South Africa Women Hand 3rd defeat to England at RHWC2014

England’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 fate was sealed today as Jason Lee’s side fell to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of South Africa. The result means that any chances of making a semi-final and having the opportunity to play for a World Cup medal are well and truly over for the England.

Supporters do their best to lift England at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Supporters do their best to lift England at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

In the other Pool B matches of the day the USA thrashed China 5-0 and Argentina put three past Germany without reply to leave the USA and Argentina top of Pool B. (Points Table below)

The run of play across the first 35 minutes followed very much the same pattern as England’s last game against China as Jason Lee’s side had the majority of possession but were unable to convert the half chances they created. South Africa on the other hand had two chances and they took them both; firstly through Kathleen Taylor on the 18th minute and then Sulette Damons just before the break to take the score to 2-0. Continue reading →

India held Spain for 1-1 to Earn 1st Point at RWHC2014

The Hague, Netherlands, 5 June 2014: India played 1-1 draw against Spain in their third match of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, played at the Kyocera Stadium, The Hague, Netherlands today. With this draw both the teams got one point each on the points table (given below). In the other Pool A matches of the day, Australia defeated Belgium 3-1 and England beat Malaysia 2-0 in men’s competition.

Francisco Cortes (Spain) and Manpreet Singh (India) after playing 1-1 draw the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague

Francisco Cortes (Spain) and Manpreet Singh (India) after playing 1-1 draw the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague

The Indian team looked composed and started well. Though both the teams had few half chances but none of them were able to convert them. Indian team got their first chance in the 28th minute of the game when they got a penalty stroke which was successfully converted by Vice-Captain Rupinder Pal Singh and gave India a lead of 1-0. Indian team maintained the attack and did not allowed Spain to score any further goal till the 33rd minute of the game. In the 34th minute, Spain’s Roc Oliva scored an equalizer goal for the team through field goal and leveled the score with 1-1 on the scoreboard till the half time. Continue reading →

Gleghorne & Jackson seal 2-0 win England over Malaysia

England secured another three points today from their third Pool A match against Malaysia at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014. A goal either side of half-time from the East Grinstead duo of Mark Gleghorne and Ashley Jackson sealed the 2-0 victory and kept England on track for a semi-final spot as they climbed to Second spot in Points Table.

England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley embraces Ashley Jackson after his goal against Malaysia at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England Head Coach Bobby Crutchley embraces Ashley Jackson after his goal against Malaysia at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

The result leaves England top of Pool A having played the extra game; rivals Australia and Belgium face each other later on today.

England were also boosted by the return of Iain Lewers, making his World Cup debut, as he continues to recover from a leg injury; the defender managed around 25 minutes on the pitch and is a key player to have back in Bobby Crutchley’s side.

Mark Gleghorne gave England a dream start to the game after just four minutes with a perfectly placed reverse stick shot past Kumar Subramiam in Malaysia’s goal; the attacking midfield duo of Barry Middleton and Ashley Jackson provided the perfect build up play. England continued to attack throughout the half with chances for Tom Carson, Nick Catlin and a handful of others, but it remained 0-1 at the break. Continue reading →

Kookaburras beat Belgium 3-1 to stay on top of Pool A

Two goals in a storming opening ten minute spell helped the Kookaburras to a 3-1 victory over Belgium in the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague on Thursday, as Kookaburras looking at defending their World Champions title.

Christopher Ciriello Kookaburras Australia (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

File Photo: Christopher Ciriello of Kookaburras (Credits: Raghu Prasad RV)

Chris Ciriello’s lightning quick penalty corner drag flick seven minutes in and Jake Whetton’s close range finish two minutes later put the Australian men in the driving seat against a Belgium side backed by a sizeable support just 90km from home.

Goalkeeper Andrew Charter held Belgium’s Red Lions at bay on numerous occasions in the first half before, a minute into the second period, Eddie Ockenden finished a tremendous solo effort with a tomahawk strike through the legs of goalkeeper Vincent Vanash for 3-0.

Sebastien Dockier struck back for Belgium ten minutes later to make it 3-1 and despite a series of penalty corners and chances at both ends that was how it stayed. Continue reading →

India and Spain lock horns at RHWC2014 in The Hague

The Hague, Netherlands, 4 June 2014: After suffering two defeats with late goals, Indian side is determined to take on Spain in their third game of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 tomorrow (5th June) in The Hague, Netherlands.

Indian Hockey team for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

India will be clashing against the 10th ranked Spain tomorrow in its 3rd outing of the World Cup. While on one hand India have lost its last 2 matches in the final moments of the game (2-3 at the hands of Belgium and 1-2 against England), Spain on the other hand drew its first match against England 1-1 but went on to lose its second match to Australia 3-0 allowing Australia to sit on the top of the points table in Pool A. While Spain has more points than India, but India will still be having an edge in terms of confidence level. In the last two matches played against higher ranked teams Belgium and England, the Indian team had played quality hockey and gave a tough challenge to its opponents. Continue reading →

Black Sticks Men scored Fantastic 5-0 victory over South Africa

An Andy Hayward hat-trick has helped the Black Sticks Men to a crushing 5-0 win over South Africa at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague. The Kiwis were impressive from the opening whistle and once again put on show a steely defensive effort which fed into a well executed attacking game. Earlier in the day Argentina stunned Germany with 1-0 win.

    Andy Hayward scored a hat trick for Black Sticks against South Africa at Raboboank Hockey World Cup 2014 at The Hague (Credits: Dirk Markgraf, www.265-images.com )

Andy Hayward scored a hat trick for Black Sticks against South Africa at Raboboank Hockey World Cup 2014 at The Hague (Credits: Dirk Markgraf, www.265-images.com )

The Black Sticks were lethal from set pieces with Hayward firing three penalty corner drag flicks of his own into the back of the goal and feeding Shea McAleese for another in his 200th test. It’s now two wins from two games for the New Zealand men, who have six points and sit on top of Pool B ahead of the day’s final match.

Head coach Colin Batch said the quality of play against the South Africans was pleasing to see. Continue reading →