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Irish women’s international indoor returns after almost 30-year hiatus

Chloe Brown in action for Ards.

Dave Passmore has announced the first Irish women’s indoor international squad since 1990, naming a 14-player panel for a December trip to Durban, South Africa for six test matches.

The Irish Ladies Hockey Union – the governing body at the time – disbanded its support for the short-form version of the game soon after their sixth place finish in the European Championship top tier.

Since then, the Irish indoor club scene has scraped along at various rates of success but, under the stewardship of Rob Abbott, has enjoyed an upsurge in interest of late.

This winter will see the men’s and women’s competitions across the island expanding in numbers while Abbott has been a key figure in pushing for international teams.

To this end, Irish teams will play in the third tier of European Championships in January with the men heading to Santander and the women to Slovakia.

Like each international youth team in Ireland, the sides will be effectively “self-funded”, with no money coming from the governing body.

Spar and the South African Hockey Association, however, have made this trip possible with support covering accommodation and internal flights.

The side does not include any of the outdoor side who recently qualified for the Olympic Games but Catholic Institute’s Naomi Carroll – the sole Munster player included – will line out, returning to Irish kit for the first time since July 2018.

Goalkeeper Millie Regan is another interesting inclusion. She played with the English Under-18s last summer outdoors but qualifies through her Irish father – these caps mean she will only be eligible for Ireland in either code unless she takes a three-year cooling off period.

She plays with East Grinstead in the English league, helping them to win national glory. There, she linked up with Ards woman Chloe Brown who will co-captain the Irish side alongside Railway Union’s Orla Fox.

Brown was part of the Ards side that dominated the last decade of the National Indoor Trophy and she will be joined by Caroline Adams and Amy Benson in the side.

Kate McKenna will become a dual-international when she lines out – in addition to being an All-Ireland winning ladies footballer – having also represented Ireland in cricket.

Former outdoor international Niamh Small, Muckross’s Sophie Barnwell, Glenanne’s Roisin O’Brien, UCD’s Orla Patton also make the trip. Queen’s trio Erin Getty, Tori Hastings and Jessica McMaster are well-known to Passmore, too, having worked with him at Under-21 international level.

It does mean a few postponements are likely for the women’s EY Hockey League on December 7. Should clubs with players involved apply for a refixed date, Hockey Ireland have confirmed they will grant the request.

Ireland women’s indoor squad (South Africa, December 4th to 10th): Caroline Adams (Ards), Sophie Barnwell (Muckross), Amy Benson (Ards), Chloe Brown (East Grinstead), Naomi Carroll (Catholic Institute), Orla Fox (Railway Union), Erin Getty (Queen’s University), Tori Hastings (Queen’s University), Kate McKenna (Railway Union), Jessica McMaster (Queen’s University), Roisin O’Brien (Glenanne), Orla Patton (UCD), Millie Regan (East Grinstead), Niamh Small (Loreto)

The Hook

NSW claim men's Hockey One crown in style

NSW Pride has won the inaugural Hockey One men's title with an easy victory over the Brisbane Blaze. Credit: AAP

A Tim Brand first half hat-trick paved the way for NSW Pride to claim the inaugural Hockey One men's championship by thrashing Brisbane Blaze 8-3 in Melbourne.

The win caps off a remarkable season for the Pride, who went through the competition undefeated to secure New South Wales' first national title since 2005.

Brand's treble rocked the Blaze before NSW piled on five goals in the final quarter at the State Hockey and Netball Centre on Saturday to win the revamped national hockey league in emphatic fashion.

Brisbane opened the scoring when Joel Rintala was on target with their first penalty corner but Brand replied two minutes later and then slammed home his bonus conversion to give NSW a lead they never relinquished.

Brand was on target again before halftime then Jack Hayes and Flynn Ogilvie found the net then added their bonus conversions to allow NSW to coast home.

"We had a game plan we worked with throughout the eight weeks ... for the players to execute it and realise the importance of playing for their teammates was amazing," said NSW coach Brent Livermore.

"I think there were a lot of opportunities for both teams. Their radar was off a few times and our defence stood strong like it has for the whole campaign.

"The result was probably a bit flattering, it was a tough battle and we just had to win our one-on-one contests and overcome them."

The win was especially pleasing for veteran Ogilvie.

"I played in the old Australian Hockey League for seven years and didn't get a chance to win one, so to win it now is amazing and great for the state," he said.

7 News

PREVIEWS: Men's Hockey League

East Grinstead face a tough double-header weekend in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division this weekend, with games against Wimbledon on Saturday and Hampstead & Westminster on Sunday.

After a mixed start to the season, East Grinstead have a win and a draw in their last two fixtures and could climb into the top half of the table if they can secure victories this weekend.

“The last two matches have been games that we really couldn’t afford to lose and so on the whole we’re happy to have got four points from them,” said East Grinstead coach Glenn Kirkham.

“We were boosted by the return of David Condon and Liam Ansell and we’re hopeful of adding Chris Griffiths to the squad too.

“This weekend will be a much tougher scenario, playing two of the top four in two days, but we hope to build on the performances from the last two games. Both Hampstead and Wimbledon play different styles and so it will be a good challenge for our developing squad.”

Elsewhere leaders Surbiton will also play twice as they face a reverse of East Grinstead’s fixtures, taking on Hampstead & Westminster on Saturday before facing Wimbledon on Sunday.

Old Georgians – who dropped to third after losing to Surbiton last weekend – could drop further as they are only playing once this weekend, at Holcombe on Sunday.

In other Premier Division action, Brooklands MU host Reading and the University of Exeter are at home against Beeston.

It’s tight at the top of the Men’s Division One South, with Sevenoaks and Southgate level on 13 points having both won 5-2 last weekend.

This Sunday, Southgate face Oxford Hawks at home, while Sevenoaks go to third-placed Oxted.

And in the Men’s Division One North second-placed Cardiff & Met entertain third-placed Bowdon, while table-topping University of Durham go to City of Peterborough as they look to preserve their lead.


Men’s Hockey League (Sat, 16 November 2019):

Premier Division
Surbiton v Hampstead & Westminster 14:15
East Grinstead v Wimbledon 18:00

Conference East
Spencer v London Edwardians 13:30
Old Loughtonians v Bromley & Beckenham 16:30

Conference West
Isca v Old Cranleighans 12:00
Ashmoor v Richmond 13:00

Conference North
Wakefield v Lichfield 16:30
Timperley v Deeside Ramblers 18:00

Men’s Hockey League (Sun, 17 November 2019):

Premier Division
Brooklands MU v Reading 12:15
Hampstead & Westminster v East Grinstead 13:30
Holcombe v Old Georgians 14:00
Univ of Exeter v Beeston 14:00
Wimbledon v Surbiton 14:30

Division One North
Cardiff & Met v Bowdon 12:30
Univ of Birmingham v Univ of Nottingham 12:30
Olton & West Warwicks v Sheffield Hallam 13:30
City of Peterborough v Univ of Durham 14:00
Leeds v Loughborough Students 14:30

Division One South
Fareham v Havant 12:30
Canterbury v Team Bath Buccaneers 12:45
Teddington v Brighton & Hove 13:30
Oxted v Sevenoaks 14:00
Southgate v Oxford Hawks 14:30

Conference East
Cambridge City v Wapping 13:30
Harleston Magpies v Chichester 14:00
St Albans v Bedford 14:00

Conference West
Isca v Richmond 12:00
Ashmoor v Old Cranleighans 13:00
Cheltenham v Harborne 13:00
Univ of Bristol v Univ of Exeter 2s 14:00
Cardiff University v Khalsa Leamington 14:30

Conference North
Belper v Barford Tigers 14:00
Doncaster v Didsbury Northern 14:00
Preston v Alderley Edge 14:00

England Hockey Board Media release

PREVIEWS: Investec Women's Hockey League

Currently five points behind leaders Surbiton, second-placed Hampstead & Westminster have a great chance to close the gap when they face their rivals in the Investec Women’s Hockey League on Saturday.

Hampstead currently boast the best attack in the league this season, averaging 3.25 goals per game. But they face a Surbiton side with the best defensive record, having conceded just over one goal per game.

“We're really excited about the game on Saturday. The squad is at full strength and of course, it’s great to have the GB girls with us,” said Hampstead co-captain Katherine Baker.

“We know Surbiton will be a tough opposition - their record in the league speaks for itself - but we're focused on our hockey and excited to show what we're made of.

“We've had a strong start to our first season in the Premier Division, and this weekend is another great opportunity for us to play some high quality hockey and go into battle at the top of the table. It should be a great one for the fans!”

Third-placed Holcombe play host to bottom of the table Bowdon Hightown as they bid to stay in the play-off places, while fourth-placed Buckingham have a home game against an East Grinstead who are currently fifth but could leap-frog them with a win.

Loughborough Students could also move into the top four if they win at Clifton Robinsons and other results go in their favour, while the University of Birmingham go to Beeston in the day’s other top flight match.

Unbeaten Wimbledon head to Cambridge City in the Investec Division One South on Saturday, as they look to make it seven wins in a row.

Meanwhile, second-placed Reading are also on the road with a trip to Berkshire rivals Slough.

And in the Investec Division One North leaders Swansea go to bottom of the table Belper, while the University of Durham are second and go to Brooklands-Poynton in search of a fifth win.


Investec Women’s Hockey League (Sat, 16 November 2019):

Investec Premier Division
Buckingham v East Grinstead 12:00
Clifton Robinsons v Loughborough Students 13:00
Holcombe v Bowdon Hightown 13:00
Beeston v Univ of Birmingham 14:00
Surbiton v Hampstead & Westminster 16:30

Investec Division One North
Brooklands-Poynton v Univ of Durham 11:45
Gloucester City v Olton & West Warwicks 13:00
Belper v Swansea 13:30
Leeds v Leicester City 14:00
Stourport v Ben Rhydding 14:30

Investec Division One South
Slough v Reading 12:15
St Albans v Harleston Magpies 13:00
Canterbury v Isca 14:00
Cambridge City v Wimbledon 14:30
Sevenoaks v Trojans 15:00

Investec Conference East
Barnes v Southgate 12:00
Bromley & Beckenham v Horsham 12:30
Ipswich v Canterbury 2s 13:00
Broxbourne v Wimbledon 2s 14:30
Chelmsford v Bedford 18:00

Investec Conference North
Univ of Nottingham v Fylde 13:00
Alderley Edge v Pendle Forest 14:00
Cannock v Sutton Coldfield 14:00
Timperley v Doncaster 14:00
Wakefield v Beeston 2s 14:00

Investec Conference West
Surbiton 2s v Univ of Bristol 12:00
Cheltenham v Univ of Birmingham 2s 12:30
Exe v Team Bath Buccaneers 13:00
Basingstoke v Oxford Univ 14:00
Clifton Robinsons 2s v Oxford Hawks 14:00

Investec Women’s Hockey League (Sun, 17 November 2019):

Investec Premier Division
East Grinstead v Bowdon Hightown 13:30

England Hockey Board Media release

Bottom placed Parklands fight for survival


Jacktone Simiyu of Parklands Sports Club (left) vies for the ball with Haggai Sikhila of Sikh Union during their Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League match at City Park Stadium on May 4, 2019. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Parklands men's team captain Kelly Adolwa says they have no choice but to collect four points if they are to evade relegation when they parade against Kenya Police and Sailors in the ongoing Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League matches this weekend at the City Park Stadium.

Parklands are pegged bottom on the league standing with seven points from 14 matches and come up against fourth-placed Police, who are chasing second position on Saturday before they play Sailors on Sunday.

Adolwa said the ties are crucial and any slip up will leave them counting on the outcome of the other relegation candidates Sikh Union and Strathmore University, a situation he says they don’t want to be left in.

Sikh and Strathmore are not in action this weekend.

“It’s not a position we would have loved to be in right now and I guess we have to see how to come out of it. Kenya Police won against us 3-2, while Sailors defeated us 3-1 in the first leg and we want to turn the tables on them. On paper, these are difficult matches, but we have prepared well and we are optimistic of good results,” said Adolwa.

Police coach Patrick Mugambi said there is all to play for.

Mugambi said while they will be out to win the tie and remain on course of securing a second position finish, their opponents on other hand are fighting relegation and therefore it will be a difficult match and interesting match to look out for.

“We are an experienced side and we hope to carry the day. All the players are in good form and good to go,” said the tactician.

The last two teams in top tier at the end of the season next month will be demoted to the Super League, while the top two teams in the second tier earn promotion to the Premier League.

Other matches lined up on Saturday will see champions and leaders Butali Sugar Warrior face off with second placed Wazalendo.

Butali are unbeaten with 39 points from 15 matches, while Wazalendo have 33 points from 16 matches.

Sliders play Strathmore University in the only women’s Premier League match of the day.

FIXTURES (All matches at City Park Stadium)


Daystar v JKUAT(12pm)
Sliders v Strathmore University(2pm)
Parklands v Kenya Police(4pm)
Wazalendo v Butali Sugar Warrior (6pm)


KU v Blazers (7am)
TUK v Multimedia University (9am)
JKUAT v Sliders(11am)
TUK v Nakuru (1pm)
Sailors v Parklands (3pm)
Greensharks V Kenya Police(5pm)
Defence Forces Veteran v GI Blues(6pm)

Daily Nation

Wazalendo keen to stop Butali march to league title

By Elizabeth Mburugu

Kenyatta University Kennedy Nyongesa(l) chases the ball as Butali Warriors Daniel Onyango(r) follows when they played premier Men at CityPark on 02/07/2016. PHOTO: JENIPHER WACHIE

Champions Butali Warriors will be on a mission to be crowned the Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League champions when they take on Wazalendo today at City Park.

A point is all Butali need to successfully defend their title and also remain unbeaten.

The draw means the champions will reach the 40-point mark which will be unattainable for their closest challengers Wazalendo.

A win for Wazalendo on the other hand will only increase their chances of a second place finish because for them to snatch the trophy, Butali must lose by bigger margins in the remaining three matches.

Oozing confidence, Butali coach Dennis Owoka said his charges will be looking to complete the job today.

“We have had a brilliant season and we are only one match away from achieving our main objective. We need one point to retain our title but we will be going for victory because we want more points,” Owoka said.

He added that having settled for a 1-1 draw in their first leg tie, they were expecting a tough duel. Butali will be out to seal their fourth title since re-branding in 2014.

They won the 2014 and 2015 while Strathmore University Gladiators dethroned them in 2016.

Police would ensure Butali suffered a two-year trophy drought by winning in 2017. However, they reclaimed their gong last season and are now eager to extend their reign.

In another Premier League encounter, 2017 winners Kenya Police take on bottom placed Parklands. The law enforcers who are currently fourth with 25 points will be out to improve their prospects of a top three finish.

Tomorrow, Police will lock horns with Greensharks in a match likely to have a bearing on who finishes among the top three.

Two points separate Police and Sharks who have played 16 matches, two more than the multiple league winners. Parklands on the other hand will take on Sailors in hunt of their second win of the season.

In the women’s Premier League title chase, holders Blazers will tomorrow take on Kenyatta University (KU) Titans.

Blazers will be out to extend their dominance over KU students who are set to drop down to the women’s lower tier after failing to excel upon returning to top flight hockey this season.

Titans and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) who will play Sliders tomorrow, are at the bottom of the table.

Sliders are one place above relegation with 12 points. They will tackle third placed Strathmore University Scorpions today.

The Standard Digital

Maryland field hockey blanks Saint Joseph’s, 4-0, to advance to NCAA quarterfinals

David Suggs

Defender Hannah Bond controls the ball in Maryland field hockey’s 3-1 win over Penn State on Sept. 20, 2019 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. (Gabby Baniqued/The Diamondback)

It was a tense atmosphere on Maryland field hockey’s sideline as defender Hannah Bond — an omnipresence in a Terps defensive unit that conceded the second-fewest goals in the NCAA — ambled toward the sideline, her face concealed by a bloody towel.

Minutes earlier, the junior stepped in front of St. Joseph’s forward Jordan Olenginski’s shot, striking her face and sending trainer Sandy Worth onto the pitch to attend to the Oxted, England, native.

And as Bond walked toward a gurney resting on the side of the pitch, a measure of uncertainty appeared in a tight contest after losing a defensive stalwart.

But coach Missy Meharg’s squad remained composed after Bond’s injury, setting off a dominant second-half display that pushed the Terps to a convincing 4-0 victory over No. 13 St. Joseph’s to send the Terps to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

“We could’ve easily let the situation become, ‘Oh no, what’s going to happen, she’s one of our key defenders,’” forward Mayv Clune said. “But instead, we all just looked at each other and knew … we’re going to come out with a fiery spark and do it for her.”

Neither side was afforded the space to flex their attacking strength in the opening frame, as both defenses kept the opposition attack on the outskirts of the shooting circle, reducing the quality of chances throughout the period.

When defender Emily Sayre slipped in front of defender Bodil Keus midway through the first quarter, though, her rifled shot toward Noelle Frost’s cage interrupted the dour offensive display. The Maryland goalkeeper got down quickly, deflecting the attempt away.

Frost’s save seemed to bring life to Maryland’s attack, as Meharg’s squad zipped the ball around the Hawks shooting circle for the remainder of the quarter. And Clune capitalized on the Terps’ increased possession, drifting into the shooting area before whistling a shot just wide of the frame.

“She’s been playing really well,” Meharg said of Clune, who replaced leading goalscorer Madison Maguire in the lineup. “She went through pretty tough surgery and rehab and just needed to get her feet wet and get back into a groove. She’s on her mark right now.”

Buoyed by heightened confidence, both sides began to flourish in the attacking third in the second frame. The Hawks appeared to have found the opener early in the second, as midfielder Pepa Serrano drove through the center of Maryland’s defense to get herself one-on-one with Frost.

But Frost flashed in front of Serrano, knocking the ball out of the Hawks midfielder’s control to preserve the shutout.

“Noelle kept us in it,” Meharg said.

Two minutes later, Keus arrowed the ball toward the bottom-left corner of the cage, giving goalkeeper Victoria Kammerinke no chance. But just as the ball looked set to furl into the cage, it struck the post, sending the battle to halftime deadlocked at zero.

With both sides looking far more imposing in the final third as the first half went on, it looked as if a goal was on the horizon.

“For us it’s just [about] taking a deep breath,” Clune said. “When we tend to play very fast hockey, the game can get away from us. … [When] we regain composure and figure out how to pass around people … it makes scoring opportunities a lot easier.”

And one minute into the third quarter, the Terps finally found their breakthrough.

Clune picked the ball up in the shooting circle, drove to the boundary line, and flicked a pass across Kammerinke’s goalmouth. Midfielder Brooke DeBerdine slid in front of a St. Joseph’s defender before getting the vital touch to send the ball across the goal line and send her teammates into a frenzy.

It was DeBerdine’s first goal of the season.

“Brooke’s taken a lot of shots [this season],” Meharg said. “It couldn’t have been a better time [to score].”

The Hawks responded accordingly, maintaining pressure around Frost’s cage and earning a penalty corner shortly after DeBerdine’s goal. Bond threw herself in front of Olenginski’s shot on the subsequent penalty corner, leading to a lengthy delay as Bond received treatment.

But once the Terps took the pitch again, they looked invigorated to put on for their fallen teammate.

“You could tell they were very, very energized to use the energy of the injury,” Meharg said. “I thought we played super well.”

Keus fired a long-range shot past Kammerinke to double Maryland’s lead as the third quarter came to a close.

And in the fourth quarter, Keus added to her goal tally, sending a shot into the top right corner, while Clune corralled a slick DeBerdine feed and rattled the cage with a low, driven effort, pushing Maryland past the Hawks and into a second-round rematch with hosts Virginia on Sunday.

“It’s going to be a battle,” Clune said. “We are going to have to put in whatever we have.”

The Diamondback

A grand Stanford field hockey season comes to a close

The most prolific goal scorer in school history, Corinne Zanolli finished her junior season with nation-leading totals in goals (33) and points (69) while attempting 124 shots. Photo by Lyndsay Radnedge/ISIPhotos.com.

Even the national scoring leader gets shut out once in awhile, which should be an indication of just how prolific Stanford junior Corinne Zanolli was over the course of one of the Cardinal's most successful seasons.

No. 15 Stanford field hockey's season came to an end on Friday, falling 4-0 to No. 1 and defending national champion North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Championship in Chapel Hill.

Stanford (16-7) had its season-best seven-game winning streak snapped by the Tar Heels, who have won 43 consecutive matches dating to 2017.

As expected, the Tar Heels seized control early, building a 3-0 halftime lead before tacking on another goal in the fourth quarter.

The ending was bittersweet for Stanford, which produced the most victories in a season since a program-best 19-3 record in 2014.

In addition to capturing its third America East crown in four seasons, Stanford also notched its second NCAA win in school history after defeating Miami (Ohio) 3-1 in the opening round on Wednesday.

North Carolina owned a 13-6 edge in shot attempts while Stanford won the penalty corner battle at 3-1.

Erin Matson scored two of the Tar Heels' four goals, with Feline Gunther and Yentl Leemans chipping in with one apiece.

Five of Stanford's six shot attempts came from Zanolli, who produced one of the best offensive seasons for any Division I player in recent memory. The most prolific goal scorer in school history, Zanolli finished her junior season with nation-leading totals in goals (33) and points (69) while attempting 124 shots. Zanolli, who has delivered six hat tricks in 2019 and nine for her career, was held scoreless on Friday for only the fifth time this season.

Kelsey Bing finished with six saves, closing out a stellar career in which she was named America East Goalkeeper of the Year for the third straight season.

A 2016 NFHCA Third-Team All-American, the only game Bing missed was a Senior Night victory on Nov. 1 against UC Davis, as she competed as the starting goalkeeper for Team USA in its International Hockey Federation (FIH) qualifier on Nov. 1-2 against India.

Seniors Emma Alderton, Phoebe Crosthwaite and Jessica Welch played the final game of their career on Friday.

Stanford's senior class produced a 57-27 overall record, 18-4 in conference play, three NCAA appearances (2016, 2017, 2019) and three America East titles (2016, 2017, 2019).

Palo Alto Online

UVA Field Hockey Beats Delaware 4-1 in First Round of NCAA Tournament

The game was tied 1-1 with 11 minutes remaining in regulation before Virginia’s offense scored three fourth-quarter goals.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 4 Virginia field hockey team (17-4, 4-2 ACC) opened play at the 2019 NCAA Field Hockey Championship with a 4-1 victory over No. 10 Delaware (16-4, 6-0 CAA) on Friday (Nov. 15) at Turf Field in Charlottesville.

The game was tied 1-1 with 11 minutes remaining in regulation before Virginia’s offense scored three fourth-quarter goals.

Virginia’s seniors netted three of the team’s four goals, with striker Erin Shanahan (Pasadena, Md.) scoring the game’s first, back Anzel Viljoen (Matamata, New Zealand) scoring the game-winner and midfielder Colleen Norair (Fredericksburg, Va.) adding the fourth and final.

Virginia will face No. 3 Maryland (17-3, 7-1 Big Ten) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Maryland scored four second-half goals to down No. 14 Saint Joseph’s (17-4, 8-0 Atlantic 10) 4-0 in the second game of the day at Turf Field.


Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the first quarter after a shot from sophomore striker Peyton Tollaksen (Chesapeake, Va.) was initially saved, but Shanahan picked up the rebound and lifted it into the corner of the net. The 1-0 advantage held until Delaware’s Bo van Hunnki hooked in a shot from the left side of the net with five minutes left in the half. Delaware had a prime opportunity in the third quarter when UVA had two players issued green cards and the Blue Hens had a two-man advantage, but the Virginia defense withstood the threat. In the fourth quarter, Viljoen tipped in a shot off a penalty corner from sophomore midfielder Amber Ezechiels (Niew-Vennep, Netherlands) to give UVA a 2-1 lead with 11 minutes remaining. Sophomore midfielder Greer Gill (Virginia Beach, Va.) pushed the advantage out to 3-1 after scoring on a loose ball after a save with 3:03 remaining. A minute later, Norair scored her first goal of the year, knocking in another loose ball that had bounced to her off a Delaware stick.


“The team carried out our game plan to perfection. We had a ten minute lapse in the game where we lost control. Between the third and fourth period, I told them to get the hunger back, put the pressure on the ball and to step it up, and they did it. In the fourth quarter, Delaware had to take chances to try to get the ball. We were able to get around and get in behind them and find the open corner. This team has worked for each other since the first game. They have played for each other all year in long. They believe and they just want to make it happen for each other.”


  • The victory head coach Michele Madison’s 200th win at Virginia. She reached 400 overall career wins earlier this season in a game at Syracuse (Sept. 20). She has a career mark of 200-100 at UVA
  • This is the 13th time in program history that the team has advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals. Their last trip to the quarterfinals came in 2016. They are looking to advance to the semifinals for the fifth time in program history. Their last trip to the semis came in 2010
  • Virginia held an 18-7 edge in shots and 7-2 in penalty corners
  • Virginia held a 10-2 edge in shots at halftime
  • Redshirt sophomore goalie Lauren Hausheer (West Windsor, N.J.) tallied four saves, with three of those coming in the fourth quarter. Sydney Rhodes made seven saves for Delaware
  • Viljoen’s goal was her seventh of the season. She leads the team with 25 points
  • Shanahan’s goal was her fifth of the season. Gill’s goal was her second
  • Ezechiels and Gallen were both credited with an assist


Megat withdraws from MHC elections

By Jugjet Singh

Kuala Lumpur HA president Datuk Seri Megat D. Shahriman threw in the towel, turning MHC Legal committee chairman Jadadish Chandra into an instant deputy president. - NSTP/EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

AFTER intense battles and lobbying, the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) elections today will be a tame affair as the top-three positions were secured without going to the ballot.

Yesterday, Kuala Lumpur HA president Datuk Seri Megat D. Shahriman threw in the towel, turning MHC Legal committee chairman Jadadish Chandra into an instant deputy president.

MHC confirmed that they have received an official withdrawal letter from Megat.

President Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal and women’s deputy president Datuk S. Shamala have already been returned unopposed.

With Jadadish making the grade, Subahan’s team are expected to sweep the seven vice-president’s positions today.

But Megat did not make his exit before causing a ripple in the parent body.

He claimed that he had lodged reports with the police and the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) in regard to issues leading up to the elections.

“Some issues have dented the image of the sport and the state affiliates with negative news and corruption claims.

“And that is why I have lodged reports with the police and MACC to make sure that KLHA are not drawn into these issues.

“Although I was also in London (on Subahan’s expenses) to watch the Olympic Qualifier, I never received any money.

“As for the sponsored tickets and accommodation, I am willing to give back the amount due,” said Megat yesterday.

MHC have 16 affiliates — the 14 states as well as Police and Armed Forces. A total of 32 votes will be cast to decide the next seven vice-presidents (two of whom must be women).

Based on nominations, it looks like the two women vice-presidents likely to be elected are Sarawak HA president Mary Sadiah Zainuddin and Malacca HA vice-president Rogayah Mohamed, who each received 14 and 13 nominations respectively.

Their challengers — Datuk Seri Lim Kim Lian and Juriah Abdul Wahab — received one nomination each.

Eleven men will battle for the five vice-president’s posts, with Sabah HA president Datuk Seri Anil Jeet Singh leading the way with 14 nominations.

New Straits Times

Jadadish wins MHC deputy president post without a fight

KUALA LUMPUR: New Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) deputy president, Jadadish Chandra (pic) is sad to win the post unopposed.

The 61-year-old secured the post after Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association (KLHA) president Datuk Seri Megat D. Shahriman Zaharudin announced his withdrawal.

The post became vacant after incumbent, George Koshy decided not to contest.

“In a way, I am a bit sad that there will be no contest, because I was looking forward to have a fair and democratic contest, ” said Jadadish, who is also the MHC Legal Committee chairman.

The Star of Malaysia

Sandeep Singh's new avtar as Sports Minister

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As if a film on his sporting career and a statue in a wax museum was less, Former India captain and drag flick expert of his times, Sandeep Singh, has added another feather to his cap. He been made a Minister of one of India's prosperous Provincial Governments, Haryana State. The Province that lies adjacent to National Capital Region of Delhi, is unofficial Sports State of India, having produced many international players in almost all sporting disciplines. Sportstars have huge appeal in Haryana, which was harnessed by a political party in the recent provincial election. Olympic medallist Y. Dutt, Asian Goldie B. Popat (both are acclaimed wrestlers) and Sandeep Singh were given ticket for contesting in the recent election of which only the hockey star won.

Sandeep Singh's sports career is interesting, having taken many avtars, replete with twists and turns.

Sandeep Singh was administered Oath of Office by the Hon'ble Governor of Haryana yesterday. He was allocated Independent Charge of Minister of State rank. Today his portfolio was announced.

Sandeep Singh's hockey career came to a grinding halt when he was at his peak. While he was coming to Delhi to join the Monchengladbach bound World Cup team 13 years ago, a bullet hit him accidentally.

When almost everyone was consigned to the fact that his career is over, he fought well to make a rare comeback.

In the spell, he led India to Olympics by winning the Delhi Qualifier Final against France. He struck four goals in the 8-1 rout.

That time, Haryana Govt presented him with Rs.5 lac per goal, totally amounting to Rs.40 lac.

Now he is Minister for the same department that decorated him 2012.

Last year a commercial film was made after his career. The film was called Soorma.

This year a wax statue was installed in a wax museum in Rajasthan.


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