal after just 26 seconds before the Turks – who had already qualified for the semi-finals, too – had touched the ball as Alex Tinney’s direct ball from the back found Ali Empey who reversed into the circle for a lovely move.

Sarratt’s first goal arrived before three minutes were up before Turkey had a strong spell, winning five penalty corners in quick succession.

They could not find a way past Luke Roleston and the corner chargers as Ireland took a little while to refocus before going 3-0 ahead in the 14th minute via Callum Robson’s smash.

Mert Taskaya got one back from Turkey’s sixth corner but Ireland got over the temporary blip with Sarratt coverting a stroke. Ali Empey swept home the next after his older brother Conor’s first phase dart into the danger zone fell his way.

Like the 8-0 win over the Czech Republic, five first half goals were followed by none in the third quarter but Sarratt did complete his treble with a neat piece of skill to lay on the sixth goal with 10 minutes to go. Ben Johnson completed the rout with a drag-flick.

The win sets up a Friday semi-final date with Scotland who Ireland beat four times in their warm-up matches earlier this month – victory would guarantee promotion to the A division.

Men’s EuroHockey Junior Championships II, Pool A

Ireland 7 (G Sarratt 3, D Mawhinney, A Empey, C Robson, B Johnson) Turkey 1 (M Taskaya)

Ireland: L Roleston, G Sarratt, L Witherow, A Empey, C Robson, A Flynn, C Empey, M Samuel, D Mawhinney, H MacMahon, A Tinney

Subs: B Johnson, S McCabe B O’Grady, M Crookshanks, S Hyland, M Walker, J McCabe

Turkey: A Turna, A Ceker, M Elagoz, C Aydin, M Demirel, F Atas, M Taskaya, M Ekinci, K Donmez, M Kaya

Subs: I Bakar, S Aydogan, V Gurler, H Erdogan, N Cilkiz, M Keskin, E Durmus

Pool A standings: 1. Ireland 9pts (+9) 2. Turkey 6pts (+6) 3. Belarus 3pts (-4) 4. Czech Republic 0pts (-12)

The Hook

Scotland U21 Men qualify from Euros Pool despite defeat to Italy

Scotland U21 Men qualified for the next stage of Men’s U21 EuroHockey Championship II despite a 3-2 defeat to Italy. The Scots lost the match after a late comeback just fell short, and then a 9-1 win for Russia over Portugal meant Scotland came second in the Pool on goal difference.

Italy had a strong opening quarter and took the lead five minutes into the match when a low penalty corner by Manuel Mondo struck the backboard for 1-0.

The Italians had a number of penalty corner opportunities and prompted a great diving save low at the left post by Douglas Gourley.

Another penalty corner for the Italians saw the score go to 2-0 as the first quarter neared an end. Mondo again picked his spot in the bottom left corner to double their lead.

Early in the second quarter Italy was awarded another penalty corner and it resulted in their third goal. This time Pietro Lago deflected the ball into the roof of the net for 3-0, which was how it finished at half time.

Scotland played their way back into the contest in the third quarter but found the Italian defence stubborn and difficult to break down. Then, they pulled one back. A penalty corner routine saw Cammy Golden flick the ball low into the net to make it 3-1.

Then in the final quarter the Scots scored again – a second for Golden. The forward forced the ball home at the second attempt from a penalty corner to pull it back to 3-2.

The Scots battled to the end but Italy held on for the win. Scotland still finished second in the Pool on goal difference and qualify for the next stage of Men’s U21 EuroHockey Championship II in Plzen Litice.

Scotland U21 Men’s Head Coach Graham Moodie said, “It’s disappointing not to top the Pool but you can’t take anything away from Italy today. In the first ten minutes we didn’t carry out all the things we’ve been talking about.

“The second half was much more positive for us, and it is pleasing how clinical we were in our finishing. The players battled back from three goals down but we gave ourselves a tough mountain to climb and lost the match.”

Scottish Hockey Union media release

EuroHockey Junior Championship II (Women) 2019 - Day 4
Alanya, Turkey


17 Jul 2019 09:00     SCO v AUT (Pool B)     1 - 0
17 Jul 2019 11:15     WAL v CZE (Pool B)     3 - 0
17 Jul 2019 15:45     UKR v POL (Pool A)     7 - 4
17 Jul 2019 18:00     ITA v TUR (Pool A)       4 - 1

Fixtures (GMT +3)

19 Jul 2019 09:00     POL v AUT (Pool C)
19 Jul 2019 11:15     TUR v CZE (Pool C)
19 Jul 2019 15:45     UKR v SCO (Semi Final 1)
19 Jul 2019 18:00     WAL v ITA (Semi Final 2)

Pool Standings

Pool A

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Ukraine 3 3 0 0 16 6 10 9
2 Italy 3 1 1 1 5 3 2 4
3 Turkey 3 1 0 2 3 11 -8 3
4 Poland 3 0 1 2 4 8 -4 1

Pool B

Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Wales 3 2 1 0 4 0 4 7
2 Scotland 3 2 1 0 3 0 3 7
3 Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 2 6 -4 3
4 Austria 3 0 0 3 1 4 -3 0

FIH Match Centre

Scotland U21 Women beat Austria to qualify for next stage in Alanya

Scotland U21 Women beat Austria 1-0 to qualify for the next round of Women’s U21 EuroHockey Championship II in Alanya, Turkey. A Lexi Sabatelli goal was the difference as the Scots clocked their third clean sheet in a row in the tournament.

Scotland struck an early goal, which set the tone for the contest. Kat Booth did well in the build-up; she had a shot rebound to her before adjusting her feet and picking out Lexi Sabatelli, who struck the ball first time scored to make it 1-0 after eight minutes.

The Scots were on top for the first half before going down to ten players with five minutes of the quarter remaining. An Austrian onslaught began but Scotland looked comfortable with a deep defence. Jess Buchanan made an outstanding save at her top right corner; a shot from the top of the D glanced off a stick and Buchanan managed to get to the ball and touch it over the bar. Scotland retained their lead at half time.

Eve Pearson came close to adding a second for Scotland in the third quarter; she dribbled into the D from the right, and her shot beat the goalkeeper all ends up, but the ball crashed against the post and bounced clear.

Lunjika Nyirenda forced the goalkeeper into making a good save as Scotland threatened towards the end of the match, but the match ended 1-0 and put Scotland into the next round.

Scotland U21 Women Head Coach Neil Menzies said, “We’re really pleased with the result and to have qualified for the next round. Having three clean sheets is also really pleasing, we’re dealt really well with what’s been thrown at us so far in the tournament.

“It was a good game and we were clearly on top for good periods of play. There were times where we needed a deep defence but we’ve been defending really well. We’re can look forward to the next round now.”

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Champions Decided at the Under-21’s Australian Championships

Zoe Lorenzin

New South Wales and Queensland have been crowned Australian Champions at the Under-21 Championships which concluded in Lismore on Wednesday.

In the men’s competition, NSW beat out Victoria 2-1 in the final to claim the gold medal.

Victoria opened the scoring in the first quarter with a field goal from Craig Marais, before NSW responded with their own in the second quarter from Sam Gray.

A penalty goal from Ky Willott in the third quarter saw NSW take the lead, which they then held on to until the end.

In the men’s bronze medal match, WA easily claimed the victory over SA, winning 4-0.

In the women’s grand final, it was Queensland that took the win over Victoria, 2-1.

Queensland took the lead early on with two penalty goals in the second quarter, one each from Jade Smith and Morgan Mathison, allowing them to lead 2-0 at half time.

Victoria responded with a penalty goal of their own from Madison Scott in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to secure the win.

In the women’s bronze medal match, it was once again WA who claimed the bronze medal over SA, 1-0.

Queensland claimed the men’s Play the Whistle award, while the women’s Play the Whistle award was won by the ACT.

All results and match information can be found at Hockey Australia’s Twitter Page and also at https://hockeyaustralia.altiusrt.com/competitions.

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

Dutch defeat for battling England U18 Boys

Action from England U18 Boys at the Six Nations Tournament. Credit gpfoto.ie

After a strong first half performance England Under-18 Boys lost out 3-2 to hosts The Netherlands at the Six Nations Tournament in Eindhoven on Wednesday afternoon.

After an even first half England took the lead through a Tom Stevenson field goal on 21 minutes. Good pressure enabled England to push into the D and after scrappy defence he tidied up with a great shot.

However, The Netherlands came out fighting for the third quarter, and levelled on 33 minutes after a penalty corner breakdown. They took the lead five minutes later from open play before making it 3-1 with a 44th minute penalty corner.

England managed to dig in and stem the flow of goals from the hosts, and pulled one back on 47 minutes through Tom Moorhouse after some good interplay saw him set free in the D.

Head Coach Jody Paul said afterwards: “It was a really good first half but we unfortunately let ourselves down in the third quarter. But the boys proved to themselves that they could pick themselves back up, and at least got one goal back in the last quarter.”

Germany awaits England in their next match on Friday, starting at 1.20pm UK time.

England U18 Boys 2 (1)
Netherlands U18 Boys 3 (0)

England Hockey Board Media release

Applications open for England & GB Assistant Coaches

Russell Garcia (L) and Danny Kerry

England and Great Britain (GB) Hockey is looking to appoint two exceptional assistant coaches (one per gender) to support the ongoing development and performance of the men’s and senior women’s GB teams.

The posts will be appointed on a contract basis and will be required to support training and competition in the lead up to, and including, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

For more information click here.

Great Britain Hockey media release

Namibia's Mini World Cup hockey festival continues to nurture young talent at a grassroots level

WINDHOEK - Namibia will host a developmental Russel Bartlet Mini World Cup hockey festival in Windhoek aimed at nurturing hockey skills of children at primary school level from July 19 to 20 in Windhoek.

The tournament now in its 17th year has developed into one of the top developmental hockey tournaments in the south-western African country as it targets children between the ages of 10 to 14, said the tournament's Manager of Public relations, Isack Hamata at the launch and sponsorship announcement on Wednesday.

Hamata said schools from all over Namibia enter as a country and the event is based on a World Cup or Olympic Games competition where teams represent a nominated country.

"For this year, 10 schools from all over Namibia are taking part in this event," he added.

Hamata said the benefits of sport to young people are numerous and have been told repeatedly.

"Studies have shown that children who play sports perform better at school. It is also within the sport that peer status and peer acceptance is established and developed," he added.

Last year the festival saw a large turnout of more than 500 children in action with the participating schools representing various countries as has become a tradition in the Mini World Cup.


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