Netherlands defended the Olympics Title, the hosts Great Britain won Bronze

Netherlands repeated their feat of Beijing and defended their Olympic Gold medal by defeating Argentina 2-0 in well fought Final match at Riverbank arena. Hosts Great Britain defeated (3-1) New Zealand to win the Bronze Medal.

Final Standings:
1. Netherlands (Gold), 2. Argentina (Silver), 3. Great Britain (Bronze), 4. New Zealand, 5. Australia, 6. China, 7. Germany, 8. Korea, 9. Japan, 10. South Africa, 11. Belgium, 12. United States

London Olympics 2012

The Dutch started well, but Argentina slowly gained control on the game which looked equal till half time with a 0-0 score line. But in the second half, Netherlands scored 2 goals from PCs and took the match and the eluding Gold Medal away from Luciana AYMAR and her team Las Leonas, who have now won 2 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals at the Olympics. Continue reading →

Great Britain Women Win Olympic Hockey Bronze With Emphatic Performance

It turned out to be a glorious afternoon at the Riverbank Arena as the Great Britain women gave an emphatic display against New Zealand to win 3-1 and secure their first Olympic Bronze Medal since 1992.

London 2012 Olympic Games - A delighted Great Britain women's squad celebrate their Bronze Medal victory over New Zealand (Photo  credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

London 2012 Olympic Games – A delighted Great Britain women’s squad celebrate their Bronze Medal victory over New Zealand (Photo credit Great Britain Hockey/Ady Kerry)

Watched by the Duchess of Cambridge, Dame Kelly Holmes and Kath Grainger the GB women never looked like going away with anything less than the Bronze Medal as they put on their best performance of the tournament to take the victory. Continue reading →

Women’s Play-off for fifth: Australia v China

Australia 2 (Jodie Schulz 41 PS, Jade Close 60 FG) def China 0

It may not have been the victory Australia were hoping for but they will still be celebrating after beating Olympic silver medallist China to finish fifth at the London Olympics.

Hockey Australia LogoAfter narrowly missing out on the medal rounds, Australia only had pride to play for but showing great character by beating their Asian rivals 2-0.

Australia will leave London without a medal but with a great deal more experience for the future.

On the positive side, coach Adam Commens has identified some exciting young talent who will be able to take their London experience into future championship campaigns over the next four years. Continue reading →

U.S. wraps up Olympic field hockey tournament in London

LONDON – The U.S. had high hopes of finishing their rocky Olympic campaign on a high note. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen for Team USA this morning. Their final match at Riverbank Arena in London’s Olympic Park ended with a disappointing 2-1 loss to Belgium, leaving the U.S. with a last place finish in the tournament. 

USA Field Hockey Logo“We are disappointed to be finishing where we have here and this outcome is a bitter pill to swallow,” said Head Coach Lee Bodimeade. “I felt that we had enough chances in the first half to put the game out of Belgium’s reach, but they were tough and hung in and got two goals when we were unable to do so.” Continue reading →

Australian Women Look to Finish London Olympics in Style

Australia will play for pride, but more importantly experience, when they take on Beijing Olympic silver medallists China in a play-off for fifth in London from 8:20pm AEST tonight LIVE on Foxtel channel 187.

Hockey Australia LogoAustralia tied with Argentina and New Zealand on points after Pool B games missing out on the semi finals on goal balance for the second Olympic campaign in a row.

China, who lost to the Netherlands in the gold medal-game in Beijing four years ago, failed to progress after finishing third in Pool A behind the Netherlands and Great Britain.

Four years ago China ended Australia’s campaign, when they scored two more goals than Australia in the rounds to progress to the medal rounds, and this time round it has been New Zealand who inflicted the same fate by just one goal. Continue reading →

Defending Champions Netherlands Vs World Champions Argentina: Final of WOMEN’s Hockey in the London Olympics

The Defending Champions Netherlands will take on World Champions Argentina at 20:00 BST in their quest to keep the Olympics Gold Medal. While, the world number 2 Argentina are looking for winning their first Gold Medal at the Olympics. Hosts Great Britain will face New Zealand, who are looking to win their first medal of Women’s Hockey at the Games, at 15:30 BST in Bronze Medal match.

London 2012 Hockey PreviewsDefending champions defeated Belgium (3-0), Japan (3-2), China (1-0), Korea (3-2), and Great Britain (2-1) in the pool matches to reach semi final as the only team winning all of their pool matches. Continuing on their winning streak, the Dutch women defeated the Black Sticks in semi-final in a penalty shootout (3-1) after the scored remained locked 2-2 after extra time. Continue reading →