Pat Harris, Jon Ginolfi and Ajai Dhadwal scored goals during shoot-out competition
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – March 3, 2013 – The hot Brazilian sun was shining for day four of competition at the FIH World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago played to a 1-1 draw through regulation, forcing a shoot-out competition to determine the winner. Trinidad and Tobago prevailed, 5-4, in sudden victory capturing their first win of the tournament.
Head coach Chris Clements said speed, strength and energy was something they identified as a strength for Trinidad and Tobago but fatigue and decision making under pressure and exhaustion was a determining factor today.
“(Speed, strength and energy) was exactly what we identified as one of their strengths and we were able to contain them in the first half but we eased off that pressure in the second half and failed to take chances,” said Clements. “We had three opportunities where we should have put the ball in the back of the net and the game would have been much different.” Continue reading
Italy 1 (Pacella) beat Ireland 0
3rd March 2013: The Electric Ireland Irish Women’s team bowed out at World League 2 today following a narrow defeat vs. Italy in Valencia, Spain
Darren Smith’s side came into the game knowing a win would guarantee a spot in World League 3 in the summer with the exact same scenario for their Italian opposition. It was an extremely close fought encounter today with neither side dominating a game that ebbed & flowed from the start.
Ireland had the better of the early exchanges and marginally shaded a first half where neither team were able to edge themselves in front. Hermes’ Lisa Jacob was a constant threat for the Green Army while Goal Keeper Emma Gray was effective as always in minimizing the Italians threat. Both sides failed to convert a number of penalty corners in the first half and headed to the break with the score at 0-0. Continue reading
The Australians have beaten the Junior Black Sticks Men and Women in today’s final games at the Junior World Cup Qualifiers on the Gold Coast.
Junior Black Sticks celebrating a goal against Australia in final of Junior World Cup Qualifier at Gold Coast (Photo Credits: Don Shawyer)
The women lost 3-2 and came agonisingly close from equalising in the last few minutes from well-earned penalty corners and clever field play and the men lost 4-2, with both Kiwi sides leading the scoring early on.
Head coach Grant Edwards said his side played some outstanding hockey today and positive progress has been made throughout the tournament. Continue reading