Team USA secures 3-0 win on second day of competition at World League Round 2
RIO DE JANERIO, BRAZIL – March 6, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Team overcame hot and humid conditions again today to post their second shutout win at the FIH World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Team USA scored once in the first half and twice in the second to secure a 3-0 victory against Uruguay.
“It was really important that we got a result today,” said head coach Craig Parnham. “Uruguay has had some good results in recent months and as you could see from today’s performance, they are organized in their defensive structures, have a pretty solid group and play well together. It is pleasing for us to have played two matches and won two matches. There is still some work for us to do but I am thrilled that the players have given it 100% in these difficult conditions and they are doing a great job.” Continue reading
Argentina and South Africa advance to World League Round 3
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – March 5, 2013 – Argentina had another perfect performance over the U.S. Men’s Field Hockey Team today in the final match of the FIH World League Round 2 tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Without the victory, Argentina had already secured their spot at World League Round 3 alongside South Africa, but the undefeated squad came out firing, racking up seven goals against the U.S. in the first half en route to a 9-0 shutout performance.
Head coach Chris Clements commented on Team USA’s performance after the match saying, “our program is in an entirely different place than Argentina and other top teams in the world. We are in the process of rebuilding and are exposing young players to international hockey for the first time. We have a very talented group of players on the squad, but we need to play like we deserve to be on the field from the very first minute. After halftime, we did that and I think the numbers prove themselves, but it doesn’t count unless we do it from the beginning.” Continue reading
The Black Sticks Men are disappointed to have lost 3-2 to Malaysia last night in the second of two tests being played ahead of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup starting this Saturday. After trailing 3-nil at half time, the Black Sticks fought back in the second half, with goals from Andy Hayward and new player Cory Bennett, but it was not enough to give them the win they were after.
“It was disappointing that we did not show the same intensity that got us through the previous night [a 3-2 New Zealand win]. In saying that, the second half was more encouraging and 3-nil is not insurmountable for this team. We will learn valuable lessons from this game, ahead of the Sultan Azlan Shah,” says head coach Colin Batch. Continue reading