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Hockey Series Open - Salamanca 2018 (Men) - Final day
Salamanca (MEX)

USA v PAN (RR)     22 - 0
PUR v MEX (RR)     1 - 14


Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 United States 4 3 1 0 54 5 49 10
2 Mexico 4 3 1 0 48 6 42 10
3 Puerto Rico 4 2 0 2 11 22 -11 6
4 Panama 4 1 0 3 2 37 -35 3
5 Costa Rica 4 0 0 4 0 45 -45 0

Hockey Series Open - Salamanca 2018 (Women) - Final day
Salamanca (MEX)

CAN v PAN (RR)     17 - 0
PUR v MEX (RR)     0 - 4


Rank Team Played Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Difference Points
1 Canada 4 4 0 0 71 3 68 12
2 Mexico 4 3 0 1 48 8 40 9
3 Puerto Rico 4 2 0 2 15 22 -7 6
4 Panama 4 0 1 3 0 38 -38 1
5 Guatemala 4 0 1 3 0 63 -63 1

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Canada women and USA men win Hockey Series Open Salamanca

Canada women won the Hockey Series Open in Salamanca Photo: Andrés Mallén/PAHF/FIH

Goals galore and a vibrant atmosphere were the hallmarks of the first Hockey Series Open in Salamanca, Mexico as Canada women and USA men finished winners of the inaugural event.


A massive win over Panama in their final game of the round-robin competition guaranteed Canada top spot in the women’s event.

The Canadian side were unbeaten throughout the competition as they also beat Guatemala 28-0; Puerto Rico 18-2, and eventual runners-up Mexico 8-1.

The final placings in this women's Hockey Series Open saw Puerto Rico take third spot, Panama fourth while Guatemala finished in fifth place.

The final standings mean that Canada and Mexico will now progress through to next year's Hockey Series Finals.

Top scorer in the women’s competition was Mexico's Michel Navarro with 15 goals. In joint second place were a trio of Canadian players: Samantha McCrory, Stephanie Norlander and Brienne Stairs, all on 11 goals.

In the men’s event, which ran concurrently to the women’s event, the USA took first place, with three wins and a draw.

The north American team started the tournament with a resounding 19-0 win over Costa Rica, followed by a 8-0 win over Puerto Rica.

The most thrilling game of the event was the 5-5 draw between Mexico and the USA. A hat trick from Francisco Aguilar had given Mexico a 5-3 lead but goals from captain Ajai Dhadwal and veteran striker William Holt kept the USA on course for victory.

Mexico finished in second place, losing out on the top spot by virtue of an inferior goal difference to that of the USA. Puerto Rico were third, with Panama and Costa Rica in fourth and fifth spot respectively.

Top scorer in Salamanca in the men’s competition was Francisco Aguilar of Mexico with 16 goals. Aki Kaeppeler of USA was in second place on 13 goals.

The results mean that USA and Mexico progress to the prestigious Hockey Series Finals which will take place in 2019.

The event in Salamanca was the first Hockey Series Open, with others taking place across the world over the coming weeks. This stage of the FIH's new Hockey Series is the first step towards Olympic qualification for participating teams.

The Hockey Series Open continues in Singapore between 23 June and 1 July when six men’s and six women’s teams start their exciting journey towards the Hockey Series Finals and the opportunity to qualify for Tokyo 2020.

Relive all the action from Hockey Series Open Salamanca on FIH Youtube.

For further information about the Hockey Series Open, click here. You can also view more content on the Hockey Series Open channels on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.


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USMNT Claims First Place After Final Match of Hockey Series Open

Photo by Andrés Mallen

SALAMANCA, Mexico - The U.S. Men’s National Team entered the Hockey Series Open with determination to claim nothing short of first place. Entering their final game of the tournament, they controlled their own destiny going up against No. 73 Panama at the Cancha de Hockey Siglo XXI in Salamanca, Guanajuanto, Mexico. The ensuing match saw a more settled and composed team from the day prior in a 22-0 affair, helping propel USA into first place in the tournament and a spot in the Hockey Series Finals.

With both Mexico and USA atop the tournament with three wins, one tie between each other and zero losses, both squads knew that another win each would mean first place would come down to goal differential. With USA as the first men's match of the day, they would have the disadvantage of being at the mercy of the outcome of Mexico and Puerto Rico. What they did know what needed to get done was secure a win with the biggest tally of scores as possible to put pressure on the host nation.

"We came to win a tournament and we did it," said Rutger Wiese, U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach. "It shows again that you all have to show up. Goal differential, clenching your fists until the very last minute of the tournament. We have the ambitions to get to the next level, which is what we've expressed. We need to start finding ways in which we dont get in to a situation that takes until the last second of a game we are not involved in to determine if we get into the next round."

"We had a set plan," said Tom Barratt (Greensboro, N.C.). "We knew the situation so we had to go out and score a lot to make the goal differential as big as possible."

USA wasted no time in gaining momentum and the lead in their final match of the tournament. The opening five minutes, the red, white and blue successfully converted two penalty corners, courtesy of Aki Kaeppeler (Stuttgart, Germany), and a field goal strike by Paul Singh (Ventura, Calif.) to quickly make the score 3-0. As the score grew, so did the squad’s confidence as USA continued to keep pressure on Panama’s defensive unit. Before the opening frame concluded, Singh was able to score his second field goal of the day to make the score 4-0. USA maintained pressure offensively as the second quarter got underway. Deegan Huisman (Almere, The Netherlands) made a quick challenge on net when he found himself unopposed in the circle, but goalkeeper Carlos Portugal denied him on the shot on net. Moments later, on USA’s third penalty corner, Kaeppeler stayed perfect with another timely execution in the 17th minute before adding another in similar fashion in the 18th minute, making the score 6-0. With the quarter nearly begun, USA would manage another seven scores by four different players to make it 13-0 when the horn signaled halftime.

"We were a bit more composed today compared to the other games," said Kaeppeler after the game. "We stuck to the game plan, stuck to our positions better and passed around more. We just got into a flow early and kept the momentum going most of the game."

Singh continued the offensive frenzy for the team in the 31st minute with another field goal before Alex Grassi (Brookeville, Md.) followed up with his first of the game in the 36th minute. Kaeppeler would convert another penalty corner in the 41st minute and Tyler Sundeen (Simi Valley, Calif.) a field goal one minute later to extend the lead. Now 17-0, USA kept Panama’s offensive and clearing chances to a minimum rolling into the final quarter. Christian De Angelis (Doylestown, Pa.) would tap in a rebound that bounced right to his stick for his first goal of the game in the 48th minute. Grassi would then pick up his second goal as he knocked down the ball mid air and into the net seconds later. Barratt (Greensboro, N.C.) would get on the scoresheet in the 54th minute prior to Huisman netting a pair of goals to end the game.

The final score put USA in prime position to claim first place leading Mexico in goal differential by 21. Therefore, Mexico would need to beat USA in goal differential in addition to a win. The host nation played their final game immediately after USA. Knowing the outcome necessary, Mexico got off to a quick start against Puerto Rico, taking a commanding 8-1 lead at halftime. By the final horn, Mexico prevailed 14-1, making the goal differential short of USA.

"The shock of yesterday made it so that we needed a reaction," Barratt added. "We reacted in the right way. We needed to be positive from the get-go and I certainly think we did that."

Men's Results
Team Played Wins Draw Losses GF GA GD Points
USA 4 3 1 0 54 5 49 10
MEX 4 3 1 0 46 6 40 10
4 2 0 2 12 21 -9 6
4 1 0 3 2 37 -35 3
4 0 0 4 0 45 -45 0

"We did what we came here for," Wiese added. "Learning about what is our next step and how we can close these tournaments in a quicker fashion."

USFHA media release

2018 Test Matches: POL V WAL (M)
Gniezno (POL)

8 Jun POL v WAL     1 - 0        
9 Jun  POL v WAL     3 - 1       
10 Jun POL v WAL     0 - 1       

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2018 Test Matches: BEL v FRA (M)
Brussels (BEL)

BEL v FRA     4 - 0

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2018 Test Matches: NED v ESP (M)
Amsterdam (NED)

9 Jun NED v ESP     2 - 0
10 Jun NED v ESP     2 - 0

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USWNT Prepares for World Cup with Test Series in Argentina

TUCUMAN, Argentina - Last Tuesday, the U.S. Women’s National Team ventured 4,671 miles to Tucuman, Argentina where they will have their final preparatory series against their Pan American rivals before the Vitality Women’s Hockey World Cup. Taking place from June 11-17, this five-game series will count as part of the final evaluation period for the team that will be selected to represent Team USA.

The last meeting between USA and Argentina was at the FIH Hockey World League Semifinals in Johannesburg, South Africa in pool play. The teams went into the match with identical points, but it was Argentina who tallied two penalty corner goals and two field goals to earn a 4-0 win.

All games of the series will be live streamed on Argentina’s YouTube channel. The link for each game will be made available on the official event page prior to the start of each game.

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Argentina Schedule:

Monday, June 11        USA vs. Argentina          7:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, June 12        USA vs. Argentina          7:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, June 14        USA vs. Argentina          7:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, June 16        USA vs. Argentina          7:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, June 17        USA vs. Argentina          7:00 p.m. ET

U.S. Women’s National Team Tour Roster:

Lauren Blazing (Durham, N.C.), Jackie Briggs (Robesonia, Pa.), Catherine Caro (Martinsville, N.J.), Stefanie Fee (Virginia Beach, Va.), Ali Froede (Burke, Va.), Jill Funk (Lancaster, Pa.), Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.), Ashley Hoffman (Mohnton, Pa.), Laura Hurff (Newark, Del.), Amanda Magadan (Randolph, N.J.), Alyssa Manley (Lititz, Pa.), Erin Matson (Chadds Ford, Pa.), Lauren Moyer (York, Pa.), Margaux Paolino (Villanova, Pa.), Kat Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.), Loren Shealy (Charlotte, N.C.), Caitlin Van Sickle (Wilmington, Del.), Michelle Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), Taylor West (Princess Anne, Md.), Nicole Woods (Beverly, Mass.), Julia Young (Yorktown, Va.)

To follow the U.S. Women’s National Team in Argentina, continue to visit the official event page by clicking here. #Gr1tForGlory

USFHA media release

‘Expectation to win hockey World Cup will be higher than London Olympics’

By The Hockey Paper

Helen Richardson-Walsh played key role as England won EuroHockey 2015 title

Some of Great Britain women’s players from the London 2012 bronze medal-winning squad will impart their experiences of playing in front of an expectant nation to England’s current team ahead of the Vitality women’s Hockey World Cup.

Helen Richardson-Walsh revealed that she will be one of the players at Bisham Abbey in the next few weeks after being invited by England Hockey officials to speak to the team.

England last played a major championship at their Olympic Park playing headquarters when they lifted the European title in London after a thrilling final against the Netherlands in 2015.

But this summer will represent a different challenge, with England, effectively the Olympic champions, looking to win their first World Cup.

“Using the experience of the old generation … the expectation will be higher and rightly so and dealing with that is difficult,” Richardson-Walsh, 36, told BBC 5 live‘s Friday Sports Panel.

“Before the London Olympics we did a session of the pros and cons of playing at home, what could come up, what might be challenging and positive.

“I was always someone who switched off from the media. There are so many more distractions when you’re at home.”

Captain Alex Danson, Laura Unsworth and Nicola White are three current players on the centralised programme who remain from the London 2012 squad.

And Richardson-Walsh says that the right mindset will be pivotal, with England set to play in front of sell out crowds at Lee Valley.

The Rio Olympian added: “Dealing with how you will deal with those rest days in a home environment, but also the positives … a home crowd, which will be right behind that England team, the atmosphere will be incredible.”

England are currently in the final throes of preparation ahead of the World Cup squad announcement, having played warm-up games against Ireland last week and matches against Belgium and Germany to follow.

The Hockey Paper

Uhlenhorst end 21-year wait for German title

©: Frank Uijlenbroek/world Sport Pics

HTC Uhlenhorst Mülheim ended their 21-year wait for the German national championship as Jan Schiffer’s goal with six minutes to go saw them beat Rot-Weiss Koln.

"Tactically it worked out very well for us today, even if Cologne made it very difficult for us," analysed Mülheim's master trainer Omar Schlingemann.

"But in the end it was a victory of pure will. The guys and the whole club wanted that title so much after so many years. This is enormously important for the club. We wanted new heroes, we have them now."

Reacting to the game, Rot-Weiss coach André Henning said afterwards about the final loss against the club he used to coach: "First of all, the disappointment about our performance prevails, because we could not show everything we had.

“But I congratulate the Mülheim guys from the bottom of my heart. For the guys, the coaching team and many in the club, who have been doing a good job for years, one can already be happy!

“It was again little details that decided the game. All three goals came from the flanks, or a corner that came after such an attack."

Thilo Stralkowski opened the scoring in the 22n minute when Lukas Windfeder slipped in a corner but the Uhlenhorst talisman was lurking and cleaned up for 1-0.

Rot-Weiss got level just before half-time when a corner shot was saved by the goalkeeper onto the post-man’s mask, leading to a stroke which Christopher Rühr scored.

The regular season champions went 2-1 up via Jan Fleckhaus’s third goal of the weekend following a piece of great skill from Christopher Zeller.

But Mülheim remained calm and they were level once more in the 50th minute when Timm Herzbruch made a strong run and produced a great one-handed pass to Malte Hellwig. His first shot was foiled by Victor Aly but he got the ball back and fired the equaliser.

And the winner came soon after when Alexander Schöllkopf turned the ball onto his own post. Schiffer reacted the fastest and poked the ball with the backhand over the line.

It means Uhlenhorst will go through to the EHL KO16 along with Rot-Weiss while Mannheimer HC go to ROUND1 next October in Barcelona.

Euro Hockey League media release

Arminen win Austrian title and place in EHL ROUND1

SV Arminen won the Austrian title and the EHL ticket on offer as they beat Vienna rivals WAC in Sunday’s final.

It was a tight battle in the final with the first half with Arminen’s Patrick Schmidt missing out from a penalty stroke.

Ahmed Mansour gave WAC the lead but Lorenz Klimon equalised toward the end of the third quarter from a corner.

And Lucas Loser netted the all-important winner five minutes from the end for a 2-1 victory and thr national crown. On Saturday, Arminen had beaten HC Wien 3-0.

Sebastian Eitenberger was named the best player of the final four while Schmidt was the season’s top scorer with 32 goals overall.

The win was extra special for Arminen whose women also won their national title earlier in the day when they got the better of NAVAX AHTC with Katarzyna Krasinska getting the only goal.

Euro Hockey League media release

Rajamanickam: 1Mas Hockey Programme strayed from its target

By Jugjet Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: The 1Mas Hockey Programme started as a noble project in 2010, but ended as a total waste of the RM11 million allotted to it by the previous government.

This is the opinion of Kuala Lumpur HA secretary V. Rajamanickam.

The objective of the 1Mas programme, which was scrapped last week, was to develop players who did not even know how to hold a hockey stick.

It was to widen the pool and provide structured coaching for teenagers so that they have good basic hockey skills.

The 1MAS coaching centres were supposed to act as feeders to the various state age group teams.

"But after a few years, 1Mas moved away from its objective when those who were running it found out that progress was too slow. They started to inject players from Project Schools, Sports Schools and other hockey playing schools for fast results.

"This was done to make it look good on paper and justify the money spent,” lamented Rajamanickam who has served hockey for more than two decades.

Rajamanickam has worked under many presidents and other officials who came and left in KLHA, as well as the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) who later became Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC).

He has voiced out his opinions in many MHF/MHC meetings without fear or favour.

"Everything went downhill when the previous 1Mas director, Lim Chiow Chuan, revamped it after three years. I wrote a letter to 1Mas about the pitfalls that came with the revamp, but I never received a reply from anyone,” said Rajamanickam.

“The revamp further fuelled the need to include more established players, to get higher rewards and salaries.

1Mas centres were re-categorised from Class One to Four, with Class One being for the best performers and Class Four for the poorest.

Chiow Chuan had said in November, 2013 that the classification of centres would determine the amount of allowance payable to coaches and support staff. This meant that a well-run centre, which achieved its objective, would get better funding, Rajamanickam added: "Coaches were getting paid double, as some were also involved in 1Mas and Project School, as well as other development projects run by MHC.

”It became a race to make 1Mas centres look good and earn more money, and everybody forgot about the orignial objectives — to help those who do not know how to play hockey and widen the base of social as well as club players.

“And now, the MHC want to plan for a similar programme with a new name.

"I hope they do not make the same mistakes and waste not only money, but also one generation of players who ended up neither here nor there. This time there must be more accountability," said Rajamanickam.

Jugjet's World of Field Hockey

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