Hilton out of Azlan Shah Tournament with appendicitis

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 2012: Preview

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

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 →

London Olympics 2012: Women’s Hockey Competition Schedule

Hockey at London Olympics 2012London Olympics 2012: Women’s Hockey Competition Schedule (Timing according to BST, Current time in London ):

Pool A
Team Pts P W D L GF GA GD
1 Netherlands NED 15 5 5 0 0 12 5 7
2 Great Britain GBR 9 5 3 0 2 14 7 7
3 China CHN 7 5 2 1 2 6 3 3
4 Korea KOR 6 5 2 0 3 9 13 -4
5 Japan JPN 4 5 1 1 3 4 9 -5
6 Belgium BEL 2 5 0 2 3 2 10 -8
Pool B
Team Pts P W D L GF GA GD
1 Argentina ARG 10 5 3 1 1 12 4 8
2 New Zealand NZL 10 5 3 1 1 9 5 4
3 Australia AUS 10 5 3 1 1 5 2 3
4 Germany GER 7 5 2 1 2 6 7 -1
5 South Africa RSA 3 5 1 0 4 9 14 -5
6 United States USA 3 5 1 0 4 4 13 -9
Pool A
Match Date-Time Results City
2 29/07 10:45 Netherlands  NED 3 x 0 BEL Belgium London
3 29/07 13:45 China  CHN 4 x 0 KOR Korea London
5 29/07 19:00 Great Britain  GBR 4 x 0 JPN Japan London
7 31/07 08:30 Netherlands  NED 3 x 2 JPN Japan London
9 31/07 13:45 Belgium  BEL 0 x 0 CHN China London
10 31/07 16:00 Great Britain  GBR 5 x 3 KOR Korea London
13 02/08 08:30 Korea  KOR 1 x 0 JPN Japan London
15 02/08 13:45 China  CHN 0 x 1 NED Netherlands London
17 02/08 19:00 Belgium  BEL 0 x 3 GBR Great Britain London
20 04/08 10:45 Netherlands  NED 3 x 2 KOR Korea London
21 04/08 13:45 Japan  JPN 1 x 1 BEL Belgium London
22 04/08 16:00 China  CHN 2 x 1 GBR Great Britain London
27 06/08 13:45 Japan  JPN 1 x 0 CHN China London
28 06/08 16:00 Korea  KOR 3 x 1 BEL Belgium London
29 06/08 19:00 Great Britain  GBR 1 x 2 NED Netherlands London
Pool B
Match Date-Time Results City
1 29/07 08:30 New Zealand  NZL 1 x 0 AUS Australia London
4 29/07 16:00 Argentina  ARG 7 x 1 RSA South Africa London
6 29/07 21:15 Germany  GER 2 x 1 USA United States London
8 31/07 10:45 South Africa  RSA 1 x 4 NZL New Zealand London
11 31/07 19:00 Argentina  ARG 0 x 1 USA United States London
12 31/07 21:15 Germany  GER 1 x 3 AUS Australia London
14 02/08 10:45 Australia  AUS 1 x 0 USA United States London
16 02/08 16:00 South Africa  RSA 0 x 2 GER Germany London
18 02/08 21:15 New Zealand  NZL 1 x 2 ARG Argentina London
19 04/08 08:30 Australia  AUS 1 x 0 RSA South Africa London
23 04/08 19:00 United States  USA 2 x 3 NZL New Zealand London
24 04/08 21:15 Germany  GER 1 x 3 ARG Argentina London
25 06/08 08:30 New Zealand  NZL 0 x 0 GER Germany London
26 06/08 10:45 United States  USA 0 x 7 RSA South Africa London
30 06/08 21:15 Argentina  ARG 0 x 0 AUS Australia London
Classifications
Match Date-Time Results City
31 08/08 08:30 Japan  JPN 2 x 1 RSA South Africa London
32 08/08 11:30 Korea  KOR 1 x 4 GER Germany London
35 10/08 08:30 Belgium  BEL 2 x 1 USA United States London
36 10/08 11:30 China  CHN 0 x 2 AUS Australia London
Medal Round
Match Date-Time Results City
33 08/08 15:30 Netherlands  NED 3 x 2 NZL New Zealand London
34 08/08 20:00 Argentina  ARG 2 x 1 GBR Great Britain London
Medal Round
Match Date-Time Results City
37 10/08 15:30 New Zealand  NZL 1 x 3 GBR Great Britain London
38 10/08 20:00 Netherlands  NED 2 x 0 ARG Argentina London
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EIT gets behind the Black Sticks

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)

(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 →

Canadian Women’s National Field Hockey Team to face Team USA in Victoria this weekend

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 →