England men set for Dutch showdown at Wakefield

Crutchley names a squad of 20 to face the Netherlands in NOW: Pensions Nations Cup

England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley (Credits: Frank Uijlenbroek / England Hockey)

31 July 2013: England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named a squad of 20 players for the NOW: Pensions Nations Cup, which starts tomorrow. The tournament will see England play the world number three side, Netherlands, on Thursday 1, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August. Both sides will operate a rotation system with 18 athletes being selected for each match.

Playing the Netherlands on home turf at Wakefield ahead of the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships, which start on August 17, forms a key part of England’s final preparations. And England will be looking to get even with the side ranked one place above them in the world after a 6-1 loss last week at the ERGO Hamburg Masters. Continue reading →

Core Probables for Indian Hockey Teams (Sr & Jr) Pruned Down to 33 Each

Indian Hockey Selectors were at NSSC, SAI Bangalore towards the end of last week (25th-27th July) and conducted trials of Junior and Senior Men Core probables for Junior World Cup 2013 and 9th Men’s Asia Cup 2013 respectively.

Indian Hockey Selector watching trialsIndian Hockey Selector watching trials

Indian Hockey Selector watching trials

The selectors B P Govinda, Dr. R P Singh, Arjun Halappa and Government Observer Harbinder Singh along with Director High Performance & Interim Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans, Coach, Senior Men Team M K Kaushik and Scientific Advisor Jason Konrath decided to prune down the list of core probables to 33 for senior Indian team for upcoming Asia Cup, which last chance for India to qualifying for 2014 World Cup in the Hague (Netherlands). Continue reading →

England Beat Germany to Reach Quarter Final of Junior World Cup (Women)

England Under-21s marched into the quarter-finals of the women’s ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup with a well-earned 2-1 victory over host nation Germany in Mönchengladbach this afternoon.

Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 (Women) LogoBehind to a 23rd-minute goal from a penalty corner, England pulled back to level terms by half-time before Stephanie Addison scored the winning goal after 56 minutes to secure a last-eight clash against Australia on Thursday.

“It’s a fantastic result,” said England’s head coach Craig Keegan, “but at the same time it was a very tough game – we have a huge amount of respect for Germany as this is the seventh time we’ve played against them this summer. Continue reading →

USA Face Argentina in Quarter Final of Hockey Junior World Cup (Women)

July 30, 2013 – The U.S. Under-21 National Team rounds out pool play with two wins and a loss at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach by defeating Ghana 6-0. After three games of intense play, the U.S. has earned their position in the quarterfinals alongside fellow Pool A opponent the Netherlands, where USA will face Argentina and Netherlands are up against South Africa.

Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 (Women) Logo“Tournaments always have two halves,” said Steve Jennings U.S. U-21 National Team head coach. “We’re really excited we got through the first portion of the Junior World Cup this well but now we have to produce to get to where we really want to go. We’re excited to be in the top half of the bracket and look forward to getting the best results coming through.”

Building upon pinpoint precision passing combinations that lead to their attack circle, Team USA was able to capitalize on three corners in the first half against Ghana. Within the first nine minutes of play Nikki Parsley (Milford, Del.) was able to find the back of the net. Fellow teammates Marie-Elena Bolles (Phoenixville, Pa.) and Aileen Johnson (Oceanport, N.J.) followed suit by placing the ball past Ghana keeper Joana Adjei in the 14th and 16th minute marks. Continue reading →

India thump Russia 10-1, Reach Quarters of Junior World Cup (Women)

Indian Junior Women’s Hockey team thumped minnows Russia 10-1 and a favorable result in the last match of Pool C between Australia and New Zealand (3-3 Draw) saw India through to quarter finals of ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup being played in Mönchengladbach (Germany).

Vandana Katariya of India celebrating a goal (of 2) against Malaysia in Hockey World League 2 in New DelhiWith today’s results, Australia and India progressed through to quarter finals to be played on Thursday and will face the runners and winners of Pool D (England, Germany, Belgium and Spain) respectively.

This will be India’s first appearance in quarter finals of Women’s Junior World Cup who finished at 9th place in last edition played in Boston (2009).  Continue reading →

Junior Black Sticks edged out of quarter-finals by Jillaroos

In an absolute nail biter in which the two trans-Tasman rivals traded goals throughout, the Junior Black Sticks Women have drawn 3-3 with the Australian Jillaroos in their final pool game of the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup (Women) in Germany.

Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup 2013 (Women) LogoThe result continues Australia’s unbeaten run at the tournament and ensures progression from Pool C as group winners, meaning they will face the second placed finisher from Pool D – either Germany, Spain or England, and also India progresses to quarter finals as Pool C runners-up and will face winners of Pool D.

It was a strong-willed team effort from the New Zealanders which was finished off when Canterbury’s Cass Reid scored her second goal of the night in the final minute of the game. However, it was a win that the Kiwis were needing tonight. Continue reading →