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RIP Dixon Rose



Hockey Ireland are saddened to learn of the passing of Dixon Rose. Dixon served as Hockey Ireland president from 2006 to 2008 and was widely respected for his love and work for hockey in Ulster and across Ireland.

RIP John Flack



Hockey Ireland are also saddened to learn of the passing of journalist John Flack. John was not only seen on the sidelines of many hockey games but played for MCB and Collegians.

Rajani Etimarpu to lead India in inaugural FIH Women’s Hockey 5s

Mahima Choudhary to serve as vice-captain; young forwards Mariana Kujur and Mumtaz Khan picked in nine-member squad.


The Indian team for the inaugural FIH Women's Hockey 5s. - HOCKEY INDIA

India has named a nine-member squad for the inaugural edition of the FIH Women’s Hockey 5s to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, from June 4 to 5.

“Developing our own brand of hockey”



Ahead of the 15th edition of the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup taking place in Spain and the Netherlands (1-17 July), we’re conducting a series of exclusive interviews with the participating teams. Today: Phumelela Mbande and Bernadette Coston

Some Indian players are role models for my team - Pakistan coach

Siegfried Aikman says his team is excited to be back to competition and looking forward to the contest against India.


Pakistan head coach Siegfried Aikman...“World Hockey needs India and Pakistan to lead in the sport.”   -  Biswaranjan Rout (File)

Pakistan head coach Siegfried Aikman on Friday said the team’s players see some members of the Indian team as their role models.

Koreans pose biggest threats

By Jugjet Singh


Arul Selvaraj

The toughest match for Malaysia at the Asia Cup group stage in Jakarta will be against South Korea.

Pakistan lose Asia Cup warm-up to Korea


The Pakistan team at the practice match against South Korea. — Photo courtesy Pakistan Hockey Federation Twitter

LAHORE: Pakistan had a disappointing start to their Asia Cup campaign when they lost 2-1 to South Korea in their practice match in Jakarta.

Top tier club hockey and country clash on same day, at same venue


Old Georgians were runaway winners in the men's Premier Division PIC: Eva Gilbert Photography

England Hockey bill it as “showcasing domestic and international games together” when the national cup finals are played around the FIH Pro League games at Lee Valley over the next two weekends.

Women's Championship Finals Hit Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre Alongside FIH Pro League



The finals of England Hockey’s tiered championships will be played alongside FIH Pro League games at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre showcasing domestic and international games together giving club players from all levels the chance to play alongside the England teams.

Belgium women's team go down as men's team win thriller in FIH Pro League

By Vimal Sankar


Georgina Olivia scored the winner for Spain against Belgium ©Getty Images

Belgium’s women’s hockey team lost to Spain 1-2 while the men’s team triumphed 3-2 on penalties at the International Hockey federation (FIH) Pro League match at the Sportcentrum Wilrijkse Plein-Antwerpen in Belgium.

Dazzling Oliva leads Spain women to victory, while Red Lions benefit from Boon brilliance



Two stellar performances from two stalwarts of the game were the talking points of the first set of matches between Belgium and Spain. For the Spanish women, Georgina Oliva was the beating heart of a Spanish midfield that played creative and high tempo hockey which eventually deflated the hard-working Belgium team. In the men's match Spain looked to be on their way to a famous victory until Tom Boon showed why he is one of the most feared strikers in the world.

2021-22 FIH Hockey Pro League - 21 May

Men

Sportcentrum Wilrijkse Plein-Antwerp
All times GMT +2

20 May 2022 20:30     BEL v ESP (RR)     3 - 3 (3 - 2 SO)
21 May 2022 20:30     BEL v ESP (RR)     5 - 1

Ernst Reuter Sportfeld, Berlin
All times GMT +2

21 May 2022 16:30     GER v ARG (RR)     6 - 3
22 May 2022 14:30     GER v ARG (RR)    

Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, London
All times GMT +1

21 May 2022 13:00     ENG v FRA (RR)     5 - 4
22 May 2022 12:00     ENG v FRA (RR)       

Men's Pool standings

Women

Sportcentrum Wilrijkse Plein-Antwerp

All times GMT +2

20 May 2022 18:00     BEL v ESP (RR)     1 - 2
21 May 2022 18:00     BEL v ESP (RR)     3 - 0

Ernst Reuter Sportfeld, Berlin
All times GMT +2

21 May 2022 13:30     GER v ARG (RR)      1 - 2
22 May 2022 11:30     GER v ARG (RR)        

Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, London
All times GMT +1

21 May 2022 15:30     ENG v CHN (RR)     1 - 1 (3 - 4 SO)
22 May 2022 14:30     ENG v CHN (RR)    

Women's Pool standings

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Hockey great Barry Middleton among Team GB stars to receive Queen’s honours


Barry Middleton receives his honour from the Duke Of Cambridge PIC: Twitter

Record cap great Barry Middleton was among a host of current and former Team GB sports stars who received honours at Windsor Castle on Tuesday.

KDA to play its role in promotion of hockey’

KARACHI: Karachi Hockey Association (KHA) Secretary Haider Hussain called on Karachi Development Authority (KDA) Director General Muhammad Ali Shah at his office on Thursday, in which Shah assured that KDA would play its due role in the promotion of hockey.

Petter returns to Surbiton for 2022/23 season



Surbiton will welcome GB and England’s Izzy Petter back to the club for the 2022/23 season.

Roc Oliva signs off once again on Atlèti career



Roc Oliva has signed off on his Atlètic Terrassa career on a high note following his unexpected appearance in the Spanish Final Four, lifting his tenth title with the club.

Ireland’s most capped athlete Shirley McCay on hanging up her hockey stick

The Drumquin native and former Omagh Academy pupil retired from international hockey at the end of last year


Shirley McCay

Being Ireland’s most capped athlete is one that sits easy with Co Tyrone hockey legend Shirley McCay.

Injured Rupinder Pal Singh targeting CWC, Hockey World Cup

Talking about his future and his comeback, the ace drag-flicker said that he wants to give back to the sport, which has made him the person he is today.

By Ashim Sunam


India drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh (Photo | Hockey India)

BENGALURU: After the highs of a bronze medal finish at the Tokyo Olympics, key members, including Rupinder Pal Singh and Birender Lakra, had called it quits. However, they were both called for the Indian camp and were ready for a comeback to international hockey with the former originally named captain for the Asia Cup, starting May 23.

Arul wants his men to be thinkers

By Jugjet Singh


Malaysia’s coach, Arul Selvaraj. - NSTP file pic

Be thinkers, not followers.

That's the mantra of national coach Arul Selvaraj for his players since he took over in 2020.

Defending champions India leave for Asia Cup hockey

The Indian team will be up against Japan, Pakistan and hosts Indonesia in Pool A


Indian Hockey Team for Asia Cup

The Indian men's hockey team, led by Olympic bronze medallist Birendra Lakra, on Friday left for Jakarta to defend the Asia Cup title.

Men's Asia Cup promises thrilling hockey action



The Men’s Asia Cup will burst into action on 23 May in Jakarta, Indonesia, with eight teams in action.

England Proud To Support #OrangeForImran on Sunday 5 June


Fellow Seoul '88 gold medallist Steve Batchelor and Imran Sherwani's son Zac are part of the 'Going For Gold' London Marathon team that will raise money for Alzheimer's UK. Credit: Alex Wallace

England Hockey are pleased to announce a range of activity supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK at the upcoming FIH Hockey Pro League home games against the Netherlands on Sunday 5 June.

Rohidas to continue to lead India, Gurinder misses out

Amit Rohidas will continue to lead the Indian men’s hockey team in the last leg of the 2021-22 edition of the FIH Pro League in Belgium and the Netherlands.


There are no big surprises in the squad as the Indian team management continues to test various combinations ahead of a busy calendar year.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Amit Rohidas will continue to lead the Indian men’s hockey team in the last leg of the 2021-22 edition of the FIH Pro League in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Hockey India announces 20-member team for matches against Belgium and Netherlands

India will play Belgium on 11th and 12th June followed by matches against the Netherlands on 18th and 19th June


Amit Rohidas (Source: Hockey India)

Hockey India on Thursday named the 20-member Indian Men's Hockey Team who will take on hosts Belgium and Netherlands in the last leg of the FIH Hockey Pro League 2021-22 season. The current table toppers India will play Belgium on 11th and 12th June in Antwerp, Belgium followed by matches against the Netherlands on 18th and 19th June in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

England set for first home crowd in over two years


England's Shona McCallin is back from injury PIC: England Hockey

A home international in London will be played in front of a crowd for the first time in two and a half years this weekend when England start their Pro League summer.

Squads Announced as Fans Return For First Time in More Than Two Years



England’s men and women have named their squads for this weekend’s FIH Hockey Pro League games; the first international matches in front of a home crowd for two and a half years.

2021-22 FIH Hockey Pro League - 20 May

Men

Sportcentrum Wilrijkse Plein-Antwerp
All times GMT +2

20 May 2022 20:30     BEL v ESP (RR)     3 - 3 (3 - 2 SO)
21 May 2022 20:30     BEL v ESP (RR)          

Ernst Reuter Sportfeld, Berlin
All times GMT +2

21 May 2022 16:30     GER v ARG (RR)    
22 May 2022 14:30     GER v ARG (RR)    

Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, London
All times GMT +1

21 May 2022 13:00     ENG v FRA (RR)    
22 May 2022 12:00     ENG v FRA (RR)       

Men's Pool standings

Women

Sportcentrum Wilrijkse Plein-Antwerp

All times GMT +2

20 May 2022 18:00     BEL v ESP (RR)     1 - 2
21 May 2022 18:00     BEL v ESP (RR)    

Ernst Reuter Sportfeld, Berlin
All times GMT +2

21 May 2022 13:30     GER v ARG (RR)      
22 May 2022 11:30     GER v ARG (RR)        

Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre, London
All times GMT +1

21 May 2022 15:30     ENG v CHN (RR)    
22 May 2022 14:30     ENG v CHN (RR)    

Women's Pool standings

Keep up to date with all the latest news on the FIH Hockey Pro League via the Watch.Hockey app, event website and through FIH social media channels - Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Live streaming and full game replay on the Watch Hockey App (May be Geo blocked if there is TV coverage)

FIH Match Centre

Late update 25 April

My apologies, but work commitments have prevented today's update from happening on time. Should all be up by 12:00 GMT

England edge Ireland in thriller, big wins for India, Germany, USA, Netherlands highlight Day 2 in Potchefstroom



It was a decisive day for most of the games on Day 2 at the FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Pool D play opened with India’s Lalrindiki’s two goals leading her side to a 5-1 win over Wales, while Germany had a clinical 10-0 win over Malaysia thanks to Aina Kresken’s hat trick. In Pool A play, the USA found their footing through a four-goal performance from Hope Rose to take care of Zimbabwe 5-0, while the Netherlands secured their spot in the Top 8 with a casual 11-0 victory over Canada thanks to a five-goal performance from Jip Dicke. The day closed with England edging Ireland with an exciting 2-1 decision thanks to a brilliant goal from Vicki McCabe.

Honours even as India grab bonus point against Germany

S2H Team



India salvaged a bonus point from their second match of the FIH Pro League women’s doubleheader against Germany in a mirror-image finish at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.

SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge

Northern KZN Regional Ferrum Hoërskool: Saturday 26 February


Finally, we can play! Ferrum Hoërskool’s First Hockey XI is excited to host the first tournament of the 2022 SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge 2022 on Saturday 26 February. Pictured here are the team’s Andiswa Mduli (Vice-Captain), Marlene Combrink (Captain) and Clarisse Whitehead (Vice-Captain), gearing up to welcome eight teams for the Northern KZN Regional. Photo by Dean Bond

The first of the ten regionals for the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge kicks off on Saturday 26 February in Newcastle where Ferrum Hoërskool hosts eight teams for the Northern KZN Regional.

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Inaugural Men’s World Cup - Barcelona 1971

By Shahid Khan


The triumphant Khalid Mahmood holding the World Cup

This month marks exactly half a century since the first Men’s Hockey World Cup tournament which took place from 15th to 24th October 1971 in Barcelona.

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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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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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