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Connacht Hockey’s Misneach Le Cheile campaign gathers big support

Members of Connacht Hockey

Connacht Hockey’s “Misneach Le Cheile” campaign gathered pace this week with Canadian-Irish automation software company, SmartSimple Software, coming on board as the first corporate sponsor to step in to support the campaign for access to much-needed facilities.

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Tar Heels Welcome Moyer to the Bench

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – A familiar face is back on the bench this season for the North Carolina field hockey team. Lauren Moyer, who lettered for the Tar Heels from 2013-16 and now plays for the U.S. Women's National Team, will serve as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2020 season.

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Only Selangor look formidable

By Jugjet Singh

(From left) Melaka coach Azrul Effendy Bustaman, skipper Firdaus Omar, MHC competitions chairman Datuk Seri Anil Jeet Singh, Selangor women’s team skipper Raja Nor Sharina and coach Ikmal Abdul Jabar with the Razak Cup trophy.

The 58th Razak Cup begins today at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil with no clear favourites among the men, but Selangor look the best bet to defend the women's crown.

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Post Covid-19 complications may halt Surender Kumar return to Indian hockey

Navneet Singh

Surender Kumar in action.(Getty Images)

The chances of India defender Surender Kumar taking the field when the hockey competition resumes in 2021 has become slim because of post Covid-19 complication at this moment. Kumar, along with five other hockey players including skipper Manpreet Singh, tested positive for virus in August when an Olympic preparation camp resumed at Bengaluru.

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International teams return to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in 2021

Great Britain’s international hockey teams will return to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in 2021 for home games in the FIH Hockey Pro League.

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US Weekend College Games: Atlantic Coast Conference

As the only conference playing field hockey this fall, the Atlantic Coast Conference opening weekend begins this Friday with one game and two more on Sunday. All matches are available for live stream on the ACC Network.

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Why Ruth Adhiambo is itching for the stick once again

By Washington Onyango

Strathmore University's Ruth Adhiambo in action during Kenya Hockey Women Premier League match against Lakers in Kisumu. [Washington Onyango/Standard]

The 2020 Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Women’s Premier League was just 12 days old when the first coronavirus case was reported in the country.

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England Hockey chief calls for responsibility as league reconvenes

Celebrations like this are banned for the time being in English hockey

England Hockey chief executive Nick Pink has called for a “sense of responsibility” ahead of league hockey’s return this weekend.

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Message from Nick Pink ahead of new England Hockey League season

Nick Pink, England Hockey Chief Executive

The 2019-20 season was concluded over the last two weekends with a number of domestic finals at Nottingham Hockey Centre. We thank the venue staff, Hockey Makers, officials and teams who overcame all the challenges to make the finals such a success and congratulate those teams who picked up the silverware.   

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England Hockey league structure changes given green light

By Richard Bright

England Hockey’s restructure plans for regional and county leagues – the biggest changes to the sport in two decades – have been given the green light after membership voted overwhelmingly in support of change.

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AGM outcomes: Resolution voting result and new elected directors

Bury St Edmunds V Rugby & East Warks

At the England Hockey AGM on Tuesday evening, the membership of England Hockey took the decision to support the proposed structural changes set out in A Structure Fit for the Future. Over 250 delegates attended the AGM electronically and the vote supported the resolution with 86% of votes received being in favour of the resolution (53.4% of the membership voted with the vote result 894 to 146 and 13 abstentions).

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Former Olympian calls PHF ‘job centre’

By Ijaz Chaudhry

LAHORE: Former national team coach Olympian Tauqeer Dar has called the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) a “job center” and said that the destruction of the national spot is all due to protection of personal interests.

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Harun becomes hockey coach again, doubts over league

Bangladesh head coach Mahbub Harun alongside his charges during training Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Harun has managed the Bangladesh national team at many international assignments in the last 14 years, starting with the Asian Games 2006

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A teacher who led a hockey revolution among tribals in Jharkhand

Benedict Kujur has trained a number of girls and boys who went on to represent India

A government-aided minority school teacher in Jharkhand epitomises the saying ‘where there is a will, there is a way’.

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World Cupper Jasjit Singh's dogged effort during lockdown

Jasjit Singh Kular, former India player, comes from a family of doctors. Although not one himself, the defender and drag-flicker extends his pedigree to the care and well being of stray dogs who battle the odds for survival.

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Schleicher Rediscovers Joy of Field Hockey on USWNT

Haley Schleicher was a megastar at First Colonial. But she has discovered the real joy of field hockey as a member of the US National team.

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Firhan withdraws from Terengganu's Razak Cup squad

By Malik Muhamad

Firhan Ashari. NSTP FILE PIC

KUALA TERENGGANU: National player Firhan Ashari will not feature for Terengganu in the Razak Cup, which starts on Friday.

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Faizal targets national team return

By Malik Muhamad

Terengganu forward Faizal Saari. PIC BY MALIK MUHAMAD

KUALA TERENGGANU: Faizal Saari is ready to fight for his place in the Malaysian national hockey team.

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Fürste to make shock return to club action with Beerschot

In a move that nobody expected, not even Moritz Fürste himself, the 35-year-old German legend is returning to the hockey stage for at least eight games with Royal Beerschot.

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FIH launches Watch.Hockey app to boost fan engagement

By Cassie Worth

World hockey has launched its latest digital offering – Watch.Hockey – which it says will be the new online home of hockey across the globe.

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Watch.Hockey App: FIH & NAGRA create digital home of hockey

The International Hockey Federation (FIH), the world’s governing body for the sport of hockey, and NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world's leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen video solutions, announced today the launch of “Watch.Hockey”, a ground-breaking fan engagement app that creates a new digital “home of hockey” to the millions of hockey fans, players and officials worldwide.

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Germany entertain Belgium as FIH Hockey Pro League returns

It has been a long time coming, but the welcome return of the FIH Hockey Pro League is so nearly upon us. On Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 September, ‘Hockey at its Best’ will resume in the German city of Düsseldorf, where the host nation will entertain the national women’s and men’s teams of Belgium. 

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PlaySafe: Track & Trace system for your players and visitors

As play begins to get underway, teams and clubs are required to track and trace all players, spectators and social members using their facilities to protect themselves and the wider community.

'Everything depends on technique,' Rupinder Pal Singh deconstructs the art of drag-flicks

How players generate power for drag-flicks? What's the technique to find the desired angle? Does the grip change while trying variations? Rupinder Pal Singh explains all this and more about the art of drag-flicking.

Ujwal Singh

Even over two decades after drag-flicking was introduced in hockey, the technique remains the most thrilling part of the sport. The joy of a well coordinated penalty corner culminating in a lighting drag-flick in the back of the net, going past a horde of defenders always gets you to jump out of your seat.

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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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