Great Britain draw with Korea to set-up tense finale

In the penultimate game of the preliminary stages at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Great Britain faced Korea knowing that a win would take them to the top of the standings in Malaysia.  Korea came into the game in sixth place hoping to move up the table to fight it out for the higher placings on Sunday.  As it was both sides had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the searing heat.

The first half saw very few clear cut chances for either side. Korea had the majority of the possession and scored the solitary goal of the half thanks to Yoon Sung Hoon who fired home from the top of the circle.  Great Britain came out refreshed and dominated significant spells of the second half with Reading’s Jonty Clarke evening up the score line in the 50th minute with a fantastic solo effort.

The story of the match was two goalkeepers playing at the very top of their games; Great Britain and Cannock’s James Fair made two world class saves in the first and final minutes and Korea’s Myung Ho Lee kept his side in the game on numerous occasions in the second half. Continue reading →

First loss for Black Sticks Men in Malaysia

The Black Sticks Men’s unbeaten run at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup has come to an end with a 2-1 loss to Great Britain in Ipoh, Malaysia last night.

The Black Sticks were always slightly off the pace set by the impressive Great Britain side who are ranked fourth in the world – three places ahead of New Zealand.

Black Sticks coach Shane McLeod said Great Britain dominated the first half and his side did well not to concede more early goals.

“In the second spell we had a better share of possession and controlled more of the tempo of the game but were always a bit off with our execution.” Continue reading →

India vs Pakistan: Big Game, Only for Pride and Rivalry?

India Vs Pakistan, a big game, sometime bigger than tournaments, is in offing at Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh, Malaysia on 31st May, 2012 at 15.35 IST in the 21st Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. But more or less, it will not have much effect on the tournament results as both the teams are almost out of contention for a berth in Final, as the winner of India Vs Pakistan has very less chance to make it to finals depending on the results of other matches with permutations and combinations.

India Pakistan Flags“Is it really big and worth for such a hype, when both India and Pakistan, earlier power house of Hockey for decades, are struggling to make a respectable place in current times? India and Pakistan should make use of the status of their game, not only to make it source of their income (cause money matters) by playing regularly on home and away basis series, but also by collaborating for knowledge sharing as both sides play similar style of hockey.
Awaiting for outcome of next big game India Vs Pakistan in IPOH :)” Continue reading →

Great Britain stay in contention with victory over Black Sticks

Great Britain have their kept their hopes of winning the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup alive with a much improved performance against the tournament’s top side, New Zealand.

First half goals from East Grinstead’s Ashley Jackson and Surbiton’s Matt Daly gave Great Britain a well deserved 2-1 victory over the Black Sticks, who had been unbeaten in their first three games.  Kiwi penalty corner specialist Andrew Hayward did pull a goal back in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as Great Britain’s defence stood strong and they managed to hold onto their goal advantage to take all three points.

Speaking after the game Great Britain’s Head Coach, Jason Lee was delighted with his side’s performance, “It was a much improved performance following the Argentina game where I had been very disappointed.  I thought the players showed a lot of spirit and we played some good tactics to win the game.” Continue reading →

Black Sticks Women remain unbeaten in China

The Black Sticks Women have collected their second win over China with another 2-1 victory in Beijing tonight.

Black Sticks coach Mark Hager said he was pleased with the first half effort but again the team’s structure fell apart in the second spell.

“Thankfully our deep defence coped well in that second spell to keep us in the game.” Continue reading →

India in Race for Place in Finals of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Indian team at Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is making progress with every match after they were defeated  by New Zealand with score board reading 5-1 in favor of the Black Sticks (7th in FIH Ranking). 10th ranked India bounced back to win (2-1) against formidable Korea (6th in FIH Ranking), but only to get defeated (2-3) by Great Britain (4th in FIH Ranking) in a hard fought match. In their 4th outing in the tournament, India defeated young team of hosts Malaysia (3-2) and kept themselves in contention for a spot in final. India will play Argentina (at 13:35 IST on May 30) in next match before taking on their arch-rivals Pakistan (at 15:35 IST on May 31) in their last match of league stage.

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In the India’s third match of the campaign, Great Britain took lead in 29th and doubled it in 44th minute in well worked penalty corners through Glenn Kirkham and Ben Hawes, but India equalized through  Raghunath (PC) and Sunil (FG) in 56th and 59th minutes respectively, only to concede third goal of the game when Nick Caltin scored the winner for his team by putting the ball above advancing PR Sreejesh after latching on to ball from Mat Daly through Indian defenders on the top of semi circle. (Great Britain Beat India to Climb the Table)

Points Table till 27th May (Schedule/Results here):
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