Las Leonas Edge Past England at RHWC2014

Pan American teams, USA and Argentina won their respective Pool B matches at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in women’s competition to stay on course for Semi Finals.

Argentina score against England at the Rabobank World Cup 2014 in The Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Argentina score against England at the Rabobank World Cup 2014 in The Hague (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

USA defeated Germany by 4-1, while Argentina edged past England by 2-1 with a penalty corner goal after final hooter. In the other match of Pool B, China managed to defeat South Africa by 4-3 to keep their chances alive for final four. USA will face South Africa in their last pool game, while Argentina will take on China who are 3rd place behind the Las Leonas and have chance to leap-frog to 2nd place if they could manage a 4 goal win over the defending World Champions. The hosts Netherlands have already secured their place in the final four after a 2-0 victory over Australia last night in Pool A.
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Germany dent RHWC2014 Semi Final Hopes for Black Sticks Men

The Black Sticks Men’s road to the semi finals has become harder after being defeated 5-3 by Germany at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague.

Phil Burrows Black Sticks New Zealand (Credits: Dirk Markgraf www.265-images.com)

Black Sticks Phil Burrows in action at Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague (Credits: Dirk Markgraf www.265-images.com)

After mixed results earlier in the tournament, Germany hit top form today to join New Zealand on two wins and two losses and leapfrog the Kiwis on goal differential.

For the Black Sticks, the loss leaves them on six points in Pool B and means they now must beat the Netherlands on Tuesday morning (NZ time) and rely on other results to fall in their favour to have a chance of progressing to the semi finals. Continue reading →

Netherlands beat Hockeyroos in Pulsating Match

The Hockeyroos tasted their first loss of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 when they went down to the hosts, the Netherlands, by 2-0 in a pulsating match at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague.

Ashleigh Nelson is challenged by Ellen Hoog (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

Ashleigh Nelson is challenged by Ellen Hoog (Credits: Grant Treeby / Treeby Images)

The Australia women will face trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand on Monday with their World Cup destiny still in their own hands, as they are placed at 2nd place in Pool A with 9 points followed by Korea and New Zealand at 3rd and 4th with 7 and 6 points after victories over Belgium (4-2) and Japan (4-1) respectively in Pool A matches of the day.

Kim Lammers’ near post deflection midway through the second half gave the Dutch the lead before Naomi Van As’s late strike made it 2-0.  Continue reading →

Kookaburras score 5 past England in Pool A Game at RHWC2014

The Kookaburras swept into the semi finals of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 with a stunning 5-0 victory over England in The Hague on Saturday afternoon.The result leaves England third in Pool A and means they must beat second placed Belgium on Monday night in their final group game if they are to progress to the semi finals.

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

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

Matt Gohdes’ early strike inside the opening 30 seconds set the tone for a feast of goals in a first half that finished with Kieran Govers scoring one of the goals of the tournament, knocking a Mark Knowles aerial pass into the goal with just one second of the half remaining.

In between, two of Australia’s most decorated players – Athens Olympic gold medallists Liam De Young and Jamie Dwyer – showed they still know where the goal is with De Young knocking home a penalty corner rebound and Dwyer finishing from close range after Jake Whetton’s unselfish pass across goal. Continue reading →

India beat Malaysia to record their 1st Win at RHWC2014

The Hague, Netherlands, 7 June 2014: India defeated Malaysia by 3-2 at the Green Fields Stadium, The Hague, Netherlands to record their first win in the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014.

Jasjit Singh Kular of India celebrating his first International Goal at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague

Jasjit Singh Kular of India celebrating his first International Goal at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague

With this win India has added 3 more points in its favour on the points table and which takes them on the 4th position in Pool A with total 4 points. Australia outclassed England with 5-0 victory, while Belgium defeated Spain 5-2 to sit on top two positions of Pool A Standings. Followed by England, India, Spain and Malaysia at 3rd, 4th, 5th and last place.

Indian midfielder Chinglensana Singh Kanjujam played 50th international match, when came out on turf against Malaysia. Continue reading →

Argentina Beat Black Sticks Men at RHWC2014

The Black Sticks Men have suffered their first loss at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 after being defeated 3-1 by Argentina at Kyocera Stadium in The Hague, Netherlands. In other men’s Pool B matches later today Korea and South Africa played goalless draw before the battle of the border when Germany face up to the Netherlands.

Hugo Inglis Black Sticks New Zealand (Credits: Dirk Markgraf www.265-images.com)

Black Sticks Hugo Inglis in the action at Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Dirk Markgraf www.265-images.com)

After a goalless first half, Argentina powered home thanks to a second half hat-trick by Gonzalo Peiillat who scored all three from penalty corner drag flicks.

Down 0-1 the Kiwis scored a brilliant goal to equalise with Phil Burrows drilling a free hit into the circle where Stephen Jenness put a pin-point deflection through the goalkeeper’s legs.

With the score locked up the Black Sticks went searching for the winning goal but conceded two more penalty corners that Argentina were able to put away. Continue reading →