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Obituary: John Gawley


John Gawley

England Hockey is sad to hear the passing of Lt Commander John Gawley MBE.

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European clubs prove sport and study DO mix


Fve hockey clubs and five partnering universities from across Europe will work together to enable elite athletes to combine study and training Photo: EHL/World Sports Pics

Sport and academia are often seen as incompatible partners, with elite athletes finding it necessary to put their studies on hold while they commit to the training and competition demands of an elite athlete programme.

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Loreto and Hermes-Monkstown reprise cup showdown


Loreto’s Sarah Evans takes on Hermes-Monkstown’s Suzie Kelly in their EYHL meeting earlier this season. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Loreto and Hermes-Monkstown’s paths intertwine for a second successive cup weekend, stepping things up a notch for their Irish Senior Cup second round tie, the highlight of Saturday’s local action.

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Glenanne and Rovers line up for biggest tie of EYHL season to date


International team mates Ben Walker and Shane O’Donoghue battle for possession earlier this season. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Glenanne can take a massive step toward a first national title since 2010 as they host Three Rock Rovers on Saturday at St Andrew’s (2.30pm) in the biggest game of the season to date.

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Peillat powers Terengganu to end Tenaga’s winning streak

By Aftar Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: Terengganu rode on the strength of Argentine Gonzalo Peillat to end Tenaga Nasional’s winning streak in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).

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Telkom target 10th title Africa title: Openda’s charges are breathing fire ahead of contest

Champions will start campaign against Nigeria’s Yobe Desert Queens.

By Elizabeth Mburugu


Orange Telkom Ruth Njoki(l) protects the ball as Strathmore Jane Apondi give chase

Telkom hockey queens launch their Africa Cup of Club Championships title defence bid against Yobe Desert Queens of Nigeria today.

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Buoyant Telkom begin title defence in Accra

By BRIAN YONGA


Telkom Kenya players enjoy a light moment at City Park Stadium during their send-off by the firm Chief Executive Officer Aldo Mareuse on January 16, 2018 to the Africa Cup for Club Champions that will be held in Accra from January 20, 2018. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Accra comes alive on Saturday as the 29th edition of the Africa Cup for Club Champions bullies off at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Stadium.

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2018 U.S. Women’s National Development Squad Named Following Trial

LANCASTER, Pa. – Following 3 days of intense training sessions at the 2018 U.S. Women’s National Team Trial, held at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster, Pa., the USWNT coaching staff is excited to announce the 2018 U.S. Women’s National Development Squad.

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Canadian Men’s National Team departs for Spain training tour



It will be a welcome relief for the Men’s National Team to get out of the rain, sleet and foggy mornings that have plagued training sessions since November. According to Dave Carter, MNT goalkeeper, the winter training months in Vancouver may make the team tougher but the players are looking forward to training in Spain.

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PHF inducts hockey legends into Hall-of-Fame



KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) honoured 12 former greats of the game – 6 from Pakistan and 6 from other countries – including two umpires by inducting them into unique Hall-of-Fame here on Thursday. Special maroon coloured jackets were conferred upon the players as a mark to include them in the PHF’s Hall of Fame, the first of its kind event in the history of Pakistan hockey. Dutch legends Paul Litjen and Floris Jan Bovelander were among the four foreign players who received this award. Germany’s Christain Blunk and Spain’s Juan Escarre were also conferred with the hall of fame awards by the PHF. Australian Don Prior and Dutch Rob Lathouwers were the hockey umpires who were inducted into Hall of Fame. Pakistani greats Islahuddin Siddiqi, Shahnaz Sheikh, Akhtar Rasool, Samiullah, Hassan Sardar and Shahbaz Ahmed were among the local players to receive the Hall-of-Fame jackets from Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah.

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Int'l games at home to help reignite Pak hockey, says Dutch veteran Weusthof

Faizan Lakhani


Roderick Weusthof

KARACHI: Pakistan is a safe place to host international hockey matches, Roderick Weusthof — a former Dutch hockey player — noted Friday night, adding that other teams should also visit the country.

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World XI thrash Pakistan 5-1 in first hockey match

KARACHI: Pakistan were outplayed 5-1 by experienced World XI in the first of two-match series at Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium here on Friday.

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Int’l hockey XI thrash Pakistan 5-1 in opener

Mohsin Ali

KARACHI -  International XI thrashed Pakistan team 5-1 in the first match of the two-match series played here at Abdul Sattar Edhi, National Hockey Stadium on Friday night.

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International hockey comes home as Pakistan takes on World XI


The first of the two match hockey series kicks off at Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium. Photo courtesy of Sindh CM office.

The much-anticipated two-match series between Pakistan national hockey team and a star-studded World XI side kicked off on Friday at the Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium in Karachi.

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India beat New Zealand 3-1 to enter final

NEW DELHI: Indian hockey team defeated hosts New Zealand 3-1 in their third match of the Four Nations Invitational Tournament to enter the final in Tauranga on Saturday.

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India dominates the Kiwis to post 3-1 win

s2h team

With a goal each from Harmanpreet Singh, young gun Dilpreet Singh and Mandeep Singh, India posted a fluent 3-1 victory over New Zealand. Its first defeat for the hosts in the 4-Nations Cup after it posted good wins over Belgium and Japan.

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Stats Speak: Golden Jubilee triumph of India over Kiwis, entered in final, will face Red Lions on Sunday

By B.G.Joshi(Sehore-Bhopal,India)

India beats hosts New Zealand 3-1 in Tauranga 4-nations tournament today. It is 50th victory of India against Kiwis in 94th match between them.

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Black Sticks men to play off for third against Japan at Four Nations tournament


Black Stick Hugo Inglis competes for the ball in his side's loss to India. JOHN COWPLAND/PHOTOSPORT

The Black Sticks men will play off for third against Japan at the Four Nations tournament in Mount Maunganui.

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Black Sticks to miss out on Four Nations final after loss to India


New Zealand's Stephen Jenness in action for the Black Sticks men against India. Photo / Photosport

The Black Sticks have fallen out of contention for the first leg of their Four Nations hockey tournament, losing 3-1 to India.

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Four Nations finals schedule confirmed


Photo: www.photosport.nz

The Vantage Black Sticks Men have missed out on a spot in the final at the Tauranga leg of the University of Waikato Four Nations following a 3-1 defeat to India.

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4 Nations Invitational Tournament (M) - Day 3

Tauranga (NZL)

NZL v IND     1 - 3
BEL v JPN     4 - 1

RankTeamGPWDLGFGAGDP
1 India 3 2 0 1 9 3 6 6
2 Belgium 3 2 0 1 10 6 4 6
3 New Zealand 3 2 0 1 10 8 2 6
4 Japan 3 0 0 3 2 14 -12 0


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One win and one defeat for Scotland in Women’s EuroHockey Indoor Championship II



It was one win and win defeat for Scotland on day one of Women’s EuroHockey Indoor Championship II in Brussels. The Scots got off to a great start, defeating Wales 5-0 to kick-start their tournament.

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Women's EuroHockey Indoor Championships live this weekend


Watch this weekend's women’s EuroHockey Indoor Championships live Photo: EHF/World Sports Pics

Prague, Brussels and Apace are buzzing with indoor hockey action this weekend with the women’s leg of the EuroHockey Indoor Championships follows hot on the heels of the men last weekend, promising another three tournaments of high octane action on the boards.

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2018 EuroHockey Indoor Championships (W) - Day 1

The EuroHockey Indoor Champions for Women are being held this weekend acros 3 Divisions in three Different venues. Division I and II started on Friday 19 January and Division III will start on Saturday 20 January. The results from Division I and II are below.

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Women's Asian Games Qualifier 2018 - Day 6



SGP v INA     1 - 0
HKG v PAK     4 - 0
THA v KAZ     0 - 1

RankTeamGPWDLGFGAGDP
1 Thailand 5 4 0 1 20 1 19 12
2 Hong Kong China 5 3 2 0 11 1 10 11
3 Kazakhstan 5 3 1 1 11 4 7 10
4 Chinese Taipei 5 2 2 1 6 6 0 8
5 Singapore 5 2 1 2 5 4 1 7
6 Pakistan 6 1 0 5 3 23 -20 3
7 Indonesia 5 0 0 5 0 17 -17 0


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Kelly Vanry accepted into Tokyo 2020 Emerging Leaders Familiarization Program



Last year, had anyone asked Kelly Vanry if she was expecting to go to the 2018 PeyongChang Olympics, she may have called them crazy. But the B.C. resident is now less than a month away from the experience of a lifetime.

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Helen Richardson-Walsh opens East London hockey pitch


Photo credit Kios Miah, Tower Hamlets' Council

Helen Richardson-Walsh, a gold medal winning Olympian pitched up along with John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets to open the council’s new all weather hockey pitch in Mile End park.

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Scottish Men’s indoor National League 1 enters pool stage


Scottish Hockey Indoor Gala Finals 2017 – photo by Duncan Gray

The men`s indoor National League 1 championship enters the pool stage of the competition where some clubs are striving to qualify for the semi-finals, while others are equally anxious to avoid the dreaded relegation play-off.

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Coach Sarjit wants Terengganu to end Tenaga’s winning streak

KUALA LUMPUR: Terengganu coach Sarjit Singh has challenged his boys to end Tenaga Nasional’s unbeaten run in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).

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Najmi urges slacking defenders to tighten up backline

By Aftar Singh


Counting on you: UniKL will be counting on Jeroen Hertzberger (left) to bolster their defence.

KUALA LUMPUR: Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) defenders must wake up from their slumber in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL).

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Line-up confirmed for ABN AMRO U14 EHL


©: World Sport Pics

The line-up for ABN AMRO U14 EHL has been finalised as six sides from around the continent look forward to an experience of a lifetime at HC Rotterdam at Easter.

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Five top clubs to pioneer new STICK project with European Commission


©: Frank Uijlenbroek / World Sport Pics

A consortium of five hockey clubs and universities are set to be awarded funding by the European Commission as part of the STICK project, sharing a fund worth €372,251.

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Kampong honour Caspers, Jonker and de Wijn


©: World Sport Pics

SV Kampong honoured some of their major stars last weekend with a series of special presentations following their historic run of recent success, winning the 2016 EHL and the Hoofdklasse title in 2017.

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Telkom eye 10th title

By BRIAN YONGA


Telkom Kenya players enjoys a light moment at City Park Stadium during their send-off by the firm Chief Executive Officer Aldo Mareuse on January 16, 2018 to the hockey Africa Cup for Club Champions that will be held in Accra from January 20, 2018. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Telkom and Strathmore University Scorpions Thursday landed safely in Accra, Ghana ahead of Saturday’s kick-off the 2017 Africa Cup for Club Champions.

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World-class teams await Fulton's lads in Malaysia series

By Graham Hamilton


Class act: Sean Murray is valued by club and country

Ireland now know their opposition in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia in two months time and it promises to be a high-powered tournament.

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England women head to EuroHockey Indoor Championships II

England women head to Brussels for the EuroHockey Indoor Championships II taking place between the 19 and 21 January.

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One Week Until USWNT vs. The Netherlands Series



PALO ALTO, Calif. -  In just one week the U.S. Women's National Team welcomes the FIH Hero World Ranked No. 1 The Netherlands to the West Coast. Both teams have a lot to prepare for in the coming months as they start their international calendars on a high note with the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 just around the corner.

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Pakistan must develop hockey infrastructure to regain past glory: Bovelander

Staff Report



KARACHI: Hockey legend Floris Jan Bovelander has suggested that a proper infrastructure and system should be developed for Pakistani players to improve the quality of the sport in Pakistan.

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Footprints: ‘This used to be my ground’

Shazia Hasan


THE Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium has many fond memories for visiting international hockey legends who played here in their prime.—Photo by writer

“I REMEMBER when we beat Pakistan here. The crowd was so angry that they threw oranges at us,” the veteran Dutch hockey penalty corner specialist Paul Litjens says while sharing a fond memory about the Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium, formerly the Hockey Club of Pakistan. “The oranges went nicely with our kit shirts,” he laughs.

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Int’l matches in Pakistan to help revive hockey: PHF chief

PTCL Hockey Cup unveiled

Mohsin Ali



KARACHI - The PTCL Hockey Cup was unveiled Thursday in a ceremony attended by national and international hockey stars, who gathered to kick-start the five-day festivities.

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Visiting World XI players, icons vow to help in revival of Pakistan hockey

Anwar Zuberi


Foreign and Pakistani hockey legends pose with the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and the PHF President retired Brig. Khalid Said Khokar after being inducted into the Hall of Fame at a local hotel on Thursday. Tahit Jamal/White Star.

KARACHI: The visiting World XI players and foreign Hall of Fame stalwarts have vowed to help in the revival of hockey in Pakistan and praised the country’s contribution in the game during the past many decades.

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Pakistan face World XI in first game today



KARACHI: PTCL Hockey Cup 2018 trophy was unveiled in an impressive ceremony at Abdul Sattar Edhi Hockey Stadium Karachi here Thursday. To revive and promote Pakistan’s national game, national and international hockey stars gathered to kick-start the five-day festivities. In this connection an all star World XI team will play two matches against Pakistan’s national hockey team. During this event, two exhibition hockey matches will be played in Karachi and Lahore. The first will be held on January 19 (today) here in Karachi while the second will be held on January 21 (Sunday) at National Hockey Stadium Lahore.

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Improved Hockeyroos Draw With Spain Again

Ben Somerford



The Hockeyroos have drawn 1-1 with Spain for the second straight match in their five-match Test Series at Warwick Hockey Centre on Thursday night.

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India lose to Belgium in Four Nations Invitational tournament


Indian men's hockey team , Twitter @HockeyIndia

The Indian men's hockey team failed to convert any of the four penalty corners and ended up losing 0-2 to Belgium at the Four Nations Invitational tournament at the Blake Park on Thursday.

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India's midfield, forward line guilty of sluggish display in defeat against Belgium

Sundeep Misra


Indian hockey team in action against Belgium on Thursday. Image Courtesy Twitter @TheHockeyIndia

Consistency, that bugbear of Indian hockey raised its snarling head once again, as the national team went down 0-2 to the Olympic silver medallists Belgium at Blake Park in Tauranga, New Zealand. It wasn’t that India were outplayed. But for a team that gets four penalty corners and an equal number of field attempts, not scoring isn’t an aberration but a sin. Against a team like Belgium that controls the ball and play brilliantly, trying to create space and move with the ball becomes all that more difficult. In fact, this piece of stats would make the picture slightly clear–in the last 17 matches against Belgium, India has won only 4 and lost 13. Overall, the record stands at matches played 74 with India winning 46, losing 18 and 10 drawn. It also puts into perspective the rise of Belgium in world hockey. And the degree of difficulty India finds to break down Belgium in the midfield or the defence. For Belgium, the scorers were Arthur de Sloovers in the eighth and Victor Wegnez in the 34th minute.

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Black Sticks men beat Japan to make it two wins from two at Four Nations


Black Stick Leo Mitai-Wells battles with Japan's Genki Mitani.ANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT

The Black Sticks have made it two wins from two at the Four Nations tournament.

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McAleese eases the way for Black Sticks

By: Christopher Reive


New Zealand's Shea McAleese. Photo / Brett Phibbs

After upsetting tournament favourites Belgium 5-4 on Wednesday night, the Black Sticks have continued the Four Nations winning way against Japan.

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Kiwis remain undefeated at Four Nations


Photo: www.photosport.nz

The Vantage Black Sticks have continued their winning run with an impressive 4-1 win over Japan at the University of Waikato Four Nations in Tauranga.

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Hockey woes

Moiz Munif


Australia under-18 rep Haley Crowhurst in control against Fiji U18 at the National Hockey Centre in Suva yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

THE Fiji Invitational and President's sides conceded heavy defeats at the Oceania Hockey Challenge Cup in Suva yesterday.

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Curtain comes down on a glittering umpiring career

A tribute to John Wright by Steve Jaspan


John Wright (left) and Paco Vazquez on the occasion of John's 200th International and Paco's 100th.

Several things struck me when John Wright announced his retirement as an international hockey umpire a few months back.

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Field hockey loses seniors but freshmen assure promising future

By Greg Levinsky


Senior Grace Boston is one of the many Terriers that will graduate this year. PHOTO BY JUSTIN HAWK/ DFP FILE PHOTO

With nine freshman on the roster, it seemed unlikely that head coach Sally Starr and the Boston University field hockey team would go further in postseason play than they did last season.

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FIH launches Rules of Hockey app



The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has launched a free ‘Rules of Hockey’ app for iOS and android smartphones.

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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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Sites

- Go - The Times of India
- Go - The Telegraph
- Go - Stick2Hockey.com
- Go - The Trinidad Guardian
- Go - The Nation
- Go - Field Hockey Canada media release
- Go - USFHA media release
- Go - NCAA
- Go - Stuff
- Go - The New Zealand Herald
- Go - Hockey New Zealand Media release
- Go - Hockey Asia
- Go - Indian Express
- Go - Daily News & Analysis
- Go - The Telegraph, India
- Go - The Tribune
- Go - Hindustan Times
- Go - The Asian Age
- Go - The Hindu
- Go - Hockey Australia media release
- Go - FIH site
- Go - FIH Match Centre
- Go - GhanaWeb
- Go - The New Vision
- Go - Daily Nation
- Go - The Standard Online
-- Go - SA Hockey Association media release
- Go - Independent Online
- Go - The Express Tribune
- Go - Dawn
- Go - The News International
- Go - The Daily Times
- Go - The Nation
- Go - Malay Mail
- Go - New Straits Times
- Go - The Star of Malaysia
- Go - Malaysian Hockey blogspot
- Go - Jugjet's World of Field Hockey
- Go - The Hook
- Go - Irish Hockey Association media release
- Go - The Irish Times
- Go - BBC Sport
- Go - Sportstar
- Go - Gulf Times
Go - Daily Express
- England Hockey Board Media release
- Great Britain Hockey media release
- Scottish Hockey Union media release
- Hockey Association Malta media release
- Euro Hockey League media release
- Fédération Française de Hockey media release
- Pan American Hockey Federation media release

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

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