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News for 10 November 2019

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Captain Manpreet hopes to complete ‘unfinished business’ in 2023 World Cup

The country will organise the men’s hockey World Cup for the second consecutive time after Bhubaneswar played host to the last edition in 2018.

Manpreet skippered India in the 2018 World Cup where the team lost in the quarterfinals.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Indian hockey captain Manpreet Singh on Saturday said his team can complete the “unfinished business” of a podium finish when the country hosts the World Cup in 2023, having failed to do so in the last edition at home.

The country will organise the men’s hockey World Cup for the second consecutive time after Bhubaneswar played host to the last edition in 2018. India will become the first country to stage four men’s World Cups after also having hosted the showpiece in 1982 (Mumbai) and 2010 (New Delhi).

“We are really excited to learn that India has won the bid again to host the FIH Men’s World Cup in 2023. We could not succeed in 2018 though we had a realistic chance of making the semifinal of the World Cup in 2018,” Manpreet said.

“The loss against the Netherlands (in the quarterfinals) was a huge disappointment for us but now that India is set to host the World Cup again, we see this as yet another opportunity to complete the unfinished business,” he said about the 2023 edition, to be be held from January 13 to 29.

India will announce the host city later.

Manpreet stressed on the strong pool of players India boasts of at the moment and said their exposure at the international level in the coming years will ensure they have a strong and formidable team for the 2023 World Cup.

“We have ample time to prepare for the next edition of the World Cup. Our first priority at the moment is to do well in the FIH Pro League and use the platform to prepare well for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where we seek a medal,” Manpreet said.

“A good show in Japan will only lay a solid foundation in the build-up to the World Cup in 2023. We have a strong pool of talented youngsters in the senior and junior set-up and the next two-three years they need to step-up their game and use all the opportunities that come their way,” he added.

The 2018 edition held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar was a big success and Manpreet hopes the 2023 event to be an even bigger affair.

“In terms of performance, our focus will be on the major tournaments that we will be playing from now till 2022-2023. This also includes Asia Cup which we would like to win again and qualify for the World Cup even though we get automatic qualification as hosts.”


ROUND-UP: Investec English Women's Hockey League

Sophie Bray celebrates her hat-trick with team mates. Credit Peter Smith

In-form East Grinstead made it three consecutive wins with a 4-0 victory over Clifton Robinsons in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

Lydia McDonnell opened the scoring for East Grinstead against a Clifton Robinsons team that had also won back-to-back games.

Sophie Bray found the net three times in the second half to take her season’s tally to 6, giving East Grinstead an eventual 4-0 win.

Aside from Surbiton perfect eight-game winning streak, East Grinstead are the division’s in-form team with three wins in a row after having failed to win any of their first five matches.

GB ace Giselle Ansley returned from international duty and helped save face for Surbiton with a draw looking likely against Buckingham.

Buckingham’s Kitty Higgins cancelled out Emily Guckian’s opener for Surbiton who went back into the lead just four minutes later thanks to Erica Sanders.

Ansley extended Surbiton’s lead and despite Lottie Porter cutting the deficit back to 3-2, Surbiton held on for maximum points.

Holcombe leapfrogged Buckingham into third place with a strong second half showing against Beeston.

Candice Manuel, Joanne Westwood and Olivia Wilde all found the net for Holcombe in their 3-0 home victory.

Elsewhere, Joanna Leigh scored a brace to keep Hampstead & Westminster in the race for the title with a 2-0 win over bottom side Bowdon Hightown.

Loughborough Students took all three points as Alice Rolfe scored the only goal of the game against University of Birmingham.

Investec Division 1 North

Early Goals from Carys Gordon and Kathryn Mee helped Swansea beat Gloucester City 2-1 in the Investec Women’s Division One, and cement their spot at the top of the table.

Gordon struck in the opening minute, and although Hannah Sanderson pulled one back for the visitors after 15 minutes, Mee’s 20th minute penalty corner strike put the home side ahead.

The University of Durham are second in the table after a 3-1 win over Olton & West Warwicks. Sally Walton had put the visitors ahead on 17 minutes, but the North East outfit hit back with goals on 53 minutes from Emma Mcintyre, 64 minutes from Kerry-Anne Hastings and 69 minutes from Helena Youmans.

Elsewhere, Ben Rhydding and Leicester City played out a 1-1 draw, while Belper versus Brooklands-Poynton was postponed because of a flooded pitch.

Investec Division 1 South

Wimbledon maintained their 100% winning record with a 4-0 victory over bottom side St Albans in the Investec Women’s Division One South.

Eliza Brett and Fiona Burnet gave the hosts a 2-0 lead at half time. Rosie Pickersgill extended that advantage on 64 minutes before Georgie Blackwood netted the game’s final goal only two minutes later.

Harleston Magpies went level on points with opponents Cambridge City with a 2-0 win. Charlotte Harrison and Cherry Seaborn’s second half strikes keep Harleston fourth and within touch of the play-off spots.

Elsewhere, Reading lost ground to leaders Wimbledon after Sevenoaks held them to a 1-1 draw, while Isca beat Slough 2-0 and Trojans also won 2-0 at home to Canterbury.

Investec Conference North

The University of Nottingham squeezed past Doncaster 3-2 to remain top of the table with a 100% winning record in the Investec Women’s Conference North.

Despite falling two goals behind, Doncaster equalised in the 52nd minute after scoring only three minutes before. However, Lily Wolstenholme struck for Nottingham ten minutes from time with what would be the deciding goal.

Vicky Woolford scored two goals from the penalty spot to help Sutton Coldfield earn a 4-2 away victory at Wakefield. Emma McCabe and Susan Wood also scored for the Midlands outfit.

Investec Conference East

Barnes closed the gap to within a point of league leaders Wimbledon 2s in the Investec Women’s Conference East with a 3-0 victory over Broxbourne.

Triona Doyle scored Barnes’ third and final goal with only 11 minutes to spare after Catalina Montino found the net twice in the first half.

Horsham managed to win only their second game of the season and ease themselves away from opponents Ipswich.

Ipswich opened the scoring after 37 minutes but Rosie Firth fired into the Ipswich net three times to give Horsham a 3-1 win.

Horsham move six points clear of Ipswich who lie bottom after losing all six games this season.

Investec Conference West

Surbiton 2s mirrored their first team counterparts with a win on Saturday in the Investec Women’s Conference West to remain top of the table.

Issy Carey found the net twice for Surbiton with Pippi Spawforth and Hannah Denison also scoring in their 4-1 win over Team Bath Buccaneers.

Oxford Hawks remain the closest team to league leaders Surbiton 2s after their 5-1 win over Cheltenham.

Hawks shared the goals around with Caro Harris, Tamsin Pascoe, Lexi Newall, Samantha Jacobs and Frankie Brown all scoring.

England Hockey Board Media release

Sikh Union, JKUAT stare at relegation


Mudoga Clayson (left) of Greensharks celebrates his goal with teammate Chris Mchwanju during their Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League match against Sikh Union at City Park Stadium on November 9, 2019. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Premier League sides Sikh Union and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural Technology continued to flirt with relegation after losing their respective ties in the Kenya Hockey Union League at the City Park Stadium on Saturday.

Sikh succumbed 4-2 to Greensharks in the men's Premier League while the students fell to the visiting Lakers 2-0 in the women's top flight in an earlier match at the same venue.

Sikh, who scored through Peter Njoroge (11) and Ian Shama (14), remained second from bottom with nine points from 16 matches two points ahead of another relegation candidates Parklands who play Wazalendo on Sunday.

Strathmore University, who are also gazing at relegation with 10 points from 14 matches, will also line up against Kenya Police on Sunday as they seek to evade the chop.

Chris Mchwanju (second, 14th ) and Clayson Mudoga (33rd, 52nd) scored a brace each to give Greensharks the deserved win.

JKUAT remained winless with two points from 12 matches.

Sikh captain Simon Odhiambo said their goose is not cooked yet as they still stand a chance to remain in top tier should they win against rivals Strathmore in their next match.

“We conceded easy goals and all along we have been forced to chase the game which is not good and at the end of it all it has always worked against us and today was not any different,” said Odhiambo.

“We have two matches remaining to the end of the season against Strathmore and Western Jaguars. We have no choice but to win but more so clash against Strathmore as that will keep us in the premier league.”

The Sharks captain Victor Osiche said their goal to finish second at the end of the season is still achievable.

“We are aware the second position is competitive as two other teams in Police and Wazalendo are also eyeing it and we just have to keep our focus. The win was crucial for us,” said Osiche.


Wazalendo remained third on log with 26 points from 15 matches.

Greensharks drew the first blood in the second minute through Mchwanju’s fantastic field goal in a balanced first quarter.

Hits and misses coupled with poor finishing returned to haunt Sharks as Njoroge scored for Sikh to level matters before Shama made it 2-1 on 14 minutes but their lead was short lived as Mchwanju scored a minute later to once again level the scores 2-2.

Sharks created chances and Mudoga could have scored in the 23rd minute but Sikh’s goalkeeper Richard Wagema cleared the ball before Mchwanju scored his second of the match with good run in the 33rd minute to give Sharks a 3-2 to end the third quarter ahead.

On return, Sikh didn’t have the much punch in their attack and were punished for their sluggishness in the 52nd minute through Mudoga’s penalty corner and they never recovered.

Daily Nation

Lakers hit JKUAT at City Park

By Elizabeth Mburugu

Kenya Hockey Union women’s Premier League debutants Lakers began the weekend tour of Nairobi with a 2-0 win over Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) at City Park yesterday.

The victory saw the Kisumu-based side move to fifth place tied on 18 points with fourth-placed Strathmore University Scorpions. For first timers in the top tier, Lakers have had a fair season and is one of the sides that have lost fewer matches.

Two first quarter goals from Edna Vallerie and captain Linah Barasa were enough to see Lakers revive their hopes of a good finish.

However, it was a bad day for bottom stuck JKUAT students as they lost the relegation battle. JKUAT remain winless after twelve outings and even victories in their remaining two matches can’t save them from relegation.

Their demotion to the Super League was sealed in the first eleven minutes of the game.

Vallerie showed that Lakers meant business with a superb second minute field goal giving her side a 1-0 lead before their opponents could even settle in the game.

The Standard Digital

Lakers warm up for Blazers with win over JKUAT

By Washington Onyango

Ashley Akinyi of Lakers Hockey Club (right) beats Strathmore University opponent during a past league match in Kisumu. [Washington Onyango]

Lakers Hockey Club on Saturday bounced back to winning ways after defeating Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) 2-0 at City Park to go third in the Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Women Premier League standings.
Edna Bonyo, gave the visitors the lead three minutes into the match before captain Linah Baraza rounded off the win with a 13th minute goal to hand Austine Tuju his fourth win of the season.
The win took the lakeside team to joint third in the standing with 18 points same as Strathmore University who have a superior goal difference.
Speaking after the win, Lakers head coach Tuju said they are now ready to face league leaders Blazers, formerly Telkom.
He said the victory is a morale booster to the girls especially after losing their previous last two matches.
“We are ready for Blazers. This win came at the right moment when we needed victory and I can promise that we will not go down easy. We know they have the experience but we have the energy and endurance,” he said.
JKUAT remained rotted at the bottom of the table after the loss with two points stretching head coach Sammy Oungo’s winless run to 12 matches.
Oungo however blamed the loss to lack of concentration in the early minutes of the match.
“We started the first quarter on a low and lack of concentration in the first ten minutes saw us concede two goals. Despite that I believe we can play better than today in our next match,” Oungo said.
Lakers will face defending champions Blazers on Sunday in the early morning kick off.

The Standard Digital

'Latest developments' to hockey farce today

KHA had said when they held a meeting on Oct 30, it was unanimously agreed by all who attended, including Asmirul, to nominate AirAsia Group executive chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun to contest for the MHC president's post.

By Jugjet Singh

BRAVO to Kedah Hockey Association (KHA) for taking on not only their parent body, but also the president of their own association, Asmirul Anuar Aris.

The nomination saga has become murkier. Asmirul only took over the KHA presidency on Oct 18, but yet sent in a list of nominees for the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) elections — barely a week after he got the post.

Asmirul is the exco for sports in Kedah, but is embroiled in a tussle with his own KHA council members who claim that their nomination, sent on Nov 1 is legitimate, while the nomination list submitted by their president did not follow protocol.

KHA had said when they held a meeting on Oct 30, it was unanimously agreed by all who attended, including Asmirul, to nominate AirAsia Group executive chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun to contest for the MHC president's post.

But wait... KHA say Asmirul attended their meeting and agreed to their list after sending in his own list a week earlier?

This doesn't make sense, but KHA claimed they have minutes of the meeting, voice recording of the unanimous decision, as well as pictures of Asmirul at their Oct 30 meeting.

It was KHA’s first meeting with their new president, and some claimed that he did not even know his own association members, and so how did he nominate?

Asmirul is now in London and will return tomorrow. It is hoped that he makes a statement to clear the air as KHA have sent a letter to the Sports Commissioner, Olympic Council of Malaysia and the sports minister, trying to stop MHC from holding their Nov 16 AGM-cum elections until the matter is solved.

But after all the bravado, KHA are now having a rethink about battling their new president — and there could be a change of tune soon.

For the uninitiated about the ongoing turmoil in MHC, here's a synopsis of the drama.

KHA, Johor and Kuala Lumpur had nominated Kamarudin for the president’s post, and it was supposed to be a straight fight with incumbent Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal.

Kamarudin needed only three nominations but when MHC announced on Nov 6 that he had received only two nominations and thus was not eligible to contest, KHA hit the roof.

So, Subahan retained his president’s post by technical knockout. However, Kamarudin and his running mates from Johor HA, Kuala Lumpur HA, three national former skippers and a legion of supporters alleged foul play.

KHA call the nominations a fraud and they believe their list was altered or usurped by another.

When Subahan became MHC president in 2015, the national body were then in debt to the tune of RM2.6 million.

Subahan and team worked to clear the debt within four years, brought in more money to pay their world class coaches, huge coaching staff, umpires and officials.

With the help of the National Sports Council as well as platinum sponsor Tenaga Nasional, MHC were able to do all this, also sending their men on a whirlwind tour of Europe, Japan and South Korea to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.

However, the players froze in wintry London, suffering a 9-3 aggregate loss to Britain, leading to a storm of angry social media criticism against the MHC “cabinet”.

And yesterday, MHC’s bids to host the men’s and women’s World Cups were thrown out the window.

So, Malaysia was not seen as a sponsor's heaven, while India has been given the men’s World Cup back-to-back because of their “income-generating” potential.

If anybody wants to fight for the MHC president's job or other posts on Nov 16, they must be warned that there is really nothing to look forward to in their four-year term other than working to bring in more money for team-rebuilding and seeing to that Malaysia qualify for the 2023 World Cup and 2024 Paris Olympics.

MHC, who have been keeping mum on the allegations thrown against them, have called for a press conference today “'to announce the latest developments”'.

If the current situation is read correctly, MHC will announce the official withdrawal of candidate(s) today as the deadline to do so had ended on Nov 8.

And this could see another candidate win unopposed, or a big-shot throwing in the towel officially after saying so in an earlier press conference.

New Straits Times

High rate of recurrent injuries in hockey revealed in report

Findings to be showcased at the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists conference

Johnny Watterson

Fans in Donnybrook ahead of the Ireland women’s squad’s FIH Olympic qualifier against Canada last weekend. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho
A new study conducted by Chartered Physiotherapist Huw Rees, who is connected to Three Rock Rovers, has called for greater attention to be given to recurring injuries in hockey.

The findings, which will be showcased at the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists annual conference in Dun Laoghaire this weekend, claim the majority of Irish clubs at elite level don’t invest in medical facilities and staff, rehab and properly supervised gym access.

It also shows that recurring injuries in hockey , which can be as severe as new injuries, are more frequent than in other sports such as rugby.

“A higher proportion of injuries in field hockey (16.1 per cent) athletes are recurrent when compared to rugby athletes (5.4 per cent),” says the study.

The analysis was taken from data collected from 188 male hockey athletes playing in the EY Irish Hockey League (EYHL) in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons. Each athlete was enrolled to the Athlete Monitoring system, a smartphone application where athletes could log injuries that they sustained.

A total of 323 injuries occurred across the study period, of which 52 (16.1 per cent ) were recurrences, giving rise to a recurrence rate of 1.5/1000 hours.

Muscle strains (51.9 per cent) and undiagnosed pain (23.2 per cent) were the most common types of recurrent injuries with hamstring (26.9 per cent) and the hip/groin and lower back (each 19.3 per cent) the most common locations for injury.

Once of the conclusions reached is that, because of the high recurrence rate, athletes could benefit from secondary prevention measures and sport-specific return to play protocols.

The Irish Times

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