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Crescent College Win All Ireland Championships

by Stephen Findlater



Crescent Comprehensive endured a nerve-wracking two-hour wait to finally be crowned the Kate Russell All-Ireland Schoolgirls Champions on goal difference.

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Gryphon Tokyo Cup incorporates women’s event for tournament growth



The Gryphon Tokyo Cup launched a women’s event for the first time this month when the annual tournament took place in Japan.

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Grange win Men’s National League 1; Edinburgh University retain top spot in Women’s National League 1



Grange are officially the Scottish men`s National League 1 champions after a 4-1 victory over Hillhead at Fettes, they now cannot be caught by either Western Wildcats or Grove Menzieshill.

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ROUND-UP: Investec English Women's Hockey League


Loughborough Students celebrate winning the Investec Conference North title. Credit Andrew Smith

A hat-trick from Sophie Bray helped East Grinstead secure their place in the end of season play-offs, as they beat Bowdon Hightown 4-0 in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

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Reid and Amsterdam part company after tough run in the Hoofdklasse


©: Frank Uijlenbroek / World Sport Pics

Graham Reid and AH&BC Amsterdam have parted company with immediate effect with Jan Jorn van 't Land taking over the coaching role for the remainder of the season.

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2019 Women's Hockey Invitational Tournament - Day 2

Hong Kong

Result 23 March

THA v HKG     5 - 0

FIH Match Centre

2019 Hong Kong Triangular Hockey Tournament - Day 2

Hong Kong

Result 23 March

HKG v THA     2 - 1

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In Ipoh, with a blueprint for the future

Errol D’Cruz



The Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is an opportunity. Has been for 36 years now. And India, still smarting from the 2018 Odisha World Cup disappointment in Bhubaneswar, will have done well to avail of the chance to regroup and tweak structure and style for the crucial Hockey Series Finals in Bhubaneswar in June where two Olympic qualifying spots are up for grabs.

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Malaysia died in Jakarta -- Aikman

By Jugjet Singh


Pic: Siegfried Aikman.

KUALA LUMPUR: Japan coach Siegfried Aikman said Malaysia died they day they lost  the gold medal in the Jakarta Asian Games, and the team needs all the support it can to rise again.

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Malaysia gets off to a flying start in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup by thrashing Poland 5-1

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia got off to a flying start in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament by outplaying Poland 5-1 in Ipoh on Saturday (March 23).

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Brothers Faizal, Fitri shine

By Jugjet Singh


Malaysia’s Faizal Saari (right) celebrate with teammates after scoring the opening goal against Poland in the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh on Saturday. Malaysia won 5-1. PIX BY EFFENDY RASHID

IPOH: A brotherly act helped subdue a fighting Poland as Malaysia went ahead to win 5-1 in their opening Azlan Shah Cup match here on Saturday.

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Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey: India starts campaign with win over Japan

The top two teams from the round robin league stage will play in the final on March 30.


Opening strike: Varun Kumar (centre) celebrates his strike. Photo Credit: PTI

India defeated Asian Games champion Japan 2-0 to start its campaign at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament on a positive note here Saturday.

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Sluggish India get job done against defensive Japan, but tougher challenges lie ahead

Sundeep Misra


India need to raise their game, level of subtlety, show more threat up front, create combinations and reveal an all-round game plan. Twitter @TheHockeyIndia

Despite a sluggish start, a defence that at times bordered on the reckless and a forward line that slo0wly arose from a deep slumber, India used the opportunities to get past Asian Games champion Japan 2-0 to begin their 2019 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup campaign with a win. For the Blues, it was their first win of the year; a start that many hope winds up with a 2020 Olympic spot. Yet, if this display is any pointer, coaches and analysts need to be worried. India are without some of their stalwarts. But the replacements are no rookies. Getting the team settled took much of three quarters before the sails caught some wind and showed the skill that fans do at times get delirious about.

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Korea hammer World No 10 Canada

By Jugjet Singh


South Korea celebrate after scoring a goal against Canada in Friday’s Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh on Tuesday. BERNAMA PIC

IPOH: South Korea claimed the early favourites tag with a 6-3 win over Canada in the Azlan Shah Cup here on Friday.

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Malaysia ease past Poland

Malaysia began their quest for a Sultan Azlan Shah Cup title with a comfortable 5-1 win over Poland at the Azlan Shah Stadium here in Ipoh.

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Korea stun Canada

Former champions South Korea returned to the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup fold with a vengeance as they defeated world number 10 Canada 6-3 in an exciting game at the Azlan Shah Stadium.

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India off to winning start

India got off to a winning start in the 28th Edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup by edging Japan 2-0  in Ipoh.

It was a match largely confined to midfield, with attempts at goal were few in between.

But India deserved the points for making good the chances created and had the lion share of possession in the match.

The first quarter was rather lack listers as both teams were sizing each other up with play largely confined to the midfield.

Varun Kumar made good India’s first penalty corner in the 24th minute, his hit sailing past Japanese custodian  Yusuke Tanako.

Try as they did, Japan could not muster a goal shot and even muffed their first penalty corner in the third quarter.

Japan then threw caution into the wind and took of their keeper for an extra outfield player.

And they paid a heavy price as skipper Manpreet Singh sent in a precise reverse stick cross that was met by a diving Simaranjeet Singh to give India a 2-0 lead in the 56th minute.

Japan were awarded their second penalty corner a minute before time but India held on to take all 3 points .

Unofficial Azlan Shah Cup site

2019 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup - Day 1

Ipoh (MAS)

Results for 23 March

IND v JPN (RR)     2 - 0
CAN v KOR (RR)     3 - 6
MAS v POL (RR)     5 - 1

Fixtures 24 March (GMT +8)

16:05     IND v KOR (RR)
18:05     CAN v POL (RR)
20:35     JPN v MAS (RR)

Pool Standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 Malaysia 1 1 0 0 5 1 4 3
2 Korea 1 1 0 0 6 3 3 3
3 India 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3
4 Japan 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
5 Canada 1 0 0 1 3 6 -3 0
6 Poland 1 0 0 1 1 5 -4 0

FIH Match Centre

Stats Speak: Platinum Jubilee wins of India against Japan

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

In the opening match of 28th Azlan Shah Cup India beats Samurai 2-0.

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Pegasus move from second to six clear in the blink of an eye


Pegasus have gone from second to six points clear in the blink of an eye. Pic: Sinead Hingston

After a tumultuous 11-days, Pegasus have jumped from second place in the Irish women’s EYHL to within touching distance of the title all of a sudden.

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Irish Men’s EYHL rematches add extra layer of intrigue to title race


Monkstown and YMCA face a rematch of last week. Pic: Sinead Hingston

The men’s EYHL weekend faces the intriguing prospect of four rematches seven days after they met in the reverse fixtures, an opportunity for coaches and video analysts to test their mettle.

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PREVIEWS: Investec English Women's Hockey League

Clifton Robinsons could step up into the play-off spots if they can win this Saturday – but they face a tough test at leaders Holcombe in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.

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PREVIEWS: English Men's Hockey League

With Premier Division survival secured last weekend, Brooklands MU head to Holcombe on Sunday in search of points as they target a play-off spot in the final two weekends of the Men’s Hockey League season.

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2019 Women's Hockey Invitational Tournament - Day 1

Hong Kong

22 March    TPE v THA     0 - 5

FIH Match Centre

2019 Hong Kong Triangular Hockey Tournament - Day 1

Hong Kong

22 March    TPE v HKG     2 - 3

FIH Match Centre

India target hockey coach Graham Reid relieved by Amsterdam

Amidst interest from India, Graham Reid was relieved as the chief coach of Amsterdam Hockey Club with immediate effect on Thursday.

by Mihir Vasavda


Graham Reid has been relieved by Amsterdam. (Source: https://www.ahbc.nl)

Amidst interest from India, Graham Reid was relieved as the chief coach of Amsterdam Hockey Club with immediate effect on Thursday. The Australian, who is also the assistant coach of the Netherlands national team, is likely to resign from that position as well.

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India starts campaign against Japan

The team will look to put behind its disappointments of last year


Plainspeak: Indian captain Manpreet Singh is keen the youngsters in the team soak up the pressure and deliver. 

The Indian men’s hockey team, putting behind the disappointments of last year, will renew its quest for glory when it takes on Asian Games gold medallist Japan in its opening encounter of the 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup here on Saturday.

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Oltmans out to win elusive title for Malaysia in six-nation tournament



KUALA LUMPUR: It’s all about redeeming the battered pride when Malaysia begin their challenge in the six-nation Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Perak.

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Shin: Olympics on my mind

By Jugjet Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: South Korean Shin Seok Kyo is a likeable coach, and his bubbly antics never fail to break a smile on the faces of those around him.

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Poland aim to spoil Malaysia's opening act By Jugjet Singh


National hockey squad captain Muhammad Razie Abd Rahim (front) said that after a week of training and undergoing motivational sessions in Kuantan, they are ready for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. (PIC BY EFFENDY RASHID)

KUALA LUMPUR: Poland travelled for 48 hours, before reaching Malaysia at 3am earlier today (Friday), coming from a chilly, winter climate to searing hot Ipoh, but still, they are cool and coy about their opening match tomorrow (Sunday).

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2019 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Ipoh (MAS)

23 March 2019 (GMT +8)

16:05     IND v JPN
18:05     CAN v KOR
20:35     MAS v POL

24 March 2019  (GMT +8)

16:05     IND v KOR
18:05     CAN v POL
20:35     JPN v MAS

FIH Match Centre

Black Sticks women lose goal-fest to China in FIH Pro League


Rose Keddell's goal wasn't enough to stop New Zealand going down to China. PHOTOSPORT

Mistakes cost the Black Sticks in a loss to China, says coach Sean Dancer.

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China show attacking flair as they stun Black Sticks Women



China have stunned the Vantage Black Sticks Women 5-3 in a highly competitive FIH Pro League match at Wujin Hockey Stadium China. Despite significant chances throughout the match, China playing with a new attacking flair that proved too much for the New Zealand side.

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China women beat Black Sticks in eight-goal thriller in Changzhou



China avenged February’s 2-0 away defeat at the hands of New Zealand in Christchurch by recording a superb 5-3 victory over the Black Sticks in front of another excitable crowd at the Wujin Hockey Stadium in Changzhou.

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Western Wildcats women beat the weather and take the points



Snow and flooding caused the postponement of almost all Saturday`s Scottish National League 1 fixtures, but pride of place must go to Western Wildcats` women who not only beat the weather at Auchenhowie but also opponents GHK.

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2019 FIH Pro League (Men) - 8 March

Weekend matches


8 Mar 2019     NZL v ESP (RR)    3 - 3 (Shoot out  2/4 - 4/4)    North Harbour Hockey Stadium, Auckland
10 Mar 2019 14:30 (GMT +13)     NZL v ARG (RR)     North Harbour Hockey Stadium, Auckland
Live streaming on https://fih.live (Geo blocked if there is TV coverage)

Unofficial Pool standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsWin DrawsLoss DrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePointsPercent
1 Australia 5 3 0 1 1 14 12 2 10 66.7
2 Belgium 4 2 1 1 0 14 9 5 9 75.0
3 Germany* 4 2 0 0 1 6 5 1 7 58.3
4 Great Britain 3 2 0 0 1 12 9 3 6 66.7
5 Netherlands 5 1 1 1 2 15 16 -1 6 40.0
7 Spain 4 0 3 0 2 14 16 -2 6 40.0
6 Argentina* 3 1 0 0 1 6 7 -1 4 44.4
8 New Zealand 5 0 0 2 3 13 20 -7 2 13.3

* A cancelled match contributes 1 point to each team's results that is not shown in the tables as a cancelled mach
The FIH inexplicably and confusingly use a system not used in any other sports League in the World, of making the Percentage more important than Points until the end of the League when they will revert to Points only. Fieldhockey.com prefers to use the conventional Points and so the Unofficial Pool Standings on this site are reflected in this manner.


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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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Sites

   

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

©: Frank Uijlenbroek / World Sport Pics

- 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
Official FIH Pro League Site
- Go - FIH Match Centre
- Go - GhanaWeb
- Go - The New Vision
- Go - Daily Nation
- Go - The Standard Digital
-- 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
Go - The Hockey Paper
- 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

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

* A cancelled match contributes 1 point to each team's results that is not shown in the tables as a cancelled mach
The FIH inexplicably and confusingly use a system not used in any other sports League in the World, of making the Percentage more important than Points until the end of the League when they will revert to Points only. Fieldhockey.com prefers to use the conventional Points and so the Unofficial Pool Standings on this site are reflected in this manner.

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