Glasgow 2014 (M): India vs New Zealand and England vs Australia in Semis of Men’s Hockey

England and India secured their place in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Semi Finals with 3-1 and 5-2 wins over Canada and South Africa respectively, while Australia and New Zealand won their respective matches to confirm their top places in Pool A and Pool B.

SV Sunil celebrates his goal with Manpreet, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Danish Mujatab against South Africa during their pool game at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

SV Sunil celebrates his goal with Manpreet, Nikkin Thimmaiah and Danish Mujatab against South Africa during their pool game at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

After today’s results, India will now face New Zealand and England will be up against Australia in cross over Semi Finals to be played on Saturday at 1645 and 1430 IST respectively. (Full Schedule, Results and Points Table Here)

Indian team came out firing in their final pool game against South Africa, though they needed a draw for advancing to medal round. VR Raghunath and Rupinder Pal Singh converted 2 of their 3 penalty corner chances in 3rd and 9th minute of the game to put India in driving position with 2-0 lead within opening 10 minutes. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (W): South Africa and England to face Australia and New Zealand in Semis

England and South Africa completed the women’s semi-final line up at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with hard-fought victories.

Poonam Rani of India taking on Marsha Cox of South Africa during their pool game at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Poonam Rani of India taking on Marsha Cox of South Africa during their pool game at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

England defeated the host nation by 2-1 while South Africa edged past talented Indian side by 3-2 and will now face New Zealand and Australia respectively for a place in final.

It was a very tense affair at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre with so much at stake for both teams Scotland and England, each team knowing that a win would take them through to the final four. Later in evening same was seen between India and South Africa.

South Africa scored a penalty corner goal in 14th on well worked set-piece routine. India tried hard to equalizer and finally found one, when they were awarded a penalty stroke with 2 minutes on the clock for half time. Jaspreet Kaur fired perfectly in the roof of net for getting that equalizer, but South Africa came around to earn lead once again in very next minute and few second before half time break as Chamberlain found the target on field attempt. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (M): Australia and New Zealand men in Semis

Australia’s men’s hockey team along with New Zealand booked their place in the semi-finals of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as they defeated India by 4-2 and England by 2-1 respectively in Pool A and Pool B with a prelim match each to spare.

Kieran Govers of Australia Kookaburras and Sardar Singh during Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Kieran Govers of Australia and Sardar Singh in action during pool match at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

India and South Africa meet on Thursday with both sides looking to join Australia in the semi-finals. While England is almost sure of a place in final four until Canada or/and Malaysia pull a major upset by defeating England and New Zealand with big margins.

In the other matches of the day, South Africa defeated Wales 5-2, while Trinidad & Tobago recorded their maiden victory against Malaysia 4-2.

A Chris Ciriello double and goals from Simon Orchard and Jake Whetton earned the Australians all three points in a match in which India provided the World Champions with their sternest test yet with a goal each from Rupinder Pal Singh and Ramandeep Singh.

Men's Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

Men’s Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

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Glasgow 2014 (W): Australia and New Zealand women in Semis, India stays in race

The New Zealand Women’s hockey team have confirmed their place in Semis of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games from Pool A, while Australia booked their place in final four from Pool A.

Women's Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

Women’s Hockey Points Table at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as on 29th July 2014

New Zealand and Australia defeated South Africa (2-1) and England (3-0) to continue their winning streak, while Indian women defeated Trinidad & Tobago by 14-0 and Scotland beat Wales by 2-0 to keep their semi-finals chances alive along with South Africa and England. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (M): India to Face Red Hot Australia in next match

Scotland, 28 July 2014: Post back to back wins against Wales (3-1) and Scotland (6-2) in the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games, India will be facing Australian men, who are in red-hot form.

Kieran Govers celebrates a goal against England at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague (Credits: Grant Treeby - Treeby Images)

File Photo: Kieran Govers scored twice against South Africa at Glasgow 2014 (Credits: Grant Treeby – Treeby Images)

Aussies have won their first two matches against Wales (7-1) and South Africa (6-0) and looking in red-hot form specially after the big win against South Africa. India will be trying to continue its winning momentum and form against the defending champions Australia.

In the last Commonwealth Games at Delhi in 2010, India were outclassed by Australia (8-0) in the final to win the title and they are continuing to grow since then. It will be tough task for the Indian team to handle the current World Champions who defeated the Netherlands in World Cup 2014 final by 6-1 in May 2014 in front a packed stadium at the Hague. Continue reading →

Glasgow 2014 (M): Jackson scores 4 as England fires 8 past Malaysia

England men faced Malaysia in their second Pool B game at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and won the match comfortably by 8-1, while Canada overcame Trinidad and Tobago by 3-1 in another Pool B game on the day.

England's Ashley Jackson celebrates his penalty corner goal against Malaysia during their pool game at the XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England’s Ashley Jackson celebrates his penalty corner goal against Malaysia during their pool game at the XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Malaysia is ranked seven places below England in the world rankings, but has caused them plenty of trouble in the past, including defeating England to take bronze in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

The first half was a tight affair with a goal for each side. Ashley Jackson opened the scoring in sensational style with a drag-flick from a penalty corner in the fifth minute; it was his 101st international goal. But Malaysia hit back with nine minutes left before the break to bring the score to 1-1.

As the rain came down on the Glasgow National Hockey Centre England turned on the style with seven more goals across the second 35 minutes. Jackson found the target three more times from penalty corners, toying with Malaysia’s defence in a master class of drag-flicking. Adam Dixon, Mark Gleghorne, Phil Roper, and Alastair Brogdon all added a goal apiece to round off a strong England performance. Continue reading →