In a thrilling final played before a capacity crowd at the Sengkang Stadium in Singapore, Pakistan won the Boys U16 Asia Cup, thereby qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in 2014. The beaten finalists Bangladesh also have a chance of qualifying depending on the decisions to be made as to which team between boys and girls will be selected by the host country.
Pakistan led 2-0 in the final only for Bangladesh to claw back to 2-2. However the boys in green showed greater resilience and scored three times more to rush to a 5-2 lead before Bangladesh reduced the deficit to 5-3 which was the final score.
Earlier Malaysia edged out Japan 2-1 to win the bronze medal.
The final standings were:
- Sri Lanka
Mohammad Asraful of Bangladesh was named Player of the Tournament. While Malaysia’s Ahmad Fahmi Azhar Ruddin was named Goalkeeper of the Tournament. Muhammad Atiq of Pakistan was the top scorer with 20 goals.
The Mid-Term Congress of the AHF was held at the Concorde Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on 2 March 2013. The highlight of the program was the presentation of the 2012 Asian Player Awards to the following individuals:
Men’s Player of the Year – Sadar Singh (India)
Women’s Player of the Year – Rika Komazawa (Japan)
Junior Men’s Player of the Year – Mohamed Rizwan Junior (Pakistan)
Junior Women’s Player of the Year – Ritu Rani (India)
The Congress also approved the AHF accounts for the previous 2 years and it was further announced that a Women’s Conference would be held on 27 and 28 of September 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.
In a pulsating final where the advantage swung from side to side, Pakistan proved to be the more resilient and wrested the Asian Champions Trophy from holders India. The Al Rayyan Stadium in Doha was electrified with the pace and skill shown by both teams. The lead in the game changed hands three times before Pakistan scored the winner in the 64th minute through Ateeq Muhammad to win the final 5-4.
Earlier Malaysia won the bronze medal with a deserving 3-1 win over China. Oman caused a surprise by beating Japan 2-1 to take 5th place.
Muhammad Waqas of Pakistan was voted the player of the tournament, while Tengku Ahmad Abdul Jalil was voted the player of the tournament.
Chinese-Taipei won their first senior title they defeated Hong Kong China 2-1 in a thrilling final at the Women’s AHF Cup in Singapore.
Throughout the tournament they had been the dominant team winning all their matches scoring 37 and conceding only 4 goals.
In third place were Thailand who defeated Sri Lanka 6-3. Singapore secured 5th place with a 3-0 win over Pakistan.
The AHF Cup is a qualifying tournament for the Asia Cup and both Chinese-Taipei and Hong Kong China have now qualified for the Asia Cup to be played in Kuala Lumpur in 2013.
The AHF-MHC Raja Ashman Academy conducted an Umpire Manager’s Workshop between 21 to 24 November 2012. The purpose of the workshop was to provide national and aspiring international umpire managers some basic skills in umpire coaching and managing.
A total of 14 participants from 9 countries attended the course.
The participants were instructed on coaching and giving feedback to umpires. They were also briefed on preparation for competition and working with hosts and organising committees.
Iran romped to their 4th successive Asian Indoor title when they defeated Uzbekistan 8-0 in the final in Saraburi Thailand. Iran finished the pool competition having won all their matches and scoring 58 goals in the process.
This was the first silver medal finish for the Uzbekistan team having been bronze medallists for the last 3 tournaments.
It was also the first time that Chinese-Taipei had participate in the Men’s Indoor Asia Cup, continuing to increase the participation in this form of the game.
Thailand is also proving to be an excellent host of AHF events. The competition was held in a new venue for indoor hockey in Saraburi, a city just outside Bangkok.
- Thailand A
- Thailand B
Kazakhstan retained the Women’s Indoor Asia Cup in the tournament played in Bangkok.
They continue to dominate the women’s game in Asia, but great credit must be given to the Thailand team who produced a pulsating performance in the final to lose by only 1-2.
Malaysia won the bronze medal after defeating Uzbekistan 5-3 in another thrilling game.
Special mention should also go to Cambodia who was participating in their first international tournament. Although finishing last the young players improved with every game and can only get better with more participation.
Malaysia and Kazakhstan book place in World League Round 2
Malaysia and Kazakhstan booked their places in Round 2 of the FIH’s inaugural World League. Malaysia finished the tournament with a 100% record having won all their matches. Kazakhstan defeated the other two participating teams, Singapore and Sri Lanka to finish in second place.
Round 2 will be in 2013 at a venue to be designated by FIH.
Bangladesh won the inaugural World League 1 tournament to be played in Asia with a
hundred percent record in the competition played in Singapore. The other participating
teams were Singapore (2nd), Hong Kong (3rd) and Thailand.
See match reports below
Bangladesh 6 – 1 Hong Kong – View Match Report
Singapore 6 – 0 Thailand - View Match Report
Singapore 2 – 4 Bangladesh - View Match Report
Hong Kong 1 – 1 Thailand - View Match Report
Bangladesh 6 – 1 Thailand - View Match Report
Hong Kong 1 – 2 Singapore - View Match Report
China won the Women’s Junior Asia Cup in a pulsating final played at the Queen Sirikit Stadium in Bangkok. China were actually 0-2 down within 10 minutes of the start, but they fought back valiantly in a final interrupted by rain to dominate the second half and run out deserving winners 5-2. Curiously the result was the same as when the teams met in the pool match.
It was China’s second triumph in this tournament having won it previously in 2004.
Earlier Korea also came from behind to defeat Japan 3-1 to secure the remaining Junior World Cup qualification spot.
The final ranking for the tournament:
1. China – qualify for Junior World Cup
2. India – qualify for Junior World Cup
3. Korea – qualify for Junior World Cup
7. Sri Lanka
Thailand were once again excellent hosts. And equally their team had improved considerably from 2008 when they were placed ninth.
For match reports of the tournament click here