Black Stick Blair Hilton has been ruled out of the Azlan Shah Tournament after being taken to a private hospital in Malaysia for appendicitis last night (NZ time). Hilton has had surgery and is now recovering in hospital.
The Black Sticks Men have been in Malaysia for a week training and playing practice games in preparation for the tournament. They play their first game against India at 10.05pm (NZT) tonight.
With Hilton now ruled out of the Azlan Shah, the opportunity has been given to Northland’s Shay Neal, who has been booked on a 1.15pm flight departing from Auckland. Neal will miss tonight’s opening game, but will be with the team for the rest of the tournament.
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Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, the most prestigious hockey tournament outside FIH calendar, which has been regularly hosted since its inception in 1983 and have been played 20 times till 2011. Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2012 will be 21st edition and special with the fact that it will be played on blue pitch with yellow ball, as in London Olympics 2012, at Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh (Perak, Malaysia), which can be reached in two hours by and located in north of Kuala Lumpur.
Chief Coach Michael Nobbs
Since, Olympics are round the corner, every team will try to test their strategy and finalize their squads for London, this edition of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is expected to witness some high class competitive matches and not forget to clash of arch rivals India and Pakistan on 31st May, 2012. Korea, New Zealand and India are in same pool in London Games, while other three teams Great Britain, Argentina and Pakistan are in one pool in Olympics, so it will be interesting to see how do they play each other in their last face-to-face before locking horns in quadrennial event on Riverbank Arena, London. Teams have studied their opponents very well before the tournament, while Korean coach Shin Kyo Seok feels that current Indian team is impressive and will be difficult for them to tackle India after watching the videos of Indian team playing against Germany, Australia and Great Britain in Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament in London. Continue reading →
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The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) has joined the group of Hawke’s Bay business and community leaders backing the Black Sticks on their road to London.
(Left to right) Tuterangi Nepe-Apatu, (Bachelor of Recreation and Sport student), Alana Millington (Black Stick), Robert Hass (Bachelor of Recreation and Sport), Sally Rutherford (Black Stick) Source: Hockey New Zealand
“EIT has been involved in high performance sport with our sports scientists and students for quite some time. With the region supporting the Black Sticks, this is a great opportunity for EIT to support these elite athletes in their campaign for the Olympics,” says EIT Chief Executive Chris Collins.
Hockey New Zealand is delighted to have the support of EIT saying that to have Hawke’s Bay’s key educational institute as part of this unique partnership is a real bonus.
“It is great to have EIT on board. The Hawke’s Bay partnership has allowed us to invest in the men’s and women’s team’s preparation for the Olympics, including training camps, an induction weekend as well as additional international tests,” says chief executive Hilary Poole. Continue reading →
EVENT PAGE: www.fieldhockey.ca/CANvsUSA
MATCHES: May 19 (3:30pm), May 20 (3:30pm), May 22 (12:30pm), May 23 (12:30pm)
LOCATION: University of Victoria Field Hockey Turf
The Canadian Women’s National Team will take on Team USA in a four-match test series from May 19 to 23. The teams will compete on the University of Victoria’s Field Hockey Turf, home of the UVic Vikes. This series marks the beginning of Canada’s campaign toward the 2016 Olympic Games. For the USA, this is preparation for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London. Continue reading →