Tokyo 1964 Olympian, Amar Singh Mangat passes away
by Dil Bahra
Amar Singh Mangat
Amar Singh Mangat, who represented Kenya at Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, died in Calgary, Canada on Wednesday 28 September 2022. He was aged 87.
SAHA and BlockSport: Technology in service of South African Hockey and completely new way of fan engagement
Field hockey earns third consecutive shutout win over Wagner
Stout defense propels Bears to victory
By Peter Swope
“I have 100% confidence in the defense in front of me,” said goalkeeper Jodie Brine ’23 following her sixth career shutout, the ninth-most in the program’s history. Courtesy of Brown Athletics
The field hockey team (8-2, 1-1 Ivy League) defeated Wagner University (5-5, 1-0 NEC) 2-0 at home Sunday. With the shutout, the Bears have now held their opponents scoreless in three consecutive games. The victory over the Seahawks rounded out a strong weekend for Bruno, who also defeated conference rival Dartmouth (3-7, 0-2 Ivy) by a score of 2-0 Saturday.
Indiana field hockey goes 1-1 in pair of ranked matchups over the weekend
By Charlie Huiras
Then-freshman forward Kayla Kiwak runs with the ball during a match against Bellarmine University on Sept. 6, 2021, at the IU Field Hockey Complex. The Hoosiers lost in their game against Penn State on Oct. 2, 2022. IDS file photo and Ethan Levy
Indiana field hockey battled over the weekend against two ranked opponents to open Big Ten play at home, going 1-1 to notch its first ranked and conference win of the season. Indiana came into the weekend with a 7-4 record and was winless in Big Ten games, but the team beat No. 21 Rutgers 2-0 on Friday to open the weekend slate before losing to No. 6 Penn State 4-0 on Saturday.
Princeton field hockey earns impressive win against UConn
Princeton field hockey huddles up during their game against UConn. Courtesy of goprincetontigers.com.
The Princeton Tigers (7–4 overall, 2–0 Ivy League) finished their weekend in Connecticut with a huge 4–2 victory over the UConn Huskies (7–3, 2–1 Big East). The Tigers were aggressive from the start, and Princeton defense continued to impress, with the Huskies not scoring until the final six minutes of the game.
Defending champion Haryana hammers Gujarat in women’s hockey
Rani Rampal hat-trick guides Haryana to victory; Maharashtra men thrash Gujarat
In other results in the women’s tournament, Gujarat lost 0-20 to Uttar Pradesh while Jharkhand and Karnataka played a 3-3 draw.
M. R. Praveen Chandran
Rani Rampal’s hattrick and Sharmila Devi’s goals were enough to hand Haryana a 4-0 win over Odisha. | Photo Credit: PTI
Captain Rani Rampal’s hat-trick powered Haryana to its second straight win in women’s hockey event of the 36th National Games at the Dhyanchand stadium here on Monday.
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XII Juegos Suramericanos Asunción 2022 - 4 October
Lambert and Mackesy Score Four Each as Field Hockey Picks up Win over Merrimack, 13-0
#10 Field Hockey Weathers Storm, #15 Harvard in Rain-Soaked 1-0 Win
Lily Santi scored the only goal in Sunday's win over Harvard
MERION STATION, Pa. – The remnants of Hurricane Ian may have drenched the Philadelphia area this weekend, but the storm couldn't rain on the Hawks' parade as the 10th-ranked Saint Joseph's field hockey team held on for a 1-0 win over #15 Harvard at Ellen Ryan Field on Sunday afternoon.
No. 4 Maryland field hockey defeats No. 2 Northwestern in overtime, 2-1
Danielle Van Rootselaar attempts a shot during Maryland field hockey’s 6-1 win over New Hampshire on Sept. 11, 2022. (Riley Sims/The Diamondback)
Ahead of the overtime period, Maryland field hockey danced to the music playing at Lakeside Field and exhibited no signs of a team that had played into extra time just two days prior.
Matson's four goals propel No. 1 UNC field hockey to 6-3 win over No. 14 Liberty
By Shelby Swanson
UNC fifth-year senior forward Erin Matson (1) receives a pass during a field hockey game against Appalachian State on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.
Spearheaded by four goals by senior forward Erin Matson, the No. 1 UNC field hockey team (9-0) beat the No. 14 Liberty Flames (7-4), 6-3, in Lynchburg, Va.
Lakers hold champs Blazers as Butali maintain unbeaten run
By Washington Onyango
Blazers' Barbra Simiyu (left) and Purity Aseyo of Lakers during Kenya Hockey Premier league at City Park Hockey stadium. October 2, 2022. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]
Lakers Hockey Club moved to third place in the women’s Kenya Hockey Union Premier League after collecting four points away from home in Nairobi over the weekend.
Courageous Western fall to Egara in the EHL
Western were undoubtedly the underdogs for this EHL ranking play-off match in Hamburg against crack Spanish side Egara, but they put in a brave performance only to finally go down 3-1. The man-of-the match was undoubtedly Western`s keeper Gavin Sommerville who produced a series of brilliant saves to deny the eager Spanish forwards.
Old Georgians fall short of Euro Hockey League Final 8 berth
No magic wand to turn Pakistan’s hockey fortunes around: Aikman
A photo of Siegfried Aikman, new coach of the national hockey team, at Lahore's National Hockey Stadium. — Siegfried Aikman Twitter/File
KARACHI: Pakistan coach Siegfried Aikman has cautioned that he has no magic wand and it will take some time to transform the fortunes of the national hockey team with modern dynamics and improve its world ranking.
Bangladeshi Franchise hockey league taking shape
BKSP put 12 past Narayanganj on the opening day of the Al Arafah Islami Bank 27th Youth Hockey Championship (Dhaka Zone) at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium yesterday. Bangladesh Hockey Federation president and Air Marshal Sheikh Abdul Hannan declared the championship open after the opening game in which Dhaka district thumped Shariatpur 13-0 at the same venue. A total of 57 teams, split into nine zones, are taking part in the tournament which returned to action after a five-year hiatus. Photo: Star
Amid massive enthusiasm among the players, the inaugural Hockey Champions Trophy (HCT) is gradually taking shape to roll onto the turf on October 28, and the logo of the franchise-based hockey league is set to be disclosed today.
Lille’s lockwood hoping to toast EHL success
Viktor Lockwood is hoping to make a special toast to EHL success on Friday with a bottle of his family-owned champagne should Lille break new ground in the world’s best club competition.
Nilakanta Sharma: Good starts crucial for India at Hockey World Cup
Midfielder Nilakanta Sharma says a strong start in the matches that India plays is crucial to its chances of success at the men’s Hockey World Cup in 2023.
If he makes it to the squad for the mega-event, Nilakanta Sharma will become the first Manipuri to play in back-to-back World Cups at home | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement (Hockey India)
The Indian team will aim to stop opponents from scoring early goals as it heads into the men’s hockey World Cup next year, says midfielder Nilakanta Sharma.
Arul's team are still a work in process
By Jugjet Singh
Coach Arul Selvaraj’s team were handed a 7-0 drubbing by world No. 2 and World Cup holders Belgium, just one day after beating their mixed team 1-0 in Antwerp.
ANTWERP: The Malaysian men's hockey team are as ready for the Bhubaneswar-Rourkela World Cup as is the main stadium in Rourkela.
Masters hockey return after life-time illness and family tragedy
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Team Canada takes on the world in Cape Town
This week our Masters over 50 Men will take to the world stage at the 2022 Masters World Cup. This event is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa from October 1-10th. Cape Town promises to be a fantastic host to this world level event, with the city hosting major level world events such as the Rugby, Cricket and Football World Cups in the past, as well as recently being selected to host the 2023 Netball World Cup. In 2010 Cape Town played host to the Grand Masters Hockey World Cup as well, showing why its not just a superb tourist city but also a world class hockey host.
Manpreet Singh: Pro League tie will give us better understanding of Spain ahead of World Cup
India will take on Spain in their World Cup opener at the newly-built Birsa Munda International Stadium in Rourkela on January 13.
The match against Spain in the World Cup will be the Indian team’s first outing at the newly-built Rourkela stadium, touted to become the world’s largest hockey venue. | Photo Credit: Getty Images
India will be hosting Spain in the new season of FIH Pro League next month and captain Manpreet Singh wants to use the opportunity to get a better understanding of their rivals ahead of the 2023 men’s hockey World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.
All the news for Saturday 24 September 2022
Load shedding strikes again, so for the time being today's update takes the form of the Archives once again
England Men win thriller against France and England Women vs China goes to a penalty shootout
By Rob Wheeler
The first home games for England Hockey of the 2021/22 FIH Pro League were played at Lee Valley and they did not disappoint with a dramatic late winner from Sam Ward for the men against France and the women facing China in a match that went to a penalty shootout.
SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge
Northern KZN Regional Ferrum Hoërskool: Saturday 26 February
Finally, we can play! Ferrum Hoërskool’s First Hockey XI is excited to host the first tournament of the 2022 SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge 2022 on Saturday 26 February. Pictured here are the team’s Andiswa Mduli (Vice-Captain), Marlene Combrink (Captain) and Clarisse Whitehead (Vice-Captain), gearing up to welcome eight teams for the Northern KZN Regional. Photo by Dean Bond
The first of the ten regionals for the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge kicks off on Saturday 26 February in Newcastle where Ferrum Hoërskool hosts eight teams for the Northern KZN Regional.
Inaugural Men’s World Cup - Barcelona 1971
By Shahid Khan
The triumphant Khalid Mahmood holding the World Cup
This month marks exactly half a century since the first Men’s Hockey World Cup tournament which took place from 15th to 24th October 1971 in Barcelona.
Fifty years ago – when Kenya made it to the semi-finals of Barcelona World Cup
by Dil Bahra
Kenya’s Captain Avtar Singh Sohal leading his team at the opening ceremony of the first World Cup in Barcelona in 1971. Photo: Avtar Singh Sohal collection.
The idea of holding a Hockey World Cup had come from India and Pakistan, then the two dominant nations in international hockey, in early 1969.
Ernest Wall OBE (1924 – 2020)
by Dil Bahra
Ernest Wall OBE
It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of Ernest ‘Ernie’ Wall on Sunday November 15, 2020 at Windyhall Care Home, Ayr in Scotland. He was aged 95.
Hockey Legend Balbir Singh Senior remembered
by Dil Bahra
Leandro Negre, Dil Bahra and Balbir Senior at FIH function London 2012 Olympics
I first met Balbir Singh Senior at the Champions Trophy in Amstelveen, Netherlands in 1982. I was with a group who had earlier gone to the Bombay World Cup in that year. Whilst we sat down in the lounge after the match, having our drinks, Balbir, who was the coach of the Indian team at that tournament, was passing through the lounge on his way out. He noticed our group and came over to talk to us.
Kenya Sikh hockey players remember Legend Jack Simonian in London
by Dil Bahra
Former Kenya and Sikh Union Club Nairobi players celebrated the Life of their former colleague, Jack Simonian at an invite only event held at Indian Gymkhana Club London on Sunday 15 March 2020.
Although the evolving situation of coronavirus prevented many from attending, the event organisers decided to carry on. Suzie, Jack’s daughter, who was due to fly from Sardina, Italy especially for this event was one of those who was unable to attend following Government advice.
A tribute to Jack Simonian, one of Kenya’s best all round Sportsman in the sixties
by Dil Bahra
Jack Simonian 1970
John Levon (Jack) Simonian who was the East African motor cycling, motor rally and track Champion and who represented Kenya at hockey at three Olympic Games passed away in Sydney, Australia on Monday 23 December 2019. He was aged 84.
Memories of a very special friend.
I first met Jack Simonian through umpiring hockey at Rugby Hockey club in Warwickshire. In typical Jack fashion he never let on his Hockey pedigree, so it was with complete surprise when umpiring a game together a few years later some know-it-all player disagreed with a decision Jack made by claiming he had played in Premier League so he knew Jack was wrong. Quite calmly Jack said, "I've been to three Olympics so I know I'm right". Needless to say the player was put firmly in his place, but my mouth fell open at this statement as I had never suspected he was an Olympian let alone a triple Olympian, Jack was so unassuming.
Review of a Hockey NOVEL
By Ijaz Chaudhry
When one thinks of sports books, it is the biographies, coverage of some event, record books, coaching manuals, etc. Sports Novels (fiction) are uncommon.
Nirpal (Rodu) Singh Bharaj (1958 – 2018)
Nirpal (Rodu) Singh Bharaj (1958 – 2018)
by Dil Bahra
Rodu Bharaj doing what he enjoyed most – Koroga for his friends
Nirpal Singh Bharaj, fondly known as Rodu, a hockey personality both in Kenya and London died suddenly on Friday, May 25. He had just turned 60.
Jagjit Singh Kular (1942 - 2017)
by Dil Bahra
Jagjit at Mexico 1968 Olympic Games
Jagjit Singh Kular who represented Kenya at Mexico 1968 and Munich 1972 Olympic Games passed away in Toronto, Canada on Monday 12 June 2017. He was aged 75.
Jasbinder (Jas) Singh Chana (1970 - 2017)
by Dil Bahra
Jasbinder (Jas) Singh Chana, the talented hockey player, who played for England U21 and represented the country at the Junior Hockey World Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia in 1989 died on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 following a short illness. He was aged 46.
Stats Speak: Asian Champions Trophy winner India in down under
By B.G.Joshi (Sehore-Bhopal, India)
Asian Champions Trophy winner Indian men and women will open their campaign in Melbourne Hockey Festival on November 23 against hosts Australia. Indian men (World Ranking 6) team will face Kookaburras (World Ranking 1) in 4-nations tournament league match, while Indian women (World Ranking 12) will challenge Hockeyroos (World Ranking 4) in first test of 3-match series. Statistical highlights are:
Journalist Patrick Rowley receives British Empire Medal for Services to Hockey
Patrick Rowley (BEM) receives his British Empire Medal Award at the Tower of London by the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London. Left to Right: Lord-Lieutenant of London, Mr Kenneth Olisa OBE, Elizabeth Rowley (wife), Patrick Rowley BEM, Alison Heeks (nee ROWLEY his daughter) and Constable General Sir Nicholas Houghton GCB CBE ADC
International sports journalist Patrick Rowley received the British Empire Medal for services to Hockey at a ceremony held at The Tower of London on Friday 4 November.
Patrick Rowley awarded British Empire Medal
Patrick Rowley, arguably the best known hockey journalist there is has been rewarded for his outstanding services to hockey with the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Patrick Rowley honoured
Pat Rowley. Photo: Hockey Writers Club
When I started Fieldhockey.com 20 years ago one of the first journalists to support and encourage my efforts was the English writer Pat Rowley, I am utterly delighted to report that Pat has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to Hockey in the Queen's Birthday Honours list released today.
Alex Danson - Player of the Tournament
By Dil Bahra
Alex Danson displaying why she won Player of the Tournament. Photo: Koen Suyk
There have been a few great action photos in our sport of hockey over the years but this photo by Dutch photographer Koen Suyk tops them all. Koen, a photographer for over 40 years has covered seven Olympic Games and states that Sports photography is his great love, with hockey, golf and tennis as his specialties.
Egbert Carmo Fernandes (1941 – 2014)
by Dil Bahra
Kenya Hockey Team on tour of India, April 1964 Back Row (L - R): Surjeet Singh Jnr,; Saude George; Anthony Vaz; Amar Singh Mangat; Egbert Fernandes; Sang Singh; Edgar Fernandes; Jack Simonian; Jagnandan Singh. Sitting (L - R): Hardev Singh; Hilary Fernandes (V.Capt,); Hardial Singh (Coach); Anthony D'Souza (Manager); Sukdev Singh (Asst Manager); Avtar Singh (Capt.); Alu Mendonca. Ground (L – R): Santokh Singh; Arif Khan; Silu Fernandes; Leslie Pinto; Reynolds D'Souza.
Kenya’s triple hockey Olympian, Egbert Carmo Fernandes, died in Canberra, Australia on 6 November 2014. He was aged 73.
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