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SA’s Smith relishing PHL debut

by Karien Jonckheere

Austin-Smith © Gallo Image

With the Premier Hockey League (PHL) now just three days away, former captain of the national men’s team, Austin Smith, is relishing the opportunity to play in the competition for the first time.

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Top two face off in the Investec Women's Premier Division

The Univ of Birmingham's Rosie Henderson. Credit Andrew Smith

After taking top spot away from Surbiton last weekend, the University of Birmingham face a trip to Sugden Road to face their rivals in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division on Saturday.

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The One and Only Largest USA Field Hockey Event Begins Today

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – Tomorrow is the big day! The 36th edition of National Hockey Festival, presented by CranBarry, is nearly here. The annual Thanksgiving weekend tradition brings people throughout the country together to make memories on and off the pitch. As the next rendition brings new faces, talent and experiences, why is it that Festival is USA Field Hockey’s one and only largest annual event?

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Olak to play alongside the big boys next year

KUALA LUMPUR: The Old La Sallians Association of Klang (Olak) will make their debut in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) next year.

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Selangor edge towards semis after downing Armed Forces

By Aftar Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor have taken a step closer to qualifying for the semi-finals after coming back from a goal down to edge Armed Forces 2-1 in a Group B match in the women’s Razak Cup hockey tournament.

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KL rout Indonesia to reach semis

By Aftar Singh

KUALA LUMPUR: Nur Zafirah Aziz stole the show for Kuala Lumpur by scoring four goals in their 8-1 trouncing of Indonesia in a Group A match of the women’s Razak Cup hockey tournament.

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Racing complete perfect first half of French season

With an easy 9-1 win over Wattignies, Racing Club de France landed their tenth consecutive victory of the French league season, making for a perfect first half of the campaign.

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Van Doren and de Sloover up for prestigious Belgian award

©: Frank Uijlenbroek / World Sport Pics

KHC Dragons Arthur van Doren and Beerschot’s Arthur de Sloover have both been nominated for Belgian Sports Person of the Year awards, placed on the shortlist by sportspress.be, the Belgian professional association of sports journalists.

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USWNT to Host No. 1 World Ranked The Netherlands in January for West Coast Series

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A event you won’t want to miss! At the end of January, the U.S. Women’s National Team will be hosting the No. 1 FIH Hero World Ranked The Netherlands on the West Coast at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif. for a four-game event. This international series will mark USA’s first of the year as they prepare for a competitive schedule leading up to the FIH Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in London, England in July.

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U-19 USMNT Earns Draw Against Canada in Third Test Match

Image Courtesy of Thomas Tarala

MOORPARK, Calif. - The U.S. U-19 Men's National Team, made up of all U-18 athletes except for two players, and Canada's U-18 Men's Team went head-to-head in match three of the series at Moorpark College in Moorpark, Calif. After trading goals throughout the game, the final score resulted in a tie of 3-3. With both USA and Canada tallying a win and the result today, the series winner will be decided tomorrow, Thursday, November 23 at 10 a.m. PT.

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An Army of 150 sports persons sweating out hard for HWL success

s2h team

Bhubaneswar: Jatin Mohanty, a volleyball player quickly fires a few instructions to his fellow mates at the Bhubaneswar airport as time trickles by. As soon as the announcement of the arrival of the New Delhi flight is made, he and his nine other friends, stand in a queue ready to welcome the India hockey team, the first team to arrive in the city for Hockey World League Finals.

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HWL challenge is bigger than Asia Cup: Sjoerd Marijne

s2h team

Riding high after clinching gold in his maiden task at the Asia Cup, India men’s hockey coach Sjoerd Marijne believes the upcoming tournament Hockey World League Finals will be more challenging.

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Kookaburras Make Two Changes For World League Final

Ben Somerford

The Kookaburras have been forced to make two changes to the team to play at the FIH Men’s World League Final in Bhubaneswar due to injuries.

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England announce Odisha Hockey World League finals squad

England Euros Men

England have named their 18-man squad for the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final in India where Barry Middleton is set to make his 400th international appearance.

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England and USA set for Thanksgiving Day clash!

England celebrate v China

All eyes will be on the Sentinel Homes World League Finals tomorrow as England and the United States of America contest their quarter-final in a Thanksgiving Day showdown!

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Black Sticks coach wants to keep aggressive style for semi-final after stunning Argentina

The Black Sticks celebrate scoring during their upset victory over Argentina. PHOTOSPORT

Black Stick Brooke Neal said everyone was willing to put their body on the line for the 2-1 win over Argentina.

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Black Sticks stun Argentina in big quarterfinal upset in Auckland

The Black Sticks score and it's suddenly game on against Argentina in the quarterfinals of the World League Final. ANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT

Black Stick Brooke Neal said everyone was willing to put their body on the line for the 2-1 win over Argentina.

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We knew it wasn't over

By David Leggat

Black Sticks players wave to supporters after winning. Photo / Photosport

The Black Sticks' minds went back a couple of years as they found inspiration to topple highly-fancied Argentina in a dramatic world hockey league quarter-final at North Harbour last night.

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Black Sticks stun Argentina in quarter-finals of World Hockey League

By David Leggat

Black Sticks players celebrate a goal against Argentina. Photo / Photosport

They hadn't won a game in pool play but New Zealand saved their best until sudden death was staring at them in the quarter-finals of the Sentinel Homes World Hockey League at North Harbour tonight.

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Vantage Black Sticks storm through to semis

Photo: www.photosport.nz

The Vantage Black Sticks have stunned reigning champions Argentina 2-1 to progress to the semi finals at the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final in Auckland.

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Korea and New Zealand win first quarter-finals of Sentinel Homes Women’s Hockey World League Final 2017

New Zealand knocked reigning champions Argentina out of title contention Photo: FIH/WSP

Korea defeated Germany whilst New Zealand beat Argentina in the first two quarter-finals of the Sentinel Homes Women’s Hockey World League Final 2017 being held at Harbour Hockey Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final 2017 - Day 7

QF USA v ENG 1 - 2
QF NED v CHN 4 - 0

FIH Match Centre

Dorothea Findlater RIP

It was with great sadness today that we learned of the death of Dorothea Findlater (nee de Courcy Wheeler).

She passed away peacefully early on Monday morning at her home in south Dublin at the age of 107, the oldest woman in Ireland at the time of her death.

Dorothea played initially for Kilmeague in Kildare and then with Trinity before helping to form Old Trinity Hockey Club. She went on to play for Ireland in 1936 on a tour to Philadelphia and remained involved in the sport until 2017, most recently lending her name to the inaugural Wheeler Plate played for between the alumni of Trinity ladies hockey club and the current club in College Park. She has been a pavilion member at Three Rock Rovers for well over 50 years.

Hockey Ireland would like to pass on our condolences to her family.

Funeral Service on Thursday (November 23) at 11 o'clock in St. Brigid's Parish Church, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, afterwards to Deans Grange Cemetery. Family flowers only, please.

Irish Hockey Association media release


Bicycles, dictionaries and chocolate: three players share their European adventures

Sarah Juggins

Norlander, Donohoe, Woodcroft and Stairs (Canada) traveling in Europe

When several world class players from Europe were asked which female player they respected most on the international circuit, a common answer was Delfina Merino, the dynamo on the Argentina forward line. It wasn’t just Merino’s performances in the blue and white of Las Leonas that has won the striker praise but her performances in the European leagues.

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Recap of USA Field Hockey's Louisville Weekend Final Four Activities

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The NCAA Field Hockey Championships have come and gone. While teams battled it out across Divisions I, II and III on the pitch, plenty of field hockey action also took place around the city.

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2017 National Hockey Festival Preview

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The time-honored tradition of field hockey and turkey is nearly here! The 36th edition of USA Field Hockey's annual National Hockey Festival, presented by CranBarry, will officially be underway this Thursday. The morning dew on the field in paradise will be in full swing as more than 5,000 athletes, parents, families and friends will venture to the International Polo Club in Palm Beach County, Fla. for the annual holiday tournament.

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SA hockey braces for 2017 Premier League

Austin Smith (Supplied)

Cape Town – With the Premier Hockey League (PHL) now just three days away, former captain of the national men’s team, Austin Smith, is relishing the opportunity to play in the competition for the first time.

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Golden and MacKenzie selected for GB Men’s Elite Development Programme

Scotland’s Cameron Golden and Callum MacKenzie have been selected for the men’s GB Elite Development Programme (EDP). Great Britain Hockey announced the men’s EDP players after selecting the women’s squad last month.

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U-19 USMNT and Canada Split First Two Test Matches

MOORPARK, Calif. - The U.S. U-19 Men's National Team is currently participating in their final training camp of 2017, which includes a test series against Canada's U-18 Men's Team in Moorpark, Calif. The U-19 USMNT has had a packed year including multiple training camps weekends, a European Tour to The Netherlands and competition at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia. This 6-day training camp taking place at Moorpark College, which got underway November 19, will help springboard a core group of athletes as the squad is expected to partake in a four test series next year.

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India's Birendra Lakra believes team will be under pressure in tournament

File photo of the Indian hockey team. Image courtesy: Twitter @TheHockeyIndia

Bengaluru: Fit-again Birendra Lakra feels India will be under a little bit of pressure in the upcoming Hockey World League Final as the country gears up to host top hockey playing nations of the world in Bhubaneswar from 1 to 10 December.

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Rejuvenated Birender Lakra counts his blessings

Manuja Veerappa

BENGALURU: There's a tattoo of an angel and a cross on Birender Lakra's right forearm. The 28-year-old Indian hockey player got himself inked last year after injuries forced him out of the game twice in as many years. The angel is a symbol of hope and a brighter tomorrow which the dependable defender has worked towards with success. The result: the London Olympian is set to make a comeback after a year at the Hockey World League Final on his home turf - Bhubaneswar - next month.

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After Rio low, Colin Batch plots Australia revival at World Hockey League Final

Australia men's Head Coach Colin Batch

Colin Batch is known for his perfect planning and execution. Soon after taking over as chief coach of the Australia hockey team in 2016, he listed the problems in the team, which had finished sixth at the Rio Olympics.

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Retegui reveals Argentina squad for Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017

Argentina Head Coach Carlos Retegui is targeting the title at the Odisha Men's Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017. Copyright: FIH / Getty Images.

On Friday 17 November, Argentina men’s Head Coach Carlos Retegui announced the 18 players that will contest the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017.

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Kiwis set for showdown against Argentina

Photo: www.photosport.nz

The quarter finals match-ups have been confirmed following the conclusion of pool play at the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final in Auckland.

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Danson inspires England to first World Hockey League win

Alex Danson v China HWL Final 2017

England will play the USA in the quarter-finals of the Sentinel Homes Hockey World League after beating China in their final group game to finish third in Pool B.

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Quarter-final line-ups confirmed at the Sentinel Homes Women’s Hockey World League Final 2017

England captain Alex Danson inspired her team to victory Photo: FIH/WSP

Wins today for Argentina and England in Pool B confirmed the quarter-finals line-up at the Sentinel Homes Women’s Hockey World League Final 2017 being held at Harbour Hockey Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Sentinel Homes Hockey World League Final 2017 - Day 6

QF  GER v KOR 3 - 3 (1 - 3 SO)
QF ARG v NZL 1 - 2

FIH Match Centre

Field hockey loses seniors but freshmen assure promising future

By Greg Levinsky

Senior Grace Boston is one of the many Terriers that will graduate this year. PHOTO BY JUSTIN HAWK/ DFP FILE PHOTO

With nine freshman on the roster, it seemed unlikely that head coach Sally Starr and the Boston University field hockey team would go further in postseason play than they did last season.

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FIH launches Rules of Hockey app

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has launched a free ‘Rules of Hockey’ app for iOS and android smartphones.

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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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- Go - The Times of India
- Go - The Telegraph
- Go - Stick2Hockey.com
- Go - The Trinidad Guardian
- Go - The Nation
- Go - Field Hockey Canada media release
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- Go - NCAA
- Go - Stuff
- Go - The New Zealand Herald
- Go - Hockey New Zealand Media release
- Go - Hockey Asia
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- Go - DNA
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- Go - Fox Sports
- Go - Hockey Australia media release
- Go - FIH site
- Go - GhanaWeb
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-- Go - SA Hockey Association media release
- Go - Independent Online
- Go - The Express Tribune
- Go - Dawn
- Go - The News International
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- 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
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- Go - Gulf Times
Go - Daily Express
- 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

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

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