All the news for Monday 7 October 2019
Mannheimer, Rot Weiss Koln, SV Kampong and Surbiton complete the Final8 lineup
Another festival of EHL hockey comes to a close at the Pau Negre Stadium. Four KO16 games today and four winners completing the Final8 lineup to be played at Easter 2020. They will join Uhlenhorst Mulheim (GER), Royal Leopold (BEL), HC Bloemendaal (NED), Club Egara (ESP) who received byes into the Final8. The draw and venue will be announced soon.
Match 11: KO8: Mannheimer v Hampstead and Westminister 2-1
A high-quality first game of the day to set the tone for the all-important K08 games. 4 penalty corners apiece, and not surprising that it was a Gonzalo Peillat penalty corner that was the match-winner for Mannheimer.
Match 12: Ranking: Grange HC v Royal Beersschot 1-7
A strong showing from Royal Beerschot saw off Grange HC, picking themselves up following their close encounter with Rot Weiss Koln in the KO16 yesterday.
Match 13: KO8: Three Rock Rovers HC v Rot Weiss Koln 2-4
Rot Weiss Koln survived a huge scare from Three Rock Rovers to make it through to next Easter’s FINAL8 as they eventually won out 4-2 against the Irish champions.
Match 14: SV Kampong v Royal Herakles 6-0
The perfect start for SV Kampong as Jip Janssen played his part to both earn and then score the corner for Kampong in the opening minute of the game.
Match 15: Ranking: HC Minsk v SV Arminen 1-3
A better ‘day at the office’ for SV Arminen as they saw off HC Minsk in their ranking game.
Match 16: KO8: Dinamo Kazan v Surbiton HC 1-4
Kazan started the game playing with some great fluidity and fitness (coming off the back of their domestic season) as they had the best of the first quarter. Kazan went ahead in the 2nd minute, a quick free caught Surbiton’s off guard finished off by Linar Fattakov.
Euro Hockey League media release
Surbiton celebrate reaching Final8
There was joy for Surbiton as they reached the Final8 of the EuroHockey League over the weekend, while Hampstead & Westminster narrowly lost out in their bid to reach the quarter finals in April.
Local favourites Real Club de Polo proved no match for Surbiton in Friday’s opening match with the English side winning 5-2 to set up a clash with Dinamo Kazan on Sunday.
After a hat-trick on Friday Alan Forsyth secured another two goals as Surbiton ran out 4-1 winners on Sunday.
Luke Taylor scored two on Friday, while the other scorers for Surbiton on Sunday afternoon were James Royce and Tom Sorsby.
But English champions Hampstead & Westminster suffered heartbreak as they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Mannheimer in their KO8 clash on Sunday.
The weekend had started well for Hampstead & Westminster with a 2-1 win over top Dutch outfit HGC, with Richard Wijtenburg-Smith and Matt Guise Brown scoring those goals.
Guise Brown was on target again in Sunday’s clash, finding an equaliser at a penalty corner on 39 minutes.
But Mannheimer’s 47th minute goal gave them the lead and booked their spot in the Final8.
England Hockey Board Media release
Hack encouraged as Rovers push Rot-Weiss Koln all the way in KO8
TRR coach Elun Hack leads a team talk. Pic: Frank Uijlenbroek / World Sport Pics
Three Rock Rovers gave Rot-Weiss Koln a huge fright in the Euro Hockey League but ultimately bowed out of the elite competition at the KO8 stage 4-2 to the German giants.
Rovers had made a small piece of history on Saturday morning with a 5-0 thumping of Scotland’s Grange, becoming the first Irish club to win a knock-out game in the reformatted competition.
On Sunday, however, they were expected to be on the receiving end of a similar scoreline against a side featuring seven current German internationals and had reached the EHL final twice in the last three seasons.
And it looked to be going that way at half-time when they eases into a 2-0 lead but a rousing second half performance reeled it back to 3-2 with chances for an equaliser before Christopher Ruhr’s stroke settled the game with 70 seconds to go.
Nevertheless, coach Elun Hack said it was a weekend to be proud of for the new look side after their summer of numerous changes in personnel.
“Really, really proud of the way the boys played,” he said afterwards. “There was a lot of doubt and scepticism about the season, but lads are now buzzing, and means that we can keep competing!
“A lot of people have written us off as serious contenders this season due to the transition. So this weekend, more for our own confidence, set the record straight, that we are ready to compete with our young side, and that with hard work and commitment to the team goal, we can still get results!
“We have set a platform and standard for ourselves, and showed what we are capable of! If we can continue to deliver performance of that quality, we can continue to compete amongst the top teams, locally and European. So this weekend has been crucial for building the team.”
Rot Weiss did start in ominous fashion, dominating the first quarter and they went ahead when they cut through, their accurate interchanges at top speed allowing Mats Grambusch to shoot. Shane O’Brien saved but the ball popped up and the German captain caught the rebound and volleyed in.
Jody Hosking’s rasping strike drew a brilliant save from Victor Aly from a rare counter, an aggressive steal 30 yards out.
The Germans, though, were dictating the game and when they stole the ball on the 23-metre line from a loose James Kyriakides pass, Jan Fleckhaus was in. His shanked shot fortun fortuitously bounced down and then reared up and over Shane O’Brien’s sprawling efforts to save.
Plain sailing at 2-0? Half-time brought a sea change. The Dubliners got inside the Rot Weiss heads in the second half, losing their cool and their structure in dramatic fashion while Harry Morris gave Tom Grambusch a torrid time.
Ross Canning’s stroke beats Victor Aly. Pic: Frank Uijlenbroek / World Sport Pics
Ben Walker got Rovers on the board from a smart penalty corner move – their fifth set piece goal from eight attempts – with a touch to Hosking’s slap.
Tom Grambusch’s heavily deflected drag-flick did give the German side a 3-1 lead but Ross Canning levelled matters with 21 minutes to go.
It came from the penalty spot after the midfielder was flattened by Sven Alex to earn the stroke. Aly got a stick to Canning’s flick but it had enough on it to sneak over the line.
Aly, though, did get the vital block on the slide to deny Mark English an equaliser from an excellent Kyriakides thrust, the Welsh international playing a key role in midfield.
A penalty corner chance also squirmed across the face of goal as Rot-Weiss rode their luck before clinching the win with 70 seconds to go, earning a stroke when Rovers opted to swap out their goalkeeper in favour of an extra outfielder.
Christopher Ruhr scored it for 4-2, breathing out a huge sigh of relief.
Nonetheless, the result will give Three Rock a ninth place finish in the EHL rankings for this season, something which should give Ireland a big chance of earning a potential second ticket to the competition next season.
“We played as a team, and that was the most encouraging thing from a coaching perspective,” Hack continued. “Getting the new players – some returning – integrated into the culture of the team and club has been a challenge, but what they showed this weekend means we have made huge progress in this area.
Ross Canning tackles Mats Grambusch. Pic: Frank Uijlenbroek / World Sport Pics
“In the second half we changed certain things tactically, and we got a lot of joy out of it, so we absolutely knew we could create chances, and we just needed to be patient.
“RWK were certainly unsettled by our second half performance. When you are the underdogs, you need to be clinical with the few good chances you get, we did that all weekend but, for the one that really mattered, their keeper did really well.”
Euro Hockey League
KO8: Three Rock Rovers 2 (B Walker, R Canning) Rot-Weiss Koln 4 (M Grambusch, J Fleckhaus, T Grambusch, C Ruhr)
Three Rock Rovers: S O’Brien, D Kane, A Haughton, J Kyriakides, M Darling, B Walker, S Grace, H Morris, J Hosking, M English, H MacMahon
Subs: R Canning, B Johnson, J Walker, J McAlister, B McCrea, A Empey, B Whelan
Rot-Weiss Koln: V Aly, M Grambusch, K Aichinger, F Scholten, F Pelzner, J Gomoll, T Grambsuch, C Ruhr, T Prinz, J Grosse, T Oruz
Subs: L Trompertz, F Adrians, L Hochemer, M Siegburg, J Fleckhaus, S Alex, M Zimmerman
Tough EHL outing for Grange
GRANGE 0-5 THREE ROCK ROVERS (IRELAND)
Grange failed progress to the quarter-finals of the Euro Hockey League in Barcelona after a 5-0 defeat by Ireland`s Three Rock Rovers. The Scottish champions were on the wrong end of a lethal set piece penalty corner routine which counted for four of the Dublin side`s goals.
After a fairly even opening Three Rock converted their first set piece with a deflection by Jody Hosking which flew into the roof of the net off keeper David Forrester.
Grange might have levelled but unmarked Andy Graham failed to make any connection to a long ball into the circle.
The writing was on the wall for the Scots with a second penalty corner conversion by Sam Grace to double the Irish tally by the interval.
Two minutes into the second half Ben Walker finished off another well-worked penalty corner routine. Then James Walker scored the only open play goal of the contest after some sloppy defending by Grange.
Grange might have got on the score sheet but the Irish keeper had a double save from Dan Coultas and Josh McRae, then another Coultas flick was blocked.
Near the end Alistair Empey added a fifth from another set piece to complete the scoring.
GRANGE 1-7 ROYAL BEERSCHOT (BELGIUM)
The Euro Hockey League has been a challenging event for Scottish champions Grange, after being eliminated by Ireland`s Three Rock Rovers on Saturday, they went down 7-1 to Belgian side Royal Beerschot in a ranking encounter in Barcelona.
The result means that the Scots have probably left with no ranking points, and their future in this prestigious European club event may now rest with Grove Menzieshill in the Trophy tournament in Vienna next year.
It took the Belgians only four minutes to register their opening goal through Arthur de Sloover.
Beerschot secured the tie with three goals in four minutes in the second quarter, Nick Catlin, James Carson and Gaetan Perez were all on target for a four goal half-time lead.
De Sloover followed up with two further strikes in the second half to complete his hat-trick. Grange finally broke their duck when James Nairn scored a consolation for Grange with five minutes left.
However, Beerschot had the final say, Roman Duvekot added a seventh in the last minute.
Scottish Hockey Union media release
Sultana Bran Hockey One League Men’s Round 2 Review
Round 2 of the Sultana Bran Hockey One League men’s competition saw 19 goals across the three matches as NSW Pride, Tassie Tigers and Brisbane Blaze all displayed their title credentials.
Amazingly, all three double headers in Round 2 saw the results split with one club winning the women’s match and the men’s match result going the other way.
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After a tight first half that had NSW Pride holding a slender one goal lead over Canberra Chill through a Tom Craig strike, the visitors exploded in the last quarter. Doubles from Kurt Lovett and Tim Brand, together with a second goal to Blake Govers saw the final result blow out to 7-0. The final score line arguably did not reflect the tightness of the contest, Lovett and Brand’s second goals coming as they converted their subsequent one-on-one opportunities (click here for a full match report).
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The Tassie Tigers Men gave plenty for the parochial home support to cheer about in their first match of the season as they put five goals past Adelaide Fire.
Nick Leslie opened the scoring for the home side with a field goal and doubled the advantage when he beat Adelaide Fire keeper Eddie Chittleborough again with the resultant conversion chance.
Sam McCambridge then made it 3-0 in the 24th minute before Darwin born Kookaburra Jeremy Hayward endeared himself to the Tasmanian faithful with a successful drag flick from a penalty corner on the stroke of half time. Hayden Beltz rounded off the scoring for the hosts before Zendana Hirotaka struck a late consolation for the Fire (click here for a full match report).
Tassie’s ominous first up performance sets up a mouth watering clash against Brisbane Blaze men next weekend after the Queenslanders made it back-to-back wins, two last quarter goals seeing them outlast HC Melbourne 4-2.
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Two quality penalty corners from HC Melbourne’s Josh Simmonds either side of Jake Whetton’s double for Brisbane Blaze in the 14th minute had scores locked 2-2 at three quarter time, but goals from Boyde Scott and Jared Taylor ensured the Blaze took the points back to Brisbane.
Round 3 fixtures sees NSW Pride at home to Tassie Tigers and Perth Thundersticks against Canberra Chill on Saturday 12 October, followed by Adelaide Fire hosting their first matches of the season as they welcome Brisbane Blaze on Sunday.
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Canberra Chill 0
NSW Pride 7 (Craig 30’, Govers 42’/58’, Lovett 51’/51’, Brand 56’/56’)
Saturday 5 October 2019
National Hockey Centre (ACT)
Full match report
Canberra Chill Men’s team: 1.Aaron Knight, 2.Ben Staines, 3.Anand Gupte, 4.James Day, 7.Kazuma Murata, 8.Daniel Conroy, 10.Owen Chivers, 11.Garry Backhus, 12.Jake Staines (c), 13.Manabu Yamashita, 17.Aaron Kershaw, 26. James Jewell, 27. Kentaro Fukuda, 30.Andrew Charter (GK),
NSW Pride Men’s team: 1.Lachlan Sharp, 2.Tom Craig, 5.Ash Thomas (GK), 6.Matthew Dawson (c), 8.Nathanael Stewart, 11.Hayden Dillon, 12.Kurt Lovett, 13.Blake Govers, 18.Tristan White, 19.Jack Hayes, 23.Ryan Proctor, 24.Dylan Martin, 26.Ehren Hazell, 29.Timothy Brand
Tassie Tigers 5 (Leslie 10’/10’, McCambridge 24’, Hayward 28’, H.Beltz 43’)
Adelaide Fire 1 (Hirotaka 57’)
Saturday 5 October 2019
Tasmanian Hockey Centre (TAS)
Full match report
Tassie Tigers Men’s team: 2.Nick Leslie, 3.Kurt Budgeon, 4.Hayden Beltz, 6.Joshua Brooks, 11.Eddie Ockenden (c), 12.Samuel McCulloch, 13.Joshua Beltz, 15.Kieron Arthur, 18.Grant Woodcock (GK), 19.Tim Devan, 20.James Bourke, 21.Ben Read, 29.Sam McCambridge, 32.Jeremy Hayward
Adelaide Fire Men’s team: 3.Lachlan Busiko, 6.Angus Fry, 9.Fred Gray, 11.Cameron Joyce, 13.Luke Larwood, 15.Andrew Leat, 18.Alastair Oliver, 19.Glyn Tamlin (c), 21.Simon Wells, 22.Chris Wells, 23.Cameron White, 24.Zendana Hirotaka, 25.Watenabe Kota, 29.Eddie Chittleborough (GK)
HC Melbourne 2 (Simmonds 4’/43’)
Brisbane Blaze 4 (Whetton 14’/14’, Boyde 47’, Taylor 49’)
Sunday 6 October 2019
State Netball and Hockey Centre (VIC)
Full match report
HC Melbourne Men’s team: 2.Max Hendry, 3.Simon Borger, 5.Andrew Philpott, 7.Will Gilmour, 9.Nathan Ephraums, 10.Russell Ford (c), 13.Jayshaan Randhawa, 14.Jonathan Bretherton, 15.Josh Simmonds, 17.Kiran Arunasalam, 18.Johan Durst (GK), 21.Jake Sherren, 23.Joel Carroll, 25.Aaron Kleinschmidt
Brisbane Blaze Men’s team: 3.Corey Weyer, 4.Hugh Pembroke, 5.Scott Boyde, 7.Joel Rintala, 9.Jacob Anderson, 10.Robert Bell, 12.Jake Whetton, 14.Luke Tyne, 15.Justin Douglas, 16.Tim Howard, 23.Daniel Beale, 26.Dylan Wotherspoon (c), 27.Jared Taylor, 32.Mitchell Nicholson (GK)
Sultana Bran Hockey One League website
Sultana Bran Hockey One League Women’s Round 2 Review
Adelaide Fire, HC Melbourne and Canberra Chill all consolidated their victories from Round 1 on the weekend, when they took to the pitch for Round 2 of the Sultana Bran Hockey One League in the women’s competition.
Competition was fierce in all matches, with all three women’s teams able to pull ahead and be two wins from two matches after the weekend.
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Adelaide Fire Women were particularly impressive as they accounted for the Tassie Tigers 4-0 in front of a bumper crowd in Hobart. All four goals, which included a double to Miki Spano, came in the second half to put them on top of the table (click here for a full match report).
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In Canberra, first half goals from sisters Naomi and Mikayla Evans saw the Chill Women secure a narrow win over NSW Pride to follow up their dramatic penalty shootout win against Brisbane Blaze a week earlier. The margin could have been greater if not for the heroics of Jocelyn Bartram in the NSW Pride goal, the keeper saving both conversion opportunities (click here for a full match report).
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HC Melbourne Women also kept their 100 per cent record intact thanks to a 1-0 win over Brisbane Blaze Women. The solitary goal of the game came from the stick of Laura Desmet in the 23rd minute when she managed to deflect a penalty corner into the net.
Round 3 fixtures sees NSW Pride at home to Tassie Tigers and Perth Thundersticks against Canberra Chill on Saturday 12 October, followed by Adelaide Fire hosting their first matches of the season as they welcome Brisbane Blaze on Sunday.
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Sultana Bran Hockey One 2019 Season – Round 2 Results
Canberra Chill 2 (N.Evans 10’, M.Evans 29’)
NSW Pride 1 (Blamey 45+’)
Saturday 5 October 2019
National Hockey Centre (ACT)
Full Match report
Canberra Chill Women’s team: 1.Mikayla Evans, 3.Brooke Peris, 7.Naomi Evans, 9.Samantha Economos, 10.Rebecca Lee, 11.Sophie Gaughan, 12.Aleisha Price, 13.Yui Ishibashi, 16.Shihori Oikawa, 17.Rebecca Middleton, 18.Olivia Martin, 22.Taylor Thomson, 23.Kalindi Commerford (c), 31.Sakiyo Asano (GK)
NSW Pride Women’s team: 1.Jocelyn Bartram (GK), 2.Sarah Johnston, 12.Mikaela Patterson, 14.Kaitlin Nobbs, 16.Jessica Watterson, 19.Morgan Blamey, 20.Maddison Smith, 21.Alice Arnott, 22.Kate Jenner, 23.Abigail Wilson, 27.Renae Robinson, 28.Casey Sablowski (c), 29.Courtney Schonell, 31.Emma Spinks
Tassie Tigers 0
Adelaide Fire 4 (Spano 32’/56’, Nance 34’, de Broughe 43’)
Saturday 5 October 2019
Tasmanian Hockey Centre (TAS)
Full match report
Tassie Tigers Women’s team: 1.Sarah McCambridge, 2.Amelia Spence (c), 3.Hannah Richardson, 4.Nicole Geeves, 5.Molly Haas, 8.Holly Bonde (GK), 9.Emily Donovan, 10.Laura Spandler, 13.Phillida Bridley, 15.Sophie Rockefeller, 16.Samantha Lawrence, 19.Esmee Broekhuizen, 20.Katerina Lacina, 23.Caashia Karrington
Adelaide Fire Women’s team: 3.Brooklyn Buchecker, 6.Jane Claxton, 7.Emma de Broughe, 8.Holly Evans (c), 13.Sarah Harrison, 15.Euleena Maclachlan, 17.Karri McMahon, 19.Gabi Nance, 20.Hattie Shand, 21.Miki Spano, 22.Leah Welstead, 23. Gemma McCaw, 25.Kate Denning, 30.Ashlee Wells (GK)
HC Melbourne 1 (Desmet 23’)
Brisbane Blaze 0
Sunday 6 October 2019
State Netball and Hockey Centre (VIC)
Full match report
HC Melbourne Women’s team: 1.Sophie Taylor, 3.Nicola Hammond, 5.Kristina Bates, 6.Claire Messent (c), 7.Kary Chau, 9.Lily Brazel, 10.Laura Desmet, 12.Carly James, 14.Laura Barden, 21.Florine van Grimbergen, 23.Samantha Snow, 25.Hannah Gravenall, 27.Rachael Lynch (GK), 33.Amy Lawton
Brisbane Blaze Women’s team: 1.Savannah Fitzpatrick, 2.Madison Fitzpatrick, 3.Layla Eleison, 4.Ashlea Fey (c), 5.Rosie Malone, 6.Morgan Gallagher, 8.Jordyn Holzberger, 9.Jesse Reid, 10.Madeleine James, 14.Meg Pearce, 15.Hannah Astbury (GK), 19.Morgan Mathison, 22.Britt Wilkinson, 25.Georgia Hillas
Sultana Bran Hockey One League website
ROUND-UP: Men's Hockey League
Wimbledon produced an excellent display in the Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday, winning 12-0 at home against the University of Exeter.
Four goals from Ed Horler and a hat-trick a piece for Ben Francis and Ben Arnold ensured there was no way back for the away side.
Tom Barratt and Phil Roper both added one each to Wimbledon’s tally before full time to cap a great performance from the home side.
Old Georgians maintained their position at the top of the table, winning 5-0 at East Grinstead.
James Tindall gave the away side the lead in the fourth minute from open play before England international Sam Ward doubled their advantage in the 41st minute.
Tom Carson made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute before adding a fourth nine minutes later from free play as Ward capped off the victory shortly after with a goal from a penalty corner.
On Saturday, Holcombe won 3-2 at Reading to maintain third position in the table.
Robert Field, Jeremy Edwards and Harry Trusler were all on the scoresheet for the away side while Terry Kynaston and Jatinder Bachu were the goal scorers for Reading.
Elsewhere, Brooklands MU won 2-1 at home against Beeston.
Thomas Lush opened the scoring for the home side in the fourth minute before Adam Dixon levelled with a 67th minute penalty stroke.
Eddie Way scored a dramatic winner when he slotted home from a penalty corner in the 69th minute.
Men’s Division 1 North
University of Durham stayed top of the Men’s Division One North after a 5-0 win against University of Birmingham on Sunday.
Daniel Edwards scored two in the win and the North East outfit have now scored 12 goals in their opening two fixtures without conceding a single goal.
Cardiff & Met maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-2 victory over City of Peterborough.
The Welsh side were 3-0 up before City of Peterborough pulled two goals back, although a third eluded them.
Bowdon also made it two out of two with a 3-1 victory at home to Sheffield Hallam.
Elsewhere, Olton & West Warwicks got their first win of the season, beating Leeds 6-0 while Loughborough Students beat University of Nottingham 3-0 on Saturday.
Men’s Division 1 South
Two first half goals from Timmy Smyth and Alex Williams gave Southgate a narrow 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove in the Men’s Division One South, a win which puts Southgate top on goal difference.
Teddington left it late to snatch all three points and level at the top of the table in a 1-0 home win against Oxford Hawks.
Kyle White’s 63rd minute field goal separated the two sides as Oxford Hawks lie bottom with Teddington second.
Canterbury bounced back from last weekend’s defeat with a 2-1 win over Fareham; Sevenoaks and Oxted battled to a 2-2 stalemate while Team Bath Buccaneers also drew 2-2 with Havant.
Men’s Conference East
Cambridge City held on despite a rousing fightback from a battling Chichester side in the Men’s Conference East.
A 64th minute and second goal for Gareth Andrew gave Cambridge City their game-ending fifth goal in the 5-4 victory but Chichester can take heart from battling back from being 4-1 down.
St Albans went top of the table after their 7-3 victory against Harleston Magpies.
Teague Marcano scored a hat-trick for the victors with Dave Williams adding two of his own.
Men’s Conference North
Doncaster went top of the table after a 2-1 win over Yorkshire rivals Wakefield in the Men’s Conference North.
Ben Davies levelled for Wakefield in the 65th minute but Alex Kerly fired Doncaster back into the lead only a minute later which proved to be the decisive goal.
Ali Ghazanfar scored with four minutes remaining to lift Deeside Ramblers to a 4-3 away victory at Barford Tigers.
Deeside went 3-0 down but goals from Ghazanfar, Will Dodd-Moore and Neil Worrall drew them level before Ghazanfar added netted his second of the game to help the Ramblers take their first three points of the season.
Men’s Conference West
Ashmoor made it two wins from two as they won 3-1 at home to Harborne in the Men’s Conference West on Sunday.
Samuel Taylor, Max Romer-Lee and Seb Ansley were all on the scoresheet for the home side.
Cheltenham won 5-4 at home to the University of Exeter, picking up their first win of the season.
Todd Freeman, Jonny Bryan, Jacob Payton (2) and Alex Salmon were all on the scoresheet for the home side.
* Statistics, full scores and tables from the Men's Hockey League are available by clicking here.
England Hockey Board Media release
Harlequins record memorable Senior Cup win as Dale strikes late
Julian Dale’s last minute ripper earned Cork Harlequins a memorable 2-1 win over Corinthian in the men’s Irish Senior Cup as the Munster Division One side knocked out EY Hockey League opposition at Farmers’ Cross.
The Irish international picked out the top right corner to crown the win, completing a comeback after they had trailed with just minutes to play.
David Howard had given the Dubliners the lead from the penalty spot in the third quarter following a mix-up between John Hobbs and David Palmer.
But Quins were knocking on the door long before they equalised via Ross Bailey’s penalty corner rebound with nine minutes to go, a sharply taken tomahawk strike.
And, with time up, they won a series of corners with Dale stepping up for the winner, setting up a second round date against Glenanne.
It continues Quins’ resurgence following some lean years since winning the Senior Cup back in 2012. Indeed, the win was largely down to the young guns they have nurtured, teenagers like Bailey, Andrew Dale, Ben Roberts, Jack O’Meara and Michael Holland.
They shone in the absence of both Mark Black and Brian Hayes-Curtin – who were both forced to withdraw the night before the tie – as well as Rob Hobbs and Jason Black.
It gives them a strong boost ahead of their EYHL Division Two debut next weekend against Clontarf as they look to continue their progress back toward the national stage.
Elsewhere, Bandon came unstuck 3-2 against Railway Union at home. They had fallen 2-0 behind to goals from Michael Fulham and Jeremy McKeever before David Smith and Ethan Hamilton tied the game up at three quarter only for Hugo Heisterkamp to grab the winner with his first Railway goal.
Monkstown showed the gap Instonians have to make up if they are to compete for an EYHL place after a 5-1 result at Shaw’s Bridge.
Although Inst enjoyed plenty of possession, they were no match for the more clinical Dublin side. The Ulster champions will now have to regroup ahead of their quest to get back into Irish hockey’s top-flight as they face Avoca in the second-tier EYHL on Saturday in Dublin.
Monkstown were restricted to just a few half chances in the opening quarter, Gareth Watkins going closest when, after a great run, he fired narrowly wide of the far post.
In the 22nd minute, Rory Nichols smashed in the opener with a straight strike after the Leinster side’s second penalty corner of the game. Nine minutes later, from a rare Inst chance, Stephen Hamill was unable to get a touch on a teasing cross, the ball striking his body.
Within 60 seconds, Monkstown were 2-0 to the good, Nichols getting his second with a carbon copy of his first after great work by Josh Filgas set up the award.
On the stroke of half-time, Instonians were dead and buried when Gareth Watkins raced clear of the home defence and converted from the penalty spot after being fouled by Stuart McWilliams.
Instonians came out of the blocks in more determined fashion after the break and Stephen Kelso pulled one back from a Ross Kelly cross on 43 minutes.
But Monkstown’s more ruthless touch in front of goal was again underlined when they scored twice in the last three minutes.
Max Guilfoyle skilfully lofted the ball over Inst keeper Sam Browne from close-range in the 67th minute and Filgas added number five from a similar position with the last play of the game.
UCD continued their strong start to the season with three second half goals seeing them beat Annadale 3-0. Guy Sarratt broke the deadlock with a drag-flick, Belgian arrival, Gauthier Beirnaert got a counter attack goal, scoring through the keeper’s legs; Peter Lynch scored a tap in on the bounce at the back post.
Next on UCD’s cup agenda is an away date against Clontarf.
A Simon Todd hat trick saw them beat Dublin University 4-1 to set up a second round date with Cork C of I.
The other outcomes of the draw see Bray host Monkstown and Cookstown play Railway Union; Pembroke v Avoca, Three Rock against YMCA and Banbridge against Lisnagarvey were already set in stone.
In the Irish Hockey Trophy, Leinster sides Rathgar and Weston advanced ahead of Ulster opposition. Gar were 3-1 winners over North Down while the Lucan side won 3-0 at Ballynahinch with Phil Baron scoring two drag-flicks while Conor Murphy nailed a fantastic reverse-stick shot to clinch it at St Colman’s.
NICS, finalists last year, lie in wait for Weston in the next round while Rathgar host Catholic Institute and Bangor host Raphoe.
Irish Senior Cup – Round 1: Bandon 2 (D Smith, E Hamilton) Railway Union 3 (M Fulham, J McKeever, H Heisterkamp); Cork Harlequins 2 (R Bailey, J Dale) Corinthian 1 (D Howard); Dublin University 1 (T Stroh) Mossley 4 (S Todd 3, R Wilson); Instonians 1 (S Kelso) Monkstown 5 (R Nichols 2, G Watkins, M Guilfoyle, G Cole); UCD 3 (G Sarratt, G Beirnaert, P Lynch) Annadale 0
Round 2 draw (October 26): Bray v Monkstown; Clontarf v UCD; Cookstown v Railway Union; Cork C of I v Mossley; Glenanne v Cork Harlequins; Pembroke v Avoca; Three Rock Rovers v YMCA; Banbridge v Lisnagarvey
Irish Hockey Trophy – Round 1: Bangor 2 (P Mayne, M Sanchez) CI 0; Rathgar 3 (S Malcolm, M Holland, A White) North Down 1 (R Davidson); Ballynahinch 0 Weston 3 (P Baron 2, C Murphy)
Round 2 draw (November 16): Belfast Harlequins v Portadown; Kilkenny v South Antrim; NICS v Weston; Queens – Portrane, Queen’s withdrawn; UCC v Ashton; Rathgar v Catholic Institute; Bangor v Raphoe; Waterford v Newry
Munster Division One: UCC 3 (B Cronin, S Dring, S Jermyn) Ashton 0; Waterford 3 (I Balding, B McInerney, P Cooke) Catholic Institute 1 (G Acheson)
Few home comforts but Loreto produce stunning comeback to oust Quins
The women’s Irish Senior Cup saw seven of the eight games go the way of the visiting sides as home comforts proved hard to come by on a rain-soaked Saturday.
Indeed, the one that did go the way of the hosts had to go all the way with no winner found in normal time at a temporary home due to Beaufort’s new pitch being not quite ready.
Loreto came back 2-0 down in the last five minutes to beat Belfast Harlequins in a shoot-out at Grange Road. The first half ended scoreless but the tie burst into life in the third quarter when Jenna Watt netted twice in a five-minute spell.
And that looked enough to win the tie until Loreto summoned an amazing comeback. Sarah Clarke gave them hope when she cracked in a corner with a direct hit.
Mia Jennings – just a few days after playing in the Dublin ladies Gaelic football championship final for Kilmacud Crokes – scored a last minute equaliser.
They carried that momentum into the shoot-out with Jennings, Christina Hamill, Sarah Evans and Sarah Torrans all scoring while Alannah Carragher made a top save to earn the 4-2 success.
Pembroke were another side to benefit from last minute drama as they just about got the win at Jordanstown against Ulster Elks.
Emma Quinn and Orla Macken exchanged goals to leave the game in the balance right up until the end when Aisling Naughton nicked the 2-1 goal.
Railway Union edged out Old Alex at Milltown as Emma Smyth returned to action as Cliona McCullough and Niamh Shaw’s goals outdid Emma Russell’s scrambled corner goal.
Corinthian won a well-matched contest against Monkstown at the ALD Merrion Fleet Arena. The first half ended scoreless but the reds went in front in the second half when Camila Arbulo won a corner which was switched right and then back into the centre for Jessica McGrane to slot into the bottom left corner.
Corinthian were in the mood during this phase and, after a couple of near misses, went in front 2-0 in the 51st minute when they passed the ball around the circle to Nicola Torrans to tap in the conclusive score.
Banbridge won a 4-3 thriller at Santry Avenue as Paula Haugh got a key double. She started the seven-goal series before Trinity levelled before the end of the first quarter.
Jody Simmons restored the Bann lead and they were 3-1 up courtesy of Sophie Mount but the lead was pegged back to 3-2 by a Sally Campbell corner goal.
A Campbell stroke made it 3-3 but they were caught on the counter-attack from a Trinity corner, which was worked all the way up theifled to Haugh for what proved to be the winner.
UCD were 3-1 victors at Muckross Park, knocking out fellow EY Hocke League opposition for a second successive week. Hannah McLoughlin teed up Niamh Carey for the opening goal.
Her twin, Michelle, got the next for 2-0 before Kim Baker got the final touch to put the game back in the melting pot for Muckross.
The Donnybrook side threw everything forward in the closing phases but they were caught out when Sarah Patton scored into an open goal.
At Garryduff, UCC won 3-1 against city rivals C of I. Christina Dring opened the scoring and they were 2-0 up at half-time. Mel Ryan got a stroke to half the deficit but a third goal for the students in the third quarter sealed the deal.
Charlotte Beggs and Taite Doherty earned a 2-0 away win for Pegasus against Ballymoney.
It leaves a couple of great match-ups in the quarter-finals with Loreto hosting Railway Union while Pembroke face UCD. Pegasus will be favourites against UCC while Corinthian and Banbridge have a big shot at earning a rare semi-final spot.
In the Irish Hockey Trophy, Lauren Moore got the only goal as Avoca beat Our Lady’s, Rathgar were too strong for CI, winning 5-1, while Zoe Garland and Lucy Small scored the goals for North Kildare in a 2-0 success against Belvedere.
Clontarf bowed out at the hands of Mossley while Galway were shoot-out winners against Ashton. Beth Ravey’s hat trick underpinned Lisnagarvey’s 4-0 success in Galway against Greenfields.
Irish Senior Cup – Round 2: Ballymoney 0 Pegasus 2 (C Beggs, T Doherty); Cork C of I 1 (M Ryan) UCC 3 (E Kerr, C Dring, A Collins); Old Alex 1 (E Russell) Railway Union 2 (C McCullough, N Shaw); Loreto 2 (S Clarke, M Jennings) Belfast Harlequins 2 (J Watt 2), Loreto win shoot-out 4-2; Monkstown 0 Corinthian 2 (J McGrane, N Torrans); Muckross 1 (K Baker) UCD 3 (N Carey, M Carey, S Patton); Trinity 3 (S Campbell 2, A Long) Banbridge 4 (P Haugh 2, S Mount, J Simmons); Ulster Elks 1 (E Quinn) Pembroke 2 (O Macken, A Naughton)
Quarter-final draw (October 12): Loreto v Railway Union; Pembroke v UCD; Pegasus v UCC; Corinthian v Banbridge
Irish Hockey Trophy – Round 1: Ashton 3 (T Johnson 3) Galway 3 (A Foley, C Dunne, S Carey), Galway win shoot-out; North Kildare 2 (Z Garland, L Small) Belvedere 0; Mossley 3 (K Lorimer, D Axon, J Nesbitt) Clontarf 1 (R McMullen); Our Lady’s 0 Avoca 1 (L Moore); Greenfields 0 Lisnagarvey 4 (B Ravey 3, K McIlwaine); CI 1 Rathgar 5 (H Beverland, L Martin, N Kohli-Lynch, H O’Callaghan, K O’Brien)
Round 2 draw (November 16): Armagh v Rathgar; Bandon v NUIG; Bray v Lisnagarvey; Genesis v North Kildare; North Down v Raphoe; Portadown v Mossley; Three Rock Rovers v Avoca; Galway v Kilkenny
Scottish Premiership delivers great weekend of hockey action
Grove Menzieshill took advantage of Grange`s absence to open up a three-point gap at the top of the men’s Premiership with a narrow 1-0 win over Watsonians on Tayside.
Coach Neil Allan was philosophical on the occasion. “It`s good to take the three points when we didn`t play particularly well…perhaps we were a bit fortunate.
“We were sloppy in possession, but all credit to Watsonians who kept us under pressure during the game.”
The only goal of the game came in 24 minutes, Jamie Golden`s shot was blocked by the keeper but Keir Robb followed up to find the net.
No such issues for Western Wildcats, they gave Dundee Wanderers an 8-2 defeat to purr into second spot.
In the first half Joe McConnell netted twice from a penalty corner and then open play, the other two came from Rob Harwood to put Wildcats 4-1 up at the interval. Sean Dowie notched Wanderers` only counter.
Western Wildcats added another four after the interval, Fraser Calder followed by Andrew McConnell at a penalty corner, then Nikki Homfray and Harwood from the spot for his hat-trick made it eight, Elliott Sandison got the Dundonians` consolation.
Edinburgh University moved up to the top four with a 3-2 win over Clydesdale at Peffermill – students` coach Graham Moodie admitted that it was an even affair that could have gone either way.
In the first quarter Kevin Wong opened for Edinburgh, Andrew Allan replied from the spot, but a Jack Jamieson penalty corner strike put the home side 2-1 ahead at the interval.
Jamieson added another for the students from a set piece strike for a 3-1 lead only for Struan Walker to pull one back from a fierce reverse stick shot.
However, there was no further scoring and the three points remained at Peffermill.
Both Hillhead and Kelburne got their first point on the board following a 3-3 draw.
Matt McIntyre (2) and Mark Campbell scored for Hillhead, but that was cancelled out by Johnny Christie (2) and Pol Albericio for the Paisley side.
Clydesdale Western triumphed in the top game in the women`s Premiership with a narrow 1-0 win over Western Wildcats at Titwood.
Clydesdale`s coach Derek Forsyth said: “I felt we deserved to win it, I thought we just edged it.
“I felt we were on top in the first half although Wildcats came much more into it in the second, the final quarter provided a very scrappy finish to the game.”
The only goal of the game came just before the end of the third quarter with a direct penalty corner strike by Jen Eadie.
Despite Clydesdale`s crucial victory, it is Dundee Wanderers who top the table, they share nine points but have a single goal advantage after a 4-1 win over Hillhead on Tayside.
The points were secured in the first quarter with a double from Vikki Bunce. Lucy Williamson added a third before the half-time interval.
Wanderers` coach Iain Strachan admitted that his side took their “foot off the gas” in the second half, although Heather Howie still added a fourth before Hillhead scored a consolation.
Champions Edinburgh University continue to storm back into the fray with a ten goal win over Merlins Gordonians at Peffermill.
Top scorer was Hanna McKie with four, there were two each for Amy Brodie and Ella Watt while Ellie Halliday and Georgia Jones added the others.
Watsonians continue to improve, they travelled to Grove Menzieshill and came away with a hard-fought 4-2 victory.
However, they were caught cold as Grove Menzieshill took a two goal lead in only five minutes through Ellie Stott and Lucy Murray.
But the Edinburgh side had a devastating second quarter to take a 3-2 lead, Sarah Jamieson opened with a powerful run and shot, Emily Newlands equalised from a penalty corner option, and Nikki Stobie gave the Edinburgh side the lead from open play after a good move down the right.
Watsonians might have had more by half time but for a couple of great saves by Amber Murray from Jamieson and Newlands, while Holly Shepherd hit a post.
The result remained 3-2 until the closing minutes when a Jamieson shot was diverted into the net by Lucy Lanigan for the three points.
At the other end of the table GHK picked up their first points of the season with a 2-1 win at Glasgow University. Yemesi Edgar scored twice for GHK while Imogen Bryce replied for the students.
Scottish Hockey Union media release
Police shoot to third with Jaguars win
By AGNES MAKHANDIA
Kenya Police defender Derrick Juma (left) dribbles past Western Jaguars midfielder Dan Simiyu during Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Premier League match at City Park Stadium on October 6, 2019. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Kenya Police edged Western Jaguars 2-1 in Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League match at City Park Stadium on Sunday.
Robert Masibo and experienced Moses Cheplaiti scored for Police in the 15th and 47th minutes respectively, while Ivan Ludiali replied for the visitors in the 38th.
The win saw Police dislodge Greensharks from third place with 21 points, 12 behind leaders Butali Sugar Warriors.
Kenya Police captain Oliver Echenje conceded that reclaiming the title they last won in 2017 is beyond them.
“We will be lying to ourselves if we say we are going for the title. The trophy is for Butali to lose but this is hockey and anything can happen. We will continue to push as our aspiration going forward is to ensure we finish at least second,” said Echenje.
He added: “It was a good match although we expected to score many goals but it was not the case. We lost many scoring chances and we will have to better ourselves in that department in the remaining fixtures.”
Western Jaguars will return home empty handed having also lost 3-0 to Wazalendo on Saturday but coach Mike Malungu said they have picked a lot of positives from the two matches. Malungu sought consolation in the fact that his side is relatively young with an average age of 22.
"At the end of it all we lost six points. We need to work on scoring to finish in top four. Our five remaining matches against United States International University Africa, Strathmore University, Butali, Chase Sailors and Nairobi Sikh are tough and we have no choice but to put up a good performance," said Malungu.
Both sides tested each other in the early exchanges but it was Police who drew first blood thanks to Masibo’s penalty corner in the 15th minute.
Western Jaguars could have equalized in the 29th minute but Kevin Mashigi’s shot went wide to end the first half on a high.
On resumption, the visitors picked from where they left and their efforts paid off when Ludiali scored through a fantastic filed goal in the 38th minute to level the scores.
Jaguars was the better side in the first quarter of the second half but failed to convert. They were later punished when Cheplaiti sounded the board in the 47th minute to hand Police maximum points.
Meanwhile, Mombasa Sports Club (MSC) women’s team kept alive their chances of returning to the Premier League after bagging six points over the weekend.
The coastal-based outfit won against Vikings 1-0 on Saturday, before they wrapped up their weekend tour of the city with 2-1 win against Technical University on Sunday.
With the two wins, MSC have moved to third position with 18 points from 10 matches.
At the same time, Vikings team manager Marie Raposa has praised the Commercial Bank of Africa which has facilitated the self-supporting side with Sh210,000.
Raposa said the team has been struggling to raise money to cater for players travelling expenses, training as well as allowances.
“The mood in the team is awesome and players are happy. With the money we can now fund the players who are drawn across the nation to honour the matches as well as training sessions.
The bank also gave us kits and we are extremely indebted to them and we can only hope for the best," Raposa.
Graham Reid: India men's hockey team needs to get a little more consistent
India’s hockey coach Graham Reid, who won an Olympic silver with Australia in 1992, discusses the India job, dressing-room culture and his background.
“Because of the rich history India have in hockey and the amount of people who play it and follow it, it’s a lovely place to be able to do your trade,” says Graham Reid. - K. Murali Kumar
The next 12 months will come to define Graham Reid’s tenure with the Indian men’s hockey team. There is first an Olympic qualifying tie against Russia to think of and, should India go through as is expected, there are the Tokyo Games themselves next year. Reid took charge only in April, knowing he had just over a year to prepare his team for the Olympics, but the Australian is cautiously optimistic. “I would not have taken the job,” he asserts, “if I didn’t think I could do it.”
Reid won an Olympic silver with Australia at the 1992 Games in Barcelona and later coached the Australian and Dutch national teams. In between, he worked as a software engineer and even ran his own program-management business. Reid’s father, Alan, was a wicketkeeper who played Sheffield Shield cricket for Queensland under Ray Lindwall’s captaincy. The younger Reid was a keen cricketer himself and remembers playing against Ian Healy as a junior in Queensland.
In this interview with Sportstar at the Sports Authority of India campus in Bengaluru, the 55-year-old discusses the India job, the dressing-room culture and his own background.
You took over in April. How has the job been so far?
It’s been really enjoyable. As I've said a few times, for foreign coaches, coaching India is always one of the things that you dream of doing one day. Because of the rich history India have in hockey and the amount of people who play it and follow it, it’s a lovely place to be able to do your trade. Coaching the Indian team is an honour and a privilege. It's been a really interesting time. The boys have been really welcoming. It must be difficult for them because I’m another new coach. But I have someone like (analytical coach) Chris Ciriello with me, who also comes from Australia, so they’re fairly used to our ideas of playing hockey.
Indian hockey has a rich history and expectations in India are always high because of that. The reality is India has not won an Olympic medal since 1980. Were you not apprehensive of the scale of the task before you took it up?
I didn’t have apprehensions. I’m very aware of the scale of the task. It’s a little bit like tennis in Australia. We were very good and then for a long time we didn’t have anyone. There is now a revival and we have a girl who’s No. 1 (Ashleigh Barty).
They’re the cycles that tend to happen with sport. As a sport changes, the country has to change, and perhaps with Australian tennis, we didn’t do that. The rules change as well, and that’s a big thing with hockey. They’re constantly changing the rules. It’s been a great thing for the sport, but the game has changed so much. So you need to change. Coaching India is a daunting task, but the timing for me was right... the timing in my life. I saw this team at the 2018 World Cup and I thought, ‘If things go well, they could have a very good shot at the Olympics’.
Reid with the Indian team during a training session at the national camp at the SAI in Bengaluru. “They have the ability to do it. They’re a cohesive unit. They’re like a family. Now we just have to translate that into a high-performance culture,” Reid says of the Indian team. - K. Murali Kumar
You’ve coached in Australia and the Netherlands. How different is the dressing-room culture in India?
The team is very respectful. It’s actually very nice as a coach to see that. Everyone listens and there is a respect for the coach. That’s a cultural thing as well. It’s very refreshing for me. We have to try and move that into performance culture. I had similar things in Holland where their schooling system does not push for excellence. Developing that high-performance culture in Holland was also a different challenge. I see similar challenges here in that they are used to being told what to do and you have to try to get them to make their own decision. They have the ability to do it. They’re a cohesive unit. They’re like a family. Now we just have to translate that into a high-performance culture.
Indian hockey churns through coaches at an alarming rate. Does that worry you?
(Laughs) You can’t let that worry you. That’s something you can’t control. I will be doing my best and we’ll be trying to move the team towards the goal. I try not to worry about that and try and get the job done. What will happen will happen.
The ideal scenario for a new coach would have been to come in at the start of an Olympic cycle. You have taken charge with just over a year to go for the Olympics. Do you think you have enough time to prepare this team?
I would not have taken the job if I didn’t think I could do it. I have to try and assume that the time we have is enough. Of course it’s not very much time and we have to try and accelerate a lot of things that you would normally have four years to work with. It’s a good challenge for us. What is positive is that Chris has been here for the last year and a half. Chris is someone who had played with me for nine years. He understands the way I like to play. So a lot of the things we are now going to be refining rather than having to totally change. But because they have had more coaches in the last few years... that also brings with it a band of knowledge that these guys have picked up along the way.
Qualifying for the Olympics is critical. How do you deal with that pressure during those two games?
We talk about not worrying about the outcome but worrying about the process. These two games will be no different. We know the job we need to do and we will go out there and be focused on the task. We will focus on our game plan and not qualification. If we do that, then the result will look after itself.
You’ve been to the Olympics as a player in 1992 and later as a coach. What does it feel like?
It is definitely a different tournament. I remember before London and Rio, we did a lot of work on getting the team used to what-ifs. What if the bus lost its way? Because that’s a common thing. The bus drivers are normally not from the city they are driving in, so they will often get lost. So if that happens before a game and you get to the game late, how do you deal with it? You need to prepare for those sorts of things. So there are a lot of ways in which it is very different to how you would prepare for a normal tournament. These guys are used to the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, multi-sport events. And this is a multi-sport event, but this is the biggest. It’s a big stage. One of the things I do say about the Indians is that they always operate under a lot of pressure. They’re used to that environment.
Do you feel your experience of having played and coached in the Olympics will help?
I’m sure it will. The manner in which you teach and operate are a sum of your experiences. I’ve not only learnt things from Rio and London but also from Barcelona. We won the semifinal in 1992, and I felt like we celebrated a bit too much. We were so pleased, because in 1988 (Seoul) and in 1984 (Los Angeles), we had lost the semifinal. So to win a semifinal was almost the grand final for us. But there was still one more game to go. In the final, Germany scored in the second minute and we were behind the eight-ball the whole time. Those sorts of things you remember and as a coach you say, ‘No, we have to stay focused.’
Does that defeat in the 1992 final still hurt?
At the time, it was really disappointing. Because we came second. Then as you get older, you realise that a silver medal at an Olympic Games is pretty special. They are the lessons or things I remember most. Take your opportunities.
You played both hockey and cricket as a child. At what stage did you have to make a choice?
I’m from a country town called Redcliffe in Queensland. My mother and father both played hockey. My brother played, too. I started when I was five and I had a cut-off stick. That was when I started and I have continued to play. This year is perhaps the first year I don’t play in a competition. I’ve played veterans’ hockey every year in Holland or in Perth. So I love the sport.
Reid with Indian captain Manpreet Singh. “Our first step is Olympic qualification. After that we play the Pro League. That’s a really important step for this team, playing good quality matches before the Olympics,” says the coach. - PTI
What about cricket?
I loved cricket as well. My father played Sheffield Shield for Queensland, although not a lot. He was a wicketkeeper. He was of the same generation as Wally Grout, so when Wally went and played for Australia, dad played for Queensland. Dad loved his cricket and always wanted me to play cricket but he loved hockey as well. In Australia, they go together very often. So a cricket club will go with a hockey club. In summer it’s cricket, in winter it’s hockey. In cricket, I was a wicketkeeper and an opening bat. I was not very good at either. I got to state level or something. I had to make a choice at 16 or 17 between cricket and hockey. Hockey was more fun for me, so I chose that.
Ian Healy, who also is from Queensland, is roughly the same age as you…
I’ve actually played against him at under-12 level. We were wicket-keepers for rival clubs. At the time, I didn’t think he was anything special. But he obviously was, because in a few years’ time he was keeping for Australia and I’d stopped playing cricket (laughs).
Who were your sporting heroes growing up?
Greg Chappell was one. Also Greg Browning, who played hockey for Australia. He ended up coaching me.
You have worked in the oil and gas and mining industries too...
I have a degree in computer science. So straight from university, I went into computing. I was still playing at that point. I was a software engineer and then went into project management, and then I started my own business in time-management training. That’s when we came in touch with all the different industries of oil and gas and mining. It was a very interesting time of my life. Ric Charlesworth rang me up during that period and said, ‘Hey, I know you’ve always coached and you love hockey. Do you want to get back into the Australian team?’ I said, ‘OK, that sounds pretty good.’ Also, because I was doing a little business coaching at that point, it made sense that even if I didn’t like hockey coaching as a full-time job, having Ric Charlesworth on your CV was very good, even in the business world.
How much of an influence has Ric Charlesworth been?
He’s been one of my mentors. When I was growing up, he was one of my heroes as a player. When I first started working with him, I was worried because he was a very intense person. We were looking at videos at 12 in the night. But he has a fantastic sense of humour, which I love. I didn’t know about that until I started to coach. He talks about the price of life being eternal vigilance. It’s a common line of his. And I really like that. Because you’re never quite sure which of the things that you are dealing with is going to make the difference. So every single thing needs to be important. Whatever you can do, you need to do. And that’s the thing with coaching. You never know…‘If I tweak this or tweak that, what’s going to make the difference?’ So understanding how that happens is really important.
India is currently ranked fifth in the world. How big is the gap between India and, say, the top two — Australia and Belgium?
It’s very hard to say. It was obvious when we were in Australia (for a Test series in May, when India lost the two matches 4-0 and 5-2). They’ve been playing in the FIH Pro League. We haven’t played. There is a gap. And that gap, you never know. Because if we’re both playing at our best, it’s closer than what everyone thinks. But if Australia is playing at its best, and we’re down 5 percent off our best, then that gap can look a little larger. That’s our challenge now, to accelerate that change. Our first step is Olympic qualification. After that we play the Pro League. That’s a really important step for this team, playing good-quality matches before the Olympics.
Has it been a disadvantage not playing in the Pro League so far?
Look, it is what it is. I can’t change that. But what I do know is that we’re in the Pro League next year. That’s a real positive change for us. We just need to make sure we manage workload. That’s something I learnt from watching this year’s Pro League. Towards the end, the European teams looked a little jaded.
You had seen Indian hockey from afar. What do you make of talent in the country now that you’re here?
The way I think about it is, it’s different. It’s different talent. It’s different to Holland and Australia. But we still have fantastic skills. Now it’s a matter of working out how those skills can be applied into the modern game. We’re getting there but we just need to get a little more consistency with that.
Meet the Hardik of Indian hockey, a superstar in making
By Shravan Kumar Reddy Apparigani
Hardik Singh Twitter/Hockey India
Within the Indian sporting world, the identify Hardik invariably refers to Hardik Pandya – the all-rounder within the cricket workforce. This Hardik has been making the headlines, typically for good and typically for unhealthy causes, and has come to be identified for his flamboyance and boldness.
However there’s one other Hardik – Hardik Singh within the hockey workforce – who has been slowly establishing himself on the worldwide stage as a a really thrilling younger midfielder. A exact opposite to his namesake from the cricket world, Singh nonetheless will get teased by his senior teammates throughout interviews and comes throughout as barely shy.
However with the Olympics lower than a yr away, he’ll play an more and more essential position in fulfilling coach Graham Reid’s plans for the longer term. In an unique interview with Worldwide Enterprise Instances, India, the 21-year reveals how his journey on the worldwide stage has been in its first yr.
Having performed a whole lot of worldwide hockey within the final yr or so, are you now feeling at residence at this stage?
Hardik: Sure. My first event was final yr in October. Within the first two matches, I did really feel somewhat nervous. After that, we had the World Cup. I assumed I performed nicely within the World Cup. Following this, there was the Azlan Shah event and the tour of Australia. I gained a whole lot of useful expertise from these occasions.
Additionally, our workforce has a whole lot of juniors. So, it wasn’t as if there have been solely senior gamers within the workforce. However we additionally should not be making excuses on account of us being juniors. We should not say that we won’t take accountability. General, sure, I’ve gained good expertise within the final yr.
Hardik Singh is quick turning into an essential member of Indian midfieldTwitter/Hockey India
India misplaced an excellent midfielder in Sardara Singh on account of retirement. However the present midfield additionally appears good with gamers like Chinglensana Singh and the captain himself, Manpreet Singh. Are you proud of the way in which the midfield is taking part in?
Hardik: Our midfield is working very nicely. We’re giving ourselves extra again choices. And we now have labored loads within the final six months on these areas the place we now have room for enchancment. I can say that we’re fairly happy with the way in which our midfield is working.
Since your coach Graham Reid likes the workforce to play aggressively, are you additionally anticipated to play excessive and push the ball ahead to the strikers as rapidly as doable?
Hardik: The primary job that we now have after we take the ball from the again is to offer choices to our defenders. As a result of if we do not give them choices, they are going to be in a tough state of affairs relating to the place to cross the ball. So, offering choices to defenders is the primary precedence.
Then, we additionally want good communication particularly after we are urgent. For a while, our coaches have emphasised the necessity for enhancing our communication. So, in the previous couple of months, we now have been working loads on enhancing this space of the sport.
Additionally, when a junior gamers comes into the workforce, he would not converse an excessive amount of and is hesitant. That is additionally one thing that we now have been doing nicely within the final couple of tournaments. New gamers who’re coming into the workforce are talking out, on the sector too.
You had a workshop on defence some weeks in the past the place it was emphasised that it is not simply the defenders who need to do the defending. The attackers and the midfielders type the primary and the second line of defence. What did you study from that workshop?
Hardik: Sure, we had Fergus Kavanaugh over for a particular camp on defence. He was an excellent defender for Australia in his day and shared his expertise with us. Whereas defending, you want endurance, initially. You should not get too excited and commit your self. So, he shared his expertise which was a superb lesson for us.
It has been stated that Indian gamers are too eager to run with the ball and attempt to dodge the defenders. They do not cross the ball as a lot as they need to. Is that this one thing you needed to work on as nicely?
Hardik: Sure, as a result of at the moment, groups play within the zonal mode. So, when the ball comes into the midfield, we now have to be prepared. We must always do the pre-scanning of the sector even earlier than we obtain the ball. This ensures that after we get it, we need not dribble, and know the place we should always cross it on.
In zonal play, at any time when we get the ball, we now have to offer a ahead cross. It’s because, if we begin dribbling, then different groups would profit and may mount a counter-attack. In the event you have a look at prime groups on the earth at present, most of them are taking part in within the zonal mode.
When the opposite workforce is urgent arduous and their midfield is placing a whole lot of stress on you, how do you deal with it?
Hardik: My means of coping with stress is changing it into pleasure. So, as an example, if we’re having a match with Australia and Jake Whetton and Eddie Ockenden are up in opposition to us, if I believe I’m taking part in in opposition to such large gamers, I’d be placing myself below stress. Whereas, if I believe that I wish to problem these gamers, that creates pleasure inside me.
What we now have mentioned within the workforce conferences, we now have to implement on the sector of play. So, there are not any worries relating to stress. If there’s stress on me throughout a match, I do the straightforward issues proper and play usually. I will not run with the ball if I’ve it. The midfield that we now have within the workforce, our captain Manpreet and Chinglensana, they information us loads.
How essential are these senior gamers within the midfield?
Hardik: They’ve been taking part in at this stage for the final 7-Eight years, so that they have a really large position within the mid-field. I bear in mind throughout my first event, my second match was with Pakistan, I used to be feeling a little bit of stress. At the moment, Manpreet got here ahead to information me.
It is a beauty of senior gamers that if we’re below stress, they information us. That is one high quality which I actually admire. If we’re committing errors, they inform us about it however not in a impolite method. They perceive us and know the place we must be instructed one thing and the place not.
While you play in opposition to more durable groups like Australia and Belgium, each time you get the ball, you’ll be challenged by 2-Three gamers. Are you ready for that?
Hardik: Properly, in World Cup additionally, many of the groups performed within the zonal mode and never in a man-to-man trend. In coaching additionally, we’re made to coach for zonal fashion as a result of more often than not, our workforce additionally performs in that method.
So, we now have turn out to be used to it. I additionally suppose that Indian workforce performs very nicely in zonal mode. Man-to-man, we’re not taking part in that nicely. If the opposite workforce is taking part in within the zonal mode, then we all know what we have to do.
How are the preparations going for the 2020 Olympics, with lower than a yr remaining?
Hardik: Olympics is, in all probability, the most important stage in hockey. We’re tremendously enthusiastic about it. However our qualifiers in opposition to Russia are developing. So, proper now, we’re not interested by the Olympics however the qualifiers. It is on these matches we’re focussing on. After that occasion, we’ll see what we will do for Tokyo.
Of all of the groups that you’ve got performed on the worldwide stage, which has been essentially the most tough to take care of?
Hardik: Australia is essentially the most tough. That is as a result of their midfielders are among the many senior-most in world hockey. Gamers like Jake Whetton, Aran Zalewski and Eddie Ockenden are there. Our midfield has gamers like me and Vivek Sagar Prasad who will not be very skilled in comparison with them. Once we play in opposition to them, we get good expertise. So sure, Australia is the hardest amongst all of them, I believe.
In high-intensity display, No. 4 Maryland field hockey upsets No. 3 UConn, 2-0
Midfielder Emma DeBerdine with the ball in Maryland field hockey’s 2-0 win over No. 3 Connecticut on Oct. 6, 2019 at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. (Gabby Baniqued/The Diamondback)
Early in Maryland field hockey’s Sunday matchup against No. 3 Connecticut, midfielder Emma DeBerdine crept into her own half, hoping to poke the ball off an unsuspecting Huskies defender — just as she did when she scored the double-overtime game-winner against No. 5 Northwestern on Thursday.
After taking the ball away from UConn defender this time around, DeBerdine again darted the length of the pitch, deking her way beyond the defense before whipping a ball toward Cheyenne Sprecher’s cage.
And while the shot whistled just wide, DeBerdine’s work rate foreshadowed a high-intensity display from the No. 4 Terps, who claimed a controlled 2-0 victory over the Huskies.
“Super energy and pressure from young Emma DeBerdine,” Meharg said. “She was unbelievably ruthless in her pressure, and that type of pressure can get you back what you need, and that’s on the board.”
Over the course of the season, the Terps have relied on their possession-based tactics to overwhelm defenses. But on Sunday, Maryland was forced into a more pragmatic approach, with the Huskies taking control of the ball for large parts of the opening frame.
So, the Terps defended in numbers, getting players behind the ball and limiting the space for UConn attackers to use. Consequently, the Huskies failed to record a shot on goal.
Maryland’s attack was held quiet, though, with DeBerdine’s wide attempt representing its only shot in the first.
“I gotta be honest, I thought we were super slow in the first quarter,” Meharg said. “I think our ball speed was slow, our movement after we passed was slow, we were very hesitant.”
The game began to open up in the second quarter, though, with UConn applying early pressure on Noelle Frost’s cage. Forward Svea Boker forced the Terps into two saves within the first three minutes of the frame.
But just as it looked as if the Huskies were threatening to break the game open, the Terps drove the ball into the shooting circle, with midfielder Madison Maguire laying the ball to an unmarked Linda Cobano, who fired a first-time shot toward the bottom corner of the net. The ball tipped off Huskies defender Antonia Tiedtke and into the back of the cage, giving the Terps a surprising 1-0 lead.
Just 10 minutes later, defender Riley Donnelly doubled Maryland’s lead. DeBerdine beat her marker to the baseline before flashing a ball across the shooting circle and toward Donnelly. The sophomore settled herself and rifled the ball off Sprecher to ensure the Terps would head to halftime with a two-goal edge.
“Their goalie went down, and it was just a great opportunity to deflect up over [her],” Donnelly said. “It’s just really exciting, 1-0 versus 2-0 is a huge difference in field hockey.”
After Meharg’s squad struggled to translate its shot advantage to goals in Thursday’s matchup against Northwestern, it looked like the Terps had rediscovered their finishing quality, scoring two goals from their first four shots. So with its lead intact, Maryland looked to enjoy more possession and nullify a dangerous Huskies attack.
“You always have to expect that the other team is going to score in the second half, so that’s what we did,” Cobano said. “When we were in the circle right before the second half, we said, ‘Okay, it’s 0-0, we have to play like we’re not leading.’”
While the Terps weren’t able to add to their lead, they kept the ball away from UConn’s forwards and midfielders. Maryland’s midfield exerted more influence with DeBerdine and Maguire getting themselves involved in the build-up play. Meanwhile, sparsely-used midfielder Taylor Mason impressed in limited minutes, badgering the opposition midfield to break up the play.
This resulted in Maryland outshooting UConn 5-0 to maintain its two-goal lead.
“We really had to sustain possession for as [long] as possible,” Donnelly said, “and be smart with our opportunities. We want to attack and go forward as much as possible, but [we were] two goals up, so make smart passes.”
The Terps continued to probe in the fourth quarter, with Sprecher denying DeBerdine and Bibi Donraadt’s early efforts. Meanwhile, UConn began to get the ball in more dangerous areas, as Boker saw her shot go wide. The Huskies heightened intensity culminated with a penalty stroke, as Frost took Boker down inside the shooting circle.
Boker stepped up to the penalty spot, hoping to get a goal back and set the stage for a frenzied finish. At the whistle’s behest, she calmly laced a shot toward the bottom right corner of the cage.
But Frost was equal to it, stretching out to deny Boker, giving the Terps a clean sheet and their second straight victory over top-five competition.
“This is what we do it for,” Meharg said. “I’m super pleased with their resilience, their coachability, and my staff and training.”
Penn field hockey finishes weekend with split in Boston
The Quakers lost to No. 19 Harvard before defeating Boston University
By Grace Hylinski
Sophomore forward Madison Jiranek scored a late goal to power Penn field hockey past Boston University earning the Quakers a weekend split. Credit: Eric Zeng
Even though it wasn't exactly the weekend the team was hoping for, one thing is clear: Penn field hockey is resilient.
The Red and Blue split their pair of games this weekend in Boston. They lost to Ivy League powerhouse No. 19 Harvard on Saturday, 6-2, but on Sunday, they were able to bounce back with a late goal against Boston University to win by a score 1-0.
What does this mean for The Red and Blue? Now with a win and a loss in conference play, the Quakers (3-6, 1-1 Ivy) are nearing a crossroads.
Despite the split, resilience is a word necessary to describe the weekend, as all three goals scored by the Quakers came in the final quarter of the contests.
Being down 5-0 to a conference opponent would make most teams discouraged. Yet two fourth quarter goals are evidence that this is a team that has no plans of letting the scoreboard dictate the way it plays.
Junior forward Erin Quinn, who had one of the fourth quarter goals against Harvard (6-2, 2-0), believes that some positives came out of the loss.
Credit: Christian Walton
“After our loss to Harvard, we were obviously very disappointed because we all felt like we could’ve done more," Quinn said. "I think the team as a whole decided that we never wanted to feel that way again, so we knew we needed to use that game as fuel to push us in our other games. We are going to go into every other Ivy game confident and ready to give our all to win.”
Just a day later, the Quakers took on Boston University (3-7). After 52 minutes of a defensive struggle, sophomore forward Madison Jiranek was able to sneak the ball into the net. That would be all that Penn needed to secure the victory, as the defense held strong to pick up the 1-0 win.
Jiranek echoed Quinn, making it clear that the Harvard loss is not a defining moment in Penn's season and that it has already been a motivational tool for the team.
“This win was a true testament to how we can fight back as a team. It took a lot of heart and fight to come back from yesterday’s loss, but I think we played hard every minute of the game," Jiranek said. "It was definitely not an easy win, but it does speak volumes to our tenacity and how we will play going forward.”
Not only that, but Jiranek and the team gained valuable experience that could be helpful moving forward.
“I think we all learned the importance of trusting in ourselves and our skills despite any challenge," Jiranek said. "I think every single person on our team is a great player, but sometimes we don’t play with much confidence in ourselves. So, going forward, I think we need to step up for every game and know that we have what it takes as individuals and as a team because we are a great team, and we have so much potential.”
The Quakers are eager to get back on the field and step up to the next challenge. They will face Dartmouth (3-7, 0-2) at home next Saturday afternoon at Ellen Vagelos Field. A win on Saturday will be imperative if the Quakers want to get back on track for a potential postseason berth.
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Elis suffer third and fourth one-goal losses
Drew Beckman & Madison Hahamy
Credit: Sam Rubin
The Yale field hockey team suffered two one-goal defeats against Princeton and Drexel this weekend, bringing their tally of consecutive one-goal losses to four.
On Friday, Yale (2–7, 0–2 Ivy) faced off against No. 12 Princeton (7–4, 2–0 Ivy) in New Jersey. Despite their offensive struggles this season, the Elis came out hot, tallying two goals within the first five minutes. Forwards Anissa Abboud ’21 and Olivia Levieux ’21 gave the Bulldogs a 2–1 advantage come halftime. Yale then forced overtime after falling behind 3–2 in the third. But the Tigers’ offense proved to be too explosive, knocking in a goal to seal the game in OT. In their second game of the weekend, the Elis suffered a 2–1 defeat at Drexel (3–7, 1–0 Colonial). Although captain Bridget Condie ’20 cut the lead in half in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs once again fell short by one goal, a situation with which they are all too familiar.
“We’re a good team who believes in each other and our ability to win games and push teams, like Princeton and Harvard, who are highly ranked,” Levieux said. “The past two weekends have been incredibly difficult mentally, but we know that we’re a great team who’s worked so incredibly hard to get to where we are, competing with some of the best in the country.”
Just two minutes into the game against the Tigers, forward Théodora Dillman ’22 played a remarkable aerial pass that got past the Tigers’ defensive line, setting up Abboud for a one-on-one against the goalkeeper. Abboud, who made her first start of the season against Princeton, remained calm and found twine with a clinical finish to the goalie’s left. On a penalty corner three minutes later, forward Imogen Davies ’21 played the insertion to midfielder Alissa Wong ’22, who stopped the ball and allowed Levieux to take a shot, which found the back of the net after deflecting off of a Princeton defender’s stick.
But the Tigers then held Yale scoreless in the second and third quarters as they tallied three goals of their own. Princeton recorded 24 shots in these two frames alone, but Yale goalkeeper Sydney Terroso ’21 was exceptional, saving nine out of the 12 shots on goal.
Terroso, who finished with 16 saves, continued to be a standout player for the Elis. She has recorded double-digit saves in three out of Yale’s nine games so far this season.
Despite falling behind 3–2 in the third quarter, the Elis remained confident and scored off another penalty corner. After a couple of shots were deflected, forward Kelly Dolan ’22 sent one past the keeper for her first goal of the year.
Coming off of the goal, the Bulldogs entered overtime with some momentum, but Princeton’s offensive firepower ultimately proved to be too difficult to stop. Six minutes into overtime, the Tigers earned their 17th penalty corner of the game, leading to their game-winning goal by Ali McCarthy.
Even though the Bulldogs lost, they displayed remarkable grit and determination against a talented Princeton team that has defeated top-ranked sides such as No. 2 Duke and No. 11 Delaware this season. The Elis’ offense also showed signs of improvement after recording just one goal in each of the previous two games. Their penalty corner offense proved more effective against Princeton, and two of the goal-scorers, Abboud and Dolan, netted their first goals of the season.
“I think we went into the game feeling pretty well prepared,” midfielder Josie Jahng ’23 said. “We stuck to our game plan and played to our strengths, and most importantly we played together as a team. That combination really helped us put together a great game and a great fight.”
On Sunday, Yale faced Drexel in Philadelphia. After a scoreless first quarter, Drexel midfielder Tess Bernheimer sent a shot past Terroso, giving the Dragons a 1–0 lead. The Dragons extended their lead halfway through the fourth quarter, but Condie responded with a goal of her own just three minutes later. Although Condie’s goal gave the Elis a chance to tie the game, the Dragons held on for a 2–1 victory.
“We are entering this week of practice focusing on each other, and that our strengths are in focusing on the team and playing as a unit,” Dillman said. “This week we will continue to pull together, focusing on encouraging each other through each and every play and demanding excellence from one another.”
Yale returns home for its third conference game of the season against Cornell on Saturday at Johnson Field.
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Ohio State tops Ohio 6-1
Ohio State senior back Whitney Harris (11) runs down the field during a game against Louisville on Sept. 15. Ohio State lost 2-1. Credit: Rachel Jaycox
A hat trick by Ohio State freshman midfielder Mackenzie Allessie helped seal a 6-1 victory over Ohio in Sunday’s field hockey match at Pruitt Field.
The Buckeyes (6-4) led Ohio (5-4) 1-0 entering the fourth quarter before Allessie assisted on freshman forward Sarah Charley’s third goal of the season 26 seconds into the final quarter.
Ohio State scored four more goals in six minutes, including two from Allessie, one from sophomore forward Jessica Hourihane and one for senior midfielder Esther Clotet Alsina. Ohio managed to score with eight seconds remaining in the game off an unassisted goal by senior midfielder Kendall Ballard.
The Bobcats had only two shots on goal compared to Ohio State’s 12. Ohio State also bested Ohio in total shots, 17-6, and penalty corners, 6-4. With the win, the Buckeyes moved to 29-10-3 all time versus the Bobcats.
Allessie’s three goals continue her hot streak. She has scored five goals in the last two games, and she has netted a goal in five of the last six games. Before the game, she had the second-most goals per game in the Big Ten with 0.89. Allessie now has 11 goals and five assists this season, which totals a team high 27 points.
Ohio State will take a two-game winning streak into Friday’s 4 p.m. matchup against No. 9 Michigan at Buckeye Varsity Field
No. 5 Northwestern falls to unranked Maine in one of their “poorest performances” of the season
Midfielders Peyton Halsey and Shannon Daley reach for the ball. Both players started the game against Maine on Sunday. Photo by Alison Albelda
After a devastating overtime loss to No. 4 Maryland on October 3, No. 5 Northwestern had an opportunity to reset. It looked like their game against Maine (3-7, 1-0 America East), who, up to this point, had only won two games, would be the perfect opportunity.
Instead, the Wildcats took another step back.
In their third consecutive overtime game, NU (10-4, 3-1 Big Ten) dropped its second straight by a score of 4-3 to the Black Bears (3-7, 1-0 America East). Despite taking four more shots on goal than Maine, and having five more penalty corner opportunities, the Cats could never quite find a way to pull away.
“This was one of our poorest performances,” head coach Tracey Fuchs said. “We just couldn’t do the simple things well.”
Senior midfielder Saar de Breij felt the team was not proactive enough, allowing Maine to set the tone of the game.
“In the first half, we were trying to do too much fancy stuff, passing through the legs, doing reverses,” de Breij said. “We should have just played simpler and smarter.”
Maine allowed three goals on Sunday, but they still played a strong game defensively; two out of the three goals they allowed were on corner plays. De Breij said that the Black Bears were very strong tacklers, and NU’s attempts at showier moves were thwarted by their strong defensive front.
After the Cats scored each of their first two goals, Maine scored within two minutes afterward, which left NU on their back legs, continuously trying to claw back as opposed to pushing through to take the lead.
“We managed to tie the game, and they scored right after, and then we had to start all over, which is frustrating,” de Breij said. “Then it happened again, and again. They kept having the momentum.”
Two games ago, the Cats were riding high on an eight-game win streak, with all of their ambitions for the season still right in front of them. Maine is not a conference team, and NU still has the talent and the opportunity to compete for and win the Big Ten title, but the loss is jarring and confusing.
In order to continue to compete at a high level, the Cats need to get back to both the level of play they maintained during that win streak, as well as that mindset. Earlier in the season, Fuchs and her players alike praised the mindset and togetherness of this team, which de Breij said she did not feel was present against Maine.
“We just have to sit down with each other, and look at ourselves, not pointing fingers at each other, but looking at ourselves first,” de Breij said. “We have to try to get the ‘good team’ mentality back, which was one of our strengths before this game. We had a bunch of great wins because we were so strong as a team, and today on the field it felt more like individuals than a whole team.”
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Young hockey players flock to city for Hatch Cup
Manawatū's Caleb Sanko, left, takes off past Gordy Chatfield, of Hawke's Bay, on the opening day of the Hatch Cup tournament at the twin turfs.
HOCKEY: About 600 young hockey players have arrived in Palmerston North in New Zealand for the 100th Hatch Cup.
The cup, the national under-13 boys' tournament, is at the twin turfs in Palmerston North this week.
The opening ceremony was on Sunday, where teams displayed their banners. Games started on Monday and run until Saturday.
Manawatū drew their opening game of the tournament 1-all with Hawke's Bay, having led 1-0 at halftime.
Manawatū were to play Thames Valley on Monday night, then North Harbour on Tuesday, and Wairarapa and Tauranga on Wednesday.
Horowhenua beat Northland 3-0 in their opening game.
Horowhenua were to play Auckland on Tuesday, and Otago and Canterbury on Wednesday.
In the girls' Collier Trophy tournament in Wellington, Manawatū beat Mid Canterbury 2-1 in their first game.
Manawatū were to play Northland on Monday afternoon, Thames Valley on Tuesday, then Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa on Wednesday.