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Busselton conducts largest state masters hockey carnival

Situated some three hours by road south of Perth in Western Australia, the Busselton Hockey Association hosted their 31st annual Masters carnival last month, writes Mark McElligott.


Lifetime Membership Honours for Sarah Wilson and Martin Madden

We are delighted to announce the award of Lifetime Membership to Scottish Hockey for both Sarah Wilson and Martin Madden in honour of their outstanding contributions to umpiring both within Scottish Hockey and hockey, in general, over a number of years.

English Trio Learn 2022 Euro Hockey League Opponents

Surbiton's men and women discovered who they will face in the 2022 EuroHockey League (EHL), with both sides drawn against tough opponents for next Easter's tournament.

Draws for Easter 2022’s EHL tournaments confirmed

The route to Euro Hockey League glory has been set following the draw, conducted by Simon Mason, HC Bloemendaal’s Jorrit Croon and AH&BC Amsterdam’s Kira Horn, for next Easter’s EHL events in Amsterdam and Egara.

Asian Champions Trophy: Indian women's hockey team leaves for Korea

It will be the first tournament for the Indian team since finishing fourth at the Tokyo Olympics. It will face China, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia in the single-pool competition.

File image of India women's hockey players in action against Ireland. AP

Bengaluru: The Indian women's hockey team on Tuesday departed for Korea to participate in the Asian Champions Trophy to be held in Donghae from 5 December.

Accidental hockey player to Olympic medallist, Vivek Sagar Prasad now aiming for Junior World Cup glory

With nearly 75 international matches, Youth Olympic silver and Olympic bronze under his belt, stage is now set for 21-year-old Vivek Sagar Prasad to lead India to Junior Hockey World Cup glory.

By Mihir Vasavda

HockeyPrasad (right) with former India captain Sardar Singh. (Express photo)   

It was only by chance that India’s prodigious talent, Vivek Sagar Prasad, got introduced to hockey.

India would look to tighten its defence

Reid’s side will face a tough challenge from Belgium

Y.B. Sarangi

Gearing up: The Indian players at a training session on Tuesday, ahead of a tough contest against Belgium.  

When Belgium head coach Jeoren Baart said his team struggled against Malaysia in the pool stage because of its tight defence, probably he gave away a cue to India on the eve of the men’s hockey Junior World Cup quarterfinal contest between the two sides at the Kalinga Stadium here.

India to rely on their attack and drag-flicking ability to face Belgium in quarterfinal

India has a fiery attacking line-up with Uttam Singh, Araijeet Singh Hundal, Sudeep Chirmako and Maninder Singh, brilliant inside the opponents' circle.

Indian players against Poland (Source: Hockey India/Twitter)

Their mojo back after two resounding wins, defending champions India would bank on their attacking instinct and drag-flicking prowess to outwit European giants Belgium in the quarterfinal of the FIH Men's Junior Hockey World Cupflicking.

"India has to explore Belgium's vulnerability" — Chief hockey coach Graham Reid

Ahead of the India-Belgium Junior Hockey World Cup quarterfinal, coach Reid said the key to success is to play natural hockey.

India chief hockey coach Graham Reid (Source: Olympics)

India's chief coach Graham Reid said the defending champions would like to take a cue from Malaysia and exploit the vulnerability of European giants Belgium in the quarterfinal of the FIH Men's Junior Hockey World Cup.

Jr WC Quarterfinal: Its Indian skills vs Belgian patience

India and Belgium play a repeat of the 2016 FIH Junior World Cup final, only this time two stages earlier. Five years ago in Lucknow, Harendra Singh’s boys emerged triumphant by two goals to nil but on Wednesday, December 1, one of those nations will not go all the way to the title clash.

Our Challenge is to survive India's waves of attack: Baart

Belgium coach Jeroen Baart finds the quarterfinal with defending champions India intriguing for a lot of reasons. For one thing, he expects a more open match than his team’s shock 1-1 draw with Malaysia, a team they were expected to beat in Pool B.

Statistical Rewind: India-Belgium Tie Should be a Cracker of a Contest

Belgium made their debut in the Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup in the 1985 edition at Vancouver. India have faced Belgium four times – the most recent being 2-1 win over the Red Lions in the final of the 2016 Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup held at Lucknow.

Minding French mind games

By Jugjet Singh

Malaysia have experienced hands as nine members from Wallace Tan’s squad were part of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games winning team. -Pic credit to Facebook MHC

THE French hockey team are masters of provocation, and the Malaysians have been warned not to fall into their trap in today's quarter-finals of the Junior World Cup at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

U-21 USMNT Drops Junior World Cup Placement Match to Pakistan


BHUBANESWAR, India – Dominant scoring in the final three quarters propelled Pakistan over the U.S. U-21 Men’s National Team in the placement game at the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup. At the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India, Pakistan held a one goal lead after the first quarter but added six more in the second, seven in the third and four in the fourth as USA fell 18-2.

Pakistan register biggest goal margin in FIH Hockey Jr World Cup

Lahore - Pakistan downed USA 18-2, registering the biggest goal margin in the 2021 Men’s FIH Hockey Junior World Cup at Bhubaneswar,

Pakistan thrash USA 18-2 to qualify for 9-12th place classification match

Already out of the knockout stage, it turned out to be a goalfest for Pakistan as Rana (27th, 33rd, 35th, 54th minutes) found the net four times, while Abuzar (14th, 28th, 57th) struck three field goals to toy with USA defence

Bhubaneswar: Abdul Rana scored four goals including a hat-trick while Abuzar found the net thrice as erstwhile Asian powerhouse Pakistan thrashed USA 18-2 to qualify for the ninth to 12th place classification match of the FIH Junior hockey World cup here on Tuesday.

MJWC: It’s agony and ecstasy as South Africa, Pakistan, Poland and Korea hit winning ways in Bhubaneswar

The classification round to decide 9-16 position at the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021 produced four very different matches on Day Six. A closely-contested match saw South Africa overcome a determined Canadian resistance before Pakistan bounced back to overwhelm USA. Chile were undone in the final minute by Poland before Korea and Egypt recorded a thrilling 3-3 draw which led to the sheer agony and ecstasy of a shoot-out that saw Korea break Egyptian hearts.

Alex Fedenczuk umpires the Quarter Finals at the Junior World Cup

Alex Fedenczuk, Scotland FIH umpire, at the Junior World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India 2021

Alex Fedenczuk, one of Scotland’s FIH umpires, today officiates at the all-European Quarter Final clash between Germany and Spain at the Junior World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India.

This is the highest level tournament that Alex has been appointed to, so far, in his umpiring career.

Heart break for Spain as pugnacious Germany enters semis via shoot out route


Spain did everything. Withstood Germany’s onslaught for major part of the 60-minute of intense game, saved from damage from first eleven penalty corners their famed rivals have got, but in the end could not keep of up the solitary goal lead for another two minutes. Germany on the hand put themselves back in the game by converting their last penalty corner the 12th that nullified the Spain’s 2-1 lead taking the contest to shoot out.

FIH Odisha Hockey Men's Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021 - 1 December

Bhubaneswar Odisha

All times GMT +5:30

30 Nov 2021     RSA v CAN (9th-16th Place)     7 - 3
30 Nov 2021      PAK v USA (9th-16th Place)     18 - 2
30 Nov 2021     POL v CHI (9th-16th Place)     2 - 1
30 Nov 2021     KOR v EGY (9th-16th Place)     3 - 3 (6 - 5 SO)

1 Dec 2021     GER v ESP (Quarter-Final)     2 - 2 (3 - 1 SO)
1 Dec 2021     NED v ARG (Quarter-Final)     1 - 2
1 Dec 2021     FRA v MAS (Quarter-Final)     4 - 0
1 Dec 2021     BEL v IND (Quarter-Final)     0 - 1

2 Dec 2021 10:30     CAN v USA (13th-16th Place)    
2 Dec 2021 13:30     CHI v EGY (13th-16th Place)        
2 Dec 2021 16:30     RSA v PAK (9th-12th Place)        
2 Dec 2021 19:30     POL v KOR (9th-12th Place)       

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Iowa field hockey’s Anthe Nijziel named NFHCA West Region Player of the Year

The senior defender anchored an Iowa defense that recorded an NCAA-best 11 shutouts this season.

Austin Hanson

Iowa defender Anthe Nijziel passes the ball during the second quarter of a field hockey game against Maryland on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes defeated the Terrapins, 3-0. Hannah Kinson

Iowa field hockey’s Anthe Nijziel was named West Region Player of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Monday.


Browne, Marcano get another win with H&W

by Nigel Simon

Former T&T international hockey player Kwandwane Browne.

T&T international Teague Marcano and former captain Kwandwane Browne both featured as Hampstead & Westminster (H&W) whipped Oxted 4-1 for a fourth straight win in the England Hockey League Men’s Premier Division on Sunday.

Irish Under-21 men named for Euro indoor debut

Ireland’s Under-21 men’s indoor side will make their international debut next week when they take on the EuroHockey Championship II in Paredes, Portugal from December 10th to 12th.

Indoor USMNT to Hold Clinic as Fundraiser

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Support the U.S. Men’s National Indoor Team and learn from some of the best indoor athletes at the 2021 Indoor USMNT Clinic. Team USA athletes, who are also some top players in Europe, are hosting a two-session clinic to raise funds for the 2022 FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup taking place in February.

Canadian National Junior Team awaits transit home in South Africa

The Junior Women’s National Team travelled to Potchefstroom, South Africa for the Junior World Cup, scheduled for Dec 5-17, 2021. The team arrived last week to train on site and prepare for the event. Due to the discovery of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in South Africa, the tournament has been postponed. Field Hockey Canada supports the FIH in their decision to postpone the event.

Sonia Bathla, Dr Col (Dr) Bibhu Kalyan Nayak, Raghu Prasad and Javed Shaikh appointed for the 2023 Men’s World Cup Hockey

The world body FIH has selected Delhi State player Sonia Bathla, Col (Dr) Bibhu Kalyan Nayak, Raghu Prasad, and Javed Shaikh as the Officials for the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar – Rourkela.

Officials confirmed for 2022 and 2023 FIH Women’s and Men’s World Cups

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has today confirmed the names of the officials – umpires, technical delegates, technical delegates assistants, technical officials, umpire managers and medical officers - who will be involved in the FIH Hockey Women's World Cup Spain & Netherlands 2022 and the FIH Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar & Rourkela.

Let 'Ah Moi' be the main man

By Jugjet Singh

The worst position to be in a hockey team is the No 2 goalkeeper. But Hamiz Ahir is not the least perturbed. -Pic courtesy of MHC

THE worst position to be in a hockey team is the No 2 goalkeeper. But Hamiz Ahir is not the least perturbed.

India can break the Belgian jinx

Shane Sadanand

Indian team should bear in mind the fact that in the quarters they are to face only  a Belgium junior side but not the world champion number one team. Belgium Juniors are a pale shadow of their senior counterparts. They scored only nine goals so far and struggled hard to get the equalizer against Malaysia. They didn't have Alexander Hendrikx, the senior PC goal scoring machine, in this junior side. Even junior Stockbroekx has scored only two goals from three outings. In Bhubaneswar, there are two other European sides - Germany and Holland - that are better than this Belgium side. In execution of strategies even France is a better side than Belgium. So India can easily beat this Belgium line up fair and square. Further, their pipeline of rising stars has dried up since 2016 JWC. Their future rankings will not stand at number one as their seniors start retiring.

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India will be at its best against Belgium: Araijeet

Charged up for the quarterfinals, says drag-flick specialist

Y.B. Sarangi

Rising star: Araijeet has scored five goals, including a hat-trick, in the tournament so far.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Seventeen-year-old striker-cum-drag-flicker Araijeet Singh Hundal says the Indian players understand the importance of maintaining their energy level in the quarterfinal against Belgium in the Junior World Cup here on Wednesday.

Defending champions India reach FIH Men’s Junior World Cup quarter-finals

By Neil Shefferd

India's squad at the Men's Junior Hockey World Cup features members of the Tokyo 2020 bronze medal winning team ©Getty Images

Defending champions India reached the quarter-finals of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Men’s Junior World Cup in Bhubaneswar, after finishing in second place in their pool.

Hockey5s: over 30 players from the last Youth Olympic Games at the Men’s Junior World Cup!

Bhubaneswar, India: No less than 31 players (see list below) currently participating in the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021 were involved in the last Youth Olympic Games staged in 2018, including four team captains, namely Vivek Sagar Prasad (India), Facundo Zarate (Argentina), Gracjan Jarzynski (Poland) and Akhimullah Anuar (Malaysia).

South Africa triumph in high scoring clash with Canada

South Africa and Canada began their classification matches and a quest for a top 10 finish as they faced off in Bhubaneswar to start the next phase of the FIH Junior World Cup. It was the second meeting between the two sides after South Africa beat Canada 3-1 in the 2016 iteration of the tournament.

FIH Odisha Hockey Men's Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021 - 30 November

Bhubaneswar Odisha

All times GMT +5:30

30 Nov 2021     RSA v CAN (9th-16th Place)     7 - 3
30 Nov 2021     PAK v USA (9th-16th Place)    !8 - 2
30 Nov 2021     POL v CHI (9th-16th Place)     2 - 1
30 Nov 2021     KOR v EGY (9th-16th Place   3 - 3 (6 - 5 SO)

1 Dec 2021     GER v ESP (Quarter-Final)   2 - 2 (3 - 1 SO)
1 Dec 2021     NED v ARG (Quarter-Final)   1 - 2
1 Dec 2021 16:30     FRA v MAS (Quarter-Final)
1 Dec 2021 19:30     BEL v IND (Quarter-Final)

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Hockey Australia Board update

Three new high calibre Directors have been elected to the Hockey Australia (HA) Board.

Ford NHC heading South in 2022

Hockey New Zealand (HNZ) has revealed the locations of its major domestic tournaments for 2022.

Australian Masters set for brighter outlook in 2022

Masters hockey players in Australia are starting to look forward more positively to 2022 as vaccination rates increase across the country and interstate travel lockdowns start to be relaxed, writes Mark McElligott.   

Tasmania secures major national hockey events

A raft of major Australian hockey events will be held in Tasmania over the next six years following an agreement between Hockey Australia (HA) and the Tasmanian government through its tourism arm Events Tasmania.

Fine turnout at national hockey festival

Khomas (in green) and Omaheke (red) drew 0-0 at the national festival on Saturday. Photo: Helge Schütz

THE inaugural Standard Bank Junior Hockey National Festival saw a fine turnout at the Windhoek High School astroturf on Saturday, with 120 junior players representing 24 primary schools from five towns, in action.

Congratulations to 2021 National Hockey Festival Pool Winners

TAMPA, Fla. - The 40th edition of the National Hockey Festival is in the books after attracting thousands of field hockey fans to the Tournament Sportsplex of Tampa Bay. Athletes, coaches, families and umpires assembled from regions all across the United States and parts of Canada for the beloved annual holiday tournament. With its rich tradition, USA Field Hockey would like to thank all who participated and helped administer another successful event.

40th Edition National Hockey Festival Wraps Up


TAMPA, Fla. -  A spectacular sunset marked the conclusion of competition at the 40th edition of the National Hockey Festival. Pool winners from U-12 Co-Ed to the Adult divisions were awarded medals and memories were made all around. As the adage goes, "don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened!" Whether you’re waiting at the airport or headed to drive home, take a moment to enjoy some highlights from the final day of field hockey fun in the sun at Tournament Sportsplex of Tampa Bay. Find a familiar face? Be sure to share this with them!

UCD and Pembroke through after thrilling cup quarter-finals

Irish Senior Cup specialists UCD are in the final four yet again as they produced a stunning late show to beat Railway Union 4-3 in a spectacular advert for the club game.

Cookstown stun Pembroke as Monkstown and Glenanne advance in ISC

Cookstown continued their hex over Pembroke as they knocked out the Dubliners in the Irish Senior Cup for the second successive campaign, emulating their success in the 2019/20 campaign.

Germany's Olympic Captain Nike Lorenz Enjoying Life In Nottingham

Photo credit: @UoNLHC (Instagram)

Rod Gilmour from The Hockey Paper spoke to Germany's Olympic captain Nike Lorenz about her time playing for the University of Nottingham, reflecting on the Tokyo Games and her inspiring work outside of hockey.

East Grinstead claim top six place as Old Georgians lead the way in Men’s Premier Division

Old Georgians beat defending champions Surbiton to top the Men's Premier Division standings going into the winter break. Photo credit: @smifsports (Twitter)

Jamie Wallace was the hero for East Grinstead as his hat-trick sealed a 3-2 victory over Beeston to help the West Sussex side qualify for the top six in the Men’s Premier Division.

Pak squad for Asian Hockey Champions Trophy to be named soon

By Syed Intikhab Ali

KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) will announces the probables for the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy in the coming few days, 'The News' has learnt.

Men's Asian Champions Trophy: India's best performances

India will look to defend their title at the 2021 Men's Asian Champions Trophy in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Picture by Hockey India/Twitter

Three-time champions India will look to defend their title at the 2021 Men's Asian Champions Trophy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, slated to get underway from December 14.

Central America Development Tournament - Hockey 5s

San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica - CADT Hockey 5s winner. Photo: Nahir El Barri / PAHF)

The Central American Hockey 5 Development Tournament  2021 began on Wednesday, November 24 and ended on November 27 in San José, Costa Rica.

Hockey referee Obalo trains to keep up with the best in Africa

By Washington Onyango

Kenyan FIH International Hockey Umpire, Peter Obalo in action. [Courtesy]

When you mention referees Howard Webb, Anthony Taylor or Mike Dean to any football fan, many will recognise them and it may even elicit some tempered debate on their past decisions taken when officiating in the English Premier League or UEFA Champions League.

Facing French flair

By Jugjet Singh

Malaysia players celebrate their goal against South Africa in a Junior World Cup match in Bhubaneswar, India, on Saturday. Malaysia won 4-3.

GOAL-SHY Malaysia will face goal-getters France in the quarter-final of hockey's Junior World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India, on Wednesday.

Pakistan hockey now is a pale shadow of its glorious pas

Fallen on bad times: Pak hockey now is a pale shadow of its glorious past, with the road to revival being long and arduous

By Mihir Vasavda

Pakistan has barely been able to raise funds to compete in important international tournaments. (Source: PTI)   

In the days leading up to the Tokyo Olympics, a statue of hockey legend Samiullah Khan was unveiled in the posh neighbourhood of Model Town, in Pakistan’s Bahawalpur.

Argentina knock Pakistan out of Jr Hockey World Cup

LAHORE - Argentina defeated Pakistan by 4-3 in a tough and thrilling pre-quarterfinal match of the World Junior Hockey Cup in Bhubaneswar, India and also booked berth in the quarterfinals.

Pakistan miss out on quarters after losing to Argentina in FIH Junior World Cup

BHUBANESWAR: Players of Pakistan and Argentina vie for the ball during their pool match of the FIH Junior World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday.— FIH

BHUBANESWAR: Pakistan failed to reach the quarter-finals of the FIH Junior World Cup on Sunday after losing their last pool match to Argentina 4-3 at the Kalinga Stadium in the Indian city of Bhubaneswar.

Argentina edges out Pakistan

To lock horns with the Netherlands in the quarterfinals

Y.B. Sarangi

In hot pursuit: Pakistan captain Abdul Rana   | Photo Credit: BISWARANJAN ROUT

Argentina thwarted Pakistan’s strong challenge to post a thrilling 4-3 win in its last Pool D match and enter the quarterfinals of the men’s hockey Junior World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday.

U-21 USMNT Completes Pool Play at Junior World Cup


BHUBANESWAR, India – At the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India, the U.S. U-21 Men’s National Team completed pool play at the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup when they faced a proficient Netherlands team. Controlling much of the game, the Oranje scored early and never looked back on their way to a 14-0 win.

Argentina beat Pakistan to place in quarter-finals, while Spain, Netherlands and Germany end pools on a high

The last day of action in the pool matches of the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup produced more high scores and a memorable battle for the remaining place in the final eight between Pakistan and Argentina. The pool stages were brought to a conclusion with Germany showing their class with an exhibition of attacking, creative hockey against Egypt.

FIH Odisha Hockey Men's Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021 - 29 November

Bhubaneswar Odisha

All times GMT +5:30

28 Nov 2021     KOR v ESP (Pool C)     0 - 9
28 Nov 2021     NED v USA (Pool C)     14 - 0
28 Nov 2021     PAK v ARG (Pool D)     3 - 4
28 Nov 2021     GER v EGY (Pool D)     11 - 0

29 Nov is a rest day

30 Nov 2021     RSA v CAN (9th-16th Place)   7 - 3
30 Nov 2021 13:30     PAK v USA (9th-16th Place)
30 Nov 2021 16:30     POL v CHI (9th-16th Place)
30 Nov 2021 19:30     KOR v EGY (9th-16th Place)

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Pool Standings

Pool A

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 Belgium 3 2 1 0 9 2 7 7
2 Malaysia 3 2 1 0 7 5 2 7
3 South Africa 3 1 0 2 9 10 -1 3
4 Chile 3 0 0 3 2 10 -8 0

Pool B

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 France 3 3 0 0 23 6 17 9
2 India 3 2 0 1 25 8 17 6
3 Poland 3 1 0 2 4 15 -11 3
4 Canada 3 0 0 3 2 25 -23 0

Pool C

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 29 7 22 9
2 Spain 3 2 0 1 28 3 25 6
3 Korea 3 1 0 2 10 22 -12 3
4 United States 3 0 0 3 1 36 -35 0

Pool D

RankTeamPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 Germany 3 3 0 0 19 4 15 9
2 Argentina 3 2 0 1 20 6 14 6
3 Pakistan 3 1 0 2 8 10 -2 3
4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 1 28 -27 0

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Dutch beat defending champions Belgium to go top of men's Hockey Pro League

By Ali Iveson

The Netherlands beat Belgium to go top of the Hockey Pro League ©Getty Images

The Netherlands beat Olympic champions Belgium 2-1 to move top of the men's Hockey Pro League.

Warmerdam strike gives Netherlands shock victory over Olympic champions Belgium

The Netherlands men earned a superb 2-1 victory over reigning Olympic, World and FIH Hockey Pro League champions Belgium on Sunday afternoon, giving the Dutch five points from a maximum six from their two encounters with the Red Lions in recent days.

2021-22 FIH Pro League (M) - 29 November

Wagener Hockey Stadium, Amstelveen    

26 Nov 2021     NED v BEL (RR)     2 - 2 (3 - 0 SO)
28 Nov 2021     NED v BEL (RR)     2 - 1

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Pool Standings

RankTeamPlayedWinsSO WinDrawsSO LossLossesGoals ForGoals AgainstGoal DifferencePoints
1 Belgium 4 2 0 0 1 1 14 8 6 7
2 Netherlands 2 1 1 0 0 0 4 3 1 5
3 England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 India 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Germany 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 11 -7 0

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Power outage 26 November

Yet another power outage with no clue of when it will be restored means I am unable to update the site until such time as it is. 

POWER RETURNS @ 12:30 GMT. Give me about an hour please

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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Two fourth quarter goals lift No. 7 UNC field hockey to 3-1 win over No. 15 Connecticut

By J Banzet V

Senior forward Meredith Sholder (2) fights for the ball on Sept. 26. The Tar Heels beat the UConn Huskies 3-1 at Karen Shelton Stadium. Photo by Cynthia Liu | The Daily Tar Heel

The No. 7 North Carolina field hockey team (6-3, 1-0 ACC) finished off its weekend strong, taking down No. 15 Connecticut (4-6, 1-1 Big East), 3-1, at Karen Shelton Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Pembroke and Pegasus on the march in women’s EYHL

Women’s EY Hockey Legaue – day three round-up

UCD 1 (M Carey) Pembroke 2 (A Naughton, O Macken)
Pembroke came back from a goal down in the final quarter to beat UCD and continue their excellent start to the season, leaving them in a share for the lead with Pegasus after three rounds.

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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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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