Hockeyroos Out to Keep Medal Hopes Alive

Game: Wednesday August 1-Live Foxtel 6.07AM (AEST) and Channel Nine
AUSTRALIA V GERMANY
Pool B:
Australia, New Zealand, Germany, South Africa, USA, Argentina
Players to watch:
Australia:
Toni Cronk(Goal keeper), Georgia Nanscawen, Jodie Schulz
Germany: Natascha Keller, Fanny Rinne, Julia Muller

Hockey Australia LogoAfter a disappointing start to their Olympic campaign, the Hockeyroos life doesn’t get any easier with their next assignment Germany. The Germans are ranked third in the world and have something to prove, after finishing fourth at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Germany has the belief it can once again win gold and repeat its 2004 Athens Games triumph.

They are led by a true champion, in 35 years old Natascha Keller, who has played over 400 internationals (Indoor and outdoor) and scored an intimidating 203 goals. At this, her fifth Olympics, Keller was named her country’s flag bearer and with the promise of retirement after the London Games, Australia will have to play above itself to conquer this hurdle. But the Hockeyroos are a champion team and were unlucky to be defeated 1-0 by New Zealand. Moments that never went their way could have easily secured a different result. Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey MEN-Day 1 Review & Results: Santi Freixa Ruled out of the Games

On Day 1 of the Men’s Hockey Competition at London 2012, Great Britain and Australia of Pool A, Netherlands, Korea and Germany from Pool B earned full points from their respective matches while Spain and Pakistan shared the points as they played a draw. Spanish Captain Santiago FREIXA is ruled out of the rest of competition after suffering from broken arm during the match against Pakistan. FREIXA will be replaced by defense man Andres MIR BEL.

Great Britain vs Argentina 4-1 (1-0 half-time)

Great Britain v Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games - Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

A double for Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton and a goal each for Dan Fox and Richard Smith ensured that Great Britain men got their London 2012 Olympics campaign off to a great start with a 4-1 victory over Argentina at the Riverbank Arena. For Argentina Ibarra pulled one back at the 55th Minute. (Detailed report: Great Britain Men’s Hockey Team Defeated Argentina 4-1)

For more info on GBR vs ARG, click here (FIH Website).

Netherlands vs India 3-2 (2-0 half-time)

Indian Hockey Team returned to Olympics after missing the Beijing Games in 2008 after they failed to qualify for the first time in history. Eight time Olympics Gold Medallists India are building up towards golden glory again, and the responsibility lies with former Kookaburra Michael Nobbs. Though India lost in their opening game (2-3) of London Olympics to world number 3 side Netherlands, but signs of progress in Indian Hockey are quite visible. Continue reading →

Great Britain Men’s Hockey Team Defeated Argentina 4-1

A double for Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton and a goal each for Dan Fox and Richard Smith ensured that Great Britain men got their London 2012 Olympics campaign off to a great start with a 4-1 victory over Argentina at the Riverbank Arena tonight.

Great Britain v Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games - Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Speaking after the match, Great Britain Captain Barry Middleton was very grateful to have the home support. “It (the crowd) makes such a difference to us. We’re not used to this in the usual hockey we play in during the year.  To have a crowd like this making so much noise just gives everyone a lift. The hard thing at times is trying to control that energy and not get too carried away. We got a perfect balance today. We used the energy of the crowd.” He then added his views on the team performance and goal scoring, saying, “This team shares the goals around a lot. You can go to some tournaments and get on a roll and end up with five or six or not. You play the same tournament; you just miss a few chances. I think that’s what we’ve shown today. A lot of the guys have had chances and we’re a team that will share them around. Another day it’ll be someone else’s job.” Continue reading →

U.S. faces familiar opponent in second preliminary matchup

LONDON – The U.S. will compete in their second preliminary match of Pool B against No. 2 world ranked Argentina on Tuesday, July 31, at 7:00 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on MSNBC at 2:00 p.m. ET.

The recent history between Argentina and the U.S. further intensifies tomorrow’s match on the infamous blue and pink turf at Riverbank Arena.

USA Field Hockey LogoRewinding back to last October, the then No. 13 world ranked U.S. upset the previously world ranked No. 1 Argentinians in a 4-2 battle at the Pan American Games. Prior to the 2011 Pan American Games, Argentina had never lost a game in the tournament since its induction in 1987. The monumental victory over Argentina automatically qualified the U.S. for the London Olympics – capturing the attention of the hockey world and once again proving their selves as an international threat. Continue reading →

London 2012 Hockey WOMEN – Day 2 Preview

On the 2nd Day of the Women’s Hockey Competition at the Riverbank Arena, World #1 team Netherlands will play Japan in the first match of day in the morning session at 8:30 (BST) on 31st July in the Pool A match, Japan never faced Netherlands in Olympics. Netherlands won their first of campaign (3-0 against Belgium) while Japanese women lost (0-4) to hosts Great Britain.

London 2012 Hockey PreviewsAsian Giants China and Korea will face Belgium at 13:45 and Great Britain at 16:00 BST respectively in Pool A matches. Beijing Silver Medalists China started on a winning note in the tournament, when they defeated Korea 4-0 in the campaign opener. Since it is Belgium’s first Olympics, it will be their first outing against China in the Olympics, while Korea and Great Britain have faced  each other 5 times in the Olympics with 2 wins for either teams and their latest match was drawn in Olympics 2000. Continue reading →

Dwyer Hat-Trick Leads Australia to Victory

FIVE-TIME World Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer has equalled a Kookaburra’s record and scored a hat-trick to lead Australia to a 6-0 win over South Africa in their Olympic opener.

Hockey Australia LogoDwyer was electrifying and showed exactly why he is regarded as a living legend and has now equalled Australia’s goal scoring record held by New Zealand women’s coach Mark Hager.

Dwyer has scored 179 goals in 278 games, Hager achieved the same in 230 matches. The Queenslander is destined to surpass the record at the London Olympics and add yet another accolade to his illustrious career. Continue reading →