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News for 22 September 2019

All the news for Sunday 22 September 2019

Canterbury secure their sixth title while Tasman earn their first

The Canterbury Beavers have secured their sixth National Seniors title with a hard fought 3-1 win over a determined North Harbour side. North Harbour hit the front early before the Beavers managed to tie the game up just before the half.

The Floyd Shield was taken home for the first time by Tasman after they came from behind to finish strongly against the Tauranga/Bop side. In front of a jubilant home crowd the Tasman Women managed to overcome this as they would produce an outstanding and composed performance.

The Auckland Men will contest the battle of the bridge with Tiger Turf North Harbour for the Challenge Shield on Sunday afternoon in Tauranga. The two sides met earlier in the tournament where Auckland came away 2-0 winners.

Tiger Turf North Harbour Women have joined their Men in qualifying for the 2019 NHL Final. They will contest the K Cup final against a confident Mark Cromie Motor Group Northland side.

Day 7 Men’s Results

Bayleys Midlands took on the Southern Dogs in the final match of pool play before the finals begin. Midlands would eventually fall to Southern 2-1; the Midlands loss means they will play Tasmania for 7th and 8tht omorrow while the Southern Dogs will take on John Turkington Forestry Central Mavericks in the 5th and 6th match.

Southern Dogs 2 (Nick Ross 6 min, Kieran O’Connor 53 min)
Bayleys Midlands 1 (Frithjof de Jong 36 min)

Tiger Turf North Harbour have booked their place in the 2019 Challenge shield final with a gutsy come from behind 2-1 win over Canterbury in a match that was a virtual semifinal with the winner progressing to Sundays final.

Tiger Turf North Harbour 2 (Mitch Hayde 37 min, George Muir 45 min)
Canterbury 1 (David Brydon 17 min)

The John Turkington Forestry Central Mavericks have held their nerve to close out Tasmania in a penalty shootout. The loss means that Tasmania will battle Bayleys Midlands where they will try and avoid the wooden spoon at the 2019 Ford NHL. Central will now turn their sights to a rematch with Southern where they will attempt to repeat their 4-2 win from earlier in the tournament.

John Turkington Forestry Central Mavericks 2 (Sam Hiha 4 min, Dylan Thomas 26 min)
Tasmania 2 (Brenton Watson 18 min, Hayden Beltz 50 min)
*Central Won the Shootout 2-1

The Auckland Men have finished off the top 4 pool play with a convincing 4-2 win over the Ricoh Capital Cobras. Heading into the match Auckland knew they were guaranteed a place in Sundays final, the Auckland side was able to play with freedom and try some different combinations throughout the match. Capital will shift their attention to Canterbury whom they will battle for the bronze medal.

Ricoh Capital Cobras 2 (Kurt Lovett 22, 53 min)
Auckland 4 (Hamish McGeorge 7, 46 min, Kim Kingstone 10 min, Shae Iswar 16 min)

Day 7 Women’s Results

The Bayleys Midlands Women have continued their fine form over the second half of the week with another comprehensive victory. The Ricoh Capital Women threw everything they could at the Midlands side but ultimately came up short. Bayleys Midlands will look to continue their fine form against Auckland on Sunday in a repeat of the match from earlier in the tournament where Midlands came away 5-0 winners. The Ricoh Capital Women will now shift their focus to the Southern Women where both sides will be eager to avoid last place at the tournament.

Bayleys Midlands 4 (Shiloh Gloyn 2, 49 min, Agui Mornoi 3 min, Gemma McCaw 60 min)
Ricoh Capital 0

Tiger Turf North Harbour Women have fallen to Canterbury 1-0 in a tight battle on Saturday afternoon. Despite the loss the North Harbour side has still qualified for the final as they had the superior goal differential. Canterbury has fallen agonizingly close to making the final as they missed out by one goal. North Harbour will now take on Mark Cromie Motor Group Northland for the right to be crowned the 2019 K Cup Champions. Canterbury will contest the bronze medal match against the John Turkington Forestry Central Mavericks.

Tiger Turf North Harbour 0
Canterbury 1 (Sophie Cocks 18 min)

The Mark Cromie Motor Group Northland side have held their composure to close out the John Turkington Forestry Central Mysticks 2-1 in a bruising encounter which had big reprocussions on the remainder of the tournament. Northland will take on Tiger Turf North Harbour in the final while Central will fight it out with Canterbury for the bronze.

Mark Cromie Motor Group Northland 2 (Jess Pilmer 3 min, Stacey Michelsen 38 min)
John Turkington Forestry Central Mysticks 1 (Hope Ralph 25 min)

The final match of the afternoon for the NHL has seen the Auckland Women hold off a confident Southern side. Southern came so close to ending their four year winning drought but ran into a 59th minute Deanna Ritchie goal that sealed the win for the Auckland side.

Auckland 3 (Julia King 34 min, Liz Thompson 42 min, Deanna Ritchie 59 min
Southern 2 (Brooke Eddie 26 min, Ellie Duncan 50 min)

Live Steaming Matches for Sunday 22

10:00am Women’s NHL John Turkington Central Mysticks vs Canterbury
12:00pm Men’s NHL Ricoh Capital Cobras vs Canterbury
2:00pm Women’s K Cup Final – Tiger Turf North Harbour vs Mark Cromie Motor Group Northland
4:15pm Men’s Challenge Shield Final – Tiger Turf North Harbour vs Auckland

Hockey New Zealand Media release

ROUND-UP: Men's Hockey League

Newly-promoted Old Georgians produced an emphatic performance to win 4-3 at reigning champions Hampstead & Westminster in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Toby Roche gave Hampstead the lead in the third minute after netting from open play.

But England ace Sam Ward levelled the game for the away side in the 12th minute before Rupert Shipperley added Hampstead & Westminster’s second.

Tom Carson hit back for Georgians in the 19th before Ward gave the away side the lead three minutes later from free play.

Sam French added the home side’s third in the 41st minute but it was in vain as goals from James Tindall and Sam Ward secured a memorable win for Old Georgians.

East Grinstead won 5-3 at home to Brooklands MU.

Goals from Matthew Blood, Chris Griffiths (2), Simon Faulkner and Ben Mackey were enough to secure all three points for the home side.

Aidan Khares, Eddie Way and Richard Slater were the goalscorers for Brooklands.

Surbiton produced a good home display, beating Beeston 4-2.

Tom Sorsby gave the home side the lead in the 15th minute with a goal from open play before Alan Forsyth doubled their advantage in the 38th.

Richard Lawrence hit back from Beeston a minute later before Ben Boon made it 31 from a penalty corner in the 45th minute.

Henry Croft gave the away side hope with six minutes left with a goal from open play, but Zach Wallace sealed the win for Surbiton in the last minute from free play.

And in the day’s late match Holcombe secured a 2-0 win at the University of Exeter, with first half strikes from Nick Bandurak after four and 23 minutes proving enough to take the win and remain unbeaten.

England Hockey Board Media release

ROUND-UP: Investec Women's Hockey League

Clifton’s Kitty Chapple breaks out of defence. Credit Peter Smith

Top flight newcomers Loughborough Students picked up their first points of the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division campaign with a strong 5-1 victory over East Grinstead.

Sophie Byrne gave them the lead in the 14th minute from a penalty corner before Chloe Brown hit back in the same fashion for East Grinstead two minutes later.

Lucy Millington retook the lead for Loughborough in the 17th minute from open play and Izzy Petter made it 3-1 four minutes later.

Lizzie Neal added another from a penalty stroke in the 50th and Jen Park topped off the performance in the 64th minute as Loughborough Students held out to claim the points.

Hampstead & Westminster currently top the table after securing a 3-0 win at home to the University of Birmingham.

Lily Owsley, Meg Byas and Hayley Turner all hit the back of the net in the first half to secure the three points for the home side.

Surbiton made it two wins from two as they won 3-0 at home to Beeston.

Giselle Ansley gave Surbiton the lead in the 10th minute before a quick-fire brace from Hannah Martin was enough to secure the victory.

Elsewhere, Clifton Robinsons came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory at home to Holcombe.

Lorna Cruickshank gave Holcombe the lead in the second minute with a goal from open play.

Livvie Hopkisson levelled for the home side in the eighth minute before Phoebe Richards netted the winner in the 10th minute.

Bowdon Hightown and Buckingham played out a 1-1 draw to both secure one point apiece.

Eloise Laity netted for Buckingham in the 17th minute before Beth Alexander levelled the affair in the 65th minute with a goal from a penalty corner.

England Hockey Board Media release

Johor have plans to stop Police


Terengganu’s Akhimullah Anuar Esook (second from right) tries to get past Kuala Lumpur players in yesterday’s Razak Cup match in Bukit Jalil. PIC BY SYARAFIQ
JOHOR coach Sarjit Singh is wary of the threat Baljit Singh Sarjab Singh could bring when his side take on Police in today’s Razak Cup Division One match in Bukit Jalil.

Sarjit’s side caused a major upset on Friday when his young team defeated defending champions Perak 3-1.

A win over Police will guarantee them a semi-final spot from Group A with a match in hand against Melaka.

“We need to stop Baljit tomorrow (today).

“I coached him during the 2005 Junior World Cup and also in local tournaments in the past. He is good in scoring from penalty corners,” said Sarjit.

However, Sarjit knows Baljit’s flicking style very well and has plans to stop him.

“We gave away eight penalty corners to Perak but defended well to win the match. However, we can't afford to give away unnecessary corners tomorrow. Baljit will punish us if we do,” said Sarjit.

Baljit almost single-handedly took Police into Division One by scoring nine goals from penalty corners in the Division Two competition last year.

“We want to win this match and qualify for the semi-finals early to avoid any pressure going into our final group match,” he added.

RESULTS — Men’s Division One, Group B: Kuala Lumpur 3 Terengganu 2, Pahang 3 Penang 3.

Women: Penang 0 Johor 4, Police 1 Kuala Lumpur 1.

TODAY — Men's Division One, Group A: Johor v Police (Pitch 2, 6pm), Perak v Melaka (Pitch 1, 8pm).

Division Two: Kedah v Armed Forces (Pitch 1, 4pm), Kelantan v Negri Sembilan (Pitch 2, 4pm), Selangor v Perlis (Ptich 1, 6pm).

Women: Malacca v Selangor (Pitch 1, 8am), Armed Forces v Terengganu (NHS 2, 8am).

* All matches at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

New Straits Times

Syarman hopes to get his act right in Razak Cup

THT's Faizal Saari (left) controlling the ball away from TNB's Syarman Mat Tee during their semi-final 1 match at the Tun Razak Hockey Stadium yesterday. IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star. February 26, 2019.

KUALA LUMPUR: Youngster Syarman Mat Tee (pic) wants to raise his game a notch higher for Terengganu in the Razak Cup to win a place in the Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor Baru from Oct 12-19.

He hopes to get his act right after being dropped from the men’s indoor hockey team for the Philippines SEA Games.

Syarman said he took his place in the team for granted and suffered the consequences.

“I was bitterly disappointed when I did not make the indoor hockey team. It was a wake-up call for me,” said Syarman.

“I’ve to perform well and give my best in training and tournaments to impress the selectors.

“My goal now is to help Terengganu reach the semi-finals in the Razak Cup,” said Syarman, who guided his school Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) Thunderbolt to bag a double – the league and overall titles last month.

Syarman, who helped Malaysia win their first-ever gold in the Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina last October, hopes to make the trip to Johor.

“The national selectors are using the Razak Cup to call up players for the tournament in Johor,” said Syarman.

Terengganu, who finished as the runners-up in the last two editions, however, failed to impress yesterday when they went down 2-3 to Kuala Lumpur in the Group B match at the national Hockey stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Syarman and Co will have to bounce back against Penang today to keep their hopes alive for a place in the semi-finals. Terengganu will wrap their group fixtures against Pahang on Tuesday.

The Star of Malaysia

Lakers score twice to hold Kenyatta University

By Washington Onyango

Kenyan international Alice Owiti scored two last minute goals as Lakers Hockey Club fought from two goals down to hold relegation threatened Kenyatta University 2-2 in an entertaining KHU Women Premier League match at Jomo Kenyatta Sportsground, Kisumu ,yesterday.

Miriam Mwangi had given the visitors the lead three minutes after the start from a well taken short corner before Monica Kitui doubled the scores for the university students as coach Richard Wandera was staring at their first win of the season.

However, Owiti who is fresh from representing Kenya during the Africa Field Hockey 2020 Olympic qualifiers in South Africa pulled a goal back through a short corner at the end of the third quarter.

The Masinde Muliro University student would then save Lakers from what could have been a first home loss by netting her second goal from a well taken short corner.

Speaking after the match, head coach Austin Tuju urged his girls to improve on their game speed after conceding two goals during the first 20 minutes.

“We started very slowly and allowed the opponents some free space which they capitalized on to hurt us. However, we did not give up and fought back despite missing our key defenders. Our focus now shifts to our next match against Strathmore University,” Tuju said.

Lakers went into the match without their star goalkeeper Millicent Adhiambo of Sinyolo Girls and defender Vivian Onyango and the draw saw them remain fourth with 12 points.

Wandera on his side said he is disappointed with the draw and called upon his players to defend well during their next matches.

“We lost our two goal advantage due to short corners which we did not defend well. Throughout the game the ladies played extremely well and we were unlucky not to register our first win. However, our plan still remains the same, not to lose all the remaining matches,” he said.

At the same grounds, Kenyatta University ended Kisumu Youngsters three match winning streak after beating them 2-0 in the Kenya Hockey Union men’s super league match of the day. 

The Standard Digital

SA Hockey Women’s Squad named

The SA Hockey Association are pleased to announce the SA Womens 2019/2020 Squad as coach Robin van Ginkel prepares for the next period of his reign.

The squad selected features 41 players that impressed selectors at the August IPT in Bloemfontein. The Final was contested by Northern Blues and Southern Gauteng, with tournament top player Celia Evans included in van Ginkel’s squad along with fiver of her team mates. A further three players that were exempt from the IPT for either medical or academic purposes are also included.

Although the immediate focus of the squad is the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, there is an added focus on building a squad capable of competing in the build up to and including the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, the FIH Hockey World Cup and the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Van Ginkel has continued his blend of youth and experience with the likes of Dirkie Chamberlain, Lisa Deetlefs, Lilian du Plessis and Quanita Bobbs in the squad, the youngsters will have players who have played in the biggest tournaments to look up to and learn from.

There are also a host of youngsters including Mishka Ellis, Edith Molikoe and Nepo Serage, who should they impress and make a final tournament squad, will be in line to earn their first caps for their country. What is certain is that it is an exciting time for the African Champions.

SA Hockey Association media release

Subahan criticises AHF

By Jugjet Singh

Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal. - NSTP/ NURUL SHAFINA JEMENON.

MALAYSIAN Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal has blasted the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) for their failure in protecting the continent’s interest in the sport.

Subahan, who will not seek re-election for the top post at MHC’s elections on Nov 16 if Malaysia fail to qualify for next year’s Tokyo Olympics, said: “The AHF have not been protecting Asia’s interest, and this is why teams in this continent are lagging. “Teams in Asia are finding it very difficult to qualify for the Olympics.

“India were Asia’s only representative in the men’s event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“More qualifying spots should be given to Asia as the continent provides hockey with viewership and sponsorship. Also most major events are held in Asia.

“The finalists of the Asian Games should be handed Olympic slots. However, the AHF have never fought for their members, who are actively promoting the sport,” said Subahan after chairing MHC’s executive board meeting in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Malaysia have put in their bid to host the men’s 2022 World Cup. They are now planning to do the same for the women’s 2022 World Cup and the 2021 Junior World Cup (women).

“We have put in the bid for the men’s 2022 World Cup. Now, we will also do the same for the women’s 2022 World Cup and also the Junior World Cup (women) in 2021.”

As for his position as president of MHC, Subahan said it will all depend on whether the national team can beat Britain in the final Olympic qualifier in November in London.

“I stand by my decision to step down as MHC president if Malaysia fail to qualify for the Olympics.

“We have not played in the Olympics since the 2000 Sydney edition.

“In the next few weeks, we will plan out strategies to help our players prepare for matches against Britain,” he added.

Deputy president Datuk S. Shamala also stated that she will not seek re-election if the national team fail to qualify for the Olympics.

At yesterday’s meeting, MHC appointed women’s chief coach K. Dharmaraj to oversee the preparation of the women’s indoor team for the Philippines Sea Games on Nov 30-Dec 11.

In the 2017 Kuala Lumpur Sea Games, Malaysia took third spot behind Thailand and Indonesia.

New Straits Times

Subahan: AHF fail to help more Asian teams qualify for Olympics

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) have taken the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) to task for not helping more Asian teams qualify for the Olympics.

Their president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal said yesterday that the AHF have failed to increase the number of teams from 12 to 16.

“At the last Olympics in Rio (2016), India were the only Asian team there, ” said Subahan.

“By increasing it to 16 it will allow more Asian teams to compete which will be good for the sport in the region.

“At the Jakarta Asian Games, only champions Japan booked their berth. I think the top two teams at the Asiad should qualify, ” added Subahan.

Malaysia blew their chance to qualify when they led 5-2 in the gold-medal match.

But Japan fought back to level 6-6 and in the ensuing penalty shootout, Malaysia lost 3-1.

Malaysia will now have a daunting task to book their berth as they face Britain in the playoff matches in London on Nov 2 and 3.

Malaysia have not featured in the Olympics since Sydney 2000.

The team are currently in Seoul for a four-match playing tour against South Korea and will return on Sept 29.

Roelant Oltmans’ men will depart for Amsterdam on Oct 23 to play against two top clubs before heading to London for the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Subahan is pleased with the progress of the women’s team under K. Dharmaraj.

“He has done a good job by taking the women into the top 20 in the world ranking, ” said Subahan.

“We will give more emphasis to the women next year as we believe they have the potential to go far.

“Dharmaraj will also be replacing Yahya Atan as coach of the women’s indoor hockey team for the SEA Games in the Philippines. I believe he is the right person who can help us win the gold.

“Yahya will focus on the junior development programme.”

Subahan also revealed that they will be bidding for the 2021 women’s Junior World Cup and the men’s and women’s 2022 World Cups.

The Star of Malaysia

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