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FIH Pro League visit adds another level of inspiration

In these very uncertain times it is sometimes good to take stock and reflect upon what is good and positive in the world. The United Nations inspired International Day of Sport for Peace and Development takes place on 6 April and as part of the celebrations day, FIH is highlighting projects and initiatives from around the world that are showcasing the power of hockey to change society for the better.

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How Kakamega boy Okombe is living his dream in Italy

By Washington Onyango

Kenya international Griffin Okombe (left) of Italian side Potenza Picena in a past Seria A2 match. [Washington Onyango,Standard]

The former Kenyatta University player wants to win the Europe Hockey League and guide Kenya to the 2024 Olympics.

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Inside an unusual offseason for Erin Matson and the UNC field hockey team

BY Ryan Wilcox

The Tar Heels haven't lost a game the last two seasons. How are they staying motivated, stuck at home amidst the spread of COVID-19?

Erin Matson battles for the ball against an Iowa defender. Abe Loven

In 2019, UNC’s Erin Matson led the nation in points and goals per game, was named national player of the year and helped the Tar Heels to an eighth national championship. The sophomore was the linchpin of a team that completed a second straight perfect season with a 6-1 rout of Princeton in November. Around this time of year, she’d normally be in Chapel Hill, doing offseason workouts, hanging out with teammates and wrapping up her spring semester.

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Motivating 25 girls under MCO

By Jugjet Singh

Lailin Abu Hassan

While Malaysian families try to keep their children entertained at home during the Movement Control Order (MCO), Olympian Lailin Abu Hassan has 25 more girls to manage.

Thenational women’s junior coach is doing it with the help of social media, and it’s not just training them from a distance, but also keeping check of their medical and mental status.

“Boredom is beginning to set in. The young players have been cooped up for a long time, and they do not know when they can go back to being on the artificial pitch again.

“Via a WhatsApp group, I tell them what kind of training to do on certain days and after completing their tasks, they upload their activities for me to monitor.

“I alternate fitness with skills and other motor exercises to keep them busy.

“The problem now is that nobody knows when the situation will be back to normal, so I can’t start a proper training programme leading up to the Junior Asia Cup, which has also been postponed,” said Lailin, who also has children of his own.

The Junior Asia Cup, a qualifier for the Junior World Cup, initially scheduled this month in Japan has been called off due to the Covid-19 virus.

The new dates have yet to be announced by the Asian Hockey Confederation (AHF), who are adamant to hold the tournament this year.

“Most of my players have returned to their respective hometowns, and those with yards find it easier to train and cope with boredom.

“A few who stayed back in Kuala Lumpur and are cooped up in flats and apartments are finding it more difficult to train.

“It is also more stressful living in a flat, so I have to keep motivating them.

“I also monitor their health with guidelines given by the National Sports Institute and the National Sports Council,” Lailin added.

New Straits Times

Irresponsibility, dismantling of public health services has impacted Spain negatively, former India Hockey coach Jose Brasa

Former India hockey coach Spaniard Jose Brasa, currently in Belgium, speaks on why Spain has been badly hit by COVID-19

Jose Brasa. 

Former India hockey coach Jose Brasa, a Spaniard, is currently restricted to his residence in Liège, Belgium, where he has been coaching. He took time to explain the situation in both countries — especially Spain, which has emerged as the new hotspot for COVID-19. In a detailed response to The Hindu’s Uthra Ganesan, Mr. Brasa also explained the unique challenges in Spain given its complex federal and de-centralised political structure that makes the “Autonomous Communities” or “Autonomies” or specific regions as responsible as the central leadership in dealing with the pandemic.

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Jose Brasa on life under lockdown in Spain and Belgium

Former India coach Jose Brasa, a Spaniard currently restricted to his residence in Belgium where he has been coaching, gave an overview of the situation in both countries.

Uthra Ganesan

Former India coach Jose Brasa, who visited his family in Spain from March 8-12, has been confined to his apartment in Belgium since then with Spain announcing lockdown on March 13.   -  Rajeev Bhatt

Jose Brasa might have been India’s hockey coach almost a decade ago but he continues to be one of the most popular ones with the players. The Spaniard, currently restricted to his residence in Belgium where he has been coaching, gave an overview of the situation in both countries – specially Spain, which has emerged as the new hotspot for COVID-19.

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SAI holds video conference with Hockey India officials

The Sports Authority of India on Saturday held a meeting with Hockey India officials and national team coaches via a video conference and drew a roadmap for the next 16 months leading up to the Tokyo Olympics.

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Coach Shiv's Haiti challenge

In these very uncertain times it is sometimes good to take stock and reflect upon what is good and positive in the world. The United Nations inspired International Day of Sport for Peace and Development takes place on 6 April and as part of the celebrations day, FIH is highlighting projects and initiatives from around the world that are showcasing the power of hockey to change society for the better.

Read more...

Belgium formally end season with European places confirmed

Royal Leopold, La Gantoise and KHC Dragons will take up the Belgian men’s European places while La Gantoise and Braxgata will be their women’s representatives for the 2020/21 season.

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Azlan Shah Cup in September?

By Jugjet Singh

File Photo: The tournament was initially set for April 11-18 before it was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. - NSTP/EFFENDY RASHID

THE Perak HA (PHA) are planning to host the Azlan Shah Cup in September, but it is subject to the approval of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).

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Delayed update 31 March

Thanks to a break in the WACS3 undersea cable links to the international internet is slow from where I am so it has taken a bit longer to collect the stories for today. It should all be ready by 10:30 GMT

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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Garvey extend lead as Bann and Corinthian continue strong run of form

YMCA’s Ross Henderson in possession. Pic: Sinéad Hingston

Lisnagarvey’s lead at the top of the men’s EY Hockey League stretched out to eight points after their comfortable 5-2 win over Pembroke and Banbridge’s 4-3 success over Monkstown.

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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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