Karnataka Won Sub-Junior Women’s Nationals (South Zone), Seniors are in Quarters of Nationals

Spurthi H.P scored four goals as Karnataka raced to 9-0 win against the Hosts Tamil Nadu to win the 3rd Hockey India Sub-Junior Women National Championship (South Zone) played at Mayor Radhakrishnan Hockey Stadium, Egmore in Chennai.

Karnataka who led 4-0 at the half time scored through Leelavathi (3 min), Spurthi H.P (8, 33, 46, 60 min), Ramya A.N (29, 60 min), Keerthana (49 min) and Own Goal (66 min). Continue reading →

Argentina win 4 Nations in Tauranga, Beat New Zealand in Final and USA beat Korea to Grab 3rd Place

Argentina defeated Black Sticks 5-1 in the final of the Four Nations tournament at Blake Park in Tauranga tonight, while USA overcame Korea 1-0 to grab 3rd place.

Local Midlands player Gemma Flynn in action tonight at Blake Park in Tauranga during the Four Nations final against Argentina (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

Local Midlands player Gemma Flynn in action (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

Argentina were in fine form today scoring four goals in the first half and at times leaving New Zealand scrambling in defence.

“They were just quicker than us everywhere on the field tonight, they were much more dominant in the first half. At 4-1 I thought maybe we were in for a chance of a comeback, but when they got the fifth goal it was just too much of a lead,” says Hager.

“Argentina had ten goal scoring opportunities and scored five of them – we just let them run through the middle of the field, their midfielders were just too good for us tonight,” says Hager. Continue reading →

IOCL Won KSHA Ozonegroup National Hockey League Championship 2012-13

IOCL (Indian Oil Corporation Limited) emerged as the champions of KSHA Ozonegroup National Hockey League Championship 2012-13 played at the KSHA Hockey Stadium, Bangatore from 1st to 20th April 2013.

IOCL : The Champions of KSHA Ozonegroup National Hockey League Championship 2012-13 (Photo by Deepthi Indukuri)

Champions of KSHA Ozonegroup National Hockey League Championship 2012-13 (Photo by Deepthi Indukuri) (LtoR: Baljit SIngh, Deepak Thakur, Vikas Sharma, Bharat Chhikara, Inderjit Chaddha, Ramesh Parameshwaran (Coach), Nitin, Didar Singh, Devesh Chauhan, Sunil Yadav, LtoR Kneeling: Manmeet Singh, Sharabjit SIngh, Vickram Kanth, Roshan Minz, Hamza Mujtaba, Gunasekhar)

IOCL, only undefeated team in the tournament, topped the points table with 22 points from 7 wins and a draw (against Air India) while runners-up Air India earned 17 points from 5 wins and 2 draws of 8 matches.

Final placings and points table (Detailed results here) : Continue reading →

Black Sticks to play Argentina in Four Nations final

In abysmal conditions at Blake Park in Tauranga– and after the game being suspended and rescheduled – the Black Sticks Women have pulled off a 5-1 win against Korea to make tomorrow’s Four Nations final.

Katie Glynn celebrates one of her four goals against Korea during tonight’s game at Blake Park, Tauranga (Photo Credits: photosport.co.nz)

Katie Glynn celebrates one of her four goals against Korea at Blake Park, Tauranga (Photo Credits: photosport.co.nz)

“It is pleasing to have made both Four Nations finals, but we need to go out tomorrow and put in our best performance. We have to learn to be consistent when it comes to winning the big games,” says assistant coach Greg Nicol.

“Tomorrow is another opportunity to play a top side in a crucial game. We can’t be on the back foot against Argentina, as long as we play with good intensity and keep our defensive structure it should be a good game,” says Nicol. Continue reading →

Great Britain and England Women look to the future with “youth and experience”

Head Coach Lee has selected 29 athletes for the GB centralised training squad.

18 April 2013: As both the men’s and women’s squad settle into their new centralised training programmes this week, Great Britain and England Hockey are delighted to announce the athletes involved in the senior international women’s programme.

Looking to the future - Great Britain and England captain Kate Walsh at the Olympic Test Event (Photo Credit: Ady Kerry / GB Hockey)

Looking to the future – GB and England captain Kate Walsh at the Olympic Test Event (Photo Credit: Ady Kerry / GB Hockey)

Jason Lee, appointed as the new Head Coach of the England and Great Britain women’s team back in February, has named 29 athletes in his squad. With the continued and invaluable support of Investec, specialist bank and asset manager, and National Lottery funding , the coaching team and athletes will spend the next four years preparing for and building up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

After winning bronze at the London 2012 Olympics, 10 medallists return to the side with their sights firmly set on an exciting summer of tournaments and the road ahead. Reading’s Kate Walsh, Alex Danson, Emily Maguire and Helen Richardson; Leicester’s Hannah Macleod and Nicola White; Slough’s Ashleigh Ball; Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg; Loughborough Students’ Laura Unsworth and Bowdon Hightown’s Sally Walton all return to the fold. Continue reading →

Black Sticks take 1-0 win against USA, Argentina Beat Korea in 4 Nations Hockey Tournament

The Black Sticks Women have held on to take a 1-0 win against the USA, after an early goal from Michaela Curtis got the Kiwis ahead in their second game of the Four Nations tournament in Hamilton tonight.

Michaela Curtis (right) congratulates Kayla Sharland after scoring at the Gallagher Hockey Centre in Hamilton tonight against USA (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

Michaela Curtis congratulates Kayla Sharland after scoring in Hamilton against USA (Photo Credit: photosport.co.nz)

Head coach Mark Hager admitted his side was lucky to come away with a win and says they will have to turn it up a notch when they take on Korea on Saturday if they want to confirm their spot in the final.

“We got lots of opportunities tonight but weren’t clinical and that is disappointing, we just aren’t playing as well as we were last week. Korea will come out and fight for it on Saturday so we need to perform much better if we are to make the final,” says Hager. Continue reading →