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Jersey clubhouse catalyst for hockey’s future

By Richard Bright

The opening Jersey Hockey’s clubhouse this season will help secure the future of the sport, as well as being a driver in more travelling sides visiting the island.

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Hockey maestro Aura takes over big job at Butali

By Elizabeth Mburugu

Butali Zack Aura when they played Nakuru Men in the National Men league at City Park. (Jenipher Wachie, Standard)

Change is inevitable, and hockey giants Butali Sugar Warriors are not oblivious of the fact that change is the only constant thing in this world.

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Denayer extends his beautiful stay with Dragons for four more seasons

Felix Denayer will extend his stay at “the most beautiful club in the world” as he agreed terms with KHC Dragons for another four seasons.

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Cindy nets a slice of hockey history

Northglen News, caught up with the talented player to find out what her 100th cap meant to her.

Durban North resident, Cindy Hack made history at the end of last year becoming (at the time) the first South African indoor hockey player to reach 100 caps. She also recently scored her 100th goal for the national team in a series against Poland. Here she is pictured with her daughters, Lexi and Addison.

LAST year at the SPAR Indoor Series between South Africa and Ireland, Durban North resident, Cindy Hack, became the first African and South African hockey player to reach the 100 caps milestone.

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Sam Ward helped me through struggles, admits GB star Harry Martin

By Rod Gilmour

Best of hockey mates: Samuel Ward and Harry Martin PIC: WORLDSPORTPICS

Harry Martin, the Hampstead and GB midfielder, has revealed to The Hockey Paper that he struggled to cope after accidentally hitting team-mate Sam Ward in the face during GB’s Olympic qualifier win over Malaysia in November.

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GB forward Sam Ward bravery hailed after club hockey comeback

Sam Ward, right, admitted to emotional day PIC: Instagram/Sam Ward

Sam Ward’s bravery is “shining through” as the GB forward made his first steps back to competitive hockey with back-to-back games over the weekend.

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Eleven fresh faces as hockey looks to the future


BUKIT JALIL: National hockey team coach Roelant Oltmans has opted for 11 fresh faces as he embarks on a rebuilding process to elevate the Speedy Tigers to a higher level.

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UniKL’s Faid feeling fab over national team call-up


Just reward: UniKL Mohd Faid Farhadh Mohd Shah (third from left) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against Terengganu in the TNB Cup final.

KUALA LUMPUR: He didn’t need his usual morning alarm. Instead, Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) midfielder Mohd Faid Farhadh Mohd Shah woke up to a flurry of calls and messages congratulating him on his call-up to centralised national training camp.

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Hockey's Saari brothers get the chop

By K.M. Boopathy

National coach Roelant Oltmans (left) speaking at a press conference after announcing the training squad yesterday. - Bernama

The worst kept secret in Malaysian hockey is finally out.

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SA Hockey allays Coronavirus fears

Wesley Botton

This illustration, created at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion when viewed electron microscopically. Picture: Alissa Eckert and Dan Higgins

The Chinese men’s hockey team arrived in Cape Town on Monday for a training camp, sparking fears that the presence of the visiting squad could potentially place South Africans in danger.

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Germany outclass South Africa in Second Test Match

Photo – Robert Swanepoel / Run Ride Dive

An intervention by Eskom and the water tanks malfunctioning meant that the second test between South Africa and Germany at Wits University was delayed by a couple of hours on Sunday. The delay could not dampen the spirit of the Germans and the strode out to convincing 7-1 win and a two nil series lead.

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Tough Day at the office for SA Hockey Men against slick Germans

Photo – Robert Swanepoel / Run Ride Dive

Germany performed superbly in winning the opening test 11-2 against a somewhat understrength South African Men’s side at Wits University. The Germans showed why they were the gold medallists at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games as they were clinical in attack.

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Test matches RSA v GER (M)

Wits, Johannesburg (RSA)

22 Feb 2020     RSA v GER     2 - 11
23 Feb 2020    RSA v GER     1 - 7
27 Feb 2020 17:00 (GMT +2)     RSA v GER    
29 Feb 2020 11:00 (GMT +2)     RSA v GER    

Live streaming and replays on ShoottSA Facebook Page

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FIH Pro League run a 'big morale boost' for India

The team will “go back to basics” when it assembles at the SAI, Bengaluru, for a four-week long national camp, says Harmanpreet.

India needs improvement in a few areas and that will be the focus on the national camp, says Harmanpreet Singh. - HOCKEY INDIA

The Indian men's team will “go back to basics” when it assembles at the SAI, Bengaluru, for a four-week long national camp, vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh has said.

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Black Sticks welcome Pan American giants Argentina to Christchurch

The FIH Hockey Pro League continues on Friday 28 February and Sunday 1 March with New Zealand’s Black Sticks welcoming Argentina’s national teams to the Nga Puna Wai Hockey Stadium in Christchurch. More information about the double-headers can be found below, with the complete match schedule available by clicking here.

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2020 FIH Pro League (Women) - This weekend

28 Feb 2020 20:00 (GMT +13)      NZL v ARG (RR)     Nga Puna Wai Hockey Stadium, Christchurch    
1 Mar 2020 17:30 (GMT +13)      NZL v ARG (RR)     Nga Puna Wai Hockey Stadium, Christchurch

Live streaming and full game replay on https://fih.live (May be Geo blocked if there is TV coverage)

Pool Standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsSO WinDrawsSO LossLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 Netherlands 5 4 0 0 0 1 19 5 14 15
2 New Zealand 6 3 0 0 1 2 13 10 3 10
3 Australia 4 1 1 1 1 0 6 5 1 10
4 Argentina 4 3 0 0 0 1 15 6 9 9
5 Great Britain 4 1 1 1 0 1 6 4 2 6
6 Belgium 4 1 1 0 1 1 7 9 -2 6
7 Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 China 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 7 -5 0
9 United States 5 0 0 0 0 5 5 27 -22 0

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2020 FIH Pro League (Men) - This weekend

28 Feb 2020 17:30 (GMT +13)     NZL v ARG (RR)     Nga Puna Wai Hockey Stadium, Christchurch
1 Mar 2020 15:00 (GMT +13)      NZL v ARG (RR)     Nga Puna Wai Hockey Stadium, Christchurch

Live streaming and full game replay on https://fih.live (May be Geo blocked if there is TV coverage)

Pool Standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsSO WinDrawsSO LossLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 Belgium 6 4 1 0 0 1 19 11 8 14
2 Netherlands 6 2 2 0 1 1 17 17 0 11
3 Australia 6 2 1 0 2 1 19 16 3 10
4 India 6 2 2 0 0 2 17 15 2 10
5 Spain 8 2 0 0 1 5 19 27 -8 7
6 Germany 2 1 1 0 0 0 7 3 4 5
7 Argentina 4 1 0 0 2 1 12 9 3 5
8 Great Britain 4 1 0 0 2 1 9 10 -1 5
9 New Zealand 6 1 1 0 0 4 8 19 -11 5

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New Stadium Planned For Penn State Field Hockey

By Geoff Rushton

Matt Noah | Onward State

Penn State is planning to build new field hockey seating and stadium facilities on the site of the current field near Curtin Road and University Drive southeast of Wagner Building.

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Surbiton top English women’s league with men’s side on brink of doubling up

Surbiton guaranteed they will top the Investec Women’s Hockey League in England with back-to-back wins over the weekend with three games to spare.

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Bali holiday reward for HockAdemy women

By Jugjet Singh

Following their success in winning the Malaysia Women's Hockey League ti tle and the silver in the Vivian May Soars Cup in their debut, HockAdemy club president Datuk Seri Megat D. Shahriman announced the Bali holiday reward yesterday. - NSTP/OWEE AH CHUN.

THE HockAdemy women's team will soon head to Bali for a well deserved vacation.

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Swansea take third place in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge I.

This weekend saw Swansea Hockey Club travel to Portugal to compete in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge I.

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Unbeaten start to 2020 for English U16 NAGS teams

Ireland were the opposition as the England U16 Girls and Boys NAGS teams arrived at Lilleshall for their first test matches of the year, read below to see how the games played out:

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English U18 NAGS begin 2020 with victorious test series

Ireland were the opposition as the England U18 Girls and Boys NAGS teams arrived at Lilleshall for their first test matches of the year, read below to see how the games played out:

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U-16 and U-21 USWNT Win Series Over Canada

Images Taken by Dawn Bent, Myda Clark and Jen Szukics

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Twelve days of competition across three age groups between the Junior U.S. Women's National Team and Canada's Junior squads came to a close on Sunday afternoon at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Each playing in their third match, the U-16 USWNT tallied six goals in the second half to win 7-0 over Canada's U-16 team. The U-21 USWNT followed up their younger counterparts in a highly contested outing against Canada's U-21 team, where the red, white and blue found the goal twice in the second quarter that proved to be the difference maker.

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Jillaroos series against Japan Junior Women’s Team

The Jillaroos are taking on Japan’s Junior Women’s Team in four international matches in Canberra from 22-26 February. Get the latest updates here.

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U.S. Women's Masters Program Finalizes 2020 World Masters Hockey World Cup Rosters

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Following much evaluation, the U.S. Women’s Masters Program has finalized the 2020 World Masters Hockey (WMH) World Cup rosters. The O-35 and O-40 women’s teams will compete from August 8 to 17 in Nottingham, England while the O-45, O-50 and O-60 women’s teams will compete September 19 to 28 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Guyana’s hockey Vets deliver Republic Day gold for the nation.

By Royston Alkins

The Guyana Veteran hockey team which clinched a gold medal in the Canada hockey indoor tournament Sunday.   

The score-line read 4-3 at the sound of the final whistle in Guyana’s favour on Sunday as a Veteran hockey team secured an empathic triumph over host Canada Red in the final of the Field Hockey Canada International Masters indoor tournament.

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Coronavirus: 'There's no point worrying about it' - Mullan on Olympic fears

Ireland qualified for the Olympics by beating Canada in a play-off

Ireland hockey captain Katie Mullan says "there's no point wasting energy" worrying about coronavirus ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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Pakistan seeking matches against Australia, Canada before Malaysia event

KARACHI: Pakistan head coach Olympian Khwaja Junaid has said that Pakistan would request Australian and Canadian hockey authorities to play practice matches before the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia.

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Garvey extend lead as Bann and Corinthian continue strong run of form

YMCA’s Ross Henderson in possession. Pic: Sinéad Hingston

Lisnagarvey’s lead at the top of the men’s EY Hockey League stretched out to eight points after their comfortable 5-2 win over Pembroke and Banbridge’s 4-3 success over Monkstown.

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I have done exactly that 3 times with no effect (once with Nick Laming in attendance).
The Vumatel team have been in 3 times. The first time they arrived without any equipment to test the connection.. I sent them away to come back with their own testing equipment/computer. The computer they arrived back with had a 100Mb/s Ethernet port so was entirely inadequate to carry out the tests. They then got someone in with a MacBook and a dongle to plug in an Ethernet cable. The dongle didn’t work. The second time they came round again and again with a computer inadequate for the task. They came round yesterday again and again their equipment was not up to the task. They have replaced my CPE twice. Yesterday they blamed the slow speed first on congestion and then on the broken WACS cable and then claimed there was a break in SEACOM as well. I don’t know how this affects a Speedtest connection between my property and your offices (I test to the Afrihost servers), but bullshit doesn’t baffle brain in this house.
I have also discovered that the wireless router you supply as standard for a 1Gb/s connection - the DLink DIR 825 AC1200 will not broadcast faster than marginally over 800Mb/s on the 5Ghz channel meaning that Afrihost do not and cannot fulfill the 1Gb/s line speed they offer, only 80% of that speed. As that is the case do you mind if I only pay 80% of the price seeing that is the maximum you supply. The standard supplied CAT5e cable is only just capable of 1Gb/s which means it is only just up to the job. I have replaced that with a CAT6 cable at my expense and have ordered an AC2600 wireless router again at my expense just to try and cover your inadequate supplied equipment. Why must I do this?
I have also discovered that although support tickets are your 24/7 support option they carry the lowest priority as evidenced by your response times of over 1 week on this ticket. The Whatsapp support waiting times have ranged from 45 minutes to almost 3 hours, which is again wholly inadequate and that although you have an 0800 free support line, you do not advertise this anywhere leaving customers to hang on wasting their money on your inadequate support response times by phone. 
I have had enough of Afrihost and their partner Vumtel and would like this resolved within 2 days, which will have long passed by the time you read this.
George Brink


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.

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Memories of a very special friend.

George Brink

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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12 Punjab Warriors players? Judge for yourself

These screen grabs are from The Official YouTube stream. Note the running time of the video in the bottom left. This covers a pan from 2:47:27 - 2:47:30. Punjab Warriors are in blue.

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Ijaz Chaudhry writes on hockey & other sports. For more about him and his work, visit: www.sportscorrespondent.info  

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