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SA Hockey mourns passing on of stalwart 'Ally' Fredericks

South African Hockey on Tuesday announced that Executive Board Member Allistar 'Ally' Fredericks has passed on. Photo: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - South African Hockey on Tuesday announced that Executive Board Member Allistar 'Ally' Fredericks has passed on.

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High Performance Centre to help revive hockey: DG SBP

LAHORE - Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Secretary Asif Bajwa and Head Coach of national hockey team Olympian Khawaja Junaid called on Director General Sports Punjab Adnan Arshad Aulakh at National Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.

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Maryland field hockey adds Scott Tupper to coaching staff

By Wesley Brown

Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Maryland field hockey announced Monday that Lafayette assistant coach Scott Tupper would join the Terrapin staff as an assistant coach.

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Emily Defroand: England & Great Britain player forced to retire from international hockey aged 26

England and GB head coach Mark Hager described Emily Defroand as "a player that could read a match and change the momentum of a game"

England and Great Britain's Emily Defroand has retired from international hockey aged 26 after several serious injuries in recent years.

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Emily Defroand To Retire From International Hockey

England Hockey and Great Britain Hockey are sad to announce that Emily Defroand is retiring from international hockey.

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Super-excited Hope Ralph has her eye on a medal in Tokyo

Hope Ralph might be grinning from ear to ear about making the Olympic squad, but the 21-year-old’s thoughts are with her close Taranaki mates Holly Pearson and Anna Crowley who sadly missed out on joining her in Tokyo.

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A whirlwind few weeks for our Olympic bolter Sean Findlay

Sean Findlay is the 19-year-old go-getter who surprised even himself by making the Tokyo Olympic squad. He has had to overcome the loss of his Mum and having glandular fever in March to get there.

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Indian women's hockey team wants to win Olympics medal for COVID warriors: Rani Rampal

Rani also informed that the core probables training at the SAI Center in Bengaluru will undergo selection trials this week to pick the team for the Tokyo Games.

Rani Rampal said the vow would also give an added onus to the team to do well in the Olympics. (FILE PHOTO)   -  FIH

The Indian women's hockey captain Rani Rampal on Tuesday vowed that her team would leave no stone unturned to win a historic medal in the upcoming Olympics and dedicate it to the frontline workers who risked their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Massachusetts Field Hockey Welcomes Assistant Coach Roxy Coetzee-Turner

Fifteen-year coaching veteran joins Minutewomen staff ahead of 2021 season

AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts field hockey and head coach Barb Weinberg announced on Monday that Roxy Coetzee-Turner has joined the program as assistant coach. Coetzee-Turner brings 15 years of coaching experience to the Minutewomen, having most recently spent the 2019 season in a similar role at Amherst College.

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Six Tar Heels Earn All-ACC Academic Field Hockey Honors

By: UNC Athletic Communications

Bryn Boylan (6) and Erin Matson (1) were among six Tar Heels named to the All-ACC Academic Team.

Six Tar Heel field hockey players have added another honor to an already successful school year.  Bryn Boylan, Erin Matson, Abby Pitcairn, Meredith Sholder, Eva Smolenaars and Cassie Sumfest have been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team, announced Monday by the league.

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CNS All Pakistan Hockey Tournament from August 1

LAHORE   -  The 3rd Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) All Pakistan Hockey Tournament under the auspices of Naval Sports Directorate will be played at Abdul Sattar Hockey Stadium Karachi from August 1 to 8.

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Old rivalries ignited in new Ford National Hockey Championships

Hockey New Zealand is delighted to welcome to the national calendar the new Ford National Hockey Championships which will see our best Association-based teams striving to be crowned at each level.

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EHL Cup 2021 draw and fixture schedule confirmed

The EHL Cup 2021 draw was made at the Wagener Stadium this week at the EuroHockey Championships with the match-ups confirmed for the event in late September and early October.

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Kirandeep excels in sports and studies

By Jugjet Singh

Kirandeep Kaur scored 9As in the recent SPM examinations. - NSTP file pic

THE Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) are really proud of national women's junior player, Kirandeep Kaur who scored 9As in the recent SPM examinations.

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2021-22 Junior & Senior U.S. Women’s National Indoor Teams Named

U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team Head Coach Jun Kentwell

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Following two different tryout weekends and a virtual/online submissions option, U.S. Women’s National Indoor Team Head Coach Jun Kentwell and coaching staff are pleased to name the 2021-22 Junior and Senior Indoor USWNT squads.

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World record: eighth title in a row for the Orange under Annan

There is no end to the success series of the Orange Ladies. The victory in the European Championship final against Germany on Sunday (2-0) meant the eighth (!) international title in a row for the team of national coach Alyson Annan. With this, the Dutch women have equaled a world record.

THE CTM Showdown to assist major men’s preparations.

The South African Hockey Association are pleased to announce the CTM Showdown between the South African Hockey Men and the SA U21 side. The CTM Showdown will take place this week at North West University in Potchefstroom as the two teams contest four matches to assist both with vital preparation.

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Want to pay tribute to COVID-19 warriors by winning medal in Tokyo: Manpreet

India have won eight Olympic gold medals in the past but their last top finish came way back in 1980 Moscow Games.

Manpreet Singh is delighted with the commitment and dedication being shown by each and every player in the ongoing selection trials at SAI Bengaluru centre. | File  

Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh says they will leave no stone unturned to end their four decade-long medal drought at the Tokyo Olympics and has vowed to dedicate the achievement to the country’s COVID-19 warriors.

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Australia announce men's and women's hockey squads for Tokyo 2020

Kookaburras co-captain Eddie Ockenden joins an elite group by making his fourth Olympics while the Hockeyroos boast eight debutants alongside experienced veterans

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British-born talent makes Australia’s Hockeyroos Olympic squad

Amy Lawton will become fourth youngest Hockeyroo Olympian PIC: Hockey Australia

British-born rising star Amy Lawton has been named in the Hockeyroos squad for the Tokyo Games after the 19-year-old’s stellar decade rise through the ranks.

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Australia selects women's hockey team for Tokyo 2020 but mystery player appeals omission

By Michael Houston

The Australian women's hockey team has been revealed ©Getty Images

Star goalkeeper Rachael Lynch is set to return after being named in Australia's 16-strong squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - but a mystery player has appealed the decision not to select them for the Games.

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‘A lot of talent’ in Hockeyroos Olympic team

Eight debutants, seven dual Olympians and one heading to her third Games. The Australian Olympic Committee has announced the Hockeyroos team for Tokyo 2020.

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Allistar "Ally" Fredricks

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our Executive Board Member Allistar "Ally" Fredericks from a cardiac arrest.

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RIP Allistar Fredericks

It with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Allistar Grant Fredericks.

Ally died of cardiac arrest in the early hours of the morning.

He will be sorely missed by many.

Ally was a hockey legend. MHSRIP.

Alistar Fredericks (2 September 1971 - 15 June 2021) was a South African former field hockey player who competed in the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics. And the first person of colour to represent the SA men’s hockey team post SA sports unification.

SA Hockey Players Facebook page

Late update 13 June

My apologies, local umpiring commitments mean today's update will be delayed by about an hour.

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.

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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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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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