All the news for Wednesday 18 November 2020
Goals aplenty for hockey team
Sanele Mchunu takes a penalty corner for the U23 All Stars team. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane
BEAULIEU – It was a good day on the court for the South African indoor hockey men as they won 14–4 against the U23 Gryphons All Stars.
In a one-sided affair, the South Africa indoor hockey men’s team were too good for the Gauteng Gryphons U23 All Stars team as the former won 14–4 in an exhibition match on 6 November.
The SA men’s team returned with a few fresh faces, notably 21-year-old Dayaan Cassiem who was brought in to captain the side in place of Jethro Eustice. The U23 side remained the same from their previous game against SA.
Cassiem’s influence was telling as he scored six goals, with his first goal coming in the first minute of the match and Marvin Simons adding two of his own. It was not all doom and gloom for the U23s though as they were able to crack the rock-solid defence of SA goalkeeper Bongamusa Mngoma.
Ryan Mann was the first to score for his side, putting the U23s on the scoreboard, giving them a slight confidence boost at 1–5 down. However, two more goals came from SA extending their lead to 7–1 before a short corner awarded to the U23s saw Dalpiarro Langford’s drag flick pulling one back.
The U23 celebration was short-lived as Chad Futcher and Cassiem scored a goal each.
U23 keeper Culin de Jager was taken off by coach Justin Rosenberg to bolster their attack and this paid off when Mann scored his second goal with the teams going into the break with SA leading 9–3.
The second half opened with a reverse stick goal from Keenan Wax of the U23s but Cassiem was quick to reply for SA.
The last 10 minutes belonged to SA with goals from Cassiem, Futcher and two more for Simons.
Cassiem was happy with his team’s performance. He concluded, “For me, it was great to get back into the swing of things and back on the field. As an international side, we obviously set a high standard as to how we want to play, and I think it definitely came through tonight.
“Some really good goals were scored by everyone. I just think we needed to work on our defence.”
Navy, PAF, Punjab, WAPDA win in Sr Hockey
LAHORE - Pakistan Navy, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Punjab and WAPDA registered convincing triumphs in the 66th National Senior Hockey Championship in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.
According to PHF spokesman, Navy overpowered Mari Petroleum 1-0 after an exciting contest, while PAF routed Pakistan Police 4-1. Punjab thrashed Port Qasim 3-0 while WAPDA downed National Bank of Pakistan 2-1
Hockey India state member units form Masters Committees; Pargat, Gurbux included
Pargat Singh, Mir Ranjan Negi and Gurbux Singh have been included in the ‘Masters Committees’ constituted by Hockey India’s state member units.
File picture of Gurbux Singh. - The Hindu Archives
Former captain Pargat Singh, Mir Ranjan Negi and Gurbux Singh have been included in the ‘Masters Committees’ constituted by Hockey India’s state member units to promote and develop masters hockey in the country, the national federation said on Tuesday.
The initiative will provide opportunities for all age groups (both male and female) to continue their passion for hockey and remain active in the sport irrespective of any age barrier, the HI said in a release.
In March, HI had joined 38 other national associations from around the world as a member of the World Masters Hockey (WMH), which is the sole masters entity recognised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and is responsible for organising international masters hockey globally.
To further carry out responsibilities at the state Level, HI urged all the state member units to form working committees comprising of former national and international hockey players to lead the state level activity.
The committee’s first responsibility will be to ensure all the masters athletes of various age categories are registered on the Hockey India member units portal.
The Hockey India Masters Committee, which will be overseeing all matters related to these masters matches and tournaments at the national level in India, is headed by Harbinder Singh as the chairman, RP Singh as the convener, with members including former India players B P Govinda, Jagbir Singh, A B Subbaiah, Surinder Kaur and M Renuka Lakshmi.
Speaking about the overwhelming response received from state member units to form the Masters Committee, HI secretary general Rajinder Singh said: “We are happy to receive great support from our State Member Units who have promptly formed their respectively Committees with some very prominent names of Indian hockey.
“I am confident with their passion and endeavour, we will be able to develop a platform for former players in the masters category to remain in the sport regardless of their age.”
“One of the goals of Masters Committee is to encourage players to come back onto the field and play hockey as a recreational activity and to stay in touch with the sport that they have always loved and been passionate about,” he added.
Josie learns from the best
Josie Milella began her volunteering journey in 2003 when she was the team liaison person for the Belgium Men National team at the FIH Champions Challenge. The event was held in Randburg Hockey Stadium in Johannesburg and it was at this point that South African Josie knew that volunteering for hockey events was something about which she was really motivated and enthused.
Josie was in good hands from the start. The tournament director at the Randburg event was Sheila Brown, one of the most experienced and respected hockey administrators in the game, having been Tournament Director at both Olympic and World Cup events. Under Sheila's careful guidance, Josie quickly found her place in the world of hockey volunteering.
Every year from 2003 onwards, Josie would volunteer for events, learning how various aspects of a tournament worked by throwing herself into each role with energy and a willingness to learn.
It was 14 years later at the 2017 Hockey World League that Josie experienced her steepest learning curve. In the highly pressurised environment of an Olympic qualifying event, Josie was working with FIH Events Manager Eduardo Leonardo and, as she says: “That was a fun event, but boy, I really learned a lot.”
The most recent large scale event that Josie has been involved in was the 2019 Africa Hockey Road to Tokyo in Stellenbosch. Again, this was an Olympic qualifier with all the attendant pressures and stresses but Josie took it all in her stride, with calm competence. Josie’s approach to every event is to see it as a learning opportunity.
She says that she owes a debt of gratitude to everyone who has helped her along her own hockey journey from complete novice to experienced and highly respected volunteer. “I believe it is an incredible honour to serve the game,” says Josie, with typical humility.
Scottish Hockey reduces adult membership fee by 50% for season 2020-21
We live in challenging times and everything possible is being done to ensure that Scottish Hockey, and its member clubs, are safe and financially sound.
As such, Scottish Hockey will reduce its adult membership fee by 50% for season 2020-21 to reflect the impact of Covid-19 on adult participation, and help our clubs manage financial strain in these unprecedented circumstances.
It means for the current season that an adult membership will be £20, instead of £40. If any club feels that they are in a position to help Scottish Hockey by paying the full fee of £40 we will give you that option. If clubs can make this gesture to help it would be hugely appreciated and we will make sure that any additional income raised is ring fenced for future investment, in a manner to be agreed with members.
All other membership fees, including the U18 membership fee, remain the same. The membership fee for U18s remains frozen as the level of participation for U18s isn’t as affected by restrictions as it is for adults. It has been fantastic to see our clubs raring to go again and offering youth activities; training and development; and competition whether that be through friendlies or in our regional conferences.
Our club affiliation fees will also remain the same and will be invoiced for at the same time as membership fees.
Compared to previous years there will be two significant changes to the invoicing process to make it more streamlined and efficient. The first is that we will move to using the membership figures at the time of invoicing for Stage 1 invoicing, as this gives a higher level of accuracy than using the figures from the end of last season.
By using ‘actual figures’, it allows us to make the second significant change, which is removing the invoice process in January. Then an invoice will come out in April similar to current process.
This means we will collect 50% of membership fees in November, and 50% in April.
For clubs that played in National, Regional or Championship leagues last season we committed to return 40% of the fees for those competitions or add those fees to our youth teams. For those that asked to have it returned it has been credited to your account.
For Scottish Hockey, membership fees help deliver key programmes across Scotland, such as the development and maintenance of the CORE data management and membership system; Club Accreditation; Player Pathways and international programmes; HockeyHub; Lead the Way; umpire and coach development; as well as general business costs.
With the financial challenges presented to Scottish Hockey further operational savings are being made. Scottish Hockey is using the Job Retention Scheme, and currently 50% of staff are on flexible furlough, working a reduced number of hours. We will provide further information on staff furlough details shortly and keep you informed as and when we identify other operational savings we can make.
Membership fees also contribute throughout the year to media and promotional activities, such as live streaming; video highlights; press engagement; the Scottish Hockey website; social media activity and newsletters.
For members, as well as benefiting from the key programmes already mentioned, the membership fee ensures that all registered players taking part in Scottish Hockey competitions will be covered by Scottish Hockey’s personal accident insurance, which includes life and limb, dental and optical cover. Their membership fee allows their club all the development opportunities and benefits that Scottish Hockey continually delivers.
Our thanks to you and the other committee members involved for everything you are doing to support hockey in Scotland, and for the fun, friendly, exciting and safe environments you have created for people to continue to participate in these uncertain times.
David Sweetman, CEO, Scottish Hockey
Robin McLaren, Chair, Scottish Hockey
Find out more about Scottish Hockey membership HERE
Support for clubs
We are very aware that the current Covid-19 outbreak may present difficulties for our clubs and we will work with you to mitigate this.
Any clubs experiencing financial difficulties at this time can contact our Regional Development Managers for support.