Japan and USA Women Go to the Hague

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed that the women’s national hockey teams of Japan and USA have qualified for next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands after the completion of Women’s Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Pan American Cup in Mendoza (Argentina).

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, the Hague (Netherlands) from 31st May to 15th June 2014Like all of the continental championships, the big prize on offer both at the Asian and Pan American Cups was direct qualification for next year’s showpiece event at The Hague’s hugely impressive 15,000-seat Kyocera Stadium. Japan grabbed that opportunity with both hands on Friday (27 September), defeating Korea in the tournament final to become Asian champions and seal their World Cup ticket. Continue reading →

USA face Las Leonas in the Final of Pan American Cup Final

MENDOZA, Argentina – September 26, 2013 – The field hockey rivalry between the United States and Canada has been evident throughout the years of international competition. Tonight the U.S. Women’s National Team played with passion, enthusiasm and energy for the entire Pan American Cup Semi- Final match. A fierce, competitive battle ended with Team USA earning a 4-0 win and a ticket to the gold-medal match against Argentina.

USA Field Hockey Logo“We are very pleased with tonight’s win,” said the U.S. Head Coach, Craig Parnham. “We were well structured and very disciplined throughout the match. Our team has played well in patches of the tournament but today was our best complete performance.” Continue reading →

India Won Bronze as Japan took Title of 8th Asia Cup (Women)

KUALA LUMPUR: Japan regained the Women’s Asia Cup title by defeating Korea in the final of 8th Women’s Asia Cup at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil, while India defeated the defending Champions China in shoot-out to clinch Bronze Medal.

Savita: The Best Goalkeeper in Asia Cup 2013 (Courtesy: Sports Analysis Service)

Savita: The Best Goalkeeper in Asia Cup 2013 (Courtesy: Sports Analysis Service)

Special Individual Awards:
Best player:  Kim Jong-eun ( Korea)
Best goalkeeper: Savita (India)
Most promising player: Wu Huang Yu (Chinese Taipei)
Top scorer: Kim Da-rae (Korea) – 9 goals
Player–of-the-final: Aki Mitsuhasi (Japan)

Japan, the champions of 2007 edition, had gone into the final with confidence against the three times champions Korea, but the Japanese side emerged as winners despite having lost to the Koreans in the group stage 3-0. Continue reading →

Japan Take on Korea in the Final of 8th Women’s Asia Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: Japan pulled a major upset when they defeated the defending champions China 4-1 in the semi-finals to set-up summit class against Korea in the 8th Women’s Asia Cup being played at the National hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

China vs Japan in the Semi Final of 8th Women's Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur

The Japanese scored a convincing 4-1 victory over the defending Champions China, while three times champions Korea pipped Silver Medalists of 2009 Asia Cup India by 2-1 in the semi-finals.

Japan coach You Seung-jin said that he was looking forward to the game against Korea in the final as they want to take revenge for the group defeat, where Korea won 3-0. Continue reading →

Korea beat India to Reach Final of Women’s Asia Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: Korea defeated India 2-1 to march into the final of 8th Women’s Asia Cup and deny India a chance of making the cut for the 2014 World Cup, which also resulted Japan‘s qualification for the quadrennial event next year in the Hague.

India vs Korea in the Semi Final of 8th Women's Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur

Japan beat China 4-1 to set-up summit clash with Korea, while India will take on China for Bronze medal on Friday.

The Koreans, winners of the Women’s Asia Cup in 1985, 1993 an 1999, went ahead with two early goals in the match and with stood the Indian fight back to secure their place in the summit clash. Continue reading →

India vs Korea and Japan vs China in Semis of Asia Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: There is nothing surprising when the defending champions China take on Japan while Korea, three-times champion, face India in the semi-finals of the 8th Women’s Asia Cup being held at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

8th Women's Asia Cup 2013 LogoAs only the Champions of Asia Cup will qualify for the 2014 Hockey World Cup in the Netherlands, the eyes will be on India and Japan, if any of them can make it to the finals and fight for a world cup berth as China and Korea are already booked their tickets to the Hague through Hockey World League Round 3.

At the same time, semi-finals are also important as they are not only route to the World Cup but also pride and important ranking points. China is the highest ranked Asian team with a seventh spot in the FIH ranking list, followed by Korea and Japan at number eight and nine respectively, while India is at 12th place. Continue reading →