Black Sticks Women Start With Gutsy Win

The Black Sticks Women have started their series against China with a 2-1 victory in Beijing tonight.

All square at 1-1 at halftime, striker Katie Glynn deflected in the winning goal with less than three minutes on the clock.

Black Sticks coach Mark Hager said it was a gutsy victory against the Chinese, who are ranked one place higher than the sixth ranked Kiwis.

“It was a hard fought game but we were inconsistent and pretty patchy. We need a complete 70 minute effort in the next match,” said Hager. Continue reading →

Canadian Women’s Jr. Nat’l Field Hockey Team faces Argentina and Chile in Buenos Aires

The Canadian Women’s Junior National Field Hockey Team is currently in Buenos Aires, Argentina competing against Team Chile and the power-house Leoncitas of Argentina – two of Canada’s main opponents at the upcoming Junior Pan American Championships in September.  This series marks the beginning of a heavy training phase for the Junior Women as they prepare for the Championships in Guadalajara, which also serve as a qualifier for the 2013 Junior World Cup.

LOCATION: Buenos Aires, Argentina

UPCOMING MATCHES (local time in Buenos Aires)
May 28 (4:00pm) vs Argentina
May 30 (3:00pm) vs Argentina
May 31 (4:00pm) vs Argentina
June 2 (11:00am) vs Chile
June 3 (9:00am) vs Chile

“We will be focusing on the development of effective playing combinations while continuing to build on our philosophy of play,” says Head Coach Peter Milkovich. Continue reading →

Jackson double not enough as GB lose

Despite two goals from East Grinstead’s Ashley Jackson, Great Britain’s men went down 3-2 to Argentina at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in a match that began 20 minutes late following a rain delay.

Against a well organised side, Great Britain struggled to break down the Argentina defence and paid the price for conceding two poor goals in the second half having hauled themselves back into the match through Ashley Jackson’s 39th minute equaliser.  Not even the replacement of goalkeeper James Fair for an 11th outfield player with four minutes remaining could salvage a point for GB, who will be without Surbiton forward James Tindall for the remainder of the tournament after he turned his ankle in Sunday’s victory over India.  Jonty Clarke, who began on the bench, made his 50th appearance for Great Britain in the match.

A disappointed Head Coach Jason Lee said afterwards, “Quite simply it was an appalling performance.  If we play like that in the Olympic Games we will finish in the minor placings.”

Great Britain fell behind to a well struck strike from Enrique Paredes after just eight minutes.  Defending a cross from the right, the ball came loose off a British stick and fell perfectly to Paredes, who fired his shot beyond the dive of James Fair in goal. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Men top of the table in Malaysia

The Black Sticks Men have won their third consecutive match at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup with a 3-1 win over Pakistan in Ipoh, Malaysia last night.

The victory puts New Zealand well clear at the top of the table as the only team with three victories.

The Black Sticks made a cracking start with a Ryan Archibald field goal and an Andy Hayward penalty corner putting the Kiwis 2-0 up after just 11 minutes.

They held on to the 2-0 lead through to the break and extended it to 3-0 early in the second spell when Nick Wilson put away a penalty corner rebound.

Pakistan responded with a goal in the 44th minute and put the Kiwis under some immense pressure in the last 20 minutes. But some resolute defence, in particular from goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex, kept Pakistan scoreless for the rest of the match. Continue reading →

Great Britain Beat India to Climb the Table

Great Britain men battled to a deserved 3-2 victory over India in their second match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia on Sunday. Despite high temperatures and humidity which clearly suited their rivals, Great Britain dug deep and held them at bay to secure a win which leaves them second in the table ahead of the next set of matches on Monday.

Great Britain had much of the possession in the first half and dominated for long periods, but India looked dangerous on the counter attack.

British pressure paid off when, seven minutes before half time, good team play led to a well worked penalty corner move was finished by East Grinstead’s Glenn Kirkham.

Britain were worth their half time lead, but Cannock goalkeeper James Fair had to be alert on two occasions, saving well from Danish and Gurbaj Singh. Continue reading →

Change of Habits for India from Conceding to Scoring in Dying Moments?

The performance of Indian team has been improving slowly and steadily since last Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. India cherished some moments in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2011 when they defeated Great Britain, drew with last World Champions Australia, but to falter in second half of the tournament which includes Black Sticks’ biggest win against India 7-3 in league stage and finishing 6th.

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

Chief Coach Michael Nobbs

The result of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup 2011 has changed a lot of things in Indian hockey (read on, including appointment of current Chief Coach Michael Nobbs. Under Nobbs, team’s performance has improved, which can be seen from the title winning performance at Asian Champions Trophy 2011 and qualifying for Olympics in style (defeated France 8-1 in final). But one area still needs improvement, i.e. India’s old problem of succumbing under the pressure in dying moments of game and conceding equalizer or losing goal, for example, the Final of Champions Challenge I in South Africa (lost to Belgium 3-4, conceded a goal in 70th minute), Semi Final of Asian Games 2010 against Malaysia (lost in extra time 3-4 after conceding equalizer in 67th minute). Similarly, India played well against Germany in Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament at Riverbank Arena, only to concede a goal in 65th minute and lost 2-1.  Continue reading →