USA beat Italy 6-0 for 5th Place as Selenski scores Birthday Hat-trick

June 30, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team recorded five second half goals en route to a 6-0 shutout performance over No. 17 Italy on the final day of competition at the World League Semi-Final in London, while South Africa beat Spain 3-2 to finish 7th in the competition.

Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) celebrating her 23rd birthday, recorded a hat trick with three consecutive goals in a span of 10 minutes.

While the top three finishers from both World League Semi-Finals automatically earn a ticket to the World Cup event in The Hague, Netherlands next year, there is a good chance that a fifth place finish for Team USA at this tournament may be enough to qualify. Continue reading →

Another Draw for England and Pakistan at Johor

Day two of the World League Semi Final in Malaysia saw only one draw. England played a 2-2 draw with Pakistan in a nail-biting 70 minutes of action, while hosts Malaysia defeated South Africa 6-4 to top the Pool B, followed by Pakistan on 2nd place. In Pool A, Argentina and Germany won their respective matches against Japan (7-1) and Korea (5-0) to take top two positions in points table.

Ollie Willars scores his first international goal against Pakistan in the World League Semi Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England’s Ollie Willars scores his first international goal against Pakistan in the World League Semi Final (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

Both sides played attacking end to end hockey and created some brilliant moments, but ultimately nothing could separate them as the game played out for a 2-2 draw. Beeston’s Ollie Willars and Adam Dixon were on target for England in the first half; however Pakistan were never far behind pulling both goals back.

Speaking after the game, Barry Middleton said, “I’m a bit disappointed with the result today. We knew if we won it would put us in a good spot in the competition and we had a chance to win it at the end like yesterday, but unfortunately it didn’t come off for us this time. Having said that, I think given the chances both sides had, especially in the second half, it was probably a fair result. There is a bit more pressure on us going into our next game now against Malaysia, but we’ve got a day to regroup and come back ready.” Continue reading →

Sushila to Lead India at Junior Women’s Hockey World Cup in Mönchengladbach

30 June 2013: Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team for the FIH Hockey Junior World Cup Women 2013 is announced. The tournament will be played at Mönchengladbach in Germany from 27 July-4 August 2013.

Indian Junior Women's Hockey Team for Junior World Cup 2013 in Mönchengladbach

Indian Junior Women’s Hockey Team for Junior World Cup 2013 in Mönchengladbach

Defender Sushila Chanu will lead the team while Forward Rani Rampal will be deputy to her. The Indian team will depart for Germany on 15 July 2013 and will be playing four warm-up games ahead of their World Cup campaign on 27 July. India will play their first warm-up game against Belgium on 17 July followed by Netherlands on 19 July, South Africa on 21 July and 24 July. Continue reading →

England Stunned Las Leonas to Reach Final of Investec World League at London

England put four goals past Olympic silver medallists to set up final showdown against Australia at Chiswick.


Highlights of Argentina vs England (Semi Final) of Investec World League at Chiswick

Susie Townsend celebrates as she makes it 4-2 to England against Argentina at the Investec World League (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)

Susie Townsend celebrates as she makes it 4-2 to England against Argentina at the Investec World League (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)

The sun shone at Chiswick for the most anticipated match of the week at the Investec Hockey World League as England took on Argentina in the second semi final of the day. The home side was in sensational form as they put four goals past the Olympic silver medallists, who could only offer two back in reply. Hannah Macleod, Susie Townsend and Nicola White were all on target to book England into the final against Australia tomorrow evening. The victory was made even sweeter as the home side’s top two finish guarantees them a place in the 2014 World Cup next summer. In other Semi Final Australia defeated China 4-1 to reach the final. Continue reading →

U.S. keeps World Cup qualifying dreams alive with 3-1 victory over Spain

USA will take on Italy tomorrow for a fifth place finish at the World League Semi-Final

June 29, 2013 – The U.S. Women’s National Team kept their World Cup qualifying dream alive by defeating No. 15 world ranked Spain, 3-1.The U.S. will face Italy tomorrow for a fifth place finish at the World League Semi-Final in London. Continue reading →

With 4-1 win over China Hockeyroos into the World League final

Australia’s women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, secured qualification to the 2014 World Cup with a commanding 4-1 victory over China in the semi-final of the Investec World League in London. The win also earns the Hockeyroos a spot in Monday’s final against either England or Argentina. The final takes place at 3:00am AEST, Monday.

It was an utterly dominant and highly skilled performance by the form team of the tournament, overcoming a Chinese side ranked just one place below Australia in the World rankings in seventh.

Hockeyroos celebrate qualification to the World Cup, Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry)

Hockeyroos celebrate qualification to the World Cup, Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry)

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