Pakistan U-16 Boys Hockey Probables to Start Training from 6th March for Asia Cup

Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) LogoPakistan U-16 boys probables will assemble on 6th March 2013 at Sialkot Hockey Stadium to prepare for for U-16 Boys Asia Cup. The 2nd edition of U-16 Boys Asia Cup will be played from 4th – 7th April 2013 at Sengkang Hockey stadium, Singapore.

The PHF has invited 45 probable players for the training camp, where Manager and Head Coach Tahir Zaman along with coaches Rehan Butt, Zaheer Ahmed Babar and Asif Ahmed Khan will train the boys before heading to Singapore.

U-16 Asia Cup will be first official FIH tournament to use five-a-side format, which will see ten teams competing for the title and a place in next year’s Youth Olympic Games.

Pakistan Probables for U-16 Boys Asia Cup: Continue reading →

Junior Black Sticks Men drop game against Australia

A strong start and finish by the Junior Black Sticks Men was not enough to clinch a win against Australia, going down 2-4 at the Junior World Cup Qualifiers on the Gold Coast tonight.

Black Sticks Jared Panchia against Australia in Junior World Cup Qualifier

Black Sticks Jared Panchia scored a goal for New Zealand in today’s match against Australia in Junior World Cup Qualifier

It was a much different game from the 15-0 win yesterday against Papua New Guinea, and despite goals from Auckland’s Jared Panchia and Southern’s Jeremy Morris, it was not enough to give the Kiwis the win they were after.

“We started pretty well and created some good chances in the first 15 minutes, but then Australia scored two quick goals and that put us on the back foot,” said head coach Grant Edwards. Continue reading →

U.S. Men’s Field Hockey Team falls 1-0 to Chile in Brazil

Despite a convincing performance, Chile defeated the U.S. 1-0 in the opening match of World League Round 2

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, Feb 27, 2013 – The U.S. Men’s Field Hockey Team opened their World League Round 2 campaign against Chile this afternoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the host city of the 2016 Olympic Games. Despite a solid performance and numerous scoring opportunities, the U.S. fell 1-0 to the No. 25 world ranked team.

FIH Men's Hockey World League Round 2 Rio de Janeiro

“I thought we controlled the match very well, had a lot of possession and moved the ball up the field with ease,” said head coach Chris Clements. “We were very successful when we created pressure and forced the ball in to the circle, however, we were just a little tentative in our final attacking movements towards the goal. This will be an area we will look to improve on in the upcoming matches.” Continue reading →

Junior Black Sticks underway at the Hockey World Cup Qualifier

The Junior Black Sticks Men beat Papua New Guinea 15-0 today, while the women lost 3-1 against Australia in the first games of their respective Junior World Cup Qualifiers in the Gold Coast.

Black Sticks LogoThe Women are playing three tests against Australia, and the men play games against Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Australia with the top two qualifying for the 2013 Junior World Cups.

Samoa and Papua New Guinea withdrew on the women’s side, allowing the Kiwi women automatic qualification along with Australia. Regardless, a tournament win for the Kiwis (men and women) will result in an easier pool at the Junior World Cup. Continue reading →

Bobby Crutchley Appointed Men’s Hockey Head Coach of England

Crutchley to step up after two Olympic campaigns as Assistant Coach

Tuesday, 27 February 2013: England Hockey is delighted to announce that, following a comprehensive external recruitment process, Bobby Crutchley has been appointed to the role of head coach of the England men’s team. Crutchley, 42, has been an assistant coach to the senior men’s programme since 2005 and was part of the Great Britain coaching staff at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. He succeeds Jason Lee who was recently appointed as head coach of the senior women’s squad.

Bobby Crutchley, Head Coach England Men's Hockey Team (Photo Credit: Treeby Images - Grant Treeby)

Bobby Crutchley, Head Coach England Men’s Hockey Team (Photo Credit: Treeby Images – Grant Treeby)

As Head Coach of the men’s programme, Crutchley will be responsible for the selection, preparation, coaching and performance of the England and GB teams and senior national squad, and the teams’ results in international competitions. The position will see the former Bath Buccaneers and University of Bath coach lead the programme for the 2013-2016 Olympic cycle taking in the 2013 and 2015 European Championships, the World Cup and Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. His first major tournament in charge will be the FIH Hockey World League semi final in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, from 29 June – 7 July. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Women Beat Las Leonas 4-1 with an Outstanding Performance

The Black Sticks Women achieved the near impossible today, beating Argentina 4-1 on home soil in Rosario in their third test of the five test series.

Katie Glynn and Aniwaka Roberts celebrate a goal in tonight’s match

FIle Phot: Katie Glynn and Aniwaka Roberts celebrating a goal (Photo: GRANT DOWN / photosport.co.nz)

From the 21 times that the two teams have met in the last ten years, this is only the third time the Black Sticks have pulled off a win.

“We are pretty satisfied with that performance. We started a little bit slow and were under the pump quite a bit early on, Bianca Russell [goalkeeper] kept us in the game in the first 10-15 minutes,” says Hager.

“After that, we upped the tempo and increased our chances to score and ultimately converted. It was a really fast paced game which was good,” says Hager.

A 1-0 New Zealand lead at half time was a good start thanks to Katie Glynn scoring from a penalty corner late in the first half. Continue reading →