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African Hockey Federation

As 1998 draws to a close, the African Hockey Federation (AHF) reflects upon a busy and successful year.

  • The Egyptian Mens Team won the Mediterranean Cup in Catania, Italy.
  • The cream of Africas club hockey players from nine nations spent a very enjoyable week in Durban, South Africa during the 10th African Cup for Club Champions. Well-known club Sharkia continued its dominance by beating Durbans Berea Rovers 3-2 in a very exciting final. Natal Technikon Womens Team triumphed in the 2nd Womens African Cup for Club Champions by 3-0 against a game and brave Windhoek Ramblers. A very notable aspect of the tournament was that the TD and both TOs were women; Merle Sterley, Jean Field and Pauline Rogerson respectively. They did an excellent job!
  • From Zimbabwe comes the news of an enjoyable tour by the Emergent Young Proteas Mens team from South Africa who played a number of matches in Harare, the Midlands and Bulawayo. The matches saw a further exchange of ideas and renewed friendships.
  • The South African under 21 Womens side produced a stunning performance by finishing 6th in the Junior World Cup in Seongnam, Korea. The Egyptian finished 9th in the mens Junior World Cup in Milton Keynes. Both tournaments took place in September.
  • The Poland Mens hockey side visited South Africa for a six-match series which saw the two teams finish level in the end. South Africa won the first two tests 3-1 and 5-2, Poland the next two 2-1 and 1-0, with the last two being drawn 2-2 and 0-0. Umpires Paul Ludwig (Australia) and Edmundo Saladino (Argentina) officiated as part of an exchange programme.
  • Gillian Taylor and Gavin Cullen, both of South Africa, travelled to Tanzania in the second week of November to hold coaching and umpiring courses.
  • The African Hockey Federation has produced a 5 year plan to ensure the growth and development of the game on the Continent.
  • The Honorary Secretary General of the AHF, Gamal Shirazi was hospitalised briefly but we are happy to report is back to full health.

Asian Hockey Federation

The 19th South East Asia Games were held from 12-19 October 1997 at the Senayan Hockey Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesian Hockey Federation President, Mr. Raj Kumar Singh, is confident that Indonesia will have four synthetic surface hockey grounds by the year 2000.

13th Asian Games The Thailand Hockey Association has confirmed there will be two AstroTurf surfaces for the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. One will be in Kasetat University and the other at Klong 6 Stadium at the Physical Education College.

9th Mens & Womens World Cups Asia will be represented by five countries in the upcoming mens and womens World Cups; China, India, Korea, Malaysia and Pakistan.

The 16th Commonwealth Games will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 11th to 21st September 1998. Peter Crane (England) and Jean Field (South Africa) have been appointed Tournament Directors, respectively, for the mens and womens hockey competitions. (Pools can be found in results section of this newsletter.)

The inaugural Division II tournaments for the mens and womens AHF Cup, effectively a B Division of the Asia Cup, will be held in 22-30 November and 6-14 December respectively. Participating teams can be found in results section of this newsletter.

An AHF Umpires Seminar will be held in Singapore, 12-14 December, in conjunction with the womens AHF Cup Tournament. A seminar for potential Umpires Managers in Asia is being planned for March 1998.

The AHFs development plan is bearing fruit with previously less active countries now showing interest in hosting tournaments. The 20th SEA Games will be held in 1999 in Brunei Darulsalam, which has two synthetic surfaces available. They have also expressed interest in hosting under-16 boys and girls tournaments. The Thailand Hockey Federation is planning to organise mens and womens tournaments in preparation for the 13th Asian Games. The Sri Lanka Hockey Federation plans to organise a 6-nation tournament in February 1998 to commemorate Sri Lanka Independence Day.

European Hockey Federation

EHF holds youth camps In 1997, the EHF and its organising partner Sportways ran three youth camps for children aged 14-16: The Excellence Camp in Barcelona had 150 participants from 14 different countries. Sixty young participants attended the Ambassadors Camp in Venice and 80 took part in the Ambassadors Camp in Kalmar, Sweeden.

During the camps, the EHF awarded 11 scholarships of 200 Swiss francs each to the following countries: Malta (4), Poland (2), Finland (2), Portugal (1) and Scotland (2). Congratulations to the participants, coaches and helpers who together made the camps a success.

The EHF Development Committee intends to run an Ambassadors camp in each European zone annually, as well as two Excellence Camps.

Youth Trophy Entry forms for the new Youth Trophy to be launched at Easter 1999 have been sent to all EHF members, and response is very positive. Closing date for entries is 19th December 1997.

Outdoor Club Tournaments The Club Championships for the Mens A and B Divisons and the Womens A Division will be held at Easter to avoid scheduling clashes with the 1998 World Cups. As a result, there will be eight European Club Tournaments at Easter, which had posed some problems in securing hosts. The EHF is happy to announce that hosts have been found for all indoor and outdoor tournaments in 1998, and thanks all the organisers for their co-operation.

An AstroTurf pitch will be installed for the 8th European Nations Cup for men to be held in Padova, Italy, 1-12 September 1999.

2004 Olympic Games The EHF was delighted with news of Athens being awarded the 2004 Olympic Games. The 1st South East European Championships was the first of many projects aimed at assisting the Hellenic Hockey Federation. The EHF Development Committee is now in discussion with the HHF to prepare a detailed development plan for the next eight years.

Appointments Committee While the panel for the1998 indoor appointments is complete, the work to appoint officials for the 28 outdoor tournaments is ongoing. The Appointments Committee is confident in a positive outcome of the mammoth task thanks to the excellent panel of professional and dedicated European officials.

Oceania Hockey Federation

The Oceania Hockey Federation held a very successful Management meeting during the Champions Trophy in Adelaide, Australia in October. Constitutional changes were adopted, the Development Plan was confirmed and it was agreed that an artificial turf for Fiji should be a priority. While there was not full attendance from member countries, Papua New Guinea and American Samoa were not present, EHF President. Alain Danet, Frank Yeend and Fin McNab, ex President of the Federation, attended the meeting.

Fiji

  • Solidarity courses conducted this year were extremely successful and with a new executive based in Suva, there seems to be renewed interest in a number of areas including umpiring and coaching.
  • With Fiji winning the bid for the South Pacific Games, there is increased support for the development of a synthetic pitch.

New Zealand

  • The mens national team hosted a test series with Malaysia. Taking the opportunity to give international experience to some young players, New Zealand won three of the four matches with the other drawn.
  • 18-year-old schoolboy Tyan Archibold, son of former Gold Medallist Jeff Archibold, had a successful debut scoring two goals, one in his test debut.
  • Tina Bell-Kake, Player of the tournament at the World cup Preliminary in Trinidad but absent in Zimbabwe, is back in the Womens Squad training for the World Cup.

Australia Womens Hockey Association

  • Frank Murray, former coach of the Kookaburras (mens national squad) has been appointed Assistant Coach of the Hockeyroos (womens national squad).
  • Chris Spice, Assistant Coach, has left to take up a position as Performance Director for the All England Hockey Association.
  • The Under-21 team won silver at the womens Junior World Cup in Seongnam, Korea.
  • The senior squad will take part in a camp in Jindabyne in December.
  • The Indoor National Championships will be held in Perth in January and the South Africa indoor team will visit Australia early 1998
  • Well known international umpire Robyn Bannerman was awarded the National Officiating Award for womens hockey in Australia for 1997.
  • Well known coach of the hockeyroos, Richard Charlesworth, was awarded the Coach of the Year by the Australian Coaching Council for the 3rd successive year.

Australian Hockey Association

  • The Junior Team won gold at the Junior World Cup in Milton Keynes. Barry Dancer the successful coach of this team, has taken up a position as the coach of the English mens national team.
  • The Kookaburras won silver at the Champions Trophy in Adelaide. The event was extremely successful and congratulations must go to the South Australian association for their excellent organisation.
  • A 6-test series will be held in January 1998 against the Netherlands
  • In February and March, the Kookaburras will take part in the re-scheduled Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Dennis Meredith was awarded the AHA Official of the Year for his outstanding performance in Umpire Management.

Additionally&

  • The amalgamation of the Australian mens and womens associatons is in progress with a number of meetings being held. An action plan has been devised and implemented.
  • 1999 Champions trophy tournaments will be held in Brisbane, Queensland. The tournaments will be organised jointly, directed by a Board of Management which will include members from both National Associations and Hockey Queensland.
  • Two representatives from Oceania will attend the FIH Umpires Managers Seminar in London in November they are Robyn Bannerman and Dennis Meredith.

Pan American Hockey Federation

The South American Championships for men and women will be held in Santiago, Chile, 18-24 January 1998. Participating teams can be found in results section of this newsletter. The winners of these two tournaments will automatically qualify for the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada in 1999.

Barbados hosts Bermuda Barbados hosted the Bermuda women in a three-game practice series, 25-28 November. The matches served as a warm up for the Central American and Caribbean Games in Venezuela in 1998.

Planning Committee meeting scheduled A PAHF Planning Committee will hold a meeting in Miami 5-6 December to create a plan for future development of hockey in the Americas. The group will consider competitions, umpiring, coaching, promotion and other points, and will draw upon the recommendations generated by the PAHF Technical Seminar held in Caracas in June.

Information in this section is provided by the individual Continental Federations.