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Janet White

Scottish Hockey was sad to hear of the death of Janet White, former Scottish Hockey Vice President and a longstanding Grange member, who had been unwell for some time.

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USA Field Hockey’s COVID-19 Restructuring

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In a move designed to mitigate the financial impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, USA Field Hockey has announced a restructuring of the organization that includes staff cuts and reductions in pay for all staff as well as a number of reassignments of responsibilities. The cuts and restructuring were made to sustain the organization through this challenging time while enabling the National Governing Body to continue to focus on its mission to Grow the Game, Serve Members, and Succeed Internationally.

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Lead From Within; Don’t Drag from Out Front

By Jamie E. Robbins, Ph.D., Sport Psychology Certified Mental Performance Consultant and Professor of Exercise & Sport Science, Methodist University

The word “leader” is often times misunderstood and misused. Not every person in a leadership position is an effective leader and sometimes the best leaders have no title at all. A leader, by definition, is just a person with followers. You can acquire followers using coercion and fear or understanding and motivation. Athletes can be fantastic team leaders if they utilize more discussion and collaboration rather than demand and reprimand. There is no single way to be an effective leader, but there are methods that typically work best in athletics.

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Assistant Coaches Garcia and Revington take up new roles

Russell Garcia and Paul Revington; England and Great Britain Hockey coaches

After three years as Great Britain's men's Assistant Coach, Russell Garcia is moving back to his former club GTHGC in Germany for family reasons.

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Hockey Tasmania hoping to give community clarity about 2020 season

Jarryd McGuane

POSSIBLE RETURN DRAWS CLOSER: Burnie Baptist's Jarrad Poke plays it forward during the 2019 GNL season. Picture: Simon Sturzaker

The hockey community could have clarity about the makeup of 2020 season as soon as next week, says Hockey Tasmania chief executive Damian Smith.

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Hockeyroos and Kookaburras return to the pitch

A number of the Hockeyroos and Kookaburras took to the pitch at the Perth Hockey Stadium for the first time since the Hockey Australia High Performance and Daily Training Environment closed on March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Here’s hoping Irish hockey’s greatest team don’t miss out on Olympic dream

Having found a way into our sporting hearts they deserve their chance to shine once more

Johnny Watterson

Ireland players celebrate with their silver medals after the Women’s World Cup final against the Netherlands at Lee Valley Stadium in London in August 2018. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In April the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach said that everyone would have to make sacrifices and compromises. We heard him. We already were.

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Delighted to be nominated for Arjuna award: Harmanpreet

Harmanpreet Singh, on Tuesday, was nominated for the Arjuna Award.   -  K. MURALI KUMAR

In contention for the Arjuna award after being nominated by the national federation, the Indian men’s hockey team defender Harmanpreet Singh, on Thursday, said his teammates have had a huge role in making him successful.

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PHF Secretary welcomes inclusion of more Asian teams in World Cup

LAHORE - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Secretary Muhammad Asif Bajwa has welcomed the decision of inclusion of more Asian teams in the World Hockey Cup, to be played in early 2023 in India.

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Eyeing 'home advantage' to go to World Cup

By Jugjet Singh

File Photo: The national hockey team have set their sights on qualifying for the 2023 World Cup in India. - NSTP/EFFENDY RASHID

THE national hockey team have set their sights on qualifying for the 2023 World Cup in India.

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Away From The Numbers

Ashley Morrison

News from Lausanne last week that the International Hockey Federation had signed a ten-year deal with a company that is going to deliver digital media solutions and a “ground-breaking fan engagement service,” was no doubt music to many hockey fans ears.

How tongue-lashing woke the Badgers up


Alex Nyawira of Technical University of Kenya (left) tackles Ian Lang'at of Parkroad Badgers during their Kenya Hockey Union men's Premier League match at City Park Stadium on September 10, 2017. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |

A thorough dressing-down by management at the end of 2018 Kenyan Premier League action inspired relegated Park Road Badgers’ elevation back to the top-tier this season, club captain Jerry Kanah has revealed.

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Calls for anti-racism support after hockey pitch abuse aimed at black player

By Rod Gilmour

Tendo Kimuli, right, pictured with Rhys Smith

A promising black hockey player has recalled his experiences of racial abuse on the pitch and questioned England Hockey’s lack of anti-racism messaging in support of athletes.

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PSI Hockey aims to grow in UK for 2020

Pro Series Indoor (PSI) organisers have hailed its first UK event as a “massive success” as the growing indoor event broadened its reach in 2019.

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Field Hockey Canada – Return to play concept (COVID-19)

As our communities begin to emerge from the challenges of isolation and lockdown that COVID-19 presented to us over the past 3 months, a return to sport is thankfully being considered. Sport is a vehicle for physical, mental and social wellbeing. We all want to return to the sport we love at the earliest opportunity to enjoy the benefits it provides. As we begin a controlled and phased approach to our return to play, Field Hockey Canada wishes to remind everyone in our community that at this time, all organized field hockey activities remain suspended whilst we work towards the resolution of critical insurance issues.

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New rule changes in New Zealand ahead of hockey restarting

Community hockey is being reintroduced in a cautious and methodical manner, based on the best available evidence to optimise participant and community safety. In order to be aligned to Hockey’s overarching “return to play” considerations; the following rule changes have been put into effect immediately:

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Masked and keeping their distance but Poland's players are back in the groove

The return to hockey activity is being carefully trialled and monitored across the globe as the tight grip of Covid-19 on sporting activities is gradually relaxing. To find out how national association are returning to hockey-playing activities, FIH spoke to members of the international hockey community. In this interview we speak to the Poland national women’s team captain Marlena Rybacha and Mateusz Grochal, former coach to the U16 national boys team and now Poland Hockey Federation Development Manager.

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"Our expertise is on the hockey pitch... It does not lie within gardening"

Anna Toman and Emily Defroand

There is no douting that Anna Toman and Emily Defroand are exceptional hockey players.

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Wales’ Rupert Shipperley passes off rugby for GB hockey dream

By Richard Bright

Call up: Rupert Shipperley is now a GB player PICS: WORLD SPORT PICS

Teak-tough geography teacher Rupert Shipperley hopes to rack up the air miles on the return road to Tokyo 2020 next year.

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‘Karri on’ is McMahon’s motto

Hockeyroos defender Karri McMahon is one of those people who just grab life in all its glory. Despite some horrendous injuries - a fractured jaw, a stress fracture in the foot and a broken leg amongst them – she has amassed more than 150 caps for Australia and is a key member of the Hockeyroos defence.

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Hockey team’s 2021 objective is a spot in World Cup

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia's national hockey team are clear with their objective in 2021 – to qualify for the final of the Asia Cup.And the reward? A spot in the World Cup.

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Indian hockey teams resume outdoor training

The Indian men and women hockey teams have resumed outdoor training here in a “systematic and phased” manner after a two-month hiatus due to the coronavirus-forced nationwide lockdown.

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Rani Rampal: I’m overwhelmed at being nominated for Khel Ratna award

The India captain says women’s hockey is moving in the right direction; congratulates Vandana Katariya and Monika.

Rani Rampal on Wednesday said she was “overwhelmed” at being nominated for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.

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SOJC misses perfect 10

By Jugjet Singh

Datuk Manjit Majid Abdullah

THE 10th Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) has been called off.

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African body postpones qualifiers which were set for Nairobi

Past Africa Club action at City Park. [Stafford Ondego, Standard]

African Hockey Federation (AfHF) has postponed the continental qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, which were to be held in Nairobi, Accra and Harare in May.

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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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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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