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Ferreira flashes back to Sydney

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Indian hockey was looking up in the 1990s, matching the standards set by both Asian rivals Pakistan and South Korea. The team finished second in both the 1993 Asia Cup and 1994 Asian Games ahead of arch rivals Pakistan. There was a whiff of fresh air and hope seen on the horizon. It was in the fitness of the things that India finished a respectable fifth at Sydney World Cup, a rise of five rungs from the previous edition in Lahore in 1990. The upward journey peaked with India winning the gold medal at Bangkok four years down the line. A member of the Sydney outfit Gavin Ferreira recounts his experience at the World Cup, the final of which was played on this day 26 years ago – Editor

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I have been victimised by PIA: Shahbaz Senior

Mohammad Yaqoob


Former Pakistan hockey captain and legendary forward Shahbaz Ahmed Senior has termed his transfer from Islamabad to Karachi by his parent body PIA as an act of revenge and vows to get a stay-order against the harsh decision.

LAHORE: Former Pakistan hockey captain and legendary forward Shahbaz Ahmad Senior has termed his transfer from Islamabad to Karachi by his parent body PIA as an act of revenge and vows to get a stay-order against the harsh decision.

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Hockey Legend Rasheedul Hassan Tests Positive for Covid 19

By Ijaz Chaudhry



Karachi: Pakistan`s former hockey captain Rasheedul Hassan has tested positive for Covid 19. Rasheed, who is now self isolating himself at home, told that his son has also tested positive. While his wife and daughter`s tests came negative,

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US Field Hockey National Team Members Bring “Uncommon” Coaching Online

By Karen Rosen


Lauren Moyer, Ashley Hoffman and Amanda Magadan pose together for a photo.

Ashley Hoffman, Amanda Magadan and Lauren Moyer want more people to become as passionate and excited about playing field hockey as they are.

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Athlete Spotlight: Abby Tamer



Each athlete that wears the red, white and blue has a unique story to how their careers came to fruition. From the junior level to the senior squad, USA Field Hockey is putting national team athletes under the spotlight to share their journeys.

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Jr player Gangandeep Kaur: “Am a learner, learning drag-flicks from the Seniors”



Bengaluru, 04 December 2020: Another gem from powerhouse Haryana, 21-year old Gagandeep Kaur, aims to  to progress in her career, learning tricks of the trade from players in the Senior national teams.

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Passing up a good deal

By Jugjet Singh


Sabah players celebrate after defeating Pahang in the Perak Malaysia Games final in 2018. -NSTP/file pic

NATIONAL juniors team manager I. Vickneswaran has decided to forego a lucrative offer from Terengganu to coach the Sabah's men team who are making their debut in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) next month.

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MHC looking for goalkeeper to fill S Kumar's big shoes

By Jugjet Singh


S. Kumar has been tasked with finding a quality goalkeeper who could replicate his success. - NSTP/file pic

Former Malaysian national hockey goalkeeper S. Kumar is looking for someone to fill his shoes.

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All go at the Championships in Japan



The All Japan Championships are a sign of the determination of next year’s Olympic Games hosts to get sports and physical activity in the country back to speed as quickly as possible.

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International Hockey Federation scraps traditional qualifying round for World Cup


Pakistan's Abbas Haider (C) tackles India's Gurwinder Singh Chandi (L) and Arjun Halappa during their match at the men's Hockey World Cup in New Delhi. — Reuters/Files

KARACHI: The International Hockey Federation tweaked qualifying rules ahead of the women and men's world cups in 2022 and 2023 respectively.

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On Dhyan Chand’s Death Anniversary, Hockey Stars Reiterate Bharat Ratna Demand

By TAZEEN QURESHY



Former hockey captain Dilip Tirkey took up the sport long after the demise of legend Dhyan Chand – 16 years to be precise. But that has not stopped him from getting inspired by the legend.

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Scottish North conference continues in another weekend of competitive action

The North Conference competition continues to survive the pestilence. Tuesday`s announcement that Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire will remain in tier 2 for the present has allowed Saturday`s four matches to take place.

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Hockey Ireland pay heavy price for hosting high profile games

Stephen Findlater

Hockey Ireland’s finances face a “material uncertainty” which could affect its “ability to continue as a going concern” according to the financial auditors in their accounts presented at the sporting body’s AGM this week.

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New Kookaburra Martin 'keen to rip into it'



Many are keen to see the back of 2020, but for Dylan Martin it is a year he will never forget.

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Hockey Australia boss backs under-siege Hockeyroos staff

HA facing player unrest over axing of two key team members. Coach Paul Gaudoin and director Toni Cumpston under fire

Hockey Australia chief executive Matt Favier has thrown his support behind Hockeyroos coach Paul Gaudoin and high-performance director Toni Cumpston despite growing player unrest.

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Hockeyroos mull strike option after key players omitted from squad

By Rod Gilmour


GK Rachael Lynch has won 233 caps for Australia

Australian hockey has become embroiled in controversy months out from the Tokyo Olympics after the Hockeyroos’ squad selection for 2021 saw two key players omitted and potential strike action mooted.

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The Forgotten One.

Ashley Morrison

Most sports fans will remember the 2018 US Open Women’s Tennis final. Sadly few remember it for the result.

Paying A Price For The Past?

Ashley Morrison

There is nothing sadder than witnessing a once great team unravel.

The Australian Women’s Hockey team were the cream of the crop for a long time. Denied the opportunity to play at the 1980 Olympic Games the first in which women’s hockey was played, in 1984 they lost the bronze medal match to the host nation the United States on penalty strokes. In this competition the medals were decided by where teams finished in a League format. Australia and the USA could not be separated, both teams had played five, won two, drawn one and lost two, and had the same goal difference.

Den Bosch boss takes over Belgian women’s coaching role



Den Bosch coach Raoul Ehren has been promoted to national coach of the Belgian women’s team, taking over from fellow Dutchman Niels Thijssen, who announced he will step down from the role this week.

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ParaHockey to join the Special Olympics World Games in 2023 in Berlin



ParaHockey ID will be included at the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin as a demonstration sport as the game for those with intellectual difficulties continues to grow in stature.

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A special time for hockey


Photo credit: EHF/Col Morley

With a piece of extraordinarily bright news in a year that has been devoid of too much joy, the Special Olympics has announced that Hockey for those with Intellectual Disabilities, which is known as either ParaHockey ID or Hockey ID, will be included in the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Berlin as a demonstration sport. For the purposes of this article, we will refer to the sport as Hockey ID.

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World Cup qualification quotas decided



Lausanne, Switzerland: Under the chairmanship of FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, the Executive Board (EB) of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) conducted today, via online conference, its last meeting of the year.

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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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