The Black Sticks Women have successfully booked themselves a spot in the semi-final and are a step closer to World Cup qualification thanks to a 3-1 win over Japan at the World League in Rotterdam. New Zealand will now take on hosts Netherlands who defeated India 8-1 in the quarter-finals. Korea will face Germany in other semi final.
Japan were a tough opponent and New Zealand found themselves trailing 1-0 at half time in the do-or-die cross-over match. But persistence paid off and the goals came in the second half from Krystal Forgesson, Anita Punt and Charlotte Harrison who netted one each. The win means New Zealand has qualified for World League Four in December in Argentina, a top three place would get them to the 2014 World Cup. Continue reading →
17 June 2013: England Hockey is today announcing that modifications have been made to the competition pitch for the Investec Hockey World League Semi-Final. Following the need to relocate the event from Germany to England at short notice, some renovation work was scheduled to the field of play at the University of Westminster in preparation for the tournament.
England play Australia in a training game on the new Blue Ds at Chiswick (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)
England Hockey, in agreement with the International Hockey Federation (FIH), commissioned this remedial work in order to meet the expectations of an event of this stature and to deliver consistent playing characteristics. Continue reading →
Indian Women’s Hockey Team will face hosts Netherlands in the quarter-finals of Hockey World League, while Pool B toppers Germany will take on Chile. New Zealand and Korea lock horns with Japan and Belgium respectively in other two quarter-final matches in Rotterdam.
The Black Sticks Women defeated India comprehensively in the opening game of the World League Semi Final.The Black Sticks dominated India in all areas of the game in 7-0 victory.
File Photo: Black Stick Charlotte Harrison in action against India (Photo Credit: John Cowpland / photosport.co.nz)
The statistics highlighted what a comprehensive performance it was for the Kiwis – they had 62 circle penetrations, 15 shots on goals and 64% of the possession.
It was the perfect start to the World League for New Zealand with constant pressure resulting in a first up goal from Charlotte Harrison thanks to a speedy run down the right hand flank and then an own goal eight minutes later. Continue reading →
12 June 2013: England Women’s Head Coach Jason Lee has selected the 18 athletes who will contest the Investec Hockey World League Semi Final in London from 22-30 June. Among the athletes selected there are eight London Olympic bronze medallists who will be playing back on home turf in front of thousands of supporters at the University of Westminster Sports Ground in Chiswick.
Alex Danson faces Investec Hockey World League opponents Spain (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)
Commenting on the squad he has selected for the six day tournament, which is also a World Cup qualifier, Lee said, “Choosing the final 18 athletes for this tournament was difficult because we have a whole training squad who are challenging for a place. I think the selected athletes have a great mix of experience and youth and they’ve gelled really well in a short space of time. We had some training games against New Zealand [FIH world #3] last week and the way we played in those fixtures has definitely given us a good confidence boost going into the tournament. However, with the likes of South Africa and Australia in our Pool we are under no illusions how challenging the week will be.” Continue reading →
Indian Women’s Hockey Team for Rabobank World League 3 (Semi Final), Rotterdam
Hockey India Selectors Col. Balbir Singh, B P Govinda, Director High Performance Roelant Oltmans and Women’s Chief Coach Neil Hawgood alongwith Government Observer Harbinder Singh selected the list of 18 players during the meeting held on 17 May 2013.
Midfielder Chanchan Devi (82 caps) will be the Vice-Captain of the 18 member squad. Continue reading →