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Reliving The First Wembley Magic 70 Years On



An iconic venue with so many great memories, this year marks the 70th anniversary of the first women's hockey game to take place at the iconic Wembley stadium.

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Maryland field hockey looks to improve its efficiency on penalty corners

Shane Connuck


Midfielder Emma Deberdine passes the ball in Maryland Field Hockey’s 5-1 win over Michigan State on Oct. 25, 2019. (Gabby Baniqued/The Diamondback)

Just over seven minutes into Maryland field hockey’s loss to Northwestern, Bibi Donraadt headed to the backline to insert a penalty corner. She triggered the ball in for a Riley Donnelly shot, which came up empty. This was the seventh corner the Terps earned in that opening period.

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Garrleigh Trophy Centre on board for HC Melbourne 2021 Season



Victoria’s number one Hockey team, Hockey Club Melbourne has announced its partnership with Garrleigh Trophy Centre ahead the Sultana Bran Hockey One League’s second season due to start in October 2021.

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It's the Pullman bubble for MHL teams

By Jugjet Singh


MHC president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal (2nd-right) with Pullman Hotel Kuala Lumpur, general manager T K Lee (2nd-left) gesture during the ceremony at the hotel. - BERNAMA pic

THE Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) inspected a few hotels before deciding on Hotel Pullman in Bangsar as the sports-bubble venue for the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).

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Mwangi leads from the front



In our third interview celebrating International Women's Day, we catch up Kenyan hockey legend Jacqueline (Jackie) Mwangi. Now Head Coach to the national women's team, Mwangi enjoyed a long career with the national team as an athlete and continues to inspire girls and young women through both her hockey career and as an inspirational sports teacher.

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Mustapha Cassiem, SA’s young hockey prodigy

The teenage sensation has huge expectations, billed as the next great hockey star and coming from a family that breathes the sport. He explains how he is handling this pressure and his ambitions.

By: Adrian Ephraim
Photographer: Chris de Beer-Procter


Mustapha Cassiem in action at Woodlands Hockey Turf. The Cassiem family come from the working-class area of Mitchell’s Plain, a world away from Bishops in Rondebosch where he attended school.

Mustapha Cassiem has a sweet tooth. One of the country’s youngest ever national hockey players admits this sheepishly when quizzed about his favourite things in the world, though it’s hardly surprising for a young man who’s only just 18 years old and who up until a few months ago was still a schoolboy. He has a weakness for sweets, but that’s the extent of his weaknesses it seems.

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Taking chances when they arise



Ahead of Germany’s forthcoming FIH Hockey Pro League match against Netherlands women, we caught up with Charlotte Stapenhorst, who is relishing the thought of a return to action and the chance to pit her wits against one of the best defensive units in the world.

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Cold snap lights fire in Dutch camp



Set backs in training including an unexpected severe snow fall, led to three weeks away from the training ground, but this has not dampened Dutch goalkeeper Josine Koning’s enthusiasm for the Netherland’s forthcoming encounter with Germany in the resumed FIH Hockey Pro League.

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UK MPs to consider links between sport and long-term brain injury



MPs will hear examine the role of national governing bodies regarding concussion in an inquiry to be launched on Wednesday.

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Virginia Beach native Sam Zwyna starred in her hometown for Maryland field hockey

Shane Connuck


Forward Sam Zwyna dribbles during Maryland field hockey's 5-0 win over New Hampshire on Sept. 1, 2019. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

Sam Zwyna remembers the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. It was where she was introduced to hockey, and where she first played the sport.

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The First Ever Women's International Hockey Match

Courtesy of the Hockey Museum


Photo credit: Hockey Museum

2 March 2021 is the 125th anniversary of the first ever women’s international hockey match in 1896, between Ireland and England. Ireland beat England 2-0.

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Kaitlin follows in a family tradition



As we continue our celebration of International Women’s Day with representatives from all our continental federations, we catch up with a player who is part of one of Australia’s most notable hockey families.

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KS AZS AWF end top trio’s 32-year control of Polish indoor scene



KS AZS AWF Poznan and LKS Rogowo have been crowned Poland’s national indoor champions following last weekend’s finals.

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Junior move level with Campo in Spanish women’s league



Junior FC took advantage of Club de Campo’s delayed game away to CH Sardinero to move level at the top of Spain’s women’s Iberdrola league with a resounding 8-1 success against RC Jolaseta.

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Den Bosch’s six-point weekend maintains narrow edge over Amsterdam



No mistakes and no surprises for the top three in the women’s Hoofdklasse as EHL-bound Den Bosch and AH&BC Amsterdam both picked up six points out of six from their double weekend.

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Bloemendaal keep rolling as Kampong, Pinoké and HGC shine with goals galore



HC Bloemendaal continue to prove an unstoppable force in the Tulp Hoofdklasse after two wins over the weekend, extending their winning streak to 12 games.

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Plennevaux and Boon inspire Léo to slay Dragons



Royal Léopold got the second phase of the Belgian season up and running with a hugely important 4-3 win over KHC Dragons.

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Ireland to face GB for the first time in 13 years on home turf



Ireland will face Great Britain on home turf for the first time in 13 years with three uncapped international matches given the go ahead for Queen’s University next week.

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Great Britain women to face Ireland in uncapped series



Great Britain, the Olympic women’s hockey champions, will travel to Ireland for a three-match uncapped series this month, with coverage live on RTE and BBC Sport.

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Green Army to take on Great Britain in SoftCo Series



Hockey Ireland is excited to announce the SoftCo Series which will take place in Queen’s University Belfast, with the Irish Women taking on Great Britain on Saturday the 13th, Sunday the 14th and Tuesday the 16th of March. The uncapped series matches against Great Britain are the first international matches for the team on home soil since the Olympic Qualifier in December 2019.

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Indian women's hockey team suffers third consecutive defeat against Germany

Sonja Zimmermann (26') and Franzisca Hauke (42') scored the goals for Germany, who won their third consecutive match on Monday.


The fourth match of the series will be played on Thursday. Image Courtesy: Twitter @TheHockeyIndia

Dusseldorf: The Indian women's hockey team's defence resisted well but formidable Germany walked away with a 2-0 win in the third game, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-match series.

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India Women suffer third straight defeat to Germany

Indian eves are yet to score a goal on the tour...

By Samrat Chakraborty



The Indian Women's hockey team suffered a 2-0 defeat against Germany in the third match of their Germany tour in Dusseldorf on Tuesday. Goals from Sonja Zimmermann (26’) and Franzisca Hauke (42’) sealed the match in the hosts' favour.

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Jarmanpreet scores as Indian men's hockey team draw 1-1 with Germany

Jarmanpreet opened the scoring for India in the fourth minute, while Martin Haner scored the equaliser for Germany.


Indian team celebrates the goal against Germany. Twitter/

Krefeld: The Indian men's hockey team played out a 1-1 draw against Germany in the second game of its four-match tour of Europe here.

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India's share spoils with Germany; Continue positive start to European tour

Jarmanpreet Singh scored for India from a penalty corner

By Samrat Chakraborty



India drew 1-1 in a friendly match against Germany on Tuesday evening in the second of their four-match Europe tour on Sunday.

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Lacklustre India-Germany match ends in a 1-1 draw at Krefeld

Lanky forward Jarmanpreet Singh deflected a short rebound from goalkeeper off the India’s first penalty corner to give India the lead well within five minutes of the game only to see Germany equalize three minutes from the half time. The remainder of the game saw more goalmouth action albeit without goals emanating, leading the match to end in a dame 1-1 draw.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Afrihost

Hi 
 
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.
 
Regards
 
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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