Posted in Argentine Hockey on May 19th, 2011 by John Coxon

The Confederación Argentina de Hockey(CAH) has announced coach Carlos “Chapa” Retegui’s selection of eighteen women  ( current world champions,  “Las Leonas” -The Lionesses ) who will travel to the Netherlands to defend the World Champions Trophy between 25th June  and 3rd July, to be held at the Wegener Stadium, Amstelveen, home of the Hoofdklasse Amsterdam hockey and Bandy Club. Following a week of rigorous training at the Popeye Club, Salta , the full squad returned to the country’s capital , Buenos Aires for further intensive training, under Retegui’s guidance, at *CENARD.  

The squad is as follows:-  Luciana Aymar  ,Belén Succi (GK) , Laura Aladro (GK) ,Silvina D’Elia ,Noel Barrionuevo ,Daniela Sruoga ,Mariela Scarone ,Delfina Merino ,Giselle Kañevsky , Macarena Rodríguez ,Rosario Luchetti ,Carla Rebecchi*, Soledad García* ,Victoria Zuloaga ,Josefina Sruoga ,Rocío Sánchez Moccia ,Florencia Habif ,Sofía Maccari.

The unfortunate  players who did not make the cut this time around are   Julia Simonassi GK, Belén Zavalía, y Carla Dupuy.


The world record holding, seven times voted player of the year , Luciana Aymar has immediately dovetailed back into the squad after a long rest-sabbatical after the 2010 world Cup victory away from training with the revised full squad, but has more recently been playing for her Beunos Aires based club CEBA. She returned to training when the squad were at training camp in Salta earlier this month. Currently Carla Rebecchi  (Spain’s Club de Campo ) and Soledad Garcia ( SCHC, Holland ) have still to fulfil their European  club commitments before they rejoin the squad. It is testament to Garcia’s and Rebecchi’s outstanding talent and experience that Carlos Retegui has complete confidence that the two players will fit back into the team effortlessly. Soledad has had an outstanding season in Holland this year.   The Dutch Hockey Federation , KNHB have a points system whereby players in top hockey are ranked in terms of their effectiveness with  points given by their own coach or the opposition’s. Soledad Garcia , this season, has been, consistently, the outstanding player in the Hoofdklasse Rabo league ,( incidentally with double the points achieved by Naomi van As.)  Sole’s SCHC team coach, former Dutch international, Janekke Schopman, tops the national coach rankings  as voted for by the country’s hockey media, the only female coach in the current top ten. 


Argentina's Soledad Garcia, top ranked Rabo Hoofdklasse player this year.

 *CENARD  Centro Nacional de Alto Rendimiento Deportivo (National Centre of High Performance Athletics )  

CENARD is the nation’s centralised sports complex where most of  Argentina’s elite internatiional sports people (especially in  atheltics )  are expertly coached and trained. Built in the seventies the complex, covers a  land area of some 115,000 square meters (1.2 million square feet)  The complex is at Núñez  , a beautifully appointed barrio  or neighbourhood of Buenos Aires , on the northern edge of the city on the banks of the Rio De La Plata.    (River Plate)

Talented young goal keepers Belén Succi and Laura Aladro travel to Holland with the squad.



Argentina will be defending a triple run of titles won in Germany 2008, Australia 2009 and  England 2010. They will participate in a number of training games in Europe  prior to travelling to Holland, with a Four Nations friendly series in Berlin for starters. Here is a poster I designed recently , just a small part of my in house creativity ( available always for hire and just a phone call away any time) showing the schedule Las Leonas will follow in the run up to the Trophy in Holland.

Champions Trophy Pool Games :- currently world ranked first Argentina play England, ranked 5th, in their first game in defence of their Trophy title 25th June and take on china the following day. After a rest day, they take on the Koreans, 28th June , then another day’s rest on the 29th.  That will be followed by a knockout stage beginning on 30th June culminating with the finals Sunday 3rd.  It seems highly unlikely that Argentina will not make the finals, the question, for me ,  that needs to be settled is who will be the other finalist? 

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Yours trully with Argentine stars Noel Barrionuevo , (L), & Giselle Kañevsky(R) at last year's Champion's Trophy, Nottingham.


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Posted in Olympics 2012 on May 18th, 2011 by John Coxon

What is the connection between this ancient stone quarrying  item and the Olympics 2012 ?

This early victorian beam crane was used here on the “Isle” of Portland, Dorset, to lower , manually, huge blocks of white limestone onto barges to be transported around the British Isles and beyond. Portland stone had been quarried on Portland for generations and the stone has been used in the construction of many important buildings including St. Paul’s Cathederal , London. Portland in fact is not an Island, rather a huge limestone  outcrop separated from the mainland by a  causeway. That causeway is partly formed by an eighteeen kilometre long raised shingle beach known as Chesil Beach.

Chesil Beach, joins Portland to the mainland near the seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset.

 To understand the link between the London Olympics 2012 we need to have a wider angle view from this position, known locally as Portland Heights, with its fantastic panoramic views. The roadway you can see  top of the picture right snakes it way to Wyke Regis, my former home. The shingle beach stretches all the way to Abbotsbury.

The vast expanse of water , middle of the photograph, is one of the largest man-made harbours  in the world. Portland Harbour covers over two thousand acres of water. It is to be the venue for the Olympic sailing events in 2012.

Portland harbour is now a popular venue for all-year-round recreational kite surfing and wind surfing.

Looking eastward, from the road side on Chesil Beach, you can see , in the distance the structure used to create the harbour between the rolling hills and the water . Construction of the harbour was begun in 1841. Over six million tons of limestone blocks were used to enclosed the water with a chain of breakwaters at a cost back then of over a million pounds. Most of the hard manual work was  done using gangs of convict labour, inmates  from the prison on Portland and it took some twenty three years to complete. There is still a Category C prison on Portland, “The Verne” which was originally a heavily fortified  army citadel.  The harbour was home to the Royal Navy for many years, although these days , following rationalisation of the armed services, there is no longer a major naval base at Portland but it is still home to a Naval Helicopter Air Sea Rescue Base. 

Sailing as a competitive sport is a fairly recent development. I spent my formative years in Weymouth and was a regular visitor to the beaches on the North side of the harbour and at Chesil. The safe sandy beaches of the resort of Weymouth were used for interntional dingy racing. There was a vibrant sailing club based at Sandsfoot within Portland Harbour . I recall the harbour proved ideal for attempts to break speed records for various sailing craft and that helped fuel the use of the harbour for international competitive racing. The waters around Portand Bill, the southerly tip of the “isle” are in fact a notoriously dangerous and the area saw a number of shipwrecks in the distant past. Although the harbour is relatively sheltered from the rougher costal seas, most days, the vast harbour guarantees often very windy conditions. A new sailing academy was  developed in recent years on the southerly shore of the harbour, at the Portland end of the causeway and that will be the centre of sailing races during the 2012 Olympics.
*Rocky beach on Portland :One of a series of thematic images from my home decor portfolio .
Portland is part of the world famous, world heritage Jurassic Coast and is one of the many spectacular lanscapes in the county of dorset where I grew up. to this day, when I visit my former home, no stay is complete without a trip off to the tip of Portland, Portland Bill, especially when the weather is stormy and you can see the awsome raw beauty and power of spectacular waves whipped up by the strong south westerly winds coming in from the English Channel. Here is a local landmark at Portland Bill, known as Pulpit Rock. Can’t  believe I climbed up on top of it in my mid teens !
Pulpit Rock, Portland Bill, Dorset
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